EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/11/2011

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


The frame of the 2011/12 NLB League is known - by Eurobasket News
The NLB League board confirmed all 14 clubs, which will play in 2011/12 NLB League, which will start on October 8th. Three clubs will get a wild-card.

Union Olimpija, Krka, Helios, Zlatorog (all from Slovenia), Partizan, Hemofarm, Radnicki, FMP (all from Serbia), iroki (BiH), Buducnost (Montenegro), Zagreb, Cedevita, Cibona (all Croatia) and Maccabi (Israel) will compete in the 11th season of the regional league. Since Maccabi received a special wild-card as a foreign guest and already confirmed its participation, Cibona and FMP received a national wild-card, which still needs to be confirmed from both clubs mentioned.

With all clubs being confirmed the structure of the league won't change much. Helios is returning after one year, Zlatorog after five years, FMP after one year while Maccabi participated only once so far, in the 2002/03 season.

The 11th season will start on October 8tt, 26 rounds will be played until marc 17th while the Final Four Tournament will be organized either between April 7th-8th or April 21st-22nd.

Courtesy of www.adriaticbasket.com


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  AUSTRALIA   


Nathan Jawai wins third trophy with Partizan - by Eurobasket News
Nathan Jawai (207-C-86, college: Midland CC) just finished wonderful season with his team Partizan Belgrade. The Australian big guy and Partizan defended the championship title in Serbia after they swept Hemofarm with perfect 3-0 in the Finals. It is tenth straight title for Serbia in domestic championship. Beside that, Jawai and his teammates also defended the title in Adriatic league this season beating Union Olimpija in the Finals. Third trophy Partizan won in Serbian Cup, which they grabbed last year as well. In Euroleague, Partizan reached Top16 phase.
Nathan Jawai joined Partizan last summer from the Minnesota Timberwolves. He appeared 16 times in Euroleague averaging 9.1 points and 5 rebounds. In Adriatic league, Jawai added 10.4 ppg and 4.3 rpg. In just finished Serbian league, he had 8.9 ppg and 3.8 rpg. He was one of the best Partizan players during the entire season. Nathan Jawai is active member of the Australian National Team.


Wolfpack Sign Wildcats Captain - by Eurobasket News
The Wanneroo Wolves are delighted to announce the signing of Perth Wildcats Captain Brad Robbins (186-G-85) for the remainder of the 2011 State basketball season.

Brad Robbins is widely acknowledged as one of the toughest and most experienced guards in the Australian National Basketball League (NBL).

Wanneroo Wolves mens team head coach Ben Ettridge; We have been given an amazing opportunity for the club to bring one of WA sports best leaders into our group.

A player of Brad Robbins ability and leadership compliments Greg Hire, Tony Pearman, Doug Gates and Damian Matacz.

Brad's professionalism and personality make him a genuine leader of men. He has been successful at every level he has played at. We look forward to having Brad around our younger guys; we hope that they can learn from him on and off the court about how to go about your preparation to be an elite player.

Brad brings added defensive toughness to our back court of Tony Pearman, Matt Schmechtig, Rhys Smyth (89) and Sebastian Salinas (190-G-85) who are already, in many peoples eyes, a great defensive group.

We look forward to seeing what the rest of the season holds for us, our team expectations do not change others outside of our inner sanctum and around the league may change, and we will be unwavering in the pursuit of our goals for season 2011'.

Wanneroo SBL Director Matt Rushmere; 'To have a professional leader such as Brad Robbins ask to join our club confirms to us, that the culture that has be created and the direction the club is moving in is the right one. We are very excited with what Brad will not only bring to our SBL program but to the development of our juniors also.'

Brad brings to the Wolfpack a wealth of basketball experience accumulated over his 26 years.

Some of Brads achievements are;
Won an NBL Championship in 2009/10 with the Perth Wildcats and was named as a co-captain for season 2010/11. Was a member of the World Championship winning Australian Emus under 20 team in 2003. Squad member of the Crocs Australian under 22 Young Men's team. Member of the Australian team at the 2002 Albert Schweitzer Tournament and 2002 Oceania Junior Mens Qualification Tournament. Represented Victoria at the Under 18 (2001 & 2002) and Under 16 (2000) National Championships.

The Wanneroo Basketball Association would like to acknowledge the support of Global Insurance Broking Pty. Ltd., and in particular Director Brian Atkin in enabling Brad to fulfil his desire to play at the Wolfpack.

Global Insurance Broking is delighted to be able to support the Wanneroo Wolves Wolfpack in securing the services of Perth Wildcat Captain Brad Robbins for the rest of the SBL season said Global director Brian Atkin.

Robbins resilience, determination and willingness to go one step further, is in line with the culture of Global and the service it provides to its customers.

Global Insurance Broking believes that his inclusion in the team will greatly assist the Wolfpack in achieving their goals this season.

Global Insurance Broking is proud to support Brad Robbins and the Wolfpacks push towards the 2011 State Basketball Leagues finals campaign.

Brad will suit up this Saturday night 11th June, when the Wolfpack take on the Rockingham Flames at the Joondalup Basketball Stadium.

Womens game tips off at 6pm and the mens tip off at 8pm.

Article by Wanneroo Wolves
Courtesy of: SBL


Milestone Weekend in SBL - by Eurobasket News
Three players will celebrate SBL Milestones this weekend in Austin Bruton (80) (Senators), Rhett Della Maddalena (200-F-82) (Flames) and Jarrad Prue (Lightning) who will all hit the court for their 200th SBL games.

Bruton will play game number 200 against the defending Champion Tigers on Saturday night at Willetton Basketball Stadium.

The guard is in his ninth season in the SBL, having started in 1999 with the East Perth Eagles. Since then Bruton has seen action with the Redbacks, Cougars, Lightning & now is having a strong season with the Senators.

Bruton has represented WA in both the Under 16 and Under 18 State Teams. He was a part of the bronze medal winning 1998 team.

The 30 year also lists career highlights such as the Under 16 National Gatorade 3 on 3 Championship, NJCAA National Championship with Indian Hills Community College and being the starting point guard for the Australian Crusaders during the AND1 Tour.

Della started his SBL career in 2003 with the Cougars, where he spent six seasons. Since 2009 he has been with the Rockingham Flames.

Career highlights for the forward include winning the 2006 & 2007 Cockbunr SBL MVP and the 2010 Rockingham MVP. Della played in an SBL Grand Final in his first season in the league, where the Cougars went down to the Hawks 76-72.

The 29 year old will play his 200th game on Saturday at Joondalup Basketball Stadium as the Flames tackle the Wolves in what will also be Wildcats Co-Captain Brad Robbins first game for Wanneroo.

SBL rebounding machine, Jarrad Prue (199-C-82), will also suit up for his 200th game on Saturday night against Mandurah at the Mandurah Aquatic & Recreation Centre.

The nine season SBL veteran has played 190 of his 199 games for the Lightning, having played nine games at the Willetton Tigers in 2005.

Prue has competed in four SBL Grand Finals and won two with Lakeside in 2006 and 2010.

The centre is a regular winner of the SBL Rebounding award and again leads the league in rebounding this season, averaging 20.3 rebounds per game.
Courtesy of: SBL




Shawn Dennis signs contract extension with Wildcats - by Eurobasket News
Assistant coach Shawn Dennis has signed a contract extension with the Perth Wildcats meaning he will remain with the club for at least the next three NBL seasons.

Dennis arrived at the Wildcats in the lead up to the 2010/11 season as a replacement for Mark Radford and to team up with head coach Rob Beveridge again.

He signed on with a two-year deal, but both Dennis and the Wildcats were delighted with how last season went and this week the 45-year-old has signed an extension that will keep him at the club at least until June 2014.

Without question Dennis is one of the best-credentialed assistant coaches in the NBL, and most respected, and that has been built up starting with a playing career with the Newcastle Falcons where he also had a three-year stint as head coach.

From there he took over the helm of NZNBL team the Bay Hawks from Napier and was head coach there for seven years until taking the role with Perth.

However, he's also worked as an assistant in the NBL firstly with the Wollongong Hawks and then under Beveridge with the West Sydney Razorbacks and Sydney Spirit, and while in New Zealand he worked closely with the Tall Ferns first as an assistant then head coach.

Dennis has always looked from the outside at the Wildcats as a club he'd like to be involved with, and he's been even more impressed in the 12 months he has been here so when offered a contract extension he couldnt think of a reason to say no.

'It is awesome because you sit down, particularly in this profession, and it's difficult to get that sort of contract. It's pretty humbling to think a franchise like the Wildcats would offer me an extra two years to give me that sort of job security,' Dennis said.

'Having played in the NBL for about 10 years and now having coached in it, I always looked in as an outsider to the Wildcats and was in awe of it because of the high regard it was held in. To now know that you will be part of it for three years is a great feeling.'

Making the decision to leave New Zealand initially and then to come to the Wildcats wasnt one that Dennis took lightly just over a year ago when he signed on, but in the end two things stood out for him to join the club in Perth and those things still ring true today.

'It was a big decision to come here and the thing that drew me the most was the fact that it was the Perth Wildcats and a club that as a player you wished you played for. Then once I got into coaching you thought that it would be nice to work for an organisation like that,' he said.

'I had the opportunity to go to country Victoria as the ITP coach there or come here, and it wasnt a decision that I just jumped at. I really thought about it hard and the things that got me over the line were that the organisation has been sound in its history and for the opportunity to work with Rob again.

'I have worked with him since about 1996 in different capacities, but to work with him full-time in Sydney was great and to get that opportunity again was something I really wanted. From my own personal aspect, I also thought it was perhaps the best way to leapfrog me into a head coaching role again. It's been a long time since I've done that and it's certainly a role I want again.'

There is no question that the Wildcats organisation is one that is used to success and expects it having won an NBL-best five championships and making the playoffs for 25 straight seasons. That pressure to continue to excel is what Dennis enjoys though.

'I have loved it. Working for a club who has such high expectations on the floor and as a whole organisation is motivating when you get up every morning to know that you have certain standards to meet,' he said.

'I know that I have improved a lot in the first year I've been here in a lot of areas and the fun part is coming to work. I'm working with Rob, I'm working with Nick and having an owner like Jack Bendat who puts so much pressure on, but it's such fun having that challenge with the resources backing you.

'Basically you have everything there for you to do the job and you just come to work to do it the best you can.'

Courtesy of NBL (www.nbl.com.au)


Kings sign Australian college standout Alex Gynes - by Eurobasket News
Alex Gynes (198-F/G) (pronounced Jines), is joining the Sydney Kings' roster for the 2011-2012 season, and cannot wait to pull on the purple and gold.

Born in Nowra on the New South Wales south coast, the 22 year-old, 198cm (6'6'), 89kg swingman can play multiple positions on the floor. Gynes is an excellent prospect who was a standout New South Wales junior, leading the state under 18 team to a national championship in 2006 with a blistering run in the tournament that included a 40 point explosion in the semi-finals followed by a spectacular 26 point, 20 rebound game in the final. That performance helped win him a spot in the under 19 Australian national team and brought him to the attention of US college scouts, who eventually recruited him to play at NCAA Division One Radford University in Virginia.

Unfortunately he lasted just a year at Radford, finding it difficult to deal with the cold weather, but he blossomed once he transferred to the warmer climes of Nova Southeastern University in Florida where he had a fine career, averaging 12 points per game in his junior season and named the schools Male Athlete of the Year, and as a senior in the 2010/11 campaign he upped his production to an impressive 18 points and 8 rebounds per contest, leading the team in no fewer than ten categories including points, rebounds and minutes played. At Nova he was part of a strong Aussie contingent which included talented big men Ross Allsop and Robert Huntington, and he was lauded by his head coach at Nova, Gary Tuell, for his toughness and competitive nature. Coach Tuell described him as a 'baller and an old fashioned gym rat'.

In preparation for his rookie campaign with the Sydney Kings he is currently playing in the Waratah League for the Central Coast Crusaders alongside Kings assistant coach Tim Hudson, and has made an immediate impact, averaging 15.3ppg, 11.0rpg and 3.0apg in his opening three games and is coming off a fine effort against Maitland a fortnight ago, when he blasted the Mustangs for 23 points and nine boards as the Crusaders won a hard-fought battle.

Sydney Kings' Head Coach, Ian 'Moose' Robilliard, said he was looking forward to seeing Gynes bring his unique style of basketball to the roster.

'A tough, but fair competitor is how I would describe Alex. I have a great deal of respect for players who bring this level of intensity to the game. He isnt afraid to put his body on the line and he has a durability that is unique. Alex will draw crowds at our games because of this fact alone. I have no doubt he will be an important role player for our club and I am absolutely delighted he will be playing in a Sydney Kings singlet, Robilliard said with a smile.

'Initially, we will play Alex as a Forward, and he is versatile so expect to see him play Small or Power Forward, if and when we need it,' he added.

'Coach Tuell assures me that Alex knows how to score points. He also said that he has a very strong body, which he uses to good effect to post up players. The fans will be pleased to hear that he has a strong three-point shooting game, which he worked on so successfully during college that he was the team's leading scorer and MVP for the past two seasons'.

Alex has a Major in Business Administration from NSU, and lists parents David and Christine as the most influential people in his life. Interestingly, although Alex describes himself as a through and through State of Origin Blues supporter, his greatest sporting hero and role model is Queenslander, Darren Lockyer; due to the way he conducts himself both on and off the field and the passion and determination he displays when he runs out onto the field.

Speaking about his call up to the Sydney Kings, Alex said his one of his aims is to bring energy and a strong work ethic to every practice and game in order to push his teammates. While off the court, he is looking forward to giving back to the younger community and showing them that with hard work and determination they can reach their goals can.

'The main reason I signed with the Sydney Kings is because of the prestigious history of the club and to be apart of the re-emergence of the Sydney Kings. It will also be great to play in front of my home state,' Alex said.

'My personal goals for the upcoming season are to work hard each day and bring the energy in order to help put the Sydney Kings in the best position to be successful. I am also looking forward to helping the club re-emerge and get them back to where they were when I used to watch them as a child,' he added.

'Loyalty to the team and the trust in my teammates are both equally important to me. If each member shows loyalty and trust towards one another, it sets a great foundation to build a happy and winning culture.'

In relation to Coach Tuell's comment about him being an old -fashioned gym rat, Alex laughed and said that Coach Tuell demands effort, and if you are not passionate about working hard you wont last long in his program.

'All I can say is that I try to make the most out of every time I'm on the floor. Its not about me personally, its the fact that If I dont work hard I would just be letting my teammates down,' Alex said.

His tough-minded, relentless attitude, commitment to hard work and undoubted talent make him an ideal fit in Coach Ian Moose Robilliards squad, and hell be competing for minutes right off the bat. Look for Alex, wholl be wearing the number 12 made famous by legendary Kings tough guy Mark Dalton, to be a genuine contributor to the purple and gold as we begin our drive to the playoffs in 2011/12.

Stay tuned on Kings Facebook and Kings TV for an interview with Alex later this week.

Courtesy of NBL and The Sydney Kings


Standings - SBL
SBL Standings
 1. Lakeside L. 14-2 
 2. Wanneroo W. 12-5 
 3. Cockburn C. 12-5 
 4. Perry Lakes H. 11-6 
 5. Willetton T. 10-7 
 6. Goldfield G. 9-8 
 7. Stirling S. 9-8 
 8. Perth R. 8-9 
 9. East Perth E. 7-9 
 10. Kalamunda E.S. 7-9 
 11. Mandurah M. 6-10 
 12. Rockingham F. 6-11 
 13. Geraldton B. 6-11 
 14. AIS 0-0 
 15. SW Slammers 0-17 


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


The Balkan League continues to develop - there will be a junior tournament in 2011/12 - by Eurobasket News
The EUROHOLD Balkan League continues to develop, as already the newest fact for the upcoming season is known - there will be a junior tournament during the 2011/2012 campaign. The participating teams shall be the junior squads of the senior teams participating in the BIBL.

This matter has been discussed in the past board meetings of the league, but at that point there still wasnt anything official. However everything is clear now, and the BIBL will continue to work for the development of basketball and youth players in the Balkans, after adding this junior tournament to the calendar of the League for the 2011/2012 season.

The junior competition will be organized with the approval and also in cooperation with FIBA Europe.

There will be more details when the participating teams for next season will be known.

Courtesy of www.balkanleague.net


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  BRAZIL   


Barbosa considering Brazilian options - by Eurobasket News
The Toronto Raptors may get an unexpected break as they try to remake their team in the wake of a 22-60 season.

Brazilian veteran Leandrinho Barbosa (190-G-82) is considering opting out of the final year of a contract scheduled to pay him $7.6-million for 2011-12.

According to his brother Arturo, the shooting guard is receiving feelers from some top club teams at home who want to bring back the top Brazilian player of his generation.

The situation is this: it would not be responsible of me as his brother to not consider the Brazil option, said Arturo Barbosa. Leandro loves Toronto he loves the fans and the relationships with everybody, but business is business. An athletes career is short and there are a lot of sponsorship opportunities [in Brazil] especially with the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016.

The leading candidate for Barbosas services, apparently, is Flamengo, Brazilian basketball champions in 2008 and 2009 who play in Rio de Janeiro. The clubs soccer side recently brought soccer star Ronaldinho back to the fold to finish his career after his run in Europe.

Another possibility is the Brazilian club Corinthians.

With a growing economy Brazils national basketball league has grown in stature and professionalism in recent years and is better positioned to bring home top players who have typically played in Europe if not the NBA.

Raptors president Bryan Colangelo said he just learned of the possibility of Barbosa leaving in recent days: They are weighing options, he said via text message from Europe where hes scouting draft prospects. There is no word from the agents on that yet.

Should Barbosa leave his option and return to Brazil it could open up the rebuilding Raptors options considerably, both by providing another roster spot and shaving more money off the Raptors salary obligations, already slated to drop from $69-million on the books last season to about $34-million for nine players though that number will rise as the team adds a draft pick and fills out its roster.

The 28-year-old averaged 13.3 points on 45 per cent shooting coming of the bench last season in Toronto, though injuries limited him to just 58 games after coming to the Raptors from Phoenix in an off-season trade.

With a lockout a possibility in the NBA, the player knows as the Brazilian blur may have a back-up plan.

'Adam Smith's invisible hand will do it's job. That will determine where we will go,' said Arturo Barbosa via e-mail. Leandro loves to compete and this competition will be based on a competition in the markets.'

Courtesy of www.theglobeandmail.com


PF Chico sign with Sao Jose dos Campos - by Paulo Freire
The director board of Sao Jose dos Campos Basketball announced the hiring of another player in the new building of their roster for the new season.

The athlete
Chico Delben (202-F/C-83), who is 2.02 m tall, played on his career for Botafogo, Ribeirao Preto and Assis, but was in Araraquara that he played in the last three editions of the NBB. This past season Chico averaged 7.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 1.6 apg.

The new player comes to town with a commitment to help the team led by head coach Regis Marrelli. According to the coach, this new piece will make the team stronger for the new commitments.

'We brought in players with different characteristics to compose the group. Chico has the characteristic to be a strong defender. A few days ago, we brought in Jefferson who plays in the same position but is different from Chico, Jefferson is a finisher and works well offensively, ' said coach Regis.


PF Chico sign with Sao Jose dos Campos - by Paulo Freire
The director board of Sao Jose dos Campos Basketball announced the hiring of another player in the new building of their roster for the new season.

The athlete Chico, who is 2.02 m tall, played on his career for Botafogo, Ribeirao Preto and Assis, but was in Araraquara that he played in the last three editions of the NBB. This past season Chico averaged 7.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 1.6 apg.

The new player comes to town with a commitment to help the team led by head coach Regis Marrelli. According to the coach, this new piece will make the team stronger for the new commitments.

'We brought in players with different characteristics to compose the group. Chico has the characteristic to be a strong defender. A few days ago, we brought in Jefferson who plays in the same position but is different from Chico, Jefferson is a finisher and works well offensively, ' said coach Regis.


Uberlandia sign center from Spain - by Paulo Freire
The center Leonardo Klassmann Waszkiewicz will be one of the new players of Uberlandia team (Unitri / Universo) for next season 2011/12.

Leonardo Klassman (209-C-89) is 2.10 meters tall and, despite being only 22 years old, he was in Spain in the last four seasons. The big man played in the EBA for Valladolid (sort of Spanish fourth division) from 2007 to 2010, and last season he moved to the Obilo Club in Addeco Plata (third division in Spain). He played only seven games and averaged 5.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in 19 minutes per game. Before going to Spain, Waszkiewicz played in Bira (RS) and the Pinheiros (SP).

The new player will replace the center Hatila Passos, who will not play next season in Uberlandia. The mineiro team will continue to be led by head coach Chui on the fourth edition of the NBB.

It is expect that the team will do an official annoucement of the new hiring in the coming days.



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  BULGARIA   


Rilski keeps Rosen Barchovski - by Eurobasket News
Rilski announced signing of 1-year contract extension with their Head Coach Rosen Barchovski (agency: Interperformances ). The Bulgarian specialist took over Rilski in February this year. He led the team to Bulgarian league Semifinals and Balkan league Finals. In Bulgarian Cup, Rilski reached the Semis. All of that was more than enough for Barchovski to get an extension by the club.
Before Rilski, Rosen Barchovski (agency: Interperformances ) worked as a GM of Dunav 2007 Rousse. They competed in Bulgarian Division A. Barchovski also works as a Head Coach of the Bulgarian National Team. In 2008/09, he was a Head Coach of Dunav 2007 and season before that Barchovski spent with CSKA Sophia. He worked as their Sports Director a year before that. In the past, Barchovski spent many years as a HC of CSKA. He won the Bulgarian Cup with them in 2005. From 2004 to 2006, Barchovski also worked as a Head Coach of the Bulgarian NT.


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  CANADA   


Kyle Landry end the successful season in Europe - by Eurobasket News
Kyle Landry (206-F-86, college: N.Arizona) ended the successful season in Europe with his BK Prostejov in Czech Republic. CEZ Basketball Nymburk however defended the title as they won the Final Play-offs in Czech Republic. The defending champions needed 82:65 win in Game 6 to win the series 4-2 over BK Prostejov.
CEZ Basketball Nymburk started the game with 22-18 but the hosts tied the score at the halftime, 37:37. In the third period the favorites took another 5-point lead and did not allow the opponents to come closer. They finished the game with 24-12 surge to seal another title.
It was a good game for forward Michal Kremen who led his team to a victory with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. British-American guard Michael Lenzly contributed with 18 points for the winners. Five CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. American guard Eugene Lawrence replied with 18 points and 8 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and his fellow American import center Bertengeh Cadri-Nicholson added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for BK Prostejov.
Kyle Landry averaged 15.0 points per game this season and collected 8 points and 8 rebounds in the last game.




