EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/10/2011

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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Angolan National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Angolan National Team 2011
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Paulo Santana
Santana
Carlos Morais
Morais
Roberto Fortes
Fortes
Divaldo MBunga
MBunga
Miguel Kiala
Kiala
#e#5
Paulo Santana 183-G-84 Petroleos Luanda Angola
Carlos Morais 190-G-85 Petroleos Luanda Angola
Roberto Fortes 193-G-84 Petroleos Luanda Angola
Divaldo MBunga 206-C-85 Petroleos Luanda Angola
Miguel Kiala 198-C-90 Petroleos Luanda Angola
Domingos Bonifacio 189-G-84 Libolo Angola
Milton Barros 184-G-84 Libolo Angola
Simao Santos 198-F-79 Libolo Angola
Olimpio Cipriano 194-F-82 Libolo Angola
Leonel Paulo 198-C-89 Libolo Angola
Armando Costa 192-G-83 1 De Agosto Angola
Felizardo Ambrosio 201-F-87 1 De Agosto Angola
Kikas Gomes 200-C/F-80 1 De Agosto Angola
Eduardo Mingas 200-F-79 Interclube Angola
Jorge Tati 197-F-83 Interclube Angola
Joaquim Valdelicio 209-C-90 E.Utah JC USA



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  ANGOLA   


Angolan National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Angolan National Team 2011
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Paulo Santana
Santana
Carlos Morais
Morais
Roberto Fortes
Fortes
Divaldo MBunga
MBunga
Miguel Kiala
Kiala
#e#5
Paulo Santana 183-G-84 Petroleos Luanda Angola
Carlos Morais 190-G-85 Petroleos Luanda Angola
Roberto Fortes 193-G-84 Petroleos Luanda Angola
Divaldo MBunga 206-C-85 Petroleos Luanda Angola
Miguel Kiala 198-C-90 Petroleos Luanda Angola
Domingos Bonifacio 189-G-84 Libolo Angola
Milton Barros 184-G-84 Libolo Angola
Simao Santos 198-F-79 Libolo Angola
Olimpio Cipriano 194-F-82 Libolo Angola
Leonel Paulo 198-C-89 Libolo Angola
Armando Costa 192-G-83 1 De Agosto Angola
Felizardo Ambrosio 201-F-87 1 De Agosto Angola
Kikas Gomes 200-C/F-80 1 De Agosto Angola
Eduardo Mingas 200-F-79 Interclube Angola
Jorge Tati 197-F-83 Interclube Angola
Joaquim Valdelicio 209-C-90 E.Utah JC USA



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  ARGENTINA   


Changes for 2011/12 season: Liga Argentina replaces Liga B - by Facundo Iatzky
The next season will bring an important change in professional basketball in Argentina. Third division will pass to be managed by CABB instead on association of clubs, that will keep with Liga A and TNA. the idea is to create a league that include all the regions of the country to promote basketball there. It will count with 50 teams strategically separated in 4 conferences. Meanwhile each conference will have divisions. there will be a first round between teams of the same division. then, teams will play against the teams of the other division of their same conference. After that teams best positioned will play playoffs, trying to advance to TNA. The tournament will go between October and March. There will be a limit of 9 domestic major players. the rest of the team will be completed by U19 players.

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  AUSTRALIA   


Emus win first game in Russia - by Eurobasket News
The Emus have opened the second phase of their European tour with a win against Russia U18 Team 86 to 67. The game being played at Sports School #71 Timiryazevskaya in the Moscow Region.

Mitchell Creek (198-F/G-92) was the leading scorer for the Emus with 18 points followed by Hugh Greenwood (190-PG-92) with 17 points, Mitchell Norton (184-PG-93) and Lewis Thomas (203-F-92) both with nine points, Daniel Trist and Jackson Hussey (188-PG-92) with seven points.

The Emus had a good start to the game with the first six plays from transition baskets keyed off pressure defence. Russia then settled into their half court game continually slowing the pace of the game and bringing the margin to three points at the first break.

The second quarter was an arm wrestle with both teams trading baskets as the tempo slowed and the contest became more physical.

The Emus exploded out of the blocks at the start of the third quarter as they landed four triples in succession. Mitchell Norton with three and Hugh Greenwood with one. This opened up the game in favour of the Emus with the lead being extended to 17 at the final break.

The Emus coaching staff were able to rotate players throughout the final quarter. The Emus continued to mix up their defence and work on a various team structures. The Emus running out comfortable winners by 19 points.

Assistant Coach Paul Goriss commented that the pleasing highlight was the start of the third quarter as this has been our achilles heel over the previous three games. The team is now looking forward to the challenge of playing the second ranked European team in the remaining two games.

The Emus next game on the tour will be against Russia U19.

Final Score: Australia 86 defeated Russia U18 Team 67

1st Quarter: 22 - 19

2nd Quarter: 39 35 (17 -16)

3rd Quarter: 70 53 (31 - 18)

4th Quarter: 86 67 (16 - 14)
Courtesy of: www.basketball.net.au


Emus outlast Russia U19 side - by Eurobasket News
The Emus have defeated Russia U19 (68 61) in the first game of the two games series on a warm summer night in Moscow at the Sports School #71 Timiryazevskaya.

Hugh Greenwood (190-PG-92) was the leading scorer for the Emus with 17 points followed by Andrija Dumovic (207-C-83) with 14 points and nine rebounds, Mitchell Creek (198-F/G-92) 12 points and Jackson Aldridge (185-PG-92) with eights points.

Following stirring renditions of both countries national anthems, the Emus started the game in a promising fashion. The Russians then tested the Emus with some suffocating pressure defense. The Emus responded to the challenge going into the first break tied with their opponents 1212.

The Russians switching defenses took the Emus out of their flow offensively early in the second quarter. The Emus were able to match this with good ball pressure leading to several transition baskets. A dominant Dumovic display during this phase assisted the Emus to lead by eight points at the half time break.

The third quarter saw both teams struggling to gain ascendancy with many fouls being called. The Russians were able to gradually gain the upper hand as the quarter progressed and closed the gap to one point at the final break.

The final quarter was a see-sawing affair. An Emus time out later in the quarter had the desired effect with the Aussies through their changing defences unsettling their opponents. The Russians committed several turnovers with the Emus capitalising, scoring several baskets and opening up a winning lead. The Emus finishing the game seven point victors.

'This was a great win in an ugly but tough game of basketball,' said Head Coach Damian Cotter. 'Credit to the lads as they hung in there in the third quarter and then finally were able to make some plays down the stretch to get us over the line. This preparation has been invaluable for us as we head towards the World Championships.'

The Emus final game on the tour will be tomorrow and will also be the second in the series v Russia.

Final Score: Australia 68 defeated Russia 61

1st Quarter: 1212

2nd Quarter: 3426 (22 -14)

3rd Quarter: 5150 (17 - 24)

4th Quarter: 6861 (17 - 11)
Courtesy of: www.basketball.net.au


Sydney Kings land Alex Gynes - by Eurobasket News
The Sydney Kings strengthened their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Alex Gynes (198-F/G). Alex Gynes graduated from the Nova Southeastern University in 2011. The Aussie tallied 18.0 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game for the Sharks in his senior season. Alex Gynes was named into All-SCC Summary 2010/11 2nd Team.


Australian U19 National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Australian U19 National Team 2011
#s#
Jackson Aldridge
Aldridge
Mitchell Creek
Creek
Anthony Drmic
Drmic
Andrija Dumovic
Dumovic
Hugh Greenwood
Greenwood
#e#5
Jackson Aldridge 185-PG-92 AIS Australia
Mitchell Creek 198-F/G-92 S.Adelaide P. Australia
Anthony Drmic 196-F/G-92 Boise St. USA
Andrija Dumovic 207-C-83 High School USA
Hugh Greenwood 190-PG-92 Hobart C. Australia
Igor Hadziomerovic 195-G-92 Boise St. USA
Jackson Hussey 188-PG-92 AIS Australia
Mitchell McCarron 190-PG-92 Brisbane C. Australia
Mitchell Norton 184-PG-93 Townsville H. Australia
William Sinclair 206-C-92 Kilsyth C. Australia
Lewis Thomas 203-F-92 AIS Australia
Daniel Trist 204-F/C-92 Norths Bears Australia

Damian Cotter Head Coach
Paul Goriss Assistant


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  AUSTRIA   


Fears stays in Kapfenberg - by Stefan Heinrich
The Kapfenberg Bulls are very proud to announce that the American Guard Jeremy Fears (196-G-85, college: Bradley) signed a 3 year contract with the Bulls. The return of Fears was the main priority for the new Head Coach Ante Perica as he sees a great offensive player and prospective Go-to-Guy of the team. This season Fears arrived to Kapfenberg before the Play-Offs started and in 8 games he recorded 14.6 Points and 5.3 Assists per game. Fears will arrvie with his family in Kapfenberg in August.

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  BAHRAIN   


Simpson guides Hala to victory - by Yousef Ahmed

AL HALA took Game One in the best-of-three Golden Square semi-finals of the Zain Bahrain Basketball League last night, defeating 16-time champions Manama 93-88 at Zain Arena in Um Al Hassam. In a 40-minute see-saw encounter, Patrick Simpson (206-F-83, college: SMU) scored 30 points and 12 rebounds, inspiring Al Hala to a morale-boosting victory and stay on course towards securing a berth in the final. Ahmed Ali scored 19 points for the victors, while veteran Ahmed Malalla and Hamad Ali were also at peak form scoring 17 points each. Others who spearheaded Al Hala, being coached by Bahraini tactician Saleh Al Haddad, were Abbas Jawadi, Ahmed Jamal, Ali Abbas and Sadeq Jaffer.

Manama's coach Ahmed Najat was banking on Darius Rice (208-F-82, college: Miami, FL) who top-scored for Manama last night with a game-high 33 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists (Season 3rd triple Double).


Manama had great performance by local star Ahmed Al Mutawa (199-F/C-81, college: Broward CC) who scored 23 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Also Bader Abdulla scored 17 points.

Both teams will clash again on Sunday at 6pm at the same venue. Should Al Hala win again, they will progress to the final. However, the series will be extended to a third and deciding game if Manama emerge victorious. The winners will take on either top seeds Muharraq or fourth-ranked defending champions Al Ahli.

Al Ahli picked up a 91-81 victory over Muharraq last Wednesday in Game one. Game two between Muharraq and Ahli will be held on Saturday, The third and decisive games of both semi-final series, if needed, will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. The finals, which will also be best-of-three, are then set to tip off with game one on June 18. They then play game two on June 21, followed by a third and decisive affair, if necessary, on June 25.

Al Hala, who made it to the semi-finals after coming third in the recently-concluded playoff round, started yesterday's game in an outstanding fashion. Simpson and Malalla guided Al Hala to a massive 18-point lead of 37-19 in the 10-minute first quarter, scoring 13 and 11 points, respectively. Backed by hundreds of supporters, Al Hala maintained their rhythm with a solid defence while keeping their offence efficient in the second quarter, which also ended in their favour 55-40. Manama, the second-ranked club from the playoff, put up a brave show after the interval and managed to reduce the deficit to seven points (70-77) at the end of the third quarter. In the fourth and last quarter, Manama were finally level at 83-83 after four minutes with Rice and Al Mutawa being on target scoring the last 12 points combined for Manama. But Al Hala surged ahead, thanks to Simpson's eight-point contribution, while Ali and Jawadi made key efforts in the defence.


Source GDN
By Rami Hulayyel, Posted on Friday, June 10, 2011






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  BOSNIA   


Nedzad Sinanovic gets Spanish citizenship - by Eurobasket News
Unicaja Malaga announced that their player Nedzad Sinanovic (221-C-83) received a Spanish citizenship this week. It means that the 2.22cm tall giant will play for the club as a domestic player. Originally Bosnian, Nedzad Sinanovic joined Unicaja Malaga in 2009 from Real Madrid. He had limited playing time with Unicaja in their first season so they sent him on loan to Clinicas Rincon, where Sinanovic ended 2009/10. He had 13.5 ppg, 9.1 rpg and 1.6 bpg for 31 games in LEB Gold. This season Sinanovic played 23 games for Clinicas Rincon registering 13 ppg and 8 rpg. He also appeared 15 times in ACB with Unicaja adding 6 ppg and 5.1 rpg. Sinanovic got a chance in 5 Euroleague games as well, where he shined with 10.8 ppg and 5.4 rpg.
Before Unciaja, Nedzad Sinanovic played for Burgos (loan), Real Madrid, Koeln 99ers and Pepinster. He also played for the Bosnian team Citluk in the past. In 2007, Sinanovic was a member of the Bosnian National Team.


Darussafaka hires Aziz Bekir as new Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
Aziz Bekir (190-G-70) became the new Head Coach of Darussafaka. He will lead the team next season in TB2L. Bekir worked with Kepez Bld Antalya last season. Actually he was hired in February by Kepez, who reached TB2L Final Four. However, they had 0-6 at this stage and failed to win the promotion to TBL. Before Kepez, Aziz Bekir spent three years as Assistant Coach with Galatasaray. He also has experience with Ulker juniors. Bekir was a professional player from 1989 to 2000 and he also played for Bosnian National Team from 1993 to 1999. His Bosnian name is Adis Beciragic. As a player, Bekir was a member of Zeljeznicar, Bosna, Turk Telekom, Ulker and Hapoel Haifa.

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  CBL   


Galaxy down Saints - by Eurobasket News
Opening at home this past Friday night, the Tampa Bay Saints played their very first official game for the CBL as they hosted the Gainesville Galaxy.

The Saints got off to a quick start led by the strong backcourt combo of guards Chris Jean-Louis and Chris Holton.

Although the Saints fought hard in the first half and tried their best to keep up with the bigger Galaxy team, they found themselves down by 10 points at halftime, trailing 67-57.

The lack of experience showed and the Galaxy took full advantage led by the dominant play of an inside game Gerard Jackson (6'5''-F, college: ULM) who had 32 points and grabbed 25 rebounds.

The Galaxy had 6 other players score in double figures, 3 of them scoring in the 20's. Cori Gaither (6'5''-F-84, college: Shaw) 27 points, Jerrell Hopkins 25 points, and Corey Williams 22 points. The Saints, led by high scoring guard Chris Jean-Louis, who had 38 points, and forward Markale Ball who chipped in with 23 points. The final score 150-121!

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Florida Flight lose nail-biter to Gainesville Galaxy - by Eurobasket News
Gerard Jackson (6'5''-F, college: ULM) drilled a three-point shot from the right baseline with 13 seconds remaining, providing the winning margin of victory in the Gainesville Galaxy's 90-87 win over the Florida Flight.

The Flight led by one point at halftime and stretched their lead to seven going into the fourth quarter, but could not keep the hard-charging Galaxy at bay.

'There were two things that essentially sealed our fate,' said Flight Coach Mark King. 'We've got to prevent ill-timed defensive lapses and we have to box out better, especially on the defensive end. Gainesville was given too many second-chance points.'

Jackson paced all scorers with 26, while teammates Corey Gaither (16), Rodney Walker (6'7''-F) (13), Corey Williams (12) and Jurell Hopkins (10) also posted double-figure efforts for the Galaxy. Garvin Gordon (6'7''-F-78) scored 24 on 10-of-12 shooting to lead the Flight, while guard Freed Meeks scored 19.

'We've got six rookies on this team, so we have a different make-up than we had last season,' said Coach King. 'Our young players are hungry. We're going to keep working, finish this season out strong, and continue to build the foundational platform for a strong minor league basketball system here in the Avalon Park Community of East Orlando!'

The Galaxy's win squares the season series at two wins apiece, making the final weekend of the regular season an important one. After traveling up to Birmingham to play the Sabers on June 10th, the Flight finish the regular season with a double-header weekend at home against Gainesville on Saturday, June 18th and Heartland on Sunday, June 19th. Both games will likely have playoff implications.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  CHILE   


Libsur 10th round results - by Cristian Quiroga
North Group
C. D. Victoria 79 - A. B. Temuco 62
VIC: Felipe Acuna 27 ptos., Cristian Zamorano 10 ptos.
TEM: Carlo Ciocca 17 ptos., Martin Ferreira 12 ptos.
C. D. Lautaro 44 - C. D. Valdivia 77
LAU: Rodrigo Larrain 11 ptos., Martin Pino 8 ptos.
VAL: Angel Labrin 26 ptos., Camilo Toro 13 ptos.
C. D. Animas 64 - C. D. Imperial 43
ANI: Guillermo Avendano 13 ptos., Jhonny Gomez 10 ptos.
IMP: Gustavo Inostroza 10 ptos., Ariel Freire 9 ptos.

South Group
C. D. U. Lagos 52 - Dep. Castro 77
ULA: Haralt Funk 13 ptos, Esteban Toledo 10 ptos.
CAS: Gonzalo Velasquez 25 ptos., Carlos Sepulveda 13 ptos.
ABA Ancud 77 - C. D. S. Osorno 60
ABA: David Ramirez 18 ptos., Pedro Sandoval 11 ptos.
OSO: Patricio Coccio 21 ptos., Gerardo Conejeros 17 ptos.
C. D. Espanol 83 - CEB Pto. Montt 59
ESP: Samuel Carrillo 23 ptos., Carlos Garcia 17 ptos.
PMT: Max Vargas 22 ptos., Diego Llanos 8 ptos.



Standings - LIBSUR
LIBSUR Standings
North Group
 1. Victoria 7-2 
 2. CD Valdiva 6-2 
 3. AB Temuco 6-3 
 4. CD Las Animas 5-3 
 5. CD Carahue 4-4 
 6. CD Imperial 2-7 
 7. Lautaro 0-9 
South Group
 1. AB Ancud 10-0 
 2. CD Castro 9-1 
 3. U.Los Lagos 6-4 
 4. CD Puerto Varas 4-5 
 5. Aleman 3-6 
 6. CB Osorno 3-7 
 7. CD Puerto Montt 2-8 
 8. Espanol O. 2-8 


Copa Chile, 2nd game 2nd round playoffs results - by Cristian Quiroga
Friday, June 3th
Deportivo Valdivia 60 - Osorno Basquetbol 69 (Osorno leads 1-0)
Saturday, June 4th
Espanol de Talca 60 - Universidad Catolica 49 (Espanol leads 1-0)
Puente Alto 95 - Estadio Espanol 47 (Puente Alto leads 1-0)
Stadio Italiano 51 - CD UdeConce 76 (UdeConce leads 1-0)
Palestino 54 - Liceo Mixto 101 (Liceo Mixto leads 1-0)
Sunday, June 5th
Colegio Los Leones 52 - Boston College 93 (Boston College leads 1-0)


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  CHINA   


Chinese U19 National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Xiaochuan Zhai
Zhai
Zhelin Wang
Wang
Muhao Li
Li
Ailun Guo
Guo
Zirui Wang
Wang
#e#5
Zhai Xiaochuan 205-F-93 Beijing China
Wang Zhelin 213-C-94 Fujian China
Li Muhao 218-C-92 DongGuan China
Sun TongLin 208-C-92 DongGuan China
Ju Mingxin 200-F/G-93 Changan Group China
Guo Ailun 192-G-93 Liaoning China
Wang Zirui 190-G-93 Zhejiang G.L. China
Zhu Xuhang 207-F-93 Changan Group China
Gu QuAn 203-F-92 DongGuan China
Xing Zhiqiang 203-F



China Wins 2 of 3 in Second Round of U-19 Exhibitions - by Arthur Volbert
China's U-19 team defeated Australia 70-68 in the first game of the second round of its junior tournament. It had defeated Australia 85-60 in the first round. But these games are for practice. Guo Ailun played 27 minutes but no one else played more than 19. All 14 players on the team participated.

Zhai Xiaochuan (205-F-93) was the top scorer with 11 points, and added 4 rebounds. Wang Zhelin had 10 points and 4 rebounds while Li Muhao had 10 points and 6 rebounds. Each played about 15 minutes. Ju Mingxin (200-F/G-93) had 10 points in 13 minutes. Guo Ailun had 6 points and 4 asssists. Sun Tonglin had 3 points but contributed 7 rebounds in 15 minutes.

In the second game of the second round China defeated Spain 69-62. China had lost to Spain 95-94 in the first round. Ju Mingxin led the way with 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals in 22 minutes. Guo Ailun had 14 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 23 minutes. Wang Zhelin had 10 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists in 28 minutes. Sun Tonglin had 9 points and 6 rebounds in 24 minutes. Li Muhao had 7 points and 4 rebounds in 24 minutes.

In the third game China lost to a USA squad 73-63. It had beaten this team 105-92 in the first round. Guo Ailun played only 3 minutes in this game, missing all 4 of his shots. Li Muhao played the most, at 21 minutes. This game was obviously used as practice. Ju Mingxin was China's best player with 19 points and 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. Zhai Xiaochuan had 11 points and 9 rebounds in 19 minutes. Wang Zirui had 8 points, 2 assists and 3 steals. The newest player on the team, Xing Zhiqiang, had 4 points and 6 rebounds in 14 minutes. He has performed well in limited minutes and may be heard from more in the future.

Right now the rotation appears to include, in order of importance, Guo Ailun, Ju Mingxin, Zhai Xiaochuan, Li Muhao, Wang Zhelin, Sun Tonglin, Wang Zirui, Zhu Xuhang and Gu Quan. The team seems to be leaning toward a big lineup featuring Wang Zhelin, Li Muhao and Sun Tonglin at the center-power forward positions with Ju Mingxin as shooting guard and Guo Ailun at the point.


The CBA and China figure to play a part in the looming NBA lockout - by Eurobasket
The CBA and China figure to play a part in the looming NBA lockout, which is set to begin on June 30th. As player resumes become flashier, and competition improves 10 fold in the CBA, so have salaries, they have sky-rocketed past what the norm in China use to be and even past many European teams.

