EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/10/2011

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  ARGENTINA   


Liga A: coaches for 2011/12 season - by Facundo Iatzky
with most of the roster almost complete, we present the list of 16 head coaches who will be in Liga A this year. The last to confirm was Sergio Hernandez who will try to win his third straight title with penarol. On the other hand, Leandro Ramella makes his debut after have been the best coach of TNA last season.

Atenas: Sebastian Gonzalez
Boca: Oscar Sanchez
BB Estudiantes: Jose Luis Pisani
Gimnasia: Marcelo Richotti (agency: Dream Team Management )
Lanus: Silvio Jose Santander
La Union: Gabriel Picatto
Libertad: Fabio Demti
Obras: Julio Cesar Lamas (agency: Interperformances )
Olimpico: Gustavo Miravet
Penarol: Sergio Hernandez
Quilmes: Daniel Maffei
Quimsa: Carlos Romano
Regatas: Nicolas Casalanguida
San Martin: Leandro Ramella
sionista: Sebastian Svetliza
9 de Julio: Esteban De La Fuente


Ariel Eslava heads to San Martin - by Eurobasket News
San Martin de Corrientes secured the services of Ariel Eslava (202-G/F-79) for the next season. The 32-year-old forward spent the last season with Estudiantes de Bahia Blanca. He averaged 5.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 1.0 assist per game in LigaA. Previously Ariel Eslava played for Lanus, Huracanes de Tampico, TAU Ceramica, Gimnasia Esgrima, Atletico Junin, Regatas Corrientes, Lobos, Fuenlabrada, Melilla and Real Madrid. Ariel Eslava in the eighth player on San Martin roster.


Serbia join Lithuania in the European Final at U19 World Championships - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U19-Argentina U19 76:71

The game between Serbia and Argentina became the last in the last but one day of the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championships. The European team needed strong second half to ensure 76:71 win.
Argentina won the opening tip 6:2 as Franco Giorgetti made the jump shot. The European team however looked better in the end of the quarter and grabbed 16:14 advantage. Patricio Garino tied the game at 16:16, while Marko Gujanicic (202-F-92) gave Serbia 24:19. Juan Giaveno (175-PG-92) tied the game at 26:26 and Nikola Siladi sent the squads to the lockers for 32:28. The third quarter became the most productive and offensive in the game. Serbia won it 29-22 as Petar Lambic scored for 57:54. Luciano Massarelli however tied the game at 61:61 early in the fourth, while Nemanja Besovic (221-C-92) made the same at 63:63. Marko Gujanicic gave Serbia 66:63 from the perimeter and Pablo Perez made two free throws for 1 point difference. Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-F-92) brought 69:65 and Luciano Massarelli scored for 69:67 with 2 minutes in the game. Bogic Vujosevic (189-PG-92, agency: Beo Basket) made two free throws for 71:67 with 40 seconds and Nemanja Besovic made the dunk for the final success.
Bogdan Bogdanovic paced all the winners with 25 points, while Nemanja Besovic notched 15. Marko Gujanicic produced 14 and Bogic Vujosevic delivered 11. Marcos Delia (206-C-92) responded with 19 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, whilst Juan Giaveno scored 13.

Serbia U19: Bogdan Bogdanovic 25, Nemanja Besovic 15, Marko Gujanicic 14, Bogic Vujosevic 11
Argentina U19: Marcos Delia 19+10 rebs, Juan Giaveno 13



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Lightning strike for top spot (Friday Night Wrap) - by Eurobasket News
Lakeside Lightning have been rewarded for their outstanding men's State Basketball League season by wrapping up top spot with a 102-94 win against Stirling Senators.

The Lightning's 13th-straight victory improved its win-loss record to 21-2 and guaranteed them the minor premiership after second-placed Wanneroo's upset loss to East Perth.

But it didn't come easy for Lakeside, who trailed by 15 points early in the final quarter before outscoring eighth-placed Stirling 31-8 in the final 10 minutes.

Star import Ben Beran led the Lightning with 36 points, while Lee Roberts (201-F/C-87, college: Findlay, OH) had 27 points and 12 rebounds for the Senators, who must win at least one of their final three games to guarantee a finals spot.

East Perth took a big step towards securing a spot in the top eight with their 118-103 win against the Wolves.

Drew Williamson (194-G-83, college: Metro St.) had 33 points to help the Eagles to their 12th win of the season, which left them needing just one more to ensure a top eight spot.

The Wolves led late in the third quarter but Greg Hire's 34 points and 22 rebounds weren't enough to hold off a late charge from East Perth.

Perth Redbacks extended their winning streak to three games with a comfortable 112-80 win against Rockingham Flames.

Adrian Majstrovich (202-F/G-80) had 36 points to lead Perth to a victory which consolidated its spot in the top eight.

And Kalamunda Eastern Suns kept their finals hopes alive by thrashing the struggling Mandurah Magic 113-89, led by Dean Hadley (29 points).

In women's action, Perth's finals hopes are in disarray after a shock 67-64 loss to bottom side Rockingham.

Elsewhere, Lakeside took advantage of Perth's slip-up to consolidate its place in the top eight with an 86-56 win against Stirling, East Perth upset Wanneroo 83-67 and Mandurah beat Kalamunda 79-62.

Article by Jacob Kagi
Courtesy of SBL


2011/12 team roster previews - by Eurobasket News
With the 2011/12 iiNet NBL Championship season set to tip-off three months from today, nbl.com.aus Marc Howard takes a look at each of the nine teams and analyses their recruiting so far, as well as what sort of players they need to put in place before October 7.


Adelaide 36ers

Confirmed Signings: Nathan Crosswell (G), Darren Ng (G), Nathan Herbert (G/F), Stephen Weigh (G/F), Mitchell Creek (F), Daniel Johnson (F/C), Adam Ballinger (F/C)

Needs: A starting point guard, help in the middle, offensive firepower, perimeter shooting

The Skinny: Coming off a disappointing 9-19 season that saw them finish eighth and miss the Finals for the second straight year, hopes are high that head coach Marty Clarke and team management can recruit the horses to turn things around in the City of Churches.

The Sixers certainly started off their off-season acquisitions well by signing former Perth Wildcats youngster Stephen Weigh as well as veteran guard Nathan Crosswell. Weigh gives the 36ers a versatile swingman with a scorers mentality and yet another potential building block for the future. Crosswell brings some welcome experience to what remains a very young squad, and will likely come off the bench behind either an import or, if Clarke strikes it lucky, Boomers star Patrick Mills (who the club is recruiting now that he remains in limbo due to the NBA lockout).

Clarke will be looking to the continued development of returning young Sixers Daniel Johnson and Mitchell Creek to help climb back into playoff contention, as well as the return from long-term injury of hard-nosed guard/forward Nathan Herbert. Herbert should at minimum add some steel to the 36ers defensive efforts.

The unconfirmed status of Jacob Holmes however leaves a question mark over the 36ers. Holmes led the team in rebounding last season. If he doesnt return, one of the 36ers three remaining contracts needs to be allocated to finding a hard-nosed moose on the boards otherwise veteran Adam Ballinger can look forward to a very long season in the paint.

The 36ers can of course use one of their two vacant import slots to address their rebounding needs. After averaging under 80 points a game last season however, both foreign players will also need to be able to produce on the offensive end.

If Adelaide can secure reigning league MVP and free agent American Gary Ervin ahead of the Hawks and other rumoured NBL suitors, he will go a long way towards adding the sort of firepower and playmaking this team needs.


Cairns Taipans

Confirmed Signings: Dusty Rychart (F), Ian Crosswhite (C), Brad Hill (G), Alex Loughton (F/C), Kerry Williams (G), Aaron Grabau (G), Jeff Dowdell (F/C)

Needs: Scoring, playmaking ability, athleticism

The Skinny: After such a standout season in 2010/12 when they came within a single game of the title, Taipans fans were understandably rocked when three of the teams starters Ayinde Ubaka, Daniel Dillon and Ronald Dorsey - chose to sign with Melbourne early in the recruitment period. All three players were critical in the Taipans deep playoff run and cant be easily replaced.

What the Taipans do have however is perhaps the best big man tandem in the league in Ian Crosswhite and Alex Loughton. Whilst Loughton was as good as advertised, Crosswhite was somewhat of a revelation last season with the consistency of his play. That pairing gives the Snakes a solid basis on which to build.

The signing of former Wildcats big man Jeff Dowdell gives Fearne a capable backup in the paint and the ever-reliable Dusty Rychart will return with his invaluable blue collar style of interior play.

Whilst the addition of former 36ers guard Brad Hill gives the Taipans some welcome athleticism in their frontcourt, Cairns will definitely need livewire point man Kerry Williams to be back to full strength after the knee injury that wiped out his season in 2010/11. Even if Williams does return as quick as ever, the Snakes still need to find some players who can run the court and use their athleticism to help power Fearnes successful defensive system.

Fearne will expect any player he recruits to fit into that system in terms of both ability and desire, but his most pressing need is to find points production. Ubaka and Dorsey were the Taipans two leading scorers last season averaging 13.9 and 13.1 ppg respectively. Dillon also averaged 7.4 points per game so thats 34.4 points that they have to find somewhere. On a team that finished dead last in scoring average, that is a concern.

The Taipans will also miss Ubakas playmaking ability and will undoubtedly use one of their import slots on a floor general.

Gold Coast Blaze

Confirmed Signings: Adam Gibson (G), James Harvey (G), Jason Cadee (G), Chris Goulding (G), Stephen Hoare (F), Tom Garlepp (F), Mark Worthington (F), Anthony Petrie (F)

Needs: A legitimate centre, versatility, defence

The Skinny: The Blaze suffered a huge blow early in the season last year when key forward Anthony Petrie went down with an Achilles injury that saw him miss all but three games. In those three games Petrie was looking like a legitimate MVP candidate, averaging 15.0 points and 8.3 rebounds. Although Joey Wrights team made a brave tilt at a playoff berth, they ultimately never recovered from Petries loss.

This season, Petrie is expected to return at close to full strength and Blaze fans are no doubt eagerly anticipating seeing him back on court. Whether they also see club MVP, import Ira Clark, in Gold Coast colours again remains to be seen, with his asking price reportedly too high for the Blazes tastes currently. Clark was a beast for the Blaze last season and averaged a team-high 17.1 points as well as 6.8 rebounds. If he does not return, Wright will have to hope that he has uncovered a legitimate inside presence during the recent talent camp he helped run in Las Vegas.

Whilst the Blaze chose to play last season without a true centre, it clearly hurt them at times and they will undoubtedly have taken note of the fact that all four sides that made the finals in 2011 did have legitimate centres on their rosters.

The re-signing of Boomers point guard Adam Gibson was big for the Blaze, as he is a defensive stalwart on a team that struggled to stop opposition sides scoring last season. The Blaze gave up an NBL-high 87.0 points last season and need to use their final two roster spots on a pair of imports that bring a hard-nosed attitude on defence. Ideally, they should also be versatile enough to play multiple positions without being tweeners, to give Wright the ability to mix and match his line-ups more than he was able to last season.


Melbourne Tigers

Confirmed Signings: Bennie Lewis (G), Tommy Greer (F), Cameron Tragardh (F), Matthew Burston (C), Daryl Corletto (G), Daniel Dillon (G), Liam Rush (F), Ronald Dorsey (F), Ayinde Ubaka (G), Lucas Walker (F)

Needs: N/A full roster completed

The Skinny: After what can only be described as a tumultuous season in 2010/11, the Tigers look to restore their once proud team to its former glory under new head coach Trevor Gleeson.

Melbourne finished with a 10-18 record last season, never recovering after a slow start that included a six-game losing streak to commence their campaign. Their experiment with a big line-up that featured multiple seven-footers proved disastrous but the good news is that Gleeson will have a far more balanced line-up for his first season at the Tigers helm.

Importantly, Gleeson will also have plenty of time with his personnel to help them learn his systems, as Melbourne are currently the only team to have signed all ten roster spots to date. That will be important as he incorporates four new signings into the six players returning from last season.

It also makes the clubs team needs somewhat irrelevant as they have finished their recruiting already.

They raided the Cairns Taipans roster to pick-up both imports from the team that finished runners-up in Ayinde Ubaka and Ronald Dorsey. They also lured Melbourne-bred guard Daniel Dillon back from Cairns, giving them three of the starting line-up from the team that came oh-so-close to an NBL title in 2010/11.

Melbourne also picked up former Perth and West Sydney forward Liam Rush, who has been very successful in Europe with his Swedish team. All four new signings should add some considerable offensive grunt to a Tigers line-up that averaged just 78.9 ppg last season. All four are also handy perimeter shooters, which should open up the game inside for the likes of big men Cameron Tragradh and Matt Burston.

Even more exciting for Tigers fans is that the level of athleticism in the squad will be light years ahead of last seasons group. They can expect to see a Melbourne team that will run the floor far more than in recent years. Whether they can parlay that into as return to the post-season remains to be seen.

New Zealand Breakers

Confirmed Signings: Corey Webster (G), Thomas Abercrombie (F), Alex Pledger (C), Dillon Boucher (F), Mika Vukona (F), BJ Anthony (F)

Needs: Point guards, size, defence

The Skinny: You may have noticed that Breakers shooting star Kirk Penney isnt on the list of confirmed signings above but Kiwi fans dont panic. Although Penneys contract is yet to be lodged with the league, the club have reportedly reached an understanding with their superstar and, barring an NBA or European contract, he will be back in black.

Another member of the Breakers championship-winning squad who is missing is CJ Bruton, but he too has indicated he wants to return. Thats good news for New Zealands hopes of back-to-back titles, because they have lost both their Kevin Braswell (injury) and Paul Henare (retirement) from the guard rotation that helped win the championship last season.

Breakers coach Andrej Lemanis will likely use one of his vacant import slots to find a starting point guard (unless Braswells recovery moves ahead of schedule). The other spot has reportedly been offered to championship-winning big man Gary Wilkinson, but his return appears to hinge on what other international offers he receives between now and the start of the season.

If Wilkinson chooses not to return, the Breakers will find themselves in the alarming situation of needing both a starting point guard and a starting centre. Those are traditionally the two hardest positions to recruit imports for as they are highly sought after.

Of course, the superior depth which the Breakers displayed last season means that if any team can cover these sorts of losses, its New Zealand, but thats not how you want to head into a title defence.

When looking at new import possibilities, it is likely Lemanis will pay close attention to the defensive games of the prospects. If there was any criticism of the champs last year, it was that they relied on their potent offence to win games rather than shutting down opposition teams.

Lemanis does however have a very solid track record in terms of finding quality Americans so youd have to think he will have this base covered.


Perth Wildcats

Confirmed Signings: Matthew Knight (F/C), Cameron Tovey (G/F), Kevin Lisch (G), Damian Martin (G), Jesse Wagstaff (F), Drew Williamson (G), Brad Robbins (G), Jeremiah Trueman (F/C), Shawn Redhage (F)

Needs: Back-up big man, perimeter shooting, a healthy Shawn Redhage

The Skinny: The Perth Wildcats have taken a conservative approach to their off-season. After having their hopes of a title repeat dashed at the Semi-Final stage by the eventual champs New Zealand, the Cats have chosen not to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

The Wildcats will return a line-up that is virtually unchanged. The loss of Stephen Weigh to free agency is expected to be covered by a recruit from the local SBL competition, as salary cap constraints give Perth a minimum of room to move.

Instead, Rob Beveridges side will rely on the anticipated return of superstar forward Shawn Redhage from the freak hip injury that curtailed what was otherwise looking like a potential MVP season.

Clearly Redhage was missed in the Finals against New Zealand, and Perth seem content to bank on him overcoming what some said could be a career-ending injury to return to being the dominating player he was.

With just one roster slot to fill, the Wildcats options appear limited in terms of addressing needs. An extra big body to fill the paint off the bench would be an option, and the team is reportedly looking at both Greg Hire and Tom Jervis who could fill this role.

The team was also ranked just seventh in three-point shooting last season, so a consistent perimeter marksman would also be handy.

Ultimately however the Wildcats know they have the makings of a contending team already, so they just have to pray that Redhage can make a successful comeback.


Sydney Kings

Confirmed Signings: Graeme Dann (G/F), Luke Martin (G), Julian Khazzouh (C), Luke Cooper (G), Ben Madgen (G), Alex Gynes (G/F), Aaron Bruce (G), Anatoly Bose (G/F), Kevin Ratzsch (F)

Needs: Offensive rebounding, scoring, veteran experience

The Skinny: The Sydney Kings won the wooden spoon last season but also won respect around the league. They proved to be a competitive side in virtually every game, despite looking to be undermanned and too young. That effort was a credit to their coaching staff but this season Kings fans will be looking for their team to do more than just push opposition sides.

The bad news is that the Kings look to be just as young this season, having signed college players Alex Gynes and Anatoly Bose to a roster that returns 2010/11 rookies Luke Cooper and Ben Madgen. The good news is that both Gynes and Bose arrive with great reputations. Bose in particular recently played with the Boomers, and was one of the leading scorers in the NCAA.

The ability to put points on the board is one which should be highly prized by the Kings, as they finished second last in the NBL in points per game last season.

Sydney were also last in the league in the offensive rebounding category, which is remarkable when you consider that centre Julian Khazzouh was ranked fourth in the league in that category.

Unless he gets an offer from Europe or the locked-out NBA, Khazzouh is slated to return to the Kings this season, which is good news as he was also the teams leading scorer. He will need help in the paint however and with Ben Knights return yet to be confirmed, the Kings currently have a lack of depth inside as well as a dearth of veteran savvy.

The Kings have signed one import thus far in Kevin Ratzsch, who was kicking around the Big V league before Sydney decided to take a chance on him. His performance at the High Stakes Hoops event in Adelaide last year impressed many but he still needs to show he can match it in the more structured environment of the NBL.

It remains to be seen who fills the second import slot, but the Kings are set (if somewhat undersized) at the point guard position with Luke Cooper, Luke Martin and Aaron Bruce signed. Madgen, Bose, Gynes and Graeme Dann will likely share the two and three spots, so you would think that would mean looking for an import big man who can play either four or five and provide both scoring and rebounding.


Townsville Crocodiles

Confirmed Signings: Russell Hinder (F/C), Michael Cedar (G), Ben Allen (F), Todd Blanchfield (F), Luke Schenscher (C), Peter Crawford (G/F)

Needs: Ball handlers, rebounding, scoring

The Skinny: The Crocs are the team that has lurked in the background for the early part of the off-season, quietly re-signing members from their roster that came within one game of the Grand Final series yet leaving enough roster slots open to allow them to still make some moves.

The core of their big man unit will return in the form of Luke Schenscher, Ben Allen and Russell Hinder. Also back is veteran swingman Peter Crawford, who enjoyed a strong season in 2010/11, as well as exciting guard Michael Cedar and promising forward Todd Blanchfield.

The Crocs have chosen to keep their import slots open instead of quickly re-signing Rosell Ellis and Will Blalock, who both had solid seasons. New Townsville head coach Paul Woolpert has indicated he believes the NBA lockout will provide a deeper foreign talent pool to choose from than normal and is happy to wait a little and see how it all pans out.

Townsville are also yet to replace departed veteran guard Nathan Crosswell, meaning that they are currently pretty bare at the guard spots. They will need to delve into the free agent market before too much longer to find themselves some guards who can help them lift both their scoring (which was third lowest in the league last season) and playmaking (last in assists in 2010/11).

Assuming one of their two imports is a big man, they will also need that player to be a banger on the boards as they were the only one of the top four teams last season to feature in the bottom three in the rebounding category.



Wollongong Hawks

Confirmed Signings: Tim Coenraad (G/F), Larry Davidson (F), Rhys Martin (G), Mat Campbell (G), Glen Saville (G/F), Oscar Forman (G/F), David Gruber (F)

Needs: Interior size, shot-blocking, defensive rebounding

The Skinny: The Hawks went into last season somewhat undersized and it ultimately showed. Despite Larry Davidson in particular playing with a huge amount of heart inside, ultimately there wasnt enough of an interior defence to stop opposition teams converting high percentage shots against the Hawks in the paint. The fact that Wollongong were last in the NBL in blocked shots is a strong indicator of their lack of any true interior size.

Whether this will change this season is questionable. Tim Behrendorff will more than certainly miss the entire 2011/12 NBL campaign after suffering a ruptured Achillies in the QBL this off-season. A minimum of 8-12 months is slated for recovery therefore he is unlikely to return to the Hawks this season.

Veterans Glen Saville, Mat Campbell and Oscar Forman are however already re-signed as is new Boomers guard Rhys Martin, giving the Hawks a solid core. Local boys Tyson Demos and Dan Jackson look set to return too, which should keep the faithful at The Sandpit happy but that wont strike fear into opposition players driving the lane.

Whilst interior size is clearly an area that the Hawks need to address, their biggest concern at the moment is actually whether league MVP Gary Ervin will return. Ervin was superb last season and a big reason why the Hawks were leading the league through much of the early campaign.

If he doesnt return, the Hawks will have to replace both Ervins prolific scoring (20.1ppg) and playmaking (4.5 assists).

The good news for the Hawks is they now have an additional import slot this season, with Dave Gruber having been cleared to return as an Australian since his citizenship has come through. What the Hawks can do with that slot, given their self-imposed spending limit which is below the salary cap, remains to be seen.

It would be wise not to underestimate coach Gordie McLeod recruiting skills however as he has a habit of unearthing quality players through his US connections.

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




Australia ease past Croatia in Riga - by Eurobasket News
Australia U19 - Croatia U19 90:63

Australia celebrated the victory at U19 World Championship today. The Emus held off Croatian counterparts to set up clash with the USA for the fifth spot in the tournament. Croatia will take on Poland in the battle for the 7th position. Hugh Greenwood (190-G-92) knocked down 21 points and grabbed 7 boards for the Emus.
Australia grabbed the lead from the early stages. The Emus rallied to a 24:19 lead after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the second term. The Australian team secured a 40:35 halftime lead. The Emus continued to get away in the third stanza. They outmuscled Croatia in the paint and easily gained an 11-point advantage with one quarter remaining. Australia went on a 28:12 rally in the fourth period and sealed the victory at the end. Mitchell Creek (198-F/G-92) provided 20 points, 10 boards and 6 assists, while Anthony Drmic (196-F/G-92) added 13 points in the victory. Boris Barac (206-F-92) answered with 20 points for Croatia. Dario Saric (207-F/C-94) accounted for 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the loss.

Australia U19: Hugh Greenwood 21, Mitchell Creek 20+10 boards, Anthony Drmic 13
Croatia U19: Boris Barac 20, Dario Saric 17



Stirling too hot for Suns in crucial win (Saturday Night Wrap) - by Eurobasket News
Stirling Senators have all but guaranteed a place in the men's State Basketball League finals after coming from behind to beat fellow playoff contender Kalamunda Eastern Suns 107-101.

The Senators' 13th win of the year should ensure they make the top eight for the first time since 2007, while Kalamunda needs to win at least two of its last three games and hope other results go its way to make the finals.

Import Lee Roberts (201-F/C-87, college: Findlay, OH) (39 points) was the key player for Stirling in its fourth win from five games, while Dean Hadley had 29 points but couldn't stop the Suns from blowing a 12-point lead.

Top four side Cockburn Cougars ended their three-game winless streak with a comfortable 96-81 road victory against Goldfields Giants.

Stanley Ocitti (203-F/C-80, college: Binghamton) (33 points) helped the Cougars hand Goldfields its eighth loss from a past 10 games and put a huge dent in its finals hopes.

And Perth Redbacks took advantage of the Giants' defeat to virtually wrap up their place in the playoffs with their 109-94 victory against Perry Lakes Hawks.

The Redbacks trailed for much of the match but came back through Adrian Majstrovich (202-F/G-80) (28 points) to stun their top four opponents and record their vital 13th win.

Minor premiers Lakeside Lightning extended their extraordinary winning streak to 14 games with a 113-90 result against Geraldton Buccaneers.

Elsewhere, defending champions Willetton struggled but eventually overcame Rockingham 74-64 and Wanneroo Wolves beat the winless Southwest Slammers 112-75.

In women's action, Perth's finals hopes are all but over after they lost 72-59 to Perry Lakes, which was the Redbacks' eighth defeat from their past 10 games.

In other games, Kalamunda maintained its impressive form with a 94-64 thrashing of the Senators, league leaders Willetton thrashed the Flames 91-41 and Wanneroo beat the Slammers 99-54.

Article by Jacob Kagi
Courtesy of SBL


Standings - SBL
SBL Standings
 1. Lakeside L. 21-2 
 2. Wanneroo W. 17-6 
 3. Perry Lakes H. 14-7 
 4. Cockburn C. 14-8 
 5. Willetton T. 13-9 
 6. East Perth E. 12-10 
 7. Perth R. 12-11 
 8. Stirling S. 12-11 
 9. Kalamunda E.S. 10-12 
 10. Goldfield G. 10-12 
 11. Geraldton B. 8-14 
 12. Mandurah M. 7-15 
 13. Rockingham F. 6-17 
 14. AIS 0-0 
 15. SW Slammers 0-22 


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Austria U20 play some friendlies in Netherlands - by Eurobasket News
Austria U20 played some friendlies in Netherlands against the Dutch teams and Georgia.
Austria U20 overcame Georgia U20 89:82. The Austrian side played better in the first half and reached 40:36 advantage. They even managed to increase to seven points at the end of the game. Novas Mateo and Thomas Klepeisz (187-G-91) paced all the winners with 17 points each, while Rados nailed 15. Anton Maresch (192-G-91) finished the game with 11 points, while Romed Vieider (196-F-91) notched 9.
In another game Austria U20 outscored Holland U20 75:67. It was a tough start but the guests managed to grab 41:35 halftime deficit. The second half brought another two-point deficit for the final 75:67 win. Novas Mateo stepped up with 15 points, while Anton Maresch notched 12.
Holland U23 meanwhile won over Austria U20 69:56. The latter looked better in the first half and reached 35:33 after the first 20 minutes of the game. Holland U23 pushed the tempo in the second half and after the victories in the third and the last periods grabbed valuable 69:56 win. For Austria Erik Fruhwirth (204-C/F-91) netted 10 points and Anton Maresch scored 9.





UBC St. Polten keeps Martin Speiser - by Eurobasket News
Martin Speiser (202-F-83) will stay with UBC St. Polten for at least one more season. Two sides penned a contract extension yesterday. Speiser appeared 25 times for the club last season averaging 11.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists. In 2009/10, he had 13.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 1.4 apg. Speiser participated at the Austrian A Bundesliga All-Star Game -10.
Martin Speiser is active member of the Austrian National Team. He appeared once for them in Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011. In 2009, Speiser had 6 ppg and 1.3 rpg in European Championships Division B -09. He plays for the Austrian NT since 2005. Speiser is born in St. Polten, where he started his basketball career and never left them.


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BC Timisoara will play in the EUROHOLD Balkan League in 2011/2012 - by Eurobasket News
BC Timisoara will represent Romania in the 2011/2012 EUROHOLD Balkan League. The team from the city of the same name finished 11th in the Romanian League last season, with a balance of 14 wins and 16 losses.

The team plays it′s home games in 'Sala Sporturilor Olympia' Hall, which has a capacity of 3.000 spectators. This will be the team′s second participation in an European Club Competition, as back in 1994-95 they played in the Korac Cup, and now they will be part of the EUROHOLD BIBL.

Timisoara is one of the stronger teams in the last couple of years in Romania. Starting in 2006/07 they finished second in the Romanian Cup, repeating their second place in 2007/08. In 2008/2009 they won the silver medals in the Romanian League, but their biggest succes was in 2010 when they won the Cup of Romania.

Nenad Markovic and Milos Pesic were the team′s key performers last season. Markovic averaged 14.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists, while Pesic had 19.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists.

Courtesy of www.balkanleague.net


Timisoara hires new coach and adds two players - by Eurobasket News
Predrag Badnjarevic is a new Head Coach of Timisoara. The Serbian specialist signed a one-year deal with the Romanian outfit. Badnjarevic worked last season with Etoile du Sahel. He led them to Tunisian league title and National Cup. Before Etoile du Sahel, Badnjarevic worked with Bulgarian Cherno More. In 2007/08, he was a Head Coach of Igokea Partizan. Predrag Badnjarevic was a Head Coach of the Egyptian National Team from 2006 to 2008. He led them to three Gold medals at the All Arabian Games of Asian and African countries. In the past, Badnjarevic worked with Arad, Beopetrol, Lavovi, Ibon, Larissa, PAOK and Crvena Zvezda.

Meanwhile, Timisoara also inked Serbian guard Branko Cuic (196-G-78). He heads to Timisoara from CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca, where he spent last four years. He helped the team win Romanian league title last season. In 44 games Cuic averaged 9.9 points, 5 rebounds and 1.8 steals.

Zlatko Jovanovic (181-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket) is also a new member of Timisoara. He arrives from the Iranian team Towzin Electric Kashan, where he finished last season. He started it with Borac Nekta Banja Luka. For 9 games in Bosnian D1, Jovanovic had 15 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.4 pg and 1.2 spg. Season 2009/10, Jovanovic spent with Bosna ASA BHT. He helped them win the National Cup that year. In Adriatic league, Jovanovic had 9.5 ppg and 2.7 apg. He also added 9 ppg, 2 rpg and 3.2 apg in Bosnian league. Zlatko Jovanovic was Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Player of the Year -09. He was a member of Sloboda Dita at that time. In the past, he also played for Vojvodina and Polet Novi Becej. Zlatko Jovanovic was invited to Bosnian National Team camp in 2009.


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Denzel Bowles joins Siauliai - by Eurobasket News
Siauliai are getting their roster shaped for the next season. They have agreed on terms of contract with Denzel Bowles (208-F). It is the first pro contract for the forward. Denzel Bowles has just graduated from the James Madison University. He tallied 17.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 blocks per game in his senior season. Denzel Bowles made it into All-CAA 1st Team. He also made it into NABC Division I All-District 10 1st Team.


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GB U20 Men lose twice to Belgium - by Eurobasket News
Standard Life GB U20 Men suffered the first defeats of their summer campaign as they went down against Belgium on Wednesday and Thursday.

Wednesday's game ended in a comfortable 94-71 victory for the visitors as they shot 48% from the field and held GB to just 32 points in the second half. Ryan Richards (212-C/F-91, agency: Interperformances) led GB with 18 points, with Adam Thoseby (198-F/G-91) adding 13 and Devon van Oostrum adding 11.

Game two of the series was closer with GB leading 41-40 at half time and only being 5 down at the end of the third, but the Belgians pulled away late to record a 85-74 win. Again Richards led GB with 25 points and 8 rebounds and van Oostrum supported him with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Alex Marcotullio also added 18.

Belgium were led in scoring on both nights by Dennis Donkor (194-G/F-91) with 20 on Wednesday and 22 on Thursday.

The start of the European Championship for the U20 Men is now less than a week away. They will be heading to Sarjevo next week to face opening round matches against Portugal, Finland, Luxembourg, Norway and Czech Republic.
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk




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Bauru lands SF Daniel Zilmer - by Paulo Freire
The Bauru basketball has brought back the small forward Daniel Zilmer (197-G/F-86). The athlete return to Bauru after participated in the first team of Bauru in 2007 and played until 2009 in Bauru. He played in the third edition of the New Basketball Brazil (NBB) for the Araraquara team and averaged 10.6 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.

The Araraquara team has folded and closed their team in this 2011-2012 season for financial problems. Right after last season Zilmer went to a tour with the Bauru team to China, where they play some pick up games and tournaments, both has start the negotiations in China but just set a deal by now.

Bauru durector Vitor Jacob talks about the identification that Daniel Zilmer has with Bauru. 'Despite our financial difficulties, we made a magic to hire him because he is very hungry to play for Bauru throughout his charisma that he has with the fans and the Bauru city,' he considers.


Brazil finished on the 9th place at the U19 World Championships, Latvia is 10th - by Eurobasket News
Brazil U19-Latvia U19 81:73

Brazil U19 finished on the 9th place at the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championships. The Latin American team won over the hosts 81:73 to send them to the 10th place.
Janis Timma (201-F/G-92) gave the Baltic side 8:3 lead, but they could not keep the leading advantage. Lucas Nogueira (213-C-92) closed the first period at 21:14, while Davis Bertans (205-C-92) reduced to 23:21 early in the second. Brazil pushed the tempo in the end of the half and Raul Neto (186-PG-92) sent the teams to the lockers at 41:35. In the third period the picture had changed in the game and both squads exchanged the baskets for their own leads. Kaspars Vecvagars gave the hosts 44:43 and Davis Bertans increased to 49:47. David Rossetto (180-PG-93) brought 58:54 for Brazil to go to the last period with 4-point deficit. Brazil did not allow Latvia to reduce the gap and won the game.
David Rossetto led the way with 19 points and Bruno Irigoyen (202-G/F-92) scored 17. Raul Neto notched 15, while Lucas Nogueira collected 8 points and 10 rebounds. Davis Bertans replied with 25 points in defeat and Edmunds Dukulis (204-C-92, agency: Players Group) delivered 17.

Brazil U19: David Rossetto 19, Bruno Irigoyen 17, Raul Neto 15, Lucas Nogueira 8+10 rebs
Latvia U19: Davis Bertans 25, Edmunds Dukulis 17, Janis Timma 10




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Dyshawn Pierre leads Canada past Egypt - by Eurobasket News
Canada U19 - Egypt U19 84:79

Canada wrapped up their U19 World Championship campaign with victory. They knocked down Egypt to earn the 11th overall place. Dyshawn Pierre (198-F-93) led the North American team to the win tallying 28 points, 13 boards and 4 assists.
Egypt looked slightly better in the starting period as they gained an 18:17 lead at the first break. But Canada gradually took over. The North Americans rallied to a 38:34 halftime advantage. The teams increased the tempo in the third term. They combined for 49 points in the quarter as Canada were able to secure a 5-point advantage before the fourth frame. Canada withheld all the comeback efforts from Egypt to celebrate a tough victory at the end. Kevin Pangos (186-PG-93) delivered 18 points, while Stefan Jankovic (206-C-93) provided 10 points in the victory. Assem Ahmed (205-C-92) answered with 19 points and 13 rebounds for Egypt. Marawan Mohamed (199-F-92) contributed 15 points in the loss.

Canada U19: Dyshawn Pierre 28+13 boards, Kevin Pangos 18, Stefan Jankovic 10
Egypt U19: Assem Ahmed 19+13 boards, Marawan Mohamed 15



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


NBL Round 10: Whampoa beats Jiangsu in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Second ranked Whampoa faced 3rd ranked Jiangsu. Host Whampoa (7-3) smashed guests from (5-5) 98-75. Whampoa made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 29 Jiangsu turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Jiangsu helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Alan Wiggins (206-85, college: USF) fired a double-double by scoring 30 points and 19 rebounds for the winners. Center Lei Ji (203-83) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Justin Johnson (198-86, college: Iowa) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Jiangsu's coach WanJun Cui gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Whampoa maintains second position with 7-3 record having just two points less than leader ShenYang. Jiangsu at the other side dropped to the fourth place with five games lost. They share the position with Changan Group and Guangzhou FM. Whampoa are looking forward to face Guangzhou FM (#6) in the next round. Jiangsu will play against the league's leader ShenYang and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Bottom-ranked Hangzhou managed to get a second victory, breaking the six-game losing streak. This time they edged seventh-ranked Ningxia Hanas 107-104. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Austen Powers (203-87, college: Seattle, agency: Tank Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Dante Milligan contributed with 27 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. American forward Ramon Harris (201-88, college: Kentucky) replied with 26 points and 9 rebounds for Ningxia Hanas. Ningxia Hanas' coach De Gui Zhang rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hangzhou maintains tenth position with 2-8 record. Ningxia Hanas lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with six games lost. They share the position with Hebei. Hangzhou will play against higher ranked Changan Group (#5) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Ningxia Hanas will play against Sichuan and hope to get back on the winning track.
Leader ShenYang delivered the ninth victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 9th ranked Heilongjiang (3-7) 121-92. DeAngelo Collins had a triple-double by scoring 27 points, 16 rebounds, 6 assists and 12 blocks to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Courtney Pigram responded with 36 points (!!!), 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Heilongjiang's coach Guang Bi Xiao already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. ShenYang (9-1) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Loser Heilongjiang keeps the ninth place with seven games lost. ShenYang will meet Jiangsu (#4) in the next round. Heilongjiang will play against Hebei (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Guangzhou FM (5-5) played at the court of eighth ranked Changan Group (5-5). Changan Group managed to secure a 5-point victory 97-92. Nick Stallings notched 28 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort. Guangzhou FM's coach Dragan Raca tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Changan Group moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Jiangsu and Guangzhou FM. Changan Group's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Hangzhou (#10) where they are favorite. Guangzhou FM will play against the league's second-placed Whampoa (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Sichuan (6-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Hebei (4-6). Sichuan managed to secure a 8-point victory 108-100 on Saturday. T.J. Bannister fired 42 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Sichuan's coach Joseph Stiebing used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sichuan have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Loser Hebei dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. Sichuan will face Ningxia Hanas (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Hebei will play against Heilongjiang and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Hangzhou - Ningxia Hanas 107-104

Bottom-ranked Hangzhou managed to get a second victory, breaking the six-game losing streak. This time they edged seventh-ranked Ningxia Hanas 107-104. Ningxia Hanas were ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 34-23 third quarter run of Hangzhou. They dominated down low during the game scoring 86 of its points in the paint compared to Ningxia Hanas' 64. Hangzhou forced 20 Ningxia Hanas turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Ningxia Hanas were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Austen Powers (203-87, college: Seattle, agency: Tank Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import forward Dante Milligan (206-84, college: Massachusetts, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) contributed with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. American forward Ramon Harris (201-88, college: Kentucky) replied with 26 points and 9 rebounds and center Lei Ji (203-83) added 27 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Ningxia Hanas. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ningxia Hanas' coach De Gui Zhang rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hangzhou maintains tenth position with 2-8 record. Ningxia Hanas lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with six games lost. They share the position with Hebei. Hangzhou will play against higher ranked Changan Group (#5) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Ningxia Hanas will play against Sichuan and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ningxia Hanas: 27+8reb, H.Ramon 26+9reb+2ast, Y.Kaifu 12+4reb+5ast, X.Zhongjie 12+6reb+3ast, M.Yansong 8+6reb+5ast, D.Junjiang 6+1ast
Hangzhou: M.Dante 27+12reb+2ast, P.Austen 26+13reb+4ast, Y.Wang 20+4reb+1ast, Z.Tian-bao 17+10reb+3ast, J.Jin 8+2reb, L.Wei 4+1reb
gschID: 129355


Whampoa - Jiangsu 98-75

Second ranked Whampoa faced 3rd ranked Jiangsu. Host Whampoa (7-3) smashed guests from (5-5) 98-75. Whampoa made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 29 Jiangsu turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Jiangsu helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Alan Wiggins (206-85, college: USF) fired a double-double by scoring 30 points and 19 rebounds for the winners. Center Lei Ji (203-83) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four Whampoa players scored in double figures. American guard Justin Johnson (198-86, college: Iowa) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and center YanXi Zhu (209-90) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Jiangsu's coach WanJun Cui gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Whampoa maintains second position with 7-3 record having just two points less than leader ShenYang. Jiangsu at the other side dropped to the fourth place with five games lost. They share the position with Changan Group and Guangzhou FM. Whampoa are looking forward to face Guangzhou FM (#6) in the next round. Jiangsu will play against the league's leader ShenYang and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu: J.Justin 18+10reb+3ast, Z.YanXi 14+8reb, S.XianLing 12+1reb+1ast, W.YanQing 10+2reb, L.Kenny 9+9reb+1ast, X.ShuSen 5+1reb+1ast
Whampoa: W.Alan 30+19reb+3ast, J.Lei 16+5reb+3ast, Y.ZhiYong 16+2reb, W.SongWei 11+1reb+3ast, L.Yao 8+3reb+1ast, W.Jing 6+3ast
gschID: 129356


Changan Group - Guangzhou FM 97-92

The game in was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Guangzhou FM (5-5) played at the court of eighth ranked Changan Group (5-5). Changan Group managed to secure a 5-point victory 97-92. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Changan Group shot 42 for 57 from the free-throw line, while Guangzhou FM only scored twenty six points from the stripe. 39 personal fouls committed by Guangzhou FM helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Nick Stallings (190-83, college: Centenary) notched 28 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort and the other American import forward Jahmar Thorpe (198-84, college: Houston) supported him with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Stallings is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Changan Group players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 26 points and 13 rebounds by Palestinian center Sani Sakakini (204-88) did not help to save the game for Guangzhou FM. Guard TianGang Shao (190-89) added 17 points and 4 assists for lost side. Guangzhou FM's coach Dragan Raca tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Changan Group moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Jiangsu and Guangzhou FM. Changan Group's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Hangzhou (#10) where they are favorite. Guangzhou FM will play against the league's second-placed Whampoa (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guangzhou FM: S.Sani 26+13reb+3ast, S.TianGang 17+1reb+4ast, Z.HongWei 10+3reb, Y.Liang 9+5reb, H.Jartavious 9+7reb+2ast, G.Justin 7+1reb
Changan Group: S.Nick 28+9reb+6ast, S.Lei 25+1reb, S.Jian 16, T.Jahmar 15+12reb+1ast, R.XiaTi 5+2reb+1ast, J.JunQi 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 129357


Hebei - Sichuan 100-108

The game in was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Sichuan (6-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Hebei (4-6). Sichuan managed to secure a 8-point victory 108-100 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 8 points. Sichuan outrebounded Hebei 42-31 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard T.J. Bannister (180-84, college: Liberty, agency: Warren Sports International) fired 42 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Canadian power forward Ryan Wright (206-87, college: Oklahoma) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Sichuan's coach Joseph Stiebing used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Christopher Lawson (193-83, college: Houston) produced 28 points and 5 assists and forward Nan Jiang (200-86) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Hebei players scored in double figures. Sichuan have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Loser Hebei dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. Sichuan will face Ningxia Hanas (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Hebei will play against Heilongjiang and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hebei: L.Christopher 28+3reb+5ast, J.Nan 19+5reb+2ast, D.Terence 17+7reb+2ast, Y.Tingyu 14+10reb+1ast, L.Yiding 13+2reb, Z.GuoDong 7+2reb
Sichuan: B.T.J. 42+5reb+6ast, W.Ryan 19+11reb, C.Ma 15+6reb+2ast, L.Peng 8+7reb, S.TianNong 8+2reb+1ast, H.XiaoBin 6+3reb
gschID: 129353


ShenYang - Heilongjiang 121-92

Leader ShenYang delivered the ninth victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 9th ranked Heilongjiang (3-7) 121-92. The game was mostly controlled by ShenYang. Heilongjiang managed to win second period 25-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. ShenYang looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when ShenYang made 13 blocks. American forward DeAngelo Collins (206-82, college: High School) had a triple-double by scoring 27 points, 16 rebounds, 6 assists and 12 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Corey Allmond (188-88, college: Howard Col. (TX)) chipped in 34 points (!!!) during the contest. Five ShenYang players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Courtney Pigram (185-85, college: E.Tenn.St.) responded with 36 points (!!!), 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals and Nigerian center Benson Egemonye (207-83, college: Niagara) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds. Heilongjiang's coach Guang Bi Xiao already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. ShenYang (9-1) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Loser Heilongjiang keeps the ninth place with seven games lost. ShenYang will meet Jiangsu (#4) in the next round. Heilongjiang will play against Hebei (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Heilongjiang: P.Courtney 36+5reb+7ast, E.Benson 27+12reb, H.Mengxin 8+3reb, W.Nan 8+1reb+2ast, Y.Gang 6+6reb+1ast, L.Peng 3+1reb
ShenYang: A.Corey 34+3reb+3ast, C.DeAngelo 27+16reb+6ast, D.ChengLong 21+5reb+5ast, Y.Peng 20+3reb+6ast, Z.JunXiong 13+5reb+1ast, S.DeShuai 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 129354




Serbia to Face Lithuania for U-19 Title - by Arthur Volbert
Serbia, which defeated China 78-73 in the first game of the tournament, will play Lithuania for the FIBA U-19 World Championship tomorrow. It defeated Argentina 76-71 to advance to the final, a score almost identical to its game against China.