Junior men begin preparations for the FIBA U19 World Championship - by Eurobasket News
Canada Basketball has announced the 22 athletes participating in the tryout by invitation camp and team staff for the Junior Men's National Team (JMNT). This is the first step as the JMNT prepares for the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championship in Latvia. The tryout camp will run from June 1012 at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ont.

This marks the first time since 1996 the National Team Program will hold camp at the world class facilities of Laurentian University. This partnership continues to build the relationship between Canada Basketball and Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), which will further integrate all levels of basketball from coast to coast. The Voyageur athletic staff is among the top administration staffs in the CIS and includes former National Team member Shawn Swords, who serves as the Mens Basketball head coach.

Canada Basketball and Laurentian University have a long history together of former coaches and players. Training camps were routinely held in Sudbury with the last one being the women's team in 1996, says Swords. It is our pleasure to get back to our roots and assist the National Team Program. We feel very privileged to be able to host this talented group on our beautiful campus and look forward to continuing our partnership with Canada Basketball.

Canada qualified for the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championship by claiming the bronze after defeating Argentina last summer at the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men in San Antonio, Texas. Canada is one of 16 teams to qualify for the World Championship, which will take place from June 30July 10 in Liepaja and Riga, Latvia. The JMNT will face tough competition in the preliminary round as they have been assigned to Group B, which includes Croatia, Lithuania and Korea.

This marks the seventh time the Canada has qualified for the tournament, and tenth time that FIBA will host a competition for this age group. Canadas highest finish was sixth in 1987 in Bormio, Italy. In the last FIBA U19 World Championship in Auckland, New Zealand. in 2009, Cory Joseph (Ajax, Ont.), Tristan Thompson (Brampton, Ont.) and Kelly Olynyk (Kamloops, B.C.) led Canada to a seventh place finish.

The list of athletes attending the tryout camp includes 10 who represented Canada last summer on the international stage as part of the National Team Program. Attending camp are Kevin Pangos (Holland Landing, Ont.) and Andrew Wiggins (Concord, Ont.) who helped guide Canada to the bronze medal at the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship, where Pangos was also named the top point guard of the tournament. Pangos enjoyed a successful final year of high school at Dr. John Denison (Newmarket, Ont.), taking the Huskies to the AAA OFSAA Championship game, and also represented Canada at the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Ore. Wiggins led Vaughan Secondary School (Vaughan, Ont.) to the AAAA OFSAA gold medal and also competed in the Jordan Brand Classic International Game, where he was named co-MVP.

Other invited athletes who represented Canada last summer include Sim Bhullar (Brampton, Ont.), Julian Clarke (Toronto), Duane Notice (Woodbridge, Ont.), Olivier Hanlan (Gatineau, Que.), Negus Webster-Chan (Toronto), Junior Lomomba (Longueil, Que.), Dyshawn Pierre (Whitby, Ont.) and Philip Scrubb (Vancouver).

Following training camp, the JMNT will participate in the International Youth Global Games tournament in Lithuania as a tune-up tournament for the World Championship. Games will be hosted in Panevezys, Lithuania, from June 2527. Canada will play Latvia on June 25, Australia on June 26 and Brazil on June 27. Game summaries will be posted on http://basketball.ca.

Below are the JMNT tryout by invitation camp details and a complete list of team staff and athletes invited to compete for a position on the JMNT.

For more information on Team Canada and the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship, visit www.basketball.ca. or www.latvia2011.fiba.com.



2011 JUNIOR MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM TRYOUT INVITED ATHLETES

Name Position Height Hometown School
Braxston Bunce F 611 Kelowna, BC Kelowna Secondary School
Sim Bhullar F 74 Toronto, ON Huntington Prep
Julian Clarke G 63 Toronto, ON Santa Clara (NCAA)
Stefan Cvrkalj G 64 Kitchener, ON Bluevale Collegiate Institute
Justin Edwards G 62 Whitby, ON Anderson CVI
Olivier Hanlan G 62 Gatineau, QC New Hampton
John Hegwood G 64 Calgary, AB Bishop Grandin High School
Stefan Jankovic F 69 Mississauga, ON Huntington Prep
Marek Klassen G 60 Abbotsford, BC Point Loma Nazarene University (NAIA)
Matt Letkeman F 67 Abbotsford, BC University of Calgary (CIS)
Junior Lomomba G 64 Montreal, QC Madison Memorial
Naz Long G 61 Mississauga, ON Findley College Prep
Duane Notice G 62 Woodbridge, ON St. Michaels College
Dyshawn Pierre G 66 Whitby, ON Anderson CVI
Jean Pierre-Charles G 67 Ottawa, ON Ashbury College
Philip Scrubb G 64 Richmond, BC Carleton University (CIS)
Justin Shaver F 66 Ottawa, ON John McCrae Secondary School
Jarryn Skeete G 62 Brampton, ON Wasatch Academy
Nick Stauskas G 66 Mississauga, ON St. Marks
Negus Webster-Chan G 67 Scarborough, ON Huntington Prep


2011 JUNIOR MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM STAFF

Name Position Hometown
Greg Francis Head Coach Edmonton, AB
Pete Guarasci Assistant Coach Kelowna, BC
Shawn Swords Assistant Coach Sudbury, ON
Dean McCord Team Manager Calgary, AB
Minh Nguyen Physiotherapist Ottawa, ON
John Philpott Team Doctor Toronto, ON


2011 CANADIAN JUNIOR MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM Tryout Schedule (June 10 12)
Luarentian University - Sudbury, Ontario

Training Day Training Time Location
Friday, June.10 9:00 am - 11:30 am

5:00 pm - 7:30 pm Laurentian University
Saturday, June.11 9:00 am - 11:30 am

5:00 pm - 7:30 pm Laurentian University
Sunday, June.12 9:00 am - 11:30 am Laurentian University

Courtesy of www.basketball.ca




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  COSTA RICA   


LBS updating - by Gianni Pascucci
Escazu goes on in battling for the first place in LBS 2011. In the last round, the 'hechicheros' won 75-65 on the road over UISIL Perez Zeledon, while Ferreteria Brenes Barva prevailed by 21 points (99-78) over U Santa Paula-Goicechea led by Isaac St.Rose (190-G/F-83, college: John Brown) with 26 pts. Kay Martinez (201-G-84, college: Jackson St.) was the game top scorer with 31 points in losing effort. In the other games of the 9th Round, Sanatura-Desamparados felt at home to Cartago, 84-93 and USJ ARBA defeated Liceo de Costa Rica 63-58 after an overtime.


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


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  CROATIA   


Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Awards 2010-11 - by Eurobasket
Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League 1st Team 2011
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Marko Car
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Player of the Year: Krunoslav Simon (197-F-85) of KK Zagreb CO
Guard of the Year: Marko Car (188-G/F-85) of Zadar
Forward of the Year: Krunoslav Simon (197-F-85) of KK Zagreb CO
Center of the Year: Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) of KK Zagreb CO
Bosman Player of the Year: Ante Masic (200-/F-85) of KK Zagreb CO
Import Player of the Year: Dontaye Draper (180-G-84) of Cedevita
Domestic Player of the Year: Krunoslav Simon (197-F-85) of KK Zagreb CO
Defensive Player of the Year: Dario Saric (205-F/C-94) of KK Zagreb CO
Coach of the Year: Mladen Erjavec of KK Zagreb CO

1st Team
G: Dontaye Draper (180-84) of Cedevita
G/F: Marko Car (188-85) of Zadar
F: Krunoslav Simon (197-85) of KK Zagreb CO
G/F: Bojan Bogdanovic (202-89) of Cibona
C/F: Luka Zoric (211-84) of KK Zagreb CO

2nd Team
G: Milan Karakas (190-80) of Trogir
G/F: Bojan Bogdanovic (202-89) of Cibona
F: Brandon Brown (202-81) of Zadar
F/C: Dario Saric (205-94) of KK Zagreb CO
C: Ivan Krolo (217-83) of Darda

Honorable Mention
Luka Petkovic (190-G-88) of Svjetlost
Luka Zitko (201-F-81) of Trogir
Ivan Krolo (217-C-83) of Darda
Alex Renfroe (190-G-86) of KK Zagreb CO
Ivan Mimica (193-G-80) of KK Split
Ivan Bakovic (197-G-81) of Darda
Jure Skific (202-F/C-88) of Borik
Antonio Ostric (200-G/F-89) of Dubrovnik
Rudolf Jugo (183-G-84) of Kvarner 2010

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Milan Karakas (190-80) of Trogir
G/F: Marko Car (188-85) of Zadar
F: Krunoslav Simon (197-85) of KK Zagreb CO
G/F: Bojan Bogdanovic (202-89) of Cibona
C/F: Luka Zoric (211-84) of KK Zagreb CO

All-Imports Team
G: Dontaye Draper (180-84) of Cedevita
G: Alex Renfroe (190-86) of KK Zagreb CO
G: Bracey Wright (191-84) of Cedevita
/F: Ante Masic (200-85) of KK Zagreb CO
F: Brandon Brown (202-81) of Zadar

All-Defensive Team
Alex Renfroe (190-G-86) of KK Zagreb CO
Pavle Marcinkovic (197-G-89) of Zadar
Marko Car (188-G/F-85) of Zadar
Dario Saric (205-F/C-94) of KK Zagreb CO
Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) of KK Zagreb CO



EuroChallenge not for Croatian teams - by Dani Erceg
Croatian teams will not compete in Euro Challenge 2011-2012. Teams that finished on 5th and 6th place, KK Split and Borik got invitations but they decided not to play because of high expenses of competition. After their refusal also 7th team Alkar Sinj could apply for invitation, but that isnt very obvious. New champion KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje will play Euroleague first time in their history, Cedevita Zagreb and KK Cibona VIP Zagreb will play qualifications for EuroCup.

Croatian B National Team announced - by Eurobasket News
Croatian Basketball Federation announced list with 15 members of the Croatian B National Team. Some of the players from this list could easily earn a spot for the Croatian A NT, which will participate at the EuroBasket in Lithuania this summer. Croatia B will start with preparations later this month. They will play at least six games against U20 Croatia.

Croatia B: Miro Bilan, Marko Car, Josip Sobin, Zoran Vrkic, Leon Radosevic, Tomislav Zubcic, Karlo Vragovic, Robert Rikic, Darko Planinic, Fran Pilepic, Ivan Ramljak, Hrvoje Kovacevic, Mario Delas, Ante Delas, Josip Blajic.


Head Coach: Josip Vrankovic


Real Madrid to hire Jasmin Repesa as new Head Coach? - by Eurobasket News
Real Madrid is close to hire a new Head Coach. According to Spanish media, it is Croatian specialist Jasmin Repesa (agency: World Sport Agency), who worked with Benetton Treviso last two seasons. Real Madrid is looking forward to resolve this crucial question and focus on forming the squad for the next season.
Jasmin Repesa reached Italian league Semifinals with Benetton this season. They were No.5 in regular season with 17-13 record and later eliminated Air Avelino in the Quarterfinals (3-1). However, Montepaschi Siena was too strong for Benetton in the Semis (0-3). Benetton also reached EuroCup Semifinals this season. Before Benetton, Repesa worked with Lottomatica Roma from 2006 to 2009. He was also coaching Climamio Bologna, Slask, Cibona and Tofas in the past. In 2005, Repesa won the Italian league title with Climamio. He was a Head Coach of the Croatian NT from 2005 to 2009.


Luka Zoric signs with Unicaja - by Eurobasket News
Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) is a new member of Unicaja. The Croatian big guy signed a 3-year deal with the Malaga team. Zoric arrives to Unicaja from Zagreb, where he spent last two seasons. Just few days ago he paced Zagreb to their first title ever in Croatian championship. They swept Cedevita with perfect 3-0 in the Finals. Zoric had 19.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg and 1.8 apg for 19 games in Croatia. Zagreb also won the Croatian Cup this season. In Adriatic league, Zoric added 19.4 ppg and 8.2 rpg. For his performance, Zoric was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Player of the Year -11. Before Zagreb, Zoric played for Zabok, Cibona, Union Olimpija, Braunschweig, Dona Dubrava and Borik Puntamika.
Luka Zoric is active member of the Croatian National Team. Last summer in Turkey, he had 7.7 ppg and 5.3 rpg for 10 games.


Cedevita targets Velimir Perasovic as new Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
Cedevita parted ways with their Head Coach Aleksandar Petrovic (agency: Interperformances ) earlier this week and they immediately started search for his successor. There are many options for this job but according to Croatian media one coach leads the race. It is Velimir Perasovic (agency: Interperformances ), who left Efes Pilsen in March this year. Perasovic was hired by Efes last summer, but they were struggling from the beginning and were not able to reach any of their goals for this season. Actually, there is one trophy which Efes Pilsen won and it is Turkish President Cup.
Velimir Perasovic (agency: Interperformances ) worked with Cibona from 2008 until the last summer. He won the Croatian league titles in both seasons and he was named Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Coach of the Year -10. On season 2007/08, Perasovic worked with Estudiantes and before that he spent two years as Head Coach of Tau Ceremica. He won the Spanish Cup with them in 2006. In the past, Perasovic also worked as a Sport Director of Split.


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  CYPRUS   


Intercollege Etha lands Boris Lalovic - by Michael Aristidou

Another great transfer for InterCollege Etha Engomis. InterCollege Etha Engomis who succeeded a double last season has signed Boris Lalovic (206-C-81) for next season. The player played already in Cyprus league last year with Cytavision Apoel Nicosia in play-of. Last year Lalovic was in Hercegovac Bileca having 19,9 ppg and 6,2rpg.
In other news the team has renewed Thomas Massamba (185-G-85, agency: Lanshire Group) for next season. InterCollege Etha Engomis is waiting for some more answers in the next days form various players.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


CEZ Basketball Nymburk defends the title! - by Eurobasket News
BK Prostejov-CEZ Basketball Nymburk 62:85

CEZ Basketball Nymburk defends the title as they won the Final Play-offs. The defending champions needed 82:65 win in Game 6 to win the series 4-2.
CEZ Basketball Nymburk started the game with 22-18 but the hosts tied the score at the halftime, 37:37. In the third period the favorites took another 5-point lead and did not allow the opponents to come closer. They finished the game with 24-12 surge to seal another title.
It was a good game for forward Michal Kremen (200-F-81) who led his team to a victory with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. British-American guard Michael Lenzly (189-G-81, college: Wofford) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Five CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. American guard Eugene Lawrence (184-G-86, college: St.John's) replied with 18 points and 8 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and his fellow American import center Bertengeh Cadri-Nicholson (208-C-83, college: Denver) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for BK Prostejov.
Last year CEZ Basketball Nymburk became the Champion of the country as the team won Game 5 to win the series over BK Prostejov.

BK Prostejov: Eugene Lawrence 18, Bertengeh Cadri-Nicholson 13, Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) 11
CEZ Basketball Nymburk: Michael Lenzly 18, Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) 14, Afik Nissim (180-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) 14




Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Terry SMITH
  BC Kolin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Smith, BC Kolin17.4 
 2. Houska, BK Decin15.1 
 3. Landry, BK Prost.15.0 
 4. Horak, Svitavy14.7 
 5. Hatcher, BK Decin14.5 
 6. Simmons, CEZ N.14.3 
 7. Sedmak, Basketbo.14.3 
 8. Blazek, B&W Opava14.0 
 9. Veikalas, BK Prost.13.9 
 10. Kotas, USK Praha13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris MENO
  Basketbo.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Meno, Basketbo.10.4 
 2. Landry, BK Prost.8.6 
 3. Houska, BK Decin8.6 
 4. Arnold, BK Pardu.7.7 
 5. Burke, NH Ostrava7.6 
 6. Spagrud, NH Ostra.7.3 
 7. Frana, Plzen7.1 
 8. Kramny, Svitavy6.9 
 9. Klimes, USK Praha6.7 
 10. Gadri, BK Prostej.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Stepan VRUBL
  Plzen
  (186-G-76)
  Avg: 6
 1. Vrubl, Plzen6.0 
 2. Lawrence, BK Prost.5.4 
 3. Jones, BC Kolin3.8 
 4. Carnecky, B&W O.3.7 
 5. Hatcher, BK Decin3.5 
 6. Kotas, USK Praha3.4 
 7. Sanders, BK Decin3.3 
 8. Maio, Basketbo.2.9 
 9. Macela, Svitavy2.7 
 10. Channels, Novy Ji.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Lukas KOTAS
  USK Praha
  (194-F-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Kotas, USK Praha1.9 
 2. Wright, BK Pardu.1.8 
 3. Smith, BC Kolin1.7 
 4. Holloway, Basket.1.7 
 5. Sirina, B&W Opava1.6 
 6. Landry, BK Prost.1.6 
 7. Hampton, BK Pardu.1.5 
 8. Lawrence, BK Prost.1.5 
 9. Hatcher, BK Decin1.4 
 10. Vrubl, Plzen1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  NH Os.
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Trybanski, NH Os.1.2 
 2. Miklosik, B&W O.1.2 
 3. Kramny, Svitavy0.9 
 4. Gadri, BK Prostejov0.9 
 5. Meno, Basketbo.0.8 
 6. Houska, BK Decin0.8 
 7. Miles, BC Kolin0.7 
 8. Pelikan, Novy Jicin0.7 
 9. Bjegovic, USK Praha0.7 
 10. Frana, Plzen0.6 


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Efes Pilsen land Dusko Savanovic - by Eurobasket News
Efes Pilsen made a strong market move. They inked a deal with Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket). The contract is meant for three seasons. The 27-year-old forward spent the last season in Valencia. The Serbian player tallied 11.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in Euroleague. In ACB Dusko Savanovic accounted for 11.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists per appearance. Dusko Savanovic played for Serbia at 2010 World Championship. The forward posted 11.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in Turkey. Previously Dusko Savanovic had stints with Borac, FMP Zeleznik, Unics Kazan and Cajasol Sevilla. Dusko Savanovic was Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Newcomer of the Year back in 2006.


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  FRANCE   


France sweep test series against Turkey - by Eurobasket News
France U20 - Turkey U20 59:48

French U20 National Team swept exhibition series versus their Turkish counterparts. France celebrated the third straight win today. Louis Labeyrie (208-C-92) provided 12 points and 6 rebounds to pace the hosts.
Turkey led for some time in the opening frame but France capped the period with an 8:0 run and posted a 17:12 advantage. The home team maintained the lead throughout the second period. France arrived at the interval up by 6 points 34:28. Bryan Pamba and Louis Labeyrie increased the margin to 11 points late in the third frame 50:39. France quickly boosted the gap to 14 points in the final term and kept their opponents at bay throughout the rest of the encounter. Geoffrey Renon (208-C-91) provided 11 points, while Axel Toupane (200-F-92) netted 7 points in the victory. Dusan Cantekin (222-C-90, agency: Beo Basket) and Murat Erensoy (198-F-91) answered with 10 points apiece for Turkey. Furkan Aldemir (205-F-91) finished with 9 points in the losing effort.

France U20: Louis Labeyrie 12, Geoffrey Renon 11, Axel Toupane 7
Turkey U20: Murat Erensoy 10, Dusan Cantekin 10, Furkan Aldemir 9



French U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Jean-Dieudonne Biog 202-C-95 CFBB France
Antoine Chevrier 195-G-95 Cholet France
Paul Lou Duwiquet 193-95 Gravelines France
Lionel Ebreuil 200-C-95 CFBB France
Cyrille Eliezer Vanerot 194-G-96
Elie Fedensieu 201-C-96 Toulouse France
Damien Inglis 198-F-95 CFBB France
Etienne Joumard 186-95 CFBB France
Luidgy Laporal 201-C-95 CFBB France
Romuald Morency 197-G-95 CFBB France
Lucas Paoletti 200-F-95 CFBB France
Charly Pontens 187-G-95 CFBB France
Paul Rigot 199-G-95 CFBB France
Arthur Rozenfeld 175-G-95 ASVEL France
Olivier Yao-Delon 193-G-95 CFBB France
Petr Cornelie 200-F-95 Le Mans France
Dylan David 198-F-95 Le Mans France
Bradley Jomard 182-G-96 Paris-Levallois France
Alexandre Karolak 189-G-95 Nancy France
Paul Noizet 201-95 Nancy France
Etienne Ory 175-G-96 Nancy France
Brice Tejedor 203-95 Nancy France
Thomas Ville 180-G-95 Roanne France

Tahar Assed-Liegeon Head Coach
Bernard Faure Assistant
Eric Kehlhoffner Assistant


French U20 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Aboudou Jordan 198-F-91 Chalon France
Valentin Bigote 197-F-92 Gravelines France
Evan Fournier 200-G/F-92 Poitierarleys France
Alexandre Gavrilovic 208-C-91 High School USA
Rudy Gobert 213-C-92 Cholet France
Romain Hillotte 194-G-91 Pau-Lacq-Orthez France
Henry Kahudi 189-G-91 Le Mans France
Mathis Keita 195-G-92 Gonzaga USA
Lahaou Konate 196-G-91 Evreux France
Louis Labeyrie 208-C-92 Fos Ouest France
Joffrey Lauvergne 210-F-91 Chalon France
Mael Lebrun 198-F-91 Orleans France
Theo Leon 180-G-92 ASVEL France
Abdoulaye Loum 210-F-91 Le Havre France
Kevin Mendy 200-G/F-92 Le Mans France
Malela Mutuale 188-G-91 Paris-Levallois France
Babacar Niang 206-F/C-91 Le Mans France
Billy Ouattara 190-G-92 Chalon France
Bryan Pamba-Juille 185-G/F-92 Orleans France
Fabien Paschal 208-C/F-91 Le Havre France
Vincent Pourchot 222-C-92 CFBB France
Ferdinand Prenom 203-C-91 Dijon France
Nikola Stojiljkovic 207-F-91 Lon Morris JC USA
Axel Toupane 200-F-92 Strasbourg France
Leo Westermann 198-G-92 ASVEL France
Wilfried Yeguete 203-F Florida USA

Jean-Aime Toupane Head Coach
Laurent Villa Assistant
Christophe Evano Assistant


French U18 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Ulysse Adjagba 185-G-93 CFBB France
Aymeric Benon 205-C-93 Cholet France
Alexandre Chassang 201-C-94 CFBB France
Bruno Cingala Mata 201-F-93 Cholet France
Valentin Correia 192-G-93 Strasbourg ABC France
Boris Dallo 193-G-94 CFBB France
Kevin Dinal 202-F-93 Paris-Levallois France
Hugo Dumortier 196-G-93 Gravelines France
Jordan Fauconnet 180-G-93 Roanne France
Anis Gabsi 198-G-93 Orleans France
Florian Galloo 206-C-93 Orleans France
Quentin Hanck 193-G-93 Gravelines France
William Howard 201-F-93 CFBB France
Hugo Invernizzi 196-G/F-93 Strasbourg France
Mouhammadou Jaiteh 206-C-94 CFBB France
Jean-Charles Livio 204-F/C-93 CFBB France
Benjamin John 188-G-93 CFBB France
Yannis Morin 206-C/F-93 CFBB France
Jean-Jacques Nganga 210-C-93 Nanterre France
Romain Pintiaux 199-F-93 Nancy France
Benjamin Sene 188-G-94
Yann Siegwarth 184-G-93 Antibes France
Laurian Tarris 196-G-93 Boulazac II France

Philippe Ory Head Coach
Christophe Allardi Assistant
Pierre Verdiere Assistant


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  GERMANY   


Rickey Paulding extends with Oldenburg - by Eurobasket News
Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) extended his contract with EWE Baskets. The 28-year-old guard joined the team back in 2007. Last season Rickey Paulding averaged 13.7 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game in EuroCup. In 1.Bundesliga the guard tallied 12.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists per appearance. Eurobasket.com named Rickey Paulding All-German Bundesliga Player of the Year in 2009. Previously Rickey Paulding played for ASVEL and Gravelines in France and Jerusalem in Israel.


