EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/5/2010

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  ARGENTINA   


Obras signs Alexis Elsener and Julian Aprea - by Eurobasket News
Obras Sanitarias came up with two new signings. The Argentinean outfit landed Alexis Elsener (196-G-88) and Julian Aprea (208-C-87) fort he next season.
The 22-year old Alexis Elsener is coming to Obras from El Nacional Monte Hermoso. He appeared 32 times in TNA last season averaging 15.2 points and 4.2 rebounds. Eurobasket awarded him with All-Argentinean TNA 1st Team. It was a huge improvement for Elsener from 2008/09 season when he had 7.1 ppg and 2.1, also for El Nacional. However, the team competed in LigaA at that time. In 2006, Elsener was a member of the Argentinean U18 National Team.
Julian Aprea arrives to Obras from Liga B team Gimnasia Villa Del Parque. The 22-year old center already has experience in LigaA, as he played for Boca Juniors on season 2007/08. His time was very limited as Aprea had 1.3 ppg and 1.3 rpg for 12 games. He also appeared 5 times in South American Championships for Clubs adding 1.4 ppg and 2.8 rpg fro 5 games. Beside the above mentioned teams, Aprea also played for Ferrocarril Oeste Capital Federal, Ciclista Juninense and Gimnasia Esgrima Buenos Aires.
Obras Sanitarias reached the playoff Eightfinals last season in LigaA.


Super 4 day 1 - by Facundo Iatzky
Super 4 tournament started this tuesday with two games. The tournament is played in the city of Salta in the north of Argentina. In the first game, Puerto rico suffered a lot to beat Paraguay. Paraguay arrived after play the suothamerican championship and Puerto Rico came with most of the players that will be in the next world championship, but without Balkman and Arroyo. the final result was 87-85 thanks to two free throws made by Peter john Ramos. Carmelo Lee finished with 24 points.
In the second game, Argentina blasted Brazil 95-58. Brazil seemed exhausted after winning the southamerican championship and Argentina took avantage of it. Andres Nocioni could not play because he is recovering from his injury. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) shined with 30 points and 8 rebounds. Carlos Delfino (198-G-82) added 20. Despite being the first friendly game, Argentina showed a good level and now they will have a harder game against Puerto rico in the final of the Super 4.
boxscore:
Argentina: Pablo Prigioni (191-G-77) 4, Carlos Delfino 20, Pancho Jasen (199-G-78) 11, Luis Scola 30, Fabricio Oberto (207-C-75, agency: Interperformances) 15 - Paolo Quinteros (186-G-79) 2, Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) 6, Juan Pablo Figueroa (184-G-86, agency: Interperformances) 3, Federico Kammerichs (203-F/C-80) 2, Pablo Espinoza (195-F-87) 2, Patricio Garino (196-G/F-93) 0
Brasil: Arthur 10, Paulinho 7, Andre goes 0, rafael Ferreira 9, Luiz Fellipe 9, Jonathan Tavernari 3, Duda 6, Fulvio 6, Bruno Fiorotto 4, Lucas Cipolini 4


Argentina thump Brazil at Super 4 tournament - by Eurobasket News
Argentina - Brazil 95:58
Argentina will play in the Final of the Super 4 tournament. They will face Puerto Rico in the championship clash. Argentina crushed Brazil on the opening day of the tournament in Salta. Argentina that brought the strongest squad to Salta led from start to finish. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) scored 8 points in the opening frame to ensure a brave start for the hosts. Argentina ensured a 27:18 lead ten minutes into the game. Argentina maintained the lead throughout the second stanza. They arrived at halftime up by 16 points 46:30. Brazil could not adjust their offense after the main break. They were plagued by turnovers and Argentina capitalized. They boosted the margin in the third term. Luis Scola and Carlos Delfino (198-G-82) paced the effort as the hosts eased to a comfortable win at the end. Luis Scola finished with 30 points to pace the winners. Carlos Delfino added 20 points, while Fabricio Oberto (207-C-75, agency: Interperformances) had 15 points and 9 boards for Argentina. Arthur Luiz Belchior (200-G/F-82) produced 10 points in the loss. Brazil will take on Paraguay on the final day of the tournament.




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  AUSTRALIA   


Ricky Grace - Bound For NBL Hall of Fame - by Ian Moss
Fourteen greats of the sport of basketball - including Perth Wildcats hero Ricky Grace (185-G-66, college: Oklahoma) and former Australian Opals star Trish Fallon - are to be enshrined in the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame (ABHF), Basketball Australia has announced.
Fourteen new inductees will receive Australian basketballs highest honour when the class of 2010 is welcomed to the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame at a star-studded black-tie event at The Sofitel Melbourne on Collins on Wednesday 18 August.
Sydney Olympian Grace, who earned his nickname of Amazing after leading Perth to four National Basketball League (NBL) titles (1990, 1991, 1995, 2000), will be recognised for his remarkable career by being inducted as a Player.
Fallon had a stellar career that spanned across 251 Womens National Basketball League (WNBL) games, including two championships with the Sydney Flames of 1993 and 1997, and 224 games for Australia. She won three Olympic medals (two Silver, one Bronze) and one World Championship medal (Bronze), and will join former Opals teammates Sandy Brondello and Shelley Gorman in the ABHF induction class of 2010.
Indigenous Australian basketball pioneer Michael AhMatt will also be inducted as a Player, along with womens basketball pioneer Elaine Hardwick, early WNBL stars Karin McRobert and Julie Nykiel and dual Olympian Bill Wyatt.
The ABHF will also posthumously induct former Sydney Kings owner Mike Wrublewski as a Contributor, Australian wheelchair basketball star Sandy Blythe as a Player and lifelong country New South Wales stalwart Merv Emms as a Coach.
The driving force behind the establishment of Townsvilles NBL team, David Carmichael, has also been recognised as a Contributor for his efforts, and veteran official Greg Love will enter the Hall as a Technical Official.
The name of the third person ever to have been elevated to Legend status, Australian basketballs highest honour, will be revealed on the night of the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame Dinner.
Basketball Australia Chief Executive Officer Larry Sengstock, himself a previous Hall of Fame inductee, said the incoming class of inductees represented some of the sports greatest heroes, on and off the court.
The 2010 class of the Hall features fourteen individuals who all have given absolutely selflessly to our sport over an extended period of time, said Sengstock. They have all made their own indelible marks on basketball, and helped us grow our sport to where it is today. They make a fantastic addition to the Hall and I look forward to honouring them in Melbourne on August 18.
All 14 inductees for 2010 are listed below:
Michael AhMatt - Player
Sandy Blythe - Player
Sandy Brondello - Player
David Carmichael - Contributor
Merv Emms - Coach
Trisha Fallon - Player
Shelley Gorman - Player
Ricky Grace - Player
Elaine Hardwick - Player
Greg Love Technical Official
Karin McRobert - Player
Julie Nykiel - Player
Michael Wrublewski - Contributor
Bill Wyatt - Player
Courtesy Basketball Australia - www.basketball.net.au




Ricky Grace - Bound For NBL Hall of Fame - by Ian Moss
Fourteen greats of the sport of basketball - including Perth Wildcats hero Ricky Grace and former Australian Opals star Trish Fallon - are to be enshrined in the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame (ABHF), Basketball Australia has announced.

Fourteen new inductees will receive Australian basketballs highest honour when the class of 2010 is welcomed to the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame at a star-studded black-tie event at The Sofitel Melbourne on Collins on Wednesday 18 August.

Sydney Olympian Grace, who earned his nickname of Amazing after leading Perth to four National Basketball League (NBL) titles (1990, 1991, 1995, 2000), will be recognised for his remarkable career by being inducted as a Player.

Fallon had a stellar career that spanned across 251 Womens National Basketball League (WNBL) games, including two championships with the Sydney Flames of 1993 and 1997, and 224 games for Australia. She won three Olympic medals (two Silver, one Bronze) and one World Championship medal (Bronze), and will join former Opals teammates Sandy Brondello and Shelley Gorman in the ABHF induction class of 2010.

Indigenous Australian basketball pioneer Michael AhMatt will also be inducted as a Player, along with womens basketball pioneer Elaine Hardwick, early WNBL stars Karin McRobert and Julie Nykiel and dual Olympian Bill Wyatt.

The ABHF will also posthumously induct former Sydney Kings owner Mike Wrublewski as a Contributor, Australian wheelchair basketball star Sandy Blythe as a Player and lifelong country New South Wales stalwart Merv Emms as a Coach.

The driving force behind the establishment of Townsvilles NBL team, David Carmichael, has also been recognised as a Contributor for his efforts, and veteran official Greg Love will enter the Hall as a Technical Official.

The name of the third person ever to have been elevated to Legend status, Australian basketballs highest honour, will be revealed on the night of the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame Dinner.

Basketball Australia Chief Executive Officer Larry Sengstock, himself a previous Hall of Fame inductee, said the incoming class of inductees represented some of the sports greatest heroes, on and off the court.

The 2010 class of the Hall features fourteen individuals who all have given absolutely selflessly to our sport over an extended period of time, said Sengstock. They have all made their own indelible marks on basketball, and helped us grow our sport to where it is today. They make a fantastic addition to the Hall and I look forward to honouring them in Melbourne on August 18.

All 14 inductees for 2010 are listed below:

Michael AhMatt - Player
Sandy Blythe - Player
Sandy Brondello - Player
David Carmichael - Contributor
Merv Emms - Coach
Trisha Fallon - Player
Shelley Gorman - Player
Ricky Grace - Player
Elaine Hardwick - Player
Greg Love Technical Official
Karin McRobert - Player
Julie Nykiel - Player
Michael Wrublewski - Contributor
Bill Wyatt - Player




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  BELIZE   


U-15 B-BallersRecieve Silver; Best Ever Finish!!! - by David Magana
Last week, Belize's national Under 15 Basketball Team was in Guatemala competing in the under 15 COCABA tournament. And though the competition was tough, they returned with silver on Saturday. That qualifies them for the next round and produced the best result Belize has ever seen in those games. We spoke to the coach and a couple players :....
Emaun Hyde
'What do you think made the difference this year that you guys did so well?'
Matthew Smiling , Coach
'Well we were more prepared than we were in February so I think that helped.'
Emaun Hyde
'Are you proud that you coached the team to such greatness?'
Matthew Smiling
'Well yes, I am proud to see results of my work.'
Emaun Hyde
'Did you go into the competition expecting to do so well?'
Matthew Smiling
'Well we were expecting gold. We went for gold but, we just have to settle for silver.'
Kyle Middleton, Basketball Player, Captain
'Yes it was difficult, it was very difficult, we almost lost. We won by 4.'
Emaun Hyde
'What do you think made the difference this year about how you guys did?'
Kyle Middleton
'Well the workouts; they were a lot more intense. We were in shape this time.'
Emaun Hyde
'You scored 34 points all on your own. How does it feel?'
Tariq Middleton, Basketball Player
'Well it feels good; I just play the game how it suppose to be played. I did what the coach told me and I just did what I had to do.'
Emaun Hyde
'What would you like to say to all the kids out there who only dream of competition like this and placing and winning medals?'
Matthew Smiling
'To keep their dreams up because your dreams might come true with hard work and patience your dreams could come true.'
The team is moving on as they qualified for the Centrobasket under 15 tournament in Mexico in October.


Courtesy of Channel 7



UB Jaguars are the senior champs in Ballin 4 Life tournament - by David Magana
Friday saw game two of the senior championship take center stage with UB Jaguars going in with a one game advantage over the Belmopan Bandits. Its Captain Stephen Williams (188-G-83) of UB with the first bucket of the ballgame. Its a three point shot but were not certain he did dial the bank. Williams then goes right side and guess what he lands the tre and this time its straight up. The bandits are down by twelve before Rupert Brown (170-G) gives them their first points with this baseline bucket. By they do get hot; Kurt Burgess (196-F) raises up for two points. Jay Chavarria (191-F) wants and gets three for the Bandits and at the end of the first quarter, its Belmopan up 16-15. Its a close ballgame all the way to halftime with the bandits showing a 31-29 lead.
In the third quarter, UB makes a move. Leroy Lauriano misses the layup but Farron Lauriano (198-F-89) puts back the put back. Farron then picks up the loose ball and goes all the way for the easy deuce. Leroy Louriano (173-G-91) spots for three and he hits the bucket. Stephen Williams tries the mid range jumper and he gets the bounce for two. Daniel Nolberto gets into the act with this penetration and completes the play by going glass. At the end of three, the UB lead is three. UB goes on to pose the 77-59 final score and with that wine, takes the 2010 senior basketball title and we say congratulations.


Courtesy of Channel 5



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  BOSNIA   


Edin Bavcic moves to Italy - by Eurobasket News
Enel Brindisi continues with the squad strengthening for the next season. Their latest signing is Bosnian center Edin Bavcic (210-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket). The 26-year old Bavcic is coming to SerieA newcomer from Union Olimpija. He appeared 10 times in Euroleague last season averaging 5.2 points and 4 rebounds. He also played 27 games in Adriatic league adding 5.7 ppg and 2.6 rpg. In Slovenian championship Bavcic increased his numbers to 11.4 ppg and 6.3 rpg for 19 games, while Union Olimpija reached the Playoff Finals. They won the Slovenian National Cup this year.
Before Union Olimpija, Edin Bavcic spent half of the season with Kepez Bld Antalya and half with Koeln 99ers. With the German squad Bavcic collected 11.5 ppg and 4.2 rpg for 19 games in 1.Bundesliga. In TBL he played 11 games with Kepez averaging 8.5 ppg and 4 rpg. Edin Bavcic is a product of Bosna ASA BHT Sarajevo, where he played many years in the past. He is active member of the Bosnian National Team.
Few days ago Enel Brindisi inked Eric Williams (206-C-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest). They also agreed terms with Bobby Dixon (178-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy).


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  BRAZIL   


Argentina thump Brazil at Super 4 tournament - by Eurobasket News
Argentina - Brazil 95:58
Argentina will play in the Final of the Super 4 tournament. They will face Puerto Rico in the championship clash. Argentina crushed Brazil on the opening day of the tournament in Salta. Argentina that brought the strongest squad to Salta led from start to finish. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) scored 8 points in the opening frame to ensure a brave start for the hosts. Argentina ensured a 27:18 lead ten minutes into the game. Argentina maintained the lead throughout the second stanza. They arrived at halftime up by 16 points 46:30. Brazil could not adjust their offense after the main break. They were plagued by turnovers and Argentina capitalized. They boosted the margin in the third term. Luis Scola and Carlos Delfino (198-G-82) paced the effort as the hosts eased to a comfortable win at the end. Luis Scola finished with 30 points to pace the winners. Carlos Delfino added 20 points, while Fabricio Oberto (207-C-75, agency: Interperformances) had 15 points and 9 boards for Argentina. Arthur Luiz Belchior (200-G/F-82) produced 10 points in the loss. Brazil will take on Paraguay on the final day of the tournament.




Brazil University NT already practice for the Pan of Basketball - by Paulo Freire
The Brazilian University Basketball selection Team is already in Salvador (BA) for a week of practice before the Panamerican Championship College basketball.
Athletes and coach staff presented last Sunday (01/08) with a few changes compared with the initial list disclosed by Confederao Brasileira University Sport (CBDU).
The centers Fabio Eugene, University of Louisiana at Monroe (USA), Gustavo Lino, University of Southern Mississippi (USA), and the point guard of Unip (SP), Elio Corraza, failed to release documents of school and were replaced by Gustavo Henrique de Arajo Gomes, Univap (SP), and Diego Santana Conceio, Castelo Branco (RJ).
Change also in the coach command, Walter Roese had professionals problems with the NCAA, the American UniversitycLeague, and left his spot to Marco Aurlio Pegolo dos Santos, the Chu, who stood beside Roese as an assistent coach on the Universitie of Serbia in 2009 and winning the Top Four Nation, in Germany, also in 2009.
Of the 14 participating athletes of the first week of physical and tactical training in Salvador, only twelve will play the Pan of Basketball.
United States, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Colombia and Chile are enrolled in the debut Edition of Pan American College basketball, 09 to 15/08, in Salvador. The tournament is sponsored by CBDU and has University of youth sports organization (ODUPA).
Coach Staff Committee:
Technical: Marco Aurlio Pegolo dos Santos (Chu)
Technical Assistants: Christiano Medeiros (RJ) and Thiago Bastos Fernandes (BA)
Physiotherapist: Tariane Gomes Vidal
Head of delegation: Maurcio Fregonesi
College Basketball Roster for 2010:

Caue Borges dos Santos (180-G-91)
Position: PG
School: Higher education Institutions (HEIS): UNI-FACEF (Franca/SP)
Henrique Medeiros
Position:PG
School: IES: Marshalltown Community College (USA)

Guilherme Schneider (192-G-86)
Position: SF
School: Unigran (PR)
Felipinho Azevedo (190-F/G-86)
Position:SG
School: Centro Universitario Vila Velha (Vitoria/ES)
Marcellus Camara (190-G-88)
Position: SG
School: University Castelo Branco (RJ)

Adonis Chatzicharalambous (190-G-90)
Position: PG
School: Arizona Western College (USA)
Everton Moraes (196-F-87)
Position: SG
School: integrated Faculty of bauru (SP)
Luiz Toledo (203-F-87)
Position: F

School: University of Idaho (USA)

Rodrigo Cesar Silva (205-F/C-88)
Position: SF

School: University Pythagoras (MG)

Ralfi Ansaloni (211-C-87)
Position: C

School: Universe (Belo Horizonte/MG)
Ricardo Andreotti Bodra
Age: 21 years (27/07/1989)
Height: 2.05 m
Position: C
School: University of South Dakota (USA)

Diego Conceicao (200-F-87)
Position: C
School: University Castelo Branco (RJ)

Gustavo Lima (188-G-80)

Jose Jairo Santos Goncalves Junior
Age: 23 years (11/04/1987)
Height: 1,94m
Positio: SG
School: Faculdade de Tecnologia e Ciência (BA)





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  BULGARIA   


Bulgaria U16 wins the International Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria U16 wins the International Tournament in Zrece that hosted four U16 teams. Slovenia U16, Bulgaria U16, Montenegro U16 and Greece U16 participated in it.
At first Bulgaria U16 beat Greece U16 78:60. Greece started with 17-16, but lost all three other quarters. Bulgaria enjoyed 20-7 in the third quarter to seal the victory. Dimitrios Agravanis (203-F-94) brought 14 points for Greece.
In Day 2 Bulgaria U16 rolled over Slovenia U16 69:60. The winners exploded with 24-7 in the opening quarter and added 22-19 in the second frame. Slovenia bounced back with 21-9 in the third quarter, while Bulgaria produced 14-13 in the last stanza. Tomaz Bolcina paced all the winners with 14 points and Jure Kopac (198-F-94) scored 13. Rizman notched 12, while Nikolic added 8.
Bulgaria U16 triumphed in the tournament beating Montenegro U16 78:72 as the latter finished second. Slovenia U16 cruised past Greece U16 67:62 to finish third. The latter opened the game with 21-17, while the hosts took the lead after 21-16 in the second quarter. Greece bounced back with 14-10 in the third period, while Slovenia needed 19-11 to win the game. Jure Kopac top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Rizman netted 11. Kokol produced 10, whilst Jure Ritlop scored 7.


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  CANADA   


WINNIPEG REF GETS PLUM ASSIGNMENT - by John Gary
Courtesy basketball.ca Winnipeg basketball referee Reid Kenyon has been assigned to work an international basketball doubleheader at Madison Square Garden on August 15. Team USA will play France and China will take on Puerto Rico on the final day of the first World Basketball Festival,a four day celebration of the games performance and culture hosted by Nike and USA basketball in NewYork City. T he team USA roster features Chauncey Billups,Kevin Durant and Lamar Odom among other Nba notables.

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  CHINA   


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
Stage Two A
 1. Sichuan 16-2 
 2. Jiangsu 14-4 
 3. Guangzhou FM 10-8 
 4. Hangzhou 9-9 
 5. Changan Group 9-9 
 6. Whampoa 9-10 
 7. W.Liaoning 8-10 
 8. ShenYang 8-11 
 9. Heilongjiang 4-14 
 10. Jiyuan 4-14 
Stage One
 1. Anhui NS 0-0 
 2. Guangxi 0-0 
 3. Hebei 0-0 
 4. Hill 0-0 
 5. Hong Kong 0-0 
 6. Hubei 0-0 
 7. Liaoning 3C 0-0 
 8. Ningxia Hanas 0-0 


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  CROATIA   


Danijel Krajacic extends with Zabok - by Eurobasket News
What has been speculated about in Croatian media in the past few weeks has received confirmation. BC Zabok has announced the contract extension with Danijel Krajacic (199-F-86). Reportedly the club and the player have reached an agreement for one more season. Krajacic, arrived at Zabok at the start of 2009-2010 having fairly good year with the club. Even though he has missed a part of the season due to injury, Krajacic has done enough to secure extension. He was an important part of guard rotation and Zaboks greatest threat from behind the arc. The player confirmed he was glad he will be able to continue his development at Zabok and is hoping to help his team improve on the results achieved.
Danijel Krajacic is a product of Zadar junior system. However, he made his professional debut as member of BC Zagreb during 2004-2005 season. He spent three seasons with Zagreb before making a move to BC Dubrava in 2007. In his first season with Dubrava, Krajacic made 30 appearances and has posted averages of 7.0 points and 2.2 rebounds per game. Following year, he has averaged 5.8 points and 2.8 rebounds in 22 games. At the start of last season, Krajacic signed with BC Zabok. There he played in 26 matches and has averaged 7.1 points and 2.4 rebounds per game.


Borik takes Ivan Mikulic and Mario Pesut - by Eurobasket News
Borik announced two new players for the next season. Ivan Mikulic (194-G-91) and Mario Pesut (G-90) are the new faces in Borik, who will try to reach the second stage in Croatian league.
Ivan Mikulic is sent to Borik on loan for the Croatian runner-up Zadar. He played mostly for junior team last season. Mikulic started basketball career with Vostarnica Zadar when he was a kid. In 2009, he was a member of the U18 Croatian National Team. He played for U16 Croatia at U16 EuroBasket 2007 in Rethimno. For six games there Mikulic averaged 4.5 points and 1 rebounds.
Mario Pesut arrives to Borik from Zabok. He is another prospect, who will try to develop himself in Borik and to help the team make good result. He had very limited playing time for Zabok last season having only 1.1 ppg in 20 games.
Beside that, it is already cleat that Teo Petani (190-G-88) and Tomislav Drazovic (189-G-87) will not stay with the club next season. Ivo Pavic (196-F-84), Ante Devic (193-G-86) and Ive Ivanov (201-C-85) will stay with the team for at least one more year. Mate Mrva (195-F-83) and Sime Olivari (190-G-90) are under the question mark.
Borik ended last season No.1 of Group B with 7-3 record.


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  CYPRUS   


Ivan Hoger and Dragoslav Papic sign at Proteas EKA AEL Limassol - by Eurobasket
Proteas EKA AEL Limassol strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old Czech Rep. center Ivan Hoger (225-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) (225-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) and 23-year old Serbian forward Dragoslav Papic (205-F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Hoger played most recently at Svendborg Rabbits (Denmark). While playing 36 games for Svendborg last season, he helped them win championship title and his stats were: 12.5ppg and 6.6rpg. Hoger is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Slovenia and Czech Rep. Papic comes from Steaua Turabo in Romanian League. His stats in Balkan League were: 9 games: 14.6ppg and 5.2rpg and in Romanian League Papic played all 34 games averaging 13.2ppg and 4.8rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center


AEK Larnacas signs Nenad Canak - by Eurobasket News
AEK Larnacas announced signing of a one-year deal with Nenad Canak (204-F-76, agency: Beo Basket). The experienced Serbian power forward is coming to Cyprus from PVSK Pannonpower Pecs, where he spent second half of 2009/10 season. Canak played 14 games in Hungarian championship collecting 11.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.3 apg and 1.4 spg. He started the season in Ukraine as a member of Gryfony Symferopil. For five games there Canak registered 10.8 ppg, 5 rpg and 2.2 spg. In December, he joined shortly Tamis Petrohemija Pancevo and a month later moved to Ukraine.
Season 2008/09 Nenad Canak split between Lukoil Akademik and Khimik Yuzny. A year before he helped Lukoil Akademik to win the Bulgarian title and National Cup. He appeared 45 times in NBL averaging 11.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists. In 2007, Canak was a member of ALBA Berlin reaching the Playoff Finals with them. In 2006, he helped ALBA to win the German Cup. Season 2005/06 Canak spent in Greece with Makedonikos Kozani and they reached ULEB Cup Finals. In the past, Nenad Canak also played for Vojvodina Srbija Gas Novi Sad, Partizan Belgrade and Spartak Subotica.
AEK Larnacas ended last season as No.7 in Cyprus with 5-11 record.


