EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/15/2011

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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


The staff has moved into the North of France - by Eurobasket
The technical staff of the Central Africa Federation of Basketball has taken up residence in the North of France mainly in Lille since July 4, 2011.

The first part of the delegation from Bangui, led by President Elvis Bomayako consisted of:

Guy Ngaissio, National Technical Director
Grard Ko, National Technical Director Assistant
Bruno Darlan, Assistant Coach
Mdard Koundja, Logistics

With four players from the championship which Bangui Salissou Kabara, Wilfried Loudoumon, Junior and Madozein Mbakoutou Bertrand, screening is expanding every day a little more.
For this first week, we noted the arrival of Michael Mokongo in Lille, Gotagni Martial, Max Kouguere, Guy Kodjo, Lionel and William Bomayako Kossangue.

Pending the arrival of players from the USA, Germany and France, the Coach Paco Gracia has already started the training program with Darlan assistant Bruno, Gerard Ko and CTO Guy Ngaissio. The first briefing will be made by the president of the federation live broadcast on the radio tongolo.com Monday, July 11, 2011 from 8:30 p.m. (Paris time).

Courtesy of FIBA Africa


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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


SAARC Division Qualifying Tournament - Semifinalists are known - by Eurobasket News
Group A
India - Sri Lanka 99:42
India clinched the top spot in SAARC Division Qualifying Tournament of the Middle Asia qualifiers for Fiba Asia Championship preliminary Group A. They overcame Sri Lanka to top the ladder in just two-teams group. India and Sri Lanka both advanced into the semifinal stage scheduled for tonight in New Delhi. Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (192-G-91) stepped up with 16 points to lead the hosts.
India stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. The hosts posted a 32:5 lead after ten minutes. Sri Lanka never came back to life as India rolled to a confident win at the end. Prakash Mishra (180-G/F-82) and Japdeep Singh (199-C-86) delivered 15 points each for the winners. Suran answered with 11 points for Sri Lanka. Senananyaka had 10 points in the loss.
India will now take on the winners of Banghladesh vs. Nepal clash in the semis.

India: Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 16, Prakash Mishra 15, Japdeep Singh 15
Sri Lanka: Suran 11, Senananyaka 10

Group B
Nepal - Bhutan 79:53

Nepal have reached the semifinal stage at SAARC Division Qualifying Tournament of the Middle Asia qualifiers for FIBA Asia Championship. Nepal overcame Bhutan in preliminary Group B opener to clinch the spot in the next round. Nepal will now take on Bangladesh to decide on the winner of the group. Sadish Pradhan stepped up with 21 points to lead the Nepal.
Nepal dominated from start to finish and deservedly recorded the victory at the end. Byangankar scored 18 points for Nepal. Binod Maharjan contributed 15 points for the winning side. Galden Chopel responded with 14 points for Bhutan. Tsher Phuntsho connected for 12 points in the loss.
Bhutan lost their second game at the tournament as well. They surrendered against Bangladesh 59:92 on the same day and got eliminated from the race.

Nepal: Sadish Pradhan 21, Byangankar 18, Binod Maharjan 15
Bhutan: Galden Chopel 14, Tsher Phuntsho 12

Bhutan - Bangladesh 59:92


First Results of the FIBA Asia - Mid Asia SAARC Region Qualifiers in India - by Kristian Santiago
Day One

Group A:
India 99-42 Sri Lanka

Group B:
Bhutan 59-92 Bangladesh
Nepal 79-53 Bhutan




Sri Lanka National Team for FIBA Mid Asia Qualifiers - by Kristian Santiago
Roster:

4 Vaheesan
5 Duke Sanjeewa Rajapakshe (176-G-76)
6 Praneet
7 Yasdratha
8 Kumara Pragheet
9 Chamath Danawansa (179-G-83)
10 Dilshan
11 Senaka
12 Jerome Faizal
13 Bandara
14 Hewa Fernando (180-G-82)
15 D.A. Sidath Senanayake (190-C-88)


Indian National Team in FIBA Mid Asia Qualifiers - by Kristian Santiago
Roster:

Sambhaji Kadam (179-G-80)
Amjyot Singh (203-C-92)
Hareesh Koroth (185-G-84)
Prakash Mishra (180-G/F-82)
Satnam Singh Bhamara
Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (192-G-91)
Amrit Pal Singh
Eudrick Pereira (196-F/C-88)
Trideep Rai (190-F-83)
Qureshi Riyazuddin (196-F-81)
Yadwinder Singh (198-C-86)
Japdeep Singh (199-C-86)

Coach: Kenny Natt


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  AUSTRALIA   


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. 36ers 0-0 
 2. Blaze 0-0 
 3. Breakers 0-0 
 4. Crocodiles 0-0 
 5. Hawks 0-0 
 6. Kings 0-0 
 7. Taipans 0-0 
 8. Tigers 0-0 
 9. Wildcats 0-0 


Crocs land import Elvin Mims - by Eurobasket News
Elvin Mims (196-G/F-79, college: S.Mississippi) is a new member of Townsville Crocodiles. The American G/F signed a deal for the upcoming NBL season. He arrives to Townsville from the Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry, which competed in IBL. He appeared 26 times for them last season averaging 13 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.4 blocks. He spent 2010 season with the same team. In the past, Mims played for the CBA team Yakima Sun Kings. He also has experience from Dodge City Legend (USBL), Nebraska Cranes (USBL) and KR Reykjavik. Mims is the first import signed by the Crocs for 2011/12.
'Elvin is a big game player. He took us to a Championship three out of four finals from 2006-2009, as a starting five player. Hes the type of player that likes the pressure of the finals, and after the Crocs agonizing finish last year, hes going to be the guy that closes out games for the Crocs in 2011/12', said coach Paul Woolpert (agency: SportsTalent ) for www.nbl.com.au




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  AUSTRIA   


U20: Greece burst out late to silence Austria - by Eurobasket News
Greece U20 - Austria U20 69:51

Greece registered the victory in the U20 European Championship opener. The Hellenes overcame pesky Austria in Group C. Greece erupted for 28 points in the fourth quarter to tame their opponents. Sokratis Psaropoulos (191-PG-92, agency: FCM) and Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (206-F-92) accounted for 16 points apiece in the victory.
Mares and Jozo Rados (203-C-93) teamed up to give Austria a dreamy start. The Division A newcomers posted a 16:4 lead early in the game. Austria stayed in charge and recorded a 21:18 lead after ten minutes. Greece erased the deficit and surged ahead 30:29 midway through the second term. But Austria capped the half with five points in a row to post a 34:30 advantage. Austria did not allow Greece to deny the deficit as they entered the fourth term up by two points 43:41. But Greece finally shook off sloppiness in the final term. The Hellenes unleashed 28 points in the period and rallied to a confident win at the end. Spyridon Motsenigos (194-G/F-92) netted 11 points in the winning effort. Anton Maresch (192-G-91) replied with 15 points for Austria. Jozo Rados notched 13 points in the loss.

Greece U20: Sokratis Psaropoulos 16, Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos 16, Spyridon Motsenigos 11
Austria U20: Anton Maresch 15, Jozo Rados 13



Austrian U18 National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
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Timur Bas
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Luka Gvozden
Gvozden
Vladimir Ljesevic
Ljesevic
Markus Strohmayer
Strohmayer
Gregor Wilk
Wilk
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Timur Bas 195-C-94 Dornbirn Austria
Luka Gvozden 182-G-93 Danube City Austria
Vladimir Ljesevic 197-F-93 Kapfenberg Austria
Markus Strohmayer 195-F-93 LZ NO Sud Austria
Gregor Wilk 178-G-93 LZ NO Sud Austria
Albert Ngoy 178-G-93 Kapfenberg Austria
Alexander Oblak 182-G-93 St.Polten Austria
Patrick Kolb 196-F-94 Wels Austria
Stefan Popovics 193-F-93 Oberwart Austria
Nizar Kapic 188-G/F-92 St.Polten Austria
Luca Springer Klosterneub. Austria
Thomas Knor 195-F-94 Gussing Austria
Valentin Bauer 170-G-94 Klosterneub. Austria

Dietmar Sollner Head Coach Wels Austria


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  AZERBAIJAN   


Portugal march past Azerbaijan in exhibition clash - by Eurobasket News
Portugal eased past Azerbaijan in the exhibition game in Istanbul, Turkey. Joao Santos (205-C-79, college: Nevada) scored 15 points to lead Portugal to an 85:48 victory at the end. The teams stayed close throughout the first half. Portugal secured just a five-point lead at halftime 37:32. But the things changed drastically in the second half. Portugal limited their opponents to only 16 points and ran away to a comfortable win at the end. Fernando Sousa (192-F/G-81) and Tomas Barroso (180-G-90) stepped up with 11 points each. Jose Costa (187-G-73) and Elvis Evora (205-C-78) contributed 8 points apiece in the winning effort. Portugal will next face Albania. Azerbaijan will play against Tunisia in another friendly clash.


Gran Canaria keeps Spencer Nelson - by Eurobasket News
Gran Canaria announced signing of a one-year contract extension with Spencer Nelson (203-F-80, college: Utah St.). The American/Azerbaijan forward joined the club last summer from Peristeri. He appeared 33 times in ACB last season averaging 6.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2 assists. He also added 7.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 1.8 apg for 12 EuroCup games.
Season 2009/10, Spencer Nelson started with the Utah Jazz, but he did not appear in any official game. In December of 2009, Nelson moved to Greece signing a deal with Peristeri. For 21 games in A1 he registered 8.1 ppg and 4 rpg. Before Aris, Nelson played for Aris averaging 9.4 ppg and 7.3 rpg. He also has experience from Benetton and Bamberg. Spencer Nelson received Azerbaijan citizenship in 2010 and he is regular member of their National Team.


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  BELARUS   


U20: Belgium stun the team from Belarus in KSC Ilidja Gym - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U20-Belarus U20 76:50

Belgium stun the team from Belarus in KSC Ilidja Gym at the start of the European Championship in Division B. Belgium U20 needed 76:50 to start with the confident victory.
It was a slow start as both teams tried not to make any major mistakes in the beginning. They both nailed 8 points in the opening period and then Belgium needed 19-16 in the second frame for 27:24 at the halftime. The third quarter was decisive in the game as the favorites produced 31-12 to seal the victory. They also finished with 18-14 in the last frame for the final result. Thibaut Boxus (91) was the last to score for Belgium from the perimeter.
Dennis Donkor (194-G/F-91) poured in 20 points to lead the charge, whilst Pierre-Antoine Gillet (202-F-91) netted 15. Terry Deroover (180-G-91) posted 10 and Obasohan Ojomoh (183-F/G-93) added 8. Vitali Liutych (198-G/F-92) answered with 19 points in the losing effort and Genniadiy Zakhar (193-G-92) scored 7.

Belgium U20: Dennis Donkor 20, Pierre-Antoine Gillet 15, Terry Deroover 10, Obasohan Ojomoh 8
Belarus U20: Vitali Liutych 19, Genniadiy Zakhar 7




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  BELGIUM   


Leuven Transfer News - by Peter Buyse
Passe Partout Leuven Bears has finalized its roster for the 2011-2012 season with the signing of American forward Jamel McLean (203-F-88, college: Xavier).
McLean played he past 3 seasons for Xavier which made it to the NCAA tournament the last 3 years. He started his college career at Tulsa in 06-07.
Jamel lead Xavier in rebounding during his junior and senior years. The past season he averaged 8.4 rpg, 3rd best in the Atlantic 10 conference.
During the 2010-2011 season he also averaged 10.5 ppg in 31 games. Over his 4 year career he had a field goal average of 54pct.

His senior year earned him 3rd team All Atlantic 10 honors.




U20: Belgium stun the team from Belarus in KSC Ilidja Gym - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U20-Belarus U20 76:50

Belgium stun the team from Belarus in KSC Ilidja Gym at the start of the European Championship in Division B. Belgium U20 needed 76:50 to start with the confident victory.
It was a slow start as both teams tried not to make any major mistakes in the beginning. They both nailed 8 points in the opening period and then Belgium needed 19-16 in the second frame for 27:24 at the halftime. The third quarter was decisive in the game as the favorites produced 31-12 to seal the victory. They also finished with 18-14 in the last frame for the final result. Thibaut Boxus (91) was the last to score for Belgium from the perimeter.
Dennis Donkor (194-G/F-91) poured in 20 points to lead the charge, whilst Pierre-Antoine Gillet (202-F-91) netted 15. Terry Deroover (180-G-91) posted 10 and Obasohan Ojomoh (183-F/G-93) added 8. Vitali Liutych (198-G/F-92) answered with 19 points in the losing effort and Genniadiy Zakhar (193-G-92) scored 7.

Belgium U20: Dennis Donkor 20, Pierre-Antoine Gillet 15, Terry Deroover 10, Obasohan Ojomoh 8
Belarus U20: Vitali Liutych 19, Genniadiy Zakhar 7




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  BOSNIA   


U20 starts wins against Iceland after a thriller - by Nedzad Kladusak
The Bosnian U20 celebrated in it s first official match a very sweet victory against Iceland.
BIH started very nervous having problems against the quick and very precisley shooting Icelandics.
Iceland led the score since Bosnians despite excellent their excellent rebounding struggled to capitalize the
free-throws the have been awarded. Both teams had also many many turnovers which could be very costy in games against teams like Israel. Ranko Ivic shot disastrous1/10 from the charity line. In the third quarter Iceland managed to establish a 12 point lead
but thanks to Dino Begagic (193-G-92) BIH managed to come back ath the end of the third quarter. Slowly the deeper bosnian bench began to show its impact. Icelandic players Eriksson, the excellent Palsson and Tomasson have been fouled out and the Bosnians converted their freethrows. Oskarsson buried a threepointer only four seconds before the end but Mirza Bulic (204-F-92) calmly converted his freethrows securing the first bosnian victory of the EC in Sarajevo.


Bosnian U16 National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Bojan Lulic 95 Zlatorog C. Slovenia
Davor Karamatic 95 Capljina Bosnia
Adi Zahiragic 186-PG-95 Bosna Bosnia
Dejan Ivkovic 95 Hercegovac Bosnia
Djordje Kelecevic 96 Rookie Bosnia
Ivo Karic 96 Akad.N.Vujcic Bosnia
Sanin Omerovic 191-G-95 Bosna Bosnia
Edi Sipka 196-C-95 Bosna Bosnia
Nedim Tunovic 200-F-95 Bosna Bosnia
Miso Maslac 95 Capljina Bosnia
Nedim Buza 200-F-95 Spars Sarajevo Bosnia
Milenko Predic 96 Rookie Bosnia
Darijan Stipanovic 96 Zlatorog C. Slovenia
Nemanja Tesic 95 Rookie Bosnia
Nikola Marijan 95 Sloboda Dita Bosnia
Milos Kolakovic 95 Vlasenica Bosnia



U20: Bosnia and Herzegovina won over Iceland in the last game of Day 1 - by Eurobasket News
Iceland U20-Bosnia and Herzegovina U20 78:82

The game between the hosts and Iceland was the last one in Day 1.
Iceland started with 4 consecutive points and Tomas Tomasson (190-G-91) tied the game at 6:6. Steinarsson closed the first period from the free throw line at 23:20. Oskarsson nailed three in the start of the second, while Ivic brought 31:28. Palsson scored three for 37:30, but Srdjan Loncar (186-G-91) reduced to 42:39 at the halftime. It seemed that the hosts would take the lead in the second half, but Palsson scored 10 points in a row shocking Bosnia. Tomas Tomasson added another three for 57:46, but the hosts erupted with 14-0 run for 60:57 advantage. Steinarsson tied the game at 60:60, while Mujic gave the Bosnia 69:66 with 5 minutes to go. Dino Begagic (193-G-92) drove a 2pt lay-up made for 71:66, while Tomas Tomasson cut it to 71:68 with 3 minutes in the game. Srdjan Loncar and Nikola Gajic (195-G-91) ensured 76:68 advantage and Mujic nailed two for 78:70. Steinarsson and Oskarsson reduced to 78:75 with 25 seconds in the game. Mirza Bulic (204-F-92) made two free throws for 80:75, while Oskarsson nailed another three for 80:78. Mirza Bulic was perfect from the free throw line with 4 seconds to go for the final 82:78.
Dino Begagic paced all the winners with 24 points for the important win. Srdjan Loncar followed him with 15, while Mirza Bulic netted 12.

Iceland U20: Paisson 22, Tomas Tomasson 18
Bosnia and Herzegovina U20: Dino Begagic 24, Srdjan Loncar 15, Mirza Bulic 12, Nikola Gajic 10




Elmedin Kikanovic officially joins Enisey Krasnoyarsk - by Eurobasket News
Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) officially became a new member of Enisey Krasnoyarsk. The Bosnian big guy penned a one-season deal with his new club. He is back after one-year doping suspension. Most recently Kikanovic played for Crvena Zvezda. It was in 2009/10 season. He appeared 12 times in EuroCup registering 8.5 ppg and 2.4 rpg. In Adriatic league, he added 9.6 ppg and 2.7 rpg for 25 games. Kikanovic also played 16 games in Serbian league that season collecting 8.8 ppg and 1.6 rpg. He was a member of Crvena Zvezda from 2007 to 2010. He joined them from Sloboda Dita Tuzla. Elmedin Kikanovic is active member of the Bosnian National Team. He also played for them from 2006 to 2009. In 2007, Kikanovic was named Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Newcomer of the Year. A year later he got Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Newcomer of the Year. In Enisey Krasnoyarsk, Kikanovic will join Stevan Karadzic (agency: Alti Sport ), his former coach from Crvena Zvezda.

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  BRAZIL   


Piracicaba sign Douglas Gorauskas and Taqua Silva - by Paulo Freire
The basketball team of the XV de Piracicaba, is strengthened for the Paulista State Championship which begins in later August this year. The New Millennium champion team will have two well-known reinforcements returning to Piracicaba, two players that are Piracicaba fans well known: center Douglas Gorauskas (205-C-83) who was with Sorocaba and point guard Taqua Silva (194-G/F-85) who was in Rio Claro.

For the Piracicaba head coach the Paulista State Championship will be a even greater challenge, but the team did a good job in the first half of the year and it certainly is qualifies for this important state competition.

'I believe in the ability of our roster and the idea is to do a good championship. In addition, we recently strengthened our team with the hires of big man Gorauskas and Taqua who is a fast point guard. 'said the head coach.



Andy Gebru is back to Sorocaba - by Paulo Freire
The American Andy Gebru (193-G-87, college: Fayetteville St.) is back to Sorocaba and will again be with the team. Andy is loved by the Sorocaba fans, since he help the team win the 2010 New Millennium Tournament with an average of 19 points per game, he comes in after a year to replace Fred Peete (193-G-84, college: N.Mexico St.) who got waived in the end of Super Cup Brazil.

Andy Gebru was born and raised in Orlando, Florida, with 25 years old and 1.95 (m) height. The athlete played at Fayetteville State University.

'I am very happy to be back at Sorocaba, as coach Rinaldo brought me back and now I want to help the team get stronger, and win more titles,' said the American.

Meanwhile, Sorocaba renewed the contract of american point guard Kenny Dawkins (175-G-87, college: Lamar), and in other hand waived centers Douglas Gorauskas (205-C-83) and Daniel Conti (200-F/C-81)


Rodrigo Peggau transfer to Seton Hill - by Paulo Freire
Duquesne University today announced the first four members of its 2011-12 men's basketball recruiting class and said oft-injured forward Rodrigo Peggau (203-F-88) will be completing his undergraduate degree in corporate communication in August and will not return to the team. A rising redshirt junior who will add minors in Spanish and sociology, is the second Duquesne player to complete his undergraduate coursework in under four years under Everhart.

Peggau has decided to transfer to Division II Seton Hill to continue his college playing career while working toward a master's degree in business administration after playing in 28 of 32 games for Duquesne in 2009-10, his first full season of basketrball since the 2006-07 season.

Peggau, who battled knee problems throughout his stay at Duquesne, averaged 2.0 points and 2.1 rebounds in 44 career games. He underwent arthroscopic right knee surgery in September of 2008, prior to playing in the first four games of his freshman season. That season ended prematurely when he opted for right knee surgery in December.

I enjoyed my time at Duquesne, said Peggau. Im grateful for the experiences Ive had and very thankful for all of the support I received over the past three years. I had the opportunity to develop relationships Im sure will last a lifetime. Im proud to be a graduate of Duquesne University.


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  BULGARIA   


Bulgaria U16 team to play friendlies in Greece - by Maria Mitzova
Bulgaria U16 National Team will play three friendly games in Greece on July 15, 16 and 17th, against Greece, Serbia and Israel respectively. The tournament will take place in the town of Kymi.

The schedule:
15.7 SERBIA-ISRAEL
GREECE-BULGARIA

16.7 BULGARIA-SERBIA
GREECE-ISRAEL

17.7 ISRAEL-BULGARIA
GREECE-SERBIA

Bulgaria U16 roster
Evgeni Hadzhirusev
Lyuboslav Mihaylov
Aleksandar Milov (190-G-95)
Venelin Hristov (195-G-95)
Anguel Dinkov (187-F-95)
Vasil Stoimenov (197-F-95)
Simeon Lepichev
Radoslav Kochev (189-G-95)
Filip Kamenov (196-F-95)
Angel Peychinov (198-F-95)
Nikolay Georgiev
Alexandros Vezenkov (204-F/G-95) (team captain)


Head coach: Georgi Dimitrov
Coaches: Ludmil Hadjisotirov, Galin Stoyanov
Physio: Yancho Yankov



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  CANADA   


Ground being laid for NBL Canada team in Oshawa - by Eurobasket News
They don't have an official name, nor have they nailed down a place to play yet, but one of the newest National Basketball League of Canada franchises is putting the pieces together for its debut in Oshawa this fall.

A group led by Canadian actor Mark Taylor -- of Being Erica, Flashpoint and Instant Star fame -- was granted one of four expansion teams for this upcoming season, joining Charlottetown, Moncton and London alongside the league's founding franchises, the Halifax Rainmen, Quebec Kebs and St. John Mill Rats.

There had been rumblings over the past couple of years with regards to expansion within the league, but it wasn't until the last few months that locations for new teams started to surface.

And with the support of the three original franchises, the foundation has been set for teams like Oshawa to get off the ground.

'The three founding teams are sharing all their secrets (to success) with the other teams,' said Drew Ebanks, the public relations' manager for the new Oshawa franchise. 'In Halifax, St. John and Quebec, it's obviously a little different as there isn't as much as in the GTA to do, you know what I mean, but they are sharing their information. In the past, teams like that wouldn't want to share. They would just want their organization to be successful, but the league realizes that in order for it to be successful, everybody has to be on board and everybody has to do things the right way. At least it will give it a chance to get traction.'

Ebanks said the Oshawa group has been in meetings with staff at the General Motors Centre, trying to nail out an arena deal. The NBL Canada schedule will consist of 36 games -- 18 home dates -- followed by playoffs, where the top four teams advance. While Ebanks said those meetings have gone well to this point, those at the GM Centre have spent plenty of time of late weighing the positives and negatives of housing the basketball team as a second main tenant behind the Oshawa Generals.

Officials at the facility have also had inquiries about housing a team for the recently founded CLax, an all-Canadian professional lacrosse league.

Ebanks is confident their organization will be able to get a deal done.

'We've had nothing but positive relations with them, too, and it looks like we're going to get it going,' he said.

Another order of business will be coming up with a name for the franchise. Nothing has been decided to this point and Ebanks suggested that could come through some sort of naming contest that would allow for the community to get involved.

Just how much of the community gets involved is another question as Oshawa, and most of Durham Region, is generally considered a hockey-first environment.

Ebanks countered that, saying he believes the area is ripe with basketball fans and, considering the continued growth of the sport, the chance for success is pretty solid.

'A lot of positives are happening in the sport. We can look at a lot of things now, from the U19s and U17s, U16s, they are all doing well internationally. And we've just had two Canadians drafted in the NBA first round. Our group feels this is the time,' he said, noting ticket prices have yet to be set but will be family friendly.

Another element that factors into the type of interest the Oshawa group expects to generate is the current NBA lockout.

Owners closed the doors on the players July 1 and by all accounts both sides appear prepared to lose the entire season as they battle through their collective bargaining issues.

Basketball fans, in turn, will need to get their fix somewhere.

'It's unfortunate, but with the NBA lockout, I really see that as a positive with gaining traction,' Ebanks said. 'As a fan, where you going to go? Why not come out to Oshawa?'

And if they do, they'll see the first overall pick in the 2011 NBL Canada draft. It was recently announced that Oshawa would hold that selection.

The draft will take place at the Rogers Centre in Toronto on Aug. 21 at 7 p.m.

A pre-draft combine for free agent players of any nationality will take place one day before the draft at Seneca College, while one specific to Canadian players will be held on the afternoon of draft day.

Each team roster will have a minimum of 10 players and a maximum of 12, with at least two Canadians on every team.

'I think the Canadian aspect of it will be a huge draw,' said Ebanks.

Courtesy of www.newsdurhamregion.com


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  CENTRAL AFRICA   


The staff has moved into the North of France - by Eurobasket
The technical staff of the Central Africa Federation of Basketball has taken up residence in the North of France mainly in Lille since July 4, 2011.

The first part of the delegation from Bangui, led by President Elvis Bomayako consisted of:

Guy Ngaissio, National Technical Director
Grard Ko, National Technical Director Assistant
Bruno Darlan, Assistant Coach
Mdard Koundja, Logistics

With four players from the championship which Bangui Salissou Kabara, Wilfried Loudoumon, Junior and Madozein Mbakoutou Bertrand, screening is expanding every day a little more.
For this first week, we noted the arrival of Michael Mokongo in Lille, Gotagni Martial, Max Kouguere, Guy Kodjo, Lionel and William Bomayako Kossangue.

Pending the arrival of players from the USA, Germany and France, the Coach Paco Gracia has already started the training program with Darlan assistant Bruno, Gerard Ko and CTO Guy Ngaissio. The first briefing will be made by the president of the federation live broadcast on the radio tongolo.com Monday, July 11, 2011 from 8:30 p.m. (Paris time).

Courtesy of FIBA Africa


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  CHINA   


Thorpe's double-double lands him NBL Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old forward Jahmar Thorpe (198-F-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Changan Group and receives a Asia-basket.com NBL Player of the Week award for round 11.
He had a double-double of 20 points and 16 rebounds, while his team crushed Hangzhou (#10, 2-9) with 19-point margin 108-89. Changan Group is placed at 4th position in Chinese NBL. Changan Group is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-5 record. Thorpe has many years of experience at Changan Group, through which he has constantly improved. Jahmar Thorpe averages this season 15.9ppg and 10.0rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Dante Milligan (206-F-84, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) of Hangzhou. He is American forward in his first season at Hangzhou. In the last game Milligan recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Hangzhou lost that game 89-108 to the higher-ranked Changan Group (#4, 6-5). Hangzhou are still at the very bottom. 9 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Hangzhou managed to get this year. Milligan is one of the most experienced players at Hangzhou and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.7ppg (#7). He also registered 14.3 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Christopher Lawson (193-F-83) of Hebei (#8). Lawson got into 30-points club by scoring 35 points in the last round. He went also for ten rebounds and six assists. Despite Lawson's great performance Hebei lost 98-99 to Heilongjiang (4-7). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Hebei not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 7 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Lawson could try to bring Hebei's a little bit higher in the standings. Lawson has individually a great season in China. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.8ppg (4th best), rebounds with 7.5rpg (8th best) and assists with 4.3apg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Justin Gray (188-G-84) of Guangzhou FM - 36 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Alan Wiggins (206-F-85) of Whampoa - 22 points and 11 rebounds
6. Nan Wang (191-G-82) of Heilongjiang - 33 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. XiaoDong Chen (207-C-86) of ShenYang - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. XianLing Sun (190-G-89) of Jiangsu - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Benson Egemonye (207-C-83) of Heilongjiang - 17 points and 11 rebounds
10. Terence Dials (206-F/C-83) of Hebei - 17 points and 13 rebounds

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


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Congo-Brazzaville U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Rodolphe Bassemba 96
Ebel Gapoula 96
Stephane Gassaki 96
Hidaly Ikaliko 95
Clyve Mayidou 95
Francis Mbemba 95
Ben Mellot 96
Christmane Mongomo 95
Suzhil Ngouari 95
Richi Noumazalay 95
Viny Obosso 95
Charly Ossombi 95
Christ Soua-Mombouka 96



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U20: Suffocating defence propels France past Croatia - by Eurobasket News
France U20 - Croatia U20 49:33

France celebrated victory in U20 European Championship opener. They outgunned Croatia in a defensively-minded Group B clash in Bilbao, Spain. Les Bleus limited their opponents beyond 10 points in every quarter and celebrated a comprehensive win at the end. Evan Fournier (200-G/F-92) stepped up with 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners.
Leo Westermann (198-G-92) ensured a 7:2 start for France. Les Bleus earned a 12:8 lead after ten minutes. Croatia got within one midway through the second term but the misses mounted they faced a 15:25 halftime deficit. France stretched the gap to 14 points in the third term. They entered the fourth quarter up by 12 points 36:24. Les Bleus tipped off the final term on a 9:0 run and never looked back en route to the victory. Leo Westermann delivered 10 points and 8 rebounds, while Rudy Gobert (213-C-92) added 6 points in the win. Ivan Batur (203-G/F-91) answered with 10 points for Croatia. Ante Cutura (203-F/C-91, agency: Interperformances) netted 9 points in the loss.

France U20: Evan Fournier 18, Leo Westermann 10, Rudy Gobert 6
Croatia U20: Ivan Batur 10, Ante Cutura 9



Ales Pipan takes over Zadar - by Eurobasket News
Ales Pipan is the new Head Coach of Zadar. The team had list with 10 candidates and they selected Pipan as the right man for the job. The Slovenian specialist worked last three years with Zlatorog Lasko. Last season, they reached Slovenian league Semifinals and Cup Semis as well. Before Zlatorog, Pipan worked year and a half with Anwil Wloclawek. He helped them win Polish Cup in 2007. Before that, Pipan was also coaching Pivovarna Lasko, Geoplin Slovan and Krka. With Lasko, he won the Slovenian Cup in 2004.
Ales Pipan is currently as Head Coach of the Polish National Team. He will lead them at the upcoming EuroBasket in Lithuania. Pipan was a Head Coach of the Slovenian NT from 2004 to 2008.


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Yemi Nicholson Re-Signs with BK Prostejov - by Surujh Roopnarine
Veteran center Yemi Nicholson (208-C-83, college: Denver) has re-signed with BK Prostejov for the 2011-12 Mattoni NBL Season. The 28-year old Nicholson is one of the few players to return to Prostejov for next season after management's decision to go in a different direction with the team (and budget). Last season the former Denver University big man appeared in 44 NBL contests, averaging 10.9 points and 6.7 rebounds while shooting 57.5% from the field. During EuroChallenge play he posted nearly identical numbers and will dramatically be; 14 games: 10.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 59.2% from the field. With the departures of Eugene Lawrence (184-G-86, college: St.John's), Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.), David Marek (188-G-85, college: S.Utah), Ladislav Toth (196-F-83), and expected moves of Kyle Landry (206-F-86, college: N.Arizona), Andrius Slezas (200-F-75) and Radoslaw Hyzy (203-F-77), the make-up of Prostejov has undergone a dramatic change over the last few months, not even mentioning the departure of Head Coach Petr Balint and the introduction of Zbynek Choleva in his place. Nicholson joins newcomers Rostislav Pelikan (207-F/C-78) and Matej Venta (187-G-84) as the new core of next year's squad.

U20: Czech Republic open European Championship with the easy win - by Eurobasket News
Luxembourg U20-Czech Republic U20 60:127

Czech Republic U20 opened European Championship in Sarajevo with the easy win. They smashed Luxembourg U20 127:60 in the first game of the European Championship Division B campaign.
Kuhlmann gave Luxembourg the first and the only lead in the start of the game. Czech Republic later replied with 7-0 run and never looked behind after. Honomichl closed the period at 31:15, while Mares opened the second period with a three. The Czechs played well in defense and as a result they allowed the opponents to score only 8 points in the second period. Tomas Vyoral (188-PG-92) sent both squads to the lockers for 59:23. For Luxembourg the third frame became the most productive as they lost it only 23-29. Ondrej Balvin (215-C-92) made two free throws as his side enjoyed 88:46 advantage. Ladislav Pecka (197-F-91) made a hook shot for 101:53 midway through the last quarter and Honomichl brought the final score in the game.
Tomas Vyoral stepped up with 20 points for the winners and Ondrej Kohout (204-F-91) nailed 19. Ondrej Balvin collected 15 points and 12 rebounds, whilst Ladislav Pecka notched 14. Rene Wolzfeld (190-F-91) answered with 19 points in defeat and Max Schmitz (198-C-84) scored 13.

Luxembourg U20: Rene Wolzfeld 19, Max Schmitz 13
Czech Republic U20: Tomas Vyoral 20, Ondrej Kohout 19, Ondrej Balvin 15+12 rebs, Ladislav Pecka 14



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U20: Denmark down Hungary in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News
Denmark U20-Hungary U20 57:42

Denmark down Hungary in Sarajevo to shock them in the opener. The Danish side easily reached their first 57:42 win after the victories in all quarters.
Denmark started with 4:2 as Thomas Laerke (194-G/F-91) drove a lay-up. Jonas Bergstedt (210-C-91) increased to 18:11 and Thomas Laerke added two for 20:16. Alexander Bak (193-F-91) brought 28:20 and Janos Eilingsfeld (198-F/C-91, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) netted two for 31:22. Denmark won the third period 17-12 and enjoyed 41:30 after thirty minutes. It is hard to understand why the Hungarian team shot so many three-pointers in the air as they could not score any in the last period. As a result they were rightfully defeated by 15 points in the opener. Thomas Laerke made two free throws at the very end to seal the victory for his side.
Alexander Bak stepped up with 16 points and Jonas Bergstedt nailed 15. Thomas Laerke ended up with 14 points and 11 rebounds for the first victory. Andras Madar (191-G-91, agency: TSS Management) replied with 14 points in the losing effort and Janos Eilingsfeld netted 10.

Denmark U20: Alexander Bak 16, Jonas Bergstedt 15, Thomas Laerke 14+11 rebs
Hungary U20: Andras Madar 14, Janos Eilingsfeld 10



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Wes Wilcox named GM of Cavaliers D-league team in Canton - by Eurobasket News
Cleveland Cavaliers Director of Player Personnel Wes Wilcox has been named general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers new NBA Development League franchise in Canton, Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant announced today.

Having Wes in this role is another reflection of the synergy and connectivity that owning and operating our own D-League team in Canton provides. As Wes has been an integral member of our staff for the past eight years, it enhances the opportunity for us to extend our team and organizational culture further into the player development process. Wes has been intricately involved in the D League evolution over the last several years and the Canton franchise has already and will continue to, greatly benefit from his knowledge and experience.

Wilcox will oversee all of the Canton teams basketball operations elements, as well as all team personnel and activities. He will also continue in his role as the director of player personnel for the Cavaliers.