Giants Noerdlingen: Building the roster - by Moritz Korff
2. Bundesliga Pro B newcomer Giants Noerdlingen has already made a couple of roster moves this off season. Josef Eichler (200-F-87) has been announced the latest new player just recently. The 23-year-old forward returns from a spell with Science City Jena. Other fresh faces on the team of coach Mario Matic, who extended his contract with the Giants following promotion to Pro B basketball, are Fabian Brutting (189-G-88) of Nuernberger BC as well as Benjamin Beyer (202-C-88) and Harald Debelka (191-G-91).
Meanwhile, Matic was able to keep a pair of his key players who helped his team to capture the RLSO championship: Both David Rotim (197-F-85) and Dima Rastatter (200-F-88) decided to stay in Noerdlingen.


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.


Nico Dilukila Joins The Licher Basket Baeren - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Licher Basket Baeren announced that Nicolau Dilukila (184-G-88) will suit up for their PRO B team this upcoming season. Dilukila is a 23 year old 184 cm guard that has the German/Angola citzenship. Dilukila that is known as Nic Nac played last season for the Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig (Germany-ProB) playing 11 games and averaging 0,7ppg. He scored three points against Herten and Bernau. Dilukila is happy about a new start with the Hessen team. 'Last season, I was handicapped a bit on account of civil duty and was only able to play 11 games and had a totally different role as always. I will work double as hard in Lich in order to have a great season and continue to develop', stressed Nicolau Dilukila. Dilukila started his basketball career in 2003-2004 with Franken Hexer junior team - TS 1861 Herzogenaurach (Regionalliga). He then played for FC Baunach (1.Regionalliga) from 2004-2007. In 2007-2008, he played for TSV Troester Breitenguessbach (ProB) where he played until 2009. In 2009-2010 was his first season with Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig (Germany-ProB): 29 games: 4.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.4apg. Coach Igor Starcevic got his wish player for the guard position. 'Nico really convinced me with his strength, defends well and is sure with the ball. He gives us stabilty and more aggressiveness in the back court. He is able to stop the best player in the league', commented Licher Basket Baeren coach Igor Starcevic . Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been German U16 National Team -04, Albert-Schweitzer-Tournament in Mannheim (Unofficial World Championships U18) -04: 6 games: 4.0ppg, 1.2rpg, 0.8apg, 1.0spg, German U18 National Team -05, and German NBBL Final Four -07.

Source: Licher Basket Baeren.










RLSW Player of the Year Anish Sharda extends Hanau stay - by Moritz Korff
Anish Sharda (191-G-82, college: St.Mary's (KS)) will put pen to paper on a new contract that keeps him at TG Hanau until 2012. Sharda guided the White Wings to the 2010-11 championship in the Regionalliga South-West which secured the club promotion to the 2. Bundesliga Pro B. The 28-year-old guard averaged more than 19 points per contest for Hanau in this past season and was named Eurobasket.com All-RLSW Player of the Year.
The White Wings had extended the contracts of Ilja Ickert (201-C-81), Sebastian Koehnert (187-G-83) and team captain Norman Lang (190-F-81) earlier.


Will Chavis (NBC) The Key In The Bamberg-Alba Berlin Final Will Be Defense. Offense Wins Games But Defense Wins Championships! - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Will Chavis (181-G-81, college: Texas Tech) is a 30 year old 181 cm guard who comes from Philadelphia and started his basketball learning at New Hampshire in 1998-1999 averaging 9.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.9apg before going to Texas to play at Panola Junior College averaging 25 points, 10 assists, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals per game . This gained the interest of legendary coach Bobby Knight at Texas Tech. Knight had only the best to say about the guy he coached two years at Texas Tech. 'Will takes pride in taking good shots, and is a great shooter. He also takes very good care of the ball. He is aggressive and quick on defense, and can anticipate or put under pressure the opposite point guard', stressed Bobby Knight. At Texas Tech, Chavis played together with Artland Dragon Ronald Ross and in his senior year, played 33 games averaging 7.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.2apg. He started his professional basketball career in 2003 going to Iceland to play for UMFN Njardvikur playing 6 games and averaging 18.3ppg; 3.1rpg; 7.8apg ( 41 assists to 11 turnovers); 2.0spg; 3pts 45.6%; FT 85.6%. The next season, he was tested by Olimpia GE Larisa (Greece-A1), but was not signed and finished the season practicing with Climamio Fortitudo Bologna (Italy-SErieA). In 2005-2006, he started to make a name playing for Mlekarna Kunin Novi Jicin (Czech Republic-NBL, starting five) playing 5 EuroCup Challenge games averaging 15.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.4apg, 2FGP: 50%, 3FGP: 50% and playing 44 games in the Czech Rep. League averaging 14.6ppg, 3.4rpg, Assists-4 (5.2apg), 2FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 40.9%, FT: 85.0%. The next season, he went to top Dutch team Demon Astronauts Amsterdam continuing to show who well he could perform in FIBA EuroCup playing 6 games and avergaing 11.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.3apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 55.2%, 3FGP: 15%, FT: 78.3% and playing 39 games in the Dutch League and averaging 14.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 40.3%, FT: 87.8%, 3Pts: 40.9%. In 2007-2008, he split time with Omonia Nicosia in Cyprus, but left after 7 games, where he averaged 10.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 36.6%, 3FGP: 27.8%, FT: 87.5%, and then moved to MBC in Jan 2008 playing 12 games and averaging 13.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.9apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 39.3%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT-1 ( 91.7%). In 2008-2009, he led MBC into the BBL averaging 10.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 37.0%, 3PT: 43.8%, FT: 86.5% in 29 games. In 2009-2010 in his first season with NBC, he played 29 games: 19.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.1apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 47.1%, FT: 88.3%. Last season, he averaged 14,0ppg, 2,3rpg and 3,5apg. He spoke to eurobasket about the 2011 beko BBl final between Bamberg and Alba Berlin.

The Brose Baskets Bamberg beat The Artland Dragons 3-2 to reach the final. Were you surprised that Bamberg had to go the distance?


Very, Artland played well and showed that Bamberg can be beat.

Alba Berlin beat The Deutsche Bank Skyliners 3-2 where no team was able to win at home. How crazy is that and what does that say about the mental toughness of both teams on the road?


I dont know I have never seen that before, I dont know what to say ,thats strange. I will say this, its almost easier sometimes to play on the road because you tend to concentrate more because everyone is against you and you have no other choice.

The Brose Baskets Bamberg meet Alba Berlin in the finals. What kind of series can we expect and will this go the distance?

A good one if both teams play together on both ends of the floor. Alba can be up and down but Bamberg showed some weaknesses in the Artland series. So both teams need to find that balance if they wanna get a Championship.

Alba Berlin lost both games during the regular season including losing by 52 points in Bamberg. How much will that still be on the minds of Alba Berlin.


Im sure it will be on their minds, it can be motivation, but they are a different team now.

Both teams have very good guard play, but does the advantage still go to Bamberg on account of their experience and having played together longer whereas with Alba you had guys like Taylor Rochestie and Heiko Schaffartzik coming late in the season? Alba is a very interesting team, they have made some changes to their team that has had positive effects.

The two guards you named are very familiar with the league so I think that helps when you integrate someone mid season. Playing together for a long time has nothing to do with anything at this point. Its about WILL and thats what it will come down to, who wants it more and who is willing to make the right plays in order to win.

Both teams also have very good forward play. Who has the edge and could the key matchup in this series be Predrag Suput-Derrick Allen?

Thats gonna be a good match up. I dont know COULD BE the key match up. D.Allen is gonna go hard like he always does, we came out of college together and attended an invitational camp together he also was my first tour guide in Iceland so im a little biased , good to see his hard work paying off. Suput is very experienced and crafty, he can shoot the three as well. I will say this ,I will never bet against D.Allen but Suput is tough. I always have said that if you can Limit Suput you can beat Bamberg. So we will see.

Who has the edge on the center position? The Alba Berlin duo of Yassin Idbihi and Miroslav Raduljica have been tough on Frankfurt, but could get more resistance against Bamberg while the duo of Tibor Pleiss and Kyle Hines gives Bamberg a totally different face each time the other is on the court.

I dont think there is an edge on either side at this point, but maybe give a slight edge to Bamberg because they have been consistent all season. However Idbihi and Raduljica are very capable.

The Brose Baskets Bamberg play a controlled offense with possibily the best ball movement in the beko BBL and their defense belongs to the best in the league, while Alba Berlin plays faster, less predictable and with changing defenses. What will be key for Alba Berlin/Bamberg to win this series?

I think the key will be Defense, whoever can get the most stops will win the series. Offense wins games but defense wins championships!

Shaq announced his retirement. What was your favorite Shaq moment while he was in the NBA?

Wow, Shaq had a lot of moments but my favorite was watching him break the backboard against the Nets when he was in Orlando.

Scottie Pippen stated that Lebron James is better than Michael Jordan. What is your take on this statement?


He must be smoking Crack.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


Lean On Me

Thanks Will for the chat


SC Rasta Vechta acquires Joe Wolfinger - by Moritz Korff
Joe Wolfinger (213-C-85, college: Citadel) has signed a one year-deal with SC Rasta Vechta (2. Bundesliga Pro B), according to ov-online.de. Wulfinger is 25 year of age and a native of Portland, Oregon. He spent this past season - his first overseas - in Slovakia playing for Extraliga side Astrum Levice. He appeared in 18 games and averaged 12.8 points as well as 7.1 boards per contest. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Extraliga Honorable Mention and made the All-Imports Team. Wolfinger spent his college career at the University of Washington and The Citadel.

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Aris and Subotic terminate their co-operation - by George Fragkos
Just a few months after his return to Aris Thessaloniki, Slobodan Subotic (agency: Interperformances ) is no longer the head coach of the team. The Slovenian/Greek coach failed to lead Aris to the Euroleague, losing to PAOK at the 3rd place final series of the Greek A1 and the whole season proved to be a letdown for the yellow team from Thessaloniki. The first consequence of this loss of the target was the termination of the co-operation between the Greek club and the experienced coach. According to an official press release, Subotic had a brief meeting with the head of the board of the club, during which they agreed to part ways and Aris is again in search of a new head coach.

The truth is that Subotics return to Aris caused a lot of problems to the club, as the biggest fan club of the team, Super 3, decided to abandon the team because of his arrival. The fans did not want Subotic at the team because of the way he left the club some years ago to coach Panathinaikos and some other unsubstantiated reasons. In any case, this departure may mean the fans' return to the stands from the coming season.


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BS Weert, Donte Minter extend contract - by Fred Roggen
BS Weert extended its contract with american center Donte Minter (203-F/C-84, college: Virginia) for another season. Coach Jim Meil was very impressed by the center when he saw some film footage of BS Weert.
Last season with BS Weert, Donte Minter averaged 10.6 ppg and 5.4 rpg in19.5 minutes per game.
In the past, Donte Minter played for HNV Consmetal Navarra (Spain), Vitoria SC/M.Couto AlvesSdent (Portugal) and BBC Nyon (Switserland).


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South Korea thump Hong Kong in Nanjing - by Eurobasket News
South Korea - Hong Kong 134:47

South Korea victoriously opened their East Asia Championship campaign. They rallied past Hong Kong in Group A opener. The event serves as the qualifying tournament for FIBA Asia Championship. Three best teams will book their tickets to Wuhan.
South Korea gave little chance for opposing Hong Kong. They built a 28:5 lead ten minutes into the encounter. South Korea erupted for 42 points in the second stanza to take a 53-point halftime advantage 70:17. South Korea continued to dominate in the second half. They passed 100-mark easily and raced to a convincing victory at the end. Eight players scored in double digits for Korea. Kim Jong-Gyu came up with 23 points. Yang Dong-Geun (182-G-81) and Cho Sung-Min (197-F-83) contributed 15 points each in the win. Hong Kong will take on China tomorrow.



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Edmonton Energy beat West Coast Hotshots to move to 9-4 on season - by Trask Frost
The Edmonton Energy looked to add to their 8 and 4 record tonight versus the West Coast Hotshots. Lee Scruggs started off the night banking in a three pointer from the wing and the Hotshots matched it with a three of their own. A big dunk by Brandon Adams took it to five - three for Hotshots, in what proved to be their only lead of the game. The Edmonton Energy opened up a 16 to 6 lead, but Hotshots sharpshooter Joe Posey responded with two quick threes to bring it to 16 - 12, Energy. The Energy opened up a 27 to 21 lead to end the first quarter and continued to execute, but West Coast fought back and kept the Energy lead to 39 to 35 with 6:45 to play in the half. Curtis Nash hit a quick five points to take it out to 45 to 35 Energy with 5:15 to play for the Energy's first 10 point lead. The half closed still competitive with Energy holding a 53 to 45 lead.

The Energy opened up the third with a 24 to 10 run with 6:07 to take it out to 77 to 55, Energy; this trend continued through the rest of the half as the Energy held a 32 point lead midway through the fourth before taking their foot off the pedal and coasting to a 119 to 97 victory.

Marcus Bradford led the West Coast Hotshots with 22 while Brandon Adams and Justin Murray added 19 apiece to the losing cause. Curtis Nash continued his fine form for the Energy and the former French Pro A and Baltic League player dropped and efficient 27 points to go along with six rebounds and six assists. Troy Gottselig put in a fine performance with 23 points. FIBA Eurocup player Rashaun Broadus was also big with 17 points and 11 assists. Casey Crawford led the way for the Energy on the boards with 10.

Game two tips off at 7:30 Saturday night at the U of A with the West Coast Hotshots looking to have a better showing. Game report by Edmonton Energy GM Skouson Harker.

www.IBLhoopsonline.com




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Head Coach Arik Shivek Resigns With Dexia Mons - by David Pick
The Israeli National Team's Head Coach, Arik Shivek, signed a one year extension with his Belgium club, Dexia Mons, and will continue the Shivek era for a third straight season. Shivek, who will begin his ninth straight European coaching season, has achieved awards with every European team he has come by including three championships with Amsterdam and three state-cups with three different organizations.

Shivek, who led Dexia Mons-Hainaut last season to an outstanding playoff run ending in the playoff semi-finals including winning the state cup, defeating champions Charleroi on the way, will earn a significant increase in his salary. The Israeli coach was pleased with his decision on returning to Belgium, this, after turning down potential job offers from top division teams from both France and Germany.

Shivek is currently in Israel with his family as he prepares for the 2011 EuroBasket tournament beginning August 31st against Dirk Nowitzki's Germany. Israel as recalled was grouped to pool B' where it will face basketball empires such as France, Italy, Serbia, Latvia and of course, Germany.










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Eurobasket.com All-Italian A Dilettanti Awards 2010-11 - by Armando Caporaso
Eurobasket.com All-Italian A Dilettanti 1st Team 2011
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Marco Evangelisti
Evangelisti
Bernardo Musso
Musso
Mario Jose Ghersetti
Ghersetti
Andrea Benevelli
Benevelli
Francesco Basei
Basei
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Player of the Year: Marco Evangelisti (198-G-84) of Trapani
Guard of the Year: Bernardo Musso (193-G-86) of Perugia
Forward of the Year: Marco Evangelisti (198-G-84) of Trapani
Center of the Year: Francesco Basei (207-C-83) of Ostuni
Most Improved Player of the Year: Paul Biligha (200-C-90) of ASD Pavia
Import/Bosman Player of the Year: Bernardo Musso (193-G-86) of Perugia
Domestic Player of the Year: Francesco Basei (207-C-83) of Ostuni
Defensive Player of the Year: Francesco Guarino (182-G-79) of Trapani
Coach of the Year: Sandro Dell Agnello of Brescia

1st Team
G: Bernardo Musso (193-86) of Perugia
G: Marco Evangelisti (198-84) of Trapani
F: Mario Jose Ghersetti (200-81) of Brescia
F: Andrea Benevelli (202-85) of Trento
C: Francesco Basei (207-83) of Ostuni

2nd Team
G: German Scarone (190-75) of Piacenza
G: Dante Calabria (194-73) of S.Antimo
F: Walter Santarossa (200-78) of Trapani
F: Silvio Gigena (200-75) of Ostuni
F/C: Simone Bagnoli (206-81) of Potenza

Honorable Mention
Lorenzo Gergati (188-G-84) of Brescia
Davide Zambon (203-F-78) of Rieti
Federico Bolzonella (185-G-84) of Piacenza
Thomas De Min (203-F-86) of Treviglio
Cristiano Masper (208-F-73) of Moncalieri
Daniele Casadei (199-F/G-81) of Comsum.it SI
Giovanni Rugolo (196-G/F-81) of Molfetta
Augustin Fabi (199-G/F-91) of Patti
Davide Rosignoli (202-F-88) of Bisceglie

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Tommaso Marino (190-86) of Treviglio
G: Federico Tassinari (194-77) of Moncalieri
G: Marco Evangelisti (198-84) of Trapani
F: Andrea Benevelli (202-85) of Trento
C: Francesco Basei (207-83) of Ostuni

All-Defensive Team
Francesco Guarino (182-G-79) of Trapani
Andrea De Nicolao (185-G-91) of Castelletto
Franko Bushati (188-G-85) of Brescia
Simone Cotani (201-G/F-81) of Moncalieri
Andrea Zerini (201-F-88) of Ruvo




Aget Imola name Federico Fuca head coach - by Eurobasket News
Aget Imola have appointed Federico Fuca as their new head coach. The 33-year-old specialist worked as coach assistant in the team since 2007. Federico Fuca also guided Ozzano in 2003/2007 seasons. The coach signed 1+1 contract with Aget Imola.


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Taiwan snatch victory against Japan in Nanjing - by Eurobasket News
Taiwan - Japan 75:74

Taiwan celebrated the first win at the East Asia Championship in Nanjing. They stole a narrow victory over Japan in Group B opener. Chen HsinAn (196-G/F-80) converted two free throws late in regulation to seal the win for Taiwan. He finished with 16 points for the winners.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. Taiwan earned a narrow 14:13 lead after ten minutes. They managed to pull away in the second term. Taiwan recorded a 32:27 halftime lead. Japan bounced back in the third term. They erased the deficit and surged ahead for a 52:49 lead with one quarter remaining. But Taiwan were able to narrow the distance and Chen HsinAn snatched the win for them late in the game. Wu Tai-Hao (202-C-85, college: BYU-Hawaii) and Chien Chia-Hung (197-F-87) accounted for 15 points each in the winning effort. Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) answered with game-high 28 points for Japan. Ryota Sakurai (194-G-83) and Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) provided 9 points each in the losing case.

Taiwan: Chen HsinAn 16, Wu Tai-Hao 15, Chien Chia-Hung 15
Japan: Takuya Kawamura 28, Ryota Sakurai 9, Kosuke Takeuchi 9



Toyama Grouses fire Kazuaki Shimoji - by Eurobasket News
Toyama Grouses have decided to part ways with Kazuaki Shimoji . The specialist replaced Kotei Eto in the midseason. He led the Grouses to only 5 wins in 18 games played. Toyama will now look for their fourth head coach in less than three years. Kazuaki Shimoji is rumoured to return to Niigata Albirex where he worked as assistant coach in 2009/10 season.


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Diekirch League Round 2 of Finals. Etzella level title series - by Eurobasket News
T71 - Etzella 75-88

Etzella stayed in the title race after they upset T71 Dudelange on the road. The series is now tied at 1-1 and the teams will face the decisive third game on Monday. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 37-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Etzella made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. American power forward Dustin Scott (203-F/C-85, college: Charleston) had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Tim Giver (184-80) chipped in 28 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) during the contest. Four Etzella players scored in double figures. American swingman Denell Stephens (193-86, college: Slippery Rock, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds and the former international power forward Frank Muller (194-88, college: Cuesta JC) scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. T71's coach Jan Enjebo rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
T71: D.Stephens 20+16reb, T.Schumacher 19+6reb+1ast, F.Muller 18+9reb+1ast, G.Ruffato 8+5reb+2ast, C.Bemtgen 3+2reb, B.Kieffer 3+1ast
Etzella: T.Giver 28+4reb+1ast, D.Scott 19+16reb+1ast, N.Delgado 19+3reb+4ast, J.Delgado 16+4reb+1ast, R.Albaladejo 6+4reb, E.Ferreira 0
gschID: 128850




Ivan Buntic joins Amicale - by Eurobasket News
Amicale signed contract with Ivan Buntic (206-F-91). The Croatian forward played in Germany before. Last season Ivan Buntic spent in 2Regionalliga with Basket 98 Volkingen. He also appeared in five games for Saar-Pfalz Braves in Pro A. His stats read 0.4 points per game in those appearances.


