EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/13/2011

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  ABA   


NoVa Wonders satisfied for their first tryout camp - by Gianni Pascucci
'The NoVa Wonders' first team tryout was a tremendous success,' stated team co-owner Joy Pickett. 'The call for players sounded and men from as far as New York City to Fredericksburg, VA showcased their talent for our new expansion team that begins play in December. The players enjoyed a vigorous professional workout, team competitions, and a professionally officialted game conducted by Tom Chichester 's ABA Refereee Camp.'
Media coverage was photographed by Northern Virginia's Chantilly Patch and filed by public relations experts Brotman-Winter-Fried. Organized by the NoVA Wonders management team, meals, refreshments and desserts were enjoyed by all players, referees and Northern Virginia Sportsplex facility staff. 'We received many compliments for a well organized tryout that exceeded the expectations of players, officiators, family members and the owner of Northern Virginia Sportsplex management,' added Pickett.
Photos and video will be posted on: www.novawonders.com For more information, email joy@novawonders.com



Summer Invitational Games announced by Indy Drive - by Gianni Pascucci
Last week, the ABA team Indianapolis Drive, announced that will host and play in the Indianapolis Drive ABA Summer Invitational Games 2011 at Indy South Sports Academy on Saturday, August 20. The tournament will begin at 7pm and feature four Indiana teams, including the Drive, in a three-game competition. Tryouts for the Indianapolis Fine, the new Indianapolis entry into the WABA, will take place at 6pm.
'This event will showcase the best of ABA basketball in Indiana as well as a new venue for our teams,' said Indy Drive owner Tim Hicks . 'We're excited to be partnering with ISSA to bring professional basketball to their outstanding faiclity, and we're even more excited to announce the formation of our women's team in the WABA. The Drive and Fine are ready to kick off a great season of high-quality, affordable basketball in Central Indiana.'
For more information, visit www.theindydrive.com or call 317 294 0909 or email vipmanage@aol.com


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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   


U16 AfroBasket: Day Two in Egypt - by Eurobasket News
Four games were played in Day Two of the U16 AfroBasket in Egypt.
In Group A, Egypt was too strong for Algeria handing them 94-57 loss. It means that the host of this event jumped to 2-0 record in Preliminary Group A. On the other side, Algeria faced with the first loss (1-1). Second quarter was the crucial one in this meeting as Egypt won it 28-8. They had 46-23 at the HT and all after that was just the formality.
Also in Group A, South Africa grabbed 59-58 thriller win against Mozambique. Both teams failed in Day One so this is the first win for South Africans. Henry Williams was a key player for the winners with 30 points and 9 rebounds. Helton Ubisse collected 25 pts and 8 boards in loss.
In Group B, Mali destroyed Congo 71-43 for perfect 2-0 score. Cheick Diallo stepped up for the winners with 23 points and 18 rebounds. Malians during this game was never been afraid. Thanks to good collective offenses and defenses actions, they controlled the game until its end.
In the last game of the day, Tunisia celebrated 64-60 win against Angola also for 2-0. On the other side, Angola dropped to 0-2 in Group B. Haythem Saada had double-double of 10 points and 19 rebounds for the winners. Tunisia sealed the victory in the last two minutes.

Day Two
Group A: Egypt - Algeria 94-57
Group A: Mozambique - South Africa 58-59
Group B: Mali-Congo 71-43
Group B: Angola-Tunisia 60-64

Day Three
South - Africa Egypt
Algeria - Mozambique
Congo - Angola
Tunisia - Mali


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  ALGERIA   


U16 AfroBasket: Egypt beats Algeria, jumps to 2-0 in Group A - by Eurobasket News
U16 Egypt registered second straight win at the U16 AfroBasket. The host of this event blasted Algeria 94-57 for perfect 2-0 record in Group A. Thanks to this win, Egypt already booked a ticket for the next stage. On the other side, Algeria faced with the first loss (1-1). Second quarter was the crucial one in this meeting as Egypt won it 28-8. They had 46-23 at the HT and all after that was just the formality.
Also in Group A, South Africa grabbed 59-58 thriller win against Mozambique. In Group B, Mali destroyed Congo 71-43 for perfect 2-0 score. In the last game of the day, Tunisia celebrated 64-60 win against Angola also for 2-0.
In Day Three of the competition, Egypt will meet South Africa.


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  ANDORRA   


Andorra open win count at U16 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Andorra U16 - Wales U16 64:49

Andorra claimed the first win at U16 European Championship in Division C. They overcame Wales in Group A opener in San Marino today. Juan Bustamante Gomez scored 24 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to pace the winners.
Andorra grabbed the lead midway through the opening quarter and posted a 16:12 advantage at the first break. Andorra used an 11:0 run midway through the second frame to take a 29:14 advantage. Andorra ensured a 35:19 halftime advantage. They boosted the gap to 20 points early in the third term. Reade pulled Wales within 14 points at the final break. Wales cut the deficit to just 8 points midway through the fourth term. Andorra however quickly restored a double-digit lead and raced to the victory at the end. Jordi Moline de La Rosa nailed 12 points for the winners. Daniel Walsh had 12 points for Wales. Thomas North finished with 11 points in the loss.

Andorra U16: Juan Bustamante Gomez 24+18 boards, Jordi Moline de La Rosa 12
Wales U16: Daniel Walsh 12, Thomas North 11



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  ANGOLA   


U16 Tunisia wins second straight in Egypt - by Eurobasket News
Another good performance by U16 Tunisia in Egypt. This time Tunisia was better than Angola 64-60 for perfect 2-0 score in Group B. Haythem Saada stepped up for the winners with double-double of 10 points and 19 rebounds. Tunisia sealed the victory in the last two minutes. Angola slipped to 0-2 after this game.
Also in Group B, Mali destroyed Congo 71-43 for perfect 2-0 score. In Group A, Egypt was too strong for Algeria handing them 94-57 loss. It means that the host of this event jumped to 2-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Also in Group A, South Africa grabbed 59-58 thriller win against Mozambique. Both teams failed in Day One so this is the first win for South Africans.
In Day Three of the championship, Tunisia will meet Mali. It will be a key game for the first place in Group B. Angola will play against Congo.


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  AUSTRIA   


WBC Raiffeisen Wels signs PG Steve McNees - by Eurobasket News
WBC Raiffeisen Wels announced signing of the American point guard Steve McNees (187-G-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement). They penned a one-year deal yesterday. McNees heads to Wels for his first professional season. He graduated few months ago at the Akron University. For 36 games as a senior McNees averaged 8.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists. He had almost the same numbers for 35 games as a junior. Akron University was the MAC Tournament winner in 2009 and this year as well. In 2008, Steve McNees was named MAC All-Freshman Team. He had 5.1 ppg and 1.8 apg that season. WBC Raiffeisen Wels reached A Bundesliga Quarterfinals last season, but failed against Oberwart (0-3).

Young Daniel Friedrich moves to UBC St. Polten - by Eurobasket News
Daniel Friedrich (180-G-92) will continue his career with UBC St. Polten. The young Austrian prospect signed a deal for the next season. Friedrich arrives to St. Polten from Arkadia Traiskirchen, where he mostly played for the junior team. In 2009/10, Friedrich was a member of BasketClubs Vienna averaging 1.7 points for 10 games in A Bundesliga. He played for the same team in 2008/09 as well.
Daniel Friedrich is a member of the Austrian U20 National Team. He also played for U18 and U16 NT over the past few years. In European Championships U18 Division B in Israel, Friedrich had 13.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 3.5 apg for 8 games. He was named Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Division B Honorable Mention -10. In 2009, Friedrich had 5.9 ppg and 2.4 rpg for 7 games at the European Championships U18 Division B in Sarajevo. He also played at the European Championships U16 Division B in Sarajevo. At this event, Friedrich registered 8 ppg and 1.8 rpg.


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  BELGIUM   


U16 Boys with a triple test - by Eurobasket News
The U16 Boys National Team of head coach Yves Grandjean will go for a triple test against Belgium this weekend. The team around Thomas Grn will play their neighbors on Friday at 19h30, Saturday at 19h15 and Sunday at 15h00. All games will be played in the Coque Gymnasium.

08.07.11 : 61-84

09.07.11 : 49-102

10.07.11 : 42-91
Courtesy of: http://www.basketnews.lu


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  BOSNIA   


Sabit Hadzic announces 17 candidates for EuroBasket 2011 - by Eurobasket News
Sabit Hadzic announced list with 17 candidates for the Bosnian National Team. They will try to earn a spot for the upcoming EuroBasket in Lithuania. Preparations of Team Bosnia are scheduled to start at July 20 in Sarajevo. After the first phase, coach Hadzic will cut three more names.

17 candidates for EuroBasket in Lithuania: Nemanja Gordic, Sasa Vasiljevic, Aleksej Nesovic, Ernest Bremer, Diego Kapelan, Nihad Djedovic, Henry Domercant, Goran Ikonic, Mujo Tuljkovic, Miralem Halilovic, Milan Milosevic, Mirza Teletovic, Kenan Bajramovic, Edin Bavcic, Ratko Varda, Elmedin Kikanovic and Adnan Hodzic.

EuroBasket in Lithuania starts on August 31. Bosnia is placed to Preliminary Group C. Participants of the same pool are also FYROM, Croatia, Montenegro, Greece and the winner of the Additional Qualifying Tournament. In the first game Bosnia will meet Greece. All of Group C games will be played in Alytus. Three best teams from each group will advance to the next stage.


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  BULGARIA   


Arsic to coach Lukoil Academik for one more season - by Maria Mitzova
Jovica Arsic will continue his work as head coach of Lukoil Academik Sofia. The Serbian coach signed a contract for another season, after bringing two titles in his two years in the team, and winning the Bulgarian Cup in 2011. The agreement was reached smoothly with sporting director Sasho Vezenkov putting it on paper the contract on Tuesday.

The main objective for Arsic and Lukoil will be entering the Regular season of Eurocup, and also title and a cup in Bulgaria. The clubs main Bulgarian target is Cherno more talent Aleksandar Yanev (203-F-90, agency: Interperformances). Lukoil already announced they will try to keep all their Bulgarian players, as well as Brandon Heath (193-G-84, college: San Diego St.) and Travis Peterson (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Samford). The team will search for quality acquisitions at the point guard and center forward positions.


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  CANADA   


NBL Canada announces inaugural combine and draft - by Eurobasket News
The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce the details of its inaugural pre-draft combine and the NBL Canada Draft 2011.

'The NBL Canada pre-draft combine and draft will be groundbreaking for the country,' said National Basketball League of Canada President & CEO, Andre Levingston. 'The events will mark a new beginning of Canadian basketball talent, and will inspire and encourage the next generation of young Canadian athletes. We're excited that young Canadians can now dream about being a basketball player in their own country.'

The two-day combine will be held on Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21 at the Seneca College Sports Centre in Toronto, Ontario. Saturday will serve as free agent day, with Sunday dedicated to Canadian players only.

'It's extremely important to the league that Canadian talent is given a unique opportunity to shine,' says Levingston. 'The NBL Canada is committed to developing the nation's talent, and we encourage those Canadians striving toward a professional career in the sport of Basketball to attend the pre-draft combine and draft.'

The NBL Canada Draft 2011 will be held on Sunday, August 21 at 7:00 pm at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.

The draft will consist of three rounds. The first round will draft free agent players only, while the second and third rounds will draft Canadian players only. Only those players who attend the combine will be eligible for the draft.



The NBL Canada Draft 2011 selection order is as follows:

1. Oshawa, Ontario

2. Prince Edward Island

3. London, Ontario

4. Moncton, New Brunswick

5. Saint John Mill Rats, Saint John, New Brunswick

6. Halifax Rainmen, Halifax, NS

7. Quebec Kebs, Quebec City, Quebec

For further information on the pre-draft combine, draft and how to register, please find the information sheet attached to this press release. For more information of the National Basketball League of Canada, please visit www.nblcanada.ca or www.lnbcanada.ca.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com




Signing NBA Players Only A Small Part Of Big Picture For National Basketball League Of Canada - by Eurobasket
Ian McCarthy has been around basketball long enough to know some things take time.

And apparently now is the time.

You can officially add one more league optimistic to welcome a bevy of locked out NBA players to their stable, especially those players not ready to jump all the way overseas. But Canadas newly formed National Basketball League is showing they are more than another minor league jump off toward professional basketball.

They are in the game for good.

Last week the NBL issued a press release and invitation to locked out players across the NBA to come to Canada with team president Andre Levingston and owner of the Halifax Rainmen - stating the league would take a flier on, third-tier type players, knowing full well the upstart league isnt in a financial position to shoot for the stars.

Andre was referring to players on the lower side of the NBA salary spectrum as opposed to the mega stars, Ian McCarthy , interim Chief Operating Officer of the National Basketball League of Canada, told Beyond the Beat.

Those are third tier guys or guys who are financially set and just want a stable place to play close to home. Also there are not 450-500 high level European and overseas jobs. Most overseas leagues only have 2-4 teams at the top that can afford NBA players - Europe is in a recession too - and even then most leagues only allow one American per team. That means there could be 400 NBA players without jobs. We offer decent pay - compared to the ABA and 2nd and 3rd division overseas and we play in professional arenas with great competition.

Sounds like a legit offer. But how realistic is it really for even third tier NBA players to take their talents up North on a new league with modest pockets to work with?

Some wondered the same about marquee names jumping overseas. Yet with the recent breaking news of the New Jersey Nets Deron Williams agreement in place to play in Turkey and several players willing to considering moving to Europe, anything seems possible in this new era transformation from locked out to leaving.

The National Basketball League of Canada is campaigning as the first ever Canadian national professional basketball league in history, with three founding franchises - Saint John, Halifax and Quebec having already established themselves after breaking away from the Premiere Basketball League last year.

No I didnt, McCarthy offered when asked if he envisioned a new league in Canada forming as quickly as it has.

We were looking for a place to play in our own league or someone elses. The NBL of Canada has become something much larger as a National League for Canada. We no longer wanted to be in a league that was owned by the owner of 1 team (PBL). We saw no security in that, no future, and no fairness.

McCarthy has served in various positions in minor league basketball from the front office, to coaching and scouting and was named the 2008 General Manager of the Year in the ABA. He also serves as an international ambassador of goodwill partnering with teams in the Philippines, Puerto Rico and China and Singapore.

Now he's hoping the NBL will leave a goodwill mark on Canada and the game.

Two weeks ago, the league held their first owners meeting in Toronto and is in the process of working towards releasing a 36-game regular season schedule for the 2011-12 season, set to begin in November and run into March. NBL teams will consist of 12-man rosters, with a league quota of two Canadians per squad. Halifax, Saint John, Quebec City, Charlottetown, Oshawa, London and a seventh city and team are still being discussed for the formal formation of the league. After Kingston, Ont., bowed out after failing to land an arena, negotiations have since taken place with Moncton. Either way, the league believes it will be in position to announce the complete lineup for its inaugural season in the comings weeks.

On Monday, the league officially announced dates for their combine workouts and draft selections. The two-day combine will be held on Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21 at the Seneca College Sports Centre in Toronto, Ontario. Saturday will serve as free agent day, with Sunday dedicated to Canadian players only. The draft is schedule for Sunday, August 21 at at the Rogers Centre in Toronto and will consist of three rounds. The first round will draft free agent players only, while the second and third rounds will draft Canadian players only.

McCarthy said hes already heard from a number of NBA agents inquiring about the league and expects to hear from more now that offseason player movement is in full swing.

For guys who are not willing to pack up their families for the long jump across the pond, playing in Canada provides a chance to be closer to home. And if (or when) the day comes when NBA owners and players reach an agreement, players are that much more near to make the adjustment back to a post-lock out NBA.

Yet for NBA agents and their clients, basketball is a business where questions surrounding salaries and insurance still need to be addressed.

Yes an exit clause will be required for NBA players. We are not sure of the insurance requirements for NBA players with a guaranteed contract. They may make such players impossible to sign. If so we will be looking at NBA free agents, added McCarthy.

All player contracts are for one season only and the salary cap is $150,000 for the team for the 4 month season. The minimum weekly salary is $400 a week -- 90% of our guys play basketball in different parts of the world during the year. Some are local heroes who may work a day job in the community during the offseason.

Some names floating around the NBL of Canada may not be household, but they will be familiar to some hoop heads.

Mike Evans , the head coach of the Halifax Rainmen, was formerly the head coach of the Denver Nuggets and also served as an assistant coach with the Toronto Raptors. The Saint John Mill Rats head coach Jaren Jackson won an NBA title with San Antonio Spurs in 1999.

Halifaxs Desmond Ferguson (pictured above) played half a season for the Portland Trail Blazers in 2004 and has seen stints overseas. Another former Blazer, Erick Barkley (185-G-78, college: St.John's), saw playing time with Quebec. Kirk Snyder (198-F-83, college: Nevada), who played for the Houston Rockets and Utah Jazz and was the 16th overall pick in the 2004, suited up for St. John and made a nice comeback from off court problems before landing a contract overseas to play in Russia. Unfortunately Snyders There is also a long list of players who have tried their luck at the NBA and overseas: Marc Egerson (198-G-86, college: Delaware) 67 tried out with the Boston Celtics in 2009 and played in Israel, Anthony Anderson (180-G-81, college: Massachusetts) worked out with Indiana Pacers in 2008 and saw time in Cyprus and Poland, and the Toronto Raptors gave Toree Morris (211-C-82) a look in 2005.

I am confident that NBL Canada can give NBA players an environment that will help keep their skills sharp and maintain their physical conditioning until the NBA resumes play, said Coach Mike Evans.

The same goes for those NBA rookies. Tristan Thompson (203-F-91, college: Texas) selected 4th overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers or Cory Joseph (190-PG-91, college: Texas), who was drafted 29th by the San Antonio Spurs may even prefer to play a little closer to home and treat the experience as their first chance at playing pro ball.

At least Canada is an option.

But while trying to lure NBA players to Canada helps catch headlines, dont lose sight of what the NBLs immediate goal is: growing the league and brand.

So where does McCarthy stand on the current NBA lockout?

I think I am leaning towards the players because info is coming out that the owners didnt lose money like they claimed. They were the ones luring players with the big contracts. You can always learn but the CBA and NBA scenario is big business. Our league isnt in a collective bargaining scenario, explained McCarthy.

Were more grass roots now.'

McCarthy is starting to look forward to the start of the season, but there is plenty of work to accomplish before then. His to-do list runs deep. The scouting process for teams is in the early stages. Teams are working hard to get their leases finalized for arenas so they can move forward. And adding sponsors, a TV deal and even expanding from a seven-team league remains part of the bigger picture.

And in time, adding some locked out NBA talent to go along with the National Basketball League of Canada could be checked off that to-do list.

Courtesy of BeyondTheBeat


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  CBC CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Standings (Men)
Standings
Group A
1. Antigua0-0
2. Guyana0-0
3. US Virg.Isl0-0
4. Jamaica0-0
5. Turks and C.0-0
Group B
1. Bahamas0-0
2. Bermudas0-0
3. Cayman Isla.0-0
4. British Vir.0-0
5. Saint Vince.0-0


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  CENTROBASKET U17   


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Dominican R.0-0
2. US Virg.Isl0-0
3. British Vir.0-0
4. P.Rico0-0
Group B
1. Bahamas0-0
2. Belize0-0
3. Mexico0-0
4. Panama0-0


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  CHINA   


China Defeats Australia 62=53 - by Arthur Volbert
China defeated an Austalian team 62-53 as it continued preparations for the FIBA Asian Championship. In this practice game, playing time was spread around. Mo Ke (210-C-82) led China with 12 points and 5 rebounds and made a case for inclusion on the final team.

Su Wei had 8 points and 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. He provides rebounding and defense but little offense. However, he is a role-player, valuable to the team in that capacity, Meng Duo had 8 points in 7 minutes and made a case for inclusion as a role-player providing instant offense and a potential starter in future years.

Zhang Qingpeng had 4 points and 1 assist in 23 minutes and seems to part of this team's past, not its future.



Russia U16 and China U16 played three friendlies in Penza - by Eurobasket News
Russia U16 and China U16 played three friendlies in Penza. The Russian team won two games out of three in IV China-Russian Youth Games.
At first China U16 won 74:64. The Chinese team did not mind playing abroad and won the opener. For the Russian team Viacheslav Fedorchenko (188-G-95) stepped up with 17 points and 8 rebounds, while Pavel Sizov (198-F-95) had 12 points and 8 boards.
In Game 2 Russia won 79:64. It was an easy start for the hosts of the games as they never looked behind after. Russia dominated the court and rightfully tied the series. Pavel Sizov poured in 29 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Viacheslav Fedorchenko ended up with 24 points, while Vasily Martynov scored 10.
In Game 3 Russia U16 grabbed 70:63 victory to win IV China-Russian Youth Games. Viacheslav Fedorchenko top-scored for the winners with 22 points, while Vasily Martynov (185-G-95) added 17. Hrustalev posted 12, while Zhulkov collected 6 points and 10 boards.



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  CROATIA   


Prigorje Krizevci signs Josip Glavinic - by Eurobasket News
Josip Glavinic (192-G-82) is a new member of Prigorje Krizevci. The Croatian guard penned a one-year deal with the A1 league newcomer. Glavinic arrives to Krizevci from PVSK Pannonpower Pecs. He appeared 30 times in Hungarian league last season averaging 11.6 points, 4 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.8 steals. He was named Eurobasket.com Hungarian League All-Bosmans Team -11. Season 2009/10, Josip Glavinic spent in Slovakia. He exploded with 20.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 6.8 apg there in 44 games. Eurobasket awarded Glavinic with Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Player of the Year -10. He paced Handlova to Extraliga Semifinals and also participated at the All-Star Game. In the past, Glavinic was a member of Kvarner, Dubrovnik and Cedevita.

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  CYPRUS   


Why the Tendex Score has faults..... - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
Basketball statistics and the way players are rated is indeed something that has bothered basketball experts over the years and has led to the use of different formulas.

The Tendex rating was developed by Dave Heeran over the course of 30 years as a way to differentiate players by using statistics found in boxscores. The formula has been developed and modified over the years and today countries use different kinds of formulas. The simple formula currently stands as follows:

Tendex Rating=
{[ Points + Rebounds + Assists + Steals + Blocks - Turnovers - Missed Field Goals - Missed Free Throws ] / Minutes / Game Pace }


This formula is based on minutes played.

In Cyprus we use the simple Tendex Score without taking into consideration the game pace.

In my opinion though, the use of this formula and more specifically the use of Tendex Score has many faults and cannot constitute an objective measurement of the performance of a player.

In the formula we use in Cyprus, aspects like leadership, ability of a player to mark his opponent effectively, confidence, running the drills and many other characteristics are not calculated. These are important aspects of a game and most of the times aspects like these win games, compared to only scoring points or grabbing rebounds. For example, how does this formula measure how well a guard sets his team and runs the drills?

Simply, it does not. Passing the ball has nothing to do with running the drills and be the brain of your team.

A second problem is that players can fall in the trap and look on how to improve their scores, not really playing to win. These players care more on winning awards rather than winning games.
In this content, i strongly believe that this is something that the Cyprus Basketball Federation needs to take into consideration. It needs to reconsider the way players are rated.

Below I am giving examples on how the formula changes based on the minutes played.

EXAMPLE 1

In the 1st example we have 2 players who have the same stats but have had different time in the game. Player 1 who has played for 20 minutes has a Tendex score of (1), whereas player 2 who has played only for 10 minutes has a Tendex score of (2).
So as you can see this formula is very sensitive on time played. Imagine a 3rd player who only played for 1 minute, obviously having different stats, for example no turnovers and no missed shots, finishing with a score of 13.

Is this fair? I think not.

{ (10+5+2+2+3)-0-1-1}/20=1
{ (10+5+2+2+3)-0-1-1}/10=2
{ (5+2+2+2+2)-0-0-0}/1=13

EXAMPLE 2

In the example below I wish to stress the fact that the formula is not so sensitive on points. The 1st player scores 0.9 with 20 minutes played, the 2nd who has the same stats has a double score with 10 minutes less in the game. Now, the 3rd player has 10 minutes in the game, just like the 2nd player, but 4 points less. This drops his score only by 0.4, proving that points do not influence the final score as much as time played.

{ (10+5+2+2+3)-2-1-1}/20=0.9
{ (10+5+2+2+3)-2-1-1}/10=1.8
{ (6+5+2+2+3)-2-1-1}/10=1.4

EXAMPLE 3

In a 3rd example 2 players have the same time in the game but the 2nd has 2 turnovers and missed 2 field goals and 2 free throws compared to only 1 of the 1st player. As you can see this drops his score only by 0.15 which proves once more that the formula is not as sensitive on these aspects as it is on minutes played.

{ (10+5+2+2+3)-1-1-1}/20=0.95
{ (10+5+2+2+3)-2-2-2}/20=0.8

Bottom line

1)Tendex Score is more sensitive on minutes played than it is on other aspects.

2)The less the minutes someone plays, other things constant, the better the Tendex Score. A player who goes deeper into the playoffs, compared to someone who finishes the championship early, or someone who has a small number of minutes in the game, will obviously have a worse Tendex Score because he will have more minutes played, which of course is not fair. Add to that the fact that this player will probably have more turnovers, or will miss more shots and this affects his score even more. It is that simple.

3)The last thing I wish to add is that the statistics should be broken down into regular season and playoffs.

MANY PLAYERS HAVE GOOD REGULAR SEASONS BUT HORRIBLE PLAYOFFS.
If you do not distinguish between regular season and the playoffs you skew their stats upwards which is again wrong.




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  DENMARK   


Horsens keep Mike St.John - by Eurobasket News
Horsens have ensured the services of Mike St.John (203-F/C-84, college: La Salle) for another season. The 27-year-old centre was one of the teams leaders in the previous season. Mike St.John tallied 14.4 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.0 steal per game in Ligaen. The centre participated at Danish All-Star Game. He also earned Eurobasket.com All-Danish Basketligaen Honourable Mention.


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  D-LEAGUE   


Mad Ants extend Assistant Coach Steve Gansey's contract - by Eurobasket News
The Fort Wayne Mad Ants have extended assistant coach Steve Gansey's contract for the 2011-12 season. This will be Gansey's third season with the team.

'We are very excited to have Steve returning to the Mad Ants,' said Mad Ants President Jeff Potter. 'He has demonstrated in his short time in the D-League that he has a very bright future, and we are happy to have him start his career here in Fort Wayne.'

Gansey began his career with the Ants as a volunteer assistant coach during the 2009-10 season under head coach Joey Meyer. Meyer and Potter were so pleased with his work that they hired him as assistant coach position for the 2010-11 season at the young age of 24.

During his first two seasons, Gansey helped lead the team to a 46-54 record. The 2010-11 team recorded the most wins for the franchise in a season and was half a game shy of making the playoffs with a 24-26 record.

