EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/1/2011

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  ARGENTINA   


Quimsa part ways with Julio Mazzaro - by Eurobasket News
Quimsa have decided to split ways with Julio Mazzaro (190-G-79). The 32-year-old guard joined the team back in 2006. Last season Julio Mazzaro averaged 13.3 points, 3.6 boards and 3.0 assists per game in Liga Sudamericana. In Liga Americas his stats read 13.8 points, 4.5 assists, 2.5 boards and 2.0 steals. In LigaA Julio Mazzaro posted 13.2 points, 2.1 boards and 2.1 assists per appearance. The guard made it into Latinbasket.com All-Liga Americas 2nd Team.


LigaA Round 3 of Finals. Atenas fights back - by Eurobasket News
Atenas - Penarol 73-69

Atenas celebrated the first win in the title series. They shot down Penarol at home court. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 18-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Atenas made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American power forward James Williams (204-F/C-79, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Brown Mackie) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. The former international guard Bruno Labaque (183-77, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 15 points, 7 assists and 7 steals. Four Atenas players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was international forward Leonardo Gutierrez (200-78) with 19 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Kyle Lamonte (191-84, college: William Carey, agency: KMG Sports Management) scored 18 points and 5 steals (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Penarol's coach Sergio Hernandez rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Atenas: B.Labaque 15+3reb+7ast, J.Williams 14+12reb+2ast, G.Lewis 12+8reb, M.Gerlero 10+3reb+1ast, M.Lescano 9+3reb, D.Gerbaudo 7+1reb+1ast
Penarol: L.Gutierrez 19+8reb+2ast, K.Lamonte 18+4reb+3ast, P.Sebastian Rodriguez 13+3reb, S.Safar 7+1reb, A.Diez 5+2reb, F.Campazzo 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 129202




Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Joseph BUNN
  Argentino
  (198-F/C-75)
  Avg: 20
 1. Bunn, Argentino20.0 
 2. Jackson, La Union19.4 
 3. Johnson, Monte H.16.8 
 4. Meyinsse, Club 916.6 
 5. Lo Grippo, Quimsa16.5 
 6. Gutierrez, Obras16.4 
 7. Gutierrez, Penarol15.3 
 8. Taylor, Lanus15.0 
 9. Galindo, Libertad14.9 
 10. Salles, Monte H.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ruben GARCES
  La Union
  (206-C/F-73)
  Avg: 11
 1. Garces, La Union11.0 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras10.0 
 3. Kammerichs, Regat.9.8 
 4. Battle, Libertad S.9.1 
 5. Rollins, Gimnasia.8.7 
 6. Williams, Atenas8.2 
 7. Johnson, Monte H.8.0 
 8. Kante, Olimpico LB7.9 
 9. Bucknor, Club 97.3 
 10. Alston, Boca Jrs7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudian.
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.6.9 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.7 
 3. Labaque, Atenas5.1 
 4. Salles, Monte H.4.8 
 5. Ginobili, Libertad4.1 
 6. Cequeira, Obras4.0 
 7. Franco, Sionista3.7 
 8. Treise, Quimsa3.2 
 9. Victoriano, Lanus3.0 
 10. Sartorelli, Argen.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudian.
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.3.3 
 2. Martinez, Regat.2.6 
 3. Sciutto, Monte H.2.6 
 4. Labaque, Atenas2.5 
 5. Salles, Monte H.2.5 
 6. Cequeira, Obras2.4 
 7. Okosa, Gimnasia CR2.3 
 8. Lewis, Atenas2.2 
 9. Williams, Atenas2.2 
 10. Moodie, Boca Jrs2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Battle, Libertad S.1.9 
 2. Roe, Regatas C.1.3 
 3. Johnson, Monte H.1.3 
 4. Meyinsse, Club 91.3 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 6. Kammerichs, Regat.1.1 
 7. Alston, Boca Jrs1.0 
 8. Williams, Atenas0.9 
 9. Aguerre, Estudian.0.8 
 10. Tintorelli, Quimsa0.8 


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  ASIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS   


ASU, Riyadi and Smart Gilas record third wins in a row - by Eurobasket News
Group A
KL Dragons - ASU 77-101
ASU maintained their perfect record at Asia Club Championship in Philippines. They toppled KL Dragons to improve at 3-0 record on top of Group A. KL Dragons in the meantime suffered the third straight defeat at the tournament. Osama Daghlas (199-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) knocked down 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the charge. ASU fired 26 points in the starting quarter to record a 4-point lead. The second frame turned disastrous for the Malaysian team. They conceded 32 points to face an insurmountable 26-point halftime deficit. ASU did not loosen the grasp in the second part of the clash. They dictated the tempo and registered another win at the end. Mohammad Hadrab notched 17 points and 12 boards for ASU. Islam Abbaas (201-C-80) and Jameel Watkins (211-C/F-77, college: Georgetown) accounted for 16 points each in the win. Chris Ayer (208-C-83, college: Loyola Marymount) replied with 21 points and 12 rebounds for KL Dragons. Marcus Morrison (198-G/F-84, agency: 011 Sports, college: Middle Tenn.St.) provided 17 points in the loss.

Smart Gilas - Duhok 74-64
Smart Gilas extended their unbeaten rally at Asia Club Championship. The Filipino powerhouse rolled past Duhok to climb at 3-0 record in Group A. Duhok fell at 1-3 record despite an amazing performance from Chester Giles (211-F/C-85, college: Oregon St.). Well-balanced Smart Gilas left 20 points and 23 rebounds from Chester Giles unnoticed and drove to the victory at the end. Smart Gilas posted a 21:17 lead after ten minutes. The hosts gradually boosted the lead to 14 points in the second frame. They established a 47:35 advantage at halftime. Smart Gilas led by 10 points in the third term before Chudney Gray (188-G-78, agency: Promotex, college: St.John's) and Chester Giles dragged the Iraqi team within two points. Lutz helped Smart Gilas earn a 59:53 lead with one quarter remaining. Mark Barroca (198-F/C-88) and Baracael extended the margin to 13 points early in the final quarter and Smart Gilas never looked back en route to the victory. Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, college: Providence) provided 14 points and 15 boards for Smart Gilas. Mark Barroca added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Chudney Gray answered with 17 points in the defeat.

Group B
Al Rayyan - Al Riyadi 73-78 OT
Riyadi kept their record spotless at Asia Club Championship in Manila. They overcame Rayyan to clinch the third win in a row. Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) stepped up with 24 points and 12 rebounds to pace Riyadi as they cleared off on top of Group B. Riyadi posted an 18:15 lead after ten minutes of action. However Rayyan used a 14:2 run to surge ahead midway through the second term. The Qatari champions ensured a 35:29 advantage at the interval. Riyadi cut the deficit to a single point midway through the third term but Rayyan ensured a 7-point buffer before the final stanza. Jean Abed El Nour and Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) narrowed the distance late in regulation. Rodrigue Akl eventually drew things level at 70 and forced overtime. Riyadi limited Rayyan to just three points in the extra period and claimed another win at the tournament. Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) provided 18 points and 17 rebounds, while Fadi Khatib accounted for 13 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Targuy Ngombo (198-F-89, agency: Court Side) answered with 24 points and 11 rebounds for Rayyan. Chauncey Leslie (183-G-81, agency: TSS Management, college: Iowa) had 15 points in the losing effort.

Jalaa - Al Shabab 93-63
Jalaa celebrated the first win at the Asia Club Championship in Manila. They knocked down Shabab to improve at 1-2 record in Group B. Shabab on the other hand lost the fourth game in as many games played. Marcelle Yaqqub (206-C-77) nailed 23 points for the winners. Jalaa stunned their opponents early in the game. The Syrian team registered a 23:11 advantage midway through the opening quarter. Jamaal Miller capped the period with a three-pointer to make it 26:13. Jalaa stretched the margin to 18 points midway through the second term. Rashed Al Zaabi (180-G-88) helped Shabab to narrow the gap at 13 points at halftime 32:45. Jalaa kept their opponents at bay throughout the third term. They accumulated a 70:47 lead after three quarters of action. Shabab never got closer than 20 points in the fourth term and suffered the fourth consecutive defeat at the end. Jamaal Miller provided 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists, while Michel Maadanly (195-G-81) and Rami Merjaneh (183-G-83) added 13 points apiece in the win. Courtney Fields (206-F-82, college: Iona) replied with 21 points and 11 boards for Shabab. Rashed Al Zaabi topscored with 24 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.




Standings
Asian Club Championships Standings
Group A
 1. ASU 3-0 
 2. Smart Gilas 3-0 
 3. Al Ittihad 1-2 
 4. Duhok 1-3 
 5. KL Dragons 0-3 
Group B
 1. Al Riyadi 3-0 
 2. Al Rayyan 2-1 
 3. Mahram 2-1 
 4. Jalaa 1-2 
 5. Al Shabab 0-4 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Chris WILLIAMS
  USA
  (199-F/G-80)
  Avg: 32.3
 1. Williams, Mahram32.3 
 2. Fields, Al Shabab24.8 
 3. Ayer, KL Dragons24.7 
 4. Khatib, Al Riyadi22.3 
 5. Ngombo, Al Rayyan20.7 
 6. Al Juhani, Al It.20.0 
 7. Leslie, Al Rayyan19.7 
 8. Dragajlovic, Al It.18.7 
 9. Gray, Duhok18.5 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chester GILES
  USA
  (211-F/C-85)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Giles, Duhok14.8 
 2. Ayer, KL Dragons13.0 
 3. Ngombo, Al Rayyan12.7 
 4. Watkins, ASU12.0 
 5. Douthit, Smart Gil.12.0 
 6. Dragajlovic, Al It.12.0 
 7. Woods, Al Riyadi11.7 
 8. Ismail, Al Riyadi11.3 
 9. Taulava, Smart Gil.8.7 
 10. Fields, Al Shabab8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLAS
  (199-G-79)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Daghlas, ASU7.7 
 2. Tiu John, Smart G.6.7 
 3. Casio, Smart Gilas5.7 
 4. Akl, Al Riyadi5.3 
 5. Keely, Al Ittihad5.0 
 6. Al-Doori, Duhok4.5 
 7. Ooi, KL Dragons4.3 
 8. Aljuhani, Al Ittih.4.0 
 9. Kamrani, Mahram4.0 
 10. Hajji, Al Shabab4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Hamed AFAGH
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Afagh, Mahram2.7 
 2. Al-Doori, Duhok2.0 
 3. Davari, Mahram2.0 
 4. Watkins, ASU1.7 
 5. Giles, Duhok1.5 
 6. Al Juhani, Al It.1.5 
 7. Fields, Al Shabab1.3 
 8. Khatib, Al Riyadi1.0 
 9. Merjaneh, Jalaa1.0 
 10. Douthit, Smart Gi.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  USA
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 4
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi4.0 
 2. Samb, Mahram3.3 
 3. Giles, Duhok2.5 
 4. Ayer, KL Dragons2.3 
 5. Rouzbahani, Mahram2.0 
 6. Aguilar, Smart Gil.1.3 
 7. Douthit, Smart Gil.1.3 
 8. Yaqqub, Jalaa1.0 
 9. Al Shamrani, Al It.1.0 
 10. Walker, Jalaa1.0 


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  BAHRAIN   


Standings
Premier League Stage three Standings
 1. Muharraq 4-0 
 2. Al Manama 3-1 
 3. Al Hala 1-2 
 4. Al Ahli 1-2 
 5. Issa Town 1-2 
 6. Al Ittihad 0-0 
 7. Sitra 0-0 
 8. Nuwaidrat 0-3 
Stage One Standings


Muharraq edge Manama - by Yousef Ahmed
MUHARRAQ grinded out a confidence-boosting 77-75 victory over Manama last night to remain undefeated in the Zain Bahrain Basketball League play-offs.

Lightning-quick guard Salem Mohammed made a pair of pressure-packed free-throws to give the winners a four-point advantage, 77-73, with just 11.3 seconds remaining. Manama, however, could not score on the ensuing possession despite two wide-open three-pointers from veteran
Mohammed Abdulmajeed (180-G) Shahram. Two charities from their American professional Darius Rice (208-F-82, college: Miami, FL) with 1.7 seconds to go pegged the final score.

The result maintained Muharraq's pristine record after four games, and it handed Manama their first loss. Both clubs have already punched their tickets to the Golden Square semi-finals, but the win gave Muharraq added belief in their ability to claim the league crown.


Mohammed Abdulmajeed top-scored for Muharraq in yesterday's contest with 24 points. He made six three-pointers in the game but also committed six turnovers while running the team's high-octane offence.

US import
Ira Clark (203-C/F-75, college: Texas) chipped in with 21 points and 16 rebounds before fouling out with two minutes left. Jassim Mohammed added 18, while Salem Mohammed had nine, including his two crucial free-throws in the end game.

Manama Star big man
Ahmed Al Mutawa (199-F/C-81, college: Broward CC) led all scorers with 30 points and 14 rebounds. Darius Rice finished with 21 for Manama in the loss; he also had 11 rebounds but registered seven errors. Bader Abdulla Malabes contributed 11.

Both squads remained as the top two on the play-off table. League action continues tonight with a pair of crucial clashes that could decide the semi-final line-up.

There are still three contenders for the final two spots, including Isa Town, Al Hala and two-time defending champions Al Ahli.

At 5.30pm, Isa Town take on winless Nuwaidrat, followed ay 7.15pm by Hala going head to head with Ahli.

Isa Town, Hala and Ahli are all currently tied with a win in three games, and sorely need a victory tonight to raise their chances of advancing to the last four.

Muharraq started yesterday's game the aggressors, and they powered to a 21-12 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

They maintained an eight-point cushion, 40-32, at the half, before Manama battled back to within five, 56-51, heading into the final canto.

Manama got back to within a possession, 75-73, on a Malabes lay-up with 13 seconds to go, but that set the stage for Mohammed's heroics from the free-throw line.



Source GDN By PATRICK SALOMON , Posted on Wednesday, June 01, 2011




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  BELARUS   


Belarusian U20 National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Belarusian U20 National Team 2011
#s#
Valientin Ihnatchyk
Ihnatchyk
Alieksei Kachan
Kachan
Nikolay Solovyev
Solovyev
Maksim Dobravolski
Dobravolski
Uladzimir Krysevich
Krysevich
#e#5
Valientin Ihnatchyk 192-G-91 Vitalyur Belarus
Alieksei Kachan 187-G-91 Vitalyur Belarus
Nikolay Solovyev 190-G-91 Vitalyur Belarus
Maksim Dobravolski 198-G-91 Vitalyur Belarus
Uladzimir Krysevich 210-C-91 Vitalyur Belarus
Siarhei Hancharonak 204-C-91 Vitalyur Belarus
Alieksandr Hrumiantsev 206-F-91 Vitalyur Belarus
Yaroslav Kurapov 200-F-91 Vitalyur Belarus
Evgeniy Kopylov 199-F-91 Borifsen Belarus
Andrei Ageenko 193-G-92 Borifsen Belarus
Andrei Navoichyk 200-F-91 Grodno-93 Belarus
Victor Ovsepian 200-F-91 Lokomotiv Belarus
Aleksandr Derzhavtsev 202-F-91 Lokomotiv Belarus
Denis Azaare 196-F/G-92 BGUIR-RCOR Belarus
Evgeniy Sugoniako 198-F-92 BGUIR-RCOR Belarus
Genniadiy Zakhar 193-G-92 BGUIR-RCOR Belarus
Artsiom Maliauka 203-C-92 BGUIR-RCOR Belarus
Vitali Liutych 198-G/F-92 Siauliai Lithuania



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  BELGIUM   


Charleroi won the Final opener - by Eurobasket News
Charleroi - Aalstar 64-60

Charleroi won the Final opener beating Aalstar 64:60. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Okapi Aalstar won third quarter 14-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Demond Mallet (185-78, college: McNeese St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) stepped up and scored 21 points for the winners and forward Brian Greene (204-81, college: Colorado St.) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds. Four Spirou Charleroi players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Stanley Burrell (190-84) responded with 25 points and swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) scored 9 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Charleroi: D.Mallet 21+1reb+1ast, B.Greene 10+9reb, C.Beghin 10+4reb+2ast, J.Gomis 10+2reb+3ast, J.Hamilton 7+5reb+2ast, K.Weaver 4+3reb+1ast
Aalstar: S.Burrell 25+1ast, A.Hilliard 9+7reb, A.Ruoff 6+7reb, J.Steinbach 6+1reb+1ast, C.Copeland 5+1reb, D.Huffman 4+4reb
gschID: 129182




Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Stefon JACKSON
  Verviers.
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Jackson, Verviers.16.3 
 2. Black, Antwerp16.0 
 3. Freeman, Verviers.15.9 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi15.7 
 5. Lojeski, Oostende15.3 
 6. Waters, Verviers.15.0 
 7. Copeland, Aalstar14.7 
 8. Miller, Leuven14.7 
 9. Taylor, M.Hainaut14.7 
 10. Hilliard, Aalstar14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rashaun FREEMAN
  Verviers.
  (206-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Freeman, Verviers.8.0 
 2. Young, Aalstar7.9 
 3. Stipanovic, Liege7.4 
 4. Hilliard, Aalstar7.4 
 5. Randle, Gent7.3 
 6. Gay, Verviers-Pep.6.4 
 7. Brown, Antwerp6.4 
 8. Jackson, Verviers.6.3 
 9. Tofi, Leuven6.0 
 10. Copeland, Aalstar5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Oostende
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Mitchell, Oostende4.0 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut3.6 
 3. Dagunduro, Leuven3.6 
 4. Waters, Verviers.3.4 
 5. Black, Antwerp2.9 
 6. Bosco, Gent2.9 
 7. Moors, Antwerp2.8 
 8. Burrell, Aalstar2.7 
 9. Miller, Leuven2.5 
 10. Jenkins, Liege2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Michael JENKINS
  Liege
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jenkins, Liege2.8 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut2.3 
 3. Mallet, Charleroi2.2 
 4. Wilson, Antwerp2.2 
 5. Dagunduro, Leuven2.1 
 6. Mitchell, Oostende1.7 
 7. Biggs, Antwerp1.7 
 8. Taylor, M.Hainaut1.6 
 9. McCauley, M.Hai.1.6 
 10. Bosco, Gent1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Mejri, Antwerp1.6 
 2. Riddick, Charleroi1.5 
 3. Johnson, Aalstar1.0 
 4. Young, Aalstar0.9 
 5. Randle, Gent0.8 
 6. Van Den Spie., Oos.0.7 
 7. Tofi, Leuven0.6 
 8. Wilson, Antwerp0.6 
 9. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.5 
 10. Pelle, Oostende0.5 


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  BRAZIL   


Uberlandia sign Luis Gruber - by Paulo Freire
Placed sixth in the last NBB, the Uberlandia basketball team (Unitri/Universo) announced the hiring of Luis Felipe Gruber (205-F-85), who played the last NBB by Joinville.
With 26 years old, the player of 2.05 meters height was repatriated by the Joinville team n the beginning of last season after spending years in Spanish basketball. The swingman finished his first season at the NBB averaging 11.9 ppg and 5.3 rpg.

Before getting back in Brazil, Gruber played for several teams in Spain such as Lucentum Alicante, Pamesa Castellon, Grupo Cibo Lliria, Caceres 2016 C.B., Autocid Ford Burgo and U.B. La Palma.

The Uberlandia agreed to stay for another season of head coach Chui. Players Valtinho, Estevan, Claudio Brasilia, Collum and Robert Day also extended their contract with the team.


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  BULGARIA   


Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Awards 2010-11 - by Valentin Anguelov
Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League 1st Team 2011
#s#
Aaron Harper
Harper
Brandon Heath
Heath
Ivan Lilov
Lilov
Travis Peterson
Peterson
Priest Lauderdale
Lauderdale
#e#5

Best Player of the Year: Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81) of Levski
Guard of the Year: Brandon Heath (193-G-84) of Lukoil Academik
Forward of the Year: Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81) of Levski
Center of the Year: Priest Lauderdale (221-C-73) of Levski
Best 6th Player of the Year: Stanimir Marinov (191-G-91) of Balkan
Defensive Player of the Year: Nikolay Varbanov (209-C-85) of Tundja
Bosman Player of the Year: Bruno Sundov (221-C-80) of Lukoil Academik
Import Player of the Year: Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81) of Levski
Domestic Player of the Year: Nikolay Varbanov (209-C-85) of Tundja
Most Improved Player of the Year: Simeon Iliev (202-F-89) of Cherno More
Newcomer of the Year: Bozhidar Avramov (196-G-90) of Lukoil Academik
Coach of the Year: Konstantin Papazov of Levski

1st Team
G: Brandon Heath (193-84) of Lukoil Academik
F/G: Ivan Lilov (196-88) of Rilski Sportist
G/F: Aaron Harper (199-81) of Levski
C: Travis Peterson (208-85) of Lukoil Academik
C: Priest Lauderdale (221-73) of Levski

2nd Team
G: Bozhidar Avramov (196-90) of Lukoil Academik
G/F: Todor Stoykov (198-77) of Lukoil Academik
G/F: Devin Green (201-82) of Lukoil Academik
F: Aleksandar Yanev (203-90) of Cherno More
C: Nikolay Varbanov (209-85) of Tundja

Honorable Mention
Bruno Sundov (221-C-80) of Lukoil Academik
Dominic James (180-G-86) of Lukoil Academik
Georgi Davidov (205-F/C-76) of Balkan
Stanislav Govedarov (185-G-80) of Tundja
Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-G/F-74) of Spartak

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Bozhidar Avramov (196-90) of Lukoil Academik
F/G: Ivan Lilov (196-88) of Rilski Sportist
G/F: Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-74) of Spartak
F: Aleksandar Yanev (203-90) of Cherno More
C: Nikolay Varbanov (209-85) of Tundja

All-Imports Team
G: Brandon Heath (193-84) of Lukoil Academik
G/F: Devin Green (201-82) of Lukoil Academik
G/F: Aaron Harper (199-81) of Levski
C: Travis Peterson (208-85) of Lukoil Academik
C: Priest Lauderdale (221-73) of Levski

All selections are based on overall performance by the players in regular season and the playoffs.


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  CHILE   


Libsur 9th Round Results - by Cristian Quiroga
North Group
C. D. Valdivia 81 - C. D. Victoria 78
CDV: Angel Labrin (182-F-91) 27 ptos., Christopher Altaner (197-F-86) 19 ptos.
VIC: Felipe Acuna (182-G-92) 25 ptos., Cristian Zamorano 15 ptos.
AB Temuco . 86 - C. D. Carahue 70
TEM: Ronald Cruces (177-G-87) 21 ptos., Edgardo Astete 17 ptos.
CAR: Fabian Mendez (88) 20 ptos., Daniel Arriagada 15 ptos.
C. D. Imperial 68 - C. D. Lautaro 64
IMP: Gustavo Inostroza 26 ptos., Cristian Valle 16 ptos.
LAU: Josef Krause (193-F-87) 18 ptos., Camilo Tejer 15 ptos.

South Group
Dep. Castro 94 - C. D. C. Alemn 58
CAS: Gonzalo Velasquez (185-G-81) 21 ptos., Francisco Jara 20 ptos.
ALE: Johany Gallardo (191-F-88) 31 ptos., Simon Fernandez 6 ptos.
C. D. Pto. Varas 85 - C. D. Espaol 74
PVR: Matias Sepulveda (188-F-90) 28 ptos., Patricio Robles 18 ptos.
ESP: Felipe Ojeda (175-G-90) 23 ptos., Wilson Gomez 16 ptos.
C. D. S. Osorno 62 - C. D. U. Lagos 86
OSO: Alejandro Maldonado 17 ptos., Patricio Cocio 14 ptos.
ULA: Fernando Bucarey 21 ptos., Andres Sanchez 18 ptos.
CEB Pto. Montt 48 - ABA Ancud 71
CEB: Maximiliano Vargas 22 ptos., Sebastian Negron 6 ptos.
ABA: Darrol Jones y Pedro Sandoval 18 ptos.


