EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/19/2011

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  ABA   


Staten Island Vipers Introduce Dytanya Mixson as Head Coach - by Surujh Roopnarine
The Expansion Staten Island Vipers of the American Basketball Association (ABA) have introduced Dytanya Mixson as the teams first ever Head Coach. Mixson, a Brooklyn, New York native, is no stranger to the ABA, having led the now defunct Strong Island Sound during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons (he was an assistant for the 2005-06 squad which reached the ABA Final Four). His coaching resume spans three decades, including stints as an Assistant Coach with Medgar Evers, as well as his most recent role as Assistant Coach at Brooklyn Collegiate High School, where he helped transform that program, winning two division titles in three seasons. However, Mixson's notoriety on the New York City basketball scene is probably best seen in the summer, as Founder and Head Coach of the X-Men Basketball Association. As one of the top teams in the city, the X-Men have been capturing tournament titles on playgrounds across New York, including Nike Tournament of Champions, and just last month, Fireball at Baruch College. Some of the countless players who have come up and flourished as X-Men include former Providence College guard Abdul Mills (6'3''-G-79, college: Nebraska-Omaha), Italian LegaDue star Alvin Young (6'3''-G-75, college: Niagara), playground legends Mike Campbell (6'6''-G/F-75, college: LIU Brooklyn) and Raphael Edwards (6'7''-F-75, college: E.Carolina) and Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League star Tommie Eddie (6'7''-F/C-82, college: Mississippi), just to name a few. Owners Ayanna Phillip and former ABA player Kyle Brereton (6'4''-G-80, college: Globe Tech JC) have a wealth of basketball and business experience and are proud to bring professional basketball to Staten Island for the first time.
'Ayanna and I know Staten Island, basketball, business and the ABA,' stated Brereton. 'We know we can put together a very competitive team, there's so much talent in the NY metro area. And we know that we can make this a successful business and an important part of our community too. We are very excited about this opportunity.'




Texas Fuel tryout date and information - by Bruno Baltazar
The Texas Fuel is looking for players for the 2011/12 season,the team is based in San Antonio,Texas ,the tryout will be August the 3rd ,5pm ,the registration camp starts at 6pm-9pm at George Gervin Health & Wellness Center. the address is 6903 S.Sunblet Dr. ,San Antonio ,TX 78218.
The entry has a $75 fee for a early entry and a $100 fee for registration in the day of the tryout.
For more information contact Auroura Deiri at 210-559-9093 or GM/Coach Johnny Tyson (6'11''-F/C-71, college: Cent.Oklahoma) at 832-203-9644.


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  AUSTRALIA   


Giants out, Redbacks in playoffs (Round 18 MSBL Wrap) - by Eurobasket News
For the first time in men's State Basketball League history, there will be no country teams in the playoffs after SKILLED Goldfields Giants' finals hopes ended in round 18.

The Giants came into the penultimate round needing to win both their games and for Perth Redbacks to lose to Wanneroo Wolves to keep their hopes of an eighth-straight finals appearance alive.

But the Redbacks overturned a late deficit to beat Wanneroo 103-99, which guaranteed Perth the final top eight spot.

Wildcats star Jesse Wagstaff (203-F-86, college: Metro St.) had 29 points and 16 rebounds to lead Perth to the vital victory, while Greg Hire (201-F-87, college: Augusta St.) had 23 points and 22 rebounds for Wanneroo, which was already guaranteed to finish second.

Meanwhile, the Giants beat the struggling Mandurah Magic 92-84, thanks to Darnell Dialls' 20 points, before losing 95-89 to defending champions Southlands Boulevarde Willetton Tigers.

But the Tigers' top four hopes were dealt a significant blow by their 104-92 loss to Total Connections Perry Lakes Hawks, and the defeat came at a huge cost.

Wildcats centre Matthew Knight (204-F/C-85, college: Loyola Marymount) played just four minutes in his first game in a month for Willetton before he re-injured his calf, which will rule him out for at least three weeks, including the upcoming Australian Boomers camp and Stankovic Cup.

The Hawks suffered a shock 109-92 loss to Rockingham Flames, who were led by Carlin Hughes (25 points) in his final game.

Australian Central East Perth Eagles ensured their place in the finals and continued their impressive form with victories against Kalamunda Eastern Suns and Southwest Slammers.

The Eagles thrashed the Suns 130-81, which ended Kalamunda's finals hopes, before continuing Southwest's winless season with a 111-81 victory.

Cockburn Cougars ensured their spot in the top four by beating the Slammers 120-105 and Kalamunda in a 107-106 thriller.

ATD Stirling Senators warmed up for the finals with a hard-fought 100-94 win against Sun City Plumbing Geraldton Buccaneers, led by Michael Jones (34 points).

And minor premiers Lakeside Lightning survived a massive scare to extend their winning streak to 15 games with a 113-111 win against 12th-placed Mandurah.

Luke Payne (188-G-85, college: USC Upstate) top-scored for Lakeside with 32 points.

Article by Jacob Kagi
Courtesy of: SBL


Standings - SBL
SBL Standings
 1. Lakeside L. 23-2 
 2. Wanneroo W. 18-7 
 3. Cockburn C. 17-8 
 4. Perry Lakes H. 16-9 
 5. Willetton T. 15-10 
 6. East Perth E. 14-10 
 7. Perth R. 14-11 
 8. Stirling S. 14-11 
 9. Goldfield G. 11-14 
 10. Kalamunda E.S. 10-15 
 11. Geraldton B. 8-17 
 12. Mandurah M. 7-17 
 13. Rockingham F. 7-18 
 14. AIS 0-0 
 15. SW Slammers 0-25 


Hawks re-sign local heroes Demos, Jackson - by Eurobasket News
The Wollongong Hawks have confirmed the re-signing of Tyson Demos (192-G-88) and Daniel Jackson (200-F-88) for the upcoming 2011/12 iiNet NBL Championship season.

The two home grown talents are currently representing their local association, the Illawarra Hawks in the NSW Waratah Basketball League.

Ensuring we have local Illawarra talent as part of our roster is an important part to our club, Tyson Demos and Daniel Jackson are home grown talents who take pride in representing their city and the club they grew up supporting, General Manager Mili Simic said.

Both players opted to stay in Wollongong during the off-season to continue working with our coaches but also help revitalise the Illawarra Basketball Association Waratah League program. Their commitment to helping grow basketball in our region is fantastic and were excited to have them both as part of our program for the upcoming season, he added.

A committed team player, the 23 year-old Daniel Jackson has been with the Hawks since the 2007/08 NBL season and is continuing to grow as a player and has really taken on board his role in the community as an ambassador of basketball in the Illawarra.

Jackson was instrumental this off-season in seeing the return of the Illawarra Basketball Association Waratah League program.

Its exciting to be back this season with the Hawks. Gordie is giving me the opportunities to continually improve my game day in day out. Im enjoying representing my home city and most of all helping basketball grow in the Illawarra, Jackson said.

We have such a great culture within our club from our players, coaches to management that this is one of the best places to be playing basketball in the country right now, he added.

2011/12 will also see the return of 23 year-old Tyson Demos to the Wollongong Hawks. After being chased by several interstate clubs in the off-season, Demos has decided to stay home and represent his home town.

Theres no better place to be then Wollongong. Ive got my friends and family here; its a great lifestyle to have. Gordie and our coaching staff are constantly helping me improve my game, this is an awesome group to be with and Im looking forward to the season to come, Demos said.

I enjoyed coming home last season and playing for the Hawks, the support from the community and our crowd is passionate and I cant wait to get out there and play with pride for my city.

Both Jackson and Demos are currently playing for the Illawarra Hawks in the NSW Waratah Basketball League. Theyve just helped their team string four wins in a row and are the hottest team in the League right now. Climbing the ladder with an 11-8 record and moving into fourth spot heading into the final few rounds of the season.

Its been great playing together this off-season, staying in Wollongong and being around our coaching staff has been a bonus for us as we head towards the start of our 2011/12 NBL season campaign, Jackson said.

Jackson and Demos are currently ranked third and fourth respectively in the league in points per game in the Waratah League.

Weve got a few more rounds to go in the Waratah League but were finally starting to get things going and start making a run for a home finals berth, Jackson concluded.

With the addition of our two locals, the Hawks roster now has nine players returning from last season including Mat Campbell, Glen Saville, Larry Davidson, Oscar Forman, Dave Gruber, Rhys Martin and Tim Coenraad.

Head Coach Gordie McLeod is working towards signing potentially two imports as Dave Gruber became a naturalised Australian during the off-season.

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


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  AUSTRIA   


U20: Austria open win count in Division A - by Eurobasket News
Austria U20 - Croatia U20 64:61

Austria celebrated the first win at the U20 European Championship in Division A. They knocked down Croatia to earn the first in Group G of the classification round. Austria thus made the first step towards avoiding relegation. Lukas Linzer (191-G-91) scored 14 to lead the winners.
Austria led right from the start. They kept Croatia at distance throughout the first period posting a 19:14 lead after ten minutes. Luka Babic (200-F-91) however triggered a 9:0 run that put Croatia in charge 26:23 midway through the second term. Klepeisz and Vieider regained the lead for Austria 33:30 at halftime. Austria maintained the advantage throughout the third stanza. The Division A newcomers entered the final period up by two points 50:48. Luka Babic tipped off the final frame with back-to-back triples to put Croatia in charge. Austria used a 7:0 run to make it 59:56 with just under three minutes remaining. Barac, Bubalo and Baric erased the deficit but Anton Maresch (192-G-91) and Vieider went deadly from the stripe bringing Austria to the victory. Anton Maresch accounted for 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Jozo Rados (203-C-93) added 10 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Luka Babic answered with 18 points for Croatia. Ivan Batur (203-G/F-91) netted 16 points in the loss.

Austria U20: Lukas Linzer 14, Anton Maresch 11+10 boards, Jozo Rados 10+12 boards
Croatia U20: Luka Babic 18, Ivan Batur 16



Kapfenberg Bulls land Deteri Mayes - by Eurobasket News
Kapfenberg Bulls announced very important news today. They landed scoring machine Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: Murray St.) for the next season. The American/Austrian guard spent last 12 years with Gmunden. He joined them back in 1999 from the Murray State University and never left the club, until now. Mayes appeared 44 in the league last season averaging 16.6 points, 2 rebounds and 1.4 assists. In 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010, Mayes led Gmunden to A Bundesliga title. He also won three Cup trophies with the club. He was Guard of the year in 2010. In 03, 04, 06, Deteri Mayes was named Eurobasket.com All-Austrian Bundesliga A Player of the Year. He participated eight times at the A Bundesliga All-Star Game. Deteri Mayes was a member of the Austrian National Team in 2004, 2005 and 2008.

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Timisoara signs Dominique Archie - by Eurobasket News
Dominique Archie (201-F-87, college: S.Carolina) is a new member of Timisoara. The American forward penned a deal for 2011/12 season. Archie heads to Timisoara from the NBA D-League team Ausitn Toros. He played 15 games for them last season averaging 5.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.1 assist. Dominique Archie is a University of South Carolina product. He graduated there last year. Archie had 14.4 ppg and 6 rpg for his school as a senior. In 2008/09, he registered 10.9 ppg and 6.4 rpg. For his performance, Archie was awarded with All-SEC Honorable Mention -09. In 2007, he was named SEC All-Freshman Team -07. Before Archia, Timisoara already signed Zlatko Jovanovic (181-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket) and Branko Cuic (196-G-78). Their new Head Coach will be Predrag Badnjarevic.

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  BELARUS   


Jordan surprise hosts in Mogilev - by Eurobasket News
Belarus - Jordan 80:91

Jordan recorded the first win at the international friendly tournament in Mogilev. They wrapped up their campaign with victory over hosting Belarus. Jordan finished at 1-2 record, while Belarus fell at 2-1 record in the ladder. Osama Daghlas (199-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) nailed 26 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the Asian team.
Jordan started the game aggressively. The visitors knocked down 26 points to take a 5-point lead at the first break. Jordan stunned the hosts in the second period. The visitors outgunned Belarus 25:8 to build a comfortable 51:29 halftime advantage. Belarus got back to life in the second half. They gradually adjusted their offence firing 51 in the second part of the game but Jordan withheld the effort and eked out the victory at the end. Abbaas Zaid (203-F-83) notched 22 points and 10 rebounds for Jordan. Wesam Al-Sous (183-G-83) accounted for 12 points in the winning effort. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-G-80) replied with 26 points for Belarus. Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87, college: Radford) had 16 points in defeat.

Belarus: Aliaksandr Kudrautsau 26, Artsiom Parakhouski 16
Jordan: Osama Daghlas 26, Abbaas Zaid 22+10 boards, Wesam Al-Sous 12



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BIH-ISR 60-57 - Brave and lucky Bosnians promote to the next round of U20 EC - by Nedzad Kladusak
The BIH NT made it to the next round in a do-or-die match against Israel.
Both teams started very nervous but after the first minutes BIH managed to establish a 9 point margin (19-10) mainly thanks to Miralem Halilovic (206-F-91) and Gajic.
The Israeli team replied with a very intense defense and tied the score using the numerous bosnian turnovers, the disastrous FT- and many ill-advised threepoint attempts.
In the second half the bosnian team still tried to overcome isralei resistance with a continuous long-range shooting but Israel was more precisely and had Jeremiah Kreisberg who
did a lot of harm to the Bosnians with his inside game.None of the teams could make the decisive points.
The last quarter was highly dramatic. Both sides had many many turnovers but the Bosnian guards particularly Ivic, Loncar and Begagic attacked more the basket which proved much more efficient than the 23 threepointers they shot during the match (Begagic (1/6) , Bulic 0/7).At the result 56-51 Havkin netted a crucial threepointer bringing Israel back to 56-54 but Bosnians finally began to score also from the charity line which turned out to be enough for a 60-57 victory in a very tied match.

BIH promotes to the next stage where it will play against Portugal and Czech Republic.

BIH: Gajic 12 (9rebs), Ivic 12, Miralem Halilovic 10 (7rebs, 4 ass, 3blk), Bulic 7 (6rebs)
ISR: Kreisberg 16 (8rebs), Havkin 13pts (5rebs)


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  BRAZIL   


Santos sign two new players for the Paulista State - by Paulo Freire
The Internacional/FUPES of Santos city sign to new player for the Paulista State Championship, forward Victor Galleti (206-F/C-84) and American guard Laurence Young (194-G-81, college: Rider).

Victor Galleti was playing for Campinas on the New Millenium Tournament, where he avarege 15 points per game.

Laurence has been playing in Brazil since 2006, he also played the New Millenium Tournament, and avarege 16 points per game, for the Americana Basketball Team.



Forward Ricardo Gaspar sign with Americana Basketball - by Paulo Freire
After signing the import player Jeffrey Addai (188-G-84, college: Texas A&M), the A.E. Americana Basketball Team have made another new move in order to improve their roster.

The new face for the team for the Paulista State Championship, is the forward Ricardo Gaspar (202-F-84, agency: Garra Sports Marketing) an athletic player that works pretty good in the pain but also can shoot the 3 point range.

Gaspar who is 24 years old, was about to go overseas as he got some attention after playing last NBB season for the Vitoria team. In his career, Gaspar has played for Saldanha da Gama, Vila Velha/Cetaf, Bauru and Vitoria.




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  BULGARIA   


U20: Bulgaria grab the ticket to the Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Hungary U20-Bulgaria U20 80:84

Bulgaria grab the ticket to the Qualifying Round of the U20 European Championship. The team won over Hungary 84:80 to clinch the second place in Group B of the Division B. Hungary lost all four games of the group and will compete for the lower places.
Bulgaria needed the win more than the opponents, while Hungary tried to win the initial game. Moravcsik scored for 21:13 and Janos Eilingsfeld (198-F/C-91, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) closed the first period at 25:16. Hungary continued to dominate the court in the second frame and Bence Delity (193-G/F-92) brought 39:29, while Stanislav Tsonkov (192-G-91) sent the teams to the lockers at 46:38. The second half however belonged to Bulgaria as they first toed the game at the end of the third period. Hristo Gospodinov (202-F-92, agency: New Trend Agency) made it 56:56 and his another two free throw gave his team 58:56 lead. Bulgaria added 26-24 in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Darin Ivanov (184-PG-91) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Stanislav Tsonkov netted 16. Hristo Gospodinov , Hakan Serbezov (196-F-91) and Ilhan Arabadzhiev (198-F-91) delivered 10 points apiece. Janos Eilingsfeld ended up with 33 points in the losing effort and Bence Delity as well as Gergely Kovacs (192-G-91) had 10 apiece.

Hungary U20: Janos Eilingsfeld 33, Bence Delity 10, Gergely Kovacs 10
Bulgaria U20: Darin Ivanov 19, Stanislav Tsonkov 16, Hristo Gospodinov 10, Hakan Serbezov 10, Ilhan Arabadzhiev 10



Academik Plovdiv keeps Martin Horozov - by Eurobasket News
Martin Horozov (200-F-86) will stay with Academik Plovdiv one more season. The Bulgarian forward rejected offer from Balkan and decided to stay in Plovdiv. He joined them last summer from Chernomorets Burgas. Horozov appeared 18 times in Division A last season and was the best scorer of the competition with 26.7 ppg. He also was the best rebounder with 15.2 rpg and fifth shot blocker with 1.1 bpg. Beside that, Horozov added 3.1 apg and 2.2 spg. Eurobasket awarded him with All-Bulgarian Division A Player of the Year -11. Season 2009/10, Martin Horozov spent with Chernomorets Burgas. He had 4.7 ppg and 2.8 rpg for them in 30 NBL games. In 2008/09, he played for Balkan. Martin Horozov also has experience from Tundja Yambol and CSKA Sophia. He played for U20 and U18 Bulgaria in the past.