Gansey continues to work hard for the Ants this summer by conducting individual workouts with players like Ron Howard, Rod Wilmont, and Walker Russell Jr., as well as leading clinics for high school basketball teams through the US Army/Mad Ants High School Summer Tour. He also has had the opportunity to coach top NCAA and NBA players at the Indy Pro AM Summer League.

Gansey, originally from Cleveland, OH, played college basketball at Cleveland State University and Ashland University. Gansey currently resides in Fort Wayne.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  DR CONGO   


U16 Mali blasts U16 Congo 71-43 - by Eurobasket News
U16 Mali registered second straight win at the U16 AfroBasket in Egypt. After victory against Angola, Mali was too strong for Congo in Day Two 71-43. It means that Mali jumped to perfect 2-0 in Preliminary Group B. On the other side, Congo dropped to 2-0. Cheick Diallo stepped up for the winners with 23 points and 18 rebounds. Malians during this game were never been afraid. Thanks to good collective offenses and defenses actions, they controlled the game until its end.
Also in Group B, Tunisia celebrated 64-60 win against Angola for 2-0. In Group A, Egypt was too strong for Algeria handing them 94-57 loss. It means that the host of this event jumped to 2-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Also in Group A, South Africa grabbed 59-58 thriller win against Mozambique. Both teams failed in Day One so this is the first win for South Africans.
In Day Three in Egypt, Mali will meet Tunisia and it will be a key game for the first place in Group B. Congo will take on Angola.


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U16 AfroBasket: Egypt beats Algeria, jumps to 2-0 in Group A - by Eurobasket News
U16 Egypt registered second straight win at the U16 AfroBasket. The host of this event blasted Algeria 94-57 for perfect 2-0 record in Group A. Thanks to this win, Egypt already booked a ticket for the next stage. On the other side, Algeria faced with the first loss (1-1). Second quarter was the crucial one in this meeting as Egypt won it 28-8. They had 46-23 at the HT and all after that was just the formality.
Also in Group A, South Africa grabbed 59-58 thriller win against Mozambique. In Group B, Mali destroyed Congo 71-43 for perfect 2-0 score. In the last game of the day, Tunisia celebrated 64-60 win against Angola also for 2-0.
In Day Three of the competition, Egypt will meet South Africa.


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Team Prestige- NBA Coach Darrell Armstrong brings team to the ESL Cologne Event - by Darryl Reshaw
Eurobasket Summer League Germany 2011

Prestige Sports Marketing and Management Group, Inc., President Thomas Rascoe, and Darrell Armstrong (6'0''-G-68, college: Fayetteville St.) fourteen-year NBA player and current Assistant Coach of the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks are bringing Team Prestige to the Eurobasket Germany Summer League. Darrell began his professional basketball career in Europe as he played in Cyprus with Pezoporikos Larnaca and in Spain with Ourense. Playing in Europe gave Darrell great opportunities, experience, and time to further develop his skills before playing in the NBA. He hopes to provide the players on Team Prestige some of the same opportunities he was able to have in the early stages of his professional career. The tournament will be held in Cologne, Germany from July 15th to July 17th. Team Prestige will consist of Tony Davis (6'10''-F), Dwayne Foreman (5'10''-G-84, college: Georgia Southern), Alex Smith (6'5''-F-86, college: Augusta St.), Kaseem Johnson (6'6''-F-87, college: Rhode Island), Tim Parham (6'9''-F/C-83, college: Md-Eastern Shore), and Willie Irick (6'6''-F-84, college: Oklahoma City). The Eurobasket Summer League is the top global exposure event in the basketball market and we at Prestige believe it is a great opportunity to showcase high quality players.

The ESL event in Germany will be hosted at the Ballpark facility in Cologne, Germany from July 15th to July 17th.

Team Prestige:

Dwayne Foreman (5'10''-G-84, college: Georgia Southern) - Point Guard 510, 175 lbs: Participated in Las Vegas ESL in 2010. From 2008-2009, Dwayne played in Nicosia, Cyprus. He started in 13 of the 16 games during is first career job overseas, averaging 14 points, 6 assists, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.7 steals a game. He led the team in assists and was 2nd in steals. He came back to the states, playing with the Florida Flight of the WBA this past year. He averaged 20.5 points, 8.4 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.9 steals per game. During the summer, Dwayne won the summer Pro Am playing for Darrell Armstrong coach of the Dallas Mavericks. He led the Pro Am in assists with 12.7 per game. Currently playing for the Jacksonville Giants in the ABA.

Alex Smith (6'5''-F-86, college: Augusta St.) Forward 66, 260 lbs: Played in NBA D League in 2010 for the Reno Big Horns and had a workout for the Charlotte Bobcats. Played for the Panamanian National team in 2007 where he averaged 7.3 PPG and 4.0 RPG. Smith was voted as the Rookie of the Year for the team.

Tim Parham Forward 69, 240 lbs: Participated in the 2011 Las Vegas ESL camp from July 7 11th. Played the 2011 season with Beykoz in Turkey. He averaged 14 PPG, 6.5 RPG, while shooting 48% from the field. Parham also has professional experience playing in Poland, Germany, and Japan. He was also drafted into the NBDL in 2006 when he first came out of college.

Willie Irick (6'6''-F-84, college: Oklahoma City) - Guard/Forward 66, 230 lbs: Currently plays for Antranik Beirut in Lebanon Div. A league. Irick averaged 20.7 PPG, 6.7 RPG, shot 50% from the field and 34.8% from the 3-point line. In 2011 Irick played in the ABA for the Orlando Kings and averaged 23.2 PG and 7.1 RPG. Played for the Florida Flight in theWBA during the 2010 season, averaging 21.4 PPG and 6.9 RPG. In 2008 he signed at BBC US Hiefenech Heffingen in the Luxembourg-Diekirch League. Irick averaged 24.9ppg and 11.5rebs.

Tony Davis - Forward 69, 215lbs: Played one season at Newberry College and was Second Team All South Atlantic Conference. Tony as seventh in the conference in scoring with 15.3 PPG, fourth in rebounding with 8.3 RPG, third in blocks with 1.74 BPG. Fourth player in SAC history to have more then 100 offensive rebounds and the first since 1999. Set a SAC record for most offensive rebounds in a gamer with 13. Set a SAC record for free throw attempts with 245. Played three seasons at the University of Central Florida in Conference USA. In 2007-2008 lead the team in rebounding and blocked shots. Was 12th in the conference with 5.9 RPG and was tenth in the conference with 1.63 BPG.

Kaseem Johnson Forward 67, 220 lbs: Played in the ESL New York camp in the summer of 2010. Was selected to the ESL 2010 New York City All Tournament First Team. Played four year at Rhode Island College. Selected for the Little East All Conference Rookie Team his freshman year while averaging 7.1 PPG and 5.9 RPG. Selected to the Little East All Conference Second Team and First Team Defense All Conference Team. His Senior season, Rhode Island won the Little East Conference Championship and earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament.

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Ventspils tab Steven Gray - by Eurobasket News
Ventspils brought in a rookie import. They agreed on terms of contract with Steven Gray (195-G-89). The 22-year-old guard has just graduated from Gonzaga University. Steven Gray posted 13.9 points, 4.0 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game in his senior season. The guard made it into All-WCC 1st team for the second season in row. Steven Gray was also named into NABC Division I All-District 9 1st Team. The guard participated at Pre-NBA Draft Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. He tallied 6.0 points, 1.5 assists and 1.5 rebounds per game.
Ventspils start their season on September 27. They will take on Azovmash in EuroCup Qualifying Round series.



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Team Prestige- NBA Coach Darrell Armstrong brings team to the ESL Cologne Event - by Darryl Reshaw
Eurobasket Summer League Germany 2011

Prestige Sports Marketing and Management Group, Inc., President Thomas Rascoe, and Darrell Armstrong (6'0''-G-68, college: Fayetteville St.) fourteen-year NBA player and current Assistant Coach of the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks are bringing Team Prestige to the Eurobasket Germany Summer League. Darrell began his professional basketball career in Europe as he played in Cyprus with Pezoporikos Larnaca and in Spain with Ourense. Playing in Europe gave Darrell great opportunities, experience, and time to further develop his skills before playing in the NBA. He hopes to provide the players on Team Prestige some of the same opportunities he was able to have in the early stages of his professional career. The tournament will be held in Cologne, Germany from July 15th to July 17th. Team Prestige will consist of Tony Davis (6'10''-F), Dwayne Foreman (5'10''-G-84, college: Georgia Southern), Alex Smith (6'5''-F-86, college: Augusta St.), Kaseem Johnson (6'6''-F-87, college: Rhode Island), Tim Parham (6'9''-F/C-83, college: Md-Eastern Shore), and Willie Irick (6'6''-F-84, college: Oklahoma City). The Eurobasket Summer League is the top global exposure event in the basketball market and we at Prestige believe it is a great opportunity to showcase high quality players.

The ESL event in Germany will be hosted at the Ballpark facility in Cologne, Germany from July 15th to July 17th.

Team Prestige:

Dwayne Foreman (5'10''-G-84, college: Georgia Southern) - Point Guard 510, 175 lbs: Participated in Las Vegas ESL in 2010. From 2008-2009, Dwayne played in Nicosia, Cyprus. He started in 13 of the 16 games during is first career job overseas, averaging 14 points, 6 assists, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.7 steals a game. He led the team in assists and was 2nd in steals. He came back to the states, playing with the Florida Flight of the WBA this past year. He averaged 20.5 points, 8.4 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.9 steals per game. During the summer, Dwayne won the summer Pro Am playing for Darrell Armstrong coach of the Dallas Mavericks. He led the Pro Am in assists with 12.7 per game. Currently playing for the Jacksonville Giants in the ABA.

Alex Smith (6'5''-F-86, college: Augusta St.) Forward 66, 260 lbs: Played in NBA D League in 2010 for the Reno Big Horns and had a workout for the Charlotte Bobcats. Played for the Panamanian National team in 2007 where he averaged 7.3 PPG and 4.0 RPG. Smith was voted as the Rookie of the Year for the team.

Tim Parham Forward 69, 240 lbs: Participated in the 2011 Las Vegas ESL camp from July 7 11th. Played the 2011 season with Beykoz in Turkey. He averaged 14 PPG, 6.5 RPG, while shooting 48% from the field. Parham also has professional experience playing in Poland, Germany, and Japan. He was also drafted into the NBDL in 2006 when he first came out of college.

Willie Irick (6'6''-F-84, college: Oklahoma City) - Guard/Forward 66, 230 lbs: Currently plays for Antranik Beirut in Lebanon Div. A league. Irick averaged 20.7 PPG, 6.7 RPG, shot 50% from the field and 34.8% from the 3-point line. In 2011 Irick played in the ABA for the Orlando Kings and averaged 23.2 PG and 7.1 RPG. Played for the Florida Flight in theWBA during the 2010 season, averaging 21.4 PPG and 6.9 RPG. In 2008 he signed at BBC US Hiefenech Heffingen in the Luxembourg-Diekirch League. Irick averaged 24.9ppg and 11.5rebs.

Tony Davis - Forward 69, 215lbs: Played one season at Newberry College and was Second Team All South Atlantic Conference. Tony as seventh in the conference in scoring with 15.3 PPG, fourth in rebounding with 8.3 RPG, third in blocks with 1.74 BPG. Fourth player in SAC history to have more then 100 offensive rebounds and the first since 1999. Set a SAC record for most offensive rebounds in a gamer with 13. Set a SAC record for free throw attempts with 245. Played three seasons at the University of Central Florida in Conference USA. In 2007-2008 lead the team in rebounding and blocked shots. Was 12th in the conference with 5.9 RPG and was tenth in the conference with 1.63 BPG.

Kaseem Johnson Forward 67, 220 lbs: Played in the ESL New York camp in the summer of 2010. Was selected to the ESL 2010 New York City All Tournament First Team. Played four year at Rhode Island College. Selected for the Little East All Conference Rookie Team his freshman year while averaging 7.1 PPG and 5.9 RPG. Selected to the Little East All Conference Second Team and First Team Defense All Conference Team. His Senior season, Rhode Island won the Little East Conference Championship and earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament.

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Oleksandr Lypovyy pens deal with BC Donetsk - by Eurobasket News
Oleksandr Lypovyy (199-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) is now officially the player of BC Donetsk. The guard signed a five-year deal with the Superleague vice-champions. Oleksandr Lypovyy started the previous season in BC Kyiv. He tallied 13.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game. In EuroChallenge Qualifying Round his stats read 9.5 points, 4.0 boards and 3.5 assists per appearance. In March Oleksandr Lypovyy moved to BC Donetsk on loan. He posted 2.7 points and 1.5 rebounds for his new team in Superleague. Eurobasket.com named Oleksandr Lypovyy into Ukrainian Superleague All-Domestic Team. The guard was the member of U16, U18 and U20 Ukrainian National Teams. Lypovyy averaged 14.3 points, 3.6 boards, 2.6 assists and 2.1 steals per game at U20 European Championship in Croatia in 2010.


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Dimitris Diamantidis out of the National Team - by Eurobasket News
Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) will not play for Greece at Eurobasket 2011. Ilias Zouros announced his 16-strong preliminary squad for EuroBasket 2011 and the name of Dimitris Diamantidis was not on it.
Dimitris Diamantidis belongs to Panathinaikos Athens since year 2004. In the latest season he avearged 8.7ppg, 2.3rpg, Assists-4 (4.4apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 87.2% in Greek League and in Euroleague after 22 games had 12.5ppg, 3.9rpg, Assists-1 (6.0apg), 1.6spg, FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 87.2%.
Head Coach Ilias Zouros announced officially the 16 athletes who will be participating in the preparation of the National team for the Eurobasket in September, 2011, in order to be able to select the final 12. In these 16 players there are some surprises but also there are some players who havent been called but were able to assist this new and without 3D Hellenic NT.

The players that have been called are the following:
Guards:
Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) of Olympiakos
Nick Calathes (198-G-89, college: Florida) of Panathinaikos
Nikolaos Zisis (195-G-83) of Sienna
Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) of Olympiakos
Evangelos Mantzaris (196-G-90) of Peristeri
Costas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) of Bilbao

Forwards:
Michael Bramos (196-G/F-87, college: Miami, OH) of Gran Canaria
Stratos Perperoglou (203-G/F-84) of Panathinaikos
Kostas Papanikolaou (204-F/G-90) of Olympiakos
Loukas Mavrokefalides (207-C-84) of Spartak
Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) of Armani Milano
Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) of Panathinaikos

Centers:
Kostas Koufos (213-C/F-89, college: Ohio St.) of Denver Nuggets
Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) of Maccabi Tel Aviv
Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) of Panathinaikos
Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) of Armani Milano

Some of the players who were expected to be called mainly due to their general presentation in the leagues were they play are the following:
Guards:
Nikos Papas of Kolossos Rodou (this season was the 6th player of Sferopoulos team and in as many as 12 games was a starter too, he had 7.5 points per game, 1.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists, while he is a decent defender and due to his performance in the various national teams. He obviously has the winning spirit which is more than needed in a team)
Dimitrios Tsaldaris of Dinamo Sassari the surprising team in Italys league this season. Dimitris was a starter in most games while he ended a very successful season for his team with 10 points per game, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1.2 steals in the 34 games he played in the Italian league.
Kostas Charalambidis of Aris Thessalonikis for many people in Greece he is the most unlucky player in the league as in his position are players like Spanoulis and Diamantidis so his chances to be called all these years were limited, in any case Kostas at his 34 succeeded something that not many players can do as he was a great performer and this is proved by his 11.2 points per game, his 2 rebounds and his 2 assists. Kostas lost probably his last chance to play in the Hellenic NT.

Forwards:
Pat Kalathis who was voted unanimously as the second most improved player after his younger brother Nick who was voted as the most improved player in the Greek league. Pat was the A-Z of the team of Kolossos Rodou, he has nearly 14.5 points per game, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. An all around game from the young Greek American who proved in many occasions that he is as good as many other players in the specific position being improved and adopted the European style totally. Pat performed very well this season and a possible call in the Hellenic NT (even in the pre-selected team) was expected by many people.
Giorgos Printezis of Olympiakos, will be out of the Hellenic NT after quite some years within the Greek troops, but his presentation in the Hellenic NT was a doubt as this season was not his best one even though with his appearances against the European champion team of Panathinaikos in the finals was very promising and showed that he is ready for bigger and more challenges even though his career in the Spanish ACB ended unsuccessfully
Christos Tapoutos of Aris, after the end of the season where Christos performed very well, many people expected that Zouros would have given him a chance to compete against the other forwards for a position in the National team. Tapoutos had as many as 11.3 points per game, 5.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists while in many occasions he was the top performer of his team. Tapoutos probably performed his best and most solid season since he began his career.

Centers:
Dimitrios Mavroeidis, of Bizkaia Bilbao was among the key players in Bilbaos best season ever. Dimtiris has improved his game a lot and this season as the 6th and sometimes the 7th player in Bilbao had 6 points and 4.3 rebounds in less than 17 minutes. An amazing tool for every team in the center position, after his great season many people believed that he would have been given a chance to compete for a spot in the Hellenic NT..
Courtesy of: Chris Mammides




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Div.C Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Andorra1-0
2. Monaco0-0
3. Wales0-1
Group B
1. San Marino.1-0
2. Gibraltar0-0
3. Malta0-1


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U20 NT for EuroBasket in Bilbao announced - by Eurobasket News
Head Coach of the Serbian U20 National Team Aleksandar Dzikic (agency: Beo Basket ) announced 12 players which will represent Serbia at the upcoming U20 EuroBasket in Bilbao.

Serbian U20 NT: Danilo Andjusic, Milic Blagojevic, Branislav Djekic, Filip Djuran, Nemanja Jaramaz, Milan Milovanovic, Nemanja Nedovic, Niksa Nikolic, Dusan Ognjenovic, Lazar Radosavljevic, Nikola Rondovic and Nikola Kalinic.

U20 EuroBasket begins on Thursday. Serbia is placed to Preliminary Group A. Their rivals in the first stage will be Montenegro, Slovenia and Russia. In the first meeting on Thursday, Serbia will meet Russia. After that they will play against Montenegro and on Saturday, Serbia will take on Slovenia. There are four groups in Preliminary Round and three best teams from each pool will advance to the next stage. In the Qualifying Round, teams will be transferred to Group E and F. Four best teams from these two groups will advance to Quarterfinals.


Dejan Musli will miss European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Serbian Dejan Musli (214-C-91) will miss U20 European Championship due to knee injury. The top player won gold at the U18 European Championships in 2009 and was the MVP of the U17 European Championship in 2006 after leading the team to the title.
In 2005-2006 Dejan Musli joined Boox-Computers Kragujevac cadet team and in 2006-2007 played for FMP II Beograd (B), played mostly for junior team. In 2007-2008 for FMP II Beograd (B League, starting five), played also at FMP Zeleznik Beograd junior team and in Superleague after 2 games averaged 1.5ppg, 1rpg, 1spg, 1bpg. In 2008-2009 for FMP Zeleznik Beograd (A League) debuted in Adriatic League and in 9 games showed 1.6ppg, 1.7rpg. In Eurocup after 8 games his stats read 2.4ppg, 3.3rpg, played also at FMP II Beograd (B League, starting five). In 2009-2010 for FMP Zeleznik Beograd (A League) in Adriatic League after 14 games showed 2.6ppg, 2.4rpg and in EuroChallenge after 9 games had 3.4ppg, 2.8rpg, Blocks-3 (1.1bpg).
The season 2010-2011 started for Caja Laboral Vitoria (Spain-ACB) and in Spanish League averaged 1.5ppg, 1.5rpg, while in Euroleague had 0.5ppg, 1.0rpg.



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Nicolas de Jong joins Strasbourg - by Eurobasket News
Nicolas de Jong (210-C-88) will continue his career in Strasbourg. The 23-year-old centre signed a two-year deal with the team. Last season Nicolas de Jong played for Vichy. He tallied 3.0 points and 2.0 boards per game in ProA. It was the third straight season with Vichy for the player. Nicolas de Jong arrived in Vichy from Tours-Joue Basket.


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FYR Macedonia U20 lost first two at the International Tournament - by Eurobasket News
FYR Macedonia U20 lost first two at the International Tournament in Sarajevo. The capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina hosts Holland U20, Portugal U20, FYR Macedonia U20 and the home side.
In Day 1 Bosnia and Herzegovina U20 edged FYR Macedonia U20 79:67. Both teams tried to show their best in the opener, while the hosts managed to prove the better preparation. They won 79:67 and will face Portugal U20 in Day 2. For FYR Macedonia U20 Osman poured in 17 points, while Goran Markovski (193-G-92) netted 12, Apostoli Apostolov (183-G-91) ended up with 10 points and Dimitar Delipetrov (200-C-92) scored 7.
In Day 2 Holland U20 won over FYR Macedonia U20 70:54. They started with 23-12 in the opening period and had 40:24 at the halftime. FYR Macedonia U20 reduced to 44:32 later in the third period, while Holland took 52:42. Moreover the Dutch team increased to 63:47 later in the game and celebrated the victory in Day 2. Quincy Treffers (202-F-91) stepped up with 17 points, while Sam de Haas netted 13. Leon Williams (189-G-92) notched 10, whilst Max van Schaik scored 9.




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Peter Huber-Saffer And Florian Moysich Remain With SC Rist Wedel - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO B club SC Rist have announced some good news for its fans in that Peter Huber-Saffer (208-C-80, agency: Court Side) and Florian Moysich (183-G-80) will play another season with the team. Saffer is a 30 year old 208cm center with three years of Beko BBl experience will play his fourth season with SC Rist Wedel. Last season he played 11 games: 11.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 51.0%, FT: 73.7%. Moysich is a 31 year old 183 cm guard who will be playing his fourth season with SC Rist Wedel. Last season, he played 22 games: 8.4ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 33.8%, 3PT: 35.1%, FT: 76.5%. 'I am happy that Florian and Peter will remain with the team. On account of their personality, class and experience, they are important players for us', expressed SC Risr Wedel coach Ozhan Gurel. Team captain Florian Moysich (183-G-80) is content about the future of the new team. 'I think that we have a strong team and a good mix at all positions so that we can rotate well. We kept the core of the team together which helps to integrate the new players. It is a realistic goal to reach the playoffs. Since no team from the north reached the PRO A, i think the league will be better', stressed Florian Moysich (183-G-80).

Source: SC Rist Wedel




Max Weber Back In Beko BBL With BG Goettingen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
A year after being in the PRO A,Max Weber (201-G/F-85) returns back to the big show in the Beko BBL signing with BG Goettingen who rewarded him with a two year contract plus an option. Weber is a 26 year old 201cm forward that can also play the guard position. Last season, Weber played in the PRO A for Saar-Pfalz Braves (ProA, starting five): 27 games: 11.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 46.6%, 3PT: 27.0%, FT: 60.0%. Weber might be 26, but BG Goettingen has demonstrated that they havent given up on the talented German for showing his talent in the top German league. 'Max Weber (201-G/F-85) has always showed intensity in his game. These are the type of players we need for our style. We still see potential with Max and help him reach it', commented BG Goettingen sport director Jan Schiecke. This will be the 7th Beko BBL season for Weber who is looking forward to his new team. 'I am already hot for the new season. The coaching team convinced me of their concept. We will have a young hungry team', stressed Max Weber.

Weber started his basketball career in 1999 with
SG Roterburg Cadet Team.In 2003-2004, he played for BBC Bayreuth (2.Bundesliga): 17 games: 4.9ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.2apg, has also a license for GHP Bamberg (1. Bundesliga): FIBA Europe Cup: 3 games: 1.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 0ast; German Bundesliga: 3 games: 0.3ppg. He then played for GHP Bamberg from 2004-2006. In this time, he played 6 Beko BBL games and 4 ULEB Cup games while also having a license for TSV Troester Breitenguessbach (2.Bundesliga). He then played for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners from 2006-2009 playing 19 Beko BBL games and 7 Eurochallenge games while also having a license for TV Langen. In 2009-2010, he played for The Giessen 46ers playing 28 games: 2.6ppg, 1.4rpg. He arrives in Goettingen with 56 Beko BBL games under his belt. Awards/Achievements in his career have been German U16 National Team -00-01, German U18 National Team -03-04, German Bundesliga Rookie All-Star Game -04, German U20 National Team -04, German Bundesliga Regular Season Runner-Up -05, German Bundesliga Champion -05,German A2 National Team -07, German University National Team -07, World University Championships in Bangkok -07
German Bundesliga Semifinals -08, German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals -09, and Eurobasket.com German 2. Bundesliga Pro A All-Domestic Players Team -11.

Source: BG Goettingen





Face To Face With Chris Oliver - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Chris Oliver (198-F-85, college: Radford) is a 25 year old 198cm forward that completed his first season with the The Walter Tigers Tuebingen. Next season, he will make his debut for Strassburg in the French league He is a athletic forward that has great hands, the versatility to play inside and outside, with three-point range on his jump shot, and has tremendous poise and maturity. He played at Radford from 2003-2007 and in his senior year, he played 30 games averaging 18.8ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.1apg, 1.9spg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 48.7%, 3Pts: 25.8%, FT: 74.8%. He came to Germany in 2007-2008 and played for the Kaiserslautern Braves of the PRO A playing 30 games: Score-2 (20.5ppg), Reb-5 (9.0rpg), 1.2apg, 1.3spg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 56%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 79.6%.In 2008-2009 in Goettingen, he averaged 10.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.4spg, FGP: 46.4%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 75.5% in 34 games. In 2009-2010, he won the Eurochallenge and played ): EuroChallenge: 13 games: 11.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 37.9%, FT: 77.1%; German League: 35 games: 14.1ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 80.9%. Last season with The Walter Tigers Tuebingen, he averaged 13,5ppg and 6,4rpg Chris spoke to eurobasket recently about the 2010-2011 beko BBL season.


You are since a while in the States. what was the first thing that you did as you stepped on USA soil?


I went to eat with my family. I always eat Japanese when I come back home.


What did you miss from the States when being in Germany?


I miss my family and friends. I also miss the different restaurants that I eat at.


You were in Miami recently. How did a typical Chris Oliver (198-F-85, college: Radford) day look like? Did you just relax on the beach all day.


We would walk on the strip during the day and go out at night. I usually got up at noon and did it all over again.


What would you like to do this summer which you havent been able to do the last summers?


This was the first time home so early since I always reached the playoffs the last years with BG Goettingen. I spent over a month in Florida with my dad. There isnt really anything different that I would want to do.

The Walter Tigers Tuebingen finished the season in 12th place with a record of 15-19.What is your summary to the season?


It was an up and down season. the season started rough, then we had a nice winning streak, but then had a long losing streak, but closed out the season well.

