EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/21/2011

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Cedevita hires Drazen Anzulovic as new Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
Cedevita finally got a new Head Coach. The team hired Drazen Anzulovic (agency: Beo Basket ), former coach of Cibona and Zagreb. As possible candidates for this job were also mentioned Jasmin Repesa, Velimir Perasovic and Saso Filipovski.
Drazen Anzulovic worked with Cibona last season. Actually, he spent just few months there (January - March). He supposed to coach Lietuvos Rytas last season, but they parted ways before the any official game. In the past, Anzulovic worked four years with Cibona and two with Zagreb. He won three championship titles in Croatia. Anzulovic was also named Croatian Coach of the Year in 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007. In 2008 and 2009, Drazen Anzulovic won two titles in Belgium with Charleroi. He also has experience from Ural Great Perm and Donetsk.


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  ARGENTINA   


Q&A with Manu Ginobili - by Eurobasket News
Six weeks after a shocking loss to the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies sent the No. 1 Spurs to an early summer vacation, All-NBA guard Manu Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) has turned his basketball focus to his Argentine national teams pursuit of a berth in the 2012 Olympic tournament in London.

From his offseason home in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, where he recently has completed a move to a new residence, the Spurs star took time to discuss, via telephone, the importance of the FIBA Americas tournament his country will host this summer and reflect on the Spurs great season gone to waste.

Heres a transcrit of the Ginobili interview, including his thoughts on watching his twin sons take their first steps, the Mavericks winning the NBA title, the looming NBA lockout, plus some happy news about former Spurs center Fabricio Obertos medical clearance to join him on the Argentine national team:?

How has your summer been?

Long, so far. Its been a month and a half already since we lost (in the first round). I took my first month off, as I usually do. Now Im trying to lift. Next week, I start running, slowly getting in shape. At the end of July, we start training with the national team. But I am enjoying my time with my family, loving it, spending lots of time with the boys, of course, and making some arrangements with my new home here, getting used to it with my family and friends.

Are the twins, Dante and Nicola, shooting hoops yet?

(Laughing) Not yet. Today they are 13 months. They are trying to walk, but they prefer falling. They are climbing on chairs and anything they can use to pull themselves up. It is fun and I have plenty of time for them and we are all loving it, us (Ginobili and his wife, Many), grandparents, uncles.

How goes the rehab from the sprained-fractured elbow?

I've been told not to play hoops for a month, month and a half, two months not to put pressure on the arm.

I notice now that the pain is almost gone. The last time I did the MRI, probably around May 16 (or) May 20, they told me that the bone edema that I had was controlling itself, but I still needed a little time to go.

The little fracture is almost healed, but I needed more time to get completely healed. I am not playing basketball now, but lifting carefully. Running, well, I dont need my elbow to run. Soon, I will start shooting free throws, with a break for a little bit, and see how it goes.

With 20-20 hindsight and the MRI that showed the elbow fracture, do you think it was it a mistake to try to play when you did?

I do not. The doctors said that if I avoided full extension of the joint, nothing bad could happen and, of course, that is why I wore the brace. It was a fracture, but it was tiny, at the very tip of the ulna, so it was not a big deal, not a big fracture that could bother me. I was OK.

Did the injury give you many problems? It appeared the brace you had to wear on your right arm affected your ability to handle the ball easily.

Of course, I wasnt at full strength, but what are you going to do? You just play the way you are, and we are not the only team that had injuries. At least I could play and Im not gong to say we just lost because I missed Game 1.

It just happens, and if you are going to win the championship, you have to do without a player for a game, and we should have won without me for one game.

To tell the truth, they could have easily beaten us in Game 5 at home. So no excuse. Of course, I was limited, but we are better than that.

How important is it for you to play in the ?FIBA Americas tournament (Aug. 30-Sept. 12, in Mar del Plata, Argentina) and help your national team get to the next Olympics?

Very, very important for me. Not only because it gives me the opportunity to play in my last Olympic Games, but also it will be the first time we have played in Argentina in a decade. After all we have accomplished, having the opportunity to play in front of our fans and our people is very important. It is going to be fun. It is just a short time, just nine games.?

I know I only have this one and probably the next one to play with all my great friends on the team, Luis (Scola) and Fabri (Oberto) and (Andres) Nocioni and (Carlos) Delfino and the rest. It is really exciting.

So Fabricio has been cleared to play? (Note: Oberto retired from the Portland Trail Blazers last season because of ongoing problems with cardiac arrhythmia.)

Fabri is planning to play. He is getting into really good shape. He got the OK from the doctors, so he is trying to get into better shape, the best possible.

He got the thumbs-up to go do it. Of course, he is rusty, but we all know how hard he will work, and I am thrilled to play with him again and pumped to again play together, a month and a half to be with him and all my other friends on the team.

Has there been any discussion yet of the insurance issues?

No, that is an important issue and nobody really knows what is going to happen. Ive been in touch with the NBPA (the players union) to know whats going on, but it is very shaky. We all understand the situation. Nobody knows what can be done with a lockout coming. Nobody really knows what is going to happen.

Would you play without insurance?

That is a really tough decision to make if we arrived at that point. We will have to dig down with teammates and friends and make a decision, a really difficult one, and I dont think that many players are going to be able to play if we dont find an option for insurance. Im really hoping that the NBPA finds a good, solid insurance company, finds the money that is needed and we can all think about playing.

If there is a lockout, would you consider going to play overseas, where you were a star a decade ago?

Not really. I would consider it only if the whole season was canceled. If the lockout goes to January and the season is canceled, I might consider. If not, no I wouldnt.

To go make a move to Europe and then be called back to the NBA in a few weeks .?.?. I dont want to do that and many teams wont be willing unless they get a guarantee they will stay the whole year.

With that six weeks of time to reflect, what do you take away from the Spurs season and playoffs?

As I said before, I think we had a very good season, so of course it was a great season. Of course, the low point is we peaked probably too early December, January, instead of April, as usual. But I truly believe it was a very tight and close playoff against Memphis and if we could have beat them, and been healthy, we could have made it.

I dont think we were that much less than OKC or the Lakers or Mavs or Heat. We faced a tough opponent that we had difficulty matching up with and they beat us, really fair and square. But if we had beat them, we would have the same chance of making it to the (NBA) Finals as we all thought.

The Mavericks won the championship but they needed six games against the Blazers in the first round. That is how the playoffs are.

You remember against the Suns in 2007 we had a very tough (conference semifinals) series, but we won that and then won against Utah in five and Cleveland in four.

I think we had a shot. Memphis played really well and aggressively and just beat us.

Is there any sense at all that last year, especially with the No. 1 seed, really may have been the last best shot for the three of you, Tim (Duncan) and Tony (Parker) and yourself?

Not really, because you probably could have said that the year before, and then we went out there and started to fight and play hard and won 61 games.

So we will try to do it again and try to accomplish the goal. Its hard to say when a team has its last shot. Of course, the Bulls lost Michael Jordan and couldnt make another run. But weve got the same core of players and nothing changed dramatically, so why not? I believe in our players and our organization so I believe we do have another shot.

Tony recently said to French journalists that he didnt believe the Spurs were capable of winning the championship any longer. What is your take on that?

I heard about it, but I didnt read the quote or how he said it, but I never trust what I dont hear directly.

Sometimes its not exactly what you meant to say, and I dont really believe Tony meant that. We all saw what we did this year and there is no reason to believe next year will be so much different in six months. It depends on how professional we are in the offseason, and then after a lockout.

Its not that easy. We wont be the main candidate to win it, but the Mavs werent the main candidate this year and not many people believed the Mavs could win it. But it can happen.

Did you watch any of the NBA Finals?

None. Zero. I simply couldnt take it. I would go online the day after to see what happened, but it hurt too much to watch the games. I just followed the scores.

I watched a couple games between Mavs and Thunder, but that was hard, too, so not much else.

Is there some gratification for a veteran player, such as yourself, to see guys like Dirk (Nowitzki) and (Jason) Kidd and (Shawn) Marion finally win a championship, rather than the team that tried to orchestrate its own greatness?

I said it on Twitter. Jason Kidd is a great pro and player and I admire him. It was good to see him get a championship at 38 and playing huge minutes and making the biggest stops. The rest are younger, a little different. Jason Kidd is sort of like Michael Finley for us in 07. To see him get his chance was great. I really respect him.

Dirk and Marion will have many more shots.

I hear (former Spur) Ian (Mahinmi) played some big minutes, too. I didnt watch. Hes a good kid and he has many more years. Good for him to go and play in the Finals.

Is it hard when you think back to the game up in Dallas on March 18, everyone healthy, the team beginning to gain some momentum with the playoffs approaching, the Mavericks also at full strength and still in position to move up in the standings, maybe even all the way to No. 1. Yet, you win the game to go 3-1 against the eventual champions? Or is there some consolation in knowing that when both teams were healthy, the Spurs were the equal of the eventual champions?

I think we were equal, but its just one game. We can beat the Lakers or Heat or Mavs one game. That happens in a season.

Sometimes I do think we match up better against the Mavs than Memphis, for example. But we lost in the first round, so we didnt get a chance to win the championship. (The Mavs) swept the Lakers, which isnt easy. So we cant think of that regular-season game. Thats just not the way it is.

You are 34 and under contract through the 2012-13 season. You also were named All-NBA at age 34, proof you are still an impactful player. Have you begun to consider how much longer you intend to play in the NBA?

I really dont know. Of course, anybody can tell that I played very good last season, especially at the beginning, but I dont know how I will feel next season or the next few years.

Everybody knows I dont have the same legs I once did, but I try to be decisive for my team, be a leader and provide ways for my team to win. I think I can do it for a few years more, but it depends on how I feel physically and mentally. If I am as motivated as Ive ever been, I will keep going, but if not, I will say thanks to everybody and keep going on with my life.

Courtesy of http://blog.mysanantonio.com


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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. 12-3 
 2. Newcastle H. 11-3 
 3. Hills H. 9-6 
 4. Parramatta W. 8-4 
 5. Norths Bears 8-6 
 6. Sutherland S. 7-6 
 7. Manly Warr. 7-7 
 8. Maitland M. 7-8 
 9. Illawarra H. 6-6 
 10. Bankstown B. 6-9 
 11. Hornsby S. 6-9 
 12. Cent.Coast C. 4-11 
 13. Canberra N. 1-14 


Tom Jervis called up to replace Matt Knight in Boomers training camp squad - by Eurobasket News
Promising West Australian big man Tom Jervis (213-C-89, college: Troy) has been called into the Australian Boomers squad for this week's training camp after Perth Wildcats star Matthew Knight (204-F/C-85, college: Loyola Marymount) strained his calf on Friday night.

Jervis has been a force in the SBL in recent seasons for the East Perth Eagles and after training with the Wildcats for most of the 2010/11 season, he has continued some outstanding performances this year in the local competition.

Knight strained his calf playing with the Willetton Tigers on Friday night away to Lakeside Lightning.

Although it is only a slight injury, he will be out of action for two weeks. As a result he will miss the Boomers' training camp in Perth.

The Golden Star Boomers squad is: Damian Martin, Luke Cooper, Ben Madgen, Clint Steindl, Daniel Dillon, Peter Crawford, David Barlow, Dante Exum, Daniel Kickert, Jesse Wagstaff, Luke Nevill, Anatoly Bose, Aron Baynes, Rhys Martin, Cameron Tragardh and Tom Jervis.

Courtesy of www.perthnow.com.au


Sixers to wait on star Ervin - by Eurobasket News
Adelaide continues its waiting game on key import target Gary Ervin (186-G-83, college: Arkansas).

The league MVP is still yet to sign an offer the club put to him.

Sixers owner Richard Hill was sure of having the contract, which includes a European out-clause, signed this week, but was told in a conference call with Ervin and his agent yesterday the point guard was still considering his options.

'Gary is very happy with what Adelaide has to offer and he has a strong desire to play in Adelaide if he doesn't get the Euro offer he wants,' Hill said.

'We need to make a decision as to how long we allow Gary to explore these options before we turn our attention to the list of talented point guards our coaches have put together.

'Gary being the league MVP and a known quantity is our first option, but by no means our only option.'

Ervin averaged a league-high 20.1 points and 4.5 assists for Wollongong in 2010/11, his first NBL season. Adelaide's other options for the point guard position include fellow NBL MVP Corey Williams, who played for the Melbourne Tigers last season.

Courtesy of www.adelaidenow.com.au


AIS lose final game to USA 84-40 - by Eurobasket News
The AIS rounded out their China tour last night with a loss the USA team 84-80.

With both teams suffering fatigue, it was the AIS who started better jumping out to a 17-10 lead in the first quarter. Tyler Hickert (93) was the beneficiary early as he found space inside against the USA zone.

Mirko Djeric again was impressive against the zone finding three of his seven assists in the first quarter.

The USA changed up their defence in the second quarter, and with it the game began to tighten up.

The shooting percentage for the USA lifted also on the back of some excellent three point shooting. Shooting guard Ben Richmond (193-G-93) matched the high level shooting for the AIS as he started to find range from the perimeter on his way to five from eight shooting from the deep for the game.

The AIS went into the main break holding a small one point lead, 42-41.

With fatigue setting in for the AIS team in the second half and the USA continuing to hit big shots, the Americans hit the front extending their lead to as much as 12 at times.

Through the scoring of Richmond, Hickert and Kay the AIS stayed within range, and made one final charge with two minutes to go reducing the final margin to four.

Ben Richmond top scored with 20 for the Institute, while Tyler Hickert finished with 18, and Nick Kaye 15. Hickert was also the dominant man on the boards with nine rebounds.

Overall, the tour has been a great success and a great experience for all involved.

Match report by Mathew Neason, Scholarship Coach
Courtesy of: www.basketball.net.au


Emus 2011 World Championship Team departs - by Eurobasket News
The U19 Australian Emus World Championship Team today departs for Lithuania to compete in the Global Games, where they will play Brasil, Lithuania and Canada.

These games will provide the team with the opportunity to fine tune before the tip off of game one of the FIBA U19 World Championships v Argentina, the tournament tipping off on June 30.

Following the Emus recent successful six game tour of Croatia and Russia, Basketball Australia is also pleased to announce the Australian U19 Mens Team that will compete in the 2011 FIBA U19 Mens World Championships to be held in Latvia commencing 30 June.

The Emus will travel to Valmiera, Latvia following the Global Games for their preliminary round games in the World Championship.

'The group has worked very hard over the last two years and is now looking forward to representing the country in the best possible way,' said Emus Head Coach Damian Cotter .

You will be able to follow all the action of the World Championships (30 June 10 July) on the tournament website www.latvia2011.fiba.com

The Emus U19 Australian Men's Basketball Team for the World Championships.

Jackson Aldridge (185-PG-92) NSW

Mitchell Creek (198-F/G-92) Qld

Anthony Drmic (196-F/G-92) Vic

Andrija Dumovic (207-C-83) NSW

Hugh Greenwood (190-PG-92) Tas

Igor Hadziomerovic (195-G-92) Vic

Jackson Hussey (188-PG-92) WA

Mitchell McCarron (190-PG-92) Qld

Mitchell Norton (184-PG-93) Qld

William Sinclair (206-C-92) Vic

Lewis Thomas (203-F-92) WA

Daniel Trist NSW

Damian Cotter Head Coach

Paul Goriss Assistant Coach

Markus Klusemann Technical Assistant Coach

Bob McGugan Team Manager / Head of Delegation

Dr Graham Lee Doctor

Peter Suffolk Physiotherapist
Courtesy of: www.basketball.net.au


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  AUSTRIA   


Oberwart tab David Jandl - by Eurobasket News
Oberwart have agreed on terms of contract with David Jandl (180-G-84, agency: Court Side). The 26-year-old guard spent the previous season in UBC St. Polten. David Jandl tallied 11.2 points, 3.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 3.3 rebounds per game. The player is not new to the Gunners. He was on Oberwart roster in 2000/2005 seasons. Eurobasket.com named David Jandl All-Bundesliga Domestic Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005. David Jandl plays for Austrian National Team since 2001.


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Verviers Transfer News - by Peter Buyse
VOO Verviers-Pepinster today announced the addition of 2 more players to its roster. One is no stranger to Verviers since Maxime De Zeeuw (205-F-87) will start his 6th season with the team. Second signee is also a Belgian player, namely Stephane Moris (207-F/C-86).
De Zeeuw has been a member of all kinds of Belgian NT, starting with the U16 and making it all the way to the seniors team. He played the past season with Gent in D2.
Moris spent the first part of his career playing in the Belgian D2, with stops in Damme, Aalst, Fleurus and Boom. Played with Aalstar in D1 when they won the championship in D2.
Played in Switserland with Monthey this past season and averaged 13.5 ppg and 5.6 rpg.



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  BOSNIA   


Former NT player Marko Scekic extends with Cantu - by Eurobasket News
Marko Scekic (207-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) earned a two-year contract extension with Bennet Cantu. The Bosnian forward joined Cantu in April this year and it seems he has done enough to secure an extension. For 9 games in SerieA, Scekic averaged 12.1 points and 5.8 rebounds. His team reached SerieA Finals.
Marko Scekic started this season with Buducnost Podgorica. He played 27 games for them in Adriatic league collecting 9.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 1.7 apg. He helped Buducnost defend the Montenegrin league title and National Cup. For his performance Scekic is awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Center of the Year -11. Before Buducnost, Marko Scekic was a member of Oldenburg. He won the German league title with them in 2009. In the past, he also played for Turow, Vojvodina, Borac and Drina.


Seid Hajric stays in Anwil - by Eurobasket News
Seid Hajric (203-F-83) will play at least one more season in Poland. The Bosnian forward signed contract extension with his team Anwil Wloclawek. It is 1+1 year deal, including the clubs option for 2012/13.
Seid Hajric started the previous season in Zrinjski Mostar in Bosnian D1. He averaged 15.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game. In Balkan League Seid Hajric tallied 15.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals per appearance. In January the forward joined Anwil. His stats read 4.8 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. Previously Seid Hajric had spells for Celik, Zadar, Sentjur, Anwil, Polpak Swiecie and Bosna Sarajevo. Seid Hajric participated at Slovenian League All-Star Game. He was also named into Bosnia and Herzegovina League All-Domestic Players Team in 2009.
In 2007, Hajric won the Polish Cup with Anwil. In 2009 and 2010, he celebrated in Bosnian Cup with Bosna ASA BHT.


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  BOTSWANA   


Spartans humble BDF V in basketball encounter - by Thomas Fink
NELSON DIRENG
Correspondent Mmegi, Friday 17 June 2011

BDF V left the University of Botswana (UB) basketball courts with their heads down after they were drubbed 101-54 by Spartans in an action packed Botswana Basketball Association (BBA) League game on Wednesday night.

After the encounter, the military men failed to swallow their pride and refused to shake hands with the youngsters - as is norm after each game - hurriedly leaving the courts in shame.

BDF V's reaction to the results was however not surprising as they had gone into the game with high hopes of leaving the victorious side. The first few minutes of the game's first quarter were intense as both sides showed eagerness to win. But it was BDF V's Karekwe Bob who registered the first basket.

The game thereafter gained momentum as Spartan's Clive Phiri replied with a basket. An exchange between the two teams followed as each answered basket for basket. BDF V lost concentration in the last five minutes of the first quarter and this is when Spartans took advantage and finished with a comfortable 28-13 lead, thanks to star shooters Mothusi 'Speedy' Thipe and Robert Mosalakatane, who scored a total of 18 baskets.

Spartans seemed to have realised that BDF V were no match for them in the second quarter as the team started playing a game they were clearly enjoying. The youngsters dribbled the frustrated soldiers and destroyed their morale. BDF V started playing under pressure and made silly mistakes that cost them several points. They were only able to score 11 baskets whilst Spartans scored 23 points ending the quarter 51-24.

Phiri's height seemed to have been a great advantage as he blocked most of BDF V's baskets and was also available to finish off whenever his team mates' balls failed go through the net. Towards the end of the second quarter, the comfortable Spartans decided to substitute Thipe and Mosalakatane to pave the way for players who rarely taste games in the likes of Paule Jovanovic and Thabang Ncube.

The change slowed down the pace of the game and worked well for BDF V in the third quarter. Thipe and Mosalakatane charged back into the game but BDF V had already gained momentum. BDF V however failed to use their form to score necessary points, ending the quarter with 38 baskets to Spartans' 66.

The last quarter was slow but with the return of Thipe and Mosalakatane, Spartans were able to increase their lead further. BDF V fell back and because of frustration they committed fouls that helped Spartans consolidate their lead. In the last two minutes of the game, BDF V were down 51-88 but for Spartans that was not enough as their plan was to hit the 100 baskets mark. Mosalakatane received a knock, which saw him off the field but that did not dampen the team's spirits.

In the last 14 seconds, Spartans had reached 99 baskets. Thipe was fouled in the game's last second and he was able to score two goals that put his side at 101 baskets. BDF V coach Kenosi Moruakgomo said he realised his charges had long lost the game in the first quarter. He said the team made many mistakes and had lots of turnovers. 'Most of our good point guards were also not available for the game and the ones we used were a bit slow,' he said.

Moruakgomo said because of this, their defensive and offensive rebounding was poor. He, however, acknowledged that Spartans are a better team and that they could not match their fast breaks. 'One-on-one they beat us point blank because of their individual skills,' he said. Meanwhile, Spartans sit at number 10 on the log after winning four of five games they have played since the commencement of the league. BDF V are in fifth place after playing eight games and loosing half of them.

Flames, troopers and Falcons are on positions one to three. In the Women's League, BDF V are the only unbeaten side so far. Debutants Panthers are in second place after loosing one game to fourth-placed Police a fortnight ago. NIIT are third whilst Relics and Splinters are fifth and sixth respectively.

Weekend Fixtures (UB)

Tonight
1800hours: Police vs NIIT
2000hours: Troopers vs Drillers

Saturday
1600hours: NIIT vs BDFV
1800hours: Relics vs BDFV (Ladies)
2000hours: Cadets vs BDFV


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Lithuania prevail against Brazil in Druskininkai - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U19 - Brazil U19 76:70

Lithuania celebrated victory in the first exhibition encounter against Brazilian counterparts. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) stepped up with 21 points to pace the hosts. The teams will meet again later tonight.
Lithuania ensured a 21:17 lead after ten minutes of action. The hosts kept Brazil at distance throughout the second period. They secured a 43:36 lead at the interval. Brazil however bounced back in the third quarter. They limited the home side to just 10 points to enter the fourth frame up by three points. Lithuania came back to life late in regulation as they went on a decisive run and snatched a tough win at the end. Vytenis Cizauskas (190-G-92) netted 16 points, while Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) delivered 13 points in the winning effort. Raul Neto (184-G-92) answered with 20 points, 6 boards and 6 assists for Brazil. Lucas Riva (211-C-92) finished with 9 points in the loss.

Lithuania U19: Jonas Valanciunas 21, Vytenis Cizauskas 16, Dovydas Redikas 13
Brazil U19: Raul Neto 20, Lucas Riva 9



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  CANADA   


Mav's Dwane Casey to be Raptors' head coach - by Eurobasket News
Outside of a glitch of unimaginable proportions, Dwayne Casey will be the next head coach of the Raptors.

The longtime NBA assistant went through a 90-minute telephone interview with members of the board of directors of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment on Sunday afternoon, according to sources, and was to have dinner in New York City on Monday with minority owner Larry Tanenbaum.

If nothing untoward came out of those meetings, the 54-year-old Casey could be introduced as early as Tuesday as the successor to Jay Triano and the eighth head coach in the 16-year history of the Toronto franchise.

Terms of Caseys pending deal were not immediately available.

A former head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves (53-69 overall, 20-20 in 2007 when he was fired), Casey has worked as an assistant for a handful of accomplished NBA head coaches George Karl, Nate McMillan and most recently Rick Carlisle in Dallas.

He is known for his ability to institute a consistently good defensive system, an attribute sorely lacking with the Raptors, a team that was statistically the worst defensive team in the NBA last year and one thats never established a reputation for being hard-nosed or successful at that end of the floor.

He is generally credited with instituting one of the most effective zone defences in the league with the Mavericks, a move that helped them get past Portland, the Lakers, Oklahoma City and Miami en route to the franchises first NBA championship.

Casey also should arrive just days before Raptors president and general manager Bryan Colangelo reaches another watershed mark in the rebuilding process of a team coming off a 22-60 2010-11 and a third playoff-free spring in a row.

Colangelo and members of his staff conducted their final pre-draft workouts in the New York City area, getting a look at 6-11 Czech forward Jan Vesely in a workout for a group of teams Sunday and putting 6-9 forward-centre Bismack Biyombo, a Congolese 18-year-old who played last season in Spain, through a session on their own Monday.

With so much indecision above them in the draft Cleveland has the first and fourth picks sandwiched around Minnesota at No. 2 and Utah at No. 3 its been impossible for the Raptors to get a firm grasp on who might be available at their choice.

They have, according to league sources, made efforts to move up to No. 2 but dont have a good match with Minnesota and have narrowed their list of draft hopefuls to about four.

That group would include Kentucky guard Brandin Knight, Lithuanian centre Jonas Valanciunas, San Diego State swingman Kawhi Leonard and Biyombo with Vesely and Connecticut guard Kemba Walker as fallback possibilities.

Meanwhile, there was no word on which if any of the current Raptors assistant coaches may join Casey in Toronto when their contracts expire at the end of June.

Casey has had a long-standing relationship with Toronto assistant Micah Nori but its unclear how close he is to any of P.J. Carlisemo, Alex English or Scott Roth. Only Carlesimo is under contract to the Raptors next season but hes been conspicuously absent from much of the pre-draft workout process and his future with the team is very much in doubt.

Courtesy of www.thestar.com


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Libsur 11th Round results - by Cristian Quiroga
North Group
C. D. Victoria 112 - C. D. Lautaro 57
VIC: Jose Madrid 23 ptos., Cristian Zamorano 17 ptos.
LAU: Salvador Cardenas y Diego Pino 14 ptos.

South Group
C. D. U. Lagos 83 - C. D. C. Aleman 52

ULA: Haralt Funk 31 ptos., Fernando Bucarey 12 ptos.
ALE: Francisco Gonzalez 23 ptos., Johany Gallardo 14 ptos.

Dep. Castro 90 - ABA Ancud 60
CAS: Gonzalo Velasquez 22 ptos., Francisco Jara 18 ptos.
ABA: Carlos Sepulveda 21 ptos., Pedro Sandoval 18 ptos.

C. D. Espanol 68 - C. D. Osorno 85
ESP: Gabriel Gonzalez 20 ptos., Samuel Carrillo 17 ptos.
OSO: Patricio Oyarzun 35 ptos., Patricio Cocio 12 ptos.

C. D. P. Varas 60 - CEB P. Montt 54
PVR: Matias Seplveda 20 ptos., Francisco Modinger 7 ptos.
PMT: Marcelo Rivas 14 ptos., Max Vargas 12 ptos.


Copa Chile, Game 2, 2nd Rounf playoffs - by Cristian Quiroga
Saturday, June 11th
Osorno Basquetbol 82 - Deportivo Valdivia 63 (Osorno won the series 2-0)
Universidad Catolica 61 - Espanol de Talca 86 (Espanol won the series 2-0)
Estadio Espanol 69 - Puente Alto 76 (Puente Alto won the series 2-0)
CD UdeConce 87 - Stadio Italiano 32 (UdeConce won the series 2-0)
Liceo Mixto 92 - Palestino 49 (Liceo Mixto won the series 2-0)
Boston College 78 - Colegio Los Leones 57 (Boston College won the series 2-0)

Quarter finals pairings (starts on Saturday, June 18th)
Osorno Basquetbol - CD UdeConce
Boston College - Puente Alto
Liceo Mixto - Espanol de Talca


Copa Chile, Quarter Finals Game 1 - by Cristian Quiroga
Last weekend started Copa Chile Quarter Finals playoffs series. Best teams are reaching final instances on this tournament which is the preamble of the major league of the season: Liga Movistar. Results of the first game are:
Saturday, June 18th
CD UdeConce 64
- Osorno Basquetbol 63 (CD UdeConce leads series 1-0, games 2 & 3 will be played in Osorno)
UDC: Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83) 23, Matas Villagran 12, Sebastian Figueroa-Jose del Solar and Eduardo Marechal 9.
OSO: Erik Carrasco (181-G-83) 17, Renato Vera 16, Cristian Perez 13.

Puente Alto 88 - Boston College 75 (Puente Alto leads series 1-0, games 2 & 3 will be played in Maipu)
PAL: Patricio Arroyo (197-F/G-73) 19, Exequiel Munoz 18, Felipe Valenzuela 15.
BOS: Jose Luis Campos (189-G-80) 18, Jorge Valencia 17, Julius Holt 13.

Liceo Mixto - Espanol de Talca (suspended due to weather conditions)




Libsur 12th Round results - by Cristian Quiroga
North Group
C. D. Carahue 73 - Dep.Victoria 77

CAR: Daniel Arriagada 16 ptos., Christopher Padilla 15 ptos.
VIC: Alex SepUlveda 23 ptos., Felipe Acuna 20 ptos.