NBA players may want to strongly consider China, as it is one of the few markets that offer lucrative on court contracts as well as a society that embraces basketball off the court, companies such as PEAK,ANTA, and LI-NING have all signed big name players to endorsement deals in hopes of capturing their own global popularity. The CBA season is short compared to most professional leagues, as it runs short of 5 months.

Some of the things that players will have to get use to, is the travel, which can be tedious, long, as the country is LARGE to say the least. Also, the language barrier can be difficult, unlike most countries, where English is predominately a 2nd, or 3rd language, English probably is not even in the top 10 in China, as most native people learn bits and pieces, certainly not enough to carry/maintain a conversation, they primarily learn it from watching American TV.

The most critical and difficult transition for any American/Non-Chinese player is the food, sure there are fast food places such as KFC,McDonalds etc, but some claim the flavor is different, others say it is better. The traditional Chinese cuisine tends to rub some of the foreign athletes the wrong way, as it is not your typical Chinese fast food, allah Panda Express.

All in all, China has swiftly become one of the fastest growing markets for everything, and that includes sports. Basketball has all but EXPLODED in China, where NBA players, past and present are seeking business opportunities, as the well runs dry in the US, China's runs deep.


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  CROATIA   


Aleksandar Petrovic will not continue with Cedevita - by Eurobasket News
Aleksandar Petrovic (agency: Interperformances ) will not continue with Cedevita in the next season. The Croatian Head Coach and the team announced of parting away.
In April 2010 Aleksandar Petrovic (agency: Interperformances ) was hired by Cedevita Zagreb (A1) and stayed until the end of this season. This season was one of the best for the team ever. In the National League the team won the regular season and only lost to Zagreb in the Finals. Zagreb managed to beat Cedevita 85-89 on the road and they needed an overtime to do it. The Finals series ended with 3-0, despite Cedevita had a home court advantage in this series. Zagreb celebrated twice on the road and once at home to win the trophy.
Moreover Aleksandar Petrovic (agency: Interperformances ) made everything he could for Cedevita that wrapped up their EuroCup campaign on a high note. They defeated Benetton in Treviso to clinch the Bronze medals. Everything was decided in the dying seconds in this low-scoring affair. Corsley Edwards came up with key offensive rebound late in regulation and hit a decisive free throw to propel Cedevita to the victory.


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  D-LEAGUE   


Cavs explore bringing NBA D-League team to Covelli - by Eurobasket News
The Covelli Centres executive director says hes talked with Cleveland Cavaliers and National Basketball Association Development League officials about bringing a Cavs-affiliated minor-league team to the Youngstown facility.

Nothing is set in stone, said Eric Ryan, the center's executive director. Weve had discussions, but theres no deal. Were always exploring any opportunity that comes up. The D-League is a growing league and looking to expand.

One obstacle, he said, is the NBA D-League season runs concurrent to the season of the United States Hockey Leagues Youngstown Phantoms, an amateur hockey team that plays its home games at the Covelli Centre. The USHLs regular season is between September and March, and the D-Leagues regular season is between November and April.

Scheduling games for both teams would be the challenge. It needs serious consideration, Ryan said. Its also the busiest time for the center for other events.

Its still very preliminary, Ryan said. Theyre in the exploratory stage, and so are we.

Ryan said Cavaliers officials contacted him about a month ago on bringing a team here.

The Phantoms contract with the city-owned center guarantees the hockey team will play at least two more seasons at the arena.

Bruce Zoldan, the Phantoms owner, said he wants his team to stay at the center even longer.

Im in it for the long haul, he said.

Sharing the center with a D-League team certainly could be an issue, Zoldan said. On the other hand, Im looking out for the benefit of the Covelli Centre. Id be interested in talking with the Cavs to work this out and to market jointly.

Zoldan said a Cavaliers official left a telephone message for him recently, but he hadnt returned the call as of Tuesday.

If the two teams work together to share advertising and sponsors as well as attract ticket holders while coordinating their schedules, both could succeed, Zoldan said.

Operating in the same confines in my mind without cooperation and partnership would be problematic, he said. A fight for local sponsorships and local dollars with one team shop and one primary locker room at the center would be a problem.

A partnership would work, Zoldan added.

Zoldan also said hed be very interested in a joint partnership of the basketball team with the Cavs.

The Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors share a D-League franchise in Erie, Pa., called the BayHawks.

Tad Carper, senior vice president of communications for the Cavaliers, declined to comment on having a team in Youngstown.

In an email to The Vindicator, Carper wrote: We have had a really good D-League experience through our affiliation with the Erie BayHawks over the last several seasons and we continue to place a premium on the player development process within our franchise and our culture. As a result of our very positive experience with Erie and our strong commitment to player development for the future, we are now in the process of reviewing and considering various options for us to operate our own D-League franchise versus just having an affiliation as we have had in the past. Were keeping all options open at this point.

Erie will have a D-League team next season, said Casey Wells, executive director of the Erie County Convention Center Authority, which oversees the Louis J. Tulio Arena in Erie, Pa., the home of the BayHawks. But he isnt sure about the teams NBA affiliation.

The NBA wants each of its 30 teams to have its own D-League team, said Wells and Ryan. There are currently 16 D-League teams.

When Youngstown was looking for a national firm to manage the center in early 2008, the Cavaliers Operating Co. submitted a joint proposal with International Facilities Group of Chicago. As part of its proposal, the Cavs and IFG officials said there would be a Cavaliers D-League team for the facility in 2009.

But the Cavs and IFG pulled out of the running in March 2008 when the city insisted Ryan, then-interim executive director of the center, remain on staff on a full-time basis. The city selected SMG over Global Spectrum in May of that year.

Courtesy of www.vindy.com


D-Fenders D-League team, owned by Lakers, will resume play in 2011-12 - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles D-Fenders announced today that the team will return to operation in the NBA Development League, the NBAs official minor league, for the 2011-2012 season after a one-season hiatus. The D-Fenders, owned and operated by the Los Angeles Lakers, will resume their single affiliation with the 2009-10 NBA Champions, and will play their home games at Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, Calif.

We are excited to continue our investment in the NBA Development League as it continues to evolve into a basketball and business asset for NBA teams, said D-Fenders Chief Executive Joey Buss.

Were thrilled to welcome the Los Angeles D-Fenders back to the NBA Development League, said NBA D-League President Dan Reed. The Lakers have been an outstanding partner with the NBA D-League for years, and their return further reinforces our growing significance to the NBA especially considering they are now one of seven NBA teams with a one-to-one affiliation. Were excited about the terrific fan experience they plan to provide at Toyota Sports Center.

With the D-Fenders return, the NBA Development League now features seven teams with lone NBA affiliates. Both the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs also fully own and operate their affiliates, the Tulsa 66ers and Austin Toros, respectively. The Houston Rockets, New Jersey Nets and New York Knicks have hybrid affiliations with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Springfield Armor and Erie BayHawks, respectively, controlling the basketball operations of their NBA D-League affiliates, while the Dallas Mavericks are singly affiliated with the Texas Legends.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


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Kalev/Cramo release Kristo Orula - by Eurobasket News
Kalev/Cramo have decided not to renew the contract of Kristo Orula (186-G-85). The 25-year-old guard joined the team at the start of the previous season. Kristo Orula tallied 3.3 points per game in BBL. In VTB-League the guard averaged 2.1 points per appearance. In Estonian League Kristo Orula posted 6.6 points, 1.4 assists and 1.2 boards per game. In 2009/10 season Orula played for TTU/KK. The guard recorded 12.3 points, 2.6 boards and 2.3 assists per game in EMKL and received Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Honourable Mention.


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INTERNATIONAL: Ville Kaunisto back to France - by Rauno Hurmalainen
29-year-old Finnish Forward Ville Kaunisto (204-F-82) will play professional basketball again abroad. Kaunisto transfered already from Kouvot (Kouvola) to Honka (Espoo), but the player had an opportunity to negotiate with European Teams untill the end of June. Now French Ada Blois Basket (NM1) and Kaunisto have signed a 1-year-contract for coming 2011-12 season. Kaunisto averaged last season 13,9 ppg - 10,6 rpg on top level (Kouvot, Kouvola) in Finland. Kaunisto has played earlier also in Switzerland, Italy, France and in Spain.

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France roll past Turkey for second straight win - by Eurobasket News
France U20 - Turkey U20 77:65

French U20 National Team registered the second consecutive victory over their Turkish counterparts in the exhibition series. The teams met in Trappes. Theo Leon (178-G-92) and Will Yeguete (200-F) accounted for 10 points each in the victory.
The hosts stunned their opponents in the first half. France opened the game with a 13:1 run. They maintained the pressure and recorded a 17:8 lead at the first break. Lebrun gave the home team a 20-point lead midway through the second stanza 38:18. France ensured a 41:23 halftime advantage. The hosts kept their opponents at bay throughout the third period. France arrived at the final intermission up by 15 points 60:45. The visitors got within 9 points midway through the final quarter Canter and Firat Toz dragged Turkey as close as 5 points with under five minutes remaining. But France quickly restored a 10-point buffer and rallied to the victory at the end. Evan Fournier (198-G/F-92) provided 9 points for the winners. Furkan Aldemir (205-F-91) responded with game-high 16 points and 7 rebounds. Cenk Sekeroglu (200-F-91) delivered 13 points in the losing effort.

France U20: Theo Leon 10, Will Yeguete 10, Evan Fournier 9
Turkey U20: Furkan Aldemir 16, Cenk Sekeroglu 13




Bourg add Ousmane Barro - by Eurobasket News
Bourg inked a deal with Ousmane Barro (208-C/F-84, college: Marquette). The 26-year-old centre played for Zob Ahan of Iran in the previous season. In 2009/10 season Ousmane Barro had a spell for Szolnoki in Hungary. The Senegalese centre averaged 15.6 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.9 steals per game in Hungarian League. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Centre of the Year in 2010.


Paris-Levallois bring Da Silva - by Eurobasket News
Paris-Levallois bring Philippe Da Silva (192-G-79) for the next season. The last two seasons the Portuguese Guard stayed with ALM Evreux Basket. In 2009/2010 season he became the top player in Assists section averaging high 8.1 per game. Moreover his stats read 10.0ppg, 4.8rpg, Assists-1 (8.1apg), 2.0spg, FGP: 40.2%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 68.9%. This season for ALM Evreux Basket (France-ProB, starting five) he averaged 9.8 points per game and 7.8 assists. Twice this season he recorded 14 assists a game.
At the Regular Season Round 12: Saint Vallier was defeated at home by Evreux 97-89. Evreux trailed by 1 points after three quarters before their 31-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Portuguese guard Philippe Da Silva (192-79) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 assists.
The team also announced keeping Christophe Denis for the next season.


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Darrell Bullock stays in Voelklingen - by Daniel Poerschke
US-Point Guard Darrell Bullock (185-G, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Wells) signed a contract extension with the Baskets 98 Voelklingen of the german 1. Regionalliga South-West for the 2011/12 season. Bullock led his team to the 2. Regionalliga championship last season with more than 24ppg. He joined the team last summer after a four year career at NCAA 3 Wells University. 'Darrell played a very good season for us and we are happy, that we were able to re-sign him for the 1. Regionalliga', says Voelklingen Head Coach Joerg Arand.

Derrick Allen (Alba Berlin) I Was Most proud That We Showed Enough Charachter To Come Back - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) is a 30 year old 203cm forward that grew up in Gadsen Alabama and is playing his first season with Alba Berlin. He is a rugged inside player who attacks the glass, will provide help on the boards, is a solid defender in the post, a competitor and hard worker that can score facing the basket and has shooting range to the foul line. He started his career at Southern Union State from 1998-2000. He then transferred to Mississippi and played there from 2000-2003. He then started his professional basketball career in Iceland playing for Keflavikur ripping up the FIBA Europe Cup playing 8 games and averaging 26.6ppg, 9.4rpg, 2.5apg, 1.8spg and playing 22 games in the Iceland league averaging 23,4ppg, 10.5rpg. He won the Icelandic league and cup title in his rookie season. In 2004, he ventured to Germany and has played there ever since with two years in Karlsruhe, one year in Leverkusen and played with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners from 2007-2010 playing 148 games for them. In 2006-2007, he led Leverksuen into the playoffs and led the BBL in scoring playing 38 games and averaging 16.5ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.2apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 50.6%, 3FGP: 32.3%, FT: 72.2%. In 2007-2008, he was second best scorer in the BBL for Frankfurt playing 43 games and averaging 18.1ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 75.6%; and playing 10 ULEB Cup games finishing as the third best scorer averaging 19.9ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 54%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 72.9%. In 2008-2009, he averaged 12.9ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 53.5%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 76.4%. In 2009-2010 he averaged 14.4ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 53.2%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 76.2%. Currently he is averaging 13,4ppg, 4,2rpg and 1,2apg. He has reached five BBL playoffs in seven seasons. He spoke to Eurobasket before game 3 against the Brose Baskets Bamberg.

Congrats on the 80-71 win against The Brose Baskets Bamberg in game 2. After three loses against Bamberg this season finally the first win. How much pressure did you feel considering that with a loss and down 0-2, it would have been extremly difficult to win the last three in a row.


We didnt think about going down 0-2. I thought we just took the opportunity to win this game and thats what we did.

Bamberg started very quickly leading 15-2. Was it just nervousness or why did Bamberg jump on Alba Berlin so fast?


I thought Bamberg just made their shots early and we didnt.

Have you ever seen so many easy missed lay ups inside as was seen in the first quarter?


Nah I havent, but those types of things happen sometimes.

In the second quarter, Alba Berlin finally found their rhythm and started a furious comeback going on a 19-7 run to retake the lead 35-34. What did Alba Berlin do better in this phase to get the lead back?

We played our game, pushed the tempo, and we played aggressive on defensive.

In the fourth quarter, the game was deadlocked at 58-58 before Alba Berlin wnet on an 9-0 run and Bamberg countered with a 9-0 to tie the game at 67-67. Alba Berlin kept their cool and went on a 11-2 run to seal the win. What are you most proud of that the team accomplished in this phase to get the victory?

That we won the game, and we showed enough character to come back in the game.


Alba Berlin forced Bamberg to 16 turnovers and to early foul trouble. What was the biggest strength on defense on this night?

It was one key to the win, but we also rebounded very well also.

Dirk Nowitzki led the Dallas Mavericks to another comback win despite 102 fever. Mavericks coach Rick Carlise called his player the greatest to ever play the game. Where do you rank Nowitzki in your own ranking?


Dirk is for sure a all-time great, but where does he rank. Im not sure, but I can say. Dirk is the greatest 7 footer to ever shoot the basketball.

2-2 in the NBA finals. How will the next games go? Will Nowitzki continue to do his magic or can Lebron, Wade and Bosh take care of business?

Dirk is doing everything to keep Dallas tied in the series, but I think the big 3 of Miami will pull it through. I got Miami in 7.

Allen Iverson wants to give the NBA another shot.Do you think he should give it anothe rtry or just hang them up at 36?

Why shouldnt AI have another shot. He is one of the greatest to play the game. Just some things in his past that hurts him now. Jason Kidd is 38, and has at least 2 more years left. I think AI still has a lot left.

Thanks Derrick for the chat.



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Gagaloudis considering moving abroad again - by George Fragkos
After another good season with the team of Marousi BC, Yannis Gagaloudis (191-G-78) is ready to move abroad again. According to his agent, Gagaloudis has received proposals from several clubs from Greece but also some other clubs from Europe have shown interest in signing the player. More specifically, clubs from Turkey and Italy, where he has previously played for Lottomatica, have offered him a contract, which he is currently considering very seriously.

In Marousi, the 33-year-old guard made some good appearances, being a member of the starting five of a team which almost made it to the semi-finals of the championship, but eventually finished at the 5th place. His scoring average was 11.1 points per game and he also helped with his assists, giving 3.1 per game.


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Thor Thorlakshofn sign 4 new players - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Thor Thorlakshofn the new team in Iceland Express League has sign 4 new players for the upcoming season
American guard Darrin Govans 6'1' guard out of St. Joseph's. Govans had a short stop in D-League with Reno Bighorns but did not make the team.
Serbian forward Marko Latinovic (202-F-87, college: Erskine) 6'8' out of Erskine College (NCAA 2) He also played a season after College in Dhivehi Sifainge in Maldives league.
Two Icelandic players also sign with the Club. Gudmundur Jonsson (191-G-84) shooting guard from Njardvik and Darri Hilmarsson (191-F/G-87) forward who was at Hamar last season.



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Camberio Varese targets Szymon Szewczyk - by Eurobasket News
Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) will likely change the team in the next season. Cimberio Varese are reportedly negotiating contract with the Polish player. The 28-year-old centre played for Air Avellino since 2009. Last season Szymon Szewczyk averaged 14.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game in Seria A. Szymon Szewczyk played for Poland at 2009 EuroBasket. The centre tallied 5.2 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in Poland. Previously Szymon Szewczyk had stints with Lokomotiv Rostov, Scafati Basket, Union Olimpija, ALBA Berlin, Braunschweig, Polpharma, Szczecin.


Farewell, Mike the Teacher! - by Antonello Varallo
Former NBA and Serie A star Mike Mitchell is dead after a long struggle against cancer.
He was drafted in 1978 by Cleveland, and he spent 10 seasons in NBA, playing 759 games with 19.8 ppg. His best season was 1980-81: he ended the regular season with 24.5 ppg. After the end of his NBA career, Mitchell moved to Europe, and after one year with Brescia and another one with Napoli, he won Israelian League with Maccabi Tel Aviv. In 1992 he joined Reggio Emilia, becoming a legend of that team and one of the best players of Italian League. Mitchell played 323 games in Italy, scoring 28.1 ppg (9064 points), adding 7.9 rpg with 52,5% from 2 and 40.8% from 3. He had fought, and won, a battle against drugs, and he used his name and his reputation to help people with drug addiction.


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Lebanese National Team Summer 2011 Schedule - by Asia-Basket Lebanon
The Lebanese National Team started its preparations for the FIBA Asia Championshiop which will be held in Wuhan China from 15 till 25 September 2011.
The LBF appointed Peter Schomers as the new head coach of the National Team after parting away with Tab Baldwin. The new head coach invited a group of players to join the team for the summer preparation period.
The team will start its preparation by playing in the WABA Men Championship which will be held in Duhok Iraq from 21 till 25 June 2011 , then a tournament in Belarussia from 14 till 17 July and the King Abdallah Tournament in Jordan (21-27 July 2011).The LBF is looking to have another camp or tournament in August.
The LBF is looking in some names to replace Jackson Vroman who didnt help too much the national team in the past 2 years with reference to the new coach and the LBF.
One major issues for the National Team this summer is that some big names of the past years are not willing to join the team like Fadi Khatib , Rony Fahed , Daniel Faris the other issue will be to pick the Best Nationalized player.
The players invited to the National Team are :
Fadi Khatib ,Patrcik Bou Abboud,Miguel Martinez,Rodrigue Akl,Karam Mechref,Ali Mahmoud, Jean Abed El Nour,Amir Saoud,Omar Turk,Bilal Tabarra,Mohamad Ibrahim,William Pharis,Rony Fahed,Elie Estephan,Ghaeb Reda, Daniel Faris,Ali Kanaan, Nadim Souaid,Roy Samaha,Charles Tabet,Joseph Abi Kheres,Elie Rustom,Bassel Bawji,Mohamad Hamdar, Ali Haidar ( from the NCAA).


Lebanese National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Lebanese National Team 2011
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Fadi Khatib
Khatib
Miguel Martinez
Martinez
Rodrigue Akl
Akl
Karam Mocharef
Mocharef
Ali Mahmoud
Mahmoud
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Fadi Khatib 199-F-79 Al Riyadi Lebanon
Patrick Bou Abboud 199-F-87 Champville Lebanon
Miguel Martinez 188-G-88 Champville Lebanon
Rodrigue Akl 190-G-88 Al Riyadi Lebanon
Karam Mocharef 188-G-92 Champville Lebanon
Ali Mahmoud 185-G-83 Al Riyadi Lebanon
Jean Abed El Nour 197-G/F-83 Al Riyadi Lebanon
Amir Saoud 188-G-91 Al Riyadi Lebanon
Omar El Turk 188-G-81 Al Riyadi Lebanon
Mohamad Bilal Tabbara 195-F-93 Al Riyadi Lebanon
Mohamad Ibrahim 192-G-83 Al Riyadi Lebanon
William Pharis 206-F/C-81 Al Riyadi Lebanon
Rony Fahed 186-G-81 Sagesse Lebanon
Elie Estephane 195-G/F-86 Sagesse Lebanon
Ghaleb Rida 190-G-81 Sagesse Lebanon
Daniel Faris 206-F-87 Sagesse Lebanon
Ali Kanaan 206-F-85 Al Riyadi Lebanon
Nadim Souaid 192-F-86 Antranik Lebanon
Roy Samaha 205-F/C-84 Anibal Lebanon
Charles Tabet 205-C Anibal Lebanon
Joseph Abi Khares 200-F-88 Anibal Lebanon
Elie Roustom 197-F-87 Moutahed Lebanon
Bassel Bawji 204-F-89 Moutahed Lebanon
Mohamad Hamdar 202-C-88 Hoops Lebanon
Ali Haidar 200-F-90 Michigan Tech USA

Peter Schomers Head Coach Al Kuwait Kuwait


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Lithuania U19 edge Birstono Jazz-Diremta in friendly - by Eurobasket News
Lithuanian U19 National Team continued their preparations for the upcoming World Championship. They faced Birstoni Jazz-Diremta team in the exhibition encounter in Panevezys. Lithuanian selection claimed a comfortable 79:44 victory at the end.
Lithuania dominated in the first half. They held Jazz-Diremta to 10 points in the first quarter and posted an 8-point lead ten minutes into the game. The margin grew at 12-point mark at the interval 37:25. Lithuania boosted the gap in the third term. U19 team recorded a 21-point lead heading into the fourth frame and never slowed down en route to the victory. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) came up with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks. Vytenis Cizauskas (190-G-92) added 12 points and 9 rebounds, while Zygimantas Skucas (200-F-92) had 10 points in the victory. Tomas Mickevicius (186-G-90) answered with 14 points for Jazz-Diremta. Domantas Aputis (194-F-91) accounted for 10 points in the loss.