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World Military Championship: Cyprus easily past Canada - by Eurobasket News
Cyprus - Canada 66:42

Cyprus celebrated the initial win in Rio de Janeiro. They marched past Canada to climb at 1-1 record in Group A. Michael Simon (185-G-92) scored 18 points to lead the winners. Canada fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
Canada led by two midway through the opening period but Cyprus went on a 6:0 run to take a 10:6 lead at the first break. Cyprus started to get away in the second period. They arrived at halftime up by 16 points 32:16. Cyprus held their opponents to just 7 points to establish a 23-point lead before the fourth quarter. Cyprus did not look back afterwards. Nicolas Constantinou (186-G/F-91) came up with 15 points, while Antreas Katsiamides (177-PG-91) produced 10 points for the winners. Bradley Krajcik (192-G-84) and David Llyod (190-G-90) delivered 10 points apiece for Canada. Nicholas Cooke (205-C-88) had 6 points in the losing effort.

Cyprus: Michael Simon 18, Nicolas Constantinou 15, Antreas Katsiamides 10
Canada: Bradley Krajcik 10, David Llyod 10, Nicholas Cooke 6



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  CBA   


CBA Name and Logo Trademarked - by CBA Hoops
It has been brought to our attention that Chris Warren has announced the launch of the New Era of the Continental Basketball Association with a new logo and website to be introduced at a later date.

For the record, Demperio Sports & Entertainment, LLC secured the trademark rights to the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) name and logo in June 2009 and has every intention of using this intellectual property to reform the CBA in 2012. Mr. Warren and the New Era CBA are using our intellectual property without permission at this time.

The actual Continental Basketball Association (CBA) will continue to use the logo many or our fans know and love and will be launching a new league website in August 2011 with the assistance of Infinity Pro Sports (http://www.infinityprosports.com/). In the meantime please feel free to visit our Facebook page at http://www.cbaworldhoops.com during the transition period.

We apologize for any confusion that Mr. Warren has caused and any inquiries, including expansion opportunities, should be sent to info@cbaworldhoops.com.



New Era of the Continental Basketball Association Moving Forward! - by CBA Media
Chris Warren has announced the launch of the 'New Era of the Continental Basketball Association' with a new logo and website to be introduced at a later date and this will still be the case, despite the recent statement by Dempario Sports and Entertainment explaining their trademark rights about the name and logo for the cba league being secured in June of 2009, which is presently being challenged on the effectiveness of such rights.

Furthermore, untill all legal disputes have been resolved on who actually has the right to operate the cba, the 'New Era of the CBA' will be up and running this fall. The New Era of the CBA is not interested in using the old logo of the cba which was bankrupted twice in the last 20 years and left for dead in 2009. We emphatically want to build on the strength and tradition of the old cba, to bring the 'New Era of the CBA' with a stronger business model into the 21st Century. 'New Era of the CBA' will have real basketball people working behind the scenes running day to day operations and making basketball decisions. Also, Eurobasket which has the old logo on their site will be taking down the old logo and displaying our new logo in the next few days.

For the record, Mr. Warren would like to thank Demperio Sports & Entertainment, LLC for bringing this to the forefront as the New Era of the CBA in not infringing on the intellectual property of the old cba and logo. We know many fans of the old cba will love the 'New Era of the CBA' as we bring a strong business model to each and every team to follow that will ensure the longevity of the league.

We apologize for any confusion that Dempario Sports and Entertainment has caused and any inquiries, including expansion opportunities, should be sent to cbahoopsonline@yahoo.com.




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  CHINA   


Three Players Cut from National Team - by Arthur Volbert
Wang Lei, Meng Duo and Guo Ailun were cut from the Chinese National Team.

Coach Bob Donewald probably fekt that Wang and Meng were both too limited to offensive contributions, and too inconsistent, to make the team. Guo had an awful tournament at the FIBA World U-19 Championship and no longer is guaranteed to be China's first great point guard. Currently Yu Shulong, Zhang Bo and Xirelijiang are better than Guo and now it seems possible that they will always be better.

The remaining players are:
Guards: Liu Wei, Yu Shulong, Xirilijiang, Wang Shipeng, Zhang Qingpeng, Zhang Bo, Sun Yue
Forwards: Zhu Fangyu, Ding Jinhui, Zhou Peng, Yi Li, Mo Ke,
Centres: Yao Ming (226-C-80), Wang Zhizhi, Su Wei, Zhang Zhaoxu

Yao Ming is still listed as being on the team. Is it possible that Yao has retired from the NBA. where the long season and rugged play make too great a demand on his body, but will continue to play in China, where the toll on his body will be far smaller?



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  COLOMBIA   


SOUTHAMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP U-17 IN CUCUTA. - by Victor Garcia
Eight National U-17 team has arrived to Cucuta Colombia to play the Southamerican U-17 Championship, Colombia the host, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Ecuador, Uruguay, Chile and Paraguay are ready to fight for the gold, Cucuta is one most traditional cities of the Basketball in Colombia.
As always Argentina and Brazil are the main favourites but teams like Colombia and Chile wants to show its big upside, while Uruguay, Paraguay and Venezuela are always big contenders.
Several international scouts are currently arriving to Cucuta to see the young prospects.



COLOMBIAN U-17 NATIONAL TEAM 2011 - by Victor Garcia
The Colombian Basketball Federation released the final roster for the Southamerican U-17 Championship,

Byron Calvete.
Brayan Angola.
Juan J Lopez.
Jefferson Ocoro.
Andres F Mosquera.
Tony Trocha.
Manuel Moreno.
Jose J Campo.
William Pino.
Camilo Velandia.
Miguel Gomez.
Juan F Osorio.

Coach: Denis Osorio

The has already good size and some young veterans in the category like Tony Trocha or Jose J Campo.



SOUTHAMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP U-17 DAY 1- RESULTS - by Victor Garcia
Argentina defeated Chile , the blue and white team had a solid second half to defeat an always hard Chilean team.
Argentina 67
Chile 51

Uruguay and Venezuela played a very interesting game finishing with Uruguays victory.
Uruguay 67
Venezuela 64.

Brazil defeated easily Paraguay in its opener, Brazil shows a strong team , big favourite.
Brazil 69
Paraguay 40

Colombias size and strength were enough to leave Ecuador in the court, bringing to the national team a important first victory in the tournament.
Colombia 74
Ecuador 52.



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  CROATIA   


U20: Austria open win count in Division A - by Eurobasket News
Austria U20 - Croatia U20 64:61

Austria celebrated the first win at the U20 European Championship in Division A. They knocked down Croatia to earn the first in Group G of the classification round. Austria thus made the first step towards avoiding relegation. Lukas Linzer (191-G-91) scored 14 to lead the winners.
Austria led right from the start. They kept Croatia at distance throughout the first period posting a 19:14 lead after ten minutes. Luka Babic (200-F-91) however triggered a 9:0 run that put Croatia in charge 26:23 midway through the second term. Klepeisz and Vieider regained the lead for Austria 33:30 at halftime. Austria maintained the advantage throughout the third stanza. The Division A newcomers entered the final period up by two points 50:48. Luka Babic tipped off the final frame with back-to-back triples to put Croatia in charge. Austria used a 7:0 run to make it 59:56 with just under three minutes remaining. Barac, Bubalo and Baric erased the deficit but Anton Maresch (192-G-91) and Vieider went deadly from the stripe bringing Austria to the victory. Anton Maresch accounted for 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Jozo Rados (203-C-93) added 10 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Luka Babic answered with 18 points for Croatia. Ivan Batur (203-G/F-91) netted 16 points in the loss.

Austria U20: Lukas Linzer 14, Anton Maresch 11+10 boards, Jozo Rados 10+12 boards
Croatia U20: Luka Babic 18, Ivan Batur 16



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  CYPRUS   


Cyprus narrowly defeat Ukraine in Mogilev - by Eurobasket News
Cyprus - Ukraine 61:59

Cyprus claimed the second position at the international friendly tournament in Belarus. They nipped Ukraine (University National Team) on the final day of action to improve at 2-1 record. Christopher Razis (193-F-89) stepped up with 18 points to lead the charge. Ukraine suffered the second loss in a row and occupied the third position in the ladder.
Ukraine ensured the better start to the game. They posted a 23:18 lead after ten minutes. But Cyprus limited their opponents to just 7 points in the second frame to surge ahead 33:30 at the interval. Roller-coaster action continued in the third period. Ukraine regained the lead as they arrived at the final break up by 4 points 51:47. But Cyprus bounced back once again. They held Ukraine to just 8 points and stole a tough victory at the end. Vassilis Kounas (195-G-84) nailed 9 points for Cyprus. Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-C-80) added 8 points in the victory. Stanislav Tymofeyenko (204-F-89) answered with 16 points for Ukraine. Maksym Kornienko (205-F/C-87) delivered 11 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Cyprus: Christopher Razis 18, Vassilis Kounas 9, Panagiotis Trisokkas 8
Ukraine: Stanislav Tymofeyenko 16, Maksym Kornienko 11



World Military Championship: Cyprus easily past Canada - by Eurobasket News
Cyprus - Canada 66:42

Cyprus celebrated the initial win in Rio de Janeiro. They marched past Canada to climb at 1-1 record in Group A. Michael Simon (185-G-92) scored 18 points to lead the winners. Canada fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
Canada led by two midway through the opening period but Cyprus went on a 6:0 run to take a 10:6 lead at the first break. Cyprus started to get away in the second period. They arrived at halftime up by 16 points 32:16. Cyprus held their opponents to just 7 points to establish a 23-point lead before the fourth quarter. Cyprus did not look back afterwards. Nicolas Constantinou (186-G/F-91) came up with 15 points, while Antreas Katsiamides (177-PG-91) produced 10 points for the winners. Bradley Krajcik (192-G-84) and David Llyod (190-G-90) delivered 10 points apiece for Canada. Nicholas Cooke (205-C-88) had 6 points in the losing effort.

Cyprus: Michael Simon 18, Nicolas Constantinou 15, Antreas Katsiamides 10
Canada: Bradley Krajcik 10, David Llyod 10, Nicholas Cooke 6



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


BK Prostejov Adds Kamil Svrdlik - by Surujh Roopnarine
BK Prostejov scored a win in the free-agent market, acquiring the services of recently graduated Czech forward Kamil Svrdlik (203-F-86, college: Fairleigh Dickinson). A 6-8 forward, Svrdlik just completed his collegiate career at Fairleigh Dickinson where in his senior season he averaged 12.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.0 blocks while shooting 50.0% from the field. Limited offensively, but possessing a good sense for rebounding and hustling defensively, the 24-year old native of Prerov could see some meaningful minutes at the forward position for Prostejov this upcoming season. To make room for the newcomer, youngster Jakub Krakovic (205-F-90) will go on loan to NBL newcomers BC Chomutov this season. Jakub Krakovic saw only limited time with the senior club last season, while also playing for Zlin in the 1.Liga. Kamil Svrdlik came up the junior ranks with Proton Zlin before playing one season in one of Spains lower divisions with TU Hotel ES U.D.Vecindario prior to beginning his NCAA career in the USA.

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  DENMARK   


Men's National Team ready for Nordic Championships - by Thomas Soltau
Head Coach Pete Hoffmann have selected the following players for the upcoming Nordic Championships for Men.

4 Chris Nielsen
5 Rasmus Dalboge
6 Mikkel Planthin
7 Michael Vinzents Nielsen
8 Peter Dahl Knudsen
9 Mike Flowers
10 Darko Jukic
11 Morten Sahlertz
12 Christian Lindberg
13 Nicolai Iversen
14 Chris Christoffersen
15 Casper Hesseldal

It will be exciting to see what this young group can do in the competition.

Eurobasket Denmark wishes the Men's NT all the best of luck.


SISU keep Donald Rutherford - by Eurobasket News
Donald Rutherford (198-F-87, college: Catawba) will stay in SISU. The 24-year-old forward has renewed his contract with the team. Donald Rutherford started his pro career in SISU last season. He tallied 15.0 points, 7.1 boards, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals per game in Ligaen. SISU have also ensured the services of David Harder (196-G/F-87), Mikael Nielsen (178-G-90) and Mickey Dennis (190-G/F-78, college: JMU) for the upcoming season.


U20: Denmark wins Group B undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic U20-Denmark U20 83:88

Denmark won Group D of the U20 European Championship. The team sent Slovak Republic out of the Qualifying Round after 88:83 win. Jonas Bergstedt (210-C-91) and Thomas Laerke (194-G/F-91) combined for 55 points to lead the winners.
Although Denmark won the opening tip and led in the majority of the first period, Richard Grznar (189-PG-91) closed it at 20:20. In the second period Slovak Republic dominated the court and took 44:37 halftime advantage when Jaroslav Moravek (200-F/C-92) nailed three. Bukovic scored three for 52:46 and Jaroslav Moravek closed the third period at 64:59. Becarik brought his side 71:61 with 7 minutes to play, but Slovak Republic failed to win. Hertz reduced to 73:71 and Bak tied the game at 75:75. Denmark went on the final lead and saved 88:83 victory.
Jonas Bergstedt erupted with 33 points and 19 rebounds, while Thomas Laerke collected 32 points and 10 boards. Richard Grznar exploded with 35 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists in defeat, while Jaroslav Moravek netted 14.

Slovak Republic U20: Richard Grznar 35+8 rebs+8 ast, Jaroslav Moravek 14
Denmark U20: Jonas Bergstedt 33+19 rebs, Thomas Laerke 32+10 rebs



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  D-LEAGUE   


Nancy Leiberman moving to front-office roll with Legends - by Eurobasket News
A year after taking the the Dallas Mavericks' D-League affiliate, Texas Legends, to the playoffs last year, Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman will assume a front-office position with the team, according to ESPN.com's Marc Stein.

Leiberman informed ESPNDallas.com on Sunday about the move, saying she 'debated the switch for weeks' and decided to move to the personnel part of the organization due to family reasons.

Leiberman also said in the report that she wanted to be there for her son's, T.J. Cline, senior year at Plano West.

According to the report, D-League sources said Leiberman will named assistant general manager as early as Monday and will work along side Legends president Spud Webb.

Courtesy of www.dallasnews.com


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Standings - District National
LNB Standings
North Division
 1. Huracanes 2-1 
 2. Metros 1-1 
 3. Reales 1-1 
 4. Indios SF 1-2 
South Division
 1. Leones SD 3-0 
 2. Titanes 2-1 
 3. Cocolos 1-2 
 4. Caneros 0-3 


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  ESTONIA   


U20: Estonia advanced to the Qualifying Round despite the loss - by Eurobasket News
Estonia U20-Poland U20 66:75

Poland won the thriller over Estonia at the U20 European Championship. It was not however enough to advance to the Qualifying Round after 75:66 win.
Wojciech Fras (203-F-91) made 16:6 in the middle of the first period, but Rain Veideman (192-G-91) reduced to 17:18. He also closed the first period at 18:22, while Wojciech Fras later increased to 37:27. Poland won the second frame 23-16 as Michal Sokolowski (196-G-92) sent the teams to the lockers for 45:34. Although the Baltic team produced 15-13 in the third period, they managed to cut it to 58:49 after three quarters. Soo reduced to 65:61, but that was all. Michal Sokolowski and Sebastian Szymanski (186-G-91, agency: Promotex) scored the last points for the winners to win the third game.
Sebastian Szymanski and Wojciech Fras paced all the winners with 14 points each, while Marek Szumelda-Krzycki (193-PG-91, agency: Promotex) and Michal Sokolowski scored 13 apiece. Jaan Puidet (192-G/F-92) answered with 20 points in defeat and Rain Veideman nailed 15.

Estonia U20: Jaan Puidet 20, Rain Veideman 15
Poland U20: Sebastian Szymanski 14, Wojciech Fras 14, Marek Szumelda-Krzycki 13, Michal Sokolowski 13



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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


ESL Cologne Press Release Day 1: - by Darryl Reshaw
ESL Cologne Press Release Day 1:

The ESL Cologne event featured 40 players that embarked the ballpark Venue on Friday.
Ex- NBA player Darrell Armstrong (6'0''-G-68, college: Fayetteville St.) coached an American that had quality talent.
Sam Stiller the former England National Team player and legend coached a team from the United Kingdom.
Pete Miller the current coach of De Friesland Aris Leeuwarden in Holland coached a team in the event.
The former European professional Michael Meeks and current assistant coach of BG Goettingen in Germany also coached in the event.

The first day the level of competition got people exited at ballpark in Cologne.

In game (1) Team Seville featuring Coach Darrell Armstrong beat Team Munich 82-79 in a hard fought battle that was not decided until the final end of the game.
One of the keys to the game was the offensive rebounding of the Seville Team and the offensive output of Tony Davis (6'10''-F) who scored 22 points and 12 rebounds.
Tony is a nice low post player who is athletic and crashes the offensive boards extremely well.
Dwayne Foreman (5'10''-G-84, college: Georgia Southern) had a nice PG game scoring 11 points and dished out 8 assists.
Travis Aikens (6'4''-G/F-85, college: Marshall) played well scoring 15pts and 8rbs for the winning side.
Team Munich was lead by former UNC Tar Heel player Justin Knox (6'9''-F) poured in a double-double scoring 12pts and 12rbs.
Edson Jones (6'4''-G-79) played well scoring 10 pts and 5ast and his teammate Giannis Prodromou (6'5''-F-87) led the Munich Team with 15 points.
The spectators at the ballpark facility were excited by the closely fought contest.