C. D. Imperial 55 - C. D. Valdivia 75

C. D. Animas 51 - A. B. Temuco 87
ANI: Carlos Zuiga y Cristian Von Bischonhausen 12 ptos
TEM: Ronald Cruces 27 ptos., Diego Urrutia 24 ptos.

South Group
C. D. C. Alemn 88 - C. D. Espaol 71

ALE: Simon Fernandez 29 ptos., Francisco Gonzalez 14 ptos.
ESP: Samuel Carrillo 24 ptos., Israel Carrillo 19 ptos.

CDS Osorno 64 - C. D. Castro 77
OSO: Patricio Cocio 19 hrs., George Holt 17 ptos.
CAS: Gonzalo Velasquez 34 ptos, Oliver Hermosilla 13 ptos.

ABA Ancud 82 - C. D. P. Varas 65
ABA: Pedro Sandoval 25 ptos., David Ramirez 14 ptos.
PVR: Matias Seplveda 24 ptos., Pedro Sands 21 ptos.

CEB Pto. Montt 71 - C. D. U. Lagos 83
PMT: Camilo Vargas 19 ptos., Daniel Villegas 15 ptos.
ULA: Haralt Funk 27 ptos., Esteban Toledo 26 ptos.



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


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NBL Round 4 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The biggest surprise of round 4 was guest Ningxia Hanas' (3-1) road victory over one of their biggest challengers Changan Group (2-2) 96-90 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Changan Group. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Ningxia Hanas made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Ningxia Hanas especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. 30 personal fouls committed by Changan Group helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Kaifu Yao (196-83) fired 18 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. American center Kenneth Simms (203-86, college: Cumberland, agency: TSS Management) chipped in 19 points. American guard Nick Stallings (190-83, college: Centenary) produced 19 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Ningxia Hanas moved-up to second place, which they share with Whampoa. Changan Group at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with Hebei and Guangzhou FM. Ningxia Hanas is looking forward to face Whampoa (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Changan Group will play against Hebei and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game where sixth ranked Guangzhou FM (2-2) edged by two points 8th ranked Heilongjiang (1-3) 64-62. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jartavious Henderson (203-87, college: Memphis) who helped to win the game recording 8 points and 13 rebounds. Liang Yu contributed with 17 points for the winners. Center Gang Yu (208-92) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds for Heilongjiang. Heilongjiang's coach Guang Bi Xiao tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Guangzhou FM moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hebei and Changan Group. Heilongjiang at the other side dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Guangzhou FM will play against Jiangsu (#9) in the next round where they are favorite. Heilongjiang will play against Hangzhou and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in between ShenYang and Hangzhou. Top-ranked ShenYang (4-0) got a very close home victory over 7th ranked Hangzhou (1-3). ShenYang managed to escape with a 1-point win 111-110 on Saturday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of DeAngelo Collins who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 8 blocks. ShenYang's coach Ge Li used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Austen Powers responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 18 rebounds. ShenYang have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Loser Hangzhou keeps the seventh place with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. ShenYang will meet bottom-ranked Sichuan (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hangzhou will play against Heilongjiang and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Hebei (2-2) against tenth ranked Jiangsu (1-3) on Saturday night. Visiting Hebei was defeated by Jiangsu in 106-88. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hebei. The winners were led by Kenny Lawson who had that evening a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jiangsu left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Hebei at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. Jiangsu's next round opponent will be higher ranked Guangzhou FM (#4) and it may be quite challenging game. Hebei will play against Changan Group and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fourth ranked Whampoa (3-1) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 9th ranked Sichuan (1-3) 85-82 on Saturday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Alan Wiggins fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Sichuan's coach Joseph Stiebing tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Whampoa moved-up to second place, which they share with Ningxia Hanas. Sichuan lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with three games lost. Whampoa will face league's second-placed Ningxia Hanas in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sichuan will play against the league's leader ShenYang (#1).



Whampoa - Sichuan 85-82

Fourth ranked Whampoa (3-1) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 9th ranked Sichuan (1-3) 85-82 on Saturday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-19. But Sichuan won third quarter 29-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Whampoa forced 25 Sichuan turnovers. American forward Alan Wiggins (206-85, college: USF) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Forward Jing Wang (197-78) chipped in 19 points. Five Whampoa players scored in double figures. Canadian power forward Ryan Wright (206-87, college: Oklahoma) produced a double-double by scoring 28 points and 13 rebounds and forward Ma Chao (196-86) added 25 points (made all of his seven free throws) respectively for lost side. Sichuan's coach Joseph Stiebing tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Whampoa moved-up to second place, which they share with Ningxia Hanas. Sichuan lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with three games lost. Whampoa will face league's second-placed Ningxia Hanas in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sichuan will play against the league's leader ShenYang (#1).
Top scorers:
Whampoa: W.Jing 19+4reb+2ast, W.Alan 16+12reb+2ast, J.Michael 15+3reb+2ast, J.Lei 15+2reb+1ast, Y.Ning 13+3reb+3ast, L.Yao 4+2reb+4ast
Sichuan: W.Ryan 28+13reb, C.Ma 25+4reb+2ast, H.XiaoBin 13+4reb+1ast, S.TianNong 4+6reb+2ast, J.QiZhen 4+3reb, Y.Kui 3+2reb
gschID: 129311


Jiangsu - Hebei 106-88

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Hebei (2-2) against tenth ranked Jiangsu (1-3) on Saturday night. Visiting Hebei was defeated by Jiangsu in 106-88. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hebei. The game without a history. Jiangsu led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 22-of-27 charity shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Jiangsu forced 27 Hebei turnovers. Strangely Hebei outrebounded Jiangsu 43-29 including 17 on the offensive glass. The winners were led by American center Kenny Lawson (205-88, college: Creighton) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds and guard Xin Feng (187-92) supported him with 16 points and 8 assists (made all of his seven free throws). Four Jiangsu players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds by American forward Christopher Lawson (193-83, college: Houston) did not help to save the game for Hebei. His fellow American import power forward Terence Dials (206-83, college: Ohio St.) added 21 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jiangsu left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Hebei at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. Jiangsu's next round opponent will be higher ranked Guangzhou FM (#4) and it may be quite challenging game. Hebei will play against Changan Group and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu: L.Kenny 23+11reb+1ast, Z.YanXi 22+1reb+2ast, F.Xin 16+3reb+8ast, S.XianLing 15+2reb+1ast, G.Yang 9+4reb+1ast, J.Justin 5+5reb+4ast
Hebei: L.Christopher 24+11reb+2ast, D.Terence 21+10reb, Z.ZhenHu 9+3reb+2ast, Z.GuoDong 9+4reb+1ast, W.Jian 9+4reb+1ast, L.Yiding 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 129312


Changan Group - Ningxia Hanas 90-96

The biggest surprise of round 4 was guest Ningxia Hanas' (3-1) road victory over one of their biggest challengers Changan Group (2-2) 96-90 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Changan Group. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Ningxia Hanas made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Ningxia Hanas especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. 30 personal fouls committed by Changan Group helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Kaifu Yao (196-83) fired 18 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. American center Kenneth Simms (203-86, college: Cumberland, agency: TSS Management) chipped in 19 points. American guard Nick Stallings (190-83, college: Centenary) produced 19 points and 8 rebounds and forward Lei Shang (196-88) added 18 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Five Ningxia Hanas and four Changan Group players scored in double figures. Ningxia Hanas moved-up to second place, which they share with Whampoa. Changan Group at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with Hebei and Guangzhou FM. Ningxia Hanas is looking forward to face Whampoa (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Changan Group will play against Hebei and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ningxia Hanas: S.Kenneth 19+4reb, Y.Kaifu 18+5reb+2ast, H.Ramon 18, S.ChunLei 14+1ast, M.Yansong 12+3reb, W.Sze 8+1reb
Changan Group: L.Peng 20+3reb, S.Nick 19+8reb+3ast, T.Jahmar 18+3reb+2ast, S.Lei 18+3reb+4ast, S.Jian 7, J.JunQi 6+1ast
gschID: 129313


ShenYang - Hangzhou 111-110

A very close game took place in between ShenYang and Hangzhou. Top-ranked ShenYang (4-0) got a very close home victory over 7th ranked Hangzhou (1-3). ShenYang managed to escape with a 1-point win 111-110 on Saturday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 25-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. ShenYang forced 20 Hangzhou turnovers. Strangely Hangzhou outrebounded ShenYang 51-38 including a 35-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when ShenYang made 11 blocks. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward DeAngelo Collins (206-82, college: High School) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 8 blocks and guard Corey Allmond (188-88, college: Howard Col. (TX)) who added 29 points during the contest. ShenYang's coach Ge Li used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side forward Austen Powers (203-87, college: Seattle, agency: Tank Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 18 rebounds and forward Dante Milligan (206-84, college: Massachusetts) scored 28 points and 9 rebounds. Four ShenYang and five Hangzhou players scored in double figures. ShenYang have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Loser Hangzhou keeps the seventh place with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. ShenYang will meet bottom-ranked Sichuan (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hangzhou will play against Heilongjiang and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ShenYang: A.Corey 29+4reb+2ast, C.DeAngelo 28+13reb+5ast, L.Xu 27+4reb+2ast, Y.Peng 15+3reb+1ast, X.Lu 4+7reb+7ast, D.ChengLong 3
Hangzhou: M.Dante 28+9reb+2ast, P.Austen 25+18reb+1ast, 17+4reb+2ast, Z.Tian-bao 14+7reb+1ast, L.Wei 10+7reb, J.Jin 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 129309


Heilongjiang - Guangzhou FM 62-64

Another exciting game where sixth ranked Guangzhou FM (2-2) edged by two points 8th ranked Heilongjiang (1-3) 64-62. Heilongjiang was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 17-12 charge of Guangzhou FM, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 19 Heilongjiang turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jartavious Henderson (203-87, college: Memphis) who helped to win the game recording 8 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Liang Yu (209-86) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Center Gang Yu (208-92) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds and Nigerian center Benson Egemonye (207-83, college: Niagara) added 11 points, 13 rebounds and 8 blocks in the effort for Heilongjiang. Four Heilongjiang players scored in double figures. Heilongjiang's coach Guang Bi Xiao tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Guangzhou FM moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hebei and Changan Group. Heilongjiang at the other side dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Guangzhou FM will play against Jiangsu (#9) in the next round where they are favorite. Heilongjiang will play against Hangzhou and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guangzhou FM: Y.Liang 17+3reb, S.Sani 10+9reb, S.TianGang 8+3reb+2ast, H.Jartavious 8+13reb, L.Dapeng 7+4reb, Z.HongWei 4+1reb
Heilongjiang: W.Nan 14+2reb+1ast, Y.Gang 13+15reb+1ast, E.Benson 11+13reb+1ast, P.Courtney 10+5reb+4ast, Z.Yong-lin 6+6reb+2ast, B.Xiaohui 5+1reb+1ast
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NT center Luksa Andric stays with Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News
Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) had a great season in Turkey with his team Galatasaray. They reached TBL Finals and forced Fenerbahce Ulker to work very hard to defend the title. Andric was one of the best Galata players this season and he is awarded with 2-year contract extension today.
Luksa Andric joined Galatasary last summer from Cibona. He appeared 42 times in TBL averaging 9 points and 3.8 rebounds. Andric shined in the Finals against Fenerbahce Ulker. In EuroCup, he added 9.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 1.2 spg in 14 games. From 2002 until the last summer Andric played for Cibona. He won four league titles with them.
Luksa Andric is active member of the Croatian National Team. He had 7 ppg and 2.8 rpg in Turkey last summer.


Cedevita hires Drazen Anzulovic as new Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
Cedevita finally got a new Head Coach. The team hired Drazen Anzulovic (agency: Beo Basket ), former coach of Cibona and Zagreb. As possible candidates for this job were also mentioned Jasmin Repesa, Velimir Perasovic and Saso Filipovski.
Drazen Anzulovic worked with Cibona last season. Actually, he spent just few months there (January - March). He supposed to coach Lietuvos Rytas last season, but they parted ways before the any official game. In the past, Anzulovic worked four years with Cibona and two with Zagreb. He won three championship titles in Croatia. Anzulovic was also named Croatian Coach of the Year in 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007. In 2008 and 2009, Drazen Anzulovic won two titles in Belgium with Charleroi. He also has experience from Ural Great Perm and Donetsk.


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Standings
Standings
Group A
1. S.Korea2-0
2. China1-1
3. Hong Kong0-2
Group B
1. Japan2-0
2. Taiwan1-1
3. Mongolia0-2


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ESL Las Vegas Press Release - by Eurobasket
The ESL Event in Las Vegas will have some amazing talent summer which will feature some of the best players outside the NBA market.
Due to the absence this year of the NBA Summer League the ESL Staff encourages all top international scouts, agents and coaches to attend the ESL in Las Vegas July 7th -10th at the Doolittle Community Center.
Teams from Korea, Japan, South America and Europe have all confirmed their attendance with the abundance of international agents and NBDL coaches.
On July 7th there will be registration/orientation, team practices and an ESL Las Vegas kick off party at the ESL Host Hotel (Texas Station Hotel).
The ESL Las Vegas official games will be on July 8th, 9th and 10th.
The ESL Las Vegas event will feature some of the top rookies from the class of 2010-11 that made All Conference Team at various NCAA Division I programs; NCAA II All Americans and lots of players with professional experience either in internationally or in the NBDL.
There will be 80 outstanding players and the following list are a portion of the confirmed players that will be attending the ESL Las Vegas event.

Class of 2010-11 Rookies include:
Mike Singletary (6'6''-F-88) from Texas Tech; averaged 14ppg ,7rpg in the 2010-11 season:
Terrell Bell (6'6''-G/F-89): Virginia Tech; averaged 7ppg and 6rpg in the 2010-11 season
Josh Southern (6'10''-C-89): Boston College; averaged 6ppg and 4rpg in 2010-11
Jovonni Shuler (6'4''-G/F-87): Savannah State: 18ppg; 5rpg in 2010-11
Chad Gray (6'7''-F-85): Costal Carolina: 15ppg 7 6rpg in 2010-11
Chad Tomko (5'11''-G-89): North Carolina Wilmington; averaged 17ppg; 5rpg; 4apg in 2010-11
Allen Smith (5'10''-PG): University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; averaged 12ppg; 3apg in 2010-11
Justin Baker (6'7''-F): Utah Valley University; averaged 11ppg; 5rpg in 2009-10
Phil Jones (6'10''-C-85): North Carolina Charlotte; 9ppg; 6rpg in 2010-11
Justin Johnson (6'2''-PG-88): Concordia University: 2010-11 NAIA Player of the Year: average 15ppg; 4rpg
Tyrone Hanson (6'7''-G/F-87): Jackson State University: averaged 14ppg; 4rpg in 2010-11; SWAC Newcomer of the Year-2010
Lindsey Hughey (6'3''-G-89): Weber State; averaged 12.5ppg; 5rpg in 2010-11; All Big Sky Honorable Mention

Players with Professional Experience include:
Dawson Eric (6'10''-F-84): KCC (KBL) South Korea (2010-11); averaged 10ppg; 6rpg
Brad Byerson (6'7''-F-85): Hapoel Nazrath (Israel): averaged 22ppg; 12rpg in 2010-11
J'son Stamper (6'7''-F/C-85): Kori-Konkarit (Finland); averaged 21ppg; 11rpg in 2010-11
Terrell Christie (6'4''-G-83): Worcester Wolves (BBL- England); averaged 12ppg; 4apg in 2009-10
Akeem Scott (6'1''-PG-83): Lappeenranta NMKY (Finland); averaged 16.9ppg; 4rpg in 2009-10
Kenny Boyd (6'8''-C-82): Tindastoll (Iceland); averaged 17ppg; 9rpg in 2009-10; NCAA D2 All American in 2009
Dijuan Harris (5'9''-G-86): Salon Vilpas (Finland); averaged 19ppg; 4apg in 2010-11;
James Crowder (6'7''-F-86): UCD Marian (Ireland); averaged 21ppg; 10rpg in 2010-11
Bobby Nash (6'6''-G/F-84): Shiga Lakestars (Japan BJ League); averaged 10ppg; 5rpg; Played past 3 years in Japan.
Duncan Milne (6'9''-F-86): Caboolture Coastal Suns (Austrailia ABA); averaged 18ppg; 9rpg in 2009-10
For more information regarding the ESL Las Vegas events please email marketing@eurobasket.com
All players, agents and volunteer coaches are required to on the following site www.eurobasketsummerleague.com
The ESL Las Vegas event will have international coaching and agent seminars.
There are still a couple of openings for volunteer coaches and a agency related team at a reduce rate.



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Regal Barca extends Pete Mickeal until 2013 - by Eurobasket News
Regal Barca announced signing of 2-year contract extension with Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati). The American forward got injured in December and missed rest of the season. He appeared 8 times in ACB averaging 15.4 points, 3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2 steals. In Euroleague, Mickeal added 14 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 1.5 apg in 4 games.
Pete Mickeal joined Regal Barca in 2009 from Tau Ceramica. He helped them win the Euroleague title two years ago collecting 12.1 ppg and 5.2 rpg. Barca also won the Copa del Rey in 2010 and this year as well. For his performance in 2009/10 Mickeal was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Europe 2nd Team 2010. He was also named Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Honorable Mention -10. Before Barca and Tau, Mickeal was a member of Daegu Orions (Korea), Breogan, Makedonikos, Dynamo Moscow and Peristeri. In 2005, Mickeal was named Eurobasket.com All-ULEB Cup Player of the Year.


Maccabi Tel Aviv interested in Giorgi Shermadini - by Greg
According to sources from Israel, Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv is in talks with Panathinaikos Athens regarding Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89).

Shermadini had a great season with Union Olimpija Ljubljana (on the loan from Panathinaikos Athens) as he was 2010-11 Turkish Airlines All-Euroleague Honorable Mention averaging 7.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP-3 (71.4%), FT: 84.8% in the Euroleague. He was 1st from the FG in the Slovenian League FGP-1 (68.55%), 2nd in the Adriatic League FGP-2 (72.1%) and 3rd in the Euroleague FGP-3 (71.4%). Georgian international also led Euroleague Top 16 in blocks (2.2bpg).


CSKA keep Ramunas Siskauskas - by Eurobasket News
CSKA ensured the services of Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) for two more seasons. The sides have agreed on terms of contract extension. The Lithuanian guard averaged 5.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in VTB-League. In Euroleague Ramunas Siskauskas tallied 7.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals per appearance. In PBL his stats read 11.1 points, 3.1 boards and 2.0 assists. Ramunas Siskauskas was named into Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL 2nd Team.


ESL Las Vegas Press Release - by Eurobasket
The ESL Event in Las Vegas will have some amazing talent summer which will feature some of the best players outside the NBA market.
Due to the absence this year of the NBA Summer League the ESL Staff encourages all top international scouts, agents and coaches to attend the ESL in Las Vegas July 7th -10th at the Doolittle Community Center.
Teams from Korea, Japan, South America and Europe have all confirmed their attendance with the abundance of international agents and NBDL coaches.
On July 7th there will be registration/orientation, team practices and an ESL Las Vegas kick off party at the ESL Host Hotel (Texas Station Hotel).
The ESL Las Vegas official games will be on July 8th, 9th and 10th.
The ESL Las Vegas event will feature some of the top rookies from the class of 2010-11 that made All Conference Team at various NCAA Division I programs; NCAA II All Americans and lots of players with professional experience either in internationally or in the NBDL.
There will be 80 outstanding players and the following list are a portion of the confirmed players that will be attending the ESL Las Vegas event.

Class of 2010-11 Rookies include:
Mike Singletary (6'6''-F-88) from Texas Tech; averaged 14ppg ,7rpg in the 2010-11 season:
Terrell Bell (6'6''-G/F-89): Virginia Tech; averaged 7ppg and 6rpg in the 2010-11 season
Josh Southern (6'10''-C-89): Boston College; averaged 6ppg and 4rpg in 2010-11
Jovonni Shuler (6'4''-G/F-87): Savannah State: 18ppg; 5rpg in 2010-11
Chad Gray (6'7''-F-85): Costal Carolina: 15ppg 7 6rpg in 2010-11
Chad Tomko (5'11''-G-89): North Carolina Wilmington; averaged 17ppg; 5rpg; 4apg in 2010-11
Allen Smith (5'10''-PG): University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; averaged 12ppg; 3apg in 2010-11
Justin Baker (6'7''-F): Utah Valley University; averaged 11ppg; 5rpg in 2009-10
Phil Jones (6'10''-C-85): North Carolina Charlotte; 9ppg; 6rpg in 2010-11
Justin Johnson (6'2''-PG-88): Concordia University: 2010-11 NAIA Player of the Year: average 15ppg; 4rpg
Tyrone Hanson (6'7''-G/F-87): Jackson State University: averaged 14ppg; 4rpg in 2010-11; SWAC Newcomer of the Year-2010
Lindsey Hughey (6'3''-G-89): Weber State; averaged 12.5ppg; 5rpg in 2010-11; All Big Sky Honorable Mention

Players with Professional Experience include:
Dawson Eric (6'10''-F-84): KCC (KBL) South Korea (2010-11); averaged 10ppg; 6rpg
Brad Byerson (6'7''-F-85): Hapoel Nazrath (Israel): averaged 22ppg; 12rpg in 2010-11
J'son Stamper (6'7''-F/C-85): Kori-Konkarit (Finland); averaged 21ppg; 11rpg in 2010-11
Terrell Christie (6'4''-G-83): Worcester Wolves (BBL- England); averaged 12ppg; 4apg in 2009-10
Akeem Scott (6'1''-PG-83): Lappeenranta NMKY (Finland); averaged 16.9ppg; 4rpg in 2009-10
Kenny Boyd (6'8''-C-82): Tindastoll (Iceland); averaged 17ppg; 9rpg in 2009-10; NCAA D2 All American in 2009
Dijuan Harris (5'9''-G-86): Salon Vilpas (Finland); averaged 19ppg; 4apg in 2010-11;
James Crowder (6'7''-F-86): UCD Marian (Ireland); averaged 21ppg; 10rpg in 2010-11
Bobby Nash (6'6''-G/F-84): Shiga Lakestars (Japan BJ League); averaged 10ppg; 5rpg; Played past 3 years in Japan.
Duncan Milne (6'9''-F-86): Caboolture Coastal Suns (Austrailia ABA); averaged 18ppg; 9rpg in 2009-10
For more information regarding the ESL Las Vegas events please email marketing@eurobasket.com
All players, agents and volunteer coaches are required to on the following site www.eurobasketsummerleague.com
The ESL Las Vegas event will have international coaching and agent seminars.
There are still a couple of openings for volunteer coaches and a agency related team at a reduce rate.



Maccabi Electra returns Yotam Halperin - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv has come to terms with former Euroleague champ and All-Euroleague selection Yotam Halperin (196-G-84) on a three-year deal. Halperin (1.96 meters, 27 years old) returns to his boyhood club after three seasons in Greece with Olympiacos Piraeus. Halperin is amongst the winningest active players in the league with two Euroleague titles and five Final Four appearances under his belt. Last season he averaged 4.5 points and 1.3 assists over 13 games in a limited role with the Reds. Halperin grew up with Maccabi and made his Euroleague debut as a 17-year-old on a Final-Four bound team coached by current Maccabi boss David Blatt. He was a reserve on the Maccabi teams that won back-to-back Euroleague crowns in 2004 and 2005 before going on loan to Union Olimpija Ljubljana for one season. He returned to a bigger role with Maccabi and was a key player in leading the team to the 2008 Euroleague title game in Madrid. Halperin named to the All-Euroleague Second Team after that 2007-08 campaign in recognition of his excellent season.

Courtesy of Euroleague


Montepaschi locks Bo Lester McCalebb until 2014 - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi Siena announced signing of 3-year contract extension with Bo Lester McCalebb (183-G-85, college: New Orleans). It means that the American/Macedonian point guard will stay in Siena until the end of 2013/14 season. McCalebb joined Montepaschi last summer from Partizan. He averaged 13.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists for 32 games in SerieA. Montepaschi defended the title and McCalebb was named MVP of the Finals. In Euroleague, McCalebb added 11.5 ppg, 2 rpg, 2.1 apg and 1.8 spg.
Last season with Partizan, Bo Lester McCalebb won three trophies (Serbian league, Adriatic league and Serbian Cup). He also helped Partizan reach the Euroleague Final Four. Eurobasket awarded McCalebb with All-Europe 2nd Team 2010. Before Partizan, McCalebb was a member of Mersin. He is a product of the University of New Orleans, where he graduated three years ago. He had 23.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 3.2 apg for 32 games as a senior.


Zalgiris keeps Head Coach Ilias Zouros - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris Kaunas announced signing of one-year contract extension with their Head Coach Ilias Zouros (agency: Alti Sport ). The Greek specialist took over Zalgiris in January this year. He led them to Lithuanian and Baltic league titles. Zalgiris also won the Lithuanian Cup this year. It was more than enough for Zouros to get an extension. He was also awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Coach of the Year.
Before Zalgiris, Ilias Zouros (agency: Alti Sport ) spent three and a half years with Panellinios Athens. He reached EuroCup and Greek league Semifinals with them in 2010. He also coached at the Greek All-Star Game that year. In the past, Zouros worked with Paris Basket Racing, Aris, Peristeri, Sagesse Beirut and Olympiakos. Ilias Zouros (agency: Alti Sport ) is currently the Head Coach of Greek NT.


Latest Euroleague signings - by Eurobasket News
Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) renewed his contract with CSKA Moscow. The new deal is meant for three seasons. Andrey Vorontsevich joined CSKA back in 2006. Last season the forward averaged 8.1 points, 4.4 boards and 1.2 assists per game in PBL. In VTB-League his stats read 7.6 points, 5.4 boards and 1.0 assist per appearance. In Euroleague Andrey Vorontsevich posted 10.5 points, 4.3 boards and 1.1 assists. He received Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Honourable Mention. Andrey Vorontsevich participated at 2011 PBL All-Star Game. The forward played for Russian National Team at 2010 World Championships. He notched 8.9 points, 6.6 boards, 1.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game in Turkey.

Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) renewed his contract with Galatasaray. The 26-year-old centre will spend two more seasons with the Turkish powerhouse. Luksa Andric joined Galatasaray at the start of the previous season. He tallied 9.1 points, 3.4 boards and 1.2 steals per game in EuroCup. In TBL his stats read 9.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per appearance. Luksa Andric played for Croatia at 2010 World Championships. The centre provided 7.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game in Turkey.

According to Turkish media, Ermal Kurtoglu (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) is set for his return to Efes Pilsen after one year. Reportedly, two sides already agreed a deal. Ermal Kurtoglu spent last season with Galatasaray. He paced them to TBL Finals averaging 11.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.1 assist in 42 games. Eurobasket awarded Kurtoglu with All-Turkish League Center of the Year -11. He was also named Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League 1st Team -11 and Eurobasket.com Turkish League All-Domestic Players Team -11. Kurtoglu played 14 games in EuroCup last season adding 9 ppg and 3.1 rpg. Ermal Kurtoglu had 4.9 ppg and 3.1 rpg for Efes Pilsen in 2009/10 (TBL). In Euroleague, he added 3.8 ppg and 2.4 rpg. He also played for Efes from 2003 to 2008. In the meantime, Kurtoglu spent one season in Spain with Valencia. Ermal Kurtoglu was a member of the Turkish National Team from 2004 to 2007. Last summer, he played for the Albanian NT in Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011. He had 19.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 2.3 apg.

Zalgiris Kaunas announced signing of one-year contract extension with their Head Coach Ilias Zouros (agency: Alti Sport ). The Greek specialist took over Zalgiris in January this year. He led them to Lithuanian and Baltic league titles. Zalgiris also won the Lithuanian Cup this year. It was more than enough for Zouros to get an extension. He was also awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Coach of the Year. Before Zalgiris, Ilias Zouros spent three and a half years with Panellinios Athens. He reached EuroCup and Greek league Semifinals with them in 2010. He also coached at the Greek All-Star Game that year. In the past, Zouros worked with Paris Basket Racing, Aris, Peristeri, Sagesse Beirut and Olympiakos. Ilias Zouros is currently the Head Coach of Greek NT.

CSKA ensured the services of Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) for two more seasons. The sides have agreed on terms of contract extension. The Lithuanian guard averaged 5.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in VTB-League. In Euroleague Ramunas Siskauskas tallied 7.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals per appearance. In PBL his stats read 11.1 points, 3.1 boards and 2.0 assists. Ramunas Siskauskas was named into Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL 2nd Team.

Regal Barca announced signing of 2-year contract extension with Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati). The American forward got injured in December and missed rest of the season. He appeared 8 times in ACB averaging 15.4 points, 3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2 steals. In Euroleague, Mickeal added 14 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 1.5 apg in 4 games.
Pete Mickeal joined Regal Barca in 2009 from Tau Ceramica. He helped them win the Euroleague title two years ago collecting 12.1 ppg and 5.2 rpg. Barca also won the Copa del Rey in 2010 and this year as well. For his performance in 2009/10 Mickeal was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Europe 2nd Team 2010. He was also named Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Honorable Mention -10. Before Barca and Tau, Mickeal was a member of Daegu Orions (Korea), Breogan, Makedonikos, Dynamo Moscow and Peristeri. In 2005, Mickeal was named Eurobasket.com All-ULEB Cup Player of the Year.

