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  ARGENTINA   


Olimpico de La Banda tab Alexander Galindo - by Eurobasket News
Olimpico de La Banda agreed on terms of contract with Alexander David Galindo (198-F-85, college: FIU). The forward is currently playing in Puerto Rican BSN with Gallitos de Isabela. He averages 17.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. Alexander David Galindo started the season in Libertad de Sunchales. His stats read 9.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game in Liga Sudamericana. In LigaA Alexander David Galindo produced 14.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.6 steals per appearance. The forward made it into Latinbasket.com All-Argentinean LigaA All-Imports Team. Alexander David Galindo graduated from the Florida International University in 2009. He then played in Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Venezuela and Argentina. Alexander David Galindo was trumped Latinbasket.com All-Uruguayan LUB Forward of the Year in 2010. The forward also played for Puerto Rican U21 selection at 2005 World Championship in Argentina.


Libertad bring in Joshua Pittman and Stevie Johnson, keep Robert Battle - by Eurobasket News
Libertad de Sunchales ensured the services of Robert Battle (204-C-81, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Drexel), Joshua Pittman (197-F-76, agency: Dream Team Management, college: NC-Asheville) and Stevie Johnson (198-F/C-78, college: Iowa St.) for the next season.
The team renewed the contract of Robert Battle. The centre joined Libertad at the start of the previous season. He tallied 13.4 points, 9.1 boards, 1.9 steals, 1.9 blocks and 1.6 assists per game in LigaA. In Liga Sudamericana the centre posted 17.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.0 block per appearance. Robert Battle participated at LigaA All-Star Game in 2011. He was also named into Latinbasket.com All-Argentinean LigaA 2nd Team.
Joshua Pittman played for Obras Sanitarias last season. The 34-year-old forward averaged 12.5 points, 3.2 boards, 1.3 steals and 1.1 assists per appearance. Joshua Pittman also played at LigaA All-Star Game.
Stevie Johnson arrives to Argentina from Spain. The 33-year-old centre played for Huesca in Spanish LEB Gold last season. His stats read 14.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Eurobasket.com named Stevie Johnson All-Spanish LEB Silver Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010. Last season the centre earned LEB Gold Honourable Mention.




Daniel Hure stays with Sionista de Parana - by Eurobasket News
Sionista de Parana extended the contract of Daniel Hure (200-F-85). The player will enter his eighth straight season with the team. Last season Daniel Hure averaged 6.0 points and 2.7 rebounds per Liga Americas game. In LigaA the 26-year-old forward posted 5.9 points and 2.9 rebounds per appearance.



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  AUSTRALIA   


Tigers in a daze after Lightning strike (Round 14 MSBL Wrap) - by Cesar Ochoa Villar
Lakeside Lightning's incredible men's State Basketball League season has continued with a 60-point thrashing of Southlands Boulevarde Willetton Tigers in a rematch of last year's Grand Final.

The Lightning lost last season's championship decider and were also beaten by Willetton earlier this year, but dominated this encounter through import Luke Payne (188-G-85, college: USC Upstate)26 points) and veteran centre Jarrad Prue (199-C-82) (8 points and 23 rebounds) to consolidate their spot at the top of the ladder.

The Tigers were never in contention despite the best efforts of Robert Kampman (203-F-82, college: Wichita St.), who had 15 points, as they fell to their eighth loss of the year.

And defeat was further soured for the defending champions by a calf injury to Wildcats big man Matthew Knight (204-F/C-85, college: Loyola Marymount), which will see him miss a fortnight and has ruled him out of the upcoming Australian Boomers camp.

Cockburn Cougars stayed within two wins of Lakeside after winning 112-105 against ATD Stirling Senators, who dropped out of the top eight with the loss.

Ty Harrelson (193-G-80, college: Wayland Baptist) was just two rebounds short of a remarkable quadruple-double - finishing with 23 points, 11 assists, 10 steals and eight rebounds - to help Cockburn stay in second spot, while Lee Roberts (201-F/C-87, college: Findlay, OH) had 42 points for Stirling.

Skilled Goldfields Giants also fell out of a finals spot following their 103-97 home loss to Perth Redbacks.

The Giants have lost five of their past six games after Adrian Majstrovich (202-F/G-80) (41 points) led Perth to a victory which saw it move back into the top eight.

And Kalamunda Eastern Suns also climbed into the eight after beating Rockingham Flames 111-103, which was their third-consecutive win.

Rockingham also lost 98-83 to Australian Central East Perth Eagles, who have won their past three games.

Total Connections Perry Lakes Hawks survived a major scare to beat Mandurah Magic 84-83, winning the game on a Ben Purser (200-F/G-90, college: Augusta St.) field goal with three seconds left.

But veteran Aaron Trahair (194-G-76) (19 points) helped Mandurah beat rivals Southwest Slammers 103-74 the previous night.

Top four side Wanneroo Wolves maintained their good form with a 102-86 win against Sun City Plumbing Geraldton Buccaneers.

But Geraldton moved within two wins of the top eight after beating the winless Slammers 96-87.

Courtesy of: SBL


Tigers in a daze after Lightning strike (Round 14 MSBL Wrap) - by Cesar Ochoa Villar
Lakeside Lightning's incredible men's State Basketball League season has continued with a 60-point thrashing of Southlands Boulevarde Willetton Tigers in a rematch of last year's Grand Final.

The Lightning lost last season's championship decider and were also beaten by Willetton earlier this year, but dominated this encounter through import Luke Payne (26 points) and veteran centre Jarrad Pure (eight points and 23 rebounds) to consolidate their spot at the top of the ladder.

The Tigers were never in contention despite the best efforts of Robert Kampman, who had 15 points, as they fell to their eighth loss of the year.

And defeat was further soured for the defending champions by a calf injury to Wildcats big man Matt Knight, which will see him miss a fortnight and has ruled him out of the upcoming Australian Boomers camp.

Cockburn Cougars stayed within two wins of Lakeside after winning 112-105 against ATD Stirling Senators, who dropped out of the top eight with the loss.

Ty Harrelson was just two rebounds short of a remarkable quadruple-double - finishing with 23 points, 11 assists, 10 steals and eight rebounds - to help Cockburn stay in second spot, while Lee Roberts had 42 points for Stirling.

SKILLED Goldfields Giants also fell out of a finals spot following their 103-97 home loss to Perth Redbacks.

The Giants have lost five of their past six games after Adrian Majstrovich (41 points) led Perth to a victory which saw it move back into the top eight.

And Kalamunda Eastern Suns also climbed into the eight after beating Rockingham Flames 111-103, which was their third-consecutive win.

Rockingham also lost 98-83 to Australian Central East Perth Eagles, who have won their past three games.

Total Connections Perry Lakes Hawks survived a major scare to beat Mandurah Magic 84-83, winning the game on a Ben Purser field goal with three seconds left.

But veteran Aaron Trahair (19 points) helped Mandurah beat rivals Southwest Slammers 103-74 the previous night.

Top four side Wanneroo Wolves maintained their good form with a 102-86 win against Sun City Plumbing Geraldton Buccaneers.

But Geraldton moved within two wins of the top eight after beating the winless Slammers 96-87.


Courtesy of: SBL


Gabbidon comes home to Border - by Eurobasket News
IT feels like home.
With those four words, returning Albury-Wodonga Bandits import Travis Gabbidon (201-F, college: UTSA) showed just how much the Border area really means to him.

With his playing clearance finally approved this week, Gabbidon will once again suit up for the Bandits, having spent the past 15 months living the nomadic life of a professional player, plying his trade with varying success in the Middle East, Argentina and Mexico.

A noticeably trimmed-down Gabbidon said he was looking forward to showing how he had improved both as a player and a leader after his overseas playing stints, particularly in Mexico for the fantastically named Tijuana Zonkeys.

Its just great to be back here, it feels like home, Gabbidon said.

I met a lot of great

people here last year and its good to be back here and see their faces and have their support.

I think last year I had a good role but this year Ill have to bring more to the table, just overall, defensively, more of a leader out there on the court, verbal and stuff like that.

I know a lot of times last year I wasnt much of a verbal leader and I know defensively I slipped up a lot, so I know now what it takes to be a great player at both ends of the floor and I have to bring that to the table now.

The 201-centimetre forward said he thought he would be an ideal fit for a Bandits squad in desperate need of another quality offensive option.

Offensively, I think it will be easier to get in there, I know the plays from last year, Gabbidon said.

I just have to be aggressive, try to be the extra scorer and if I can do that, itll help us get out and have some energy at the defensive end too.

I just got done playing four games a week in Mexico and I was playing a lot of minutes and Im in good shape.

Last year, I came here and hadnt played for nearly eight months.

While the Bandits havent yet committed to Gabbidon beyond the rest of this season, the ever-friendly import admitted he would love to make

Albury-Wodonga an annual destination for some time to come.

We havent talked about it but obviously it would be nice to see what we can come up with, Gabbidon said.

I do enjoy it here and it would be nice to make it a second home.

I think just to get someone you know, the town knows me, or whoever it may be, to get that same group back, maybe switch one or two players, but I think that would be something good for the club to do, if possible.

In a baptism of fire for Gabbidon, the Bandits travel to Knox tomorrow to take on the Raiders before heading to Ballarat and a clash with the Miners on Sunday.

But Gabbidon said he would be using last years stunning season-ending win over the Raiders as motivation for this weekend.

It wouldve been good to start at home but that didnt happen so weve got a good road trip, Gabbidon said.

Knox and Ballarat have been playing really tough, so weve got to step up to that challenge.

Ive already thought about last years win over Knox, if we can go in there with the same energy, be aggressive, pressure the ball and attack them offensively then I think well be OK.
Courtesy of: bordermail.com.au




Standings - ABA
ABA Standings
Big V
 1. Waverley F. 10-3 
 2. Eltham W. 9-4 
 3. Ringwood H. 8-6 
 4. Bulleen B. 8-6 
 5. Sherbrooke S. 8-7 
 6. Hume City 6-8 
 7. Melbourne 4-11 
 8. Diamond V.E. 3-11 
Central ABL
 1. Norwood F. 8-2 
 2. W.Adelaide B. 8-3 
 3. Forestville E. 8-3 
 4. Sturt S. 6-5 
 5. S.Adelaide P. 6-5 
 6. N.Adelaide R. 6-5 
 7. Woodville W. 5-6 
 8. Eastern M. 4-7 
 9. South.Tigers 2-9 
 10. C.District L. 1-9 
QBL
 1. Gold Coast R. 8-0 
 2. Townsville H. 8-1 
 3. Brisbane C. 6-3 
 4. Northside W. 6-4 
 5. Cairns M. 6-4 
 6. Mackay M. 5-3 
 7. Rockhampton 5-3 
 8. Bundaberg B. 4-4 
 9. Ipswich F. 4-4 
 10. Gladstone P. 3-5 
 11. Caboolture S. 2-7 
 12. Maroochydore 1-7 
 13. Toowoomba 1-7 
 14. SW Metro P. 1-8 
SEABL-East
 1. Bendigo B. 12-2 
 2. Knox R. 10-5 
 3. Ballarat M. 8-6 
 4. Canberra G. 7-6 
 5. Kilsyth C. 7-9 
 6. Dandenong 6-7 
 7. Brisbane S. 6-8 
SEABL-South
 1. Nunawading S. 12-4 
 2. Geelong S. 9-5 
 3. Sandringham S. 9-6 
 4. Hobart C. 7-9 
 5. Mt Gambier 6-9 
 6. NW Tasmania 5-10 
 7. Frankston B. 4-9 
 8. Albury W.B. 1-14 
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. Wanneroo W. 14-5 
 3. Cockburn C. 14-5 
 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. 7-13 
 13. Rockingham F. 6-14 
 14. AIS 0-0 
 15. SW Slammers 0-20 


SEABL 2011 Mid-Season Report - by Eurobasket News
ALBURY/WODONGA BANDITS

Win/Loss: 1-12

Ladder: 8th in South


Next Four: Knox (away), Ballarat (away), Kilsyth (home), Canberra (home)

In a nutshell: Disappointing first half of the season, even for a team not expected to make finals.

What's Gone Right: Ed Morris Jr. has done everything asked of an import with 20.5 points per game (fourth in the league) but also as an ambassador in the community. The promise of Travis Gabiddon returning is another positive.

What's Gone Wrong: Lance Perique (203-F-83, college: Georgia St.) was a bust, and Dan Briglias absence hurt the team early on. This team is young, and simply doesnt have the talent to be a threat this year.

Surprise Package: The Bandits have the third best three point shooting percentage in the league this year.

The Stat: Albury/Wodonga has the worst losing margin of 19 points in the league while their offense is also the least productive, averaging just 70 points.

Round 20 Prediction: Bottom of the South.


BALLARAT MINERS

Win/Loss: 6-6

Ladder: 5th in the East


Next Four: Kilsyth (away), Albury/Wodonga (home), Knox (away), Dandenong (away)

In a nutshell: Ballarat are a long-term project. If they can keep their core group of players together, and their coach, and bring in steady, reliable imports, they are only going to get better.

What's Gone Right: Ivan Harris (201-F-84, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Ohio St.) can destroy opposition teams with his shooting. Now that Nick Aldridge is fit, he is starting to dominate the paint. Shaun Bruce continues to mature, as do Cam McCallum and Ryan Barnes.

What's Gone Wrong: For someone with a full season of NBL behind them, Jared Scoines has been reduced to a role player this year. The losses to Hobart and Dandenong are the kind of games this team needs to turn into victories to go to the next level.

Surprise Package: Despite a young side, the Miners have performed admirably on the road, with a 3-2 record.

The Stat: Ballarat are even across the board: their field goal differential is -2%, three point percentage -2%, free throw percentage -1% and total points differential is +2.

Round 20 Prediction: 5th-6th in the East


BENDIGO BRAVES

Win/Loss: 10-2

Ladder: 1st in East

Next Four: Frankston (away), Sandringham (home), Hobart (away), NW Tasmania (away)

In a nutshell: Championship favourites: Imports in great form. A deep line-up. Tough at home and away. The compete package.

What's Gone Right: Sam Harris recruitment has settled this team into their perfect roles. Kevin Probert has also relished with the increased responsibility of being vice captain, and even a senior leader while Warren Randall (179-G-83, college: Iowa Central CC) was absent. And Bendigo stadium is slowly becoming a hostile place for opposition teams to venture into once again.

What's Gone Wrong: After big seasons on 2010, Chris Hogan and Taylor Bell have both seen their numbers drop off this year. And the massive upset to Canberra suggests the side could be prone to underestimating their opponents, and overestimating their own abilities.

Surprise Package: Adam Tanner is a smooth operator but this year his game seems to have gone up a notch. Some players are at their best when they are the go-to guy on a team, but perhaps Tanner is the opposite. i.e., he may be the kind of player that is more dangerous with class players around him, that know how to use him and he can trust to finish.

The Stat: Bendigo are +12 in points for/against differential. First in the league.

Round 20 prediction: 1st in the East


BRISBANE SPARTANS

Win/Loss: 5-8

Ladder: 7th in East


Next Four: Hobart (home), Nunawading (home), Geelong (away), Bendigo (away)

In a nutshell: With most of their away games already played, the Spartans need to utilise home court advantage in the second half of the year to get off the bottom of the ladder.

What's Gone Right: The frontcourt pairing of Greg Vanderjagt (213-C-84) and Ash Cannan continue to provide headaches for opposition teams. Brisbane has also worked hard on raising their profile and improving their game presentation, and it seems to have worked. A few more wins and the home crowds could really take off.

What's Gone Wrong: A lot. Cortez Groves was an exciting recruitment that perhaps hasnt fulfilled the hopes of the Spartans fans. Corey Williams was another huge recruit that promised to turn around the sagging fortunes, but he lasted only three games. Ash Cannan had a hamstring injury. And they desperately miss a backcourt leader like Adam Gibson. And who could forget the SEABL all-time record for least point in a game 43 vs Kilsyth in round 9

Surprise Package: The Corey Williams experiment was like a one-night stand. Fun while it lasted but ultimately meaningless and unfulfilling. And you hope it didnt do more harm than good for the Spartans in the long term.

The Stat: Having to play their first six games of the season away, the Spartans struggled to keep up with the competition early, and they have been on the back foot ever since that 2-4 start.

Round 20 prediction: Bottom three in the East.


CANBERRA GUNNERS

Win/Loss: 6-6

Ladder: 6th in East


Next Four: Hobart (home), Geelong (away), Sandringham (away), Albury/Wodonga (away)

In a nutshell: After missing the playoffs in the past three years, the Gunners have resurrected a 2-4 start to be even at the halfway mark of the season.

What's Gone Right: Kyle Jeffers (206-C-85, college: Oregon St.) has slipped into the team perfectly, and head coach Frank Arsego is the leader this team needs. Few would have predicted the win over Bendigo, and the four-game winning streak is equal best at the moment in the league.

What's Gone Wrong: Canberra arent dangerous on the road. The Gunners are 1-3 away, and their only win came against Knox in triple overtime. And Canberras scoring drops away sharply after their top five scorers.

Surprise Package: prior to this season, Jamie Mesman had averaged about 5 ppg over 40-odd SEABL games. This year Mesman has exploded, averaging 15.8 poionts, 4.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists, and a Player of the Week award.

The Stat: the Gunners defence gives up just 72 points a game; second best in the league, and they BANG the boards, leading the league with 44 per game.

Round 20 prediction: 4th 6th East


DANDENONG RANGERS

Win/Loss: 6-6

Ladder: 4th in East


Next Four: Nunawading (home), Mt. Gambier (away), Frankston (home), Ballarat (home)

In a nutshell: Despite some great recruits coming in before the start of the season and a promising start to the year, Dandenong has hit a road block, losing their last four straight.

What's Gone Right: Luke Fitzgerald continues to emerge as a first-rate centre able to match it with the Lester Strongs and Chris Camerons of the competition. To a degree, Darren Perry has also been able to remove the chokers tag from Dandenong, with better forth quarter efforts from the Rangers this year.

What's Gone Wrong: The injury to Brent Hobba certainly didnt help things, but the current four-game losing slump is the major concern: it has ruined any momentum they had after a good start to the season, and unless you can attribute the slide to the inconsistency you might experience with so many youngsters, there isnt a clear explanation for the drop off.

Surprise Package: The emergence of the younger players, especially Venky Jois (198-F-93). Add Calvin Enge, Lukas Barker and Dieuson Biyendolo to that development group, and the Rangers future looks good.

The Stat: The Rangers field goal percentage is the second best in the league but theyve only been able to convert this to six victories. They are also third last in defensive rebounds, and that probably means they give up too many offensive boards and easy looks to the opposition.

Round 20 prediction: 4th 5th East


FRANKSTON BLUES

Win/Loss: 4-8

Ladder: 7th in South


Next Four: Bendigo (home), Dandenong (away), Ballarat (away), Brisbane (home)

In a nutshell: With changes to the line-up before and during the season, and a tough draw in the first half of the year, the Blues have fought admirably but struggled to keep a record that will allow them to make a run at the playoffs.

What's Gone Right: import Haminn Quaintance has been close to the best player in the league over the last three to four weeks, and Mitch Chapman has stepped up at the starting point guard. Chuck Long has come into the team and given the team exactly what they needed: a bit of energy, enthusiasm, leadership and personality.

What's Gone Wrong: The Blues other import Roburt Sallie never really found his rhythm in the team, or in the competition. And Frankston are still a team guttered after the loss of David Gruber, Robert Kampman (203-F-82, college: Wichita St.), and Andrew Harms over the last two years.

Surprise Package: In only 3 matches, Chuck Long has quickly found a role in the Blues side with an average of 16 points and 4.7 assists. But he provides the intangibles that dont show on the stat sheet, such as voice on the court, and experience in different situations.

The Stat: The Blues have lost four games in a row, and need to improve on their home record (2-4).

Round 20 prediction: 5th 7th


GEELONG SUPERCATS

Win/Loss: 8-5

Ladder: 3rd in South


Next Four: NW Tasmania (home), Canberra (home), Brisbane (home), Ballarat (home)

In a nutshell: Geelong had everything against them in the first half of the year. A tough fixture. Some big losses from last years line up. Nathan Herbert out with an injury. A new import to come to terms with. To be where they are after that type of adversity, the Supercats must be hoping the worst is behind them and they can steadily build toward the playoffs.

What's Gone Right: The Supercats maintain a solid home advantage with a 3-1 record at the Geelong Arena. Like Mitch Chapman at Frankston, Nick Owusu (185-G-84) has stepped up in taking over as the starting point guard, as has Jamie Medved in the new co-captain role.

What's Gone Wrong: injuries have been one of the Supercats biggest opponents this year. Medved, Owusu, Herbert and Mecanovic have all missed games. Ismail Muhammad has also not reached the highs of past years.

Surprise Package: John Pichon. Always seems to be in contention for player of the week, only to have someone else have a marginally better performance each week. Whispers about his ability have grown into a dull roar.

The Stat: Geelong dont hurt you from long range the Supercats are second last in three-point percentage. Perhaps the return of Nathan Herbert will change that.

Round 20 prediction: 2nd or 3rd in the South


HOBART CHARGERS

Win/Loss: 6-8

Ladder: 4th in South


Next Four: Brisbane (away), Canberra (away), Bendigo (home), Sandringham (home)

In a nutshell: After being written off earlier on, Hobart is still in playoff contentions. Ignore them at your peril.

What's Gone Right: Hugh Greenwood was easily the Chargers best player at times this year not bad for a 19-year-old. Tiri Masunda has shown he is capable of being more than just a role player when given the opportunity. And after going through so much adversity early on, Hobart would love nothing more than to sneak in to the playoffs and give themselves a shot at an upset.

What's Gone Wrong: The Chargers problems started when their imports werent here for the start of the season, then key players suffered injuries, and Hugh Greenwood has been in and out of the team with international commitments. Derick Nelson hasnt exactly blown apart the opposition as may have been expected either.

Surprise Package: While it was known that Hugh Greenwood was good, I dont think anyone knew he would be this good: 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists a game, at 45% from the field.

The Stat: Known as a team that put up a lot of threes, Hobart have been below par from long range only 31% from deep. If they can start to get that aspect of their game going, they will strike fear into a lot of opponents.

Round 20 prediction: 4th 5th


KILSYTH COBRAS

Win/Loss: 8-6

Ladder: 3rd in East


Next Four: Ballarat (home), Nunawading (away), Albury/Wodonga (away), Knox (home)

In a nutshell: after starting the season 1-4, Kilsyth have steadily put their season back together, and a run of five straight wins has brought them right back into the hunt for a top two spot in the East.

What's Gone Right: 16 points and 9.7 rebounds has turned Tim Lang into a serious threat this season and he picked up Player of the Month award in May. Quincy Henderson is also a hard working leader that continues to lead by example.

What's Gone Wrong: In the absence of Tim Lang, the Cobras showed real fragility at the start of the season. Zach Malvick has also possibly failed to recapture the blistering form he displayed when last in the league a few years ago.

Surprise Package: While Tim Lang appears to be central to the Cobras success, Auryn McMillan has developed into a worthy adversary for opposition teams. He works well alongside Lang and his experiences overseas have obviously been of huge benefit.

The Stat: For a team with such a sound frontcourt, it is a mystery how the Cobras are so poor in field goal percentage 41% from the floor, third worst in the league.

Round 20 prediction: 2nd 4th East


KNOX RADIERS

Win/Loss: 9-5

Ladder: 2nd in the East


Next Four: Albury/Wodonga (home), Ballarat (home), Kilsyth (away), Hobart (away)

In a nutshell: After winning their first five matches, Knox is at risk of slipping back in the pack. While they are unlikely to miss the playoffs, they need to keep winning to put pressure on Bendigo and keep home court advantage in the first week of the playoffs.

What's Gone Right: The Raiders offensive production is the best in the league thanks in large part to CJ Massingale (21.7 points) and Lester Strong (20.8 points). They remain amongst the best performing and most complimentary import parings in the league, and they have taken out Player of the Week and Player of the Month awards respectively.

What's Gone Wrong: While Massingale and Strong are important players, John Philip is the catalyst that makes the difference between the Raiders being good or great. When hes injured, the Raiders are far less threatening.

Surprise Package: Not too many people would have predicted how quickly the younger, second-string Knox players have come along. Justin Aver, Alex Vanrenen, Liam Carroll, and Liam Gibcus are a fantastic group of emerging stars.

The Stat: Knox leads the league for assists, is equal first for steals and average the most points in the league. However, they also give up the second most amount of points, with 85 scored against them every match.

Round 20 prediction: Top three in the East


MT. GAMBIER PIONEERS

Win/Loss: 5-9

Ladder: 6th in South


Next Four: NW Tasmania (home), Dandenong (home), Nunawading (home), Albury/Wodonga (away)

In a nutshell: With a road heavy schedule to start the year, the Pioneers were knocked down early, losing their first four matches. Since then, they have broken even but still sit outside the playoffs.

What's Gone Right: New recruit and All-star Fernandez Lockett has fitted in well at Mt Gambier, and CJ Webster is a real workhorse that the local fans seem to have embraced as a cult star. The Pioneers home record is also impressive (4-1) and they have probably one of the biggest home court advantages in the league.

What's Gone Wrong: Mt. Gambier doesnt have depth. After their top 5 players, the scoring production drops away dramatically, and its going to fatigue the starters toward the end of the season if they are all playing close to 40 minutes every night. The Pioneers also dont travel well, going 1-8 on the road.

Surprise Package: Erik Burdon has been given more of a role on offence this year, and hes responded by lifting his game, leading the team in assists and three-point percentage.