Scoring Leaders - DBBL
Points Per Game
 Lamonte ULMER
  Soleuvre
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 26.5
 1. Ulmer, Soleuvre26.5 
 2. Kennedy, Residence25.6 
 3. McDaniel, Black S.23.0 
 4. Hargrove, Sparta22.5 
 5. Schumacher, T7122.1 
 6. Reimold, Basket E.20.9 
 7. Muller, T7120.0 
 8. Delgado, Etzella19.5 
 9. Gary, Contern19.1 
 10. Scott, Etzella18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lamonte ULMER
  Soleuvre
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Ulmer, Soleuvre15.5 
 2. McDaniel, Black S.15.3 
 3. Gary, Contern13.2 
 4. Stephens, T7112.5 
 5. Hargrove, Sparta12.1 
 6. Kennedy, Residence11.8 
 7. Wurtz, Musel Pikes11.7 
 8. Scott, Etzella11.2 
 9. Wojnowski, Musel P.9.8 
 10. Birdsong, Amicale9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Christian SCHARTZ
  Amicale
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Schartz, Amicale5.3 
 2. Schumacher, T713.9 
 3. Rausch, Black Star3.7 
 4. Delgado, Etzella3.6 
 5. Reimold, Basket E.3.3 
 6. Schwartz, Musel P.2.9 
 7. Koster, Residence2.9 
 8. Arbaut, Sparta2.8 
 9. McDaniel, Black S.2.7 
 10. Giver, Etzella2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher JONES
  Amicale
  (186-G-90)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Jones, Amicale2.3 
 2. Kalmes, Contern1.9 
 3. Gary, Contern1.8 
 4. Kennedy, Residence1.7 
 5. Schartz, Amicale1.6 
 6. McDaniel, Black S.1.5 
 7. Delgado, Etzella1.5 
 8. Smith, Sparta1.4 
 9. Birdsong, Amicale1.4 
 10. Stephens, T711.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon GARY
  Contern
  (202-F-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gary, Contern2.0 
 2. McDaniel, Black S.1.9 
 3. Birdsong, Amicale1.8 
 4. Hoffmann, Etzella1.1 
 5. Stephens, T711.0 
 6. Ulmer, Soleuvre1.0 
 7. Abercrombie, Spa.0.9 
 8. Scott, Etzella0.8 
 9. Wurtz, Musel Pikes0.7 
 10. Jones, Amicale0.6 


Ken Diederich announces retirement - by Eurobasket News
Ken Diederich (185-G-77) has decided to quit basketball career. The 33-year-old guard joined Basket Esch last year after 14 straight seasons with Contern. Ken Diederich averaged 9.3 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game for his new team. However a long lasting problem with his knee forced Ken Diederich into retirement. Diederich plans to start coaching career in a while.


BBC Nitia land Luc Ruppert - by Eurobasket News
BBC Nitia signed their first player in midseason. Newly promoted Diekirch League side agreed on terms of contract with Luc Ruppert (182-F-90). Last season the 20-year-old forward played for Red Miners Kayldall in N2. Earlier Luc Ruppert had stints with Basket Esch and Residence. The forward played for Luxembourg U16 National Team at 2006 European Championship in Estonia.


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Standings - Lower Leagues
CIBANE Standings
 1. Saltillo Caktus 5-0 
 2. UAZ Tuzos 1-0 
 3. Durango M. 1-1 
 4. Apodaca G. 1-4 
 5. Fresnillo M. 0-1 
 6. P.Negras A. 0-2 


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Ivan Ivanovic stays in Romania - by Eurobasket News
Ivan Ivanovic (205-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) will stay at least one more season in Romania. The experienced Montenegrin power forward singed a 1-year contract extension with his team Gaz Metan. The team also extended American Jarrett Howell.
Ivan Ivanovic joined Gaz Metan at the start of the previous season. He averaged 12.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in Romanian League. Ivanovic was awarded with Eurobasket.com Romanian League All-Bosmans Team in 2011.
Ivan Ivanovic started his career with Lovcen Cetinje. He left them in 2005 for Vojvodina and two years after that he signed a deal with Bosna ASA BHT. He stayed there until the last summer. Ivanovic played for Montenegrin National Team in 2008. He won the Romanian Cup this year with Gaz Metan.


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Mavs on their way for the title! - by Alex Yam
In what has become one of the most exciting NBA finals in recent memory, the Dallas Mavericks are on the verge of winning their 1st NBA championship, after beating the Heat in crucial game 5 of the NBA Finals, and now lead the best of 7, 3-2.

The saving grace for Miami Heat, is that they now have the opportunity to play their final 2 games at home, the final 2 games of the season, no matter who wins. This has now become a one game situation for both Miami and Dallas, one can win Game 6 , and one has to win Game 6.

Dallas has been the better team throughout this series, mainly because of their bench depth and their lone superstar player has been as dominant if not more so then any of those 'other' 3 superstars. Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) has clearly made his case for a top ten of all time conversation, but will he still be thought of that if they lose? or is that moniker on given to those who can close out an NBA finals game on the winning side.

No matter what happens in Game 6, and if their is a Game 7, Dallas has certainly played as well as anyone this postseason, certainly opened the eyes of fans and the other teams in the league. Led by a 37 year old captain who like Ponce De Leon, has been searching for the elusive fountain of youth, unlike De Leon, Jason Kidd has found it and perhaps is playing his best basketball late in the season.

The biggest spark plug has been 5 foot something or rather JJ Barea, who is more often known as the guy who is dating a Miss Universe model, rather then the assassin who scored 17 HUGE points in the game 5 victory.

How about Jason Terry, who along with Dirk Nowitzki, are the only 2 members from the 2006 NBA finals collapse. Terry seemingly has become a dead eye shooter and has played better then spectacular on the defensive end against that other guy, Lebron James.

Game 6 switches to south beach, in Miami Heat, will it be Dallas celebrating on the road, or Miami Heat forcing a final and decisive game 7. Stay tuned!


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 27.9
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.9 
 2. James, Miami Heat26.1 
 3. Wade, Miami Heat25.4 
 4. Rose, Chicago B.25.4 
 5. Anthony, Denver N.25.2 
 6. Bryant, LA Lakers25.1 
 7. Stoudemire, New Y.24.7 
 8. Nowitzki, Dallas M.24.1 
 9. Ellis, Golde S.24.1 
 10. Martin, Houston R.23.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.2
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.2 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.14.2 
 3. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.1 
 4. Randolph, Memph.12.0 
 5. Bogut, Milwauke.11.1 
 6. Humphries, New J.10.4 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.10.3 
 8. Camby, Portland TB10.2 
 9. Gasol, LA Lakers9.9 
 10. Lee, Golde S.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.4 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.9 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.7 
 5. Felton, New Y.9.0 
 6. Calderon, Toron.8.9 
 7. Wall, Washington W.8.3 
 8. Kidd, Dallas M.7.9 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..7.8 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.7.7 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.3 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.1 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.1 
 4. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 5. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 6. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 7. Wall, Washington W.1.8 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 9. Conley, Memphis G.1.7 
 10. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwauke.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.6 
 2. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.5 
 3. McGee, Washingt.2.4 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.2.3 
 5. Milicic, Minnesota2.0 
 6. Duncan, San A.2.0 
 7. Stoudemire, New Y.1.9 
 8. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 
 9. Bynum, LA Lakers1.9 
 10. Jordan, LA Clippe.1.8 


Dwyane Wade (hip) says he's 'effective in a sense' - by Eurobasket News
The Miami Heat have been here before with Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette), an injury to the star guard putting the team's playoff fate in the balance.

Most notable were the 2005 Eastern Conference finals, when a strained rib muscle left Wade on the losing end of Game 7 against the Detroit Pistons.

Now, with Wade dealing with a bruised left hip sustained in the first quarter of the Thursday loss that dropped the Heat into a 3-2 deficit in these best-of-seven NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks, the goal is just to be able to make it to a Game 7.

For now, that means two days of treatment in advance of Sunday's 8 p.m. Game 6 at American Airlines Arena, site of that too-injured-to-persevere loss to the Pistons in 2005.

'Fortunately, we have an extra day,' coach Erik Spoelstra said, with the Heat given Friday off before resuming practice Saturday, in this second two-day break in the series.

Wade was injured in a first-quarter collision Thursday with Mavericks forward Brian Cardinal. He spent the starts of the second and third quarters in the locker room receiving treatment, but came back to play the final 16 minutes, 33 seconds, emerging as the Heat's most productive player in the fourth quarter of the 112-103 loss.

Wade has been relatively mum on the issue, after being criticized earlier in his career for what some felt were dramatic reactions to his injuries.

'I don't talk about injuries,' he said.

'I don't have no excuses. I was on the court. I was able to help my team get an opportunity to win. And I'll be fine Sunday.'

Yet Wade also acknowledged he was not 100 percent at Thursday's finish.

'I was able to be effective in a sense,' he hedged.

Teammates remain optimistic that Wade will be able to push through.

'He came back and played excellent,' guard Mario Chalmers said.

For their part, the Mavericks are looking at Wade the same way they looked at him at the start of the series.

'I don't know if he was hurt or what,' guard Jason Terry said. 'To us it doesn't matter. He was on the floor. He got opportunities. He drove to the basket. So he's a tough cover. If he's out there, he's a threat.'

Courtesy of www.chicagotribune.com


Spurs strength and conditioning coach Mike Brungardt is retiring - by Eurobasket News
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that long-time strength and conditioning coach Mike Brungardt has elected to retire from his position. His last day with the Spurs will be June 30.

'All of us will miss Mike a great deal', said Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich . 'He has been an important part of the Spurs success over the last 17 years. He built our strength and conditioning program from the ground up and remains one of the best in the business. He has the respect and admiration of everyone in the organization, from players to coaches to front office staff. On a personal note I hate to see Brungy leave. He is a good friend and a wonderful man.'

Brungardt was hired as the Spurs strength and conditioning coach in the summer of 1994. He is the only strength and conditioning coach in the history of the franchise. A graduate of Central State University in Oklahoma, Brungardt has more than three decades of experience in the strength and conditioning field. After wresting and playing baseball in college, he spent nine years as a high school wrestling coach at Grand Island Northwest High School in Nebraska before becoming a highly-respected fitness consultant in Aspen, where he also played rugby. Brungardt, along with his brothers, Kurt and Brett, has co-authored five books in the strength and fitness field.

'This was a very tough decision, said Brungardt, whose first involvement with the Spurs occurred in 1990 when he served as a consultant, working with David Robinson. Ill certainly miss working with class athletes like Tim, David, Sean, Manu and Tony that this organization has always been noted for. But after 17 seasons, this feels like the right time to take everything Ive learned from the Spurs, especially from Pop, and move into the next chapter in my life. I would like to thank all of them, and the entire Spurs organization for the many special memories, and wish all of them continued success and happiness.'

Brungardt will still work with athletes from various sports on an individual basis, and will do consulting both in the United States and overseas.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Monta Ellis trade talk intensifies - by Eurobasket News
The Warriors trading high-scoring guard Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) seems all but inevitable, though team sources warned against that assessment.

The organizational debate over whether Ellis can play with similarly diminutive guard Stephen Curry has given way to the question of which of the backcourt players to deal this summer. Now, Ellis' representatives have joined the Warriors in an attempt to find a mutually beneficial destination, league sources said Thursday.

Warriors officials said they are not shopping Ellis and a trade is a 'long way off,' but a CBS report had sources saying an Ellis-for-Andre Iguodala deal with Philadelphia is a 50-50 venture. The Golden State-Philadelphia trade has been rumored for the better part of two years, and ESPN reported that talks were renewed Monday.

Atlanta, Chicago, Memphis, Orlando, Portland and the Lakers also have shown interest in Ellis, league sources told The Chronicle.

Warriors general manager Larry Riley has said only, 'We are doing business as usual and will explore possibilities relating to getting the team better.' Per team policy, he won't comment on specific trades.

A deal that would net Iguodala from Philadelphia, Josh Smith from Atlanta, Rudy Gay from Memphis or Wesley Matthews or Nicolas Batum from Portland would make sense with the Warriors' new line of thinking. The question is whether they can get any of those players for Ellis, who is owed $11 million each of the next three seasons.

Ellis survived the awkwardly handled team suspension after his moped accident in 2008, has a Warriors logo inked into his back, and played through a variety of injuries to average 24.1 points in 80 games last season as he continued to mature.

Some in the league believe Ellis, at 25, will continue to develop his defensive and play-making skills to the point that he'll become an All-Star. Others starkly disagree, believing that we've seen the best of Ellis, and that he'll be merely an instant-offense man off the bench of a contending team.

The Warriors seem increasingly convinced that they can't become a consistent playoff contender with two offensive-minded guards who are 6-foot-3 and spindly. Executive board member Jerry West hinted at the Warriors taking trade risks that would add size to the roster, and co-owner Joe Lacob preaches a need for defense.

This week's hiring of coach Mark Jackson could throw a wrinkle into the trade talks. Riley said Jackson will be heard on roster decisions, including the draft on June 23. Even before he meets the Bay Area media today, Jackson has given every impression that he plans to coach an Ellis-Curry backcourt next season.

'I look forward to coaching Monta Ellis,' Jackson said on ESPN. 'You don't have to be creative as a coach when you have a guy who can flat-out get the basketball in the hoop. He's a guy who can score when he wakes up, and he's a guy I look forward to being part of the Golden State Warriors.'

Courtesy of www.sfgate.com


Nuggets looking to keep Nene - by Eurobasket News
With the San Antonio Spurs needing a solid big man, many San Antonio Spurs fans were looking at Denver Nuggets' Hilario Nene (6'10''-C-82) as a possible pick up in the off-season to address this need. Well don't hold your breath Spurs fans. The Nuggets are very adamant about offering Nene an extension this summer, and making him the focal part of the team.

In two recent articles by the Denver Post, Dave Krieger and Benjamin Hochman give their incites as to why the Nuggets are looking to Nene as their future. Krieger has word from Denver's general manager Masai Ujiri on their intentions to resign Nene.

Over the past month, Ujiri has met with Nene, who has an $11.6 million player option for next season, and Afflalo, who will be a restricted free agent. He has also met with their agents.

A month ago, Nene intimated to my colleague Chris Dempsey that he felt unappreciated in Denver and might test the market. Hired in August, Ujiri admits the drama surrounding Anthony dominated his attention.

'We were caught up in a storm,' he said. 'We acknowledge that. In our minds, we feel like Nene has always been a huge priority, and we want him to always be a Denver Nugget. We do apologize if he felt in any way like he was put on the side.'

One of the Nuggets' selling points could be a chance for Nene to return to his natural power forward position, at least some of the time, with 7-footers Mozgov and Kosta Koufos now on the roster.

'That is definitely something we want to look at,' Ujiri said. 'You have to not only make use of the size we've acquired, but also grow the guys we've acquired.'

Hochman wrote a piece on which draft prospects the Nuggets are looking to select at the 22nd position and also mentioned that the teams intentions are to provide a complimentary player to Nene.

Karl is confident the Nuggets will extend Nene's contract. But even if Martin re-signs, the Nuggets will take a long look at the low-post prospects.

For Spurs fans hoping that Nene will look at San Antonio, or the Spurs front office make overtures towards the big man from Brazil, the chances appear to be very slim. Denver will be looking to offer Nene the extension and make him their franchise corner stone.

The three options that are looking more evident everyday for the Spurs are a.) the growth of Tiago Splitter, b.) The possibility of Ryan Richards coming to the states, or c.) the NBA draft.

Courtesy of www.fanfeedr.com


Players voice support of Frank Vogel - by Eurobasket News
Indiana Pacers players want interim coach Frank Vogel to get the full-time gig.

Now, it's up to team president Larry Bird to make a decision.

It's been more than a month since the team's season ended and the waiting game continues.

'I'll be happy if Frank gets picked,' said center Roy Hibbert before playing in a charity softball game for the Indiana Children's Wish Fund. 'I've been with him since I was a rookie, so I hope he gets it. I understand that Larry's taking his time now, but I'm pulling for (Vogel).'

Bird has called Vogel the favorite from the beginning of the search, and the team has had several conversations with him. He took over for Jim O'Brien at midseason, went 20-18 to close the regular season and led the team to its first playoff berth since 2006.

'I think Frank did an excellent job, stepping in without the experience of a head coaching job,' Bird said after the season ended. 'The way he conducted himself, he brought positive energy to this team. We won more games than we lost. We did it with a young team, a team that's trying to grow.'

Early in his tenure, Vogel claimed that Eastern Conference powers Boston, Miami and Orlando wouldn't want to play the Pacers when -- not if -- they made the playoffs. He introduced 'smashmouth' basketball, an approach that focused on attacking the basket instead of O'Brien's perimeter-oriented game. He moved Tyler Hansbrough, a second-year player, and Paul George, a rookie, into the starting lineup and helped restore Hibbert's confidence.

It all helped them get into the playoffs and compete well before losing 4-1 to the top-seeded Chicago Bulls.

'I really feel strong about having Vogel around,' George said. 'I love him as a coach, as a person. But I have no control over it. I have to just go with whatever Mr. Bird goes with.'

Vogel said as the season ended that he wanted the job and said with confidence that he feels he proved himself. He didn't expect a decision to be made quickly.

'It's really up to Larry and the front office,' Vogel said. 'Anytime you're making a decision as important as this, you never want to rush into it. Whatever timetable they decide is fine with me.'

Indiana was interested in Mike Brown, but the former Pacers assistant and Cleveland head coach took the job as Los Angeles Lakers head coach. But the players have favored Vogel since he took over.

'I would like to see Frank get it,' guard Lance Stephenson said. 'He helped us out this year. He made us come in more as a group. I hope Larry Bird sees what happened and we can move forward.'

George would like to see a decision made soon.

'It's still up in the air for me,' he said. 'It's something that I want to know, but it's something I have no control over.'

Courtesy of ESPN


Barbosa considering Brazilian options - by Eurobasket News
The Toronto Raptors may get an unexpected break as they try to remake their team in the wake of a 22-60 season.

Brazilian veteran Leandrinho Barbosa (190-G-82) is considering opting out of the final year of a contract scheduled to pay him $7.6-million for 2011-12.

According to his brother Arturo, the shooting guard is receiving feelers from some top club teams at home who want to bring back the top Brazilian player of his generation.

The situation is this: it would not be responsible of me as his brother to not consider the Brazil option, said Arturo Barbosa. Leandro loves Toronto he loves the fans and the relationships with everybody, but business is business. An athletes career is short and there are a lot of sponsorship opportunities [in Brazil] especially with the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016.

The leading candidate for Barbosas services, apparently, is Flamengo, Brazilian basketball champions in 2008 and 2009 who play in Rio de Janeiro. The clubs soccer side recently brought soccer star Ronaldinho back to the fold to finish his career after his run in Europe.

Another possibility is the Brazilian club Corinthians.

With a growing economy Brazils national basketball league has grown in stature and professionalism in recent years and is better positioned to bring home top players who have typically played in Europe if not the NBA.

Raptors president Bryan Colangelo said he just learned of the possibility of Barbosa leaving in recent days: They are weighing options, he said via text message from Europe where hes scouting draft prospects. There is no word from the agents on that yet.

Should Barbosa leave his option and return to Brazil it could open up the rebuilding Raptors options considerably, both by providing another roster spot and shaving more money off the Raptors salary obligations, already slated to drop from $69-million on the books last season to about $34-million for nine players though that number will rise as the team adds a draft pick and fills out its roster.

The 28-year-old averaged 13.3 points on 45 per cent shooting coming of the bench last season in Toronto, though injuries limited him to just 58 games after coming to the Raptors from Phoenix in an off-season trade.

With a lockout a possibility in the NBA, the player knows as the Brazilian blur may have a back-up plan.

'Adam Smith's invisible hand will do it's job. That will determine where we will go,' said Arturo Barbosa via e-mail. Leandro loves to compete and this competition will be based on a competition in the markets.'

Courtesy of www.theglobeandmail.com


Mavericks pull away and close in on title - by Eurobasket News
In the fifth installment of a taut, twisting series that is seemingly redefining legacies by the hour, Jason Terry (6'2''-G-77, college: Arizona) extended himself, extended his arms, soared around the court and carried the Dallas Mavericks to their biggest victory in franchise history.

On a night that offense finally prevailed in the N.B.A. finals, Terry was the Mavericks clutch-time savior Thursday, fueling a fantastic late run that propelled them to a 112-103 victory over the Miami Heat and a 3-2 lead in the series.

The Mavericks now stand one win away from the first championship in franchise history, but will have to claim it in Miami, where Game 6 will be played on Sunday (and Game 7, if necessary, on Tuesday).

The final buzzer brought raucous cheers in the stands, but just satisfied smiles on the court. If the Mavericks were cautious, it is because they have come close before, blowing a 2-0 lead against Miami in the 2006 finals.

'We couldn't celebrate tonight, even though it was a big win for us', said Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78), who could certify his Hall of Fame career with his next victory. 'The series is not over.'

Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 29 points, but it was Terrys late 3-point shooting and playmaking that knocked Miami out. Eight of his 21 points came in the final 3 minutes 23 seconds, all with LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) shadowing him. Terry hit two 3-pointers and dished to Jason Kidd (6'4''-G-73, college: California) for another in a 15-3 run to close the game.

Its my job, said Terry, whose nickname is Jet and who celebrates big shots by flying around the court, arms outstretched. All season long, ever since Ive been a Maverick, Ive been the guy in the fourth quarter they depended on to either make plays or make shots. So I really relish in that role.

James and Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) generally enjoy that role as well, but they came up surprisingly short again. James bounced back from poor Game 4 with a triple-double 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists but he missed 11 of his 19 shots, had 4 turnovers and went silent down the stretch. Wade had 23 points and 8 assists, despite a bruised left hip that seemed to limit his explosiveness.

There was no minimizing the significance of the night, not for the Mavericks, who arguably had to win to have any chance in the series, and certainly not for James, who for two days had been pilloried and psychoanalyzed after a disengaged 8-point performance on Tuesday. Only a dominant showing and a victory would quell the chatter.

This is a big game, probably the biggest game of my life, James had said earlier in the day, but he had trouble meeting the challenge.

Although he had four assists in the fourth quarter, James scored just 2 points, continuing a series-long trend of disappearing down the stretch. Wade had 10 points in the final quarter, despite his injury.

Dallas became the first team to win consecutive games in this series, and the Heat now faces elimination for the first time in this postseason.

We look at it the other way, said Miami Coach Erik Spoelstra. Were going home. And we wouldnt have it any other way than the hard way. This is an opportunity for us.

James mostly played the facilitator role in the fourth quarter, and mostly to great effect hitting Wade for a pair of fast-break layups and dishing to Udonis Haslem for a dunk as the Heat wiped out a 7-point deficit.

After taking a 99-95 lead on Wades 3-pointer, the Heat watched its offense disintegrate. The Mavericks scored 8 unanswered points 3-pointers by Terry and Kidd, sandwiched around Nowitzkis driving baseline dunk for a 105-100 lead with 1:26 to play. James tried to save the game, but he missed shots from 20 feet and the arc and committed an offensive foul when he drove into Tyson Chandler. Wade also had a costly turnover, losing the ball to Shawn Marion.

Asked if he was struggling with the pressure, James said: No, I dont think so. I dont believe so. I know Im not.

Wade was circumspect about his injury, refusing to discuss it or indicate how much of a factor it was. But he sat out the first 7:27 of the second half, and Spoelstra said he was not sure Wade would return.

Once youre on the court, youre on the court, Wade said. I dont have no excuses.

At least one historical trend now favors the Mavericks. In 26 previous finals that were tied at 2-2, the Game 5 winner has claimed the title on 19 occasions. (The trend was defied as recently as last year, when the Boston Celtics won Game 5 but lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games.)

