EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/19/2011

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Eurobasket Summer League 2011 - by Travis McAvene
Eurobasket Summer League (ESL) 2011 is proud to present the #1 summer professional exposure event for the international basketball community.

The Eurobasket Summer League 2011 will target 5 major markets (Vegas, Houston, New York, Spain and Chicago)

This is the fourth (4th) year that the ESL has been running and over delivers on its product. Not only is the ESL regarded as one of the best summer leagues in the country its not the best in the world. With the NBA in a lockout, this is the only way scouts can view the top players the USA has to offer.

Not only is the ESL the top summer league of 2011, but it has been proven. The ESL has averaged over 40 players per summer that have moved on to the next year.
Below you will find all locations and description of ESL 2011.

Chicago: Tim Grover has trained NBA legends Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Dwayne Wade and during the course of the ESL event you will see many NBA players glancing in on the ESL while training.
Location: Chicago, IL at Attack Athletics (June 30 - July 2, 2011)

Vegas: Do we even have to say Vegas. This ESL site is by far the most popular. Vegas is where it all started and will have various scouts from Europe to the NBA.
Location: Las Vegas, NV at Doolittle Community Center (July 7-10, 2011)

Atlanta: The Atlanta event was created for the ladies. This will serve as a major marketing tool for the international scouts to receive a good product. The WNBA will also be in attendance to scout the players.
Location: Atlanta, ESL Women's Event at the Suwanee Sports Academy (July 15-17, 2011)

Germany: The ESL Germany Event promises to be a high quality event which will be managed by former the former BBL team Kln 99ers GM and Owner Stephan Baeck .
The fact that the ESL European event will be hosted in Cologne, Germany will provide easier access for professional clubs in central Europe to scout the popular event.
Location: Cologne, Germany at Ball-Park (July 15-17, 2011)

Houston: The Houston event should be the most interesting. ESL Houston has already confirmed over 8 GMs and coaches attending (Japan, Iceland, Denmark, Romania, Mexico and Venezuela). Not to forget the first annual ESL Dunk Contest head lined by YouTube Sensation Guy Dupuy.
Location: Houston, Texas at Campbell Center (July 21-24, 2011)

New York: NYC is one of the longest running ESL sites. Yima Chia-Kur was the MVP last season, but more importantly ESL propelled him to his first professional contract in Portugal.
Location: New York City at Saint Peter's College (July 29-31, 2011)

If you are a player seeking the best opportunity to make it to the next level Go to the Eurobasket Summer League.


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Fernando Malara joins Olimpico de La Banda - by Eurobasket News
Olimpico de La Banda ensured the sixth strengthening in the post season. They agreed on terms of contract with Fernando Malara (194-F-80, agency: Interperformances). The 30-year-old forward was last seen in Lanus Buenos Aires. Fernando Malara tallied 6.0 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in Liga A last season. The forward also had stints with Penarol, Loros de Colima, Sionista de Parana, Central Enterriano, Boca Juniors, Estiduantes Olavarria, Regatas San Nicolas, Independiente General Pico. Fernando Malara played for Argentinean U21 National Team.



James Williams and Gregory Lewis leave Atenas - by Eurobasket News
Atenas have decided to split ways with James Williams (204-F/C-79, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Brown Mackie) and Gregory Lewis (198-F-78, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Winthrop). The Cordoba team is currently looking for new import players.
James Williams joined the team at the start of the previous season. The centre tallied 12.7 points, 8.2 boards and 2.2 steals per game in Liga A. He earned Latinbasket.com All-Argentinean LigaA Honourable Mention. Previously James Williams had stints in Mexico, Sweden, Estonia, USBL, Israel, Kuwait and Jordan.
Gregory Lewis arrived to Atenas during the last season. The forward posted 13.7 points, 6.9 boards and 2.2 steals per appearance. Gregory Lewis started the previous season in Sionista de Parana. His stats read 6.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game there. Gregory Lewis participated at LigaA 2011 All-Star Game. Gregory Lewis used to be New Zealand NBL Player of the Year back in 2005. He was also trumped All-Mexican LNBP Forward of the Year in 2009.



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Standings - ABA
ABA Standings
Big V
 1. Waverley F. 10-3 
 2. Eltham W. 9-3 
 3. Bulleen B. 8-5 
 4. Ringwood H. 8-6 
 5. Sherbrooke S. 7-7 
 6. Hume City 6-8 
 7. Diamond V.E. 3-11 
 8. Melbourne 3-11 
Central ABL
 1. Norwood F. 8-1 
 2. W.Adelaide B. 7-2 
 3. Forestville E. 6-3 
 4. Woodville W. 5-4 
 5. N.Adelaide R. 5-4 
 6. S.Adelaide P. 4-5 
 7. Sturt S. 4-5 
 8. Eastern M. 3-6 
 9. South.Tigers 2-7 
 10. C.District L. 1-8 
QBL
 1. Townsville H. 8-1 
 2. Gold Coast R. 7-0 
 3. Brisbane C. 6-2 
 4. Northside W. 6-3 
 5. Cairns M. 6-4 
 6. Rockhampton 5-3 
 7. Mackay M. 4-3 
 8. Ipswich F. 4-4 
 9. Bundaberg B. 3-4 
 10. Gladstone P. 3-5 
 11. Caboolture S. 2-7 
 12. Toowoomba 1-6 
 13. Maroochydore 1-7 
 14. SW Metro P. 1-8 
SEABL-East
 1. Bendigo B. 11-2 
 2. Knox R. 10-5 
 3. Canberra G. 7-5 
 4. Ballarat M. 7-6 
 5. Kilsyth C. 7-8 
 6. Dandenong 6-7 
 7. Brisbane S. 6-8 
SEABL-South
 1. Nunawading S. 11-4 
 2. Geelong S. 9-5 
 3. Sandringham S. 9-5 
 4. Hobart C. 6-9 
 5. Mt Gambier 6-9 
 6. NW Tasmania 5-10 
 7. Frankston B. 4-9 
 8. Albury W.B. 1-13 
WARATAH
 1. Sydney C. 11-2 
 2. Newcastle H. 10-3 
 3. Hills H. 9-4 
 4. Parramatta W. 8-3 
 5. Sutherland S. 7-5 
 6. Norths Bears 7-6 
 7. Illawarra H. 6-5 
 8. Manly Warr. 6-7 
 9. Maitland M. 6-8 
 10. Bankstown B. 5-8 
 11. Hornsby S. 5-9 
 12. Cent.Coast C. 2-11 
 13. Canberra N. 1-12 


Standings - SBL
SBL Standings
 1. Lakeside L. 16-2 
 2. Cockburn C. 14-5 
 3. Wanneroo W. 13-5 
 4. Perry Lakes H. 13-6 
 5. Willetton T. 11-8 
 6. East Perth E. 9-9 
 7. Kalamunda E.S. 9-9 
 8. Goldfield G. 9-10 
 9. Perth R. 9-10 
 10. Stirling S. 9-10 
 11. Mandurah M. 7-12 
 12. Geraldton B. 7-12 
 13. Rockingham F. 6-14 
 14. AIS 0-0 
 15. SW Slammers 0-20 


Kevin Ratzsch signs on as Sydney Kings' first import - by Eurobasket News
The Sydney Kings announced today the signing of 201cm (6 7) forward Kevin Ratzsch (201-F-86, college: Northern St.) from Northern State University to fill one import slot for the forthcoming 2011-2012 National Basketball League season.

Ratzsch, who turns 25 next week, has had an interesting career with stops in Ireland, Spain and in the Australian Big V competition with the Ringwood Hawks, but he first came to the attention of basketball fans Down Under when he played in the inaugural High Stakes Hoops classic in Adelaide a couple of years ago.

He had a stellar tournament with good judges like Steve Carfino and John Rillie raving about his play, and helped his team make the final after a 24 point, 18 rebound performance in the semi-final preserving his teams victory by blocking a shot at the buzzer.

Showing tremendous commitment and a great competitive spirit, he came to Sydney to try out for the Kings prior to last season coming straight off back to back games for Ringwood in Victoria before flying straight up the next day and going right into an intense scrimmage despite being obviously fatigued.

His performance convinced Sydney Kings Head Coach Ian Moose Robilliard that Ratzsch was the man for his program, but the organisation decided to go in a different direction and selected Rod Grizzard instead.

Moose is happy the team got a second chance to bring the athletic left-hander on board.

Kevin is one of those guys who is the epitome of what being a team player is all about. Hes completely selfless, a great competitor, and he makes other people around him better players.'

The bonus is he is very athletic, he has outstanding range on his jumper and hes an excellent defender as well. Hell play mainly at the three spot for us, but hes versatile enough to play power forward at times. I think hes a terrific addition to the squad.

However, despite possessing undoubted talent, Kevin Ratzsch is someone who, for whatever reason, has been consistently overlooked for much of his career.

In high school at Bloomington, Illinois, he was team captain and made several conference and All-Star teams. He did not, however, receive much interest from NCAA Division One schools; eventually going to Northern State in one of the best NCAA Division Two conferences in the United States.

At Northern State, Ratzsch excelled. Playing for the legendary Don Meyer, who has won the most games in the history of NCAA mens college basketball, he had a brilliant four-year career in college, leading the team in scoring as a sophomore, junior and senior.

He was named his conferences Player of the Year in his final campaign, averaging 21 points and over seven rebounds per game, including a couple of memorable performances against Division One powerhouses University of Minnesota Golden Gophers and Purdue University Boilermakers.

Even more impressively, he was able to accomplish a great deal as a senior at Northern State despite facing extreme adversity. Coach Meyer was involved in a terrible car accident where he fell asleep at the wheel and was hit by a semi-trailer Ratzsch witnessed the accident in a car following behind.

During five hours of surgery, the doctors found Coach Meyers body to be riddled with inoperable cancer, and while he was able to eventually recover and finish coaching the team that year, after a three-month layoff, the situation took an immense toll on Kevin and his teammates.

The team managed to finish with a solid 22-9 record and made an appearance in the NCAA Division Two national tournament. It is an enormous credit to Ratzsch's character that he was able to persevere and thrive, despite going through such an emotional roller coaster.

Coach Meyers absence meant that he was unable to act on Ratzsch's behalf in terms of getting him noticed by NBA scouts, so in 2009 he headed to Ireland to play for Belfast in the Ireland SuperLeague, where he was a dominant force, averaging 30.4ppg, 12.9rpg and 4.4apg while shooting an impressive 64% from the field and 44% from three point range.

For his efforts, he was named league Most Valuable Player and was named in the Eurobasket.com All Imports Team.

He played for Ringwood in the powerful Big V competition in 2010, averaging 19.7ppg and 12.1rpg while shooting 58 percent from the field and 87 percent from the free throw line as he led the Hawks to the Big V championship game.

After his appearance at the High Stakes Hoops tournament and his tryout for the Kings, he managed to secure a spot in the second division of the Spanish League where he impressed yet again.

Playing for Ovideo, he produced an excellent season, averaging 15 points and six rebounds while shooting 59 percent from the field, and was in the running for that leagues MVP award before being slowed by a late season thigh injury.

Sydney Kings assistant coach Tim Hudson believes the team has gotten very lucky in securing Ratzsch for the upcoming season.

Kevin has shown to be a man of great character who is also a heck of a basketball player, Tim said.

Hes the kind of guy who could score 30 points a game if he wanted to, but he much prefers getting his teammates involved and doing whatever it takes offensively and defensively to help his ballclub win.

When I worked him out I was completely blown away. Hes a phenomenal talent who can score from anywhere, hes an excellent defender, he crashes the boards, can handle the ball and put it on the floor, and he possesses all those great intangibles hes unselfish, he does all the little things you need and isnt interested about padding his stats. Hes all about winning, full stop.

Hes also a guy capable of some highlight reel plays, and I have no doubt hell be someone wholl provide great entertainment at the Kingdome this season.

Those interested in comparisons will find that Ratzsch is very similar to a former NBL standout, Mike Kelly, who had an excellent career playing for the South East Melbourne Magic, Townsville Crocodiles and Wollongong Hawks among others.

Like Kelly, Ratzsch is a highly intelligent, hard-working and tough competitor who will do whatever it takes to help his team win.

Kevin Ratzsch is an outstanding addition to the Sydney Kings, and you had better believe he will represent the purple and gold with great pride in the 2011-2012 NBL season.

2011/12 SYDNEY KINGS SQUAD (as at 17 June 2011)
Julian Khazzouh, Ben Madgen, Luke Cooper, Graeme Dann, Luke Martin, Anatoly Bose, Aaron Bruce, Alex Gynes, Kevin Ratzsch (IMPORT), (2 -3 spots to fill including one import).

Courtesy of www.nbl.com.au


Purser gets Hawks out of a hole (Saturday Night Wrap) - by Eurobasket News
A Ben Purser field goal with three seconds remaining saw Perry Lakes Hawks survive a major scare to beat Mandurah Magic 84-83 in the men's State Basketball League.

The Hawks looked set to suffer a shock loss to the struggling Magic when they trailed by 14 points early in the fourth quarter, but they outscored Mandurah 28-16 in the final quarter before Purser hit the game-winning shot to consolidate Perry Lakes' spot in the top four.

Purser had 20 points to lead the Hawks to their fourth-straight win, while the result was a huge blow to Mandurah's already slim chances of making the finals.

Perth Redbacks got their finals hopes back on track with a crucial 103-97 win over fellow top-eight contenders Goldfields Giants in Kalgoorlie.

The Redbacks had lost three of their past four games but Adrian Majstrovich (202-F/G-80) (41 points) helped them get back into form and continue Goldfields' dismal run. The Giants have now lost five of their past six games.

And Kalamunda Eastern Suns replaced the Giants in the top eight after they beat Rockingham Flames 111-103.

Ben Smith top-scored for the Suns with 26 points, while Jason Duplessis also scored 26 for the struggling Flames.

Geraldton Buccaneers came from behind to beat Southwest Slammers 96-87, a result which saw them move within two wins of a top-eight spot.

The Buccaneers trailed by six points late in the first half but rallied through Todd Brown (198-F, college: Fresno Pacific) (28 points) to ensure the Slammers remained winless this season.

Cockburn Cougars defeated Stirling Senators 112-105 to stay in second spot, led by Stanley Ocitti, who had 26 points.

The Cougars survived a second half fight-back to hand Stirling its third-straight defeat, despite the best efforts of Senators import Lee Roberts (42 points and 21 rebounds).

In women's action, Perry Lakes maintained its dominant form, extending its winning streak to six games as they beat the in-form Magic 68-60.

Elsewhere, Cockburn came from behind to beat Stirling 54-47 and Kalamunda thrashed Rockingham 89-50.

Article by Jacob Kagi
Courtesy of: SBL




SBL: Lightning too strong in Grand Final rematch - by Eurobasket News
Lakeside Lightning have cemented their position on top of the State Basketball League ladder with a 60 point win over Southlands Boulevarde Wiletton Tigers in an exciting rematch of last years grand final.

Despite coming up short in last year's Grand Final, and their encounter earlier this season, the Friday night rematch saw Lakeside take out the game 128-68.

Lakesides dominance was evident from early on in the game, with import Ben Beran (200-C-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: S.Dakota St.) putting up the first points for the Lightning with two free-throws.

Wildcat and Tigers big man Matt Knight responded with a couple of early points but suffered a calf injury which is expected to rule him out for two weeks early in the first half.

The second half saw the Lightning maintain an intense defence, and with the pressure on the Tigers limiting their scoring opportunities, the side managed to score just 30 points in the last half of the game.

Tigers forward Rob Kampman attempted to narrow the gap by putting up a three-pointer late in the third quarter, but even his 15-point contribution could not put his team in front.

Before the match Lakesides Jarrad Prue (199-C-82) was recognised for being the best rebounder in the league, having tallied up a huge 3300 rebounds in 200 games.

Prue continued his fine form during the match, taking 23 rebounds and putting up eight points for the Lightning.

Luke Payne gave the packed Lakeside grandstand something to cheer about with his contribution to the scoreboard, making nine of fifteen field goals and notching up 26 points.

Lakeside coach Andy Stewart said the 60-point win was unexpected but he was extremely pleased with the result.

We wanted to get the win, we didnt think wed get it by 60 but we knew we were in pretty good form and we wanted to go after them pretty hard... [Lakeside] is just a great team and a pleasure to coach, he said.

Article by Hannah Jenkins at Lakeside Recreation Centre
Courtesy of: SBL


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Leuven Transfer News - by Peter Buyse
Stella Artois Leuven Bears has announced the addition of 2 new players for their 2011-2012 roster. First signee is American point guard Jeremiah Davis (183-G-81, college: Pacific) who last year played in Cyprus for Apoel Nicosia where he was teammates with Leuven player Ian Hanavan. At Nicosia he averaged 15.1 ppg and 2.7 apg. He also played with the team in the EuroCup and EuroChallenge season. Between his last year of college at Pacific and last year in Cyprus, Davis also played in the Polish league (Slupsk and Poznan) and Germany (Bonn); Already played in Cyprus before going to Apoel during the 09-10 season when he was on the roster of AEL Limassol.

Second new player signed is former ZZ Leiden forward Monta McGhee (198-F-79, college: Lewis). In the Dutch league McGhee had averages of 14.1 ppg and 7.4 rpg. McGhee came to Europe after a succesful career at NCAA D2 team Lewis. After his senior year he earned Div 2 All American honors. He then played the next 3 seasons in Denmark for Sjaelland and Horsens. He then played 2 seasons in Germany first for Bunesliga 2 team Cuxhoven and during the 08-09 season for BL1 team Nordlingen. Came to Holland at the start of the 09-10 season where he played for ZZ Leiden. Also played there this past season and helped the team won its first championship in a very long time. McGhee was instrumental in winning the Dutch league championship with his performance in the final game of the playoffs a triple overtime home victory for Leiden with 27 pts and 8 rebs in 49 minutes.


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Franca sign Baby, Woodward and Wanderson - by Paulo Freire
The Franca basketball team finally made some moves after losing some of their top players from last season. Therefore, the new hires of Franca came directly to sub those lost positions. The reinforcements of the team will submit to head coach Helio Rubens in July, when Franca will began their pre-season.

Rafael Araujo, aka Baby Araujo (211-C-80, college: BYU), is a native of Curitiba (PR). At 30 years old, he have accumulated disappointed seasons since he passed by the NBA on 2004, since than he have not been able to dominate his position on the Brazil NT or in the clubs he has been. He has 2 meters and 10 centimeters high and closed the NBB3 with only 28 games because of injuries and personal issues, he averaged 12 points, five rebounds on 21 minutes per game on the court.

Brian Woodward (191-G-81, college: Rhode Island) also has 30 years old, 1.92 meters. Last season played in the Uruguay national championship playing for Defensor Sporting he averaged 31 minutes on court, 19 points, four rebounds and two assists per game. He also has played for Pearol and the Boca Juniors from Argentina, and has played in other countries like Chile, Portugal and Venezuela.

Wanderson Trigueiro (204-F/C-81) played for the least two years at Sao. Jose dos Campos and with this team won the title of Paulista State Championship of 2009/2010 season. He was South American champion in 2008 when he played for Minas and won a Brazilian championship by athe Uberlandia team in 2004.


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Canadians draw crowd at Raptors workout - by Eurobasket News
Your average draft workout has as much buzz surrounding it as a typical high-school basketball game. Team executives, a few hangers-on and a handful of reporters take in the proceedings, but the gym can feel awfully empty. Wednesday afternoon brought the opposite feel. Larry Tanenbaum, chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, was on hand. So, too, was Leo Rautins, the head coach of Canadian mens national basketball team. And there were enough media members to cover a whole months worth of draft workouts. Some gasp! had not even discussed a players wingspan before. This is what happens when Bramptons Tristan Thompson and Pickerings Cory Joseph come to work out for the Toronto Raptors. Safe to say, things have been not like this in Houston or Milwaukee. Uhh, no, Joseph responded. There are a lot of cameras right now, Thompson added. Its definitely humbling to know that everybody back home is really looking at what me and Cory and Myck [Kabongo, University of Texas point guard] are doing down there. It is humbling, and we just feel blessed. The scene was bizarre. Ro Russell, the founder of the Grassroots Canada AAU program who guided the two players to Findlay Prep in Las Vegas and then to the University of Texas last year, watched on proudly. That he got to see them both working out together this June comes as a surprise, however. Following his freshman year, Thompson, the 20-year-old power forward, was a lock to enter the draft. As the Big 12 Freshman of the year in a weak draft, Thompson has a reasonable shot to supplant Steve Nash (15th in 1996) as the highest-selected Canadian player ever. Joseph, however, might not be drafted at all. The 19-year-old combo guard is taking a calculated risk by throwing his name out for consideration. His ceiling seems to be the second round, which does not come with a guaranteed contract. Joseph said he was confident enough in his game Raptors director of scouting Jim Kelly praised him for improved court vision and his work ethic to go through the process. (His work ethic cannot be questioned, as Wednesday was Josephs 12th of 18 scheduled workouts.) His friend did not think about trying to change his mind. Me and [John Lucas, the former NBA coach whom the pair have been working out with] said the same thing: a pro knows when hes a pro, Thompson said. So if you know youre a pro, and you think youre ready, then go ahead. At the end of the day, its your decision. Its your life, youve got to live with. So dont let no one influence you. Go to Europe, D-League, one of the two if I dont get drafted, Joseph said of what he would do in a worst-case scenario. Everybody thinks about that. Everyone has to have a plan B. Both players said it has been nice to go through the process with each other. That does not mean it has been all encouragement. Thompson has been urging Joseph to showcase his athleticism, dunking instead of using his floater. Joseph continues to mock his friends shooting stroke, which has undergone some reconstruction, both from the field and the free-throw line. I call him baby Shaq at the free-throw line, Joseph said. But hes working on it. I think his offence is a developing part of his game right now, but I think his ability to run up and down the floor, his overall athleticism those two areas are very impressive, Kelly said of Thompson. As for Cory, I think hes become a lot more of a true point guard than he was say, two years ago when he was a little bit more of a scorer, a little bit more of a combo guard. After playing a few seasons together, their paths appear to be diverging. Thompson could make Canadian history, and will likely be invited to the green room in Newarks Prudential Center for the June 23 draft. Joseph has not set his plans for the evening yet. Together, though, they appear to be on the forefront of a wave of Canadian basketball players that will be in this position. Kabongo and others will be next. Were excited that people are calling us pioneers. Youre making me feel old, Thompson said. Youre making me feel like Im 30 or something. Im just 20. But its exciting that, I guess, me and Cory led the way for the younger generation. Im excited. I want to know whos after me. Courtesy of http://sports.nationalpost.com

Canada finalizes roster for U16 FIBA Americas Championship - by Eurobasket News
Canada Basketball has unveiled the official roster for this summers Cadet Mens National Team (CMNT) that will compete at the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Men from June 2125 in Cancun, Mexico.

'The 2011 Cadet National Team is an exciting group loaded with talent and future potential', said Head Coach Roy Rana. 'The group has gelled very quickly into a tight group which is not surprising due to their impressive character.'

'We are excited about FIBA Americas and looking forward to representing Canada with great passion in our quest to qualify for the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship.'

The 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship features the best players aged 16 years and younger from eight qualifying nations from the FIBA Americas zone. In a draw to determine the groups for the tournament, Canada was assigned to Group A with Chile, Mexico and the champion from the still to be decided CONCENCABA (Central American and Caribbean Basketball Zone Commission) tournament. That tournament began Wednesday and ends Sunday in Tech de Monterrey, Mexico.

The CMNT will begin play on June 21 against Chile, then play the CONCENCABA champion the following day, and wrap up preliminary round play on June 23 versus Mexico. The top two finishers from each group move on to the semifinals. The top three finishers of this summers competition will qualify for the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship in Lithuania.

All the games will be broadcast live online at http://ww.fibaamericas.com.

Among the 12 players who made the CMNT is a core group of standouts from the 2010 National Championships including 17U gold medallist Kevin Zabo (Gatineau, Que.), 15U First Team All-Star Patrick Steeves (Montreal) and 15U gold medallist and tournament MVP Tyrell Bellot Green (Toronto). All of the players on the roster will be representing Canada for the first time at a FIBA sanctioned event.

In the inaugural FIBA Americas U16 Championship in 2009, Canada defeated Venezuela to capture the bronze medal and qualify for the 2010 U17 FIBA World Championship in Hamburg, Germany, where they defeated Lithuania to win bronze.

All Team Canada game summaries and boxscores will be posted on http://www.basketball.ca.



2011 CADET MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER

# Name Position Height Hometown School / Club (2010/11)
9 Tyrell Bellot-Green F 6'5 Toronto, ON Oakwood Collegiate
10 Brody Clarke G 6'5 Toronto, ON Oakwood Collegiate
14 Noah Daoust F 6'6 Dorval, QC Selwyn House
5 Malcolm Duvivier G 6'0' Toronto , ON St. Michaels College
13 Christopher Egi F 66 Toronto, ON St. Andrews College
12 Miroslav Jaksic F 6'9 Windsor, ON W.F. Herman Secondary School
6 Christopher McComber F 6'6 Nepean, ON John McCrae High School
8 Anthony Pate G 63 Oakville, ON Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School
7 Jordan Robinson F 6'6 Toronto, ON Quality Education Academy
11 Marial Shayok G 63 Ottawa, ON St. Patricks High School
15 Patrick Steeves F 6'5 Montreal, QC Jean de Brebeuf
4 Kevin Zabo G 6'2 Gatineau, QC St. Marks School



CADET MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM STAFF

Name Position Hometown
Roy Rana Head Coach Toronto, ON
Kirby Schepp Assistant Coach Winnipeg, MB
Jamie McNeilly Assistant Coach Toronto, ON
Madhav Trivedi Team Manager Toronto, ON
Krisjob Vargas Athletic Therapist Toronto, ON
Dr. Mark Leung Team Doctor Toronto, ON

Courtesy of www.basketball.ca





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Cary unbeaten streak continues - by Eurobasket News
In front of an energized crowd at the J.D. Fuller Center in Fayetteville on Friday night, the Cary Invasion (11 - 0) escaped with a win over the Fayetteville Crossover by a score of 123 - 115. The game was tight most of the way, with Fayetteville making a run and taking a lead in the fourth quarter. But, consistent with the season's scrit, the Invasion played offense and defense down the stretch to seal the victory.