Greece won over Cyprus in Nicosia - by Eurobasket News
Greece-Cyprus 76:41

Greece won over Cyprus 76:41 in Nicosia in the friendly clash between two teams. Greece get ready for another tournament that will start in Cyprus from August 6th- Love Cyprus Cup-2010.
It was not an easy start for the favorites that trailed 6:7 in the opening tip. Only a 10-0 run allowed them to take the lead and finished the first quarter at 20:9. Greece opened with another jump shot the second frame and reached 22:9. They enjoyed 35:19 halftime deficit as they produced the win also in the second quarter. Kostas Costas Tsartsaris (210-F-79) nailed 6 points in a row for 51:26 after three quarters. Kostas Papanikolaou scored for 64:32 and Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) followed him to 70:34. Greece dominated the rest of the game and won it on a high note.
Costas Tsartsaris stepped up with 16 points and Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) nailed 14. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) and Calathes nailed 9 each, while Georgios Printezis and Konstantinos Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) added 7 apiece. Giorgos Palalas (185-G-81) and Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-C-80) delivered 8 points each in the losing effort. Koronidis and Pilavios followed them with 4 points apiece.
Greece will open Love Cyprus Cup-2010 against Germany on August 6th.

Greece: Costas Tsartsaris 16 points, Sofoklis Schortsanitis 14. Vassilis Spanoulis 9, Calathes 9, Georgios Printezis 7, Konstantinos Kaimakoglou 7
Cyprus: Giorgos Palalas 8, Panagiotis Trisokkas 8, Koronidis 4, Pilavios 4




INTERVIEW WITH GIANNIS BOUROUSIS! - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
'I have special relationships with Cyprus'
Greek center, Giannis Bourousis, is looking forward to the World Championships in Turkey and hopes that the participation in the Love Cyprus Basketball Tournament will give much needed energy to the Greek team.
- How far can Greece reach in the World Championships?
When you participate in a tournament like that, your goal is always to reach as far as possible. It's early to make predictions now, but what we need to do is to prepare well, follow all the instructions by the coach (Jonas Kazlauskas) and when the knock-out games come, to be ready to play well and qualify to the next rounds. Besides, the knock-out stage in a turning point in this kind of tournaments and our goal is to always qualify.
- Greece always has strong support by the Cypriot fans. Will the participation in the Love Cyprus Basketball Tournament help the team in a psychological aspect?
Definitely it will help. Personally I believe Cyprus is Greece. The reason, my father fought in the island in 1974 as a member of the Greek regiment over there, so I have a special relationship with the island. It will give us much pleasure and energy playing matches in front of the Cypriot crowd.
- Did you ever think about trying in the NBA or some other European team?
As I said last season, I've had proposals and moments I thought about it, but I chose to remain at Olympiakos to win titles. All right, we didn't manage it last season for different reason, but I believe this year it will be our season.

Source - www.gpksports.com



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Novy Jicin Gets Reinforcements - by Surujh Roopnarine
Through the loss of sponsorship, uncertainty over the future of the club financially, Novy Jicin has weathered the obstacles and are beginning their preparations for the 2010-11 NBL season. Gone are veterans Kenneth Walker, Levell Sanders and Juraj Gavlak. Dusan Pandula is recovering from injury sustained while training with the Slovakian National Team, but the squad has ben able to find reinforcements from abroad. Welcome American rookie guard Wesley Channels (190-G-88) and Lithuanian swingman Vaidotas Peciukas (199-G-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Hawaii). Channels, a star at Mid-Major Austin Peay State, is coming off a senior season in which he was named to the Ohio Valley Conference First team after averaging 16.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.4 steals in 32 games. The 6-3 guard from Memphis, Tennessee is a career 38.5% three-point shooter, though he was a volume shooter in college. With Novy Jicin he should pair with fellow youngster Roman Medek forming a talented, but untested backcourt. Vaidotas Peciukas is a 28-year old guard/forward from Lithuania who attended the University of Hawaii. After college, he spent his first professional years in Lithuania with Neptunas Klaipeda and then BC Zalgiris Kaunas. More recently he played in France and last season Romania, where he finished fourth in the league in scoring at 18.7 points per contest. Though 6-7, Peciukas has not shown to be a strong rebounder at his position, but has natural scoring instincts and is an able defender.

Nymburk Bolsters Backcourt with Addition of Weyinmi Efejuku - by Surujh Roopnarine
Adam Koch (203-F-88, college: N.Iowa), Tre Simmons (198-G-82, college: Washington) and now New York native Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence). Nymburk has been buy this off season as they re-tool and try to improve for a 2010-11 run at Euroleague qualifications as well as continued success in the Eurocup. While veterans Arthur Lee, Phil Ricci and Ron Lewis have moved on, an infusion of fresh-young talent is the bet that Nymburk is taking on their quest to reach unmatched heights of excellence in Czech basketball. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku, who will turn 25 in September, is a 6-5, 215 pound guard out of Providence with Nigerian-Jamaican roots, who just wrapped up playing with the Miami Heats NBA Summer League entry in Las Vegas. In four contests he averaged 11.8 points, 2.3 assists and 2.3 rebounds. His rookie season was spent in Latvia, which was nothing but an unquestionable success. In 31 games, he led the Latvian LBL in scoring at 18.5ppg to go along with 4.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.6 steals; all while shooting a very nice 50.5% from the field and 37.2% from three. Oh, and he also led his team BK Barons Riga to the regular season and league championships as well as being named an All Star; all in his rookie season. Weyinmi was a proficient scorer at Providence, finishing 12th all-time in scoring with 1,500 points. A capable ball-handler, Efejuku is able to create his own shot and drive to the basket to create opportunities at the basket. An excellent free-throw shooter (81.0% last season), this talent is something that along with returning point guard Michael Lenzly, will be very useful for Nymburk as shooters like Tre Simmons, Ladislav Sokolovsky and even big-man Petr Benda will benefit greatly from the attention they draw from the defense. The contract is reportedly for one season and Efejuku was scouted by Nymburk coaches as they watched the Latvian League in preparation for their Eurocup matches last season against BK Ventspils. This season will mark the fourth consecutive year that Nymburk will take part in Europes second highest competition (Eurocup), with lofty expectations that they will try to qualify for Euroleague as well.

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CDL market news - by Thomas Soltau
Team FOG Naestved resently announced the signing of young NT guard Nicolas Christensen (190-G-90). The combo guard comes to Naestved from BK Amager.
Team is still searching for US guard, to complement their young players.

The Rabbits of Svendborg also added another player. Matt Williams (200-F-77, college: Montana), a strong all round forward who comes to Denmark from the Finish League. The player will join an allready strong squad, that will likely be the favorites for the CDL title this year.



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Ticknor to return as Assistant Coach in 2010-11 - by Eurobasket News
The Sioux Falls Skyforce announced today that assistant coach Duane Ticknor will return for the 2010-11 season. In his first season as an assistant coach he helped lead the team to a regular season record of 32-18 and a berth in the 2010 NBA Development League Playoffs.

'Having Coach Ticknor on the bench last season was extremely beneficial for a first-year head coach,' said head coach Tony Fritz. 'He helped me grow as a head coach and I look forward to gaining even more knowledge this upcoming season.'

Before joining the Skyforce, Ticknor served as head coach of the Dakota Wizards and guided them to the postseason in each of his two seasons at the helm. His 2007-08 squad finished 29-21 to win the Central Division crown and in 2008-09 the Wizards defeated the Central Division champion Iowa Energy in the first round of the playoffs before falling to the Utah Flash in the league semifinals.

Ticknor spent time in the CBA as head coach of the Gary Steelheads (2002-05) and as an assistant coach of the Rapid City Thrillers (1989-92). The Vermillion, S.D. native was also the head coach for three IBA teams: Black Hills Posse (1995-99), Dakota Wizards (1999-00) and Siouxland Bombers (2000-01). The four-time Coach of the Year ('96, '97, '98, '00) advanced to the IBA Finals three times and won the championship in 1997.

In addition to his professional experience, Ticknor also coached at the collegiate level. He compiled a regular season record of 139-66 in six seasons as head men's basketball coach at National American University in Rapid City, S.D. He was inducted into the Rapid City Sports Hall of Fame in 1989 after his team advanced to the national tournament four times and won back-to-back national championships in 1987 and 1988.

Courtesy of The Sioux Falls Skyforce




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Sweden knock down Estonia in Boras - by Eurobasket News
Sweden - Estonia 84:66
Swedish National Team played their last exhibition game before the start of the EuroBasket qualification. They hosted Estonia in Boras. The hosts looked solid and posted a well-deserved victory at the end. Jonas Jerebko (206-F-87) marked his return with 20 points to lead the effort.
Sweden played cautiously in the opening frame. They limited Estonia to just 13 points in the first quarter and posted a 17:13 lead. The hosts stepped on the gas in the second frame. Sweden boosted the gap at 9-point mark at halftime 41:32. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. Sweden managed to secure a 9-point cushion heading into the fourth quarter. The Swedish team stayed in control in the final stanza. They held the visitors to 14 points and registered a confident win at the end.
Mikael Lindquist (193-G-83, agency: Court Side) knocked down 16 points for Sweden. Anton Saks (200-G-89) and Martin Ringstrom (206-F-81, agency: Rasmussen Services) provided 9 points each for the winners. Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) responded with 16 points for Estonia. Gregor Arbet (194-F/G-83) finished with 14 points in the loss.

Sweden: Jonas Jerebko 20, Mikael Lindquist 16, Anton Saks 9, Martin Ringstrom 9
Estonia: Kristjan Kangur 16, Gregor Arbet 14



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ESL Atlanta Day 1 Results - by Darryl Reshaw
Game 1
England 76 vs. France 74

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England edges France 76-74 and escaped with a tough two point win after a great comeback by France.
England came out hot with a 15 to 4 run at the beginning of the game.
England controlled the entire first half with great play from Carlos White (203-F/C-80, agency: Low Country Sports Management, college: Rhema Bible) who formerly played professionally in Portugal scoring 18 points, along with a big 7 rebounds and the super athletic Christopher Moore added 13 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists.
France was down 17 going into the second half and Englands lead looked insurmountable.
England had good team chemistry combined with quality guard play and strong inside play from there bigs.
Beginning the second half, France made defensive adjustments starting with tough full court pressure that slowed the England attack.
Lawrence Diamond (188-G, college: Morehouse) led the way for France controlling the game and hitting big shots finishing with 16 points, and 7 assists.
Brad Stevens got hot in the second half and finished the game as the leading scorer with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists along with Tuskeegee's Jermale Jones (186-G-86) who also added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists.
Dupree Fletcher (183-G) also hit some big 3s to get the game close.
France took a one lead point with a minute to play.
England came down and hit a big 3 to take back the lead. France had one last chance to take the lead but the last second shot rattled in and out and England walks away with a two point win.

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England:
Jermaine Ferguson (193-G/F-83, college: Geneva): 6pts; 3rbs
Shon Caston (196-G, college: N.Mexico St.): 12pts; 4rbs
Carlos White: 18pts; 7rbs
George White (191-G): 9pts; 3ast
Christopher Moore: 13pts; 9rbs; 2ast
Demario Mattox (188-G-87, college: Hampton) 10pts; 2rbs; 2ast
Jamayal Johnson: 0pts; 3rbs; 3ast
Tryston Lawrence (191-G-88): 4pts; 2rbs; 2ast
Graham Martin (188-G-87): 4pts; 5rbs; 3ast

France:
Gusikma Edet (196-F, college: Georgia Perimeter): 2pts; 4rbs; 2ast
Andino Ferguson: 4pts; 5rbs
Brad Stevens: 21pts; 6rbs; 2ast
Richard Ford (208-C): 11pts; 2rbs
Dupree Fletcher: 9pts; 5rbs
Lawrence Diamond: 16pts; 2ast
Jermale Jones: 16pts; 5rbs; 2ast
Barry Wellington (183-G-87): 5pts; 3ast


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Game 2
Italy 87 vs. Greece 76
Italy controlled Greece and won 87-76 in a hard fought contest by both teams.
Italy started the game with great team play and they scored a lot of easy buckets to open up a significant 15 point lead.
During this period Greece played more one on one basketball and poor team play.
Greece started playing better as a team and stormed back into the game and was only down by 4 points with two minutes left in the game.
However Italy kept their composure and closed out the game with some good free throw shooting and smart team play during the crucial final minutes to edge Greece for the victory.
Italy featured four players who scored double figures which included 18 points and 8 rebounds from Vas'shun Vas'shun Newborne (198-F-83) from St Louis University who showcased his nice all around skills.
David Graham (193-G-85, college: Georgetown, KY) from Georgetown the NAIA powerhouse in Kentucky was superb with 15 points and 7 rebounds as he hit from deep and showed his athletic ability with a great shooting touch.
David Haywood (193-F-81, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: S.Mississippi) the former professional player in Iceland looked good as he scored 12 points and pulled down 9 rebounds in the victory.
Hunter Ross (198-F-87) also chipped in a smooth 10 points and 5 assists in the win for Italy.
Greece was led by Flawaan Flaggs (185-G) the former Black College All American from Miles College who is a deadeye shooter and scoring machine.
He scored 18 points and had 5 rebounds and 4 assists.

Also Aamir McCleary (185-G-88) had a great all around game contributing 9 points, 9 assists and 5 rebounds for Italy.
Greece was led by the following players:
Brandon Springer (196-F) the NAIA All American from Cumberland University chipped in 13 points and 5 assists.
LaDarious Weaver (183-G-86) from Tennessee State added 10 points and 5 rebounds for Greece.
Rich Moore (196-F-88) from Mary Hardin Baylor played well and scored 11 points and 4 rebounds for the losing side.
Travis Taylor (206-C-86, college: Cape Fear CC) from the Charlotte Crossovers played well for Greece as well scoring 12 points and pulling 6 rebounds using his size and athleticism.

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Italy:
David Haywood: 12pts; 9rbs; 2ast
Ryan Daugherty (193-F-87, college: N.Florida): 3pts; 3ast; 2rbs
Johnnie Jackson (201-F-84): 6pts; 5rbs
Vas'shun Newborne: 18pts; 8rbs
Hunter Ross: 10pts; 3ast
James Ingram: 8pts; 5rbs; 5ast
Mike Hall (183-G-86): 9pts; 3rbs; 1ast
Rasheed Pratt: 3pts; 2rbs
David Graham: 15pts; 7rbs; 1ast
Aamir McCleary: 9pts; 9ast; 5rbs

Greece:
LaDarious Weaver: 10pts; 5rbs
Flawaan Flaggs: 18pts; 5rbs; 4ast
Travis Taylor: 12pts; 4rbs; 2ast
Larry Pikes (185-G): 2pts; 3rbs
Osvaldo Haynes (201-F-83): 0pts; 2ast
Brandon Springer: 13pts; 5ast
Rich Moore: 11pts; 4rbs
Julian Richardson (185-G-84): 5pts; 2rbs
Khalifa El-Amin (173-G-86): 5pts; 5ast

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Game 3:

Spain 88 vs. Russia 65
Spain blew out Russia 88 65 in a game they dominated from start to finish.
Spain was running on all cylinders and played a perfect brand of basketball.
Seven of their players scored double figures and their team chemistry rocked Russia.
Russia could not compete with Spains balanced attack it seemed like they were playing seven on four. Leading the way for Russia was the smooth guard Mike Crain (188-G-84, college: Valdosta St.) of Valdosta State with 17 points and 5 assists along with Jon Rogers (204-F/C-84, college: Valdosta St.) the gifted big man who recently played in New Zealand scoring 13 points along with 8 rebounds.
Aubrey White (191-G-85) added 11 points with 3 rebounds and 2 assists along with the IBL super star Terrence Hundley (191-G-85, college: W.Georgia) who scored 10 points and 4 assists.
Aubrey White the guard from the ABA had a solid performance as he scored 11 points and 4 assists.
But they were no match for Spains well balanced attack led which had the speedy Krayaleon Winston scoring 12 points and dishing out 5 assists, William Harris (201-F, college: Miami Dade CC) played extremely well scoring 12 points and grabbing 8 rebounds and Cortez Brown (185-G-87) had a nice all around game scoring 12 points and getting 4 assists in the victory for Spain.
The super athletic Dwayne Morris added 10 points; 7 rebounds and a few block shots for Spain showing his nice all around game.
Their other inside player for Spain Chidi Okoli (198-F) of Norfolk State played well scoring 10 points and 7 rebounds as Spain had seven players in double figures in a well balanced attack.

Spain
Krayaleon Winston: 12pts; 5ast
Eliseo Cornejo (178-G): 2pts; 3stls
DeWayne Morris (201-F-85, college: N.Alabama): 10pts; 7rbs; 3blks
Arthur Breed: 6pts; 3ast; 2rbs
Chidi Okoli: 10pts; 7rbs
William Harris: 12pts; 8rbs; 3ast
Shaun Kirkland (191-G): 11pts; 2rbs
Corey Williams: 10pts; 6rbs; 4ast
Anthony Brock (175-G-88): 3pts; 4ast
Cortez Brown: 12pts; 4ast; 2rbs; 2stls

Russia:
Donte Covington: 2pts; 2rbs; 1ast
Keon Grant (191-G, college: W.Texas A&M): 3pts; 3ast
Aubrey White: 11pts; 3rbs; 4ast
Terrence Hundley: 10pts; 4ast
Mike Crain: 17pts; 5ast
Jon Rogers: 13pts; 8rbs; 3blks
Henry Wright: 2pts; 2ast
Stephan Walton (175-G): 2pts; 3ast
Denykco Bowles (201-F): 4pts; 7rbs; 2ast




Myles McKay the ESL 2009 Las Vegas MVP signs in Italy - by Darryl Reshaw
Myles McKay (191-G-86, college: WiscKing.-Whitew.) the former NCAA Division III All American from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater signed for Mazzeo San Severo the newcomers in Italy LegaDue.
Last year in the 2009-10 season Myles McKay put up some impressive numbers in the Czech Republic for USK Praha as he averaged 24ppg; 5apg and 5 rpg while shooting 54% from the FG and 35% from the 3pt while playing the PG position at 6'4' and 195lbs..
He was selected as Eurobasket.com 'Import player of the Year' and 'Guard of the Year' in the Czech Republic League.
This summer he was courted by a variety of teams throughout Europe that were impressed by his statistics, profile and skills witness on video.
There were EuroCup teams, EuroChallange Cup Teams and clubs from all over Europe that inquired about his services.
Myles has the ability as a big point guard to be a potenail NBA or EuroLeague player soon due to his unique creative ball handling ability that enables his to blow by defenders or get space.
He is an outstanding shooter and scorer that finishes extremely well but confuses defenders due to the fact that he is left handed.
Myles came to the ESL 2009 Las Vegas event as an unhearalded player from a small college but impressed a lot of scouts at the ESL event at the Orleans Arena with his smooth and creative game.
He was a very confident player considering the fact that most of the ESL Las Vegas players hailed from big time college programs or had professional experience.
During the ESL 2009 Las Vegas Championship game Myles made most of the big baskets for his team during crunch time and looked comfortable being the man.
The ESL is a platform from small college All Americans who don't get the publicity, respect or exposure for the professional international market to showcase the skills and game.
The other ESL 2009 Co-MVP is Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: William Carey) who recently signed a lucrative six-figure contract forthe top team in Brazil.
Last season Kyle went to Uruguay where he averaged over 35ppg and in December signed with the top team in Argentina name Penarol Mar del Plata coached by Sergio Hernandez who is the head coach of the Argentina National Team.
Kyle went on to be the best import player in Argentina by winning their league and being name the MVP of the FIBA Americas League which Penarol Mar del Plata won as well.
Similar to Myles McKay, Kyle Lamonte was a NAIA All American from William Carey who transferred from Southern Mississippi.
He participated in the ESL Chicago 2008 event where he was named MVP and participated in the ESL Las Vegas 2008 and 2009 event.
Kyle landed a job in Turkey after the 2008 event but was sent home due to the fact that the team signed a quality Turkish guard and Kyle ended up jobless and was suppose to play in a new minor league in the United States that folded before thier first game.
Kyle came to the ESL 2009 event without a job but as a very talented and hungary player who dominated play with his backcourt mate Myles McKay.
Both of these players should be on a NBA Summer League Roster in 2011 and should play extremely well in Italy and Brazil.
Myles and Kyle both have the talent to play at the highest level in Europe and both have NBA potential but have to will have to take the long route to get there.
The ESL is a great platform for small college All Americans that for some reason ended up at small schools but have big time games.
This summer our Co-MVP from the ESL Chicago event is Marcel Anderson (175-G-86) who is a small college player but is probably just as talented as our former Las Vegas MVP's.
Robert Conley (198-G/F-77, college: Clayton St.) acted as our main scouting director this summer and being a former EuroLeague player who has played in the ACB Spain, Pro A France, Greece, Serbia, Israel, Germany; Lithiaunia , ULEB Cup Final and the EuroLeague Final Four recognizes talent very easily.
He pointed out Marcel Anderson in Chicago and told us that Marcel was probaly the most special talented player he saw this summer who has high level EuroLeague potentail.
However like Myles and Kyle teams have passed on him because he hails from a small school but the kid has Iverson like quickness and skills but is a pure PG with crazy athleticism.
The ESL 2010 Las Vegas C0-MVP is Pierce Caldwell (191-G, agency: Union Sports) a two time NCAA Division II All American who simply dominated in Las Vegas.
Robert and are other two scouting directors at the ESL who also played in the EuroLeague and a variety of other countries in Europe all think that Pierce is another big time talent who will be a six or seven figure earner in Europe and the next few years.

Robert Conley is just like most of these players a former NCAA Division II All American.
He is also currently a free agent that has not been signed but will be just as good as Myles and Kyles or possibly better.
He is a natural shooting guard that can play some PG but has NBA range on his incredible jump shot and is crafty enough to create space.
He reminds us of Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) but a little quicker with better ball hndling skills. He shoots the ball justt as good as Trajan and maybe deeper.
There are other notable ESL players who are on the All Tournament Team or were named MVP of the respective city that are serious players that should be considered for quality jobs in Europe.
The ESL scouting reports are precise and accurate and if you look back in the archives we were 95% right about most of the ESL standouts.
For more information regarding the ESL All Tournament players who may be sleepers or a lillte under the radar please contact marketing@eurobasket.com




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Brose Baskets Bamberg keeps Predrag Suput - by Eurobasket News
Brose Baskets Bamberg came up with important news for the next season. The team announced signing of Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) on contract extension, thus the experienced Serbian player will stay with the team at least one more year (1+1). It will be their fourth season together.
Predrag Suput joined Brose Baskets Bamberg in 2007 from Hemofarm Vrsac. He was one of their best players last season helping the team to win the double in Germany (Championship Title and National Cup). Suput exploded in domestic championship with 14.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.9 apg and 1.1 spg in 45 games. He ended the contest as fourth best scorer. In German Cup, Suput also demonstrated great performance. Bamberg competed in EuroCup last season, where Suput collected 13.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.2 apg and 1.1 spg. Eurobasket awarded Suput with All-German Bundesliga Bosman Player of the Year and he grabbed the same award in 2009.
Before Brose Baskets Bamberg, Predrag Suput spent a season with Hemofarm Vrsac. He helped them to reach the Adriatic league and Serbian league Semifinals. From 2004 to 2006 he played for the Serbian powerhouse Partizan Belgrade. They won two championship titles together and Suput was named Eurobasket.com All-Serbia League Honorable Mention -06.


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KORISLIIGA: Korihait signed with two Americans - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korihait (Uusikaupunki) has signed with two American players for coming 2010-11 season. Both players have been in Finland earlier. Korihait will give the third chance to F James Reaves (203-F-82, college: Niagara), who left the team before season start in September 2004 and played later that season in Braunschweig, Germany. Reaves came back to Uusikaupunki in the fall 2007, played two games on Korihait roster and injured his hand. Reaves left Finland and has played since then in Mexico and in the ABA, USBL, PBL. SG/SF Nigel Moore (195-F/G-81, college: Alabama A&M) has played several seasons in Germany (Lich, Giessen, Goettingen, Karlsruhe) and eight games on Team Componenta roster in Karkkila, Finland in the spring 2008. Since his first visit to Finland Moore has played in Germany and in the CBA and PBL.