According to the local media, Bilbao extended deal with Alex Mumbru (202-F-79). Reportedly, the experienced forward signed 1+1 year contract extension which will keep him with the club at least until the end of the 2012/13 season. Mumbru already has a valid contract with Bilbao until the end of the next season.
Alex Mumbru joined Bilbao two years ago from Real Madrid. He played 43 games in ACB this season averaging 10.6 points, 5 rebounds and 2.7 assists. He helped the team reach ACB Finals, where Regal Barca was too strong for them (0-3). On season 2009/10, Mumbru had 13.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 2.1 apg for 33 games in ACB. He also added 9.1 ppg, 3 rpg and 1.6 apg for 18 EuroCup games. Bilbao reached Semifinals in this competition. Before Bilbao, Mumbru played for Real Madrid and DKV Joventut.
Alex Mumbru is a member of the Spanish NT since 2002. He won the Gold with them at the FIBA World Championship 2006 and another Gold at the EuroBasket 2009 in Poland. In EuroBasket 2007 in Spain and Olympic Games in Beijing, Mumbru won the Silver with Spanish NT. Last summer in Turkey, Mumbru had 4.1 ppg and 2 rpg for 9 games.

As expected, Nathan Jawai (207-C-86, college: Midland CC) will play next season in Unics Kazan. The Australian big guy signed a one-year deal with the club. Jawai arrives to Unics from Partizan Belgrade, where he spent 2010/11. He helped them defend the Adriatic and Serbian league titles, as well as the Serbian Cup. In Euroleague, Partizan reached Top16. Nathan Jawai appeared 16 times in Euroleague this season averaging 9.1 points and 5 rebounds. In Adriatic league his numbers were 10.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 1.2 apg for 28 games. In Serbian championship Jawai added 8.9 ppg and 3.9 rpg. He joined Partizan last summer from the Sioux Falls Skyforce. He also played 38 games for the Minnesota Timberwolves last season registering 3.2 ppg and 2.7 rpg. In the past, Jawai was a member of the Australian Institute Sport, Midland CC and Cairns Taipans. In 2008/09, he played few games for the Toronto Raptors.

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

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

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

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.

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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Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Canada0-0
2. Chile0-0
3. Mexico0-0
Group B
1. Argentina0-0
2. Brazil0-0
3. USA0-0


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More news from Cholet - by Eurobasket News
Cholet already started with forming the squad for the next season. The team brought in Carl Ona-Embo (186-G-89) and also wants to keep Fabien Causeur (193-G-87), Luc-Arthur Vebobe (203-F-80, college: Hawaii) and William Gradit (197-F-82, college: Hill JC). It is not sure will they make it as Causeur and Vebobe could be close to leave. Causeur has a contract with Cholet until the next summer, but he also has an option to leave with a buy out fee. According to local media, Causeur expects salary increase for the next season and it is not sure will Cholet be able to meet his expectations. Luc-Arthur Vebobe already has offers from other teams and his stay is under the question mark as well. On the other hand, it is expected that William Gradit will stay with the former champions.
Cholet reached the ProA Grand Final, but failed against Nancy in thriller. They were regular season champions and the first team who reached the Finals this season. However, they lost against Nancy in the last seconds at Bercy.


France topple Germany to win Evry Tournament - by Eurobasket News
France U20 - Germany U20 57:45

French U20 selection celebrated the second win at the international friendly tournament in Evry. They held off Germany to clinch the title. Evan Fournier (200-G/F-92) stepped up with 20 points to pace the effort. Germany finished in the second position at 2-1 record.
France gave no chance for the visitors in the opening frame. The hosts limited Germany to 7 points to take a 15-point advantage after ten minutes. France continued to dominate in the second period. They secured a 33:16 lead at the interval. Germany struggled to recover in the third period. They faced a 15-point deficit with one quarter remaining. Germany opened the final quarter on an 8:0 run to narrow the deficit at 7 points but France stopped the rot and escaped with the win at the end. Wilfried Yeguete (203-F) and Rudy Gobert (213-C-92) provided 7 points apiece for France. Danilo Barthel (207-F-91, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) responded with 9 points for Germany. Malte Ziegenhagen (193-G-91) had 8 points in the loss.

France U20: Evan Fournier 20, Wilfried Yeguete 7, Rudy Gobert 7
Germany U20: Danilo Barthel 9, Malte Ziegenhagen 8



John Cox stays with Le Havre - by Eurobasket News
Le Havre announced signing of one-year contract extension with John Cox (195-G-81, college: USF). The American/Venezuelan guard averaged 14.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists for 27 games this season. He also played for Le Havre from 2006 to 2008. In 2007/08, Cox exploded with 18.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 3.6 apg for 29 games in ProA. He was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 2nd Team and participated at the ProA All-Star Game that year.
John Cox played for Nancy from 2008 until the last summer. He had 5.9 ppg and 1.2 rpg in their second season together. Cox is a product of the University of South Florida, where he graduated in 2005. Le Havre was his first professional job. John Cox is also active member of the Venezuelan National Team.


Stade Clermontois announce Jonathan McClark and Bianco Matanga - by Eurobasket News
Stade Clermontois announce Jonathan McClark (200-F-77, college: Rider) and Bianco Matanga (188-G-87) for the next season. Jonathan McClark is an American Forward who is coming from Etoile Charleville-Mezieres (France-ProB, starting five). In 34 games he averaged 11.0ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 24.4%, FT: 55.2%. Before that in 2005-2006 he played for Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket (France-ProB) and in the last year averaged 14.4ppg, Reb-3 (9.2rpg), 2.1apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 61.7%. In 2008-2009 moved to SPO Rouen Basket (France-ProB, starting five) and showed 7.0ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 50.8%, 3PT: 26.8%, FT: 49.0%. In 2009-2010 played for JL Bourg Basket (France-ProB, starting five) and had 11.4ppg, Reb-5 (8.2rpg), 1.5apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 56.7%.
Bianco Matanga is a French 1987 year born Guard. In 2005-2006: he started for Saint-Quentin Basket-Ball (ProB) and remained until year 2009. In 2009-2010 moved to Golbey Espinal Thaon Vosges (NM1, starting five) and averaged 11.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.5bpg, 2FGP: 41.2%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 68.7%. Last season signed at Quimper UJAP and in Jan.'11 moved to SO Maritime Boulogne (ProB) showing 1.9ppg, 1.1apg.



Germany U18 overcame France U18 in a test game - by Eurobasket News
Germany U18 overcame France U18 68:52 in a test game between two sides. The French squad started with 17:15 and enjoyed 33:32 lead at the halftime. The third quarter however was decisive in the game as the German team erupted for the lead. They needed a massive surge to take 51:43 after three quarters and never looked behind.
Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93) paced all the winners with 18 points and Dennis Schroder added 12. Tim Unterluggauer (207-C-93) scored 9, while Fabian Bleck posted 7. Johannes Richter ended up with 6 points, Sid-Marlon Theis scored 5 and Anselm Hartmann (190-G-93) aslo netted 5 points.
Both teams are getting ready for the 2011 U18 European Championships in Poland. Division A will be played in Poland from 21 - 31 July, 2011. Four groups will have 4 teams with total of 16 teams.



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Marco Buljevic Stays in Essen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
After placing 9th last season with a record of 12-16, the ETB Wohnbau Baskets are hoping to capitalize on the solid season and make even bigger strides this season and have shown trust by keeping 6 players from last season including Marco Buljevic (197-G-87, agency: Court Side). Buljevic is a 24 year old 198cm shooting guard that will play his second season in Essen and can proudly claim that he has won a beko BBL title with Oldenburg in 2009. Last season, Buljevic averaged 10,1ppg, 2,3rpg and 2,7apg in 30 minutes per game. 'Marco had a very successful season and uped his game at the end of the season. He was a big part of the team success. Now he can develop further and get more responsobility. He also has to work on his body. Then he will be even more successful. We thank Marco for staying another year', stressed ETB Wohnbau baskets coach Igor Krizanovic . Buljevic played two seasons with Ehingen, TV Lich/Giessn 46ers and with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. 'I am looking forward to this season. Our goal is to get away earlier from the last places and play for the playoffs. This shouldnt be aproblem since there will be many known faces that will make it easier for new players to get comfortable. We want to use this advantage', warned Marco Buljevic.Awards and achievements in the career for Buljevic have been German U16 National Team -03, German U18 National Team -05, European Championships U18 in Belgrade -05: 7 games: 5.0ppg, 1.0rpg, German U20 National Team -06-07, German Bundesliga U-20 All-Star Game -07, German Bundesliga Champion -09
and German Bundesliga Regular Season Champion -10.

Source: ETB Wohnbau Baskets





Germany U18 overcame France U18 in a test game - by Eurobasket News
Germany U18 overcame France U18 68:52 in a test game between two sides. The French squad started with 17:15 and enjoyed 33:32 lead at the halftime. The third quarter however was decisive in the game as the German team erupted for the lead. They needed a massive surge to take 51:43 after three quarters and never looked behind.
Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93) paced all the winners with 18 points and Dennis Schroder added 12. Tim Unterluggauer (207-C-93) scored 9, while Fabian Bleck posted 7. Johannes Richter ended up with 6 points, Sid-Marlon Theis scored 5 and Anselm Hartmann (190-G-93) aslo netted 5 points.
Both teams are getting ready for the 2011 U18 European Championships in Poland. Division A will be played in Poland from 21 - 31 July, 2011. Four groups will have 4 teams with total of 16 teams.



Georg Eichler Remains Head Coach With Science City Jena - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
PRO A team Science City Jena have announced that Georg Eichler will remain head coach. The club offered the German a two year contract plus an option. Eichler had come to the team in March and helped the team stay in the PRO A. Eichler who has gotten experience coaching FC Bayern Munich, TG Renesas Landshut , the NordlingenG iants and BBC Bayreuth is happy about stayng in Jena. 'I am thrilled to stay in a very professional atmopshere in Jena. In Jena there is the chance to have successful basketball and I want to help develop Science City Jena further. Not only basketball qualities count in players, but other qualities', stressed Science City Jena coach Georg Eichler . 'Georg was our wish candidate. We are happy that he chose us. We will form a good team with him. It is important that the players can identify with the club. We want to keep players for a longer period of time', said Science City Jena CEO Lars Eberlein.

Source: Science City Jena




Another Week Closer - by Corey Hassan
Eurobasket whats upppp!
Week 2 of me blogging and a week closer to the day I head to Germany. Everyday I get more excited for the day to come where I fly out. People in my town seem real excited which gets me even more excited. For a lot of American players who play overseas, they may have a handful of players from there area who head overseas to play basketball but not where I am from. I am from a small town in a small state. That being said I will Repppp New Hampshire to the fullest! I am one of only a handful of players to even play division 1 basketball from my state (New Hampshire). I cant lie, I love it when people come up to me and want to talk about it. I have had some people from my town tell me that the area of Augsburg is a beautiful area and that I will love it there. I cant wait to get there with Kerri and meet my new team and the community!

As for training this past week was another tough one. I had another week of work (5am-2pm monday-friday) and by the time I get out I always want to just sit on the couch and eat. I always manage to force myself to workout and once I get started I am good. I also had a wedding in NY which me and Kerri went too (she was part of the wedding party) I have had some good runs with great players from the area including Luke Bonner (213-C-85, college: Massachusetts), Steve DeLuca (198-F, college: Brandeis), Chris Burns and college guys from the area. I also won an epic game of horse between Mr Christopher Burns and Stephen (old man shots) Deluca, so just wanted to make a point to tell everyone that. For those of you that dont know these two, Chris Burns played college ball at Providence College for one year than transferred to Bryant College, where he played in the division II National Championship game where he dropped like 7 3's and had something like 25 points. He had a great career there and led Bryant to a ton of success and now they are a division 1 program. Steve DeLuca is in my opinion one of the best players who didnt play division 1 basketball. I have no idea how he didnt play d1 hoops as he would have been the go to guy at a lot of mid majors. Deluca currently plays for the Saint John Millrats in Canada and is most likely going to be playing in the newly formed Canadian Basketball League. Luke Bonner played in Lithuania this past year for Neptunas and has been a great friend for years. His older brother Matt Bonner (206-F-80, college: Florida) is currently on the San Antonio Spurs and led the NBA in 3 point percentage this season.

This past week I once again killed myself with workouts and am looking forward to not having to work on top of my workouts starting next week. I also want to thank Chris Burns for returning my girlfriends shoe which I accidentally grabbed when grabbing my basketball shoes to go workout. A special shout out to Art Hassan (my dad) for fathers day, his birthday and for rebounding for me everyday, which I can guarantee you not too many dads out there do. We just got back from a 3 hour shooting session and I know no dad would work a 11 hour workday then come put his son through a workout. Thanks pops! Until next time see you later Eurobasket!

'positive thoughts lead to positive feelings'

Go BG Leitershofen/Stadtbergen!
RED Kangaroos!


Casey Jacobsen extends with Brose Basket - by Eurobasket News
Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) extends with Brose Basket for the next few seasons. The American Shooting Guard / Small Forward re-signed until 2014.
Casey Jacobsen joined Brose Baskets Bamberg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five) in 2009 and in the first season averaged 10.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 39.2%, FT: 79.6% in EuroCup. In German League after 40 games his stats read 11.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.9apg, FGP: 50.7%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 77.0%. Last season for Brose Baskets Bamberg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five) he played in Euroleague and showed 9.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 34.8%, 3PT: 42.6%, FT: 68.2%.
Together with Brose Baskets Casey Jacobsen defended the title after 72-65 win in the decisive Game 5 over ALBA. The Winner of the Regular season proved their superiority and defended the title. Last year the favorites overcame Deutsche Bank Skyliners also 3-2 in the Final series. He ended up with 10 points and 5 rebounds in the last game.


069Open Tournament: Tomasevic takes home title and MVP honours - by Kristian Santiago
Frankfurt was the place to be last Saturday, as the 069Open went down once more in 'Haus Nidda' where mostly local baller fought for the unofficial 'Rhein-Main-Area' basketball championships.
In the semis, '069Open' edged 'Langen' while 'RunFFM' moved into the finals by defeating 'PSV'.
Led by Radivoj Tomasevic (180-G-78) (who was crowned rightfully MVp by the tournament organizers) , Marian Schick (198-F/C-86) and Cedric Quarshie (194-F-83), '069Open' managed to close the championships with an an unbeaten run to secure the 2011 title.

The winning team '069Open' consisted of:
Radivoj Tomasevic Kirchheim - Pro A
Cedric Quarshie Hanau - Pro B
Marian Schick Ehingen - Pro B
Sebastian Koehnert (187-G-83) Hanau - Pro B
Niko Anders (184-G-83) Langen - Pro B
Jonathan Mesghna (199-F-89) Central Wyoming College - USA
Benedikt Nicolay (190-G-91) Skyliners - BBL & Pro B
Robert Anywar (196-F-75) Retired

Other notables were: Fabian Franke (198-F-88), Roland Wiertel (200-F/C-88), Niklas Butz (200-F-90), Marco Voeller (201-F-89), Amil Klisura (197-G/F-89), Emil Matevski (200-F/C-77), Mirco Palazzo (186-G-87) and Norman Lang (190-F-81).



France topple Germany to win Evry Tournament - by Eurobasket News
France U20 - Germany U20 57:45

French U20 selection celebrated the second win at the international friendly tournament in Evry. They held off Germany to clinch the title. Evan Fournier (200-G/F-92) stepped up with 20 points to pace the effort. Germany finished in the second position at 2-1 record.
France gave no chance for the visitors in the opening frame. The hosts limited Germany to 7 points to take a 15-point advantage after ten minutes. France continued to dominate in the second period. They secured a 33:16 lead at the interval. Germany struggled to recover in the third period. They faced a 15-point deficit with one quarter remaining. Germany opened the final quarter on an 8:0 run to narrow the deficit at 7 points but France stopped the rot and escaped with the win at the end. Wilfried Yeguete (203-F) and Rudy Gobert (213-C-92) provided 7 points apiece for France. Danilo Barthel (207-F-91, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) responded with 9 points for Germany. Malte Ziegenhagen (193-G-91) had 8 points in the loss.

France U20: Evan Fournier 20, Wilfried Yeguete 7, Rudy Gobert 7
Germany U20: Danilo Barthel 9, Malte Ziegenhagen 8



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  GREECE   


Bane Prelevic the new president of PAOK - by Giorgos Diploidis
Bane Prelevic will be the new President of PAOK Thessaloniki Prelevic will take the place of Miltiadis Kanotas who was so far. Th old legend of the team of Thessaloniki will have some men to help him financially, like Mr Panakas, Polixroniadis, Galatsopoulos.

Bane Prelevic has served the team of PAOK as a player (one of the best or may be the best), as a coach and now takes charge as a president. He will have to organize the team for the euroleague qualifications for next season.


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Sjors Poels joins Lasaulec Aris - by Fred Roggen
Lasaulec Aris have added experience and size to their roster with the signing of big man Sjors Poels (209-C-86, agency: R.H.Consultancy). Poels has played for three Dutch league teams in his pro career, starting with Eiffel Towers Nijmegen in 2004-2005. He moved then to Hanzevast Capitals for two seasons and spent the following three seasons with Matrixx Magix Nijmegen.
Last season he moved to Gembo BBC (Belgium-Division 2) and Eurobasket awarded Poels with All-Belgian D2 Bosman Player of the Year.
Besides Gerad Punch, Poels is the second player on the roster of head-coach Erik Braal.



GasTerra Flames lands teen forward Max van Schaik - by Fred Roggen
GasTerra Flames has announced the signing of Dutch forward Max Van Schaik (208-F-91), a teenage prospect they added to their roster. Max Van Schaik is one of the young top prospects in Holland. He arrives from Spanish Rayet Guadalajara (LEB-silver) and averaged 4.9 points and 3.5 rebounds in 26 games last season.
Van Schaik has also played for CB Prat Juventud (LEB Silver) during the 2009-2010 season, playing 24 games and averaged 3.0ppg, 2.0rpg.


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Maccabi Tel Aviv interested in Giorgi Shermadini - by Greg
According to sources from Israel, Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv is in talks with Panathinaikos Athens regarding Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89).

Shermadini had a great season with Union Olimpija Ljubljana (on the loan from Panathinaikos Athens) as he was 2010-11 Turkish Airlines All-Euroleague Honorable Mention averaging 7.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP-3 (71.4%), FT: 84.8% in the Euroleague. He was 1st from the FG in the Slovenian League FGP-1 (68.55%), 2nd in the Adriatic League FGP-2 (72.1%) and 3rd in the Euroleague FGP-3 (71.4%). Georgian international also led Euroleague Top 16 in blocks (2.2bpg).


Yotam Halperin Is Back With Maccabi Tel Aviv - by David Pick
After a long and exhausting negotiation Maccabi Tel-Aviv and Israeli National Guard Yotam Halperin have reached an agreement tonight (Monday) where the Israeli talent agreed to return and play for Maccabi until the 2013/14 season including.

Halperin returns to Tel Aviv for the third time and a total of seven season's in the blue-and-yellow uniform. A key factor in this agreement was that in his Rookie season playing for Maccabi in 2001/2 Halperin's head coach was David Blatt, and the two had kicked it off ever since.

In the summer of 2006 Halperin was drafted by the NBA's Seattle Surpersonics with the 53rd pick, but failed to secure a guaranteed contract and resigned with Maccabi for two extra seasons where in his second year Maccabi reached the Euroleague Finals.

Head Coach David Blatt commented: 'One of our key missions this summer was bringing Yotam back home because of his talents and great personality. For me personally it's closing a circle we left open from when I had first coached him. Halperin brings a lot of respect to the Israeli basketball both as a player for the national team and as a top Euroleague prospect and I;m glad to have him aboard.'




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Marko Scekic stays with Bennet Cantu - by Eurobasket News
Marko Scekic (207-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) has agreed on terms of contract extension with Bennet Cantu. The 30-year-old Serbian forward signed a new two-year deal with the team. Marko Scekic started the previous season in Buducnost Podgorica. He averaged 9.5 points, 4.4 boards and 1.7 assists per game in Adriatic League. In EuroCup his stats read 9.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per appearance. In April 2011 Marko Scekic moved to Bennet Cantu. The forward notched 12.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in SeriaA.


The Italian Champions keep McCalebb - by Eurobasket News
The Italian Champions keep Bo Lester McCalebb (183-G-85, college: New Orleans) until 2014 as the USA-FYR Macedonian Guard extended with the team.
In 2010 -signed 3-year contract with Montepaschi Siena (Italy-SerieA) and in 2010-2011 for Montepaschi Siena (Italy-SerieA, starting five) averaged 11.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.1apg, Steals-3 (1.8spg), FGP: 56.8%, 3PT: 43.8%, FT: 88.0% in EuroLeague. In Italian League his stats read 13.2 points per game.
Bo Lester McCalebb erupted with 21 points in the last but one Final game when Montepaschi Siena made another step towards the title as they outscored Bennet Cantu on the road. The series return to Siena for what could be a decisive fifth game in the series. Together with Montepaschi Siena he 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. Bo Lester McCalebb ended up with 9 points for the winners.

The team also is close to sign with Estonian Player Kangur. Montepasci in talks with davis Andersen as well.




Montepaschi Siena targets Kangur and Andersen - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi Siena won the title less than 24 hours ago, but they already started with forming the squad for the next season. The Italian powerhouse is close to sign a 3-year deal with Estonian player Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82). Montepaschi also wants to return center David Andersen (212-C-80).
Kristjan Kangur spent this season with Cimberio Varese. He played 32 games for them in SerieA collecting 9.8 ppg and 5.4 rpg. It was the second season for Kangur in Italy. He arrived to Canadian Solar Bologna in May last year and stayed there for two months. He had 7.6 ppg and 1.8 rpg in 5 games. In the past, Kangur spent several years with Estonian team Kalev and he also played in Germany for Bayer Giants Leverkusen.
David Andersen started last season with the Houston Rockets averaging 5.1 points and 3.1 rebounds for 11 games. They traded him to New Orleans Hornets in November and Andersen added 2.8 ppg and 1.8 rpg for 28 games with his new team. He played for Montepaschi on season 2003/04.


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Notable moments in bj-league offseason 2011 - by K Will
The 2011 bj-league has finished and there were some interesting decisions teams have made.
Many teams waived their draft rights to cut their budget with not signing new players. Currently in the bj-league there is a minimun salary of $30000 for players that are drafted and most of teams are refusing to pay domestic players more than the minimum salary.

The most suprising moment was when five time all-star and two time 1st team bj-league player Cohey Aoki (167-G-80) was not involved in the expansion draft. Many people expected most of the bj-league powerhouse Tokyo Apache players to land in to the four expansion teams for the following season after the front office of Tokyo made the deccision to drop out of the 2011-2012 season.

There was also bj-league star Kazuya Hatano (192-F-82), Masashi Joho (183-G-82) and Junpei Nakama (193-G/F-83) who was all selected to the all-star game for the previous season.


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BC Astana lands Jerry Johnson from Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News
BC Astana came up with important signing. The newly formed team from the Kazakhstan capital landed point guard Jerry Johnson (183-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Rider) for season 2011/12. BC Astana will compete in VTB United League next season.
Jerry Johnson arrives to BC Astana from Galatasaray. He appeared 28 times in TBL last season averaging 11.2 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3 assists. Johnson paced Galatasaray to Turkish league Finals. He also added 7.8 ppg, 1.5 rpg and 1.5 apg for 6 games in EuroCup. Johnon joined Galatasaray in January from Lietuvos Rytas. From April of 2008 until the summer of 2010, Jerry Johnson was a member of Charleroi. He helped them win three Belgian league titles. In 2010, Johnson was named Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Guard of the Year. Before Charleroi, he was a member of Clermont, APOEL Nicosia, Mersin and Polpharma.


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Ghassan Sarkis To lead the National team till 2013 - by John Khoury
The lebanese Federation just appointed Coach Ghassan Sarkis to lead the National Team to win it's First Asian cup.
Thee meeting ended around 7:30 pm , after a crucial vote that ended with 8 votes leading Coach Ghassan into the National team from its biggest doors.
Finally, the Fans will celebrate having a lebanese coach for the lebanese national team.
Finally, basketball Lovers will be waiting for their first ever asian cup victory, heading to the olympics.

Congratulations lebanon, congratulation coach ghassan sarkis.
Asia 2011.... the Cedars Are coming.


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Valanciunas Close To Buyout But Won't Play In NBA Next Season - by Greg
Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) is close to a buyout with Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius, according to sources.

But the buyout would not allow Valanciunas to come to the NBA for the 11-12 season, according to the report.

The Cavaliers are high on Valanciunas with the fourth overall selection, but would likely not select him if he wouldn't arrive until the 12-13 season.



Zalgiris keeps Head Coach Ilias Zouros - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris Kaunas announced signing of one-year contract extension with their Head Coach Ilias Zouros (agency: Alti Sport ). The Greek specialist took over Zalgiris in January this year. He led them to Lithuanian and Baltic league titles. Zalgiris also won the Lithuanian Cup this year. It was more than enough for Zouros to get an extension. He was also awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Coach of the Year.
Before Zalgiris, Ilias Zouros (agency: Alti Sport ) spent three and a half years with Panellinios Athens. He reached EuroCup and Greek league Semifinals with them in 2010. He also coached at the Greek All-Star Game that year. In the past, Zouros worked with Paris Basket Racing, Aris, Peristeri, Sagesse Beirut and Olympiakos. Ilias Zouros (agency: Alti Sport ) is currently the Head Coach of Greek NT.


Lithuania prevail against Brazil in Druskininkai - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U19 - Brazil U19 76:70

Lithuania celebrated victory in the first exhibition encounter against Brazilian counterparts. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) stepped up with 21 points to pace the hosts. The teams will meet again later tonight.
Lithuania ensured a 21:17 lead after ten minutes of action. The hosts kept Brazil at distance throughout the second period. They secured a 43:36 lead at the interval. Brazil however bounced back in the third quarter. They limited the home side to just 10 points to enter the fourth frame up by three points. Lithuania came back to life late in regulation as they went on a decisive run and snatched a tough win at the end. Vytenis Cizauskas (190-G-92) netted 16 points, while Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) delivered 13 points in the winning effort. Raul Neto (184-G-92) answered with 20 points, 6 boards and 6 assists for Brazil. Lucas Riva (211-C-92) finished with 9 points in the loss.

Lithuania U19: Jonas Valanciunas 21, Vytenis Cizauskas 16, Dovydas Redikas 13
Brazil U19: Raul Neto 20, Lucas Riva 9



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Heffingen bring in Helder Carvalho - by Eurobasket News
Heffingen strengthened their frontcourt. They landed Helder Carvalho (206-F/C-84). The 27-year-old Portuguese power forward played for Sampaense in the previous season. His stats read 4.0 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game in LPB. Helder Carvalho used to be Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese Proliga Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2009.


T71 Dudelange tab Jairo Delgado - by Eurobasket News
T71 Dudelange have already started working to improve their roster for the next season. Newly crowned Diekirch League champions have agreed on terms of contract with Jairo Delgado (190-G/F-85). The deal is meant for one season. Jairo Delgado spent the last eight seasons with Etzella. Last season the 25-year-old forward tallied 11.6 points, 4.0 boards and 2.0 assists per appearance. Jairo Delgado plays for Luxembourg in 2011 European Championship in Division B Qualifying Games. His stats read 5.3 points, 2.0 boards and 1.0 steal per appearance. The forward is the member of Luxembourg National Team since 2007. Jairo Delgado earned All-Luxembourg League Honourable Mention from Eurobasket.com twice in 2008 and 2009 seasons. He also participated at Diekirch All-Star Game in 2010.


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CIBACOPA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin SOWELL
  Guasave
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 30.7
 1. Sowell, Guasave30.7 
 2. White, Cananea28.1 
 3. Sowell, Culiacan27.3 
 4. Gale, Mexicali26.8 
 5. Brown, Tepic24.8 
 6. White, Los Mochis24.2 
 7. Moore, Culiacan23.8 
 8. Brown, Cananea23.7 
 9. Brown, Tepic23.3 
 10. Gabbidon, Tijuana23.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Cananea
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Brown, Cananea11.3 
 2. Moss, Nogales9.9 
 3. Angounou, Guasave9.8 
 4. Brown, Tepic9.6 
 5. VanderMeer, Mexica.9.6 
 6. Broxsie, Nogales8.7 
 7. Malloy, Los Mochis8.7 
 8. Shipley, Tijuana8.6 
 9. Gray, Hermosillo8.3 
 10. Thomas, Hermosillo8.1 
Assists Per Game
 William FUNN
  Guasave
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Funn, Guasave8.2 
 2. Watson, Tijuana5.7 
 3. White, Los Mochis5.7 
 4. White, Cananea5.5 
 5. Winder, Guaymas5.2 
 6. Thomas, Hermosillo4.8 
 7. Brown, Tepic4.4 
 8. Nungaray, Guaymas4.2 
 9. Monreal, Hermosillo4.0 
 10. Marentes, Guaymas4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Cananea
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. White, Cananea2.2 
 2. Moore, Culiacan1.9 
 3. Roby, Guaymas1.8 
 4. Gale, Mexicali1.7 
 5. Funn, Guasave1.7 
 6. Brown, Cananea1.7 
 7. Rougeau, Culiacan1.6 
 8. Brown, Nogales1.6 
 9. White, Los Mochis1.6 
 10. Sowell, Guasave1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin SOWELL
  Culiacan
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Sowell, Culiacan3.2 
 2. Gale, Mexicali2.6 
 3. Sowell, Guasave2.3 
 4. White, Los Mochis2.2 
 5. Shipley, Tijuana2.2 
 6. Brown, Tepic2.1 
 7. Funn, Guasave2.1 
 8. Brown, Tepic2.0 
 9. Thomas, Hermosillo2.0 
 10. Malloy, Los Mochis1.9 


CIBACOPA Finals: Cananea jumps to 2-0 - by Eurobasket News
CIBACOPA Finals, Game 2: Cananea - Hermosillo 81-72 (2-0)

Cananea was better than Hermosillo once again. This time the hosts celebrated 81-72 victory for 2-0 lead in the series. Game Three is scheduled for Thursday at the Hermosillo's home court.
The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 34-23 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Davin White (186-G-81, college: Cal.St. Northridge) who scored 35 points (!!!) (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Forward Derek Thomas (193-84, college: Appalachian St.) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Mineros de Cananea's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Lorrenzo Wade (198-85, college: San Diego St.) produced 21 points and center Marquise Gray (206-86, college: Michigan St.) added 14 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Rayos de Hermosillo players scored in double figures.

