EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/1/2011

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Vladimir Lucic extends with Partizan - by Eurobasket News
Partizan renewed the contract of Vladimir Lucic (202-F-89, agency: Beo Basket). The new deal is meant for three seasons. Last season the forward tallied 4.6 points and 2.3 boards per game in Adriatic League. In Euroleague Vladimir Lucic averaged 2.6 points and 2.0 boards per appearance. In Serbian League his stats read 7.9 points, 3.6 boards and 1.4 assists. Vladimir Lucic is selected into Serbian University National Team.


Cedevita returns Ivan Opacak - by Eurobasket News
Ivan Opacak (202-F-80) is back to Cedevita after one year. The Bosnian forward signed a deal for the next season. He finished 2010/11 as a member of Prigorje Financije Krizevci. Opacak helped Krizevci to win the promotion from A2 to A1 league in Croatia. He started last season with Celik Zenica. For 19 games in Bosnian D1 he had 17 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.2 apg and 1.3 spg. Opacak finished as third best scorer of the competition.
As mentioned above, Ivan Opacak already played for Cedevita and it was on season 2009/10. He appeared 14 times in Adriatic league averaging 5.7 points and 2.8 rebounds. In Croatian league, he had 8.1 ppg and 2.5 rpg. Eurobasket awarded Opacak with All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League 2nd Team -11. In the past, he was a member of Murcia, Siroki, Siroki and again Celik Zenica.


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  ARGENTINA   


Marcus Melvin joins Atenas - by Eurobasket News
Atenas de Cordoba brought in the first import player for 2011/12 season. They have agreed on terms of contract with Marcus Melvin (203-F-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.). The 29-year-old power forward was last seen in Venezuela. Marcus Melvin played for Bucaneros de La Guaira. Previously Marcus Melvin had stints in Puerto Rico, Iran, Lebanon, Turkey, Italy, Philippines, Portugal. The forward was named into Asia-Basket.com Lebanese League All-Imports Team in 2005 and 2009. Marcus Melvin was also trumped Asia-Basket.com All-Arab Club Championship Best Import Player in 2009.


Australia won their opener of the U19 World Championship in Latvia - by Eurobasket News
Argentina U19-Australia U19 49:73

Australia won their opener of the U19 World Championship in Latvia. The team overcame Argentina 73:49 mostly making the win bigger in the last period.
Australia started well and reached 17-10 in the end of the first period. Hugh Greenwood (190-G-92) made a dunk to open the second frame and later the winners added 15-10 in the second period. Luciano Massarelli (183-PG-93) closed the first half from the free throw line making 32:20 on the board. The third period was tough, bit Australia kept the winning advantage and then erupted in the last quarter. Hugh Greenwood nailed three in the last of the stanza and Anthony Drmic (196-F/G-92) made later 53:23 on the board. After 29-18 in the last period, Australia U19 registered the first victory.
Anthony Drmic stepped up with 25 points for the winners and Hugh Greenwood netted 16. Mitchell Creek (198-F/G-92) scored 8, while Jackson Aldridge (185-PG-92) and Igor Hadziomerovic (195-G-92) added 7 each. Luciano Massarelli posted 16 in defeat, whilst Tayavek Gallizzi (203-F-93) scored 10.

Argentina U19: Luciano Massarelli 16, Tayavek Gallizzi 10
Australia U19: Anthony Drmic 25, Hugh Greenwood 16, Mitchell Creek 8, Jackson Aldridge 7, Igor Hadziomerovic 7



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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


FIBA ASIA - Two places left for Wuhan - by Maarouf Mawloud
With the completion of the sub-zone competitions in WABA and SEABA, 14 of the 16 teams in the field for this years FIBA Asia Championship have been identified.

The FIBA Asia Championship is a qualifying event for next year's London Games.

The winners automatically book their place into the 12-team field of the Men's Olympic Basketball Tournament.

Teams that finish second and third will compete into the Olympic Qualifying Tournament where three places for the Basketball Tournament are on offer.

With 14 of the 16 teams known, the next step for the FIBA Asia Championship is the draw, which will take place on 6 July.

The two remaining places will be filled once the qualifying process for the zone of Middle Asia comes to a close.

Uzbekistan will host Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan as the four teams attempt to win the sole qualifying berth from the Stans section of the Middle Asia sub-zone.

Indian capital New Delhi will host the SAARC teams from 13 to 15 July in order to identify the other team to qualify from Middle Asia.

The FIBA Asia Champonship will take place in Wuhan, China from 15 to 25 September and feature the top 16 teams from the five different FIBA Asia sub-zones.

Hosts China and Lebanon - as winners of the 3rd FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup in Beirut last year - qualified automatically for the FIBA Asia Championship

14 teams qualified for FIBA Asia Championship
Direct qualification: China, Lebanon
East: Korea, Japan, Chinese Taipei
SEABA: Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia
Middle: One team on 1 July; One team on 4 August
Gulf: Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
WABA: Iran, Jordan, Syria



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  AUSTRALIA   


Australia won their opener of the U19 World Championship in Latvia - by Eurobasket News
Argentina U19-Australia U19 49:73

Australia won their opener of the U19 World Championship in Latvia. The team overcame Argentina 73:49 mostly making the win bigger in the last period.
Australia started well and reached 17-10 in the end of the first period. Hugh Greenwood (190-G-92) made a dunk to open the second frame and later the winners added 15-10 in the second period. Luciano Massarelli (183-PG-93) closed the first half from the free throw line making 32:20 on the board. The third period was tough, bit Australia kept the winning advantage and then erupted in the last quarter. Hugh Greenwood nailed three in the last of the stanza and Anthony Drmic (196-F/G-92) made later 53:23 on the board. After 29-18 in the last period, Australia U19 registered the first victory.
Anthony Drmic stepped up with 25 points for the winners and Hugh Greenwood netted 16. Mitchell Creek (198-F/G-92) scored 8, while Jackson Aldridge (185-PG-92) and Igor Hadziomerovic (195-G-92) added 7 each. Luciano Massarelli posted 16 in defeat, whilst Tayavek Gallizzi (203-F-93) scored 10.

Argentina U19: Luciano Massarelli 16, Tayavek Gallizzi 10
Australia U19: Anthony Drmic 25, Hugh Greenwood 16, Mitchell Creek 8, Jackson Aldridge 7, Igor Hadziomerovic 7



Grabau remains a Snake - by Eurobasket News
Aaron Grabau (196-G-78), the 367-game veteran, has signed on for his 13th season with the Skytrans Cairns Taipans over the weekend.

Grabau has been through it all with the Snakes, from the first ever game in the NBL in 1999, to where the club made its appearance in its first ever playoff series in the 2002-2003 season, to then the near demise of the club in 2008-09 season, to the club's first ever Grand Final appearance last season, the man they call Bo Bo has seen it all.

Head Coach of the Skytrans Cairns Taipans Aaron Fearne admits getting Grabau back for another season is a vital piece in the puzzle.

'Everyone knows what Aaron (Grabau) brings to our team. He is as tough as they come defensively and physically. I know when it comes down the stretch in games and we need somebody to lock in on an individual defensive assignment, I can turn to Bo Bo and know that he will do the job for us,' said Fearne.

He has obviously been around a long time as well, so I will be looking towards his leadership in our , young squad.

Grabau also commented on his re-signing with the team.

'Im obviously very happy that I will be a part of this team for another season,' said Grabau.

'We have unfinished business from last years Grand Final, and I want to be a part of the team that gets that done. I believe the guys that we have signed will go a long way to achieving that goal.'

When asked how he was feeling after having a short break, Grabau commented 'The body is feeling good. Obviously it was a long season, with how far we went in the playoffs, but I am feeling good! Really looking forward to getting back into pre season and getting to know my new team mates.'

Grabau joins Ian Crosswhite, Alex Loughton, Kerry Williams, Dusty Rychart and new signings Brad Hill and Jeff Dowdell as contracted players for the 2011/12 NBL season.

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


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  AUSTRIA   


Kapfenberg renew Demetrius Nelson - by Eurobasket News
Demetrius Nelson (203-F/C-86, agency: Court Side, college: Citadel) renewed his contract with Kapfenberg. The new deal is meant for two seasons. Demetrius Nelson joined the Bulls at the start of the previous season. The centre posted 10.1 points, 5.4 boards and 1.2 assists per game in Bundesliga. Previously Demetrius Nelson played for Stal Stalowa Wola and Upstairs Weert.


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  BOSNIA   


NT point guard Sasa Vasiljevic stays in Ukraine - by Eurobasket News
Point guard of the Bosnian National Team Sasa Vasiljevic (183-G-79, agency: Beo Basket) will stay one more season in Ukraine. The 32-year-old player signed a deal with Khimik Yuzny. Last season Vasiljevic spent in BC Donetsk. He averaged 10.3 points, 4.6 assists and 2.3 boards per Superleague game. He earned Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Honourable Mention. Donetsk was the regular season champion and reached Playoffs Finals after that.
Previously Sasa Vasiljevic had stints with Kolossos, AEK Athens, Menorca, Bosna TH Telecom, Hemofarm and Sloga Kraljevo. Sasa Vasiljevic was trumped Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Newcomer of the Year back in 2006.
Sasa Vasiljevic is active member of the Bosnian NT. He also played for them from 2005 to 2007. In 2006, he won the championshop title with Bosna ASA BHT.


U20 Friendly Matches - by Miljan Veskovic
Bosnia and Herzegovina U20 played two friendly games in the preparation campaign for the U20 Divison B European Championship. The first one played against Montenegro U20 was
a 90:54 heavy loss and the second one was a 69:64 win against Montenegro U18 selection.
Bosnia and Herzegovina U20 is in a Group D for the upcoming European Championship and will play against Belgium, Iceland and Belarus.


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  BOTSWANA   


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Troopers 8-2 
 2. Spartans 7-1 
 3. Flames 7-3 
 4. Police 5-1 
 5. Cadets 5-3 
 6. BDF V 5-5 
 7. Falcons 4-5 
 8. Dolphins 3-6 
 9. NIIT 3-7 
 10. Splinters 3-7 
 11. Bullets 2-7 
 12. Eagles 2-7 
 13. Drillers 0-3 


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  BRAZIL   


Russia win thriller against Brazil - by Eurobasket News
Russia U19 - Brazil U19 81:78

Russia celebrated the first win at the 2011 U19 World Championship in Latvia. They eked out a dramatic victory over Brazil in Group A opener for both teams. Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) drained a buzzer-beating three-pointer to seal the victory. He finished with 24 points, 6 boards and 3 assists in the victory.
Russia got to a high-flying start to the game. They erupted for 27 points in the opening term taking a 6-point lead after ten minutes. But Brazil quickly erased the deficit. Gabriel Aguirre put the Latin American side ahead 39:37 midway through the second stanza. Brazil arrived at halftime leading by two points 41:39. Brazil maintained the lead early in the third term. Raul Neto (186-PG-92) gave them a 55:47 advantage but Russia found the way to bounce back. They capped the period with a 13:2 rally and gained a 62:59 lead. The lead changed hands throughout the fourth term. Sergey Karasev put Russian in charge 76:73 with just over a minute to go. But Felipe Taddei answered with a triple to level things up with 21 seconds remaining. Andrey Andrey Loginov (204-F-93) knocked down a jumper to give Russia a 78:76 with five seconds left in regulation. Lucas Riva got fouled and sank both free throws to draw things level at 78. But Russia used two seconds left to the full. Sergey Karasev drained a buzzer-beater clinching the victory for Russia.
Vladislav Trushkin (200-F-93) and Andrey Loginov contributed 13 points each for the winners. Raul Neto answered with 20 points for Brazil. David Rossetto (180-PG-93) added 15 points in defeat.

Russia U19: Sergey Karasev 24, Vladislav Trushkin 13, Andrey Loginov 13
Brazil U19: Raul Neto 20, David Rossetto 15



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  BULGARIA   


Unicaja will sign Earl Rowland - by Eurobasket News
According to Laopiniondemalaga.es, Unicaja will sign a new player today. The team agreed a deal with Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA). The American/Bulgarian point guard spent last season in Italy with Vanoli-Braga Cremona. He appeared 30 times for them in SerieA averaging 13.9 points, 3 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.9 steals. Eurobasket awarded Rowland with Italian SerieA All-Defensive Team -11.
Season 2009/10, Earl Rowland played for Vanoli Cremona. He had 13.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.6 apg and 2.9 spg for them in 30 games. Rowland also has experience from Bonn, Artland Dragons, Townsville Crocodiles and Latvian Barons. He won the German Cup in 2008 with Artland Dragons.
Earl Rowland played for the Bulgarian National Team at the EuroBasket 2009 in Poland. He shined with 17.7 ppg, 3 rpg, 3 apg and 1.3 spg for 3 games at this event.


Tihomir Zhelev close to stay with Cherno More - by Eurobasket News
Tihomir Zhelev (192-G-90) will most probably stay with Cherno More for another season. The young Bulgarian prospect started his basketball career with youth selections of Cherno More. He was promoted to their senior squad as a teenager. Last season, Zhelev appeared 31 times in NBL averaging 11.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals. In 2009/10, he helped Cherno more to reach the NBL Semifinals. They also reached Cup Semis. In NBL, Zhelev registered 8.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 2.9 apg that season.
Tihomir Zhelev played for U20 Bulgaria for the last two years. He helped them reach Semifinals last summer in EuroBasket U20 Division B in Austria. For 8 games Zhelev had 7.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 1.1 apg.


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  CANADA   


NBL Canada finalizes league rules - by Eurobasket News
The National Basketball League of Canada has finalized some important rules and dates for its inaugural season.

The new league, which hopes to feature seven teams including the founding Halifax Rainmen, Saint John Mill Rats and Quebec Kebs, held its first owners meeting on Wednesday in Toronto.

The league will have a 36-game schedule and follow International Basketball Federation (FIBA) rules. Rosters must feature a minimum 10 players and a maximum of 12, while each team must have a minimum of two Canadian players.

The salary cap will be $150,000.

The NBL Canada draft will be held on Aug. 21 and feature a round exclusively for Canadians.

Training camps start on Oct. 1 and though a schedule is still in the works, the pre-season will begin in mid-October with the regular season tipping off later in the month or in early November.

That was the best meeting I have ever been involved with in professional basketball, said Rainmen owner and interim league president Andre Levingston. We got a lot accomplished.

The league will spend the next few weeks finalizing lease agreements and securing franchise fees.

Courtesy of www.metronews.ca


Canada U19 beat South Korea U19 in the opener - by Eurobasket News
South Korea U19-Canada U19 93:109

Canada U19 started the World Championship in Latvia beating South Korea U19 in the opener. The Canadian team produced a three digit number to taste 109:93 win.
Canada started with 28-22 in the first period, but then scored 27 points in the next three quarters. South Korea managed to win the second period 29-27 to reduce the gap to 4 points at the halftime. The number 27 was enough in the third and the last periods. Canada won the third frame 27-25 and added 27-17 in the last quarter.
Sim Bhullar (223-C-92) paced all the winners with 24 points and 14 rebounds, while Dyshawn Pierre (198-F-93) collected 23 points and 10 boards. Julian Clarke (191-G-92) delivered 17 points, while Justin Shaver (198-F-92) collected 13 points and 11 rebounds. Lee Seounghyun (201-C-92) ended up with 25 points in the losing effort and Moon SeongGon (193-F-93) notched 23. Kim Giyun (184-G-92) produced 14 points for South Korea.

South Korea U19: Lee Seounghyun 25, Moon SeongGon 23, Kim Giyun 14
Canada U19: Sim Bhullar 24+14 rebs, Dyshawn Pierre 23+10 rebs, Julian Clarke 17, Justin Shaver 13+11 rebs



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  CHINA   


China Loses to Serbia in U-19 Championship - by Arthur Volbert
China lost to Serbia 78-73 at the FIBA Under-19 World Championship. This was a contest that China was very important for China to win if it wanted a medal in this tourney. China is in a preliminary round group with the USA, Serbia and Egypt. It is unlikely to defeat the USA and now must beat Egypt to advance out of group play.

China led 16-14 after one quarter but trailed 36-35 at the half. It trailed 54-49 after three quarters. It fell behind 76-64 with just over a minute left and a last-minute rally proved not enough. Guo Ailun (192-G-93) led China with 21 points and had 4 assists to 3 turnovers. He had 1 steal and 1 rebound. Ju Mingxin (200-F/G-93) had 11 points and 3 rebounds in 22 minutes. But he only hit 4 of 12 shots. Ju was placed on the final team despite his two official ages. Li Muhao (218-C-92) had 10 points but only 2 rebounds in 22 minutes. Wang Zhelin (213-C-94) had 6 points and 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. Neither center was dominant.

Zhai Xiaochuan (205-F-93) had 9 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal. Wang Zirui (190-G-93) had 9 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 2 steals and 3 turnovers. At power forward, Sun TongLin (208-C-92) had 6 rebounds in 18 minutes but only 2 points as well as 3 turnovers. Zhu Xuhang (207-F-93) had 3 points and 2 rebounds in 18 minutes and only hit one of 5 shots.

Serbia outrebounded China 33-27. China had 16 turnovers to 12 for Serbia. Serbia hit 48 percent of its shots to 45 percent for China.

Point guard Aleksandar Cvetkovic had 20 points and 6 assists to 2 turovers for Serbia and had slightly better statistics than Guo Ailun. Bogic Vujosevic had 16 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists. Luka Mitrovic had 14 points and 5 rebounds at power forward. Djordje Drenovac had 14 points and 6 rebounds. Nikola Siladi had 7 points and 10 rebounds.

This Chinese team can play with top-level teams like Serbia, unlike U-19 teams at previous world tournaments. But it must improve on today's performance if it wants a medal in this tournament.

Link to box score:
http://www.fibalivestats.com/matches/13883/03/67/78/574vj440RnAuE/

Team roster:
# Name P
4 Luo Hanchen (186-G-94) PG
5 Wang Zirui PG
6 Guo Ailun SG
7 Wang Pu (198-F-93) SF
8 Ju Mingxin SF
9 Gu QuAn (203-F-92) SF
10 Zhai Xiaochuan SF
11 Zhu Xuhang PF
12 Sun TongLin PF
13 Xu Tao (210-C-93) C
14 Wang Zhelin C
15 Li Muhao C


China Faces Crucial Game Against Egypt Tomorrow - by Arthur Volbert
China is in third place in Group D at the FIBA World U-19 Championship. It plays a must-win game against Egypt tomorrow. If it wins it almost certainly will make the second round. If it loses it will equally almost certainly be relegated to the 13-16th place consolation round. China stands a good chance to win against Egypt, which was defeated by the USA today 115-60.

Today's scores:
Serbia 78 China 73
USA 115 Egypt 60
Russia 81 Brazil 78
Australia 73 Argentina 49
Canada 109 South Korea 93
Latvia 85 Chinese Taipei 67
Croatia 88 Lithuania 75

Tomorrow's Games:
China vs. Egypt
USA vs. Serbia
Chinese Taipei vs. Argentina
Brazil vs. Poland
Lithuania vs. Korea
Australia vs. Latvia
Canada vs. Croatia

Standings:
Group D
TEAM W/L P
1. USA 1/0 2
2. Serbia 1/0 2
3. China 0/1 1
4. Egypt 0/1 1

Group A
TEAM W/L P
1. Poland 1/0 2
2. Russia 1/0 2
3. Brazil 0/1 1
4. Tunisia 0/1 1

Group B
TEAM W/L P
1. Australia 1/0 2
2. Latvia 1/0 2
3. Chinese Taipei 0/1 1
4. Argentina 0/1 1

Group C
TEAM W/L P
1. Croatia 1/0 2
2. Canada 1/0 2
3. Korea 0/1 1
4. Lithuania 0/1 1



Serbia open World Championship with win over China - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U19 - China U19 78:73

Serbia opened win count at U19 World Championship. They toppled China in the opener tonight. Aleksandar Cvetkovic (185-PG-93) stepped up with 20 points to lead the effort.
The lead changed hands throughout intense first period. Zhelin Wang gave China a narrow 16:14 advantage after ten minutes of action. China stretched the margin to 5 points midway through the second period but Serbia recovered. Bogic Vujosevic (189-PG-92, agency: Beo Basket), Mitrovic and Aleksandar Cvetkovic helped their team to take a 36:35 halftime lead. The teams went neck and neck throughout the third quarter but Serbia were able to secure a 54:49 advantage with one quarter to go. Ju Mingxin (200-F/G-93) and Zirui Wang knotted things up at 54 early in the fourth period. However Bogic Vujosevic and Djordje Drenovac (203-F-92, agency: Interperformances) restored lead for Serbia. Soon the European team opened a 12-point lead 76:64. Xiaochuan Zhai and Guo Ailun (192-G-93) dragged China within three points 73:76 late in the game however Aleksandar Cvetkovic sank two free throws and sealed the victory for Serbia.
Bogic Vujosevic accounted for 16 points, while Djordje Drenovac added 14 points in the win. Guo Ailun answered with 21 points for China. Ju Mingxin had 11 points in defeat.

Serbia U19: Aleksandar Cvetkovic 20, Bogic Vujosevic 16, Djordje Drenovac 14
China U19: Guo Ailun 21, Ju Mingxin 11




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  CROATIA   


Cedevita returns Ivan Opacak - by Eurobasket News
Ivan Opacak (202-F-80) is back to Cedevita after one year. The Bosnian forward signed a deal for the next season. He finished 2010/11 as a member of Prigorje Financije Krizevci. Opacak helped Krizevci to win the promotion from A2 to A1 league in Croatia. He started last season with Celik Zenica. For 19 games in Bosnian D1 he had 17 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.2 apg and 1.3 spg. Opacak finished as third best scorer of the competition.
As mentioned above, Ivan Opacak already played for Cedevita and it was on season 2009/10. He appeared 14 times in Adriatic league averaging 5.7 points and 2.8 rebounds. In Croatian league, he had 8.1 ppg and 2.5 rpg. Eurobasket awarded Opacak with All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League 2nd Team -11. In the past, he was a member of Murcia, Siroki, Siroki and again Celik Zenica.


Standings - A2 League
A2 Standings
Group Center
 1. Zrinjevac 19-3 
 2. Hermes Anal. 16-6 
 3. Sanac Karl. 16-6 
 4. Bosco 14-8 
 5. Samobor 13-9 
 6. Gorica 10-12 
 7. Kaptol 10-12 
 8. Mladost Z. 8-14 
 9. Rudes 8-14 
 10. Moslavina 8-14 
 11. Maksimir 5-17 
 12. Sisak 5-17 
Group East
 1. Mladost C. 15-1 
 2. Belisce 14-2 
 3. Osijek 2006 9-7 
 4. Zupanja 8-8 
 5. Valpovo 8-8 
 6. Vukovar 8-8 
 7. Klasije 7-13 
 8. Meteor D. 6-10 
 9. Virovitica 4-12 
 10. Vrijednosnice 3-17 
 11. Vinkovci 0-16 
Group North
 1. Krizevci 19-1 
 2. Medjimurje C. 18-2 
 3. Podravac Virje 15-5 
 4. Petar Zrinski 13-7 
 5. Vindija V. 11-9 
 6. Cakovec 9-11 
 7. Ivancica 7-13 
 8. Bjelovar 5-15 
 9. Radnik 5-15 
 10. Mladost D. 4-16 
 11. Rudar-Cimper 4-16 
Group South
 1. JOLLY JBS 22-0 
 2. Jazine 16-6 
 3. Kastela 13-9 
 4. Policnik 12-10 
 5. Vostarnica 12-10 
 6. KK Metkovic 10-12 
 7. DOSK 9-13 
 8. Pet Bunara 9-13 
 9. Solin 8-14 
 10. Sibenka 4 8-14 
 11. Omis Galeb 7-15 
 12. Mislav 6-16 
Group West
 1. Kraljevica 18-2 
 2. Crikvenica 18-2 
 3. Kastav 15-5 
 4. Stoja Pula 14-6 
 5. Jadran 10-10 
 6. Pula 1981 9-11 
 7. KK Zamet 8-10 
 8. Skrljevo 8-12 
 9. Porec 6-14 
 10. Puris 4-16 
 11. Matulji 0-20 


Croatia defeat Lithuania in Liepaja - by Eurobasket News
Croatia U19 - Lithuania U19 88:75

Croatia recorded the opening win at the U19 World Championship in Latvia. They toppled Lithuania in Group C. Toni Katic (188-PG-92) stepped up with 23 points, 5 boards and 4 assists to lead the winners.
The teams traded baskets throughout the starting quarter. Croatia earned a 22:18 lead after ten minutes. Marino Kucan stretched the margin to 7 points midway through the second frame. Lithuanua erased the deficit but Croatia capped the half with a 13:2 rally to build a 42:31 advantage. The Croats opened the third term on a 7:0 run to boost the margin. Croatia ensured a 68:53 lead with one quarter remaining. Lithuania could not get closer than 8 points in the fourth frame and had to surrender at the end. Boris Barac (206-F-92) and Dario Saric (207-F/C-94) delivered 22 points each for the winners. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) answered with 19 points and 13 rebounds for Lithuania. Zygimantas Skucas (200-F-92) posted 13 points in the loss.