What went wrong with the team near the end of the season with the six game losing streak?



We hurt ourselves with our inconsistency.


What was missing the most form reaching the playoffs?


We were unable to bring the same effort night in and night out which killed us.


How happy were you with your stats of 13,5ppg, 6,4rpg and 46,8fgp? It was your best stats in thebeko BBL.


My stats were ok, but I was up and down.

How difficult was it not reaching the beko BBL playoffs after doing it twice with BG Goettingen?



You play to make the playoffs. It really was hard this year, because I have been used to playing in the playoffs. I dont want to get used to this feeling of not being in the playoffs.



Who was the most improved Walter Tiger Tuebingen?


Kenny Wiliams. He improved each day and helped us each day.


German basketball magazine FIVE put you in third place for best small forwards in the beko BBL behind Casey Jacobsen and Immanuel Mcelroy, but before Phillip Zwiener and Rickey Paulding. I guess you can be content about that?


It is na honor to be on that list. The two players before me are great players playing for great teams. I cant argue with where I am.


Will your teammate Bane Ratkovica play for a top beko BBL team or Euroleague team next season?


Bane has that chance. he is a great point guard with passing ability, has size and has great court vision. He can play at the top level.



What do you still need to improve with your game?


I think that I had a better season in Goettingen last season. I have to really improve my three pointer which was at an all time low this season. I can still improve in many places. You can never be satisfied.

What makes the Walter Tiger Tuebingen fans so unique?


The fans are great and always support you even in rough times especially during our 6 game losing streak.

Scottie Pippen said the Lebron James is better than Michael Jordan. How do you react to that statement?


There will never be another Michael Jordan. Lebron James is my favorite player, but no one will ever be like Michael Jordan.



Where do you see your friend Ricky Hickman next season?



I see him going to the first division in Italy. He had a strong season in the second division and it would be hard not to see him play there



What was the last DVD movie that you saw?



Hangover 2. It was funny, but not as good as the first one.



Thanks Chris for the chat.






Stahnsdorf: Kellen Williams gets contract extension - by Moritz Korff
Forward Kellen Williams (193-F-84, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: E.Washington) has been rewarded with a contract extension by RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf (2. Bundesliga Pro B), the club announced today. Williams played 18 games for the team during the 2010-11 season. He scored 12.9 points per contest and pulled down 7.8 rebounds a game. The former Zwickau forward and Eastern Washington University graduate recorded 18 points and 15 boards against Herzoege Wolfenbuettel in February and scored in double digits in all but five appearances.

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Spartak St. Petersburg targets Andreas Glyniadakis - by Eurobasket News
According to various sources, Spartak St. Petersburg wants to sign another Greek player for the next season. Reportedly, Spartak already sent an offer to center Andreas Glyniadakis (215-C-81). He spent last two years with Olympiakos. The 215cm tall Glyniadakis appeared 16 times for the club in Greek league last season averaging 3.2 points and 1.8 rebounds. In Euroleague, Glyniadakis played only four games and scored four points.
Andreas Glyniadakis joined Olympiakos in 2009 from Marousi. He played for Marousi two years. In their second season together, Glyniadakis had 7.4 ppg and 3.4 rpg for 11 EuroCup games. In Greece, he added 7.2 ppg and 3.6 rpg. In the past Glynadakis also was a member of AEK, VidiVici Bologna, Seattle Supersonics, Peristeri, Panellinios and Panathinaikos. He played for the Greek National Team in 2008 and 2009.


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Holland U20 participates in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News
Holland U20 participates in Sarajevo in four-nation tournament. The capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina hosts Holland U20, Portugal U20, FYR Macedonia U20 and the home side.
Portugal U20 beat Holland U20 52:43 in Sarajevo. The latter opened the game with 7-0 run, but Portuguese team tied the score at 7:7. The difference after the first half was only 3 points and only in the last period Portugal pushed the tempo for good.
In Day 2 Holland U20 won over FYR Macedonia U20 70:54. They started with 23-12 in the opening period and had 40:24 at the halftime. FYR Macedonia U20 reduced to 44:32 later in the third period, while Holland took 52:42. Moreover the Dutch team increased to 63:47 later in the game and celebrated the victory in Day 2. Quincy Treffers (202-F-91) stepped up with 17 points, while Sam De Haas (193-G/F-92) netted 13. Leon Williams (189-G-92) notched 10, whilst Max van Schaik scored 9.




ABC Amsterdam Goes Bankrupt - by Sanders Jackson

The plug has been pulled on eredivisie basketball in Amsterdam.

Today is a black day in Dutch basketball, as the ambitions for ABC Amsterdam in obtaining a sponsor went to a sudden death, with the club being forced to pull the plug on Dutch eredivisie due to its failures in securing the sponsor necessary to remain in existence. The club was hoping that a rumored new sponsorship deal would be closed, but it never came to frutition. Due to this the club has been forced to declare bankruptcy. ABC Amsterdam, which made this past season's playoffs despite without the services of American players, and recently departed head coach Hakim Salem's departure to Gas Terra Flames, have won 7 domestic and 6 Dutch Cup titles. Thus that means that Dutch basketball will be without a top level basketball team in its biggest media market. For Dutch eredivisie basketball this is another in many setbacks which prevents basketball in Holland to be taken seriously in comparison to its European neighbors and continued opportunities in prospering. What will become of the young assembled Dutch talent of Voorn, Kherrazi brothers, v.d. Horst?




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Pini Gershon signs on to run Hapoel Holon's operations - by Eurobasket News
Pini Gershon, the most successful coach in Israeli basketball history, has found himself a new challenge.

The 59-year-old announced on Saturday night that he will join the management of struggling BSL club Hapoel Holon.

Gershon, who won three European cups as coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv as well as numerous local titles, will be chairman of the management group currently running Holon and is expected to help the club attract sponsors.

Gershon will be returning to Holon after more than 30 years, having guided the team during one of his first coaching jobs, between 1977 and 1979.

Holon is one of the top three clubs in the country, Gershon said after one of several meetings with Holon Mayor Moti Sasson on Thursday.

'We need patience because good things take time to build. I've said no to big clubs in Europe, but Im saying yes to Holon, and for free.'

One of Gershon's first moves is expected to be the hiring of former Bnei Hasharon coach Dan Shamir, who worked under him at Maccabi.

Courtesy of www.jpost.com


Bnei Hasharon tab Jared Mintz - by Eurobasket News
Jared Mintz (205-F) will start his pro career in Israel. The forward penned deal with Bnei Hasharon. Jared Mintz has just graduated from the Lafayette College. Toronto native tallied 15.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists per game in his senior season with the Leopards. Jared Mintz was named into Patriot League All-Tournament Team.


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Forli add Tony Easley - by Eurobasket News
Forli have secured the services of Tony Easley (206-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Murray St.) for the next season. The 23-year-old forward spent the last season in Poland. Tony Easley posted 10.8 points, 7.0 boards, 1.3 blocks and 1.1 steals per game in Polonia Azbud. The forward participated at PLK All-Star Game. It was the first pro season for Tony Easley. He graduated from the Murray State University in 2010.


Ryan Thompson joins Brescia - by Eurobasket News
Brescia secured the services of the second import player for the next season. The LegaDue newcomers brought in Ryan Thompson (198-G-89, college: Rider). The guard spent his first pro season in D-League. Ryan Thompson played for the Utah Flash. His stats read 10.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per appearance. Ryan Thompson graduated from the Rider University back in 2010. He tallied 17.2 points, 5.0 boards, 2.8 assists and 1.2 steals per appearance in his senior season. The guard made it into All-MAAC 1st Team. He was also named into NABC Division I All-District 1 2nd Team. Ryan Thompson joins Leemire Goldwire (180-G-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Charlotte) as the import player on Brescia roster.


Jacob Pullen heads to Biella - by Eurobasket News
Jacob Pullen (182-G-89, college: Kansas St.) will start his professional career in Italy. The 21-year-old guard has agreed on terms of contract with Angelico Biella. The reports sent Jacob Pullen to Antalya in Turkey earlier but the guard has opted to pen deal with the Italian team. The 21-year-old guard has just graduated from the Kansas State University. Jacob Pullen averaged 20.2 points, 3.7 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game in his senior season. The guard was named into USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 3rd Team. Jacob Pullen also made it into Big 12 All-Defensive Team.



Interview with James "The Flight" White - by Antonello Varallo
James White (198-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Cincinnati) has been the top scorer of last Italian Serie A, averaging 20.2 ppg in 34 games, with a season high of 38 points and an excellent 61.7% 2FGP.

1-) James, how are you spending your summer?

JW: I started off this summer just relaxing and letting my body recover. Now i'm starting to get back in shape working out everyday. Also, I have been spending a lot of time with my family while i'm home.

2-) What are your plans for next season? Do you think you can have another chance in NBA or do you prefer to build an European career with a Top Team?

JW: Before last season ended, i was hoping to make a return back into the NBA. The lockout has given me little choice but to try and go back to Europe, if not for a full season, then until the lock out is over. Depends on the team, really. I did very well, I think, in workouts with Denver and pretty well at Indiana. Id love to play Euroleague or Euro Cup, but in the end I hope to get on one of the top teams in Europe: if I do get on a big team, i am open to staying there all season. I loved my experiences at Sassari last season. The Italian fans are fantastic, and I had a great coach at Sassari. I loved our team. I really want to play on a contender and help take the team to a Championship. Right now, there is interest in the following countries: Italy, Greece, and Spain. Id love to play for Olympiakos or Baskonia, which offered me a short-term contract after the Italian season in May, or another good team. Coaches Ivkovic and Ivanovic are world class coaches. My agent, Bill McCandless, turned down an offer in Italy and Turkey last week. I understand that there is interest at Virtus Bologna, which would be nice as well. Well see. I really began to fully understand the European game last season, and I feel I can be very productive at the highest levels. In Russia, I played positions 1-4, but I see myself as a player who can attack at positions 1-3, and defend 1-3, and even some position 4.

3-) Your former coach at Indiana Pacers, Rick Carlisle, has brought Dallas to an incredible NBA title. Is it true he told your release was the most difficult cut he has been involved with in his career?

JW: Rick Carlisle did a great job with the Mavs this year. He is a great basketball mind. When he coached me with the Pacers and let me go he did say it was the toughest cut of his career. Dont know if that is still true, as it was almost 5 years ago now. I know coaches have to make tough choices all the time and its part of the job. I think that if i had never gotten cut from Indy, I would still be in the NBA--but everything happens for a reason and I'm happy the way my career and life has turned out so far.

4-) You have been the top scorer of last Italian Serie A. What were your expectations at the beginning of the season?

JW: Going into last season i did not know what to expect . I knew i was playing in a tougher league top to bottom than the Russian League, but i thought i was still going do well. As the pre season games started and i played well I could see where I could make a big impact . I've just developed into a all-around scorer and basketball player in the past 3 years. I try and get better every year, and while I shot a very good percentage from the floor in Series A, I am spending hours a day working on a lot of things, including 3 point shooting. My goal is to be a great teammate first, and on a personal level to shoot 40% or better from 3 and be a lock down defender.

5-) What are your impressions about Italian basket?

JW:The italian basketball league is a great and tough league from top to bottom. I think it's right up there with Spain because to me the top and the middle teams are not far apart from each other. There was a lot of parity last season in Series A: Any team could beat anybody in that league.

6-) Who are the best players you have faced so far?

JW:Some of the great players i have played against in Europe are Chuck Eidson, Bo McCaleb, Dave Hawkins, and there are a lot of other guys I've played against over the years that are good--both Europeans and Americans.


Sutor Montegranaro wants to bring Greg Brunner back - by Eurobasket News
Sutor Montegranaro in talks with Greg Brunner (201-F-83, college: Iowa) for the next season. The Italian team would like to sign USA-Swiss Forward.
Greg Brunner started his career in Iowa (NCAA) and in the last year there averaged 14.1ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 29.3%, FT: 69.5%. Later he played for Fabi Shoes (Italy), Angelico BI (Italy), Ironi Nahariya (Israel), Upea (Italy), Oostende (Belgium). In 2009-2010 moved to Sigma Coatings Montegranaro (Italy-SerieA, starting five) and in 32 games had 12.7ppg, Reb-2 (8.4rpg), 1.9spg, FGP: 58.4%, 3PT: 19.2%, FT: 62.4%. In 2010-2011 played for Benetton Treviso (Italy-SerieA, starting five) and in EuroCup after 18 games showed 7.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 60.9%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 63.0%. In Italian League his stats read 7.6ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.8spg, FGP: 61.1%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 61.8%.
Last season he recorded 21 points at the Regular Season Round 11 when Benetton TV lost to Montepaschi 77-79. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-16. But Benetton Treviso won second period 22-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Montepaschi Siena won last quarter 22-22. They made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. American-Swiss forward Greg Brunner (201-83, college: Iowa) responded with 21 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field)



Bostjan Nachbar in talks with Virtus Bologna - by Eurobasket News
Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80) in talks with Virtus Bologna as the player recently left Efes Istanbul. The Slovenian forward announced his departure from the Turkish team and is looking for another European squad for 2011/2012 season.
In 2009-2010 he joined Efes Pilsen Istanbul (Turkey-TBL, starting five) and averaged only 6.7ppg, 1.9rpg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 84.4% in EuroLeague, while in Turkish League had 9.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 60.8%, 3PT: 42.3%, FT: 82.1%. In 2010-2011 for Efes Pilsen Istanbul (Turkey-TBL) he improved to 8.3 ppg, 2.8rpg, FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 37.9%, FT: 82.2% in Euroleague. In Turkish League after 19 games his stats read 10.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 84.6%.
Bostjan Nachbar recorded 20 points at the Regular Season Round 8. Armani Jeans Milano celebrated 84-70 win against Efes Pilsen joining them with 4-4 record in Group D. David Hawkins top-scored for the hosts with 24 points and he handed out 5 assists beside that. In the loosing squad, Bostjan Nachbar delivered 20 pts.
In Turkish League he erupted with 21 points at the Regular Season Round 14 when Efes Pilsen beat Besiktas 85-83. The hosts trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 18-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Efes Pilsen forced 21 Besiktas turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Besiktas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International power forward Kerem Gonlum had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Slovenian swingman Bostjan Nachbar chipped in 21 points and 8 rebounds during the contest.




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Sam Willard joins BK Ventspils - by Eurobasket Center
BK Ventspils agreed terms with American forward Sam Willard (205-F). Willard played most recently at University of Pacific (NCAA) in the U.S. It will be his first year in professional basketball. While playing 31 games for Pacific last season he recorded 14.8ppg, 10.6rpg and 1.6apg. Willard was named last season to All-Big West 1st Team and to NABC Division I All-District 9 2nd Team.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Ventspils tab Steven Gray - by Eurobasket News
Ventspils brought in a rookie import. They agreed on terms of contract with Steven Gray (195-G-89). The 22-year-old guard has just graduated from Gonzaga University. Steven Gray posted 13.9 points, 4.0 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game in his senior season. The guard made it into All-WCC 1st team for the second season in row. Steven Gray was also named into NABC Division I All-District 9 1st Team. The guard participated at Pre-NBA Draft Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. He tallied 6.0 points, 1.5 assists and 1.5 rebounds per game.
Ventspils start their season on September 27. They will take on Azovmash in EuroCup Qualifying Round series.



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Zalgiris inks M. Rakovic - by Aurimas Rimselis
Lithuanian champion B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas signed 1 year contract with serbian Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85). The last season Rakovic played for Montepaschi Siena , where played average 17,4 min, scored 8 pts, collected 3,8 rbs. Milovan Rakovic was in 2007 NBA draft, where was selected by Dallas Mavericks in 2nd round with 30th pick and was instatantly traded to Orlando Magic.
In 2007-2010 he played for Spartak St.Petersburg, then moved to Montepaschi Siena


Lietuvos Rytas brings in Lawrence Roberts to their squad - by Simonas Skuzinskas
Today, Vilnius 'Lietuvos Rytas' strengthened their front court by signing American Power Forward Lawrence Roberts (205-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.). The deal was signed for two seasons.
The 25 year old player last year wore Anadalo Efes Pilsen Istanbul jersey. Lawrence major goal will be to help Lietuvos Rytas to overcome Euroleague Qualifications at the end of September where the club be facing Buducnost in the first round on September 29th.
Lawrence Roberts is not a rookie in Euroleague matches. Last year in Euroleague his stats read as 6.5ppg, 5.1rpg, 0.6bpg. In the Turkish league the numbers were 8.1ppg, 5.2rpg, 0.5bpg.


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Men National Team prepares for EC Qualification - by Eurobasket News
The Senior Men Team will start their preparation for the upcoming group B European Championship Qualification on July 18th. Up until 1st of August, the team of Frank Baum will practice in Germany, followed by a week of practice in Luxembourg with the possibility of a few practice games against Baskets98 Vlklingen. The 3rd phase of the preparation will be held in Paris, Rouen and Calais, where the Luxembourgish team might face teams from Africa, the NCAA1 and a few French teams.

Qualification: 18.8. @ Netherlands - 21.8. vs Estonia - 24.8. @ Austria

Squad:
Tom Schumacher (190-G-87, college: Cal.Baptist)
Pitt Koster (178-G/F-89)
Raul Birenbaum (182-G-89)
Laurent Schwartz (177-G-89)
Christopher Jones (186-G-90)
Jairo Delgado (190-G/F-85)
Samy Picard (195-F-88)
Martin Rajniak (204-F-78, college: CSU Bakersfield)
Alexandre Rodenbourg (202-C-91)
Christophe Donnersbach (192-G-84)
Pit Biever (187-PG-91)
Joe Biever (190-G-90)
Jean Kox (192-F-90)
Sven Pezzotta (186-G-88)
Courtesy of: http://www.basketnews.lu




U16 Boys with a triple test - by Eurobasket News
The U16 Boys National Team of head coach Yves Grandjean will go for a triple test against Belgium this weekend. The team around Thomas Grn will play their neighbors on Friday at 19h30, Saturday at 19h15 and Sunday at 15h00. All games will be played in the Coque Gymnasium.

08.07.11 : 61-84

09.07.11 : 49-102

10.07.11 : 42-91
Courtesy of: http://www.basketnews.lu


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U16 Mali blasts U16 Congo 71-43 - by Eurobasket News
U16 Mali registered second straight win at the U16 AfroBasket in Egypt. After victory against Angola, Mali was too strong for Congo in Day Two 71-43. It means that Mali jumped to perfect 2-0 in Preliminary Group B. On the other side, Congo dropped to 2-0. Cheick Diallo stepped up for the winners with 23 points and 18 rebounds. Malians during this game were never been afraid. Thanks to good collective offenses and defenses actions, they controlled the game until its end.
Also in Group B, Tunisia celebrated 64-60 win against Angola for 2-0. In Group A, Egypt was too strong for Algeria handing them 94-57 loss. It means that the host of this event jumped to 2-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Also in Group A, South Africa grabbed 59-58 thriller win against Mozambique. Both teams failed in Day One so this is the first win for South Africans.
In Day Three in Egypt, Mali will meet Tunisia and it will be a key game for the first place in Group B. Congo will take on Angola.


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San Marino nip Malta - by Eurobasket News
San Marino U16 - Malta U16 75:74

San Marino claimed the first win at the U16 European Championship in Division C. The hosts of the tournament eked out a tough win over Malta in Group B action.
The hosts quickly jumped in front in this one. San Marino gained a 9:4 lead early in the game. The home team established a 19:14 advantage at the first break. Aaron Falzon and Zane Micallef ignited an 11:0 run midway through the second term as Malta posted a 28:23 lead. They posted a 46:33 halftime lead. Malta registered a 17-point lead early in the third term. However Sam Marino managed to recover. Giannotti helped the home team cut the deficit at three points with one quarter remaining 56:59. The lead changed hands throughout the fourth frame. Falzon gave Malta a 74:72 lead with 57 seconds to go. But Julian Gualtieri drained a buzzer-beating treble to seal the victory for San Marino. Julian Gualtieri finished with game-high 35 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Igor Biordi added 11 points and 12 rebounds for San Marino. Aaron Falzon responded with 27 points for Malta. Zane Micallef accounted for 19 points in defeat.

San Marino U16: Julian Gualtieri 35+13 boards, Igor Biordi 11+12 boards
Malta U16: Aaron Falzon 27, Zane Micallef 19



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Montenegro record two wins in China - by Eurobasket News
Montenegrin B National Team travelled to China to take part at Four-Nations tournament in Kunshan. Montenegro clinched the second place in the ladder posting two wins in three games played.
Montenegro opened their campaign against hosting China. The home team celebrated a tough 75:72 win at the end. Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-79) led China with 15 points. Nemanja Vranjes (188-G-88) answered with 14 points for Montenegro. Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points for the visitors.
Montenegro next faced Australia. This time the European team rallied to a 78:67 win. Nemanja Vranjes delivered 13 points to lead the effort. Goran Martinic (186-G-87, agency: BeoExcell) contributed 10 points for Montenegro. Tom Daly replied with game-high 23 points for the Boomers.
Montenegro finished their campaign in Kunshan on a high note. They outgunned Turkish B National selection 92:78. Aleksa Popovic (201-G/F-87) knocked down 18 points in the win. Nemanja Milosevic (203-F/C-87, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky) added 15 points for Montenegro.
Now all four teams will move to Yongcheng for the another set of games.



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U16 South Africa grabs 59-58 thriller win against U16 Mozambique - by Eurobasket News
U16 South Africa celebrated their first win at U16 AfroBasket in Egypt. They met Mozambique and grabbed 59-58 victory in very exciting game. Both teams failed in Day One so this is the first win for South Africans. Henry Williams was a key player for the winners with 30 points and 9 rebounds. Helton Ubisse collected 25 pts and 8 boards in loss. Mozambique dropped to 0-2 in this pool.
Also in Group A, Egypt was too strong for Algeria handing them 94-57 loss. It means that the host of this event jumped to 2-0 record. In Group B, Mali destroyed Congo 71-43 for perfect 2-0 score. In the last game of the day, Tunisia celebrated 64-60 win against Angola also for 2-0.
In Day Three of the championship, South Africa will meet Egypt. Mozambique will take on Algeria.


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UMD Wolves Solidify Backcourt - by Stephan Ditgens
Dearborn, MI-- The University of Michigan-Dearborn Men's Basketball team announced the signing of two recruits yesterday. New Head Coach John Mackson introduced Jamiel Strickland from Inkster High School and Jordan Konior of University of Detroit Jesuit High School as the newest U of M Dearborn cagers.

Strickland is a 6'1 combo guard who helped to lead coach Durand Shepherd's Inkster Vikings to a 19-3 record a season ago. Strickland was also a stand out performer for the Michigan Warriors AAU team. During the 2009-10 season, Strickland attended Wayne Memorial High School where he was a First Team All-Conference selection and Honorable Mention All-Metro West Selection by the Detroit Free Press. During his junior season he averaged about 14 ppg.

'Jamiel has a very unique skill set,' said Mackson. 'He has the ability to drive and kick, he shoots it very well from beyond the arc, and he can be a ball hawk defensively.' 'Jamiel will be able to play two positions for us offensively which will really make him valuable.' Mackson added.

Jamiel is yet undecided on a major. He is the son of Keith and Delvetta Strickland of Wayne, MI. He also has a sister Janae.

Konior is a 5'8 pass first point guard. Jordan served as the sixth man on this year's U of D Jesuit squad. He was an All-Academic First Team selection in the Catholic High Schools League. He is expected to add depth at the point position.

'Jordan is a student of the game.' Mackson stated. 'His vision on the floor is excellent; he also has many of the leadership intangibles you look for in a point guard.'

Jordan also played for DaDynasty AAU team. He will be majoring in communications and would like to go into broadcast journalism. He is the son of Yvette French and John Konior of Southfield.


source: gowolves.net


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  NBA   


Report: Kevin Durant's agent exploring overseas options - by Eurobasket News
Would Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) consider playing overseas?

The agent for the Oklahoma City Thunder's biggest star says his client can't rule it out if the NBA's labor dispute leads to a prolonged lockout.

According to a report by SI.com, Aaron Goodwin is exploring playing opportunities overseas for Durant, the NBA's reign two-time scoring champion.

If the opportunity presents itself and the lockout persists, he's going to have to consider it just as other players are considering it, Goodwin told SI.com. Kevin has shown some interest to know what the situation is and we'll reach out to the players' association and make sure that they're aligned with the guys in case they do take an offer. But I think what you're going to see happening is a lot of players are going to look at the opportunity if the lockout prolongs that they can go somewhere and play basketball.

Durant is currently in China as part of a four-city tour with Nike Basketball. It's the third straight summer that Durant has journeyed to China.

Last summer, Durant became an international star when he captained Team USA to the gold medal in the 2010 FIBA World Championship, garnering MVP honors while leading the U.S. team to its first gold medal in the tournament since 1994.

Durant is the second Thunder player that has expressed interest in playing overseas in the event of a drawn out lockout. Forward Serge Ibaka recently said he would like to play in Spain.

Courtesy of http://newsok.com


Statue of Bill Russell to grace Boston City Hall Plaza in 2012, mayor says - by Eurobasket News
The statue honoring Boston Celtics center Bill Russell will be installed in City Hall Plaza, Mayor Menino announced today.

Three artists will be competing for the right to design the statute for Russell, who was one of the Celtics all-time great players and a widely respected civil rights activist.

The artists are Fern Cunningham, Ann Hirsch, and Antonio Tobias Mendez.

The winning design will be unveiled in spring 2012. Menino, who has pushed to relocate City Hall to South Boston, said renovations will be made to the plaza to coincide with the statues installation.

Courtesy of www.boston.com


Ron Artest considering British basketball - by Eurobasket News
Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest (201-G/F-79, college: St.John's) plans to play in England if the lockout continues into next season, the Los Angeles Times reported.

According to the report, Artest was doing a stand-up comedy show and said he was going to play for the Cheshire Jets or Glasgow Rocks. He was asked by a member of the audience why he was playing in the British Basketball League rather than one of Europe's more competitive leagues.

'The teams aren't good, but I'm going there to finish a movie, so why not?' Artest said.

Last month, Artest said he was going to change his name to Metta World Peace. At the comedy show, he said his reasoning was that 'World Peace' would be on the back of his jersey and fans couldn't say, 'I hate 'World Peace.''

Courtesy of www.turnto23.com


Wolves fire Rambis - by Eurobasket News
The NBA's worst-kept secret is out.

The Timberwolves have finally fired coach Kurt Rambis and David Kahn will tell media members why at a 2 p.m. Target Center press conference this afternoon.