Seville gegen Munich
Eurobasket Summer League - 15.07.2011 - 20:30
82 : 79 (16:27, 17:7, 22:23, 27:22)
Spielnummer: Ballpark Zuschauer: 0
Schiedsrichter: Tech. Kommissar:
Feldwrfe Freiwurf Rebound T A S B Foul
# Seville Pkt ND2 MD2 3er Total % 1er % De Of Su o s t s P g Min. Index
21 Parham, Tim 6 2/3 - - 2/3 66 2/6 33 2 4 6 3 - 1 - 1 3 12:22 0.08
22 IRICK, WILLIE 13 5/8 0/2 1/2 6/12 50 - 0 4 - 4 1 - - 1 4 - 17:06 0.29
23 DAVIS, TONY 22 9/14 1/2 0/1 10/17 58 2/4 50 7 5 12 3 - 1 3 5 2 32:03 0.43
24 FOREMAN, DWAYNE 11 2/4 - 1/3 3/7 42 4/9 44 3 - 3 1 8 3 - 3 5 34:39 0.23
25 SMITH, DESMOND 4 1/4 0/1 - 1/5 20 2/2 100 - 2 2 - 1 1 - 3 1 18:56 0.05
26 Johnson, Kaseem 7 3/5 0/1 - 3/6 50 1/2 50 3 1 4 - 1 - - - 1 17:47 0.22
27 AIKENS, TRAVIS 15 3/10 1/3 0/3 4/16 25 7/10 70 5 3 8 4 5 2 - 4 9 34:08 -
38 Lowrance, Tristan 4 2/5 - 0/2 2/7 28 - 0 1 2 3 1 1 - - 1 1 32:59 -
Mannschaftsaktionen 5 - 5 - -
Summe 82 27/53 2/9 2/11 31/73 42 18/33 54 30 17 47 13 16 8 4 21 22 200:00 0.18
Trainer: Co-Trainer:
Feldwrfe Freiwurf Rebound T A S B Foul
# Munich Pkt ND2 MD2 3er Total % 1er % De Of Su o s t s P g Min. Index
28 PEDERSON, NIC 3 1/2 - 0/1 1/3 33 1/1 100 6 2 8 1 - - - 4 2 21:44 0.27
29 Zimmerman, Eric 8 0/2 1/5 2/2 3/9 33 - 0 3 - 3 1 - - - 1 1 30:34 0.03
30 Adrien, Owona - - - - - 0 - 0 - - - - - - - - - - -
31 NGBWA, YANNICK 7 1/2 1/4 0/1 2/7 28 3/4 75 1 1 2 3 1 1 - 3 2 16:33 -0.1
32 Prodromou, Giannis 15 3/5 - 1/2 4/7 57 6/8 75 3 1 4 3 - - - 4 3 17:44 0.05
33 BROWN, JOSHUA 14 1/3 - 3/7 4/10 40 3/4 75 1 1 2 4 1 - - 4 3 20:52 -0.0
34 KNOX, JUSTIN 12 5/7 0/3 - 5/10 50 2/2 100 7 3 10 1 - 1 1 2 1 29:16 0.37
35 RIVELINO, PIERRE 4 2/4 0/3 - 2/7 28 - 0 6 - 6 1 1 1 - 2 - 21:28 0.18
36 Jones, Edson 10 1/1 2/4 - 3/5 60 4/6 66 - 2 2 1 5 - - 2 1 22:41 0.22
37 Gentry, Dwight 6 2/6 1/2 0/2 3/10 30 - 0 2 - 2 1 3 1 - 1 1 19:08 0.05
Mannschaftsaktionen 1 1 2 - -
Summe 79 16/32 5/21 6/15 27/68 39 19/25 76 30 11 41 16 11 4 1 23 14 200:00 0.13
Trainer: Co-Trainer:
Feldwrfe Freiwurf Rebound T A S B Foul
# Mannschaftsvergleich Pkt ND2 MD2 3er Total % 1er % De Of Su o s t s P g Min. Index
Summe 82 27/53 2/9 2/11 31/73 42 18/33 54 30 17 47 13 16 8 4 21 22 200:00 0.18
Summe 79 16/32 5/21 6/15 27/68 39 19/25 76 30 11 41 16 11 4 1 23 14 200:00


In game (2), Team Sofia defeated Team Belgrade 81-74 in a closely fought contest.

The defensive pressure applied by Team Sofia and Coach Sam Stiller created all types of problems for Team Belgrade.
Sofia featured European professional Duke-Jermaine Forbes (6'1''-G-80, college: W.Georgia) who provided leadership and poured in 16 points and 6 rebounds.
Agnis Cavars (6'6''-F-86) (6'6''-F-86) of Latvia had an outstanding game scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds illustrating his nice all around game.
Bilal Abdullah (6'5''-G-84, college: Lafayette) the very talented and versatile wing man scored 15 points for the Belgrade team.
The Sofia team featured six players who scored double figures including Brice Brooks (6'7''-F-86, college: Sacred Heart), Jeff Danchie (5'10''-G-84), Dave Ajumobi (6'4''-F-88), Albert Margai and Adrian Fenyn (6'6''-G/F-85, college: St.John Fisher).
This was a very excited match that was decided in the final minutes of the contest.

Sofia vs.Belgrade
Eurobasket Summer League - 15.07.2011 - 18:00

81 : 74 (26:17, 18:30, 20:14, 17:13)
Spielnummer: Ballpark Zuschauer: 0
Schiedsrichter: Tech. Kommissar:
Feldwrfe Freiwurf Rebound T A S B Foul
# Sofia Pkt ND2 MD2 3er Total % 1er % De Of Su o s t s P g Min. Index
1 JOSEY, CARL 5 1/3 0/1 0/2 1/6 16 3/4 75 3 1 4 1 - - - 4 4 22:45 -0.0
2 BROOKS, BRICE 11 5/8 0/2 - 5/10 50 1/4 25 - 5 5 2 2 - 2 2 4 18:00 0.22
3 Danchie, Jeff 10 2/2 - 2/2 4/4 100 - 0 1 - 1 1 2 - - - 1 17:49 0.44
4 AJUMOBI, DAVE 10 2/6 0/1 2/3 4/10 40 - 0 5 1 6 2 - 1 - 1 3 30:59 0.16
5 FORBES, JERMAINE 16 2/3 1/5 2/3 5/11 45 4/4 100 6 - 6 - - - - - 2 24:23 0.28
6 Harris, Leon 2 - 1/2 0/1 1/3 33 - 0 - - - - 1 - - - - 5:49 -
7 Margai, Albert 11 1/1 3/4 1/3 5/8 62 - 0 2 - 2 3 5 1 - 3 2 28:10 0.28
8 Toluwase, Sam 6 2/3 - - 2/3 66 2/6 33 6 1 7 3 2 1 - 4 3 20:29 0.19
9 Fenyn, Adrian 10 5/8 - - 5/8 62 - 0 - 4 4 - 1 1 - - - 19:46 0.40
10 KALAMBANI, EDGAR - 0/1 - - 0/1 0 - 0 - - - 1 - - - - - 11:50 -0.1
Mannschaftsaktionen - 1 1 - -
Summe 81 20/35 5/15 7/14 32/64 50 10/18 55 23 13 36 13 13 4 2 14 19 200:00 0.20
Trainer: Co-Trainer:
Feldwrfe Freiwurf Rebound T A S B Foul
# Belgrade Pkt ND2 MD2 3er Total % 1er % De Of Su o s t s P g Min. Index
11 CLIPPER, DESHAR 8 3/4 1/1 - 4/5 80 - 0 3 1 4 1 1 - 1 2 - 13:53 0.57
12 ABDULLAH, BILAL 15 2/2 - 3/7 5/9 55 2/4 50 3 - 3 6 2 - - 2 2 27:21 0.03
13 Aud, Guy 2 1/1 0/1 0/3 1/5 20 - 0 1 - 1 1 3 1 - 2 1 18:26 0.05
14 OXLEY, ANT 5 1/1 0/3 1/2 2/6 33 - 0 1 - 1 1 4 2 - - 1 29:18 0.17
15 Manzanza, Christian 7 3/3 0/1 - 3/4 75 1/1 100 2 - 2 - 1 2 - 2 2 15:17 0.45
16 BLE, THOMAS 4 1/2 - - 1/2 50 2/2 100 - - - 1 - 2 - 4 1 17:23 0.05
17 Baize, Jonah - - 0/2 0/2 0/4 0 - 0 - - - - - - - 4 - 19:00 -0.2
18 Evans, Brandon 5 1/2 0/1 1/1 2/4 50 - 0 2 1 3 2 - - - 1 1 11:35 0.17
19 Cavars, Agnis 18 2/7 1/1 4/5 7/13 53 - 0 7 3 10 1 3 - 1 2 - 25:32 0.70
20 Taylor, Eric 10 2/4 1/2 0/1 3/7 42 4/6 66 3 1 4 2 2 - - 2 3 22:15 0.04
Mannschaftsaktionen 2 3 5 - -
Summe 74 16/26 3/12 9/21 28/59 47 9/13 69 24 9 33 15 16 7 2 21 11 200:00 0.22
Trainer: Co-Trainer:
Feldwrfe Freiwurf Rebound T A S B Foul
# Mannschaftsvergleich Pkt ND2 MD2 3er Total % 1er % De Of Su o s t s P g Min. Index
Summe 81 20/35 5/15 7/14 32/64 50 10/18 55 23 13 36 13 13 4 2 14 19 200:00 0.20
Summe 74 16/26 3/12 9/21 28/59 47 9/13 69 24 9 33 15 16 7 2 21 11 200:00 0.22
ND2 = Nahdistanz2er MD2 = Mitteldistanz2er De = Defensiv Rebound Of = Offensiv Rebound Su = Summe Rebounds To = TurnOver AS = Assist
St = Steal Bs = Block P = Persnliches Foul g = gefoult worden Min. = Einsatzzeit Index = (Pkt-Versuche+Su+As+Bs+St-TO)*60/Min.




Standings
Eurobasket S.League Standings
Las Vegas
 1. Brussels 0-0 
 2. Dublin 0-0 
 3. Geneva 0-0 
 4. Lugano 0-0 
 5. Manchester 0-0 
 6. Monaco 0-0 
 7. Venice 0-0 
 8. Zurich 0-0 
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. Amsterdam 0-0 
 2. Athens 0-0 
 3. Berlin 0-0 
 4. London 0-0 
 5. Madrid 0-0 
 6. Paris 0-0 
 7. Rome 0-0 
 8. Warsaw 0-0 
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 
Houston
 1. Beijing 0-0 
 2. Buenos Aires 0-0 
 3. Dubai 0-0 
 4. Mexico City 0-0 
 5. Okinawa 0-0 
 6. Rio de Janeiro 0-0 
 7. Taipei 0-0 
 8. Tokyo 0-0 


ESL Cologne Press Release Day 2: - by Darryl Reshaw
ESL Cologne Press Release Day 2:

In day two of the ESL Cologne event the Little Man played Big and caught the attention of the European scouts and agents at the ballpark venue.
The best performance of Day (2) at the Eurobasket Summerleague in ballpark Cologne came from Dwayne Foreman (5'10''-G-84, college: Georgia Southern).
In a 99-60 blowout victory of Team Seville over Team Belgrade Dwayne Foreman controlled the game with scoring, defense and organizing the offense.
This kid was simply terrific as he could create and get into the lane using his speed , ball-handling skills and quickness at any time.
His statistics were 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in a day at the office.
Willie Irick (6'6''-F-84, college: Oklahoma City) had a nice offensive output for the Seville Team as he used his fine offensive all around skills to notch 16 points for the winners.
Travis Aikens (6'4''-G/F-85, college: Marshall) had another fine performance scoring 17 points nand 5 rebounds for the talented Seville Team.

Agnis Cavars (6'6''-F-86) (12pts, 6rbs) confirmed his good performance of Day (1) with another quality game for Team Belgrade on Day (2).
Bilal Abdullah (6'5''-G-84, college: Lafayette) was solid again hitting 13 points for the losing side.
His counterpart Christian Manzanza (6'4''-G-85, college: Adams St.) scored 12 points as well.
The Seville Team was running on all cylinders and simply overwhelmed Belgrade on this night.

Seville gegen Belgrade
Eurobasket Summer League - 16.07.2011 - 14:30
99 : 60 (22:13, 23:13, 32:12, 22:22)
Spielnummer: Ballpark Zuschauer: 0
Schiedsrichter: Tech. Kommissar:
Feldwrfe Freiwurf Rebound T A S B Foul
# Seville Pkt ND2 MD2 3er Total % 1er % De Of Su o s t s P g Min. Index
21 Parham, Tim 7 3/6 - - 3/6 50 1/4 25 7 3 10 2 - - 1 3 2 22:02 0.27
22 IRICK, WILLIE 16 4/6 - 2/6 6/12 50 2/4 50 2 1 3 2 - - - 1 4 19:42 0.05
23 DAVIS, TONY 8 3/3 0/2 - 3/5 60 2/2 100 5 3 8 2 1 1 1 3 1 27:58 0.35
24 FOREMAN, DWAYNE 23 5/7 0/2 1/3 6/12 50 10/12 83 4 2 6 3 5 2 - 3 8 25:54 0.34
25 Smith, Desmond 9 3/6 - - 3/6 50 3/4 75 6 1 7 - - - - 3 3 22:55 0.26
26 Johnson, Kaseem 4 1/2 1/2 - 2/4 50 0/2 0 3 - 3 1 1 - 1 1 2 23:35 0.08
27 AIKENS, TRAVIS 17 2/4 3/7 0/3 5/14 35 7/8 87 2 3 5 2 1 1 - 3 6 26:37 -
38 LAWRENCE, TRISTAN 15 5/6 - 0/2 5/8 62 5/9 55 1 - 1 2 1 4 - - 6 31:17 0.06
Mannschaftsaktionen 2 2 4 - -
Summe 99 26/40 4/13 3/14 33/67 49 30/45 66 32 15 47 14 9 8 3 17 32 200:00 0.20
Trainer: Co-Trainer:
Feldwrfe Freiwurf Rebound T A S B Foul
# Belgrade Pkt ND2 MD2 3er Total % 1er % De Of Su o s t s P g Min. Index
11 CLIPPER, DESHAR 5 0/3 2/5 - 2/8 25 1/2 50 2 1 3 - 1 - - 5 1 12:06 -0.0
12 ABDULLAH, BILAL 13 2/3 0/1 1/5 3/9 33 6/10 60 2 - 2 2 1 1 1 3 5 22:25 -0.1
13 Aud, Guy 2 1/2 0/2 0/2 1/6 16 - 0 4 1 5 4 - 2 - 4 - 22:11 -0.0
14 OXLEY, ANT 3 - - 1/4 1/4 25 - 0 2 - 2 4 - - - 4 - 20:38 -0.1
15 Manzanza, Christian 12 2/2 1/4 1/1 4/7 57 3/4 75 3 1 4 - 2 1 1 4 2 22:00 0.40
16 BLE, THOMAS 3 0/3 - 1/1 1/4 25 0/2 0 1 - 1 3 3 - - 3 3 19:15 -0.1
17 Baize, Jonah - - 0/1 0/3 0/4 0 - 0 1 - 1 1 1 - - 3 - 21:32 -0.1
18 Evans, Brandon - 0/2 - - 0/2 0 - 0 1 1 2 - - - - - - 13:59 -
19 Cavars, Agnis 12 3/5 1/1 1/3 5/9 55 1/2 50 5 1 6 3 1 2 1 3 3 25:37 0.31
20 TAYLOR, ERIC 10 1/3 0/1 1/3 2/7 28 5/6 83 - 3 3 3 1 1 - 3 3 20:17 -0.0
Mannschaftsaktionen 2 3 5 - -
Summe 60 9/23 4/15 6/22 19/60 31 16/26 61 23 11 34 20 10 7 3 32 17 200:00 0.03
Trainer: Co-Trainer:
Feldwrfe Freiwurf Rebound T A S B Foul
# Mannschaftsvergleich Pkt ND2 MD2 3er Total % 1er % De Of Su o s t s P g Min. Index
Summe 99 26/40 4/13 3/14 33/67 49 30/45 66 32 15 47 14 9 8 3 17 32 200:00 0.20
Summe 60 9/23 4/15 6/22 19/60 31 16/26 61 23 11 34 20 10 7 3 32 17 200:00 0.03
ND2 = Nahdistanz2er MD2 = Mitteldistanz2er De = Defensiv Rebound Of = Offensiv Rebound Su = Summe Rebounds To = TurnOver AS = Assist


In the second game of Day (2) a well balanced Team Munich beat Team Sofia 95-79.
Almost all (7) of the Munich players scored double figures.
The big and athletic Justin Knox (6'9''-F) (14pts, 10rbs) led his team with his second double double and Nicholas Pederson (6'8''-F-85) (14pts, 9rbs) played strong in the paint and controlled the boards.
The other double figure scorers of the Munich Team included Giannis Prodromou (6'5''-F-87), Joshua Brown (6'1''-G-88, college: Mount Olive), Rivelino Pierre (6'4''-G), Edson Jones (6'4''-G-79) and Dwight Gentry (6'0''-G-87).
After this type of team play these guys look like the team to beat in this ESL event.
Duke-Jermaine Forbes (6'1''-G-80, college: W.Georgia) (22pts, 5rbs, 4ast) was again very impressive for Team Sofia in a losing cause.
He is a very skilled and talented player who deserves a quality contract in Europe.
Dave Ajumobi (6'4''-F-88) had a terrific all around game scoring 16 points and grabbing 8 rebounds for the Sofia team.