Croatia U19: Toni Katic 23, Boris Barac 22, Dario Saric 22+11 boards
Lithuania U19: Jonas Valanciunas 19+13 boards, Zygimantas Skucas 13



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


BK Prostejov Began Overhaul for 2011-12 Season with Addition of Rostislav Pelikan - by Surujh Roopnarine
After a historic run the last two seasons under the leadership of Head Coach Petr Balint , leading to two-consecutive second-place finishes, BK Prostejov is moving in a new direction for next season. Out is Balint, who was one of the if not the most successful coach in recent club history, and in comes Zbynek Choleva , formerly of arch-rival Novy Jicin. With Novy Jicin folding operations and not taking part in the NBL next season the experienced and successful Choleva comes in to take over a new-look Prostejov club. Gone is the starting backcourt of Eugene Lawrence (184-G-86, college: St.John's) (CEZ Nymburk) and Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) (Telekom Baskets, Germany) and there is a good chance that Kyle Landry (206-F-86, college: N.Arizona), Radoslaw Hyzy (203-F-77) and Andrius Slezas (200-F-75) will depart as well. All these movements leave the cupboard very bare, and with managements decision to be leaner in their operating budget, re-stocking the roster with players who can compete on a similar level as the past two seasons will be extremely difficult.
The first of these reinforcements comes from Novy Jicin as well, in the form of veteran forward/center Rostislav Pelikan (207-F/C-78). The 209cm big man has spent the nearly his entire professional career in Novy Jicin and is coming off a season where in 30 games as a reserve he averaged 5.8 points and 4.3 rebounds while shooting 54.5% from the field.
A former All-Star (2006) Pelikan has been a member of very successful teams during his career, although like most in the NBL, has never managed to get past perennial champions Nymburk to taste championship glory. The 32-year old Pelikan, from Ostrava, will serve as the most experienced big man on Prostejov's roster next season if the expected departures of Landry, Hyzy and Slezas do in fact occur.



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Aalborg land Ryan White, Naestved eye Warren Christian - by Eurobasket News
Aalborg brought in import player. They have agreed on terms of contract with Ryan White (177-G-88). It is the first pro contract for 22-year-old guard. Ryan White just graduated from Texas State University. He tallied 11.9 points, 4.8 assists, 3.5 boards and 1.7 steals per game in his senior season with the Bobcats. Ryan White made it into All-Southland Conference 3rd Team.
In the meantime Naestved are mulling over the possibility of signing contract with Warren Christian (201-F). The forward was last seen playing for Lock Haven University. He averaged 13.4 points, 9.4 boards and 2.8 blocks per game in his senior season. Warren Christian was the seventh in the nation in blocked shots per game.



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Wizards: White out as head coach - by Eurobasket News
On Tuesday, Golden State Warriors general manager Larry Riley said he would be quick to make a decision on the Dakota Wizards coaching staff.

He wasnt kidding.

On Wednesday - one day after the Warriors bought the Wizards - Riley called Rory White to tell him he was out as Dakota's head coach.

'I talked to Larry Riley this morning, and he said they wanted to go in a new direction', White said. 'They want to start everything fresh.'

The 51-year-old White coached the Wizards for two seasons, guiding the team to a 48-52 record. The Wizards went 29-21 in 2009-10, losing in the first round of the playoffs. But the Wizards tailed off badly last season, dropping to 19-31 and missing the postseason for the first time since 2005-06.

Its been great coaching in Bismarck, White said. First off I want to thank the organization, and I want to thank the fans for all the support theyve given me. I wish I could have brought them a championship.

... I still think Bismarck has the No. 1 fans in all of minor league basketball.

Riley said that the Warriors wanted to bring in somebody who could mesh well with the Warriors new head coach, Mark Jackson.

There were no negative issues, Riley said. We just decided (Tuesday) afternoon that we wanted to start over. That isnt odd when a new group buys a team.

We wanted to get a different start, and we wanted somebody to get in line with Mark Jackson and in our system.

Even though the Warriors just hired Jackson, a former NBA all-star, as their head coach, Riley had said on Tuesday that filling the Wizards slot with a big name isnt a priority. He cited Dave Joerger, who led the Wizards to four championships, as an example.

It may not necessarily be that you see veteran or former NBA players as a head coach, Riley said. There may be some up-and-coming rising star as youve had here in the past with coach Joerger. Were looking for those kinds of people.

Riley said that the Warriors have already begun to put together a list of candidates, but that the names would not be divulged. He added that the Warriors wouldnt put a timeline on hiring somebody, just that it would take place well before the start of the season.

Were going to take our time, he added.

In an interview Wednesday afternoon, Warriors director of basketball operations Kirk Lacob said that several people would have input into the coaching decision. Among those weighing in will be Lacob; Riley; Mike Riley, a pro scout for the Warriors; Bob Myers, the Warriors assistant general manager; Travis Schlenk, the Warriors director of player personnel; plus Jackson and his top assistant, Michael Malone.

As for White, he said that he understood why the Warriors decided to bring in their own staff.

I think thats the way it goes, White said. Theyve got a new coach in Mark Jackson, and they want to see what direction he wants to go in. Its going to be somebody who can run their system. I think I would have been able to do that, but they wanted somebody new.

Whites stated goal has always been to return to the NBA, where he has had stints as a player and an assistant coach. But he said he has nothing lined up yet.

Because of the possibility of the lockout, everything in the NBA is on hold, but hopefully something will open up if it gets resolved, White said.

Courtes of www.bismarcktribune.com


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Cavs exercise option on Eyenga - by Eurobasket News
The Cleveland Cavaliers have exercised the third-year contract option on guard/forward Christian Eyenga (6'7''-G-89), Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant announced Wednesday.

Eyengas extension keeps him under contract with the Cavaliers through the 2012-13 season. In 44 games played as a rookie during the 2010-2011 season, he averaged 6.9 points on .425 shooting and 2.8 rebounds in 21.5 minutes per game. In 18 games as a starter, Eyenga posted averages of 8.0 points on .405 shooting, 3.6 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1.0 block in 26.3 minutes per game.

The 6-foot-7 guard/forward was selected with the 30th overall pick of the 2009 NBA Draft by Cleveland. The 22-year old played in 29 games for DKV Joventut Badalona (Spain), where he averaged 3.9 points and 2.0 rebounds in 12.0 minutes per game during the 2009-10 season.

Courtesy of www.wtam.com


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USA coast past Egypt in Latvia - by Eurobasket News
USA U19 - Egypt U19 115:60

The United States marched to the opening win at the U19 World Championship in Latvia. They rolled past Egypt in Group D today. Doug McDermott (6'7''-F-92) stepped up with 19 points to lead the effort.
USA tipped off the game with a stunning 22:0 run. They accumulated a 25:5 lead after ten minutes of action. Egypt managed to get within 14 points midway through the second term 22:36. But the North American side quickly restored a safe buffer posting a 50:29 halftime lead. The margin kept on growing in the third term. The USA established a comfortable 38-point lead with one quarter to go 82:44. Egypt could not get any closer in the fourth period suffering a heavy loss at the end. Joe Jackson (6'0''-G-92) and Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F-92) chipped in 15 points each for the USA. Meyers Leonard (7'0''-C-92) added 11 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Omar Mohammed responded with 17 points for Egypt. Assem Ahmed (6'9''-C-92) netted 16 points and pulled down 9 boards in the loss.

USA U19: Doug McDermott 19, Joe Jackson 15, Jeremy Lamb 15
Egypt U19: Omar Mohammed 17, Assem Ahmed 16



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Nizhny Novgorod targets Curtis Stinson - by Eurobasket News
Nizhny Novgorod is close to landing Curtis Stinson (187-G-83, college: Iowa St.). The sides have reportedly reached preliminary agreement on terms of contract. Curtis Stinson spent the previous season in D-League. He averaged 20.1 points, 9.7 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game for the Iowa Energy. Curtis Stinson was named USBasket.com All-United States Point Guard of the Year. He was trumped USBasket.com All-D-League Player of the Year. Curtis Stinson mainly played in D-League. Other than that the guard had spells with Split in Croatia and Kolosson Rodou in Greece. Curtis Stinson participated at D-League All-Star Game in 2010 and 2011. He was also named USBasket.com All-D-League Guard of the Year in 2010.


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Efes Pilsen release Igor Rakocevic - by Eurobasket News
Efes Pilsen have decided to split ways with Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78). The 33-year-old guard joined the Turkish team in 2009. Last season Igor Rakocevic tallied 12.7 points, 2.3 boards and 1.9 assists per game in TBL. In Euroleague the guard averaged 17.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists per appearance. Igor Rakocevic used to play for Yugoslavian and then Serbian National Team since 1998 to 2006.


CSKA land Darjus Lavrinovic - by Eurobasket News
CSKA continue to build up a powerful squad for the next season. They have agreed on terms of contract with Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79). The 31-year-old centre spent the last season in Turkey. Darjus Lavrinovic played for Fenerbahce Ulker. His stats read 8.0 points, 4.4 boards and 1.3 assists per game in Euroleague. In PBL the centre tallied 9.5 points, 5.5 boards and 1.3 assists per appearance. Eurobasket.com named Darjus Lavrinovic All-Turkish League Defensive Player of the Year. It is not the first stint in Russia for the Lithuanian player. He played for Dynamo Moscow and Unics Kazan. Darjus Lavrinovic was on Lithuanian National Team roster since 2005.


Sofoklis Schortsanitis extends contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Tel Aviv secured the services of Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) for one more season. The centre joined the Israeli powerhouse at the start of the previous season. He averaged 12.0 points, 4.2 boards and 1.0 assist per game in Euroleague. In Israeli League Sofoklis Schortsanitis notched 11.8 points and 4.9 boards per appearance. Eurobasket.com named Sofoklis Schortsanitis All-Euroleague Centre of the Year. He also earned the spot in All-Israeli League Imports Team. Sofoklis Schortsanitis played for Greece at 2010 World Championship. The centre posted 12.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game in Turkey. He has been the member of Greek National Team since 2003. Sofoklis Schortsanitis used to play for Iraklis, Cantu, Aris, Olympiakos before moving to Israel.


ASVEL adds NBA player Hilton Armstrong - by Eurobasket News
ASVEL is very active on the market these days. After signing of Jamie Skeen (205-F-88), the team landed NBA player Hilton Armstrong (208-C/F-84, college: Connecticut). They signed a one-year deal. Armstrong arrives to ASVEL from the Atlanta Hawks, where he finished last season. He joined them in February averaging 1.1 point and 1.4 rebounds for 19 games. Armstrong started the season with Washington Wizards, where he had 2 ppg and 2.9 rpg for 39 games.
Hilton Armstrong played for the New Orleans Hornets from 2006 until January of 2010. Than he moved to Sacramento Kings and next month joined Houston Rockets. The best digits in NBA Armstrong had with the Hornets in 2008/09 season: 4.8 ppg and 2.7 rpg in 74 games.
Hilton Armstrong is a University of Connecticut product, where he graduated in 2006. They won the NCAA title in 2004.


ASVEL lands Jamie Skeen - by Eurobasket News
ASVEL announced signing of Jamie Skeen (205-F-88) for the next season. The 23-year-old American heads to France for his first professional deal. Skeen graduated few months ago at the Virginia Commonwealth University. He helped his school to reach the NCAA Final Four. Skeen appeared 39 times for them this season averaging 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1 block. He was awarded with NABC Division I All-District 10 1st Team -11 and also was named CAA All-Tournament Team -11. Skeen improved significantly after his junior season, when he had 8.1 ppg and 4.5 rpg.

'I can't put into words how I feel right now. I've worked my whole life to get a professional opportunity and can't wait to get over there and give it all I have. I feel so blessed to have such a great support system from my family to my teammates to my coaches', said Jamie Skeen.


New teams proposed as 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague participants - by Eurobasket News
A week before its general assembly meets, Euroleague Basketball has announced the proposal for teams to fill wild card openings in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague for the upcoming 2011-12 season. In the Euroleague Basketball bylaws, the right is reserved to grant wild cards. For the 2011-12 season, two wild cards have been reserved for the qualifying rounds, while one more has been produced in the regular season and three more in the qualifying rounds.

The vacancy in the regular season was due to Lottomatica Roma of Italy having its A license suspended for having finished in the bottom half of its national competition. Euroleague Basketball will propose to the general assembly that Armani Jeans Milano, also of Italy, substitute Lottomatica Roma during the 2011-12 regular season. Euroleague Basketball will propose to the general assembly that ASVEL Basket Lyon Villeurbanne of France and Alba Berlin of Germany be granted wild cards to participate in the qualifying rounds.

Additionally, three teams that had earned Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds spots through their domestic championships Budivelinik of Ukraine, KRKA Novo Mesto of Slovenia and Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden of The Netherlands opted to renounce their places in the qualifying rounds, producing three wild cards. Euroleague Basketball will propose BC Donetsk of Ukraine, Cibona Zagreb of Croatia and PGE Turow Zgorzelec of Poland as their replacements. Donetsk and Turow were runners-up in their national competitions after losing by 7 and 5 points, respectively, in the seventh games of their final playoff series.

All teams proposed to take part in the 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague must be approved by the Euroleague General Assembly, which meets in Barcelona on Wednesday, July 6, one day before the draws for both the regular season and qualifying round.

TEAMS

Courtesy of Euroleague


Xavier Rabaseda returns to Regal Barca, Lakovic and Grimau leave - by Eurobasket News
As expected, Xavier Rabaseda (198-G/F-89) returned to Regal Barca. At the same time, the reigning Spanish champion parted ways with Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) and captain Roger Grimau (196-G-79). Rabaseda returns to Barca from Fuenlabrada, where he spent last season. He played 33 games in ACB averaging 8.7 points and 2.4 rebounds.
Xavier Rabaseda played Barca juniors in the past. They loaned him to Cornella in 2007 and he stayed there three years. From time to time Rabaseda was getting the chance with Barca. In 2009/10 with Cornella, Rabaseda had 14.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.8 apg and 2.4 spg for 32 games in LEB Gold. Rabaseda helped U20 Spain to win the Bronze at U20 EuroBasket 2009 in Greece. He exploded with 15.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.4 apg and 2.8 spg for 9 games at this event. He also won the Bronze with U20 Spain in Riga and with U18 Spain in Amalaida.


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Yohan Benfatah gets first pro deal with Roanne - by Eurobasket News
Yohann Benfatah (188-F-91) got his first professional contract. The French guard penned a 3-year deal with Roanne. Over the past few years Benfatah played for U21 Roanne. He is their member since 2007. Benfatah will make his debut in ProA next season.

Blois signs Jermont Horton - by Eurobasket News
Jermont Horton (198-G-83, college: Rutgers-Newark) is a new member of NM1 team Blois. The American guard signed one-year deal with his new club. He arrives from Romania, where he finished last season. Horton played 19 games for SCM CSU Craiova averaging 19.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals. He started the season in Kuwait with An Nasr team.
Season 2009/10, Jermont Horton spent in Turkey. He shined with 18 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 1.4 spg in 14 games with TB2L team TED Istanbul. Eurobasket awarded him with Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L Honorable Mention -10. Horton was also named Eurobasket.com Turkish TB2L All-Imports Team -10. His first professional contract Horton got in 2007 in Romania. He split that season between Pitesti and Targovuste. Horton is a product of the Rutgers-Newark University (NCAA3).


ASVEL lands Jamie Skeen - by Eurobasket News
ASVEL announced signing of Jamie Skeen (205-F-88) for the next season. The 23-year-old American heads to France for his first professional deal. Skeen graduated few months ago at the Virginia Commonwealth University. He helped his school to reach the NCAA Final Four. Skeen appeared 39 times for them this season averaging 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1 block. He was awarded with NABC Division I All-District 10 1st Team -11 and also was named CAA All-Tournament Team -11. Skeen improved significantly after his junior season, when he had 8.1 ppg and 4.5 rpg.

'I can't put into words how I feel right now. I've worked my whole life to get a professional opportunity and can't wait to get over there and give it all I have. I feel so blessed to have such a great support system from my family to my teammates to my coaches', said Jamie Skeen.


ASVEL adds NBA player Hilton Armstrong - by Eurobasket News
ASVEL is very active on the market these days. After signing of Jamie Skeen (205-F-88), the team landed NBA player Hilton Armstrong (208-C/F-84, college: Connecticut). They signed a one-year deal. Armstrong arrives to ASVEL from the Atlanta Hawks, where he finished last season. He joined them in February averaging 1.1 point and 1.4 rebounds for 19 games. Armstrong started the season with Washington Wizards, where he had 2 ppg and 2.9 rpg for 39 games.
Hilton Armstrong played for the New Orleans Hornets from 2006 until January of 2010. Than he moved to Sacramento Kings and next month joined Houston Rockets. The best digits in NBA Armstrong had with the Hornets in 2008/09 season: 4.8 ppg and 2.7 rpg in 74 games.
Hilton Armstrong is a University of Connecticut product, where he graduated in 2006. They won the NCAA title in 2004.


Le Mans extends Alex Acker - by Eurobasket News
Le Mans announced signing of a one-year contract extension with Alex Acker (196-G-83, college: Pepperdine). The American guard joined Le Mans last summer from Armani Jeans Milano. He played 31 games in ProA registering 14 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 3.2 apg. In EuroCup, Acker added 13.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 3.2 apg for 11 games. Le Mans reached Quarterfinals in ProA, but failed against Cholet (0-2).
As mentioned above, Alex Acker played for AJ Milano in 2009/10. He had 8.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 1.5 apg for them in Eurolegaue. Season 2008/09, Acker split between Detroit Pistons and Los Angeles Clippers. He also spent some time with NBDL team Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
Alex Acker reached Spanish league Finals in 2008 with Barcelona. He also played very successfully for Olympiakos in 2006/07 season.


Vichy lands Wilfrid Aka - by Eurobasket News
Vichy signed a deal with Wilfrid Aka (192-G/F-79) for the next season. Aka spent last four years with Paris-Levallois. In 2010/11 he had 3 ppg and 1.6 rpg for 29 ProA games. Paris-Levallois ended it as No.10 with 12-18 record.
Before Paris-Levallois, Wilfrid Aka played for Orleans. He stayed three years with them. Aka also has experience from Evreux, St Etienne and Roanne. He won two ProB titles in his career. In 2006, Aka was named Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Defensive Player of the Year.
Wilfrid Aka played for the Ivorian National Team at the AfroBasket 2009 in Libya. He had 3.3 ppg and 1.2 rpg for 9 games at this event.


Angers inks Maxime Chupin for two years - by Eurobasket News
Maxime Chupin (205-C-89) is a new member of Angers. The French big guy signed a two-year deal. He spent last season overseas with the University of California-Irvine. However, he didnt play any official game for his school. In 2009/10, Chupin was a member of Cholet where he had very limited playing time. They won ProA title and Chupin averaged less than a point in 5 games. In the past, he also played for Maurienne and Cholet U21.
Maxime Chupin played for U18 and U16 French National team. He appeared 7 times at the U18 EuroBasket 2007 in Madrid adding 1.7 ppg and 2.3 rpg. With Cholet, Chupin won Semaine des As Cup in 2008. He was 19-year old player at that time and he got a chance just few times.


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The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig Add Mass With Branko Jorovic - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig announced late Thursday night that Branko Jorovic (205-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) will strengthen the roster for the 2011-2012 season. Branko Jorovic (205-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) is a 29 year old 205cm forward from Serbia. Last season he played for Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas (Greece-A1, starting five): 27 games: 13.1ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 43.0%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 88.4%. Jorovic will replace Jason Cain who moved to the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. 'With Jorovic we got a very international experienced player that can play numerous positions', stressed Phantoms manager Oliver Braun . Jorovic started his basketball career in 2000 with Borac Cacak (YUBA)where he played until 2003. He then played for Reflex Beograd from 2003-2006. In this time, his best season was 2004-2005 where he played ULEB Cup: 8 games: 9,8ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0spg, FGP: 51.9%, 3Pts: 21.2%; Adriatic League: 21games: 12.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.4apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3Pts: 38.2%; 1A League: 14 games: 8.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 0.9apg. In 2006-2007, he played for Akasvayu Girona (Spain-ACB), in Sep.'06 came back to FMP Zeleznik Beograd (A), because didnt pass medical test, injured in Dec.'06, in Jan.'07 moved to KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd. In 2007-2008, he played for KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd (A League), released in Dec.'07 due to serious back injury, in Jan.'08 moved to AEP Olimpias Patron (Greece-A1): 6 games: 4.3ppg, 1.8rpg, left in March'08, then signed at KK Swisslion Takovo Lions Vrsac (A League): Superleague: 14 games: 11.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.2apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 43%, 3PT: 45%, FT: 69%, joined Swisslions in April '08. In 2008-2009, he played for KK Swisslion Takovo Lions Vrsac (A League, starting five): Balkan League: 9 games: 10.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.0apg; Serbian League: 32 games: 10.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 29.6%, FT: 83.0%. In 2009-2010 he played for KK Borac Cacak (A League, starting five): 29 games: Score-5 (16.6ppg), 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 59.0%, 3PT: 45.0%, FT: 82.7%. Awards/Achievements in his career have been Serbia and Montenegro University National Team -03, World University Games -03, Serbia and Montenegro Cup Finalist -04, Adriatic League Regular Season Runner-Up -04, Adriatic League Champion -04, 06, ULEB Cup Semifinals -04, Serbia and Montenegro Cup Winner -05, Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Forward of the Year -05, Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League 1st Team -05, Adriatic League Semifinals -05Serbia and Montenegro League Semifinals -05, 06, Serbia and Montenegro Cup Semifinals -06, Serbia and Montenegro National Team -06, Eurobasket.com All-Serbia and Montenegro League Honorable Mention -06, Eurobasket.com Serbia and Montenegro League All-Defensive Team -06, World Championships in Japan -06: 3 games: 4.7ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.7spg, Radivoj Korac (Serbian Cup) Semifinals -07, Serbian League Finalist -07, and Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention -08, 10.

Source: New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig




Dashaun Wood (Alba Berlin) When I Committed To Alba Berlin, A Part Of My Heart Stayed In Frankfurt. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) is a 25 year old 185cm point guard from Detroit, Michigan that recently completed his first season in Germany for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. He played EuroCup Qualifying Round: 2 games: 13.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 5.0apg; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 16.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 5.2apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 73.7%; German League: 42 games: Score-1 (19.0ppg), 4.6rpg, Assists-2 (5.9apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 80.3%. He won All-German Bundesliga Player of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Guard of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Import Player of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 1st Team -11, and Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Imports Team -11. He is a young point guard with natural leadership abilities, who directs teammates on the floor and takes the ball in clutch moments. Loves to go inside to score, challenging the big guys, but has also shooting range from behind the 3pts arch. Despite lack of size, he can be effective even at the defensive side. He played at Wright state from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 33 games avergaing 19.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 4.0apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 43.5%, 3Pts: 37.3%, FT: 88.3%. In 2007-2008, he played his rookie season for Tisettanta Cantu (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 38 games: Score-5 (16.9ppg), 3.0rpg, Assists-4 (3.3apg), 2.7spg, 2FGP:52.1%, 3PT-2 (42.8%), FT:77.4%. In 2008-2009, he played for : Benetton Treviso (Italy-SerieA), injured in Oct.'08 and was off for 2 months: Eurocup: 12 games: 5.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 87.5%; Italian League: 17 games: 7.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 70.4%. Eurobasket caught Dashaun while in Detroit over the phone.

The Skyliner world has been turned a bit upside down in the last 72 hours as Gordon Herbert signed with alba Berlin and you followed him signing a two year deal. Could this move have been prevented?


Yes I think it could of been prevented, but I had certain clauses in the contract and one was being that I would only stay if coach Herbert stayed. I am very thankful to the Frankfurt organization for having been able to come back after not playing for a year and play there. The Skyliner fans showed great support. I told you last season that the most important thing for me is to win titles and Alba Berlin gives me and coach the best opportunity of reaching that goal.

What were the main reasons for leaving The Deutsche Bank Skyliners?


The main reason going to Alba Berlin is having the best chance to win a title. The biggest part of going is just having the best chance of being able to win. It would have been tough going back to Frankfurt with no coach, no Pascal Roller and no Dominik Bahiense De Mello. Frankfurt seems like they will have a rebuilding year. It is like a dream come true for me to play for Alba Berlin. Every player wants to play for this team that is rich with basketball history. This will be the first time for me trying to qualify for the Euroleague. This will be a very big challenge for me. Everything I did last year with Frankfurt I can toss out the window, because now the challenge will be even bigger than last season. Alba Berlin will have even a deeper team and my style will be different. With more scorers on the team, I may not be depended to score as much.

