EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/14/2011

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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   


Day Three: Quarterfinals are set - by Eurobasket News
Preliminary Round of U16 AfroBasket in Egypt is over.
Egypt is the winner of Group A with perfect 3-0 record. In Day Three of the championship, the hosts outplayed South Africa 101-57, despite they already secured first place in this pool even before this meeting. Egypt will meet Congo in the Quarterfinals. On the other side, South Africa (1-2) finished as the last ranked team of Group A and will meet Tunisia in the QFinals.
Also in Group A, Mozambique was too strong for Algeria yesterday 69-65. Ubisse was the leading player in victory with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Ahmed Boutiba replied with 23 pts and 7 boards in loss. Thanks to this win Mozambique (1-2) ended as No.2 of Group A, while is Algeria (1-2) is No.3. In the Quarterfinals, Mozambique will play against Angola. Algeria will meet Mali.
Tunisia is the winner of Group B with perfect 3-0 record. They grabbed 53-51 OT win against Mali yesterday for their third straight win. Haythem Saada stepped up for the winners with 15 points and 19 rebounds. Cheick Diallo replied with 13 pts and 20 rebs in loss. Tunisia will meet South Africa in the Quarterfinals, while Mali (2-1, No.2) will take on Algeria.
Angola celebrated their first win in Egypt and avoided last place in Group B. They handed 57-51 loss to Congo mostly owing to Jose Kipanda, who came up with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Francis Mbemba 20 pts and 10 boards in defeat. His Congo ended this stage winless. Angola will meet Mozambique in the Quarterfinals, while Congo will meet host Egypt.



Day Three
Group A: South Africa - Egypt 57-101
Group A: Algeria - Mozambique 65-69
Group B: Tunisia - Mali 53-51
Group B: Congo - Angola 51-57


Standings

Group A
1 Egypt 3-0
2 Mozambique 1-2
3 Algeria 1-2
4 South Africa 1-2

Group B
1 Tunisia 3-0
2 Mali 2-1
3 Angola 1-2
4 Congo 0-3


Quarterfinals, July 14:
14h00 South Africa - Tunisia
16h00 Mali - Algeria
18h00 Congo - Egypt
20h00 Mozambique - Angola




Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Egypt3-0
2. Mozambique1-2
3. Algeria1-2
4. S.Africa1-2
Group B
1. Tunisia3-0
2. Mali2-1
3. Angola1-2
4. Congo-Braza.0-3


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  ALGERIA   


U16 Mozambique beats U16 Algeria 69-65, grabs 2nd place in Group A - by Eurobasket News
U16 Mozambique outplayed U16 Algeria 69-65 in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Egypt (U16 AfroBasket). Thanks to this win Mozambique (1-2) ended as No.2 of Group A, while Algeria (1-2) is No.3. Ubisse was the leading player in victory with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Ahmed Boutiba replied with 23 pts and 7 boards in loss. In the Quarterfinals, Mozambique will play against Angola. Algeria will meet Mali.
Egypt is the winner of Group A with perfect 3-0 record. In Day Three of the championship, the hosts outplayed South Africa 101-57, despite they already secured first place in this pool even before this meeting. Egypt will meet Congo in the Quarterfinals. On the other side, South Africa (1-2) finished as the last ranked team of Group A and will meet Tunisia in the QFinals.
Tunisia is the winner of Group B with perfect 3-0 record. They grabbed 53-51 OT win against Mali yesterday for their third straight win. Tunisia will meet South Africa in the Quarterfinals, while Mali (2-1, No.2) will take on Algeria.
Angola celebrated their first win in Egypt and avoided last place in Group B. They handed 57-51 loss to Congo. Angola will meet Mozambique in the Quarterfinals, while Congo will meet host Egypt.
Quarterfinals are scheduled for tomorrow.


Algerian U16 National Team -11 - by Karol
Zakaria Aissa 96
Abdelkader Beldjilali 95
Ramdane Belhadj 95
Mohamed Boudjema 95
Ahmed Boutiba 95
Islam Riad 95
Farid Chikhim 95
Nor El Diar 95
Abdeldjallil Djemil 95
Mohamed Hadjadj 95
Abdelouahab Hafiane 95
Tarek Hamdani 95
Mohamed Horri 95
Ahmed Karbi 95
Ramzi Merahi 95
Adel Nehal 95
Mohamed Ouali 95
Aimen Refis 95
Mohamed Remache 95
Mabrouk Soualah 95
Mohamed Toumiat 95
Walid Zaibita 95
Mohamed Zouaoui 96



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  ANGOLA   


Angolan U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Esmael Bargao 95
Simba Bunga 96
Carlos Cabral 95
Aldair Carlos 96
Antonio Congo 96
Ramalianes Silva 95
Gerson Domingos 96
Waldir Goncalves 96
Fernando Kambuandi 95
Jose Kipanda 95
Ndamba Lenda 95
Rui Monteiro 96
Ngombo Rogerio 96
Duarte Vicente 96



U16 Angola takes the first win in Egypt, avoids last place in Group B - by Eurobasket News
Angola celebrated their first win at U16 AfroBasket in Egypt. Thanks to this victory, Angola avoided last place in Preliminary Group B. They handed 57-51 loss to Congo-Brazaville mostly owing to Jose Kipanda (95), who came up with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Francis Mbemba 20 pts and 10 boards in defeat. His Congo ended this stage winless. Angola will meet Mozambique in the Quarterfinals, while Congo will meet host Egypt. Also in Group B, Tunisia grabbed 53-51 OT win against Mali to win this pool. Tunisia will meet South Africa in the Quarterfinals, while Mali (2-1, No.2) will take on Algeria.
Egypt is the winner of Group A with perfect 3-0 record. In Day Three of the championship, the hosts outplayed South Africa 101-57, despite they already secured first place in this pool even before this meeting. Egypt will meet Congo in the Quarterfinals. On the other side, South Africa (1-2) finished as the last ranked team of Group A and will meet Tunisia in the QFinals. Also in Group A, Mozambique was too strong for Algeria yesterday 69-65. Thanks to this win Mozambique (1-2) ended as No.2 of Group A, while is Algeria (1-2) is No.3. In the Quarterfinals, Mozambique will play against Angola. Algeria will meet Mali.
All Quarterfinals games will be played tomorrow.


National Team to Hold Training Programme in Portugal - by Eurobasket News
Luanda The Angolan national senior basketball team will on Wednesday travel to Lisbon city in Portugal, in order to hold the penultimate stage of the preparation training programme ahead of the African Cup of Nations in (Afrobasket2011) set for 17-28 August, in Antananarivo (Madagascar).

According to the training programme, which reached Angop on Tuesday, the Angola will stay in Portugal for two weeks, in order to participate in the international tournament in Guimares city on 22 to 24 July.

On 29 July, Angola will travel to China so as to participate in Stankovic Trophy, only with the 12 players that will play Afrobasket2011.

Angolan squad is expected to travel to Madagascar on 10 August.
Courtesy of: Angola Press


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  ARGENTINA   


La Union pens deal with Ian Young - by Eurobasket News
La Union de Formosa completed building up their roster. They added Ian Young (191-PG-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Auburn) to the squad. The guard from Trinidad and Tobago signed his first contract in Argentina. Ian Young spent the previous season in Iran. He played for Gorgan. Previously Ian Young had stints in France, Finland, Saudi Arabia, CBA, D-League, Germany, USBL, Bosnia. The guard is the member of Trinidad and Tobago National Team since 2009. Ian Young participated at 2010 Centrobasket. The player posted 13.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists per game in Santo Domingo. Ian Young also made it into Latinbasket.com All-CBC Championship 2nd Team while playing at the tournament in Tortola back in 2009.


Alvear tab Aaron Williams - by Eurobasket News
Alvear have agreed on terms of contract with Aaron Williams (203-C/F-83, agency: Dream Team Management, college: W.Chester). Last season the centre spent in another TNA team Asociacion Italiana. He tallied 14.4 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Earlier Aaron Williams had spells for Sionista de Parana, Club 9, Rotterdam, Rochester RazorSharks, La Guaira, Reading Railers and T71 Dudelange. USBasket.com named Aaron Williams All-PBL Centre of the Year back in 2008.


Axiers Sucre joins Olimpico de La Banda - by Eurobasket News
Olimpico de La Banda bolstered their frontcourt. They have agreed on terms of contract with Axiers Sucre (198-F-78). The Venezuelan forward started the season in Mexico. He played for Angeles de Puebla. His stats read 12.9 points, 9.5 boards, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steal per game in LNPB. In February Axiers Sucre moved to Venezuela. He joined Marinos de Anzoategui. The forward posted 12.5 points, 7.6 boards and 2.0 steals per appearance in LNB. Axiers Sucre used to play in Argentina back in 2008/09 season. He recorded 17.6 points, 8.1 boards and 1.2 steals for Union de Sunchales. Axiers Sucre is the member of Venezuelan National Team since 2007.


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  AUSTRALIA   


Standings - ABA
ABA Standings
Big V
 1. Eltham W. 13-4 
 2. Waverley F. 12-4 
 3. Sherbrooke S. 11-7 
 4. Ringwood H. 10-8 
 5. Bulleen B. 9-8 
 6. Hume City 6-11 
 7. Diamond V.E. 4-13 
 8. Melbourne 4-14 
Central ABL
 1. Forestville E. 11-3 
 2. Norwood F. 10-3 
 3. W.Adelaide B. 9-5 
 4. Sturt S. 9-6 
 5. N.Adelaide R. 8-6 
 6. S.Adelaide P. 7-7 
 7. Woodville W. 7-8 
 8. Eastern M. 4-10 
 9. C.District L. 3-10 
 10. South.Tigers 2-12 
QBL
 1. Townsville H. 11-2 
 2. Mackay M. 11-3 
 3. Gold Coast R. 10-3 
 4. Cairns M. 9-5 
 5. Rockhampton 8-3 
 6. Brisbane C. 8-5 
 7. Ipswich F. 7-5 
 8. Northside W. 7-5 
 9. Bundaberg B. 6-7 
 10. Gladstone P. 4-9 
 11. Toowoomba 2-9 
 12. Maroochydore 2-10 
 13. Caboolture S. 2-11 
 14. SW Metro P. 2-11 
SEABL-East
 1. Bendigo B. 16-2 
 2. Knox R. 13-5 
 3. Ballarat M. 10-9 
 4. Dandenong 9-9 
 5. Kilsyth C. 9-10 
 6. Canberra G. 7-10 
 7. Brisbane S. 6-13 
SEABL-South
 1. Nunawading S. 16-4 
 2. Geelong S. 12-5 
 3. Sandringham S. 11-9 
 4. Hobart C. 8-11 
 5. Mt Gambier 7-12 
 6. Frankston B. 6-11 
 7. NW Tasmania 5-13 
 8. Albury W.B. 3-16 
WARATAH
 1. Sydney C. 15-3 
 2. Newcastle H. 14-4 
 3. Hills H. 11-8 
 4. Norths Bears 10-8 
 5. Manly Warr. 10-8 
 6. Sutherland S. 10-8 
 7. Illawarra H. 9-8 
 8. Bankstown B. 9-11 
 9. Parramatta W. 8-7 
 10. Maitland M. 8-9 
 11. Hornsby S. 7-11 
 12. Cent.Coast C. 4-14 
 13. Canberra N. 1-17 


Senior mens team in China for Four Nations Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Basketball Australia has sent a senior mens team to China to compete in the prestigious Four Nations Tournament in Kunshan and Yong Cheng, which will see the Australian team face Turkey, China and Montenegro.

The Australian team is coached by Mick Downer , who is assistant coach to the Cairns Taipans and recently spent a week with the Golden Star Australian Boomers in their Perth Camp and two-game YouYi Series against China.

Downer has been working closely with Brett Brown and the Golden Star Australian Boomers coaching staff over the past few months to help establish the national depth chart of players in Australia.

AUSTRALIAN SENIOR MENS TEAM

Tom Daly
Cameron Gliddon (195-F-89, college: Concordia Irvine)
Ryan Broekhoff (198-G-90)
Liam Mcinerney (203-F-90)
Matt Hodgson (210-C)
Corey Maynard (190-G-91)
Trian Iliadis (190-G-89)
Clint Steindl (200-F-89)
Alex Gynes (198-F/G, college: Nova SE)
Angus Brandt (208-F/C)
Christian SALECICH
Ben SMITH

Head Coach: Mick Downer (Cairns Taipans)
Assistant Coach: Adam Caporn (St Marys College, US)
Manager: Jared Campbell (Adelaide 36ers)
Physio: David Hillard

Four Nations Tournament Schedule
Game 1 10 July 2011 Australia versus Turkey
Game 2 11 July 2011 Australia versus Montenegro
Game 3 12 July 2011 Australia versus China
Game 4 15 July 2011 Australia versus Montenegro
Game 5 16 July 2011 Australia versus China
Game 6 17 July 2011 Australia versus Turkey
Courtesy of: http://www.basketball.net.au


Australian B National Team continue Four-Nations tournament in China - by Eurobasket News
Australian B National Team traveled to China to take part at Four-Nations tournament in Kunshan. The Boomers turned out stronger claiming a 75:63 win at the end over Turkey. 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.
Montenegro next faced Australia. This time the European team rallied to a 78:67 win. Nemanja Vranjes (188-G-88) delivered 13 points to lead the effort. Goran Martinic contributed 10 points for Montenegro. Tom Daly replied with game-high 23 points for the Boomers. China defeated an Australian team 62:53. 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.
Now all four teams will move to Yongcheng for the another set of games.




Australian basketballer named in top five at world titles - by Eurobasket News
Tasmanian basketballer Hugh Greenwood (190-G-92) has capped off a spectacular showing for the Australian Emus at the recent 2011 FIBA Under 19 World Championship in Latvia by being named as one of the top five players of the tournament.

The Emus captain was named as one of the tournaments best players after averaging 17.1 points per game across eight matches, as well as 4.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists. He shot the ball at 43.9% from the field, including 37.7% from three-point distance.

The 190cm former Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder joined tournament MVP Jonas Valanciunas of Lithuania, Serbian Aleksandar Cvetkovic, Dmitry Kulagin of Russia and American Jeremy Lamb on the tournaments prestigious All-Star Five.

The modest Greenwood said he was surprised to be named to the all-tournament team.

'I wasnt expecting it, he said. I was sitting there and they came over and told me and I didnt really know what to do. I sat there for a couple of minutes and I had to go find my dad in the crowd. I was really happy he was there. There were about eight thousand Lithuanians in the crowd so I had to go and try to find him. I eventually found him and gave him a hug. A lot of hard work paying off.

The honour was especially impressive given he had struggled to play through the pain of an ankle injury which forced him to miss a game during the tournament.

I was just happy to be playing again. When it happened I was shattered because I kind of felt like I let the guys down because we lost that game to Latvia. Being able to play again I was relieved about that and was very fortunate that I was able to play well, but I was more relived that I was able to play at all.

We had guys step up and play well in different games so that kept me going while the ankle wasnt great. Then I eventually just forgot about the ankle, we had a rest day before the finals which was really good. And then when it started to get better and I was able to move better, I guess the stats show that the ankle was getting better.

The Emus finished sixth overall at the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship with a 6-3 record, after falling to the USA in a nail-biting final contest, 78-77.

Despite not making the medal rounds, Greenwood said the bond with his teammates was still strong.

Everyone was pretty upset at the time, against the USA we lost by a point but we played really well. I think the guys were just upset that it was all over and the reality of the last game and sitting down for the last time. Weve been doing this for the last four years, putting in the work for the last four years, and living together at the AIS you build such a big bond and now were all going in different directions. At the airport today everyone was buggered and jet-lagged but it was still pretty sad.

Greenwood shone for the Australians throughout the tournament and finished with 26 points, five assists and six rebounds against the powerful Americans in a dominant display. His performance impressed international scouts, as well as Golden Star Boomers head coach Brett Brown.

'Our coaching staff is thrilled with Hugh's recent performance at the World Under 19 tournament and we are proud of his All Tournament selection, Brown said. Hugh has been a part of our Boomer program since he was 17. His continued development is a result of his dedication and some outstanding coaches that have helped along the way. He is an emerging wing who we all have high expectations for.'

The coach of the US college team Greenwood will join next season was equally impressed.

'For Hugh to make First Team All-Tournament is an incredible honour,' New Mexico coach Steve Alford said in a statement.

'His experience at the FIBA U-19 World Championships will certainly benefit him down the road.'

Greenwood returned home from the world titles this morning and will immediately begin his preparations for the upcoming Golden Star Australian Boomers training camp on the Gold Coast from 25 29 July. There the 19 year-old will vie for a place in the Australian senior mens national team to take on the New Zealand Tall Blacks in the FIBA Oceania Championship for Men, where a berth at the London Olympic Games is on the line.

The 2011 FIBA Oceania Championship for Men will be held in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney on the 7th, 9th and 11th September respectively.

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


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  BOSNIA   


Kisic announced final U20 roster - by Nedzad Kladusak
After two weeks of intense preparations headcoach Radomir Kisic announced his final roster. The last players that have been cut are french champion Dzenan Kurtic, Ismet Sejfic and Obrad Vukovic. However Kisic pointed out that he has been very satisfied with the talent and work ethic of all camp attendees and that even those players that have been cut will stay on the radar of KSBIH. After clear defeats against Montenegro the team recoreded a victory against the Serbian U18 and four consecutive wins against Portugal, Macedonia and Netherlands. In its initial match at the EC in Sarajevo BIH will encounter Island featuring the gigantic Ragnar Nathanaelsson (218-C-91).

Roster:

PG:
Srdjan Loncar (186-G-91), Ranko Ivic (193-G-92), Marko Rikalo (185-G-94),

SG:
Dino Begagic (193-G-92), Nikola Gajic (195-G-91),

SF:
Adin Vrabac (203-F/G-94), Mirza Bulic (204-F-92),

PF:
Miralem Halilovic (206-F-91), Nermin Buza (206-F/C-91),

C:
Nemanja Sladoje (212-C-91).Mladen Lukic (207-C-92), Ernad Mujic (208-C-92)


Adnan Hodzic moves to Germany - by Joko Zuber
Adnan Hodzic (203-F-88, agency: Pro One Sports) will continue his career in Germany. The Bosnian center signed a deal with Walter Tigers Tuebingen of the BBL. Hodzic spent last four years in the NCAA, playing for the Lipscomb Bisons. He had 17.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 1.0 apg for 30 games in the last season.

'Hodzic was one of the major players and one of the best scorers of all NCAA divisions in the last three seasons. He is an exceptionally aggressive basketball player, who is hard to stop near the basket' His new head coach says of Hodzic.


Samir Sehic top rebounder of the Fab Frosh Camp 2011 - by Nedzad Kladusak
Samir Sehic wasn t able to join the U16 NT due to the participation of his team Texas Titans at the national championship of the USA.
However his father confirmed that he wants to play only for BIH. Last week Sehic has been invited to the Fab Frosh basketball camp rallying 150
top level freshman of the USA. Samir Sehic has been voted the best rebounder of the camp. Scouts described him as a extremely physical and tough inside player who
wasn t afraid to challenge even taller players always looking for a rebound. Lets hope Samir Sehic will develop to the so much needed dominating big men BIH misses after Sinanovic, Rizvic and Begic decided not to play for BIH.



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  CANADA   


Raptors hire Johnny Davis, Eric Hughes, Micah Nori, Scott Roth, Tom Sterner as assistant coaches - by Eurobasket News
The Toronto Raptors announced Wednesday the club has hired Johnny Davis, Eric Hughes, Micah Nori, Scott Roth and Tom Sterner as assistant coaches on new head coach Dwane Casey's staff. Hughes, Nori and Roth were retained by Casey from Jay Trianos coaching staff.

I am excited to announce the hiring of what I believe is a strong, well-balanced and experienced coaching staff, said Casey. We have a good mixture of former players, head coaching experience and on-court teachers who have a wealth of technical knowledge.

Since we have such a young team I thought it was necessary to hire a group of coaches who can effectively mentor, communicate, motivate and teach on-and-off the floor.

Davis completed his 35th season in the NBA in 2010-11. He has been a player, assistant coach, front office executive and two-time head coach.

Last season marked Davis fourth with the Memphis Grizzlies and his 19th in an NBA assistant coaching capacity. In addition to Memphis, Davis has been an assistant coach with Atlanta, the Los Angeles Clippers, Portland, New Jersey, Orlando, Minnesota and Indiana. In 2005-06, he served on Caseys staff in Minnesota.

Davis was the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers in 1996-97 and the Orlando Magic for parts of two seasons (2003-05) compiling a 73-146 mark (.333). He was honoured as Eastern Conference Coach of the Month in November 2005 while with the Magic. He also served two games as the Grizzlies interim head coach.

The 22nd overall pick in the second round of the 1976 NBA Draft, Davis played with Portland, Indiana, Atlanta and Cleveland in his 10 seasons. He was a member of Portlands 1977 NBA Championship team.

Sterner has been an NBA assistant coach for 13 seasons, working for Dallas, Orlando and Golden State. He served two seasons with Casey as an assistant coach on Rick Carlisles staff in Dallas (2008-10). He spent last season as an advance scout with Philadelphia.

The majority of Sterners tenure as an assistant coach was in Orlando where he was on the bench for 11 campaigns. He helped the Magic to the 1995 NBA Finals and served as an assistant coach for the Eastern Conference during the 1995 All-Star Game.

Sterner was the top assistant coach for Golden State from 2002-04. In 2002-03, he led the teams offense that ranked second in the league in scoring, averaging 102.4 points per game. The following season he changed his focus to defense where the Warriors became the NBAs most improved defensive squad, allowing 9.6 fewer points per game than the previous season.

Roth completed his first season with the Raptors after being named an assistant coach August 16. He has been as a player, scout and coach overseas and in North America for more than 25 years.

Roth was as an assistant coach with Golden State in 2009-10. Prior to joining the Warriors staff he was the head coach of the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA D-League in 2008-09 and guided the team to its first post-season appearance with a 26-24 record.

Roth has also worked as an assistant coach with Dallas (1996-2000) and Vancouver/Memphis (2000-02), and four seasons as scout and advisor for Milwaukee.

Nori concluded his second season as an assistant coach for the Raptors in 2010-11 and his 14th overall with the organization. In addition to his duties as an assistant coach, Nori heads the advance scouting operations for the club. He was promoted July 1, 2009 after serving as the teams Director of NBA Scouting.

Nori had been the teams advance scout since 2000 where he was responsible for scouting upcoming opponents and preparing reports for both the coaching staff and players. Prior to becoming the teams advance scout, he served as assistant to the coaching staff from 1998-2000.

Hughes joined the Raptors in 2007 and was promoted to Assistant Coach/Basketball Development on July 1, 2009. He will continue in that role under Casey.

Previous to joining the Raptors, Hughes had worked as the director of summer player development for Goodwin Sports Management, creating workout programs and training NBA players. He had also been the head coach at Spokane Community College in Spokane, Washington during that time, compiling an 88-61 (.590) mark in his five seasons.

Hughes has served as the head coach for the Raptors entry in the Las Vegas Summer League the past three summers. His 2010 team finished 5-0 and led the league in scoring.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


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  CHILE   


Copa Chile: Liceo Mixto and Boston College will play the finals - by Daniel Valencia
CD Liceo Mixto de Los Andes and CD Boston College Santiago will play the final of Copa Chile 2011 after defeating to Puente Alto and CD Universidad de Concepcion respectively. Liceo swept the series 3-0 after winning game three 78-67. Boston was able to win both games on the road to reach the final. In game 4, Boston was led by Jose Luis Campos (189-G-80) with 24 points to get the 69-60 victory.