Until then, the team has released these words from him:

'I want to thank Kurt for his contributions to our franchise and wish him the best in his future endeavors,' Kahn said in a statement announcing the firing. 'His arrival signaled we were serious about building a championship-contending ballclub over the course of time. We have accumulated a solid nucleus of young talent with a bright future during the last two years. I am hopeful Kurt receives his share of the credit for helping develop that talent and his contributions are not forgotten as we become a better basketball team.'

Rambis this morning released a statement to the Associated Press.

'I'm grateful for the opportunity that Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has given me,' he said in it. 'During my years working with coaches (Phil) Jackson, (Pat) Riley and (Cotton) Fitzsimmons, I learned all the ups and down of this sport. And today is one of the down days.

'But I'm confident that my work -- and the work of my staff -- with our many young players over the last two years will begin to pay off for Mr. Taylor and Timberwolves fans. Now, as important new players are added to the mix, the future of this franchise should be a bright one and I am thankful for the chance I had, to play a part in shaping that future.'.

So who's the next coach?

Well, you take the J.B./Bernie Bickerstaff option off the table now that J.B. is headed to Houston to join Kevin McHale's staff..

Yahoo! Sports Marc Spears and Houston Chronicle beat writer Jonathan Feigen just tweeted that Bickerstaff and Milwaukee assistant Kelvin Sampson -- both possible candidates for the Wolves' job -- both will join McHale's staff.

Todays Rambis news shouldnt surprise anyone awake for the last two months.

It doesnt surprise me just because of everything thats been going on, Wolves forward Anthony Tolliver said. All the rumors: One day its all over the news that hes fired and the next day hes not. How can you keep somebody on after all that?

For me, not having or having a coach this time of year didnt really matter. It doesnt change anything I do or dont do. What it does is brings resolution for Kurt. Me and Kurt have a good relationship. Im glad for him that its resolved one way or the other, so that hes able to move on.

Rambis was 32-132 in those two seasons since the Wolves signed him to a four-year contract in August 2009 after he spent nearly three decades with the Los Angeles Lakers as a player, assistant coach and front-office executive.

He brought elements of mentor Phil Jacksons mysterious triangle offense with him from Los Angeles. It turned out to be a mismatch of system and philosophy with a young team that never seemed to fully grasp or believe in it.

I never really thought the offense was a problem, the defensive side was, Tolliver said. We scored enough points to win games. We struggled with the ability to get easy buckets in crunch time, but our main problem was the defensive end. Whoever they bring in next, its really important that they be a defensive coach.

But this is a roster built for offense, isnt it?

We do have a lot of firepower, Tolliver said. But at the end of the day, in order to win you have to play defense. No one ever won by just scoringI think we did spend enough time on it. Kurt definitely taught it and we did it in practice, but with different coaches styles and different coaching personalities, sometimes certain people respond in different ways to different people.

I dont think his message ever got across to some of the people. To some of us, it did. Some guys bought in and some guys didnt.

Asked what kind of coach the team needs to hire next, Tolliver said, Someone whos going to be a disciplinarian. Kurts a really nice guy. Sometimes that got in the way. Im not saying hes too nice, but sometimes its good to have a coach no likes to be a jerk.

I know several players on the Bulls and nobody really liked Tom Thibodeau, but thats O.K. You dont have to like the coach. You just have to be able to play for him.

Courtesy of http://m.startribune.com


Reports: Kelvin Sampson to Rockets - by Eurobasket News
Kevin McHale has added a couple of familiar names to the Houston Rockets coaching staff.

Kelvin Sampson and John-Blair Bickerstaff will join McHale once teams get back to work, according to multiple media reports.

McHale was hired June 1 to replace Rick Adelman, who parted ways with the team after four seasons.

Sampson was also interviewed for the head coaching vacancy. He has been an assistant coach in Milwaukee since 2008, and previously left college coaching jobs at Oklahoma and Indiana under NCAA scrutiny.

Bickerstaff, the son of former NBA head coach Bernie Bickerstaff, has been an assistant in Minnesota the past four seasons. McHale coached the Timberwolves at the end of the 2008-09 and also worked in the team's front office.

The Timberwolves fired Kurt Rambis on Tuesday, and Sampson and Bickerstaff were believed to be potential candidates to become Minnesota's next coach. Sampson was also a candidate to replace the fired John Kuester in Detroit.

The Rockets are moving on with All-Star center Yao Ming expected to retire. Houston has missed the playoffs the past two seasons, with Yao crippled by injuries and playing in only five games. Yao is expected to formally announce his decision on July 20.

Sampson worked as a college coach from 1979-2008, but his problems with the NCAA will likely prevent him from landing another college job.

Oklahoma had eight consecutive 20-win seasons under Sampson, and he was named the NABC national coach of the year after leading the Sooners to the 2002 Final Four. But the program was later placed on probation for major rules violations involving more than 500 impermissible recruiting phone calls Sampson made between 2000-04.

Indiana hired Sampson in March 2006, despite the ongoing NCAA investigation at Oklahoma. In October 2007, Indiana self-reported that Sampson had made more impermissible phone calls to recruits, and in February 2008, the NCAA informed Indiana that Sampson had committed five major rules violations. Sampson agreed to a contract buyout, and briefly worked as a special assistant to the San Antonio Spurs later that spring.

The Bucks hired Sampson in May 2008, and Sampson said he was focused on restoring his reputation. Sampson unsuccessfully appealed NCAA penalties in 2009 that essentially bar him from coaching in college until 2013. He said in 2009 that he was setting his sights on becoming a head coach in the NBA .

Bickerstaff not only worked under McHale, he also played at McHale's alma mater, Minnesota. He briefly worked as the Gophers' director of basketball operations before becoming a radio analyst for the Timberwolves for the 2003-04 season. He worked three seasons under his father with the Charlotte Bobcats before the Timberwolves hired him as an assistant in 2007.

Courtesy of ESPN


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  NEW ZEALAND   


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. Dora, Nelson G.19.1 
 7. Jones, Nelson G.19.0 
 8. Polyblank, Southla.19.0 
 9. Hudson, Manawatu.18.8 
 10. Bradshaw, Oceana.18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Waika.
  (216-C-87)
  Avg: 12
 1. Pledger, Waika.12.0 
 2. Horvath, Manawatu.11.6 
 3. Vukona, Nelson G.10.6 
 4. Campbell, Taranaki.10.6 
 5. Allred, OceanaGo.10.1 
 6. Bradshaw, OceanaG.8.7 
 7. Grizzard, Nelson G.8.6 
 8. Johnson, Wellingt.8.6 
 9. Boucher, Auckland.8.3 
 10. Young, Bay Hawks7.6 
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.4.6 
 6. Kench, Manawatu J.4.4 
 7. Boucher, Auckland.4.1 
 8. Smith, Waikato P.3.6 
 9. Martin, Auckland.3.5 
 10. Grizzard, Nelson3.4 
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.2.5 
 5. Dickel, Southland2.2 
 6. Kench, Manawatu J.2.0 
 7. Rose, Southland S.1.8 
 8. Leasure, Taranaki.1.6 
 9. Allen, Waikato P.1.6 
 10. Braswell, Southla.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.1.2 
 4. Vukona, Nelson G.1.0 
 5. Johnson, Wellingt.1.0 
 6. Anthony, Waika.1.0 
 7. Brown, Auckland P.1.0 
 8. Adams, Wellington0.9 
 9. Campbell, Taranaki.0.9 
 10. Abercrombie, Waik.0.8 


Bay Hawks and Nelson Giants advance into NBL Final Four - by Eurobasket News
Nelson G. - Manawatu J. 89-76

Nelson Giants made it into NBL Final Four. They overcame Manawatu Jets in the first quarterfinal today. The game without a history. Nelson G. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 25-of-27 free shots (92.6 percent) during the game. American center Darryl Dora (206-85, college: Texas Tech) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import guard Rod Grizzard (203-80, college: Alabama) chipped in 22 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). At the losing side the former international forward Jeremiah Trueman (206-87, college: Alaska-Anch.) responded with 23 points and 6 rebounds and the former international power forward Nick Horvath (208-81, college: Duke) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Nelson G.: D.Dora 26+13reb+1ast, P.Jones 23+4reb+2ast, R.Grizzard 22+7reb+1ast, M.Fitchett 7+4reb+6ast, M.Vukona 6+7reb+6ast, J.Bloxham 3+1reb
Manawatu J.: J.Trueman 23+6reb+3ast, D.Hudson 16+2reb+1ast, N.Horvath 13+10reb+1ast, M.Te Huna 7+5reb+2ast, C.Hagan 7+1reb+3ast, D.Bailey 6+3reb
gschID: 130295


Bay Hawks - Southland S. 89-75

Bay Hawks came back from a halftime deficit to tame Southland Sharks en route to the NBL Final Four. Bay Hawks will now take on the Waikato Pistons in the semifinal. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 55-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Bay Hawks outrebounded Southland S. 48-36 including 22 on the offensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Southland S. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international guard Paora Winitana (195-G-76) stepped up and scored 25 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and American guard Josh Pace (198-83, college: Syracuse) chipped in 19 points and 11 rebounds. Four Bay Hawks players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Sylvester Spicer (198-86, college: Rogers St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds and the former international guard Mark Dickel (187-76, college: UNLV) scored 14 points, 6 assists and 4 steals.
Top scorers:
Bay Hawks: P.Winitana 25+7reb+3ast, J.Pace 19+11reb+3ast, A.Trousdell 13+6reb, G.Young 10+10reb+3ast, C.Daniel 9+4reb+1ast, J.Kenny 6+4reb+3ast
Southland S.: S.Spicer 22+14reb+2ast, B.Polyblank 17+2reb+5ast, M.Dickel 14+4reb+6ast, M.Rose 7+3reb+1ast, M.Iti 6+4reb, D.Peck 3+1reb
gschID: 130296




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Palestinian Basketball on the Move - by Tamara Awartani
Half way through 2011, there is still a lot going on with Palestinian Basketball locally and internationally.

Locally:

- De La Salle were crowned champions for the 2011 Mens superleague season after winning two games against Sarriyet Ramallah who came in 2nd place.

- 4 teams will go down to division I and 1st & 2nd place of division I will come up to superleague in 2012 making it 12 teams.

_ Division I (14 teams) , Division II (10 teams) and division III (6 teams) league started in parallel

- National Team of Palestine is gathered and practicing

Internationally:

- Palestine National team will take part in King Abduallah International Tournament from the 21st in which 8 national teams confirmed taking part: Palestine, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Algeria, Tunis, Belarus and Jordan.
Names of the National team will be announced soon.

- De La Salle u16 team took part in Portugal Championship, played well and gained great experience, taking 6th place from 16 teams.

- Palestine: Sports for life is sending 10 boys ages 12-16 to take part in the International Basketball Camp - Camp Futur Stars in Turkey on the 16th of July where they will get basketball, culture and team experience.

Palestinian Basketball has great potential and with good strategy it'll grow.






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  PERU   


Standings - Superior
Superior Standings
 1. Regatas 19-2 
 2. Real Club 18-1 
 3. Escuela Fap 14-5 
 4. El Bosque 12-9 
 5. Inmaculada 11-9 
 6. Centro Naval 9-10 
 7. Ejercito 8-14 
 8. San Augustin 6-15 
 9. San Marcos 3-18 
 10. Universitario 1-18 


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BSN Semifinals: Guaynabo beats Arecibo 79-72 in Game One - by Eurobasket News
BSN Semifinals, Game One: Guaynabo - Arecibo 79-72 (1-0)

First game of the BSN Semifinals was played last night. Guaynabo managed to beat Arecibo at home 79-72 taking 1-0 lead in the series. Two teams will meet again on Wednesday and Arecibo will be the host.
The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 28-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Shaun Pruitt (208-85, college: Illinois, agency: Edge Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds. The former international guard Ricardo Dalmau (188-77) contributed with 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. point guard Andres Rodriguez (182-81, college: American) answered with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international center Daniel Santiago (216-76, college: N.Mexico, agency: Priority Sports) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Capitanes. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Capitanes' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.

Top scorers:
Guaynabo: R.Dalmau 22+7reb+1ast, S.Pruitt 20+15reb, A.Daniel Vassallo 16+5reb+2ast, A.Luis Figueroa 10+7reb+4ast, C.Kramer 7+7reb+3ast, G.Colon 2+1reb
Arecibo: L.Ayuso 14+2reb+2ast, A.Rodriguez 14+5reb+6ast, D.Pinnock 12+5reb+1ast, D.Santiago 10+7reb+2ast, J.Aubry 8+9reb+1ast, A.Latimer 5


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Peter John RAMOS
  Quebradillas
  (222-C-85)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Ramos, Quebradillas22.3 
 2. Vassallo, Guaynabo22.3 
 3. Johnson, Humacao21.2 
 4. Dalmau, Bayamon20.8 
 5. Villegas, Coamo19.1 
 6. Harris, San German18.3 
 7. Ayuso, Arecibo18.2 
 8. Randolph, Isabela18.0 
 9. Carmona, Mayaguez17.0 
 10. Clinch, Isabela16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Isabela
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Randolph, Isabela12.3 
 2. Harris, San German12.3 
 3. Pruitt, Guaynabo11.6 
 4. Narvaez, Coamo11.6 
 5. Ramos, Quebradillas10.5 
 6. Lloreda, San G.10.0 
 7. Sweetney, Santurce9.1 
 8. Clemente, Mayaguez9.1 
 9. Rickert, Bayamon8.7 
 10. Shannon, Bayamon8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Daniel BROWN
  Quebradillas
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Brown, Quebradillas5.9 
 2. Dalmau, Bayamon5.5 
 3. Rivera, San German5.5 
 4. Clinch, Isabela4.5 
 5. Clemente, Humacao4.4 
 6. Guzman, Guaynabo4.2 
 7. Rivera, Mayaguez4.2 
 8. Apodaca, Quebradil.4.1 
 9. Bruton, Quebradill.4.1 
 10. Copeland, San G.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Isabela
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Hinson, Isabela1.8 
 2. Rivera, Mayaguez1.6 
 3. Clinch, Isabela1.5 
 4. Hodge, Santurce1.4 
 5. Mojica, Bayamon1.3 
 6. Chaney, Santurce1.3 
 7. Santiago, Santurce1.3 
 8. Dalmau, Bayamon1.2 
 9. Robinson, Mayaguez1.2 
 10. Pellot-Rosa, San1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Penn, Humacao2.6 
 2. Santiago, Arecibo2.0 
 3. Sanchez, Santurce1.9 
 4. Aubry, Arecibo1.7 
 5. Lee, Bayamon1.6 
 6. Randolph, Isabela1.4 
 7. Harris, San German1.4 
 8. Ramos, Quebradillas1.2 
 9. Freije, Coamo1.1 
 10. Robinson, Mayagu.1.0 


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  RUSSIA   


Russia U16 and China U16 played three friendlies in Penza - by Eurobasket News
Russia U16 and China U16 played three friendlies in Penza. The Russian team won two games out of three in IV China-Russian Youth Games.
At first China U16 won 74:64. The Chinese team did not mind playing abroad and won the opener. For the Russian team Viacheslav Fedorchenko (188-G-95) stepped up with 17 points and 8 rebounds, while Pavel Sizov (198-F-95) had 12 points and 8 boards.
In Game 2 Russia won 79:64. It was an easy start for the hosts of the games as they never looked behind after. Russia dominated the court and rightfully tied the series. Pavel Sizov poured in 29 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Viacheslav Fedorchenko ended up with 24 points, while Vasily Martynov scored 10.
In Game 3 Russia U16 grabbed 70:63 victory to win IV China-Russian Youth Games. Viacheslav Fedorchenko top-scored for the winners with 22 points, while Vasily Martynov (185-G-95) added 17. Hrustalev posted 12, while Zhulkov collected 6 points and 10 boards.



Spartak St. Petersburg targets Andreas Glyniadakis - by Eurobasket News
According to various sources, Spartak St. Petersburg wants to sign another Greek player for the next season. Reportedly, Spartak already sent an offer to center Andreas Glyniadakis (215-C-81). He spent last two years with Olympiakos. The 215cm tall Glyniadakis appeared 16 times for the club in Greek league last season averaging 3.2 points and 1.8 rebounds. In Euroleague, Glyniadakis played only four games and scored four points.
Andreas Glyniadakis joined Olympiakos in 2009 from Marousi. He played for Marousi two years. In their second season together, Glyniadakis had 7.4 ppg and 3.4 rpg for 11 EuroCup games. In Greece, he added 7.2 ppg and 3.6 rpg. In the past Glynadakis also was a member of AEK, VidiVici Bologna, Seattle Supersonics, Peristeri, Panellinios and Panathinaikos. He played for the Greek National Team in 2008 and 2009.


Dmitry Kulagin joins Triumph - by Eurobasket News
Triumph have strengthened their roster. They penned deal with talented Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92). The 19-year-old guard spent the previous season in Nizhny Novgorod. He tallied 5.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in EuroChallenge. In PBL Dmitry Kulagin posted 8.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists per appearance. Dmitry Kulagin has just come back from Latvia. The guard played for Russia at U19 World Championship. Dmitry Kulagin tallied 15.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game in Latvia. The guard made it into All-Tournament 1st Team. Kulagin also played for Russian U18 and U16 National Teams. He is the product of CSKA basketball school.


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  SAN MARINO   


San Marino nip Malta - by Eurobasket News
San Marino U16 - Malta U16 75:74

San Marino claimed the first win at the U16 European Championship in Division C. The hosts of the tournament eked out a tough win over Malta in Group B action.
The hosts quickly jumped in front in this one. San Marino gained a 9:4 lead early in the game. The home team established a 19:14 advantage at the first break. Aaron Falzon and Zane Micallef ignited an 11:0 run midway through the second term as Malta posted a 28:23 lead. They posted a 46:33 halftime lead. Malta registered a 17-point lead early in the third term. However Sam Marino managed to recover. Giannotti helped the home team cut the deficit at three points with one quarter remaining 56:59. The lead changed hands throughout the fourth frame. Falzon gave Malta a 74:72 lead with 57 seconds to go. But Julian Gualtieri drained a buzzer-beating treble to seal the victory for San Marino. Julian Gualtieri finished with game-high 35 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Igor Biordi added 11 points and 12 rebounds for San Marino. Aaron Falzon responded with 27 points for Malta. Zane Micallef accounted for 19 points in defeat.

San Marino U16: Julian Gualtieri 35+13 boards, Igor Biordi 11+12 boards
Malta U16: Aaron Falzon 27, Zane Micallef 19



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  SERBIA   


U20 NT for EuroBasket in Bilbao announced - by Eurobasket News
Head Coach of the Serbian U20 National Team Aleksandar Dzikic (agency: Beo Basket ) announced 12 players which will represent Serbia at the upcoming U20 EuroBasket in Bilbao.

Serbian U20 NT: Danilo Andjusic, Milic Blagojevic, Branislav Djekic, Filip Djuran, Nemanja Jaramaz, Milan Milovanovic, Nemanja Nedovic, Niksa Nikolic, Dusan Ognjenovic, Lazar Radosavljevic, Nikola Rondovic and Nikola Kalinic.

U20 EuroBasket begins on Thursday. Serbia is placed to Preliminary Group A. Their rivals in the first stage will be Montenegro, Slovenia and Russia. In the first meeting on Thursday, Serbia will meet Russia. After that they will play against Montenegro and on Saturday, Serbia will take on Slovenia. There are four groups in Preliminary Round and three best teams from each pool will advance to the next stage. In the Qualifying Round, teams will be transferred to Group E and F. Four best teams from these two groups will advance to Quarterfinals.


Dejan Musli will miss European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Serbian Dejan Musli (214-C-91) will miss U20 European Championship due to knee injury. The top player won gold at the U18 European Championships in 2009 and was the MVP of the U17 European Championship in 2006 after leading the team to the title.
In 2005-2006 Dejan Musli joined Boox-Computers Kragujevac cadet team and in 2006-2007 played for FMP II Beograd (B), played mostly for junior team. In 2007-2008 for FMP II Beograd (B League, starting five), played also at FMP Zeleznik Beograd junior team and in Superleague after 2 games averaged 1.5ppg, 1rpg, 1spg, 1bpg. In 2008-2009 for FMP Zeleznik Beograd (A League) debuted in Adriatic League and in 9 games showed 1.6ppg, 1.7rpg. In Eurocup after 8 games his stats read 2.4ppg, 3.3rpg, played also at FMP II Beograd (B League, starting five). In 2009-2010 for FMP Zeleznik Beograd (A League) in Adriatic League after 14 games showed 2.6ppg, 2.4rpg and in EuroChallenge after 9 games had 3.4ppg, 2.8rpg, Blocks-3 (1.1bpg).
The season 2010-2011 started for Caja Laboral Vitoria (Spain-ACB) and in Spanish League averaged 1.5ppg, 1.5rpg, while in Euroleague had 0.5ppg, 1.0rpg.



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  SLOVAKIA   


Nitra to challenge the Europe - by Tomas Kottra
After failing to join Czech NBL, Nitra landed in Eurochallenge cup to see how do they do it abroad.
It has been some time since Slovakian team had a chance to taste 'blood' of experienced team from abroad. Now, after some years there is a club in Slovakia, which recently joined Eurochallenge Cup and will meet some top-class European teams. BK Bemaco SPU Nitra landed in Group A to compete German champion of year 2010 - EWE Baskets Oldenburg, last years seventh team of Spanish ACB league Baloncesto Fuenlabrada
and one winner of EuroCup qualification clash between Telenet Oostende (Belgium) and Norrkoping Dolphins (Sweeden).
'It's a big commitment for us and whole Slovak Basketball. We have too teams from experienced leagues and this is what can move us forward.' said manager Juraj Polak and added, that they will sit with coach Lubomir Urban and start the analysis of opponents and adjust the future roster of their team.


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  SOUTH AFRICA   


U16 South Africa grabs 59-58 thriller win against U16 Mozambique - by Eurobasket News
U16 South Africa celebrated their first win at U16 AfroBasket in Egypt. They met Mozambique and grabbed 59-58 victory in very exciting game. Both teams failed in Day One so this is the first win for South Africans. Henry Williams was a key player for the winners with 30 points and 9 rebounds. Helton Ubisse collected 25 pts and 8 boards in loss. Mozambique dropped to 0-2 in this pool.
Also in Group A, Egypt was too strong for Algeria handing them 94-57 loss. It means that the host of this event jumped to 2-0 record. In Group B, Mali destroyed Congo 71-43 for perfect 2-0 score. In the last game of the day, Tunisia celebrated 64-60 win against Angola also for 2-0.
In Day Three of the championship, South Africa will meet Egypt. Mozambique will take on Algeria.


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  SOUTH KOREA   


LG Sakers Trying to Swap Gaines out For Magnum Rolle - by Kevin Campigotto
With 11 days remaining before the KBL deadline to sign foreign players the Changwon LG Sakers have applied for approval to sign 25 year old 211cm ex-NBA draft pick Magnum Rolle (211-C/F-86, college: Louisiana Tech). LG had previously submitted a letter of intent to sign 30 year old, 201cm Charles Gaines (201-F-81, college: S.Mississippi). Gaines has extensive experience having played in France, Israel, Spain and most recently China where he averaged 33.7 points a game last season.

Rolle played one year with Louisianna State before transfering to Louisianna Tech where he was named to the All-WAC (Western Athletic Conference) Defensive Team and All-WAC Newcomer Team in his junior year. In his senior year, he led the WAC in blocks and finished fourth in career blocked shots at Louisiana Tech despite playing only two seasons. Rolle was drafted in the second round by Oklahoma City but traded to Indiana and cut after training camp. He was then drafted by an NBA-DL team but waived after injuring his knee.

LG had been considering Gaines because they felt that their current rosters of Korean players are a high scoring team and Gaines would fit into that offensive model. However, with Gaines only being 201cm LG was concerned with his height in lieu of the big men signed by other KBL teams.

New LG Head Coach Kim Jin stated that he has been watching Rolle for a long time and that Rolle was his first choice. Jin believes Rolle is a better defender and will be especially helpful with rebounding. Rolle would give some much needed help on the boards to the newly signed aging center Seo Jang-Hoon and would also be a good fit with the offensive minded All-Star Greg Stevenson. Jin suggested that while Gaines resume may be better he never achieved his potential and Rolles career is in a much stronger position.



In college Rolle played power forward or center, while in the NBA he was to be a small forward. Brining Rolle into the KBL would give him an opportunity to return to the big man positions where he flourished in college. He is a good shooter for a big man and his timing for blocks will also be a valuable asset in the KBL. Jin believes he has the total package of height, speed, and agility that will make him a success in the league.

The biggest question surrounding the whole situation is why the Sakers are making this move so late in the process. There have been rumors of Gaines signing for weeks and it seemed almost a done deal. Naver even had Gaines listed as being on the Sakers before it was complete.

Rolles signing is just another side effect of the current NBA lockout. Rolle had been reluctant to sign with the Sakers because he was holding onto his dream of making an NBA team. However, with the lockout in place there will be no summer league, and the opportunities for young, undrafted players to make teams will be greatly limited. While he could re-join his NBA-DL team, which will continue to play games despite the lockout, there will be no opportunities to be called up to an NBA team so the DL is much less attractive than usual. LG initially targeted Gaines because they saw him as their second choice and did not want to lose out on him to other teams who have yet to name their foreign player. However, after much persuasion Rolle has agreed to join the team, and so now LG has applied to drop Gaines and sign Rolle.

If Rolle does sign he will join the team in August as will other foreigners signed to KBL teams. LGs announcement means that only two teams, the Seoul SK Knights, and defending champion Jeonju KCC Egis have yet to name their foreign players.




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  SPAIN   


Jorge Garcia pens deal with Navarra - by Eurobasket News
Grupo Iruna Navarra have strengthened their frontcourt. They signed a deal with Jorge Garcia (203-C/F-77). The 34-year-old centre spent the last season in Baloncesto Leon. His stats read 14.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game in LEB Gold. Jorge Garcia earned Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honourable Mention.


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




Unicaja eyes Nik Caner-Medley - by Eurobasket News
According to various sources, Unicaja wants to sign Nik Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) for 2011/12. The 27-year-old American had a wonderful season with Estudiantes. He exploded with 14.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg and 1.2 spg for 31 games in ACB. He also appeared 14 times for the Students in EuroCup averaging 12.4 points and 7 rebounds. Caner-Medley was named Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB 1st Team -11 and Eurobasket.com Spanish ACB All-Imports Team -11. He was also awarded with Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup 2nd Team -11 and Eurobasket.com EuroCup All-Imports Team -11. In 2009/10, Caner-Medley had 12 ppg and 6.5 with Estu.
Nik Caner-Medley joined Estudiantes in 2009 from Cajasol. With the Seville team he had 10.7 ppg and 8 rpg for 20 games in Spain. Caner-Medley also has experience from Capo dOrlando, Gran Canaria and Artland Dragons. He graduated at the Maryland University in 2006.