Why is it so important for DaShaun Wood to play for Gordon Herbert?


Coach Herbert has great qualities. He is a great motivator. He was able to get guys like Kimmo Muurinen and Dominik Bahiense De Mello to play better than what they actually thought they were capable to do on the court. Herbert is as competitive as me. We just both want to win very bad and that is why we fit together so well. There are no limits for him to how far he will go to win.


Back in the day Karl Malone and John Stockton played 17 years together with the Utah Jazz. It seemed like where ever one went the other followed. Do you see having a long working relationship with Gordon Herbert?



I think that it could happen. we have a lot to prove. We had a great season with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners, but the expectations are even higher now in Berlin to reach our goals. I think that we can have a long term basketball relationship, but we have much work ahead of us. But we are a long way from reaching the goals. We need to perform well in the next two seasons.

Will you be disappointed if you are not as dominant with Alba Berlin on the court as you were with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners?



No I wont be disappointed. Being MVP, leading scorer or top assist man in 2012 wont be on my mind. If those were my plans then I could of stayed in Frankfurt. My number one goal is to win titles and if that means me averaging 5 points and five assists to get there, I will be ok with it. My focus is just on winning.


What are your goals for Alba Berlin on the court besides winning titles in the next two years?


My leadership and defense.


With what Alba Berlin player are you looking forward most to playing with?



Thats not hard. I am looking forward to playing the most with Derrick Allen. He plays as hard as me and the only difference is that we have different positions. We have the same attitude and drive to win games and are both looking for that first title in Germany. I like players like D.A who dive for loose balls and strive to win quarters.


Will you prepared for a boo concert when you return to the Ballsporthalle?



Yes I will be ready for it, but the game of basketball is about cheering for your team. I expect it and that is part of the game. I remember the boos in Berlin during the playoffs. I dont think that boos in Frankfurt will be because the fans hate me, but more because they want to see the Skyliners win.


What was your fondest memory during your one season with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners?



I had many nice memories. If I had to pick one it would be the fan support. The Skyliner fans made me feel like part of the Skyliner family. I will never forget last season. It wasnt just the team fighting to win games, but also the fans went through thick and thin. The fans helped push us through the season. I really felt very accepted by the fans and want to thank them.


Are you surprised that ex NBA player Roger Powell retired?



I think that many professional players started young with 6 or 7 years. Roger is 28 or 29 years old so it means that he has had about 20 years of basketball. He has a new baby and his focus is on his family. He had a great career and should not hang his head.


How will he do as an assistant coach in the NCAA for the Valparaiso Crusaders?


He will do great as a coach. He played at many different levels in college and the pros. He has much experience and knowledge about the game of basketball. He is a great person and will give his knowledge to the youngsters.


What do you want to say to the Skybembel fans?




I am thankful for all the support. I won the MVP award, but I think that it is not only mine, but also belongs to the fans. The fans started the MVP talk, had the signs and really pushed me to perform. My MVP trophy will always be part of the fans. I will never forget the fans. When I committed to Alba Berlin, a part of my heart stayed in Frankfurt.


The NBA just announced the lockout. What was your first thought about the lockout?


No one knows how long it will take, but I think that many players will come to Europe which will make the leagues better. I think that no one will waste time to getting over here, because they want to play.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?



Hangover 2. I thought it was real good.



Thanks Dashaun for the chat. Good luck with Alba Berlin


Bayern Munich add Ben Hansbrough - by Eurobasket News
Bayern Munich strengthened their backcourt. They landed rookie guard Ben Hansbrough (190-G-87). The 23-year-old player just graduated from the University of Notre Dame. He tallied 18.4 points, 4.3 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game in the senior season. Ben Hansbrough was named into USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 2nd Team. He was also trumped All-Big East Player of the Year.


Dashaun Wood Signs With 8 Time beko BBL Champion Alba Berlin - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Back in the day Utah Jazz basketball legends Karl Malone and John Stockton played together for 17 years and it seemed like where ever one went, the other followed and a trend like this may be starting with Gordon Herbert who escaped to Alba Berlin 48 hours ago and now 2011 beko BBL DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) has followed him. Wood is a 25 year old 185cm point guard from Detroit, Michigan who has natural leadership abilities, who directs teammates on the floor and takes the ball in clutch moments. Loves to go inside to score, challenging the big guys, but has also shooting range from behind the 3pts arch. Despite lack of size, he can be effective even at the defensive side Wood recieved a two year deal. Last season, he led the beko BBL in scoring and was second in assists behind Walter Tiger Tuebingen Bane Ratkovica playing EuroCup Qualifying Round: 2 games: 13.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 5.0apg; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 16.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 5.2apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 73.7%; German League: 42 games: Score-1 (19.0ppg), 4.6rpg, Assists-2 (5.9apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 80.3%. Alba Berlin fought long enough to get the American and are happy that he will be playing in Berlin. 'Dashaun played a strong season with Frankfurt and had many offers. We are so pleased that he decided to come to us', stressed Alba Berlin manager and ex German national player Mithat Demirel . Wood dominated the beko BBL last season, but the question will be can he do it again for a team that will have many many scoring options? In any case, Wood is thrilled about joining the Alba Berlin family. 'Alba Berlin is team with a big club history, great organization and fans. I am happy to be a part of it. To play for Alba Berlin is like playing for an NBA team. A dream has been fullfilled for me. I can hardly wait for the season to start', stressed DaShaun Wood.

Wood started his basketball career at Wright State in 2003 and played there until 2007. In his senior year, he played
33 games: 19.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 4.0apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 43.5%, 3Pts: 37.3%, FT: 88.3%. In 2007, he turned professional and went to Italy to play for Tisettanta Cantu (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 38 games: Score-5 (16.9ppg), 3.0rpg, Assists-4 (3.3apg), 2.7spg, 2FGP:52.1%, 3PT-2 (42.8%), FT:77.4%. In 2008-2009, he played for Benetton Treviso (Italy-SerieA), injured in Oct.'08 and was off for 2 months: Eurocup: 12 games: 5.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 87.5%; Italian League: 17 games: 7.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 70.4%. Awards/Achievements in his career have been Horizon League All-Newcomer Team -04, All-Horizon League 2nd Team -05, All-Horizon League 1st Team -06, 07, Horizon League All-Defensive Team -06, 07, NABC All-NCAA District 10 2nd Team -07, Horizon League Regular Season Runner-Up -07, Horizon League Tournament Winner -07, Horizon League Tournament MVP -07, Horizon League All-Tournament Team -07, All-Horizon League Player of the Year -07, All-Portsmouth Invitational Tournament Team -07, Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention -08, German Bundesliga All-Star Game -11, German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals -11, German Bundesliga Semifinals -11, German Bundesliga Regular Season Runner-Up -11, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Player of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Guard of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Import Player of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 1st Team -11, and Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Imports Team -11.

Source: Alba Berlin


Dashaun Wood Leaves The Deutsche Bank Skyliners After Only One Year - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
During the playoff series between The Deutsche Bank Skyliners and Alba Berlin recently, if one wast following the action on the court precisely at 100%, one may have risk taking a peek at Alba Berlin CEO Marco Baldi who was watching DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.)like a hungry eagle as if Wood was carrying a sack of 100 Euro bills on his back as he wasnt shying away at showing his big interest in the Detriot native. In the last weeks, it was no secret that DaShaun Wood and Gordon Herbert were of big interest for the 8 time beko BBL team. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners announced today that Wood will not be returning to the Fraport Skyliners, but head to Alba Berlin according to his agent. Wood had certain clauses in his contract and would only stay in Frankfurt if Gordon Herbert did, but instead will go to the German capital. Some weeks ago, the financial future of The Deutsche Bank Skyliners/Fraport Skyliners looked rosy as Fraport came on board as sponsor, but what about the basketball future of the team on the court. The departure of Herbert and Wood is difficult to swallow not only for the fans, but also for Skyliner sport director Kamil Novak . 'The departure of Dashaun is a big loss, but not a surprise. The development in the last weeks showed in what direction it would go. We want to thank Dashaun for a great season and wish him the best on the court and also in his private life. It would also be no surprise if Quantez Robertson goes to Berlin also. Before we get new players, we will clear up the head coach question', stressed Skyliner sport director Kamil Novak . Wood was the top player in the beko BBL last season leading the league in scoring and finishing in second place behind Branislav Rathkovica in assists. Wood played EuroCup Qualifying Round: 2 games: 13.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 5.0apg; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 16.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 5.2apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 73.7%; German League: 42 games: Score-1 (19.0ppg), 4.6rpg, Assists-2 (5.9apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 80.3%.

Source: Deutsche Bank Skyliners




Norbert Beier Remains With USC Leipzig - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Norbert Beier (193-F-84) wants to start off the new PRO B season where he left off in his last game last season scoring 10 points and grabbing four rebounds against NBC as USC Leipzig announced that he will slip on their jersey again this season. Beier is the 6th Leipzig player that will return and he is a 26 year old 193cm forward that likes to play from the perimeter and defends well. Last season the German played 20 games: 3.2ppg, 1.7rpg. The German who was born in Chemnitz is looking forward to returning. 'The atmosphere within the club is great and there was no need for me to look elsewhere. I want to find my three point shot again and play at a high level', stressed Norbert Beier (193-F-84). Beier started his basketball career with BG Chemnitz 99 (2Bundesliga) in 2002 where he played until 2008 playing a total of 34 games there. He then playe for BC Energie Zwickau from 2008-2010.

Source: USC Leipzig


German Basketball Experience Comes To The Mitteldeutscher BC With Steve Wachalski - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Mitteldeutscher BC announced today that they have chosen Steve Wachalski (203-F/C-83) as the thier third German for the upcoming PRO A season. Wachalski is a 28 year old 203 power forward that also likes to throw bombs from outside. Last season after enduring 7 seasons in the German minor leagues, he finally got his chance to play in the beko BBL for BBC Bayreuth (1.Bundesliga): 27 games: 3.3ppg, 1.8rpg. 'We are happy that we were able to get Steve despite him having better offers. Two years ago, he was one of the best three German players in the PRO A. He can play the positions three and four, has a good shot, has basketball understanding an is athletic', stressed MBC coach Silvano Poropat (agency: FCM ) Walchalski started his basketball career with Osnabrucker SC (Regionalliga) in 2003 where he playe until 2010. In this time, he helped the team move from the Regionaliga to the PRO A. His best season was 2009-2010 where he played 30 games: 17.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 54.3%, 3PT-3 (46.6%), FT: 78.9%. 'With Wachalski as third good German, we continue to show our claim of having German players on the roster and welcome him into our homeland', stressed MBC manager Martin Geissler .Awards/Achievementsin his career have been German Regionalliga (North Group) Champion -08, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Honorable Mention -10, and Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Domestic Players Team -10.

Source: Mitteldeutscher BC




Martin Bogdanov Will Continue To Play For SSV Lok Bernau - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

SSV Lok Bernau have announced that Martin Bogdanov (183-PG-92) will play another season for SSV Lok Bernau.Boganov is a 18 year ol 183cm guard that just finished high school in Germany an had thoughts of going to collge in the States, but decied to futher develop in Germany. 'I always had the confidence of coach Alex Ruber. That influence made my decision to stay. I know that as a young player, I wont sit on the bench in Bernau. I want to use my chances. I will continue to work hard an continue to improve', stressed Martin Bogdanov. Last season, the German started with Berlin Baskets (Regionalliga), in Dec.'10 moved to SSV Lokomotive Bernau (ProB, starting five): 8 games: 3.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.5apg, played also at Central Hoops Berlin (2.Regionalliga). In the NBBL last season, Boganov averaged 22,8ppg an grabbed 5,8rpg. 'It is really nice that Martin decided to stay with us. He is so young and talented, but still very experienced that he will be an important player for us', warned SSV Lok Bernau coach Alex Ruber. Boganov started his career for Central Hoops Berlin (Regionalliga): 20 games: 6.4ppg in 2008. Awards/Achievements in his career have been Nike Euroleague Junior Tournament (Unofficial European Clubs Junior Championships) -09, German U18 National Team -09, and German NBBL All-Star Game -11

Source: SSV Lok Bernau


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Lasaulec Aris invests in prospects Hof and Lietmeijer - by Fred Roggen
Lasaulec Aris has announced the arrival of two Dutch prospects, forward Mark-Peter Hof (199-F-90, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) and shooting guard Valentijn Lietmeijer (191-G-91, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement). Both players signed a one-year deal.
Mark-Peter Hof arrives from GasTerra Flames and averaged 0.9 points and 0.7 rebounds in 13 Dutch Basketball League games last season.
Valentijn Lietmeijer is one of the most promising shooting guard in Holland and arrives from GasTerra Flames.




Landstede Basketbal Zwolle inks Kenrick Zondervan - by Fred Roggen
Landstede Basketbal continued preparing for the 2011-12 DBL season with the signing on Thursday of power forward Kenrick Zondervan (206-F/C-85, agency: Court Side, college: Cent.Florida) for one season.
Kenrick Zondervan arrives from Saint Chamond Basket (France-NM1) where he played 13 games and averaged 9.5ppg and 5.2rpg last season.
In the past, Zondervan played for ESTIA Egaleo (Greece-A2) and Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket (France-ProB).



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Brynjar Bjoernsson signs with Jamtland, Sweden - by Eurobasket News
Brynjar Bjoernsson (191-G-88, college: Francis Marion) will continue his career in Sweden. The former NT member signed a deal with KFUM Jamtland Basket. Bjoernsson heads to his new club from KR Reykjavik, where he spent last couple of years. It will be the first time for Bjoernsson out of Iceland. Actually, it will be the first time for him out of KR Reykjavik, where Bjoernsson started as a teenager. Last season, Bjoernsson appeared 32 times in Express league averaging 16.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.1 steal. He helped KR Reykjavik to win the title and also to grab the trophy in Icelandic Powerade Cup. KR Reykjavik was also Express league champion in 2007 and 2009. Bjoernsson was named Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League 1st Team -11. In the past he played for Icelandic senior NT and also for U18 Iceland.

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Maccabi Ashdod tab Anton Shoutvin - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Ashdod bolstered the frontcourt. They have agreed on terms of contract with Anton Shoutvin (206-C/F-89). The 22-year-old centre spent the last season in Germany. Anton Shoutvin played for Freiburg in ProA. His stats read 10.4 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. Previously the centre had stints with Galil Gilboa, Maccabi Givat Shmuel, Baitar Benyamina and Maccabi Tel Aviv junior team. Anton Shoutvin played for U16, U18 and U20 Israeli National Teams.


Galil Gilboa tab Chaisson Allen - by Eurobasket News
Galil Gilboa strengthened their backcourt. They signed contract with Chaisson Allen (193-G-89). It is the first pro deal for the guard. Chaisson Allen has just graduated from the Northeastern University. He tallied 16.7 points, 6.1 boards, 3.7 assists and 2.1 steals per game in his senior season. Chaisson Allen was named into NABC Division All-District 10 2nd Team. The guard also made it into All-CAA 1st Team for the second straight season. Chaisson Allen also got into CAA-All-Defensive Team for the third season in a row. The guard participated at Pre-NBA Draft Portsmouth Inivitational Tournament. His stats read 10.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists per appearance.


Sofoklis Schortsanitis extends contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Tel Aviv secured the services of Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) for one more season. The centre joined the Israeli powerhouse at the start of the previous season. He averaged 12.0 points, 4.2 boards and 1.0 assist per game in Euroleague. In Israeli League Sofoklis Schortsanitis notched 11.8 points and 4.9 boards per appearance. Eurobasket.com named Sofoklis Schortsanitis All-Euroleague Centre of the Year. He also earned the spot in All-Israeli League Imports Team. Sofoklis Schortsanitis played for Greece at 2010 World Championship. The centre posted 12.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game in Turkey. He has been the member of Greek National Team since 2003. Sofoklis Schortsanitis used to play for Iraklis, Cantu, Aris, Olympiakos before moving to Israel.


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Benetton Treviso pays interest to Deon Thompson - by Eurobasket News
Benetton Treviso pays interest to Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) for the next season. In 2006-2007 the American Forward started for N.Carolina (NCAA) and debuted with 4.7ppg, 2.4rpg in the first season. In 2007-2008 for N.Carolina (NCAA) in 39 games he averaged 8.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.1apg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 48.1%, FT: 59.5%. In 2008-2009 for N.Carolina (NCAA, starting five) he showed 10.6ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 49.2%, FT: 64.6% and in 2009-2010 improved to13.7ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.1spg, 1bpg, FGP: 48.4%, 3PT: 0.0%, FT: 69.3%. In 2010-2011 Deon moved to Ikaros Kallitheas (Greece-A1, starting five) and in 25 games showed 14.1ppg, Reb-2 (8.8rpg), Blocks-3 (1.3bpg), FGP: 50.0%, FT: 70.7%.
Deon Thompson recorded 24 points at the Regular Season Round 16. Ikaros was defeated by third ranked Marousi 81-77. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. At the losing side American forward Deon Thompson responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Kyle McAlarney scored 14 points.




Daniele Cavaliero leaves Montegranaro - by Eurobasket News
Daniele Cavaliero (189-G-84) leaves Montegranaro and will not be in the roster for 2011/2012 season. In 2008-2009 the Italian Guard joined Premiata Montegranaro (SerieA) and in 30 games averaged 5.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.3apg, 1.4spg. In 2009-2010 for Sigma Coatings Montegranaro (SerieA, starting five) after 33 games his stats read 8.8ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 38.4%, FT: 81.4%. In 2010-2011 his stats read 8.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT: 75.9%.
His top game was at the Regular Season Round 19 when Fabi Shoes Montegranaro was upset on its own court by Vanoli-Braga 89-67. The game was mostly controlled by Vanoli-Braga. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro was better in third quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vanoli-Braga shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. At the losing side American power forward Sharrod Ford responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and international guard Daniele Cavaliero scored 18 points.




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Vichy lands Wilfrid Aka - by Eurobasket News
Vichy signed a deal with Wilfrid Aka (192-G/F-79) for the next season. Aka spent last four years with Paris-Levallois. In 2010/11 he had 3 ppg and 1.6 rpg for 29 ProA games. Paris-Levallois ended it as No.10 with 12-18 record.
Before Paris-Levallois, Wilfrid Aka played for Orleans. He stayed three years with them. Aka also has experience from Evreux, St Etienne and Roanne. He won two ProB titles in his career. In 2006, Aka was named Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Defensive Player of the Year.
Wilfrid Aka played for the Ivorian National Team at the AfroBasket 2009 in Libya. He had 3.3 ppg and 1.2 rpg for 9 games at this event.


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Niigata name head coach - by Eurobasket News
Niigata Albirex officially announced the name of the new head coach of the team. Matt Garrison will take over the team in the next season. He will replace Masaya Hirose who led the team since 2000. Matt Garrison is just the second head coach in Niigata history. Matt Garrison played for Niigata and Five Arrows before retiring in 2009. As a player Matt Garrison triumphed twice at BJ-League Three-Point Shootout during All-Star Games. Matt Garrison worked at different basketball camps and clinics lately. Among those are Lebron Jamess King James Academy, Kobe Bryants Basketball Academy, Michael Jordans Flight School. He also worked at JSerra Catholic School in California. Matt Garrison also has a job of BJ-League player agent in his resume.


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The hosts of the U19 World Championship recorded its first win - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U19-Taiwan U19 85:67

The hosts of the U19 World Championship recorded its first win in the end of Day 1. Latvia U19 edged Taiwan U19 85:67 in the last game of June.
The teams were tied at 4:4 before Latvia went on a lead. Janis Timma (201-F/G-92) (201-F/G-92) closed a 6-0 run for 10:4 and then added two for 17:12. Arnolds Helmanis closed the first period at 25:20, while Kang-Chaio Hung scored for 28:23. After 17-13 in the second frame Janis Timma sent the teams to the lockers for 42:33. In the third quarter the hosts produced a 24-14 for 66:47 deficit. Wei-Ju Chien was the first to score in the last quarter, but Arnolds Helmanis scored for 82:65. Taiwan U19 won the last period 20-19 but cut the deficit to 18 points at the every end.
Janis Timma paced all the winners with 23 points and 14 rebounds for the home side and Davis Bertans (205-C-92) netted 13.Kaspars Vecvagars (191-G-93) and Edmunds Dukulus followed them with 10 points as the latter also added 12 rebounds. Hu Lung-Mao (194-F-92) answered with 18 points in the losing effort, whilst Chen Ying-Chun (181-PG-93) notched 11.

Latvia U19: Janis Timma 23+14 rebs, Davis Bertans 13, Kaspars Vecvagars 10, Edmunds Dukulus 10+12 rebs
Taiwan U19: Hu Lung-Mao 18, Chen Ying-Chun 11



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FIBA ASIA - Two places left for Wuhan - by Maarouf Mawloud
With the completion of the sub-zone competitions in WABA and SEABA, 14 of the 16 teams in the field for this years FIBA Asia Championship have been identified.

The FIBA Asia Championship is a qualifying event for next year's London Games.

The winners automatically book their place into the 12-team field of the Men's Olympic Basketball Tournament.

Teams that finish second and third will compete into the Olympic Qualifying Tournament where three places for the Basketball Tournament are on offer.

With 14 of the 16 teams known, the next step for the FIBA Asia Championship is the draw, which will take place on 6 July.

The two remaining places will be filled once the qualifying process for the zone of Middle Asia comes to a close.

Uzbekistan will host Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan as the four teams attempt to win the sole qualifying berth from the Stans section of the Middle Asia sub-zone.

Indian capital New Delhi will host the SAARC teams from 13 to 15 July in order to identify the other team to qualify from Middle Asia.

The FIBA Asia Champonship will take place in Wuhan, China from 15 to 25 September and feature the top 16 teams from the five different FIBA Asia sub-zones.

Hosts China and Lebanon - as winners of the 3rd FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup in Beirut last year - qualified automatically for the FIBA Asia Championship

14 teams qualified for FIBA Asia Championship
Direct qualification: China, Lebanon
East: Korea, Japan, Chinese Taipei
SEABA: Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia
Middle: One team on 1 July; One team on 4 August
Gulf: Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
WABA: Iran, Jordan, Syria



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Croatia defeat Lithuania in Liepaja - by Eurobasket News
Croatia U19 - Lithuania U19 88:75

Croatia recorded the opening win at the U19 World Championship in Latvia. They toppled Lithuania in Group C. Toni Katic (188-PG-92) stepped up with 23 points, 5 boards and 4 assists to lead the winners.
The teams traded baskets throughout the starting quarter. Croatia earned a 22:18 lead after ten minutes. Marino Kucan stretched the margin to 7 points midway through the second frame. Lithuanua erased the deficit but Croatia capped the half with a 13:2 rally to build a 42:31 advantage. The Croats opened the third term on a 7:0 run to boost the margin. Croatia ensured a 68:53 lead with one quarter remaining. Lithuania could not get closer than 8 points in the fourth frame and had to surrender at the end. Boris Barac (206-F-92) and Dario Saric (207-F/C-94) delivered 22 points each for the winners. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) answered with 19 points and 13 rebounds for Lithuania. Zygimantas Skucas (200-F-92) posted 13 points in the loss.

Croatia U19: Toni Katic 23, Boris Barac 22, Dario Saric 22+11 boards
Lithuania U19: Jonas Valanciunas 19+13 boards, Zygimantas Skucas 13



Evaldas Zabas moves to Sweden - by Eurobasket News
Evaldas Zabas (188-PG-88) will continue his career in Sweden. The Lithuanian point guard signed a deal with KFUM Jamtland Basket. He arrives to Jamtland from the Airwaves Plymouth Raiders, where he finished last season. Zabas appeared 33 times in BBL (United Kingdom) averaging 19.7 points, 3 rebounds and 4.5 assists. He started the season with Northing Thunder.
Evaldas Zabas spent 2009/10 in United Kingdom as well. At that time he was a member of the Worcester Wolves and Worthing Thunder, where he moved in December of 2009. He also has experience with the German Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. Zabas was a member of the Lithuanian U20 National Team in 2008. He helped them win the Silver at the U20 EuroBasket in Latvia. He had 2.8 ppg and 1 rpg in 4 games.
Zabas won Eurobasket.com All-British BBL Honorable Mention -11 and Eurobasket.com British BBL All-Bosmans Team -11 last season.


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Bulls exercise option on Gibson - by Eurobasket News
The Chicago Bulls have exercised their fourth-year option on forward Taj Gibson (6'9''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: USC) for the 2012-13 season.