Lithunia reached the championship game by blowing out Russia 85-68. Yesterday Russia defeated the USA 79-74 and was probably still celebrating that victory.

Canada defeated Egypt for 11th place 84-79 and Brazil defeated Latvia 81-73 for 9th. The USA crushed Poland 84-47 in the 5-8 placing and Australia defeated Croatia 90-63.




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Australia ease past Croatia in Riga - by Eurobasket News
Australia U19 - Croatia U19 90:63

Australia celebrated the victory at U19 World Championship today. The Emus held off Croatian counterparts to set up clash with the USA for the fifth spot in the tournament. Croatia will take on Poland in the battle for the 7th position. Hugh Greenwood (190-G-92) knocked down 21 points and grabbed 7 boards for the Emus.
Australia grabbed the lead from the early stages. The Emus rallied to a 24:19 lead after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the second term. The Australian team secured a 40:35 halftime lead. The Emus continued to get away in the third stanza. They outmuscled Croatia in the paint and easily gained an 11-point advantage with one quarter remaining. Australia went on a 28:12 rally in the fourth period and sealed the victory at the end. Mitchell Creek (198-F/G-92) provided 20 points, 10 boards and 6 assists, while Anthony Drmic (196-F/G-92) added 13 points in the victory. Boris Barac (206-F-92) answered with 20 points for Croatia. Dario Saric (207-F/C-94) accounted for 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the loss.

Australia U19: Hugh Greenwood 21, Mitchell Creek 20+10 boards, Anthony Drmic 13
Croatia U19: Boris Barac 20, Dario Saric 17



Sutor Montegranaro brings in Sandro Nicevic - by Eurobasket News
Sutor Montegranaro announced signing of Croatian big guy Sandro Nicevic (210-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) for the next season. They also agreed option for 2012/13. Nicevic spent last season with Benetton Treviso. He helped them reach EuroCup and SerieA Semifinals. In EuroCup, Nicevic averaged 8.2 points and 3,2 rebounds for 5 games. He also added 6.4 ppg and 3.4 rpg for 23 games in Italy.
Sandro Nicevic joined Benetton in 2008 from Besiktas. In 2009, he was named Eurobasket.com Eurocup All-Europeans Team and also Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention. In the past, Nicevic also played for Le Mans, Unicaja Malaga, Union Olimpija and Cibona Zagreb. With Unicaja, Nicevic won the ACB title in 2006. With Cibona Zagreb, he won few trophies in Croatia.


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Dyshawn Pierre leads Canada past Egypt - by Eurobasket News
Canada U19 - Egypt U19 84:79

Canada wrapped up their U19 World Championship campaign with victory. They knocked down Egypt to earn the 11th overall place. Dyshawn Pierre (198-F-93) led the North American team to the win tallying 28 points, 13 boards and 4 assists.
Egypt looked slightly better in the starting period as they gained an 18:17 lead at the first break. But Canada gradually took over. The North Americans rallied to a 38:34 halftime advantage. The teams increased the tempo in the third term. They combined for 49 points in the quarter as Canada were able to secure a 5-point advantage before the fourth frame. Canada withheld all the comeback efforts from Egypt to celebrate a tough victory at the end. Kevin Pangos (186-PG-93) delivered 18 points, while Stefan Jankovic (206-C-93) provided 10 points in the victory. Assem Ahmed (205-C-92) answered with 19 points and 13 rebounds for Egypt. Marawan Mohamed (199-F-92) contributed 15 points in the loss.

Canada U19: Dyshawn Pierre 28+13 boards, Kevin Pangos 18, Stefan Jankovic 10
Egypt U19: Assem Ahmed 19+13 boards, Marawan Mohamed 15



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ESL Las Vegas kicks off in an impressive fashion - Day One Results - by Darryl Reshaw
Eurobasket Summer League 11 (Las Vegas)
Day 1

The ESL 2011 Las Vegas event started in a impressive fashion.
International scouts from Asia, Europe, NBDL and all over the globe embarked on the Doolittle Community Center on Friday.
This is the best group of talent assemble outside the NBA Summer league and there some very interesting performances.

Game 1:
Brussels 85 - Zurich 93
The very first game of the day began with former assistant coach of ULM Basket Tunde Adekola and IBL coach Jay Bradford . Early on, the 611 center Phil Jones (6'10''-C-85, agency: ARN Sports and Entertainment, college: Charlotte) looks very impressive. He had some nice post moves (good right hook) and block shots for Brussels. He can also step out and shoot the 3-ball. Any team looking for a big that has post play, can rebound and can extend the defense, this is a good buy. He can play LEB Gold, France Pro A or leagues equivalent. Johnny Thomas (6'6''-F-87, agency: ARN Sports and Entertainment) looks like a pro. He has a nice body, long arms and is very athletic. He can play the 3 and 4 in Europe. He is a strong player that can shoot the long ball and can create off the dribble. He would be a good player for France Pro A, Italy A2 or leagues equivalent. In the first half, coach Tundes team held a nine-point advantage. Rob Eldridge (6'2''-G-87, college: Florida Southern) was the most productive player for Zurich. He was aggressively attacking the rim. He is a strong combo guard that has creative moves getting to the basket and can consistently make the mid range shot. He has a way of getting fouled and getting to the line. Robert could compete in leagues like Israel, France Pro B and leagues equivalent. Duncan Milne (6'9''-F-86) looks like a good Power Forward as well. He can spread the floor with his shot and he knows how to play the game. He has a good motor and he is tough. He would be a good player for Germany 1st division, Switzerland and leagues equivalent. Trever Bing is a solid point guard. He can control the game. He also does a good job of shooting high percentage shots; good decision making as well. Coach Jay Bradford s team advances to the semi-finals of the ESL Las Vegas.
Co-MVP of the game was Rob Eldridge with 18-points. Trevor Bing (6'3''-G-85, agency: ARN Sports and Entertainment) also looked impressive with 17-points.

Official Basketball Box Score -- Game Totals -- Final Statistics
Zurich vs Brussels
07/08/11 12:30 pm at Doolittle Center, Las Vegas, Nev.
Zurich 93
Total 3-Ptr Rebounds
## Player FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA Off Def Tot PF TP A TO Blk Stl Min
43 Jackson, Marcus * 3-7 0-0 5-6 3 4 7 0 11 1 3 0 3 29
46 Eldridge, Robert * 6-13 0-1 6-8 1 2 3 4 18 3 0 0 0 30
47 Bing, Trevor * 8-10 1-1 0-0 1 2 3 6 17 2 1 0 0 27
58 Nelson, Ryan * 1-3 0-1 0-0 1 5 6 3 2 1 2 2 0 21
68 Milne, Duncan * 3-9 0-0 0-0 4 3 7 2 6 0 1 1 1 25
27 Thompson, Jerrell 3-5 0-0 4-4 0 3 3 3 10 1 1 0 0 8
28 Tomko, Chad 1-12 0-3 2-2 2 2 4 2 4 2 1 0 2 5
38 Williams, John 3-6 2-2 0-0 2 2 4 1 8 0 1 0 2 11
59 Nall, Justin 0-5 0-0 7-8 3 4 7 0 7 0 2 0 0 11
78 Phifer, Frank 2-4 0-0 6-7 4 7 11 4 10 2 4 0 1 16
Team 3 4 7 1
Totals 30-74 3-8 30-35 24 38 62 25 93 12 17 3 9 183
FG % 1st Half: 14-33 42.4%
3FG % 1st Half: 2-4 50.0%
FT % 1st Half: 14-18 77.8%
2nd half: 16-41 39.0%
2nd half: 1-4 25.0%
2nd half: 16-17 94.1%
Game: 30-74 40.5%
Game: 3-8 37.5%
Game: 30-35 85.7%
Deadball
Rebounds
2
Brussels 85
Total 3-Ptr Rebounds
## Player FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA Off Def Tot PF TP A TO Blk Stl Min
05 Harris, Dijuan * 2-10 0-1 0-2 1 2 3 4 4 7 1 0 1 25
50 Lawrence, Tryston * 1-1 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 1 4 1 2 0 2 17
51 Thomas, John * 8-18 2-6 3-4 0 1 1 1 21 1 2 0 0 32
91 George, Travis * 1-3 0-0 3-4 2 3 5 5 5 0 3 2 1 24
92 Jones, Phil * 6-13 0-0 3-3 3 5 8 0 15 0 0 2 1 28
03 Evans, Darryl 3-4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 6 4 1 0 2 8
07 Deadwiler, Shawn 0-5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 -1
18 Davis, Jocolby 1-1 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 0 1 0 0 12
30 Simmons, Christian 2-8 2-4 6-6 1 2 3 5 12 2 3 0 1 8
52 Wilderness, Anjuan 3-8 1-2 5-8 3 1 4 1 12 0 0 0 0 14
83 Magee, Elliot 1-3 0-0 0-0 3 3 6 4 2 0 2 0 1 14
84 Ajufo, Chidi 0-4 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0+
Team 6 3 9 1
Totals 28-78 6-14 23-31 19 22 41 24 85 16 17 4 9 181
FG % 1st Half: 17-40 42.5%
3FG % 1st Half: 4-5 80.0%
FT % 1st Half: 11-14 78.6%
2nd half: 11-38 28.9%
2nd half: 2-9 22.2%
2nd half: 12-17 70.6%
Game: 28-78 35.9%
Game: 6-14 42.9%
Game: 23-31 74.2%
Deadball
Rebounds
2
Officials:
Technical fouls: Zurich-None. Brussels-None.
Attendance:
Score by periods 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Zurich 15 29 27 22 93
Brussels 25 24 20 16 85

Game 2

APSE Venice 79 Dublin 75
Game (2) was coached by Dublins Larry Lessett and Venices Phil Hubbard
The game was a great contest that went back and forth until the final couple of possessions.
The difference in the game was the interior power of the APSE Venice team.
They dominated the offensive glass and their big guys passed the well late in the forth quarter when the game was on the line.
Dublin had a lot of talent and a few guys stepped up and made some critical plays in crunch time but could not get over the hump.
Terrell Bell (6'6''-G/F-89) stepped up big for APSE Venice in the fourth quarter and made some dagger shots.
At first glance the two players looked most impressive were Brad Byerson (6'7''-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Virginia Union) and Kenny Boyd (6'8''-C-82, college: Morehouse). Brad a strong and aggressive undersized center has great footwork and a good motor.
He is very athletic around the rim and an excellent rebounder. He blocks shots well and he has crafty moves in the paint. Kenny Boyd (6'8''-C-82, college: Morehouse) is a 69 center with very good low post ability. He is a good rebounder and runs the floor well for his size with soft hands.
The point guard match up was very intriguing as both players have excellent speed, quickness and serious dribble penetration skills.
Vincent Goldsberry (6'0''-PG-89) and Michael Hunter (5'10''-PG, college: Cal-Irvine)r played great for their respective teams.
They both pushed the tempo for their team. Vince was solid for his team on both ends of the floor.
Terrell Bell (6'6''-G/F-89) is a player that can play the 1,2 and 3. He can handle the ball, knows how to create a shot for himself and his team. He can also play the pick and roll. Terrel would be a great player for France Pro B, Germany and leagues equivalent.
Jabril Banks (6'7''-F-87, college: N.Colorado) showed skills to be a solid small forward. He has excellent foot work in the post. He sees the floor well while he is making his moves, he has great decision-making when he is making his move and he is a very good passer. Rebounding and defending is also a strong trait of his. Jabril could compete in Switzerland, France B or leagues equivalent.
Terrell Bell (6'6''-G/F-89) was the game MVP with 23-points and 10-rebounds. Kenny Boyd (6'8''-C-82, college: Morehouse) respectfully had 17-points and 10-rebounds.

Official Basketball Box Score -- Game Totals -- Final Statistics
Dublin vs Venice
07/08/11 2:30 pm at Doolittle Center, Las Vegas, Nev.
Dublin 75
Total 3-Ptr Rebounds
## Player FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA Off Def Tot PF TP A TO Blk Stl Min

04 Wilson, Josh * 3-10 1-2 2-3 1 1 2 3 9 3 1 0 1 26
08 Goldsberry, Vince * 4-12 0-2 6-6 0 4 4 1 14 2 1 1 3 35
71 Gray, Jessan * 2-9 0-2 0-0 1 4 5 3 4 0 1 1 1 31
86 Sample, Justin * 2-6 0-0 1-2 2 4 6 4 5 2 0 0 0 18
96 Stamper, J'son * 0-3 0-0 0-0 1 3 4 2 0 1 3 1 0 19
19 Sims, Nathan 4-5 0-0 2-4 2 2 4 2 10 1 0 0 0 11
31 Scott, Melvin 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 1 12
32 Martin, Tristan 1-3 0-1 0-2 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 9
35 McIntosh, Jabari 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 3 5 3 0 2 0 0 0 15
53 Nash, Robert 4-14 0-0 3-4 0 1 1 2 11 0 2 0 1 33
73 Stockton, Jarred 1-1 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 2 3 0 1 0 0 8
85 Boyd, Kenny 3-9 0-0 11-12 3 7 10 4 17 0 2 0 2 24
Team 2 4 6
Totals 24-75 2-8 25-33 14 37 51 28 75 12 13 4 9 241
FG % 1st Half: 11-41 26.8%
3FG % 1st Half: 0-3 0.0%
FT % 1st Half: 9-14 64.3%
2nd half: 13-34 38.2%
2nd half: 2-5 40.0%
2nd half: 16-19 84.2%
Game: 24-75 32.0%
Game: 2-8 25.0%
Game: 25-33 75.8%
Deadball
Rebounds
4
Venice 79
Total 3-Ptr Rebounds
## Player FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA Off Def Tot PF TP A TO Blk Stl Min
29 Hunter, Michael * 5-19 2-6 2-2 0 2 2 6 14 2 4 0 2 45
48 Fisher, David * 3-12 0-1 4-12 2 3 5 4 10 1 2 0 0 31
49 Bell, Terrell * 10-20 0-0 3-4 2 8 10 3 23 3 4 1 1 41
69 Southern, Josh * 2-3 0-0 4-6 3 5 8 4 8 2 0 0 1 28
79 Byerson, Brad * 5-7 0-0 1-7 3 10 13 3 11 5 3 1 1 35
39 Hawkins, Tomaul 1-5 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 1 1 0 1 18
64 Banks, Jabril 4-6 0-0 0-0 2 4 6 3 8 3 0 0 0 27
70 Jones, Jeff 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 2 3 0 1 0 0 13
Team 4 7 11
Totals 31-74 2-7 15-33 17 40 57 25 79 17 15 2 6 238
FG % 1st Half: 15-37 40.5%
3FG % 1st Half: 2-4 50.0%
FT % 1st Half: 8-18 44.4%
2nd half: 16-37 43.2%
2nd half: 0-3 0.0%
2nd half: 7-15 46.7%
Game: 31-74 41.9%
Game: 2-7 28.6%
Game: 15-33 45.5%
Deadball
Rebounds
8
Officials:
Technical fouls: Dublin-None. Venice-None.
Attendance:
Score by periods 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Dublin 14 17 18 26 75
Venice 26 14 16 23 79

Game 3

Geneva 88 - Union Monaco 104
Game (3) featured two seven footers with serious size.
The 7'8' Paul Sturgess (7'8''-C-87, agency: KMG Sports Management) and the 7'3' Jermaine Middleton (7'3''-C, college: Northwood Fl.) occupied lots of space in the paint but have a lot of room to develop as professional players.
The Union Monaco team was too deep and scored lots of transition points against Geneva.
They were up by 18 points early in the game but Geneva coached by Mike Taylor (agency: Pro One Sports ) made an impressive comeback.
However they just did not play good enough to stay in the game against Union Monaco.
Dawson Eric (6'10''-F-84, college: Midwestern St.) (6'10''-F-84, college: Midwestern St.) looked like the best player in the building with his nice all around game. His ability to handle the ball at 69 gives him an advantage against most power forwards. He can spread the floor and shoot the long ball. He has post moves as well. He could play some minutes at the 3. He is a versatile player. He could play immediately in France Pro A, Italy A1 and LEB Gold.
Akeem Scott (6'1''-PG-83, agency: Interperformances, college: High Point) is a nice floor general and displayed pro experience in this game as well. Kiwan Smith (6'7''-F-87) showed he could play professionally with his high energy and athleticism. He is a very athletic wing player that can play the power forward position.
Tracy Robinson (6'7''-F-87) played well with 17-points and 9-rebounds.
Dawson Eric was the game MVP with 25-points and 6-rebounds. Akeem Scott had 21 respectfully.

Official Basketball Box Score -- Game Totals -- Final Statistics
Geneva vs Monaco
07/08/11 4:25 pm at Doolittle Center, Las Vegas, Nev.
Geneva 88
Total 3-Ptr Rebounds
## Player FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA Off Def Tot PF TP A TO Blk Stl Min
09 Long, Chris * 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 2 2 0 0 14
10 Christensen, Jeff * 1-5 0-1 0-0 2 0 2 1 2 2 0 0 1 16
20 Scott, Akeem * 7-13 0-0 7-10 2 0 2 1 21 3 2 0 8 29
87 Hanson, Tyrone * 1-9 0-3 5-6 4 2 6 2 7 1 0 0 1 35
95 Sturgess, Paul * 0-4 0-0 2-2 3 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 14
06 Smith, Allen 3-9 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 6 0 2 0 0 31
13 Moore, Chris 2-7 0-1 0-2 1 1 2 2 4 1 0 0 1 18
22 Christie, Terrell 2-11 0-0 0-2 2 2 4 1 4 1 2 0 1 37
34 Helton, James 4-8 1-1 2-2 2 2 4 1 11 0 1 0 0 26
40 Crowder, James 5-9 0-0 3-8 2 6 8 2 13 2 1 0 1 31
72 Parham, Tim 7-11 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 1 14 0 0 0 1 14
93 Pruitt, Tony 1-2 0-0 0-0 2 1 3 3 2 1 2 0 2 21
Team 2 2 4
Totals 34-91 1-8 19-32 23 18 41 17 88 13 12 0 16 286
FG % 1st Half: 14-40 35.0%
3FG % 1st Half: 1-5 20.0%
FT % 1st Half: 6-14 42.9%
2nd half: 20-51 39.2%
2nd half: 0-3 0.0%
2nd half: 13-18 72.2%
Game: 34-91 37.4%
Game: 1-8 12.5%
Game: 19-32 59.4%
Deadball
Rebounds
8
Monaco 104
Total 3-Ptr Rebounds
## Player FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA Off Def Tot PF TP A TO Blk Stl Min

12 Petty, Perry * 2-7 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 4 4 5 1 0 2 43
54 Hewitt, Kenny * 4-7 0-1 2-3 2 2 4 2 10 0 0 0 0 31
65 Freeman, Gabe * 7-12 0-0 2-3 3 5 8 2 16 1 1 0 0 31
67 Smith, Kiwan * 4-10 0-1 5-6 4 6 10 3 13 3 7 1 1 48
89 Dawson, Eric * 11-18 2-2 1-2 1 5 6 3 25 1 1 0 1 21
21 Tabb, Josh 2-3 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 3 5 1 2 0 2 33
24 Steen, Maurice 3-7 0-0 0-0 2 4 6 2 6 3 9 0 0 42
56 Moore, Charles 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
62 Smith, Jermaine 0-0 0-0 2-2 0 3 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 5
76 Robinson, Tracy 7-8 0-0 3-3 2 7 9 0 17 1 3 0 0 23
98 Middleton, Jermaine 3-5 0-0 0-0 2 2 4 4 6 0 2 3 0 24
Team 0 4 4 1
Totals 43-77 3-6 15-19 18 40 58 23 104 15 27 4 6 302
FG % 1st Half: 25-42 59.5%
3FG % 1st Half: 2-3 66.7%
FT % 1st Half: 3-5 60.0%
2nd half: 18-35 51.4%
2nd half: 1-3 33.3%
2nd half: 12-14 85.7%
Game: 43-77 55.8%
Game: 3-6 50.0%
Game: 15-19 78.9%
Deadball
Rebounds
3
Officials:
Technical fouls: Geneva-None. Monaco-None.
Attendance:
Score by periods 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Geneva 17 18 31 22 88
Monaco 26 29 23 26 104

Game 4
Lugano 126 Manchester 83
Game (4) had former professional player Lewis Lofton coaching the Manchester team. Glen Hayes the former ESL Coach of the Year was in charge of the talented Lugano team.
The Lugano team played and excellent pressure zone defense that lead into lots of turnover and transition points and ran Manchester out of the gym.
A guy that is no stranger to the ESL, Marcel Anderson (5'9''-PG-86, college: Harris-Stowe St.) got off to a good start in the game He had a couple of early steals, which ended in dunks and two back to back 3pt shots. Another player that stood out in the game was 2011 NAIA Player of the Year Justin Johnson (6'2''-PG-88, college: Concordia Irvine)
He is a true point guard with a very high basketball IQ. He was very efficient with all of his shots made early on.
Any teams looking for a true point that can really pass, shoot and is a winner in France Pro B, Switzerland or leagues equivalent, this is your guy.
Coach Glen Hayes had his team playing well as they controlled the first half with a 15 point lead.
His enthusiasm from the sidelines transferred over to his team on the floor.
Andrew Schroeder (6'9''-F) looked very good for his team. He was solid on the block and grabbed many rebounds around the rim.
Robert Mitchell (6'6''-F-86) looked like a pro for Manchester. He has a really good shot (midrange). He is a big guard that can play either the 1,2 or 3 positions. He also has a high basketball IQ.
Dustin Mitchell (6'9''-F/C, college: WiscKing.-Whitew.) former ESL Las Vegas All Tourney player had his game going in the first half.
Dustin has a great shot, he has really good post moves on the low post and he is an excellent rebounder. He is a double-double guy that can play in France Pro A, Germany 1st Division and leagues equivalent.
Justin Baker (6'7''-F) played very well and featured a nice mid range shooting touch and great rebounding skills.
Allen Durham (6'6''-F) was a monster on the offensive boards for Lugano.
Lindsey Hughey (6'3''-G-89) was terrific in the second half. He connected on a couple of 3pt shots and had some strong penetration moves towards the rim.
With 2 minutes left in the 3rd quarter, coach Glen Hayes team had a commanding lead 98-63. It was all do to his energy and communication with his players. In the end Lugano easily moves on to the semi-finals game.
Noah Gottlieb (6'1''-G-88) played well in the first half for the losing team but displayed some fine point guard skills.
MVP of this game was Justin Johnson with 18-points, 9assist and 6 rebounds. Marcel Anderson also had 19 points and 9-assists.


Official Basketball Box Score -- Game Totals -- Final Statistics
Lugano vs Manchester
07/08/11 6:10 pm at Doolittle Center, Las Vegas, Nev.
Lugano 126
Total 3-Ptr Rebounds
## Player FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA Off Def Tot PF TP A TO Blk Stl Min
01 Anderson, Marcel * 9-18 1-2 0-2 1 1 2 1 19 9 6 0 1 33
11 Johnson, Justin * 8-14 0-0 2-2 1 5 6 0 18 9 2 0 3 39
42 Kimble, Anthony * 6-15 0-1 0-0 1 5 6 2 12 3 2 1 1 26
60 Bailey, Brant * 5-8 0-0 0-0 0 8 8 2 10 0 1 0 0 34
97 Mitchell, Dustin * 6-11 1-2 3-4 2 6 8 3 16 0 1 0 2 35
14 Hughey, Lindsey 7-9 1-3 0-0 1 12 13 0 15 4 4 0 2 11
23 Watson, Kashif 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 4 2 0 0 0 14
55 Shuler, Jovonni 2-7 0-3 0-0 2 1 3 2 4 0 0 0 1 18
56 Schroeder, Andrew 7-8 0-0 0-0 4 5 9 2 14 0 1 0 0 11
75 Durham, Allen 4-8 0-0 0-0 5 4 9 4 8 1 0 1 0 8
88 Baker, Justin 3-5 0-0 0-0 1 4 5 2 6 1 0 1 0 12
Team 1 2 3
Totals 59-10 3-11 5-8 19 53 72 19 126 29 17 3 10 241
FG % 1st Half: 26-54 48.1%
3FG % 1st Half: 2-6 33.3%
FT % 1st Half: 3-4 75.0%
2nd half: 33-53 62.3%
2nd half: 1-5 20.0%
2nd half: 2-4 50.0%
Game: 59-10 55.1%
Game: 3-11 27.3%
Game: 5-8 62.5%
Deadball
Rebounds
2
Manchester 83
Total 3-Ptr Rebounds
## Player FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA Off Def Tot PF TP A TO Blk Stl Min
16 Gottlieb, Noah * 5-15 1-1 1-2 1 1 2 2 12 2 4 1 1 38
36 Gibbons, Deshawn * 2-6 0-1 2-2 4 1 5 2 6 0 2 0 1 34
41 Mitchell, Robert * 5-11 1-2 2-3 0 2 2 2 13 4 1 0 0 25
66 Abraham, Dennard * 4-13 0-1 0-1 1 4 5 1 8 0 1 0 0 29
77 Custer, Coy * 3-10 0-0 0-0 3 2 5 0 6 0 1 1 1 32
25 Rice, Denarryl 3-12 0-1 2-2 1 3 4 0 8 4 5 0 2 16
26 Stubbs, Jason 2-8 0-0 0-0 1 3 4 0 4 0 4 0 0 21
37 Rakestraw, Nate 3-7 0-2 1-1 0 3 3 0 7 1 0 0 0 4
45 Tat, Solomon 5-9 0-0 2-4 0 2 2 0 12 2 1 0 2 6
57 Baize, Jonah 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 14
63 Johnson, Stan 2-4 0-0 1-3 2 1 3 2 5 0 0 0 0 22
Team 0 7 7
Totals 35-97 2-8 11-18 13 29 42 9 83 14 19 2 7 241
FG % 1st Half: 18-52 34.6%
3FG % 1st Half: 2-6 33.3%
FT % 1st Half: 2-3 66.7%
2nd half: 17-45 37.8%
2nd half: 0-2 0.0%
2nd half: 9-15 60.0%
Game: 35-97 36.1%
Game: 2-8 25.0%
Game: 11-18 61.1%
Deadball
Rebounds
3
Officials:
Technical fouls: Lugano-None. Manchester-None.
Attendance:
Score by periods 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Lugano 31 26 47 22 126
Manchester 21 19 27 16 83



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Denis Ikovlev joins Khimik - by Eurobasket News
Denis Ikovlev (201-F-86, college: Nevada) will continue his career in Khimik Yuzny. The forward has already penned deal with the team. Denis Ikovlev joined Budivelnyk back in January 2009. Last season the forward averaged 3.8 points and 1.5 rebounds per game in EuroCup. In Superleague his stats read 6.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per appearance. Denis Ikovlev played for BC Odessa and Ferro-ZNTU before joining the Kyiv team. Eurobasket.com named Denis Ikovlev All-Ukrainian UBL Most Improved Player of the Year in 2009. The forward got the taste of overseas basketball. He studied and played basketball at the Ellsworth Comumunity College and the University of Nevada, Reno. Denis Ikovlev was WAC Regular champion twice with the Wolfpack.



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Hasan Rizvic comes back to Ukraine - by Eurobasket News
Hasan Rizvic (212-C-84) is coming back to Ukraine. The 27-year-old centre has agreed on terms of contract with Azovmash. The deal is meant for two seasons. Hasan Rizvic played for the Ukrainian powerhouse back in 2008/10 seasons. He tallied 12.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in those seasons. Eurobasket.com named Hasan Rizvic All-Ukrainian Superleague Bosman Player of the Year in 2010. He was also trumped All-VTB League Centre of the Year the same season. Last season Hasan Rizvic spent with Unics Kazan. He tallied 4.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game in PBL. In EuroCup the centre posted 5.6 points, 4.3 boards per appearance. In VTB League Hasan Rizvic delivered 8.5 points and 3.4 rebounds.


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ESL Las Vegas kicks off in an impressive fashion - Day One Results - by Darryl Reshaw
Eurobasket Summer League 11 (Las Vegas)
Day 1

The ESL 2011 Las Vegas event started in a impressive fashion.
International scouts from Asia, Europe, NBDL and all over the globe embarked on the Doolittle Community Center on Friday.
This is the best group of talent assemble outside the NBA Summer league and there some very interesting performances.

Game 1:
Brussels 85 - Zurich 93
The very first game of the day began with former assistant coach of ULM Basket Tunde Adekola and IBL coach Jay Bradford . Early on, the 611 center Phil Jones (6'10''-C-85, agency: ARN Sports and Entertainment, college: Charlotte) looks very impressive. He had some nice post moves (good right hook) and block shots for Brussels. He can also step out and shoot the 3-ball. Any team looking for a big that has post play, can rebound and can extend the defense, this is a good buy. He can play LEB Gold, France Pro A or leagues equivalent. Johnny Thomas (6'6''-F-87, agency: ARN Sports and Entertainment) looks like a pro. He has a nice body, long arms and is very athletic. He can play the 3 and 4 in Europe. He is a strong player that can shoot the long ball and can create off the dribble. He would be a good player for France Pro A, Italy A2 or leagues equivalent. In the first half, coach Tundes team held a nine-point advantage. Rob Eldridge (6'2''-G-87, college: Florida Southern) was the most productive player for Zurich. He was aggressively attacking the rim. He is a strong combo guard that has creative moves getting to the basket and can consistently make the mid range shot. He has a way of getting fouled and getting to the line. Robert could compete in leagues like Israel, France Pro B and leagues equivalent. Duncan Milne (6'9''-F-86) looks like a good Power Forward as well. He can spread the floor with his shot and he knows how to play the game. He has a good motor and he is tough. He would be a good player for Germany 1st division, Switzerland and leagues equivalent. Trever Bing is a solid point guard. He can control the game. He also does a good job of shooting high percentage shots; good decision making as well. Coach Jay Bradford s team advances to the semi-finals of the ESL Las Vegas.
Co-MVP of the game was Rob Eldridge with 18-points. Trevor Bing (6'3''-G-85, agency: ARN Sports and Entertainment) also looked impressive with 17-points.

Official Basketball Box Score -- Game Totals -- Final Statistics
Zurich vs Brussels
07/08/11 12:30 pm at Doolittle Center, Las Vegas, Nev.
Zurich 93
Total 3-Ptr Rebounds
## Player FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA Off Def Tot PF TP A TO Blk Stl Min
43 Jackson, Marcus * 3-7 0-0 5-6 3 4 7 0 11 1 3 0 3 29
46 Eldridge, Robert * 6-13 0-1 6-8 1 2 3 4 18 3 0 0 0 30
47 Bing, Trevor * 8-10 1-1 0-0 1 2 3 6 17 2 1 0 0 27
58 Nelson, Ryan * 1-3 0-1 0-0 1 5 6 3 2 1 2 2 0 21
68 Milne, Duncan * 3-9 0-0 0-0 4 3 7 2 6 0 1 1 1 25
27 Thompson, Jerrell 3-5 0-0 4-4 0 3 3 3 10 1 1 0 0 8
28 Tomko, Chad 1-12 0-3 2-2 2 2 4 2 4 2 1 0 2 5
38 Williams, John 3-6 2-2 0-0 2 2 4 1 8 0 1 0 2 11
59 Nall, Justin 0-5 0-0 7-8 3 4 7 0 7 0 2 0 0 11
78 Phifer, Frank 2-4 0-0 6-7 4 7 11 4 10 2 4 0 1 16
Team 3 4 7 1
Totals 30-74 3-8 30-35 24 38 62 25 93 12 17 3 9 183
FG % 1st Half: 14-33 42.4%
3FG % 1st Half: 2-4 50.0%
FT % 1st Half: 14-18 77.8%
2nd half: 16-41 39.0%
2nd half: 1-4 25.0%
2nd half: 16-17 94.1%
Game: 30-74 40.5%
Game: 3-8 37.5%
Game: 30-35 85.7%
Deadball
Rebounds
2
Brussels 85
Total 3-Ptr Rebounds
## Player FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA Off Def Tot PF TP A TO Blk Stl Min
05 Harris, Dijuan * 2-10 0-1 0-2 1 2 3 4 4 7 1 0 1 25
50 Lawrence, Tryston * 1-1 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 1 4 1 2 0 2 17
51 Thomas, John * 8-18 2-6 3-4 0 1 1 1 21 1 2 0 0 32
91 George, Travis * 1-3 0-0 3-4 2 3 5 5 5 0 3 2 1 24
92 Jones, Phil * 6-13 0-0 3-3 3 5 8 0 15 0 0 2 1 28
03 Evans, Darryl 3-4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 6 4 1 0 2 8
07 Deadwiler, Shawn 0-5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 -1
18 Davis, Jocolby 1-1 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 0 1 0 0 12
30 Simmons, Christian 2-8 2-4 6-6 1 2 3 5 12 2 3 0 1 8
52 Wilderness, Anjuan 3-8 1-2 5-8 3 1 4 1 12 0 0 0 0 14
83 Magee, Elliot 1-3 0-0 0-0 3 3 6 4 2 0 2 0 1 14
84 Ajufo, Chidi 0-4 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0+
Team 6 3 9 1
Totals 28-78 6-14 23-31 19 22 41 24 85 16 17 4 9 181
FG % 1st Half: 17-40 42.5%
3FG % 1st Half: 4-5 80.0%
FT % 1st Half: 11-14 78.6%
2nd half: 11-38 28.9%
2nd half: 2-9 22.2%
2nd half: 12-17 70.6%
Game: 28-78 35.9%
Game: 6-14 42.9%
Game: 23-31 74.2%
Deadball
Rebounds
2
Officials:
Technical fouls: Zurich-None. Brussels-None.
Attendance:
Score by periods 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Zurich 15 29 27 22 93
Brussels 25 24 20 16 85

Game 2

APSE Venice 79 Dublin 75
Game (2) was coached by Dublins Larry Lessett and Venices Phil Hubbard
The game was a great contest that went back and forth until the final couple of possessions.
The difference in the game was the interior power of the APSE Venice team.
They dominated the offensive glass and their big guys passed the well late in the forth quarter when the game was on the line.
Dublin had a lot of talent and a few guys stepped up and made some critical plays in crunch time but could not get over the hump.
Terrell Bell (6'6''-G/F-89) stepped up big for APSE Venice in the fourth quarter and made some dagger shots.
At first glance the two players looked most impressive were Brad Byerson (6'7''-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Virginia Union) and Kenny Boyd (6'8''-C-82, college: Morehouse). Brad a strong and aggressive undersized center has great footwork and a good motor.
He is very athletic around the rim and an excellent rebounder. He blocks shots well and he has crafty moves in the paint. Kenny Boyd (6'8''-C-82, college: Morehouse) is a 69 center with very good low post ability. He is a good rebounder and runs the floor well for his size with soft hands.
The point guard match up was very intriguing as both players have excellent speed, quickness and serious dribble penetration skills.
Vincent Goldsberry (6'0''-PG-89) and Michael Hunter (5'10''-PG, college: Cal-Irvine)r played great for their respective teams.
They both pushed the tempo for their team. Vince was solid for his team on both ends of the floor.
Terrell Bell (6'6''-G/F-89) is a player that can play the 1,2 and 3. He can handle the ball, knows how to create a shot for himself and his team. He can also play the pick and roll. Terrel would be a great player for France Pro B, Germany and leagues equivalent.
Jabril Banks (6'7''-F-87, college: N.Colorado) showed skills to be a solid small forward. He has excellent foot work in the post. He sees the floor well while he is making his moves, he has great decision-making when he is making his move and he is a very good passer. Rebounding and defending is also a strong trait of his. Jabril could compete in Switzerland, France B or leagues equivalent.
Terrell Bell (6'6''-G/F-89) was the game MVP with 23-points and 10-rebounds. Kenny Boyd (6'8''-C-82, college: Morehouse) respectfully had 17-points and 10-rebounds.