'It was a great road win in a very tough environment. We have played close games with them all year. They are a good team, and their hospitality is second to none,' ' says Invasion Head Coach, Marqus Johnson . 'We'll have to play even better to meet the challenges ahead, including our game against Wilmington on Sunday and our first round play off game next Friday in Cary.'

Former Mountain State guard Paul Wright and former St. Augustine's College star Charles Ward (6'7''-F/G-80, agency: ARN Sports and Entertainment, college: St.Augustine) each had 22 points in the win for the Invasion. Crossover guard Jarrick Jones led all scorers with 25 points. Cary plays next again at Wilmington on Sunday, June 19th at 7 pm for the team's regular season finale.

Courtesy of http://caryinvasion.com


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Jiri Welsch moves to Charleroi - by Eurobasket News
One of the best Czech players ever, Jiri Welsch (201-F-80), will continue his career in Belgium. He signed a deal with the reigning champion Spirou Charleroi. Welsch was a member of Estudiantes last season.
Jiri Welsch joined Estudiantes last summer from Unicaja Malaga. He played all 34 games in ACB this season registering 5.5 ppg and 2.2 rpg. Welsch had almost the same digits in 14 EuroCup games (5.2 ppg and 2.2 rpg). Estudiantes ended as No.12 in Spain with 16-18 record and they failed to reach the Playoffs. In EuroCup, the Students reached Quarterfinals, but Cedevita was too strong for them.
Before Estudiantes, Jiri Welsch spent four years with Unicaja Malaga. In the past, he was a member of the NBA teams Cleveland Cavs, Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors. From 2000 to 2002, Welsch was a member of Union Olimpija and exploded there with 15.9 ppg in Euroleague. He started basketball career with Holice and later played for Pardubice and Sparta Praha.


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Jiri Welsch moves to Charleroi - by Eurobasket News
One of the best Czech players ever, Jiri Welsch (201-F-80), will continue his career in Belgium. He signed a deal with the reigning champion Spirou Charleroi. Welsch was a member of Estudiantes last season.
Jiri Welsch joined Estudiantes last summer from Unicaja Malaga. He played all 34 games in ACB this season registering 5.5 ppg and 2.2 rpg. Welsch had almost the same digits in 14 EuroCup games (5.2 ppg and 2.2 rpg). Estudiantes ended as No.12 in Spain with 16-18 record and they failed to reach the Playoffs. In EuroCup, the Students reached Quarterfinals, but Cedevita was too strong for them.
Before Estudiantes, Jiri Welsch spent four years with Unicaja Malaga. In the past, he was a member of the NBA teams Cleveland Cavs, Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors. From 2000 to 2002, Welsch was a member of Union Olimpija and exploded there with 15.9 ppg in Euroleague. He started basketball career with Holice and later played for Pardubice and Sparta Praha.


Olimpija brings coach Filipovski home to Slovenia - by Zeljko Zule
In the first step toward getting ready for the 2011-12 season, Slovenian runner-up Olimpija announced the signing of Saso Filipovski as new head coach for the next three seasons. He returns to Slovenia and Olimpija for the first time since 2006. Filipovski, 36, began the 2010-11 season on the CSKA Moscow coaching staff, but left together with Dusko Vujosevic when the latter was relived of his duties in November 2010. He took over Lottomatica Roma in January 2011.
Filipovski worked his way up the coaching ladder at Union Olimpija in his native Slovenia, working as an assistant under the legendary Zmago Sagadin, before taking over the head coaching reins at age 29 for the 2003-04 season and leading Olimpija to the Euroleague Top 16 and later adding two more Slovenian League crowns in two seasons as the boss. In the summer of 2006, Filipovski moved to Polish side PGE Turow and proceeded to lift the club to new heights by reaching the Polish League playoff finals and in its ULEB Cup debut, reaching that competitions Final Eight. He also coached one season in Russia with Lokomotiv Rostov before joining CSKA over the last summer.



Bilbao keeps Aaron Jackson - by Eurobasket News
Bilbao announced signing of one-year contract extension with Aaron Jackson (193-G-86, college: Duquesne). The American guard averaged 11 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists this season in ACB (43 games). Bilbao reached the Finals and secured a spot for Euroleague 2011/12.
Aaron Jackson joined Bilbao last summer from Canadian Solar Bologna. He had 14.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 4.9 apg for 7 games with CS Bologna, where he moved in May of 2010. He started 2010/11 season with Turkish Antalya. For 30 games in TBL, Jackson had 15.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg and 4 apg. It was the first professional job for Jackson, who graduated at the Duquesne University in 2009. He played 34 games for them as a senior averaging 19.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.7 assists. Jackson was named Atlantic 10 Most Improved Player of the Year -09.


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Canada finalizes roster for U16 FIBA Americas Championship - by Eurobasket News
Canada Basketball has unveiled the official roster for this summers Cadet Mens National Team (CMNT) that will compete at the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Men from June 2125 in Cancun, Mexico.

'The 2011 Cadet National Team is an exciting group loaded with talent and future potential', said Head Coach Roy Rana. 'The group has gelled very quickly into a tight group which is not surprising due to their impressive character.'

'We are excited about FIBA Americas and looking forward to representing Canada with great passion in our quest to qualify for the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship.'

The 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship features the best players aged 16 years and younger from eight qualifying nations from the FIBA Americas zone. In a draw to determine the groups for the tournament, Canada was assigned to Group A with Chile, Mexico and the champion from the still to be decided CONCENCABA (Central American and Caribbean Basketball Zone Commission) tournament. That tournament began Wednesday and ends Sunday in Tech de Monterrey, Mexico.

The CMNT will begin play on June 21 against Chile, then play the CONCENCABA champion the following day, and wrap up preliminary round play on June 23 versus Mexico. The top two finishers from each group move on to the semifinals. The top three finishers of this summers competition will qualify for the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship in Lithuania.

All the games will be broadcast live online at http://ww.fibaamericas.com.

Among the 12 players who made the CMNT is a core group of standouts from the 2010 National Championships including 17U gold medallist Kevin Zabo (Gatineau, Que.), 15U First Team All-Star Patrick Steeves (Montreal) and 15U gold medallist and tournament MVP Tyrell Bellot Green (Toronto). All of the players on the roster will be representing Canada for the first time at a FIBA sanctioned event.

In the inaugural FIBA Americas U16 Championship in 2009, Canada defeated Venezuela to capture the bronze medal and qualify for the 2010 U17 FIBA World Championship in Hamburg, Germany, where they defeated Lithuania to win bronze.

All Team Canada game summaries and boxscores will be posted on http://www.basketball.ca.



2011 CADET MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER

# Name Position Height Hometown School / Club (2010/11)
9 Tyrell Bellot-Green F 6'5 Toronto, ON Oakwood Collegiate
10 Brody Clarke G 6'5 Toronto, ON Oakwood Collegiate
14 Noah Daoust F 6'6 Dorval, QC Selwyn House
5 Malcolm Duvivier G 6'0' Toronto , ON St. Michaels College
13 Christopher Egi F 66 Toronto, ON St. Andrews College
12 Miroslav Jaksic F 6'9 Windsor, ON W.F. Herman Secondary School
6 Christopher McComber F 6'6 Nepean, ON John McCrae High School
8 Anthony Pate G 63 Oakville, ON Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School
7 Jordan Robinson F 6'6 Toronto, ON Quality Education Academy
11 Marial Shayok G 63 Ottawa, ON St. Patricks High School
15 Patrick Steeves F 6'5 Montreal, QC Jean de Brebeuf
4 Kevin Zabo G 6'2 Gatineau, QC St. Marks School



CADET MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM STAFF

Name Position Hometown
Roy Rana Head Coach Toronto, ON
Kirby Schepp Assistant Coach Winnipeg, MB
Jamie McNeilly Assistant Coach Toronto, ON
Madhav Trivedi Team Manager Toronto, ON
Krisjob Vargas Athletic Therapist Toronto, ON
Dr. Mark Leung Team Doctor Toronto, ON

Courtesy of www.basketball.ca





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Pro A : Center Ludovic Vaty moves to Gravelines - by Aurelien Hipp
*The french center Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) will join a very french paint in Gravelines next season, since he will share the spot with Dounia Issa and Cyril Akpomedah for the next two seasons. Signing professional with Pau Orthez, the player had his most convincing season inin 2008/09, however coudn't prevent the team from falling in ProB (11.6ppg 7.7ppg). He then moved to Orleans and felt like moving to ACB after a first good season there. Unfortunately, the transfer finally got cancelled because of an injury and he finally came back to Orleans to finish the season. He now is heading to another challenge joining one of the french semi-finalists of the season. He was posting 8.3ppg 5.1rpg in 20 mins with Orleans this season.

Quimper land Aurelien Salmon - by Eurobasket News
Aurelien Salmon (205-F-87) will play for Quimper next season. The player signed a one-year deal with the team. Aurelien Salmon spent the last four seasons with Limoges. Last season he tallied 6.3 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in Pro A. Aurelien Salmon also played for Nancy and INSEP. He was the member of U16, U18 and U20 French selections. Aurelien Salmon made it into Eurobasket.com French ProB All-Newcomers Team in 2008.


Antibes tab Steeve Essart - by Eurobasket News
Antibes have strengthened their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Steeve Essart (180-G-78). The deal is meant for two seasons. The 32-year-old guard played for Strasbourg lately. Last season he tallied 5.6 points, 2.8 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game in ProA. Previously Steeve Essart had spells for Levallois, Chalons-en-Champagne, Bourg-en-Bresse, Cholet, Gravelines. Steeve Essart was the member of French National Team from the West Indies back in 2004.


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Germany beat Slovenia in Paris - by Eurobasket News
Germany U20 - Slovenia U20 80:69

German U20 National Team victoriously opened friendly tournament in Paris. They toppled their Slovenian counterparts by 11 points. Patrick Heckmann (196-G/F-92) stepped up with 15 points to lead the Bundesteam.
Germany got to a flying start. They scored 26 points in the opening frame and built a 9-point advantage at the first break. Germany continued to stay in front throughout the second period. They arrived at halftime up by 10 points 44:34. Slovenia stopped the bleeding in the third term. They finally managed to adjust their defence and cut the deficit at 7-point mark. But Germany fired 24 points in the fourth frame and rallied to the victory at the end. Mathis Monninghoff (200-F-92) produced 14 points for the winners. Ole Wendt (190-G-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 11 points for Germany. Alen Omic (213-C-92) answered with game-high 23 points for Slovenia. Marko Pajic (204-F-92) had 13 points in the losing case.

Germany U20: Patrick Heckmann 15, Mathis Monninghoff 14, Ole Wendt 11
Slovenia U20: Alen Omic 23, Marko Pajic 13



Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 19
 1. Wood, Dt.19.0 
 2. Rice, Art.Dragons17.2 
 3. Bell, Phoenix Hagen16.5 
 4. Harris, EnBW L.16.0 
 5. Ross, MBC15.9 
 6. Martin, Bremerha.15.4 
 7. Dorris, Phoenix15.3 
 8. Benzing, Ratio.15.1 
 9. Callahan, Bremerha.14.8 
 10. Bryant, Ratiopharm14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.9 
 2. Ensminger, Teleko.8.1 
 3. Reiner, Bayreuth7.8 
 4. Watts, Walter T.7.6 
 5. Martin, Bremerha.7.1 
 6. Burtschi, Phoenix6.9 
 7. Anderson, Goett.6.9 
 8. Stevic, EWE B.6.8 
 9. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.6 
 10. Pleiss, Brose B.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter T.
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Ratkovica, Walter7.4 
 2. Wood, Dt.5.9 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier5.5 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons5.1 
 5. Brewer, Bremerha.4.7 
 6. Green, EnBW L.4.6 
 7. Hamilton, NY Phant.4.3 
 8. Jordan, MBC4.3 
 9. Copeland, Bremerha.4.0 
 10. Goldsberry, Brose3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phant.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.1.9 
 2. Everett, Bremerha.1.8 
 3. Martin, Bremerha.1.7 
 4. Bailey, Goettingen1.5 
 5. Pryor, Phoenix1.5 
 6. Burtschi, Phoenix1.5 
 7. Ross, MBC1.5 
 8. Wise, Telekom1.4 
 9. Gill, EWE Baskets1.4 
 10. Lukauskis, EWE B.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Art.Drag.
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.1.6 
 3. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.5 
 4. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.4 
 5. Hines, Brose B.1.2 
 6. Seward, Phoenix1.1 
 7. Brempong, Duesseld.1.1 
 8. Boumtje, Art.Drag.1.0 
 9. Goree, NY Phantoms1.0 
 10. Kashirov, Walter0.9 


Robert Franklin, Recklinghausen agree to contract extension - by Moritz Korff
Regionalliga West club City Basket Recklinghausen came up with good news for its fans this week. 2010-11 Eurobasket.com All-RLW Player of the Year Robert Franklin (195-F-81, college: N.Mexico Highlands) remains loyal to the team he has been playing for since 2008, albeit the offers he received following a remarkable season. The 30-year-old forward out of Philadelphia, Pa. decided to extend his stay in the west and thus will go into the fourth season with the City Basket organization. During the 2010-11 campaign Franklin ruled the RLW action, averaging a double-double at 23.9 points and 11.8 rebounds per contest. He also had 3.0 assists, 2.3 steals a game, making him the most productive player in the RLW. Franklin started his overseas career at BSV Wulfen in 2007 and moved to Recklinghausen one year later. Prior to his arrival to Germany Franklin attended Lassen Junior College and New Mexico Highlands University.

The Walter Tigers Tuebingen Sign Vaughn Duggins - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Walter Tigers Tuebingen didnt forget the 34 points from DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) last season and might have kept Wright State, the scool where the Skyliner played in their memory as a place to gobble up big talent as the team signed Vaughn Duggins (190-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports) to a contract. Duggins is a 23 year old 190cm player that can play the positions 1-3, but prefers the shooting guard position. As a freshman in the 2006-2007 season, he played together with DaShaun Wood playing 33 games: 9.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 37.4%, 3Pts: 35.5%, FT: 72.3%. Duggins who shares a brthday with Tiger Kenny Wiliams on June10th showed a consistent rise throughout his tenure in the NCAA. As a senior, he averaged 18.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.2apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 44.7%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 82.2% whereas DaShaun Wood in his senior year averaged 19.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 4.0apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 43.5%, 3Pts: 37.3%, FT: 88.3%. Duggins is happy about coming to the Walter Tigers Tuebingen. 'It has always been a dream to earn money with the sport I love. It is a great situation that I will be able to play against my ex teammate DaShaun Wood in my first season. I will do my best that Wood wont be able to use his strength against Tuebingen', smiled Vaughn Duggins. Duggins is an aggressive defender that likes to penetrate and doesnt shy away from contact. But Duggins can do so much more. 'He has scoring qualities, brings energy, athletic and strong. He is exactly the kind of player that we were looking for. He is a very good player andwill play an important role for us. I am sure that he will make his break through in the beko BBL', stressed Tuebingen coach Igor Perovic Awards and achievements in his career have been Horizon League Regular Season Runner-Up -07, 10, Horizon League Tournament Winner -07, Horizon League All-Newcomer Team -07, All-Horizon League 1st Team -08, 11, Horizon League Tournament Semifinals -09, Horizon League Tournament Finalist -10, All-Horizon League 2nd Team -10, Horizon League All-Defensive Team -10, and NABC Division I All-District 12 2nd Team -10, 11.

Source: Walter Tigers Tuebingen



Blake Poole committed to BG Dorsten - by Moritz Korff
According to derwesten.de BG Dorsten has found a new player in NCAA D2 standout Blake Poole (195-C, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: St.Martin's). Despite being only 195cm tall, Poole was able to dominate in the paint at the college level. He hauled in NCAA D2 All-America Team honors by Daktronics and the NABC following his senior year at St. Martin's and also was named All-GNAC Player of the Year. Poole averaged 19.3 points and 11.6 rebounds a game for the Saints throughout the 2010-11 season.

Brose Baskets defend the title after 72-65 win in the decisive Game 5 - by Eurobasket News
Brose Basket-ALBA 72-65


Brose Baskets defend the title after 72-65 win in the decisive Game 5 over ALBA. The Winner of the Regular season proved their superiority and defended the title. Last year the favorites overcame Deutsche Bank Skyliners also 3-2 in the Final series.
Brose Baskets by 4 points after three quarters before their 24-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was power forward Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86) who scored 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Guard Brian Roberts (188-G-85) chipped in 15 points and 6 assists. Five Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. Guard Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) produced 22 points and 5 rebounds and guard Bryce Taylor (196-G-86, agency: Priority Sports) added 13 points respectively for the guests. ALBA Berlin's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Last season Brose Baskets Bamberg pulled out an exciting and tight 72-70 win getting their third BEKO BBL title after 2005 and 2007. The loss was very bitter for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners after a close four point loss in the 2005 final in Bamberg, this time, it came down to a few seconds between winning and losing.


Brose Basket: Brian Roberts 15, Kyle Hines 12+9 rebs

ALBA: Julius Jenkins 22, Bryce Taylor 13




Derrick Allen (Alba Berlin) Pregame Thoughts To beko BBL Final Game 5 Against The Brose Baskets Bamberg - 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 87-67 win against the Brose Baskets Bamberg in game 4. Is it a fair assesment to say that Alba Berlin wanted it a tad bit more than Bamberg?

Yeah, we wanted to come out and be aggressive, play a great last home game, and force a game 5

Alba Berlin started off well leading 4-0, but Bamberg took the lead and led 21-16 after 10 minutes. What did coach Muli Katzurin want the team to do better in the second quarter?

He wanted us to continue played pressure defense, stop there shooters, and rebound the basketball.

In the second quarter Alba Berlin found their rhythm while Bamberg seemed to have lost it. Alba Berlin poured in 28 points a long the way to lead 44-37 at the break. What was key on getting Bamberg out of their offensive rhythm?

They had easier looks in the 1st half, and in the 2nd half we took all of that away.

Alba Berlin had a 10 point lead after three quarters. In the fourth quarter, Alba Berlin scored 28 points. Was the Alba Berlin self confidence half of the rent in getting the well deserved win in the fourth quarter?

Well we knew that it was a win or go home situation for us, so we stayed aggressive on offensive and make big plays.

How tough was it for you going into game four with 0 points in game three and only 19 points in the first three games? You led all scorers with 18 points in game four.

I didnt even think about it. Just moved on, and got ready for the next game. You never wanna have a game like that but it happens, but im confident in my game, and I know what I can do, so im always ready

Alba Berlin did a great job winning the rebound battle 36-17 and dished out 28 assists. Will effort, intensity and wanting to win it more outweigh everything else for getting the win in game 5?

Game 5 will be about will, effort, heart,and toughness is what we need to get game 5.

A year ago you lost a bitter game 5 with the Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Bamberg. How much will that game b eon your mind in the next days?

Its been on my mind all series, but I believe im back here for a reason. so I have a game game season come Saturday.

The Dallas Mavericks won their first NBA title with Dirk Nowitzki. How big was this Nowitzki NBA title for Germany and attracting new fans to the sport of basketball?

Dirk just put German basketball even more on the map. I think its great for the country, and for a guy like Dirk. who put in the time year after year, it has paid off

Ex Chicago Bull Steve Kerr said that Lebron is not like Jordan, but more like Pippen saying 'He's so similar to Scottie in that defensively he was just a monster, could guard anybody, really more of a point forward than scoring guard. Scottie always loved to distribute the ball. That's really where LeBron's preference is', stated Steve Kerr. What is your take on this statement?

He's is right, Lebron James in not Jordan, but Lebron is and will be one of the top 10 greatest to ever play the game, when he is done playing. I think lebron is more like magic than Scottie Pippen.

Thanks Derrick for the chat.



Giants Noerdlingen capture Kedrick 'Modie' Johnson - by Moritz Korff
Pro B newcomer Noerdlingen has added its first import player to the roster for the 2011-12 season with the capture of Kedrick Johnson (192-F-83, college: Lee). The 27-year-old is an undersized forward who hails from Greenwood, Mississippi. He left his mark on the Northern German basketball grounds over these past two years, excelling thanks to his athletisism and feisty attitude. Statistic wise Johnson was the unmatched leader of the gang at VfL Stade in 2010-11. He paced his team with 25.1 points, 10.7 boards, 2.0 steals, 1.9 assists per contest, which secured Stade a fifth place in the RLN standings and also landed him a spot on the Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga North First Team.

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Dimitris Priftis will continue with Kavala - by Eurobasket News
Dimitris Priftis will remain Kavala head coach in the next season. The sides have agreed on terms of contract extension. Dimitris Priftis took over Kavala at the start of the previous season. He guided the team at 12-14 record in A1 regular season. Kavala then lost to PAOK in the quarterfinal series. Dimitris Priftis previously worked as coach assistant in AEK Athens and Aris Thessaloniki.


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Rashad Bell is staying in Kormend for one more season - by Tamas Deri
The american all-around forward just signed his contract for the coming season with MJUS-Fortress Kormend last night and will play his second season for the team of coach Sabali. The 202 cm tall Rashad Bell (201-F-82, college: Boston U.) had a great season averaging 20.9ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg in 36 games and leading his team to reach the 3rd place in the Championship.
The management of MJUS-Fortress Kormend published also, that hungarian big man Gergely David (206-F-83) decided to stay for one more season. The 206 cm tall power forward helped his team with 5.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 13.4 minutes per game.


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Eurobasket Summer League 2011 - by Travis McAvene

Eurobasket Summer League (ESL) 2011 is proud to present the #1 summer professional exposure event for the international basketball community.

The Eurobasket Summer League 2011 will target 5 major markets (Vegas, Houston, New York, Spain and Chicago)

This is the fourth (4th) year that the ESL has been running and over delivers on its product. Not only is the ESL regarded as one of the best summer leagues in the country its not the best in the world. With the NBA in a lockout, this is the only way scouts can view the top players the USA has to offer.

Not only is the ESL the top summer league of 2011, but it has been proven. The ESL has averaged over 40 players per summer that have moved on to the next year.
Below you will find all locations and description of ESL 2011.

Chicago: Tim Grover has trained NBA legends Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Dwayne Wade and during the course of the ESL event you will see many NBA players glancing in on the ESL while training.
Location: Chicago, IL at Attack Athletics (June 30 - July 2, 2011)

Vegas: Do we even have to say Vegas. This ESL site is by far the most popular. Vegas is where it all started and will have various scouts from Europe to the NBA.
Location: Las Vegas, NV at Doolittle Community Center (July 7-10, 2011)

Atlanta: The Atlanta event was created for the ladies. This will serve as a major marketing tool for the international scouts to receive a good product. The WNBA will also be in attendance to scout the players.
Location: Atlanta, ESL Women's Event at the Suwanee Sports Academy (July 15-17, 2011)

Germany: The ESL Germany Event promises to be a high quality event which will be managed by former the former BBL team Kln 99ers GM and Owner Stephan Baeck .
The fact that the ESL European event will be hosted in Cologne, Germany will provide easier access for professional clubs in central Europe to scout the popular event.
Location: Cologne, Germany at Ball-Park (July 15-17, 2011)

Houston: The Houston event should be the most interesting. ESL Houston has already confirmed over 8 GMs and coaches attending (Japan, Iceland, Denmark, Romania, Mexico and Venezuela). Not to forget the first annual ESL Dunk Contest head lined by YouTube Sensation Guy Dupuy.
Location: Houston, Texas at Campbell Center (July 21-24, 2011)

New York: NYC is one of the longest running ESL sites. Yima Chia-Kur was the MVP last season, but more importantly ESL propelled him to his first professional contract in Portugal.
Location: New York City at Saint Peter's College (July 29-31, 2011)

If you are a player seeking the best opportunity to make it to the next level Go to the Eurobasket Summer League.


Edmonton Energy (11-4) will host the IBL Champions and current 1st place team- Albany New York Legends (12-3) - next weekend - by Trask Frost
June 18, 2011 IBL News Release- written by: Mikal Duilio IBL Commissioner- available at 503-380-4539

Edmonton Energy (11-4) will host 2010 IBL Champions/current 1st place team- Albany New York Legends (12-3) - next weekend



The Edmonton Energy is balanced with true point guards, shooting guard, small forwards, power forwards and centers. Energy ownership is considered one of the top two to three teams for a player to play for and so Edmonton is always a contender for the IBL title. Eight players average double-figures in scoring- making the Edmonton Energy team a team that is very hard to stop as the Energy team spreads wide on fast breaks and has many shooters. The traditional defense taught from grade school through college is to protect the lane first but if teams do that versus the Energy, they are likely to be hit with a three pointer from one of many players on the Energy team that can shoot from that range- well.

Early season: the team started off 2-4 but those six games were against two teams- the 2011 Championship Albany Legends and the team they beat in the finals (in New York, video found on IBL web site, click on Albany) - the Bellingham Slam; both teams having played 9 games and 5 games more than the Energy at the time they met.

Mid season: after starting off 2-4, the Energy team has gone on a 9 game winning streak with consistent play and balanced scoring.

Late season: at this point, with a 9 game winning streak, it is now time for the Edmonton Energy to play top level basketball before the playoffs (July 1st, 2nd and 3rd near Portland Oregon) and it is time for the Edmonton Energys last home stand this weekend (next Friday, Saturday and Sunday June 24th, 25th and 26th at the University of Alberta 7:30pm, 7:30pm and 2:00pm) against the overall 1st place and 12-3 Albany (New York) Legends; this Albany team is solid, balanced and obviously an IBL Championship contender, so this is the point where the Edmonton Energy come together and show where they really stand heading into the playoffs. Edmonton Energy versus Albany Legends is not only a good series on paper- but as well- it has been a tough rivalry each time these two teams have played. In both 2009 and in 2010, the Albany head coach was tossed out at a home and suspended 1 game (two separate coaches) in contests that the Edmonton Energy won (Edmonton won 1 game and lost 2 games in Albany New York in the last two years). The Albany Legends media and fans consider the series at home versus Edmonton Energy their best rivalry and they look forward to the three game series each year. IBL Commissioner Mikal Duilio- 'the Edmonton Energy owners run a good organization and they are always a contender for the IBL championship; fans really need to come to the University of Alberta next weekend to check out the high level talent on this 2011 Energy team- this will be an exciting 3-game rivalry series against a team from New York- should be fun to watch'.