Games 1 through 4 of this series were defined by defense, with tight margins and final scores in the 80s and low 90s. Suddenly, the complexion changed Thursday night. The Mavericks scored 60 points in the first half, and it was clear the game would be played at their pace.

Both teams crossed the 50 percent shooting plateau and the 100-point mark for the first time in the series. Dallas shot 56.5 percent including a 13-for-19 night at the arc. J. J. Barea had four 3-pointers, and Kidd and Terry three each. No team has scored like this against the Heat all spring.

This is a shot-making team, Spoelstra said. We were aware of that before we came into the series.

The debate over Jamess play, his mind-set and his legacy ran nonstop for two days, fatiguing just about everyone. James said he had trouble sleeping Wednesday night. In his restless state, he watched television and perused the Internet, reading stories about himself, most of them unflattering.

Ive seen a lot of them. Theyre pretty good, James said at the morning shootaround, adding, Im my own critic.

Still awake around 2 a.m., James took to Twitter, declaring, Now or Never!! James, who has two million followers, said it was just a personal message to myself.

At tipoff, James was clearly amped up, perhaps too much so. His first shot an awkward, left-handed runner fell short for an airball. He missed his next jumper, too, and turned the ball over twice in the first six minutes as Dallas took a 7-point lead.

Wade appeared to injure his hip in a full-speed collision with Brian Cardinal in the lane. Cardinal fell hard and took the foul. Moments later, Wade stumbled toward the bench, wincing, and flopped on his back.

Miami rallied while Wade got treated in the locker room and took a 31-30 lead by the end of the period. For the second straight game, Mario Chalmers closed the first quarter with a buzzer-beating 3-point heave, this time from halfcourt.

The Heats charmed existence might now be down to its last four quarters.

This is uncharted territory for us, said Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech). But all year has been uncharted.

Courtesy of www.nytimes.com


Union President Fisher: 'Owners' proposal remains unchanged' - by Eurobasket News
Doom and gloom descended on the NBAs labor negotiations Wednesday, with union officials revealing that the owners original insistence on a hard-cap system with shorter and non-guaranteed contracts has not changed during the 18 months since the bombshell proposal was made.

'There's no hiding the fact that the main components of what we originally received in their proposal has not changed at all', said Lakers guard Derek Fisher (6'1''-G-74, agency: Priority Sports, college: UALR), the president of the National Basketball Players Association.

'That proposal, submitted to the players in January 2010, called for nearly a 40 percent salary rollback derived from a hard-cap system that would eliminate guaranteed contracts, shorten contract length and cut annual raises by as much as two thirds. Despite counterproposals by each side since then and three bargaining sessions during the Finals including nine hours in the past two days there has been little or no movement on the part of the owners', said Billy Hunter, executive director of the NBPA.

Asked if the owners or their negotiators have directly informed players that they will be locked out July 1 if they do not accept these changes, Fisher said, 'Yes they have. That's the best way I can put it. It's very clear that if we don't agree to what weve been offered so far, were probably facing a lockout.'

Courtesy of http://basketball.realgm.com


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Ex-Vols coaches Kiffin, Pearl to meet with NCAA - by Eurobasket News
Outgoing athletics director Mike Hamilton, former basketball coach Bruce Pearl and former football coach Lane Kiffin are part of a Tennessee contingent that will meet with NCAA officials this weekend.

The group will meet with the NCAA's Committee on Infractions on Saturday in Indianapolis to defend themselves and the university against 12 charges of major violations after two years of being scrutinized by investigators.

'The length of these investigations is problematic in college athletics,' Hamilton said. 'If you think about the fact that our investigation began in April of 2009 and here we are in June of 2011, 26 months later - there's collateral damage along the way because of that.'

Pearl was fired in March and Hamilton announced Tuesday he would resign by the end of the month. Kiffin left Tennessee after news of a possible investigation into the football program was made public and is now coaching at Southern California.

The process won't be over anytime soon, either. Tennessee likely won't receive the committee's final ruling or know of any sanctions until the 2011 football season has already begun.

'Once we go to the NCAA Committee on Infractions this weekend, we're not sure what that time frame's going to be,' UT-Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek said. 'Every time frame we have been given has been longer than we have anticipated, so I don't think we can wait on the NCAA to come forth.'

Pompano Beach, Fla., attorney Michael L. Buckner, who has represented a number of schools during NCAA infractions hearings, said the length of the NCAA's investigations is usually in the best interest for everyone involved.

'It's been my experience in the last few years that with their emphasis to try to get things done more quickly they're not as detail-oriented as they should be,' Buckner said. 'In this case you're dealing with several coaches and their future careers in collegiate athletics, I would want to make sure that they're doing everything to make sure they have all the information.'

The Vols could be slapped with recruiting restrictions, scholarship reductions or postseason bans. Pearl may be prohibited from coaching collegiate teams for several years for an unethical conduct charge.

Kiffin faces a charge of neglecting to monitor his staff properly, and any punishments he may receive could follow him to Southern California, a program already dealing with its own heavy sanctions from rules violations committed during the 2004 and 2005 seasons.

Kiffin left Tennessee in January 2010 to take the Trojans job, just after rumors of a possible investigation into a possible improper use of student hostesses during recruiting leaked to the public.

Hamilton punished Pearl after the basketball coach acknowledged lying to NCAA investigators in September but pledged to stick with him. He ultimately fired Pearl in March after learning the coach had possibly committed another recruiting violation just days after his teary admission of lying.

Hamilton resigned after growing pressure from fans, who were unhappy with him for hiring Kiffin, for how he handled Pearl and for the NCAA investigation in general.

'I don't have any firm knowledge of this but it's my belief and the belief of those that I've talked to, that going into the committee on infractions now with a new head basketball coach and a new head football coach and the prospect of a new athletic director is not bad for the University of Tennessee,' Hamilton said. 'I can't say that it's good, necessarily, but it's not bad.'

Tennessee announced Thursday it would merge it's men's and women's athletics departments and that longtime women's AD Joan Cronan would serve as the interim director of all Tennessee athletics. Cronan, whose programs have never faced major NCAA infractions, said her goal was to bring some stability to the university.

Hamilton hoped to lessen the eventual punishment from the NCAA by proactively punishing Pearl and his staff in September after the university was formally notified of the NCAA's investigation. He docked the basketball staff's salaries and limited the amount of time they could spend on the road recruiting.

Buckner said Tennessee might benefit from no longer employing Kiffin, Pearl and Hamilton.

'If you have an AD under that hot seat then having a clean slate is very helpful because the institution can say, 'We made the necessary moves,'' he said. 'The issue about Tennessee's situation is when they did it. If a school is going to make that move then normally they make it weeks before the hearing or weeks after the hearing, not the week before the hearing.'

No matter what happens, all eyes in Division I athletics will be on Tennessee and the NCAA when the final ruling is issued. Like Pearl, former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel is facing an unethical conduct charge after covering up his knowledge of his players taking improper benefits from a tattoo-parlor owner.

And Tennessee's punishment can help educated other universities determine where to focus their compliance efforts.

'The entire Division I membership - especially the schools in the power six conferences - make sure they stay abreast of what the enforcement staff is alleging and what the infractions committee rules,' Buckner said. 'The Tennessees, Ohio States, USCs and Michigans of the world impact what they do with compliance.'

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


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Standings Men
NBL Standings
 1. Waikato P. 10-3 
 2. Bay Hawks 10-3 
 3. Wellington S. 9-2 
 4. Manawatu J. 5-5 
 5. Nelson G. 4-5 
 6. Southland S. 4-5 
 7. Taranaki MA 2-8 
 8. Auckland P. 2-8 
 9. OceanaGold N. 2-9 


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Standings - Superior
Superior Standings
 1. Real Club 16-0 
 2. Regatas 14-2 
 3. Escuela Fap 10-5 
 4. Inmaculada 8-7 
 5. Centro Naval 7-8 
 6. El Bosque 7-9 
 7. San Augustin 6-8 
 8. Ejercito 6-9 
 9. San Marcos 2-12 
 10. Universitario 0-13 


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East Asia Basketball Championship scores for June 10, 2011 - by Enzo Flojo
Context:
What is this? -- This is the qualifying tournament that will determine the representatives of the East Asia Sub-Zone for the 2011 FIBA-Asia Men's Championship.
Where is it being held? -- Nanjing, China
Who are participating? -- Group A has South Korea, Hong Kong and China (Team B), while Group B has Japan, Taiwan and Mongolia.
How many teams will make it to the FIBA-Asia tourney? -- Top 3 teams excluding China because they're the hosts. In all probability, the 3 teams will be S. Korea, Japan and Taiwan.

Day 1 Results:
South Korea over Hong Kong, 134-47
- Korea led by 53 at the half, and the outcome was never really in doubt.
- SK was led by Kim Jong-Gyu's 23 points.

Chinese-Taipei over Japan, 75-74
- This was a thriller of a game as the Taiwanese barely scraped by the Japanese.
- Taiwanese star Chen HsinAn (196-G/F-80), who plays for the Dongguan City Leopards in the CBA, hit the game-winning charities with about 3 seconds left. Chien Chia-Hung (197-F-87) and Wu Tai-Hao (202-C-85, college: BYU-Hawaii) backed him up with 15 markers apiece.
- Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) of Link Tochigi Brex led the Japanese side with 28 points. He was the only Japanese in double figures.

Source: HoopNut.blogspot.com and Xinhua News Agency


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  POLAND   


Bartosz Bochno leaves PGE Turow Zgorzelec! - by Eurobasket
After six years playing for Turow in PLK Bartosz Bochno (193-G-88) decided that he will move to WKS Slask Wroclaw, which is back to the top division after 3 years. 23-year old Bochno playing 41 games for PGE Turow last season recorded 3.3ppg and 1.4rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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Season Scout Alianca Sangalhos - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
With a team composed with players formed at home or in the region, Francisco Gradeco o's imposes a slow rhythm and a tough defense inside the paint, making a good management of the players at his disposal. Finishing in fifth place in the regular season, was the merited prize for the team. Despite all the heart they put in each game, wouldnt let them make more than this.

The season
Cv.Alianca Sangalhos had a strong group and spend all the season playing for a place in the top four teams, even if they had less options than the other candidates. Finishing in fifth was a good result, proving to be fitter, during the regular season, than champions Terceira Basket and semi-finalists CD Povoa. They were a tough team to beat, specially at home, where they have big support by their fans. The problem with them is they dont have a place to go. Theyre future its all about repeating what they did this season.

The player
Emanuel Silva (188-G/F-79). At his eighth season playing in Proliga with Cv.Alianca Sangalhos, Silva averaged in double figures for the first time and had more then 5 rebounds only for the second time. He did his best season, with a good help from Nuno Bizarro (192-F-80), who almost doubled his scoring (from 5.7pts to 11 pts). They swing their positions between 2/3 and occasional 4 (Bizarro), as the roster hadnt a real center and they had to play in a small rotation.

The prospect
Theyre younger player in the usual rotation was Fernando Martins, not really a prospect. He was back in the Proliga after one season with Vagos in LPB.




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Season Scout Casino Ginasio - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
Sergio Salvador 's team made an impressive 5 win start, but Richard Oruche's injury made them fall apart. Until the end of regular season, Casino Figueira Ginasio was a fragile team, but their late wins put them in sixth place and make them earn their playoff spot. With a big lack of bench options, the Figueira da Foz team risked a lot, this season, but learned what theyll need to make another step up in this league.

The season
A 5 win start, facing strong teams like Academica, Vit. Guimaraes, Ovarense and CAB Madeira, put Ginasio in an unexpected dilemma: were they all that strong? They based their good moment in Richard Oruche and in a physical prepared five, with Jason Hartford (206-F-85), Marco Goncalves and Tomas Barroso (180-G-90) showing a very good basketball. But when the season entered a rough period (with two midweek Cup games in December), Ginasio fall apart. Oruche got injured and they lost their next 5 games. Ginasio went down to fight for a playoff spot, which they earned with 3 wins in their last regular seasons games.

The player
Jason Hartford. He was the most regular player in the team. A good outside shooter, balancing between the 3 and 4 positions, Hartford was always there when the team needed him. Marco Goncalves was the team center and add value fighting for rebounds and defending. In the outside game, after Oruches injury, Joao Reveles, Austin Swift and Yima Chia-Kur tried to substitute his influence, but none of them was as regular as the Illinois Springfield graduate.

The prospect
Tomas Barroso. Loaned by Benfica, Barroso was one of the good surprises in LPB. He was the shooting guard, making an impressive duo with Oruche and, after, being an important scorer in the team until the seasons end. He was called to the Portuguese NT and is confirmed in Benficas roster for the next season. A real promise of Portuguese basketball.


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Sergio Ramos stays with Benfica - by Eurobasket News
Sergio Ramos (200-F-76) extended his contract with Benfica. The 34-year-old forward will enter his fourth straight season with one of the Portuguese powerhouses. Last season Sergio Ramos averaged 10.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in EuroChallenge. In LPB his stats read 13.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.6 steals per appearance.


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BSN Round 23: #1 Vaqueros are defeated by Cangrejeros - by Eurobasket News
The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Vaqueros (16-9) in Bayamon on Thursday night. Hosts were edged by fourth ranked Cangrejeros (15-11) in overtime 88-86. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Vaqueros. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Vaqueros won fourth quarter 20-16. 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 Vaqueros used huge pressure winning it 20-16 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 6-8. It was a great evening for American forward Michael Sweetney (203-82, college: Georgetown) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). International guard Richard Chaney (196-84, college: Troy, agency: Court Side) helped adding 13 points and 10 rebounds. Cangrejeros' coach Rolando Hourruitiner used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Terrence Shannon (203-79, college: Elgin CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds. Cangrejeros moved-up to third place, which they share with Arecibo. Vaqueros at the other side still keep top position with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 29 points and 8 rebounds by Jaime Lloreda of San German.


Bayamon - Santurce 86-88 OT

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Vaqueros (16-9) in Bayamon on Thursday night. Hosts were edged by fourth ranked Cangrejeros (15-11) in overtime 88-86. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Vaqueros. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Vaqueros won fourth quarter 20-16. 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 Vaqueros used huge pressure winning it 20-16 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 6-8. It was a great evening for American forward Michael Sweetney (203-82, college: Georgetown) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). International guard Richard Chaney (196-84, college: Troy, agency: Court Side) helped adding 13 points and 10 rebounds. Cangrejeros' coach Rolando Hourruitiner used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Terrence Shannon (203-79, college: Elgin CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds and the former international guard Christian Dalmau (194-77, college: Daytona Beach CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) scored 19 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Cangrejeros moved-up to third place, which they share with Arecibo. Vaqueros at the other side still keep top position with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Bayamon: T.Shannon 25+15reb+2ast, C.Dalmau 19+3reb+4ast, R.Jose Hatton 12+3reb+3ast, C.Antrone Lee 10+8reb+4ast, J.Mojica 8+5reb+3ast, R.Rickert 8+6reb+1ast
Santurce: M.Sweetney 24+11reb+2ast, R.Sanchez 15+4reb+4ast, R.Chaney 13+10reb+3ast, W.Hodge 12+1reb+4ast, E.'Guayito' Santiago 7+4reb+4ast, J.Rodriguez 6+2reb
gschID: 125592


Mayaguez - San German 96-101

Very expected game in Mayaguez where 9th ranked Indios (9-16) were defeated by fifth ranked Atleticos (14-10) 101-96 on Thursday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-18. But Indios won second period 27-26. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Atleticos shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a great evening for the former international guard Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-84, college: VCU) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points and 8 rebounds. International point guard Filiberto Rivera (190-82, college: UTEP) helped adding 18 points and 10 assists. Five Atleticos players scored in double figures. Guard Carlos Rivera (187-83, college: Hofstra, agency: Paris Global Sports) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized American forward Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Indios' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Atleticos maintains fifth place with 14-10 record. Indios lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 16 games lost. Atleticos will face Quebradillas (#6) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Mayaguez: A.Carmona 20+2reb+2ast, C.Rivera 18+8reb+3ast, R.Clemente 16+7reb+1ast, B.Robinson 14+2reb, L.Steven Ramirez 11+1reb+1ast, S.Williams 8+8reb
San German: J.Pellot-Rosa 27+8reb+1ast, F.Rivera 18+10ast, J.Lloreda 16+10reb+1ast, M.Harris 15+10reb+2ast, R.Abraham 10+1reb+3ast, M.De Jesus 9+2ast
gschID: 125593


Arecibo - San German 73-65

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Capitanes' (15-11) home victory over 5th ranked Atleticos (14-10) 73-65 on Tuesday. Atleticos were trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 25-14 charge of Capitanes, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Capitanes made 9 blocks. It was a great evening for international guard Larry Ayuso (190-77, college: USC, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points. American-Panamanian guard Danilo Pinnock (196-83, college: George Washington, agency: SportsTalent) helped adding 9 points and 6 rebounds. Capitanes' coach David Rosario allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Panamanian power forward Jaime Lloreda (201-80, college: LSU, agency: Paris Global Sports) responded with 29 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) scored 4 points and 13 rebounds. Capitanes have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Santurce. Loser Atleticos keep the fifth position with ten games lost. Capitanes will have a break next round. Atleticos will play at home against Quebradillas (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San German: J.Lloreda 29+8reb+1ast, F.Rivera 9+3reb+1ast, J.Pellot-Rosa 8+2reb+1ast, J.Rodriguez 6+4reb+2ast, M.De Jesus 5+6reb+1ast, M.Harris 4+13reb+2ast
Arecibo: L.Ayuso 14+4reb, G.Diaz 12+3reb+1ast, D.Pinnock 9+6reb+3ast, A.Latimer 9+3reb+3ast, D.Cortes 8+2reb+1ast, O.Alvarado 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 125590


Guaynabo - Coamo 73-86

There was an upset in Guaynabo where second-ranked Mets (15-10) were defeated by ninth ranked Maratonistas (10-17) 86-73 on Wednesday. Mets were trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 27-18 charge of Maratonistas, which allowed them to win the game. They made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American forward Monty Wilson (197-73, college: Tennessee St., agency: Edge Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import power forward Aaron McGhee (203-79, college: Oklahoma) helped adding 17 points and 11 rebounds. Four Maratonistas players scored in double figures. International swingman Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-86, college: Virginia Tech) responded with 23 points and 8 rebounds and American center Shaun Pruitt (208-85, college: Illinois, agency: Edge Sports) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Maratonistas moved-up to eighth place. Loser Mets keep the second position with ten games lost. Maratonistas will have a break next round. Mets will play on the road against Caciques in Humacao.
Top scorers:
Guaynabo: A.Daniel Vassallo 23+8reb+3ast, S.Pruitt 17+7reb, S.Villegas 12+1ast, A.Luis Figueroa 8+15reb, R.Dalmau 7+4reb+3ast, J.McCoy 4+4reb+2ast
Coamo: J.Villegas 18+5reb+2ast, C.Vega 18+7reb+1ast, A.McGhee 17+11reb, M.Wilson 16+11reb+4ast, M.Antonio Narvaez 9+7reb+1ast, N.Leon 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 125591




Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
 1. Bayamon 16-9 
 2. Guaynabo 15-10 
 3. Santurce 15-11 
 4. Arecibo 15-11 
 5. San German 14-10 
 6. Quebradillas 13-11 
 7. Humacao 11-14 
 8. Coamo 10-17 
 9. Mayaguez 9-16 
 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, Bayamon21.3 
 5. Ayuso, Arecibo19.7 
 6. Villegas, Coamo19.5 
 7. Romero, Mayaguez18.6 
 8. Harris, San German17.6 
 9. Carmona, Mayaguez17.1 
 10. Randolph, Isabela16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Manuel Antonio NARVAEZ
  Coamo
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Narvaez, Coamo12.6 
 2. Randolph, Isabela12.1 
 3. Harris, San German11.8 
 4. Pruitt, Guaynabo11.3 
 5. Ramos, Quebradillas10.9 
 6. Lloreda, San G.10.4 
 7. Romero, Mayaguez9.7 
 8. Sweetney, Santurce9.4 
 9. Rickert, Bayamon9.2 
 10. Shannon, Bayamon9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Bayamon
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 6
 1. Dalmau, Bayamon6.0 
 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. Rivera, Mayaguez1.6 
 3. Robinson, Mayaguez1.6 
 4. Clinch, Isabela1.5 
 5. Hodge, Santurce1.4 
 6. Carmona, Mayaguez1.4 
 7. Dalmau, Bayamon1.4 
 8. Santiago, Santurce1.4 
 9. Pellot-Rosa, San G.1.3 
 10. Rodriguez, Guayn.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Penn, Humacao2.7 
 2. Santiago, Arecibo2.1 
 3. Traylor, Bayamon2.0 
 4. Romero, Mayaguez1.9 
 5. Sanchez, Santurce1.9 
 6. Aubry, Arecibo1.7 
 7. Lee, Bayamon1.7 
 8. Randolph, Isabela1.5 
 9. Harris, San German1.2 
 10. Shannon, Bayamon1.2 


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CSU Sibiu bring in Bobby Howard - by Eurobasket News
CSU Sibiu strengthened their frontcourt. They signed a deal with Bobby Howard (200-F-88, agency: Dynamics Global Management). It is the first pro contract for Montana State University graduate. Bobby Howard left the University this year. The forward averaged 14.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in his senior season. Bobby Howard made it into All-Big Sky Conference 2nd Team in 2011.