Copa Chile 1st playoffs, 2nd game results - by Cristian Quiroga
Twelve teams qualified last weekend to next stage of Copa Chile. There were no surprises in the results, moving to the next stage most storied teams in the Chilean basket in the last years. All series were defined in two games. Complete results and qualified teams are:
Friday, May 27th
Colegio Los Leones 63
- Universidad de Chile 59 (Los Leones won series 2-0)
Saturday, May 28th
Puente Alto 85
- Las Animas 75 (Puente Alto won series 2-0)
Boston College 98 - Universidad Austral 74 (Boston won series 2-0)
CD UdeConce 90 - Deportivo Aleman 45 (UdeConce won series 2-0)
Universidad Catolica 104 - Artura Prat San Felipe 53 (Universidad Catolica won series 2-0)
Espanol de Talca 85 - Sabuesos 64 (Espanol win series 2-0)
Deportivo Valdivia 87 - Club Providencia 67 (Valdivia won series 2-0)
Stadio Italiano 83 - Cefiro 57 (Stadio Italiano won series 2-0)
Universidad de Santiago 57 - Palestino 70 (Palestino won series 2-0)
Liceo Mixto 130 - Sergio Ceppi 54 (Liceo Mixto won series 2-0)
Estadio Espaol 111 - Pedro Aguirre Cerda 90
Sunday, May 29th
Osorno Bsquetbol 86
- Arabe Rancagua 42 (Osorno won series 2-0)


Playoffs 2nd Round couples
(Best of 3 series, first team named have court advantage)

Games: June 4 - June 11 - June 12 (if necessary)

Liceo Mixto - Palestino
Boston College - Colegio Los Leones
Osorno Basquetbol - Deportivo Valdivia

Universidad Catolica - Espanol de Talca
CD UdeConce - Stadio Italiano
Estadio Espanol - Puente Alto


Standings - LIBSUR
LIBSUR Standings
North Group
 1. AB Temuco 6-2 
 2. Victoria 6-2 
 3. CD Valdiva 5-2 
 4. CD Las Animas 4-3 
 5. CD Carahue 4-4 
 6. CD Imperial 2-6 
 7. Lautaro 0-8 
South Group
 1. AB Ancud 9-0 
 2. CD Castro 8-1 
 3. U.Los Lagos 6-3 
 4. CD Puerto Varas 4-5 
 5. Aleman 3-6 
 6. CB Osorno 3-6 
 7. CD Puerto Montt 2-7 
 8. Espanol O. 1-8 


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  CHINA   


China Selects Roster for East Asian Championship - by Arthur Volbert
China has selected a twelve-man roster to compete in the East Asian Championship to be held June 12-15 in Nanjing. The top four teams will qualify for the for the 2011 FIBA Asian Championship to be held in Wuhan in September. Because China is host of the Asian tourney it qualifies automatically, so this current tournament is for practice.

Roster:
Yu Shulong (185-G-90)
Peng Fei (203-C-87)
Yi Li (203-F/G-85)
Hanlin Dong (208-F-91)
Su Wei (212-C-89)
Han Shuo (196-G-86)
Meng Duo (192-G/F-90)
Mo Ke (210-C-82)
Zhang ZhaoXu (221-C-87, college: California)
Zhang Bo (200-G/F-89)
Yue Sun (206-G/F-85)
Zhu FangYu (201-F-83)

The primary purpose of this team is to see which of these young players deserve to be selected for the Asian Championship in Wuhan.

Zhu FangYu was selected so that he can serve a three-game FIBA suspension for his participation in a brawl against a Brazilian club team. He is unlikely to actually play in this tourney. Zhang Bo and Yue Sun will be serving one-game suspensions which will occur during competition against greatly inferior teams in the prelimary round.

The selection shows that coach Bob Donewald prefers Zhang ZhaoXu at center over Han Dejun or Zhang Songtao. He also prefers Mo Ke and Hanlin Dong at power forward over Li Xiaoxu or Zhang Kai. Meng Duo beats out Xirelijiang at shooting guard. Han Shuo and Yu Shulong beat out Chen Jianghua at point guard, likely because of their pass-first attitude. Wang Lei and Duan Jiangpeng are also candidates as perimeter shooters who were left off the team.

The best players at the tourney will be competing against national team veterans such as Ding Jinhui, Zhou Peng and Zhang Qingpeng for roster spots at the Asian Championship.

I would like to thank pryuen at http://www.yaomingmania.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15089&start=10 for information in this article.




Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Changan Group 0-0 
 2. Guangzhou FM 0-0 
 3. Hangzhou 0-0 
 4. Hebei 0-0 
 5. Heilongjiang 0-0 
 6. Jiangsu 0-0 
 7. Ningxia Hanas 0-0 
 8. ShenYang 0-0 
 9. Sichuan 0-0 
 10. Whampoa 0-0 


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  COSTA RICA   


Standings - D1
LBS Standings
 1. Escazu 6-1 
 2. Barva 5-1 
 3. ARBA San Ram. 4-2 
 4. Sanatura D. 3-4 
 5. Cartago 3-4 
 6. Perez Zeledon 3-4 
 7. Liceo 2-5 
 8. Goico 1-6 


Milliner leading all the scorers - by Gianni Pascucci
At the end of the first round of games, Dave Milliner (197-C-81) is the top scorer in Costarican LBS. He scored a total of 146 points for Sanatura Basket-Desamparados, with 20,8 ppg. The second best scorer is at present Alejandro Grijalba (187-G/F-81), with 136 points (19,4 ppg), and Michael Jackson (192-F-87) follows him a the third place, with 119 pts (17 pppg)

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  CYPRUS   


He has proven otherwise! - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
Among the best Cypriot players ever played the game and one of Cyprus most charismatic players, in the twilight of a brilliant career, Giorgos Anastasiadis has last year moved to Etha, hoping to add more to his 9-titles.

After winning two unforgettable championships with APOEL, George has moved to a team whose playoff appearance the previous couple of years was great.

It seems that he will probably continue his career with an emerging club as it is almost certain that he will sign for one more year.

Last year George has added 2 more titles to his brilliant career. He added a cup and a championship while at the same time winning the Domestic Player of the year award.

So far he has won 5 cups, 6 championships and 2 super-cups.

A lot was written and said as to whether titles follow him around. Truth is - none of it is coincidental.

Personally, I have mentioned this quite a few times. There are normal players and there are superstars. There are players who step up during playoffs and others who limit themselves in having good appearance only during the regular season. There are players who step up when times get rough and win games.

George is obviously one of them.

Needless to say that despite all the rumors a few years back that he was finished, George has proven otherwise!!

Who knows, maybe he will win another one!




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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


CEZ Nymburk Dominates Weary BK Prostejov 89-64 in Game 1 of NBL FInals - by Surujh Roopnarine
Unfortunate scheduling and a grueling five-game series against Pardubice in the semifinals left BK Prostejov in perfect position for the reigning champions CEZ Nymburk. The fresher team, having dispatched of Decin in three games in their semifinal matchup, Nymburk jumped all over the visitors from the start on their way to an easy 89-64 victory in game 1 of the Mattoni NBL Finals. Prostejov had just wrapped up its series on Saturday and then had to turn around and travel to Nymburk for Game 1 of the Finals on Monday night. The team was out of sorts and it showed from the beginning, with several careless turnovers in the first quarter leading to Nymburk capitalizing and taking the quarter 26-10. Prostejov recovered somewhat and stabilized their play for the remainder of the game, but that opening quarter deficit was too much to overcome. Michal Kremen (200-F-81) led three-Nymburk players who scored in double-figures, tallying a game high 18 points in just 13 minutes. He was followed by Pavel Pumprla (196-G-86) and Ales Chan (215-C-80, college: Seton Hill) who each scored 10. Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) was the only Prostejov player to reach double figures, scoring a team high 15 points, including three for six from behind the arc. Though Nymburk did not light it up from three, connecting on just 3 of 11 (.273) for the game, they hit on a very efficient 30 of 51 shots from two (.588). Head Coach Petr Balint once again expressed his frustrations at the quick turnaround of the Finals series (similar to last year) and the fact that the league is catering to the wishes of CT4, the national sports channel in an effort to get each Finals game televised. This left his team without proper time to rest and re-plan for Nymburk. However he hoped that the team would be better prepared for game two on Wednesday and that he might have the services of forward Radoslaw Hyzy who was in street clothes for game one.
NYMBURK: Michal Kremen (18pts), Pavel Pumprla (10pts), Ales Chan (10pts), Radek Necas (7pts+6reb)
PROSTEJOV: Benas Veikalas (15pts), Kyle Landry (9pts), Eugene Lawrence (8pts), David Marek (7pts+6ast)




Bye, Bye Brno - by Surujh Roopnarine
Basketbol Brno announced that they have withdrew from the Mattoni NBL and have ceased all operations of their mens club, focusing solely on youth basketball. A sad state of affairs for basketball in the Heart of Moravia. Brno, the second largest city in the country cannot support a professional basketball team. Club officials blame the current economic situation (which is not bad in the Czech Republic comparatively speaking with the rest of Europe), along with lack of sponsorship and support of the city as the reasons for their termination of play in the NBL.
The club once again had a disappointing season, finishing in 10th position (10-20) after ending the 2009-10 season in 11th.
Brno basketball was reborn last season after owner Jiri Hose purchased the club license from Liberec, but mismanagement of personnel and instability at the coaching ranks were as much a part of the team's failures as any economic problems faced by ownership. It makes sense when one of the leagues best and most respected players Boris Meno decided to leave Brno and transfer to at-the-time last place Svitavy to help that young squad.
A sad ending to mens professional basketball in Brno.



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  D-LEAGUE   


Joerger enjoys ride - by Eurobasket News
Where Dave Joerger goes, winning follows.

Dakota Wizards fans know Joerger's track record - five minor league championships in seven seasons as a head coach, including four titles with the Wizards.

It's a little harder to make an impact as an assistant coach, but Joerger has helped turn around the fortunes of the Memphis Grizzlies.

In his four seasons since joining the NBA, Joerger has helped the Grizzlies go from 22 wins to 46.

Even more impressive, the Grizzlies who had never won so much as a single playoff game in their 16-year history, shocked top-seeded San Antonio in the first round. They went on to take Oklahoma City to seven games before falling in the conference semifinals.

Joerger's contributions to Memphis' success hasn't gone unnoticed. His name has started to be floated as a potential head coaching candidate. And the Houston Rockets have asked permission to talk to him for a position as the top assistant to new head coach Kevin McHale.

Joerger has been enjoying the ride.

'It's been fun,' Joerger said. 'People are jacked up about the team. They jumped on it. The two home games, Games 3 and 4 against Oklahoma City, sold out in like 15 minutes.

'To be considered in the top eight teams is good for the city, and it's great to see the team get the recognition they deserve.'

Joerger joined the Grizzlies in 2007, after returning to the Wizards for a brief second stint and leading them to a championship in their first season in the D-League.

When the Grizzlies struggled and coach Marc Iavaroni was fired, new coach Lionel Hollins kept on Joerger, and his role has grown.

Earlier this season Joerger served as head coach for a game when Hollins attended the funeral of former teammate Maurice Lucas.

Joerger has worked primarily on the defensive end, where the Grizzlies have excelled. This season Memphis led the league in steals (9.4) and forced turnovers (16.7).

But without question the highlight of the Grizzlies' season was the upset of the Spurs. Memphis became just the second eighth seed to knock off a No. 1 seed in a best-of-7 series. Beating a team with the likes of future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and head coach Gregg Popovich was no small feat.

'San Antonio is like God,' Joerger said. 'Nobody can touch them. They're such a great organization. ... Getting the first one down there was big, but you know those guys just weren't going to go away. We didn't think it was over until it was over.'

Playing the Thunder with its young stars, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook presented a completely different set of challenges.

'They're explosive, very difficult to guard,' Joerger said.

Joerger said that right now he's just enjoying some downtime during the offseason but will soon be deciding his future.

His contract with the Grizzlies is up, and he said he's not sure whether he will bend up back in Memphis, in Houston or somewhere else.
Courtesy of: www.bismarcktribune.com


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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


An opportunity to scout European and American talent in Germany - by Eurobasket
The ESL Germany Event promises to be a high quality event which will be managed by former the former BBL team Kln 99ers GM and Owner Stephan Baeck .

The fact that the ESL European event will be hosted in Cologne, Germany will provide easier access for professional clubs in central Europe to scout the popular event.

Stephan Baeck extensive network of contacts and relationships in the BBL German professional league will provide the ESL event with the proper infrastructure and organization to promote a high quality event.
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The ESL expects a large contingent of teams obviously from the BBL and other leagues in Germany as well as teams from Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Luxembourg, Belgium, France, Holland, England and other clubs from all over Europe.

Over the past three summers the ESL featured over 405 players that are currently playing professional basketball in over 70 different leagues around the world.
Please review the list of former ESL players playing abroad by clicking the following link: - http://www.eurobasketsummerleague.com/Players-Abroad.asp

Outside the NBA Summer League the ESL has featured the best talent in the summer market and with the cancelled NBA Summer League our events in July will have some outstanding prospects.

Stephan Baeck has experienced a very successful basketball career as a player, coach, GM and owner of a professional basketball organisation.
As a player he played for well respected clubs in Germany as Saturn Kln, TSV Bayer Leverkusen, ALBA Berlin as well as PAOK Saloniki in Greece.

He won six (6) German championships, the German cup 3 times, becoming one of Germanys All Time leading scorers.
As the captain of the ALBA Berlin Basketball Team he helped win the first European Club Title for a German club team by winning the Korac Cup in 1995.

He was a member of the German National team from 1984 -1998, playing in 135 international games. He played for Germany during the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona and won the European Championship with Germany in 1993.
For his achievements as player he was decorated with the Silbernes Lorbeerblatt by the German government, which is the highest possible decoration in German Sports.

After finishing his professional basketball carer as a player he went back to his hometown Cologne and refunded the Cologne Basketball Organisation. He worked for the RheinEnergy Cologne Basketball Team as Coach, GM and after renaming the Club to Kln 99ers was a co-owner of that organisation.

The Cologne Basketball Club became quickly one of the most successful basketball organisations in Germany winning the German Championship in 2006 and the German Cup in 2004, 2005 and 2007 making successful appearances in ULEB Cup, Eurocup and Euroleague.

Due to his outstanding career Stephan established one the most extensive networks and can provide players with knowledge and advice in all aspects of the game of basketball.
With his new project Ballpark he is establishing a high quality basketball facility where young talented prospects will develop through individual workouts.

The ESL Event in Germany will be hosted at the Ballpark facility in Cologne, Germany and is encouraging the agency community in Europe to send talented players who need additional exposure for the European market.

The ESL European event will allow teams that will not travel to the USA this summer due to the NBA lockout an opportunity to scout European and American talent in Germany.

The ESL are looking for volunteer European coaches for this event and are looking for agencies to either register teams or individual players.

For additional information regarding the ESL Event please contact marketing@eurobasket.com or register at www.eurobasketsummerleague.com


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  FRANCE   


Strasbourg grab talented Hugo Invernizzi - by Eurobasket News
Strasbourg grab talented Hugo Invernizzi (196-G/F-93) for the next season. The 18-year-old shooting guard spent the previous season in Centre Federal du Basket-Ball in NM1. Hugo Invernizzi also played for French U18 selection at the 2010 European Championship. He tallied 8.7 points and 3.0 boards per game in Vilnius. Earlier Hugo Invernizzi played for U16 selection. Hugo Invernizzi helped INSEP triumph at the Nike International Junior Tournament in 2010. The guard made it to the All-Tournament Team that year. This season INSEP participated at the final round of the tournament in Barcelona. Hugo Invernizzi averaged 15.0 points, 5.3 boards and 3.6 assists per game for INSEP in Spain.
Many other teams tried to take Hugo Invernizzi, but the player chose Strasbourg. A week ago the team have finally decided on the name of their next head coach. They have agreed on terms of contract with Vincent Collet.




Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Rick HUGHES
  Hyeres-T.
  (204-C/F-73)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Hughes, Hyeres-T.19.2 
 2. Jefferson, AS.19.0 
 3. Nichols, Vichy18.2 
 4. Mejia, Cholet18.1 
 5. Darden, Nancy17.2 
 6. Massie, Limoges16.9 
 7. Mensah-Bonsu, AS.16.5 
 8. Shuler, Vichy16.0 
 9. Hamilton, Paris-.15.6 
 10. Schilb, Chalon14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pops MENSAH-BONSU
  AS.
  (206-F-83)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Mensah-Bonsu, AS.9.3 
 2. Massie, Limoges9.2 
 3. Krupalija, Hyeres.8.9 
 4. Akingbala, Nancy8.2 
 5. Hughes, Hyeres-T.7.7 
 6. Jones, Le Havre7.7 
 7. Jefferson, AS.7.7 
 8. Koffi, Le Mans7.6 
 9. Issa, Gravelines7.6 
 10. Sene, Gravelines7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Vichy
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Reid, Vichy6.3 
 2. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.5.9 
 3. Taylor, Limoges5.8 
 4. Woodside, Gravelin.5.7 
 5. King, Le Havre5.4 
 6. Linehan, Nancy5.3 
 7. Wright, Limoges5.3 
 8. Walsh, AS.5.0 
 9. Diabate, Roanne4.7 
 10. Sciarra, Pau-La.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Linehan, Nancy3.1 
 2. Diot, Le Mans2.1 
 3. Walsh, AS.2.0 
 4. Darden, Nancy2.0 
 5. Dobbins, Hyeres-T.2.0 
 6. Elegar, Vichy1.8 
 7. Diabate, Roanne1.8 
 8. Greer, Strasbourg1.7 
 9. Dewar, Le Mans1.7 
 10. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Cyril AKPOMEDAH
  Grave.
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Akpomedah, Grave.2.1 
 2. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.1.5 
 3. Falker, Cholet1.5 
 4. Jefferson, AS.1.4 
 5. Sene, Gravelines1.3 
 6. Akingbala, Nancy1.3 
 7. Koffi, Le Mans1.2 
 8. Issa, Gravelines1.2 
 9. Elegar, Vichy1.0 
 10. Pasco, Strasbourg1.0 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Moses SONKO
  Maurienne
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Sonko, Maurienne19.1 
 2. Siggers, Rouen18.9 
 3. Harris, Lille18.4 
 4. Rouse, Charleville16.8 
 5. Milbourne, Boulogne16.6 
 6. Carter, Nanterre16.5 
 7. Davis, Le Portel15.9 
 8. Gay, Fos Ouest15.4 
 9. Runkaukas, Quimper15.1 
 10. Labeyrie, Le Port.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Korvotney BARBER
  Nantes
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Barber, Nantes10.2 
 2. Daniels, Chalons-.9.6 
 3. Wyatte, Le Portel9.4 
 4. Bing, Dijon9.2 
 5. Mathis, Maurienne8.9 
 6. Rouse, Charleville8.8 
 7. Monds, Bourg8.4 
 8. Monroe, Boulogne8.0 
 9. Giles, Rouen8.0 
 10. Badiane, Boulazac8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Philippe DA SILVA
  Evreux
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Da Silva, Evreux7.8 
 2. Rowland, Le Portel6.5 
 3. Patiejunas, Boulo.6.0 
 4. Downey, Nantes5.7 
 5. Oliver, Bourg5.5 
 6. Taylor, Rouen5.0 
 7. Mullins, Chalons-.5.0 
 8. Denave, St Vallier4.7 
 9. Darnauzan, Mauri.4.6 
 10. Craven, Dijon4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Kyle SHILOH
  St Vallier
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Shiloh, St Vallier2.5 
 2. Daniels, Chalons-.2.4 
 3. Riley, Nanterre2.4 
 4. Craven, Dijon2.3 
 5. Mullins, Chalons-.2.2 
 6. Hachad, Fos Ouest2.1 
 7. Sonko, Maurienne2.1 
 8. Patiejunas, Boulo.2.1 
 9. Melody, Dijon2.1 
 10. Denave, St Vallier2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest1.7 
 2. Jefferson, Quimper1.3 
 3. Monds, Bourg1.1 
 4. Barber, Nantes1.0 
 5. Taccoen, Lille0.9 
 6. Adjiwanou, Boula.0.9 
 7. Davis, Evreux0.9 
 8. N''Diaye, Clermont0.9 
 9. Daniels, Nanterre0.8 
 10. Ford, Clermont0.7 


Orleans recruit Georgi Joseph - by Eurobasket News
Orleans bolstered their frontcourt for the next season. They added Georgi Joseph (197-F-82, college: Kennesaw St.) to the roster. The 28-year-old forward spent the previous season with Pau-Lacq-Orthez. He tallied 5.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. Georgi Joseph helped Pau-Lacq-Orthez win ProB League back in 2010. Previously the US-French player had stints with Montecatini in Italy, Paris Basket, State Clermontois, Aix-Maurienne Basket in France.


Evtimov and Devehat extend with their teams - by Eurobasket News
Yann Devehat (205-C-80) extends with Union Poitiers for the next season that will be 10th in a row for the team. The French Center enjoys the atmospeher of the squad and does his best to help as much as he can on the court.
This season he averaged 1.4 points per game. He recorded 6 points twice in the season with the last one at the Regular Season Round 27. His Poitiers won over Chalon/Saor 75-74 and it was quite big embarrassment for the home team. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Chalon/Saor. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 45-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Chalon/Saor helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities.
Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) meanwhile extended the contract with his Chalon. This year his stats read 11.4 points per game as he recorded 30 points at the Regular Season Round 20 when Hyeres-Toulon beat Chalon 97-89.



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  GEORGIA   


Geogian Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Beqa CHIKVILADZE
  GTU T.
  (195-G-91)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Chikviladze, GTU T.23.8 
 2. Sanadze, Batumi21.1 
 3. Parghalava, Sokhu.19.2 
 4. Berishvili, TSU T.17.5 
 5. Matiashvili, TSU T.17.5 
 6. Dvalishvili, Samed.17.3 
 7. Panchulidze, TSU T.16.7 
 8. Tugushi, Army16.2 
 9. Tsekvava, Energy16.0 
 10. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Akaki DVALISHVILI
  Samed.
  (206-C-90)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Dvalishvili, Samed.11.2 
 2. Berishvili, TSU T.9.4 
 3. Damus, Sokhumi9.4 
 4. Matiashvili, TSU T.9.4 
 5. Keshelava, Batumi9.1 
 6. Imnadze, MIA T.8.9 
 7. Londaridze, TSU T.8.8 
 8. Beruashvili, GTU T.8.6 
 9. Antadze, GTU T.8.6 
 10. Toudjani, Energy8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAPRINDASHVILI
  TSU T.
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Gaprindashvi., TSU5.9 
 2. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi5.5 
 3. Artsividze, GSAU T.5.0 
 4. Tugushi, Army5.0 
 5. Parghalava, Sokhu.4.9 
 6. Didia, Kutaisi4.5 
 7. Harris, Sokhumi4.5 
 8. Tsivtsivadze, Ener.4.4 
 9. Antadze, GTU T.4.1 
 10. Mikeladze, Batumi4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Vasili BERUASHVILI
  GTU T.
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Beruashvili, GTU T.3.0 
 2. Tsekvava, Energy2.8 
 3. Antadze, GTU T.2.7 
 4. Berishvili, Kutaisi2.6 
 5. Gulisabedash., Sam.2.2 
 6. Sanadze, Batumi2.1 
 7. Parghalava, Sokhu.2.1 
 8. Berishvili, Army2.0 
 9. Gaprindashvi., TSU2.0 
 10. Panchulidze, TSU2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Samuel LAMU
  Energy R.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Lamu, Energy R.2.2 
 2. Damus, Sokhumi1.5 
 3. Bekauri, Samedicino1.4 
 4. Matiashvili, TSU T.1.4 
 5. Berishvili, TSU T.1.2 
 6. Sharabidze, Army1.2 
 7. Toudjani, Energy R.1.2 
 8. Dvalishvili, Samed.1.2 
 9. Damus, Sokhumi1.1 
 10. Imnadze, MIA T.1.1 


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  GERMANY   


An opportunity to scout European and American talent in Germany - by Eurobasket
The ESL Germany Event promises to be a high quality event which will be managed by former the former BBL team Kln 99ers GM and Owner Stephan Baeck .