Game 3

Puente Alto 67 - CD Liceo Mixto de Los Andes 78

Liceo won the series 3-0


Game 4

CD Universidad de Concepcion 60 - CD CD Boston College Santiago 69
Ucon
: Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83) 13 pts. Jose Del Solar (195-C-90) 13 pts.
Bos: Jose Luis Campos 24 pts. Jorge Valencia (206-C-77) 14 pts.

Boston won the series 3-1




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  CHINA   


NBL Round 11: Jiangsu defeats leader ShenYang - by Eurobasket News
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked ShenYang (9-2) on the court of fourth ranked Jiangsu on Tuesday night. Visitors were rolled over by Jiangsu 117-93. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of ShenYang. The game was mostly controlled by Jiangsu. ShenYang managed to win fourth quarter 31-30. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Jiangsu dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to ShenYang's 50 and made 20-of-21 free shots (95.2 percent) during the game. Jiangsu forced 23 ShenYang turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American guard Justin Johnson (198-86, college: Iowa) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 5 rebounds. Guard XianLing Sun (190-89) contributed with 15 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Jiangsu's coach WanJun Cui felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center XiaoDong Chen (207-86) answered with 23 points and 7 rebounds for ShenYang. Jiangsu (6-5) moved-up to third place, which they share with Sichuan and Changan Group. ShenYang at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Jiangsu is looking forward to face Heilongjiang (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. ShenYang will play against Guangzhou FM (#6) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Sichuan (6-5) against eighth ranked Ningxia Hanas (5-6) on Tuesday night. Visiting Sichuan was defeated by Ningxia Hanas in a tough game on the road 91-96. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sichuan. It was a great evening for who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks. Sze Wong helped adding 20 points. American guard T.J. Bannister (180-84, college: Liberty, agency: Warren Sports International) responded with 28 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Sichuan's coach Joseph Stiebing rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ningxia Hanas moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Guangzhou FM. Sichuan at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. They share it with Changan Group and Jiangsu. Ningxia Hanas will play against Hebei (#8) in the next round. Sichuan will play against Changan Group (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in was also quite interesting. Second ranked Whampoa (8-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Guangzhou FM (5-6). Whampoa defeated Guangzhou FM 115-102 on Tuesday. It was an exceptional evening for Alan Wiggins who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds. Justin Gray came up with 36 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Guangzhou FM in the defeat. Guangzhou FM's coach Dragan Raca tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Whampoa have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 8-3 record behind leader ShenYang. Loser Guangzhou FM keeps the sixth position with six games lost. They share it with Ningxia Hanas. Whampoa will meet at home bottom-ranked Hangzhou (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Guangzhou FM will play against the league's leader ShenYang (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Hebei (4-7) lost to ninth ranked Heilongjiang (4-7) 99-98 in the game for the eighth place. The best player for the winners was Nan Wang who scored 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Heilongjiang moved-up to eighth place, which they share with defeated Hebei. Hebei lost third consecutive game. Heilongjiang's next round opponent will be higher ranked Jiangsu (#3) and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

In the last game of round 11 bottom-ranked Hangzhou was smashed by Changan Group on the road 108-89.


Changan Group - Hangzhou 108-89

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Changan Group (6-5) crushed at home bottom-ranked Hangzhou (2-9) 108-89. The game without a history. Changan Group led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 22-of-27 charity shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Changan Group forced 20 Hangzhou turnovers. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was forward Jahmar Thorpe (198-84, college: Houston) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds. Guard Nick Stallings (190-83, college: Centenary) chipped in 18 points and 6 assists. Stallings is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Changan Group players scored in double figures. Changan Group's coach MingZhu Pu allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Dante Milligan (206-84, college: Massachusetts, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points, 17 rebounds and 6 blocks and forward Austen Powers (203-87, college: Seattle, agency: Tank Sports) added 27 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Changan Group have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Sichuan and Jiangsu. Hangzhou at the other side stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Changan Group's next round opponent will be Sichuan (#5). Hangzhou will play against the league's second-placed Whampoa (#2).
Top scorers:
Changan Group: T.Jahmar 20+16reb+3ast, S.Lei 19+1reb+2ast, S.Nick 18+4reb+6ast, L.Peng 16+3reb+1ast, S.Jian 12+3reb+1ast, R.XiaTi 10+8reb+1ast
Hangzhou: P.Austen 27+5reb, M.Dante 24+17reb+2ast, L.Wei 11+4reb+3ast, Y.Carrian 7, Y.Wang 6+3reb, Q.Fei 5+1ast
gschID: 129361


Heilongjiang - Hebei 99-98


Hebei (4-7) lost to ninth ranked Heilongjiang (4-7) 99-98 in the game for the eighth place. Hebei was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 24-18 third quarter run of Heilongjiang. Heilongjiang shot 22 for 36 from the free-throw line, while Hebei only scored six points from the stripe. Heilongjiang forced 21 Hebei turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. 29 personal fouls committed by Hebei helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard Nan Wang (191-82) who scored 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. Nigerian center Benson Egemonye (207-83, college: Niagara) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks. American forward Christopher Lawson (193-83, college: Houston) produced a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import power forward Terence Dials (206-83, college: Ohio St.) added 17 points and 13 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Heilongjiang moved-up to eighth place, which they share with defeated Hebei. Hebei lost third consecutive game. Heilongjiang's next round opponent will be higher ranked Jiangsu (#3) and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Heilongjiang: W.Nan 33+5reb+3ast, E.Benson 17+11reb+1ast, Y.Gang 16+4reb, P.Courtney 14+5reb+3ast, B.Xiaohui 8+3reb+1ast, J.Ming 5+4reb+1ast
Hebei: L.Christopher 35+10reb+6ast, D.Terence 17+13reb+1ast, W.Zhi 12+4reb+1ast, L.Yiding 12+6reb, Y.Tingyu 9+6reb+1ast, J.Nan 7+2reb


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Guangzhou FM - Whampoa 102-115

The game in was also quite interesting. Second ranked Whampoa (8-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Guangzhou FM (5-6). Whampoa defeated Guangzhou FM 115-102 on Tuesday. It was a great shooting night for Whampoa especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Alan Wiggins (206-85, college: USF) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Ning Yu (198-82) accounted for 27 points for the winning side. American guard Justin Gray (188-84, college: Wake Forest) came up with 36 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Jartavious Henderson (203-87, college: Memphis) added 18 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) respectively for Guangzhou FM in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Guangzhou FM's coach Dragan Raca tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Whampoa have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 8-3 record behind leader ShenYang. Loser Guangzhou FM keeps the sixth position with six games lost. They share it with Ningxia Hanas. Whampoa will meet at home bottom-ranked Hangzhou (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Guangzhou FM will play against the league's leader ShenYang (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Whampoa: Y.Ning 27+3reb+2ast, W.Alan 22+11reb+1ast, Y.ZhiYong 16+1reb+2ast, J.Lei 15+5reb+2ast, W.Jing 11+3ast, W.SongWei 8+1reb+2ast
Guangzhou FM: G.Justin 36+8reb+4ast, H.Jartavious 18+9reb+1ast, L.Xuesong 15+2reb, L.Dapeng 11+1reb+2ast, S.TianGang 7+1reb+3ast, S.Sani 5+4reb
gschID: 129359


Jiangsu - ShenYang 117-93

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked ShenYang (9-2) on the court of fourth ranked Jiangsu on Tuesday night. Visitors were rolled over by Jiangsu 117-93. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of ShenYang. The game was mostly controlled by Jiangsu. ShenYang managed to win fourth quarter 31-30. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Jiangsu dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to ShenYang's 50 and made 20-of-21 free shots (95.2 percent) during the game. Jiangsu forced 23 ShenYang turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American guard Justin Johnson (198-86, college: Iowa) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 5 rebounds. Guard XianLing Sun (190-89) contributed with 15 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Jiangsu's coach WanJun Cui felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center XiaoDong Chen (207-86) answered with 23 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Corey Allmond (188-88, college: Howard Col. (TX)) added 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for ShenYang. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Jiangsu (6-5) moved-up to third place, which they share with Sichuan and Changan Group. ShenYang at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Jiangsu is looking forward to face Heilongjiang (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. ShenYang will play against Guangzhou FM (#6) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu: L.Kenny 21+3reb+2ast, J.Justin 19+5reb+3ast, S.XianLing 15+6reb+5ast, W.YanQing 15+4reb+2ast, F.Xin 13+3reb+5ast, X.ShuSen 10+2reb
ShenYang: C.XiaoDong 23+7reb+2ast, A.Corey 20+5reb+5ast, D.ChengLong 16+4reb+5ast, C.DeAngelo 14+9reb+2ast, Z.JunXiong 10+4reb+2ast, S.DeShuai 7+2reb
gschID: 129360


Ningxia Hanas - Sichuan 96-91

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Sichuan (6-5) against eighth ranked Ningxia Hanas (5-6) on Tuesday night. Visiting Sichuan was defeated by Ningxia Hanas in a tough game on the road 91-96. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sichuan. After very bad start, Sichuan stormed back in the second period cutting the deficit to 2 points 50-48. But it was not enough and Ningxia Hanas took back the control in second half. They also forced 19 Sichuan turnovers. Sichuan was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Sze Wong (193-81) scored 20 points. American guard T.J. Bannister (180-84, college: Liberty, agency: Warren Sports International) responded with 28 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and Canadian power forward Ryan Wright (206-87, college: Oklahoma) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sichuan's coach Joseph Stiebing rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ningxia Hanas moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Guangzhou FM. Sichuan at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. They share it with Changan Group and Jiangsu. Ningxia Hanas will play against Hebei (#8) in the next round. Sichuan will play against Changan Group (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ningxia Hanas: W.Sze 20+2reb+2ast, D.Junjiang 15+4reb+1ast, X.Zhongjie 14+3reb+4ast, M.Yansong 9+2reb+2ast, H.Ramon 8+6reb+1ast
Sichuan: B.T.J. 28+5reb+6ast, W.Ryan 16+14reb+4ast, J.QiZhen 14+5reb, C.Ma 14+5reb+1ast, S.TianNong 9+4reb, Y.ZhaoLei 6+5reb
gschID: 129358




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


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U16 Angola takes the first win in Egypt, avoids last place in Group B - by Eurobasket News
Angola celebrated their first win at U16 AfroBasket in Egypt. Thanks to this victory, Angola avoided last place in Preliminary Group B. They handed 57-51 loss to Congo-Brazaville mostly owing to Jose Kipanda (95), who came up with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Francis Mbemba 20 pts and 10 boards in defeat. His Congo ended this stage winless. Angola will meet Mozambique in the Quarterfinals, while Congo will meet host Egypt. Also in Group B, Tunisia grabbed 53-51 OT win against Mali to win this pool. Tunisia will meet South Africa in the Quarterfinals, while Mali (2-1, No.2) will take on Algeria.
Egypt is the winner of Group A with perfect 3-0 record. In Day Three of the championship, the hosts outplayed South Africa 101-57, despite they already secured first place in this pool even before this meeting. Egypt will meet Congo in the Quarterfinals. On the other side, South Africa (1-2) finished as the last ranked team of Group A and will meet Tunisia in the QFinals. Also in Group A, Mozambique was too strong for Algeria yesterday 69-65. Thanks to this win Mozambique (1-2) ended as No.2 of Group A, while is Algeria (1-2) is No.3. In the Quarterfinals, Mozambique will play against Angola. Algeria will meet Mali.
All Quarterfinals games will be played tomorrow.


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Barva wins Apertura - by Gianni Pascucci
After defeating in Semifinal Series Sanatura, Ferreteria Brenes Barva claimed another Costarican title, beating 2-0 in LBS-Apertura Finals Escazu, with a 2-0 aggregate result.
Game 1, played on the road, in gimnasio Municipal de Goicoechea, ended 72-65, with Amir Alvarado (198-F-84, college: Marshalltown CC) leading th eway in Barva at 18 pts and Gilberth McKenzie (186-G-85, college: Lake Region CC) being the last to surrender in Escazu with 21 pts.
Game 2 was played in gimnasio del Liceo Regional de Flores, at San Joaquin, and ended 87-76 for Barva. Amir Alvarado was another time the best in Barva, with 23 points, while Michael Jackson (192-F-87) was the game top scorer with 28 pts for Escazu.
Thanks to this win, Barva is yet qualified for the 'Gran Final' Series of LSB, that will be played at the end of Clausura tournment.


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Prigorje Krizevci adds Luka Zitko - by Eurobasket News
A1 league newcomer Prigorje Krizevci is very active these days. After hiring of Tihomir Bujan as new Head Coach and signing of Josip Glavinic (192-G-82) and Mladen Gligora (204-C/F-82, agency: Court Side), Krizevci penned a one-year deal with Luka Zitko (201-F-81). The Croatian forward heads to his new club from Trogir, where he spent last two seasons. In the latest one he exploded with 20.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.5 apg and 1.5 spg in 24 games. For his performance, Zitko was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Honorable Mention -11. In 2009/10, he had 11.9 ppg and 4.2 rpg also in 24 games. Before Trogir, Luka Zitko spent one season with Zlatorog Lasko. From 2005 to 2007, he was a member of the Bosnian team Grude. He helped Grude reach Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup Semifinals -08. Luka Zitko also has experience from AD Plastik Solin, HKK Posusje, Alkar and Brotnjo Citluk.

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BK Prostejov Adds Point Guard Matej Venta - by Surujh Roopnarine
Matej Venta (187-G-84), a 27-year old Slovenian point guard is the newest addition to BK Prostejov. Continuing the massive overhaul of this past seasons team, Venta is the second new addition to the club (joining forward Rostislav Pelikan (207-F/C-78)), as well as the second former player of new Head Coach Zbynek Choleva . The 6-2 Venta spent this past season with Hopsi Polzela of Slovenia, where he appeared in 25 games and averaged 10.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists while shooting 51.4% from the field and 21.4% from three point range. Venta spent two seasons (2006-2008) in Novy Jicin as well as a third season in the Czech Republic with CEZ Basketball Nymburk.
During his time with Novy Jicin he accumulated averages of 6.5 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals while shooting 52.3% from the field and 35.6% from three in 79 combined games.
With Nymburk he appeared in 52 NBL games and averaged 4.7 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists while backing up Arthur Lee (185-G-77, college: Stanford). With Prostejov he will be expected supplant David Marek (188-G-85, college: S.Utah) at the backup point guard position as the team will try to fill the void created by the departure of Eugene Lawrence (184-G-86, college: St.John's) to Nymburk.



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  EGYPT   


U16 AfroBasket: Egypt wins Preliminary Group A with perfect 3-0 - by Eurobasket News
U16 Egypt registered third straight win at U16 AfroBasket. They secured first place in Preliminary Group A already after two days, but despite that Egypt blasted South Africa 101-57 yesterday to end this stage. Egypt will meet Congo in the Quarterfinals. On the other side, South Africa (1-2) finished as the last ranked team of Group A and will meet Tunisia in the QFinals.
Also in Group A, Mozambique was too strong for Algeria yesterday 69-65. In the Quarterfinals, Mozambique will play against Angola. Algeria will meet Mali.
Tunisia is the winner of Group B with perfect 3-0 record. They grabbed 53-51 OT win against Mali. Tunisia will meet South Africa in the Quarterfinals, while Mali (2-1, No.2) will take on Algeria.
Angola celebrated their first win in Egypt and avoided last place in Group B. They handed 57-51 loss to Congo. Angola will meet Mozambique in the Quarterfinals, while Congo will meet host Egypt.
All Quarterfinals games are scheduled for Thursday.


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Estonian and Georgian U16 teams exchange wins - by Eurobasket News
Estonian and Georgian U16 National Teams played two exhibition games. The teams split those encounters.
Estonia opened the series with a 64:53 success. Joosep Russak and Sten Olmre (186-G-95) stepped up with 11 points each to pace the winners. Kristofer Kurvits contributed 10 points for Estonia. Sandro Bolkvadze (194-F-95) responded with 14 points for Georgia. Nugzar Abuladze (182-G-95) had 12 points in defeat.
Next day Georgian youngsters avenged the loss claiming a 71:69 win. Nugzar Abuladze delivered 19 points to lead the effort. Gamqrelidze tallied 17 points and 18 rebounds in the victory. Rainer Pastimae (196-F-95) finished with 17 points for Estonia. Sten Olmre and Egert Haller netted 8 points in the loss.



Rait Keerles signs with Duesseldorf - by Eurobasket News
Rait Keerles (201-F-80) will continue his career in Germany. The 30-year-old forward has agreed on terms of contract with Gloria Giants Duesseldorf from ProA League. Rait Keerles played for Kalev/Cramo since 2005. Last season the forward notched 12.8 points, 5.1 boards, 1.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game in Baltic League. In VTB League Rait Keerles posted 12.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals per appearance. In EMKL his stats read 10.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists. Eurobasket.com named Rait Keerles All-Estonian League Forward of the Year twice in 2005 and 2006. He was also Most Improved Player of the Year in 2005. Rait Keerles is the member of Estonian National Team. The forward averaged 6.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists for Estonia at 2011 EuroBasket in Division B Qualifying Round.


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Nik Caner-Medley agrees on terms of contract with Valencia - by Eurobasket News
Valencia have seriously bolstered their roster. They have reportedly agreed on terms of contract with Nik Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland). The 27-year-old forward will sign a one-year contract with an option for an extra one. Nik Caner-Medley spent the last season in Madrid. The forward had a solid season with Estudiantes. He tallied 14.4 points, 7.6 boards and 1.2 steals per game in ACB. In EuroCup Nik Caner-Medley registered 12.4 points, 7.0 boards, 1.4 assists and 1.2 steals per appearance. Eurobasket.com named Nik Caner-Medley into All-Spanish ACB 1st Team. He also made it into All-EuroCup 2nd Team. Nik Caner-Medley played in Germany, D-League, Spain and Italy before joining Estudiantes back in 2009.


Grigori Shukhovtsov renews contract with Lokomotiv - by Eurobasket News
Lokomotiv Kuban re-signed contract with Grigori Shukhovtsov (210-C-83). The new deal is meant for two seasons. The 28-year-old centre will enter his third season with Lokomotiv. Last season he tallied 3.3 points and 2.4 boards per EuroChallenge game. In PBL Grigori Shukhovtsov notched 4.5 points and 2.4 rebounds per appearance. The centre made it into Eurobasket.com Russian A Superleague All-Newcomers Team in 2010.


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Zalgiris gets Milovan Rakovic on loan from Montepaschi - by Eurobasket News
Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) will play next season for Zalgiris Kaunas. Montepaschi Siena loaned Rakovic to Zalgiris for 2011/12. The Serbian big guy joined Montepaschi last summer from Spartak St. Petersburg. He appeared 22 times for them in Euroleague averaging 8 points and 3.8 rebounds. In SerieA, Rakovic added 7.6 ppg and 3.3 rpg. He helped Montepaschi win the SerieA title and Italian Cup. They also reached Euroleague Final Four. Season 2009/10, Milovan Rakovic spent with Spartak St. Petersburg. He shined with 15.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg and 1.5 apg for them in 17 Russian league games. Rakovic was named Eurobasket.com All-Russian A Superleague Center of the Year -10. In EuroCup, he added 14.3 ppg and 6 rpg for 6 games. In the past, Rakovic was a member of Mega Ishrana, Atlas Banka, Polet Keramika Novi Becej and Partizan.

Lietuvos Rytas lands Lawrence Roberts from Efes Pilsen - by Eurobasket News
Lawrence Roberts (205-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) is a new member of Lietuvos Rytas. The American power forward penned a two-year deal with his new club. Roberts arrives to Rytas from Efes Pilsen, where he spent last season. He appeared 16 times in Euroleague for them averaging 6.5 points and 5.1 rebounds. In TBL, Roberts added 8.1 ppg and 5.2 rpg for 31 games. Lawrence Roberts joined Efes Pilsen last summer from Partizan Belgrade. With the Serbian powerhouse he reached Euroleague Final Four in 2010. They also won the Serbian and Adriatic league titles that season, plus trophy in Serbian Cup. Roberts was one of the best players of Partizan. In the past, Roberts played for Crvena Zvezda and Memphis Grizzlies. He is a product of the Mississippi State University.

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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   


Wales trounce Monaco in San Marino - by Eurobasket News
Wales U16 - Monaco U16 67:40

Welsh U16 National Team recorded the first win at the European Championship in Division C. They overcame Monaco to improve at 1-1 record in Group A. Tomos Williams scored 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Monaco slipped at 0-1 record after the loss.
Wales stunned their opponents in the first half. They limited Monaco to just 11 points to establish a comfortable 40:11 lead at the interval. Monaco showed character after the big break. They slowed Wales down and cut the deficit by one point at the final break. Monaco managed to outgun Wales in the fourth period but never seriously threatened the margin. Joshua Reade nailed 9 points in the winning effort. Alessandro Generale netted 26 points to pace Monaco. Daniel Pieper accounted for 9 points in the loss.

Wales U16: Tomos Williams 20, Joshua Reade 9, Joshua Jones 8
Monaco U16: Alessandro Generale 26, Daniel Pieper 9



Div.C Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Andorra1-0
2. Wales1-1
3. Monaco0-1
Group B
1. San Marino.1-0
2. Malta1-1
3. Gibraltar0-1


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Lavoy Allen agreed terms with Strasbourg - by Eurobasket News
Lavoy Allen (205-F-89) agreed terms with Strasbourg for the next season. The American Forward will start his European debut with the French side.
In 2007-2008 Allen started for Temple (NCAA) and in 34 games averaged 8.1ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.6apg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 55.8%, 3Pts: 40.0%, FT: 73.7%. In his last season for Temple (NCAA, starting five) he improved to 11.6ppg, 8.6rpg, 2.3apg, 1.8bpg, FGP: 48.0%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 69.7%. In 2011 he was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers (NBA,2rd (50)).
Allen is a rebounding machine, setting the career mark at Temple. He is also fully capable of putting the ball in the net. Allen, the 2011 Philadelphia Big 5 Most Outstanding Player, ended his career as Temple's all-time rebound leader (1,147) and 24th on the all-time scoring list with 1,421 points. Allen also moved into third place on the all-time blocked shots list with 213 and his 98 career wins in a Cherry and White uniform place him eighth in program history.
Lavoy Allen was named the recipient of the Jim Maloney Award which is presented annually to the men's basketball team's Most Valuable Player at the Owl Club Annual Awards Banquet held Wednesday, April 16 on the main campus at Mitten Hall.




Cecil Brown joins Antibes - by Eurobasket News
Cecil Brown (193-G-83, college: UCSB) is back to France after two years. He penned a deal with Antibes and will be their member in 2011/12 season. Brown heads to Antibes from the German team Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck, where he finished last season. For 7 games in 1.Bundesliga he had 4 ppg, 1.6 rpg and 1.3 apg. Brown started 2010/11 as a member of Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan. He appeared 7 times for them in Israeli Premier league averaging 12.4 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists. Season 2009/10, Brown spent with the NBA D-League team Tulsa 66ers. There, he had 13.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 2.4 apg in 34 games. As mentioned above, Cecil Brown played in France in 2008/09. He was a member of Brest at that time. Foe 32 games in ProB, Brown averaged 15.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists. He is a product of the University of California-Santa Barbara.

Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. ASVEL 0-0 
 2. Chalon 0-0 
 3. Cholet 0-0 
 4. Dijon 0-0 
 5. Gravelines 0-0 
 6. Hyeres-Toulon 0-0 
 7. Le Havre 0-0 
 8. Le Mans 0-0 
 9. Nancy 0-0 
 10. Nanterre 0-0 
 11. Orleans 0-0 
 12. Paris-Levallois 0-0 
 13. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 0-0 
 14. Poitiers 0-0 
 15. Roanne 0-0 
 16. Strasbourg 0-0 


Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Antibes 0-0 
 2. Bordeaux 0-0 
 3. Boulazac 0-0 
 4. Boulogne 0-0 
 5. Bourg 0-0 
 6. Chalons-Reims 0-0 
 7. Evreux 0-0 
 8. Fos Ouest 0-0 
 9. Le Portel 0-0 
 10. Lille 0-0 
 11. Limoges 0-0 
 12. Maurienne 0-0 
 13. Nantes 0-0 
 14. Quimper 0-0 
 15. Rouen 0-0 
 16. St Etienne 0-0 
 17. St Vallier 0-0 
 18. Vichy 0-0 


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Estonian and Georgian U16 teams exchange wins - by Eurobasket News
Estonian and Georgian U16 National Teams played two exhibition games. The teams split those encounters.
Estonia opened the series with a 64:53 success. Joosep Russak and Sten Olmre (186-G-95) stepped up with 11 points each to pace the winners. Kristofer Kurvits contributed 10 points for Estonia. Sandro Bolkvadze (194-F-95) responded with 14 points for Georgia. Nugzar Abuladze (182-G-95) had 12 points in defeat.
Next day Georgian youngsters avenged the loss claiming a 71:69 win. Nugzar Abuladze delivered 19 points to lead the effort. Gamqrelidze tallied 17 points and 18 rebounds in the victory. Rainer Pastimae (196-F-95) finished with 17 points for Estonia. Sten Olmre and Egert Haller netted 8 points in the loss.



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Johnnie Gilbert To Bring Force To NBC - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Club NBC werent kidding when they stated in last years that the Beko BBL is their goalas the team made the successful jump from PRO B to PRO A and continue to try to bring in the best talent to get back to the top league as they announced the signing of Johnnie Gilbert (203-F-82, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Oklahoma). The team continues to build a formidable team for this season with ex Beko BBL players like Gilbert and Ryan De Michael and alist of talented young Germans. Gilbert is a 30 yera old 203cm forward that played in the Beko BBLfor MBC the last two years amassing 39 games despiteinjury woes. Last season the American played 19 games: 5.2ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 43.0%, FT: 53.4%. 'I am pleased that a Beko BBL player signed with us to support the project. We searched a long time for the right front court player that would compliment Ryan De Michael and Martin Ides with his qualities and Johnnie Gilbert wa sthe right guy. He is a real beast under the basket that will do the dirty work. Also he will help us with his experience', stressed NBC head coach Derrick Taylor

Gilbert started his basketball career with
Oklahoma (NCAA) in 2000 where he played until 2005. In hiss enior year, he played 31 games: 3.8ppg, 3.7rpg, 1,6ast. In 2005, he came to Europe to start his professional basketball career with Vantaan Pussihukat (Finland-Korisliiga), left in Nov.'05 to Neptune Cork (Ireland-SuperLeague): 8 games: 17.8ppg, 13.3rpg, 1.9apg, 2.9bpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.8%. In 2006-2007, he played for Minnesota Ripknees (ABA)until the teamfolded and he came to Germany to play for MBC until 2011. In 2008-2009, he helped MBC move up to the Beko BBL playing 30 games: 13.2ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 61.9%, FT: 59.8%. He played a total of 39 Beko BBL games for MBC. Awards/Achievements in his career have been Big 12 Conf. Tournament Winner -01,02,03, NCAA Final Four -02, NCAA Elite Eight -03, Big 12 Regular Season Champion -05
Big 12 Tournament Semifinals -05, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Imports Team -09, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A 1st Team -09
German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Champion -09,and Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Defensive Team -11.

Source: NBC





Ratiopharm Ulm bring in Femi Oladipo - by Eurobasket News
Ratiopharm Ulm have secured the services of Femi Oladipo (199-F-90, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) for the next season. The 21-year-old forward has agreed on terms of contract with 1Bundesliga side. Last season Femi Oladipo played in ProA with Crailsheim. The forward posted 7.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals per game for the Merlins. Femi Oladipo was the member of German U18 and U20 National Teams.


Rait Keerles signs with Duesseldorf - by Eurobasket News
Rait Keerles (201-F-80) will continue his career in Germany. The 30-year-old forward has agreed on terms of contract with Gloria Giants Duesseldorf from ProA League. Rait Keerles played for Kalev/Cramo since 2005. Last season the forward notched 12.8 points, 5.1 boards, 1.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game in Baltic League. In VTB League Rait Keerles posted 12.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals per appearance. In EMKL his stats read 10.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists. Eurobasket.com named Rait Keerles All-Estonian League Forward of the Year twice in 2005 and 2006. He was also Most Improved Player of the Year in 2005. Rait Keerles is the member of Estonian National Team. The forward averaged 6.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists for Estonia at 2011 EuroBasket in Division B Qualifying Round.


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) (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.



Branko Jorovic joins New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig - by Eurobasket News
Branko Jorovic (205-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) will continue his career in Germany. The former Serbian National Team member signed a one-year deal with New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. He heads to Germany from Kavala, where he spent 2010/11. For 27 games in Greek league Jorovic had 13.1 ppg and 4.1 rpg. Season 2009/10, Jorovic spent with the Serbian team Borac Cacak. He appeared 29 times in the league registering 16.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg and 2 apg. Eurobasket awarded Jorovic with All-Serbian League Honorable Mention -10. He got the same award in 2008 as a member of Swisslions Takovo. In the past, Branko Jorovic played for Crvena Zvezda and Reflex. In 2005, he was named Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Forward of the Year. Jorovic played for the Serbia and Montenegro NT at the FIBA World Championship 2006 in Japan.

The Walter Tigers Tuebingen Continue Their Love Affair With NCAA Rookies Bringing In Adnan Hodzic - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
After bringing in talented guard Vaughn Duggins and forward Tyrone Nash from the NCAA, The Walter Tigers Tuebingen continue to keep their fishing rod ready as they brought in another NCAA player to help bolster the front court with Adnan Hodzic (203-F-88, agency: Pro One Sports). Hodzic is a 23 year old 203cm forward from Bosnia and Herzegovina that brings 111 hard packed kilos to the basketball court. He played the last four years in the States in the NCAA for Lipscomb averaging double figurs in his last three years. In his senior year, he played 30 games: 17.7ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 12.5%, FT: 72.6%. Tuebingen head coach Igor Perovic was after Hodzic for some time and is happy to have reeled in the 23 year old to the Schwaben land. 'Hodzic was one of the best scorers in the last three years in all of the NCAA levels. He is a non typical aggressive basketball player who is as good as impossible to stop near the basket', stressed Igor Perovic. Walter Tigers Tuebingen manager Robert Wintermantel is also thrilled about getting the young player who is planned to play center. 'He is a top player with top qualities that also shows a positive body language. This is very important for the success of a team that was missing last season. Now we have two emotional leaders with Duggins and him', explained Robert Wintermantel.

Hodzic was born in Sarajevo and with five years of age came to the States to Indianapolis on account of the war in his home country. He played at
North Central High School before going to Lipscomb for four years. Hodzic is happy about starting his professional absketball career in Europe. 'I am thrilled that I can play in a very good league with the Tigers next season. The talks with my agent and coach Igor Perovic quickly gave me a good feeling about coming. I want to bring much energy and have success with the team. The fans can await players with a lot of heart', stressed Adnan Hodzic. Awards/Achievements in his career have been A-Sun All-Freshman Team -08, A-Sun Tournament Semifinals -09, All-A-Sun 1st Team -09, 10, 11, A-Sun Regular Season Champion -10, All-A-Sun Player of the Year -10, NABC Division I All-District 3 1st Team -10, 11, AP NCAA All-America Honorable Mention -10, and Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team -11.

Source: Walter Tigers Tuebingen








The Telekom Baskets Bonn Bring In Tony Gaffney - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
After signing three players from the Balken region recently and staying clear from Americans, Michael Koch has grabbed across the pond and scooped up Tony Gaffney (204-F-84, college: Massachusetts). Gaffney is a 26 year old 204cm power forward that grew up in Berkely, Mass and went to Somerset HS and prep school Northfield Mount Hermon. He is a forward who brings a high level of energy and athleticism to any teams he joins. He is a tenacious rebounder and great defender. He was the Atlantic 10 Conference defensive player of the year in 2008-09, and one of the nation's leading shot-blockers. Last season, the big man split time between Europe and the States playing for Turk Telekom Ankara (Turkey-TBL): Turkish League: 8 games: 6.0ppg, 2.4rpg, FGP: 63.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 80.0%; EuroChallenge: 3 games: 8.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.0spg; left in Jan.'11, same month acquired by Utah Flash (D-League): 38 games: 10.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.3apg, 1.4spg, Blocks-4 (2.3bpg), FGP: 55.9%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT: 66.7%. 'I already saw Gaffney last summer during the Summer League where he was fancing the NBA, but was too expensive for us. It was apparent that with his rebounding, good defense and points in the paint that he would be very important for any team', stressed Telekom baskets Bonn head coach Michael Koch.

Gaffney started his basketball career in his own home town of Boston in 2004 for
Boston U. (NCAA): 29 games: 3.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 33.0%, 3PT: 15.4%, FT: 55.3%. In his second season on the Charles river, he played 17 games: 4.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 44.6%, 3PT: 11.1%, FT: 50.0%. He then transfered to Massachusetts (NCAA). In his junior year he played 35 games: 3.2ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.1spg, BlocksA10-4 (1.7bpg), FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 64.6%. In his senior year, he really broke out of his shell as he produced double double stats playing 30 games: 11.5ppg, RebA10-2 (10.2rpg), 1.7apg, StealsA10-2 (2.0spg), BlocksNCAA-3 (3.8bpg), FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 64.6%: Finished career at UMass ranked seventh all-time in blocks (174). In 2009-2010, he started his professional basketball career for Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa (Israel-Premier League): 1 game: 2pts, 2reb, 1steal, 1block, but left next month, in Apr.'10 moved to Boston Celtics (NBA) where he was a practice player. Awards/Achievements in his acreer have been Atlantic 10 Regular Season Runner-Up -07, NIT Finalist -08, All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team -09, Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team -09, Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year -09
USBasket.com All-D-League Honorable Mention -11, and Gatorade D-League All-Defensive 1st Team -11.

Source: Telekom Baskets Bonn




Mike Smith Moves To The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven have brought in NCAA rookie Mike Smith (198-G-87) and given him a one year contract with an option for an additional season. Smith is a 23 year old 198cm 102 kilo forward from Vandailia, Montana. He played four years at E.Tenn.St. (NCAA) from 2006-2010. In his senior year, he played 35 games: 17.9ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 78.9%. Bremerhaven coach Doug Spradley got an impression of Smith recently and is convinced of his abilities. 'Mike is a real fighter that will go where it hurts. His big strength is his versatility. He can rebound,penetrate and shoot from outside. I think we made a good catch with him', stressed Eisbaeren Bremerhaven head coach Douglas Spradley (agency: Limelight Hoops ) Recently Smith partcipated at the well known
Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft): 3 games: 10.0ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg, 1.0bpg. Awards/Achievements in his career have been A-Sun Regular Season Champion -07, A-Sun Tournament Finalist -07, A-Sun All-Tournament 1st Team -07
A-Sun Tournament Semifinals -08, 11, A-Sun Regular Season Runner-Up -09, 11, A-Sun Tournament Winner -09, 10, A-Sun All-Tournament Team -09, All-A-Sun Player of the Year -11, All-A-Sun 1st Team -11, and NABC Division I All-District 3 1st Team -11.

Source: Eisbaeren Bremerhaven





Bremerhaven land Mike Smith - by Eurobasket News
Bremerhaven bolstered their backcourt. They landed rookie guard Mike Smith (198-G-87). The 23-year-old player signed a one-year deal with the team. Mike Smith has just graduated from Eastern Tennessee State University. His stats read 17.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists per game in his senior season. Mike Smith made it into All-A-Sun 1st Team. He was also trumped All-A-Sun Player of the Year. The guard was also named into NABC Division I All-District 3 1st Team. Mike Smith participated at Pre-NBA Draft Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. His stats came up to 10.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game at the tourney.


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Sweden U20 and Greece U20 play two friendlies - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U20 and Greece U20 play two friendlies in order to prepare better for the U20 European Championship.
On July 11th Greece U18 grabbed 54:49. It was a tough and defensive game but the Greek side managed to celebrate the win. They dominated the end of the game to seal the victory. Alexander Lindqvist (202-F-91) ended up with 20 points for Sweden and Daniel Persson (198-G/F-91) posted 10. Chris Czerapowicz scored 5, whilst Andreas Person (190-G-91) and Carl Engstrom (213-C-91) added 4 apiece.
Last night Greece U20 registered 71:68 win. The winners started with 19-10, but the Scandinavian team replied with 26-23. In the third period Sweden won 15-10, but Greece needed 19-17 in the last stanza to seal the victory. For Sweden Chris Czerapowicz nailed 20 points, while Charles Barton Jr scored 13. Viktor Gaddefors (200-F-92) and Alexander Lindqvist poured in 8 points each, whilst Lukas Winegarner (205-F-91) had 6.




Angelico Biella signs young Linos Chrysikopoulos - by Eurobasket News
Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (206-F-92) is a new member of Angelico Biella. The Italian outfit landed young Chrysikopoulos to a three-year deal. He arrives to Biella from Aris, where he spent last three years. Chrysikopoulos had 2.3 ppg and 2 rpg for Aris in 21 Greek league games last season. He also added 1.4 ppg for 9 EurpCup games. In the past, he played for Faiakas and Kerkyra.
Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos is a member of the Greek U20 National Team. Last summer he played for U18 Greece at the European Championships U18 in Vilnius. For 9 games at this event he exploded with 17 ppg, 8 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.7 apg and 2.7 bpg. He was named Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 3rd Team -10. In 2009, Chrysikopoulos had 10 ppg and 5.8 rpg at European Championships U18 in Metz. He also played for U16 Greece in the past.


Olympiakos releases Nesterovic - by Eurobasket News
Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76) is no longer a member of Olympiakos. The Greek giant decided to exercise their option and terminate the deal, but it seems they will offer Nesterovic a new contract with lower salary for the next season. Nesterovic played 20 games in Euroleague last season averaging 10.9 points and 5.4 rebounds. In Greek league, he added 9.6 ppg and 4.6 rpg. Nesterovic helped Olympiakos to win the Greek Cup. They also were No.1 in A1 regular season and reached Euroleague Quarterfinals. Radoslav Nesterovic joined Reds last summer from the Toronto Raptors. With the Raptors he had 4.1 ppg and 2.2 rpg in 40 NBA games. In 2008/09, Nesterovic played for the Indiana Pacers. In the past, he played for the Raptors again, as well as for the Spurs and Timberwolves. In Europe, he was a member of Kinder Bologna and Olimpija Ljubljana.

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Dutch U18 National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Dutch U18 National Team 2011
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Jos Van Der Laan
Van Der Laan
Kasper Averink
Averink
Yannick Van Der Ark
Van Der Ark
Mike Schilder
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Kevin Landman
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4 Jos Van Der Laan 179-G-93 GasTerra Holland
5 Kasper Averink 180-G-93 Leiden 2 Holland
6 Yannick Van Der Ark 192-G/F-93 GasTerra Holland
8 Dexter Hope 180-G-93
9 Mike Schilder 183-G-94 Eiffel Towers Holland
10 Kevin Landman 181-G-94
11 Shane Hammink 198-F-94 Eiffel Towers Holland
12 Olaf Schaftenaar
13 Jito Kok 205-C-94 Eiffel Towers Holland
14 Kevin Bleeker Den Helder Holland
21 R Verliew
22 Paul Candiff 184-G-93 Giants Holland

Johan Roijakkers Head Coach Rio Grande VV USA
Milko Van Schaik Assistant


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Battle Creek Knights to join new league - by Eurobasket News
The Battle Creek Knights are making another move, leaving the International Basketball League for a second time to join another organization.

This time around, the local professional-level basketball franchise is joining a league it helped create - the newly formed Independent Basketball Association.

The Battle Creek Knights are proud of our experience with the IBL and wish the new management team the best. However, in order to be successful, minor league franchises need a solid business model and we feel that the IBA provides the Knights the greatest opportunity to grow our franchise, Knights general manager Kevin Scheibler said.

The Knights were one of the original members of the International Basketball League in 2005, winning the inaugural championship with an undefeated record. The Knights continued in the IBL through the 2008 season and then joined the Premier Basketball League in 2009. Last season, the Knights rejoined the IBL and played in a Winter Division.

Much of the rest of the IBL still plays in the summer and the Knights have said they prefer a winter schedule. The new IBA season will run from October to January with games being played at Kellogg Arena.

The Knights will join franchises in Kankakee (Illinois), Lake County (Illinois), Rockford (Illinois) and Gary (Indiana) in the IBA. Additional franchises are expected to be added before the season. The expectation is that there will be eight teams within a four hour drive from Battle Creek in the IBA. The four teams mentioned all were members of the IBL.

Courtesy of www.battlecreekenquirer.com


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Tindastoll tab Trey Hampton - by Eurobasket News
Trey Hampton (201-F-87, college: Georgia St.) will move to Iceland. The 24-year-old forward signed a deal with Tindastoll. Trey Hampton spent the last season in Germany. The forward recorded 9.5 points, 3.2 boards and 1.1 assists per game for Paderborn in ProA. Trey Hampton graduated from Georgia State University in 2010. His stats read 8.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game in his senior season.


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Erez Katz re-signs for Bnei Hasharon for his sixth season - by Carmel Drori
Even though he was approached by several 'Ligat Loto' teams, Bnei Hasharon's captain Erez Katz (193-PG-80, agency: Interperformances) decided to re-sign with the team.
Katz signed for Bnei Hasharon in 2006/2007 after leaving Hapoel T-A.
Katz is a fighter and a pure defensive player.
This last season wasn't a good season for him with 3.8ppg, but that didn't discourage the club from offering him a two-year deal.
Chairman Eldad Akunis was moved by Katz's decision to stay, saying:''Erez showed he's not only a good player,but also a man with a huge heart. he had better money offers,but as a true captain he chose to show loyalty which many others wouldn't.
It's easy to go out to battle with a player like Erez, and although we have some difficulties,I believe that we'll have a good team this year.''
Katz is joining Jared Mintz (205-F-88, college: Lafayette) and Ben Rice (195-F-90) who is also expected to continue playing for Bnei Hasharon this upcoming season.



Rishon Le-Zion inks deal with Amit Ben David - by Eurobasket News
Rishon Le-Zion landed Amit Ben David (189-PG-77, agency: Avi Zilberman). The guard inked a one-year deal with the team. Last season Amit Ben David played for Hapoel Holon. He tallied 7.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game in Premier League. Amit Ben David is not new to Rishon Le-Zion. The guard played for the team back in 2002/03 season.


Maccabi Haifa adds Daniel Aidan - by Netanel Dahan
Maccabi Haifa signed Daniel Aidan (204-F-89) for 2 years.

21-year-old Aidan (2.04 m.), the center of Israels Olympic team, signed a two-year contract with Maccabi Haifa with the hope to make his breakthrough as many predict.

Athletic Aidan, with his impressive dimensions, was prominent last season in the National League, where he played with HaPoel Beeri with 27 minutes in average per game, averaging at 12.5 points and 7 rebounds.
Aidan, with his long-pole hands, also added 1.8 blocks per game.

In the past, Aidan played for the Atuda team and is now a player of Israels Olympic team, and Miki Gorka, Maccabi Haifas coach who serves as assistant coach of the Olympic team, knows him very well: 'Daniel caught my eye last season when he played for HaPoel Beeri, and by then I already knew he will play for me in the future.
I really hope we will manage to get him to break through in our team, because he has everything he needs to become one of the best tall players in Israel in the future.'




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Dinamio Sassari keeps Travis Diener - by Eurobasket News
According to Sportando, Dinamio Sassari will keep American point guard Travis Diener (183-G-82, college: Marquette). Reportedly, they agreed a one-year contract extension and the deal will be official soon. Diener joined Sassari last summer from the Portland Trail Blazers. He appeared 30 times in SerieA averaging 12.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.2 steals. Diener played at the Italian SerieA All-Star Game -11. Travis Diener is a former NBA player. He was a member of the Indiana Pacers from 2006 until March of 2010, when he moved to Portland. Season 2007/08 was the best one for Diener. He had 6.9 ppg, 1.7 rpg and 3.8 apg for 66 games. Travis Diener is a product of Marquette University, where he graduated in 2005. He had 19.7 ppg, 7 apg and 3.9 rpg as a senior.

Zalgiris gets Milovan Rakovic on loan from Montepaschi - by Eurobasket News
Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) will play next season for Zalgiris Kaunas. Montepaschi Siena loaned Rakovic to Zalgiris for 2011/12. The Serbian big guy joined Montepaschi last summer from Spartak St. Petersburg. He appeared 22 times for them in Euroleague averaging 8 points and 3.8 rebounds. In SerieA, Rakovic added 7.6 ppg and 3.3 rpg. He helped Montepaschi win the SerieA title and Italian Cup. They also reached Euroleague Final Four. Season 2009/10, Milovan Rakovic spent with Spartak St. Petersburg. He shined with 15.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg and 1.5 apg for them in 17 Russian league games. Rakovic was named Eurobasket.com All-Russian A Superleague Center of the Year -10. In EuroCup, he added 14.3 ppg and 6 rpg for 6 games. In the past, Rakovic was a member of Mega Ishrana, Atlas Banka, Polet Keramika Novi Becej and Partizan.

Italian U16 National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Alessandro Maccaferri 175-PG-95 San Lazzaro Italy
Lorenzo Baldasso 190-G-95 Moncalieri Italy
Simone Fontecchio 196-F/G-95 CS Bologna Italy
Alessandro Spatti 197-F-95 Bergamo Italy
Lorenzo Benvenuti 202-F/C-95 Livorno Basket Italy
Leonardo Marini 200-F/C-95 Albignasego Italy
Giuseppe Basile 184-PG-95 CS Bologna Italy
Andrea Merlati 202-F/C-95 Armani MI Italy
Federico Di Prampero 188-PG-95 Benetton TV Italy
Nicola Akele 190-G-95 Mestre Italy
Giovanni Vildera 195-F-95 Mestre Italy
Matteo Botteghi 195-F-95 Santarcangelo Italy
Alessandro Cappelletti 182-PG-95 Spoleto Italy
Giacomo Rappo 193-F-95 Albignasego Italy
Antonio Smorto 192-G-95 Reggio Calabr. Italy
Giacomo Zilli 197-F/C-95 Snaidero UD Italy

Antonio Bocchino Head Coach
Stefano Comazzi Assistant Moncalieri Italy
Marco Ramondino Assistant Banca Tercas Italy


Angelico Biella signs young Linos Chrysikopoulos - by Eurobasket News
Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (206-F-92) is a new member of Angelico Biella. The Italian outfit landed young Chrysikopoulos to a three-year deal. He arrives to Biella from Aris, where he spent last three years. Chrysikopoulos had 2.3 ppg and 2 rpg for Aris in 21 Greek league games last season. He also added 1.4 ppg for 9 EurpCup games. In the past, he played for Faiakas and Kerkyra.
Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos is a member of the Greek U20 National Team. Last summer he played for U18 Greece at the European Championships U18 in Vilnius. For 9 games at this event he exploded with 17 ppg, 8 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.7 apg and 2.7 bpg. He was named Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 3rd Team -10. In 2009, Chrysikopoulos had 10 ppg and 5.8 rpg at European Championships U18 in Metz. He also played for U16 Greece in the past.