Edmonton Energy roster can be found at http://www.iblhoopsonline.com/edmonton_energy/


Albany Legends roster can be found at http://www.iblhoopsonline.com/albany_legends/


Final home stand before team heads to Portland Oregon area for 2 regular season games and playoffs:

Friday June 24th 7:30pm Albany Legends @ Edmonton Energy- at University of Alberta
Saturday June 25th 7:30pm Albany Legends @ Edmonton Energy- at University of Alberta
Sunday June 26th 2:00pm Albany Legends @ Edmonton Energy- at University of Alberta

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George Karl envisions significant production improvement for Danilo Gallinari next season - by Eurobasket News
About 10 days ago Nuggets coach George Karl , assistant coach John Welch, and strength coach Steve Hess found themselves in SantAngelo Lodigiano, Italy, visiting Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) and putting a plan in place they hope begins to take him from a good player to a great one.

'I think we both made a step together into a better place', Karl said. 'Understanding what we want to do and how we want to get there.'

Gallinari is a player the Nuggets want leading them from a production standpoint in the future. The talent is there. The potential to be one of the NBAs best players is there. But just how productive can Gallinari, who averaged 14.7 points and 5.4 rebounds in 14 games with the Nuggets after the Carmelo Anthony trade, be?

'The window in almost every area has growth', Karl said. 'He can become a better defender, he can become a better rebounder, his playmaking can grow and his ability to become a consistent scorer I think is what we all probably see more than anything. He's not going to get into the Melo numbers, but I think hes going to take a step forward next year. He averaged 15? I think the step would be 18 or something like that.'

Asked if this was the Nuggets making Gallinari their priority and taking a clear step in molding him to be their lead player, Karl hedged.

'You guys always want to exaggerate', Karl said. 'I think hes on the top of our priority list, but I think there are a few other guys there, too. I think Nene is there and some of the other free agent situations that probably cant even be handled until the end of the summer. But right now with the lockout possibly coming on July 1 were trying to touch as many people as we can in a positive way and answer their questions and maybe give them some of our desires.'

Courtesy of www.denverpost.com


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Eric Bissener heads to Etzella - by Eurobasket News
Eric Bissener (196-F-86) will reinforce Etzella in the next season. The 25-year-old forward spent the previous season in Contern. He tallied 4.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in Diekirch League. Eurobasket.com named Eric Bissener All-Luxembourg League Most Improved Player of the Year in 2009.


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Lalovic inks for InterCollege Etha Engomis - by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball Club InterCollege Etha and DELFI SMG Basketball announced transfer for InterCollege Etha Engomis who succeeded 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. Before Hercegovac Boris Lalovic play for Montenegrin Basketball Clubs Ulcinj,Mogren,Primorje ,Niksic and Jednistvo.


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Jordan Al Commits to Marygrove Mustang Basketball - by Stephan Ditgens
DEARBORN, Mich.-The Mustangs picked up another key recruit with a commitment from Jordan Al out of Dearborn High School. Al signed his 2011-12 Letter of Intent to play basketball at Marygrove College in front of many family, friends and loved ones at Dearborn High School.

Al, a 6'4' forward, is headed to Marygrove's northwest Detroit campus after a terrific senior campaign on the hardwood. A potent scorer, Al capped off the 2010-11 season with accolades ranging from Team Most Improved Player to All-City Honorable Mention. Al's skills also earned him a spot on Hype Athletics AAU roster last year.

The former Pioneer maintained a busy schedule outside of basketball. A committed student-athlete, Al worked hard on his academics as well as on the gridiron and links. With two years on varsity as a tight end and three years as a varsity golfer, Al is sure to bring plenty of athleticism to the 2011-12 Mustang squad.

Coach Sichterman on Al: Jordan is a great signing for our program. He comes from a great basketball background and family. Jordan's signing drew our largest audience in terms of family which shows the type of support he has and will have during his college playing days. I look forward to coaching Jordan and the rest of the 2011 class this fall.

source: www.marygrovemustangs.com


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2011 NBA Summer League canceled - by Eurobasket News
According to multiple sources, the NBA has canceled the 2011 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

FOX5 contacted officials at the Thomas & Mack Center, one of the sites of Summer League games for confirmation but were told the NBA has not confirmed the decision to them.

The collective bargaining agreement between the league's players and owners will expire on July 1.

There have been rumors swirling for months that the Summer League games would be canceled if there was no progress made in a new collective bargaining agreement.

The Summer League has been an annual event in Las Vegas since 2004 featuring newly drafted players by participating teams.

Courtesy of www.fox5vegas.com


Obama invites the Dallas Mavericks to the White House - by Eurobasket News
It took five days, but President Obama has made the traditional call of congratulations to the pro basketball champion Dallas Mavericks.

Obama spoke Friday with Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle , whose team beat the Miami Heat on Sunday to wrap up the National Basketball Association championship series in six games.

'The President said he looked forward to congratulating the team in person at the White House,' said a White House statement.

We suspect the president enjoyed the Mavs' win over Miami -- after all, the Heat had knocked out his beloved Chicago Bulls in the previous round of the playoffs.

On the other hand, we know Obama picked the Heat to beat Dallas.

And let's face it: Obama doesn't have much of a chance to win Texas in next year's presidential election; Florida, meanwhile, is a pivotal state.

'I'm sorry about the Heat,' Obama told a fundraiser in Miami on Monday. 'You know, my Bulls didn't get there either. We'll be back -- both of our teams will be back in the Eastern Conference finals, and one of our teams will win the finals next year. And I'll just leave it at that.'

The White House statement on the Mavericks call:

Earlier today, President Obama called Rick Carlisle, head coach of the Dallas Mavericks, to congratulate him and his team on winning the NBA Finals.

The President told Coach Carlisle that he is really proud of the way the team played and congratulated him on the job he did coaching the team. The President highlighted the performances of several players including Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry and JJ Barea.

The President said he looked forward to congratulating the team in person at the White House

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


Dwight Howard, Monta Ellis to L.A.: Can Kobe Bryant and Lakers form a big three? - by Eurobasket News
The Heat came within two games of winning an NBA title in the first year of their 'big three' experiment, causing some to proclaim Miami's philosophy was overrated.

However, there were many who may not have supported the Heat who realized the potential of their team structure. Coming within two wins of a championship is not bad at all for a team that has been together for barely a year.

So while many choose to attempt to prove that the Heat's structure is flawed, it must be noted that the Heat caught the attention of other NBA teams, like the Knicks and Bulls, which are on the cusp of having a 'big three' of their own.

Additionally, it seems that Miami may have peaked the interest of at least one other team: the Lakers.

The Lakers, which usually play to the beat of their own drum, might be taking a page out of Miami's book and exploring the possibility of forming a 'big three' in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles has always been linked to rumors regarding acquiring Dwight Howard (6'10''-C/F-85), but now there are reports that they may be in the running for Warriors guard Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85).

After being swept by the now NBA-champion Mavericks, we cannot really question the Lakers' logic in exploring this possibility. They are a team that has been together for quite some time now. To see how far a first-year team like the Heat went makes the possibility more than enticing.

However, a few things may stand in the way.

Although the Lakers are on Howard's preferred list of destinations, they still have to sell him on the fact that they go deeper than just the likes of Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78). Los Angeles is an old team, a house of cards, if you will. Howard wants to go into a situation where he can compete long term, not just short term.

This makes the Lakers connection to Ellis sensible. He averaged 24.1 points, 5.6 assists and over two steals per game. Ellis has been chastised for his defensive play, but the two steals per game shows that there is potential on his part. Not to mention he would be just the offensive firepower the Lakers need to pair alongside Bryant.

Additionally, Ellis is capable of running the point effectively. If the Lakers choose to start him at the one, he would be a major upgrade over the likes of Derek Fisher. Also, he will be only 26 next season, providing the Lakers with some much-needed youth and making them that much more appealing to Howard.

It sounds like a great plan, but appeasing Howard's preferences is not the only roadblock facing the Lakers. Los Angeles' ability to acquire both players is a major obstacle the Lakers may find difficult to overcome.

The Lakers have the assets to trade for either Howard or Ellis hands down, but they will be hard-pressed to trade for both.

Obviously, the preference of the team and its fans would be to trade for Howard. But acquiring Ellis may prove essential to that plan. And trading for Ellis and then signing Howard next summer is out of the question, with the lingering CBA and the Lakers' lack of cap space.

What can the Lakers do?

Well, any package for Howard would involve Andrew Bynum or Pau Gasol being the centerpiece, so one is off-limits in any potential Ellis deal.

Additionally, it is unlikely a straight-up trade for Bynum or Gasol and Howard could occur because we must assume Orlando is not at the point of desperation. More than likely, it would take Bynum or Gasol, Lamar Odom and a draft pick and/or cash to pry Howard from the Magic, which may also insist on the Lakers taking back a bloated contract.

Basically, the Lakers' ability to bring both Howard and Ellis to Los Angeles depends on Golden State's asking price for Ellis. Reports have the 76ers dangling Andre Iguodala in an attempt to acquire Ellis, which sets the bar pretty high.

However, the Lakers can try and put together a package consisting of Ron Artest, Matt Barnes and a first-round pick. That may not get it done, but is a good starting point.

Notice how Gasol or Bynum is absent from the aforementioned proposal?

If the Warriors are truly looking to rid themselves of Ellis, the Lakers should try to hold on to one of the big men and give themselves a legitimate chance at assembling a 'big four.' It's unlikely, but we cannot discount it. Chances of it happening increase if the Warriors like Barnes' versatility and are willing to take a chance on Artest.

Regardless, it is worth it for the Lakers to attempt to bring both Ellis and Howard to Los Angeles, even if it means giving up Gasol and Bynum.

It would be great if Gasol could remain. But at this point, the Lakers, with a core of aging players and no first-round draft picks this year, must remain open to anything. And to be brutally honest, Howard makes both Gasol and Bynum expendable because he is such an unstoppable force down low.

As hard as it may be for the Lakers and their fans to admit, they are limited in the ways they can rebuild a championship contender. Kobe is too old for them to start from scratch and their cap is too high for them to add players strictly via free agency.

Can the Lakers form their own 'big three'? Yes.

Will the Lakers form their own 'big three'? Maybe, maybe not. But they need to at least try.

Right now, they have set their sights on adding Howard, but they have to add youth and firepower as a stepping stone to that goal. And Ellis may be that stepping stone.

Yes, many may prefer a team like the Mavericks and Celtics, where there are a balance of stars and strong role players, but the Lakers do not have the resources nor the time to build such a team. And given that the Heat proved they could trump teams structured like the Celtics, the best play for the Lakers is to go after both Ellis and Howard.

If Los Angeles is serious about ensuring they remain strong championship contenders as Kobe plays through his twilight years, forming a 'big three' may not be just an option, but the only viable option.

As a result, the Lakers need to buckle down and start evaluating their situation. Should they let Philadelphia acquire Ellis, they will have missed a golden opportunity to add both a competent scorer to pair with Bryant and an asset that helps lure Howard into purple and gold.

Unlike the Heat, the Lakers' 'big three' aspirations may not be an experiment, but rather a necessity that they absolutely need to pursue.

Courtesy of http://bleacherreport.com


BDA President Bill Duffy discusses Greg Oden - by Eurobasket News
Bill Duffy, President of BDA Sports, the agency that represents Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden (7'0''-C-88, college: Ohio St.), joined Brian Berger on 750 AM The Game. His appearance followed one from Blazers Acting GM Chad Buchanan. The Blazers must offer Oden a Qualifying Offer by June 30 to make him a restricted free agent.

Of note, Duffy says that Oden wants to be in Portland long-term but that it could be January before Oden is back playing basketball, adding that 'we'll wait until we get full clearance and then probably err on the side of caution, maybe a month or so after that.'

Duffy also said that Oden has undergone 'counseling, therapy, interventions' to deal with the mental aspect of all of his injuries.

You can download and listen to the audio here. Here's a transcrit of the conversation. Questions are paraphrased. Answers are word-for-word and in blockquote.

Does Greg Oden want to be in Portland?

The short answer to that is 'yes.' I think that Greg, from what I can gather, feels like there is unfinished business there. Absolutely loves the community, loves the chemistry of the team, he knows that there's a commitment there to excel. I think on a personal level, I think he has the same aspirations. I think there's a duplicate desire here to win and to be competitive and the poor kid has been on an unfulfilled mission at this point so he definitely wants to correct things. And he's working very, very hard to put himself in that position.

Why has he suffered so many injuries?

Well, we're still trying to wrap our minds around that. Everyone has put a lot of effort in keeping him healthy when he gets hurt but I think you learn more and more about your body -- and I've shared this with him personally -- I kind of liken this to Anthony Munoz, who I've played high school sports against. He was injured at USC, there's a parallel because Greg played one year in college. Throughout Anthony Munoz's first three college years, I think he played a total of 10 games. He was finally healthy his senior year, ends up being the third or fourth pick in the draft, and becomes a Hall of Famer and arguably one of the best offensive tackles ever, in history.

You learn about your body, you correct things, maybe there are some deformative things you can make adjustments to more and more. Once you learn that, and you learn how to train where your weaknesses and idiosyncracies are, and you move forward from that, I think it's just been more of an education. I don't think anything else can happen. I think he's healed properly, we've had the best medical care possible, and his head is straight and I think he sees the light at the end of the tunnel.

Are big men more likely to get injured?

I think it's the brittleness of the bones and the thrust that these big guys put so much pressure on their bodies. I mean you've seen Bill Walton, a number of guys, Kevin McHale, who I played college ball with, he always had those same issues. They caught up to him later in his career. Big guys put a lot of pressure on their bodies and their feet are like everyone else's, they're just not strong to withstand that force and pounding.

What has also changed dramatically and I've always shared this as it relates to Greg and Yao Ming. These guys played basketball or whether it's through AAU, playing for the national team in China. They play upwards of 150 games a year. That can't help but wear you down. I think rest is important and knowing where to exert pressure, not putting pressure on your joints and your bones during the offseason but just kind of change your training so it's a limited amount of time that you have such consistent impact on your body.

Describe Greg Oden's workouts in Los Angeles

I see a work ethic, there's other professional athletes, if I'm not mistaken, Tom Brady is training there, Corey Maggette, he sees other guys coming in and working really hard, guys who are accomplished and I think that's inspiring him. I think those guys are also patting him on the back. I also think because he's not in Portland, he's able to retreat, even though it's L.A., let me go out here and really focus. When I come back, it's going to be the 'New Greg Oden.'

Another aspect that's critically important is that he's matured a lot. How he eats. How he rests. That whole education process, the maturation in him has been very pronounced. I think that's going to pay dividends going forward once he's healthy.

Will he have access to trainers if there's a lockout because contact with team trainers will be prohibited?

Absolutely. We'll be hands on as an agency. We have 40 or 45 players in the NBA so we'll work collectively with the guys to make sure they're all working, they're all in competitive environments among themselves to work, train, we have direct access to a lot of the best [training] professionals as well. We'll make sure there's no drop off.

Recovery Timeline

You proceed with caution. We don't want to come back too soon. We're not going to even challenge it until we get to that 12 month threshold. If it were December or November or January we just can't afford any more slip ups. We'll wait until we get full clearance and then probably err on the side of caution, maybe a month or so after that.

Has he seen a sports psychologist?

He's been very receptive. We have done that. Counseling, therapy, interventions, just to let him understand all the pressures, not to put too much pressure on himself. Everybody needs that. Not just an athlete but someone to talk to and share your thoughts and your concerns and just get reassurance. If you do things the right way, stay patient, keep your eye on the prize, you'll be fine. The beauty about him, as you all know up in Portland, he's highly intelligent, so he's very receptive to that. And he's an educated person, he went to college for one year but he's also gone back to summer school so he has educational and intellectual aspirations that endear him to that so that he's open and willing to get professional guidance and support at every level. That's not just in that respect, in terms of his business people, financial planners, he's very engaged and very meticulous in learning about those nuances.

How to set value for Greg Oden?

Well, that's the mastery of the agency business I guess. Quite frankly, we haven't even thought about that. We don't want him thinking about that. We want him thinking about getting out on the court, we feel like he will have the opportunity before we have those discussions for him to establish what his value is. Not just with Portland but around the league. That will be a process. There's two aspects to that. There's how much the current team values you and how much the market is receptive to you. That will work itself out. It's not the focal point right now but it will be when we get to that process.

Courtesy of www.blazersedge.com


George Karl envisions significant production improvement for Danilo Gallinari next season - by Eurobasket News
About 10 days ago Nuggets coach George Karl , assistant coach John Welch, and strength coach Steve Hess found themselves in SantAngelo Lodigiano, Italy, visiting Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) and putting a plan in place they hope begins to take him from a good player to a great one.

'I think we both made a step together into a better place', Karl said. 'Understanding what we want to do and how we want to get there.'

Gallinari is a player the Nuggets want leading them from a production standpoint in the future. The talent is there. The potential to be one of the NBAs best players is there. But just how productive can Gallinari, who averaged 14.7 points and 5.4 rebounds in 14 games with the Nuggets after the Carmelo Anthony trade, be?

'The window in almost every area has growth', Karl said. 'He can become a better defender, he can become a better rebounder, his playmaking can grow and his ability to become a consistent scorer I think is what we all probably see more than anything. He's not going to get into the Melo numbers, but I think hes going to take a step forward next year. He averaged 15? I think the step would be 18 or something like that.'

Asked if this was the Nuggets making Gallinari their priority and taking a clear step in molding him to be their lead player, Karl hedged.

'You guys always want to exaggerate', Karl said. 'I think hes on the top of our priority list, but I think there are a few other guys there, too. I think Nene is there and some of the other free agent situations that probably cant even be handled until the end of the summer. But right now with the lockout possibly coming on July 1 were trying to touch as many people as we can in a positive way and answer their questions and maybe give them some of our desires.'

Courtesy of www.denverpost.com


David Kahn asks Kurt Rambis to prepare a report on changes for next season - by Eurobasket News
Kurt Rambis has been waiting two months for an answer about his coaching future with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

It turns out he had some homework to do before team President David Kahn could make a decision.

Kahn said on Friday that he asked Rambis to write an extensive, detailed report about his team and the changes he would make if he comes back for a third season as head coach. Kahn said he asked Rambis to complete the report in mid-May, and the coach turned it in last weekend, setting up a series of meetings this week.

Kahn and Rambis met for four hours Thursday night and were scheduled to meet for another few hours Friday.

Kahn hired Rambis away from the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009, signing him to a four-year contract to start a massive rebuilding project in Minnesota. Rambis has won just 32 games in his first two seasons as coach with 132 losses and the Wolves finished last season with a 15-game losing streak that dropped them to the worst record in the NBA.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


NBA owners yield on guaranteed deals in talks - by Eurobasket News
In a somewhat conciliatory gesture, NBA owners relaxed their stance on guaranteed contracts Friday during the latest round of collective bargaining negotiations to replace the labor agreement that expires at the end of this month.

The players welcomed the move but cautioned there was still a wide gulf to be bridged. The sides are still hundreds of millions of dollars apart on how to split revenues, and the owners are still asking for a hard salary cap system.

Another labor meeting is set for next Tuesday, and commissioner David Stern said the onus will be on the players to make a new economic proposal.

'The time to have an optimistic or pessimistic view is at the close of the day Tuesday. That's an important day,' Stern said after the sides met for nearly five hours. 'Time is running out, but both parties seem, at least to me, intent to make a deal by June 30.'

The question of guaranteed contracts has been called a 'blood issue' in the past by union director Billy Hunter, and the owners had earlier proposed a new system in which all contracts would contain only partial guarantees.

But that proposal was taken off the table Tuesday, with the owners agreeing to continue with the current system in which guarantees on individual contracts are a negotiable issue on a case-by-case basis.

'Every move is important, but if there is still a hard cap, it is not as significant,' union attorney Jeffrey Kessler said.

Still, the day began with the sides far apart on three issues -- the split of revenues, the type of salary-cap system the league will operate under and the question of contract guarantees -- and ended with one of those items crossed off the list.

How to resolve the sides' remaining differences remains a puzzle, and the key will be the almighty dollar -- or, more specifically, the split of those dollars.

'One piece controls several hundred thousand pieces, so essentially we could put together a million-piece puzzle in a very short time if we can get two or three pieces in the right place, and that's what we're focused on doing,' union president Derek Fisher said.

Owners are seeking to redefine the calculation of basketball-related income, the pile of net revenues of which the players, under the current system, are guaranteed 57 percent.

The union has offered to drop that guarantee, but it has been unable to agree with the owners on either a formula for a recalculated BRI or the percentage of those revenues that each side would get under the terms of a new deal.

'Everyone is a little frustrated,' said Maurice Evans of the Washington Wizards, a member of the union's executive council. 'We feel like they're trying to give us things that we already have.

'But are we committed to trying to hammer out a deal and see their perspective? Yes, we are,' Evans said.

Stern said each side has presented three formal proposals plus one informal proposal, and he said the owners decided to yield on the issue of guaranteed contracts because of the significance several players placed on that issue during the course of negotiations over the past 18 months.

'I would say we're not on the same page right now, but there's some good conversations going on, and both sides are trying to come to an agreement. We'll see what happens,' said Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks, who is not a member of the union's negotiating committee. 'It was a must that I came to this meeting, just for me to sit in there in the position I'm in and with the stature I have.'

Prior to the meeting, which began at noon ET at a hotel across the street from league headquarters, Hunter said the players wanted to see a more reasonable split of revenues put forth by the owners, who are proposing a 10-year agreement in which certain changes would be phased in.

The sides ended Friday's meeting still in disagreement on exactly how much of a financial sacrifice the players are being asked to make. In their early proposals, owners demanded a reduction of some $750 million to $800 million in player salaries from the $2.1 billion that players earned in the 2010-11 season. The union maintains that is still the case, whereas Stern and deputy commissioner Adam Silver contend the owners have scaled back those demands considerably.

Absent more tangible signs of progress Tuesday, the sides are expected to dig in their heels for what would be the league's first work stoppage since the summer of 1998 -- a lockout that lasted into February of 1999 before a truncated 50-game season was played.

'Nothing is agreed to until everything is agreed to,' Stern said. 'The clock is ticking and the runway is shortening.'

Hunter indicated there is a growing belief that a group of hard-line owners are dictating the pace and tone of the negotiating process.

'The owners appear to be pretty unified in their position,' Hunter told ESPN.com. 'If I had to say who, I'd probably say the small markets are driving. Because if you look at the big markets -- Chicago, L.A., New York -- they're making tons of money. So it's not an issue with them, it's an issue of the smaller markets. I think that David (Stern), if he feels the climate is right within the room and there is a deal to be made, then David still has enough sway to make the deal. But I'm not sure that's an easy move on their part.'

Also Friday, the league told the players that this weekend it would be canceling its Las Vegas Summer League, which would have started in early July. Silver stressed that was simply a function of the calendar, not a threat to the players.

Courtesy of ESPN


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Kentucky to change Calipari's record to reflect vacated wins - by Eurobasket News
It turns out Kentucky coach John Calipari hasn't reached 500 career victories after all.

The school says it will change Calipari's career record because of 42 vacated victories from his time at Memphis and Massachusetts. In a statement, Kentucky said it had consulted with the NCAA and determined it was 'in error' to have celebrated Calipari's 500th career win against Florida on Feb. 26.

The school says it will report Calipari's career record 'consistent with the NCAA's official records and statistics.'

The school had debated the issue with the NCAA because Calipari was never found to be at fault for the violations that led to the vacated wins.

Kentucky reached its first Final Four since 1998 under Calipari.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


Kansas adds swingman transfer Young - by Eurobasket News
Kansas has added forward Kevin Young (6'8''-F-90), a 6-foot-8 swingman who will be expected to contribute right away in the Jayhawks' rebuilding project.

Coach Bill Self said Friday that Young will be a junior who can play next season. Self said he expects Young, of Perris, Calif., to be 'an impact player' for the Jayhawks.

Young played for Loyola Marymount in 2008-09 and 2009-10 and started 62 of 65 games with the Lions. He averaged 9.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game for LMU his freshman season and 10.7 points and 5.6 rebounds his sophomore year.

Self said Young then graduated from a junior college and has two years left to play.

Kansas will be without twins Marcus and Markieff Morris, who are skipping their senior seasons to go into the NBA draft. Also leaving the program early to turn pro is freshman guard Josh Selby. In addition, guards Tyrel Reed and Brady Morningstar and swingman Mario Little all graduated.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Jim Calhoun still undecided on UConn future - by Eurobasket News
Jim Calhoun is still operating without a timetable, still making the rounds as part of his offseason responsibilities, still saying little more than this: When he decides whether he'll return for a 26th season at UConn, and 40th overall, he'll let everyone know.

Calhoun is just doing all he can to ensure the program remains in a good place and that whoever the coach is a few months from now will be in a desirable position. He met with new UConn president Susas Herbst Thursday, 'and I told her the same type of thing, that I'll know and we'll move forward.'

He is in no rush. That was not the case last offseason. UConn had stumbled to an 18-16 record in 2009-10, the NCAA was preparing to throw the book at the Huskies for the Nate Miles fiasco and Calhoun quickly put out a statement saying he would be back in 2010-11.

'I could not leave UConn at that point in time,' said Calhoun, who turned 69 in May. 'I could have left the year before [after the 2009 Final Four]. But I couldn't leave the university being scrutinized by the NCAA, things still unresolved, a whole bunch of situations. I felt that would not be leaving it in better shape than when I arrived. Yes, we won more games, but it wasn't really the way I to leave UConn.'

This offseason is playing out at Calhoun's leisure. He's basking in the glow of a third national championship, focusing on recruiting and other program needs, and making the rounds for the various charities he is involved with.