The fact that the ESL European event will be hosted in Cologne, Germany will provide easier access for professional clubs in central Europe to scout the popular event.

Stephan Baeck extensive network of contacts and relationships in the BBL German professional league will provide the ESL event with the proper infrastructure and organization to promote a high quality event.
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The ESL expects a large contingent of teams obviously from the BBL and other leagues in Germany as well as teams from Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Luxembourg, Belgium, France, Holland, England and other clubs from all over Europe.

Over the past three summers the ESL featured over 405 players that are currently playing professional basketball in over 70 different leagues around the world.
Please review the list of former ESL players playing abroad by clicking the following link: - http://www.eurobasketsummerleague.com/Players-Abroad.asp

Outside the NBA Summer League the ESL has featured the best talent in the summer market and with the cancelled NBA Summer League our events in July will have some outstanding prospects.

Stephan Baeck has experienced a very successful basketball career as a player, coach, GM and owner of a professional basketball organisation.
As a player he played for well respected clubs in Germany as Saturn Kln, TSV Bayer Leverkusen, ALBA Berlin as well as PAOK Saloniki in Greece.

He won six (6) German championships, the German cup 3 times, becoming one of Germanys All Time leading scorers.
As the captain of the ALBA Berlin Basketball Team he helped win the first European Club Title for a German club team by winning the Korac Cup in 1995.

He was a member of the German National team from 1984 -1998, playing in 135 international games. He played for Germany during the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona and won the European Championship with Germany in 1993.
For his achievements as player he was decorated with the Silbernes Lorbeerblatt by the German government, which is the highest possible decoration in German Sports.

After finishing his professional basketball carer as a player he went back to his hometown Cologne and refunded the Cologne Basketball Organisation. He worked for the RheinEnergy Cologne Basketball Team as Coach, GM and after renaming the Club to Kln 99ers was a co-owner of that organisation.

The Cologne Basketball Club became quickly one of the most successful basketball organisations in Germany winning the German Championship in 2006 and the German Cup in 2004, 2005 and 2007 making successful appearances in ULEB Cup, Eurocup and Euroleague.

Due to his outstanding career Stephan established one the most extensive networks and can provide players with knowledge and advice in all aspects of the game of basketball.
With his new project Ballpark he is establishing a high quality basketball facility where young talented prospects will develop through individual workouts.

The ESL Event in Germany will be hosted at the Ballpark facility in Cologne, Germany and is encouraging the agency community in Europe to send talented players who need additional exposure for the European market.

The ESL European event will allow teams that will not travel to the USA this summer due to the NBA lockout an opportunity to scout European and American talent in Germany.

The ESL are looking for volunteer European coaches for this event and are looking for agencies to either register teams or individual players.

For additional information regarding the ESL Event please contact marketing@eurobasket.com or register at www.eurobasketsummerleague.com


Dwuan Rice Joins Cuxhaven Bascats - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Cuxhaven Bascats have decided very early for their new point guard for the upcoming season by choosing Dwuan Rice (180-G, college: CSU Bakersfield) to replace Aaron Cook. Rice is a 27 year old 180cm guard that was born in Pasadena California and grew up in Los Angeles. Last season, he played in the United States for the Vermont Frost Heaves (PBL, starting five), American League: 7 games: 15.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 7.6apg, 3.0spg, FGP: 41.5%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 68.2%; In February signed at Saint John Mill Rats (PBL, starting five): 14 games: 14.0ppg, 5.3rpg, Assists-2 (6.2apg), Steals-5 (1.6spg), FGP: 40.6%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 78.7%. He is a lightning quick guard wholl be able to push tempo and pressure full court. He is also an outstanding player with great court vision and passing skills. He finished his career as a Cal-State Bakersfield Roadrunner tied for fourth in assists with 342, and seventh in scoring with 1,056 points. He also ranked third in career steals. The Bascats would have liked to have kept Cook, but he had expressed interest at playing at a higher level and let him move on. 'We see Rice at the same level as Cook', stated Bascats coach Vilmantas Matkevicius. Ex NBA champion Jaren Jackson who coached him at St John in the PBL said, 'Dwuan has learned over the years to be able to change the tempo and not always play quick. He is a complete point guard that was able to make another step forward last season', stated Jaren Jackson. In his senior year at Cal.St.-Bakersfield (NCAA2) in 2006-2007, he played 29 games: 15.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.4apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 41.9%, 3PT: 33.6%, FT: 76.9%. In first few seasons as a pro, he played briefly for the Idaho Stampede (D-League) and for Tijuana Galgos (Mexico). In 2009-2010, he played for Vermont Frost Heaves (PBL, starting five): 17 games: 12.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 5.6apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 40.5%, FT: 74.7%. Awards and achievements in his career have been CCAA Runner-Up -06, All-CCAA 1st Team -06, D-League Champion -08, D-League West Division Champion -08, PBL All-Star Game -10, and USBasket.com All-PBL Honorable Mention -10, 11.

Source: Cuxhaven Bascats




Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Wood, Dt.19.2 
 2. Rice, Art.Dragons17.2 
 3. Bell, Phoenix Hagen16.5 
 4. Harris, EnBW L.16.0 
 5. Ross, MBC15.9 
 6. Martin, Bremerha.15.4 
 7. Dorris, Phoenix15.3 
 8. Benzing, Ratio.15.1 
 9. Callahan, Bremerha.14.8 
 10. Bryant, Ratiopharm14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.9 
 2. Ensminger, Teleko.8.1 
 3. Reiner, Bayreuth7.8 
 4. Watts, Walter T.7.6 
 5. Martin, Bremerha.7.1 
 6. Anderson, Goett.6.9 
 7. Burtschi, Phoenix6.9 
 8. Stevic, EWE B.6.8 
 9. Pleiss, Brose B.6.7 
 10. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter T.
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Ratkovica, Walter7.4 
 2. Wood, Dt.5.8 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier5.5 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons5.1 
 5. Brewer, Bremerha.4.7 
 6. Green, EnBW L.4.6 
 7. Jordan, MBC4.3 
 8. Hamilton, NY Phant.4.3 
 9. Goldsberry, Brose4.1 
 10. Copeland, Bremerh.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phant.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.1.9 
 2. Everett, Bremerha.1.8 
 3. Martin, Bremerha.1.7 
 4. Burtschi, Phoenix1.5 
 5. Ross, MBC1.5 
 6. Bailey, Goettingen1.5 
 7. Pryor, Phoenix1.5 
 8. Bailey, Art.Dragons1.4 
 9. Gill, EWE Baskets1.4 
 10. Dorris, Phoenix1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Art.Drag.
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.1.7 
 3. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.5 
 4. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.4 
 5. Hines, Brose B.1.1 
 6. Brempong, Duesseld.1.1 
 7. Seward, Phoenix1.1 
 8. Boumtje, Art.Drag.1.0 
 9. Goree, NY Phantoms1.0 
 10. Denison, Bremerha.0.9 


Will Chavis (NBC) Alba Berlin Will Have To Get As Many Easy Baskets As Possible, Because They Stall On Offense Sometimes - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Will Chavis (181-G-81, college: Texas Tech) is a 29 year old 181 cm guard who comes from Philadelphia and started his basketball learning at New Hampshire in 1998-1999 averaging 9.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.9apg before going to Texas to play at Panola Junior College averaging 25 points, 10 assists, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals per game . This gained the interest of legendary coach Bobby Knight at Texas Tech. Knight had only the best to say about the guy he coached two years at Texas Tech. 'Will takes pride in taking good shots, and is a great shooter. He also takes very good care of the ball. He is aggressive and quick on defense, and can anticipate or put under pressure the opposite point guard', stressed Bobby Knight. At Texas Tech, Chavis played together with Artland Dragon Ronald Ross and in his senior year, played 33 games averaging 7.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.2apg. He started his professional basketball career in 2003 going to Iceland to play for UMFN Njardvikur playing 6 games and averaging 18.3ppg; 3.1rpg; 7.8apg ( 41 assists to 11 turnovers); 2.0spg; 3pts 45.6%; FT 85.6%. The next season, he was tested by Olimpia GE Larisa (Greece-A1), but was not signed and finished the season practicing with Climamio Fortitudo Bologna (Italy-SErieA). In 2005-2006, he started to make a name playing for Mlekarna Kunin Novi Jicin (Czech Republic-NBL, starting five) playing 5 EuroCup Challenge games averaging 15.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.4apg, 2FGP: 50%, 3FGP: 50% and playing 44 games in the Czech Rep. League averaging 14.6ppg, 3.4rpg, Assists-4 (5.2apg), 2FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 40.9%, FT: 85.0%. The next season, he went to top Dutch team Demon Astronauts Amsterdam continuing to show who well he could perform in FIBA EuroCup playing 6 games and avergaing 11.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.3apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 55.2%, 3FGP: 15%, FT: 78.3% and playing 39 games in the Dutch League and averaging 14.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 40.3%, FT: 87.8%, 3Pts: 40.9%. In 2007-2008, he split time with Omonia Nicosia in Cyprus, but left after 7 games, where he averaged 10.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 36.6%, 3FGP: 27.8%, FT: 87.5%, and then moved to MBC in Jan 2008 playing 12 games and averaging 13.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.9apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 39.3%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT-1 ( 91.7%). In 2008-2009, he led MBC into the BBL averaging 10.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 37.0%, 3PT: 43.8%, FT: 86.5% in 29 games. In 2009-2010 in his first season with NBC, he played 29 games: 19.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.1apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 47.1%, FT: 88.3%. Last season, he averaged 14,0ppg, 2,3rpg and 3,5apg.He talked about the 2011 beko BBl playoff semi finals.

Last season, the first 4 beko BBL teams were ousted in the playoffs, but this season the top 4 teams are in the semi finals. Why werent their more upsets this season in the quarterfinals of the beko BBL playoffs?

I think the Top 4 teams really dominated the others with being consistent all year with winning so I just think it carried over to the playoffs. Especially with Frankfurt and Bamberg.

The Brose Baskets Bamberg meet the Artland Dragons. What kind of series can we expect? How many games will we see?

Bamberg is a very good team. I think they defend and share the ball very well, and thats hard to play against on any level. I expect Bamberg to win, but I will give Artland a game at home but its going to be tough to beat Bamberg this year in a series.


The Brose Baskets Bamberg won all 3 games against Artland this season. What will be key for The Artland Dragons to win a 5 game series against Bamberg?

They would have to shoot the lights out and control the boards. But I can tell Bamberg coaches prepare for the game well because they seem to always take away what the other team does well .BUT like I said its going to be tough.

Does Artland have any other surprise up their sleeve should a Tyrese Rice be contained in a game?

At this point in the season there arent any surprises, Rice has to be contained for sure but I think its more important to not focus on one player but take away what the team likes to do, so if I was Artland I would try to mix up some defenses to try to confuse MAYBE surprise Bamberg by eating some clock up similar to what Dallas did to the Lakers.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners meet 8 time beko BBL chmapion Alba Berlin. Alba Berlin swept the season series. what can we expect from this series and how many games will it go?

I think it will be a very good series, and you can probaly bet it will go the distance. I wouldnt bet on this series, BUT teams are playing well and it will be fun for the players for sure.

Will Alba Berlin be able to do what no team really has been able to do and limit Dashaun Wood. Is it unhealthy to focus too much on Dashaun Wood or should any team focus on the whole Frankfurt team?

Thats the funny thing about Frankfurt, someone else always steps up and is consistent. Wood will get his because of the way he scores, its hard to stop Wood who shoots the shots he does out of the offense unless you face guard him the whole game, but he may be the fastest guy in the BBL so it will be a tall task for the ALBA guards.


What will be key for Alba Berlin to win this series?

The key for ALBA will be execution, and fast break points, they have to get as many easy baskets as possible, because they stall on offense sometimes. Allen and Jenkins will have to play well which im sure they will so the responsiblity is going to fall on the other players to stay consistent and confident when things dont go right.


Mike Dunleavy and Rick adelman have been reported as being candidates as new Laker coach. Would Dunleavy be the right choice?


SIMPLY.....NO.... Im a Lakers Fan !! Let Brian Shaw coach and keep the Triangle.

Boston Celtic coach Doc Rivers was rewarded with a five year contract extension. What is the route of Boston now with many aging stars?


First of all I like Doc, and I respect the Celtics, but they looked tired similar to the Lakers. They need some more young Bigs and a quality back up PG. and with that I think they will compete for another Championship. Also Rondo needs to practice shooting all summer, when his elbow heals. He needs to spread defense a little better with his shot.


Who will win the Chicago Bulls-Miami Heat series and why?


I really dont know why but I like Chicago because they are consistent on Defense, Miami is up and down on both sides of the ball, so I give the advantage to Chicago and home court, BUT I would never count out Dwade and Miami...They will be a problem for years to come.

Who will win the Dallas Mavericks/Oklahoma Thunder series?

Simply.....Dallas!! Thunder are very shaky. Westbrook cant make the same mistakes he did against Memphis, and Dallas bench is so strong they really dont lose their level when they go to the Bench and thats a huge advantage but we will see gotta love the playoffs!!

Thanks Will for the chat.


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  GREECE   


Greek B round 29 top performer: Nikos Liakopoulos - by Chris Mammides
Shooting Guard Nikos Liakopoulos (191-G-83) was the top performer in the last round for Ermis Perama, receiving a Eurobasket.com B Division Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 28-year old player was the man of the match and the main provider (40 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists) to his team's victory, helping them to finally and officially succeed after only one year to go back to the A2 where they belong. Their rivals, team of Apollon Kalamrias currently with a 10-19 record will fight for the division in a last round of a do or die match. Apollon needs urgently the victory and at the same time needs a negative result for Egaleo to remain in the division. Liakopoulos is the top scorer of the division with an average of 31.1 points per game!


The second best player in last round's games is coming from the same team as the 35 years old veteran Leonidas Skoutaris (200-F-76, college: Cleveland St.) of Ermis Perama succeeded a unique record in the B Division with his 11 out of 15 three pointers being successful and a total of 35 points which is a seasons high for Leonidas, helped his team to thrash Apollon Kalamarias just one week before the end of the official games in the Second division. This loss could cause Apollon the relegation to the third division as the crucial game of last weeks could go to the bin if Egaleo wins the game of the week no.30. Leonidas Skoutaris is averaging this season 15.7ppg.

Third on the list of top players last round was shooting guard / small forward Giannis Daskalopoulos (195-G/F-80) of Stratoni. Daskalopoulos scored 22 points and dashed down 7 rebounds. He was the crucial player for Stratoni to add another road win in its series while this win could clinch even the 6th position in the board. Stratoni currently in the 7th position in the division and with 45 points can get as high as the 6th position if AIAS and MENT loses the last match of the season and Stratoni wins the game against Nea Kifisia in its home court.
Other top performing players last week:
4. Thanasis Souflias (209-C-80, college: S.New Hampshire) of OFI 20 points 11 rebounds 3 block shots
5. Alexis Mavridis (198-F-79) of Filippos Veroias 22 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists
6. Nikos Bohoridis (189-G-89) of AIAS Evosmou 17 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists
7. Vassilis Vagenas (202-F-80) of Doxa Lefkadas 18 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists
8. Simos Kountouratzoglou (197-F-87) of Stratoni 18 points and 5/7 thee pointers, 3 steals and 2 assists
9. Tassos Dimas (195-F/C-88) of M. Alexandros 24 points, 3 assists, 1 steal
10. Vangelis Tsiakas (194-G-81) of Nea Kifisia 16 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds




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  HOLLAND   


Hakim Salem Named New Head Coach of GasTerra Flames - by Fred Roggen
Hakim Salem (agency: R.H.Consultancy ) is the new Head coach of GasTerra Flames, replacing Marco van den Berg. Prior to joining the GasTerra Flames, Salem was the head coach of ABC Amsterdam.
Despite lacking the experience of being a top league head coach, Salem possesses solid basketball intangibles. I think that it is a good fit. He is a very good basketball coach.
He has a good knowledge of the game. He is more than capable of being one of the premier coaches in the DBL.


Lasaulec new sponsor of Aris - by Fred Roggen
The name DeFriesland Aris Leeuwarden will be replaced next season by Lasaulec Aris. Lasaulec signed yesterday a three-year (senior) sponsorship deal with Top Basketball Foundation Friesland . Lasaulec is a technical wholesaler with eight offices in the Netherlands and wants to become the leading supplier of MRO items. Lasaulec headquarters is based in Heerenveen. Last night director Anne Lourens and marketing manager Dora Lammers signed the contract. For Aris, the contract was signed by Johan Meijer and Gert Schurer.
After the signing, the new logo was presented.


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  IBL   


2011 Summer Season Game Results - by Serafim Karaiskakis
Monday, May 30th - 2011 - Bellingham Slam (133) vs. Portland Chinooks (103) - Bellingham did their trademark 15 to 5 type run at the end of the 2nd quarter to take a 11 point lead at halftime and won at home 133 to 103.
Sunday, May 29th - 2011 - Gary Splash (123) vs. Ohio Hidden Gems (114) - Gary Splash wins by 9 points over the visiting Ohio Hidden Gems.
Sunday, May 29th - 2011 - Edmonton Energy (115) vs. USA All-Stars (82) - Edmonton sweeps the All Stars from Saskatoon and Calgary.
Sunday, May 29th - 2011 - Phoenix Raptors (102) vs. West Coast Hotshots (133) - West Coast Hotshots win all 3 games of series in Phoenix.
Saturday, May 28th - 2011 - Vancouver Volcanoes (113) vs. Olympia Reign (109) - Vancouver wins another close one over Olympia
Saturday, May 28th - 2011 - Edmonton Energy (140) vs. USA All-Stars (92) - The Canadian All Stars lose but vow to really go for the win tomorrow in game 3 of the series.
Saturday, May 28th - 2011 - Phoenix Raptors (54) vs. West Coast Hotshots (123) - Phoenix Raptors missing bigs on day 2 (bigs will return game 3) combined with bad shooting from the guards, resulted in one of the biggest margins of victory for an IbL team; Hotshots win game 2 but Phoenix promises to return to game 1 form tomorrow in the final game of the 3 game series. See below for points rebounds and assists- Hotshots saturday game Robert Valentine 10 pts 3 r 2 a Josh Brown 8 pts 2 r 2 a Daniel Sowu 7 pts 8 r 3 a Teirance Wright 5 pts 7 r 1 a Ledreece Smith 18 pts 12 r 8 a David Jackson 26 pts 10 r 4 a Leon Young 23 pts 15 r 0 a Paul Wolf 24 pts 12 r 1 a Phoenix Raptors saturday game Gregory Brown 21 pts 2 r 0 a Carl Moore 10 pts 3 r 3 a Aaron Junior 3 pts 2 r 1 a Demarcus Weeks 8 pts 5 r 1 a Isaiah Robertson 6 pts 6 r 0 a Chrys Henderson 4 pts 3 r 1 a Wendell Arizona 2 pts 2 r 1 a
Friday, May 27th - 2011 - Edmonton Energy (131) vs. USA All-Stars (123) - Calgary and Saskatoon all star players formed the USA all stars roster and competed well, losing only by 8 points.
Friday, May 27th - 2011 - Bellingham Slam (129) vs. Vancouver Volcanoes (113) - Ira Graham scores 29 points as Bellingham wins at home.
Friday, May 27th - 2011 - Phoenix Raptors (103) vs. West Coast Hotshots (126) - Adam Prossin recruits a strong Hotshots team and wins by 23 points. See below for points rebounds and assists- Hotshots friday game Robert Valentine 16 p 5 r 5 a Josh Brown 12 p 2r 5 a Daniel Sowu 2 p 5 r 3 a Teirance Wright 16 p 8 r 4 a Ledreece Smith 7 p 12 r 5 a David Jackson 27 p 14 r 5a Leon Young 16 p 10 r 2 a Paul Wolf 29 p 12 r 1 a Phoenix Raptors friday game Gregory Brown 29 pts 4 r 2 a Carl Moore 4 pts 6 r 0 a Aaron Junior 2 pts 1 r 2 a Albert Weatherspoon 0 0 1 a Demarcus Weeks 18 pts 4 r 1 a Fred Dudley 15 pts 11 r 0 a Brian Hunter 11 pts 4 r 2 a Isaiah Robertson 11 pts 4 r 1 a Chrys Henderson 1 pts 2 r 2 a Josh Hunter 9 points 4 r 0 a

source: iblhoopsonline.com


Standings
IBL Standings
Continental Division
 1. Bellingham S. 10-4 
 2. Vancouver V. 9-2 
 3. W.C. Hotshots 7-4 
 4. Olympia R. 3-7 
 5. L.Angeles L. 0-1 
 6. USA All-Stars 0-18 
International Division
 1. Albany L. 12-3 
 2. Kankakee S. 10-3 
 3. Gary Splash 7-6 
 4. Edmonton E. 5-4 
 5. Oregon W. 5-6 
Branding Team
 1. Lansing C. 2-3 
 2. Dayton A. 1-0 
 3. Las Vegas P. 0-1 
 4. Lake Co. 0-3 
 5. Ohio H.G. 0-3 
 6. Phoenix R. 0-3 


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  IRAQ   


Smart Gilas outmuscle Chester Giles-led Duhok - by Eurobasket News
Smart Gilas - Duhok 74:64

Smart Gilas extended their unbeaten rally at Asia Club Championship. The Filipino powerhouse rolled past Duhok to climb at 3-0 record in Group A. Duhok fell at 1-3 record despite an amazing performance from Chester Giles (211-F/C-85, college: Oregon St.). Well-balanced Smart Gilas left 20 points and 23 rebounds from Chester Giles unnoticed and drove to the victory at the end.
Smart Gilas posted a 21:17 lead after ten minutes. The hosts gradually boosted the lead to 14 points in the second frame. They established a 47:35 advantage at halftime. Smart Gilas led by 10 points in the third term before Chudney Gray (188-G-78, agency: Promotex, college: St.John's) and Chester Giles dragged the Iraqi team within two points. Lutz helped Smart Gilas earn a 59:53 lead with one quarter remaining. Mark Barroca (198-F/C-88) and Baracael extended the margin to 13 points early in the final quarter and Smart Gilas never looked back en route to the victory. Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, college: Providence) provided 14 points and 15 boards for Smart Gilas. Mark Barroca added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Chudney Gray answered with 17 points in the defeat.

Smart Gilas: Marcus Douthit 14+15 boards, Mark Barroca 12, Christopher Tiu John (178-PG-85) 11
Duhok: Chester Giles 20+23 boards, Chudney Gray 17



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  ISRAEL   


Maccabi Tel Aviv sign Center of the Year Shawn James - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Tel Aviv announce Shawn James (208-C/F-83, college: Northeastern) for the upcoming season as a new player of the team. The American Big Man played in Israel for the last three seasons. In 2008-2009 he signed with Bnei Hasharon (Israel-Premier League, starting five) and in Eurocup averaged 8.8ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.8bpg, while in Israeli League after 22 games his stats read 8.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.0spg, Blocks-1 (2.3bpg), FGP: 56.8%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 61.5%. In 2009-2010 for Bnei Hasharon (Israel-Premier League, starting five) he improved to 12.2ppg, Reb-3 (8.1rpg), 1.7apg, 1.4spg, Blocks-1 (2.7bpg), FGP: 64.7%, 3PT: 43.8%, FT: 67.0%. Last season he even increased to 13.1 points per game.
In one of the recent best games Shawn James scored 22 points and 9 rebounds. Bnei Hasharon lost to Maccabi Rishon 75-82 at the Quarter-Finals Round 3.
Bnei Hasharon was ahead by 8 points at the halftime before a 48-33 second half run of Maccabi Rishon. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists.
Shawn James is a Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Center of the Year -10, 11, Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Defensive Player of the Year -10, Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 1st Team -10, 11 and Eurobasket.com Israeli League All-Imports Team -10, 11.




The Secret to Shivek's Success - by David Pick
When an organization is struggling and failing to achieve results, in most cases, the person to pay the price is the head coach. Israeli National Head Coach, Arik Shivek, has been coaching in Europe since 2003, and is not only victorious and highly goal oriented, as he had attained six titles, three championships with Ricoh Astronauts, Amsterdam and three state-cups with three different European teams, but he alone fashioned a new strategy for struggling organizations: Want titles? Change players not coaches.