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  SWEDEN   


Sweden U18 play friendlies with USA Select - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U18 played two friendlies with USA Select. At first The Scandinavian team was stronger 99:70 in the opener. They started with 22-20 and added massive 25-12 in the second period. In the second half Sweden continues to dominate the court and won the third and the last stanzas. Tobias Borg (183-G-93) erupted with 35 points for the winners, while Fredrik Andersson nailed 16. Sebastian Schuszler scored 11, while Jonathan Person (190-G-93, agency: JEMsports) and Jesper Eliasson (199-F-94) notched 8 apiece.
In Game 2 Sweden U18 celebrated 90:84 victory. The European team scored 22 points in three different quarters, which was enough only in the first. They started with 22-14 in the opening period and lost the second 22-24. Sweden added 24-21 to the lead in the third frame, while USA Select ended up with 25-22 in the last stanza. Tobias Borg paced all the winners with 19 points and Jesper Eliasson had 18. Jonathan Person and Niklas Larsson (196-G/F-94) followed them with 16 each while Sebastian Schuszler scored 9.




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  SWITZERLAND   


Marcus Allen heads to Boncourt - by Eurobasket News
Boncourt brought in new import player. The Red Team has agreed on terms of contract with Marcus Allen (201-F-87, college: Jacksonville). The 23-year-old forward started the previous season in France. He tallied 11.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game for Lievin in NM1 League. Marcus Allen left the team in December. Previously the guard had stints with Graz in Austria and Saint-Quentin in France.


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  TUNISIA   


U16 Tunisia wins second straight in Egypt - by Eurobasket News
Another good performance by U16 Tunisia in Egypt. This time Tunisia was better than Angola 64-60 for perfect 2-0 score in Group B. Haythem Saada stepped up for the winners with double-double of 10 points and 19 rebounds. Tunisia sealed the victory in the last two minutes. Angola slipped to 0-2 after this game.
Also in Group B, Mali destroyed Congo 71-43 for perfect 2-0 score. In Group A, Egypt was too strong for Algeria handing them 94-57 loss. It means that the host of this event jumped to 2-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Also in Group A, South Africa grabbed 59-58 thriller win against Mozambique. Both teams failed in Day One so this is the first win for South Africans.
In Day Three of the championship, Tunisia will meet Mali. It will be a key game for the first place in Group B. Angola will play against Congo.


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  TURKEY   


Rookie raid - by Sinan Can
MARKET is moving in Turkey as Besiktas's spectacular signing Deron Williams is the trending topic around, besides other D1 teams are working on some promising rookies as well. Due to some reports, Antalya who failed to sign Jacob Pullen agreed in terms with Demetri McCamey (190-G-89). McCamey averaged 14.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.0 steal per game for Illinois on his senior season. Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyespor is also very close to sign a college star. Talor Battle (182-G-88) is out of Penn St. where he shined with 20.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game this last season. Both agreements might turn official any time.

Efes is not intrest with Hayes!!! (Special)!! - by Burak Cidamal
Yesterday there was a news like Anadol Efes targets with Hayes (According to Turkbasket.com, Anadolu Efes has intention to sign former NBA player Jarvis Hayes (201-G/F-81, agency: David Lee services, college: Georgia) for the next season. Reportedly, the Turkish giant was interested in Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket), but after he decided to stay with Olympiakos Anadolu Efes moved on and now targets Hayes. The American SG/SF spent last season with Aliaga Petkim. He joined them in January averaging 16.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists for 15 games.
Jarvis Hayes played for the New Jersey Nets from 2008 to 2010. He had 7.8 ppg and 2.4 rpg in their second season together. In 2007/08, Hayes was a member of Detroit Pistons averaging 6.7 points and 2.2 rebounds for 82 games. In the past, he also spent four years with the Washington Wizards. In 2004/05, he had 10.2 ppg and 4.2 rpg in 54 NBA games. Jarvis Hayes is a University of Georgia product, where he graduated in 2003. )

I talked with authorized person in club and he said to me that ' he was in our list but we are looking fot more effective player for our club'



Sercan Ergin joins Optimum TED Ankara - by Eurobasket News
Optimum TED Ankara continues with signings this summer. Their latest addition for the next season is forward Sercan Ergin (197-C-83). The 27-year-old Ergin heads to his new club from Hacettepe. He helped Hacettepe reach the TB2L Finals last season and they advanced to TBL. For 33 games in TB2L last season Ergin had 5.5 ppg and 3.3 rpg. In 2010, he reached TB2L Semifinals with the same team. That season he had 6.9 ppg and 3.2 rpg. Before Hacettepe, Sercan Ergin spent two years with Bursa. He had 14 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 2 spg in their second season together (TB2L). In 2007/08, Ergin has 13.1 ppg and 7.8 rpg with the same team. He played for Adliyespor and Koaceli in the past.

Turkey B National Team winless in China - by Eurobasket News
Turkish B National Team travelled to China to take part at Four-Nations friendly tournament. The European team suffered three losses in a row in Kunshan. They opened their campaign against Australia. The Boomers turned out stronger claiming a 75:63 win at the end. Australia grabbed a 41:29 lead at halftime. Turkey could not recover in the second half and had to surrender at the end. Angus Brandt (208-F/C) scored 17 points to pace the winners.
Turkey faced China next. Zhu FangYu (201-F-83) erupted for game-high 30 points to pace the hosts to a 79:73 win at the end. China led 34:31 at halftime. Turkey pulled in front 48:46 in the third term but could not capitalize. Zhang QingPeng (189-G-81) put China back on top 67:66 in the fourth frame and the home team rallied to the victory at the end. Wang ShiPeng (197-G/F-83) added 11 points for the winners. Ceyhun Altay (196-G/F-86, agency: Court Side) responded with 17 points for Turkey.
Turkey surrendered in the third game of the tournament as well. They faced Montenegro and yielded 78:92. Turkey led by five points 21:16 after ten minutes of action but Montenegro stepped on the gas in the next frames and rallied to a comfortable victory at the end. Ibrahim Yildirim (188-G-90) finished with 24 points and 6 rebounds for Turkey. Ceyhun Altay added 15 points in the loss.
The teams will now move to Yongcheng for another round of games.



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  UKRAINE   


Oleksandr Lypovyy pens deal with BC Donetsk - by Eurobasket News
Oleksandr Lypovyy (199-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) is now officially the player of BC Donetsk. The guard signed a five-year deal with the Superleague vice-champions. Oleksandr Lypovyy started the previous season in BC Kyiv. He tallied 13.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game. In EuroChallenge Qualifying Round his stats read 9.5 points, 4.0 boards and 3.5 assists per appearance. In March Oleksandr Lypovyy moved to BC Donetsk on loan. He posted 2.7 points and 1.5 rebounds for his new team in Superleague. Eurobasket.com named Oleksandr Lypovyy into Ukrainian Superleague All-Domestic Team. The guard was the member of U16, U18 and U20 Ukrainian National Teams. Lypovyy averaged 14.3 points, 3.6 boards, 2.6 assists and 2.1 steals per game at U20 European Championship in Croatia in 2010.


BC Odessa bring in Dzianis Korshuk - by Eurobasket News
BC Odessa have bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Dzianis Korshuk (201-F-78, agency: Agency No 10). The 33-year-old forward spent the last season in Minsk-2006. Dzianis Korshuk tallied 9.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game in VTB League. In EuroChallenge Qualifying Round his stats read 10.0 points, 6.5 boards and 1.0 assist per appearance. The forward also recorded 11.6 points, 2.9 assists, 2.6 rebounds in Belarusian Premier League. Before joining Minsk-2006 Dzianis Korshuk had stints with AZS Koszalin, Slask Wroclaw, Vitalyur Minsk, Astoria Bydgoszcz, Grodno and RTI Minsk. The forward was named Eurobasket.com All-Belarusian League Player of the Year in 2004. Dzianis Korshuk is the member of Belarusian National Team. He tallied 8.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game at 2011 EuroBasket in Division Qualifying Round.


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Ron Artest considering British basketball - by Eurobasket News
Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest (201-G/F-79, college: St.John's) plans to play in England if the lockout continues into next season, the Los Angeles Times reported.

According to the report, Artest was doing a stand-up comedy show and said he was going to play for the Cheshire Jets or Glasgow Rocks. He was asked by a member of the audience why he was playing in the British Basketball League rather than one of Europe's more competitive leagues.

'The teams aren't good, but I'm going there to finish a movie, so why not?' Artest said.

Last month, Artest said he was going to change his name to Metta World Peace. At the comedy show, he said his reasoning was that 'World Peace' would be on the back of his jersey and fans couldn't say, 'I hate 'World Peace.''

Courtesy of www.turnto23.com


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  URUGUAY   


Atenas advanced to the Metro semifinal games - by Hector Lopez
Atenas advanced to play the Metro League semifinals games after beating Urunday Universitario 99-85. For Arenas Marcos Cabot (178-PG-89) netted 31 points and Quentin Smith (205-C-77, college: Mississippi St.) added 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks. For Urunday Steven Toyloy (203-C-87, college: Cincinnati) had 10 points 15 rebounds and 3 blocks. For the best of three semifinals games Nacional will begin 1-0 against Atenas, and Larranaga 1-0 against Goes. The winner will play a best of three final games for another promotion the the Uruguayan League 2012. Tabare already won the first promotion.

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  WALES   


Andorra open win count at U16 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Andorra U16 - Wales U16 64:49

Andorra claimed the first win at U16 European Championship in Division C. They overcame Wales in Group A opener in San Marino today. Juan Bustamante Gomez scored 24 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to pace the winners.
Andorra grabbed the lead midway through the opening quarter and posted a 16:12 advantage at the first break. Andorra used an 11:0 run midway through the second frame to take a 29:14 advantage. Andorra ensured a 35:19 halftime advantage. They boosted the gap to 20 points early in the third term. Reade pulled Wales within 14 points at the final break. Wales cut the deficit to just 8 points midway through the fourth term. Andorra however quickly restored a double-digit lead and raced to the victory at the end. Jordi Moline de La Rosa nailed 12 points for the winners. Daniel Walsh had 12 points for Wales. Thomas North finished with 11 points in the loss.

Andorra U16: Juan Bustamante Gomez 24+18 boards, Jordi Moline de La Rosa 12
Wales U16: Daniel Walsh 12, Thomas North 11





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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Bendigo Spirit re-sign proven point guard Chalmers - by Eurobasket News
The Bendigo Bank Spirit have today announced the re-signing of Jane Chalmers (160-G-83) for the 2011/12 WNBL season.

The dynamic point guard appeared in all 24 contests for the Spirit last year including a crucial 16 point, six rebound performance in the teams Round 18 overtime win against Adelaide.

Filling in for an injured Kristi Harrower, Chalmers ran the point for 38 minutes, top-scoring for the Spirit in the teams regular season finale as the team prepared for postseason play.

An inaugural member of the Spirit, Chalmers has racked up over 80 career WNBL games while also being a long-time member of the local Lady Braves SEABL team.

Spirit coach Bernie Harrower said the impact that Chalmers has on the team goes well beyond what may appear in the stat sheet.

Jane has always provided us with an important sparkplug off the bench with her intensity, energy and willingness to do whatever she can to help the team win, Harrower said.

She has developed into a more than capable point guard in this league as shown by some of the games where she filled in for Kristi and the team didnt miss a beat.

Jane has become a leader in the locker room and provides a strong veteran presence that every team needs. Her exciting style of play makes her a fan favourite as well, and shes shown she has the ability to hold her own against any team in the league.

After averaging 1.5 points and 1.3 rebounds per game during the 2010/11 WNBL season, Chalmers is currently averaging 8.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game for the Lady Braves in the SEABL.

An Echuca native, Chalmers will continue to make the commute to Bendigo to suit up for the citys only national sporting team and add to the Spirits depth at the guard position.

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


Ironmonger to Link with Flames - by Eurobasket News
Former Australian Intitute of Sport and University of Oregon centre Ellyce Ironmonger (193-F/C-89) has signed with the Southern Design Sydney Uni Flames for the 2011/2012 WNBL season.

The Western Australian has spent the last four years plying her trade in the strong Pac-10 conference and will arrive in Sydney next week to commence preparations with the Flames.

A robust rebounder with a deft shooting touch, Ironmonger will add to the front court stocks of the Flames as they look to return to the WNBL finals after narrowly missing the play-offs last season.

In announcing the signing, Flames coach Karen Dalton said she was pleased to add some genuine size to the Sydney front court.

'Ellyce is a genuine centre who has a good feel for the game and has some good experience under her belt despite her youth,' Dalton said.

'We are looking for Ellyce to provide strength on the glass and defend some of the premier centres in the league and we believe she will be a good foil for players like Amy Denson and Eva Afeaki.'

After graduating from the AIS, Ironmonger spent four years playing and studying at The University of Oregon, the last two of which under former Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Mercury coach Paul Westhead.

She has had previous WNBL experience, playing for the AIS as a teenager during her stint in Canberra prior to heading to the United States.

It was been a whirlwind few weeks for the daughter of former Sydney Swans ruckman John Ironmonger, having graduated from Oregon in late June before returning to catch up with family in Perth and then across to Sydney to start training next week.

The Flames have started pre-season conditioning and shooting sessions and Ironmonger will meet her new team-mates at her first session with the squad next Tuesday afternoon.

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


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  AUSTRIA - Women  


U20 Austria celebrates first win in Ohrid, U20 Estonia drops to 0-4 - by Eurobasket News
U20 AUSTRIA - U20 ESTONIA 68-54

Austria kept their hopes for the next stage alive. Both teams were winless before this meeting and Austria managed to beat Estonia 68-54 for 1-3 record in Group B. On the other side, Estonia dropped to 0-4 and lost all chances for the next stage. Milena Lazarevic (178-G/F-91) once again was the leading player in Austria. She spent 26 minutes on the court registering double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds. Kata Takacs (184-F-91) and Julia Koppl (187-F/C-91) delivered 9 points each. In Estonia, Mailis Pokk (185-F/C-92) shined with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Annika Koster (185-F/C-92) (8 rebs) and Marit Maaring (178-G-91) stopped to 8 points each. Quarters: 18-17, 17-8, 22-17, 11-12.
Tomorrow, Austria will meet Israel and will hope that Belgium will fail against Estonia. Only if Austria wins and Belgium losses, Austria will reach the next stage.

Austria: Milena Lazarevic 21+13 boards, Kata Takacs 9, Julia Koppl 9
Estonia: Mailis Pokk 21+6 boards, Annika Koster 8+8 boards, Marit Maaring 8


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  BELARUS - Women  


U20 Germany grabs 73-71 win against U20 Belarus - by Eurobasket News
U20 BELARUS - U20 GERMANY 71-73

Germany made the first win in Group G. They failed yesterday against Slovakia, but today Germany grabbed 73-71 win against Belarus. Both teams have 1-1 record now. Emina Karic (178-G/F-91) scored 15 points for the winners and Christina Schnorr (187-F-92) added 14 points, plus 6 boards. Julia Gaudermann (166-PG-92) collected 11 pts and 9 rebs. Aliaksandra Musatava (174-G-92) responded with 26 points and 5 rebounds in defeat. Nadzeya Bohdan (187-C-93) had 13 pts and 9 rebs, while Maryia Filonchyk (189-C/F-92) added 10 pts and 7 rebs. Quarters: 19-15, 12-21, 19-16, 21-21. Tomorrow, Germany will meet Romania. Slovakia will play against Slovakia.

Belarus: Aliaksandra Musatava 26+5 boards, Nadzeya Bohdan 13+9 boards, Maryia Filonchyk 10+7
Germany: Emina Karic 15, Christina Schnorr 14+6 boards, Julia Gaudermann 11+9 boards


U20 Belarus makes first step forward to avoid relegation - by Eurobasket News
ROMANIA - BELARUS 50-64

It was the first game of Group G, where four teams fight for two places to avoid relegation from Division A. Belarus made the first move as they beat Romania 64-50 for 1-0 record in this pool. Nadzeya Bohdan (187-C-93) shined for the winners of this meeting with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Maryna Ivashchanka (190-C-93) had double-double of 13 points and 15 rebounds, while Aliaksandra Musatava (174-G-92) also helped with 13 pts. In the loosing squad, Gabriela Cursaru (169-PG-92) delivered 13 pts and Sonia Ursu (175-G/F-93) had 10 points, plus 9 boards. Quarters: 14-20, 14-21, 7-14, 15-9. In the next meeting, Romania will meet Slovakia. On the other side, Belarus will take on Germany. Yesterday, Slovakia was better than Germany 55-46 so Slovakia and Belarus are together on top now. Romania and Germany are in the red zone.

Romania: Gabriela Cursaru 13, Sonia Ursu 10+9 boards
Belarus: Nadzeya Bohdan 16+8 boards, Maryna Ivashchanka 13+15 boards, Aliaksandra Musatava 13


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  BELGIUM - Women  


Another easy win for U20 Czech Republic (4-0) in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News
U20 CZECH REPUBLIC - U20 BELGIUM 73-44

Czech Republic demonstrated another great performance in Ohrid. This time they blasted Belgium 73-44 for perfect 4-0 record in Group B. Of course, Czech Republic already secured a spot for the next stage and the only question is will they be No.1 of this pool. On the other side, Belgium dropped to 1-3, but still has a chance to reach the next stage. Petra Zaplatova (175-G/F-91) top-scored in victory with 15 points. Lenka Bartakova (176-G-91) had 14 points and 5 rebounds, while Adela Filarova (174-G-91) added 13 pts. In Belgium, Noemie Mayombo (171-PG-91, agency: LBM Management) was the only one with double-digits, 10 points. Emmanuella Mayombo (170-G-92, agency: LBM Management) stopped to 8 pts. Quarters: 22-13, 14-11, 20-10, 17-10.
Tomorrow, Czech Republic will meet Greece for the first place in Group B. Belgium will play against Estonia. Of course, victory is a must for Belgium.

Czech Republic: Petra Zaplatova 15, Lenka Bartakova 14+5 boards, Adela Filarova added 13
Belgium: Noemie Mayombo 10, Emmanuella Mayombo 8


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  CBC CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Standings (Women)
Standings
1. Bahamas0-0
2. Cuba0-0
3. Dominican R.0-0
4. US Virg.Isl0-0
5. Trinid/T.0-0
6. Saint Vince.0-0


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  CENTROBASKET U17 - Women  


Standing
Standings
Group A
1. Cayman Isla.0-0
2. Dominican R.0-0
3. Mexico0-0
Group B
1. Bahamas0-0
2. Guatemala0-0
3. US Virg.Isl0-0
4. P.Rico0-0


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Another easy win for U20 Czech Republic (4-0) in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News
U20 CZECH REPUBLIC - U20 BELGIUM 73-44

Czech Republic demonstrated another great performance in Ohrid. This time they blasted Belgium 73-44 for perfect 4-0 record in Group B. Of course, Czech Republic already secured a spot for the next stage and the only question is will they be No.1 of this pool. On the other side, Belgium dropped to 1-3, but still has a chance to reach the next stage. Petra Zaplatova (175-G/F-91) top-scored in victory with 15 points. Lenka Bartakova (176-G-91) had 14 points and 5 rebounds, while Adela Filarova (174-G-91) added 13 pts. In Belgium, Noemie Mayombo (171-PG-91, agency: LBM Management) was the only one with double-digits, 10 points. Emmanuella Mayombo (170-G-92, agency: LBM Management) stopped to 8 pts. Quarters: 22-13, 14-11, 20-10, 17-10.
Tomorrow, Czech Republic will meet Greece for the first place in Group B. Belgium will play against Estonia. Of course, victory is a must for Belgium.

Czech Republic: Petra Zaplatova 15, Lenka Bartakova 14+5 boards, Adela Filarova added 13
Belgium: Noemie Mayombo 10, Emmanuella Mayombo 8


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  DENMARK - Women  


Standings - Dameligaen
Dameligaen Standings
 1. Aabyhoj 0-0 
 2. Amager 0-0 
 3. Falcon 0-0 
 4. Horsens 0-0 
 5. Horsholm 0-0 
 6. Lemvig 0-0 
 7. SISU 0-0 
 8. Vaerlose 0-0 


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  ESTONIA - Women  


U20 Austria celebrates first win in Ohrid, U20 Estonia drops to 0-4 - by Eurobasket News
U20 AUSTRIA - U20 ESTONIA 68-54

Austria kept their hopes for the next stage alive. Both teams were winless before this meeting and Austria managed to beat Estonia 68-54 for 1-3 record in Group B. On the other side, Estonia dropped to 0-4 and lost all chances for the next stage. Milena Lazarevic (178-G/F-91) once again was the leading player in Austria. She spent 26 minutes on the court registering double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds. Kata Takacs (184-F-91) and Julia Koppl (187-F/C-91) delivered 9 points each. In Estonia, Mailis Pokk (185-F/C-92) shined with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Annika Koster (185-F/C-92) (8 rebs) and Marit Maaring (178-G-91) stopped to 8 points each. Quarters: 18-17, 17-8, 22-17, 11-12.
Tomorrow, Austria will meet Israel and will hope that Belgium will fail against Estonia. Only if Austria wins and Belgium losses, Austria will reach the next stage.

Austria: Milena Lazarevic 21+13 boards, Kata Takacs 9, Julia Koppl 9
Estonia: Mailis Pokk 21+6 boards, Annika Koster 8+8 boards, Marit Maaring 8


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  EUROLEAGUE - Women  


Kubra Siyahdemir officially joins Fenerbahce - by Eurobasket News
Kubra Siyahdemir (183-F-86) officially became a new member of Fenerbahce Istanbul. The Turkish forward successful passed medical examinations and will play for the reigning champions next season. Siyahdemir heads to Fener from Tarsus, where she spent last two years. Last season, she played 25 games for the club registering 9.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 2.3 apg. She was named Eurobasket.com Turkish TKBL All-Domestic Players Team -11. In 2009/10, Siyahdemir averaged 10 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 3.3 apg for Tarsus. In the past, she played for Ted Kayseri, Galatasaray and Mirgos.
Kubra Siyahdemir played for the Turkish National Team in Qualifications to European Championships 2011. For 7 games eh had 4.7 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 1 apg. She played for Team Turkey in 2006 as well.


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20 - Women  


Division A: First games of the Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Ukraine - Russia 54-61
Russia made a huge step forward to Quarterfinals in Novi Sad. They outplayed Ukraine 61-54 for perfect 3-0 record in Qualifying Group E. Russia stays the main candidate to win this pool. On the other side, Ukraine dropped to 1-2. Alexandra Tarasova (194-C-91) stepped up with 14 points and 6 rebounds in victory. Anastasiya Shilova (185-F/G-91) followed with 11 points and 6 boards, while Viktoria Medvedeva (185-C/F-91) added 10 points and 7 rebounds. In Ukraine, Alina Iagupova (181-G-92, agency: LBM Management) shined with 18 points and 7 rebs. Their second scorer was Krystyna Matsko (182-F-91) with 12 points. Russia made 15-17 lead in the first ten minutes and continued with 10-17 until the breather. However, Ukraine shined in Q3 and won that period 15-10. Russia took control on their rivals for rest of the meeting (14-17) and celebrated 54-61 victory at the end.
In the second game of the Qualifying Round, Russia will meet Poland. Ukraine will take on Turkey.

Turkey - Serbia 53-64
Valuable win for the host of U20 EuroBasket 2011. Serbia was better than Turkey 64-53 improving to 2-1 record in Qualifying Group E. They currently share the second place with Poland. On the other side, Turkey dropped to 0-3, but they still have a chance to reach the next stage. Maja Vucurovic (188-F-91) scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds for the winners. Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) exploded with double-double of 14 points and 18 rebounds, while Marina Markovic (181-G/F-91) added 12 pts. In defeat, Ozge Yavas (174-G-91) had 14 points, while Esra Ural (198-C-91) shined with 12 pts and 21 rebounds. Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) stopped to 9 pts and 8 boards in this meeting. Serbia had amazing second half and thanks to it they grabbed this win. Quarters: (18-17, 16-11, 11-20, 8-16).
In Day Two of the Qualifying Round, Serbia will play against Lithuania and Turkey will meet Ukraine.

Lithuania - Poland 60-67
Poland managed to beat Lithuania 67-60 in the first game of the Qualifying Round in Novi Sad. Both teams had 1-1 before this meeting and Poland currently shares the second place of Group E with Serbia. Lithuania is No.4 at this moment. Malgorzata Misiuk (184-F-91) shined for the winners with double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Monika Jasnowska (182-G/F-92) scored 14 points and Magdalena Zietara (170-G/F-92) helped with 9 points, plus 8 boards. In the loosing squad, Gintare Mazionyte (186-F/C-91) top-scored with 14 points. Santa Okockyte (176-G-92) (5 rebs) and Inesa Visgaudaite (172-PG-91) (5 rebs) had 13 and 12 points respectively. Poland did a great job in the last ten minutes to win this game. Quarters: 16-14, 17-12, 14-16, 13-25.
In the second game of the Qualifying Round, Poland will meet Russia. Lithuania will take on the host of this event - Serbia.
Group F
Holland - Spain 36-73
Another victory for Spain in Zrenjanin. Spain was perfect in Preliminary Round and they continued in the same rhythm in Qualifying Round as well. This time Spain destroyed Holland 73-36 for 3-0 record in Group F and now shares the first place with also perfect France. Holland joined Latvia with 0-3 in this pool. Holland started the game better making 17-14 lead in the first ten minutes, but that was all from them last night. Spain replied with 10-24 in Q2 and kept them scoreless for the entire third period (0-16). Last ten minutes were just the formality and Spain ended this game with huge 73-36. Queralt Casas (180-G-92) stepped up for the winners with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Leonor Rodriguez Manso (181-G-91) (5 rebs) scored 14 and Amaya Gastaminza (189-F-91, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Oregon St.) (8 rebs) helped with two points less. In Holland, Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) delivered 13 points and Tamlyn De Groot (186-C-91) stopped to 6.
In Day Two of the Qualifying Round, Spain will meet Italy. Holland will meet Latvia and will try to grab the first win.

United Kingdom - Italy 36-44
Valuable win for Italy at the start of the Qualifying Round in Zrenjanin. They outplayed United Kingdom 44-36 improving to 2-1 record in Group F. At the same time, UK dropped to 1-2. Italy opened the game better as they made 6-13 lead in the first period, but UK answered with 14-8 for rest of the first half. Third quarter belonged to Italy 9-12 and they managed to extend their lead in the last ten minutes to the final 36-44. Federica Tognalini (183-F-91) came up with double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Alessandra Tava (184-F/C-91) scored 13 and Federica Nannucci (170-G-91) followed with 8 pts. In UK, Katrin Chiemeka (170-G-91) collected 10 points and 9 rebounds. Their second scorer was Temitope Fagbenle (191-F-92) with 8 pts (6 rebs).
Italy will meet powerful Spain in the next meeting. UK will take on also perfect France.