Taken with the 26th pick in the 2009 draft, Gibson has made 89 starts in his career and is averaging 8.0 points and 6.6 rebounds. Mainly a reserve last season, he was a key contributor on a team that won a league-leading 62 games and advanced to the Eastern Conference finals, averaging 7.1 points and 5.7 rebounds.

The Bulls announced the move on Wednesday.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


Bucks exercise options on Jennings, Sanders - by Eurobasket News
The Milwaukee Bucks have exercised the fourth-year contract option on guard Brandon Jennings (6'0''-PG-89) and third-year option on forward Larry Sanders (6'11''-F-88, college: VCU), the team announced Wednesday.

Jennings, 21, played in 63 games (61 starts) last season for Milwaukee, averaging a career-high 16.2 points, 4.8 assists and 3.7 rebounds. Jennings recorded his first career triple-double on October 30 in a win over the Charlotte Bobcats.

Sanders, 22, played in 60 games (12 starts) for the Bucks last season, averaging 4.3 points and 3.0 rebounds.

Jennings was selected by the Bucks with the 10th overall pick in the 2009 draft while Sanders was a 15th overall pick by the Bucks in the 2010 draft.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Lakers hire Kuester as assistant under Brown - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Lakers have hired John Kuester as an assistant under new coach Michael Brown, reuniting the duo who worked in Cleveland together.

Kuester spent the last two seasons as coach of the Detroit Pistons before being fired June 5.

Previously, he spent 14 years as an NBA assistant, working in Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit, New Jersey, Orlando and Cleveland, where he worked under Brown.

Kuester coached 10 years at the collegiate level, including head coaching jobs at Boston University and George Washington.

Courtesy of Yahoo


Cavs exercise option on Eyenga - by Eurobasket News
The Cleveland Cavaliers have exercised the third-year contract option on guard/forward Christian Eyenga (6'7''-G-89), Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant announced Wednesday.

Eyengas extension keeps him under contract with the Cavaliers through the 2012-13 season. In 44 games played as a rookie during the 2010-2011 season, he averaged 6.9 points on .425 shooting and 2.8 rebounds in 21.5 minutes per game. In 18 games as a starter, Eyenga posted averages of 8.0 points on .405 shooting, 3.6 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1.0 block in 26.3 minutes per game.

The 6-foot-7 guard/forward was selected with the 30th overall pick of the 2009 NBA Draft by Cleveland. The 22-year old played in 29 games for DKV Joventut Badalona (Spain), where he averaged 3.9 points and 2.0 rebounds in 12.0 minutes per game during the 2009-10 season.

Courtesy of www.wtam.com


Blazers extended qualifying offer to Oden and Mills - by Eurobasket
The Portland Trail Blazers have extended a qualifying offer to center Greg Oden (7'0''-C-88, college: Ohio St.), it was announced today by the team. Portland has also extended a qualifying offer to guard Patrick Mills (6'0''-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA).

Both Oden and Mills become restricted free agents, ensuring that the Trail Blazers will have right of first refusal should another team try to sign them. The moves give Portland the right to match any contract offer they receive in the offseason.

'We've stood behind Greg Oden every day since he became a Trail Blazer and that continues with today's announcement,' said Trail Blazers President Larry Miller . 'Despite the setbacks he's experienced, he continues to be resilient in working tirelessly on his rehabilitation. We're all very encouraged with not only his progress, but with his commitment and determination to return to the basketball court.'



NBA expects to lock out players after sides can't agree on money - by Eurobasket
The NBA said Thursday it will recommend a lockout after the professional basketball league and players failed to reach a new collective bargaining agreement.
Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said owners could not agree to the players union call for an average $7 million player salary in the sixth year of a deal. The current salary average is about $5 million.
While both sides described the negotiations as cordial, they agreed the gulf between them was too great to bridge by midnight Thursday, when the current agreement expires.
A lockout, which must be voted on by the league's labor relations committee, could jeopardize portions of the the 2011-2012 season.

SI: Top questions as lockout looms

'I'm not scared, but resigned to potential damage this could cause to our league,' NBA Commissioner David Stern said.
'Now let's get down to business,' said players union chief Billy Hunter. 'We are trying to arrive at a win-win for both sides.'
The news came just two weeks after the Dallas Mavericks won this year's NBA championship.
Stern told reporters the season was not profitable for most of the league's 30 owners and that they needed some cost-cutting help from players. Stern said the league lost as much as $300 million in the 2010-11 season, according to the NBA's website.
Hunter contended there are other ways for clubs to save money.
The last work stoppage occurred in 1998.
Negotiations are expected to resume over the next two weeks.

Courtesy of CNN


Report: Heat's Jones to enter free agency - by Eurobasket News
A person familiar with the situation says Miami Heat guard-forward James Jones (6'8''-F-80, college: Miami, FL) has advised the team he won't exercise his player option and will become a free agent.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the Heat had not confirmed Jones' decision.

Jones is an eight-year veteran who spent the past three seasons with the Heat. He averaged 5.9 points in 81 games last season and shot 43-percent from 3-point range for the Eastern Conference champions.

Under his contract, Jones would have been paid $1.4 million next season.

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NBA owners, players meet in last-ditch effort to avoid lockout - by Eurobasket News
Theyre underway, and, at least, on time.

In what could be the final bargaining session between the NBAs players and owners before the expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement, a small group of representatives from both sides convened here at the Omni Berkshire hotel just before the scheduled noon start time.

For the leagues side, Spurs owner Peter Holt (the head of the leagues labor relations committee) and Knicks owner James Dolan joined commissioner David Stern and deputy commissioner Adam Silver. The players were represented by union chief Billy Hunter, a handful of lawyers and union president Derek Fisher, with player reps Matt Bonner and Maurice Evans also attending.

The current CBA is scheduled to run up tonight at 11:59 p.m.

While it is highly unlikely that the two sides can complete a deal in this 11th-hour session, there is, at least, a chance that they will agree to extend their negotiation time.

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NBA Lockout Q&A - by Eurobasket
Welcome to the NBA lockout. Pull up a chair, make yourself comfortable, youre going to be here a while. If were all lucky it will be for just the summer, but it could be longer. Much longer.

I understand you all have questions about how we got here, where we are at and what is next. We dont have all the answers, but lets try to answer those questions as best we can.

Why is the league locking out now, after a season when ratings, attendance and interest in the league are at the highest levels in decades?

July 1 is when the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the owners and the players union runs out. It was not so much they chose right now as this was the time the old deal was up and a new one needed to be hammered out. Both sides have known for years that this would be a tough negotiations that the owners were going to look for big changes to the system and both sides have anticipated for a couple years a lockout would come now.
That it came on the heels of a fantastic season for the league was a coincidence, but it may be the one thing that saves next season. Both sides understand the need to get a deal done that does not cost games next season or that momentum will be lost and it will take years and years just to get back to this point.

What are the two sides disagreeing over?

Everything. Much like the negotiations at the end of the Vietnam War, Im not sure the two parties could agree on the shape of the table they should sit down at to negotiate.
But as always the big issue is money. Specifically how to divide up the money that comes into the league. That money is called basketball related income (BRI). That is the money from ticket sales, national television contracts, local television deals, tickets, concessions, jersey sales basically everything tied to basketball.
Currently the players get 57 percent of the gross BRI 57 cents on every dollar that comes into the league goes to the players. The owners want to change that number dramatically, their proposal would have the players in the low 40s percent wise in a decade. The players have agreed to go down to about 54 percent in their proposals.
In that gap is hundreds of millions of dollars per season. The two sides are nowhere near close they cant even agree on how to define BRI (the owners want to start taking a number of expenses out of it so it is more net than gross that is divided between them).


What are the owners proposing?

The owners want a radical change in the system. They want to put in a flex cap of $62 million per team. For some perspective, the Dallas Mavericks payroll last season was $86.2 million (the team with the lowest payroll was Sacramento at about $44 million). Teams could not exceed that $62 million number except to sign their own free agents, and even then they could not exceed a second figure that would not be more than a few million higher than that.
What David Stern will gladly tell you is that this number guarantees the players about $2 billion a year in salary, which is not much below the $2.17 billion they made last year. The difference is the owners want to lock that figure in for a decade even as revenues rise for the league the salary cap would remain flat. All that additional revenue goes to the owners.
The owners also want to reduce the length of contracts by two years when handed out, so they dont end up stuck with terrible ideas as long. (Yes, the owners want the CBA to protect them from themselves.)

What is the owners sales pitch?

For fans, they are selling parity. This season the Lakers spent more than $90 million on salary, with the luxury tax they spent more than $110 million. And as a franchise they will still turn a profit. Smaller market teams have a hard time competing with teams willing to spend like that. What this harder salary cap would do is put teams on a more even playing field financially.
Now will parity work in the NBA as a practical or marketing manner like it does in the NFL? Thats a harder sell. The best times for the NBA were when Michael Jordans Bulls dominated the league, or when Magic and Bird ran the show. Parity has never sold the same in the NBA.


What do the players say about the owners plan?

What would you say if your boss asked you to take a pay cut then told you they expect record growth for the company in the next decade but youd see none of the rewards? Yes, NBA players are very well paid, but they also realize that they are the product that drives the league and they should see money from any growth in the leagues business.

What do the players propose?

The players are essentially playing goalie in these negotiations they want to keep the system pretty much the way it is now. They like the soft cap which allows teams to spend well over the cap to keep their own free agents.

The players have proposed a reduction in the percent of BRI they get down to 54 percent, which would be a give back of about $100 million per season. They say that is their percentage of the losses they admit some owners are suffering. But aside that they want even more flexibility for teams to make trades (not as restricted by matching salaries) and other steps to increase player movement.

What about revenue sharing?

This is the players other big push they want the owners of big market teams to share much more revenue with smaller market teams. They also point to the NFL where about 70 percent of league revenue is shared; where in the case of the NBA its about 25 percent.
For example, the Lakers new local television deal that kicks in for the fall of 2012 will pay the team upwards of $150 million a year, the Sacramento Kings made about $11 million last season on their local television deal. None of that revenue is shared right now, the players say it should be and they want to know the numbers.
The owners are talking about revenue sharing, but they say it is not part of the CBA negotiations and the players do not have a seat at that table.

So is the NBA lockout like the NFL lockout?

No. Not at all well, in one key way yes.
But not in the details. The bottom line is the NFL is a league that is still making gobs and gobs of money, its just that the owners are not making as much as they used to so they are locked out. But at the end of the day, that argument truly is about how to divide the profits.
The NBA has lost money for several years in a row, and even though the players dispute the owners figures they do not dispute the losses overall. And that is the key difference between the two lockouts the NBA has far more serious issues to deal with and because of that the two sides are farther apart than they ever were in the NFL. A few minor issues are the same but the big issues are different


So how are the NBA and NFL lockouts alike?

The arc of how the problems will be solved.
The NFL has been locked out for more than 100 days but only now are we starting to see some real progress towards a deal, in time to save this season. (How much progress depends on who you ask.) The bottom line is this in any negotiations, from teachers unions to longshoremen to sports leagues, nothing actually gets done until there is pressure on one or both sides to compromise. In the NFL, with the owners seeing the threat of lost games and the players fearing lost paychecks, the negotiations are getting serious.
It will be the same with the NBA. With the start of the lockout, the two sides will move farther apart. They have both known this lockout is coming for years there have been proposals on the table since the 2010 All-Star Game in Dallas and they have dug in their heels. Dont be shocked if the owners start talking about going back to their original proposal of a $45 million hard salary cap.
But as we move into the second half of August and September, when the threat of lost games starts to become more real, then we will see movement and the two sides start to negotiate in earnest.
Then we will see the resolve of the two sides.


How and when does this end?

The when is unpredictable. I want to believe there will be a full season next year. But there are hardline owners smaller market owners who leveraged themselves in recent years to buy these teams and who need a change in the business model who are willing to lose some or all of a season to reshape the financial landscape of the NBA.
The players are going to come out of these negotiations with less money then when they went in (even under their own plans), the question is how far back will they go and how willing are the owners as a group willing to push for a deal. Well start to get a feel for that in August and September.
If we get to mid to late September and the two sides are nowhere near a deal like they are now, then my friends we may not see the NBA for a long while.


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Warriors exercise options on Curry, Udoh - by Eurobasket News
The Golden State Warriors have exercised the fourth-year contract option on guard Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) for the 2012-13 season.

Curry appeared in 74 games last season, averaging 18.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 5.8 assists. The 23-year-old product of Davidson College also led the NBA with a .934 free throw percentage.

Over two seasons with the Warriors, Curry has averaged 18.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists in 154 games.

Golden State also exercised the third-year contract option on forward Ekpe Udoh (6'10''-F/C-87, college: Baylor) on Wednesday. Over 58 games last season, he averaged 4.1 points and 3.1 rebounds.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Jazz pick up option on C.J. Miles - by Eurobasket News
The Utah Jazz have picked up their 1-year team option on forward C.J. Miles (6'6''-G-87) for the 2011-2012 season. Miles will make $3.7 million next season, his 7th with the Jazz. He would have become an unrestricted free agent had the Jazz not picked up the option.

Miles tweeted out, 'Option picked up.. Thank all the fans for the support and the organization for belief that can help this team .. Now I'm back to work.'

Miles had career bests last season in points (12.8), rebounds (3.3) and games played (78). Over his Jazz career, Miles has averaged 8.3 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.

With the uncertainty surrounding Andrei Kirilenko's return, the Jazz needed to lock down Miles for at least another year to give them options at the shooting guard and small forward positions. Miles is expected to compete with Gordon Hayward (6'9''-G/F-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Butler), Raja Bell and Alec Burks for playing time.

Miles, 24, was selected in the 2nd round by the Jazz in the 2005 NBA Draft out of Skyline High School in Dallas.

The Jazz also picked up options for Gordon Hayward ($2.7 million) and Derrick Favors (6'10''-F-91, college: Georgia Tech) ($4.7 million) for the 2012-13 season.

Courtesy of www.abc4.com


C's extend qualifying offer to Green - by Eurobasket News
The Boston Celtics formally extended a qualifying offer to forward Jeff Green (6'9''-F-86, college: Georgetown) Thursday making the four-year veteran a restricted free agent as the NBA prepares for an uncertain summer.

The Celtics also exercised the 2012-2013 option on Avery Bradley.

In a move that Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge acknowledged would occur earlier this week, Boston submitted the one-year, $5.9 million tender that sets into motion the process that will likely keep Green in green next season. While NBA owners are expected to lock out their players at midnight, the Celtics will essentially boast the right of first refusal with Green once the offseason does begin as Boston can match any offer a team might make for Green's services.

Green appeared in 26 games for Boston after being acquired from Oklahoma City along with Nenad Krstic and a future first-round pick in a deadline swap that sent Kendrick Perkins to the Thunder. Green averaged 9.8 points and 3.3 rebounds over 23.5 minutes per game with the Celtics (though those numbers dipped to 7.3 points and 2.7 rebounds over 19.2 minutes per game in nine postseason appearances).

'I think what people don't realize is how hard it is to [change roles],' Ainge said immediately after the 2010-11 season ended. 'When I played in the [1980s], we brought in players that were hurting us every time we played them, like we couldn't stop them. I think one example is a player named Darren Daye. He used to score 25 every time we played him, but now all of a sudden he's coming in, he's playing behind Larry Bird and Kevin McHale and some games he scores zero playing behind them because he's just coming into the game to give them a rest.

'It's a different role and the expectations need to be different... [Green] gave us scoring, 3-point shooting that we needed, along with good defense and some athleticism. I think Jeff was a bright spot, based on what my expectations were.'

The Celtics think a full training camp for Green in Boston, along with an uptick in minutes next season, will allow him to thrive. Playing starters minutes with Seattle/Oklahoma City, Green has averaged 13.9 points and 5.5 rebounds over 33.6 minutes per game over his four-year career.

With full Bird Rights to Green -- so long as those carry over to the next collective bargaining agreement -- the Celtics have the ability to offer Green as much as a max extension despite being over the salary cap. That could aid the team in retaining his services regardless of whether another team pursues him. The question is whether Boston wants to forfeit its looming financial flexibility after the 2011-12 season by agreeing to any long-term, big-money deal. It might be in Boston's best interest if Green inks the one-year tender and, even with the prospects of unrestricted free agency looming next offseason, and examines a longer-term deal then.

One other less-likely option that Boston can explore is a sign-and-trade deal. If the Celtics simply don't believe that Green is in the future plans, but don't want to lose out on his value, they could ink him this offseason, then flip him to another team in exchange for a player that better fits their immediate needs.

For his part, Green expressed an interest in coming back to Boston.

'These last couple months have been great, like I said, hopefully you'll see more,' Green said after Boston was eliminated by the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. 'All I'm going to do is just get better. There's a lot to my game that a lot of people haven't seen, a lot of dimensions that I can bring to this team or wherever I'm at.'

As probably could be expected after making such a bold deadline move, Ainge stood in staunch defense of Green and his potential in Boston.

'First of all he's a good player right now,' Ainge said after the season. 'Jeff has proven himself. He's been a starter on a 50-win team in the NBA and probably the third most important contributor to a team. I think that this year in the playoffs he proved that when he was really needed as more than just a player to give rest -- he played behind Ray and Paul and [Kevin Garnett], which is a tough assignment -- but when Paul got hurt in Game 2, Jeff comes in, scores 10 points in a six- or seven-minute span, had five huge points for us in the fourth quarter of [Game 5]. I think Jeff played excellent.

'I think that because of his versatility -- and maybe the expectations were too high because we were trading Kendrick Perkins for him, or I don't know what it is, but we knew that he wasn't going to start, we knew he wasn't going to play 35 minutes. We needed a veteran player, an experienced player, an athletic player, so we know what Jeff Green is. He's a highly efficient offensive player that plays good defense, that has great character, that's 6-foot-9, versatile, athletic, and that's what we need. And he's young, and I think he's just going to get better because of his character and his work ethic.'

Courtesy of ESPN


Mike Woodson has second interview with Pistons: 'I thought it went well' - by Eurobasket News
Mike Woodson is hoping for a third and final visit to Detroit after interviewing for the Pistons' coaching job a second time this morning.

This time, he met for about two hours with Bob Wentworth and Phil Norment, the Boston-based partners of new team owner Tom Gores at Platinum Equity.

I thought the meeting went very well,' Woodson told the Free Press. They asked me some personal things, and they asked about my coaching background and philosophy. They were kind of getting to know me. Hopefully, Ill be able to meet Mr. Gores one day.'

Woodson was the first of five candidates to be brought back for a second interview. Other candidates include Lawrence Frank, Bill Laimbeer, Kelvin Sampson and Patrick Ewing.

Woodson said Joe Dumars, the Pistons' president of basketball operations, was in and out of this meeting. Wentworth and Norment asked the questions.

I wore my best suit,' Woodson joked. They didnt really give me a timetable. I dont know whats going to happen yet. They said they were going to go away, and Im sure theyll talk to Mr. Gores and figure out their next move, I guess. All I can say is that I thought it went well.'

When told he was believed to be the first candidate brought back for a second interview, Woodson said: Lets hope Im the only one.'

Woodson spent one year on the Pistons' bench as an assistant under Larry Brown, and it was a good one; the Pistons won the NBA title in 2004.

A year later, he was coaching the Atlanta Hawks to 13 victories. Five years after that, the Hawks had 53 victories and were in the playoffs for the third year in a row, but Woodson was fired after getting swept out of the playoffs by Orlando.

Woodson, 53, has a reputation of being a defensive, no-nonsense coach. In his six years in Atlanta, he was 206-286.

Woodson was the 12th overall pick in the 1980 draft by the New York Knicks and averaged 14 points during his career, which ended in 1991.

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Cloudy future for Glen Davis - by Eurobasket News
Its not a revelation that the leagues free agents will have it the roughest when NBA owners do the expected, and padlock their arenas and workout facilities once the collective bargaining agreement expires at midnight tonight.

No one has even a ballpark idea of the value of a contract under whatever terms are agreed to under any new CBA.

Glen Davis (6'9''-F-86, college: LSU) certainly picked an angst-ridden summer to become an unrestricted free agent, and not just because its a CBA year. For the first time in a young career marked by some great postseason moments, Davis melted into the floorboards last spring. He averaged 4.9 points on 39 percent shooting in nine playoff games, including four points on 31.8 percent shooting in the Eastern Conference semifinal loss against Miami.

Davis found himself, once again, on the wrong side of coach Doc Rivers ledger, and never recovered. But most general managers stick to the longer view. And once the rush begins to sign free agents for the 2011-12 season, Davis will be in demand. As recently as January, he was in the discussion for the NBAs Sixth Man of the Year award. Celtics [team stats] president Danny Ainge, who for the record claims his team needs to bring Davis back, appreciates what he could lose.

Neither Davis nor Rivers publicly admit to having a problem, though Ainge said he wants the men to talk out their oft-emotional differences if they are to spend another season together.

If that opportunity arises, anyway.

Davis, at least, asserts that he wants to return.

Man, I do, Davis said yesterday. Do you know how much Ive grown and learned with those guys? I want to keep playing with Ray (Allen) and Paul (Pierce) until they leave.

Too much is unknown, though. In Ainges quest to find a capable big man this summer, Davis is probably the Celtics best chip in a sign-and-trade deal.

Im preparing like its any other summer, because you never know with the CBA, Davis said. As soon as that deal is done, free agents are going to be going like crazy to get signed. But theres no way to gauge what (a contract) is worth.

Davis added that his agent, John Hamilton, has urged him to just relax and see how everything plays out.

Its a cliche, but applicable here his intent is to focus only on what he can control.

Davis hired a sports psychologist, and has already spent hours talking about why his performance plummeted beginning in February. He wont admit to another suspicion by some in Celtics management that he put on weight and fell out of shape down the stretch. But Davis has become a spokesman for the Boston Bounty Bucks program, which allows food stamp recipients to use their EBT cards at local farmers markets, and as such, gave a short talk about the importance of nutrition while appearing with mayor Thomas Menino at the city hall farmers market on Monday.

He then stepped back from the podium, looked down the line of food stands, and said, Man, Im hungry.

Considering that he was beaming at piles of lettuce, tomatoes, scallions and fruit when he said this, perhaps Celtics officials should be encouraged. At least the proper food is making Big Baby hungry.

Thats more me adjusting my approach to food now, Davis said of being the program spokesman. If you want to make a change, you have to make a change. Thats what you have to associate yourself with a healthy lifestyle. If I want to be the player I want to be, I have to make a change. Ive never understood the potential I can have as a player until now. Things will improve if I can stay consistent in my work habits and lifestyle. I have to eat for being healthy

I want to be with my kid forever, Davis added of his 10-month-old daughter, Amari. You cant be 360 pounds and expect to play with your grandchildren. I have to be the player I can be.

And with the help of that sports psychologist, Davis hopes to better understand those around him, including his coach. He must learn to deal with changes, like the one that forced him to suddenly play alongside Jeff Green after Greens Feb. 24 trade to the Celtics [team stats].

Me and Doc have a good understanding, he said. My names Glen and his names Glenn. But Doc is Doc. I love the way he coaches. Its just that me, as a player, didnt adjust to him. When I first came here, my role was different than it is now. More importance on the team means more adjusting, and sometimes this year I had trouble with that. Mentally, it interrupted my game.

So I got (the sports psychologist) because of the way I played in the postseason. It helps me to deal with Doc, and why I didnt play well. Mentally it just became hard for me to see things. Just learn to be myself. I have to be in a zone all the time.

Perhaps then he can return to the form some thought made him the best sixth man in the NBA.

I was in that zone, and then it started to go downwards, Davis said. I want to use that positive energy I have as a player. I want to be the Glen Davis I know I can be.

Courtesy of http://news.bostonherald.com


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Jent leaves Cavs for post at alma mater Ohio St - by Eurobasket News
Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach Chris Jent is leaving the team to take a similar position at Ohio State, where he played for four seasons.

Buckeyes coach Thad Matta announced the move Wednesday. Jent replaces Brandon Miller, who resigned to spend more time with family.

Jent was a Cavaliers assistant since 2009, joining the organization in 2006 as director of player development. He played at Ohio State from 1988-92, scoring more that 1,000 points in 123 games.

The Sparta, N.J., native played two years in the NBA, with the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets.

He served as interim head coach and an assistant coach for Orlando in 2004-05, and as an assistant coach/player development for Philadelphia in 2003-04.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


Krzyzewski, Smith honored by Naismith - by Eurobasket News
Only on Tobacco Road could this scene unfold: Dean Smith slowly walked onto the stage, his arm held by Roy Williams, and sat next to Mike Krzyzewski . A few seats down was the sister of the late womens coach Kay Yow.