Forli recruit Austin Freeman - by Eurobasket News
Forli brought in another import rookie. After signing Tony Easley (206-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Murray St.) the Italian team agreed on terms of contract with Austin Freeman (190-G-89). The 22-year-old guard has just graduated from the Georgetown University. The guard posted 17.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game in his senior season. Austin Freeman made it into All-Big East 1st Team. He was also named into NABC Division I All-District 5 1st Team.


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Sendai 89ers name head coach - by Eurobasket News
Sendai 89ers named the second head coach in teams history. Robert Pierce will take over the team in the next season. The US specialist will try to revive the 89ers that were unable to complete the previous season because of the earthquake. Robert Pierce worked with the Akita Northern Happinets in the previous season. He led the team to 18 wins in 50 games and had to leave. Previously Robert Pierce guided the Shiga Lakestars for two straight seasons. The US specialist also worked with the Hitachi Sunrockers as assistant coach. Robert Pierce also served as Japan National Team assistant coach. He worked as the Asia-based scout for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Pierce is the second coach in bj-league history to be hired by three teams. Motofumi Aoki , previously, the head man for the Takamatsu Five Arrows (2006-09) and Tokyo (2009-10), became the first to hold that distinction after landing the Shinshu's coaching position.


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Kcb Lions Stop Thunder in Top Premier League Duel - by Eurobasket News
KCB Lions roared to an emphatic 66-44 win over Thunder in a top Premier League match at Nyayo Stadium gymnasium.

The former national champions, who were beaten in the first leg match by a basket, took a close 27-25 advantage at the breather and taught the losers a few lessons in execution after resumption.

Tobias Onyango (182-G-80) scored 22 points while the towering Roy Kahrue and shooting guard Juma Ikapian each collected 12. Thunder were pepped by national team players Griffin Ligare, who nailed game high of 20 and Jame Omune (12).

Strathmore University remained at the top of the women's table when they crushed Predators 43-24. Grace Wanjiku scored 12 while Carol Onsongo posted 11 for the Swords. Linda Kimemia managed 11 for the losers who were down 12-14 at the break.

In Mombasa, reigning champions Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) raced to a 30-17 scoreline at the break and went on to hit the visiting Gladiators 61-36 in a less convincing fashion.
In the lower division mathes at te same venue, Umoja lost to Nairobi Aviation College (NAC) 70-56, Kenya Poytechnic blanked Parklands Baptists 61-52 while Trailblazers beat Africa Nazarene University (ANU) 54-51.

In the Nairobi Basketball Association (NBA) league matches at Railways Club, Kenya Airways beat Multi Media University 67-62.

After going down 56-60 to KU Pirates at their own back yard, Upper Hill recovered to bury Little Prince 79-64. Barclays Bank slowed down Legacy, winning 45-31 while Dolphins hit Neosasa Morans 45-41. Kenya Airways hit Morans 58-30 and BBK squeezed a 50-43 win over Don Bosco. Dolphins magic saw them hit Aquinas High 56-44 while Multi Media beat Baraka Xtreme 59-45.
Courtesy of: Nairobi Star (Nairobi)




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U16 Tunisia beats U16 Mali in OT, wins Group B - by Eurobasket News
Tunisia is the winner of Group B with perfect 3-0 record. They celebrated 53-51 in OT against Mali yesterday for their third straight victory. Haythem Saada stepped up for the winners with 15 points and 19 rebounds. Cheick Diallo replied with 13 pts and 20 rebs in loss. Tunisia will meet South Africa in the Quarterfinals, while Mali (2-1, No.2) will take on Algeria.
Also in Group B, Angola celebrated their first win in Egypt and avoided last place in this pool. They handed 57-51 loss to Congo mostly owing to Jose Kipanda, who came up with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Francis Mbemba 20 pts and 10 boards in defeat. His Congo ended this stage winless. Angola will meet Mozambique in the Quarterfinals, while Congo will meet host Egypt.
Egypt is the winner of Group A with perfect 3-0 record. Also in Group A, Mozambique was too strong for Algeria yesterday 69-65.Thanks to this win Mozambique (1-2) ended as No.2 of Group A, while is Algeria (1-2) is No.3. In the Quarterfinals, Mozambique will play against Angola. Algeria will meet Mali.
Quarterfinals are scheduled for tomorrow.


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Malta open win count in San Marino - by Eurobasket News
Malta U16 - Gibraltar U16 83:49

Malta recorded the first win at U16 European Championship in Division C in San Marino. They overcame Gibraltar in Group B. Malta improved at 1-1 record, while Gibraltar slipped at 0-1.
Malta led from start to finish. They outgunned Gibraltar 22:12 in the opening quarter. Gibraltar slowed their opponents down in the second frame. Malta knocked down just 11 points as Gibraltar cut the deficit at 8-point mark 25:33. Malta increased the tempo in the third quarter. They restored a comfortable lead heading into the fourth term up by 19 points. Malta did not slow down and raced to the victory at the end. Aaron Falzon notched game-high 36 points and 31 rebounds to lead the charge. Zane Micallef added 14 points in the winning effort. Thomas Yome replied with 11 points for Gibraltar. Timothy Fava finished with 9 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Malta U16: Aaron Falzon 36+31 boards, Zane Micallef 14, Christopher Cordina 11
Gibraltar U16: Thomas Yome 11, Timothy Fava 9



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MNE B team beat Australia 78-67 - by Dragan Scepanovic
B team of Montenegro in the second round of selection was defeated Australia 78:67. Montenegrin national team to victory against Australia, led by Nemanja Vranjes with 13, Goran Martinic with 10, and Suad Sehovic, Nemanja Milosevic and Filip Barovic (205-F-90) with nine points.
B team of Montenegro was defeated at the start of the tournament selection of China 75:72.The most efficient in the selection of Montenegro in first game were Nemanja Vranjes with 14 points, Stevan Milosevic ended the match with 12 points and Goran Martinic - 10 points


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U16 Mozambique beats U16 Algeria 69-65, grabs 2nd place in Group A - by Eurobasket News
U16 Mozambique outplayed U16 Algeria 69-65 in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Egypt (U16 AfroBasket). Thanks to this win Mozambique (1-2) ended as No.2 of Group A, while Algeria (1-2) is No.3. Ubisse was the leading player in victory with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Ahmed Boutiba replied with 23 pts and 7 boards in loss. In the Quarterfinals, Mozambique will play against Angola. Algeria will meet Mali.
Egypt is the winner of Group A with perfect 3-0 record. In Day Three of the championship, the hosts outplayed South Africa 101-57, despite they already secured first place in this pool even before this meeting. Egypt will meet Congo in the Quarterfinals. On the other side, South Africa (1-2) finished as the last ranked team of Group A and will meet Tunisia in the QFinals.
Tunisia is the winner of Group B with perfect 3-0 record. They grabbed 53-51 OT win against Mali yesterday for their third straight win. Tunisia will meet South Africa in the Quarterfinals, while Mali (2-1, No.2) will take on Algeria.
Angola celebrated their first win in Egypt and avoided last place in Group B. They handed 57-51 loss to Congo. Angola will meet Mozambique in the Quarterfinals, while Congo will meet host Egypt.
Quarterfinals are scheduled for tomorrow.


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Report: Don Nelson a potential Wolves candidate - by Eurobasket News
The NBA's all-time winningest coach might be making a return. But only because he's so intrigued by the Minnesota Timberwolves. I know. What?

According to ESPN.com, Don Nelson, most recently of the Warriors and likely a beach in Hawaii, is open to a return to coaching specifically with the Wolves because of the roster.

I can tell you this: I'm intrigued at the thought of Don Nelson coaching the Timberwolves. The reckless, up-and-down offense coupled with zero defense, featuring Ricky Rubio, Kevin Love, Wesley Johnson and Derrick Williams? Um, yes please.

David Kahn has said repeatedly that he wants the Wolves to play an up tempo style game and the team would be built on an exciting brand of basketball. That never really happened because, for one, Jonny Flynn was the point guard and, two, because newly fired coach Kurt Rambis tried to install the triangle offense while also pleasing the front office with some running.

Obviously, it never worked.

Nelson, though, is 71 and his last few seasons with the Warriors didn't go well. He was stubborn with rotations, erratic with decisions and almost appeared apathetic on the bench as Golden State slogged through mediocrity, save for one shining playoff year.

Nelson's son, Donnie, hinted back in October that his dad might not be entirely done coaching. 'Never say never,'' Donnie said. 'I thought when he was the godfather (in Dallas after handing the coaching reins to Avery Johnson in March 2005), I thought that was the perfect existence. But he wanted to coach again. With him, you just never know.''

Would a Don Nelson era with the Wolves be successful? I doubt it. But would it be a lot of fun and so very, very David Kahn? Absolutely.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Sources: Sixers sale close to being finalized - by Eurobasket News
The immediate future of the NBA, now in Day 13 of a lockout, is unknown.

The future of the 76ers? That may have become clearer yesterday as it appears a group headed by Joshua Harris is close to finalizing a deal with Comcast-Spectacor to take over the team. A league source said the completion of the sale was awaiting signatures of the parties involved, while another source confirmed the deal is 'very close' to being finalized.

Harris, a leveraged buyout specialist, and his group are reportedly purchasing the team for $280 million from chairman Ed Snider and Comcast-Spectacor. Snider will retain a 10 percent financial stake, but will not have any management responsibilities. Following an agreement, the sale will have to be approved by the NBA Board of Governors. Approval would not be hindered by the lockout.

Among the group joining Harris is David Blitzer of the Blackstone Group, and Jason Levien, a former sports agent and front-office employee of the Sacramento Kings.

Blitzer, a senior managing director and co-chairman in the private equity group, is a magna cum laude graduate from the Wharton School at Penn. Harris is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business and has a master's degree from the Harvard Business School.

As for the basketball side of this deal, Levien could be the wild card. He negotiated huge NBA contracts for the likes of Luol Deng with the Chicago Bulls, Kevin Martin, then with the Sacramento Kings, and Udonis Haslem with the Miami Heat.

Levien was named the Kings' general counsel and assistant general manager in 2008 and was promoted to vice president 2 years later. He left the team in July of last year.

He appears to be the basketball mind of the group, and could become the main voice in personnel moves concerning the team. What that could mean for current president Rod Thorn and general manager Ed Stefanski remains to be seen.

Harris, 46, the co-founder of Apollo Management Group, was recently estimated by Forbes to have a net worth of $1.2 billion.

Snider has controlled the Sixers since 1996. Forbes has valued the team at $330 million, 17th highest in the NBA.

Courtesy of www.philly.com


Raptors hire Johnny Davis, Eric Hughes, Micah Nori, Scott Roth, Tom Sterner as assistant coaches - by Eurobasket News
The Toronto Raptors announced Wednesday the club has hired Johnny Davis, Eric Hughes, Micah Nori, Scott Roth and Tom Sterner as assistant coaches on new head coach Dwane Casey's staff. Hughes, Nori and Roth were retained by Casey from Jay Trianos coaching staff.

I am excited to announce the hiring of what I believe is a strong, well-balanced and experienced coaching staff, said Casey. We have a good mixture of former players, head coaching experience and on-court teachers who have a wealth of technical knowledge.

Since we have such a young team I thought it was necessary to hire a group of coaches who can effectively mentor, communicate, motivate and teach on-and-off the floor.

Davis completed his 35th season in the NBA in 2010-11. He has been a player, assistant coach, front office executive and two-time head coach.

Last season marked Davis fourth with the Memphis Grizzlies and his 19th in an NBA assistant coaching capacity. In addition to Memphis, Davis has been an assistant coach with Atlanta, the Los Angeles Clippers, Portland, New Jersey, Orlando, Minnesota and Indiana. In 2005-06, he served on Caseys staff in Minnesota.

Davis was the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers in 1996-97 and the Orlando Magic for parts of two seasons (2003-05) compiling a 73-146 mark (.333). He was honoured as Eastern Conference Coach of the Month in November 2005 while with the Magic. He also served two games as the Grizzlies interim head coach.

The 22nd overall pick in the second round of the 1976 NBA Draft, Davis played with Portland, Indiana, Atlanta and Cleveland in his 10 seasons. He was a member of Portlands 1977 NBA Championship team.

Sterner has been an NBA assistant coach for 13 seasons, working for Dallas, Orlando and Golden State. He served two seasons with Casey as an assistant coach on Rick Carlisles staff in Dallas (2008-10). He spent last season as an advance scout with Philadelphia.

The majority of Sterners tenure as an assistant coach was in Orlando where he was on the bench for 11 campaigns. He helped the Magic to the 1995 NBA Finals and served as an assistant coach for the Eastern Conference during the 1995 All-Star Game.

Sterner was the top assistant coach for Golden State from 2002-04. In 2002-03, he led the teams offense that ranked second in the league in scoring, averaging 102.4 points per game. The following season he changed his focus to defense where the Warriors became the NBAs most improved defensive squad, allowing 9.6 fewer points per game than the previous season.

Roth completed his first season with the Raptors after being named an assistant coach August 16. He has been as a player, scout and coach overseas and in North America for more than 25 years.

Roth was as an assistant coach with Golden State in 2009-10. Prior to joining the Warriors staff he was the head coach of the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA D-League in 2008-09 and guided the team to its first post-season appearance with a 26-24 record.

Roth has also worked as an assistant coach with Dallas (1996-2000) and Vancouver/Memphis (2000-02), and four seasons as scout and advisor for Milwaukee.

Nori concluded his second season as an assistant coach for the Raptors in 2010-11 and his 14th overall with the organization. In addition to his duties as an assistant coach, Nori heads the advance scouting operations for the club. He was promoted July 1, 2009 after serving as the teams Director of NBA Scouting.

Nori had been the teams advance scout since 2000 where he was responsible for scouting upcoming opponents and preparing reports for both the coaching staff and players. Prior to becoming the teams advance scout, he served as assistant to the coaching staff from 1998-2000.

Hughes joined the Raptors in 2007 and was promoted to Assistant Coach/Basketball Development on July 1, 2009. He will continue in that role under Casey.

Previous to joining the Raptors, Hughes had worked as the director of summer player development for Goodwin Sports Management, creating workout programs and training NBA players. He had also been the head coach at Spokane Community College in Spokane, Washington during that time, compiling an 88-61 (.590) mark in his five seasons.

Hughes has served as the head coach for the Raptors entry in the Las Vegas Summer League the past three summers. His 2010 team finished 5-0 and led the league in scoring.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


NBA Lockout: Players get $160 million in escrow money back; Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard join stars looking overseas - by Eurobasket News
Over the last week a flood of reports, tweets and super sleuth work at ethnic restaurants have surfaced, indicating numerous NBA stars are pondering the possibility of playing overseas should the NBA lockout drag on into the fall.

Tuesday afternoon league owners gave the first indication that theyre willing to budge a bit on the massive rift between their group and the players they employ. In the first labor negotiation action since the lockout began, the owners announced they would return $160 million from the NBAs escrow fund to the players wallets.

That money initially belonged to the players and was supposed to make its way back to them at the end of the season until the owners declared they would keep the cash and distribute it among themselves.

So theres one very minor victory for the players.

Meantime, All-Stars Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) and Dwight Howard (6'10''-C/F-85) joined the parade of high-profile players toying with the idea of playing overseas should the lockout continue into next season.

Heres the statement from the league:

That cash could ease or delay the point at which some players begin to feel financial hardship from the lockout. Based on the 'average' NBA salary of $5.7 million, the escrow rebate would be worth $456,000. A minimum-salaried player ($473,604) would be due $37,888 while a $16 million superstar could expect $1.28 million coming back.

While in Beijing on a promotional tour for Nike, Durant said hes open to testing the international waters should the lockout continue.

'We'll see, I would like to try something new. But of course, my first option is playing in the NBA. So now I want to see how this lockout goes.'

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


Could 2012 Olympics be Dwyane Wade's next action? - by Eurobasket News
OK, its probably a bit of a reach to view the 2012 London Olympics as the next meaningful action for the stars of the NBA.

But the lockout does present that possibility, if greed overrules the 2011-12 season.

In that case, figure on the best of the best signing on, with fresh legs and a hunger for competition.

As for Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette)? Well, the Miami Heat guard turns 30 in January, and that changes many of the perspectives, having already sat out the 2010 World Championships.

Im like in the middle, he said Wednesday at his youth basketball camp at Nova Southeastern University. Ill be in the middle for a while. Well see.

It depends on a lot of things. It depends on health, obviously. It depends on if I have a position the team needs me to play, etcetera. So well see. Ill be honored if they want me to.

There is, however, also perspective on where he stands in his career.

Ill be one of the older guys on the team if I decided to play, at 30, he said. So I have to sit down and really think about it. But right now Im just in the middle of it.

Thats so far away from right now. Ive got a lot of things to focus on before I get there.

Wade came home with gold the last time he was with the national team, at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Based on what happened last month against the Dallas Mavericks, the Larry OBrien trophy now appears to be the priority, at least with this latest collaboration with LeBron James and Chris Bosh.

But if that priority is put on hold, the Games could become the next best thing for the Heats Big Three, including Wade.

Courtesy of http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com


Pacers hire Shaw, keep Burke - by Eurobasket News
Brian Shaw had Kobe Bryant's support, among others, to become the Los Angeles Lakers coach upon Phil Jackson's retirement.

The Lakers bypassed their longtime assistant and went with Mike Brown. Shaw has moved on in a reunion of sorts.

The Indiana Pacers introduced Shaw on as their new associate head coach Tuesday. He will work alongside Pacers coach Frank Vogel, a man he knows from their days on Los Angeles' staff together during the 2005-2006 season.

'We really established a special connection back then,'' Shaw said. 'A good friendship. We stayed in touch over the years.''

Shaw was considered a head coaching candidate during his time with the Lakers, and Bryant, Andrew Bynum and Derek Fisher publicly supported his bid to become Jackson's successor. Shaw said he tempered his expectations.

'I understood all along that nothing was a slam dunk,'' he said. 'I didn't expect for anything to be handed to me or given to me. I was very appreciative of the comments and the support that I got from out players during and after the season.''

Shaw is fine with the way things played out.

'I don't have any hard feelings at all because things are changing there, and there's an opportunity here that I'm excited about,'' he said.

Shaw isn't sure what his new title entails, but he appreciates it and considers it confirmation that he's nearing his goal of becoming a head coach.

'I'm getting close, so I guess it's a stamp that says I'm just about ready,'' he said. 'But to me, I'm just another assistant coach.''

Vogel said Shaw is more than that.

'He's a guy that, quite frankly, I didn't think I was going to be able to get,'' he said. 'He's a guy that's been in line to be a head coach for a number of years. I view him as having almost like a second head coach with me.''

Vogel said the hiring shows that the Pacers are moving in the right direction.

'There was interest in him around the league and he chose to come to Indiana,'' he said. 'It's indicative of what we're building here. People want to be a part of this team and this city, right now. It's going to be a special era.''

Shaw said Indiana's fans are knowledgeable, and he likes the idea of coaching in a place where basketball is the key attraction.

'A lot of time, the fans in L.A., and it's not a knock against them, but it was a lot of celebrities, and people come to the came to see who they can see and who's at the game instead of what's going on in the game,'' he said.

As an assistant for Jackson, Shaw said he learned from the best.

'One of the things that I really admire and respect about the time that I was able to spend with him was how he dealt with his personnel, different egos, and unified them and made them all one,'' he said.

Shaw wants to display Jackson's demeanor.

'I've never seen not just a coach, but a man, so patient,'' Shaw said. 'You could be down 20, you could be in Game 7 of the finals and need a critical play out of one of your players and he was always on an even keel. That's what I hope rubbed off on me and I will be able to imitate it at some point.''

Vogel said Shaw's collection of experiences - he won three NBA titles as a player and two as an assistant coach - help make him an ideal addition.

'There's guys that are special and guys that are qualified,'' Vogel said. 'We've got a special candidate here.''

The Pacers also retained Dan Burke from the previous staff and look to add a third assistant soon.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Anadolu Efes wants to sign NBA player Sasha Vujacic - by Eurobasket News
According to Spor Milliyet, another NBA player could move to Turkey soon. Reportedly, Anadolu Efes already sent an offer to Slovenian guard Sasha Vujacic (200-G-84). The 27-year-old Vujacic played for the Los Angeles Lakers from 2004 until December of 2010, when he was traded to the New Jersey Nets. He appeared 56 times last season with the Nets averaging 11.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists. With the Lakers, Vujacic had 2.5 ppg for 8 games last season. Vujacic won two NBA rings with the Lakers (2009, 2010). Sasha Vujacic started basketball career with Polzela. In 2000, he moved to Snaidero Unide where he stayed four years. In 2004, we was selected as 24th overall pick at NBA Draft. He played for the Slovenian NT in the past.

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Duke stocks up for basketball title runs - by Eurobasket News
Many college basketball programs would be crippled by the personnel losses Duke experienced the last two seasons.

Over the last two springs, the Blue Devils have lost two 2,000-point career scorers (Kyle Singler (6'8''-F-88) and Jon Scheyer (6'5''-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Duke)), a player who fell 89 points short of 2,000 (Nolan Smith (6'2''-PG-88, college: Duke)) and another player who was the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft (Kyrie Irving (6'2''-G-92, college: Duke)).

After the 2010 season, Duke also lost two big guys in Brian Zoubek (7'1''-C-88, college: Duke) and Lance Thomas (6'8''-F-88, college: Duke), whose rebounding and defense proved essential in bringing coach Mike Krzyzewski his fourth NCAA championship.

The departure of all that talent made it essential for Krzyzewski to bring in a monster recruiting haul in 2011. It appears the Blue Devils have done that with a class led by Winter Park, Fla., guard Austin Rivers (6'4''-G-92).

'I anticipate that this is going to be a vintage class,' All-Star Sports recruiting analyst Bob Gibbons said. 'The quality, the talent is there at every position.'

In addition to Rivers, Duke signed point guard Quinn Cook, center Marshall Plumlee and forwards Michael Gbinije and Alex Murphy, who is graduating a year early to join the Blue Devils.

Rivers, the son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, is considered one of the top recruits in the nation and a candidate to leave after one season for the NBA Draft. The other players give Duke impressive talent at a variety of positions and could remain with the Blue Devils for a more extended period to form a new foundation for the program.

'The strength of this class is Austin Rivers and then the overall diversity of it,' ESPN.com analyst Dave Telep said. 'I think this class gives Duke a lot of competitiveness, a lot of opportunities for guys to compete at practice and for time on the floor.'

Scout.com rates the class second in the nation behind Kentucky's, making it Duke's highest-ranked class since 2005.

That would seem to make Duke a cinch to remain a Final Four contender for the next few years. But recruiting rankings aren't always a good predictor of future success.

History lesson

The Blue Devils' class of 2005 recruiting haul also was rated No. 2 in the nation by Scout.com, with incoming center Josh McRoberts rated the nation's top player by Gibbons.

But the class failed to live up to the expectations, and the program experienced a significant dip in NCAA tournament success as a result. McRoberts stayed just two seasons and made only a mild impact.

Guard Greg Paulus, the most productive player in the class, showed heart and hustle but proved limited athletically. Eric Boateng and Jamal Boykin transferred early in their careers, and Martynas Pocius ended up as a little-used career reserve.

'The class did not live up to its billing,' Gibbons said.