Vilmantas Dilys moves to Lietuvos Rytas - by Aurimas Rimselis
Vilmantas Dilys (208-F-87, agency: Interperformances) next season will be able to show what he are worth. He signed 2+1 contract with Lietuvos rytas. The last season Vilmantas Dilys started in Adakris and later moved to Perlas Vilnius, where scored 15 pts, collected 6 rbs and made 2 ass in average.
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius two week ago signed a contract with other tall player - Predrag Samadziski.

Vilmantas Dilys carreer:

2003-2004: Sabonis basketball school
2004-2005: Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL),
2007-2008: Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL),
2008-2009: Vilniaus Sakalai (LKL)
2009-2010: TraiskirchenLions (Austria)
2010-2011: Naglis - Adakris (LKL), Perlas (LKL)

source: bc.lrytas.lt


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AS Sale and Wydad Casablanca advanced to the Final - by Eurobasket News
AS Sale and Wydad Casablanca advanced to the Final winning the Semifinal series over their opponents. AS Sale won both games over Chabab Rif Al Hoceima. At first the team rolled over them 93:78 away from home and then added 116:82 victory. Wydad Casablanca meanwhile lost the first game to Raja Casablanca 65:72, but then responded with the confident 82:63 win.
The first Final games will be played on June 11th.



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Sources: Pistons to interview Kelvin Sampson, Bill Laimbeer, others - by Eurobasket News
The Pistons are beginning the interview process for a head coach.

According to sources, the Pistons have been granted permission to speak with Milwaukee Bucks assistant Kelvin Sampson , former college head coach at Indiana and Oklahoma.

They've also been granted permission to interview former Piston Bill Laimbeer , who's an assistant in Minnesota, as well as Lawrence Frank , Doc Rivers' lead assistant in Boston. Frank was also a head coach in New Jersey.

The Pistons also will interview Mike Woodson.

Courtesy of http://detnews.com


Report: Sixers, Clippers talk Kaman-Iguodala trade - by Eurobasket News
After rumors surfaced on Tuesday of a possible trade that would send Andre Iguodala (6'6''-G-84, college: Arizona) to the Golden State Warriors for shooting guard Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85), yet another trade rumor surfaced Wednesday.

ESPN.com is reporting that the Sixers discussed a potential trade with the Los Angeles Clippers to get Chris Kaman (7'0''-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) in exchange for Iguodala.

Kaman was an All-Star in 2010. The 6-foot-11 center has averaged 12 points and eight rebounds for his career.

The Sixers arent hiding the fact they are on the market for a big man. The team could end up drafting a big in the upcoming draft.

However, with DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin in the fold, the Clippers have an excess of quality post players to use in any potential trade.

The deal would free up a starting spot for Evan Turner, who the Sixers took with the second overall pick last year.

According to the report, trade negotiations are only in the preliminary stages, but the trade makes sense for both sides as the two teams would deal from positions of strength.

Kaman and Igoudala both share the same agent Rob Pelinka.

Courtesy of www.csnphilly.com


The Mavs win Game 4, Lebron Takes The Blame - by Eddie King
This series is 2-2 now and it seems as If Miami could swept the series by now, but on the other hand Dallas could easily won game 3, so we have to take it for what it's worth, which is a great series. The story of the game is not that Dallas won (which is should be) but how inaffective Lebron James (260, G/F '85) was throughout the game. He looked to be totally disengaged and wasn't forcing the issue at all with the ball in his hands.

If he would've shot 3 for 20 and was attacking, then people would've still gave him some blame, but it would 've been seen as a bad game, and Dallas would've recieve more credit. But for him to shoot 3 for 11 and hardly if ever attack off of the dribble, or even look at the basket when coming off of a pick and roll has left fans and media alike 'dumb founded'

Watching the game there really is no explanation as to why he played the way he did. It just makes you remember about last year in Game 5 against Boston where he seemed 'disengaged' and didnt want to be there. But back then a lot of people thought it was because he didnt believe that he could beat Boston and was mentally gone from Cleveland anyway (which I don't believe either to be true). He's now playing with Wade and Bosh, and just a good offensive game from Lebron wouldn't garnered the Heat a win and 3-1 strangle hold over this series. That's why it's more mind-boggling that he would play like that with what was on the line.

He evev seemed to be not focused in the 4th quarter on defense either, as Jason Terry (205, G '77) went off of a huge 8 point in the final stretch. Whatever is happening is mental, and I'm pretty sure both him and Wade will have a long conversation about where's Lebron head at. All that being said, I have no doubt that he will come back and have a monster game in game 5, but Dallas (who is a great team) like Miami get more confidence with every win in the Finals, as they should.

Lebron is the most polarizing athlete in the world, so He's almost damned if he do, damned if he don't, but game 4 was bad news and He cant have another like it or Dallas will be Hoisting the Championship Trophy at the end!

Story brought to by: Author Eddie King


D-Fenders D-League team, owned by Lakers, will resume play in 2011-12 - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles D-Fenders announced today that the team will return to operation in the NBA Development League, the NBAs official minor league, for the 2011-2012 season after a one-season hiatus. The D-Fenders, owned and operated by the Los Angeles Lakers, will resume their single affiliation with the 2009-10 NBA Champions, and will play their home games at Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, Calif.

We are excited to continue our investment in the NBA Development League as it continues to evolve into a basketball and business asset for NBA teams, said D-Fenders Chief Executive Joey Buss.

Were thrilled to welcome the Los Angeles D-Fenders back to the NBA Development League, said NBA D-League President Dan Reed. The Lakers have been an outstanding partner with the NBA D-League for years, and their return further reinforces our growing significance to the NBA especially considering they are now one of seven NBA teams with a one-to-one affiliation. Were excited about the terrific fan experience they plan to provide at Toyota Sports Center.

With the D-Fenders return, the NBA Development League now features seven teams with lone NBA affiliates. Both the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs also fully own and operate their affiliates, the Tulsa 66ers and Austin Toros, respectively. The Houston Rockets, New Jersey Nets and New York Knicks have hybrid affiliations with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Springfield Armor and Erie BayHawks, respectively, controlling the basketball operations of their NBA D-League affiliates, while the Dallas Mavericks are singly affiliated with the Texas Legends.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Heat's LeBron James: Game 5 vs. Mavs is 'biggest game of my life' - by Eurobasket News
LeBron James (6'8''-F-84), coming off the lowest-scoring playoff game of his career, is gearing up for what he said is 'probably the biggest game of my life and I'm approaching it that way. Well, not probably, it is.'

He has ample motivation after DeShawn Stevenson (6'5''-G-81, agency: Priority Sports) said James sort of 'checked out'' of Game 4 when he saw that Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) was taking over the Heat's offense.

Wade said he believes the Mavericks' commentary on James' invisible Game 4 (in the scoring department, at least) will be plenty of motivation for James.

'It fuels him,'' Wade said. 'It adds a little extra fuel to the gas tank. No question. So we appreciate Dallas. But even if he lost focus, to help get his focus back, we appreciate the words that are coming out of their mouths.''

Coach Rick Carlisle said he's not overly concerned about anything the Mavericks may have said in the last 48 hours.

'None of that stuff is meaningful at all,'' he said. 'Once the ball gets thrown up between the lines, all of that stuff is manufactured stuff from the media.

'Look, I got some crazy guys. And I love them. You want to have that kind of crazy guys on your team this time of year.''

Dirk Nowitzki said he expects vintage LeBron to be on display tonight at American Airlines Center.

'I try to never really worry about what people say,'' Nowitzki said. 'You got to play your own game and he's been around long enough and he's going to recover. Every time you come off a suspect game, I think what you try to do is attack, try to establish yourself early and get your confidence up.

'That's what we're expecting, for him to really come out firing and set the tone. So we got to be ready defensively. I think that's where we made a mistake in Game 3 after the win. We weren't ready to play on the defensive end. And that's what got us in trouble. So hopefully we'll be ready for that.''

What the Heat may have to guard against, of course, is James trying to do too much too quickly in tonight's game to the detriment of the team concept.

Courtesy of www.dallasnews.com


'Private Equity Prince' Josh Harris just bought the Sixers cheap - by Eurobasket News
It was almost ten years ago that Allen Iverson provided the last memorable moment in Philadelphia 76ers history.

He'd shocked the L.A. Lakers with a three-pointer in overtime, and then emphatically stepped over a defeated Tyronn Lue on his way back down the floor.

Now, the embattled franchise is set to be sold by owners Ed Snider and Comcast-Spectacor.

The sale comes as a relief to both Snider and Sixers fans.

Fans, many of whom believe that Snider cares more about his beloved Flyers than his ugly-duckling basketball team, will hope new ownership breathes life into the perpetually mediocre franchise.

Snider, for his part, will be able to focus on his other ventures and avoid a potentially costly player lockout this summer.

The new ownership group, lead by billionaire private equity prince Joshua Harris, will reportedly seal a deal worth between $270 and $290 million in the coming days.

While the Sixers may be one of the most boring, least star-studded teams in the NBA, this could turn about to be a steal for Harris and friends. Heres why.

Forbes valued the Sixers at $330 million in January, ranking them 17th among NBA teams. In a lot of ways, this ranking is understandable. In the past three years attendance at the Wells Fargo Center has been horrific: 23rd in 2009, 26th in 2010, and 25th in 2011. Those numbers are even more embarrassing considering that the Sixers made the playoffs in two of those years.

During this period, the Philly front office mismanaged the team into the uninteresting, middle-of-the-road group thats such a chore to watch 82 times a year.

They have sunk too much money into too many overvalued players (looking at you, Elton Brand and Andrew Iguodala). This effectively put them in NBA limbo too good too earn the high draft pick it takes to luck into a star, but lacking the cap room necessary to sign a difference-maker. Even when they fell into the second-overall pick in the 2010 draft, no potential superstars were on the board and they ended up with Evan Turner.

So without a star or a legitimate chance of winning interested has dwindled, TV ratings have sagged, and the Sixers value has fallen just below Utahs.

But this does not have to be the case.

As the fifth-largest metro area in the country, Philadelphia has an inherent advantage over its competitors.

Seven of the eight most valuable franchises in the NBA New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Houston, Dallas, Miami, and Phoenix call one of the ten-largest metro areas home.

Simply put, to be one of the richest franchises in the league, you have to be located in a big-time city. Only a few franchises have that luxury, and the Sixers are one of them.

To monetize this inherent advantage, the Sixers have to overcome a disturbingly low level of local interest that has become the norm since Iverson left.

In a sports-mad city, the Sixers are by far the least popular of the four major pro teams. The Phillies 2008 World Series title placed them in a class above the rest in the minds of Philadelphia sports fans. The Eagles are consistently a contender in the countrys most popular sports. The Flyers have a loyal following and an owner (ironically, Ed Snider) obsessed with winning a Stanleys Cup.

The Sixers? Eh, not so much.

But as hard as it will be to get out of local sports cellar, there is already a precedent for such a rise: the transformation of the Phillies since 2002.

In 2001 and 2002 the Phillies ranked 24th in the majors in attendance, averaging just 21,000 fans per game. Now, the Phillies are the sixth-most valuable franchise in the league, and will sell out their 168th-straight game tonight.

Theres no reason why the Sixers cant be this decades Phillies.

With a revamped front office that resists handing out multi-year contracts to the Jason Kaponos of the world, the Sixers should be able to unload Andre Iguodala for a young player that can complement the promising Jrue Holliday-Evan Turner backcourt. From there, they can let the team develop until the 2012-2013 season when they will have enough salary cap room to add a legitimate superstar (assuming the cap rules are similar to what they are now).

But perhaps the biggest thing Harris and his buddies have working for them is the dirty little secret of Philadelphia sports: Philly is a basketball town.

This sounds counter-intuitive considering the popularity of the Phillies and Eagles in recent years. But if you take all levels of the sport from the NBA to Junior ABA basketball is bigger than baseball or football in Philly by far. The city supports five major college teams and a high school scene thats (as Ive witnessed) surprisingly intense.

If Harris and friends can turn the Sixers into a contending team with at least one star, they can tap into the passion for the sport that already exists in pickup games and college arenas all over town. And if they tap into that passion, $290 million will seem like highway robbery.

Courtesy of www.businessinsider.com


NBA Draft Rumors: Jimmer Fredette won't work out for Bucks - by Eurobasket News
Jimmer Fredette (6'2''-G) does not plan to work out for the Milwaukee Bucks, according to Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (via HoopsHype). The Bucks pick No. 10 in the 2011 NBA Draft, which would appear to be toward the high end of Fredette's range. Jimmer, a standout at BYU and college basketball's National Player of the Year, is working out for the Sacramento Kings on Thursday. The Kings have the No. 7 pick in the June 23 draft. But most mock drafts slot Fredette between No. 13 and No. 19.

Gardner doesn't explain why Fredette would skip the Bucks except to quote a recent interview Jimmer did in Salt Lake City that focuses on fear of falling into the wrong situation. Milwaukee is a defensive-minded team with obvious holes up front and entrenched if underwhelming veterans (John Salmons, Corey Maggette and Carlos Delfino, though all also play small forward) at shooting guard.

Fredette is also working to convince teams he can play point guard in the NBA. Milwaukee has young Brandon Jennings at that position.

Courtesy of www.sbnation.com


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  NCAA1   


Hartford will host Men's and Women's 2012 Basketball Championships - by George Manousidis
For the third straight year, the America East Conference has chosen the Hartford as host for its Men's and Women's Basketball Championships. The leagues Athletic Directors made the decision to send the combined tournament back to West Hartford in 2012 during the conferences annual meetings in Portsmouth, N.H. this morning.

We are thrilled that our Basketball Championship, the conferences signature event, will return to Hartford for a third straight year, said America East Interim Commissioner Shonna Brown. Our last two tournaments have been great experiences for our teams and fans and this will give us the opportunity to build off the excitement that has been established in Hartford and make the experience even better in 2012.

The 2012 America East Mens and Womens Basketball Championships will be held on March 1-4, 2012 at Chase Arena at the Reich Family Pavilion on Hartford's campus. The first, quarterfinal and semifinal rounds for both the men and women will be held at the combined tournament, while the title games will again both be held the following weekend at the site of the highest seeds remaining.

Being able to host the mens and womens basketball championship for a third-straight year is a unique opportunity, said Patricia H. Meiser, Director of Athletics at the Hartford. I am thrilled that the conference would like to continue to build off of the momentum from the past two conference championships held at Hartford. This opportunity is very much made possible because of the support from the campus and the community. Our arena provides a unique and fan friendly environment in hosting the championship and we look forward to welcoming all nine conference schools, their teams and their fans back to campus in March.

Following the same format as the last two years, both first round games will be held Thursday, March 1, while the womens quarterfinals will follow on Friday, March 2. The mens quarterfinals will be scheduled for Saturday, March 3 and both the mens and womens semifinal tilts will take place Sunday, March 4. The highest seeds remaining in both the mens and womens tournament will host the championship games with the mens title game on Saturday, March 10 and the womens final tentatively set for that same day.

The last two America East Championships, which were presented by Newmans Own, have drawn nearly 30,000 fans to Chase Arena at the Reich Family Pavilion, the Universitys 3,508-seat facility. The last two tournaments have also featured the largest title sponsor in conference history in Newmans Own, whose Foundation also sponsored a Campus Community Challenge, which has contributed more than $200,000 to organizations in America East communities over the last two years.

Prior to the combined format, which is in its third year, Hartford had hosted the America East Womens Championship seven times in the previous eight years. The womens championship had utilized a single-site format since 1998. Maine hosted the first single-site event, followed by University of Vermont in 1999, 2000 and 2001, and Hartford in 2002-06. The tournament traveled to Binghamton in 2007 before returning to Hartford in 2008 and 2009.

The America East Mens Championship has utilized the present format of a single site for the first rounds, with the championship game played at the higher remaining seed since 1996. University at Albanys SEFCU Arena hosted the tournament in 2009, while Binghamton Universitys Event Center was the site of the championship in 2006 and 2008. Boston University hosted at Agganis Arena in 2007 and at Walter Brown Arena in 2003 and 2004, while the Terriers were a co-host in 2002 at Matthews Arena. The championship was played at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Del. from 1996 to 2001.

Hartford has attracted more than 78,000 fans to championship games at Chase Arena since 2002. The Hawks also led the conference last season, drawing an average of 1,327 fans for womens basketball games.

Ticket information for the 2012 championship will follow at a later date.

Courtesy: America East Communications


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  NCAA3   


Darrell Bullock stays in Voelklingen - by Daniel Poerschke
US-Point Guard Darrell Bullock (185-G, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Wells) signed a contract extension with the Baskets 98 Voelklingen of the german 1. Regionalliga South-West for the 2011/12 season. Bullock led his team to the 2. Regionalliga championship last season with more than 24ppg. He joined the team last summer after a four year career at NCAA 3 Wells University. 'Darrell played a very good season for us and we are happy, that we were able to re-sign him for the 1. Regionalliga', says Voelklingen Head Coach Joerg Arand.

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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jack LEASURE
  Taranaki.
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Leasure, Taranaki.23.3 
 2. Hudson, Manawatu.20.7 
 3. Abercrombie, Waika.20.6 
 4. Webster, Wellingt.20.3 
 5. Smith, Waikato P.19.7 
 6. Pace, Bay Hawks19.5 
 7. Dora, Nelson G.19.4 
 8. Bradshaw, OceanaG.19.1 
 9. Polyblank, Southla.18.7 
 10. Campbell, Taranak.18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Waika.
  (216-C-87)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Pledger, Waika.11.8 
 2. Horvath, Manawatu.11.4 
 3. Vukona, Nelson G.10.5 
 4. Campbell, Taranaki.10.5 
 5. Allred, OceanaGo.10.4 
 6. Seay, Waikato P.9.3 
 7. Johnson, Wellingt.9.0 
 8. Bradshaw, OceanaG.8.4 
 9. Grizzard, Nelson G.8.3 
 10. Frank, Wellington8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Waikato P.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Crowe, Waikato P.7.1 
 2. Dickel, Southland6.1 
 3. Tait, Wellington S.5.8 
 4. Braswell, Southlan.5.2 
 5. Martin, Auckland.4.6 
 6. Kench, Manawatu J.4.4 
 7. Smith, Waikato P.3.8 
 8. Boucher, Auckland.3.7 
 9. Jones, Nelson G.3.2 
 10. O''Gallagher, Ocea.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jerry SMITH
  Waikato P.
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Smith, Waikato P.2.8 
 2. Crowe, Waikato P.2.8 
 3. Boucher, Auckland.2.5 
 4. Seay, Waikato P.2.3 
 5. Kench, Manawatu J.2.0 
 6. Dickel, Southland1.8 
 7. Allen, Waikato P.1.8 
 8. Braswell, Southlan.1.6 
 9. Frank, Wellington1.6 
 10. Vukona, Nelson G.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Waika.
  (216-C-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Pledger, Waika.3.0 
 2. Seay, Waikato P.1.5 
 3. Allred, OceanaGo.1.5 
 4. Iti, Southland S.1.3 
 5. Spicer, Southlan.1.2 
 6. Anthony, Waika.1.1 
 7. Campbell, Taranaki.1.1 
 8. Brown, Auckland P.1.0 
 9. Vukona, Nelson G.1.0 
 10. Johnson, Wellingt.0.9 


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  POLAND   


Dainius Adomaitis stays with Energa Czarni - by Eurobasket News
Dainius Adomaitis agreed on terms of contract extension with Energa Czarni. The 37-year-old specialist took over the team back in 2009. Dainius Adomaitis led Energa Czarni to 14-8 record in PLK regular season. The Slupsk team then reached PLK semifinal series where they lost to Asseco Prokom.


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Season Scout - Ovarense - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
It was a disappointing season to one of the most titled Portuguese teams. Mario Leite had to put all the pressure in their national players, while in the foreigners side, only Matt Webster has shown quality to play at this level. The team guaranteed a playoff spot, but thats less than the expected, even if financial problems are imposing a lower budget in Ovar. The good thing is Nuno Cortez (205-C-82) season. The responsibility of leading the team made him do his best season ever.

The Season
Ovarense Dolce Vita lost their first game of the season facing Ginasio and the first signs of disappointment were already there. The truth is this team has never had, during all season, a big moment, with all they could do was a three win in a row at the end of the Leagues first round. For all the worst, Ovarense Dolce Vita lost their last seven league games, making them wait until almost the end to secure their playoff spot. It was a bad season, with a limited roster, mostly by the quality of their foreigner players.

The Player
Nuno Cortez. We all knew he was one of the best Portuguese post players. We just needed to see him playing a season like this. 16.9 points, 10 rebounds, 2.7 steals. He was the National Player of the Year and grab a place in All-defensive team. He was also the Most Improved Player of the Year. With him was always Matt Webster. Another very strong post player, that gave Ovarense Dolce Vita a big strength in the paint. Outside, Nuno Manarte and John Waller, who played only eleven games, also merit some recognition.

The Prospect
Jose Miguel Barbosa (176-G-90). He hadnt more minutes than last season, but hes showing evolution. Hes a astute player, with a lot of heart and capable to go in the game with an aggressive attitude. With Manarte getting older, Ovarense Dolce Vita are expecting a lot from Barbosa. Hes showing hes got what it takes to play this role.