I am extremely thankful for this unique opportunity to have a leadership role in building a special franchise in the city of Canton, said Wilcox. Our organization places a very high value on player development as part of our culture and we are committed to building a successful environment both on the court and in this community. Im excited to be a part of that and we look forward to earning the support of our fans here.

After serving as the New Orleans Hornets video coordinator during the 2002-03 NBA season, Wilcox joined the Cavaliers prior to the 2003-04 season as the Cavs advance game scout, a position he held for four seasons. He then served as the teams college and pro personnel scout for three seasons. He was named director of player personnel in September 2010. He has also served as the Cavaliers liaison with their NBA Developmental League affiliates over the last four seasons.

Wilcox is a graduate of Cal-State Fullerton and native of La Habra, California.

InsideHoops.com editor Jeff Lenchiner has said that the Cavs made the right move in acquiring the team.

On July 7th, 2011 the Cleveland Cavaliers announced they will own and operate the new NBA Development League (the NBAs official minor league) franchise in Canton, Ohio. As owner/operators, the Cavaliers will have exclusive control over all basketball and business elements for the franchise, which will begin play in the 2011-12 season at the Canton Memorial Civic Center, which is approximately 60 miles south of Cleveland. The Cavaliers acquired the former New Mexico Thunderbirds franchise, which ceased operations, and are only the 5th NBA team to currently own and operate their own NBA D-League affiliate (Golden State, Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City and San Antonio).

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


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Egyptian U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Ahmed Abbas 95
Omar Abdeen 95
Walid Ahmed 95
Mohamed Elsayed 96
Ahmed Elsayed 96
Wessam Emad 95
Ahmed Hesham 95
Mohamed Hesham 95
Moataz Hosny 95
Ahmed Mohamed 95
Ehab Mohamed 95
Mamdouh Mohamed 96
Ahmed Mohamed 95
Ziad Nabil 95
Amr Nabil 95
Anas Osama 95



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U20: Estonia got their European Championship campaign off to a successful start - by Eurobasket News
Romania U20-Estonia U20 50:85

Estonia U20 got their European Championship campaign off to a successful start after winning all the periods over Romania U20. The latter tried hard but lost 50:85 in Division B in Sarajevo.
Janar Soo (195-G/F-91) and Veideman nailed threes in the start for the Baltic side and Martin Dorbek (191-G-91) added another one for 15:11. Bogdan Tibirna (210-C-91) closed the first period also from the perimeter to show 23:17 on the board after 10 minutes. Rannar Raap (188-G/F-92) scored for 31:22 and Estonia led to 23-10 in the next 10 minutes. He also was the last to post in the half sending the squads to the lockers for 46:27. No matter how hard Romanian team tried to recover they could not find match in the second half as well. Estonia won the third period 18-10 and closed the game with 21-13 in the last frame. Puidet made a dunk to be the last successful player in the game.
Rannar Raap paced all the winners with 19 points and Martin Dorbek netted 13. Janar Soo ended up with 12 points and Madis Parn (194-F-91) scored 10. Bogdan Tibirna collected 20 points and 11 rebounds, whilst George Chirof (200-C/F-91) netted 9.

Romania U20: Bogdan Tibirna 20+11 rebs, George Chirof 9
Estonia U20: Rannar Raap 19, Martin Dorbek 13, Janar Soo 12, Madis Parn 10




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ESL announces 2011 Chicago All Tournamnet Team - by Darryl Reshaw
Basketball Coaches, GM's and Agents,

The ESL acts as a scouting service for professional teams on an international basis.
Many European, South American, Asian, NBDL and other international coaches contact us regarding the top ESL players.
Our information regarding the ESL All tournament teams is in-depth and accurate.
Over 300 former ESL players are currently playing professional basketball due to talent level of the ESL and our strict registration criteria getting into the summer league.
In addition our scouting information is intended to give coaches player evaluation information based off of our experience in the international basketball market and to assist the ESL players and their agents in the placement process.
For additional information regarding the ESL players or contact information of their agents please contact marketing@eurobasket.com

ESL 2011 Chicago All Tournament Team:

CO-MVP: Andrew Fair (6'0''-G, college: St.Francis, IL):
Andrew Fair (6'0''-G, college: St.Francis, IL) is probably the best on ball defender the ESL has seen in its existence.
In a three day period Andrew averaged 10 steals per game and was partly responsible for his teams amazing come back in the ESL Championship game.
He is a NAIA All American who is a good scorer and makes great decisions wi6h the ball.
His offensive strength is driving and slashing to the basket.
He would be an excellent player in Switzerland, England or Sweden.

CO-MVP: Tyrone Kent (6'5''-G/F-86, college: Toledo):
Tyrone over the three day period averaged a lot of points and has a lot of offensive diversity to his game.
He is very athletic, he creates off the dribble and he is good shooter from the outside.
Tyrone has professional experience in Europe but needs the right coach and system to exploit his unique talents.
He is highly skilled and has the potential to play in the big leagues in Europe.

ESL 2011 Chicago All Tournament 1st Team:

Emmanuel Little (6'5''-F-85, college: N.Dakota):
He is no stranger to the ESL as his professional jobs in Japan and Mexico were a result of playing well in the ESL events in the past.
Emmanuel is a super athletic big guard who gets lots of hustle and transition points while running the floor.
He is an excellent ball handler who creates his scoring opportunities by penetrating the lanes.
He is an excellent defensive player and his mid-range jump shot is very good.
This kid can play in leagues like Germany and Belgium and be an all star very easily.
If Emmanuel could shoot 37% from the 3pt line he would be a NBA guard.

Julian Harris (5'10''-G-89, college: Menlo):
This NAIA All American from Menlo College was the show in Chicago and had our scouts screaming in their seats.
This left hand PG can really score the basketball and makes excellent decisions as he runs the team very well.
He plays great pressure defense and looks like he spends time in the weight room.
What separates Julian from the other PGs and the players in the ESL is that he shoots the ball like Steve Nash.
The kid is an outstanding pure shooter who will kills you in a pick and roll situation and he can create his own opportunities.
The kid will be great for entry level teams in Europe and will move up immediately.
He is the steal of the ESL for teams across Europe looking for a quality PG who can really score and play defense.

Marcel Anderson (5'9''-PG-86, college: Harris-Stowe St.):
The former CO-MVP of Chicago is probably the most talented PG the ESL has seen in three years.
Marcel is the fastest athlete you will see on a basketball court and gets the most dunks due to his crazy speed and athleticism.
He plays great defense and is unstoppable going to the basket. He scores and reminds us of Allen Iverson.
He was the Co-MVP of the ESL 2011 Las Vegas Event and has a heart of a champion.
He is great in transition and he an excellent on ball defender.
Like Iverson he will turn the ball over a little but once he matures and receives quality coaching then he becomes and Euroleague type of talent.
The kid has NBA skills but will have to start in an entry level league in Europe but the sky is his limit.

Mike McKinney (6'4''-G-85, college: N.Illinois):
Mike played extremely well in Chicago and was quietly the leader on his team.
He is a gifted scorer as a combo guard and has a strong athletic body.
Mike creates off the dribble well and he is a good shooter.
He has professional experience in Europe and should keep developing as a quality professional.

Brandon Watkins (6'0''-G-81, college: Penn St.):
Brandon is a pure professional PG with quality experience.
He runs a team very smoothly and has a high basketball IQ.
His dribble penetration and pull up jump shot is the feature of his offensive game.
When his team needs him he is like Chauncey Billups and will make the big shots.
Brandon deserves to be in the BBL in Germany especially after bringing a team up from the second league to the BBL already in his career.
This guy is a professional and can really play. I love his scoring and shooting ability.

Casey Love (6'9''-C-80, college: Robert Morris):
Casey is a terrific low post scorer with a thousand moves.
He has excellent footwork and a nice mid-range jump shot.
He is a good athlete and rebounds as well.
He can play in Europe in quality leagues for teams looking for a PF who can flat out score.

Obinna Agomo (6'3''-G-88, college: Greenville):
Obinna is the best African talent the ESL has scouted all summer and he has a Nigerian passport.
He is a big time prospect for teams looking for a Contonou player in Spain.
This guy is super athletic and plays above the rim.
He is a fierce competitor and plays very hard.
He can score, play defense and rebound with the best of them.
The ESL promotion will help him land in Europe as a Contonou player.
Teams, agent and coaches who read this article .........this kid can play.

Octreyvius Roebuck (6'7''-F):
This guy puts up big numbers by just being on the court.
He is the type of player who does everything well but you may not really notice him until you pick up the statistics.
In Chicago he had an excellent tournament as he did it all and was a double double guy.
He slashes to the basket, runs the floor and is a Shawn Marion type of a player.
He is a great athlete and a big time rebounder.
This kid is great for small markets in Europe to get started.

ESL 2011 Chicago All Tournament 2nd Team:

Curtis Staples (6'3''-G-76, college: Virginia)
Curtis had the best dunk in the ESL Chicago event and is a big time explosive athlete.
If he is on the court dont blink because he is a highlight waiting to happen.
This next level athlete can score, rebound and take the ball to the basket and jump over defenders.
He would be great in markets like Sweden, Finland and Norway.
He is a high energy player with lots of upside with experience.

Marcus Jackson (6'5''-G/F-81, college: Benedictine):
Marcus is a highly skills wing man that has an old school game.
He is a big time scorer in the mid-range area and plays very hard.
He is a great rebounder and competes on every possession.
Marcus plays in the IBL and his experience played off in the ESL.
He would do extremely well in Europe in the entry level markets to begin his career.

Darryl Garrett (6'4''-G-85, college: Schoolcraft CC):
This guy is a smooth operator on the basketball court.
He is athletic and very creative with the basketball.
He is very good perimeter player but has skills to get to the basket.
He is a very talented player who had a quality tourney in Chicago and can play overseas.

Senario Hillman (6'1''-PG-88, college: Alabama):
Senario was the best player at the Attack Athetics in day one by far.
This former SEC players is a serious talent that has all the tools for a combo guard.
He has great size, athleticism, creativity and can shoot the basketball.
Being left handed is also a big weapon for him.
He will have a great career overseas but has to be consisted every day.

Marvin Walker (6'3''-G-89):
He is the 2010-11 ABA Rookie of the Year.
He looked impressive in Chicago as he displayed a nice all around game.
He is quick, athletic and plays great defense.
He can score in a variety of ways and has great upside.
The scouts were impressed by him in Chicago.

Stanley Thomas (6'5''-G/F-80):
Stan is the man and is a very crafty scorer who can play at a good level in Europe.
This left handed assassin creates well off the dribble and will finish to the basket or a nice mid-range jump shot.
If his team needed a bucket then Stan would hit big shots consistently.
He has played in the NBDL and the PBL and is ready to take his skills to Europe.

Mitchell Carter (6'10''-C, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee):
Mitchell was the best big guy in the ESL Chicago event and showed some serious skills.
The thing that confused the scouts in Chicago was his limited playing time in College.
We figured his college coach must like small ball because this guy can really.
Once the right people see him he will have a nice career overseas.
He has great post moves, a good jump hook and will dunk on you.
He has a nice jump shot and rebounds well.
His outlet passes are great and fundamentally he is great.

Aaron Hall (6'2''-G, college: C.W. Post)
Aaron is a deceptive athlete with a strong and rugged body.
He seems like a football player in the first impression.
However he drives the ball to the basket very well.
He also has a nice jump shot and is a good all around player.

Mike Hart:
This player reminded me of a poor mans version of Dwight Howard.
Mike has been in the weight room and he jumps out the guy.
He gets a lot of dunks and shot blocks.
He has the most upside talent in the ESL due to his size, age and athleticism.
He is a great rebounder and a decent role scorer.



ESL Houston Information - Jul 14, 2011 - by Darryl Reshaw

ESL Houston Participants,

Due to unexpected damages the ESL Houston is forced to move its game locations to THE GYM. The Hilton Hotel is still welcoming all players, coaches and scouts. The Hilton will have airport shuttles that will transport ESL people from the airport to hotel.

To take the tour of the hotel visit: www.houstonnorth.hilton.com. Reservation Phone number: 1-866-577-1154, all ESL people will be listed under European Summer League. Room Rate will be $ 79.00 Per Night and rooms must be booked as soon as possible. Rates have changed to lack of reservations. But these are still awesome rates for an amazing hotel.

The games will be held at THE Gym. Address will be listed below.

THE GYM
2325 Atascocita Rd
Humble, TX 77396
281.540.4GYM

ESL players who prefer to have the option of having a roommate please contact or office or email us at marketing@eurobasket.com in order for us to make the arrangement with another ESL player.

Orientation/ Registration and team placement will take place on Friday Morning. Each player will be contacted by ESL staff for full details.

All ESL games will begin at 10am on July 22nd and the event will be over by 6pm on July24th.

Again the ESL will provide a light airport shuttle for players arriving in Houston on July 21st

to the Hilton Hotel and returning to the airport on July 24th. George Bush (Intercontinental Airport)

There will be other transportation information from the airport to the Hilton Hotel provided to all ESL participants by email prior to the event.

The Hilton Hotel will not be providing a breakfast buffet deal for free per day to all ESL guests for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Information that was posted was a misprint.

For additional information regarding the ESL Houston contact marekting@eurobasket.com



ESL Day 1 Box scores and a short recap - by Darryl Reshaw
ESL Chicago Day 1 Box Scores:

Game 1:
Rome 73 Berlin 67

Rome: 73
Karim Malpica:: 6pts; 4rebs; 3ast; 3stl
Marcus Jackson (6'5''-G/F-81, college: Benedictine): 15pts; 12rbs; 2ast
Dean Giannakopoulos: 4pts; 5rbs; 2ast
Jake Voeltz: 6pts; 3rbs; 3ast
Marques Ewell: 3pts; 3rbs; 3ast
Marvin Walker: 10pts; 7rbs; 4ast
John Harver: 2pts; 5rbs
Devin Langford: 7pts; 5rbs; 3ast
Darryl Garrett (6'4''-G-85, college: Schoolcraft CC): 13pts; 5rbs; 3ast
Tim Giles: 7pts; 2rbs; 2ast

Berlin: 67
Antonio Griffin (6'6''-G/F-84, college: CSU Bakersfield): 15pts; 10rbs; 2ast; 3stl
Marques Singleton: 4pts; 4rbs;
Eric Tisby: 5pts; 5rbs; 5ast
Tyrone Guyton: 8pts; 3rbs; 4ast
Jarvis Hill: 8pts; 6rbs; 4ast
Joshua Jones: 8pts; 4rbs; 3ast
Joe Allen: 5pts; 3rbs; 2ast
Jontae Koonkaew: 2pts; 2rbs;2ast
Modestas Masilonis: 3pts; 1rbs; 3ast
Pierre Marie Cespedes: 8pts; 2rbs

Game 2:
Warsaw 108 Athens 87

Warsaw 108
Stanley Thomas: 14pts; 8rbs; 4ast; 3stl
Tyrone Kent (6'5''-G/F-86, college: Toledo): 19pts; 7rbs; 4ast; 3stl
Casey Love: 12pts; 8rbs; 2ast;
Brandon Watkins (6'0''-G-81, college: Penn St.): 17pts; 4rbs; 6ast; 3stl
Armond Williams (6'5''-F-82, college: Ill.-Chicago) 19pts; 5rbs; 3ast
Anthony Simmons: 8pts; 7rbs; 2ast
Johney Calhoun: 8pts: 5rbs; 2ast
Mike Hart: 11pts; 15rbs; 2ast; 5blk

Athens: 87
Mike Murphy: 9pts; 6rbs; 5ast
Richard England: 6pts; 5rbs; 2ast; 4stl
Emmanuel Little (6'5''-F-85, college: N.Dakota) (6'5''-F-85, college: N.Dakota): 19pts; 15rbs; 3ast; 5stl
Calvin Wooten: 14pts; 4rbs; 4ast
Marcus Jackson (6'5''-G/F-81, college: Benedictine): 13pts; 8rbs; 3ast; 4stl
Scott Buschman: 6pts; 9rbs; 2ast
Chris Staples: 9pts; 5rbs; 3ast
Aaron Hall: 6pts; 6rbs; 3ast; 3stl
Darryl Drake: 5pts; 2rbs; 4ast

Game 3:
Paris 106 Madrid 98

Paris: 106
Justin Taylor: 15pts; 4rbs; 4ast
Andrew Fair: 12pts; 3rbs; 5ast; 10stl
Aaron Squirewell: 11pts; 8rbs; 2ast
Joshua Bell: 8pts; 5rbs; 3ast
Octreyvius Roebuck (6'7''-F): 26pts; 12rbs; 2ast
Jarvis Walker: 16pts; 7rbs; 4ast
Jryan Lott: 10pts; 3rbs; 2ast
Rory Darty: 8pts; 4rbs; 2ast

Madrid: 98
Terrance Silas: 4pts; 3rbs; 3ast
Obinna Agomo (6'3''-G-88, college: Greenville): 24pts; 6rbs; 2ast
LaPhonso Ellis: 14pts; 5rbs; 3ast
Mitchell Carter (6'10''-C): 24pts; 16rbs; 4ast; 3stl; 3blk
Wesley Smith: 8pts; 3rbs; 2ast
Jerome Thomas: 2pts; 2rbs; 2rbs
Pierre Glover (6'6''-G/F, college: East-West University): 17pts; 6rbs; 2ast; 3stl
Demarco Crawford: 5pts; 3rbs; 3ast

Game 4:
London 114 Amsterdam 105
Tawrence Walton (6'6''-F) 23pts; 13rbs; 3ast
Mike McKinney: 11pts; 8rbs; 4stl
Larrell Gary: 10pts; 4rbs;
Julius Hearn: 7pts; 3rbs; 6ast
Senario Hillman (6'1''-G-88): 25pts; 6rbs; 3ast
Donovan Monroe; 6pts; 5rbs; 3stl
John Shodipo: 13pts; 6rbs
John Barber: 15pts; 12rbs; 4stl
Mike Stovall: 4pts; 3rbs; 11ast

Amsterdam: 105:
Mike Skinner: 0pts; 3rbs
Jeremy Shedrick: 8pts; 9rbs; 2ast
John Head (6'5''-G/F-86, college: Peru St.): 18pts; 8rbs; 3ast
Marcel Anderson (5'9''-G-86, college: Harris-Stowe St.): 26pts; 5rbs; 6ast
Larry Woods: 11pts; 7rbs; 2ast
Djvon Simpson: 7pts; 2ast; 3stl
Julian Harris: 35pts; 5rbs; 4ast

A short recap on the first day of the ESL 2011 Chicago event displayed some interesting performances not mentioned in the game reports:
Armond Williams the experienced European professional had an outstanding game for Warsaw.
His other two team members who have European experience as well Tyrone Kent (6'5''-G/F-86, college: Toledo) and Brandon Watkins (6'0''-G-81, college: Penn St.) had big time games:
In the third game of the night Octreyvius Roebuck (6'7''-F) had an outstanding performance of 26 points and 12 rebounds featuring a nice al around game.
In the third contest as well Marcus Jackson (6'5''-G/F-81, college: Benedictine) featured a nice all around game and Obinna Ogono did as well..

Andrew Fair


Standings
Eurobasket S.League Standings
Las Vegas
 1. Zurich 3-0 
 2. Lugano 2-1 
 3. Manchester 2-1 
 4. Brussels 1-2 
 5. Geneva 1-2 
 6. Venice 1-2 
 7. Dublin 1-2 
 8. Monaco 1-2 
Atlanta
 1. England 0-0 
 2. France 0-0 
 3. Greece 0-0 
 4. Italy 0-0 
 5. Russia 0-0 
 6. Spain 0-0 
Chicago
 1. Paris 3-0 
 2. Warsaw 2-1 
 3. Rome 2-1 
 4. London 2-2 
 5. Athens 2-2 
 6. Amsterdam 1-2 
 7. Madrid 1-2 
 8. Berlin 0-3 
New York
 1. Budapest 0-0 
 2. Helsinki 0-0 
 3. Istanbul 0-0 
 4. Kiev 0-0 
 5. Moscow 0-0 
 6. Prague 0-0 
 7. Riga 0-0 
 8. Stockholm 0-0 


ESL Cologne Schedule and Roster Information - by Darryl Reshaw
Please find below the ESL Cologne information for coaches, agent and fans who plan to attend the event

Venue:

ballpark

Girlitzweg 30 (Wasseramselweg)
50829 Kln

Eurobasket Summer League

Schedule:

Friday, July 15th :
9:00 AM Registration and Orientation at the Hotel

Practice Schedule:

10:00-12:00 Practice Team Sofia
12:00-13:30 Practice Team Belgrade
13:30-15:00 Practice Team Munich
15:00-16:00 Practice Team Seville

Games:
18:00Sofia-Belgrade
20:00Sevilla-Munich

Saturday, July 16th :
Practice Schedule:
10:00-11:00Practice Team Seville
11:00-12:00Practise Team Belgrade
12:00-13:00Practice Team Sofia
13:00-14:00Practice Team Munich

Games:
15:00Seville-Belgrade
17:00Sofia-Munich

Sunday, July 17th :
No Practice

Games:
11:00Sofia-Seville
13:00Belgrade-Munich
15:00All-Star Game

Rosters information is listed below:
DeShar Clipper

6''8 220 Forward US All-Stars (IBL) All-Second Team (2009) 10.8 ppg/7.4 rpg/2.9 apg Belgrade
Bilal Abdullah
6''5 215 Guard/Forward Toyama grouses (bj league japan) second team all patriot league (college) 13.2ppg 5.5 rpg 2.7apg Belgrade
Nic Pederson
6''8 220 Guard/Forward Chico Rage (ABA) 1st-Team Big 7 Conference (twice) 28.5ppg, 10.8rpg, 3.9apg Munich
Guy Aud
6''1 185 Guard Hapoel Afula (Israel-National League, starting five) 4.7ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.0apg Belgrade
Ant Oxley
5'9 175 Guard Hackney White Heat (EBL) 1st Team All-Conference MAC 16.8ppg, 7.4apg Belgrade
Henry Masi
6''7 210 Forward UNIVERSITY OF ABUJA 2007/2008 COLLEGE PLAYER OF THE YEAR 20ppg ,5apg ,5rpg N/A
Christian Manzanza
6''4 210 Guard/Forward Peninsula College junior team and senior team D3 2007 10.2ppg, 8.2rpg, 3.0apg Belgrade
Eric Zimmerman
6''5 210 Guard/Forward Winnipeg Wesmen (CIS)
10 ppg Munich
Thomas Ble
6''2 200 Guard Centrum Tigers (Norway) Honorable mention 09-10 21.4ppg 6.3rpg 2.9apg 3.6spg Belgrade
Carl Josey
6''5 190 Guard KFI Iceland First team All State Tennessee Junior & Senior Year 12.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.7 apg NASA Sofia
Owona Adrien
6'3 220 Forward Condor de Yaounde (D1) D1 Vice Champion -09
Munich
Yannick Ngbwa
6''6 195 Guard/Forward BC Birjevick (Russia) best foreign player Superleague B 2009-2010 15ppg,4ast,2stl Munich
Jonah Baize
6''6 205 Guard Upsate Heat (WBA) All-Academic Achievement Award winner 24pts, 4as Belgrade
Brandon Evans
6''5 222 Guard/Forward Rockenhausen Fastbreakers Team Leading Scorer 21 points per game 10pts. 12rebs. 6ast. 3stls Belgrade
Giannis Prodromou
6''5 215 Guard Arkadikos All-Tournament 2nd Team -10 6.1pts 61.0% Munich
Joshua Brown
6''2 170 Guard Towson University CAA player of the week 11ppg, top in CAA in 3pt% Munich
Agnis Cavars
6'6 220 Forward BK Barons Riga (LBL, starting five) Latvian League All-Star Game -11 11.2ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.2apg Belgrade
Brice Brooks
6''8 240 Forward/Center Schwennigen Panthers Selected to 2008 NEC All Conference Tournament team 14 ppg 11 rb/g 1ast/g NASA Sofia
Justin Knox
6'8 235 Forward UNC at Chapel Hill ACC Regular Season Champion 4Pts-3 Reb Munich
pierre rivelino
6''4 200 Guard ABA Maryland Greenhawks Led team in assists. 2nd in conference in blocks 13ppg, 4rpg, 3apg Munich
Eric Taylor
6''7 246 Forward Siarka Tarnobrzeg, Poland (1st League) 2-time Polish League All-Star 3.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg Belgrade
Tim Parham
6''9 240 Forward Beykoz Preseason All MEAC Second Team 14.0ppg, 6.5rpg Seville
Willie Irick
6''7 230 Forward Antranik Lebanon Luxembourg League All-Imports 2nd Team -09 20.7pts, 6.7rebs Seville
Tony Davis
6''9 215 Forward Newberry College second team all South Atlantic Conference 15.6ppg 8.3rpg 1.74bpg Seville
Dwayne Foreman
5''10 175 Guard ABA Jacksonville Giants school assist record with 657 assists 12.2ppg 5.9apg 2.25spg Seville
Desmond Smith
6'7 225 Forward Magnates de Calidonia (Panama-CBS) Panama National Team -07, 10 5.5ppg, 3.6rpg Seville
Kaseem Johnson
6''6 220 Forward Rhode Island College 2-time All Conference 2010 14 ppg 8reb Seville
Edson Jones
6''3 182 Guard Aachen musketeers 2005 League Champs Capone Dusseldorf 15ppg 8apg 2spg 6rpg Munich
Travis Aikens
6''4 195 Guard Orlando Kings Second Team All State Florida 22.0ppg 4.0rpg 3.0spg Seville
Jeff Danchie
6''0 176 Guard Hackney Hackney league winners BBL 20ppg, 5spg 5apg NASA Sofia
Dave Ajumobi
6''5 230 Guard/Forward Brixton Topcats MVP BUSA Winner BUSA 8ppg 10rpg 3apg NASA Sofia
Dwight Gentry
6''0 175 Guard University of Texas at Arlington (D-1) All Conference, Conference Honorable Mention 11.7ppg - 4.9Ast - 3.3reb Munich
Jermaine Forbes
6''1 195 Guard Vendee Challans Basket (France-NM1) Swiss League Cup Finalist -09 5.6ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.1apg NASA Sofia
Leon Harris
6''0 165 Guard County Upper Basketball Academy National Champion 20 ppg 4apg 3rpg NASA Sofia
Albert Margai
6''1 193 Guard Leeds Carnegie (EBL Div1)
13ppg 5apg 5rpg NASA Sofia
Sam Toluwase
6''4 225 Forward Essex Pirates Basketball Club (United Kingdom-BBL) 9.1ppg, 4.9rpg NASA Sofia
Adrian Fenyn
6''5 215 Guard/Forward Leeds Carnegie (United Kingdom-EBL, starting five) Eurobasket.com British EBL Division One All-Imports Team -10 21.5ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.5apg NASA Sofia
Edgar Kalambani
6''2 180Guard Neuville Les Dieppe (France-N3) African Championships in Algeria -05
NASA Sofia














ESL Chicago Day 3 Box Scores and short recap - by Darryl Reshaw
ESL 2011 Chicago Day 3 Box Scores and short recap:

7th Place Game:
Madrid 71 Berlin 67

Madrid: 71
Terrence Silas: 2pts; 3rbs; 2ast
Obinna Agomo (6'3''-G-88, college: Greenville): 14pts; 7rbs; 2ast; 2stl
LaPhonso Ellis Jr. (6'3''-G-87, college: Greenville): 27pts; 6rbs; 4ast; 2stl
Wes Smith: 6pts; 4rbs; 2ast; 1stl
Pierre Glover: 13pts; 3rbs; 2ast
Delmarco Crawford: 9pts; 9rbs; 3ast

Berlin: 67
Antonio Griffin: 7pts; 7rbs; 2ast
Marques Singleton: 4pts; 2rbs;
Eric Tisby: 9pts; 3rbs; 2ast
Tyrone Guyton: 6pts; 3rbs
Jarvis Hill: 12pts; 2rbs; 2ast
Joshua Jones (6'5''-G/F-88): 17pts; 9rbs; 4ast
Joe Allen: 5pts; 3rbs
Jontae Koonkaew: 7pts; 3rbs; 2ast
Modestas Masilonis: 0pts; 3rbs; 3ast
Pierre Marie Cespedes: 6pts; 4rbs

5th Place Game:
Athens 104 Amsterdam 99

Athens: 104
Richard England: 7pts; 2rbs; 1ast
Calvin Wooten: 7pts; 3rbs; 3ast
Aaron Hall (6'2''-G, college: C.W. Post): 18pts; 8rbs; 2ast
Marcus Jackson (6'5''-G/F-81, college: Benedictine): 14pts; 6rbs
Emmanuel Little (6'5''-F-85, college: N.Dakota): 18pts; 11rbs; 7ast; 4stl
Mike Murphy: 9pts; 3rbs; 2ast
Chris Staples (6'5''-F): 21pts; 6rbs; 3ast 3stl

Amsterdam: 99
Mike Skinner: 4pts; 5rbs;
Jeremy Shedrick: 13pts; 10rbs; 2ast
Larry Woods (6'7''-C): 16pts; 3rbs; 2ast
Marcel Anderson (5'9''-G-86, college: Harris-Stowe St.): 5pts; 2rbs; 2ast
Julian Harris: 29pts; 4rbs; 7ast
Djvon Simpson: 6pts; 2rbs
John Head (6'5''-G/F-86, college: Peru St.): 16pts; 8rbs; 3ast

3rd Place Game:
Rome 94 London 90

Rome: 94
Marvin Walker (6'3''-G-89): 15pts; 8rbs; 7ast; 4stl
Darryl Garrett (6'4''-G-85, college: Schoolcraft CC): 22pts; 7rbs; 2ast
Devin Lanford: 7pts; 4rbs
Marcus Jackson (6'5''-G/F-81, college: Benedictine): 11pts; 12rbs; 2ast
Marques Ewell: 10pts; 2ast
Jake Voeltz: 9pts; 3rbs
John Harver: 3pts; 1rbs; 2ast
Karim Malpica (6'3''-G-78, agency: SportsList Inc.) (6'5''-F): 13pts; 6rbs; 4ast; 2stl
Dean Giannakopoulas: 0pts
Tim Giles: 5pts; 1rbs

London: 90
Tawrence Walton (6'6''-F): 13pts; 6rbs; 2ast
John Barber: 8pts; 5rbs
Donovan Monroe (6'1''-G-88): 20pts; 5rbs; 2ast
John Shodipo: 7pts; 5rbs
Mike Stovall: 7pts; 5rbs; 5ast
Julius Hearn: 9pts; 2rbs; 2ast
Senario Hillman: 8pts; 4rbs; 4ast
Mike McKinney (6'4''-G-85, college: N.Illinois): 19pts; 5rbs; 2ast


1st Place Game:




Paris 105 - Warsaw 101



Paris: 105
Justin Taylor (6'0''-G-88) (6'3''-G-85, college: Georgetown, KY): 14pts; 3rbs; 3ast
Andrew Fair (6'0''-G, college: St.Francis, IL): 10pts; 4rbs; 9ast; 8stl
Aaron Squirewell: 4pts; 3rbs; 2ast
Joshua Bell: 0pts; 3rbs; 2ast
J. Ryan Lott (6'0''-G, college: Cornell Coll.): 13pts; 2rbs; 3ast
Rory Darty: 2pts; 2rbs; 2ast
Jarvis Walker (6'3''-G): 20pts; 4rbs; 4ast
Octreyvius Roebuck (6'7''-F): 16pts; 10rbs; 3ast
Marcel Anderson: 19pts; 4rbs; 8ast; 7stl
Larry Woods: 3pts; 2rbs; 3ast; 2stl




Warsaw: 101
Tyrone Kent (6'5''-G/F-86, college: Toledo): 24pts; 6rbs; 3ast; 2stl
Brandon Watkins (6'0''-G-81, college: Penn St.): 19pts; 2rbs; 6ast
Casey Love (6'9''-C-80, college: Robert Morris): 14pts; 5rbs
Stanley Thomas: 16pts; 2rbs; 2ast
Anthony Simmons (6'6''-F-85, college: Purdue N.Central): 5pts; 7rbs
Mike Hart: 11pts; 6rbs
Tawrence Walton: 12pts; 5rbs; 2ast




The final day at Attack Athletics was very exciting and hosted some fine individual performances.


LaPhonso Ellis Jr. had a big time game as his father LaPhonso Ellis (6'8''-F-70, college: Notre Dame) the former NBA was in the stands watching his son.


The biggest surprise of the day was the shocking defeat of Warsaw which feature the majority of professional players.


The Paris team quickness, intensity and pressure defense created dozens of turnovers which was the difference in the game.