On Thursday, Calhoun was the guest of honor at the St. Vincent's SWIM Across the Sound 8th annual Prostate Cancer Institute Celebrity Dinner. The event annually raises about $100,000 to benefit the Prostate Cancer Institute. Events such as this help raise about $2.6 million a year for SWIM Across the Sound, which helps more than 20,000 people each year.

Calhoun, who has fought and beat cancer three times, first became involved with the group in 2004 or 2005, he said, shortly after being treated for prostate cancer himself.

'Obviously it meant something significant, because I had already been through a bout with cancer,' he said. 'Little did I know that, after that, I'd be hit with cancer again. We're not going to eradicate anything, but we're going to make a big, big dent and improve the quality of life for many people.'

Calhoun spoke of his own battles with cancer and those that claimed the lives of both his sister-in-law and longtime friend in the last year. He then spoke of his success at UConn, mentioning the Ray Allens and Kemba Walkers and how that has given him a platform to try to make a difference.

Calhoun looks as healthy and energetic as he has in years. The bond he developed with last year's players, and the team's success, probably has a lot to do with that.

'It was special not only to me, but I find going all across the country, special to people,' Calhoun said. 'People identified with this team. People really liked this team. It was a very likeable team. It was a group of guys working as hard as they can, and Kemba showed the pure pleasure of playing the game. Jerome Dyson is the nice kid, but Jerome Dyson never showed the pure pleasure of being good. And I think that hurt him, because he put so much pressure on himself.'

Of last year's team, Calhoun said, 'We weren't chest-bumpers. We were just a bunch of guys working hard.'

Courtesy of www.courant.com


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NBL Round 10 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Bay Hawks (#3) forced the game against Wellington S. (#2) into an overtime, but lost by four points 80-84 on Saturday night. The game took place in Tamatea. But the guests from Wellington were better at the end. Lindsay Tait (194-G-82, agency: Impact Basketball) scored 25 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Bay Hawks' coach Paul Henare rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Wellington S. (11-2) keeps a position of league leader. Bay Hawks at the other side keep the third place with four games lost. Wellington S. will face Manawatu J. (#5) in Palmerston North in the next round. Bay Hawks will play at home against Nelson G. in Stoke and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 10 Nelson G. won against Southland S. on the opponent's court 70-67. Bottom-ranked OceanaGold N. unfortunately lost to Nelson G. in a home game 63-79. Waikato P. managed to beat Taranaki MA on the road 96-81. Manawatu J. was crushed by Wellington S. on its own court 67-90. Southland S. was beaten by Auckland P. in a road game 79-68.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 25 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists by Everard Bartlett of Auckland P..


Southland S. - Nelson G. 67-70

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Southland S.'s (5-7) home loss to fourth ranked Nelson G. (7-5) 67-70 on Saturday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. American guard Rod Grizzard (203-80, college: Alabama) scored 11 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international forward Mika Vukona (197-82) chipped in 12 points and 16 rebounds during the contest. Five Nelson G. players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international swingman Brendon Polyblank (200-78, college: Texas St.) responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds and the former international guard Mark Dickel (187-76, college: UNLV) scored 9 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Nelson G. have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 7-5 record. Southland S. at the other side dropped to the sixth place with seven games lost. Nelson G. will face Manawatu J. (#5) in Palmerston North in the next round. Southland S. will play at home against Auckland P. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nelson G.: D.Dora 16+6reb+2ast, M.Fitchett 16+6reb+2ast, P.Jones 12+2reb+3ast, M.Vukona 12+16reb, R.Grizzard 11+9reb+8ast, J.Bloxham 3+1reb
Southland S.: B.Polyblank 18+5reb, K.Dickens 12+6reb, M.Rose 11+5reb+3ast, M.Dickel 9+7reb+7ast, G.Dawson 8+7reb, M.Iti 6+9reb
gschID: 122707


OceanaGold N. - Nelson G. 63-79

Very predictable result in Dunedin where fourth ranked Nelson G. (7-5) defeated bottom-ranked OceanaGold N. (2-11) 79-63 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Nelson G.. OceanaGold N. was better in second period 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international guard Phill Jones (196-74) scored 23 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Rod Grizzard (203-80, college: Alabama) chipped in 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side international power forward Craig Bradshaw (207-83, college: Winthrop) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and American center Lance Allred (211-81, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Four OceanaGold N. players scored in double figures. Nelson G. have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 7-5 record. OceanaGold N. lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 11 games lost. Nelson G. will face Manawatu J. (#5) in Palmerston North in the next round. OceanaGold N. will play at home against Auckland P. (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nelson G.: P.Jones 23+6reb, D.Dora 15+6reb+1ast, R.Grizzard 12+8reb+4ast, M.Fitchett 8+2reb, J.Bloxham 7, M.Vukona 6+11reb+2ast
OceanaGold N.: C.Bradshaw 19+13reb+2ast, S.O'Gallagher 13+3reb+3ast, L.Allred 12+10reb+2ast, M.Morrison 10+7reb+1ast, S.To'omata 7+1reb+1ast, R.Buckrell 2
gschID: 122704


Bay Hawks - Wellington S. 80-84 OT

Bay Hawks (#3) forced the game against Wellington S. (#2) into an overtime, but lost by four points 80-84 on Saturday night. The game took place in Tamatea. But the guests from Wellington were better at the end. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-12. But Bay Hawks won second period 22-20. 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 Bay Hawks used huge pressure winning it 13-12 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 6-10. Bay Hawks were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. International guard Lindsay Tait (194-82, agency: Impact Basketball) scored 25 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American center Kareem Johnson (205-80, college: Cincinnati) chipped in 10 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Five Wellington S. players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Josh Pace (198-83, college: Syracuse) responded with 23 points and 6 rebounds and the former international guard Paora Winitana (195-76) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Bay Hawks' coach Paul Henare rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Wellington S. (11-2) keeps a position of league leader. Bay Hawks at the other side keep the third place with four games lost. Wellington S. will face Manawatu J. (#5) in Palmerston North in the next round. Bay Hawks will play at home against Nelson G. in Stoke and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wellington S.: L.Tait 25+5reb+6ast, C.Webster 16+2reb+1ast, L.Henry 16+5reb, E.Maxey 11+7reb, K.Johnson 10+12reb, C.Frank 6+7reb+2ast
Bay Hawks: J.Pace 23+6reb+3ast, P.Winitana 19+6reb+2ast, J.Kenny 14+3reb+1ast, A.Trousdell 8+7reb, A.Daly 7+3reb+1ast, C.Daniel 4+4reb
gschID: 122706


Taranaki MA - Waikato P. 81-96

Not a big story in a game in New Plymouth where 8th ranked Taranaki MA (2-10) was defeated by first ranked Waikato P. (11-3) 96-81 on Friday. The game without a history. Waikato P. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. International center Alex Pledger (216-87, college: Belm.Abbey) scored 20 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Jason Crowe (193-76, college: Cal.St. Northridge) chipped in 16 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals during the contest. Four Waikato P. players scored in double figures. At the losing side American center Marcus Campbell (214-82, college: Mississippi St., agency: SportsTalent) responded with 26 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Jack Leasure (191-86, college: Co.Carolina) scored 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Waikato P. have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Despite that victory Waikato P. went down to second position due to points difference. Taranaki MA lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with ten games lost. Waikato P. will face Manawatu J. (#5) in Palmerston North in the next round.
Top scorers:
Waikato P.: A.Pledger 20+8reb+3ast, H.Allen 19+4reb+1ast, J.Crowe 16+6reb+4ast, J.Smith 16+5reb+3ast, D.Ryan 10+3reb+2ast, T.Abercrombie 8+5reb+4ast
Taranaki MA: M.Campbell 26+7reb, J.Leasure 16+7reb+4ast, L.Abrams 12+13reb+1ast, M.Abdelhamid 7+3reb+1ast, A.Bailey-Nowell 6+5reb+3ast, C.Stuart 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 122702


Manawatu J. - Wellington S. 67-90

Everything went according to plan in Palmerston North where second ranked Wellington S. (11-2) outscored 4th ranked Manawatu J. (5-6) 90-67 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Wellington S.. Manawatu J. was better in fourth quarter 19-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Wellington S. dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Manawatu J.'s 38. They outrebounded Manawatu J. 42-31 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international guard Corey Webster (185-88, college: Lambuth) scored 18 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Lindsay Tait (194-82, agency: Impact Basketball) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international power forward Nick Horvath (208-81, college: Duke) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds and American guard Darryl Hudson (196-85, college: Howard, agency: TSS Management) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Wellington S. keeps a position of league leader. Loser Manawatu J. dropped to the fifth place with six games lost. Wellington S. will have a break next round. Manawatu J. will play at home against Nelson G. (#4) in Stoke and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wellington S.: C.Webster 18+4reb+5ast, L.Tait 18+5reb+3ast, K.Johnson 13+7reb, C.Frank 13+7reb+1ast, A.Steve 8+4reb, E.Maxey 8+7reb
Manawatu J.: D.Hudson 17+5reb+3ast, K.Hokianga 12+2reb, N.Horvath 11+13reb+2ast, M.Te Huna 10+1ast, C.Hagan 9, D.Bailey 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 122703


Auckland P. - Southland S. 79-68

There was a minor upset when 5th ranked Southland S. (5-7) was defeated on the road by seventh ranked Auckland P. (3-8) 79-68 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Auckland P.. Southland S. was better in fourth quarter 20-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Auckland P. especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. Guard Everard Bartlett (198-86) scored 25 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American power forward Kevin Mickens (207-83, college: George Mason) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Auckland P.'s coach Kenneth Stone used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American swingman Mike Rose (193-87, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Court Side) responded with 19 points and the former international guard Mark Dickel (187-76, college: UNLV) scored 11 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Four Southland S. players scored in double figures. Auckland P. maintains seventh position with 3-8 record. Loser Southland S. dropped to the sixth place with seven games lost. Auckland P. will face bottom-ranked OceanaGold N. (#9) in Dunedin in the next round.
Top scorers:
Auckland P.: E.Bartlett 25+6reb+6ast, K.Mickens 19+8reb+3ast, L.Martin 13+2reb+3ast, K.Smith 8+3reb+1ast, D.Boucher 6+9reb+6ast, B.Abdullah 5+2reb
Southland S.: M.Rose 19+3reb+2ast, K.Dickens 15+8reb+1ast, M.Dickel 11+7reb+6ast, M.Iti 10+13reb, D.Peck 6+1reb, G.Dawson 4+1reb
gschID: 122701




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jack LEASURE
  Taranaki.
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Leasure, Taranaki.21.9 
 2. Hudson, Manawatu.20.4 
 3. Pace, Bay Hawks19.8 
 4. Webster, Wellingt.19.6 
 5. Smith, Waikato P.19.4 
 6. Campbell, Taranaki.19.4 
 7. Dora, Nelson G.19.3 
 8. Abercrombie, Waika.19.0 
 9. Polyblank, Southla.18.7 
 10. Bradshaw, Oceana.18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nick HORVATH
  Manawatu.
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Horvath, Manawatu.11.5 
 2. Pledger, Waika.11.3 
 3. Vukona, Nelson G.10.8 
 4. Allred, OceanaGo.10.1 
 5. Campbell, Taranaki.9.9 
 6. Seay, Waikato P.9.3 
 7. Johnson, Wellingt.9.1 
 8. Grizzard, Nelson G.8.8 
 9. Bradshaw, OceanaG.8.4 
 10. Frank, Wellington8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Waikato P.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Crowe, Waikato P.6.8 
 2. Dickel, Southland6.5 
 3. Tait, Wellington S.5.5 
 4. Braswell, Southlan.5.2 
 5. Martin, Auckland.4.5 
 6. Kench, Manawatu J.4.4 
 7. Boucher, Auckland.4.0 
 8. Smith, Waikato P.3.7 
 9. Grizzard, Nelson G.3.6 
 10. Meehl, Taranaki MA3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Waikato P.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Crowe, Waikato P.3.1 
 2. Boucher, Auckland.2.9 
 3. Smith, Waikato P.2.7 
 4. Seay, Waikato P.2.3 
 5. Dickel, Southland2.1 
 6. Kench, Manawatu J.2.0 
 7. Allen, Waikato P.1.7 
 8. Leasure, Taranaki.1.6 
 9. Braswell, Southlan.1.6 
 10. Frank, Wellington1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Waika.
  (216-C-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Pledger, Waika.2.8 
 2. Seay, Waikato P.1.5 
 3. Iti, Southland S.1.4 
 4. Allred, OceanaGo.1.4 
 5. Spicer, Southlan.1.2 
 6. Vukona, Nelson G.1.0 
 7. Brown, Auckland P.1.0 
 8. Anthony, Waika.1.0 
 9. Campbell, Taranaki.0.9 
 10. Johnson, Wellingt.0.9 


Standings Men
NBL Standings
 1. Wellington S. 11-2 
 2. Waikato P. 11-3 
 3. Bay Hawks 10-4 
 4. Nelson G. 7-5 
 5. Manawatu J. 5-6 
 6. Southland S. 5-7 
 7. Auckland P. 3-8 
 8. Taranaki MA 2-10 
 9. OceanaGold N. 2-11 


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Eurobasket Summer League 2011 - by Travis McAvene

Eurobasket Summer League (ESL) 2011 is proud to present the #1 summer professional exposure event for the international basketball community.

The Eurobasket Summer League 2011 will target 5 major markets (Vegas, Houston, New York, Spain and Chicago)

This is the fourth (4th) year that the ESL has been running and over delivers on its product. Not only is the ESL regarded as one of the best summer leagues in the country its not the best in the world. With the NBA in a lockout, this is the only way scouts can view the top players the USA has to offer.

Not only is the ESL the top summer league of 2011, but it has been proven. The ESL has averaged over 40 players per summer that have moved on to the next year.
Below you will find all locations and description of ESL 2011.

Chicago: Tim Grover has trained NBA legends Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Dwayne Wade and during the course of the ESL event you will see many NBA players glancing in on the ESL while training.
Location: Chicago, IL at Attack Athletics (June 30 - July 2, 2011)

Vegas: Do we even have to say Vegas. This ESL site is by far the most popular. Vegas is where it all started and will have various scouts from Europe to the NBA.
Location: Las Vegas, NV at Doolittle Community Center (July 7-10, 2011)

Atlanta: The Atlanta event was created for the ladies. This will serve as a major marketing tool for the international scouts to receive a good product. The WNBA will also be in attendance to scout the players.
Location: Atlanta, ESL Women's Event at the Suwanee Sports Academy (July 15-17, 2011)

Germany: The ESL Germany Event promises to be a high quality event which will be managed by former the former BBL team Kln 99ers GM and Owner Stephan Baeck .
The fact that the ESL European event will be hosted in Cologne, Germany will provide easier access for professional clubs in central Europe to scout the popular event.
Location: Cologne, Germany at Ball-Park (July 15-17, 2011)

Houston: The Houston event should be the most interesting. ESL Houston has already confirmed over 8 GMs and coaches attending (Japan, Iceland, Denmark, Romania, Mexico and Venezuela). Not to forget the first annual ESL Dunk Contest head lined by YouTube Sensation Guy Dupuy.
Location: Houston, Texas at Campbell Center (July 21-24, 2011)

New York: NYC is one of the longest running ESL sites. Yima Chia-Kur was the MVP last season, but more importantly ESL propelled him to his first professional contract in Portugal.
Location: New York City at Saint Peter's College (July 29-31, 2011)

If you are a player seeking the best opportunity to make it to the next level Go to the Eurobasket Summer League.


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Real Club remains undefeated - by Timothy
After 18 games, Universidad de Lima / Real Club de Lima remains the only unbeaten club left in the Superior League this season. Although they have managed to stay undefeated this long, it has not been easy. Real Club has survived close games by playing smart and playing together down the stretch of tight games to close out tough opponents such as El Bosque, Colegio Inmaculada and Regatas Lima. In addition to very good team chemistry and good coaching, the team is on this hot streak partially due to the exceptional play of their American import Tim Nelson (186-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Oklahoma S&A), who is currently averaging 20.4 points 4.6 assists along with 3 steals per game. Nelson has come up with clutch baskets night after night to help Real Club overcome some of its more challenging opponents. Real Club will have another test next week as they face the tough Ejercito and try to keep the winning streak alive.

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PBA Roundup for June 11-17, 2011 - by Enzo Flojo
RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO PAINTERS over B-MEG DERBY ACE LLAMADOS, 95-82
The opening game in the PBA Governors' Cup turned out to be a lopsided win by the
Rain or Shine import, Arizona Reid (196-F-86, college: High Point), over his B-MEG counterpart, Stefon Hannah.

Reid churned out a huge double-double with 36 points and 17 rebounds, but he sat out the last few minutes after suffering leg cramps.

Gabe Norwood, Larry Rodriguez, Jeff Chan and Beau Belga provided the needed help as Rain or Shine got the very first win in the conference.

Hannah, the Finals MVP in the recent NBA D-League season, went 0-of-13 from the field in the first half, and only made his first bucket midway through the third period. He finished with a paltry 8 points on 4-for-23 FG shooting.

Rain or Shine led by as many as 16, 91-75, on an 11-4 run capped by RJ Jazul with a
three-pointer coming off the bench in the 4th quarter.

Joe Devance, recently acquired from Air21 in exchange for KG Canaleta and Jondan Salvador, and James Yap carried the cudgels for B-Meg.

Rain or Shine 95: Reid 36, Chan 11, Norwood 10, Rodirguez 10, Belga 7, Buenafe 6, Arana 6, Vanlandingham 4, Jazul 3, Kramer 2, Ibanes 0.
B-MEG 82: Yap 17, Peter June Simon (186-G-82) 14, Devance 14, Gaco 10, Hannah 8, Allado 8, Pingris 5, Villanueva 3, Escobal 3, Fernandez 0.
QS: 19-19, 44-31, 69-60, 95-82

MERALCO BOLTS over PETRON BLAZE BOOSTERS, 105-100
Champ Oguchi was expected to deliver the goods, but when Mark Isip (193-F-80) joined the fray, Meralco proved to be hard to beat. The Bolts poured on the heat in the first three quarters before relying on Isip in holding off the Petron Blaze Boosters last June 12.

Isip nearly matched his career-high by coming off the bench for 28 points while Oguchi notched 26 points and 10 rebounds as Meralco won a conference-opener for the first time in three tries despite the absence of a couple of key players.

It was a sorry loss for Petron (formerly San Miguel Beer), which is looking to bounce back from a sorry Commissioners Cup finish, where it wound up last. But thats not to say they didnt give it a fight. Despite falling behind by 21 points, the Boosters made it a close 98-102 game behind the late-game heroics of Jay Washington and Alex Cabagnot.

Washington and Cabagnot each wound up with 18 points to pace Petron and three other locals scored at least 11 points each as they vainly tried to make up for Ricky Harris very disappointing debut. Harris came in as replacement for Mike Taylor, who tore his hamstring in a tune-up game early last week. Harris scored only eight points after going 3-for-15 from the field and 1-for-4 from the stripe.

Meralco 105 - Isip 28, Oguchi 26, Mercado 23, Ritualo 11, Hugnatan 6, Aljamal 3, Espinas 3, Taulava 3, Weinstein 2, Omolon 0.
Petron 100 - Washington 18, Cabagnot 18, Al-Hussaini 16, Santos 12, Yeo 11, Harris 8, Pennisi 6, Duncil 4, Hubalde 4, Salvacion 3, Baclao 0, Guevarra 0.
QS: 27-18, 51-42, 84-63, 105-100

BGY. GINEBRA GIN KINGS over POWERADE TIGERS
Debuting Ginebra import Curtis Stinson (187-G-83, college: Iowa St.) didnt need to score much to help the Kings to a triumphant start in the PBA Governors Cup. The reigning NBA D-League MVP made a difference taking the point guard chores as Ginebra topped Powerade, 92-80 last June 12.

Stinson had solid all-around numbers of 15 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals and 1 block as the Kings won their first game after being beaten by the Talk n Text Tropang Texters in the previous conferences championship.

On the other hand, Chris Porter churned out giant numbers but failed to get the job done for the Tigers. They sorely missed top local player Gary David whos out with a fractured hand. Mark Macapagal, the leagues reigning back-to-back 3-point king, was 0-of-10 from the three-point area and 0-of-4 from the two-point zone.

Rob Reyes was the only Tiger who backed Porter with 10 markers. The rest had six
or less.

Yancy de Ocampo, John Wilson, Mark Caguioa and JC Intal joined Stinson in piling up significant numbers for the Kings, who established control early and dominated the Tigers practically all game long.

Ginebra 92: De Ocampo 18, Stinson 15, Wilson 15, Caguioa 13, Intal 12, Wilson 6, Tubid 5, Aquino 4, Cortez 2, Menk 2, Miller 0.
Powerade 80: Porter 38, Reyes R. 10, Anthony 6, Allera 5, Lanete 5, Cruz 5, Espino 4, Macapagal 3, Rizada 2, Laure 2, Reyes J. 0, Quinahan 0, Gonzales 0.
QS: 25-17, 43-30, 71-55, 92-80

TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS over ALASKA ACES, 101-75
17 unanswered points at the start of the game got Talk n Text to a blazing start in pursuit of the 2011 grand slam. The Tropang Texters picked up from where they left off in the Commissioners Cup, blasting the Alaska Milk Aces in their initial outing in last June 15.

The Aces scored their first basket through import Jason Forte only after the Texters had gone on that record-setting fiery roll. Alaska just had no answer to the sterling performance the Texters. The Texters, however, witnessed their star PG Jimmy Alapag go down with a sprained ankle. He never returned to the game.

Maurice Baker, Ryan Reyes (188-G-83, college: Cerritos JC), Aaron Aban, Jason Castro, Kelly Williams and Ranidel de Ocampo all played well, leading the Texters in their domination of the Aces. All these players put up double-digit figures.

Talk N' Text 101 - Baker 17, Reyes 16, Aban 14, Castro 11, Williams 11, De Ocampo 10, Fonacier 5, Carey 5, Oreta 4, Alvarez 4, Peek 4, Yee 0, Lao 0, Alapag 0.
Alaska 75 - Baguio 20, Forte 16, Tenorio 12, Thoss 10, Dela Cruz 6, Reyes 4, Gonzales 4, Dimaunahan 3, Borboran 0, Eman 0, Cablay 0.
QS: 26-12, 50-32, 71-48, 101-75

RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO PAINTERS over AIR 21 EXPRESS, 116-94
Rain or Shine survived a second quarter meltdown and toppled Air 21, 116-94, last June 15. Arizona Reid did a little of everything, scoring a game-high 24 points, grabbing 11 rebounds, and issuing 5 assists.

But the spotlight didnt shine solely on Reid. He shared it with Beau Belga and Ronjay Buenafe, who changed the complexion of the game and cushioned the impact of Air21s second quarter run. Belga finished with 18 points, Jeff Chan added 15 and Buenafe had 13 as the Elasto Painters picked up their second straight win.

Alpha Bangura scored 20 points, Danny Seigle had 19 and Dondon Hontiveros contributed 12 for Air 21.

Rain or Shine 116 - Reid 24, Belga 18, Chan 15, Buenafe 13, Norwood 12, Arana 11, Kramer 6, Ibanez 5, Cruz 4, Rodriguez 4, Vanlandingham 3, Jazul 1.
Air21 94 - Bangura 20, Seigle 19, Hontiveros 12, Sharma 10, Canaleta 9, Urbiztondo 8, Avenido 8, Salvador 2, Artadi 2, Arboleda 2, Pena 2, Espiritu 0, Najorda 0.
QS: 30-20, 46-49, 82-74, 116-94

B-MEG DERBY ACE LLAMADOS over POWERADE TIGERS, 103-90
Peter June Simon put on a shooting clinic in the second quarter and B-Meg rallied to beat Powerade, 103-90, on June 17. The streak-shooting guard, who played sparingly in the teams first game because of a sprained left foot, checked in with 7:22 left in the second quarter and single-handedly changed the complexion of the match. In a spectacular display of marksmanship, Peter June Simon finished with 12 of 14 shooting from the floor for a game-high 33 points. Import Stefon Hannah improved a bit in his second game (8 points, 9 assists, 7 rebound, 5 steals), but he was still hardly impressive.

Joe Devance scored 21 points and had 9 boards, while Roger Yap had 7 points and provided the leadership vacuum for the Llamados.

The loss was the second straight for the Tigers and 5th straight dating back to the previous conference. They shot 54 percent from the field in the first quarter and built a 16-point lead twice in the period. But their shooting soured thereafter and their defense collapsed, allowing the Llamados to pull away.

Import Chris Porter led Powerade with 17 points. Mark Macapagal managed just 13 points after a 10-point first quarter while rookie Sean Anthony added 12.

B-Meg 103 - Peter June Simon 33, De Vance 21, Yap J. 14, Hannah 8, Allado 8, Yap R. 7, Gaco 6, Pingris 4, Villanueva 2, Fernandez 0.
Powerade 90 - Porter 17, Macapagal 13, Anthony 12, Lanete 11, Quinahan 9, Calimag 8, Gonzales 8, Allera 5, Reyes R. 4, Cruz 3, Reyes J. 0, Rizada 0, Espino 0.
QS: 20-33, 49-48, 74-64, 103-90

PETRON BLAZE BOOSTERS over AIR 21 EXPRESS, 115-106
With hardly a rest from his long flight from the United States, Jeremy Wise (191-G-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: S.Mississippi) started his journey with the Petron Blaze on a winning note. A replacement to Ricky Harris, Wise proved to be a prized find, leading the Boosters past the Express on June 17. He was of big help to the Boosters especially with top local Jay Washington leaving the game early due to an injury.

With Washington out in the last three quarters, Arwind Santos was another guy who gave the team a huge boost as they bounced back from a losing debut versus Meralco last Sunday. He grabbed career-best 21 rebounds and added 15 points, and 5 blocks.

In the meantime, Dondon Hontiveros and Danny Seigle had huge numbers in their first game against their former team. Hontiveros piled up 32 points while Seigle came through with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Still, the Express fell short in their bid, suffering a second straight loss in the season-ending tourney.

Wise flew in only hours before the game, and he did appear in good shape, churning out 33 points, 6 caroms and 6 dimes in 40 minutes of action.