Shivek to the Rescue

Last summer, as Belgium's Dexia Mons was trying to figure out the team's direction, the club's general manager found himself at a crossroad. Shivek was chosen to stay and was given free reign. The Israeli coach immediately cut seven players from the team's roster and officially began the Shivek era.

Finishing at 6th place last season, changes were immediately apparent as Mons qualified to Belgium's Final-Four playoff semi-finals series, won the state cup title beating defending champions Charleroi in the semi-finals and recorded impressive EuroChallenge road victories over Nancy and Ostend. In the local competition, the Israeli mastermind's team finished the regular season with an impressive 21-11 record, giving their 4,000 fans a reason to cheer all season long.

The local media journalists and team officials were left with gaping mouths due to the fascinating change of events for what used to be a minor local team. Mons directors and managers recently sat down with Coach Shivek, urging him to continue on their successful path despite offers from prominent French and German European teams.

Award After Award

Shivek knows that at any given moment he can return to Israel as a head coach, however, deep down, he is still goal oriented and wants to add to his European accomplishments, currently standing at two European and two Israeli Coach of the Year awards. 'In my opinion, a coach is not judged based on his individual awards, rather his team awards while he is head coach,' said a humble Shivek, who has already recorded four Dutch All-Star appearances as head coach.

Shivek also commented on what, to him, was the most precious honor in his rich 25 year coaching career, and one that only a handful of Israeli coaches could brag about, 'back in the 2004 European tournament, I coached the Israeli Under 20 National Team and we won the silver medal. To me personally, that's the most meaningful award I've won throughout my entire career.'

National Savior

In December 2009, Shivek stepped up to the plate once again as he took over Israel's most prestigious basketball position, the national coach, knowing the task would be difficult. Shivek took over a wrecked national squad and led them to great success in the likes of qualifying for this summer's 2011 EuroBasket tournament in Lithuania. 'I raised my kids to love their country and in my wildest dreams I couldn't see myself turning down the offer of coaching the national team.'

More Than a Coach

Professional European basketball analysts describe Shivek as a down-to-earth person and a coach whose player relationships are equally important as X's and O's. Player-coach conversations are a system that Shivek adopted in his earlier coaching days, teaching and learning from his players simultaneously. 'I've learned not only about basketball and coaching this year, but the most important thing I picked up from Arik is the way to treat your players in order for them to trust you and give 110% every day,' said Shivek's assistant coach.

During the Israeli national team campaign, Israel was in the locker room at half time and down a surprising number of points. The players witnessed their coach's mighty rage for the first time, as Shivek slammed the coaching board on the floor and broke it in two. The message was received loud and clear, as the Israelis stormed out the locker room and performed to perfection.

'I remember a number of times where I shared ideas with Arik and he was opened minded enough to accept them,' Israeli basketball superstar Omri Casspi, now playing in the NBA for the Sacramento Kings told 'Eurobasket.com'. 'Arik is both a professional and a player's coach. He consults with his players all the time on what is best for them and the team, but at the same time he'll expect professionalism because that's what he brings to the table.'

Former national player and current Galil/Gilboa Assistant Coach Barak Peleg gave Shivek what he called the biggest compliment ever. 'At times Arik is so detailed and could work his players so hard on the court, but once the whistle comes off and the civilian clothes are back on, he is a father to everyone.'

Representing a Country

Before the national team's home game versus Latvia, Shivek and his two assistant coaches, Dan Shamir and Oded Katash sat on the sidelines of the Nokia Arena parquet floor as Katash told Shivek he believes that more fans come to the national team's games than to Maccabi's Euroleague matches. 'Oded's sentence helped me realize how fortunate I am to coach the national team. The wait was worth all of my 25 coaching years,' said the coach who answered all his doubters and critics with a glorious summer campaign, as he brought the national team back to life inspiring his players with new hope and spirit.



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SerieA Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Bennet Cantu and Siena record wins - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi - Benetton TV 79-58

Montepaschi Siena surged ahead in the semifinal series versus Benetton Teviso. Siena celebrated a comfortable home win in the opener. The game was mostly controlled by Montepaschi Siena. Benetton Treviso was better in fourth quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Montepaschi Siena made 20-of-23 charity shots (87.0 percent) during the game. American guard Malik Hairston (198-87, college: Oregon) nailed 16 points for the winning side and Lithuanian center Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-79) accounted for 12 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). Montepaschi Siena's coach Simone Pianigiani felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Swingman Alessandro Gentile (198-92) came up with 14 points and Serbian guard Stefan Markovic (194-88) added 6 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Benetton Treviso in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Montepaschi: M.Hairston 16+3reb+1ast, K.Lavrinovic 12+6reb+1ast, B.Lester McCalebb 11+3reb+1ast, R.Kaukenas 8+1reb, T.Ress 7+6reb+2ast, S.Stonerook 7+5reb+2ast
Benetton TV: A.Gentile 14+2reb, D.Smith 11+2reb+1ast, S.Markovic 6+6reb+3ast, G.Brunner 6+4reb, M.Bulleri 6+2reb+3ast, B.Skinner 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 129052


Bennet Cantu - Armani MI 62-48

Bennet Cantu rallied past Armani Jeans in the first game of the series. The game was mostly controlled by Bennet Cantu. Armani Milano managed to win second period 18-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard Mike Green (185-G-85, college: Butler) stepped up and scored 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Serbian forward Vladimir Micov (203-85, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 8 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Bennet Cantu's coach Andrea Trinchieri used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American guard David Hawkins (194-82, college: Temple) responded with 12 points and the other American import guard Lynn Greer (186-79, college: Temple) scored 12 points.
Top scorers:
Bennet Cantu: N.Mazzarino 16+1ast, M.Green 10+7reb+5ast, V.Micov 8+8reb+4ast, M.Leunen 7+6reb+2ast, M.Scekic 7+6reb, M.Markoishvili 7+4reb+2ast
Armani MI: D.Hawkins 12+3reb+3ast, L.Greer 12+2reb+1ast, O.Pecherov 7+2reb, S.Mancinelli 6+5reb, M.Mordente 5+1ast, B.Eze 4
gschID: 129053




Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 James WHITE
  Dinamo Sassari
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. White, Dinamo Sass.20.2 
 2. Thomas, Air AV17.5 
 3. Rivers, CS Bologna17.2 
 4. Zoroski, Banca T.16.0 
 5. Ford, Fabi Shoes15.8 
 6. Milic, Vanoli CR14.8 
 7. Hunter, Dinamo S.14.8 
 8. Goss, Cimberio VA14.8 
 9. Roberson, Enel B.14.6 
 10. Dean, Air AV14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes10.4 
 2. Jones, Pepsi C.8.6 
 3. Troutman, Air AV8.3 
 4. Davis, Banca Terc.8.2 
 5. Homan, CS Bologna8.1 
 6. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.0 
 7. Lang, Enel Brindisi7.8 
 8. Hunter, Dinamo S.7.8 
 9. Suton, Angelico BI7.4 
 10. Sanikidze, CS Bo.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Air AV
  (170-G-82)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Green, Air AV6.8 
 2. Diener, Dinamo S.4.6 
 3. Sosa, Angelico BI4.5 
 4. Collins, Scavolin.3.9 
 5. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.8 
 6. Goss, Cimberio VA3.8 
 7. Zoroski, Banca T.3.8 
 8. Green, Bennet Can.3.5 
 9. Markovic, Benetton.3.5 
 10. Diener, Banca T.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Earl ROWLAND
  Vanoli CR
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Rowland, Vanoli CR2.9 
 2. Stonerook, Montep.2.8 
 3. Goss, Cimberio VA2.7 
 4. Troutman, Air AV2.7 
 5. Green, Air AV2.7 
 6. Thomas, Air AV2.5 
 7. Dasic, Lottomatica2.4 
 8. Hawkins, Armani MI2.4 
 9. Hackett, Scavolin.2.4 
 10. Ortner, Bennet C.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes2.3 
 2. Eze, Armani MI1.4 
 3. Crosariol, Lottoma.1.3 
 4. Toure, Enel Brindi.1.2 
 5. Lang, Enel Brindisi1.0 
 6. Szewczyk, Air AV1.0 
 7. Hunter, Dinamo S.1.0 
 8. Polonara, Banca T.0.9 
 9. Cusin, Scavolini PS0.9 
 10. Homan, CS Bologna0.8 


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ASU keep KL Dragons winless in Manila - by Eurobasket News
ASU - KL Dragons 101:77

ASU maintained their perfect record at Asia Club Championship in Philippines. They toppled KL Dragons to improve at 3-0 record on top of Group A. KL Dragons in the meantime suffered the third straight defeat at the tournament. Osama Daghlas (199-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) knocked down 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the charge.
ASU fired 26 points in the starting quarter to record a 4-point lead. The second frame turned disastrous for the Malaysian team. They conceded 32 points to face an insurmountable 26-point halftime deficit. ASU did not loosen the grasp in the second part of the clash. They dictated the tempo and registered another win at the end. Mohammad Hadrab (201-F-84) notched 17 points and 12 boards for ASU. Islam Abbaas (201-C-80) and Jameel Watkins (211-C/F-77, college: Georgetown) accounted for 16 points each in the win. Chris Ayer (208-C-83, college: Loyola Marymount) replied with 21 points and 12 rebounds for KL Dragons. Marcus Morrison (198-G/F-84, agency: 011 Sports, college: Middle Tenn.St.) provided 17 points in the loss.

ASU: Osama Daghlas 19+11 boards, Mohammad Hadrab 17+12 boards, Islam Abbaas 16, Jameel Watkins 16
KL Dragons: Chris Ayer 21+12 boards, Marcus Morrison 17



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  LEBANON   


Riyadi prevail against Rayyan to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News
Riyadi - Rayyan 78:73 (OT)

Riyadi kept their record spotless at Asia Club Championship in Manila. They overcame Rayyan to clinch the third win in a row. Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) stepped up with 24 points and 12 rebounds to pace Riyadi as they cleared off on top of Group B.
Riyadi posted an 18:15 lead after ten minutes of action. However Rayyan used a 14:2 run to surge ahead midway through the second term. The Qatari champions ensured a 35:29 advantage at the interval. Riyadi cut the deficit to a single point midway through the third term but Rayyan ensured a 7-point buffer before the final stanza. Jean Abed El Nour and Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) narrowed the distance late in regulation. Rodrigue Akl eventually drew things level at 70 and forced overtime. Riyadi limited Rayyan to just three points in the extra period and claimed another win at the tournament. Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) provided 18 points and 17 rebounds, while Fadi Khatib accounted for 13 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Targuy Ngombo (198-F-89, agency: Court Side) answered with 24 points and 11 rebounds for Rayyan. Chauncey Leslie (183-G-81, agency: TSS Management, college: Iowa) had 15 points in the losing effort.

Riyadi: Ahmad Ismail 24+12 boards, Loren Woods 18+17 boads, Fadi Khatib 13
Rayyan: Targuy Ngombo 24+11 boards, Chauncey Leslie 15



Akl drives Riyadi to Overtime win over Rayyan - by Rabih Khoury
MANILA, Philippines (22nd FIBA Asia Champions Cup): Al Riyadi Beirut reserved their best for the end and unleashed a 20-9 run in the final ten minutes including a 8-3 advantage in the Overtime to beat last years runners-up Al Rayyan 78-73 in a needle Group B game on Tuesday.

Rodrigue Akl (190-G-88),on loan from Anibal for this competition, capped a 12-6 Riyadi run in the final five minutes to lock the game at 70-all at the end of Regulation time.

And in the extended period, Akl pulled down three of Riyadis defensive rebounds to deny Rayyan any extra room.

Am I lucky to have thought of borrowing him! wondered Riyadi coach Fouad Abouchakra.

In these two games, he (Akl) has been a real worthy, he added connecting Akls contribution to regular point guard Ali Mahmouds absence due to a sore back in the last two games.

Like yesterday (when Riyadi beat defending champions Mahram 76-73), my team played a lot together. They stood up for each other when chips were down, and I think that was the key to our win today, he added.

Down by six points by 9 at one point in time in the second quarter Riyadi did more than well to hold their own.

We missed out on their offensive rebounds, bemoaned Rayyan coach Brian Rowsom.

Riyadi had a 21-13 offense rebound advantage in an overall 50-37 boards.

Ismail Ahmad led Riyadis scoring with 24 points, including 4 in the Overtime.

The Egyptian also had a dozen rebounds.

It was a very physical game, especially after last nights game it was a struggle for us, Ahmad said.

This is a lesson for us not to drop our guard. But I thought we lost a one-ball game, said Rowsom.

After Akl had tied the score, Rayyan had 15.3 secs on the clock, but the Rowsoms men chose to go to the perimeter to attempt, from where Omer Salem managed only to hit the rim.

Well, you get some and you dont get some. Cant really do much wasting sleep on that. We gotta prepare for tomorrow, said Rowsom.

Rayyan take on defending champions Mahram who rested on Tuesday on the morrow with Riyadi lining up against Al Jalaa.

Source: http://manila2011.fibaasia.net/TournamentNewsDetails.aspx?id=1011


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Market news from AB Contern - by Eurobasket News
AB Contern are getting shaped for the next season. The team has confirmed Mark Reed to stay as head coach. AB Contern also announced the arrival of Reggie Fuller (198-F-86, college: Binghamton) and Chris Butler (204-C, college: St.Thomas Aquinas). Reggie Fuller spent the last season in Germany. The 24-year-old forward played for Crailsheim in ProA. Reggie Fuller tallied 13.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per game for the Merlins. Previously the forward played for Cuxhaven BasCats.
Chris Butler is the Irish centre. He was last seen in Irish SuperLeague. He averaged 10.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game for the Belfast Star. He also played in Spain after graduating from Saint Thomas Aquinas.



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ASU keep KL Dragons winless in Manila - by Eurobasket News
ASU - KL Dragons 101:77

ASU maintained their perfect record at Asia Club Championship in Philippines. They toppled KL Dragons to improve at 3-0 record on top of Group A. KL Dragons in the meantime suffered the third straight defeat at the tournament. Osama Daghlas (199-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) knocked down 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the charge.
ASU fired 26 points in the starting quarter to record a 4-point lead. The second frame turned disastrous for the Malaysian team. They conceded 32 points to face an insurmountable 26-point halftime deficit. ASU did not loosen the grasp in the second part of the clash. They dictated the tempo and registered another win at the end. Mohammad Hadrab (201-F-84) notched 17 points and 12 boards for ASU. Islam Abbaas (201-C-80) and Jameel Watkins (211-C/F-77, college: Georgetown) accounted for 16 points each in the win. Chris Ayer (208-C-83, college: Loyola Marymount) replied with 21 points and 12 rebounds for KL Dragons. Marcus Morrison (198-G/F-84, agency: 011 Sports, college: Middle Tenn.St.) provided 17 points in the loss.

ASU: Osama Daghlas 19+11 boards, Mohammad Hadrab 17+12 boards, Islam Abbaas 16, Jameel Watkins 16
KL Dragons: Chris Ayer 21+12 boards, Marcus Morrison 17



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  MEXICO   


CIBACOPA Round 4 of Quarter-Finals. Culiacan and Cananea advance into semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Nogales - Hermosillo 94-83

Nogales levelled things up against Hermosillo. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-83. American-Venezuelan forward Jermaine Walker (198-77, college: Miami, FL) fired 36 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds for the winners. Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) chipped in 22 points and 9 rebounds. Fuerza Guinda Nogales' coach Chris Terrell used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center Marquise Gray (206-86, college: Michigan St.) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Lorrenzo Wade (198-85, college: San Diego St.) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: M.Gray 20+16reb, J.Manuel Esteva 17+1reb+2ast, L.Wade 13+7reb+1ast, J.Lopez 12+6reb+1ast, J.Camacho 9, E.Medina 6+3reb+3ast
Nogales: J.Walker 36+5reb+2ast, R.Moss 22+9reb+2ast, O.Quintero 10+3reb+4ast, N.Brown 10+1reb+1ast, B.Heredia 9+3reb+3ast, H.Rivera 5+2reb
gschID: 129015


Mexicali - Culiacan 88-90 OT

Culiacan needed an overtime to tame Mexicali and complete the sweep in the series. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime then Bomberos de Mexicali managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Caballeros de Culiacan who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 16-14. They made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. American guard Marcus Moore (198-80, college: Washington St.) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. The former international guard David Meza Rogel (187-85, college: Arizona W. CC) chipped in 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Caballeros de Culiacan's coach Jonathan Meza used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Michael Gale (193-82, college: Centenary) produced 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international guard Richard Lopez (192-78, college: Cal.Baptist) added 23 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Caballeros de Culiacan and four Bomberos de Mexicali players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Mexicali: H.Carrillo 23+5reb+1ast, M.Gale 23+7reb+4ast, R.Lopez 23+9reb+1ast, J.Penny 14+11reb+1ast, A.Vazquez 3+3reb+2ast, J.Ortega 2
Culiacan: M.Moore 22+10reb+3ast, D.Meza Rogel 19+7reb+4ast, R.Rougeau 16+5reb, S.Morgan 12+6reb+1ast, V.Avila 11+5reb+1ast, Q.Gonzalez 6+5reb
gschID: 129013


Guaymas - Guasave 84-87

Guasave grabbed 3-1 lead against Guaymas following a narrow road win. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 33-25 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Frayles de Guasave dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Ostioneros de Guaymas' 50. They outrebounded Ostioneros de Guaymas 43-29 including 28 on the defensive glass. American guard Kevin Sowell (190-81) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. The other American import guard Rasheem Barrett (196-87, college: Auburn, agency: SportsList Inc.) chipped in 23 points and 5 rebounds. Sowell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Frayles de Guasave players scored in double figures. The former international guard Anthony Pedroza (191-79, college: Oregon, agency: Edge Sports) produced 25 points and 4 assists and American forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) added 21 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: A.Pedroza 25+3reb+4ast, J.Habel 21+5reb+2ast, C.Winder 12+2reb+3ast, R.Benitez 6+2reb, H.Nungaray 6+1reb+2ast, R.Navarro 5+2reb
Guasave: R.Barrett 23+5reb+2ast, K.Sowell 23+13reb+5ast, W.Funn 17+8reb+3ast, M.Strobbe 17+10reb, A.Izaguirre 6+4reb+2ast, F.Bojorquez 1+1reb
gschID: 129014


Tijuana - Cananea 88-112

Cananea prevailed against Tijuana away from home to advance into the semis. The game was mostly controlled by Mineros de Cananea. Tijuana Zonkeys was better in fourth quarter 26-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mineros de Cananea dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Tijuana Zonkeys' 50. Mineros de Cananea looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Davin White (186-G-81, college: Cal.St. Northridge) fired 25 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Forward Brandon Brown (201-85, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. Brown is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Mineros de Cananea players scored in double figures. Forward Travis Gabbidon (201, college: UTSA) produced 23 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa, agency: Edge Sports) added 20 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: T.Gabbidon 23+9reb+1ast, C.Tate 20+6reb+1ast, J.Watson 18+4reb+2ast, N.Velasquez 9+4reb+4ast, J.Meza 9+3reb, A.Ornelas 6+1reb+4ast
Cananea: D.White 25+7reb+8ast, B.Brown 24+11reb+3ast, M.Acuna 17+1reb+1ast, I.Gutierrez 12+2reb+1ast, J.Casillas 10+3reb+3ast, D.Thomas 9+6reb+8ast
gschID: 129012




CIBACOPA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin SOWELL
  Guasave
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 31.1
 1. Sowell, Guasave31.1 
 2. White, Cananea28.0 
 3. Sowell, Culiacan27.3 
 4. Gale, Mexicali26.8 
 5. Brown, Tepic24.8 
 6. White, Los Mochis24.2 
 7. Moore, Culiacan24.0 
 8. Brown, Cananea23.5 
 9. Brown, Tepic23.3 
 10. Gabbidon, Tijuana23.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Cananea
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 11
 1. Brown, Cananea11.0 
 2. Moss, Nogales10.0 
 3. Angounou, Guasave9.8 
 4. VanderMeer, Mexica.9.6 
 5. Brown, Tepic9.6 
 6. Malloy, Los Mochis8.7 
 7. Broxsie, Nogales8.7 
 8. Shipley, Tijuana8.6 
 9. Thomas, Hermosillo8.1 
 10. Gray, Hermosillo8.0 
Assists Per Game
 William FUNN
  Guasave
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Funn, Guasave8.5 
 2. Watson, Tijuana5.7 
 3. White, Los Mochis5.7 
 4. White, Cananea5.4 
 5. Winder, Guaymas5.2 
 6. Thomas, Hermosillo4.8 
 7. Brown, Tepic4.4 
 8. Nungaray, Guaymas4.4 
 9. Monreal, Hermosillo4.2 
 10. Marentes, Guaymas3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus MOORE
  Culiacan
  (198-G-80)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Moore, Culiacan2.1 
 2. White, Cananea2.1 
 3. Gale, Mexicali1.7 
 4. Thomas, Cananea1.7 
 5. White, Los Mochis1.6 
 6. Funn, Guasave1.6 
 7. Brown, Nogales1.6 
 8. Sowell, Guasave1.6 
 9. Brown, Cananea1.5 
 10. Rougeau, Culiacan1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin SOWELL
  Culiacan
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Sowell, Culiacan3.2 
 2. Gale, Mexicali2.6 
 3. Sowell, Guasave2.4 
 4. Shipley, Tijuana2.2 
 5. White, Los Mochis2.2 
 6. Funn, Guasave2.1 
 7. Brown, Tepic2.1 
 8. Wade, Hermosillo2.1 
 9. Thomas, Hermosillo2.0 
 10. Brown, Tepic2.0 


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Branko Cuic with Gold - by Eurobasket News
Branko Cuic and his Romanian U Mobitelco Cluj Napoca became a 2010/2011 Champion of the country as they beat the Regular Season Winner and the last year winner Ploiesti. The 6th game became decisive in the game as U Mobitelco Cluj Napoca celebrated 64:61 home win.
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ploiesti won third quarter 15-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. U-Mobitelco had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds.
Serbian center Zoran Krstanovic led his team to a victory with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Montenegrin guard Branko Cuic (196-G-78) contributed with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four U-Mobitelco players scored in double figures. American power forward Kevin Ford replied with 18 points and the former international center Catalin Burlacu added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Ploiesti.
Branko Cuic averaged 9.9 points per game, had 6.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists.




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  NBA   


Howard aims to stay in Orlando, start 'own path' - by Eurobasket News
Dwight Howard (6'10''-C/F-85) is not planning on following Shaquille O'Neal (7'2''-C-72, college: LSU) 's lead and bolting the Orlando Magic via fee agency.

Or so Howard is saying a year before the he hits the open market following next season. The center is is under contract with the Magic through the 2012-13 season, but can terminate the deal a year early.

O'Neal, looking to take his talents to Hollywood, left the Magic for the Los Angeles Lakers after the 1995-96 season.

'I'm not trying to run behind nobody like Shaq or be behind somebody else,' Howard told the Orlando Sentinel Monday.

'I want to start my own path and I want people to follow my path and not just follow somebody else's path. I want to have my own path, and I want to start that here in Orlando. But I can't do it alone. Not only do I need the right teammates, but I need the city behind me. That's the only way it's going to get done. We can change this small city that we have -- this small market that we have -- and we can make it a big market.'

In order to make that leap it appears the Magic would have to re-tool its roster to appease Howard. Following its first-round playoff ouster by the Atlanta Hawks, the Magic brass would have to give the All-NBA center a stronger supposting cast to make the club a bigger threat to win a championship.

A deeper run in the playoffs would perhaps give Howard even more reason to stay put in Orlando.

'As of right now, I'm a part of the Orlando Magic and I plan to be here,' Howard told the newspaper.

'And I want the Magic to do whatever they can to make sure that we can get our city behind us. That's the only thing that I want to happen: just to have the city behind me and the support of our fans. I never said I was leaving. I never, ever thought about leaving. That's basically where my head is right now. I never said anything to them (the Magic) about what my plans were because that's not what I'm focused on right now.'
Courtesy of: ESPN


Wade takes part in full practice before Finals - by Eurobasket News
MIAMI -- Before Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) even sat down for a post-practice news conference Monday, he offered a pre-emptive strike.