The Stat: Perhaps it has something to do with fatigue, but the Pioneers are getting outhustled. They are fourth last in rebounds, last in steals, and fifth last in blocked shots.

Round 20 prediction: 4th 6th


NORTH-WEST TASMANIA THUNDER

Win/Loss: 5-8

Ladder: 5th in South

Next Four: Mt. Gambier (away), Geelong (away), Bendigo (home), Sandringham (home)

In a nutshell: Four wins from five games to start the season is nothing but a distant memory. A six game losing streak saw them slip from top to seventh, and their playoff credentials has taken a battering.

What's Gone Right: Shawntes Gary (188-G-86, agency: Warren Sports International, college: W.Michigan) continues to be a dynamo, leading the league in scoring. New import Eric Gaff controls the glass like few others, and the Thunder are still tough at home (4-2).

What's Gone Wrong: The six game slide, thats what. Perhaps the Thunder are too reliant on Gary and Gaff, perhaps other teams worked that out, and perhaps their supporting players havent figured out how to pick up the slack yet.

Surprise Package: Daniel Simanic has performed admirably, but few players in recent years have shown the hunger for rebounds like Eric Gaff. 27 boards against Canberra is outstanding.

The Stat: One stat suggests the Thunders offence is too predictable. NW Tasmania has the worst field goal percentage in the league. The fact that they also have the leading scorer in the league means that Gary is taking a whole lot of shots on offence.

Round 20 prediction: 4th 6th South


NUNAWADING SPECTRES

Win/Loss: 10-4

Ladder: 1st in South


Next Four: Dandenong (away), Kilsyth (home), Brisbane (away), Mt. Gambier (away)

In a nutshell: depth, talent, experience, balance, astute coaching. On paper, the Spectres are the team that look most capable of matching it with Bendigo for the best team in the league this year. Of course, you don't win championships on paper...

What's Gone Right: Nunawading have a balanced team with six players averaging over 10 points. Dave Biwer seems to know how to push the right buttons as well. Enough wepaons that on their day, they are basically unbeatable.

What's Gone Wrong: perhaps the Spectres are still their own worst enemy. Sometimes they switch off and let other teams under their guard. That was especially the case against Mt Gambier in round 5.

Surprise Package: Maalo Hicks has had a superb year. Often playing the third big behind Chris Cameron and Simon Conn, Hicks provides raw athleticism and energy off the bench. Along with Venky Jois from Dandenong, Hicks looks to be the kind of player capable of playing NBL one day.

The Stat: The Spectres have the best field goal percentage in the league and score the second highest points production per game. Not too many teams will be able to beat you if you score a lot and at a good clip.

Round 20 prediction: Top two in the South

SANDRINGHAM SABRES

Win/Loss: 9-5

Ladder: 2nd in South Men


Next Four: Bendigo (away), Canberra (home), Hobart (away), NW Tasmania (away)

In a nutshell: Like teams such as Geelong and Hobart, Sandringham have battled through the opening half of the season, emerged in pretty good shape, and now look set to make a solid run towards the playoffs.

What's Gone Right: Beau Muhlbach has had a stellar first half of the year, averaging 20 points and leading the team in the absence of a true starting point guard. But getting Nathan Crosswell back is also a huge plus, and an Achilles heal last year, the Sabres are actually pretty good now at home, going 6-2 over the first 10 rounds.

What's Gone Wrong: The Sabres weakness is possibly in the paint. David Moore (199-F-82) and Kye Patrick are good solid players, but Sandringham is the third worst team in the league when it comes to rebounds. Ok, the shoot the ball pretty well, but the fact they are also the worst shot blocking team in the league also suggest a lack of presence inside.

Surprise Package: Newcomer Stanley Asumnu has created plenty highlights for the Sabres crowd but even more exciting has been the maturity of Josh Wilcher at point guard. Now under the tutelage of Crosswell, Wilcher will be the perfect back up at the point.

The Stat: Sandringham has the best three point shooting percentage of the league with 39%, and the fourth best field goal percentage at 46%. This is a team that can score a lot of points quickly.

Round 20 prediction: Top three in the South
Courtesy of: seabl.com.au


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  AUSTRIA   


Oberwart keep Joe Dean Shaw - by Eurobasket News
Joe Dean Shaw (199-F-87, college: Nevada) will continue to play for Oberwart. The A Bundesliga champions used the option to extend the contract with the 23-year-old forward. Joe Dean Shaw spent his first pro season with the Gunners. He averaged 15.8 points, 5.3 boards and 1.6 assists per game for Oberwart. Joe Dean Shaw graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2010. His stats read 10.4 points, 5.1 boards and 1.5 steals per game in his senior season with the Wolfpack.


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Malallah shines in Al Hala victory - by Yousef Ahmed
Ahmed Malallah (188-F-71) inspired Al Hala to a 91-82 victory over Muharraq last night in game one of this year's best-of-three championship series in the Zain Bahrain Basketball League.

The veteran Bahraini forward put in a brilliant all-around performance and made several key baskets down the stretch to help Hala draw first blood against their heavily favoured rivals and move one win away from their third-ever national crown.

Malallah and American professional Patrick Simpson (206-F-83, college: SMU) scored 24 points apiece to spearhead the victors. Malallah shot an efficient nine-of-13 from the field, which included an impressive six three-pointers. He also had seven rebounds, five assists and three steals.

'I thank God that we were able to win this game tonight; it was very important for us as it gives us some confidence before we play them again,' Malallah told the GDN.

Simpson also helped control the boards with nine rebounds for Hala, while guards Abbas Jawadi and Ahmed Ali were the others who came up big. Jawadi chipped in with 20 points while Ali had 14 to go with 12 assists and four steals.

Hala's balanced attack was too much for the fine individual effort of Muharraq import Ira Clark (203-C/F-75, college: Texas), who poured in a game-high 41 points in defeat. Clark was a one-man wrecking crew, making 15 of 25 shots including four three-pointers, while taking down nine rebounds.

Malallah, who was a part of Hala's first two title-winning teams in 1994 and 1996, now hopes to bring the crown back to his long-time club with a game two victory on Thursday.

'Hopefully God will help us win the next game and the championship,' Malallah said. 'It has been a very long time since we tasted success. For me, I have been away from Hala for four years until I came back this year, so to win the league will mean so much to me and to all our supporters.

'We will be prepared for the next game, and we will believe we can win.'

Both teams battled hard over the opening three periods yesterday. Malallah stole the show with his hot perimeter shooting, which helped Hala take a narrow 69-64 lead into the fourth.

The victors opened the final quarter with six unanswered points to stretch their lead to 75-64, and appeared to have finally wrested control of the contest. Their suffocating defence made it difficult for Muharraq to find their rhythm, and a Malallah basket in traffic made it 79-69 midway through the last canto. Malallah later scored once more, extending Hala's advantage to 85-73 with just over two minutes remaining.

Roared

Muharraq, not wanting to give up without a fight, roared back with six straight points capped by a Mohammed Abdulmajeed three-pointer with a little over a minute to go, but Jawadi answered with a brilliant cut to the basket for a lay-up off a superb Ali bounce pass.

Clark scored on a three-pointer to cut the deficit to five, 82-87, but it was too little too late for Muharraq, and Jawadi virtually iced the win by sinking two free-throws with just 38.8 seconds remaining.

Ali pegged the final score with an uncontested lay-up right before the buzzer.

'I hope that everyone saw here tonight that we are no longer the underdogs and that we are capable of winning the championship,' Hala head coach Saleh Al Haddad said.

'I feel that we have not been given any respect as everybody's saying that Muharraq is better than us and that they will easily beat us in this series. I'm glad that this is the general opinion, because it has lit a flame in our players' hearts and they are determined to prove everybody wrong.

'We will be totally focused on winning the next game and we hope to play with the same intensity and strategy.'

Hala led 26-25 after the first quarter. Jawadi then made a three-pointer to beat the half-time buzzer to give Hala a 49-44 advantage at the break.

Clark and Abdulmajeed were the only two Muharraq players to score in double-figures. Abdulmajeed finished with 10 markers.

Muharraq suffered from some woeful shooting in the game. They took 30 attempts from beyond the arc, making only eight; while Hala, led by Malallah, attempted only 19 triples and buried nine.


source GDN
By PATRICK SALOMON , Posted on Sunday, June 19, 2011




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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Dejan Parezanin takes over Zrinjski - by Eurobasket News
HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar will have a new Head Coach for the next season. It is Dejan Parezanin , who signed a one-year deal with the Bosnian outfit. Parezanin spent last season and a half with Bosna ASA BHT. He took over Bosna in January of 2010 and stayed there until April this year. They reached Bosnian Cup Finals this season. In 2010, Bosna ASA BHT reached League Semifinals. In 2008/09, Parezanin worked Assistant Coach at Bosna ASA BHT. He also has experience from Vogosca MIMS.
HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar will compete next season in Bosnian league and Balkan league as well. They failed to reach League 6 in Bosnia this season. In BIBL, Zrinjski had 4-4 record in Group A, what was not enough for the Playoffs.


News about the participants in the upcoming 2011/2012 season - by Eurobasket News
Here are some news about the participating teams and countries in the 2011/2012 EUROHOLD Balkan League. After receiving confirmation about the teams from Bosnia and Herzegovina (HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar) and Macedonia (KK Feni and KK Torus) here is some information about the other teams and countries.

BC Balkan (Bulgaria) will not play in the BIBL in the 2011/2012 season. They informed the Balkan League about their decision with a letter signed by their president. There still isnt an official letter from the Bulgarian federation regarding the two other teams from next season - BC Levski and BC Rilski Sportist.

The management of the BIBL is still waiting the official letters from three other countries - Montenegro, Serbia and Romania.

The Montenegrin federation will inform the BIBL if KK Ulcinj and KK Mornar will be participants in the League next season.

The Serbian federation will sent an official letter regarding the participation of OKK Beograd and one more Serbian team.

There still isnt any official response from Romania, but the BIBL management was very impressed with BC Mures professionalism, level of organization and level of basketball, and will be more than happy to see them in the Balkan League once again.

Regarding a team from Croatia, after the participation of KK Brod-Svjetlost, there still isnt an official letter from the Croatian federation.

Courtesy of www.balkanleague.net


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  BELIZE   


Day three in Centrobasket!!! - by David Magana
Belize played the nightcap on Friday against the home team, Mexico (2 0), where Belize jumped out to an early 9 2 lead, giving them confidence that they can defeat Mexico and play a huge game today. The first quarter finished 20 16 in favor of Mexico, who went on a 11 0 run to close the lead. Belize transition defense was lacking, as Mexico scored 10 fast break points in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Belize struggled from the line, missing 5 free throws, yet their fast break points and a key 3-pointer by Tariq Middleton kept them in the game, while Brian White was huge on the boards, on both the offensive and defensive ends. At the end of the half, Mexico was nursing a 36 32 lead, after leading by as much as 12 points in the second quarter.
The third quarter commenced with a 5 0 run by Mexico, who opened up a 9 point lead. With Brian White on the bench, Belize struggled on the glass, giving Mexico numerous second chance points. Again, poor free throw shooting plagued Belize, as they missed 5 of their last 7 free throw attempts to close the quarter. Mexico extended their lead to 12 points to end the third quarter, taking a 57 45 point lead going into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Mexico opened a 15 point lead, with less than 4 minutes remaining, when Belize switched from zone defense to man-to-man D. This lead to forced turnovers, which resulted in fast break points and open shots. With 30 seconds remaining, the lead was down to 5 points, 76 71, however, Mexico was able to seal the victory at the free throw line, hitting most of their shots down the stretch, winning 78 71. For Belize, Tariq Middleton finished the game with 20 points and 7 rebounds, while Brian White was big with 18 points and 20 rebounds and Kyle Middleton scored 15 points and ripped 4 rebounds.
With the loss, Belize falls to 1 2, while Mexico improved to 3 0. Belize is still in the hunt to advance to the FIBA Americas tournament which will take place next week Tuesday in Cancun, if they can win their remaining 2 games verses Guatemala and El Salvador, which they will play Saturday and Sunday respectively, and Mexico needs to beat Costa Rica tomorrow.

Karim Juan reporting

Last minute news coming is that Belize has massacred Guatemala 124 52. Team Belize was led by Brian White with double doubles 22 pts, 17 rebs, 1 block, Tariq Middleton with 22 pts, 4 steals, Tree-Anthony Moses 21 points, Tyler Myvett with 14 pts, Kirklann McMillan Smith also with double doubles, 13 pts, 11 rebs, 1 block and Daniel Sanchez with 12 pts.

With the win Belize moves to a record of 2-2, placing third in the Centrobasket standing keeping hopes to classify to the Fibaamericas tournament, where only the big fishes in the Americas play!!


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  BOSNIA   


Dejan Parezanin takes over Zrinjski - by Eurobasket News
HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar will have a new Head Coach for the next season. It is Dejan Parezanin , who signed a one-year deal with the Bosnian outfit. Parezanin spent last season and a half with Bosna ASA BHT. He took over Bosna in January of 2010 and stayed there until April this year. They reached Bosnian Cup Finals this season. In 2010, Bosna ASA BHT reached League Semifinals. In 2008/09, Parezanin worked Assistant Coach at Bosna ASA BHT. He also has experience from Vogosca MIMS.
HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar will compete next season in Bosnian league and Balkan league as well. They failed to reach League 6 in Bosnia this season. In BIBL, Zrinjski had 4-4 record in Group A, what was not enough for the Playoffs.


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  BRAZIL   


Brasil 20 man FIBA Championships team named - by Mel Devonne
Ruben Magnano (agency: Interperformances ), head coach of the Brasil national team named a preliminary 20 man
squad last week in Rio de Janeiro.
The team is looking to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics and will compete in tournaments
this year in Venezuela and also in the Tutto Marchand Cup to prepare for FIBA Championships.
Players included are:
Marcelo Huertas
Nezino dos Santos
Raul Togni Neto
Larry James Taylor Jr
Leandro Barbosa
Vitor Alves Benite
Marcelo Machado
Alex Garcia
Arthur Luiz Belchor Silva
Diego Pinheiro da Silva
Marcus Vinicius
Augusto Cesar Lima
Douglas Angelo Nunes
Guilherme Giovannoni
Anderson Varejo
Caio Aparecido da Silveira Torres
Paulo Prestes
Rafael Hettsheimeir
Nene Hilrio
Tiago Splitter




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  CANADA   


Edmonton Energy will host IBL champions - by Eurobasket News
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 2 to 3 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: so 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 Energy's 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 home and suspended 1 game 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'.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  CBL   


Wilmington Sea Dawgs prepare for final home game - by Eurobasket News
The Wilmington Sea Dawgs will play their final home game of the season this Sunday, June 19th against the Cary Invasion at the Schwartz Center in downtown Wilmington. Tip-off is at 7:05 p.m with doors opening at 6:00 p.m.

The theme for the game is Dad's Night. All dads accompanied by a child (any age) are admitted FREE.

A Leap Above Production Studio will be performing at halftime.

Experience our fun-filled family atmosphere both on the court and in our fan area. The games are fun for all and the team is going for the win with this week's home court advantage. Head Coach Dale Kuhl says, 'We've had a good run this season and we are going to make our final home game a win.'

The Sea Dawgs would like to recognize Great Clips as a platinum sponsor of this year's Sea Dawgs. Look for a special hair cut coupon on the back of your Sea Dawgs ticket. The offer is good at all 12 convenient locations around the area. Check them out on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GreatClipsWilmington?ref=ts.

For more information or to purchase tickets online visit the Sea Dawgs online at www.goseadawgs.com. To receive halftime and end of game updates 'Like' us on our Facebook Fan Page or follow us on Twitter.

Courtesy of The Wilmington Sea Dawgs


Standings
CBL Standings
 1. Cary I. 10-0 
 2. Birmingham S. 5-2 
 3. Heartland P. 5-3 
 4. Florida Flight 4-6 
 5. Gainesville G. 4-7 
 6. Wilmington SD 3-6 
 7. Fayetteville C. 2-5 
 8. Miami Stars 0-0 
 9. Port City 0-4 


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


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  CROATIA   


Zagreb keeps coach Buric - by Eurobasket News
Zagreb announced signing of one-year contract extension with their Head Coach Ivica Buric . The Croatian specialist joined Zagreb during the season. He made impressive record of 10 wins in 11 games in Croatian championship. Zagreb won the first title in their history and they will compete in Euroleague next season. Zagreb started last season with Denis Bajramovic on the bench and he was replaced with AC Mladen Erjavec. Finally, Buric got a chance at the end what was a great move for both sides. Ivica Buric worked with Apollon Patras in the past. He was also coaching Dubrava, Split, Siroki Brijeg, Zadar and Benston. In 2003, Buric was named Eurobasket All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Coach of the Year.
Zagreb will have a tough job to form a squad for the next season. One of their best players Luka Zoric moved to Spain, while Krunoslav Simon is also close to leave. Staying of Damir Rancic, Mario Kasun and Damir Mulaomerovic is under the question mark as well. Americans Josh Heytvelt and Alex Renfroe are interested to stay with the club.


Bojan Bogdanovic joins Spahija, Ukic and Tomas in Fenerbahce Ulker - by Eurobasket News
Another Croatian will play for Fenerbahce Ulker next season. The Turkish champion landed Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) and he will join Roko-Leni Ukic (195-G-84) and Marko Tomas (201-G-85). Head coach of Fener is Neven Spahija.
Bojan Bogdanovic played for Cibona last season. The 22-year-old forward came up with 20.1 points, 4.6 boards and 2.6 assists per game in Croatian league. In Euroleague, Bogdanovic tallied 18.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.7 steals per appearance. In Adriatic League the forward delivered 18.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists. Eurobasket.com named Bojan Bogdanovic into All-Croatian A1 League 1st Team.
Before Cibona, Bojan Bogdanovic played for Murcia, Real Madrid and Zrinjski. He is active member of the Croatian National Team.


Alkar and Borik keep their coaches - by Eurobasket News
Alkar and Borik decided to continue cooperation with their Head Coaches. Alkar extended deal with Boris Poljak , while Borik kept Neven Plantak also for the next season.
Alkar reached second stage of A1 this season. They ended it as No.7 with 4-10 record. The team considered this result as a good one and decided to sign an extension with Poljak. Borik on the other side also reached the second stage. They registered 5-9 record and finished as No.5. Their targets for the next season are the same - second stage again.
Meanwhile, Zagreb also kept the Head Coach. The team signed extension with Ivica Buric. They will compete in Euroleague next season.


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Possibility of NBA lockout won't stop D-League season - by Eurobasket News
The NBA's collective bargaining agreement expires June 30, but that Thursday will be just another day in the D-League.

While a potential NBA lockout looms, the D-League is on course to play its 2011-12 season regardless of what happens in negotiations between the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association.

'We're full speed ahead in our plans for next season,' D-League president Dan Reed said. 'It's business as usual for us. ... We're in the midst of developing our schedule right now. We'll be announcing affiliations in a few weeks. This is typically a busy time, and nothing has changed.'

The D-League falls under the NBA umbrella, but Reed called it 'a separate entity.'

'Our decision isn't impacted one way or another,' Reed said.

The threat of an NBA lockout and the possibility there won't be a 2011-12 season might leave the D-League a less attractive option for prospects. The D-League sells its players the message that it is a path to the NBA, making hotel living and playing for less than $30,000 a year tolerable.

Reed said he isn't concerned a possible lockout could weaken the talent level of the D-League, considering players might choose to go overseas for more money and the certainty of playing time.

'Our track record speaks for itself in our ability to help our players have successful professional basketball careers,' he said. 'We're the most heavily scouted league in the world. We don't expect that to change, and we've proven over our 10 seasons to be a high level of basketball and provide outstanding career opportunities for our players.'

When the current CBA was approved July 30, 2005, one result was that NBA teams gained the ability to send down first-year or second-year players to their D-League affiliates as many as three times per season.

Reed isn't sure what could come out of the current negotiations that would affect the D-League, but he doesn't foresee the league immediately expanding beyond its existing 17 teams.

The Los Angeles D-Fenders will resume play in 2011-12 after not playing this past season.

'We've been very focused on ensuring our teams are successful,' Reed said. 'Ensuring NBA teams are utilizing our system, increasing our number of call-up assignments, our businesses, and we've been focused on that in earnest the past two seasons.'

Reed said he does expect further expansion 'down the road,' though.

'It's not something we're actively pursuing now because we're pleased with the size of our league now,' he said.

Reed does see a trend developing with NBA teams establishing one-on-one affiliations with D-League teams.

The Erie BayHawks became the third D-League team to establish a hybrid partnership with an NBA team in their three-year deal with the New York Knicks. The BayHawks will run the business side, the Knicks the basketball side.

There are seven total one- on-one affiliate relationships in the league.

'It's a great opportunity for our franchise to have one of the most famous basketball teams in the world to have to make a commitment to us to form a partnership,' BayHawks coach Jay Larranaga said.

Reed said the D-League is working with the Cleveland Cavaliers to help them find a way to have a one-on-one affiliate partnership with a D-League team. Recent reports have suggested the Cavs will buy the New Mexico Thunderbirds and move them to Youngstown, Ohio.

'We're working with them on a handful of options to allow them to get more deeply involved in the NBA Development League,' Reed said.

Texas D-League Management LLC bought the Colorado 14ers in 2009 and moved them to Frisco, Texas, where they became the expansion Texas Legends.

'We are at a really exciting point of our league,' Reed said. 'The biggest driver has been our success to date. Last year, there were 104 NBA Development League alumni on NBA team rosters. That's over 20 percent of the NBA. That's a very significant number and that catches people's attention.'

Going into the 2010-11 season, the D-League made rule changes that included international goaltending guidelines and reducing the overtime period to three minutes from five minutes.

Reed said those changes were viewed as positive.

'Folks associated with the league and fans generally liked the shorter overtime,' Reed said. 'It kept the intensity of the game throughout.'

As for the international goaltending, Reed said the players seemed to adapt to it as the season progressed.

'There were many exciting plays at the rim this year as a result of that rule,' Reed said.

Courtesy of www.goerie.com


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Zagreb keeps coach Buric - by Eurobasket News
Zagreb announced signing of one-year contract extension with their Head Coach Ivica Buric . The Croatian specialist joined Zagreb during the season. He made impressive record of 10 wins in 11 games in Croatian championship. Zagreb won the first title in their history and they will compete in Euroleague next season. Zagreb started last season with Denis Bajramovic on the bench and he was replaced with AC Mladen Erjavec. Finally, Buric got a chance at the end what was a great move for both sides. Ivica Buric worked with Apollon Patras in the past. He was also coaching Dubrava, Split, Siroki Brijeg, Zadar and Benston. In 2003, Buric was named Eurobasket All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Coach of the Year.
Zagreb will have a tough job to form a squad for the next season. One of their best players Luka Zoric moved to Spain, while Krunoslav Simon is also close to leave. Staying of Damir Rancic, Mario Kasun and Damir Mulaomerovic is under the question mark as well. Americans Josh Heytvelt and Alex Renfroe are interested to stay with the club.


Fenerbahce bring in James Gist and Bojan Bogdanovic - by Eurobasket News
Newly crowned TBL champions Fenerbahce have already entered the market seeking the roster strengthening for the next season. Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) and James Gist (203-F-86) are the first newcomers for the team.
James Gist spent the previous season in Serbia. The 24-year-old forward played for Partizan Beograd. He averaged 11.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in Serbian A League. In Euroleague James Gist posted 11.4 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists per appearance. In Adriatic League his stats read 12.1 points, 6.1 boards and 1.1 steals. James Gist was named into Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League 2nd Team.
Bojan Bogdanovic played for Cibona last season. The 22-year-old forward came up with 20.1 points, 4.6 boards, 2.6 assists per game in A1 League. In Euroleague Bogdanovic tallied 18.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.7 steals per appearance. In Adriatic League the forward delivered 18.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists. Eurobasket.com named Bojan Bogdanovic into All-Croatian A1 League 1st Team.



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  FRANCE   


France U20 are 1-1 in Evry - by Eurobasket News
French U20 National Team won one and lost one at international friendly tournament in Evry. The hosts opened their campaign with a convincing 82:63 win over Sweden. Les Bleus posted an 18:11 lead after the opening frame. They stretched it to 13 points at halftime 37:24. France continued to dominate after the big break and registered a well-deserved win at the end. Evan Fournier (200-G/F-92) stepped up with 16 points to lead the effort. Ferdinand Prenom (203-C-91) accounted for 12 points in the victory. Carl Engstrom (213-C-91) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds for Sweden.
Next France faced Slovenia. This time Les Bleus had to surrender at the end 66:68. Slovenia used the strong first period to set the tone. The visitors ensured a 19:12 lead after ten minutes. France cut the distance to 5 points in the second period 30:35. But Slovenia persisted and established a 55:46 advantage with one quarter remaining. Slovenia led by ten points midway through the fourth term but Les Bleus went on a desperate rescue rally to cut the deficit. Slovenia hung on and escaped with a narrow victory at the end. Alen Omic (213-C-92) and Marko Pajic (204-F-92) delivered 17 points each for Slovenia. Leo Westermann (198-G-92) answered with 11 points for France. Ferdinand Prenom chipped in 10 points, while Louis Labeyrie (208-C-92) finished with 9 in the loss.



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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Two Macedonian teams in the 2011/2012 EUROHOLD Balkan League - by Eurobasket News
The Macedonian Basketball Federation sent an official letter to the office of the EUROHOLD Balkan League today, confiriming that there will be two teams from Macedonia in the 2011/2012 edition of the BIBL.