Smith, Krzyzewski and Yow-three Hall of Fame coaches who have combined for more than 2,500 victories at North Carolina, Duke and North Carolina State, respectivelywere honored Wednesday night on Basketball Day in North Carolina.

Each point of the states Triangle was represented and celebrated during a ceremony presented by the states sports hall of fame, with each receiving Naismith Good Sportsmanship Awards for their contributions to the game by the Naismith International Basketball Foundation.

You cant bring those three entities together and not have it be an incredible night, Krzyzewski said.

Krzyzewski enters his 37th season as a head coach with 900 winstwo shy of matching Bob Knight for the most by a Division I mens coach. Smith retired in 1997 as the record-holder with 879 wins. Yow, who died in 2009 after a two-decade fight with cancer, won 737 games during her career.

If anybody asked me who made ACC basketball, without a doubt, its Coach Smith, said College of Charleston coach Bobby Cremins, a longtime rival of Smiths and Krzyzewskis from his time at Georgia Tech.

Then, he quipped: Im very proud of what I accomplished, and when I see what (Krzyzewski has) accomplished, I feel like a cockroach.

The 80-year-old Smith, who rarely appears publicly, didnt speak to the crowd and appeared on the stage for only about 10 minutes. Williams escorted him out and brought him to a seat between Krzyzewski and Charles Scottthe first black player in North Carolina history.

As the crowd gave Smith a standing ovation, he beamed a smile and playfully bowed toward the audience to show his appreciation.

I feel inadequate up here, said Williams, who spoke in place of Smith. How do you represent Coach Smith?

Smith led North Carolina to national championships in 1982 and 1993, took the Tar Heels to 11 Final Fours, won the ACC tournament 13 times and led the U.S. to the gold medal at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.

Lou Gehrig might have been the luckiest person in the world, Scott said. But we who played for Coach Smith we are the luckiest people in the world.

Krzyzewski, passed Smith, his longtime rival, on the wins list in December. In more than three decades at Duke, he has taken the Blue Devils to 11 Final Foursone shy of John Woodens recordand won four national championships in a span of 20 years.

What an amazing thing for us to recognize three giants in the history of the sport of college basketball, said Duke assistant coach Steve Wojciechowski, who presented Krzyzewski. I think its so fitting that we are talking about (not only) how much they won, but more importantly the way in which they won. All three coaches, they won with class, they won with integrity and no matter where they went everyone they touched wound up better for it.

Yow was remembered for her graceful fight against breast cancer, her gold medal-winning performance for the U.S. at the Seoul Olympics in 1988 and the Wolfpacks inspirational postseason run in 2007. That team, fueled by Yows return from cancer treatments, upset undefeated and No. 1 Duke to reach the ACC championship game and advanced to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament.

Im still dealing with the fact that she isnt here, said her sister, N.C. State athletic director Debbie Yow. She would be so proud (because) winning the right way did matter to Kay.

A moment of silence was held for former N.C. State mens player Lorenzo Charles. The hero of the Wolfpacks improbable run to the 1983 national championship was killed earlier this week in a bus accident.

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Ex-Ark. guard Peterson transferring to Florida St. - by Eurobasket News
Former Arkansas point guard Jeff Peterson (6'0''-G-89) is transferring to Florida State to play his senior season.

Peterson asked for and was granted his release from the Razorbacks earlier this month. He's eligible to play immediately for the Seminoles because he graduated from Arkansas in May.

Peterson spent two seasons at Arkansas, sitting out the first year after transferring from Iowa. He started 23 games last season and averaged 6.3 points per game.

He played two seasons at Iowa before that, averaging 10.6 points and 4.2 assists per game as a sophomore.

Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said in a statement that Peterson's maturity and experience would help the Seminoles on and off the court.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


USA coast past Egypt in Latvia - by Eurobasket News
USA U19 - Egypt U19 115:60

The United States marched to the opening win at the U19 World Championship in Latvia. They rolled past Egypt in Group D today. Doug McDermott (6'7''-F-92) stepped up with 19 points to lead the effort.
USA tipped off the game with a stunning 22:0 run. They accumulated a 25:5 lead after ten minutes of action. Egypt managed to get within 14 points midway through the second term 22:36. But the North American side quickly restored a safe buffer posting a 50:29 halftime lead. The margin kept on growing in the third term. The USA established a comfortable 38-point lead with one quarter to go 82:44. Egypt could not get any closer in the fourth period suffering a heavy loss at the end. Joe Jackson (6'0''-G-92) and Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F-92) chipped in 15 points each for the USA. Meyers Leonard (7'0''-C-92) added 11 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Omar Mohammed responded with 17 points for Egypt. Assem Ahmed (6'9''-C-92) netted 16 points and pulled down 9 boards in the loss.

USA U19: Doug McDermott 19, Joe Jackson 15, Jeremy Lamb 15
Egypt U19: Omar Mohammed 17, Assem Ahmed 16



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DStv PBL: Royal Hoopers BC road to glory - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt last Sunday became the new champion of the Nigeria DStv Premier Basketball League with a 102-72 points victory over highly rated Union Bank basketball club of Lagos at the 2010/2011 DStv PBL Final-8 Playoss finals in Lagos.

Royal Hoopers basketball club joined the Nigeria top league three seasons ago and has remain consistent every season qualifying for the post season since joining the Nigeria Basketball Federation organised DStv Premier League.

In the club first season in the league, the Port Harcourt-based side announced its presence with a spectacular performance in the regular season of the 2008/2009 season thus qualifying for the final-8 playoffs won by Kano Pillars basketball club, the club followed it with another good run in the Atlantic conference of the league in the 2009/2010 season making the final-8 playoffs in grand style where it led other seven clubs in the conference to the playoffs with a 12-2 records.


The 2009/2010 Final-8 Playoffs hosted by the club brought the best in it ability and readiness to make a bold statement by not only giving a good performance before it home fans but almost won the league losing by a point (77-78) to former champion Kano Pillars basketball club in the grand finale, the club went ahead to book a place in the final round of the FIBA Africa Champions Club competition alongside Kano Pillars basketball club from the FIBA Africa Zone-3 qualifying round in Monrovia, Liberia in November of 2010.

Being a new comer to Africa biggest club competition the could not make much impact in the final round of the club championship won by Primero De Agosto basketball club of Angola December 2010 losing out at the group stage.

At the beginning of the Nigeria 2010/2011 DStv League season Royal Hoopers basketball club coached by former Nigeria international point guard, Ogoh Odaudu went on recruitment spree to solidify the team ahead the season, the recruitment paid off as the club finished second behind Union Bank basketball club in the Atlantic conference with a 12-2 records.

The Hoopers were then grouped in Pool-B alongside former champion Kano Pillars, Yelwa Hawks basketball club of Bauchi and Dodan Warriors basketball club of Lagos during the final-8 playoffs.

The players and their handlers wasted no time in dismissing all its Group-B opponents (Royal Hoopers 80-65 Yelwa Hawks); (Royal Hoopers 82-66 Dodan Warriors) and (Royal Hoopers 82-79 Kano Pillars), the club greatest challenge of the final-8 playoffs came during its semi-final match-up against Kada Stars basketball club of Kaduna with the youthful Kaduna side coached by Coach Sani Turi almost turned the table against the Hoopers who has to relied on over-time to snatched a 96-94 points victory to set up a grand finale battle against Union Bank basketball club of Lagos.

Playing away from home the Hoopers with Union Bank basketball club taking an early lead in the early part of the first quarter but Coach Odaudu quick time-out paid off as the Hoopers fought back to shock their opponent in all department of the game winning in all four quarters by 22-21; 23-15; 24-13 and 33-23 to snapped its first league title.

The club won two of the four individual award with its combo-guard Azuoma Dike being adjudged as the 2010/2011 seasons most valuable player (MVP) and small forward Musa Usman winning the highest rebounder award leaving the highest scorer award and best three pointer award to Abubakar Usman of Kano Pillars basketball club and Oladipupo Oshunnubi of Dodan Warriors basketball club respectively.

Royal Hoopers basketball club was rewarded with a cash prize of N1, 000,000 and a giant trophy for its effort.




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  POLAND   


Poland cruise past Tunisia in Valmiera - by Eurobasket News
Poland U19 - Tunisia U19 85:57

Polish U19 National Team victoriously opened their World Championship campaign. They breezed past their Tunisian counterparts to improve at 1-0 record in Group A. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) scored 17 points to pace the winners.
Poland opened the game with five points in a row and controlled the tempo. They built an 18:13 lead after ten minutes of action. Niedzwiedzki and Michal Michalak (194-G-93) opened a double-digit lead midway through the second frame. Soon the margin grew at 20-point mark as Poland took over completely. They enjoyed a 46:27 lead at the interval. One-way traffic continued in the third period. Poland accumulated a comfortable 72:40 lead with one quarter to go. The Europeans never looked back en route to the victory afterwards. Michal Michalak stepped up with 15 points, while Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-C-93) added 11 points and 7 boards in the victory. Aymen Mahmoud (188-PG-92) responded with 10 points for Tunisia. Sofian M'Rad (198-F-92) and Maher Souabni (185-G-92) delivered 9 points each in the loss.

Poland U19: Mateusz Ponitka 17, Michal Michalak 15, Przemyslaw Karnowski 11
Tunisia U19: Aymen Mahmoud 10, Sofian M'Rad 9, Maher Souabni 9




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  PORTUGAL   


Season Scout - Porto - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
With a regular season 21-1 record, FC Porto Ferpinta showed early to be ready to win this year. Mocho Lopez roster construction proved to be right, having all spots covered when it was time to make a statement, finishing to conquer the league in the Finals game 7. FC Porto Ferpinta also profited to give good minutes to a lot of young players, betting in a future that is soon to be. Missing the Portuguese Cup and the Compal Super Cup were two learning moments to the new champions. Important lessons not to be forgot next season.

The Season
Excellent record, consistent playoff games, no defeats at home, which ended up to be decisive to win the league. FC Porto Ferpinta Ferpinta had a very good roster, with experimented and young players, having in Moncho Lopez a modern coach, ready to prepare his team to be strong in the clutch moments. Also, he prepared his team with a plan A and plan B, what was essential to beat Benfica in the Finals. Congratulations to the champions.

The Player
Gregory Stempin (203-F-79, agency: Duran International, college: Toledo). He made one of his best seasons in Portugal. He was the best scorer and an influent defender in the team. He also was one the more focused players in this team, proving to be a captain of FC Porto Ferpintas will. At his command, Carlos Andrade, Sean Ogirri and Julian Terrell performed excellent seasons, all to be decisive in some games. In a team that also had Nuno Marcal, Joao Santos, Jose Costa and Miguel Miranda in the rotation, being the one is really very special. This league has the Stempins mark.

The Prospect
Joao Soares (195-F-90). Moncho Lopez made a bet in his young players and Soares was the one to have brighter moments. Hes a very aggressive defender and tries to incorporate himself in the offense, being a good outside shooter. Diogo Correia, who arrived from Benfica, had also an important work covering the guard position. This two players will be in the top line of Portuguese basketball in the next years.



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Portuguese Basketball continues in style! - by Hugo Carvalho
Strange case in the Portuguese selection .....
Doctor Basil Ribeiro, was dismissed from Basketball National Team for being incompatible with coach Mario Palma. Mario Palma wanted the injured players were playing .... the number of unavailable players is high, but it will be the fault of the doctor or coach? Apparently the doctor has the guilty! Dr. Basil is a personal bet of the federation president Mario Saldanha, but the case is so strange that even Dr.Basil Ribeiro was dismissed, with a phone call..... Portuguese Basketball continues in style!
By Hugo Carvalho


Ovarense renews contract with Nuno Manarte, Jose Barbosa, Andr Pinto and Fernando Neves - by Joao Santos
Nuno Manarte (184-G-75) extended his contract with Ovarense. Last season Nuno Manarte averaged 6.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game in LPB. Ovarense also extended a contract with Jose Miguel Barbosa (176-G-90), Andre Pinto (200-F-80) and Fernando Neves (194-F-80). Last season Jose Miguel Barbosa (176-G-90) averaged 3.3 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in LPB. Andre Pinto (200-F-80) already going to the 11th season at the team, last season averaged 8.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 assits per game. Last season Fernando Neves (194-F-80) averaged 7.4 points, 1.9 rebounds, 0.9 assists per game.

Season Scout - Academica - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
Finishing their season in 3rd place is the same as to be champions of their league, to Ass. Academica de Coimbra. They were the stronger team, below Porto Ferpinta and SL Benfica, and they reach the semi-finals in the playoff. All the goals reached, Norberto Alves ended this season as a happy coach.

The Season
The start wasnt very good, but as the season went by, we started to understand Ass. Academica de Coimbra would be in the top of this league. By the half of the championship, Ass. Academica de Coimbra was capable to win seven games in a row and menaced Benfica, ending up with only one more defeat than the Reds. With a very strong starting five and no injuries during all the season, Norberto Alves took the best of his players and made an excellent job in his fifth season in Coimbra.

The Player
Tommie Eddie (201-F/C-82, college: Mississippi) and Matt Shaw. We cant talk about one without the other. The two towers in the Students team, made an excellent work both attacking and defending. Matt Shaw played almost all the minutes in the season (39 minutes average per game), Tommie Eddie was the best scorer and they had almost the same rebound numbers. Ass. Academica de Coimbra great season was based in these players qualities.

The Prospect
Tiago Pinto (183-G-88). In his came back to the top Portuguese league, Pinto showed to be a mature player and earned important minutes in his evolution. He was the sixth player, covering Simoes as Point Guard or Will Holland in a Shooting position. Hes a true 1 and has everything needed to be a starting player.




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Season Scout - SL Benfica - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
It wasnt an easy season to the two times champion Sport Lisboa Benfica. Playing both in domestic league and in Eurochallenge, Sport Lisboa Benfica paid the price of having a limited roster. Henrique Vieira tried to manage his players but it had times, during the season, that he couldnt have done more than what he has done. In the end, reaching the Finals and make Porto play game 7 was a proof that this team had the qualities to be champions. If only they had a bigger rotation and some luck to avoid injuries.

The Season
Finalist going to game 7 and Eurochallenge Top 16 were the top achievements to Sport Lisboa Benfica. Being out of the Portuguese Cup Final Eight and the bad image they gave in Compal Super Cup were the downs. After two league titles, Sport Lisboa Benfica was expected to win more. But it was impossible to get more from this group of players. Henrique Vieira ends his work at Sport Lisboa Benfica and he can be sure to have done an excellent job. If Sport Lisboa Benfica wants to keep up playing to win in Portugal and abroad, this season must be remembered, as to avoid some errors and lacks.

The Player
Sergio Ramos (200-F-76). What a player! The veteran was present in all the Sport Lisboa Benfica better moments. Hes the voice and the heart of this team, also being essential in all the decisive moments. We cant see how hes getting older, as he keeps all the things that have made him one of the best players of all times in Portugal. Ben Reed, Heshimu Evans and Miguel Minhava also had satisfying seasons, and keeping them, Sport Lisboa Benfica will be a favorite to win the league again, next season.

The Prospect
With a roster loaded with experimented and veteran players, Sport Lisboa Benfica hadnt space to show any prospect. The Ferreirinho brothers, Carlos and Joao, only had some minutes to learn what it is to be a Sport Lisboa Benfica player. Not enough to grow or prove any value.




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Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Peter John RAMOS
  Quebradillas
  (222-C-85)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Ramos, Quebradillas23.3 
 2. Vassallo, Guaynabo23.1 
 3. Dalmau, Bayamon21.3 
 4. Johnson, Humacao21.2 
 5. Villegas, Coamo19.3 
 6. Romero, Mayaguez18.6 
 7. Ayuso, Arecibo18.5 
 8. Harris, San German18.3 
 9. Randolph, Isabela18.0 
 10. Carmona, Mayaguez17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  San German
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Harris, San German12.5 
 2. Randolph, Isabela12.3 
 3. Pruitt, Guaynabo11.8 
 4. Narvaez, Coamo11.8 
 5. Ramos, Quebradillas10.7 
 6. Lloreda, San G.10.0 
 7. Romero, Mayaguez9.7 
 8. Sweetney, Santurce9.2 
 9. Clemente, Mayaguez9.1 
 10. Rickert, Bayamon8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  Mayaguez
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Hamilton, Mayaguez7.7 
 2. Brown, Quebradillas5.9 
 3. Dalmau, Bayamon5.8 
 4. Rivera, San German5.8 
 5. Guzman, Guaynabo4.8 
 6. Clemente, Humacao4.6 
 7. Clinch, Isabela4.5 
 8. Rivera, Mayaguez4.2 
 9. Bruton, Quebradill.4.1 
 10. Apodaca, Quebradi.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Isabela
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Hinson, Isabela1.8 
 2. Rivera, Mayaguez1.6 
 3. Clinch, Isabela1.5 
 4. Hodge, Santurce1.4 
 5. Dalmau, Bayamon1.3 
 6. Chaney, Santurce1.3 
 7. Mojica, Bayamon1.3 
 8. Santiago, Santurce1.3 
 9. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.3 
 10. Ayuso, Arecibo1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Penn, Humacao2.6 
 2. Santiago, Arecibo2.0 
 3. Sanchez, Santurce2.0 
 4. Romero, Mayaguez1.9 
 5. Aubry, Arecibo1.8 
 6. Lee, Bayamon1.7 
 7. Harris, San German1.4 
 8. Randolph, Isabela1.4 
 9. Ramos, Quebradillas1.1 
 10. Freije, Coamo1.1 


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  ROMANIA   


Mychal Kearse and Lorenzo Davis signed with CSU Sibiu - by Eurobasket
Mychal Kearse (194-G-83, college: Mt.St.Mary's) officially signs with CSU Sibiu for the next two season. Kearse was in communication with the several euro teams in the beginning of the week, while the teams today announced the contacts.

Mychal Kearse signed with CSU Sibiu. Kearse has 2 years of European experience playing two seasons in Denmark for SISU Copenhagen. He was the league top scorer with 22.3ppg while earning All-Import honors. Kearse has also played in Japan and Lebanon.

Kearse spend the 2010-2011 season in the UBA with the Dallas Stars (UBA). He was named to the All-UBA 1st Team along with All-Star honors. In 28 games Kearse averaged 24.0ppg, 7.1rpg, 5.6apg and a league leading 3.4steals.

To top off a great season Kearse was honored by Usbasket.com to the All-United States team.


CSU Sibiu also inked a deal with Lorenzo Davis (208-C-82, college: Mountain St.). The 27-year-old forward started the previous season in the UBA. He averaged 16.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game for the Dallas Stars in the American League. In April Davis moved to GIE Morrow Disciples. His stats read 18.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per appearance. Lorenzo Davis was named USBasket.com All-UBA Center of the Year. He also named All-UBA 2nd Team and All-Defense. This will be the first overseas contract for the forward. Davis graduated from the Mountain State in 2005. He averaged 10.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game in his senior season and winner of the 04 NAIA National Championship.




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  RUSSIA   


CSKA land Darjus Lavrinovic - by Eurobasket News
CSKA continue to build up a powerful squad for the next season. They have agreed on terms of contract with Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79). The 31-year-old centre spent the last season in Turkey. Darjus Lavrinovic played for Fenerbahce Ulker. His stats read 8.0 points, 4.4 boards and 1.3 assists per game in Euroleague. In PBL the centre tallied 9.5 points, 5.5 boards and 1.3 assists per appearance. Eurobasket.com named Darjus Lavrinovic All-Turkish League Defensive Player of the Year. It is not the first stint in Russia for the Lithuanian player. He played for Dynamo Moscow and Unics Kazan. Darjus Lavrinovic was on Lithuanian National Team roster since 2005.


Nizhny Novgorod targets Curtis Stinson - by Eurobasket News
Nizhny Novgorod is close to landing Curtis Stinson (187-G-83, college: Iowa St.). The sides have reportedly reached preliminary agreement on terms of contract. Curtis Stinson spent the previous season in D-League. He averaged 20.1 points, 9.7 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game for the Iowa Energy. Curtis Stinson was named USBasket.com All-United States Point Guard of the Year. He was trumped USBasket.com All-D-League Player of the Year. Curtis Stinson mainly played in D-League. Other than that the guard had spells with Split in Croatia and Kolosson Rodou in Greece. Curtis Stinson participated at D-League All-Star Game in 2010 and 2011. He was also named USBasket.com All-D-League Guard of the Year in 2010.


Russia win thriller against Brazil - by Eurobasket News
Russia U19 - Brazil U19 81:78

Russia celebrated the first win at the 2011 U19 World Championship in Latvia. They eked out a dramatic victory over Brazil in Group A opener for both teams. Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) drained a buzzer-beating three-pointer to seal the victory. He finished with 24 points, 6 boards and 3 assists in the victory.
Russia got to a high-flying start to the game. They erupted for 27 points in the opening term taking a 6-point lead after ten minutes. But Brazil quickly erased the deficit. Gabriel Aguirre put the Latin American side ahead 39:37 midway through the second stanza. Brazil arrived at halftime leading by two points 41:39. Brazil maintained the lead early in the third term. Raul Neto (186-PG-92) gave them a 55:47 advantage but Russia found the way to bounce back. They capped the period with a 13:2 rally and gained a 62:59 lead. The lead changed hands throughout the fourth term. Sergey Karasev put Russian in charge 76:73 with just over a minute to go. But Felipe Taddei answered with a triple to level things up with 21 seconds remaining. Andrey Andrey Loginov (204-F-93) knocked down a jumper to give Russia a 78:76 with five seconds left in regulation. Lucas Riva got fouled and sank both free throws to draw things level at 78. But Russia used two seconds left to the full. Sergey Karasev drained a buzzer-beater clinching the victory for Russia.
Vladislav Trushkin (200-F-93) and Andrey Loginov contributed 13 points each for the winners. Raul Neto answered with 20 points for Brazil. David Rossetto (180-PG-93) added 15 points in defeat.

Russia U19: Sergey Karasev 24, Vladislav Trushkin 13, Andrey Loginov 13
Brazil U19: Raul Neto 20, David Rossetto 15



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  SERBIA   


Vladimir Lucic extends with Partizan - by Eurobasket News
Partizan renewed the contract of Vladimir Lucic (202-F-89, agency: Beo Basket). The new deal is meant for three seasons. Last season the forward tallied 4.6 points and 2.3 boards per game in Adriatic League. In Euroleague Vladimir Lucic averaged 2.6 points and 2.0 boards per appearance. In Serbian League his stats read 7.9 points, 3.6 boards and 1.4 assists. Vladimir Lucic is selected into Serbian University National Team.


Serbia open World Championship with win over China - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U19 - China U19 78:73

Serbia opened win count at U19 World Championship. They toppled China in the opener tonight. Aleksandar Cvetkovic (185-PG-93) stepped up with 20 points to lead the effort.
The lead changed hands throughout intense first period. Zhelin Wang gave China a narrow 16:14 advantage after ten minutes of action. China stretched the margin to 5 points midway through the second period but Serbia recovered. Bogic Vujosevic (189-PG-92, agency: Beo Basket), Mitrovic and Aleksandar Cvetkovic helped their team to take a 36:35 halftime lead. The teams went neck and neck throughout the third quarter but Serbia were able to secure a 54:49 advantage with one quarter to go. Ju Mingxin (200-F/G-93) and Zirui Wang knotted things up at 54 early in the fourth period. However Bogic Vujosevic and Djordje Drenovac (203-F-92, agency: Interperformances) restored lead for Serbia. Soon the European team opened a 12-point lead 76:64. Xiaochuan Zhai and Guo Ailun (192-G-93) dragged China within three points 73:76 late in the game however Aleksandar Cvetkovic sank two free throws and sealed the victory for Serbia.
Bogic Vujosevic accounted for 16 points, while Djordje Drenovac added 14 points in the win. Guo Ailun answered with 21 points for China. Ju Mingxin had 11 points in defeat.