ESL Chicago Day (2) Box Scores - by Darryl Reshaw
ESL Day (2) Box Scores and Short recap of the day event:

Game 5:
Athens 112 Berlin 95



Athens 112:
Darryl Drake: 4pts; 7rbs; 3ast; 2stl
Richard England: 10pts; 6rbs; 2ast
Scott Buschman: 14pts; 3rbs; 4ast
Calvin Wooten: 11pts; 4rbs; 2stl
Aaron Hall (6'2''-G): 30pts; 10rbs; 6ast
Marcus Jackson (6'5''-G/F-81, college: Benedictine): 6pts; 2rbs
Emmanuel Little (6'5''-F-85, college: N.Dakota): 25pts; 8rbs
Mike Murphy: 10pts; 4rbs; 4ast

Berlin: 95
Eric Tisby: 13pts; 2rbs; 3ast
Antonio Griffin (6'6''-G/F-84, college: CSU Bakersfield): 16pts; 7rbs; 2ast
Jarvis Hill (6'2''-G-86): 17pts; 3rbs; 3ast
Marques Singleton: 3pts; 6rbs; 2ast
Pierre Marie Cespedes: 2pts; 3rbs
Joe Allen: 11pts; 4rbs; 2ast
Jontae Koonkaew: 4pts; 2rbs; 3ast
Modestas Masilonis: 18pts; 4rbs; 4ast
Tyrone Guyton: 7pts; 3rbs; 2ast

Game 6:
Amsterdam 84 Madrid 83

Amsterdam 84
Mike Skinner: 8pts; 6rbs; 4ast; 3stl
Jeremy Shedrick 7pts; 7 rbs; 5ast
Larry Woods (6'7''-C): 11pts; 9rbs; 4ast; 4stl
Marcel Anderson (5'9''-G-86, college: Harris-Stowe St.): 29pts; 7rbs; 4ast; 7stl
Julian Harris: 16pts; 5rbs; 8ast; 2stl
Djvon Simpson: 5pts; 5rbs 4ast; 5stl
John Head: 8pts; 5rbs; 2ast

Madrid: 83
Terrence Silas: 8pts; 5rbs; 4ast
Obinna Agomo (6'3''-G-88): 26pts; 11rbs; 3ast; 4stl
Laphonso Ellis 11pts; 5rbs; 3ast; 4stl
Mitchell Carter (6'10''-C): 14pts: 6rbs; 2ast
Wes Smith (6'3''-F): 14pts; 6rbs; 2ast
Jerome Thomas: 0pts; 2rbs
Pierre Glover: 6pts; 3rbs; 4ast
Delmarco Crawford: 0pts; 2rbs;


Game 7:
Warsaw 107 Rome 87

Warsaw 107
Tyrone Kent (6'5''-G/F-86, college: Toledo): 25pts; 10rbs; 4ast
Armond Williams: 11pts; 5rbs; 3ast
Mike Hart: 10pts; 3 rbs; 2ast
Stanley Thomas: 16pts; 6rbs; 4ast
Brandon Watkins (6'0''-G-81, college: Penn St.): 18pts; 8rbs; 2ast
Anthony Simmons: 6pts; 3rbs; 5ast
Casey Love: 18pts; 9rbs; 5ast

Rome: 87
Marvin Walker: 13pts; 9rbs; 2ast; 4stl
Darryl Garrett (6'4''-G): 19pts; 10rbs; 4ast
Devin Langford: 2pts; 3rbs
Marcus Jackson: 19pts; 10rbs; 4ast
Marques Ewell: 7pts; 4rbs; 2ast
Jake Voelte: 7pts; 4rbs; 2ast
John Harver: 18pts; 7rbs; 3ast
Karim Malpica (6'3''-G-78, agency: SportsList Inc.): 3pts; 1ast
Dean Gianakopolas: 0pts; 3rbs; 4ast
Tim Giles: 0pts; 4rbs; 2ast

Game 8:
Paris 76 London 73

Paris 76:
Justin Taylor (6'3''-F) (6'3''-G-85, college: Georgetown, KY) (6'3''-F) (6'0''-G-88) (6'3''-F) (6'0''-G-88): 20pts; 8rbs
Calvin Smith: 4pts; 4rbs
Andrew Fair 10pts; 4 rbs ;3ast; 7stl
Aaron Squirewell: 3pts; 3rbs; 3ast
Joshua Bell: 3pts; 2rbs; 2ast
Jryan Lott: 9pts; 2rbs
Rory Darty: 6pts; 2rbs
Joe Palazzolo: 0pts; 1rbs; 4ast
Jarvis Walker: 12pts; 10rbs; 1ast
Octreyvius Roebuck: 13pts; 8rbs; 3ast

London: 73
Tawrence Walton: 3pts ; 2rbs; 3ast
John Parker: 7pts; 5rbs; 4ast
Donovan Monroe: 7pts; 5rbs; 3ast
Larrell Gray; 0pts; 4ast
John Shodipo: 10pts; 7rbs; 2ast
Mike Stovall (6'5''-G/F)l: 10pts; 7rbs; 2ast
Julius Hearn: 7pts; 4rbs
Senario Hillman (6'1''-G-88): 8pts: 3rbs; 4ast
Mike McKinney (6'4''-G-85, college: N.Illinois): 17pts; 11rbs; 4ast; 3stl

A summary of day two in the ESL Chicago event must mention Obinna Agomo (6'3''-G-88) big time performance of 26pts and 11 rebounds.
This kid is very athletic and works extremely hard on both ends. He is a very intriguing prospect as a Contono player in Europe.
Justin Taylor (6'3''-G-85, college: Georgetown, KY) (6'0''-G-88) played very well for the Paris team and is a very talented combo guard who has nice athleticism, jump shot and plays great defense.





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  EUROCUP   


Azovmash land Daniel Ewing - by Eurobasket News
Azovmash are getting stronger before the start of the next season. They have secured the services of another import player for the next season. The Mariupol team brought in Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, agency: Alti Sport, college: Duke). The 28-year-old guard spent the last season in Poland. He played for Asseco Prokom averaging 14.1 points, 3.3 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game in PLK. In VTB League Daniel Ewing registered 12.3 points, 3.3 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals per appearance. In Euroleague his stats read 12.8 points, 3.4 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals. Eurobasket.com named Daniel Ewing All-Polish PLK Player of the Year. The guard also received All-VTB League Honourable Mention. Daniel Ewing played for Asseco Prokom since 2008. He had stints with Khimky and Los Angeles Clippers before moving to Poland.


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Unics locks Henry Domercant until 2013 - by Eurobasket News
Unics Kazan announced signing of Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois). The experienced American guard penned a two-year deal with the reigning EuroCup champion. Domercant heads to Unics from Spartak St. Petersburg, where he spent last season. He appeared 33 times for the club averaging 15.7 points and 1.3 steals in Russian league. He also had 16.9 ppg, 3 rpg and 2.5 apg in EuroChallenge. Domercant helped Spartak reach the Semifinals in this competition. Before Spartak, Henry Domercant paced Montepaschi to back-to-back Italian League and Italian Cup titles in his two seasons in Siena. In the past, he also was a member of Efes Pilsen and Olympiakos. However, the player never reached Euroleague Final Four in his career. With Dynamo Moscow, Henry Domercant played in the ULEB Cup Semifinals in 2008. In 2005 with Efes Pilsen, Domercant won the Turkish league title. He is a product of the Eastern Illinois University, where he set school records in scoring with 27.9 points per game as a senior. His first job as a pro came with Pinar Karsiyaka in 2003.

ESL Cologne Schedule and Roster Information - by Darryl Reshaw
Please find below the ESL Cologne information for coaches, agent and fans who plan to attend the event

Venue:

ballpark

Girlitzweg 30 (Wasseramselweg)
50829 Kln

Eurobasket Summer League

Schedule:

Friday, July 15th :
9:00 AM Registration and Orientation at the Hotel

Practice Schedule:

10:00-12:00 Practice Team Sofia
12:00-13:30 Practice Team Belgrade
13:30-15:00 Practice Team Munich
15:00-16:00 Practice Team Seville

Games:
18:00Sofia-Belgrade
20:00Sevilla-Munich

Saturday, July 16th :
Practice Schedule:
10:00-11:00Practice Team Seville
11:00-12:00Practise Team Belgrade
12:00-13:00Practice Team Sofia
13:00-14:00Practice Team Munich

Games:
15:00Seville-Belgrade
17:00Sofia-Munich

Sunday, July 17th :
No Practice

Games:
11:00Sofia-Seville
13:00Belgrade-Munich
15:00All-Star Game

Rosters information is listed below:
DeShar Clipper

6''8 220 Forward US All-Stars (IBL) All-Second Team (2009) 10.8 ppg/7.4 rpg/2.9 apg Belgrade
Bilal Abdullah
6''5 215 Guard/Forward Toyama grouses (bj league japan) second team all patriot league (college) 13.2ppg 5.5 rpg 2.7apg Belgrade
Nic Pederson
6''8 220 Guard/Forward Chico Rage (ABA) 1st-Team Big 7 Conference (twice) 28.5ppg, 10.8rpg, 3.9apg Munich
Guy Aud
6''1 185 Guard Hapoel Afula (Israel-National League, starting five) 4.7ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.0apg Belgrade
Ant Oxley
5'9 175 Guard Hackney White Heat (EBL) 1st Team All-Conference MAC 16.8ppg, 7.4apg Belgrade
Henry Masi
6''7 210 Forward UNIVERSITY OF ABUJA 2007/2008 COLLEGE PLAYER OF THE YEAR 20ppg ,5apg ,5rpg N/A
Christian Manzanza
6''4 210 Guard/Forward Peninsula College junior team and senior team D3 2007 10.2ppg, 8.2rpg, 3.0apg Belgrade
Eric Zimmerman
6''5 210 Guard/Forward Winnipeg Wesmen (CIS)
10 ppg Munich
Thomas Ble
6''2 200 Guard Centrum Tigers (Norway) Honorable mention 09-10 21.4ppg 6.3rpg 2.9apg 3.6spg Belgrade
Carl Josey
6''5 190 Guard KFI Iceland First team All State Tennessee Junior & Senior Year 12.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.7 apg NASA Sofia
Owona Adrien
6'3 220 Forward Condor de Yaounde (D1) D1 Vice Champion -09
Munich
Yannick Ngbwa
6''6 195 Guard/Forward BC Birjevick (Russia) best foreign player Superleague B 2009-2010 15ppg,4ast,2stl Munich
Jonah Baize
6''6 205 Guard Upsate Heat (WBA) All-Academic Achievement Award winner 24pts, 4as Belgrade
Brandon Evans
6''5 222 Guard/Forward Rockenhausen Fastbreakers Team Leading Scorer 21 points per game 10pts. 12rebs. 6ast. 3stls Belgrade
Giannis Prodromou
6''5 215 Guard Arkadikos All-Tournament 2nd Team -10 6.1pts 61.0% Munich
Joshua Brown
6''2 170 Guard Towson University CAA player of the week 11ppg, top in CAA in 3pt% Munich
Agnis Cavars
6'6 220 Forward BK Barons Riga (LBL, starting five) Latvian League All-Star Game -11 11.2ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.2apg Belgrade
Brice Brooks
6''8 240 Forward/Center Schwennigen Panthers Selected to 2008 NEC All Conference Tournament team 14 ppg 11 rb/g 1ast/g NASA Sofia
Justin Knox
6'8 235 Forward UNC at Chapel Hill ACC Regular Season Champion 4Pts-3 Reb Munich
pierre rivelino
6''4 200 Guard ABA Maryland Greenhawks Led team in assists. 2nd in conference in blocks 13ppg, 4rpg, 3apg Munich
Eric Taylor
6''7 246 Forward Siarka Tarnobrzeg, Poland (1st League) 2-time Polish League All-Star 3.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg Belgrade
Tim Parham
6''9 240 Forward Beykoz Preseason All MEAC Second Team 14.0ppg, 6.5rpg Seville
Willie Irick
6''7 230 Forward Antranik Lebanon Luxembourg League All-Imports 2nd Team -09 20.7pts, 6.7rebs Seville
Tony Davis
6''9 215 Forward Newberry College second team all South Atlantic Conference 15.6ppg 8.3rpg 1.74bpg Seville
Dwayne Foreman
5''10 175 Guard ABA Jacksonville Giants school assist record with 657 assists 12.2ppg 5.9apg 2.25spg Seville
Desmond Smith
6'7 225 Forward Magnates de Calidonia (Panama-CBS) Panama National Team -07, 10 5.5ppg, 3.6rpg Seville
Kaseem Johnson
6''6 220 Forward Rhode Island College 2-time All Conference 2010 14 ppg 8reb Seville
Edson Jones
6''3 182 Guard Aachen musketeers 2005 League Champs Capone Dusseldorf 15ppg 8apg 2spg 6rpg Munich
Travis Aikens
6''4 195 Guard Orlando Kings Second Team All State Florida 22.0ppg 4.0rpg 3.0spg Seville
Jeff Danchie
6''0 176 Guard Hackney Hackney league winners BBL 20ppg, 5spg 5apg NASA Sofia
Dave Ajumobi
6''5 230 Guard/Forward Brixton Topcats MVP BUSA Winner BUSA 8ppg 10rpg 3apg NASA Sofia
Dwight Gentry
6''0 175 Guard University of Texas at Arlington (D-1) All Conference, Conference Honorable Mention 11.7ppg - 4.9Ast - 3.3reb Munich
Jermaine Forbes
6''1 195 Guard Vendee Challans Basket (France-NM1) Swiss League Cup Finalist -09 5.6ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.1apg NASA Sofia
Leon Harris
6''0 165 Guard County Upper Basketball Academy National Champion 20 ppg 4apg 3rpg NASA Sofia
Albert Margai
6''1 193 Guard Leeds Carnegie (EBL Div1)
13ppg 5apg 5rpg NASA Sofia
Sam Toluwase
6''4 225 Forward Essex Pirates Basketball Club (United Kingdom-BBL) 9.1ppg, 4.9rpg NASA Sofia
Adrian Fenyn
6''5 215 Guard/Forward Leeds Carnegie (United Kingdom-EBL, starting five) Eurobasket.com British EBL Division One All-Imports Team -10 21.5ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.5apg NASA Sofia
Edgar Kalambani
6''2 180Guard Neuville Les Dieppe (France-N3) African Championships in Algeria -05
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Drew Nicholas and Panathinaikos part away - by Giorgos Diploidis
Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) has solved his contract with Panathinaikos Athens and he is now free to sign to another club. The team of Athens due to big financial crisis in Greece will have to reduce it's budget by much and they cannot afford the high contract of Nicholas.

The American shooting guard who moved to Panathinaikos Athens from Efes Pilsen the period 2008-09 had in Greek league 9.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.3apg. One of the favorites for the player is Armani Jeans Milano


Cholet keeps coach Kunter until 2013 - by Eurobasket News
Cholet is set to sign contract extension with their Head Coach Erman Kunter. The Turkish specialist will stay with the club until the end of 2012/13 season. Kunter took over Cholet in 2006. He helped them win the ProA title in 2010. Last season, Cholet reached the Finals and was very close to defend the trophy. However, Nancy grabbed thriller win at the end. Kanter also won the French Supercup with Cholet in 2010. Two years before that, Cholet won the Semaine des As Cup.
Before Cholet, Erman Kunter worked one year with ASVEL. He was coaching Cholet also in 2003/04 season. In the past, Kunter was a Head Coach of Galatasaray and Darussafaka. He was named Eurobasket All-Turkish League Coach of the Year -03. In 1998 and 1999, Kanter was a Head Coach of the Turkish National Team.


Caja Laboral and Esteban Batista split - by Eurobasket News
Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) is no longer a member of Caja Laboral. Two sides terminated their deal today. Batista joined former Spanish champions in January from Fuenlabrada. He appeared in 10 Euroleague games with Caja Laboral averaging 8.4 points and 6.3 rebounds. In ACB, Batista added 7 ppg and 4.8 rpg. However, it seems that was not enough for the club. Batista had 12.7 ppg and 8.4 rpg in 14 games with Fuenla last season. Esteban Batista played for Fuenlabrada also in 2009/10. He shined with 14.1 ppg and 8.4 rpg for 31 games in ACB. He ended the season as the best league reboudner. Before Fuenla, Batista played for Maccabi Electra, Triumph Lyubertsy and Libertad. He also has experience from the Italian Sassari. Batista was named Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB 2nd Team -11 and Eurobasket.com Spanish ACB All-Imports Team -11. He is active member of the Uruguayan National Team since 2003.

Charleroi, Vilnius chosen to host Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds - by Eurobasket News
Two cities whose hearts beat for basketball Charleroi, Belgium and Vilnius, Lithuania - have been chosen to jump-start the new 2011-12 season as the hosts of Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds next fall. The 6,000-seat Spiroudome in Charleroi and the 11-000-seat Siemens Arena in Vilnius both will host qualifying-round games between September 29 and October 2. In deciding on the two venues, criteria such as the hosts experience with organizing past sporting events, the response of local fans to similar events and the quality of the arena, as well as the facilities within the surrounding area, were taken into consideration.

The new format for the qualifying rounds consists of parallel eight-team single-elimination tournaments whose winners will advance directly to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season. The 14 teams that don't win the four-day competitions in Charleroi and Vilnius will play in the 2011-12 Eurocup Regular Season.

Qualifying Round A, to be held in Siemens Arena in Vilnius, will have a host club in Lietuvos Rytas, which was runner-up in the Lithuanian League and reached the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 last season. Earlier in September, Siemens Arena will be the showcase of world basketball as 18 games of Eurobasket 2011 will be played there over six days. Along with Lietuvos Rytas, the seven other teams participating in Qualifying Round A are: Asvel Basket Lyon Villeurbanne, BCM Gravelines Dunkerque and Cholet Basket of France, Galatasaray of Turkey, KK Buducnost of Montenegro, KK Cibona Zagreb of Croatia and PAOK BC of Greece.

Qualifying Round B, to be held at the Spiroudome in Charleroi, also will have a host club in Belgacom Spirou, the current Belgian League champions, who made it to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague through qualifying last season. The Spiroudome was the successful host of four consecutive ULEB Cup finals between 2003 and 2007. Belgacom Spirou Basket will be joined in Qualifying Round B by the following seven clubs: Alba Berlin of Germany, Banvit BK of Turkey, BC Donetsk of Ukraine, BC Khimki Moscow Region of Russia, CEZ Basketball Nymburk of the Czech Republic, PGE Turow Zgorzelec of Poland and VEF Riga of Latvia.

Courtesy of Euroleague


ESL Houston Information - Jul 14, 2011 - by Darryl Reshaw

ESL Houston Participants,

Due to unexpected damages the ESL Houston is forced to move its game locations to THE GYM. The Hilton Hotel is still welcoming all players, coaches and scouts. The Hilton will have airport shuttles that will transport ESL people from the airport to hotel.

To take the tour of the hotel visit: www.houstonnorth.hilton.com. Reservation Phone number: 1-866-577-1154, all ESL people will be listed under European Summer League. Room Rate will be $ 79.00 Per Night and rooms must be booked as soon as possible. Rates have changed to lack of reservations. But these are still awesome rates for an amazing hotel.

The games will be held at THE Gym. Address will be listed below.

THE GYM
2325 Atascocita Rd
Humble, TX 77396
281.540.4GYM

ESL players who prefer to have the option of having a roommate please contact or office or email us at marketing@eurobasket.com in order for us to make the arrangement with another ESL player.

Orientation/ Registration and team placement will take place on Friday Morning. Each player will be contacted by ESL staff for full details.

All ESL games will begin at 10am on July 22nd and the event will be over by 6pm on July24th.

Again the ESL will provide a light airport shuttle for players arriving in Houston on July 21st

to the Hilton Hotel and returning to the airport on July 24th. George Bush (Intercontinental Airport)

There will be other transportation information from the airport to the Hilton Hotel provided to all ESL participants by email prior to the event.

The Hilton Hotel will not be providing a breakfast buffet deal for free per day to all ESL guests for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Information that was posted was a misprint.

For additional information regarding the ESL Houston contact marekting@eurobasket.com



ESL announces 2011 Chicago All Tournamnet Team - by Darryl Reshaw
Basketball Coaches, GM's and Agents,

The ESL acts as a scouting service for professional teams on an international basis.
Many European, South American, Asian, NBDL and other international coaches contact us regarding the top ESL players.
Our information regarding the ESL All tournament teams is in-depth and accurate.
Over 300 former ESL players are currently playing professional basketball due to talent level of the ESL and our strict registration criteria getting into the summer league.
In addition our scouting information is intended to give coaches player evaluation information based off of our experience in the international basketball market and to assist the ESL players and their agents in the placement process.
For additional information regarding the ESL players or contact information of their agents please contact marketing@eurobasket.com

ESL 2011 Chicago All Tournament Team:

CO-MVP: Andrew Fair (6'0''-G, college: St.Francis, IL):
Andrew Fair (6'0''-G, college: St.Francis, IL) is probably the best on ball defender the ESL has seen in its existence.
In a three day period Andrew averaged 10 steals per game and was partly responsible for his teams amazing come back in the ESL Championship game.
He is a NAIA All American who is a good scorer and makes great decisions wi6h the ball.
His offensive strength is driving and slashing to the basket.
He would be an excellent player in Switzerland, England or Sweden.

CO-MVP: Tyrone Kent (6'5''-G/F-86, college: Toledo):
Tyrone over the three day period averaged a lot of points and has a lot of offensive diversity to his game.
He is very athletic, he creates off the dribble and he is good shooter from the outside.
Tyrone has professional experience in Europe but needs the right coach and system to exploit his unique talents.
He is highly skilled and has the potential to play in the big leagues in Europe.

ESL 2011 Chicago All Tournament 1st Team:

Emmanuel Little (6'5''-F-85, college: N.Dakota):
He is no stranger to the ESL as his professional jobs in Japan and Mexico were a result of playing well in the ESL events in the past.
Emmanuel is a super athletic big guard who gets lots of hustle and transition points while running the floor.
He is an excellent ball handler who creates his scoring opportunities by penetrating the lanes.
He is an excellent defensive player and his mid-range jump shot is very good.
This kid can play in leagues like Germany and Belgium and be an all star very easily.
If Emmanuel could shoot 37% from the 3pt line he would be a NBA guard.

Julian Harris (5'10''-G-89, college: Menlo):
This NAIA All American from Menlo College was the show in Chicago and had our scouts screaming in their seats.
This left hand PG can really score the basketball and makes excellent decisions as he runs the team very well.
He plays great pressure defense and looks like he spends time in the weight room.
What separates Julian from the other PGs and the players in the ESL is that he shoots the ball like Steve Nash.
The kid is an outstanding pure shooter who will kills you in a pick and roll situation and he can create his own opportunities.
The kid will be great for entry level teams in Europe and will move up immediately.
He is the steal of the ESL for teams across Europe looking for a quality PG who can really score and play defense.

Marcel Anderson (5'9''-PG-86, college: Harris-Stowe St.):
The former CO-MVP of Chicago is probably the most talented PG the ESL has seen in three years.
Marcel is the fastest athlete you will see on a basketball court and gets the most dunks due to his crazy speed and athleticism.
He plays great defense and is unstoppable going to the basket. He scores and reminds us of Allen Iverson.
He was the Co-MVP of the ESL 2011 Las Vegas Event and has a heart of a champion.
He is great in transition and he an excellent on ball defender.
Like Iverson he will turn the ball over a little but once he matures and receives quality coaching then he becomes and Euroleague type of talent.
The kid has NBA skills but will have to start in an entry level league in Europe but the sky is his limit.

Mike McKinney (6'4''-G-85, college: N.Illinois):
Mike played extremely well in Chicago and was quietly the leader on his team.
He is a gifted scorer as a combo guard and has a strong athletic body.
Mike creates off the dribble well and he is a good shooter.
He has professional experience in Europe and should keep developing as a quality professional.

Brandon Watkins (6'0''-G-81, college: Penn St.):
Brandon is a pure professional PG with quality experience.
He runs a team very smoothly and has a high basketball IQ.
His dribble penetration and pull up jump shot is the feature of his offensive game.
When his team needs him he is like Chauncey Billups and will make the big shots.
Brandon deserves to be in the BBL in Germany especially after bringing a team up from the second league to the BBL already in his career.
This guy is a professional and can really play. I love his scoring and shooting ability.

Casey Love (6'9''-C-80, college: Robert Morris):
Casey is a terrific low post scorer with a thousand moves.
He has excellent footwork and a nice mid-range jump shot.
He is a good athlete and rebounds as well.
He can play in Europe in quality leagues for teams looking for a PF who can flat out score.

Obinna Agomo (6'3''-G-88, college: Greenville):
Obinna is the best African talent the ESL has scouted all summer and he has a Nigerian passport.
He is a big time prospect for teams looking for a Contonou player in Spain.
This guy is super athletic and plays above the rim.
He is a fierce competitor and plays very hard.
He can score, play defense and rebound with the best of them.
The ESL promotion will help him land in Europe as a Contonou player.
Teams, agent and coaches who read this article .........this kid can play.

Octreyvius Roebuck (6'7''-F):
This guy puts up big numbers by just being on the court.
He is the type of player who does everything well but you may not really notice him until you pick up the statistics.
In Chicago he had an excellent tournament as he did it all and was a double double guy.
He slashes to the basket, runs the floor and is a Shawn Marion type of a player.
He is a great athlete and a big time rebounder.
This kid is great for small markets in Europe to get started.

ESL 2011 Chicago All Tournament 2nd Team:

Curtis Staples (6'3''-G-76, college: Virginia)
Curtis had the best dunk in the ESL Chicago event and is a big time explosive athlete.
If he is on the court dont blink because he is a highlight waiting to happen.
This next level athlete can score, rebound and take the ball to the basket and jump over defenders.
He would be great in markets like Sweden, Finland and Norway.
He is a high energy player with lots of upside with experience.

Marcus Jackson (6'5''-G/F-81, college: Benedictine):
Marcus is a highly skills wing man that has an old school game.
He is a big time scorer in the mid-range area and plays very hard.
He is a great rebounder and competes on every possession.
Marcus plays in the IBL and his experience played off in the ESL.
He would do extremely well in Europe in the entry level markets to begin his career.

Darryl Garrett (6'4''-G-85, college: Schoolcraft CC):
This guy is a smooth operator on the basketball court.
He is athletic and very creative with the basketball.
He is very good perimeter player but has skills to get to the basket.
He is a very talented player who had a quality tourney in Chicago and can play overseas.

Senario Hillman (6'1''-PG-88, college: Alabama):
Senario was the best player at the Attack Athetics in day one by far.
This former SEC players is a serious talent that has all the tools for a combo guard.
He has great size, athleticism, creativity and can shoot the basketball.
Being left handed is also a big weapon for him.
He will have a great career overseas but has to be consisted every day.

Marvin Walker (6'3''-G-89):
He is the 2010-11 ABA Rookie of the Year.
He looked impressive in Chicago as he displayed a nice all around game.
He is quick, athletic and plays great defense.
He can score in a variety of ways and has great upside.
The scouts were impressed by him in Chicago.

Stanley Thomas (6'5''-G/F-80):
Stan is the man and is a very crafty scorer who can play at a good level in Europe.
This left handed assassin creates well off the dribble and will finish to the basket or a nice mid-range jump shot.
If his team needed a bucket then Stan would hit big shots consistently.
He has played in the NBDL and the PBL and is ready to take his skills to Europe.

Mitchell Carter (6'10''-C, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee):
Mitchell was the best big guy in the ESL Chicago event and showed some serious skills.
The thing that confused the scouts in Chicago was his limited playing time in College.
We figured his college coach must like small ball because this guy can really.
Once the right people see him he will have a nice career overseas.
He has great post moves, a good jump hook and will dunk on you.
He has a nice jump shot and rebounds well.
His outlet passes are great and fundamentally he is great.

Aaron Hall (6'2''-G, college: C.W. Post)
Aaron is a deceptive athlete with a strong and rugged body.
He seems like a football player in the first impression.
However he drives the ball to the basket very well.
He also has a nice jump shot and is a good all around player.

Mike Hart:
This player reminded me of a poor mans version of Dwight Howard.
Mike has been in the weight room and he jumps out the guy.
He gets a lot of dunks and shot blocks.
He has the most upside talent in the ESL due to his size, age and athleticism.
He is a great rebounder and a decent role scorer.



Real Madrid bring in Jaycee Carroll - by Eurobasket News
Real Madrid have officially announced the signing of contract with Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports). The deal is meant for three seasons. Jaycee Carroll spent the last season with Gran Canaria. The guard averaged 19.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in ACB. He was the top scorer in the Spanish League. In EuroCup Jaycee Carroll posted 18.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists per appearance. The guard also showed the best result in scoring in the tournament. Eurobasket.com named Jaycee Carroll All-Spanish ACB Import Player of the Year. He also made it into All-EuroCup 2nd Team for the second season in a row. Jaycee Carroll played for Banca Tercas before joining Gran Canaria in 2009.


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   


Div.C Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Andorra2-0
2. Wales1-1
3. Monaco0-2
Group B
1. San Marino.2-0
2. Malta1-1
3. Gibraltar0-2


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20   


Results and Stats from Day 1 in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Switzerland - Georgia 74-82
Georgia U20 needed a strong second half to beat Switzerland U20 in their start of the European Championship. The Georgian team won 82:74 in Group A campaign with a great performance of Shengelia. He poured in 31 points for the winners and added 6 rebounds. Akaki Dvalishvili (206-C/F-90) and Louissaint exchanged baskets in the very beginning, while Shengelia scored for 11:4. Fongue nailed three to close the first period at 15:13 and he also tied the game in the start of the second quarter. Georgia however went on another lead and Bakradze brought 30:21 midway though the second quarter. Herrmann meanwhile closed a 5-0 run for his side to tie the game at 33:33 after 20 minutes. Only due to the second half Georgia celebrated the victory. They won the third quarter 24-20 and added 25-21 in the last stanza. Beqa Chikviladze (195-G-91) scored 16 for Georgia and Akaki Dvalishvili notched 15. Dubas finished the game with 14 points in defeat, while Fongue had 13.

FYR Macedonia - Poland 71-74
Poland U20 opened European Championship in Division B with the tough win over F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20. Fras Wojciech nailed 20 points to lead the Polish side to 74:71 victory. Although Poland started with 6 consecutive points, Delipetrov closed an 9-0 run to bring 3-point lead. Osman and Jaroslaw Zyskowski (197-G-92) exchanged the baskets in the end of the period for 24-21. The second quarter became catastrophic for F.Y.R. of Macedonia that scored only 9 points versus 30 from Poland. Dziemba sent both squads to the lockers for 18-points deficit, giving Poland 51:33. No matter how hard F.Y.R. of Macedonia tried to recover they could not win the game. They won the third period 17-11 to reduce to 62:50 and then Gajdadjiev scored two three-pointers in a row for 70:71. Szumelda-Krzycki and Szymanski however scored for Poland to bring the first win in the group. Parzenski Jakub ended up with 12 points and Szymanski Sebastian netted 10. Jaroslaw Zyskowski finished the game with 8 points for 1-0 record. Stojan Gjuroski (201-F-91) produced 19 points in defeat and Gajdadjiev Nikola added 18.

Romania - Estonia 50-85
Estonia U20 got their European Championship campaign off to a successful start after winning all the periods over Romania U20. The latter tried hard but lost 50:85 in Division B in Sarajevo. Soo and Veideman nailed threes in the start for the Baltic side and Dorbek added another one for 15:11. Bogdan Tibirna (210-C-91) closed the first period also from the perimeter to show 23:17 on the board after 10 minutes. Rannar Raap (188-G/F-92) scored for 31:22 and Estonia led to 23-10 in the next 10 minutes. He also was the last to post in the half sending the squads to the lockers for 46:27. No matter how hard Romanian team tried to recover they could not find match in the second half as well. Estonia won the third period 18-10 and closed the game with 21-13 in the last frame. Puidet made a dunk to be the last successful player in the game. Rannar Raap paced all the winners with 19 points and Dorbek netted 13. Soo ended up with 12 points and Parn scored 10. Bogdan Tibirna collected 20 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Chirof netted 9.

Group B
Holland - Slovakia 55-57
Slovak Republic U20 brought an upset to Netherlands U20 in Sarajevo. They grabbed 57:55 in the opener of the U20 European Championship in Group B. Van Der Horst gave the Dutch team 14:7 midway through the opening period and Max Van Schaik scored for 16:9. Lukas Bukovic (176-PG-91) and Treffers exchanged late baskets in the first period for 20:18, while Moravek nailed three for 23:22 Slovak lead. After 12-10 in the first period Slovak Republic tied the game at 30:30 at the halftime. The third period completely belonged to the winners that had massive 15-6 in the third frame when Richard Grznar (189-PG-91) closed the period at 45:36. The Dutch side did their best to grab the lead and reduced to 56:55 with 28 seconds to go. Mrvis however scored one free throw in the last seconds for the necessary victory. Richard Grznar top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Mrvis netted 11. Max Van Schaik answered with 12 points and 11 boards in defeat, while Jeroen Van Vugt had 11 and Van Der Horst nailed 10.

Denmark - Hungary 57-42
Denmark down Hungary in Sarajevo to shock them in the opener. The Danish side easily reached their first 57:42 win after the victories in all quarters. Denmark started with 4:2 as Thomas Laerke (194-G/F-91) drove a lay-up. Bergstedt increased to 18:11 and Thomas Laerke added two for 20:16. Bak brought 28:20 and Eilingsfeld netted two for 31:22. Denmark won the third period 17-12 and enjoyed 41:30 after thirty minutes. It is hard to understand why the Hungarian team shot so many three-pointers in the air as they could not score any in the last period. As a result they were rightfully defeated by 15 points in the opener. Thomas Laerke made two free throws at the very end to seal the victory for his side. Bak stepped up with 16 points and Bergstedt nailed 15. Thomas Laerke ended up with 14 points and 11 rebounds for the first victory. Madar replied with 14 points in the losing effort and Eilingsfeld netted 10.

Group C
Portugal - United Kingdom 60-57
Portugal U20 surprised Great Britain U20 at the start of the European Championship in Division B. The teams were tied at 50:50 midway through the last period, while the Portuguese team made the final push for the first victory. Richards brought the first 4 points for the Great Britain team and Alex Marcotullio (190-G-91) later tied the game at 10:10. Richards meanwhile kept the teams together at 14:14 and Ferreirinho nailed three to give Portugal 22:18. The latter stayed in front Devon Van Oostrum's shot in the middle of the third period. He made a jump shot for 38:37 and Alex Marcotullio tied it at 44:44. Portugal deserved the win more as they led in the majority of the game. Queiroz and Miguel Cardoso (182-PG-93) made the final free throws at the end of the game for the first victory. Miguel Cardoso led the way with 14 points and Ferreirinho added 13. Alex Marcotullio ended up with 18 points in the losing effort, while Devon Van Oostrum collected 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Finland - Norway 80-55
Finland U20 won their opener of the European Championship 2011 in Division B. The team overcame Norway 80:55 in the start of Group C in Sarajevo. Engen and Berg brought the only leads for Norway in the game at the very beginning. Vanttaja later scored for 16:11, while Karamo Jawara (200-F-91) closed the first period at 19:16. Finland added 18-10 in the second frame for 37:23 at the halftime. In the third period Norway played well and managed to score the same number of points as the opponents. After 12-12 in it Sandberg gave Finalnd 49:35 after three quarters. Lindbom drove a lay-up in the start of the last stanza and scored another 7 within few minutes. Kilian Cato (201-F/C-92) closed the game from the free throw line bringing the first win for Finland. Lindbom stepped up with 15 points and Villematti Kopio (182-PG-92) notched 13. Molenius nailed 11, whilst Nikkarinen scored 10. Karamo Jawara replied with 16 points in the losing effort and Berg delivered 11.

Luxembourg - Czech Republic 60-127
Czech Republic U20 opened European Championship in Sarajevo with the easy win. They smashed Luxembourg U20 127:60 in the first game of the European Championship Division B campaign. Kuhlmann gave Luxembourg the first and the only lead in the start of the game. Czech Republic later replied with 7-0 run and never looked behind after. Honomichl closed the period at 31:15, while Mares opened the second period with a three. The Czechs played well in defense and as a result they allowed the opponents to score only 8 points in the second period. Tomas Vyoral (188-PG-92) sent both squads to the lockers for 59:23. For Luxembourg the third frame became the most productive as they lost it only 23-29. Ondrej Balvin (215-C-92) made two free throws as his side enjoyed 88:46 advantage. Pecka made a hook shot for 101:53 midway through the last quarter and Honomichl brought the final score in the game. Tomas Vyoral stepped up with 20 points for the winners and Kohout nailed 19. Ondrej Balvin collected 15 points and 12 rebounds, whilst Pecka notched 14. Wolzfeld answered with 19 points in defeat and Schmit scored 13.

Group D
Belgium - Belarus 76-50
Belgium stun the team from Belarus in KSC Ilidja Gym at the start of the European Championship in Division B. Belgium U20 needed 76:50 to start with the confident victory. It was a slow start as both teams tried not to make any major mistakes in the beginning. They both nailed 8 points in the opening period and then Belgium needed 19-16 in the second frame for 27:24 at the halftime. The third quarter was decisive in the game as the favorites produced 31-12 to seal the victory. They also finished with 18-14 in the last frame for the final result. Boxus was the last to score for Belgium from the perimeter. Ondrej Balvin (215-C-92) poured in 20 points to lead the charge, whilst Gillet netted 15. Terry Deroover (180-G-91) posted 10 and Ojomoh added 8. Vitali Liutych (198-G/F-92) answered with 19 points in the losing effort and Zakhar scored 7.