The first one is already well-known in the Balkan League - the 2011 champion of the league KK Feni Industries from Kavadarci. Feni has been in the Balkan League since the very beginning, and this will be their fourth straight participation in a row in the BIBL.

The second team will make their debut in the BIBL in 2011/2012 - KK Torus from Skopje. Torus finished fourth in the regular season of the Macedonian league, as their balance was 17-11. This will be the team′s first ever participation in an international competition.

Courtesy of www.balkanleague.net


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  GEORGIA   


Markoishvili bring silver from Italy - by Eurobasket News
Manuchar Markoishvili (195-G-86) bring silver from Italy after a strong and successful season with Bennet. Montepaschi Siena however once again repeated as Seria A winners. They overcame Bennet Cantu 63:61 in a heart-dropping fifth game of the series at home court to take the fifth straight title. Malik Hairston stepped up with 13 points and 6 rebounds to pace the hosts.
Bennet Cantu were not about to give up without a fight. The visitors opened the game with an 8:0 run. They limited Siena to just 8 points in the starting quarter taking a 12:8 lead after ten minutes. Montepaschi Siena gradually returned into the game. Malik Hairston scored 6 points in the second term as Siena managed to draw things level 24:24 at halftime. Rimantas Kaukenas and McCalebb opened the second half with four points in a row. The lead then changed hands before Thomas Ress gave the hosts a 43:39 lead with one quarter to go. Nikolaos Zisis knocked down back-to-back three-pointers midway through the fourth term as Montepaschi earned a 52:46 advantage. However Vladimir Micov and Leunen did not allow the home team to run away. Mike Green knocked down three free throws late in regulation to pull Cantu within one 58:59. Nikolaos Zisis and Mike Green exchanged free throws before Rimantas Kaukenas hit two more to give Siena a 63:60 lead with just 5 seconds remaining. Manuchar Markoishvili got fouled and hit one free throw, he then missed his second one but came up with an offensive rebound. The Georgian player had a chance to save the game for Cantu but his three-pointer went off the mark and Siena celebrated another title.
Nikolaos Zisis finished with 12 points, while Rimantas Kaukenas delivered 11 points in the victory. Vladimir Micov replied with 17 points and 6 boards for Bennet Cantu. Mike Green accounted for 13 points in the loss.
Manuchar Manuchar Markoishvili averaged 9.8 points per game this season.



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  GERMANY   


Reggie Owens checks in at Herzoege Wolfenbuettel - by Moritz Korff
2. Bundesliga Pro B team Wolfenbuettel has completed the signing of power forward Reggie Owens (200-F/C-87). The 24-year-old suited up for NAIA powerhouse Azusa Pacific over these past two years and earned NAIA D1 All-America Second Team honors following his senior season. The Memphis, Tenn. native is a post player with a wide body and the ability to finish with a high percentage. During the 2010-11 campaign Owens averaged 16.3 points and 8.1 rebounds, converting 63.7 % of his attempts from the floor. In 2009-10 he reached the NAIA D1 championship game with the Cougars and made it to the Sweet 16 last season.

Robin Christen Stays with The Licher Basket Baeren - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Licher Basket Baeren of the PRO B have announced that they will keep Robin Christen (200-F-91). Christen is a 20 year old 200cm forward that will play his second season for the Hessen club. Last season, Christen played 23 games averaging 4,6ppg and 2,3rpg while averaging 15,2 minutes per game. This season teh the club is looking for the German to make the next step as a starter. 'Robin worked very well last season. We are hoping for a lot from him', stressed Licher Basket Baeren coach Igor Starcevic . Christen is looking forward to staying. 'I am ready to take the bigger role and will work hard to fullfill my job. I hope that we will be more successful than last season', stressed Robin Christen.

Source: Licher Basket Baeren


Marc Nagora Joins SC Rist Wedel - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
PRO B club SC Rist Wedel have signed young German Marc Nagora (200-F-93). Nagora is a 17 year old 203cm forward. Last season Nagora played NBBL playing 13 games and averaging 12,8ppg and 6,4 rpg. he also saw action in the second Regionaliga for Bramfelder SV Hamburg playing 20 games and averaging 14,9ppg. Coach Ozhan Gurel is happy about getting the talented young German. 'Marc is a big forward with a consistent shot. Since he can also penetrate to the hole, it is difficult for the opponent to estimate what he will do. He still has to develop physically and get used to the higher tempo', stressed SC Rist Wedel coach Ozhan Gurel .

Source: SC Rist Wedel






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  GREECE   


Nikolaos Zisis wins the title with Siena - by Eurobasket News
Nikolaos Zisis (195-G-83) wins the title with Siena as he netted 12 points tonight to win the trophy. Montepaschi Siena as the latter once again repeated as Seria A winners. They overcame Bennet Cantu 63:61 in a heart-dropping fifth game of the series at home court to take the fifth straight title. Malik Hairston stepped up with 13 points and 6 rebounds to pace the hosts.
Bennet Cantu were not about to give up without a fight. The visitors opened the game with an 8:0 run. They limited Siena to just 8 points in the starting quarter taking a 12:8 lead after ten minutes. Montepaschi Siena gradually returned into the game. Malik Hairston scored 6 points in the second term as Siena managed to draw things level 24:24 at halftime. Rimantas Kaukenas and McCalebb opened the second half with four points in a row. The lead then changed hands before Thomas Ress gave the hosts a 43:39 lead with one quarter to go. Nikolaos Zisis knocked down back-to-back three-pointers midway through the fourth term as Montepaschi earned a 52:46 advantage. However Vladimir Micov and Leunen did not allow the home team to run away. Mike Green knocked down three free throws late in regulation to pull Cantu within one 58:59. Nikolaos Zisis and Mike Green exchanged free throws before Rimantas Kaukenas hit two more to give Siena a 63:60 lead with just 5 seconds remaining. Manuchar Markoishvili got fouled and hit one free throw, he then missed his second one but came up with an offensive rebound. The Georgian player had a chance to save the game for Cantu but his three-pointer went off the mark and Siena celebrated another title.
Nikolaos Zisis finished with 12 points, while Rimantas Kaukenas delivered 11 points in the victory. Vladimir Micov replied with 17 points and 6 boards for Bennet Cantu. Mike Green accounted for 13 points in the loss.
Nikolaos Zisis averaged 6.5 points per game this season in Italy.




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  HOLLAND   


GasTerra Flames signs Avis Wyatt and Bryan Davies - by Fred Roggen
GasTerra Flames revamped its frontcourt ahead of the upcoming season with the signing of big man Avis Wyatt (211-F/C-84, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Virginia St.) and promising power-forward/center Bryan Davis (206-F-86, agency: N.E.T., college: Texas A&M).
Wyatt arrives from Proteas Danoi AEL (Cyprus), meanwhile Davis comes from Polish Energa Czarni Slupsk.
Wyatt had a stellar season in the Cypriot Division A-league with AEL, quickly going from a role player to dominant force on the team. He averaged 11.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 11 Cypriot league games, leading the competition in blocks and Eurobasket awarded Wyatt with All-Cyprus League 1st Team. Before arriving at the Flames, Wyatt played in Israel for Ironi Ashkelon and in the Dutch DBL for MyGuide Amsterdam.

Davis was best known for his defensive presence. In his senior season at Texas A&M, Davis averaged 9.6 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocked shots.
Last season Davis was a member of Energa Czarni Slupsk averaging 8.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 33 PKL games.


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  HUNGARY   


U20 National Team: start with two victory against Austria - by Adam Patonay
The hungarian U20 national team started the work for the B division EC on wednesday in Kormend. Coach Peter Volgyi who won championship and cup with ZTE in 2010 signed to Paks on this summer and will coaching the U20 team, started with 18 players. After only seven practices the Austrian U20 team visited to Kormend for two games.
Volgyi used twelve players rotation plus Janos Eilingsfeld (198-F/C-91, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) and Madar sit out the second game.
Kleipesz, Vieder and Maresch were the key players of Austria, but Hungary won both games.

GAME 1
Hungary vs. Austria 87:78
(25:20,18:19,26:25,18:14)

Hungary: Bajalinov 9/6, Narai 4, Delity 9/3, Lakosa 10/3, Molnar B. -, Moravcsik 4, Janos Eilingsfeld 20/3, Juhos 2, Madar 7/3, Bodor 2, Kovacs S. 7/3, Biro 13, Bakk -.
Volgyi Peter, Kiss Attila

Austria: Klepeisz 17, Maresch 14, Vieder 11

GAME 2
Hungary vs. Austria 74:69
(26:16, 18:15, 17:23, 13:15)

Hungary: Bajalinov 9/3, Lakits 8/3, Nedelcu -, Lakosa 6, Narai 4, Morvacsik 2, Czinger 1, Juhos 9/3, Meszaros 7, Kerpel-Fronius 16/6, Bus 7/6, Biro 3.
Volgyi Peter, Kis Attila

Austria: Vieder 14/6, Nonas-Mateo 10


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  IBL   


Standings
IBL Standings
Continental Division
 1. Bellingham S. 12-5 
 2. Vancouver V. 10-6 
 3. W.C. Hotshots 8-8 
 4. Olympia R. 5-9 
 5. L.Angeles L. 0-1 
 6. USA All-Stars 0-18 
International Division
 1. Albany L. 12-3 
 2. Kankakee S. 12-5 
 3. Edmonton E. 11-4 
 4. Gary Splash 11-7 
 5. Oregon W. 7-9 
Branding Team
 1. Dayton A. 4-0 
 2. Lansing C. 3-5 
 3. Las Vegas P. 0-1 
 4. Phoenix R. 0-3 
 5. Lake Co. 0-5 
 6. Ohio H.G. 0-6 


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  ISRAEL   


Maccabi T"A Highly Interested In Devin Smith - by David Pick
Chuck Eidson, Doron Perkins and Yaniv Green are no longer with Maccabi Tel Aviv. For now, let's forget about who has left and focus on who has already and who might come on board and join the ride. After signing the Israeli league stand out center Shawn James and former Duke University Guard Jon Scheyer, Maccabi's open roster spots are getting shorter by the day as 'Eurobasket.com' learned earlier today that Devin Smith of Benetton TV is on the team's radar and has become a high possibility of recruit as a source recently confirmed.

Smith who already was a candidate for Maccabi in 2008 is now once again on the yellow-and-blue's scouting reports and could possibly turn out to be a good substitute for Chuck Eidson who said his goodbyes to the organization a few weeks ago.

Smith who has played in Greece, Turkey, Spain and Italy is known mostly for playing the small forward position but is very versatile and can even play the 4 position if needed due to the fact that he has a strong upper body and has played most of his high school basketball in the post. Smith also possesses great shooting ability.

Last season in the Italian league Smith posted averages of 13.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game. In the Eurocup competition the Virginia graduate slightly improved his numbers by recording 15.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.8 steals per game.

Smith's superb season hasn't gone unnoticed as he was granted with awards such as the Eurobasket.com All-Eurocup 1st Team, All-Imports Team, and Eurocup Forward of The Year and Eurocup Import Player of The Year. The American talent spent last season in Greece playing for Olympiakos then shortly after moving to Panellinios where he recorded 13.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.




Maccabi Tel Aviv signs Jon Scheyer - by Netanel Dahan
After a long time of negotiation, Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv officaly announced that they signed Jon Scheyer (196-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Duke) to a two years contract.

Scheyer led Duke to win the NCAA championship on 2010 (also was a 2nd All-America), and last season reached to the D-League finals with RGV Vipers.
Maccabi wanted Jon already last season, but he wanted to chase his NBA dream, last season he averaged 13.1ppg, 4.0rpg, and 4.0apg in the D-league.

Since Scheyer is Jewish, he won't considered as a foreigner player, but as Israeli which will be a good advantage to Maccabi in the Israeli league.

David Blatt the head coach of Maccabi said about his signing:' I wanted Jon already last season, and I'm very happy that we managed to sign him, Jon is a very talented and smart player, he is a true winner altough his young age, not less importantly he is a Jewish who is coming to Israel and I wish he will stay here for many more years'.


Who Are You Jon Scheyer? - by David Pick
The rise and success of David Blatt's coaching era in Maccabi Tel Aviv began with its phenomenal American backcourt dual in the likes of Jeremy Pargo and Doron Perkins. The last name mentioned is no longer with the yellow-and-blue due to a heartbreaking knee injury and is being scouted by Spanish club Barcelona, who is keeping a close eye on his progress. However, after securing Pargo for an extra two years in Tel Aviv, Blatt was working on building a new 'frightening machine', as he happily announced this morning 'I'm extremely cheerful about his signing, he is winner at heart and has proved it throughout his career,' commenting on the signing of the former Blue Devil Jon Scheyer. O and by the way Blatt also kept his red-white-and-blue backcourt identity.

'Jewish Jordan'

Born in Illinois, like most young Jewish boys, Scheyer was intelligent, talented and extremely competitive. A stand-out through high school whose name was known nationwide from a very young age, Scheyer led the Glenbrook North Spartans to an Illinois High School AA championship. One of his most memorable performances came his senior year, where Jon scored 21 points in the final 75 seconds of a game marked by many as 'The best high school performances ever,' giving him the promising nickname, the 'Jewish Jordan'. In his final high school year, Scheyer averaged 32 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals per game, and the question that was said asked wasn't if Jon would make it to the NCAA, it was which elite team will him play for?

Graduating from high school with a total of 3,034 points in his career Scheyer was ranked fourth on the all time scoring list in the state of Illinois; earning ESPN's Illinois First-Team of the decade honorable mention alongside one - Derrick Rose.

A College Successor

Scheyer's decision as to which college he would attend wasnt that difficult as he paired up with another Illinois native, legendary coach, Mike Krzyzewski, and entering the big shoes left by sharpshooter J.J. Redick, becoming a Blue Devil at Duke University. 'He's one of the best player's I've ever coached in my thirty years at Duke, talent wise he has outstanding talent,' 'Coach K' commented in Scheyers' senior year as a Blue Devil, a year he led his team to the NCAA Championship title over Butler University, scoring 15 points, pulling down 6 rebounds, and dishing out 5 assists. All in all Scheyer posted averages of 18.2 points, 4.9 assists, and 3.6 rebounds per game that same year.

Scheyer's NCAA record holdings include leading the ACC in percentages for free throws (87.8%), three-pointers (2.8 per game) and assist/turnover ratio (3 to 1). Yet, what stands out the most is Jon's impressive list of records and achievements at the UD. He holds the all-time record for most consecutive games played at Duke (144); hes ranked third in free throw percentages (86.1%), fourth place in number of three-pointers scored (297), and ninth in points (2,077) in Duke History.

An example of Scheyers determination to excel and prove himself worthy of playing at the highest basketball level can be found in one of his practice stories. While still in high school, destined for greatness, he decided not to leave the practice facility until he had made 50 consecutive free throws. After making 49, he missed the final shot. Instead of going home, Scheyer started all over again, and kept shooting until he had made his 50 free throws in a row.

NBA Workouts

Scheyer, who was not selected in the 2010 NBA draft, played for the Miami Heat during the 2010 Summer League, and scored the game-winning basket in the Heat's first encounter. He later took an elbow to the eye during his second game and underwent surgery to repair damage to the retina. In September he gave the NBA another shot working out for the Los Angeles Clippers, but his eye was not fully healed and it backfired in him causing him to get waived. Come February he was completely healed and joined the Rio-Grande Valley Vipers, the D-League team of the Houston Rockets, with 16 games left in the season. Scheyer quickly fit himself into the team and led them to the playoff finals finishing the season with averages of 11.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 4 assists.

Jewish Roots

'Jon is a Jewish man coming to a Jewish country and I hope he stays here for many years to come,' Scheyer's new Coach David Blatt commented. The fact that Scheyer will rightfully earn an Israeli passport makes him highly profitable for Maccabi in the Israeli domestic league where only four American players could be registered on the game sheet. After being named a member of the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, joining NBA legends Red Auerbach, Larry Brown, Red Holzman, Ernie Grunfeld, Dolph Schayes, and many others, as well as Maccabi Tel Aviv's former and current stars, Tal Brody and David Blu, Scheyer will make his European professional career debut in hopes of returning on day to the big stage, the NBA.




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  ITALY   


Montepaschi celebrate fifth Seria A title in a row! - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi Siena - Bennet Cantu 63:61

Montepaschi Siena once again repeated as Seria A winners. They overcame Bennet Cantu in a heart-dropping fifth game of the series at home court to take the fifth straight title. Malik Hairston (198-G-87, college: Oregon) stepped up with 13 points and 6 rebounds to pace the hosts.
Bennet Cantu were not about to give up without a fight. The visitors opened the game with an 8:0 run. They limited Siena to just 8 points in the starting quarter taking a 12:8 lead after ten minutes. Montepaschi Siena gradually returned into the game. Malik Hairston scored 6 points in the second term as Siena managed to draw things level 24:24 at halftime. Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) and McCalebb opened the second half with four points in a row. The lead then changed hands before Thomas Ress gave the hosts a 43:39 lead with one quarter to go. Nikolaos Zisis (195-G-83) knocked down back-to-back three-pointers midway through the fourth term as Montepaschi earned a 52:46 advantage. However Vladimir Micov (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) and Leunen did not allow the home team to run away. Mike Green (185-G-85, college: Butler) knocked down three free throws late in regulation to pull Cantu within one 58:59. Nikolaos Zisis and Mike Green exchanged free throws before Rimantas Kaukenas hit two more to give Siena a 63:60 lead with just 5 seconds remaining. Manuchar Markoishvili (195-G-86) got fouled and hit one free throw, he then missed his second one but came up with an offensive rebound. The Georgian player had a chance to save the game for Cantu but his three-pointer went off the mark and Siena celebrated another title.
Nikolaos Zisis finished with 12 points, while Rimantas Kaukenas delivered 11 points in the victory. Vladimir Micov replied with 17 points and 6 boards for Bennet Cantu. Mike Green accounted for 13 points in the loss

Montepaschi Siena: Malik Hairston 13, Nikolaos Zisis 12, Rimantas Kaukenas 11
Bennet Cantu: Vladimir Micov 17, Mike Green 13



Trenkwalder extend Dawan Robinson for another season - by Eurobasket News
Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia have secured the services of Dawan Robinson (189-G-82, college: Rhode Island) for another season. The sides have agreed on terms of contract extension. Dawan Robinson started the previous season in D-League. The 29-year-old guard tallied 12.1 points, 3.9 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game for the Erie Bay Hawks. Dawan Robinson moved to Italy in January. He averaged 19.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 1.9 assists per game for Trenkwalder. Dawan Robinson used to play for Prima Veroli back in 2008/10 seasons. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Italian LegaDue Import Player of the Year in 2009. The guard also had stints with Umana Reyer, Limoges and Slask Wroclaw. Dawan Robinson made it into Eurobasket.com All-French ProB 2nd Team in 2007.


Andrea Cinciarini is close to Bennet Cantu - by Eurobasket News
Bennet Cantu have reportedly reached agreement on terms of contract with Andrea Cinciarini (191-G-86). The 24-year-old guard may soon join the team. Last season Andrea Cinciarini played for Fabi Shoes Montegranaro. He averaged 7.9 points, 2.4 boards and 2.0 assists per game in Seria A. Previously Andrea Cinciarini had stints with Scavolini Pesaro, Senigallia, Pistoia and Edimes Pavia. The guard participated at 2011 All-Star Game.



Lega2 Round 4 of Finals. Umana Reyer force decider - by Eurobasket News
Umana Reyer - Fastweb CM 68-62

Umana Reyer clinched vital home win over Fastweb Casale to force the decisive fifth game in the title series. It is scheduled for Thursday. 26 personal fouls committed by Fastweb CM helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Bulgarian guard Kiki Clark (173-84, college: St.Peter's) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 4 assists. American forward Tamar Slay (204-80, college: Marshall) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Umana Venezia's coach Andrea Mazzon used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Donell Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) replied with 15 points and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws) and naturalized American power forward David Chiotti (206-84, college: N.Mexico, agency: Court Side) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Fastweb CM. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Umana Reyer: K.Clark 22+3reb+4ast, T.Slay 12+5reb+2ast, M.Allegretti 12+1reb+1ast, S.Bryan 10+7reb, G.Meini 5+3reb+3ast, L.Harris 4+8reb+2ast
Fastweb CM: D.Taylor 15+1reb+4ast, R.Hickman 13+3reb+1ast, M.Malaventura 11+2ast, D.Chiotti 11+7reb, T.Fantoni 5+6reb, S.Gentile 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 129869




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


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Trent WHITING
  Aget Imola
  (185-G-76)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Whiting, Aget Imola22.4 
 2. Robinson, Trenkwal.19.7 
 3. Crispin, Barcellona19.6 
 4. Gordon, Forli19.5 
 5. Ebi, Aget Imola19.2 
 6. Goldwire, Forli19.1 
 7. Jackson, Prima Ver.18.8 
 8. Hickman, Fastw.18.4 
 9. Forte, Tuscany PT17.9 
 10. Clark, Umana Reyer17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Aget Imola
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Ebi, Aget Imola9.2 
 2. Filloy, Immobili.9.1 
 3. Varnado, Tuscany8.9 
 4. Boykin, Assigeco8.1 
 5. Dickens, San Seve.8.0 
 6. Waleskowski, Tezen.7.9 
 7. Gordon, Forli7.8 
 8. Johnson, San Seve.7.8 
 9. Lollis, Immobili.7.6 
 10. Maggioli, Fileni7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Antonio PORTA
  Tezenis .
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Porta, Tezenis5.1 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona4.8 
 3. Goldwire, Forli4.5 
 4. Hickman, Fastw.4.4 
 5. Hickman, Fastw.4.1 
 6. Whiting, Aget Imola3.8 
 7. Marigney, Assigeco3.8 
 8. Mathis, Snaidero.3.7 
 9. Farabello, N.Fer.3.7 
 10. Nardi, Forli3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Immobili.
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Piazza, Immobili.3.0 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola2.9 
 3. Roderick, Immobi.2.6 
 4. Robinson, Trenkwal.2.6 
 5. Davis, Sunrise2.6 
 6. Filloy, Immobili.2.5 
 7. Cerella, Assigeco2.4 
 8. Whiting, Aget Imola2.4 
 9. Achara, Barcellona2.3 
 10. Ghiacci, Barcello.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Tuscany PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Varnado, Tuscany3.1 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola1.4 
 3. Achara, Barcellona1.2 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.1 
 5. Cutolo, San Severo0.7 
 6. Frosini, Trenkwald.0.7 
 7. Boykin, Assigeco0.7 
 8. Taylor, Fastweb CM0.7 
 9. Trepagnier, Tezeni.0.6 
 10. Bryan, Umana Rey.0.6 


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Sagesse lands Marc Salyers.... - by Rabih Khoury
In a very early move for the next season, and after signing their coach Toni Vujanic, Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut agreed to terms with american forward Marc Salyers (205-F-79, college: Samford) to join the team for the 2011-2012 season. Salyers have a huge CV playing in Europe and in its most important leagues. In 2008 and while playing for Chorale de Roanne Basket, Salyers was the best scorer of Euroleague and his numbers were in 14 games: 21.8ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.6apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 69.1%. In 2010-2011, Salyers played in Italy for Angelico Biella and had an average of 11.1pts 4.6rpg and 1.6assts.
The 32 years old forward will have his very first experience outside Europe and it will be in Lebanon... Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut are looking now to sign their second foreigner for the next season!!!


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Bashana Baeso clinch the 2011 Winter Tournament - by Sekhoane Moshabesha
The annual LBA Winter tournament was played yesterday (18/Jun/20011) at Lehakoe Sports Grounds in Maseru. The tourney was to start at 9am but it only began at 12 noon, due to late arrival of both the players and officials. The main reason for late start was presumably the cold weather.
Six teams took part in the tournament and in the end Bashana Baeso walked away with trophy after a spectacular ending to the game.
Tournament Results
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LP vs LUCT
21 24
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SHINES vs KTA ALL STARS
27 21
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LUCT vs BASHANA BAESO
24 38
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LESELI vs SHINES
24 42
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FINALS
SHINES vs BASHANA BAESO
37 39



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Kaukenas and Lavrinovic took the Italian trophy - by Eurobasket News
Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) and Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) took the Italian trophy tonight with their Montepaschi Siena as the latter once again repeated as Seria A winners. They overcame Bennet Cantu 63:61 in a heart-dropping fifth game of the series at home court to take the fifth straight title. Malik Hairston stepped up with 13 points and 6 rebounds to pace the hosts.
Bennet Cantu were not about to give up without a fight. The visitors opened the game with an 8:0 run. They limited Siena to just 8 points in the starting quarter taking a 12:8 lead after ten minutes. Montepaschi Siena gradually returned into the game. Malik Hairston scored 6 points in the second term as Siena managed to draw things level 24:24 at halftime. Rimantas Kaukenas and McCalebb opened the second half with four points in a row. The lead then changed hands before Thomas Ress gave the hosts a 43:39 lead with one quarter to go. Nikolaos Zisis knocked down back-to-back three-pointers midway through the fourth term as Montepaschi earned a 52:46 advantage. However Vladimir Micov and Leunen did not allow the home team to run away. Mike Green knocked down three free throws late in regulation to pull Cantu within one 58:59. Nikolaos Zisis and Mike Green exchanged free throws before Rimantas Kaukenas hit two more to give Siena a 63:60 lead with just 5 seconds remaining. Manuchar Markoishvili got fouled and hit one free throw, he then missed his second one but came up with an offensive rebound. The Georgian player had a chance to save the game for Cantu but his three-pointer went off the mark and Siena celebrated another title.
Nikolaos Zisis finished with 12 points, while Rimantas Kaukenas delivered 11 points in the victory. Ksistof Lavrinovic ended up with 7 points and 6 rebounds for Siena. Vladimir Micov replied with 17 points and 6 boards for Bennet Cantu. Mike Green accounted for 13 points in the loss.