EUROBASKET: Lithuania 2011 as the goal - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Next European Championship Games in Lithuania in the year 2011 (September 3.-18.). EuroBasket Qualifying Round right now taking place with 15 teams divided in three groups. The winner of each group and the two best # 2s will make the Lithuania Games. Group A: Finland, Israel, Italy, Latvia and Montenegro. Group B: Bosnia and Herzegovina, F.Y.R. of Macedonia, Great Britain, Hungary and Ukraine. Group C: Belgium, Bulgaria, Georgia, Poland and Portugal.
Finland NT played nine practise games during the hot summer winning eight of them and losing only vs Lithuania on the road. Finland will start the qualifying games on Thursday, August 5 at home vs Montenegro (Vantaa Energy Arena at 8:00 p.m.). Montenegro crushed already at home Latvia by 30 pts (96-66), when NBA-player (Minnesota Timberwolves) Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) scored 26 pts. The other Montenegrin key players were guards Goran Jeretin (192-G-79, agency: Beo Basket) and Omar Cook (186-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's). Team Head Coach is Dusko Vujosevic (agency: Beo Basket ). Finland Head Coach Henrik Dettmann will have almost the best possible roster on the court. Only G Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) is on injured list.




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Interview with Jeron Roberts - by Serafim Karaiskakis

Jeron Roberts (194-G/F-76, college: Wyoming), former Israel NT player and graduate from University of Wyoming spoke exclusive to eurobasket.com:


Eurobasket.com: What memories you have from your college games at Wyoming?


Jeron Roberts: I have a lot of memories from my playing days at the University of Wyoming, but to name a few, would be the rivalries against Univ. of Utah and BYU university. Those games were usually sold out and our arena held around 14,000 people and the crowd was nuts. It was like the whole town was in the arena plus those that traveled from afar to see us against the mid-western rivals, we had the luxury of winning all those home games when i was there as well as a big one on ESPN Big Monday against utah where i had a monster dunk down the middle and they played it for a week on sports center, that was definitely a highlight of my college career.


Eurobasket.com: Your professional career started in Turkey, what is your opinion about the league there?


Jeron Roberts: My first year was in turkey, in karshiyaka of Izmir, the league was great, there were alot of old and yound stars, turkoglu and okur were young but great players, you had ibrahim kutulay, david rivers, randolph childress, rashard griffith, those are just to name a few but there were so many ex NBA and great european players in the 98-99 season, it was definitely one of the most competitive leagues to date with all the great players back then.


Eurobasket.com: How you decided to play along with Majic Johnson in his All-Star travelling team? How was this experience?


Jeron Roberts: I had the chance to play with magic johnson's roundball team, when i was in between jobs and he was putting together a team to go on tours with, which consisted on 5 young players and 5 older players, mostly NBA vets or older guys who played in the league. I went to the practices and tryouts and was selected out of about 20 guys. He kept 5 of us young guys and we practice everyday until the date of one of the tours. I had the oppurtunity to guard magic everyday because i was a bigger guard and the other 2 guards we had were smaller guards. The best player i ever guarded by far, his knowledge of the game and vision is amazing, plus being 6'9 helps also, to be that tall and agile and score so many ways and pass is definitely one of a kind and i learned alot by competing with one of the best players of all time. This is by far one of the greatest experiences because of the caliber of players ie.. kenny fields, kenny williams, lasalle thomas, mitchell butler, all ex NBA guys and Magic himself, it was definetly alot of knowledge on the court when we practiced.


Eurobasket.com: When you first signed to play in Israel did you ever imagined that it could be your second home?


Jeron Roberts: When I first signed in Israel, I had no idea i would be there so long, I actually never knew where i would be, I just put it in Gods hands and wherever he takes me, Im ready to go, but being in Israel as long as I have has definetly made me love the country, I have amazing friends and also fans who support me there and Im very grateful to them and the country for welcoming me with open arms and making my experiences the best they could be.


Eurobasket.com: You have a big career in Israel, when you had your best game there?


Jeron Roberts: My best game in Israel came against Maccabi Rishon about 3yrs ago, I scored 33pts, I was feeling good, hitting 3pters and getting to the basket and we won the game at home, which made it all the better!!!


Eurobasket.com: Tell me about the Israel NT, you played in the 2007 Eurobasket at Spain and along with Yotam Halperin you had some great games and a good tournament.


Jeron Roberts: The 2007 national team was a great experience and very exciting one at that. No one expected us to be there, we took the hard route thru the qualification tournaments, there were two before we even got to spain!! We had a great group of guys who played well together and everyone knew there role, Yotam halperin was great, along with Meir Tapiro as the catalyst and i was the defensive stopper/scorer with Yaniv Green and Ido Kozikaro on the inside, Yaniv had a great tournament also.


Eurobasket.com: Which game from Eurobasket you remember most and why?


Jeron Roberts: There were a couple games that stick out, the Greece, Serbia, and Croatia games to name a few. The game against Greece was big because they were the best team in Europe and we were the underdogs, we just made the tournament, we fought them hard, we all played well, but it wasnt enough to get the job done, Greece was clearly a better team but we gained respect and let people know that we came to play which sets us up for the next two big victories against Serbia and Croatia. In the game against Serbia, we came to play, we had confidence and we felt like we could win and we did, i especially remember that one because i hit a big 3 pointer to seal the game and we were all excited because we fought so hard and won. The Croatia game was my best game of the tournament, i scored well 15pts, but i played great defense on all the great Croatian guards, Planinic, Oopovic etc... all great euro guards, and we won again, so it was even sweeter and we were making noise as the surprise team of the 2007 tournament, it was definelty one of the best experiences of my life, we also played the spanish national team with all there stars, the Gasol, Ricky Rubio who barely played because they had such great guards, navarro and company at their home in front of a sellout crowd, one of the bigger games of my career!!! unfortunately we didnt win, but the experience was priceless.


Eurobasket.com: You had two very good years in Cyprus and Holland did you find any similarities into these leagues?


Jeron Roberts: The Cyprus and Dutch leagues are different, the Dutch league when i was there i think was more competitive top to bottom then the Cyprus league as both are good leagues but in Holland the gap in the level of teams was a big drop from top to bottom as the Cypriot league.


Eurobasket.com: Everyone knows that you're a big scorer, what else you can give to a team?


Jeron Roberts: Besides scoring I give a defensive presence to a team. I was a national team defensive stopper and have always been known as a good defensive player, I also offer leadership and experience, whereas there arent to many situations in basketball i havent been apart of so i definitely have a lot of knowledge to give, that has been passed on to me.


Eurobasket.com: What are your plans for the new season?


Jeron Roberts: My plans for the coming season are to find a club where i will earn quality minutes and have a big role in winning a championship. I always shoot for the sky, that is the ultimate goal, I dont go into the workouts saying im working hard for second place, I wanna be the best I can be so I strive for the best. Im looking at situations in Greece, France, Italy and hope to find a place where i can use my talents to help a team achieve the highest goals we set and even surpass those goals and surprise people!!!!


http://www.serwrites.blogspot.com/



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Predrag Suput Gets Contract Extension With The Brose Baskets Bamberg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Top player and secret MVP of last season Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) will lace up his sneakers for the Brose Baskets Bamberg in the 2010-2011 BEKO BBL season. He will be starting his fourth season in the bavarian city and will play Euroleague. Last season, the 33 year old 2,00cm power forward won the double and played EuroCup: 13 games: 13.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.2apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 88.5%; German League: 45 games: Score-4 (14.9ppg), 4.7rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 53.7%, 3PT: 41.6%, FT: 84.6%. He scored in double figueres in 39 games. 'For me, he was the league MVP last season. He is very important for our system as he makes the right decisions inside and out. We saw the quality that he has as he led us to winning the cup. I am pleased that we can show that we can hold one of our most important players for another season', stressed Brose Baskets Bamberg coach Chris Fleming
Source: www.brose-baskets-bamberg.de




Hollis Price Returns To Alba Berlin And Steffen Hamann Departs - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Hollis Price had been around the block in Europe the last years showcasing his talent away from Germany, but returned late last season to the Artland Dragons and now returns to 8 time BEKO BBL champion Alba Berlin as he recieved a one year contract. The club also announced that long time German national player Steffen Hamann will not return to the Spree this season. Price is a 30 year old 186cm combo guard who is a winner with a lot of heart. Loves to start with the ball in his hands, this is why he's usually labelled as a PG, but he is instead a great combo guard, with good court vision and great shooting accuracy from outside. Knows ho to create his onw shot, can defend on taller opponents, Last season, he shared the point guard duties with American Ronald Ross playing EuroChallenge: 3 games: 6.7ppg, 1.0rpg, 2.0apg; German League: 10 games: 7.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.4apg, FGP: 42.3%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 82.6%. 'Hollis is a high class and experienced player that knows the expectations that are expected of the club. He will be a strong guard duo with Marko Marinovic', stressed Alba Berlin head coach Luka Pavicevic (agency: Beo Basket ) 'It is somehing very special to return to Berlin. Berlin was the nicest place that I played at and I am looking forward to the season', stated Hollis Price (186-G-79, college: Oklahoma)

Price played at Oklahoma (NCAA) from 1999-2003 and finished career as seventh leading scorer in school history (fourth in Big 12 history). Ranks as the schools all-time leader in free throw percentage (.861), second in three-point field goals made (241), fourth in steals (224), and eighth in three-point field goal percentage (.392). Team won 111 games when he participated, a school record. He reached the NCAA Final 4 in 2002 and Elite 8 in 2003. He started his professional basketball career in France playing for Le Mans from 2003-2005. He won the French cup in 2004. He played for Alba Berlin from 2005-2006 playing ULEB Cup: 10 games: 12.9ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 48.6%, 3FGP: 44.2%, FT: 85.7%; German League: 42 games: 15.0ppg, 3.6rpg, Assists-3 (4.9apg), 1.8spg, 2FGP: 45.8%, 3PT: 40.9%. he won the German cup in 2006. In 2006-2007, he played in Spain for Caja San Fernando Sevilla (Spain-ACB, starting five): 34 games: 10.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.6apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 41.0%, 3FGP: 37.0%, FT-3 (90.0%). In 2007-2008, he played for top European team Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (Lithuania-LKL, starting five): Lithuanian League: 23 games: 8.7ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 46.0%, FT: 79.4%, 3PT: 40.9%; Baltic League (Elite): 18 games: 8.4ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.6apg, 0.9spg, 2FGP: 53.1%, 3PT: 28.8%, FT: 86.7%; Euroleague: 20 games: Score-3 (16.9ppg), 2.2rpg, 3.9apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 43.8%, FT: 87.3%. In 2008-2009, he played in Russia and Italy for Dynamo Moscow (Russia-A Superleague, starting five), Russian League: 12 games: 6.7ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT-1 (91.3%); Eurocup: 6 games: 7.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.3apg, 2.0spg; in Jan.'09 moved to Armani Jeans Milano (Italy-SerieA, starting five): Italian League: 23 games: 8.7ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.9apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 44.3%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 89.5%; Euroleague: 6 games: 9.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.8apg
Alba Berlin also announced that the point guard duo of Rashad Wright and Steffen Hamaan will not be returning this season as their contracts were terminated.
Source: www.alba-berlin.de




Thomas Schoeps Joins The ETB Wohnbau Baskets - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO A team ETB Wohnbau Baskets have announced the signing of Thomas Schoeps (188-G-89). Schoeps is a 21 year old 188 cm guard from Berlin, Germany. Last season, he took the step to playing in the States for Odessa JC (JUCO): 29 games: 3.7ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 42.1%, 3Pts: 45.0%, FT: 78.8%. Schoeps will share the point guard duties this season with American Gabriel Moore. Schoeps is happy about coming to Essen to continue to develop as a player. 'I know that this season wont be easy for Essen and we will fight to stay in the PROA. I hope that I will get playing time and I dont want to sit on the bench. I want to help the team succede', stressed German Thomas Schoeps. Coach Igor Krizanovic is content that Schoeps will be a help this season. 'We are sure that Thomas will be more than just a backup', stressed ETB coach Igor Krizanovic. Schoeps started his basketball career in 2004-2005 with SSC Suedwest Berlin junior team - IBBA. He then played for TuS Lichterfelde from 2005-2008. In 2008-2009, he played for ALBA Berlin II (Regionalliga) playing 21 games and averaging 16.1ppg
Source: www.etb-baskets.com




Steven Smith Signed By The EWE Baskets Oldenburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Ex NBA player Steven Smith (203-F-83, college: La Salle) will put on the uniform for the EWE Baskets Oldenburg this season. Smith is a 27 year old 203cm forward from Philadelphia. Last season, he played in Israel for Ironi Nahariya (Israel-Premier League, starting five): 11 games: 16.9ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 42.2%, FT: 81.4%. 'Steve is a very good player that fits perfect into our concept', stressed Oldenburg coach Predrag Krunic. 'Steven was our wish player for the power forward position. He makes the game faster and fits well to the otehr guys', stated Oldenburg CEO Hermann Schueller.

Smith started his basketball career at La Salle from 2002-2006. In his senior year, he played 27 games: ScoreA10-1 (19.7ppg), RebA10-3 (7.9rpg), 2.5apg, 1.2spg, FGPA10-5 (48.6%), 3PT: 33.8%, FTA10-5 (77.3%): Finished career ranked seventh all-time in scoring (1,931 points) and fifth all-time in rebounding (861) at La Salle. He was also All-Atlantic 10 Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006. He turned professional in 2006 and had a busy rookie year as he played in the NBA, D-League and ACB in Spain for teams Philadelphia 76ers (NBA): 8 games: 0.6ppg, 0.8rpg, FGP: 25.0%, He was waived in Jan.'07, in Feb.'07 moved to Anaheim Arsenal (D-League, starting five): 23 games: 18.4ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 81.8%, in April '07 signed at Caja San Fernando Sevilla (Spain-ACB, starting five): 6 games: 4.8ppg. In 2007-2008, he played for Anaheim Arsenal (D-League, starting five): 23 games: 19.0ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.2apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 35.9%, FT: 82.0%, also played at Solsonica Rieti (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 12 games: 9.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP:50.7%, 3PT:23.5%, FT: 66.7%. In 2008-2009, he played in Greece for VAP Kolossos (Greece-A1), injured in March '09, and was off for 6 months: 21 games: Score-1 (18.3ppg), 5.1rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 49.2%, FT: 78.9%.
Source: www.ewe-baskets.de




Ruach and Woody commit to Itzehoe Eagles - by Moritz Korff
As announced on their website, the CRE Eagles Itzehoe (Regionalliga North) have landed two import players with Tut Ruach (188-G-85, college: York University) and Martinis Woody (203-F/C, college: Benedict).
Ruach, a Canadian guard out of Toronto, Ontario, was a standout at York University (CIS) and exhibited a double-digit scoring average in each season of his five year-college career. In 2008-09 Ruach averaged 18.5 points, 4.8 boards and 4.0 assists for the Lions. Following his graduation the 25-year-old Canadian of Sudanese descent continued his basketball career Guelph Phoenix. Itzehoe is going to be his first stint overseas.
Meanwhile, Woody has already gained some international experience, having appeared in 12 games for the Iserlohn Kangaroos during this past campaign. The Greeneville, SC native panned out as a constant double double threat for the Kangaroos, registering 20.8 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per contest. In November 2009 however, Woody parted company with the Iserlohn team. Due to disciplinary reasons as the club stated back then. Prior to heading to Germany, Woody spent a respectable NCAA career at Division 2 school Benedict. As a senior (2008-09) he tallied an average of 10.3 points per contest and was among the best rebounder (10.4rpg) and shot blockers (3.2bpg) in the entire NCAA2.


BG Dorsten adds Terry Bryant - by Moritz Korff
Terry Bryant (186-G-85, college: SE Louisiana) has reached an agreement with Regionalliga West outfit BG Dorsten to play for the team in the 2010-2011 season. Bryant spent this past campaign with SV Hagen-Haspe 70 (2. Regionalliga West). He is not the first Southeastern Louisiana University (NCAA1) graduate to wear the Dorsten uniform. His former SLU teammate Daryl Cohen (193-G-85, college: SE Louisiana) starred for BG over the past two years and received Eurobasket.com All-RLW Player of the Year honors on the way. Also Tavaris Nance (198-G/F-85, college: SE Louisiana) had a brief stint in Dorsten before moving on.
Meanwhile, Hagen-Haspe has found a replacement for its former go to guy: Alton Robinson (201-F-86) has been brought in to fill the gap. Robinson is a former student athlete of Delta State University (NCAA2) and is capable to fill the 3 or 4 spot.


USC Heidelberg signs a pair - by Moritz Korff
USC Heidelberg (2. Bundesliga Pro A) has completed the signings of Bjorn Schoo (213-F/C-81, agency: Court Side, college: Northern St.) and Dave Noel (191-G-85, college: Cent.Florida), as announced on the team's website. Jibril Hodges (188-G-84, college: Long Beach St.), Lyndale Burleson (191-G-85, college: Nevada), Eric Vierneisel (201-F-85, college: California) and Darrin Williams (203-F, agency: N.E.T., college: Loyola (IL)) did not get contract extension.
Noel has two years of NBA D-League basketball under his belt, he suited up for the Reno Bighorns since 2008. He averaged 5.3 points and 2.2 rebounds through 27 games in this past season. Noel previously attended the University of Central Florida (NCAA1).
Schoo comes of a season with UBC Hannover. He appeared in 14 contests for the Tigers until he left the team in February 2010 and scored 10.6 points per encounter. He also pulled down 6.4 rebounds a game and had 1.5 blocked shot per outing.


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Greece won over Cyprus in Nicosia - by Eurobasket News
Greece-Cyprus 76:41

Greece won over Cyprus 76:41 in Nicosia in the friendly clash between two teams. Greece get ready for another tournament that will start in Cyprus from August 6th- Love Cyprus Cup-2010.
It was not an easy start for the favorites that trailed 6:7 in the opening tip. Only a 10-0 run allowed them to take the lead and finished the first quarter at 20:9. Greece opened with another jump shot the second frame and reached 22:9. They enjoyed 35:19 halftime deficit as they produced the win also in the second quarter. Kostas Costas Tsartsaris (210-F-79) nailed 6 points in a row for 51:26 after three quarters. Kostas Papanikolaou scored for 64:32 and Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) followed him to 70:34. Greece dominated the rest of the game and won it on a high note.
Costas Tsartsaris stepped up with 16 points and Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) nailed 14. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) and Calathes nailed 9 each, while Georgios Printezis and Konstantinos Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) added 7 apiece. Giorgos Palalas (185-G-81) and Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-C-80) delivered 8 points each in the losing effort. Koronidis and Pilavios followed them with 4 points apiece.
Greece will open Love Cyprus Cup-2010 against Germany on August 6th.

Greece: Costas Tsartsaris 16 points, Sofoklis Schortsanitis 14. Vassilis Spanoulis 9, Calathes 9, Georgios Printezis 7, Konstantinos Kaimakoglou 7
Cyprus: Giorgos Palalas 8, Panagiotis Trisokkas 8, Koronidis 4, Pilavios 4




Greece U16 came back from Slovenia - by Eurobasket News
Greece U16 came back from Slovenia as the team participated at the International Tournament of four teams. Zrece hosted four U16 teams at the International Tournament. Slovenia U16, Bulgaria U16, Montenegro U16 and Greece U16 participated in it.
Bulgaria U16 beat Greece U16 78:60. Greece started with 17-16, but lost all three other quarters. Bulgaria enjoyed 20-7 in the third quarter to seal the victory. Dimitrios Agravanis (203-F-94) brought 14 points for Greece.
In Day 2 Montenegro U16 outscored Greece U16 88:56. The winners started with 24:14 and increased to 47:33 at the halftime. Greece reduced to 63:50 after three quarters, while Montenegro expldoed for 88:56 at the end. Diamantis Slaftsakis (193-G-94) ended up with 15 points in the losing effort and Giannis Anagnostopoulos (204-F-94) brought 11.
In Day 3 Slovenia U16 cruised past Greece U16 67:62. The latter opened the game with 21-17, while the hosts took the lead after 21-16 in the second quarter. Greece bounced back with 14-10 in the third period, while Slovenia needed 19-11 to win the game. Jure Kopac (198-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Rizman netted 11. Kokol produced 10, whilst Jure Ritlop scored 7.
Bulgaria U16 triumphed in the tournament beating Montenegro U16 78:72.


Interview with Jeron Roberts - by Serafim Karaiskakis

Jeron Roberts (194-G/F-76, college: Wyoming), former Israel NT player and graduate from University of Wyoming spoke exclusive to eurobasket.com:


Eurobasket.com: What memories you have from your college games at Wyoming?


Jeron Roberts: I have a lot of memories from my playing days at the University of Wyoming, but to name a few, would be the rivalries against Univ. of Utah and BYU university. Those games were usually sold out and our arena held around 14,000 people and the crowd was nuts. It was like the whole town was in the arena plus those that traveled from afar to see us against the mid-western rivals, we had the luxury of winning all those home games when i was there as well as a big one on ESPN Big Monday against utah where i had a monster dunk down the middle and they played it for a week on sports center, that was definitely a highlight of my college career.


Eurobasket.com: Your professional career started in Turkey, what is your opinion about the league there?


Jeron Roberts: My first year was in turkey, in karshiyaka of Izmir, the league was great, there were alot of old and yound stars, turkoglu and okur were young but great players, you had ibrahim kutulay, david rivers, randolph childress, rashard griffith, those are just to name a few but there were so many ex NBA and great european players in the 98-99 season, it was definitely one of the most competitive leagues to date with all the great players back then.


Eurobasket.com: How you decided to play along with Majic Johnson in his All-Star travelling team? How was this experience?


Jeron Roberts: I had the chance to play with magic johnson's roundball team, when i was in between jobs and he was putting together a team to go on tours with, which consisted on 5 young players and 5 older players, mostly NBA vets or older guys who played in the league. I went to the practices and tryouts and was selected out of about 20 guys. He kept 5 of us young guys and we practice everyday until the date of one of the tours. I had the oppurtunity to guard magic everyday because i was a bigger guard and the other 2 guards we had were smaller guards. The best player i ever guarded by far, his knowledge of the game and vision is amazing, plus being 6'9 helps also, to be that tall and agile and score so many ways and pass is definitely one of a kind and i learned alot by competing with one of the best players of all time. This is by far one of the greatest experiences because of the caliber of players ie.. kenny fields, kenny williams, lasalle thomas, mitchell butler, all ex NBA guys and Magic himself, it was definetly alot of knowledge on the court when we practiced.


Eurobasket.com: When you first signed to play in Israel did you ever imagined that it could be your second home?


Jeron Roberts: When I first signed in Israel, I had no idea i would be there so long, I actually never knew where i would be, I just put it in Gods hands and wherever he takes me, Im ready to go, but being in Israel as long as I have has definetly made me love the country, I have amazing friends and also fans who support me there and Im very grateful to them and the country for welcoming me with open arms and making my experiences the best they could be.


Eurobasket.com: You have a big career in Israel, when you had your best game there?


Jeron Roberts: My best game in Israel came against Maccabi Rishon about 3yrs ago, I scored 33pts, I was feeling good, hitting 3pters and getting to the basket and we won the game at home, which made it all the better!!!


Eurobasket.com: Tell me about the Israel NT, you played in the 2007 Eurobasket at Spain and along with Yotam Halperin you had some great games and a good tournament.


Jeron Roberts: The 2007 national team was a great experience and very exciting one at that. No one expected us to be there, we took the hard route thru the qualification tournaments, there were two before we even got to spain!! We had a great group of guys who played well together and everyone knew there role, Yotam halperin was great, along with Meir Tapiro as the catalyst and i was the defensive stopper/scorer with Yaniv Green and Ido Kozikaro on the inside, Yaniv had a great tournament also.


Eurobasket.com: Which game from Eurobasket you remember most and why?