Sofia gegen Munich
Eurobasket Summer League - 16.07.2011 - 17:00
79 : 95 (22:30, 20:17, 16:23, 21:25)
Spielnummer: Ballpark Zuschauer: 0
Schiedsrichter: Tech. Kommissar:
Feldwrfe Freiwurf Rebound T A S B Foul
# Sofia Pkt ND2 MD2 3er Total % 1er % De Of Su o s t s P g Min. Index
1 JOSEY, CARL 9 3/5 1/1 0/2 4/8 50 1/2 50 4 4 8 5 2 1 - 2 1 30:32 0.16
2 BROOKS, BRICE - 0/1 - - 0/1 0 - 0 1 1 2 1 1 - - 5 - 9:20 0.10
3 Danchie, Jeff 7 - 1/2 1/2 2/4 50 2/2 100 - 2 2 2 - - - 2 1 16:06 0.06
4 AJUMOBI, DAVE 16 3/6 2/8 1/3 6/17 35 3/4 75 4 3 7 2 2 3 - 4 2 39:34 0.12
5 FORBES, JERMAINE 22 4/6 0/3 4/9 8/18 44 2/2 100 4 1 5 4 4 1 - 4 4 32:12 0.24
6 Harris, Leon - - - 0/1 0/1 0 - 0 - - - - - - - 1 - 1:53 -0.5
7 MARGAI, ALBERT 7 2/2 0/1 0/5 2/8 25 3/4 75 1 2 3 2 4 - - 4 3 23:54 -
8 Toluwase, Sam 5 2/3 - - 2/3 66 1/3 33 1 - 1 1 - 1 - 2 3 11:59 -
9 Fenyn, Adrian 4 2/3 - - 2/3 66 0/2 0 4 1 5 1 2 1 2 2 3 25:59 0.30
10 Kalambani, Edgar 9 1/1 0/1 1/2 2/4 50 4/5 80 1 - 1 - 1 - - 1 3 8:31 0.23
Mannschaftsaktionen 3 2 5 - -
Summe 79 17/27 4/16 7/24 28/67 41 16/24 66 23 16 39 18 16 7 2 27 20 200:00 0.17
Trainer: Co-Trainer:
Feldwrfe Freiwurf Rebound T A S B Foul
# Munich Pkt ND2 MD2 3er Total % 1er % De Of Su o s t s P g Min. Index
28 Pederson, Nic 14 6/8 0/2 0/1 6/11 54 2/2 100 5 4 9 3 1 4 - 2 1 27:28 0.43
29 ZIMMERMAN, ERIC 8 3/4 1/3 0/2 4/9 44 - 0 2 1 3 - - 1 - 2 - 29:00 0.10
30 Adrien, Owona - - - - - 0 - 0 - - - - - - - - - - -
31 Ngbwa, Yannick 1 0/3 0/2 - 0/5 0 1/2 50 1 2 3 - - 1 - 4 1 15:07 -0.1
32 Prodromou, Giannis 13 4/5 - 0/1 4/6 66 5/8 62 3 2 5 - 1 1 - 2 4 18:40 0.32
33 Brown, Joshua 12 3/5 0/2 0/2 3/9 33 6/6 100 2 - 2 1 1 2 - 2 6 18:42 0.05
34 KNOX, JUSTIN 14 5/7 1/3 - 6/10 60 2/3 66 6 4 10 2 - - 1 2 3 23:32 0.42
35 RIVELINO, PIERRE 12 1/3 1/4 1/1 3/8 37 5/6 83 2 3 5 1 1 1 - 2 3 24:51 0.16
36 JONES, EDSON 11 1/2 1/1 1/2 3/5 60 4/4 100 2 - 2 2 4 - - 1 2 21:22 0.28
37 GENTRY, DWIGHT 10 3/5 0/1 - 3/6 50 4/7 57 3 - 3 - 2 2 - 3 5 21:18 0.18
Mannschaftsaktionen 1 3 4 1 -
Summe 95 26/42 4/18 2/9 32/69 46 29/38 76 27 19 46 10 10 12 1 20 25 200:00 0.23
Trainer: Co-Trainer:
Feldwrfe Freiwurf Rebound T A S B Foul
# Mannschaftsvergleich Pkt ND2 MD2 3er Total % 1er % De Of Su o s t s P g Min. Index
Summe 79 17/27 4/16 7/24 28/67 41 16/24 66 23 16 39 18 16 7 2 27 20 200:00 0.17
Summe 95 26/42 4/18 2/9 32/69 46 29/38 76 27 19 46 10 10 12 1 20 25 200:00 0.23
ND2 = Nahdistanz2er MD2 = Mitteldistanz2er De = Defensiv Rebound Of = Offensiv Rebound Su = Summe Rebounds To = TurnOver AS = Assist
St = Steal Bs = Block P = Persnliches Foul g = gefoult worden Min.



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ESL Cologne Press Release Day 2: - by Darryl Reshaw
ESL Cologne Press Release Day 2:

In day two of the ESL Cologne event the Little Man played Big and caught the attention of the European scouts and agents at the ballpark venue.
The best performance of Day (2) at the Eurobasket Summerleague in ballpark Cologne came from Dwayne Foreman (5'10''-G-84, college: Georgia Southern).
In a 99-60 blowout victory of Team Seville over Team Belgrade Dwayne Foreman controlled the game with scoring, defense and organizing the offense.
This kid was simply terrific as he could create and get into the lane using his speed , ball-handling skills and quickness at any time.
His statistics were 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in a day at the office.
Willie Irick (6'6''-F-84, college: Oklahoma City) had a nice offensive output for the Seville Team as he used his fine offensive all around skills to notch 16 points for the winners.
Travis Aikens (6'4''-G/F-85, college: Marshall) had another fine performance scoring 17 points nand 5 rebounds for the talented Seville Team.

Agnis Cavars (6'6''-F-86) (12pts, 6rbs) confirmed his good performance of Day (1) with another quality game for Team Belgrade on Day (2).
Bilal Abdullah (6'5''-G-84, college: Lafayette) was solid again hitting 13 points for the losing side.
His counterpart Christian Manzanza (6'4''-G-85, college: Adams St.) scored 12 points as well.
The Seville Team was running on all cylinders and simply overwhelmed Belgrade on this night.

Seville gegen Belgrade
Eurobasket Summer League - 16.07.2011 - 14:30
99 : 60 (22:13, 23:13, 32:12, 22:22)
Spielnummer: Ballpark Zuschauer: 0
Schiedsrichter: Tech. Kommissar:
Feldwrfe Freiwurf Rebound T A S B Foul
# Seville Pkt ND2 MD2 3er Total % 1er % De Of Su o s t s P g Min. Index
21 Parham, Tim 7 3/6 - - 3/6 50 1/4 25 7 3 10 2 - - 1 3 2 22:02 0.27
22 IRICK, WILLIE 16 4/6 - 2/6 6/12 50 2/4 50 2 1 3 2 - - - 1 4 19:42 0.05
23 DAVIS, TONY 8 3/3 0/2 - 3/5 60 2/2 100 5 3 8 2 1 1 1 3 1 27:58 0.35
24 FOREMAN, DWAYNE 23 5/7 0/2 1/3 6/12 50 10/12 83 4 2 6 3 5 2 - 3 8 25:54 0.34
25 Smith, Desmond 9 3/6 - - 3/6 50 3/4 75 6 1 7 - - - - 3 3 22:55 0.26
26 Johnson, Kaseem 4 1/2 1/2 - 2/4 50 0/2 0 3 - 3 1 1 - 1 1 2 23:35 0.08
27 AIKENS, TRAVIS 17 2/4 3/7 0/3 5/14 35 7/8 87 2 3 5 2 1 1 - 3 6 26:37 -
38 LAWRENCE, TRISTAN 15 5/6 - 0/2 5/8 62 5/9 55 1 - 1 2 1 4 - - 6 31:17 0.06
Mannschaftsaktionen 2 2 4 - -
Summe 99 26/40 4/13 3/14 33/67 49 30/45 66 32 15 47 14 9 8 3 17 32 200:00 0.20
Trainer: Co-Trainer:
Feldwrfe Freiwurf Rebound T A S B Foul
# Belgrade Pkt ND2 MD2 3er Total % 1er % De Of Su o s t s P g Min. Index
11 CLIPPER, DESHAR 5 0/3 2/5 - 2/8 25 1/2 50 2 1 3 - 1 - - 5 1 12:06 -0.0
12 ABDULLAH, BILAL 13 2/3 0/1 1/5 3/9 33 6/10 60 2 - 2 2 1 1 1 3 5 22:25 -0.1
13 Aud, Guy 2 1/2 0/2 0/2 1/6 16 - 0 4 1 5 4 - 2 - 4 - 22:11 -0.0
14 OXLEY, ANT 3 - - 1/4 1/4 25 - 0 2 - 2 4 - - - 4 - 20:38 -0.1
15 Manzanza, Christian 12 2/2 1/4 1/1 4/7 57 3/4 75 3 1 4 - 2 1 1 4 2 22:00 0.40
16 BLE, THOMAS 3 0/3 - 1/1 1/4 25 0/2 0 1 - 1 3 3 - - 3 3 19:15 -0.1
17 Baize, Jonah - - 0/1 0/3 0/4 0 - 0 1 - 1 1 1 - - 3 - 21:32 -0.1
18 Evans, Brandon - 0/2 - - 0/2 0 - 0 1 1 2 - - - - - - 13:59 -
19 Cavars, Agnis 12 3/5 1/1 1/3 5/9 55 1/2 50 5 1 6 3 1 2 1 3 3 25:37 0.31
20 TAYLOR, ERIC 10 1/3 0/1 1/3 2/7 28 5/6 83 - 3 3 3 1 1 - 3 3 20:17 -0.0
Mannschaftsaktionen 2 3 5 - -
Summe 60 9/23 4/15 6/22 19/60 31 16/26 61 23 11 34 20 10 7 3 32 17 200:00 0.03
Trainer: Co-Trainer:
Feldwrfe Freiwurf Rebound T A S B Foul
# Mannschaftsvergleich Pkt ND2 MD2 3er Total % 1er % De Of Su o s t s P g Min. Index
Summe 99 26/40 4/13 3/14 33/67 49 30/45 66 32 15 47 14 9 8 3 17 32 200:00 0.20
Summe 60 9/23 4/15 6/22 19/60 31 16/26 61 23 11 34 20 10 7 3 32 17 200:00 0.03
ND2 = Nahdistanz2er MD2 = Mitteldistanz2er De = Defensiv Rebound Of = Offensiv Rebound Su = Summe Rebounds To = TurnOver AS = Assist


In the second game of Day (2) a well balanced Team Munich beat Team Sofia 95-79.
Almost all (7) of the Munich players scored double figures.
The big and athletic Justin Knox (6'9''-F) (14pts, 10rbs) led his team with his second double double and Nicholas Pederson (6'8''-F-85) (14pts, 9rbs) played strong in the paint and controlled the boards.
The other double figure scorers of the Munich Team included Giannis Prodromou (6'5''-F-87), Joshua Brown (6'1''-G-88, college: Mount Olive), Rivelino Pierre (6'4''-G), Edson Jones (6'4''-G-79) and Dwight Gentry (6'0''-G-87).
After this type of team play these guys look like the team to beat in this ESL event.
Duke-Jermaine Forbes (6'1''-G-80, college: W.Georgia) (22pts, 5rbs, 4ast) was again very impressive for Team Sofia in a losing cause.
He is a very skilled and talented player who deserves a quality contract in Europe.
Dave Ajumobi (6'4''-F-88) had a terrific all around game scoring 16 points and grabbing 8 rebounds for the Sofia team.

Sofia gegen Munich
Eurobasket Summer League - 16.07.2011 - 17:00
79 : 95 (22:30, 20:17, 16:23, 21:25)
Spielnummer: Ballpark Zuschauer: 0
Schiedsrichter: Tech. Kommissar:
Feldwrfe Freiwurf Rebound T A S B Foul
# Sofia Pkt ND2 MD2 3er Total % 1er % De Of Su o s t s P g Min. Index
1 JOSEY, CARL 9 3/5 1/1 0/2 4/8 50 1/2 50 4 4 8 5 2 1 - 2 1 30:32 0.16
2 BROOKS, BRICE - 0/1 - - 0/1 0 - 0 1 1 2 1 1 - - 5 - 9:20 0.10
3 Danchie, Jeff 7 - 1/2 1/2 2/4 50 2/2 100 - 2 2 2 - - - 2 1 16:06 0.06
4 AJUMOBI, DAVE 16 3/6 2/8 1/3 6/17 35 3/4 75 4 3 7 2 2 3 - 4 2 39:34 0.12
5 FORBES, JERMAINE 22 4/6 0/3 4/9 8/18 44 2/2 100 4 1 5 4 4 1 - 4 4 32:12 0.24
6 Harris, Leon - - - 0/1 0/1 0 - 0 - - - - - - - 1 - 1:53 -0.5
7 MARGAI, ALBERT 7 2/2 0/1 0/5 2/8 25 3/4 75 1 2 3 2 4 - - 4 3 23:54 -
8 Toluwase, Sam 5 2/3 - - 2/3 66 1/3 33 1 - 1 1 - 1 - 2 3 11:59 -
9 Fenyn, Adrian 4 2/3 - - 2/3 66 0/2 0 4 1 5 1 2 1 2 2 3 25:59 0.30
10 Kalambani, Edgar 9 1/1 0/1 1/2 2/4 50 4/5 80 1 - 1 - 1 - - 1 3 8:31 0.23
Mannschaftsaktionen 3 2 5 - -
Summe 79 17/27 4/16 7/24 28/67 41 16/24 66 23 16 39 18 16 7 2 27 20 200:00 0.17
Trainer: Co-Trainer:
Feldwrfe Freiwurf Rebound T A S B Foul
# Munich Pkt ND2 MD2 3er Total % 1er % De Of Su o s t s P g Min. Index
28 Pederson, Nic 14 6/8 0/2 0/1 6/11 54 2/2 100 5 4 9 3 1 4 - 2 1 27:28 0.43
29 ZIMMERMAN, ERIC 8 3/4 1/3 0/2 4/9 44 - 0 2 1 3 - - 1 - 2 - 29:00 0.10
30 Adrien, Owona - - - - - 0 - 0 - - - - - - - - - - -
31 Ngbwa, Yannick 1 0/3 0/2 - 0/5 0 1/2 50 1 2 3 - - 1 - 4 1 15:07 -0.1
32 Prodromou, Giannis 13 4/5 - 0/1 4/6 66 5/8 62 3 2 5 - 1 1 - 2 4 18:40 0.32
33 Brown, Joshua 12 3/5 0/2 0/2 3/9 33 6/6 100 2 - 2 1 1 2 - 2 6 18:42 0.05
34 KNOX, JUSTIN 14 5/7 1/3 - 6/10 60 2/3 66 6 4 10 2 - - 1 2 3 23:32 0.42
35 RIVELINO, PIERRE 12 1/3 1/4 1/1 3/8 37 5/6 83 2 3 5 1 1 1 - 2 3 24:51 0.16
36 JONES, EDSON 11 1/2 1/1 1/2 3/5 60 4/4 100 2 - 2 2 4 - - 1 2 21:22 0.28
37 GENTRY, DWIGHT 10 3/5 0/1 - 3/6 50 4/7 57 3 - 3 - 2 2 - 3 5 21:18 0.18
Mannschaftsaktionen 1 3 4 1 -
Summe 95 26/42 4/18 2/9 32/69 46 29/38 76 27 19 46 10 10 12 1 20 25 200:00 0.23
Trainer: Co-Trainer:
Feldwrfe Freiwurf Rebound T A S B Foul
# Mannschaftsvergleich Pkt ND2 MD2 3er Total % 1er % De Of Su o s t s P g Min. Index
Summe 79 17/27 4/16 7/24 28/67 41 16/24 66 23 16 39 18 16 7 2 27 20 200:00 0.17
Summe 95 26/42 4/18 2/9 32/69 46 29/38 76 27 19 46 10 10 12 1 20 25 200:00 0.23
ND2 = Nahdistanz2er MD2 = Mitteldistanz2er De = Defensiv Rebound Of = Offensiv Rebound Su = Summe Rebounds To = TurnOver AS = Assist
St = Steal Bs = Block P = Persnliches Foul g = gefoult worden Min.



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: http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/HOUGPHF-Hilton-Houston-North-Texas/index.do
Reservation Phone number: 1-866-577-1154.
All ESL participants will be listed under European Summer League.
Room Rates will be $ 79.00 Per Night and rooms must be booked as soon as possible.
Rates have changed due to lack of reservations.
However 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 at the Houston Hilton North Hotel.
The ESL will provide additional information upon the event to all participants.

The ESL event will begin on the morning of July 22nd and the event will be over by 6pm on July 24th.

There is a free airport shuttle to the Houston Hilton North available for all ESL participants 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 a light back and forth shuttle service provided by the ESL for all participants from the host hotel to venue during the tournament.

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



ALBA Berlin signs Marko Simonovic - by Eurobasket News
ALBA Berlin announced signing of Marko Simonovic (202-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) for the next season. They also agreed an option for the 2012/13. Simonovic heads to ALBA from Buducnost Podgorica, where he spent last three years. He played 27 games for the club in Adriatic league 2010/11 averaging 13.8 points and 5.2 rebounds. In Montenegrin league he helped Buducnost to defend the title. Eurobasket awarded Simonovic with Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Forward of the Year -11. Simonovic also won the league titles with Buduncost in 2009 and 2010. They celebrated three times in National Cup. Before Buducnost, Marko Simonovic played for Hemofarm, Oostende and Ergonom.

'We were looking for a player that could fill the small forward and power forward position. Marko Simonovic is a very well schooled European player that fits the role prefect. He isnt only the type of player that has good stats, but does the small things that help a team', stressed Alba Berlin head coach Gordon Herbert.


ESL Cologne Press Release Day 1: - by Darryl Reshaw
ESL Cologne Press Release Day 1:

The ESL Cologne event featured 40 players that embarked the ballpark Venue on Friday.
Ex- NBA player Darrell Armstrong (6'0''-G-68, college: Fayetteville St.) coached an American that had quality talent.
Sam Stiller the former England National Team player and legend coached a team from the United Kingdom.
Pete Miller the current coach of De Friesland Aris Leeuwarden in Holland coached a team in the event.
The former European professional Michael Meeks and current assistant coach of BG Goettingen in Germany also coached in the event.

The first day the level of competition got people exited at ballpark in Cologne.

In game (1) Team Seville featuring Coach Darrell Armstrong beat Team Munich 82-79 in a hard fought battle that was not decided until the final end of the game.
One of the keys to the game was the offensive rebounding of the Seville Team and the offensive output of Tony Davis (6'10''-F) who scored 22 points and 12 rebounds.
Tony is a nice low post player who is athletic and crashes the offensive boards extremely well.
Dwayne Foreman (5'10''-G-84, college: Georgia Southern) had a nice PG game scoring 11 points and dished out 8 assists.
Travis Aikens (6'4''-G/F-85, college: Marshall) played well scoring 15pts and 8rbs for the winning side.
Team Munich was lead by former UNC Tar Heel player Justin Knox (6'9''-F) poured in a double-double scoring 12pts and 12rbs.
Edson Jones (6'4''-G-79) played well scoring 10 pts and 5ast and his teammate Giannis Prodromou (6'5''-F-87) led the Munich Team with 15 points.
The spectators at the ballpark facility were excited by the closely fought contest.