Top scorers:
Cananea: D.White 35+3reb+3ast, B.Brown 14+7reb+1ast, D.Thomas 13+6reb+3ast, O.Zuniga 8+3reb+1ast, J.Casillas 7+4reb+1ast, M.Valenzuela 2+2reb+1ast
Hermosillo: L.Wade 21+4reb+3ast, J.Lopez 14+6reb+1ast, M.Gray 14+10reb, S.Monreal 12+2ast, C.Holmes 6+1reb, J.Manuel Esteva 4+4reb+3ast


CIBACOPA Finals: Cananea takes 1-0 lead against Hermosillo - by Eurobasket News
CIBACOPA Finals, Game 1: Cananea - Hermosillo 104-94 (1-0)

First game of the CIBACOPA Finals was played last night. Cananea was too strong for Hermosillo celebrating 104-94 win. The format is best-of-seven and Cananea will be the host in Game Two as well. The meeting is scheduled for today.
The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Derek Thomas (193-F-84, college: Appalachian St.) fired 29 points and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Brandon Brown (201-85, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) chipped in 27 points and 6 rebounds. Brown is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Mineros de Cananea's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Marquise Gray (206-86, college: Michigan St.) produced 19 points and 7 rebounds and forward Lorrenzo Wade (198-85, college: San Diego St.) added 21 points respectively for lost side. Five Rayos de Hermosillo players scored in double figures.

Top scorers:
Cananea: D.Thomas 29+2reb+4ast, B.Brown 27+6reb+1ast, D.White 21+1reb+6ast, O.Zuniga 7+2reb+3ast, I.Gutierrez 6+8reb+1ast, J.Casillas 6+2ast
Hermosillo: L.Wade 21+1reb+3ast, M.Gray 19+7reb+1ast, S.Monreal 14+1reb+4ast, J.Lopez 12+8reb+2ast, C.Holmes 11+2reb, J.Manuel Esteva 5+1reb+1ast


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Lakers set to add ex-Utah coach Jim Boylen to staff - by Eurobasket News
According to Ric Bucher of ESPN the Lakers and new coach Michael Brown are looking to add former University of Utah head coach Jim Boylen to the coaching staff.

Boylen coached the University of Utah from 2007-2011 before being fired from the position. His position with Utah was his first head coaching position after many years as an assistant in both the NCAA and NBA. Before taking the head coaching job in Utah, Boylen served under legendary coach Tom Izzo as an assistant for Michigan State.

This fills in one more piece of the coaching puzzle as the Lakers have spent the last several weeks looking for candidates to fill out Brown's staff. After bringing in former Detroit Pistons head coach John Kuester earlier this month the Lakers will need just one or two more coaches to complete the staff.

Current assistant Chuck Person has been offered a position to remain with the team, but no decision has been made yet on whether he will come back to the Lakers bench next season.

Courtesy of www.lakersnation.com


Report: Cavs 'commit' to Kyrie Irving at No. 1? - by Eurobasket News
Have the Cleveland Cavaliers officially decided on their man?

The Cavaliers hold the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday's 2011 NBA Draft and have long been expected to take Duke point guard Kyrie Irving (6'2''-G-92) with the pick.

ESPN.com reports that Cleveland has made up its mind:
The Cavaliers, after taking the temperature of the Timberwolves and Jazz to see if Kyrie Irving could somehow fall to No. 4 in Thursday's NBA draft, are now committed to the former Duke guard as the No. 1 pick and are fielding offers for the fourth pick, league sources said Monday.

In preparation for the No. 4 pick, Cleveland brought in Kentucky point guard Brandon Knight for a visit Monday.

And former Kentucky student Enes Kanter of Turkey, who was ruled by the NCAA to be permanently ineligible with the school, returned Monday for a second visit.
Meanwhile, the Cleveland Plain Dealer disputes the report on Twitter, writing: 'My NBA sources dispute ESPN report that Cavs have committed to Kyrie Irving at No. 1, but that doesn't mean they won't wind up taking him.'

This one probably qualifies as non-news. Since the Cavaliers won the Draft Lottery, Irving has been penciled in as their selection. The only other prospect in the running for the No. 1 selection is Arizona forward Derrick Williams, and it would be a massive upset if the Cavaliers selected him over Irving.

Things get a bit more interesting with the No. 4 pick, as there is no consensus as to who should go there. Flipping the pick to another lottery team to move a few spots up or down is definitely an option that's in play. Trading out of the pick entirely to obtain a proven veteran to help make Irving's life easier wouldn't be the worst idea either.

It's just unclear how valuable the No. 4 pick in a 2-player draft is.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Pistons interview Mike Woodson today, Bill Laimbeer Wednesday - by Eurobasket News
The Pistons' coaching search goes on, and Mike Woodson is in town Monday to meet with team president Joe Dumars.

Woodson, the former Atlanta Hawks coach and one-time Pistons assistant, is considered the front-runner for the job due to his success with the Hawks.

The Hawks missed the playoffs in each of his first three seasons in Atlanta (2004-05 through 2006-07), then qualified in the three following years. The Hawks won 37 games in 2007-08, 47 in 2008-09 and 53 in 2009-10. He was fired after the 2009-10 season.

Pistons center Ben Wallace, at Charlie Villanueva's charity softball game two weekends ago, said he was leaning toward coming back for one more season. When asked if Woodson being hired would entice him to return, Wallace said, 'It certainly wouldn't hurt.'

Woodson was an assistant under Larry Brown during the Pistons' 2004 championship run, and was offered the Hawks job that summer.

The Pistons have already interviewed Lawrence Frank and Kelvin Sampson. Minnesota Timberwolves assistant and former Piston Bill Laimbeer will interview for the position Wednesday.

Courtesy of http://detnews.com


Ricky Rubio lands in Minnesota - by Eurobasket News
Bienvenido, Ricky!

Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio (6'4''-G-90) received a warm welcome from fans and Minnesota Timberwolves employees on Monday as he arrived at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. The Timberwolves have waited for two years for the flashy 20-year-old Spaniard to arrive.

About 200 people waited for Rubio to get through customs. He entered baggage claim to raucous cheers, smiled sheepishly and signed some autographs.

Rubio tweeted that he was heartened by the welcome. He will hold his introductory press conference on Tuesday morning.

Courtesy of ESPN


Q&A with Manu Ginobili - by Eurobasket News
Six weeks after a shocking loss to the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies sent the No. 1 Spurs to an early summer vacation, All-NBA guard Manu Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) has turned his basketball focus to his Argentine national teams pursuit of a berth in the 2012 Olympic tournament in London.

From his offseason home in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, where he recently has completed a move to a new residence, the Spurs star took time to discuss, via telephone, the importance of the FIBA Americas tournament his country will host this summer and reflect on the Spurs great season gone to waste.

Heres a transcrit of the Ginobili interview, including his thoughts on watching his twin sons take their first steps, the Mavericks winning the NBA title, the looming NBA lockout, plus some happy news about former Spurs center Fabricio Obertos medical clearance to join him on the Argentine national team:?

How has your summer been?

Long, so far. Its been a month and a half already since we lost (in the first round). I took my first month off, as I usually do. Now Im trying to lift. Next week, I start running, slowly getting in shape. At the end of July, we start training with the national team. But I am enjoying my time with my family, loving it, spending lots of time with the boys, of course, and making some arrangements with my new home here, getting used to it with my family and friends.

Are the twins, Dante and Nicola, shooting hoops yet?

(Laughing) Not yet. Today they are 13 months. They are trying to walk, but they prefer falling. They are climbing on chairs and anything they can use to pull themselves up. It is fun and I have plenty of time for them and we are all loving it, us (Ginobili and his wife, Many), grandparents, uncles.

How goes the rehab from the sprained-fractured elbow?

I've been told not to play hoops for a month, month and a half, two months not to put pressure on the arm.

I notice now that the pain is almost gone. The last time I did the MRI, probably around May 16 (or) May 20, they told me that the bone edema that I had was controlling itself, but I still needed a little time to go.

The little fracture is almost healed, but I needed more time to get completely healed. I am not playing basketball now, but lifting carefully. Running, well, I dont need my elbow to run. Soon, I will start shooting free throws, with a break for a little bit, and see how it goes.

With 20-20 hindsight and the MRI that showed the elbow fracture, do you think it was it a mistake to try to play when you did?

I do not. The doctors said that if I avoided full extension of the joint, nothing bad could happen and, of course, that is why I wore the brace. It was a fracture, but it was tiny, at the very tip of the ulna, so it was not a big deal, not a big fracture that could bother me. I was OK.

Did the injury give you many problems? It appeared the brace you had to wear on your right arm affected your ability to handle the ball easily.

Of course, I wasnt at full strength, but what are you going to do? You just play the way you are, and we are not the only team that had injuries. At least I could play and Im not gong to say we just lost because I missed Game 1.

It just happens, and if you are going to win the championship, you have to do without a player for a game, and we should have won without me for one game.

To tell the truth, they could have easily beaten us in Game 5 at home. So no excuse. Of course, I was limited, but we are better than that.

How important is it for you to play in the ?FIBA Americas tournament (Aug. 30-Sept. 12, in Mar del Plata, Argentina) and help your national team get to the next Olympics?

Very, very important for me. Not only because it gives me the opportunity to play in my last Olympic Games, but also it will be the first time we have played in Argentina in a decade. After all we have accomplished, having the opportunity to play in front of our fans and our people is very important. It is going to be fun. It is just a short time, just nine games.?

I know I only have this one and probably the next one to play with all my great friends on the team, Luis (Scola) and Fabri (Oberto) and (Andres) Nocioni and (Carlos) Delfino and the rest. It is really exciting.

So Fabricio has been cleared to play? (Note: Oberto retired from the Portland Trail Blazers last season because of ongoing problems with cardiac arrhythmia.)

Fabri is planning to play. He is getting into really good shape. He got the OK from the doctors, so he is trying to get into better shape, the best possible.

He got the thumbs-up to go do it. Of course, he is rusty, but we all know how hard he will work, and I am thrilled to play with him again and pumped to again play together, a month and a half to be with him and all my other friends on the team.

Has there been any discussion yet of the insurance issues?

No, that is an important issue and nobody really knows what is going to happen. Ive been in touch with the NBPA (the players union) to know whats going on, but it is very shaky. We all understand the situation. Nobody knows what can be done with a lockout coming. Nobody really knows what is going to happen.

Would you play without insurance?

That is a really tough decision to make if we arrived at that point. We will have to dig down with teammates and friends and make a decision, a really difficult one, and I dont think that many players are going to be able to play if we dont find an option for insurance. Im really hoping that the NBPA finds a good, solid insurance company, finds the money that is needed and we can all think about playing.

If there is a lockout, would you consider going to play overseas, where you were a star a decade ago?

Not really. I would consider it only if the whole season was canceled. If the lockout goes to January and the season is canceled, I might consider. If not, no I wouldnt.

To go make a move to Europe and then be called back to the NBA in a few weeks .?.?. I dont want to do that and many teams wont be willing unless they get a guarantee they will stay the whole year.

With that six weeks of time to reflect, what do you take away from the Spurs season and playoffs?

As I said before, I think we had a very good season, so of course it was a great season. Of course, the low point is we peaked probably too early December, January, instead of April, as usual. But I truly believe it was a very tight and close playoff against Memphis and if we could have beat them, and been healthy, we could have made it.

I dont think we were that much less than OKC or the Lakers or Mavs or Heat. We faced a tough opponent that we had difficulty matching up with and they beat us, really fair and square. But if we had beat them, we would have the same chance of making it to the (NBA) Finals as we all thought.

The Mavericks won the championship but they needed six games against the Blazers in the first round. That is how the playoffs are.

You remember against the Suns in 2007 we had a very tough (conference semifinals) series, but we won that and then won against Utah in five and Cleveland in four.

I think we had a shot. Memphis played really well and aggressively and just beat us.

Is there any sense at all that last year, especially with the No. 1 seed, really may have been the last best shot for the three of you, Tim (Duncan) and Tony (Parker) and yourself?

Not really, because you probably could have said that the year before, and then we went out there and started to fight and play hard and won 61 games.

So we will try to do it again and try to accomplish the goal. Its hard to say when a team has its last shot. Of course, the Bulls lost Michael Jordan and couldnt make another run. But weve got the same core of players and nothing changed dramatically, so why not? I believe in our players and our organization so I believe we do have another shot.

Tony recently said to French journalists that he didnt believe the Spurs were capable of winning the championship any longer. What is your take on that?

I heard about it, but I didnt read the quote or how he said it, but I never trust what I dont hear directly.

Sometimes its not exactly what you meant to say, and I dont really believe Tony meant that. We all saw what we did this year and there is no reason to believe next year will be so much different in six months. It depends on how professional we are in the offseason, and then after a lockout.

Its not that easy. We wont be the main candidate to win it, but the Mavs werent the main candidate this year and not many people believed the Mavs could win it. But it can happen.

Did you watch any of the NBA Finals?

None. Zero. I simply couldnt take it. I would go online the day after to see what happened, but it hurt too much to watch the games. I just followed the scores.

I watched a couple games between Mavs and Thunder, but that was hard, too, so not much else.

Is there some gratification for a veteran player, such as yourself, to see guys like Dirk (Nowitzki) and (Jason) Kidd and (Shawn) Marion finally win a championship, rather than the team that tried to orchestrate its own greatness?

I said it on Twitter. Jason Kidd is a great pro and player and I admire him. It was good to see him get a championship at 38 and playing huge minutes and making the biggest stops. The rest are younger, a little different. Jason Kidd is sort of like Michael Finley for us in 07. To see him get his chance was great. I really respect him.

Dirk and Marion will have many more shots.

I hear (former Spur) Ian (Mahinmi) played some big minutes, too. I didnt watch. Hes a good kid and he has many more years. Good for him to go and play in the Finals.

Is it hard when you think back to the game up in Dallas on March 18, everyone healthy, the team beginning to gain some momentum with the playoffs approaching, the Mavericks also at full strength and still in position to move up in the standings, maybe even all the way to No. 1. Yet, you win the game to go 3-1 against the eventual champions? Or is there some consolation in knowing that when both teams were healthy, the Spurs were the equal of the eventual champions?

I think we were equal, but its just one game. We can beat the Lakers or Heat or Mavs one game. That happens in a season.

Sometimes I do think we match up better against the Mavs than Memphis, for example. But we lost in the first round, so we didnt get a chance to win the championship. (The Mavs) swept the Lakers, which isnt easy. So we cant think of that regular-season game. Thats just not the way it is.

You are 34 and under contract through the 2012-13 season. You also were named All-NBA at age 34, proof you are still an impactful player. Have you begun to consider how much longer you intend to play in the NBA?

I really dont know. Of course, anybody can tell that I played very good last season, especially at the beginning, but I dont know how I will feel next season or the next few years.

Everybody knows I dont have the same legs I once did, but I try to be decisive for my team, be a leader and provide ways for my team to win. I think I can do it for a few years more, but it depends on how I feel physically and mentally. If I am as motivated as Ive ever been, I will keep going, but if not, I will say thanks to everybody and keep going on with my life.

Courtesy of http://blog.mysanantonio.com


Mav's Dwane Casey to be Raptors' head coach - by Eurobasket News
Outside of a glitch of unimaginable proportions, Dwayne Casey will be the next head coach of the Raptors.

The longtime NBA assistant went through a 90-minute telephone interview with members of the board of directors of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment on Sunday afternoon, according to sources, and was to have dinner in New York City on Monday with minority owner Larry Tanenbaum.

If nothing untoward came out of those meetings, the 54-year-old Casey could be introduced as early as Tuesday as the successor to Jay Triano and the eighth head coach in the 16-year history of the Toronto franchise.

Terms of Caseys pending deal were not immediately available.

A former head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves (53-69 overall, 20-20 in 2007 when he was fired), Casey has worked as an assistant for a handful of accomplished NBA head coaches George Karl, Nate McMillan and most recently Rick Carlisle in Dallas.

He is known for his ability to institute a consistently good defensive system, an attribute sorely lacking with the Raptors, a team that was statistically the worst defensive team in the NBA last year and one thats never established a reputation for being hard-nosed or successful at that end of the floor.

He is generally credited with instituting one of the most effective zone defences in the league with the Mavericks, a move that helped them get past Portland, the Lakers, Oklahoma City and Miami en route to the franchises first NBA championship.

Casey also should arrive just days before Raptors president and general manager Bryan Colangelo reaches another watershed mark in the rebuilding process of a team coming off a 22-60 2010-11 and a third playoff-free spring in a row.

Colangelo and members of his staff conducted their final pre-draft workouts in the New York City area, getting a look at 6-11 Czech forward Jan Vesely in a workout for a group of teams Sunday and putting 6-9 forward-centre Bismack Biyombo, a Congolese 18-year-old who played last season in Spain, through a session on their own Monday.

With so much indecision above them in the draft Cleveland has the first and fourth picks sandwiched around Minnesota at No. 2 and Utah at No. 3 its been impossible for the Raptors to get a firm grasp on who might be available at their choice.

They have, according to league sources, made efforts to move up to No. 2 but dont have a good match with Minnesota and have narrowed their list of draft hopefuls to about four.

That group would include Kentucky guard Brandin Knight, Lithuanian centre Jonas Valanciunas, San Diego State swingman Kawhi Leonard and Biyombo with Vesely and Connecticut guard Kemba Walker as fallback possibilities.

Meanwhile, there was no word on which if any of the current Raptors assistant coaches may join Casey in Toronto when their contracts expire at the end of June.

Casey has had a long-standing relationship with Toronto assistant Micah Nori but its unclear how close he is to any of P.J. Carlisemo, Alex English or Scott Roth. Only Carlesimo is under contract to the Raptors next season but hes been conspicuously absent from much of the pre-draft workout process and his future with the team is very much in doubt.

Courtesy of www.thestar.com


Phoenix Suns could go big in Thursday's NBA draft - by Eurobasket News
When it comes to the Suns' draft situation for Thursday night, it is easier to address what won't happen:

- They won't end the night without a draft choice.

- They won't trade Vince Carter's (6'5''-G-77, college: N.Carolina) contract, opting instead to buy him out for $4 million in the coming days.

- They probably won't use one of their trade exceptions to take on extra payroll, which could compromise flexibility expected in 2012.

- They surely are not pushing to trade center Marcin Gortat to Minnesota, a rumor that got so out of hand that Gortat received a call to assure him it was not happening.

There is a strong possibility that the Suns will keep their No. 13 overall pick and choose from a group of decent power forwards expected to be there.

There are other position possibilities, but the Suns need front-line help, and the available crop could include long-armed defensive dynamo Bismack Biyombo of Congo, Kansas tough guy Markieff Morris, developing Texas 20-year-old Tristan Thompson and Morehead State rebounding fiend Kenneth Faried.

The Suns also could consider a guard. They might decide to continue the seven-year search for a point guard Steve Nash successor if BYU's Jimmer Fredette (6'2''-G) (if he gets past Utah at No. 12) or Connecticut's Kemba Walker (6'1''-PG-90) are available. Or they could go for a potential scorer at shooting guard such as Washington State's Klay Thompson or Colorado's Alec Burks, who is working out in Phoenix on Monday. The Suns are wondering if he could be a combo guard at 6 feet 6.

In a filmed conversation for Fredette's YouTube channel, he said the Suns told him they want a forward or a point guard. His agent, Chris Emens, also said 'there's a high degree of probability that their draft pick will come out of that workout,' referring to Fredette's workout Monday in Phoenix with Thompson, Markieff and Marcus Morris and Florida State defensive-minded small forward Chris Singleton.

The Suns also could try to add a pick. They dealt their 2011 second-round pick in the Hakim Warrick sign-and-trade deal last year with Chicago.

'We are in constant conversation all day, every day with virtually every team in the league, trying to see if there's anything we need to get an additional pick or if there are other ways to improve our team,' Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby said. 'Like most of the conversations in the NBA, they usually don't come to fruition. We're trying to take everyone's temperature.'

Since 2004, the Suns have traded or sold five first-round picks. Of the three first-round picks they kept, Alando Tucker and Earl Clark are gone and Robin Lopez no longer is considered unavailable on the trade market. This 13th pick would be their highest selection they kept since drafting Amar'e Stoudemire ninth in 2002.

'At some point, we have to get younger,' Babby said. 'We want to begin with the draft to infuse younger players into our team.'

The draft has been criticized for being weak, particularly after four potential top-10 picks (North Carolina's Harrison Barnes, Baylor's Perry Jones, Ohio State's Jared Sullinger and Kentucky's Terrence Jones) elected to return to school, in part because of the threat of a NBA lockout starting July 1.

Suns General Manager Lance Blanks still believes there is parity in the draft. Adding a draft pick can only slightly improve the Suns, necessitating other moves to make them better next season while positioning for a bigger opportunity to improve next year.

'The 13th pick, we're excited to have it,' Blanks said. 'We feel like we can get a good player there and someone who will have the potential to help us, whether it's in the near term or long term.'

2011 NBA Draft
When: 4 p.m. Thursday.

Suns' pick: No. 13. It is expected to occur at around 5:30.

TV: ESPN.

Courtesy of www.azcentral.com


Valanciunas Close To Buyout But Won't Play In NBA Next Season - by Greg
Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) is close to a buyout with Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius, according to sources.

But the buyout would not allow Valanciunas to come to the NBA for the 11-12 season, according to the report.

The Cavaliers are high on Valanciunas with the fourth overall selection, but would likely not select him if he wouldn't arrive until the 12-13 season.



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


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Smart-Gilas at the SEABA - by Eurobasket
The Smart-Gilas Pilipinas national team will not have veterans Asi Taulava (206-C-73, college: BYU-Hawaii) and Dondon Hontiveros (188-G-77) when the team competes in the 9th SEABA Championship that will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia. Both Hontiveros and Taulava will play for their respective teams in this years Governors Cup.

No Dondon and Asi for Smart Gilas in SEABA

Even without Dondon Hontiveros and Asi Taulava, the Smart-Gilas national squad expects nothing less than a first-place finish in the upcoming Southeast Asian Basketball Championship that will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia from June 23-26.
A tournament that has been traditionally dominated by the Philippines ever since it was established in 1994, the country has won the last two titles while winning five of the possible nine.
Aside from Hontiveros and Taulava, center Greg Slaughter (211-C-88) and forward Aldrech Ramos (198-C/F-88) will also not play because of their commitment to their respective teams in the UAAP.
Hontiveros and Taulava are participating in the 2011 PBA Governors Cup and the earliest possible time that they can join is when the current conference is finished. Meanwhile, Kelly Williams (198-F-82, college: Oakland) and Jimmy Alapag (178-G-77, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) of the Talk N Text Tropang Texters are also not expected to suit up for the national team until August.
The SEABA Championship is the qualifying tournament for the 2011 FIBA-Asia Championship that will be held in China in September. The top three teams from the SEABA joust will move on and advance to the FIBA-Asia tournament, where the winner will represent Asia in the 2012 London Olympics.
Smart Gilas-Pilipinas will be represented by 610 naturalized center Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, college: Providence), Christopher Tiu John (178-PG-85), Mark Barroca (198-F/C-88), Joseph Evans Casio (177-PG-86), Marnel Baracael (193-F/G-85), Marcio Lassiter (188-G-87, college: Cal.St. Fullerton), Japeth Aguilar (207-C-85, college: W.Kentucky), Christopher Lutz Ryan (191-G-85, college: Marshall), Dylan Ababou (193-G/F-86), and Jason Ballesteros (200-C-85).
The Philippines will be facing Malaysia on June 23, then followed by Indonesia on the 24th, and Singapore on the 25th. The two teams with the best record after the elimination round will play in a knockout championship game on June 26.


10-man Gilas squad for SEABA - by Eurobasket
WITHOUT four pro players and two collegiate standouts, the Smart Gilas-Pilipinas squad competing in the coming Southeast Asia Basketball Association Championship is down to 10 men.
But coach Rajko Toroman, the mentor who steered Iran to its first-ever Olympic stint in mens basketball, is unperturbed.
Our goal is the FIBA-Asia Mens Basketball Championship. Yes, SEABA is part of our itinerary, but our objective really is to get to the Olympic qualifying tournament and earn an Olympic spot, added Toroman.
Its been nearly five decades since the Philippines has played in the Olympics. The Filipinos, then bannered by the likes of William Bogs Adornado, Freddie Webb, and the late Ed Ocampo among others, played in the Munich Olympics in 1972.
Todays generation of national mens basketball team will get another shot at an Olympic berth as Smart Gilas has already secured a seat in the FIBA-Asia Mens Basketball Championship in China in September following a strong fourth-place finish in the FIBA-Asia Stankovic Cup last year.
This gave Toroman a reason not to tap the likes of Kelly Williams, Jimmy Alapag, Asi Taulava and Dondon Hontiveros for the SEABA and William Jones Cup tournaments.
The four players have returned to their respective mother squads in the Philippine Basketball Association and are currently playing in the short, import-laced Governors Cup. They will join Gilas in August after the 36th PBA season.
We will play in the SEABA and Jones Cup to keep our players sharp for the Olympic qualifying tournament, said Toroman.
Aside from the four pro players, the Gilas squad will also miss theservices of versatile big man Aldrech Ramos and seven-foot center Greg Slaughter, who have returned to their respective ball clubs in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines for the coming collegiate wars.
Ramos, a 66 forward, is back with the Far Eastern University Tamaraws, while Slaughter is expected to play for the four-peat seeking Ateneo Blue Eagles.
The 10-man roster of Gilas to the SEABA tournament will be led by team captain Chris Tiu. Also in the squad are Mark Barroca, JV Casio, Mac Baracael, Marcio Lassiter, Japeth Aguilar, Chris Lutz, Dylan Ababou, Jason Ballesteros and naturalized player Marcus Douthit.
Smart Gilas starts its bid on June 23 against the KL Dragons of Malaysia, a team which will be handled by Filipino mentor Ariel Vanguardia, former head coach of Jose Rizal University and assistant coach of Talk N Text. RJ
Courtesy of Manila Standsrd Today


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Zastal Zielona Gora keeps coach Jankowski - by Eurobasket News
Zastal Zielona Gora announced signing of two-year contract extension with their Head Coach Tomasz Jankowski . The Polish specialist took over Zielona Gora last summer registering 9-13 record in PLK. They ended as No.9, what is considered as good result and the team decided to sign an extension with Jankowski. Zielona Gora was the PLK newcomer last season. Before Zielona Gora, Tomasz Jankowski worked two years with PBG Basket Poznan. He also has experience from Viking Gdynia and Kager Gdynia. In 2008, Jankowski was the Head Coach of Polish U18 National Team. A year after that, he led U20 Poland to Bronze medal at the European Championships U20 Division B in Skopje.
Last week, Zastal Zielona Gora renewed the contracts of Marcin Flieger (182-G-84, agency: Promotex) and Rafal Rajewicz (203-C-88). Rafal Rajewicz started the season in Zastal. The centre averaged 0.9 points and 1.8 rebounds per game in PLK. He then moved on loan to Siarka Tarnobrzeg. His stats read 8.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.6 steals per appearance. Rafal Rajewicz played for Zastal ZG since 2006. Marcin Flieger joined Zastal back in 2009. Last season the guard tallied 8.1 points, 1.9 assists, 1.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game in PLK. Marcin Flieger was named Eurobasket.com All-Polish 1st Liga Guard of the Year back in 2010 when he helped Zastal ZG get promoted to PLK. He also played for Politechnika Poznanska, Viking Gdynia, Energa Czarni, Pyra Poznan and Kotwica Kolobrzeg.


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BSN Round 26: Mets defeat Cangrejeros in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in BSN.