Serbia U19: Aleksandar Cvetkovic 20, Bogic Vujosevic 16, Djordje Drenovac 14
China U19: Guo Ailun 21, Ju Mingxin 11




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  SLOVENIA   


Union Olimpija nominated for Devotion Marketing Award - by Matej Bergant
Euroleague Basketball proudly announced that the nominees for the fifth edition of the Devotion Marketing Awards are Asefa Estudiantes Madrid, Asseco Prokom Gdynia and Slovenian Union Olimpija Ljubljana. The Devotion Marketing Awards recognize the efforts made by Euroleague and Eurocup clubs to enhance the growth of basketball from a marketing perspective. As every season, the criteria to select the three nominees, from the many clubs participating in this edition, have been based on four main pillars: spectators, distribution, product/experience and branding. Union Olimpija Ljubljana did an impressive job increasing its average attendance to more than 11,900 fans, filling over 95% of the capacity (12,500) of the brand-new Stozice Arena with a very complete ticketing strategy. Asefa Estudiantes Madrid combined in its marketing strategy a strong and constant effort in reaching the young fans and educating them through the values of basketball, activities towards the community, and an excellent digital marketing strategy. Asseco Prokom Gdynia developed several successful initiatives for promoting basketball and for building a strong and loyal fan base in Poland, bringing the Euroleague brand to all the clubs fans. The winner among those three clubs of the Gold Devotion Marketing Award will be unveiled at the 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Draw on July 7 in Barcelona. source: www.euroleague.net

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  SOUTH KOREA   


Canada U19 beat South Korea U19 in the opener - by Eurobasket News
South Korea U19-Canada U19 93:109

Canada U19 started the World Championship in Latvia beating South Korea U19 in the opener. The Canadian team produced a three digit number to taste 109:93 win.
Canada started with 28-22 in the first period, but then scored 27 points in the next three quarters. South Korea managed to win the second period 29-27 to reduce the gap to 4 points at the halftime. The number 27 was enough in the third and the last periods. Canada won the third frame 27-25 and added 27-17 in the last quarter.
Sim Bhullar (223-C-92) paced all the winners with 24 points and 14 rebounds, while Dyshawn Pierre (198-F-93) collected 23 points and 10 boards. Julian Clarke (191-G-92) delivered 17 points, while Justin Shaver (198-F-92) collected 13 points and 11 rebounds. Lee Seounghyun (201-C-92) ended up with 25 points in the losing effort and Moon SeongGon (193-F-93) notched 23. Kim Giyun (184-G-92) produced 14 points for South Korea.

South Korea U19: Lee Seounghyun 25, Moon SeongGon 23, Kim Giyun 14
Canada U19: Sim Bhullar 24+14 rebs, Dyshawn Pierre 23+10 rebs, Julian Clarke 17, Justin Shaver 13+11 rebs



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  SPAIN   


Unicaja will sign Earl Rowland - by Eurobasket News
According to Laopiniondemalaga.es, Unicaja will sign a new player today. The team agreed a deal with Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA). The American/Bulgarian point guard spent last season in Italy with Vanoli-Braga Cremona. He appeared 30 times for them in SerieA averaging 13.9 points, 3 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.9 steals. Eurobasket awarded Rowland with Italian SerieA All-Defensive Team -11.
Season 2009/10, Earl Rowland played for Vanoli Cremona. He had 13.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.6 apg and 2.9 spg for them in 30 games. Rowland also has experience from Bonn, Artland Dragons, Townsville Crocodiles and Latvian Barons. He won the German Cup in 2008 with Artland Dragons.
Earl Rowland played for the Bulgarian National Team at the EuroBasket 2009 in Poland. He shined with 17.7 ppg, 3 rpg, 3 apg and 1.3 spg for 3 games at this event.


Fuenlabrada and coach Salvador Maldonado part ways - by Eurobasket News
Salvador Maldonado is no longer a Head Coach of Fuenlabrada. They officially parted ways today. Fuenla ended last season as No.7 with 20-14 record. They met Real Madrid in the Quarterfinals, but faced with 0-2 loss in the series.
Salvador Maldonado took over Fuenlabrada in January of 2010. Before that he worked four years with Gran Canaria. In 2004/05 season, Maldonado was coaching LEB1 team Tarragona. He also has experience from Ourense, Manresa, Tau and Sevilla. In 1996, Salvador Maldonado was named Spanish Coach of the Year. It is not clear yet who will replace Maldonado at the Fuenla's bench.


Breogan add Joseph Krabbenhoft - by Eurobasket News
Breogan continued to work at transfer market. They have recently reached an agreement on terms of contract with Joseph Krabbenhoft (201-G/F-87, agency: N.E.T., college: Wisconsin). The deal is meant for one season. The 24-year-old guard started the previous season in Spain. He tallied 12.5 points, 7.5 boards, 2.0 steals, 1.5 assists and 1.0 block per game for Lleida. In October 2010 Joseph Krabbenhoft moved to Greece to join Panellinios. His stats read 6.7 points, 4.7 boards and 1.5 assists per game in A1. In EuroCup the forward delivered 9.0 points, 5.5 boards, 1.2 assists and 1.0 steal per appearance. Previously Joseph Krabbenhoft played in D-League and South Korea. He also participated in several NBA Summer Camps.


Barcelona agreed terms with Antonis Fotsis? - by Eurobasket
According to Greek media, Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) and Regal FC Barcelona reached a verbal agreement for the next two seasons. Fotsis should land in Spain next Tuesday to sign the contract with the Catalan team.

Fotsis is free agent and in the roster of Spanish champions will replace Terence Morris who left the team and retired.

Fotsis was one of the key players of Panathinaikos during the Euroleague Final Four in Barcelona.



Javier Rodriguez leaves Bizkaia Bilbao - by Eurobasket News
Javier Rodriguez (189-G-79, college: Boston Coll.) leaves Bizkaia Bilbao after two years with the squad. The Spanish Guard joined the team in 2009-2010 and for Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (ACB, starting five) averaged 2.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.1spg in EuroCup. In Spanish League after 29 games his stats read 3.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.9apg, Steals-5 (1.6spg). In 2010-2011 for Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (ACB) after 10 games he showed 2.2ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.4apg.
Javier Rodriguez recorded only 6 points twice in the season. In one of them at the Regular Season Round 13 CAI Zaragoza was defeated at home by Bizkaia Bilbao 74-68. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-68. Javier Rodriguez collected 6 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
Earlier he was a member of the Spanish U16 National Team, Spanish 'B' National Team -03 and Spanish LEB Champion -07.




Cajasol keep Paul Davis - by Eurobasket News
Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) has agreed on terms of contract extension with Cajasol. The centre joined the team at the start of the previous season. Paul Davis averaged 12.1 points, 5.1 boards and 1.3 steals per game in EuroCup. In ACB the 26-year-old centre posted 13.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per appearance. Eurobasket.com named Paul Davis into All-EuroCup 2nd Team. The centre also earned All-Spanish ACB Honourable Mention.


Pablo Laso officially presented by Real Madrid - by Eurobasket News
Real Madrid officially promoted their new Head Coach Pablo Laso. They signed a two-year deal last week.
Coach Pablo Laso will make his Euroleague debut next season. The Spanish specialist worked last four years with Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC (Bruesa). They finished last season as No.14 with 12-22 record. He took over the club in 2007 from Alerta Cantabria Lobos. In the past, Laso also worked with Pamesa Castellon.
Pablo Laso was a basketball player in the past. He spent many years with Taugres Tau Vitoria (now Caja Laboral). He also played for Real Madrid from 1995 to 1997. Pablo Laso was a member of the Spanish National Team in 1994 and 1995.
It is expected that Real Madrid will make their first move on the market very soon.


Xavier Rabaseda returns to Regal Barca, Lakovic and Grimau leave - by Eurobasket News
As expected, Xavier Rabaseda (198-G/F-89) returned to Regal Barca. At the same time, the reigning Spanish champion parted ways with Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) and captain Roger Grimau (196-G-79). Rabaseda returns to Barca from Fuenlabrada, where he spent last season. He played 33 games in ACB averaging 8.7 points and 2.4 rebounds.
Xavier Rabaseda played Barca juniors in the past. They loaned him to Cornella in 2007 and he stayed there three years. From time to time Rabaseda was getting the chance with Barca. In 2009/10 with Cornella, Rabaseda had 14.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.8 apg and 2.4 spg for 32 games in LEB Gold. Rabaseda helped U20 Spain to win the Bronze at U20 EuroBasket 2009 in Greece. He exploded with 15.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.4 apg and 2.8 spg for 9 games at this event. He also won the Bronze with U20 Spain in Riga and with U18 Spain in Amalaida.


Mellila keep Marcos Suka-Umu - by Eurobasket News
Mellila renewed their contract with Marcos Suka-Umu (193-G-85). The 25-year-old guard joined the team at the start of the last season. He tallied 5.7 points, 1.1 boards and 1.1 assists per appearance in LEB Gold. Previously Marcos Suka-Umu had stints with Caja Roja, La Palma and Gestiberica Cuidad de Vigo.


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  SWEDEN   


Darius Hargrove leaves Jamtland for Germany - by Eurobasket News
Darius Hargrove (193-G-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Virginia Union) will play next season in Germany. It is a bad news for KFUM Jamtland Basket, who desperately wanted to keep their best player from the last season. Hargrove joined Jamtland in November of 2010. He appeared 35 times with them in Basketligan averaging 21.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.9 steals. He finished as the best league scorer and third in steals. Hargrove was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Import Player of the Year -11.

Darius Hargrove will play next season for Mitteldeutscher BC. He will replace Wayne Bernard who will not return. Hargrove is a 28 year old 193cm shooting guard from Warfield, Virginia. This will be his sixth professional season after making a name for himself in the Romanian league. Last season, the American played for Proteas Danoi AEL (Cyprus-Division A, starting five), in Nov.'10 moved to KFUM Jamtland Basket (Sweden-Basketligan, starting five): 35 games: Score-1 (21.9ppg), 6.2rpg, 3.7apg, Steals-3 (1.9spg), FGP: 50.1%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 80.7%, in Apr.'11 signed at VOO Verviers-Pepinster (Belgium-D1, starting five): 6 games: 13.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.3apg, 3.2spg, FGP: 45.0%, 3PT: 20.8%, FT: 80.0%. 'Darius is a very experienced player that knows how to win games. He has been very successful in his career especially in Romania. He is a very variable player with good defensive qualities and good fast break play. We have found a very strong player that will help us next season', stressed MBC head coach Silvano Poropat (agency: FCM ). Hargrove is looking forward to seeing first action in Germany. 'I am happy to have the chnace to play in Germany for MBC. Our goal is to get back to the beko BBL and we will fight to get back. I am happy to be able to play at a high level', stressed Darius Hargrove.
Hargrove started his basketball career for Virginia Union (NCAA2). He turned professional in 2006 and played for CSU Asesoft Ploiesti (Romania-Div.A): released during the season: FIBA EuroCup: 6 games: 13.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 68.3%, 3FGP: 19.2%, FT: 70.6%. He would return in 2007 where he played , was signed just for ULEB Cup game and left in Jan.'08 after the team did not make it to the next stage of the competition: ULEB Cup: 10 games: 9.1ppg, 1.6rpg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 26.9%, FT: 73.3%. However the Romanian team never lost sight of the talented American and reigned him for the 2008-2009 season where he played EuroChallenge: 4 games: 13.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0spg; Romanian League: 38 games: 15.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 55.2%, 3PT: 32.5%, FT: 79.3%. In 2009-2010, he remained with the club and played CSU Asesoft Ploiesti (Div.A, starting five): EuroChallenge: 6 games: 16.7ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 92.9%; Romanian League: 38 games: 17.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.3apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 45.2%, FT: 79.1%. Awards and achievements in his career have been CIAA All-Tournament Team -06, All-CIAA Team -06, All-CIAA Player of the Year -06CIAA Eastern Division Regular Season Champion -06, CIAA Tournament Winner -06, Black College All-Star Classic -06, NCAA D2 Finalist -06, NCAA D2 All-American Team -06Daktronics NCAA D2 South Atlantic Region All-America Team -06, Romanian Cup Winner -08, 09, Romanian League All-Star Game -09, Romanian League Regular Season Champion -09, Romanian League Champion -09, 10, Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention -09, Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Import Player of the Year -10, Eurobasket.com Romanian League All-Imports Team -10, Eurobasket.com Romanian League All-Defensive Team -10, Romanian Cup Semifinals -10, Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Import Player of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan 1st team -11, and Eurobasket.com Swedish Basketligan All-Imports Team -11. *Courtesy of MBC


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World U19: Taiwan falls to host Latvia - by Chris Wang
Latvia's height was too much for Taiwan NT to overcome. Taiwan fell to the home team Latvia 85-67 early Friday morning Taiwan Time in its opening game of the FIBA U19 World Championship for Men at Valmiera, Latvia.

Taiwan, which returned to the World Championship after 24 years, only trailed by nine points at the half, 42-33, but was not able to challenge Latvia in the second half. As the smallest team in the 16-team tournament, Taiwan was outrebounded by Latvia 57-17.

Taiwan has an average height of 189cm while Latvia checks in at 197cm. Meanwhile, China is the tallest team in the field at 201cm.

Hu Lung-mao, Hung Kang-chiao and Chen Ying-chun each scored seven in the first half, when Taiwan's pressure defense created trouble for Latvia, which was led by Janis Timma's 19 first-half points.

Latvia set the tone of the game in the third quarter, when it outscored Taiwan 24-14 and led by more than 20 points at one point.

Poor free-throw shooting (12 for 30) and turnovers (25) from the Latvian side gave Taiwan several opportunities to mount a comeback. However, the huge disadvantage at the rebounding department hurt Taiwan too much that the boys could only cut the deficit down to around 15 the rest of the way.

And Taiwan's dismal three-point shooting did not help either, making only 1 of 13 three-point attempts.

Latvia scored 46 points in the paint and had 18 second-chance points in the game. Timma scored a game-high 23 points and pulled down 14 rebounds. Edmund Dukulus also turned in a double-double with 10 points and 12 boards. NBA draftee Davis Bertans had 13 and 7.

194cm forward Hu Lung-mao led Taiwan with 18 points and 4 rebounds, shooting 4-of-13 from the field and 10 of 12 from the foul line. Point guard Chen Ying-chun had 11 points and Hung Kang-chiao had nine points.

Give Taiwan some credit though. Its tough defense created Latvia's 25 turnovers and stole the ball 11 times.

Australia pounded Argentina 73-49 in the other game of the Group B. Taiwan is scheduled to meet Argentina today in the second preliminary game.

World U19 Groups
Group A: Poland, Russia, Brazil, Tunisia
Group B: Australia, Latvia, Argentina, Taiwan
Group C: Croatia, Canada, Korea, Lithuania
Group D: USA, Serbia, China, Egypt



The hosts of the U19 World Championship recorded its first win - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U19-Taiwan U19 85:67

The hosts of the U19 World Championship recorded its first win in the end of Day 1. Latvia U19 edged Taiwan U19 85:67 in the last game of June.
The teams were tied at 4:4 before Latvia went on a lead. Janis Timma (201-F/G-92) (201-F/G-92) closed a 6-0 run for 10:4 and then added two for 17:12. Arnolds Helmanis closed the first period at 25:20, while Kang-Chaio Hung scored for 28:23. After 17-13 in the second frame Janis Timma sent the teams to the lockers for 42:33. In the third quarter the hosts produced a 24-14 for 66:47 deficit. Wei-Ju Chien was the first to score in the last quarter, but Arnolds Helmanis scored for 82:65. Taiwan U19 won the last period 20-19 but cut the deficit to 18 points at the every end.
Janis Timma paced all the winners with 23 points and 14 rebounds for the home side and Davis Bertans (205-C-92) netted 13.Kaspars Vecvagars (191-G-93) and Edmunds Dukulus followed them with 10 points as the latter also added 12 rebounds. Hu Lung-Mao (194-F-92) answered with 18 points in the losing effort, whilst Chen Ying-Chun (181-PG-93) notched 11.

Latvia U19: Janis Timma 23+14 rebs, Davis Bertans 13, Kaspars Vecvagars 10, Edmunds Dukulus 10+12 rebs
Taiwan U19: Hu Lung-Mao 18, Chen Ying-Chun 11



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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO   


School b-ball champs battle for supremacy - by Don Farrell
East Zone champion St Augustine will take on South winner St Benedicts College in the opening semifinal of the NGC T&T Schools Basketball Association Champions of Champions competition today. The Under-15 Boys matchup will begin proceedings at the Jean Pierre Complex, Wrightson Road at 9.45 am where three other zonal semifinal matches will follow. At 11.45 am, North Eastern College will face St Benedicts in an U-17 Boys encounter followed by an Open Girls match between Mucurapo West and Toco Secondary at 1.45 pm. In the last semifinal of the day, NABAC U-20 Boys will take on St Benedict's at 2 pm.

On Friday, the remaining five semifinals will take place. Scarborough Secondary, the Tobago champion, in all five divisions, will meet East Mucurapo (U-15 Boys) at 9 am, Toco Secondary (U-15 Girls) at 10.30 am, Success Laventille Secondary (U-17 Boys) at midday, Moruga Secondary (Open Girls) at 1.30 pm and finally St Augustine Secondary at 3 pm. All the winning teams from the previous two days will be back in action on Saturday for the finals in the respective divisions. At 9.20 am, following the opening address and national anthem, the U-15 Boys final will be contested followed by the U-15 Girls final. At midday, the U-17 Boys final will shoot off. Entertainment will be provided by local artiste Orlando Octave before the Open Girls ad U-20 Boys finals takes place at 2 pm and 3.45 pm, respectively.

guardian


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  TUNISIA   


Poland cruise past Tunisia in Valmiera - by Eurobasket News
Poland U19 - Tunisia U19 85:57

Polish U19 National Team victoriously opened their World Championship campaign. They breezed past their Tunisian counterparts to improve at 1-0 record in Group A. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) scored 17 points to pace the winners.
Poland opened the game with five points in a row and controlled the tempo. They built an 18:13 lead after ten minutes of action. Niedzwiedzki and Michal Michalak (194-G-93) opened a double-digit lead midway through the second frame. Soon the margin grew at 20-point mark as Poland took over completely. They enjoyed a 46:27 lead at the interval. One-way traffic continued in the third period. Poland accumulated a comfortable 72:40 lead with one quarter to go. The Europeans never looked back en route to the victory afterwards. Michal Michalak stepped up with 15 points, while Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-C-93) added 11 points and 7 boards in the victory. Aymen Mahmoud (188-PG-92) responded with 10 points for Tunisia. Sofian M'Rad (198-F-92) and Maher Souabni (185-G-92) delivered 9 points each in the loss.

Poland U19: Mateusz Ponitka 17, Michal Michalak 15, Przemyslaw Karnowski 11
Tunisia U19: Aymen Mahmoud 10, Sofian M'Rad 9, Maher Souabni 9




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  TURKEY   


Antalya adds Caner Oner - by Eurobasket News
After Rasim Basak (202-F-80, agency: Court Side), Antalya announced signing of another player. They penned a one-year deal with Caner Oner (200-F-87). The Turkish forward arrives from Trabzon, where he spent last two years. Last season he had very limited playing time registering just 1.3 ppg in 16 games. Oner helped Trabzon to win the promotion from TB2L to TBL in 2010. He had 7.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg and 1.8 apg that season. Before Trabzon, Oner also was a member of TED Kolejliler Ankara, Turk Telekom, Albella and Ulker.
Caner Oner was a member of the Turkish University NT in 2009. He played 7 games at the Universiade in Belgrade collecting 10.9 ppg and 3.9 rpg. Oner also played for U21, U20 and U18 Turkey in the past.


Efes Pilsen release Igor Rakocevic - by Eurobasket News
Efes Pilsen have decided to split ways with Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78). The 33-year-old guard joined the Turkish team in 2009. Last season Igor Rakocevic tallied 12.7 points, 2.3 boards and 1.9 assists per game in TBL. In Euroleague the guard averaged 17.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists per appearance. Igor Rakocevic used to play for Yugoslavian and then Serbian National Team since 1998 to 2006.


Antalya BSB signs Rasim Basak - by Baha Kurtulus
Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye agreed the terms with Rasim Basak (202-F-80, agency: Court Side). The 31-year old small forward is coming to Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye from Turk Telekom Ankara.
Rasim Basak was a member of Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul between 2003 to 2010. Before Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul, Rasim Basak was a member of Oyak Renault Bursa.
Rasim Basak was a part of the Turkish National Team in 2003 and 2004. He won three TBL titles with Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (2007, 2008, 2010)
In 2004 he was named Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Europe Cup Honorable Mention.


Rasim Basak played 28 games for Turk Telekom Ankara last season registering 7.1 ppg and 3.0 rpg.



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'Big Smooth,' Kings Bomb Hoyas Into Submission - by David Edole
Craig Big Smooth Williams rained six three-pointers for a game-high 36 points as the young Kings surprised the Hoyas, 86-73, Wednesday night during New Breed Basketball Association action at the Ronald Charles gymnasium on the Central High campus.

Williams, a recent college graduate and basketball player from Temple University, played as if he had something to prove against the best team St. Croix has seen in the last five years. The Hoyas have won the championship in four of the last five years, and a younger Williams has gone through, as did other teams, the growing pains of being dominated by this very squad.

Not this year, though, because Williamsnow armed with the experience of playing NCAA hoopsat times looked like a man among boys on the court. He scored from just about anywhere on the court and at around 68, there was not much anyone on the Hoyas team could do about it.

Despite his size, Williams apparently decided to show off his deft touch from beyond the arc, hitting on six of eight three-pointers to the delight of a boisterous crowd that was staunchly behind the upstart Kings.

The game was not all Williams, however, as star point guard Stephen OReilly (who also plays collegiate basketball stateside) did an excellent job running the show; and he also hit some huge three-pointers that helped to bury the Hoyas.

With 13 first-half points from Williams, nine from OReilly and eight from Deron Baptiste, the Kings would ride their fast start all the way to intermission with an 18-point lead at 48-30 to the surprise of the fans.

Smelling what much in attendance believed was an upset in the making, the crowd began rooting overwhelmingly for the Kings at the start of the third quarter. The lead would swell to as many as 20, but the Hoyas' Karl John, showing the heart of a champion, took matters into his own hands as he tried to get his team back into the game.

John scored 15 points in the period to bring his team to within seven points but they could not get any closer. They would outscore the Kings 25-18 in the third to head into the fourth quarter trailing 66-55.

The battle was really joined in the fourth quarter as the former champs looked as if they were on the verge of a big rally. They again narrowed the lead to seven, but then 'Big Smooth' took over. He would hit on three consecutive bombs from beyond the arc to squelch any further hopes of a Hoyas comeback.

Although the former champs played much better in the second half, the energy they expended to get back into the game took a toll down the stretch, and the youthful Kings were able to pull away for the 86-73, 13-point victory.

An elated coach Stephanie Pidy Williams was all smiles after the game. What we have with this team is consistency, she said. We have come a long way together. Many of the guys have been playing together since high school, and they really love one another and enjoy playing together. This was a good win.

Craig Williams (205-F-89) finished the night with a dominating, game-high 36 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. He got good support from super-quick point guard OReilly, who finished with 19 points and five assists, while three other Kings finished with eight points apiece.

The Hoyas were led by the hardworking Karl John who finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Teammates Eddie Castillo and Darnell Hendrickson dropped in 14 points apiece in a losing effort.

By Dave Davis June 30, 2011



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  UKRAINE   


Tony Crocker heads to Ferro-ZNTU - by Eurobasket News
Ferro-ZNTU added Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Oklahoma) to the roster. The 24-year-old forward spent the last season in Hungary. Tony Crocker averaged 17.0 points, 4.3 boards, 2.3 assists and 2.3 steals per game for Albacomp. Eurobasket.com named Tony Crocker All-Hungarian League Defensive Player of the Year. He also made it into All-Hungarian League 1st Team. Tony Crocker participated at Hungarian League All-Star Game. The forward clinched Slam Dunk Contest crown. It was the first pro season for Tony Crocker. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2010. His stats read 11.4 points, 6.2 boards and 1.7 assists per game in the senior season.


Ukrainian U20 National Team 2010 - by Karol
Starting five
#s#
Oleksandr Mishula
Mishula
Andriy Lebedintsev
Lebedintsev
Oleksandr Prokopenko
Prokopenko
Vyacheslav Bobrov
Bobrov
Maksym Sandul
Sandul
#e#5
4 Oleksandr Mishula 187-G-92 Dnipro Ukraine
5 Gennadiy Dzyuba 193-G-91 BC Kyiv Ukraine
6 Oleksandr Belikov 200-G-92
7 Andriy Lebedintsev 187-PG-91 LTHcast Mercator Slovenia
8 Oleksandr Prokopenko 190-PG-92 Khimik Ukraine
9 Vyacheslav Bobrov 202-F-92 BC Kyiv Ukraine
10 Pavlo Krutous 195-G/F-92 BC Kyiv Ukraine
11 Volodymyr Iegorov 200-F-91 BC Donetsk Ukraine
12 Dmytro Tykhonov 205-F-92 Khimik Ukraine
13 Oleksandr Kushnirov 208-C-92 Mykolaiv Ukraine
14 Artem Pustovyi 216-C-92 Khimik Ukraine
15 Maksym Sandul 207-C-91 BC Kyiv Ukraine



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Marinos advance to LPB Finals, Cocodrilos force Game Seven against Trotamundos - by Eurobasket News
Marinos is the first finalist of the LPB. They eliminated Gigantes with 4-2 in the Semis. In Game Six, which was played last night, Marinos celebrated 81-62 victory. Before that, Marinos handed 73-87 home loss to Gigantes in Game Five.
In the other Semifinals between Cocodrilos and Trotamundos the score is tied to 3-3. Cocodrilos outplayed their rival last night 93-88 to force decisive Game Seven. That game is scheduled for today and of course the winner will join Marinos in the Finals.