Jeron Roberts: There were a couple games that stick out, the Greece, Serbia, and Croatia games to name a few. The game against Greece was big because they were the best team in Europe and we were the underdogs, we just made the tournament, we fought them hard, we all played well, but it wasnt enough to get the job done, Greece was clearly a better team but we gained respect and let people know that we came to play which sets us up for the next two big victories against Serbia and Croatia. In the game against Serbia, we came to play, we had confidence and we felt like we could win and we did, i especially remember that one because i hit a big 3 pointer to seal the game and we were all excited because we fought so hard and won. The Croatia game was my best game of the tournament, i scored well 15pts, but i played great defense on all the great Croatian guards, Planinic, Oopovic etc... all great euro guards, and we won again, so it was even sweeter and we were making noise as the surprise team of the 2007 tournament, it was definelty one of the best experiences of my life, we also played the spanish national team with all there stars, the Gasol, Ricky Rubio who barely played because they had such great guards, navarro and company at their home in front of a sellout crowd, one of the bigger games of my career!!! unfortunately we didnt win, but the experience was priceless.


Eurobasket.com: You had two very good years in Cyprus and Holland did you find any similarities into these leagues?


Jeron Roberts: The Cyprus and Dutch leagues are different, the Dutch league when i was there i think was more competitive top to bottom then the Cyprus league as both are good leagues but in Holland the gap in the level of teams was a big drop from top to bottom as the Cypriot league.


Eurobasket.com: Everyone knows that you're a big scorer, what else you can give to a team?


Jeron Roberts: Besides scoring I give a defensive presence to a team. I was a national team defensive stopper and have always been known as a good defensive player, I also offer leadership and experience, whereas there arent to many situations in basketball i havent been apart of so i definitely have a lot of knowledge to give, that has been passed on to me.


Eurobasket.com: What are your plans for the new season?


Jeron Roberts: My plans for the coming season are to find a club where i will earn quality minutes and have a big role in winning a championship. I always shoot for the sky, that is the ultimate goal, I dont go into the workouts saying im working hard for second place, I wanna be the best I can be so I strive for the best. Im looking at situations in Greece, France, Italy and hope to find a place where i can use my talents to help a team achieve the highest goals we set and even surpass those goals and surprise people!!!!


http://www.serwrites.blogspot.com/



Iraklis hires Kostas Pilafidis as new Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
Iraklis resolved one of the most important problems for the next season. The team decided to hire Kostas Pilafidis (agency: Interperformances ), who will replace Leuteris Kakiousis as Head Coach.
Kostas Pilafidis (agency: Interperformances ) is a former player and Head Coach of Iraklis. He worked with the team eight years ago, actually one season 2001/02. After that, Pilafidis was coaching in Makedonikos Kozani, GS Larissa, PAOK and AEL 1964 Larissa. Last season he started with Kavala/Panorama, but they parted ways in December.
Iraklis won the promotion to A1 for season 2010/11.


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Djero Riedewald to WCAA Giants - by Fred Roggen
Djero Riedewald (203-F-89, college: Tennessee-Martin) play next season in Bergen Op Zoom, today or tomorrow he will sign a one-year deal with WCAA Giants. The 25-year-old power forward played last season in Spain with Hospitalet Barcelona in the LEB Silver, were he played 28 games: 6.9ppg, 4.2rpg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 11.1%, FT: 63.9%
Earlier, he played college basketball in the NCAA at Tennessee Martin and for the juniorcollege Polk CC .



ZZ Leiden lands former Nebraska guard Ryan Anderson - by Fred Roggen
The 22 year old American shooting guard Ryan Anderson (193-G-87, agency: R.H.Consultancy) has signed a one-year contract with ZZ Leiden. The 1.93m long Ryan Anderson comes from the NCAA, where he played for Nebraska University and where he in his four years as a college player revealed as the absolute leader of the Cornhuskers. Anderson averaged last season: 11.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists. With Ryan Anderson, ZZ Leiden has added the first American to their roster for the 2010-2011 season.

DeFriesland Aris complete roster with Former Bronco Mark Sanchez and Dutch U-20 player Joshua Kramer - by Fred Roggen
DeFriesland Aris complete roster with Former Bronco Mark Sanchez (201-F-87, college: Boise St.) and Dutch U-20 player Joshua Kramer (194-F/G-90).
Mark Sanchez, a power forward of 2.01 m, is a former graduate of Boise State University and played recently in Israel for Hapoel Holon and Lobos Grises de la UAD Durango (Mexico-LNBP.
Joshua Kramer (20) comes over from Den Helder. The shooting guard is youth international and came out this summer for the Dutch U-20 team,
that played at the European Championships.



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Maccabi Ashdod inks Meir Tapiro - by Netanel Dahan
Meir Tapiro (194-G-75, agency: Avi Zilberman) will continue his career in Maccabi Ashdod,the 35 years old veteran officaly signed in Ashdod the newcomer which just promoted to the first league after Hapoel Afula decided not to play in the first league next season.
Ashdod will be the 9th pro team for Meir,he notched last season:9.6ppg, 4.9rpg,and finished as the leader of the league on assists with 6.4 apg.

The top candidate to coach Ashdod is the Israeli specialist Eli Rabi who coached Hapoel Afula last season and kept the team at the first league after historyical come-back from 2-0 at the lower playoffs series to 3-2,and he is also coaching the Israeli women national team with Tal Natan


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Italy U16 settled down in Bar - by Eurobasket News
Italy U16 settled down in Bar as the team will start tomorrow their U16 European campaign. Recently the team played last two friendly games in Belgrade. Serbia U16 overcame Italy U16 80:62. The home side opened the tournament with 21-14 in the first quarter and added 17-9 in the second frame. Serbia played better also in the second half and posted another two wins in the third and the last quarters. At first they had 21-19 in the third period and then finished the game with 21-20. Nikola Jankovic (203-F/C-94) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Micic nailed 12. Cvorovic scored 10, while Nikola Radicevic (195-G-94) netted 8. Andusic, Jankovic and Zorbas delivered 6 apiece.
Italy U16 rolled over Spain U16 55:50 to finish with 1-1 record. Italy opened the game with 15-13 and added 14-12 in the second period. Spain bounced back with 16-15 in the third quarter to reduce the gap. Italy needed 11-9 in the last quarter to seal the victory. Rodriguez Made stepped up with 12 points for the winners and Landi scored 10. Tessitori notched 9, while Matteo Imbro (187-G-94) posted 7. Perez finished the game with 9 points in the losing effort. Hernandez and Sanchez netted 7 each, while Dario Brizuela (94) and Francisco Jimenez (94) added 6 apiece.



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3 Nations Friendly :Qatar surge ahead early, then consolidate to down Syria - by Omar Shafaamri
Qatar began in a breezy manner, grew in strength and confidence as the game progressed and defeated Syria 75-66 in the three-nation friendly tournament at the Orthodox Club courts on Tuesday.
Qatar will take on hosts Jordan in the final game on Wednesday. Jordan had defeated Qatar 68-66 on the opening day before beating Syria 86-55 on Monday.
Qatar, under coach Ali Fakhroo, who like the other two are using the friendly triangular to prepare for the FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup starting in Beirut on Saturday, began the game with their confidence high.
The GCC champions led 28-15 at the end of the first quarter and widened it to 43-24 at the end of the first half.
Syria, however, attempted a fight back in the third outscoring Qatar 24-13 and cut the deficit down to eight going into the final ten minutes. But, Qatar recovered in time and quelled any fears.
Rabie Hashem (Syria) was the Best Scorer with 21 points
In the 3rd FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup, all three teams are pooled together with hosts Lebanon and SEABAs Philippines in Group B of the Preliminary Round.
Jordan and Qatar, incidentally, are the two previous winners of the FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup Qatar having won the inaugural edition in 2004 at Taipei and Jordan annexing the crown at Kuwait two years ago.

FIBA Asia



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Jeremy Buttell joins Musel Pikes - by Eurobasket News
Jeremy Buttell (201-F-87, college: Texas Tech) has become the new import player for Musel Pikes. The 23-year-old forward signed a one-year deal with the team. It is the first pro contract for Jeremy Buttell. He just graduated from the University of Chicago. The forward notched 12.2 points and 7.4 boards per game in his senior season. Jeremy Buttell will replace Fletcher Walters (201-F-86, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Amherst) on the roster.



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  MALI   


Adidas Nations to start on August 5 - by Eurobasket News
Adidas Nations global experience tournament is slated to tip off on August 5 in Chicago, IL. The worlds top U18 players will gather in Chicago to train and compete in the program. Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, USA 2011 and USA 2012 teams will train and compete at the UIC Pavilion and the Attack Athletics Centre.
NBA players Corey Brewer (6'9''-F-86, college: Florida) (Minnesota Timberwolves), Jrue Holiday (6'3''-G-90, college: UCLA) (Philadelphia 76ers), Toney Douglas (6'1''-G-86, college: Florida St.) (New York Knicks), Robin Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford) (Phoenix Suns), Anthony Randolph (6'11''-F-89, college: LSU) (New York Knicks) and Serge Ibake (Oklahoma City Thunder) will counsel and mentor players throughout the weekend. Former players and head coaches Eddie Johnson, Detlef Schrempf , Tony Brown , Frank Johnson and Eric Musselman will act as regional head coaches.
Here are the teams rosters for the upcoming event:
Africa:
Abdoulaye Harouna (92) (Niger)
Alioune Diagne (Senegal)
Bakary Konate (6'10''-F/C-93) (Mali)
Bryan Pamba-Juille (6'1''-G-92) (Ivory Coast)
Issa Soumah (92) (Mali)
Mohamed Doucoure (92) (Mali)
Tridon Makonda (RD Congo)
Vafessa Fofana (Ivory Coast)
Peter Jurkin (7'0''-C) (Sudan)
Obij Aget (7'1''-C) (Sudan)
Dame Ndiaye (Senegal)
Cheir Ajou (7'1''-C) (Sudan)

Asia:
Yang Jinmeng (China)
Li Qingxiang (China)
Zhou Qi (China)
Ge Zhaobao (China)
Xing Zhiquing (China)
Heng Yifeng (China)
Wei Zhengxian (China)
Si Yuheng (China)
Hu Yihan (China)
Liu Zhixuan (China)
Steven Adams (New Zealand)
Lee Chi-Wei (Taiwan)

Europe:
Marco Maganza (6'9''-F/C-91) (Italy)
Lorenzo Molinaro (Italy)
Roberto Marulli (6'3''-G-91) (Italy)
Raphael Gaspardo (6'9''-F-93) (Italy)
Pavlin Ivanov (6'5''-G-93, agency: Beo Basket)
Armin Mazic (6'6''-G-93) (Italy)
Andres Quarisa (Italy)
Ludovico de Paoli (6'10''-F-92) (Italy)
Samuel Deguara (7'4''-C-91) (Italy)
Paolo Zanatta (6'5''-G/F-92) (Italy)
Alessandro Zanrlli (Italy)
Nicolo Boaro (Italy)

USA 2011:
Quincy Miller-Scott (6'8''-F/C-93)
Le Bryan Nash (6'7''-F)
Kevin Ware (6'4''-G-93)
Quinn Cook (6'1''-G-93)
Deuce Bello
Nick Johnson (6'3''-G)
Jahii Carson
Ryan Boatright (6'0''-G-92)
Adonis Thomas (6'7''-F/G-93)
Cody Zeller (6'9''-F/C)
Damien Leonard (6'4''-G)
Marshall Plumlee (6'11''-F/C-92)
Michael Chandler (6'10''-F/C-92)
Rakeem Christmas (6'9''-C/F)
USA 2012:
Kyle Anderson
Kevin Ferrell
Jordan Adams
Shabazz Muhammad
Winston Shepard
Jordan Price (6'5''-G/F)
Xavier Johnson
Amile Jefferson
Isaiah Austin
Jordan Tebbutt
Alex Murphy
Wannah Bail
Jarnell Stokes
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera
Peter Jurkin




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  MEXICO   


International Coaching Clinic in Sinaloa, Mexico - by Chris Terrell
The International Coaching Clinic for Basketball is being held in Los Mochis and will feature International level coaches from Argentina, Cuba, and Mexico. The Clinic will be 3 days of training from some of the best minds in the sport. Being promoted as an excellent opportunity for coaches at the professional and collegiate levels alike, this is an opportunity to receive training that includes a comprehensive package of written material, DVD, a polo shirt, along with a photograph and diploma for participation. Here is the pertinent information:
Where: IESM Universidad Colegio Mochis (Los Mochis, Sinaloa)
When: August 13, 14, and 15 (beginning at 9am on Friday and Saturday, 8am on Sunday)
Organizers: E.D. Jaime Leyva Arrdondo, L.E.F Julian Valencia Rodriquez
Featuring: Coach Guillermo Edgardo Vecchio (Argentina), Coach Hector Herrera (Cuba), Coach Tomas Canizalez (Mexico)
Cost: $750mx (apprx. $62 USD)

Early registration is recommended. You can contact Mr. Leyva at pionerocoach@hotmail.com or Mr. Valencia at coachitlm15@hotmail.com for more information.



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  MONTENEGRO   


Montenegro U16 is second in Zrece - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U16 is second in Zrece as the team finished the International Tournament with 2-1 record. Zrece hosted four U16 teams at the International Tournament. Slovenia U16, Bulgaria U16, Montenegro U16 and Greece U16 participated in it.
In Day 1 Montenegro U16 rolled over Slovenia U16 83:65. The teams were tied at 17, while the winners took the lead after 21-9 after the second period. Slovenia responded with 27-16 in the third quarter, while Montenegro celebrated the win in the opener due to 29-12 in the fourth quarter. Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Milija Mikovic (201-C-94) netted 18. Pajovic netted 17, while Popovic scored 14. Kokol posted 18 and Tomaz Bolcina ended up with 16 points for the hosts. Nikolic finished the night with 11 and Rizman added 9.
In Day 2 Montenegro U16 outscored Greece U16 88:56. The winners started with 24:14 and increased to 47:33 at the halftime. Greece reduced to 63:50 after three quarters, while Montenegro expldoed for 88:56 at the end. Diamantis Slaftsakis (193-G-94) ended up with 15 points in the losing effort and Giannis Anagnostopoulos (204-F-94) brought 11.
Bulgaria U16 triumphed in the tournament beating Montenegro U16 78:72.


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  NBA   


Boston Celtics sign guard Von Wafer - by Eurobasket News
Guard Von Wafer (6'5''-G-85, college: Florida St.) has signed with the Boston Celtics.

The 6-foot-5 Wafer has averaged 6.2 points and 1.3 rebounds in 13.3 minutes per game in a four-year career with the Lakers, Clippers, Nuggets, Trail Blazers and Rockets.

He spent 10 days with the Dallas Mavericks last year, but did not get into a game.

He averaged a career-high 9.7 points in 2008-09 with the Rockets, hitting 39 percent of his 3-pointers.

Courtesy of Yahoo




Minnesota Timberwolves waive Delonte West, save significant money in the deal - by Eurobasket News
The Minnesota Timberwolves have waived guard Delonte West (6'4''-G-83, college: St.Joseph's).

West was acquired from Cleveland with Sebastian Telfair on July 26 in a trade that sent point guard Ramon Sessions and centre Ryan Hollins to the Cavaliers.

But West's US$4.6 million contract was guaranteed for only $500,000 if he was waived by Wednesday.

West pleaded guilty last month to weapons charges. He was sentenced to eight months of home detention, two years of unsupervised probation, 40 hours of community service and psychological counselling.

Prosecutors said that the sentence would allow West to attend practices and travel to NBA games as his team's schedule requires, but NBA officials are reviewing the case for possible further discipline.

Courtesy of The Canadian Press




Orlando Magic and Jason Williams reach to an agreement - by Eurobasket News
The Orlando Magic will re-sign Jason Williams (6'1''-G-75, college: Florida) to fill their third point guard role, reports John Denton of the team's official website:

The Orlando Magic have their third point guard and it is a very familiar face.

Veteran guard Jason Williams and the Magic reached an agreement on a deal that will return him to Orlando for a second season, according to NBA sources close to the negotiations.


Williams, who turns 35 in mid-November, averaged 6 points and 3.6 assists in Magic pinstripes last season. He shot 44.4% from the field and 38.0% from three-point range, which are career-best percentages.

Courtesy of www.orlandopinstripedpost.com




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  NCAA1   


Jury deliberating in coach Rick Pitino's extortion trial goes home; will resume Thursday - by Eurobasket News
A jury weighing the fate of a Kentucky woman accused of demanding millions from Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino to keep quiet about their sexual tryst will resume deliberations Thursday.

The jury met for nearly two hours Wednesday before deciding to break for the day.

Karen Cunagin Sypher has pleaded not guilty to extortion and other charges. Her attorneys rested their case without calling any witnesses.

If convicted, Sypher could face up to 26 years in prison. Under sentencing guidelines, she would likely receive a lighter term.

Sypher is accused of demanding $10 million, college tuition for her children and her house paid off in exchange for her silence about having sex with the coach at an Italian restaurant in July 2003.

Courtesy if www.washingtonexaminer.com




Michigan State says Allen won't return next season - by Eurobasket News
Michigan State says guard Chris Allen (6'3''-G-88) won't return to the basketball team for the 2010-11 season.

Coach Tom Izzo says Allen will miss what would have been his senior season. Allen started 27 games and averaged 8 points a game last season for the Spartans, who made it the NCAA tournament's Final Four.

Izzo said in a statement Tuesday it's been no secret that Allen was in a tenuous position with the program since last spring. Izzo says Allen made progress but failed to meet all his obligations to the program.

Allen says in a statement released by Michigan State that he's leaving on good terms with teammates and coaches.

Izzo suspended Allen for a Big Ten tournament game last season for not meeting responsibilities to his teammates.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com




Adidas Nations to start on August 5 - by Eurobasket News
Adidas Nations global experience tournament is slated to tip off on August 5 in Chicago, IL. The worlds top U18 players will gather in Chicago to train and compete in the program. Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, USA 2011 and USA 2012 teams will train and compete at the UIC Pavilion and the Attack Athletics Centre.
NBA players Corey Brewer (6'9''-F-86, college: Florida) (Minnesota Timberwolves), Jrue Holiday (6'3''-G-90, college: UCLA) (Philadelphia 76ers), Toney Douglas (6'1''-G-86, college: Florida St.) (New York Knicks), Robin Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford) (Phoenix Suns), Anthony Randolph (6'11''-F-89, college: LSU) (New York Knicks) and Serge Ibake (Oklahoma City Thunder) will counsel and mentor players throughout the weekend. Former players and head coaches Eddie Johnson, Detlef Schrempf , Tony Brown , Frank Johnson and Eric Musselman will act as regional head coaches.
Here are the teams rosters for the upcoming event:
Africa:
Abdoulaye Harouna (92) (Niger)
Alioune Diagne (Senegal)
Bakary Konate (6'10''-F/C-93) (Mali)
Bryan Pamba-Juille (6'1''-G-92) (Ivory Coast)
Issa Soumah (92) (Mali)
Mohamed Doucoure (92) (Mali)
Tridon Makonda (RD Congo)
Vafessa Fofana (Ivory Coast)
Peter Jurkin (7'0''-C) (Sudan)
Obij Aget (7'1''-C) (Sudan)
Dame Ndiaye (Senegal)
Cheir Ajou (7'1''-C) (Sudan)

Asia:
Yang Jinmeng (China)
Li Qingxiang (China)
Zhou Qi (China)
Ge Zhaobao (China)
Xing Zhiquing (China)
Heng Yifeng (China)
Wei Zhengxian (China)
Si Yuheng (China)
Hu Yihan (China)
Liu Zhixuan (China)
Steven Adams (New Zealand)
Lee Chi-Wei (Taiwan)

Europe:
Marco Maganza (6'9''-F/C-91) (Italy)
Lorenzo Molinaro (Italy)
Roberto Marulli (6'3''-G-91) (Italy)
Raphael Gaspardo (6'9''-F-93) (Italy)
Pavlin Ivanov (6'5''-G-93, agency: Beo Basket)
Armin Mazic (6'6''-G-93) (Italy)
Andres Quarisa (Italy)
Ludovico de Paoli (6'10''-F-92) (Italy)
Samuel Deguara (7'4''-C-91) (Italy)
Paolo Zanatta (6'5''-G/F-92) (Italy)
Alessandro Zanrlli (Italy)
Nicolo Boaro (Italy)

USA 2011:
Quincy Miller-Scott (6'8''-F/C-93)
Le Bryan Nash (6'7''-F)
Kevin Ware (6'4''-G-93)
Quinn Cook (6'1''-G-93)
Deuce Bello
Nick Johnson (6'3''-G)
Jahii Carson
Ryan Boatright (6'0''-G-92)
Adonis Thomas (6'7''-F/G-93)
Cody Zeller (6'9''-F/C)
Damien Leonard (6'4''-G)
Marshall Plumlee (6'11''-F/C-92)
Michael Chandler (6'10''-F/C-92)
Rakeem Christmas (6'9''-C/F)
USA 2012:
Kyle Anderson
Kevin Ferrell
Jordan Adams
Shabazz Muhammad
Winston Shepard
Jordan Price (6'5''-G/F)
Xavier Johnson
Amile Jefferson
Isaiah Austin
Jordan Tebbutt
Alex Murphy
Wannah Bail
Jarnell Stokes
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera
Peter Jurkin




Kentucky's Darnell Dodson won't play this season - by Eurobasket News
Kentucky coach John Calipari says junior guard Darnell Dodson (6'7''-F) will not play for the Wildcats this season.

Calipari posted on his Facebook page Sunday night that while Dodson is academically eligible, he won't be with the team when it travels to Canada for a series of exhibition games later this month. Calipari gave no reason behind the decision.

Dodson averaged 6.0 points as a sophomore last season, leading Kentucky with 50 3-pointers.

Calipari says Dodson could return to the team 'if he meets our standards.'

Courtesy of www.wten.com




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  NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS   


Northern Mariana Islands tame Palau - by Eurobasket News
Northern Mariana Islands - Palau 67:61
Northern Mariana Islands posted the first win at the 2010 Micronesian Games. They rebounded after a bitter loss to Pohnpei in the opener. Northern Mariana Islands held off hosting Palau to improve at 1-1 record. Palau slipped at 0-2 record at the tournament.
CNMI quickly gained the lead in this one. They stayed in charge throughout the opening quarter and posted an 18:11 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Northern Mariana Islands maintained the lead throughout the second stanza. They arrived at the interval up by 5 points 32:27. The hosts turned things around in the third frame. Gibbons notched a pair of three-pointers to ignite the run that put Palau in charge 46:45 with ten minutes to go. Barcinas and Quan helped CNMI to regain control late in regulation. Northern Mariana Islands pulled ahead and iced the victory in the dying minutes.
Jericho Cruz unloaded 31 points to lead CNMI. Danandro Barcinas added 11 points, while Tim Quan had 7 points in the victory. Watson answered with 24 points for Palau. Yutaka Gibbons (G) had 11 points in defeat.



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  NORWAY   


Norway post first win in Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
Norwegian National Team started their tour of Lithuania. The team is scheduled to play four exhibition encounters. Yesterday Norway tipped off their tour with the game against LKKA-Atletas in Kaunas. Norway ensured a victorious start to their campaign. They claimed an 84:75 win at the end.
Norway got to impressive start to the game. They exploded with 28 points in the opening quarter and raced off to a 13-point lead at the first break. Norway kept up the tempo throughout the second stanza. They ensured a massive 22-point advantage at the interval 59:37. But Atletas stopped the bleeding in the third stanza. They limited Norway to just 8 points in the quarter. LKKA-Atletas narrowed the gap to 10-point mark with ten minutes to go. The hosts outscored Norway in the fourth quarter but still came up short of victory at the end.
Ronny Karlsen (202-F-78, college: Independence CC) tallied 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead Norway. Terrence Oglesby (188-G-88, college: Clemson) added 23 points, while Audun Eskeland (176-G-85) had 8 points for the winners. Norway will clash with LKKA-Atletas again on Wednesday.




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  PALAU   


Northern Mariana Islands tame Palau - by Eurobasket News
Northern Mariana Islands - Palau 67:61
Northern Mariana Islands posted the first win at the 2010 Micronesian Games. They rebounded after a bitter loss to Pohnpei in the opener. Northern Mariana Islands held off hosting Palau to improve at 1-1 record. Palau slipped at 0-2 record at the tournament.
CNMI quickly gained the lead in this one. They stayed in charge throughout the opening quarter and posted an 18:11 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Northern Mariana Islands maintained the lead throughout the second stanza. They arrived at the interval up by 5 points 32:27. The hosts turned things around in the third frame. Gibbons notched a pair of three-pointers to ignite the run that put Palau in charge 46:45 with ten minutes to go. Barcinas and Quan helped CNMI to regain control late in regulation. Northern Mariana Islands pulled ahead and iced the victory in the dying minutes.
Jericho Cruz unloaded 31 points to lead CNMI. Danandro Barcinas added 11 points, while Tim Quan had 7 points in the victory. Watson answered with 24 points for Palau. Yutaka Gibbons (G) had 11 points in defeat.