Seville gegen Munich
Eurobasket Summer League - 15.07.2011 - 20:30
82 : 79 (16:27, 17:7, 22:23, 27:22)
Spielnummer: Ballpark Zuschauer: 0
Schiedsrichter: Tech. Kommissar:
Feldwrfe Freiwurf Rebound T A S B Foul
# Seville Pkt ND2 MD2 3er Total % 1er % De Of Su o s t s P g Min. Index
21 Parham, Tim 6 2/3 - - 2/3 66 2/6 33 2 4 6 3 - 1 - 1 3 12:22 0.08
22 IRICK, WILLIE 13 5/8 0/2 1/2 6/12 50 - 0 4 - 4 1 - - 1 4 - 17:06 0.29
23 DAVIS, TONY 22 9/14 1/2 0/1 10/17 58 2/4 50 7 5 12 3 - 1 3 5 2 32:03 0.43
24 FOREMAN, DWAYNE 11 2/4 - 1/3 3/7 42 4/9 44 3 - 3 1 8 3 - 3 5 34:39 0.23
25 SMITH, DESMOND 4 1/4 0/1 - 1/5 20 2/2 100 - 2 2 - 1 1 - 3 1 18:56 0.05
26 Johnson, Kaseem 7 3/5 0/1 - 3/6 50 1/2 50 3 1 4 - 1 - - - 1 17:47 0.22
27 AIKENS, TRAVIS 15 3/10 1/3 0/3 4/16 25 7/10 70 5 3 8 4 5 2 - 4 9 34:08 -
38 Lowrance, Tristan 4 2/5 - 0/2 2/7 28 - 0 1 2 3 1 1 - - 1 1 32:59 -
Mannschaftsaktionen 5 - 5 - -
Summe 82 27/53 2/9 2/11 31/73 42 18/33 54 30 17 47 13 16 8 4 21 22 200:00 0.18
Trainer: Co-Trainer:
Feldwrfe Freiwurf Rebound T A S B Foul
# Munich Pkt ND2 MD2 3er Total % 1er % De Of Su o s t s P g Min. Index
28 PEDERSON, NIC 3 1/2 - 0/1 1/3 33 1/1 100 6 2 8 1 - - - 4 2 21:44 0.27
29 Zimmerman, Eric 8 0/2 1/5 2/2 3/9 33 - 0 3 - 3 1 - - - 1 1 30:34 0.03
30 Adrien, Owona - - - - - 0 - 0 - - - - - - - - - - -
31 NGBWA, YANNICK 7 1/2 1/4 0/1 2/7 28 3/4 75 1 1 2 3 1 1 - 3 2 16:33 -0.1
32 Prodromou, Giannis 15 3/5 - 1/2 4/7 57 6/8 75 3 1 4 3 - - - 4 3 17:44 0.05
33 BROWN, JOSHUA 14 1/3 - 3/7 4/10 40 3/4 75 1 1 2 4 1 - - 4 3 20:52 -0.0
34 KNOX, JUSTIN 12 5/7 0/3 - 5/10 50 2/2 100 7 3 10 1 - 1 1 2 1 29:16 0.37
35 RIVELINO, PIERRE 4 2/4 0/3 - 2/7 28 - 0 6 - 6 1 1 1 - 2 - 21:28 0.18
36 Jones, Edson 10 1/1 2/4 - 3/5 60 4/6 66 - 2 2 1 5 - - 2 1 22:41 0.22
37 Gentry, Dwight 6 2/6 1/2 0/2 3/10 30 - 0 2 - 2 1 3 1 - 1 1 19:08 0.05
Mannschaftsaktionen 1 1 2 - -
Summe 79 16/32 5/21 6/15 27/68 39 19/25 76 30 11 41 16 11 4 1 23 14 200:00 0.13
Trainer: Co-Trainer:
Feldwrfe Freiwurf Rebound T A S B Foul
# Mannschaftsvergleich Pkt ND2 MD2 3er Total % 1er % De Of Su o s t s P g Min. Index
Summe 82 27/53 2/9 2/11 31/73 42 18/33 54 30 17 47 13 16 8 4 21 22 200:00 0.18
Summe 79 16/32 5/21 6/15 27/68 39 19/25 76 30 11 41 16 11 4 1 23 14 200:00


In game (2), Team Sofia defeated Team Belgrade 81-74 in a closely fought contest.

The defensive pressure applied by Team Sofia and Coach Sam Stiller created all types of problems for Team Belgrade.
Sofia featured European professional Duke-Jermaine Forbes (6'1''-G-80, college: W.Georgia) who provided leadership and poured in 16 points and 6 rebounds.
Agnis Cavars (6'6''-F-86) (6'6''-F-86) of Latvia had an outstanding game scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds illustrating his nice all around game.
Bilal Abdullah (6'5''-G-84, college: Lafayette) the very talented and versatile wing man scored 15 points for the Belgrade team.
The Sofia team featured six players who scored double figures including Brice Brooks (6'7''-F-86, college: Sacred Heart), Jeff Danchie (5'10''-G-84), Dave Ajumobi (6'4''-F-88), Albert Margai and Adrian Fenyn (6'6''-G/F-85, college: St.John Fisher).
This was a very excited match that was decided in the final minutes of the contest.

Sofia vs.Belgrade
Eurobasket Summer League - 15.07.2011 - 18:00

81 : 74 (26:17, 18:30, 20:14, 17:13)
Spielnummer: Ballpark Zuschauer: 0
Schiedsrichter: Tech. Kommissar:
Feldwrfe Freiwurf Rebound T A S B Foul
# Sofia Pkt ND2 MD2 3er Total % 1er % De Of Su o s t s P g Min. Index
1 JOSEY, CARL 5 1/3 0/1 0/2 1/6 16 3/4 75 3 1 4 1 - - - 4 4 22:45 -0.0
2 BROOKS, BRICE 11 5/8 0/2 - 5/10 50 1/4 25 - 5 5 2 2 - 2 2 4 18:00 0.22
3 Danchie, Jeff 10 2/2 - 2/2 4/4 100 - 0 1 - 1 1 2 - - - 1 17:49 0.44
4 AJUMOBI, DAVE 10 2/6 0/1 2/3 4/10 40 - 0 5 1 6 2 - 1 - 1 3 30:59 0.16
5 FORBES, JERMAINE 16 2/3 1/5 2/3 5/11 45 4/4 100 6 - 6 - - - - - 2 24:23 0.28
6 Harris, Leon 2 - 1/2 0/1 1/3 33 - 0 - - - - 1 - - - - 5:49 -
7 Margai, Albert 11 1/1 3/4 1/3 5/8 62 - 0 2 - 2 3 5 1 - 3 2 28:10 0.28
8 Toluwase, Sam 6 2/3 - - 2/3 66 2/6 33 6 1 7 3 2 1 - 4 3 20:29 0.19
9 Fenyn, Adrian 10 5/8 - - 5/8 62 - 0 - 4 4 - 1 1 - - - 19:46 0.40
10 KALAMBANI, EDGAR - 0/1 - - 0/1 0 - 0 - - - 1 - - - - - 11:50 -0.1
Mannschaftsaktionen - 1 1 - -
Summe 81 20/35 5/15 7/14 32/64 50 10/18 55 23 13 36 13 13 4 2 14 19 200:00 0.20
Trainer: Co-Trainer:
Feldwrfe Freiwurf Rebound T A S B Foul
# Belgrade Pkt ND2 MD2 3er Total % 1er % De Of Su o s t s P g Min. Index
11 CLIPPER, DESHAR 8 3/4 1/1 - 4/5 80 - 0 3 1 4 1 1 - 1 2 - 13:53 0.57
12 ABDULLAH, BILAL 15 2/2 - 3/7 5/9 55 2/4 50 3 - 3 6 2 - - 2 2 27:21 0.03
13 Aud, Guy 2 1/1 0/1 0/3 1/5 20 - 0 1 - 1 1 3 1 - 2 1 18:26 0.05
14 OXLEY, ANT 5 1/1 0/3 1/2 2/6 33 - 0 1 - 1 1 4 2 - - 1 29:18 0.17
15 Manzanza, Christian 7 3/3 0/1 - 3/4 75 1/1 100 2 - 2 - 1 2 - 2 2 15:17 0.45
16 BLE, THOMAS 4 1/2 - - 1/2 50 2/2 100 - - - 1 - 2 - 4 1 17:23 0.05
17 Baize, Jonah - - 0/2 0/2 0/4 0 - 0 - - - - - - - 4 - 19:00 -0.2
18 Evans, Brandon 5 1/2 0/1 1/1 2/4 50 - 0 2 1 3 2 - - - 1 1 11:35 0.17
19 Cavars, Agnis 18 2/7 1/1 4/5 7/13 53 - 0 7 3 10 1 3 - 1 2 - 25:32 0.70
20 Taylor, Eric 10 2/4 1/2 0/1 3/7 42 4/6 66 3 1 4 2 2 - - 2 3 22:15 0.04
Mannschaftsaktionen 2 3 5 - -
Summe 74 16/26 3/12 9/21 28/59 47 9/13 69 24 9 33 15 16 7 2 21 11 200:00 0.22
Trainer: Co-Trainer:
Feldwrfe Freiwurf Rebound T A S B Foul
# Mannschaftsvergleich Pkt ND2 MD2 3er Total % 1er % De Of Su o s t s P g Min. Index
Summe 81 20/35 5/15 7/14 32/64 50 10/18 55 23 13 36 13 13 4 2 14 19 200:00 0.20
Summe 74 16/26 3/12 9/21 28/59 47 9/13 69 24 9 33 15 16 7 2 21 11 200:00 0.22
ND2 = Nahdistanz2er MD2 = Mitteldistanz2er De = Defensiv Rebound Of = Offensiv Rebound Su = Summe Rebounds To = TurnOver AS = Assist
St = Steal Bs = Block P = Persnliches Foul g = gefoult worden Min. = Einsatzzeit Index = (Pkt-Versuche+Su+As+Bs+St-TO)*60/Min.




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Andorra clinch Division C title - by Eurobasket News
Final
Andorra U16 - San Marino U16 84:70

Andorra finished the U16 European Championship undefeated. They overcame San Marino in the championship game to clinch the title. Juan Bustamante stepped up with 20 points and 13 rebounds to pace the winners.
Andorra outscored the hosts 21:16 in the opening quarter. They maintained the lead throughout the second frame. San Marino struggled to get any closer in the third quarter. Andorra ensured an 8-point buffer before the fourth frame and never looked back en route to the victory. Jordi Moline delivered 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Oriol Peral contributed 10 points in the victory. Julian Gualtieri responded with game-high 38 points for San Marino. Giannotti delivered 10 points in the loss.

Andorra U16: Juan Bustamante 20+13 boards, Jordi Moline 16+10 boards, Oriol Peral 10
San Marino U16: Julian Gualtieri 38, Giannotti 10

3-4 place
Wales U16 - Malta U16 77:67
Wales stepped onto the pedestal following a tough win over Malta. Daniel Walsh knocked down 23 points to pace the winners. Malta stormed into this one. They built a 22:9 lead after ten minutes of action. But Wales recovered in the next two periods. They erased the deficit to level things up at 57. Wales limited their opponents to just 10 points in the final quarter and ran away with a difficult win at the end. Tomas Davies accounted for 20 points and 19 rebounds, while Tomos Williams had 14 points in the victory. Aaron Falzon banked for 26 points and 26 rebounds for Malta. Zane Micallef finished with 18 points in defeat.


Wales U16: Daniel Walsh 23, Tomas Davies 20+19 boards, Tomos Wiliams 14
Malta U16: Aaron Falzon 26+26 boards, Zane Micallef 18

5-6 place
Monaco U16 - Gibraltar U16 73:49

Monaco U16: Alessandro Generale 24+16 boards, Daniel Pieper 22+15 boards, Clement Marechal 8, Julien Masseglia 8
Gibraltar U16: Ryan Rodriguez 11, Thomas Yome 11

Division C All-Tournament Team:
Jordi Moline, Andorra
Julian Gualtieri, San Marino
Daniel Walsh, Wales
Juan Bustamante, Andorra
Aaron Falzon, Malta

MVP: Jordi Moline
Fair-Play Award: Aaron Falzon




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Standings
Standings
Group E
1. Russia3-0
2. France3-0
3. Montenegro.2-1
4. Latvia1-2
5. Slovenia0-3
6. Sweden0-3
Group F
1. Spain3-0
2. Italy3-0
3. Germany2-1
4. Greece1-2
5. Turkey0-3
6. Ukraine0-3
Group Places 13-16
1. Austria1-0
2. Serbia1-0
3. Croatia0-1
4. Lithuania0-1


M-Standings - Division B
Standings Div.B
Group E
1. Denmark1-0
2. Georgia1-0
3. Estonia0-1
4. Bulgaria0-1
Group F
1. Belgium1-0
2. Czech Rep.1-0
3. Portugal0-1
4. Bosnia0-1
Group G 9-16 places
1. Romania1-0
2. Slovakia1-0
3. Holland0-1
4. Poland0-1
Group H 9-16 places
1. Finland1-0
2. Israel1-0
3. Iceland0-1
4. U.Kingdom0-1
Group I 17-22 places
1. FYR Macedon.1-0
2. Hungary0-0
3. Switzerland0-1
Group J 17-22 places
1. Norway1-0
2. Belarus0-0
3. Luxembourg0-1


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Nikola MIROTIC
  MNT
  (209-F/C-91)
  Avg: 29
 1. Mirotic, ESP29.0 
 2. Dubljevic, MNT26.5 
 3. Nedovic, SRB19.7 
 4. Fournier, FRA19.0 
 5. Omic, SLO16.8 
 6. Czerapowicz, SWE16.3 
 7. Aldemir, TUR16.3 
 8. Pajic, SLO15.3 
 9. Zubkov, RUS14.8 
 10. Muric, SLO14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Furkan ALDEMIR
  (207-F-91)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Aldemir, TUR14.8 
 2. Theis, GER12.3 
 3. Dubljevic, MNT9.5 
 4. Todorovic, MNT9.0 
 5. Czerapowicz, SWE8.5 
 6. Mirotic, ESP8.5 
 7. Muric, SLO8.5 
 8. Rados, AUT8.0 
 9. Bobrov, UKR8.0 
 10. Melli, ITA8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Josep FRANCH
  (194-PG-91)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Franch, ESP5.8 
 2. Dukanovic, MNT5.3 
 3. Peciukeviciu., LTU4.5 
 4. Lebedintsev, UKR4.5 
 5. Redikas, LTU4.0 
 6. Nedovic, SRB4.0 
 7. Span, SLO3.8 
 8. Klepeisz, AUT3.8 
 9. Strebkov, RUS3.5 
 10. Prepelic, SLO3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Danilo ANDJUSIC
  (197-G-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Andjusic, SRB2.3 
 2. Fournier, FRA2.3 
 3. Strebkov, RUS2.0 
 4. Person, SWE2.0 
 5. De Nicolao, ITA1.8 
 6. Nedovic, SRB1.7 
 7. Moraschini, ITA1.5 
 8. Polonara, ITA1.5 
 9. Heckmann, GER1.3 
 10. Maresch, AUT1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Artem PUSTOVYI
  (216-C-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Pustovyi, UKR2.8 
 2. Aldemir, TUR2.3 
 3. Meiers, LAT1.8 
 4. Gobert, FRA1.8 
 5. Chrysikopoul., GRE1.8 
 6. Georgakis, GRE1.7 
 7. Melli, ITA1.5 
 8. Theis, GER1.5 
 9. Sandul, UKR1.5 
 10. Bubalo, CRO1.3 


Qualifying Round Day 1 in Bilbao - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Latvia - Russia 58-81
Russia cruised past Latvia at the start of the U20 European Championship Qualifying Round. Andrey Zubkov (205-G/F-91) nailed 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace the winners. Russia thus climbed at 3-0 record, while Latvia fell at 1-2 record in Group E. Russia capped the first period with a 9:3 rally to take a 21:15 lead. Russia opened the second period with a 16:1 surge to clear off to a 21-point distance. Russia ensured a 13-point halftime lead 43:30. Russia knocked down six points in a row at the start of the third period to boost the gap. Russia stayed in charge posting a 62:44 lead with one quarter remaining. Latvia triggered a 7:2 run at the start of the fourth period but that was as close as they could get. Russia quickly opened a 20-point lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Pavel Antipov (203-F-91) finished with 19 points, while Denis Pastukhov (196-F-91, agency: Interperformances) contributed 9 points for Russia. Mareks Mejeris (207-F-91, agency: Players Group) responded with 14 points for Latvia. Arturs Bricis (193-PG-92) netted 12 points in defeat.

Sweden - Montenegro 78-80
Montenegro earned the first win at the Qualifying Round of U20 European Championship. They held off pesky Sweden to climb at 2-1 record in Group E. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 34 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Sweden slipped at 0-3 record after the loss. Montenegro opened the game with seven points in a row. Sweden cut the deficit but the Balkan team ensured a 21:16 lead after ten minutes. Montenegro opened the second period on a 10:2 run to open a 13-point lead. Montenegro kept their opponents at bay throughout the second frame registering a 47:36 halftime lead. Christopher Czerapowicz (200-SF-91) and Lindqvist dragged Sweden within five points midway through the third term. Montenegro kept the lead as they entered the fourth quarter up by four points 66:62. Czerapowic and Andreas Person (190-G-91) pulled the Scandinavians within 2 with just over five minutes remaining. Bojan Dubljevic scored four points to keep Montenegro on top. Andreas Person drained a triple but Dukanovic answered with a free throw as Montenegro enjoyed an 80:78 lead with 11 seconds remaining. Andreas Person and Marco Todorovic (199-F-92) then exchanged two misses each from the stripe. Barton had the last chance to save the game for Sweden but missed a three-pointer. Marco Todorovic came up with 10 points and 8 rebounds for Montenegro. Christopher Czerapowicz responded with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Sweden. Andreas Person finished with 19 points in the loss.