As a result, Duke suffered. J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams carried the Blue Devils through the 2005-06 season, but the next two seasons were disappointing by Duke standards. In 2007, Virginia Commonwealth eliminated the Blue Devils from the NCAA tournament in the first round.

In 2008, after edging Belmont by one point in the opening round, Duke lost to West Virginia in a second-round game.

But Gibbons is convinced the current class will be far better than the disappointing group from 2005, and one reason is that it's led by a player who's considered a near-certain pro.

Immediate impact

Publicly, at least, Krzyzewski is keeping expectations for Rivers from getting too high.

Rivers said recently that he needs to strengthen his skills and body and develop a defensive mindset, and Krzyzewski seems to agree.

'He's got to change,' Krzyzewski said. 'He's got to learn to become a complete player. For any freshman coming in, there's a huge difference in playing with older guys, more physical. It's a whole different thing.'

Others are less cautious about predicting Rivers will have an immediate, significant impact at Duke. They say Rivers has the ability to score in multiple ways, that he is mature and understands basketball extremely well because of what he has learned from his father.

'He gives them outstanding guard skills, scoring ability from outside, (and) he's a prolific 3-point marksman and will help make up for the loss of Nolan Smith,' Gibbons said.

The McDonald's and Naismith Foundation national high school player of the year has played well in postseason all-star games. Rivers had 14 points and four assists in the McDonald's All-American game and 16 points and four assists in the Jordan Brand Classic in Charlotte.

And though Krzyzewski sounds like he will demand a lot from Rivers, he also praises Rivers' attitude.

'We're happy to have him,' Krzyzewski said. 'He has a beautiful heart and an amazing, competitive spirit.'

Long-term benefit

In this age of 'one-year wonder' freshmen, many college coaches seek balance out of their recruiting classes.

A coach who recruits too many players seeking a one-season stopover on the way to the pros risks losing continuity in his program. Duke shouldn't have that problem with the class of 2011, because aside from Rivers, the players are seen as long-term contributors.

Plumlee is a 7-footer who might not make an immediate impact because he will play behind his brothers, Mason and Miles, plus Ryan Kelly. But Marshall Plumlee is big, runs the floor hard and improves constantly.

Cook scored 14 points in the McDonald's All-American game, demonstrating that he deserves to be considered one of the nation's elite point guards. And Gbinije and Murphy possess size and perimeter skills that will make them difficult for opponents to guard.

Telep recently did a study that he said showed that Duke has recruited better than any school over the last 10 years. He expects this class to add to that legacy.

'Mike Krzyzewski is on the tail end of his career,' Telep said. 'He is aspiring to go out with championships. To do that, you have to have pros, and he has one in Austin Rivers. And this class has the ability to keep them near the top of the league, which has them in contention nationally. You have to do it. There's no room to slip up at the level at which they compete. So it was important to reload with this group.'

Courtesy of www.newsobserver.com


Kansas St G Pullen signs with Italian team - by Eurobasket News
Former Kansas State guard Jacob Pullen (6'0''-G-89, college: Kansas St.) has signed a contract to play for Pallacanestro Biella of the Italian League.

The school announced the move Tuesday, less than two weeks after the NBA lockout began.

Pullen is Kansas State's all-time leading scorer with 2,132 points, fourth-best in Big 12 history. He averaged 20.2 points last season in leading the Wildcats to the NCAA tournament for the third time in his four years at the school.

The Italian League team, also known as Angelico Biella, posted an 11-19 record in Series A. The current roster includes Aubrey Coleman (Houston), Edgar Sosa (Louisville), Marc Salyers (Samford) and A.J. Slaughter (Western Kentucky).

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


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Nepal's National Team for FIBA Asia Qualifiers - by Kristian Santiago
Nepal was able to beat Bhutan 79-53 in the first game in group B with this assembled roster:

4 Sadish Pradhan - Gregarious Club
5 Binod Maharjan
6 Binod Shrestha
7 Rajiv Joshi
8 Sanjay Byangankar Junior - Trinity Club
9 Maharjan
10 Yuktaram Bhaktam
11 Vikram Joshi - Trinity Club
12 Sanjan Pun
13 Sanjay Byangankar Senior
14 Rabindra Man Maharjan - Golden Gate Club
15 Paresh Shrestha - Golden Gate Club


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National Sports Festival - Team Rivers Win Basketball Gold - by Eurobasket News
Rivers State basketball teams have won the gold medals in the basketball men and women events decided yesterday at the soon to be completed 17th National Sports Festival.

In the men's category,the host defeated the Lagos State team 75 to 63 points. Kaduna State consoled itself with the third place match winning the bronze medal after beating Enugu 73 to 67 points.

In the women's event, Rivers also won the gold by defeating closest rivals Delta 54 to 42 points. Lagos settled for bronze after losing in the men's final, in the women's category beating Kaduna 60 to 40 points.

Delta's women coach, Uyigue Nosa said he is impressed with the performance of his team despite not being able to clinch the ultimate prize. He said he never expected that they will get this far but he is happy that the girls did and put up a good fight at the finals.

Men's gold winning coach, Fuburah Oyanabo, described the gold medal feat as a dream come true. 'My dream is fulfilled. I am glad I have finally gotten what I had dreamed and planned for. I am happy all my plans all the way have worked out. Winning the gold means all the trainings are not a waste. I am happy with Rivers State government and the opportunity given to me to prove myself.'
Meanwhile, Rivers State as at 5.30pm yesterday increased its gold tally to 88 and overall medals to 178. The host have 88 gold, 44 silver, and 46 bronze. Delta, which had earlier boasted to overtake the host may have given up hopes just a day to the end of the festival since it is still trailing at a distant second with 51 gold, 58 silver and 53 bronze with overall medals of 162.

Edo is third with 29 gold, 20 silver and 25 bronze with a total of 74 medals while Ondo is fourth having won 16 gold, 18 silver and 26 bronze with a total of 60 medals. Fifth is Bayelsa with 15 gold, 9 silver and 18 bronze. At the very bottom are two northern states. Gombe and Sokoto without a single medal. So far a total of 976 medals have been won with 288 gold, 284 silver and 404 bronze.
Courtesy of: Leadership (Abuja)



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  PANAMA   


Sykes and Robinson added to Team Panama - by Gianni Pascucci
Panamanian Basketball Federation has announced that players Benito Sykes (205-F/C-85) and Ariel Robinson (193-G/F-89) have been added to the Panamanian National Team Pre-Selection. The NT Camp is scheduled to start on August 1 in Panama City.
The first international commitment for Team Panama will be the Copa Internacional de Baloncesto 'Israel Sarmiento' in la Guaira, Venezuela, when Panama will meet Brazil, Cuba and Venezuela, on August 5 to 7
Benito Sykes is from Calidonia and attended Warner University, where he performed for 10 ppg, 5 rpg and 2 bpg
Ariel Robinson is from Arraijan, in the Eastern part of the country. He attended Fayetteville State University and is the son of well-known Panama Oeste player Brenda Mackay.


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  PUERTO RICO   


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Angel Daniel VASSALLO
  Guaynabo
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Vassallo, Guaynabo22.3 
 2. Ramos, Quebradillas22.1 
 3. Johnson, Humacao21.2 
 4. Dalmau, Bayamon20.7 
 5. Villegas, Coamo19.1 
 6. Harris, San German18.3 
 7. Ayuso, Arecibo18.2 
 8. Randolph, Isabela18.0 
 9. Carmona, Mayaguez17.0 
 10. Pellot-Rosa, San16.8 
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, Quebradillas10.4 
 6. Lloreda, San G.10.0 
 7. Sweetney, Santurce9.1 
 8. Clemente, Mayaguez9.1 
 9. Rickert, Bayamon8.7 
 10. Johnson, Humacao8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Daniel BROWN
  Quebradillas
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Brown, Quebradillas5.9 
 2. Dalmau, Bayamon5.6 
 3. Rivera, San German5.5 
 4. Clinch, Isabela4.5 
 5. Clemente, Humacao4.4 
 6. Rivera, Mayaguez4.2 
 7. Guzman, Guaynabo4.2 
 8. Bruton, Quebradill.4.1 
 9. Apodaca, Quebradil.4.0 
 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. Lee, Bayamon1.7 
 5. Aubry, Arecibo1.7 
 6. Harris, San German1.4 
 7. Randolph, Isabela1.4 
 8. Ramos, Quebradillas1.2 
 9. Freije, Coamo1.1 
 10. Robinson, Mayagu.1.0 


BSN Semis: Quebradillas grab 1-0 lead against Bayamon - by Eurobasket News
BSN Semifinals, Game 1: Quebradillas - Bayamon 82-79 (1-0)

Quebradillas celebrated 82-79 home win against Bayamon in Game One of the BSN Semifinals. Second games is scheduled for Wednesday and Bayamon will be the host. Vaqueros trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 23-12 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 79-82 at the end of the game. Quebradillas made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward P.J. Tucker (198-F-85, college: Texas) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. FYR Macedonian-American guard Darius Washington (188-G-85, college: Memphis) contributed with 15 points and 5 assists for the winners. The former international guard Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Daytona Beach CC) answered with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and international forward Nathan Peavy (203-F-85, college: Miami, OH) added 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 blocks in the effort for Vaqueros. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.

Quebradillas: P.Tucker 24+12reb+4ast, P.John Ramos 15+6reb+2ast, D.Washington 15+4reb+5ast, D.Huertas 11+7reb+1ast, G.Stevenson 6+3reb, J.Jones 6+3reb+1ast
Bayamon: N.Peavy 20+7reb+1ast, C.Dalmau 18+6reb+7ast, J.Mojica 16+4reb+2ast, C.Antrone Lee 11+4reb+1ast, R.Jose Hatton 8+1reb+3ast, B.Lee 4+5reb


Bayamon signs Lee Benson - by Eurobasket News
Lee Benson (208-F/C-73, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Brown Mackie) is back to Bayamon. The American big guy penned a deal for rest of the season. He arrives to Bayamon from the Lebanese team Champeville, where he finished 2010/11. For 7 games Benson had 13.3 ppg, 20.3 rpg and 1.9 apg. He started last season in China with TianJin Rongcheng. There for 19 games he had 16.5 ppg, 14.6 rpg and 1.5 bpg. In March, Benson moved to Regatas averaging 7 points and 8 rebounds in Argentinean LigaA.
Lee Benson is not a new face in Bayamon. He already was their member in 2008. They reached BSN Semifinals together. For 29 games that season Benson had 16.4 ppg, 14.2 rpg, 1.5 apg and 1.8 bpg.


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  ROMANIA   


Energia Rovinari brings in Robert Giles - by Eurobasket News
Energia Rovinari announced signing of Robert Giles (193-G-87, college: Ball St.). They penned a one-year deal today. The American guard most recently played for the Holland Blast. They competed in International Basketball League (IBL). In 14 games for the Blast, Giles averaged 15.7 points.
Robert Giles is a product of the Ball State University. He graduated there two years ago. Giles played 30 games for his school as a senior registering 8.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 1.1 apg. He helped them reach MAC Tournament Semifinals. Ball State also was MAC West Division regular season co-champion that year. In 2007/08, Giles had 2.9 ppg and 2.4 rpg for his school.


Ovidiu Teleaba takes over Gaz Metan Medias - by Eurobasket News
Ovidiu Teleaba is the new Head Coach of Gaz Metan Medias. He got promotion and will replace Bruno Soce. Teleaba was the Assistant Coach last season.
Ovidiu Teleaba joined Gaz Metan Medias as assistant in 2004. He spent couple of years with the club and finally got promotion. Gaz Metan won the Romanian Cup last season. They also reached league Semifinals. There, CS U-Mobitelco Cluj eliminated them with 3-2. In regular season, Gaz Metan was No.3 with 23-7 record.
Gaz Metan Medias also announced that Dan Popa (189-G-73) will be the Assistant Coach next season. He was their player in the past and last season worked with Gaz Metan II.


Standings
Div.A Standings
 1. Craiova 0-0 
 2. CSM Bucuresti 0-0 
 3. CSS Giurgiu 0-0 
 4. CSU Sibiu 0-0 
 5. Dinamo B. 0-0 
 6. Gaz Metan 0-0 
 7. Miercurea Ciuc 0-0 
 8. Mures 0-0 
 9. Oradea 0-0 
 10. Otopeni 0-0 
 11. Pitesti 0-0 
 12. Ploiesti 0-0 
 13. Rovinari 0-0 
 14. Steaua Turabo 0-0 
 15. Timisoara 0-0 
 16. U.Mobitel.CN 0-0 


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  RUSSIA   


Ural Ekaterinburg lands scoring machine Nikola Lepojevic - by Eurobasket News
Ural Ekaterinburg announced signing of a one-year deal with Nikola Lepojevic (199-F-82, agency: BeoExcell). The Serbian scorer heads to Ural Ekaterinburg from Universitet-Yugra Surgut, where he spent last season. Lepojevic appeared 36 times in B Superleague averaging 23 ppg, 5 rpg and 4 apg. He was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Russian B Superleague Player of the Year -11. Lepojevic also was named Eurobasket.com All-Russian B Superleague Forward of the Year -11 and Eurobasket.com All-Russian B Superleague 1st Team -11. He helped Surgut reach the B Superleague Finals. They were No.1 in regular season. Before Surgut, Nikola Lepojevic played for Politekhnika-Halychyna, Pizza Express Primetel Apollon and OKK Beograd. He played for Surgut also in 2008/09 season. At that time Lepojevic had 11.4 ppg and 3 rpg in A Superleague. He also has experience from Khimik Yuzhny, Polpak Swecie, AEL Larissa and Crvena Zvezda.

Grigori Shukhovtsov renews contract with Lokomotiv - by Eurobasket News
Lokomotiv Kuban re-signed contract with Grigori Shukhovtsov (210-C-83). The new deal is meant for two seasons. The 28-year-old centre will enter his third season with Lokomotiv. Last season he tallied 3.3 points and 2.4 boards per EuroChallenge game. In PBL Grigori Shukhovtsov notched 4.5 points and 2.4 rebounds per appearance. The centre made it into Eurobasket.com Russian A Superleague All-Newcomers Team in 2010.


Triumph add Davon Jefferson - by Eurobasket News
Triumph announced the signing of Davon Jefferson (203-F-86, college: USC). The 24-year-old forward played in France last season. Davon Jefferson tallied 18.5 points, 7.4 boards, 2.2 assists and 1.4 blocks per game in ProA with ASVEL. In EuroCup the forward delivered 15.0 points, 7.3 boards, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals per appearance. In Euroleague Qualifying Round his stats read 11.8 points, 7.3 rebounds. In 2008/10 seasons Davon Jefferson played for Maccabi Haifa. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Forward of the Year both in 2009 and 2010. Davon Jefferson was also trumped All-Israeli League Player of the Year in 2010.


Nizhny Novgorod tabs Panin - by Eurobasket News
Nizhny Novgorod announced another signing. The new player of Nizhny became Vadim Panin (203-G-84, agency: Alti Sport). The Russian guard penned a two-year deal with his new club. He arrives from Khimky, where he had very limited playing time last season. For 11 Euroleague games he had 15. ppg and 2.1 rpg. In Russian league, Panin registered 2 ppg and 1.6 rpg. He also added 1.3 ppg in VTB league. Before Khimky, Vadim Panin spent two years with Triumph Lyubertsy. In the past, he also played for Spartak Primorie, Ural Great, Lomotiv Rostov and Dynamo Moscow. He was a member of Russian U20 and U18 National Teams. Last season with Khimky, Panin won the VTB United League title. In 2006, he was the EuroCup Challenge champion with Ural Great.

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  SERBIA   


Ural Ekaterinburg lands scoring machine Nikola Lepojevic - by Eurobasket News
Ural Ekaterinburg announced signing of a one-year deal with Nikola Lepojevic (199-F-82, agency: BeoExcell). The Serbian scorer heads to Ural Ekaterinburg from Universitet-Yugra Surgut, where he spent last season. Lepojevic appeared 36 times in B Superleague averaging 23 ppg, 5 rpg and 4 apg. He was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Russian B Superleague Player of the Year -11. Lepojevic also was named Eurobasket.com All-Russian B Superleague Forward of the Year -11 and Eurobasket.com All-Russian B Superleague 1st Team -11. He helped Surgut reach the B Superleague Finals. They were No.1 in regular season. Before Surgut, Nikola Lepojevic played for Politekhnika-Halychyna, Pizza Express Primetel Apollon and OKK Beograd. He played for Surgut also in 2008/09 season. At that time Lepojevic had 11.4 ppg and 3 rpg in A Superleague. He also has experience from Khimik Yuzhny, Polpak Swecie, AEL Larissa and Crvena Zvezda.

Serbian U16 National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Dusan Ristic 207-C/F-95 FMP Serbia
Nikola Rebic 185-G-95 FMP Serbia
Brano Djukanovic 95 FMP Serbia
Marko Guduric
Djordje Kaplanovic
Vasilije Pusica
Dusan Majstorovic
Djordje Simeunovic
Marko Tejic 204-F-95 FMP Serbia
Ognjen Jaramaz
Luka Popovic Partizan Serbia
Djoko Saljic
Nemanja Djordjevic 203-C-95 Partizan Serbia
Petar Vorkapic 193-G-95 FMP Serbia
Srdjan Milanovic

Sasa Nikitovic Head Coach Crvena Zvezda Serbia


Jovica Arsic stays with Lukoil Academik - by Eurobasket News
Jovica Arsic will stay in Bulgaria for at least one more season. The Serbian specialist penned a one-year contract extension with Lukoil Academik Sofia. Arsic took over Lukoil in December of 2009. He helped them win two Bulgarian league titles. They also won the Bulgarian Cup this year and reached EuroChallenge Quarterfinals. Before Lukoil, Arsic worked with Cherkassy Monkeys, Strumica, Zdravlje and Lavovi. He was also the Head Coach of Macedonian National Team.
The main objective for Jovica 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. Lukoil already announced they will try to keep all their Bulgarian players, as well as Brandon Heath and Travis Peterson. The team will search for quality acquisitions at the point guard and power forward positions.


Branko Jorovic joins New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig - by Eurobasket News
Branko Jorovic (205-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) will continue his career in Germany. The former Serbian National Team member signed a one-year deal with New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. He heads to Germany from Kavala, where he spent 2010/11. For 27 games in Greek league Jorovic had 13.1 ppg and 4.1 rpg. Season 2009/10, Jorovic spent with the Serbian team Borac Cacak. He appeared 29 times in the league registering 16.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg and 2 apg. Eurobasket awarded Jorovic with All-Serbian League Honorable Mention -10. He got the same award in 2008 as a member of Swisslions Takovo. In the past, Branko Jorovic played for Crvena Zvezda and Reflex. In 2005, he was named Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Forward of the Year. Jorovic played for the Serbia and Montenegro NT at the FIBA World Championship 2006 in Japan.

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  SLOVAKIA   


Zilina goes without McCoy, Carter and Futo; Smacko signed as coach - by Tomas Kottra
Two league stat leaders left Zilina after last year.
Adam McCoy (193-G-86, college: N.Texas) and Justin Carter (193-F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Creighton) are gone. That is one of most important news for management of BK Vahostav-SK Zilina. The offers they received after end of last season were way out of limits of currently third best team in Slovakia. 'They were unkeepable,' said club owner Michal Faith. But immediately added that the team is looking for replacements.
As Faith mentioned in short interview on sme.sk, almost all home players from last year are signed at the moment. They had to say goodbye to Miroslav Futo (208-C-80, agency: Promotex). Fresh daddy of his second child has agreed with team on end of cooperation and started to look for a new challenge. On the other hand- experienced forward Ondrej Soska (208-C-78) comes back to Zilina after he was on loan Czech NBL finalist Mlekarna Miltra Novy Jicin.
Also a new coach checked-in on north of Slovakia. 'We have signed contract with Ludovit Smacko who has trained Handlova last year. He's young and perspective coach, just returned from intership in Belehrad.' added Faith


Coach Chudeusz to remain on Spis - by Tomas Kottra
They made it to the semi-finals in last edition of Slovak Extraliga, but lost with next-to-be champions from Levice and did not find any more energy to swing past well-oiled duo McCoy-Carter. Now they seem to getting prepared for next season - BK 04 AC LB Spisska Nova Ves.
'We are close to announce the roster for next season,' said Jozef Gonda, head-manager of Basketball in Spisska Nova Ves. As he added for basketball web-page ebasket.sk, he do not want to make partial statements and leave fans with only half of information. This is why he has revealed only number of seven player already signed and name of trainer - Jerzy Chudeusz , who will stay with the team for fourth straight season without any significant team achievement.
Names filling up the roster in BK 04 AC LB Spisska Nova Ves will be known next week. Stay tuned!


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  SLOVENIA   


Olympiakos releases Nesterovic - by Eurobasket News
Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76) is no longer a member of Olympiakos. The Greek giant decided to exercise their option and terminate the deal, but it seems they will offer Nesterovic a new contract with lower salary for the next season. Nesterovic played 20 games in Euroleague last season averaging 10.9 points and 5.4 rebounds. In Greek league, he added 9.6 ppg and 4.6 rpg. Nesterovic helped Olympiakos to win the Greek Cup. They also were No.1 in A1 regular season and reached Euroleague Quarterfinals. Radoslav Nesterovic joined Reds last summer from the Toronto Raptors. With the Raptors he had 4.1 ppg and 2.2 rpg in 40 NBA games. In 2008/09, Nesterovic played for the Indiana Pacers. In the past, he played for the Raptors again, as well as for the Spurs and Timberwolves. In Europe, he was a member of Kinder Bologna and Olimpija Ljubljana.

Erazem Lorbek will play for Slovenian NT after all - by Eurobasket News
Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) will play for the Slovenian National Team this summer. Just few days ago he shocked Slovenian media announcing a decision that he decided to skip EuroBasket 2011. It happened just few days before the official beginning of preparations and Slovenian basketball public was angry to Lorbek for this move. However, yesterday Lorbek appeared in Kranjska Gora saying that he will join the team and will play in Lithuania this summer. Lorbek helped Slovenia to reach the Semifinals two years ago in Poland. He was their best player with 16.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 2.3 apg and 1.4 spg.
Erazem Lorbek finished 2010/11 season in style. Lorbek and his Barca won the ACB title with perfect 3-0. They blasted Bilbao in the Finals with two home and one road victory. Lorbek exploded in Game One with 24 points and 7 rebounds, while he also had 9 pts and 5 rebs in Game two, plus 7 pts and 6 rebs in Game Three. Lorbek joined Regal Barca in 2009 from CSKA Moscow. He appeared 40 times in ACB this season averaging 8.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists. He also added 8.5 ppg and 3.7 rpg for 20 Euroleague games.


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  SOUTH AFRICA   


South African U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Vutomi Bilankulu 95
Alessandro Cocomello 95
Jonathan Forlee 95
Luke Knodl 95
Luthando Limba 95
Mpumelelo Mahlati 95
Inga Mani 95
Siyabulela Mdekazi 95
Luthando Mpano 95
Cameron Paton 95
Keaton Pennels 95
Thubelihle Sithole 95
Tristan Swain 95
Art Viljoen 95



U16 AfroBasket: Egypt wins Preliminary Group A with perfect 3-0 - by Eurobasket News
U16 Egypt registered third straight win at U16 AfroBasket. They secured first place in Preliminary Group A already after two days, but despite that Egypt blasted South Africa 101-57 yesterday to end this stage. Egypt will meet Congo in the Quarterfinals. On the other side, South Africa (1-2) finished as the last ranked team of Group A and will meet Tunisia in the QFinals.
Also in Group A, Mozambique was too strong for Algeria yesterday 69-65. In the Quarterfinals, Mozambique will play against Angola. Algeria will meet Mali.
Tunisia is the winner of Group B with perfect 3-0 record. They grabbed 53-51 OT win against Mali. Tunisia will meet South Africa in the Quarterfinals, while Mali (2-1, No.2) will take on Algeria.
Angola celebrated their first win in Egypt and avoided last place in Group B. They handed 57-51 loss to Congo. Angola will meet Mozambique in the Quarterfinals, while Congo will meet host Egypt.
All Quarterfinals games are scheduled for Thursday.