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  PARAGUAY   


Paraguay narrowly lose to Puerto Rico in Salta - by Eurobasket News
Puerto Rico - Paraguay 87:85
Puerto Rico had a narrow escape against Paraguay at the start of Super 4 tournament in Argentina. Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) and Jose Juan Barea (181-G-84, college: Northeastern) sealed a tough win for Puerto Rico in the dying seconds. Puerto Rico will now take on Argentina in the Final. Paraguay will face Brazil for the third position.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. Puerto Rico managed to eke out a 19:17 lead ten minutes into the game. Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) stepped up for Paraguay in the second quarter. They surged ahead and rallied to a 41:34 lead at halftime. Puerto Rico responded in the third term. Carmelo Lee (201-F-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Long Beach St.) ignited a rally that put the team in front. Paraguay recovered late in the stanza and returned the advantage. They entered the fourth quarter up by 4 points 63:59. Paraguay led for some time early in the fourth quarter but Puerto Rico soon erased the deficit. Carmelo Lee and Jose Juan Barea fired from downtown to put Puerto Rico in charge. Paraguay was not about to give up as they were back in the drivers seat 85:84 in the dying seconds. But Peter John Ramos and Jose Juan Barea hit free throws to ice the victory for Puerto Rico.
Carmelo Lee accounted for 28 points to lead the winners. Peter John Ramos produced 18 points and 12 rebounds for Puerto Rico. Daniel Perez (190-G/F-84) answered with 22 points for Paraguay. Guillermo Araujo netted 20 points in the loss.

Puerto Rico: Carmelo Lee 28, Peter John Ramos 18+12 boards
Paraguay: Daniel Perez 22, Guillermo Araujo 20, Jose Fabio (198-F-77) 19



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  PBL   


Anthony Chase named PBL CEO - by Eurobasket News
The Premier Basketball League (PBL) is pleased to announce that Anthony Chase has been named as the new Chief Executive Officer of the PBL, effective immediately. In addition, Mr. Chase has become part owner of the League with Dr. Severko Hrywnak, Chairman and Founder.

'The PBL has had three great years and now that we are an established League I felt it was time to bring on a seasoned businessman who will not only continue the initiatives we have in place, but take us to the next level,' said Severko Hrywnak, M.D., Chairman of the Premier Basketball League. 'Tony's business experience will drive the league toward continued growth, new opportunities and a brighter future.'

Chase established Kentucky's Bluegrass Stallions in January of 2009, and the professional basketball team enjoyed great success in its first year. Chase has sold his interest in the Stallions to his partners, so that he could step into the League's leadership role. 'I am excited about the opportunity to get involved with such a well run League and apply my business experiences to create a strong future for the PBL. Dr. Hrywnak and I both feel that mid market basketball has a place and a great following in North America.' says Chase. 'I look forward to working diligently with the rest of the executive team, and especially League President Andre Levingston, to ensure the success of the League and to grow the League in a smart way.'

Courtesy of PBL



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  POLAND   


Jermaine Beal starts his professional career in Poland - by Michal Falkowski
A graduate of the University of Vanderbilt, Jermaine Beal (191-G-87) starts his professional career. 23-year-old American guard signed one-year deal with Trefl Sopot and will play for this team in the following season. Beal arrives to his new team after four seasons in NCAA. In his last season he averaged 14,6 ppg. and 3,1 apg. which opened him a chance to play for Miami Heat in the last NBA Summer League. He didn't receive an offer from Heat so he decided to move to Europe. It's worth adding that Beal is the winningnest player in Vanderbilt history. He won more games in his four years at Vanderbilt than every other player who has ever played at this university.



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  PUERTO RICO   


Argentina stops Puerto Rico in Overtime - by Luis Ramirez
Puerto Rico seemed affected by the cold weather in Argentina, as they looked stoned cold thru out the 1st half of the game.
Argentina started the 1st quarter with a 11-1 run and Puerto Rico called for an immediate time out. Argentinas defense would simply not let Puerto Rico make an easy basket to that point. With 5:13 left in the quarter Argentina was leading by 12 points, 13-1. Puerto Rico was able to have a small run of their own and scored 5 consecutive points to put the score15-6 with 2:52 to go in the quarter. With 42 seconds left in the quarter Argentina was leading by 11 points, 19-8.
In the 2nd quarter, Puerto Rico looked somewhat sloppy in their offense to start the quarter while Argentina continued to score at will, with 8:22 on the clock the score was 26-10. Puerto Rico could not score from long range and Puerto Rico head coach tried several offensive combinations trying to give Puerto Rico some firepower, but with 3:00 minutes left in the 1st half the score was 40-22. The 1st half ended with Argentina up by 20 points 47-27.
In the 3rd quarter, Puerto Rico once again did not look in sync in the early minutes. With 7:46 on the clock Puerto Rico had only scored 1 basket by way of Larry Ayuso. Argentina also missed several attempts to the basket in the early minutes. Ayuso was able to make a long range shot to put the score 47 to 32. Puerto Rico cut the lead to 12 points, 49-37 with 5:19 to go in the quarter. Puerto Rico continued to score and had cut the once big lead to a single digit lead for Argentina as the score was 50-41 with 2:40 remaining in the quarter. Two free throws from Christian Dalmau put the score 50-43, with 2:13 remaining. The quarter ended 56-48 with Argentina in the lead.
In the 4th quarter, Argentina moved the ball and looked for the open man and in the opening minutes of the game Ricky Sanchez and a player from Argentina exchanged pushes and had to be separated by their respective teammates. A time out was called to calm down the players. After the timeout play resumed without any other major incident. With 7:12 left in the game the score was 63-56 with Argentina in the lead. Puerto Rico got within 5 points 66-61 with 5:04 left in the game. With a 3 pointer from Vassallo, Puerto Rico cut the lead to just 2 points 68-66 with 3:50 on the clock. With a 3 pointer from Delfino, Argentina took a 4 point lead 72-68 with less than a minute to go in the game. After Peter John suffered a fall, Larry Ayuso tied the score with 2 free throws at 72 points each. Puerto Rico stole the ball with just a couple of seconds left on the clock and Carmelo Lee made a desperate shot but did not score to send the game into overtime.
In the overtime period, Puerto Rico took the lead with a 3 pointer from Filiberto Rivera to put the score, 75-73. With 3:16 Puerto Rico still held the lead 77-76. Argentina took once again the lead and with 55 seconds left in the game the score was 80-79. The final score was 84-79 the win for Argentina.
For Argentina, Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) scored 19 points with 9 rebounds, while Fabricio Oberto and Leonardo Gutierrez both scored 13 points.

For Puerto Rico, Larry Ayuso scored 18 points, followed by Angel Vassallo with 14 points.



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  QATAR   


Qatar advanced to the Final at the Orthodox Club courts - by Eurobasket News
The Jordan Basketball Federation hosts a three-nation tournament as part of the national team's preparations for the upcoming World Championship. Jordan invited Syria and Qatar for pre-tournament clashes.
In the opener of the tournament Jordan edged Qatar 68:66 in the very end of the game. The hosts opened the game with 16-12 and had 32:30 halftime advantage. In the third frame Jordan was stronger 28-10, while Qatar erupted with 24-10 to reduce the gap.
On August 2nd Jordan rolled over Syria 86:55. Jordan began the game with their confidence up and held control of the scoreboard. Mario Palmas team was in lead throughout, but Syria clicked close on the heels. Jordan led 19-15 at the end of the first quarter and increased to 37:32 halftime advantage. The third quarter belonged to the hosts as they produced 22-10 for a bigger lead. On August 3rd Qatar overcame Syria 75:66 and advanced to the Final. Qatar opened the game with 28-15 and never looked behind after. They increased to 43:24 halftime advantage when the teams disappeared in the lockers. Syria, however, attempted a fight back in the third outscoring Qatar 24-13 and cut the deficit down to eight going into the final ten minutes. Qatar won the last frame and advanced to the Final. Rabie Hashem's 21 points were not enough in the losing effort. Qatar will take on hosts Jordan in the final game on Wednesday.


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  RUSSIA   


Mozgov cleared to play for Russia - by Eurobasket News
According to FIBA, new Knicks center Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: RIZO) has been officially cleared to play for Russia in the FIBA World Championships later this month in Turkey. The Knicks were able to secure the necessary insurance on the 23-year-old's three-year, $9.7M partially-guaranteed contract signed last month. Obviously it was much easier than the issue the Knicks had with insuring the five year, $99.9M.

Almost three weeks ago Timofey Mozgov signed a deal with the Knicks. Below is the report of this transfer:
The Nets have a Russian owner in Mikhail D. Prokhorov. Across the river, the Knicks will soon have a Russian center in Timofey Mozgov.
The arrangement arrives in the aftermath of the summers free-agent frenzy of LeBron, Dwayne and Amare. Mozgov, a 7-foot-1 center who turns 24 on Friday, had hardly been sighted on most radars. He had been eligible for several N.B.A. drafts without being picked.
The Knicks are nearing an agreement with him in a deal stealthily navigated to the dismay of several N.B.A. teams. Few were aware that Mozgov would be willing or able to step out of his contract with Russias B.C. Khimki.
'No, I didnt talk to him', Mozgov's agent, Bouna Ndiaye, said when asked if Prokhorov had tried to land Mozgov for the Nets. 'I really focused on the Knicks. And I did not focus on the Nets because the Nets would take longer to rebuild. I liked Mike D'Antoni's system better than the Nets.'
Mozgov played limited minutes with Khimki last season, but gained attention during last summers European championship when he averaged 11 points and 4.6 rebounds.
Jonathan Givony, the president of Draft Express, a Web site that analyzes draft prospects, first reported the deal. He called Mozgov a super late bloomer and compared him to the Los Angeles Lakers backup center D. J. Mbenga.
'He's athletic like him, he has bad hands like him, but hes more productive', Givony said. Thats the style of a guy he is. Hes a banger, hes athletic, hes tough, he finishes well around the basket and he can block shots.
The Knicks dispatched the executive Glen Grunwald overseas to scout him. Later, Mozgov worked out for the Knicks at their training facility in Greenburgh, N.Y.
I did not want to go promoting him to N.B.A. teams because I know things would go crazy, Ndiaye said. To me, he is the No. 1 free agent outside the United States. I did not want to have all these teams calling me and going crazy, and I wanted him to play under Coach DAntoni. The Knicks are trying to make a turnaround, and I think he would fit in perfectly with the new New York Knicks.
The Knicks deal with Mozgov is expected to be for three years and for about $9 million.
Mozgov is expected to vie for playing time at center with the newly acquired Ronny Turiaf and Anthony Randolph, and a healthy Eddy Curry.
Mozgov arrives with some curiosity and perhaps the potential to alleviate some of Amare Stoudemires work in the post. Before he signed, the Knicks pitched Stoudemire by telling him that he would play most of his minutes at power forward, leaving Mozgov to push and rebound at the center position.
'Physically, there's not too many big guys like him in the world', Ndiaye said.


Courtesy of www.nytimes.com



Nizhny Novgorod signs Semen Antonov - by Eurobasket News
Nizhny Novgorod continues with signings this summer. The team grabbed Russian player Semen Antonov (203-F-89) on a two-year deal. The 21-year-old forward is coming to Novgorod from B Superleague team TSU-Basket Tambov. He appeared 36 times for them last season and was one of the league best players. Antonov averaged 15.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.2 apg and 1 bpg. He was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Russian B Superleague Honorable Mention -10.
Before TSU-Basket Tambov, Semen Antonov spent three years with Avtodor Saratov. The team competed in B Superleague on season 2008/09, where Antonov registered 7.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 1.4 apg. From 2006 to 2008 Avtodor played in Higher League.
Semen Antonov was a member of U20 Russia last summer. They participated at the U20 EuroBasket in Rhodos, where Antonov shined with 15.6 ppg and 6.6 rpg. In 2008, he played at U20 EuroBasket in Riga and also had important role in his team. In the past, Antonov was a member of U18 Russia. He will make debut in A Superleague next season.


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Belgrade enjoyed the U16 tournament - by Eurobasket News
Belgrade enjoyed the U16 tournament before Italy, Spain and Serbia will head to U16 European Championship.
Serbia U16 overcame Italy U16 80:62. The home side opened the tournament with 21-14 in the first quarter and added 17-9 in the second frame. Serbia played better also in the second half and posted another two wins in the third and the last quarters. At first they had 21-19 in the third period and then finished the game with 21-20. N. Jankovic top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Vasilije Micic (192-G-94) nailed 12. Nikola Cvorovic (198-F-94) scored 10, while Radicevic netted 8. Luka Andusic (191-F-94), M. Jankovic and Zorbas delivered 6 apiece.
Italy U16 rolled over Spain U16 55:50 to finish with 1-1 record. Italy opened the game with 15-13 and added 14-12 in the second period. Spain bounced back with 16-15 in the third quarter to reduce the gap. Italy needed 11-9 in the last quarter to seal the victory. Rodriguez Made stepped up with 12 points for the winners and Landi scored 10. Tessitori notched 9, while Imbro posted 7. Perez finished the game with 9 points in the losing effort. Hernandez and Sanchez netted 7 each, while Dario Brizuela (94) and Francisco Jimenez (94) added 6 apiece.
In the last game Serbia U16 outscored Spain U16 75:65. Both teams nailed 16 points each in the opening quarter. Spain managed to take the advantage after the halftime producing 25-17 in the second frame. Moreover the guests enjoyed 9-point deficit entering the last stanza but could not win the game. Serbia needed 24-5 in the last stanza to seal the victory. N. Jankovic and Radicevic paced all the winners with 14 points each, while Vasilije Micic netted 12. Nikola Majic (198-F-94) scored 9 and Luka Andusic added 8. Dordevic ended up with 6 points, while Zorbas notched 5.


Brose Baskets Bamberg keeps Predrag Suput - by Eurobasket News
Brose Baskets Bamberg came up with important news for the next season. The team announced signing of Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) on contract extension, thus the experienced Serbian player will stay with the team at least one more year (1+1). It will be their fourth season together.
Predrag Suput joined Brose Baskets Bamberg in 2007 from Hemofarm Vrsac. He was one of their best players last season helping the team to win the double in Germany (Championship Title and National Cup). Suput exploded in domestic championship with 14.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.9 apg and 1.1 spg in 45 games. He ended the contest as fourth best scorer. In German Cup, Suput also demonstrated great performance. Bamberg competed in EuroCup last season, where Suput collected 13.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.2 apg and 1.1 spg. Eurobasket awarded Suput with All-German Bundesliga Bosman Player of the Year and he grabbed the same award in 2009.
Before Brose Baskets Bamberg, Predrag Suput spent a season with Hemofarm Vrsac. He helped them to reach the Adriatic league and Serbian league Semifinals. From 2004 to 2006 he played for the Serbian powerhouse Partizan Belgrade. They won two championship titles together and Suput was named Eurobasket.com All-Serbia League Honorable Mention -06.


AEK Larnacas signs Nenad Canak - by Eurobasket News
AEK Larnacas announced signing of a one-year deal with Nenad Canak (204-F-76, agency: Beo Basket). The experienced Serbian power forward is coming to Cyprus from PVSK Pannonpower Pecs, where he spent second half of 2009/10 season. Canak played 14 games in Hungarian championship collecting 11.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.3 apg and 1.4 spg. He started the season in Ukraine as a member of Gryfony Symferopil. For five games there Canak registered 10.8 ppg, 5 rpg and 2.2 spg. In December, he joined shortly Tamis Petrohemija Pancevo and a month later moved to Ukraine.
Season 2008/09 Nenad Canak split between Lukoil Akademik and Khimik Yuzny. A year before he helped Lukoil Akademik to win the Bulgarian title and National Cup. He appeared 45 times in NBL averaging 11.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists. In 2007, Canak was a member of ALBA Berlin reaching the Playoff Finals with them. In 2006, he helped ALBA to win the German Cup. Season 2005/06 Canak spent in Greece with Makedonikos Kozani and they reached ULEB Cup Finals. In the past, Nenad Canak also played for Vojvodina Srbija Gas Novi Sad, Partizan Belgrade and Spartak Subotica.
AEK Larnacas ended last season as No.7 in Cyprus with 5-11 record.


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Zrece hosted four U16 teams - by Eurobasket News
Zrece hosted four U16 teams at the International Tournament. Slovenia U16, Bulgaria U16, Montenegro U16 and Greece U16 participated in it.
In Day 1 Montenegro U16 rolled over Slovenia U16 83:65. The teams were tied at 17, while the winners took the lead after 21-9 after the second period. Slovenia responded with 27-16 in the third quarter, while Montenegro celebrated the win in the opener due to 29-12 in the fourth quarter. Ivanovic top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Milija Mikovic (201-C-94) netted 18. Pajovic netted 17, while Popovic scored 14. Kokol posted 18 and Tomaz Bolcina ended up with 16 points for the hosts. Luka Nikolic (205-F-94) finished the night with 11 and Rizman added 9.
Bulgaria U16 beat Greece U16 78:60. Greece started with 17-16, but lost all three other quarters. Bulgaria enjoyed 20-7 in the third quarter to seal the victory. Dimitrios Agravanis (203-F-94) brought 14 points for Greece.
In Day 2 Bulgaria U16 rolled over Slovenia U16 69:60. The winners exploded with 24-7 in the opening quarter and added 22-19 in the second frame. Slovenia bounced back with 21-9 in the third quarter, while Bulgaria produced 14-13 in the last stanza. Tomaz Bolcina paced all the winners with 14 points and Jure Kopac (198-F-94) scored 13. Rizman notched 12, while Luka Nikolic added 8.
Montenegro U16 outscored Greece U16 88:56. The winners started with 24:14 and increased to 47:33 at the halftime. Greece reduced to 63:50 after three quarters, while Montenegro expldoed for 88:56 at the end. Slaftsakis ended up with 15 points in the losing effort and Anagnostopoulos brought 11.
In Day 3 Slovenia U16 cruised past Greece U16 67:62. The latter opened the game with 21-17, while the hosts took the lead after 21-16 in the second quarter. Greece bounced back with 14-10 in the third period, while Slovenia needed 19-11 to win the game. Jure Kopac top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Rizman netted 11. Kokol produced 10, whilst Ritlop scored 7.
Bulgaria U16 triumphed in the tournament beating Montenegro U16 78:72.


Zlatorog lands Lapornik, Strnad moves to Greece - by Zeljko Zule
Zlatorog signed former U-20 NT member Luka Lapornik (195-G-88) to a two-year contract. Lapornik arrives from Sentjur where he averaged 8.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals in 35 games of Slovenian League Telemach.
On the other hand, captain Nejc Strnad (190-G-83) has left Zlatorog to join Greek team Kavala Panorama for the upcoming season. Strnad averaged 14.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 36 League games last season.



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Lagun Aro GBC takes Jimmy Baron for the next season - by Eurobasket News
Lagun Aro GBC announced signing of Jimmy Baron (191-G-86, college: Rhode Island) for season 2010/11. The American guard is coming to Spain from Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi. He appeared 29 times in TBL last season collecting 16.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 1.2 apg. Eurobasket awarded the player with All-Turkish League Honorable Mention -10. Mersin failed to reach the TBL Playoffs, but they played in the Final of Turkish National Cup. Baron got invitation to participate at the Turkish League All-Star Game.
It was the first season for Jimmy Baron as a pro, after he graduated at the Rhode Island University in 2009. He shined in his senior season with 17.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 1.9 apg for 34 games. Thanks to this performance, Baron was named All-Atlantic 10 1st Team. This summer he played for the Portland Trail Blazers at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, but wasnt able to secure a deal with them. In 2009, Baron played for the Utah Jazz and the Washington Wizards at Orlando and Vegas Summer League.
Lagun Aro GBC finished last season as No.14 in Spain. They earned promotion to ACB in 2008. Few days ago, the team signed contract extension with Albert Miralles (208-C-82, agency: Interperformances).


Spain latest movements - by Llorenc Morro


Miguel Servera (199-G-92) loaned by Unicaja Malaga to Vive Menorca
Jaime Heras (193-G-82) extended contract in Socas Canarias.
Dexter Lyons (198-F/G-81, agency: NM Services, college: Cent.Florida) and Kiril Wachsmann (203-F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iona) stays in Adepal Alcazar.
The coach Ricard Casas in the bench again , Sant Josep Girona is the new challenge.
Juan Ignacio Jasen (196-F-85) reinforces C.B. Murcia.

Pablo Almazan (203-C/F-89) , Ivan Martinez (193-F/G-90) and the junior forward Alejandro Abrines (1'96 m. former team La Salle Palma Mallorca) will play in Clinicas Rincon Axarquia. Federico Bavosi (185-G-81) extended contract in Tijola and Antonio Seijo (193-G-81, agency: BrezoPro) in Coruna.


Jan Orfila (207-C-86) agreed terms for another year in La Palma


CB Granada signs Mario Fernandez - by JC Ruiz
CB Granada announced signig of Mario Bruno Fernandez (197-F-83) for season 2010/2011. The spanish guard is coming to Granada from DKV Joventut Badalona. He appeared 33 times in ACB last season collecting 3ppg, 3rpg, 2apg and 1spg.
Mario Bruno Fernandez will continue his career in CB Granada. The Spanish team has announced the signing to a one-year contract, with an option to an extra year, of the 26-year-old guard.
Mario Bruno Fernandez was playing for the national team, becoming sought by Real Madrid or Regal FC Barcelona.


Spain will start U16 European Championship tomorrow - by Eurobasket News
Spain will start U16 European Championship tomorrow as the team settled down in Group C with Bulgaria, Latvia and Poland. Bar, Montenegro will open the doors tomorrow for 16 teams. Recently the team lost two friendly games to Serbia and Italy. Serbia U16 outscored Spain U16 75:65. Both teams nailed 16 points each in the opening quarter. Spain managed to take the advantage after the halftime producing 25-17 in the second frame. Moreover the guests enjoyed 9-point deficit entering the last stanza but could not win the game. Serbia needed 24-5 in the last stanza to seal the victory. N. Jankovic and Nikola Radicevic (195-G-94) paced all the winners with 14 points each, while Micic netted 12. Majic scored 9 and Andusic added 8. Dordevic ended up with 6 points, while Stefan Zorbas (186-G/F-94) notched 5.
Italy U16 rolled over Spain U16 55:50 to finish with 1-1 record. Italy opened the game with 15-13 and added 14-12 in the second period. Spain bounced back with 16-15 in the third quarter to reduce the gap. Italy needed 11-9 in the last quarter to seal the victory. Rodriguez Made stepped up with 12 points for the winners and Aristide Landi (200-F-94) scored 10. Tessitori notched 9, while Imbro posted 7. Perez finished the game with 9 points in the losing effort. Hernandez and Sanchez netted 7 each, while Dario Brizuela (94) and Jimenez added 6 apiece.


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Sweden knock down Estonia in Boras - by Eurobasket News
Sweden - Estonia 84:66
Swedish National Team played their last exhibition game before the start of the EuroBasket qualification. They hosted Estonia in Boras. The hosts looked solid and posted a well-deserved victory at the end. Jonas Jerebko (206-F-87) marked his return with 20 points to lead the effort.
Sweden played cautiously in the opening frame. They limited Estonia to just 13 points in the first quarter and posted a 17:13 lead. The hosts stepped on the gas in the second frame. Sweden boosted the gap at 9-point mark at halftime 41:32. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. Sweden managed to secure a 9-point cushion heading into the fourth quarter. The Swedish team stayed in control in the final stanza. They held the visitors to 14 points and registered a confident win at the end.
Mikael Lindquist (193-G-83, agency: Court Side) knocked down 16 points for Sweden. Anton Saks (200-G-89) and Martin Ringstrom (206-F-81, agency: Rasmussen Services) provided 9 points each for the winners. Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) responded with 16 points for Estonia. Gregor Arbet (194-F/G-83) finished with 14 points in the loss.