Official Basketball Box Score -- Game Totals -- Final Statistics
Dublin vs Venice
07/08/11 2:30 pm at Doolittle Center, Las Vegas, Nev.
Dublin 75
Total 3-Ptr Rebounds
## Player FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA Off Def Tot PF TP A TO Blk Stl Min

04 Wilson, Josh * 3-10 1-2 2-3 1 1 2 3 9 3 1 0 1 26
08 Goldsberry, Vince * 4-12 0-2 6-6 0 4 4 1 14 2 1 1 3 35
71 Gray, Jessan * 2-9 0-2 0-0 1 4 5 3 4 0 1 1 1 31
86 Sample, Justin * 2-6 0-0 1-2 2 4 6 4 5 2 0 0 0 18
96 Stamper, J'son * 0-3 0-0 0-0 1 3 4 2 0 1 3 1 0 19
19 Sims, Nathan 4-5 0-0 2-4 2 2 4 2 10 1 0 0 0 11
31 Scott, Melvin 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 1 12
32 Martin, Tristan 1-3 0-1 0-2 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 9
35 McIntosh, Jabari 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 3 5 3 0 2 0 0 0 15
53 Nash, Robert 4-14 0-0 3-4 0 1 1 2 11 0 2 0 1 33
73 Stockton, Jarred 1-1 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 2 3 0 1 0 0 8
85 Boyd, Kenny 3-9 0-0 11-12 3 7 10 4 17 0 2 0 2 24
Team 2 4 6
Totals 24-75 2-8 25-33 14 37 51 28 75 12 13 4 9 241
FG % 1st Half: 11-41 26.8%
3FG % 1st Half: 0-3 0.0%
FT % 1st Half: 9-14 64.3%
2nd half: 13-34 38.2%
2nd half: 2-5 40.0%
2nd half: 16-19 84.2%
Game: 24-75 32.0%
Game: 2-8 25.0%
Game: 25-33 75.8%
Deadball
Rebounds
4
Venice 79
Total 3-Ptr Rebounds
## Player FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA Off Def Tot PF TP A TO Blk Stl Min
29 Hunter, Michael * 5-19 2-6 2-2 0 2 2 6 14 2 4 0 2 45
48 Fisher, David * 3-12 0-1 4-12 2 3 5 4 10 1 2 0 0 31
49 Bell, Terrell * 10-20 0-0 3-4 2 8 10 3 23 3 4 1 1 41
69 Southern, Josh * 2-3 0-0 4-6 3 5 8 4 8 2 0 0 1 28
79 Byerson, Brad * 5-7 0-0 1-7 3 10 13 3 11 5 3 1 1 35
39 Hawkins, Tomaul 1-5 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 1 1 0 1 18
64 Banks, Jabril 4-6 0-0 0-0 2 4 6 3 8 3 0 0 0 27
70 Jones, Jeff 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 2 3 0 1 0 0 13
Team 4 7 11
Totals 31-74 2-7 15-33 17 40 57 25 79 17 15 2 6 238
FG % 1st Half: 15-37 40.5%
3FG % 1st Half: 2-4 50.0%
FT % 1st Half: 8-18 44.4%
2nd half: 16-37 43.2%
2nd half: 0-3 0.0%
2nd half: 7-15 46.7%
Game: 31-74 41.9%
Game: 2-7 28.6%
Game: 15-33 45.5%
Deadball
Rebounds
8
Officials:
Technical fouls: Dublin-None. Venice-None.
Attendance:
Score by periods 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Dublin 14 17 18 26 75
Venice 26 14 16 23 79

Game 3

Geneva 88 - Union Monaco 104
Game (3) featured two seven footers with serious size.
The 7'8' Paul Sturgess (7'8''-C-87, agency: KMG Sports Management) and the 7'3' Jermaine Middleton (7'3''-C, college: Northwood Fl.) occupied lots of space in the paint but have a lot of room to develop as professional players.
The Union Monaco team was too deep and scored lots of transition points against Geneva.
They were up by 18 points early in the game but Geneva coached by Mike Taylor (agency: Pro One Sports ) made an impressive comeback.
However they just did not play good enough to stay in the game against Union Monaco.
Dawson Eric (6'10''-F-84, college: Midwestern St.) (6'10''-F-84, college: Midwestern St.) looked like the best player in the building with his nice all around game. His ability to handle the ball at 69 gives him an advantage against most power forwards. He can spread the floor and shoot the long ball. He has post moves as well. He could play some minutes at the 3. He is a versatile player. He could play immediately in France Pro A, Italy A1 and LEB Gold.
Akeem Scott (6'1''-PG-83, agency: Interperformances, college: High Point) is a nice floor general and displayed pro experience in this game as well. Kiwan Smith (6'7''-F-87) showed he could play professionally with his high energy and athleticism. He is a very athletic wing player that can play the power forward position.
Tracy Robinson (6'7''-F-87) played well with 17-points and 9-rebounds.
Dawson Eric was the game MVP with 25-points and 6-rebounds. Akeem Scott had 21 respectfully.

Official Basketball Box Score -- Game Totals -- Final Statistics
Geneva vs Monaco
07/08/11 4:25 pm at Doolittle Center, Las Vegas, Nev.
Geneva 88
Total 3-Ptr Rebounds
## Player FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA Off Def Tot PF TP A TO Blk Stl Min
09 Long, Chris * 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 2 2 0 0 14
10 Christensen, Jeff * 1-5 0-1 0-0 2 0 2 1 2 2 0 0 1 16
20 Scott, Akeem * 7-13 0-0 7-10 2 0 2 1 21 3 2 0 8 29
87 Hanson, Tyrone * 1-9 0-3 5-6 4 2 6 2 7 1 0 0 1 35
95 Sturgess, Paul * 0-4 0-0 2-2 3 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 14
06 Smith, Allen 3-9 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 6 0 2 0 0 31
13 Moore, Chris 2-7 0-1 0-2 1 1 2 2 4 1 0 0 1 18
22 Christie, Terrell 2-11 0-0 0-2 2 2 4 1 4 1 2 0 1 37
34 Helton, James 4-8 1-1 2-2 2 2 4 1 11 0 1 0 0 26
40 Crowder, James 5-9 0-0 3-8 2 6 8 2 13 2 1 0 1 31
72 Parham, Tim 7-11 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 1 14 0 0 0 1 14
93 Pruitt, Tony 1-2 0-0 0-0 2 1 3 3 2 1 2 0 2 21
Team 2 2 4
Totals 34-91 1-8 19-32 23 18 41 17 88 13 12 0 16 286
FG % 1st Half: 14-40 35.0%
3FG % 1st Half: 1-5 20.0%
FT % 1st Half: 6-14 42.9%
2nd half: 20-51 39.2%
2nd half: 0-3 0.0%
2nd half: 13-18 72.2%
Game: 34-91 37.4%
Game: 1-8 12.5%
Game: 19-32 59.4%
Deadball
Rebounds
8
Monaco 104
Total 3-Ptr Rebounds
## Player FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA Off Def Tot PF TP A TO Blk Stl Min

12 Petty, Perry * 2-7 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 4 4 5 1 0 2 43
54 Hewitt, Kenny * 4-7 0-1 2-3 2 2 4 2 10 0 0 0 0 31
65 Freeman, Gabe * 7-12 0-0 2-3 3 5 8 2 16 1 1 0 0 31
67 Smith, Kiwan * 4-10 0-1 5-6 4 6 10 3 13 3 7 1 1 48
89 Dawson, Eric * 11-18 2-2 1-2 1 5 6 3 25 1 1 0 1 21
21 Tabb, Josh 2-3 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 3 5 1 2 0 2 33
24 Steen, Maurice 3-7 0-0 0-0 2 4 6 2 6 3 9 0 0 42
56 Moore, Charles 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
62 Smith, Jermaine 0-0 0-0 2-2 0 3 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 5
76 Robinson, Tracy 7-8 0-0 3-3 2 7 9 0 17 1 3 0 0 23
98 Middleton, Jermaine 3-5 0-0 0-0 2 2 4 4 6 0 2 3 0 24
Team 0 4 4 1
Totals 43-77 3-6 15-19 18 40 58 23 104 15 27 4 6 302
FG % 1st Half: 25-42 59.5%
3FG % 1st Half: 2-3 66.7%
FT % 1st Half: 3-5 60.0%
2nd half: 18-35 51.4%
2nd half: 1-3 33.3%
2nd half: 12-14 85.7%
Game: 43-77 55.8%
Game: 3-6 50.0%
Game: 15-19 78.9%
Deadball
Rebounds
3
Officials:
Technical fouls: Geneva-None. Monaco-None.
Attendance:
Score by periods 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Geneva 17 18 31 22 88
Monaco 26 29 23 26 104

Game 4
Lugano 126 Manchester 83
Game (4) had former professional player Lewis Lofton coaching the Manchester team. Glen Hayes the former ESL Coach of the Year was in charge of the talented Lugano team.
The Lugano team played and excellent pressure zone defense that lead into lots of turnover and transition points and ran Manchester out of the gym.
A guy that is no stranger to the ESL, Marcel Anderson (5'9''-PG-86, college: Harris-Stowe St.) got off to a good start in the game He had a couple of early steals, which ended in dunks and two back to back 3pt shots. Another player that stood out in the game was 2011 NAIA Player of the Year Justin Johnson (6'2''-PG-88, college: Concordia Irvine)
He is a true point guard with a very high basketball IQ. He was very efficient with all of his shots made early on.
Any teams looking for a true point that can really pass, shoot and is a winner in France Pro B, Switzerland or leagues equivalent, this is your guy.
Coach Glen Hayes had his team playing well as they controlled the first half with a 15 point lead.
His enthusiasm from the sidelines transferred over to his team on the floor.
Andrew Schroeder (6'9''-F) looked very good for his team. He was solid on the block and grabbed many rebounds around the rim.
Robert Mitchell (6'6''-F-86) looked like a pro for Manchester. He has a really good shot (midrange). He is a big guard that can play either the 1,2 or 3 positions. He also has a high basketball IQ.
Dustin Mitchell (6'9''-F/C, college: WiscKing.-Whitew.) former ESL Las Vegas All Tourney player had his game going in the first half.
Dustin has a great shot, he has really good post moves on the low post and he is an excellent rebounder. He is a double-double guy that can play in France Pro A, Germany 1st Division and leagues equivalent.
Justin Baker (6'7''-F) played very well and featured a nice mid range shooting touch and great rebounding skills.
Allen Durham (6'6''-F) was a monster on the offensive boards for Lugano.
Lindsey Hughey (6'3''-G-89) was terrific in the second half. He connected on a couple of 3pt shots and had some strong penetration moves towards the rim.
With 2 minutes left in the 3rd quarter, coach Glen Hayes team had a commanding lead 98-63. It was all do to his energy and communication with his players. In the end Lugano easily moves on to the semi-finals game.
Noah Gottlieb (6'1''-G-88) played well in the first half for the losing team but displayed some fine point guard skills.
MVP of this game was Justin Johnson with 18-points, 9assist and 6 rebounds. Marcel Anderson also had 19 points and 9-assists.


Official Basketball Box Score -- Game Totals -- Final Statistics
Lugano vs Manchester
07/08/11 6:10 pm at Doolittle Center, Las Vegas, Nev.
Lugano 126
Total 3-Ptr Rebounds
## Player FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA Off Def Tot PF TP A TO Blk Stl Min
01 Anderson, Marcel * 9-18 1-2 0-2 1 1 2 1 19 9 6 0 1 33
11 Johnson, Justin * 8-14 0-0 2-2 1 5 6 0 18 9 2 0 3 39
42 Kimble, Anthony * 6-15 0-1 0-0 1 5 6 2 12 3 2 1 1 26
60 Bailey, Brant * 5-8 0-0 0-0 0 8 8 2 10 0 1 0 0 34
97 Mitchell, Dustin * 6-11 1-2 3-4 2 6 8 3 16 0 1 0 2 35
14 Hughey, Lindsey 7-9 1-3 0-0 1 12 13 0 15 4 4 0 2 11
23 Watson, Kashif 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 4 2 0 0 0 14
55 Shuler, Jovonni 2-7 0-3 0-0 2 1 3 2 4 0 0 0 1 18
56 Schroeder, Andrew 7-8 0-0 0-0 4 5 9 2 14 0 1 0 0 11
75 Durham, Allen 4-8 0-0 0-0 5 4 9 4 8 1 0 1 0 8
88 Baker, Justin 3-5 0-0 0-0 1 4 5 2 6 1 0 1 0 12
Team 1 2 3
Totals 59-10 3-11 5-8 19 53 72 19 126 29 17 3 10 241
FG % 1st Half: 26-54 48.1%
3FG % 1st Half: 2-6 33.3%
FT % 1st Half: 3-4 75.0%
2nd half: 33-53 62.3%
2nd half: 1-5 20.0%
2nd half: 2-4 50.0%
Game: 59-10 55.1%
Game: 3-11 27.3%
Game: 5-8 62.5%
Deadball
Rebounds
2
Manchester 83
Total 3-Ptr Rebounds
## Player FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA Off Def Tot PF TP A TO Blk Stl Min
16 Gottlieb, Noah * 5-15 1-1 1-2 1 1 2 2 12 2 4 1 1 38
36 Gibbons, Deshawn * 2-6 0-1 2-2 4 1 5 2 6 0 2 0 1 34
41 Mitchell, Robert * 5-11 1-2 2-3 0 2 2 2 13 4 1 0 0 25
66 Abraham, Dennard * 4-13 0-1 0-1 1 4 5 1 8 0 1 0 0 29
77 Custer, Coy * 3-10 0-0 0-0 3 2 5 0 6 0 1 1 1 32
25 Rice, Denarryl 3-12 0-1 2-2 1 3 4 0 8 4 5 0 2 16
26 Stubbs, Jason 2-8 0-0 0-0 1 3 4 0 4 0 4 0 0 21
37 Rakestraw, Nate 3-7 0-2 1-1 0 3 3 0 7 1 0 0 0 4
45 Tat, Solomon 5-9 0-0 2-4 0 2 2 0 12 2 1 0 2 6
57 Baize, Jonah 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 14
63 Johnson, Stan 2-4 0-0 1-3 2 1 3 2 5 0 0 0 0 22
Team 0 7 7
Totals 35-97 2-8 11-18 13 29 42 9 83 14 19 2 7 241
FG % 1st Half: 18-52 34.6%
3FG % 1st Half: 2-6 33.3%
FT % 1st Half: 2-3 66.7%
2nd half: 17-45 37.8%
2nd half: 0-2 0.0%
2nd half: 9-15 60.0%
Game: 35-97 36.1%
Game: 2-8 25.0%
Game: 11-18 61.1%
Deadball
Rebounds
3
Officials:
Technical fouls: Lugano-None. Manchester-None.
Attendance:
Score by periods 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Lugano 31 26 47 22 126
Manchester 21 19 27 16 83



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Olimpia Milano officially lands Ioannis Bourousis - by Eurobasket News
Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) officially became a new member of Olimpia Milano. The Geek big guy penned a two-year deal with this new club. Bourousis arrives from Olympiakos, where he spent last five years. He appeared 18 times for them last season averaging 10.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.3 block. In Greek league, Bourousis added 11.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg and 1.1 bpg for 30 games. He helped Reds to win the Greek Cup in 2010 and this year as well. As mentioned above, Ioannis Bourousis joined Olympiakos in 2006 from AEK Athens. In 2007, 2008 and this year Bourousis was named Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Center of the Year.
Ioannis Bourousis is active member of the Greek National Team. For six games in Turkey last summer he had 10.7 ppg and 6.3 rpg.


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Italy U18 wins Torneo di Reggio Calabria - by Eurobasket News
Iatly U18 -France U18 70:69

Italy U18 wins Torneo di Reggio Calabria with 4 participating teams. The hosts of the tournament won all three games and edged France U18 70:69 in the last day.
After two straight victories Italy U18 started with 22-16 in the first period. France replied with 13-8 and trailed 29:30 at the halftime. In the second half both squads exchanged the victories, that brought the hosts the third win in a row. Italy celebrated 19-16 in the third quarter, while France won the fourth 24-21.
Matteo Imbro (187-G-94) paced all the hosts with 14 points and Della Valle nailed 11. Matteo Chillo (202-F/C-93) and Raphael Gaspardo (202-F-93) scored 9 each, while Mattia Magrini (190-F-93) and Diego Monaldi (190-G-93) produced 8 points apiece.
In another game of the last day Greece U18 overcame Germnay U18 63:56. The team of Stefano Bizzozi had a great preparation tournament as they start 2011 European Championships for U18 teams in Poland from 21 - 31 July, 2011.



Germany U18 won over France U18 in Day 2 of the Torneo di Reggio Calabria - by Eurobasket News
Germany U18 -France U18 66:58

Germany U18 won over France U18 in Day 2 of the Torneo di Reggio Calabria in Italy. The German side improved to 1-1 record after 66:58 win as yesterday they lost to the hosts. France meanwhile is also with 1-1 record as in Day 1 they edged Greece U18 64:50.
France started better and grabbed 20-19 after the first 10 minutes of the game. The battle continued in the court as the teams stayed close to each other. Only due to 2-point second quarter win, Germany took 35:34 at the halftime. In the second half the German team took the lead and reached 53:49 after thirty minutes of the game. They increased even to 8 points in the last period to seal the initial victory.
Stephan Haukohl (200-F-93) paced all the winners with 16 points and Johannes Richter (203-F/C-93) netted 11. Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93), Dennis Schroder and Tim Unterluggauer followed them with 8 points each.
In another game Italy U18 edged Greek side in Torneo di Reggio Calabria to reach the second straight win. The hosts needed strong third period to win 80:57 and will face France for the top place tomorrow.




France hold off Greece in Riom - by Eurobasket News
France U16 - Greece U16 61:49

France recorded the first win at the U16 international tournament in Riom. They held off Greek counterparts in the opener. Damien Inglis (198-F-95) stepped up with 11 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort.
The teams went neck and neck right from the start. The hosts eked out a narrow 14:12 lead at the first break. The margin grew at 7-point mark midway through the second period. France eventually registered a 31:26 halftime lead. But the Hellenes answered with a 6:0 run at the start of the second half. Greece pulled ahead but not for too long. Les Bleus quickly restored an 8-point advantage with one quarter remaining 43:35. France did not allow Greece closer than 8 points in the final period and celebrated a confident win at the end. Thomas Ville (180-G-95) nailed 9 points in the victory. Georgios Papadionysioy answered with 11 points for Greece. Sokratis Gkelios added 10 points in the loss.

France U16: Damien Inglis 11, Thomas Ville 9, Paul Rigot (199-G-95) 7
Greece U16: Georgios Papadionysiou 11, Sokratis Gkelios 10



Chartres announce Michel Ipouck - by Eurobasket News
Chartres announce Michel Ipouck (199-F-86) for the next season. The Cameroonian-French Forward comes from ASM Basket Le Puy-en-Velay.
In 2004-2005 he started for Poitiers (N1) and in 23 games averaged 6.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 2FGP: 59.2%, 3FGP: 14.3%, FT: 54.8%. In 2005-2006 for Union Poitiers Basket 86 (N1) showed 6.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 2FGP: 51%, 3PT: 21.0%, FT: 53.0%. In 2006-2007 moved to Saint-Quentin Basket-Ball (France-ProB) and in 33 games his stats read 3.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.0spg. In 2007-2008 for Saint-Quentin Basket-Ball (France-ProB) improved 5.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 41.1%. In 2008-2009 appeared for JSF Nanterre (France-ProB, starting five) and in 32 games averaged 3.8ppg, 3.4rpg.
In 2009-2010 Michel Ipouck started for Angers BC 49 (France-NM1, starting five) and had 9.4ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.8bpg, 2FGP: 47.7%, FT: 64.1%. The last season he played for ASM Basket Le Puy-en-Velay (France-NM1) and in 19 games showed 13.1ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.2apg, 1.8spg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 48.9%, 3PT: 9.5%, FT: 57.1%.
Michel Ipouck is a member of the Cameroonian National Team -11.



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Georgia U20 prepare for Division B - by Eurobasket News
Georgia U20 prepare for Division B that will start on July 14th in Sarajevo. The team played some frienldies with Austrian and Dutch teams.
Austria U20 overcame Georgia U20 89:82. The Austrian side played better in the first half and reached 40:36 advantage. They even managed to increase to seven points at the end of the game. Novas Mateo and Thomas Klepeisz (187-G-91) paced all the winners with 17 points each, while Rados nailed 15. Anton Maresch (192-G-91) finished the game with 11 points, while Romed Vieider (196-F-91) notched 9.
Georgia U20 rolled over Holland U20 87:74. The first half was very offensive and brought minimum 42:41 advantage. In the third quarter Georgia erupted with 32-13 and never looked behind. Tornike Stungelia erupted with 38 points that weer not enough for the victory.
The 2011 European Championship Division B will be played in Sarajevo (Bosnia & Herzegovina) from 14 - 24 July, 2011. Twenty-two teams were divided into 4 groups with 5 and 6 teams respectfully. Georgia settled down in Group A.







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Germany U18 won over France U18 in Day 2 of the Torneo di Reggio Calabria - by Eurobasket News
Germany U18 -France U18 66:58

Germany U18 won over France U18 in Day 2 of the Torneo di Reggio Calabria in Italy. The German side improved to 1-1 record after 66:58 win as yesterday they lost to the hosts. France meanwhile is also with 1-1 record as in Day 1 they edged Greece U18 64:50.
France started better and grabbed 20-19 after the first 10 minutes of the game. The battle continued in the court as the teams stayed close to each other. Only due to 2-point second quarter win, Germany took 35:34 at the halftime. In the second half the German team took the lead and reached 53:49 after thirty minutes of the game. They increased even to 8 points in the last period to seal the initial victory.
Stephan Haukohl (200-F-93) paced all the winners with 16 points and Johannes Richter (203-F/C-93) netted 11. Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93), Dennis Schroder and Tim Unterluggauer followed them with 8 points each.
In another game Italy U18 edged Greek side in Torneo di Reggio Calabria to reach the second straight win. The hosts needed strong third period to win 80:57 and will face France for the top place tomorrow.




Tim Schwartz Goes To Science City Jena - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Science City Jena has announced its first new signing for the PRO A 2010-2011 season with Tim Schwartz (199-F-87) who played in the Beko BBl last season. Schwartz is a 23 year old 199cm small forward. Last season Schwartz gained experience in the Beko BBL playing for the LTi Giessen 46ers playing 22 games and averaging 1,2ppg. His best game last season was 8 points, 4 rebounds in 15 minutes in a loss against EnBW Ludwigsburg. 'Tim had been a desired player that I wanted since some time and I sought contact to him shortly after the season. I am happy that he chose us and I am sure that he will help us on the court and off', stressed Science City Jena coach Georg Eichler . Schwartz started his basketball career in 2005 with 1 FC Kaiserslautern (2.Bundesliga) where he played until 2010. In his last season in the Pfalz, he played 30 games: 8.8ppg, 4.7rpg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 43.3%, FT: 75.0%. 'I am looking forward to the new challenge and hope we can stay at the top and have a great season', added TimSchwartz. Awards/Achievements in his career have been German U20 National Team -07, European Championships U20 Division B in Warsaw (Poland) -07 (Semifinals): 8 games: 4.4ppg, 4.3rpg,and German A2 National Team -08.

Source: Science City Jena





Greece U18 edged Germany U18 in the last day of the Torneo di Reggio Calabria - by Eurobasket News
Germany U18-Greece U18 56:63

Greece U18 edged Germany U18 in the last day of the Torneo di Reggio Calabria. Greece celebrated the initial 63:56 victory at the tournament as three teams finished with 1-2 records. Greece, France and Germany followed the perfect record of the home side.
Germany started better and reached 21-17 in the first period. They continued to dominate the court but could bring 3 point-advantage to the second half. Both squads disappeared in the lockers at 35:32. Greece did not appear to be panicking as they have in games previous, appearing happy to run the shot clock down and wait for their opportunities to penetrate. Greece steadied in the last period, attacking the Germans and making up some ground to go out of the court with the win. Trailing 2 points after the thirty minutes, Greece won the last period as well as the game itself.
Dennis Schroeder (184-G-93) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93) nailed 12. Mauricio Marin (188-PG-94) nailed 6, whilst Besnik Bekteshi (188-G-93) and Stephan Haukohl (200-F-93) notched 5 apiece.
Italy U18 wins Torneo di Reggio Calabria with 4 participating teams. The hosts of the tournament won all three games and edged France U18 70:69 in the last day.




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Greece U18 edged Germany U18 in the last day of the Torneo di Reggio Calabria - by Eurobasket News
Germany U18-Greece U18 56:63

Greece U18 edged Germany U18 in the last day of the Torneo di Reggio Calabria. Greece celebrated the initial 63:56 victory at the tournament as three teams finished with 1-2 records. Greece, France and Germany followed the perfect record of the home side.
Germany started better and reached 21-17 in the first period. They continued to dominate the court but could bring 3 point-advantage to the second half. Both squads disappeared in the lockers at 35:32. Greece did not appear to be panicking as they have in games previous, appearing happy to run the shot clock down and wait for their opportunities to penetrate. Greece steadied in the last period, attacking the Germans and making up some ground to go out of the court with the win. Trailing 2 points after the thirty minutes, Greece won the last period as well as the game itself.
Dennis Schroeder (184-G-93) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93) nailed 12. Mauricio Marin (188-PG-94) nailed 6, whilst Besnik Bekteshi (188-G-93) and Stephan Haukohl (200-F-93) notched 5 apiece.
Italy U18 wins Torneo di Reggio Calabria with 4 participating teams. The hosts of the tournament won all three games and edged France U18 70:69 in the last day.




Greens, Reds happy with Euroleague draw - by Eurobasket News
Both Panathinaikos and Olympiakos had rather favorable draws for the Euroleague group stage on July 7, but PAOK will have a hard task to make it through the qualifiers.

Holder Panathinaikos will be in the same group as Russian giant CSKA Moscow, Unicaja Malaga from Spain, Lithuanias Zalgiris Kaunas, Bamberg from Germany and KK Zagreb from Croatia. The Greens and CSKA are likely to top the group and go into the second stage of the competition as group leaders.

Panathinaikos will also be the host at the opening game of the Euroleague in Athens on October 17, when it will entertain Unicaja Malaga.

Olympiakos has been pooled with Caja Laboral and Bilbao of Spain, Turkeys Fenerbahce Ulker, Cantu of Italy and Nancy of France. The Reds will face a stiff challenge from Fenerbahce and Caja Laboral.

For PAOK to make the group stage, it will have to overcome three hurdles.

First the Thessaloniki team must see off Turkish side Galatasaray, with the home and away games starting on September 29 at Pylaia.

The winner of that tie will play against the team to emerge from the French battle of Villeurbanne vs Gravelines and if PAOK is still alive it will face Cibona Zagreb, Cholet, Lietuvos Rytas or Buducnost for a place in the Euroleague group stage.

If, after three qualifying rounds, PAOK has made it to the group stage, it will find itself in the same pool as Real Madrid, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Partizan Belgrade, Anadolu Efes Istanbul and Armani Milano.

Courtesy of www.ekathimerini.com


France hold off Greece in Riom - by Eurobasket News
France U16 - Greece U16 61:49

France recorded the first win at the U16 international tournament in Riom. They held off Greek counterparts in the opener. Damien Inglis (198-F-95) stepped up with 11 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort.
The teams went neck and neck right from the start. The hosts eked out a narrow 14:12 lead at the first break. The margin grew at 7-point mark midway through the second period. France eventually registered a 31:26 halftime lead. But the Hellenes answered with a 6:0 run at the start of the second half. Greece pulled ahead but not for too long. Les Bleus quickly restored an 8-point advantage with one quarter remaining 43:35. France did not allow Greece closer than 8 points in the final period and celebrated a confident win at the end. Thomas Ville (180-G-95) nailed 9 points in the victory. Georgios Papadionysioy answered with 11 points for Greece. Sokratis Gkelios added 10 points in the loss.

France U16: Damien Inglis 11, Thomas Ville 9, Paul Rigot (199-G-95) 7
Greece U16: Georgios Papadionysiou 11, Sokratis Gkelios 10



Greek NT announced - by Eurobasket News
Head Coach of the Greek National Team Ilias Zouros (agency: Alti Sport ) announced list of 16 candidates for the EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania. There is no Thodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: FCM), Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) and Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) on this list. Costas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) is back to NT and there is also Loukas Mavrokefalides (207-C-84), who didn't play in Turkey last summer. New members of the Greek NT are Evangelos Mantzaris (196-G-90) and Michael Bramos (196-G/F-87, college: Miami, OH). Coach Zouros also called Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM). There was some rumors which connected Bourousis with using of illegal substances, but he successfully passed doping test denying all of these stories.

Greek NT: Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket), Nick Calathes (198-G-89, college: Florida), Nikolaos Zisis (195-G-83), Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90), Evangelos Mantzaris, Costas Vasiliadis, Michael Bramos, Stratos Perperoglou (203-G/F-84), Kostas Papanikolaou (204-F/G-90), Loukas Mavrokefalides, Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81), Kostas Koufos (213-C/F-89, college: Ohio St.), Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85), Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83), Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) and Ioannis Bourousis.

Greece is placed to Preliminary Group C of the EuroBasket 2011. Their rivals will be Bosnia, FYROM, Croatia and Montenegro. There will also be the winner of the Additional Qualifying Tournament.


Italy U18 edged Greek side in Torneo di Reggio Calabria - by Eurobasket News
Italy U18-Greece U18 80:57

Italy U18 edged Greek side in Torneo di Reggio Calabria to reach the second straight win. The hosts needed strong third period to win 80:57 and will face France for the top place tomorrow.
Italy started with 25-18 in the opening period, but could not dominate the court. The Greek Side produced 19-15 in the second frame to reduce to 3 points at the halftime. Only due to the third period Italian managed to prove their superiority. They erupted with 27-12 and added 13-8 in the last frame.
Matteo Chillo (202-F/C-93) paced all the winners with 14 points and Raphael Gaspardo (202-F-93) as well as Amedeo Tessitori (201-C-94) scored 13 apiece. Edoardo Giovara (93), Mattia Magrini (190-F-93) and Matteo Imbro (187-G-94) netted 7 points apiece. Kyprianos Maragkos (205-C-94) ended up with 12 points in the losing effort and Giannoulis Larentzakis (200-F-93) posted 11.
In another game of Day 2 Germany U18 edged France U18 66:58.

Italy U18: Matteo Chillo 14, Raphael Gaspardo 13, Amedeo Tessitori 13, Edoardo Giovara 7, Mattia Magrini 7, Matteo Imbro 7
Greece U18: Kyprianos Maragkos 12, Giannoulis Larentzakis 11




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Holland U23 and U20 update - by Eurobasket News
Holland U23 and U20 played some friednlies over Austria and Georgia.
Georgia U20 rolled over Holland U20 87:74. The first half was very offensive and brought minimum 42:41 advantage. In the third quarter Georgia erupted with 32-13 and never looked behind. Tornike Stungelia erupted with 38 points that weer not enough for the victory.
In another game Austria U20 outscored Holland U20 75:67. It was a tough start but the guests managed to grab 41:35 halftime deficit. The second half brought another two-point deficit for the final 75:67 win. Novas Mateo stepped up with 15 points, while Anton Maresch (192-G-91) notched 12.
Holland U23 meanwhile won over Austria U20 69:56. The latter looked better in the first half and reached 35:33 after the first 20 minutes of the game. Holland U23 pushed the tempo in the second half and after the victories in the third and the last periods grabbed valuable 69:56 win. For Austria Erik Fruhwirth (204-C/F-91) netted 10 points and Anton Maresch scored 9.




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Hordur Axel Vilhjalmsson goes pro - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Hordur Axel Axel Vilhjalmsson (188-G-88) 6'3 guard has sign a three year contract with Pro A team Mitteldeutcher in Germany. Team used to be BBL team but drop down after last season
Axel Axel Vilhjalmsson (188-G-88) has been playing for Keflavik in Iceland last two season and one season for Njardvik before that. Originally he groove up at Fjolnir
Axel Axel Vilhjalmsson (188-G-88) is on Iceland National team training roster for Scandinavian Championship later this month.

Justin Shouse ( Agent Icebasket) who receive his Icelandic Citizenship last May is probably signing again with Stjarnan. Contract talk is on good notes so far.
Another American player Darrell Flake (Agent Icebasket) got his Icelandic citizenship also last May.


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Ireland U16 completes the Scottish Friendly tournament - by Eurobasket News
Ireland U16 completes the Scottish Friendly tournament.
At first Luxembourg U16 won over Ireland U16 70:62. They started the game with 13-4 and reached 19-15 after the first 10 minutes. The board showed 30-23 lead after 25 minutes in the game, while Luxembourg U16 increased to 39:29 at the halftime. In the end of the third period the winners had 54:47 lead and never looked behind in the game. GUTENKAUF Philippe paced all the winners with 20 points and GRUEN Thomas scored 18. Anton McDonnell (95) ended up with 9 points in the losing effort, while CARROLL John notched 8.
In Day 2 Luxembourg U16 outscored Ireland U16 60:51. They started with 14-4 and reached 17-9 after the first period. Ireland reduced to 31:30 after 25 minutes in the court, but Luxembourg pushed the tempo for good to win the game more comfortable. GRUN Thomas paced all the winners with 11 points, while Tim Schmit (186-F-95) notched 9. O'HANLON Kev in and BROWN Andrew posted 10 points apiece in defeat.




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Eurobasket Exclusive: Arik Shivek Announces Israeli NT Roster - by David Pick
Israeli National Head Coach, Arik Shivek, announced today (Saturday) the names of the extended seventeen player's roster that will battle for a spot among the ultimate twelve, who will represent the Star of David's blue-and-white Israeli flag in the 2011 EuroBasket tournament which will take place between August 31st - September 18th, in Lithuania. Israel as recalled was pooled to group B which is known to be one of the toughest groups along with France, Germany, Italy, Serbia and Latvia.

Domestic defending champions, Maccabi Tel Aviv can brag about having the most player representatives (five) in the squad as coach Blatt sends, forwards Lior Eliyahu, Guy Pnini and David Blu, along with national captain, guard Tal Burstein and this past season's center Yaniv Green.

Hapoel Jerusalem has the second largest player representation in the likes of back court point guards Yogev Ohayon and Yuval Naimy (both free agents), joined by big men Elishay Kadir and Uri Kokia.

The final roster includes abroad talents hooping overseas such as, Israeli NBA sensation and Cleveland Cavaliers new forward Omri Casspi, Benetton Treviso's new play maker Gal Mekel, recent Olympiakos guard Yotam Halperin, Czech champion with Nymburk point guard Afik Nissim and latest ACB Menorca's combo-guard Raviv Limonad.

Other players included are Hapoel Holon's Moran Roth and Nir Cohen and Maccabi Haifa's seven footer Robert Rothbart.


'It's no secret that our group has many NBA players from different countries. This fact only creates a much more attractive group and our games both competitive and enjoyable,' said Shivek. 'We have proven before that our team doesn't rely on individual players, rather the core and full roster to succeed. Everyone saw our last campaign and I hope we all experience and that same team this tournament.'

During its preparations Israel will participate in three tournaments as the first one will take place between August 5th - 7th in Cyprus (Might transfer to Bulgaria), with Poland, Greece and Bulgaria as participating teams. Between August 11th - 17th, Israel will play in the Netherlands against the national local team, Georgia and the University of Villanova. Following that Israel will travel to Georgia where they will play another game against the local NT. To conclude their preparations Israel will host it's final competition in Nokia Arena between August 22nd - 24th, as they will battle the Poland NT and face Maccabi's Head Coach, David Blatt and his Russian squad.




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Prima Veroli lands Gerald Lee - by Eurobasket News
Gerald Lee (208-F-87, college: ODU) is a new member of Prima Veroli. The Finish big guy signed a one-year deal. Lee arrives to Prima Veroli from Snaidero Cucine Udine. He appeared 30 times in Lega Due last season averaging 14.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals. He was awarded with Eurobasket.com Italian Lega2 All-Bosmans Team -11.
Gerald Lee is a product of Old Dominion University, where he graduated in 2010. As a senior he had 14.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 1.3 apg. In the past, Lee played for the Finish team UU-Korihait. He is active member of the Finish National Team. In Qualifications to European Championships 2011, Lee had 10.5 ppg and 3.8 rpg for 8 games.


Prima Veroli bring in Jason Rowe - by Eurobasket News
Prima Veroli continued to strengthen their roster. They followed the acquisition of Gerald Lee (208-F-87, college: ODU) with the signing of Jason Rowe (178-G-78, college: Loyola, MD). The 33-year-old guard spent the last season in Turkey. He tallied 13.2 points, 4.6 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game for Tofas Bursa in TBL. Previously Jason Rowe played for Sassari, Dijon, PAOK, Livorno, Hyeres-Toulon, Gravelines, Pico, Spojnia and Apoel. Jason Rowe was named Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Guard of the Year back in 2006.


Olimpia Milano officially lands Ioannis Bourousis - by Eurobasket News
Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) officially became a new member of Olimpia Milano. The Geek big guy penned a two-year deal with this new club. Bourousis arrives from Olympiakos, where he spent last five years. He appeared 18 times for them last season averaging 10.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.3 block. In Greek league, Bourousis added 11.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg and 1.1 bpg for 30 games. He helped Reds to win the Greek Cup in 2010 and this year as well. As mentioned above, Ioannis Bourousis joined Olympiakos in 2006 from AEK Athens. In 2007, 2008 and this year Bourousis was named Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Center of the Year.
Ioannis Bourousis is active member of the Greek National Team. For six games in Turkey last summer he had 10.7 ppg and 6.3 rpg.


Sutor Montegranaro brings in Sandro Nicevic - by Eurobasket News
Sutor Montegranaro announced signing of Croatian big guy Sandro Nicevic (210-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) for the next season. They also agreed option for 2012/13. Nicevic spent last season with Benetton Treviso. He helped them reach EuroCup and SerieA Semifinals. In EuroCup, Nicevic averaged 8.2 points and 3,2 rebounds for 5 games. He also added 6.4 ppg and 3.4 rpg for 23 games in Italy.
Sandro Nicevic joined Benetton in 2008 from Besiktas. In 2009, he was named Eurobasket.com Eurocup All-Europeans Team and also Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention. In the past, Nicevic also played for Le Mans, Unicaja Malaga, Union Olimpija and Cibona Zagreb. With Unicaja, Nicevic won the ACB title in 2006. With Cibona Zagreb, he won few trophies in Croatia.


Lakers officially add Ettore Messina to Mike Brown's coaching staff - by Eurobasket News
In a move that was widely expected to happen, the Lakers officially added Ettore Messina , one of Europe's highly esteemed coaches, as a coaching consultant under Mike Brown.

Lakers spokesman John Black said he couldn't say what Messina's day-to-day duties would entail, but he said that Messina was hired on a full-time basis, will attend all games, practices and coaching meetings and will sit behind the bench.

After spending the last two seasons coaching at Real Madrid and coaching CSKA Moscow from 2006 to 2009, leading them to two Euroleague titles (2006 and 2008), numerous reports indicated Messina resigned from his position at Real Madrid because he would like to be a head coach in the NBA but believes he needs experience as an assistant coach first.

But Messina already has some history with the NBA, helping the San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers in various consulting roles. Messina also helped Brown set up Cleveland's offense when Brown was a head coach there from 2005 to 2010.

'I am honored to have received this opportunity from one of the greatest basketball organizations in the world, Messina said in a statement. 'I have great respect for Coach Mike Brown and Im excited to work with him and his staff.'

Messina also won the 1998 and 2001 Euroleague with Virtus Bologna of Italy, with the 2001 team featuring San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili. Messina, who coached the Italian national team from 1993-97, has picked up numerous awards, including European coach of the year (1998), Italian coach of the year (1990, 1993, 1998, 2001, 2005) and the Euroleague coach of the year (2006 and 2008).

Courtesy of http://lakersblog.latimes.com


Italy U18 edged Greek side in Torneo di Reggio Calabria - by Eurobasket News
Italy U18-Greece U18 80:57

Italy U18 edged Greek side in Torneo di Reggio Calabria to reach the second straight win. The hosts needed strong third period to win 80:57 and will face France for the top place tomorrow.
Italy started with 25-18 in the opening period, but could not dominate the court. The Greek Side produced 19-15 in the second frame to reduce to 3 points at the halftime. Only due to the third period Italian managed to prove their superiority. They erupted with 27-12 and added 13-8 in the last frame.
Matteo Chillo (202-F/C-93) paced all the winners with 14 points and Raphael Gaspardo (202-F-93) as well as Amedeo Tessitori (201-C-94) scored 13 apiece. Edoardo Giovara (93), Mattia Magrini (190-F-93) and Matteo Imbro (187-G-94) netted 7 points apiece. Kyprianos Maragkos (205-C-94) ended up with 12 points in the losing effort and Giannoulis Larentzakis (200-F-93) posted 11.
In another game of Day 2 Germany U18 edged France U18 66:58.

Italy U18: Matteo Chillo 14, Raphael Gaspardo 13, Amedeo Tessitori 13, Edoardo Giovara 7, Mattia Magrini 7, Matteo Imbro 7
Greece U18: Kyprianos Maragkos 12, Giannoulis Larentzakis 11




Serbia open Riom tournament with win over Italy - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U16 - Italy U16 101:82

Serbian U16 National Team victoriously opened their Riom international tournament campaign. They knocked down Italian counterparts in the opener. Duchan Dusan Ristic (207-C/F-95) knocked down 20 points to pace the winners.
Italy got to the better start. The Azzurri grabbed a 22:18 lead after ten minutes. But Serbia stormed back in the second frame. They went on a 32:18 run to post a 50:35 halftime advantage. Serbia maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They headed into the fourth stanza up by 19 points. The teams traded baskets throughout the final quarter as Serbia coasted to the victory at the end. Brano Djukanovic (95) accounted for 17 points, while Guduric added 11 in the victory. Simone Fontecchio (196-F-95) responded with 17 points for Italy. Maccaferri delivered 15 points in the loss.

Serbia U16: Dusan Ristic 20, Brano Djukanovic 17, Guduric 11
Italy U16: Simone Fontecchio 17, Maccaferri 15



Italy U18 wins Torneo di Reggio Calabria - by Eurobasket News
Iatly U18 -France U18 70:69

Italy U18 wins Torneo di Reggio Calabria with 4 participating teams. The hosts of the tournament won all three games and edged France U18 70:69 in the last day.
After two straight victories Italy U18 started with 22-16 in the first period. France replied with 13-8 and trailed 29:30 at the halftime. In the second half both squads exchanged the victories, that brought the hosts the third win in a row. Italy celebrated 19-16 in the third quarter, while France won the fourth 24-21.
Matteo Imbro (187-G-94) paced all the hosts with 14 points and Della Valle nailed 11. Matteo Chillo (202-F/C-93) and Raphael Gaspardo (202-F-93) scored 9 each, while Mattia Magrini (190-F-93) and Diego Monaldi (190-G-93) produced 8 points apiece.
In another game of the last day Greece U18 overcame Germnay U18 63:56. The team of Stefano Bizzozi had a great preparation tournament as they start 2011 European Championships for U18 teams in Poland from 21 - 31 July, 2011.