Slovenia - France 64-75
France posted the fourth win in a row at the U20 European Championship in Spain. They opened the Qualifying Round with a confident win over Slovenia. Evan Fournier (200-G/F-92) scored 19 points as Les Bleus improved at 3-0 record in Group E. Slovenia fell at 0-3 record after the loss. The teams stayed close before France capped the first frame with a 7:1 run to take an 18:9 lead. Pajic and Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) dragged Slovenia within two but France kept in charge driving to a 39:33 halftime lead. Slovenia tried hard but Even Fournier kept France in charge throughout the third quarter. Les Bleus posted a 54:46 lead with one quarter remaining. Edo Muric (202-F-91) narrowed the deficit to just two points however France reacted with an 11:2 surge and rolled to the victory at the end. Kevin Mendy (200-G/F-92) nailed 14 points, while Ferdinand Prenom (203-C-91) accounted for 10 points in the win. Edo Muric answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds for Slovenia. Klemen Prepelic netted 15 points in defeat.

Group F
Turkey - Italy 59-69
Italy recorded the third consecutive win at the U20 European Championship. They opened the Qualifying Round with a rout of Turkey. Nicolo Melli (205-F-91) scored 14 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to pace the effort. Italy jumped at 3-0 record, while Turkey fell at 0-3 in Group F. Italy tipped off the game with a 10:2 run and maintained the lead throughout the starting quarter. The Azzurri posted a 26:17 lead at the first intermission. Nicolo Melli scored three points at the start of the second frame to open a double-digit lead. Turkey managed to get within six points at halftime 36:42. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) fired six points in a row midway through the third period as Italy enjoyed a 54:39 lead. The Azzurri entered the fourth frame up by 13 points 60:47. Senli and Edge dragged Turkey within 8 points but Alessandro Gentile and Andrea De Nicolao sealed the victory for Italy. Alessandro Gentile nailed 13 points, while Michele Vitali (195-G-91) and Riccardo Cervi (215-C-91) had 10 points each in the win. Huseyin Koksal (195-F-91) replied with 19 points and 11 rebounds for Turkey. Furkan Aldemir (207-F-91) finished with 18 points and 19 rebounds in defeat.

Germany - Greece 70-51
Germany recorded the first win at the Qualifying Round of U20 European Championship. They prevailed against Greece to improve at 2-1 record in Group F. Daniel Theis (207-C-92) posted 19 points and 19 rebounds to pace the winners. Niels Giffey and Daniel Theis gave Germany a 20:11 lead midway through the opening quarter. Germany posted a 22:16 lead at the first break. Greece used an 8:0 run to level things up at 24 midway through the second term. Dimitrios Katsivelis (194-G-91) pulled the Hellenes in front but not for too long. Germany gained back the lead and ensured a 32:27 halftime lead. Germany maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They capped the period with a 7:2 run to establish a 45:38 advantage. Daniel Theis scored five points in a row at the start of the fourth quarter to trigger a 10:0 rally that stretched the lead to 16 points 54:38. Greece could not recover in the reminder of the contest and had to surrender at the end. Patrick Heckmann (198-F/G-92) knocked down 12 points, while Ole Wendt (190-G-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) contributed 11 points in the victory. Dimitrios Katsivelis responded with 13 points for Greeece. Manolis Koukoulas (211-C-91) had 10 points in defeat.

Ukraine - Spain 67-72
Spain overcame a fierce opposition from Ukraine to keep their record spotless at U20 European Championship. Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) erupted for 41 points and 14 rebounds to lead the hosts to an exhausting victory in the Qualifying Round opener for both teams. The victory propelled Spain to 3-0 record in Group F. Ukraine on the other hand slipped at 0-3 record. Spain led early in the encounter but Ukraine erased the deficit and levelled things up at 17 at the first break. Nikola Mirotic scored 6 points in a 7:0 run from the hosts as they posted a 26:20 lead midway through the second term. Spain arrived at halftime up by five points 32:27. Ukraine however denied the deficit in the third term. Oleksandr Mishula (187-G-92) accounted for four points late in the period as Ukraine headed into the fourth quarter up by two 54:52. Ukraine opened the fourth frame with nine unanswered points to clear off. Mirotic knocked down 8 points in a 13:0 run from the hosts as they grabbed a 65:63 lead with under two minutes remaining. Chelovan and Oleksandr Lypovyy (199-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) regained the lead for the visitors but unstoppable Nikola Mirotic hit four free throws and Josep Franch (194-PG-91) added three more as Spain sealed the victory in drama. Josep Franch posted 13 points for Spain. Nacho Llovet added 8 points in the win. Oleksandr Lypovyy answered with 23 points and 8 rebounds for Ukraine. Oleksandr Mishula and Artem Pustovyi (216-C-92) delivered 9 points apiece in the loss.

Group G
Serbia - Lithuania 95-64
Serbia earned the first win at the classification round of U20 European Championship in Spain. They cruised past Lithuania for 1-0 record in Group G. Danilo Andjusic (197-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 21 points to lead the charge. Lithuania in the meantime suffered the third loss in a row at the tournament and fell at 0-1 record in the group. Lithuania led for some time early in the encounter but Nemanja Nedovic (192-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) knocked down 4 points in a row late in the first period to ensure a 24:20 lead for Serbia. Augustas Peciukevicius (191-G-91) and Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) erased the deficit at the beginning of the second quarter just to see Serbia ignite a 21:1 run. Serbia took over coasting to a 47:30 halftime lead. The Balkan team quickly boosted the margin to 26 points in the third quarter. Lithuania never got back to life afterwards as Serbia marched to the win. Nemanja Nedovic delivered 20 points, 7 assists and 5 boards, while Nemanja Jaramaz (201-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points in the victory. Paulius Dambrauskas (191-G-91) and Dovydas Redikas replied with 15 points apiece for Lithuania. Augustas Peciukevicius finished with 8 points in the loss.

Croatia - Austria 61-64
Austria celebrated the first win at the U20 European Championship in Division A. They knocked down Croatia to earn the first in Group G of the classification round. Austria thus made the first step towards avoiding relegation. Lukas Linzer (191-G-91) scored 14 to lead the winners. Austria led right from the start. They kept Croatia at distance throughout the first period posting a 19:14 lead after ten minutes. Luka Babic (200-F-91) however triggered a 9:0 run that put Croatia in charge 26:23 midway through the second term. Klepeisz and Vieider regained the lead for Austria 33:30 at halftime. Austria maintained the advantage throughout the third stanza. The Division A newcomers entered the final period up by two points 50:48. Luka Babic tipped off the final frame with back-to-back triples to put Croatia in charge. Austria used a 7:0 run to make it 59:56 with just under three minutes remaining. Barac, Bubalo and Baric erased the deficit but Anton Maresch (192-G-91) and Vieider went deadly from the stripe bringing Austria to the victory. Anton Maresch accounted for 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Jozo Rados (203-C-93) added 10 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Luka Babic answered with 18 points for Croatia. Ivan Batur (203-G/F-91) netted 16 points in the loss.




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Dwight Coleman heads to Finland - by Eurobasket News
Dwight Coleman (203-F-85, college: Dallas Baptist) will move to Finland. The forward has agreed on terms of contract with Salon Vilpas. Last season Dwight Coleman started in the Dallas Impact in ABA. Later he moved to the North Dallas Vandals and eventually finished the season with the Arlington Bulldogs. Dwight Coleman graduated from the Dallas Baptist University back in 2008. The forward averaged 10.6 points and 5.0 boards per game in his senior college season.


U20: Finland needed overtime to beat Luxembourg in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News
Luxembourg U20-Finland U20 74:77 OT

Finland needed overtime to beat Luxembourg in Sarajevo to finish the Preliminary Round. The Finnish side clinched third place in the group after 77:74 victory. Luxembourg showed its best game so far, but finished on the bottom with 0-5 record.
Finland won the first period 21-18 but could not stay in front at the halftime. Alexandre Rodenbourg (202-C-91) was the last to score in the half as he tied the score at 39:39. Moreover Luxembourg took the lead after 16-10 in the third frame, but Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91) and Rene Wolzfeld (190-F-91) closed the fourth period at 67:67. In overtime Finland needed 10-7 to win the last game of the Preliminary Round.
Antto Nikkarinen and Carl Lindbom (204-F-91) poured in 14 points each as the latter also grabbed 18 rebounds. Osku Heinonen (194-F/G-92) followed them with 12 points in a win. Rene Wolzfeld replied with 24 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort, whilst Wilson scored 17.

Luxembourg U20: Rene Wolzfeld 24+11 rebs, Wilson 17, Alexandre Rodenbourg 14+12 rebs
Finland U20: Antto Nikkarinen 14, Carl Lindbom 14+18 rebs, Osku Heinonen 12



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U20: France stay perfect with win over Slovenia - by Eurobasket News
France U20 - Slovenia U20 75:64

France posted the fourth win in a row at the U20 European Championship in Spain. They opened the Qualifying Round with a confident win over Slovenia. Evan Fournier (200-G/F-92) scored 19 points as Les Bleus improved at 3-0 record in Group E. Slovenia fell at 0-3 record after the loss.
The teams stayed close before France capped the first frame with a 7:1 run to take an 18:9 lead. Pajic and Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) dragged Slovenia within two but France kept in charge driving to a 39:33 halftime lead. Slovenia tried hard but Even Fournier kept France in charge throughout the third quarter. Les Bleus posted a 54:46 lead with one quarter remaining. Edo Muric (202-F-91) narrowed the deficit to just two points however France reacted with an 11:2 surge and rolled to the victory at the end. Kevin Mendy (200-G/F-92) nailed 14 points, while Ferdinand Prenom (203-C-91) accounted for 10 points in the win. Edo Muric answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds for Slovenia. Klemen Prepelic netted 15 points in defeat.

France U20: Evan Fournier 19, Kevin Mendy 14, Ferdinand Prenom 10
Slovenia U20: Edo Muric 16, Klemen Prepelic 15



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U20: F.Y.R. of Macedonia keep Switzerland winless in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News
F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20- Switzerland U20 73:56

F.Y.R. of Macedonia keep Switzerland winless in Sarajevo at the European Championship 2011. In the last game of Group A F.Y.R. of Macedonia won over Switzerland 73:56 for 2-3 record. The latter meanwhile suffered their fifth straight loss.
Switzerland surprised the opponents with 14:11 in the opening period. They however totally were outscored in the second frame as F.Y.R. of Macedonia erupted with 27-10 for 38:24 advantage. Markovski nailed three for 47:30 and Apostolov scored two free throws for 53:39. When Apostolov and Stojan Gjuroski (201-F-91) nailed threes in the start of the last quarter it became clear about the winner. F.Y.R. of Macedonia won the quarter 18-14 and reached 17-points advantage.
Nikola Gajdadjiev (193-G-92) stepped up with 24 points for the winners and Stojan Gjuroski nailed 13. Jonathan Dubas (201-F/C-91) replied with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Dario Koludrovic (194-F-92) posted 13 and Zoran Zivanovic (203-F/C-92) scored 11.

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20: Nikola Gajdadjiev 24, Stojan Gjuroski 13
Switzerland U20: Jonathan Dubas 14+10 rebs, Dario Koludrovic 13, Zoran Zivanovic 11




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U20: Romania handed Georgia their first loss in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Georgia U20-Romania U20 85:89 OT

Romania U20 surprised Georgia in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Division B. Romania won 89:85 to seal the fourth place in Group A with 3-2 record. Georgia won the group with 4-1 despite loss and will head to the Qualifying Round.
Both teams nailed 19 points each, while Georgia won the second period 17-12. Lezhava and Chirof closed the period at 36:31 as the teams went to the lockers. Ciprian Telinoiu (183-PG-91) tied the game at 55:55 at the end of the third period, while the teams nailed another 21 points each in the last quarter. In overtime late baskets from Vlad Corpodean (197-F-91) and Zoran Milencovici (185-G-91) brought the victory for Romania.
Vlad Corpodean stepped up with 20 points for the winners and Chirof netted 19. Bogdan Tibirna (210-C-91) posted 17, while Ciprian Telinoiu and Zoran Milencovici netted 12 each. Tornike Shengelia (207-G/F-91) answered with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Akaki Lomouri (198-F-91) notched 18. Akaki Dvalishvili (206-C/F-90) collected 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Givi Bakradze (185-PG-91) scored 11.

Georgia U20: Tornike Shengelia 22+11 rebs, Akaki Lomouri 18, Akaki Dvalishvili 13+11 rebs, Givi Bakradze 11
Romania U20: Vlad Corpodean 20, Chirof 19, Bogdan Tibirna 17, Ciprian Telinoiu 12, Zoran Milencovici 12



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Marco Leschek Returns Back To The Soba Dragons Rhondorf - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Soba Dragons Rhondorf have announced that Marco Leschek (204-C-76) will return back to them after having played there from 1999-2001. Leschek is a 34 year old 205 com center that will be starting his 14th professional season and 8th in Germany. He had played the last 4 years in Luxemburg for team Residence Walferdange. Last season, he played 24 games: 7.7ppg, 4.3rpg, FGP: 56.9%, FT: 73.3%. He scored in double figurs 8 times and his best game was a 18 point performance against T71. 'I am happy returning back to Rhondorf where I played for two wonderful years. There they had given me the chance to take the route as professional basketball player. I was able to develop under a professional structure. I am very thankful for that and this season want to play at the top and help the young players with my experience', stressed Marco Leschek (204-C-76). Leschek started his basketball career with Weissenfels (D2) in 1997 where he played until 1999. After two years in Rhondorf, he played for TuS Jena (D2, starting five): 30 games: 7.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 19ast in 2001-2002. he then moved to Art Dusseldorf (2Bundesliga): 4 games, 4.0 ppg - TuS Jena (2Bundesliga): 12 games: 3.3 ppg. After years in germany, he decided to go to Austria to play for BBC Feldkirch Baskets (Austria-B Bundesliga) from 2003-2005. In 2005-2006, he played for Ascherslebern Tigers BC (Regionalliga), only pre-season, then try-out at Svendborg (Denmark-Basketliga): 15 games: 6.3ppg, 2.5rpg, FGP: 66.7%. From 2007-2011, he played for Residence Walferdange. Awards/Achievements in his career have been Austrian B Bundesliga Champion -05, Eurobasket.com Danish Ligaen All-Bosmans Team -06, Eurobasket.com All-Luxembourg League Honorable Mention -08,and Eurobasket.com Luxembourg League All-Bosmans Team -11

Source: Dragons Rhndorf


Vaughn Duggins (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) Dashaun Wood Beat Me 9 Out Of 10 Times On One On One - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Vaughn Duggins (190-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wright St.) is a 23 year old 190cm guard from Pendelton, Indiana that will be starting his professional basketball career in the Beko BBL with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen. He played at Wright State from 2006-2011 including his freshman year with 2011 Beko BBLMVP Dashaun Wood. In his senior season, the American played 33 games: 18.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.2apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 44.7%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 82.2%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have beenHorizon League Regular Season Runner-Up -07, 10, Horizon League Tournament Winner -07, Horizon League All-Newcomer Team -07, All-Horizon League 1st Team -08, 11, Horizon League Tournament Semifinals -09, Horizon League Tournament Finalist -10, All-Horizon League 2nd Team -10, Horizon League All-Defensive Team -10,and NABC Division I All-District 12 2nd Team -10, 11. He spoke to Eurobasket about basketball.

Congrats on getting your first professional contract with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen. How was your first process of getting a job coming out of college?

My first process of getting a job coming out of college has been great. I really just sat back and took it all in. My agents at Pro one Sports Management really worked hard for me and made the process as easy on me as possible.

What was the main reason for you to sign with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen? How did head coach Igor Perovic convince you to come?


The Walter Tigers are an up and coming team and I didn't need any convincing at all to come. It felt like it was the perfect situation and Coach Igor and I have a very similar value system that includes mental and physical toughness and hard work.

What do you know about the German league Beko BBL? I am sure that heard that your ex teammate Dashaun Wood dominated the league like no one else ever has?

I know a handful of players that play in the BBL and am aware that it is one of the best leagues in Europe. Dashaun is the best player I've ever played with and I am eager to get a chance to compete against him.

Your ex coach at Wright State Bill Donlon played in Germany in Giessen in 2001-2002. Did you speak to him before signing about getting a second opinion on the German league?

Coach Donlon has been a mentor to me since my junior year in high school. I value his opinion greatly and he told me that the BBL is a great league and said it was a 'no-brainer' to come and play in it.

You are a high scoring shooting guard. What is another strength in your game that doesnt always get noticed right away?

Another strength in my game that doesn't get noticed right away is probably my jumping ability. I've surprised a lot people when I get up to block a shot or dunk.

You are also a very aggressive defender. After what NBA player do you pride your defense work after?

I really respect a guy like Bruce Bowen who night in and night out guards the other NBA teams best player and loves it. Those are the kind of guys that make championships possible.

You still have some time left before you have to report to training camp in Tuebingen. What is the most important aspect of your game that you will work on in the gym in the next weeks?

My main focus before reporting to training camp in Tbingen is to get in the best shape possible. You can always be a better shooter or ball handler but things are a lot easier when your in better shape than your opponent.

The Walter Tigers Tuebingen are still forming the team, but signed three guys straight out of college with Tyrone Nash, Adnan Hodzic and yourself. This trio will be expected to take up a bulk of the scoring. Do you feel a lot of pressure coming in and having to perform right away?


There is always pressure to perform at a high level especially now that it is my job to do so. I am confident in my abilities and the abilities of my teammates so the pressure is just something that we will have to get accustomed to if we want to be successful.

Are you looking forward to duels with Ben Hansborough who will play at FC Munich this season. Did your path ever cross in the NCAA?

Of course, you always look forward to the opportunity to play against a player like that. Never got a chance to play him in college so it is even more special to play him as a pro.