Paris-Levallois bring Da Silva - by Eurobasket News
Paris-Levallois bring Philippe Da Silva (192-G-79) for the next season. The last two seasons the Portuguese Guard stayed with ALM Evreux Basket. In 2009/2010 season he became the top player in Assists section averaging high 8.1 per game. Moreover his stats read 10.0ppg, 4.8rpg, Assists-1 (8.1apg), 2.0spg, FGP: 40.2%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 68.9%. This season for ALM Evreux Basket (France-ProB, starting five) he averaged 9.8 points per game and 7.8 assists. Twice this season he recorded 14 assists a game.
At the Regular Season Round 12: Saint Vallier was defeated at home by Evreux 97-89. Evreux trailed by 1 points after three quarters before their 31-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Portuguese guard Philippe Da Silva (192-79) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 assists.
The team also announced keeping Christophe Denis for the next season.


Mario Saldanha explaines the new foreigners rule - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
In the presence of eight clubs (missed Porto, Academica, Ginasio and CB Penafiel) - it was agreed that ,next season, the number of foreigners a club can sign up for will be four.

The Federation was in a waiting position, although they had noticed that it was the clubs desire this change. President Mario Saldanha was clear in stating that he could not go against the wishes of the clubs, preferring to discuss other rules to defend the national player. 'I accepted this decision only because its enforced by the clubs. I think it is an onerous measure for the league, but against whom theres nothing I can do. This gentlemen's agreement was the desire of clubs, so I can only have to regulate this matter. '

But Mario Saldanha hopes that this increased number of foreigners in the Portuguese League does not mean only a reduction of space to the Portuguese athlete in competition and increased expenditures for the clubs. 'This change will be beneficial if the fourth foreign player has quality and helps improve the teams performance. I hope that this change does not mean only an increase in costs, but will serve to enhance the Leagues quality. '

Trying not to reduce the space of Portuguese players in the clubs, the Federation requires that the use of four foreigners have very clear rules. 'The clubs, in order to use the four foreigners, are obliged to have twelve registered players on the scoresheet. If they do not, they would only be able to play with the three foreigners, as it was the case until now. '

*By the FPB Press Office



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  PUERTO RICO   


Puerto Rico name Flor Melendez National Team head coach - by Eurobasket News
Puerto Rican basketball federation has appointed Flor Melendez National Team head coach. The federation spent weeks of negotiations and evaluation of other candidates. The list was cut to 7 names and Flor Melendez was chosen among those. Flor Melendez was last seen in Argentina. The veteran coach worked with Libertad Sunchales. Earlier he guided Bayamon, Independiente, Vasco da Gama, Mayaguez, San German, Marinos, Trotamundos. Flor Melendez worked with Argentinean National Team back in 1992/93. The specialist took over Puerto Rico in 1999. He also worked as coach assistant with Puerto Rico in 2002/06. Flor Melendez was named Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Coach of the Year in 2005.


Quebradillas parts ways with Sherron Collins - by Eurobasket News
Quebradillas decided to part ways with Sherron Collins (180-G-87, college: Kansas) just one day after his arrival. According to some sources, the former NBA player was not in shape and that was the reason why Quebradillas decided not to keep him.
Sherron Collins started the season with the Charlotte Bobcats. He appeared 16 times in the NBA averaging 1.1 points. In December, the Bobcats assigned him to their affiliate Maine Red Claws, where Collins had 12 ppg, 1.6 rpg and 3.2 apg for 5 games. In March, Collins moved to Lietuvos Rytas but they parted ways soon after that.
Sherron Collins is a University of Kansas product, where he graduated last year. He had 15.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 4.5 for them as a senior. Collins helped Kansas to win the NCAA title in 2008. He had 9.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg and 3.1 apg that season.


Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
 1. Bayamon 16-8 
 2. Guaynabo 15-10 
 3. Arecibo 15-11 
 4. Santurce 14-11 
 5. San German 13-10 
 6. Quebradillas 13-11 
 7. Humacao 11-14 
 8. Coamo 10-17 
 9. Mayaguez 9-15 
 10. Isabela 8-17 


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Angel Daniel VASSALLO
  Guaynabo
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 25.1
 1. Vassallo, Guaynabo25.1 
 2. Ramos, Quebradillas23.8 
 3. Johnson, Humacao21.4 
 4. Dalmau, Bayamon21.4 
 5. Ayuso, Arecibo20.1 
 6. Villegas, Coamo19.5 
 7. Romero, Mayaguez18.6 
 8. Harris, San German18.6 
 9. Randolph, Isabela16.9 
 10. Carmona, Mayaguez16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Manuel Antonio NARVAEZ
  Coamo
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Narvaez, Coamo12.6 
 2. Randolph, Isabela12.1 
 3. Harris, San German11.9 
 4. Pruitt, Guaynabo11.3 
 5. Ramos, Quebradillas10.9 
 6. Lloreda, San G.10.5 
 7. Romero, Mayaguez9.7 
 8. Rickert, Bayamon9.5 
 9. Sweetney, Santurce9.3 
 10. Shannon, Bayamon8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Bayamon
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Dalmau, Bayamon6.1 
 2. Brown, Quebradillas5.9 
 3. Clemente, Humacao4.8 
 4. Guzman, Guaynabo4.8 
 5. Clinch, Isabela4.5 
 6. Apodaca, Quebradil.4.3 
 7. Rivera, Mayaguez4.1 
 8. Vega, Coamo4.0 
 9. Copeland, San G.3.8 
 10. Berdiel, Humacao3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Isabela
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Hinson, Isabela1.9 
 2. Robinson, Mayaguez1.6 
 3. Rivera, Mayaguez1.6 
 4. Clinch, Isabela1.5 
 5. Carmona, Mayaguez1.5 
 6. Hodge, Santurce1.4 
 7. Dalmau, Bayamon1.4 
 8. Santiago, Santurce1.4 
 9. Chaney, Santurce1.4 
 10. Harris, San German1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Penn, Humacao2.7 
 2. Traylor, Bayamon2.0 
 3. Santiago, Arecibo2.0 
 4. Romero, Mayaguez1.9 
 5. Sanchez, Santurce1.9 
 6. Aubry, Arecibo1.7 
 7. Lee, Bayamon1.7 
 8. Randolph, Isabela1.5 
 9. Harris, San German1.3 
 10. Robinson, Mayagu.1.3 


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  ROMANIA   


Ivan Ivanovic and Jarrett Howell extend contracts with Gaz Metan - by Eurobasket News
Gaz Metan secured the services of their key players for the next season. The team agreed on terms of contract extension with Ivan Ivanovic (205-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) and Jarrett Howell (188-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Texas Arlington).
Ivan Ivanovic joined the team at the start of the previous season. He tallied 12.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in Romanian League. Ivan Ivanovic was named into Eurobasket.com Romanian League All-Bosmans Team in 2011. Ivan Ivanovic played for Montenegrin National Team in 2008.
Jarrett Howell will enter his third season with Gaz Metan Medias. Last season the point guard averaged 14.2 points, 5.2 assists and 2.7 rebounds per appearance. He made it into Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League 2nd Team. Last season our site named Jarrett Howell All-Romanian League Guard of the Year.



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  RUSSIA   


Emus win first game in Russia - by Eurobasket News
The Emus have opened the second phase of their European tour with a win against Russia U18 Team 86 to 67. The game being played at Sports School #71 Timiryazevskaya in the Moscow Region.

Mitchell Creek (198-F/G-92) was the leading scorer for the Emus with 18 points followed by Hugh Greenwood (190-PG-92) with 17 points, Mitchell Norton (184-PG-93) and Lewis Thomas (203-F-92) both with nine points, Daniel Trist and Jackson Hussey (188-PG-92) with seven points.

The Emus had a good start to the game with the first six plays from transition baskets keyed off pressure defence. Russia then settled into their half court game continually slowing the pace of the game and bringing the margin to three points at the first break.

The second quarter was an arm wrestle with both teams trading baskets as the tempo slowed and the contest became more physical.

The Emus exploded out of the blocks at the start of the third quarter as they landed four triples in succession. Mitchell Norton with three and Hugh Greenwood with one. This opened up the game in favour of the Emus with the lead being extended to 17 at the final break.

The Emus coaching staff were able to rotate players throughout the final quarter. The Emus continued to mix up their defence and work on a various team structures. The Emus running out comfortable winners by 19 points.

Assistant Coach Paul Goriss commented that the pleasing highlight was the start of the third quarter as this has been our achilles heel over the previous three games. The team is now looking forward to the challenge of playing the second ranked European team in the remaining two games.

The Emus next game on the tour will be against Russia U19.

Final Score: Australia 86 defeated Russia U18 Team 67

1st Quarter: 22 - 19

2nd Quarter: 39 35 (17 -16)

3rd Quarter: 70 53 (31 - 18)

4th Quarter: 86 67 (16 - 14)
Courtesy of: www.basketball.net.au


Emus outlast Russia U19 side - by Eurobasket News
The Emus have defeated Russia U19 (68 61) in the first game of the two games series on a warm summer night in Moscow at the Sports School #71 Timiryazevskaya.

Hugh Greenwood (190-PG-92) was the leading scorer for the Emus with 17 points followed by Andrija Dumovic (207-C-83) with 14 points and nine rebounds, Mitchell Creek (198-F/G-92) 12 points and Jackson Aldridge (185-PG-92) with eights points.

Following stirring renditions of both countries national anthems, the Emus started the game in a promising fashion. The Russians then tested the Emus with some suffocating pressure defense. The Emus responded to the challenge going into the first break tied with their opponents 1212.

The Russians switching defenses took the Emus out of their flow offensively early in the second quarter. The Emus were able to match this with good ball pressure leading to several transition baskets. A dominant Dumovic display during this phase assisted the Emus to lead by eight points at the half time break.

The third quarter saw both teams struggling to gain ascendancy with many fouls being called. The Russians were able to gradually gain the upper hand as the quarter progressed and closed the gap to one point at the final break.

The final quarter was a see-sawing affair. An Emus time out later in the quarter had the desired effect with the Aussies through their changing defences unsettling their opponents. The Russians committed several turnovers with the Emus capitalising, scoring several baskets and opening up a winning lead. The Emus finishing the game seven point victors.

'This was a great win in an ugly but tough game of basketball,' said Head Coach Damian Cotter. 'Credit to the lads as they hung in there in the third quarter and then finally were able to make some plays down the stretch to get us over the line. This preparation has been invaluable for us as we head towards the World Championships.'

The Emus final game on the tour will be tomorrow and will also be the second in the series v Russia.

Final Score: Australia 68 defeated Russia 61

1st Quarter: 1212

2nd Quarter: 3426 (22 -14)

3rd Quarter: 5150 (17 - 24)

4th Quarter: 6861 (17 - 11)
Courtesy of: www.basketball.net.au


Unics release Slavko Vranes, target Nathan Jawai - by Eurobasket News
Unics have decided to split ways with Slavko Vranes (229-C-83, agency: Beo Basket). The 28-year-old centre joined the team at the start of the season. Slavko Vranes tallied 2.5 points and 2.4 rebounds per EuroCup game. In VTB-League his stats read 5.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per appearance. Slavko Vranes also posted 1.4 points and 2.1 rebounds in Russian PBL.
Unics in the meantime eye Nathan Jawai (207-C-86, college: Midland CC). The 24-year-old Australian centre played for Partizan in the previous season. Nathan Jawai averaged 10.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in Adriatic League. In Euroleague the centre registered 9.1 points and 5.0 rebounds. Nathan Jawai had 8.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists in A1 League.



CSKA Moscow targets Sammy Mejia - by Eurobasket News
CSKA Moscow is very active on the market, despite they still didnt sign anyone officially. The latest news is that CSKA is very close to sign a deal with Sammy Mejia (198-G-83, college: De Paul), who currently plays for Cholet. The Russian powerhouse also showed interest for the player during the season.
Sammy Mejia played 10 Euroleague games for Cholet this season averaging 15.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists. The team was close to reach Top16. In France, Mejia has 18.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 3.7 rpg in 34 games. Cholet advanced to Grand Final, where they will try to defend the title from the last season. Their rival will be Nancy. Mejia played for Cholet also in 2009/10. In the past he was a member of AEL Larissa, Capo dOrlando and Fort Wayne Mad Ants. He is a product of De Paul University, where he graduated in 2007.


CSKA Moscow wants Mirza Teletovic - by Eurobasket News
CSKA Moscow has serious intention to sign Bosnian power forward Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket). According to Spanish media, Teletovic has a valid contract with Caja Laboral until 2015 but he wants to leave them and to join CSKA this summer. Reportedly, Teletovic verbally agreed on terms with CSKA, but they will have also to agree with Caja Laboral for the release.
Mirza Teletovic joined Caja Laboral (former Tau Ceramica) in 2006 from Oostende. Just a year after that Teletovic became one of their best players and paced them to ACB league title in 2008 and 2010. Caja Laboral was also Copa del Rey winner in 2009 and Teletovic was named MVP. This season, Teletovic appeared 38 times in ACB averaging 14.6 points and 5 rebounds. In Euroleague, he added 15.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg for 20 games. Caja Laboral stayed without the trophy this season. They reached Euroleague Quarterfinals and ACB Semis.


Nenad Krstic close to CSKA - by Eurobasket News
Few sources announced already that Nenad Krstic (214-C-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) signed with CSKA. His contract is about $6.000.000 in two years.
In 2008-2009 Nenad Krstic played already in Russia. That time he signed $4,778,548 deal with Triumph Lyubertsy (Russia-A Superleague, starting five) and in Eurocup Qualifications averaged 16.0ppg, 8.5rpg, while in EuroChallenge his stats read 12.0ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.3apg. In 2009-2010 moved to Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA, starting five) and in 82 games averaged 8.3ppg, 5.1rpg, FGP: 49.8%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 74.2%. This season he started for Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA, starting five), but in February was traded to Boston Celtics (NBA).
With Boston he recorded 20 points this season when Boston surge to beat the Celtics 108-103 for its fourth straight win.
For the National team he showed 13.5ppg, 7.5rpg, FGP: 49.0%, FT: 70.5% at the World Championships in Turkey. At that time Serbia reached the Semifinals of the tournament.



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  SERBIA   


Nikola Lepojevic wins 'Player of the Year' in Russian B Superleague - by Eurobasket News
Nikola Lepojevic (199-F-82, agency: BeoExcell) had an impressive season in Russia. The Serbian guard played for Universitet-Yugra Surgut averaging 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 36 B Superleague games. He helped Surgut win the first place in regular season with 31-9 record. They reached the Playoff Finals after that, but failed against Spartak Primorie. For his performance Lepojevic was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Russian B Superleague Player of the Year -11.
Nikola Lepojevic moved to Surgut last summer from Politekhnika-Halychyna. He played for them also on season 2008/09. At that time Lepojevic had 11.4 ppg, 3 rpg and 1.7 apg for 27 Superleague games. In the past, he also was a member of Polpak Swecie, Khimk Yuzny, Larissa and Crvena Zvezda. Lepojevic started his career with Sloga Kraljevo.


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Slovak U18 selection victorious in Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News
Slovakian U18 National Team overcame their Czech Republic counterparts in a friendly game. The teams clashed in Luhacovice. Slovakia quickly surged ahead. The visitors posted a 33:23 lead at the interval. Slovakia maintained the advantage throughout the second half. They eventually claimed a 73:57 victory. Simon Krajcovic (185-G-94, agency: FCM) knocked down 19 points to pace Slovakia. David Flaska (200-F-93) added 15 points, while Andrej Skvarek (204-C-94) netted 14 in the winning effort.


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Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Vladimir PANIC
  Zlatorog
  (194-F-82)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Panic, Zlatorog20.4 
 2. Raymond, Helios17.7 
 3. Simovic, Sentjur17.4 
 4. Erzen, Parklji16.9 
 5. Thondique, Polzela16.3 
 6. Harmason, Sentjur15.1 
 7. Djapa, Geoplin Slo.14.7 
 8. Nuhanovic, Elektra13.6 
 9. Krejic, Parklji13.4 
 10. Zolotic, Maribor12.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Polzela
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Thondique, Polzela10.5 
 2. Simovic, Sentjur8.9 
 3. Nuhanovic, Elektra8.3 
 4. Raymond, Helios7.4 
 5. Miljkovic, Elektra7.0 
 6. Krusic, Geoplin6.8 
 7. Zolotic, Maribor6.5 
 8. Mucic, Maribor6.2 
 9. Erzen, Parklji6.1 
 10. Pavic, Krka6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Igor MIJAJLOVIC
  Polzela
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Mijajlovic, Polzela4.7 
 2. Brolih, Maribor4.4 
 3. Jersin, Elektra4.1 
 4. Djordjevic, Krka4.0 
 5. Hohler, Sentjur3.9 
 6. Harmason, Sentjur3.8 
 7. Vujasinovic, Zlato.3.6 
 8. Fon, Geoplin Slovan3.5 
 9. Krivec, Krka3.2 
 10. Ilievski, Union O.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Polzela
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Thondique, Polzela2.3 
 2. Mezek, LTHcast1.9 
 3. Dragic, Krka1.9 
 4. Ilievski, Union O.1.8 
 5. Lapornik, Zlatorog1.6 
 6. Mahkovic, LTHcas.1.6 
 7. Harmason, Sentjur1.6 
 8. Hohler, Sentjur1.5 
 9. Fon, Geoplin Slovan1.5 
 10. Krejic, Parklji1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Salih NUHANOVIC
  Elektra
  (209-C-82)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Nuhanovic, Elektra1.8 
 2. Thondique, Polzela1.2 
 3. Dimec, Zlatorog1.0 
 4. Sviridov, Polzela0.9 
 5. Shermadini, Union0.8 
 6. Booker, Krka0.8 
 7. Sebic, Sentjur0.6 
 8. Omic, Zlatorog0.6 
 9. Pavic, Krka0.5 
 10. Vrsaljko, Polzela0.5 


Krka claims road win to force decisive game 5 - by Zeljko Zule
Christopher Booker (208-F/C-81, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Purdue) came off the bench to scored 10 of his 13 points in the first quarter and grabbed 8 rebounds and Zoran Dragic finished with 11 points and 8 rebounds helping Krka beat Olimpija 63-61 to force a Game 5 in the final series. The deciding game is Saturday in Novo mesto, where Olimpija has won already won this postseason, 69-63 in Game 4.
Krka, who never trailed, opened the game with a 14-4 run. Comming off the bench, Booker hit three consecutive 3-pointers and Krka had their largest lead of the game, 33-13 early in the second period. Olimpija responded with 16 straight points and its defense held Krka scoreless for 4:30 span. Krka led 56-43 with 7:19 remaining. Olimpija cut the deficit to two, 61-63, with 24 seconds to go. On the last possesion, Krka got two offensive rebounds to save the win. Jaka Klubucar led Olimpija game-high 15 points, Damir Markota had 13 points and 7 rebounds.
Finals Game 4: Olimpija-Krka 61-63 (10-27, 22-13, 9-12, 20-11)
OLIMPIJA: Span DNP, *Ilievski 6, *Boisa 2, Anagonye DNP, *Gregory 6, Jagodnik 5, Shermadini 4, Klobucar 15, *Markota 13, Bertans DNP, *Ozbolt 2 Udrih 8.
KRKA: Ikonic 5, Rojc DNP, Petrov DNP, *E.Muric 8, *Pavic 6, *Djordjevic 9, *Dragic 11, Booker 13, Krivec 2, Drobnjak 7, *Balazic 2, Osolnik DNP.



Telemach Finals: Krka wins in Ljubljana, forces decisive Game Five - by Eurobasket News
Fiinals, Game 4: Union Olimpija - Krka 61-63 (2-2)

Krka grabbed 61-63 thriller win in Ljubljana tonight tying the score to 2-2 in the Finals. It means that the series will move to Novo Mesto again, where Krka will host Union Olimpija in decisive Game Five. That meeting is scheduled for Saturday at 20:15h.
Union Olimpija trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 20-11 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 61-63 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Christopher Booker (208-81, college: Purdue, agency: Lanshire Group) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 8 rebounds and international guard Zoran Dragic (196-89) who added 11 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Bosnian-Croatian power forward Damir Markota (210-85) responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds and international guard Jaka Klobucar (198-87) scored 15 points.

Top scorers:
Union Olimpija: J.Klobucar 15+3reb, D.Markota 13+7reb+1ast, S.Udrih 8+3reb+2ast, K.Gregory 6+5reb+1ast, V.Ilievski 6+6reb+1ast, G.Jagodnik 5+4reb+1ast
Krka: C.Booker 13+8reb+2ast, Z.Dragic 11+8reb+2ast, D.Djordjevic 9+4reb+5ast, E.Muric 8+4reb+3ast, D.Drobnjak 7+1reb, S.Pavic 6+5reb


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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.15.5 
 3. McDonald, DKV J.15.3 
 4. Baron, Lagun A.15.0 
 5. Fitch, Unicaja15.0 
 6. Teletovic, Caja L.14.6 
 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. Slokar, Manresa6.2 
 9. Doellman, Meridiano6.2 
 10. Freeland, Unicaja6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Marcelinho HUERTAS
  Caja L.
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Huertas, Caja L.5.9 
 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.3.7 
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. Rubio, Regal Barca1.6 
 5. Hosley, DKV J.1.5 
 6. Ciorciari, Menorca1.5 
 7. Davis, Cajasol1.5 
 8. Ayon, Fuenlabrada1.5 
 9. San Miguel, Manre.1.5 
 10. Victor, Menorca1.5 
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. Barnes, Valladolid1.3 
 5. Vazquez, Regal B.1.3 
 6. Kurz, Granada1.3 
 7. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.1 
 8. Barac, Caja Laboral1.1 
 9. Savane, Gran C.1.1 
 10. Andriuskevic., Me.1.0 


Asefa Estudiantes Madrid and Pancho Jasen part ways - by Eurobasket News
Asefa Estudiantes Madrid and Pancho Jasen (199-G-78) part ways as the latter is not coming back the next season.
The Italian-Argentinian Guard spent almost his all career with the team. This season for Estudiantes Madrid (Spain-ACB, starting five) in EuroCup he averaged 12.0ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.7apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 29.7%, FT: 73.0%. In Spain his stats read 9.4 points per game. He already was mentioned as a Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention -11, Eurobasket.com EuroCup All-Europeans Team -11 and reached Eurocup Quarterfinals -11. In EuroCup he recorded 18 points three times in the season.
In Spanish League his best game was at the Regular Season Round 27 when Asefa Estudiantes won against CAI Zaragoza in Madrid 106-89. The game was mostly controlled by Asefa Estudiantes. CAI Zaragoza was better in third quarter 25-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Asefa Estudiantes dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to CAI Zaragoza's 28. Pancho Jasen ended up with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.