Here are the results of the Semifinals:

Semi-Finals - Game 1
Jun. 20, 2011 Cocodrilos-Trotamundos 92-88
Jun. 20, 2011 Marinos-Gigantes 93-68

Semi-Finals - Game 2
Jun. 21, 2011 Cocodrilos-Trotamundos 88-84
Jun. 21, 2011 Marinos-Gigantes 89-93

Semi-Finals - Game 3
Jun. 24, 2011 Trotamundos-Cocodrilos 87-75
Jun. 24, 2011 Gigantes-Marinos 91-93

Semi-Finals - Game 4
Jun. 25, 2011 Trotamundos-Cocodrilos 86-72
Jun. 25, 2011 Gigantes-Marinos 82-80

Semi-Finals - Game 5
Jun. 26, 2011 Trotamundos-Cocodrilos 89-82
Jun. 26, 2011 Gigantes-Marinos 73-87

Semi-Finals - Game 6
Jun. 29, 2011 Cocodrilos-Trotamundos 93-88
Jun. 29, 2011 Marinos-Gigantes 81-62


Semi-Finals - Game 7
Jun. 30, 2011 Cocodrilos-Trotamundos


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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Anthony DRMIC
  CRO
  (196-F/G-92)
  Avg: 25
 1. Drmic, AUS25.0 
 2. Lee, KOR25.0 
 3. Karasev, RUS24.0 
 4. Bhullar, CAN24.0 
 5. Moon, KOR23.0 
 6. Timma, LAT23.0 
 7. Pierre, CAN23.0 
 8. Katic, CRO23.0 
 9. Saric, CRO22.0 
 10. Barac, CRO22.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sim BHULLAR
  IND
  (223-C-92)
  Avg: 14
 1. Bhullar, CAN14.0 
 2. Timma, LAT14.0 
 3. Valanciunas, LTU13.0 
 4. Dukulis, LAT12.0 
 5. Shaver, CAN11.0 
 6. Delia, ARG11.0 
 7. Leonard, USA11.0 
 8. Saric, CRO11.0 
 9. M''Rad, TUN11.0 
 10. Pierre, CAN10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Giyun KIM
  (184-G-92)
  Avg: 8
 1. Kim, KOR8.0 
 2. Grochowski, POL7.0 
 3. Carson, USA7.0 
 4. Cvetkovic, SRB6.0 
 5. Vecvagars, LAT6.0 
 6. Trist, AUS5.0 
 7. Vikhrov, RUS5.0 
 8. Lamb, USA5.0 
 9. Greenwood, AUS5.0 
 10. Souabni, TUN5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Seounghyun LEE
  (201-C-92)
  Avg: 4
 1. Lee, KOR4.0 
 2. Moon, KOR3.0 
 3. Pangos, CAN3.0 
 4. Shousha, EGY3.0 
 5. Lamb, USA3.0 
 6. Kulagin, RUS3.0 
 7. Chen, TAI3.0 
 8. Hu, TAI2.0 
 9. Michalak, POL2.0 
 10. Bhullar, CAN2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  LTU
  (210-C-92)
  Avg: 5
 1. Valanciunas, LTU5.0 
 2. Mitchell, USA4.0 
 3. Leonard, USA4.0 
 4. Karnowski, POL3.0 
 5. Delia, ARG3.0 
 6. Niedzwiedzki, POL3.0 
 7. Chen, TAI2.0 
 8. Nogueira, BRA2.0 
 9. Gielo, POL2.0 
 10. Moon, KOR2.0 


Groups Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Poland1-0
2. Russia1-0
3. Tunisia0-1
4. Brazil0-1
Group B
1. Australia1-0
2. Latvia1-0
3. Taiwan0-1
4. Argentina0-1
Group C
1. Canada1-0
2. Croatia1-0
3. S.Korea0-1
4. Lithuania0-1
Group D
1. Serbia1-0
2. USA1-0
3. China0-1
4. Egypt0-1


Preliminary Round. Day 1 in Valmiera and Liepaja - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Russia - Brazil 81-78
Russia celebrated the first win at the 2011 U19 World Championship in Latvia. They eked out a dramatic victory over Brazil in Group A opener for both teams. Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) drained a buzzer-beating three-pointer to seal the victory. He finished with 24 points, 6 boards and 3 assists in the victory. Russia got to a high-flying start to the game. They erupted for 27 points in the opening term taking a 6-point lead after ten minutes. But Brazil quickly erased the deficit. Gabriel Aguirre (208-C-92) put the Latin American side ahead 39:37 midway through the second stanza. Brazil arrived at halftime leading by two points 41:39. Brazil maintained the lead early in the third term. Raul Neto gave them a 55:47 advantage but Russia found the way to bounce back. They capped the period with a 13:2 rally and gained a 62:59 lead. The lead changed hands throughout the fourth term. Sergey Karasev put Russian in charge 76:73 with just over a minute to go. But Felipe Taddei answered with a triple to level things up with 21 seconds remaining. Andrey Andrey Loginov knocked down a jumper to give Russia a 78:76 with five seconds left in regulation. Lucas Riva got fouled and sank both free throws to draw things level at 78. But Russia used two seconds left to the full. Sergey Karasev drained a buzzer-beater clinching the victory for Russia. Vladislav Trushkin (200-F-93) and Andrey Loginov contributed 13 points each for the winners. Raul Neto answered with 20 points for Brazil. David Rossetto added 15 points in defeat.

Poland - Tunisia 85-57
Polish U19 National Team victoriously opened their World Championship campaign. They breezed past their Tunisian counterparts to improve at 1-0 record in Group A. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) scored 17 points to pace the winners. Poland opened the game with five points in a row and controlled the tempo. They built an 18:13 lead after ten minutes of action. Niedzwiedzki and Michal Michalak (194-G-93) opened a double-digit lead midway through the second frame. Soon the margin grew at 20-point mark as Poland took over completely. They enjoyed a 46:27 lead at the interval. One-way traffic continued in the third period. Poland accumulated a comfortable 72:40 lead with one quarter to go. The Europeans never looked back en route to the victory afterwards. Michal Michalak stepped up with 15 points, while Przemyslaw Karnowski added 11 points and 7 boards in the victory. Aymen Mahmoud responded with 10 points for Tunisia. Sofian M'Rad and Maher Souabni delivered 9 points each in the loss.

Group B
Argentina - Australia 49-73
Australia won their opener of the U19 World Championship in Latvia. The team overcame Argentina 73:49 mostly making the win bigger in the last period. Australia started well and reached 17-10 in the end of the first period. Hugh Greenwood made a dunk to open the second frame and later the winners added 15-10 in the second period. Luciano Massarelli closed the first half from the free throw line making 32:20 on the board. The third period was tough, bit Australia kept the winning advantage and then erupted in the last quarter. Hugh Greenwood nailed three in the last of the stanza and Anthony Drmic (196-F/G-92) made later 53:23 on the board. After 29-18 in the last period, Australia U19 registered the first victory. Anthony Drmic stepped up with 25 points for the winners and Hugh Greenwood netted 16. Mitchell Creek (198-F/G-92) scored 8, while Jackson Aldridge and Igor Hadziomerovic added 7 each. Luciano Massarelli posted 16 in defeat, whilst Tayavek Gallizzi scored 10.

Latvia - Taiwan 85-67
The hosts of the U19 World Championship recorded its first win in the end of Day 1. Latvia U19 edged Taiwan U19 85:67 in the last game of June. The teams were tied at 4:4 before Latvia went on a lead. Janis Timma (201-F/G-92) closed a 6-0 run for 10:4 and then added two for 17:12. Arnolds Helmanis (201-F-92) closed the first period at 25:20, while Kang-Chaio Hung scored for 28:23. After 17-13 in the second frame Janis Timma sent the teams to the lockers for 42:33. In the third quarter the hosts produced a 24-14 for 66:47 deficit. Wei-Ju Chien was the first to score in the last quarter, but Arnolds Helmanis scored for 82:65. Taiwan U19 won the last period 20-19 but cut the deficit to 18 points at the every end. Janis Timma paced all the winners with 23 points and 14 rebounds for the home side and Davis Bertans netted 13.Kaspars Vecvagars (191-G-93) and Edmunds Dukulus followed them with 10 points as the latter also added 12 rebounds. Long-Mao Hu answered with 18 points in the losing effort, whilst Ying-Chun Chen notched 11.

Group C
South Korea - Canada 93-109
Canada U19 started the World Championship in Latvia beating South Korea U19 in the opener. The Canadian team produced a three digit number to taste 109:93 win. Canada started with 28-22 in the first period, but then scored 27 points in the next three quarters. South Korea managed to win the second period 29-27 to reduce the gap to 4 points at the halftime. The number 27 was enough in the third and the last periods. Canada won the third frame 27-25 and added 27-17 in the last quarter. Bhullar Sim paced all the winners with 24 points and 14 rebounds, while Dyshawn Pierre (198-F-93) collected 23 points and 10 boards. Julian Clarke (191-G-92) delivered 17 points, while Justin Shaver (198-F-92) collected 13 points and 11 rebounds. Lee Seounghyun ended up with 25 points in the losing effort and Moon SeongGon notched 23. Kim Giyun produced 14 points for South Korea.

Croatia - Lithuania 88-75
Croatia recorded the opening win at the U19 World Championship in Latvia. They toppled Lithuania in Group C. Toni Katic stepped up with 23 points, 5 boards and 4 assists to lead the winners. The teams traded baskets throughout the starting quarter. Croatia earned a 22:18 lead after ten minutes. Marino Kucan stretched the margin to 7 points midway through the second frame. Lithuanua erased the deficit but Croatia capped the half with a 13:2 rally to build a 42:31 advantage. The Croats opened the third term on a 7:0 run to boost the margin. Croatia ensured a 68:53 lead with one quarter remaining. Lithuania could not get closer than 8 points in the fourth frame and had to surrender at the end. Boris Barac and Dario Saric delivered 22 points each for the winners. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) answered with 19 points and 13 rebounds for Lithuania. Zygimantas Skucas posted 13 points in the loss.

Group D
China - Serbia 73-78
Serbia opened win count at U19 World Championship. They toppled China in the opener tonight. Aleksandar Cvetkovic stepped up with 20 points to lead the effort. The lead changed hands throughout intense first period. Zhelin Wang gave China a narrow 16:14 advantage after ten minutes of action. China stretched the margin to 5 points midway through the second period but Serbia recovered. Bogic Vujosevic (189-PG-92, agency: Beo Basket), Mitrovic and Aleksandar Cvetkovic helped their team to take a 36:35 halftime lead. The teams went neck and neck throughout the third quarter but Serbia were able to secure a 54:49 advantage with one quarter to go. Ju Mingxin (200-F/G-93) and Zirui Wang knotted things up at 54 early in the fourth period. However Bogic Vujosevic and Djordje Drenovac restored lead for Serbia. Soon the European team opened a 12-point lead 76:64. Xiaochuan Zhai and Guo Ailun dragged China within three points 73:76 late in the game however Aleksandar Cvetkovic sank two free throws and sealed the victory for Serbia. Bogic Vujosevic accounted for 16 points, while Djordje Drenovac added 14 points in the win. Guo Ailun answered with 21 points for China. Ju Mingxin had 11 points in defeat.

USA - Egypt 115-60
The United States marched to the opening win at the U19 World Championship in Latvia. They rolled past Egypt in Group D today. Doug McDermott stepped up with 19 points to lead the effort. USA tipped off the game with a stunning 22:0 run. They accumulated a 25:5 lead after ten minutes of action. Egypt managed to get within 14 points midway through the second term 22:36. But the North American side quickly restored a safe buffer posting a 50:29 halftime lead. The margin kept on growing in the third term. The USA established a comfortable 38-point lead with one quarter to go 82:44. Egypt could not get any closer in the fourth period suffering a heavy loss at the end. Joe Jackson and Jeremy Lamb chipped in 15 points each for the USA. Meyers Leonard (213-C-92) added 11 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Omar Mohammed responded with 17 points for Egypt. Assem Ahmed netted 16 points and pulled down 9 boards in the loss.






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Sarah Graham re-signs with the Logan Thunder - by Eurobasket News
BDS Logan Thunder have today announced that dynamic guard Sarah Graham (163-G-89) has signed with the club for a further 12 months.

Graham, a Logan junior, was one of the first players signed by the franchise for their debut season in 2008. She went on to be named the WNBL Rookie of the Year, topped the league in 3-point percentages the following year and easily outshot all others in the season just gone.

Not content with these achievements she has also been named in the Australian Uni Games team twice. The selection in the 2011 team sees Graham off to China from 11-23 August where Australia, and Graham, hope to better their 2007 bronze medal result.

Coach Olaf Lange was thrilled that Graham was staying home with the Thunder.

We are thrilled to have secured the services of Sarah Graham again. Sarah epitomizes what our basketball program is about: she is a Queensland talent with tremendous heart and skill. Sarah's ability to shoot, finish and make timely plays make her invaluable for our team, he said.

Currently part of the table topping Knox SEABL team where she is averaging over 14 points per game and hitting the threes at a familiar 40+% Graham is delighted to be staying with Thunder.

I think we have some unfinished business. Making the finals last year was great but we were all really disappointed with our semi against Bendigo, said Graham.

I am looking forward to getting back to Logan with the team, continuing to work with Olaf and Sandy, and playing my part in getting Thunder to the top of the table.

Whilst making the Opals team was still the No. 1 personal goal Graham said she was excited by playing in the Australian Uni Games team and using that as a springboard to the 2011-12 season.

Sarah will also be part of the Thunder Invitational team taking on China, in Logan, on 25 July which follows the Jayco Opals v China game July 24.

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


Seattle Storm star Lauren Jackson to have hip surgery; will miss 8-12 weeks - by Eurobasket News
Reigning WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81) has decided to have surgery to repair the torn labrum in her left hip and will likely be out for eight to 12 weeks.

The Seattle Storm made the announcement on Wednesday. Jackson is scheduled to have the surgery Thursday at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo., performed by Dr. Marc Philippon.

Jackson said after talking with the doctors and her family, surgery was determined to be the best course of action and she hopes to be able to return before the end of the WNBA season. Seattles regular season ends on Sept. 11 at home against Chicago.

The three-time league MVP hurt the hip last week in a victory over Tulsa. The initial plan was for Jackson to have three weeks of rest and physical therapy before deciding if surgery was needed.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


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Turkey topple Belarus in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U20 - Belarus U20 79:68

Turkish U20 selection recorded the second straight win at the Istanbul international friendly tournament. They held off Belarus to improve at 2-0 record. Turkey will take on Ukraine for the title tonight.
Turkey silenced their opponents in the opening quarter. The hosts outscored Belarus 22:9 in the first ten minutes. Belarus however picked up the tempo in the second term. They fired 21 points to stay hopeful. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term as Turkey managed to remain ahead by 12 points before the final term. Belarus could not get within striking distance in the fourth quarter and had to surrender at the end. Ozge Yavas (174-G-91) provided 19 points to pace Turkey. Esra Ural (198-C-91) contributed 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Maryia Filonchyk (189-C/F-92) answered with 21 points for Belarus. Nadzeya Bohdan (187-C-93) delivered 18 points in the loss.

Turkey U20: Ozge Yavas 19, Esra Ural 16, Gamze Takmaz (184-F-91) 14
Belarus U20: Maryia Filonchyk 21, Nadzeya Bohdan 18



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Ukraine edge Belgium to stay perfect in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U20 - Belgium U20 70:63

Ukraine kept their perfect record at the Istanbul international friendly tournament. They held off Belgian counterparts to improve at 2-0 record. Alina Iagupova (181-G-92, agency: LBM Management) scored 27 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and issued 9 assists to lead the winners. Ukraine will take on Turkey for the title tonight.
Ukraine got to the better start. They ensured a 19:14 lead after ten minutes of action. But Belgium turned things around in the second quarter. They exploded with 28 points to secure a 42:33 halftime lead. Ukraine stressed defence after the main break. They held their opponents to 10 points in the third quarter to level things up. Ukraine outscored Belgium 18:11 in the fourth period and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Olga Maznichenko (187-F-91, agency: LBM Management) contributed 21 points and 17 rebounds for Ukraine. Olesia Malashenko (189-F-91, agency: LBM Management) added 12 points in the victory. Noemie Mayombo (171-PG-91, agency: LBM Management) answered with 18 points for Belgium. Emmanuella Mayombo (170-G-92, agency: LBM Management) had 11 points in the loss.

Ukraine U20: Alina Iagupova 27+12 boards, Olga Maznichenko 21+17 boards, Olesia Malashenko 12
Belgium U20: Noemie Mayombo 18, Emmanuella Mayombo 11



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D1 Standings
D1 Standings
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 2. Panther 3-1 
 3. Police 3-1 
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Czech Republic crushes Croatia in Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic was the best team in the group E. Croatia advanced to final round after do-or-die game with Spain. They were fourth team in the group F. Czech Republic rolls over Croatia 79:63. They advanced to the semifinal with Russia on Friday. Croatia will fight for a 5th position. Sandra Mandir (175-G-77) scored 27 points, but her team lose the game against Czech Republic. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) added 17 points for Czech Republic, Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) poured 14 points, Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) end the game with 13 points.

Czechs started this game with Eva Viteckova three point shot. Iva Sliskovic (194-F-84, college: S.Carolina) responded with jump shot. After three minutes of play Czech Republic had got a small, one point lead 3:2. Team were playing basket for basket. Czechs advantage was still between 2-5 points. With 4:02 to play in the first quarter Croatian coach called timeout. The score was 12:7. But It did not help his team. Then Czechs scored 4 straight points. Croatia can respond only with two free throws. Eva Viteckova buried another three, Katerina Bartonova (172-G-90) made a shot and Czechs were leading by 10 21:11. Sandra Mandir made another two free throws for Croatia. After first quarter Czechs were up by 8 21:13.

In the second quarter the game was under Czechs control. In the middle of the second period Czech Republic was leading by 15 30:15. Then, Petra Kulichova made another shot
for Czech Republic. Croatian coach called his last time in this half. Croatia scored another 4 straight points and now Czechs trainer wanted to talk with his players. With 2:34 to play in the second quarter Luca Ivankovic (199-C-87) reduced the lost to 3 points 32:29. Croatian were on 14:0 run. Czechs coach called another timeout. After that Czechs were able to score some points. In the middle of the game Czech Republic had got 7 point lead 36:29.

After the brake Czech Republic played well. They noticed 9:2 run and Croatian coach called timeout. Then, Croatia scored 9 straight points. After Sandra Mandir lay-up Croatia was down only by 5 45:40. Then Petra Kulichova made 5 straight points for Czech Republic She rebuilt Czechs advantage. Her friends added another 6 points. Czech were on 11:0 run and Croatian coach called another timeout. Croatian cannot find any whole in the Czechs defense. Czech Republic ended third quarter with incredible 22:0 run. Before the last quarter Czechs had 27 points lead - 67:40 and they were very close to win this game. In the last quarter nothing has changes. Czech Republic had been controlled the game. Finally, Czechs beat Croatia 79:63.

Czech Republic - Croatia 79:63 (21:13, 15:16,31:11,12:23)
Czech Republic: Eva Viteckova 17, Petra Kulichova 14, Katerina Elhotova 13
Croatia: Sandra Mandir 27, Antonija Misura (178-F-88) 9

*BY LUKASZ LUKASZEWSKI


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Czech Republic crushes Croatia in Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic was the best team in the group E. Croatia advanced to final round after do-or-die game with Spain. They were fourth team in the group F. Czech Republic rolls over Croatia 79:63. They advanced to the semifinal with Russia on Friday. Croatia will fight for a 5th position. Sandra Mandir (175-G-77) scored 27 points, but her team lose the game against Czech Republic. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) added 17 points for Czech Republic, Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) poured 14 points, Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) end the game with 13 points.

Czechs started this game with Eva Viteckova three point shot. Iva Sliskovic (194-F-84, college: S.Carolina) responded with jump shot. After three minutes of play Czech Republic had got a small, one point lead 3:2. Team were playing basket for basket. Czechs advantage was still between 2-5 points. With 4:02 to play in the first quarter Croatian coach called timeout. The score was 12:7. But It did not help his team. Then Czechs scored 4 straight points. Croatia can respond only with two free throws. Eva Viteckova buried another three, Katerina Bartonova (172-G-90) made a shot and Czechs were leading by 10 21:11. Sandra Mandir made another two free throws for Croatia. After first quarter Czechs were up by 8 21:13.

In the second quarter the game was under Czechs control. In the middle of the second period Czech Republic was leading by 15 30:15. Then, Petra Kulichova made another shot
for Czech Republic. Croatian coach called his last time in this half. Croatia scored another 4 straight points and now Czechs trainer wanted to talk with his players. With 2:34 to play in the second quarter Luca Ivankovic (199-C-87) reduced the lost to 3 points 32:29. Croatian were on 14:0 run. Czechs coach called another timeout. After that Czechs were able to score some points. In the middle of the game Czech Republic had got 7 point lead 36:29.

After the brake Czech Republic played well. They noticed 9:2 run and Croatian coach called timeout. Then, Croatia scored 9 straight points. After Sandra Mandir lay-up Croatia was down only by 5 45:40. Then Petra Kulichova made 5 straight points for Czech Republic She rebuilt Czechs advantage. Her friends added another 6 points. Czech were on 11:0 run and Croatian coach called another timeout. Croatian cannot find any whole in the Czechs defense. Czech Republic ended third quarter with incredible 22:0 run. Before the last quarter Czechs had 27 points lead - 67:40 and they were very close to win this game. In the last quarter nothing has changes. Czech Republic had been controlled the game. Finally, Czechs beat Croatia 79:63.

Czech Republic - Croatia 79:63 (21:13, 15:16,31:11,12:23)
Czech Republic: Eva Viteckova 17, Petra Kulichova 14, Katerina Elhotova 13
Croatia: Sandra Mandir 27, Antonija Misura (178-F-88) 9

*BY LUKASZ LUKASZEWSKI


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Stats Leaders Div.A (Women)
Points Per Game
 Doneeka HODGES
  USA
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Hodges, BUL20.3 
 2. Tuukkanen, FIN18.3 
 3. Perovanovic, MNT17.3 
 4. Kalentzou, GRE16.0 
 5. Zherzherunov., UKR15.5 
 6. Mandir, CRO15.5 
 7. Elhotova, CZE15.1 
 8. Meesseman, BEL15.0 
 9. Babkina, LAT15.0 
 10. Kobryn, POL14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zane TAMANE
  LAT
  (200-C-83)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Tamane, LAT9.4 
 2. Meesseman, BEL9.0 
 3. Tuukkanen, FIN8.8 
 4. Bar, GER8.8 
 5. Stepanova, RUS8.6 
 6. Zherzherunov., UKR8.3 
 7. Perovanovic, MNT8.2 
 8. Leuchanka, BLR8.2 
 9. Ress, ITA8.0 
 10. Kobryn, POL7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Elina BABKINA
  LAT
  (173-G-89)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Babkina, LAT4.3 
 2. Dubljevic, MNT4.3 
 3. Mandir, CRO4.0 
 4. Bortelova, CZE3.9 
 5. Vardarli, TUR3.9 
 6. Marchanka, BLR3.8 
 7. Dumerc, FRA3.6 
 8. Pawlak, POL3.5 
 9. Zara, ITA3.3 
 10. Bar, GER3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Dimitra KALENTZOU
  (174-G-78)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Kalentzou, GRE2.7 
 2. Linkeviciene, LTU2.6 
 3. Zherzherunov., UKR2.5 
 4. Palau, ESP2.5 
 5. Lyttle, ESP2.5 
 6. Mayombo, BEL2.5 
 7. Bar, GER2.3 
 8. Zlatanova, BUL2.3 
 9. Honti, HUN2.2 
 10. Ivezic, CRO2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Sandrine GRUDA
  FRA
  (194-C-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gruda, FRA1.9 
 2. Kobryn, POL1.7 
 3. Marginean, ROM1.5 
 4. Veremeenko, BLR1.4 
 5. Burgrova, CZE1.4 
 6. Khomenchuk, UKR1.3 
 7. Sotiriou, GRE1.0 
 8. Jurcenkova, SVK1.0 
 9. Kulichova, CZE1.0 
 10. Popovic, MNT1.0 


Turkey in the semi-final ! - by Lukasz Lukaszewski
In the third quarterfinal Turkey beat Montegro 56:44. Turkey won the game thanks to great third quarter Turkish won it 17:6. After the game Turkey team was very happy, Montegrin cried. Saziye Ivegin (183-F-82) led her team to win scoring 14 points. Also Birsel Vardarli (174-G-80) showed great performance she added 13 points with great execution from downtown (3/4). Nevin Nevlin (195-C-85, college: Stanford) poured 11 points. Anna De Forge (178-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Nebraska) made 11 points and 8 rebounds, but her team lost the quarterfinal.