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


David Cubillan and Carl Edwards join Soles de Mexicali - by Eurobasket News
Soles de Mexicali signed two new players for the next LNBP season. They have agreed on terms of contracts with David Cubillan (183-PG-87, college: Marquette) and Carl Edwards (196-F-81, college: Charleston).
David Cubillan started the previous season with Espartanos de Margarita in Venezuela. The 23-year-old point guard averaged 9.6 points, 2.8 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game in Liga Sudamericana. In Liga Americas the guard notched 12.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists per appearance. Later David Cubillan joined Trotamundos de Carabobo. His stats read 16.8 points, 3.4 assists and 1.9 rebounds per appearance in LPB. David Cubillan graduated from Marquette in 2010. The guard played for Venezuela at 2010 South American Championship in Colombia. He came up with 4.6 points, 2.8 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game at the tournament.
Carl Edwards tipped off the last season in Uruguay. The 29-year-old forward played for Malvin averaging 13.7 points, 2.3 boards, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steal per game in Liga Sudamericana. In LUB his stats read 16.1 points, 5.1 boards, 1.9 assists and 1.4 steals. In January Carl Edwards moved to Regatas Corrientes. The forward notched 7.7 points and 1.2 steals per game in Liga Americas helping Regatas Corrientes clinch the title. In LigaA Carl Edwards posted 7.1 points and 1.6 rebounds per appearance.




Eddie Casiano appointed Halcones Rojos head coach - by Eurobasket News
Eddie Casiano was named new Halcones Rojos de Veracruz head coach. The Puerto Rican specialist will replace Manuel Cintron on the bridge. Eddie Casano is currently working with Indios de Mayaguez in Puerto Rican BSN. He also guided Lajas in Superleague 25 in Puerto Rico. Eddie Casiano had a reach basketball career as a player. He used to play for Puerto Rican National Team in 1992/2004 seasons.


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AS Sale tied the Final series - by Eurobasket News
AS Sale tied the Final series over Wydad Casablanca. The winner of the Regular Season won 75:69 for 1-1 in the Finals. They started with 21-17 and then had 4-points halftime advantage. In the third period they added 24-21 and then led the game tom the win. The decisive Game 3 is scheduled for June 22nd.


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LA man testifies kidnappers beat him over O'Neal - by Eurobasket News
A Los Angeles music producer testified that gang members kidnapped him in 2008 and told him the reason was an 'issue' with Shaquille O'Neal (7'2''-C-72, college: LSU) and his business partner, according to transcrits from a preliminary criminal hearing.

In the transcrits, producer Robert Ross - who has claimed the attack came because he said he had a sex tape featuring O'Neal - testified that his kidnappers beat him and demanded a 'videotape.'

Excerpts from the Monday preliminary hearing for seven gang members accusing of kidnapping, robbery, assault and conspiracy in the attack on Ross appeared early Sunday on the Los Angeles Times' website.

Ross testified that at one point he had a tape from his home security system of then-NBA star O'Neal having sex with a woman, but it had been recorded over.

Asked by a prosecutor if he really had such a video at the time of the attack, Ross replied, 'It was over. It was gone.'

O'Neal and business partner Mark Stevens have denied involvement in statements to investigators, and neither has been charged or named in the criminal complaint.

Attorney Nicholas Tonsich, who represented O'Neal and Stevens, did not immediately responded to a phone message left early Sunday morning by The Associated Press.

According to a sheriff's report, Ross told investigators he was kidnapped at gunpoint by Main Street Crips gang members in West Hollywood in February 2008 and taken to the home of the gang's alleged leader Ladell Rowles. He said the gang members beat him, stole $15,000 in cash and some jewelry.

He said another of the defendants, James Harbin, told him he needed to clear up an 'issue' with O'Neal and Stevens, and threatened him.

Ross' testimony is scheduled to continue on July 6.

O'Neal retired this month after 19 seasons, several of them with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Courtesy of http://nbcsports.msnbc.com


Teams are trying not to tip their hands before Thursday's NBA draft - by Eurobasket News
Don't be fooled by the calendar.

Five days remain until the NBA draft, and that means it's already the late fourth quarter in the context of the entire evaluation process of this annual affair. Thus, there's no better time than now to get clever or creative if you're a team looking to come out on top in this game full of gamesmanship.

From the chatter that continues to come out of Cleveland, I'm starting to wonder if the team with the No. 1 and No. 4 picks isn't doing just that. Numerous sources with direct knowledge of the Cavaliers' thinking privately insist they haven't made up their minds on the top pick, this despite the fact that Duke point guard Kyrie Irving (6'2''-G-92) has so long been considered a lock for that spot and no medical problems have arisen relating to his toe injury that kept him out of most of last season.

Cleveland coach Byron Scott said as much as publicly in an interview with Yahoo! Sports recently. It remains unclear whether that's a smokescreen or the truth, but one executive posed a question my way that made a whole lot of sense.

Could Cleveland be attempting to devalue Minnesota's No. 2 pick that is so widely known to be available at a steep price?

Any team with its sights set on a particular prospect -- in this case most likely Arizona's Derrick Williams (6'8''-F), Turkish center Enes Kanter (6'9''-C-92) or perhaps Kentucky point guard Brandon Knight (6'3''-G) -- has to think twice about trading for that pick if they can't count on who will be there for the taking. And considering the Cavaliers would be more than happy to give the Timberwolves their No. 4 (with other pieces involved, of course) for a chance to go 1-2, muddying these waters would help their cause and possibly force Minnesota to work with them on that sort of a package.

We're just theorizing about strategy here, but it's clear the No. 1 spot and how it's being handled is worth watching until the end. To that end, Kanter and Knight are expected to workout in Cleveland on Monday and visit with owner Dan Gilbert. The second meeting with Kanter is supposedly intended to involve Gilbert in the process, but the owner's presence -- much like the projections on the top pick -- is not a sure thing.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Trade rumor: Knicks after Wolves G Jonny Flynn? - by Eurobasket News
Clear the decks for Ricky Rubio (6'4''-G-90)!

The Minnesota Timberwolves have finally convinced the Spanish point guard to come to the NBA for next season. That means the team must now resolve a problem created when the Timberwolves drafted two point guards in the first six picks of the 2009 NBA Draft.

The easiest way to make sure that Rubio has enough playing time and space to get acclimated to the NBA game? Ship out Jonny Flynn (6'0''-G-89, college: Syracuse), of course.

The New York Daily News reports that the Timberwolves and New York Knicks have discussed a Flynn trade.

The Knicks have had preliminary discussions with the Minnesota Timberwolves about a trade for point guard Jonny Flynn.

No formal deal is in place, but the Knicks are debating whether Flynn, the sixth overall pick of the 2009 draft would be a viable option to back up Chauncey Billups for at least one season. Flynn has become expendable now that the Wolves have signed Spanish guard Ricky Rubio, who was taken one pick ahead of Flynn.

Toney Douglas would likely be the player traded for Flynn.
If All-Star appearances were handed out based on personality, Flynn would be a perennial selection. Unfortunately, a back injury and a rough transition into coach Kurt Rambis' triangle offense have stunted his growth as an NBA player.

To date, he's proved to be a jitterbug that can provide some scoring punch but not much else. Flynn's fit as a backup point guard would be slightly better than Douglas' but not markedly so. Both are scoring guards, but Flynn has more upside as a distributor. It's quite possible he looks much better as a playmaker when he's sharing the court with Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony rather than Darko Milicic and Martell Webster.

A change of scenery will no doubt do Flynn a lot of good. Trading for Flynn, who's coming off an injury and playing for a terrible team for two years, is the definition of 'buying low.' One concern: He is on the books for $3.4 million next season, which is a bit more than teams like to pay for a relatively unproven backup point guard.

The Knicks, of course, have bigger questions at point guard. They will need to move Billups at some point if they hope to become a true championship contender. This trade is definitely one you consider from New York's perspective. The more talent you get behind Billups the better. Flynn's quickness would seem to be a major asset in coach Mike D'Antoni's up-tempo system.

This wouldn't be a game-changing move for the Knicks, but Flynn's charisma seems like a natural fit at Madison Square Garden.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Washington Wizards exercise options and qualifying offers on 8 players - by Eurobasket News
Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced that the team has picked up contract options on four players and extended qualifying offers to four restricted free agents.

The Wizards have picked up the third-year options on the rookie contracts of Trevor Booker (6'7''-F-87, college: Clemson), Jordan Crawford (6'4''-G-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Xavier), Kevin Seraphin (6'9''-F/C-89) and John Wall (6'4''-G-90, college: Kentucky).

In addition, the team has extended qualifying offers to restricted free agents Othyus Jeffers (6'5''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Robert Morris), Hamady N'Diaye (6'11''-C-87, college: Rutgers),, Larry Owens (6'7''-G/F-83, college: ORU) and Nick Young (6'6''-G/F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: USC).

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Jimmer Fredette will attend the draft - by Eurobasket News
Jimmer Fredette (6'2''-G) will have the best seat in the house after receiving his official green room invite for Thursdays NBA Draft at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

The NBA green room is a designated area for prospective top picks and their families to sit during the draft. Its the closet to the stage and usually filled with cameras.

The invite also suggests that Fredette is expected to be, at the very least, one of the top 15 selected on draft night.

Im just anxious and nervous to see where Im going to be living for the next couple of years at least, Fredette on Friday about draft night. Your future is up in the air basically. Just looking forward to see where youre going to go.

Even before receiving official word, the Fredettes appeared to be leaning toward heading to the draft anyway. Players not invited to the green room can still attend the draft and even go to the stage if their name is called.

Fredette can expect, according to his father Al, 20 to 25 people from the area at the Prudential Center celebrating the moment with the Glens Falls product.

The 6-foot-1 guard said he plans to head to New Jersey on Tuesday, where he will follow an intinerary that he expects will include tons of appearances leading up to the draft.

Im not exactly sure what all that stuff is, he said. But I know I will have a busy schedule stating Tuesday.

After a series of workouts that had the BYU standout all over the country, Fredette plans to spend the weekend with friends and family. According to his Twitter page, Fredette spent Friday night bowling and Saturday afternoon fishing with friends.

A few of his former teammates like Denny Wilhelm and Rob Eddy intend to be at the draft.

There will be a lot of emotions, Fredette said. I will be very nervous and anxious. When I get my name called, it will be relief slash enjoyment. Just looking forward to hearing that.

Well all be a little nervous, Al Fredette said. But well calm each other. Having the whole family there. ... Thats a calming affect.

According to ESPNs Chad Ford, this year's green room invitees are: Kyrie Irving (Duke), Derrick Williams (Arizona), Enes Kanter (Turkey), Brandon Knight (Kentucky), Kemba Walker (Connecticut), Jonas Valanciunas (Lithuania), Jan Vesely (Czech Republic), Kawki Leonard (San Diego St.); Chris Singleton (Florida St.), Klay Thompson (Washington St.), Tristan Thompson (Texas), Marcus Morris (Kansas), Markieff Morris (Kansas), Alec Burks (Colorado) and Jimmer Fredette (BYU).

Courtesy of http://poststar.com


Kobe Bryant's dad: he can play 3-5 more seasons - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Lakers crashed out of the 2011 NBA playoffs in spectacular fashion, longtime head coach Phil Jackson retired, and All-Star guard Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) struggled to get to the hole regularly against both the New Orleans Hornets and Dallas Mavericks, so it's understandable if Lakerland is a bit on edge this summer.

Jackson has been replaced by Mike Brown, the dust has settled a bit and the biggest remaining question is Bryant's health. He was limited by an ankle injury in the playoffs and the team's trainer recently said that Bryant, 32, has an irreversible 'cartilege problem' in his knee that could require a procedure (s) in the future.

The Los Angeles Times asked Bryant's father, Joe Bryant, how much game his son still has left in him. Joe Bryant painted a fairly optimistic picture.

All players have injuries. It's part of it and how he can manage it. He's been doing a good job with that. Nobody is going to run and jump [like] when they were 18 or 19. It's impossible for people to think that. As long as he's enjoying the game and keeps the two seven-footers [Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum], I still think he has three, four or five more years to play at a high level.

The issue is going to be when the media talks, he can't get 30 [points] anymore, but he's averaging 25 [points] and five [assists]. The expectations they'll put on him or say he can't do anymore, that's going to be the biggest challenge, dealing with it. The important thing is as long as he's enjoying the game and enjoying the challenge and still in the race to vie for a championship. That's motivation enough. If you're with a team that has no shot at making the playoffs, then mentally you're going to be down and the energy level isn't going to be up or your'e going to want to be traded. As long as he's enjoying the game and it's a challenge for him, I think he'll continue to play.

Gauging Bryant's longevity is really all about assessing his chances of catching Michael Jordan in the record books.

If Bryant really can play another five seasons at a high level -- which is unlikely -- you've got to like his chances of securing a sixth NBA title to match Jordan. As we noted back in January, Bryant really only needs to play another three seasons or so at a reduced level to catch Jordan on the NBA's all-time scoring list. Bryant is currently ranked No. 5 while Jordan is No. 3.

Given Bryant's ability to play through pain and the extreme care and excellent medical attention he has access to, three more quality seasons seems like a reasonable goal for Bryant. That would take him through the rest of his current contract. At that point, the questions about his future will be exponentially bigger than they are now.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Tim Shea Discusses NBA International Draft Prospects - by Carl Berman
Vazquez to Orlando, Marc Gasol (7'0''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) Back to Spain?

Tim Shea is one of the most respected members of the international basketball community and a consultant with NetScouts Basketball. For more than a decade Tim has been the Director of International Scouting for the NBA New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns and the Charlotte Bobcats.

Born in NY and now living in Spain, Tim has been a European resident since 1972 and before entering the coaching ranks, he played professionally in Holland and Austria. He has successfully served as Head Coach for teams in Austria, Italy, Portugal, ACB Spain and S.Korea. He led Vienna, Austria to a National runner-up finish and later twice led SLBenfica of Lisbon, Portugal to National titles. Additionally, he was enlisted by FC Barcelona as the clubs developmental coach for their youth program, where among others, he trained Juan Carlos Navarro.

Due to the large number of potential international first round picks in this years NBA Draft we thought wed get Tim's thoughts on the upcoming draft.

NetScouts Basketball: How difficult is it to evaluate international players for success in the NBA?

Shea: Over the last years drafting and incorporating international players into the NBA has shown to be a very tricky business. Unlike American prospects, there are more variables to be considered as international prospects life is based and defined in a foreign country, a foreign social structure and a foreign sports culture.

It stands to reason that the difficulty, faced by the USA-NBA based experts to accurately interpret and project into the future what they are seeing with international prospects, is greater. Relative to evaluating American prospects, the NBA GM's percentages with the (international) success rate decreases. Quite simply and to paraphrase, What you see is what you get... applies much more to the homegrown amateur NBA prospects than to the foreign born professional prospects. To the June 2011 NBA process, now add the unfortunate, likely NBA lockout possibility to the labor horizon and the NBA Draft selection process gets even cloudier and more difficult to navigate.

NetScouts Basketball: Why? Will the lockout have an effect on drafted internationals deciding whether to move to the NBA next season?

Shea: All the players who will likely be selected, both in the lottery and in the entire draft, are already highly considered and desired by the European teams they are playing for and/ or other top international teams. These teams could make a big, long term offer for a player while the lockout is occurring. It might be tough for an international player to turn done guaranteed salary while waiting for the NBA to start, resulting in a draftee being forced to decide whether or not to sign a multi-year agreement in Europe. Its good for the player that has that option. Not so good, not such a pretty outlook for the NBA GM that drafted him, especially lottery picks.

NetScouts Basketball: What qualities do you look at when evaluating an international player for the NBA?

Shea: There's a good question. Its relative but three things are very high on my list; ambition, intelligence and athletic ability. I think that the NBA player, even a role player, needs them to a certain degree. Fundamental to an evaluator is his need to examine each prospect to determine to what extent these characteristics exist in his prospects makeup.

NetScouts Basketball: Can you elaborate on that in reference to a potential international lottery pick this year?

Shea: OK. Lets take the Hoop Summit sensation Bismack Biyombo. The past few seasons he was in a very controlled environment in Fuenlabrada, Spain. He will be drafted with a guaranteed contract and go to live in the USA and into a very, very different social structure. How will he adjust? Biyombo clearly has the athletic ability. Does he have the necessary NBA level ambition and intelligence? A NBA GM, in less than a week, has to judge those traits accurately. It really is the tricky part with the international prospects and right about now, Im glad its not me.

NetScouts Basketball: Do you think any previously drafted players will move to the NBA this season and will any current international players return to Europe?

Shea:I think Fran Vazquez may make the move to Orlando and provide something they need and although he was required to play mostly in the paint in the ACB and Euro league, he is a true power forward with a decent shot. He rejected a large, multi-year offer recently, possibly in anticipation of moving on to the NBA. The lockout, if there is a lockout, may change his thinking. Look for Marc Gasol (7'0''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) to move to Regal Barcelona, and look for him to stay the season if the NBA lockout lasts.

NetScouts Basketball: Do you have any final thoughts?

Shea: Sure, a tidbit, maybe advice. In scouting and evaluating players you need to rein in your emotions. As my old friend Ed Tapscott, acting Director of Player Development with the Washington Wizards, likes to say, Players in this business are like stocks and bonds, you cant get too emotional and you cant get too excited

Carl Berman is a Managing Partner of NetScouts Basketball. Information about NetScouts Basketball can be found at www.netscoutsbasketball.com.



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Cheaney added to IU hoops staff - by Eurobasket News
Calbert Cheaney (6'7''-G-71, college: Indiana) is returning to Indiana to relearn the college game.

The Big Ten's career scoring leader was hired Saturday by coach Tom Crean as the Hoosiers' new director of basketball operations. Crean made the announcement during his father/son basketball camp, ending several days of speculation that one of the best players in school history would be back on campus.

'Calbert knows the standard that it takes to be successful academically as a high-level student athlete, and he knows what is expected to play at the NBA level,' Crean said in a statement. 'He is excited to learn the business of college basketball.'

Cheaney replaces Drew Adams, who was hired for the same position by New Mexico coach Steve Alford - also a former Indiana star.

For Crean, it's another opportunity to reach into the Hoosiers' rich past. The Indiana coach has spent three seasons trying to heal the wounds left by the firing of Bob Knight and later by Kelvin Sampson's NCAA recruiting infractions.

The fallout from the NCAA case gutted the roster and forced Crean to start his tenure with only two returning players - both walk-ons. Crean still has not posted a winning record in three seasons.

But he and others have been trying to fix the tattered program. Photos of Knight now hang in Assembly Hall and the coach who won three national championships and more than 600 games in Bloomington has been inducted into the school's hall of fame.

Crean also has reached out to Knight's former players in an attempt to make them a bigger part of the program. Hiring Cheaney is the latest move.

'My family and I believe that this was the right time to begin a career in college basketball and I am especially looking forward to playing a role in the growth of the players at Indiana,' Cheaney said. 'I'm very grateful to Coach Crean for this opportunity to return to IU and I look forward to contributing immediately in any way possible.'

Cheaney finished his college career with 2,613 points - still the Big Ten record - and was named the league and national player of the year in 1993. In four seasons, Cheaney led the Hoosiers to a 105-27 record and the 1992 Final Four and made the All-America team three times. The Evansville, Ind., native averaged 22.4 points and 6.2 rebounds as a senior.

He was taken with the No. 6 overall pick in the '93 NBA draft and played the next 13 seasons with five different teams: Washington, Boston, Denver, Utah and Golden State. He averaged 9.5 points and 3.2 rebounds in 825 career games. His best season came in 1994-95 when he averaged a career-high 16.6 points with Washington.

In 2009-10, Cheaney became a special assistant with the Warriors, and last year he was promoted to assistant coach on the staff of yet another former Hoosiers star, Keith Smart.

Crean is eager to get him back on campus.

'Calbert will have an impact on our program in a major way,' Crean said. 'He wants to get into coaching full time and he knows the path it takes, the work ethic and the sacrifice. Every kid who plays college basketball at this level aspires to achieve what Calbert did on and off the court, both collegiately and as a professional. Having him here as a mentor on a day-to-day basis will be invaluable to our players.'

Cheaney also set a school record for field goals made with 1,018 and built the Greater St. James Community Recreation and Education Center in his hometown in 1998.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


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Bartlett number one in New Zealand for round 10 - by Eurobasket News
Guard Everard Bartlett (198-G-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Auckland P., receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, six rebounds and six assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Southland S. (#6, 5-7) 79-68. Auckland P. maintains the 7th position in New Zealand NBL. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 8 games and recorded just three victories. In the team's last game Bartlett had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He just recently signed at Auckland P., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Everard Bartlett averages this season 15.6ppg and 6.2rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Josh Pace (198-G-83) of Bay Hawks. Pace had a very good evening with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Bay Hawks was edged in overtime by slightly higher-ranked Wellington S. (#1, 11-2) 84-80. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Bay Hawks still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 10-4 record is not bad at all. Pace is one of the most experienced players at Bay Hawks and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.8ppg (#3). He also registered 5.8 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Marcus Campbell (214-C-82, agency: SportsTalent) of Taranaki MA (#8). Campbell scored 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Campbell's great performance Taranaki MA lost 81-96 to the higher-ranked Waikato P. (#2, 11-3). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Taranaki MA can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-10 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Campbell he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Campbell has individually a great season in New Zealand. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.4ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 9.9rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kareem Johnson (205-C-80) of Wellington S. - 10 points and 12 rebounds
5. Alex Pledger (216-C-87) of Waikato P. - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Kevin Mickens (207-F/C-83) of Auckland P. - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Mika Vukona (197-F-82) of Nelson G. - 12 points and 16 rebounds
8. Lindsay Tait (194-G-82) of Wellington S. - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Martin Iti (213-C-83) of Southland S. - 10 points and 13 rebounds
10. Lindsay Tait (194-G-82) of Wellington S. - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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Standings - Superior
Superior Standings
 1. Real Club 18-0 
 2. Regatas 15-3 
 3. Escuela Fap 12-5 
 4. Inmaculada 9-8 
 5. El Bosque 9-9 
 6. Ejercito 8-9 
 7. Centro Naval 8-9 
 8. San Augustin 6-12 
 9. San Marcos 3-14 
 10. Universitario 0-16 


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Brian Gilmore stays with Polpharma - by Eurobasket News
Polpharma have secured the services of Brian Gilmore (203-F-85, college: American) for another season. The 25-year-old forward joined the team at the start of the last season. Brian Gilmore tallied 7.3 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in PLK. He helped the team to the Polish Cup title. Brian Gilmore played for MGS Grand-Saconnex in Switzerland in 2009/10 season.


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U Cluj and Zoran Krstanovic part ways - by Sebastian Umbrich
After 4 years spent at one of the best teams from Romania, Serbian center Zoran Krstanovic (205-C-82) took farewell of his teammates, after they won together the fourth championship in the history of CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca after a 15-year drought.
Krstanovic signed first with U Cluj before the 2005-2006 season, left for a season to Sopron in the neighboring country of Hungary, returned to Cluj to win the silver medals at the end of the 2007-2008 season, left for a contract in the Netherlands the following season, returned to win another silver medal in the 2009-2010 season, and finally to crown himself and his team Romanian champions after a dramatic game-six ending in the 2010-2011 season.
During his time spent in Romania, Zoran Krstanovic has been one of the best players overall, with some of the best percentages at the free throws, being selected every time for the starting five in the All Star Game, being awarded twice the eurobasket.com Center of the Year, and in 2010 he has also been named eurobasket.com Romanian player of the Year.
Whats interesting, in the 4 seasons when Zoki played for Cluj, the team has always played in the finals, losing thrice and winning once.
Zoran Krstanovic did not reveal what his next team will be, but he stated that he would like to play in a more powerful championship.



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  SERBIA   


Predrag Suput defends German league title with Bamberg - by Eurobasket News
Serbian player Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) won another trophy in Germany. Suput and his team Bamberg managed to defend the German league title thanks to 72-65 victory against ALBA in decisive Game Five of the Finals. Last year Bamberg overcame Deutsche Bank Skyliners also 3-2 in the Final series. Bamberg already won the German Cup earlier this year. Predrag Suput appeared 44 times in the league this season averaging 12.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists. He added 10 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 1.7 apg for 9 Euroleague games. He joined Bamberg in 2007 from Hemofarm.

Finals, Game 5: Brose Basket-ALBA 72-65 (3-2)
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 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.