The two teams fought through 6 deadlocks and 12 lead changes before Petron seized control for good.

Petron 115 - Wise 33, Santos 15, Tugade 14, Al-Hussaini 13, Cabagnot 12, Duncil 9, Pennisi 8, Washington 7, Yeo 4, Guevarra 0.
Air 21 106 - Hontiveros 32, Bangura 24, Seigle 17, Espiritu 10, Sharma 8, Avenido 8, Urbiztondo 5, Arboleda 2, Salvador 0, Canaleta 0, Artadi 0.
QS: 21-26, 58-50, 83-80, 115-106

*stories compiled and adapted from PBA.ph





Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference
PBA Governor's Cup Standings
1. Rain or Shine 2-0
2. Talk N Text 1-0
3. Meralco B. 1-0
4. Ginebra 1-0
5. Derby Ace L. 1-1
6. San Miguel 1-1
7. Alaska 0-1
8. Air21 0-2
9. Powerade T. 0-2


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Dynamo Moscow expelled from PBL - by Eurobasket News
PBL governing body decided today to read Dynamo Moscow out of the league. Financial problems of the team were quoted as the main reason for the decision. Spartak-Primorie will replace Dynamo in PBLs 2011/12 season.
It also became known that PBL and VTB-League would merge into one league starting from 2012/13 season.



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Predrag Suput and his German team won the title - by Eurobasket News
Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) and his Brose Baskets defended the title after 72-65 win in the decisive Game 5 over ALBA. The Winner of the Regular season proved their superiority and defended the title. Last year the favorites overcame Deutsche Bank Skyliners also 3-2 in the Final series.
Brose Baskets by 4 points after three quarters before their 24-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was power forward Kyle Hines who scored 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Guard Brian Roberts chipped in 15 points and 6 assists. Five Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. Guard Julius Jenkins produced 22 points and 5 rebounds and guard Bryce Taylor added 13 points respectively for the guests. ALBA Berlin's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Last season Predrag Suput's Brose Baskets Bamberg pulled out an exciting and tight 72-70 win getting their third BEKO BBL title after 2005 and 2007. The loss was very bitter for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners after a close four point loss in the 2005 final in Bamberg, this time, it came down to a few seconds between winning and losing.
This season the Serbian Forward averaged 10.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 75.0% in EuroLeague. In German League his stats read 12.3 points per game.




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Gavel triumphs abroad - by Eurobasket News
Anton Gavel (189-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) and his Brose Baskets defended the title after 72-65 win in the decisive Game 5 over ALBA. The Winner of the Regular season proved their superiority and defended the title. Last year the favorites overcame Deutsche Bank Skyliners also 3-2 in the Final series.
Brose Baskets by 4 points after three quarters before their 24-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was power forward Kyle Hines who scored 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Guard Brian Roberts chipped in 15 points and 6 assists. Five Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. Guard Julius Jenkins produced 22 points and 5 rebounds and guard Bryce Taylor added 13 points respectively for the guests. ALBA Berlin's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Last season Brose Baskets Bamberg pulled out an exciting and tight 72-70 win getting their third BEKO BBL title after 2005 and 2007. The loss was very bitter for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners after a close four point loss in the 2005 final in Bamberg, this time, it came down to a few seconds between winning and losing.
This season Anton Gavel averaged 8.3ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 51.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 85.7% in EuroLeague and in German League his stats read 10.5 points per game.




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Germany beat Slovenia in Paris - by Eurobasket News
Germany U20 - Slovenia U20 80:69

German U20 National Team victoriously opened friendly tournament in Paris. They toppled their Slovenian counterparts by 11 points. Patrick Heckmann (196-G/F-92) stepped up with 15 points to lead the Bundesteam.
Germany got to a flying start. They scored 26 points in the opening frame and built a 9-point advantage at the first break. Germany continued to stay in front throughout the second period. They arrived at halftime up by 10 points 44:34. Slovenia stopped the bleeding in the third term. They finally managed to adjust their defence and cut the deficit at 7-point mark. But Germany fired 24 points in the fourth frame and rallied to the victory at the end. Mathis Monninghoff (200-F-92) produced 14 points for the winners. Ole Wendt (190-G-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 11 points for Germany. Alen Omic (213-C-92) answered with game-high 23 points for Slovenia. Marko Pajic (204-F-92) had 13 points in the losing case.

Germany U20: Patrick Heckmann 15, Mathis Monninghoff 14, Ole Wendt 11
Slovenia U20: Alen Omic 23, Marko Pajic 13



Olimpija brings coach Filipovski home to Slovenia - by Zeljko Zule
In the first step toward getting ready for the 2011-12 season, Slovenian runner-up Olimpija announced the signing of Saso Filipovski as new head coach for the next three seasons. He returns to Slovenia and Olimpija for the first time since 2006. Filipovski, 36, began the 2010-11 season on the CSKA Moscow coaching staff, but left together with Dusko Vujosevic when the latter was relived of his duties in November 2010. He took over Lottomatica Roma in January 2011.
Filipovski worked his way up the coaching ladder at Union Olimpija in his native Slovenia, working as an assistant under the legendary Zmago Sagadin, before taking over the head coaching reins at age 29 for the 2003-04 season and leading Olimpija to the Euroleague Top 16 and later adding two more Slovenian League crowns in two seasons as the boss. In the summer of 2006, Filipovski moved to Polish side PGE Turow and proceeded to lift the club to new heights by reaching the Polish League playoff finals and in its ULEB Cup debut, reaching that competitions Final Eight. He also coached one season in Russia with Lokomotiv Rostov before joining CSKA over the last summer.



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Inchon ET Land Elephants target Jackson Vroman - by Eurobasket News
Inchon ET Land Elephants are targeting Vroman Jackson (208-C/F-81, college: Iowa St.). The team is mulling the possibility of splitting ways with their import player Hill Herbert (208-F-84, college: Providence) and now are looking closely at Vroman Jackson.
Vroman Jackson may be another player to move from China to South Korean League. Last season the 30-year-old Lebanese centre played for DongGuan New Century Leopards. Vroman Jackson tallied 22.6 points, 10.6 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.8 steals per game in CBA. Asia-Basket.com named the player All-Chinese CBA Centre of the Year. Previously Vroman Jackson had stints in Iran, Lithuania, Spain, Puerto Rico, NBA. Vroman Jackson participated at 2010 World Championships with Lebanon. He averaged 14.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.6 steals per game in Turkey. Vroman Jackson was Asia-Basket.com All-WABA Best Player in 2009.



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Breogan keep James Feldeine - by Eurobasket News
Breogan ensured the services of scoring machine James Feldeine (193-G-88, college: Quinnipiac) for another season. The 22-year-old guard tallied 15.2 points, 3.1 boards, 1.5 assists and 1.4 steals per game in the previous season. James Feldeine made it into Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold 3rd Team after the season. It was the first pro season for the guard. James Feldeine graduated from the Quinnipaic University in 2010. He averaged 16.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.4 steals per game in his senior season with the Bobcats. James Feldeine was named into All-NEC 1st Team in 2010.


Manresa and Rodrigo San Miguel part ways - by Eurobasket News
Rodrigo San Miguel (190-G-85) is no longer a member of Assignia Manresa. The Spanish guard decided to leave the team where he spent last three years. According to some sources, his next destination will be Valencia.
Rodrigo San Miguel joined Manresa in 2008 from Valladolid. He played 34 games in ACB this season averaging 8.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists. In 2009/10, San Miguel had 8.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 3.1 apg for 33 games. In his first season with Manresa, San Miguel collected 6 ppg, 1.8 rpg and 1.2 spg for 32 games. Before Manresa and Valladolid, he was a member of CAI Zaragoza. Rodrigo San Miguel was a member of U20 Spain in the past. He also played for U18 and U16 NT.


Unicaja about to sign Earl Rowland - by Eurobasket News
Unicaja is close to signing a contract with Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA). The 28-year-old guard is expected to replace Terrell McIntyre who left the Malaga team. Earl Rowland spent the last season in Italy. He tallied 13.9 points, 3.8 assists 3.0 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game for Vanoli Cremona. Earl Rowland took part in Seria A All-Star Game. Previously the guard had stints in D-League, Australia, Latvia and Germany. Earl Rowland has a Bulgarian passport. The guard played for Bulgarian National Team at 2009 EuroBasket. He averaged 17.7 points, 3.0 assists, 3.0 boards and 1.3 steals per game in Poland. In 2010 Eurobasket.com named Earl Rowland into SeriaA All-Bosmans Team.


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Turk Telekom returns Muratcan Guler - by Eurobasket News
Muratcan Guler (192-G-80, agency: Interperformances) is back to Turk Telekom after three years. The experienced guard signed a one-year deal with the Ankara team. Guler spent last season with Antalya. He appeared 32 times in TBL averaging 11.5 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists. Guler played for Besiktas from 2008 until the last summer. In their second season together he had 6.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 2.2 apg in Turkey. Guler also added 8.1 ppg and 4.6 rpg in EuroCup.
As mentioned above, Muratcan Guler already played for Turk Telekom in the past. He was their member from 2006 to 2008. Guler helped Turk Telekom win the Turkish Cup in 2008. Before TT, Guler was a member of Karsiyaka, Ulker and ITU. He also played for Besiktas from 1999-2001.
Muratcan Guler was named Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Defensive Player of the Year in 2006 and also Eurobasket.com Turkish League All-Domestic Players Team -03, 05, 06.


Fenerbahce Ulker wins the Beko Basketball League championship - by Pervin Elgin
Fenerbahce Ulker won their fifth Beko Basketball League championship by defeating Galatasaray Cafe Crown away 88-91 in the sixth game of the playoff series. The 4-2 series victory brought Feners second consecutive championship and fourth in the last five years. The big man for Ulker was Omer Onan, who scored 20 points. Oguz Savas scored 19.

Fenerbahce Ulker started the game well and took a 6-9 lead in the first minutes. Jerry Johnson turned things around for the hosts, replying with two three-point hits: 13-11 after 6 minutes of playing time. Another three point score by Preston Shumpert increased the difference to six points after 8 minutes of play: 19-13. In the final minutes of the period Oguz Savas and Sean May stepped up for Ulker, but their team team still finished the first period behind: 23-21.

In the second period Fenerbahce Ulker continued with the dominant play. Omer Onan's three point basket put his team back in the lead again, and baskets by Sean May increased the gap to seven points: 25-32. Two three-pointers by Sarunas Jasikevicius boosted the advantage to eight points: 31-39. Galatasaray Cafe Crown took a break and resumed play revamped. A 7-0 series gave the hosts the lead again: 45-43 with 90 seconds left on the clock. After some mutual baskets Oguz Savas levelled the scores again in the final seconds: 49-49 at halftime.

Third period Ulker team began with baskets by Omer Onan, but Preston Shumpert replied for Cafe Crown. The rest of the period play went back and forth, with Oguz Savas contributing bigtime of Fenerbahce. Marco Tomas scored the last basket of the third period, giving his team a 66-69 lead.

In the final period Ulker once again increased the lead (74-79), but Luksa Andrich and Jerry Johnson closed the gap: 78-79. A short run by Fenerbahce increased the advantage again, 80-84 with less than a minute of playing time left. After that, the game turned into a free throw festival. Jerry Johnson's shots brought the difference back to one point: 84-85, but Feners Roko Ukic and Sarunas Jasikevicius threw six for six in the final seconds, bringing home a 88-91 victory and the 2010-2011 championship title.



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Eurobasket Summer League 2011 - by Travis McAvene
Eurobasket Summer League (ESL) 2011 is proud to present the #1 summer professional exposure event for the international basketball community.

The Eurobasket Summer League 2011 will target 5 major markets (Vegas, Houston, New York, Spain and Chicago)

This is the fourth (4th) year that the ESL has been running and over delivers on its product. Not only is the ESL regarded as one of the best summer leagues in the country its not the best in the world. With the NBA in a lockout, this is the only way scouts can view the top players the USA has to offer.

Not only is the ESL the top summer league of 2011, but it has been proven. The ESL has averaged over 40 players per summer that have moved on to the next year.
Below you will find all locations and description of ESL 2011.

Chicago: Tim Grover has trained NBA legends Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Dwayne Wade and during the course of the ESL event you will see many NBA players glancing in on the ESL while training.
Location: Chicago, IL at Attack Athletics (June 30 - July 2, 2011)

Vegas: Do we even have to say Vegas. This ESL site is by far the most popular. Vegas is where it all started and will have various scouts from Europe to the NBA.
Location: Las Vegas, NV at Doolittle Community Center (July 7-10, 2011)

Atlanta: The Atlanta event was created for the ladies. This will serve as a major marketing tool for the international scouts to receive a good product. The WNBA will also be in attendance to scout the players.
Location: Atlanta, ESL Women's Event at the Suwanee Sports Academy (July 15-17, 2011)

Germany: The ESL Germany Event promises to be a high quality event which will be managed by former the former BBL team Kln 99ers GM and Owner Stephan Baeck .
The fact that the ESL European event will be hosted in Cologne, Germany will provide easier access for professional clubs in central Europe to scout the popular event.
Location: Cologne, Germany at Ball-Park (July 15-17, 2011)

Houston: The Houston event should be the most interesting. ESL Houston has already confirmed over 8 GMs and coaches attending (Japan, Iceland, Denmark, Romania, Mexico and Venezuela). Not to forget the first annual ESL Dunk Contest head lined by YouTube Sensation Guy Dupuy.
Location: Houston, Texas at Campbell Center (July 21-24, 2011)

New York: NYC is one of the longest running ESL sites. Yima Chia-Kur was the MVP last season, but more importantly ESL propelled him to his first professional contract in Portugal.
Location: New York City at Saint Peter's College (July 29-31, 2011)

If you are a player seeking the best opportunity to make it to the next level Go to the Eurobasket Summer League.


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DniproAzot extends Yuriy Lokhmanchuk - by Eurobasket News
DniproAzot secured the services of Yuriy Lokhmanchuk (197-G/F-87) for the next season. The 23-year-old guard joined the team in February 2010. He averaged 2.1 points and 1.5 rebounds per game in Superleague last season. Previously Yuriy Lokhmnachuk had stints with SC Mariupol, Cherkassy and Budivelnyk. Yuriy Lokhmanchuk played for U18 and U20 Ukrainian National Teams.


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Results for the Metro 18th round - by Hector Lopez
Results for the Metro League 18th round
Tabare 65 - Mathias Calfani (202-C-92) 15 points 13 rebounds, Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) 5 points 11 rebounds
25 de Agosto - John Rufus (207-F/C-81, college: Fayetteville St.) 19 points 8 rebounds
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Nacional 82 - Terrence Shelman (198-F-78) 17 points 15 rebounds
Urunday 61 - Juan Garbarino (185-G-89) 14 points Steven Toyloy (203-C-87, college: Cincinnati) 3 points 6 rebounds
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Goes 77 - Johnny Rodriguez (197-F-83) 24 points 1 rebound
Larranaga 71 - Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central) 12 points 7 rebounds
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Verdirrojo 75 - Emiliano Baston (200-F-88) 24 points 5 rebounds
Capitol 72 - Gordon James (198-F-79, college: Bridgeport) 22 points 14 rebounds 4 blocks
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Yale 90 - Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, college: Lewis) 26 points 7 rebounds
Atenas 83 - Quentin Smith (205-C-77, college: Mississippi St.) 21 points 12 rebounds

The six best Metro League teams will play since next week the second stage for one promotion to the Uruguayan League 2012, with half of the points already earned after 18 rounds. Tabare will begin with 16 points, Larranaga and Nacional 15 points, Goes 14.5, Urunday and Goes 14. To avoid relegation will play (best of three) Capitol ( (1) vs. 25 de Agosto (0) and Yale (1) vs. Verdirrojo (0). The losers will play for the best of three.




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U16 FIBA Americas Championship: Argentina better than Mexico 62-57 - by Eurobasket News
U16 MEXICO - U16 ARGENTINA 57-62

Argentina outplayed Mexico 62-57 in Day Four of the U16 FIBA Americas championship. It was the first game of the classification round from 5th to 8th place. So, Argentina will meet Venezuela in the last game of the competition. The winner will end as No.5. Mexico will try to avoid the last place at this event and they will have to beat Guatemala. Sofia Chelini (96) top-scored for Argentina in this meeting with 18 points. Victoria Llorente (96) added 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Andrea Ledesma (97) had 11 pts, plus 8 boards. For the hosts, Daniela Soto (96) collected 14 points and 6 rebs. Guadalupe Pichardo (95) netted 10 pts. Quarters: 12-26, 17-11, 11-8, 17-17.

Mexico: Daniela Soto 14+6 boards, Guadalupe Pichardo 10
Argentina: Sofia Chelini 18, Victoria Llorente 12+10 boards, Andrea Ledesma 11+8 boards


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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Australia lose to Brazil in Qi Yi Cup opener - by Eurobasket News
Brazil - Australia 67:57

Australia lost their first game at Qi Yi Cup friendly tournament in China. The Opals surrendered against Brazil. The Opals will now take on New Zealand tonight.
Brazil and Australia stayed close throughout the opening frame. The Latin American side led by just a single point after ten minutes 19:18. But the second term was a different story. Brazil stiffened their defence and limited the Opals to just 7 points in the period. As a result Brazil earned a 34:25 halftime lead. Brazil maintained the lead throughout the third term. Moreover Enio Vecchi team boosted the margin at 15-point mark with one quarter to go. Australia finally started to show some signs of recovery in the final period. The Opals cut the deficit but still fell short at the end. Clarissa Santos (186-C-88) knocked down 18 points and grabbed 13 boards to pace Brazil. Bethania Vasconcelos (180-G/F-81) provided 11 points, while Franciele Nascimento (191-C-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) accounted for 9 points in the victory. Abby Bishop (189-C-88) answered with 16 points for the Opals. Cayla Francis (192-C-89) delivered 9 points in the losing effort.

Brazil: Clarissa Santos 18+13 boards, Bethania Vasconcelos 11, Franciele Nascimento 9
Australia: Abby Bishop 16, Cayla Francis 9, Elyse Penaluna 7, Carly Wilson 7




Heather Oliver re-signs with the Bendigo Spirit - by Eurobasket News
The Bendigo Bank Spirit has re-signed sharp-shooting guard Heather Oliver (178-G-87, college: USC) for the 2011/12 WNBL season.

Playing her debut WNBL season in 2010/11, Oliver emerged late in the season as an impact player while helping the team to its best finish in franchise history.

The 178cm guard had a break-out game in Round 16 against the Bulleen Boomers, scoring a team-high 16 points including four 3-pointers to snap the eventual Premiers 17-game win-streak.

Overall, Oliver averaged 4.3 points and 1.3 rebounds per game, shooting nearly 43 percent from the field and 33 percent from distance.

The leftys season was cut-short when she suffered a fractured hand just two days prior to the Spirits Preliminary Final loss to the Canberra Capitals.

Still, Spirit head coach Bernie Harrower is optimistic that Oliver will continue to improve her skills and make an even bigger impact with the team this season.

Heather really came on strong for us over the course of the season, capped by her great game she had against Bulleen, Harrower said.

Having come through the Country Victoria junior program, shes the type of player that we look to develop here in Bendigo.

Were really excited to have Heather back with us as she continues to develop into a strong all-around player.

Oliver, a Wangaratta native, played one year at Central Arizona Community College before accepting a scholarship to the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, finishing as the schools all-time leader in 3-point percentage (38 percent).

During her time at USC, she also captured a silver medal while representing Australia at the 2007 U21 World Championships as a member of the Sapphires.

Oliver is currently playing for the Bendigo Braves in the SEABL, averaging 7.0 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest.

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


Aussies stars in action - WNBA Week 2 Wrap - by Eurobasket News
Phillips playing strong, Snell is ready to fire and Cambage gets knocked around.

Here is your Week 2 update of the seven Aussie stars playing in the WNBA.

Firstly, WNBA All-Star fan voting is open and it is your chance to vote for your favourite Australian players. Click here is give your favourite player the best chance of making the big game.

In this weeks action, Penny Taylor (185-F-81) continued her terrific statistical start to the season, while reigning MVP Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) and her Seattle Storm had no games scheduled. Jackson spoke about her sides early season form slump here.

The early break for the Storm was great news for Aussie Belinda Snell (181-F-81) who says here she is recovering well from an injured ankle.

Another player dealing with injury this week is Rookie Liz Cambage, who was inadvertently struck in the head by a Tulsa Shock team mate and missed her teams third game of the week.

Looking further around the league, Tully Bevilaqua (164-G-72) and the Silver Stars continued their unbeaten run to start the season. Tully spoke after training this week about their early season success.

Finally, guard Erin Phillips (173-G-85) continued to solidify her spot in the Indiana Fever roster with strong performances in all three of her teams game in week two, and LA Sparks Rookie Jenna OHea helped her side collect a great win over Penny Taylor's Phoenix Mercury.

Don't forget, you can watch every game of the WNBA season for free by registering here for WNBA Live Access, and if you cant see the game LIVE, simply log on and watch it when you wish.

Here is your Week 2 Update of your favourite Australian players in action;

Lauren Jackson (Seattle Storm)WNBA Player Profile

Games this week: ZERO

Penny Taylor (Phoenix Mercury)WNBA Player Profile

Games this week:
Phoenix Mercury 84 were defeated by LA Sparks 98
Stats: 18 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists

Elizabeth Cambage (203-C-91) (Tulsa Shock)WNBA Player Profile

Games this week:
San Antonio Silver Stars 93 defeated Tulsa Shock 62
Stats: 12 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks

Connecticut Sun 90 defeated Tulsa Shock 79
Stats: 16 points, 2 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals

Indiana Fever 82 defeated Tulsa Shock 74
Stats: DNP - Concussion

Jenna OHea (LA Sparks)WNBA Player Profile

Games this week:
LA Sparks 98 defeated Phoenix Mercury 84
Stats: 2 points, 2 assists

Tully Bevilaqua (San Antonio Silver Stars)WNBA Player Profile

Games this week:
San Antonio Silver Stars 93 defeated Tulsa Shock 62
Stats: 3 points, 3 assists

San Antonio Silver Stars 86 defeated Atlanta Dream 74
Stats: 4 points, 4 rebounds

Erin Phillips (Indiana Fever)WNBA Player Profile

Games this week:
Indiana Fever 80 defeated by New York Liberty 81
Stats: 11 points, 3 assists

Indiana Fever 86 defeated New York Liberty 80
Stats: 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 points

Indiana Fever 82 defeated Tulsa Shock 74
Stats: 10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists

Belinda Snell (Seattle Storm)WNBA Player Profile

Games this week: ZERO

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


Lakeside Lightning toppled number one side Willetton Tigers - by Eurobasket News
In the womens match, Lakeside Lightning toppled number one side Willetton Tigers by four points, with the final score at 82-78.

The Tigers were up early in the game, taking out the second quarter with the help of guard Melissa Marsh (175-G-85), who scored 26 points overall, and Kate Malpass (176-G-88), who notched up 16 points.

Lakesides Jessica Van Schie scored twice in the dying minutes of the third quarter to take the lead 62-61 for the Lightning, and ended up scoring 25 points for her team overall.

The final quarter saw the two sides battle it out point-for-point until Lakeside broke away with some impressive shooting from Courtney Byrnes (14 points) and claimed a win over the number one side.

Article by Hannah Jenkins at Lakeside Recreation Centre
Courtesy of: SBL




Perry Lakes defended second spot on the ladder - by Eurobasket News
Perry Lakes defended second spot on the ladder from third-placed Mandurah with a 68-60 win.

The win, Perry Lakes' sixth straight, was secured with a dominant second half, where it outscored the in-form Magic 40-25, which overturned an 11-point deficit from early in the third quarter.

Tegan Walker (176-G/F-82) and Christine Boyd shared 16 points for the Lady Hawks, while Hailey Dunham (188-G-87, agency: Merit Sports, college: USC) had 18 points for Mandurah, which stayed in third spot despite seeing its seven-game winning streak end.

In round 15 of SBL action Perry Lakes face Stirling Senators at the WABC and the Magic take on East Perth in Mandurah.

Article by Ben Cameron at the WA Basketball Centre
Courtesy of: SBL


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Belarus cruises past United Kingdom in Day One - by Eurobasket News
BELARUS - UNITED KINGDOM 55-40

Belarus had a great start of the EuroBasket 2011 in Poland. They handed 55-40 loss to United Kingdom for 1-0 score in Group B. Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-C-87) stepped up for the winners with 10 points and 7 rebounds. Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) also scored 10 pts, while Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) added one less. In the loosing squad, Kimberly Butler (186-F-82, college: Oregon St.) collected 8 points and 6 rebounds. Their second scorer was Azania Stewart (193-C-89) with 8 pts. Belarus won three quarters in this game, while only the last one belonged to UK. However, everything was already clear before that. Belarus made 14-11 in the first ten minutes and continued with 17-9 in Q2. Nothing has changed after the breather and Belarus jumped to 45-28 with 10:00 to go. Question about the winner was already resolved at that time.
In Day Two of the championship, Belarus will play against Israel, while UK will meet Czech Republic.

Belarus: Anastasiya Veremeenko 10+7 boards, Katerina Snytsina 10, Tatsiana Likhtarovich 9
United Kingdom: Kimberly Butler 8+6 boards, Azania Stewart 8


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  BELGIUM - Women  


Three newcomers in BBC Boom - by Eurobasket News
BBC Boom have agreed on terms of contract with Anne-Sophie Strubbe (184-F-90), Sofie Hendrickx (186-F/C-86) and Lieselot Malfait (190-C-87, college: IPFW).
Anne-Sophie Strubbe spent the previous season in Waregem. The 20-year-old forward averaged 4.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.0 assist per appearance. Previously Anne-Sophie Strubbe played for Jeugd Gentson. The forward played for Belgium at 2011 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Her stats read 5.9 points, 1.3 boards and 1.0 assist per game.
Sofie Hendrickx comes from Sint Kateline Waver. Last season the 25-year-old centre posted 2.5 points per game in EuroCup. In D1 her stats read 2.3 points, 8.3 boards and 1.3 assists per appearance. Sofie Hendrickx was named Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Centre of the Year back in 2010.
Lieselot Malfait played for Jeugd Gentson last season. The 24-year-old centre averaged 11.7 points, 7.2 boards and 1.3 assists per game in D1. Lieselot Malfait also played for Belgium in EuroBasket Additional Qualifying Round. Her stats read 5.3 points and 3.0 boards per game.