'I'm not hurt,' he said.

And that was news Miami Heat fans wanted to hear on the eve of the NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks.

Wade, Udonis Haslem, Mike Miller and James Jones were all back in practice Monday, one day after being held out of contact drills for precautionary reasons. Everyone fully participated in the workout, which coach Erik Spoelstra said he had to cut a bit short because of how physical things were getting in the practice, during which the Heat had players in knee pads and mouthguards.

'Guys were hitting a little too hard,' Spoelstra said. 'A little bit too amped up.'

The Heat host Game 1 of the Finals Tuesday night.

Wade has heard many questions about his health in recent days, dismissing them all, though his numbers in the Eastern Conference finals -- he never shot over 50 percent in any of those five games and was getting treatment on his surgically repaired left shoulder as the series wore on -- sparked speculation that something was wrong.

Wade has insisted there's no major issue, saying instead that no one is fully healthy at this point in the season. Like Spoelstra, Wade said Monday's practice was of the high-energy variety.

'Needless to say, this is one of the most anticipated practices for us all since training camp ... because this is the opportunity -- this is the time where not a lot of people on our team have been,' Wade said. 'Not a lot of guys have been to the Finals.'

Wade said he wasn't shying away from contact in the session, either.

'I was mixing it up,' Wade said.
Courtesy of The Associated Press



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Okoye Ike finished second in Romania with his Ploiesti - by Eurobasket News
Ike Okoye (206-F, college: Boise St.) finished second in Romania with his Ploiesti, while U Mobitelco Cluj Napoca became a 2010/2011 Champion of the country as they beat the Regular Season Winner and the last year winner Ploiesti. The 6th game became decisive in the game as U Mobitelco Cluj Napoca celebrated 64:61 home win.
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ploiesti won third quarter 15-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. U-Mobitelco had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds.
Serbian center Zoran Krstanovic led his team to a victory with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Montenegrin guard Branko Cuic contributed with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four U-Mobitelco players scored in double figures. American power forward Kevin Ford replied with 18 points and the former international center Catalin Burlacu added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Ploiesti. Ike Okoye averaged 4.8 points per game for his team.




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2011 Superleague is Coming to an End - De La Salle vs. ?? - by Tamara Awartani
The superleague is coming to an end with exciting final four games that started for another week to decide on 2011 Champ.
After 13 weeks of playing, with 13 teams taking part, competitive and exciting games, teams with young players, teams that still need game experience, yet another step to develop Palestinian Basketball. Four teams will go down to division I and two will come up from division I , to have 12 teams in total for the 2012 Superleague.




This league had new ingredients to it that gave it a slight step forward, statistics for most of the games were gathered and put online www.palbasket.com that gave the teams a chance to check their s and other teams strengths and weaknesses as well as a motivation for players. As well as holding a FIBA officiating clinic, where one of the referees Ibrahim Othman was granted an international officiating license.
However, no imports took part this season.

The four teams that made it to the final four after 12 games were De La Salle (12-0), Ibdaa Dheisheh (11-1), Orthodox Bethlehem (9-3) and Sarriyet Ramallah (8-4). While Qalandia, Islami Bethlehem Faraa and Catholic Action went down to division I.
Ibdaa Dheisheh were 2009, 2010 superleague and cup tournament champs, De La Salle Jerusalem was in 2nd place however have a history in winning championships, Orthodox Bethlehem 2nd year in superleague, Sarriyet Ramallah 4th place last year and won several times before.

Final Four games started with a the 1st team playing with the 3rd, and 2nd with the 4th, and the first round finished with both teams tying and forcing a third game to take place to decided on the finalists.

De La Salle (1st) vs. Orthodox Bethlehem (3rd)
Both teams have well known players, playing two games with each winning one, both will be very eager to win the third game tom to decide on the finalist.
De La Salle played a good 1st game and werent that well organized in the 2nd game to lose their first game in the league. While Orthodox Bethlehem didnt play well in the first game and were determined and performed well winning the 2nd game. However, the 3rd game was a roller coaster game, after Orthodox leading the game by 22points and giving them a hard time, De La Salle had a great come back and won by 10points.

De La Salle officially a finalist competing for the title, has a complete team coached by Derrick Crayton for the second year, building a system for all players, playing almost all of them each game: Saleem Sakakinin (87) (Sarriyet Ramallah previous player) was the scorer and rebounder in both games (28pts, 21pts, 19reb, 27reb), while Mousa Bashir (206-C-78) and Elie Nasrawi (190-F-87) also had a major part in the inside game and rebounds, while Tawfiq Richard Rafidi (86) and Telly Rafidi lead their team along with the shooting guards Hazem Khattab (82), Ammar Nofal (190-F-84), Sari Amer (89), Tawfiq Robert Rafidi (83) and Hassan Awad (80). Wisam Bitar (90) and Fadi Yaghmur got injured however had a major part in getting the team to where it is today.


Orthodox Bethlehem on the other hand also has well known players coached by Saleh AlBandak and Mike Grinder, had a good season making it to the final four and competing. Hanna Sahwani (77), the most experienced on the team, led the team pretty well in the season, with his great leadership in & off the court, his killing drives, ball handling & shooting, along with Firas Freij (173-G-87) and George Canawati (84) , the fast shooting guards who had a great role in their defense, fastbreaks, assists and shooting. While Osama Jaber (196-F-78) has it all, drives, shooting, rebounding and gave his team an edge, along with Fares Sweiti (79) and Ibrahim Bandak (205-C) who had good rebounds and great inside moves, Rimon Zreineh (181-F-78) and Awad AlHreimi (82) also played well under basket.

Ibdaa Dheisheh (2nd) vs. Sarriyet Ramallah (4th)
Both teams played hard in both games with exceptional players on each team giving the fans a nice game to watch, good skills and shooting. Today is going to be a tough game for both as it decides who will be the finalist to compete for the title against De la Salle Jerusalem.

Ibdaa Dheisheh are led by the well known national team player Yahia Al Khatib (190-G-77), who has great court vision and shooting, along with the shooters Abdalla Jaber, Khaled Khmayes and Firas Shalan who show great skill, while Mahdi Eid (194-F-81) has good mid shooting and rebounding along with Thaer Jaffal, Nader Yousef who play well under basket and good rebounding. Iyad Yousef Abdalla (205-C-80) currently recovering from his injury plays a major role on his team, unstoppable under basket with his rebounding and inside moves.

Sarriyet Ramallah a young team with little game experience, however was led by the exceptional player Ibrahim Al Habash (194-F-75) who has unstoppable drives and good rebounds, along with Hassan Jidaa (87) s great defense and drives, John Saadeh (85) s 3pointers and assists, the three young players with great potential Daud Abu Qweider (91) playing inside, outside, good shooting and moves along with Tamer Habash (91) with good shooting and drives, Ibrahim Abdallah with his great rebounding . Murad Abu Laban and Saji Shamasneh (87) also had a good role in the games with their defense and rebounding.




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Standings - Superior
Superior Standings
 1. Real Club 13-0 
 2. Regatas 11-2 
 3. Escuela Fap 9-5 
 4. Inmaculada 8-5 
 5. El Bosque 7-7 
 6. San Augustin 6-7 
 7. Ejercito 6-8 
 8. Centro Naval 5-8 
 9. San Marcos 2-12 
 10. Universitario 0-13 


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Thoughts on the 4th Day of the 2011 FIBA-Asia Champions Cup - by Enzo Flojo
- I wonder what the FIBA Asia photographer was high on. He took an awfully large number of overhead and behind-the-backboard shots. Weird.
- How about Marcelle Yaqqub (206-C-77)? An immaculate 10-of-10 from the field? Wow. Don't count out those Syrians.
- The guys from UAE are all but out now. Oh well, at least they get to go back to Dubai.
- The Jordanians just coasted against the Malaysians. No contest. Bad news for us. Looks like ASU's going to give us a hell of a time later, and they have a well-rested Zaid Ahmed Abbas (203-83) in tow.
- Lebanon came back to haunt the Qataris and slay them in OT. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) had a woeful shooting night, but Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) more than made up for it with his 18 points. Next time they meet could be in the Finals.
- Gilas had a tougher-than-expected time against the Iraqis, mainly because Chester Giles (211-F/C-85, college: Oregon St.) was inspired against his former teammates, and Gilas had their worst shooting performance to date. They better sharpen those sights against ASU tonight.
- Predictions: Al-ittihad over the Dragons by about 10, Mahram over Rayyan in single digits, Riyadi over Jala'a by about 15-20, and Gilas over ASU in less than 5.

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Smart Gilas outmuscle Chester Giles-led Duhok - by Eurobasket News
Smart Gilas - Duhok 74:64

Smart Gilas extended their unbeaten rally at Asia Club Championship. The Filipino powerhouse rolled past Duhok to climb at 3-0 record in Group A. Duhok fell at 1-3 record despite an amazing performance from Chester Giles (211-F/C-85, college: Oregon St.). Well-balanced Smart Gilas left 20 points and 23 rebounds from Chester Giles unnoticed and drove to the victory at the end.
Smart Gilas posted a 21:17 lead after ten minutes. The hosts gradually boosted the lead to 14 points in the second frame. They established a 47:35 advantage at halftime. Smart Gilas led by 10 points in the third term before Chudney Gray (188-G-78, agency: Promotex, college: St.John's) and Chester Giles dragged the Iraqi team within two points. Lutz helped Smart Gilas earn a 59:53 lead with one quarter remaining. Mark Barroca (198-F/C-88) and Baracael extended the margin to 13 points early in the final quarter and Smart Gilas never looked back en route to the victory. Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, college: Providence) provided 14 points and 15 boards for Smart Gilas. Mark Barroca added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Chudney Gray answered with 17 points in the defeat.

Smart Gilas: Marcus Douthit 14+15 boards, Mark Barroca 12, Christopher Tiu John (178-PG-85) 11
Duhok: Chester Giles 20+23 boards, Chudney Gray 17



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  POLAND   


Kamil Chanas moves to Zastal Zielona Gora - by Eurobasket News
Kamil Chanas (188-G-85) will continue his career in Zastal Zielona Gora. The 26-year-old guard has agreed on terms of contact with the team. The deal is meant for two seasons. Kamil Chanas spent the previous season in Polpharma. He averaged 10.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game. Kamil Chanas played for Polish National Team at Qualifications to 2011 EuroBasket. His stats read 2.3 points in 3 appearances. Previously Kamil Chanas had stints with Slask Wroclaw, Victoria Gornik, Turow and Anwil.
Zastal ZG also re-signed Jakub Dloniak (192-F-83). The 27-year-old forward averaged 8.5 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in the previous season.



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  PORTUGAL   


Benfica wins U18M title - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
Sport Lisboa Benfica in the new Portuguese U18 champion, winning the Final Four played at Sao Joao da Madeira, home of A. Desportiva Sanjoanense, who finished in second place.

The Red team made an impact in the first day, beating A. Desportiva Sanjoanense and their own Hall, and then imposing their favoritism. In the second day, both teams had excellent results, and even if SC Vasco da Gama showed to be capable to impose difficulties to Benfica, the Reds, coached by Joao Calabote, won the title.

SC Vasco da Gama (A. Desportiva Sanjoanense) was named the Final Four MVP, and his name was in the best team, along with Joao Barbosa (A. Desportiva Sanjoanense) and Andre Miguens (184-F-94), Ruben Silva (192-F) and Andre Castela (SLB Benfica).

Here are the games results:
Day 1
SC Vasco da Gama - 66 x 53 CA Queluz
Sport Lisboa Benfica - 79 x 72 AD A. Desportiva Sanjoanense

Day 2
SC Vasco da Gama - 55 x 79 AD A. Desportiva Sanjoanense
Sport Lisboa Benfica - 66 x 41 CA Queluz

Day 3
CA Queluz - 54 x 66 AD A. Desportiva Sanjoanense
SC Vasco da Gama - 67 x 71 Sport Lisboa Benfica

Sport Lisboa Benfica U18 Roster:
Andre Custodio, Joao Galina, Alexey Kaputskiy, Joao Soares, Andre Miguens, Pedro Lomba, Guilherme Maia (191-F/C-94), Ruben Silva, Goncalo Pais, Patrick Lopes, Artur Castela (202-C-93) and Ricardo Conceicao.




More on Portuguese Hoops: www.porbasket.blogspot.com






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Johnson's 31-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old power forward Ivan Johnson (203-F/C-84) put on an amazing game in the last week for Humacao and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 19.
He had the game-high 31 points adding seven rebounds for Humacao in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Coamo (#9, 9-13) 86-82. Humacao is placed at 7th position in Puerto Rican league. Humacao is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-12 record. In the team's last game Johnson had a remarkable 57.9% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He just recently signed at Humacao, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Cal State - San Bernardino graduate has very impressive stats this year. Johnson is in league's top in points (5th best: 20.9ppg) and averages solid 53.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last week was Manuel Antonio Narvaez (211-C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) of Coamo. He is former international center in his first season at Coamo. In the last game Narvaez recorded impressive double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds. It was enough for Coamo to edge slightly higher-ranked Humacao (#7, 10-12) by 5 points 86-81. Despite this victory Coamo slide down in the standings to 9th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-13 record. Narvaez is one of the most experienced players at Coamo and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Quebradillas (#3). Ramos got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last week. He went also for nine rebounds . Despite Ramos' great performance Quebradillas lost 85-93 to the lower-ranked Mayaguez (#8, 9-13). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Quebradillas needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 12 victories and 9 lost games. Ramos has a great season in Puerto Rico. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.7ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 11.3rpg (4th best). He also has 1.2bpg and FGP: 57.8%. Peter John Ramos has also Puerto Rican passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ivan Johnson (203-F/C-84) of Humacao - 28 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Javier Mojica (190-G-84) of Bayamon - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83) of Mayaguez - 25 points and 8 rebounds
7. Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-G-84) of San German - 16 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Manuel Antonio Narvaez (211-C-81) of Coamo - 6 points and 23 rebounds
9. Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84) of Mayaguez - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Johwen Villegas (193-G-85) of Coamo - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Peter John RAMOS
  Quebradillas
  (222-C-85)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. Ramos, Quebradillas24.7 
 2. Vassallo, Guaynabo24.6 
 3. Dalmau, Bayamon22.0 
 4. Ayuso, Arecibo21.1 
 5. Johnson, Humacao20.9 
 6. Villegas, Coamo20.5 
 7. Romero, Mayaguez18.6 
 8. Harris, San German18.2 
 9. Carmona, Mayaguez17.8 
 10. Randolph, Isabela17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Manuel Antonio NARVAEZ
  Coamo
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Narvaez, Coamo13.2 
 2. Randolph, Isabela11.9 
 3. Harris, San German11.9 
 4. Ramos, Quebradillas11.3 
 5. Pruitt, Guaynabo11.3 
 6. Lloreda, San G.10.7 
 7. Rickert, Bayamon10.3 
 8. Romero, Mayaguez9.7 
 9. Sweetney, Santurce9.5 
 10. Shannon, Bayamon9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Bayamon
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Dalmau, Bayamon6.4 
 2. Brown, Quebradillas5.9 
 3. Guzman, Guaynabo4.8 
 4. Clinch, Isabela4.5 
 5. Clemente, Humacao4.5 
 6. Apodaca, Quebradil.4.3 
 7. Rivera, Mayaguez4.1 
 8. Vega, Coamo4.0 
 9. Copeland, San G.3.8 
 10. Berdiel, Humacao3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Isabela
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Hinson, Isabela1.9 
 2. Santiago, Santurce1.8 
 3. Robinson, Mayaguez1.7 
 4. Robinson, Humacao1.5 
 5. Carmona, Mayaguez1.5 
 6. Rivera, Mayaguez1.5 
 7. Clinch, Isabela1.5 
 8. Hodge, Santurce1.4 
 9. Berdiel, Humacao1.4 
 10. Dalmau, Bayamon1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  Mayaguez
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Lamizana, Mayaguez3.0 
 2. Penn, Humacao2.6 
 3. Traylor, Bayamon2.0 
 4. Romero, Mayaguez1.9 
 5. Santiago, Arecibo1.9 
 6. Sanchez, Santurce1.7 
 7. Aubry, Arecibo1.6 
 8. Randolph, Isabela1.6 
 9. Robinson, Mayaguez1.5 
 10. Shannon, Bayamon1.3 


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Riyadi prevail against Rayyan to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News
Riyadi - Rayyan 78:73 (OT)

Riyadi kept their record spotless at Asia Club Championship in Manila. They overcame Rayyan to clinch the third win in a row. Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) stepped up with 24 points and 12 rebounds to pace Riyadi as they cleared off on top of Group B.
Riyadi posted an 18:15 lead after ten minutes of action. However Rayyan used a 14:2 run to surge ahead midway through the second term. The Qatari champions ensured a 35:29 advantage at the interval. Riyadi cut the deficit to a single point midway through the third term but Rayyan ensured a 7-point buffer before the final stanza. Jean Abed El Nour and Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) narrowed the distance late in regulation. Rodrigue Akl eventually drew things level at 70 and forced overtime. Riyadi limited Rayyan to just three points in the extra period and claimed another win at the tournament. Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) provided 18 points and 17 rebounds, while Fadi Khatib accounted for 13 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Targuy Ngombo (198-F-89, agency: Court Side) answered with 24 points and 11 rebounds for Rayyan. Chauncey Leslie (183-G-81, agency: TSS Management, college: Iowa) had 15 points in the losing effort.

Riyadi: Ahmad Ismail 24+12 boards, Loren Woods 18+17 boads, Fadi Khatib 13
Rayyan: Targuy Ngombo 24+11 boards, Chauncey Leslie 15



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U-Mobitelco clinched 2010/2011 title! - by Eurobasket News
U Mobitelco Cluj Napoca - Ploiesti 64:61

U Mobitelco Cluj Napoca is a 2010/2011 Champion of the country as they beat the Regular Season Winner and the last year winner Ploiesti. The 6th game became decisive in the game as U Mobitelco Cluj Napoca celebrated 64:61 home win.
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ploiesti won third quarter 15-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. U-Mobitelco had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds.
Serbian center Zoran Krstanovic (205-C-82) led his team to a victory with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Montenegrin guard Branko Cuic (196-G-78) contributed with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four U-Mobitelco players scored in double figures. American power forward Kevin Ford (206-F/C, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: ORU) replied with 18 points and the former international center Catalin Burlacu (210-C-77, agency: Court Side) added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Ploiesti.
Last year CSU Ploiesti celebrated the seventh straight championship title. CSU Ploiesti held off UMobitelco tonight to complete the sweep in the title series. Darius Hargrove had another solid performance for the hosts as he knocked down 19 points. Virgil Carutasu added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the winners.

U Mobitelco Cluj Napoca: Zoran Krstanovic 15, Kyndall Dykes (191-G/F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: New Orleans) 13, Mihai Silvasan (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) 10, Branko Cuic 10
Ploiesti: Kevin Ford 18, Qarraan Calhoun (203-F-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Houston) 13, Catalin Burlacu 9



Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 LeRoy DAWSON
  Polite.
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Dawson, Polite.22.5 
 2. Hannah, Miercure.21.2 
 3. Dykes, U.Mobite.20.2 
 4. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.19.9 
 5. Tomic, CSM B.19.9 
 6. Pesic, Timisoara19.8 
 7. Horton, Craiova19.6 
 8. Darby, Rovinari19.1 
 9. Vujacic, Pitesti19.0 
 10. Gennie, Pitesti18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth SIMMS
  Craiova
  (203-C-)
  Avg: 11
 1. Simms, Craiova11.0 
 2. Coleman, Miercure.10.5 
 3. Bennett, CSM B.9.6 
 4. Bigus, Rovinari9.3 
 5. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.9.1 
 6. Nicoara, Gaz Metan8.9 
 7. Forte, Mures8.5 
 8. Carutasu, Steaua7.8 
 9. Eichelberger, Pite.7.7 
 10. Harrison, CSU Sib.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Cooley, Mures8.3 
 2. Dzambic, CSM B.7.9 
 3. Hannah, Miercure.6.2 
 4. Stojakovic, Craiova5.2 
 5. Howell, Gaz Metan5.2 
 6. Blidaru, Ploiesti5.1 
 7. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN5.0 
 8. Medvedj, Otopeni4.9 
 9. Gennie, Pitesti4.8 
 10. Dzambic, Timisoara4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Nikola STOJAKOVIC
  Craiova
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Stojakovic, Craiova2.5 
 2. Harrison, CSU Sibiu2.4 
 3. Gennie, Pitesti2.4 
 4. Cooley, Mures2.4 
 5. Howell, Gaz Metan2.2 
 6. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.1 
 7. Dykes, U.Mobite.2.0 
 8. Blidaru, Ploiesti2.0 
 9. Medvedj, Otopeni1.9 
 10. Loyd, CSU Sibiu1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  CSU Sibiu
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Harrison, CSU Sibiu1.8 
 2. Capusan, Rovinari1.6 
 3. Eichelberger, Pite.1.6 
 4. Masiulis, CSU S.1.5 
 5. Mladenovic, Mures1.4 
 6. Herndon, CSU Sibiu1.4 
 7. Simms, Craiova1.3 
 8. Lazar, Oradea1.2 
 9. Thomson, U.Mobite.1.0 
 10. Dragusin, Gaz M.0.9 


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  RUSSIA   


Yaya Adamou leaves Krasnie Krilya - by Eurobasket News
Yaya Adamou (196-G-82) leaves Krasnie Krilya Samara as the latter were eliminated from the Play-offs of PBL.
Before coming to Krasnie Krilya Yaya Adamou played for Tobol Kostanay (Kazakhstan-D1, starting five). This season in EuroCup after 4 games he averaged 3.3ppg, 2.0rpg, while in Russia his stats read 2.3 points per game.
Yaya Adamou's former Krasnie Krilya created a small sensation beating CSKA at home in one game out of three of the Quartefinals. In the decisive game however Krasnie Krilya managed to win only fourth quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CSKA Moscow dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Krasnie Krilya's 36 winning 101:73 . They outrebounded Krasnie Krilya 33-16 including 23 on the defensive glass. CSKA Moscow looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Krasnie Krilya's players.


Unics and CSKA won the Semi-Finals openers - by Eurobasket News
Unics and CSKA won the Semi-Finals openers as they enjoyed home victories.



Unics - Khimky 70-59

The game without a history. Unics Kazan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. 26 personal fouls committed by Khimky helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Polish-Swedish center Maciej Lampe (210-85) fired 22 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Croatian guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC) chipped in 16 points. International guard Vitaly Fridzon (195-85) produced 15 points and Croatian forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, agency: Alti Sport) added 10 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Unics: M.Lampe 22+9reb+1ast, M.Popovic 16+2ast, R.Minard 9+1ast, Z.Pashutin 9+6reb+2ast, T.Lyday 6+2reb+1ast, V.Veremeenko 4+6reb+2ast
Khimky: V.Fridzon 15+4reb, S.Monya 11+2reb+5ast, K.Loncar 10+9reb, T.Hansen 9+3reb, A.Savrasenko 6+5reb, Z.Planinic 4+7reb+1ast


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CSKA - Lokomotiv 77-71

The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. CSKA Moscow players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Lokomotiv was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international swingman Viktor Khryapa (204-82) who helped to win the game recording 8 points, 8 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals. The former international guard J.R. Holden (185-76, college: Bucknell) contributed with 19 points for the winners. American guard Lionel Chalmers (184-80, college: Xavier) answered with 18 points and 6 assists and American-FYR Macedonian forward Michael Wilkinson (204-81, college: Wisconsin, agency: Interperformances) added 19 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Lokomotiv. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
CSKA: J.Holden 19+2reb+3ast, S.Kaun 18+5reb+1ast, T.Langdon 13+4reb+2ast, V.Khryapa 8+8reb+10ast, M.Smodis 6+1reb, A.Vorontsevich 4+4reb+2ast
Lokomotiv: M.Wilkinson 19+5reb+1ast, L.Chalmers 18+4reb+6ast, J.Massey 14+7reb, G.Jeretin 5+3reb+3ast, Y.Vasiliev 4+1reb, S.Toporov 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 129177




Ruskon-Mordovia grabs bronze in SuperLeague - by Eurobasket News
Ruskon-Mordovia grabs bronze in SuperLeague as the team won the Final series over Ural. Trailing 0-1 in the series, the team from Saransk managed to win both home games and grabbed the third position.
Both teams nailed 23 points in the opening quarter and fought tough in the start. Ural dominated the second period and took 15-point advantage at the halftime, but lost the game. Saransk needed 23-16 in the third period to reduce the gap to 8 points after thirty minutes and then won the game due to 24-13 in the last quarter.
Aleksei Vzdykhalkin (190-G-85) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Dmitriy Pivcaykin (191-G-81) netted 17. Andrei Vokhmyanin (185-G-81) nailed 15, while Dmitri Rozhkovskiy (192-G-80) added 13. Vitaly Ionov (201-F-86, agency: RIZO) replied with 17 points in the losing effort, while Semen Shaskov (204-F-89) scored 15. Andreev Grigoriy notched 13 and Roman Khamitov (199-F-84) posted 11. Two American players Perry and Torbert scored 8 and 7 points respectively.




Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Maciej LAMPE
  Unics
  (210-C-85)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Lampe, Unics18.2 
 2. Langford, Khimky18.2 
 3. Baxter, Enisey16.4 
 4. Domercant, Spart.16.4 
 5. Keyru, Dynamo16.0 
 6. Williams, Enisey15.3 
 7. Vyaltsev, Triumph14.4 
 8. Labovic, Enisey14.1 
 9. Chalmers, Lokom.13.8 
 10. Beverley, Spart.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maciej LAMPE
  Unics
  (210-C-85)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Lampe, Unics7.7 
 2. Zhukanenko, Dynamo7.4 
 3. Khryapa, CSKA7.0 
 4. Baxter, Enisey6.9 
 5. Beverley, Spart.6.3 
 6. Massey, Lokomotiv6.2 
 7. Wilkinson, Lokomot.6.1 
 8. Monya, Khimky6.1 
 9. Brezec, Krasnie6.0 
 10. Labovic, Enisey5.3 
Assists Per Game
 Marcus WILLIAMS
  Enisey
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Williams, Enisey6.8 
 2. Bremer, Krasnie6.3 
 3. Vyaltsev, Triumph5.4 
 4. Ponkrashov, Spart.4.7 
 5. Khvostov, Dynamo4.1 
 6. Popovic, Unics3.9 
 7. Planinic, Khimky3.7 
 8. Khryapa, CSKA3.6 
 9. Samoylenko, Unics3.5 
 10. Chalmers, Lokom.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Patrick BEVERLEY
  Spart.
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Beverley, Spart.1.9 
 2. Voronov, Dynamo1.8 
 3. Lyday, Unics1.6 
 4. Bremer, Krasnie1.6 
 5. Khryapa, CSKA1.5 
 6. Labovic, Enisey1.4 
 7. Surovtsev, Lokom.1.4 
 8. Ponkrashov, Spart.1.4 
 9. Kelati, Khimky1.3 
 10. Domercant, Spart.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Sasha KAUN
  CSKA
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Kaun, CSKA1.1 
 2. Yakovenko, N.Nov.1.0 
 3. Varlamov, Triumph0.9 
 4. Antonov, N.Novgor.0.9 
 5. Monya, Khimky0.9 
 6. Khryapa, CSKA0.9 
 7. Zabelin, CSKA0.8 
 8. Zhukanenko, Dynamo0.8 
 9. Likhodey, Triumph0.8 
 10. Rizvic, Unics0.8 


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  SERBIA   


Branislav Ratkovica moves to Turkey - by Zoran Popovic
After three seasons in Germany, Branislav Ratkovica (193-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) decides to move in Turkey and sings contract with Aliaga Petkim. In his last season for Walter Tigers Tuebingen Ratkovica on 34 games average scored 12 points, 3.4 rebounds and 7.4 assists. Before Walter Tigers Tuebingen, Ratkovica played for Beopetrol Beograd, Atlas Banka, Novi Beograd, BC Mega Ishrana and EWE Baskets Oldenburg. Branislav Ratkovica was member of Serbia and Montenegro U20 National team.

Stefan Popovski Turanjanin sings professional contract with BC Oostende - by Zoran Popovic
Young prospect Stefan Popovski-Turanjanin (201-F-93, agency: Beo Basket) sings his first professional contract with BC Oostende. Popovski Turanjanin will join two other Serbian players in Oostende, Veselin Petrovic and Dusan Katnic. Popovski Turanjanin passed all young categories of FMP and was member of Serbian U16 and U17 National team, but he decides to not sing contract with team from Zeleznik. Stefan Popovski-Turanjanin is candidates for Serbian U18 National team which will compete this summer on European Championship in Poland.

Krstanovic top-scored and won the title abroad - by Eurobasket News
Zoran Krstanovic (205-C-82) top-scored and won the title abroad as his U Mobitelco Cluj Napoca is a 2010/2011 Champion of the country as they beat the Regular Season Winner and the last year winner Ploiesti. The 6th game became decisive in the game as U Mobitelco Cluj Napoca celebrated 64:61 home win.
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ploiesti won third quarter 15-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. U-Mobitelco had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds.
Serbian center Zoran Krstanovic led his team to a victory with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Montenegrin guard Branko Cuic contributed with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four U-Mobitelco players scored in double figures. American power forward Kevin Ford replied with 18 points and the former international center Catalin Burlacu added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Ploiesti. Meanwhile Serbians Nikola Ilic (207-C/F-85, agency: BeoExcell) and Goran Bajic (207-C-83, agency: Beo Basket) finished second with Ploiesti.



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  SOUTH KOREA   


Benson and Hill Re-Sign with Teams - by Kevin Campigotto
Today marked the end of yet another stage in the KBL off-season and two of the top foreigners from last season have made agreements to return to Korea for the 2011-2011 season. Centers Rod Benson (208-F/C-84, college: California) and Hill Herbert (208-F-84, college: Providence) have agreed to return to Wonju Dongbu Promy and Inchon ET Land Elephants respectively.

Rod Benson signed a 7-month contract where he will be paid 50,000 USD per month for a total of 350,000 USD. Benson averaged a nearly double-double of 17.4 points and 9.7 rebounds last season and also collected a steal and a block per game. He was one of the top foreigners last year, the only foreigner to start the all-star game, and he led his team to the KBL finals before falling to KCC. Benson appeared to tire down the stretch and into the playoffs and with the KBL rules allowing only one foreigner per team this may be an area of concern. Early in the season he was an energetic rebounder and solid defender but injuries in the playoffs and the sheer number of minutes made it so by the finals he could barely rebound. Benson avered 26.5 minutes per game last season, but now being the only foreigner on the team his minutes may need to be better managed. Benson was injured during the finals but has been rehabbing his knees and ankles and should be ready for the start of next season.

Herbert Hill will be playing in the KBL for the third season after one with Daegu and one with Inchon and will also collect 350,000 USD. Hill averaged 17 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks last season. Inchon finished second in the regular season rankings but fell to KCC in the semi-finals. Hill was named foreign MVP earning 36 of the 78 votes and beating out runner up Rod Benson by 11 votes. Inchon has substantially rebuilt its lineup and will need Hill to repeat his performance from last season to continue to be successful. By trading center Jang-Hoon Seo the team is now in a position where Hill will be expected to guard all of the leagues bigs with no real reliable backup.





Busan KT re-signs Rhodes - by Kevin Campigotto
Busan Sonic Boom KT inked Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85, college: Mississippi St.) to a one year 300,000 USD contract today meaning that all three of the foreigners expected to re-sign have. Rhodes stepped in to fill the shoes of injured starting foreigner Jasper Johnson for Busans playoff run but Wonju Dongbu Promy eliminated Busan in the semifinals. This caused some in Busans front office to question if Rhodes was the right player to lead KT in the 2011-2012 season. However Rhodes' youth and athleticism make him a valuable prospect in the league and had Busan decided to pass, certainly other teams would have been interested in acquiring him.

In the end a KT official said Rhodes good health and athletic ability was put to the test and it is these two qualities that were the deciding factors in re-signing him.
Rhodes was the last foreigner selected in the 2010 foreigner draft but showed ability well beyond this ranking. He came off the bench last season and only played 20 minutes per game but was still able to average 16 points, 6.4 rebounds and a block per game. In the playoffs as a starter, he averaged 22 points, 11.5 rebounds, 2 blocks and a steal in four games.

In the playoffs, Rhodes played well displaying great athleticism and jumping ability. In the final elimination game, he put up 37 points and 15 rebounds and continued to play hard well after his teammates had given up. There were some concerns raised about his ability to play within Busan's controlled offense but his upside of scoring ability and explosive athleticism make him a hard player to defend.

This marks the end of the re-signing of foreigners portion of the KBL off-season. Seoul Samsung Thunders declined to re-sign last seasons scoring champ Aaron Haynes (201-F-81, college: Boise St.) and Jeonju KCC Egis had already stated they would not seek to sign veteran Chris Daniels (211-C-84).

Rhodes, Hill and Benson will rejoin their teams on August 15th while the rest of the league will find new foreigners in the yearly draft.




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  SPAIN   


Luka Bogdanovic signs with Cajasol - by Eurobasket News
Luka Bogdanovic (210-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) will move to Spain. The 26-year-old Serbian power forward has agreed on terms of contract with Cajasol. The deal is meant for one season with the option of extending it for one more year. Luka Bogdanovic started the previous season in Chorale Roanne. He tallied 7.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in EuroCup. In French ProA he averaged 11.1 points, 7.1 boards and 1.7 assists per game. In December Luka Bogdanovic joined EWE Baskets Oldenburg. His stats came up to 11.9 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in German Bundesliga. Luka Bogdanovic is not new to Spain. He played for Joventut Badalona in 2008/10 seasons. The forward was the member of Serbian National Team in 2006/08 seasons.


Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Jaycee CARROLL
  Gran Canaria
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Carroll, Gran Cana.19.3 
 2. Navarro, Regal B.15.8 
 3. McDonald, DKV J.15.3 
 4. Baron, Lagun A.15.0 
 5. Fitch, Unicaja15.0 
 6. Teletovic, Caja L.14.7 
 7. Caner-Medley, Estu.14.4 
 8. Martinez, Valencia14.0 
 9. Davis, Cajasol13.2 
 10. Freeland, Unicaja13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robert KURZ
  Granada
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Kurz, Granada9.1 
 2. Batista, Fuenlabr.8.4 
 3. Caner-Medley, Estu.7.6 
 4. Barac, Caja Laboral7.0 
 5. Donaldson, Menorca6.9 
 6. Ayon, Fuenlabrada6.5 
 7. Wallace, Gran Cana.6.3 
 8. Doellman, Meridiano6.2 
 9. Slokar, Manresa6.2 
 10. Miralles, Lagun A.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Marcelinho HUERTAS
  Caja L.
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 6
 1. Huertas, Caja L.6.0 
 2. Cook, Valencia5.4 
 3. Ciorciari, Menorca4.9 
 4. Valters, Fuenlabr.4.5 
 5. Salgado, Lagun A.4.3 
 6. Rubio, Regal Barca4.2 
 7. Green, Gran Canaria4.0 
 8. San Miguel, Manre.3.9 
 9. Dumas, Valladolid3.9 
 10. Prigioni, Real Ma.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Omar-Sharif COOK
  Valencia
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Cook, Valencia2.2 
 2. Kirksay, Cajasol1.9 
 3. Robinson, DKV J.1.8 
 4. Calloway, Cajasol1.8 
 5. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.8 
 6. Rubio, Regal Barca1.7 
 7. Ciorciari, Menorca1.5 
 8. Davis, Cajasol1.5 
 9. Ayon, Fuenlabrada1.5 
 10. Van Lacke, Vallad.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Bismack BIYOMBO
  Fuenlabr.
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Biyombo, Fuenlabr.2.3 
 2. Fischer, Real Madr.1.4 
 3. Ayon, Fuenlabrada1.4 
 4. Vazquez, Regal B.1.4 
 5. Kurz, Granada1.3 
 6. Barnes, Valladolid1.3 
 7. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.1 
 8. Barac, Caja Laboral1.1 
 9. Savane, Gran C.1.1 
 10. Majstorovic, Manr.1.0 


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  SYRIA   


Jalaa finally deliver victory at Asia Club Championship - by Eurobasket News
Jalaa - Shabab 93:63

Jalaa celebrated the first win at the Asia Club Championship in Manila. They knocked down Shabab to improve at 1-2 record in Group B. Shabab on the other hand lost the fourth game in as many games played. Marcelle Yaqqub (206-C-77) nailed 23 points for the winners.
Jalaa stunned their opponents early in the game. The Syrian team registered a 23:11 advantage midway through the opening quarter. Jamaal Miller (187-G-82, agency: Court Side, college: Green River CC) capped the period with a three-pointer to make it 26:13. Jalaa stretched the margin to 18 points midway through the second term. Rashed Al Zaabi (180-G-88) helped Shabab to narrow the gap at 13 points at halftime 32:45. Jalaa kept their opponents at bay throughout the third term. They accumulated a 70:47 lead after three quarters of action. Shabab never got closer than 20 points in the fourth term and suffered the fourth consecutive defeat at the end. Jamaal Miller provided 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists, while Michel Maadanly (195-G-81) and Rami Merjaneh (183-G-83) added 13 points apiece in the win. Courtney Fields (206-F-82, college: Iona) replied with 21 points and 11 boards for Shabab. Rashed Al Zaabi topscored with 24 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.

Jalaa: Marcelle Yaqqub 23, Jamaal Miller 14, Michel Maadanly 13, Rami Merjaneh 13
Shabab: Rashed Al Zaabi 24, Courtney Fields 21+11 boards



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  TAIWAN   


Ex-NBA coach Bob Hill to assist Taiwan NT - by Chris Wang
Former NBA head coach and current Tokyo Apache head coach Bob Hill will become the technical consultant for the Taiwan NT during the East Asian Basketball Championship and the FIBA Asia Championship this year, local media reported.

The Chinese Taipei Basketball Association (CTBA) confirmed Hill's hiring after Taiwan media cited a report of Japan Times. The CTBA said Hill will be hired from June to September, when the FIBA Asia Championship takes place in Wuhan, Hubei, China from September 15-25.

Hill, 62, coached New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers, San Antonio Spurs and Seattle Sonics and holds an all-time NBA coaching record of 312-293. He was also head coach at Fordham University between 1999 and 2003.

According to the Central News Agency, Taiwan NT head coach Chou Jun-san said Hill is scheduled to arrive in Taipei early June to help him with the training camp.

The veteran coach is now head coach at Tokyo Apache, one of 13 teams of Japan's BJ League.


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  UBL   


UBL PLAYOFFS - by Ozzie Denson


The UBL is coming down to the playoffs. What a great year. This year the Arkansas Warriors are undefeated and are the #1 seed in the North. and the Texas Wranglers are the #1 seed in the South. Springfield and Tulsa will play this weekend , the winner will face the Arkansas Warriors. Mississippi will face the Texas Wranglers in the South. Who will be Champion?

www.ublhoops.com

THE UNITED BASKETBALL LEAGUE

2011 PLAYOFFS/CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

JUNE 11, 2011

GREENHILL SPORTS COMPLEX

4141 SPRING VALLEY ROAD

ADDISON, TEXAS

NORTH ARKANSAS VS MISSIOURI OR TULSA @ NOON

SOUTH TEXAS VS MISSISSIPPI @ 3PM

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME @ 8PM

TICKETS $10.00 AT DOOR






Standings

UBL Standings
Northern Division
 1. Arkansas W. 6-0 
 2. Tulsa T. 4-2 
 3. Springfield T. 4-2 
 4. Oklahoma I. 0-6 
Southern Division
 1. Texas W. 3-2 
 2. Mississippi T. 3-2 
 3. Metro L. 1-3 


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  UKRAINE   


Budivelnyk are new Superleague champions - by Eurobasket News
BC Donetsk - Budivelnyk 62:69

Budivelnyk celebrated the Superleague title. They shocked BC Donetsk on the road in the seventh game of the championship series. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) stepped up with 20 points to pace the visitors. Budivelnyk overcame a 9-point deficit at halftime to deliver the crucial victory at the end.
Budivelnyk ensured a 9:2 start to the game. But the hosts gradually erased the deficit and surged ahead for a 19:18 advantage late in the first quarter. The teams entered the second frame tied at 20. BC Donetsk used a 7:0 run midway through the second term to post a 34:24 lead. They maintained it throughout the reminder of the half and eventually recorded a 40:31 halftime advantage. Dewarick Spencer came up for Budivelnyk in the third stanza to keep the Kyiv outfit within striking distance. The visitors trailed by just five points with one quarter remaining 50:55. Dewarick Spencer fired 7 points in a row midway through the fourth quarter to give the visitors a 61:60 lead. Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin) and Andriy Agafonov (207-F-86, agency: Interperformances) made it 65:62 for Budivelnyk with under a minute to go. Cvetkovic missed a three-pointer, while Dewarick Spencer hit both of his free throws to stretch the margin. Moments later Zabirchenko converted a layup to seal the winning outcome for Budivelnyk. Zach Morley provided 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Andriy Agafonov had 9 points for the winners. J.K. Edwards (202-C/F-82, college: UNLV) responded with 15 points for Donetsk. Sasa Vasiljevic (183-G-79, agency: Beo Basket) and Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 9 points apiece in the loss.

BC Donetsk: J.K. Edwards 15, Sasa Vasiljevic 9, Viacheslav Kravtsov 9
Budivelnyk: Dewarick Spencer 20, Zach Morley 15+10 boards, Andriy Agafonov 9




Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Burtt, Dnipro22.4 
 2. Flores, BC Donetsk16.7 
 3. Washington, BC Od.16.4 
 4. Curry, Azovmash16.1 
 5. Burns, Fe.16.0 
 6. Wiggins, Halychyna15.1 
 7. Millage, Khimik14.9 
 8. Love, Mykolaiv14.7 
 9. Fraser, DniproAzot14.5 
 10. Bakic, Kryvbasb.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  DniproAzot
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Fraser, DniproAzot10.9 
 2. Wiggins, Halychyna9.3 
 3. Burns, Fe.7.8 
 4. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.6 
 5. Austin, Dnipro7.3 
 6. Morrison, Halyc.7.2 
 7. Guinn, Fe.6.8 
 8. Chappell, Hoverla6.6 
 9. Owens, Azovmash6.6 
 10. Coleman, Hoverla6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Burtt, Dnipro5.5 
 2. Abernethy, Halyc.5.2 
 3. Zimmerman, Hoverla4.9 
 4. Sparks, BC Odessa4.8 
 5. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 6. Vasiljevic, BC Do.4.6 
 7. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 8. Millage, Khimik4.5 
 9. Slipenchuk, Kryvba.4.2 
 10. Sirsnins, DniproA.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Millage, Khimik2.4 
 2. House, Azovmash1.9 
 3. Sparks, BC Odessa1.8 
 4. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.5 
 5. Sirutavicius, Dnip.1.5 
 6. Burns, Fe.1.5 
 7. Sirsnins, DniproAz.1.4 
 8. Chappell, Hoverla1.4 
 9. Love, Mykolaiv1.4 
 10. Burenko, BC Kyiv1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.1 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.1.8 
 3. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 4. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.4 
 5. Hunter, Fe.1.4 
 6. Coleman, Hoverla1.3 
 7. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 8. Pettway, Dnipro1.2 
 9. Balashov, BC Odes.1.2 
 10. Owens, Azovmash1.1 


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  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   


Jalaa finally deliver victory at Asia Club Championship - by Eurobasket News
Jalaa - Shabab 93:63

Jalaa celebrated the first win at the Asia Club Championship in Manila. They knocked down Shabab to improve at 1-2 record in Group B. Shabab on the other hand lost the fourth game in as many games played. Marcelle Yaqqub (206-C-77) nailed 23 points for the winners.
Jalaa stunned their opponents early in the game. The Syrian team registered a 23:11 advantage midway through the opening quarter. Jamaal Miller (187-G-82, agency: Court Side, college: Green River CC) capped the period with a three-pointer to make it 26:13. Jalaa stretched the margin to 18 points midway through the second term. Rashed Al Zaabi (180-G-88) helped Shabab to narrow the gap at 13 points at halftime 32:45. Jalaa kept their opponents at bay throughout the third term. They accumulated a 70:47 lead after three quarters of action. Shabab never got closer than 20 points in the fourth term and suffered the fourth consecutive defeat at the end. Jamaal Miller provided 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists, while Michel Maadanly (195-G-81) and Rami Merjaneh (183-G-83) added 13 points apiece in the win. Courtney Fields (206-F-82, college: Iona) replied with 21 points and 11 boards for Shabab. Rashed Al Zaabi topscored with 24 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.

Jalaa: Marcelle Yaqqub 23, Jamaal Miller 14, Michel Maadanly 13, Rami Merjaneh 13
Shabab: Rashed Al Zaabi 24, Courtney Fields 21+11 boards



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Eurobasket.com All-British EBL Division One Awards 2010-11 - by Greg
All-British EBL Division One 1st Team 2011
#s#
Niko Scott
Scott
Zoltan Supola
Supola
Doug McLaughlin-Williams
McLaughlin-Williams
Ousman Krubally
Krubally
Davis Bowne
Bowne
#e#5

Player of the Year: Niko Scott (190-G-87) of Reading
Guard of the Year: Niko Scott (190-G-87) of Reading
Forward of the Year: Ousman Krubally (198-F-88) of Leopards
Center of the Year: Davis Bowne (203-C-84) of Bristol AF
Bosman Player of the Year: Zoltan Supola (190-G-88) of Leeds
Import Player of the Year: Niko Scott (190-G-87) of Reading
Domestic Player of the Year: Tyrone Treasure (193-G) of Bristol AF
Defensive Player of the Year: Ousman Krubally (198-F-88) of Leopards
Coach of the Year: Samit Nuruzade of Reading

1st Team
G: Niko Scott (190-87) of Reading
G: Zoltan Supola (190-88) of Leeds
F: Doug McLaughlin-Williams (203-85) of Bristol AF
F: Ousman Krubally (198-88) of Leopards
C: Davis Bowne (203-84) of Bristol AF

2nd Team
G: Tyrone Treasure (193) of Bristol AF
: Keith Page (87) of Manchester
G: Todd Doyle (186-86) of Leicester
: Albert Margai () of Leeds
F/C: Mark Woodhouse (205-82) of Derby

Honorable Mention
Ryan McAdam (193-F) of Manchester
Alan Metcalfe (206-F-85) of Manchester
Armand Anebo (196-F-89) of Brixton T.
Marek Koltun (210-C-87) of Leeds
Ryan Lohfink (201-F/C-83) of Reading
Leigh Greenan (212-C-90) of Leopards
Gregory Streete (194-G-88) of Bristol AF

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Tyrone Treasure (193) of Bristol AF
G: Gregory Streete (194-88) of Bristol AF
: Keith Page (87) of Manchester
F: Alan Metcalfe (206-85) of Manchester
F/C: Mark Woodhouse (205-82) of Derby

All-Imports Team
G: Josh Sharlow (175) of Leopards
G: Niko Scott (190-87) of Reading
F: Doug McLaughlin-Williams (203-85) of Bristol AF
F: Ousman Krubally (198-88) of Leopards
C: Davis Bowne (203-84) of Bristol AF



BBL Stats Leaders
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  URUGUAY   


Urunday defeated Larranaga, the Metro leader - by Hector Lopez
Juan Garbarino (185-G-89) scored 34 points in just 28 minutes on the field, leading Urunday Universitario to beat Larranaga, the Metro leader, 99-83 for the 13th round of the tournament. Steven Toyloy (203-C-87, college: Cincinnati), the Urunday import player, netted just 4 points but he grabbed 11 rebounds and put 6 blocks. For Larranaga Federico Martinez (203-F/C-74) scored 29 points and Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central) added 13 with 9 rebounds and 1 block. Capitol defeated 25 de Agosto 82-76. For Capitol, Gordon James (198-F-79, college: Bridgeport) scored 26 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and added 6 blocks. For 25 de Agosto, John Rufus (207-F/C-81, college: Fayetteville St.) netted 32 points with 17 rebounds and 1 block.