Latvia - France 62-75
France demonstrated another great performance in Zrenjanin. This time France outplayed Latvia 75-62 for perfect 3-0 record in Qualifying Group B. They share the first place in this pool with Spain. On the other side, Latvia stays winless with 0-3. Isabelle Strunc (179-G-91) and Clementine Samson (181-G/F-91) scored 15 points each for France, while Hhadydia Minte (187-F-91) added 11 points and 10 rebounds. Kelly Corre (180-F-91) also helped her team with 11 points in this meeting. In Latvia, Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) collected 19 points and 10 rebounds. She was the MVP of this game with valuation 25. Dita Rozenberga (181-F-92) had 11 points and 7 rebounds, while Kristine Vitola (196-C/F-91) added 9 pts and 8 rebs. Last ten minutes were the crucial as France smashed their rivals with 5-17. Quarters: 25-20, 19-21, 13-17, 5-17.
In Day Two of the Qualifying Round, France will meet United Kingdom. Latvia will take on Holland, who is also winless in this stage.
Group G, Places 13-16
Germany - Slovakia 46-55
Slovakia made the first step forward to avoid elimination from Division A. They outplayed Germany 55-46 for 1-0 record in Group G. Slovakia made 20-12 lead in the first ten minutes and jumped to plus 12 until the halftime. Germany slightly improved after that, but was not able to make a turn. Third period ended with 12-13 for Germany and last ten minutes were tied at 12-12 so Slovakia celebrated valuable 55-46 win at the end. Barbora Balintova (173-G-94) top-scored in victory with 12 points. Angelika Oravcova (175-G-92) had 11 and Marta Palenikova (184-G/F-92) added 8 points, plus 5 boards. Sonja Greinacher (188-F/C-92) answered with 21 points and 11 rebounds in loss. Their second scorer was Julia Gaudermann (166-PG-92) with 7 pts.
In the next game, Slovakia will meet Romania. Germany will take on Belarus.

Romania - Belarus 50-64
It was the first game of Group G, where four teams fight for two places to avoid relegation from Division A. Belarus made the first move as they beat Romania 64-50 for 1-0 record in this pool. Nadzeya Bohdan (187-C-93) shined for the winners of this meeting with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Maryna Ivashchanka (190-C-93) had double-double of 13 points and 15 rebounds, while Aliaksandra Musatava (174-G-92) also helped with 13 pts. In the loosing squad, Gabriela Cursaru (169-PG-92) delivered 13 pts and Sonia Ursu (175-G/F-93) had 10 points, plus 9 boards. Quarters: 14-20, 14-21, 7-14, 15-9. In the next meeting, Romania will meet Slovakia. On the other side, Belarus will take on Germany. Yesterday, Slovakia was better than Germany 55-46 so Slovakia and Belarus are together on top now. Romania and Germany are in the red zone.


W-Standings - Group A
Standings
Group E
1. Poland3-1
2. Russia3-1
3. Serbia3-1
4. Ukraine2-2
5. Lithuania1-3
6. Turkey0-4
Group F
1. Spain4-0
2. France3-1
3. Italy2-2
4. U.Kingdom2-2
5. Latvia1-3
6. Holland0-4
Group Places 13-16
1. Germany1-0
2. Slovakia1-0
3. Romania0-1
4. Belarus0-1


Standings Div.B (Women) - by Eurobasket News
Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Sweden3-0
2. Portugal3-1
3. Bulgaria1-2
4. Hungary1-2
5. FYR Macedo.0-3
Group B
1. Czech Rep.4-0
2. Greece4-0
3. Israel2-2
4. Austria1-3
5. Belgium1-3
6. Estonia0-4


Stats Leaders (Women)
Points Per Game
 Alina IAGUPOVA
  (181-G-92)
  Avg: 17
 1. Iagupova, UKR17.0 
 2. Malashenko, UKR15.8 
 3. Greinacher, GER15.2 
 4. Misiuk, POL15.0 
 5. Krnjic, SRB14.8 
 6. Niedola, LAT13.8 
 7. Cora, TUR13.8 
 8. Zietara, POL13.6 
 9. Yavas, TUR13.4 
 10. Okockyte, LTU13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Monika GRIGALAUSKYTE
  (187-F-92)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Grigalauskyt., LTU14.6 
 2. Ural, TUR11.8 
 3. Niedola, LAT11.4 
 4. Krnjic, SRB11.4 
 5. Van Grinsven, NED11.0 
 6. Malashenko, UKR10.6 
 7. Vitola, LAT10.2 
 8. Minte, FRA10.2 
 9. Jovanovic, SRB9.5 
 10. Tarasova, RUS9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Alina IAGUPOVA
  (181-G-92)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Iagupova, UKR4.6 
 2. Zietara, POL4.0 
 3. Kuras, POL3.6 
 4. Ortiz, ESP3.4 
 5. Niedola, LAT3.2 
 6. Panevina, RUS3.0 
 7. Colic, SRB3.0 
 8. Yavas, TUR3.0 
 9. Bestagno, ITA2.8 
 10. Rodriguez Ma., ESP2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Queralt CASAS
  (180-G-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Casas, ESP3.0 
 2. Nizamova, RUS2.8 
 3. Mistygacz, POL2.8 
 4. Ble, ESP2.8 
 5. Butter, NED2.6 
 6. Markovic, SRB2.4 
 7. Matsko, UKR2.4 
 8. Ursu, ROM2.4 
 9. Takmaz, TUR2.3 
 10. Bigica, ROM2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Ella CLARK
  ENG
  (190-F-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Clark, ENG2.0 
 2. Fagbenle, ENG1.8 
 3. Tarasova, RUS1.6 
 4. Iagupova, UKR1.6 
 5. Vitola, LAT1.4 
 6. Malashenko, UKR1.4 
 7. Van Grinsven, NED1.4 
 8. Mistygacz, POL1.4 
 9. Greinacher, GER1.2 
 10. Slamova, SVK1.2 


Division A: Second games of the Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Turkey - Ukraine 62-74
Ukraine made a big step forward to Quarterfinals of U20 EuroBasket in Novi Sad. They outplayed Turkey 74-62 improving to 2-2 record in Qualifying Group E. Alina Iagupova (181-G-92, agency: LBM Management) once again was the leading scorer in Ukraine with 21 points and she grabbed 7 rebounds beside that. However, Olesia Malashenko (189-F-91, agency: LBM Management) was their best player with 19 points and 15 rebounds. She was the MVP of this meeting as well with valuation 28. Lyudmyla Naumenko (184-F-93) helped with 13 points and 10 rebs. In the loosing squad, Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) collected 23 points and 5 rebounds, while Pinar Demirok (180-F-91) had 19 pts and 7 rebs. Quarters: 23-17, 13-14, 11-20, 15-23.
Tomorrow, Ukraine will meet Lithuania and it could be the crucial game for both teams. Turkey (0-4) will meet Poland, but it is already clear that Turkey lost all chances to reach the Quarterfinals.

Poland - Russia 72-66
Poland did a great job today in Novi Sad. They outplayed Russia 72-66 joining them on top of Group E with 3-1 record. Both teams already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals and tomorrow will be decided who will be the winner of this pool. Malgorzata Misiuk (184-F-91) stepped up for Poland with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Magdalena Zietara (170-G/F-92) also scored 15 pts and Monika Jasnowska (182-G/F-92) added three points less. In the loosing squad, Veronika Dorosheva (193-F-91) collected 19 points and 9 rebounds. Alexandra Tarasova (194-C-91) had 17 points and 10 boards, while Anastasiya Shilova (185-F/G-91) added 16 pts and 5 rebs. Quarters: 12-9, 18-18, 19-21, 23-18.
Tomorrow, Poland will meet Turkey. In case of win Poland will end as No.1 of Group E. Russia will play against Serbia.

Serbia - Lithuania 78-72
Serbia secured a spot for the U20 EuroBasket Quarterfinals. They outplayed Lithuania 78-72 this evening for 3-1 record in Group A. Russia and Poland have the same score in this pool. On the other side, Lithuania slipped to 1-3. They will meet Ukraine in do-or-die game tomorrow. Tijana Ajdukovic (197-C-91) stepped up for Serbia with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Snezana Colic (176-G-92) had 18 and Maja Vucurovic (188-F-91) added 16 points, plus 5 boards. In Lithuania, Santa Okockyte (176-G-92) delivered 18 points. Gintare Mazionyte (186-F/C-91) and Inesa Visgaudaite (172-PG-91) stopped to 10 pts each. Quarters: 22-26, 18-13, 21-10, 17-23. Serbia will play against Russia tomorrow.

Group F
Latvia - Holland 67-58
It was a game between two winless teams of the Qualifying Group F. Latvia (1-3) managed to beat Holland 67-58 and to keep its Quarterfinals hopes alive. On the other side, Holland (0-4) already lost all chances to reach the next stage. Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) shined with 20 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Kristine Vitola (196-C/F-91) exploded with 18 points and 18 rebounds and she was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 32. Anete Kirsteine (178-F/G-92) was third scorer in victory with 15 points. In Holland, Kourtney Treffers (186-F-94) was better than the others scoring 15 points for 15 minutes on the court. Chatilla Van Grinsven (187-F-89) followed her with 12 pts and 7 rebounds.
Tomorrow, Latvia will meet Italy and will hope that Holland will beat UK. Of course, victory against Italy is a must for Latvia.

France - United Kingdom 50-62
United Kingdom surprised France in Zrenjanin today. UK celebrated 62-50 victory and it is the first loss for France at this event. Thanks to this win, UK jumped to 2-2 in Group B and has a nice chance to reach the Quarterfinals. France slipped to 3-1 and despite this loss already booked a ticket for the next stage. Ella Clark (190-F-92) was a key player for the winners with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Renee E. Busch (174-G-92) had 12 points and 6 boards, while Jessica Hurd (182-F-92) helped with 9 points and 7 rebs. Hhadydia Minte (187-F-91) responded with 14 points and 9 boards in defeat. Kelly Corre (180-F-91) stopped to 10 pts this time. Quarters: 18-21, 4-6, 12-16, 16-19.
In the last day of the Qualifying Round, United Kingdom will meet winless Netherlands. France will take on Spain.

Italy - Spain 39-65
Spain extended their winning streak in Zrenjanin. They handed 65-39 loss to Italy for perfect 4-0 record in the Qualifying Group B. Spain will meet France tomorrow and the winner will end as No.1 in this pool. On the other side, Italy slipped to 2-2. They will play against Latvia tomorrow. Laura Gil Collado (190-C-92, agency: Josep and Nicolas) came up with double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Vanessa Ble (190-C/F-91) had 10 points and 6 rebs, while Queralt Casas (180-G-92) added 8 pts. In Italy, Virginia Galbiati (175-G/F-92) delivered 7 points. Alessandra Tava (184-F/C-91) and Valeria De Pretto (182-F-91) had 6 pts each. Quarters: 16-16, 3-8, 4-22, 16-19.
Group G, Places 13-16
Slovakia - Romania 54-33
Slovakia made another step forward to survival in Division A. They handed 54-33 loss to Romania for 2-0 record in Group G. On the other side, Romania is still in the red zone with 0-2. Angelika Oravcova (175-G-92) top-scored for the winners with 12 points. Sabina Oroszova (187-F-93) secured a great help adding 8 points and 20 rebounds, while Angelika Slamova (172-G-94) also scored 8 pts. In the loosing squad, Cristina Bigica (182-F-92) collected 15 points and 5 rebs. Flavia Ferenczi (175-F-91) stopped to 7 pts. Quarters: 12-12, 16-2, 18-7, 8-12.
Tomorrow, Slovakia will meet Belarus. Romania will play against Germany.

Belarus - Germany 71-73
Germany made the first win in Group G. They failed yesterday against Slovakia, but today Germany grabbed 73-71 win against Belarus. Both teams have 1-1 record now. Emina Karic (178-G/F-91) scored 15 points for the winners and Christina Schnorr (187-F-92) added 14 points, plus 6 boards. Julia Gaudermann (166-PG-92) collected 11 pts and 9 rebs. Aliaksandra Musatava (174-G-92) responded with 26 points and 5 rebounds in defeat. Nadzeya Bohdan (187-C-93) had 13 pts and 9 rebs, while Maryia Filonchyk (189-C/F-92) added 10 pts and 7 rebs. Quarters: 19-15, 12-21, 19-16, 21-21. Tomorrow, Germany will meet Romania. Slovakia will play against Slovakia.


Division B: Day Four in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Sweden - FYR Macedonia 87-47
Sweden destroyed FYROM in Ohrid today 87-47. It is third straight win for Sweden, who secured a first place in Preliminary Group A. Also they already booked a spot for the next stage. FYROM on the other side stays winless with 0-3 score. Frida Fogdemark (187-F-91) stepped up for Sweden with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) had 11 pts and 5 rebs, while Sandra Hasahya-Ngoie (185-F/C-92), Cleopatra Forsman-Goga (180-G-91) and Ida Aasa (177-G-91) added 9 pts each. Andzelika Mitrasinovik (175-G-93) and Lefterija Temelkova (167-PG-93) netted 9 points apiece in loss. Quarters: 16-17, 28-7, 22-13, 21-10.
Tomorrow, Sweden will meet Bulgaria. The host of U20 EuroBasket will play against Hungary.

Hungary - Portugal 63-67
Portugal played all of their four games in the Preliminary Round in Ohrid. They handed 67-63 loss to Hungary for 3-1 record in Group A. They ended as No.2 of Group A and booked a spot for the next stage. On the other side, Hungary dropped to 1-2 in this pool. They still have a chance to reach Qualifying Round. Maria Joao Andrade (186-F/C-92) shined in victory with 17 points. Daniela Domingues (176-F/G-92) had 16 pts and 6 rebs, while Luiana Livulo (187-C-91) added 13 pts and 8 rebs. In Hungary, Bernadett Balla (192-F/C-91) collected 14 points and 8 rebs. Krisztina Velkey (180-G-92) and Reka Balint (182-F-91) (5 rebs) had 12 and 11 pts respectively. Quarters: 15-12, 16-24, 15-14, 17-17. Tomorrow, Hungary will meet FYROM.

Group B
Czech Republic - Belgium 73-44
Czech Republic demonstrated another great performance in Ohrid. This time they blasted Belgium 73-44 for perfect 4-0 record in Group B. Of course, Czech Republic already secured a spot for the next stage and the only question is will they be No.1 of this pool. On the other side, Belgium dropped to 1-3, but still has a chance to reach the next stage. Petra Zaplatova (175-G/F-91) top-scored in victory with 15 points. Lenka Bartakova (176-G-91) had 14 points and 5 rebounds, while Adela Filarova (174-G-91) added 13 pts. In Belgium, Noemie Mayombo (171-PG-91, agency: LBM Management) was the only one with double-digits, 10 points. Emmanuella Mayombo (170-G-92, agency: LBM Management) stopped to 8 pts. Quarters: 22-13, 14-11, 20-10, 17-10.
Tomorrow, Czech Republic will meet Greece for the first place in Group B. Belgium will play against Estonia. Of course, victory is a must for Belgium.

Austria - Estonia 68-54
Austria kept their hopes for the next stage alive. Both teams were winless before this meeting and Austria managed to beat Estonia 68-54 for 1-3 record in Group B. On the other side, Estonia dropped to 0-4 and lost all chances for the next stage. Milena Lazarevic (178-G/F-91) once again was the leading player in Austria. She spent 26 minutes on the court registering double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds. Kata Takacs (184-F-91) and Julia Koppl (187-F/C-91) delivered 9 points each. In Estonia, Mailis Pokk (185-F/C-92) shined with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Annika Koster (185-F/C-92) (8 rebs) and Marit Maaring (178-G-91) stopped to 8 points each. Quarters: 18-17, 17-8, 22-17, 11-12.
Tomorrow, Austria will meet Israel and will hope that Belgium will fail against Estonia. Only if Austria wins and Belgium losses, Austria will reach the next stage.

Greece - Israel 60-48
Greece registered another win in Ohrid. They outplayed Israel today 60-48 jumping to 4-0 record in Group B. Tomorrow, Greece will meet Czech Republic and the winner will end as No.1 of this pool. Of course, Greece already book secured a ticket for the next stage. On the other side, Israel dropped to 2-2 and still has a nice chance to advance. Georgia Kantara (176-G-93) stepped up for Greece with 22 points in this meeting. Artemis Spanou (185-F-93) had 14 points and 15 rebounds, and Zafeira Giampani (185-C-92) helped with 7 points and 7 boards. In Israel, Hadar Gutin (182-F/G-91) netted 17 points. Their second scorer was Bar Galinski (185-F-92) with 12 pts. Quarters: 13-15, 10-16, 19-6, 18-11. Israel will meet Austria tomorrow.


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  FRANCE - Women  


U20 UK hands first loss to U20 France in Zrenjanin - by Eurobasket News
FRANCE - UNITED KINGDOM 50-62

United Kingdom surprised France in Zrenjanin today. UK celebrated 62-50 victory and it is the first loss for France at this event. Thanks to this win, UK jumped to 2-2 in Group B and has a nice chance to reach the Quarterfinals. France slipped to 3-1 and despite this loss already booked a ticket for the next stage. Ella Clark (190-F-92) was a key player for the winners with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Renee E. Busch (174-G-92) had 12 points and 6 boards, while Jessica Hurd (182-F-92) helped with 9 points and 7 rebs. Hhadydia Minte (187-F-91) responded with 14 points and 9 boards in defeat. Kelly Corre (180-F-91) stopped to 10 pts this time. Quarters: 18-21, 4-6, 12-16, 16-19.
In the last day of the Qualifying Round, United Kingdom will meet winless Netherlands. France will take on Spain.

France: Hhadydia Minte 14+9 boards, Kelly Corre 10
United Kingdom: Ella Clark 16+7 boards, Renee E. Busch 12+6 boards, Jessica Hurd 9+7 boards


U20 France blasts U20 Latvia in the last ten minutes to stay perfect in Zrenjanin - by Eurobasket News
U20 LATVIA - U20 FRANCE 62-75

France demonstrated another great performance in Zrenjanin. This time France outplayed Latvia 75-62 for perfect 3-0 record in Qualifying Group B. They share the first place in this pool with Spain. On the other side, Latvia stays winless with 0-3. Isabelle Strunc (179-G-91) and Clementine Samson (181-G/F-91) scored 15 points each for France, while Hhadydia Minte (187-F-91) added 11 points and 10 rebounds. Kelly Corre (180-F-91) also helped her team with 11 points in this meeting. In Latvia, Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) collected 19 points and 10 rebounds. She was the MVP of this game with valuation 25. Dita Rozenberga (181-F-92) had 11 points and 7 rebounds, while Kristine Vitola (196-C/F-91) added 9 pts and 8 rebs. Last ten minutes were the crucial as France smashed their rivals with 5-17. Quarters: 25-20, 19-21, 13-17, 5-17.
In Day Two of the Qualifying Round, France will meet United Kingdom. Latvia will take on Holland, who is also winless in this stage.

Latvia: Sabine Niedola 19+10 boards, Dita Rozenberga 11+7 boards, Kristine Vitola 9+8 boards
France: Isabelle Strunc 15, Clementine Samson 15, Hhadydia Minte 11+10 boards, Kelly Corre 11


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  FYR MACEDONIA - Women  


U20 Sweden secures first place in Group A in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News
U20 SWEDEN - U20 FYR MACEDONIA 87-47

Sweden destroyed FYROM in Ohrid today 87-47. It is third straight win for Sweden, who secured a first place in Preliminary Group A. Also they already booked a spot for the next stage. FYROM on the other side stays winless with 0-3 score. Frida Fogdemark (187-F-91) stepped up for Sweden with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) had 11 pts and 5 rebs, while Sandra Hasahya-Ngoie (185-F/C-92), Cleopatra Forsman-Goga (180-G-91) and Ida Aasa (177-G-91) added 9 pts each. Andzelika Mitrasinovik (175-G-93) and Lefterija Temelkova (167-PG-93) netted 9 points apiece in loss. Quarters: 16-17, 28-7, 22-13, 21-10.
Tomorrow, Sweden will meet Bulgaria. The host of U20 EuroBasket will play against Hungary.

Sweden: Frida Fogdemark 15+6 boards, Binta Drammeh 11+5 boards, Sandra Hasahya-Ngoie 9, Cleopatra Forsman-Goga 9, Ida Aasa 9
FYROM: Andzelika Mitrasinovik 9, Lefterija Temelkova 9


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  GERMANY - Women  


U20 Germany grabs 73-71 win against U20 Belarus - by Eurobasket News
U20 BELARUS - U20 GERMANY 71-73

Germany made the first win in Group G. They failed yesterday against Slovakia, but today Germany grabbed 73-71 win against Belarus. Both teams have 1-1 record now. Emina Karic (178-G/F-91) scored 15 points for the winners and Christina Schnorr (187-F-92) added 14 points, plus 6 boards. Julia Gaudermann (166-PG-92) collected 11 pts and 9 rebs. Aliaksandra Musatava (174-G-92) responded with 26 points and 5 rebounds in defeat. Nadzeya Bohdan (187-C-93) had 13 pts and 9 rebs, while Maryia Filonchyk (189-C/F-92) added 10 pts and 7 rebs. Quarters: 19-15, 12-21, 19-16, 21-21. Tomorrow, Germany will meet Romania. Slovakia will play against Slovakia.

Belarus: Aliaksandra Musatava 26+5 boards, Nadzeya Bohdan 13+9 boards, Maryia Filonchyk 10+7
Germany: Emina Karic 15, Christina Schnorr 14+6 boards, Julia Gaudermann 11+9 boards


U20 Slovakia outplays U20 Germany in first game of Group G - by Eurobasket News
U20 GERMANY - U20 SLOVAKIA 46-55

Slovakia made the first step forward to avoid elimination from Division A. They outplayed Germany 55-46 for 1-0 record in Group G. Slovakia made 20-12 lead in the first ten minutes and jumped to plus 12 until the halftime. Germany slightly improved after that, but was not able to make a turn. Third period ended with 12-13 for Germany and last ten minutes were tied at 12-12 so Slovakia celebrated valuable 55-46 win at the end. Barbora Balintova (173-G-94) top-scored in victory with 12 points. Angelika Oravcova (175-G-92) had 11 and Marta Palenikova (184-G/F-92) added 8 points, plus 5 boards. Sonja Greinacher (188-F/C-92) answered with 21 points and 11 rebounds in loss. Their second scorer was Julia Gaudermann (166-PG-92) with 7 pts.
In the next game, Slovakia will meet Romania. Germany will take on Belarus.

Germany: Sonja Greinacher 21+11 boards, Julia Gaudermann 7
Slovakia: Barbora Balintova 12, Angelika Oravcova 11, Marta Palenikova 8+5 boards


Heidelberg keep Elena Hofmann, Sandra Heller and Caterina Maurer - by Eurobasket News
MLP BasCats USC Heidelberg keep Elena Hofmann (175-F-88), Sandra Heller (167-G-88) and Caterina Maurer (174-F-85) for the next season. The team announced three players to be confirmed for 2011/2012 season. Elena Hofmann, Caterina Maurer and Sandra Heller joined the team in 2009-2010 and will start their third season with the squad. All of them are German players. They will do their best to help the team to reach top positions next year.



Nadia Mossong heads to OKE Panthers Osnabruck - by Eurobasket News
Nadia Mossong (182-F-86) heads to OKE Panthers Osnabruck for the next season. The Luxembourgian National Team player Nadia Mossong signed her first professional contract this week.
In 2005-2006 she started for Residence de Walferdange (DBBL, starting five) and in 2006-2007 played also at Basketball Team Luxembourg (especially created team of top players in the league, which plays only in Europe Cup games). In EuroCup she averaged 4.0ppg, 2.4rpg. In 2007-2008 moved to E.Kentucky (NCAA) and in 26 games debuted with 1.5ppg, 1.8rpg. In her last season there she improved to 5.2ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP: 42.1%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 48.3%.
At the Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011 in 4 games Nadia Mossong had 10.5ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 35.0%, 3PT: 41.2%, FT: 63.6%. She erupted with 24 points at the Qualifying Round Day 9 when Bosnia was too strong for Luxembourg 88-67 in the last day of the EuroBasket 2011 Division B - Group B. Luxembourg was No.4 with two wins and six defeats. In defeat, Nadia Mossong was better than the others with 24 points and 9 rebounds.




Netherlands U16 won both games over Germany U16 in Heerenveen - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands U16 won both games over Germany U16. In Game 1 the hosts produced a 68:42 victory starting with 27-10. They added 13-8 in the second frame for a bigger lead at the halftime. Germany bounced back with 11-9 in the third period, but Netherlands U16 won the last quarter 19-13. Janine Guyt top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Isabella Slim (179-F-95) netted 14. Emese Hof followed them with 7 points and 8 rebounds in the winning effort. Emma lina Stach (173-G) scored 11 points for the German side.
In Game 2 Netherlands U16 registered 78:48 victory. In that game the hosts won all the quarters. They started with 25-17 and added 19-10 in the second period. Moreover the hosts won the third quarter 10-9 and finished the game with 24-12. For Germany Noemie Rouault (179-F-95) netted 12 points and Leonie Edringer as well as Emma lina Stach chipped in 9 apiece. Chantal Neuwald delivered 7, while Alina Hartmann (182-F-95) scored 5.



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U20 Greece defeats U20 Israel 60-48, jumps to 4-0 in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News
U20 GREECE - U20 ISRAEL 60-48

Greece registered another win in Ohrid. They outplayed Israel today 60-48 jumping to 4-0 record in Group B. Tomorrow, Greece will meet Czech Republic and the winner will end as No.1 of this pool. Of course, Greece already book secured a ticket for the next stage. On the other side, Israel dropped to 2-2 and still has a nice chance to advance. Georgia Kantara (176-G-93) stepped up for Greece with 22 points in this meeting. Artemis Spanou (185-F-93) had 14 points and 15 rebounds, and Zafeira Giampani (185-C-92) helped with 7 points and 7 boards. In Israel, Hadar Gutin (182-F/G-91) netted 17 points. Their second scorer was Bar Galinski (185-F-92) with 12 pts. Quarters: 13-15, 10-16, 19-6, 18-11. Israel will meet Austria tomorrow.