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  BRAZIL - Women  


China deliver second straight win at Changzhi - by Eurobasket News
China - Brazil 71:53

Chinese National Team recorded their second straight win at the Qi Yi Cup friendly tournament. They rallied past Brazil for 2-0 record. Shuang Zhao (188-F-90) stepped up with 17 points and 9 rebounds to pace the hosts. Brazil slipped at 1-1 record after the defeat. China will take on Australia, while Brazil will face New Zealand tomorrow.
China earned an 18:15 lead after ten minutes. They maintained their steadiness and ensured a 34:28 halftime lead. The hosts exploded with a barrage of three-pointers in the third term to open a 24-point lead in the third term. China arrived at the final break up by 20 points. Brazil limited China to 9 points in the fourth term but could not save the game. Nuo Xu (196-C-87) provided 15 points for China. Gao Song (190-F-92) contributed 12 in the win. Gilmara Justino (185-C-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas) netted 11 points for Brazil. Franciele Nascimento (191-C-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) accounted for 10 points in the losing effort.

China: Shuang Zhao 17, Nuo Xu 15, Gao Song 12
Brazil: Gilmara Justino 11, Franciele Nascimento 10



U16 FIBA Americas Championship: Brazil blasts Canada in the Semis - by Eurobasket News
U16 CANADA - U16 BRAZIL 35-56

Brazil advanced to Big Final of the U16 FIBA Americas Championship. They blasted Canada in the Semis 56-35. In the other Semifinals, USA was too strong for Puerto Rico, so USA and Brazil will fight for the Gold today. Izabella Frederico (95) was the leading player in Brazil with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Their second scored was Vitoria Domingos (96) with 8 points and she also had 6 rebounds beside that. Camila Pereira (95) helped with 6 points and 6 boards. In the loosing squad, Kia Nurse (180-PG-96) delivered 13 points and Emma Wolfram (193-C-95) had 7 pts. Canada will fight for the Bronze against Puerto Rico. Brazil dominated from the beginning and was just extending the lead every minute. Quarters: 8-18, 11-14, 9-11, 7-13. Today is the last day of competition in Merida.

Canada: Kia Nurse 13, Emma Wolfram 7
Brazil: Izabella Frederico 19+9 boards, Vitoria Domingos 8+6 boards, Camila Pereira 6+6 boards


Brazil U19 take first win in Fougeres - by Eurobasket News
Brazil U19 travelled to France to take part in annual Fougeres Tournament. The Latin American team took on Chinese counterparts in the opener. Brazil came up with a 69:53 victory. Damiris Dantas (192-C-92) stepped up with 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort. Brazil will next take on France
Brazil led by two points after the opening ten minutes 14:12. They stepped on the gas in the second term. The Latin American team boosted the margin to as many as 14 points 38:24. Brazil did not slow down in the third term. They ensured a comfortable 22-point advantage with one quarter to go and never looked back en route to the victory. Isabela Lyra (178-F-94) topscored with 19 points for Brazil. Tassia de Souza (178-G-92) contributed 10 points in the victory.




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  CANADA - Women  


U16 FIBA Americas Championship: Brazil blasts Canada in the Semis - by Eurobasket News
U16 CANADA - U16 BRAZIL 35-56

Brazil advanced to Big Final of the U16 FIBA Americas Championship. They blasted Canada in the Semis 56-35. In the other Semifinals, USA was too strong for Puerto Rico, so USA and Brazil will fight for the Gold today. Izabella Frederico (95) was the leading player in Brazil with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Their second scored was Vitoria Domingos (96) with 8 points and she also had 6 rebounds beside that. Camila Pereira (95) helped with 6 points and 6 boards. In the loosing squad, Kia Nurse (180-PG-96) delivered 13 points and Emma Wolfram (193-C-95) had 7 pts. Canada will fight for the Bronze against Puerto Rico. Brazil dominated from the beginning and was just extending the lead every minute. Quarters: 8-18, 11-14, 9-11, 7-13. Today is the last day of competition in Merida.

Canada: Kia Nurse 13, Emma Wolfram 7
Brazil: Izabella Frederico 19+9 boards, Vitoria Domingos 8+6 boards, Camila Pereira 6+6 boards


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  CHINA - Women  


China U19 lose in France - by Eurobasket News
Brazil U19 - China U19 69:53

Chinese U19 selection surrendered in the opening game of Fougeres Tournament in France. The Asian team came up short against Brazilian counterparts. Isabela Lyra (178-F-94) knocked down 19 points to pace the winners. Brazil led by two points after the opening ten minutes 14:12. They stepped on the gas in the second term. The Latin American team boosted the margin to as many as 14 points 38:24. Brazil did not slow down in the third term. They ensured a comfortable 22-point advantage with one quarter to go and never looked back en route to the victory. Damiris Dantas (192-C-92) provided 16 points and 10 rebounds for Brazil. Tassia de Souza (178-G-92) contributed 10 points in the victory. Yang Xi (184-F-94) answered with 11 points for China. Zuo JiaYi (177-G-92) contributed 6 points in the losing effort. China will next take on Nigeria.

Brazil U19: Isabela Lyra 19, Damiris Dantas 16+10 boards, Tassia de Souza 10
China U19: Yang Xi 11, Zuo JiaYi 6



China edge New Zealand in Qi Yi Cup - by Eurobasket News
China - New Zealand 77:70

China celebrated the first victory at the Qi Yi Cup tournament in Changzhi. They overcame New Zealand for the opening win yesterday. Shuang Zhao (188-F-90) stepped up with 18 points to pace the effort. China will now take on Brazil tonight. New Zealand will look for the initial victory against their archrivals Australia.
Shuang Zhao unloaded 11 points in the first half to put China in the lead. The hosts however led by just a single point 37:36 at the interval. China stepped on the gas and cleared off to a 10-point distance late in regulation 72:62. Tall Ferns did not surrender and got within four points late in the game. Gao Song (190-F-92) and Xu Nuo stepped up with crucial three points in the dying seconds to seal the winning outcome at the end. Ma ZhengYu (183-F-83) accounted for 14 points, while Gao Song and Wei Wei (207-C-89) dropped 10 points each in the win. Jillian Harmon (185-F-87, college: Stanford) responded with 19 points for New Zealand. Micaela Cocks (173-G-86, college: Oregon) and Lisa Wallbutton (183-C/F-86) chipped in 14 points each in the loss.

China: Shuang Zhao 18, Ma ZhengYu 14, Gao Song 10, Wei Wei 10
New Zealand: Jillian Harmon 19, Micaela Cocks 14, Lisa Wallbutton 14



China deliver second straight win at Changzhi - by Eurobasket News
China - Brazil 71:53

Chinese National Team recorded their second straight win at the Qi Yi Cup friendly tournament. They rallied past Brazil for 2-0 record. Shuang Zhao (188-F-90) stepped up with 17 points and 9 rebounds to pace the hosts. Brazil slipped at 1-1 record after the defeat. China will take on Australia, while Brazil will face New Zealand tomorrow.
China earned an 18:15 lead after ten minutes. They maintained their steadiness and ensured a 34:28 halftime lead. The hosts exploded with a barrage of three-pointers in the third term to open a 24-point lead in the third term. China arrived at the final break up by 20 points. Brazil limited China to 9 points in the fourth term but could not save the game. Nuo Xu (196-C-87) provided 15 points for China. Gao Song (190-F-92) contributed 12 in the win. Gilmara Justino (185-C-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas) netted 11 points for Brazil. Franciele Nascimento (191-C-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) accounted for 10 points in the losing effort.

China: Shuang Zhao 17, Nuo Xu 15, Gao Song 12
Brazil: Gilmara Justino 11, Franciele Nascimento 10



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  CROATIA - Women  


France destroys Croatia 86-40 - by Eurobasket News
France - Croatia 86-40

France started the title defense in style. They destroyed Croatia 86-40 in Day One of the EuroBasket in Poland. Both teams are placed to Group D, together with Greece and Latvia. France took control on Croatia from the early beginning and never looked back. They made 26-16 in the first ten minutes and in the next period they stopped Croatia to just 9 pts, while scoring 22 on the other side. Croatia was not able to reply after the breather and they faced with another bad period (23-10). The game was already over at that time and last quarter was just the formality (15-5).
Edwige Lawson-Wade (166-PG-79) and Emilie Gomis (180-G/F-83) scored 13 points each for the winners. They had 6 and 4 rebounds respectively. Sandrine Gruda (194-C-87) collected 12 points and 8 rebs. In Croatia, Sandra Mandir (175-G-77) had 9 and Iva Ciglar (170-G-85, agency: Data Plus Group) scored 8 points.
Tomorrow, France will play against Latvia. Croatia will meet Greece.

France: Edwige Lawson-Wade 13+6 boards, Emilie Gomis 13+4 boards, Sandrine Gruda 12+8 boards
Croatia: Sandra Mandir 9, Iva Ciglar 8


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Czech Republic too much for Israel - by Eurobasket News
CZECH REPUBLIC - ISRAEL 72-56

Excellent Day One for Czech Republic. They handed 72-56 loss to Israel for 1-0 score at the EuroBasket 2011 in Poland, Group B. Earlier today Belarus outplayed United Kingdom so Czech Republic and Belarus are together on top of this pool now. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) netted 14 points for the winners and she also grabbed 7 rebounds beside that. Alena Hanusova (190-C/F-91) scored 10 points, while Jana Vesela (192-F-83) helped with 8 points and 10 rebs. Czech Republic won every single quarter in this meeting. They made 19-12 and 13-10 in the first half and continued with 20-17 twice for rest of the game. Israel was not able to reply and faced with 16-point loss at the end. Shay Doron (175-F-85, college: Maryland) was the leading player in Israel with 16 points. Katia Levitsky (190-C-85, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Villanova) was behind her with 10 pts.
Tomorrow, Czech Republic will play against United Kingdom. Israel will meet Belarus.

Czech Republic: Eva Viteckova 14+7 boards, Alena Hanusova 10, Jana Vesela 8+10 boards
Israel: Shay Doron 16, Katia Levitsky 10


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Group A: Russia won the game against Slovak Republic - by Lukasz Lukaszewski
Russia beated Slovak Republic 68:66 after a very close game. Marina Kuzina (194-C-85)a scored 13 points and led her team to the win. On the other side, Erin Marie Lawless (188-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Purdue) made 15 points and 7 rebounds, but It was not enough to win this game. We made a big gift for the Russian team said Natalia Hejkova a on the press conference.

The beginning of the game was very nervous, both teams were unable to made a shot. Slovak Republic presented very good, aggressive defense and Russian team has got a big
problem with scoring points. In the middle of the first quarter the score was 8:6 for Russia. The first quarter was very aligned and had ended with score 12:15 for Slovak Republic.
In the beginning of the second quarter both teams are playing very hard defense and neither team was able to elaborate big advantage. Russia and Slovak republic have been
exchanging shots until first half of this quater. Then Slovak Republic made the biggest lead in the first half 10 points (24:34). Russian players had been trying hard to get back in this
game, but Slovak Republic ended this half of the game with 5 point advantage: 34:29.

After six minutes play in the third quarter Russian had taken a one point lead 43:42, but Slovak Republic responded automatically and get back on the three point lead 43:46. Russian
players tried hard and after another two minutes they made the game tied. After another aligned fragment of the game the quarter ended with the score 52:51 for Russia. In the
middle of the last quarter Russian made a four point advantage 62:58. Slovak coach call a timeout, but Russia kept the lead. When lasted 42 second Natialia Hejkova called another

timeout at this moment score was 67:63. Erin Marie Lawless hit the three, Tatiana Popova (181-F-84) missed two free throws and the score was 67:66. The end of this game was very nervous, but finally Russia won it 68:66.



Russia - Slovak Republic 68:66 (12:15, 17:19, 23:17, 16:15)



Russia: Marina Kuzina 13, Liudmila Sapova (185-F/C-84) 11



Slovak Republic: Erin Marie Lawless 15, Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) 10



Day One in Bydgoszcz and Katowice - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Russia - Slovakia 68-66
Russia had to work very hard to beat Slovakia tonight in Bydgoszcz. Russia grabbed 68-66 thriller win joining Lithuania with 1-0 record in Group A. Slovakia and Turkey has 0-1 in this pool. Marina Kuzina (194-C-85) top-scored for the winners with 13 points. Liudmila Sapova (185-F/C-84) had 11 points, while Irina Osipova (196-C/F-81) helped with 8 points and 5 rebounds. In Slovakia, Erin Marie Lawless (188-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Purdue) collected 15 points and 7 rebounds, and Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) scored 10 pts.
*The beginning of the game was very nervous, both teams were unable to made a shot. Slovak Republic presented very good, aggressive defense and Russian team has got a big problem with scoring points. In the middle of the first quarter the score was 8:6 for Russia. The first quarter was very aligned and had ended with score 12:15 for Slovak Republic. In the beginning of the second quarter both teams are playing very hard defense and neither team was able to elaborate big advantage. Russia and Slovak republic have been exchanging shots until first half of this quarter. Then Slovak Republic made the biggest lead in the first half 10 points (24:34). Russian players had been trying hard to get back in this game, but Slovak Republic ended this half of the game with 5 point advantage: 34:29. After six minutes play in the third quarter Russian had taken a one point lead 43:42, but Slovak Republic responded automatically and get back on the three point lead 43:46. Russian players tried hard and after another two minutes they made the game tied. After another aligned fragment of the game the quarter ended with the score 52:51 for Russia. In the middle of the last quarter Russian made a four point advantage 62:58. Slovak coach call a timeout, but Russia kept the lead. When lasted 42 second Natialia Hejkova called another timeout at this moment score was 67:63. Erin Marie Lawless hit the three, Tatiana Popova missed two free throws and the score was 67:66. The end of this game was very nervous, but finally Russia won it 68:66. (by Lukasz Lukaszewski)*
Tomorrow, Russia will meet Lithuania, while Slovakia will play against Turkey.

Turkey - Lithuania 58-64
Lithuania celebrated in Day One of the EuroBasket in Poland. They outplayed Turkey 64-58 for 1-0 record in Group A. Except of Lithuania and Turkey, participants of the same pool are also Russia and Slovakia. Lithuania had impressive first half taking 15-point lead (12-19 Q1, 10-18 Q2). However, Turkey slightly improved after the breather, but was able to cut the deficit for just two points in third period. Turkey took control on Lithuania in the last ten minutes, but it seems it was too late for them. Lithuanians lost that quarter 13-20 and that didn't affect the final outcome.
Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) was the leading player in victory with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82) followed her with 11 points and 8 rebounds, while Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82) added 10 pts. On the other side, Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) responded with 17 points. Saziye Ivegin (183-F-82) had 15 points and 5 boards in this defeat. In Day Two, Lithuania will meet Russia, while Turkey will play against Slovakia.

Group B
Czech Republic - Israel 72-56
Excellent Day One for Czech Republic. They handed 72-56 loss to Israel for 1-0 score at the EuroBasket 2011 in Poland, Group B. Earlier today Belarus outplayed United Kingdom so Czech Republic and Belarus are together on top of this pool now. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) netted 14 points for the winners and she also grabbed 7 rebounds beside that. Alena Hanusova (190-C/F-91) scored 10 points, while Jana Vesela (192-F-83) helped with 8 points and 10 rebs. Czech Republic won every single quarter in this meeting. They made 19-12 and 13-10 in the first half and continued with 20-17 twice for rest of the game. Israel was not able to reply and faced with 16-point loss at the end. Shay Doron (175-F-85, college: Maryland) was the leading player in Israel with 16 points. Katia Levitsky (190-C-85, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Villanova) was behind her with 10 pts.
Tomorrow, Czech Republic will play against United Kingdom. Israel will meet Belarus.

Belarus - United Kingdom 55-40
Belarus had a great start of the EuroBasket 2011 in Poland. They handed 55-40 loss to United Kingdom for 1-0 score in Group B. Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-C-87) stepped up for the winners with 10 points and 7 rebounds. Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) also scored 10 pts, while Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) added one less. In the loosing squad, Kimberly Butler (186-F-82, college: Oregon St.) collected 8 points and 6 rebounds. Their second scorer was Azania Stewart (193-C-89) with 8 pts. Belarus won three quarters in this game, while only the last one belonged to UK. However, everything was already clear before that. Belarus made 14-11 in the first ten minutes and continued with 17-9 in Q2. Nothing has changed after the breather and Belarus jumped to 45-28 with 10:00 to go. Question about the winner was already resolved at that time.
In Day Two of the championship, Belarus will play against Israel, while UK will meet Czech Republic.

Group C
Poland - Montenegro 53-70
Montenegro exploded in Day One of the EuroBasket in Poland. They celebrated against the home squad 70-53 for 1-0 score in Group C. Spain was too strong for Germany earlier today so Montenegro joined them on top of this pool. Poland and Germany have 0-1 now. Montenegro won every single quarter today. They started with 15-18 and after that made 11-19 in the second period. Nothing has changed after the breather. Poland was struggling offensively and they faced with 54-38 deficit with 10:00 to go. Montenegro was better in the last quarter as well celebrating comfortable 53-70 victory.
Anna De Forge (178-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Nebraska) came up with 18 points for Montenegro and Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) added 17 points, plus 8 rebounds. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) followed with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Agnieszka Szott (185-F-82, agency: Data Plus Group) was the only player with double-digits in Poland with 11 points. She also grabbed 6 rebounds beside that. Justyna Zurowska (188-C-85) stopped to 8 points.
Tomorrow, Montenegro will play against Spain. Poland will take on Germany.

Spain - Germany 79-69
It was joyful Day One of the EuroBasket 2011 for Spain. They registered 79-69 victory against Germany to open the championship. It means that Spain has 1-0 now in Group C. Participants of the same pool are also Montenegro and the host Poland. Alba Torrens top-scored in Spain with 18 points. Elisa Aguilar (177-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: George Washington) followed her with 17 and Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 16 points, plus 5 rebounds. In defeat, Romy Bar (189-F-87, agency: LBM Management) collected 14 points and 6 rebounds. Sarah Austmann (179-G/F-85) was the last one with double-digits in scoring with 10 pts. As a reminder, Germany booked a spot for Poland by winning the Additional Qualifying Tournament.
Spain opened the game with 21-12 lead and jumped to 39-27 until the halftime. Germany made 19-22 in Q3, but Germany seriously threatened in the last period. Romy Bar and her teammates came to 66-62 with five minutes left, but Spain quickly replied with 6-0 run resolving question about the winner.
In Day Two of the championship, Spain will meet Montenegro. Germany will play against the home squad - Poland.

Group D
France - Croatia 86-40
France started the title defense in style. They destroyed Croatia 86-40 in Day One of the EuroBasket in Poland. Both teams are placed to Group D, together with Greece and Latvia. France took control on Croatia from the early beginning and never looked back. They made 26-16 in the first ten minutes and in the next period they stopped Croatia to just 9 pts, while scoring 22 on the other side. Croatia was not able to reply after the breather and they faced with another bad period (23-10). The game was already over at that time and last quarter was just the formality (15-5).
Edwige Lawson-Wade (166-PG-79) and Emilie Gomis (180-G/F-83) scored 13 points each for the winners. They had 6 and 4 rebounds respectively. Sandrine Gruda (194-C-87) collected 12 points and 8 rebs. In Croatia, Sandra Mandir (175-G-77) had 9 and Iva Ciglar (170-G-85, agency: Data Plus Group) scored 8 points.
Tomorrow, France will play against Latvia. Croatia will meet Greece.

Greece - Latvia 67-57
Greece was better than Latvia in Day One of the EuroBasket 2011 in Poland. Greece registered 67-57 victory for 1-0 score in Group C. Teams were pretty leveled in the first half, but Greece shined after the breather and cruised to valuable victory. They had 16-14 lead after ten minutes, but Latvia replied with 19-22 after that. Greece was 48-46 up with 10 minutes to go and everything was still open. Latvia made 52-53 after four minutes in Q4 but experienced Greeks didn't panic. They created quick 9-2 run and later closed this meeting with routine.
Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) paced Greece to victory with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78, agency: Josep and Nicolas) also was great adding 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) helped with 10 pts and 5 rebs. Zane Tamane (200-C-83, college: W.Illinois) shined with 12 points and 13 rebounds in Latvia. Gunta Basko (181-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Siena) (7 rebs) and Elina Babkina (173-G-89, agency: LBM Management) (7 as) also had 12 points each.
In Day Two, Greece will play against Croatia. Latvia will take on the defending champion France.


Group B: Czech Republic have won the first game - by Lukasz Lukaszewski
Czech Republic have won the game against Israel 72:56, but they can lose one of the players Romana Hejdova (182-F-88) who catch an injury during the game.

Israel made a huge start and elaborate 6 points advantage in 4 minutes. Shay Doron (175-F-85, college: Maryland) scored a five point, the score was 4:10 and coach of Czech Republic must call a timeout. Then Czech Republic started to play better basketball, they improve execution, make some easy baskets and after 10:0 run have taken the lead. After Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) buzzer beater the first quarter ended with the score 19:12 for Czech Republic. Czech Republic started the second quarter with 5:0 run, but Shay Doron made a couple shots and the score was 24:18. Israel tried hard to change something in this quarter, but the Czech Republic have been controlling the board and thanks to it they still have about 10 points advantage. After the first half Czech Republic lead by 10 32:22.

After the brake Czech Republic was unable to score any points for three and half minutes. This run was interrupted by Eva Viteckova (190-F-82)a She hit the three points shot. Israel execution was not better. In the middle of the third quarter Czech Republic lead by fourteen 39:25. Czech Republic have controlled the game and Israel cannot do anything to change it. Before the last quarter Czech Republic had got a 13 points advantage 52:39. In the last quarter Czech Republic extend the lead to 16 points. Israel tried to get back on this game, but Saturdays evening Israel was too weak to do it. Finally, Czech Republic have won the first game in Group B.

Czech Republic Israel 72:56 (19:12, 13:10, 20:17, 20: 17)

Czech Republic: Eva Viteckovaa 14, Alena Hanusova (190-C/F-91) 10

Israel: Shay Doron 16, Katia Levitsky (190-C-85, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Villanova)ky 10



Stats Leaders Div.A (Women)
Points Per Game
 Doneeka HODGES
  USA
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Hodges, BUL20.3 
 2. Tuukkanen, FIN18.3 
 3. Zherzherunov., UKR15.5 
 4. Meesseman, BEL15.0 
 5. Fegyverneky, HUN14.7 
 6. Marginean, ROM14.0 
 7. Bar, GER13.6 
 8. Masciadri, ITA13.0 
 9. Milovanovic, SRB12.8 
 10. Korpivaara, FIN12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Romy BAR
  GER
  (189-F-87)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Bar, GER9.1 
 2. Meesseman, BEL9.0 
 3. Tuukkanen, FIN8.8 
 4. Zherzherunov., UKR8.3 
 5. Ress, ITA8.0 
 6. Matic, SRB7.0 
 7. Masciadri, ITA6.8 
 8. Zlatanova, BUL6.8 
 9. Ligthart, NED6.0 
 10. Vajda, HUN5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Francesca ZARA
  (177-G-76)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Zara, ITA3.3 
 2. Zlatanova, BUL3.0 
 3. Fegyverneky, HUN3.0 
 4. Bar, GER3.0 
 5. Dimitrova, BUL3.0 
 6. Honti, HUN3.0 
 7. Kochubei, UKR2.5 
 8. Radocaj, SRB2.5 
 9. Hodges, BUL2.3 
 10. Gianolla, ITA2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Olena ZHERZHERUNOVA
  (191-F-78)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Zherzherunov., UKR2.5 
 2. Mayombo, BEL2.5 
 3. Zlatanova, BUL2.3 
 4. Honti, HUN2.2 
 5. Bar, GER2.1 
 6. Stoenescu, ROM2.0 
 7. Breitreiner, GER2.0 
 8. Milovanovic, SRB2.0 
 9. Marginean, ROM1.8 
 10. Franchini, ITA1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Gabriela MARGINEAN
  ROM
  (185-F-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Marginean, ROM1.5 
 2. Khomenchuk, UKR1.3 
 3. Halman, NED1.0 
 4. Vajda, HUN1.0 
 5. Alyoshkina, UKR0.8 
 6. Koop, GER0.6 
 7. Austmann, GER0.6 
 8. Celus, BEL0.5 
 9. Pascalau, ROM0.5 
 10. Pavel, ROM0.5 


Standings Div.A (Women)
Standings
Group A
1. Lithuania1-0
2. Russia1-0
3. Slovakia0-1
4. Turkey0-1
Group B
1. Belarus1-0
2. Czech Rep.1-0
3. U.Kingdom0-1
4. Israel0-1
Group C
1. Montenegro1-0
2. Spain0-0
3. Poland0-1
Group D
1. France1-0
2. Greece1-0
3. Latvia0-1
4. Croatia0-1
Group Qualif. Gr.A
1. Hungary4-0
2. Bulgaria2-2
3. Holland2-2
4. Ukraine1-3
5. Finland1-3
Group Qualif. Gr.B
1. Germany3-1
2. Italy3-1
3. Serbia2-2
4. Belgium1-3
5. Romania1-3


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  FIBA AMERICAS U16 - Women  


USA and Brazil to meet in the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Semifinals

Canada - Brazil 35-56

Brazil advanced to Big Final of the U16 FIBA Americas Championship. They blasted Canada in the Semis 56-35. In the other Semifinals, USA was too strong for Puerto Rico, so USA and Brazil will fight for the Gold today. Izabella Frederico (95) was the leading player in Brazil with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Their second scorer was Vitoria Domingos (96) with 8 points and she also had 6 rebounds beside that. Camila Pereira (95) helped with 6 points and 6 boards. In the loosing squad, Kia Nurse (180-PG-96) delivered 13 points and Emma Wolfram (193-C-95) had 7 pts. Canada will fight for the Bronze against Puerto Rico. Brazil dominated from the beginning and was just extending the lead every minute. Quarters: 8-18, 11-14, 9-11, 7-13. Today is the last day of competition in Merida.