M-Standings - Division B
Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Poland1-0
2. Estonia1-0
3. Georgia1-0
4. FYR Macedo.0-1
5. Romania0-1
6. Switzerlan.0-1
Group B
1. Denmark1-0
2. Slovakia1-0
3. Bulgaria0-0
4. Hungary0-1
5. Holland0-1
Group C
1. Czech Rep.1-0
2. Finland1-0
3. Portugal1-0
4. Luxembourg.0-1
5. Norway0-1
6. U.Kingdom0-1
Group D
1. Belgium1-0
2. Bosnia1-0
3. Israel0-0
4. Belarus0-1
5. Iceland0-1


Results and Stats from Day 1 in Bilbao - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Montenegro - Slovenia 80-77
Montenegro victoriously opened their U20 European Championship campaign. They overcame Slovenia in a tough clash in Group A. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 30 points and 12 rebounds to pace the winners. Milutin Dukanovic (190-PG-91) hit a winning three-pointer with four seconds remaining in regulation. Slovenia dominated in the first half. They posted a 21:17 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Back-to-back three-pointers from Edo Muric (202-F-91) gave Slovenia a 41:29 lead midway through the second term. Slovenia followed with eight points in a row to establish a 49:31 halftime lead. However Montenegro used an 11:0 run midway through the third term to cut the deficit. They trailed by eight points with one quarter remaining 56:64. Dubljevic erupted for seven points to drag Montenegro as close as three points 69:72. Montenegro soon pulled in front 75:72 with under three minutes to go. Prepelic and Alen Omic (213-C-92) levelled things up at 77 but a treble from Milutin Dukanovic sealed the outcome. Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94, agency: Beo Basket) netted 15 points, while Milutin Dukanovic added 12 points and 8 assists for Montenegro. Alen Omic answered with 28 points for Slovenia. Edo Muric provided 16 points in the loss.

Russia - Serbia 62-72
Serbian U20 National Team registered the first win at European Championship in Spain. They outscored Russia to improve at 1-0 record in Group A. Nemanja Jaramaz (201-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 15 points to lead the winners. Russia opened the game with seven points in a row. Serbia needed some time to tune in as they grabbed an 18:15 lead late in the quarter. Serbia entered the second quarter up by a single point 18:17. The lead changed hands for several times before Serbia pulled in front and recorded a 46:36 lead at the interval. Serbia kept Russia at bay throughout the third term. The Balkan team established a 60:49 lead heading into the final frame. Fidiy and Ivan Strebkov (185-PG-91) pulled Russia within six points with just over three minutes remaining. But Branislav Djekic and Andjusic answered with six points in a row and Serbia marched to the victory at the end. Nemanja Nedovic (192-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) provided 13 points for Serbia. Nikola Kalinic (202-F-91) added 12 points in the win. Ivan Strebkov replied with 13 points for Russia. Artem Gorlanov (196-G-91) accounted for 11 points in the loss.

Group B
Sweden - Latvia 57-59
Mareks Mejeris (207-F-91, agency: Players Group) (207-F-91, agency: Players Group) knocked down a buzzer-beating jumper to propel Latvia past Sweden on the first day of U20 European Championship in Bilbao, Spain. Janis Antrops (193-G-91, agency: Interperformances) scored 13 points to lead Latvia in the opening win in Group B. Latvia dominated in the starting quarter. They opened a 21:13 lead late in the period. Latvia entered the second frame up by 8 points 25:17. Pinete gave Latvia a 10-point advantage at the start of the second term. The Scandinavians however were able to get within 4 points at halftime 35:39. Viktor Gaddefors (200-F-92) finally nailed four points in a row to level things up at 43 midway through the third term. The teams headed into the final quarter tied at 48. Sweden used a 7:0 run midway through the fourth period to gain a 57:51 lead. However Dukulis and Davis Lejasmeiers (190-G-91) erased the deficit. Person missed his attempt and Mareks Mejeris punished Sweden at the buzzer. Mareks Mejeris finished with 12 points, while Davis Lejasmeiers added 10 points in the victory. Viktor Gaddefors replied with 14 points for Sweden. Alexander Lindqvist (202-F-91) had 11 points in the loss.

Croatia - France 33-49
France celebrated victory in U20 European Championship opener. They outgunned Croatia in a defensively-minded Group B clash in Bilbao, Spain. Les Bleus limited their opponents beyond 10 points in every quarter and celebrated a comprehensive win at the end. Evan Fournier (200-G/F-92) stepped up with 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) ensured a 7:2 start for France. Les Bleus earned a 12:8 lead after ten minutes. Croatia got within one midway through the second term but the misses mounted they faced a 15:25 halftime deficit. France stretched the gap to 14 points in the third term. They entered the fourth quarter up by 12 points 36:24. Les Bleus tipped off the final term on a 9:0 run and never looked back en route to the victory. Leo Westermann delivered 10 points and 8 rebounds, while Rudy Gobert (213-C-92) added 6 points in the win. Ivan Batur (203-G/F-91) answered with 10 points for Croatia. Ante Cutura (203-F/C-91, agency: Interperformances) netted 9 points in the loss.

Group C
Austria - Greece 51-69
Greece registered the victory in the U20 European Championship opener. The Hellenes overcame pesky Austria in Group C. Greece erupted for 28 points in the fourth quarter to tame their opponents. Sokratis Psaropoulos (191-PG-92, agency: FCM) and Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (206-F-92) accounted for 16 points apiece in the victory. Mares and Jozo Rados (203-C-93) teamed up to give Austria a dreamy start. The Division A newcomers posted a 16:4 lead early in the game. Austria stayed in charge and recorded a 21:18 lead after ten minutes. Greece erased the deficit and surged ahead 30:29 midway through the second term. But Austria capped the half with five points in a row to post a 34:30 advantage. Austria did not allow Greece to deny the deficit as they entered the fourth term up by two points 43:41. But Greece finally shook off sloppiness in the final term. The Hellenes unleashed 28 points in the period and rallied to a confident win at the end. Spyridon Motsenigos (194-G/F-92) netted 11 points in the winning effort. Anton Maresch (192-G-91) replied with 15 points for Austria. Jozo Rados notched 13 points in the loss.

Spain - Turkey 90-41
Spain eased past Turkey in U20 European Championship opener for both teams. The hosts led from start to finish registering a comfortable win at the end. Joan Sastre Morro (201-F-91) nailed 16 points to pace the hosts. The teams stayed close in the opening minutes. But Spain capped the first period with a 12:0 surge to clear off 24:12. Spain continued to enlarge the lead throughout the second quarter. The home team established a 39:20 halftime advantage. Spain just mounted the lead in the third quarter. They entered the fourth period up by insurmountable 40 points 67:27. Spain never looked back en route to the victory then. Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) nailed 15 points, while Josep Franch (194-PG-91) added 13 points in the win. Huseyin Koksal (195-F-91) answered with 10 points for Turkey. Furkan Aldemir (207-F-91) provided 6 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Group D
Italy - Lithuania 77-82
Lithuania earned the first win at U20 European Championship in Spain. The Baltic team overcame Italy in Group D opener. Saulius Kulvietis (203-F-91) was pivotal with 32 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. They exchanged baskets to enter the second term tied at 18. Italy pulled in front 27:21 early in the second period. But Lithuania quickly erased the deficit. Italy and Lithuania arrived at halftime tied at 39. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the third quarter. Lithuania capped the third term with five points in a row to take a 58:55 advantage. Dovydas Redikas and Saulius Kulvietis boosted the margin to 11 points midway through the fourth frame. Butkevicius and Dovydas Redikas went deadly from the stripe in the final seconds and Lithuania celebrated victory at the end. Dovydas Redikas finished with 12 points, 7 assists and 5 boards, while Augustas Peciukevicius (191-G-91) added 11 points for the winners. Achille Polonara (202-F-91) answered with 18 points for Italy. Andrea De Nicolao (185-G-91) netted 15 points in the loss.

Ukraine - Germany 68-72
Germany recorded the initial victory at U20 European Championship. They held off Ukraine in the opener. Patrick Heckmann (198-F/G-92) knocked down 22 points to pace the effort. Germany used a 12:0 run midway through the opening quarter to clear off. Germany posted a 20:11 lead at the first break. Germany maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Oleksandr Lypovyy (199-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Iegorov capped the half with five points in a row as Ukraine cut the deficit at 7 points 23:30 at the interval. Ukraine narrowed the gap to only 3 points early in the second half. Germany responded with a 13:2 run to restore a 14-point lead 46:32. Frank Menz team entered the fourth period up by 11 points 48:37. Germany still led by 11 points with just over five minutes remaining. But Mishula unloaded 9 points in a row, while Andriy Lebedintsev (187-PG-91) and Oleksandr Lypovyy followed with two triples as Ukraine cut the distance to just three points. Andriy Lebedintsev sank two free throws as the margin grew thinner. Mathis Monninghoff (200-F/G-92) and Patrick Heckmann accounted for five points next to give some breathing space for Germany. A bunch of misses from Ukrainian players allowed Germany to escape with a tough win at the end. Mathis Monninghoff produced 15 points, while Daniel Theis (207-C-92) added 11 points for the winners. Andriy Lebedintsev replied with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for Ukraine. Oleksandr Lypovyy netted 16 points in the loss.




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Saulius KULVIETIS
  (203-F-91)
  Avg: 32
 1. Kulvietis, LTU32.0 
 2. Dubljevic, MNT30.0 
 3. Omic, SLO28.0 
 4. Heckmann, GER22.0 
 5. Fournier, FRA18.0 
 6. Lebedintsev, UKR18.0 
 7. Polonara, ITA18.0 
 8. Chrysikopoul., GRE16.0 
 9. Sastre Morro, ESP16.0 
 10. Lypovyy, UKR16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bojan DUBLJEVIC
  (205-C-91)
  Avg: 12
 1. Dubljevic, MNT12.0 
 2. Todorovic, MNT11.0 
 3. Aldemir, TUR11.0 
 4. Kulvietis, LTU10.0 
 5. Czerapowicz, SWE10.0 
 6. Melli, ITA10.0 
 7. Lebedintsev, UKR9.0 
 8. Barac, CRO9.0 
 9. Muric, SLO9.0 
 10. Westermann, FRA8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Milutin DUKANOVIC
  (190-PG-91)
  Avg: 8
 1. Dukanovic, MNT8.0 
 2. Redikas, LTU7.0 
 3. Pozas, ESP6.0 
 4. Lebedintsev, UKR5.0 
 5. Span, SLO5.0 
 6. Wendt, GER4.0 
 7. Prepelic, SLO4.0 
 8. Chrysikopoul., GRE4.0 
 9. Moraschini, ITA4.0 
 10. Franch, ESP4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Riccardo MORASCHINI
  (195-G-91)
  Avg: 4
 1. Moraschini, ITA4.0 
 2. Polonara, ITA3.0 
 3. Kalinic, SRB3.0 
 4. De Nicolao, ITA3.0 
 5. Gobert, FRA2.0 
 6. Melli, ITA2.0 
 7. Strebkov, RUS2.0 
 8. Fournier, FRA2.0 
 9. Toz, TUR2.0 
 10. Babic, CRO2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  (213-C-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Gobert, FRA3.0 
 2. Muric, SLO2.0 
 3. Polonara, ITA2.0 
 4. Engstrom, SWE2.0 
 5. Theis, GER2.0 
 6. Mejeris, LAT2.0 
 7. Lorenzo, ESP2.0 
 8. Butkevicius, LTU2.0 
 9. Gil, ESP1.0 
 10. Korshakov, RUS1.0 


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Montenegro.1-0
2. Serbia1-0
3. Russia0-1
4. Slovenia0-1
Group B
1. France1-0
2. Latvia1-0
3. Sweden0-1
4. Croatia0-1
Group C
1. Spain1-0
2. Greece1-0
3. Turkey0-1
4. Austria0-1
Group D
1. Germany1-0
2. Lithuania1-0
3. Ukraine0-1
4. Italy0-1


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U20: Carl Lindbom leads Finland over Norway - by Eurobasket News
Finland U20-Norway U20 80:55

Finland U20 won their opener of the European Championship 2011 in Division B. The team overcame Norway 80:55 in the start of Group C in Sarajevo.
Engen and Stian Berg (187-PG-91) brought the only leads for Norway in the game at the very beginning. Vanttaja later scored for 16:11, while Karamo Jawara (200-F-91)
closed the first period at 19:16. Finland added 18-10 in the second frame for 37:23 at the halftime. In the third period Norway played well and managed to score the same number of points as the opponents. After 12-12 in it Sandberg gave Finalnd 49:35 after three quarters. Carl Lindbom (204-F-91) drove a lay-up in the start of the last stanza and scored another 7 within few minutes. Cato closed the game from the free throw line bringing the first win for Finland.
Carl Lindbom stepped up with 15 points and Villematti Kopio (182-PG-92) notched 13. Markus Molenius (203-F-92) nailed 11, whilst Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91) scored 10. Karamo Jawara replied with 16 points in the losing effort and Stian Berg delivered 11.

Finland U20: Carl Lindbom 15, Villematti Kopio 13, Markus Molenius 11, Antto Nikkarinen 10
Norway U20: Karamo Jawara 16, Stian Berg 11




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U20: Suffocating defence propels France past Croatia - by Eurobasket News
France U20 - Croatia U20 49:33

France celebrated victory in U20 European Championship opener. They outgunned Croatia in a defensively-minded Group B clash in Bilbao, Spain. Les Bleus limited their opponents beyond 10 points in every quarter and celebrated a comprehensive win at the end. Evan Fournier (200-G/F-92) stepped up with 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners.
Leo Westermann (198-G-92) ensured a 7:2 start for France. Les Bleus earned a 12:8 lead after ten minutes. Croatia got within one midway through the second term but the misses mounted they faced a 15:25 halftime deficit. France stretched the gap to 14 points in the third term. They entered the fourth quarter up by 12 points 36:24. Les Bleus tipped off the final term on a 9:0 run and never looked back en route to the victory. Leo Westermann delivered 10 points and 8 rebounds, while Rudy Gobert (213-C-92) added 6 points in the win. Ivan Batur (203-G/F-91) answered with 10 points for Croatia. Ante Cutura (203-F/C-91, agency: Interperformances) netted 9 points in the loss.

France U20: Evan Fournier 18, Leo Westermann 10, Rudy Gobert 6
Croatia U20: Ivan Batur 10, Ante Cutura 9



Mike Gonsalves takes over Charleville-Mezieres - by Eurobasket News
Mike Gonsalves takes over Charleville-Mezieres in the next season. The USA-French specialist come to the team after leaving JA Vichy.
As a player he was famous with Lewis and Clark (NAIA), St.Quentin (France-N3) and Roanne (France-ProB/A). As a Head Coach he started in 1995-1998 with Andrezieux (N2) and in 1998 signed 2-years contract with Roanne. In 2003-2004 moved to Etiole Charleville-Mezieres (France-N1) as a player and coach and continued there in 2004-2005. In 2005-2006 he became the Technical Director of the Etiole Charleville-Mezieres (France-ProB). In 2006-2007 moved to Cavigal Nice Sports Basket (France-LFB), women team and in 2007-2008 coached FC Mulhouse Basket (France-ProB).
As a Coach Assistant he started in 2008-2009 with Saint-Etienne B. C. (France-ProB) and in 2009-2010 appeared with Saint-Etienne B.C. (France-NM1). The season 2010-2011 started for JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket (France-ProA) and reached French Cup Semifinals -11.


Cholet keeps coach Kunter until 2013 - by Eurobasket News
Cholet is set to sign contract extension with their Head Coach Erman Kunter. The Turkish specialist will stay with the club until the end of 2012/13 season. Kunter took over Cholet in 2006. He helped them win the ProA title in 2010. Last season, Cholet reached the Finals and was very close to defend the trophy. However, Nancy grabbed thriller win at the end. Kanter also won the French Supercup with Cholet in 2010. Two years before that, Cholet won the Semaine des As Cup.
Before Cholet, Erman Kunter worked one year with ASVEL. He was coaching Cholet also in 2003/04 season. In the past, Kunter was a Head Coach of Galatasaray and Darussafaka. He was named Eurobasket All-Turkish League Coach of the Year -03. In 1998 and 1999, Kanter was a Head Coach of the Turkish National Team.


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Fortitudo Bologna set to hire Zare Markovski - by Eurobasket News
According to Sportando, Fortitudo Bologna will hire Zare Markovski as their new Head Coach. Reportedly, the deal will be official during the day. The Macedonian specialist worked last season in France with Limoges CSP. They ended as the last ranked team in ProA with 9-21 score. Markovski worked with Armani Jeans Milano three years ago. Actually, he started 2007/08 season with Milano, but they parted ways in October of 2007. From 2005 to 2007, Markovski was a Head Coach of Caffe Maxim Virtus Bologna. He helped them reach SerieA Finals in 2007 and he also coach at the SerieA All-Star game. In the past, Zare Markovski worked with Air Avelino, Lugao Tigers, Dadussafaka, Kavadarci and Sassari. He was the Swiss league champion with Lugano in 2001. Fortitudo Bologna wanted to hire Lino Lardo, but they didn't make it. The coach decided to wait for Lottomatica Roma.

U20: Poland grab valuable victory in the opener - by Eurobasket News
F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20-Poland U20 71:74

Poland U20 opened European Championship in Division B with the tough win over F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20. Wojciech Fras (203-F-91) nailed 20 points to lead the Polish side to 74:71 victory.
Although Poland started with 6 consecutive points, Delipetrov closed an 9-0 run to bring 3-point lead. Osman and Zyskowski exchanged the baskets in the end of the period for 24-21. The second quarter became catastrophic for F.Y.R. of Macedonia that scored only 9 points versus 30 from Poland. Dziemba sent both squads to the lockers for 18-points deficit, giving Poland 51:33. No matter how hard F.Y.R. of Macedonia tried to recover they could not win the game. They won the third period 17-11 to reduce to 62:50 and then Gajdadjiev scored two three-pointers in a row for 70:71. Marek Szumelda-Krzycki (193-PG-91, agency: Promotex) and Szymanski however scored for Poland to bring the first win in the group.
Jakub Parzenski (209-F/C-91) ended up with 12 points and Sebastian Szymanski (186-G-91, agency: Promotex) netted 10. Jaroslaw Zyskowski (197-G-92) finished the game with 8 points for 1-0 record. Stojan Gjuroski (201-F-91) produced 19 points in defeat and Nikola Gajdadjiev (193-G-92) added 18.

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20: Stojan Gjuroski 19, Nikola Gajdadjiev 18
Poland U20: Wojciech Fras 22, Jakub Parzenski 12, Sebastian Szymanski 10, Jaroslaw Zyskowski 8




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U20: Georgia needed a strong second half to beat Switzerland - by Eurobasket News
Switzerland U20-Georgia U20 74:82

Georgia U20 needed a strong second half to beat Switzerland U20 in their start of the European Championship. The Georgian team won 82:74 in Group A campaign with a great performance of Tornike Shengelia (207-G/F-91). He poured in 31 points for the winners and added 6 rebounds.
Dimitri Akaki Dvalishvili (206-C/F-90) (93) and Louissaint exchanged baskets in the very beginning, while Tornike Shengelia scored for 11:4. Eric Fongue (198-F-91) nailed three to close the first period at 15:13 and he also tied the game in the start of the second quarter. Georgia however went on another lead and Bakradze brought 30:21 midway though the second quarter. Herrmann meanwhile closed a 5-0 run for his side to tie the game at 33:33 after 20 minutes. Only due to the second half Georgia celebrated the victory. They won the third quarter 24-20 and added 25-21 in the last stanza.
Beqa Chikviladze (195-G-91) scored 16 for Georgia and Akaki Dvalishvili notched 15. Jonathan Dubas (201-F/C-91) finished the game with 14 points in defeat, while Eric Fongue had 13.

Switzerland U20: Jonathan Dubas 14, Eric Fongue 13, Stevanovic 10
Georgia U20: Tornike Shengelia 31, Beqa Chikviladze 16, Akaki Dvalishvili 15, Duda Sanadze (196-G/F-92) 8



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The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig Nab Beko BBL Star Immanuel Mcelroy - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Rumours had been circling since about 120 hours that Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80, college: Cincinnati) was headed from Berlin to Braunschweig and the team finally announced that the 5 time Beko BBl defensive player of the year will play for the team this season. The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig rewarded Mcelroy with a two year contract. Mcelroy is a 31 year old 193cm guard that was born in Galveston, Texas. His overall quickness, combined with his mental toughness, makes him well-suited as a defender in the attacking defense. He is very athletic, a 40-inch vertical jump and a bench press approaching 300 pounds, ability to break defenders down with his dribble and his explosiveness to the basket makes him an effective scorer. He also possesses good court vision and excellent ball-handling skills, giving him the ability to distribute the ball, particularly in the transition game. He is a natural leader who makes others around him better players. Mcelroy has only played for two Beko BBl teams since 2004 with RheinEnergie Koln and Alba Berlin. The American who grew up in Port Arthur, texas has been playing for Alba Berlin since 2008 and last season played 44 games: 9.2ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.1apg, FGP: 60.2%, 3PT: 37.4%, FT: 73.8%; EuroCup: 11 games: 9.5ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.8apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 59.7%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 69.4%; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 5 games: 9.8ppg, 4.0rpg, Assists-4 (3.8apg), FGP: 62.1%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT-2 (87.5%). 'Immanuel Mcelroy was on the top of the wish list of many teams. We are happy that he decided to come here. He is a very important building block in our concept. With his huge experience in the Beko BBL and Euroleague, he will help us move forward and reach our goals', stressed Braunschweig CEO Oliver Braun.

Mcelroy started his basketball career with Cincinnati (NCAA). He turned professional in 2002 and played his first two seasons in the CBA with the Grand Rapids Hoops and the Gary Steelheads.He came to Germany in 2004 and started a very successful time with RheinEnergie Koln where he won two cups and was German champion in 2006. With RheinEnergie Koln, he played a total of 133 beko BBL games, 22 ULEB Cup games, 15 Eurocup games and 13 Euroleague teams. Mcelroy than went to Alba Berlin in early 2008 as RheinEnergie Koln was on the brink of Bankruptcy. With Alba Berlin, he won a Cup and was German champion in 2008. He played a total of 149 Beko BBL games, 16 Euroleague games and 15 Eurocup games. Awards/Achievements in his career have been NJCAA all-star game -00, NCAA Sweet 16 -01,Conf.USA Regular Season Champion -01, Conf.USA Tournament Finalist -01, College Insider.com NCAA All-Defense Team -01,02, Conf.USA Tournament Winner -02, Conf.USA Defensive Player of the Year -02
CBA Rookie of the Year -03, CBA Finalist -03, USBL All-Defensive Team -03, 04, USBL Champion -03, USBL Midwest Division Champion -03, 04, CBA All-Stars Game -04
CBA All-Defensive Team -04, CBA Semifinals -04, USBL Defensive Player of the Year -04, All-USBL 1st Team -04, German Bundesliga All-Star Game -05, 07, 09, 11, German Bundesliga Cup Winner -05, 07, 09, FIBA EuroCup Quarterfinals -06,German Bundesliga Champion -06, 08, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Import Player of the Year -06, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 1st Team -06, 07, 10, Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Imports Team -06, 07, 10, Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Defensive Team -06, 07, 08, 09, German Bundesliga Semifinals -07, 09, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Defensive Player of the Year -07, 08, 09, 10, German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals -08, German Bundesliga Regular Season Champion -08, 09, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 2nd Team -09, EuroCup Finalist -10
Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention -10, German Bundesliga Regular Season Runner-Up -10,and German Bundesliga Finalist -11.

Source: New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig




UBC Hannover Tigers land prodigy Damon Powell - by Moritz Korff
The UBC Hannover Tigers, who recently withdrew from the 2. Bundesliga Pro A to go to the start in the 2. Bundesliga Pro B next season, have signed their first import player, bringing in a very talented player in Damon Powell (198-F-89).
Powell is an outstanding athlete and was invited to the NBA Players Association Top 100 camp as a high school student alongside players like Brandon Knight and Jared Sulinger while attending McClymonds High School. Coming out of high school he was considered a surefire NCAA Division 1 prospect and draw interest of college powerhouses like the University of Kentucky, Kansas University and was close to a commitment with Fresno State. Due to clearinghouse issues he enrolled at Los Medanos College, a two-year institution in California. After his freshman year Powell decided to turn pro and played for the East Bay Pitbulls (ABA) in the 2010-11 season. He averaged 13.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per contest.


Darius Hall The Wall Back In the Beko BBL Resigns With FC Bayern Munich - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Beko BBl got great news today as long time fan favorite Darius Hall (201-C/F-73, agency: Stanley International, college: W.Kentucky) will play in the top league in Germany again as FC Bayern Munich head coach Dirk Bauermann made a wise choice by keeping the experienced 38 year old giving him a one year extension who can add some critical words in the locker room when necessary or give tense moments a sparkle with his wide grin which is in the same league as Michael Hakim Jordan. Hall is a 38 year old 201cm power forward/center from Detroit,Michigan who is a player who loves to make the show. His dunks make the crowd explode. He is a fantastic player who is always at 200%. His athleticism ability are unbelievable, he can dunk on anybody and is a great finisher in the paint. After playing 6 years in the Beko BBL, he took a step back last season playing in the PRO A for FC Bayern Muenchen (Germany-ProA, starting five): 29 games: 9.3ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.1apg, FGP-2 (66.9%), FT: 44.1%. His energy helped the team get back to the Beko BBL and Hall is thrilled to be able to playin the top German league again. 'Last season was great. We got a great reception last season. We will have a big challenge in the Beko BBL, but I am sure that the team will be up to the task. I am look forward to another unique year with FC Bayern Munich and hope that the unbelievable support of the fans will continue again',stressed Darius Hall (201-C/F-73, agency: Stanley International, college: W.Kentucky).

Hall started his basketball career at W.Kentucky (NCAA) in 1991 where he played until 1995. He started his professional basketball career in 1995 for Granada (Spain): 19.4ppg, 12.3rpg. He then played in france from 1997-2000 for teams Besancon (France-ProA) and Paris SG (France-ProA).In 2000-2001, he played for Ciudad de Huelva (Spain-LEB1): 27 games: 12.7ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.1apg. In 2001-2002, he played in Belgium for Racing Basket Antwerp (Belgium): Saporta Cup: 1 game: 14.0ppg, 10.0rpg, 4.0apg, 1.0spg; Belgian League: 18 games: 14.7ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.2apg. From 2002-2004, he played for Go-Pass Pepinster (Belgium-D1). Then he went to Germany and played for the Artland Dragons from 2004-2010. In this time, he helped to lead the team into the playoffs and won the 2008 Beko BBL cup.he played a total of 207 Beko BBLgames, 14 Uleb Cup games, 11 Eurochallenge games and 5 Eurocup games.Awards/Achievements in his career have been French ProA All-Star Game -99, French Cup Finalist -00, Belgian League Finalist -03, Eurobasket.com Belgian League All-Imports Team -03, Belgian League Regular Season Runner-Up -04, Belgian League Semifinals -04, German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals -06, German Bundesliga All-Star Game -07, German Bundesliga Cup Finalist -07, German Bundesliga Finalist -07, German Bundesliga Cup Winner -08
German Bundesliga Regular Season Runner-Up -08, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Champion -11.

Source: FC Bayern Munich




The Mitteldeutscher BC Bring In Assist Dish Specialist Aaron Cook - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Cook is his name and passing and registering assists is his most vital dish as the Mitteldeutscher BC scooped up the top PRO A assist man from last season Aaron Cook (186-G-83, college: Hartford). Cook is a 27 year old 186cm guard from Randallstown, Maryland. He is a combo guard with complete offensive and defensive skills, who was a captain and all-conference selection a this time at Hartford. He was the Hawks' all-time leader in three-pointers made, and scored 40 in a game against Maine. Last season, he played his first season in Germany and showed that scoring belongs to his carefully prepared dishes playing for Cuxhaven BasCats (Germany-ProA, starting five): 15 games: 17.2ppg, 4.9rpg, Assists-1 (6.6apg), 1.6spg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 73.0%. MBC have completed their guard rotation for the new season and gave the chef a one year contract. The American is thrilled about joining the team in Weissenfels. 'I am looking forward to playing for such a professional team like MBC and be able to work together with Silvano Poropat. I will give everything for the season goal of getting back to the first division', stressed Aaron Cook (186-G-83, college: Hartford).

Cook started his basketball career in 2002 playing for the University of Hartford (NCAA) where he stayed until 2006. In his senior season at Hartford, he played 28 games: 16.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.6spg, FG: 41.9%, 3PT: 39%, FT: 76.6%. He started his professional basketball career in 2006 in the back woods of Vermont for the
Vermont Frost Heaves (ABA,. In 2006-2007, he made the next step to the CBA playing for Butte Daredevils playing 35 games: 13.7ppg, 3.5rpg, Assists-2 (6.4apg), 1.8spg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 71.6%. In 2008-2009, he made the jump to Europe and played for tlas Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski (Poland-DBE, starting five): 10 games: 5.5ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.1apg, FGP-3 (64.7%), 3PT: 44.0%, in Dec.'08 moved to Gothia Basket (Sweden-Basketligan, starting five): 18 games: 12.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.9apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 41.2%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 59.1%. In 2009-2010, he went back to nature and played for Vermont Frost Heaves (PBL, starting five): 17 games: 10.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 73.5%. Awards/Achievements in his career have been American East Conf. All-Rookie Team -03, All-AEC 3rd Team -05, All-AEC 2nd Team -06, ABA All-Star Game -07 (3-Points Contest Winner)ABA Blue Conference Champion -07, ABA Champion -07, CBA All-Star Game -08 (3-Points Shootout finalist),and Eurobasket.com All-German 2. Bundesliga Pro A Honorable Mention -11.

Source: Mitteldeutscher BC



Face To Face With Alonzo Brooks - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Alonzo Brooks (201-F/C-84, college: Cent.Missouri)s a 26 year old 201cm power forward /center from Greenville, North Carolina. He played at Cent.Missouri St (NCAA2) and in his senior year in 2006-2007, he played 29 games averaging 12.4ppg, 5.2rpg, FG: 57.4%, FT: 72.4%. He has played in Germany since 2007. In the 2007-2008 season, he played for Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (Germany-ProB, starting five): 28 games: 9.8ppg, 7.4rpg, 2FGP: 50.2%, FT: 65.0%, injured at the beginning of the season; Oct.'07 joined back Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (Germany-ProB). In 2008-2009, he played for Aschersleben Tigers BC (Germany-2.Regionalliga, starting five): 5 games: 15.0ppg, FT: 56.7%. In 2009-2010, he played for TG 1837 White Wings Hanau (Germany-Regionalliga): 28 games: 13.6ppg. Awards/Achievements in his career have been MIAA Regular Season Runner-Up -06, MIAA Tournament Finalist -06, All-MIAA Honorable Mention -06, MIAA All-Tournament Team -06, NCAA D2 South Central Regional Champion -07, NCAA Division II Championship Final 4 -07, MIAA Regular Season Champion -07, and MIAA Tournament Winner -07. Eurobasket caught up with the American to talk basketball and to see what he is doing basketball wise in his off season.

How is your summer going? How tough is the market at the moment for finding a team?

My summer is going Great! This summer, I have probably touched more Basketball Courts in My Life because of all the traveling. I have been to North Carolina, Tampa, Boston, Missouri, Germany, and now working out in Denmark. The market is always Tough trying to Find a Team , but this Year with the Rule changes and the NBA lock out, its going to make trying to find a good fit Team extraordinary hard . I Know Lots of really good players who havent heard any signs for Next Season yet, And with the numbers they put up you would think that is impossible.

The last team that you played for was TG 1837 White Wings Hanau (Germany-Regionalliga) in 2009-2010. How tough was it playing in this league after you played in the PRO B foir Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule in 2007-2008

It was Tough going down a League especially when you Know you are able to Play in that League. I think what sidetracked Teams was my scoring, which I averaged 10 Points and 8 rebounds. Anyone who is familiar with Ehingen Knows that they are a terrific Club (Congrats to them winning the league). At the Same time its a Club for the Young guys. During the preseason before the young Players came back from their vacation, I maybe averaged 24pts 12rbs 5ast, playing against pro b Teams and pro A Teams and also reg1 Teams. During the Season it was 10 and 8. But when you Look At how many Players Coach Jung send to College, you have to understand.

Do you think that you are still capable of playing at a high level like the PRO B?

I Know I am able to Play in a higher Leagues such As PRO B or PRO A. I have been to a lot of BBL, PRO A and PRO B games, and the only differences I have Seen in me and some other players is that that Coach Gave them a chance and not me. My Game is Way better than some guys I have Seen in the higher leagues and it makes me Sick to My stomach 'literally'. I have a Feeling that my time will come and when it does, I think my past experiences wont let me make any mistakes.

Who has helped you the most on and off the court in the last year mentally?

Off the court my mother and my girlfriend for keeping me sane, while times like this when your waiting on a team. This will be my 5th year and every summer is the same. On the court, they might don't Know it, but a lot of my friends who Play Ball in Europe, NBA, high school, and also players who are still in college help me with my game. I workout with all Kinds of Basketball Players, And its always one I thing I Pick up from each Player that brings My game together. Don't tell them I told you that Though. Its a Secret!!! But One Person I would say gives me the mental Part of the Game is my Coach from My College, Coach Kim Anderson.

What is a strength in your game that doesnt always get noticed right away?

A strengh in my game that doesnt get noticed is my IQ for the Game. I have always been a team player, but I think me not being selfish has hurt my player value. I am used to playing on a structured basketball Team. Ehingen has been the only Team I have played on who has had structure. They had a good practice plan, Game Plan, etc. Had 2 a days and always practiced hard. That is what I am used to. With reg1 One Teams you practice 3 Times a week. The whole Team is not there sometimes because of work or other reasons. To Play on Teams like this and succeed you have to be selfish, and I think this is what hurt me so far.

If you had to describe yourself in three sentences how you would be able to help any basketball team how would you describe yourself?

I can help a Team with rebounding and scoring on the Block and 15 ft out. I have no problem sacrificing my body for a Game to get a Win. My ambition to get better, and I like to help the players around me improve also.

What important lesion have you learned in the last years that show that the basketball world is a tough business?

I have learned the ins and Outs of the Basketball world. Its a lot of Things if I had known them in the Past, I would Be in a better Situation now. One of the main Things I have learned is that the Basketball World of Europe is its just like the Business World in the States. Its Not what you Know but who you Know. Knowing the right coach , and also knowing the right agent better your chances of getting picked up, then a player who is ten times better then you. Another Thing that helps you As I mentioned is being selfish As a Player. In the BBL and also PRO A, you dont have to do much because you have 4-5 other Americans and good Germans on your team. When you play for Reg1 teams and PRO B your responsibilities goes up tremendously. If I would have been selfish on the Teams I have played for and averaged 25 and 12, I think I would be in the BBL by now seriously.