Rakovic and Jaric are the winners abroad - by Eurobasket News
Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) and Marko Jaric (198-G-78) are the winners in Italy with their Montepaschi Siena as the latter once again repeated as Seria A winners. They overcame Bennet Cantu 63:61 in a heart-dropping fifth game of the series at home court to take the fifth straight title. Malik Hairston stepped up with 13 points and 6 rebounds to pace the hosts.
Bennet Cantu were not about to give up without a fight. The visitors opened the game with an 8:0 run. They limited Siena to just 8 points in the starting quarter taking a 12:8 lead after ten minutes. Montepaschi Siena gradually returned into the game. Malik Hairston scored 6 points in the second term as Siena managed to draw things level 24:24 at halftime. Rimantas Kaukenas and McCalebb opened the second half with four points in a row. The lead then changed hands before Thomas Ress gave the hosts a 43:39 lead with one quarter to go. Nikolaos Zisis knocked down back-to-back three-pointers midway through the fourth term as Montepaschi earned a 52:46 advantage. However Vladimir Micov (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) and Leunen did not allow the home team to run away. Mike Green knocked down three free throws late in regulation to pull Cantu within one 58:59. Nikolaos Zisis and Mike Green exchanged free throws before Rimantas Kaukenas hit two more to give Siena a 63:60 lead with just 5 seconds remaining. Manuchar Markoishvili got fouled and hit one free throw, he then missed his second one but came up with an offensive rebound. The Georgian player had a chance to save the game for Cantu but his three-pointer went off the mark and Siena celebrated another title.
Nikolaos Zisis finished with 12 points, while Rimantas Kaukenas delivered 11 points in the victory. Vladimir Micov replied with 17 points and 6 boards for Bennet Cantu. Mike Green accounted for 13 points in the loss. Serbians Vladimir Micov and Marko Scekic (207-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) finished second with Bennet.




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  SLOVENIA   


Slovenia prevail against France in Evry - by Eurobasket News
France U20 - Slovenia U20 66:68

Slovenia recorded their first win at the Evry international friendly tournament. They prevailed against hosting France to improve at 1-1 record. Slovenia will take on Sweden later tonight. Slovenia used the strong first period to set the tone. The visitors ensured a 19:12 lead after ten minutes. France cut the distance to 5 points in the second period 30:35. But Slovenia persisted and established a 55:46 advantage with one quarter remaining. Slovenia led by ten points midway through the fourth term but Les Bleus went on a desperate rescue rally to cut the deficit. Slovenia hung on and escaped with a narrow victory at the end. Alen Omic (213-C-92) and Marko Pajic (204-F-92) delivered 17 points each for Slovenia. Klemen Prepelic (190-G-92) contributed 12 points for the winning side. Leo Westermann (198-G-92) answered with 11 points for France. Ferdinand Prenom (203-C-91) chipped in 10 points, while Louis Labeyrie finished with 9 in the loss.

France U20: Leo Westermann 11, Ferdinand Prenom 10
Slovenia U20: Alen Omic 17, Marko Pajic 17, Klemen Prepelic 12



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  SOUTH KOREA   


Korea wins East Asia Championship - by Jerry Lee
The South Korea basketball team defended the East Asia Basketball Championship title beating Japan in Nanjing, China.

The Korean team, led by Head Coach of the current KBL champions KCC Egis Hur Jae, lifted the trophy with an 89-73 win.

Yang Dong-Geun (182-G-81) of Ulsan Mobis, who was named the Most Valuable Player of the competition, sank 26 points with six assists to attain victory.

This success means the team qualifies for the Asia Championships, scheduled for September in China. The winner of that tournament will qualify for the London 2012 Olympics.

Starting with Yangs 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter, the Koreans made a flurry of successful shots to widen the gap in the score.

With a 70-62 lead, the team secured 10 unanswered points to take a firm grasp of the match.

Kang Byung-hyun scored 20 with six rebounds and Cho sung-min contributed 19 points.

Hur will recall the national team members on July 1 in preparation for the William Jones Cup to be held in Taiwan in August.

In the third-place game China ran out easy winners against Taiwan with a final score of 87-53.


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Tim Shea Discusses NBA International Draft Prospects - by Carl Berman
Vazquez to Orlando, Marc Gasol (7'0''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) Back to Spain?

Tim Shea is one of the most respected members of the international basketball community and a consultant with NetScouts Basketball. For more than a decade Tim has been the Director of International Scouting for the NBA New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns and the Charlotte Bobcats.

Born in NY and now living in Spain, Tim has been a European resident since 1972 and before entering the coaching ranks, he played professionally in Holland and Austria. He has successfully served as Head Coach for teams in Austria, Italy, Portugal, ACB Spain and S.Korea. He led Vienna, Austria to a National runner-up finish and later twice led SLBenfica of Lisbon, Portugal to National titles. Additionally, he was enlisted by FC Barcelona as the clubs developmental coach for their youth program, where among others, he trained Juan Carlos Navarro.

Due to the large number of potential international first round picks in this years NBA Draft we thought wed get Tim's thoughts on the upcoming draft.

NetScouts Basketball: How difficult is it to evaluate international players for success in the NBA?

Shea: Over the last years drafting and incorporating international players into the NBA has shown to be a very tricky business. Unlike American prospects, there are more variables to be considered as international prospects life is based and defined in a foreign country, a foreign social structure and a foreign sports culture.

It stands to reason that the difficulty, faced by the USA-NBA based experts to accurately interpret and project into the future what they are seeing with international prospects, is greater. Relative to evaluating American prospects, the NBA GM's percentages with the (international) success rate decreases. Quite simply and to paraphrase, What you see is what you get... applies much more to the homegrown amateur NBA prospects than to the foreign born professional prospects. To the June 2011 NBA process, now add the unfortunate, likely NBA lockout possibility to the labor horizon and the NBA Draft selection process gets even cloudier and more difficult to navigate.

NetScouts Basketball: Why? Will the lockout have an effect on drafted internationals deciding whether to move to the NBA next season?

Shea: All the players who will likely be selected, both in the lottery and in the entire draft, are already highly considered and desired by the European teams they are playing for and/ or other top international teams. These teams could make a big, long term offer for a player while the lockout is occurring. It might be tough for an international player to turn done guaranteed salary while waiting for the NBA to start, resulting in a draftee being forced to decide whether or not to sign a multi-year agreement in Europe. Its good for the player that has that option. Not so good, not such a pretty outlook for the NBA GM that drafted him, especially lottery picks.

NetScouts Basketball: What qualities do you look at when evaluating an international player for the NBA?

Shea: There's a good question. Its relative but three things are very high on my list; ambition, intelligence and athletic ability. I think that the NBA player, even a role player, needs them to a certain degree. Fundamental to an evaluator is his need to examine each prospect to determine to what extent these characteristics exist in his prospects makeup.

NetScouts Basketball: Can you elaborate on that in reference to a potential international lottery pick this year?

Shea: OK. Lets take the Hoop Summit sensation Bismack Biyombo. The past few seasons he was in a very controlled environment in Fuenlabrada, Spain. He will be drafted with a guaranteed contract and go to live in the USA and into a very, very different social structure. How will he adjust? Biyombo clearly has the athletic ability. Does he have the necessary NBA level ambition and intelligence? A NBA GM, in less than a week, has to judge those traits accurately. It really is the tricky part with the international prospects and right about now, Im glad its not me.

NetScouts Basketball: Do you think any previously drafted players will move to the NBA this season and will any current international players return to Europe?

Shea:I think Fran Vazquez may make the move to Orlando and provide something they need and although he was required to play mostly in the paint in the ACB and Euro league, he is a true power forward with a decent shot. He rejected a large, multi-year offer recently, possibly in anticipation of moving on to the NBA. The lockout, if there is a lockout, may change his thinking. Look for Marc Gasol (7'0''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) to move to Regal Barcelona, and look for him to stay the season if the NBA lockout lasts.

NetScouts Basketball: Do you have any final thoughts?

Shea: Sure, a tidbit, maybe advice. In scouting and evaluating players you need to rein in your emotions. As my old friend Ed Tapscott, acting Director of Player Development with the Washington Wizards, likes to say, Players in this business are like stocks and bonds, you cant get too emotional and you cant get too excited

Carl Berman is a Managing Partner of NetScouts Basketball. Information about NetScouts Basketball can be found at www.netscoutsbasketball.com.



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  TAIWAN   


Lin Chih-lung to sign with Taiwan Mobile - by Chris Wang
Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor's operational crisis has worsened after guard Lin Chih-Lung (173-G-83) said he will sign with Taiwan Mobile next season.

As many as 10 players on the teams have either signed with other teams or said they would leave the team that failed to reach .500 in the last three years.

Lin, who averaged 5.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists last season with KKL, said he didn't see his future with the team and that was why he decided to leave. He will join Chen Ching-huan, KKL's second-leading scorer last season at 18.3 behind Shawn Hawkins, in Taiwan Mobile.

Taiwan Mobile needs backcourt depth if starting point guard Su Yi-chieh opts to play in China next year, new head coach Chia Fan said, adding that the departure of veteran point guard Chen Huei, who will retire and work as an assistant coach next season, could make the point guard position very thin.


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  TURKEY   


Efes Pilsen targets Boni Ndong and Omar Cook - by Eurobasket News
Efes Pilsen targets Senegalese big guy Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) and American/Montenegrin point guard Omar-Sharif Cook (186-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's) for the next season. The Turkish outfit already landed Dusko Savanovic earlier this month and extended deals with Kerem Tunceri, Cenk Akyol and Sinan Guler.
Boniface Ndong spent last two years with Regal Barca. He helped them win the ACB title this season with 6 ppg and 3.8 rpg in 41 games. In Euroleague, Ndong added 6.8 ppg and 2.6 rpg. Barca also defended Copa del Rey trophy this year. Ndong and his teammates won the Euroleague title in 2010. Before Regal Barca, Ndong spent two and a half years with Unicaja.
Omar-Sharif Cook played this season for Valencia. He joined them last summer from Unicaja. Cook appeared 21 times in Euroleague with Valencia collecting 8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 5.6 apg and 1.8 spg. He was the second best assistant and fourth in steals. Valencia reached Euroleague Quarterfinals. In ACB, Cook added 6.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 5.4 apg (2nd) and 2.2 spg (1st). Before Valencia and Unicaja, Cook played for Crvena Zvezda and Samara.


Fenerbahce bring in James Gist and Bojan Bogdanovic - by Eurobasket News
Newly crowned TBL champions Fenerbahce have already entered the market seeking the roster strengthening for the next season. Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) and James Gist (203-F-86) are the first newcomers for the team.
James Gist spent the previous season in Serbia. The 24-year-old forward played for Partizan Beograd. He averaged 11.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in Serbian A League. In Euroleague James Gist posted 11.4 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists per appearance. In Adriatic League his stats read 12.1 points, 6.1 boards and 1.1 steals. James Gist was named into Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League 2nd Team.
Bojan Bogdanovic played for Cibona last season. The 22-year-old forward came up with 20.1 points, 4.6 boards, 2.6 assists per game in A1 League. In Euroleague Bogdanovic tallied 18.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.7 steals per appearance. In Adriatic League the forward delivered 18.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists. Eurobasket.com named Bojan Bogdanovic into All-Croatian A1 League 1st Team.



Hacettepe signs Murat Kaya - by Eurobasket News
Hacettepe continues with signing for the next season. After arrival of veteran center Huseyin Besok (212-C-75), the TBL newcomer penned a deal with Rifat Murat Kaya (194-F/G-84, agency: 1x1 Sports). The Turkish G/SF heads to Hacettepe from Bornova, where he spent last season. He appeared 26 times in TBL averaging 5.4 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists.
Rifat Murat Kaya joined Bornova last summer from Galatasaray. He was a member of Galata since 2006. In their last season together Kaya registered 4.4 ppg, 1.7 rpg and 2 apg for 28 games in TBL. In EuroCup he added 5 ppg, 1 rpg and 1.4 apg for 10 games. He played for Buyuk Kolej Ankara several years in the past. Rifat Murat Kaya was a member of the Turkish National Team in 2008. He appeared twice in Qualifications to European Championships 2009 averaging 2.5 points and 1 rebound. In 2005, Kaya was named Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Young Player Of The Year.


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  UBA   


The UBA expands to Cleveland, TX - by UBA media

The Universal Basketball Association (UBA) are very pleased to announced the addition of the Cleveland Havok for the upcoming 2011-2012 season.

The Cleveland Havok will be coach by Kevin Frankland who is also the owner. The UBA decided to expand to Cleveland, TX after Frankland proved that there was a need in the city of Cleveland for the UBA. Mr. Frankland put up a compelling fight for Cleveland, said UBA Management. Kevin Frankland is a very hard worker and a very good business man. We are very excited about the addition of the Havok.

Prior to joining the Universal Basketball Association (UBA) The Havok in several different leagues before joining the brand. I love what the UBA stands for, said Frankland. I wanted to be a part of one of the top programs in the country and I think we have found it.

The UBA has been regarded as the top minor league program in the country by usbasket.com. With the UBA sending over 44 players to the next level its hard to argue with the league production. Well we dont get into whos is the best or whos not, said UBA Chairman Davis. We feel the numbers speak for themselves. Minor leagues are here to help high level players move on overseas. If you not doing that then your not doing your job.

The addition of the Cleveland Havok makes 6 franchises in Texas. Under the leadership of Kevin Williams the Western Conference will now become a power. Below you will find the Texas line up and owners.

Houston Xperience (Kevin Williams )
Cleveland Havok (Kevin Frankland)
Texas Cyclones (Jeremy Ware )
DWSI Warriors (D.J. Douglas )
Woodlands Express (ExpressBasket LLC)
Katy Knights (Knights Basketball LLC)

The Havok will play its home games at CISD School in Cleveland. For more information on the Havok please contact them at cleveland_havok@ubabasket.com.




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  UKRAINE   


Ferro-ZNTU tab Stanislav Dikiy - by Eurobasket News
Stanislav Dikiy (202-F-88) will continue his career in Ferro-ZNTU. The 23-year-old forward signed a deal with the Zaporozhye team. Last season Stanislav Dikiy played in Ukrainian Higher League. He tallied 10.9 points, 6.4 boards per game for Dynamo Dnepropetrovsk. Previously the forward had spells for DniproAzot and Avtodor Saratov. Stanislav Dikiy played for Russian U18 National Team back in 2006.


Gytis Sirutavicius renews contract with DniproAzot - by Eurobasket News
Gytis Sirutavicius (195-F-83) will continue playing for DniproAzot. The 28-year-old forward has renewed his contract with the team. Gytis Sirutavicius started the previous season in Romania. He tallied 9.0 points, 3.3 boards, 1.5 steals and 1.3 assists per Division A game for BC Mures. In Balkan League Gytis Sirutavicius posted 9.8 points, 3.8 boards, 1.3 steals and 1.0 assist per appearance. The forward joined DniproAzot in January. His stats read 9.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game in Superleague. Previously Gytis Sirutavicius played for Pieno Zvaigzdes, Nevezis, Suduva, Panevezys, Poltava-Basket and Wamsler SE Salgotarjan. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Bosman Player of the Year in 2010. Gytis Sirutavicius was also LKL All-Star Game Three-Point Shootout Contest Winner in 2007.


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  URUGUAY   


Standings - Metropolitan League
Metropolitan Standings
 1. Larranaga 12-5 
 2. Nacional 12-5 
 3. Tabare 12-5 
 4. Urunday Univ. 10-7 
 5. Goes 9-8 
 6. Atenas 8-8 
 7. Capitol 8-9 
 8. Yale 6-11 
 9. Verdirrojo 4-13 
 10. 25 de Agosto 3-13 


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  VENEZUELA   


Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Cocodrilos 37-10 
 2. Marinos 35-12 
 3. Trotamundos 35-13 
 4. Bucaneros 25-24 
 5. Guaiqueries 23-24 
 6. Gigantes 23-25 
 7. Toros 17-27 
 8. Panteras 17-27 
 9. Guaros 13-30 
 10. Gaiteros 6-38 




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Women News

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  ARGENTINA - Women  


U16 FIBA Americas Championship: Argentina is No.5 - by Eurobasket News
U16 ARGENTINA - U16 VENEZUELA 82-33

Argentina finished U16 FIBA Americas Championship in Merida as No.5. They destroyed Venezuela last night 82-33 in the game for fifth place. Victoria Llorente (96) was unstoppable in victory with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Andrea Ledesma (97) also was great adding 20 points and 8 rebs. Ledesma was actually the MVP of this meeting with valuation 28. Sofia Aispurua (95) helped with 8 points and 14 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Daniela Wallen (95) collected 13 points and 5 rebounds. Maholy Lovera (96) had 8 pts and 5 rebs. Argentina was way better team during the entire game. They made 23-6 lead in the first ten minutes and later were just extending it in each period. They made 18-5 in Q2 and 28-7 in third frame. Argentina slowed down after that as the last ten minutes were just the formality.

Argentina: Victoria Llorente 26+11 boards, Andrea Ledesma 20+8 boards, Sofia Aispurua 8+14 boards
Venezuela: Daniela Wallen 13+5 boards, Maholy Lovera 8+5 boards


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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Australia eke out narrow win over New Zealand - by Eurobasket News
Australia - New Zealand 79:74

Australian Opals celebrated the first win at the Qi Yi Cup tournament in China. They toppled their archrivals New Zealand in a tough fight yesterday. Abby Bishop (189-C-88) led the winners with 21 points. It was a tough battle from start to finish. The teams traded baskets throughout the first half. Australia and New Zealand were tied at 39 at halftime. The Opals managed to clear off in the third term. They earned an 8-point lead before stretching it to 10 points in the final period. But the Tall Ferns found an answer. They cut the distance to just two points late in regulation 69:71. Australia reacted with six points in a row and rolled to a difficult win at the end. Jillian Harmon (185-F-87, college: Stanford) answered with 21 points for New Zealand. Lisa Wallbutton (183-C/F-86) accounted for 16 points, while Micaela Cocks (173-G-86, college: Oregon), Antonia
Edmondson and Natalie Taylor (178-F, college: S.Illinois) added 11 points each in the loss.
Australia will face China, while Tall Ferns will take on Brazil tonight.




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  BELARUS - Women  


Belarus hands 68-41 loss to Israel, secures next stage - by Eurobasket News
ISRAEL - BELARUS 41-68

Belarus had another joyful day in Poland. After victory in Day One against United Kingdom, this time Belarus cruised past Israel 68-41 for 2-0 record in Group B. With this win, Belarus already secured a spot for the next stage. Israel dropped to 0-2. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) was the leading player in victory with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Natalia Marchanka (170-G-79) scored 11, while Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) (9 rebs) and Tatyana Troina (188-F-81, college: S.Carolina) (6 rebs) added 9 points each. In defeat, Liron Cohen (173-G-82) was the only player with double-digits (12 points). Shay Doron (175-F-85, college: Maryland) and Katia Levitsky (190-C-85, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Villanova) stopped to 8 points each. Belarus took control on Israel from the early beginning. They made 12-18 lead in the first ten minutes and jumped to plus 8 until the halftime. Tatsiana Likhtarovich and her teammates had double-digit lead after 30 minutes and in the last quarter smashed Israel 21-5 for the final 68-41 victory.
In the last day of the first stage, Belarus will meet Czech Republic. Israel will play against UK.

Israel: Liron Cohen 12, Shay Doron 8, Katia Levitsky 8
Belarus: Tatsiana Likhtarovich 13+5 boards, Natalia Marchanka 11, Katerina Snytsina 9+9 boards, Tatyana Troina 9+6 boards


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  BRAZIL - Women  


Brazil finish Qi Yi Cup with win over New Zealand - by Eurobasket News
Brazil - New Zealand 73:62

Brazil recorded the second win at the Qi Yi Cup tournament in China. They toppled New Zealand to finish at 2-1 record in the second place in the ladder. Tall Ferns suffered their third straight defeat. Clarissa Santos (186-C-88) knocked down 23 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the Latin American team.
Brazil stunned their opponents early. They outscored Tall Ferns 22:12 in the starting frame. Brazil kept New Zealand at bay throughout the second term. Tall Ferns faced a 24:37 halftime deficit. Things hardly changed in the third term. Brazil knocked down 23 points to take a 22-point advantage heading into the fourth frame. The Kiwis showed character cutting the deficit in the final term but Brazil were never threatened en route to the victory. Palmira Marcal (177-G-84) notched 13 points for Brazil. Franciele Nascimento (191-C-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Jaqueline Silvestre (178-F-86) netted 8 points apiece in the victory. Lisa Wallbutton (183-C/F-86) responded with 16 points for New Zealand. Jillian Harmon (185-F-87, college: Stanford) accounted for 14 points in the loss.

Brazil: Clarissa Santos 23, Palmira Marcal 13, Franciele Nascimento 8, Jaqueline Silvestre 8
New Zealand: Lisa Wallbutton 16, Jillian Harmon 14



U16 USA wins the Gold in Merida - by Eurobasket News
U16 USA - U16 BRAZIL 73-40

USA won the Gold at the U16 FIBA Americas championship in Merida. They dominated during the entire event and finally blasted Brazil 73-40 for the Gold. The Silver belongs to Brazil of course. It is important to mention that both teams booked a place for the next U17 World Championships. Linnae Harper (5'8''-G-95) stepped up for USA in the Finals with 12 points and 5 rebounds. Jannah Tucker (5'11''-G-95) had 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, while Mercedes Russell (6'5''-C-95) helped with double-double of 10 points and 12 boards. In the loosing squad, Izabella Frederico (95) shined with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Their second scorer was Vitoria Domingos (96) with just 6 pts (5 rebs).
USA took control on Brazil from the very beginning. The Americans made 19-8 lead in the first ten minutes and continued with 21-10 in Q2. Nothing has changed after the breather as USA was simply too strong for Brazil. Third quarter ended with 23-9, after what USA slowed down and Brazil made 10-13 in the last ten minutes.
USA won the Group B with perfect 3-0 record and later eliminated Puerto Rico in the Semis.

USA: Linnae Harper 12+5 boards, Jannah Tucker 11+5 boards+5 as, Mercedes Russell 10+12 boards
Brazil: Izabella Frederico 19+5 boards, Vitoria Domingos 6+5 boards


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  CANADA - Women  


U16 FIBA Americas championship: Canada wins the Bronze in Merida - by Eurobasket News
U16 PUERTO RICO - U16 CANADA 36-53

The Bronze belongs to Canada. They outplayed Puerto Rico 53-36 in the battle for third place at the U16 FIBA Americas championship in Merida. Thanks to this win, Canada also booked a spot for the next U17 World Championship. Puerto Rico stays without the medal at this event. Cheyanne Roger (188-C-95) was the only player with double-digits in scoring for Canada. She had 10 points and also grabbed 7 rebounds beside that. Emma Wolfram (193-C-95) (7 rebs) and Hilary Hanaka (175-G-96) helped with 8 points each. In the loosing squad, Claudia Ortiz (96) collected 10 points and 8 boards. Gileysa Quinones (97) stopped to 9 pts. Canada took control on Puerto Rico from the very beginning. They made 9-16 in the first ten minutes, but somehow stopped after that. Puerto Rico replied with 10-6 in the second period, but it was all from them in this game. Canada made 13-15 in third and 4-16 in the last quarter for the final 36-53 victory and Bronze medal in Merida.

Puerto Rico: Claudia Ortiz 10+8 boards, Gileysa Quinones 9
Canada: Cheyanne Roger 10+7 boards, Emma Wolfram 8+7 boards, Hilary Hanaka 8


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  CROATIA - Women  


Sandra Mandir lifts Croatia to 65-63 thriller win against Greece - by Eurobasket News
CROATIA - GREECE 65-63

Thriller win for Croatia today in Katowice. They handed tiny 65-63 loss to Greece joining them with 1-1 record in Group D. Sandra Mandir (175-G-77) was the leading player in victory with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) scored 15 points, while Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) helped her team with 11 points, 9 boards and 5 assists. In Greece, Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds. Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) also scored 14 pts, while Olga Chatzinikolaou (181-G-81) and Anna Spyridopoulou (182-F-88) stopped to 9 points each.
Croatia had wonderful first half making 42-29 lead. Greece had 11-14 after the breather and they made 55-56 turn at the halfway of the last period. Later, teams went to the last 12 second with 72-72 tie. Croatia had a possession and Sandra Mandir made a winning jump shot with 2 seconds to go.
Tomorrow, Croatia will meet Latvia. Greece will play against the defending champion - France.