USA - Puerto Rico 99-51
As expected, USA did not have any troubles to reach the Finals of U16 FIBA Americas championship. USA handed 99-51 loss to Puerto Rico in the Semis and will meet Brazil for the Gold. Puerto Rico will play against Canada for the Bronze at this event. USA took control on Puerto Rico from the very beginning. They made 22-12 lead and continued with impressive 35-6 in the second quarter. Question about the winner was already resolved and second half was just the formality (22-21, 20-12). Rebecca Greenwell (183-G-95) shined for the winners with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Jatarie White (191-C-95) had 16 pts and 8 rebs, while Mercedes Russell (196-C-95) added 14 pts and 13 boards. In defeat, Claudia Ortiz (96) delivered 15 pts. Krystal Luciano (96) stopped to 9 pts and 6 rebs. Saturday is the last day of competition in Merida.




Places 5-8
Venezuela - Guatemala 87-20
Venezuela was too strong for Guatemala 87-20 on Friday. It was the first game of the classification round in Merida. In the last day of the competition Venezuela will meet Mexico. The winner will end as No.5 at this event. Guatemala will meet the hosts and will try to avoid the last place. Dakarlin Montoya (95) was the leading scorer in victory with 18 points and she dished out 5 assists beside that. Daniela Wallen (95) had 16 pts in this win and Siuly Marcano (96) added 13 pts. Monica Ramirez (97) netted 6 pts for Guatemala. Elizabeth Lopez (96) had 4. Quarters: 16-7, 21-5, 29-4, 21-4).

Mexico - Argentina 57-62
Argentina outplayed Mexico 62-57 in Day Four of the U16 FIBA Americas championship. It was the first game of the classification round from 5th to 8th place. So, Argentina will meet Venezuela in the last game of the competition. The winner will end as No.5. Mexico will try to avoid the last place at this event and they will have to beat Guatemala. Sofia Chelini (96) top-scored for Argentina in this meeting with 18 points. Victoria Llorente (96) added 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Andrea Ledesma (97) had 11 pts, plus 8 boards. For the hosts, Daniela Soto (96) collected 14 points and 6 rebs. Guadalupe Pichardo (95) netted 10 pts. Quarters: 12-26, 17-11, 11-8, 17-17.


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  FRANCE - Women  


France trounce Nigeria at Fougeres Tournament opener - by Eurobasket News
France U19 - Nigeria U19 63:35

French U19 National Team recorded their first win at Fougeres Tournament. They rallied past Nigeria in the opener. Valeriane Ayayi (184-F-94) stepped up with 14 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge.
Nigeria led early in the encounter but not for too long. Les Bleus ensured a 16:13 lead ten minutes into the game. France gradually increased the tempo. They cleared off to an 11-point lead at the interval 30:19. France opened the third term on a 10:3 run to take an 18-point advantage. Nigeria struggled to recover in the quarter as they faced a massive 20-point deficit with one period remaining. France did not loosen the grasp and rolled to a confident win at the end. Florine Basque (184-F-92) dropped 13 points for France. Melanie Devaux (171-G-92) contributed 10 points in the winning case. Promise Anukamara responded with 17 points for Nigeria. Ezinne Kalu (172-G) notched 8 points in the loss. France will take on Brazil, while Nigeria will play against China tonight.

France U19: Valeriane Ayayi 14, Florine Basque 13, Melanie Devaux 10
Nigeria U19: Promise Anukamara 17, Ezinne Kalu 8



France destroys Croatia 86-40 - by Eurobasket News
France - Croatia 86-40

France started the title defense in style. They destroyed Croatia 86-40 in Day One of the EuroBasket in Poland. Both teams are placed to Group D, together with Greece and Latvia. France took control on Croatia from the early beginning and never looked back. They made 26-16 in the first ten minutes and in the next period they stopped Croatia to just 9 pts, while scoring 22 on the other side. Croatia was not able to reply after the breather and they faced with another bad period (23-10). The game was already over at that time and last quarter was just the formality (15-5).
Edwige Lawson-Wade (166-PG-79) and Emilie Gomis (180-G/F-83) scored 13 points each for the winners. They had 6 and 4 rebounds respectively. Sandrine Gruda (194-C-87) collected 12 points and 8 rebs. In Croatia, Sandra Mandir (175-G-77) had 9 and Iva Ciglar (170-G-85, agency: Data Plus Group) scored 8 points.
Tomorrow, France will play against Latvia. Croatia will meet Greece.

France: Edwige Lawson-Wade 13+6 boards, Emilie Gomis 13+4 boards, Sandrine Gruda 12+8 boards
Croatia: Sandra Mandir 9, Iva Ciglar 8


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  GERMANY - Women  


TSV Quakenbrueck Dragons upgrade the roster - by Eurobasket News
TSV Quakenbrueck Dragons upgrade the roster for the next season. The team announced some new players for the 2011/2012 year.
Kirsten Kubat (183-F-84) will join the team coming from Osnabrucker SC Panthers. In 2006-2007 she started with Hagen Huskies (2.Bundesliga, starting five) and in 2009-2010 moved to Osnabrucker SC Panthers (2.Bundesliga, starting five). She became German 2.Bundesliga Group North Champion -10.
Christine Grevenstette (183-G/F-87) comes back to the team after the season abroad. In 2007-2008 she played for TSV Quakenbrueck (2.Bundesliga, starting five), but in 2009-2010 moved to BBV Leipzig Eagles (DBBL). In 17 games she averaged 5.2ppg, 2.5rpg, FGP: 49.2%, FT: 69.8%.
Annemarie Potratz and Gesa Theuer will be another new names in the team. Both players are in U16 teams.



Spain celebrates in Day One in Katowice - by Eurobasket News
SPAIN - GERMANY 79-69

It was joyful Day One of the EuroBasket 2011 for Spain. They registered 79-69 victory against Germany to open the championship. It means that Spain has 1-0 now in Group C. Participants of the same pool are also Montenegro and the host Poland. Alba Torrens top-scored in Spain with 18 points. Elisa Aguilar (177-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: George Washington) followed her with 17 and Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 16 points, plus 5 rebounds. In defeat, Romy Bar (189-F-87, agency: LBM Management) collected 14 points and 6 rebounds. Sarah Austmann (179-G/F-85) was the last one with double-digits in scoring with 10 pts. As a reminder, Germany booked a spot for Poland by winning the Additional Qualifying Tournament.
Spain opened the game with 21-12 lead and jumped to 39-27 until the halftime. Germany made 19-22 in Q3, but Germany seriously threatened in the last period. Romy Bar and her teammates came to 66-62 with five minutes left, but Spain quickly replied with 6-0 run resolving question about the winner.
In Day Two of the championship, Spain will meet Montenegro. Germany will play against the home squad - Poland.

Spain: Alba Torrens 18, Elisa Aguilar 17, Amaya Valdemoro 16+5 boards
Germany: Romy Bar 14+6 boards, Sarah Austmann 10


BG 74 Goettingen keep Nekane Krumm and Bettina Bode - by Eurobasket News
BG 74 Goettingen keep Nekane Krumm (178-F-88) and Bettina Bode (193-C-80) for the next season. Nekane Krumm joined the team in 2006-2007, but in 2008-2009 moved to Trinos Goettingen (DBBL).
Bettina Bode started with BG 74 Gottingen (1.Bundesliga) in 2004 and in 2008-2009 played for C.B. Conquero (Spain-LF2). Later she moved to BBV Leipzig Eagles (DBBL) and in 9 games averaged 5.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 44.0%, FT: 42.0%.




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  GREECE - Women  


Greece starts with victory in Katowice - by Eurobasket News
GREECE - LATVIA 67-57

Greece was better than Latvia in Day One of the EuroBasket 2011 in Poland. Greece registered 67-57 victory for 1-0 score in Group C. Teams were pretty leveled in the first half, but Greece shined after the breather and cruised to valuable victory. They had 16-14 lead after ten minutes, but Latvia replied with 19-22 after that. Greece was 48-46 up with 10 minutes to go and everything was still open. Latvia made 52-53 after four minutes in Q4 but experienced Greeks didn't panic. They created quick 9-2 run and later closed this meeting with routine.
Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) paced Greece to victory with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78, agency: Josep and Nicolas) also was great adding 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) helped with 10 pts and 5 rebs. Zane Tamane (200-C-83, college: W.Illinois) shined with 12 points and 13 rebounds in Latvia. Gunta Basko (181-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Siena) (7 rebs) and Elina Babkina (173-G-89, agency: LBM Management) (7 as) also had 12 points each.
In Day Two, Greece will play against Croatia. Latvia will take on the defending champion France.

Greece: Dimitra Kalentzou 20+5 boards, Evanthia Maltsi 17+12 boards, Styliani Kaltsidou 10+5 boards
Latvia: Zane Tamane 12+13 boards, Gunta Basko 12+7 boards, Elina Babkina 12+7 as


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  GUATEMALA - Women  


U16 Venezuela too much for U16 Guatemala - by Eurobasket News
U16 VENEZUELA - U16 GUATEMALA 87-20

Venezuela was too strong for Guatemala 87-20 on Friday. It was the first game of the classification round in Merida. In the last day of the competition Venezuela will meet Mexico. The winner will end as No.5 at this event. Guatemala will meet the hosts and will try to avoid the last place. Dakarlin Montoya (95) was the leading scorer in victory with 18 points and she dished out 5 assists beside that. Daniela Wallen (95) had 16 pts in this win and Siuly Marcano (96) added 13 pts. Monica Ramirez (97) netted 6 pts for Guatemala. Elizabeth Lopez (96) had 4. Quarters: 16-7, 21-5, 29-4, 21-4).

Venezuela: Dakarlin Montoya 18+5 as, Daniela Wallen 16, Siuly Marcano 13
Guatemala: Monica Ramirez 6, Elizabeth Lopez 4


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  HOLLAND - Women  


Great Britain U20 topple Netherlands U20 in exhibition game - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain U20 - Netherlands U20 68:63

Great Britain U20 recorded their first win over the Dutch counterparts in the exhibition series in Pontypridd. Katrin Chiemeka (170-G-91) stepped up with 12 points to lead the effort.
Great Britain dominated from the start. The hosts piled up a 22:11 lead after ten minutes. The hosts maintained the pressure as they established a 40:22 halftime advantage. Netherlands were able to cut the distance to 14 points at the final intermission. The Dutch team increased their tempo in the fourth term. They erupted for 25 points in the fourth quarter but still came up short of victory at the end. Gemma Bullard (177-G-92) delivered 11 points for Great Britain. Jessica Hurd (182-F-92) contributed 10 points in the victory. Marlou De Kleijn (182-F-92) scored game-high 25 points for Netherlands. Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) finished with 12 points in the loss.

Great Britain U20: Katrin Chiemeka 12, Gemma Bullard 11, Jessica Hurd 10
Netherlands U20: Marlou De Kleijn 25, Maxime Essenstam 12



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  ISRAEL - Women  


Czech Republic too much for Israel - by Eurobasket News
CZECH REPUBLIC - ISRAEL 72-56

Excellent Day One for Czech Republic. They handed 72-56 loss to Israel for 1-0 score at the EuroBasket 2011 in Poland, Group B. Earlier today Belarus outplayed United Kingdom so Czech Republic and Belarus are together on top of this pool now. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) netted 14 points for the winners and she also grabbed 7 rebounds beside that. Alena Hanusova (190-C/F-91) scored 10 points, while Jana Vesela (192-F-83) helped with 8 points and 10 rebs. Czech Republic won every single quarter in this meeting. They made 19-12 and 13-10 in the first half and continued with 20-17 twice for rest of the game. Israel was not able to reply and faced with 16-point loss at the end. Shay Doron (175-F-85, college: Maryland) was the leading player in Israel with 16 points. Katia Levitsky (190-C-85, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Villanova) was behind her with 10 pts.
Tomorrow, Czech Republic will play against United Kingdom. Israel will meet Belarus.

Czech Republic: Eva Viteckova 14+7 boards, Alena Hanusova 10, Jana Vesela 8+10 boards
Israel: Shay Doron 16, Katia Levitsky 10


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  ITALY - Women  


Italy edge Poland in Pesaro - by Eurobasket News
Italy U20 - Poland U20 69:46

Italian U20 selection celebrated victory in the first game of the test series versus their Polish counterparts in Pesaro. Tayara Madonna (173-G/F-91) and Federica Tognalini (183-F-91) stepped up with 11 points each to pace the hosts.
Italy led right from the start. They posted a 17:11 lead after ten minutes of action. Things got even worse for Poland in the second term. The hosts increased the tempo and cleared off to a 41:22 halftime lead. Italy did not slow down after the main break. They stayed in charge building a comfortable 22-point lead with one quarter remaining. Italy never looked back in the fourth quarter and cruised to the victory at the end. Laura Spreafico (182-F/G-91) contributed 8 points, while Elena Bestagno (180-PG-91) and Federica Nannucci (170-G-91) accounted for 7 points each in the victory. Magdalena Zietara (170-G/F-92) responded with 15 points for Poland. Joanna Markiewicz (183-F-91) provided 8 points in defeat.

Italy U20: Tayara Madonna 11, Federica Tognalini 11, Laura Spreafico 8
Poland U20: Magdalena Zietara 15, Joanna Markiewicz 8



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  LATVIA - Women  


Greece starts with victory in Katowice - by Eurobasket News
GREECE - LATVIA 67-57

Greece was better than Latvia in Day One of the EuroBasket 2011 in Poland. Greece registered 67-57 victory for 1-0 score in Group C. Teams were pretty leveled in the first half, but Greece shined after the breather and cruised to valuable victory. They had 16-14 lead after ten minutes, but Latvia replied with 19-22 after that. Greece was 48-46 up with 10 minutes to go and everything was still open. Latvia made 52-53 after four minutes in Q4 but experienced Greeks didn't panic. They created quick 9-2 run and later closed this meeting with routine.
Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) paced Greece to victory with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78, agency: Josep and Nicolas) also was great adding 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) helped with 10 pts and 5 rebs. Zane Tamane (200-C-83, college: W.Illinois) shined with 12 points and 13 rebounds in Latvia. Gunta Basko (181-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Siena) (7 rebs) and Elina Babkina (173-G-89, agency: LBM Management) (7 as) also had 12 points each.
In Day Two, Greece will play against Croatia. Latvia will take on the defending champion France.

Greece: Dimitra Kalentzou 20+5 boards, Evanthia Maltsi 17+12 boards, Styliani Kaltsidou 10+5 boards
Latvia: Zane Tamane 12+13 boards, Gunta Basko 12+7 boards, Elina Babkina 12+7 as


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Lithuania beats Turkey 64-58 in Bydgoszcz - by Eurobasket News
TURKEY - LITHUANIA 58-64

Lithuania celebrated in Day One of the EuroBasket in Poland. They outplayed Turkey 64-58 for 1-0 record in Group A. Except of Lithuania and Turkey, participants of the same pool are also Russia and Slovakia. Lithuania had impressive first half taking 15-point lead (12-19 Q1, 10-18 Q2). However, Turkey slightly improved after the breather, but was able to cut the deficit for just two points in third period. Turkey took control on Lithuania in the last ten minutes, but it seems it was too late for them. Lithuanians lost that quarter 13-20 and that didn't affect the final outcome.
Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) was the leading player in victory with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82) followed her with 11 points and 8 rebounds, while Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82) added 10 pts. On the other side, Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) responded with 17 points. Saziye Ivegin (183-F-82) had 15 points and 5 boards in this defeat.
In Day Two, Lithuania will meet Russia, while Turkey will play against Slovakia.

Turkey: Nevriye Yilmaz 17, Saziye Ivegin 15+5 boards
Lithuania: Gintare Petronyte 15+6 boards, Sandra Linkeviciene 11+8 boards, Ausra Bimbaite 10


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  MEXICO - Women  


U16 FIBA Americas Championship: Argentina better than Mexico 62-57 - by Eurobasket News
U16 MEXICO - U16 ARGENTINA 57-62

Argentina outplayed Mexico 62-57 in Day Four of the U16 FIBA Americas championship. It was the first game of the classification round from 5th to 8th place. So, Argentina will meet Venezuela in the last game of the competition. The winner will end as No.5. Mexico will try to avoid the last place at this event and they will have to beat Guatemala. Sofia Chelini (96) top-scored for Argentina in this meeting with 18 points. Victoria Llorente (96) added 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Andrea Ledesma (97) had 11 pts, plus 8 boards. For the hosts, Daniela Soto (96) collected 14 points and 6 rebs. Guadalupe Pichardo (95) netted 10 pts. Quarters: 12-26, 17-11, 11-8, 17-17.

Mexico: Daniela Soto 14+6 boards, Guadalupe Pichardo 10
Argentina: Sofia Chelini 18, Victoria Llorente 12+10 boards, Andrea Ledesma 11+8 boards


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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


Montenegro cruises past Poland in Day One - by Eurobasket News
POLAND - MONTENEGRO 53-70

Montenegro exploded in Day One of the EuroBasket in Poland. They celebrated against the home squad 70-53 for 1-0 score in Group C. Spain was too strong for Germany earlier today so Montenegro joined them on top of this pool. Poland and Germany have 0-1 now. Montenegro won every single quarter today. They started with 15-18 and after that made 11-19 in the second period. Nothing has changed after the breather. Poland was struggling offensively and they faced with 54-38 deficit with 10:00 to go. Montenegro was better in the last quarter as well celebrating comfortable 53-70 victory.
Anna De Forge (178-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Nebraska) came up with 18 points for Montenegro and Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) added 17 points, plus 8 rebounds. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) followed with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Agnieszka Szott (185-F-82, agency: Data Plus Group) was the only player with double-digits in Poland with 11 points. She also grabbed 6 rebounds beside that. Justyna Zurowska (188-C-85) stopped to 8 points.
Tomorrow, Montenegro will play against Spain. Poland will take on Germany.

Poland: Agnieszka Szott 11, Justyna Zurowska 8
Montenegro: Anna De Forge 18, Iva Perovanovic 17+8 boards, Jelena Dubljevic 13+9 boards+5 as


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  NCAA1 - Women  


U16 FIBA Americas Championship: USA cruises past Puerto Rico in the Semis - by Eurobasket News
U16 USA - U16 PUERTO RICO 99-51

As expected, USA did not have any troubles to reach the Finals of U16 FIBA Americas championship. USA handed 99-51 loss to Puerto Rico in the Semis and will meet Brazil for the Gold. Puerto Rico will play against Canada for the Bronze at this event. USA took control on Puerto Rico from the very beginning. They made 22-12 lead and continued with impressive 35-6 in the second quarter. Question about the winner was already resolved and second half was just the formality (22-21, 20-12). Rebecca Greenwell (183-G-95) shined for the winners with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Jatarie White (191-C-95) had 16 pts and 8 rebs, while Mercedes Russell (196-C-95) added 14 pts and 13 boards. In defeat, Claudia Ortiz (96) delivered 15 pts. Krystal Luciano (96) stopped to 9 pts and 6 rebs. Saturday is the last day of competition in Merida.

USA: Rebecca Greenwell 20+6 boards, Jatarie White 16+8 boards, Mercedes Russell 14+13 boards
Puerto Rico: Claudia Ortiz 15, Krystal Luciano 9+6 boards


Summitt inducted into 5th Hall of Fame - by Eurobasket News
Pat Summitt doesn't get overwhelmed too often. So she resorted to what's becoming an old standby as she was inducted into her fifth Hall of Fame on Friday.

The NCAA's winningest Division I basketball coach led the room in a chorus of 'Rocky Top.'

'I did not anticipate there being this many people, and when we drove up and I saw the people I was like, 'I wonder what they're having in this event,'' Summitt said.

The coach thanked her parents, family and friends, her staff and Joan Cronan, now the Volunteer's interim athletics director, after being inducted into the Tennessee Women's Hall of Fame by the state's Economic Council on Women. Summitt also deflected credit to Tennessee fans and leadership.

'There's a lot of successful people in this room, and I have a lot of great friends here. It was touching. I was very humbled,' Summitt said. 'But I want to keep doing the right things for women all the time.'

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Vanderbilt coach Melanie Balcomb and North Carolina State coach Kellie Jolly Harper were among those helping to celebrate this latest honor.

Summitt, 1,071-199 in 37 seasons, also has been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, the Women's Sports Foundation Hall of Fame and the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.

Cronan lightheartedly pointed out that one of the first questions she hears from people in her travels is whether Summitt stares at her like she does her players and referees.

She turned serious when describing the impact of sports.

'Did you know that 80 percent of the women at the top echelon of Fortune 500 companies participated in athletics? So we are making a difference teaching them more than a game, and Pat has done that so well for so many years,' Cronan said.

Haslam called Summitt a role model not only for women but for anyone wanting to excel. Haslam said Summitt could have been a CEO or a lawyer arguing before the Supreme Court.

'If she were running for governor, I wouldn't be standing here,' Haslam said. 'It's true. It's that commitment to excellence.'

At times, the tribute veered into a roast of Summitt with stories and jokes. Tennessee associate coach Holly Warlick noted Summitt was coaching her as she tried to detail how many former players now are coaches.

Balcomb, her SEC coaching rival, said Summitt called the athletic director for her when the Vanderbilt women's basketball job was open.

'I tell Pat stories usually when Pat isn't in the room, so I'm extremely nervous,' she said, joking.

Balcomb remembered her first meeting with Summitt after Balcomb's Xavier team beat the Lady Vols in the NCAA tournament. That was the first time she got what she called the 'Pat finger' wagging at her.

Those watching thought Summitt chewed her out and Balcomb was asked what she said. Summitt simply told her that Xavier had kicked Tennessee and deserved to win, while Balcomb could only stare up at the taller Summitt.

'Why I stay at Vanderbilt is to play against her because she is the best,' Balcomb said.

Summitt said jokingly that Warlick wants her job, and she is a likely successor if she ever retires. Summitt, who turned 59 on Tuesday, said she expects to coach at least three, four or five more years. She's looking forward to the top recruits she has lined up.

'There are some teams out there I don't want to give up,' she said.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


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  NEW ZEALAND - Women  


China edge New Zealand in Qi Yi Cup - by Eurobasket News
China - New Zealand 77:70

China celebrated the first victory at the Qi Yi Cup tournament in Changzhi. They overcame New Zealand for the opening win yesterday. Shuang Zhao (188-F-90) stepped up with 18 points to pace the effort. China will now take on Brazil tonight. New Zealand will look for the initial victory against their archrivals Australia.
Shuang Zhao unloaded 11 points in the first half to put China in the lead. The hosts however led by just a single point 37:36 at the interval. China stepped on the gas and cleared off to a 10-point distance late in regulation 72:62. Tall Ferns did not surrender and got within four points late in the game. Gao Song (190-F-92) and Xu Nuo stepped up with crucial three points in the dying seconds to seal the winning outcome at the end. Ma ZhengYu (183-F-83) accounted for 14 points, while Gao Song and Wei Wei (207-C-89) dropped 10 points each in the win. Jillian Harmon (185-F-87, college: Stanford) responded with 19 points for New Zealand. Micaela Cocks (173-G-86, college: Oregon) and Lisa Wallbutton (183-C/F-86) chipped in 14 points each in the loss.

China: Shuang Zhao 18, Ma ZhengYu 14, Gao Song 10, Wei Wei 10
New Zealand: Jillian Harmon 19, Micaela Cocks 14, Lisa Wallbutton 14



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  NIGERIA - Women  


France trounce Nigeria at Fougeres Tournament opener - by Eurobasket News
France U19 - Nigeria U19 63:35

French U19 National Team recorded their first win at Fougeres Tournament. They rallied past Nigeria in the opener. Valeriane Ayayi (184-F-94) stepped up with 14 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge.
Nigeria led early in the encounter but not for too long. Les Bleus ensured a 16:13 lead ten minutes into the game. France gradually increased the tempo. They cleared off to an 11-point lead at the interval 30:19. France opened the third term on a 10:3 run to take an 18-point advantage. Nigeria struggled to recover in the quarter as they faced a massive 20-point deficit with one period remaining. France did not loosen the grasp and rolled to a confident win at the end. Florine Basque (184-F-92) dropped 13 points for France. Melanie Devaux (171-G-92) contributed 10 points in the winning case. Promise Anukamara responded with 17 points for Nigeria. Ezinne Kalu (172-G) notched 8 points in the loss. France will take on Brazil, while Nigeria will play against China tonight.

France U19: Valeriane Ayayi 14, Florine Basque 13, Melanie Devaux 10
Nigeria U19: Promise Anukamara 17, Ezinne Kalu 8



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  POLAND - Women  


Italy edge Poland in Pesaro - by Eurobasket News
Italy U20 - Poland U20 69:46

Italian U20 selection celebrated victory in the first game of the test series versus their Polish counterparts in Pesaro. Tayara Madonna (173-G/F-91) and Federica Tognalini (183-F-91) stepped up with 11 points each to pace the hosts.
Italy led right from the start. They posted a 17:11 lead after ten minutes of action. Things got even worse for Poland in the second term. The hosts increased the tempo and cleared off to a 41:22 halftime lead. Italy did not slow down after the main break. They stayed in charge building a comfortable 22-point lead with one quarter remaining. Italy never looked back in the fourth quarter and cruised to the victory at the end. Laura Spreafico (182-F/G-91) contributed 8 points, while Elena Bestagno (180-PG-91) and Federica Nannucci (170-G-91) accounted for 7 points each in the victory. Magdalena Zietara (170-G/F-92) responded with 15 points for Poland. Joanna Markiewicz (183-F-91) provided 8 points in defeat.