Greece: Georgia Kantara 22, Artemis Spanou 14+15 boards, Zafeira Giampani 7+7 boards
Israel: Hadar Gutin 17, Bar Galinski 12


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  HOLLAND - Women  


U20 Latvia keeps their hopes alive for the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
U20 LATVIA - U20 HOLLAND 67-58

It was a game between two winless teams of the Qualifying Group F. Latvia (1-3) managed to beat Holland 67-58 and to keep its Quarterfinals hopes alive. On the other side, Holland (0-4) already lost all chances to reach the next stage. Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) shined with 20 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Kristine Vitola (196-C/F-91) exploded with 18 points and 18 rebounds and she was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 32. Anete Kirsteine (178-F/G-92) was third scorer in victory with 15 points. In Holland, Kourtney Treffers (186-F-94) was better than the others scoring 15 points for 15 minutes on the court. Chatilla Van Grinsven (187-F-89) followed her with 12 pts and 7 rebounds.
Tomorrow, Latvia will meet Italy and will hope that Holland will beat UK. Of course, victory against Italy is a must for Latvia.

Latvia: Sabine Niedola 20+13 boards, Kristine Vitola 18+18 boards, Anete Kirsteine 15
Holland: Kourtney Treffers 15, Chatilla Van Grinsven 12+7 boards


Netherlands U16 won both games over Germany U16 in Heerenveen - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands U16 won both games over Germany U16. In Game 1 the hosts produced a 68:42 victory starting with 27-10. They added 13-8 in the second frame for a bigger lead at the halftime. Germany bounced back with 11-9 in the third period, but Netherlands U16 won the last quarter 19-13. Janine Guyt top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Isabella Slim (179-F-95) netted 14. Emese Hof followed them with 7 points and 8 rebounds in the winning effort. Emma lina Stach (173-G) scored 11 points for the German side.
In Game 2 Netherlands U16 registered 78:48 victory. In that game the hosts won all the quarters. They started with 25-17 and added 19-10 in the second period. Moreover the hosts won the third quarter 10-9 and finished the game with 24-12. For Germany Noemie Rouault (179-F-95) netted 12 points and Leonie Edringer as well as Emma lina Stach chipped in 9 apiece. Chantal Neuwald delivered 7, while Alina Hartmann (182-F-95) scored 5.



Zwolle enjoyed the four-nation campaign - by Eurobasket News
Zwolle enjoyed the four-nation campaign for U-18 teams.

In Day 1 Russia U18 edged Slovenia U18 71:46. The favorites started strong and opened the game with 20-8. Moreover they added 16-14 in the second period to take 36:24 halftime advantage. Russia also won the third and the last periods in the game. For Slovenia U18 Nina Gabrovsek (168-G-94) scored 15 points and Gjerkes notched 9.
Holland U18 overcame Luxembourg U18 70:59 in their opener. Both teams nailed 13 points each, while the hosts needed 26-17 to take control in the game. They also added 24-18 in the third period, while the guests finished the game with 11-7 in the last stanza. Richelle Van Der Keijl (196-C-93) stepped up with 14 points and Loyce Bettonvil (185-F-93) added 12. Hetto posted 14 points in the losing case and Jill Fischbach (170-G-93) notched 10.

In Day 2 Holland U18 overcame Slovenia U18 62:58. The Dutch side started with 16-11, but Slovenia needed 12-11 to reduce to 4 points at the halftime. Both teams exchanged the victories in the second half that left the same difference on the board. Richelle Van Der Keijl paced all the winners with 15 points and 14 boards. For Slovenia Nina Gabrovsek poured in 16 points and Gjerkes netted 15. Macura ended up with 15 points, while Rebeka Abramovic (170-G-93) delivered 8.
Russia U18 destroyed Luxembourg U18 95:56. The Russian team desired to reach three digit number, but did not mind finishing with plus 39. The favorites won the opening period 28-16 and added 29-11 in the second frame. Luxembourg U18 surprised the opponents with 15-14 in the third period and Russia needed 24-14 in the last stanza to seal the victory. Nadia Marcus (173-F-93) scored 11 points in defeat and Hetto netted 8.

In Day 3 Slovenia U18 overcame Luxembourg U18 70:59. The latter started better and won the first period 18-16. Slovenia erupted with 23-13 in the second frame to take the 8-point deficit when the teams left the court for the break. Slovenia also added 15-14 and 16-14 in the third and the last periods respectfully to win the initial game. Rebeka Abramovic top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Macura followed her with 12. Hetto replied with 23 points in defeat and Schulte posted 13.
Russia U18 outscored Holland U18 66:57 to win the tournament. The guests started with 24-13 in the first period and increased to 43:26 when the teams went to the lockers. Holland U18 reduced to 52:41 later in the game and lost the game by 9. Richelle Van Der Keijl finished the game with 15 points and 14 rebounds.





U20 Spain destroys U20 Holland 73-36 to stay perfect in Zrenjanin - by Eurobasket News
U20 HOLLAND - U20 SPAIN 36-73

Another victory for Spain in Zrenjanin. Spain was perfect in Preliminary Round and they continued in the same rhythm in Qualifying Round as well. This time Spain destroyed Holland 73-36 for 3-0 record in Group F and now shares the first place with also perfect France. Holland joined Latvia with 0-3 in this pool. Holland started the game better making 17-14 lead in the first ten minutes, but that was all from them last night. Spain replied with 10-24 in Q2 and kept them scoreless for the entire third period (0-16). Last ten minutes were just the formality and Spain ended this game with huge 73-36. Queralt Casas (180-G-92) stepped up for the winners with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Leonor Rodriguez Manso (181-G-91) (5 rebs) scored 14 and Amaya Gastaminza (189-F-91, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Oregon St.) (8 rebs) helped with two points less. In Holland, Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) delivered 13 points and Tamlyn De Groot (186-C-91) stopped to 6.
In Day Two of the Qualifying Round, Spain will meet Italy. Holland will meet Latvia and will try to grab the first win.

Holland: Maxime Essenstam 13, Tamlyn De Groot 6
Spain: Queralt Casas 18+6 boards, Leonor Rodriguez Manso 14+5 boards, Amaya Gastaminza 12+8 boards


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  HUNGARY - Women  


U20 Portugal ends as No.2 of Group A, goes to the next stage - by Eurobasket News
U20 HUNGARY - U20 PORTUGAL 63-67

Portugal played all of their four games in the Preliminary Round in Ohrid. They handed 67-63 loss to Hungary for 3-1 record in Group A. They ended as No.2 of Group A and booked a spot for the next stage. On the other side, Hungary dropped to 1-2 in this pool. They still have a chance to reach Qualifying Round. Maria Joao Andrade (186-F/C-92) shined in victory with 17 points. Daniela Domingues (176-F/G-92) had 16 pts and 6 rebs, while Luiana Livulo (187-C-91) added 13 pts and 8 rebs. In Hungary, Bernadett Balla (192-F/C-91) collected 14 points and 8 rebs. Krisztina Velkey (180-G-92) and Reka Balint (182-F-91) (5 rebs) had 12 and 11 pts respectively. Quarters: 15-12, 16-24, 15-14, 17-17. Tomorrow, Hungary will meet FYROM.

Hungary: Bernadett Balla 14+8 boards, Krisztina Velkey 12, Reka Balint 11+5 boards
Portugal: Maria Joao Andrade 17, Daniela Domingues 16+6 boards, Luiana Livulo 13+8 boards


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  ISRAEL - Women  


U20 Greece defeats U20 Israel 60-48, jumps to 4-0 in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News
U20 GREECE - U20 ISRAEL 60-48

Greece registered another win in Ohrid. They outplayed Israel today 60-48 jumping to 4-0 record in Group B. Tomorrow, Greece will meet Czech Republic and the winner will end as No.1 of this pool. Of course, Greece already book secured a ticket for the next stage. On the other side, Israel dropped to 2-2 and still has a nice chance to advance. Georgia Kantara (176-G-93) stepped up for Greece with 22 points in this meeting. Artemis Spanou (185-F-93) had 14 points and 15 rebounds, and Zafeira Giampani (185-C-92) helped with 7 points and 7 boards. In Israel, Hadar Gutin (182-F/G-91) netted 17 points. Their second scorer was Bar Galinski (185-F-92) with 12 pts. Quarters: 13-15, 10-16, 19-6, 18-11. Israel will meet Austria tomorrow.

Greece: Georgia Kantara 22, Artemis Spanou 14+15 boards, Zafeira Giampani 7+7 boards
Israel: Hadar Gutin 17, Bar Galinski 12


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  ITALY - Women  


U20 Spain keeps winning in Zrenjanin - by Eurobasket News
U20 ITALY - U20 SPAIN 39-65

Spain extended their winning streak in Zrenjanin. They handed 65-39 loss to Italy for perfect 4-0 record in the Qualifying Group B. Spain will meet France tomorrow and the winner will end as No.1 in this pool. On the other side, Italy slipped to 2-2. They will play against Latvia tomorrow. Laura Gil Collado (190-C-92, agency: Josep and Nicolas) came up with double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Vanessa Ble (190-C/F-91) had 10 points and 6 rebs, while Queralt Casas (180-G-92) added 8 pts. In Italy, Virginia Galbiati (175-G/F-92) delivered 7 points. Alessandra Tava (184-F/C-91) and Valeria De Pretto (182-F-91) had 6 pts each. Quarters: 16-16, 3-8, 4-22, 16-19.

Italy: Virginia Galbiati 7, Alessandra Tava 6, Valeria De Pretto 6
Spain: Laura Gil Collado 11+10 boards, Vanessa Ble 10+6 boards, Queralt Casas 8


Ducato Lucca add Immacolata Gentile and Marie Ruzickova - by Eurobasket News
Ducato Lucca strengthened their roster with addition of two players. Immacolata Gentile (175-G-75) and Marie Ruzickova (189-C-86, agency: LBM Management) have agreed on terms of contract with the team.
Immacolata Gentile spent the last season in Napoli. The 35-year-old guard tallied 4.1 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. It was the seventh straight season for Gentile with Napoli. Immacolata Gentile used to play for Italian National Team back in 2005.
Marie Ruzickova arrives from France. The Slovakian centre played for Perpignan Med in LF2. Previously Marie Ruzickova had stints with Challes, Livorno, Montigarda, Kosice and ZTE-Zala Volan. Marie Ruzickova used to play for Slovakian National Team in 2003-09 seasons.



U20 Italy opens Qualifying Round with victory - by Eurobasket News
U20 UNITED KINGDOM - U20 ITALY 36-44

Valuable win for Italy at the start of the Qualifying Round in Zrenjanin. They outplayed United Kingdom 44-36 improving to 2-1 record in Group F. At the same time, UK dropped to 1-2. Italy opened the game better as they made 6-13 lead in the first period, but UK answered with 14-8 for rest of the first half. Third quarter belonged to Italy 9-12 and they managed to extend their lead in the last ten minutes to the final 36-44. Federica Tognalini (183-F-91) came up with double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Alessandra Tava (184-F/C-91) scored 13 and Federica Nannucci (170-G-91) followed with 8 pts. In UK, Katrin Chiemeka (170-G-91) collected 10 points and 9 rebounds. Their second scorer was Temitope Fagbenle (191-F-92) with 8 pts (6 rebs).
Italy will meet powerful Spain in the next meeting. UK will take on also perfect France.

UK: Katrin Chiemeka 10+9 boards, Temitope Fagbenle 8+6 boards
Italy: Federica Tognalini 13+10 boards, Alessandra Tava 13, Federica Nannucci 8


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  LATVIA - Women  


U20 France blasts U20 Latvia in the last ten minutes to stay perfect in Zrenjanin - by Eurobasket News
U20 LATVIA - U20 FRANCE 62-75

France demonstrated another great performance in Zrenjanin. This time France outplayed Latvia 75-62 for perfect 3-0 record in Qualifying Group B. They share the first place in this pool with Spain. On the other side, Latvia stays winless with 0-3. Isabelle Strunc (179-G-91) and Clementine Samson (181-G/F-91) scored 15 points each for France, while Hhadydia Minte (187-F-91) added 11 points and 10 rebounds. Kelly Corre (180-F-91) also helped her team with 11 points in this meeting. In Latvia, Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) collected 19 points and 10 rebounds. She was the MVP of this game with valuation 25. Dita Rozenberga (181-F-92) had 11 points and 7 rebounds, while Kristine Vitola (196-C/F-91) added 9 pts and 8 rebs. Last ten minutes were the crucial as France smashed their rivals with 5-17. Quarters: 25-20, 19-21, 13-17, 5-17.
In Day Two of the Qualifying Round, France will meet United Kingdom. Latvia will take on Holland, who is also winless in this stage.

Latvia: Sabine Niedola 19+10 boards, Dita Rozenberga 11+7 boards, Kristine Vitola 9+8 boards
France: Isabelle Strunc 15, Clementine Samson 15, Hhadydia Minte 11+10 boards, Kelly Corre 11


U20 Latvia keeps their hopes alive for the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
U20 LATVIA - U20 HOLLAND 67-58

It was a game between two winless teams of the Qualifying Group F. Latvia (1-3) managed to beat Holland 67-58 and to keep its Quarterfinals hopes alive. On the other side, Holland (0-4) already lost all chances to reach the next stage. Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) shined with 20 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Kristine Vitola (196-C/F-91) exploded with 18 points and 18 rebounds and she was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 32. Anete Kirsteine (178-F/G-92) was third scorer in victory with 15 points. In Holland, Kourtney Treffers (186-F-94) was better than the others scoring 15 points for 15 minutes on the court. Chatilla Van Grinsven (187-F-89) followed her with 12 pts and 7 rebounds.
Tomorrow, Latvia will meet Italy and will hope that Holland will beat UK. Of course, victory against Italy is a must for Latvia.

Latvia: Sabine Niedola 20+13 boards, Kristine Vitola 18+18 boards, Anete Kirsteine 15
Holland: Kourtney Treffers 15, Chatilla Van Grinsven 12+7 boards


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


U20 Serbia secures Quarterfinals ticket in Novi Sad - by Eurobasket News
U20 SERBIA - U20 LITHUANIA 78-72

Serbia secured a spot for the U20 EuroBasket Quarterfinals. They outplayed Lithuania 78-72 this evening for 3-1 record in Group A. Russia and Poland have the same score in this pool. On the other side, Lithuania slipped to 1-3. They will meet Ukraine in do-or-die game tomorrow. Tijana Ajdukovic (197-C-91) stepped up for Serbia with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Snezana Colic (176-G-92) had 18 and Maja Vucurovic (188-F-91) added 16 points, plus 5 boards. In Lithuania, Santa Okockyte (176-G-92) delivered 18 points. Gintare Mazionyte (186-F/C-91) and Inesa Visgaudaite (172-PG-91) stopped to 10 pts each. Quarters: 22-26, 18-13, 21-10, 17-23. Serbia will play against Russia tomorrow.

Serbia: Tijana Ajdukovic 19+7 boards, Snezana Colic 18, Maja Vucurovic 16+5 boards
Lithuania: Santa Okockyte 18, Gintare Mazionyte 10, Inesa Visgaudaite 10


U20 Poland hands 67-60 loss to U20 Lithuania thanks to wonderful Q4 - by Eurobasket News
U20 LITHUANIA - U20 POLAND 60-67

Poland managed to beat Lithuania 67-60 in the first game of the Qualifying Round in Novi Sad. Both teams had 1-1 before this meeting and Poland currently shares the second place of Group E with Serbia. Lithuania is No.4 at this moment. Malgorzata Misiuk (184-F-91) shined for the winners with double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Monika Jasnowska (182-G/F-92) scored 14 points and Magdalena Zietara (170-G/F-92) helped with 9 points, plus 8 boards. In the loosing squad, Gintare Mazionyte (186-F/C-91) top-scored with 14 points. Santa Okockyte (176-G-92) (5 rebs) and Inesa Visgaudaite (172-PG-91) (5 rebs) had 13 and 12 points respectively. Poland did a great job in the last ten minutes to win this game. Quarters: 16-14, 17-12, 14-16, 13-25.
In the second game of the Qualifying Round, Poland will meet Russia. Lithuania will take on the host of this event - Serbia.

Lithuania: Gintare Mazionyte 14, Santa Okockyte 13+5 boards, Inesa Visgaudaite 12+5 boars
Poland: Malgorzata Misiuk 20+11 boards, Monika Jasnowska 14, Magdalena Zietara 9+8 boards


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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


Nadia Mossong heads to OKE Panthers Osnabruck - by Eurobasket News
Nadia Mossong (182-F-86) heads to OKE Panthers Osnabruck for the next season. The Luxembourgian National Team player Nadia Mossong signed her first professional contract this week.
In 2005-2006 she started for Residence de Walferdange (DBBL, starting five) and in 2006-2007 played also at Basketball Team Luxembourg (especially created team of top players in the league, which plays only in Europe Cup games). In EuroCup she averaged 4.0ppg, 2.4rpg. In 2007-2008 moved to E.Kentucky (NCAA) and in 26 games debuted with 1.5ppg, 1.8rpg. In her last season there she improved to 5.2ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP: 42.1%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 48.3%.
At the Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011 in 4 games Nadia Mossong had 10.5ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 35.0%, 3PT: 41.2%, FT: 63.6%. She erupted with 24 points at the Qualifying Round Day 9 when Bosnia was too strong for Luxembourg 88-67 in the last day of the EuroBasket 2011 Division B - Group B. Luxembourg was No.4 with two wins and six defeats. In defeat, Nadia Mossong was better than the others with 24 points and 9 rebounds.




Luxembourg U18 comes back from Holland - by Eurobasket News
Luxembourg U18 comes back from Holland after three games played at the Zwolle International Tournament.
In Day 1 Holland U18 overcame Luxembourg U18 70:59 in their opener. Both teams nailed 13 points each, while the hosts needed 26-17 to take control in the game. They also added 24-18 in the third period, while the guests finished the game with 11-7 in the last stanza. Richelle Van Der Keijl (196-C-93) stepped up with 14 points and Loyce Bettonvil (185-F-93) added 12. Lena Hetto (184-F-93) posted 14 points in the losing case and Fischbach notched 10.

In Day 2 Russia U18 destroyed Luxembourg U18 95:56. The Russian team desired to reach three digit number, but did not mind finishing with plus 39. The favorites won the opening period 28-16 and added 29-11 in the second frame. Luxembourg U18 surprised the opponents with 15-14 in the third period and Russia needed 24-14 in the last stanza to seal the victory. Nadia Marcus (173-F-93) scored 11 points in defeat and Lena Hetto netted 8.

In Day 3 Slovenia U18 overcame Luxembourg U18 70:59. The latter started better and won the first period 18-16. Slovenia erupted with 23-13 in the second frame to take the 8-point deficit when the teams left the court for the break. Slovenia also added 15-14 and 16-14 in the third and the last periods respectfully to win the initial game. Rebeka Abramovic (170-G-93) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Ziva Macura (184-F-95) followed her with 12. Lena Hetto replied with 23 points in defeat and Schulte posted 13.




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Spanou Leads Greece To 3-0 Start At European Championships - by George Manousidis
Ohrid, Macedonia-Robert Morris University women's basketball standout Artemis Spanou (6'1''-F-93) (Rhodes, Greece / Greek National Team) has guided the Greek U-20 National Team to a 3-0 start in the B Division of the 2011 U20 Women's European Championship. The Greek squad picked up victories over Austria, Belgium and Estonia with games against Israel and the Czech Republic remaining in the preliminary round.

The all-around game that led Spanou to Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year honors remains on display at the international level. The 18-year old is second among all scorers averaging 19.7 points per game and ranks eighth in rebounding at 7.3 boards per contest. Spanou is shooting 45.2 percent from the field.

A rising sophomore at Robert Morris, Spanou opened the tournament by going 9-of-13 from the field en route to 21 points and seven rebounds in a 12-point win against Austria. She added 17 points and knocked down 7-of-8 free throws in the next game before dropping 21 point and eight boards against Estonia.

The Greek squad next plays Israel Tuesday, July 12, before finishing preliminary round play against the Czech Republic on July 13. The Czech squad is also undefeated at 3-0.

Courtesy: Robert Morris Athletics


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  POLAND - Women  


Olivia Tomialowicz signs with Lider Pruszkow - by Eurobasket News
Lider Pruszkow continued to strengthen their roster for the upcoming season. They have recently agreed on terms of contract with Olivia Tomialowicz (184-G-90). The 21-year-old guard played for Lotos Gdynia since 2008. Last season Olivia Tomialowicz tallied 5.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in PLKK. In Euroleague her stats read 4.6 points, 1.9 assists and 1.7 rebounds per appearance. The guard also played for GTK Wejcherowo in 1Liga. Before joining Lotos Olivia Tomialowicz played for SMS PZKosz Lomianki. Olivia Tomialowicz was the member of U16, U18 and U20 Polish selections. The guard participated at 2010 PLKK All-Star Game. Olivia Tomialowicz is the member of Polish National Team since 2009.


U20 Poland hands 67-60 loss to U20 Lithuania thanks to wonderful Q4 - by Eurobasket News
U20 LITHUANIA - U20 POLAND 60-67

Poland managed to beat Lithuania 67-60 in the first game of the Qualifying Round in Novi Sad. Both teams had 1-1 before this meeting and Poland currently shares the second place of Group E with Serbia. Lithuania is No.4 at this moment. Malgorzata Misiuk (184-F-91) shined for the winners with double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Monika Jasnowska (182-G/F-92) scored 14 points and Magdalena Zietara (170-G/F-92) helped with 9 points, plus 8 boards. In the loosing squad, Gintare Mazionyte (186-F/C-91) top-scored with 14 points. Santa Okockyte (176-G-92) (5 rebs) and Inesa Visgaudaite (172-PG-91) (5 rebs) had 13 and 12 points respectively. Poland did a great job in the last ten minutes to win this game. Quarters: 16-14, 17-12, 14-16, 13-25.
In the second game of the Qualifying Round, Poland will meet Russia. Lithuania will take on the host of this event - Serbia.

Lithuania: Gintare Mazionyte 14, Santa Okockyte 13+5 boards, Inesa Visgaudaite 12+5 boars
Poland: Malgorzata Misiuk 20+11 boards, Monika Jasnowska 14, Magdalena Zietara 9+8 boards


Odra Brzeg adds two new players - by Lukasz Lukaszewski
Odra Brzeg signed two new players: Magdalena Rzeznik (171-G-83) and Iwona Plociennik (188-F-88). Club decided to sign these two players after special camp in May with coach Wadim Czeczuro . Both players will appear in Brzeg in the beginning of the August, when team is starting trainings.

Magdalena Rzeznik is 28 years old guard who has a lot of experience from polish league. She started her career in Pogon Wschowa. After that She was in SMS PZKosz
Warszawa, Zapolex AZS Torun and Wisla Krakow. In 2005 she moved to Brzeg. Magdalena Rzeznik have been playing in Odra Brzeg for 4 seasons. Then She headed to Artego
Bydgoszcz, when she had the beast season in her career. In 2009/2010 Magdalena Rzeznik averaged 7,2 points and 2,6 assists. Last season she spent in Lodz. First part of the
season she had been playing for Widzew Lodz, but in Jan 11 she moved to LKS Siemens AGD Lodz.

Iwona Plociennik is a forward who has 23 years. She graduated high school in Gdynia. After that Iwona Plociennik signed contract with Artego Bydgoszcz in season 2009/2010,
when she had played in the same team with Magdalena Rzeznik. In 2010/2011 Iwona Plociennik had not played in PLKK. She spent this year in 1 liga, in IDS BUD Piaseczno. She registering 13,3 ppg and 9,5 rpg.

Odra Brzeg keeps few players from the last season and coach Wadim Czeczuro . It is the list of these players: Marta Zylczynska (183-F-81, agency: Promotex), Justyna Daniel (179-G/F-86, agency: Promotex) Ewelina Buszta (186-F-87) and Natalia Tajerle (180-G-90).



U20 Poland joins U20 Russia on top of Group E - by Eurobasket News
U20 POLAND - U20 RUSSIA 72-66

Poland did a great job today in Novi Sad. They outplayed Russia 72-66 joining them on top of Group E with 3-1 record. Both teams already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals and tomorrow will be decided who will be the winner of this pool. Malgorzata Misiuk (184-F-91) stepped up for Poland with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Magdalena Zietara (170-G/F-92) also scored 15 pts and Monika Jasnowska (182-G/F-92) added three points less. In the loosing squad, Veronika Dorosheva (193-F-91) collected 19 points and 9 rebounds. Alexandra Tarasova (194-C-91) had 17 points and 10 boards, while Anastasiya Shilova (185-F/G-91) added 16 pts and 5 rebs. Quarters: 12-9, 18-18, 19-21, 23-18.
Tomorrow, Poland will meet Turkey. In case of win Poland will end as No.1 of Group E. Russia will play against Serbia.

Poland: Malgorzata Misiuk 15+10 boards, Magdalena Zietara 15, Monika Jasnowska 12
Russia: Veronika Dorosheva 19+9 boards, Alexandra Tarasova 17+10 boards, Anastasiya Shilova 16+5 boards


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


U20 Portugal ends as No.2 of Group A, goes to the next stage - by Eurobasket News
U20 HUNGARY - U20 PORTUGAL 63-67

Portugal played all of their four games in the Preliminary Round in Ohrid. They handed 67-63 loss to Hungary for 3-1 record in Group A. They ended as No.2 of Group A and booked a spot for the next stage. On the other side, Hungary dropped to 1-2 in this pool. They still have a chance to reach Qualifying Round. Maria Joao Andrade (186-F/C-92) shined in victory with 17 points. Daniela Domingues (176-F/G-92) had 16 pts and 6 rebs, while Luiana Livulo (187-C-91) added 13 pts and 8 rebs. In Hungary, Bernadett Balla (192-F/C-91) collected 14 points and 8 rebs. Krisztina Velkey (180-G-92) and Reka Balint (182-F-91) (5 rebs) had 12 and 11 pts respectively. Quarters: 15-12, 16-24, 15-14, 17-17. Tomorrow, Hungary will meet FYROM.

Hungary: Bernadett Balla 14+8 boards, Krisztina Velkey 12, Reka Balint 11+5 boards
Portugal: Maria Joao Andrade 17, Daniela Domingues 16+6 boards, Luiana Livulo 13+8 boards


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  ROMANIA - Women  


U20 Slovakia jumps to 2-0 in Group G - by Eurobasket News
U20 SLOVAKIA - U20 ROMANIA 54-33

Slovakia made another step forward to survival in Division A. They handed 54-33 loss to Romania for 2-0 record in Group G. On the other side, Romania is still in the red zone with 0-2. Angelika Oravcova (175-G-92) top-scored for the winners with 12 points. Sabina Oroszova (187-F-93) secured a great help adding 8 points and 20 rebounds, while Angelika Slamova (172-G-94) also scored 8 pts. In the loosing squad, Cristina Bigica (182-F-92) collected 15 points and 5 rebs. Flavia Ferenczi (175-F-91) stopped to 7 pts. Quarters: 12-12, 16-2, 18-7, 8-12.
Tomorrow, Slovakia will meet Belarus. Romania will play against Germany.