Standings - Metropolitan League
Metropolitan Standings
 1. Larranaga 10-3 
 2. Nacional 9-3 
 3. Urunday Univ. 8-5 
 4. Tabare 7-5 
 5. Goes 7-5 
 6. Capitol 7-6 
 7. Atenas 6-5 
 8. 25 de Agosto 3-9 
 9. Yale 3-9 
 10. Verdirrojo 1-11 


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  VENEZUELA   


Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Cocodrilos 31-9 
 2. Marinos 31-11 
 3. Trotamundos 30-11 
 4. Gigantes 22-19 
 5. Bucaneros 22-20 
 6. Guaiqueries 21-20 
 7. Toros 15-26 
 8. Panteras 15-27 
 9. Guaros 13-27 
 10. Gaiteros 6-36 


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  WBA   


Tornadoes open Friday at LCHS - by Eurobasket News
The Tennessee Tornadoes will have their opening game of the 2011 season at home against the Marietta Storm Friday, June 3. Home games for the Tornadoes are played at Lincoln County High School.

Game time is 7:15 p.m. and features a special cancer survivors presentation during half time.

'This game will be the first professional basketball game of our home-opening season, and we want to encourage parents to bring their children to the game,' said owner, Eldridge Askins. 'We are proud to name Aaron Taylor as our head coach. He will bring experience and motivation to our organization.'

Children 10 and under are admitted free, and the price is $2 for youth ages 11-17 and $8 for adults.

'We will also showcase the American Amputee Three-on-Three,' Askins continued. 'We will have a guest speaker representing the American Amputee Association. The game will start at 3:30 p.m. prior to the Tornadoes game.'

'We will also introduce Tornado Television to Fayetteville. This is our talk show hosted at our local sponsors business location with fans, players, and staff. The pre-game show will be announced on our team website at www.tntornadoes.com and the Tennessee Tornadoes facebook page.

'We will host our show live at La Fuenta Mexican Restaurant, and the after-game show will air live at Castaways seafood restaurant. We will have Angies Catering game-time menu, Touchdown Wings and Rafaels Pizza and more.'

The home game schedule is as follows June 3 against Marietta Storm, Cancer Awareness Tribute; June 10 against Rome Gladiators, Parent Awareness for Obesity; June 11 against Easley Heat, Talent Night; June 18 against Gwinnette Majic, Kids Night; June 25 against Columbus Stars, Entertainment Night; and July 2 against Decatur Court Kings.
Courtesy of: www.elkvalleytimes.com




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Women News

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  ALBANIA - Women  


Albanian National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Enisa Semanjaku
Semanjaku
Eliverta Bujari
Bujari
Adelajda Aliaj
Aliaj
Elektra Zykaj
Zykaj
Karolina Kostallari
Kostallari
#e#5
5 Gera Bujari 180-F-89 Tirana Albania
6 Dorina Mehmeti 167-PG-87 Apolonia Albania
7 Enisa Semanjaku 88 Apolonia Albania
8 Brikena Cakici 176-G-80 Flamutari Albania
9 Eliverta Bujari 168-G-86 Tirana Albania
10 Suada Sherifaj 182-F-88 Tirana Albania
14 Adelajda Aliaj 188-C-87 Flamutari Albania
15 Elektra Zykaj 181-F-90 Tirana Albania
21 Enkela Deneko 187-F-76 Flamutari Albania
22 Karolina Kostallari 187-F/C-79 Tirana Albania
23 Fabiola Permeti 176-G-87 Penza Peja Kosovo
24 Gridi Sokoli 170-PG-90 Vllaznia Albania



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  BELGIUM - Women  


Belgian National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Romina Ciappina
Ciappina
Stephanie Dubuc
Dubuc
Antonia Delaere
Delaere
Sofie Hendrickx
Hendrickx
Kim Mestdagh
Mestdagh
#e#5
4 Romina Ciappina 180-F/G-88 Presov Slovakia
5 Stephanie Dubuc 175-F/G-85 Dexia Namur Belgium
6 Antonia Delaere 174-G-94 BBC Boom Belgium
7 Miete Celus 176-G/F-91 Sint Kateline Belgium
8 Sofie Hendrickx 186-F/C-86 Sint Kateline Belgium
9 Kim Mestdagh 177-G/F-90 Colorado St. USA
10 Noemie Mayombo 171-G-91 Point Chaud Belgium
11 Emma Meesseman 188-C-93 Ieper Belgium
12 Jaleesa Maes 185-C-92 Ieper Belgium
13 Lieselot Malfait 190-C-87 Jeugd Gentson Belgium
14 Emmanuelle Mayombo 170-G-92 Point Chaud Belgium
20 Harriet Bende 185-C-94

Arvid Diels Head Coach Sint Kateline Belgium


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  BOSNIA - Women  


Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team 2011
#s#
Lejla Bejtic
Bejtic
Amra Dindic
Dindic
Nikolina Dzebo
Dzebo
Tamara Kapor
Kapor
Zdenka Kovacevic
Kovacevic
#e#5
Lejla Bejtic 174-F-85 Herner Germany
Amra Dindic 182-F-90 Jedinstvo Bosnia
Nikolina Dzebo 190-C/F-95
Tamara Kapor 184-G-91 Radivoj Korac Serbia
Zdenka Kovacevic 170-G-87 Jedinstvo Bosnia
Amra Mehmedic 175-G-81 Satu Mare Romania
Aida Pilav 187-C-87 Celik Bosnia
Milena Radenovic 177-F-86 Mladi Krajisnik Bosnia
Biljana Savic 191-C-83 ICIM Arad Romania
Olja Stupar 187-C-87 Celik Bosnia
Dragana Svitlica 190-C-88 Real C.Vigo Spain
Milica Deura 178-G-90 Mladi Krajisnik Bosnia
Marina Dzinic 189-C-92 Zeljeznicar Bosnia
Natasa Kajtaz 168-G-92 Sloboda Bosnia
Anja Stupar 180-F/C-89 Saarlouis Germany
Matea Tavic 178-G-92 Merkur Celje Slovenia
Emina Demirovic 186-C-85 Zeljeznicar Bosnia
Anesa Hamsic 189-C-91 Zeljeznicar Bosnia



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  CANADA - Women  


Canadian National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Shona Thorburn
Thorburn
Lizanne Murphy
Murphy
Tamara Tatham
Tatham
Chelsea Aubry
Aubry
Michelle Plouffe
Plouffe
#e#5
5 Michelle Plouffe 193-F-92 Utah
6 Shona Thorburn 178-G-82 Ibiza Spain
7 Courtnay Pilypaitis 185-G-88 VICI Kaunas Lithuania
8 Kim Smith 172-G UTEP
9 Janelle Bekkering 182-G/F-88 Gonzaga
10 Alisha Tatham 180-G-86 Point Chaud Belgium
11 Kalisha Keane 185-F-89 Michigan St.
12 Lizanne Murphy 185-F-84 Energa Torun Poland
13 Tamara Tatham 187-F-85 Halle Germany
14 Chelsea Aubry 189-F/C-84 Geelong S. Australia
15 Leanne Evans 191-F-86 Townsville F. Australia

Allison McNeill Head Coach


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  CHINA - Women  


China's national team finishes two-week tour - by Eurobasket News

China national women's basketball coach Sun Fengwu was proud of his young team's effort during its two-week trip to the United States.

Still he knows that they have a long way to go to get ready for next year's Olympics in London.

'It has been a great experience and also a good opportunity for the young players to compete with the WNBA players,' Sun said Monday through a translator after his team played in a three-way scrimmage with New York and Connecticut. 'They have played five games and gotten better and better. I think they have seen some improvements.'

There was a lot of pressure on China to perform well at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In front of their home crowd, the Chinese team came in fourth, losing to Russia in the bronze medal game. They followed that up with a disappointing 13th-place finish at the World Championship last fall.

'We were in a transition period the last few years,' said Sun, who took over as coach after the Olympics. 'At the World Championship, injuries and the younger players not being ready caught up to us. We're getting better and I think next year we'll be more able to improve.'

The Chinese team lost by 38 points to Connecticut in their first exhibition game before falling to New York by 14 on Friday night. In the scrimmages Monday, China held its own in the series of one-quarter games.

They even topped the Liberty by a point in their final quarter.

'They've definitely improved over the two weeks,' Connecticut coach Mike Thibault said. 'Their younger players gained confidence. It takes a while to get used to playing the more physical international game.'

Only one player on the two-week American tour played in the World Championship. Chinese stars Miao Lijie and Chen Nan didn't make the trip to the U.S. for this exhibition series.

The coaching staff hopes to have them again at the Olympics next year if the team does qualify.

To get to London, China will need to win the Asian championships at the end of August where South Korea and Japan will be the stiffest competition.

'The Olympics always will be pressure for China, even more than the World Championship,' Sun said.

Japan played an exhibition game against Phoenix last Tuesday and lost by 44 points.

China assistant coach William Tomlinson, who spent years coaching in the Australian league said that the Chinese are putting a lot of effort to try and expand their Olympic success to team sports.

'They are spending a lot of money on the 'ball' sports soccer, volleyball, basketball,' Tomlinson said.

After Monday's scrimmage the Chinese players were going to the mall to shop before heading home Tuesday.

'It's not my first time here but it was a lot of fun,' said Chinese forward Ding Yuan through a translator. 'We have a lot of work to do, but we are improving.'

The team will play Cuba's national squad in a few exhibition games.
Courtesy of: www.sfgate.com


China's national team finishes two-week tour - by Eurobasket News

China national women's basketball coach Sun Fengwu was proud of his young team's effort during its two-week trip to the United States.

Still he knows that they have a long way to go to get ready for next year's Olympics in London.

'It has been a great experience and also a good opportunity for the young players to compete with the WNBA players,' Sun said Monday through a translator after his team played in a three-way scrimmage with New York and Connecticut. 'They have played five games and gotten better and better. I think they have seen some improvements.'

There was a lot of pressure on China to perform well at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In front of their home crowd, the Chinese team came in fourth, losing to Russia in the bronze medal game. They followed that up with a disappointing 13th-place finish at the World Championship last fall.

'We were in a transition period the last few years,' said Sun, who took over as coach after the Olympics. 'At the World Championship, injuries and the younger players not being ready caught up to us. We're getting better and I think next year we'll be more able to improve.'

The Chinese team lost by 38 points to Connecticut in their first exhibition game before falling to New York by 14 on Friday night. In the scrimmages Monday, China held its own in the series of one-quarter games.

They even topped the Liberty by a point in their final quarter.

'They've definitely improved over the two weeks,' Connecticut coach Mike Thibault said. 'Their younger players gained confidence. It takes a while to get used to playing the more physical international game.'

Only one player on the two-week American tour played in the World Championship. Chinese stars Miao Lijie and Chen Nan didn't make the trip to the U.S. for this exhibition series.

The coaching staff hopes to have them again at the Olympics next year if the team does qualify.

To get to London, China will need to win the Asian championships at the end of August where South Korea and Japan will be the stiffest competition.

'The Olympics always will be pressure for China, even more than the World Championship,' Sun said.

Japan played an exhibition game against Phoenix last Tuesday and lost by 44 points.

China assistant coach William Tomlinson, who spent years coaching in the Australian league said that the Chinese are putting a lot of effort to try and expand their Olympic success to team sports.

'They are spending a lot of money on the 'ball' sports soccer, volleyball, basketball,' Tomlinson said.

After Monday's scrimmage the Chinese players were going to the mall to shop before heading home Tuesday.

'It's not my first time here but it was a lot of fun,' said Chinese forward Ding Yuan through a translator. 'We have a lot of work to do, but we are improving.'

The team will play Cuba's national squad in a few exhibition games.
Courtesy of: www.sfgate.com


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  CROATIA - Women  


Lupa inks Lokas and Vasovic - by Zeljko Zule
Lupa promotion added more fire power to its backourt by inking national team member Neda Lokas (182-F-85) and experienced Andrijana Vasovic (186-F/C-83). Both players arrives from Croatian runner-up Sibenik Jolly JSB. Lokas averaged 11.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.2 steals over 23 Adriatic League games. Vasovic averaged 8.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.0 steals in 21 games of Adriatic League.

Eurobasket.com All-Croatian League Awards 2010-11 - by Zeljko Zule
Player of the Year: Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) of Gospic CO
Guard of the Year: Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) of Gospic CO
Forward of the Year: Sandra Mandir (175-G-77) of Gospic CO
Center of the Year: Luca Ivankovic (199-C-87) of Jolly JBS
Newcomer of the Year: Ivana Tikvic (189-C/F-94) of Medvescak
Domestic player of the Year: Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) of Gospic CO
Import Player of the Year: Maurita Reid (173-G-85, college: Miami, FL) of Gospic CO
Defensive player of the Year: Andrijana Vasovic (186-F/C-83) of Jolly JBS
Most Improved player od the Year: AnaMarija Begic (190-C-94) of Medvescak
Coach of the Year: St
ipe Bralic of Gospic CO

1st Team:
Maurita Reid of Gospic CO
Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) of Gospic CO
Sandra Mandir (175-G-77) of Gospic CO
Ivona Matic (188-F/C-86) of Lupa promotion
Luca Ivankovic (199-C-87) of Jolly JBS

2nd Team:
Ana Cacic (175-G-86) of Lupa promotion
Antonija Misura (178-F-88) of Jolly JBS
Andrijana Vasovic of Jolly JBS
AnaMarija Begic of Medvescak
Britany Miller (193-C-87, college: Florida St.) of Lupa promotion

All-Newcomers Team:
Katarina Puljic (173-G-92) of Studenac Omis
Kristina Benic (180-F-88) of Lupa promotion
AnaMarija Begic of Medvescak
Nina Premasunac (184-F-92) of Biska Pula
Ivana Tikvic (189-C/F-94) of Medvescak

Maurita Reid


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  ESTONIA - Women  


Estonian National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Viive-Kai Rebane
Rebane
Mirjam Nikolai
Nikolai
Merike Anderson
Anderson
Valeria Kast
Kast
Jana Rannaveski
Rannaveski
#e#5
4 Pirgit Puu 170-PG-88 Ourense P. Spain
5 Viive-Kai Rebane 183-F-89 Binghamton USA
6 Oksana Miil 174-G-86 TLU/Volta Estonia
7 Mirjam Nikolai 177-G-86 TLU/Volta Estonia
8 Triin Teppo 186-F/C-90 Eclex Tallinn Estonia
10 Merike Anderson 180-F/G-81 Spartak SP Russia
11 Kerli Haas 180-G/F-90 Eclex Tallinn Estonia
12 Valeria Kast 201-C-87 Mariana Spain
13 Jana Rannaveski 172-G-87 Minsk-2006 Belarus
14 Kati Rausberg 172-G-89 Eckerd USA
15 Laina Mesila-Kaarmann 186-C/F-87 Eclex Tallinn Estonia
17 Merilin Metsalu 177-G-87 Eclex Tallinn Estonia



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  EUROLEAGUE - Women  


Ivana Jalcova signs with Lotos Gdynia - by Eurobasket News
Ivana Jalcova (183-G-83) signs with Lotos Gdynia as the Polish team will be her first one abroad. The Slovakian Guard played in Dobri Anjeli Kosice since year 2004, but it is time for her to move on.
This season for Dobri Anjeli Kosice (Extraliga) she averaged 5.6ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 28.6%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 83.3% in EuroLeague and in Slovakian League after 30 games showed 6.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.2apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 59.0%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 78.1%.



DeWanna Bonner joins forces with Perfumerias Avenida - by Eurobasket News
DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn) is the latest addition to Perfumerias Avenida that actually will be a great team to struggle with Ros Casares in the next season. Both teams brought already more than 10 superstars in their rosters, however do not want to stop on that.
The season 2010-2011 DeWanna Bonner started for Rivas Ecopolis (Spain-LFB, starting five) and in Spanish League became the fifth top-scorer with 15.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 29.3%, FT: 81.6%. In Euroleague after 12 games he was the fourth top-scorer with 18.8ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.0spg, FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 83.2%.
In her best game last season in Spain DeWanna Bonner and her Rivas Ecopolis overcame some tense moments to finally overcome MKB Euroleasing in Euroleague. DeWanna Bonner was unstoppable for the Spanish team tallying 33 points and 13 rebounds. DeWanna Bonner finished the starting frame with 12 points and the hosts enjoyed a 24:17 lead.
DeWanna Bonner will play this summer for Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) where she also played last summer. In 2010 her stats read 11.7ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 48.4%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 84.0%


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Standings Div.B (Women) - by Eurobasket
Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Sweden3-0
2. Slovenia2-1
3. Portugal1-2
4. Norway0-3
Group B
1. Switzerlan.5-0
2. Estonia4-1
3. Bosnia2-2
4. Luxembourg.1-4
5. Albania0-5


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  FINLAND - Women  


Finnish National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Reetta Piipari
Piipari
Taru Tuukkanen
Tuukkanen
Heta Korpivaara
Korpivaara
Tina Sten
Sten
Dionne Pounds
Pounds
#e#5
4 Reetta Piipari 170-G-80 Catz Finland
5 Taru Tuukkanen 190-C-77 ToPo Finland
6 Vilma Kesanen 173-G-88 Catz Finland
8 Henna Salomaa 175-G-89 Chemnitz Germany
9 Evita Iiskola 181-F-93 Espoo Team Finland
10 Henna Koponen 183-F-86 Umea Sweden
11 Heta Korpivaara 187-G/F-84 Aguere Spain
12 Krista Gross 182-G N.Carolina USA
13 Tina Sten 189-G/F-85 Panionios Greece
14 Dionne Pounds 174-F-84 HoNsU Finland
15 Minna Sten 188-F-87 FoA Finland
21 Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta 175-G-91 PeKa Finland

Tommi Koskinen Head Coach LrNMKY Finland


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  FRANCE - Women  


Changes in Tarbes - by Eurobasket News
Tarbes announced signing of Pascal Pisan (coach), Paoline Salagnac (176-G-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas), Lauren Neaves (188-F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Rice) and Pauline Krawczyk (182-F-85).
Pascal Pisan will be a new Head Coach in the team as he worked with the squad earlier. In 2005-2006 he joined the team and left after three seasons.
Paoline Salagnac comes from Cercle Jean Mace Bourges. In 2009-2010 she averaged 4.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.5apg, 1.8spg in EuroLeague and in French League after 24 games showed 7.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 67.4%. Last season for Cercle Jean Mace Bourges (LFB) her stats read 3.1ppg, 1.8rpg in EuroLeague and in French League after 28 games she showed 9.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.8apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 53.0%, 3PT-3 (50.0%), FT: 80.6%.
American Lauren Neaves played the last season for Pays d'Aix Basket 13 Provence (France-LFB, starting five). She left in December as her stats read 10.0ppg, 9.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 44.6%, FT: 71.4%.
Polish Pauline Krawczyk started 2009-2010 for Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration Basket (France-LFB) and averaged 15.2ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.9apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 42.1%, FT: 84.4% in EuroCup, while in French League she showed 13.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 20.7%, FT: 76.3%. In january 2011 signed at Lotos Gdynia (Poland-PLKK, starting five) and in Polish League had 7.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 32.4%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 78.7%



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  GREECE - Women  


Greek National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Olga Chatzinikolaou
Chatzinikolaou
Styliani Kaltsidou
Kaltsidou
Evanthia Maltsi
Maltsi
Pelagia Papamichail
Papamichail
Dimitra Kalentzou
Kalentzou
#e#5
4 Dimitra Kalentzou 174-G-78 Athinaikos Greece
5 Evina Stamati 180-F-84 FEA Neas Greece
6 Zoi Dimitrakou 188-F-87 Charleville France
7 Olga Chatzinikolaou 181-G-81 Athinaikos Greece
8 Styliani Kaltsidou 188-C/F-83 Bourges France
9 Evanthia Maltsi 180-F-78 CCC Polkowice Poland
10 Pelagia Papamichail 189-F/C-86 COB Calais France
11 Thaleia Kasapoglou 173-G-84 Proteas Greece
12 Katerina Sotiriou 187-F-84 Athinaikos Greece
13 Emmanouela Androulaki 189-C-89 Panionios Greece
14 Anna Spyridopoulou 182-F-88 Aris Greece
15 Artemis Spanou 182-F-93 Robert Morris USA

Konstantinos Missas Head Coach


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  HOLLAND - Women  


Dutch National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Dutch National Team 2011
#s#
Jamailah Adams
Adams
Myrthe Beld
Beld
Sharon Beld
Beld
Jill Bettonvil
Bettonvil
Tanya Broring
Broring
#e#5
Jamailah Adams 179-G-93 Binnenland Holland
Myrthe Beld 183-G-89 Eurosped Holland
Sharon Beld 184-F-88 CTO Holland
Jill Bettonvil 188-F-92 CTO Holland
Tanya Broring 178-G-84 Limoges France
Zera Butter 177-G-92 HLB Account. Holland
Marlou De Kleijn 181-F-92 CTO Holland
Rianne De Roos 193-C-89 Celeritas-Donar Holland
Francisca Donders 170-G-89 Wereldtickets.nl Holland
Maxime Essenstam 189-C-93 HLB Account. Holland
Naomi Halman 191-F/C-86 Basket Parma Italy
Willemijn Kallenberg 176-G-93 Binnenland Holland
Maaike Klein 177-G-90 Merkur Celje Slovenia
Laura Kooij 184-F/C-82 HLB Account. Holland
Leonie Kooij 187-F-86 Binnenland Holland
Charlotte Kromhout 168-G-87 Amazone Holland
Karin Kuijt 175-G-90 Grasshoppers Holland
Fieke Ligthart 184-F/C-90 Batouwe Holland
Rachel Roubehie Fissa 175-G-89 Amazone Holland
Kourtney Treffers 184-F-94 HLB Account. Holland
Karina Van den Nieuwendijk 195-C-90 CTO Holland
Clara Van der Hoek 187-F-90 HLB Account. Holland
Richelle Van Der Keijl 191-C-93 HLB Account. Holland
Tessel van Dongen 168-G-91 CTO Holland



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  HUNGARY - Women  


Hungarian National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Hungarian National Team 2011
#s#
Timea Czank
Czank
Zsofia Fegyverneky
Fegyverneky
Diana Furesz
Furesz
Katalin Honti
Honti
Dora Horti
Horti
#e#5
Timea Czank 176-G-86 MKB Eurol. Hungary
Zsofia Fegyverneky 178-G-84 MKB Eurol. Hungary
Diana Furesz 174-G-84 MKB Eurol. Hungary
Katalin Honti 175-G-87 Ros Casares Spain
Dora Horti 195-C-87 MKB Eurol. Hungary
Zsofia Horvath 191-C-82 ZTE Hungary
Tijana Krivacevic 194-F-90 MKB Eurol. Hungary
Anna Lakloth 182-G-88 Szeged Hungary
Krisztina Raksanyi 180-G-91 Pecs 2010 Hungary
Rita Rasheed 180-F-89 SEAT Lami Hungary
Zsofia Simon 180-G-89 SEAT Lami Hungary
Orsolya Szecsi 190-G/F-92 Duquesne USA
Anna Vajda 191-F/C-84 Perfumerias Spain
Zsofia Varga 182-F-89 ZTE Hungary
Anna Vida 184-F-85 SEAT Lami Hungary

Norbert Szekely Head Coach MKB Eurol. Hungary


EuroBasket Women 2011 Qualification @ Sopron - by Adam Patonay
The hungarian national team will have the chance on home court to reach their spot in EuroBasket 2011. The ladies will play against Netherlands, Finnland, Bulgaria and Ukraine in Sopron Hungary from this firday until wednesday. The win of theis group will play against the winner of the other qualification group.
The hungarians have their strongest guard pair Honti & Fegyverneky together and the'll helped by the Krivacevic-Vajda-Horti center trio. Over on this experienced players they have young and talented players on the roster like Orsolya Szecsi (190-G/F-92) from Duquesne.