Croatia: Sandra Mandir 19+5 boards+5 as, Ana Lelas 15, Jelena Ivezic 11+9 boards+5 as
Greece: Styliani Kaltsidou 14+12 boards, Dimitra Kalentzou 14, Olga Chatzinikolaou 9, Anna Spyridopoulou 9


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Czech Republic cruises past UK 60-45 to stay perfect in Bydgoszcz - by Eurobasket News
UNITED KINGDOM - CZECH REPUBLIC 45-60

Czech Republic registered another victory at the EuroBasket in Poland. This time they handed 60-45 loss to United Kingdom for perfect 2-0 record in Group B. The reigning World champion already secured a spot for the next stage and they will meet Belarus tomorrow in the battle for the first place in this group. UK on the other side dropped to 0-2 and will have to beat Israel to win third place. Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) shined for the winners with 27 points and 6 rebounds (6 triples, valuation 26). Jana Vesela (192-F-83) had 10 points and 7 rebs, while Ilona Burgrova (196-C-84, college: S.Carolina) added 8 points and 9 rebs. In defeat, Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87, college: Franklin Pierce) delivered 14 points. JulieAnne Page (188-F/C-83, college: E.Washington) and Rose Anderson (175-G-88) scored 7 pts each.
*The beginning of the game was very nervous. Czech Republic and Great Britain missed some easy shots, after two minutes the score was tie 2:2. In the middle of the quarter Czech Republic had got 1 point advantage 4:5. After Johannah Leedham 4 straight points Great Britain have taken the 3 point lead and Czech Republic coach called the timeout. Then Johannah Leedham added three points shot and Great Britain was leading by 6 ! The first quarter finished with the score 13:9 for the Great Britain. Czech Republic made a great start of the second quarter - Jana Vesela (192-F-83) and Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) hit the three and now the Czech Republic had got a lead. Great Britain cannot find a shot for three minutes, until Johannah Leedham hit another three point shot. After Katerina Elhotova 3 points Czech Republic had got 7 points advantage (23:16) and British coach Tom Maher wanted to talk with his players. Great Britain tried to make up for a loss. With 2:00 minutes to go in the second Czech Republic had got a 6 point lead 27:21. In the middle of the game Czech Republic had got 4 point advantage 23:27. In the first half of the third quarter Czech Republic tripled the advantage British coach must call a timeout. Great Britain had been trying to get back in this game, but the Czech Republic did not allow it. Czechs had been controlling the game and before the last quarter they were leading by 13 points 35:48. Although the British team effort in the last quarter, nothing has changed. Czech Republic controlled the game and outscored Great Britain. That was a second straight win of silver medalist last world championships. (*by Lukasz Lukaszewski)

UK: Johannah Leedham 14, JulieAnne Page 7, Rose Anderson 7
Czech Republic: Katerina Elhotova 27+6 boards, Jana Vesela 10+7 boards, Ilona Burgrova 8+9 boards


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Day Two in Bydgoszcz and Katowice - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Slovakia - Turkey 60-76
Turkey registered first victory at the EuroBasket 2011 in Poland. They outplayed Slovakia today 76-60 mostly thanks to Birsel Vardarli (174-G-80), who had 20 points and 6 rebounds. She reached valuation 24 and was the MVP of this meeting. Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) secured a great help adding 14 points, while Isil Alben (170-G-86) and Bahar Caglar (186-F-88) netted 9 pts each. On the other side, Slovakia got 15 points from Erin Marie Lawless (188-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Purdue). Romana Vynuchalova (192-C/F-86, college: Penn St.) and Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) had 10 points each. Slovakia dropped to 0-2 in Group A. They already lost all chances to reach the next stage, despite there is one more round to be played. With this victory Turkey secured at least third place, what is enough for the next phase. Third quarter was the crucial one in this game. Quarters: 18-21, 14-17, 9-24, 19-14.
In the last day of Stage One, Turkey will meet Russia in the game for the second place. Slovakia will take on Lithuania.

Lithuania - Russia 76-64
Lithuania was too strong for Russia 76-64 jumping to 2-0 record in Group A. It means that Lithuania already secured first place in this pool and spot for the next stage. Egle Sulciute (190-F-85) and Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82) stepped up for the winners with 20 points each. They had 8 and 6 rebounds respectively. Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82) secured a great help adding 19 points and 5 assists. Maria Stepanova (203-C-79) replied with double-double in defeat: 17 pts and 13 rebs. Olga Arteshina (183-F-82) and Liudmila Sapova (185-F/C-84) had 12 and 10 points respectively. Despite this loss, Russia is also sure for the next stage. Tomorrow, they will meet Turkey, while Lithuania will play against Slovakia.
*Russia had taken control in this match for the beginning of the game. Russian started the game with 5:0 run. Lithuania got back in this quarter in the middle of the first quarter. After Egle Sulciute shot, they lead 10:9. The both teams were playing basket for basket, the quarter finished with a tie 16:16. In the second quarter both teams presented hard defense, according to this fact they have much problems with scoring points. In this time neither team was able to elaborate big advantage, in the first half we had got 10 lead changes. When we had got 1:30 to play in the second quarter Russian had a 4 point lead 28:32 that was the biggest advantage in this quarter. Lithuanian coach had to call a timeout. After that Russian coach wants to talk with his team twice. Thanks to dominating the boards and second chance points Russian won the first half by 5 30:35.
Lithuanian team started the third quarter with the big run. After three minutes and Rima Valentiene (170-G-78) 3 point shot they had taken the 2 point lead - 41:39. Maria Stepanova automatically responded and the score was tie 41:41. Then Lithuania after 2 straight three point shots by Egle Sulciute elaborate 8 points advantage 53:45. Russia tried to make up for a loss, but after three quarter they were losing by 4 56:52. Russia continued good run in the beginning of the fourth quarter and with 7:20 to play they reduced Lithuanian advantage to the 2 points, after another 80 seconds and Liudmila Sapova (185-F/C-84) three point shot we had got a one point game for Lithuania 61:60. Russian made some easy mistakes and after another two minutes Lithuania lead by 5 66:61. Russia was down by 7 68:61 with 1:24 to play in the fourth and Boris Sokolovsky called a timeout. Russian players have got free throws, but they missed them Lithuania was better at this element of the game and thanks to it they have won this game 76:64. (*by Lukasz Lukaszewski)
Group B
United Kingdom - Czech Republic 45-60
Czech Republic registered another victory at the EuroBasket in Poland. This time they handed 60-45 loss to United Kingdom for perfect 2-0 record in Group B. The reigning World champion already secured a spot for the next stage and they will meet Belarus tomorrow in the battle for the first place in this group. UK on the other side dropped to 0-2 and will have to beat Israel to win third place. Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) shined for the winners with 27 points and 6 rebounds (6 triples, valuation 26). Jana Vesela (192-F-83) had 10 points and 7 rebs, while Ilona Burgrova (196-C-84, college: S.Carolina) added 8 points and 9 rebs. In defeat, Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87, college: Franklin Pierce) delivered 14 points. JulieAnne Page (188-F/C-83, college: E.Washington) and Rose Anderson (175-G-88) scored 7 pts each.
*The beginning of the game was very nervous. Czech Republic and Great Britain missed some easy shots, after two minutes the score was tie 2:2. In the middle of the quarter Czech Republic had got 1 point advantage 4:5. After Johannah Leedham 4 straight points Great Britain have taken the 3 point lead and Czech Republic coach called the timeout. Then Johannah Leedham added three points shot and Great Britain was leading by 6 ! The first quarter finished with the score 13:9 for the Great Britain. Czech Republic made a great start of the second quarter - Jana Vesela (192-F-83) and Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) hit the three and now the Czech Republic had got a lead. Great Britain cannot find a shot for three minutes, until Johannah Leedham hit another three point shot. After Katerina Elhotova 3 points Czech Republic had got 7 points advantage (23:16) and British coach Tom Maher wanted to talk with his players. Great Britain tried to make up for a loss. With 2:00 minutes to go in the second Czech Republic had got a 6 point lead 27:21. In the middle of the game Czech Republic had got 4 point advantage 23:27. In the first half of the third quarter Czech Republic tripled the advantage British coach must call a timeout. Great Britain had been trying to get back in this game, but the Czech Republic did not allow it. Czechs had been controlling the game and before the last quarter they were leading by 13 points 35:48. Although the British team effort in the last quarter, nothing has changed. Czech Republic controlled the game and outscored Great Britain. That was a second straight win of silver medalist last world championships. (*by Lukasz Lukaszewski)

Israel - Belarus 41-68
Belarus had another joyful day in Poland. After victory in Day One against United Kingdom, this time Belarus cruised past Israel 68-41 for 2-0 record in Group B. With this win, Belarus already secured a spot for the next stage. Israel dropped to 0-2. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) was the leading player in victory with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Natalia Marchanka (170-G-79) scored 11, while Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) (9 rebs) and Tatyana Troina (188-F-81, college: S.Carolina) (6 rebs) added 9 points each. In defeat, Liron Cohen (173-G-82) was the only player with double-digits (12 points). Shay Doron (175-F-85, college: Maryland) and Katia Levitsky (190-C-85, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Villanova) stopped to 8 points each. Belarus took control on Israel from the early beginning. They made 12-18 lead in the first ten minutes and jumped to plus 8 until the halftime. Tatsiana Likhtarovich and her teammates had double-digit lead after 30 minutes and in the last quarter smashed Israel 21-5 for the final 68-41 victory.
In the last day of the first stage, Belarus will meet Czech Republic. Israel will play against UK.

Group C
Montenegro - Spain 66-57
Another wonderful performance by Montenegro in Katowice. After victory against Poland in Day One, Montenegro shocked Spain today handing them 66-57 loss for perfect 2-0 record. With this win, Montenegro already secured first place in Group C and of course booked a spot for the next stage. Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) came up with 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. She had valuation 22 and was the MVP of this meeting. Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had double-double of 13 points and 11 boards, while Ana Turcinovic (190-C-93) helped with 11 points and 5 rebs. In defeat, Alba Torrens (188-F-89) shined with 25 points and 5 rebs. Anna Montanana (186-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: George Washington) had 11 pts and 5 rebs, and Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) added 8 points. Spain dropped to 1-1 and now shares the second place with Poland.
Montenegro did a great job in the first half making 39-31 lead. Spain cut the margin for one point in Q3, but Montenegro ended last ten minutes with 12-10 for the final 66-57 victory.
Tomorrow, Montenegro will meet Germany and this game will be just the formality. Spain will take on Poland in the battle for the second place.

Germany - Poland 60-75
The host of EuroBasket 2011 registered first victory at this event. Poland was too strong for Germany handing them 75-60 loss. Poland will meet Spain tomorrow and it will be a decisive game for the second place. Even in case of defeat, Poland will advance to the next stage. Germany on the other side dropped to 0-2 and lost all chances for the next phase. Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) shined for the hosts with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Malgorzata Babicka (186-F/C-85, agency: Promotex) and Agnieszka Skobel (179-F-89) netted 11 pts each in victory. In Germany, Romy Bar (189-F-87, agency: LBM Management) came up with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Sarah Austmann (179-G/F-85) (5 rebs) and Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) posted 11 pts apiece. Poland celebrated in this game thanks to great played second half. Quarters: 19-23, 11-7, 15-24, 15-21.
As mentioned above, Poland will meet Spain tomorrow, while Germany will take on strong Montenegro.
Group D
Latvia - France 59-56 OT
It was the first game which went to OT so far at the EuroBasket in Poland and it also was the first loss for the defending champion. Latvia grabbed 59-56 thriller win against France joining them with 1-1 record in Group D. Croatia and Greece have the same numbers in this pool so it will be very exciting Day Three in Katowice. Elina Babkina (173-G-89, agency: LBM Management) exploded with 26 points for the winners today. Gunta Basko (181-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Siena) had 10 points and 6 rebounds, while Zane Tamane (200-C-83, college: W.Illinois) helped with double-double of 9 points and 15 rebs. In France, Endene Miyem (188-F-88) top-scored with 12 points. Sandrine Gruda (194-C-87) had 11 points and 6 rebs, and Edwige Lawson-Wade (166-PG-79) stopped to 9 pts, plus 5 rebs.
France made 13-16 in the first ten minutes and continued with 9-12 in Q2. Latvia improved after the breather and finished Q3 with 14-13. Elina Babkina and her teammates made 14-9 in the last period for 50-50 tie at the end of the regular time. Latvia was better 9-6 in OT for the first victory in Katowice.
Tomorrow, Latvia will meet Croatia. France will take on Greece.

Croatia - Greece 65-63
Thriller win for Croatia today in Katowice. They handed tiny 65-63 loss to Greece joining them with 1-1 record in Group D. Sandra Mandir (175-G-77) was the leading player in victory with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) scored 15 points, while Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) helped her team with 11 points, 9 boards and 5 assists. In Greece, Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds. Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) also scored 14 pts, while Olga Chatzinikolaou (181-G-81) and Anna Spyridopoulou (182-F-88) stopped to 9 points each.
Croatia had wonderful first half making 42-29 lead. Greece had 11-14 after the breather and they made 55-56 turn at the halfway of the last period. Later, teams went to the last 12 second with 72-72 tie. Croatia had a possession and Sandra Mandir made a winning jump shot with 2 seconds to go.
Tomorrow, Croatia will meet Latvia. Greece will play against the defending champion - France.


Group A: Russia defeated by Lithuania - by Lukasz Lukaszewski
Lithuania beat Russia 76:64. Lithuanian players gained a second straight win, Russia loosed her first game at this tournament. Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82) and Egle Sulciute (190-F-85) scored 20 points, Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82) end the game with 19. Maria Stepanova (203-C-79) made a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds, but It was not enough to win this game. Tomorrow in the group A: Russia will play with Turkey and Lithuania with Slovak Republic.

Russia had taken control in this match for the beginning of the game. Russian started the game with 5:0 run. Lithuania got back in this quarter in the middle of the first quarter. After
Egle Sulciute shot, they lead 10:9. The both teams were playing basket for basket, the quarter finished with a tie 16:16. In the second quarter both teams presented hard defense,
according to this fact they have much problems with scoring points. In this time neither team was able to elaborate big advantage, in the first half we had got 10 lead changes.
When we had got 1:30 to play in the second quarter Russian had a 4 point lead 28:32 that was the biggest advantage in this quarter. Lithuanian coach had to call a timeout. After
that Russian coach wants to talk with his team twice. Thanks to dominating the boards and second chance points Russian won the first half by 5 30:35.



Lithuanian team started the third quarter with the big run. After three minutes and Rima Valentiene (170-G-78) 3 point shot they had taken the 2 point lead - 41:39. Maria Stepanova automatically responded and the score was tie 41:41. Then Lithuania after 2 straight three point shots by Egle Sulciute elaborate 8 points advantage 53:45. Russia tried to make up for a loss, but after three quarter they were losing by 4 56:52. Russia continued good run in the beginning of the fourth quarter and with 7:20 to play they reduced Lithuanian advantage to the 2 points, after another 80 seconds and Liudmila Sapova (185-F/C-84) three point shot we had got a one point game for Lithuania 61:60. Russian made some easy mistakes and after another two minutes Lithuania lead by 5 66:61. Russia was down by 7 68:61 with 1:24 to play in the fourth and Boris Sokolovsky called a timeout. Russian players have got free throws, but they missed them Lithuania was better at this element of the game and thanks to it they have won this game 76:64


Lithuania - Russia 76:64 (16:16, 14:19,26:17,20:12)
Lithuania: Ausra Bimbaite 20, Egle Sulciute 20, Sandra Linkeviciene 19
Russia: Maria Stepanova 17, Olga Arteshina (183-F-82) 12, Liudmila Sapova 10



Group B: Czech Republic win second straight game ! Katerina Eltohova show ! - by Lukasz Lukaszewski
Czech Republic beat the Great Britain 45:60 and gain a second straight win, British players loosed second game and they are close to be eliminated from the tournament after first
round. Tommorow, the will fighting for survive with Israel tomorrow. Czech Republic will play with Belarus for a first position in the group B. That was a big game for Katerina
Eltohova, she scored 27 points and grabbed 6 rebounds for the winners. The best player in Great Britain - Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87, college: Franklin Pierce) ended the game with 14 points for losers.

The beginning of the game was very nervous. Czech Republic and Great Britain missed some easy shots, after two minutes the score was tie 2:2. In the middle of the quarter
Czech Republic had got 1 point advantage 4:5. After Johannah Leedham 4 straight points Great Britain have taken the 3 point lead and Czech Republic coach called the timeout.
Then Johannah Leedham added three points shot and Great Britain was leading by 6 ! The first quarter finished with the score 13:9 for the Great Britain. Czech Republic made a
great start of the second quarter - Jana Vesela (192-F-83) and Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) hit the three and now the Czech Republic had got a lead. Great Britain cannot find a shot for three minutes, until Johannah Leedham hit another three point shot. After Katerina Elhotova 3 points Czech Republic had got 7 points advantage (23:16) and British coach Tom Maher wanted to talk with his players. Great Britain tried to make up for a loss. With 2:00 minutes to go in the second Czech Republic had got a 6 point lead 27:21. In the middle of the game Czech Republic had got 4 point advantage 23:27.

In the first half of the third quarter Czech Republic tripled the advantage British coach must call a timeout. Great Britain had been trying to get back in this game, but the Czech
Republic did not allow it. Czechs had been controlling the game and before the last quarter they were leading by 13 points 35:48. Although the British team effort in the last quarter,
nothing has changed. Czech Republic controlled the game and outscored Great Britain. That was a second straight win of silver medalist last world championships.

Great Britain Czech Republic 45:60 (13:9, 10:18, 12:21, 10:12)
Great Britain: Johannah Leedham 14, JulieAnne Page (188-F/C-83, college: E.Washington) 7
Czech Republic: Katerina Elhotova 27, Jana Vesela 10



Stats Leaders Div.A (Women)
Points Per Game
 Alba TORRENS
  ESP
  (188-F-89)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Torrens, ESP21.5 
 2. Hodges, BUL20.3 
 3. Babkina, LAT19.0 
 4. Tuukkanen, FIN18.3 
 5. Perovanovic, MNT17.5 
 6. Kalentzou, GRE17.0 
 7. Elhotova, CZE17.0 
 8. Yilmaz, TUR15.5 
 9. Zherzherunov., UKR15.5 
 10. Meesseman, BEL15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zane TAMANE
  LAT
  (200-C-83)
  Avg: 14
 1. Tamane, LAT14.0 
 2. Stepanova, RUS10.5 
 3. Meesseman, BEL9.0 
 4. Maltsi, GRE9.0 
 5. Tuukkanen, FIN8.8 
 6. Bar, GER8.8 
 7. Kaltsidou, GRE8.5 
 8. Burgrova, CZE8.5 
 9. Perovanovic, MNT8.5 
 10. Vesela, CZE8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jelena DUBLJEVIC
  MNT
  (191-C-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Dubljevic, MNT5.0 
 2. Babkina, LAT4.5 
 3. Marchanka, BLR4.5 
 4. Dumerc, FRA4.0 
 5. Kaltsidou, GRE4.0 
 6. Bartonova, CZE4.0 
 7. Linkeviciene, LTU4.0 
 8. Misurova, SVK3.5 
 9. Mandir, CRO3.5 
 10. Ndongue, FRA3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Anna DE FORGE
  USA
  (178-G-76)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. De Forge, MNT4.5 
 2. Alben, TUR4.0 
 3. Bimbaite, LTU3.0 
 4. Lyttle, ESP3.0 
 5. Linkeviciene, LTU3.0 
 6. Skerovic, MNT3.0 
 7. Ndongue, FRA2.5 
 8. Kalentzou, GRE2.5 
 9. Skobel, POL2.5 
 10. Mayombo, BEL2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sandrine GRUDA
  FRA
  (194-C-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Gruda, FRA2.5 
 2. Kulichova, CZE2.0 
 3. Paugaite, LTU2.0 
 4. Burgrova, CZE2.0 
 5. Jurcenkova, SVK1.5 
 6. Ndongue, FRA1.5 
 7. Marginean, ROM1.5 
 8. Khomenchuk, UKR1.3 
 9. Bjelica, MNT1.0 
 10. Osipova, RUS1.0 


Standings Div.A (Women)
Standings
Group A
1. Lithuania2-0
2. Russia1-1
3. Turkey1-1
4. Slovakia0-2
Group B
1. Belarus2-0
2. Czech Rep.2-0
3. U.Kingdom0-2
4. Israel0-2
Group C
1. Montenegro.2-0
2. Poland1-1
3. Spain0-1
Group D
1. Croatia1-1
2. France1-1
3. Greece1-1
4. Latvia1-1
Group Qualif. Gr.A
1. Hungary4-0
2. Bulgaria2-2
3. Holland2-2
4. Ukraine1-3
5. Finland1-3
Group Qualif. Gr.B
1. Italy3-1
2. Germany3-2
3. Serbia2-2
4. Belgium1-3
5. Romania1-3


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  FIBA AMERICAS U16 - Women  


USA wins the Gold - by Eurobasket News
FINAL
USA - Brazil 73-40
USA won the Gold at the U16 FIBA Americas championship in Merida. They dominated during the entire event and finally blasted Brazil 73-40 for the Gold. The Silver belongs to Brazil of course. It is important to mention that both teams booked a place for the next U17 World Championships. Linnae Harper (5'8''-G-95) stepped up for USA in the Finals with 12 points and 5 rebounds. Jannah Tucker (5'11''-G-95) had 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, while Mercedes Russell (6'5''-C-95) helped with double-double of 10 points and 12 boards. In the loosing squad, Izabella Frederico (95) shined with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Their second scorer was Vitoria Domingos (96) with just 6 pts (5 rebs).
USA took control on Brazil from the very beginning. The Americans made 19-8 lead in the first ten minutes and continued with 21-10 in Q2. Nothing has changed after the breather as USA was simply too strong for Brazil. Third quarter ended with 23-9, after what USA slowed down and Brazil made 10-13 in the last ten minutes.
USA won the Group B with perfect 3-0 record and later eliminated Puerto Rico in the Semis.

Places 3-4
Puerto Rico - Canada 36-53
The Bronze belongs to Canada. They outplayed Puerto Rico 53-36 in the battle for third place at the U16 FIBA Americas championship in Merida. Thanks to this win, Canada also booked a spot for the next U17 World Championship. Puerto Rico stays without the medal at this event. Cheyanne Roger (188-C-95) was the only player with double-digits in scoring for Canada. She had 10 points and also grabbed 7 rebounds beside that. Emma Wolfram (193-C-95) (7 rebs) and Hilary Hanaka (175-G-96) helped with 8 points each. In the loosing squad, Claudia Ortiz (96) collected 10 points and 8 boards. Gileysa Quinones (97) stopped to 9 pts. Canada took control on Puerto Rico from the very beginning. They made 9-16 in the first ten minutes, but somehow stopped after that. Puerto Rico replied with 10-6 in the second period, but it was all from them in this game. Canada made 13-15 in third and 4-16 in the last quarter for the final 36-53 victory and Bronze medal in Merida.

Places 5-6
Argentina - Venezuela 82-33
Argentina finished U16 FIBA Americas Championship in Merida as No.5. They destroyed Venezuela last night 82-33 in the game for fifth place. Victoria Llorente (96) was unstoppable in victory with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Andrea Ledesma (97) also was great adding 20 points and 8 rebs. Ledesma was actually the MVP of this meeting with valuation 28. Sofia Aispurua (95) helped with 8 points and 14 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Daniela Wallen (95) collected 13 points and 5 rebounds. Maholy Lovera (96) had 8 pts and 5 rebs. Argentina was way better team during the entire game. They made 23-6 lead in the first ten minutes and later were just extending it in each period. They made 18-5 in Q2 and 28-7 in third frame. Argentina slowed down after that as the last ten minutes were just the formality.

Places 7-8
Mexico - Guatemala 86-23
Mexico avoided last place in Merida. The host of U16 FIBA Americas Championship smashed Guatemala 86-23 taking the seventh place at this event. Guatemala ended it winless. Daniela Soto (96) top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Ingrid Martinez (95) had double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Maria Lopez (96) (7 as) and Virginia Gonzalez (98) (6 rebs) netted 12 points each. Guatemala got 8 points from Elizabeth Gutierrez (97). Monica Ramirez (97) scored 4. Mexico dominated in all basketball elements against Guatemala. The hosts made 20-point lead in the first ten minutes and later were just increasing their plus. Quarters: 27-7, 19-4, 23-4, 17-8.


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  FRANCE - Women  


Latvia crushes France 59-56 in OT - by Eurobasket News
LATVIA - FRANCE 59-56 OT

It was the first game which went to OT so far at the EuroBasket in Poland and it also was the first loss for the defending champion. Latvia grabbed 59-56 thriller win against France joining them with 1-1 record in Group D. Croatia and Greece have the same numbers in this pool so it will be very exciting Day Three in Katowice. Elina Babkina (173-G-89, agency: LBM Management) exploded with 26 points for the winners today. Gunta Basko (181-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Siena) had 10 points and 6 rebounds, while Zane Tamane (200-C-83, college: W.Illinois) helped with double-double of 9 points and 15 rebs. In France, Endene Miyem (188-F-88) top-scored with 12 points. Sandrine Gruda (194-C-87) had 11 points and 6 rebs, and Edwige Lawson-Wade (166-PG-79) stopped to 9 pts, plus 5 rebs.
France made 13-16 in the first ten minutes and continued with 9-12 in Q2. Latvia improved after the breather and finished Q3 with 14-13. Elina Babkina and her teammates made 14-9 in the last period for 50-50 tie at the end of the regular time. Latvia was better 9-6 in OT for the first victory in Katowice.
Tomorrow, Latvia will meet Croatia. France will take on Greece.

Latvia: Elina Babkina 26, Gunta Basko 10+6 boards, Zane Tamane 9+15 boards
France: Endene Miyem 12, Sandrine Gruda 11+6 boards, Edwige Lawson-Wade 9+5 boards


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  GERMANY - Women  


Poland beats Germany 75-60 in Katowice - by Eurobasket News
GERMANY - POLAND 60-75

The host of EuroBasket 2011 registered first victory at this event. Poland was too strong for Germany handing them 75-60 loss. Poland will meet Spain tomorrow and it will be a decisive game for the second place. Even in case of defeat, Poland will advance to the next stage. Germany on the other side dropped to 0-2 and lost all chances for the next phase. Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) shined for the hosts with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Malgorzata Babicka (186-F/C-85, agency: Promotex) and Agnieszka Skobel (179-F-89) netted 11 pts each in victory. In Germany, Romy Bar (189-F-87, agency: LBM Management) came up with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Sarah Austmann (179-G/F-85) (5 rebs) and Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) posted 11 pts apiece. Poland celebrated in this game thanks to great played second half. Quarters: 19-23, 11-7, 15-24, 15-21.
As mentioned above, Poland will meet Spain tomorrow, while Germany will take on strong Montenegro.