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Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Khimky
  (193-G/F-83)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Langford, Khimky18.2 
 2. Lampe, Unics17.6 
 3. Baxter, Enisey16.2 
 4. Keyru, Dynamo16.0 
 5. Domercant, Spart.15.8 
 6. Williams, Enisey15.3 
 7. Labovic, Enisey14.5 
 8. Vyaltsev, Triumph14.4 
 9. Wilkinson, Lokomot.13.9 
 10. Beverley, Spart.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alexey ZHUKANENKO
  Dynamo
  (210-F-86)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Zhukanenko, Dynamo7.4 
 2. Lampe, Unics7.2 
 3. Baxter, Enisey7.0 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA6.5 
 5. Beverley, Spart.6.3 
 6. Massey, Lokomotiv6.3 
 7. Wilkinson, Lokomot.6.2 
 8. Brezec, Krasnie6.1 
 9. Monya, Khimky6.1 
 10. Paunic, N.Novgorod5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Marcus WILLIAMS
  Enisey
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Williams, Enisey6.8 
 2. Bremer, Krasnie6.5 
 3. Vyaltsev, Triumph5.4 
 4. Ponkrashov, Spart.4.5 
 5. Khvostov, Dynamo4.1 
 6. Popovic, Unics3.9 
 7. Planinic, Khimky3.7 
 8. Samoylenko, Unics3.5 
 9. Chalmers, Lokom.3.4 
 10. Holden, CSKA3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Patrick BEVERLEY
  Spart.
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Beverley, Spart.1.8 
 2. Voronov, Dynamo1.8 
 3. Bremer, Krasnie1.6 
 4. Lyday, Unics1.6 
 5. Khryapa, CSKA1.5 
 6. Wilkinson, Lokomot.1.4 
 7. Massey, Lokomotiv1.4 
 8. Komarovskiy, Eni.1.4 
 9. Labovic, Enisey1.3 
 10. Ponkrashov, Spart.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Sasha KAUN
  CSKA
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Kaun, CSKA1.2 
 2. Yakovenko, N.Nov.1.0 
 3. Varlamov, Triumph0.9 
 4. Monya, Khimky0.9 
 5. Zhukanenko, Dynamo0.8 
 6. Lampe, Unics0.8 
 7. Likhodey, Triumph0.8 
 8. Antonov, N.Novgor.0.8 
 9. Khryapa, CSKA0.8 
 10. Rizvic, Unics0.7 


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  SERBIA   


Vladimir Stimac wins the trophy abroad - by Eurobasket News
Serbian Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) and his CEZ Basketball Nymburk defends the title as they won the Final Play-offs in Czech Republic. The defending champions needed 82:65 win in Game 6 to win the series 4-2.
CEZ Basketball Nymburk started the game with 22-18 but the hosts tied the score at the halftime, 37:37. In the third period the favorites took another 5-point lead and did not allow the opponents to come closer. They finished the game with 24-12 surge to seal another title.
It was a good game for forward Michal Kremen who led his team to a victory with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. British-American guard Michael Lenzly contributed with 18 points for the winners. Five CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. American guard Eugene Lawrence replied with 18 points and 8 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and his fellow American import center Bertengeh Cadri-Nicholson added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for BK Prostejov.
The season 2010-2011 Vladimir Stimac started for BK Ventspils (Latvia-LBL) and averaged 15.0ppg, 7.7rpg, FGP: 63.4%, FT: 31.6% in Latvian League. In Baltic League after 8 games his stats read 7.9ppg, 7.6rpg, FGP: 51.0%, FT: 32.4%. In November 2010 he moved to CEZ Basketball Nymburk (Czech Rep.-NBL) and avearaged 6.2 points per game.




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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 


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  SOUTH KOREA   


South Korea thump Hong Kong in Nanjing - by Eurobasket News
South Korea - Hong Kong 134:47

South Korea victoriously opened their East Asia Championship campaign. They rallied past Hong Kong in Group A opener. The event serves as the qualifying tournament for FIBA Asia Championship. Three best teams will book their tickets to Wuhan.
South Korea gave little chance for opposing Hong Kong. They built a 28:5 lead ten minutes into the encounter. South Korea erupted for 42 points in the second stanza to take a 53-point halftime advantage 70:17. South Korea continued to dominate in the second half. They passed 100-mark easily and raced to a convincing victory at the end. Eight players scored in double digits for Korea. Kim Jong-Gyu came up with 23 points. Yang Dong-Geun (182-G-81) and Cho Sung-Min (197-F-83) contributed 15 points each in the win. Hong Kong will take on China tomorrow.



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  SPAIN   


Dusko Ivanovic, near to renew in Caja Laboral - by Gerard Sole Serra
Despite a lot of rumours about the last season could have been his last season in Caja Laboral Vitoria, local sources says that Dusko Ivanovic will continue one more year like Caja Laboral Vitoria's head coach. Sources say that the italian coach Ettore Messina was the main candidate, with Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances ) near him. The decision to be an assistant coach on Los Angeles Lakers of the italian and the defeat of the Pesic's team on Playoff finally reject them. Ivanovic started coaching in Vitoria in 2000 and that will be his third contract. It's the first offseason move since the defeat in ACB Playoff against Regal FC Barcelona (0-3)

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 Barca1.7 
 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 


Mirza Teletovic denies rumors about CSKA Moscow - by Eurobasket News
Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) denied rumors that he will move to CSKA Moscow this summer. The Bosnian power forward stated he did not get any offer from CSKA and he also said he has a valid contract with Caja Laboral until the end of 2014/15 season. Teletovic stated that all rumors about him and CSKA are untrue.
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.


Real Madrid to hire Jasmin Repesa as new Head Coach? - by Eurobasket News
Real Madrid is close to hire a new Head Coach. According to Spanish media, it is Croatian specialist Jasmin Repesa (agency: World Sport Agency), who worked with Benetton Treviso last two seasons. Real Madrid is looking forward to resolve this crucial question and focus on forming the squad for the next season.
Jasmin Repesa reached Italian league Semifinals with Benetton this season. They were No.5 in regular season with 17-13 record and later eliminated Air Avelino in the Quarterfinals (3-1). However, Montepaschi Siena was too strong for Benetton in the Semis (0-3). Benetton also reached EuroCup Semifinals this season. Before Benetton, Repesa worked with Lottomatica Roma from 2006 to 2009. He was also coaching Climamio Bologna, Slask, Cibona and Tofas in the past. In 2005, Repesa won the Italian league title with Climamio. He was a Head Coach of the Croatian NT from 2005 to 2009.


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  TAIWAN   


EABC: Taiwan beat Japan 75-74 - by Chris Wang
Chen HsinAn (196-G/F-80) made two free-throws with 0.8 seconds left in the game as Taiwan defeated Japan 75-74 Friday in the opening game of the 2011 East Asian Basketball Championship, which serves as the qualifying tourney for the Asian Championship, in Nanjing, China.

The victory marked the first win for Taiwan NT head coach Chou Jun-san, who debut with the national team Friday. The Japan game was also Taiwan's first game under the guidance of technical advisor Bob Hill, a former NBA head coach.

Taiwan is scheduled to meet Mongolia Saturday.

There was neither broadcast nor website for the tournament, so I had to rely on limited information provided by the Chinese Taipei Basketball Association to write this story.

According to the CTBA, Japan led 32-27 at the half. In the last minutes, Taiwan took a five-point lead after Lu Cheng-ju's three before Japan regained the lead, 74-73. Chen HsinAn, who had the ball on the last possession, took the ball to the hole and was fouled. He made both foul shots.

The 2011 EABC is the qualifying tournament for the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship, which will be held in Wuhan, Hubei, China from September 15 to 25. The three best teams, excluding China, qualify for 2011 FIBA Asia Championship.

Japan NT roster for 2011 East Asian Basketball Championship

4. KINOSHITA, Hiroyuki PG 178cm 70kg 1980.2.18
5. KANAMARU, Kosuke SF 193cm 78kg 1989.3.
6. SAKURAI, Ryota PG 194cm 75kg 1983.3.13
7. ISHIZAKI, Takumi PG 188cm 85kg 1984.7.6
8. KASHIWAGI, Shinsuke PG 183cm 80kg 1981.12.22
9. KAWAMURA, Takuya SG 193cm 80kg 1986.4.24
10. TAKEUCHI, Kosuke PF 206cm 98kg 1985.1.29
11. AMINO, Tomoo SF 196cm 87kg 1980.9.2
12. HIROSE, Kenta SF 193cm 90kg 1985.7.1
13. FURUKAWA, Takatoshi SG 190cm 90kg 1987.10.2
14. ITO, Shunsuke C 204cm 110kg1979.6.27
15. TAKEUCHI, Joji PF 206cm 98kg 1985.1.29


Taiwan snatch victory against Japan in Nanjing - by Eurobasket News
Taiwan - Japan 75:74

Taiwan celebrated the first win at the East Asia Championship in Nanjing. They stole a narrow victory over Japan in Group B opener. Chen HsinAn (196-G/F-80) converted two free throws late in regulation to seal the win for Taiwan. He finished with 16 points for the winners.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. Taiwan earned a narrow 14:13 lead after ten minutes. They managed to pull away in the second term. Taiwan recorded a 32:27 halftime lead. Japan bounced back in the third term. They erased the deficit and surged ahead for a 52:49 lead with one quarter remaining. But Taiwan were able to narrow the distance and Chen HsinAn snatched the win for them late in the game. Wu Tai-Hao (202-C-85, college: BYU-Hawaii) and Chien Chia-Hung (197-F-87) accounted for 15 points each in the winning effort. Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) answered with game-high 28 points for Japan. Ryota Sakurai (194-G-83) and Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) provided 9 points each in the losing case.

Taiwan: Chen HsinAn 16, Wu Tai-Hao 15, Chien Chia-Hung 15
Japan: Takuya Kawamura 28, Ryota Sakurai 9, Kosuke Takeuchi 9



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  TUNISIA   


Cup Semi-final game. - by Sergei Krasavtsev
On Saturday, held a semi-final game for the finals Cup Tunisia. SN on the platform took ESR. From the first minute, and in the flesh before the last waged a fierce struggle. From the very start of the match SN seized leadership, but every time I just wanted to pull further away, met stiff resistance, to which corresponded to an account in the first quarter of 14-12. The second quarter took place in the same rhythm, its outcome on the scoreboard displayed 32-30.
After a long break, the SN absolutely no strength left. be immediately used the ESR, by the end of three quarters of the scoreboard has been 51-46 in favor of the ESR. in the fourth quarter, SN has relied on Sergei, quality rebounder and Aymen Trabelsi, with its important and sometimes can not be pocketed balls. aggressive play, these players, and the whole team in particular, helped to break the onslaught of the ESR, which corresponded to the expense and after the final whistle 70-65. And it does not matter with which the score won the SN, 5 or 25 points. 11 june, SN second consecutive year, will play in the Tunisian Cup final against ESS.


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  TURKEY   


Efes Pilsen land Dusko Savanovic - by Eurobasket News
Efes Pilsen made a strong market move. They inked a deal with Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket). The contract is meant for three seasons. The 27-year-old forward spent the last season in Valencia. The Serbian player tallied 11.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in Euroleague. In ACB Dusko Savanovic accounted for 11.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists per appearance. Dusko Savanovic played for Serbia at 2010 World Championship. The forward posted 11.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in Turkey. Previously Dusko Savanovic had stints with Borac, FMP Zeleznik, Unics Kazan and Cajasol Sevilla. Dusko Savanovic was Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Newcomer of the Year back in 2006.


France sweep test series against Turkey - by Eurobasket News
France U20 - Turkey U20 59:48

French U20 National Team swept exhibition series versus their Turkish counterparts. France celebrated the third straight win today. Louis Labeyrie (208-C-92) provided 12 points and 6 rebounds to pace the hosts.
Turkey led for some time in the opening frame but France capped the period with an 8:0 run and posted a 17:12 advantage. The home team maintained the lead throughout the second period. France arrived at the interval up by 6 points 34:28. Bryan Pamba and Louis Labeyrie increased the margin to 11 points late in the third frame 50:39. France quickly boosted the gap to 14 points in the final term and kept their opponents at bay throughout the rest of the encounter. Geoffrey Renon (208-C-91) provided 11 points, while Axel Toupane (200-F-92) netted 7 points in the victory. Dusan Cantekin (222-C-90, agency: Beo Basket) and Murat Erensoy (198-F-91) answered with 10 points apiece for Turkey. Furkan Aldemir (205-F-91) finished with 9 points in the losing effort.

France U20: Louis Labeyrie 12, Geoffrey Renon 11, Axel Toupane 7
Turkey U20: Murat Erensoy 10, Dusan Cantekin 10, Furkan Aldemir 9



Cafe Crown keeps championship dreams alive by defeating Ulker in overtime 97-93 - by Pervin Elgin
In the third match of the Turkish basketball league playoff finals, Fenerbahce Ulker Basketball Team was defeated on enemy ground by Galatasaray Cafe Crown after the normal playing time ended in 84-84. In the extension, Cafe Crown seized control and kept their championship dreams alive by winning 97-93. Ulker is still leading the best of seven series 2-1.

Fenerbahce Ulker Basketball Team began the challenge quickly and took a 4-0 lead. They managed to maintain that lead the bigger part of the first period, mainly because of Omer Onan recording 15 of the 21 points Ulker scored in this run. With ten minutes on the clock, Cafe Crown come out on top though, completing the first period with a 23-21 lead.

The second period started with mutual baskets, but a 11-4 run by Cafe Crown secured a 49-36 lead for the guest team. After that, Ulkers duo Ukic and Lavrinovic responded accordingly, closing the gap to 50-45 at halftime.

At the beginning of the second half, Ulker blocked the opponent's tempo and Emir Preldzic's three point score leveled the scores again with 22 minutes played: 52-52. Scores by Cafe Crowns Josh Shipp and Caner Topaluglu boosted the guest team to a lead again, ending the second half with a 72-67 lead.

In the fourth period, Cafe Crowns held on to the five point lead initially: 78-73 after 34 minutes of play. After that, Roko Ukic's baskets balanced the scores again: 78-78. Galatasaray bounced back to 84-80, but after that, Ulkers defence closed ranks. Scores by Sarunas Jasikevicius and Roko Ukic tied the scores at 84-84, and in the final 23 seconds of regular playing time, neither team scored, taking the game to overtime...

In the extra 5 minutes Cafe Crowns trio Luksa Andric, Evren Buker and Jerry Johnson carried the score to 94-90. Jasikevicius's three point score closed the gap to 94-93 with 15 seconds left on the clock, but a pair of free throws by Cafe Crown secured the win for the hosts: 97-93. On Saturday, Fenerbahce Ulker will try to set things straight again in game four.




Olin Edirne signs Ogun Sevinc - by Eurobasket News
Ogun Sevinc (198-F/G-88, agency: 1x1 Sports) is a new member of Olin Edrine. The Turkish G/F signed a deal for the next season. He started this one with Kepez and in January moved to Oyak Renault. For 15 TBL games with Oyak Renault he had 9.2 ppg and 1.7 rpg. Before that, Sevinc added 11.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 1.5 apg for 12 games in TB2L with Kepez. Season 2009/10, Sevinc split between Aliaga and ITU Istanbul. He also has experience from Trabzon, Alpella and Ulker.
Ogun Sevinc was a member of the Turkish University NT two years ago. He appeared 7 times for them at the World University Games in Belgrade scoring 2.3 ppg. He also played for U20, U19 and U18 Turkey in the past. With U18 Turkey he won the Silver at the International Tournament in Mannheim 2006 (Unofficial World Championships U18). Sevinc had 10.2 ppg and 1.8 rpg at this event.


Ender Arslan moves from Efes Pilsen to Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News
According to various sources in Turkey, Galatasaray agreed a deal with point guard Ender Arslan (190-G-83). Reportedly, Arslan will sign a one-year contract with the club.
Ender Arslan arrives to Galata from Efes Pilsen, where he spent last four years. This season he played 32 games for the club in TBL registering 6 ppg and 2.3 rpg. He also appeared 8 times in Euroleague adding 2.5 ppg and 1 apg. Before Efes Pilsen, Arslan played for Panionios, Tau Ceramica and Union Olimpija. All three teams he changed in 2006/07 and it was his only season out of Efes, where he also played from 1999 until 2006.
Ender Arslan played for the Turkish NT last summer helping them to win the Silver at the FIBA World Championship. He played 9 games at this event averaging 6.2 points and 1.9 assists. He is a member of Team Turkey since 2003. In his career, Ender Arslan won three Turkish League titles with Efes Pilsen (2004, 2005 and 2009).


Banvit brings in Serkan Erdogan and Erkan Veyseloglu - by Eurobasket News
Banvit announced signing of two new players for the next season. The team brought in Serkan Erdogan (190-G-78, agency: 1x1 Sports) and Erkan Veyseloglu (200-F-83, agency: 1x1 Sports).
Serkan Erdogan arrives to Banvit from Besiktas, where he finished last season. He appeared 14 times in TBL averaging 14 points, 1.9 rebounds and 4 assists. Edrogan started 2010/11 with Spanish Alicante. He had 11.3 ppg and 1.3 apg for them in 14 ACB league games. Last season, Edrogan split between Turk Telekom and Alicante. In the past he also played for Efes Pilsen, Tau Ceramica and Ulker.
Erkan Veyseloglu heads to Banvit from Erdemir. He had 12.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 1.4 apg for them in TBL this season (30 games). Veyseloglu already played for Banvit and it was on season 2008/09. At that time he had 8.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 1.4 apg in TBL.


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


TDs triple-double ranks as No. 7 best Spurs memory from season - by David Edole
Tim Duncan (208-F-76, college: Wake Forest) is among the least pretentious of the greatest players in NBA history.

Duncan doesnt care much about his personal statistics and never has.

But he still had to get some extra satisfaction from a triple-double recorded against Golden State on Nov. 30 that helped power the Spurs to a 118-98 victory at Golden State. Duncan notched 15 points, 18 rebounds and 11 assists to help the Spurs claim another victory that concluded the most productive November in franchise history.

No. 7: Duncans triple-double helps boost Spurs past Warriors

When: Nov. 30, 2010.

Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, Calif.

What happened: Duncan notched his third career regular-season triple-double and his seventh overall (four more in the playoffs) with a big night against Golden State. With the game safely at hand, Duncan left the game with 2:34 left in the third quarter needing one assist to notch the achievement. He got his 10th assist with 6:26 left in the game when he hit George Hill on a dribble handoff that led to a hoop and continued an easy Spurs victory.

What was said, Part I: I couldnt make a shot so I figured Id pass it and let somebody else make a shot. I wasnt trying to do it. Just the flow of the game and the plays that were being called, Duncan, describing his big effort for the Associated Press.

What was said, Part II: Hes still right there. Hes always a threat for the other team to take into account. Hes still huge for us, Manu Ginobili, describing Duncans big game for the Express-News.

What was said, Part III: Hes been the heart and soul of our program for a long time. Hes Tim Duncan, thats what he does. Hes where it all begins. After all this time, we probably take him for granted, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, in describing Duncans huge game for the Associated Press after the game.

What was said, Part IV: Theres a reason their record is the way it is.. They dont necessarily do it with all athleticism and power and length. They do it with smarts and they take advantage of any mistake that you make, Golden State forward David Lee, on the Spurs fast start to the Associated Press.

Game notes: Duncan made only 6 of 15 shots, but matched his season high for rebounds at that point of the season. He also matched his career high with assists in the game. Ginobili led the Spurs with 27 points and it was almost an afterthought. It took Duncan only about two minutes after he re-entered the game to notch his 10th assist with the Spurs lead safely in double figures. The victory boosted San Antonios record to 15-2 best in the NBA at that point of the season and was their ninth straight over Golden State. Richard Jefferson and Lee were assessed double technicals late in the third quarter after Lee pushed Jefferson at the completion of an alley-oop dunk. Seven Spurs scored in double figures, with DeJuan Blair notching 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Tim Griffin in Best memories of season


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  UKRAINE   


DniproAzot keep Stanislav Sokur and Maxim Balashov - by Eurobasket News
DniproAzot extended the contracts of Stanislav Sokur (205-C-82) and Maxim Balashov (189-G-80). Stanislav Sokur joined the team back in 2008. Last season the 29-year-old centre averaged 4.7 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. Stansilav Sokur was on Ukrainian National Team roster back in 2003. He also played for U20 selection.
Maxim Balashov was among the top scorers in DniproAzot last season. The guard joined the team in October. He averaged 13.3 points, 1.9 assists and 1.5 rebounds per game in Superleague. Previously Maxim Balashov played for Budivelnyk Kyiv for 10 straight seasons. Maxim Balashov played for Ukrainian University National Team in 2001 and 2003.




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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Michael Lenzly defends the title in Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News
Michael Lenzly (189-G-81, college: Wofford) and his CEZ Basketball Nymburk defended the title as they won the Final Play-offs in Czech Republic. The defending champions needed 82:65 win in Game 6 to win the series 4-2.
CEZ Basketball Nymburk started the game with 22-18 but the hosts tied the score at the halftime, 37:37. In the third period the favorites took another 5-point lead and did not allow the opponents to come closer. They finished the game with 24-12 surge to seal another title.
It was a good game for forward Michal Kremen who led his team to a victory with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. British-American guard Michael Lenzly contributed with 18 points for the winners. Five CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. American guard Eugene Lawrence replied with 18 points and 8 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and his fellow American import center Bertengeh Cadri-Nicholson added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for BK Prostejov.
The season 2010-2011 Michael Lenzly continued with CEZ Basketball Nymburk (Czech Rep.-NBL) and in EuroCup after 12 games averaged 6.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 32.0%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 70.0%. In Adriatic League after 25 games his stats read 5.1ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 61.0%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 65.6%. In the National League Michael Lenzly averaged 8.0 points per game.




Watts Becomes First Name On Wolves List for 2011-12 - by Paul Nilsen
6'8' England International forward David Watts (206-F-83) has become Worcester Wolves first summer signing, ahead of the new 2011/12 season.

After an impressive debut season in the British Basketball League where the 27 year old averaged 11 points per game, Watts was one of the key players that Wolves Coach Paul James sought to re-sign as he looks to build a squad capable of improving on last year's ninth-place finish.

James expressed his pleasure at seeing Watts return to Worcester: 'David took the step up from the national leagues last year and easily proved that he belongs at this level. There were some matches last season where his three-point shooting was simply stunning. He is working hard to improve other aspects of his game, and will be a great asset to the team that I am building.'

Next Thursday (16 June), trials are being held at the University of Worcester, between 7pm and 9pm, for the Wolves Boys under 18 and under 16 sides, and James sees Mansfield-born Watts as an example of what home-grown players can achieve: 'David worked his way up through junior programs, listening to advice on how he could develop, and he is now representing his country. Any boys out there who are interested in taking the first step in trying to emulate Tin-Tin's achievements should come down to the University next week.'

There will be a second chance for potential new recruits for the under 18 and under 16 teams on Thursday 30 June (7-9pm), again in the main sports hall at the St Johns campus.

James also hinted that another former player could be about to return to the Wolves: 'I've had a couple of conversations with someone who was a standout player with the organisation a couple of years or so ago. If a deal can be finalised then I'm sure the fans will enjoy seeing this guy again.'



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  URUGUAY   


Standings - Metropolitan League
Metropolitan Standings
 1. Larranaga 11-4 
 2. Nacional 11-4 
 3. Tabare 10-5 
 4. Urunday Univ. 9-6 
 5. Goes 8-7 
 6. Capitol 8-7 
 7. Atenas 7-7 
 8. Yale 5-10 
 9. 25 de Agosto 3-11 
 10. Verdirrojo 2-13 


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  VENEZUELA   


Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Cocodrilos 36-9 
 2. Marinos 34-12 
 3. Trotamundos 33-13 
 4. Bucaneros 25-22 
 5. Guaiqueries 23-23 
 6. Gigantes 22-24 
 7. Toros 17-27 
 8. Panteras 17-27 
 9. Guaros 13-30 
 10. Gaiteros 6-38 


Second stage: Cocodrilos, Marinos and Trotamundos take 2-0 lead - by Eurobasket News
Two rounds of the second stage have already been played. Home teams had no mercy for their rivals. Cocodrilos outplayed Gigantes twice for 2-0 lead. In the first meeting, Crocodiles celebrated 91-75 victory, while in Game Two they registered 97-87 win. Marinos also celebrated in both games against Guaiqueries. They made 80-73 in the first and 83-75 in the second game. Finally, Trotamundos is another team with 2-0 lead in the series. They outplayed Bucaneros 92-70 in the first and escaped with 97-95 victory in the second game.
Third games of this stage are scheduled for Saturday. This time Gigantes, Guaiqueries and Bucaneros will be the hosts.