Orenga announced preliminary U20 squad - by Gerard Sole Serra
Coach Juan Antonio Orenga announced this morning on Bilbao the preliminary squad of 17 players of the U20 National team. That national team will play on European Championship in Spain from July 14 until July 24 in Group C against Greece, Austria and Turkey.

Only 12 of the next 17 players will finally play on the European Championship, but all of them will be training from this June 19 in order to be on the final 12 in Bilbao:

Point Guards: Josep Franch (194-G-91) of DKV Joventut Badalona, Jose Simeon (187-G-91) of Power Electronics Valencia, Jose Pozas (181-PG-92) of Unicaja Malaga, Carles Carles Marzo (186-G-92) of Regal FC Barcelona

Shooting Guards: Joan Sastre Morro (201-G/F-91) of Cajasol Sevilla Morro, Alejandro Barrera (194-G/F-92) of DKV Joventut, Albert Ventura (196-G/F-92) of DKV Joventut Badalona

Small Forwards: Alberto Jodar (204-F/C-91) of Real Madrid II, Borja Arevalo (193-G-91) of CB Clavijo, Joan Tomas (201-F-92) of DKV Joventut Badalona

Power Forwards: Nikola Mirotic (208-F/C-91) of Real Madrid, Nacho Llobet (202-C-91) of CB Prat Juventud

Centers: Miguel Lorenzo (205-C/F-91) of CB Ins Oftamologico Clinicas Ricon, Jose Maria Gil (207-C/F-91) of Real Madrid II, Francisco Guerra (212-C-92) of Asefa Estudiantes Madrid 2nd Team, Victor Arteaga (209-C/F-92) of Real Madrid, Malick Fall (211-C-92) of CB Ins Oftamologico Clinicas Ricon

Coach Orenga will have Jesus Sala (Caja Rioja) and Joan Penarroya (River Andorra) like his assistants, with Pedro Cotol, Carlos Salas, Josean Betolaza, Alfonso Castilla, Armando Alvarez and Miguel Angel Prez Niz like the rest of the coaching and medical staff


Nedzad Sinanovic gets Spanish citizenship - by Eurobasket News
Unicaja Malaga announced that their player Nedzad Sinanovic (221-C-83) received a Spanish citizenship this week. It means that the 2.22cm tall giant will play for the club as a domestic player. Originally Bosnian, Nedzad Sinanovic joined Unicaja Malaga in 2009 from Real Madrid. He had limited playing time with Unicaja in their first season so they sent him on loan to Clinicas Rincon, where Sinanovic ended 2009/10. He had 13.5 ppg, 9.1 rpg and 1.6 bpg for 31 games in LEB Gold. This season Sinanovic played 23 games for Clinicas Rincon registering 13 ppg and 8 rpg. He also appeared 15 times in ACB with Unicaja adding 6 ppg and 5.1 rpg. Sinanovic got a chance in 5 Euroleague games as well, where he shined with 10.8 ppg and 5.4 rpg.
Before Unciaja, Nedzad Sinanovic played for Burgos (loan), Real Madrid, Koeln 99ers and Pepinster. He also played for the Bosnian team Citluk in the past. In 2007, Sinanovic was a member of the Bosnian National Team.


Unicaja signs Luka Zoric - by Gerard Sole Serra
Unicaja Malaga announced the signing of the croatian power forward Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84), from KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje. Zoric has played in Zagreb since November 2008, averaging 19.8 ppp and 7.3 rpp last season on national league. Zoric has also played for the Croatian National team on Turkey World Championship 2010, where his stats were 7ppp and 5.3 rpp in 18 minutes. Zoric will sign his contract on two days, after he pass the medical test. It's Unicaja Malaga's first signing for the 2011-2012 season

Carlos Jimenez is set to leave Unicaja - by Eurobasket News
Carlos Jimenez (205-F-76) will leave Unicaja Malaga. The team has reportedly decided to split ways with the player. Carlos Jimenez joined Unicaja back in 2006. Last season the forward tallied 6.2 points and 4.3 rebounds per Euroleague game. In ACB his stats read 6.0 points and 4.7 rebounds per appearance. Carlos Jimenes played for Spanish National Team in 1998/2008 seasons. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Defensive Player of the Year twice in 2004 and 2006. He was also trumped ACB Domestic Player of the Year in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Before Unicaja Carlos Jimenez spent 12 straight seasons with Estudiantes. Carlos Jimenez may return to Estudiantes as some sources report.


CSKA Moscow wants Mirza Teletovic - by Eurobasket News
CSKA Moscow has serious intention to sign Bosnian power forward Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket). According to Spanish media, Teletovic has a valid contract with Caja Laboral until 2015 but he wants to leave them and to join CSKA this summer. Reportedly, Teletovic verbally agreed on terms with CSKA, but they will have also to agree with Caja Laboral for the release.
Mirza Teletovic joined Caja Laboral (former Tau Ceramica) in 2006 from Oostende. Just a year after that Teletovic became one of their best players and paced them to ACB league title in 2008 and 2010. Caja Laboral was also Copa del Rey winner in 2009 and Teletovic was named MVP. This season, Teletovic appeared 38 times in ACB averaging 14.6 points and 5 rebounds. In Euroleague, he added 15.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg for 20 games. Caja Laboral stayed without the trophy this season. They reached Euroleague Quarterfinals and ACB Semis.


Jaume Comas retires - by Gerard Sole Serra
The spanish point guard Jaume Comas (186-G-74) has decided to finish his basketball career. Comas was born on 1974 and his last team was CB Prat Juventud on LEB Silver. He started playing on Premia and, after some years in LEB, he finally started his ACB career in Cantabria Lobos, before he signs for CE CIP Lleida Basquetbol, where he plays during 2000 to 2008, alternating ACB with LEB. His great season on 2004, where Lleida reaches ACB Playoff, allows him to be one of the 12 players that were on the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. He finally ended his career on CB Prat Juventud, in LEB Silver, where he was a great teacher of the raising point guards generation in Badalona (like players as Josep Franch (194-G-91) or Albert Homs (199-F-94).
Comas has averaged 7.4 ppp (31% 3P, 50% FG and 71% FT), 2.1 app and 1.6 spp in 19 minutes during his five seasons on ACB. Comas is also the Lleida player who has played more games in the catalan team history with 313 games played in ACB and LEB. Sources says that Comas will be U18 Spanish National Team assistant this summer



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Syrian National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Syrian National Team 2011
#s#
Michel Maadanly
Maadanly
Rami Merjaneh
Merjaneh
Marcelo Correa
Correa
Ramy El Khatib
El Khatib
Al Hakam Abdallah
Abdallah
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Michel Maadanly 195-G-81 Jalaa Syria
Rami Merjaneh 183-PG-83 Jalaa Syria
Ioanis Deeb 180-G-86 Jalaa Syria
Ahmad Ishak 194-F-86 Jalaa Syria
Marcelo Correa 208-C-77 Jalaa Syria
Ramy El Khatib 182-G-84 Jeish Syria
Watche Nalabandian Jeish Syria
Al Hakam Abdallah 197-F-82 Jeish Syria
Rabea Hachem 188-PG-88 Wehda Syria
Hani Dreby Wehda Syria
Wael Jlilati 194-G/F-88 Ittihad Syria

Mensur Bajramovic Head Coach Jalaa Syria
Mohamed Abo Sada Assistant Ittihad Syria


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TBL Finals: Kurtoglu and Johnson pace Galatasaray to victory in Game Three, 97-93 OT - by Eurobasket News
TBL Finals, Game 3: Galatasaray - Fenerbahce Ulker 97-93 OT (1-2)

Galatasaray celebrated 97-93 OT win against Fenerbahce Ulker tonight coming to 1-2 in the series. The next game will be played on Saturday and Galata will be the host once again.
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Fenerbahce Ulker won fourth quarter 17-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Fenerbahce Ulker used huge pressure winning it 17-12 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 9-13. It was a great shooting night for Galatasaray especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. 27 personal fouls committed by Fenerbahce Ulker helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The leading players for the winners were Ermal Kurtoglu (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) with 20 points and American guard Jerry Johnson (183-82, college: Rider, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 18 points and handed out 6 assists. His fellow American import swingman Joshua Shipp (196-86, college: UCLA) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Croatian guard Roko-Leni Ukic (195-84) who recorded 18 points and Lithuanian center Darjus Lavrinovic (212-79) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Four Galatasaray and five Fenerbahce Ulker players scored in double figures.

Top scorers:
Galatasaray: E.Kurtoglu 20+1reb+3ast, J.Johnson 18+3reb+6ast, J.Shipp 14+10reb+2ast, P.Shumpert 14+1reb+1ast, L.Andric 10+4reb, C.Topaloglu 10+3reb
Fener.Ulker: R.Ukic 18+4reb+3ast, O.Onan 18+2reb+2ast, D.Lavrinovic 16+6reb+2ast, E.Preldzic 12+6reb+5ast, S.Jasikevicius 12+3reb+3ast, S.May 10+2reb
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France roll past Turkey for second straight win - by Eurobasket News
France U20 - Turkey U20 77:65

French U20 National Team registered the second consecutive victory over their Turkish counterparts in the exhibition series. The teams met in Trappes. Theo Leon (178-G-92) and Will Yeguete (200-F) accounted for 10 points each in the victory.
The hosts stunned their opponents in the first half. France opened the game with a 13:1 run. They maintained the pressure and recorded a 17:8 lead at the first break. Lebrun gave the home team a 20-point lead midway through the second stanza 38:18. France ensured a 41:23 halftime advantage. The hosts kept their opponents at bay throughout the third period. France arrived at the final intermission up by 15 points 60:45. The visitors got within 9 points midway through the final quarter Canter and Firat Toz dragged Turkey as close as 5 points with under five minutes remaining. But France quickly restored a 10-point buffer and rallied to the victory at the end. Evan Fournier (198-G/F-92) provided 9 points for the winners. Furkan Aldemir (205-F-91) responded with game-high 16 points and 7 rebounds. Cenk Sekeroglu (200-F-91) delivered 13 points in the losing effort.

France U20: Theo Leon 10, Will Yeguete 10, Evan Fournier 9
Turkey U20: Furkan Aldemir 16, Cenk Sekeroglu 13




Darussafaka hires Aziz Bekir as new Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
Aziz Bekir (190-G-70) became the new Head Coach of Darussafaka. He will lead the team next season in TB2L. Bekir worked with Kepez Bld Antalya last season. Actually he was hired in February by Kepez, who reached TB2L Final Four. However, they had 0-6 at this stage and failed to win the promotion to TBL. Before Kepez, Aziz Bekir spent three years as Assistant Coach with Galatasaray. He also has experience with Ulker juniors. Bekir was a professional player from 1989 to 2000 and he also played for Bosnian National Team from 1993 to 1999. His Bosnian name is Adis Beciragic. As a player, Bekir was a member of Zeljeznicar, Bosna, Turk Telekom, Ulker and Hapoel Haifa.

Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Ali KARADENIZ
  Trabzons.
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 23
 1. Karadeniz, Trabzon.23.0 
 2. Kambala, Aliaga20.2 
 3. Buckman, Antalya19.6 
 4. Henderson, Antalya19.1 
 5. Smith, Karsiyaka18.8 
 6. Seibutis, Olin Edi.18.7 
 7. Kemp, Besiktas17.9 
 8. Randle, Aliaga17.5 
 9. Scales, Mersin17.2 
 10. Mays, Oyak Renau.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nedim YUCEL
  Mersin
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Yucel, Mersin11.3 
 2. Thomas, Erdemir10.2 
 3. Wesson, Turk T.9.2 
 4. Mays, Oyak Renault9.0 
 5. Buckman, Antalya9.0 
 6. Ffriend, Bornova8.7 
 7. Samardjiski, Olin8.5 
 8. Smith, Bornova7.9 
 9. Smith, Karsiyaka7.8 
 10. Karadeniz, Trabzo.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Baris ERMIS
  Banvit
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Ermis, Banvit6.1 
 2. Holston, Karsiyaka6.0 
 3. Conroy, Oyak R.5.9 
 4. Rasic, Trabzonspor5.3 
 5. Chatman, Besiktas5.1 
 6. Henderson, Antalya4.7 
 7. Rowe, Tofas4.6 
 8. Tunceri, Efes Pils.4.3 
 9. Acik, Galatasaray4.3 
 10. Ukic, Fener.Ulker4.3 
Steals Per Game
 James MAYS
  Oyak Renault
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Mays, Oyak Renault2.2 
 2. Grier, Mersin2.2 
 3. Holston, Karsiyaka2.2 
 4. Waller, Oyak Renau.2.1 
 5. Smith, Karsiyaka1.9 
 6. Prince, Antalya1.9 
 7. Grundy, Mersin1.7 
 8. Chatman, Besiktas1.6 
 9. Rowe, Tofas1.6 
 10. Guler, Antalya1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory STIEMSMA
  Turk T.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Stiemsma, Turk T.1.8 
 2. Samardjiski, Olin1.5 
 3. Francis, Bornova1.3 
 4. Johnson, Erdemir1.3 
 5. Ogilvy, Besiktas1.1 
 6. Mays, Oyak Renault1.0 
 7. Ruzic, Tofas0.9 
 8. Aldemir, Karsiyaka0.9 
 9. Davis, Banvit0.9 
 10. Simpsons, Turk T.0.8 


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UConn's Walker ready to make NBA transition - by David Edole
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kemba Walker (185-PG-90) took the NCAA tournament by storm as a dynamic, speedy, nearly unstoppable scoring point guard who helped Connecticut win the national championship.

Just over two months later, the former Huskies star is learning the reality that the NBA is a more demanding place.

Walker was in Charlotte on Friday for the first of many pre-draft workouts. Bobcats owner Michael Jordan was there, along with a gym full of skepticism.

While Walker is expected to go high in the June 23 draft, Bobcats coach Paul Silas said there's 'no doubt' Walker's 6-foot-1 height is a concern. He wondered whether the Bobcats would want another small point guard -- they already have 6-foot D.J. Augustin -- and declared the Bobcats wouldn't attempt to trade up from the No. 9 spot to snag Walker.

'If he drops to nine,' Silas said, 'we'd really have to consider him.'

Hardly a ringing endorsement for a guard whose spectacular quickness was no match for most college defenders. He got to the free-throw line, shot well from 3-point range, and led UConn to an unprecedented 11 straight wins to snag the Big East and NCAA crowns.

'I think he could be a good one,' Silas said.

Yet Walker, who acknowledged working out in front of Jordan was a 'little nerve-racking,' was in the odd situation of having to make excuses for averaging 23.5 points last season. He averaged only 4.5 assists.

'Last season I had to score for my team out of necessity. But I'm a point guard,' Walker said. 'I'm able to score, but I'm also able to get guys involved, too. I think I fit in great with this team.'

The 21-year-old Walker's junior season at UConn included being named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA tournament. He scored 36 points against San Diego State and 33 against Cincinnati. He had 27 games of 20 or more and even rebounded well (5.4) for his size.

'With speed, it gives me a chance to get to certain places other guards can't,' he said.

Walker's dominant season helped give Jim Calhoun a national title in what could have been his final season. The 69-year-old coach is contemplating retirement.

'I think he's going stay, no question about that,' Walker said. 'He just loves the game too much. He's very passionate about the game.'

People have said the same about Walker, who guided UConn to an unprecedented five wins in five days to take the Big East tournament. But then there are the whispers.

Can Walker become a pass-first point guard? Will his body hold up over an 82-game season? Can he effectively guard the bigger point guards in the league?

'That's always a concern. It's a concern with who we have currently,' Silas said, referring to Augustin. 'You just have to find a way to help them out and design your defenses so they can't get hurt.'

Walker's quickness and toughness may be enough to overcome his 184-pound frame. It's also hard to overlook what he did in college

Perhaps fittingly, Walker's first NBA workout Friday included Butler guard Shelvin Mack. The two squared off in one of the ugliest NCAA title games. Walker shot 5 of 19 from the field and Mack 4 of 15 as UConn won 53-41.

Mack insisted more shots fell Friday.

'You can say that,' he said, smiling.

Walker, too, smiles when people question his size. Yet he'll likely face similar scrutiny in upcoming workouts with Utah (No. 3 pick), Toronto (5) , Sacramento (7) and Detroit (8).

'I just laugh. I've been playing basketball my whole life,' Walker said. 'It's never been an issue. As long as teams like me, I don't care. If anything, I'll just adapt and adjust.'


By Mike Cranston, The Associated Press



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  UBA   


UBA Announces 2011 Men's Eurobasket Summer League Roster (Team UBA) - by UBA media

Atlanta, GA - June 5, 2011
David Walls Reports:

Headlined by three All- United States Selectees, including the MVP of the 2011 UBA Player of the Year (Barnes), 10 of the nation's most talented minor league basketball players have been selected to attend the 2011 Eurobasket Summer League for Team UBA, held July 22-24 at the Campbell Center in Houston, TX. The ESL invitations were extended by the UBA Committee, chaired by UBA representative Michael Davis (head coach, GIE Morrow Disciples).

Team UBA 2011 Roster:


Mychal Kearse (6'5''-G-83, college: Mt.St.Mary's)
Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Atlanta Christian)
Rasheem Barrett (6'5''-G-87, college: Auburn)
Jermaine Dailey (6'8''-F-86, college: Ill.-Chicago)
Lorenzo Davis (6'10''-C-82, college: Mountain St.)
George Akpele (6'9''-F, college: Grambling St.)
Freddie Williams (6'2''-G-87, college: Clayton St.)
Guy Dupuy (6'4''-F-87)
Chris Miller-Williams (6'6''-F/G-87, college: W.Georgia)
Brian Carlyle (6'8''-F-85, college: Montevallo)

Coaching Staff: Michael Davis , Steve Dolan , Ben Jackson

Mychal Kearse (Dallas Stars), was named All-UBA 1st Team and Usbasket.com All-United States team. Kearse was the top scorer in Denmark just a year ago averaging an impressive 23.5ppg.

2010-2011 stats (UBA): 30 games: 23.0ppg, 6.8rpg, 5.0apg, 3.1spg, FGP: 49.8%.

Jermaine Barnes (GIE Morrow Disciples), was named Usbasket.com All-United States Guard of the Year. Barnes averaged a league best 27.4 ppg with an unforgettable 60 point game this April. He has turned down over 4 offers from Europe to enter the NBA D-League Draft.

2010-2011 stats (UBA): 35 games: 27.4ppg, 6.3rpg, 5.0apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 50.8%.

Rasheem Barrett (Southern Generals), Signed with the UBA December 30, 2010. After just 10 games with the Southern Generals Barrett sign with Frayles de Guasave (Mexico). Barrett finished the season with a 23.0ppg average leading his team to the 3rd seed in playoffs.

2010-2011 stats (UBA): 10 games: 26.6ppg, 9.2rpg, 3.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 49.6%.

Jermaine Dailey (GIE Morrow Disciples), just recently finished a great season in Taiwan being named 2nd Team All-SBL and 1st Team All-Import. He also was the leagues top rebounder and record holder with 20 boards in one game. Dailey has NBA talent with his 40+ inch vertical and his amazing ability to defend all 5 positions.

2010-2011 stats (UBA): 30 games: 16.2ppg, 12.4rpg, 2.4bpg, 2.1spg, FGP: 54.3%.

Lorenzo Davis (GIE Morrow Disciples), is what you would call a late bloomer. Davis is currently being scouted by several European countries (Denmark, Spain, Luxemburg, Iceland) due to his break out season in the UBA. He averaged 16.0ppg and 9.8 rebounds, but its has amazing ability to run the floor and finish on anyone that makes him a big time prospect.

2010-2011 stats (UBA): 20 games: 16.0ppg, 9.8rpg, 3.2bpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 55.8%.

Freddie Williams (Southern Generals), was name the 2011 UBA Finals MVP by usbasket.com. Williams had a breakout season this year averaging 15.6ppg and leading the UBA in steals (3.3). With these great stats off the bench he was named 6-Man of the Year and All-UBA 3rd Team.

2010-2011 stats (UBA): 37 games: 15.0ppg, 6.8rpg, 5.0apg, 3.1spg, FGP: 49.8%.

Guy Dupuy (Houston Xperience), will enter the UBA draft in the fall of 2011 and will be the Xperince 1st selection. Dupuy spent this season in the UK proving to the world that hes more than just a YouTube sensation.

Chris Miller-Williams (GIE Morrow Disciples), was named the 2010-2011 UBA Rookie of the Year. Williams will be the first player in the UBA to sign in Europe (Iceland). With his great size and versatility he will be a hand full for anyone in the ESL.