Slovakia: Angelika Oravcova 12, Sabina Oroszova 8+20 boards, Angelika Slamova 8
Romania: Cristina Bigica 15+5 boards, Flavia Ferenczi 7


U20 Belarus makes first step forward to avoid relegation - by Eurobasket News
ROMANIA - BELARUS 50-64

It was the first game of Group G, where four teams fight for two places to avoid relegation from Division A. Belarus made the first move as they beat Romania 64-50 for 1-0 record in this pool. Nadzeya Bohdan (187-C-93) shined for the winners of this meeting with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Maryna Ivashchanka (190-C-93) had double-double of 13 points and 15 rebounds, while Aliaksandra Musatava (174-G-92) also helped with 13 pts. In the loosing squad, Gabriela Cursaru (169-PG-92) delivered 13 pts and Sonia Ursu (175-G/F-93) had 10 points, plus 9 boards. Quarters: 14-20, 14-21, 7-14, 15-9. In the next meeting, Romania will meet Slovakia. On the other side, Belarus will take on Germany. Yesterday, Slovakia was better than Germany 55-46 so Slovakia and Belarus are together on top now. Romania and Germany are in the red zone.

Romania: Gabriela Cursaru 13, Sonia Ursu 10+9 boards
Belarus: Nadzeya Bohdan 16+8 boards, Maryna Ivashchanka 13+15 boards, Aliaksandra Musatava 13


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Russia U18 wins Zwolle International Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Russia U18 wins Zwolle International Tournament with 4 participating teams.
In Day 1 Russia U18 edged Slovenia U18 71:46. The favorites started strong and opened the game with 20-8. Moreover they added 16-14 in the second period to take 36:24 halftime advantage. Russia also won the third and the last periods in the game. For Slovenia U18 Nina Gabrovsek (168-G-94) scored 15 points and Alina Gjerkes (177-F-94) notched 9.
In Day 2 Russia U18 destroyed Luxembourg U18 95:56. The Russian team desired to reach three digit number, but did not mind finishing with plus 39. The favorites won the opening period 28-16 and added 29-11 in the second frame. Luxembourg U18 surprised the opponents with 15-14 in the third period and Russia needed 24-14 in the last stanza to seal the victory. Nadia Marcus (173-F-93) scored 11 points in defeat and Lena Hetto (184-F-93) netted 8.
Russia U18 outscored Holland U18 66:57 to win the tournament. The guests started with 24-13 in the first period and increased to 43:26 when the teams went to the lockers. Holland U18 reduced to 52:41 later in the game and lost the game by 9. Richelle Van Der Keijl (196-C-93) finished the game with 15 points and 14 rebounds.





U20 Russia stays unbeaten in Novi Sad - by Eurobasket News
U16 UKRAINE - U16 RUSSIA 54-61

Russia made a huge step forward to Quarterfinals in Novi Sad. They outplayed Ukraine 61-54 for perfect 3-0 record in Qualifying Group E. Russia stays the main candidate to win this pool. On the other side, Ukraine dropped to 1-2. Alexandra Tarasova (194-C-91) stepped up with 14 points and 6 rebounds in victory. Anastasiya Shilova (185-F/G-91) followed with 11 points and 6 boards, while Viktoria Medvedeva (185-C/F-91) added 10 points and 7 rebounds. In Ukraine, Alina Iagupova (181-G-92, agency: LBM Management) shined with 18 points and 7 rebs. Their second scorer was Krystyna Matsko (182-F-91) with 12 points. Russia made 15-17 lead in the first ten minutes and continued with 10-17 until the breather. However, Ukraine shined in Q3 and won that period 15-10. Russia took control on their rivals for rest of the meeting (14-17) and celebrated 54-61 victory at the end.
In the second game of the Qualifying Round, Russia will meet Poland. Ukraine will take on Turkey.

Ukraine: Alina Iagupova 18+7 boards, Krystyna Matsko 12
Russia: Alexandra Tarasova 14+6 boards, Anastasiya Shilova 11+6 boards, Viktoria Medvedeva 10+7 boards


U20 Poland joins U20 Russia on top of Group E - by Eurobasket News
U20 POLAND - U20 RUSSIA 72-66

Poland did a great job today in Novi Sad. They outplayed Russia 72-66 joining them on top of Group E with 3-1 record. Both teams already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals and tomorrow will be decided who will be the winner of this pool. Malgorzata Misiuk (184-F-91) stepped up for Poland with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Magdalena Zietara (170-G/F-92) also scored 15 pts and Monika Jasnowska (182-G/F-92) added three points less. In the loosing squad, Veronika Dorosheva (193-F-91) collected 19 points and 9 rebounds. Alexandra Tarasova (194-C-91) had 17 points and 10 boards, while Anastasiya Shilova (185-F/G-91) added 16 pts and 5 rebs. Quarters: 12-9, 18-18, 19-21, 23-18.
Tomorrow, Poland will meet Turkey. In case of win Poland will end as No.1 of Group E. Russia will play against Serbia.

Poland: Malgorzata Misiuk 15+10 boards, Magdalena Zietara 15, Monika Jasnowska 12
Russia: Veronika Dorosheva 19+9 boards, Alexandra Tarasova 17+10 boards, Anastasiya Shilova 16+5 boards


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  SERBIA - Women  


U20 Serbia secures Quarterfinals ticket in Novi Sad - by Eurobasket News
U20 SERBIA - U20 LITHUANIA 78-72

Serbia secured a spot for the U20 EuroBasket Quarterfinals. They outplayed Lithuania 78-72 this evening for 3-1 record in Group A. Russia and Poland have the same score in this pool. On the other side, Lithuania slipped to 1-3. They will meet Ukraine in do-or-die game tomorrow. Tijana Ajdukovic (197-C-91) stepped up for Serbia with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Snezana Colic (176-G-92) had 18 and Maja Vucurovic (188-F-91) added 16 points, plus 5 boards. In Lithuania, Santa Okockyte (176-G-92) delivered 18 points. Gintare Mazionyte (186-F/C-91) and Inesa Visgaudaite (172-PG-91) stopped to 10 pts each. Quarters: 22-26, 18-13, 21-10, 17-23. Serbia will play against Russia tomorrow.

Serbia: Tijana Ajdukovic 19+7 boards, Snezana Colic 18, Maja Vucurovic 16+5 boards
Lithuania: Santa Okockyte 18, Gintare Mazionyte 10, Inesa Visgaudaite 10


U20 Serbia explodes in the second half to beat U20 Turkey 64-53 - by Eurobasket News
U20 TURKEY - U20 SERBIA 53-64

Valuable win for the host of U20 EuroBasket 2011. Serbia was better than Turkey 64-53 improving to 2-1 record in Qualifying Group E. They currently share the second place with Poland. On the other side, Turkey dropped to 0-3, but they still have a chance to reach the next stage. Maja Vucurovic (188-F-91) scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds for the winners. Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) exploded with double-double of 14 points and 18 rebounds, while Marina Markovic (181-G/F-91) added 12 pts. In defeat, Ozge Yavas (174-G-91) had 14 points, while Esra Ural (198-C-91) shined with 12 pts and 21 rebounds. Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) stopped to 9 pts and 8 boards in this meeting. Serbia had amazing second half and thanks to it they grabbed this win. Quarters: (18-17, 16-11, 11-20, 8-16).
In Day Two of the Qualifying Round, Serbia will play against Lithuania and Turkey will meet Ukraine.

Turkey: Ozge Yavas 14, Esra Ural 12+21 boards, Ayse Cora 9+8 boards
Serbia: Maja Vucurovic 19+6 boards, Sara Krnjic 14+18 boards, Marina Markovic 12


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


MBK Ruzomberok add Zuzana Brezaniova, part ways with Adriana Gresnerova - by Eurobasket News
Two changes happened in MBK Ruzomberok roster. The team parted ways with Adriana Gresnerova (179-F-86). The 24-year forward has decided to continue her career in France. Last season Adriana Gresnerova posted 7.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per EuroCup game. In Slovakian League her stats read 6.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per appearance. Adriana Gresnerova is the member of Slovakian National Team.
In the meantime MBK Ruzomberok added Zuzana Brezaniova (167-G-87) to the roster. The guard spent the previous season in Poprad. Her stats read 7.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game. Zuzana Brezaniova used to play for Ruzomberok back in 2004/05 season. The guard is the member of Slovakian National Team.




U20 Slovakia outplays U20 Germany in first game of Group G - by Eurobasket News
U20 GERMANY - U20 SLOVAKIA 46-55

Slovakia made the first step forward to avoid elimination from Division A. They outplayed Germany 55-46 for 1-0 record in Group G. Slovakia made 20-12 lead in the first ten minutes and jumped to plus 12 until the halftime. Germany slightly improved after that, but was not able to make a turn. Third period ended with 12-13 for Germany and last ten minutes were tied at 12-12 so Slovakia celebrated valuable 55-46 win at the end. Barbora Balintova (173-G-94) top-scored in victory with 12 points. Angelika Oravcova (175-G-92) had 11 and Marta Palenikova (184-G/F-92) added 8 points, plus 5 boards. Sonja Greinacher (188-F/C-92) answered with 21 points and 11 rebounds in loss. Their second scorer was Julia Gaudermann (166-PG-92) with 7 pts.
In the next game, Slovakia will meet Romania. Germany will take on Belarus.

Germany: Sonja Greinacher 21+11 boards, Julia Gaudermann 7
Slovakia: Barbora Balintova 12, Angelika Oravcova 11, Marta Palenikova 8+5 boards


U20 Slovakia jumps to 2-0 in Group G - by Eurobasket News
U20 SLOVAKIA - U20 ROMANIA 54-33

Slovakia made another step forward to survival in Division A. They handed 54-33 loss to Romania for 2-0 record in Group G. On the other side, Romania is still in the red zone with 0-2. Angelika Oravcova (175-G-92) top-scored for the winners with 12 points. Sabina Oroszova (187-F-93) secured a great help adding 8 points and 20 rebounds, while Angelika Slamova (172-G-94) also scored 8 pts. In the loosing squad, Cristina Bigica (182-F-92) collected 15 points and 5 rebs. Flavia Ferenczi (175-F-91) stopped to 7 pts. Quarters: 12-12, 16-2, 18-7, 8-12.
Tomorrow, Slovakia will meet Belarus. Romania will play against Germany.

Slovakia: Angelika Oravcova 12, Sabina Oroszova 8+20 boards, Angelika Slamova 8
Romania: Cristina Bigica 15+5 boards, Flavia Ferenczi 7


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Slovenia U18 registered the initial win - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia U18 registered the initial win at the International Tournament.
In Day 1 Russia U18 edged Slovenia U18 71:46. The favorites started strong and opened the game with 20-8. Moreover they added 16-14 in the second period to take 36:24 halftime advantage. Russia also won the third and the last periods in the game. For Slovenia U18 Nina Gabrovsek (168-G-94) scored 15 points and Alina Gjerkes (177-F-94) notched 9.
In Day 2 Holland U18 overcame Slovenia U18 62:58. The Dutch side started with 16-11, but Slovenia needed 12-11 to reduce to 4 points at the halftime. Both teams exchanged the victories in the second half that left the same difference on the board. Richelle Van Der Keijl (196-C-93) paced all the winners with 15 points and 14 boards. For Slovenia Nina Gabrovsek poured in 16 points and Alina Gjerkes netted 15. Ziva Macura (184-F-95) ended up with 15 points, while Rebeka Abramovic (170-G-93) delivered 8.
In Day 3 Slovenia U18 overcame Luxembourg U18 70:59. The latter started better and won the first period 18-16. Slovenia erupted with 23-13 in the second frame to take the 8-point deficit when the teams left the court for the break. Slovenia also added 15-14 and 16-14 in the third and the last periods respectfully to win the initial game. Rebeka Abramovic top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Ziva Macura followed her with 12. Lena Hetto (184-F-93) replied with 23 points in defeat and Schulte posted 13.


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U20 Spain destroys U20 Holland 73-36 to stay perfect in Zrenjanin - by Eurobasket News
U20 HOLLAND - U20 SPAIN 36-73

Another victory for Spain in Zrenjanin. Spain was perfect in Preliminary Round and they continued in the same rhythm in Qualifying Round as well. This time Spain destroyed Holland 73-36 for 3-0 record in Group F and now shares the first place with also perfect France. Holland joined Latvia with 0-3 in this pool. Holland started the game better making 17-14 lead in the first ten minutes, but that was all from them last night. Spain replied with 10-24 in Q2 and kept them scoreless for the entire third period (0-16). Last ten minutes were just the formality and Spain ended this game with huge 73-36. Queralt Casas (180-G-92) stepped up for the winners with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Leonor Rodriguez Manso (181-G-91) (5 rebs) scored 14 and Amaya Gastaminza (189-F-91, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Oregon St.) (8 rebs) helped with two points less. In Holland, Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) delivered 13 points and Tamlyn De Groot (186-C-91) stopped to 6.
In Day Two of the Qualifying Round, Spain will meet Italy. Holland will meet Latvia and will try to grab the first win.

Holland: Maxime Essenstam 13, Tamlyn De Groot 6
Spain: Queralt Casas 18+6 boards, Leonor Rodriguez Manso 14+5 boards, Amaya Gastaminza 12+8 boards


U20 Spain keeps winning in Zrenjanin - by Eurobasket News
U20 ITALY - U20 SPAIN 39-65

Spain extended their winning streak in Zrenjanin. They handed 65-39 loss to Italy for perfect 4-0 record in the Qualifying Group B. Spain will meet France tomorrow and the winner will end as No.1 in this pool. On the other side, Italy slipped to 2-2. They will play against Latvia tomorrow. Laura Gil Collado (190-C-92, agency: Josep and Nicolas) came up with double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Vanessa Ble (190-C/F-91) had 10 points and 6 rebs, while Queralt Casas (180-G-92) added 8 pts. In Italy, Virginia Galbiati (175-G/F-92) delivered 7 points. Alessandra Tava (184-F/C-91) and Valeria De Pretto (182-F-91) had 6 pts each. Quarters: 16-16, 3-8, 4-22, 16-19.

Italy: Virginia Galbiati 7, Alessandra Tava 6, Valeria De Pretto 6
Spain: Laura Gil Collado 11+10 boards, Vanessa Ble 10+6 boards, Queralt Casas 8


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  SWEDEN - Women  


U20 Sweden secures first place in Group A in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News
U20 SWEDEN - U20 FYR MACEDONIA 87-47

Sweden destroyed FYROM in Ohrid today 87-47. It is third straight win for Sweden, who secured a first place in Preliminary Group A. Also they already booked a spot for the next stage. FYROM on the other side stays winless with 0-3 score. Frida Fogdemark (187-F-91) stepped up for Sweden with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) had 11 pts and 5 rebs, while Sandra Hasahya-Ngoie (185-F/C-92), Cleopatra Forsman-Goga (180-G-91) and Ida Aasa (177-G-91) added 9 pts each. Andzelika Mitrasinovik (175-G-93) and Lefterija Temelkova (167-PG-93) netted 9 points apiece in loss. Quarters: 16-17, 28-7, 22-13, 21-10.
Tomorrow, Sweden will meet Bulgaria. The host of U20 EuroBasket will play against Hungary.

Sweden: Frida Fogdemark 15+6 boards, Binta Drammeh 11+5 boards, Sandra Hasahya-Ngoie 9, Cleopatra Forsman-Goga 9, Ida Aasa 9
FYROM: Andzelika Mitrasinovik 9, Lefterija Temelkova 9


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  TURKEY - Women  


U20 Ukraine grabs valuable 74-62 victory against U20 Turkey - by Eurobasket News
U20 TURKEY - U20 UKRAINE 62-74

Ukraine made a big step forward to Quarterfinals of U20 EuroBasket in Novi Sad. They outplayed Turkey 74-62 improving to 2-2 record in Qualifying Group E. Alina Iagupova (181-G-92, agency: LBM Management) once again was the leading scorer in Ukraine with 21 points and she grabbed 7 rebounds beside that. However, Olesia Malashenko (189-F-91, agency: LBM Management) was their best player with 19 points and 15 rebounds. She was the MVP of this meeting as well with valuation 28. Lyudmyla Naumenko (184-F-93) helped with 13 points and 10 rebs. In the loosing squad, Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) collected 23 points and 5 rebounds, while Pinar Demirok (180-F-91) had 19 pts and 7 rebs. Quarters: 23-17, 13-14, 11-20, 15-23.
Tomorrow, Ukraine will meet Lithuania and it could be the crucial game for both teams. Turkey (0-4) will meet Poland, but it is already clear that Turkey lost all chances to reach the Quarterfinals.

Turkey: Ayse Cora 23+5 boards, Pinar Demirok 19+7 boards
Ukraine: Alina Iagupova 21+7 boards, Olesia Malashenko 19+15 boards, Lyudmyla Naumenko 13+10 boards


Ceyhan brings in Ceyda Kozluca - by Eurobasket News
Ceyda Kozluca (179-C-84) is a new member of Ceyhan. The Turkish center penned a deal for the next season. Kozluca arrives to Ceyhan from Samsun, where she finished 2010/11. She joined them in December averaging 6.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists for 15 TKBL games. Kozluca started last season with Galatasaray. There, she had very limited playing time and averaged something more than a point. Before Samsun and Galata, Ceyda Kozluca spent two years with Koceali. In the past, she also was a member of As Akyazi, Erdemir and Beisktas. Kozluca played for Turkish National team in Qualifications to European Championships 2011. She had 5.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg and 1.3 apg in 6 games.

Kubra Siyahdemir officially joins Fenerbahce - by Eurobasket News
Kubra Siyahdemir (183-F-86) officially became a new member of Fenerbahce Istanbul. The Turkish forward successful passed medical examinations and will play for the reigning champions next season. Siyahdemir heads to Fener from Tarsus, where she spent last two years. Last season, she played 25 games for the club registering 9.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 2.3 apg. She was named Eurobasket.com Turkish TKBL All-Domestic Players Team -11. In 2009/10, Siyahdemir averaged 10 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 3.3 apg for Tarsus. In the past, she played for Ted Kayseri, Galatasaray and Mirgos.
Kubra Siyahdemir played for the Turkish National Team in Qualifications to European Championships 2011. For 7 games eh had 4.7 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 1 apg. She played for Team Turkey in 2006 as well.


U20 Serbia explodes in the second half to beat U20 Turkey 64-53 - by Eurobasket News
U20 TURKEY - U20 SERBIA 53-64

Valuable win for the host of U20 EuroBasket 2011. Serbia was better than Turkey 64-53 improving to 2-1 record in Qualifying Group E. They currently share the second place with Poland. On the other side, Turkey dropped to 0-3, but they still have a chance to reach the next stage. Maja Vucurovic (188-F-91) scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds for the winners. Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) exploded with double-double of 14 points and 18 rebounds, while Marina Markovic (181-G/F-91) added 12 pts. In defeat, Ozge Yavas (174-G-91) had 14 points, while Esra Ural (198-C-91) shined with 12 pts and 21 rebounds. Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) stopped to 9 pts and 8 boards in this meeting. Serbia had amazing second half and thanks to it they grabbed this win. Quarters: (18-17, 16-11, 11-20, 8-16).
In Day Two of the Qualifying Round, Serbia will play against Lithuania and Turkey will meet Ukraine.

Turkey: Ozge Yavas 14, Esra Ural 12+21 boards, Ayse Cora 9+8 boards
Serbia: Maja Vucurovic 19+6 boards, Sara Krnjic 14+18 boards, Marina Markovic 12


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  UKRAINE - Women  


U20 Russia stays unbeaten in Novi Sad - by Eurobasket News
U16 UKRAINE - U16 RUSSIA 54-61

Russia made a huge step forward to Quarterfinals in Novi Sad. They outplayed Ukraine 61-54 for perfect 3-0 record in Qualifying Group E. Russia stays the main candidate to win this pool. On the other side, Ukraine dropped to 1-2. Alexandra Tarasova (194-C-91) stepped up with 14 points and 6 rebounds in victory. Anastasiya Shilova (185-F/G-91) followed with 11 points and 6 boards, while Viktoria Medvedeva (185-C/F-91) added 10 points and 7 rebounds. In Ukraine, Alina Iagupova (181-G-92, agency: LBM Management) shined with 18 points and 7 rebs. Their second scorer was Krystyna Matsko (182-F-91) with 12 points. Russia made 15-17 lead in the first ten minutes and continued with 10-17 until the breather. However, Ukraine shined in Q3 and won that period 15-10. Russia took control on their rivals for rest of the meeting (14-17) and celebrated 54-61 victory at the end.
In the second game of the Qualifying Round, Russia will meet Poland. Ukraine will take on Turkey.

Ukraine: Alina Iagupova 18+7 boards, Krystyna Matsko 12
Russia: Alexandra Tarasova 14+6 boards, Anastasiya Shilova 11+6 boards, Viktoria Medvedeva 10+7 boards


U20 Ukraine grabs valuable 74-62 victory against U20 Turkey - by Eurobasket News
U20 TURKEY - U20 UKRAINE 62-74

Ukraine made a big step forward to Quarterfinals of U20 EuroBasket in Novi Sad. They outplayed Turkey 74-62 improving to 2-2 record in Qualifying Group E. Alina Iagupova (181-G-92, agency: LBM Management) once again was the leading scorer in Ukraine with 21 points and she grabbed 7 rebounds beside that. However, Olesia Malashenko (189-F-91, agency: LBM Management) was their best player with 19 points and 15 rebounds. She was the MVP of this meeting as well with valuation 28. Lyudmyla Naumenko (184-F-93) helped with 13 points and 10 rebs. In the loosing squad, Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) collected 23 points and 5 rebounds, while Pinar Demirok (180-F-91) had 19 pts and 7 rebs. Quarters: 23-17, 13-14, 11-20, 15-23.
Tomorrow, Ukraine will meet Lithuania and it could be the crucial game for both teams. Turkey (0-4) will meet Poland, but it is already clear that Turkey lost all chances to reach the Quarterfinals.

Turkey: Ayse Cora 23+5 boards, Pinar Demirok 19+7 boards
Ukraine: Alina Iagupova 21+7 boards, Olesia Malashenko 19+15 boards, Lyudmyla Naumenko 13+10 boards


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


U20 UK hands first loss to U20 France in Zrenjanin - by Eurobasket News
FRANCE - UNITED KINGDOM 50-62

United Kingdom surprised France in Zrenjanin today. UK celebrated 62-50 victory and it is the first loss for France at this event. Thanks to this win, UK jumped to 2-2 in Group B and has a nice chance to reach the Quarterfinals. France slipped to 3-1 and despite this loss already booked a ticket for the next stage. Ella Clark (190-F-92) was a key player for the winners with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Renee E. Busch (174-G-92) had 12 points and 6 boards, while Jessica Hurd (182-F-92) helped with 9 points and 7 rebs. Hhadydia Minte (187-F-91) responded with 14 points and 9 boards in defeat. Kelly Corre (180-F-91) stopped to 10 pts this time. Quarters: 18-21, 4-6, 12-16, 16-19.
In the last day of the Qualifying Round, United Kingdom will meet winless Netherlands. France will take on Spain.

France: Hhadydia Minte 14+9 boards, Kelly Corre 10
United Kingdom: Ella Clark 16+7 boards, Renee E. Busch 12+6 boards, Jessica Hurd 9+7 boards


U20 Italy opens Qualifying Round with victory - by Eurobasket News
U20 UNITED KINGDOM - U20 ITALY 36-44

Valuable win for Italy at the start of the Qualifying Round in Zrenjanin. They outplayed United Kingdom 44-36 improving to 2-1 record in Group F. At the same time, UK dropped to 1-2. Italy opened the game better as they made 6-13 lead in the first period, but UK answered with 14-8 for rest of the first half. Third quarter belonged to Italy 9-12 and they managed to extend their lead in the last ten minutes to the final 36-44. Federica Tognalini (183-F-91) came up with double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Alessandra Tava (184-F/C-91) scored 13 and Federica Nannucci (170-G-91) followed with 8 pts. In UK, Katrin Chiemeka (170-G-91) collected 10 points and 9 rebounds. Their second scorer was Temitope Fagbenle (191-F-92) with 8 pts (6 rebs).
Italy will meet powerful Spain in the next meeting. UK will take on also perfect France.

UK: Katrin Chiemeka 10+9 boards, Temitope Fagbenle 8+6 boards
Italy: Federica Tognalini 13+10 boards, Alessandra Tava 13, Federica Nannucci 8


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Cappie Pondexter and Sue Bird are 'WNBA Players of the Week' - by Eurobasket News
Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) and Sue Bird (5'9''-G-80, college: Connecticut) crowned as the 'WNBA Players of the Week'

New York Libertys Cappie Pondexter and Seattle Storms Sue Bird have been crowned as the WNBA players of the week for the games played in the week spanning from July 5-10, the league announced on Monday.

The players were selected as the best in the week from a pool of elite players featuring Chicago Skys Sylvia Fowles, Indiana Fevers Tamika Catchings, Minnesota Lynxs Maya Moore, Seattle Storms Swin Cash and Tulsa Shocks Tiffany Jackson.



Cappie Pondexter

This is second time this season Pondexter has received the player of the week award and 12th time in her six seasons - fourth most in WNBA history. It was an interesting week for Pondexter, to say the least. During the period, Pondexter led Liberty to a 2-0 record.

In the period under the scanner, Pondexter scored at an average of 19 points second in the East - and dished out 5.5 assists per game. The shooting guard, who is known for her quick crossovers, tied for first position in free-throw percentage. She finished the week, third in the East with 3.50 steals per game and shooting from the long range was 5 for 8 during that period.

Pondexters week began with a game-high 20 points, season-high nine rebounds, seven assists and four steals in a 76-73 win over the San Antonio Silver Stars. Cappie shot 8 for 15 from the floor including 4 for 5 from three-point range that night as Liberty took down the Silver Star twice in a row.

Two days later at Prudential Center, she punctuated a team-high 18 points, dished out four assists and stole the ball three times in the Libertys 80-73 victory over Chicago Sky. She hit 5 for 8 from the floor and a perfect 7 for 7 from the line in that game.


Sue Bird

After Swin cash took the honours last time, Birds nomination marked the second straight week a Seattle player has won the player of the week award. For Bird, it was the fourth weekly award in her eight-season career.

Sue Bird averaged leagues second best 6.5 assists per game as Seattle went 1-1 in the week. Bird finished the week with an average of 19 points per game. She was second in both field goal percentage (14 for 20) and three-pointers (7 for 9) in the Western Conference.

In the contest against the league-best Indiana Fever on July 5, the Storm guard scooped out a game-high 21 points, including 5-of-6 treys and dished out five assists. Then in a game against the Los Angeles Sparks, she pounded 17 points in a 99-80 victory. Bird also dished out a game-high eight assists in the win.

Courtesy of http://blogs.bettor.com