On what things are you working on in the gym to improve your game?

I have been working on everything I can. Putting up At least 300 made shots a day. Off the dribble driving to the hole, working on controlling my body for the Contact. Working on My Explosion, just working on dunking everything in sight. Also I have been doing this pool workout My Trainer from the university of Central Missouri gave to me. So this Summer, I think has been My Best workout Summer.

If you had the choice would you like to play in Germany again? What do you like about Germany and basketball so much?

Of course!! Germany is where I started My Basketball career. I Know a little of the German Language, and just admire the German culture. I Tell everyone if I had a Choice were to live it would Definitely Be Germany. As far As Basketball, Germany is Basketball' Well besides Soccer' but Basketball is all over Germany. So its so easy for you to enjoy life while also playing the Sport you love.

Thanks Alonzo for the chat.



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, Missouri. 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





U20: Germany survive late threat, edge Ukraine - by Eurobasket News
Germany U20 - Ukraine U20 72:68

Germany recorded the initial victory at U20 European Championship. They held off Ukraine in the opener. Patrick Heckmann (198-F/G-92) knocked down 22 points to pace the effort.
Germany used a 12:0 run midway through the opening quarter to clear off. Germany posted a 20:11 lead at the first break. Germany maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Oleksandr Lypovyy (199-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Iegorov capped the half with five points in a row as Ukraine cut the deficit at 7 points 23:30 at the interval. Ukraine narrowed the gap to only 3 points early in the second half. Germany responded with a 13:2 run to restore a 14-point lead 46:32. Frank Menz team entered the fourth period up by 11 points 48:37. Germany still led by 11 points with just over five minutes remaining. But Mishula unloaded 9 points in a row, while Andriy Lebedintsev (187-PG-91) and Oleksandr Lypovyy followed with two triples as Ukraine cut the distance to just three points. Andriy Lebedintsev sank two free throws as the margin grew thinner. Mathis Monninghoff (200-F/G-92) and Patrick Heckmann accounted for five points next to give some breathing space for Germany. A bunch of misses from Ukrainian players allowed Germany to escape with a tough win at the end. Mathis Monninghoff produced 15 points, while Daniel Theis (207-C-92) added 11 points for the winners. Andriy Lebedintsev replied with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for Ukraine. Oleksandr Lypovyy netted 16 points in the loss.

Germany U20: Patrick Heckmann 22, Mathis Monninghoff 15, Daniel Theis 11
Ukraine U20: Andriy Lebedintsev 18, Oleksandr Lypovyy 16



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Al Kuwait lands scorer Alhaji Mohammed - by Eurobasket News
Alhaji Mohammed (192-G-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville) will continue his career in Kuwait. The Ghanian scorer penned a one-year deal with Al Kuwait. He heads to his new club from Towzin Electric Kashan, Iran. Mohammed started last season in Spain as a member of Lleida. He appeared 33 times in LEB Gold averaging 16.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1 steal. He ended the competition as third best scorer. From 2008 to 2010, Alhaji Mohammed played for Limoges CSP Elite. He was their best player in both season. In 2008/09, he had 19.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 2.7 apg. In the past, Mohammed also played for Padeborn and Nijmegen. In 2007, he was named Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Guard of the Year -07. He paced Nijmegen to victory Dutch Cup. Mohammed is a University of Louisville product.

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Greek U16 National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Antreas Kefalas 195-G-95 Amyntas Dafnis Greece
Michalis Liapis 190-G-95 PAOK Greece
Giorgos Diamantakos 206-C-95 Spartiatikos Greece
Giorgos Papadionysiou 189-G-95 Doukas Greece
Nikos Stamatis 190-G-95
Stamatios Athiniotis 95
Evangelos Bempis 194-G-95
Vasileios Charalampopoulos 97
Konstantinos Fakopoulidis 95
Dimitrios Fotopoulos 95
Sokratis Gkelios 95
Konstantinos Kefalas 195-G-95 Doukas Greece
Konstantinos Kousiantzas 205-C-95 Mantoulidis Greece
Ioannis Kouzeloglou 95
Dimitrios Mantzios 95
Georgios Michalopoulos 95
Dimitrios Nikolaou 95
Georgios Papagiannis 97
Georgios Pilitsis 95
Stylianos Poulianitis 95
Alexandros Spyridonidis 95
Anastasios Spyropoulos 203-F/C-95 PAOK Greece
Dimitrios Stamatis 96
Ilias Theodorou 95



Drew Nicholas and Panathinaikos part away - by Giorgos Diploidis
Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) has solved his contract with Panathinaikos Athens and he is now free to sign to another club. The team of Athens due to big financial crisis in Greece will have to reduce it's budget by much and they cannot afford the high contract of Nicholas.

The American shooting guard who moved to Panathinaikos Athens from Efes Pilsen the period 2008-09 had in Greek league 9.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.3apg. One of the favorites for the player is Armani Jeans Milano


U20: Greece burst out late to silence Austria - by Eurobasket News
Greece U20 - Austria U20 69:51

Greece registered the victory in the U20 European Championship opener. The Hellenes overcame pesky Austria in Group C. Greece erupted for 28 points in the fourth quarter to tame their opponents. Sokratis Psaropoulos (191-PG-92, agency: FCM) and Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (206-F-92) accounted for 16 points apiece in the victory.
Mares and Jozo Rados (203-C-93) teamed up to give Austria a dreamy start. The Division A newcomers posted a 16:4 lead early in the game. Austria stayed in charge and recorded a 21:18 lead after ten minutes. Greece erased the deficit and surged ahead 30:29 midway through the second term. But Austria capped the half with five points in a row to post a 34:30 advantage. Austria did not allow Greece to deny the deficit as they entered the fourth term up by two points 43:41. But Greece finally shook off sloppiness in the final term. The Hellenes unleashed 28 points in the period and rallied to a confident win at the end. Spyridon Motsenigos (194-G/F-92) netted 11 points in the winning effort. Anton Maresch (192-G-91) replied with 15 points for Austria. Jozo Rados notched 13 points in the loss.

Greece U20: Sokratis Psaropoulos 16, Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos 16, Spyridon Motsenigos 11
Austria U20: Anton Maresch 15, Jozo Rados 13



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U20: Slovak Republic brought an upset to Netherlands - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands U20-Slovak Republic U20 55:57

Slovak Republic U20 brought an upset to Netherlands U20 in Sarajevo. They grabbed 57:55 in the opener of the U20 European Championship in Group B.
Van Der Horst gave the Dutch team 14:7 midway through the opening period and Max Van Schaik (208-F-91) scored for 16:9. Bukovic and Treffers exchanged late baskets in the first period for 20:18, while Moravek nailed three for 23:22 Slovak lead. After 12-10 in the first period Slovak Republic tied the game at 30:30 at the halftime. The third period completely belonged to the winners that had massive 15-6 in the third frame when Richard Grznar (189-PG-91) closed the period at 45:36. The Dutch side did their best to grab the lead and reduced to 56:55 with 28 seconds to go. Tomas Mrvis (194-G/F-91) however scored one free throw in the last seconds for the necessary victory.
Richard Grznar top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Tomas Mrvis netted 11. Max Van Schaik answered with 12 points and 11 boards in defeat, while Jeroen van Vugt (192-G-91) had 11 and Van Der Horst nailed 10.

Netherlands U20: Max Van Schaik 12+11 rebs, Jeroen van Vugt 11, Van Der Horst 10
Slovak Republic U20: Richard Grznar 26, Tomas Mrvis 11



Magixx extends Markel Humphrey - by Fred Roggen
Magixx has announced that forward Markel Humphrey (198-F-87, college: Marshall) will be back in the team for the upcoming 2011-12 season. It will be his third season for the Magixx.
Humphrey played a key role in Magixx's outstanding 2010-2011 season. Humphrey averaged 13.8 points and 6.8 rebounds in 40 Dutch Basketball League games last season.
'I am happy to have him back in the team,' Technicall manager Raul van Loon said. 'We all know how Humprey can contribute to the development of our team.'



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U20: Denmark down Hungary in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News
Denmark U20-Hungary U20 57:42

Denmark down Hungary in Sarajevo to shock them in the opener. The Danish side easily reached their first 57:42 win after the victories in all quarters.
Denmark started with 4:2 as Thomas Laerke (194-G/F-91) drove a lay-up. Jonas Bergstedt (210-C-91) increased to 18:11 and Thomas Laerke added two for 20:16. Alexander Bak (193-F-91) brought 28:20 and Janos Eilingsfeld (198-F/C-91, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) netted two for 31:22. Denmark won the third period 17-12 and enjoyed 41:30 after thirty minutes. It is hard to understand why the Hungarian team shot so many three-pointers in the air as they could not score any in the last period. As a result they were rightfully defeated by 15 points in the opener. Thomas Laerke made two free throws at the very end to seal the victory for his side.
Alexander Bak stepped up with 16 points and Jonas Bergstedt nailed 15. Thomas Laerke ended up with 14 points and 11 rebounds for the first victory. Andras Madar (191-G-91, agency: TSS Management) replied with 14 points in the losing effort and Janos Eilingsfeld netted 10.

Denmark U20: Alexander Bak 16, Jonas Bergstedt 15, Thomas Laerke 14+11 rebs
Hungary U20: Andras Madar 14, Janos Eilingsfeld 10



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KNIGHTS JOIN NEW LEAGUE - by John Gary
thanks to oursportscentral.com The Battle Creek Knights are making another move,leaving the IBL for a second time to join another organization. This time the local professional level basketball team is joing a league it helped create-the newly formed Independent Basketball Association. 'THE BATTLE CREEK KNIGHTA 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 find that the IBA provides the greatest opportunity to grow the team,'Knights GM Kevin Scheiber said.

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U20: Bosnia and Herzegovina won over Iceland in the last game of Day 1 - by Eurobasket News
Iceland U20-Bosnia and Herzegovina U20 78:82

The game between the hosts and Iceland was the last one in Day 1.
Iceland started with 4 consecutive points and Tomas Tomasson (190-G-91) tied the game at 6:6. Steinarsson closed the first period from the free throw line at 23:20. Oskarsson nailed three in the start of the second, while Ivic brought 31:28. Palsson scored three for 37:30, but Srdjan Loncar (186-G-91) reduced to 42:39 at the halftime. It seemed that the hosts would take the lead in the second half, but Palsson scored 10 points in a row shocking Bosnia. Tomas Tomasson added another three for 57:46, but the hosts erupted with 14-0 run for 60:57 advantage. Steinarsson tied the game at 60:60, while Mujic gave the Bosnia 69:66 with 5 minutes to go. Dino Begagic (193-G-92) drove a 2pt lay-up made for 71:66, while Tomas Tomasson cut it to 71:68 with 3 minutes in the game. Srdjan Loncar and Nikola Gajic (195-G-91) ensured 76:68 advantage and Mujic nailed two for 78:70. Steinarsson and Oskarsson reduced to 78:75 with 25 seconds in the game. Mirza Bulic (204-F-92) made two free throws for 80:75, while Oskarsson nailed another three for 80:78. Mirza Bulic was perfect from the free throw line with 4 seconds to go for the final 82:78.
Dino Begagic paced all the winners with 24 points for the important win. Srdjan Loncar followed him with 15, while Mirza Bulic netted 12.

Iceland U20: Paisson 22, Tomas Tomasson 18
Bosnia and Herzegovina U20: Dino Begagic 24, Srdjan Loncar 15, Mirza Bulic 12, Nikola Gajic 10




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India edge Sri Lanka in SAARC Division Qualifying Tournament - by Eurobasket News
India - Sri Lanka 99:42

India clinched the top spot in SAARC Division Qualifying Tournament of the Middle Asia qualifiers for Fiba Asia Championship preliminary Group A. They overcame Sri Lanka to top the ladder in just two-teams group. India and Sri Lanka both advanced into the semifinal stage scheduled for tonight in New Delhi. Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (192-G-91) stepped up with 16 points to lead the hosts.
India stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. The hosts posted a 32:5 lead after ten minutes. Sri Lanka never came back to life as India rolled to a confident win at the end. Prakash Mishra (180-G/F-82) and Japdeep Singh (199-C-86) delivered 15 points each for the winners. Suran answered with 11 points for Sri Lanka. Senananyaka had 10 points in the loss.
India will now take on the winners of Banghladesh vs. Nepal clash in the semis.

India: Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 16, Prakash Mishra 15, Japdeep Singh 15
Sri Lanka: Suran 11, Senananyaka 10



Indian National Team in FIBA Mid Asia Qualifiers - by Kristian Santiago
Roster:

Sambhaji Kadam (179-G-80)
Amjyot Singh (203-C-92)
Hareesh Koroth (185-G-84)
Prakash Mishra (180-G/F-82)
Satnam Singh Bhamara
Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (192-G-91)
Amrit Pal Singh
Eudrick Pereira (196-F/C-88)
Trideep Rai (190-F-83)
Qureshi Riyazuddin (196-F-81)
Yadwinder Singh (198-C-86)
Japdeep Singh (199-C-86)

Coach: Kenny Natt


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Barak Netanya add Lior Hakmon - by Eurobasket News
Barak Netanya added Lior Hakmon (202-F-85, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) to the roster. The 25-year-old forward spent the last season with Hapoel Jerusalem. He tallied 1.6 points per game in EuroCup. In Israeli League Lior Hakmon posted 5.6 points and 2.5 rebounds per appearance. The forward participated at Israeli Premier League All-Star Game.


Eurobasket Exclusive: Bnei Hasharon/Herzeliya sign LaceDarius Dunn - by David Pick
Eurobasket Exclusive: Despite significantly decreasing it's budget, Israel's New/old basketball team Bnei Hasharon/Herzeliya continues to successfully build its 2011/12 roster.

After securing veteran point guard Erez Katz for a sixth straight year with the team and recently signing Israeli/American Lafayette graduate Jared Mintz, to go along with 21-year-old Ben Rice, the Israeli organization officially signed today (Thursday) the Baylor standout LaceDarius Dunn, to a two-year deal with the second being a team option. Dunn, who is represent by Dwon Clifton, owner of Envision Sports Agency, a young and rising American agency that have recently partnered with Israeli Z.A.G. Agency - Law Offices, in order to find their players the best situation in the Israeli competition.

Dunn's agent confirmed the information to 'Eurobasket' saying 'it is true' and that 'LaceDarius will start his professional career with Beni from Israel's Dvision1.'

The 24-year-old Dunn was a great NBA prospect with great shooting range as he finished his college career as the All-Time Big 12 leading scorer. Dunn can also easily beat his man off the dribble and is comfortable playing the SG position. He is also known for both his impressive athletic and penetrating ability.

The undrafted Dunn recently finished a four year student career playing for the UB where he was named All-Big 12 first team finishing his senior year as a starter posting impressive averages of 19.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.4spg in 28 games.




Maccabi Habikaa signs Rashaun Freeman - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Habikaa added another player to its roster for the 2011/12 season. They penned a deal with American big guy Rashaun Freeman (206-C/F-84, college: Massachusetts). The 26-year-old player heads to Habikaa from Puerto Rico, where he moved in June. He was a member of Gallitos de Isabela and joined them after he finished season with VOO Verviers-Pepinster. Freeman appeared 32 times in Belgian league averaging 15.9 points, 8 rebounds and 1.3 steals. He ended as third best scorer and top rebounder of the competition. Eurobasket awarded Freeman with All-Belgian League 2nd Team -11. Season 2009/10, Rashaun Freeman spent in Germany as a member of EnBW Ludwigsburg. He had 4.7 ppg and 2.8 rpg for them in 21 games. Two years before that he was named Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Player of the Year -08. It was the rookie season for Freeman, who had 19.8 ppg and 9.9 rpg in 34 games with Nantes. In the meantime, he also played for Gravelines.

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Fastweb Casale keeps Simone Pierich and Oluoma Nnamaka - by Eurobasket News
The SerieA newcomer Fastweb Casale is very active these days. After signing of Matt Janning and Joe Trapani, the team penned a one-year contract extension with Simone Pierich (198-F-81) and Oluoma Nnamaka (200-F/C-78, college: Marquette).
Simone Pierich joined the club in 2006 from Forli. He played 38 games in LegaDue last season collecting 7.9 ppg and 3.3 rpg. In 2009/10, Pierich had 10.5 ppg and 3.7 rpg. Before Casale and Forli, Pierich played for Ticino and Livorno.
Oluoma Nnamaka had 5.9 ppg and 6.1 rpg in 41 games last season. He joined Casale a year ago from Ferrara. As a member of Ferrara, Nnamaka had 5.2 ppg and 3.7 rpg in SerieA 2009/10. He also played for Capo dOrlando and Telekom Basket Bon in the past.


U20: Saulius Kulvietis leads Lithuania past Italy - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U20 - Italy U20 82:77

Lithuania earned the first win at U20 European Championship in Spain. The Baltic team overcame Italy in Group D opener. Saulius Kulvietis (203-F-91) was pivotal with 32 points and 10 rebounds for the winners.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. They exchanged baskets to enter the second term tied at 18. Italy pulled in front 27:21 early in the second period. But Lithuania quickly erased the deficit. Italy and Lithuania arrived at halftime tied at 39. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the third quarter. Lithuania capped the third term with five points in a row to take a 58:55 advantage. Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) and Saulius Kulvietis boosted the margin to 11 points midway through the fourth frame. Butkevicius and Dovydas Redikas went deadly from the stripe in the final seconds and Lithuania celebrated victory at the end. Dovydas Redikas finished with 12 points, 7 assists and 5 boards, while Augustas Peciukevicius (191-G-91) added 11 points for the winners. Achille Polonara (202-F-91) answered with 18 points for Italy. Andrea De Nicolao (185-G-91) netted 15 points in the loss.

Lithuania U20: Saulius Kulvietis 32+10 boards, Dovydas Redikas 12, Augustas Peciukevicius 11
Italy U20: Achille Polonara 18, Andrea De Nicolao 15



Bostjan Nachbar denies rumors about Virtus Bologna - by Eurobasket News
According to Kosarka.si, Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80) is not in talks with Virtus Bologna. Reportedly, the player denied any contact with the Italian squad. Nachbar said his wish is to return to the NBA.
Bostjan Nachbar spent last two years with Efes Pilsen Istanbul. He appeared 15 times in Euroleague last season averaging 8.3 points and 2.8 rebounds. In TBL, Nachbar added 10.3 ppg and 3.6 rpg for 19 games. In 2010/11, Nachbar had little bit lower digits in both competitions. He joined Efes Pilsen in 2009 from Dynamo Moscow. With the Russians, Nachbar had 16.2 ppg and 4.5 rpg in 24 A Superleague games. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Russian A Superleague Forward of the Year -09. He also shined in EuroCup that season and was named Eurobasket.com All-Eurocup 1st Team -09. Bostjan Nachbar played for the New Jersey Nets, New Orleans Hornets and Houston Rockets in the past.


Fortitudo Bologna set to hire Zare Markovski - by Eurobasket News
According to Sportando, Fortitudo Bologna will hire Zare Markovski as their new Head Coach. Reportedly, the deal will be official during the day. The Macedonian specialist worked last season in France with Limoges CSP. They ended as the last ranked team in ProA with 9-21 score. Markovski worked with Armani Jeans Milano three years ago. Actually, he started 2007/08 season with Milano, but they parted ways in October of 2007. From 2005 to 2007, Markovski was a Head Coach of Caffe Maxim Virtus Bologna. He helped them reach SerieA Finals in 2007 and he also coach at the SerieA All-Star game. In the past, Zare Markovski worked with Air Avelino, Lugao Tigers, Dadussafaka, Kavadarci and Sassari. He was the Swiss league champion with Lugano in 2001. Fortitudo Bologna wanted to hire Lino Lardo, but they didn't make it. The coach decided to wait for Lottomatica Roma.

Dinamo Sassari extends Vanja Plisnic for 2011/12 - by Eurobasket News
Vanja Plisnic (207-F/C-80, agency: Beo Basket) did a good job for Dinamo Sassari last season. He joined the club in January averaging 8.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals for 19 SerieA games. Today, the Italian outfit announced signing of a one-year contract extension with Plisnic.
Vanja Plisnic started last season in Russia as a member of Nizhny Novgorod. He played 7 games for them in PBL averaging 10.4 points and 5.7 rebounds. Season 2009/10, Plisnic spent with Angelico Biella. He played 14 games in SereA that season registering 5.3 ppg and 3.3 rpg. He missed some games due to injury. In the past, Plisnic also was a member of Ural Great Perm, Oostende, Vojvodina and FMP. He won the Adriatic league title with FMP in 2004.


Fastweb Casale lands Matt Janning for the next season - by Eurobasket News
Matt Janning (193-G/F-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Northeastern) will continue his career in Italy. The American guard/forward penned a one-year deal with SerieA newcomer Fastweb Casale. He started the previous season with the Phoenix Suns. In November, Janning moved to the Maine Red Claws in D-League. His stats read 9.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.3 steals per game. In January, Matt Janning moved to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. There, he notched 11 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists per appearance. Last month Janning participated in workouts with the Miami Heat. Matt Janning graduated at the Northeastern University in 2010. He averaged 15.4 point, 3.9 rebounds and 3.1 assist as a senior. He was named All-CAA 1st Team -09, 10.

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Ayman Idais in Jordan's 12-Man roster for Belarus Friendly - by Omar Shafaamri
Coach Tab Baldwin has announced a 12-man roster for the four-nation tournament in Belarus which will tip off National Teams preparation for the 26th FIBA Asia Championship to be played in Wuhan later this year.

Cyprus and Ukraine are the other two teams besides Jordan and hosts Belarus in the July 15-17 tournament.

Ayman Idais (208-C-78, agency: Court Side) who had announced his retirement from international basketball, seems to have been convinced by the National federation and will make what will be his first appearance on court in almost a year.

Idais played a stellar role in steering Jordan to their maiden appearance in the 2010 FIBA World Championship with an average of 10.9 points and 4.3 rebounds per game at the 25th FIBA Asia Championship at Tianjin gtwo years ago.

And like in Tianjin, at Turkey too, Idais raised his game when the situation demanded.

The 32-year-old center scored 20 points and collected 8 rebounds as Jordan ran Argentina, the No 1 ranked in the FIBA World Rankings, having scored 11 points and collected 5 rebounds in the opening game against FIBA Oceania champions Australia.

Jordan, who qualified finishing second to Iran in the WABA Championship last month, have been grouped with Japan, fellow WABA team Syria and Indonesia in Group C of the Preliminary Round.

Two years ago, at the 25th FIBA Asia Championship at Tianjin, Jordan created history winning their first ever medal in FIBA Asia Championship, when they won the bronze to qualify for the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey.

Jordan to play in King Abdullah Cup in Amman (21-27 July) along with Belarus, Egypt, Tunis, Kuwait, Palestine, Lebanon and Algeria. then to fly to Ukraine in another Toruney along with Ukraine,Estonia and Belarus (29-31 July) and getting back to Jones Cup after 2 years of absence (6-14 August) folllowed by a Camp in Eruope (most probably Turkey).

At the 26th FIBA Asia Championship to be played in Wuhan from Sept 15-25 Jordan have been drawn with East Asias Japan, fellow WABA team Syria and SEABAs Indonesia in Group C for the Preliminary Round.

The Squad
Guards: Sam Daghlas, Wesam Al-Sous, Mahmoud Abdeen
SG & SF: Fares Saqf Al-Hait, Ahmed Hamarsheh, Khaldoun Abu Ruqayyah, , Muosa Al-Awadi
F&C: Ayman Adais, Zaid Abbas, Mohammad Shaher, Abdullah Abu Qoura, Ali Jamal.



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Al Kuwait lands scorer Alhaji Mohammed - by Eurobasket News
Alhaji Mohammed (192-G-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville) will continue his career in Kuwait. The Ghanian scorer penned a one-year deal with Al Kuwait. He heads to his new club from Towzin Electric Kashan, Iran. Mohammed started last season in Spain as a member of Lleida. He appeared 33 times in LEB Gold averaging 16.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1 steal. He ended the competition as third best scorer. From 2008 to 2010, Alhaji Mohammed played for Limoges CSP Elite. He was their best player in both season. In 2008/09, he had 19.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 2.7 apg. In the past, Mohammed also played for Padeborn and Nijmegen. In 2007, he was named Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Guard of the Year -07. He paced Nijmegen to victory Dutch Cup. Mohammed is a University of Louisville product.

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U20: Latvia eke out win over Sweden - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U20 - Sweden U20 59:57

Mareks Mejeris (207-F-91, agency: Players Group) knocked down a buzzer-beating jumper to propel Latvia past Sweden on the first day of U20 European Championship in Bilbao, Spain. Janis Antrops (193-G-91, agency: Interperformances) scored 13 points to lead Latvia in the opening win in Group B.
Latvia dominated in the starting quarter. They opened a 21:13 lead late in the period. Latvia entered the second frame up by 8 points 25:17. Pinete gave Latvia a 10-point advantage at the start of the second term. The Scandinavians however were able to get within 4 points at halftime 35:39. Viktor Gaddefors (200-F-92) finally nailed four points in a row to level things up at 43 midway through the third term. The teams headed into the final quarter tied at 48. Sweden used a 7:0 run midway through the fourth period to gain a 57:51 lead. However Dukulis and Davis Lejasmeiers (190-G-91) erased the deficit. Person missed his attempt and Mareks Mejeris punished Sweden at the buzzer. Mareks Mejeris finished with 12 points, while Davis Lejasmeiers added 10 points in the victory. Viktor Gaddefors replied with 14 points for Sweden. Alexander Lindqvist (202-F-91) had 11 points in the loss.

Latvia U20: Janis Antrops 13, Mareks Mejeris 12, Davis Lejasmeiers 10
Sweden U20: Viktor Gaddefors 14, Alexander Lindqvist 11



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U20: Saulius Kulvietis leads Lithuania past Italy - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U20 - Italy U20 82:77

Lithuania earned the first win at U20 European Championship in Spain. The Baltic team overcame Italy in Group D opener. Saulius Kulvietis (203-F-91) was pivotal with 32 points and 10 rebounds for the winners.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. They exchanged baskets to enter the second term tied at 18. Italy pulled in front 27:21 early in the second period. But Lithuania quickly erased the deficit. Italy and Lithuania arrived at halftime tied at 39. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the third quarter. Lithuania capped the third term with five points in a row to take a 58:55 advantage. Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) and Saulius Kulvietis boosted the margin to 11 points midway through the fourth frame. Butkevicius and Dovydas Redikas went deadly from the stripe in the final seconds and Lithuania celebrated victory at the end. Dovydas Redikas finished with 12 points, 7 assists and 5 boards, while Augustas Peciukevicius (191-G-91) added 11 points for the winners. Achille Polonara (202-F-91) answered with 18 points for Italy. Andrea De Nicolao (185-G-91) netted 15 points in the loss.

Lithuania U20: Saulius Kulvietis 32+10 boards, Dovydas Redikas 12, Augustas Peciukevicius 11
Italy U20: Achille Polonara 18, Andrea De Nicolao 15



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U20: Czech Republic open European Championship with the easy win - by Eurobasket News
Luxembourg U20-Czech Republic U20 60:127

Czech Republic U20 opened European Championship in Sarajevo with the easy win. They smashed Luxembourg U20 127:60 in the first game of the European Championship Division B campaign.
Kuhlmann gave Luxembourg the first and the only lead in the start of the game. Czech Republic later replied with 7-0 run and never looked behind after. Honomichl closed the period at 31:15, while Mares opened the second period with a three. The Czechs played well in defense and as a result they allowed the opponents to score only 8 points in the second period. Tomas Vyoral (188-PG-92) sent both squads to the lockers for 59:23. For Luxembourg the third frame became the most productive as they lost it only 23-29. Ondrej Balvin (215-C-92) made two free throws as his side enjoyed 88:46 advantage. Ladislav Pecka (197-F-91) made a hook shot for 101:53 midway through the last quarter and Honomichl brought the final score in the game.
Tomas Vyoral stepped up with 20 points for the winners and Ondrej Kohout (204-F-91) nailed 19. Ondrej Balvin collected 15 points and 12 rebounds, whilst Ladislav Pecka notched 14. Rene Wolzfeld (190-F-91) answered with 19 points in defeat and Max Schmitz (198-C-84) scored 13.

Luxembourg U20: Rene Wolzfeld 19, Max Schmitz 13
Czech Republic U20: Tomas Vyoral 20, Ondrej Kohout 19, Ondrej Balvin 15+12 rebs, Ladislav Pecka 14



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Mali U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Mamadou Camara 96
Boubacar Coulibaly 95
Makan Coulibaly 96
Modibo Dembele 96
Cheickh Diallo 96
Lassine Diallo 95
Mohamed Drame 95
Mamadou Fofana 96
Sekou Fofana 96
Nfaly Kanoute 96
Mohamed Pare 96
Tiemoko Sangare 96



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U20: Montenegro recover in the second half, down Slovenia - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U20 - Slovenia U20 80:77

Montenegro victoriously opened their U20 European Championship campaign. They overcame Slovenia in a tough clash in Group A. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 30 points and 12 rebounds to pace the winners. Milutin Dukanovic (190-PG-91) hit a winning three-pointer with four seconds remaining in regulation.
Slovenia dominated in the first half. They posted a 21:17 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Back-to-back three-pointers from Edo Muric (202-F-91) gave Slovenia a 41:29 lead midway through the second term. Slovenia followed with eight points in a row to establish a 49:31 halftime lead. However Montenegro used an 11:0 run midway through the third term to cut the deficit. They trailed by eight points with one quarter remaining 56:64. Dubljevic erupted for seven points to drag Montenegro as close as three points 69:72. Montenegro soon pulled in front 75:72 with under three minutes to go. Prepelic and Alen Omic (213-C-92) levelled things up at 77 but a treble from Milutin Dukanovic sealed the outcome.
Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94, agency: Beo Basket) netted 15 points, while Milutin Dukanovic added 12 points and 8 assists for Montenegro. Alen Omic answered with 28 points for Slovenia. Edo Muric provided 16 points in the loss.

Montenegro U20: Bojan Dubljevic 30+12 boards, Nikola Ivanovic 15, Milutin Dukanovic 12
Slovenia U20: Alen Omic 28, Edo Muric 16



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Sixers sale is finalized - by Eurobasket News
For just the fourth time in the 48 years since the 76ers began playing basketball in Philadelphia, the team has been sold.

Comcast-Spectacor issued a release Wednesday night confirming it had reached an agreement with a group led by University of Pennsylvania graduate Joshua Harris, a leveraged-buyout specialist in New York City.

Harris and company reportedly have purchased 90 percent of the Sixers for $280 million. Comcast-Spectacor and Ed Snider purchased the Sixers from Harold Katz in April 1996 for $130 million.

Harris, 46, whose net worth is estimated at $1.5 billion, is married and has five children.

Harris and his group worked on the deal to buy the Sixers for at least five weeks. On June 7, Comcast-Spectacor president Peter Luukko publicly admitted for the first time that discussions about the future of the team were being conducted.

No news conference is scheduled yet because the deal is still pending approval of the NBA, according to Comcast-Spectacor VP of public relations Ike Richman.

The release said the Sixers would remain a long-term tenant of the Wells Fargo Center and continue to televise their games on Comcast SportsNet.

Comcast-Spectacor still owns the Wells Fargo Center and the NHLs Flyers, meaning it retains much of the revenue from parking and concessions.

We are honored to have the opportunity to be affiliated with this storied franchise, Harris said in the release. As a basketball fan who attended college in Philadelphia, and with family roots here, I have always felt a strong connection to this city and the 76ers.

We look forward to helping the 76ers organization build on this past seasons accomplishments in the years ahead.

Doug Collins guided the Sixers to a 41-41 record and playoff berth in 2010-11 after the team went just 27-55 under Eddie Jordan one year earlier.

The new ownership also includes David Blitzer, Jason Levien and Art Wrubel.

The London-based Blitzer is also a Penn grad and is believed to have been a classmate of Harris.

We are excited to become associated with this iconic team and to have the chance to serve the great city of Philadelphia and its loyal basketball fans, Blitzer said in the release.

Levien is a former NBA player agent best-known for negotiating a six-year, $71 million contract extension for the Chicago Bulls Luol Deng in 2008, as well as the ex-assistant general manager/general counsel of the Sacramento Kings. He had been an adjunct professor at UC Berkeley Law School, teaching sports law.

Levien is expected to be involved in the Sixers basketball operations, though its unclear at what level and how his presence and the new ownership will affect the status of team president Rod Thorn, who has been on the job for less than one year, GM Ed Stefanski (the president prior to Thorn) and others.

In February, Forbes magazine valued the Sixers at $330 million, which is right in the middle of the 30-team NBA.

Three of the leagues teams have been sold in the past 17 months. The Golden State Warriors went for a record $450 million last July, while the Charlotte Bobcats changed hands for $275 million in March 2010 and Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov bought 80 percent of the Nets for $200 million in May 2010.

The NBA lockout that began July 1 has no effect on the sale, though teams arent permitted to have contact with the players or make personnel moves while it lasts.

The leagues owners claim 22 of the 30 teams lost a total of $370 million last year. The Sixers are almost surely one of the 22, ranking 25th in home attendance (14,751) in the 20,300-seat Wells Fargo Center during the 2010-11 season and last by playing to just 72.6 percent of the buildings capacity.

The deal must be approved by the NBAs board of governors.

Courtesy of www.phillyburbs.com


Agent: Biyombo will play for Bobcats next season - by Eurobasket News
The agent for Bobcats rookie Bismack Biyombo (6'10''-C-92) insists the seventh pick in the draft will play for Charlotte next season despite a buyout dispute with his Spanish team.

Igor Crespo said in a phone interview Thursday that no matter when the lockout ends, 'the player will be there to play with the Bobcats from the first game.'

A spokesman for Madrid-based Fuenlabrada said last month the team is fine in letting Biyombo out of the last two years of his contract, but expects to receive a $1.4 million buyout.

The two sides held a mediation session earlier this month. Crespo declined to reveal the details, but stressed the issue wouldn't prevent the 6-foot-9 Congo native from reporting to Charlotte's training camp on time.

Courtesy of www.sfexaminer.com


Jerry Colangelo plans to contact players - by Eurobasket News
With training camp less than a year away and no guarantee of games before then, Jerry Colangelo is ready to start finding out who wants to play on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team.

USA Basketball's chairman said he plans to start contacting candidates 'soon, within the next month' to gauge their interest in going to London.

'Just to make contact with all of the people on our list, give them a whole picture of what is coming,' Colangelo told The Associated Press in a phone interview. 'Basically to get a read from them as to what their interests and intentions are in advance.'

Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78), LeBron James and the rest of the 2008 gold medalists all committed to returning to the program through 2012, but Colangelo realizes that 'circumstances have changed for some of the players who were on the Olympic team.'