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  SPAIN   


Menorca eyes Roma Bas - by Eurobasket News
According to Spanish media, Roma Bas (192-G-83) could continue his career with Menorca. The Spanish guard had a pretty good last season with Navarra. He appeared 38 times for them in LEB Gold averaging 11.2 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists. Bas played for Navarra also in 2009/10 season. At that time he had 12.9 ppg, 1.3 rpg and 1.3 spg. He helped Navarra reach the LEB Gold Semifinals. Before Navarra, Bas was a member of AD Molina. They reached LEB Silver Semifinals. From 2005 to 2008, he played for Costa Urbana Playas de Santa Pola. Bas also has experience from Gandia and Expobar.

La Laguna nets Adrian Fuentes - by Eurobasket News
La Laguna continued to bolster their roster. They landed Adrian Fuentes (183-PG-87). The 24-year-old guard played for Palencia last season. He averaged 3.6 points, 1.4 assists, 1.4 boards and 1.1 steals per game in LEB Gold. Previously Adrian Fuentes had stints with Obradoiro, Axarquia and Unicaja Coin Malaga.


Breogan tab Manuel Gomez - by Eurobasket News
Manuel Gomez (203-C-78) penned deal with Breogan. The 32-year-old centre played for Ford Burgos since 2007. Last season the centre averaged 6.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in LEB Gold. Previously Manuel Gomez had stints with Barrios, Valladolid, Murcia, Alicante, Unicaja Malaga and La Coruna. The centre was Korac Cup winner with Unicaja back in 2001.


Nik Caner-Medley agrees on terms of contract with Valencia - by Eurobasket News
Valencia have seriously bolstered their roster. They have reportedly agreed on terms of contract with Nik Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland). The 27-year-old forward will sign a one-year contract with an option for an extra one. Nik Caner-Medley spent the last season in Madrid. The forward had a solid season with Estudiantes. He tallied 14.4 points, 7.6 boards and 1.2 steals per game in ACB. In EuroCup Nik Caner-Medley registered 12.4 points, 7.0 boards, 1.4 assists and 1.2 steals per appearance. Eurobasket.com named Nik Caner-Medley into All-Spanish ACB 1st Team. He also made it into All-EuroCup 2nd Team. Nik Caner-Medley played in Germany, D-League, Spain and Italy before joining Estudiantes back in 2009.


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  SWEDEN   


Sweden U20 and Greece U20 play two friendlies - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U20 and Greece U20 play two friendlies in order to prepare better for the U20 European Championship.
On July 11th Greece U18 grabbed 54:49. It was a tough and defensive game but the Greek side managed to celebrate the win. They dominated the end of the game to seal the victory. Alexander Lindqvist (202-F-91) ended up with 20 points for Sweden and Daniel Persson (198-G/F-91) posted 10. Chris Czerapowicz scored 5, whilst Andreas Person (190-G-91) and Carl Engstrom (213-C-91) added 4 apiece.
Last night Greece U20 registered 71:68 win. The winners started with 19-10, but the Scandinavian team replied with 26-23. In the third period Sweden won 15-10, but Greece needed 19-17 in the last stanza to seal the victory. For Sweden Chris Czerapowicz nailed 20 points, while Charles Barton Jr scored 13. Viktor Gaddefors (200-F-92) and Alexander Lindqvist poured in 8 points each, whilst Lukas Winegarner (205-F-91) had 6.




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  SWITZERLAND   


Brandon Thomas is the new player of BBC Nyon - by Eurobasket News
BBC Nyon have bolstered their backcourt. The 25-year-old guard has agreed on terms of one-year contract with the Swiss team. Brandon Thomas (192-G-85, college: Texas St.) was last seen in Japan. He played for the Toyama Grouses in 2009/10 season. Brandon Thomas tallied 9.6 points, 8.6 boards, 3.1 assists and 2.2 steals per game.


BBC Monthey keep Gardner Louissaint and sign Antoine Mantey - by Luca Maffioli
BBC Monthey ensured the services of Gardner Louissaint (196-F-91) for another season. The Swiss forward joined Monthey in 2010 after three seasons in France with Besancon Basket Comte Doubs. Last season he played 23 games in LNA and 20 games in LNB with Martigny Basket. In LNB he tallied 14.8 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists.
Monthey also signed a new assistant for the head coach Petar Aleksic. The assistant coach will be Antoine Mantey . He started his carrer at the junior team of Vevey Riviera Basket. In 2005 became assistant coach of Vevey Riviera Basket and in 2007 head coach of the same team. In 2008-2009 was the head coach of Nancy Cadet in France.


Standings - LNA
LNA Standings
 1. BBC Nyon 0-0 
 2. Boncourt 0-0 
 3. Fribourg 0-0 
 4. Geneve Lions 0-0 
 5. Lugano Tigers 0-0 
 6. Monthey 0-0 
 7. SAM Massagno 0-0 
 8. SAV Vacallo 0-0 
 9. Starwings 0-0 


Standings - LNB
LNB Standings
 1. Acad.Fribourg 0-0 
 2. BC AKA 0-0 
 3. Bern 0-0 
 4. Bernex 0-0 
 5. Blonay Basket 0-0 
 6. DDV Lugano 0-0 
 7. Meyrin Geneve 0-0 
 8. Neuchatel 0-0 
 9. Nyon U23 0-0 
 10. Pully 0-0 
 11. Swiss Central 0-0 
 12. Vevey 0-0 
 13. Villars 0-0 
 14. Zurich Wildcats 0-0 


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  TUNISIA   


U16 Tunisia beats U16 Mali in OT, wins Group B - by Eurobasket News
Tunisia is the winner of Group B with perfect 3-0 record. They celebrated 53-51 in OT against Mali yesterday for their third straight victory. Haythem Saada stepped up for the winners with 15 points and 19 rebounds. Cheick Diallo replied with 13 pts and 20 rebs in loss. Tunisia will meet South Africa in the Quarterfinals, while Mali (2-1, No.2) will take on Algeria.
Also in Group B, Angola celebrated their first win in Egypt and avoided last place in this pool. They handed 57-51 loss to Congo mostly owing to Jose Kipanda, who came up with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Francis Mbemba 20 pts and 10 boards in defeat. His Congo ended this stage winless. Angola will meet Mozambique in the Quarterfinals, while Congo will meet host Egypt.
Egypt is the winner of Group A with perfect 3-0 record. Also in Group A, Mozambique was too strong for Algeria yesterday 69-65.Thanks to this win Mozambique (1-2) ended as No.2 of Group A, while is Algeria (1-2) is No.3. In the Quarterfinals, Mozambique will play against Angola. Algeria will meet Mali.
Quarterfinals are scheduled for tomorrow.


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  TURKEY   


Tofas Bursa add Ronald Steele - by Eurobasket News
Tofas Bursa bolstered their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Ronald Steele (187-PG-86, agency: SportsTalent, college: Alabama). The 25-year-old guard spent the previous season in Israel. He played for Bnei Hasharon in Premier League. Ronald Steele averaged 12.8 points, 4.9 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game.


Kocaoglu signs with Olin Edirne - by Eurobasket News
Polat Kocaoglu (205-C/F-79, agency: 1x1 Sports) signs with Olin Edirne for 2011/2012 season. The Turkish 205-cm player moves from Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye where he played last season.
In 2001-2002 he appeared for TED Mydonose Kolejliler (D1, starting five) and in 18 games averaged 11.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.2apg. In 2002-2003 for TED Kolejliler Ankara (D1) his stats read 8.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 1ast. After another season with Banvitspor (D2) and Beykoz (D2) in 2005-2006 Polat Kocaoglu appeared for Erdemirspor Belediyesi (D1) and in 30 games averaged 8.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 51.0%, 3PT: 39.0%, FT: 77.0%. In 2006-2007 moved to Darussafaka Istanbul (D1, starting five) and showed 12.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 2FGP: 43.4%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 71.4%. In 2007-2008 played for Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi (TBL) averaging 7.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 2FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 75.0%. In 2008-2009 appeared in Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul (TBL) and in EuroChallenge had 4.1ppg, 2.3rpg, while in Turkish League after 19 games showed 4.6ppg, 2.2rpg. In 2009-2010 continued with Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul (TBL) and in EuroCup had 1.8ppg, while in Turkish League averaged 1.0ppg, 1.0rpg. The last season started for Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye (TBL, starting five) and averaged 9.1ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 84.0%.



Olin Edirne Basketball adds Wilkinson to their roster - by Eurobasket Center
Olin Edirne Basketball added to their roster 27-year old American forward Wes Wilkinson (207-F-84, college: Nebraska). Wilkinson played most recently at STB Le Havre (France). While playing 29 games for Le Havre last season he recorded 11.0ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.4apg. Wilkinson played also pro basketball in Belgium and France. His best years were definitely in Belgium, where he played for 4 years. Two years ago he helped TEC Spirou Charleroi to make it to Belgian Cup Final and then won championship title. Wilkinson was named that year to Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Honorable Mention.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Anadolu Efes wants to sign NBA player Sasha Vujacic - by Eurobasket News
According to Spor Milliyet, another NBA player could move to Turkey soon. Reportedly, Anadolu Efes already sent an offer to Slovenian guard Sasha Vujacic (200-G-84). The 27-year-old Vujacic played for the Los Angeles Lakers from 2004 until December of 2010, when he was traded to the New Jersey Nets. He appeared 56 times last season with the Nets averaging 11.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists. With the Lakers, Vujacic had 2.5 ppg for 8 games last season. Vujacic won two NBA rings with the Lakers (2009, 2010). Sasha Vujacic started basketball career with Polzela. In 2000, he moved to Snaidero Unide where he stayed four years. In 2004, we was selected as 24th overall pick at NBA Draft. He played for the Slovenian NT in the past.

Telekom Officially signs Micheal Wright - by Burak Cidamal
Telekom has announced that they sign Micheal Wrigt (Ali Karadeniz) who was played in Trabzonspor last year. Micheal Wright last year took Ali Karadeniz name and started to play with Turkish passport.

Micheal Wright started his Turkey career in 2005-2006 season with Besiktas. After that he joined to Telekom and played for the team about 2 years and moved to Poland. Last year he was played for Trabzon very effectively.

Telekom sign 1+1 year contact with Ankara team. Last year he played in 29 games in league and scored 22.9 points per game and make 7.5 rebounds per game



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  UGANDA   


Coach Makes Case for the 7-Foot Gombya - by Eurobasket News
IT is not often that a coach goes into a match lamenting about the slow development of a player in the opposition ranks.

But that is precisely what Timothy Odeke has done ahead of Nkumba Marines' FUBA men's division one encounter with the Kyambogo Warriors at YMCA, Kampala today.

The Marines coach is fully focused on defeating the Warriors, however, he can't help but grieve about the longwinded growth of Gombya, local basketball's only 7-footer.

'I don't want to disrespect the coaches who have handled Gombya before but I think he could be a much better player today,' Odeke said.

'I have been around him and I am amazed at how fast he learns.

'He just needs you to tone down and come to his level.'

Gombya popped onto the local basketball scene some three years ago but hasn't developed much since.

Capable of becoming the strongest force in the FUBA men's top-flight, Gombya has instead become a source of amusement for fans.

The 'We want Gombya' chant is a common feature during Kyambogo's matches with the club's fans asking for the 24-year-old to be introduced when the game is almost done and the result beyond doubt.
Courtesy of: New Vision


Heaters Take On Rhinos - by Eurobasket News
HEATERS and Charging Rhinos return to the national basketball league today still optimistic of shaking off their unimpressive run.

Facing relegation just like their rivals, Heaters who are making a debut in the top flight, have lost seven games consecutive.

Charging Rhinos have won one game out of six.

But Heaters coach is not about to throw in the towel.

'The kind of attitude we are bringing into this game is to win and I am optimistic that we shall do so,' Brian Wathum said.

However, Rhinos' Mark Opio has a different view, 'We have been massively affected by a two-week break but we shall give the game our best.'

In the women's category, Gladiators face an uphill task as they face Cranes High.

TODAY: FUBA
LEAGUE

DIVISION 1: MEN

Heaters v C. Rhinos

DIVISION 2

G. Hawks v R. Life

DIVISION 3

Shooters v TLC

A. Force v Kla U'sity

UPDF v Ssaku

C. High v B. Planets

WOMEN

Gladiators v C. High
Courtesy of: The New Vision


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Sherlock Back At Riders - by Paul Nilsen
Jelson Holmes DMU Leicester Riders versatile 6'7' forward Tom Sherlock (204-F-81, college: Wayne St., MI) has signed for a second season with the Club, after an impressive debut season. 29 years old Sherlock returned to basketball with the Riders last season after 2 years out of the game with ankle and knee injuries, that had threatened to end his career. A native of Derby, and previously selected by GB Students, Sherlock played in 28 games in his inaugural season with the Riders, mainly from the bench, and averaged an impressive 5 points and 4 rebounds a game.

For Sherlock it was a very enjoyable experience, 'It was great to be back playing at a high level, and I thought things really went well for me. The coach obviously had confidence in me, and gave me plenty of opportunities, and I felt much better as the season progressed. And I feel I have a lot more to give.'

To help his further rehabilitation Sherlock is off to the US for 6 weeks in the summer for intensive training. He will use the facilities at his old college, Wayne State University in Sioux City, Iowa, and hook up with some old team mates. 'I think this will be a great chance for me to build up for the new season, and I want to come in at the top of my game. Hopefully that will put me in a good position to push for more court time next season.'

Riders Head Coach Rob Paternostro said, 'It is great to have Tom back. He brought an extra dimension to the team with his flexibility. I had confidence for him to fill in any number of positions, and he always gave us something. He is a high energy guy, can hit the long range jumper, and is pretty active on the boards. I always was confident to use him in the starting five when we wanted to give a different look, so I am very pleased Tom has decided to come back. Continuity is important and Tom will be a big bonus in that regard, and I am expecting even more things from him next season.'



Duo Fly Into Worcester - by Paul Nilsen
Following his promise to shake up what he saw as last year's under-achieving squad, Worcester Wolves Director of Basketball Paul James has now officially confirmed the signing of two new American imports.

6 foot 5 inch Tommy Freeman (195-F-88) joins the Wolves after graduating from the University of Ohio in Division 1 of the NCAA. The 22 year old shooting guard averaged 11 points a game in his final season at the Ohio Bobcats, whilst making more than a third of his shots from long-range.

James described how Freeman will contribute:

'Tommy's stats, and more so his game DVDs, showed me that he is a proven scorer from distance and will be a good addition to our BBL team. He will be a threat that our opponents will have to take seriously. Alongside this he is a very hard-nosed player with a great work ethic who can take the ball to the basket, and set up plays for his team mates.'

Meanwhile fellow US college graduate 6 foot 9 inch Richie Gordon (203-F) comes into the team at centre to replace the now-departed Justin Dobbins. Gordon played at Western Carolina University where he averaged 10 points and 6 rebounds a game.

James talked about what he sees in Gordon:

'I certainly see Richie as a really good addition to the Wolves. He will be our main man in the middle at the centre position. He can play close to the basket, but has the versatility and athleticism to step outside when he is required to. Like Tommy this will be his first year out of college, and they are both very eager to pit their talents against the best the BBL has to offer.

James gave his thoughts on the re-shaping that is taking place at the Wolves:

'I don't think I've ever been worried about starting over with a team. I really feel that last season's team did not perform to its potential. On reflection I see the possible reasons why. Now is the time for me to mix things up and try and get a better balance of players who are hungry and want to be a part of the Wolves programme.'





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Women News

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  ARGENTINA - Women  


Argentinian U19 National Team - by Facundo Iatzky
roberto Santin released the list of 12 players who will play the U19 world championship in chile.
Melisa Gretter (167-G-93) of Union florida
Micaela Sancisi (160-G-94) of social lanus
Carolina Martinez (160-F-93) of Velez
Natalia Teodori (92-G) of Union florida
Julieta Armesto (176-G-94) of Lanus
Natasha Spiatta (92-F) of union florida
Daiana Acosta (180-F-93) of social lanus
Diana Cabrera (187-F-93) of union florida
Celia Fiorotto (92-F) of union florida
Florencia Llorente (94-F) of lanus
Brenda Schmidt (93-C) of Velez


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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


West Coast Waves sign import Dymond Simon - by Eurobasket News
The Alcohol. Think Again West Coast Waves added another crucial element to their 2011/12 campaign today, signing American point guard Dymond Simon (165-G, college: Arizona St.) to their playing roster.

The Arizonian point guard will join the West Coast Waves in what will be her first professional season after graduating from NCAA College Arizona State with All-Conference First Team Honours, along with All-Academic Honours in her senior year.

Simon leaves the Arizona State Sun Devils with 1225 career points over 108 games, along with a respectable 266 assists. Dymond also holds her schools best free throw shooter in a single season record after hitting 88.2% of her free throws in her junior year.

On her signing, Simon says: I have a lot of respect for Australia and its athletes. They are some of the toughest in the world and I only hope I could live up to that playing for the West Coast Waves.

Basketball is my entire life and I plan on giving everything I can to the game and my team. I am very grateful for this opportunity Ive been given.

Head Coach David Herbert says of Simons signing: Dymond is a dynamic point guard who will provide leadership and create scoring opportunities for others. Her ability to get to the basket will draw defences and open up our shooters.

Dymond also has a proven perimeter shot. With the group we have recruited this year, we will be a far better scoring team.

Simons addition to the Waves roster is another promising development for the team; the recent signings of Olympian Rohanee Cox, Melissa Marsh and Samantha Norwood all adding strength to their finals aspirations.

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


Megan Moody set to return with the Spirit - by Eurobasket News
After missing the entire season last year due to injury, the Bendigo Bank Spirit has re-signed 188cm forward Megan Moody (188-G/F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Tulsa) for the 2011/12 WNBL season.

Expected to make her debut with Bendigo last year, Moody was unexpectedly sidelined with a knee injury that kept her out for the duration of the season.

Her absence dealt a blow to the Spirits frontline, but the team has high hopes that Moody will be able to return to the court and make an impact after last playing WNBL with the Dandenong Rangers in 2009/10.

Prior to suiting up in Melbourne, Moody spent time playing internationally in Spain, Italy, and Turkey following a successful career at the University of Tulsa in the United States.

Moody was also a member of the Great Britain national team that competed in the 2008 European Championships.

Now settled in Regional Victoria, Moody is excited about returning to the court and getting to play at Australias highest level of womens basketball.

This is my second full-year in Bendigo now, and Ive really enjoyed living outside of the hustle and bustle of the big city while still having the chance to compete at such a high level, Moody said.

All thats left now is getting back on the court and helping the team build on last years strong finish.

Spirit coach Bernie Harrower said Moodys experience and versatility as an inside and outside threat should be a key asset for the team.

Megan is another perfect example of the type of player we try to attract to Bendigo, Harrower said.

She really enjoys the community and takes pride in playing for a Regional town as shown by her desire to stay in Bendigo for the upcoming season.

Were excited for her to make her long-awaited debut for the Spirit and know that shell be a key player if we are to continue to grow as a club.

Moody averaged eight points and three rebounds per game in her last WNBL season for the Rangers.

She has focused her off-season on getting healthy and further strengthening her knee as a member of the Lady Braves in the SEABL.

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


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  AUSTRIA - Women  


U20 Israel hands 68-52 loss to U20 Austria, heads to Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
U20 ISRAEL - U20 AUSTRIA 68-52

Israel celebrated in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Ohrid. They outplayed Austria 68-52 ending as No.3 of Group B with 3-2 record. It means that Israel will meet Portugal in the Quarterfinals. On the other side, Austria finished as No.5 in this pool with 1-4 score. Bar Galinski (185-F-92) shined for the winners with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Hadar Gutin (182-F/G-91) and Eloisa Katz (182-F/C-91) helped with 13 points each. In the loosing squad, Milena Lazarevic (178-G/F-91) delivered 13 pts and Kata Takacs (184-F-91) had 10 points, plus 6 boards. Julia Koppl (187-F/C-91) collected 9 points and 9 rebs. Quarters: 19-11, 16-16, 19-13, 14-12. Quarterfinals games are scheduled for Friday.

Israel: Bar Galinski 21+11 boards, Hadar Gutin 13, Eloisa Katz 13
Austria: Milena Lazarevic 13, Kata Takacs 10+6 boards, Julia Koppl 9+9 boards


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  BARBADOS - Women  


Station Hill Cavaliers clinch Cup title - by Eurobasket News
Station Hill Cavaliers claimed yet another Cup title. They defeated Tigers 71:49 at the Wildey Gym to earn the 19th Cup title. Jeneice Clarke and Irecka Louis (F-81) gave the Tigers an early lead. But the Lady Cavs quickly erased the deficit and surged ahead. They posted a 19:8 lead after ten minutes. The Tigers tried to stay close. They limited the Lady Cavs to just eight points in the third term staying hopeful. Jeneice Clarke dragged the Tigers within 13 points in the fourth quarter. However the Lady Cavs answered with a 20:4 rally to run away for good. Wanda Belgrave knocked down 15 points to lead the effort. Tamisha Flatts added 11 points, while Ria Phillips (170-G-82) contributed 10 points for the winners. The Tigers answered with 12 points from Jeneice Clarke.


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  BELGIUM - Women  


U20 Belgium keeps U20 Estonia winless, advances to QFinals in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News
U20 ESTONIA - U20 BELGIUM 60-73

Belgium booked a spot for the Quarterfinals in Ohrid. They handed 73-60 loss to Estonia finishing as No.4 of Group B with 2-3 record. Belgium will meet Sweden in the Quarterfinals. Estonia on the other side, finished as the last ranked team in this pool. They have 0-5. Jana Raman (186-F-91) came up with 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Noemie Mayombo (171-PG-91, agency: LBM Management) and Nele Poffyn (173-G-91) netted 17 points each. In Estonia, Maaja Bratka (190-F/C-92) was better than the others with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Mailis Pokk (185-F/C-92) (8 rebs) and Birgit Piibur (160-PG-94) (5 rebs) added 13 and 10 points respectively. Quarters: 18-21, 10-16, 11-16, 21-20. All Quarterfinals games will be played on Friday.

Estonia: Maaja Bratka 17+6 boards, Mailis Pokk 13+8 boards, Birgit Piibur 10+5 boards
Belgium: Jana Raman 22+6 boards, Noemie Mayombo 17, Nele Poffyn 17


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Dunav and Katya Kordova part ways - by Eurobasket News
Katya Kordova (176-G/F-86) is no longer a member of Dunav Ruse. Her contract expired and according to Bulgarian media it wont be extended. Kordova joined Dunav last summer from Beroe 2007. She appeared 22 times in NBL last season averaging 15.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists. Dunav reached NBL Semifinals and Kordova was named Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League 1st Team. From 2008 until the last summer, Katya Kordova was a member of Beroe. In 2008/09, she exploded with 19.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg and 2.2 apg for 27 games. She was awarded with All-Bulgarian League 1st Team. In 2006, Kordova won the Bulgarian league title with Lukoil Neftochimik. They also won the Cup two years later. Kordova played for Lukoil Neftochimik from 2004 to 2008.