Barcellona tab Liugi Dordei - by Eurobasket News
Barcellona have bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Luigi Dordei (202-F-81). The 29-year-old forward comes from Snaidero Udine. Last season Luigi Dordei tallied 10.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game in LegaDue. Previously the forward had spells for Sassari, Reggio Emilia, Prima Veroli, Imola, Vigevano, Ragusa and Rieti. Luigi Dordei was the member of Italian B National Team back in 2001.



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Brazil finished on the 9th place at the U19 World Championships, Latvia is 10th - by Eurobasket News
Brazil U19-Latvia U19 81:73

Brazil U19 finished on the 9th place at the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championships. The Latin American team won over the hosts 81:73 to send them to the 10th place.
Janis Timma (201-F/G-92) gave the Baltic side 8:3 lead, but they could not keep the leading advantage. Lucas Nogueira (213-C-92) closed the first period at 21:14, while Davis Bertans (205-C-92) reduced to 23:21 early in the second. Brazil pushed the tempo in the end of the half and Raul Neto (186-PG-92) sent the teams to the lockers at 41:35. In the third period the picture had changed in the game and both squads exchanged the baskets for their own leads. Kaspars Vecvagars gave the hosts 44:43 and Davis Bertans increased to 49:47. David Rossetto (180-PG-93) brought 58:54 for Brazil to go to the last period with 4-point deficit. Brazil did not allow Latvia to reduce the gap and won the game.
David Rossetto led the way with 19 points and Bruno Irigoyen (202-G/F-92) scored 17. Raul Neto notched 15, while Lucas Nogueira collected 8 points and 10 rebounds. Davis Bertans replied with 25 points in defeat and Edmunds Dukulis (204-C-92, agency: Players Group) delivered 17.

Brazil U19: David Rossetto 19, Bruno Irigoyen 17, Raul Neto 15, Lucas Nogueira 8+10 rebs
Latvia U19: Davis Bertans 25, Edmunds Dukulis 17, Janis Timma 10




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Jean Abed El Nour in Riyadi until 2014!! - by Rabih Khoury
After weeks of negotiations, Al Riyadi and Lebanese star forward Jean Abed El Nour (197-G/F-83) have reached an agreement on new terms for their already present contract. While the previous agreement ran till 2013, the new one goes till 2014 and has been substantially upgraded to fit the increasing rise in level of Abdelnour's performances.
'I am very happy of the outcome of our negotiations' said Abdelnour. 'I can now fully concentrate on my personal pre-season preparation and do better with the National Team and Al Riyadi'.
Also to note that this step came directly 1 day after Champville signed their superstar Fadi Khatib until 2015.
Source: SPORTS MAGAZINE LBC


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Darius Songaila moves to Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News
Darius Songaila (205-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) moves to Galatasaray as Turkish teams are now the most star-packed for 2011/2012 season in Europe. The Lithuanian NBA star heads to the Turkish team for one year.
In 2006-2007 for $3,650,000 Darius joined Washington Wizards (NBA) and in Regular Season after 37 games averaged 7.6ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP: 52.4%, FT: 85.2%; Play-Offs: 4 games: 10.8ppg, 3.3rpg. In 2007-2008 for $3,942,000 in Washington Wizards (NBA) he had 6.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 45.8%, FT: 91.8%; Play-Offs: 5 games: 5.8ppg, 2.6rpg. In 2008-2009 had massive $4,234,000 for Washington Wizards (NBA, starting five) and in 77 games averaged 7.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 53.2%, FT: 88.9%. In 2009-2010 moved to New Orleans Hornets (NBA) and in 75 games showed 7.2ppg, 3.1rpg, FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 81.1%. The last season started for New Orleans Hornets (NBA), in Sep.'10 was traded to Philadelphia 76ers (NBA): 10 games: 1.6ppg, 1.0rpg.


Darius Songaila was a member of the Lithuanian National Team -00-04, 06-08. He participated at Olympic Games -00 (Sydney). In season 2003 he became European Championship Champion and also Russian A Superleague Regular Season Champion and Russian A Superleague Champion. In 2004 Darius participated at the Olympic Games in Athens -04 and at the World Championships in Japan in 2006.




Lithuania edge Russia to reach World Championship Final - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U19 - Russia U19 85:68

Lithuania have become the first U19 World Championship finalists. They outgunned Russian counterparts in the first semifinal in Riga tonight. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) came up with 21 points and 13 rebounds to pace the winners.
Lithuania stunned their opponetns in the first half. Russia led 3:0 early in the encounter but the Baltic team went on a 21:6 run to build a comfortable lead. Lithuania ensured a 25:11 advantage at the first break. The margin grew at 27-point mark midway through the second term as the game slightly turned into a one-way traffic. Lithuania secured a 53:26 halftime lead. Lithuania boosted the gap to 30 points in the third term but Russia managed to narrow the deficit at 20 points with ten minutes remaining 50:70. Russia used a 10:2 run early in the fourth frame to get within 12 points 62:74. However Pukis and Zygimantas Skucas (200-F-92) came up with timely five points in the fourth quarter to tame Russia and Lithuania rolled to the victory at the end. Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) finished with 13 points, while Zygimantas Skucas added 12 points in the win. Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92) responded with 27 points for Russia. Alexander Tikhonin (205-F-92) contributed 13 points in the loss.

Lithuania U19: Jonas Valanciunas 21+13 boards, Dovydas Redikas 13, Zygimantas Skucas 12
Russia U19: Dmitry Kulagin 27, Alexander Tikhonin 13



Denzel Bowles joins Siauliai - by Eurobasket News
Siauliai are getting their roster shaped for the next season. They have agreed on terms of contract with Denzel Bowles (208-F). It is the first pro contract for the forward. Denzel Bowles has just graduated from the James Madison University. He tallied 17.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 blocks per game in his senior season. Denzel Bowles made it into All-CAA 1st Team. He also made it into NABC Division I All-District 10 1st Team.


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Luxembourg U16 won the Friendly tournament - by Eurobasket News
Luxembourg U16 won the Friendly tournament with three teams participated.
Luxembourg U16 started the campaign with the win over Ireland U16 70:62. They started the game with 13-4 and reached 19-15 after the first 10 minutes. The board showed 30-23 lead after 25 minutes in the game, while Luxembourg U16 increased to 39:29 at the halftime. In the end of the third period the winners had 54:47 lead and never looked behind in the game. GUTENKAUF Philippe paced all the winners with 20 points and GRUEN Thomas scored 18. Anton McDonnell (95) ended up with 9 points in the losing effort, while CARROLL John notched 8.
Luxembourg U16 smashed Scotland U16 92:64. The latter surprised the favorites with 10-5 in the opening tip and had 20:18 after the first 10 minutes. The score was tied at 36:36 when the squads left the court for the break, while the second half belonged to Luxembourg U16. They grabbed 65:48 after thirty minutes and led to 92:64 at the very end. Tim Schmit (186-F-95) top-scored for the winners with 27 points and GRUN Thomas brought 14. Neil Rowan replied with 17 points in the losing effort.
In Day 2 Luxembourg U16 outscored Ireland U16 60:51. They started with 14-4 and reached 17-9 after the first period. Ireland reduced to 31:30 after 25 minutes in the court, but Luxembourg pushed the tempo for good to win the game more comfortable. GRUN Thomas paced all the winners with 11 points, while Tim Schmit notched 9. O'HANLON Kev in and BROWN Andrew posted 10 points apiece in defeat.
Luxembourg U16 outscored Scotland U16 83:63. It was a defensive start and Scotalnd enjoyed 9-7 early lead. The second period was decisive in the game as Luxembourg erupted for 45:25 halftime advantage. GRUN Thomas led the way with 24 points and KAUFFMANN Tim notched 15. SIM Nicky ended up with 22 points in defeat and MCGILVRAY Joshua netted 15.




Murcia hosts the International Tournament for four teams - by Eurobasket News
Spain U18- Luxembourg U18 101:59

Murcia hosts the International Tournament for four teams as Spain U18 smashed Luxembourg U18 in the opener. The hosts easily took the lead and reached 110:59 win at the end.
Spain started with 25-14 and never looked behind after. They even exploded with 31-11 in the second frame for 56:25 at the halftime. Luxembourg played better in the third period and lost only 19-20 to trail 32 points after thirty minutes. Spain added massive 34-15 in the last quarter to reach three digits victory.
Alejandro Suarez (205-F/C-93) stepped up with 15 points for the home side and Jorge Sanz (188-PG-93) scored 13. Albert Homs (199-F-94) ended up with 12 points, Josep Perez (183-PG-94) netted 11 and Pablo Fernandez (188-PG-93) notched 10. Hoiser responded with 18 points in the losing effort. Gilles Polfer (189-G-93) nailed 14, whilst Hurt poured in 10.

Spain U18: Alejandro Suarez 15, Jorge Sanz 13, Albert Homs 12, Josep Perez 11, Pablo Fernandez 10
Luxembourg U18: Hoiser 18, Gilles Polfer 14, Hurt 10



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My NBA All-Underrated Team - by Daniel Gibson
The NBA is officially in a lockout so free agency and singings are put on hold until the situation is resolved.

Instead of killing a dead story, like LeBrons decision to leave the Cavs and join the Heat, I decided to find something fresh and exciting to talk about.

There are a few players in the league that everybody knows from the hardcore fans to the people that might catch a game or watch highlights here and there.

Then there is a group of players that fall in line under those stars. This group of guys is made up of young talent that has the potential to take the next step and join the top tier guys at some point and battle for all-star spots.

For some of them it will happen, for others they might stay at the middle-of-the-pack level that they are at but they still help there team to be successful and can be a great third option or a key contributor off of the bench on a winning team.

Here are the players that I picked for my.NBA All-Underrated Team.

Wizards: SG
Jordan Crawford: 11.7 Points per game, 2.5 Rebounds, 2.8 Assists, Potential: A

NBA rookie Jordan Crawford didnt get to play much while he was on the veteran led Atlanta Hawks squad but once he was traded to the young Washington Wizards he was able to get some burn.

Crawford took advantage of his opportunities too. With ATL he only played in 16 games and averaged 4 points but in 26 games with the Wizards he averaged 16.

Crawford is a fearless offensive player who has the handle and quickness to get into the paint at will. When players back off of him to prevent him from attacking he has the jump shot to punish them for their mistakes.

The Wizards picked up a nice young piece to grow with John Wall, JaVale McGee, and the other young players. While Crawford is a scorer he doesnt dominate the ball and is a willing passer.

I gave him an A for potential because he played some of his best ball against guys like D. Wade and LeBron James. He didnt back down like some rookies and even veterans do. He has the confidence to match his skills and he wants to make a name for himself in the game.

Wizards: C
JaVale McGee: 10.1 Points per game, 8.0 Rebounds, 2.4 Blocks per game, Potential: A

JaVale McGee has been in the league for 3 years and hes one of those players that you watch and you just shake your head.

Sometimes you shake your head because he does something amazing like this, and other times you shake your head because he does something dumb like this.

He is a young athletic player really hasnt even begun to reach is potential. If he puts the time in to get better and study the game he could be one of the best centers in the NBA. There arent too many big time centers right now outside of Dwight Howard.

I gave McGee an A for potential because of his athletic ability. He makes a couple of amazing plays a game and right now he is basically playing off of that athletic ability and averaging 10 and 8. If he really understands the NBA game and starts to make winning plays he could average 20 and 10 easily.

Clippers: C
DeAndre Jordan: 7.1 Points per game, 7.2 Rebounds, 1.8 Blocks per game, Potential: A

DeAndre Jordan and JaVale McGee could have the same post. They are basically the same type of player with the same type of talent and potential.

Just check out a couple of these plays.

Jordan is 611, 265 lbs. He can run the floor and has the ability to affect every shot in the paint like Dwight Howard.

He has all the physical tools but he has to put it all together. If he does, the sky is the limit for what he could do.

Sixers: SF
Thaddeus Young: 12.7 Points per game, 5.3 Rebounds, 1.0 Assists per game, Potential: B

Thaddeus Young is one of the players that I mentioned that may never reach that All-Star level but he is a great player to have on your team.

As a sixth man he can come in and change the game offensively and defensively. He plays hard the entire time he is on the court and he seems like he wants to win.

I dont see him averaging more than 15 points a game but that is a solid average and with the right mix of talent around him he could help take a time to the next level.

Nuggets: SF
Wilson Chandler: 15.3 Points per game, 5.7 Rebounds, 1.7 Assists per game, Potential: B+

Wilson Chandler is one of my favorite players in the league. He played for the Knicks, has some cool tatts, and he likes a lot of the same music that I do. Check out his interview with Jim Jones. He just seems like a real cool dude and you can never tell by his face whether his team is up by 30 or losing by 30.

But besides that stuff he gets busy on the court. He has a knock down mid range game and he can attack the basket. He rebounds and plays D. Sometimes its frustrating to watch him because it feels like he disappears for stretches of the game but he still finishes with good number.

I gave him a B+ for potential because he can easily keep getting good numbers but will he ever step it up and get great numbers? He has the ability.

Twolves: SF
Michael Beasley: 19.2 Points per game, 5.6 Rebounds, 0.7 Blocks per game, Potential: A?

Mike Beasley is one of those players that it seems like will never be appreciated. In Miami he faced a lot of pressure to be Robin to Dwyane Wades Batman. He did a decent job there and showed flashes of breaking out but then he was traded to make room for King James and Chris Bosh.

In Minnesota he had a breakout season and averaged 19 points but the team kept losing and he recently got into trouble again off of the court.

Beasley can be great but the question is will he let himself and will he find the right team?

Bobcats: SG
Gerald Henderson: 9.6 Points per game, 1.5 Assists per game, 3.0Rebounds, Potential: B

Gerald Henderson came from a winning program and Duke and learned under the legendary Coack K and then was drafted by the Charlotte Bobcats. It must have been a difficult transition from being in a winning environment to joining a franchise that hasnt won much.

But Henderson has stepped up to the challenge and he has shown that he has what it takes to be a productive player in the NBA. He has suffered through some injuries and setbacks but he has battled through that and has taken advantage of more playing time.

The Bobcats traded Stephen Jackson so there is an opening at the starting shooting guard position that should be Hendersons for the taking.

I gave Henderson a B for potential because I see him being a solid contributor and a starter depending on the team hes on for a long time. But I dont really see him being a Star in the league.

Here are a couple of other guys that I have on my NBA All-Underrated Team.

Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies C: Big tough center. Plays hard and rebounds. Will continue to get better.

Austin Daye, Detroit Pistons SF: Good offensive player, with Tayshaun Prince leaving Detroit he will get more playing time and really see what he can do.
Marcus Thornton, Sacramento Kings SG: Tough player, great scorer. Not sure if he fits in Sacramento with the team that they have but he is definitely a player to watch.

Toney Douglas, New York Knicks PG/SG: Streaky shooter but hes on its on. Has to learn how to run the point because he is an undersized shooting guard.

Paul George, Indiana Pacers SG: Tough player, played better with more playing time towards the end of the season and stepped it up again in the playoffs. Played great defense on the MVP of the league Derrick Rose, tons of potential


Lakers officially add Ettore Messina to Mike Brown's coaching staff - by Eurobasket News
In a move that was widely expected to happen, the Lakers officially added Ettore Messina , one of Europe's highly esteemed coaches, as a coaching consultant under Mike Brown.

Lakers spokesman John Black said he couldn't say what Messina's day-to-day duties would entail, but he said that Messina was hired on a full-time basis, will attend all games, practices and coaching meetings and will sit behind the bench.

After spending the last two seasons coaching at Real Madrid and coaching CSKA Moscow from 2006 to 2009, leading them to two Euroleague titles (2006 and 2008), numerous reports indicated Messina resigned from his position at Real Madrid because he would like to be a head coach in the NBA but believes he needs experience as an assistant coach first.

But Messina already has some history with the NBA, helping the San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers in various consulting roles. Messina also helped Brown set up Cleveland's offense when Brown was a head coach there from 2005 to 2010.

'I am honored to have received this opportunity from one of the greatest basketball organizations in the world, Messina said in a statement. 'I have great respect for Coach Mike Brown and Im excited to work with him and his staff.'

Messina also won the 1998 and 2001 Euroleague with Virtus Bologna of Italy, with the 2001 team featuring San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili. Messina, who coached the Italian national team from 1993-97, has picked up numerous awards, including European coach of the year (1998), Italian coach of the year (1990, 1993, 1998, 2001, 2005) and the Euroleague coach of the year (2006 and 2008).

Courtesy of http://lakersblog.latimes.com


Playing in Europe a foolish risk for NBA stars - by Eurobasket News
Nobody questions former Illinois player Deron Williams' (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) right to sign a one-year deal for up to $5 million to play professional basketball for the Turkish club Besiktas.

Only his sanity.

NBA superstars, go ahead and take as many vacations in Europe as you wish. But take your basketball careers there at your own peril.

Sure, reports say Williams stands to make $200,000 a month with housing and tax breaks as well as access to a car, a security guard, an around-the-clock assistant and probably the Aegean Sea. But if Williams sustains a serious injury before the NBA lockout ends, then he's the turkey for giving the Nets reason to void the final two years and $34 million of his contract.

I get Williams' desire to stay busy and, in the spirit of Latrell Sprewell, feed his family during the work stoppage. But this isn't a fringe player trying to improve a part of his game so he can one day make a living in the league. This is an All-Star coming off April wrist surgery risking a huge salary for the reward of competing in Europe's second-tier league on a team with a history of cash-flow problems.

Williams didn't major in risk management at Illinois, did he?

One prominent agent who didn't want to be quoted discussing a player he doesn't represent scoffed at the notion Williams was setting a trend other stars would follow. He referred to Williams as the exception, not the rule. Another agent questioned whether the advice Williams was getting benefited the person as much as the player.

Williams was made aware that NBA contracts aren't insured against injuries suffered in other leagues, wasn't he?

Ironically, the Williams move, which the players association spun as leverage, instead caused some to wonder how unified the union will be if a top-paid player bolts to Europe one week into the lockout. In any case, Williams' decision likely gave David Stern and Billy Hunter more to consider than it did the best players in the NBA.

Put in local context, I don't see Bulls guard Derrick Rose devoting any time this summer to learning how to order pizza or hail cabs in Turkish or Greek.

Spending the summer in California to work out with buddies Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love is one thing. But it would be hard to imagine someone as immersed in Chicago and his family as Rose is voluntarily going to a different culture to live and play basketball indefinitely - no matter the payoff.

Going to Europe for a money grab would be contrary to the carefully crafted image Rose has shaped in his first three seasons.

Not to mention the potential contractual pitfalls a player in Rose's position would be inviting. Whenever the lockout ends, the league's reigning MVP is likely little more than a handshake away from agreeing to a maximum deal that will provide him generational wealth. It would be a questionable business decision for Rose to jeopardize long-term security for any short-term gain.

For everybody even remotely affected by the Williams signing, the potential implications go beyond the start of the Turkish season in September.

The agreement between Williams and Besiktas the 'biggest signing in the history of European basketball,' coach Ergin Ataman told the New York Times still awaits approval from FIBA, the world governing body for basketball. For years FIBA and the NBA have agreed not to sign each other's players who already are under contract.

Even though Stern made clear last winter NBA players would be free to go abroad in the event of a lockout, would FIBA do something that might weaken its partner's bargaining position?

What if FIBA approving one deal leads to others, despite the inherent risks?

Kobe Bryant, for example, reportedly will listen to European offers. And if I had five championship rings in 15 seasons and already made my fortune, I would be more inclined to take chances less accomplished players wouldn't dare. But each case is different. Bryant is different than other superstars rumored to be considering following Williams across the Atlantic.

Take the sagas of Knicks stars Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, who Newsday reported have inquired about European rules and insurance. Combined, Stoudemire and Anthony have eight years and $170.6 million guaranteed left on their contracts unless the Knicks find a reason to void to them. Why give them one?

Similarly, Chris Paul and Dwight Howard have been mentioned as potential European rent-a-players, but both face enormous paydays in free agency next summer.

If they stay healthy enough to complete the terms of their respective deals, that is. Those chances improve by staying out of Europe.

Sometimes a road is less traveled for good reason. It's too dangerous.

Courtesy of www.chicagotribune.com


LeBron James bears self-inflicted wounds of arrogance - by Eurobasket News
The identity of his father has always been a mystery. His mom gave birth to him at 16. She struggled with steady work, and bounced around from place to place. The kid lived with a foster family for a few years.

He became a gifted athlete despite the family chaos. He energized a city with his spectacular play. A stagnant franchise became one of the epicenters of the NBA, home to sellout crowds. Millions of dollars were pumped into the local economy.

He reached out to kids with a philanthropic heart by staging an event that assured more than $2 million would be spread among eight Boys and Girls Clubs. One of his sponsors kicked in another million for computers and athletic equipment.

As one writer described him, 'Here we have a consummate team player who rather than just score a lot of points, does everything he can to try to win a championship. He has been a tireless worker during the season, and improves his game from working hard off season.'

Great guy, dont you think?

So why are so many people treating LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) like pond scum?

Friday marked the one-year anniversary of 'The Decision' - the first misstep that LeBron took during the last 12 months, culminating with the ultimate fall - losing in the NBA Finals to the Dallas Mavericks.

It was a team effort, of course. He was only one of a collective 12 Miami Heat players. But he will remain the fall guy unless he eventually leads the Heat to an NBA title.

Roger M. Groves, a professor of law at Florida Coastal School of Law, made an impassioned defense of James in a thought-provoking piece in Forbes, titled 'The Demonization of LeBron James.' Groves, the writer quoted above, calls foul on all the 'haters and media moguls of controversy against LeBron James.'

Groves makes a compelling argument, but misses the bigger picture.

You can be a goody two-shoes or an ex-con, as long as you rise to expectations. That is why Mike Tyson, Kobe Bryant, Tiger Woods and others have such passionate devotees. You can be a scummy person, just dont miss that clutch shot or 15-foot putt.

James failed in three significant ways: He talked loads of trash, vowing to win 'NOT ONE, NOT TWO, NOT THREE ... NOT FOUR ... NOT FIVE ... NOT SIX ... NOT SEVEN' NBA championships. He had already etched 'The Chosen 1' on his back. Obviously, he thought he was hot stuff.

He then ridiculously deferred to his teammates when there were games to be won. Kobe would never do that. Not Bird. Not Jordan.

He then dismissed the criticisms with his infamous comments about 'all the people that were rooting me on to fail, at the end of the day they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life they had before...' Nobody likes an ungracious loser.

LeBron can be the most charitable player on the planet. He can make a gazillion dollars for the rest of his career. He can get as many tattoos as he wants complimenting himself.

But the demonization will continue unless he wins an NBA title. Dont blame the haters and media moguls. Blame LeBron James.

He told us he is the Chosen One. We choose to think otherwise.

Witness 'The Frozen One' label. Or 'King Without a Crown.' 'LeChoke.'

The mocking will continue unless James musters up the energy to deliver on all his arrogant promises.

Courtesy of www.bostonherald.com


Union decertification an option for NBA players in lockout - by Eurobasket News
The first days of the NBA lockout have differed greatly from those of the NFL in a key way - there have been minimal legal overtures. That contrasts sharply with the lawsuit-heavy football work stoppage.

One of the major legal plays made by the NFL players was combining union decertification with an antitrust suit - the football union had to decide whether to dissolve itself by March 11.

While the basketball union doesn't face any such deadline, decertification remains an option, the union's outside counsel told the New York Times.

'It's not off the table in any way', Jeffrey Kessler said. 'There's no immediate urgency to that issue. Its an option the players are actively considering. But they have time to decide whether it makes sense to end the union or not.'

Decertification is a necessary step for proceeding with an antitrust suit and can serve as leverage at the negotiation table. The drawback on the players' end is that decertification could endanger existing contracts.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com


Wade could see NBA stars heading overseas - by Eurobasket News
Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) could see himself and other NBA stars eyeing an overseas contract if the lockout drags on, just like New Jersey's Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois).

Williams was discussing a deal with Turkish team Besiktas, and Wade would consider playing in Europe at some point if the NBA situation is not settled.

'We've known that the lockout was a possibility for the last couple of years', he said. 'It's not just something that came overnight. (Williams) didn't wake up and say, All right, go play in Turkey. Obviously, this is something that he felt that if a lockout was to last a long time, I would consider playing. Its because of the game. He wants to play the game, wants to play it at a high level, and if we cant play in the NBA, hes going to take that opportunity to try to play somewhere else. Hopefully, we don't get to that point, but if we do, Im sure a lot of guys will possibly explore it.'

And Wade made it clear: He could be in that group.

'If there's an opportunity there, I'd consider it', he said.

The Miami Heat guard spoke Friday at a suburban Chicago high school where he and Bears star Devin Hester (notes) were running basketball and football camps the past two days.

Like Wade, Hester is locked out, and with practices scheduled to begin July 23, the clock is ticking. The Bears would report to training camp in Bourbonnais, Ill., a week earlier than most because theyre playing St. Louis in the Hall of Fame game Aug. 7 in Canton, Ohio.

If we play Friday and the lockout ends Tuesday, its going to take a day and half for us to get to the dorm room and settle in, Hester said. Thats an extra day and a half. If we get at least a week and a half to prepare, I think that (would be enough time).

The Hall of Fame game is actually scheduled for a Sunday, but either way, his point was clearthe Bears need time to prepare.

For now, everything remains up in the air.

An appeals court on Friday threw out a judges order lifting the NFL lockout, giving the owners a victory. Meanwhile, commissioner Roger Goodell and players union chief DeMaurice Smith were meeting for a second straight day at a Manhattan law firm.

With the lockout wiping out organized team activities, Hester and the offensive skill players have been working out three times a week with quarterback Jay Cutler (notes) acting as the de-facto coach. He said that helped a lot as the Bears try to build on last years run to the NFC title game, but the offense remains a huge question mark entering the second season with Mike Martz as coordinator.

There are issues on the line and at wide receiver, and time with the coaches certainly wouldnt hurt. Whether theyll get that soon remains to be seen.

For all the signs that a deal could be close, Hester has his doubts.

Youre hearing two sides to the story, he said. You dont know the truth. Youve got your team advisers telling you that the lockout, whatever theyre saying, is negative. And then you hear the TV saying that they just met, it seems like somethings getting done. Youre heads just spinning. You dont know what to do. I try not to get involved. Im going to get ready so when the time comes and I get the phone call, Im ready.

As for the NBA, theres little optimism.

Both sides appear to be digging in for a long fight, a major setback for a league that says its bleeding money despite all the excitement brought on by last summers free-agent craze and a thrilling run on the court that ended with the Dallas Mavericks beating Wade and the Heat for the championship.

This time last year, Wade was staying in Miami and forming a superstar trio with LeBron James and Chris Bosh after being courted by his hometown Bulls. The Heat struggled at times during the season, but turned it on in the playoffs, beating Derrick Rose and top-seeded Chicago in the Eastern Conference finals before falling to Dallas.

We fell short of our goal, Wade said. But thats not going to define our lives. We have more basketball to play.

Question is: When?

And if the lockout drags on, at what point does Wade start looking overseas?

I dont know, he said. Our season just ended. Ive got awhile before I start thinking about that. Ill leave it up to the powers that be, the people behind the scenes, to worry about that.

Courtesy of Yahoo


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Five for the Weekend: Life on road with Izzo exhausting, great - by Eurobasket News
Early July is always a busy time for college basketball.

This year is no different.

Let's do Five for the Weekend

1. So how's it been spending the July evaluation period with Tom Izzo ?

Exhausting on some level because Izzo doesn't like to sleep much. But beyond that, it's been terrific. Honestly, just terrific. When Jeff Goodman and I decided to tackle this project -- for one of us to spend three days on the road with a high-major coach while the other does three days with a low-major coach -- it was up to me to pick a high-major coach. The first person that came to mind was Izzo because he's A) high-profile, B) accomplished, and C) incredibly easy to get along with, talk to, whatever. He's just a normal dude who thinks like a normal dude, talks like a normal dude and acts like a normal dude. Only difference is that he's better at his job than almost all of us are at our jobs, and he makes way more money, too.

2. Who's the best prospect you've seen?

Jabari Parker -- a 6-foot-7 wing from Chicago who is, in my opinion, the nation's best high school prospect even though he's only going to be a junior next season. Yes, Class of 2012 standout Shabazz Muhammad is special, and the elite bigs in 2012 -- Andre Drummond, Isaiah Austin and Dajuan Coleman -- are all interesting. But you give me a No. 1 pick and tell me to take the prospect with the best NBA future, I'm taking the clear star of the Class of 2013. Parker has great size for his position. He can handle the ball, drive, shoot, see the floor, everything, and I'm told there are no character issues, either. Parker isn't perfect, obviously; he's just a kid. But all the important stuff is there. For those into 2014 mock drafts, make sure to put him No. 1.

3. Where will Parker attend college?

It's way too early to know that answer. But Illinois, Michigan State, Duke, Ohio State, Florida, Washington, Kentucky, Kansas and all the usual suspects will be involved. They'll recruit Parker for years in hopes of getting him for a few months. When put like that, it sounds kind of silly. But he'll be worth it. Trust me, he'll be worth it.

4. Former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl said he'll get another chance to coach college basketball. Do you believe him?

Though Pearl is currently labeled as a cheater and liar by most, over time the story will change and people will start to explain how 'all he did was have a few kids over for a cookout, then panic and lie about it when confronted by the NCAA. No big deal in the grand scheme of things.' Then some football school with no basketball tradition will look at Pearl's career record and recognize that he never loses. Then that school will offer him $1.2 million to take over its program, at which point Pearl will take the job and be back in the NCAA tournament within three years. So, yes, I believe him. Pearl might've lied about having prospects at his home illegally, but he's not lying here.

5. Sad news about former TCU coach Neil Dougherty, huh?

It's really sad. I got to know Neil when he was at TCU and I was covering Memphis for The Commercial Appeal because both schools were, at the time, in Conference USA. He was a decent man with a nice smile, someone who had transitioned out of coaching and was now working for Ihoops -- a joint venture between the NBA and NCAA that promotes youth basketball initiatives. Neil was only 50 years old. But now he's dead. The sport lost Skip Prosser too early four years ago during this month. This feels similar.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com (by Gary Parrish)


Bruce Pearl: I will coach college again one day - by Eurobasket News
Bruce Pearl, for the first time since his firing from Tennessee, has publicly stated he believes he will coach again at the college level someday.

First of all, of course he will. In the grand scheme of things, Pearl's lying was bad, but it wasn't bad enough that athletic directors and university presidents will consider him toxic. Pearl made Tennessee worthwhile and must-watch in basketball for arguably the first time in the program's existence while he was there, from 2005 through this year. He took the team to the tournament every season he was there.

Pearl will have plenty of suitors, mid-major and major, ready to hire him after the NCAA's punishment stink washes off him. That punishment still hasn't been handed down, of course. We don't know when it will happen, but the NCAA has said time and again it will be looking to penalize rule-breakers with more force than before.

That could mean a show-cause for Pearl (not pictured at left, by the way; just a supporter), which would prohibit him from being employed at the collegiate level for one, two, even three years. When that time ends, though, Pearl wants to be back at a campus, building up a new program.

'I do think that I'm going to have the opportunity to coach again,' Pearl said in his first radio interview (on 790 Atlanta) since he left Tennessee. 'I've got to wait and see what the Committee on Infractions, what they say, probably coming up sometime in the middle of August and how quickly will they allow me to come back into coaching. That's going to go a long way towards whether or not I do coach again.'

Earlier this offseason, Pearl was rumored to be a target as a coach in the NBA's Developmental League.

Do you want me to write the book about how do you lose $10 million jobs? I can write the book, he added. How can you be so dumb and so careless? Its not so much about what we did, its about how we handled it.'

Other highlights in the interview include Pearl claiming he probably answered 148 out of 150 questions honestly -- it was those two lies that hurt him; that he wishes he and Jim Tressel weren't joined at the hip as examples of coaches gone wrong in today's culture; that he still wakes up sweating at 3 a.m., knowing he's blown a big thing; and that his impression of the meeting with the Committee on Infractions was fair and healthy. He also still refers to Tennessee as 'we.'

Courtesy of http://eye-on-college-basketball.blogs.cbssports.com


July recruiting a hot topic in college hoops - by Eurobasket News
Auburn coach Tony Barbee doesn't think that eliminating July recruiting will cure the problems of third-party influences in college basketball.

That horse has long left the barn, Barbee said. And I don't think whether we eliminate July, cut down July or change the calendar in any way, I don't think that's going to change that type of influence in the recruiting game.

The NCAA is planning to propose significant changes to the Division I men's basketball July evaluation period. Coaches currently have two 10-day windows (from July 6-15 and July 22-31) to watch, but not talk to, prospective student-athletes.

Last fall, the Conference Commissioners Association proposed to eliminate the July evaluation period due to fears of third-party influences such as AAU coaches and shoe companies that sponsor travel-league teams.

That plan gained some support from an unlikely source. Despite his strong ties with summer travel leagues, Kentucky coach John Calipari said the recruiting process should be turned back over to high school coaches.

Instead, it appears the NCAA Division I leadership council will find a happy medium by cutting down the two 10-day windows in which coaches can view players. The council is scheduled to discuss potential changes this fall.

I think it is inevitable that we change it, Georgia coach Mark Fox said. (But) I think there are a lot of positives to being able to evaluate players during the summer. Just from an economical standpoint, I think it helps schools to be able to see several hundred kids in one location. I think it will change, but I don't think it will be completely eliminated.

There are 230 sanctioned events in which D-I men's basketball coaches can evaluate prospects. The goal is for coaches to not just watch, but to be seen. Head coaches and assistants jet-set the country, traveling to events from Augusta, Ga., to Las Vegas to Orlando to find players capable of making a difference.

In July of 2008, Florida head coach Billy Donovan and former UF assistant Rob Lanier spent every evaluation day watching Kenny Boynton's summer-league games. During that same time period, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was preparing Team USA for the 2008 Olympics in China. Boynton, who was leaning toward committing to Duke at the time, instead signed with the Gators.

If the NCAA takes away evaluation days in July, it could add evaluation days in April or during the high school season. New Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin said he thinks it's important for the NCAA to consider adding days in April if it takes away days in July.

I think it will be beneficial for everybody, Martin said.

By adding days in April, Martin said coaches can get a better read on players heading into July.

Now they are playing maybe five games as opposed to 15 in a two- or three-day weekend period, Martin said. Now they are fresh and able to play at a high level. But I just think when you are going to consecutive games - five, six days in a row, three games in a day - guys aren't playing at a level they need to play at.

Now coaches are making decisions based on potential, and I think you get hurt in the end.

Added Fox: It's probably not safe for a kid to be playing in five different cities over 10 days. We've got to get some sanity back to it all.

Other coaches say they would gladly trade recruiting days in July to spend more time on campus with their own players. Under the NCAA's current calendar, coaches aren't allowed to work with players until individual drills in September.

For us, it all comes back to having access to your current players, Fox said. If we don't go out recruiting in July, are we going to be able to have access to work with our players for an hour or two a week? And are we going to be able to pick up some recruiting days during the school year? If so, I think this model will significantly change.

Most schools in the SEC require incoming freshmen to enroll in the second summer session to get a head start on academics. Coaches say that being away from campus during that time can create issues.

The kid gets on campus and you recruited him and recruited him, and for 10 straight days you are out recruiting and he's on campus, Martin said. He doesn't understand the fact that you are doing a job trying to bring other players in. He may just think that you are not around. All of the sudden, the kid gets homesick and you are not there, and it's just a tough situation.

Barbee said that less access during the summer leaves current players prone to third-party influences. Barbee blames the high transfer rate in college basketball on the inability for coaches to work with players over the summer.

They are working with somebody and talking to somebody, and it's probably somebody we don't want them talking to, Barbee said.

In 2008-09, 10.6 percent of Division I players transferred to other schools, up from 9.4 percent in 2003-04.

We need to have more access and an opportunity to work with our own guys in the summertime to continue to grow those relationships and help them develop as young men and players, Barbee said. I think that will go a long way to eliminate the amount of transfers we're having and some of the third-party presence that is a big issue with the NCAA. I don't think eliminating July is a benefit to anybody.

Courtesy of www.gainesville.com


USA U19 demolish the Polish side to recover in Riga - by Eurobasket News
Poland U19-USA U19 47:84

USA U19 demolish the Polish side to recover from last night loss to Russia. The American team won 84:47 at the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championships and will play for the 5th place tomorrow.
Poland won the opening tip 5:2 as Grzegorz Grochowski nailed three for the lead. Doug Mc Dermott gave USA 13:9, while Meyers Leonard (7'0''-C-92) closed the first period at 19:11. A tight and gritty third period saw buckets hard to come by. Slowly but confident the favorites reached the bigger lead as they won the second frame 17-10. Doug McDermott and Przemyslaw Karnowski were the last players to score at the half for 36:21 deficit. USA needed 11-0 run to start the third period as the result became known in the start of the second half. Patric Young (6'9''-F/C-92) scored for 47:21 and Meyers Leonard made a dunk for 55:31. USA won the third period 23-11 as Meyers Leonard closed the thirty minutes of the game with the successful shot. The fourth period also belonged to the favorites that ensured the bigger victory.
Doug McDermott poured in 19 points to lead the charge. Patric Young followed him with 13, while Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F-92) and Meyers Leonard posted 12 apiece. Michal Michalak (6'5''-G-93) replied with 13 points for the European team and Piotr Niedzwiedzki (6'11''-F-93) had 10.

Poland U19: Michal Michalak 13, Piotr Niedzwiedzki 10
USA U19: Doug McDermott (6'7''-F-92) 19, Patric Young 13, Jeremy Lamb 12, Meyers Leonard 12





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  NEW ZEALAND   


Standings Men
NBL Standings
 1. Wellington S. 13-3 
 2. Waikato P. 13-3 
 3. Bay Hawks 12-4 
 4. Nelson G. 9-7 
 5. Manawatu J. 7-9 
 6. Southland S. 6-10 
 7. Taranaki MA 5-11 
 8. Auckland P. 5-11 
 9. OceanaGold N. 2-14 


NBL Round 13: #1 Wellington Saints are defeated by Auckland Pirates - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in NBL just ended. Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Wellington S. (13-3) on the court of seventh ranked Auckland P. on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Auckland P. 94-77. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Wellington S.. The game without a history. Auckland P. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Auckland P. forced 19 Wellington S. turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Auckland P. especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. 25 personal fouls committed by Wellington S. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Bilal Abdullah (196-84, college: Lafayette) stepped up and scored 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import forward Kevin Smith (196-79, college: Lee) chipped in 17 points. At the losing side the former international swingman Leon Henry (200-85, college: S.Idaho JC) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Auckland P. finished the season in the eighth position. Wellington S. at the other side remained on top of the ladder clinching regular season title.
The game in Palmerston North supposed to be also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Southland S. (6-10) played at the court of sixth ranked Manawatu J. (7-9). Manawatu J. did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 87-67. The former international power forward Nick Horvath (208-81, college: Duke) nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points and 21 rebounds for the winning side and Jeremiah Trueman accounted for 21 points and 11 rebounds. American forward Sylvester Spicer (198-86, college: Rogers St.) came up with 19 points and 9 rebounds for Southland S. in the defeat. Southland S.'s coach Richard Dickel rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Manawatu J. moved-up to fifth place. Southland S. at the other side dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost.
A very close game took place in New Plymouth between Taranaki MA and OceanaGold N.. Eighth ranked Taranaki MA (5-11) got a very close home victory over 9th ranked OceanaGold N. (2-14). Taranaki MA managed to escape with a 3-point win 91-88 on Friday evening. Marcus Campbell fired a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Craig Bradshaw produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Taranaki MA moved-up to seventh place. OceanaGold N. lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost.
Second ranked Waikato P. (13-3) crushed at home 9th ranked OceanaGold N. (2-14) by 32 points 93-61, which is the biggest margin this round. Waikato P. have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. The Pistons occupied the second position securing home-court advantage in the semis. OceanaGold N. lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost.

In the last two games of round 13 Auckland P. lost to Nelson G. on the opponent's court 89-94. Bay Hawks outscored Southland S. in a home game 96-70.