Schedule:

2011.06.03. Friday
18:00 Hungary vs. Netherlands
20:15 Bulgaria vs. Finnland

2011.06.04. Saturday
18:00 Finnland vs. Hungary
20:15 Ukraine vs. Bulgaria

2011.06.05. Sunday
18:00 Hungary vs. Ukraine
20:15 Netherlands vs. Finnland

2011.06.07. Tuesday
18:00 Bulgaria vs. Hungary
20:15 Ukraine vs. Netherlands

2011.06.08. Wednesday
18:00 Finnland vs. Ukraine
20:15 Netherlands vs. Bulgaria



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  ISRAEL - Women  


Israeli National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Meirav Dori
Dori
Shiran Zairy
Zairy
Laine Selwyn
Selwyn
Ekaterina Abramzone
Abramzone
Jennifer Fleisher
Fleisher
#e#5
4 Liad Suez-Karni 187-F-81 Elitzur Netanya Israel
5 Meirav Dori 178-F-86 Electra Ramat Israel
6 Noa Ganor 171-G-86 Electra Ramat Israel
7 Liron Cohen 173-G-82 Familia Schio Italy
8 Shay Doron 175-F-85 Elitzur Ramla Israel
9 Shiran Zairy 166-G-86 Elitzur Ramla Israel
10 Laine Selwyn 170-G-81 Elitzur Ramla Israel
11 Naomi Kolodny 171-G-82 Maccabi Ashdod Israel
12 Bar Galinski 181-F-92 Elitzur Holon Israel
13 Ekaterina Abramzone 185-F-87 Electra Ramat Israel
14 Katia Levitsky 190-C-85 Maccabi Ashdod Israel
15 Jennifer Fleisher 195-C-84 Challes France
20 Naama Shafir 170-G-90 Toledo USA

Eli Rabi Head Coach Ironi Ashkelon Israel


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  ITALY - Women  


Italian National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Francesca Zara
Zara
Raffaella Masciadri
Masciadri
Jenifer Nadalin
Nadalin
Valentina Siccardi
Siccardi
Ilaria Zanoni
Zanoni
#e#5
Angela Gianolla 171-G-80 Taranto Italy
Maria Chiara Franchini 181-G-79 Basket Parma Italy
Sabrina Cinili 190-F-89 Umbertide Italy
Francesca Zara 177-G-76 Umbertide Italy
Simona Ballardini 181-F-81 Umbertide Italy
Giorgia Sottana 177-G-88 Umana Reyer Italy
Nnena Wabara 183-F-81 Bracco Geas Italy
Raffaella Masciadri 185-F-80 Familia Schio Italy
Benedetta Bagnara 178-G-87 Lucca Italy
Jenifer Nadalin 187-F/C-83 Familia Schio Italy
Valentina Siccardi 182-G/F-82 Taranto Italy
Ilaria Zanoni 180-G-86 Bracco Geas Italy

Giampiero Ticchi Head Coach Immobiliare SR Italy


Italy beat Sweden again in Taranto - by Eurobasket News
Italy-Sweden 78-59

Italian National team again showed better effort and game winning over Sweden last night. This time the hosts overcame the Scandinavian team 78:59.
Italy started with 17-16 in the opening quarter but Sweden dominated the second frame. The guests grabbed the lead and reached 33:30 halftime advantage. The third period was however decisive in the game. The Italian squad needed a massive push to finish the thirty minutes with 55:42 lead. Moreover Italians increased to 19 points at the end of the game.
Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Francesca Zara (177-G-76, agency: Players Group) nailed 12. Valentina Siccardi (182-G/F-82) ended up with 11 points, while Jenifer Nadalin (187-F/C-83, college: Furman)n posted 8. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) answered with 22 points in the losing effort and Frida Grahn (184-F-88) notched 12. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) posted 7, while Stefanie Yderstrom (172-G-90) added 6.

Italy: Raffaella Masciadri 14, Francesca Zara 12, Valentina Siccardi 11, Jenifer Nadalinn 8
Sweden: Frida Eldebrink 22, Frida Grahn 12, Louice Halvarsson 7, Stefanie Yderstrom 6




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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Lithuanian National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Ausra Bimbaite
Bimbaite
Agne Abromaite
Abromaite
Rima Valentiene
Valentiene
Sandra Linkeviciene
Linkeviciene
Vaida Sipaviciute
Sipaviciute
#e#5
4 Gabriele Gutkauskaite 174-G-90 Lemminkainen Lithuania
5 Milda Sauliute 175-G-81 VICI Kaunas Lithuania
6 Marina Solopova 180-G/F-90 VICI Kaunas Lithuania
7 Ausra Bimbaite 179-G-82 VICI Kaunas Lithuania
8 Agne Abromaite 190-C/F-79 Ros Casares Spain
9 Rima Valentiene 170-G-78 VICI Kaunas Lithuania
12 Giedre Paugaite 192-C-90 VICI Kaunas Lithuania
13 Sandra Linkeviciene 176-G-82 Dynamo K. Russia
14 Egle Sulciute 190-F-85 Real C.Vigo Spain
15 Vaida Sipaviciute 193-C-85 Faenza Italy
17 Santa Okockyte 176-G-92 LKKA-Aistes Lithuania
19 Lina Pikciute 192-F-90 VICI Kaunas Lithuania

Algirdas Paulauskas Head Coach UMMC Russia


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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


Luxembourg National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Nadia Mossong
Mossong
Cathy Schmit
Schmit
Laure Diederich
Diederich
Liz Schmitz
Schmitz
Jill Bausch
Bausch
#e#5
5 Jo Schreiner 165-G-91 Etzella Luxembourg
6 Nadia Mossong 182-F-86 E.Kentucky USA
8 Cathy Schmit 169-G-90 Musel Pikes Luxembourg
10 Laure Diederich 183-C-87 Fribourg Switzerland
11 Leonie De Jonge 182-C-90 Etzella Luxembourg
12 Liz Schmitz 180-F-88 Jeugd Gentson Belgium
13 Jill Bausch 176-G-87 Residence Luxembourg
20 Kim Bruck 171-G/F-87 T71 Dudelange Luxembourg
22 Anouk Wagener 160-PG-89 T71 Dudelange Luxembourg
24 Lena Hetto 184-F-93 Heffingen Luxembourg
30 Rachel Wagener 168-G-86 T71 Dudelange Luxembourg
31 Nadia Marcus 173-F-93



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  MALTA - Women  


Luxol edge Hibs to clinch title - by Eurobasket News
Luxol - Hibs Medsea 59:43

Luxol dethroned Hibs Medsea. Luxol edged five-time defending champions Hibs in the title clash. T Demartino provided 15 points for the new champions. Luxol earned a narrow 14:12 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Luxol enjoyed a 28:24 halftime advantage. Luxol stepped on the gas in the third term. They cleared off to an 11-point distance at the final intermission. Hibs Medsea managed just 5 points in the fourth term and had to surrender at the end. M Sciortino netted 12 points for Luxol. Beverly Zammit (178-G/F-87) added 11 points in the winning effort. Lucienne Bezzina (174-F-79) answered with 18 points for Hibs Medsea. Doreen Micallef (G/F) finished with 9 points in the loss.

Luxol: T Demartino 15, M Sciortino 12, Beverly Zammit 11
Hibs Medsea: Lucienne Bezzina 18, Doreen Micallef 9



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  NORWAY - Women  


Norwegian National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Norwegian National Team 2011
#s#
Emilie Gronas
Gronas
Therese Hager
Hager
Tina Nesse
Nesse
Hege Blikra
Blikra
Anette Johansen
Johansen
#e#5
Emilie Gronas 168-G-92 Ulriken Norway
Therese Hager 183-F Ullern Norway
Tonje Milde 170-G-90 Gimle Norway
Tina Nesse 184-C-84 Asker/BV Norway
4 Hege Blikra 173-G-91 Ullern Norway
5 Anette Johansen 176-F-82 08 Sweden
6 Katrine Fjarestad 175-G-90 VSE Praha Czech Republic
9 Sigrid Skorpen 175-G-91 Asker/BV Norway
10 Tina Moen 183-G-86 Pio XII Spain
11 Torunn Ytrehus 81 UWIC Archers United Kingdom
12 Tori Halvorsen 187-F/C-88 American USA
13 Maren Hoff Austgulen 183-G/F-91 Ulriken Norway
14 Nanna Sand 181-F-77 Asker/BV Norway
15 Kristina Tattersdill 186-F/C-83 Sallen Sweden



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  PERU - Women  


Standings - Superior (Women)
Superior Standings
 1. Real Club 8-3 
 2. Regatas 0-0 
 3. Centro Naval 0-0 
 4. UAP 0-0 


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  SERBIA - Women  


Serbian National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Serbian National Team 2011
#s#
Mirjana Beronja
Beronja
Dajana Butulija
Butulija
Sasa Cado
Cado
Ana Dabovic
Dabovic
Latinka Dusanic
Dusanic
#e#5
Mirjana Beronja 170-G-86 Partizan Serbia
Dajana Butulija 175-G-86 Partizan Serbia
Sasa Cado 172-G-89 Hemofarm Serbia
Ana Dabovic 183-G/F-89 Wisla Can-Pak Poland
Latinka Dusanic 178-G-90 Celarevo Serbia
Dragana Gobeljic 185-F-88 Proleter Serbia
Nevena Jovanovic 179-G-90 Radivoj Korac Serbia
Tina Jovanovic 191-F/C-91 Radivoj Korac Serbia
Adrijana Knezevic 184-F-87 Villeneuve France
Sara Krnjic 193-C-91 MKB Eurol. Hungary
Jelena Maksimovic 192-C-82 Energa Torun Poland
Mina Maksimovic 190-F/C-83 Burhaniye Bld Turkey
Ivanka Matic 195-F/C-79 Tarbes France
Maja Miljkovic 175-G-88 Bourges France
Jelena Milovanovic 190-F-89 Spartak V MR Russia
Sanja Orozovic 184-G-90 Spartak Serbia
Biljana Pesovic 180-G-83 Crvena Zvezda Serbia
Sonja Petrovic 189-F-89 Spartak V MR Russia
Jovana Popovic 173-G-90 Crvena Zvezda Serbia
Dunja Prcic 180-G-87 Partizan Serbia
Jovana Rad 187-F/C-87 Hondar.-Irun Spain
Tamara Radocaj 168-G-87 Hemofarm Serbia
Maja Skoric 184-F-89 Hemofarm Serbia
Biljana Stjepanovic 189-C-87 Radivoj Korac Serbia

Miodrag Veskovic Head Coach Spartak M. Russia


Serbian team for additional qualification for EC 2011 - by Dragana Vukovic
Roster:

Tamara Radocaj (168-G-87) of Hemofarm,Serbia

Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) of Wisla,Poland

Dragana Gobeljic (185-F-88) of Proleter,Serbia

Dajana Butulija (175-G-86) of Partizan,Serbia

Sasa Cado (172-G-89) of Hemofarm,Serbia

Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) of Spartak Moscow,Russia

Adrijana Knezevic (184-F-87) of Villeneuve,France

Ivanka Matic (195-F/C-79) of Tarbs,France

Mina Maksimovic (190-F/C-83) of Burhaniye Bld,Turkey

Maja Miljkovic (175-G-88) of Bourge,France

Jovana Rad (187-F/C-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) of Hondarribia,Spain

Jelena Maksimovic (192-C-82, agency: Sport Connect) of Energa Torun,Poland

Coach: Miodrag Veskovic (agency: Interperformances )


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Ivana Jalcova signs with Lotos Gdynia - by Eurobasket News
Ivana Jalcova (183-G-83) signs with Lotos Gdynia as the Polish team will be her first one abroad. The Slovakian Guard played in Dobri Anjeli Kosice since year 2004, but it is time for her to move on.
This season for Dobri Anjeli Kosice (Extraliga) she averaged 5.6ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 28.6%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 83.3% in EuroLeague and in Slovakian League after 30 games showed 6.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.2apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 59.0%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 78.1%.



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  SPAIN - Women  


Necolia Simmons heads to Codigalco Carmelitas - by Eurobasket News
Necolia Simmons (183-F/C-87, college: USF) heads to Codigalco Carmelitas as she signed the contract for 2011/2012 season. The American player arrives from Femenino Caceres where she finished last season.
In 2007-2008 Necolia Simmons started for USF (NCAA) and in 30 games averaged 11.0ppg, 7.3rpg, FGP: 41.7%, 3Pts: 30.0%, FT: 70.4%. In 2008-2009 she improved to .9ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 41.9%, 3Pts: 40.0%, FT: 69.2%. The season 2010-2011 she started for Clube Desportivo Torres Novas (Portugal-Liga Feminina, starting five) where she averaged 19.4ppg, 14.5rpg, 1.8apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 48.7%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 77.3%, but then moved to Femenino Caceres (Spain-LF2).
Necolia Simmons's top game in Portugal was at the Regular Season Round 2. Barcelos celebrated the first win in the season as they toppled visiting CDTN. Bridgette Reyes fired 23 points and dished out 8 assists for Barcelos. Collen Planeta accounted for 20 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in the victory. Necolia Simmons responded with 27 points and 22 rebounds for CDTN.



DeWanna Bonner joins forces with Perfumerias Avenida - by Eurobasket News
DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn) is the latest addition to Perfumerias Avenida that actually will be a great team to struggle with Ros Casares in the next season. Both teams brought already more than 10 superstars in their rosters, however do not want to stop on that.
The season 2010-2011 DeWanna Bonner started for Rivas Ecopolis (Spain-LFB, starting five) and in Spanish League became the fifth top-scorer with 15.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 29.3%, FT: 81.6%. In Euroleague after 12 games he was the fourth top-scorer with 18.8ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.0spg, FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 83.2%.
In her best game last season in Spain DeWanna Bonner and her Rivas Ecopolis overcame some tense moments to finally overcome MKB Euroleasing in Euroleague. DeWanna Bonner was unstoppable for the Spanish team tallying 33 points and 13 rebounds. DeWanna Bonner finished the starting frame with 12 points and the hosts enjoyed a 24:17 lead.
DeWanna Bonner will play this summer for Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) where she also played last summer. In 2010 her stats read 11.7ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 48.4%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 84.0%


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  SWEDEN - Women  


Italy beat Sweden again in Taranto - by Eurobasket News
Italy-Sweden 78-59

Italian National team again showed better effort and game winning over Sweden last night. This time the hosts overcame the Scandinavian team 78:59.
Italy started with 17-16 in the opening quarter but Sweden dominated the second frame. The guests grabbed the lead and reached 33:30 halftime advantage. The third period was however decisive in the game. The Italian squad needed a massive push to finish the thirty minutes with 55:42 lead. Moreover Italians increased to 19 points at the end of the game.
Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Francesca Zara (177-G-76, agency: Players Group) nailed 12. Valentina Siccardi (182-G/F-82) ended up with 11 points, while Jenifer Nadalin (187-F/C-83, college: Furman)n posted 8. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) answered with 22 points in the losing effort and Frida Grahn (184-F-88) notched 12. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) posted 7, while Stefanie Yderstrom (172-G-90) added 6.

Italy: Raffaella Masciadri 14, Francesca Zara 12, Valentina Siccardi 11, Jenifer Nadalinn 8
Sweden: Frida Eldebrink 22, Frida Grahn 12, Louice Halvarsson 7, Stefanie Yderstrom 6




Swedish National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Frida Eldebrink
Eldebrink
Frida Grahn
Grahn
Elisabeth Egnell
Egnell
Stefanie Yderstrom
Yderstrom
Louice Halvarsson
Halvarsson
#e#5
4 Josefin Olheim 176-G-86 Lulea BBK Sweden
5 Johanna Kallman 172-G-87 Norrkoping Sweden
6 Frida Eldebrink 174-G-88 Frisco Sika Czech Republic
7 Agnes Nordstrom 181-G-88 Gran Canaria Spain
8 Ann Andersson 183-F-80 Gran Canaria Spain
9 Frida Grahn 184-F-88 Lulea BBK Sweden
10 Elisabeth Egnell 185-F-87 Pozzuoli Italy
11 Frida Aili 179-G-88 Lulea BBK Sweden
12 Stefanie Yderstrom 172-G-90 Miami, FL USA
13 Danielle Hamilton-Carter 193-F Georgia Tech USA
14 Louice Halvarsson 189-C-89 Frisco Sika Czech Republic
15 Jenny Lidgren 191-C-88 08 Sweden

Lars Johansson Head Coach


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  UKRAINE - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Alina IAGUPOVA
  Dnipr.
  (181-G-92)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Iagupova, Dnipr.20.3 
 2. Ragin, Dynamo19.1 
 3. Williams, Dnipr.17.9 
 4. Rastorgueva, Donb.17.6 
 5. Yakunina, Lugans.17.4 
 6. Staschuk, Orlan17.3 
 7. Lubarskaya, Dynamo17.1 
 8. Markotenko, Frank.16.4 
 9. Grishina, Lugans.16.2 
 10. Rimarenko, Dynamo16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Elena STASCHUK
  Orlan
  (192-C-85)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Staschuk, Orlan10.9 
 2. Alyoshkina, Orlan10.5 
 3. Ragin, Dynamo10.0 
 4. Vukovic, Yuzhna P.9.8 
 5. Zherzherunov., Koz.9.7 
 6. Rimarenko, Dynamo9.5 
 7. Yaburova, Dnipr.9.3 
 8. Zarytska, Kozachka9.3 
 9. Yakunina, Lugans.9.0 
 10. Kiriyenko, Dnipr.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Alisa SIROMATNIKOVA
  Yuzhna P.
  (165-G-87)
  Avg: 6
 1. Siromatnikov., Yuz.6.0 
 2. Sharovka, Tim-Scuf5.1 
 3. Williams, Dnipr.4.7 
 4. Iagupova, Dnipr.4.6 
 5. Dubrovina, Kozach.4.6 
 6. Dubas, Frankivsk4.3 
 7. Lapshynova, Polite.3.9 
 8. Pokoiova, Kozachka3.7 
 9. Kashlei, Orlan3.6 
 10. Shapochkina, Yuz.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Olga DUBROVINA
  Kozachka
  (170-G-87)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Dubrovina, Kozach.3.9 
 2. Markotenko, Frank.3.4 
 3. Iagupova, Dnipr.3.3 
 4. Sharovka, Tim-Scuf3.1 
 5. Williams, Dnipr.3.0 
 6. Dubas, Frankivsk2.7 
 7. Panchenk-S., Koza.2.3 
 8. Siromatnikov., Yuz.2.1 
 9. Polyanychka, Frank.2.1 
 10. Lubarskaya, Dyna.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Lyubov ALYOSHKINA
  Orlan
  (202-C-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Alyoshkina, Orlan3.0 
 2. Zhyrakova, Polite.1.9 
 3. Shablynska, Polite.1.9 
 4. Bovykina, Dnipr.1.7 
 5. Yaburova, Dnipr.1.7 
 6. Zherzherunov., Koz.1.1 
 7. Staschuk, Orlan1.1 
 8. Kisilova, Kozachka1.1 
 9. Yakunina, Lugans.1.0 
 10. Maznichenko, Tim-.0.9 


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  USBA - Women  


WUSBA to move basketball season to a fall schedule; No air conditioning in some gyms - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga. (May 31, 2011) ----The Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) announced today it will move its basketball season to the fall. The season will begin on August 30, 2011 and end on November 4, 2011. The final preparation for the new time frame has begun. The league has all the necessary preparations set to properly conduct a successful basketball season. The season will field fourteen teams to begin its inaugural campaign. 'We set out to deliver twenty basketball teams and to play this summer, however, with no air conditioning in some of our gyms, Raleigh hit hard by the tornado and scheduling conflicts in seven other gymnasiums with summer camps and minor league baseball, the obstacles made it impossible to play ball over this summer, said WUSBA vice president Kenneth Green.

'We had originally planned to begin this summer, however when we discovered that four of our venues did not have central air conditioning, we had no choice. Everyone associated with the Women's United States Basketball Association has the basketball players safety first and foremost on their minds. We will accomplish all that is necessary to maintain the safe environment for our teams. We are truly grateful to be accepted in these great cities and towns, said Duane Allen Jenkins WUSBA president and C.E.O. ' We will honor all coaches and player agreements for the new schedule'.

'In the beginning, I stated that the WUSBA would assist female basketball players to continue their careers. We have created a system that will bring our league right underneath the WNBA. We plan to utilize former WNBA players as coaches and league staff. We will begin our inaugural season with 14 teams that are united in their dedication to bring top quality basketball to our team cities. The teams, coaches and players will share a common objective and a commitment to our fans' satisfaction; we will work together as community partners with our team cities.'

The following is the final list of teams for the WUSBA 2011 basketball season:

The Piedmont Division consists of the Charlotte Blue Wave, the Columbia Breeze, Winston Salem Cardinals and the Augusta Raging River

The Appalachian Division houses the Chattanooga Royal, the Knoxville Reign and the West Virginia Capitals.

The Atlantic Division has the Virginia Colonials, the Jacksonville Surf, the Savannah Seahawks and the Charleston Cadets

The Southern Division fields the Atlanta Platinum, the Macon Storm and the Birmingham Starz

'We had planned to start with twenty teams to begin with, however we could not lock down arenas in Tallahassee, Nashville, Lexington, Montgomery, Norfolk, and Raleigh just took a direct hit from that devastating tornado, so we go with fourteen teams.'

'We do not own any of these venues such as we are at the mercy of the school or university. When I discovered that four of our gymnasiums had no central air, we had to make a decision. Playing in the fall eliminates this issue. We are now arranging venue agreements to complete everything it takes to run a basketball league in the pursuit of our original goals.

We did even think to ask if these gymnasiums had central AC. I just assumed that they did, when I found out that the C.E. Gaines Center at Winston Salem State University did not have AC, I called all of the other venues and I was informed that four did not have central AC in the gym Virginia Union and Norcross High School does not have central AC.

'As I stand before you today, it is my pleasure to announce our march to the opening day of our 2011 basketball season; it is our goal to conduct proper preparation for the season.

Accordingly, I am pleased to announce the final formation of the for mentioned teams that will compete in the 2011 Women's United States Basketball Association basketball season. We will conduct our player acquisition in a manner consistent with major professional women's basketball.'

'We will present a great competitive product that will be entertaining to our fans, our team cities and the profession of basketball as a whole. We are extremely excited about future of our league and our 14 teams. We now have the time to do it right and I stand here today to assure that everything will be ready for our 2011 basketball season.'

'We'll see you, your family and your friends courtside in August 2011.'

'The Women's United States Basketball Association was formed in late March 2010, but the WUSBA concept was originally founded in July 2007. Through the months and years, we have faced a variety of challenges -- some of which seemed insurmountable at the time. The WUSBA will persevere through the tough economic adversities our country has faced and the WUSBA will persevere through this one, as well -- to emerge with a framework for the future, one that everyone will be proud to be associated with -- where our players and coaches have an opportunity to achieve their goals.'



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Mercury Waives Guard Taylor Lilley - by Eurobasket News
PHOENIX - The Phoenix Mercury waived guard Taylor Lilley (5'6''-G-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Oregon), the club announced today. The roster now stands at 13 players. The final 11-player roster is due to the league office on Thursday, June 2.
Lilley made the 2010 Mercury roster as an undrafted rookie out of Oregon and appeared in 21 games averaging 3.3 points per outing.

The Mercury opens the 2011 season on Saturday when it travels to Seattle to take on the defending WNBA champion Storm. The game will be broadcast on ABC with tipoff slated for noon PT.
Courtesy of: http://www.oursportscentral.com


Fever waive 2 players, including daughter of NBA star - by Eurobasket News
The Indiana Fever waived two players, cutting its roster to 12 before tonights preseason game against the Minnesota Lynx.

Abi Olajuwon (6'4''-C-88, college: Oklahoma) and Jene Morris (5'9''-G-87, college: San Diego St.) have been waived, the team announced in a statement.
Olajuwon, a 6-foot-4 center, is a second-year player and the daughter of former NBA great Hakeem Olajuwon. Morris is a 5-foot-9 guard who was drafted by the Fever in 2010. She saw limited action last year.

The Fever will have to cut one more player before the season opener on Saturday.
Courtesy of: www.indystar.com