Sweden: Jonas Jerebko 20, Mikael Lindquist 16, Anton Saks 9, Martin Ringstrom 9
Estonia: Kristjan Kangur 16, Gregor Arbet 14



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John Torson joins Geneva Lions - by Luca Maffioli
John Torson (208-C-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Rockhurst) will play for Geneva Lions in Switzerland. The 25-year-old center spent last two seasons in France and Portugal. He tallied 12.0 points, 7.5 boards, 0.7 assists and 1.3 blocks (2FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 41.5%, FT: 74.7%) per game in Denain ASC Voltaire (France). In 2008-2009 played in Casino Figueira Ginasio 18 games and he scored 15.6ppg, Reb-5 (8.1rpg), 1.1spg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 75.3%.

Austria edge Switzerland twice in Bernex - by Luca Maffioli
Austria and Switzerland played two exhibition encounters in Bernex. Austria celebrated back-to-back victories.
Austria opened the series confidently. They quickly grabbed the initiative in the first game and recorded a 22:16 lead at the first break. The margin grew at 23-point distance at halftime. Austria did not loosen the grasp after the main break. They stayed in charge and posted a well-deserved 90:54 victory at the end. Stjepan Stazic (199-G-78, agency: World Sport Agency) (199-G-78, agency: World Sport Agency) came up with 21 points for Austria. Rasid Mahalbasic (210-F/C-90) (210-F/C-90) produced 18 points, while Christoph Nagler (194-G-84) (194-G-84) delivered 17 points for the winners. Oliver Vogt (209-C-80) (209-C-80) answered with 17 points for the hosts.
Austria followed the same scenario in the second game of the series. The visitors grabbed a 7-point lead at the first break. Austria maintained the lead throughout the second quarter to pile up a 12-point buffer at halftime. Switzerland tried to revive the intrigue as they narrowed the gap at just 8 points with ten minutes to go. But Austria quickly picked up the slack and sealed the winning outcome at the end 85:70. Stjepan Stazic (199-G-78, agency: World Sport Agency) poured in 35 points to lead the effort. Matthias Mayer (205-C/F-81) (205-C/F-81) had 13 points, while Jason Detrick (198-G-80, agency: BrezoPro, college: Oklahoma) (198-G-80, agency: BrezoPro, college: Oklahoma) netted 1
0 in the victory. Stefan Petkovic (186-G-92) dropped 12 points for Switzerland.

Bernex signs Jaunin, Maruotto and Ramseyer - by Luca Maffioli
Colas Bernex Basket sign two players, Mikael Maruotto (199-F/G-91) and Florent Ramseyer (197-F-90), an re-sign Jeremy Jaunin (170-G-91). Jaunin stays in Colas Bernex Basket and he averaged 6.6 points, 2.3 boards and 6.3 assists in 24 games. Mikael Maruotto come back to Colas Bernex Basket after one season. Maruotto arrived from JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne (France). The guard played mostly for U21 team but he played one game for 1st team (2 min.) agaist ASVEL. Florent Ramseyer (197-F-90) played last season in France (N3) with Asptt La Ciotat.

Geneva Lions signs Nyom, Edougue and Toure - by Luca Maffioli
Geneva Lions sign three player: Daniel Nyom (202-F-80, college: NW Nazarene), Eric Edougue (196-F-79, college: Saginaw Valley) and Babacar Toure (205-F/C-85). Daniel Nyom (202-F-80, college: NW Nazarene) arrived from Geneva Devils and he averaged 6.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 0.6 assists, FGP: 54.9%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 63.8% in 32 games. Eric Edougue (196-F-79, college: Saginaw Valley) played last season in MGS Grand-Saconnex Basket and he scored 1.9 points, 1.4 rebounds and 0.2 assists. Babacar Toure (205-F/C-85) played last two year in LNB with Colas Bernex Basket (in 2009-2010:

Geneva Lions sign Kevin Bell - by Luca Maffioli
Geneva Lions signed American guard Kevin Bell (178-G-84, college: Fresno St.). He 26-year old guard played 15 games last season in BBL (United Kingdom) with Everton Tigers. He averaged 15.4ppg, 2.1rpg, 4.2apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 54.6%, 3PT: 22.9%, FT: 68.7% per game. Bell came out of the Fresno State University in 2008 and he played with Casa TED Kolejliler Ankara (11 games: 8.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 36.8%, 3PT: 19.0%, FT: 56.4%)

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Syria finishes three-nation friendly tournament - by Eurobasket News
Syria finishes three-nation friendly tournament as the team participated with Qatar and Jordan in Amman. The Jordan Basketball Federation hosts a three-nation tournament as part of the national team's preparations for the upcoming World Championship. Jordan invited Syria and Qatar for pre-tournament clashes.
On August 2nd Jordan rolled over Syria 86:55. Jordan began the game with their confidence up and held control of the scoreboard. Mario Palmas team was in lead throughout, but Syria clicked close on the heels. Jordan led 19-15 at the end of the first quarter and increased to 37:32 halftime advantage. The third quarter belonged to the hosts as they produced 22-10 for a bigger lead.
On August 3rd Qatar overcame Syria 75:66 and advanced to the Final. Qatar opened the game with 28-15 and never looked behind after. They increased to 43:24 halftime advantage when the teams disappeared in the lockers. Syria, however, attempted a fight back in the third outscoring Qatar 24-13 and cut the deficit down to eight going into the final ten minutes. Qatar won the last frame and advanced to the Final. Rabie Hashem's 21 points were not enough in the losing effort. Qatar will take on hosts Jordan in the final game on Wednesday.


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Guidance and Boys Dem Advance to NBBA Semis - by David Edole
The New Breed Basketball Association playoffs is now down to its final four after Guidance and Boys Dem recorded series-clinching victories against the Kings and Alliance Monday at Central Highs Ronald Charles Gymnasium.
Guidance topped Kings 90-81, while Boys Dem knocked off Alliance 76-67.
In game one, Guidance was able to overcome a big 33 points, 11 rebounds night from Kings Center, Craig Williams (207-F-89) to pull out the victory.
The game was hotly contested throughout, and only four points separated the highly touted Guidance and the surprising Kings after three quarters at 62-58. However, Guidance point guard Joelfry Polanco and forward Andy Chelcher (185-G, college: W.Virg.Wesl.) both scored 11 points to help their team to a 28-23 fourth quarter advantage and a 90-81 final score. Williams tried to carry the Kings, scoring 12 in the final period, but did not get much from his teammates.
Lamar Bough (G-91) led four Guidance players with a team-high 21 points, Chelcher finished with 19, Polanco 16 and Eric McBean netted 13. For the Kings, Williams had a game-high 33, and Nybo Rogers had 22. Guidance will now face the Lakers on Wednesday in game one of the eastern conference semifinals.
In game two on Monday, Boys Dem bounced back from a tough series-tying defeat on Saturday to outlast Alliance 76-67. At times in this contest it appeared as if Boys Dem would blow away Alliance, opening leads by as many as 25 points, but Alliance made a valiant charge in the second half that had many a Boys Dem fans with worried looks in the stands.
Boys Dem enjoyed a 15-point halftime lead at 43-28, however Alliance began to chip away in the third and they trailed by 10, at 59-49, after three quarters.
An invigorated defensive effort and a 6-0 run to start the fourth saw Alliance close to within four points at 59-55. However they would get no closer as Boys Dem would close on a 17-12 run to secure the 76-67 victory and a date with four-time defending champions Hoyas on Wednesday.
Wilson Ferrance (191-G) led three Boys Dem players in double figures with 22 points while grabbing 11 boards, Salim Ross (92) had 16, and Zomari Swanston (193-G/F) netted 10. Alliance was led by Jerome Nathaniel with 21 points, Warren Christian with 18 and Andre McIntosh finished with 10.

By Dave Davis August 3, 2010


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Standings
UBL Standings
Central Division
 1. Tulsa T. 0-0 
 2. Springfield T. 0-0 
 3. Oklahoma I. 0-0 
 4. Arkansas W. 0-0 
 5. Texas W. 0-0 
D-League
 1. I-20 Pros 0-0 
 2. CV Titans 0-0 
 3. NM Power 0-0 
 4. Arkansas S. 0-0 
 5. Texas O. 0-0 
 6. Wranglers DL 0-0 


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Rocks secure signature of veteran guard EJ Harrison - by Andy Webb
The Glasgow Rocks have completed the signing of veteran guard EJ Harrison (186-G-76, college: Connecticut), as he becomes the first major signing for the Rocks this off-season.
Harrison, who is originally from Connecticut in the USA, has been playing in the UK since 1999 and has developed into one of the most prolific guards in the BBL. His experience and leadership will be a vital component to the success of the Rocks in their 2010-11 BBL Campaign.
Harrison had a great 2009/10 BBL season with the Milton Keynes Lions where he averaged 19.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.8 steals per game. His production rate was exceptional, shooting 57.5 percent from the field, 31.3 percent from the 3 point line and an amazing 91.4 percent (league leader) from the free throw line last season.
Rocks player/coach Sterling Davis is excited with his first signing of the off-season and he believes that Harrison will play a key role in the success of the Rocks this upcoming season:
This is my second or third time around trying to recruit EJ. Being able to reel in veteran leadership, especially at his position, is extremely vital at this stage of the recruiting process.
With the Rocks looking to go one step further than last year and win the BBL Playoff Championships, Davis is relieved to have a proven winner on his squad that understands what it takes to bring home some Silverware.
EJ is a proven player and winner in this league. We have faced each other many times throughout our careers, in which he got the better of us; its good to have him on our side this time around. The good thing about EJ is that not only is he a good player, but a great guy off the court.

The Rocks will now be working hard to finalise Visa requirements for Harrison, and get him to Glasgow in good time to prepare for the BBL Season ahead.



Edmonton Storm move to Hemel Hempstead under new management - by Eurobasket News
By Dave Ryan

National League basketball returns to Hemel Hempstead after over a decade following an announcement that Edmonton Storm will be moving around the M25 to become Hemel Storm.

It represents another new start for a team that will be playing under its fifth name in as many seasons.

Originally entering EBL Division Four Midlands/South in 2006 as West Herts Warriors II, a third place finish saw them gain promotion to Division Three South.

The club's first team withdrew from Division One early in the 2007/8 season due to financial problems, but Warriors continued in the third division and survived the upheaval to finish fourth.

A move to Watford and the new name of Watford Storm saw them finish third in 2008/9, but by the end of the season they were playing in Edmonton due to problems with the Westfield Community Sports Centre.

Last season saw the team again renamed, predictably as Edmonton Storm, and playing in north London

The move to Hemel Hempstead will see the Hertfordshire town regain a team 13 years after the club that is now known at Milton Keynes Lions left the area. Originally formed as Hemel Hempstead Lakers, they joined the national league in 1977 and spent most of their time in the top flight until briefly moving to Watford for the 1997/8 campaign before finding a permanent home in Milton Keynes the following season.

Four of the Hemel Storm's new management team, Coach Dave Titmuss and wife Linda, Jon Burnell, and Tony Harrison all live in the town. Titmuss, who will be Storm's director of coaching was one of the founders of the original club in the late seventies and went on to a successful national and international coaching career after the franchise was moved to Milton Keynes.

Burnell was head coach of the London Leopards for the past six seasons and is the Storm's Associate Head Coach, and Tony Harrison, who led the former West Herts Warriors to promotion to EBL Division One is head coach. New chairman Neil McElduff and Terry Fryer join these four.

Titmuss and Burnell both had links with the original Hemel club, with Titmuss coaching them to seventh place in the BBL in 1989 and Burnell playing for them for several seasons.

McElduff said, 'We're all very excited about the possibilities. We want to build a strong, community-based club, provide great family entertainment at our EBL home games and bring national sporting recognition to the town. The first goal for our senior men's team is to win promotion to Division One.

'Our development strategy will see the launch in September of a 'Storm Future Stars Programme' for talented Under 14 and Under 16 boys and we eventually plan to be represented at every National League age group.'

The Hemel Storm Club will be affiliated to a new basketball academy that Titmuss is establishing next year which will be based at the superb facilities in Queen's School, Bushey, Hertfordshire. Titmuss will be head coach at the academy.

'The Queen's Basketball Academy will be for 16 to 18 year-olds and provide an opportunity for youngsters to fulfil their sporting and academic potential,' said Titmuss.

'We will be linked to the Hemel Storm Club so that athletes who are selected will have opportunities to play in national leagues at youth and senior levels, as well as representing the academy in other competitions and be eligible for selection to regional and national squads.

'Our technical curriculum will closely follow the requirements currently being developed as part of the Great Britain/England Basketball elite player pathway programme.'
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk


Raiders Star Rowe Returns to the Team - by Andy Webb
Star power forward, Anthony Rowe (203-C-85, college: N.Georgia), will be returning to the Plymouth Raiders for the 2010/11 season. UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders are delighted to announce Rowes return to the team, which will give the Raiders a young but energetic and formidable front line. Alongside 69 American Otis Polk, Rowe will provide an inside scoring punch, and rebounding at both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor.
In a disappointing 2009/10 season, Rowes emergence in the BBL was certainly one of the bright spots. He finished 6th in the league in rebounding, averaging 8.4 per game, and while scoring just over 12 points per game.
Raiders faced stiff competition from other teams in the BBL who were keen to recruit Rowe, but the chance to work with Head Coach Gavin Love, and the opportunity to return to his home town team proved too strong a draw. 'Coach Love expressed interest in bringing me back to the club very early on in the summer, said Rowe. This makes you feel good as a player. You feel wanted, and in return want to work hard for those who believe in your ability. Even though I signed later in the summer, I want to let everyone know that I am here because I want to play here. I was fortunate to have several good contract offers to play elsewhere this season, but Raiders knocked my other possibilities out of the equation. Plymouth is more than just a city to me, it is my home. So being able to wear the Raiders uniform again is an honour.'
Rowe returned to the USA this summer and spent a lot of the time there working out in the gym and playing against former teammates at North Georgia State College. He returned to the city late last week and spent a lot of time with Raiders coach Love over the weekend, talking about the team and how excited he was to be able to play with the team again this season.
Love is thrilled with his new signing. Its great to have Anthony back in Plymouth again. Hes worked really hard over the summer and looks a lot bigger. We had some really stiff competition from other teams to get him back this season, but he bought into what we want to do here 100%, and hes looking forward to be part of the new team that weve put together. With the addition of Anthony, we now have a strong nucleus of British players, which is something I firmly believe in.
Rowe added, 'Our team is filled with the potential to do really good things this season, and I am very excited about being a part of it. I want to play a big role and contribute in a various number of areas to benefit this new team.'

Rowe came through the Raiders development programme, and played a season with the team before leaving to take up a scholarship offer from North Georgia State College in the USA. He graduated in the summer of 2009 and initially moved to Cognac in France to play in the French National 1 league. However, the team made a few changes in October, and he immediately took up the offer of a contract with the Raiders where he stayed for the rest of the 2009/10 season.



Schneck Comes To Chester - by Andy Webb
The Cheshire Jets have recruited their second signing of the new season Former St. Cloud State All-American centre Matt Schneck (203-C-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement). The 6'9 Wisconsin native, who graduated from Central Minnesota put pen to paper after impressing Paul Smith at a Las Vegas show case event.
Matt said;
This will be a great experience for me; Im really looking forward to moving to England and joining up with the rest of the team in Chester. The BBL is a very good league, for me it was about the right league and the quality of basketball I would be playing, both myself and my agent thought the BBL would be a very good fit. The Jets had a successful l 09/10 season and I hope that I can help them push for the top prizes come September
He added;
I am definitely a team player, what I can bring to a team is a lot of hustle as well as being a strong re-bounder I have a great team ethos. I want to contribute everything I can to the Jets both on and off the court
Paul Smith was impressed with Schnecks stats; the twenty two year old averaged a double double in his senior season with 18.5 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. He recorded 23 double doubles during the season including a 29 point, and a 17 rebound performance in his final game as a Husky. He recorded a double double in the final eight games of the season, all tournament games. Schneck scored his career high 34 points against Minnesota State University on Feb. 13 of this year and posted a career high 20 rebounds against the University of Mary on Nov. 28, 2009.

Schneck was also named to the Elite Eight All-Tournament team, the Central Region All-Tournament team, and the NSIC All-Tournament team. He is the 2009-10 NSIC Player of the Year and a first team All-NSIC pick. He was named the MVP of the NSIC/Sanford Health Tournament and the Most Outstanding Player of the Central Region tournament.
Matt will join the rest of the team on the 1st of September to commence team training.



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  URUGUAY   


Larre Borges and Larranaga tied 1-1 - by Hector Lopez
Larre Borges and Larranaga are tied 1-1 for a promotion to the Uruguayan League 2011 and they will play a third and final game on Thursday 5. Larranaga won 77-66 the second game with 24 points and 11 rebounds by Federico Martinez (203-F/C-74), 12 points 11 rebounds and 6 blocks by Elgrace Wilborn (203-F-83, agency: Liman Sports, college: W.Kentucky), and 15 points by Santiago Moglia (196-F-89) For Larre Borges, winners of the first game 76-73, the best scorers were Marcos Cabot (178-G-89) 18 Roberto Amaro (197-F-69) 17. Waston already won a place for the next Uruguayan league, as the Metro League champions.



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Women News

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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


U18 Women CAN: Nigeria confront Tunisia in Quarter-final - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Nigeria U18 women national team will today take on Tunisia in the first quarter-final of the 11th FIBA Africa Championship for U18 Women holding in Cairo, Egypt.
The Nigerian side coached by the duo of Adewumi Aderemi and Peter Ahmedu are set to continue their unbeaten run after topping with Group-B winning all is four group games against Mozambique (66-48), Mali (65-47), Cote dIvoire (84-34) and Congo DRC (62-55) while Tunisia finished fourth in Group-A after the disqualification of Kenya due to age discrepancy of one of its player Purity Auma Odhiambo.
The Nigeria Tunisia game comes up at 2.00pm Egyptian time and Noon Nigeria time.
President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Tijjani Umar has urged the players to go for out right victory in order to book a semi-final ticket.
In a telephone chat Tuesday night the NBBF president says the Nigerian team has what it takes to win the championship and book a 2011 FIBA World U19 Championship spot.
I know the team have what it take to go all the way and win the championship and I have urged them to remain focus and do Nigeria proud, Umar concluded.




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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Kilsyth Lady Cobras extend coach Cheryl Chambers - by Eurobasket News
Dandenong Rangers assistant coach Cheryl Chambers has extended her contract with SEABL team the Kilsyth Lady Cobras to remain head coach for the 2011 season.

The Swinburne Kilsyth Lady Cobras have signed head coach Cheryl Chambers to a contract extension for the 2011 SEABL season, writes Russell Bennett in the Mountain Views Mail.

Ms Chambers led her team to a 14-8 record in her first season at the helm.

Association president Malcolm Allison was full of praise for Ms Chambers in announcing her contract extension.

Cheryl has brought a new level of professionalism to Kilsyth, he said.

She is an outstanding teacher of the game and has had a massive impact at all levels of the club.

Ms Chambers described her delight in being offered a new deal.

I am excited to be returning in 2011. I have enjoyed this year and believe we have started to build something, Ms Chambers said.

One of the key reasons Ms Chambers was retained is her connection with junior and D-League programs and her willingness to bring younger players into the SEABL system. Kilsyth management is particularly impressed with the trust shown in young starting point guard, Jordyn OShea.

I am keen to continue working with the players and develop the culture, while ensuring the development of the juniors in the club, Ms Chambers said.

Ms Chambers will spend the off-season working as an assistant to head coach Mark Wright with the Dandenong Rangers WNBL side.

Courtesy of WNBL (www.wnbl.com.au)




Bendigo Spirit keep Kerryn Harrington - by Eurobasket News
Bendigo Spirit has retained the services of talented local guard Kerryn Harrington (171-G-92) for season 2010/11.

Harrington, a graduate of both the Australian Institute of Sport and the Australian Gems U19 programs, is one of the most accomplished female players to come through the junior ranks in Bendigo for many years.

After completing her time at the AIS at the end of 2009 Harrington returned home to the Spirit mid way through the WNBL season. Before heading to the AIS Harrington made her WNBL debut in Spirit colours in 2007.

Spirit Coach Bernie Harrower said he was looking forward to having Kerryn around for the preseason and expected her to play a bigger role with the club in 2010-11.
Kerryn has been recognised as one of the best players in Australia for her age, shes represented her country on the international stage and its great to have her playing for the Spirit, Harrower said.

Kerryn is the perfect example of the opportunities that the club is trying to create for players from regional Victoria.

To have been an excellent country Victoria junior player and then have the opportunity to play basketball at the highest level without having to move to Melbourne or interstate is fantastic.
Kerryn is strong athlete, a good defender and can score quickly when she gets the opportunity.
Harrington has played a total of 34 WNBL games and has averages of three points, 2.5 rebounds and one assist per game.

Courtesy of WNBL (www.wnbl.com.au)




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  BELGIUM - Women  


U18 Belgium better than U18 Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News
U18 EuroBasket, Day Five: CZECH REPUBLIC - BELGIUM 62-70

Belgium was better than Czech Republic on Tuesday evening. They managed to registered 62-70 victory for 1-1 record in Group G. Actually all other teams (including Czech Republic) have 1-1 score now in this pool. Lut De Meyer (180-F-92) shined for Belgium with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Ann Schyvens (160-G-93) had 13 and Hanne Mestdagh (179-F-93) added 12 points, plus 8 boards. In the loosing squad, Tereza Vyoralova (175-G-94) collected 14 points and 6 rebs. Monika Satoranska (185-C-93) had 10 pts and 9 rebounds.
Third quarter was the crucial on in this game. Before that, Belgium opened the meeting with 10-15 in the first ten minutes, while Czech Republic replied with 15-13 in Q2. Than, Lut De Meyer and her teammates totally took control on Czech Republic and jumped to double-digit lead. It was 38-49 with ten minutes left and Czech Republic didnt have enough power to make a turn. Their maximum was minus five.
On Wednesday, Belgium will meet Hungary. Czech Republic will play against Latvia.

Czech Republic: Tereza Vyoralova 14+6 boards, Monika Satoranska 10+9 boards
Belgium: Lut De Meyer 21+9 boards, Ann Schyvens 13, Hanne Mestdagh 12+8 boards




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  BERMUDAS - Women  


Warwick Suns clinch the title - by Eurobasket News
Warwick Suns clinched the Womens Summer league title. They held off the defending champions St Georges Storm 23:11 in a low-scoring affair. Marissa Wainwright knocked down 10 points to lead the effort. She was named the leagues MVP after the clash.
Warwick ensured a brave start to the game. They quickly grabbed a 6:0 lead. The Storm could not find any proper answer in the first half. They scored as little as 4 points. Warwick Suns capitalized taking a 10-point advantage at the interval. Akeila Furbert helped the Suns to keep the Storm at bay. The Storm never recovered in the remaining minutes. They scored only 11 points in the game and had to face a bitter defeat at the end.
Akeila Furbert produced 5 points for the winners. Kimale Evans answered with 6 points for the Storm in the loss.



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  BULGARIA - Women  


Bulgaria U16 gets ready for Skopje - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria U16 gets ready for Skopje for U16 European Championship. Recenlty the team participated at the International tournament with 4 teams in Slovenia.
In Day 1 Slovenia U16 overcame Bulgaria U16 47:44. The hosts opened the game with 12-10, while Bulgaria responded with 16-8 in the second frame. Moreover the guests grabbed the bigger lead after 12-10 in the third period. Slovenia needed 17-6 in the last stanza to seal the victory in the opener. Nina Gabrovsek (168-G-94) stepped up with 12 points for the winners and Gjerkes netted 10. Salkic and Ivana Tusek (94) posted 6 points each in a win.
In Day 2 Germany U16 outscored Bulgaria U16 58:40 for the second straight win. Trailing 1:6 in the opening tip, Germany enjoyed 42:22 later in the game. Bulgaria reduced to 48:34, while Germany finished on a high note. Noemie Rouault paced all the winners with 14 points, whilst Carla Bellscheidt (181-F-94) notched 10. Aline Stiller (183-F/C-94) scored 9 and Fanny Szittya added 7.
In Day 3 Slovenia U16 edged Germany U16 and triumphed in the tournament. The latter had 28:23 lead, but managed to take only 33:32 lead at the halftime. The score was tied at 44:44 after 30 minutes and the teams battled hard in the last quarter. Slovenia needed a 3-point win in the last stanza to seal the victory. Rouault top-scored for the German side with 13 points and Stiller netted 11. Teresa Kucera (184-F/C-94) and Bellscheidt followed them with 8 points each.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


U18 Belgium better than U18 Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News
U18 EuroBasket, Day Five: CZECH REPUBLIC - BELGIUM 62-70

Belgium was better than Czech Republic on Tuesday evening. They managed to registered 62-70 victory for 1-1 record in Group G. Actually all other teams (including Czech Republic) have 1-1 score now in this pool. Lut De Meyer (180-F-92) shined for Belgium with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Ann Schyvens (160-G-93) had 13 and Hanne Mestdagh (179-F-93) added 12 points, plus 8 boards. In the loosing squad, Tereza Vyoralova (175-G-94) collected 14 points and 6 rebs. Monika Satoranska (185-C-93) had 10 pts and 9 rebounds.
Third quarter was the crucial on in this game. Before that, Belgium opened the meeting with 10-15 in the first ten minutes, while Czech Republic replied with 15-13 in Q2. Than, Lut De Meyer and her teammates totally took control on Czech Republic and jumped to double-digit lead. It was 38-49 with ten minutes left and Czech Republic didnt have enough power to make a turn. Their maximum was minus five.
On Wednesday, Belgium will meet Hungary. Czech Republic will play against Latvia.