Manawatu J. - Southland S. 87-67

The game in Palmerston North supposed to be also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Southland S. (6-10) played at the court of sixth ranked Manawatu J. (7-9). Manawatu J. did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 87-67. The game was mostly controlled by Manawatu J.. Southland S. was better in fourth quarter 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Manawatu J. made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. The former international power forward Nick Horvath (208-81, college: Duke) nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points and 21 rebounds for the winning side and the former international forward Jeremiah Trueman (206-87, college: Alaska-Anch.) accounted for 21 points and 11 rebounds. American forward Sylvester Spicer (198-86, college: Rogers St.) came up with 19 points and 9 rebounds and the former international swingman Brendon Polyblank (200-78, college: Texas St.) added 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Southland S. in the defeat. Southland S.'s coach Richard Dickel rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Manawatu J. moved-up to fifth place. Southland S. at the other side dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost.
Top scorers:
Manawatu J.: N.Horvath 22+21reb+3ast, J.Trueman 21+11reb+2ast, C.Hagan 19+5reb+9ast, M.Te Huna 6+2reb+2ast, T.Cleaver 6+1reb, K.Hokianga 6+5reb
Southland S.: S.Spicer 19+9reb, M.Rose 14+4reb+2ast, B.Polyblank 14+9reb+4ast, S.Dobbs 7+3reb+1ast, M.Dickel 6+4reb+4ast, D.Peck 4+3reb+4ast
gschID: 122727


Nelson G. - Auckland P. 94-89

Rather expected game in Stoke where 7th ranked Auckland P. (5-11) was defeated by fourth ranked Nelson G. (9-7) 94-89. It looked good early as Auckland P. took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Nelson G. had a 28-24 second period charge getting the lead and Auckland P. was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 89-94. Nelson G. made 24-of-30 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Rod Grizzard (203-80, college: Alabama) who helped to win the game recording 29 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. International forward Mika Vukona (197-82) contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Dillon Boucher (196-75) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and guard Everard Bartlett (198-86) added 15 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals in the effort for Auckland P.Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Nelson G. maintains fourth place with 9-7 record. Auckland P. at the other side slipped to the eighth position with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
Nelson G.: R.Grizzard 29+8reb+8ast, M.Vukona 18+8reb+1ast, D.Dora 14+6reb, P.Jones 14+4reb+1ast, M.Fitchett 8+2reb+3ast, J.Bloxham 6+2reb
Auckland P.: K.Smith 18+1reb, E.Bartlett 15+7reb+4ast, K.Mickens 14+6reb+4ast, D.Boucher 13+10reb+4ast, N.Barrow 10+1reb+1ast, H.O'Riley 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 122728


Bay Hawks - Southland S. 96-70

Rather predictable result in Tamatea where third ranked Bay Hawks (12-4) smashed 5th ranked Southland S. (6-10) 96-70. The game without a history. Bay Hawks led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Bay Hawks outrebounded Southland S. 47-29 including 23 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Christopher Daniel (197-85) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 5 rebounds. Canadian swingman Galen Young (201-75, college: Charlotte) contributed with 15 points and 6 assists for the winners. Bay Hawks' coach Paul Henare felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Sylvester Spicer (198-86, college: Rogers St.) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import swingman Mike Rose (193-87, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Court Side) added 17 points in the effort for Southland S.Five Bay Hawks and four Southland S. players scored in double figures. Bay Hawks maintains third place with 12-4 record. Southland S. at the other side dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost.
Top scorers:
Bay Hawks: C.Daniel 20+5reb+2ast, G.Young 15+4reb+6ast, J.Kenny 14+4reb+2ast, J.Pace 12+5reb+1ast, A.Trousdell 11+6reb, B.Hill 9+5reb+1ast
Southland S.: S.Spicer 20+6reb, M.Rose 17+4reb, D.Peck 11+1reb+3ast, G.Dawson 10+5reb, J.Paringatai 6+6reb, S.Dobbs 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 122724


Taranaki MA - OceanaGold N. 91-88

A very close game took place in New Plymouth between Taranaki MA and OceanaGold N.. Eighth ranked Taranaki MA (5-11) got a very close home victory over 9th ranked OceanaGold N. (2-14). Taranaki MA managed to escape with a 3-point win 91-88 on Friday evening. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 30-20. But OceanaGold N. won third quarter 28-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Taranaki MA dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to OceanaGold N.'s 46. American center Marcus Campbell (214-82, college: Mississippi St., agency: SportsTalent) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized American forward Link Abrams (198-73) chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds. International power forward Craig Bradshaw (207-83, college: Winthrop) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Scott O'Gallagher (188-84, college: Warner Pacific) added 22 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Taranaki MA moved-up to seventh place. OceanaGold N. lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Taranaki MA: M.Campbell 24+15reb, L.Abrams 17+9reb+2ast, J.Leasure 17+7reb+1ast, Z.Meehl 11+3reb+2ast, M.Abdelhamid 9+9reb+1ast, C.Stuart 8+1reb+1ast
OceanaGold N.: S.O'Gallagher 22+3reb+4ast, C.Bradshaw 21+11reb+2ast, M.Morrison 14+6reb+3ast, S.To'omata 13+2reb+2ast, T.Rowe 8+3reb, J.Ross 5+1reb
gschID: 122725


Waikato P. - OceanaGold N. 93-61

Second ranked Waikato P. (13-3) crushed at home 9th ranked OceanaGold N. (2-14) by 32 points 93-61, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Waikato P. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Waikato P. have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. The Pistons occupied the second position securing home-court advantage in the semis. OceanaGold N. lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost.
gschID: 122726


Auckland P. - Wellington S. 94-77

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Wellington S. (13-3) on the court of seventh ranked Auckland P. on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Auckland P. 94-77. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Wellington S.. The game without a history. Auckland P. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Auckland P. forced 19 Wellington S. turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Auckland P. especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. 25 personal fouls committed by Wellington S. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Bilal Abdullah (196-84, college: Lafayette) stepped up and scored 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import forward Kevin Smith (196-79, college: Lee) chipped in 17 points. At the losing side the former international swingman Leon Henry (200-85, college: S.Idaho JC) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Erron Maxey (198-78, college: Providence) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Auckland P. finished the season in the eighth position. Wellington S. at the other side remained on top of the ladder clinching regular season title.
Top scorers:
Auckland P.: K.Smith 17+3reb, B.Abdullah 15+5reb+1ast, B.Ruscoe 14+2reb, E.Bartlett 12+2reb+3ast, K.Mickens 10+4reb+4ast, L.Martin 8+2reb+2ast
Wellington S.: E.Maxey 16+6reb, L.Henry 14+7reb+3ast, C.Webster 13+2reb+2ast, K.Johnson 10+4reb, S.Adams 8+4reb, C.Frank 7+5reb+5ast
gschID: 122722




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jack LEASURE
  Taranaki.
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Leasure, Taranaki.22.9 
 2. Webster, Wellingt.19.5 
 3. Campbell, Taranaki.19.5 
 4. Pace, Bay Hawks19.2 
 5. Abercrombie, Waika.19.2 
 6. Polyblank, Southla.19.1 
 7. Hudson, Manawatu.18.9 
 8. Jones, Nelson G.18.7 
 9. Hagan, Manawatu J.18.7 
 10. Bradshaw, Oceana.18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Waika.
  (216-C-87)
  Avg: 12
 1. Pledger, Waika.12.0 
 2. Horvath, Manawatu.11.7 
 3. Vukona, Nelson G.10.9 
 4. Campbell, Taranaki.10.6 
 5. Allred, OceanaGo.10.1 
 6. Bradshaw, OceanaG.8.7 
 7. Grizzard, Nelson G.8.7 
 8. Johnson, Wellingt.8.6 
 9. Boucher, Auckland.8.3 
 10. Trousdell, Bay H.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Waikato P.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Crowe, Waikato P.6.7 
 2. Dickel, Southland6.2 
 3. Tait, Wellington S.6.2 
 4. Braswell, Southlan.5.2 
 5. Hagan, Manawatu J.4.9 
 6. Kench, Manawatu J.4.4 
 7. Boucher, Auckland.4.1 
 8. Smith, Waikato P.3.6 
 9. Grizzard, Nelson G.3.6 
 10. Martin, Auckland.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Waikato P.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Crowe, Waikato P.3.2 
 2. Boucher, Auckland.2.8 
 3. Smith, Waikato P.2.6 
 4. Hagan, Manawatu J.2.6 
 5. Dickel, Southland2.1 
 6. Kench, Manawatu J.2.0 
 7. Rose, Southland S.2.0 
 8. Braswell, Southlan.1.6 
 9. Leasure, Taranaki.1.6 
 10. Allen, Waikato P.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Waika.
  (216-C-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Pledger, Waika.2.7 
 2. Allred, OceanaGo.1.4 
 3. Iti, Southland S.1.3 
 4. Vukona, Nelson G.1.0 
 5. Johnson, Wellingt.1.0 
 6. Brown, Auckland P.1.0 
 7. Anthony, Waika.1.0 
 8. Campbell, Taranaki.0.9 
 9. Adams, Wellington0.9 
 10. Abercrombie, Waik.0.8 


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  PHILIPPINES   


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


PBA Roundup: July 6-8, 2011 - by Enzo Flojo
MERALCO BOLTS over AIR21 EXPRESS, 93-86

Meralco was about to put Air21 out of its misery, but it took a lot of doing going about it. The Bolts managed to fashion out a win over the Express, but only after going through some rough and anxious moments.

New import Pickett Tim (193-G/F-81, college: Florida St.) debuted with 32 points and 11 rebounds as Meralco totally dominated the boards, but it was Sol Mercado taking charge at the finish that enabled the Bolts to completely hurdle Air21s challenge.

Aside from Mercados 7 fourth quarter points, he was at the forefront of Meralcos wind-up with two of his eight assists that pulled the team away from an 83-80 count and into an 89-80 spread.

In the end, Meralco cut short its two-game losing skid and improved to a 3-2 win-loss record due to what coach Ryan Gregorio later said was his charges adhering to their gameplan.

The loss, its fifth in as many outings in the eight-game eliminations, likely booted Air21 out of the running for a semifinals slot allotted to the top six teams.

Meralco 93 - Pickett 32, Taulava16,Mercado15,Aljamal10,Espinas 6,Isip 6,Omolon 6,Ritualo 2,Menor 0, Hugnatan 0.
Air21 86 - Bangura 31, Seigle 17, Arboleda 9, Urbiztondo 8, Najorda 6, Sharma 4, Canaleta 3, Avenido 3, Hontiveros 3, Espiritu 2, Salvador 0, Artadi 0.
QS: 18-22, 46-39, 66-56, 93-86

PETRON BLAZE BOOSTERS over B-MEG DERBY ACE LLAMADOS, 87-84

The Petron Blaze Boosters followed up a close win the last time with yet another close one. Arwind Santos (193-F-81) put in another huge double-double game with 23 points and 16 rebounds while Alex Cabagnot and Jeremy Wise combined for all of Petrons last 12 points to run past the Llamados.

Nipping the Alaska Milk Aces, 82-81, in overtime Sunday, the Boosters squeezed through a tight battle anew on endgame heroics by Cabagnot and Wise. The Petron backcourt tandem delivered clutch baskets and the team made necessary stops at the finish to gain solo second place with a 4-2 win-loss record.

Either because of Petrons defense, or the ill effects of jet lag, Darnell Hinson scored a mere 5 points after a 26-point debut versus the Talk n Text Tropang Texters in Dubai. Hinson, B-Megs import replacement for Stefhon Hannah, bled for that production, going 1-of-10 from the field and 2-of-5 from the stripe. It was the lowest by any import in the conference.

Wise, on the other hand, produced 20 points, including 7 in the last four minutes of the tight game marked by 14 deadlocks and 17 lead changes.

Petron 87 - Santos 23, Wise 20, Al-Hussaini 17, Cabagnot 13, Pennisi 7, Tugade 3, Duncil 2, Ildefonso 2, Hubalde 0, Salvacion 0.
B-Meg 84 - Yap J. 19, Simon 17, Pingris 16, Devance 15, Yap. R. 8, Hinson 5, Gaco 2, Allado 2, Fernandez 0, Escobal 0, Reavis 0.
QS: 15-15, 33-38, 62-65, 87-84

ALASKA ACES over POWERADE TIGERS, 78-70

Joachim Thoss (203-C-81) had another double-double performance his third in the last four games and the Alaska Aces overcome an erratic finish to beat the Powerade Tigers.

The 6-7 Joachim Thoss finished with 14 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field and grabbed 11 rebounds. He also highlighted his all-around effort with excellent defense that took away the game of Powerade import Chris Porter.

Alaska outscored Powerade, 20-11, in the decisive third quarter, pulling away with a 9-0 run in the last three minutes of the period for a 60-48 advantage. They Aces never trailed again the rest of the way.

L.A. Tenorio finished with 20 points, including Alaskas last 9 points. Import Jason Forte scored 16 and Cyrus Baguio 11 for the Aces, who bounced back from a jolting 82-81 overtime loss against Petron last Sunday and improved to 3-3 (win-loss) record.

Gary David led all scorers with 22 points but Porter managed just 13 points his lowest in the conference -- on 6-of-16 shooting from the floor for Powerade, which fell to 2-4, making them a candidate for elimination.

Alaska 78 - Tenorio 20, Forte 16, Joachim Thoss 14, Baguio 11, Reyes 6, Dela Cruz 4, Borboran 3, Gonzales 2, Cablay 2, Custodio 0, Eman 0.
Powerade 70 - David 22, Porter 13, Macapagal 7, Cruz 7, Antonio 7, Lanete 6, Quinahan 4, Reyes J. 2, Gonzales 2, Allera 0, Reyes R. 0, Rizada 0, Espino 0.
QS: 20-17, 40-37, 60-48, 78-70

BGY. GINEBRA KINGS over AIR21 EXPRESS, 89-87

Curtis Stinson was helpless on the bench with an injured right knee. Alpha Bangura was out there on the floor, but likewise helpless with hardly any energy in his game.

Barangay Ginebra bucked the absence of Stinson and Willie Miller (180-G-77) as the Kings nipped the Air21 Express, 89-87, to enhance their semifinals bid in the PBA Governors Cup at the Araneta Coliseum Friday night.

Mark Caguioa, John Wilson, JC Intal and Ronald Tubid picked up the slack to help the Kings back on track after their loss to the Talk n Text Tropang Texters in their Dubai game where Stinson suffered his injury.

The Kings thrived minus an import against an Air21 side playing like they didnt have one either. Bangura was nowhere to be found, making only 7 points on 3-of-15 shooting. The Kings sealed their third win in five starts with Bangura misfiring a jumper from the right flank in the dying seconds. The Express had two earlier chances to force overtime but Bangura fumbled a drive then was blocked on a short stab by Ronald Tubid.

Caguioa knocked in two treys and paced the Kings with a total of 21 points on top of 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Wilson, Intal and Tubid added at least 11 points apiece.

Ginebra 89 - Caguioa 21, Wilson 14, Intal 13, Tubid 11, Menk 9, Cortez 6, Helterbrand 5, De Ocampo 4, Labagala 2, Wilson 2, Mamaril 2.
Air 21 87 - Sharma 19, Arboleda 17, Canaleta 12, Bangura 7, Urbiztondo 7, Salvador 6, Avenido 6, Najorda 4, Artadi 4, Cabahug 3, Juntilla 2, Espiritu 0, Hontiveros 0.
QS: 18-24, 41-33, 60-56, 89-87

*stories compiled and adapted from PBA.ph


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  POLAND   


USA U19 demolish the Polish side to recover in Riga - by Eurobasket News
Poland U19-USA U19 47:84

USA U19 demolish the Polish side to recover from last night loss to Russia. The American team won 84:47 at the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championships and will play for the 5th place tomorrow.
Poland won the opening tip 5:2 as Grzegorz Grochowski nailed three for the lead. Doug Mc Dermott gave USA 13:9, while Meyers Leonard (7'0''-C-92) closed the first period at 19:11. A tight and gritty third period saw buckets hard to come by. Slowly but confident the favorites reached the bigger lead as they won the second frame 17-10. Doug McDermott and Przemyslaw Karnowski were the last players to score at the half for 36:21 deficit. USA needed 11-0 run to start the third period as the result became known in the start of the second half. Patric Young (6'9''-F/C-92) scored for 47:21 and Meyers Leonard made a dunk for 55:31. USA won the third period 23-11 as Meyers Leonard closed the thirty minutes of the game with the successful shot. The fourth period also belonged to the favorites that ensured the bigger victory.
Doug McDermott poured in 19 points to lead the charge. Patric Young followed him with 13, while Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F-92) and Meyers Leonard posted 12 apiece. Michal Michalak (6'5''-G-93) replied with 13 points for the European team and Piotr Niedzwiedzki (6'11''-F-93) had 10.

Poland U19: Michal Michalak 13, Piotr Niedzwiedzki 10
USA U19: Doug McDermott (6'7''-F-92) 19, Patric Young 13, Jeremy Lamb 12, Meyers Leonard 12





AZS Koszalin keeps Milicic, Bartosz and Gibaszek, adds Dutkiewicz and Jarmakowicz - by Eurobasket News
AZS Koszalin extended deals with Igor Milicic (194-G-76, agency: Alti Sport), Mateusz Bartosz (205-F-87) and Robert Gibaszek (93) for the next season. The Polish outfit also added Marcin Dutkiewicz (196-G-86) and Mateusz Jarmakowicz (208-C/F-88).
Igor Milicic will play his fourth season with AZS. In the latest one he had 9.2 ppg, 3 rpg and 6.6 apg in 24 games. He finished as the best PLK assistant. Milicic joined AZS in 2008 from Prokom Trefl Sopot.
Mateusz Bartosz joined Koszalin in 2010 from Poznan. He had 3.5 ppg and 1.8 rpg for 12 games last season.
Young Robert Gibaszek appeared just once in PLK last season.
Marcin Dutkiewicz heads to AZS from Polpharma. He had 2.1 ppg and 1.2 rpg for them last season.
Mateusz Jarmakowicz arrives to his new club from Turow, where he had very limited playing time.


Polpharma keeps Adam Metelski - by Eurobasket News
Adam Metelski (208-C-83, college: Cal-Irvine) will play at least one more season with Polpharma Starogard Gdanski. They signed a contract extension this week. Metelski appeared 20 times for Polpharma last season averaging 3.8 points and 3.1 rebounds. He joined them last summer from AZS Koszalin. Metelski helped Polpharma and Koszalin to win National Cup trophies in 2010 and this year as well. In the past, he was a member of PBG Basket Poznan and Tarnovia Tarnowo Podgorne. Metelski also has experience from Hungary, where he played for Kormend and Dombovar. It was in 2006/07 season. Matelski played for the Grayson County College and Cal-Irvine University in the US. He graduated at Cal-Irvine in 2006.

Trefl Sopot bring in Lukasz Wisniewski - by Eurobasket News
Trefl Sopot bolstered their backcourt. They have agreed on terms of contract with Lukasz Wisniewski (186-G-84, agency: Promotex, college: Barton County CC). The deal is meant for two seasons. Lukasz Wisniewski spent the last season with PBG Basket. The guard averaged 6.7 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Previously Lukasz Wisniweski had stints with AZS Koszalin, Polpharma, Zastal ZG, Polpak Swiecie, Gniewkowo and Zryw Torun. Lukasz Wisniewski is the member of the Polish National Team.


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  PORTUGAL   


Find a better solution for portuguese basketball - by Hugo Carvalho
In this space all that is written is true and nothing but the truth.

Some clubs are full of debts and some clubs still have to pay salaries to coaches and players. Why is this so hard to hear?

How can the FPB accept the registration of clubs with debts? Why the FPB wants to continue to do this? This does nothing to dignify portuguese basketball. No more trying to make up stories that this is all a convenience or that this is all a storm in a glass of water.

We all love this game and want the best for portuguese basketball. But how to find a better solution? The clubs with debts to anybody, should not be allowed to play until they pay all the debts. It is not easy to understand why at a time when clubs have budgets ever lower (not forgetting the debt), check the number of foreigners increased from 3 to 4.

If foreign players are in agreement with the law, it would represent more expenses for the clubs. But is this a form of the FPB can apply more taxes to help solve your financial problem? Would not it make more sense at a time when clubs are strangled financially do exactly the opposite, reduce the number of foreigners? And why not end the 3
referee as in the LEB Gold and Silver?

Hopefully in the coming weeks these issues may become more clarified.


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  ROMANIA   


BC Timisoara will play in the EUROHOLD Balkan League in 2011/2012 - by Eurobasket News
BC Timisoara will represent Romania in the 2011/2012 EUROHOLD Balkan League. The team from the city of the same name finished 11th in the Romanian League last season, with a balance of 14 wins and 16 losses.

The team plays it′s home games in 'Sala Sporturilor Olympia' Hall, which has a capacity of 3.000 spectators. This will be the team′s second participation in an European Club Competition, as back in 1994-95 they played in the Korac Cup, and now they will be part of the EUROHOLD BIBL.

Timisoara is one of the stronger teams in the last couple of years in Romania. Starting in 2006/07 they finished second in the Romanian Cup, repeating their second place in 2007/08. In 2008/2009 they won the silver medals in the Romanian League, but their biggest succes was in 2010 when they won the Cup of Romania.

Nenad Markovic and Milos Pesic were the team′s key performers last season. Markovic averaged 14.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists, while Pesic had 19.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists.

Courtesy of www.balkanleague.net


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  RUSSIA   


Lithuania edge Russia to reach World Championship Final - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U19 - Russia U19 85:68

Lithuania have become the first U19 World Championship finalists. They outgunned Russian counterparts in the first semifinal in Riga tonight. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) came up with 21 points and 13 rebounds to pace the winners.
Lithuania stunned their opponetns in the first half. Russia led 3:0 early in the encounter but the Baltic team went on a 21:6 run to build a comfortable lead. Lithuania ensured a 25:11 advantage at the first break. The margin grew at 27-point mark midway through the second term as the game slightly turned into a one-way traffic. Lithuania secured a 53:26 halftime lead. Lithuania boosted the gap to 30 points in the third term but Russia managed to narrow the deficit at 20 points with ten minutes remaining 50:70. Russia used a 10:2 run early in the fourth frame to get within 12 points 62:74. However Pukis and Zygimantas Skucas (200-F-92) came up with timely five points in the fourth quarter to tame Russia and Lithuania rolled to the victory at the end. Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) finished with 13 points, while Zygimantas Skucas added 12 points in the win. Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92) responded with 27 points for Russia. Alexander Tikhonin (205-F-92) contributed 13 points in the loss.

Lithuania U19: Jonas Valanciunas 21+13 boards, Dovydas Redikas 13, Zygimantas Skucas 12
Russia U19: Dmitry Kulagin 27, Alexander Tikhonin 13



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  SCOTLAND   


Scotland invited to friendly campaigns - by Eurobasket News
Scotland invited to friendly campaigns with three U16 teams.
Luxembourg U16 smashed Scotland U16 92:64. The latter surprised the favorites with 10-5 in the opening tip and had 20:18 after the first 10 minutes. The score was tied at 36:36 when the squads left the court for the break, while the second half belonged to Luxembourg U16. They grabbed 65:48 after thirty minutes and led to 92:64 at the very end. Tim Schmit (186-F-95) top-scored for the winners with 27 points and GRUN Thomas brought 14. Neil Rowan replied with 17 points in the losing effort.
In Day 2 Luxembourg U16 outscored Scotland U16 83:63. It was a defensive start and Scotalnd enjoyed 9-7 early lead. The second period was decisive in the game as Luxembourg erupted for 45:25 halftime advantage. GRUN Thomas led the way with 24 points and KAUFFMANN Tim notched 15. Nicky Sim ended up with 22 points in defeat and MCGILVRAY Joshua netted 15.



Kierons return boosts basketball - by Eurobasket News
Jul 6 2011 by Donald Morton, Stirling Observer Wednesday

GREAT Britain forward Kieron Achara (208-F/C-83, college: Duquesne) will captain Scotland for the first time at The Peak this weekend.

Achara is returning to Stirling for the double-header against Andorra.

Scotland coach Tom Campbell said: Im very pleased hes playing. Weve had clearance from GB and from FIBA and he is delighted at the prospect of playing back in his home town.

Kieron is a big supporter of Scotland and is a real patriot and it will mean a lot to him to be back here playing.
The former Stirling High School pupil started out with Falkirk Fury, went on to Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and currently plays with Sigma Barcellona in Italy.

The 28-year-old is still a key member of the GB team and is on course to play at next summers Olympics in London.

This weekends Summer Slam starts on Friday night with the first senior international between Scotland and Andorra. The second game is on Saturday.

There will also be a three-cornered wheelchair challenge between Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and Scotlands U18s face Norway twice.
Courtesy of: http://www.basketballscotland.co.uk


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  SERBIA   


Serbia join Lithuania in the European Final at U19 World Championships - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U19-Argentina U19 76:71

The game between Serbia and Argentina became the last in the last but one day of the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championships. The European team needed strong second half to ensure 76:71 win.
Argentina won the opening tip 6:2 as Franco Giorgetti made the jump shot. The European team however looked better in the end of the quarter and grabbed 16:14 advantage. Patricio Garino tied the game at 16:16, while Marko Gujanicic (202-F-92) gave Serbia 24:19. Juan Giaveno (175-PG-92) tied the game at 26:26 and Nikola Siladi sent the squads to the lockers for 32:28. The third quarter became the most productive and offensive in the game. Serbia won it 29-22 as Petar Lambic scored for 57:54. Luciano Massarelli however tied the game at 61:61 early in the fourth, while Nemanja Besovic (221-C-92) made the same at 63:63. Marko Gujanicic gave Serbia 66:63 from the perimeter and Pablo Perez made two free throws for 1 point difference. Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-F-92) brought 69:65 and Luciano Massarelli scored for 69:67 with 2 minutes in the game. Bogic Vujosevic (189-PG-92, agency: Beo Basket) made two free throws for 71:67 with 40 seconds and Nemanja Besovic made the dunk for the final success.
Bogdan Bogdanovic paced all the winners with 25 points, while Nemanja Besovic notched 15. Marko Gujanicic produced 14 and Bogic Vujosevic delivered 11. Marcos Delia (206-C-92) responded with 19 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, whilst Juan Giaveno scored 13.

Serbia U19: Bogdan Bogdanovic 25, Nemanja Besovic 15, Marko Gujanicic 14, Bogic Vujosevic 11
Argentina U19: Marcos Delia 19+10 rebs, Juan Giaveno 13



Metalac Valjevo Transfer News - by Nenad Ilijev
Ambitious Metalac Valjevo announced new summer signings as guard Stefan Sinovec (195-G-88) and Aleksandar Tanaskovic (208-C-80, agency: 011 Sports) agreed terms on 1 year contract with this club. It's reported that Sinovec refused offer from Portugal and decided to stay in Valjevo and help the team in ambitious plan for upcoming season to earn a spot among the teams that will participate in Adriatic League in year after. Talented Sinovec left champions and Euroleague side Partizan Beograd a year ago but it was a right decision as he managed to revive his career. He was a top Serbian Super League scorer before he got injured in late April.
Second addition is Valjevo born big man Aleksandar Tanaskovic. Experienced center is the product of FMP Zeleznik basketball school and he is coming back to Metalac after a short spell with OKK Beograd last season. He was a Yugoslav U20 National Team member and played in Slovenia, Slovakia and Czech Republic before he decided to join back teams in Serbia.
Agile president of Metalac Valjevo Dusko Djukanovic expressed his optimism in negotiations with team captain Marko Ljubojevic (202-F/G-84) and Dragan Kruscic (198-F/G-86) about contract extension. He also confirmed that his club are trying to sign Uros Lucic (207-C-83) who should replace Stefan Bircevic (209-F/C-89) which left for Radnicki Kragujevac. Point guard position is already covered bringing one more Metalac former player Stefan Atanackovic (196-G-84, agency: 011 Sports) to replace Marko Ljubicic (197-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) who looks for new challenge.

It's earlier confirmed that experienced Milovan Stepandic will continue to work as head coach while Radomir Marojevic (207-C-81) and Milan Trtic (201-F/G-86) are staying with the team for one more season.



Serbia open Riom tournament with win over Italy - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U16 - Italy U16 101:82

Serbian U16 National Team victoriously opened their Riom international tournament campaign. They knocked down Italian counterparts in the opener. Duchan Dusan Ristic (207-C/F-95) knocked down 20 points to pace the winners.
Italy got to the better start. The Azzurri grabbed a 22:18 lead after ten minutes. But Serbia stormed back in the second frame. They went on a 32:18 run to post a 50:35 halftime advantage. Serbia maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They headed into the fourth stanza up by 19 points. The teams traded baskets throughout the final quarter as Serbia coasted to the victory at the end. Brano Djukanovic (95) accounted for 17 points, while Guduric added 11 in the victory. Simone Fontecchio (196-F-95) responded with 17 points for Italy. Maccaferri delivered 15 points in the loss.

Serbia U16: Dusan Ristic 20, Brano Djukanovic 17, Guduric 11
Italy U16: Simone Fontecchio 17, Maccaferri 15



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  SLOVAKIA   


Levice add Dominique Keller and Keaton Grant - by Eurobasket News
Astrum Levice have bolstered their roster with addition of two import players. They have agreed on terms of contract with Dominique Keller (203-F-88, agency: Tank Sports, college: Illinois) and Keaton Grant (193-G-86, college: Purdue).
23-year-old Dominique Keller signed his first pro contract. The forward has graduated from the University of Illinois back in 2010. He tallied 4.5 points and 2.2 rebounds per game in his senior season. Dominique Keller participated at 2010 Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas. He made it into All-Tournament 2nd Team.
Keaton Grant spent the previous season in D-League. The 24-year-old guard averaged 9.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game for the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Keaton Grant is the Purdue University graduate. He averaged 6.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in his senior college season.




Inter Bratislava keep Jerrenda Wheeler and Stjepan Gavran - by Eurobasket News
Inter Bratislava ensured the services of Jerrenda Wheeler (188-G-87, college: Shorter) and Stjepan Gavran (206-C-78) for the next season.
Jerrenda Wheeler signed his first pro contract with the Slovakian team at the start of the previous season. The guard appeared in just 12 games averaging 17.3 points, 4.1 boards, 4.1 assists and 1.3 steals per appearance. Jerrenda Wheeler however got sidelined with a serious injury then.
Stjepan Gavran also joined Inter in January 2010. The Bosnian centre tallied 13.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game last season. He earned Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Honourable Mention. Previously Stjepan Gavran had stints with Levice, Worthersee, Prievidza, Chemosvit Svit, Kingtrade, Gussing, Brotnjo Citluk.
Inter Bratislava will participate at Czech Republic NBL in the upcoming season. They earned a one-year wild card birth together with Levice.



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  SLOVENIA   


Slovenia U18 conguer London - by Eurobasket News
London hosts U18 teams tournament as in Day 1 Slovenia U18, London United and Sweden U18 played against each other.
Slovenia U18 overcame Sweden U18 70:60. The Scandinavian team grabbed 18-15, but Slovenia replied with 18-10 in the second frame. Moreover Slovenia added 25-14 in the third period and did not mind 9-18 in the last quarter. Luka Rupnik (184-PG-93) paced all the winners with 23 points and Dimec netted 15. Tomaz Bolcina (202-F-94) and Matej Rojc (198-G-93) delivered 7 each, while Jan Osolnik (203-F-93) notched 6. Jonathan Person (190-G-93, agency: JEMsports) finished the game with 19 points in defeat and Jesper Eliasson netted 12.
In another game Slovenia U18 edged London United 83:63. The guests started with 25-19 and added 18-17 in the second period. The second half also belonged to Slovenian team that won the third and the last quarters. Jan Osolnik stepped up with 18 points and Kastelic as well as Dimec had 12 apiece.



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  SPAIN   


Navarra tab Ondrej Starosta - by Eurobasket News
Navarra added size to their frontcourt. The team agreed on terms of contract with Ondrej Starosta (215-C-79). The 215cm centre spent the last season with Ourense Baloncesto. He averaged 8.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.0 block per game in LEB Gold. Previously Ondrej Starosta had spells for Melilla, CAI Zaragoza, Strasbourg, Chalons-en-Champagne, St. Quentin, Le Mans, Pepinster, Partizan, Real Madrid, Slovan and Sparta Praha. The centre was LEB Gold champion together with CAI Zaragoza in 2008. Eurobasket.com named Ondrej Starosta into All-LEB Gold Bosmans Team in 2010. He used to be All-French ProB Centre of the Year back in 2004. The Czech also made it into French ProA All-Bosmans Team next year. Ondrej Starosta played for the Czech Republic National Team from 2000 to 2008.


CAI Zaragoza signs Robert Archibald - by Eurobasket News
Robert Archibald (212-C/F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) is a new member of CAI Zaragoza. Two sides penned a deal today. The experienced big guy heads to Zaragoza from Unicaja Malaga, where he spent last three years. He appeared 34 times in ACB last season averaging 6.3 points and 3.5 rebounds. Archibald also added 8.2 ppg and 4.1 rpg for 13 Euroleague games. In 2009/10, he had 7.5 ppg and 4 rpg in Spain, plus 9.1 ppg and 4.3 rpg in Euroleague. Archibald joined Unicaja in 2008 from Azovmash Mariupol. He also played for DKV Joventut and Pamesa in the past. In 2008, Archibald was named Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Player of the Year -08.
Robert Archibald played for the British National Team in 2009 EuroBasket in Poland. He had 8.3 ppg, 4 rpg and 2.3 apg for 3 games.


Murcia hosts the International Tournament for four teams - by Eurobasket News
Spain U18- Luxembourg U18 101:59

Murcia hosts the International Tournament for four teams as Spain U18 smashed Luxembourg U18 in the opener. The hosts easily took the lead and reached 110:59 win at the end.
Spain started with 25-14 and never looked behind after. They even exploded with 31-11 in the second frame for 56:25 at the halftime. Luxembourg played better in the third period and lost only 19-20 to trail 32 points after thirty minutes. Spain added massive 34-15 in the last quarter to reach three digits victory.
Alejandro Suarez (205-F/C-93) stepped up with 15 points for the home side and Jorge Sanz (188-PG-93) scored 13. Albert Homs (199-F-94) ended up with 12 points, Josep Perez (183-PG-94) netted 11 and Pablo Fernandez (188-PG-93) notched 10. Hoiser responded with 18 points in the losing effort. Gilles Polfer (189-G-93) nailed 14, whilst Hurt poured in 10.

Spain U18: Alejandro Suarez 15, Jorge Sanz 13, Albert Homs 12, Josep Perez 11, Pablo Fernandez 10
Luxembourg U18: Hoiser 18, Gilles Polfer 14, Hurt 10



CAI Zaragoza targets Bracey Wright - by Eurobasket News
According to various sources, CAI Zaragoza wants to sign Bracey Wright (191-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Indiana) for the next season. Reportedly, they are already in talks. Wright started last season in France as a member of Paris-Levallois. He played 11 games in ProA registering 9.2 ppg, 1.7 rpg and 1.8 apg. In January, Wright moved to Cedevita Zagreb. He helped them reach EuroCup Semifinals with 16.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 2.5 apg for 10 games. Eurobasket awarded Wright with All-EuroCup 3rd Team -11. In Croatian league, Wright had 13.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 1.7 apg.
Bracey Wright played for DKV Joventut in 2008/09 season. He also has experience from Oostende, Aris and Minnesota Timberwolves.


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  SWEDEN   


Sweden U18 lost first two in England - by Eurobasket News
London hosts U18 teams tournament as in Day 1 Slovenia U18, London United and Sweden U18 played against each other.
Slovenia U18 overcame Sweden U18 70:60. The Scandinavian team grabbed 18-15, but Slovenia replied with 18-10 in the second frame. Moreover Slovenia added 25-14 in the third period and did not mind 9-18 in the last quarter. Luka Rupnik (184-PG-93) paced all the winners with 23 points and Dimec netted 15. Tomaz Bolcina (202-F-94) and Rojc delivered 7 each, while Osolnik notched 6. Jonathan Person (190-G-93, agency: JEMsports) finished the game with 19 points in defeat and Jesper Eliasson netted 12.
London United edged Sweden U18 88:85 in overtime in the most interesting game of the first day. The hosts opened the game with 29-28 and added 24-15 in the second quarter. Sweden bounced back with 17-13 in the third period and won the fourth 25-19. In overtime London United needed 13-10 to win the game. For Sweden Toias Borg posted 20 points and Fredrik Andersson scored 15. Jonathan Person and Sebastian Schuszler (204-F/C-94) posted 11 apiece, while Jesper Eliasson added 8.




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  TURKEY   


Marsh back to Turkey - by Sinan Can
Beko Basketball League newcomers Hacettepe University continiues the action in the market as Ankara team came close to sign American power forward Ricardo Marsh (207-F-81, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: ODU) due to some sources. Hacettepe University who added veteran center Huseyin Besok and rookie power forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning till now, will put experienced big man Ricardo Marsh into to the big man rotation along with Onder Kulcebas whom agreed for another year. Marsh is a very familiar name to Turkish basketball with his past showings at Turk Telekom and Antalya BSB, spent last sesason at Serbian team Crvena Zvezda. Marsh played 20 games for Belgrade team in Adriatic League and averaged 19.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.4 steals where he left on March due to financial problems.

Darius Songaila moves to Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News
Darius Songaila (205-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) moves to Galatasaray as Turkish teams are now the most star-packed for 2011/2012 season in Europe. The Lithuanian NBA star heads to the Turkish team for one year.
In 2006-2007 for $3,650,000 Darius joined Washington Wizards (NBA) and in Regular Season after 37 games averaged 7.6ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP: 52.4%, FT: 85.2%; Play-Offs: 4 games: 10.8ppg, 3.3rpg. In 2007-2008 for $3,942,000 in Washington Wizards (NBA) he had 6.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 45.8%, FT: 91.8%; Play-Offs: 5 games: 5.8ppg, 2.6rpg. In 2008-2009 had massive $4,234,000 for Washington Wizards (NBA, starting five) and in 77 games averaged 7.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 53.2%, FT: 88.9%. In 2009-2010 moved to New Orleans Hornets (NBA) and in 75 games showed 7.2ppg, 3.1rpg, FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 81.1%. The last season started for New Orleans Hornets (NBA), in Sep.'10 was traded to Philadelphia 76ers (NBA): 10 games: 1.6ppg, 1.0rpg.


Darius Songaila was a member of the Lithuanian National Team -00-04, 06-08. He participated at Olympic Games -00 (Sydney). In season 2003 he became European Championship Champion and also Russian A Superleague Regular Season Champion and Russian A Superleague Champion. In 2004 Darius participated at the Olympic Games in Athens -04 and at the World Championships in Japan in 2006.




Jason Rowe leaves Tofas for Prima Veroli - by Eurobasket News
Prima Veroli announced signing of another player today. After center Gerald Lee (208-F-87, college: ODU), the Italian outfit inked a one-year deal with Jason Rowe (178-G-78, college: Loyola, MD). The American point guard heads to Prima Veroli from Turkey, where he played for Tofas Bursa. In 30 TBL games with them Rowe had 13.2 ppg, 3 rpg, 4.6 apg and 1.6 spg. In 2010, Rowe led the Banco di Sardegna Sassari to victory in LegaDue Playoffs and they booked a spot for SerieA. He shined with 18.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4.2 apg and 2.5 spg in 43 games that season. Eurobasket named Rowe Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Honorable Mention -09, 10.
Jason Rowe was Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Guard of the Year -06. He was a member of Hyres-Toulon Var Basket at that time. For 32 games in ProA, Rowe averaged 19.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 6 assists and 2.4 steals. In the past, he also played for Livorno, Gravelines and Evreux.


Turk Telekom adds Darius Washington - by Baha Kurtulus
Darius Washington (188-G-85, college: Memphis) agreed terms with Turk Telekom Ankara one-year contract to play basketball in Turkey again.
He was a member of Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul in 2008-2009 season ( 29 games: 15.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.0apg )
Darius Washington played for Lottomatica Virtus Roma in previous season. He scored 13 points, 3 boards and 1.9 assists per game in Euroleague.
In Italy-SerieA the guard notched 10.1 points, 3 boards, 2.9 assists per appearance.
He was named Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League 2nd Team and Turkish League All-Bosmans Team in 2010,All-Euroleague Honorable Mention in 2011.


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  UKRAINE   


Hasan Rizvic comes back to Ukraine - by Eurobasket News
Hasan Rizvic (212-C-84) is coming back to Ukraine. The 27-year-old centre has agreed on terms of contract with Azovmash. The deal is meant for two seasons. Hasan Rizvic played for the Ukrainian powerhouse back in 2008/10 seasons. He tallied 12.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in those seasons. Eurobasket.com named Hasan Rizvic All-Ukrainian Superleague Bosman Player of the Year in 2010. He was also trumped All-VTB League Centre of the Year the same season. Last season Hasan Rizvic spent with Unics Kazan. He tallied 4.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game in PBL. In EuroCup the centre posted 5.6 points, 4.3 boards per appearance. In VTB League Hasan Rizvic delivered 8.5 points and 3.4 rebounds.