What was your fondest memory at Wright State besides winning the Horizon League Tournament in 2007?


The fondest memory I have at Wright State is coming back from an 18 point deficit against Miami (OH). I dribbled the length of the court in 4 seconds and dished it to my teammate Todd Brown and he hit a 3 for the win.

Last season, it seemed like Dashaun Wood had 2-3 highlight in each game that would have made it to ESPN. What was the most amazing thing that you witnessed Dashaun Wood do in a practice that little people saw?

Every once in a while at practice I'd be walking by Dashaun and he would stop me and tell me exactly how he was going to score on his opponent that next possession and sure enough he would go out there and do that exact thing and look at me and laugh while running down the court.

Who won a one on one in practice back in 2006-2007, you or Dashaun Wood and where was the weak spot of Wood if any to beat him?

Thats easy! Dashaun beat me 9 out of 10 times on one on one. I was a young puppy out of high school and he was the horizon league player of the year. I don't remember him having any weaknesses other than he was smaller than me so I could post him up.


Who was the best player that you played against in the NCAA that might be in the NBA now?

The best player I played against in the NCAA that's now in the NBA is probably Jeff Teague.

What is your opinion about Ron Artest changing his name to World Peace?

Ron Artest has always done his own thing without caring what anyone thinks and you have to respect him for that. He is a great player and considering what he's done positively for the NBA, he can do whatever he wants and people will support him.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The last DVD movie I saw was Hall Pass and it was hilarious. I highly recommend it for comedy lovers.

Thanks Vaughn for the chat.






Jan Jagla Back In Beko BBL Signing With FC Bayern Munich - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Rumours had been swirling around the German basketball world for weeks that Jan-Hendrik Jagla (213-F-81, college: Penn St.) was on his way to FC Bayern Munich and today the team finally announced that the current German national player will play for Dirk Bauerman in the Beko BBL in Munich. Jagla is a 30 year old 213cm power forward/center that was born in Berlin and got a two year deal. He is a seven-foot power forward with the skill set of a guard. Can post up and score inside and is a great three point shooter as well. Was compared too much times to Dirk Nowitzki at his teenage days, and this limited his maturation. In last years, he added some inside game skills, even because he is too slow to guard the opponents on the perimeter. Jagla started his basketball career in 1999 for Lichterfelde (2.Bundesliga) where he played until 2001. He then crossed the Atlantic ocean to test the waters in the NCAA for Penn St until 2004. In the NCAA,he showed his strong rebounding skills landing near the top of the rebound leaders his last two years. In his senior year, he played 28 games: 13.4ppg, RebBig10-3 (7.9rpg), 1.5apg, BlocksBig10-6 (1.2bpg), FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 77.8%. In 2004, he was a NBA draft candidate, but he decided to withdraw from the NBA draft after many impressive NBA workouts when his agent Mark Bartlestein of Priority Sports could not secure a first round guarantee. In 2004-2005, he thus returned back to Europe to play for Panellinios Athens (Greece-A1): 3 games: 2.3ppg, 1.0rpg: released in Nov.'04 and joined Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (1.Bundesliga): 26 games: 6.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 55.6%, 3FGP: 30.2%. In 2005-2006, he was close to landing in the NBA with the Los Angeles Clippers (NBA), waived in Oct.'05, then signed at Drac Inca Mallorca (Spain-LEB, starting five): 28 games: 11.3ppg, Reb-5 (7.8rpg), 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 77.1%. Since 2006, he ha splayed in countries like Turkey, Spain and Poland. In 2006-2007, he played for Turk Telekom Ankara (Turkey-D1, starting five): FIBA EuroCup: 14 games: 11.9ppg, 4.9rpg, 2FGP: 48.6%, 3FGP: 38.8%, FT: 74.5%; Turkish League: 37 games: 14.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 37.4%, FT: 76.6%.From 2007-2009, he played in the top league in Europe the ACB for DKV Joventut Badalona and in his last season there played Euroleague: 10 games: 9.0ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 80.0%; Spanish League: 32 games: 6.0ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 63.3%. In 2009-2010, he went to Poland to play for top team Asseco Prokom Gdynia (Poland-PLK): Euroleague: 20 games: 6.6ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 62.7%, 3PT: 26.6%, FT: 76.2%; Polish League: 34 games: 8.1ppg, 4.2rpg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 39.2%, FT: 80.0%.Last season, he started to play for Asseco Prokom Gdynia (Poland-PLK, starting five): Polish League: 2 games: 4.0ppg, 5.0rpg; Polish League: Euroleague: 10 games: 5.6ppg, 5.4rpg, FGP: 40.7%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 66.7%; VTB League: 4 games: 11.0ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 60.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 66.7%, in Dec.'10 moved to Turk Telekom Ankara (Turkey-TBL): 16 games: 4.5ppg, 2.4rpg. Awards/Achievements in his career have beenGerman A2 National Team -03-04, German University National Team -03, World University Games -03, All-Big 10 Conf. Honorable Mention -04, German National Team -04-10, Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB1 All-Bosmans Team -06, Spanish LEB1 Cup Finalist -06, World Championships in Japan -06: 6 games: 2.2ppg, 1.7rpg, FIBA EuroCup Quarterfinals -07, Turkish League Semifinals -07, Turkish League All-Star Game -07, Eurobasket.com Turkish League Sixth Man of the Year -07, European Championships in Spain -07: 9 games: 6.2ppg, 4.9rpg, 2FGP: 37.9%, 3FGP: 57.1%, FT: 83.3%, Spanish Cup (Copa del Rey) Winner -08, ULEB Cup Winner -08, Spanish ACB Semifinals -08, Spanish ACB Regular Season Runner-Up -08, Olympic Games in Beijing (China) -08: 5 games: 5.8ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP: 41.2%, 3PT: 31.3%, European Championships in Poland -09: 6 games: 9.3ppg, 6.3rpg, FGP: 37.9%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 90.9%, Euroleague Quarterfinals -10, Polish League Champion -10, Polish League Regular Season Champion -10, World Championships in Turkey -10: 5 games: 13.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 3.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 42.3%, 3PT: 65.0%, FT: 57.1% and Eurobasket.com All-World Championships Honorable Mention -10.

Source: FC Bayern Munich


John Patrick Takes John Little With Him To The s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
It has never been a secret that John Patrick has always thought highly of John Little (180-G-84, college: N.Iowa) and both guys will continue to work together with the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg as the team announced that the American has been signed to a one year contract. Little is a 26 year old 180cm guard from Peoria, Illinois who is a classic point guard, who runs well his team offense and thinks first to pass, then to shoot. He also has been classifyed as a pitbull on defense from John Patrick . Little played for BG Goettingen the last three years playing a total of 105 Beko BBL games, 16 Eurochallenge games and 9 Eurocup games. 'We are very happy to have John on board. It doesnt matter if it is in a game or in practice, his motor is always on. He is a guy that takes each teammate in practice to the limit. Defending well and stopping his opponent is most important for him', stressed s. Oliver baskets Wurzburg coach John Patrick . Little played at N.Iowa (NCAA) from 2002-2006 playing a total of 123 NCAA games. In his senior year, he played 32 games: 7.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 40.2%, FT: 69.8%. He turned professional in 2007 with the Peoria Kings (ABA), but the team folded before the start of the season, so he went back to Northern Iowa and helped out as an assistnat coach. In 2008, he came to Germany and played with BG Goettingen. Awards/Achievements in his career have beenMVC Tournament Semifinals -06, German Bundesliga Regular Season Runner-Up -09, EuroChallenge Champion -10, Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Defensive Team -10, and Eurocup Quarterfinals -11.

Source: s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg



USC Heidelberg Bring In Charles Henry Burgess - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
USC Heidelberg has anounced that Charles Burgess (186-G-84, college: Texas Tech) will strengthen the team for the following season in the back court. Charles Burgess is a 27 year old 186cm gurad that was born in Harlem,New York. Charles Burgess will be starting his fourth professional season and last season played for Bakken Bears (Denmark-Ligaen, starting five): 36 games: 14.7ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-5 (4.2apg), Steals-3 (2.1spg), FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 72.1%. He played for legendary Coach Bob Knight and is an extremely hard worker. Proven finisher around the basket and can hit from outside the three-point arc. He is all about winning and played his Senior season with a broken hand and stats showed, but he is a warrior and played the whole season hurt to help his team. He can distribute the ball and rebound extremely well from the Guard spot. Lightening quick, can get it to his team mates for an easy score or can take it himself. 'I think highly of having a leader on the teamand finding that guy was difficult. With Charlie we have a guy that showed that he could play in the two years in Scandinavia. He plays team basketball, but can also score', stated USC Heidelberg head coach Uwe Sauer He played at Howard Junior College from 2004-2006. he then went to Texas Tech where he played from 2006-2008 and in his senior year played 31 games: 5.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 39.6%, 3Pts: 21.2%, FT: 64.6%. In 2008, he turned professional and played for Sayago (Uruguay-LUB): 10 games: 14.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.9apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 60.8%, 3FGP: 24.2%, FTP: 68.3%, left in Oct.'08. In 2009-2010, he played for Salon Vilpas Vikings (Finland-Korisliiga, starting five): 39 games: 16.6ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-5 (3.5apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 54.8%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 73.2%. Awards/Achievements in his career have been HS All-State Team -04, JUCO Regional Finals -05, All-WJCAC Team -05, 06, JUCO Regional Champion -06, WJCAC Champion -06NJCAA Player of the Year -06, NJCAA All-American 1st Team -06, WJCAC Most Valuable Player -06, JUCO All-Regiona Team -05, 06, Belizean National Team -09-10COCABA Championships in Cancun (Mexico) -09 (Silver), Centrobasket in Santo Domingo (Dominican Rep.) -10: 4 games: 4.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.0apg, Danish Cup Winner -11, Danish League All-Star Game -11, Eurobasket.com All-Danish Basketliga Player of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-Danish Basketliga Guard of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-Danish Basketliga Import Player of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-Danish Basketliga 1st Team -11, Eurobasket.com Danish Basketliga All-Imports Team -11, and Danish League Champion -11

Source: USC Heidelberg


BV Chemnitz Announce Arrival Of Joleik Schaffrath - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
BV Chemnitz has announced their first new signing for the upcoming season with big man Joleik Schaffrath (206-C-88) Schaffrath is a 22 year old 206cm center from Oldenburg. This will be his second season in the German PRO A after playing two seasons in the PRO B before that. Last season, he was a member of theCuxhaven BasCats (ProA) playing 29 games: 7.2ppg, 4.7rpg, FGP: 53.6%, FT: 51.1%, also a license to play for Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (1.Bundesliga). 'He is only 22 years old and still has a lot of potential to devlop. He also is versatile to play both big man positions', stated BV Chemnitz head coach Torsten Loibl. The young German did his homework about his new team gathering enough information from players who have played there. ' The good practice conditions was one of the reasons why I chose Chemnitz. My ex Hertener teammates Philipp Stachula, Gary Johnson and Alex Rosenthal told me about the practice conditions. I also looking forward to the home games. I remember the great atmosphere from last season. I would rather play with Chemnitz than land at the end of the bench with a Beko BBL team', stressed Joleik Schaffrath. The young German played for the Oldenburger TB junior team from 2003-2005. he then went to the States for a year of high school. He then returned back to Germany in 2006 and played for Oldenburger TB (Regionalliga) until 2008. He then played for Hertener Loewen (ProB) form 2008-2010. In 2009-2010, he played 29 games: 10.9ppg, 6.9rpg, FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 23.1%, FT: 61.5%. Awards/Achievements in his career have been
German U16 National Team -04, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Runner-Up -10

Source: BV Chemnitz 99


U20: Daniel Theis leads Germany past Greece - by Eurobasket News
Germany U20 - Greece U20 70:51

Germany recorded the first win at the Qualifying Round of U20 European Championship. They prevailed against Greece to improve at 2-1 record in Group F. Daniel Theis (207-C-92) posted 19 points and 19 rebounds to pace the winners.
Giffey and Daniel Theis gave Germany a 20:11 lead midway through the opening quarter. Germany posted a 22:16 lead at the first break. Greece used an 8:0 run to level things up at 24 midway through the second term. Dimitrios Katsivelis (194-G-91) pulled the Hellenes in front but not for too long. Germany gained back the lead and ensured a 32:27 halftime lead. Germany maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They capped the period with a 7:2 run to establish a 45:38 advantage. Daniel Theis scored five points in a row at the start of the fourth quarter to trigger a 10:0 rally that stretched the lead to 16 points 54:38. Greece could not recover in the reminder of the contest and had to surrender at the end. Patrick Heckmann (198-F/G-92) knocked down 12 points, while Ole Wendt (190-G-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) contributed 11 points in the victory. Dimitrios Katsivelis responded with 13 points for Greeece. Manolis Koukoulas (211-C-91) had 10 points in defeat.

Germany U20: Daniel Theis 19+19 boards, Patrick Heckmann 12, Ole Wendt 11
Greece U20: Dimitrios Katsivelis 13, Manolis Koukoulas 10



Alba Berlin Sign Marko Simonovic - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Alba Berlin has found a replacement for forward Tadija Dragicevic by bringing in another Serb to fill his position with Marko Simonovic (202-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) who got a one year contract with an option for a second season. Simonovic is a 25 year old 202 cm forward that is a great athlete with enormous jumping ability and an attractive player with great three point shot. He had played with BC Buducnost Podgorica (Montenegro-1A) the last three years. last season he : Adriatic League: 27 games: 13.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 54.8%, 3PT: 37.8%, FT: 69.2%; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 2 games: 8.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.0apg, 2.0spg. It seems as if Alba Berlin continues to look for very versatile players. 'We were looking for a player that could fill the small forward and power forward position.Marko is a very well schooled European player that fits the role prefect. He isnt only the type of player that has good stats, but does the small things that help a team', stressed Alba Berlin head coach Gordon Herbert

Simonovic started his basketball career in 1999 with Radnicki Beograd Cadet Team where he playeduntil 2001. He then played a season with Smederevo.He then got further basketball experience playing with Lavovi 063 Beograd (YUBA) from 2003-2005. In 2005-2006, he played for Egronom Best Nis (1A): 22 games: 5.8ppg, 2.6rpg. In 2006-2007, he played for Telindus BC Oostende (Belgium-D1): 8 games: 2.9ppg, 1.1rpg, in Dec.'06 moved to KK Hemofarm Vrsac (A): ULEB Cup: 1 game: 9pts, 2reb, 1steal, 1block; Adriatic League: 5 games: 2.2ppg, 1.2rpg.In 2007-2008, he played for KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac (A League); Adriatic League: 12 games: 1.6ppg; ULEB Cup: 5 games: 1.6ppg; Superleague: 10 games: 1.4ppg, 0.6rpg, FGP: 40%, 3PT: 67%, FT: 44%; Play-off: 2 games. Awards/Achievements in his career have been 2002-Sweden international tournament winner, 2003-Pre qualification tournament winner-Kolasin, Serbia & Montenegro U18 National Team Camp -04, Serbia and Montenegro U20 National Team -06
Global Games in Dallas -06 (Semifinals), Radivoj Korac (Serbian Cup) Semifinals -07, Adriatic League Semifinals -07, 11, Serbian League Regular Season Champion -07
Serbian League Semifinals -07, Serbian University National Team -07, 09, World University Championships in Bangkok -07,Radivoj Korac (Serbian Cup) Finalist -08
Adriatic League Finalist -08, Serbian League Finalist -08, Montenegrin Cup Winner -09, 10, 11, World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) -09 (Champion): 7 games: 8.0ppg, 5.0rpg, FGP: 64.0%, 3PT: 21.7%, FT: 69.2%, Montenegrin League Champion -09, 10, 11, Montenegrin League Regular Season Champion -09, 10, 11, Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League 2nd Team -10, Eurobasket.com Montenegrin League All-Imports Team -10, 11, Eurobasket.com Adriatic League All-European Players Team -11
Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Forward of the Year -11, and Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League 1st Team -11

Source: ALBA Berlin




Marcus Smallwood Continues To Stay In The PRO A Moving To The Mitteldeutscher BC - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Since 2008,Germany has been the second home for Marcus Smallwood (198-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: N.Illinois) and he will continue to stay there as he became a member of the Mittledeutscher BC for the upcoming season as he was rewarded with a one year deal with an option for a second season. Smallwood is a 29 year old 198cm forward from Elgin, Illinois that is a splendid rebounder for his height. Last season, he split time between Cuxhaven BasCats (Germany-ProA, starting five): 9 games: 12.6ppg, 10.9rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 51.6%, FT: 52.8%; in Dec.'10 moved to VfL Kirchheim Knights (Germany-ProA, starting five): 20 games: 15.7ppg, Reb-1 (10.8rpg), Blocks-2 (2.1bpg), FGP: 60.3%, FT: 47.8%. His PRO A experience should prove very valuable for MBC. 'Marcus is a big athlete that is an excellent rebounder and has a great work ethic. We were looking exactly for an efficient player like that and found him with Marcus. He will compliment himself very well with Phillipp Heyden and Steve Wachalski', stressed MBC head coach Silvano Poropat (agency: FCM ). Smallwood not only knows how to play the game of basketball, but also knows exactly to what type of team he is moving to with the Mitteldeutscher BC. 'I am very thankfull to get the chnace to play for such a traditional team like MBC. I have been waiting for a chance like this for years and will help the team with my fighting mentality and do whatever is needed to be successful', stressed Marcus Smallwood.