Both teams started this game well-motivated. Montegro started this game with shot by Anna De Forge. Croatia responded with Birsel Vardarli three point shot. Teams were playing basket for basket. With 5:44 to play in the first period Montegro was up by 3 and Turkish coach called a timeout. Then Anna De Forge added another two points to Montegrin advantage. With 3:29 remaining Ana Turcinovic (190-C-93) increase the lead to 7 points. Montergrin were leading thanks to great defense and good execution. Turkey responded with three pointers. With 1:48 Birsel Vardarli buried her second long distance shot. Montegro was up only by 3 14:11 and their coach wanted to talk with his players. Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) made a shot and Montegro won the first quarter 16:11.

In the second quarter Turkey made a 7:2 run. After Birsel Vardarli made a lay-up and the score was tie 18:18 with 7:40 remaining in the second quarter. Iva Perovanovic made a shot and Montegro was on the lead again. Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) buried a three pointer and rebuilt the lead to 5 points 23:18. With 3:28 to play in the second Montegro had a 4 point advantage and Turkish coach called another timeout. The score was 25:21 for Montegro. Ana Turcinovic added another two points to Montegrin lead. Then Naile Ivegin responded with 3 points for Turkey. Montegro had been controlling the boards. After two quarters Montegro had 3 points more than Turkey. The score was 27:24.

Straight after the break Montegro scored 2 points. Turkey respond with 6:0 run. After Emine Palazoglu three point shot Turkey had taken the one point lead 29:30. Then teams were
playing basket for basket. Although Montegrin timeout Turkey was still on lead. Turkish players were up by 3 after Nevin Nevlin lay-up. With 33 second to go in the third Saziye
Ivegin made a lay-up shot for Turkey. She extend Turkish advantage to 8 points 33:41. The same score was on the board before the last quarter.

Montegro open last period with Jelena Skerovic three points shot. Nevriye Yilmaz rebuilt the advantage to 7 points with jump shot. With 5:00 remaining Nevin Nevlin made a shot for Tukey. She extend the lead to 12 points - 48:36. Montegro was in trouble, so their coach decided to call his last timeout. After that Anna De Forge scored 2 points for Montegro, but
Turkey responded with 5 straight points. With 3:13 to play in the last quarter Turkish had got big 15 points lead. Montegro could not reduce the lost. 57 seconds before the last horn
Nevin Nevlin made one free throw She confirmed Turkish win. Turkey had go 15 points advantage. Finally, Turkey won this game

Montegro - Turkey 44:56 (16:11, 11:13, 6:17, 11:15)

Montegro: Anna De Forge 11+8 reb, Ana Turcinovic 10
Turkey: Saziye Ivegin 14, Birsel Vardarli 13, Nevin Nevlin 11



France the last semi-finalist - by Lukasz Lukaszewski
France beat Lithuania 66:58 in the last quarterfinal in Lodz. France will be the only semi-finalist from Group F. Tommorow France will fight with Turkey In semi-final. Emilie Gomis (180-G/F-83)
made 14 points for France. 4 French players poured 13 points: Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86), Sandrine Gruda (194-C-87) Edwige Lawson-Wade (166-PG-79) and Celine Dumerc (169-G-82). Egle Sulciute (190-F-85) scored 10 points for
Lithuania.

Lithuania noticed a great start of the game. After first minute of play Lithuanian were leading 4:0. France reduced the lost to score 6:5, but Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) made 2+1 action. Lithuanian was better in the rebounds at the beginning. After Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82) Lithuania was up by 6 with 2:06 remaining in the first quarter. The score was 13:7 for Lithuania. France scored 4 straight points in the end of the first quarter. Thanks to it after first period France was down only by 2 13:11.

Isabelle Yacobou-Dehoui tied the game early in the second quarter. Then Lithuanian was still on the lead but French was very close. Lithuanian advantage was still between 3-6
points. In the middle of the quarter Lithuania was up by 4 26:22. After that Emilie Gomis buried a three and French had got only a 1 point loss. The game was very aligned,
Lithuanian was stiil on the lead, but they were not able to extend it. With 39 seconds to go in the second quarter Lithuanian coach called a timeout. His team was up by 1, by Celine Dumerc had got two free throws. She made both shots and France had taken the lead first time in the game. Vaida Sipaviciute (193-C-85, college: Syracuse) made a lay-up and Lithuania won the first half 34:33.

France started the game with 2+1 action by Celine Dumerc. French players had taken the lead. Emilie Gomis added another two points to French lead. Then Lithuania tied the game,
but Isabelle Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui made a shot and France get back on the lead. When Isabelle Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui extend the French lead to 6 points 38:44 Lithuanian coach called a timeout. French had taken control of the game. Before the last quarter France was up by 11 53:42.

In the last quarter Lithuanian found a way to French basket. With 6 minutes to play They reduced the lost to 6 points 49:55. Then France scored 4 straight points and rebuilt the
lead to 10 points. Lithuanian coach called a timeout. When Gintare Petronyte made a lay-up with 4:05 minutes to play Lithuania was down by 6 again. The score was 53:59.
Lithuanian tried to get back in this game. Teams were playing basket for basket. With 1 minute remaining Lithuania was down by 5 58:63. Lithuania missed their shot, so they had
to intentionally fouled French player. Edwige Lawson-Wade made two free throws and with 25 seconds to go France was up by 7 58:65. Lithuania was in trouble and their coach called timeout. Although Lithuanian effort they were unable to win this game. With 17 seconds to go Sandrine Gruda was fouled and she made one free throw. France won this game 66:58.

Lithuania France 58:66 (13:11, 21:22,8:20,16:13)
Lithuania: Egle Sulciute 10, Ausra Bimbaite 9
France: Emilie Gomis 14, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 13, Sandrine Gruda 13 , Edwige Lawson-Wade 13, Celine Dumerc 13



Croatia still with chance for Olympics - by Lukasz Lukaszewski
Croatia beat Latvia 84:75. Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) led her team to win scoring 19 points. Iva Ciglar (170-G-85, agency: Data Plus Group) shot 17 points, Iva Sliskovic (194-F-84, college: S.Carolina) added 14. Zane Tamane (200-C-83, college: W.Illinois) poured 16 points for Latvia, Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech)
made a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds, but their team lost that game.

In the first quarter, both teams played very aligned game. But in the middle of the first period Latvian had taken the lead. Latvia was able to elaborate 7 point advantage with 42
seconds remaining in the first quarter. After the first period Croatia had got a 5 point disadvantage 15:20. Early in the second quarter Jelena Ivezic buried a three point shot. With
7:45 to play in the same period Iva Ciglar tied the game (20:20). Then, Zane Eglite (169-G-84) made a shot for Latvia. After that Lisa Karcic (182-F-86, college: Villanova) hit the three and Croatia took the lead. Latvian coach called a timeout. Both presented very similar basketball. Most of time Croatian was on lead. Before the second half Croatia had a 3 point advantage 37:34.

Straight after the brake Ieva Kublina scored 5 straight points and Latvia get back on the lead. But It was only for a while, few moments later Croatia took the lead again. With 5:44
remaining Zane Tamane tied the game. Latvia could not get back on the lead. Croatian players had been controlling the score. After three quarters Croatia was up by 9 61:52.
Latvian could not reduce the lost. They had an advantage on the boards, but they lost too many balls. Croatia continued their run. With 4:05 remaining Croatian were up by 20:
79:59. Latvia started play much better, but It was too late for get back in this game. Elina Babkina (173-G-89, agency: LBM Management) scored 4 straight points and with 46 seconds remaining Latvia had got 9 points disadvantage. Then Gunta Basko (181-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Siena) made 1 free throw. Croatian coach called timeout with 39 second to play. Croatia won this game 84:75. Croatian players will fight for 5th place on Saturday. Latvia lost chance for Olympic Games 2012.

Croatia - Latvia 84:75 (15:20, 22:14, 24:18, 23:23 )
Croatia: Jelena Ivezic 19, Iva Ciglar 17, Iva Sliskovic 14, Sandra Mandir (175-G-77) 13
Latvia: Zane Tamane 16, Elina Babkina 15, Ieva Kublina 12 + 13 reb, Gunta Basko 11



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  FINLAND - Women  


Taru Tuukkanen joins Caja Rural Zamarat - by Eurobasket News
Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, college: Xavier) joins Caja Rural Zamarat for the next season. The Finnish Center heads back to Spain after a season for Torpan Pojat Helsinki. In 2007-2008 Taru played for Gran Canaria La Caja de Canarias (Spain-LFB, starting five) and in EuroCup after 8 games averaged 14.3ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 41.8%, 3PT: 19.4%, FT: 62.5%, while in Spanish League became the fifth top-scorer with 15.7ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 39.0%, 3PT: 29.0%, FT: 76.0%. In 2008-2009 moved to Vomero Basket Napoli (Italy-A1, starting five) and had 9.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.3spg, but in Dec.'08 moved to Extrugasa Vilagarcia (Spain-LFB, starting five) and in Spanish League showed 11.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 41.6%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 81.3%. In January 2010 signed at Kotka Peli-Karhut (D1, starting five) and showed 15.8ppg, 9.4rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 43.3%, 3PT: 24.5%, FT: 77.6%. Last season played for Torpan Pojat Helsinki (D1, starting five) and became the fourth top-scorer with 18.9ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 51.0%, 3PT: 15.9%, FT: 70.4%.
Taru Tuukkanen erupted with 36 points at the Regular Season Round 16 when Torpan Pojat smashed Kerava Energia Team 96-55. Torpan Pojat led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Kerava Energia Team's 40 and made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game, while Kerava Energia Team only scored 0 point from the stripe. Torpan Pojat forced 24 Kerava Energia Team turnovers. The winners were led by American forward Dandra Moss (183-88, college: Va Commonwealth) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 32 points, 17 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and the former international center Taru Tuukkanen supported her with 36 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds (made all of her ten free throws !!!).



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  ROMANIA - Women  


CSM Targoviste close to sign Alexandra Uiuiu - by Eurobasket News
According to Romanian media, CSM Targoviste is close to sign National Team player Alexandra Uiuiu (180-F-89). Reportedly, they are close to agree terms, but the contract is not penned yet. Uiuiu spent last season with CSU Alba Iulia. She played 18 games in D1 averaging 9.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.7 steals. Uiuiu already was a member of Targoviste. She played for them in 2009/10 season registering 4.7 ppg and 2.7 rpg for 3 EuroCup games. In the past, Uiuiu also was a member of ICIM Arad, UBBC APOsport Herzogenburg and Magic Sibiu.
Alexandra Uiuiu is a member of the Romanian National Team. She played for them in Qualifications to European Championships 2011. In 4 games Uiuiu averaged 2 points. She also played for U20 and U18 Romania in the past.


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  SERBIA - Women  


Igor Skocovski takes over Austrian champions as HC - by Eurobasket News
Igor Skocovski will continue his coaching career in Austria. The Serbian specialist took over Austrian powerhouse Flying Foxes. He will replace Christoph Pinezich who left Flying Foxes straight after the end of the last season.
Igor Skocovski worked last few years in Slovakia. He was coaching ZBK Whirpool Poprad. Skocovski led Poprad to Extraliga Semifinals in 2010 and this year as well. They also reached Cup Finals this season. Skocovski has experience from the Serbian youth National Teams. With U18 Serbia, he won the Gold at the U18 EuroBasket 2005 in Budapest. In the past, Skocovski also worked with Slovakian U16 NT.


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  SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U17 - Women  


Standings (Women)
Standings
1. Colombia5-0
2. Brazil5-1
3. Argentina4-1
4. Chile2-3
5. Ecuador2-3
6. Peru0-5
7. Uruguay0-5


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  SPAIN - Women  


Taru Tuukkanen joins Caja Rural Zamarat - by Eurobasket News
Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, college: Xavier) joins Caja Rural Zamarat for the next season. The Finnish Center heads back to Spain after a season for Torpan Pojat Helsinki. In 2007-2008 Taru played for Gran Canaria La Caja de Canarias (Spain-LFB, starting five) and in EuroCup after 8 games averaged 14.3ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 41.8%, 3PT: 19.4%, FT: 62.5%, while in Spanish League became the fifth top-scorer with 15.7ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 39.0%, 3PT: 29.0%, FT: 76.0%. In 2008-2009 moved to Vomero Basket Napoli (Italy-A1, starting five) and had 9.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.3spg, but in Dec.'08 moved to Extrugasa Vilagarcia (Spain-LFB, starting five) and in Spanish League showed 11.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 41.6%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 81.3%. In January 2010 signed at Kotka Peli-Karhut (D1, starting five) and showed 15.8ppg, 9.4rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 43.3%, 3PT: 24.5%, FT: 77.6%. Last season played for Torpan Pojat Helsinki (D1, starting five) and became the fourth top-scorer with 18.9ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 51.0%, 3PT: 15.9%, FT: 70.4%.
Taru Tuukkanen erupted with 36 points at the Regular Season Round 16 when Torpan Pojat smashed Kerava Energia Team 96-55. Torpan Pojat led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Kerava Energia Team's 40 and made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game, while Kerava Energia Team only scored 0 point from the stripe. Torpan Pojat forced 24 Kerava Energia Team turnovers. The winners were led by American forward Dandra Moss (183-88, college: Va Commonwealth) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 32 points, 17 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and the former international center Taru Tuukkanen supported her with 36 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds (made all of her ten free throws !!!).



Sheila Mangada comes back to Alcobendas, changes in Orion-GDKO - by Eurobasket News
Sheila Mangada (183-F-85) comes back to Alcobendas for the next season where she played earlier. In 2007-2008 the Spanish Forward played for Moguerza Real Canoe N.C. (LF2, starting five) and averaged 5.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 2FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 16.0%, FT: 52.0%. In 2008-2009 she moved to Isolux - Corsan Alcobendas (LF2) and in 30 games had 9.0ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 45.0%, 3PT: 21.0%, FT: 69.0%. In 2009-2010 continued for Fundal Alcobendas (LF2, starting five) as her stats read 5.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 42%, 3PT: 30%, FT: 73%. The last season Sheila Mangada played for Club D.Baloncesto Aros Leon.
Orion-GDKO meanwhile announced keeping Nerea Larrazabal (168-G-84), Iciar Muruzabal (82) and Irune Mayor (170-F-79).
Nerea Larrazabal will continue in the team for the next season. The Spanish Guard started in 2008-2009 for GDKO Ibaizabal (LF2) and in her debut year averaged 2.7ppg. In 2009-2010 for GDKO Ibaizabal Galdakao (LF2) she improved to 4.3ppg, 1.1rpg.
Iciar Muruzabal started for the team in 2008-2009 and averaged 5.2ppg, 1.2rpg, 2FGP: 31.0%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 63.0%. In 2009-2010 she had 3.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 0.6bpg.
Irune Mayor joined the team in 2008-2009 for GDKO Ibaizabal (LF2) and showed 6.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 73.0%. In 2009-2010 for GDKO Ibaizabal Galdakao (LF2, starting five) after 56 games her stats read 7.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.1apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 38%, 3PT: 32%, FT: 70%.



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  TURKEY - Women  


Optimum TED signs Gulsah Akkaya - by Eurobasket News
Optimum TED Ankara Koleji stepped up with the new signing. The team penned a one-year deal with experienced forward Gulsah Akkaya (182-F-77). She arrives from Samsun, where she spent last two years. Akkaya had 14.8 ppg, 4 rpg and 1.7 apg for 22 TKBL games last season. In 2009/10, she averaged 12.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists also for 22 games. In EuroCup, Akkaya added 11 ppg and 3.8 rpg for 6 games that season. She participated at the TKBL All-Star Game in 2010. Before Samsun, Akkaya played for Zaragoza, Ceyhan, Galatasaray, Mersin and Besiktas.
Gulsah Akkaya is active member of the Turkish National team. She also played for her country in 2006, 2007 and 2010.


Turkey topple Belarus in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U20 - Belarus U20 79:68

Turkish U20 selection recorded the second straight win at the Istanbul international friendly tournament. They held off Belarus to improve at 2-0 record. Turkey will take on Ukraine for the title tonight.
Turkey silenced their opponents in the opening quarter. The hosts outscored Belarus 22:9 in the first ten minutes. Belarus however picked up the tempo in the second term. They fired 21 points to stay hopeful. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term as Turkey managed to remain ahead by 12 points before the final term. Belarus could not get within striking distance in the fourth quarter and had to surrender at the end. Ozge Yavas (174-G-91) provided 19 points to pace Turkey. Esra Ural (198-C-91) contributed 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Maryia Filonchyk (189-C/F-92) answered with 21 points for Belarus. Nadzeya Bohdan (187-C-93) delivered 18 points in the loss.

Turkey U20: Ozge Yavas 19, Esra Ural 16, Gamze Takmaz (184-F-91) 14
Belarus U20: Maryia Filonchyk 21, Nadzeya Bohdan 18



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


V.I. BASKETBALL FEDERATION APPOINTS TAJAMA ABRAHAM NGONGBA AS HEAD COACH FOR SENIOR WOMEN NATIONAL TEAM - by David Edole
The Virgin Islands Basketball Federation today announced the appointment of Tajama Ngongba as the new Head Coach for the Senior Women National Team. Abraham Ngongba is currently the Head Womens Coach at Radford University and was recently named the 2011 Big South Coach of the Year.

Ngongba is former NCAA and WNBA star and the St. Croix native was also a member of the Virgin Islands Women National Team, and led the Radford University Highlanders to an 11-5 league record and the number two seed in the post-season tournament, which was the teams highest since 2008. Radford's 11 wins during the 2010-2011 conference season marked the most regular-season league wins the Highlanders have recorded since the 1993-94 season when Radford finished 12-4. Ngongba, was named the Highlanders head coach in 2008 following a blue-chip career as a player and a coach.

Ngongba played for the George Washington University Colonials, where she set - and still holds GWUs all-time scoring record of 2,134 points. As a student-athlete, Ngongba was named a Kodak first-team All-American in 1997 after leading the Colonials to a 28-6 record and the East Regional Final in the NCAA Tournament, and she was named to the 1997 East Regional All-Tournament Team. Ngongba was also a Kodak Honorable Mention All-American and a Basketball Times Honorable Mention All-America selection as a junior in 1996. She earned the 1997 Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year Award and was the conference's Rookie of the Year in 1994. She was a unanimous first-team all-league selection in 1996 and 1997 and earned second-team all-conference honors in 1995. Ngongba was selected to the Atlantic 10 All-Tournament Team in 1997 and was the tournament's MVP in 1996 when GWU claimed the A-10 crown.

Ngongba also played with the Sacramento Monarchs and the Detroit Shock of the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA).

Following a year of European play with the Nice Cavigal in Nice, France, Ngongba began her coaching career, serving as the Head Coach of the Virgin Islands Women's Junior National Team which won a gold medal in the 2001 Caricom Junior Basketball Championships in Nassau, Bahamas. In 2002 Tajama played at home in the Virgin Islands Senior Women National team that won the Bronze Medal during the Caribbean Basketball Confederation Senior Championships.

She then spent two years as an assistant coach at the University of Richmond, and two years as an assistant coach at Virginia Commonwealth University, before returning to George Washington University as an assistant coach from 2004-2008, where she focused on recruiting, and the development of post players, scouting and organizing the team's pre-season and summer conditioning workouts.



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  UKRAINE - Women  


Ukraine edge Belgium to stay perfect in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U20 - Belgium U20 70:63

Ukraine kept their perfect record at the Istanbul international friendly tournament. They held off Belgian counterparts to improve at 2-0 record. Alina Iagupova (181-G-92, agency: LBM Management) scored 27 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and issued 9 assists to lead the winners. Ukraine will take on Turkey for the title tonight.
Ukraine got to the better start. They ensured a 19:14 lead after ten minutes of action. But Belgium turned things around in the second quarter. They exploded with 28 points to secure a 42:33 halftime lead. Ukraine stressed defence after the main break. They held their opponents to 10 points in the third quarter to level things up. Ukraine outscored Belgium 18:11 in the fourth period and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Olga Maznichenko (187-F-91, agency: LBM Management) contributed 21 points and 17 rebounds for Ukraine. Olesia Malashenko (189-F-91, agency: LBM Management) added 12 points in the victory. Noemie Mayombo (171-PG-91, agency: LBM Management) answered with 18 points for Belgium. Emmanuella Mayombo (170-G-92, agency: LBM Management) had 11 points in the loss.

Ukraine U20: Alina Iagupova 27+12 boards, Olga Maznichenko 21+17 boards, Olesia Malashenko 12
Belgium U20: Noemie Mayombo 18, Emmanuella Mayombo 11



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  WNBA - Women  


Seattle Storm star Lauren Jackson to have hip surgery; will miss 8-12 weeks - by Eurobasket News
Reigning WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81) has decided to have surgery to repair the torn labrum in her left hip and will likely be out for eight to 12 weeks.

The Seattle Storm made the announcement on Wednesday. Jackson is scheduled to have the surgery Thursday at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo., performed by Dr. Marc Philippon.

Jackson said after talking with the doctors and her family, surgery was determined to be the best course of action and she hopes to be able to return before the end of the WNBA season. Seattles regular season ends on Sept. 11 at home against Chicago.

The three-time league MVP hurt the hip last week in a victory over Tulsa. The initial plan was for Jackson to have three weeks of rest and physical therapy before deciding if surgery was needed.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


Fever's January out for 2011 season with ACL tear - by Eurobasket News
Indiana Fever point guard Briann January (5'8''-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Arizona St.) will miss the remainder of the 2011 WNBA season due to a right knee injury sustained early in the fourth quarter of the Fever's 91-86 win over the Phoenix Mercury on Tuesday. An MRI evaluation on Wednesday revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

Surgery to repair the injury will be performed in 4 to 6 weeks by Dr. Stephen Kollias, team orthopedist with St. Vincent Sports Performance. A full recovery is anticipated in advance of the 2012 season.

A third-year pro out of Arizona State, January had assumed the Fever's starting point guard duties for the first time this season, while leading Indiana into first place in the WNBA's Eastern Conference. She was averaging 8.6 points, 5.0 assists and 1.4 rebounds per game at the time of her injury, and ranked seventh in the league in assists.

Surrounded by a starting lineup of playoff-laden veterans, January had engineered the club to an East-leading 7-3 record. The Phoenix win Tuesday was the Fever's fourth-in-a-row.

'It is such a tough blow for Bri because she's worked so hard to get where she is today,' said Fever head coach Lin Dunn. 'It's unfortunate and we'll miss her leadership, but we know she'll come back even better and even stronger. Now is the opportunity for someone else to step up, though. We have talked a lot about the depth of this team and so now is the time for someone like Erin Phillips or Shannon Bobbitt to fill that void. We may have a point guard-by-committee for awhile as we adjust to her loss.'

Courtesy of www.fox59.com


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  WUBA - Women  


The UBA are proud to present the WUBA - by UBA media
UBA Breaking News
Atlanta, GA
June 30, 2011

The Universal Basketball Association today unveiled the name and logo for the new semi-professional womens basketball league that is launching in December 2011.

Having previously worked under the title of UBA since its formal announcement in June this year, it has been confirmed that, from today, the new league will be called The WUBA.

The brand name and logo represents a new direction and feel for the elite league in womens basketball.

Jared Johnson, Group Director for Marketing and Communications at The WUBA, said of the announcement: We undertook an extensive process over the past six months that has led to The FA WSL name and accompanying logo unveiled today.

The FA explored numerous names and branding routes, all based on solid research around the womens game. The main aim in this brand research was to find something that the key target audience - 9-15 year old girls - identified with.

The WUBA logo and brand identity were developed by Lextopdollar LLC, a leading branding agency responsible for marketing the WUBA.

Michael E. Davis , UBA Commissioner, said: This was a fantastic opportunity to develop an identity for a new league that could help to position womens basketball as an exciting, skillful and contemporary game to watch and compete in.

The WUBA will attempt to serve are a provider of internationals teams just as the UBA. The UBA has become the #1 minor league as far as placing players. The following clubs will be participating in The WUBA.

GIE Lady Disciples
Atlanta Lady Assault
Metro Atlanta Sparks
Tennessee Lady Dragons
Southern Lady Generals

For more information on the WUBA please contact us at info.@ubabasket.com
or WUBATryOuts@aol.com

Tryouts will be announced shortly.



WUBA Standings
WUBA Standings
 1. Atlanta A. 0-0 
 2. GIE Disciples 0-0 
 3. Metro A. Sparks 0-0 
 4. Southern G. 0-0 
 5. Tennessee D. 0-0