Denis Ikovlev joins Khimik - by Eurobasket News
Denis Ikovlev (201-F-86, college: Nevada) will continue his career in Khimik Yuzny. The forward has already penned deal with the team. Denis Ikovlev joined Budivelnyk back in January 2009. Last season the forward averaged 3.8 points and 1.5 rebounds per game in EuroCup. In Superleague his stats read 6.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per appearance. Denis Ikovlev played for BC Odessa and Ferro-ZNTU before joining the Kyiv team. Eurobasket.com named Denis Ikovlev All-Ukrainian UBL Most Improved Player of the Year in 2009. The forward got the taste of overseas basketball. He studied and played basketball at the Ellsworth Comumunity College and the University of Nevada, Reno. Denis Ikovlev was WAC Regular champion twice with the Wolfpack.



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


CAI Zaragoza signs Robert Archibald - by Eurobasket News
Robert Archibald (212-C/F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) is a new member of CAI Zaragoza. Two sides penned a deal today. The experienced big guy heads to Zaragoza from Unicaja Malaga, where he spent last three years. He appeared 34 times in ACB last season averaging 6.3 points and 3.5 rebounds. Archibald also added 8.2 ppg and 4.1 rpg for 13 Euroleague games. In 2009/10, he had 7.5 ppg and 4 rpg in Spain, plus 9.1 ppg and 4.3 rpg in Euroleague. Archibald joined Unicaja in 2008 from Azovmash Mariupol. He also played for DKV Joventut and Pamesa in the past. In 2008, Archibald was named Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Player of the Year -08.
Robert Archibald played for the British National Team in 2009 EuroBasket in Poland. He had 8.3 ppg, 4 rpg and 2.3 apg for 3 games.


London hosts International tournament - by Eurobasket News
London hosts U18 teams tournament as in Day 1 Slovenia U18, London United and Sweden U18 played against each other.
Slovenia U18 overcame Sweden U18 70:60. The Scandinavian team grabbed 18-15, but Slovenia replied with 18-10 in the second frame. Moreover Slovenia added 25-14 in the third period and did not mind 9-18 in the last quarter. Rupnik paced all the winners with 23 points and Dimec netted 15. Tomaz Bolcina (202-F-94) and Matej Rojc (198-G-93) delivered 7 each, while Osolnik notched 6. Jonathan Person (190-G-93, agency: JEMsports) finished the game with 19 points in defeat and Jesper Eliasson (199-F-94) netted 12.
In another game Slovenia U18 edged London United 83:63. The guests started with 25-19 and added 18-17 in the second period. The second half also belonged to Slovenian team that won the third and the last quarters. Osolnik stepped up with 18 points and Marko Kastelic (187-G-94) as well as Dimec had 12 apiece.
London United edged Sweden U18 88:85 in overtime in the most interesting game of the first day. The hosts opened the game with 29-28 and added 24-15 in the second quarter. Sweden bounced back with 17-13 in the third period and won the fourth 25-19. In overtime London United needed 13-10 to win the game. For Sweden Toias Borg posted 20 points and Fredrik Andersson (197-G/F-93) scored 15. Jonathan Person and Sebastian Schuszler posted 11 apiece, while Jesper Eliasson added 8.




GB U20 Men lose twice to Belgium - by Eurobasket News
Standard Life GB U20 Men suffered the first defeats of their summer campaign as they went down against Belgium on Wednesday and Thursday.

Wednesday's game ended in a comfortable 94-71 victory for the visitors as they shot 48% from the field and held GB to just 32 points in the second half. Ryan Richards (212-C/F-91, agency: Interperformances) led GB with 18 points, with Adam Thoseby (198-F/G-91) adding 13 and Devon van Oostrum adding 11.

Game two of the series was closer with GB leading 41-40 at half time and only being 5 down at the end of the third, but the Belgians pulled away late to record a 85-74 win. Again Richards led GB with 25 points and 8 rebounds and van Oostrum supported him with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Alex Marcotullio also added 18.

Belgium were led in scoring on both nights by Dennis Donkor (194-G/F-91) with 20 on Wednesday and 22 on Thursday.

The start of the European Championship for the U20 Men is now less than a week away. They will be heading to Sarjevo next week to face opening round matches against Portugal, Finland, Luxembourg, Norway and Czech Republic.
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk




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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  LTU
  (210-C-92)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Valanciunas, LTU21.4 
 2. Barac, CRO19.0 
 3. Ahmed, EGY18.5 
 4. Lamb, USA17.8 
 5. Saric, CRO17.7 
 6. Pierre, CAN16.9 
 7. Michalak, POL16.8 
 8. Drmic, AUS16.1 
 9. Greenwood, AUS15.9 
 10. Dukulis, LAT15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  LTU
  (210-C-92)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Valanciunas, LTU14.6 
 2. Ahmed, EGY12.3 
 3. Saric, CRO10.3 
 4. Dukulis, LAT9.5 
 5. Nogueira, BRA8.8 
 6. Pierre, CAN8.3 
 7. Mitchell, USA8.0 
 8. M''Rad, TUN8.0 
 9. Delia, ARG7.9 
 10. Zhai, CHN7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Vytenis CIZAUSKAS
  (190-G-92)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Cizauskas, LTU5.5 
 2. Kim, KOR5.4 
 3. Grochowski, POL5.3 
 4. Hossam, EGY5.0 
 5. Katic, CRO4.5 
 6. Neto, BRA4.1 
 7. Chen, TAI4.0 
 8. Vecvagars, LAT3.9 
 9. Jackson, USA3.8 
 10. Saric, CRO3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Assem AHMED
  (205-C-92)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Ahmed, EGY2.3 
 2. Moon, KOR2.2 
 3. Chen, TAI2.2 
 4. Pangos, CAN2.1 
 5. Lamb, USA2.1 
 6. Creek, AUS1.9 
 7. Cizauskas, LTU1.8 
 8. Giaveno, ARG1.8 
 9. Abada, TUN1.8 
 10. Zhai, CHN1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  LTU
  (210-C-92)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Valanciunas, LTU3.3 
 2. Nogueira, BRA2.9 
 3. Mitchell, USA2.0 
 4. Karnowski, POL1.8 
 5. Delia, ARG1.4 
 6. Leonard, USA1.4 
 7. Niedzwiedzki, POL1.3 
 8. Lee, KOR1.3 
 9. Jankovic, CAN1.1 
 10. Mockevicius, LTU1.1 


Lithuania and Serbia to face in the European Final! - by Eurobasket News
SEMIFINAL
Lithuania - Russia 85-68
Lithuania have become the first U19 World Championship finalists. They outgunned Russian counterparts in the first semifinal in Riga tonight. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) came up with 21 points and 13 rebounds to pace the winners. Lithuania stunned their opponetns in the first half. Russia led 3:0 early in the encounter but the Baltic team went on a 21:6 run to build a comfortable lead. Lithuania ensured a 25:11 advantage at the first break. The margin grew at 27-point mark midway through the second term as the game slightly turned into a one-way traffic. Lithuania secured a 53:26 halftime lead. Lithuania boosted the gap to 30 points in the third term but Russia managed to narrow the deficit at 20 points with ten minutes remaining 50:70. Russia used a 10:2 run early in the fourth frame to get within 12 points 62:74. However Pukis and Zygimantas Skucas (200-F-92) came up with timely five points in the fourth quarter to tame Russia and Lithuania rolled to the victory at the end. Dovydas Redikas finished with 13 points, while Zygimantas Skucas added 12 points in the win. Dmitry Kulagin responded with 27 points for Russia. Alexander Tikhonin contributed 13 points in the loss.

Serbia - Argentina 76-71
The game between Serbia and Argentina became the last in the last but one day of the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championships. The European team needed strong second half to ensure 76:71 win. Argentina won the opening tip 6:2 as Franco Giorgetti made the jump shot. The European team however looked better in the end of the quarter and grabbed 16:14 advantage. Patricio Garino tied the game at 16:16, while Marko Gujanicic gave Serbia 24:19. Juan Giaveno (175-PG-92) tied the game at 26:26 and Nikola Siladi sent the squads to the lockers for 32:28. The third quarter became the most productive and offensive in the game. Serbia won it 29-22 as Petar Lambic scored for 57:54. Luciano Massarelli however tied the game at 61:61 early in the fourth, while Nemanja Besovic (221-C-92) made the same at 63:63. Marko Gujanicic gave Serbia 66:63 from the perimeter and Pablo Perez made two free throws for 1 point difference. Bogdan Bogdanovic brought 69:65 and Luciano Massarelli scored for 69:67 with 2 minutes in the game. Bogic Vujosevic (189-PG-92, agency: Beo Basket) made two free throws for 71:67 with 40 seconds and Nemanja Besovic made the dunk for the final success. Bogdan Bogdanovic paced all the winners with 25 points, while Nemanja Besovic notched 15. Marko Gujanicic produced 14 and Bogic Vujosevic delivered 11. Marcos Delia responded with 19 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, whilst Juan Giaveno scored 13.



5-8 place

Poland - USA 47-84
USA U19 demolish the Polish side to recover from last night loss to Russia. The American team won 84:47 at the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championships and will play for the 5th place tomorrow. Poland won the opening tip 5:2 as Grzegorz Grochowski nailed three for the lead. Doug McDermott (200-F-92) gave USA 13:9, while Meyers Leonard (213-C-92) closed the first period at 19:11. A tight and gritty third period saw buckets hard to come by. Slowly but confident the favorites reached the bigger lead as they won the second frame 17-10. Doug McDermott and Przemyslaw Karnowski were the last players to score at the half for 36:21 deficit. USA needed 11-0 run to start the third period as the result became known in the start of the second half. Patric Young scored for 47:21 and Meyers Leonard made a dunk for 55:31. USA won the third period 23-11 as Meyers Leonard closed the thirty minutes of the game with the successful shot. The fourth period also belonged to the favorites that ensured the bigger victory. Doug McDermott poured in 19 points to lead the charge. Patric Young followed him with 13, while Jeremy Lamb and Meyers Leonard posted 12 apiece. Michal Michalak replied with 13 points for the European team and Piotr Niedzwiedzki had 10.

Australia - Croatia 90-63
Australia celebrated the victory at U19 World Championship today. The Emus held off Croatian counterparts to set up clash with the USA for the fifth spot in the tournament. Croatia will take on Poland in the battle for the 7th position. Hugh Greenwood (190-G-92) knocked down 21 points and grabbed 7 boards for the Emus. Australia grabbed the lead from the early stages. The Emus rallied to a 24:19 lead after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the second term. The Australian team secured a 40:35 halftime lead. The Emus continued to get away in the third stanza. They outmuscled Croatia in the paint and easily gained an 11-point advantage with one quarter remaining. Australia went on a 28:12 rally in the fourth period and sealed the victory at the end. Mitchell Creek (198-F/G-92) provided 20 points, 10 boards and 6 assists, while Anthony Drmic (196-F/G-92) added 13 points in the victory. Boris Barac answered with 20 points for Croatia. Dario Saric accounted for 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the loss.

9-10 place
Brazil - Latvia 81-73
Brazil U19 finished on the 9th place at the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championships. The Latin American team won over the hosts 81:73 to send them to the 10th place. Janis Timma gave the Baltic side 8:3 lead, but they could not keep the leading advantage. Lucas Nogueira closed the first period at 21:14, while Davis Bertans reduced to 23:21 early in the second. Brazil pushed the tempo in the end of the half and Raul Neto sent the teams to the lockers at 41:35. In the third period the picture had changed in the game and both squads exchanged the baskets for their own leads. Kaspars Vecvagars (191-G-93) gave the hosts 44:43 and Davis Bertans increased to 49:47. David Rossetto (180-PG-93) brought 58:54 for Brazil to go to the last period with 4-point deficit. Brazil did not allow Latvia to reduce the gap and won the game. David Rossetto led the way with 19 points and Bruno Irigoyen scored 17. Raul Neto notched 15, while Lucas Nogueira collected 8 points and 10 rebounds. Davis Bertans replied with 25 points in defeat and Edmunds Dukulis delivered 17.

11-12 place
Egypt - Canada 79-84
Canada wrapped up their U19 World Championship campaign with victory. They knocked down Egypt to earn the 11th overall place. Dyshawn Pierre (198-F-93) led the North American team to the win tallying 28 points, 13 boards and 4 assists. Egypt looked slightly better in the starting period as they gained an 18:17 lead at the first break. But Canada gradually took over. The North Americans rallied to a 38:34 halftime advantage. The teams increased the tempo in the third term. They combined for 49 points in the quarter as Canada were able to secure a 5-point advantage before the fourth frame. Canada withheld all the comeback efforts from Egypt to celebrate a tough victory at the end. Kevin Pangos delivered 18 points, while Stefan Jankovic provided 10 points in the victory. Assem Ahmed (205-C-92) answered with 19 points and 13 rebounds for Egypt. Marawan Mohamed (199-F-92) contributed 15 points in the loss.






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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Aussie stars in action - WNBA Week 5 wrap - by Eurobasket News
Here is your Week 5 update of the seven Aussie stars playing in the WNBA.

The USA celebrated their Independence Day holiday this week, which has coincided with less games on the WNBA calendar. Despite that, there were still some standout performances from our Aussies abroad.

Erin Phillips (173-G-85) played a season-high 27 minutes and helped her team to victory over the Lauren Jackson-less Storm. Phillips was instrumental for the Fever, recording 7 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals.

Rookie Elizabeth Cambage (203-C-91) had no official games this whole week, but that doesnt mean she wasnt working hard. Liz and her Tulsa Shock team mates kept sharp practising against local mens teams, with the 19-year-old impressing her opponents with her basketball smarts.

Cambage also made news this week when she donned some Aussie fashion for the Tulsa media in some of her free time.

Lauren Jackson is continuing to recover from hip surgery that will sideline her for up to three months. She caught up with The Seattle Times, click here to read what she had to say about her recovery including;

Emotionally, mentally it's hard, but you know my Achilles is great and this was a freak accident that I have been told will just be stronger than before.

LA Sparks guard Jenna O'Hea (185-G/F-87) continues her development in her first WNBA season, scoring a career-high 10 points against Penny Taylor (185-F-81) and the Phoenix Mercury. She took time out of her busy schedule to answer fan questions here.

Dont forget you can still vote for Lauren Jackson, Penny Taylor or Liz Cambage to make the WNBA All-Star game.

Fan voting is open and it is your chance to vote for your favourite Australian players.

Remember, you can watch every game of the WNBA season for free by registering here for WNBA Live Access, and if you cant see the game LIVE, simply log on and watch it when you wish.

Here is your Week 5 Update of your favourite Australian players in action;

Lauren Jackson (Seattle Storm)WNBA Player Profile

Games this week:
Seattle Storm 73 defeated Washington Mystics 63
Stats: DNP

Seattle Storm 61 defeated by Indiana Fever 78
Stats: DNP

Penny Taylor (Phoenix Mercury)WNBA Player Profile

Games this week:
Phoenix Mercury 92 defeated Atlanta Dream 83
Stats: 17 points, 10 rebounds

Phoenix Mercury 86 defeated Chicago Sky 78
Stats: 19 points, 7 assists, 9 rebounds

Phoenix Mercury 86 defeated by Indiana Fever 91
Stats: 10 points, 5 assists

Elizabeth Cambage (Tulsa Shock)WNBA Player Profile

Games this week:
No games scheduled this week.

Jenna OHea (LA Sparks)WNBA Player Profile

Games this week:
LA Sparks 82 defeated by Phoenix Mercury 101
Stats: 10 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound

Tully Bevilaqua (164-G-72) (San Antonio Silver Stars)WNBA Player Profile

Games this week:
San Antonio Silver Stars 75 defeated by New York Liberty 81
Stats: 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal

Erin Phillips (Indiana Fever)WNBA Player Profile

Games this week:
Indiana Fever 78 defeated Seattle Storm 61
Stats: 7 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals

Belinda Snell (181-F-81) (Seattle Storm)WNBA Player Profile
Games this week:
Seattle Storm 73 defeated Washington Mystics 63
Stats: 3 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist

Seattle Storm 61 defeated by Indiana Fever 78

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


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U20 Greece too strong for U20 Austria in Ohrid, 64-52 - by Eurobasket News
U20 Austria - U20 Greece 52-64

Greece won in Day One of the U20 EuroBasket Division B in Ohrid. Greece handed 64-52 loss to Austria jumping to 1-0 score in Preliminary Group B. Artemis Spanou (185-F-93) was totally the best player in this victory. She spent almost the entire game on the court collecting 21 points and 7 rebounds. Anastasia Slouka (182-G-93) scored 15 points, while Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi (187-F-92) helped with double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. In Austria, Milena Lazarevic (178-G/F-91) delivered 11 points. Lisa Zderadicka (166-PG-94) followed her with two less. Quarters: 10-12, 14-12, 8-24, 20-16. In Day Two of the competition, Greece will play against Belgium. Austria will take on Czech Republic. Participants of the same group are also Israel and Estonia.

Austria: Milena Lazarevic 11, Lisa Zderadicka 9
Greece: Artemis Spanou 21+7 boards, Anastasia Slouka 15, Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi 12+10 boards


U20 Czech Republic destroys U20 Austria in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News
U20 Czech Republic - U20 Austria 84-49

Czech Republic registered second straight win in Ohrid. They trashed Austria today 84-49 for perfect 2-0 record in Group B. Austria failed also in Day One so they currently have 0-2. Czech Republic opened this meeting with 18-13 and continued with impressive 27-5 until the halftime. Nothing has changed after the breather as Czech Republic won Q3 with 23-8. Last ten minutes were just the formality as the game winner was already known. Alena Hanusova (190-F/C-91) came up with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Czech Republic. Karolina Elhotova (182-F-92) had 13 points and 6 boards, while Barbora Kasparkova (182-F/C-92) added 10 pts. Lisa Zderadicka (166-PG-94) scored 10 points in Austria, while Julia Koppl (187-F/C-91) and Kolin had 8 and 7 pts respectively. Tomorrow, Czech Republic will meet Israel. Austria will take on also winless Belgium.

Czech Republic: Alena Hanusova 21+7 boards, Karolina Elhotova 13+6 boards, Barbora Kasparkova 10
Austria: Lisa Zderadicka 10, Julia Koppl 8, Kolin 7


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  BELARUS - Women  


U20 France wins second straight in Zrenjanin - by Eurobasket News
U20 France - U20 Belarus 81-52

France registered their second win at the U20 EuroBasket in Novi Sad and Zrenjanin. This time France cruised past Belarus 81-52 for 2-0 record in Group C. With this win, France already secured a spot for the next stage. Belarus stays winless after two games.
France had impressive second half and thanks to it they registered comfortable win in this game. In the first period France made 18-15, but Belarus responded with 8-14 until the halftime. However, France blasted Belarus 22-7 in Q3 and continued in the same rhythm until the end (33-16, Q4). Clementine Samson (181-G/F-91) top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Kelly Corre (180-F-91) had 16 pts and 9 boards, while Hhadydia Minte (187-F-91) added 13 pts and 14 rebs. In defeat, Maryia Filonchyk (189-C/F-92) collected 9 points and 9 boards. Their second scorer was Aliaksandra Musatava (174-G-92) with 8 pts.
In Day Three, France will meet Holland and it will be a game for the first place in group B. Belarus will play do-or-die game against Italy.

France: Clementine Samson 20, Kelly Corre 16+9 boards, Hhadydia Minte 13+14 boards
Belarus: Maryia Filonchyk 9+9 boards, Aliaksandra Musatava 8


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Bar Galinski paces U20 Israel to victory in Ohrid (Day One) - by Eurobasket News
U20 Belgium - U20 Israel 48-52

Israel had a nice Day One of the U20 EuroBasket Division B in Ohrid. They had to work hard, but at the end celebrated 52-48 victory against Belgium for 1-0 score in Preliminary Group B. Participants of the same pool are also Estonia, Czech Republic, Austria and Greece. Bar Galinski (185-F-92) shined for Israel in this meeting with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Hadar Gutin (182-F/G-91) helped with double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Shira Shecht (183-F-91) added 11 pts and 5 boards. In Belgium, Noemie Mayombo (171-PG-91, agency: LBM Management) collected 14 points and 6 rebs. Emmanuella Mayombo (170-G-92, agency: LBM Management) had 11 pts and 7 rebs, while Jenny Mayinga (183-C/F-92) added 8 pts and 9 rebs. In Day Two, Israel will meet Estonia. Belgium will take on Greece. Four best teams from this group will advance to the next stage.

Belgium: Noemie Mayombo 14+6 boards, Emmanuella Mayombo 11+7 boards, Jenny Mayinga 8+9 boards
Israel: Bar Galinski 17+8 boards, Hadar Gutin 12+10 boards, Shira Shecht 11+5 boards


U20 Greece beats U20 Belgium 53-47, improves to 2-0 - by Eurobasket News
U20 Greece - U20 Belgium 53-47

Greece celebrated another victory in Ohrid. After 64-52 win against Austria, Greece outplayed Belgium 53-47 today for 2-0 record in Group B. Belgium stays winless after two games. Third quarter was the crucial one in this meeting as Greece blasted Belgium 20-5. Artemis Spanou (185-F-93) shined for the winners with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Anastasia Slouka (182-G-93) scored 16, while Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi (187-F-92) added 7 points and 10 boards. In the loosing squad, Emmanuella Mayombo (170-G-92, agency: LBM Management) delivered 15 pts and Ann Schyvens (160-G-93) had 10. Quarters: 13-12, 3-10, 20-5, 17-20. In Day Three of the championship, Greece will meet Estonia. Belgium will play against Austria and will try to grab the first win at this event.

Greece: Artemis Spanou 17+7 boards, Anastasia Slouka 16, Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi 7+10 boards
Belgium: Emmanuella Mayombo 15, Ann Schyvens 10


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  BULGARIA - Women  


U20 Portugal jumps to 2-0 in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News
U20 Bulgaria - U20 Portugal 49-74

Portugal registered another victory at the U20 EuroBasket Division B in Ohrid. After win against the host FYROM, Portugal outplayed Bulgaria 74-49 for 2-0 record in Group A. Bulgaria dropped to 0-2 on the other side. Michelle Brandao (174-G-91) was the leading scorer in victory with 17 points. Maria Correia (174-G/F-91) and Telma Fernandes (180-C/F-91) followed her with 13 and 11 points respectively. In Bulgaria, Tsvetromira Sharenkapova (182-F-91) was better than the others with 15 pts. Violina Kocheva (176-G/F-91) had 14 and Viktoria Stoycheva (172-G-92) stopped to 7 pts. Portugal took 24-10 lead in the first ten minutes and never looked back after that. Quarters: 10-24, 15-20, 14-15, 10-15. In Day Three of the championship, Portugal will play against Sweden. Bulgaria will meet FYROM.

Bulgaria: Tsvetromira Sharenkapova 15, Violina Kocheva 14, Viktoria Stoycheva 7
Portugal: Michelle Brandao 17, Maria Correia 13, Telma Fernandes 11


U20 Hungary beats U20 Bulgaria 73-58 in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News
U20 Hungary - U20 Bulgaria 73-58

Hungary had a joyful Day One of the U20 EuroBasket Division B in Ohrid. Hungary cruised past Bulgaria 73-58 for 1-0 record in Group A. Except of Hungary and Bulgaria, participants of the same pool are also Portugal, Sweden and host FYROM. Reka Balint (182-F-91) exploded for Hungary with 25 points and 6 rebounds. Bernadett Balla (192-F/C-91) scored 12, while Judit Manyoky (172-G-92) added 9 points and 6 rebounds. In Bulgaria, Mariya Svetoslavova (178-F-93) top-scored with 17 points and was the only one with double-digits. Viktoria Stoycheva (172-G-92) stopped to 9 pts. Quarters: 16-16, 18-16, 22-15, 17-11. In Day Two of the competition Hungary will meet Sweden. Bulgaria will play against Portugal.

Hungary: Reka Balint 25+6 boards, Bernadett Balla 12, Judit Manyoky 9+6 boards
Bulgaria: Mariya Svetoslavova 17, Viktoria Stoycheva 9


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Hanusova leads U20 Czech Republic to victory in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News
U20 Estonia - U20 Czech Republic 47-54

Czech Republic celebrated in Day One of the U20 EuroBasket Division B in Ohrid. They handed 54-47 loss to Estonia for 1-0 score in Group B. Alena Hanusova (190-F/C-91) was a key player for the winners. She scored 17 points and pulled down 6 rebounds for her team. Adela Filarova (174-G-91) scored 7 and Petra Zaplatova (175-G/F-91) helped with one point less. In Estonia, Mailis Pokk (185-F/C-92) delivered 6 points. Maaja Bratka (190-F/C-92) (6 rebs) and Annika Koster (185-F/C-92) (8 rebs) scored 10 and 9 points respectively. Quarters: 12-15, 13-18, 12-8, 10-13. In Day Two of the championship, Czech Republic will meet Austria. Estonia will play against Israel. Participants of the same pool are also Greece and Belgium.

Estonia: Mailis Pokk 16, Maaja Bratka 10+6 boards, Annika Koster 9+8 boards
Czech Republic: Alena Hanusova 17+6 boards, Adela Filarova 8, Petra Zaplatova 7


U20 Czech Republic destroys U20 Austria in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News
U20 Czech Republic - U20 Austria 84-49

Czech Republic registered second straight win in Ohrid. They trashed Austria today 84-49 for perfect 2-0 record in Group B. Austria failed also in Day One so they currently have 0-2. Czech Republic opened this meeting with 18-13 and continued with impressive 27-5 until the halftime. Nothing has changed after the breather as Czech Republic won Q3 with 23-8. Last ten minutes were just the formality as the game winner was already known. Alena Hanusova (190-F/C-91) came up with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Czech Republic. Karolina Elhotova (182-F-92) had 13 points and 6 boards, while Barbora Kasparkova (182-F/C-92) added 10 pts. Lisa Zderadicka (166-PG-94) scored 10 points in Austria, while Julia Koppl (187-F/C-91) and Kolin had 8 and 7 pts respectively. Tomorrow, Czech Republic will meet Israel. Austria will take on also winless Belgium.

Czech Republic: Alena Hanusova 21+7 boards, Karolina Elhotova 13+6 boards, Barbora Kasparkova 10
Austria: Lisa Zderadicka 10, Julia Koppl 8, Kolin 7


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Hanusova leads U20 Czech Republic to victory in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News
U20 Estonia - U20 Czech Republic 47-54

Czech Republic celebrated in Day One of the U20 EuroBasket Division B in Ohrid. They handed 54-47 loss to Estonia for 1-0 score in Group B. Alena Hanusova (190-F/C-91) was a key player for the winners. She scored 17 points and pulled down 6 rebounds for her team. Adela Filarova (174-G-91) scored 7 and Petra Zaplatova (175-G/F-91) helped with one point less. In Estonia, Mailis Pokk (185-F/C-92) delivered 6 points. Maaja Bratka (190-F/C-92) (6 rebs) and Annika Koster (185-F/C-92) (8 rebs) scored 10 and 9 points respectively. Quarters: 12-15, 13-18, 12-8, 10-13. In Day Two of the championship, Czech Republic will meet Austria. Estonia will play against Israel. Participants of the same pool are also Greece and Belgium.

Estonia: Mailis Pokk 16, Maaja Bratka 10+6 boards, Annika Koster 9+8 boards
Czech Republic: Alena Hanusova 17+6 boards, Adela Filarova 8, Petra Zaplatova 7


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  EUROCUP - Women  


2011/2012 regular season groups are drawn - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup 2011/12 season draw has been held in Freising, Germany tonight. 31 clubs will fight for the title this season. They were drawn into eight regular season groups. The season is scheduled to tip off on November 3 and conclude on December 8. The final series is scheduled for March 15 and 22.

Here are the Draw Results:

Group A: Quinta dos Lombos, Botas Spor, Horizont, Dynamo Moscow
Group B: Lotto Young Cats, Telge Basket, Dynamo-GUVD, Besiktas
Group C: Dexia Namur, TED Ankara, Vagos, Nantes Reze
Group D: Flying Foxes, Gran Canaria, Lemminkainen, Hainaut Basket
Group E: SISU, Chevakata, Sint-Katelijne, Arras
Group F: Maccabi Ashdod, Olimpia, Dynamo Kursk, Pankup Kayseri
Group G: Partizan Galenika, Ruzomberok, Sdent Helios, Basket Landes
Group H: Elitzur Ramla, Spartak Noginsk, Mondeville.



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2011/2012 Season Draw Results - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague 2011/12 season draw has been held in Freising, Germany tonight. 23 participating teams were drawn into three groups for the regular season action. Regular season is scheduled to take place from October 12 to February 1. Sixteen best teams will advance into best-of-three Eighth-Final series. The winners of those series will qualify into Final Eight that is slated between March 28 and April 1. 23 regular season teams include three newcomers. These are CCC Polkowice of Poland, French Montpellier and Gyor from Hungary.

Here are the Draw Results:

Group A: Ros Casares, Galatasaray, UMMC, Bourges, USK Praha, Lotos Gdynia, VICI Kaunas, Gyor
Group B: Fenerbahce, Euroleasing Sopron, Perfumerias Avenida, Familia Schio, Nadezhda, CCC Polkowice, Tarbes
Group C: Taranto, Rivas Ecopolis, Spartak MR, Wisla, Dobri Anjeli, Frisco Brno, Gospic and Montpellier.



Standings (Women)
Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Bourges 0-0 
 2. Galatasaray 0-0 
 3. Lotos Gdynia 0-0 
 4. Ros Casares 0-0 
 5. SEAT Lami 0-0 
 6. UMMC 0-0 
 7. USK Praha 0-0 
 8. VICI Kaunas 0-0 
Group B
 1. CCC Polkowice 0-0 
 2. Familia Schio 0-0 
 3. Fenerbahce 0-0 
 4. Nadezhda O. 0-0 
 5. Perfumerias 0-0 
 6. Tarbes 0-0 
 7. UNIQA Eurol. 0-0 
Group C
 1. Dobri Anjeli 0-0 
 2. Frisco Sika 0-0 
 3. Gospic 0-0 
 4. Lattes Montp. 0-0 
 5. Rivas Ecopolis 0-0 
 6. Spartak V MR 0-0 
 7. Taranto 0-0 
 8. Wisla Can-Pak 0-0 


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20 - Women  


Division A: Day One in Novi Sad and Zrenjanin - by Eurobasket News
GROUP A

U20 Poland - U20 Germany 86-46
Poland had a wonderful Day One of the U20 EuroBasket in Novi Sad. They blasted Germany 86-46 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Participants of the same pool are also Ukraine and host Serbia. Malgorzata Misiuk (184-F-91) stepped up for the winners with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Paulina Kuras (170-G-92) had 11 points and 6 boards, while Agnieszka Sniezek (176-G-91) also added 11 pts in this win. On the other side, Germany got 19 points from Finja Schaake (179-G/F-92). Sonja Greinacher (188-F/C-92) followed her with 11.
Poland dominated in this game from the very beginning. They exploded with 22-8 in the first ten minutes and continued with 24-9 in the second period. At that time it was already clear who the winner of the game will be. Germany made 14-22 in Q3, but Poland smashed them in the last ten minutes 26-7 for the final 86-46 victory.
In Day Two, Poland will meet Serbia. Germany will take on Ukraine.

Poland: Malgorzata Misiuk 16+6 boards, Paulina Kuras 11+6 boards, Agnieszka Sniezek 11
Germany: Finja Schaake 19, Sonja Greinacher 11



U20 Ukraine - U20 Serbia 51-81
Serbia exploded in Day One of the U20 EuroBasket 2011. The host of this event smashed Ukraine 81-51 for 1-0 score in Group A. Except of these two teams, participants of the same pool are also Poland and Germany. Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) was the best player in victory with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Maja Vucurovic (188-F-91) (6 rebs) and Jelena Prvulovic (177-G-91) added 10 points each. In Ukraine, Olesia Malashenko (189-F-91, agency: LBM Management) was better than the others with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Alina Iagupova (181-G-92, agency: LBM Management) stopped to 12 pts.
Serbia won every single quarter in this game. They started with 14-20 in the first period and jumped to 27-41 until the halftime. Nothing has changed after that as Serbia was the team which dominated on the floor. They made 12-19 in Q3 and finally ended this game with 12-21 for 30-point win.
In Day Two, Serbia will play against Poland. Ukraine will meet Germany and it will be their chance for the first win.

Ukraine: Olesia Malashenko 19+7 boards, Alina Iagupova 12
Serbia: Sara Krnjic 16+9 boards, Maja Vucurovic 10+6 boards, Jelena Prvulovic



GROUP B

U20 Turkey - U20 Romania 69-52
Turkey was too strong for Romania 69-52 in the opening game of U20 EuroBasket 2011 in Novi Sad. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group B together with Russia and Lithuania. Ozge Yavas (174-G-91) was the leading player in victory with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Pinar Demirok (180-F-91) secured a great help with 18 points and 5 boards, while Gamze Takmaz (184-F-91) added 12 pts. In the loosing squad, Gabriela Cursaru (169-PG-92) top-scored with 16 points. Alina Craciun (194-C-93) and Flavia Ferenczi (175-F-91) netted 13 and 10 points respectively. Turkey took control on Romania from the beginning as they made 18-13 lead in the first ten minutes. Romania slightly improved after that, but still Turkey won Q2 as well (19-17) for plus 7 at the HT. Third period was tied (14-14) and Turkey blasted Romania in the last ten minutes. Ozge Yavas and her teammates made impressive 18-8 in Q4 to end this meeting with comfortable 69-52. Tomorrow, Turkey will meet Lithuania, while Romania will take on Russia.

Turkey: Ozge Yavas 20+6 boards, Pinar Demirok 18+5 boards, Gamze Takmaz 12
Romania: Gabriela Cursaru 16, Alina Craciun 13+6 boards, Flavia Ferenczi 10


U20 Russia - U20 Lithuania 67-55
U20 EuroBasket 2011 started in Novi Sad and Russia won in their first game. Russia was too strong for Lithuania celebrating 67-55 win. They are placed to Preliminary Group B, together with Turkey and Romania. Viktoria Medvedeva (185-C/F-91) exploded with double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Yana Panevina (168-G-91) scored 12 and Veronika Dorosheva (193-F-91) added 11 points, plus 6 rebounds. Gintare Mazionyte (186-F/C-91) scored 15 points on the other side. Monika Grigalauskyte (187-F-92) shined with 13 points and 15 boards, while Inesa Visgaudaite (172-PG-91) stopped to 11 pts.
Lithuania had nice first quarter winning it 9-15. However, it was all from them in this meeting. Russia was better in the second period 19-15 and they totally took control on Lithuania after the beater (21-13, Q3). Last ten minutes also belonged to Russia, who celebrated 67-55 victory at the end.
In Day Two, Russia will meet Romania. Lithuania will take on Turkey.

Russia: Viktoria Medvedeva 22+10 boards, Yana Panevina 12, Veronika Dorosheva 11+6 boards
Lithuania: Gintare Mazionyte 15, Monika Grigalauskyte 13+15 boards, Inesa Visgaudaite 11


GROUP C


U20 Belarus - U20 Holland 42-75
Holland demonstrated wonderful performance in Day One of the U20 EuroBasket. Holand trashed Belarus 75-42 for 1-0 score in Preliminary Group C. Participants of the same pool are also France and Italy. Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) shined for Holland in this meeting with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Chatilla Van Grinsven (187-F-89) had double-double of 14 points and 17 rebounds, while Tessel van Dongen (175-PG-91) added 12 pts. Nadzeya Bohdan (187-C-93) had 13 points and 5 rebounds on the other side. Maryia Papova (186-F-94) (8 rebs) and Maryia Filonchyk (189-C/F-92) (7 rebs) scored 8 points each.
Holland dominated in the entire game. They won every single quarter, starting with 12-19 in Q1. Until the half time Holland was up by 10 and they jumped to plus 16 with 10:00 to go. That was not all as Maxime Essenstam and her teammates blasted Belarus with 7-24 in the last ten minutes for the final 42-75 win.
Holland will meet Italy in Day Two. Belarus will play against France.

Belarus: Nadzeya Bohdan 13+5 boards, Maryia Papova 8+8 boards, Maryia Filonchyk 8+7 boards
Holland: Maxime Essenstam 16+7 boards, Chatilla Van Grinsven 14+17 boards, Tessel van Dongen 12


U20 Italy - U20 France 58-60
Very exciting game was played between Italy and France in Day One of the U20 EuroBasket in Novi Sad. France grabbed 58-60 thriller win for 1-0 score in Preliminary Group C. Participants of this group are also Holland and Belarus. Kelly Corre (180-F-91) stepped up for the winners with double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Touty Gandega (170-G-91) also scored 14 points, while Ondaye-Akoa Elenga (186-F-91) added 9 points and 7 boards. Alessandra Tava (184-F/C-91) had 19 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. Federica Nannucci (170-G-91) stopped to 10 pts.
First quarter was totally leveled and it ended with 14-14 tie. Kelly Corre and her teammates made 13-17 in Q2, but Italy replied with 16-12 after the breather. Teams started from zero again, but France shined when it matter most and thanks to Corre managed to grab this victory.
France will play against Belarus in Day Two. Italy will meet Holland.

Italy: Alessandra Tava 19+6 boards, Federica Nannucci 10,
France: Kelly Corre 14+11 boards, Touty Gandega 14, Ondaye-Akoa Elenga 9+7 boards


GROUP D

U20 Slovakia - U20 United Kingdom 39-38
Slovakia was better than United Kingdom 39-38 in low-scoring game in Novi Sad. It was a Day One of the U20 EuroBasket 2011. Both teams are together with Latvia and Spain placed to Preliminary Group D. Martina Kissova (185-F-93) came up with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Angelika Slamova (172-G-94) had 7 points and 6 boards, and Angelika Oravcova (175-G-92) stopped to 6 pts. In UK, Ella Clark (190-F-92) collected 9 points and 7 boards. Temitope Fagbenle (191-F-92) was close to double-double as she had 8 pts and 11 rebounds.
Slovakia took 14-10 lead in the first period and managed to keep it until the halftime (24-14). Third quarter belonged to UK and it was clear it will be a low-scoring meeting until the end. Slovakia was up 35-31 early in the fourth quarter, but amid poor shooting and plenty of turnovers, Britain came back with a lay-up from Temitope Fagbenle and a three-pointer from Renee Busch that made it 36-35. Lucia Stanekova restored Slovakia's lead, but only until Ella Clark's jump-shot with 3:15 to go made it 38-37. Both teams missed few times after that and Palenikova scored on a fast break to snatch the win for Slovakia. In Day Two, Slovakia will meet Spain. UK will play against Latvia.

Slovakia: Martina Kissova 11+8 boards, Angelika Slamova 7+6 boards, Angelika Oravcova 6
United Kingdom: Ella Clark 9+7 boards, Temitope Fagbenle 8+11 boards


U20 Latvia - U20 Spain 46-67
Spain had no troubles to win their first game at the U20 EuroBasket 2011 in Novi Sad, Serbia. Spain was too strong for Latvia handing them 67-46 loss. They are placed to Preliminary Group D, together with Slovakia and United Kingdom. Mireia Vila (183-F-91) was on fire in victory scoring 21 points. Vega Gimeno Martinez (183-F-91, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Robert Morris) followed her with 12 pts, while Vanessa Ble (190-C/F-91) added double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds. In Latvia, Liga Surkusa (194-C-91) delivered 11 points. Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) had 10 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists, while Anete Kirsteine (178-F/G-92) stopped to 10 pts.
Spain was way better team from the early beginning. They made excellent 5-19 in the first quarter and managed to keep plus 13 until the half time. In third quarter Spain blasted Latvia 24-11 and it was already clear who the winner of the game will be. Spain slowed down after that and Latvia cut the margin for 5 points.
In Day Two, Spain will play against Slovakia. Latvia will meet UK.

Latvia: Liga Surkusa 11, Sabine Niedola 10+15 boards+5 as, Anete Kirsteine 10
Spain: Mireia Vila 21, Vega Gimeno Martinez 12, Vanessa Ble 10+12 boards




Division B: Day One in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News
GROUP A

U20 Portugal - U20 FYROM 72-58
Portugal opened U20 EuroBasket Division B in style. They outplayed host of this event 72-58 for 1-0 record in Group A. Participants of the same pool are also Hungary, Bulgaria and Sweden. Michelle Brandao (174-G-91) top-scored for the winners with 18 points. Daniela Domingues (176-F/G-92) had 13 points and 8 boards, while Maria Correia (174-G/F-91) added 13 pts and 6 rebs. In the loosing squad, Andzelika Mitrasinovik (175-G-93) was better than the others with 13 pts. Lefterija Temelkova (167-PG-93) and Sanja Radenkovik (178-G/F-91) stopped to 10 pts each. Portugal won every single quarter of this game (20-16, 21-14, 15-14, 16-14). In Day Two of the championship, Portugal will meet Bulgaria. FYROM will have a day off, which they can use to prepare better for the next games.