The most exciting game of round 26 in the BSN took place in Guaynabo. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Cangrejeros (15-14) to fourth ranked Mets (17-12) 94-93 on Friday evening. The hosts trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 30-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Cangrejeros helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International swingman Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-86, college: Virginia Tech) scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American center Shaun Pruitt (208-85, college: Illinois, agency: Edge Sports) chipped in 17 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Naturalized Ivorian guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) responded with 22 points and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Mets moved-up to second place, which they share with San German. Cangrejeros lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with 14 games lost. Mets is looking forward to face Maratonistas (#8) in Coamo in the next round where they are favorite. Cangrejeros will have a break next round.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Capitanes (16-12) against ninth ranked Indios (10-17) on Thursday night. Host Capitanes were crushed by Indios in Arecibo 105-66. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Capitanes. Naturalized American forward Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!) to lead the effort and Alejandro Carmona supported him with 21 points. Indios' coach Eddie Casiano felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 26 points and 5 rebounds by naturalized American guard Ismael Caro (182-82, college: New Haven, agency: Paris Global Sports) did not help to save the game for Capitanes. Indios maintains ninth position with 10-17 record. Capitanes at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 12 games lost. Indios will play against higher ranked Quebradillas (#5) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Capitanes will play against the league's second-placed Atleticos and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Atleticos (17-12) against tenth ranked Gallitos (10-20) on Thursday night. Host Atleticos were defeated by Gallitos in San German 91-78. The best player for the winners was Shavlik Randolph who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. Filiberto Rivera produced 23 points and 6 assists for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Gallitos maintains tenth position with 10-20 record. Loser Atleticos dropped to the second place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Guaynabo. Gallitos will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Atleticos will play against Capitanes in Arecibo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 26: San German won against Mayaguez on the opponent's court 94-84. Quebradillas managed to outperform Isabela in a home game 99-87. Coamo managed to beat Humacao on the road 86-81.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 29 points and 17 rebounds by Mike Harris of San German.


Guaynabo - Santurce 94-93

The most exciting game of round 26 in the BSN took place in Guaynabo. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Cangrejeros (15-14) to fourth ranked Mets (17-12) 94-93 on Friday evening. The hosts trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 30-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Cangrejeros helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International swingman Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-86, college: Virginia Tech) scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American center Shaun Pruitt (208-85, college: Illinois, agency: Edge Sports) chipped in 17 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Naturalized Ivorian guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) responded with 22 points and 5 assists and American forward Michael Sweetney (203-82, college: Georgetown) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Five Mets and four Cangrejeros players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Mets moved-up to second place, which they share with San German. Cangrejeros lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with 14 games lost. Mets is looking forward to face Maratonistas (#8) in Coamo in the next round where they are favorite. Cangrejeros will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Santurce: W.Hodge 22+3reb+5ast, R.Sanchez 19+8reb, M.Sweetney 15+11reb+1ast, A.Reyes 11+11reb, E.'Guayito' Santiago 10+1reb+2ast, R.Chaney 8+2reb+3ast
Guaynabo: A.Daniel Vassallo 19+6reb+6ast, S.Pruitt 17+11reb+1ast, A.Luis Figueroa 16+6reb+4ast, C.Escalera 13+2reb+7ast, S.Villegas 12, R.Dalmau 11+4reb+1ast
gschID: 125608


Mayaguez - San German 84-94

Very expected game in Mayaguez where 9th ranked Indios (10-17) were defeated by third ranked Atleticos (17-12) 94-84 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 10 points. The best player for the winners was forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 17 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field). The former international guard Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-84, college: VCU) chipped in 18 points. Five Atleticos players scored in double figures. Guard Carlos Rivera (187-83, college: Hofstra, agency: Paris Global Sports) produced 27 points and 5 assists and American forward Brandon Robinson (202-81, college: Auburn, agency: Paris Global Sports) added 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Atleticos moved-up to second place, which they share with Guaynabo. Loser Indios keep the ninth position with 17 games lost. Atleticos will meet at home Capitanes (#4) in the next round. Indios will play against Quebradillas (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Mayaguez: C.Rivera 27+4reb+5ast, B.Robinson 19+6reb, L.Nailon 15+7reb, P.Graham 7+1reb+2ast, R.Clemente 5+15reb, L.Steven Ramirez 5+2ast
San German: M.Harris 29+17reb+1ast, J.Pellot-Rosa 18+3reb+3ast, F.Rivera 15+5reb+3ast, R.Abraham 13+3reb+4ast, J.Nieves 10+7reb+2ast, R.Orta 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 125609


Quebradillas - Isabela 99-87

Rather predictable result when sixth ranked Quebradillas (15-13) defeated at home bottom-ranked Gallitos (10-20) 99-87 on Saturday. Gallitos were trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 28-15 charge of Quebradillas, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Gallitos' 42. Quebradillas looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Gallitos' players. The best player for the winners was international center Peter John Ramos (222-85) who had a double-double by scoring 30 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. American-Australian guard CJ Bruton (188-75, college: Indian Hills CC) chipped in 28 points. Argentinian forward Alexander David Galindo (198-85, college: FIU) produced 25 points and 9 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and guard Jesus Verdejo (193-85, college: S.Florida) added 25 points respectively for the guests. Four Gallitos players scored in double figures. Quebradillas moved-up to fifth place. Loser Gallitos stay at the bottom position with 20 games lost. Quebradillas will meet Indios (#9) in the next round. Gallitos will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Isabela: A.David Galindo 25+9reb+1ast, J.Verdejo 25+4reb, S.Clancy 13+8reb, D.Hinson 12+7reb+8ast, F.Valencia 7+8reb, O.Ricardo 3+4reb
Quebradillas: P.John Ramos 30+12reb+4ast, C.Bruton 28+2ast, A.Alamo 18+6reb+3ast, R.Apodaca 9+3reb+6ast, J.Jones 7+5reb+5ast, S.Rosas 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 125610


Arecibo - Mayaguez 66-105

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Capitanes (16-12) against ninth ranked Indios (10-17) on Thursday night. Host Capitanes were crushed by Indios in Arecibo 105-66. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Capitanes. The game was mostly controlled by Indios. Capitanes was better in fourth quarter 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Capitanes to just 4 points in first quarter. Indios dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Capitanes' 40. They outrebounded Capitanes 55-34 including a 37-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Indios players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Capitanes' players. Naturalized American forward Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!) to lead the effort and the former international swingman Alejandro Carmona (194-83) supported him with 21 points. Four Indios players scored in double figures. Indios' coach Eddie Casiano felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 26 points and 5 rebounds by naturalized American guard Ismael Caro (182-82, college: New Haven, agency: Paris Global Sports) did not help to save the game for Capitanes. The former international forward Alexander Falcon (200-74) added 15 points for the hosts. Indios maintains ninth position with 10-17 record. Capitanes at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 12 games lost. Indios will play against higher ranked Quebradillas (#5) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Capitanes will play against the league's second-placed Atleticos and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Arecibo: I.Caro 26+5reb+1ast, A.Falcon 15+4reb, E.Ramirez 7+10reb, W.Orozco 7+10reb+1ast, A.Latimer 4+1reb, A.Erazo 4+1ast
Mayaguez: A.Carmona 21+2reb, R.Clemente 21+13reb+3ast, L.Nailon 12+6reb+3ast, C.Rivera 11+3reb+5ast, P.Graham 11+1reb+2ast, W.del Valle 6+8reb+1ast
gschID: 125605


San German - Isabela 78-91

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Atleticos (17-12) against tenth ranked Gallitos (10-20) on Thursday night. Host Atleticos were defeated by Gallitos in San German 91-78. The game was mostly controlled by Gallitos. Atleticos managed to win second period 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Atleticos 44-29 including 19 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Jesus Verdejo (193-85, college: S.Florida) chipped in 17 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. International point guard Filiberto Rivera (190-82, college: UTEP) produced 23 points and 6 assists and Panamanian power forward Jaime Lloreda (201-80, college: LSU, agency: Paris Global Sports) added 18 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five Gallitos and four Atleticos players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Gallitos maintains tenth position with 10-20 record. Loser Atleticos dropped to the second place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Guaynabo. Gallitos will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Atleticos will play against Capitanes in Arecibo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San German: F.Rivera 23+1reb+6ast, J.Lloreda 18+9reb+2ast, R.Abraham 13+3reb, J.Nieves 10+3reb, J.Rodriguez 6+2reb+4ast, G.Ruiz 4+2reb
Isabela: S.Randolph 23+12reb, A.David Galindo 20+5reb+1ast, J.Verdejo 17+9reb+8ast, F.Valencia 12+9reb+1ast, D.Hinson 10+1reb+7ast, R.Cotto 5+2reb
gschID: 125606


Humacao - Coamo 81-86

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Humacao where 7th ranked Caciques (13-16) were defeated by eighth ranked Maratonistas (12-18) 86-81 on Friday. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-81. The best player for the winners was guard Johwen Villegas (193-85, college: FIU) who scored 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. point guard Nick Leon (180-88, college: St.Peter's) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). The former international guard Miguel Ali Berdiel (198-83, college: Valparaiso, agency: Paris Global Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and American swingman James Maye (201-81, college: NC-Greensboro) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Maratonistas maintains eighth position with 12-18 record. Loser Caciques keep the seventh place with 16 games lost. Maratonistas will meet at home higher ranked Mets (#3) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Caciques will play against the league's leader Vaqueros (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Humacao: M.Ali Berdiel 22+11reb+5ast, J.Maye 19+5reb+1ast, D.Clemente 15+7reb+3ast, K.Penn 12+9reb+1ast, J.Life 7, L.A. Rivas 4+6reb
Coamo: N.Leon 19+4ast, G.Clavell 16+3reb, J.Villegas 13+7reb+4ast, C.Vega 12+2reb+4ast, A.Ortiz 8+1reb, A.McGhee 8+7reb+1ast
gschID: 125607




Harris number one in Puerto Rico for week 26 - by Eurobasket News
Forward Mike Harris (198-F-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last week for second-ranked San German, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 26.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 29 points and 17 rebounds, while his team beat Mayaguez (#9, 10-17) 94-84. San German is placed at 2nd position in Puerto Rican BSN. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. San German will need more victories to improve their 17-12 record. Harris just recently signed at San German, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Rice University star has very solid stats this year. Harris is in league's top in points (9th best: 17.5ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 12.2rpg) and averages impressive 1.5bpg and 56.2% FGP.

The second best player in last week's games was 25-year old American center Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Quebradillas. Ramos had a very good evening with a double-double of 30 points and 12 rebounds. Of course Quebradillas cruised to a 99-87 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Isabela (#10, 10-20). This victory allowed Quebradillas to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-13 record is not bad and everything may still change. Ramos is one of the most experienced players at Quebradillas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.7ppg (#1). He also registered 10.8 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last week was American forward Ramon Clemente (200-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) of Mayaguez (#9). Clemente scored 21 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Mayaguez, leading his team to a 105-66 easy win against the higher-ranked Arecibo (#4, 16-12). The chances of Mayaguez not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 17 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Clemente could try to bring Mayaguez's a little bit higher in the standings. Clemente has individually a great season in Puerto Rico. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 1.8apg (4th best). Ramon Clemente has also Puerto Rican passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jesus Verdejo (193-G-85) of Isabela - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Miguel Ali Berdiel (198-G-83) of Humacao - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Shavlik Randolph (208-F-83) of Isabela - 23 points and 12 rebounds
7. Carlos Rivera (187-G-83) of Mayaguez - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Ismael Caro (182-G-82) of Arecibo - 26 points and 5 rebounds
9. Angel Luis Figueroa (196-G/F-81) of Guaynabo - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Jesus Verdejo (193-G-85) of Isabela - 25 points and 4 rebounds

The Player of the week is choosen 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)


Guaynabo signs Carlos Figueroa - by Eurobasket News
Carlos Figueroa (197-G-88) is a new member of Guaynabo. The Puerto Rican guard signed a deal for rest of the BSN season. Figueroa spent 2010 BSN season with Coamo. A year before that, he was a member of Leones de Ponce.
Carlos Figueroa is a product of the Colegio Cristo Rey HS, where he played until 2007. He was a member of the Puerto Rican U18 and U21 National Team in the past. In 2006, Figueroa participated at the Global Games in Dallas. The player already made his debut with Guaynabo. He got four minutes against his former team Coamo, but was scoreless. Guaynabo grabbed 89-87 thriller win.


Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
 1. Bayamon 19-9 
 2. Guaynabo 18-12 
 3. Arecibo 17-12 
 4. San German 17-13 
 5. Quebradillas 16-13 
 6. Santurce 15-14 
 7. Humacao 13-17 
 8. Coamo 12-19 
 9. Mayaguez 10-18 
 10. Isabela 10-20 


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Peter John RAMOS
  Quebradillas
  (222-C-85)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Ramos, Quebradillas23.6 
 2. Vassallo, Guaynabo22.8 
 3. Dalmau, Bayamon21.4 
 4. Johnson, Humacao21.3 
 5. Villegas, Coamo19.5 
 6. Ayuso, Arecibo19.3 
 7. Romero, Mayaguez18.6 
 8. Randolph, Isabela18.0 
 9. Harris, San German17.9 
 10. Clinch, Isabela16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  San German
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Harris, San German12.7 
 2. Randolph, Isabela12.3 
 3. Narvaez, Coamo11.8 
 4. Pruitt, Guaynabo11.5 
 5. Ramos, Quebradillas10.8 
 6. Lloreda, San G.10.0 
 7. Romero, Mayaguez9.7 
 8. Sweetney, Santurce9.4 
 9. Shannon, Bayamon9.0 
 10. Clemente, Mayagu.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Bayamon
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Dalmau, Bayamon5.9 
 2. Brown, Quebradillas5.9 
 3. Rivera, San German5.0 
 4. Guzman, Guaynabo4.8 
 5. Clemente, Humacao4.6 
 6. Clinch, Isabela4.5 
 7. Rivera, Mayaguez4.3 
 8. Apodaca, Quebradil.4.2 
 9. Vega, Coamo4.1 
 10. Bruton, Quebradil.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Isabela
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Hinson, Isabela1.8 
 2. Clinch, Isabela1.5 
 3. Rivera, Mayaguez1.5 
 4. Hodge, Santurce1.4 
 5. Diaz, Arecibo1.4 
 6. Ayuso, Arecibo1.3 
 7. Carmona, Mayaguez1.3 
 8. Robinson, Mayaguez1.3 
 9. Chaney, Santurce1.3 
 10. Dalmau, Bayamon1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Penn, Humacao2.7 
 2. Santiago, Arecibo2.1 
 3. Traylor, Bayamon2.0 
 4. Sanchez, Santurce2.0 
 5. Romero, Mayaguez1.9 
 6. Aubry, Arecibo1.8 
 7. Lee, Bayamon1.8 
 8. Harris, San German1.5 
 9. Randolph, Isabela1.4 
 10. Ramos, Quebradill.1.2 


Weekly BSN Team Rankings-Week 12 - by Eric de la Cruz
This is a weekly segment that will be published every Monday, where I will rank the 10 teams of the BSN based primarily on Point Differential and Strength of Schedule, while also considering home and away games, back to backs, injuries and missing players (there is always player turnover in the league, be it teams changing import players, college players arriving at the end of their semester or native players still playing in Europe). Commentary will be included on some teams.

I would like to point out that for this week's numbers I didn't consider the stats of the Mayaguez-Arecibo game because Arecibo didn't use their starters (they thought that Mayaguez's court wasn't up to the standards of the league).

https://spreadsheets0.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?hl=en_US&hl=en_US&key=0ApWjwB4gj4zNdEZTLUg1MXNzblRkNDZNSHVqZGl4eWc&single=true&gid=26&range=a1%3Af11&output=html





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  RUSSIA   


CSKA keep Ramunas Siskauskas - by Eurobasket News
CSKA ensured the services of Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) for two more seasons. The sides have agreed on terms of contract extension. The Lithuanian guard averaged 5.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in VTB-League. In Euroleague Ramunas Siskauskas tallied 7.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals per appearance. In PBL his stats read 11.1 points, 3.1 boards and 2.0 assists. Ramunas Siskauskas was named into Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL 2nd Team.


CSKA renew contract with Andrey Vorontsevich - by Eurobasket News
Andrey Vorontsevich (204-F-87) renewed his contract with CSKA Moscow. The new deal is meant for three seasons. Andrey Vorontsevich joined CSKA back in 2006. Last season the forward averaged 8.1 points, 4.4 boards and 1.2 assists per game in PBL. In VTB-League his stats read 7.6 points, 5.4 boards and 1.0 assist per appearance. In Euroleague Andrey Vorontsevich posted 10.5 points, 4.3 boards and 1.1 assists. He received Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Honourable Mention. Andrey Vorontsevich participated at 2011 PBL All-Star Game. The forward played for Russian National Team at 2010 World Championships. He notched 8.9 points, 6.6 boards, 1.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game in Turkey.


CSKA Moscow denies rumors about Milos Teodosic - by Eurobasket News
President of CSKA Moscow, Andrey Vatutin, announced that the club has no intention to sign Milos Teodosic (195-G-87). He denied many reports which say that the Russian powerhouse targets Teodosic as a successor of point guard J.R. Holden, who announced his retirement last week.
Milos Teodosic is currently a member of Olympiakos. He played 18 games for them in Euroleague last season averaging 10.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists. In Greek league, Teodosic added 9.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 4.7 apg. He helped Olympiakos win the Greek Cup last season. They won the same trophy in 2010. Teodosic joined Olympiakos in 2007 from the Serbian team FMP Zeleznik. Milos Teodosic was Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Point Guard of the Year 2010. That same year he was also named All-Euroleague Player of the Year and All-Greek A1 League Guard of the Year.


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  SEABA   


10-man Gilas squad for SEABA - by Eurobasket
WITHOUT four pro players and two collegiate standouts, the Smart Gilas-Pilipinas squad competing in the coming Southeast Asia Basketball Association Championship is down to 10 men.
But coach Rajko Toroman, the mentor who steered Iran to its first-ever Olympic stint in mens basketball, is unperturbed.
Our goal is the FIBA-Asia Mens Basketball Championship. Yes, SEABA is part of our itinerary, but our objective really is to get to the Olympic qualifying tournament and earn an Olympic spot, added Toroman.
Its been nearly five decades since the Philippines has played in the Olympics. The Filipinos, then bannered by the likes of William Bogs Adornado, Freddie Webb, and the late Ed Ocampo among others, played in the Munich Olympics in 1972.
Todays generation of national mens basketball team will get another shot at an Olympic berth as Smart Gilas has already secured a seat in the FIBA-Asia Mens Basketball Championship in China in September following a strong fourth-place finish in the FIBA-Asia Stankovic Cup last year.
This gave Toroman a reason not to tap the likes of Kelly Williams, Jimmy Alapag, Asi Taulava and Dondon Hontiveros for the SEABA and William Jones Cup tournaments.
The four players have returned to their respective mother squads in the Philippine Basketball Association and are currently playing in the short, import-laced Governors Cup. They will join Gilas in August after the 36th PBA season.
We will play in the SEABA and Jones Cup to keep our players sharp for the Olympic qualifying tournament, said Toroman.
Aside from the four pro players, the Gilas squad will also miss theservices of versatile big man Aldrech Ramos and seven-foot center Greg Slaughter, who have returned to their respective ball clubs in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines for the coming collegiate wars.
Ramos, a 66 forward, is back with the Far Eastern University Tamaraws, while Slaughter is expected to play for the four-peat seeking Ateneo Blue Eagles.
The 10-man roster of Gilas to the SEABA tournament will be led by team captain Chris Tiu. Also in the squad are Mark Barroca, JV Casio, Mac Baracael, Marcio Lassiter, Japeth Aguilar, Chris Lutz, Dylan Ababou, Jason Ballesteros and naturalized player Marcus Douthit.
Smart Gilas starts its bid on June 23 against the KL Dragons of Malaysia, a team which will be handled by Filipino mentor Ariel Vanguardia, former head coach of Jose Rizal University and assistant coach of Talk N Text. RJ
Courtesy of Manila Standsrd Today


Four teams in fray for SEABA Championship starting on Thursday - by Eurobasket
Hosts Indonesia will take on Singapore and hot favorites Philippines will match wits with Malaysia on the opening day of the 9th SEABA Championship to be played in the Indonesia capital from Thursday.

The 9th SEABA Championship is the qualifying event for the 26th FIBA Asia Championship to be held in Wuhan (China) from Sept 15-25 with the top three teams earning their ticket to Wuhan.

Philippines finished fourth in the 3rd FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup at Beirut thus earning an additional berth for SEABA in the 26th FIBA Asia Championship along with the two allocated for each FIBA Asia sub zone.

The four teams Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore will play each other once before the top two teams qualify to play the final scheduled for Sunday.

Courtesy of FIBA Asia


Standings
Standings
1. Indonesia0-0
2. Malaysia0-0
3. Philippines0-0
4. Singapore0-0


Smart-Gilas at the SEABA - by Eurobasket
The Smart-Gilas Pilipinas national team will not have veterans Asi Taulava (206-C-73, college: BYU-Hawaii) and Dondon Hontiveros (188-G-77) when the team competes in the 9th SEABA Championship that will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia. Both Hontiveros and Taulava will play for their respective teams in this years Governors Cup.

No Dondon and Asi for Smart Gilas in SEABA

Even without Dondon Hontiveros and Asi Taulava, the Smart-Gilas national squad expects nothing less than a first-place finish in the upcoming Southeast Asian Basketball Championship that will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia from June 23-26.
A tournament that has been traditionally dominated by the Philippines ever since it was established in 1994, the country has won the last two titles while winning five of the possible nine.
Aside from Hontiveros and Taulava, center Greg Slaughter (211-C-88) and forward Aldrech Ramos (198-C/F-88) will also not play because of their commitment to their respective teams in the UAAP.
Hontiveros and Taulava are participating in the 2011 PBA Governors Cup and the earliest possible time that they can join is when the current conference is finished. Meanwhile, Kelly Williams (198-F-82, college: Oakland) and Jimmy Alapag (178-G-77, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) of the Talk N Text Tropang Texters are also not expected to suit up for the national team until August.
The SEABA Championship is the qualifying tournament for the 2011 FIBA-Asia Championship that will be held in China in September. The top three teams from the SEABA joust will move on and advance to the FIBA-Asia tournament, where the winner will represent Asia in the 2012 London Olympics.
Smart Gilas-Pilipinas will be represented by 610 naturalized center Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, college: Providence), Christopher Tiu John (178-PG-85), Mark Barroca (198-F/C-88), Joseph Evans Casio (177-PG-86), Marnel Baracael (193-F/G-85), Marcio Lassiter (188-G-87, college: Cal.St. Fullerton), Japeth Aguilar (207-C-85, college: W.Kentucky), Christopher Lutz Ryan (191-G-85, college: Marshall), Dylan Ababou (193-G/F-86), and Jason Ballesteros (200-C-85).
The Philippines will be facing Malaysia on June 23, then followed by Indonesia on the 24th, and Singapore on the 25th. The two teams with the best record after the elimination round will play in a knockout championship game on June 26.


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Vladimir Micov ends successful season in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Vladimir Micov (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) finished very successful season in Italy. The Serbian forward and his team Bennet Cantu reached SerieA Finals, but failed against the defending champion Montepaschi Siena, what was expected. The Siena team won the series with 4-1 and defended the title. In Game Five, which was played last night, Montepaschi grabbed 63-61 thriller win to close the series. Vladimir Micov shined in Cantu with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Cantu was No.2 in regular season with 22-8 record, what is together with participation in the Finals considered as a great success.
Vladimir Micov joined Cantu in December of 2009 from Caja Laboral. He appeared 42 times for them in SerieA this season averaging 10.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists. He also added 10.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 3 apg in EuroCup.

SerieA Finals, Game 5: Montepaschi Siena - Bennet Cantu 63:61 (4-1)
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 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 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 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.


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Tomas Bellas extends with Gran Canaria - by Eurobasket News
Tomas Bellas (185-G-87) extends with Gran Canaria for another two seasons. The Spanish Guard signed 2-year contract.
In 2009-2010 Tomas Bellas joined C.B. Gran Canaria 2014 (ACB) and debuted in EuroCup with 3.1ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.1apg. In Spanish League after 36 games his stats read 3.6ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.1apg. In 2010-2011 he improved to 4.2ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.5apg in EuroCup and in Spanish League after 36 games had 3.7ppg, 1.1rpg, 2.2apg.
Tomas Bellas recorded 18 points at the Regular Season Round 32 whe Gran Canaria outscored Unicaja 89-84. The hosts trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 5 points. Gran Canaria 2014 made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jaycee Carroll who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and guard Tomas Bellas who added 18 points during the contest.



Melilla about to sign Troy DeVries - by Mariano Galindo
Melilla is close to signing a contract with Troy DeVries (193-G-82, college: N.Mexico). The 28-yearl-old guard will join the LEB Oro team, according www.solobasket.com. DeVries will come back to Spain, where he played with Lleida and Girona, both in Oro. This American guard had success in University of New Mexico, where he showed that he was one of the best three point shooters of USA. Recently, DeVries has been playing in Trotamundos (Venezuela).

Regal Barca extends Pete Mickeal until 2013 - by Eurobasket News
Regal Barca announced signing of 2-year contract extension with Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati). The American forward got injured in December and missed rest of the season. He appeared 8 times in ACB averaging 15.4 points, 3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2 steals. In Euroleague, Mickeal added 14 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 1.5 apg in 4 games.
Pete Mickeal joined Regal Barca in 2009 from Tau Ceramica. He helped them win the Euroleague title two years ago collecting 12.1 ppg and 5.2 rpg. Barca also won the Copa del Rey in 2010 and this year as well. For his performance in 2009/10 Mickeal was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Europe 2nd Team 2010. He was also named Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Honorable Mention -10. Before Barca and Tau, Mickeal was a member of Daegu Orions (Korea), Breogan, Makedonikos, Dynamo Moscow and Peristeri. In 2005, Mickeal was named Eurobasket.com All-ULEB Cup Player of the Year.


Ricky Rubio lands in Minnesota - by Eurobasket News
Bienvenido, Ricky!

Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio (6'4''-G-90) received a warm welcome from fans and Minnesota Timberwolves employees on Monday as he arrived at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. The Timberwolves have waited for two years for the flashy 20-year-old Spaniard to arrive.

About 200 people waited for Rubio to get through customs. He entered baggage claim to raucous cheers, smiled sheepishly and signed some autographs.

Rubio tweeted that he was heartened by the welcome. He will hold his introductory press conference on Tuesday morning.

Courtesy of ESPN


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Sweden U20 finishes the EuroEssonne campaign - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U20 finishes the EuroEssonne campaign with four teams participating. At first Sweden lost to the hosts, France 63:82. 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.
Germany U20 overcame Sweden U20 73:67. The German side started with 22-7 and had 13-point advantage at the halftime. Germany added 22-18 in the third period, while the Scandinavian team responded with 24-13 in the last frame. Daniel Theis (205-C-92) and Malte Ziegenhagen poured in 13 points each, while Danilo Barthel (207-F-91, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) netted 10. Christopher Czerapowicz ended up with 14 points in the losing effort.
Slovenia U20 overcame Sweden U20 82:78. Nikolic Smrdelj paced all the winners with 18 points.



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Vacallo add three players - by Eurobasket News
Vacallo have ensured the services of Marcus Sloan (205-F-82, college: TCU), Rokas Uzas (202-F-88) and Lucas Waldesbuehl (195-F-89).
Marcus Sloan spent the previous season in Lions de Geneve. The forward posted 10.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.4 steals per game. Eurobasket.com named Marcus Sloan into All-Swiss LNA All-Defensive Team in 2011. Marcus Sloan used to be All-Swiss LNA Player of the Year in 2008.
Rokas Uzas played for Aisciai Kaunas in the last season. The 22-year-old forward tallied 11.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in BBL. In LKL Rokas Uzas notched 7.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists. Rokas Uzas received Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Honourable Mention in 2011.
Lucas Waldesbuehl recently played for Poly-Rapid Zurich Wildcats. Last season the forward posted 6.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in LNA.




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TM introduces Chia Fan - by Chris Wang
Taiwan Mobile officially introduced its new head coach Chia Fan Monday, hoping the young coach will lead the under-achieving team to the SBL playoffs.

Chia, who formerly coached Min Dao University, is considered one of the top young coaches in Taiwan after leading Nan-shan High School to HBL titles in 2008 and 2009. He also transformed Min Dao University from a Div-II team into a Div-I powerhouse, making the final four last year and the championship game this year.

A 2001 class of Pittsburgh State (Kansas) University with a PE degree, Chia replaced Cheng Chih-lung, who stepped down after failing to take Taiwan Mobile to the SBL playoffs in four years. Cheng left the team with a won-loss record of 44-76.

Meanwhile, TM also announced former guard Chen Huei and Shen Hsin-han will be Chia's assistants. Ex-assistants Huang Chun-hsiung and Kenny Kao were not retained.