Germany: Romy Bar 13+6 boards+5 as, Sarah Austmann 11+5 boards, Anne Breitreiner 11
Poland: Ewelina Kobryn 16+9 boards, Malgorzata Babicka 11, Agnieszka Skobel 11


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  GREECE - Women  


Sandra Mandir lifts Croatia to 65-63 thriller win against Greece - by Eurobasket News
CROATIA - GREECE 65-63

Thriller win for Croatia today in Katowice. They handed tiny 65-63 loss to Greece joining them with 1-1 record in Group D. Sandra Mandir (175-G-77) was the leading player in victory with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) scored 15 points, while Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) helped her team with 11 points, 9 boards and 5 assists. In Greece, Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds. Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) also scored 14 pts, while Olga Chatzinikolaou (181-G-81) and Anna Spyridopoulou (182-F-88) stopped to 9 points each.
Croatia had wonderful first half making 42-29 lead. Greece had 11-14 after the breather and they made 55-56 turn at the halfway of the last period. Later, teams went to the last 12 second with 72-72 tie. Croatia had a possession and Sandra Mandir made a winning jump shot with 2 seconds to go.
Tomorrow, Croatia will meet Latvia. Greece will play against the defending champion - France.

Croatia: Sandra Mandir 19+5 boards+5 as, Ana Lelas 15, Jelena Ivezic 11+9 boards+5 as
Greece: Styliani Kaltsidou 14+12 boards, Dimitra Kalentzou 14, Olga Chatzinikolaou 9, Anna Spyridopoulou 9


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  GUATEMALA - Women  


U16 Mexico avoids last place in Merida - by Eurobasket News
U16 MEXICO - U16 GUATEMALA 86-23

Mexico avoided last place in Merida. The host of U16 FIBA Americas Championship smashed Guatemala 86-23 taking the seventh place at this event. Guatemala ended it winless. Daniela Soto (96) top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Ingrid Martinez (95) had double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Maria Lopez (96) (7 as) and Virginia Gonzalez (98) (6 rebs) netted 12 points each. Guatemala got 8 points from Elizabeth Gutierrez (97). Monica Ramirez (97) scored 4. Mexico dominated in all basketball elements against Guatemala. The hosts made 20-point lead in the first ten minutes and later were just increasing their plus. Quarters: 27-7, 19-4, 23-4, 17-8.

Mexico: Daniela Soto 15, Ingrid Martinez 12+11 boards, Maria Lopez 12+7 as, Virginia Gonzalez 12+6 as
Guatemala: Elizabeth Gutierrez 8, Monica Ramirez 4


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  HOLLAND - Women  


Netherlands U20 bounce back against Great Britain U20 - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain U20 - Netherlands U20 57:81

Dutch U20 National Team overcame Great Britain in the second exhibition game in at Glamorgan Sports Park. The series finished with a 1-1 tie. Marlou De Kleijn (182-F-92) stepped up with 20 points to pace the visitors.
Great Britain led by two points after ten minutes of action 15:13. But Netherlands took over in the second frame. They ensured a 36:30 halftime lead. The Dutch team extended their lead in the third term. They boosted the margin to 16 points with one quarter remaining. Things hardly changed in the fourth quarter as the Dutch team confidently raced to the victory at the end. Zera Butter (179-G-92) provided 19 points and 6 steals for Netherlands. Kristie Sheils (170-G-91) notched 10 points to pace the hosts. Jessica Hurd (182-F-92) contributed 9 points for Great Britain.

Great Britain U20: Kristie Sheils 10, Jessica Hurd 9
Netherlands U20: Marlou De Kleijn 20, Zera Butter 19




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  ISRAEL - Women  


Belarus hands 68-41 loss to Israel, secures next stage - by Eurobasket News
ISRAEL - BELARUS 41-68

Belarus had another joyful day in Poland. After victory in Day One against United Kingdom, this time Belarus cruised past Israel 68-41 for 2-0 record in Group B. With this win, Belarus already secured a spot for the next stage. Israel dropped to 0-2. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) was the leading player in victory with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Natalia Marchanka (170-G-79) scored 11, while Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) (9 rebs) and Tatyana Troina (188-F-81, college: S.Carolina) (6 rebs) added 9 points each. In defeat, Liron Cohen (173-G-82) was the only player with double-digits (12 points). Shay Doron (175-F-85, college: Maryland) and Katia Levitsky (190-C-85, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Villanova) stopped to 8 points each. Belarus took control on Israel from the early beginning. They made 12-18 lead in the first ten minutes and jumped to plus 8 until the halftime. Tatsiana Likhtarovich and her teammates had double-digit lead after 30 minutes and in the last quarter smashed Israel 21-5 for the final 68-41 victory.
In the last day of the first stage, Belarus will meet Czech Republic. Israel will play against UK.

Israel: Liron Cohen 12, Shay Doron 8, Katia Levitsky 8
Belarus: Tatsiana Likhtarovich 13+5 boards, Natalia Marchanka 11, Katerina Snytsina 9+9 boards, Tatyana Troina 9+6 boards


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  ITALY - Women  


Courtney Ward and Milica Micovic join Pozzuoli - by Eurobasket News
Pozzuoli started to shape up their roster for the next season. They landed Courtney Ward (170-G-89, college: Florida St.), Milica Micovic (182-G-84, agency: Players Group), Angela Zampella (170-G-78, college: St.Joseph's) and Melissa Fazio (182-F-79, college: St.Bonaventure).
Courtney Ward signed her first pro contract. The 21-year-old guard just graduated from the Florida State University. She averaged 12.1 points, 4.1 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game in her senior season. Courtney Ward made it into All-ACC 3rd Team.
Milica Micovic comes from Vomero Basket Napoli. The Serbian guard tallied 6.3 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game last season. Previously Milica Milovac had stints with Parma, Carugate, Bologna, Viterbo.
Another guard for Pozzuoli is Angela Zampella. She played for Comense during 2010/11 season. Angela Zampella notched 9.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.0 steals per appearance. Angela Zampella used to play in Chieti, Schio, Celta Vigo, TTT Riga and Faenza before.
Melissa Fazio also played for Comense in the previous season. The 31-year-old forward posted 10.2 points, 3.2 steals and 3.0 rebounds per game in A1.




Bracco Geas land Irina Crasnoscioc - by Eurobasket News
Bracco Geas strengthened their frontcourt. They have agreed on terms of contract with Irina Crasnoscioc (191-F-81). The Moldovan forward spent the previous season in Pozzuoli. She tallied 6.7 points, 4.2 boards and 2.5 steals per game in A1. Previously Irina Crasnoscioc had stints in Hungary, Ukraine, Romania and Russia. Irina Crasnoscioc was named Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian UBL Forward of the Year in 2009. She was also trumped Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Bosman Player of the Year in 2010. Irina Crasnoscioc is the member of Moldovan National Team.
In the meantime Bracco Geas parted ways with Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati). The Swiss guard spent the last two seasons with the team. Last season Karen Twehues averaged 6.0 points, 1.1 boards and 1.1 steals per game in A1.




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  LATVIA - Women  


Latvia crushes France 59-56 in OT - by Eurobasket News
LATVIA - FRANCE 59-56 OT

It was the first game which went to OT so far at the EuroBasket in Poland and it also was the first loss for the defending champion. Latvia grabbed 59-56 thriller win against France joining them with 1-1 record in Group D. Croatia and Greece have the same numbers in this pool so it will be very exciting Day Three in Katowice. Elina Babkina (173-G-89, agency: LBM Management) exploded with 26 points for the winners today. Gunta Basko (181-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Siena) had 10 points and 6 rebounds, while Zane Tamane (200-C-83, college: W.Illinois) helped with double-double of 9 points and 15 rebs. In France, Endene Miyem (188-F-88) top-scored with 12 points. Sandrine Gruda (194-C-87) had 11 points and 6 rebs, and Edwige Lawson-Wade (166-PG-79) stopped to 9 pts, plus 5 rebs.
France made 13-16 in the first ten minutes and continued with 9-12 in Q2. Latvia improved after the breather and finished Q3 with 14-13. Elina Babkina and her teammates made 14-9 in the last period for 50-50 tie at the end of the regular time. Latvia was better 9-6 in OT for the first victory in Katowice.
Tomorrow, Latvia will meet Croatia. France will take on Greece.

Latvia: Elina Babkina 26, Gunta Basko 10+6 boards, Zane Tamane 9+15 boards
France: Endene Miyem 12, Sandrine Gruda 11+6 boards, Edwige Lawson-Wade 9+5 boards


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Lithuania beats Russia 76-64 for 2-0 record in Bydgoszcz - by Eurobasket News
LITHUANIA - RUSSIA 76-64

Lithuania was too strong for Russia 76-64 jumping to 2-0 record in Group A. It means that Lithuania already secured first place in this pool and spot for the next stage. Egle Sulciute (190-F-85) and Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82) stepped up for the winners with 20 points each. They had 8 and 6 rebounds respectively. Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82) secured a great help adding 19 points and 5 assists. Maria Stepanova (203-C-79) replied with double-double in defeat: 17 pts and 13 rebs. Olga Arteshina (183-F-82) and Liudmila Sapova (185-F/C-84) had 12 and 10 points respectively. Despite this loss, Russia is also sure for the next stage. Tomorrow, they will meet Turkey, while Lithuania will play against Slovakia.
*Russia had taken control in this match for the beginning of the game. Russian started the game with 5:0 run. Lithuania got back in this quarter in the middle of the first quarter. After Egle Sulciute shot, they lead 10:9. The both teams were playing basket for basket, the quarter finished with a tie 16:16. In the second quarter both teams presented hard defense, according to this fact they have much problems with scoring points. In this time neither team was able to elaborate big advantage, in the first half we had got 10 lead changes. When we had got 1:30 to play in the second quarter Russian had a 4 point lead 28:32 that was the biggest advantage in this quarter. Lithuanian coach had to call a timeout. After that Russian coach wants to talk with his team twice. Thanks to dominating the boards and second chance points Russian won the first half by 5 30:35.
Lithuanian team started the third quarter with the big run. After three minutes and Rima Valentiene (170-G-78) 3 point shot they had taken the 2 point lead - 41:39. Maria Stepanova automatically responded and the score was tie 41:41. Then Lithuania after 2 straight three point shots by Egle Sulciute elaborate 8 points advantage 53:45. Russia tried to make up for a loss, but after three quarter they were losing by 4 56:52. Russia continued good run in the beginning of the fourth quarter and with 7:20 to play they reduced Lithuanian advantage to the 2 points, after another 80 seconds and Liudmila Sapova (185-F/C-84) three point shot we had got a one point game for Lithuania 61:60. Russian made some easy mistakes and after another two minutes Lithuania lead by 5 66:61. Russia was down by 7 68:61 with 1:24 to play in the fourth and Boris Sokolovsky called a timeout. Russian players have got free throws, but they missed them Lithuania was better at this element of the game and thanks to it they have won this game 76:64. (*by Lukasz Lukaszewski)

Lithuania: Egle Sulciute 20+8 boards, Ausra Bimbaite 20+6 boards, Sandra Linkeviciene 19+5 as
Russia: Maria Stepanova 17+13 boards, Olga Arteshina 12, Liudmila Sapova 10


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  MEXICO - Women  


U16 Mexico avoids last place in Merida - by Eurobasket News
U16 MEXICO - U16 GUATEMALA 86-23

Mexico avoided last place in Merida. The host of U16 FIBA Americas Championship smashed Guatemala 86-23 taking the seventh place at this event. Guatemala ended it winless. Daniela Soto (96) top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Ingrid Martinez (95) had double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Maria Lopez (96) (7 as) and Virginia Gonzalez (98) (6 rebs) netted 12 points each. Guatemala got 8 points from Elizabeth Gutierrez (97). Monica Ramirez (97) scored 4. Mexico dominated in all basketball elements against Guatemala. The hosts made 20-point lead in the first ten minutes and later were just increasing their plus. Quarters: 27-7, 19-4, 23-4, 17-8.

Mexico: Daniela Soto 15, Ingrid Martinez 12+11 boards, Maria Lopez 12+7 as, Virginia Gonzalez 12+6 as
Guatemala: Elizabeth Gutierrez 8, Monica Ramirez 4


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  MOLDOVA - Women  


Bracco Geas land Irina Crasnoscioc - by Eurobasket News
Bracco Geas strengthened their frontcourt. They have agreed on terms of contract with Irina Crasnoscioc (191-F-81). The Moldovan forward spent the previous season in Pozzuoli. She tallied 6.7 points, 4.2 boards and 2.5 steals per game in A1. Previously Irina Crasnoscioc had stints in Hungary, Ukraine, Romania and Russia. Irina Crasnoscioc was named Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian UBL Forward of the Year in 2009. She was also trumped Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Bosman Player of the Year in 2010. Irina Crasnoscioc is the member of Moldovan National Team.
In the meantime Bracco Geas parted ways with Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati). The Swiss guard spent the last two seasons with the team. Last season Karen Twehues averaged 6.0 points, 1.1 boards and 1.1 steals per game in A1.




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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


Montenegro shocks Spain 66-57, secures first place in Group C - by Eurobasket News
MONTENEGRO - SPAIN 66-57

Another wonderful performance by Montenegro in Katowice. After victory against Poland in Day One, Montenegro shocked Spain today handing them 66-57 loss for perfect 2-0 record. With this win, Montenegro already secured first place in Group C and of course booked a spot for the next stage. Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) came up with 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. She had valuation 22 and was the MVP of this meeting. Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had double-double of 13 points and 11 boards, while Ana Turcinovic (190-C-93) helped with 11 points and 5 rebs. In defeat, Alba Torrens (188-F-89) shined with 25 points and 5 rebs. Anna Montanana (186-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: George Washington) had 11 pts and 5 rebs, and Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) added 8 points. Spain dropped to 1-1 and now shares the second place with Poland.
Montenegro did a great job in the first half making 39-31 lead. Spain cut the margin for one point in Q3, but Montenegro ended last ten minutes with 12-10 for the final 66-57 victory.
Tomorrow, Montenegro will meet Germany and this game will be just the formality. Spain will take on Poland in the battle for the second place.

Montenegro: Iva Perovanovic 18+9 boards, Jelena Skerovic 13+11 boards, Ana Turcinovic 11+5 boards
Spain: Alba Torrens 25+5 boards, Anna Montanana 11+5 boards, Sancho Lyttle 8


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  NCAA1 - Women  


U16 USA wins the Gold in Merida - by Eurobasket News
U16 USA - U16 BRAZIL 73-40

USA won the Gold at the U16 FIBA Americas championship in Merida. They dominated during the entire event and finally blasted Brazil 73-40 for the Gold. The Silver belongs to Brazil of course. It is important to mention that both teams booked a place for the next U17 World Championships. Linnae Harper (5'8''-G-95) stepped up for USA in the Finals with 12 points and 5 rebounds. Jannah Tucker (5'11''-G-95) had 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, while Mercedes Russell (6'5''-C-95) helped with double-double of 10 points and 12 boards. In the loosing squad, Izabella Frederico (95) shined with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Their second scorer was Vitoria Domingos (96) with just 6 pts (5 rebs).
USA took control on Brazil from the very beginning. The Americans made 19-8 lead in the first ten minutes and continued with 21-10 in Q2. Nothing has changed after the breather as USA was simply too strong for Brazil. Third quarter ended with 23-9, after what USA slowed down and Brazil made 10-13 in the last ten minutes.
USA won the Group B with perfect 3-0 record and later eliminated Puerto Rico in the Semis.

USA: Linnae Harper 12+5 boards, Jannah Tucker 11+5 boards+5 as, Mercedes Russell 10+12 boards
Brazil: Izabella Frederico 19+5 boards, Vitoria Domingos 6+5 boards


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  NEW ZEALAND - Women  


Australia eke out narrow win over New Zealand - by Eurobasket News
Australia - New Zealand 79:74

Australian Opals celebrated the first win at the Qi Yi Cup tournament in China. They toppled their archrivals New Zealand in a tough fight yesterday. Abby Bishop (189-C-88) led the winners with 21 points. It was a tough battle from start to finish. The teams traded baskets throughout the first half. Australia and New Zealand were tied at 39 at halftime. The Opals managed to clear off in the third term. They earned an 8-point lead before stretching it to 10 points in the final period. But the Tall Ferns found an answer. They cut the distance to just two points late in regulation 69:71. Australia reacted with six points in a row and rolled to a difficult win at the end. Jillian Harmon (185-F-87, college: Stanford) answered with 21 points for New Zealand. Lisa Wallbutton (183-C/F-86) accounted for 16 points, while Micaela Cocks (173-G-86, college: Oregon), Antonia
Edmondson and Natalie Taylor (178-F, college: S.Illinois) added 11 points each in the loss.
Australia will face China, while Tall Ferns will take on Brazil tonight.




Brazil finish Qi Yi Cup with win over New Zealand - by Eurobasket News
Brazil - New Zealand 73:62

Brazil recorded the second win at the Qi Yi Cup tournament in China. They toppled New Zealand to finish at 2-1 record in the second place in the ladder. Tall Ferns suffered their third straight defeat. Clarissa Santos (186-C-88) knocked down 23 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the Latin American team.
Brazil stunned their opponents early. They outscored Tall Ferns 22:12 in the starting frame. Brazil kept New Zealand at bay throughout the second term. Tall Ferns faced a 24:37 halftime deficit. Things hardly changed in the third term. Brazil knocked down 23 points to take a 22-point advantage heading into the fourth frame. The Kiwis showed character cutting the deficit in the final term but Brazil were never threatened en route to the victory. Palmira Marcal (177-G-84) notched 13 points for Brazil. Franciele Nascimento (191-C-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Jaqueline Silvestre (178-F-86) netted 8 points apiece in the victory. Lisa Wallbutton (183-C/F-86) responded with 16 points for New Zealand. Jillian Harmon (185-F-87, college: Stanford) accounted for 14 points in the loss.

Brazil: Clarissa Santos 23, Palmira Marcal 13, Franciele Nascimento 8, Jaqueline Silvestre 8
New Zealand: Lisa Wallbutton 16, Jillian Harmon 14



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  POLAND - Women  


Poland beats Germany 75-60 in Katowice - by Eurobasket News
GERMANY - POLAND 60-75

The host of EuroBasket 2011 registered first victory at this event. Poland was too strong for Germany handing them 75-60 loss. Poland will meet Spain tomorrow and it will be a decisive game for the second place. Even in case of defeat, Poland will advance to the next stage. Germany on the other side dropped to 0-2 and lost all chances for the next phase. Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) shined for the hosts with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Malgorzata Babicka (186-F/C-85, agency: Promotex) and Agnieszka Skobel (179-F-89) netted 11 pts each in victory. In Germany, Romy Bar (189-F-87, agency: LBM Management) came up with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Sarah Austmann (179-G/F-85) (5 rebs) and Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) posted 11 pts apiece. Poland celebrated in this game thanks to great played second half. Quarters: 19-23, 11-7, 15-24, 15-21.
As mentioned above, Poland will meet Spain tomorrow, while Germany will take on strong Montenegro.

Germany: Romy Bar 13+6 boards+5 as, Sarah Austmann 11+5 boards, Anne Breitreiner 11
Poland: Ewelina Kobryn 16+9 boards, Malgorzata Babicka 11, Agnieszka Skobel 11


Poland take revenge in Pesaro - by Eurobasket News
Italy U20 - Poland U20 38:67

Polish U20 National Team avenged the loss in the starting game and rolled past Italian counterparts in test game in Pesaro. Malgorzata Misiuk (184-F-91) stepped up with 22 points to pace the visitors to a comfortable victory.
Poland limited the hosts to 10 points in the opening frame and recorded a 9-point lead. More to come in the second period as Poland stretched the lead to as many as 16 points 34:18 at the interval. The third term turned disastrous for the hosts. Italy accounted for just 6 points and faced an insurmountable 31-point deficit before the fourth quarter. Poland cruised to the victory afterwards. Magdalena Zietara (170-G/F-92) delivered 12 points for Poland. Paulina Kuras (170-G-92) contributed 9 points in the victory. The teams will meet again tonight.




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  PUERTO RICO - Women  


U16 FIBA Americas championship: Canada wins the Bronze in Merida - by Eurobasket News
U16 PUERTO RICO - U16 CANADA 36-53

The Bronze belongs to Canada. They outplayed Puerto Rico 53-36 in the battle for third place at the U16 FIBA Americas championship in Merida. Thanks to this win, Canada also booked a spot for the next U17 World Championship. Puerto Rico stays without the medal at this event. Cheyanne Roger (188-C-95) was the only player with double-digits in scoring for Canada. She had 10 points and also grabbed 7 rebounds beside that. Emma Wolfram (193-C-95) (7 rebs) and Hilary Hanaka (175-G-96) helped with 8 points each. In the loosing squad, Claudia Ortiz (96) collected 10 points and 8 boards. Gileysa Quinones (97) stopped to 9 pts. Canada took control on Puerto Rico from the very beginning. They made 9-16 in the first ten minutes, but somehow stopped after that. Puerto Rico replied with 10-6 in the second period, but it was all from them in this game. Canada made 13-15 in third and 4-16 in the last quarter for the final 36-53 victory and Bronze medal in Merida.

Puerto Rico: Claudia Ortiz 10+8 boards, Gileysa Quinones 9
Canada: Cheyanne Roger 10+7 boards, Emma Wolfram 8+7 boards, Hilary Hanaka 8


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Lithuania beats Russia 76-64 for 2-0 record in Bydgoszcz - by Eurobasket News
LITHUANIA - RUSSIA 76-64

Lithuania was too strong for Russia 76-64 jumping to 2-0 record in Group A. It means that Lithuania already secured first place in this pool and spot for the next stage. Egle Sulciute (190-F-85) and Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82) stepped up for the winners with 20 points each. They had 8 and 6 rebounds respectively. Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82) secured a great help adding 19 points and 5 assists. Maria Stepanova (203-C-79) replied with double-double in defeat: 17 pts and 13 rebs. Olga Arteshina (183-F-82) and Liudmila Sapova (185-F/C-84) had 12 and 10 points respectively. Despite this loss, Russia is also sure for the next stage. Tomorrow, they will meet Turkey, while Lithuania will play against Slovakia.
*Russia had taken control in this match for the beginning of the game. Russian started the game with 5:0 run. Lithuania got back in this quarter in the middle of the first quarter. After Egle Sulciute shot, they lead 10:9. The both teams were playing basket for basket, the quarter finished with a tie 16:16. In the second quarter both teams presented hard defense, according to this fact they have much problems with scoring points. In this time neither team was able to elaborate big advantage, in the first half we had got 10 lead changes. When we had got 1:30 to play in the second quarter Russian had a 4 point lead 28:32 that was the biggest advantage in this quarter. Lithuanian coach had to call a timeout. After that Russian coach wants to talk with his team twice. Thanks to dominating the boards and second chance points Russian won the first half by 5 30:35.
Lithuanian team started the third quarter with the big run. After three minutes and Rima Valentiene (170-G-78) 3 point shot they had taken the 2 point lead - 41:39. Maria Stepanova automatically responded and the score was tie 41:41. Then Lithuania after 2 straight three point shots by Egle Sulciute elaborate 8 points advantage 53:45. Russia tried to make up for a loss, but after three quarter they were losing by 4 56:52. Russia continued good run in the beginning of the fourth quarter and with 7:20 to play they reduced Lithuanian advantage to the 2 points, after another 80 seconds and Liudmila Sapova (185-F/C-84) three point shot we had got a one point game for Lithuania 61:60. Russian made some easy mistakes and after another two minutes Lithuania lead by 5 66:61. Russia was down by 7 68:61 with 1:24 to play in the fourth and Boris Sokolovsky called a timeout. Russian players have got free throws, but they missed them Lithuania was better at this element of the game and thanks to it they have won this game 76:64. (*by Lukasz Lukaszewski)

Lithuania: Egle Sulciute 20+8 boards, Ausra Bimbaite 20+6 boards, Sandra Linkeviciene 19+5 as
Russia: Maria Stepanova 17+13 boards, Olga Arteshina 12, Liudmila Sapova 10


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Turkey takes valuable win against Slovakia - by Eurobasket News
SLOVAKIA - TURKEY 60-76

Turkey registered first victory at the EuroBasket 2011 in Poland. They outplayed Slovakia today 76-60 mostly thanks to Birsel Vardarli (174-G-80), who had 20 points and 6 rebounds. She reached valuation 24 and was the MVP of this meeting. Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) secured a great help adding 14 points, while Isil Alben (170-G-86) and Bahar Caglar (186-F-88) netted 9 pts each. On the other side, Slovakia got 15 points from Erin Marie Lawless (188-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Purdue). Romana Vynuchalova (192-C/F-86, college: Penn St.) and Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) had 10 points each. Slovakia dropped to 0-2 in Group A. They already lost all chances to reach the next stage, despite there is one more round to be played. With this victory Turkey secured at least third place, what is enough for the next phase. Third quarter was the crucial one in this game. Quarters: 18-21, 14-17, 9-24, 19-14.
In the last day of Stage One, Turkey will meet Russia in the game for the second place. Slovakia will take on Lithuania.

Slovakia: Erin Marie Lawless 15, Romana Vynuchalova 10, Klaudia Lukacovicova 10
Turkey: Birsel Vardarli 20+6 boards, Nevriye Yilmaz 14, Isil Alben 9, Bahar Caglar 9


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  SPAIN - Women  


Montenegro shocks Spain 66-57, secures first place in Group C - by Eurobasket News
MONTENEGRO - SPAIN 66-57

Another wonderful performance by Montenegro in Katowice. After victory against Poland in Day One, Montenegro shocked Spain today handing them 66-57 loss for perfect 2-0 record. With this win, Montenegro already secured first place in Group C and of course booked a spot for the next stage. Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) came up with 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. She had valuation 22 and was the MVP of this meeting. Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had double-double of 13 points and 11 boards, while Ana Turcinovic (190-C-93) helped with 11 points and 5 rebs. In defeat, Alba Torrens (188-F-89) shined with 25 points and 5 rebs. Anna Montanana (186-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: George Washington) had 11 pts and 5 rebs, and Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) added 8 points. Spain dropped to 1-1 and now shares the second place with Poland.
Montenegro did a great job in the first half making 39-31 lead. Spain cut the margin for one point in Q3, but Montenegro ended last ten minutes with 12-10 for the final 66-57 victory.
Tomorrow, Montenegro will meet Germany and this game will be just the formality. Spain will take on Poland in the battle for the second place.