Italy U20: Tayara Madonna 11, Federica Tognalini 11, Laura Spreafico 8
Poland U20: Magdalena Zietara 15, Joanna Markiewicz 8



Montenegro cruises past Poland in Day One - by Eurobasket News
POLAND - MONTENEGRO 53-70

Montenegro exploded in Day One of the EuroBasket in Poland. They celebrated against the home squad 70-53 for 1-0 score in Group C. Spain was too strong for Germany earlier today so Montenegro joined them on top of this pool. Poland and Germany have 0-1 now. Montenegro won every single quarter today. They started with 15-18 and after that made 11-19 in the second period. Nothing has changed after the breather. Poland was struggling offensively and they faced with 54-38 deficit with 10:00 to go. Montenegro was better in the last quarter as well celebrating comfortable 53-70 victory.
Anna De Forge (178-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Nebraska) came up with 18 points for Montenegro and Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) added 17 points, plus 8 rebounds. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) followed with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Agnieszka Szott (185-F-82, agency: Data Plus Group) was the only player with double-digits in Poland with 11 points. She also grabbed 6 rebounds beside that. Justyna Zurowska (188-C-85) stopped to 8 points.
Tomorrow, Montenegro will play against Spain. Poland will take on Germany.

Poland: Agnieszka Szott 11, Justyna Zurowska 8
Montenegro: Anna De Forge 18, Iva Perovanovic 17+8 boards, Jelena Dubljevic 13+9 boards+5 as


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U16 FIBA Americas Championship: USA cruises past Puerto Rico in the Semis - by Eurobasket News
U16 USA - U16 PUERTO RICO 99-51

As expected, USA did not have any troubles to reach the Finals of U16 FIBA Americas championship. USA handed 99-51 loss to Puerto Rico in the Semis and will meet Brazil for the Gold. Puerto Rico will play against Canada for the Bronze at this event. USA took control on Puerto Rico from the very beginning. They made 22-12 lead and continued with impressive 35-6 in the second quarter. Question about the winner was already resolved and second half was just the formality (22-21, 20-12). Rebecca Greenwell (183-G-95) shined for the winners with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Jatarie White (191-C-95) had 16 pts and 8 rebs, while Mercedes Russell (196-C-95) added 14 pts and 13 boards. In defeat, Claudia Ortiz (96) delivered 15 pts. Krystal Luciano (96) stopped to 9 pts and 6 rebs. Saturday is the last day of competition in Merida.

USA: Rebecca Greenwell 20+6 boards, Jatarie White 16+8 boards, Mercedes Russell 14+13 boards
Puerto Rico: Claudia Ortiz 15, Krystal Luciano 9+6 boards


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Russia grabs thriller win against Slovakia - by Eurobasket News
RUSSIA - SLOVAKIA 68-66

Russia had to work very hard to beat Slovakia tonight in Bydgoszcz. Russia grabbed 68-66 thriller win for joining Lithuania with 1-0 record in Group A. Slovakia and Turkey has 0-1 in this pool. Marina Kuzina (194-C-85) top-scored for the winners with 13 points. Liudmila Sapova (185-F/C-84) had 11 points, while Irina Osipova (196-C/F-81) helped with 8 points and 5 rebounds. In Slovakia, Erin Marie Lawless (188-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Purdue) collected 15 points and 7 rebounds, and Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) scored 10 pts.
*The beginning of the game was very nervous, both teams were unable to made a shot. Slovak Republic presented very good, aggressive defense and Russian team has got a big problem with scoring points. In the middle of the first quarter the score was 8:6 for Russia. The first quarter was very aligned and had ended with score 12:15 for Slovak Republic. In the beginning of the second quarter both teams are playing very hard defense and neither team was able to elaborate big advantage. Russia and Slovak republic have been exchanging shots until first half of this quarter. Then Slovak Republic made the biggest lead in the first half 10 points (24:34). Russian players had been trying hard to get back in this game, but Slovak Republic ended this half of the game with 5 point advantage: 34:29. After six minutes play in the third quarter Russian had taken a one point lead 43:42, but Slovak Republic responded automatically and get back on the three point lead 43:46. Russian players tried hard and after another two minutes they made the game tied. After another aligned fragment of the game the quarter ended with the score 52:51 for Russia. In the middle of the last quarter Russian made a four point advantage 62:58. Slovak coach call a timeout, but Russia kept the lead. When lasted 42 second Natialia Hejkova called another timeout at this moment score was 67:63. Erin Marie Lawless hit the three, Tatiana Popova missed two free throws and the score was 67:66. The end of this game was very nervous, but finally Russia won it 68:66. (by Lukasz Lukaszewski)*
Tomorrow, Russia will meet Lithuania, while Slovakia will play against Turkey

Russia: Marina Kuzina 13, Liudmila Sapova 11, Irina Osipova 8+5 boards
Slovakia: Erin Marie Lawless 15+7 boards, Anna Jurcenkova 10


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Russia grabs thriller win against Slovakia - by Eurobasket News
RUSSIA - SLOVAKIA 68-66

Russia had to work very hard to beat Slovakia tonight in Bydgoszcz. Russia grabbed 68-66 thriller win for joining Lithuania with 1-0 record in Group A. Slovakia and Turkey has 0-1 in this pool. Marina Kuzina (194-C-85) top-scored for the winners with 13 points. Liudmila Sapova (185-F/C-84) had 11 points, while Irina Osipova (196-C/F-81) helped with 8 points and 5 rebounds. In Slovakia, Erin Marie Lawless (188-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Purdue) collected 15 points and 7 rebounds, and Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) scored 10 pts.
*The beginning of the game was very nervous, both teams were unable to made a shot. Slovak Republic presented very good, aggressive defense and Russian team has got a big problem with scoring points. In the middle of the first quarter the score was 8:6 for Russia. The first quarter was very aligned and had ended with score 12:15 for Slovak Republic. In the beginning of the second quarter both teams are playing very hard defense and neither team was able to elaborate big advantage. Russia and Slovak republic have been exchanging shots until first half of this quarter. Then Slovak Republic made the biggest lead in the first half 10 points (24:34). Russian players had been trying hard to get back in this game, but Slovak Republic ended this half of the game with 5 point advantage: 34:29. After six minutes play in the third quarter Russian had taken a one point lead 43:42, but Slovak Republic responded automatically and get back on the three point lead 43:46. Russian players tried hard and after another two minutes they made the game tied. After another aligned fragment of the game the quarter ended with the score 52:51 for Russia. In the middle of the last quarter Russian made a four point advantage 62:58. Slovak coach call a timeout, but Russia kept the lead. When lasted 42 second Natialia Hejkova called another timeout at this moment score was 67:63. Erin Marie Lawless hit the three, Tatiana Popova missed two free throws and the score was 67:66. The end of this game was very nervous, but finally Russia won it 68:66. (by Lukasz Lukaszewski)*
Tomorrow, Russia will meet Lithuania, while Slovakia will play against Turkey

Russia: Marina Kuzina 13, Liudmila Sapova 11, Irina Osipova 8+5 boards
Slovakia: Erin Marie Lawless 15+7 boards, Anna Jurcenkova 10


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  SPAIN - Women  


Spain celebrates in Day One in Katowice - by Eurobasket News
SPAIN - GERMANY 79-69

It was joyful Day One of the EuroBasket 2011 for Spain. They registered 79-69 victory against Germany to open the championship. It means that Spain has 1-0 now in Group C. Participants of the same pool are also Montenegro and the host Poland. Alba Torrens top-scored in Spain with 18 points. Elisa Aguilar (177-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: George Washington) followed her with 17 and Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 16 points, plus 5 rebounds. In defeat, Romy Bar (189-F-87, agency: LBM Management) collected 14 points and 6 rebounds. Sarah Austmann (179-G/F-85) was the last one with double-digits in scoring with 10 pts. As a reminder, Germany booked a spot for Poland by winning the Additional Qualifying Tournament.
Spain opened the game with 21-12 lead and jumped to 39-27 until the halftime. Germany made 19-22 in Q3, but Germany seriously threatened in the last period. Romy Bar and her teammates came to 66-62 with five minutes left, but Spain quickly replied with 6-0 run resolving question about the winner.
In Day Two of the championship, Spain will meet Montenegro. Germany will play against the home squad - Poland.

Spain: Alba Torrens 18, Elisa Aguilar 17, Amaya Valdemoro 16+5 boards
Germany: Romy Bar 14+6 boards, Sarah Austmann 10


Dream forward Sancho Lyttle to miss six games - by Eurobasket News
Atlanta Dream forward Sancho Lyttle (6'4''-C-83, college: Houston) will miss the next six games to compete for Spain's national team in EuroBasket Women 2011, the team announced today. Lyttle will be temporarily suspended for the duration of her absence.

Lyttle will miss tonight's game against Minnesota and the remaining five games in June. She will return to action with the Dream on July 9 against Chicago.

EuroBasket Women 2011 is the European women's championship and a qualifying tournament for the 2012 Olympics in London. Lyttle, a native of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, acquired Spanish citizenship in 2010. She helped Spain to a bronze medal in the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women and was named to the tournament's All-Star Five.

For the past two seasons, Lyttle has competed for Halcon Avenida in Spain during the WNBA offseason. In 2011, she led Halcon Avenida to the 2011 EuroLeague championship alongside Dream teammate Erika de Souza.

Lyttle, a 6-4 forward, is currently the Dream's second leading scorer and rebounder. She is averaging 12.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Astou Barro gets spanish nationality thanks to Francisco Caamao - by Ivan Villar
Astou Barro is a big center from Senegal who arrived to Las Palmas of Gran Canaria whe she was very young.She was born in Dakar in 1994 and she played in former teams of Gran Canaria club.Quickly,she improved her basketball skills adn won national championship junior with island club a lot of times.In fact,Barro can dunk easily.Justice minister,Francisco Caamao,announced that the player will have spanish nationality from yesterday.

Anna Suarez signs by Bons dia Soller - by Ivan Villar
Ana Suarez (170-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) will wear Soller shirt next season after signing by the island club this weekend.Suarez was born in Valencia 24 years ago and she was formed in Ros Casares club.Many teams wanted to join Ana Suarez but she chose Soller because is a great club too.She played her best season last year,making 7,7 p. and 2,2 as. per game.Jorge Mendez,her coach,said to be very glad for adding Suarez to his roster.

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Solna keep Mellstrom, Halldin-Wedin and Falkenstrand - by Eurobasket News
Solna keep Agnes Mellstrom (182-F-94), Emma Halldin Wedin (174-G-87) and Johanna Falkenstrand (189-C-91) for the next season. It was announced earlier that the team will keep also Katarina Andersson, Jenny Andersson and Christy Bacon.
Agnes Mellstrom in 2009-2010 played for Alviks Basket. She is a Swedish U16 National Team -09-10 and participated at the Baltic Sea Cup in Tallinn (Estonia) -10-11. At the European Championships U16 for Women in Greece -10 after 8 games she averaged 5.5ppg, 6.9rpg, FGP: 39.6%, FT: 33.3%.
Johanna Falkenstrand recorded 4 points at the Regular Season Round 11 when Solna Vikings beat Brahe 83:41. Her career she started in 2007-2008 for Stockholmspolisen (BasketEttan) and in 2010-2011 appeared Solna Vikings (Damligan). In 8 games her stats read 0.8ppg, 1.4rpg. She is a member of the Swedish U16 National Team -07, Swedish U20 National Team -10 and at the European Championships U20 in Liepaja (Latvia) averaged 0.7ppg.
Emma Halldin Wedin joined the team in 2009/2010. In her first season she averaged 6.5ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT: 83.3%. Last season her stats read 4.9ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.4apg.




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Botas lands Monica Wright - by Eurobasket News
Botas came up with the new signing. The Turkish outfit landed WNBA player Monica Wright (180-F-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Virginia) for the next season. The American forward is currently a member of the Minnesota Lynx. The WNBA season started two weeks ago and Wright averaged 6.6 points and 1.8 rebounds in 5 games so far.
Monica Wright got her first professional job in Europe last summer. She signed a deal with Polish team Lotos Gdinya. For 10 Euroleague game with Lotos, Wright shined with 17.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 2.8 apg. She also added 15 ppg and 6 rpg for 31 games in Poland. She helped Lotos win the Polish Cup. Wright got many awards last season: Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention -11, Eurobasket.com All-Polish PLKK Forward of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-Polish PLKK 1st Team -11 and Eurobasket.com Polish PLKK All-Imports Team -11. She also participated at the Euroleague and PLK All-Star games.
Monica Wright is a product of the University of Virginia, where she graduated last year. She had 10.8 ppg and 2.8 rpg for her school as a senior. She had 10.8 ppg and 2.8 rpg for 33 WNBA games last season with Minnesota.


Lithuania beats Turkey 64-58 in Bydgoszcz - by Eurobasket News
TURKEY - LITHUANIA 58-64

Lithuania celebrated in Day One of the EuroBasket in Poland. They outplayed Turkey 64-58 for 1-0 record in Group A. Except of Lithuania and Turkey, participants of the same pool are also Russia and Slovakia. Lithuania had impressive first half taking 15-point lead (12-19 Q1, 10-18 Q2). However, Turkey slightly improved after the breather, but was able to cut the deficit for just two points in third period. Turkey took control on Lithuania in the last ten minutes, but it seems it was too late for them. Lithuanians lost that quarter 13-20 and that didn't affect the final outcome.
Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) was the leading player in victory with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82) followed her with 11 points and 8 rebounds, while Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82) added 10 pts. On the other side, Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) responded with 17 points. Saziye Ivegin (183-F-82) had 15 points and 5 boards in this defeat.
In Day Two, Lithuania will meet Russia, while Turkey will play against Slovakia.

Turkey: Nevriye Yilmaz 17, Saziye Ivegin 15+5 boards
Lithuania: Gintare Petronyte 15+6 boards, Sandra Linkeviciene 11+8 boards, Ausra Bimbaite 10


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  UKRAINE - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Alina IAGUPOVA
  Dnipr.
  (181-G-92)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Iagupova, Dnipr.20.8 
 2. Ragin, Dynamo19.9 
 3. Williams, Dnipr.18.8 
 4. Rastorgueva, Donb.18.1 
 5. Maznichenko, Tim-S.18.1 
 6. Markotenko, Frank.17.8 
 7. Yakunina, Lugans.17.4 
 8. Lubarskaya, Dynamo17.1 
 9. Rymarenko, Dynamo16.5 
 10. Grishina, Lugans.16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shantel RAGIN
  Dynamo
  (178-G/F-87)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Ragin, Dynamo10.6 
 2. Staschuk, Orlan10.3 
 3. Alyoshkina, Orlan9.9 
 4. Vukovic, Yuzhna P.9.8 
 5. Maznichenko, Tim-S.9.5 
 6. Zarytska, Kozachka9.4 
 7. Rymarenko, Dynamo9.4 
 8. Zherzherunov., Koz.9.4 
 9. Yakunina, Lugans.9.0 
 10. Bovykina, Dnipr.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Olga DUBROVINA
  Kozachka
  (170-G-87)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Dubrovina, Kozach.5.8 
 2. Siromatnikov., Yuz.5.8 
 3. Sharovka, Tim-Scuf5.2 
 4. Iagupova, Dnipr.4.8 
 5. Williams, Dnipr.4.8 
 6. Dubas, Frankivsk4.6 
 7. Voronova, Polite.4.1 
 8. Kochubei, Tim-Scuf4.1 
 9. Lapshynova, Polite.4.0 
 10. Kashlei, Orlan3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Kimberly WILLIAMS
  Dnipr.
  (168-G-74)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Williams, Dnipr.3.4 
 2. Domoratska, Dnipr.3.4 
 3. Dubrovina, Kozach.3.3 
 4. Markotenko, Frank.3.2 
 5. Sharovka, Tim-Scuf3.2 
 6. Iagupova, Dnipr.3.1 
 7. Zherzherunov., Koz.2.5 
 8. Dubas, Frankivsk2.4 
 9. Isachenko, Tim-S.2.3 
 10. Shchypakina, Yuz.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Lyubov ALYOSHKINA
  Orlan
  (202-C-81)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Alyoshkina, Orlan3.3 
 2. Zhyrakova, Polite.2.1 
 3. Shablynska, Polite.2.1 
 4. Yaburova, Dnipr.1.6 
 5. Bovykina, Dnipr.1.4 
 6. Zherzherunov., Koz.1.0 
 7. Maznichenko, Tim-S.1.0 
 8. Kisilova, Kozachka1.0 
 9. Yakunina, Lugans.1.0 
 10. Staschuk, Orlan0.9 


Dnipro and Tim-Scuf reach the Final - by Eurobasket News
Dnipro and Tim-Scuf reach the Final to meet each other tomorrow.



Dnipro-DVUFK - Kozachka 83-77

Kozachka was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Dnipro-DVUFK made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Kozachka turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Alina Iagupova (181-92, agency: LBM Management) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. International center Taisiia Bovykina (190-89, agency: LBM Management) contributed with 25 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Ganna Zarytska (182-86, agency: Data Plus Group) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds and the former international guard Olga Dubrovina (170-87, agency: LBM Management) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 14 assists in the effort for Kozachka. Four Kozachka players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Dnipro-DVUFK: T.Bovykina 25+7reb, K.Williams 22+2reb+5ast, A.Iagupova 22+9reb+6ast, r.irina 8+10reb+2ast, A.Domoratska 6+3reb, A.Kiriyenko 0
Kozachka: O.Zherzherunova 22+5reb, G.Zarytska 19+16reb+2ast, O.Dubrovina 11+5reb+14ast, O.Samburska 10+3reb+1ast, A.Pokoiova 7+4reb, O.Kisilova 4+2reb+1ast


gschID: 129867


Tim-Scuf - Frankivsk 78-55

Tim-Scuf led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Center Miriam Uro-Nile (190-94) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and the former international forward Natalia Isachenko (183-79, agency: Promotex) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Four Tim-Scuf players scored in double figures. At the losing side Russian forward Oksana Horoshavina (186-85) responded with 19 points and 5 rebounds and guard Mariya Dubas (182-84) scored 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Tim-Scuf: M.Uro-Nile 22+14reb+6ast, N.Isachenko 17+7reb+1ast, A.Khomenchuk 11+8reb, I.Kochubei 11+6reb+7ast, Y.Sharovka 6+6reb+2ast, K.Dorogobuzova 4+4reb
Frankivsk: O.Horoshavina 19+5reb+1ast, A.Markotenko 14+5reb+2ast, M.Dubas 10+7reb+4ast, M.Komarnyak 6+6reb, k.olga 4+3reb+1ast, V.Pazyuk 2+2reb+2ast
gschID: 129866




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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


Belarus cruises past United Kingdom in Day One - by Eurobasket News
BELARUS - UNITED KINGDOM 55-40

Belarus had a great start of the EuroBasket 2011 in Poland. They handed 55-40 loss to United Kingdom for 1-0 score in Group B. Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-C-87) stepped up for the winners with 10 points and 7 rebounds. Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) also scored 10 pts, while Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) added one less. In the loosing squad, Kimberly Butler (186-F-82, college: Oregon St.) collected 8 points and 6 rebounds. Their second scorer was Azania Stewart (193-C-89) with 8 pts. Belarus won three quarters in this game, while only the last one belonged to UK. However, everything was already clear before that. Belarus made 14-11 in the first ten minutes and continued with 17-9 in Q2. Nothing has changed after the breather and Belarus jumped to 45-28 with 10:00 to go. Question about the winner was already resolved at that time.
In Day Two of the championship, Belarus will play against Israel, while UK will meet Czech Republic.

Belarus: Anastasiya Veremeenko 10+7 boards, Katerina Snytsina 10, Tatsiana Likhtarovich 9
United Kingdom: Kimberly Butler 8+6 boards, Azania Stewart 8


Great Britain U20 topple Netherlands U20 in exhibition game - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain U20 - Netherlands U20 68:63

Great Britain U20 recorded their first win over the Dutch counterparts in the exhibition series in Pontypridd. Katrin Chiemeka (170-G-91) stepped up with 12 points to lead the effort.
Great Britain dominated from the start. The hosts piled up a 22:11 lead after ten minutes. The hosts maintained the pressure as they established a 40:22 halftime advantage. Netherlands were able to cut the distance to 14 points at the final intermission. The Dutch team increased their tempo in the fourth term. They erupted for 25 points in the fourth quarter but still came up short of victory at the end. Gemma Bullard (177-G-92) delivered 11 points for Great Britain. Jessica Hurd (182-F-92) contributed 10 points in the victory. Marlou De Kleijn (182-F-92) scored game-high 25 points for Netherlands. Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) finished with 12 points in the loss.

Great Britain U20: Katrin Chiemeka 12, Gemma Bullard 11, Jessica Hurd 10
Netherlands U20: Marlou De Kleijn 25, Maxime Essenstam 12



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  VENEZUELA - Women  


U16 Venezuela too much for U16 Guatemala - by Eurobasket News
U16 VENEZUELA - U16 GUATEMALA 87-20

Venezuela was too strong for Guatemala 87-20 on Friday. It was the first game of the classification round in Merida. In the last day of the competition Venezuela will meet Mexico. The winner will end as No.5 at this event. Guatemala will meet the hosts and will try to avoid the last place. Dakarlin Montoya (95) was the leading scorer in victory with 18 points and she dished out 5 assists beside that. Daniela Wallen (95) had 16 pts in this win and Siuly Marcano (96) added 13 pts. Monica Ramirez (97) netted 6 pts for Guatemala. Elizabeth Lopez (96) had 4. Quarters: 16-7, 21-5, 29-4, 21-4).

Venezuela: Dakarlin Montoya 18+5 as, Daniela Wallen 16, Siuly Marcano 13
Guatemala: Monica Ramirez 6, Elizabeth Lopez 4


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  WNBA - Women  


Shock acquire former Storm forward Jacinta Monroe - by Eurobasket News
The Tulsa Shock have filled a roster spot with the acquisition of former Seattle and Washington forward Jacinta Monroe (6'4''-F/C-88, college: Florida St.).

Monroe, who is 6'5', fills the spot created when the Shock waived Miranda Ayim on Wednesday.

Monroe was the sixth overall pick in the 2010 WNBA Draft by the Washington Mystics and was on the roster for the Seattle Storm before being waived on May 30th.

Monroe had played a couple minutes, but did not score while picking up three fouls in Seattle's 76-70 pre-season victory over the Shock a day earlier.

In 17 games with the Mystics as a rookie in 2010, Monroe averaged 2.1 points and nearly one rebound per game in just under seven minutes per contest.

Monroe played college basketball at Florida State, where she averaged 13 points and 7.4 rebounds per game as a senior.

Courtesy of www.ktul.com


Shock hopes for that 'one thing' to get things going - by Eurobasket News
Ivory Latta (5'6''-G-84, college: N.Carolina) has been through this before.

As a guard for the Atlanta Dream in 2008, Latta endured an 0-17 start to the season. This year, Latta and the Tulsa Shock are 0-5 heading into Saturday night's game against Washington at the BOK Center.

'I know the feeling,' Latta said after Friday's practice. 'I know how it felt to get that first win, and after we got that first win everything really starting falling in place for us.

'Here, I've just got a great feeling that we are there. We just need that one thing to get us over that hump to get that win.'

The biggest issue for the Shock is finding that 'one thing.' Asked what has been the team's main problem this season, general manager and coach Nolan Richardson simply said, 'We've shot the ball horrible.'

Injuries haven't helped. Power forward Amber Holt, who Richardson said is the team's best all-around player, is out several more weeks with a broken left thumb.

Rookie center Elizabeth Cambage, who suffered a concussion in Sunday's loss at Connecticut, hasn't practiced this week and missed Tuesday's game against Indiana. She is not expected to play Saturday, but that will be a gametime decision, Richardson said.

Tulsa was its most competitive Tuesday against the Fever, even without Cambage. The Shock led with less than five minutes to play before Indiana went on a 16-7 run to win.

'I think that was our stepping stone of 'Ladies, look. We can really do this,' ' Latta said.

Before the season began, Richardson said he knew the team would have its work cut out, with four out of the first five games on the road and against some of the league's best squads.

'We had to try to do something special to win one of those games,' he said.

Now home for three straight games, the Shock is looking to pick up its first victory, along with some confidence.

'That's what it's all about now,' Richardson said. 'They've put in the time and the work. It's got to pay off.

'If it pays off, they see the payoff and that's when they go back to work.'

Latta said the players are trying to take the intensity from their fast-paced practices and implement it in games. When that happens, she said, the Shock will find success.

'I get chills when I think about how good this team could be,' Latta said. 'I know it's coming. When it comes we're going to ride it on out.'

Courtesy of www.tulsaworld.com


Dream forward Sancho Lyttle to miss six games - by Eurobasket News
Atlanta Dream forward Sancho Lyttle (6'4''-C-83, college: Houston) will miss the next six games to compete for Spain's national team in EuroBasket Women 2011, the team announced today. Lyttle will be temporarily suspended for the duration of her absence.

Lyttle will miss tonight's game against Minnesota and the remaining five games in June. She will return to action with the Dream on July 9 against Chicago.

EuroBasket Women 2011 is the European women's championship and a qualifying tournament for the 2012 Olympics in London. Lyttle, a native of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, acquired Spanish citizenship in 2010. She helped Spain to a bronze medal in the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women and was named to the tournament's All-Star Five.

For the past two seasons, Lyttle has competed for Halcon Avenida in Spain during the WNBA offseason. In 2011, she led Halcon Avenida to the 2011 EuroLeague championship alongside Dream teammate Erika de Souza.

Lyttle, a 6-4 forward, is currently the Dream's second leading scorer and rebounder. She is averaging 12.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Botas lands Monica Wright - by Eurobasket News
Botas came up with the new signing. The Turkish outfit landed WNBA player Monica Wright (180-F-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Virginia) for the next season. The American forward is currently a member of the Minnesota Lynx. The WNBA season started two weeks ago and Wright averaged 6.6 points and 1.8 rebounds in 5 games so far.
Monica Wright got her first professional job in Europe last summer. She signed a deal with Polish team Lotos Gdinya. For 10 Euroleague game with Lotos, Wright shined with 17.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 2.8 apg. She also added 15 ppg and 6 rpg for 31 games in Poland. She helped Lotos win the Polish Cup. Wright got many awards last season: Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention -11, Eurobasket.com All-Polish PLKK Forward of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-Polish PLKK 1st Team -11 and Eurobasket.com Polish PLKK All-Imports Team -11. She also participated at the Euroleague and PLK All-Star games.
Monica Wright is a product of the University of Virginia, where she graduated last year. She had 10.8 ppg and 2.8 rpg for her school as a senior. She had 10.8 ppg and 2.8 rpg for 33 WNBA games last season with Minnesota.