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  CANADA - Women  


Canada finalizes roster for 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship - by Eurobasket News
Canada Basketball is proud to announce the 12 athletes who will represent Canada this summer at the upcoming 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women which will take place from July 21 July 31, 2011 in Puerto Montt, Chile.

Our team is looking forward for the opportunity to represent Canada at the FIBA U19 World Championship, said Head Coach Richard Chambers. The team is full of international experience, which is important for a tournament of this stature. Our team has great talent and chemistry and we are focused on competing on the international stage.

The 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women will feature the best age-eligible players from around the world. Canada is one of 16 teams to qualify for the tournament and will face tough competition in the preliminary round as they have been assigned to Group A, which includes China, Egypt and Italy.

The Junior Womens National Team (JWNT) will begin play on July 21 against China, followed by Egypt on July 22, concluding preliminary round play on July 23 versus Italy. From there, the top three teams from each group will be divided into two groups and play three new teams from their group. The top eight teams from this round will move onto the quarter-finals.

This summer marks the ninth time that FIBA will host a world championship competition for this age group for women. It is the fifth time that Canada has qualified for this tournament and fourth time in a row (2005, 2007, and 2009). Canadas best finish was in 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand, when the JWNT lost to Argentina in the bronze medal game 58-51, claiming fourth place.

The JWNT roster consists of talent from coast to coast with no shortage of international experience. Of the 12 players, five of them are returning members of the JWNT; while five were a member of last summers Cadette Womens National Team (CWNT) that competed at the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship for Women.

Returning from last summers team include 2010 NCAA freshman standouts Michelle Plouffe (193-F-92) (Edmonton, AB), Katherine Plouffe (190-G/F-93) (Edmonton, AB), and Wumi Agunbiade (187-F) (Pickering, ON). Michelle Plouffe enjoyed her first year playing at the University of Utah, being named the Mountain West Conferences Freshman of the Year. She has spent time earlier this summer training with the Senior Womens National Team (SWNT) training and competing in Europe. Her twin sister, Katherine, was named to the BIG EASTs All-Freshman team at Marquette University; while Duquesne Universitys Agunbiade was the best freshman all season in the Atlantic-10 Conference, winning the Rookie of the Year award.

Other members from last years team include University of Wisconsin Green Bays Megan Lukan (170-G-92) (Barrie, ON), Kellie Ring (177-G-92) (Ottawa, ON), who has committed to attend the University of Ottawa next fall and Diana Lee (170-G-93) (North Vancouver, B.C.), who spent one week this year training with the SWNT.

Also making the team is Nirra Fields (173-G-93) (Lachine, QC), who played last summer for the CWNT at the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship for Women in France.

I am very excited to compete on the international level for the third year in a row, said Fields. Its always a privilege to wear the red and white and I am confident our team will represent Canada with pride.

Fields led the tournament in scoring with 22.4 points per game, which marked the first time a Canadian female has ever led a FIBA World Championship event in scoring. According to ESPNU, she is ranked the fourth best guard and 13th best overall prospect in the class of 2012. She will attend Mater Dei High School for her senior season in California next fall.

Attached are the JWNT final roster and preliminary round schedule for the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women

For more information on Team Canada and the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship, please visit http://basketball.ca or http://chile2011.fiba.com.

2011 JUNIOR WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER
# Name, Position, Height, Hometown, School
12 Wumi Agunbiade F/A 62 Pickering, ON Duquesne University (NCAA)
15 Sophie Beaudry (193-C-94) P/C 63 Chambly, QC Collge Notre-Dame de Lourdes
11 Paige Crozon (186-F-94) F/A 61 Humboldt, SK Humboldt Collegiate Institute
9 Nirra Fields G 510 Lachine, QC Oak Hill Academy, VA
4 Diana Lee G 57 North Vancouver, CB Boise State University (NCAA)
8 Megan Lukan G 57 Barrie, ON University of Wisconsin Green Bay (NCAA)
14 Katherine Plouffe F/A 63 Edmonton, AB Marquette University (NCAA)
13 Michelle Plouffe F/A 63 Edmonton, AB University of Utah (NCAA)
6 Isidora Purkovic (180-G/F-93) G 511 Calgary, AB Western Canada High School
7 Kellie Ring G 59 Ottawa, ON Louis Riel High School
5 Korissa Williams (175-G-92) G 59 Amhertsburg, ON University of Windsor (CIS)
10 Kristjana Young (183-G) F/A 60 North Vancouver, BC University of British Columbia (CIS)

2011 JUNIOR WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM STAFF
Name, Position, Hometown
Richard Chambers Head Coach, Port Moody, BC
Donna Branch Assistant Coach, Lethbridge, AB
Chantal Vallee Assistant Coach, Windsor, ON
Patrice Pepin Physiotherapist/ Quebec City, QC
Sarah Barnes Team Manager.Toronto, ON
Jessica Butler Team Doctor Ottawa, ON
Denise Dignard Head of Delegation Toronto, ON

Date, Time, Opponent, Result
July 21, 2011 11:15 am ET (11h15 CLT) China
July 22, 2011 9:00 am ET (09h00 CLT) Egypt
July 23, 2011 6:00 pm ET (18h00 CLT) Italy

Courtesy of www.basketball.ca


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El Caja Rural Zamarat add Lisa Karcic - by Eurobasket News
El Caja Rural Zamarat add Lisa Karcic (182-F-86, college: Villanova) for 2011/2012 season. The player recently participated for the Croatian National team at the European Championships. In her top game she nailed 9 points against Latvia. Zane Eglite made a shot for Latvia in the end of the game, while Lisa Karcic hit the three and Croatia took the lead. Croatia won this game 84:75.
Lisa Karcic started her career in 2005-2006 for Villanova (NCAA) and in 29 games averaged 4.1ppg, 2.9rpg. In her last season there she avearged 6.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 31.0%, 3Pts: 26.9%, FT: 77.1%. In 2009-2010 moved to K.V. Imperial AEL Limassol (A1), while last season started for Kerava Energia Team (Finland-D1, starting five). In 22 games she became the fifth top-scorer with 18.6ppg, Reb-4 (12.1rpg), Assists-3 (3.3apg), Steals-1 (5.5spg), FGP: 40.9%, 3PT: 24.2%, FT: 72.6%. In March 2011 moved to Keflavik (Iceland-Express League, starting five) and in 4 games had 10.8ppg, 12.8rpg, 2.5apg, 4.5spg, 3.0bpg.
El Caja Rural Zamarat earlier announced Gema Garcia (167-PG-88), Mariona Ortiz (183-G-92), Alba Garcia, Aja Parham (183-G/F-84, college: Boston Coll.), Alba Miguel (170-F-89), Lisa Karcis, Taru Tuukannen and Daira Varas (193-C-89).




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  DENMARK - Women  


News from Falcon - by Eurobasket News
Falcon has named new head coach. The team has agreed on terms of contract with Steffen Lund. Falcon also brought in Michael Palitang as assistant coach.
Falcon also renewed the contract of Jessica Fuller (193-C-87, college: Hofstra). The 23-year-old centre tipped off her pro career in Denmark last season. She had an impressive season with Falcon. Jessica Fuller posted 15.6 points, 12.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 3.1 blocks per game in Dameligaen. Eurobasket.com named Jessica Fuller All-Danish League Defensive Player of the Year. She also made it into Danish League All-Imports Team. The centre graduated from Hofstra University back in 2010.



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  ESTONIA - Women  


U20 Belgium keeps U20 Estonia winless, advances to QFinals in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News
U20 ESTONIA - U20 BELGIUM 60-73

Belgium booked a spot for the Quarterfinals in Ohrid. They handed 73-60 loss to Estonia finishing as No.4 of Group B with 2-3 record. Belgium will meet Sweden in the Quarterfinals. Estonia on the other side, finished as the last ranked team in this pool. They have 0-5. Jana Raman (186-F-91) came up with 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Noemie Mayombo (171-PG-91, agency: LBM Management) and Nele Poffyn (173-G-91) netted 17 points each. In Estonia, Maaja Bratka (190-F/C-92) was better than the others with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Mailis Pokk (185-F/C-92) (8 rebs) and Birgit Piibur (160-PG-94) (5 rebs) added 13 and 10 points respectively. Quarters: 18-21, 10-16, 11-16, 21-20. All Quarterfinals games will be played on Friday.

Estonia: Maaja Bratka 17+6 boards, Mailis Pokk 13+8 boards, Birgit Piibur 10+5 boards
Belgium: Jana Raman 22+6 boards, Noemie Mayombo 17, Nele Poffyn 17


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20 - Women  


W-Standings - Group A
Standings
Group E
1. Russia4-1
2. Serbia3-2
3. Poland3-2
4. Ukraine3-2
5. Lithuania1-4
6. Turkey1-4
Group F
1. Spain5-0
2. France3-2
3. Italy3-2
4. U.Kingdom2-3
5. Latvia1-4
6. Holland1-4
Group Places 13-16
1. Germany2-0
2. Slovakia2-0
3. Romania0-2
4. Belarus0-2


Standings Div.B (Women) - by Eurobasket News
Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Sweden4-0
2. Portugal3-1
3. Hungary2-2
4. Bulgaria1-3
5. FYR Macedo.0-4
Group B
1. Czech Rep.5-0
2. Greece4-1
3. Israel3-2
4. Belgium2-3
5. Austria1-4
6. Estonia0-5


Stats Leaders (Women)
Points Per Game
 Alina IAGUPOVA
  (181-G-92)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Iagupova, UKR17.2 
 2. Greinacher, GER16.8 
 3. Krnjic, SRB16.3 
 4. Malashenko, UKR15.3 
 5. Misiuk, POL14.2 
 6. Tarasova, RUS14.0 
 7. Niedola, LAT13.8 
 8. Okockyte, LTU13.8 
 9. Yavas, TUR13.3 
 10. Tava, ITA13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Monika GRIGALAUSKYTE
  (187-F-92)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Grigalauskyt., LTU14.7 
 2. Ural, TUR12.3 
 3. Krnjic, SRB12.0 
 4. Van Grinsven, NED11.3 
 5. Malashenko, UKR11.0 
 6. Niedola, LAT10.5 
 7. Vitola, LAT10.3 
 8. Tarasova, RUS9.3 
 9. Minte, FRA9.0 
 10. Oroszova, SVK8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Alina IAGUPOVA
  (181-G-92)
  Avg: 5
 1. Iagupova, UKR5.0 
 2. Zietara, POL3.3 
 3. Colic, SRB3.3 
 4. Ortiz, ESP3.2 
 5. Kuras, POL3.2 
 6. Panevina, RUS3.0 
 7. Niedola, LAT3.0 
 8. Rodriguez Ma., ESP2.8 
 9. Yavas, TUR2.8 
 10. Brunckhorst, GER2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Queralt CASAS
  (180-G-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Casas, ESP2.8 
 2. Mistygacz, POL2.7 
 3. Butter, NED2.7 
 4. Markovic, SRB2.5 
 5. Matsko, UKR2.5 
 6. Nizamova, RUS2.3 
 7. Tognalini, ITA2.3 
 8. Takmaz, TUR2.3 
 9. Ble, ESP2.3 
 10. Bestagno, ITA2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Ella CLARK
  ENG
  (190-F-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Clark, ENG2.0 
 2. Vitola, LAT1.7 
 3. Fagbenle, ENG1.6 
 4. Iagupova, UKR1.5 
 5. Greinacher, GER1.5 
 6. Van Grinsven, NED1.3 
 7. Tarasova, RUS1.3 
 8. Malashenko, UKR1.2 
 9. Eustache, FRA1.2 
 10. Mistygacz, POL1.2 


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  FYR MACEDONIA - Women  


U20 Hungary goes to Quarterfinals in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News
U20 FYR MACEDONIA - U20 HUNGARY 51-62

Hungary closed Preliminary Round in Ohrid with victory. They outplayed host of U20 EuroBasket Division B 62-51 for 2-2 record in Group A. Hungary ended as third ranked team in this pool and will meet No.2 of Group B (Greece or Czech Republic). FYROM is winless with 0-5 record. Reka Balint (182-F-91) once again shined for Hungary collecting 19 points and 10 rebounds. Bettina Szabo (168-G-92) had 15 points, while Flora Szabo (188-F-92) added 12 pts and 12 rebounds. Vanesa Vasilevska (180-F-92) came up with 19 points and 9 rebounds in defeat. Their second scorer was Arin Agic (176-G-93) (6 rebs) with 13 pts. Quarters: 9-18, 13-16, 16-16, 13-12. Quarterfinals are scheduled for Friday. FYROM will continue in Classification Round.

FYROM: Vanesa Vasilevska 19+9 boards, Arin Agic 13+6 boards
Hungary: Reka Balint 19+10 boards, Bettina Szabo 15, Flora Szabo 12+12 boards


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  HUNGARY - Women  


U20 Hungary goes to Quarterfinals in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News
U20 FYR MACEDONIA - U20 HUNGARY 51-62

Hungary closed Preliminary Round in Ohrid with victory. They outplayed host of U20 EuroBasket Division B 62-51 for 2-2 record in Group A. Hungary ended as third ranked team in this pool and will meet No.2 of Group B (Greece or Czech Republic). FYROM is winless with 0-5 record. Reka Balint (182-F-91) once again shined for Hungary collecting 19 points and 10 rebounds. Bettina Szabo (168-G-92) had 15 points, while Flora Szabo (188-F-92) added 12 pts and 12 rebounds. Vanesa Vasilevska (180-F-92) came up with 19 points and 9 rebounds in defeat. Their second scorer was Arin Agic (176-G-93) (6 rebs) with 13 pts. Quarters: 9-18, 13-16, 16-16, 13-12. Quarterfinals are scheduled for Friday. FYROM will continue in Classification Round.

FYROM: Vanesa Vasilevska 19+9 boards, Arin Agic 13+6 boards
Hungary: Reka Balint 19+10 boards, Bettina Szabo 15, Flora Szabo 12+12 boards


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  ISRAEL - Women  


U20 Israel hands 68-52 loss to U20 Austria, heads to Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
U20 ISRAEL - U20 AUSTRIA 68-52

Israel celebrated in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Ohrid. They outplayed Austria 68-52 ending as No.3 of Group B with 3-2 record. It means that Israel will meet Portugal in the Quarterfinals. On the other side, Austria finished as No.5 in this pool with 1-4 score. Bar Galinski (185-F-92) shined for the winners with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Hadar Gutin (182-F/G-91) and Eloisa Katz (182-F/C-91) helped with 13 points each. In the loosing squad, Milena Lazarevic (178-G/F-91) delivered 13 pts and Kata Takacs (184-F-91) had 10 points, plus 6 boards. Julia Koppl (187-F/C-91) collected 9 points and 9 rebs. Quarters: 19-11, 16-16, 19-13, 14-12. Quarterfinals games are scheduled for Friday.

Israel: Bar Galinski 21+11 boards, Hadar Gutin 13, Eloisa Katz 13
Austria: Milena Lazarevic 13, Kata Takacs 10+6 boards, Julia Koppl 9+9 boards


ASHDOD SIGN PLENETTE PIERSON ! - by Gil Goshen

Maccabi Ashdod ( 2nd place last season ) who will play in the Eurocup this season sign
Plenette Pierson from the New York Liberty.
Coach Edny Dagan will continue with the team for the second season.
Tali Kriaff will be the new President.

2010: Tulsa Shock (WNBA): 8 games: 12.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 54.7%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 85.7%, in June signed at New York Liberty (WNBA, starting five): 30 games: 9.2ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 79.4%
2010-2011: Tarsus Belediyesi (Turkey-TKBL, starting five): 24 games: Score-5 (17.0ppg), 8.0rpg, 1.7apg, 1.8spg, Blocks-5 (1.3bpg), FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 68.8%
2011: New York Liberty (WNBA, starting five)
Plenette Pierson (188-F/C-81, college: Texas Tech)


ASHDOD SIGN DORI MEIRAV ! - by Gil Goshen


Meirav Dori , the Israeli national small forward who played
for Electra Ramat Hasharon decided to awitch to Maccabi Ashdod
( after playing for them 4 years ).
Dori who has a dual passports - Israeli and Austrian well known for her shooting from the 3 points and her defence.

2009-2010: A.S. Ramat Hasharon Electra (Israel-D1, starting five): 29 games: 10.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.1apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 46.6%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 71.2%
2010-2011: A.S. Ramat Hasharon Electra (Israel-D1, starting five): 20 games: 10.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 37.2%, 3PT: 40.8%, FT: 66.7%
Meirav Dori (178-F-86)


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  ITALY - Women  


Slovenia U19 wins Torneo di Cavalese opener - by Eurobasket News
Italy U19-Slovenia U19 52:54 OT

Slovenia U19 wins Torneo di Cavalese opener beating the hosts in overtime. The Slovenian team needed 54:52 thriller victory to start with the positive game.
After some friendly victories in Cavalese over the Italian side, Slovenia had a successful start in the tournament. Italy U19 started with 11-7 in the opening period, but Slovenia replied with 13-8 in the second period. Italy won the third frame 12-7 and had 4-point advantage after three quarters. Slovenia U19 needed 15-11 to tie the score after four quarters. In overtime the guests produced 12-10 to seal the victory.
Tjasa Gortnar (185-F-92) stepped up with 18 points for the winners, while Nika Baric (169-G-92) netted 12. Nina Gabrovsek (168-G-94) and Eva Rupnik (177-G-92) scored 5 apiece and Abramovic netted 4. Giulia Maffenini (174-G-92) replied with 13 points in the losing effort. Formica (189-F/C-93) scored 7 and Zanus Fortes added 6.
Both teams will also play Russia U19 before heading to Chile.

Italy U19: Giulia Maffenini 13, Formica 7, Zanus Fortes 6
Slovenia U19: Tjasa Gortnar 18 points, Nika Baric 12, Nina Gabrovsek 5, Eva Rupnik 5



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  NCAA1 - Women  


Big East selects Hartford - by Eurobasket News
The Big East Conference has agreed to further its partnership with the XL Center, through the 2012-2013 basketball season.

The Big East Womens Basketball Championship has led the nation in attendance since it moved to the XL Center beginning with the 2004 event.

The 2012 Big East Womens Basketball Championship will be held March 2-6 and the 2013 Championship will be hosted in Hartford March 8-12. All 16 Big East teams will compete in the womens basketball championship in 2012, with the winner earning the conferences automatic NCAA Tournament bid.

Connecticut defeated Notre Dame in the Big East Tournament championship game last season, and both advanced to the Final Four. Notre Dame defeated Connecticut in the national semifinals before falling to Texas A&M in the national championship.

Courtesy of www.southbendtribune.com


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  POLAND - Women  


Utex Row Rybnik keeps scorer Rebecca Harris - by Eurobasket News
Utex Row Rybnik is very active these days. After signing of Alexis Rack (170-G-88, college: Mississippi St.), the Polish outfit managed to extend deal with Rebecca Harris (176-G-86, college: Illinois) for the next season. Harris joined the club last summer from Olympiakos Volou. She appeared 23 times in PLKK averaging 14.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.9 steals. Harris ended the competition as the fourth best scorer. Eurobasket awarded her with All-Polish PLKK Honorable Mention -11. In 2009/10 with Olympiakos, Rebbeca Harris had 15.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.5 apg and 1.8 spg for 13 games in Greece. Before that, she spent one season with Sparta Praha. There, Harris also shined with 17 ppg, 5.8 rpg and 1.6 apg. She was named Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. D1 2nd Team -09 and also Eurobasket.com Czech Rep. D1 All-Imports Team -09. Rebecca Harris is a product of the University of Illinois, where she graduated three years ago.

Utex Row add Alexis Rack - by Eurobasket News
Utex Row continued to bolster their roster. They have recently agreed on terms of contract with Alexis Rack (170-G-88, college: Mississippi St.). The 22-year-old guard spent the last season in Turkey. Alexis Rack played for Samsun in TKBL. Her stats read 3.8 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists in five appearances. She left the team in December. Alexis Rack graduated from Mississippi State University back in 2010. The guard posted 17.5 points, 4.7 assists, 3.1 boards and 2.2 steals per game in her senior season. Alexis Rack made it into All-SEC 1st Team. She was then picked by the San Antonio Silver Stars in 3rd Round of WNBA Draft.


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Slovenia U19 wins Torneo di Cavalese opener - by Eurobasket News
Italy U19-Slovenia U19 52:54 OT

Slovenia U19 wins Torneo di Cavalese opener beating the hosts in overtime. The Slovenian team needed 54:52 thriller victory to start with the positive game.
After some friendly victories in Cavalese over the Italian side, Slovenia had a successful start in the tournament. Italy U19 started with 11-7 in the opening period, but Slovenia replied with 13-8 in the second period. Italy won the third frame 12-7 and had 4-point advantage after three quarters. Slovenia U19 needed 15-11 to tie the score after four quarters. In overtime the guests produced 12-10 to seal the victory.
Tjasa Gortnar (185-F-92) stepped up with 18 points for the winners, while Nika Baric (169-G-92) netted 12. Nina Gabrovsek (168-G-94) and Eva Rupnik (177-G-92) scored 5 apiece and Abramovic netted 4. Giulia Maffenini (174-G-92) replied with 13 points in the losing effort. Formica (189-F/C-93) scored 7 and Zanus Fortes added 6.
Both teams will also play Russia U19 before heading to Chile.

Italy U19: Giulia Maffenini 13, Formica 7, Zanus Fortes 6
Slovenia U19: Tjasa Gortnar 18 points, Nika Baric 12, Nina Gabrovsek 5, Eva Rupnik 5



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  SPAIN - Women  


Club D.Baloncesto Aros Leon sign Farah Suarez and Virginia Martinez - by Eurobasket News
Club D.Baloncesto Aros Leon sign Farah Suarez (195-C/F-92) and Virginia Martinez (87) for the next season. In 2008-2009 Farah Suarez joined Gran Canaria La Caja de Canarias (LFB) and in EuroCup played in two games. In 2009-2010 for Gran Canaria La Caja de Canarias (LFB) averaged 2.0ppg, 1.6rpg in EuroCup, while in Spanish League after 7 games had 0.3ppg. The last season the Spanish Power Forward played for Arranz-Jopisa Burgos (LF2).
Virginia Martinez is an Argentinian player who was noticed in 2007-2008 for Temperley (Liga Nacional).
The team also announced keeping Marta Gines (183-G-85) and Natalia Lopez (171-PG-93). In 2009-2010 Marta Gines played for Socinsa Bembibre PDM (LF2, starting five) and in 42 games averaged 10.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.2apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 49%, 3PT: 34%, FT: 76%. In 2010-2011 she joined Club D.Baloncesto Aros Leon (LF2, starting five). Natalia Lopez joined the squad in 2008-2009 and last season averaged 2009-2010 8.6ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 37%, 3PT: 31%, FT: 78%.