2010-2011 stats (UBA): 30 games: 18.0ppg, 9.1rpg, 3.7apg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 51.8%.

Brian Carlyle (DFW Warriors), has the ability to play on the small European level. His potential is off the charts. Carlyle was named to the usbasket.com All-UBA Rookie team.

2010-2011 stats (UBA): 30 games: 14.9ppg, 9.0rpg, 3.0apg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 50.8%.

George Akpele (Southern Generals), will be the biggest surprise of them all. He was named to the usbasket.com All-Import Team while averaging a double-double for the Generals. Akpele recently turned down an offer from Luxemburg to return to the UBA so he could improve his international stock. Look for a big summer from this kid.

2010-2011 stats (UBA): 34 games: 10.6ppg, 10.8rpg, 1.4bpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 50.3%.

*Other players from the UBA selected to play in the Eurobasket Summer League.
Brayon Brown (6'3''-G-86, college: Oklahoma) (UBA All-Playoff Team), Anthony Allison (6'7''-F-86, college: Texas Coll.) (UBA All-Playoff Team), Michael Sloan (6'5''-G/F-84, college: Clayton St.) (Southern Conference POY), Shawn Morgan (6'6''-F, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Arkansas St.) (UBA All-Playoff Team), Norman Plummer (6'7''-F-84, college: S.Indiana) (Eastern Conference POY), Ephrem Davis (UBA All-Star).




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BC Odessa in talks with Justin Love - by Eurobasket News
Justin Love (188-G-78, college: St.Louis) is on the radar of BC Odessa. The team is negotiating the contract with the guard. Justin Love is not new to Odessa. He played for the team back in 2008/09 season. Then the guard averaged 17.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Justin Love then moved to Mykolaiv. Last season the guard tallied 14.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists per appearance. He was named Eurobasket.com Al-Ukrainian Superleague Guard of the Year. Justin Love had stints with Ludwigsburg, Ventspils, Saint Louis Skyhawks, Fresno Heat, Beijing Aoshen, Gravelines, Kansas City Knights before moving to Ukraine. The guard was named All-Latvian League Import Player of the Year in 2005.


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Topcats open Cup defence at home - by Eurobasket News
Brixton Topcats will start their defence of the Men's National Cup with a home game against either Eastside Eagles or Southgate Academical Lions on October 9.

Andy Powlesland's Topcats won their first top flight honour when they defeated Bristol Academy Flyers 77-63 at Ponds Forge last season, and will be favourites against either second division Eagles or Division Four side Lions. Topcats will also be at home in the third round and the quarter-finals if they progress.

With a record 62 clubs entering, there were only two byes available in the first round, with Flyers getting the other entry directly into round two. However, the late withdrawal of two sides means Worcester Wolves II and Hull Wasps are also straight into the second stage, and Bristol will host Wolves in round two.

Andreas Kapoulas' team will be looking to reach their third straight final having won the competition in 2010. Like Topcats they also have the enticing prospect of home draws in the third and fourth rounds if they are successful.

Flyers defeated Derby Trailblazers in the semi-final for the second straight season last year and the Trailblazers start their Cup campaign on September 18 with a trip to Division Three side Shropshire Warriors. The winner of that tie travels to either Division Four newcomers Lincoln Stars or third division Loughborough Students Cardinals in the second round.

Division Two side London United-Richmond College had a thrilling run to the last four before losing out to cross-town rivals Topcats last season. They open this year's competition with a trip across the capital to face fourth division Ealing Phoenicians, with the winner hosting either Division One club PAWS London Capital or a Canary Wharf Baltic Staff side who had a stunning first season in the EBL in 2010/11.

There are plenty of derby games in the opening rounds, but possibly the most local game of all takes place at the Brentwood Centre where Division One runners-up Leopards host Division Four newcomers Brentwood Fire. The winner hosts either London Westside or London Greenhouse Pioneers in the second round, and there could be repeat of the Leopards versus Westminster Warriors game in the third round. That tie attracted a 1,000 plus crowd to Brentwood, but Junior Williams' newly promoted Division One side will have to beat London Uxbridge College Emperors in the first round and either Crawley or Sevenoaks Suns in the second round for a shot at revenge against Leopards.

Reading Rockets will be looking to reach their fourth final in eight years when they open the competition with a home game against fourth division University of Chichester Thunder, with a trip to either Taunton Tigers or Glamorgan Gladiators awaiting the winners.

Worthing Thunder return to the competition after three years in the BBL, and travel to Division Two new boys Team Solent in the first round, with the winner hosting Plymouth Marjon or Team Gloster in the second round.

Leeds Carnegie have reached the quarter and semi-finals in the last two seasons, and they face a trip to Cheshire Jets 2 - who they beat 103-49 in the second round last year - with a home game against newcomers Rossendale Raptors or newly promoted Division Three side Warrington Wolves in the last 32.

Bradford Dragons will play their first National Cup game as a Division One side when they host Division Four team Burnley College Blaze with the winners travelling to either Sefton Stars or Oldham Titans.

Medway Park Crusaders will also make their debut in the top flight this season. They host Hackney White Heat in the first round, with a trip to either Southend Scorpions or Newham (NASSA) Neptunes the prize for the winner.

The fourth side promoted to Division 1 this season are Tees Valley Mohawks, who were Cup runners-up in 2004. They make the trip to newly promoted Division Three side Huddersfield Heat, with a home game against Manchester Magic - now in Division Three - or Newcastle-Under-Lyme College Knights awaiting the victors.

Finally as far as the Division One sides are concerned, Leicester Warriors host County Upper Suffolk Bulldogs, with a home tie against either Wellingborough Phoenix or University of Northampton Trojans awaiting Karl Brown's side if they are successful.
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk



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  WBA   


Standings
WBA Standings
 1. Gwinnett Majic 3-0 
 2. Rome G. 2-1 
 3. Marietta S. 1-0 
 4. Upsate Heat 1-0 
 5. Gainesville K. 0-0 
 6. Tennessee T. 0-1 
 7. Conyers CK 0-3 


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Chinese U19 National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Xiaochuan Zhai
Zhai
Zhelin Wang
Wang
Muhao Li
Li
Ailun Guo
Guo
Zirui Wang
Wang
#e#5
Zhai Xiaochuan 205-F-93 Beijing China
Wang Zhelin 213-C-94 Fujian China
Li Muhao 218-C-92 DongGuan China
Sun TongLin 208-C-92 DongGuan China
Ju Mingxin 200-F/G-93 Changan Group China
Guo Ailun 192-G-93 Liaoning China
Wang Zirui 190-G-93 Zhejiang G.L. China
Zhu Xuhang 207-F-93 Changan Group China
Gu QuAn 203-F-92 DongGuan China
Xing Zhiqiang 203-F



Australian U19 National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Australian U19 National Team 2011
#s#
Jackson Aldridge
Aldridge
Mitchell Creek
Creek
Anthony Drmic
Drmic
Andrija Dumovic
Dumovic
Hugh Greenwood
Greenwood
#e#5
Jackson Aldridge 185-PG-92 AIS Australia
Mitchell Creek 198-F/G-92 S.Adelaide P. Australia
Anthony Drmic 196-F/G-92 Boise St. USA
Andrija Dumovic 207-C-83 High School USA
Hugh Greenwood 190-PG-92 Hobart C. Australia
Igor Hadziomerovic 195-G-92 Boise St. USA
Jackson Hussey 188-PG-92 AIS Australia
Mitchell McCarron 190-PG-92 Brisbane C. Australia
Mitchell Norton 184-PG-93 Townsville H. Australia
William Sinclair 206-C-92 Kilsyth C. Australia
Lewis Thomas 203-F-92 AIS Australia
Daniel Trist 204-F/C-92 Norths Bears Australia

Damian Cotter Head Coach
Paul Goriss Assistant




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Women News

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  ALBANIA - Women  


Bosnia smashes Albania 96-56 - by Eurobasket News
ALBANIA - BOSNIA 56-96

Bosnia registered their fourth victory in Division B, Group B. Third time Bosnia destroyed Albania with huge 56-96 for 4-3 record in this pool. Albania on the other side stays winless after 7 games. Milica Deura (178-G-90) came up with 18 points in victory and Anja Stupar (180-F/C-89) had 13 pts, plus 5 boards. Lejla Bejtic (174-F-85) also scored 13 points. Enisa Semanjaku (88) collected 13 points and 6 boards in defeat. Adelajda Aliaj (188-C-87) had 12 pts and also 6 rebs. Bosnia opened the game with 16-23 and they jumped to plus 29 until the halftime. All after that was just the formality (10-19, 17-28). In the last round of Group B, Bosnia will meet Luxembourg. Albania will take on Switzerland what will be their last chance for the victory in Group B.

Albania: Enisa Semanjaku 13+6 boards, Adelajda Aliaj 12+6 boards
Bosnia: Milica Deura 18, Anja Stupar 13+5 boards, Lejla Bejtic 13


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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. China0-0
2. India0-0
3. Japan0-0
4. S.Korea0-0
5. Lebanon0-0
6. Taiwan0-0
Group B
1. Indonesia0-0
2. Kazakhstan0-0
3. Malaysia0-0
4. Singapore0-0
5. Sri Lanka0-0
6. Uzbekistan0-0


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  BELGIUM - Women  


Serbia ends participation at AQT with 82-70 win against Belgium - by Eurobasket News
BELGIUM - SERBIA 70-82

Serbia made their second win at the Additional Qualifying Tournament. They ended it as No.3 of Group B with 2-2 record and failed to reach the Finals. Belgium finished as No.4 with 1-3 record. Ivanka Matic (195-F/C-79) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and she pulled down 8 rebounds beside that. Dragana Gobeljic (185-F-88) had 13 points and 7 boards, while Sasa Cado (172-G-89) scored 11 pts. Emma Meesseman (188-C-93) responded with 21 points and 10 rebounds on the other side. Romina Ciappina (180-F/G-88) followed with 11 pts. Belgium had plus 2 at the halftime, but Serbia took control on them after the breather. Serbian players made 12-21 in third and 15-20 in the last quarter to win this game. The winning squad dominated in rebounding having 8 rebs more than Belgium.

Belgium: Emma Meesseman 21+10 boards, Romina Ciappina 11
Serbia: Ivanka Matic 17+8 boards, Dragana Gobeljic 13+7 boards, Sasa Cado 11


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  BOSNIA - Women  


Bosnia smashes Albania 96-56 - by Eurobasket News
ALBANIA - BOSNIA 56-96

Bosnia registered their fourth victory in Division B, Group B. Third time Bosnia destroyed Albania with huge 56-96 for 4-3 record in this pool. Albania on the other side stays winless after 7 games. Milica Deura (178-G-90) came up with 18 points in victory and Anja Stupar (180-F/C-89) had 13 pts, plus 5 boards. Lejla Bejtic (174-F-85) also scored 13 points. Enisa Semanjaku (88) collected 13 points and 6 boards in defeat. Adelajda Aliaj (188-C-87) had 12 pts and also 6 rebs. Bosnia opened the game with 16-23 and they jumped to plus 29 until the halftime. All after that was just the formality (10-19, 17-28). In the last round of Group B, Bosnia will meet Luxembourg. Albania will take on Switzerland what will be their last chance for the victory in Group B.

Albania: Enisa Semanjaku 13+6 boards, Adelajda Aliaj 12+6 boards
Bosnia: Milica Deura 18, Anja Stupar 13+5 boards, Lejla Bejtic 13


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  BRAZIL - Women  


Brazilian U19 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Starting five
#s#
Tassia de Souza
de Souza
Mariana Lambert
Lambert
Damiris Dantas
Dantas
Thamara Silva
Silva
Vanessa Fausto
Fausto
#e#5
Aruzha Lima 166-G-92 Americana Brazil
Carina Dos Santos 174-G/F-92 Santo Andre Brazil
Drielle Oliveira 162-G-93 APAB/Barretos Brazil
Tassia de Souza 178-G-92 Americana Brazil
Erika Leite 172-F/G-93 APAB/Barretos Brazil
Isabela Lyra 178-F-94 M.Petrobras Brazil
Jessica Nogueira 183-F-92 Santo Andre Brazil
Joice Dos Santos 180-F-93
Mariana Lambert 179-F/G-92 Divino/COC Brazil
Damiris Dantas 192-C-92 Divino/COC Brazil
Thamara Silva 187-C-94 ADC Bradesco Brazil
Vanessa Fausto 183-C-94 Santo Andre Brazil

Luiz Claudio Tarallo Head Coach
Cristiano Cedra Assistant
Julio Cesar Patricio Assistant


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Bulgaria beats Holland 70-62 in the last day of AQT - by Eurobasket News
HOLLAND - BULGARIA 62-70

Bulgaria outplayed Holland last night 62-70 to end as No.2 of Group A (Additional Qualifying Tournament). Holland dropped to third place and both teams finished with 2-2 record. Of course, that was not enough for the Finals and they failed to book a spot for the EuroBasket 2011 in Poland. Doneeka Hodges (175-G-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: LSU) once again was the leading player in Bulgaria. This time she scored 19 points. Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) had 9 points and 11 boards, while Dimana Georgieva (190-C-88) added 8 pts. On the other side, Holland got 17 points and 7 boards from Tanya Broering (178-G-84). Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, college: Cal-Irvine) stopped to 9 pts in this meeting. Quarters: 14-18, 10-21, 18-14, 20-17. Bulgaria was perfect from the FT line in this game making all of their 13 attempts. Holland on the other side dominated in rebounding, but it was not enough for them.

Holland: Tanya Broering 17+7 boards, Naomi Halman 9
Bulgaria: Doneeka Hodges 19, Jaklin Zlatanova 9+11 boards, Dimana Georgieva 8


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  CROATIA - Women  


The National team of Czech Republic overcame Croatia in a friendly game - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic-Croatia 102:82

The National team of Czech Republic overcame Croatia in a friendly game last night. The winners managed to score three digit number for the total 102:82 success.
It was not however a sweet start for the team from Czech Republic. Croatia opened the game with 21-20 and stayed tough later in the first half. Only a minimum victory in the second frame allowed the Czechs to taste 42:40 halftime advantage. The third period was decisive in the game as Czech Republic stormed past the opponents to reach 73:55 after thirty minutes. The winners added another 29 points in the last frame for the victory.
Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) and Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) stepped up with 15 points each, while Ilona Burgrova (196-C-84, college: S.Carolina) netted 14. Michaela Zrustova (182-F-87) ended up with 13 points, whilst Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) and Veronika Bortelova (169-G-78) posted 11 apiece. Iva Ciglar (170-G-85, agency: Data Plus Group) and Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) nailed 11 points each and Iva Sliskovic (194-F-84, college: S.Carolina) had 10.

Czech Republic: Katerina Elhotova 15, Eva Viteckova 15, Ilona Burgrova 14, Michaela Zrustova 13, Petra Kulichova 11, Veronika Bortelova 11
Croatia: Iva Ciglar 11, Ana Lelas 11, Iva Sliskovic 10



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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


The National team of Czech Republic overcame Croatia in a friendly game - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic-Croatia 102:82

The National team of Czech Republic overcame Croatia in a friendly game last night. The winners managed to score three digit number for the total 102:82 success.
It was not however a sweet start for the team from Czech Republic. Croatia opened the game with 21-20 and stayed tough later in the first half. Only a minimum victory in the second frame allowed the Czechs to taste 42:40 halftime advantage. The third period was decisive in the game as Czech Republic stormed past the opponents to reach 73:55 after thirty minutes. The winners added another 29 points in the last frame for the victory.
Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) and Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) stepped up with 15 points each, while Ilona Burgrova (196-C-84, college: S.Carolina) netted 14. Michaela Zrustova (182-F-87) ended up with 13 points, whilst Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) and Veronika Bortelova (169-G-78) posted 11 apiece. Iva Ciglar (170-G-85, agency: Data Plus Group) and Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) nailed 11 points each and Iva Sliskovic (194-F-84, college: S.Carolina) had 10.

Czech Republic: Katerina Elhotova 15, Eva Viteckova 15, Ilona Burgrova 14, Michaela Zrustova 13, Petra Kulichova 11, Veronika Bortelova 11
Croatia: Iva Ciglar 11, Ana Lelas 11, Iva Sliskovic 10



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  DENMARK - Women  


Danish U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Sophie Gransoe 167-G-95
Sofie Tryggedsson 180-F-95
Ophelia Eriksen 167-G-95
Sarah Bergsang 168-G-95
Frederikke Mollerup 177-G-95
Sigrid Vange 178-G-95
Mathilde Colding-Poulsen G-95
Simone Ceccardi 182-F-95
Julie Hoier 184-G/F-95
Anemone Scheel 177-F-95
Kia Fisker 185-F-95
Liv Halsted 196-C-95



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  ESTONIA - Women  


Estonia wins first place in Group B (Division B) - by Eurobasket News
ESTONIA - SWITZERLAND 80-54

Estonia finished as No.1 of Group B with almost perfect 7-1 record. They blasted Switzerland 80-54 last night to confirm this spot. On the other side, Switzerland dropped to 5-2 score. Viive-Kai Rebane (183-F-89) came up with 26 points and 10 rebounds in victory. She reached valuation 33 and was the MVP of this meeting. Jana Rannaveski (172-G-87) had 16 and Merike Anderson (180-F/G-81, agency: LBM Management) added 11 points, plus 6 assists. In the loosing squad, Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) collected 19 points and 5 rebounds. Marielle Giroud (180-F-87) had 11 pts and 6 rebs. Quarters: 20-19, 16-14, 29-6, 15-15. In the last round of Group B, Switzerland will meet Albania.

Estonia: Viive-Kai Rebane 26+10 boards, Jana Rannaveski 16, Merike Anderson 11+6 as
Switzerland: Karen Twehues 19+5 boards, Marielle Giroud 11+6 boards


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Additional Qualifying Tournament: Day Five recap - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Holland - Bulgaria 62-70
Bulgaria outplayed Holland last night 62-70 to end as No.2 of Group A (Additional Qualifying Tournament). Holland dropped to third place and both teams finished with 2-2 record. Of course, that was not enough for the Finals and they failed to book a spot for the EuroBasket 2011 in Poland. Doneeka Hodges (175-G-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: LSU) once again was the leading player in Bulgaria. This time she scored 19 points. Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) had 9 points and 11 boards, while Dimana Georgieva (190-C-88) added 8 pts. On the other side, Holland got 17 points and 7 boards from Tanya Broering (178-G-84). Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, college: Cal-Irvine) stopped to 9 pts in this meeting. Quarters: 14-18, 10-21, 18-14, 20-17. Bulgaria was perfect from the FT line in this game making all of their 13 attempts. Holland on the other side dominated in rebounding, but it was not enough for them.

Finland - Ukraine 76-82
Ukraine finished AQT with 76-82 victory over Finland. It means that Ukraine ended as No.4 in Group A with 1-3 record, while Finland dropped to the bottom with the same score. Both teams failed to reach the Finals and of course EuroBasket 2011. Olena Zherzherunova (191-F-78, agency: LBM Management) shined for the winners with double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds. Aleksandra Khomenchuk (203-C-89) had 19 points and 7 boards, while Anna Pokoiova (188-F-87, agency: Promotex) added 13 pts and 5 rebs. In Finland, Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, college: Xavier) shined with 28 points and 11 rebs. Tina Sten (189-G/F-85, college: St.John's) had 19 pts and 6 rebs. Finland was up by one at the halftime, but Ukraine made 12-18 in third and 23-24 in the last quarter to win the game. Ukraine made 8 of 11 attempts from behind the arc and also had 14 of 18 from the line. Finland had 4 pf 19 for 3-pts.




Group B
Belgium - Serbia 70-82
Serbia made their second win at the Additional Qualifying Tournament. They ended it as No.3 of Group B with 2-2 record and failed to reach the Finals. Belgium finished as No.4 with 1-3 record. Ivanka Matic (195-F/C-79) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and she pulled down 8 rebounds beside that. Dragana Gobeljic (185-F-88) had 13 points and 7 boards, while Sasa Cado (172-G-89) scored 11 pts. Emma Meesseman (188-C-93) responded with 21 points and 10 rebounds on the other side. Romina Ciappina (180-F/G-88) followed with 11 pts. Belgium had plus 2 at the halftime, but Serbia took control on them after the breather. Serbian players made 12-21 in third and 15-20 in the last quarter to win this game. The winning squad dominated in rebounding having 8 rebs more than Belgium.

Romania - Italy 60-76
Italy outplayed Romania 60-76 in the Final day of the AQT in Taranto. The home squad finished as No.2 of Group A with 3-1 record and they failed to reach the Finals. Romania finished at the bottom of this pool with 1-3 score. Simona Ballardini (181-F-81) stepped up for the hosts with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) had 12 points and 6 boards, while Kathrin Ress (196-C-85, college: Boston Coll.) helped with 10 pts. In Romania, Ancuta Stoenescu (171-G-80, agency: Data Plus Group) collected 14 points and 6 rebounds, and Maria Pascalau (193-C-82) scored 12 pts (5 rebs). It is strange, but Romania dominated in rebounding last night. However, they committed 25 turnovers what was too much against strong Italy. The hosts had just 12 TO on the other side. Germany is No.1 in Group B and they will have a chance to fight for the EuroBasket ticket against Hungary.