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Turkey D2 and new import rule - by Mustafa Bozkurt
This year Turkish Division 2 will be more competitive and tough. There ll be only one group with 20 teams for 2011-2012 season. Turkish Basketball Federation finally dediced for the new season route. There ll be only one group with 20 teams and first eight will make play-off. Last 4 teams will go down. And the most important thing is new import rule. Turkish Federation allowed 2 imports but one of them will be on the court and one of them will wait on the bench. Most of the teams want to play with 2 import at the same time but Turkish Federation didnt decide in that way. The season is going to start at 8 of September. At the end of the day this year we ll see more tough and competitive league

Efes Pilsen returns Ermal Kurtoglu - by Eurobasket News
According to Turkish media, Ermal Kurtoglu (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) is set for his return to Efes Pilsen after one year. Reportedly, two sides already agreed a deal.
Ermal Kurtoglu spent last season with Galatasaray. He paced them to TBL Finals averaging 11.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.1 assist in 42 games. Eurobasket awarded Kurtoglu with All-Turkish League Center of the Year -11. He was also named Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League 1st Team -11 and Eurobasket.com Turkish League All-Domestic Players Team -11. Kurtoglu played 14 games in EuroCup last season adding 9 ppg and 3.1 rpg.
Ermal Kurtoglu had 4.9 ppg and 3.1 rpg for Efes Pilsen in 2009/10 (TBL). In Euroleague, he added 3.8 ppg and 2.4 rpg. He also played for Efes from 2003 to 2008. In the meantime, Kurtoglu spent one season in Spain with Valencia.
Ermal Kurtoglu was a member of the Turkish National Team from 2004 to 2007. Last summer, he played for the Albanian NT in Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011. He had 19.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 2.3 apg.


Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Awards 2010-11 - by Pervin Elgin
Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League 1st Team 2011
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Roko-Leni Ukic
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Player of the Year: Omer Onan (194-G-78) of Fener.Ulker
Guard of the Year: Omer Onan (194-G-78) of Fener.Ulker
Forward of the Year: Andre Smith (203-F-85) of Karsiyaka
Center of the Year: Ermal Kurtoglu (208-C-80) of Galatasaray
Newcomer of the Year: Marko Tomas (201-G-85) of Fener.Ulker
Most Improved Player of the Year: Emir Preldzic (206-F-87) of Fener.Ulker
Import Player of the Year: Andre Smith (203-F-85) of Karsiyaka
Domestic Player of the Year: Omer Onan (194-G-78) of Fener.Ulker
Bosman Player of the Year: Roko-Leni Ukic (195-G-84) of Fener.Ulker
Defensive Player of the Year: Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) of Fener.Ulker
Coach of the Year: Neven Spahija of Fener.Ulker

1st Team
G: Omer Onan (194-78) of Fener.Ulker
G: Roko-Leni Ukic (195-84) of Fener.Ulker
F: Charles Davis (202-84) of Banvit
F: Andre Smith (203-85) of Karsiyaka
C: Ermal Kurtoglu (208-80) of Galatasaray

2nd Team
G: Renaldas Seibutis (196-85) of Olin Edirne
G: Baris Ermis (194-85) of Banvit
F: Emir Preldzic (206-87) of Fener.Ulker
F: Michael Wright (203-80) of Trabzonspor
C: Predrag Samardjiski (214-86) of Olin Edirne

Honorable Mention
Can Akin (190-G-83) of Olin Edirne
Mire Chatman (187-G-78) of Besiktas
Keith Simmons (196-G-85) of Banvit
Oguz Savas (208-C-87) of Fener.Ulker
Preston Shumpert (198-G-79) of Galatasaray
Kerem Gonlum (208-C/F-77) of Efes Pilsen
David Holston (170-G-86) of Karsiyaka
Michal Ignerski (207-F-80) of Besiktas
Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88) of Besiktas
Gerrod Henderson (192-G-78) of Antalya
Antwain Barbour (196-G/F-82) of Erdemir
Nedim Yucel (203-F-79) of Mersin
Kimany Ffriend (211-C-77) of Bornova
James Mays (206-F-86) of Oyak Renault
Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) of Efes Pilsen

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Can Akin (190-83) of Olin Edirne
G: Baris Ermis (194-85) of Banvit
G: Omer Onan (194-78) of Fener.Ulker
F: Nedim Yucel (203-79) of Mersin
C: Ermal Kurtoglu (208-80) of Galatasaray

All-Imports Team
G: Mire Chatman (187-78) of Besiktas
G: Gerrod Henderson (192-78) of Antalya
F: Charles Davis (202-84) of Banvit
G: Andre Smith (203-F-85) of Karsiyaka
F: Michael Wright (203-80) of Trabzonspor

All-Bosmans Team
G: Roko-Leni Ukic (195-84) of Fener.Ulker
G: Renaldas Seibutis (196-85) of Olin Edirne
G: Marko Tomas (201-G-85) of Fener.Ulker
F: Emir Preldzic (206-87) of Fener.Ulker
C: Predrag Samardjiski (214-86) of Olin Edirne

All-Defensive Team
Vincent Grier (195-G/F-83) of Mersin
David Holston (170-G-86) of Karsiyaka
James Mays (206-F-86) of Oyak Renault
Nedim Yucel (203-F-79) of Mersin
Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) of Fener.Ulker




Turk Telekom brings in Nedim Yucel - by Eurobasket News
Nedim Yucel (203-F-79) is a new member of Turk Telekom. The Turkish forward arrives from Mersin, where he spent last two and a half years. Last season, Yucel appeared 29 times in TBL averaging 13.7 points and 11.3 rebounds. He was the best rebounder of the competition. For his performance, Yucel was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Honorable Mention -11. He also got Eurobasket.com Turkish League All-Domestic Players Team -11 and Eurobasket.com Turkish League All-Defensive Team -11. Yucel participated at the TBL All-Star game last season.
Nedim Yucel joined Mersin in January of 2009 from Antalya. In the past, he also was a member of Karsiyaka and Besiktas. Yucel played for the Turkish B and University NT in 2005.


Luksa Andric extends with Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News
Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) renewed his contract with Galatasaray. The 26-year-old centre will spend two more seasons with the Turkish powerhouse. Luksa Andric joined Galatasaray at the start of the previous season. He tallied 9.1 points, 3.4 boards and 1.2 steals per game in EuroCup. In TBL his stats read 9.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per appearance. Luksa Andric played for Croatia at 2010 World Championships. The centre provided 7.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game in Turkey.


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Washington works out for New Jresey Nets - by David Edole
Former St. Johns shooting guard Dwight Hardy is the headline attraction among NBA Draft hopefuls working out for the New Jersey Nets Monday morning at the PNY Center in East Rutherford. Hardy averaged 18.3 points per game in 2010-2011 for the Red Storm.

Hofstra's Gregory Washington (208-F-84), a 6-foot-10, 215-pound forward, is also working out for New Jersey today. Washington is a shot blocker who blocked a school-record 275 shots for Hofstra, averaging 3.3 and 3.5 blocks per game the past two seasons. As a senior, Washington averaged 7.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

Here is the complete list of players working out Monday:

DWIGHT HARDY, SG, St. Johns
TRAVIS LESLIE, SG, Georgia
BEN HANSBROUGH, SG, Notre Dame
MUSTAPHA FARRAKHAN, SG, Virginia
BENGALY FOFANA, PF, France
GREG WASHINGTON, PF, Hoftstra

The draft will be held on Thursday. The Cleveland Cavaliers have the first pick and are expected to use it to select Duke point guard Kyrie Irving.




Sun Stroke ALL VI Hoop Classic 4 parts (Boys game) 2011 - by David Edole
Thanks to Dale Mock for uploading the 2011 Sun Stoke All Star game. If any questions on any player please feel free to send me an email.
Merwin Potter (93) had nine of his team's final 13 points to lift the St. Thomas All-Star boys to an 80-76 victory over the St. Croix All-Stars at the 13th annual Sun Stroke All-V.I. Hoops Classic at Central High School

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Richard Dale Mock
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Capitol, Yale, Verdirrojo and 25 de Agosto try to avoid relegation - by Sergio Palay
Capitol, Yale, Verdirrojo and 25 de Agosto must play playoff for deciding who loses category and falls to the DTA.

The order is important because the best set begins with one-game lead and the series will finish with two wins.
In the first instance, Capitol will face 25 de Agosto and Yale will face Verdirrojo.

Capitol and Yale are winning the series 1-0 and will stay in Metro with one more victory.
The two losers will play in a new series of playoff, and the looser will play in DTA next year


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John Cox stays with Le Havre - by Eurobasket News
Le Havre announced signing of one-year contract extension with John Cox (195-G-81, college: USF). The American/Venezuelan guard averaged 14.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists for 27 games this season. He also played for Le Havre from 2006 to 2008. In 2007/08, Cox exploded with 18.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 3.6 apg for 29 games in ProA. He was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 2nd Team and participated at the ProA All-Star Game that year.
John Cox played for Nancy from 2008 until the last summer. He had 5.9 ppg and 1.2 rpg in their second season together. Cox is a product of the University of South Florida, where he graduated in 2005. Le Havre was his first professional job. John Cox is also active member of the Venezuelan National Team.


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BC Astana lands Jerry Johnson from Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News
BC Astana came up with important signing. The newly formed team from the Kazakhstan capital landed point guard Jerry Johnson (183-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Rider) for season 2011/12. BC Astana will compete in VTB United League next season.
Jerry Johnson arrives to BC Astana from Galatasaray. He appeared 28 times in TBL last season averaging 11.2 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3 assists. Johnson paced Galatasaray to Turkish league Finals. He also added 7.8 ppg, 1.5 rpg and 1.5 apg for 6 games in EuroCup. Johnon joined Galatasaray in January from Lietuvos Rytas. From April of 2008 until the summer of 2010, Jerry Johnson was a member of Charleroi. He helped them win three Belgian league titles. In 2010, Johnson was named Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Guard of the Year. Before Charleroi, he was a member of Clermont, APOEL Nicosia, Mersin and Polpharma.


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Duhok all set for high voltage WABA action - by Eurobasket
Expect quite a few sparks to fly, some of them at a high voltage as four WABA contenders vie for the three available qualifying spots in the 11th WABA Championship starting in the Kurdish town on Thursday.
The top three teams will join Lebanon as WABA representatives in the 26th FIBA Asia Championship to be held in Wuhan (China) from Sept 15-25.
Lebanon qualified directly for Wuhan, having won the 3rd FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup at home last year, and have chosen to stay from the Duhok action citing fatigue to many of their top players but there is a lot at stake for the others in fray.
For one, twice defending FIBA Asia champions Iran, face the embarrassing but mandatory task of having to qualify to defend their gold medal at Wuhan, but coach Veselin Matic has announced a full-fledged squad to ensure there are no calamities.
Barring Memphis Grizzlies center Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85, agency: Agency No 10), Matic will field the best of the talents available at his disposal, including the irresistible Samad Nikkhah Bahrami and the crafty Mahdi Kamrani.
Iran open the proceedings on June 23 with a game 2009 FIBA Asia Championship bronze medalists Jordan.
Jordan, themselves have shown they mean business, when they roped former Lebanon NT coach Thomas Baldwin to steer their campaign.
Further, with the presence of Osama Daghlas (199-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) and Abbaas Zaid (203-F-83) in the line-up, Jordan are sure to start as one of the favorites to qualify.
Hosts Iraq will play in the game that follows on the opening day against Syria.
Going by the results in the recent past, Iraq have shown that they possess the wherewithal to match up with the best in the region if not FIBA Asia and given the home advantage Iraq will enjoy, the task is cut out for Syria.
Syria have the experienced Bosnian Mensur Bajramovic as their coach, and given the guile with which the coach handles his wards, the foursome is complete.

Schedule:
June 23: Iran Vs. Jordan (1700 Hrs); Iraq Vs. Syria (1900 Hrs).
June 24: Syria Vs. Iran (1700 Hrs); Jordan Vs. Iraq (1900 Hrs)
June 25: Syria Vs. Jordan (1700 Hrs); Iran Vs. Iraq (1900 Hrs)

Courtesy of FIBA Asia




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Tip-off for the U16 AJC draws near - by Eurobasket News
With less than three weeks to go before the U16 Australian Junior Championship tips off from Kilsyth, excitement is building towards the tournament, which has seen the start of many great careers.

Most recently, the likes of Gretel Tippett (190-F-93) and Hugh Greenwood (190-PG-92), both who will be taking to the floor in the U19 World Championship, all came up through the AJC tournaments, Gretel stating recently that she misses those days and competing for her state.

Yeah they were great, said Tippett. I miss the U16 and U18 Nationals. I enjoyed every one of them and definitely learned a lot during each one of those championships. I just love the whole atmosphere of it. Youre fighting for your state against other states and you become friends with the girls from the other teams throughout the years and I loved it.

Another rising star, Mitchell Creek (198-F/G-92) who currently plays in the NBL for the Adelaide 36ers and is also heading to the U19 World Championship with the Emus recalls his Junior tournament days.

I miss them to death, said Creek. I have photos and videos on VHS tapes of playing, even when I was 14. They were probably the best memories I have of basketball in my junior days. They were awesome. They are the only reason why I am where I am now.

Its a great start for some of our most talented young basketballers and like all AJC tournaments, no doubt the competition will be fierce and exciting to watch, for the coaches, fans, but also the scouts, who will be looking for the next big thing in Basketball.

Head coach of the AIS mens program, Ian Stacker, is always on the look-out for another future AIS scholarship holder.

The AISs objective is to get kids who could play for our senior mens team one day. Thats the key focus for us, he said.

The coach of the AIS womens program agrees, but also commented on some of the other traits that they look for, and where they get it from.

Its important that we have kids that want to work hard and that aspire to the higher levels, that are coachable, he said. ...These are the things that we are working at through the states with our network of coaches, with our NITP coaches emphasising some of these areas as well as some of the technical areas of the game, he said.
Courtesy of: www.basketball.net.au




Jayco Rangers sign import duo - by Eurobasket News
The Dandenong Jayco Rangers continue to build roster strength for the 2011/2012 WNBL Season, with the signing of two import bigs, Brittany Wilkins (191-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Iowa St.) and Krista Phillips (198-C-88, college: Michigan).

Wilkins is a 191cm Power Forward from Iowa State University, the same program as former Jayco Rangers forward Tracy Gahan. She arrives at Dandenong with extensive professional experience having played in the WNBA, Europe and a brief stint with the Adelaide Lightning in the WNBL.

'They (Adelaide) had a loaded team at the time and didn't really need her,' Basketball Operations Manager, Leigh Gooding said. 'From all reports she is a great person, a great team player who does little things and she is a real professional who will bring plenty of experience to our team.'

Phillips is a 198cm Centre from the University of Michigan. The Canadian native represented her country at the 2005 Under 19 World Championships and the 2010 World Championships has recently been plying her trade in the tough European leagues.

'She is not a 20 points and 10 rebounds type of player. She is the bigger body we needed to guard players like Cambage, Batkovic and Tolo, Gooding added.

'From the video it looks like she has the size and bulk to take up space inside and provide some of the outputs we needed,' he said.

Wilkins and Phillips take the Jayco Rangers roster to six confirmed signings for the 2011/2012 WNBL Season. The import duo joins Steph Cumming, Kathleen Macleod, Tegan Cunningham and Jenna OHea, with Coach Mark Wright hoping to complete the roster in the next fortnight.

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


Jayco Rangers confirm O'Hea for 2011/2012 - by Eurobasket News
The Dandenong Jayco Rangers have announced Jenna O'Hea (185-G/F-87) as their latest addition for the 2011/2012 WNBL Season. O'Hea is currently in America playing her rookie season with the Los Angeles Sparks in the WNBA.

It has been an active offseason for the Women's National Basketball League. Since the release of the 2011 Free Agents List in March, clubs have been pursuing players that they believe will make the difference and with many of the Australian Opals squad returning to the WNBL in preparation for the London 2012 Olympic Games there has been a lot of talent on offer. The Jayco Rangers landed their number one target.

OHea is no stranger to the Jayco Rangers having previously lined up in the green, white & gold in both 2005/2006 and 2006/2007 WNBL Seasons. In 2011/2012 OHea will form a formidable back court combination with re-signed Jayco Rangers and fellow Australian Opals squad members, Kathleen Macleod and Steph Cumming.

OHea caught up with dandenongrangers.com this week and spoke about her decision to make the switch to the Jayco Rangers.

I absolutely loved my time at Bulleen and have so many lasting memories... in particular the friendships made and of course the Championship win last season. I thank the Boomers for developing my game so much in the last two years, however, I feel the time has come for a change.

'I look forward to the new opportunities and challenges both on and off the court with the Dandenong Rangers that will be presented to me this coming season. I look forward to continuing my development and learning under Mark and it will be fantastic to play with my best friend, Kathleen Macleod, again. We have played together since I was 7 years old and I hope we can have a successful season together with the rest of the playing roster and coaching staff. I am excited for the new WNBL season to kick off in October!

Before returning to Dandenong, OHea can be seen suiting up for the Los Angeles Sparks in the worlds top womens league, the WNBA. OHea signed as a free agent with the Sparks.
Head Coach Mark Wright today commented, I am ecstatic that Jenna has decided to play at Dandenong next season, she has shown great faith in the Jayco Rangers program. Jenna will now be given every opportunity to display her potent offensive talent and leave her mark on the league. This signing gives the Rangers one of the most potent offensive line ups league wide.

The Jayco Rangers are continuing to build their roster for the upcoming WNBL Season, stay tuned to dandenongrangers.com for all your Jayco Rangers news!

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


Emma Randall re-signs with the Logan Thunder - by Eurobasket News
BDS Logan Thunder today announced the re-signing of Olympian Emma Randall (188-C-85) for the upcoming WNBL season.

The Australian Opals World Championship Gold medalist and Olympic Silver medalist has signed on for her second season with the Thunder.

Thunder chairman Brendt Munro said securing Randall for another season was great for his club.

To have a player of Emmas ability and experience stay with our roster is great news for us. She has represented her country, won championships in Australia and overseas and demonstrated her ability to get the job done last season, said Munro.

I know how highly she is regarded by Coach Lange and the team generally. Her leadership and experience are certainly pluses for the Thunder.

Randall played in all 24 games for Logan in season 2010/11 including two finals, averaging more than 11 points and 5 boards per game. She also finished top-ten in the league in steals per game, and connected on 18 three pointers over the season at the impressive average of 42 per cent.

Coach Olaf Lange agreed with Munros sentiments.

We are glad to announce the re-signing of Emma Randall, he said.

Emma was a key factor for our success last season as she brings tremendous basketball IQ paired with sharp shooting ability to the table.

We are wishing her well for the birth of her first child in July and are confident that Emma will continue to impact Thunder basketball.

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


China edge Australia to win Qi Yi Cup - by Eurobasket News
China - Australia 80:72

China celebrated the victory at the Four-Nations tournament. The hosts prevailed against Australia on the final day of the tourney to clinch the title with three wins in as many games. Australia slipped at 1-2 record and finished third. Ding Yuan (185-F-91) stepped up with 14 points to lead the home team.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. China ensured a narrow 18:17 lead after ten minutes. The hosts managed to boost the margin to four points at the interval 39:35. China went off the dressing room firing from all guns. Aggressive offence helped China clear off to a 14-point distance with one quarter remaining. The Opals tried to respond in the fourth period. They erupted for 26 points and cut the deficit but eventually came up too short of victory. Ma ZhengYu (183-F-83) knocked down 12 points for China. Ji Yanyan (182-G/F-85) contributed 10 points for the winners. Abby Bishop (189-C-88) responded with 16 points for Australia. Elyse Penaluna (193-C-88) provided 13 points in defeat.

China: Ding Yuan 14, Ma ZhengYu 12, Ji Yanyan 10
Australia: Abby Bishop 16, Elyse Penaluna 13



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Czech Republic beats Belarus 67-62, wins Group B - by Eurobasket News
CZECH REPUBLIC - BELARUS 67-62

It was a game for the first place in Group B. Czech Republic outplayed Belarus 67-62 ending the first stage in Bydgoszcz with perfect 3-0 record. Belarus dropped to second place (2-1) and both teams will go to Group E now. Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) shined for the winners with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) had 18 points and 5 rebs, while Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) and Veronika Bortelova (169-G-78) netted 10 points each. In defeat, Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) had double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds. Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) scored 10 pts.
In contrast to previous games Czech Republic noticed good start with 4 straight points. After Eva Viteckova three point shoot Czechs were leading by 9 - 14:5. Eva Viteckova scored 10 points in the first 5 minutes ! After Ilona Burgrova lay-up Czech Republic was leading by 12 19:7 and Belarusian coach called a timeout. Czech Republic won the first quarter 23:9 after very excellent performance. In the second quarter Czech Republic had been continuing great performance, in the middle of the quarter after Eva Viteckova shot they were leading by 15 31:16. Belarus also played well, but Czechs team work did not allow Belarus to reduce the disadvantage. Belarus play more individual, but it was not working well this evening. In the middle of the match Czech Republic had got a 13 points advantage 39:26. Belarus tried to reduce the disadvantage, and in the middle of the third quarter they found a way to do it. After Natalia Anufryienka lay-up Belarus had got only a 7 point lost and head coach of Czech Republic Lubor Blazek called a timeout. Czechs lost their good execution and big part of advantage. With 1:50 to play in the third quarter the score was 49:44 for Czech Republic. Thanks to Veronika Bortelova long distance shot Czech Republic rebuilt the lead to 8 points 54:46. This score was on the board before start of the first quarter. Belarus started the last quarter with two three pointers : Natalia Marchanka and Katerina Snytsina Belarusian were losing by 2 54:52. Veronika Bortelova responded with long distance shot for Czech Republic. Czechs coach called a timeout with 5:51 to play, at that moment his team had got 3 points advantage 57:54. Tatsiana Likhtarovich gained unsportsmanlike foul with 4:21 to play, after that Czech Republic was able to extend the advantage from 2 to 6 points. After next few moments, Belarus team gain two turnovers. Czech Republic extend the lead to 7 points the score was 67:60. With 1:24 Tatyana Troina made a lay-up and reduced the disadvantage to 5 points the score was 67:62. Neither team had been able to score since that time, but both had some chances to do it. Czech Republic deservedly win the game against Belarus 67:62. *by Lukasz Lukaszewski
Championship continues on Wednesday, but first Group E games will be played on Thursday.

Czech Republic: Katerina Elhotova 19+5 boards, Eva Viteckova 18+5 boards, Petra Kulichova 10, Veronika Bortelova 10
Belarus: Yelena Leuchanka 10+12 boards, Katerina Snytsina 10


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  BRAZIL - Women  


Brazil rally past Nigeria to win Fougeres Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Brazil U19 - Nigeria U19 87:46

Brazil delivered the third win in as many games at Fougeres friendly tournament in France. They knocked down Nigeria on the final day to clinch the crown. Damiris Dantas (192-C-92) scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the charge. Nigeria suffered the third consecutive loss and finished in the fourth position.
Brazil stunned their opponents early. The Latin American side piled up a 20:9 lead after ten minutes of action. Brazil opened the second term on a 12:2 run to boost the lead. They arrived at halftime up by 22 points 41:19. Nigeria struggled against well-balanced Brazilian squad after the main break. The Latin American team had little problems cruising to a well-deserved win at the end. Aruzha Lima (166-G-92) posted 11 points, while Tassia de Souza (178-G-92) finished with 10 in the victory. Helen Ibiam answered with 14 points and 9 rebounds for Nigeria. Promise Anukamara had 9 points in defeat.

Brazil U19: Damiris Dantas 12, Aruzha Lima 11, Tassia de Souza 10
Nigeria U19: Helen Ibiam 14, Promise Anukamara 9



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China edge Australia to win Qi Yi Cup - by Eurobasket News
China - Australia 80:72

China celebrated the victory at the Four-Nations tournament. The hosts prevailed against Australia on the final day of the tourney to clinch the title with three wins in as many games. Australia slipped at 1-2 record and finished third. Ding Yuan (185-F-91) stepped up with 14 points to lead the home team.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. China ensured a narrow 18:17 lead after ten minutes. The hosts managed to boost the margin to four points at the interval 39:35. China went off the dressing room firing from all guns. Aggressive offence helped China clear off to a 14-point distance with one quarter remaining. The Opals tried to respond in the fourth period. They erupted for 26 points and cut the deficit but eventually came up too short of victory. Ma ZhengYu (183-F-83) knocked down 12 points for China. Ji Yanyan (182-G/F-85) contributed 10 points for the winners. Abby Bishop (189-C-88) responded with 16 points for Australia. Elyse Penaluna (193-C-88) provided 13 points in defeat.

China: Ding Yuan 14, Ma ZhengYu 12, Ji Yanyan 10
Australia: Abby Bishop 16, Elyse Penaluna 13



China hold off France to claim second spot in Fougeres - by Eurobasket News
France U19 - China U19 69:72

Chinese U19 National Team finished their Fougeres tournament campaign with victory. They upset the hosts in a tough game to clinch the second overall position. China improved at 2-1 record, while France fell at 1-2. Ma XueYa (188-C/F-93) stepped up with 17 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort.
France secured a narrow 18:17 lead after the starting frame. They maintained it throughout the second period. The hosts established a 34:30 halftime advantage. But China turned things around late in the third term. They used a 14:3 run to build a 55:45 lead with one quarter remaining. France tried to bounce back as they trimmed the deficit but China hang on to escape with a difficult win at the end. Yang LiWei (175-G-95) and Zhang Liting (199-C-94) nailed 12 points apiece for the winning side. Eleonore Grossemy (184-F-92) responded with 15 points and 10 rebounds for France. Melanie Devaux (171-G-92) had 13 points in the losing case.

France U19: Eleonore Grossemy 15+10 boards, Melanie Devaux 13
China U19: Ma XueYa 17, Zhang Liting 12, Yang LiWei 12



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  CROATIA - Women  


Latvia clinches first place in Group D - by Eurobasket News
CROATIA - LATVIA 61-67

Latvia outplayed Croatia 67-61 in Day Three of the EuroBasket winning the first place in Group D. Both teams had 1-1 record before this meeting and despite defeat Croatia also reached the second phase. They ended as No.3 in this pool. Both teams will be transferred to Group F now. Gunta Basko (181-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Siena) led Latvia with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Zane Tamane (200-C-83, college: W.Illinois) (9 rebs) and Liene Jansone (191-F/C-81, college: Siena) delivered 14 points each. In the loosing squad, Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) had 14 points and 6 rebs. Luca Ivankovic (199-C-87) (5 rebs) and Antonija Misura (178-F-88) netted 12 and 10 points respectively. It was a game full of turns. Latvia secured a victory in the last period, which they won 8-16. Before that Latvia made 16-20 in the first ten minutes and Croatia answered with 25-14. Latvia made 12-17 in Q3 and later won the game in the last 10:00.
Championship continues on Wednesday.

Croatia: Jelena Ivezic 14+6 boards, Luca Ivankovic 12+5 boards, Antonija Misura 10
Latvia: Gunta Basko 16+5 boards+5 as, Zane Tamane 14+9 boards, Liene Jansone 14


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Czech Republic beats Belarus 67-62, wins Group B - by Eurobasket News
CZECH REPUBLIC - BELARUS 67-62

It was a game for the first place in Group B. Czech Republic outplayed Belarus 67-62 ending the first stage in Bydgoszcz with perfect 3-0 record. Belarus dropped to second place (2-1) and both teams will go to Group E now. Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) shined for the winners with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) had 18 points and 5 rebs, while Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) and Veronika Bortelova (169-G-78) netted 10 points each. In defeat, Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) had double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds. Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) scored 10 pts.
In contrast to previous games Czech Republic noticed good start with 4 straight points. After Eva Viteckova three point shoot Czechs were leading by 9 - 14:5. Eva Viteckova scored 10 points in the first 5 minutes ! After Ilona Burgrova lay-up Czech Republic was leading by 12 19:7 and Belarusian coach called a timeout. Czech Republic won the first quarter 23:9 after very excellent performance. In the second quarter Czech Republic had been continuing great performance, in the middle of the quarter after Eva Viteckova shot they were leading by 15 31:16. Belarus also played well, but Czechs team work did not allow Belarus to reduce the disadvantage. Belarus play more individual, but it was not working well this evening. In the middle of the match Czech Republic had got a 13 points advantage 39:26. Belarus tried to reduce the disadvantage, and in the middle of the third quarter they found a way to do it. After Natalia Anufryienka lay-up Belarus had got only a 7 point lost and head coach of Czech Republic Lubor Blazek called a timeout. Czechs lost their good execution and big part of advantage. With 1:50 to play in the third quarter the score was 49:44 for Czech Republic. Thanks to Veronika Bortelova long distance shot Czech Republic rebuilt the lead to 8 points 54:46. This score was on the board before start of the first quarter. Belarus started the last quarter with two three pointers : Natalia Marchanka and Katerina Snytsina Belarusian were losing by 2 54:52. Veronika Bortelova responded with long distance shot for Czech Republic. Czechs coach called a timeout with 5:51 to play, at that moment his team had got 3 points advantage 57:54. Tatsiana Likhtarovich gained unsportsmanlike foul with 4:21 to play, after that Czech Republic was able to extend the advantage from 2 to 6 points. After next few moments, Belarus team gain two turnovers. Czech Republic extend the lead to 7 points the score was 67:60. With 1:24 Tatyana Troina made a lay-up and reduced the disadvantage to 5 points the score was 67:62. Neither team had been able to score since that time, but both had some chances to do it. Czech Republic deservedly win the game against Belarus 67:62. *by Lukasz Lukaszewski
Championship continues on Wednesday, but first Group E games will be played on Thursday.