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


WSBL: Harper fears Wolves and Cougars most - by Eurobasket News
Southlands Boulevarde Willetton Tigers star Zoe Harper (191-C-88, college: Minnesota) says Wanneroo and Cockburn are the biggest threats to her side's hopes of winning a third-straight women's State Basketball League title.

Harper said she felt the fourth-placed Wolves and fifth-placed Cougars would provide a tougher challenge to league leaders Willetton come finals time than Perry Lakes and Mandurah, who sit in second and third spots respectively, partly because of the recent history between the two teams.

'Wanneroo are always a tough game against us. I went and watched a couple of Cockburn games last weekend and they're looking really strong so I'd say Wanneroo and Cockburn would be our biggest competition at the moment,' Harper told SBL Radio on SportFM 91.3.

'It does depend on who shows up on the night, and this competition any team can beat any team ... but from what I've seen, I would consider Cockburn and Wanneroo more of a threat than I would Perry Lakes and Mandurah.

'We played (Perry Lakes and Mandurah) not long ago and obviously did really well against both teams so we're confident against them.'

The Tigers, who have been victorious in 12 of their first 13 matches, have already played Mandurah twice and won both games comfortably, while they beat Perry Lakes at home by 15 points in the first Grand Final rematch of the season. Willetton plays the Hawks again in round 18.

Meanwhile, Harper said she has been working on several aspects of her game to help to contribute more with the West Coast Waves in the next WNBL season.

'For my game to go anywhere, I really need to work on my outside game,' Harper said.

'It's alright to have an inside game, but I found in the WNBL season I was put more on the outside, so obviously working on my shot and being able to drive from the top of the key is what I've been working on.

'I've been having a really fun season and hopefully I can transition what I've been doing here in the SBL here into the WNBL.'

The 23-year-old centre has played a crucial role in Willetton's dominant start to the season, averaging 17.6 points per game in her seven appearances this year.

The Tigers have had consecutive weekends off due to an anomaly in the schedule, and Harper said she wasn't sure what effect that would have on the team when they return to the court to face Perth and Stirling in round 13.

'It was good to have a couple of weeks off in the middle of the season, but also that could be a disadvantage and mean we're not ready for the game this weekend,' she said.

Article by Jacob Kagi
Courtesy of: SBL


WSBL: Willetton's women survived a major scare to beat Perth 80-78 in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Willetton's women survived a major scare to beat Perth 80-78 in overtime.

Jasmine Hooper (177-G-91) hit a pair of free-throws with 12 seconds left and the Tigers held on for the win, despite the absence of Kate Malpass and Ebony Antonio.

The eighth-placed Redbacks looked set to take advantage of their absence when they led by four points with less than two minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Willetton fought back to take the lead though, only for a remarkable Narelle Henry (170-G-77) four-point play in the final seconds to send the game to overtime. But the league leaders clinched the victory in the tense extra period.

Zoe Harper (191-C-88, college: Minnesota) led the Tigers with 23 points, while Brooke Hiddlestone also had 23 for the Redbacks.

Article by Jacob Kagi at Belmont Oasis
Courtesy of: SBL




Gretel Tippett re-signs with the Logan Thunder - by Eurobasket News
The BDS Logan Thunder today announced the re-signing of last years WNBL Rookie of the Year Gretel Tippett (190-F-93) for the 2011/12 season.
Currently preparing as part of the Australian Gems squad for the upcoming FIBA U19 World Championships, Tippett, 17, is considered one of the most promising players in the country.

Logan Thunder Chairman Brendt Munro said having secured the Gold Coast player was great news for the club.

Talented local players like Gretel are one of the reasons that this club exists, he said.

To give them the opportunity to play at the highest level in Australia without leaving home is fantastic. We look forward to Gretel becoming an integral part of the team in the 2011/12 season.

Last year Tippett began the season as a key contributor for the AIS program, before returning to her home state and becoming an integral cog in the Thunders run to their first ever finals campaign.

Tippett was named WNBL Player of the Week in Round 18 scoring 18 points in the game that secured Logans finals berth. In her short time at the Thunder she underlined her enormous potential with an average of 8.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.

Munro said the BDS Thunder had hoped that Gretel would play in their upcoming invitational game against the Chinese National Team on 25 July, at Browns Plain, but conceded that obviously the World Championships took precedence.

Having the Opals play China on 24 July and then a local invitational team taking on the Chinese team the next night will be a highlight on the sports calendar this year, he said.

The club wants to inspire young people to achieve and having players like Gretel Tippett at Logan should certainly do that.

Courtesy of www.wnbl.com.au


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  BELARUS - Women  


Russia rally past Belarus at Beauvais Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Russia - Belarus 76:72

Russian National Team opened Beauvais Tournament in France with victory. They overcame Belarus in the opener. Marina Kuzina (194-C-85) and Svetlana Abrosimova (185-F-80, college: Connecticut) accounted for 11 points each in the win. Russia will next take on France, while Belarus will face Canada tomorrow.
Russia stunned their opponents in the opening frame. They opened the game on an 8:3 run and maintained the pressure throughout the period. Russia posted a 25:10 lead after ten minutes of action. Belarus never got closer than 12 points in the second frame. Russia ensured a 46:30 halftime lead. Leuchanka and Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85, agency: LBM Management) dragged Belarus within 6 points midway through the third frame. But Ilona Korstine and Olga Arteshina (183-F-82) restored a 14-point lead for Russia head into the final frame 65:51. Belarus tipped off the final frame on a 7:2 run to get closer. However Russia reacted quickly restoring a double-digit lead. Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-C-87) and Natalia Anufryienka pulled Belarus as close as 5 points with just over a minute remaining. Eugeniya Belyakova (182-G-86) grabbed an offensive rebound and got fouled in the next possession. She converted two free throws and effectively sealed the win for Russia. Olga Arteshina and Eugeniya Belyakova had 10 points each in the victory. Natalia Anufryienka answered with 18 points for Belarus. Anastasiya Veremeenko delivered 13 points in defeat.

Russia: Marina Kuzina 11, Svetlana Abrosimova 11, Olga Arteshina 10, Eugeniya Belyakova 10
Belarus: Natalia Anufryienka 18, Anastasiya Veremeenko 13



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  BRAZIL - Women  


Brazilian U17 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Alana da Silva 162-G-95 Sao Bernardo Brazil
Alana Arias 187-C-94
Ana Borges 178-F-94
Bruna Werberich 170-G-95
Carolina Ribeiro 173-G-95
Elisangela da Silva 180-F-94 APAB/Barretos Brazil
Estela Gregorio 177-G-95
Fernanda Nascimento 177-G-95 Sao Bernardo Brazil
Gabriela Oliveira 165-G-95
Ingrid Vasconcelos 185-C-95 ADC Bradesco Brazil
Klaudia Kalinin 172-G/F-94 Santo Andre Brazil
Maria Teixeira 179-F-95 Divino/COC Brazil
Martha Silva 185-C-94
Natalia Hausmann 182-F
Natalia Leme 172-G-95 Divino/COC Brazil
Thais Oliveira 190-C-94 Americana Brazil

Janeth Arcain Head Coach
Maria Ferreira Assistant
Bruno Guidorizzi Assistant


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  CANADA - Women  


France hold off Canada in Beauvais - by Eurobasket News
France - Canada 72:67 (OT)

French National Team victoriously opened Beauvais Tournament campaign. They prevailed against Canada in the opener. France will next take on Russia, while Canada will face Belarus tomorrow.
Sandrine Gruda (194-C-87) and Emmeline Ndongue (191-C-83) secured a 16:8 start for Les Bleus. But the North American team finished the quarter strongly and levelled things up at 21. France recorded a 29:24 lead midway through the second period. But Canada immediately reacted and went on a 6:0 run to grab the lead. France bounced back and registered a 37:32 halftime advantage. France boosted the margin to 10 points midway through the third term. Les Bleus maintained the advantage and ensured a 53:45 lead at the final break. Canada turned things around with a 9:0 rally at the start of the fourth period. Lawson-Wade and Sandrine Gruda helped France return a 6-point lead but Canada found the way out. Shona Thorburn (178-G-82, college: Utah) and Krista Phillips knotted things up and forced overtime. Emilie Gomis (180-G/F-83) drained a three-pointer and followed with two free throws to give Les Bleus a five-point lead in extra frame. France did not look back afterward rolling to the victory at the end. Sandrine Gruda and Emilie Gomis scored 16 points each to pace Les Bleus. Emmeline Ndongue and Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) added 9 points apiece in the victory. Kimberley Smith (187-F-84, college: Utah) answered with game-high 21 points for Canada. Shona Thorburn contributed 16 points in the loss.

France: Sandrine Gruda 16, Emilie Gomis 16, Emmeline Ndongue 9, Celine Dumerc 9
Canada: Kimberley Smith 21, Shona Thorburn 16




Canadian cadette womens National Team finalizes roster - by Eurobasket News
Canada Basketball has announced the official 12-player roster for the 2011 Cadette Womens National Team (CWNT) that will be participating at the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Women from June 1318 in Merida, Mexico.

The athletes were selected after a series of tryout and training camps at the University of Torontos Mississauga Campus in Mississauga, Ont. The team will fly to Mexico on June 10.

The team boasts an impressive list of provincial stars, many of whom were prominently featured during last summers 15U and 17U National Championships in Toronto. Included on the team is 15U National Championship tournament Most Valuable Player Kia Nurse (Hamilton, Ont.) and 17U National Championship first team all-star Emma Wolfram (Kamloops, B.C.). Also included on the team are 15U National Championship first team all-stars Kolbie Orum (Maple Ridge, B.C.), Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau (Gatineau, Que.) and second team all-stars Aimee Wilson (Chestermere, Alta.), Anmol Mattu (Richmond, B.C.), and Hannah Jardine (St. Johns, N.L.).

Canada drew Group A during the official draw for the FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Women and joining them in the group will be Puerto Rico, Guatemala and Mexico. The team takes on Guatemala on June 13, which will be followed by a game versus Puerto Rico. Preliminary round play concludes against Mexico on June 15.

Other than winning the entire tournament, the goal for Canada will be to qualify for the FIBA U17 World Championship for Women next year by finishing in the top three in the tournament. The last time the Cadettes played in the FIBA Americas tournament in 2009, they qualified for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship for Women by capturing a silver medal.

Below is the 2011 CWNT official player roster, coaching staff and preliminary round schedule at the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Women.

All game summaries will be posted on www.basketball.ca and all games will be broadcast live streaming at www.fibaamericas.com.



2011 CADETTE WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER

Name Position Height Hometown School / Club (2010/11)
Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau W 62 Gatineau, QC Nicolas Gatineau
Khalann Caron-Goudreau W 6'2 Gatineau,QC Nicolas Gatineau
Saicha Grant-Allen F 6'4 Hamilton,ON Glendale High School
Hilary Hanaka PG 59 Hamilton, ON St. Marys Catholic School
Hannah Jardine W 6'0 St. Johns, NL ODonel High School
Anmol Mattu PG 53 Richmond, BC Steveston-London
Kia Nurse PG 511 Hamilton,ON St. Thomas More High School
Kolbie Orum W 62 Maple Ridge, BC Maple Ridge High School
Cheyanne Roger P 62 Etobicoke, ON Michael Power/ St. Joseph
Eternati Willock F 62 Scarborough, ON Cardinal Leger Catholic High School
Aimee Wilson F 62 Chestermere, AB Western Canada High School
Emma Wolfram P 64 Kamloops, BC South Kamloops High School


2011 CADETTE WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM STAFF

Name Position Hometown
Carly Clarke Head Coach Charlottetown, PEI
Agnes Borg Assistant Coach Toronto, ON
Andre Desjardins Assistant Coach Ottawa, ON
Jodi Gram Team Manager/Apprentice Coach Markham, ON
Tracy Blake Physiotherapist Calgary, AB


2011 FIBA AMERICA U16 CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN PRELIMINARY ROUND SCHEDULE

DATE GAME TIME LOCATION
June 13 Guatemala vs. Canada
June 14 Canada vs. Puerto Rico
June 15 Mexico vs. Canada
June 16 TBD
June 17 TBD
June 18 TBD

Courtesy of www.basketball.ca




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  CROATIA - Women  


Croatia beats Czech Republic in the last check before EuroBasket - by Eurobasket News
Croatia was better than Czech Republic 86-80 in the last friendly game before the EuroBasket 2011. Two days ago, the reigning World champion handed 82-102 loss to Croatia. Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) scored 17 points in the last nights victory, while Sandra Mandir (175-G-77) had 16 points and 5 assists. Iva Sliskovic (194-F-84, college: S.Carolina) scored 14 pts, Luca Ivankovic (199-C-87) had 11 and Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) added 8 points, plus 8 rebs. Question about the winner was resolved in the finish. Luca Ivankovic and Misura stepped up helping their team to make 9-0 run for 78-68 with 2:30 to go. It was too much for the hosts, who faced with 86-80 defeat at the end.
As mentioned above, it was the last check before the EuroBasket in Poland. Croatia played 8 friendly games and registered 4-4 record. The team will go to Porec now, where they will stay until the next Thursday. First game in EuroBasket 2011 Croatia will play on June 18 against France.


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  EUROLEAGUE - Women  


Dobri Anjeli keep Zirkova, Kupcikova, Lawless and Carnoka - by Eurobasket News
Dobri Anjeli Kosice will keep Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80), Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84), Erin Marie Lawless (188-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Purdue) and Jana Carnoka (175-G-87) for the next season. The team hope to remain the majority of the key players.
Zuzana Zirkova stayed with the team for almost the whole season but at the dn moved to UMMC and became Russian Cup Winner -11, Russian Superleague Regular Season Champion -11 and Russian Superleague Champion -11. For Dobri Anjeli Kosice she erupted with 29 points in the start of EuroLeague season against Taranto.
Tallented Erin Marie Lawless will enter the third season for the team. Last season she averaged 10.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 59.4%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 85.2%.
Lucia Kupcikova is another leader of the team and will also start her third season with the team. Last year she became Eurobasket.com Slovakian Extraliga All-Domestic Players Team, Slovakian Extraliga Cup Winner -10, 11, Slovakian Extraliga Champion -10, 11, Slovakian Extraliga Regular Season Champion -10, 11, Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian Extraliga Forward of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian Extraliga Domestic Player of the Year -11 and Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian Extraliga 1st Team -11.





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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


What to expect from Montenegro? - by Eurobasket News
After gaining promotion from Division B, Montenegro clinched already the place in EuroBasket Women 2011. Great Britain, Lithuania, Montenegro and Turkey secured qualification before the last group games of the Qualifying Round were played August 29.
Turkey beat Montenegro to win Group C of the EuroBasket Women Group campaign. The hosts needed 72:65 win, while two squads will make the appearance at Eurobasket 2011. It was only the second defeat of the group stages for the impressive Montenegro, who have quickly shown they belong at this level after earning promotion last summer.
Montenegro recently play the tournament in Turkey, but unfortunately without Maja Milutinovic (176-G-87), Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas), Snezana Aleksic (173-G-89) and Milka Bjelica (193-F-81). The key players are still unsure about the participation at Eurobasket. If they all play, the underdogs can be a decent candidate for the top positions.



Abrosimova named the captain, while Prince is out of the National Team - by Eurobasket News
Svetlana Abrosimova (185-F-80, college: Connecticut) named the captain, while Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) is out of the national team this summer for Eurobasket.
Eurobasket wrote earlier that Epiphanny Prince would play in preliminary squad for the Russian team the EuroBasket Women. The plans to have Epiphanny Prince apparently having fallen apart. Boris Sokolovskiy has revealed that the players training since day one of the preparations believed they had enough firepower to win without the American-born guard.
Epiphanny Prince was named Guard of the Year in Russia this season. In 2010-2011 for Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region (Russia-PBL, starting five) she debuted in Euroleague with 16.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.9apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 43.1%, FT: 77.5%. In Russian League after 25 games her stats read 12.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.6apg, Steals-2 (2.4spg), FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 43.9%, FT: 88.0%.
This season she reached Russian Cup Semifinals -11, became Euroleague Finalist -11, Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Guard of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 1st Team -11, Eurobasket.com Euroleague All-Imports Team -11, Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague Guard of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 1st Team -11, Eurobasket.com Russian Superleague All-Imports Team -11, Russian Superleague Regular Season Runner-Up -11 and Russian Superleague Finalist -11.


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  FRANCE - Women  


French U20 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Marion Arfelis 186-F/C-91 Lyon France
Linda Boubsaa 165-G-91 Dunkerque France
Kelly Corre 180-F-91 Aix-en-Provence France
Madinina Donivar 178-F-91 Villeurbanne France
Elodie Dubasque 172-G-92 Rennes France
Stephanie Dufour 188-F-91 Roche France
Kekelly Elenga 186-F-91 Le Havre France
Morgiane Eustache 197-F-91 Nantes France
Touty Gandega 170-G-91 Mondeville France
Princesse Goubo 165-G-91 Perpignan France
Sophie Le Marrec 184-F-91 Angers France
Priscilla Lokoka 187-C-91 Le Havre France
Whitney Miguel 185-F-91 Rennes France
Kadidia Minte 187-F-91 Mondeville France
Manon Morel 192-C-92 Challes France
Zouzouo Okou 185-G-91 Aix-en-Provence France
Marion Pujos 187-F-91 Landes France
Clementine Samson 181-G/F-91 Rennes France
Isabelle Strunc 179-G-91 Aix-en-Provence France
Chloe Westelynck 188-F-91 SI Graffenstaden France

Gregory Halin Head Coach
Alban Le Bigot Assistant
Vincent Bourdeau Assistant


France hold off Canada in Beauvais - by Eurobasket News
France - Canada 72:67 (OT)

French National Team victoriously opened Beauvais Tournament campaign. They prevailed against Canada in the opener. France will next take on Russia, while Canada will face Belarus tomorrow.
Sandrine Gruda (194-C-87) and Emmeline Ndongue (191-C-83) secured a 16:8 start for Les Bleus. But the North American team finished the quarter strongly and levelled things up at 21. France recorded a 29:24 lead midway through the second period. But Canada immediately reacted and went on a 6:0 run to grab the lead. France bounced back and registered a 37:32 halftime advantage. France boosted the margin to 10 points midway through the third term. Les Bleus maintained the advantage and ensured a 53:45 lead at the final break. Canada turned things around with a 9:0 rally at the start of the fourth period. Lawson-Wade and Sandrine Gruda helped France return a 6-point lead but Canada found the way out. Shona Thorburn (178-G-82, college: Utah) and Krista Phillips knotted things up and forced overtime. Emilie Gomis (180-G/F-83) drained a three-pointer and followed with two free throws to give Les Bleus a five-point lead in extra frame. France did not look back afterward rolling to the victory at the end. Sandrine Gruda and Emilie Gomis scored 16 points each to pace Les Bleus. Emmeline Ndongue and Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) added 9 points apiece in the victory. Kimberley Smith (187-F-84, college: Utah) answered with game-high 21 points for Canada. Shona Thorburn contributed 16 points in the loss.

France: Sandrine Gruda 16, Emilie Gomis 16, Emmeline Ndongue 9, Celine Dumerc 9
Canada: Kimberley Smith 21, Shona Thorburn 16




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  GREECE - Women  


Giorgos Zeugolis the new coach of Athinaikos - by Giorgos Diploidis
Sony Athinaikos has not lost time, they found the new coach of the team who will replace Ioannis Ktistakis who will not continue his co-operation with the team which took the Greek Championship and Cup. The 'one' will be Giorgos Zeugolis.

Zeugolis who signed a deal for 2 + 1 years is experienced both in Women and men Basketball. With AO Sporting Athens took five championships and as a men coach passed from Near East, Ionikos Neas Filadelfeias, Ionikos Nikaias, Dafni, MAKEDONIKOS KOZANI, VAP Kolossos Rodou, Ilysiakos Athens, Aigaleo.


Turkey cruise past Greece in Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
Greece-Turkey 52:61

Turkey cruise past Greece in Day 2 of Victory Cup in Istanbul. The Turkish side needed strong second half for 61:52 win.
The home side grabbed 7-2 in the opening tip and had 14-11 later in the period. Turkey finished the first period with 18-13, but could not keep the lead. Greece exploded with 10-0m run in the start of the second frame and took 23-18 advantage. Moreover they increased to 30:20 lead, but Turkey closed the half with 8-0 run for 30:28 at the halftime. Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) tied the game at 41:41 and Tugba Palazoglu (171-G-80) brought 46:43 at the end of the third quarter. In the last period Turkey needed 15-9 to seal the second straight win at the home tournament.
Nevriye Yilmaz and Nevin Nevlin (195-C-85, college: Stanford) top-scored for the winners with 11 points each, while Birsel Vardarli (174-G-80) netted 10. Saziye Ivegin (183-F-82) and Seda Erdogan (170-F-87, agency: 1x1 Sports, college: Dodge City CC) followed them with 9 points apiece. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78, agency: Josep and Nicolas) erupted with 26 points for the Greek side. Palagia Papamichail nailed 10 and Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 6.

Greece: Evanthia Maltsi 26, Palagia Papamichail 10, Zoi Dimitrakou 6
Turkey: Nevriye Yilmaz 11, Nevin Nevlin 11, Birsel Vardarli 10, Saziye Ivegin 9, Seda Erdogan 9




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  ITALY - Women  


Coach Antonio d'Albero is the new Head Coach of the Saces Napoli - by Eurobasket
Antonio d'Albero is the new Head coach of the SACES Utility World Napoli, last season he was the head coach of the Lemvig Basket in the top league in Denmark. In his carrer also a past with Juvecaserta and Florence Basket Firenze, this summer he will work also with the Macedonia Federetion with the team of U20 who will play the European Championship in Ohrid.

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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


What to expect from Montenegro? - by Eurobasket News
After gaining promotion from Division B, Montenegro clinched already the place in EuroBasket Women 2011. Great Britain, Lithuania, Montenegro and Turkey secured qualification before the last group games of the Qualifying Round were played August 29.
Turkey beat Montenegro to win Group C of the EuroBasket Women Group campaign. The hosts needed 72:65 win, while two squads will make the appearance at Eurobasket 2011. It was only the second defeat of the group stages for the impressive Montenegro, who have quickly shown they belong at this level after earning promotion last summer.
Montenegro recently play the tournament in Turkey, but unfortunately without Maja Milutinovic (176-G-87), Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas), Snezana Aleksic (173-G-89) and Milka Bjelica (193-F-81). The key players are still unsure about the participation at Eurobasket. If they all play, the underdogs can be a decent candidate for the top positions.