So some of those spots -- perhaps even half -- will be filled by holdovers from last year's world championship team. By winning that tournament, the U.S. automatically qualified for London, sparing the Americans having to qualify this summer without locked-out NBA players.

'That was our priority and it happened, and thank goodness with kind of the sky falling,' Colangelo said, referring to the league's uncertain labor situation.

Colangelo is using the time off to prepare for next summer. He recently returned from a trip to London to look at the setup and is making plans for training camp, exhibition games and 'the nuances of the Olympics starting earlier (than 2008) next year.'

The biggest question is who will be there with him.

The roster of 12 players plus alternates has to be selected June 18, potentially before the NBA finals -- if there are any -- are over. Training camp would open around July 4 for the July 27 start of the Olympics.

Among the obstacles that could knock out some of the reigning gold medalists:

Another long Miami playoff run that might leave James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh wanting more time off.

Bryant's balky knee.

A free agency tour for Dwight Howard, Deron Williams and Chris Paul -- though Paul insisted during the All-Star break that he was playing next summer.

'I'm really not worried about (anyone) not being available. If someone chooses not to play, that's one thing,' Colangelo said, adding no players have told him they weren't playing, but he has read reports of some wavering.

'The one thing I do know, we have an outstanding pool of players. Whoever the 12 turn out to be, they will represent our country very well.'

Wade said Wednesday he was 'in the middle' about playing, noting he would be one of the older players at 30. His focus is more on the custody of his kids and it's believed that will enter into his thinking before making such a commitment.

But another run with the U.S. team could be a way for James to rebuild a reputation that was weakened through his move from Cleveland to Miami. The 2008 squad was hugely popular, and Colangelo said playing for the U.S. adds 'value to them in terms of their own brands.'

'So I would anticipate that we're going to have a very positive response, but we're prepared to move on because of the depth that we have,' Colangelo said.

The current U.S. roster is about 30 players, but Colangelo said there are truly closer to 18 candidates for London. Referring to the roster from Beijing, he said 'three or four of those spots are vulnerable,' but then named seven players from 2010 who would immediately be leading contenders for spots: Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love, Tyson Chandler, Lamar Odom and Chauncey Billups.

He also hinted that Rookie of the Year Blake Griffin could be added to the roster, so realistically the Olympic roster will be a mixture of the past two U.S. teams.

Problem is, Colangelo doesn't know when, or if, he'll get to watch those players on the court again. Without the benefit of a tryout camp before picking his team, the only thing he'd be able to go on is what he sees of them during a season that may be shortened or canceled.

'What I'm hopeful of is that there is a season, to continue to evaluate players during the course of this next season so we'll be in a better position,' Colangelo said, adding that 'we just have to be prepared for any eventuality. It's out of our control.

'I think we're in good shape, despite the fact the sky is falling in NBA circles so to speak,' he said. 'Fortunately we have a year to watch and see what happens, but we'll be ready to pull the trigger when we need to.'

Courtesy of ESPN


Playing abroad has limits for NBA stars - by Eurobasket News
Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Illinois) decision to play in Turkey if the lockout remains could open the door for other NBA stars.

Unless FIBA shuts it.

Basketball's governing body has to sign off on these deals for players under contract, and the NBA Players Association expects that it will.

But what if it doesn't?

'I don't think that's going to be an easy transaction, to be honest with you', said agent Roger Montgomery, whose client Sonny Weems signed in Lithuania last week after playing last season with the Toronto Raptors.

Weems, whose contract had expired, agreed to a one-year contract without an opt-out clause, meaning hes actually committed to spending the season in Europe. But the deal that Williams would get from Besiktas of Turkey and that any top-level NBA player would demand would allow him to run right back to the NBA once the lockout ends.

So in approving the deals, FIBA would potentially be giving away valued jobs to players who have no intention of keeping them, diminishing the overseas product for the sake of perhaps a few games with bigger names.

The NBA unions belief is that FIBA would not stand in the way of players whose contracts have been suspended because of the lockout seeking employment elsewhere.

But FIBA needs a little more time to determine that. A spokesman for the organization said it is working on a statement to be sent to its membership and clubs to clarify the legal situation, which will likely be ready early this week.

If FIBA says it will offer letters of clearance, the Williams route becomes available for any other NBA players who want to play, not stay, in Europe. Kobe Bryant, Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade were among the players who reportedly would be open to playing overseas.

But dont plan on that exodus just yet. One agent said he wouldnt be shocked if FIBA rejects the kind of contract theyd be seeking and wondered if many European teams would even offer them.

Of course, its unclear how many teams could even afford to. With the risk of injury that could threaten their NBA earnings, few top players would consider the move without the guarantee of top dollars. And in a weakened European economy that likely rules out the elite Greek clubs, and a history of headaches with certain teams when it comes to actually receiving payment, top talent may not have many places to go.

Theres not a lot of teams over there that could pay the salary of what a rotational NBA player would earn, agent Mark Bartelstein said last week. I wouldnt say its a vibrant market for NBA rotational-caliber players.'

While seeing its players getting jobs overseas could potentially threaten owners at the bargaining table, the NBA has shaken off the European challenge before.

Many U.S. Olympians were asked if they would consider the option in 2008 after Josh Childress left the Atlanta Hawks for Greek club Olympiakos and other lesser players followed, agreeing they would have to listen for a deal that would offer them $40 million a year, tax free. But NBA Commissioner David Stern quickly played down the idea, saying the system will not support it, and that was before the economy tumbled.

So while the Williams deal was interesting, deals for ones like Weems are far more likely.

Thats going to be difficult at best, especially for your A-tier player, Montgomery said.

Courtesy of www.thecharlottepost.com


Dwight Howard has considered playing overseas during lockout - by Eurobasket News
Magic center Dwight Howard (6'10''-C/F-85) could be leaving Orlando - but not for another NBA team.

While in Magala, Spain for a promotional event, Howard told Spanish reporters he's considered the idea of playing basketball overseas during the lockout.

He said playing in another country would be fun and he's thought about going to China, a country where he's popular.

And when a fan asked Howard on Twitter about the chances he plays overseas during the lockout, Howard responded: 'pretty high. I got something up my sleeve.'

'I'd have to think [about Europe] seriously, but it's not a decision that should be made in a rush,' Howard said in Spain. 'I think China has more options. I've thought about it a little bit, but not in depth. The big issue is the potential of injury.'

Howard's agent, Dan Fegan, didn't immediately return a message from the Orlando Sentinel on Wednesday. Howard was still out of the country.

New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams made waves last week when he signed a one-year contract with the Turkish team Besiktas. The deal includes an NBA-out clause, which allows Williams to leave Turkey whenever the lockout ends.

Since that news broke, several NBA stars including Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant and Amare Stoudemire have said they'll consider playing overseas if the lockout lingers.

NBA owners locked out the players on July 1 when a new collective bargaining agreement could not be agreed upon. Players aren't allowed to use team facilities or have contact with anyone associated with the NBA.

NBA Commissioner David Stern said players are free to do whatever they want while the lockout is in progress.

While roster spots and players salaries are limited overseas, a fair amount of NBA players may follow Williams' lead across the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean.

Neither of the Magic's two recent draft picks, Justin Harper or DeAndre Liggins, ruled out the possibility of going to Europe. Because they were second-round picks, they aren't guaranteed to make the Magic roster this season.

No other Magic players have been linked to reports of going overseas.

Courtesy of http://articles.orlandosentinel.com


Wes Wilcox named GM of Cavaliers D-league team in Canton - by Eurobasket News
Cleveland Cavaliers Director of Player Personnel Wes Wilcox has been named general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers new NBA Development League franchise in Canton, Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant announced today.

Having Wes in this role is another reflection of the synergy and connectivity that owning and operating our own D-League team in Canton provides. As Wes has been an integral member of our staff for the past eight years, it enhances the opportunity for us to extend our team and organizational culture further into the player development process. Wes has been intricately involved in the D League evolution over the last several years and the Canton franchise has already and will continue to, greatly benefit from his knowledge and experience.

Wilcox will oversee all of the Canton teams basketball operations elements, as well as all team personnel and activities. He will also continue in his role as the director of player personnel for the Cavaliers.

I am extremely thankful for this unique opportunity to have a leadership role in building a special franchise in the city of Canton, said Wilcox. Our organization places a very high value on player development as part of our culture and we are committed to building a successful environment both on the court and in this community. Im excited to be a part of that and we look forward to earning the support of our fans here.

After serving as the New Orleans Hornets video coordinator during the 2002-03 NBA season, Wilcox joined the Cavaliers prior to the 2003-04 season as the Cavs advance game scout, a position he held for four seasons. He then served as the teams college and pro personnel scout for three seasons. He was named director of player personnel in September 2010. He has also served as the Cavaliers liaison with their NBA Developmental League affiliates over the last four seasons.

Wilcox is a graduate of Cal-State Fullerton and native of La Habra, California.

InsideHoops.com editor Jeff Lenchiner has said that the Cavs made the right move in acquiring the team.

On July 7th, 2011 the Cleveland Cavaliers announced they will own and operate the new NBA Development League (the NBAs official minor league) franchise in Canton, Ohio. As owner/operators, the Cavaliers will have exclusive control over all basketball and business elements for the franchise, which will begin play in the 2011-12 season at the Canton Memorial Civic Center, which is approximately 60 miles south of Cleveland. The Cavaliers acquired the former New Mexico Thunderbirds franchise, which ceased operations, and are only the 5th NBA team to currently own and operate their own NBA D-League affiliate (Golden State, Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City and San Antonio).

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


NBA players union memo supports players going overseas - by Eurobasket News
When it comes to playing overseas during the NBA lockout, Billy Hunter has a simple message for the league's players: Enjoy your trip, we'll call you when it's time to come home.

In a memo sent to players on Tuesday night and obtained by the Associated Press on Wednesday, the union leader said the National Basketball Players Association supports all players 'who are taking steps to continue to earn a living, stay in peak competitive shape, and play the game that we love while the unfortunate league-imposed lockout is in place.'

'This lockout is intended to economically pressure our players to agree to an unfavorable collective bargaining agreement,' Hunter wrote. 'It is important for the owners to understand that there may be significant consequences to their decision to put their own players in these difficult economic circumstances.

'If the owners will not give our players a forum in which to play basketball here in the United States, they risk losing the greatest players in the world to the international basketball federations that are more than willing to employ them.'

Talks between the NBA and the union broke down June 30, and the owners decided to impose the league's first lockout since the 1998-99 season was shortened to 50 games. Both sides say there are significant differences between their proposals, raising the possibility that all or part of next season could be canceled.

The chasm between the league and union has led some players to consider other options.

New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams is working on a deal with Turkish team Besiktas, and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Amar'e Stoudemire of the New York Knicks have mentioned the possibility of playing overseas if the NBA lockout drags on.

Any signed player who decides to go overseas would need an opt-out clause in his foreign contract so he could return to the NBA if the lockout was lifted during the season. Then there's the potentially tricky clearance from FIBA, basketball's governing body.

But the union doesn't think there should be any problems.

'We do not believe that FIBA or the NBA will stand in the way of any players pursuing international opportunities, whether you are under contract or a free agent,' Hunter wrote in the memo, which also was sent to agents. 'You and your agent should secure appropriate protection to guard against any injury or unforeseen circumstances.'

FIBA has said it is working on a statement to be sent to its membership and clubs to clarify the legal situation.

TheNew York Times was the first to report on the union memo.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


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Xavier AD to head NCAA selection committee - by Eurobasket News
Xavier University's athletics director will head the NCAA Division I men's basketball committee for the 2012-13 season.

The NCAA announced in Indianapolis on Wednesday that Mike Bobinski would succeed Connecticut AD Jeff Hathaway as chairman after the upcoming season and tournament.

Bobinski will this fall begin the fourth year of a five-year term on the committee. The tournament's annual March Madness includes heavy coverage of its selection process, which this year expanded to 68 teams and a 'First Four' in Dayton, Ohio.

Xavier has made the last six NCAA tournaments, twice reaching the regional finals.

Ohio State AD Gene Smith headed the most recent committee.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Uconn Huskies to own Big East? College basketball betting - by Eurobasket News
The Big East is the biggest in terms of number of schools and arguably the best basketball conference in the nation.

The league is home to the NCAA champion Connecticut Huskies who defied huge odds to win the national title. With the victory came a new found respect for the Huskies program which had fallen from the ranks of college basketballs elite teams. Thanks though to Kemba Walker and his electrifying performance in both the Big East and NCAA tournament, U-Conn regained its stature as one of the top teams in the sport.

Once again in 2011-2012, the Big East will once again be loaded with talented teams from top to bottom. Louisville is considered the team to beat followed by Syracuse, Pitt, St. Johns and Connecticut.

Heres a look at the preseason Top 5 in the Big East.

Louisville Cardinals (25-10, 19-12 ATS)
Love him or hate him Rick Pitino can flat out coach. Last year Louisville notched its eight consecutive 20-win season going 20-13 and 11-7 in conference. Pitino recruited like crazy during the off-season and got commitments from six blue chippers who will be counted on to contribute immediately. In past years the Cardinals have defended opposing teams to death but this year, Pitino plans to speed up the tempo with his young team. The Cardinals are at +850 in the betting odds for the NCAA Championship next season.

Syracuse Orange (27-8, 15-18 ATS)
The Orange started 18-0 last season in large part because of Scoop Jardine and Brandon Triche who formed one of the best backcourts in the country. Both players return this season and that should help the Cuse as they look to improve on their third-place conference finish from a year ago. Kris Joseph who averaged 14.3 points per game elected to return to school rather than seek employment in the NBA and hell get the majority of touches this season. 5Dimes have Syracuse at +1300 for the NCAA title.

Pitt Panthers (28-6, 15-14 ATS)
After going 27-4 during the regular season and capturing the Big East regular season title, the Pittsburgh Panthers flopped in the opening round of the conference tournament losing to Connecticut and then exited in the third round of the NCAA tournament losing as a regional #1. Coach Jamie Dixon will have Ashton Gibbs (16.8 ppg) back for another year after the talented guard opted out of the NBA draft to return for his senior season but will it be enough.

St. Johns Red Storm (21-12, 15-17 ATS)
The Red Storm program is once again alive and well thanks to head coach Steve Lavin.The former UCLA head coach led St. Johns to a surprising third-place finish in the Big East and a berth in the NCAA tournament. Despite an early departure from the conference tournament and a one and done performance at the dance, Lavins team exceeded expectations by a mile. Now hes secured one of the best recruiting classes which should guarantee St. Johns another high finish in the conference. Players like Gods Gift Achiuwa and Sir'Dominic Pointer headline the list of blue chips headed to New York.

Connecticut Huskies (32-9, 23-12 ATS)
The Huskies stunned just about everyone with their improbable run to the national title last season. They were just 9-9 in conference play but went 5-0 in the conference tournament to earn an invite to the Dance and the rest is history. In all Jim Calhouns Huskies went 14-0 in tournament play last year (Maui Invitational, Big East, NCAA tourney) en route to the crown. Kemba Walker the catalyst for UConns unlikely title drive has departed for the riches of the NBA but sophomore Jeremy Lamb who was second on the team in scoring (11.1) will take over the lead role. The NCAA basketball odds makers think that without Kemba the Huskies are long shots to reclaim their title, they are at +2800.

The Big East is known as a defense first conference and last years O/U numbers bear that out. Three teams in particular were highly profitable in the under category. Marquette was 20-11 to the low side with Seton Hall (18-9) and Cincinnati (19-11) right behind. Only four teams in the conference had a better than .500 record to the over.

In a consensus of several preseason basketball rankings, four Big East Schools are listed in the Top 10. #4 Louisville, #6 Pitt, #7 Syracuse and #10 St. Johns with the Big Ten Buckeyes taking #1.

Courtesy of www.sbrforum.com


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Nepal rally past Bhutan to advance into semifinals in New Delhi - by Eurobasket News
Nepal - Bhutan 79:53

Nepal have reached the semifinal stage at SAARC Division Qualifying Tournament of the Middle Asia qualifiers for FIBA Asia Championship. Nepal overcame Bhutan in preliminary Group B opener to clinch the spot in the next round. Nepal will now take on Bangladesh to decide on the winner of the group. Sadish Pradhan stepped up with 21 points to lead the Nepal.
Nepal dominated from start to finish and deservedly recorded the victory at the end. Byangankar scored 18 points for Nepal. Binod Maharjan contributed 15 points for the winning side. Galden Chopel responded with 14 points for Bhutan. Tsher Phuntsho connected for 12 points in the loss.
Bhutan lost their second game at the tournament as well. They surrendered against Bangladesh 59:92 on the same day and got eliminated from the race.

Nepal: Sadish Pradhan 21, Byangankar 18, Binod Maharjan 15
Bhutan: Galden Chopel 14, Tsher Phuntsho 12



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U20: Carl Lindbom leads Finland over Norway - by Eurobasket News
Finland U20-Norway U20 80:55

Finland U20 won their opener of the European Championship 2011 in Division B. The team overcame Norway 80:55 in the start of Group C in Sarajevo.
Engen and Stian Berg (187-PG-91) brought the only leads for Norway in the game at the very beginning. Vanttaja later scored for 16:11, while Karamo Jawara (200-F-91)
closed the first period at 19:16. Finland added 18-10 in the second frame for 37:23 at the halftime. In the third period Norway played well and managed to score the same number of points as the opponents. After 12-12 in it Sandberg gave Finalnd 49:35 after three quarters. Carl Lindbom (204-F-91) drove a lay-up in the start of the last stanza and scored another 7 within few minutes. Cato closed the game from the free throw line bringing the first win for Finland.
Carl Lindbom stepped up with 15 points and Villematti Kopio (182-PG-92) notched 13. Markus Molenius (203-F-92) nailed 11, whilst Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91) scored 10. Karamo Jawara replied with 16 points in the losing effort and Stian Berg delivered 11.

Finland U20: Carl Lindbom 15, Villematti Kopio 13, Markus Molenius 11, Antto Nikkarinen 10
Norway U20: Karamo Jawara 16, Stian Berg 11




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Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Argentina0-0
2. Mexico0-0
3. P.Rico0-0
4. USA0-0
Group B
1. Brazil0-0
2. Canada0-0
3. Colombia0-0
4. Jamaica0-0


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AZS Koszalin signs J.J. Montgomery and Greg Surmacz - by Eurobasket News
AZS Koszalin announced signing of J.J. Montgomery (196-G-82, college: Arkansas St.) and Greg Surmacz (203-F-86, agency: Interperformances) for the next season.
J.J. Montgomery heads to Koszalin from BK SPU Nitra. He appeared 44 times in Slovakian Extraliga last season averaging 14.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals. He helped Nitra win the regular season and reach Playoff Finals after that. Montgomery was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Honorable Mention -11. Before Nitra, he played for Dallas Texas Hurricanes (TPBL). Season 2008/09, Montgomery spent with Ukrainian MBC Mykolaiv. In the past, he also was a member of Keravnos, JKKS Gornik Walbrzych, Makedonikos and Aenekosken Huima. He is a product of the Arkansas State University.
Greg Surmacz spent last season with PBG Basket Poznan. He had 3.3 ppg and 2.4 rpg for 27 games. Surmacz already was a member of AZS and it was in 2009/10. Unfortunately, Surmacz was named Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Disappointment of the Year -10.


U20: Poland grab valuable victory in the opener - by Eurobasket News
F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20-Poland U20 71:74

Poland U20 opened European Championship in Division B with the tough win over F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20. Wojciech Fras (203-F-91) nailed 20 points to lead the Polish side to 74:71 victory.
Although Poland started with 6 consecutive points, Delipetrov closed an 9-0 run to bring 3-point lead. Osman and Zyskowski exchanged the baskets in the end of the period for 24-21. The second quarter became catastrophic for F.Y.R. of Macedonia that scored only 9 points versus 30 from Poland. Dziemba sent both squads to the lockers for 18-points deficit, giving Poland 51:33. No matter how hard F.Y.R. of Macedonia tried to recover they could not win the game. They won the third period 17-11 to reduce to 62:50 and then Gajdadjiev scored two three-pointers in a row for 70:71. Marek Szumelda-Krzycki (193-PG-91, agency: Promotex) and Szymanski however scored for Poland to bring the first win in the group.
Jakub Parzenski (209-F/C-91) ended up with 12 points and Sebastian Szymanski (186-G-91, agency: Promotex) netted 10. Jaroslaw Zyskowski (197-G-92) finished the game with 8 points for 1-0 record. Stojan Gjuroski (201-F-91) produced 19 points in defeat and Nikola Gajdadjiev (193-G-92) added 18.

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20: Stojan Gjuroski 19, Nikola Gajdadjiev 18
Poland U20: Wojciech Fras 22, Jakub Parzenski 12, Sebastian Szymanski 10, Jaroslaw Zyskowski 8




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U20: Portugal surprised Great Britain in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Portugal U20-Great Britain U20 60:57

Portugal U20 surprised Great Britain U20 at the start of the European Championship in Division B. The teams were tied at 50:50 midway through the last period, while the Portuguese team made the final push for the first victory.
Ryan Richards (212-C/F-91, agency: Interperformances) brought the first 4 points for the Great Britain team and Alex Marcotullio (190-G-91) later tied the game at 10:10. Ryan Richards meanwhile kept the teams together at 14:14 and Carlos Ferreirinho (200-F/G-91) nailed three to give Portugal 22:18. The latter stayed in front Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93)'s shot in the middle of the third period. He made a jump shot for 38:37 and Alex Marcotullio tied it at 44:44. Portugal deserved the win more as they led in the majority of the game. Queiroz and Miguel Cardoso (182-PG-93) made the final free throws at the end of the game for the first victory.
Miguel Cardoso led the way with 14 points and Carlos Ferreirinho added 13. Alex Marcotullio ended up with 18 points in the losing effort, while Devon Van Oostrum collected 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Portugal U20: Miguel Cardoso 14, Carlos Ferreirinho 13
Great Britain U20: Alex Marcotullio 18, Devon Van Oostrum 13+12 rebs, Ryan Richards 12




Portugal march past Azerbaijan in exhibition clash - by Eurobasket News
Portugal eased past Azerbaijan in the exhibition game in Istanbul, Turkey. Joao Santos (205-C-79, college: Nevada) scored 15 points to lead Portugal to an 85:48 victory at the end. The teams stayed close throughout the first half. Portugal secured just a five-point lead at halftime 37:32. But the things changed drastically in the second half. Portugal limited their opponents to only 16 points and ran away to a comfortable win at the end. Fernando Sousa (192-F/G-81) and Tomas Barroso (180-G-90) stepped up with 11 points each. Jose Costa (187-G-73) and Elvis Evora (205-C-78) contributed 8 points apiece in the winning effort. Portugal will next face Albania. Azerbaijan will play against Tunisia in another friendly clash.


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Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Peter John RAMOS
  Quebradillas
  (222-C-85)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Ramos, Quebradillas22.1 
 2. Vassallo, Guaynabo22.1 
 3. Johnson, Humacao21.2 
 4. Dalmau, Bayamon20.7 
 5. Villegas, Coamo19.1 
 6. Ayuso, Arecibo18.7 
 7. Harris, San German18.3 
 8. Randolph, Isabela18.0 
 9. Carmona, Mayaguez17.0 
 10. Clinch, Isabela16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  San German
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Harris, San German12.3 
 2. Randolph, Isabela12.3 
 3. Narvaez, Coamo11.6 
 4. Pruitt, Guaynabo11.5 
 5. Ramos, Quebradillas10.4 
 6. Lloreda, San G.10.0 
 7. Clemente, Mayaguez9.1 
 8. Sweetney, Santurce9.1 
 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, Guaynabo4.1 
 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, Arecibo1.6 
 6. Harris, San German1.4 
 7. Randolph, Isabela1.4 
 8. Ramos, Quebradillas1.2 
 9. Freije, Coamo1.1 
 10. Robinson, Mayagu.1.0 


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U20: Estonia got their European Championship campaign off to a successful start - by Eurobasket News
Romania U20-Estonia U20 50:85

Estonia U20 got their European Championship campaign off to a successful start after winning all the periods over Romania U20. The latter tried hard but lost 50:85 in Division B in Sarajevo.
Janar Soo (195-G/F-91) and Veideman nailed threes in the start for the Baltic side and Martin Dorbek (191-G-91) added another one for 15:11. Bogdan Tibirna (210-C-91) closed the first period also from the perimeter to show 23:17 on the board after 10 minutes. Rannar Raap (188-G/F-92) scored for 31:22 and Estonia led to 23-10 in the next 10 minutes. He also was the last to post in the half sending the squads to the lockers for 46:27. No matter how hard Romanian team tried to recover they could not find match in the second half as well. Estonia won the third period 18-10 and closed the game with 21-13 in the last frame. Puidet made a dunk to be the last successful player in the game.
Rannar Raap paced all the winners with 19 points and Martin Dorbek netted 13. Janar Soo ended up with 12 points and Madis Parn (194-F-91) scored 10. Bogdan Tibirna collected 20 points and 11 rebounds, whilst George Chirof (200-C/F-91) netted 9.

Romania U20: Bogdan Tibirna 20+11 rebs, George Chirof 9
Estonia U20: Rannar Raap 19, Martin Dorbek 13, Janar Soo 12, Madis Parn 10




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  RUSSIA   


U20: Serbia tame Russia in Bilbao - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U20 - Russia U20 72:62

Serbian U20 National Team registered the first win at European Championship in Spain. They outscored Russia to improve at 1-0 record in Group A. Nemanja Jaramaz (201-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 15 points to lead the winners.
Russia opened the game with seven points in a row. Serbia needed some time to tune in as they grabbed an 18:15 lead late in the quarter. Serbia entered the second quarter up by a single point 18:17. The lead changed hands for several times before Serbia pulled in front and recorded a 46:36 lead at the interval. Serbia kept Russia at bay throughout the third term. The Balkan team established a 60:49 lead heading into the final frame. Fidiy and Ivan Strebkov (185-PG-91) pulled Russia within six points with just over three minutes remaining. But Branislav Djekic (207-F/C-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Andjusic answered with six points in a row and Serbia marched to the victory at the end. Nemanja Nedovic (192-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) provided 13 points for Serbia. Nikola Kalinic (202-F-91) added 12 points in the win. Ivan Strebkov replied with 13 points for Russia. Artem Gorlanov (196-G-91) accounted for 11 points in the loss.

Serbia U20: Nemanja Jaramaz 15, Nemanja Nedovic 13, Nikola Kalinic 12
Russia U20: Ivan Strebkov 13, Artem Gorlanov 11



Elmedin Kikanovic officially joins Enisey Krasnoyarsk - by Eurobasket News
Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) officially became a new member of Enisey Krasnoyarsk. The Bosnian big guy penned a one-season deal with his new club. He is back after one-year doping suspension. Most recently Kikanovic played for Crvena Zvezda. It was in 2009/10 season. He appeared 12 times in EuroCup registering 8.5 ppg and 2.4 rpg. In Adriatic league, he added 9.6 ppg and 2.7 rpg for 25 games. Kikanovic also played 16 games in Serbian league that season collecting 8.8 ppg and 1.6 rpg. He was a member of Crvena Zvezda from 2007 to 2010. He joined them from Sloboda Dita Tuzla. Elmedin Kikanovic is active member of the Bosnian National Team. He also played for them from 2006 to 2009. In 2007, Kikanovic was named Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Newcomer of the Year. A year later he got Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Newcomer of the Year. In Enisey Krasnoyarsk, Kikanovic will join Stevan Karadzic (agency: Alti Sport ), his former coach from Crvena Zvezda.

Unics locks Henry Domercant until 2013 - by Eurobasket News
Unics Kazan announced signing of Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois). The experienced American guard penned a two-year deal with the reigning EuroCup champion. Domercant heads to Unics from Spartak St. Petersburg, where he spent last season. He appeared 33 times for the club averaging 15.7 points and 1.3 steals in Russian league. He also had 16.9 ppg, 3 rpg and 2.5 apg in EuroChallenge. Domercant helped Spartak reach the Semifinals in this competition. Before Spartak, Henry Domercant paced Montepaschi to back-to-back Italian League and Italian Cup titles in his two seasons in Siena. In the past, he also was a member of Efes Pilsen and Olympiakos. However, the player never reached Euroleague Final Four in his career. With Dynamo Moscow, Henry Domercant played in the ULEB Cup Semifinals in 2008. In 2005 with Efes Pilsen, Domercant won the Turkish league title. He is a product of the Eastern Illinois University, where he set school records in scoring with 27.9 points per game as a senior. His first job as a pro came with Pinar Karsiyaka in 2003.

Another newcomer for Krasnie Krilya - by Eurobasket News
Krasnye Krilya added another player tonight. After landing Fedor Likholitov (210-C-80, college: VCU) the Samara team agreed on terms of contract with Evgeniy Kolesnikov (195-G-85). The 25-year-old guard spent the last season with Spartak Saint Petersburg. Evgeniy Kolsenikov tallied 5.7 points and 1.8 rebounds per game in EuroChallenge. In PBL the guard posted 3.7 points and 1.4 rebounds per appearance. Evgeniy Kolesnikov played for VEF Riga, Spartak-Primorie, Ural Great and CSK VVS Samara before joining Spartak. Last year Evgeniy Kolesnikov participated at the World Championship in Turkey.


Spartak-Primorie add Gannadi Zelenskiy and Denis Polokhin - by Eurobasket News
PBL newcomers Spartak-Primorie strengthened their roster with addition of two players. The team has agreed on terms of contract with Denis Polokhin (195-G-90) and Gannadi Zelenskiy (187-G-82, agency: RIZO).
Denis Polokhin is the product of CSKA junior team. The 20-year-old guard appeared in 18 PBL games last season. He tallied 5.6 points, 2.0 boards and 1.8 assists per game for CSKA Moscow. The guard also played for CSKA Trinta in U23 League. Last year Denis Polokhin played at U20 European Championship. He posted 7.3 points and 5.6 boards per game for Russia in Croatia.
Gannadi Zelenskiy spent the last season in Universitet-Yugra. The 28-year-old guard posted 9.9 points, 5.4 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 2.4 steals per appearance in Superleague. Eurobasket.com named Gannadi Zelensiy All-Russian Superleague Guard of the Year. The guard played for CSK-VVS Samara, Avtodor Saratov and Sojuz Zaretchny before joining Universitet-Yugra.




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Dinamo Sassari extends Vanja Plisnic for 2011/12 - by Eurobasket News
Vanja Plisnic (207-F/C-80, agency: Beo Basket) did a good job for Dinamo Sassari last season. He joined the club in January averaging 8.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals for 19 SerieA games. Today, the Italian outfit announced signing of a one-year contract extension with Plisnic.
Vanja Plisnic started last season in Russia as a member of Nizhny Novgorod. He played 7 games for them in PBL averaging 10.4 points and 5.7 rebounds. Season 2009/10, Plisnic spent with Angelico Biella. He played 14 games in SereA that season registering 5.3 ppg and 3.3 rpg. He missed some games due to injury. In the past, Plisnic also was a member of Ural Great Perm, Oostende, Vojvodina and FMP. He won the Adriatic league title with FMP in 2004.


U20: Serbia tame Russia in Bilbao - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U20 - Russia U20 72:62

Serbian U20 National Team registered the first win at European Championship in Spain. They outscored Russia to improve at 1-0 record in Group A. Nemanja Jaramaz (201-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 15 points to lead the winners.
Russia opened the game with seven points in a row. Serbia needed some time to tune in as they grabbed an 18:15 lead late in the quarter. Serbia entered the second quarter up by a single point 18:17. The lead changed hands for several times before Serbia pulled in front and recorded a 46:36 lead at the interval. Serbia kept Russia at bay throughout the third term. The Balkan team established a 60:49 lead heading into the final frame. Fidiy and Ivan Strebkov (185-PG-91) pulled Russia within six points with just over three minutes remaining. But Branislav Djekic (207-F/C-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Andjusic answered with six points in a row and Serbia marched to the victory at the end. Nemanja Nedovic (192-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) provided 13 points for Serbia. Nikola Kalinic (202-F-91) added 12 points in the win. Ivan Strebkov replied with 13 points for Russia. Artem Gorlanov (196-G-91) accounted for 11 points in the loss.

Serbia U20: Nemanja Jaramaz 15, Nemanja Nedovic 13, Nikola Kalinic 12
Russia U20: Ivan Strebkov 13, Artem Gorlanov 11



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  SLOVAKIA   


U20: Slovak Republic brought an upset to Netherlands - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands U20-Slovak Republic U20 55:57

Slovak Republic U20 brought an upset to Netherlands U20 in Sarajevo. They grabbed 57:55 in the opener of the U20 European Championship in Group B.
Van Der Horst gave the Dutch team 14:7 midway through the opening period and Max Van Schaik (208-F-91) scored for 16:9. Bukovic and Treffers exchanged late baskets in the first period for 20:18, while Moravek nailed three for 23:22 Slovak lead. After 12-10 in the first period Slovak Republic tied the game at 30:30 at the halftime. The third period completely belonged to the winners that had massive 15-6 in the third frame when Richard Grznar (189-PG-91) closed the period at 45:36. The Dutch side did their best to grab the lead and reduced to 56:55 with 28 seconds to go. Tomas Mrvis (194-G/F-91) however scored one free throw in the last seconds for the necessary victory.
Richard Grznar top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Tomas Mrvis netted 11. Max Van Schaik answered with 12 points and 11 boards in defeat, while Jeroen van Vugt (192-G-91) had 11 and Van Der Horst nailed 10.

Netherlands U20: Max Van Schaik 12+11 rebs, Jeroen van Vugt 11, Van Der Horst 10
Slovak Republic U20: Richard Grznar 26, Tomas Mrvis 11



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U20: Montenegro recover in the second half, down Slovenia - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U20 - Slovenia U20 80:77

Montenegro victoriously opened their U20 European Championship campaign. They overcame Slovenia in a tough clash in Group A. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 30 points and 12 rebounds to pace the winners. Milutin Dukanovic (190-PG-91) hit a winning three-pointer with four seconds remaining in regulation.
Slovenia dominated in the first half. They posted a 21:17 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Back-to-back three-pointers from Edo Muric (202-F-91) gave Slovenia a 41:29 lead midway through the second term. Slovenia followed with eight points in a row to establish a 49:31 halftime lead. However Montenegro used an 11:0 run midway through the third term to cut the deficit. They trailed by eight points with one quarter remaining 56:64. Dubljevic erupted for seven points to drag Montenegro as close as three points 69:72. Montenegro soon pulled in front 75:72 with under three minutes to go. Prepelic and Alen Omic (213-C-92) levelled things up at 77 but a treble from Milutin Dukanovic sealed the outcome.
Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94, agency: Beo Basket) netted 15 points, while Milutin Dukanovic added 12 points and 8 assists for Montenegro. Alen Omic answered with 28 points for Slovenia. Edo Muric provided 16 points in the loss.