Portugal: Michelle Brandao 18, Daniela Domingues 13+8 boards, Maria Correia 13+6 boards
FYROM: Andzelika Mitrasinovik 13, Lefterija Temelkova 10, Sanja Radenkovik 10



U20 Hungary - U20 Bulgaria 73-58
Hungary had a joyful Day One of the U20 EuroBasket Division B in Ohrid. Hungary cruised past Bulgaria 73-58 for 1-0 record in Group A. Except of Hungary and Bulgaria, participants of the same pool are also Portugal, Sweden and host FYROM. Reka Balint (182-F-91) exploded for Hungary with 25 points and 6 rebounds. Bernadett Balla (192-F/C-91) scored 12, while Judit Manyoky (172-G-92) added 9 points and 6 rebounds. In Bulgaria, Mariya Svetoslavova (178-F-93) top-scored with 17 points and was the only one with double-digits. Viktoria Stoycheva (172-G-92) stopped to 9 pts. Quarters: 16-16, 18-16, 22-15, 17-11. In Day Two of the competition Hungary will meet Sweden. Bulgaria will play against Portugal.

Hungary: Reka Balint 25+6 boards, Bernadett Balla 12, Judit Manyoky 9+6 boards
Bulgaria: Mariya Svetoslavova 17, Viktoria Stoycheva 9


GROUP B

U20 Estonia - U20 Czech Republic 47-54
Czech Republic celebrated in Day One of the U20 EuroBasket Division B in Ohrid. They handed 54-47 loss to Estonia for 1-0 score in Group B. Alena Hanusova (190-F/C-91) was a key player for the winners. She scored 17 points and pulled down 6 rebounds for her team. Adela Filarova (174-G-91) scored 7 and Petra Zaplatova (175-G/F-91) helped with one point less. In Estonia, Mailis Pokk (185-F/C-92) delivered 6 points. Maaja Bratka (190-F/C-92) (6 rebs) and Annika Koster (185-F/C-92) (8 rebs) scored 10 and 9 points respectively. Quarters: 12-15, 13-18, 12-8, 10-13. In Day Two of the championship, Czech Republic will meet Austria. Estonia will play against Israel. Participants of the same pool are also Greece and Belgium.

Estonia: Mailis Pokk 16, Maaja Bratka 10+6 boards, Annika Koster 9+8 boards
Czech Republic: Alena Hanusova 17+6 boards, Adela Filarova 8, Petra Zaplatova 7


U20 Austria - U20 Greece 52-64
Greece won in Day One of the U20 EuroBasket Division B in Ohrid. Greece handed 64-52 loss to Austria jumping to 1-0 score in Preliminary Group B. Artemis Spanou (185-F-93) was totally the best player in this victory. She spent almost the entire game on the court collecting 21 points and 7 rebounds. Anastasia Slouka (182-G-93) scored 15 points, while Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi (187-F-92) helped with double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. In Austria, Milena Lazarevic (178-G/F-91) delivered 11 points. Lisa Zderadicka (166-PG-94) followed her with two less. Quarters: 10-12, 14-12, 8-24, 20-16. In Day Two of the competition, Greece will play against Belgium. Austria will take on Czech Republic. Participants of the same group are also Israel and Estonia.

Austria: Milena Lazarevic 11, Lisa Zderadicka 9
Greece: Artemis Spanou 21+7 boards, Anastasia Slouka 15, Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi 12+10 boards


U20 Belgium - U20 Israel 48-52
Israel had a nice Day One of the U20 EuroBasket Division B in Ohrid. They had to work hard, but at the end celebrated 52-48 victory against Belgium for 1-0 score in Preliminary Group B. Participants of the same pool are also Estonia, Czech Republic, Austria and Greece. Bar Galinski (185-F-92) shined for Israel in this meeting with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Hadar Gutin (182-F/G-91) helped with double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Shira Shecht (183-F-91) added 11 pts and 5 boards. In Belgium, Noemie Mayombo (171-PG-91, agency: LBM Management) collected 14 points and 6 rebs. Emmanuella Mayombo (170-G-92, agency: LBM Management) had 11 pts and 7 rebs, while Jenny Mayinga (183-C/F-92) added 8 pts and 9 rebs. In Day Two, Israel will meet Estonia. Belgium will take on Greece. Four best teams from this group will advance to the next stage.

Belgium: Noemie Mayombo 14+6 boards, Emmanuella Mayombo 11+7 boards, Jenny Mayinga 8+9 boards
Israel: Bar Galinski 17+8 boards, Hadar Gutin 12+10 boards, Shira Shecht 11+5 boards




Division A: Day Two in Novi Sad and Zrenjanin - by Eurobasket News
GROUP A

U20 Serbia - U20 Poland 73-76 OT
Very exciting game was played between Serbia and Poland on Friday evening. Both teams celebrated in Day One and in Day Two Poland managed to grab 76-73 OT win against the host of U20 EuroBasket. It means that Poland jumped to 2-0 in Group A and already secured a spot for the next stage. Serbia dropped to 1-1 in this pool. Magdalena Zietara (170-G/F-92) exploded with 27 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Paulina Kuras (170-G-92) scored 18 and Malgorzata Misiuk (184-F-91) helped with 14 points and 8 boards. In Serbia, Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) was great as she collected 28 points and 13 rebounds. Marina Markovic (181-G/F-91) scored 13 pts and 8 rebounds, and Tina Jovanovic (192-F/C-91) added 12 points and 10 boards. It was a game full of turns, but neither of two teams was able to make a bigger lead. In overtime, down 74-73 Snezana Colic and Sara Krnjic were both guilty of turnovers that cost Serbia vital shooting chances, and Paulina Kuras iced the win from the line with three ticks left. In Day Three, Poland will meet Ukraine. Serbia will play against winless Germany.

Serbia: Sara Krnjic 28+13 boards, Marina Markovic 13+8 boards, Tina Jovanovic 12+10 boards
Poland: Magdalena Zietara 27+9 boards, Paulina Kuras 18, Malgorzata Misiuk 14+8 boards



U20 Germany - U20 Ukraine 53-81
Ukraine registered their first win at the U20 EuroBasket in Novi Sad. They cruised past Germany 81-53 for 1-1 record in Group A. On the other side, Germany dropped to 0-2. Ukraine took control on their rivals from the very beginning. They made 26-14 lead in the first ten minutes and continued with 25-17 until the breather. At that time it was already clear who will be the game winner, despite there was 20 more minutes to go. Ukraine won third period 19-6, while Germany made 16-11 in the last one to cut the margin a little bit. Olesia Malashenko (189-F-91, agency: LBM Management) was a key player for the winners with 24 points and 5 rebounds. Alina Iagupova (181-G-92, agency: LBM Management) also was great as she added 18 points, 9 boards and 8 assists, while Olga Maznichenko (187-F-91, agency: LBM Management) added 14 points and 11 rebs. In the loosing squad, Sonja Greinacher (188-F/C-92) and Finja Schaake (179-G/F-92) delivered 10 points each. Judith Schmidt (186-F/C-92) stopped to 8 pts. In Day Three, Ukraine will meet Poland, while Germany will play against Serbia.

Germany: Sonja Greinacher 10, Finja Schaake 10, Judith Schmidt 8
Ukraine: Olesia Malashenko 24+5 boards, Alina Iagupova 18+9 boards+8 as, Olga Maznichenko 14+11 boards


GROUP B

U20 Romania - U20 Russia 40-79
Russia registered second straight win in Novi Sad. This time, Russia blasted Romania 79-40 for perfect 2-0 record in Preliminary Group B. It means that Russia already secured a spot for the next stage. On the other side, Romania is on the verge of elimination as they dropped to 0-2. Russia dominated during the entire game. They made 17-9 in the first quarter and continued with 23-18 for the next ten minutes. Nothing has changed after the breather as Q3 also belonged to Russia, 22-7. Last period was just the formality (17-6) and Russia celebrated huge 79-40 victory at the end. Alexandra Tarasova (194-C-91) came up with 15 points and 9 rebounds in this victory. Viktoria Medvedeva (185-C/F-91) scored 13 and Veronika Dorosheva (193-F-91) added 11 points, plus 6 rebounds. In Romania, Gabriela Cursaru (169-PG-92) delivered 12 points and was their only player with double-digits in scoring. Sonia Ursu (175-G/F-93) had 6 pts and 5 rebs.
In Day Three, Russia will meet Turkey. Romania will take on Lithuania.

Romania: Gabriela Cursaru 12, Sonia Ursu 6+5 boards
Russia: Alexandra Tarasova 15+9 boards, Viktoria Medvedeva 13, Veronika Dorosheva 11+6 boards


U20 Lithuania - U20 Turkey 64-57
Lithuania won their first game in Novi Sad. Lithuania outplayed Turkey 64-57 joining them with 1-1 record in Preliminary Group B. Both teams has a great chance to reach the next stage. Monika Grigalauskyte (187-F-92) shined for the winners with double-double of 17 points and 16 rebounds. Inesa Visgaudaite (172-PG-91) followed her with 16 points and 5 boards, while Santa Okockyte (176-G-92) added 15 pts and 6 rebounds. In Turkey, Ozge Yavas (174-G-91) collected 16 points and 6 rebs. Their last player with double-digits in scoring was Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) with 13 pts.
Lithuania did a good job in second and third period. Before that, first ten minutes ended with 15-15 tie. Turkey made plus 6 until the halftime and jumped to 10-point lead with one quarter to go. Turkey did not give up and they tried to do something in the last ten minutes, but they didnt make it. Quarters: 15-15, 19-13, 18-14, 12-15.
In Day Three, Lithuania will meet Romania. Turkey will play against Russia.

Lithuania: Monika Grigalauskyte 17+16 boards, Inesa Visgaudaite 16+5 boards, Santa Okockyte 15+6 boards
Turkey: Ozge Yavas 16+6 boards, Ayse Cora 13


GROUP C

U20 Holland - U20 Italy 44-58
First win for Italy at the U20 EuroBasket. They handed 58-44 loss to Holland joining them with 1-1 record in Preliminary Group C. Laura Spreafico (182-F/G-91) was the leading scorer in victory with 13 points. Alessandra Tava (184-F/C-91) followed her with 12, while Federica Nannucci (170-G-91) and Elena Bestagno (180-PG-91) added 10 points each. On the other side, Holland got double-double from Chatilla Van Grinsven (187-F-89). She had 13 points and 14 rebs. Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) stopped to 11 pts in this defeat. Except of the first quarter, all other periods belonged to Italy. Holland made 16-13 in the first ten minutes and Italy replied with 9-14 in Q2. Laura Spreafico and her teammates made 11-14 after the breather and later closed this game with nice 8-17 in the last ten minutes. In Day Three, Italy will meet Belarus in very important game. Holland will play against France.

Holland: Chatilla Van Grinsven 13+14 boards, Maxime Essenstam 11
Italy: Laura Spreafico 13, Alessandra Tava 12, Elena Bestagno 10+5 as, Federica Nannucci 10


U20 France - U20 Belarus 81-52
France registered their second win at the U20 EuroBasket in Novi Sad and Zrenjanin. This time France cruised past Belarus 81-52 for 2-0 record in Group C. With this win, France already secured a spot for the next stage. Belarus stays winless after two games.
France had impressive second half and thanks to it they registered comfortable win in this game. In the first period France made 18-15, but Belarus responded with 8-14 until the halftime. However, France blasted Belarus 22-7 in Q3 and continued in the same rhythm until the end (33-16, Q4). Clementine Samson (181-G/F-91) top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Kelly Corre (180-F-91) had 16 pts and 9 boards, while Hhadydia Minte (187-F-91) added 13 pts and 14 rebs. In defeat, Maryia Filonchyk (189-C/F-92) collected 9 points and 9 boards. Their second scorer was Aliaksandra Musatava (174-G-92) with 8 pts.
In Day Three, France will meet Holland and it will be a game for the first place in group B. Belarus will play do-or-die game against Italy.

France: Clementine Samson 20, Kelly Corre 16+9 boards, Hhadydia Minte 13+14 boards
Belarus: Maryia Filonchyk 9+9 boards, Aliaksandra Musatava 8


GROUP D

U20 Spain - U20 Slovakia 59-27
Both teams celebrated in Day One of the U20 Eurobasket 2011. This time, Spain was too strong for Slovakia handing them huge 59-27 loss. Spain jumped to 2-0 in Group D and already booked a ticket for the next phase. Slovakia dropped to 1-1. Spain had amazing first quarter as they stopped Slovakia to just 5 points, while they drained 25 on the other side. Slovakia never recovered from this shock. After 10-10 in Q2, Slovakia had another low-scoring period as they made just 4 pts in Q3. Spain netted 15 and last ten minutes were just the formality. Amaya Gastaminza (189-F-91, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Oregon St.) scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for Spain. Queralt Casas (180-G-92) and Mireia Vila (183-F-91) netted 9 and 8 pts respectively. In Slovakia, Angelika Slamova (172-G-94) and Dominika Baburova (183-F-91 posted 6 points each.
In Day Three, Spain will meet United Kingdom. The winner will most probably be No.1 in Group D. Slovakia will play against Latvia.

Spain: Amaya Gastaminza 12+8 boards, Queralt Casas 9, Mireia Vila 8
Slovakia: Angelika Slamova 6, Dominika Baburova 6


U20 United Kingdom - U20 Latvia 71-64
United Kingdom celebrated their first win in Zrenjanin. They outplayed Latvia 71-64 for 1-1 record in Group D. Both teams were defeated in Day One, what means that Latvia dropped to 0-2 in this pool. Latvia had wonderful beginning as they made 13-24 lead in the first ten minutes. However, UK totally took control on them in Q2 and made 38-33 turn until the HT. They jumped to plus 12 after the breather and Latvia had no chance in the last quarter.
Renee E. Busch (174-G-92) shined for the winners with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Katrin Chiemeka (170-G-91) had 11 points and 8 rebounds, while Erin McGarrachan (180-G-92) added 10 pts. In Latvia, Kristine Vitola (196-C/F-91) had double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds. Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) scored 11 pts and 7 rebs. In the last day of the Preliminary Round, UK will meet undefeated Spain. Latvia will meet Slovakia in do-or-die game.

UK: Renee E. Busch 20+5 boards+8 as, Katrin Chiemeka 11+8 boards, Erin McGarrachan 10
Latvia: Kristine Vitola 25+13 boards, Sabine Niedola 11+7 boards




W-Standings - Group A
Standings
Group A
1. Poland2-1
2. Ukraine2-1
3. Serbia1-1
4. Germany0-2
Group B
1. Russia3-0
2. Lithuania2-1
3. Turkey1-2
4. Romania0-3
Group C
1. France2-0
2. Italy2-1
3. Holland1-1
4. Belarus0-3
Group D
1. Spain3-0
2. Latvia1-2
3. Slovakia1-2
4. U.Kingdom1-2


Standings Div.B (Women) - by Eurobasket News
Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Portugal2-0
2. Sweden1-0
3. Hungary1-1
4. FYR Macedo.0-1
5. Bulgaria0-2
Group B
1. Greece2-0
2. Israel1-0
3. Czech Rep.1-0
4. Estonia0-1
5. Austria0-1
6. Belgium0-2


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U20 France wins second straight in Zrenjanin - by Eurobasket News
U20 France - U20 Belarus 81-52

France registered their second win at the U20 EuroBasket in Novi Sad and Zrenjanin. This time France cruised past Belarus 81-52 for 2-0 record in Group C. With this win, France already secured a spot for the next stage. Belarus stays winless after two games.
France had impressive second half and thanks to it they registered comfortable win in this game. In the first period France made 18-15, but Belarus responded with 8-14 until the halftime. However, France blasted Belarus 22-7 in Q3 and continued in the same rhythm until the end (33-16, Q4). Clementine Samson (181-G/F-91) top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Kelly Corre (180-F-91) had 16 pts and 9 boards, while Hhadydia Minte (187-F-91) added 13 pts and 14 rebs. In defeat, Maryia Filonchyk (189-C/F-92) collected 9 points and 9 boards. Their second scorer was Aliaksandra Musatava (174-G-92) with 8 pts.
In Day Three, France will meet Holland and it will be a game for the first place in group B. Belarus will play do-or-die game against Italy.

France: Clementine Samson 20, Kelly Corre 16+9 boards, Hhadydia Minte 13+14 boards
Belarus: Maryia Filonchyk 9+9 boards, Aliaksandra Musatava 8


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U20 Portugal starts with victory in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News
U20 Portugal - U20 FYROM 72-58

Portugal opened U20 EuroBasket Division B in style. They outplayed host of this event 72-58 for 1-0 record in Group A. Participants of the same pool are also Hungary, Bulgaria and Sweden. Michelle Brandao (174-G-91) top-scored for the winners with 18 points. Daniela Domingues (176-F/G-92) had 13 points and 8 boards, while Maria Correia (174-G/F-91) added 13 pts and 6 rebs. In the loosing squad, Andzelika Mitrasinovik (175-G-93) was better than the others with 13 pts. Lefterija Temelkova (167-PG-93) and Sanja Radenkovik (178-G/F-91) stopped to 10 pts each. Portugal won every single quarter of this game (20-16, 21-14, 15-14, 16-14). In Day Two of the championship, Portugal will meet Bulgaria. FYROM will have a day off, which they can use to prepare better for the next games.

Portugal: Michelle Brandao 18, Daniela Domingues 13+8 boards, Maria Correia 13+6 boards
FYROM: Andzelika Mitrasinovik 13, Lefterija Temelkova 10, Sanja Radenkovik 10


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U20 Ukraine hands 81-53 loss to U20 Germany - by Eurobasket News
U20 Germany - U20 Ukraine 53-81

Ukraine registered their first win at the U20 EuroBasket in Novi Sad. They cruised past Germany 81-53 for 1-1 record in Group A. On the other side, Germany dropped to 0-2. Ukraine took control on their rivals from the very beginning. They made 26-14 lead in the first ten minutes and continued with 25-17 until the breather. At that time it was already clear who will be the game winner, despite there was 20 more minutes to go. Ukraine won third period 19-6, while Germany made 16-11 in the last one to cut the margin a little bit. Olesia Malashenko (189-F-91, agency: LBM Management) was a key player for the winners with 24 points and 5 rebounds. Alina Iagupova (181-G-92, agency: LBM Management) also was great as she added 18 points, 9 boards and 8 assists, while Olga Maznichenko (187-F-91, agency: LBM Management) added 14 points and 11 rebs. In the loosing squad, Sonja Greinacher (188-F/C-92) and Finja Schaake (179-G/F-92) delivered 10 points each. Judith Schmidt (186-F/C-92) stopped to 8 pts. In Day Three, Ukraine will meet Poland, while Germany will play against Serbia.

Germany: Sonja Greinacher 10, Finja Schaake 10, Judith Schmidt 8
Ukraine: Olesia Malashenko 24+5 boards, Alina Iagupova 18+9 boards+8 as, Olga Maznichenko 14+11 boards


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U20 Greece beats U20 Belgium 53-47, improves to 2-0 - by Eurobasket News
U20 Greece - U20 Belgium 53-47

Greece celebrated another victory in Ohrid. After 64-52 win against Austria, Greece outplayed Belgium 53-47 today for 2-0 record in Group B. Belgium stays winless after two games. Third quarter was the crucial one in this meeting as Greece blasted Belgium 20-5. Artemis Spanou (185-F-93) shined for the winners with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Anastasia Slouka (182-G-93) scored 16, while Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi (187-F-92) added 7 points and 10 boards. In the loosing squad, Emmanuella Mayombo (170-G-92, agency: LBM Management) delivered 15 pts and Ann Schyvens (160-G-93) had 10. Quarters: 13-12, 3-10, 20-5, 17-20. In Day Three of the championship, Greece will meet Estonia. Belgium will play against Austria and will try to grab the first win at this event.

Greece: Artemis Spanou 17+7 boards, Anastasia Slouka 16, Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi 7+10 boards
Belgium: Emmanuella Mayombo 15, Ann Schyvens 10


U20 Greece too strong for U20 Austria in Ohrid, 64-52 - by Eurobasket News
U20 Austria - U20 Greece 52-64

Greece won in Day One of the U20 EuroBasket Division B in Ohrid. Greece handed 64-52 loss to Austria jumping to 1-0 score in Preliminary Group B. Artemis Spanou (185-F-93) was totally the best player in this victory. She spent almost the entire game on the court collecting 21 points and 7 rebounds. Anastasia Slouka (182-G-93) scored 15 points, while Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi (187-F-92) helped with double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. In Austria, Milena Lazarevic (178-G/F-91) delivered 11 points. Lisa Zderadicka (166-PG-94) followed her with two less. Quarters: 10-12, 14-12, 8-24, 20-16. In Day Two of the competition, Greece will play against Belgium. Austria will take on Czech Republic. Participants of the same group are also Israel and Estonia.

Austria: Milena Lazarevic 11, Lisa Zderadicka 9
Greece: Artemis Spanou 21+7 boards, Anastasia Slouka 15, Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi 12+10 boards


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  HOLLAND - Women  


U20 Italy celebrates first win in Zrenjanin - by Eurobasket News
U20 Holland - U20 Italy 44-58

First win for Italy at the U20 EuroBasket. They handed 58-44 loss to Holland joining them with 1-1 record in Preliminary Group C. Laura Spreafico (182-F/G-91) was the leading scorer in victory with 13 points. Alessandra Tava (184-F/C-91) followed her with 12, while Federica Nannucci (170-G-91) and Elena Bestagno (180-PG-91) added 10 points each. On the other side, Holland got double-double from Chatilla Van Grinsven (187-F-89). She had 13 points and 14 rebs. Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) stopped to 11 pts in this defeat. Except of the first quarter, all other periods belonged to Italy. Holland made 16-13 in the first ten minutes and Italy replied with 9-14 in Q2. Laura Spreafico and her teammates made 11-14 after the breather and later closed this game with nice 8-17 in the last ten minutes. In Day Three, Italy will meet Belarus in very important game. Holland will play against France.

Holland: Chatilla Van Grinsven 13+14 boards, Maxime Essenstam 11
Italy: Laura Spreafico 13, Alessandra Tava 12, Elena Bestagno 10+5 as, Federica Nannucci 10


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  HUNGARY - Women  


U20 Hungary beats U20 Bulgaria 73-58 in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News
U20 Hungary - U20 Bulgaria 73-58

Hungary had a joyful Day One of the U20 EuroBasket Division B in Ohrid. Hungary cruised past Bulgaria 73-58 for 1-0 record in Group A. Except of Hungary and Bulgaria, participants of the same pool are also Portugal, Sweden and host FYROM. Reka Balint (182-F-91) exploded for Hungary with 25 points and 6 rebounds. Bernadett Balla (192-F/C-91) scored 12, while Judit Manyoky (172-G-92) added 9 points and 6 rebounds. In Bulgaria, Mariya Svetoslavova (178-F-93) top-scored with 17 points and was the only one with double-digits. Viktoria Stoycheva (172-G-92) stopped to 9 pts. Quarters: 16-16, 18-16, 22-15, 17-11. In Day Two of the competition Hungary will meet Sweden. Bulgaria will play against Portugal.

Hungary: Reka Balint 25+6 boards, Bernadett Balla 12, Judit Manyoky 9+6 boards
Bulgaria: Mariya Svetoslavova 17, Viktoria Stoycheva 9


U20 Sweden outplays U20 Hungary 64-51 thanks to great last quarter - by Eurobasket News
U20 Sweden - U20 Hungary 64-51

Sweden celebrated in their first appearance in Ohird. They handed 64-51 loss to Hungary for 1-0 record in Group A. On the other side, Hungary faced with the first loss and they have 1-1 score now. Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) exploded with double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds for Sweden. Cleopatra Forsman-Goga (180-G-91) also was great as she added 14 points and 11 rebs, while Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) helped with 13 pts and 9 boards. Reka Balint (182-F-91) answered with 13 points and 5 boards on the other side. Bettina Szabo (168-G-92) stopped to 10 pts. Last period was the crucial one in this game as Sweden won it 23-12. Quarters: 13-10, 14-13, 14-16, 23-12. In Day Three of the championship, Sweden will meet Portugal. Hungary will have a day off.

Sweden: Farhiya Abdi 20+11 boards, Cleopatra Forsman-Goga 14+11 boards, Binta Drammeh 13+9 boards
Hungary: Reka Balint 13+5 boards, Bettina Szabo 10


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Bar Galinski paces U20 Israel to victory in Ohrid (Day One) - by Eurobasket News
U20 Belgium - U20 Israel 48-52

Israel had a nice Day One of the U20 EuroBasket Division B in Ohrid. They had to work hard, but at the end celebrated 52-48 victory against Belgium for 1-0 score in Preliminary Group B. Participants of the same pool are also Estonia, Czech Republic, Austria and Greece. Bar Galinski (185-F-92) shined for Israel in this meeting with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Hadar Gutin (182-F/G-91) helped with double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Shira Shecht (183-F-91) added 11 pts and 5 boards. In Belgium, Noemie Mayombo (171-PG-91, agency: LBM Management) collected 14 points and 6 rebs. Emmanuella Mayombo (170-G-92, agency: LBM Management) had 11 pts and 7 rebs, while Jenny Mayinga (183-C/F-92) added 8 pts and 9 rebs. In Day Two, Israel will meet Estonia. Belgium will take on Greece. Four best teams from this group will advance to the next stage.

Belgium: Noemie Mayombo 14+6 boards, Emmanuella Mayombo 11+7 boards, Jenny Mayinga 8+9 boards
Israel: Bar Galinski 17+8 boards, Hadar Gutin 12+10 boards, Shira Shecht 11+5 boards


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  ITALY - Women  


U20 Italy celebrates first win in Zrenjanin - by Eurobasket News
U20 Holland - U20 Italy 44-58

First win for Italy at the U20 EuroBasket. They handed 58-44 loss to Holland joining them with 1-1 record in Preliminary Group C. Laura Spreafico (182-F/G-91) was the leading scorer in victory with 13 points. Alessandra Tava (184-F/C-91) followed her with 12, while Federica Nannucci (170-G-91) and Elena Bestagno (180-PG-91) added 10 points each. On the other side, Holland got double-double from Chatilla Van Grinsven (187-F-89). She had 13 points and 14 rebs. Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) stopped to 11 pts in this defeat. Except of the first quarter, all other periods belonged to Italy. Holland made 16-13 in the first ten minutes and Italy replied with 9-14 in Q2. Laura Spreafico and her teammates made 11-14 after the breather and later closed this game with nice 8-17 in the last ten minutes. In Day Three, Italy will meet Belarus in very important game. Holland will play against France.

Holland: Chatilla Van Grinsven 13+14 boards, Maxime Essenstam 11
Italy: Laura Spreafico 13, Alessandra Tava 12, Elena Bestagno 10+5 as, Federica Nannucci 10


Slovenia U19 is victorious in Cavalese again - by Eurobasket News
Italy U19-Slovenia U19 47:54

Slovenia U19 is victorious in Cavalese again as the team overcame Italy U19. The guests won the first half and held the opponents to a 54:47 victory.
After a narrow win in Game 1, Slovenia grabbed 15-10 in the first period. They never looked behind and produced 20-12 in the second period. Italy looked better after the teams came back from the lockers and won the third period 16-10. Both squads nailed 9 points in the last quarter for the final result.
Tjasa Gortnar (185-F-92) paced all the winners with 19 points and Nika Baric (169-G-92) supported her with 11. Tjasa Unverdorben (175-F-93) and Ursa Svetic (173-G-93) ended up with 6 points each in a win. Chiara Zanin (175-G-92) answered with 8 points in the losing case and Giovanna Pertile (177-G-92) notched 7. Dotto, Nene Diene (182-F-92) and Zanus Fortes posted 6 points each in defeat.

Italy U19: Chiara Zanin 8, Giovanna Pertile 7, Dotto 6, Nene Diene 6, Zanus Fortes 6
Slovenia U19: Tjasa Gortnar 19, Nika Baric 11, Tjasa Unverdorben 6, Ursa Svetic 6




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  LATVIA - Women  


Renee Busch leads U20 UK to first win in Zrenjanin - by Eurobasket News
U20 United Kingdom - U20 Latvia 71-64

United Kingdom celebrated their first win in Zrenjanin. They outplayed Latvia 71-64 for 1-1 record in Group D. Both teams were defeated in Day One, what means that Latvia dropped to 0-2 in this pool. Latvia had wonderful beginning as they made 13-24 lead in the first ten minutes. However, UK totally took control on them in Q2 and made 38-33 turn until the HT. They jumped to plus 12 after the breather and Latvia had no chance in the last quarter.
Renee E. Busch (174-G-92) shined for the winners with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Katrin Chiemeka (170-G-91) had 11 points and 8 rebounds, while Erin McGarrachan (180-G-92) added 10 pts. In Latvia, Kristine Vitola (196-C/F-91) had double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds. Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) scored 11 pts and 7 rebs. In the last day of the Preliminary Round, UK will meet undefeated Spain. Latvia will meet Slovakia in do-or-die game.

UK: Renee E. Busch 20+5 boards+8 as, Katrin Chiemeka 11+8 boards, Erin McGarrachan 10
Latvia: Kristine Vitola 25+13 boards, Sabine Niedola 11+7 boards


U20 Latvia edges U20 Slovakia in do-or-die game - by Eurobasket News
U20 Slovakia - U20 Latvia 43-49

Latvia advanced to the second stage of U20 EuroBasket in Novi Sad and Zrenjanin. They handed 49-43 loss to Slovakia for the first win at this event. It was enough for third place in Group D and a ticket for the Qualifying Round. Slovakia (1-2) ended as the last ranked team in this pool and they will continue in Classification Round from 13th to 16th place. Latvia did not have anyone with double-digits in scoring today, but still they played like a team and managed to win. Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) scored 9 points, while Anete Kirsteine (178-F/G-92) added 8 points and 7 boards. Kristine Vitola (196-C/F-91) helped with 7 pts and 8 boards. In defeat, Angelika Slamova (172-G-94) (8 turnovers) and Sabina Oroszova (187-F-93) had 10 points each. It is important to mention that Latvia scored just one point in the first ten minutes of the game. Quarters: 1-15, 12-8, 15-12, 15-14. Latvia will be transferred to Qualifying Group F.

Slovakia: Angelika Slamova 10+8 to, Sabina Oroszova 10
Latvia: Sabine Niedola 9, Anete Kirsteine 8+7 boards, Kristine Vitola 7+8 boards


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


U20 Lithuania outguns U20 Romania in Novi Sad - by Eurobasket News
U20 Lithuania - U20 Romania 88-61

Lithuania blasted Romania 88-61 in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Novi Sad. Thanks to this win, Lithuania ended as No.2 in Group B and booked a spot for the next stage. Romania (0-3) is the last ranked team in this pool and they will continue in Classification Round. Santa Okockyte (176-G-92) came up with 17 points for the winners. Gintare Mazionyte (186-F/C-91) had 15, while Monika Grigalauskyte (187-F-92) added 13 points and 18 boards. In the loosing squad, Sonia Ursu (175-G/F-93) delivered 16 points. Their second scorer was Gabriela Cursaru (169-PG-92) with 13 pts. Lithuania made double-digit lead already in the first quarter. They started with 24-14 and continued with 31-22 for the next ten minutes. Romania was better in Q3 10-14, but Santa Okockyte and her teammates closed this game with 23-11 for the final 25-point win. Lithuania will be transferred to Qualifying Group E.

Lithuania: Santa Okockyte 17, Gintare Mazionyte 15, Monika Grigalauskyte 13+18 boards
Romania: Sonia Ursu 16, Gabriela Cursaru 13


U20 Lithuania takes the first win in Novi Sad - by Eurobasket News
U20 Lithuania - U20 Turkey 64-57

Lithuania won their first game in Novi Sad. Lithuania outplayed Turkey 64-57 joining them with 1-1 record in Preliminary Group B. Both teams has a great chance to reach the next stage. Monika Grigalauskyte (187-F-92) shined for the winners with double-double of 17 points and 16 rebounds. Inesa Visgaudaite (172-PG-91) followed her with 16 points and 5 boards, while Santa Okockyte (176-G-92) added 15 pts and 6 rebounds. In Turkey, Ozge Yavas (174-G-91) collected 16 points and 6 rebs. Their last player with double-digits in scoring was Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) with 13 pts.
Lithuania did a good job in second and third period. Before that, first ten minutes ended with 15-15 tie. Turkey made plus 6 until the halftime and jumped to 10-point lead with one quarter to go. Turkey did not give up and they tried to do something in the last ten minutes, but they didnt make it. Quarters: 15-15, 19-13, 18-14, 12-15.
In Day Three, Lithuania will meet Romania. Turkey will play against Russia.

Lithuania: Monika Grigalauskyte 17+16 boards, Inesa Visgaudaite 16+5 boards, Santa Okockyte 15+6 boards
Turkey: Ozge Yavas 16+6 boards, Ayse Cora 13


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  NCAA1 - Women  


Woman indicted in death of MTSU basketball player - by Eurobasket News
The roommate of a slain Middle Tennessee State basketball player has been indicted on charges of first-degree murder and tampering with evidence in connection to the woman's death.

Joe Brandon, the attorney for 18-year-old Shanterrica Madden, tells The Associated Press that his client was indicted Thursday and is scheduled to appear in court on July 18.

Madden is accused in the killing of 21-year-old Tina Stewart (5'7''-G), who was stabbed to death March 2 following a fight at their apartment.

Brandon has said in court that Madden acted in self-defense.

Stewart's parents have also filed a $20 million wrongful death lawsuit against Madden.

Courtesy of www.fox41.com


Bett Shelby named an assistant coach at Seton Hall - by Eurobasket News
Bett Shelby has been hired as an assistant basketball coach at Seton Hall.

Shelby spent last season as the Southern Illinois recruiting coordinator, and she will help Pirates coach Anne Donovan in that area.

A native of Charlotte, N.C., Shelby also has been an assistant at Tennessee Tech and Stetson. She spent two years as the director of basketball operations at East Carolina.

Shelby spent her first year at the collegiate level as a team manager for Pat Summitt at Tennessee. She transferred to North Carolina-Wilmington, where she played two seasons. The Seahawks went 22-6 in her first season.

Shelby played her junior and senior seasons at Greensboro College, where she served as team captain.

Courtesy of Yahoo


Arkansas' Collen hires his wife as assistant coach - by Eurobasket News
Arkansas women's basketball coach Tom Collen is hiring his wife as an assistant coach with the Razorbacks.

Tom Collen said Friday that Nicki Collen would fill the vacancy created when associate head coach Timothy Eatman took a similar job at Boston College.

Nicki Collen has worked as an assistant for her husband at two of his previous coaching stops, Colorado State and Louisville. It's been six years since she's been on his staff, as she stepped away from basketball for a time to focus on the couple's three young children.

Tom Collen says his wife's responsibilities will include developing the Razorbacks' guards and serving as Arkansas' defensive coordinator.

Nicki Collen also has worked as an assistant at Ball State and played professionally in Greece.

Courtesy of www.cbc.ca


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  NEW ZEALAND - Women  


The other Jones makes a mark - by Mike Lacey
The second tournament of the Womens Basketball Championship, hosted by North Harbour Basketball Association was taken out by Nelson Sparks as they defeated NZ Force Womens Academy 79-65 in the Final.

It was Kat Jones, wife of Tall Black Phill who caught the eye, as the Sparks pretty much led from start to finish. They established a five points buffer at quarter time which had been trimmed to three points at the half time break (35-22) but with Hana Wilkinson and Shannon Perrett performing strongly the advantage heading into the final quarter was 54-44. A great battle between the point guards Perrett and Amanda Harris was cut short when Perrett was forced to retire to the bench with a split eyebrow with 5:20 remaining and Nelson holding a 65-57 lead. A couple of quick baskets from Harris and Penina Davidson gave the Academy team a sniff of victory but the scoring touch of Jelena Vicinic and the experience of Jones and Nicki Rampton eased the Sparks to a deserved win. Kat may not have the silky shooting touch of Phill but she gets her share of points (12), passes well and plays tough, smart defence. After finishing 6th in the first tournament, Jones and her team mates will be eyeing the major prize when the teams head to Dunedin for the Finals in four weeks time.

Final Score
Nelson Sparks 79 (Jelena Vucinic 23, Hana Wilkinson 16, Shannon Perrett 14, Kat Jones 12)
NZ Force Womens Academy 65 (Peneina Davidson 14, Amanda Harris 13, Emma Gillespie 11)
3rd/4th Harbour Breeze 60 Waikato Wizards 52
5th/6th Hutt Valley Flyers 53 Oceania Goldrush 45
7th/8th Southland Pearls 75 Taranaki Trojans 58
9th/10th Canterbury Wildcats 66 Palmerston North Storm 56



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  POLAND - Women  


U20 Poland beats U20 Serbia in OT, 76-73 - by Eurobasket News
U20 Serbia - U20 Poland 73-76 OT

Very exciting game was played between Serbia and Poland on Friday evening. Both teams celebrated in Day One and in Day Two Poland managed to grab 76-73 OT win against the host of U20 EuroBasket. It means that Poland jumped to 2-0 in Group A and already secured a spot for the next stage. Serbia dropped to 1-1 in this pool. Magdalena Zietara (170-G/F-92) exploded with 27 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Paulina Kuras (170-G-92) scored 18 and Malgorzata Misiuk (184-F-91) helped with 14 points and 8 boards. In Serbia, Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) was great as she collected 28 points and 13 rebounds. Marina Markovic (181-G/F-91) scored 13 pts and 8 rebounds, and Tina Jovanovic (192-F/C-91) added 12 points and 10 boards. It was a game full of turns, but neither of two teams was able to make a bigger lead. In overtime, down 74-73 Snezana Colic and Sara Krnjic were both guilty of turnovers that cost Serbia vital shooting chances, and Paulina Kuras iced the win from the line with three ticks left. In Day Three, Poland will meet Ukraine. Serbia will play against winless Germany.

Serbia: Sara Krnjic 28+13 boards, Marina Markovic 13+8 boards, Tina Jovanovic 12+10 boards
Poland: Magdalena Zietara 27+9 boards, Paulina Kuras 18, Malgorzata Misiuk 14+8 boards


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


U20 Portugal starts with victory in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News
U20 Portugal - U20 FYROM 72-58

Portugal opened U20 EuroBasket Division B in style. They outplayed host of this event 72-58 for 1-0 record in Group A. Participants of the same pool are also Hungary, Bulgaria and Sweden. Michelle Brandao (174-G-91) top-scored for the winners with 18 points. Daniela Domingues (176-F/G-92) had 13 points and 8 boards, while Maria Correia (174-G/F-91) added 13 pts and 6 rebs. In the loosing squad, Andzelika Mitrasinovik (175-G-93) was better than the others with 13 pts. Lefterija Temelkova (167-PG-93) and Sanja Radenkovik (178-G/F-91) stopped to 10 pts each. Portugal won every single quarter of this game (20-16, 21-14, 15-14, 16-14). In Day Two of the championship, Portugal will meet Bulgaria. FYROM will have a day off, which they can use to prepare better for the next games.

Portugal: Michelle Brandao 18, Daniela Domingues 13+8 boards, Maria Correia 13+6 boards
FYROM: Andzelika Mitrasinovik 13, Lefterija Temelkova 10, Sanja Radenkovik 10


U20 Portugal jumps to 2-0 in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News
U20 Bulgaria - U20 Portugal 49-74

Portugal registered another victory at the U20 EuroBasket Division B in Ohrid. After win against the host FYROM, Portugal outplayed Bulgaria 74-49 for 2-0 record in Group A. Bulgaria dropped to 0-2 on the other side. Michelle Brandao (174-G-91) was the leading scorer in victory with 17 points. Maria Correia (174-G/F-91) and Telma Fernandes (180-C/F-91) followed her with 13 and 11 points respectively. In Bulgaria, Tsvetromira Sharenkapova (182-F-91) was better than the others with 15 pts. Violina Kocheva (176-G/F-91) had 14 and Viktoria Stoycheva (172-G-92) stopped to 7 pts. Portugal took 24-10 lead in the first ten minutes and never looked back after that. Quarters: 10-24, 15-20, 14-15, 10-15. In Day Three of the championship, Portugal will play against Sweden. Bulgaria will meet FYROM.

Bulgaria: Tsvetromira Sharenkapova 15, Violina Kocheva 14, Viktoria Stoycheva 7
Portugal: Michelle Brandao 17, Maria Correia 13, Telma Fernandes 11


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  ROMANIA - Women  


U20 Lithuania outguns U20 Romania in Novi Sad - by Eurobasket News
U20 Lithuania - U20 Romania 88-61

Lithuania blasted Romania 88-61 in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Novi Sad. Thanks to this win, Lithuania ended as No.2 in Group B and booked a spot for the next stage. Romania (0-3) is the last ranked team in this pool and they will continue in Classification Round. Santa Okockyte (176-G-92) came up with 17 points for the winners. Gintare Mazionyte (186-F/C-91) had 15, while Monika Grigalauskyte (187-F-92) added 13 points and 18 boards. In the loosing squad, Sonia Ursu (175-G/F-93) delivered 16 points. Their second scorer was Gabriela Cursaru (169-PG-92) with 13 pts. Lithuania made double-digit lead already in the first quarter. They started with 24-14 and continued with 31-22 for the next ten minutes. Romania was better in Q3 10-14, but Santa Okockyte and her teammates closed this game with 23-11 for the final 25-point win. Lithuania will be transferred to Qualifying Group E.