Czech Republic: Tereza Vyoralova 14+6 boards, Monika Satoranska 10+9 boards
Belgium: Lut De Meyer 21+9 boards, Ann Schyvens 13, Hanne Mestdagh 12+8 boards




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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Standings Div.B (Women) - by Eurobasket News
Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Norway0-0
2. Portugal0-0
3. Slovenia0-0
4. Sweden0-0
Group B
1. Estonia2-0
2. Switzerlan.2-0
3. Albania0-1
4. Bosnia0-1
5. Luxembourg.0-2


Division B: Round One review - by Eurobasket News
Group B
Bosnia - Switzerland 64-71
Switzerland registered the second straight win and they currently share the first place in Group B with Estonia. Marielle Giroud (180-F-87) was a key player in victory with double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds. Bosnia got 14 points from Milica Deura (178-G-90) and failed in their first appearance.

Luxembourg - Estonia 47-73
2-0 for Estonia and 0-2 for Luxembourg after this meeting. Kerttu Jallai (179-F-90) stepped up for the winners with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Nadia Mossong (183-F-86) replied with 14 points and 6 boards in defeat.

Estonia - Albania 127-33
Estonia demonstrated great performance in the first game of Division B action. They destroyed Albania 127-33 for 1-0 record in Group B. Participants of the same pool are also Switzerland, Luxembourg and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Gerly Kostla (180-F-80) scored 23 points in this victory and she grabbed 5 rebounds beside that. Jana Rannaveski (172-G-87) had 18 and Sandra Andersson netted one point less. Albania didn't have anyone with double-digits in scoring. Their leading player was Rezarta Hoxhaj (F-82) with 7 points and 7 boards. Estonia dominated in all basketball segments in this game. They exploded in the first ten minutes scoring impressive 41 points. On the other side, Albania had only 3 and everything was already resolved. Estonia was a way better team for rest of the game as well. Second frame ended 24-10 and third 31-8. The only question was how big difference it till be at the end. Last ten minutes ended with 31-12 for the final 127-33 devastation by Estonia. In the next game Estonia will meet Luxembourg (Wednesday). Albania will also play against Luxembourg, but on August 7.
Switzerland - Luxembourg 66-56
Switzerland opened up their bid to reach Division A with a hard fought 66-56 win over Luxembourg in Fribourg. Marielle Giroud stepped up for Switzerland with 22 points and 14 rebounds. She reached valuation 27 and was the MVP of this meeting. Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) was the second scorer in this victory with 21 points (5 triples). Annie Kassongo (185-F-87) helped with 8 points and 9 boards. In the loosing squad, Lisy Hetting (173-G-90) top-scored with 13 points. Tessy Hetting (188-F-86) added 11. Both teams are placed to Qualifying Group B. Participants of the same pool are also Estonia, Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Switzerland opened the game with 23-13 and was looking good. Marielle Giroud and her teammates intensified defense in the second frame and they limited Luxembourg to 3 points in ten minutes, while they delivered 13 on the other side. It means that Switzerland held nice 36-17 lead at the halftime. Luxembourg improved after the breather (13-20), but they needed a way more. Swiss players were strong enough to keep the safe distance in the last frame and to celebrate 66-56 win. In the next game Switzerland will meet Bosnia and Herzegovina (Wednesday). Luxembourg will play against Estonia at the same day.




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W-Standings - Group A
Standings
Group E
1. Spain5-0
2. Russia3-2
3. Slovenia3-2
4. Sweden3-2
5. Slovakia1-4
6. Serbia0-5
Group F
1. Italy5-0
2. Lithuania3-2
3. France3-2
4. Ukraine2-3
5. Turkey2-3
6. Poland0-5
Group H
1. Belgium2-1
2. Czech Repub.2-1
3. Hungary1-2
4. Latvia1-2


Division A: The end of Qualifying Round in Poprad - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Slovenia - Serbia 57-42
Slovenia advanced to Quarterfinals as No.3 of Group E with 3-2 record. They will meet Lithuania. On the other side, Serbia will be transferred to Classification Round for 9th to 12th place. Nika Baric (169-G-92) shined for Slovenia today with 18 points and 9 assists. Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) collected 16 points and 15 boards in defeat.

Slovakia - Sweden 57-59
Sweden made it in do-or-doe game against the hosts and booked a spot for the next stage. Farhiya Abdi (187-F-92) top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Slovakia got 18 points and 6 boards from Martina Kissova (185-F-93).

Russia - Spain 47-54
Spain remains unbeaten in Poprad and will meet Ukraine in the QFinals. Russia will take on France. Laura Gil Collado (190-C-92) led Spain to this victory with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Ekaterina Fedorenkova (177-G-93) netted 13 pts in defeat.
Group F
Lithuania - Turkey 65-80
Turkey celebrated in this game, but failed to reach the next stage. Lithuania is No.2 of Group F and goes to the QFinals. Azge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) shined for Turkey with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Santa Okockyte (176-G-92) shined for Lithuania with 18 points and 5 rebounds.

France - Italy 58-62
Perfect 5-0 for Italy and 3-2 for France after this meeting. Gaia Gorini (182-G-92) shined for the winners with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Melanie Devaux (171-G-92) had 12 pts in loss. Both teams reached the Quarterfinals.

Ukraine - Poland 71-70
Ukraine grabbed thriller win against Poland to reach the next stage at this event. Alina Iagupova (179-G-92) was on fire with 42 points and she pulled down 11 rebounds beside that. Winless Poland got 16 pts, 8 boards and 5 assists from Magdalena Zietara (177-G/F-92).
Group G
Latvia - Czech Republic 56-85
Czech Republic destroyed Latvia mostly owing to Monika Satoranska (185-C-93), who had 16 points in this game. Anete Kirsteine (176-G/F-92) had 19 pts and 6 rebs in defeat. Czech Republic 2-1, Latvia 1-2.

Hungary - Belgium 34-74
Second win for Belgium in Group G. Hanne Mestdagh (179-F-93) stepped up in this victory with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Szidonia Katona (182-F-93) had 6 points and 7 boards in Hungary.


Div.A Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Alina IAGUPOVA
  (179-G-92)
  Avg: 33.2
 1. Iagupova, UKR33.2 
 2. Baric, SLO22.6 
 3. Okockyte, LTU19.0 
 4. Gortnar, SLO17.2 
 5. Zahui, SWE16.7 
 6. Kavurmaciogl., TUR16.5 
 7. Zietara, POL15.0 
 8. Efimova, RUS15.0 
 9. Demirkol, TUR14.3 
 10. Cepelkova, CZE13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Azge KAVURMACIOGLU
  (187-F-93)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Kavurmaciogl., TUR10.7 
 2. Naumenko, UKR10.3 
 3. Zahui, SWE9.7 
 4. Brajkovic, SRB9.7 
 5. Barba, FRA9.6 
 6. Zaveckaite, LTU9.0 
 7. Svaryte, LTU8.8 
 8. Iagupova, UKR8.0 
 9. Gortnar, SLO7.4 
 10. Szczepanik, POL7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Nika BARIC
  (169-G-92)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Baric, SLO6.6 
 2. Carta, ITA4.2 
 3. Kusova, CZE3.8 
 4. Maksimova, RUS3.3 
 5. Radjati, FRA3.3 
 6. Gorini, ITA3.3 
 7. Palenikova, SVK3.3 
 8. Zietara, POL3.2 
 9. Kabengano, SWE3.2 
 10. Okockyte, LTU3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Alina IAGUPOVA
  (179-G-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Iagupova, UKR3.0 
 2. Vyoralova, CZE3.0 
 3. Carta, ITA3.0 
 4. Bradnanska, SVK2.8 
 5. Ortiz, ESP2.8 
 6. Abdi, SWE2.7 
 7. Baric, SLO2.6 
 8. Okockyte, LTU2.5 
 9. Colic, SRB2.5 
 10. Kuras, POL2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Tjasa GORTNAR
  (185-F-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gortnar, SLO2.4 
 2. Vechtova, CZE2.2 
 3. Iagupova, UKR1.7 
 4. Zahui, SWE1.7 
 5. Szczepanik, POL1.6 
 6. Kissova, SVK1.5 
 7. Stauere, LAT1.3 
 8. Svaryte, LTU1.3 
 9. Mayinga, BEL1.2 
 10. Zietara, POL1.0 


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  FRANCE - Women  


U18 EC: Lithuania hands the first loss to France - by Eurobasket News
U18 EuroBasket, Day Five: LITHUANIA - FRANCE 69-64

Lithuania outplayed France handing them the first loss at this event. Both teams already booked a spot for the QFinals and they have 3-1 record now. Last games of the Qualifying Round will decide which of three teams (Italy, Lithuania, France) will finish as No.1 of this pool. Santa Okockyte (176-G-92) exploded in victory with 29 points. She reached valuation 17 (despite bad shot percentage) and was the MVP of this meeting. Laura Svaryte (190-C-92) (7 rebs) and Paulina Zaveckaite (186-F-92) helped with 9 points each. In France, Melanie Devaux (171-G-92) collected 12 points. Sabrine Bouzenna (169-G-93) stopped on 9.
Lithuania took control on France at the early beginning making excellent 23-11 lead in the first ten minutes. French players recovered from this shock and replied with 8-17 in the second frame. Lithuania still had 3-point lead and they were slightly better team in Q3 as well (19-16). France didnt give up and they came to 52-51 and later to 57-56 with 7 minutes to go. Thanks to 0-4 run France made a turn, but Lithuania shined when it was the most important and closed this game with 12-4 run.
On Wednesday, Lithuania will meet Turkey. France will take on strong Italy.

Lithuania: Santa Okockyte 29, Laura Svaryte 9+7 boards, Paulina Zaveckaite 9
France: Melanie Devaux 12, Sabrine Bouzenna 9




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  GERMANY - Women  


Germany U16 finished second in Slovenia - by Eurobasket News
Germany U16 finished second in Slovenia as Gradec hosted the tournament for U16 teams. In Day 1 Germany U16 won over Israel U16 68:65. The German side had 36:33 at the halftime and managed to keep the advantage. Marie Gulich (192-C-94) exploded with 26 points for the winners and Brodersen netted 11. Rouault scored 8, while Carla Bellscheidt (181-F-94) added 7.
In Day 2 Germany U16 outscored Bulgaria U16 58:40 for the second straight win. Trailing 1:6 in the opening tip, Germany enjoyed 42:22 later in the game. Bulgaria reduced to 48:34, while Germany finished on a high note. Noemie Rouault paced all the winners with 14 points, whilst Carla Bellscheidt notched 10. Aline Stiller (183-F/C-94) scored 9 and Fanny Szittya added 7.
In Day 3 Slovenia U16 edged Germany U16 and triumphed in the tournament. The latter had 28:23 lead, but managed to take only 33:32 lead at the halftime. The score was tied at 44:44 after 30 minutes and the teams battled hard in the last quarter. Slovenia needed a 3-point win in the last stanza to seal the victory. Rouault top-scored for the German side with 13 points and Stiller netted 11. Teresa Kucera (184-F/C-94) and Carla Bellscheidt followed them with 8 points each.



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  HUNGARY - Women  


U18 Hungary takes the first win in Group G - by Eurobasket News
U18 EuroBasket, Day Five: LATVIA - HUNGARY 66-70

Hungary grabbed valuable 66-70 win against Latvia. It means that all four teams of Group G have 1-1 record now and all have a chance to survive in Division A. There are four more games to go in this pool. Lilla Adamecz (181-F-92) came up with 17 points in this victory. Judit Manyoky (171-G-92) had 12 points, while Bettina Baksa (173-G-92) added 11 pts, 6 boards and 6 assists. In Latvia, Linda Pagrode (172-G-92) delivered 18 points. Sabine Dukate (176-F-93) had 16.
Hungary had a great first half and mostly owing to it they celebrated in this game. Lilla Adamecz and her teammates started with nice 7-14 in the first ten minutes. Latvia struggled at the both sides of the court and they were not able to reply in Q2. Hungary ended this period with 12-18 for 19-32 lead at the halftime. Latvia woke up after the breather and they made 26-20 in third frame, so everything was open again. They came to minus one in the finish, but Hungary managed to stop them and to grab the valuable victory.
On Wednesday, Hungary will meet Belgium. Latvia will take on Czech Republic.

Latvia: Linda Pagrode 18, Sabine Dukate 16
Hungary: Lilla Adamecz 17, Judit Manyoky 12, Bettina Baksa 11+6 boards+6 as




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  ISRAEL - Women  


Israel U16 participated at the International tournament - by Eurobasket News
Israel U16 participated at the International tournament with 4 teams in it. Slovenia hosted Israel, Bulgaria and Germany.
At first Germany U16 won over Israel U16 68:65. The German side had 36:33 at the halftime and managed to keep the advantage. Gulich exploded with 26 points for the winners and Brodersen netted 11. Rouault scored 8, while Carla Bellscheidt (181-F-94) added 7.
In Day 2 Slovenia U16 beat Israel U16 57:51. The latter grabbed 15-11 in the opening quarter, while the hosts responded with 17-13. Moreover Slovenia went on a lead after 12-9 in the third quarter. The hosts finished the game with 17-14 and won the tournament. Zupancic paced all the winners with 16 points and Nina Gabrovsek (168-G-94) scored 15. Rozman ended up with 8 points, while Alina Gjerkes (177-F-94) and Maja Bosnjak (186-F-95) scored 6 apiece.
In Day 3 Slovenia U16 edged Germany U16 and triumphed in the tournament. The latter had 28:23 lead, but managed to take only 33:32 lead at the halftime. The score was tied at 44:44 after 30 minutes and the teams battled hard in the last quarter. Slovenia needed a 3-point win in the last stanza to seal the victory. Rouault top-scored for the German side with 13 points and Aline Stiller (183-F/C-94) netted 11. Kucera and Carla Bellscheidt followed them with 8 points each.


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  ITALY - Women  


More A2 transfer news - by Carlo Grilli
All in the A2 Southern Group the last market news: Virtus Cagliari signed Liliana Miccio (182-F/C-89) from Alcamo; Ragusa renforced the team agreeing terms with Dimana Georgieva (190-C-88), ex Pomezia. Siena inked Marianna Biscarini (174-G-84) and Raffaela Costa (185-F/C-84), while TermoCarispe La Spezia announced Alessandra Tava (184-C-91) from Viterbo.
The A2 Southern Group will be composed by 15 teams, included the U18 College Italia; the Northern Group by 14. Among these 29 teams, only one will move up to A1 in 2011-2012.



U18 Italy keeps the perfect score - by Eurobasket News
U18 EuroBasket, Day Five: ITALY - UKRAINE 81-51

Italy stayed perfect in Poprad after this game. They jumped to 4-0 in Group F and will meet France for the first place in this pool. Lucia Morsiani (186-C-92) came up with 17 points and 5 rebounds in victory. Beatrice Carta (170-G-92) and Irene Cigliani (177-G-92) helped with 11 points each. In defeat, Alina Iagupova (179-G-92) collected 13 points and 6 rebounds. However, she had poor 0-12 from behind the arc in this game. Lyudmyla Naumenko (177-F-93) had 9 points. Their Ukraine dropped to 2-3, but they still have a chance for the next stage.
Italy dominated in all segments of this game. They started with 23-11 in the first and continued with 23-14 in the next quarter. Ukraine was in trouble as their best player Alina Iagupova was struggling with her stroke. Italy continued in the same rhythm after the breather, so with one quarter left in the game they were 73-40 up. All after that was just the formality.
On Wednesday, Italy will meet France. Ukraine will play against Poland.

Italy: Lucia Morsiani 17+5 boards, Beatrice Carta 11, Irene Cigliani 11
Ukraine: Alina Iagupova 13+6 boards, Lyudmyla Naumenko 9




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  LATVIA - Women  


U18 Hungary takes the first win in Group G - by Eurobasket News
U18 EuroBasket, Day Five: LATVIA - HUNGARY 66-70

Hungary grabbed valuable 66-70 win against Latvia. It means that all four teams of Group G have 1-1 record now and all have a chance to survive in Division A. There are four more games to go in this pool. Lilla Adamecz (181-F-92) came up with 17 points in this victory. Judit Manyoky (171-G-92) had 12 points, while Bettina Baksa (173-G-92) added 11 pts, 6 boards and 6 assists. In Latvia, Linda Pagrode (172-G-92) delivered 18 points. Sabine Dukate (176-F-93) had 16.
Hungary had a great first half and mostly owing to it they celebrated in this game. Lilla Adamecz and her teammates started with nice 7-14 in the first ten minutes. Latvia struggled at the both sides of the court and they were not able to reply in Q2. Hungary ended this period with 12-18 for 19-32 lead at the halftime. Latvia woke up after the breather and they made 26-20 in third frame, so everything was open again. They came to minus one in the finish, but Hungary managed to stop them and to grab the valuable victory.
On Wednesday, Hungary will meet Belgium. Latvia will take on Czech Republic.

Latvia: Linda Pagrode 18, Sabine Dukate 16
Hungary: Lilla Adamecz 17, Judit Manyoky 12, Bettina Baksa 11+6 boards+6 as




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U18 EC: Lithuania hands the first loss to France - by Eurobasket News
U18 EuroBasket, Day Five: LITHUANIA - FRANCE 69-64

Lithuania outplayed France handing them the first loss at this event. Both teams already booked a spot for the QFinals and they have 3-1 record now. Last games of the Qualifying Round will decide which of three teams (Italy, Lithuania, France) will finish as No.1 of this pool. Santa Okockyte (176-G-92) exploded in victory with 29 points. She reached valuation 17 (despite bad shot percentage) and was the MVP of this meeting. Laura Svaryte (190-C-92) (7 rebs) and Paulina Zaveckaite (186-F-92) helped with 9 points each. In France, Melanie Devaux (171-G-92) collected 12 points. Sabrine Bouzenna (169-G-93) stopped on 9.
Lithuania took control on France at the early beginning making excellent 23-11 lead in the first ten minutes. French players recovered from this shock and replied with 8-17 in the second frame. Lithuania still had 3-point lead and they were slightly better team in Q3 as well (19-16). France didnt give up and they came to 52-51 and later to 57-56 with 7 minutes to go. Thanks to 0-4 run France made a turn, but Lithuania shined when it was the most important and closed this game with 12-4 run.
On Wednesday, Lithuania will meet Turkey. France will take on strong Italy.

Lithuania: Santa Okockyte 29, Laura Svaryte 9+7 boards, Paulina Zaveckaite 9
France: Melanie Devaux 12, Sabrine Bouzenna 9




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U18 Women CAN: Nigeria confront Tunisia in Quarter-final - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Nigeria U18 women national team will today take on Tunisia in the first quarter-final of the 11th FIBA Africa Championship for U18 Women holding in Cairo, Egypt.
The Nigerian side coached by the duo of Adewumi Aderemi and Peter Ahmedu are set to continue their unbeaten run after topping with Group-B winning all is four group games against Mozambique (66-48), Mali (65-47), Cote dIvoire (84-34) and Congo DRC (62-55) while Tunisia finished fourth in Group-A after the disqualification of Kenya due to age discrepancy of one of its player Purity Auma Odhiambo.
The Nigeria Tunisia game comes up at 2.00pm Egyptian time and Noon Nigeria time.
President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Tijjani Umar has urged the players to go for out right victory in order to book a semi-final ticket.
In a telephone chat Tuesday night the NBBF president says the Nigerian team has what it takes to win the championship and book a 2011 FIBA World U19 Championship spot.
I know the team have what it take to go all the way and win the championship and I have urged them to remain focus and do Nigeria proud, Umar concluded.




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U18 Turkey stays alive in Poprad - by Eurobasket News
U18 EuroBasket, Day Five: TURKEY - POLAND 68-64

Turkey stays alive in Group F. They managed to grab the first win in Qualifying Round and joined Ukraine with 1-3 record. Last round will decide will Turkey reach the next stage or not. Poland dropped to 0-4 and they have no chance for the Quarterfinals. Azge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) was totally the best Turkish player with 20 points and 6 rebounds. She reached valuation 21 and was the MVP of this game. Nihan Demirkol (172-G-92) had 12 points and 6 boards, while Emel Guler (188-F-92) added 10 pts and 8 rebs. In Poland, Paulina Kuras (170-G-92) collected 15 points and 6 rebounds. Agata Szczepanik (194-F/C-92) had 13 pts and 11 rebs.
Everything started good for Turkey who opened the game with 18-9 lead. Poland improved in the second frame, but still wasnt able to avoid 37-17 deficit at the halftime. Paulina Kuras and her teammates shined after the breather and they managed to close the gap to 49-47 with one quarter to go. They tied the score to 54-54 and few moments later to 56-56, but never took the lead. Last chance Poland had at 66-64 with 25 seconds to go, Emel Guler made a basket for Turkey, after that Paulina Kuras and Agata Szczepanik missed a lay-up and a jump shot.
On Wednesday, Turkey will meet Lithuania. Poland will play against Ukraine.

Turkey: Azge Kavurmacioglu 20+6 boards, Nihan Demirkol 12+6 boards, Emel Guler 10+8 boards
Poland: Paulina Kuras 15+6 boards, Agata Szczepanik 13+11 boards




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  RUSSIA - Women  


U18 Russia cruises past U18 Slovakia 68-51 - by Eurobasket News
U18 EuroBasket, Day Five: SLOVAKIA - RUSSIA 51-68

Russia was too strong for Slovakia in the second day of the Qualifying Round in Poprad. With this victory, Russia jumped to 3-1 in Group E and already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals. The host of this event slipped to fifth place, but still has a chance to advance. Yulia Poluyanova (187-F-92) was a key player in Russia with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Svetlana Efimova (187-F-92) had 17 points, while Anastasiya Maksimova (182-F-92) added 9 points, 14 boards and 5 assists. Slovakia got 10 points from Noema Bradnanska (176-G/F-93). Denisa Domiterova (178-G-92) (7 rebs) and Marta Palenikova (184-G/F-92) (6 rebs) had 9 points each.
First quarter was totally leveled and it finished with 15-15 tie. Russia was better in the second frame taking 27-30 lead at the halftime. Third quarter was the crucial one in this meeting. Yulia Poluyanova and her teammates exploded scoring 21 points for ten minutes, while limiting Slovakia to nine for 36-51 lead with 10:00 remaining in the game. The hosts had no chance in the last quarter and Russia registered comfortable victory.
On Wednesday, Russia will meet Spain for the first place in Group E. Slovakia will play against Sweden.