Montenegro: Iva Perovanovic 18+9 boards, Jelena Skerovic 13+11 boards, Ana Turcinovic 11+5 boards
Spain: Alba Torrens 25+5 boards, Anna Montanana 11+5 boards, Sancho Lyttle 8


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  TURKEY - Women  


Turkey takes valuable win against Slovakia - by Eurobasket News
SLOVAKIA - TURKEY 60-76

Turkey registered first victory at the EuroBasket 2011 in Poland. They outplayed Slovakia today 76-60 mostly thanks to Birsel Vardarli (174-G-80), who had 20 points and 6 rebounds. She reached valuation 24 and was the MVP of this meeting. Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) secured a great help adding 14 points, while Isil Alben (170-G-86) and Bahar Caglar (186-F-88) netted 9 pts each. On the other side, Slovakia got 15 points from Erin Marie Lawless (188-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Purdue). Romana Vynuchalova (192-C/F-86, college: Penn St.) and Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) had 10 points each. Slovakia dropped to 0-2 in Group A. They already lost all chances to reach the next stage, despite there is one more round to be played. With this victory Turkey secured at least third place, what is enough for the next phase. Third quarter was the crucial one in this game. Quarters: 18-21, 14-17, 9-24, 19-14.
In the last day of Stage One, Turkey will meet Russia in the game for the second place. Slovakia will take on Lithuania.

Slovakia: Erin Marie Lawless 15, Romana Vynuchalova 10, Klaudia Lukacovicova 10
Turkey: Birsel Vardarli 20+6 boards, Nevriye Yilmaz 14, Isil Alben 9, Bahar Caglar 9


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  UKRAINE - Women  


Tim-Scuf wins UPBL 2011! - by Eurobasket News
Tim-Scuf wins UPBL 2011 as they overcame Dnipro in the Final 88:63. The game was mostly controlled by Tim-Scuf. Dnipro-DVUFK managed to win fourth quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Tim-Scuf forced 23 Dnipro-DVUFK turnovers and outrebounded them 50-31 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Kateryna Dorogobuzova (187-F-90) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Center Miriam Uro-Nile (190-C-94) contributed with 23 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. International center Taisiia Bovykina (190-C-89, agency: LBM Management) answered with 10 points and 5 rebounds and international guard Alina Iagupova added 15 points in the effort for Dnipro-DVUFK.
In the game for the third place Kozachka outscored Frankivsk 95:74. The winners led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Kozachka outrebounded Frankivsk 49-31 including 34 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three nailing 17 long-distance shots on high 65.4 percentage. Kozachka brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. International forward Anna Pokoiova stepped up and scored 26 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and the former international forward Ganna Zarytska (182-F-86, agency: Data Plus Group) chipped in 19 points and 13 rebounds. Four Kozachka players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Viktoriya Pazyuk responded with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and international guard Arina Markotenko (170-G-89) scored 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.
The League also announced the best players of the League. Isachenko from Tim-Skuf became the best Guard, while Taisiia Bovykina from Dnipro received the best Forward position. Olena Zherzherunova (191-F-78, agency: LBM Management) from Kozachka was named the best Center and MVP of the short season was awarded to Kimberly Williams (168-G-74, agency: Merit Sports, college: De Paul).


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Alina IAGUPOVA
  Dnipr.
  (181-G-92)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Iagupova, Dnipr.20.4 
 2. Ragin, Dynamo19.9 
 3. Williams, Dnipr.18.1 
 4. Maznichenko, Tim-S.18.1 
 5. Rastorgueva, Donb.18.1 
 6. Markotenko, Frank.17.9 
 7. Yakunina, Lugans.17.4 
 8. Lubarskaya, Dynamo17.1 
 9. Rymarenko, Dynamo16.5 
 10. Staschuk, Orlan16.0 
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. Zarytska, Kozachka9.6 
 6. Maznichenko, Tim-S.9.5 
 7. Zherzherunov., Koz.9.4 
 8. Rymarenko, Dynamo9.4 
 9. Yakunina, Lugans.9.0 
 10. Bovykina, Dnipr.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Alisa SIROMATNIKOVA
  Yuzhna P.
  (165-G-87)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Siromatnikov., Yuz.5.8 
 2. Dubrovina, Kozach.5.8 
 3. Sharovka, Tim-Scuf5.0 
 4. Williams, Dnipr.4.6 
 5. Iagupova, Dnipr.4.5 
 6. Dubas, Frankivsk4.5 
 7. Voronova, Polite.4.1 
 8. Kochubei, Tim-Scuf4.1 
 9. Lapshynova, Polite.4.0 
 10. Kashlei, Orlan3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Anna DOMORATSKA
  Dnipr.
  (178-F-86)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Domoratska, Dnipr.3.4 
 2. Dubrovina, Kozach.3.3 
 3. Williams, Dnipr.3.2 
 4. Sharovka, Tim-Scuf3.1 
 5. Markotenko, Frank.3.1 
 6. Iagupova, Dnipr.3.0 
 7. Isachenko, Tim-S.2.4 
 8. Dubas, Frankivsk2.3 
 9. Zherzherunov., Koz.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.1.5 
 5. Bovykina, Dnipr.1.3 
 6. Zherzherunov., Koz.1.1 
 7. Maznichenko, Tim-S.1.0 
 8. Kisilova, Kozachka1.0 
 9. Yakunina, Lugans.1.0 
 10. Staschuk, Orlan0.9 


Standings (Women)
UPBL Standings
 1. Tim-Scuf 16-2 
 2. Kozachka 15-3 
 3. Dnipro-DVUFK 11-7 
 4. Frankivsk 11-7 
 5. Dynamo 10-8 
 6. Politeh Basket 8-10 
 7. Orlan 8-10 
 8. Yuzhna Palmira 6-12 
 9. Donbas 5-13 
 10. Luganski Last. 0-18 


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Netherlands U20 bounce back against Great Britain U20 - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain U20 - Netherlands U20 57:81

Dutch U20 National Team overcame Great Britain in the second exhibition game in at Glamorgan Sports Park. The series finished with a 1-1 tie. Marlou De Kleijn (182-F-92) stepped up with 20 points to pace the visitors.
Great Britain led by two points after ten minutes of action 15:13. But Netherlands took over in the second frame. They ensured a 36:30 halftime lead. The Dutch team extended their lead in the third term. They boosted the margin to 16 points with one quarter remaining. Things hardly changed in the fourth quarter as the Dutch team confidently raced to the victory at the end. Zera Butter (179-G-92) provided 19 points and 6 steals for Netherlands. Kristie Sheils (170-G-91) notched 10 points to pace the hosts. Jessica Hurd (182-F-92) contributed 9 points for Great Britain.

Great Britain U20: Kristie Sheils 10, Jessica Hurd 9
Netherlands U20: Marlou De Kleijn 20, Zera Butter 19




Czech Republic cruises past UK 60-45 to stay perfect in Bydgoszcz - by Eurobasket News
UNITED KINGDOM - CZECH REPUBLIC 45-60

Czech Republic registered another victory at the EuroBasket in Poland. This time they handed 60-45 loss to United Kingdom for perfect 2-0 record in Group B. The reigning World champion already secured a spot for the next stage and they will meet Belarus tomorrow in the battle for the first place in this group. UK on the other side dropped to 0-2 and will have to beat Israel to win third place. Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) shined for the winners with 27 points and 6 rebounds (6 triples, valuation 26). Jana Vesela (192-F-83) had 10 points and 7 rebs, while Ilona Burgrova (196-C-84, college: S.Carolina) added 8 points and 9 rebs. In defeat, Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87, college: Franklin Pierce) delivered 14 points. JulieAnne Page (188-F/C-83, college: E.Washington) and Rose Anderson (175-G-88) scored 7 pts each.
*The beginning of the game was very nervous. Czech Republic and Great Britain missed some easy shots, after two minutes the score was tie 2:2. In the middle of the quarter Czech Republic had got 1 point advantage 4:5. After Johannah Leedham 4 straight points Great Britain have taken the 3 point lead and Czech Republic coach called the timeout. Then Johannah Leedham added three points shot and Great Britain was leading by 6 ! The first quarter finished with the score 13:9 for the Great Britain. Czech Republic made a great start of the second quarter - Jana Vesela (192-F-83) and Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) hit the three and now the Czech Republic had got a lead. Great Britain cannot find a shot for three minutes, until Johannah Leedham hit another three point shot. After Katerina Elhotova 3 points Czech Republic had got 7 points advantage (23:16) and British coach Tom Maher wanted to talk with his players. Great Britain tried to make up for a loss. With 2:00 minutes to go in the second Czech Republic had got a 6 point lead 27:21. In the middle of the game Czech Republic had got 4 point advantage 23:27. In the first half of the third quarter Czech Republic tripled the advantage British coach must call a timeout. Great Britain had been trying to get back in this game, but the Czech Republic did not allow it. Czechs had been controlling the game and before the last quarter they were leading by 13 points 35:48. Although the British team effort in the last quarter, nothing has changed. Czech Republic controlled the game and outscored Great Britain. That was a second straight win of silver medalist last world championships. (*by Lukasz Lukaszewski)

UK: Johannah Leedham 14, JulieAnne Page 7, Rose Anderson 7
Czech Republic: Katerina Elhotova 27+6 boards, Jana Vesela 10+7 boards, Ilona Burgrova 8+9 boards


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WUSBA fall season ready to tip off; Opening day is August 27, 2011 - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga. (June 19, 2011) ----There will be professional women's basketball this fall. The Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA), a new professional basketball league, will be dribbling onto the hardwood on August 27, 2011, with its concentration of teams in the southeast United States.

The newly organized WUSBA will begin play with sixteen franchises. The league is scheduled to begin its inaugural season this coming fall.

The newly formed league plans to operate four divisions. Each division will house four teams. Each team will play a twenty six game schedule. Home arena sites have already been approved and an approved schedule is complete. 'The WUSBA is set and ready to roll,' said WUSBA president and C.E.O. Duane Jenkins.

'The league had plans to initiate a women's league to play in the summer, however some of the gymnasiums contracted by the league did not have central air conditioning and with the absence of abundance of professional womens basketball in the United States, we felt to activate the WUSBA in the fall is a better and safer fit,' said WUSBA president Duane Jenkins. 'We believe they can use the WUSBA to provide an additional place for players to the showcase their skills and to earn a reasonable living while playing.'

The WUSBA, based in Atlanta, Georgia has begun marketing itself as the right balance between the NCAA and the various professional leagues and teams around Europe . Women, who wish to continue their professional career, now have an additional organized league to play within the United States.

'We're ready to put a good product on the floor and make it affordable for the fans,' said Jenkins, a businessman from Atlanta. Women play on a very high level, and their opportunities here in the states are limited, the WUSBA will provide competitive league play and top quality entertainment for the fans.'

As a way to attract fans, Jenkins said the WUSBA plans a multitude of value-added activities for families, such as the WUSBA Season Ticket Extravaganza and the Single Ticket Extravaganza. 'These promotions are a joint promotion with our sponsors and advertisers. 'We really want to make this a total entertainment package for the families in our communities,' Jenkins said.

'The WUSBA is a great basketball program, and we feel like we could be a real benefit to female basketball players, said Mr. Jenkins 'We will be a good fit to assist them continue their careers.'

So far we have had positive response from a great many people, particularly on the upper level of womens basketball and we have seen a lot of response from European basketball players inquiring to be placed on a team.

This new organization has vowed to bring competitive basketball to each city. 'The basketball size and three point line will be standard for all teams,' Jenkins said. 'Plenty of talented players come from the college ranks. ' 'We want to be a reliable league for women's basketball, the same way the AFL was to the NFL, before the merge was developed, at this point we do not have the backing of other professional leagues, but who knows what the future holds.'

Many American players choose to go overseas in September of each year to take advantage the good salaries and competitive play of European professional leagues. 'Most of them don't have anywhere else to play here in the states, this will give players a place to play while there at home,' Jenkins said. He added that he is confident Southeastern United States sports fans will turn out to see the new WUSBA this coming season. People support women's basketball as much as they do the men, what we've done is given the game of basketball more variety.

The teams will be split into the following divisions:

The Appalachian Division consists of, the West Virginia Capitals, the Chattanooga Royal, the Knoxville Reign and the Nashville Thunder;

The Atlantic Division will be comprised of the Charleston Cadets, the Richmond Colonials, the Savannah Seahawks and the Jacksonville Surf.

The Southern Division is the Atlanta Platinum, the Birmingham Starz, the Macon Storm and the Montgomery Spirit

The Piedmont Division will field the Charlotte Blue Wave, the Columbia Breeze, the Augusta Raging River and the Winston Salem Cardinals.

Jenkins noted, 'The WUSBA teams will have an advantage over other leagues in that they are the only women's minor league in the states to play in the fall and since we pay our players compensation, this places us in a great position, to us that's a great place to be.'

He also noted that the investors and the sponsors unanimously supported this move into women's professional basketball. 'The WUSBA give us an unfettered involvement in professional basketball. We are confident our investments in the world of basketball are now safe.'

The players receive a compensation package of $350.00 per week, a daily meal at Golden Corral Buffet Restaurants, housing and commissions on sponsorship sales.

Everyone we spoke to about the WUSBA, agreed with us, the timing is perfect and all of the venues we approached to rent their arena gave us 100% of their support,' said Jenkins



WUSBA will travel to Europe in February 2012 for series of basketball games - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Georgia. (June 19, 2011) ------Headlined by the opportunity for American basketball players, the Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) will take three teams to Europe in February 2012 to play a series of games against a host of International teams. 'We will select the very best of the players who play in our league to travel with us to showcase American talent to the Europeans', said WUSBA president Duane Jenkins. 'With any luck we will help them get signed with some of these European teams'. The trip was originally schedule for month of September of 2011. The dates were changed when the league moved their season from the summer to the fall.

The teams to be included in the rosters are three teams of 12 players plus three coaches per team, all who recently completed their inaugural season playing in the WUSBA fall basketball league. Led by WUSBA Director of Basketball Personnel, Terry Truax, the 2012 WUSBA International Travel Team basketball teams will depart from Atlanta on February 1, 2012 for a ten-game tour of top European professional basketball teams. The WUSBA squads will face professional teams in France, Finland, Denmark, Italy, Germany, Holland, Norway, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom during the fifteen day trip. The teams will return to the United States on or about the 17th of February.

'This is a really good chance for us to start developing our identity as a professional league,' said Truax. 'It's a good starter course for our players; this will help us with our core commitment to help these young women get jobs with European professional teams and to have additional American professional basketball players play against their professional European counterparts. We just want to broaden our commitment play hard, compete and provide international exposure for American basketball players.'

Per WUSBA league rules, teams are allowed to play for a foreign professional team every year. The trip abroad will culminate with the ending of the 2011 WUSBA basketball fall season with a 15-day, ten-game tour. This will be the 1st trip to Europe for a WUSBA basketball team and according to the league this will be an annual event.

'It's a good chance for our players to seen by European teams, a lot of players dont get a chance to play in front of the Europeans, this way they can show their talent and hopefully land a job,' said Jenkins. 'Doing this for our teams is something special; well look forward to this every year. We're excited to get going on the new season and to help these kids fulfill their dreams.'

Jenkins says, Announcing this trip gives us a prime opportunity for us to attract the best players we can find for our league and we hope this will make the selection of players easy for our teams. We want our players to be able to have every opportunity to advance their careers.

The trip will be sponsored by several of the leagues sponsors and vendors. Air Tran will provide roundtrip transportation to Paris. The league will travel around to the host cities by Euorail. The WUSBA has developed a comprehensive package for the players and coaches. Players will be paid $350.00 per week. Coaches will be paid $650.00 per week. Players and coaches will also receive housing arrangements with Holiday Intercontinental along with daily meals. Toyota is the primary sponsor.

According to the league, each player selected will be required to qualify to obtain their own passports. 'We expect a huge response from players, said WUSBA Executive Vice President Kenneth Green. We're very excited about the upcoming season. All players are eligible for this great opportunity, however only 36 will be selected to go.




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  VENEZUELA - Women  


U16 FIBA Americas Championship: Argentina is No.5 - by Eurobasket News
U16 ARGENTINA - U16 VENEZUELA 82-33

Argentina finished U16 FIBA Americas Championship in Merida as No.5. They destroyed Venezuela last night 82-33 in the game for fifth place. Victoria Llorente (96) was unstoppable in victory with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Andrea Ledesma (97) also was great adding 20 points and 8 rebs. Ledesma was actually the MVP of this meeting with valuation 28. Sofia Aispurua (95) helped with 8 points and 14 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Daniela Wallen (95) collected 13 points and 5 rebounds. Maholy Lovera (96) had 8 pts and 5 rebs. Argentina was way better team during the entire game. They made 23-6 lead in the first ten minutes and later were just extending it in each period. They made 18-5 in Q2 and 28-7 in third frame. Argentina slowed down after that as the last ten minutes were just the formality.

Argentina: Victoria Llorente 26+11 boards, Andrea Ledesma 20+8 boards, Sofia Aispurua 8+14 boards
Venezuela: Daniela Wallen 13+5 boards, Maholy Lovera 8+5 boards


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  WNBA - Women  


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


Courtney Paris inks with Atlanta Dream - by Eurobasket News
Former Oklahoma All-America Courtney Paris (6'4''-C-87, college: Oklahoma) was signed by the WNBA's Atlanta Dream on Saturday.

The 6-4 center was previously picked up by the Los Angeles Sparks where she spent training camp but was waived before the start of the 2011 season.

Paris, the seventh overall pick by the Sacramento Monarchs in the 2009 WNBA Draft, started six of 33 games as a rookie averaging 4.8 points and 4.1 rebounds in 13.4 minutes per game.

She was later selected fourth by the Chicago Sky in the WNBA Dispersal Draft on Dec. 14, 2009. She spent the 2010 preseason with the Chicago Sky but was out of the league, playing with Spanish team Rivas Ecopolis until being signed by the Sparks on Feb. 8. of this year.

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WNBA reaches a milestone with its 15th anniversary - by Eurobasket News
Lisa Leslie (6'5''-C-72, college: USC) remembers her surprise at the big arenas and luxurious locker rooms. Rebecca Lobo, Penny Toler and Teresa Weatherspoon recall the excitement of finally getting to play before family and friends. For everyone involved in the WNBA's first game in 1997, there was also plenty of nervousness to go around.

With the New York Liberty facing the Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday, the matchup falls on the anniversary of the game the teams played to begin the league's inaugural season. Now in its 15th year, the WNBA has outlasted an early rival, endured a struggling economy and overcome naysayers perennially predicting its doom.

'It's a good sound to hear15 yearsbecause when we first started not too many believed it would remain,' said Weatherspoon, who teamed with Lobo to lead the Liberty to a 67-57 win over Leslie, Toler and the Sparks in that first game. 'Only we did as the athletes. And to hear 15 years is amazing.'

Leslie wasn't expecting much when she was one of the first playersalong with Sheryl Swoopes and Loboto sign with the new league.

'I had no idea we would have the opportunities to play in such first-class arenas,' said Leslie, a three-time MVP and nine-time All-Star who retired after the 2009 season. 'I really thought it would be a summer league where we'd probably wear reversible jerseys and play in much smaller gyms.'

To her surprise, her Sparks played at The Forum, then the home of the Lakers. The Lakers moved to Staples Center two years later and the Sparks joined them there in 2001, winning titles in their first two seasons in the building.

'I really thought the WNBA would be nothing more than a summer league,' she said. 'So I was totally not prepared for the first-class treatment, the opportunity to play on such a grand stage as The Forum, to share the same locker rooms as Magic (Johnson) and Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar) and Coop (Michael Cooper) and those guys poured champagne on each other, and I saw that on television.'

For players like Toler and Weatherspoon, who had spent years in leagues overseas, there was a lot of excitement over the opportunity to play at home.

'Being able to finally play in front of family and friends in America,' Weatherspoon said. 'I didn't sleep very well the night before ... really excited to get on that floor.'

All the players remember the fanfare surrounding the start of the league, the media coverage and support from fans as they arrived to The Forum the day of the game, and the celebrities in attendance.

'It was lights, camera, action,' Leslie said. 'It really felt like Hollywood.'

Before the game, there was a ceremonial tipoff. Val Ackerman, then the league president, came out to center court and tossed the ball up for Leslie and the Liberty's Kym Hampton. Photographers and video cameras there to record the moment.

'Kym Hampton and I were even being competitive about that jump, wanting to be the one to get the ball,' Leslie said before adding with a laugh, 'but, of course, I got it.'

Hampton recalled it a little differently.

'I thought we were just posing for pictures going up,' she said 'But I got the real tip and we won the game.'

Toler holds the distinction of scoring the first basket in league history, a baseline jumper with just under a minute gone.

'The good thing about that,' she said, 'records will be broken, but that's one that never will be broken.'

Leslie, who lives in Los Angeles, will be at Tuesday's game, along with Toler, now in her 12th season as general manager of the Sparks, and Lobo, an ESPN analyst who will be working on the network's broadcast of the game. Leslie and Lobo will also be involved in a roundtable discussion of the league's history during halftime of the broadcast.

As part of the festivities, the Sparks will be showing a video and the league will announce the 30 finalists for the All-15th Anniversary team, with the 15 players to be selected in fan voting.

That the WNBA has made this far is a source of pride for those there at the outset.

'I don't think we were in any way considering not being around,' said Sparks star Tina Thompson, the only player in league history to have played in every season. 'I don't think I thought I'd be playing 15 years, but I definitely thought the WNBA would be here.'

Thompson, in her third season with Los Angeles, began her career with the Houston Comets and helped them win the league's first four championships.

The founding players are pleased with the evolution of the game. They note the increased versatility of today's young stars, believing the increased exposure to the women's game has helped their development.

'The players are better now, stronger, they're more athletic, they're more skilled,' Lobo said. 'I think that's because they watched women's basketball played at the highest level since they were young kids. It's a whole different sports world that young girls have been able to grow up with the last 15 years.'

Weatherspoon, who coaches the women's team at Louisiana Tech, agreed.

'Everyone can play inside, outside, shoot the ball, extend defenses,' she said. 'It's good to see that every year it gets better, every year someone tries to change their game to look even better.'

The league outlasted an early challenge from the ABL, which played in the winter and had completed its first season before the WNBA tipped off. The ABL, however, disbanded on Dec. 22, 1998, just after the start of its third season and most of the players joined the WNBA the following year.

Lobo chose to sign with the WNBA while most of her teammates from the gold medal-winning Olympic team from the 1996 Atlanta Games went to the rival league.

'With the NBA's backing, with David Stern's backingnot only financially, the marketing power that they had,' Lobo said, 'I just thought businesswise it had more of a chance to succeed.'

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Brunson ties WNBA record with 6th straight double-double to start season - by Eurobasket News
With today's win, the Lynx are 5-1, their best start since going 5-0 to begin the 2008 season.

- The Lynx got off to another fast start on Sunday, outscoring Atlanta 26-10 in the first quarter. So far this season, the Lynx have held opponents to 10 points or less in three of their five games.

- Rebekkah Brunson (6'3''-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) posted her sixth consecutive double-double, matching the WNBA record for double-doubles to start the season held by Candace Parker and Lisa Leslie. The double-double was also the 18th of her Lynx career, putting her in sole possession of the franchise double-double record. She finished the game with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

- Entering the game, the Lynx ranked fourth in the WNBA in opponent field goal percentage (40.6%). Sunday was no different for the Lynx, who held the Dream to just 30% shooting, including a season-low 25% in the first half.

- Seimone Augustus continued her hot play on Sunday, scoring a game-high 19 points on 7 of 13 shooting. Over her last three games, Augustus has scored 61 points on 59.5% shooting.

- In her first game back in Atlanta, Maya Moore filled the stat sheet, scoring 12 points, grabbing 8 rebounds and dishing out 5 assists.

- After allowing 50 points in the paint on Friday night, the Lynx held Atlanta to just 24 points in the paint on Sunday. They outscored Atlanta by 12 in the paint, improving on their season average of five points.

- The Lynx continued to dominate the rebounds on Sunday, outrebounding the Dream 51 to 38. Taj McWilliams-Franklin led all Lynx with a season-high 12 rebounds, including 7 offensive.

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Latta scores 22 points to help Shock beat Mystics 77-59 for first win of season - by Eurobasket News
Ivory Latta (5'6''-G-84, college: N.Carolina) scored 22 points to lead the Tulsa Shock to their first win of the season, 77-59 over the Washington Mystics on Saturday night.

Sheryl Swoopes (6'0''-F/G-71, college: Texas Tech) had 13 points, Kayla Pedersen (6'4''-F-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Stanford) and Jennifer Lacy (6'3''-F/C-83, college: Pepperdine) added 12 each and rookie Liz Cambage scored 10 for the Shock (1-5). Tulsa was off to the worst start in franchise history since opening 0-13 in Detroit in 2002.

Marissa Coleman (6'1''-G/F-87, college: Maryland) scored 12 points, Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-F/C-86, college: Maryland) had 12 points and 12 rebounds and Karima Christmas added 11 points for the Mystics (1-4), who lost their third straight.

Washington is still without star guard Alana Beard, out with a sprained left foot.

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