Spain recorded the second win in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro-Spain 63:76

Spain recorded the second win in Istanbul at the Victory Cup between four international teams. Spain won over Montenegro 76:63 to face Turkey for the first place tomorrow.
Montenegro looked better in the first period and enjoyed 23-19 after the first 10 minutes. Anna Montanana (186-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: George Washington) reduced to 25:24 early in the second, while Jovanovic gave her team 34:28. Later Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) increased to 53:44 and it seemed Montenegro would benefit from the game. The team had 57:50 advantage entering the last period, but failed at the end. Spain needed 24-2 surge to seal the victory. They won the last period 26-6 and remained undefeated in the tournament.
Anna Montanana paced all the winners with 22 points and Alba Torrens (188-F-89) netted 19. Elisa Aguilar (177-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: George Washington) followed them with 11, whilst Laura Nicholls (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 5. Jelena Dubljevic responded with 20 points in defeat and Iva Perovanovic nailed 12. Eshaya Murphy (182-G/F-85, college: USC) and De Forge ended up with 8 points each in the losing effort.

Montenegro: Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) 20, Iva Perovanovic 12, Eshaya Murphy 8, Anna De Forge (178-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Nebraska) 8
Spain: Anna Montanana 22, Alba Torrens 19, Elisa Aguilar 11, Laura Nicholls 5




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  NEW ZEALAND - Women  


Tall Ferns basketball triallists named - by Eurobasket News
Tall Ferns coach Kennedy Hamilton-Kereama will put 21 players through their paces in Auckland over the next three days before announcing a squad to tour China. Beijing Olympians Jillian Harmon (185-F-87, college: Stanford), Kate McMeeken-Ruscoe (170-G-79, college: Buffalo) and Lisa Wallbutton (183-C/F-86) are among the trialists which include a total of 13 players currently playing their hoops offshore. Hamilton will name a 12-strong squad to tour China after the final days of trials on Sunday, with further preparations for the tour to follow. The Ferns, along with the Tall Blacks, will meet their Australian rivals in a three-game series on September 7, 9 and 11 in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane with the Oceania zone's automatic Olympic qualifying spot up for grabs.

Tall Ferns triallists:

Kate Alemann (Mineral Area College, Missouri), Micaela Cocks (173-G-86, college: Oregon) (Sandringham Sabres), Gemma Curry (180-G-86) (North Sydney Bears), Rebecca Dew (193-C) (University of Hawaii), Antonia Edmondson (180-F-87) (Bendigo Braves), Samara Gallaher (Otago), Natasha Hall (Nth Harbour), Jillian Harmon (Italy), Amanda Harris (162-G-86, college: Siskiyous JC) (Nth Harbour), Jordan Hunter (Crowder College, Missouri), Aroha Jennings (Waikato), Karlene Kingi (188-C-85) (Nth Harbour), Patrice McKenzie (183-F-86, college: Florida Gulf Coast) (Otago), Kate McMeeken-Ruscoe (Bulleen Boomers), Natalie Taylor (178-F, college: S.Illinois) (Ireland), Georgina Richards (Waverley Falcons), Erin Rooney (172-G, college: Monmouth) (Monmouth Hawks, New Jersey), Miriam Slatter (Waikato), Chelsea Terei (174-G-87) (Waikatkere), Jelena Vucinic (175-G) (Louisiana Tech), Lisa Wallbutton (Albury Wodonga Lady Bandits).
Courtesy of: stuff.co.nz


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  POLAND - Women  


Poland U20 won the friendly series over Turkey U20 - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U20-Poland U20 48:64

Poland U20 won the friendly series over Turkey U20 2-1. In the last game Polish side celebrated 64:48 win as both teams seemed to be well prepared for the U20 European Championship later this summer.
Poland took the lead from the very beginning and never looked behind. They started the game with 10-3 surge and had 24-10 advantage after the first 10 minutes in the court. They increased to 33:17 midway through the second period and went to the lockers having 37:22 deficit. The biggest lead Poland had with few minutes in the last quarter as they enjoyed 64:41 lead, but Turkey managed to reduce to 64:48. Turkey won the end of the game 7-0 as well as the period 12-8.
Magdalena Zietara (170-G/F-92) stepped up with 18 points to lead the charge. Magdalena Idziorek (175-G-92) and Malgorzata Misiuk (184-F-91) scored 11 points each as the latter also grabbed 15 rebounds. Busra Akgun (184-F-93) ended up with 9 points in the losing effort, Asena Yalcin (172-G-91) posted 7 and Esra Ural (198-C-91) added 6.

Turkey U20: Busra Akgun 9, Asena Yalcin 7, Esra Ural 6
Poland U20: Magdalena Zietara 18, Magdalena Idziorek 11, Malgorzata Misiuk 11+15 rebs



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  RUSSIA - Women  


Abrosimova named the captain, while Prince is out of the National Team - by Eurobasket News
Svetlana Abrosimova (185-F-80, college: Connecticut) named the captain, while Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) is out of the national team this summer for Eurobasket.
Eurobasket wrote earlier that Epiphanny Prince would play in preliminary squad for the Russian team the EuroBasket Women. The plans to have Epiphanny Prince apparently having fallen apart. Boris Sokolovskiy has revealed that the players training since day one of the preparations believed they had enough firepower to win without the American-born guard.
Epiphanny Prince was named Guard of the Year in Russia this season. In 2010-2011 for Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region (Russia-PBL, starting five) she debuted in Euroleague with 16.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.9apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 43.1%, FT: 77.5%. In Russian League after 25 games her stats read 12.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.6apg, Steals-2 (2.4spg), FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 43.9%, FT: 88.0%.
This season she reached Russian Cup Semifinals -11, became Euroleague Finalist -11, Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Guard of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 1st Team -11, Eurobasket.com Euroleague All-Imports Team -11, Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague Guard of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 1st Team -11, Eurobasket.com Russian Superleague All-Imports Team -11, Russian Superleague Regular Season Runner-Up -11 and Russian Superleague Finalist -11.


Anastasia Anderson joins Spartak SP - by Eurobasket News
Spartak Saint Petersburg signed Anastasia Anderson (174-G-86). The 25-year-old guard spent the last three seasons with Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region. In 2009/10 season Anastasia Anderson tallied 1.4 points and 1.4 assists per game in A Superleague. Earlier Anastasia Anderson had stints with Targoviste, Baltiyskaya Zvezda, Energy Ivanovo and Chevakata.



Russia rally past Belarus at Beauvais Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Russia - Belarus 76:72

Russian National Team opened Beauvais Tournament in France with victory. They overcame Belarus in the opener. Marina Kuzina (194-C-85) and Svetlana Abrosimova (185-F-80, college: Connecticut) accounted for 11 points each in the win. Russia will next take on France, while Belarus will face Canada tomorrow.
Russia stunned their opponents in the opening frame. They opened the game on an 8:3 run and maintained the pressure throughout the period. Russia posted a 25:10 lead after ten minutes of action. Belarus never got closer than 12 points in the second frame. Russia ensured a 46:30 halftime lead. Leuchanka and Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85, agency: LBM Management) dragged Belarus within 6 points midway through the third frame. But Ilona Korstine and Olga Arteshina (183-F-82) restored a 14-point lead for Russia head into the final frame 65:51. Belarus tipped off the final frame on a 7:2 run to get closer. However Russia reacted quickly restoring a double-digit lead. Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-C-87) and Natalia Anufryienka pulled Belarus as close as 5 points with just over a minute remaining. Eugeniya Belyakova (182-G-86) grabbed an offensive rebound and got fouled in the next possession. She converted two free throws and effectively sealed the win for Russia. Olga Arteshina and Eugeniya Belyakova had 10 points each in the victory. Natalia Anufryienka answered with 18 points for Belarus. Anastasiya Veremeenko delivered 13 points in defeat.

Russia: Marina Kuzina 11, Svetlana Abrosimova 11, Olga Arteshina 10, Eugeniya Belyakova 10
Belarus: Natalia Anufryienka 18, Anastasiya Veremeenko 13



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Dobri Anjeli keep Zirkova, Kupcikova, Lawless and Carnoka - by Eurobasket News
Dobri Anjeli Kosice will keep Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80), Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84), Erin Marie Lawless (188-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Purdue) and Jana Carnoka (175-G-87) for the next season. The team hope to remain the majority of the key players.
Zuzana Zirkova stayed with the team for almost the whole season but at the dn moved to UMMC and became Russian Cup Winner -11, Russian Superleague Regular Season Champion -11 and Russian Superleague Champion -11. For Dobri Anjeli Kosice she erupted with 29 points in the start of EuroLeague season against Taranto.
Tallented Erin Marie Lawless will enter the third season for the team. Last season she averaged 10.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 59.4%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 85.2%.
Lucia Kupcikova is another leader of the team and will also start her third season with the team. Last year she became Eurobasket.com Slovakian Extraliga All-Domestic Players Team, Slovakian Extraliga Cup Winner -10, 11, Slovakian Extraliga Champion -10, 11, Slovakian Extraliga Regular Season Champion -10, 11, Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian Extraliga Forward of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian Extraliga Domestic Player of the Year -11 and Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian Extraliga 1st Team -11.





Slovak Republic outscored Great Britain in Latvia - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic - Great Britain 65:54 (12:19, 24:15, 14:12, 15:8)

Slovak Republic outscored Great Britain in Latvia in Day 2 of the International Tournament. Slovak Republic won 65:54 to face Latvia tomorrow for the first place. Great Britain finished the tourney with 0-2 record on the third place.
Great Britain opened the game with 19-12 lead as the teams finished the first ten minutes. They could not however hold the advantage and lost three other quarters. Slovakia needed 24-15 to take 36:34 deficit when the teams disappeared in the lockers. Moreover Slovakia added 14-12 and 15-8 respectively in the third and the last quarters to seal the win.
Slovak Republic scored 5 threes in the game, while Great Britain could not make it from the arc. The winners however made more fouls than the opponents, 23 versus 13.
Romana Vynuchalova (192-C/F-86, college: Penn St.) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Erin Marie Lawless (188-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Purdue) netted 14. Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) posted 8, while Luisa Michulkova (179-G/F-84) netted 7.




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Aminata Diop heads to El Joventut Mariana - by Eurobasket News
Aminata Diop (198-C-83, college: Georgetown) heads to El Joventut Mariana for the next season. The Senegalese Center comes from Coelbi Bembibre PDM (Spain-LF2, starting five) where she played last season.
In 2006-2007 Diop joined Georgetown (NCAA, starting five) and in 29 games averaged 6.1ppg, 5.3rpg, FGP: 45.4%, FT: 64.5%. In 2009-2010 Diop moved to Esperance Sportive Pully (Switzerland-LNA, starting five) and showed 18.6ppg, Reb-2 (12.7rpg), 1.5apg, 2.6spg, Blocks-3 (1.5bpg), 2FGP: 52.5%, FT: 71.4%.
Aminata Diop is also the National team player. At the World Championships in Czech Republic in 2010 she averaged 5.8ppg, 7.2rpg, FGP: 35.5%, FT: 63.6%. She recorded 9 points and 11 rebounds in the game versus Greece when the European team celebrated 83:68. Greece (1-2) made it in do-or-die game against Senegal and advanced to the second stage at this event.


Spain recorded the second win in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro-Spain 63:76

Spain recorded the second win in Istanbul at the Victory Cup between four international teams. Spain won over Montenegro 76:63 to face Turkey for the first place tomorrow.
Montenegro looked better in the first period and enjoyed 23-19 after the first 10 minutes. Anna Montanana (186-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: George Washington) reduced to 25:24 early in the second, while Jovanovic gave her team 34:28. Later Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) increased to 53:44 and it seemed Montenegro would benefit from the game. The team had 57:50 advantage entering the last period, but failed at the end. Spain needed 24-2 surge to seal the victory. They won the last period 26-6 and remained undefeated in the tournament.
Anna Montanana paced all the winners with 22 points and Alba Torrens (188-F-89) netted 19. Elisa Aguilar (177-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: George Washington) followed them with 11, whilst Laura Nicholls (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 5. Jelena Dubljevic responded with 20 points in defeat and Iva Perovanovic nailed 12. Eshaya Murphy (182-G/F-85, college: USC) and De Forge ended up with 8 points each in the losing effort.

Montenegro: Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) 20, Iva Perovanovic 12, Eshaya Murphy 8, Anna De Forge (178-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Nebraska) 8
Spain: Anna Montanana 22, Alba Torrens 19, Elisa Aguilar 11, Laura Nicholls 5




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Poland U20 won the friendly series over Turkey U20 - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U20-Poland U20 48:64

Poland U20 won the friendly series over Turkey U20 2-1. In the last game Polish side celebrated 64:48 win as both teams seemed to be well prepared for the U20 European Championship later this summer.
Poland took the lead from the very beginning and never looked behind. They started the game with 10-3 surge and had 24-10 advantage after the first 10 minutes in the court. They increased to 33:17 midway through the second period and went to the lockers having 37:22 deficit. The biggest lead Poland had with few minutes in the last quarter as they enjoyed 64:41 lead, but Turkey managed to reduce to 64:48. Turkey won the end of the game 7-0 as well as the period 12-8.
Magdalena Zietara (170-G/F-92) stepped up with 18 points to lead the charge. Magdalena Idziorek (175-G-92) and Malgorzata Misiuk (184-F-91) scored 11 points each as the latter also grabbed 15 rebounds. Busra Akgun (184-F-93) ended up with 9 points in the losing effort, Asena Yalcin (172-G-91) posted 7 and Esra Ural (198-C-91) added 6.

Turkey U20: Busra Akgun 9, Asena Yalcin 7, Esra Ural 6
Poland U20: Magdalena Zietara 18, Magdalena Idziorek 11, Malgorzata Misiuk 11+15 rebs



Turkey cruise past Greece in Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
Greece-Turkey 52:61

Turkey cruise past Greece in Day 2 of Victory Cup in Istanbul. The Turkish side needed strong second half for 61:52 win.
The home side grabbed 7-2 in the opening tip and had 14-11 later in the period. Turkey finished the first period with 18-13, but could not keep the lead. Greece exploded with 10-0m run in the start of the second frame and took 23-18 advantage. Moreover they increased to 30:20 lead, but Turkey closed the half with 8-0 run for 30:28 at the halftime. Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) tied the game at 41:41 and Tugba Palazoglu (171-G-80) brought 46:43 at the end of the third quarter. In the last period Turkey needed 15-9 to seal the second straight win at the home tournament.
Nevriye Yilmaz and Nevin Nevlin (195-C-85, college: Stanford) top-scored for the winners with 11 points each, while Birsel Vardarli (174-G-80) netted 10. Saziye Ivegin (183-F-82) and Seda Erdogan (170-F-87, agency: 1x1 Sports, college: Dodge City CC) followed them with 9 points apiece. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78, agency: Josep and Nicolas) erupted with 26 points for the Greek side. Palagia Papamichail nailed 10 and Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 6.

Greece: Evanthia Maltsi 26, Palagia Papamichail 10, Zoi Dimitrakou 6
Turkey: Nevriye Yilmaz 11, Nevin Nevlin 11, Birsel Vardarli 10, Saziye Ivegin 9, Seda Erdogan 9




Courtney Paris signs with Botas - by Eurobasket News
Courtney Paris (193-C-87, college: Oklahoma) signs with Botas for the next season. The American Center played last season in Spain and will head to Turkey in 2011/2012 season.
In 2010-2011 Paris played for Rivas Ecopolis (Spain-LFB, starting five) and in Euroleague averaged 11.4ppg, 8.3rpg, FGP: 61.0%, FT: 60.0%. In Spanish League after 28 games her stats averaged 9.8ppg, Reb-3 (8.5rpg), FGP: 54.4%, FT: 59.1%.
In her top game last season Courtney Paris collected 19 points and 10 rebounds at the Euroleague Qualifying Round Round 6 when Fenerbahce beat Rivas Ecopolis 79-77. Fenerbahce survived a thriller in Istanbul to finally tame Rivas Ecopolis in Euroleague. Diana Taurasi knocked down three free throws with 9 seconds left in regulation and then blocked Amaya Valdemoro to seal a tough win over Rivas Ecopolis for the Turkish powerhouse. Nevriye Yilmaz finished with 24 points and 7 rebounds for Fenerbahce. Diana Taurasi had 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in the victory. Courtney Paris replied with 19 points and 10 rebounds for Rivas Ecopolis. Elisa Aguilar accounted for 17 points and 6 assists in the loss.
Earlier Botas signed Belarus International Marina Kress (192-C-80).



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Slovak Republic outscored Great Britain in Latvia - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic - Great Britain 65:54 (12:19, 24:15, 14:12, 15:8)

Slovak Republic outscored Great Britain in Latvia in Day 2 of the International Tournament. Slovak Republic won 65:54 to face Latvia tomorrow for the first place. Great Britain finished the tourney with 0-2 record on the third place.
Great Britain opened the game with 19-12 lead as the teams finished the first ten minutes. They could not however hold the advantage and lost three other quarters. Slovakia needed 24-15 to take 36:34 deficit when the teams disappeared in the lockers. Moreover Slovakia added 14-12 and 15-8 respectively in the third and the last quarters to seal the win.
Slovak Republic scored 5 threes in the game, while Great Britain could not make it from the arc. The winners however made more fouls than the opponents, 23 versus 13.
Romana Vynuchalova (192-C/F-86, college: Penn St.) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Erin Marie Lawless (188-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Purdue) netted 14. Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) posted 8, while Luisa Michulkova (179-G/F-84) netted 7.




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Sun want to get defensive on the road - by Eurobasket News
Kara Lawson (5'8''-G-81, college: Tennessee) gets very animated talking about defense and the role it plays in success on the road.

'It's tried and true. The defensive teams win in basketball,' the Connecticut Sun guard said, her hands and arms moving about. 'Look at Dallas and Miami (in the NBA). Defensive teams. Chicago, the best record in the league, a defensive team.

'In our league, the teams that defend the best win. Seattle last year. When we won in Sacramento, we were the best defensive team. I don't understand how players don't gravitate to that more in this league because it's a proven formula.'

The Sun (1-0) play at Chicago tonight (Allstate Arena, 8:30 p.m.) in what will be a good early test of their toughness.

Connecticut tied Los Angeles for the second-worst road record last season (5-12). That played a huge role in why the Sun missed the playoffs for the second straight season.

Lawson said that a good defense makes for a better road team.

'That's what made us a good team in Sacramento,' Lawson said. 'On the road, it's difficult to be a team that counts on your offense all the time. I think that's what kept us in games on the road, our defense.

'Toward the end of the game, our depth helped us, too, on the road. We could play a lot of players. We played nine or 10 players. So usually by the end of the game, the pace that we liked to play and our defensive style, we were a little bit fresher, too, to be able to execute.'

Eight of the past 10 WNBA championship teams have had one of the top three defensive field goal percentages during the regular season.

Seattle, last year's WNBA champion, was first in defensive field goal percentage.

Statistically speaking, the Sun ranked fourth in defensive field goal percentage last year (.433). Still, most teams would rather hold opponents below that.

'Defense is hard to get people to play because you have to have more trust on defense than you do on offense,' Lawson said. 'On offense, you can go off on your own little tangent. I'm not saying we have players who do that, but in general, you see it.

'On defense, you can't do it. You can't just decide, 'you know what, I'm going to go do my thing and not worry about what everybody else is doing.' It doesn't work that way. It's the most team-part of the game and because of that, it takes a long time for you to mesh. But when you get it, you're really good.

'We have the depth. I just think that we have to continue to develop our mindset. I think you have to have a belief as a group that if everything else goes wrong, if all else fails, that you can fall back on your defense. It's something that you have to have a tremendous amount of trust in your teammates.'

Defense wasn't the only thing that failed the Sun on the road last year. Coach Mike Thibault said that the team lost five road games last season on the final two possessions.

'Don't turn it over,' Thibault said. 'You have to play possessions more like you would a playoff game. You just can't have a lot of loose possessions, which we had too many of late in games last year in the ones that we lost.'

Courtesy of www.theday.com


Standings
WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Atlanta D. 0-0 
 2. Chicago S. 0-0 
 3. Connecticut S. 0-0 
 4. Indiana F. 0-0 
 5. New York L. 0-0 
 6. Washington M. 0-0 
Western
 1. L.Angeles S. 0-0 
 2. Minnesota L. 0-0 
 3. Phoenix M. 0-0 
 4. S.Antonio SS 0-0 
 5. Seattle S. 0-0 
 6. Tulsa S. 0-0 


Brunson has double-double again as Lynx beat Storm; Langhorne, Anisoke give Mystics boost for OT win - by Eurobasket News
Seattle S. - Minnesota L. 74-81
Rebekkah Brunson (6'3''-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) had 22 points and 14 rebounds for her fourth double-double in four games, and the Minnesota Lynx beat the defending champion Seattle Storm 81-74 Thursday night. Seimone Augustus (6'1''-G-84, college: LSU) added 17 points and rookie Maya Moore (6'0''-F-89, college: Connecticut) had 14 to help Minnesota (3-1) snap an eight-game skid in Seattle. Lindsay Whalen also had a double-double with 13 points and 10 assists. The Lynx snapped Seattle's 18-game regular season home winning streak. The Storm were 17-0 at home last year and won their opener on Saturday. Sue Bird scored 24 points and Swin Cash had 18 to lead Seattle (1-1). Three-time MVP Lauren Jackson was held to nine points. Bird scored 16 in the fourth quarter to help cut a 30-point, second-half deficit to six points with 29 seconds left. *Courtesy of


Atlanta D. - Washington M. 90-98 OT
Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-F/C-86, college: Maryland) had 30 points and 13 rebounds, Nicky Anosike (6'3''-C-86, college: Tennessee) added 29 points and 13 boards, and the Washington Mystics beat the Atlanta Dream 98-90 in overtime on Thursday night. Matee Ajavon scored 24 points and Kelly Miller had 10 against for the Mystics (1-1), who were without starting guard Alana Beard (bruised foot) and rookie center Ta'Shia Phillips (ankle). Erika De Souza (6'6''-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas), who missed the final 2:44 of overtime with an apparent nose injury, led the Dream (0-2) with 20 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Iziane Castro Marques scored 16 points, Armintie Price added 12, Lindsey Harding had 11 and Sancho Lyttle 10. Angel McCoughtry returned from a knee injury for Atlanta, but played just 3 minutes, going 1 for 4 from the field for two points. *Courtesy of www.kxnet.com