Czech Republic: Katerina Elhotova 19+5 boards, Eva Viteckova 18+5 boards, Petra Kulichova 10, Veronika Bortelova 10
Belarus: Yelena Leuchanka 10+12 boards, Katerina Snytsina 10


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Stats Leaders Div.A (Women)
Points Per Game
 Doneeka HODGES
  USA
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Hodges, BUL20.3 
 2. Torrens, ESP20.0 
 3. Tuukkanen, FIN18.3 
 4. Elhotova, CZE17.7 
 5. Babkina, LAT16.7 
 6. Yilmaz, TUR16.3 
 7. Kalentzou, GRE16.0 
 8. Zherzherunov., UKR15.5 
 9. Meesseman, BEL15.0 
 10. Fegyverneky, HUN14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zane TAMANE
  LAT
  (200-C-83)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Tamane, LAT12.3 
 2. Meesseman, BEL9.0 
 3. Stepanova, RUS9.0 
 4. Leuchanka, BLR9.0 
 5. Tuukkanen, FIN8.8 
 6. Bar, GER8.8 
 7. Kobryn, POL8.7 
 8. Zherzherunov., UKR8.3 
 9. Ress, ITA8.0 
 10. Bjelica, MNT7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Natalia MARCHANKA
  BLR
  (170-G-79)
  Avg: 5
 1. Marchanka, BLR5.0 
 2. Babkina, LAT5.0 
 3. Bartonova, CZE3.7 
 4. Mandir, CRO3.7 
 5. Pawlak, POL3.7 
 6. Ivezic, CRO3.3 
 7. Elhotova, CZE3.3 
 8. Abrosimova, RUS3.3 
 9. Bar, GER3.3 
 10. Zara, ITA3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Isil ALBEN
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Alben, TUR3.3 
 2. Kalentzou, GRE2.7 
 3. Linkeviciene, LTU2.7 
 4. Lyttle, ESP2.7 
 5. Yilmaz, TUR2.7 
 6. Mayombo, BEL2.5 
 7. Zherzherunov., UKR2.5 
 8. Zlatanova, BUL2.3 
 9. Palau, ESP2.3 
 10. Bar, GER2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Sandrine GRUDA
  FRA
  (194-C-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gruda, FRA2.0 
 2. Marginean, ROM1.5 
 3. Paugaite, LTU1.3 
 4. Kobryn, POL1.3 
 5. Kulichova, CZE1.3 
 6. Burgrova, CZE1.3 
 7. Khomenchuk, UKR1.3 
 8. Ndongue, FRA1.3 
 9. Tetemondova, SVK1.0 
 10. Sotiriou, GRE1.0 


Standings Div.A (Women)
Standings
Group A
1. Lithuania2-1
2. Russia2-1
3. Turkey1-2
4. Slovakia1-2
Group B
1. Czech Rep.3-0
2. Belarus2-1
3. U.Kingdom1-2
4. Israel0-3
Group C
1. Montenegro3-0
2. Spain2-1
3. Poland1-2
4. Germany0-3
Group D
1. Latvia2-1
2. France2-1
3. Croatia1-2
4. Greece1-2


Group A: Slovak Republic hands 57:46 win over Lithuania - by Lukasz Lukaszewski
Slovak Republic beat the Lithuania 57:46 in the first game of group A on Monday. Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) - Slovakian captain scored 18 points, Romana Vynuchalova (192-C/F-86, college: Penn St.) added 10. Most points for the Lithuania scored Marina Solopova (180-G/F-90) 14. It was not important game for both teams. Lithuania had secured the first place in the group A, Slovak; Republic after two losses had been sure to be eliminated after the first round.

Slovak Republic noticed a great start of this game, after two minutes and forty seconds play, they were leading by 6 7:1. Lithuania reduced this scoring five straight points, but
Slovak Republic continued to rebuilt their advantage in the next two minutes. After Regina Palusna (192-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) lay-up Slovak Republic was leading by 8 16:8 and Lithuanian coach wanted to talk with his players. Slovak Republic ended first quarter with quite big advantage 18:8. In the second quarter neither was able to score in the first three minutes. This run was cancelled with Romana Vynuchalova lay-up that was the only points in the first half of this quarter. Then, Slovak Republic had been controlling the game and their advantage. Slovaks play more ambitious and in the middle of the show they were leading by 14 points 31:17.

In the beginning of the third quarter increase the lead to 19 points. Then Agne Abromaite made two straight shots for Lithuania and Slovakian coach Natalia Hejkova called a timeout. Two minutes later Algirdas Paulaskas was punished by technical foul, after that the score was 41:27 for Slovak Republic. Slovaks had been controlling the game, and secured their
advantage. Before the last quarter Slovak Republic was leading by 13 46:33. In the last quarter Lithuanian players were trying to get back in this game. They have reduced
Slovakian advantage to 7 points in 2 minutes and 10 seconds, Natalia Hejkova coach of Slovak Republic wanted to talk with her players, but Lithuanian continued run. Marina
Solopova made a lay-up and they were only a 5 points behind Slovak Republic. Slovaks fouled and made some easy mistakes and with 6 minutes to play they are leading by 4.
Darina Misurova (163-PG-81) hit the three twice and rebuilt the advantage to 10 points 52:42. Although the Lithuanian team effort in the last minutes, nothing has changed. Slovak Republic won her last game in the tournament 57:46. In spite of lose Lithuania will end first round as a leader of group A.

Slovak Republic - Lithuania 57:46 (18:8, 13:9, 15:16, 11:13)
Slovak Republic: Lucia Kupcikova 18, Romana Vynuchalova 10,
Lithuania: Marina Solopova 14, Vaida Sipaviciute (193-C-85, college: Syracuse) 7



Group B: Great Britain rolls over Israel 74:51 - by Lukasz Lukaszewski
Great Britain beated Israel 74:51. That game was very important for both teams. Winner advanced to the second round, loser have to go home after three games. Great Britain can
be happy after this game, because British players advanced to the second round at their first tournament in history. The leader of Great Britain Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87, college: Franklin Pierce) scored 18 points, Natalie Stafford (173-G-76) added 16, Kimberly Butler (186-F-82, college: Oregon St.) grabbed 14 points and 8 rebounds. 5 British players ended the game with double figures. The most points for Israel scored: Shay Doron 15, Liron Cohen (173-G-82) added 11.



Israel and Great Britain began the game very motivated , they were aware of the rate of the game. After 4 straight points by Shay Doron (175-F-85, college: Maryland) and 4 minutes play Israel was up by 2 - 4:6. Natalie Stafford hit three as a response and Great Britain had taken the lead. After 6 minutes of play the score was tie 8:8. Thanks to JulieAnne Page (188-F/C-83, college: E.Washington) lay-up in the last minute Great Britain had won the first quarter 13:11. Great Britain scored another 8 straight points in the beginning of the second quarter and elaborate 11 points advantage. Israeli coach- Eli Rabi called a timeout, because his team had been playing very bad. British players were continuing their run, extend the advantage to 15 points, and Israeli team needed another timeout. British lead thanks to great defensive and dominating the boards. Players from Israel were unable to find a clear position to shot. After 2 quarters Great Britain had got 13 points advantage 37:24.


After the brake, Israelis tried to reduce the lost, but Great Britain did not allow them to do. British continued to play good basket. After Johannah Leedham long distance shot, when the score was 47:30, Israeli coach wanted to talk with his players. Then Johannah Leedham hit another three. With 3 minutes to play in the third Great Britain was up by 20 52:32. British player had got a great long distance execution 5/6 after three quarters. Before the last quarter Great Britain had got a big, 17 points lead 54:37. In the beginning of the

fourth quarter Great Britain still had been controlling the game, not only British players secured the lead, they were able to extent it to 23 points with 6 minutes to play. Two minutes
later, Liad Suez-Karni (187-F-81, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Villanova) hits the three for Israel and British coach automatically call a timeout. Israeli team was not able to reduce British advantage. Great Britain won the game against Israel 74:51.

Great Britain- Israel 74:51 (13:11,24:13, 17:13, 20:14)
Great Britain: Johannah Leedham 18, Natalie Stafford 16, Kimberly Butler 14, JulieAnne Page 11, Chantelle Handy (191-F/C-87, college: Marshall) 10
Israel: Shay Doronn 15, Liron Cohen 11



Group A: Russia clinched the second position in the group - by Lukasz Lukaszewski
Russian beat Turkey 80:65 and clinched the second position in the group A after first round. Turkey with record 1 win 2 lost advanced to second round from third position. Before
this games both team had got the same record 1 win with Slovak Republic and one lost with Lithuania. That game was a fight for second place in the group A. Three players in the
Russian team scored 13 points: Maria Stepanova (203-C-79), Elena Danilochkina (185-G-86) and Olga Arteshina (183-F-82). Ilona Korstin (183-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) also ended this game with double figures she added 10 points. Most of points in this game (18) scored Turskish player - Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80).

Russia made a great start with 7 point lead after 3 minutes and 15 seconds of play. Automatically after Maria Stepanovaa jump shot Turkish coach called a timeout. Than Russian
added another seven points, and they had a 14 points advantage in the middle of the first quarter. After 7 minutes of play Russia had got huge 18 points lead. Russia totally
outplayed Turkish players and won the first quarter by 22 points 29:7. Russian player had been dominating especially on the boards. In the middle of the second quarter Nevriye
Yilmaz made two straight shots. Turkey still have got 21 points disadvantage, but Russian coach called a timeout. Turkish had been playing much better than in the first quarter, but
they were unable to reduce Russian lead. Gulsah Akkaya (182-F-77) hit the 3 for Turkey in the last seconds of the first half, but Turkish players had got a 18 points disadvantage before the second half.

In the beginning of the third quarter Turkey added 4 straight points to their score with no opponent response. Russian players missed some easy shots and made few mistakes.
Turkish had been playing more ambitious, but they cannot reduced lost. With the 3:45 to play in the third quarter Russia had got 15 points advantage 37:52. Although the Turkish
team effort, before the last quarter the still have 16 points disadvantage. In the last quarter we had the same situation Turkey was trying to get back, but Russian did not allow
Turkish players to do it. After Maria Stepanova shot Russian was up by 16 with 3 minutes to play and head coach of Turkey called another timeout. Thanks to great start and
dominating boards Russian won this game 80:65.

Turkey - Russia 65:80 (7:29, 20:16, 15:13, 23:22 )
Turkey: Nevriye Yilmaz 18, Nevin Nevlin (195-C-85, college: Stanford) 13, Isil Alben 12
Russia: Maria Stepanovaa 13,Elena Danilochkina 13, Olga Arteshina 13, Ilona Korstin 10



Group B: Czech Republic gained third straight win - by Lukasz Lukaszewski
Czech Republic won the game against Belarus 67:62. Both team before this game had had a perfect record: 2 wins, 0 loses. This game was fight for the first place in the group B.
Czech Republic have won all three games in the group B and ended the first round as a leader of the group B. KKaterina Elhotova (180-G-89) scored 19 points, Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) added 18 and their team can be happy after third straight win. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) ended the game with double-double 10 points and 12 rebounds.

In contrast to previous games Czech Republic noticed good start with 4 straight points. After Eva Viteckova three point shoot Czechs were leading by 9 - 14:5. Eva Viteckova
scored 10 points in the first 5 minutes ! After Ilona Burgrova (196-C-84, college: S.Carolina) lay-up Czech Republic was leading by 12 19:7 and Belarusian coach called a timeout. Czech Republic won the first quarter 23:9 after very excellent performance. In the second quarter Czech Republic had been continuing great performance, in the middle of the quarter after Eva Viteckova shot they were leading by 15 31:16. Belarus also played well, but Czechs team work did not allow Belarus to reduce the disadvantage. Belarus play more individual, but it was not working well this evening. In the middle of the match Czech Republic had got a 13 points advantage 39:26.

Belarus tried to reduce the disadvantage, and in the middle of the third quarter they found a way to do it. After Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85, agency: LBM Management) lay-up Belarus had got only a 7 point lost and head coach of Czech Republic Lubor Blazek called a timeout. Czechs lost their good execution and big part of advantage. With 1:50 to play in the third quarter the score was 49:44 for Czech Republic. Thanks to Veronika Bortelova (169-G-78) long distance shot Czech Republic rebuilt the lead to 8 points 54:46. This score was on the board before start of the first quarter.

Belarus started the last quarter with two three pointers : Natalia Marchanka (170-G-79) and Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) Belarusian were losing by 2 54:52. Veronika Bortelova responded with long distance shot for Czech Republic. Czechs coach called a timeout with 5:51 to play, at that moment his team had got 3 points advantage 57:54. Tatsiana Likhtarovich gained unsportsmanlike foul with 4:21 to play, after that Czech Republic was able to extend the advantage from 2 to 6 points. After next few moments, Belarus team gain two turnovers. Czech Republic extend the lead to 7 points the score was 67:60. With 1:24 Tatyana Troina (188-F-81, college: S.Carolina) made a lay-up and reduced the disadvantage to 5 points the score was 67:62. Neither team had been able to score since that time, but both had some chances to do it. Czech Republic deservedly win the game against Belarus 67:62.

Czech Republic - Belarus 67:62 (23:9, 16:17, 15:20, 13:16)
Czech Republic: Katerina Elhotova 19, Eva Viteckova 18, Veronika Bortelova 10, Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) 10
Belarus: Yelena Leuchanka 10, Katerina Snytsina 10



Day Three: Preliminary Round is over - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Turkey - Russia 65-80
Russian beat Turkey 80:65 and clinched the second position in the group A after first round. Turkey with record 1 win 2 lost advanced to second round from third position. Before
this games both team had got the same record 1 win with Slovak Republic and one lost with Lithuania. That game was a fight for second place in the group A. Three players in the
Russian team scored 13 points: Maria Stepanova (203-C-79), Elena Danilochkina (185-G-86) and Olga Arteshina (183-F-82). Ilona Korstin (183-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) also ended this game with double figures she added 10 points. Most of points in this game (18) scored Turskish player - Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80).
Russia made a great start with 7 point lead after 3 minutes and 15 seconds of play. Automatically after Maria Stepanovaa jump shot Turkish coach called a timeout. Than Russian
added another seven points, and they had a 14 points advantage in the middle of the first quarter. After 7 minutes of play Russia had got huge 18 points lead. Russia totally
outplayed Turkish players and won the first quarter by 22 points 29:7. Russian player had been dominating especially on the boards. In the middle of the second quarter Nevriye
Yilmaz made two straight shots. Turkey still have got 21 points disadvantage, but Russian coach called a timeout. Turkish had been playing much better than in the first quarter, but
they were unable to reduce Russian lead. Gulsah Akkaya (182-F-77) hit the 3 for Turkey in the last seconds of the first half, but Turkish players had got a 18 points disadvantage before the second half.
In the beginning of the third quarter Turkey added 4 straight points to their score with no opponent response. Russian players missed some easy shots and made few mistakes.
Turkish had been playing more ambitious, but they cannot reduced lost. With the 3:45 to play in the third quarter Russia had got 15 points advantage 37:52. Although the Turkish
team effort, before the last quarter the still have 16 points disadvantage. In the last quarter we had the same situation Turkey was trying to get back, but Russian did not allow
Turkish players to do it. After Maria Stepanova shot Russian was up by 16 with 3 minutes to play and head coach of Turkey called another timeout. Thanks to great start and
dominating boards Russian won this game 80:65. (*by Lukasz Lukaszewski)

Slovakia - Lithuania 57-46
Slovak Republic beat the Lithuania 57:46 in the first game of group A on Monday. Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) - Slovakian captain scored 18 points, Romana Vynuchalova (192-C/F-86, college: Penn St.) added 10. Most points for the Lithuania scored Marina Solopova (180-G/F-90) 14. It was not important game for both teams. Lithuania had secured the first place in the group A, Slovak; Republic after two losses had been sure to be eliminated after the first round.
Slovak Republic noticed a great start of this game, after two minutes and forty seconds play, they were leading by 6 7:1. Lithuania reduced this scoring five straight points, but
Slovak Republic continued to rebuilt their advantage in the next two minutes. After Regina Palusna (192-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) lay-up Slovak Republic was leading by 8 16:8 and Lithuanian coach wanted to talk with his players. Slovak Republic ended first quarter with quite big advantage 18:8. In the second quarter neither was able to score in the first three minutes. This run was cancelled with Romana Vynuchalova lay-up that was the only points in the first half of this quarter. Then, Slovak Republic had been controlling the game and their advantage. Slovaks play more ambitious and in the middle of the show they were leading by 14 points 31:17.
In the beginning of the third quarter increase the lead to 19 points. Then Agne Abromaite made two straight shots for Lithuania and Slovakian coach Natalia Hejkova called a timeout. Two minutes later Algirdas Paulaskas was punished by technical foul, after that the score was 41:27 for Slovak Republic. Slovaks had been controlling the game, and secured their
advantage. Before the last quarter Slovak Republic was leading by 13 46:33. In the last quarter Lithuanian players were trying to get back in this game. They have reduced
Slovakian advantage to 7 points in 2 minutes and 10 seconds, Natalia Hejkova coach of Slovak Republic wanted to talk with her players, but Lithuanian continued run. Marina
Solopova made a lay-up and they were only a 5 points behind Slovak Republic. Slovaks fouled and made some easy mistakes and with 6 minutes to play they are leading by 4.
Darina Misurova (163-PG-81) hit the three twice and rebuilt the advantage to 10 points 52:42. Although the Lithuanian team effort in the last minutes, nothing has changed. Slovak Republic won her last game in the tournament 57:46. In spite of lose Lithuania will end first round as a leader of group A. (*by Lukasz Lukaszewski)

Group B
United Kingdom - Israel 74-51
Great Britain beated Israel 74:51. That game was very important for both teams. Winner advanced to the second round, loser have to go home after three games. Great Britain can
be happy after this game, because British players advanced to the second round at their first tournament in history. The leader of Great Britain Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87, college: Franklin Pierce) scored 18 points, Natalie Stafford (173-G-76) added 16, Kimberly Butler (186-F-82, college: Oregon St.) grabbed 14 points and 8 rebounds. 5 British players ended the game with double figures. The most points for Israel scored: Shay Doron 15, Liron Cohen (173-G-82) added 11.
Israel and Great Britain began the game very motivated , they were aware of the rate of the game. After 4 straight points by Shay Doron (175-F-85, college: Maryland) and 4 minutes play Israel was up by 2 - 4:6. Natalie Stafford hit three as a response and Great Britain had taken the lead. After 6 minutes of play the score was tie 8:8. Thanks to JulieAnne Page (188-F/C-83, college: E.Washington) lay-up in the last minute Great Britain had won the first quarter 13:11. Great Britain scored another 8 straight points in the beginning of the second quarter and elaborate 11 points advantage. Israeli coach- Eli Rabi called a timeout, because his team had been playing very bad. British players were continuing their run, extend the advantage to 15 points, and Israeli team needed another timeout. British lead thanks to great defensive and dominating the boards. Players from Israel were unable to find a clear position to shot. After 2 quarters Great Britain had got 13 points advantage 37:24.
After the brake, Israelis tried to reduce the lost, but Great Britain did not allow them to do. British continued to play good basket. After Johannah Leedham long distance shot, when the score was 47:30, Israeli coach wanted to talk with his players. Then Johannah Leedham hit another three. With 3 minutes to play in the third Great Britain was up by 20 52:32. British player had got a great long distance execution 5/6 after three quarters. Before the last quarter Great Britain had got a big, 17 points lead 54:37. In the beginning of the fourth quarter Great Britain still had been controlling the game, not only British players secured the lead, they were able to extent it to 23 points with 6 minutes to play. Two minutes
later, Liad Suez-Karni (187-F-81, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Villanova) hits the three for Israel and British coach automatically call a timeout. Israeli team was not able to reduce British advantage. Great Britain won the game against Israel 74:51.
(*by Lukasz Lukaszewski)

Czech Republic - Belarus 67-62
Czech Republic won the game against Belarus 67:62. Both team before this game had had a perfect record: 2 wins, 0 loses. This game was fight for the first place in the group B.
Czech Republic have won all three games in the group B and ended the first round as a leader of the group B. KKaterina Elhotova (180-G-89) scored 19 points, Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) added 18 and their team can be happy after third straight win. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) ended the game with double-double 10 points and 12 rebounds.
In contrast to previous games Czech Republic noticed good start with 4 straight points. After Eva Viteckova three point shoot Czechs were leading by 9 - 14:5. Eva Viteckova
scored 10 points in the first 5 minutes ! After Ilona Burgrova (196-C-84, college: S.Carolina) lay-up Czech Republic was leading by 12 19:7 and Belarusian coach called a timeout. Czech Republic won the first quarter 23:9 after very excellent performance. In the second quarter Czech Republic had been continuing great performance, in the middle of the quarter after Eva Viteckova shot they were leading by 15 31:16. Belarus also played well, but Czechs team work did not allow Belarus to reduce the disadvantage. Belarus play more individual, but it was not working well this evening. In the middle of the match Czech Republic had got a 13 points advantage 39:26.
Belarus tried to reduce the disadvantage, and in the middle of the third quarter they found a way to do it. After Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85, agency: LBM Management) lay-up Belarus had got only a 7 point lost and head coach of Czech Republic Lubor Blazek called a timeout. Czechs lost their good execution and big part of advantage. With 1:50 to play in the third quarter the score was 49:44 for Czech Republic. Thanks to Veronika Bortelova (169-G-78) long distance shot Czech Republic rebuilt the lead to 8 points 54:46. This score was on the board before start of the first quarter.
Belarus started the last quarter with two three pointers : Natalia Marchanka (170-G-79) and Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) Belarusian were losing by 2 54:52. Veronika Bortelova responded with long distance shot for Czech Republic. Czechs coach called a timeout with 5:51 to play, at that moment his team had got 3 points advantage 57:54. Tatsiana Likhtarovich gained unsportsmanlike foul with 4:21 to play, after that Czech Republic was able to extend the advantage from 2 to 6 points. After next few moments, Belarus team gain two turnovers. Czech Republic extend the lead to 7 points the score was 67:60. With 1:24 Tatyana Troina (188-F-81, college: S.Carolina) made a lay-up and reduced the disadvantage to 5 points the score was 67:62. Neither team had been able to score since that time, but both had some chances to do it. Czech Republic deservedly win the game against Belarus 67:62. (*by Lukasz Lukaszewski)

Group C
Poland - Spain 63-78
Spain won the second place in Group C of the EuroBasket 2011. They handed 78-63 loss to Poland to take this spot. The hosts dropped to 1-2, but they also advanced to the next stage (3rd place). Both teams will be transferred to Group F. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Spain. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) had 17 points and Laia Palau (178-G-79) helped with 12 pts. In Poland, Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) had double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds. Their second scorer was Paulina Pawlak (170-PG-84, agency: Data Plus Group) with 8 points (6 rebs). Championship continues on Thursday.
Last quarter was the crucial one in this game. Before that, first ten minutes ended with 20-20 tie and Spain made 11-17 in Q2. Poland replied with 19-13 after the breather and everything was opened again. However, Sancho Lyttle and her teammates blasted Poland in the last ten minutes (13-28) celebrating comfortable 63-78 victory at the end.

Germany - Montenegro 64-76
Montenegro registered another win in Katowice. After victories against Poland and Spain, Montenegro this time was better than Germany winning the Group C with perfect 3-0 record. Of course, Montenegro advanced to the next stage. Germany on the other side said goodbye to EuroBasket 2011 without win (0-3). Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) exploded with 23 points ad 10 rebounds for Montenegro. She reached valuation 22 and was the MVP in her team. Milica Jovanovic (189-F/C-89) had 14 points and 6 rebounds, while Ana Turcinovic (190-C-93) added 12 pts, plus 8 rebs. In Germany, Svenja Greunke (188-F-89) shined with 20 points and 8 boards. Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) scored 16 points and was the last one with double-digits. Montenegro shined in the first and last quarter, what was enough for comfortable victory. Quarters: 15-25, 15-10, 19-19, 15-22.
Championship continues on Wednesday. Montenegro is placed to Group F now.

Group D
Croatia - Latvia 61-67
Latvia outplayed Croatia 67-61 in Day Three of the EuroBasket winning the first place in Group D. Both teams had 1-1 record before this meeting and despite defeat Croatia also reached the second phase. They ended as No.3 in this pool. Both teams will be transferred to Group F now. Gunta Basko (181-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Siena) led Latvia with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Zane Tamane (200-C-83, college: W.Illinois) (9 rebs) and Liene Jansone (191-F/C-81, college: Siena) delivered 14 points each. In the loosing squad, Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) had 14 points and 6 rebs. Luca Ivankovic (199-C-87) (5 rebs) and Antonija Misura (178-F-88) netted 12 and 10 points respectively. It was a game full of turns. Latvia secured a victory in the last period, which they won 8-16. Before that Latvia made 16-20 in the first ten minutes and Croatia answered with 25-14. Latvia made 12-17 in Q3 and later won the game in the last 10:00.
Championship continues on Wednesday.

Greece - France 55-64
France handed 64-55 loss to Greece in do-or-die game for both teams. They had 1-1 before this meeting and France is No.2 now, while Greece dropped to fourth place. France advanced to the next stage and they will be transferred to Group F. Greece said goodbye to Poland. Sandrine Gruda (194-C-87) was the leading player in victory with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Emilie Gomis (180-G/F-83) scored 10, while Endene Miyem (188-F-88) (5 rebs) and Jennifer Digbeu (190-F/C-87) followed with 8 points each. Greece got 16 points from Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78, agency: Josep and Nicolas). Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) had 14 pts and 6 rebs, and Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 10 pts and 5 rebs. Second quarter was the crucial on in this game. France had plus 3 from the first ten minutes and thanks to 6-15 in Q2 they jumped to plus 12. Greece didn't give up and they came to minus 4 with less than 3 minutes left in the game, but France had an answer for that and celebrated 64-55 victory at the end.
Championship continues on Wednesday.


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France beats Greece 64-55, goes to Stage Two - by Eurobasket News
GREECE - FRANCE 55-64

France handed 64-55 loss to Greece in do-or-die game for both teams. They had 1-1 before this meeting and France is No.2 now, while Greece dropped to fourth place. France advanced to the next stage and they will be transferred to Group F. Greece said goodbye to Poland. Sandrine Gruda (194-C-87) was the leading player in victory with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Emilie Gomis (180-G/F-83) scored 10, while Endene Miyem (188-F-88) (5 rebs) and Jennifer Digbeu (190-F/C-87) followed with 8 points each. Greece got 16 points from Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78, agency: Josep and Nicolas). Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) had 14 pts and 6 rebs, and Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 10 pts and 5 rebs. Second quarter was the crucial on in this game. France had plus 3 from the first ten minutes and thanks to 6-15 in Q2 they jumped to plus 12. Greece didn't give up and they came to minus 4 with less than 3 minutes left in the game, but France had an answer for that and celebrated 64-55 victory at the end.
Championship continues on Wednesday.

Greece: Evanthia Maltsi 16, Dimitra Kalentzou 14+6 boards, Styliani Kaltsidou 10+5 boards
France: Sandrine Gruda 19+8 boards, Emilie Gomis 10, Endene Miyem 8+5 boards, Jennifer Digbeu 8


China hold off France to claim second spot in Fougeres - by Eurobasket News
France U19 - China U19 69:72

Chinese U19 National Team finished their Fougeres tournament campaign with victory. They upset the hosts in a tough game to clinch the second overall position. China improved at 2-1 record, while France fell at 1-2. Ma XueYa (188-C/F-93) stepped up with 17 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort.
France secured a narrow 18:17 lead after the starting frame. They maintained it throughout the second period. The hosts established a 34:30 halftime advantage. But China turned things around late in the third term. They used a 14:3 run to build a 55:45 lead with one quarter remaining. France tried to bounce back as they trimmed the deficit but China hang on to escape with a difficult win at the end. Yang LiWei (175-G-95) and Zhang Liting (199-C-94) nailed 12 points apiece for the winning side. Eleonore Grossemy (184-F-92) responded with 15 points and 10 rebounds for France. Melanie Devaux (171-G-92) had 13 points in the losing case.

France U19: Eleonore Grossemy 15+10 boards, Melanie Devaux 13
China U19: Ma XueYa 17, Zhang Liting 12, Yang LiWei 12



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Montenegro ends first stage in Katowice with perfect 3-0 - by Eurobasket News
GERMANY - MONTENEGRO 64-76

Montenegro registered another win in Katowice. After victories against Poland and Spain, Montenegro this time was better than Germany winning the Group C with perfect 3-0 record. Of course, Montenegro advanced to the next stage. Germany on the other side said goodbye to EuroBasket 2011 without win (0-3). Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) exploded with 23 points ad 10 rebounds for Montenegro. She reached valuation 22 and was the MVP in her team. Milica Jovanovic (189-F/C-89) had 14 points and 6 rebounds, while Ana Turcinovic (190-C-93) added 12 pts, plus 8 rebs. In Germany, Svenja Greunke (188-F-89) shined with 20 points and 8 boards. Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) scored 16 points and was the last one with double-digits. Montenegro shined in the first and last quarter, what was enough for comfortable victory. Quarters: 15-25, 15-10, 19-19, 15-22.
Championship continues on Wednesday. Montenegro is placed to Group F now.