Standings Div.A (Women)
Standings
Group A
1. Lithuania0-0
2. Russia0-0
3. Slovakia0-0
4. Turkey0-0
Group B
1. Belarus0-0
2. Czech Rep.0-0
3. U.Kingdom0-0
4. Israel0-0
Group C
1. Spain0-0
2. Montenegro0-0
3. Poland0-0
Group D
1. Croatia0-0
2. France0-0
3. Greece0-0
4. Latvia0-0
Group Qualif. Gr.A
1. Hungary4-0
2. Bulgaria2-2
3. Holland2-2
4. Ukraine1-3
5. Finland1-3
Group Qualif. Gr.B
1. Germany3-1
2. Italy3-1
3. Serbia2-2
4. Belgium1-3
5. Romania1-3


Standings Div.B (Women) - by Eurobasket News
Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Slovenia4-1
2. Sweden4-1
3. Norway1-4
4. Portugal1-4
Group B
1. Estonia7-1
2. Switzerlan.5-2
3. Bosnia4-3
4. Luxembourg.2-5
5. Albania0-7


Stats Leaders Div.A (Women)
Points Per Game
 Doneeka HODGES
  USA
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Hodges, BUL20.3 
 2. Tuukkanen, FIN18.3 
 3. Zherzherunov., UKR15.5 
 4. Breitreiner, GER15.5 
 5. Fegyverneky, HUN15.0 
 6. Meesseman, BEL15.0 
 7. Bar, GER14.8 
 8. Marginean, ROM14.0 
 9. Masciadri, ITA13.0 
 10. Milovanovic, SRB12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Romy BAR
  GER
  (189-F-87)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Bar, GER11.3 
 2. Meesseman, BEL9.0 
 3. Tuukkanen, FIN8.8 
 4. Zherzherunov., UKR8.3 
 5. Ress, ITA8.0 
 6. Matic, SRB7.0 
 7. Masciadri, ITA6.8 
 8. Zlatanova, BUL6.8 
 9. Austmann, GER6.0 
 10. Ligthart, NED6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Katalin HONTI
  HUN
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Honti, HUN3.5 
 2. Zara, ITA3.3 
 3. Fegyverneky, HUN3.0 
 4. Dimitrova, BUL3.0 
 5. Zlatanova, BUL3.0 
 6. Bar, GER2.8 
 7. Kochubei, UKR2.5 
 8. Radocaj, SRB2.5 
 9. Ballardini, ITA2.3 
 10. Richter, GER2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Romy BAR
  GER
  (189-F-87)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Bar, GER3.3 
 2. Zherzherunov., UKR2.5 
 3. Mayombo, BEL2.5 
 4. Szecsi, HUN2.3 
 5. Zlatanova, BUL2.3 
 6. Breitreiner, GER2.3 
 7. Honti, HUN2.3 
 8. Milovanovic, SRB2.0 
 9. Stoenescu, ROM2.0 
 10. Ballardini, ITA1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Gabriela MARGINEAN
  ROM
  (185-F-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Marginean, ROM1.5 
 2. Khomenchuk, UKR1.3 
 3. Vajda, HUN1.0 
 4. Halman, NED1.0 
 5. Austmann, GER1.0 
 6. Koop, GER0.8 
 7. Alyoshkina, UKR0.8 
 8. Matic, SRB0.5 
 9. Todorova, BUL0.5 
 10. Celus, BEL0.5 


Div. B Day: 8 (Qualifying Round) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Portugal - Slovenia 53-66
Slovenia registered their fourth victory in Division B, Group A. They outplayed Portugal 53-66 for 4-1 record staying in the race for the first place in this pool. Portugal on the other side faced with their fourth loss. Eva Komplet (182-F/C-86) once again shined for the winners scoring 22 points. Teja Oblak (171-G-90) had 12 points and 6 assists, and Tina Trebec (189-F/C-90) added 11 pts. Portugal got 13 points and 7 rebounds from Joana Lopes (185-F-86). Tamara Milovac (186-C-86) had 12 pts and 7 boards. Slovenia was down by four after ten minutes, but they created 9-20 in the second quarter. Portugal cut the margin for one point in Q3, but Slovenian players shined when it mattered most and finish last period with 8-15. In the last round, Slovenia will meet Norway, while Portugal will play against Sweden.

Sweden - Norway 76-43
Sweden stays in the race for the first place in Group A. They destroyed Norway last night with huge 76-43 for 4-1 record. On the other side, Norway dropped to 1-4. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) shined for the winners with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 17 points and 7 boards, while Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87, college: Boston Coll.) added 12 pts and 5 rebs. In the loosing squad, Tina Moen (183-G-86, college: IPFW) delivered 20 points and was their only player with more than 4 pts. Sweden took control on Norway from the very start and they were just increasing the lead after each quarter. Quarters: 26-18, 17-8, 18-11, 15-6. In the last day of Group A, Sweden will meet Portugal. Norway will meet strong Slovenia.



Group B
Estonia - Switzerland 80-54
Estonia finished as No.1 of Group B with almost perfect 7-1 record. They blasted Switzerland 80-54 last night to confirm this spot. On the other side, Switzerland dropped to 5-2 score. Viive-Kai Rebane (183-F-89) came up with 26 points and 10 rebounds in victory. She reached valuation 33 and was the MVP of this meeting. Jana Rannaveski (172-G-87) had 16 and Merike Anderson (180-F/G-81, agency: LBM Management) added 11 points, plus 6 assists. In the loosing squad, Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) collected 19 points and 5 rebounds. Marielle Giroud (180-F-87) had 11 pts and 6 rebs. Quarters: 20-19, 16-14, 29-6, 15-15. In the last round of Group B, Switzerland will meet Albania.

Albania - Bosnia 56-96
Bosnia registered their fourth victory in Division B, Group B. Third time Bosnia destroyed Albania with huge 56-96 for 4-3 record in this pool. Albania on the other side stays winless after 7 games. Milica Deura (178-G-90) came up with 18 points in victory and Anja Stupar (180-F/C-89) had 13 pts, plus 5 boards. Lejla Bejtic (174-F-85) also scored 13 points. Enisa Semanjaku (88) collected 13 points and 6 boards in defeat. Adelajda Aliaj (188-C-87) had 12 pts and also 6 rebs. Bosnia opened the game with 16-23 and they jumped to plus 29 until the halftime. All after that was just the formality (10-19, 17-28). In the last round of Group B, Bosnia will meet Luxembourg. Albania will take on Switzerland what will be their last chance for the victory in Group B.




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  FINLAND - Women  


Finnish U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Jasmin Dolivo 165-G-95
Anni Jamsa 164-G-95 HyPo Finland
Veera Kesanen 165-G-95 S-Hameenmaa Finland
Emilia Kukkamaki 174-F-95
Ninni Salmi 182-F-96
Veera Valimaa 182-F-96
Tuuli Menna 180-F-96
Lotta Erakangas 181-F-97
Wilma Purhonen 183-F-95
Moona Hamalainen 184-F/C-95
Anniina Aijanen 187-F/C-95 Pyrinto Finland



Ukraine beats Finland in the last day of AQT, Group A - by Eurobasket News
FINLAND - UKRAINE 76-82

Ukraine finished AQT with 76-82 victory over Finland. It means that Ukraine ended as No.4 in Group A with 1-3 record, while Finland dropped to the bottom with the same score. Both teams failed to reach the Finals and of course EuroBasket 2011. Olena Zherzherunova (191-F-78, agency: LBM Management) shined for the winners with double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds. Aleksandra Khomenchuk (203-C-89) had 19 points and 7 boards, while Anna Pokoiova (188-F-87, agency: Promotex) added 13 pts and 5 rebs. In Finland, Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, college: Xavier) shined with 28 points and 11 rebs. Tina Sten (189-G/F-85, college: St.John's) had 19 pts and 6 rebs. Finland was up by one at the halftime, but Ukraine made 12-18 in third and 23-24 in the last quarter to win the game. Ukraine made 8 of 11 attempts from behind the arc and also had 14 of 18 from the line. Finland had 4 pf 19 for 3-pts.

Finland: Taru Tuukkanen 28+11 boards, Tina Sten 19+6 boards
Ukraine: Olena Zherzherunova 22+11 boards, Aleksandra Khomenchuk 19+7 boards, Anna Pokoiova 13+5 boards


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  GREECE - Women  


Ktistakis and Athinaikos part ways - by George Fragkos
Sony Athinaikos is about to change a lot after one more successful year. Ioannis Ktistakis this seasons head coach, is no longer at the team, even though he achieved to make the double in Greece. Ktistakis had a discussion with the chairman of Athinaikos, Nikos Chardalias and they realized that their thoughts about the future are not the same and they decided to part ways.

Moreover, the Genaral Manager of the club, Sokratis Iliadis, has also left his position, which means that there will be radical changes in the team. It seems that the financial crisis of the country obliges Athinaikos to lower the budget and this consequently is going to lower the level of the team too.

The club posted a press release at their website, in which the departure of Ktistakis and Iliadis is officially announced. In this press release, the chairman Mr. Chardalias thanks his two former contributors for everything they offered and the success they brought to Athinaikos. Ioannis Ktistakis also made a brief statement thanking everyone at the club, and especially the rest of the coaching stuff, which he underlined that considers as an integral part of this successful year.



Greece lost to Spain in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News
Spain -Greece 71:57

Greece lost to Spain in Istanbul at the start of the four-nation tournament. Spain trailed in the first period, but then pushed the tempo for 71:57 win.
Greece won the opening tip 9-2 and then improved to 17-12 lead in the first period. Anna Cruz and Elisa Aguilar managed to bring Spain 20:19 advantage and Spain erupted with 16-2 surge. The favorites enjoyed 33:24 halftime deficit and then never looked behind after. Spain won also the third period 20-13 but then Greece finished with 20-18 in the last stanza.
Alba Torrens (188-F-89) paced all the winners with 15 points, while Marta Xargay Casademont (180-G-90, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Anna Montanana (186-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: George Washington) netted 10 each. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78, agency: Josep and Nicolas) responded with 14 points in the losing effort, while Anna Spyridopoulou (182-F-88) netted 12. Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 11 and Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) as well as Artemis Spanou (182-F-93) had 7 apiece.
In another game Turkey overcame Montenegro as both Spain and Turjy share the top after Day 1.

Spain: Alba Torrens 15, Marta Xargay Casademont 10, Anna Montanana 10
Greece: Evanthia Maltsi 14, Anna Spyridopoulou 12, Styliani Kaltsidou 11, Dimitra Kalentzou 7, Artemis Spanou 7



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  HOLLAND - Women  


Bulgaria beats Holland 70-62 in the last day of AQT - by Eurobasket News
HOLLAND - BULGARIA 62-70

Bulgaria outplayed Holland last night 62-70 to end as No.2 of Group A (Additional Qualifying Tournament). Holland dropped to third place and both teams finished with 2-2 record. Of course, that was not enough for the Finals and they failed to book a spot for the EuroBasket 2011 in Poland. Doneeka Hodges (175-G-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: LSU) once again was the leading player in Bulgaria. This time she scored 19 points. Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) had 9 points and 11 boards, while Dimana Georgieva (190-C-88) added 8 pts. On the other side, Holland got 17 points and 7 boards from Tanya Broering (178-G-84). Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, college: Cal-Irvine) stopped to 9 pts in this meeting. Quarters: 14-18, 10-21, 18-14, 20-17. Bulgaria was perfect from the FT line in this game making all of their 13 attempts. Holland on the other side dominated in rebounding, but it was not enough for them.

Holland: Tanya Broering 17+7 boards, Naomi Halman 9
Bulgaria: Doneeka Hodges 19, Jaklin Zlatanova 9+11 boards, Dimana Georgieva 8


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  ICELAND - Women  


Icelandic U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Andrea Bjort Olafsdottir 175-G-95
Lovisa Henningsdottir G-95 Haukar Iceland
Hallveig Jonsdottir G-95
Anita Kristmundsdottir G-95
Katrin Freja Johannsdottir F-95
Andrea Ran Hauksdottir G-96
Ingunn Kristinardottir G-95 Keflavik Iceland
Gudlaug Bjort Juliusdottir G-96
Sandra Lind Thrastardottir F-96
Thelma Hrund Tryggvadottir C-95
Sara Run Hinriksdottir F-96
Elsa Run Karlsdottir G-96



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  ITALY - Women  


Italy cruises past Romania in Taranto - by Eurobasket News
ROMANIA - ITALY 60-76

Italy outplayed Romania 60-76 in the Final day of the AQT in Taranto. The home squad finished as No.2 of Group A with 3-1 record and they failed to reach the Finals. Romania finished at the bottom of this pool with 1-3 score. Simona Ballardini (181-F-81) stepped up for the hosts with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) had 12 points and 6 boards, while Kathrin Ress (196-C-85, college: Boston Coll.) helped with 10 pts. In Romania, Ancuta Stoenescu (171-G-80, agency: Data Plus Group) collected 14 points and 6 rebounds, and Maria Pascalau (193-C-82) scored 12 pts (5 rebs). It is strange, but Romania dominated in rebounding last night. However, they committed 25 turnovers what was too much against strong Italy. The hosts had just 12 TO on the other side. Germany is No.1 in Group B and they will have a chance to fight for the EuroBasket ticket against Hungary.

Romania: Ancuta Stoenescu 14+6 boards, Maria Pascalau 12+5 boards
Italy: Simona Ballardini 18+5 boards, Raffaella Masciadri 12+6 boards, Kathrin Ress 10


Taranto lands NT player Simona Ballardini - by Eurobasket News
Simona Ballardini (181-F-81) is a new member of Taranto. The deal will be officially announced tomorrow. Ballardini arrives to Taranto from Liomatic Umbertide, where she spent last season. She played 24 games in SereA registering 12.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.2 apg and 3.5 spg. Ballardini currently plays for the Italian NT at the EuroBasket 2011 Additional Qualifying Tournament. She appeared 4 times averaging 11.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 2.3 apg. Italy is the host of this tournament, but they failed to reach the AQT Finals. In EuroBasket 2009, Ballardini had 9.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 1.4 apg.
Simona Ballardini played for Umana Reyer Venezia, Faenza and Famila Schio in the past. She won the Italian Cup in 2007. Two years before that she was named Italian A1 Player of the Year. She is a member of the Italian NT since 2003.


Liomatic Umbertide denies rumors on Francesca Zara departure - by Eurobasket News
Francesca Zara (177-G-76, agency: Players Group) and Liomatic Umbertide will stay together for at least one more season. The Italian outfit officially denied rumors that Zara will move to some other club. Zara joined Umbertide last summer from Basket Parma. She appeared 26 times in the league averaging 10.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 3.4 steals. She helped Umbertide reach the SerieA Semifinals and Italian Cup Finals.
Before Umbertide, Francesca Zara played for Parma, Valenciennes USVO, Spartak Moscow Region, Phard Napoli and Comense. She won many trophies and personal awards with the above mentioned teams. That includes five Italian league titles and one Euroleague title. She also won the Italian Cup trophy twice and Russian league title. Zare is active member of the Italian National Team. She has 6.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 3.3 apg in EuroBasket 2011 Additional Qualifying Tournament.


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  LATVIA - Women  


Latvia edged Great Britain in Riga - by Eurobasket News
Latvia-Great Britain 74:50

Latvia edged Great Britain in Riga in a friendly tournament between three teams. The Baltic State won 74:50 as Great Britain will face Slovakia tomorrow.
It was an easy start for the home side that erupted with 27-13 in the frist period. Moreover the Latvia side added 21-18 in the second frame for 48:21 halftime advantage. The tempo had slowed down in the second half and as a result both teams nailed 13 points each in the fourth period. Before that Latvia won the third quarter 13-6.
Elina Babkina (173-G-89, agency: LBM Management) top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) netted 11, while Aija Putnina (192-F/C-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) ended up with 9 points. JulieAnne Page (188-F/C-83, college: E.Washington) and Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87, college: Franklin Pierce) delivered 10 points each in defeat, whilst Natalie Stafford (173-G-76) and Azania Stewart (193-C-89) added 8 apiece.
The game between Latvia and Slovakia is scheduled for June 11th.

Latvia: Elina Babkina 15, Ieva Kublina 11, Aija Putnina 9
Great Britain: JulieAnne Page 10, Johannah Leedham 10, Natalie Stafford 8, Azania Stewart 8



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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


Turkey NT opens home tournament with the win over Montenegro - by Eurobasket News
Turkey-Montenegro 75:54

Turkey National team started their home friendly tournament with the win over Montenegro. The hosts won all the quarters to seal 75:54 win in the opener.
Turkey opened the game with 23-14 and controlled the entire half. They added 20-11 in the second frame to enjoy 43:24 halftime deficit. In the second half Montenegro started to play better, but Turkey managed to win another two quarters.
Nevin Nevlin (195-C-85, college: Stanford) led the way with 17 points and Bahar Caglar (186-F-88) netted 14. Tugba Palazoglu (171-G-80) ended up with 9, while Yasemin Horasan (187-F/C-83) scored 8. Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) answered with 15 points in the losing effort, whilst Eshaya Murphy (182-G/F-85, college: USC) added 11. Ana Turcinovic (190-C-93) finished the night with 9 points and Jelena Dubjevic scored 7.
In another game Greece lost to Spain in Istanbul at the start of the four-nation tournament. Spain trailed in the first period, but then pushed the tempo for 71:57 win.

Turkey: Nevin Nevlin 17, Bahar Caglar 14, Tugba Palazoglu 9, Yasemin Horasan 8
Montenegro: Iva Perovanovic 15, Eshaya Murphy 11, Ana Turcinovic 9, Jelena Dubgevic 7



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  NORWAY - Women  


Sweden destroys Norway 76-43 in Division B - by Eurobasket News
SWEDEN - NORWAY 76-43

Sweden stays in the race for the first place in Group A. They destroyed Norway last night with huge 76-43 for 4-1 record. On the other side, Norway dropped to 1-4. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) shined for the winners with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 17 points and 7 boards, while Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87, college: Boston Coll.) added 12 pts and 5 rebs. In the loosing squad, Tina Moen (183-G-86, college: IPFW) delivered 20 points and was their only player with more than 4 pts. Sweden took control on Norway from the very start and they were just increasing the lead after each quarter. Quarters: 26-18, 17-8, 18-11, 15-6. In the last day of Group A, Sweden will meet Portugal. Norway will meet strong Slovenia.

Sweden: Frida Eldebrink 21+8 boards+5 as, Louice Halvarsson 17+7 boards, Elisabeth Egnell 12+5 boards
Norway: Tina Moen 20


Norwegian U18 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Tennaz Javid G
Christina Muren G Asker/BV Norway
Margrethe Kristiansen F
Helene Kongestol 182-F-93 Ulriken Norway
Kristine Skorpen G Asker/BV Norway
Siri Granheim G
Amanda Gran 174-G-93 Gimle Norway
Sofie Gronhaug 182-F-93 Ulriken Norway
Stine Austgulen 177-G-94 Ulriken Norway
Weronica Green 180-G-93 Ullern Norway
Lise Breivik F-93 Ulriken Norway
Julie Rene McCarthy C



Norwegian U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Stina Aune 165-G-95
Viktoria Lillestrom 169-F-95
Fiona Fredheim G-95
Teuta Haxhimehmedi
Siri Ndiaye
Rosanna Elahi G-95
Pia Bull 170-G-95
Maja Foleide
Stine Emilie Karlstad
Kristine Lindholm
Signe Kyrkjebo
Kristine Nyegaarden
Vilde Tveito 183-C-95



Norwegian U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Stina Aune 165-G-95
Viktoria Lillestrom 169-F-95
Fiona Fredheim G-95
Teuta Haxhimehmedi
Siri Ndiaye
Rosanna Elahi G-95
Pia Bull 170-G-95
Maja Foleide
Stine Emilie Karlstad
Kristine Lindholm
Signe Kyrkjebo
Kristine Nyegaarden
Vilde Tveito 183-C-95



Norwegian U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Stina Aune 165-G-95
Viktoria Lillestrom 169-F-95
Fiona Fredheim G-95
Teuta Haxhimehmedi 168-G-95 Oslo Norway
Siri Ndiaye G
Rosanna Elahi G-95
Pia Bull 170-G-95
Maja Foleide 180-F-95 Ulriken Norway
Stine Karlstad G
Kristine Lindholm 179-F-95 Asker/BV Norway
Signe Kyrkjebo 179-F-95 Gimle Norway
Kristine Nyegaarden 174-F-95 Asker/BV Norway
Vilde Tveito 183-C-95



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  POLAND - Women  


Energa Torun signed Weronika Idczak - by Lukasz Lukaszewski
Energa Torun signed contract with 22 year old polish guard Weronika Idczak (177-G-89). Energa Torun will be her first club apart from Poznan's clubs. Weronika Idczak was very close to be in Polish National Team for Eurobasket Women 2011, but finally Dariusz Maciejewski selected other players.

In the last season Weronika Idczak was the leader of the Inea AZS Poznan - other polish team from PLKK. She averaged: 10,3 poinst per game and 3,7 assists per game. She is
recognised as a very talented guard and playing for Energa Torun will be a good chance to improve her abilities and prove big talent. Energa Torun is very close to add Charity Egenti (191-C-85, college: Stephen F. Austin) and extend contract with Monika Krawiec (172-G-84).


Turkey U20 revenged for the first loss over Poland - by Eurobasket News
Poland U20-Turkey U20 52:53

Turkey U20 revenged for the first loss over Poland beating them in the second friendly game between the teams. Turkey grabbed 53:52 win after a good start in the game.
The second game was a tough match for both teams. Turkey took 22-13 after the opening quarter, but could not keep the lead. Poland scored the same number of points in the second frame but it was enough to limit the opponents to just 5 points. Turkey had 29:26 when the teams disappeared in the lockers, but Poland grabbed 33:32. Moreover the Polish side increased to 37:34, however Turkey left 30 minutes of the game with 38:37 lead. Poland bounced back for 44:42 midway through the last quarter, but failed to win the encounter. Turkey scored 7 consecutive points and held 53:52 win.
Gizem Sezer (189-C-94) top-scored for the winners with 9 points and Gamze Takmaz (182-F-91) netted 7. Busra Akgun (184-F-93) and Pinar Demirok (180-F-91) ended up with 6 points each in the winning effort. Magdalena Idziorek (175-G-92) replied with 21 points in defeat, while Monika Jasnowska (182-G/F-92) scored 13.