Lithuania: Santa Okockyte 17, Gintare Mazionyte 15, Monika Grigalauskyte 13+18 boards
Romania: Sonia Ursu 16, Gabriela Cursaru 13


ICIM Arad and Targu-Mures want Ancuta Stoenescu - by Eurobasket News
ICIM Arad and Targu-Mures have intention to sign Ancuta Stoenescu (171-G-80, agency: Data Plus Group) for the next season. The Romanian guard will make her decision in the next few days. Also her team BCM Bega Danzio Timisoara wants to keep Stoenescu.
Ancuta Stoenescu appeared 29 times for BCM Bega Danzio Timisoara last season averaging 18.3 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.9 steals. She ended the competition as the second best scorer and fourth in steals. She helped Timisoara to reach D1 Semifinals and was named Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League 2nd Team -11. Season 2009/10, Stoenescu split between Israeli Elizur Ramla and ICIM Arad. In the past, she also played for AEL Limassol, Achileas, Keravnos and Livas Targoviste. Ancuta Stoenescu is active member of the Romanian National Team. In Qualifications to European Championships 2011, she had 5.5 ppg and 1.3 spg in four games.


U20 Russia jumps to 2-0 in Novi Sad - by Eurobasket News
U20 Romania - U20 Russia 40-79

Russia registered second straight win in Novi Sad. This time, Russia blasted Romania 79-40 for perfect 2-0 record in Preliminary Group B. It means that Russia already secured a spot for the next stage. On the other side, Romania is on the verge of elimination as they dropped to 0-2. Russia dominated during the entire game. They made 17-9 in the first quarter and continued with 23-18 for the next ten minutes. Nothing has changed after the breather as Q3 also belonged to Russia, 22-7. Last period was just the formality (17-6) and Russia celebrated huge 79-40 victory at the end. Alexandra Tarasova (194-C-91) came up with 15 points and 9 rebounds in this victory. Viktoria Medvedeva (185-C/F-91) scored 13 and Veronika Dorosheva (193-F-91) added 11 points, plus 6 rebounds. In Romania, Gabriela Cursaru (169-PG-92) delivered 12 points and was their only player with double-digits in scoring. Sonia Ursu (175-G/F-93) had 6 pts and 5 rebs.
In Day Three, Russia will meet Turkey. Romania will take on Lithuania.

Romania: Gabriela Cursaru 12, Sonia Ursu 6+5 boards
Russia: Alexandra Tarasova 15+9 boards, Viktoria Medvedeva 13, Veronika Dorosheva 11+6 boards


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  RUSSIA - Women  


U20 Russia jumps to 2-0 in Novi Sad - by Eurobasket News
U20 Romania - U20 Russia 40-79

Russia registered second straight win in Novi Sad. This time, Russia blasted Romania 79-40 for perfect 2-0 record in Preliminary Group B. It means that Russia already secured a spot for the next stage. On the other side, Romania is on the verge of elimination as they dropped to 0-2. Russia dominated during the entire game. They made 17-9 in the first quarter and continued with 23-18 for the next ten minutes. Nothing has changed after the breather as Q3 also belonged to Russia, 22-7. Last period was just the formality (17-6) and Russia celebrated huge 79-40 victory at the end. Alexandra Tarasova (194-C-91) came up with 15 points and 9 rebounds in this victory. Viktoria Medvedeva (185-C/F-91) scored 13 and Veronika Dorosheva (193-F-91) added 11 points, plus 6 rebounds. In Romania, Gabriela Cursaru (169-PG-92) delivered 12 points and was their only player with double-digits in scoring. Sonia Ursu (175-G/F-93) had 6 pts and 5 rebs.
In Day Three, Russia will meet Turkey. Romania will take on Lithuania.

Romania: Gabriela Cursaru 12, Sonia Ursu 6+5 boards
Russia: Alexandra Tarasova 15+9 boards, Viktoria Medvedeva 13, Veronika Dorosheva 11+6 boards


U20 Russia wins Group B in Novi Sad - by Eurobasket News
U20 Turkey - U20 Russia 63-64

Russia is the winner of Preliminary Group B in Novi Sad. They grabbed 64-63 thriller win against Turkey today to end this stage with perfect 3-0. Turkey also advanced to the next phase, but as No.3 with 1-2 record. Both teams will be transferred to Qualifying Group E. Alexandra Tarasova (194-C-91) came up with double-double of 13 points and 16 rebounds in victory. Anastasiya Shilova (185-F/G-91) scored 10, while Veronika Dorosheva (193-F-91) and Evgeniya Finogentova (174-G-91) added 9 points and 5 rebounds each. In Turkey, Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) collected 22 points and 6 boards. Gamze Takmaz (184-F-91) and Pinar Demirok (180-F-91) had 12 and 11 pts respectively. Game winner was decided in the finish. Turkey had 63-62 lead with 59 seconds to go. But Cora then missed with 16 seconds left, and Russia raced to the other end. Alexandra Tarasova also missed, but she drew a foul battling for her own rebound and coolly sank both free throws to put Russia back on top with six seconds left. Turkey called a time-out but the play they drew up did not work as Aysegul Gunay's three-pointer was off-target at the buzzer. Quarters: 14-20, 24-14, 10-18, 15-12. Championship continues on Monday.

Turkey: Ayse Cora 22+6 boards, Gamze Takmaz 12, Pinar Demirok 11
Russia: Alexandra Tarasova 13+16 boards, Anastasiya Shilova 10, Veronika Dorosheva 9+5 boards, Evgeniya Finogentova 9+5 boards


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  SCOTLAND - Women  


Four Scots named in GBU20 Womens Team - by Eurobasket News
The amazing success of Scottish athletes at the GB level continues with four Scots announced today in the GBU20 Womens Team to compete at the European Division A Championship starting later this week. Scots Rebecca Allison (173-G-91), Dee Hayward, Erin McGarrachan (180-G-92) and Kathryn Taylor (188-C-91) have all been named in the team to compete in this historic campaign. We wish them every success!
Bristish Basketball Announcement:

As the Standard Life GB under-20 womens team wrapped up their European Championship preparations over the weekend when they faced the Czech Republic under-20 women, the team has now undergone a final squad cut.

Following the teams final preparations at the weekend in a series of games against Czech Republic, the 12 selected players will now continue with their last preparations before they head to Serbia for their first European Championship game against Slovak Republic on Thursday 7 July 2011.Head of Performance at British Basketball, Warwick Cann commented on the final selection: The GB Under-20 women have had a good preparation period and although it has often been disrupted by injuries, we are now able to announce the final 12.
The coaches have led a good preparation programme so now it is into the European Championship Division A battle. Hopefully the inspiration of the senior womens results and competitiveness will help our next generation to success in Serbia.

The 12 players who will continue on to Serbia are: Rebecca Allison, Gemma Bullard, Renee Busch, Katrin Chiemeka, Ella Clark, Temi Fagbenle, Dee Hayward, Jess Hurd, Erin McGarrachan, Josephine Salmon, Kristie Sheils, and Kathryn Taylor.
Courtesy of: http://www.basketballscotland.co.uk


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  SERBIA - Women  


U20 Poland beats U20 Serbia in OT, 76-73 - by Eurobasket News
U20 Serbia - U20 Poland 73-76 OT

Very exciting game was played between Serbia and Poland on Friday evening. Both teams celebrated in Day One and in Day Two Poland managed to grab 76-73 OT win against the host of U20 EuroBasket. It means that Poland jumped to 2-0 in Group A and already secured a spot for the next stage. Serbia dropped to 1-1 in this pool. Magdalena Zietara (170-G/F-92) exploded with 27 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Paulina Kuras (170-G-92) scored 18 and Malgorzata Misiuk (184-F-91) helped with 14 points and 8 boards. In Serbia, Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) was great as she collected 28 points and 13 rebounds. Marina Markovic (181-G/F-91) scored 13 pts and 8 rebounds, and Tina Jovanovic (192-F/C-91) added 12 points and 10 boards. It was a game full of turns, but neither of two teams was able to make a bigger lead. In overtime, down 74-73 Snezana Colic and Sara Krnjic were both guilty of turnovers that cost Serbia vital shooting chances, and Paulina Kuras iced the win from the line with three ticks left. In Day Three, Poland will meet Ukraine. Serbia will play against winless Germany.

Serbia: Sara Krnjic 28+13 boards, Marina Markovic 13+8 boards, Tina Jovanovic 12+10 boards
Poland: Magdalena Zietara 27+9 boards, Paulina Kuras 18, Malgorzata Misiuk 14+8 boards


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


U20 Spain blasts U20 Slovakia, stops them to just 27 pts for the game - by Eurobasket News
U20 Spain - U20 Slovakia 59-27

Both teams celebrated in Day One of the U20 Eurobasket 2011. This time, Spain was too strong for Slovakia handing them huge 59-27 loss. Spain jumped to 2-0 in Group D and already booked a ticket for the next phase. Slovakia dropped to 1-1. Spain had amazing first quarter as they stopped Slovakia to just 5 points, while they drained 25 on the other side. Slovakia never recovered from this shock. After 10-10 in Q2, Slovakia had another low-scoring period as they made just 4 pts in Q3. Spain netted 15 and last ten minutes were just the formality. Amaya Gastaminza (189-F-91, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Oregon St.) scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for Spain. Queralt Casas (180-G-92) and Mireia Vila (183-F-91) netted 9 and 8 pts respectively. In Slovakia, Angelika Slamova (172-G-94) and Dominika Baburova (183-F-91 posted 6 points each.
In Day Three, Spain will meet United Kingdom. The winner will most probably be No.1 in Group D. Slovakia will play against Latvia.

Spain: Amaya Gastaminza 12+8 boards, Queralt Casas 9, Mireia Vila 8
Slovakia: Angelika Slamova 6, Dominika Baburova 6


U20 Latvia edges U20 Slovakia in do-or-die game - by Eurobasket News
U20 Slovakia - U20 Latvia 43-49

Latvia advanced to the second stage of U20 EuroBasket in Novi Sad and Zrenjanin. They handed 49-43 loss to Slovakia for the first win at this event. It was enough for third place in Group D and a ticket for the Qualifying Round. Slovakia (1-2) ended as the last ranked team in this pool and they will continue in Classification Round from 13th to 16th place. Latvia did not have anyone with double-digits in scoring today, but still they played like a team and managed to win. Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) scored 9 points, while Anete Kirsteine (178-F/G-92) added 8 points and 7 boards. Kristine Vitola (196-C/F-91) helped with 7 pts and 8 boards. In defeat, Angelika Slamova (172-G-94) (8 turnovers) and Sabina Oroszova (187-F-93) had 10 points each. It is important to mention that Latvia scored just one point in the first ten minutes of the game. Quarters: 1-15, 12-8, 15-12, 15-14. Latvia will be transferred to Qualifying Group F.

Slovakia: Angelika Slamova 10+8 to, Sabina Oroszova 10
Latvia: Sabine Niedola 9, Anete Kirsteine 8+7 boards, Kristine Vitola 7+8 boards


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Slovenia U19 is victorious in Cavalese again - by Eurobasket News
Italy U19-Slovenia U19 47:54

Slovenia U19 is victorious in Cavalese again as the team overcame Italy U19. The guests won the first half and held the opponents to a 54:47 victory.
After a narrow win in Game 1, Slovenia grabbed 15-10 in the first period. They never looked behind and produced 20-12 in the second period. Italy looked better after the teams came back from the lockers and won the third period 16-10. Both squads nailed 9 points in the last quarter for the final result.
Tjasa Gortnar (185-F-92) paced all the winners with 19 points and Nika Baric (169-G-92) supported her with 11. Tjasa Unverdorben (175-F-93) and Ursa Svetic (173-G-93) ended up with 6 points each in a win. Chiara Zanin (175-G-92) answered with 8 points in the losing case and Giovanna Pertile (177-G-92) notched 7. Dotto, Nene Diene (182-F-92) and Zanus Fortes posted 6 points each in defeat.

Italy U19: Chiara Zanin 8, Giovanna Pertile 7, Dotto 6, Nene Diene 6, Zanus Fortes 6
Slovenia U19: Tjasa Gortnar 19, Nika Baric 11, Tjasa Unverdorben 6, Ursa Svetic 6




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  SPAIN - Women  


U20 Spain blasts U20 Slovakia, stops them to just 27 pts for the game - by Eurobasket News
U20 Spain - U20 Slovakia 59-27

Both teams celebrated in Day One of the U20 Eurobasket 2011. This time, Spain was too strong for Slovakia handing them huge 59-27 loss. Spain jumped to 2-0 in Group D and already booked a ticket for the next phase. Slovakia dropped to 1-1. Spain had amazing first quarter as they stopped Slovakia to just 5 points, while they drained 25 on the other side. Slovakia never recovered from this shock. After 10-10 in Q2, Slovakia had another low-scoring period as they made just 4 pts in Q3. Spain netted 15 and last ten minutes were just the formality. Amaya Gastaminza (189-F-91, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Oregon St.) scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for Spain. Queralt Casas (180-G-92) and Mireia Vila (183-F-91) netted 9 and 8 pts respectively. In Slovakia, Angelika Slamova (172-G-94) and Dominika Baburova (183-F-91 posted 6 points each.
In Day Three, Spain will meet United Kingdom. The winner will most probably be No.1 in Group D. Slovakia will play against Latvia.

Spain: Amaya Gastaminza 12+8 boards, Queralt Casas 9, Mireia Vila 8
Slovakia: Angelika Slamova 6, Dominika Baburova 6


U20 Spain wins Group D in Zrenjanin, U20 UK also advances - by Eurobasket News
U20 Spain - U20 United Kingdom 81-31

Spain destroyed United Kingdom 81-31 wining the first place in Preliminary Group D. They ended this stage with perfect 3-0. Despite this defeat, UK also advanced to the next stage, but as No.2 with 1-2 record. Vega Gimeno Martinez (183-F-91, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Robert Morris) stepped up for Spain with 18 points and Queralt Casas (180-G-92) had two less than her. Amaya Gastaminza (189-F-91, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Oregon St.) helped with 11 pts in this meeting. On the other side, Deanne Hayward (170-G-91) was the only one with double-digits with 10 pts. Renee E. Busch (174-G-92) stopped to 7 points. Spain was way better team during the entire game. Quarters: 14-7, 26-7, 27-11, 14-6. Both teams will be transferred to Group F of the Qualifying Round. There will also be Latvia and three best teams from Preliminary Group C.

Spain: Vega Gimeno Martinez 18, Queralt Casas 16, Amaya Gastaminza 11
United Kingdom: Deanne Hayward 10, Renee E. Busch 7


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  SWEDEN - Women  


U20 Sweden outplays U20 Hungary 64-51 thanks to great last quarter - by Eurobasket News
U20 Sweden - U20 Hungary 64-51

Sweden celebrated in their first appearance in Ohird. They handed 64-51 loss to Hungary for 1-0 record in Group A. On the other side, Hungary faced with the first loss and they have 1-1 score now. Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) exploded with double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds for Sweden. Cleopatra Forsman-Goga (180-G-91) also was great as she added 14 points and 11 rebs, while Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) helped with 13 pts and 9 boards. Reka Balint (182-F-91) answered with 13 points and 5 boards on the other side. Bettina Szabo (168-G-92) stopped to 10 pts. Last period was the crucial one in this game as Sweden won it 23-12. Quarters: 13-10, 14-13, 14-16, 23-12. In Day Three of the championship, Sweden will meet Portugal. Hungary will have a day off.

Sweden: Farhiya Abdi 20+11 boards, Cleopatra Forsman-Goga 14+11 boards, Binta Drammeh 13+9 boards
Hungary: Reka Balint 13+5 boards, Bettina Szabo 10


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  TURKEY - Women  


U20 Russia wins Group B in Novi Sad - by Eurobasket News
U20 Turkey - U20 Russia 63-64

Russia is the winner of Preliminary Group B in Novi Sad. They grabbed 64-63 thriller win against Turkey today to end this stage with perfect 3-0. Turkey also advanced to the next phase, but as No.3 with 1-2 record. Both teams will be transferred to Qualifying Group E. Alexandra Tarasova (194-C-91) came up with double-double of 13 points and 16 rebounds in victory. Anastasiya Shilova (185-F/G-91) scored 10, while Veronika Dorosheva (193-F-91) and Evgeniya Finogentova (174-G-91) added 9 points and 5 rebounds each. In Turkey, Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) collected 22 points and 6 boards. Gamze Takmaz (184-F-91) and Pinar Demirok (180-F-91) had 12 and 11 pts respectively. Game winner was decided in the finish. Turkey had 63-62 lead with 59 seconds to go. But Cora then missed with 16 seconds left, and Russia raced to the other end. Alexandra Tarasova also missed, but she drew a foul battling for her own rebound and coolly sank both free throws to put Russia back on top with six seconds left. Turkey called a time-out but the play they drew up did not work as Aysegul Gunay's three-pointer was off-target at the buzzer. Quarters: 14-20, 24-14, 10-18, 15-12. Championship continues on Monday.

Turkey: Ayse Cora 22+6 boards, Gamze Takmaz 12, Pinar Demirok 11
Russia: Alexandra Tarasova 13+16 boards, Anastasiya Shilova 10, Veronika Dorosheva 9+5 boards, Evgeniya Finogentova 9+5 boards


U20 Lithuania takes the first win in Novi Sad - by Eurobasket News
U20 Lithuania - U20 Turkey 64-57

Lithuania won their first game in Novi Sad. Lithuania outplayed Turkey 64-57 joining them with 1-1 record in Preliminary Group B. Both teams has a great chance to reach the next stage. Monika Grigalauskyte (187-F-92) shined for the winners with double-double of 17 points and 16 rebounds. Inesa Visgaudaite (172-PG-91) followed her with 16 points and 5 boards, while Santa Okockyte (176-G-92) added 15 pts and 6 rebounds. In Turkey, Ozge Yavas (174-G-91) collected 16 points and 6 rebs. Their last player with double-digits in scoring was Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) with 13 pts.
Lithuania did a good job in second and third period. Before that, first ten minutes ended with 15-15 tie. Turkey made plus 6 until the halftime and jumped to 10-point lead with one quarter to go. Turkey did not give up and they tried to do something in the last ten minutes, but they didnt make it. Quarters: 15-15, 19-13, 18-14, 12-15.
In Day Three, Lithuania will meet Romania. Turkey will play against Russia.

Lithuania: Monika Grigalauskyte 17+16 boards, Inesa Visgaudaite 16+5 boards, Santa Okockyte 15+6 boards
Turkey: Ozge Yavas 16+6 boards, Ayse Cora 13


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  UKRAINE - Women  


U20 Ukraine hands 81-53 loss to U20 Germany - by Eurobasket News
U20 Germany - U20 Ukraine 53-81

Ukraine registered their first win at the U20 EuroBasket in Novi Sad. They cruised past Germany 81-53 for 1-1 record in Group A. On the other side, Germany dropped to 0-2. Ukraine took control on their rivals from the very beginning. They made 26-14 lead in the first ten minutes and continued with 25-17 until the breather. At that time it was already clear who will be the game winner, despite there was 20 more minutes to go. Ukraine won third period 19-6, while Germany made 16-11 in the last one to cut the margin a little bit. Olesia Malashenko (189-F-91, agency: LBM Management) was a key player for the winners with 24 points and 5 rebounds. Alina Iagupova (181-G-92, agency: LBM Management) also was great as she added 18 points, 9 boards and 8 assists, while Olga Maznichenko (187-F-91, agency: LBM Management) added 14 points and 11 rebs. In the loosing squad, Sonja Greinacher (188-F/C-92) and Finja Schaake (179-G/F-92) delivered 10 points each. Judith Schmidt (186-F/C-92) stopped to 8 pts. In Day Three, Ukraine will meet Poland, while Germany will play against Serbia.

Germany: Sonja Greinacher 10, Finja Schaake 10, Judith Schmidt 8
Ukraine: Olesia Malashenko 24+5 boards, Alina Iagupova 18+9 boards+8 as, Olga Maznichenko 14+11 boards


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


Renee Busch leads U20 UK to first win in Zrenjanin - by Eurobasket News
U20 United Kingdom - U20 Latvia 71-64

United Kingdom celebrated their first win in Zrenjanin. They outplayed Latvia 71-64 for 1-1 record in Group D. Both teams were defeated in Day One, what means that Latvia dropped to 0-2 in this pool. Latvia had wonderful beginning as they made 13-24 lead in the first ten minutes. However, UK totally took control on them in Q2 and made 38-33 turn until the HT. They jumped to plus 12 after the breather and Latvia had no chance in the last quarter.
Renee E. Busch (174-G-92) shined for the winners with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Katrin Chiemeka (170-G-91) had 11 points and 8 rebounds, while Erin McGarrachan (180-G-92) added 10 pts. In Latvia, Kristine Vitola (196-C/F-91) had double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds. Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) scored 11 pts and 7 rebs. In the last day of the Preliminary Round, UK will meet undefeated Spain. Latvia will meet Slovakia in do-or-die game.

UK: Renee E. Busch 20+5 boards+8 as, Katrin Chiemeka 11+8 boards, Erin McGarrachan 10
Latvia: Kristine Vitola 25+13 boards, Sabine Niedola 11+7 boards


U20 Spain wins Group D in Zrenjanin, U20 UK also advances - by Eurobasket News
U20 Spain - U20 United Kingdom 81-31

Spain destroyed United Kingdom 81-31 wining the first place in Preliminary Group D. They ended this stage with perfect 3-0. Despite this defeat, UK also advanced to the next stage, but as No.2 with 1-2 record. Vega Gimeno Martinez (183-F-91, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Robert Morris) stepped up for Spain with 18 points and Queralt Casas (180-G-92) had two less than her. Amaya Gastaminza (189-F-91, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Oregon St.) helped with 11 pts in this meeting. On the other side, Deanne Hayward (170-G-91) was the only one with double-digits with 10 pts. Renee E. Busch (174-G-92) stopped to 7 points. Spain was way better team during the entire game. Quarters: 14-7, 26-7, 27-11, 14-6. Both teams will be transferred to Group F of the Qualifying Round. There will also be Latvia and three best teams from Preliminary Group C.

Spain: Vega Gimeno Martinez 18, Queralt Casas 16, Amaya Gastaminza 11
United Kingdom: Deanne Hayward 10, Renee E. Busch 7


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  USBA - Women  


WUSBA preseason basketball camp will begin on August 13, 2011 - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga., (July 9, 2011) ---The Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) individual team basketball players camp set to open August 13, 2011. The WUSBA will begin its inaugural basketball season with sixteen teams divided into four divisions, spread over eight southern states. According to the league, the WUSBA rosters were opened to all qualified basketball players. The WUSBA owns and is the primary operator of all teams. Each team does operate independently of each other. The league has assigned an Event Manager as team representative for the local city.

Collegiate, minor league and international player's were invited to submit resumes and biographies for consideration to southernbasketballassociation@yahoo.com . We also extended an invitation to basketball players who are based in our team cities.

The WUSBA 2011 basketball regular season games begin on August 27, 2011. The regular season runs to November 5, 2011. Each team plays a twenty six game schedule, thirteen home and thirteen away. The WUSBA Championship Playoff series begins November 7, 2011 and concludes with the Championship game on November 13, 2011 in Macon, Georgia.

The WUSBA has not charged a fee to players for the preseason camps. 'We have never had these fees as a part of our revenue stream; we have amassed a great selection of talented basketball players to come to the camps'. 'We do require all basketball players to report by August 12, 2011. Players camps will begin at the same time for all team locations. Eleven basketball players will be selected to make the roster of a WUSBA team.

WUSBA president Duane Jenkins says, 'Announcing these selected players gives us a prime opportunity for us to look closely at local talent and make the assembly of the teams an easy process. We want our fans to be able to become familiar with the players and coaches and quite simply, the players and coaches will have ample time for players to select a team of his choice'.

The league has developed a comprehensive package for the coaches. Players are paid $350.00 per week. Players also receive housing and a daily meal at Golden Corral Buffet Restaurant. As a bonus, players will receive compensation for sponsor speaking engagements and sponsorship sales.

According to the league, each player will be required to compete in this rigorous session. 'We expect a great response and each try camp are limited to invited basketball players, I suggest any candidate should arrive at the camp in shape, on time and ready to perform', said WUSBA Executive Vice President Kenneth Green. 'We're very excited about the upcoming season. All of our teams have players in place and this is a great equal opportunity for all individual who has the propensity to succeed'



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  WNBA - Women  


Alana Beard to miss Mystics game at Indiana - by Eurobasket News
For the past five weeks, Washington Mystics Coach Trudi Lacey has said guard Alana Beard (5'11''-G/F-82, college: Duke) is day-to-day because of a left foot sprain she suffered before the season. But the team has known since June 24, when it applied for a roster hardship exemption, that Beard would miss at least the seasons first 10 games.

The Mystics (2-7) play Saturday at Indiana, the final game Beard is required to sit out per WNBA roster hardship exemption stipulations.

WNBA rules limit roster sizes to 11 players apiece, but teams may apply for exemptions if they have three or more injured players or, according to a provision new this season, if they have two players who each will miss at least 10 games.

Washington has known since January that forward Monique Currie would miss the entire 2011 season after the player tore the ACL in her left knee. Beard sprained her left foot in practice May 31, and Lacey has since publicly characterized her status as day-to-day, including multiple times in the past week when she said she didnt know whether Beard would be able to play in the Mystics next game.

In a telephone interview Friday, Lacey said: Heres what I want you to understand from our perspective: It was not to mislead you, but from a competitive perspective, we dont really want to give up that information because teams will prepare for us differently.

When center TaShia Phillips injured an ankle tendon in practice June 9, the Mystics were missing the requisite three players because of injury and were able to sign free agent Kerri Gardin because of the hardship exemption.

Phillips returned to the lineup June 18 against Tulsa, when Gardin remained on the roster but did not play. Gardin was then waived two days later.

The Mystics applied for the two-player hardship exemption June 24, essentially declaring that Beard, who to that point had missed the seasons first six games, would miss at least the next four as well. After receiving the exemption, the team then signed free agent Joy Cheek. This past Thursday, the team waived Cheek and re-signed Gardin.

Coincidentally, leading scorer Crystal Langhorne has missed the teams past two games because of what the team described as back pain.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


Richie's talk intrigued WNBA - by Eurobasket News
The next time you give a speech, consider this: you might also be interviewing for a job.

Thats what happened to Laurel Richie. Not that she knew it at the time.

Richie, the WNBAs new president, was a high-level executive for Girl Scouts of America last winter when she was giving a speech for the Seattle Council at its annual fundraising meeting.

'Normally, I would just talk about the (Girl Scout) brand and marketing and things like that', said Richie, who was the organizations Chief Marketing Officer. 'But this time, they asked me to talk about my own personal leadership journey, which is a fairly daunting thing to do publicly.'

But Richie, who was at a Chicago Sky game on Tuesday as part of her 12-stop listening tour to every WNBA city, was apparently as compelling as a winning half-court shot at the buzzer.

Also at the conference that day were the owners and president of the WNBAs Seattle Storm, which was fresh off its 2010 league championship victory. They were all impressed with Richies speech.

The women from the Storm were being honored that day and the president gave this great speech about how they were trying to build a dynasty in Seattle, Richie said. I told them afterwards that I really enjoyed the speech and that I wanted to stay in touch with them because they are great women.

They said that they really enjoyed my speech, too, and we ended up talking with each other for awhile.

Richie then left Seattle, went home to New York and went on with her business with the Girl Scouts.

Two weeks later, she got a call from the WNBA, which was looking for a new president. Donna Orender stepped away from the job in December after six years in order to spend more time with her children. Richie was asked if she was interested in interviewing for the position.

Unbeknownst to me, the women from the Seattle Storm went home after we met and put together this packet on me, Richie said. They sent it off to the league office and told them, You should talk to her (about the presidents position).

Before Richie knew it, she was knee-deep in basketballs, high tops and hoopla, trying to get herself ready in less than a month for the start of the 2011 season.

It was crazy, amazing, Richie said of her unexpected opportunity. But I am loving this.

Richie says she has already fallen in love with the players. She sees a lot of similarities between them and the aspiring young girls she worked with at the Girl Scouts.

There are amazing parallels between the Girl Scouts and the WNBA, Richie said. The Girl Scouts teach girls to be strong, athletic, healthy, funny and a little sassy, too. Thats what the women of the WNBA are. They are the role models for todays Girl Scouts.

Their ability on the court, their leadership ability, their ability to give back to the community is all very inspiring to girls of all ages.

Richie, meanwhile, is hoping to do some inspiring of her own.

She wants to develop a league marketing campaign that will inspire people who have never tried the WNBA to at least give it a shot.

All of our research, anecdotal and otherwise, tells us that when we get people to a game and they see the level of play, they have fun and they want to come back, Richie said. The goal now is just to get more people to come out to their first game.

Interestingly, Richie had never been to a WNBA game before she took her new job.

Thats part of what really intrigues me about this opportunity, Richie said. Given that I love sports and Im a fan of sports and I have supported women and womens causes, its interesting to me that I had never been to a WNBA game, Richie said. I think there are a lot of people like me out there and the question is how do you reach people like that? All you need to do is reach them.

Ive been thinking a lot about that and thats what were going to work on.

Courtesy of www.dailyherald.com


WNBA helps women's basketball evolve worldwide during 15-year run - by Eurobasket News
Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) knew she couldnt settle.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist starred for the Indiana Fever for nearly a decade as one of the WNBA's best and most popular players, but she was disappointed in her outside shooting during the 2009 season and felt the worlds rising basketball stars nipping at her heels.

Seeking an edge, she hired shooting coach Marvin Harvey. After tireless offseason work, she shot a career-best 45 percent from 3-point range in 2010 and was second in league MVP balloting.

Tangela Smith, Catchings teammate with the Fever, made her WNBA debut 14 years ago as a traditional post player with mostly back-to-the-basket moves. Now, shes best known for making 3-pointers and stretching defenses she made just 106 3s her first 11 years in the league, but has hit 100 in nearly 2 seasons since.

The players stories offer examples of how much womens basketball has changed. Catchings said she and her fellow veterans have been forced to add tools to keep up with todays players.

Every year, you have to adapt to something new, the 31-year-old Catchings said. As an older player, you cant go into an offseason just focusing on the thing that youre already OK or already good at. Youve got to get better at every phase of the game to play with the younger players.

The WNBA is in its 15th year, and longtime observers say its existence is among the main reasons womens basketball has rapidly evolved. The best players from across the world come together to take advantage of an opportunity that was just a dream two decades ago.

Its had an impact on the game, former New York Liberty center Rebecca Lobo said. The players are better now, stronger, theyre more athletic, theyre more skilled. I think thats because they watched womens basketball played at the highest level since they were young kids. Its a whole different sports world that young girls have been able to grow up with the last 15 years.

While critics focus on the fact that the league doesnt draw as well as the NBA and only one franchise the Connecticut Sun has ever turned a profit, players say the league has given girls positive role models and something to shoot for in pro sports. Catchings pro basketball role models were male stars such as Julius Erving and Michael Jordan, but Kentucky recruit Bria Goss grew up following Catchings.

I see these people playing in the WNBA, and thats where I want to be, said Goss, Indianas Miss Basketball in 2011.

And, even though the league hasnt made money, enough people see its value to keep funding it.

I think where were standing with 15 years, a lot of people didnt expect us to be here, Catchings said.

Former Los Angeles Sparks center Lisa Leslie, the leagues career rebounding leader and No. 2 scorer, is proud to see where the league is now.

When I played earlier, we had players that specialized, just defense or a player who was only a 3-point shooter, whereas now that is not the case, she said. There isnt even room on the bench for a player like that. Players have to be able to do multiple things, whether its a great rebounder and a great 3-point shooter or they play good defense and they also penetrate well. You have to have more than one, two or three different skills that youre actually really good at, not just mediocre.

USA Basketball has benefited greatly from the league because its top players refine their skills against the worlds best every summer. But Australia currently has six players in the league, including three-time MVP Lauren Jackson. In all, 15 of the leagues 132 players are from outside of the United States.

No matter where we go in the offseason, Turkey, Poland, China wherever you go, one thing that all the players talk about is the chance to come back and play in the WNBA, Catchings said. Its multicultural and very diverse, and thats what makes it the best league. This is the opportunity for the best players to come one setting and get mixed around, but you know youre going to get the best the world has to offer. Thats the epitome of the WNBA right there.

Lobo said the fact that the league has existed so long creates a new dynamic.

The draft class that came into the league this year, this was really the first draft class, the first generation of players that grew up knowing nothing other than there being a pro league here, she said.

As more young girls have gained the desire to play, more youth teams have developed, giving them better coaching. Los Angeles Sparks forward Tina Thompson, who played in the leagues inaugural 1997 season and is the WNBAs all-time leading scorer, sees the difference.

Now there are AAU programs and traveling teams and these huge tournaments all over the country for girls basketball, she said. Its literally big business, and I know the will for that is partly due to the WNBA and the future opportunity for a little girl being able to hone her skills in a way she could possibly play in the WNBA one day. So it gets girls more involved.

And that, Leslie said, makes for a better game.

Thats what youre hoping for, that as these young players sort of follow in our footsteps, they will continue to add pieces to what we brought to the game and get better,

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Edwards named interim Shock coach - by Eurobasket News
Teresa Edwards will take over as the interim head coach for the Tulsa Shock following the resignation of Nolan Richardson, the organization announced early Saturday morning.

Edwards, who was hired during the offseason as the team's Director of Player Personnel, brings a wealth of playing experience to the position. A five-time Olympian, Edwards is the most decorated Olympic basketball player with four gold medals and two bronze.

'In a short period of time, coach Richardson taught me a lot about basketball and life,' Edwards said. 'He was always gracious to me and he was passionate about the game and his players. . While the record may not bear it out today, he is a winner in ever aspect both as a coach and a citizen.

'Even though the circumstances are not what I would prefer to become a head coach, I appreciate the opportunity I have been given to coach the Shock on an interim basis. We have work to do and we are going to start right now.'

Richardson leaves after guiding the team to a 7-38 record. The Shock finished 6-28 in their inaugural season in Tulsa in 2010 and were 1-10 this season after falling to Phoenix 86-78 on Friday night.

'While I am saddened to leave the Tulsa Shock at this time and in this manner, I am also very disappointed I the way we have started the year, and as a coach, I accept my share of the responsibility,' Richardson said. 'I respect our organization and players. This is a class group of individuals who are committed to this community, organization and players.'

The Shock will play at the Mercury on Sunday.

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Latest games - by Eurobasket News
S.Antonio SS - New York L. 73-76
Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) had 20 points, nine rebounds and seven assists to lead the New York Liberty to a 76-73 win over the San Antonio Silver Stars on Friday. Plenette Pierson (6'2''-F/C-81, college: Texas Tech) added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Liberty, which has won its past four games against the Texan team. Jia Perkins (5'8''-G-82, agency: Merit Sports, college: Texas Tech) scored 13 points for the Silver Stars (7-3), who have lost consecutive games for the first time this season. *Courtesy of www.taiwannews.com.tw

Tulsa S. - Phoenix M. 78-86
In Tulsa, Phoenix notched a third straight win by overcoming Tulsa. Diana Taurasi (6'0''-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) scored 17 points and Penny Taylor added 16 for the Mercury. Elizabeth Cambage scored 19 points, including 7 for 8 on free throws, for the Shock (1-10). Phoenix went on an 11-2 run to start the fourth quarter and build a 78-71 lead. Neither team scored again until 3:29 remaining. Phoenix missed five shots and had four turnovers during that stretch, and Tulsa had four missed shots and two turnovers. *Courtesy of www.taiwannews.com.tw

Chicago S. - Washington M. 78-65
Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) scored a season-high 34 points and pulled down 16 rebounds to help the Chicago Sky snap a three-game losing streak with a 78-65 win over the Washington Mystics on Tuesday night. Fowles, the WNBA's scoring leader at 21.9 points a game, scored 20-plus points for the eighth time in 11 games for Chicago (5-6). It was her third career game of 30 or more points. Marissa Coleman (6'1''-G/F-87, college: Maryland) had 14 points, and Matee Ajavon and Jasmine Thomas each added 11 for the Mystics (2-7), who have lost two straight and six of seven. *Courtesy of www.washingtontimes.com

Phoenix M. - L.Angeles S. 101-82
Diana Taurasi and Candice Dupree (6'2''-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) scored 20 points each, helping the Phoenix Mercury rally past a scary injury to guard Ketia Swanier to beat the Los Angeles Sparks 101-82 Tuesday night. Phoenix opened the third quarter with a big run and kept it going after Swanier was helped off the court following an elbow to the head by Sparks guard Kristi Toliver. The Mercury turned a 10-point deficit into a 14-point lead in the quarter and never let up on the way to their sixth win in seven games. Penny Taylor had 16 points and Kara Braxton added 14 for Phoenix. Ebony Hoffman had 21 points and LaToya Pringle 12 for Los Angeles in its second game without former league MVP Candace Parker. The Sparks fell to 0-5 on the road this season. *Courtesy of www.ktuu.com

Indiana F. - Seattle S. 78-61
Jessica Davenport (6'5''-C-85, college: Ohio St.) had 15 points, seven rebounds and four blocks to lead the Indiana Fever over the Seattle Storm 78-61 on Tuesday night. Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) added 11 points, six rebounds and four steals for the Fever (8-3), who won their fifth straight game. Indiana reserves Shannon Bobbitt and Shavonte Zellous chipped in eight points apiece. Sue Bird scored 21 points and Swin Cash had 13 for the Storm. The Fever closed the first half on an 11-2 run before a third-quarter lull. They allowed Seattle to pull within four points in the fourth before Indiana went on a 7-2 run to pull away. The Fever played without starting guard Briann January, who suffered a season-ending ACL injury in Indiana's 91-85 win over Phoenix on June 28. *Courtesy of www.q13fox.com


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


Richardson resigns as Shock coach - by Eurobasket News
Nolan Richardson resigned as coach and general manager of the WNBA-worst Tulsa Shock and will be replaced on an interim basis by Teresa Edwards.

David Box, one of the team's owners, confirmed early Saturday morning that Richardson had stepped down after going 7-38 in just over one season as coach of the Shock. Tulsa started this season 1-10 and lost 86-78 to Phoenix on Friday night in Richardson's final game in charge.

'While I am saddened to leave the Tulsa Shock at this time and in this manner, I am also very disappointed in the way we have started the year, and as coach, I accept my share of the responsibility,' Richardson said in a statement released by the team.

Richardson led Arkansas to an NCAA men's championship and was lured out of retirement for his first endeavor as a women's coach, in the city where he helped build the men's program at the University of Tulsa.

He attempted to adapt his trademark '40 Minutes of Hell' style to the WNBA game, but it didn't immediately take with a roster stripped down when several All-Stars refused to make the move from Detroit with the franchise.

'I will be forever thankful for the unique opportunity (owners) Bill (Cameron) and David (Box) and the entire ownership group gave me to re-enter coaching basketball, something I love to do and missed dearly,' Richardson said. 'I love Tulsa. This community has always been good to me and for me.'

Richardson said he wished Edwards, one of his assistants, and his players well and he will 'forever be one of the Tulsa Shock's biggest fans.'

Edwards, an Olympic gold medalist who will go into the basketball hall of fame next month, will make her debut in charge on Sunday in a rematch against the Mercury.

'Teresa knows our team well and the players respect her management, leadership and passion for the game,' Box said. 'Her credentials are strong and she knows what it takes to succeed. She will serve as the Tulsa Shock's interim coach for the remainder of the season.'

Edwards said she learned a lot about basketball and life from Richardson in a short time and she considers him 'a winner in every aspect both as a coach and a citizen.'

'Even though the circumstances are not what I would prefer to become a head coach, I appreciate the opportunity I have been given to coach the Shock on an interim basis,' Edwards said. 'We have work to do and we are going to start right now.'

A frustrated Elizabeth Cambage, the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft, was eager for a change and said after the game that 'it's disgusting being 1-10.'

'People keep saying, 'There's change coming. There's change coming.' Well, I don't see any change really,' Cambage said before Richardson resigned. 'We've changed a few players. Where's the change?'

Now, she'll be moving on with a change at the top.

'We want to win quick,' team president Steve Swetoha said during the game. 'We do want to be sustainable. We can't afford to keep having losing seasons.

'We're ahead of our season-ticket base by 20 percent, and can you imagine when we start winning games the amount of people that will now be more interested in coming out. You look at our record. We're 1-8, 1-9. Now, do I want to spend my discretionary income to do this?'

Swetoha said the Shock, now playing in one of the league's smallest markets, need to draw at least 5,000 to 6,000 fans per game to be sustainable and they've been falling short of that goal too often since selling out the home opener.

'I think winning breeds success, success breeds winning,' Swetoha said. 'We've got to win to be successful here. That's a big part of it. We didn't build our budgets to have losing teams.'

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com