Montenegro U20: Bojan Dubljevic 30+12 boards, Nikola Ivanovic 15, Milutin Dukanovic 12
Slovenia U20: Alen Omic 28, Edo Muric 16



Bostjan Nachbar denies rumors about Virtus Bologna - by Eurobasket News
According to Kosarka.si, Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80) is not in talks with Virtus Bologna. Reportedly, the player denied any contact with the Italian squad. Nachbar said his wish is to return to the NBA.
Bostjan Nachbar spent last two years with Efes Pilsen Istanbul. He appeared 15 times in Euroleague last season averaging 8.3 points and 2.8 rebounds. In TBL, Nachbar added 10.3 ppg and 3.6 rpg for 19 games. In 2010/11, Nachbar had little bit lower digits in both competitions. He joined Efes Pilsen in 2009 from Dynamo Moscow. With the Russians, Nachbar had 16.2 ppg and 4.5 rpg in 24 A Superleague games. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Russian A Superleague Forward of the Year -09. He also shined in EuroCup that season and was named Eurobasket.com All-Eurocup 1st Team -09. Bostjan Nachbar played for the New Jersey Nets, New Orleans Hornets and Houston Rockets in the past.


Ales Pipan takes over Zadar - by Eurobasket News
Ales Pipan is the new Head Coach of Zadar. The team had list with 10 candidates and they selected Pipan as the right man for the job. The Slovenian specialist worked last three years with Zlatorog Lasko. Last season, they reached Slovenian league Semifinals and Cup Semis as well. Before Zlatorog, Pipan worked year and a half with Anwil Wloclawek. He helped them win Polish Cup in 2007. Before that, Pipan was also coaching Pivovarna Lasko, Geoplin Slovan and Krka. With Lasko, he won the Slovenian Cup in 2004.
Ales Pipan is currently as Head Coach of the Polish National Team. He will lead them at the upcoming EuroBasket in Lithuania. Pipan was a Head Coach of the Slovenian NT from 2004 to 2008.


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  SPAIN   


Manresa parts ways with Grimau, keeps Montanez - by Eurobasket News
Assignia Manresa announced that Jordi Grimau (195-G-83) is no longer member of the club. At the same time, they penned a one-year contract extension with Roman Montanez (193-G-79).
Jordi Grimau joined Manresa in 2007 from Alerta Cantabria Lobos. He appeared 33 times for the club last season averaging 8.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists. In 2009/10, Grimau registered 8.1 ppg and 2.4 rpg.
Roman Montanez had 7.8 ppg, 1.6 apg and 1.3 spg for 30 games last season. A year before that, he averaged 11.8 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists. Montanez joined Manresa in 2008 from Girona. In the past, he also was a member of Bilbao and Valladolid. Montanez reached ULEB Cup Finals with Girona in 2008.


Agent: Biyombo will play for Bobcats next season - by Eurobasket News
The agent for Bobcats rookie Bismack Biyombo (6'10''-C-92) insists the seventh pick in the draft will play for Charlotte next season despite a buyout dispute with his Spanish team.

Igor Crespo said in a phone interview Thursday that no matter when the lockout ends, 'the player will be there to play with the Bobcats from the first game.'

A spokesman for Madrid-based Fuenlabrada said last month the team is fine in letting Biyombo out of the last two years of his contract, but expects to receive a $1.4 million buyout.

The two sides held a mediation session earlier this month. Crespo declined to reveal the details, but stressed the issue wouldn't prevent the 6-foot-9 Congo native from reporting to Charlotte's training camp on time.

Courtesy of www.sfexaminer.com


Caja Laboral and Esteban Batista split - by Eurobasket News
Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) is no longer a member of Caja Laboral. Two sides terminated their deal today. Batista joined former Spanish champions in January from Fuenlabrada. He appeared in 10 Euroleague games with Caja Laboral averaging 8.4 points and 6.3 rebounds. In ACB, Batista added 7 ppg and 4.8 rpg. However, it seems that was not enough for the club. Batista had 12.7 ppg and 8.4 rpg in 14 games with Fuenla last season. Esteban Batista played for Fuenlabrada also in 2009/10. He shined with 14.1 ppg and 8.4 rpg for 31 games in ACB. He ended the season as the best league reboudner. Before Fuenla, Batista played for Maccabi Electra, Triumph Lyubertsy and Libertad. He also has experience from the Italian Sassari. Batista was named Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB 2nd Team -11 and Eurobasket.com Spanish ACB All-Imports Team -11. He is active member of the Uruguayan National Team since 2003.

Gran Canaria keeps Spencer Nelson - by Eurobasket News
Gran Canaria announced signing of a one-year contract extension with Spencer Nelson (203-F-80, college: Utah St.). The American/Azerbaijan forward joined the club last summer from Peristeri. He appeared 33 times in ACB last season averaging 6.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2 assists. He also added 7.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 1.8 apg for 12 EuroCup games.
Season 2009/10, Spencer Nelson started with the Utah Jazz, but he did not appear in any official game. In December of 2009, Nelson moved to Greece signing a deal with Peristeri. For 21 games in A1 he registered 8.1 ppg and 4 rpg. Before Aris, Nelson played for Aris averaging 9.4 ppg and 7.3 rpg. He also has experience from Benetton and Bamberg. Spencer Nelson received Azerbaijan citizenship in 2010 and he is regular member of their National Team.


U20: Spain romp past Turkey in Bilbao - by Eurobasket News
Spain U20 - Turkey U20 90:41

Spain eased past Turkey in U20 European Championship opener for both teams. The hosts led from start to finish registering a comfortable win at the end. Joan Sastre Morro (201-F-91) nailed 16 points to pace the hosts.
The teams stayed close in the opening minutes. But Spain capped the first period with a 12:0 surge to clear off 24:12. Spain continued to enlarge the lead throughout the second quarter. The home team established a 39:20 halftime advantage. Spain just mounted the lead in the third quarter. They entered the fourth period up by insurmountable 40 points 67:27. Spain never looked back en route to the victory then. Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) nailed 15 points, while Josep Franch (194-PG-91) added 13 points in the win. Huseyin Koksal (195-F-91) answered with 10 points for Turkey. Furkan Aldemir (207-F-91) provided 6 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Spain U20: Joan Sastre Morro 16, Nikola Mirotic 15, Josep Franch 13
Turkey U20: Huseyin Koksal 10, Furkan Aldemir 6+11 boards



Real Madrid bring in Jaycee Carroll - by Eurobasket News
Real Madrid have officially announced the signing of contract with Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports). The deal is meant for three seasons. Jaycee Carroll spent the last season with Gran Canaria. The guard averaged 19.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in ACB. He was the top scorer in the Spanish League. In EuroCup Jaycee Carroll posted 18.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists per appearance. The guard also showed the best result in scoring in the tournament. Eurobasket.com named Jaycee Carroll All-Spanish ACB Import Player of the Year. He also made it into All-EuroCup 2nd Team for the second season in a row. Jaycee Carroll played for Banca Tercas before joining Gran Canaria in 2009.


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Sri Lanka National Team for FIBA Mid Asia Qualifiers - by Kristian Santiago
Roster:

4 Vaheesan
5 Duke Sanjeewa Rajapakshe (176-G-76)
6 Praneet
7 Yasdratha
8 Kumara Pragheet
9 Chamath Danawansa (179-G-83)
10 Dilshan
11 Senaka
12 Jerome Faizal
13 Bandara
14 Hewa Fernando (180-G-82)
15 D.A. Sidath Senanayake (190-C-88)


India edge Sri Lanka in SAARC Division Qualifying Tournament - by Eurobasket News
India - Sri Lanka 99:42

India clinched the top spot in SAARC Division Qualifying Tournament of the Middle Asia qualifiers for Fiba Asia Championship preliminary Group A. They overcame Sri Lanka to top the ladder in just two-teams group. India and Sri Lanka both advanced into the semifinal stage scheduled for tonight in New Delhi. Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (192-G-91) stepped up with 16 points to lead the hosts.
India stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. The hosts posted a 32:5 lead after ten minutes. Sri Lanka never came back to life as India rolled to a confident win at the end. Prakash Mishra (180-G/F-82) and Japdeep Singh (199-C-86) delivered 15 points each for the winners. Suran answered with 11 points for Sri Lanka. Senananyaka had 10 points in the loss.
India will now take on the winners of Banghladesh vs. Nepal clash in the semis.

India: Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 16, Prakash Mishra 15, Japdeep Singh 15
Sri Lanka: Suran 11, Senananyaka 10



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  SUDAN   


South Sudan gains independence, may field a national team soon - by Kristian Santiago
Since the South Sudan declared independence from the Sudan,there might be a chance for it's national-team and club teams to compete very soon in FIBA-sanctioned tournaments such as the African Championships. Luol Deng (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) visited recently the South Sudan and hold a camp in Juba, while Kueth Duany (198-G/F-80, college: Syracuse) are actively helping to speed things up regarding basketball in the formerly war-torn region.
Since it will take some time to be recognized officially by FIBA, I took a minute to think who would likely be able to represent the country:

Isaac Kuon, Shooting Guard, Windsor (Canada) 21,7 ppg
Mac Koshwal, Power Forward,La Laguna (Spain) 7,3 ppg, 4,3 rpg
Longar Longar, Center, Utah Flash (US D-League) 2,3 ppg 2,3rpg
Deng Gai, Forward, Naglis-Adakris (Lithuania) 7,3 ppg 4,4 rpg, 2,9 bpg
Cheir Ajou, Center, New Mexico (US College) Freshman '11-'12
Peter Jurkin, Center, Indiana (US College) Freshman '12-'13
Peter Jok, Shooting Guard, Illinois (US College) Freshman '12-'13
Dau Jok, Shooting Guard, Pennsylvania (US College) 0,2 ppg
Koang Doluony, Small Forward, Indiana State (US College) 2,2 ppg
Goldeng Deng, Guard, Park (US College) 10,2 ppg
John Riek, Center, Mississippi State (US College) 1,2 ppg
Silver Laku, Point Guard, Skallagrimur (Iceland)



Maybe I'm missing some players with better resumees, but that's so far my list of possibles.




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  SWEDEN   


U20: Latvia eke out win over Sweden - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U20 - Sweden U20 59:57

Mareks Mejeris (207-F-91, agency: Players Group) knocked down a buzzer-beating jumper to propel Latvia past Sweden on the first day of U20 European Championship in Bilbao, Spain. Janis Antrops (193-G-91, agency: Interperformances) scored 13 points to lead Latvia in the opening win in Group B.
Latvia dominated in the starting quarter. They opened a 21:13 lead late in the period. Latvia entered the second frame up by 8 points 25:17. Pinete gave Latvia a 10-point advantage at the start of the second term. The Scandinavians however were able to get within 4 points at halftime 35:39. Viktor Gaddefors (200-F-92) finally nailed four points in a row to level things up at 43 midway through the third term. The teams headed into the final quarter tied at 48. Sweden used a 7:0 run midway through the fourth period to gain a 57:51 lead. However Dukulis and Davis Lejasmeiers (190-G-91) erased the deficit. Person missed his attempt and Mareks Mejeris punished Sweden at the buzzer. Mareks Mejeris finished with 12 points, while Davis Lejasmeiers added 10 points in the victory. Viktor Gaddefors replied with 14 points for Sweden. Alexander Lindqvist (202-F-91) had 11 points in the loss.

Latvia U20: Janis Antrops 13, Mareks Mejeris 12, Davis Lejasmeiers 10
Sweden U20: Viktor Gaddefors 14, Alexander Lindqvist 11



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U20: Georgia needed a strong second half to beat Switzerland - by Eurobasket News
Switzerland U20-Georgia U20 74:82

Georgia U20 needed a strong second half to beat Switzerland U20 in their start of the European Championship. The Georgian team won 82:74 in Group A campaign with a great performance of Tornike Shengelia (207-G/F-91). He poured in 31 points for the winners and added 6 rebounds.
Dimitri Akaki Dvalishvili (206-C/F-90) (93) and Louissaint exchanged baskets in the very beginning, while Tornike Shengelia scored for 11:4. Eric Fongue (198-F-91) nailed three to close the first period at 15:13 and he also tied the game in the start of the second quarter. Georgia however went on another lead and Bakradze brought 30:21 midway though the second quarter. Herrmann meanwhile closed a 5-0 run for his side to tie the game at 33:33 after 20 minutes. Only due to the second half Georgia celebrated the victory. They won the third quarter 24-20 and added 25-21 in the last stanza.
Beqa Chikviladze (195-G-91) scored 16 for Georgia and Akaki Dvalishvili notched 15. Jonathan Dubas (201-F/C-91) finished the game with 14 points in defeat, while Eric Fongue had 13.

Switzerland U20: Jonathan Dubas 14, Eric Fongue 13, Stevanovic 10
Georgia U20: Tornike Shengelia 31, Beqa Chikviladze 16, Akaki Dvalishvili 15, Duda Sanadze (196-G/F-92) 8



SAM Massagno sign coach Milutin Nikolic - by Luca Maffioli
SAM Basket Massagno have agreed on terms of contract with Milutin Nikolic . Last two seasons, the Serbian head coach, worked in Swiss 1LN and LNB with Momo Basket Vacallo-Mendrisio U23 (9 W - 15 L in 2010-2011) and he will replace coach Franco Facchinetti at SAM. Massagno chooses also the assistant coach: Robby Gubitosa. Nikolic worked also with Lugano Tigers, Olympic Fribourg and Nicosia (women team).

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Catalin Tanase joins in SBF develop skills project ....... - by Ahmad Madwar
another coach arrived to Syria to join in Syrian Basketball Federation develop skills project ..
He is coach Catalin Tanase ... the Romanian coach arrived at last friday to Syria and he started his work with U20players in Damascus center .. Male and Female .. and he'll still with this players untill september .. Catalin is very close to be the head coach of Syrian Women National Team also ..
coach Catalin has great expirience with women basketball specially in Romanin .. and his resuem show he was the best coach there for for two time at 2006 and 2007
Coach Catalin has nice character in and out of the court .. and he doesnot has any problem to work with the Syrian Basketball Federation .. he is happy to work with them .. and the people who see his practise trust he can does great job in Syria ...
this is his Awards/Achievements:
Romanian League All-Star Game -06, 07, 09
Romanian League Regular Season Champion -06, 07, 09
Romanian League Finalist -06
Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Coach of the Year -06, 07
Head Coach: Balkan Games U18 in Sofia -06
Head Coach: Romanian Women U18 National Team -06-07
Romanian Cup Winner -07, 09
Romanian League Champion -07, 09

EuroCup Quarterfinals -10


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  TURKEY   


Erman Kunter keeps deal with Cholet - by Burak Cidamal
Cholet keeps coach Kunter until 2013 - Jul 14, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)

Cholet is set to sign contract extension with their Head Coach Erman Kunter. The Turkish specialist will stay with the club until the end of 2012/13 season. Kunter took over Cholet in 2006. He helped them win the ProA title in 2010. Last season, Cholet reached the Finals and was very close to defend the trophy. However, Nancy grabbed thriller win at the end. Kanter also won the French Supercup with Cholet in 2010. Two years before that, Cholet won the Semaine des As Cup.
Before Cholet, Erman Kunter worked one year with ASVEL. He was coaching Cholet also in 2003/04 season. In the past, Kunter was a Head Coach of Galatasaray and Darussafaka. He was named Eurobasket All-Turkish League Coach of the Year -03. In 1998 and 1999, Kanter was a Head Coach of the Turkish National Team.


Mersin pens deal with Demetri McCamey for 2011/12 - by Eurobasket News
Demetri McCamey (190-G-89, college: Illinois) is a new member of Mersin. The American guard penned his first professional deal. He graduated few months ago at the University of Illinois. McCamey appeared 34 times for his school as a senior averaging 14.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 6.1 assists. He was named All-Big Ten 3rd Team -11. The same award McCamey got in 2009. In 2009/10, Demetri McCamey had 15.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 7.1 apg for his school. He helped them reach NIT Elite Eight and McCamey was named All-Big Ten 1st Team. His name was in for 2011 NBA Draft, but McCamet was not selected.

'We were totally disappointed about the draft. But after we got a chance to clear our hands and everything, we started looking at the bright side of things and we started to recognize as a free agent we had a lot of options', said McCamey's agent Roger Montgomery.


Bostjan Nachbar wishes to play in NBA again - by Burak Cidamal
Bostjan Nachbar denies rumors about Virtus Bologna - Jul 14, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)

According to Kosarka.si, Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80) is not in talks with Virtus Bologna. Reportedly, the player denied any contact with the Italian squad. Nachbar said his wish is to return to the NBA. Bostjan Nachbar spent last two years with Efes Pilsen Istanbul. He appeared 15 times in Euroleague last season averaging 8.3 points and 2.8 rebounds. In TBL, Nachbar added 10.3 ppg and 3.6 rpg for 19 games. In 2010/11, Nachbar had little bit lower digits in both competitions [read more]
Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80)


U20: Spain romp past Turkey in Bilbao - by Eurobasket News
Spain U20 - Turkey U20 90:41

Spain eased past Turkey in U20 European Championship opener for both teams. The hosts led from start to finish registering a comfortable win at the end. Joan Sastre Morro (201-F-91) nailed 16 points to pace the hosts.
The teams stayed close in the opening minutes. But Spain capped the first period with a 12:0 surge to clear off 24:12. Spain continued to enlarge the lead throughout the second quarter. The home team established a 39:20 halftime advantage. Spain just mounted the lead in the third quarter. They entered the fourth period up by insurmountable 40 points 67:27. Spain never looked back en route to the victory then. Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) nailed 15 points, while Josep Franch (194-PG-91) added 13 points in the win. Huseyin Koksal (195-F-91) answered with 10 points for Turkey. Furkan Aldemir (207-F-91) provided 6 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Spain U20: Joan Sastre Morro 16, Nikola Mirotic 15, Josep Franch 13
Turkey U20: Huseyin Koksal 10, Furkan Aldemir 6+11 boards



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Zero Tolerance results and schedule - by David Edole
ST. THOMASShanel Caines went off for 18 points to lead Aint Gonna See Us Fall (AGSUF) over Concrete, 72-56 in the semifinals of ZeroTolerances16-18 Summer Basketball League. The win sets up the much anticipated finals between Blazers and AGSUF Friday afternoon. Addis Elliot and Jahmari Rivera led Concrete with 20 and 13 points respectively.
In 13-15 action, All Coast Ballers held off top seeded Defend Ours,25-21. Jikoy Leycock scored all eight of his team high points in the first quarter. Johnajade Hodge led Defend Ours with 11 points.
Behind the dynamic duo of Dominic Purpura and Devonte Anthony, Jah Youths edged Blazers, 47-46, in overtime. Purpura had a game high 18 and Anthony tallied 14 points. Jah-Gamba Felix led the Blazers with 11 points and Kyle Edward added 10.
In 9-12 Division, Come 2 Defend routed Jah Youths, 37-25. Aniquah Swan led Come 2 Defend with 10 points and Isaiah Harvey led Jah Youths
with 10.

Fridays Schedule
16-18 AGSUF vs. Blazers 5:00pm
Governmental and Industrial Co-Ed League
7:15 pm Airport I vs. Education
8:00 pm Fire vs. Health 5 minutes after

* The winner of each game moves on to the finals that will begin on Saturday July 16th. The finals will be a best two out of three series format.

Saturday July 16th Schedule
9-12 Come 2 Defend vs. Lil Lakers 4:30 pm
13-15 All Coast Ballers vs. Jah Youths 5 minutes after
Game 1 of Governmental and Coed League Finals 5 minutes after


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  UKRAINE   


U20: Germany survive late threat, edge Ukraine - by Eurobasket News
Germany U20 - Ukraine U20 72:68

Germany recorded the initial victory at U20 European Championship. They held off Ukraine in the opener. Patrick Heckmann (198-F/G-92) knocked down 22 points to pace the effort.
Germany used a 12:0 run midway through the opening quarter to clear off. Germany posted a 20:11 lead at the first break. Germany maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Oleksandr Lypovyy (199-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Iegorov capped the half with five points in a row as Ukraine cut the deficit at 7 points 23:30 at the interval. Ukraine narrowed the gap to only 3 points early in the second half. Germany responded with a 13:2 run to restore a 14-point lead 46:32. Frank Menz team entered the fourth period up by 11 points 48:37. Germany still led by 11 points with just over five minutes remaining. But Mishula unloaded 9 points in a row, while Andriy Lebedintsev (187-PG-91) and Oleksandr Lypovyy followed with two triples as Ukraine cut the distance to just three points. Andriy Lebedintsev sank two free throws as the margin grew thinner. Mathis Monninghoff (200-F/G-92) and Patrick Heckmann accounted for five points next to give some breathing space for Germany. A bunch of misses from Ukrainian players allowed Germany to escape with a tough win at the end. Mathis Monninghoff produced 15 points, while Daniel Theis (207-C-92) added 11 points for the winners. Andriy Lebedintsev replied with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for Ukraine. Oleksandr Lypovyy netted 16 points in the loss.

Germany U20: Patrick Heckmann 22, Mathis Monninghoff 15, Daniel Theis 11
Ukraine U20: Andriy Lebedintsev 18, Oleksandr Lypovyy 16



Azovmash land Daniel Ewing - by Eurobasket News
Azovmash are getting stronger before the start of the next season. They have secured the services of another import player for the next season. The Mariupol team brought in Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, agency: Alti Sport, college: Duke). The 28-year-old guard spent the last season in Poland. He played for Asseco Prokom averaging 14.1 points, 3.3 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game in PLK. In VTB League Daniel Ewing registered 12.3 points, 3.3 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals per appearance. In Euroleague his stats read 12.8 points, 3.4 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals. Eurobasket.com named Daniel Ewing All-Polish PLK Player of the Year. The guard also received All-VTB League Honourable Mention. Daniel Ewing played for Asseco Prokom since 2008. He had stints with Khimky and Los Angeles Clippers before moving to Poland.


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Tuck Back In Sheffield - by Paul Nilsen

The One Health Sharks Sheffield Basketball Club have announced the signing of power forward Mike Tuck (201-F-83, college: Loyola, MD) for another season.

The popular Canadian will return to Sheffield for his third season with the back-to-back BBL Cup winners.

Since joining the Sharks in December 2009 Tuck has provided player-coach Atiba Lyons with flexibility in his front court and also an unselfishness when coming off the bench as Sheffield's sixth man.

Lyons, who will be starting his fourth season as Sharks play-caller, said he was delighted to be bringing the 6ft 7in Tuck back to the club.

He said: 'Mike has been a key member of our squad since he joined us and has definitely contributed a large amount to our Cup wins.

'He runs the floor well, has a knack of picking up rebounds and points at crucial times and sacrifices himself for the team every night.

'He's the kind of player that a coach loves to have around and once again he'll be one of the most important guys on our roster.'

Tuck, from Toronto, averaged 13.8 points per game and 8.4 rebounds per game last season for the Sharks.

He said: 'I'm very pleased to have re-signed with the Sharks. I love playing for the club and living in the city. It's a real home from home for me.

'We won one trophy last year and came close to winning a couple more so hopefully with several of the guys coming back and Atiba adding a few more pieces we can be even more successful this season.'

Sharks frontcourt is already looking strong. Lyons has been joined by Olu Babalola and Tuck with more announcements expected shortly.



Mighty Joe Is Fighting Fit - by Paul Nilsen
Newcastle Eagles are delighted to welcome back shooting guard Joe Chapman (193-G-84, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Marquette) for a third consecutive season on Tyneside. Having had his season cruelly cut short last year due to a ruptured achilles in a February game against Cheshire Jets the native of Chicago was especially keen to return for a further crack at the BBL. Chapman, who played in the NCAA final four for Marquette University alongside Dwyane Wade as well as professionally in Mexico and the Czech Republic, was the Basketball Journalists player of the season in his first year and followed that pace with a strong second season in which he averaged 19.8 ppg until his February injury. A crowd favourite, as much for his hustle plays as his offensive range, the signing is sure to be popular with the Eagles fans.

More than anything though it is Chapman's strong work ethic and leadership capabilities which have resonated with coach Fab Flournoy. 'Joe was extremely enthusiastic to return and I was delighted to have him. I think we both feel like we have unfinished business from last year. He really stepped up his defensive game last season and became a leader in our locker room. He stayed in Newcastle to rehab his injury and was ultra professional, at one stage he was even in the gym shooting with a surgical boot on!'
'He has had to deal with adversity throughout his career and has always come back stronger. I have no doubt that he will rebound once more from last years setback and be a key player for us again. His basketball IQ is extremely high and everyone knows that we value continuity extremely highly at this club'.

Flournoy confirmed that Chapman's signing provided him with great flexibility moving forward with his roster. 'With his ball handling and size Joe can play and defend positions 1-3 in the BBL. This really opens up our options when considering further recruitment moves'.

Chapman is keen to get back to club duties and put last season's disappointments behind him. 'My post season rehabilitation has gone very well and I am really looking forward to getting back into things. We need to get back to winning ways and I'm looking forward to the challenge. I'm hearing that we will have some tough competition again this year. I'm also hearing that Lakers Ron Artest might be coming to the UK! I might have to give my old friend Dwayne Wade a call and see what he's doing in September!'



U20: Portugal surprised Great Britain in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Portugal U20-Great Britain U20 60:57

Portugal U20 surprised Great Britain U20 at the start of the European Championship in Division B. The teams were tied at 50:50 midway through the last period, while the Portuguese team made the final push for the first victory.
Ryan Richards (212-C/F-91, agency: Interperformances) brought the first 4 points for the Great Britain team and Alex Marcotullio (190-G-91) later tied the game at 10:10. Ryan Richards meanwhile kept the teams together at 14:14 and Carlos Ferreirinho (200-F/G-91) nailed three to give Portugal 22:18. The latter stayed in front Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93)'s shot in the middle of the third period. He made a jump shot for 38:37 and Alex Marcotullio tied it at 44:44. Portugal deserved the win more as they led in the majority of the game. Queiroz and Miguel Cardoso (182-PG-93) made the final free throws at the end of the game for the first victory.
Miguel Cardoso led the way with 14 points and Carlos Ferreirinho added 13. Alex Marcotullio ended up with 18 points in the losing effort, while Devon Van Oostrum collected 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Portugal U20: Miguel Cardoso 14, Carlos Ferreirinho 13
Great Britain U20: Alex Marcotullio 18, Devon Van Oostrum 13+12 rebs, Ryan Richards 12




English U18 National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
English U18 National Team 2011
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Harrison Turner
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Joshua McGinn
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Raphell Thomas-Edwards
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Elliott Sentance
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John Stewart
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4 Harrison Turner 196-G-93 Taunton T. United Kingdom
5 Joshua McGinn 178-G-93 Manchester United Kingdom
6 Jamie Batish Sandringham S. Australia
7 Ross Wilson 93 Newcastle E. United Kingdom
8 Raphell Thomas-Edwards 195-F-93 Leicester United Kingdom
9 Elliott Sentance 188-G-94 Leicester United Kingdom
10 John Stewart 198-F-93 Sheffield S. United Kingdom
11 David Sainsbury-Garcia Estudiantes II Spain
12 Simeon Esprit 195-G/F-93 Leopards United Kingdom
13 Dale Francis 207-C/F-94 Canarias Bball Ac. Spain
14 Zak Wells Leopards United Kingdom
15 Jack Crook Manchester United Kingdom
25 Jordan Spencer 185-G-94 MK Lions United Kingdom

Steve Bucknall Head Coach
Rick Woodridge Assistant
A Keane Assistant


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  WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES   


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Brazil0-0
2. China0-0
3. Czech Rep.0-0
4. Germany0-0
5. Romania0-0
6. UAE0-0
Group B
1. Australia0-0
2. Canada0-0
3. Hong Kong0-0
4. S.Africa0-0
5. Serbia0-0
6. Turkey0-0
Group C
1. Japan0-0
2. Lithuania0-0
3. N.Zealand0-0
4. Philippines0-0
5. Russia0-0
6. Ukraine0-0
Group D
1. Finland0-0
2. Hungary0-0
3. Israel0-0
4. S.Korea0-0
5. Mexico0-0
6. USA0-0




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Women News

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  BELARUS - Women  


U20 Slovakia jumps to 3-0 in Group G - by Eurobasket News
U20 BELARUS - U20 SLOVAKIA 49-60

Slovakia registered third straight win in Classification Group G. This time Slovakia was too strong for Belarus 60-49 jumping to perfect 3-0 in this pool. They are very close to secure the survival in Division A. Belarus on the other side dropped to third place with 1-2 score. They will have to improve in the last three rounds in order to avoid relegation. Marta Palenikova (184-G/F-92) was better than the others in victory with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Sabina Oroszova (187-F-93) had 10 points and 13 rebounds, while Barbora Balintova (173-G-94) helped with 9 pts. In the loosing squad, Nadzeya Bohdan (187-C-93) collected 16 points and 7 rebs. Their second scorer was Maryia Papova (186-F-94) with 9 points (8 rebs). Quarters: 10-14, 11-15, 15-21, 13-10. Next round is scheduled for Friday.

Belarus: Nadzeya Bohdan 16+7 boards, Maryia Papova 9+8 boards
Slovakia: Marta Palenikova 15+5 boards, Sabina Oroszova 10+13 boards, Barbora Balintova 9


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  BULGARIA - Women  


U20 Sweden wins Group A in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News
U20 BULGARIA - U20 SWEDEN 52-100

Sweden finished Preliminary Round in style. They destroyed Bulgaria 100-52 winning the first place in Group A with perfect 4-0 record. On the other side, Bulgaria finished as No.4 with 1-3 score. Both teams advanced to Quarterfinals in Ohrid. There, Sweden will meet Belgium, while Bulgaria will take on Czech Republic. Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) stepped up for the winners with 19 points. Frida Fogdemark (187-F-91) had 18 points and 6 rebounds, while Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) added 13 pts and 6 rebs. In the loosing squad, Mariya Svetoslavova (178-F-93) top-scored with 21 points. Violina Kocheva (176-G/F-91) had 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, while Tsvetromira Sharenkapova (182-F-91) added 12 pts. Quarters: 10-35, 16-26, 13-18, 13-21. Championship continues on Friday.

Bulgaria: Mariya Svetoslavova 21, Violina Kocheva 14+5 boards+5 as, Tsvetromira Sharenkapova 12
Sweden: Farhiya Abdi 19, Frida Fogdemark 18+6 boards, Binta Drammeh 13+6 boards


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  CENTROBASKET U17 - Women  


Standing
Standings
Group A
1. Dominican R.1-0
2. Mexico0-0
3. Cayman Isl.0-1
Group B
1. P.Rico1-0
2. Guatemala1-0
3. US Virg.Isl0-1
4. Bahamas0-1


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


U20 Czech Republic beats U20 Greece 76-50 to win Group B in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News
U20 GREECE - U20 CZECH REPUBLIC 50-76

It was a game between two perfect teams after four days in Ohrid. Czech Republic cruised past Greece 76-50 to win the first place in Group B with 5-0 record. Greece dropped to second position with 1-4. Of course, both teams advanced to Quarterfinals. Czech Republic will meet Bulgaria, while Greece will play against Hungary. Adela Filarova (174-G-91) came up with 16 points for the winners and Lenka Bartakova (176-G-91) followed her with 14 points, plus 5 rebounds. Petra Zaplatova (175-G/F-91) delivered 13 pts. In Greece, Artemis Spanou (185-F-93) shined with double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds. Their second scorer was Georgia Kantara (176-G-93) with 8 pts. Quarters: 17-12, 9-20, 13-20, 11-24. Championship continues on Friday.

Greece: Artemis Spanou 28+10 boards, Georgia Kantara 8
Czech Republic: Adela Filarova 16, Lenka Bartakova 14+5 boards, Petra Zaplatova 13


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20 - Women  


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 


Division A: Qualifying Round is over, Quarterfinals set - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Poland - Turkey 48-69
Turkey celebrated in the last day of the Qualifying Round in Novi Sad. They outplayed Poland 69-48, but that didnt help Turkey to avoid the last place in Group E. They ended this stage with 1-4 record. On the other side, Poland dropped to third place with 3-2 record. They will meet France in the Quarterfinals. Turkey will continue in Classification Round from 9-12 place. Ozge Yavas (174-G-91) led Turkey in this game with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Esra Ural (198-C-91) had 11 points and 15 rebounds, while Serenay Cakmakci (182-F-91) added 10 pts and 8 rebs. In the loosing squad, Malgorzata Misiuk (184-F-91) was the best scorer with only 10 points. Joanna Markiewicz (183-F-91) and Magdalena Idziorek (175-G-92) netted 9 pts each. Quarters: 5-24, 13-16, 14-11, 16-18. Championship continues on Friday.

Lithuania - Ukraine 68-71
Ukraine made it in do-or-die game against Lithuania. Ukraine grabbed 71-68 victory which secured them a spot for the Quarterfinals in Novi Sad. They ended Qualifying Round as No.4 of Group E with 3-2 record. On the other side, Lithuania dropped to fifth place with 1-4. They will be transferred to Classification Games from 9-12 place. Alina Iagupova (181-G-92, agency: LBM Management) shined in this crucial meeting with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Olga Maznichenko (187-F-91, agency: LBM Management) had 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Olesia Malashenko (189-F-91, agency: LBM Management) also helped with double-double of 13 points and 13 rebs. Laura Svaryte (190-C/F-92) collected 17 points and 8 rebounds in loss. Santa Okockyte (176-G-92) and Gintare Mazionyte (186-F/C-91) (8 rebs) added 16 and 13 points respectively. Quarters: 13-22, 20-13, 19-18, 16-18. Championship continues on Friday.

Russia - Serbia 74-65
It was the crucial game for the first place in Qualifying Group E. Russia managed to beat the host of U20 EuroBasket 74-65 winning this pool with almost perfect 4-1 record. Serbia dropped to second place with 3-2. Of course, both teams advanced to Quarterfinals. There, Russia will meet United Kingdom, while Serbia will play against Italy. Alexandra Tarasova (194-C-91) was a key player for the winners with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Anastasiya Shilova (185-F/G-91) and Yana Panevina (168-G-91) helped with 14 points each. In defeat, Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) exploded with 24 points and 15 rebounds. Their second scorer and at the same time the last one with double-digits was Marina Markovic (181-G/F-91) with 14 pts. Quarters: 14-11, 20-19, 30-13, 10-22. Quarterfinals will be played on Friday.

Group F
Italy - Latvia 70-61
Italy managed to beat Latvia in the last day of the Qualifying Round in Zrenjanin. Thanks to this win Italy jumped to third place in Group F with 3-2 record. They will meet Serbia in the Quarterfinals. Latvia dropped to fifth place (1-4) and failed to reach the next stage. They will be transferred to Classification Round from 9-12 place. Alessandra Tava (184-F/C-91) exploded in this game with 29 points and 5 rebounds. Federica Tognalini (183-F-91) and Valeria De Pretto (182-F-91) helped Italy with 12 points and 6 rebounds each. In the loosing squad, Anete Kirsteine (178-F/G-92) delivered 17 points and Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) (6 rebs) had three less. Kristine Vitola (196-C/F-91) stopped to 13 pts and 11 rebs in this meeting. Quarters: 18-16, 21-12, 17-15, 14-18. Championship continues on Friday.