Slovakia: Noema Bradnanska 10, Denisa Domiterova 9+7 boards, Marta Palenikova 9+6 boards
Russia: Yulia Poluyanova 22+5 boards, Svetlana Efimova 17, Anastasiya Maksimova 9+14 boards+5 as




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  SERBIA - Women  


U18 Sweden too much for U18 Serbia - by Eurobasket News
U18 EuroBasket, Day Five: SWEDEN - SERBIA 61-42

Sweden grabbed maybe the crucial win in Poprad. They outplayed Serbia 61-42 for 2-2 record in Group E, what is currently enough for the Quarterfinals. However, Sweden will most probably have to beat Slovakia in the last day of the Qualifying round in order to reach the next stage. On the other side, Serbia dropped to 0-4 with no chance to advance. Amanda Zahui (191-C-93) shined for the winners with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Farhiya Abdi (187-F-92) collected 16 points and 7 boards. In Serbia, Snezana Colic (176-G-92) delivered 16 points. Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) had 7 points and 5 boards.
Sweden opened the game in style making 17-7 lead in the first ten minutes. Snezana Colic and her teammates replied with 12-18 in the next frame cutting the margin to 4 at the halftime. Sweden exploded after the breather demonstrating great performance at the both sides of the court. They intensified defense limiting Serbia to just 5 points for ten minutes, while their delivered 18 on the other side. There was ten minutes left and Sweden had huge 47-30 lead. Last quarter was just the formality and Sweden ended it with 14-12.
Championship continues on Wednesday, when Sweden will meet Slovakia, while Serbia will play against Slovenia.

Sweden: Amanda Zahui 19+7 boards, Farhiya Abdi 16+7 boards
Serbia: Snezana Colic 16, Ivana Brajkovic 7+5 boards




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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


U18 Russia cruises past U18 Slovakia 68-51 - by Eurobasket News
U18 EuroBasket, Day Five: SLOVAKIA - RUSSIA 51-68

Russia was too strong for Slovakia in the second day of the Qualifying Round in Poprad. With this victory, Russia jumped to 3-1 in Group E and already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals. The host of this event slipped to fifth place, but still has a chance to advance. Yulia Poluyanova (187-F-92) was a key player in Russia with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Svetlana Efimova (187-F-92) had 17 points, while Anastasiya Maksimova (182-F-92) added 9 points, 14 boards and 5 assists. Slovakia got 10 points from Noema Bradnanska (176-G/F-93). Denisa Domiterova (178-G-92) (7 rebs) and Marta Palenikova (184-G/F-92) (6 rebs) had 9 points each.
First quarter was totally leveled and it finished with 15-15 tie. Russia was better in the second frame taking 27-30 lead at the halftime. Third quarter was the crucial one in this meeting. Yulia Poluyanova and her teammates exploded scoring 21 points for ten minutes, while limiting Slovakia to nine for 36-51 lead with 10:00 remaining in the game. The hosts had no chance in the last quarter and Russia registered comfortable victory.
On Wednesday, Russia will meet Spain for the first place in Group E. Slovakia will play against Sweden.

Slovakia: Noema Bradnanska 10, Denisa Domiterova 9+7 boards, Marta Palenikova 9+6 boards
Russia: Yulia Poluyanova 22+5 boards, Svetlana Efimova 17, Anastasiya Maksimova 9+14 boards+5 as




Vladimir Karnay to Roznava. ZBK Whirpool Poprad updates - by Eurobasket News
ZBK Whirpool Poprad announced that the team already signed some new players for the next season however will let the readers know later before the season.
It became known that Zuzana Brezaniova (167-G-87) and Eva Kmetova (188-C-87) will stay in the team for the next season. Kmetova joined the team in year 2006, while in 2008-2009 and in 28 games averaged 11.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 0.9apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 42.1%, 3PT: 52.9%, FT: 80.5%. In 2009-2010 for ZBK Whirpool Poprad (Extraliga, starting five) in 39 games she had 8.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 44.6%.
Brezaniova appeared in the team in 2005-2006 for the old name Siemens Poprad and debuted in EuroCup with 3.8ppg, 0.8rpg, 0.5apg. In Slovakian League that year she had 3.6ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.2apg, 1.6spg. In 2008-2009 she played in 27 games and averaged 8.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.8apg, 2.5spg, FGP: 38.7%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 72.5%. Last season after 37 games her stats read 8.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.3apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 35.7%.
The team also confirmed of staying Alexandra Baburova (183-G-91), Martina Jarabakova, Terezia Skalova and Lucia Stanekova (187-F-91).
Vladimir Karnay meanwhile wll be a Head Coach of Roznava. In 2005-2006 he started with CBK Cassovia Kosice women team (Extraliga), left in Dec.'05, then joined K Cero ICP Kosice women team (Extraliga). In 2007-2008 he coached Kosit 2013 Kosice (Extraliga) women team, in March '08 moved to Viktoria PCSP Kosice (Extraliga) women team. In 2008-2009 coached Basket Steel Slovakia Kosice (Extraliga) women team.




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U18 Spain blasts U18 Slovenia in Poprad - by Eurobasket News
U18 EuroBasket, Day Five: SPAIN - SLOVENIA 63-31

Spain once again shined in Poprad. They destroyed Slovenia to stay the top-ranked team of Group E with 4-0 record. On the other side, Slovenia dropped to 2-2 but they still have a nice chance to reach the Quarterfinals. Laura Gil Collado (190-C-92) was the leading player in victory with 8 points and 12 rebounds. Mariona Ortiz (183-G-92) also scored 8, while Queralt Casas (180-G-92) followed her with one point less. In the loosing squad, Bojana Adamovic (176-G-92) delivered 10 points. Sandra Jevtovic (187-F-93) had 9 points and 13 boards.
Spain had wonderful beginning of this game. Laura Gil Collado and her teammates drained 20 points, while on the other side they stopped Slovenia to just two. It was a clear signal that Slovenia will not have a chance in this meeting. Second quarter ended 11-13, but Spain dominated in Q3 again finishing it with 15-8. That was not all from Spain, who made 17-8 in the last ten minutes for the final 63-31 blowout.
On Wednesday, Spain will meet Russia for the first place in Group E. Slovenia will play against Serbia.

Spain: Laura Gil Collado 8+12 boards, Mariona Ortiz 8, Queralt Casas 7
Slovenia: Bojana Adamovic 10, Sandra Jevtovic 9+13 boards




Gradec hosted the tournament for U16 teams - by Eurobasket News
Gradec hosted the tournament for U16 teams as Slovenia triumphed at home. In Day 1 Slovenia U16 overcame Bulgaria U16 47:44. The hosts opened the game with 12-10, while Bulgaria responded with 16-8 in the second frame. Moreover the guests grabbed the bigger lead after 12-10 in the third period. Slovenia needed 17-6 in the last stanza to seal the victory in the opener. Nina Gabrovsek (168-G-94) stepped up with 12 points for the winners and Gjerkes netted 10. Salkic and Tusek posted 6 points each in a win.
Germany U16 won over Israel U16 68:65. The German side had 36:33 at the halftime and managed to keep the advantage. Gulich exploded with 26 points for the winners and Brodersen netted 11. Rouault scored 8, while Carla Bellscheidt (181-F-94) added 7.
In Day 2 Slovenia U16 beat Israel U16 57:51. The latter grabbed 15-11 in the opening quarter, while the hosts responded with 17-13. Moreover Slovenia went on a lead after 12-9 in the third quarter. The hosts finished the game with 17-14 and won the tournament. Klara Zupancic (166-G-95) paced all the winners with 16 points and Nina Gabrovsek scored 15. Rozman ended up with 8 points, while Gjerkes and Bosnjak scored 6 apiece.
Germany U16 outscored Bulgaria U16 58:40 for the second straight win. Trailing 1:6 in the opening tip, Germany enjoyed 42:22 later in the game. Bulgaria reduced to 48:34, while Germany finished on a high note. Noemie Rouault paced all the winners with 14 points, whilst Carla Bellscheidt notched 10. Aline Stiller (183-F/C-94) scored 9 and Fanny Szittya added 7.
In Day 3 Slovenia U16 edged Germany U16 and triumphed in the tournament. The latter had 28:23 lead, but managed to take only 33:32 lead at the halftime. The score was tied at 44:44 after 30 minutes and the teams battled hard in the last quarter. Slovenia needed a 3-point win in the last stanza to seal the victory. Rouault top-scored for the German side with 13 points and Aline Stiller netted 11. Kucera and Carla Bellscheidt followed them with 8 points each.



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  SPAIN - Women  


U18 Spain blasts U18 Slovenia in Poprad - by Eurobasket News
U18 EuroBasket, Day Five: SPAIN - SLOVENIA 63-31

Spain once again shined in Poprad. They destroyed Slovenia to stay the top-ranked team of Group E with 4-0 record. On the other side, Slovenia dropped to 2-2 but they still have a nice chance to reach the Quarterfinals. Laura Gil Collado (190-C-92) was the leading player in victory with 8 points and 12 rebounds. Mariona Ortiz (183-G-92) also scored 8, while Queralt Casas (180-G-92) followed her with one point less. In the loosing squad, Bojana Adamovic (176-G-92) delivered 10 points. Sandra Jevtovic (187-F-93) had 9 points and 13 boards.
Spain had wonderful beginning of this game. Laura Gil Collado and her teammates drained 20 points, while on the other side they stopped Slovenia to just two. It was a clear signal that Slovenia will not have a chance in this meeting. Second quarter ended 11-13, but Spain dominated in Q3 again finishing it with 15-8. That was not all from Spain, who made 17-8 in the last ten minutes for the final 63-31 blowout.
On Wednesday, Spain will meet Russia for the first place in Group E. Slovenia will play against Serbia.

Spain: Laura Gil Collado 8+12 boards, Mariona Ortiz 8, Queralt Casas 7
Slovenia: Bojana Adamovic 10, Sandra Jevtovic 9+13 boards




Xabier Tubao will coach Olesa next season - by Ivan Villar
Olesa has announced that Xabier Tubao will be the coach for season 2010/2011.After some good years with Lucas Mondelo on the catalan bench,Olesa signed a coach who knows very well the club.In fact, he was assistant coach of Lucas Mondelo.We have to remind that Mondelo has signed with Perfumerias Avenida 2 months ago.He also has been chosen as national coach of U20 women team.Olesa expects that Tubau stays at club a lot of years as Mondelo.

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  SWEDEN - Women  


U18 Sweden too much for U18 Serbia - by Eurobasket News
U18 EuroBasket, Day Five: SWEDEN - SERBIA 61-42

Sweden grabbed maybe the crucial win in Poprad. They outplayed Serbia 61-42 for 2-2 record in Group E, what is currently enough for the Quarterfinals. However, Sweden will most probably have to beat Slovakia in the last day of the Qualifying round in order to reach the next stage. On the other side, Serbia dropped to 0-4 with no chance to advance. Amanda Zahui (191-C-93) shined for the winners with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Farhiya Abdi (187-F-92) collected 16 points and 7 boards. In Serbia, Snezana Colic (176-G-92) delivered 16 points. Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) had 7 points and 5 boards.
Sweden opened the game in style making 17-7 lead in the first ten minutes. Snezana Colic and her teammates replied with 12-18 in the next frame cutting the margin to 4 at the halftime. Sweden exploded after the breather demonstrating great performance at the both sides of the court. They intensified defense limiting Serbia to just 5 points for ten minutes, while their delivered 18 on the other side. There was ten minutes left and Sweden had huge 47-30 lead. Last quarter was just the formality and Sweden ended it with 14-12.
Championship continues on Wednesday, when Sweden will meet Slovakia, while Serbia will play against Slovenia.

Sweden: Amanda Zahui 19+7 boards, Farhiya Abdi 16+7 boards
Serbia: Snezana Colic 16, Ivana Brajkovic 7+5 boards




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  TURKEY - Women  


U18 Turkey stays alive in Poprad - by Eurobasket News
U18 EuroBasket, Day Five: TURKEY - POLAND 68-64

Turkey stays alive in Group F. They managed to grab the first win in Qualifying Round and joined Ukraine with 1-3 record. Last round will decide will Turkey reach the next stage or not. Poland dropped to 0-4 and they have no chance for the Quarterfinals. Azge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) was totally the best Turkish player with 20 points and 6 rebounds. She reached valuation 21 and was the MVP of this game. Nihan Demirkol (172-G-92) had 12 points and 6 boards, while Emel Guler (188-F-92) added 10 pts and 8 rebs. In Poland, Paulina Kuras (170-G-92) collected 15 points and 6 rebounds. Agata Szczepanik (194-F/C-92) had 13 pts and 11 rebs.
Everything started good for Turkey who opened the game with 18-9 lead. Poland improved in the second frame, but still wasnt able to avoid 37-17 deficit at the halftime. Paulina Kuras and her teammates shined after the breather and they managed to close the gap to 49-47 with one quarter to go. They tied the score to 54-54 and few moments later to 56-56, but never took the lead. Last chance Poland had at 66-64 with 25 seconds to go, Emel Guler made a basket for Turkey, after that Paulina Kuras and Agata Szczepanik missed a lay-up and a jump shot.
On Wednesday, Turkey will meet Lithuania. Poland will play against Ukraine.

Turkey: Azge Kavurmacioglu 20+6 boards, Nihan Demirkol 12+6 boards, Emel Guler 10+8 boards
Poland: Paulina Kuras 15+6 boards, Agata Szczepanik 13+11 boards




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  UKRAINE - Women  


U18 Italy keeps the perfect score - by Eurobasket News
U18 EuroBasket, Day Five: ITALY - UKRAINE 81-51

Italy stayed perfect in Poprad after this game. They jumped to 4-0 in Group F and will meet France for the first place in this pool. Lucia Morsiani (186-C-92) came up with 17 points and 5 rebounds in victory. Beatrice Carta (170-G-92) and Irene Cigliani (177-G-92) helped with 11 points each. In defeat, Alina Iagupova (179-G-92) collected 13 points and 6 rebounds. However, she had poor 0-12 from behind the arc in this game. Lyudmyla Naumenko (177-F-93) had 9 points. Their Ukraine dropped to 2-3, but they still have a chance for the next stage.
Italy dominated in all segments of this game. They started with 23-11 in the first and continued with 23-14 in the next quarter. Ukraine was in trouble as their best player Alina Iagupova was struggling with her stroke. Italy continued in the same rhythm after the breather, so with one quarter left in the game they were 73-40 up. All after that was just the formality.
On Wednesday, Italy will meet France. Ukraine will play against Poland.

Italy: Lucia Morsiani 17+5 boards, Beatrice Carta 11, Irene Cigliani 11
Ukraine: Alina Iagupova 13+6 boards, Lyudmyla Naumenko 9




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  WNBA - Women  


Tina Charles named WNBA Rookie of the Month for July - by Eurobasket News
Another month, same story for former UConn All-American and current Connecticut Sun center Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut). She was named the WNBA Rookie of the Month for July Tuesday. It is the third straight month she has earned the award.

Charles averaged 14.2 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks last month. She had a career-high 27-points, 20 rebounds, and four blocks in a loss to the Atlanta Dream July 7.

Charles, who also set a career-high with four steals against the Dream July 17, is averaging 15.1 points, a league-leading 11.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 25 games this season.

Courtesy of www.ctnews.com




Tamika Catchings and Lauren Jackson are WNBA Players of the Month - by Eurobasket News
Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) of the Indiana Fever and Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81) of the Seattle Storm were named WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month presented by Kia Motors, respectively, for games played in July.

This marks the first season that the WNBA has honored a player from each conference with the Player of the Month award. The awards are part of the WNBA Performance Awards presented by Kia Motors, an official marketing partner of the WNBA.

Catchings and Jackson led their respective clubs to the best records in the WNBA during July. Indiana posted a 7-2 (.778) mark, while Seattle went undefeated at 8-0 and ran its franchise-record winning streak to 13 before losing at Minnesota August 1, 72-71.

As Indiana's do-it-all forward, Catchings leads her team in almost every major statistical category including points, rebounds, assists, steals, and three-point field-goal percentage. In July, the eighth-year pro led the league in steals (2.56 spg), and ranked third in the Eastern Conference and seventh in the WNBA in scoring (18.0 ppg). Catchings also posted the top three-point field goal percentage in the Eastern Conference (.469 on 15-for-32 shooting), was second in assists (4.6 apg), fifth in field-goal percentage (.508), and seventh in blocks (1.11bpg).

The perennial All-Star, who posted three double-doubles and four consecutive games of 20-or-more points during the month, demonstrated her versatility in back-to-back wins against the Atlanta Dream on July 16 and New York Liberty on July 18. Against Atlanta, Catchings registered 23 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, and tied a season-high with six steals. The following game against New York she tallied 22 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and two steals.

Jackson has led the Seattle Storm to a league-best 22-3 and the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. The Storm is on pace to match the record for best winning percentage in a season, held by the 1998 Houston Comets (.900). Already named Western Conference Player of the Month in both May and June, this is the third consecutive month Jackson has won the award. In addition, Jackson has been named Player of the Week five times thus far in 2010, which ties her own mark for the most Player of the Week awards in a single season. She owns the WNBA career record for Player of the Week honors with 19.

In the month of July, Jackson averaged 23.0 ppg, only second overall behind Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury (24.6 ppg). The two-time WNBA Most Valuable Player also ranked third in the Western Conference and eighth overall with 9.1 rebounds per game, along with ranking seventh overall in free throw percentage (.878).
Jackson, who scored 20-or-more points five times in July, displayed her dominant ability in two different games against the streaking Mercury including a 31 points and 18 rebound outburst on July 14, and another double-double performance with 33 points and 11 rebounds in a nationally-televised game on July 27.
Other candidates for WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month presented by Kia Motors were Chicago's Sylvia Fowles, New York's Cappie Pondexter, and Phoenix's Diana Taurasi.

The WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month presented by Kia Motors are part of a series of on-court performance awards called 'The WNBA Performance Awards Presented by Kia Motors.' The series, currently in its second season, includes four of the WNBA's most prestigious year-end honors: Most Valuable Player, Defensive Player of the Year, Most Improved Player, and Sixth Woman of the Year, along with the WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week. Kia Motors has been an official marketing partner of the WNBA since 2008.

For more information on this month's Players of the Month presented by Kia Motors winners, visit www.wnba.com/awards.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com




Lynx sign forward Kristen Mann - by Eurobasket News
The Minnesota Lynx today announced the team has signed forward Kristen Mann (6'2''-F-83, college: UCSB). To make room on the roster, the Lynx also today waived guard Nuria Martinez Prat (5'9''-G-84).

'We signed Nria knowing that towards the end of the season she would have to return to Spain to prepare for the upcoming World Championships,' said Roger Griffith, Lynx Executive Vice President. 'Her recent hamstring injury expedited this whole process. She wasn't going to be able to play in many games the rest of the season due to her injury, and in order to better position our roster as we continue to push for the playoffs, we decided to make the move now. Kristen adds depth to the forward position and an ability to shoot from the perimeter. Nria has been a true professional and we wish her nothing but the best as she prepares for the 2010 World Championships.'

Mann, originally drafted by the Lynx in the first round (11th overall) in the 2005 WNBA Draft, returns to the Lynx after spending the 2005, 2006 and 2007 seasons with Minnesota. In 91 games, 50 starts, with the Lynx, Mann averaged 6.3 points, 3.0 rebounds in 21.5 minutes per game. The 6-1 forward shot .346 percent (73-of-211) from the three-point line over her three seasons with the Lynx. Mann started all 33 games she played in for the Lynx in 2006, averaging 7.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 27.1 minutes per game.

The Lakewood, Calif., native was selected in the Expansion Draft by the Atlanta Dream on Feb. 6, 2008. Mann went on to spend parts of the 2008 season with the Dream and Indiana, and played 16 games with the Washington Mystics in 2009.

While at UC Santa Barbara, Mann averaged 19.5 ppg and 9.4 rpg as a senior while earning Big West Player of the Year honors. The 6-1 forward appeared in 114 games and amassed 1,700 points in her collegiate career, and was named to the All-Big West First Team three times. A career 44.3% shooter from the field, Mann was the Big West Freshman of the Year in 2002 and received AP All-American Honorable Mention in 2005.

Originally signed by the Lynx on April 19, 2010, Martnez averaged 1.8 points, 0.7 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 15 games with the Lynx this season. The 5-9 guard scored a season- and career-high six points on three separate occasions, most recently July 14 vs. Atlanta. Martnez had missed the past three games with a strained right hamstring.
Mann will wear #44 and is expected to be in uniform tonight when the Lynx take on the Connecticut Sun at 7:00 p.m. at Target Center.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com




Standings
WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Atlanta D. 9-4 
 2. Connecticut S. 8-4 
 3. Indiana F. 8-4 
 4. Washington M. 7-4 
 5. Chicago S. 5-8 
 6. New York L. 4-7 
Western
 1. Seattle S. 11-2 
 2. Phoenix M. 5-7 
 3. Minnesota L. 5-9 
 4. S.Antonio SS 4-7 
 5. Tulsa S. 3-8 
 6. L.Angeles S. 3-8 


Tuesday's games (5) review - by Eurobasket News
Washington M. - Atlanta D. 86-78
Katie Smith (5'11''-G-74, college: Ohio St.) had 18 points and the Washington Mystics came from behind to beat the Atlanta Dream 86-78 on Tuesday night. Matee Ajavon (5'8''-G-86, college: Rutgers) scored 10 of her 14 points in the fourth quarter while the Mystics used a 12-0 run in the fourth quarter to take the lead. The victory moved the Mystics (16-10) into a second-place tie with Indiana and to within a game of first-place Atlanta (18-10) in the WNBA's Eastern Conference. Lindsey Harding (5'8''-G-84, college: Duke) scored 16 points for Washington before leaving midway in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury, and Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-F/C-86, college: Maryland) had with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86, college: Louisville) scored 27 points for Atlanta, which had its four-game winning streak snapped. The Dream led 64-58 with less than six minutes to play. *Courtesy of www.kxnet.com


Phoenix M. - S.Antonio SS 103-92
Candice Dupree (6'2''-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) scored 24 points and the Phoenix Mercury used a big second-half run to beat the San Antonio Silver Stars 103-92 on Tuesday night. Dupree had 10 points in a 21-2 surge that turned a one-point halftime deficit into a commanding lead, helping the Mercury (13-13) return to .500 for the first time since June 12. Temeka Johnson (5'3''-G-82, college: LSU) had five points and two assists in the key stretch, and finished with 13 and six. The defending WNBA champions solidified their hold on second place in the West with their third straight victory and sixth in seven games. League scoring leader Diana Taurasi (6'0''-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) had 21 points and 10 assists for Phoenix. Dupree went 12-for-15 from the field and also grabbed 12 rebounds. The Silver Stars (10-16), who carried an 11-point lead into the second quarter, were trying to pull within a game of the Mercury in the first of back-to-back games between the teams. They play again Friday in Phoenix, then conclude the regular season with an Aug. 22 matchup in San Antonio. Sophia Young scored 18 of her 24 points in the first half for San Antonio. *Courtesy of www.newser.com

New York L. - Indiana F. 82-72
Nicole Powell (6'2''-G/F-82, college: Stanford) scored a season-high 20 points and the New York Liberty beat the Indiana Fever 82-72 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight win. Powell went 6-for-7 from 3-point range, including 4-for-5 in the second half. Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) scored 19 points and Janel McCarville (6'2''-C-82, college: Minnesota) had 11 points and 10 rebounds for New York. Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) scored 19 points and Briann January added 10 for the Fever, who have lost three straight. Catchings became the second player in league history to collect 700 career steals and the first to record 2,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Seattle S. - Tulsa S. 75-84
Scholanda Robinson (5'10''-G-83, college: LSU) scored 12 of her 21 points in the third quarter to lead the Tulsa Shock to a surprising 84-75 victory over the Seattle Storm on Tuesday night. The league-worst Shock (5-22) snapped a seven-game losing streak and a nine-game skid at home, while the Storm (22-4), with the WNBA's best record, dropped their second straight. Ivory Latta (5'6''-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: N.Carolina) added 15 points and Tiffany Jackson (6'3''-F-85, college: Texas) had 11 for the Shock, whose last win in their own arena came two months ago against Minnesota. Sue Bird (5'9''-G-80, college: Connecticut) scored 19 points for Seattle. Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81) had 18, Tanisha Wright 15 and Swin Cash added 13. *Courtesy of www.heraldnet.com
Connecticut S. - Minnesota L. 103-111 OT
Heading into overtime, Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve didn't like the looks on her players' faces. Thanks to Lindsay Whalen (5'8''-G-82, college: Minnesota), those looks of shock quickly turned to joy. The Lynx blew a 30-point lead before recovering to beat the Connecticut Sun 111-103 in overtime on Tuesday night behind Whalen's 27 points. With the game tied at 103 with 52 seconds left, Whalen made six free throws down the stretch to help Minnesota avoid a disappointing loss. Seimone Augustus (6'1''-G-84, college: LSU) had 21 points and Nicky Anosike (6'3''-C-86, college: Tennessee) had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Lynx. *Courtesy of www.boston.com