Poland U20: Magdalena Idziorek 21, Monika Jasnowska 13, Joanna Markiewicz (183-F-91) 7
Turkey U20: Gizem Sezer 9, Gamze Takmaz 7, Busra Akgun 6, Pinar Demirok 6




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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Slovenia jumps to 4-1 in Division B - by Eurobasket News
PORTUGAL - SLOVENIA 53-66

Slovenia registered their fourth victory in Division B, Group A. They outplayed Portugal 53-66 for 4-1 record staying in the race for the first place in this pool. Portugal on the other side faced with their fourth loss. Eva Komplet (182-F/C-86) once again shined for the winners scoring 22 points. Teja Oblak (171-G-90) had 12 points and 6 assists, and Tina Trebec (189-F/C-90) added 11 pts. Portugal got 13 points and 7 rebounds from Joana Lopes (185-F-86). Tamara Milovac (186-C-86) had 12 pts and 7 boards. Slovenia was down by four after ten minutes, but they created 9-20 in the second quarter. Portugal cut the margin for one point in Q3, but Slovenian players shined when it mattered most and finish last period with 8-15. In the last round, Slovenia will meet Norway, while Portugal will play against Sweden.

Portugal: Joana Lopes 13+7 boards, Tamara Milovac 12+7 boards
Slovenia: Eva Komplet 22, Teja Oblak 12+6 as, Tina Trebec 11


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Italy cruises past Romania in Taranto - by Eurobasket News
ROMANIA - ITALY 60-76

Italy outplayed Romania 60-76 in the Final day of the AQT in Taranto. The home squad finished as No.2 of Group A with 3-1 record and they failed to reach the Finals. Romania finished at the bottom of this pool with 1-3 score. Simona Ballardini (181-F-81) stepped up for the hosts with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) had 12 points and 6 boards, while Kathrin Ress (196-C-85, college: Boston Coll.) helped with 10 pts. In Romania, Ancuta Stoenescu (171-G-80, agency: Data Plus Group) collected 14 points and 6 rebounds, and Maria Pascalau (193-C-82) scored 12 pts (5 rebs). It is strange, but Romania dominated in rebounding last night. However, they committed 25 turnovers what was too much against strong Italy. The hosts had just 12 TO on the other side. Germany is No.1 in Group B and they will have a chance to fight for the EuroBasket ticket against Hungary.

Romania: Ancuta Stoenescu 14+6 boards, Maria Pascalau 12+5 boards
Italy: Simona Ballardini 18+5 boards, Raffaella Masciadri 12+6 boards, Kathrin Ress 10


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Serbia ends participation at AQT with 82-70 win against Belgium - by Eurobasket News
BELGIUM - SERBIA 70-82

Serbia made their second win at the Additional Qualifying Tournament. They ended it as No.3 of Group B with 2-2 record and failed to reach the Finals. Belgium finished as No.4 with 1-3 record. Ivanka Matic (195-F/C-79) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and she pulled down 8 rebounds beside that. Dragana Gobeljic (185-F-88) had 13 points and 7 boards, while Sasa Cado (172-G-89) scored 11 pts. Emma Meesseman (188-C-93) responded with 21 points and 10 rebounds on the other side. Romina Ciappina (180-F/G-88) followed with 11 pts. Belgium had plus 2 at the halftime, but Serbia took control on them after the breather. Serbian players made 12-21 in third and 15-20 in the last quarter to win this game. The winning squad dominated in rebounding having 8 rebs more than Belgium.

Belgium: Emma Meesseman 21+10 boards, Romina Ciappina 11
Serbia: Ivanka Matic 17+8 boards, Dragana Gobeljic 13+7 boards, Sasa Cado 11


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Slovenia jumps to 4-1 in Division B - by Eurobasket News
PORTUGAL - SLOVENIA 53-66

Slovenia registered their fourth victory in Division B, Group A. They outplayed Portugal 53-66 for 4-1 record staying in the race for the first place in this pool. Portugal on the other side faced with their fourth loss. Eva Komplet (182-F/C-86) once again shined for the winners scoring 22 points. Teja Oblak (171-G-90) had 12 points and 6 assists, and Tina Trebec (189-F/C-90) added 11 pts. Portugal got 13 points and 7 rebounds from Joana Lopes (185-F-86). Tamara Milovac (186-C-86) had 12 pts and 7 boards. Slovenia was down by four after ten minutes, but they created 9-20 in the second quarter. Portugal cut the margin for one point in Q3, but Slovenian players shined when it mattered most and finish last period with 8-15. In the last round, Slovenia will meet Norway, while Portugal will play against Sweden.

Portugal: Joana Lopes 13+7 boards, Tamara Milovac 12+7 boards
Slovenia: Eva Komplet 22, Teja Oblak 12+6 as, Tina Trebec 11


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Spain beat Greece in friendly cup in Turkey - by Gerard Sole Serra
The Spanish National team has defeated Greece 71-57 in the first day of the friendly tournament Victory Cup of Istanbul. The spanish team has made a great rally (21-7) on the second quarter and finished the first half 33-24. At the first minutes of the second half, Alba Torrens (188-F-89) started a new rally where Spain finished the game, with 9 of the final 15 points of the small forward. But the best new was Laia Palau (178-G-79), who played for first time after some games injured.

Spain 71 (12+21+20+18): Domnguez (7), Xargay (10), Torrens (15), Montaana (10), Pascua - starting five - Nicholls (6), Herrera, Palau (2), Cruz (8), Aguilar (7), Pina (1), Lima (5)


Greece 57 (17+7+13+20): Kaltsidou (11), Maltsi (14), Kalentzou (7), Sotiriou (2), Stamani - starting five - Papamichail (2), Chatznikolau, Kotsopoulou, Androulaki, Spirydipoulou (12), Spanou (7), Dimitrakou (2)




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Sweden destroys Norway 76-43 in Division B - by Eurobasket News
SWEDEN - NORWAY 76-43

Sweden stays in the race for the first place in Group A. They destroyed Norway last night with huge 76-43 for 4-1 record. On the other side, Norway dropped to 1-4. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) shined for the winners with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 17 points and 7 boards, while Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87, college: Boston Coll.) added 12 pts and 5 rebs. In the loosing squad, Tina Moen (183-G-86, college: IPFW) delivered 20 points and was their only player with more than 4 pts. Sweden took control on Norway from the very start and they were just increasing the lead after each quarter. Quarters: 26-18, 17-8, 18-11, 15-6. In the last day of Group A, Sweden will meet Portugal. Norway will meet strong Slovenia.

Sweden: Frida Eldebrink 21+8 boards+5 as, Louice Halvarsson 17+7 boards, Elisabeth Egnell 12+5 boards
Norway: Tina Moen 20


Swedish U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Emma Eriksson 163-G-95
Olivia Lindgren 163-G-95
Natalie Linden G-95
Sara Taxen 181-F-95 Sallen Sweden
Julia Paulin 177-G-95
Sofie Svensson 175-G/F-95
Jaiteh Darbo 181-C-95
Regan Magarity F-96
Moa Lundqvist 182-F-95
Veronika Mirkovic 183-F-95
Amanda Okodugha 184-F/C-95
Cecilia Israelsson 189-C-95



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Estonia wins first place in Group B (Division B) - by Eurobasket News
ESTONIA - SWITZERLAND 80-54

Estonia finished as No.1 of Group B with almost perfect 7-1 record. They blasted Switzerland 80-54 last night to confirm this spot. On the other side, Switzerland dropped to 5-2 score. Viive-Kai Rebane (183-F-89) came up with 26 points and 10 rebounds in victory. She reached valuation 33 and was the MVP of this meeting. Jana Rannaveski (172-G-87) had 16 and Merike Anderson (180-F/G-81, agency: LBM Management) added 11 points, plus 6 assists. In the loosing squad, Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) collected 19 points and 5 rebounds. Marielle Giroud (180-F-87) had 11 pts and 6 rebs. Quarters: 20-19, 16-14, 29-6, 15-15. In the last round of Group B, Switzerland will meet Albania.

Estonia: Viive-Kai Rebane 26+10 boards, Jana Rannaveski 16, Merike Anderson 11+6 as
Switzerland: Karen Twehues 19+5 boards, Marielle Giroud 11+6 boards


Fribourg extend contracts of Romain Gaspoz and Celeste Trahan - by Eurobasket News
Fribourg extended the contract of their head coach Romain Gaspoz . The deal is meant for two more seasons. Romain Gaspoz joined the team at the start of the season. He led Fribourg to the LNA title in his inaugural season.
The champions also secured the services of Celeste Trahan (184-C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Elizabeth City) for the next season. The 25-year-old centre will enter her third season with Fribourg. Last season Celeste Trahan averaged 27.2 points, 14.5 rebounds, 3.1 steals, 1.6 assists and 1.1 blocks per game. She was named Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Player of the Year for the second straight season. Celeste Trahan arrived to Switzerland from Saarlouis Royals in Germany. The centre helped the Royals to the German DBBL champions title.



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Turkey NT opens home tournament with the win over Montenegro - by Eurobasket News
Turkey-Montenegro 75:54

Turkey National team started their home friendly tournament with the win over Montenegro. The hosts won all the quarters to seal 75:54 win in the opener.
Turkey opened the game with 23-14 and controlled the entire half. They added 20-11 in the second frame to enjoy 43:24 halftime deficit. In the second half Montenegro started to play better, but Turkey managed to win another two quarters.
Nevin Nevlin (195-C-85, college: Stanford) led the way with 17 points and Bahar Caglar (186-F-88) netted 14. Tugba Palazoglu (171-G-80) ended up with 9, while Yasemin Horasan (187-F/C-83) scored 8. Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) answered with 15 points in the losing effort, whilst Eshaya Murphy (182-G/F-85, college: USC) added 11. Ana Turcinovic (190-C-93) finished the night with 9 points and Jelena Dubjevic scored 7.
In another game Greece lost to Spain in Istanbul at the start of the four-nation tournament. Spain trailed in the first period, but then pushed the tempo for 71:57 win.

Turkey: Nevin Nevlin 17, Bahar Caglar 14, Tugba Palazoglu 9, Yasemin Horasan 8
Montenegro: Iva Perovanovic 15, Eshaya Murphy 11, Ana Turcinovic 9, Jelena Dubgevic 7



Turkey U20 revenged for the first loss over Poland - by Eurobasket News
Poland U20-Turkey U20 52:53

Turkey U20 revenged for the first loss over Poland beating them in the second friendly game between the teams. Turkey grabbed 53:52 win after a good start in the game.
The second game was a tough match for both teams. Turkey took 22-13 after the opening quarter, but could not keep the lead. Poland scored the same number of points in the second frame but it was enough to limit the opponents to just 5 points. Turkey had 29:26 when the teams disappeared in the lockers, but Poland grabbed 33:32. Moreover the Polish side increased to 37:34, however Turkey left 30 minutes of the game with 38:37 lead. Poland bounced back for 44:42 midway through the last quarter, but failed to win the encounter. Turkey scored 7 consecutive points and held 53:52 win.
Gizem Sezer (189-C-94) top-scored for the winners with 9 points and Gamze Takmaz (182-F-91) netted 7. Busra Akgun (184-F-93) and Pinar Demirok (180-F-91) ended up with 6 points each in the winning effort. Magdalena Idziorek (175-G-92) replied with 21 points in defeat, while Monika Jasnowska (182-G/F-92) scored 13.

Poland U20: Magdalena Idziorek 21, Monika Jasnowska 13, Joanna Markiewicz (183-F-91) 7
Turkey U20: Gizem Sezer 9, Gamze Takmaz 7, Busra Akgun 6, Pinar Demirok 6




Botas extends Head Coach Olcay Orak - by Eurobasket News
Botas announced signing of 2-year contract extension with their Head Coach Olcay Orak . The Turkish specialist took over Botas in 2008. Last season Botas ended as No.6 with 12-10 record and they eliminated Tarsus in the Quarterfinals with 3-1. They faced with Fenerbahce in the Semis and were not able to avoid 0-3 defeat in the series. However, it was a nice success for the club who decided to keep their Head Coach for at least two more years. Before Botas, Orak worked as Assistant Coach of Erdemir (men). In 2009, Olcay Orak was a Head Coach of the Turkish women National Team. He led them to Women Mediterranean Games that same year.
Botas reached TBBL Semifinals in 2010 as well. In EuroCup, they reached 1/8 Finals.


Ceyhan Belediyespor add Tiffany Jackson - by Eurobasket News
Ceyhan entered the market. They ensured the first strengthening to their roster. The team has agreed on terms of contract with Tiffany Jackson (191-F-85, college: Texas). The 26-year-old forward is currently playing in the WNBA. She averages 7.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game for the Tulsa Shock. Last season Tiffany Jackson played in Israel. She notched 16.3 points, 12.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.6 steals per game for Maccabi Ramat Hen. Eurobasket.com named Tiffany Jackson All-Israeli League Forward of the Year in 2011. Previously the forward had stints with the New York Liberty, Challes-les-Eaux in France. Tiffany Jackson is the University of Texas graduate. She made it into NCAA All-America Region 5 Team in 2007.


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Ukraine beats Finland in the last day of AQT, Group A - by Eurobasket News
FINLAND - UKRAINE 76-82

Ukraine finished AQT with 76-82 victory over Finland. It means that Ukraine ended as No.4 in Group A with 1-3 record, while Finland dropped to the bottom with the same score. Both teams failed to reach the Finals and of course EuroBasket 2011. Olena Zherzherunova (191-F-78, agency: LBM Management) shined for the winners with double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds. Aleksandra Khomenchuk (203-C-89) had 19 points and 7 boards, while Anna Pokoiova (188-F-87, agency: Promotex) added 13 pts and 5 rebs. In Finland, Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, college: Xavier) shined with 28 points and 11 rebs. Tina Sten (189-G/F-85, college: St.John's) had 19 pts and 6 rebs. Finland was up by one at the halftime, but Ukraine made 12-18 in third and 23-24 in the last quarter to win the game. Ukraine made 8 of 11 attempts from behind the arc and also had 14 of 18 from the line. Finland had 4 pf 19 for 3-pts.

Finland: Taru Tuukkanen 28+11 boards, Tina Sten 19+6 boards
Ukraine: Olena Zherzherunova 22+11 boards, Aleksandra Khomenchuk 19+7 boards, Anna Pokoiova 13+5 boards


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Hatters on the road in Cup opener - by Eurobasket News
City of Sheffield Hatters will be on the road when they begin their defence of the Women's National Cup in October.

Vanessa Ellis' side won the competition for a record 14th time by beating Nottingham Wildcats 87-55 at Ponds Forge in January. They have a bye into the second round where they will travel to the winner of the derby game between Leicester Riders and University & City Of Leicester Lady Hoops. Victory against whichever of the Division Two sides they meet would give the Hatters home court advantage in the last eight.

With a record 30 clubs entering this season's competition , there were only two byes available in the first round, with the Wildcats getting the other entry directly into round two. They will host the winner of the Ipswich Bobcats versus University Of East Anglia Panthers tie in the last 16. In common with the Hatters, Wildcats would also be at home in the quarter-finals.

One of last season's beaten semi-finalists, UWIC Archers, travel to Division Two side Worcester Wolves in the opening round, with the winner hosting either Wellingborough Phoenix or Reading Rockets in round two. Leeds Carnegie were the other side beaten in the final four last season and they host a Sunderland City Predators side who finished at the foot of Division Two North last season. Carnegie will be on the road against cross-Pennine rivals Manchester Mystics or Bury Blue Devils if they are successful. If both UWIC and Leeds get through to the quarter-finals, they will meet in Cardiff.

There are two potential all Division One match-ups in the second round. Brixton Topcats host cross-town rivals Newham Youngbloods Cosmics in the first round, and the winner will face either BA London Leopards or Oaklands College-Hertfordshire Warriors. Division One side Leopards travelled to Warriors at the same stage last season, winning 89-35.

Newly promoted Durham Wildcats will travel to Doncaster Danum Eagles in the first round, with the winner visiting top flight side Team Northumbria or Division 2's Sefton Starlights in round two. Durham and Northumbria met in the first round last season, with then second division Durham pulling off a shock 52-45 victory.

Sevenoaks Suns host London Westside in the first round, with the prize for the winner being a home game against either Newham (NASSA) Stars or Solent Suns. Finally EBL newcomers Bromsgrove Bears are at home against Bristol Storm with the winners hosting Devon Eagles or Taunton Tiger.
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk


Latvia edged Great Britain in Riga - by Eurobasket News
Latvia-Great Britain 74:50

Latvia edged Great Britain in Riga in a friendly tournament between three teams. The Baltic State won 74:50 as Great Britain will face Slovakia tomorrow.
It was an easy start for the home side that erupted with 27-13 in the frist period. Moreover the Latvia side added 21-18 in the second frame for 48:21 halftime advantage. The tempo had slowed down in the second half and as a result both teams nailed 13 points each in the fourth period. Before that Latvia won the third quarter 13-6.
Elina Babkina (173-G-89, agency: LBM Management) top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) netted 11, while Aija Putnina (192-F/C-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) ended up with 9 points. JulieAnne Page (188-F/C-83, college: E.Washington) and Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87, college: Franklin Pierce) delivered 10 points each in defeat, whilst Natalie Stafford (173-G-76) and Azania Stewart (193-C-89) added 8 apiece.
The game between Latvia and Slovakia is scheduled for June 11th.

Latvia: Elina Babkina 15, Ieva Kublina 11, Aija Putnina 9
Great Britain: JulieAnne Page 10, Johannah Leedham 10, Natalie Stafford 8, Azania Stewart 8



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  WNBA - Women  


Trade to Mystics was a magical moment for Nicky Anosike - by Eurobasket News
Nicky Anosike (6'3''-C-86, college: Tennessee) sneaked into a Washington Wizards practice one morning.

'I don't think I was supposed to be in there, she said with a smile.

Her former coach from the Minnesota Lynx, Don Zierden, now an assistant coach for the Wizards, was running players through drills and she wanted to watch. The two plan to stay in touch now that Anosike will be patrolling the paint for the Mystics.

The 6-foot-3 center was traded to Washington in April, and along with forward Crystal Langhorne anchors a team with a defense-first philosophy.

'I was so excited to come to the Mystics. This is the closest Ive played to home in about eight years', Anosike said. 'Growing up with a lot of the players here and playing against them, and now playing on the same team is cool.'

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and raised in Staten Island, Anosike is looking forward to playing in front of her family and friends, and for new coach Trudi Lacey.

She does not back down. She does not accept any weakness, Anosike said of Lacey. She doesnt let us feel sorry for ourselves that our two top scorers [Alana Beard and Monique Currie] are out. She just tells us to keep pressing on because no one else is going to take it easy on us. Shes really tough, and she tries to instill that in us.

A second-round draft pick from Tennessee in 2008, Anosike ranked in the top five in the WNBA last season in defensive rebounds, blocks and free throw percentage, and averages 10.5 points and 7 rebounds per game in her three-year career. Anosike spent two seasons with the Lynx before being traded to the Mystics for a first-round pick in the 2012 draft.

Both her former coach and current coach say they are blessed to have her.

She brings a lot to our team - post presence, leadership, defense; she helps our young kids out a lot, Lacey said. She and [Langhorne] complement each other very well. Shes given us that post presence we needed. She has all the pieces. Shes a complete player. Shes a great passer, great rebounder, loves defense, can score in the paint. She and Lang are our anchors right now.

Zierden called her one of those players that coaches fall in love with.

We thought we were just so blessed to get her [in Minnesota]. The number one thing that jumped out at us was her competitive nature and her tenacity, Zierden said. I think that Mystics fans will just love her. All fans want to see in the WNBA is players playing hard and giving their all, and they will see that from Nicky day in and day out.

Courtesy of www.washingtontimes.com


With three players injured, Mystics sign forward Kerri Gardin - by Eurobasket News
With three players out due to injury, the Washington Mystics received a medical hardship waiver from the WNBA and have signed forward Kerri Gardin (6'1''-F-84, college: Virginia Tech), according to a team spokeswoman. Gardin will suit up and be eligible to play Thursday night at Atlanta.

Gardin, who played at Virginia Tech, spent the past three seasons playing for Connecticut where she averaged 3.8 points and 3.1 rebounds in 14.6 minutes per game. The 6-foot-1, 168-pound forward was released by Connecticut during preseason.

Her addition was necessitated by recent injuries to guard Alana Beard and center TaShia Phillips, neither of whom is expected to play Thursday. Beard suffered a left foot sprain May 31 and sat out Washingtons season-opening loss Saturday at Connecticut. Phillips suffered an ankle tendon injury during practice Tuesday.

WNBA teams typically are allowed only to field an 11-member roster. The Mystics spokesman said the league granted Washington a medical hardship waiver because the team currently is without three players on its active roster. Forward Monique Currie is expected to miss the entire season after tearing the ACL in her left knee in January.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


Shock's Holt has broken thumb, out 4-6 weeks - by Eurobasket News
Tulsa Shock forward Amber Holt (6'0''-G/F-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) is expected to miss more than a month of action after suffering a broken thumb in Tuesday night's loss at Minnesota.

Holt is averaging 7-point-5 points and 4-point-5 rebounds per game in two regular season contests. She had a team-best 25 points in a pre-season game against Seattle on May 31st.

Holt played in 33 games and made nine starts for the Shock last season, averaging 8.7 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.

Tulsa's home opener is scheduled for Friday night against the San Antonio Silver Stars.

Courtesy of www.ktul.com