Germany: Svenja Greunke 20+8 boards, Anne Breitreiner 16
Montenegro: Milka Bjelica 23+10 boards, Milica Jovanovic 14+6 boards, Ana Turcinovic 12+8 boards


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France beats Greece 64-55, goes to Stage Two - by Eurobasket News
GREECE - FRANCE 55-64

France handed 64-55 loss to Greece in do-or-die game for both teams. They had 1-1 before this meeting and France is No.2 now, while Greece dropped to fourth place. France advanced to the next stage and they will be transferred to Group F. Greece said goodbye to Poland. Sandrine Gruda (194-C-87) was the leading player in victory with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Emilie Gomis (180-G/F-83) scored 10, while Endene Miyem (188-F-88) (5 rebs) and Jennifer Digbeu (190-F/C-87) followed with 8 points each. Greece got 16 points from Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78, agency: Josep and Nicolas). Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) had 14 pts and 6 rebs, and Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 10 pts and 5 rebs. Second quarter was the crucial on in this game. France had plus 3 from the first ten minutes and thanks to 6-15 in Q2 they jumped to plus 12. Greece didn't give up and they came to minus 4 with less than 3 minutes left in the game, but France had an answer for that and celebrated 64-55 victory at the end.
Championship continues on Wednesday.

Greece: Evanthia Maltsi 16, Dimitra Kalentzou 14+6 boards, Styliani Kaltsidou 10+5 boards
France: Sandrine Gruda 19+8 boards, Emilie Gomis 10, Endene Miyem 8+5 boards, Jennifer Digbeu 8


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UK blasts Israel in crucial game - by Eurobasket News
UNITED KINGDOM - ISRAEL 74-51

It was a do or die game for both teams. United Kingdom managed to beat Israel 74-51 and to win third place in Group B. It is enough for the second stage in Bydgoszcz. Israel ended the championship winless. Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87, college: Franklin Pierce) exploded with 18 points for 21 minutes on the court today. Natalie Stafford (173-G-76) had 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists, while Kimberly Butler (186-F-82, college: Oregon St.) added 14 points and 8 rebs. In the loosing squad, Shay Doron (175-F-85, college: Maryland) delivered 15 points. Liron Cohen (173-G-82) stopped to 11.
Israel and Great Britain began the game very motivated , they were aware of the rate of the game. After 4 straight points by Shay Doron and 4 minutes play Israel was up by 2 - 4:6. Natalie Stafford hit three as a response and Great Britain had taken the lead. After 6 minutes of play the score was tie 8:8. Thanks to JulieAnne Page lay-up in the last minute Great Britain had won the first quarter 13:11. Great Britain scored another 8 straight points in the beginning of the second quarter and elaborate 11 points advantage. Israeli coach- Eli Rabi called a timeout, because his team had been playing very bad. British players were continuing their run, extend the advantage to 15 points, and Israeli team needed another timeout. British lead thanks to great defensive and dominating the boards. Players from Israel were unable to find a clear position to shot. After 2 quarters Great Britain had got 13 points advantage 37:24. After the brake, Israelis tried to reduce the lost, but Great Britain did not allow them to do. British continued to play good basket. After Johannah Leedham long distance shot, when the score was 47:30, Israeli coach wanted to talk with his players. Then Johannah Leedham hit another three. With 3 minutes to play in the third Great Britain was up by 20 52:32. British player had got a great long distance execution 5/6 after three quarters. Before the last quarter Great Britain had got a big, 17 points lead 54:37. In the beginning of the fourth quarter Great Britain still had been controlling the game, not only British players secured the lead, they were able to extent it to 23 points with 6 minutes to play. Two minutes later, Liad Suez-Karni hits the three for Israel and British coach automatically call a timeout. Israeli team was not able to reduce British advantage. Great Britain won the game against Israel 74:51. (*by Lukasz Lukaszewski).
Championship continues on Wednesday. United Kingdom will be transferred to Group E.

United Kingdom: Johannah Leedham 18, Natalie Stafford 16+6 boards+5 as, Kimberly Butler 14+8 boards
Israel: Shay Doron 15, Liron Cohen 11


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  ITALY - Women  


Italy U20 win test series versus Poland U20 - by Eurobasket News
Italy U20 - Poland U20 64:42

Italian U20 National Team recorded the second win over their Polish counterparts in Pesaro. This time the Azzurri celebrated a 64:42 win and won the series 2-1. Valeria De Pretto (182-F-91) stepped up with 14 points to pace the effort.
Italy dominated from the early stages of the game. They recorded a 14:11 lead after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame but the hosts managed to ensure a 23:20 halftime advantage. Italy pulled in front in the third term. They arrived at the final break up by 7 points. Poland ran out of steam in the final quarter as Italy outscored them 25:10 and celebrated a comfortable victory at the end. Alessandra Tava (184-F/C-91) nailed 9 points for Italy. Tayara Madonna (173-G/F-91), Federica Tognalini (183-F-91) and Laura Spreafico (182-F/G-91) contributed 8 points each in the win. Agata Szczepanik (194-F/C-92) stepped up with 10 points for Poland. Magdalena Zietara (170-G/F-92) scored 8 points in the loss.

Italy U20: Valeria De Pretto 14, Alessandra Tava 9, Tayara Madonna 8, Federica Tognalini 8, Laura Spreafico 8
Poland U20: Agata Szczepanik 10, Magdalena Zietara 8




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  LATVIA - Women  


Latvia clinches first place in Group D - by Eurobasket News
CROATIA - LATVIA 61-67

Latvia outplayed Croatia 67-61 in Day Three of the EuroBasket winning the first place in Group D. Both teams had 1-1 record before this meeting and despite defeat Croatia also reached the second phase. They ended as No.3 in this pool. Both teams will be transferred to Group F now. Gunta Basko (181-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Siena) led Latvia with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Zane Tamane (200-C-83, college: W.Illinois) (9 rebs) and Liene Jansone (191-F/C-81, college: Siena) delivered 14 points each. In the loosing squad, Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) had 14 points and 6 rebs. Luca Ivankovic (199-C-87) (5 rebs) and Antonija Misura (178-F-88) netted 12 and 10 points respectively. It was a game full of turns. Latvia secured a victory in the last period, which they won 8-16. Before that Latvia made 16-20 in the first ten minutes and Croatia answered with 25-14. Latvia made 12-17 in Q3 and later won the game in the last 10:00.
Championship continues on Wednesday.

Croatia: Jelena Ivezic 14+6 boards, Luca Ivankovic 12+5 boards, Antonija Misura 10
Latvia: Gunta Basko 16+5 boards+5 as, Zane Tamane 14+9 boards, Liene Jansone 14


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Slovakia beats Lithuania 57-46 in Day Three - by Eurobasket News
SLOVAKIA - LITHUANIA 57-46

Despite this defeat, Lithuania won the first place in Group A of the EuroBasket 2011. It was the first victory for Slovakia, but that is not enough for the next stage. Slovakia ended this phase as the last ranked team of Group A. Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) shined in victory with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Romana Vynuchalova (192-C/F-86, college: Penn St.) had 10 points and 5 rebounds, while Darina Misurova (163-PG-81) added 8 pts, plus 6 rebs. In Lithuania, Marina Solopova (180-G/F-90) delivered 14 points. Their second scorer was Vaida Sipaviciute (193-C-85, college: Syracuse) with 7 pts. Slovakia had a great first half today and mostly thanks to it they said goodbye to Eurobasket with victory. Quarters: 18-8, 13-9, 15-16, 11-13. Lithuania will be transfered to Group E of the Qualifying Round.

Slovakia: Lucia Kupcikova 18+5 boards, Romana Vynuchalova 10+5 boards, Darina Misurova 8+6 boards
Lithuania: Marina Solopova 14, Vaida Sipaviciute 7


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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


Montenegro ends first stage in Katowice with perfect 3-0 - by Eurobasket News
GERMANY - MONTENEGRO 64-76

Montenegro registered another win in Katowice. After victories against Poland and Spain, Montenegro this time was better than Germany winning the Group C with perfect 3-0 record. Of course, Montenegro advanced to the next stage. Germany on the other side said goodbye to EuroBasket 2011 without win (0-3). Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) exploded with 23 points ad 10 rebounds for Montenegro. She reached valuation 22 and was the MVP in her team. Milica Jovanovic (189-F/C-89) had 14 points and 6 rebounds, while Ana Turcinovic (190-C-93) added 12 pts, plus 8 rebs. In Germany, Svenja Greunke (188-F-89) shined with 20 points and 8 boards. Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) scored 16 points and was the last one with double-digits. Montenegro shined in the first and last quarter, what was enough for comfortable victory. Quarters: 15-25, 15-10, 19-19, 15-22.
Championship continues on Wednesday. Montenegro is placed to Group F now.

Germany: Svenja Greunke 20+8 boards, Anne Breitreiner 16
Montenegro: Milka Bjelica 23+10 boards, Milica Jovanovic 14+6 boards, Ana Turcinovic 12+8 boards


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  NIGERIA - Women  


Brazil rally past Nigeria to win Fougeres Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Brazil U19 - Nigeria U19 87:46

Brazil delivered the third win in as many games at Fougeres friendly tournament in France. They knocked down Nigeria on the final day to clinch the crown. Damiris Dantas (192-C-92) scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the charge. Nigeria suffered the third consecutive loss and finished in the fourth position.
Brazil stunned their opponents early. The Latin American side piled up a 20:9 lead after ten minutes of action. Brazil opened the second term on a 12:2 run to boost the lead. They arrived at halftime up by 22 points 41:19. Nigeria struggled against well-balanced Brazilian squad after the main break. The Latin American team had little problems cruising to a well-deserved win at the end. Aruzha Lima (166-G-92) posted 11 points, while Tassia de Souza (178-G-92) finished with 10 in the victory. Helen Ibiam answered with 14 points and 9 rebounds for Nigeria. Promise Anukamara had 9 points in defeat.

Brazil U19: Damiris Dantas 12, Aruzha Lima 11, Tassia de Souza 10
Nigeria U19: Helen Ibiam 14, Promise Anukamara 9



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  POLAND - Women  


Spain smashes Poland in the last quarter for 78-63 win - by Eurobasket News
POLAND - SPAIN 63-78

Spain won the second place in Group C of the EuroBasket 2011. They handed 78-63 loss to Poland to take this spot. The hosts dropped to 1-2, but they also advanced to the next stage (3rd place). Both teams will be transferred to Group F. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Spain. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) had 17 points and Laia Palau (178-G-79) helped with 12 pts. In Poland, Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) had double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds. Their second scorer was Paulina Pawlak (170-PG-84, agency: Data Plus Group) with 8 points (6 rebs).
Last quarter was the crucial one in this game. Before that, first ten minutes ended with 20-20 tie and Spain made 11-17 in Q2. Poland replied with 19-13 after the breather and everything was opened again. However, Sancho Lyttle and her teammates blasted Poland in the last ten minutes (13-28) celebrating comfortable 63-78 victory at the end.
Championship continues on Thursday.

Poland: Ewelina Kobryn 20+13 boards, Paulina Pawlak 8+6 boards
Spain: Sancho Lyttle 18+7 boards, Alba Torrens 17, Laia Palau 12


Italy U20 win test series versus Poland U20 - by Eurobasket News
Italy U20 - Poland U20 64:42

Italian U20 National Team recorded the second win over their Polish counterparts in Pesaro. This time the Azzurri celebrated a 64:42 win and won the series 2-1. Valeria De Pretto (182-F-91) stepped up with 14 points to pace the effort.
Italy dominated from the early stages of the game. They recorded a 14:11 lead after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame but the hosts managed to ensure a 23:20 halftime advantage. Italy pulled in front in the third term. They arrived at the final break up by 7 points. Poland ran out of steam in the final quarter as Italy outscored them 25:10 and celebrated a comfortable victory at the end. Alessandra Tava (184-F/C-91) nailed 9 points for Italy. Tayara Madonna (173-G/F-91), Federica Tognalini (183-F-91) and Laura Spreafico (182-F/G-91) contributed 8 points each in the win. Agata Szczepanik (194-F/C-92) stepped up with 10 points for Poland. Magdalena Zietara (170-G/F-92) scored 8 points in the loss.

Italy U20: Valeria De Pretto 14, Alessandra Tava 9, Tayara Madonna 8, Federica Tognalini 8, Laura Spreafico 8
Poland U20: Agata Szczepanik 10, Magdalena Zietara 8




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  SERBIA - Women  


Milica Micovic stays in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Milica Micovic (182-G-84, agency: Players Group) will play at least one more season in Italy. The Serbian guard signed a one-year deal with Pozzuoli. She arrives to Pozzuoli from Vomero Basket Napoli, where she spent last season. For 22 games in Serie A1, Micovic averaged 6.3 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2 steals. Season 2009/10, Micovic spent with Basket Parma. At that time she had 6 ppg, 2 rpg and 1.7 spg for 25 games. They also competed in A1. In the past, Micovic also was a member of Viterbo, Nuova Bologna, Carugate and Stem Marine Parma.
In 2005, Milica Micovic won the Italian league title with Stem Marine Parma. She helped the team with 3.4 ppg and 1.2 rpg for 33 games. It was the only Euroleague experience for Micovic, who had 1.6 ppg for 13 games in this competition.


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Slovakia beats Lithuania 57-46 in Day Three - by Eurobasket News
SLOVAKIA - LITHUANIA 57-46

Despite this defeat, Lithuania won the first place in Group A of the EuroBasket 2011. It was the first victory for Slovakia, but that is not enough for the next stage. Slovakia ended this phase as the last ranked team of Group A. Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) shined in victory with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Romana Vynuchalova (192-C/F-86, college: Penn St.) had 10 points and 5 rebounds, while Darina Misurova (163-PG-81) added 8 pts, plus 6 rebs. In Lithuania, Marina Solopova (180-G/F-90) delivered 14 points. Their second scorer was Vaida Sipaviciute (193-C-85, college: Syracuse) with 7 pts. Slovakia had a great first half today and mostly thanks to it they said goodbye to Eurobasket with victory. Quarters: 18-8, 13-9, 15-16, 11-13. Lithuania will be transfered to Group E of the Qualifying Round.

Slovakia: Lucia Kupcikova 18+5 boards, Romana Vynuchalova 10+5 boards, Darina Misurova 8+6 boards
Lithuania: Marina Solopova 14, Vaida Sipaviciute 7


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  SPAIN - Women  


Spain smashes Poland in the last quarter for 78-63 win - by Eurobasket News
POLAND - SPAIN 63-78

Spain won the second place in Group C of the EuroBasket 2011. They handed 78-63 loss to Poland to take this spot. The hosts dropped to 1-2, but they also advanced to the next stage (3rd place). Both teams will be transferred to Group F. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Spain. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) had 17 points and Laia Palau (178-G-79) helped with 12 pts. In Poland, Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) had double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds. Their second scorer was Paulina Pawlak (170-PG-84, agency: Data Plus Group) with 8 points (6 rebs).
Last quarter was the crucial one in this game. Before that, first ten minutes ended with 20-20 tie and Spain made 11-17 in Q2. Poland replied with 19-13 after the breather and everything was opened again. However, Sancho Lyttle and her teammates blasted Poland in the last ten minutes (13-28) celebrating comfortable 63-78 victory at the end.
Championship continues on Thursday.

Poland: Ewelina Kobryn 20+13 boards, Paulina Pawlak 8+6 boards
Spain: Sancho Lyttle 18+7 boards, Alba Torrens 17, Laia Palau 12


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  TURKEY - Women  


Gure Belediye signs Gulnur Sandallioglu - by Eurobasket News
Gulnur Sandallioglu (187-F-87, agency: 1x1 Sports) is a new member of Gure Belediye. The Turkish forward signed a one-year deal with the club. Sandallioglu arrives to Gure from Mersin, where she spent last season. Actually, Sandallioglu played just first half of the season for Mersin averaging 1 point and 1.3 rebound for 7 games. In 2009/10, Sandallioglu was a member of Beyhan. She had 1.5 ppg for 21 TBBL games at that time. Before the above mentioned teams, Sandallioglu also played for Botas and Burhaniye.
Gulnur Sandallioglu was a member of the Turkish University NT two years ago. She had 6.4 ppg and 2 rpg for 7 games at the World University Games in Belgrade. In 2007, Sandallioglu was a member of U20 Turkey.


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


Sun Stroke All Virgin Islands Hoop girls game- 4 parts - by David Edole
Thanks again to Dale Mock for uplodaing the 2011 Sun Stroke All Virgin Islands Hoops Classic. If any questions on any player please feel free to send an email.
Lanese Bough, a senior guard at Central High, filled the stat sheet with eight points, eight steals, six assists and five rebounds to pace the St. Croix All-Star girls in a 61-58 win over St. Thomas.

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  UKRAINE - Women  


Ukrainian U18 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Oleksandra Chek 191-C-93
Kateryna Demchenko 180-F-93
Nataliya Frasynyuk 172-G-93
Anna Kiriyenko 190-C-93 Dnipro-DVUFK Ukraine
Iryna Krasova 181-F-94 Regina Ukraine
Olga Krayevska 178-G-94
Kateryna Kulishevska Chaika Ukraine
Tetyana Lysenko 180-F-93
Lyudmyla Naumenko 184-F-93 Regina Ukraine
Tetyana Oleksiychuk 167-G-94 Suzirja Ukraine
Funmilayo Omoboogunje 185-F-94
Nataliya Pokrovenko 174-G-93
Mariya Ruban 192-C-94
Oxana Rysina 172-G-93 Donbas Ukraine
Nataliia Sergeieva 180-F-94
Oleksandra Tregubenko 190-C-93 Dynamo Ukraine
Miriam Uro-Nile 190-C-94 Tim-Scuf Ukraine
Anastasiya Yablonska 173-G-93
Darya Zavidna 185-F-93 Tim-Scuf Ukraine



Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Alina IAGUPOVA
  Dnipr.
  (181-G-92)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Iagupova, Dnipr.20.4 
 2. Ragin, Dynamo19.9 
 3. Maznichenko, Tim-S.18.6 
 4. Rastorgueva, Donb.18.1 
 5. Williams, Dnipr.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. Rymarenko, Dynamo9.4 
 7. Zherzherunov., Koz.9.4 
 8. Maznichenko, Tim-S.9.4 
 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. Markotenko, Frank.3.1 
 5. Sharovka, Tim-Scuf3.1 
 6. Iagupova, Dnipr.3.0 
 7. Isachenko, Tim-S.2.4 
 8. Zherzherunov., Koz.2.3 
 9. Dubas, Frankivsk2.3 
 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. Maznichenko, Tim-S.1.1 
 7. Zherzherunov., Koz.1.1 
 8. Yakunina, Lugans.1.0 
 9. Kisilova, Kozachka1.0 
 10. Staschuk, Orlan0.9 


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


UK blasts Israel in crucial game - by Eurobasket News
UNITED KINGDOM - ISRAEL 74-51

It was a do or die game for both teams. United Kingdom managed to beat Israel 74-51 and to win third place in Group B. It is enough for the second stage in Bydgoszcz. Israel ended the championship winless. Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87, college: Franklin Pierce) exploded with 18 points for 21 minutes on the court today. Natalie Stafford (173-G-76) had 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists, while Kimberly Butler (186-F-82, college: Oregon St.) added 14 points and 8 rebs. In the loosing squad, Shay Doron (175-F-85, college: Maryland) delivered 15 points. Liron Cohen (173-G-82) stopped to 11.
Israel and Great Britain began the game very motivated , they were aware of the rate of the game. After 4 straight points by Shay Doron and 4 minutes play Israel was up by 2 - 4:6. Natalie Stafford hit three as a response and Great Britain had taken the lead. After 6 minutes of play the score was tie 8:8. Thanks to JulieAnne Page lay-up in the last minute Great Britain had won the first quarter 13:11. Great Britain scored another 8 straight points in the beginning of the second quarter and elaborate 11 points advantage. Israeli coach- Eli Rabi called a timeout, because his team had been playing very bad. British players were continuing their run, extend the advantage to 15 points, and Israeli team needed another timeout. British lead thanks to great defensive and dominating the boards. Players from Israel were unable to find a clear position to shot. After 2 quarters Great Britain had got 13 points advantage 37:24. After the brake, Israelis tried to reduce the lost, but Great Britain did not allow them to do. British continued to play good basket. After Johannah Leedham long distance shot, when the score was 47:30, Israeli coach wanted to talk with his players. Then Johannah Leedham hit another three. With 3 minutes to play in the third Great Britain was up by 20 52:32. British player had got a great long distance execution 5/6 after three quarters. Before the last quarter Great Britain had got a big, 17 points lead 54:37. In the beginning of the fourth quarter Great Britain still had been controlling the game, not only British players secured the lead, they were able to extent it to 23 points with 6 minutes to play. Two minutes later, Liad Suez-Karni hits the three for Israel and British coach automatically call a timeout. Israeli team was not able to reduce British advantage. Great Britain won the game against Israel 74:51. (*by Lukasz Lukaszewski).
Championship continues on Wednesday. United Kingdom will be transferred to Group E.

United Kingdom: Johannah Leedham 18, Natalie Stafford 16+6 boards+5 as, Kimberly Butler 14+8 boards
Israel: Shay Doron 15, Liron Cohen 11


British U18 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Whitney Allen 182-G-94
Lucy Buxton 177-F-93 Leeds Carnegie United Kingdom
Chantel Charles 178-G-94 Barking Abbey United Kingdom
Lana Doran 168-F-93 Barking Abbey United Kingdom
Maisie Elston 177-F-93 Sevenoaks Suns United Kingdom
Melita Emanuel 173-G-94
Christina Gaskin 188-C-93 Barking Abbey United Kingdom
Claire Harper 185-F-94 Nottingham United Kingdom
Holly Hodson 178-G-93
Rosie Hynes 172-G-93 Barking Abbey United Kingdom
Kaitlyn Lewis 94 Sevenoaks Suns United Kingdom
Ashleigh Munns 174-PG-94 Sevenoaks Suns United Kingdom
Jessica Shillito 193-C-94 Mansfield G. United Kingdom
Charlene St Marthe
Ashleigh Sumner 180-SF-94 Sheffield Hatters United Kingdom
Florence Ward 170-PG-94 Solent S. United Kingdom



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  WNBA - Women  


Tina Charles and Candice Dupree grab POW awards - by Eurobasket News
Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) of the Connecticut Sun and Candice Dupree (6'2''-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) of the Phoenix Mercury, were named the WNBA's Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for regular season games played Monday, June 13 through Sunday, June 19.

While leading the Sun to a 2-0 record, Charles ranked first in the league in scoring with 28.5 ppg, and among Eastern Conference players, ranked first in field goal percentage (.632), and third in rebounds (11.0 rpg). This marks Charles's second Player of the Week award in her career.

On June 16, Charles scored a game-high 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 79-71 win over the Washington Mystics. Three days later, she also recorded a career-high 31 points, while tying a franchise-record with 13 field goals, to go along with 12 rebounds in notching her second consecutive double-double in an 83-68 victory over the Chicago Sky. In her second season, the 2010 WNBA Rookie of the Year is averaging 20.4 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.

On the week, Dupree led the league with 15.0 rebounds per game. She also recorded her third consecutive double-double, the longest such streak of her career, which ties for third in the WNBA this season. Among Western Conference players, she ranked second in blocks (2.0 bpg) and sixth in scoring (19.5 ppg).

Her week was highlighted by setting a franchise record with 18 rebounds and scoring 21 points in a 93-89 victory over the Indiana Fever on June 19. It was the second 20-15 performance of her career, both coming with the Mercury. Dupree also scored 18 points and registered 12 rebounds, along with a block on June 17 against San Antonio.

The honor is Dupree's fourth Player of the Week award in her career.

Other candidates for WNBA Players of the Week were Los Angeles's Ebony Hoffman, Minnesota's Seimone Augustus, San Antonio's Sophia Young, Seattle's Sue Bird, Tulsa's Ivory Latta, and Washington's Nicky Anosike.

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Katie Douglas day-to-day with back injury - by Eurobasket News
Veteran guard Katie Douglas (6'1''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) is listed as day-to-day heading into the Indiana Fever's game at Washington on Tuesday night.

Douglas endured a lower back contusion when she fell during the first quarter of Sunday's overtime defeat at Phoenix. She scored three points in the first eight minutes and did not play thereafter.

X-rays on Douglas were negative, according to trainer Craig Stull.

Through four games, Douglas was leading the WNBA in scoring with a 21.3 average. He now ranks seventh at 16.5, and she leads the league with 17 3-pointers.

The Fever (3-3) have lost two in a row. The Mystics (1-4), who finished first in the Eastern Conference last year, have lost three in a row and are seeking their first home victory.
Courtesy of www.indystar.com


Sunday's games review - by Eurobasket News
L.Angeles S. - Seattle S. 74-50
Reserve forward Ebony Hoffman (6'2''-F/C-82, college: USC) scored 12 points to lead a balanced offense as the Los Angeles Sparks beat defending champion Seattle 74-50 on Sunday night, snapping a seven-game losing streak to the Storm. Kristi Toliver (5'7''-G-87, college: Maryland) scored 11 points and Candace Parker and rookie Jantel Lavender each added 10 for Los Angeles (3-1). The Sparks, who started 1-6 last season, had lost the last five regular season meetings with the Storm, and were swept in the playoffs last year. 'It was a test for us to see where we stand, and I think we showed that we're a great team,' Hoffman said. 'But it's going to be another test to go back to Seattle and play there. We just have to keep capitalizing and keep building on where we are right now.' Sue Bird scored 15 points to lead Seattle (2-2), which came in allowing a league-low 68.6 points per game. *Courtesy of www.seattlepi.com

Connecticut S. - Chicago S. 83-68
Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) scored a season-low eight points against the Chicago Sky in the Connecticut Sun's only loss of the season. Ten days later, she had a career high against the Sky on Sunday. Charles scored 31 points as the Sun (4-1) assumed sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference with an 83-68 victory over Chicago. Connecticut leads Chicago (3-2) by a game. Charles scored 11 in the final quarter. 'Every game I need to go out and take it more personal,' Charles said. Charles also had 11 rebounds. 'You could tell early in the game that Tina was aggressive about presenting herself to her teammates,' Connecticut coach Mike Thibault said. 'Our players did a good job getting her the ball where she could score.' Charles' 31 points came against Chicago center Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU). Charles and Fowles may be the two centers on the U.S. Olympic team next summer in London. 'They push each other and make each other better,' Thibault said. Fowles had 23 points and 10 rebounds. Kara Lawson scored 13 points and Asjha Jones added 12 for Connecticut, which has won three straight. *Courtesy of www.usatoday.com

Atlanta D. - Minnesota L. 64-77
Sunday's game was a homecoming in more ways than one. The Dream, fresh off of a road trip, returned to Philips Arena to open a five-game home stand against the Lynx. And then there was the game's main attraction, Atlanta native Maya Moore (6'0''-F-89, college: Connecticut), who was back home in a Minnesota uniform to face the Dream for the first time in her young WNBA career. 'It's just really exciting to be back in Georgia where I have so many good basketball memories,' Moore said. Moore's homecoming was a happier one as the former Collins Hill High School and Connecticut player scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds in Minnesota's 77-64 victory over the Dream on Sunday . 'It starts on the court with my team coming out, really executing and having a great first quarter and a great fourth quarter,' Moore said. Seimone Augustus (6'1''-G-84, college: LSU) led the Lynx with a game-high 19 points. The Dream (1-5) trailed by as many as 23 and cut the deficit to 10 with 2:30 remaining in the first half, but couldn't get any closer against Minnesota (5-1). The Dream shot a dismal 30 percent from the field, connecting on just two of 18 shots from 3-point range. *Courtesy of www.ajc.com

Phoenix M. - Indiana F. 93-89 OT
The Mercury beat the Indiana Fever 93-89 in overtime Sunday. It was a win they needed for their own psyche after starting the season 0-3. A win they needed for their fans, including the 7,701 at US Airways Center. And a win they needed before embarking on a four-game, eight-day road trip. The Mercury came back from a 14-point deficit in the third quarter and a five-point deficit in overtime. With the intensity displayed on the court, it didn't look like the fourth game of the season. 'It felt like Game 5 of the (WNBA) Finals,' Diana Taurasi (6'0''-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) said. 'That's how we have to treat every game. I think today, we showed the kind of team we could be. But the key is to build on it. It's no good if it's just for one game.' Taurasi scored a game-high 32 points, seven in overtime (all from the free-throw line). Reserve guard Marie Ferdinand-Harris (5'9''-G-78, college: LSU) contributed 17 points. And the Mercury needed all of Candice Dupree's 18 rebounds (eight offensive) and 21 points. It was Dupree's third consecutive double-double, the longest streak of her career. 'I just had the mind-set, the same mind-set since the season started, to get out there and get on the boards as much as I can,' Dupree said. The Fever (3-3) made their opponents work for everything despite playing without leading scorer Katie Douglas for much of the game. Douglas left the game with a lower-back injury with 1:40 left in the first quarter. The Fever relied on Tamika Catchings (17 points, 15 rebounds) and rookie Jeanette Pohlen (17 points, 5 for 5 on 3-pointers). But no other Fever player played bigger than center Jessica Davenport, who at times could not be stopped near the basket in scoring 20 points (12 in the fourth quarter) off the bench. She also was a big defensive presence. *Courtesy of www.azcentral.com


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