El Caja Rural Zamarat add Lisa Karcic - by Eurobasket News
El Caja Rural Zamarat add Lisa Karcic (182-F-86, college: Villanova) for 2011/2012 season. The player recently participated for the Croatian National team at the European Championships. In her top game she nailed 9 points against Latvia. Zane Eglite made a shot for Latvia in the end of the game, while Lisa Karcic hit the three and Croatia took the lead. Croatia won this game 84:75.
Lisa Karcic started her career in 2005-2006 for Villanova (NCAA) and in 29 games averaged 4.1ppg, 2.9rpg. In her last season there she avearged 6.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 31.0%, 3Pts: 26.9%, FT: 77.1%. In 2009-2010 moved to K.V. Imperial AEL Limassol (A1), while last season started for Kerava Energia Team (Finland-D1, starting five). In 22 games she became the fifth top-scorer with 18.6ppg, Reb-4 (12.1rpg), Assists-3 (3.3apg), Steals-1 (5.5spg), FGP: 40.9%, 3PT: 24.2%, FT: 72.6%. In March 2011 moved to Keflavik (Iceland-Express League, starting five) and in 4 games had 10.8ppg, 12.8rpg, 2.5apg, 4.5spg, 3.0bpg.
El Caja Rural Zamarat earlier announced Gema Garcia (167-PG-88), Mariona Ortiz (183-G-92), Alba Garcia, Aja Parham (183-G/F-84, college: Boston Coll.), Alba Miguel (170-F-89), Lisa Karcis, Taru Tuukannen and Daira Varas (193-C-89).




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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


Virgin Islands Women U17 team off to Gurabo. - by David Edole
The Women's U17 Centrobasket will be played on July 13-17 and in the Fernando 'Rube' Hernandez Coliseum in Gurabo, Puerto Rico. The Virgin
Islands is in Group B with host team Puerto Rico, Bahamas and Guatemala. Group A consists of Mexico, Dominican Republic, and Cayman Islands. To follow the team log on to
http://www.gurabocentrobasket2011.com/

The Roster Below:
Edidiong Utibe, Antilles
Shaquna Foy, Antilles
Merrisa Murphy, Charlotte Amalie
Kayshaunna Williams, Charlotte Amalie
Jerusha Corbett, Charlotte Amalie
Germequa Bell, Charlotte Amalie
Kristine Edney, Central High
Raemisha Claxton, Central High
J'lene Martinez, Central High
Kadesha Barry, Central High
Cha'vante Marsh, All Saints
T'Ana Matthew, Boyd Anderson

SCHEDULE
Wed Jul 13 @04:00 -
Caymand Islands Vs Dominicana
Wed Jul 13 @06:00 -
Guatemala Vs V. Islands
Wed Jul 13 @08:00 -
Opening Ceremony
Wed Jul 13 @08:30 -
Bahamas Vs Puerto Rico

Thu Jul 14 @16:00 -
Mexico Vs C Islands
Thu Jul 14 @18:00 -
V. Islands Vs Bahamas
Thu Jul 14 @20:00 -
Guatemala Vs P.Rico

Fri Jul 15 @04:00 -
Guatemala Vs Bahamas
Fri Jul 15 @06:00 -
Mexico Vs Dominicana
Fri Jul 15 @06:00 -
Mexico Vs Dominicana
Fri Jul 15 @08:00 -
P. Rico Vs V. Islands



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  USBA - Women  


International House of Pancakes joins the WUSBA family of sponsors - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga. (July 13, 2011)----- The Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) officials today announced a one year agreement with the International House of Pancake (IHOP), the international breakfast giant. The agreement includes name sponsorship of a WUSBA Half Time Promotion and inclusion in the basketball league season ticket promotions. IHOP will be included in a give-a-way program during homes games. This sponsorship will cover the leagues sixteen teams during the 2011 fall basketball season.

The inaugural basketball season of the WUSBA will feature IHOP as being a sponsor of the WUSBA All-Star Classic basketball game. The mid season showcase of top performers will be held at the Macon Centraplex in Macon, Georgia, which is scheduled to be held September 30, 2011 thru October 2, 2011. The agreement includes IHOPs participation at the WUSBA Championship Game on November 13, 2011. The game is also to be held in Macon.

'I'm a life-long sports fan,' said Kara Vonderhall, Regional Marketing Director, and International House of Pancakes. 'Being involved with this league is a great opportunity to provide a fun experience for families and basketball fans, while supporting the WUSBA youth programs, and what meal goes better with kids than pancakes and our tremendous array of scrumptious toppings and syrups.'

'IHOP is a strong addition to our program,' said Duane Allen Jenkins, President and C.E.O. 'With locations in sixteen cities and in eight states; we feel that IHOP will bring fun and excitement to our Half Time Promotions and our game gift card give-a-ways.'

IHOP will enhance its sponsorship of the game by providing customer promotions, including the chance to win a complimentary breakfast in the prize of the WUSBA SEASON TICKET EXTRAVAGANZA. The prizewinner will receive two roundtrip airfare to Miami, Florida, two roundtrip day cruises to the Grand Bahamas, overnight accommodations at the Holiday InterContintal, dinner for two at Outback Steakhouse, a one day rental car form Enterprise and breakfast for two at the International House of Pancakes. Two prizes are to be given away in each of the leagues sixteen cities. Gift cards and discount coupons as well as products, among other prizes will be awarded to fans throughout the season.
'We are very excited about this new alliance', said Jenkins. We look forward to running promotions with IHOP restaurants in our cities; this will enhance the basketball game experience and provide increased exposure for the WUSBA to the customers of IHOP.

'Great food and basketball are a natural combination, and our franchisees are eager to share the basketball experience with our customers,' said Ms. Vonderhall.

Many events are being planned in conjunction with the agreement, including an IHOP breakfast party on game day, awarded to the elementary students who make achievements in their classroom.

The agreement is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2012. Future collaborations are pending and will be negotiated when the current agreement expires.

About International House of Pancakes--IHOP is a United States based restaurant chain that specializes in breakfast foods served around the clock. The company is owned by DineEquity, Inc. The company has 1398 restaurants in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. IHOP was founded in 1958 in Toluca Lake, near Los Angeles, California.

About the Women's United States Basketball Association--The WUSBA is a womens professional basketball league. The season commences in early August 27, 2011and concludes on November 5, 2011. This league headquarters are based in Atlanta, Georgia. The WUSBA consist of sixteen team spread over eight southern states.




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  WNBA - Women  


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


Bryant wins debut as Sparks coach - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Sparks wasted no time in getting Joe Bryant a victory in his debut as their new coach.

Ticha Penicheiro (5'11''-G-74, college: ODU) scored 18 points and Los Angeles snapped a five-game losing streak with an 84-74 win over the San Antonio Silver Stars on Tuesday night.

The victory ended a five-game losing streak for the Sparks.

'It was not a monkey,' Pinicheiro said of ending the losing streak, 'it was an orangutan, a gorilla on our back.'

Bryant, Kobe's father, took over as coach of the Sparks (5-6) on Sunday after Jennifer Gillom was fired. Los Angeles had lost the first five games on their seven-game road trip, which ends Friday at Tulsa.

This is Bryant's second stint as coach of the Sparks. He previously coached them from August 2005 until the end of the 2006 season.

He showed some fire early on, getting a technical in the second quarter for a non-call.

'If I don't get them, they'll get them, and that'll throw them off their game,' he said.

During the third quarter, his shoot-first, ask-questions-later mindset helped loosen up the Sparks. After Kristi Toliver (5'7''-G-87, college: Maryland) turned the ball over, Bryant issued some advice from the sidelines: 'Shoot it,' he yelled repeatedly.

Toliver responded by burying a 3-pointer on the next possession.

'You can't be afraid to play,' Bryant said. 'Someone like Kristi Toliver, I'll take her out if she doesn't shoot the ball.'

The same advice went for Penicheiro, who scored a season high in her second game off the bench.

'She's always been known as a non-shooter, a passer,' Bryant said. 'I kind of gave her the green light, said 'If you don't shoot, I'm taking you out too.''

Sophia Young (6'1''-F-83, college: Baylor) scored 22 points for the Silver Stars (7-4), who have now lost three straight games. Danielle Adams added 16 points and eight rebounds for San Antonio.

The Sparks scored 49 points off the bench, led by Penicheiro. Natasha Lacy (5'10''-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: UTEP) added 13 and Jantel Lavender had 12. In the second quarter, only one Sparks starter DeLisha Milton-Jones played as they turned an eight-point deficit into a two-point lead.

The Sparks held Silver Stars star guard Becky Hammon (5'6''-G-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) to five points on 2-of-14 shooting. She missed all seven of her 3-point attempts.

'That happens sometimes when you get in a rough patch,' Hammon said. 'As (coach Dan) Hughes says, 'We get cold, we can get hot.''

Courtesy of The Associated Press


Bird scores 22, leads Storm past Mystics 79-71 - by Eurobasket News
It appears Sue Bird (5'9''-G-80, college: Connecticut) wants another player-of-the-week award.

One day after being named the WNBA's Western Conference Player of the Week, Bird scored 22 points, shooting 8-for-14 from the field, to lead the Seattle Storm to a 79-71 victory over the Washington Mystics on Tuesday afternoon.

Bird started out by knocking down her first three shots and added a couple free throws to help the Storm jump to a 17-7 advantage. She was the catalyst for an aggressive start by Seattle, which led 23-16 at the end of the first quarter.

But the Mystics didn't back down.

They outscored the Storm 21-20 in the second quarter and Seattle went into the locker room with a 43-37 advantage.

In the Storm's previous game, Sunday against the Los Angeles Sparks, Seattle used a dominating third-quarter run to put L.A. away. It appeared the Storm would do the same Tuesday, opening the quarter with a 6-0 blitz that put them ahead 49-37.

But again, the Mystics responded, led by some sharp shooting from beyond the 3-point line. Washington made four 3-pointers in the third quarter to stay within striking distance. Through three periods, the Mystics shot a blistering 9-for-14 from beyond the arc.

It was one of those games where we played a team that was not backing down, not letting up, Bird said. Every time we kind of got a little bit of a cushion, they came right back. It was a tough game, but a great win for us.

Inconsistent offense has been a problem for the Storm this season, but against the Mystics, it was the defense that faltered. Washington shot 51 percent from the field through three quarters.

In the fourth quarter, however, the Storm tightened up its defense, holding the Mystics to just 14 points to close out their fifth win in six games at home this season in front of a KeyArena crowd of 13,384 on hand for Kids' Day.

Fittingly, it was Bird who iced the game with a breakaway layup, assisted on a near full-court pass by Katie Smith.

I think tonight was a great team win, everybody at some point stepped up and made a big play, said Bird, who recorded her fourth 20-point game of the season. Whoever gets the points gets the points. T (Tanisha Wright) got some assists tonight, leading in assists, so that was good to see.

Wright topped the Storm with seven assists, a category in which Bird, the Storm's point guard, seldom finishes second to a teammate. Asked if she was a little jealous of Wright, Bird smiled. Maybe a little, she said.

Bird had help scoring the ball. Forward Swin Cash (6'2''-F-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Connecticut) scored 20 points and Camille Little (6'2''-F/G-85, college: N.Carolina) added 12. As a team, the Storm shot 28-for-56 (50 percent) for the game.

I was happy with how we played, we are getting better offensively, Storm coach Brian Agler said. I wish we could have been a little more balanced in scoring, but I have always said you have to take what they give you.

Added Cash: I was really happy with our effort tonight, especially at home. For us getting back here, getting the wins in the Key was really important and now we go on the road and try to steal some.

The Storm (7-4) travel to San Antonio today to face the Silver Stars on Thursday The Silver Stars led the Western Conference until Tuesday, plummeting to fourth with a 84-74 loss to the Los Angeles Sparks..It is the first game of a three-game road trip that takes the Storm to San Antonio, Minnesota and Chicago.

It's going to be a tough stretch, Bird said.

Courtesy of www.heraldnet.com


Q&A: Progress of WNBA pleases league president - by Eurobasket News
Laurel Richie, who has a three-decade career in marketing, took over in mid-May as the president of the WNBA. She arrived Tuesday in Indianapolis to meet with Indiana Fever management and attend this afternoon's Eastern Conference showdown between the first-place Fever (9-3) and second-place Connecticut Sun (6-4).

Richie, 52, a Dartmouth graduate and native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, is the first black president of a major sports league. She was most recently senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Girl Scouts of the USA. She discussed a variety of topics with The Star on Tuesday.

Question: Is there anything you can do to counteract persistent skepticism about a league that has been around for 15 years?

Answer: The truth is that all of our metrics are heading in the right direction. Sponsorships are up. Ticket renewals are at an all-time high. We are coming off of four years of increases in attendance, and this year looks like it's going to continue that trend.

Q: You come from a marketing background rather than sports. How has that benefited you, and how has that put you at a disadvantage?

A: (There are) two things I hope to bring to the position. One is my background in marketing and branding and communications. According to (NBA deputy commissioner) Adam Silver and (commissioner) David Stern, that's what's needed in the president at this stage in the WNBA's growth. The second thing I bring is a fan's perspective. I have really enjoyed basketball. My dad was a (Cavaliers) season ticket holder for 30 years when I was growing up in Cleveland. So I'm a consumer of sports.

Q: Is expansion on the drawing board or imminent?

A: I would not rule out expansion down the road. I just don't have a time frame for that.

Q: Labor strife is in the news with NFL and NBA lockouts. When does the WNBA collective bargaining agreement expire?

A: It is 2013. Luckily for us, that process has gone fairly smoothly. I'm hoping 2013 will follow that trend.

Q: What has the regular ESPN2 presence done for the league? In July 2007, the WNBA signed an eight-year TV agreement running through 2016 that included rights fees.

A: Any time we can televise our games and give fans the opportunity to see it on television, it does two things. One, it helps us stay connected. And also being on television validates the sport and validates the league.

Q: Do you see more teams using Connecticut's model of an independent franchise? Or do you see a mix of independents and franchises owned by an NBA team, as with the Indiana Fever?

A: My guess is we'll continue to have a mix. Our goal is to have teams wherever there is a big enough fan base and an ownership team that is as passionate as the owners that we've got.

Q: Will there be another break in the season next year for the Olympic Games? Do such interruptions harm the league?

A: I think of it as an opportunity. What's really wonderful is the women of the WNBA are in very high demand when it comes around to the Olympics. That's just a proof point of the WNBA being the pinnacle of women's basketball. We're just in the process of mapping out the 2012 schedule, and we'll work very hard to make sure we accommodate the Olympics.

Q: Does interest in Women's World Cup soccer benefit the WNBA in teams of enhancing interest in women's team sports?

A: Any time the general public and sports-loving fans across the country see what women are capable of on the court and on the field, it sort of cross-pollinates a little bit. People start to really appreciate the athleticism when women, just like men, are at the pinnacle of their sport.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to elaborate on regarding the WNBA?

A: The thing I'm most excited about, and I think is sometimes undervalued or underappreciated, is the fact that we've been around for 15 years. We are the most stable women's professional sports league in the country. I think it's important for people to focus on that part of our story. The second thing is, we are really seeing the level of play at an all-time high.

Courtesy of www.indystar.com


Liberty adapt to new coach's style - by Eurobasket News
When John Whisenant took over as coach of the Liberty this season, he didn't expect his team to stumble to a 2-4 start. After all, this was a squad that had a franchise-best 22 wins last season and came within two games of the WNBA finals.

Perhaps the slow start was because the team needed to adjust to the new coach. Or that starting this season, their home games would be played in the Prudential Center in Newark while the Garden undergoes summer renovations.

Whatever the reason, the Liberty (7-5) appear to be back on track, having won three in a row and five of six.

'I'm a new coach, and I have a new system,' Whisenant said yesterday. 'There was an adjustment to that. We've still got stuff we have to improve on. We had seven of our first 11 games on the road, and that didn't help.'

'Stuff to improve on' may include the defense. Sunday, the Libs (7-5) allowed nearly 50 points in the first half before settling down, and holding Chicago to half of that in the second half of an 80-73 victory.

With a noon tip-off today against Atlanta, Whisenant is hoping his team is ready to go.

'I don't have an answer how our defense allowed 49 in the first and 24 in the second. There was just a different amount of effort and energy and alertness,' he said.

Atlanta (3-8) is a team which has three wins on the season, two of them versus the Liberty. The Dream is traveling in the opposite direction of the Liberty in the Eastern Conference standings after beating the Libs in the conference finals last year.

'We have to play better. Atlanta is very talented. They were Eastern Conference champions last year for a reason. They're scary now that they are getting [healthier],' Whisenant said.

For the Libs, it doesn't hurt having Cappie Pondexter, the Eastern Conference player of the week.

'Cappie is our star, and she gets the ball a lot. She's also in the top players in the league in assists, points, steals. I'm glad she is on my side,' Whisenant said. 'I've coached where she was on the other side, and I didn't like that.'

Courtesy of www.nypost.com


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Canada finalizes roster for 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship - by Eurobasket News
Canada Basketball is proud to announce the 12 athletes who will represent Canada this summer at the upcoming 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women which will take place from July 21 July 31, 2011 in Puerto Montt, Chile.

Our team is looking forward for the opportunity to represent Canada at the FIBA U19 World Championship, said Head Coach Richard Chambers. The team is full of international experience, which is important for a tournament of this stature. Our team has great talent and chemistry and we are focused on competing on the international stage.

The 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women will feature the best age-eligible players from around the world. Canada is one of 16 teams to qualify for the tournament and will face tough competition in the preliminary round as they have been assigned to Group A, which includes China, Egypt and Italy.

The Junior Womens National Team (JWNT) will begin play on July 21 against China, followed by Egypt on July 22, concluding preliminary round play on July 23 versus Italy. From there, the top three teams from each group will be divided into two groups and play three new teams from their group. The top eight teams from this round will move onto the quarter-finals.

This summer marks the ninth time that FIBA will host a world championship competition for this age group for women. It is the fifth time that Canada has qualified for this tournament and fourth time in a row (2005, 2007, and 2009). Canadas best finish was in 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand, when the JWNT lost to Argentina in the bronze medal game 58-51, claiming fourth place.

The JWNT roster consists of talent from coast to coast with no shortage of international experience. Of the 12 players, five of them are returning members of the JWNT; while five were a member of last summers Cadette Womens National Team (CWNT) that competed at the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship for Women.

Returning from last summers team include 2010 NCAA freshman standouts Michelle Plouffe (193-F-92) (Edmonton, AB), Katherine Plouffe (190-G/F-93) (Edmonton, AB), and Wumi Agunbiade (187-F) (Pickering, ON). Michelle Plouffe enjoyed her first year playing at the University of Utah, being named the Mountain West Conferences Freshman of the Year. She has spent time earlier this summer training with the Senior Womens National Team (SWNT) training and competing in Europe. Her twin sister, Katherine, was named to the BIG EASTs All-Freshman team at Marquette University; while Duquesne Universitys Agunbiade was the best freshman all season in the Atlantic-10 Conference, winning the Rookie of the Year award.

Other members from last years team include University of Wisconsin Green Bays Megan Lukan (170-G-92) (Barrie, ON), Kellie Ring (177-G-92) (Ottawa, ON), who has committed to attend the University of Ottawa next fall and Diana Lee (170-G-93) (North Vancouver, B.C.), who spent one week this year training with the SWNT.

Also making the team is Nirra Fields (173-G-93) (Lachine, QC), who played last summer for the CWNT at the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship for Women in France.

I am very excited to compete on the international level for the third year in a row, said Fields. Its always a privilege to wear the red and white and I am confident our team will represent Canada with pride.

Fields led the tournament in scoring with 22.4 points per game, which marked the first time a Canadian female has ever led a FIBA World Championship event in scoring. According to ESPNU, she is ranked the fourth best guard and 13th best overall prospect in the class of 2012. She will attend Mater Dei High School for her senior season in California next fall.

Attached are the JWNT final roster and preliminary round schedule for the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women

For more information on Team Canada and the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship, please visit http://basketball.ca or http://chile2011.fiba.com.

2011 JUNIOR WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER
# Name, Position, Height, Hometown, School
12 Wumi Agunbiade F/A 62 Pickering, ON Duquesne University (NCAA)
15 Sophie Beaudry (193-C-94) P/C 63 Chambly, QC Collge Notre-Dame de Lourdes
11 Paige Crozon (186-F-94) F/A 61 Humboldt, SK Humboldt Collegiate Institute
9 Nirra Fields G 510 Lachine, QC Oak Hill Academy, VA
4 Diana Lee G 57 North Vancouver, CB Boise State University (NCAA)
8 Megan Lukan G 57 Barrie, ON University of Wisconsin Green Bay (NCAA)
14 Katherine Plouffe F/A 63 Edmonton, AB Marquette University (NCAA)
13 Michelle Plouffe F/A 63 Edmonton, AB University of Utah (NCAA)
6 Isidora Purkovic (180-G/F-93) G 511 Calgary, AB Western Canada High School
7 Kellie Ring G 59 Ottawa, ON Louis Riel High School
5 Korissa Williams (175-G-92) G 59 Amhertsburg, ON University of Windsor (CIS)
10 Kristjana Young (183-G) F/A 60 North Vancouver, BC University of British Columbia (CIS)

2011 JUNIOR WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM STAFF
Name, Position, Hometown
Richard Chambers Head Coach, Port Moody, BC
Donna Branch Assistant Coach, Lethbridge, AB
Chantal Vallee Assistant Coach, Windsor, ON
Patrice Pepin Physiotherapist/ Quebec City, QC
Sarah Barnes Team Manager.Toronto, ON
Jessica Butler Team Doctor Ottawa, ON
Denise Dignard Head of Delegation Toronto, ON

Date, Time, Opponent, Result
July 21, 2011 11:15 am ET (11h15 CLT) China
July 22, 2011 9:00 am ET (09h00 CLT) Egypt
July 23, 2011 6:00 pm ET (18h00 CLT) Italy

Courtesy of www.basketball.ca


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WUBA Announce tryouts - by UBA media

The UBA has sent over 40 players overseas in just two seasons! Not only do their players move on to the next level, they all play well! Over 50% of the UBA players go to their mid-level countries & average the same numbers as they did in the UBA league. The WUBA now seeks to provide the same opportunity for women seeking to play overseas by providing a league of high level play for women who want to play at a high level stateside! www.ubabasket.com.

ALL interested players must register IMMEDIATELY & participate in the OPEN TRYOUTS that will be held on August 28, 2011. NO EXCEPTIONS! To guarantee your spot, a $25.00 non-refundable entry fee is required. Deadline for entry is August 7, 2011

Make the OPEN TRYOUTS to get invited back to the Invitational Tryouts! Only players making the OPEN TRYOUTS cuts will be invited. The INVITATIONAL ONLY TRYOUTS will be held on September 18, 2011. A $25.00 non-refundable entry fee is required. Deadline for entry is September 11, 2011

Make the INVITATIONAL cuts to be eligible for the WUBA draft. Draft eligible players entry fee is $100. DRAFT date: TBA

The WUBA 20 games (MINIMUM) season starts in December 2011.
EXPANSION FRANCHISES ARE FORMING!

For Registration Forms e-mail: WUBATryOuts@aol.com
Include your name, height, player position, and best contact number.

WUBA Ohio Tryouts will be August 20, 2011. For more info on WUBA Ohio please contact Floyd Brewer at coachfb07@yahoo.com.




WUBA announces first signing: Shantel Ragin - by UBA media
WUBA breaking news:
July 13, 2011

The GIE Lady Disciples announced the signing of Ukraine star Shantel Ragin (5'10''-G/F-87, agency: Promotex, college: Clayton St.). The 25-year-old forward-guard played in Ukraine last season. Ragin tallied 20.1 points, 10.6 boards, 2.2 assists and 1.6 steals per game in the UPBL with Dynamo-NPU Kyiv. She saved her best performance for the playoffs with a break out game of 34 points and 9 rebounds. In 2011 Ragin was named to the Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Import Player of the Year.

This is a very big deal, said WUBA Commissioner Jared Johnson. Ragin is one of the top players in euro this season and we are very excited about her being a Lady Disciples.

Shantel Ragin attended Clayton State University from 2006-2008. She her Laker career on the All-Peach Belt Conference 1st Team along with 3rd Team All-American honors.