Spain - France 68-33
Spain stays undefeated at the U20 EuroBasket, Division A. They blasted France 68-33 in the last game of the Qualifying Round winning the first place with Group F with perfect 5-0 record. Spain will meet Ukraine in the Quarterfinals. France also reached the next stage, but as No.2 of this pool with 3-2 record. Their rival in the QFinals will be Poland. Leonor Rodriguez Manso (181-G-91) was the leading player in victory with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Laura Arroyo (182-F-91) was the second scorer with 11 points and Amaya Gastaminza (189-F-91, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Oregon St.) added 10 points, plus 9 boards. France did not have anyone with double-digits in scoring. Their best player was Ondaye-Akoa Elenga (186-F-91) with 8 points and 8 rebounds. Isabelle Strunc (179-G-91) stopped to 6 pts. Quarters: 16-9, 15-9, 19-11, 18-4. Championship continues on Friday.

United Kingdom - Holland 66-70
Holland celebrated in the last day of the Qualifying Round in Zrenjanin. They outplayed United Kingdom 70-66, but it was too late for Holland who ended as the last ranked team of Group F with 1-4 record. Despite this defeat, United Kingdom is No.4 in this pool with 2-3 score. They advanced to Quarterfinals and will meet No.1 of Group E - Russia. Chatilla Van Grinsven (187-F-89) shined for the winners with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) also was great with double-double of 18 points and 12 boards, while Kourtney Treffers (186-F-94) added 13 pts and 5 rebs. In UK, Temitope Fagbenle (191-F-92) was better than the others with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Renee E. Busch (174-G-92) and Kristie Sheils (170-G-91) netted 11 points each. Quarters: 19-17, 13-18, 15-18, 19-17. All Quarterfinals games will be played on Friday. Holland will be transferred to Classification Round (place 9-12).

Group G, Places 13-16
Germany - Romania 65-50
Germany made a big step forward to survival in Division A. They handed 65-50 loss to Romania for 2-1 record in Group G. Germany is currently the second ranked team in this pool. On the other side, Romania dropped to 0-3. They are very close to relegation. Sonja Greinacher (188-F/C-92) erupted with 25 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. She reached valuation 33 and of course was the MVP of this meeting. Finja Schaake (179-G/F-92) scored 19 pts, while Christina Schnorr (187-F-92) added 8 pts and 13 boards. In defeat, Cristina Bigica (182-F-92) had 17 points and 11 rebounds. Sonia Ursu (175-G/F-93) had 13 pts and 7 rebs. Quarters: 9-12, 12-11, 26-16, 18-11. Championship continues on Friday.

Belarus - Slovakia 49-60
Slovakia registered third straight win in Classification Group G. This time Slovakia was too strong for Belarus 60-49 jumping to perfect 3-0 in this pool. They are very close to secure the survival in Division A. Belarus on the other side dropped to third place with 1-2 score. They will have to improve in the last three rounds in order to avoid relegation. Marta Palenikova (184-G/F-92) was better than the others in victory with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Sabina Oroszova (187-F-93) had 10 points and 13 rebounds, while Barbora Balintova (173-G-94) helped with 9 pts. In the loosing squad, Nadzeya Bohdan (187-C-93) collected 16 points and 7 rebs. Their second scorer was Maryia Papova (186-F-94) with 9 points (8 rebs). Quarters: 10-14, 11-15, 15-21, 13-10. Next round is scheduled for Friday.


Division B: Quarterfinals are set in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Bulgaria - Sweden 52-100
Sweden finished Preliminary Round in style. They destroyed Bulgaria 100-52 winning the first place in Group A with perfect 4-0 record. On the other side, Bulgaria finished as No.4 with 1-3 score. Both teams advanced to Quarterfinals in Ohrid. There, Sweden will meet Belgium, while Bulgaria will take on Czech Republic. Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) stepped up for the winners with 19 points. Frida Fogdemark (187-F-91) had 18 points and 6 rebounds, while Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) added 13 pts and 6 rebs. In the loosing squad, Mariya Svetoslavova (178-F-93) top-scored with 21 points. Violina Kocheva (176-G/F-91) had 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, while Tsvetromira Sharenkapova (182-F-91) added 12 pts. Quarters: 10-35, 16-26, 13-18, 13-21. Championship continues on Friday.

FYR Macedonia - 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.

Group B
Estonia - 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.

Greece - Czech Republic 50-76
It was a game between two perfect teams after four days in Ohrid. Czech Republic cruised past Greece 76-50 to win the first place in Group B with 5-0 record. Greece dropped to second position with 1-4. Of course, both teams advanced to Quarterfinals. Czech Republic will meet Bulgaria, while Greece will play against Hungary. Adela Filarova (174-G-91) came up with 16 points for the winners and Lenka Bartakova (176-G-91) followed her with 14 points, plus 5 rebounds. Petra Zaplatova (175-G/F-91) delivered 13 pts. In Greece, Artemis Spanou (185-F-93) shined with double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds. Their second scorer was Georgia Kantara (176-G-93) with 8 pts. Quarters: 17-12, 9-20, 13-20, 11-24. Championship continues on Friday.

Israel - 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.


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  FRANCE - Women  


U20 Spain extends winning streak in Zrenjanin, wins Group F - by Eurobasket News
U20 SPAIN - U20 FRANCE 68-33

Spain stays undefeated at the U20 EuroBasket, Division A. They blasted France 68-33 in the last game of the Qualifying Round winning the first place with Group F with perfect 5-0 record. Spain will meet Ukraine in the Quarterfinals. France also reached the next stage, but as No.2 of this pool with 3-2 record. Their rival in the QFinals will be Poland. Leonor Rodriguez Manso (181-G-91) was the leading player in victory with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Laura Arroyo (182-F-91) was the second scorer with 11 points and Amaya Gastaminza (189-F-91, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Oregon St.) added 10 points, plus 9 boards. France did not have anyone with double-digits in scoring. Their best player was Ondaye-Akoa Elenga (186-F-91) with 8 points and 8 rebounds. Isabelle Strunc (179-G-91) stopped to 6 pts. Quarters: 16-9, 15-9, 19-11, 18-4. Championship continues on Friday.

Spain: Leonor Rodriguez Manso 16+6 boards, Laura Arroyo 11, Amaya Gastaminza 10+9 boards
France: Ondaye-Akoa Elenga 8+8 boards, Isabelle Strunc 6


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  GERMANY - Women  


Sonja Greinacher lifts U20 Germany to second win in Group G - by Eurobasket News
U20 GERMANY - U20 ROMANIA 65-50

Germany made a big step forward to survival in Division A. They handed 65-50 loss to Romania for 2-1 record in Group G. Germany is currently the second ranked team in this pool. On the other side, Romania dropped to 0-3. They are very close to relegation. Sonja Greinacher (188-F/C-92) erupted with 25 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. She reached valuation 33 and of course was the MVP of this meeting. Finja Schaake (179-G/F-92) scored 19 pts, while Christina Schnorr (187-F-92) added 8 pts and 13 boards. In defeat, Cristina Bigica (182-F-92) had 17 points and 11 rebounds. Sonia Ursu (175-G/F-93) had 13 pts and 7 rebs. Quarters: 9-12, 12-11, 26-16, 18-11. Championship continues on Friday.

Germany: Sonja Greinacher 25+15 boards, Finja Schaake 19, Christina Schnorr 8+13 boards
Romania: Cristina Bigica 17+11 boards, Sonia Ursu 13+7 boards


Two new lions in Halle - by Marsha Owusu Gyamfi
The SV Halle Lions add two top-players to their team. Alissa Pierce (182-G/F-86) and Tamara Tatham (187-F-85, college: Massachusetts) will play for the Halle Lions. Both were DBBL-Topscorer (Tatham 2008/2009 and Pierce 2009/2010) and proofed their quality in the recent seasons.

The club is able to keep on of his top players -Tamara Tatham- and adds another with Pierce, who played three seasons for the Rhein-Main-Baskets.

After signing again with Michaela Abelova (183-G-85), keeping their young players and the return of Nadja Proetzig, Pierce and Tatham are another good addition to build up a team for the new headcoach Jaroslaw Zyskowski , former coach from BBV Leipzig.


Katharina Kuehn retires - by Marsha Owusu Gyamfi
Katharina Kuehn ended her career.She announced her retirement after the European Championships in Poland. The german national team and her clubteam TSV Wasserburg loose a valuable player. In the last five years playing for the club of Wasserburg she won five titles, three league titles and two cup victories.

Since her 14th birthday Katahrina Kuehn was practicing and playing. In germay she played in the first and second league. Kuehn also played in spain and for various german national teams. Now she is just looking forward to spend time with her friends and her familiy.



Nicola Happel joins BC Marburg - by Marsha Owusu Gyamfi
Juniornationalteam point guard Nicola Happel (160-PG-92) takes a spot at BC Marburg.

The 1.62 m point guard will get a dual-licence and still play for TSV Gruenberg in the 2. DBBL. Last year Happel averaged 10 points in 33 minutes of playing time. Last year she convinced her new teammates and the coaching stuff with her practice performance based on lively action and 'annoying' the high level players from the team.

Coach Aleksandra Kojic is looking forward to her new player and is sure the 19 year old player will create something good on court.



A new backup pointguard for Oberhausen - by Marsha Owusu Gyamfi
Lea Thiel (170-G-88) ist the new backup pointguard for evo New Basket Oberhausen. The 23 year old player moves from the BG Dorsten to Oberhausen. She played for Dorsten 8 years with a disappointing last year (Dorsten did not stay in the 2. DBBL). Lea Thiel will still work fulltime and is happy to get a chance on the highest level in germany and looks forward to work with her new coach.

She impressed the coaching staff in Oberhausen during the tryouts and showed her speed, her defense and her decision making. Headcoach Julia Gajewski is convinced she found a good addition to her new starting point guard Valerie Nainima (165-G-86, college: S.Carolina).




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  GREECE - Women  


U20 Czech Republic beats U20 Greece 76-50 to win Group B in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News
U20 GREECE - U20 CZECH REPUBLIC 50-76

It was a game between two perfect teams after four days in Ohrid. Czech Republic cruised past Greece 76-50 to win the first place in Group B with 5-0 record. Greece dropped to second position with 1-4. Of course, both teams advanced to Quarterfinals. Czech Republic will meet Bulgaria, while Greece will play against Hungary. Adela Filarova (174-G-91) came up with 16 points for the winners and Lenka Bartakova (176-G-91) followed her with 14 points, plus 5 rebounds. Petra Zaplatova (175-G/F-91) delivered 13 pts. In Greece, Artemis Spanou (185-F-93) shined with double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds. Their second scorer was Georgia Kantara (176-G-93) with 8 pts. Quarters: 17-12, 9-20, 13-20, 11-24. Championship continues on Friday.

Greece: Artemis Spanou 28+10 boards, Georgia Kantara 8
Czech Republic: Adela Filarova 16, Lenka Bartakova 14+5 boards, Petra Zaplatova 13


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  HOLLAND - Women  


U20 Holland takes 70-66 win against U20 UK - by Eurobasket News
U20 UNITED KINGDOM - U20 HOLLAND 66-70

Holland celebrated in the last day of the Qualifying Round in Zrenjanin. They outplayed United Kingdom 70-66, but it was too late for Holland who ended as the last ranked team of Group F with 1-4 record. Despite this defeat, United Kingdom is No.4 in this pool with 2-3 score. They advanced to Quarterfinals and will meet No.1 of Group E - Russia. Chatilla Van Grinsven (187-F-89) shined for the winners with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) also was great with double-double of 18 points and 12 boards, while Kourtney Treffers (186-F-94) added 13 pts and 5 rebs. In UK, Temitope Fagbenle (191-F-92) was better than the others with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Renee E. Busch (174-G-92) and Kristie Sheils (170-G-91) netted 11 points each. Quarters: 19-17, 13-18, 15-18, 19-17. All Quarterfinals games will be played on Friday. Holland will be transferred to Classification Round (place 9-12).

UK: Temitope Fagbenle 14+11 boards, Renee E. Busch 11, Kristie Sheils 11
Holland: Chatilla Van Grinsven 19+13 boards, Maxime Essenstam 18+12 boards, Kourtney Treffers 13+5 boards


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  ITALY - Women  


Alessandra Tava explodes with 29 pts, leads U20 Italy to win against U20 Latvia - by Eurobasket News
U20 ITALY - U20 LATVIA 70-61

Italy managed to beat Latvia in the last day of the Qualifying Round in Zrenjanin. Thanks to this win Italy jumped to third place in Group F with 3-2 record. They will meet Serbia in the Quarterfinals. Latvia dropped to fifth place (1-4) and failed to reach the next stage. They will be transferred to Classification Round from 9-12 place. Alessandra Tava (184-F/C-91) exploded in this game with 29 points and 5 rebounds. Federica Tognalini (183-F-91) and Valeria De Pretto (182-F-91) helped Italy with 12 points and 6 rebounds each. In the loosing squad, Anete Kirsteine (178-F/G-92) delivered 17 points and Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) (6 rebs) had three less. Kristine Vitola (196-C/F-91) stopped to 13 pts and 11 rebs in this meeting. Quarters: 18-16, 21-12, 17-15, 14-18. Championship continues on Friday.

Italy: Alessandra Tava 29+5 boards, Federica Tognalini 12+6 boards, Valeria De Pretto 12+6 boards
Latvia: Anete Kirsteine 17, Sabine Niedola 14+6 boards, Kristine Vitola 13+11 boards


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  LATVIA - Women  


Alessandra Tava explodes with 29 pts, leads U20 Italy to win against U20 Latvia - by Eurobasket News
U20 ITALY - U20 LATVIA 70-61

Italy managed to beat Latvia in the last day of the Qualifying Round in Zrenjanin. Thanks to this win Italy jumped to third place in Group F with 3-2 record. They will meet Serbia in the Quarterfinals. Latvia dropped to fifth place (1-4) and failed to reach the next stage. They will be transferred to Classification Round from 9-12 place. Alessandra Tava (184-F/C-91) exploded in this game with 29 points and 5 rebounds. Federica Tognalini (183-F-91) and Valeria De Pretto (182-F-91) helped Italy with 12 points and 6 rebounds each. In the loosing squad, Anete Kirsteine (178-F/G-92) delivered 17 points and Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) (6 rebs) had three less. Kristine Vitola (196-C/F-91) stopped to 13 pts and 11 rebs in this meeting. Quarters: 18-16, 21-12, 17-15, 14-18. Championship continues on Friday.

Italy: Alessandra Tava 29+5 boards, Federica Tognalini 12+6 boards, Valeria De Pretto 12+6 boards
Latvia: Anete Kirsteine 17, Sabine Niedola 14+6 boards, Kristine Vitola 13+11 boards


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


U20 Ukraine edges U20 Lithuania 71-68 in do-or-die game - by Eurobasket News
U20 LITHUANIA - U20 UKRAINE 68-71

Ukraine made it in do-or-die game against Lithuania. Ukraine grabbed 71-68 victory which secured them a spot for the Quarterfinals in Novi Sad. They ended Qualifying Round as No.4 of Group E with 3-2 record. On the other side, Lithuania dropped to fifth place with 1-4. They will be transferred to Classification Games from 9-12 place. Alina Iagupova (181-G-92, agency: LBM Management) shined in this crucial meeting with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Olga Maznichenko (187-F-91, agency: LBM Management) had 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Olesia Malashenko (189-F-91, agency: LBM Management) also helped with double-double of 13 points and 13 rebs. Laura Svaryte (190-C/F-92) collected 17 points and 8 rebounds in loss. Santa Okockyte (176-G-92) and Gintare Mazionyte (186-F/C-91) (8 rebs) added 16 and 13 points respectively. Quarters: 13-22, 20-13, 19-18, 16-18. Championship continues on Friday.

Lithuania: Laura Svaryte 17+8 boards, Santa Okockyte 16, Gintare Mazionyte 13+8 boards
Ukraine: Alina Iagupova 18+6 boards+7 as, Olga Maznichenko 16+11 boards, Olesia Malashenko 13+13 boards


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Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Argentina0-0
2. Canada0-0
3. Mexico0-0
4. P.Rico0-0
Group B
1. Brazil0-0
2. Dominican R.0-0
3. Uruguay0-0
4. USA0-0


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  POLAND - Women  


U20 Turkey surprises U20 Poland, beats them 69-48 - by Eurobasket News
U20 POLAND - U20 TURKEY 48-69

Turkey celebrated in the last day of the Qualifying Round in Novi Sad. They outplayed Poland 69-48, but that didnt help Turkey to avoid the last place in Group E. They ended this stage with 1-4 record. On the other side, Poland dropped to third place with 3-2 record. They will meet France in the Quarterfinals. Turkey will continue in Classification Round from 9-12 place. Ozge Yavas (174-G-91) led Turkey in this game with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Esra Ural (198-C-91) had 11 points and 15 rebounds, while Serenay Cakmakci (182-F-91) added 10 pts and 8 rebs. In the loosing squad, Malgorzata Misiuk (184-F-91) was the best scorer with only 10 points. Joanna Markiewicz (183-F-91) and Magdalena Idziorek (175-G-92) netted 9 pts each. Quarters: 5-24, 13-16, 14-11, 16-18. Championship continues on Friday.

Poland: Malgorzata Misiuk 10, Joanna Markiewicz 9, Magdalena Idziorek 9
Turkey: Ozge Yavas 13+8 boards, Esra Ural 11+15 boards, Serenay Cakmakci 10+8 boards


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  ROMANIA - Women  


Sonja Greinacher lifts U20 Germany to second win in Group G - by Eurobasket News
U20 GERMANY - U20 ROMANIA 65-50

Germany made a big step forward to survival in Division A. They handed 65-50 loss to Romania for 2-1 record in Group G. Germany is currently the second ranked team in this pool. On the other side, Romania dropped to 0-3. They are very close to relegation. Sonja Greinacher (188-F/C-92) erupted with 25 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. She reached valuation 33 and of course was the MVP of this meeting. Finja Schaake (179-G/F-92) scored 19 pts, while Christina Schnorr (187-F-92) added 8 pts and 13 boards. In defeat, Cristina Bigica (182-F-92) had 17 points and 11 rebounds. Sonia Ursu (175-G/F-93) had 13 pts and 7 rebs. Quarters: 9-12, 12-11, 26-16, 18-11. Championship continues on Friday.

Germany: Sonja Greinacher 25+15 boards, Finja Schaake 19, Christina Schnorr 8+13 boards
Romania: Cristina Bigica 17+11 boards, Sonia Ursu 13+7 boards


Romanian U18 National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Laura Pal
Pal
Diana Moraru
Moraru
Ana Grigore
Grigore
Alexandra Lache
Lache
Alexandra Dumitrache
Dumitrache
#e#5
Laura Pal 174-G-93 Timisoara Romania
Alexandra Lache 182-F-94 Olimpia Romania
Diana Moraru 179-F-93 ICIM Arad Romania
Ana Grigore 175-G-94 Olimpia Romania
Stefania Pal G/F-93 Timisoara Romania
Alexandra Dumitrache 170-G-94 Sp.Studentesc Romania
Henrietta Blejan 185-F-93 Timisoara Romania
Bianca Blanaru 195-C-95 Timisoara Romania
Kinga Domokos 94 Targu Secuiesc Romania
Hanna Demeter 183-F-94 Targu Secuiesc Romania



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  RUSSIA - Women  


Alexandra Tarasova helps U20 Russia win Group E in Novi Sad - by Eurobasket News
U20 RUSSIA - U20 SERBIA 74-65

It was the crucial game for the first place in Qualifying Group E. Russia managed to beat the host of U20 EuroBasket 74-65 winning this pool with almost perfect 4-1 record. Serbia dropped to second place with 3-2. Of course, both teams advanced to Quarterfinals. There, Russia will meet United Kingdom, while Serbia will play against Italy. Alexandra Tarasova (194-C-91) was a key player for the winners with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Anastasiya Shilova (185-F/G-91) and Yana Panevina (168-G-91) helped with 14 points each. In defeat, Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) exploded with 24 points and 15 rebounds. Their second scorer and at the same time the last one with double-digits was Marina Markovic (181-G/F-91) with 14 pts. Quarters: 14-11, 20-19, 30-13, 10-22. Quarterfinals will be played on Friday.

Russia: Alexandra Tarasova 23+9 boards, Anastasiya Shilova 14, Yana Panevina 14
Serbia: Sara Krnjic 24+15 boards, Marina Markovic 14


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  SERBIA - Women  


Alexandra Tarasova helps U20 Russia win Group E in Novi Sad - by Eurobasket News
U20 RUSSIA - U20 SERBIA 74-65

It was the crucial game for the first place in Qualifying Group E. Russia managed to beat the host of U20 EuroBasket 74-65 winning this pool with almost perfect 4-1 record. Serbia dropped to second place with 3-2. Of course, both teams advanced to Quarterfinals. There, Russia will meet United Kingdom, while Serbia will play against Italy. Alexandra Tarasova (194-C-91) was a key player for the winners with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Anastasiya Shilova (185-F/G-91) and Yana Panevina (168-G-91) helped with 14 points each. In defeat, Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) exploded with 24 points and 15 rebounds. Their second scorer and at the same time the last one with double-digits was Marina Markovic (181-G/F-91) with 14 pts. Quarters: 14-11, 20-19, 30-13, 10-22. Quarterfinals will be played on Friday.

Russia: Alexandra Tarasova 23+9 boards, Anastasiya Shilova 14, Yana Panevina 14
Serbia: Sara Krnjic 24+15 boards, Marina Markovic 14


Serbian U18 National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Natasa Kovacevic
Kovacevic
Emese Vida
Vida
Zaklina Jankovic
Jankovic
Ivana Brajkovic
Brajkovic
Jovana Djordjevic
Djordjevic
#e#5
Anita Bosnjak Sint Kateline Belgium
Zorana Marinkovic 168-G-93 Kovin Serbia
Jovana Vidakovic 177-F-94 Loznica Serbia
Natasa Kovacevic 187-F-94 Vozdovac Serbia
Emese Vida 187-C-93 Spartak Serbia
Ana Milovanovic 179-F-93 Loznica Serbia
Aleksandra Stanacev 167-G-94
Milica Toskovic 184-F-93
Zaklina Jankovic 190-F/C-94 Proleter Serbia
Kristina Topuzovic 179-G-94 Radivoj Korac Serbia
Ivana Brajkovic 195-C-93 Radivoj Korac Serbia
Jovana Djordjevic 185-F-93 Radivoj Korac Serbia

Zoran Kovacic Head Coach


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


U20 Slovakia jumps to 3-0 in Group G - by Eurobasket News
U20 BELARUS - U20 SLOVAKIA 49-60

Slovakia registered third straight win in Classification Group G. This time Slovakia was too strong for Belarus 60-49 jumping to perfect 3-0 in this pool. They are very close to secure the survival in Division A. Belarus on the other side dropped to third place with 1-2 score. They will have to improve in the last three rounds in order to avoid relegation. Marta Palenikova (184-G/F-92) was better than the others in victory with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Sabina Oroszova (187-F-93) had 10 points and 13 rebounds, while Barbora Balintova (173-G-94) helped with 9 pts. In the loosing squad, Nadzeya Bohdan (187-C-93) collected 16 points and 7 rebs. Their second scorer was Maryia Papova (186-F-94) with 9 points (8 rebs). Quarters: 10-14, 11-15, 15-21, 13-10. Next round is scheduled for Friday.

Belarus: Nadzeya Bohdan 16+7 boards, Maryia Papova 9+8 boards
Slovakia: Marta Palenikova 15+5 boards, Sabina Oroszova 10+13 boards, Barbora Balintova 9


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  SPAIN - Women  


U20 Spain extends winning streak in Zrenjanin, wins Group F - by Eurobasket News
U20 SPAIN - U20 FRANCE 68-33

Spain stays undefeated at the U20 EuroBasket, Division A. They blasted France 68-33 in the last game of the Qualifying Round winning the first place with Group F with perfect 5-0 record. Spain will meet Ukraine in the Quarterfinals. France also reached the next stage, but as No.2 of this pool with 3-2 record. Their rival in the QFinals will be Poland. Leonor Rodriguez Manso (181-G-91) was the leading player in victory with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Laura Arroyo (182-F-91) was the second scorer with 11 points and Amaya Gastaminza (189-F-91, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Oregon St.) added 10 points, plus 9 boards. France did not have anyone with double-digits in scoring. Their best player was Ondaye-Akoa Elenga (186-F-91) with 8 points and 8 rebounds. Isabelle Strunc (179-G-91) stopped to 6 pts. Quarters: 16-9, 15-9, 19-11, 18-4. Championship continues on Friday.

Spain: Leonor Rodriguez Manso 16+6 boards, Laura Arroyo 11, Amaya Gastaminza 10+9 boards
France: Ondaye-Akoa Elenga 8+8 boards, Isabelle Strunc 6


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  SWEDEN - Women  


U20 Sweden wins Group A in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News
U20 BULGARIA - U20 SWEDEN 52-100

Sweden finished Preliminary Round in style. They destroyed Bulgaria 100-52 winning the first place in Group A with perfect 4-0 record. On the other side, Bulgaria finished as No.4 with 1-3 score. Both teams advanced to Quarterfinals in Ohrid. There, Sweden will meet Belgium, while Bulgaria will take on Czech Republic. Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) stepped up for the winners with 19 points. Frida Fogdemark (187-F-91) had 18 points and 6 rebounds, while Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) added 13 pts and 6 rebs. In the loosing squad, Mariya Svetoslavova (178-F-93) top-scored with 21 points. Violina Kocheva (176-G/F-91) had 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, while Tsvetromira Sharenkapova (182-F-91) added 12 pts. Quarters: 10-35, 16-26, 13-18, 13-21. Championship continues on Friday.

Bulgaria: Mariya Svetoslavova 21, Violina Kocheva 14+5 boards+5 as, Tsvetromira Sharenkapova 12
Sweden: Farhiya Abdi 19, Frida Fogdemark 18+6 boards, Binta Drammeh 13+6 boards


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  TURKEY - Women  


U20 Turkey surprises U20 Poland, beats them 69-48 - by Eurobasket News
U20 POLAND - U20 TURKEY 48-69

Turkey celebrated in the last day of the Qualifying Round in Novi Sad. They outplayed Poland 69-48, but that didnt help Turkey to avoid the last place in Group E. They ended this stage with 1-4 record. On the other side, Poland dropped to third place with 3-2 record. They will meet France in the Quarterfinals. Turkey will continue in Classification Round from 9-12 place. Ozge Yavas (174-G-91) led Turkey in this game with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Esra Ural (198-C-91) had 11 points and 15 rebounds, while Serenay Cakmakci (182-F-91) added 10 pts and 8 rebs. In the loosing squad, Malgorzata Misiuk (184-F-91) was the best scorer with only 10 points. Joanna Markiewicz (183-F-91) and Magdalena Idziorek (175-G-92) netted 9 pts each. Quarters: 5-24, 13-16, 14-11, 16-18. Championship continues on Friday.

Poland: Malgorzata Misiuk 10, Joanna Markiewicz 9, Magdalena Idziorek 9
Turkey: Ozge Yavas 13+8 boards, Esra Ural 11+15 boards, Serenay Cakmakci 10+8 boards


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  UKRAINE - Women  


U20 Ukraine edges U20 Lithuania 71-68 in do-or-die game - by Eurobasket News
U20 LITHUANIA - U20 UKRAINE 68-71

Ukraine made it in do-or-die game against Lithuania. Ukraine grabbed 71-68 victory which secured them a spot for the Quarterfinals in Novi Sad. They ended Qualifying Round as No.4 of Group E with 3-2 record. On the other side, Lithuania dropped to fifth place with 1-4. They will be transferred to Classification Games from 9-12 place. Alina Iagupova (181-G-92, agency: LBM Management) shined in this crucial meeting with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Olga Maznichenko (187-F-91, agency: LBM Management) had 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Olesia Malashenko (189-F-91, agency: LBM Management) also helped with double-double of 13 points and 13 rebs. Laura Svaryte (190-C/F-92) collected 17 points and 8 rebounds in loss. Santa Okockyte (176-G-92) and Gintare Mazionyte (186-F/C-91) (8 rebs) added 16 and 13 points respectively. Quarters: 13-22, 20-13, 19-18, 16-18. Championship continues on Friday.

Lithuania: Laura Svaryte 17+8 boards, Santa Okockyte 16, Gintare Mazionyte 13+8 boards
Ukraine: Alina Iagupova 18+6 boards+7 as, Olga Maznichenko 16+11 boards, Olesia Malashenko 13+13 boards


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


U20 Holland takes 70-66 win against U20 UK - by Eurobasket News
U20 UNITED KINGDOM - U20 HOLLAND 66-70

Holland celebrated in the last day of the Qualifying Round in Zrenjanin. They outplayed United Kingdom 70-66, but it was too late for Holland who ended as the last ranked team of Group F with 1-4 record. Despite this defeat, United Kingdom is No.4 in this pool with 2-3 score. They advanced to Quarterfinals and will meet No.1 of Group E - Russia. Chatilla Van Grinsven (187-F-89) shined for the winners with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) also was great with double-double of 18 points and 12 boards, while Kourtney Treffers (186-F-94) added 13 pts and 5 rebs. In UK, Temitope Fagbenle (191-F-92) was better than the others with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Renee E. Busch (174-G-92) and Kristie Sheils (170-G-91) netted 11 points each. Quarters: 19-17, 13-18, 15-18, 19-17. All Quarterfinals games will be played on Friday. Holland will be transferred to Classification Round (place 9-12).

UK: Temitope Fagbenle 14+11 boards, Renee E. Busch 11, Kristie Sheils 11
Holland: Chatilla Van Grinsven 19+13 boards, Maxime Essenstam 18+12 boards, Kourtney Treffers 13+5 boards


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  WNBA - Women  


Latest games - by Eurobasket News
Indiana F. - Connecticut S. 90-78
Katie Douglas (6'1''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) scored 20 points, and the Indiana Fever defeated the Connecticut Sun 90-78 on Wednesday afternoon to stretch their win streak to seven games. Jessica Davenport (6'5''-C-85, college: Ohio St.) scored 14 points and Erin Phillips and Tamika Catchings both added 13 for the Fever (10-3), who improved on the WNBA's best record. Six Indiana players scored in double figures for just the third time in franchise history. Indiana made 11 3-pointers. Six Fever players made at least one 3. Tan White scored 17 points and Tina Charles had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Connecticut (6-5). Renee Montgomery, the league's No. 5 scorer, was held to six points on 2-for-12 shooting. *Courtesy of www.necn.com

New York L. - Atlanta D. 91-69
The New York Liberty's fast start was too much for the Atlanta Dream to overcome. Nicole Powell (6'2''-G/F-82, college: Stanford) scored 20 points and the Liberty beat the Dream 91-69 on Wednesday for their fourth straight win and sixth in seven games. ''From the moment the ball tipped off we could feel the energy,'' New York's Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) said. ''We didn't come out lax. We came out with a lot of energy. That was the difference.'' The Liberty (8-5) took control with a tiebreaking 11-0 run in the first quarter. They increased the lead to 17 by halftime and then 25 in the third quarter. Kia Vaughn had 14 points, Leilani Mitchell scored 12 and Plenette Pierson 11 for New York. Pondexter and Quanitra Hollingsworth each added 10 points. Powell, who also had seven rebounds, shot 7 for 8 from the field, including 5 for 5 on 3-pointers. *Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com

Chicago S. - Tulsa S. 72-54
The Tulsa Shock suffered its seventh straight loss of the season Wednesday falling to the Chicago Sky 72-54. The Shock simply got out to a horrible start and could never recover. In the first 5:07 of the game, Tulsa had six turnovers, five fouls and missed five field goals to fall behind Chicago 12-5. Also during those first five minutes, Shock center Liz Cambage (6'8''-C-91) had to take a early rest due to four personal fouls. By the end of the first quarter the Shock was behind 21-9 and as a team Tulsa had committed eight turnovers. Those turnovers would hinder the Shock the rest of the game as they committed 25 in the contest while Chicago committed 19. At the half, Tulsa trailed 43-31. The Shock cut the lead to seven and actually outscored Chicago in the third, but for the rest of the game, the Sky capitalized on Tulsa's turnovers and missed shots and would only increase their lead as the game clock ticked down. Overall, Tulsa shot a mere 30 percent from the field while shooting 38 percent from the three point line. Jennifer Lacy (6'3''-F/C-83, college: Pepperdine) led the Shock with 13 points and Andrea Riley tallied 12 points, two assists and two rebounds. The Sky was led by Sylvia Fowles who netted 21 points and 13 rebounds and two steals. *Courtesy of www.newson6.com

Minnesota L. - Phoenix M. 105-112
Diana Taurasi (6'0''-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) and the Phoenix Mercury opened the season with three consecutive losses, so they had no problem keeping their cool when they trailed by 11 in the fourth quarter Wednesday. Once they found their shooting touch, they were well on their way to another victory. Taurasi scored 27 points, including five 3-pointers, and Phoenix rallied to beat the Minnesota Lynx 112-105 and take over sole possession of first place in the Western Conference. Reserve DeWanna Bonner (6'4''-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn) had 24 points for Phoenix, which has won five straight games and nine of 10 overall since its season-opening skid. *Courtesy of www.signonsandiego.com

Seattle S. - Washington M. 79-71
Sue Bird (5'9''-G-80, college: Connecticut) scored 22 points and Swin Cash (6'2''-F-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Connecticut) added 20 in the Seattle Storm's 79-71 victory over the Washington Mystics on Tuesday. Seattle (7-4) has won three of four, a stretch that started with a 73-63 victory at Washington on July 3. The Mystics (2-9) have dropped four in a row. Camille Little had 12 points for Seattle. Washington was led by Marissa Coleman's 16 points. Matee Ajavon had 13, and Mystics leading scorer Crystal Langhorne added 10 in her return to the lineup after she missed three games because of back pain. Langhorne, who averages 18.1 points, hadn't played since June 26. Bird, who topped the 20-point mark for the fourth time this season, sealed the win by scoring on a fast-break lay-in with 42.3 seconds to give the Storm a 78-71 lead. She added a free throw with 16.5 seconds to go. Washington got within 76-71, but was scoreless for the final 2:08 of the game. Seattle built leads of 12 points five times, the last at 59-47 late in the third quarter. The Mystics used long-range shooting to stay in the game, making 10 of 17 attempts from behind the 3-point arc. Washington cut its deficit to two at 61-59 on Nicky Anosike's two free throws with 9:37 left. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

S.Antonio SS - L.Angeles S. 74-84
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. 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 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. *Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com




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


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Standings
Standings
Group A
1. China0-0
2. France0-0
3. Hungary0-0
4. Taiwan0-0
Group B
1. Brazil0-0
2. U.Kingdom0-0
3. Slovakia0-0
4. USA0-0
Group C
1. Canada0-0
2. Poland0-0
3. S.Africa0-0
4. Russia0-0
Group D
1. Australia0-0
2. Czech Rep.0-0
3. Japan0-0
4. Sweden0-0


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  WUBA - Women  


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.