Smallwood started his basketball career in 2000 for
N.Illinois (NCAA) where he played until 2004.In 2004, he started his professional basketball career for Ostromecko Astoria Bydgoszcz (Poland-EBL): 4 games: 9.5ppg, 9.0rpg: released in Nov.'04, later that month signed at Pyrbasket Tampere (Finland-Sparliiga): 6 games: 13.5ppg, 10.8rpg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 59%, played also shortly at Solna Vikings (Sweden-Basketligan): 3 games: 8.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.0bpg. In 2005-2006, he played for Forssan Koripojat (Finland-1st Division, starting five): 26 games: 19.7ppg, Reb-2 (11.1rpg), 1.3apg, 1.0spg, Blocks-1 (1.4bpg), 2FGP-3 (64.1%), 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 56.2%. In 2006, he returned home to play for the : Elgin Racers (IBL) and also discovered something else in life. 'For the next two years I worked for two great companies doing job recruitment and sales but I never really felt like it was for me. So in 2008 I was asked to come to an ABA tryout for the Chicago Steam by a great guy named Ron Hicks and after the game he just said 'man you still got some gas in the tank and you need to go back to playing''. So literally that day he called my current agency Courtside and two days after that call I came to Frankfurt Germany to attend their players camp and that is where I met the owners of the Braves who gave me a basketball job', added Marcus Smallwood.In 2008-2009, he played for the Kaiserslautern Braves (Germany-ProA, starting five): 30 games: 9.0ppg, 5.5rpg, FGP: 61.3%, FT: 40.7%. He stayed a second season there and played 30 games: 14.5ppg, Reb-2 (9.5rpg), 1.1apg, FGP: 62.8%, FT: 49.0%. Awards/Achievements in his career have been MAC Regular Season West Division Runner-Up -03, MAC Tournament Semifinals -03, All-MAC 1st Team -03
All-MAC Honorable Mention Team -04, Finnish 1st Division Runner-Up -06, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Forward of the Year -10, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A 1st Team -10, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Imports Team -10, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A 1st Team -10, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Imports Team -10, Eurobasket.com All-German 2. Bundesliga Pro A 2nd Team -11,and Eurobasket.com German 2. Bundesliga Pro A All-Imports Team -11
.

Source: Mitteldeutscher BC




The Walter Tigers Tuebingen Haul In Reggie Redding - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Walter Tigers Tuebingen continue to build their new team as they have announced their 5th new signing of the summer with Reggie Redding (196-G-88, college: Villanova). Redding who turns 23 today is a 196cm guard that was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a player that possesses a great feel for the game,moves well without the ball and offers size and the ability to score from the guard position. This will be his second professional season as he got his first experience in Europe last season with InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-Division A): Cyprus League: 16 games: 9.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 46.1%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 73.9%; EuroChallenge: 8 games: 7.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 62.5%. Despite that he is another very young player, the Walter tIgers Tuebingen management feel that he will fit in perfectly with the other new young players. 'Redding fits perfect to us. He is an allrounder that does many little things well and can shoot from outside',stressed Walter Tigers Tuebingen manager Robert Wintermantel The way Redding plays on the court also convinced Tuebingen coach Igor Perovic that he could help the team. 'Redding is a great team player that plays for the good of the team. We really needed a player like this. He is a good shooter, can rebound, defend well and has good ball handling. He understands the game and comes from a good college. In his first season in Europe, he was able to win the league title and get international experience', stressed Tuebingen head coach Igor Perovic

Reggie Redding (196-G-88, college: Villanova) grew up in Philadelphia and played at St. Joseph's Prep and then went to the well known Villanova (NCAA) from 2006-2010. In his four years there, he played a total of 124 NCAA games. In his senior year,he played 23 games: 7.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 40.8%, 3PT: 39.5%, FT: 63.8%. Redding comes to Tuebingen with the right attitude. 'I am very excited and happy that I have the chance to play for the Walter Tigers Tuebingen in a strong European league. We will have a young and hungry team that will have success and I will want to do my part for it. I am ready to have a great season and am looking forward to the Tigers fans', added Reggie Redding (196-G-88, college: Villanova). Awards/Achievements in his career have been HS first team All-Philadelphia Catholic League -06, NCAA Sweet 16 -08, Big East Tournament Semifinals -09, Big East Regular Season Co-Runner-Up -10, Cyprus Cup Winner -11, Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Honorable Mention -11,and Cyprus League Champion -11.

Source: Walter Tigers Tuebingen






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U20: Daniel Theis leads Germany past Greece - by Eurobasket News
Germany U20 - Greece U20 70:51

Germany recorded the first win at the Qualifying Round of U20 European Championship. They prevailed against Greece to improve at 2-1 record in Group F. Daniel Theis (207-C-92) posted 19 points and 19 rebounds to pace the winners.
Giffey and Daniel Theis gave Germany a 20:11 lead midway through the opening quarter. Germany posted a 22:16 lead at the first break. Greece used an 8:0 run to level things up at 24 midway through the second term. Dimitrios Katsivelis (194-G-91) pulled the Hellenes in front but not for too long. Germany gained back the lead and ensured a 32:27 halftime lead. Germany maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They capped the period with a 7:2 run to establish a 45:38 advantage. Daniel Theis scored five points in a row at the start of the fourth quarter to trigger a 10:0 rally that stretched the lead to 16 points 54:38. Greece could not recover in the reminder of the contest and had to surrender at the end. Patrick Heckmann (198-F/G-92) knocked down 12 points, while Ole Wendt (190-G-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) contributed 11 points in the victory. Dimitrios Katsivelis responded with 13 points for Greeece. Manolis Koukoulas (211-C-91) had 10 points in defeat.

Germany U20: Daniel Theis 19+19 boards, Patrick Heckmann 12, Ole Wendt 11
Greece U20: Dimitrios Katsivelis 13, Manolis Koukoulas 10



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WCAA Giants, Rahmon Fletcher is new playmaker - by Fred Roggen
WCAA Giants added the first piece to what is shaping up to be a strong roster for the 2011-12 season by signing playmaker Rahmon Fletcher (177-G-88, agency: Court Side), who arrives from University of Wisconsin. Fletcher enjoyed an outstanding college basketball career at the University of Wisconsin.
Fletcher was named to the All-Horizon League 2nd Team after averaging 15.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.1apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 70.4% as a senior.
Technical Manager Marcel Lohr describes him as a true leader, a personality.


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U20: Bulgaria grab the ticket to the Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Hungary U20-Bulgaria U20 80:84

Bulgaria grab the ticket to the Qualifying Round of the U20 European Championship. The team won over Hungary 84:80 to clinch the second place in Group B of the Division B. Hungary lost all four games of the group and will compete for the lower places.
Bulgaria needed the win more than the opponents, while Hungary tried to win the initial game. Moravcsik scored for 21:13 and Janos Eilingsfeld (198-F/C-91, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) closed the first period at 25:16. Hungary continued to dominate the court in the second frame and Bence Delity (193-G/F-92) brought 39:29, while Stanislav Tsonkov (192-G-91) sent the teams to the lockers at 46:38. The second half however belonged to Bulgaria as they first toed the game at the end of the third period. Hristo Gospodinov (202-F-92, agency: New Trend Agency) made it 56:56 and his another two free throw gave his team 58:56 lead. Bulgaria added 26-24 in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Darin Ivanov (184-PG-91) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Stanislav Tsonkov netted 16. Hristo Gospodinov , Hakan Serbezov (196-F-91) and Ilhan Arabadzhiev (198-F-91) delivered 10 points apiece. Janos Eilingsfeld ended up with 33 points in the losing effort and Bence Delity as well as Gergely Kovacs (192-G-91) had 10 apiece.

Hungary U20: Janos Eilingsfeld 33, Bence Delity 10, Gergely Kovacs 10
Bulgaria U20: Darin Ivanov 19, Stanislav Tsonkov 16, Hristo Gospodinov 10, Hakan Serbezov 10, Ilhan Arabadzhiev 10



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New Team to Join Season 3 of Air Asia ASEAN Basketball League - by Koko Triloka
The San Miguel Beermen Philippines team is now officially a member of the AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) family. The team made an official announcement in Manilla today on the 6th of July 2011 that they will be joining South East Asias inter-nation professional basketball league in Season 3.

Mr. Ramon Ang, President and CEO of San Miguel commented, We are honoured to be apart of the ABL as it is fastest growing league in SEA today. Our aim is to strengthen the brand in the region and we are mindful that we are representing the nation in this league. I would like to thank ABL for welcoming us as this gives us opportunities to reach out to customers and fans throughout the SEA

Together with young collegians, ex- players and current players of the PBA, the team will be ready to give the other teams a tough challenge as they are aiming to win the Season 3 championship. With more teams in the league, this will also include more games during the regular season in which regional fans can now look forward to a bigger and longer season.

With San Miguel joining in, the league will now have 2 Philippine based teams along with the AirAsia Philippine Patriots who were the runners up to the 2nd Season. Other teams also participating in the league include last seasons champions ,Chang Thailand Slammers together with Satria Muda BritAma, Singapore Slingers, Brunei Barracudas, and Westports KL Dragons.

Mario Wuysang, Point Guard of Indonesias current ABL team Satria Muda added It is great that San Miguel is joining the ABL, to have a PBA team joining is exciting for us as players and i believe for the fans in the region as well. I also believe it will take the competitive level up another notch. So i'm personally excited and eager to take on the challenge

Mr. Goh Cheng Huat, head coach of the Westports KL Dragons from Malaysia in Season 2 said, the league will be more exciting, competitive and challenging for the teams as we have an additional new team, as it is also good for the league as it shows that the league is growing in the region.

Mr. Khun Surasak Chinawatana, the team owner of the Chang Thailand Slammers and the President of the Thailand Basketball Association added, I would like to give a warm welcome to San Miguel in joining ABL next season. Their participation in next season's league would only make the ABL games more competitive and entertaining for each and everyone of us. We look forward to an exciting season ahead!'

San Miguels strategic move to join the team will also be a great marketing push for its brand in the South East Asia market as they will have a good platform to promote their products in the region as well as to represent their nation in the ABL.

Singapore Slingers General Manager Michael Johnson added The announcement that a team with the power and quality of the San Miguel brand is joining the ABL in 2012 is a great step forward for the league. I also believe it is a great step for San Miguel who will be able to showcase their team's talent and brand throughout SE Asia in a week to week regional league

Mr. Erick Thohir, President of the South East Asia Basketball Association commented, It is an honor for us to have San Miguel in the league as it is one of the biggest brands in SEA and with this we continue to build basketball in the SEA. With all the talent that we have in SEA and with competition, one day we will have a team whom will represent ASIA in the world of basketball

Mr. Bobby Park, a legend in the Philippine basketball scene has been selected as the best person to lead the San Miguel Beermen Philippines team.

The 3rd Season of the Air Asia ASEAN Basketball League is scheduled to start on 14th of Jan. 2012 right up to the grand championship finals in June 2012 with the Chang Thailand Slammers trying to defend their championship title and national pride from old rivals and competitive newcomers.


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  IRELAND   


Hibernian UCD Marian Dublin sign Donnie Stith - by Eurobasket Center
Hibernian UCD Marian Dublin signed 26-year old American forward Donnie Stith (201-F-85, college: Tulane). Stith played most recently at Norfolk Tru Hope Trailblazers (ACPBL) in the U.S. While playing 11 games for Norfolk TB last season his stats were: 20.1ppg, 8.1rpg, 2.2apg, 1.1spg and 2.2bpg. he played also last year at the ACPBL All-Star Game. Stith was voted to All-ACPBL 1st Team and Usbasket.com All-United States 3rd Team.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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  ISRAEL   


Maccabi Beer Yaakov sign Jermaine Hall - by Eurobasket Center
Maccabi Beer Yaakov (National League) re-signed 31-year old American forward Jermaine Hall (196-F-80, college: Wagner) making this his 7th season playing in the holy land. Last year Hall averaged 24.7 ppg and 7.5rpg in the regular season followed by 26.5 and 9.5 respectively in the post season.He played also pro basketball in Poland, Portugal and United Kingdom.

By Eurobasket Data Center


European Signings of NCAA Rookies - by Carl Berman
As the NBA Lockout continues, European teams are starting to sign rookies who have completed their NCAA eligibility last season. Some of the better leagues are starting to get their rosters organized with the activity moving down to the other leagues over the next few weeks. Here's a list of the signings that have taken place so far.

BELGIUM

Dan Geriot, C, Richmond - VOO Verviers-Pepinster
Kyle Austin, F, Cal-Riverside - VOO Verviers-Pepinster
Jamel McLean, PF, Xavier Leuven

FRANCE

Lavoy Allen, PF, Temple - Strasbourg
Malcolm Delaney, PG, Virginia Tech - Chalon
Moustapha Diarra, C, San Francisco - Pau-Orthez
John Holland, SG, Boston University - Roanne
Rick Jackson, PF, Syracuse - Roanne
Jamie Skeen, PF, VCU - ASVEL Villeurbanne

GERMANY

Gilbert Brown, SG, Pittsburgh - S Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg
Vaughn Duggins, G, Wright State - Walter Tigers Tuebingen
Ben Hansbrough, SG, Notre Dame - Bayern Munich

ISRAEL

Chaisson Allen, SG, Northeastern - Gilboa Galil
LaceDarius Dunn, SG, Baylor - Bneii Hasharon
Delroy James (6'8''-F-87), F, Rhode Island - Bnei Hasharon
Alex Tyus, PF, Florida - Maccabi Ashdod

LITHUANIA

Denzel Bowles, F, James Madison - Siauliai
Cam Long, G, George Mason - Siauliai

PUERTO RICO

Joey Rodriguez, PG, VCU - San German

TURKEY

Dogus Balbay, PG, Texas - Anadolu Efes
Brian Qvale, C, Montana - Aliaga Petkim

UKRAINE

Randy Culpepper, SG, UTEP - Ferro-ZNTU

Carl Berman is a Managing Partner of NetScouts Basketball. Information on NetScouts Basketball can be found at www.netscoutsbasketball.com.


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  ITALY   


Enel Brindisi inks Alex Renfroe - by Eurobasket News
Enel Brindisi announced signing of a one-year deal with Alex Renfroe (190-G-86, college: Belmont). The American guard heads to Italy from Zagreb, where he spent last season. He played 25 games for Zagreb in Adriatic league collecting 9.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.8 ap and 1.8 spg. He also added 11 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 3.7 apg and 2.4 spg in 14 Croatian league games. In EuroChallenge, Renfoe averaged 11 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.3 steals. He paced Zagreb to Croatian league title and National Cup trophy last season. Eurobasket awarded Renfoe with Eurobasket.com Croatian A1 League All-Imports Team -11. Alex Renfroe spent 2009/10 season with VEF Riga. He was named Guard of the Year in Latvian and Baltic league. It was the first professional season for Renfroe. He is a product of the Belmont University, where he graduated in 2009.

Italian Military National Team for World Military Championships in Rio de Janeiro - by Eurobasket
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Luca Bertolini
Bertolini
Patrick Baldassarre
Baldassarre
Andrea Storchi
Storchi
Roberto Prandin
Prandin
Stefano Leva
Leva
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5 Vincenzo Di Viccaro (191-G-84) of Publisys Potenza
*7 Luca Bertolini (190-G-85) of Tirreno Power Vado Ligure
8 Jacopo Pozzi (200-F-87) of Centro Auto Ford Molfetta
9 Luca Simeone (193-G/F-81) of Ircop Rieti
10 Daniele Mai (185-PG-83) of Pol.Eurobasket Roma
*11 Patrick Baldassarre (200-F-86) of Sunrise Scafati Basket
*12 Andrea Storchi (200-F/C-79) of Pasta Granoro Corato
13 Giacomo Sabattini (199-C/F-81) of Enrico Ciampino
14 Stefano Piazza (204-C/F-84) of Lazio Riano Roma
16 Alberto Saponi (204-C-85) of Orlandina Basket
*17 Roberto Prandin (188-G-86) of Snaidero Cucine Udine
*20 Stefano Leva (193-G-78) of Royal Castellanza Legnano
Head Coach: Andrea Paccarie


U20: Italy clinch the third straight win in Bilbao - by Eurobasket News
Italy U20 - Turkey U20 69:59

Italy recorded the third consecutive win at the U20 European Championship. They opened the Qualifying Round with a rout of Turkey. Nicolo Melli (205-F-91) scored 14 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to pace the effort. Italy jumped at 3-0 record, while Turkey fell at 0-3 in Group F.
Italy tipped off the game with a 10:2 run and maintained the lead throughout the starting quarter. The Azzurri posted a 26:17 lead at the first intermission. Nicolo Melli scored three points at the start of the second frame to open a double-digit lead. Turkey managed to get within six points at halftime 36:42. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) fired six points in a row midway through the third period as Italy enjoyed a 54:39 lead. The Azzurri entered the fourth frame up by 13 points 60:47. Senli and Edge dragged Turkey within 8 points but Alessandro Gentile and Andrea De Nicolao sealed the victory for Italy. Alessandro Gentile nailed 13 points, while Michele Vitali (195-G-91) and Riccardo Cervi (215-C-91) had 10 points each in the win. Huseyin Koksal (195-F-91) replied with 19 points and 11 rebounds for Turkey. Furkan Aldemir (207-F-91) finished with 18 points and 19 rebounds in defeat.

Italy U20: Nicolo Melli 14+14 boards, Alessandro Gentile 13, Michele Vitali 10, Riccardo Cervi 10
Turkey U20: Huseyin Koksal 19+11 boards, Furkan Aldemir 18+19 boards



Antonio Maestranzi joins Vitrus Roma on loan - by Eurobasket News
According to Sportando, Antonio Maestranzi (178-G-84, college: N.Illinois) will play next season for Vitrus Roma. Reportedly, he arrives to Roma on loan from Montepaschi Siena who signed him to a three-year deal. Maestranzi parted ways with Montegranaro recently. The American/Italian point guard decided not to exercise his option for 2011/12 season. Maestranzi joined Montegranaro in 2009 signing a 2+2 year deal. In their first season together he had 10.6 ppg, 1.6 rpg and 1.7 apg for 33 games in SerieA. Last season, Maestranzi appeared 24 times for the club registering 6.8 ppg and 2.1 apg. He helped Montegranaro to reach the Italian Cup Semifinals. Before Montegranaro, Antonio Maestranzi was a member of Jesi and Reggio Calabria. He played 8 games for Team Italy in Qualifications to European Championships 2011 averaging 7.9 points and 2.5 assists. Also in 2010, he was named Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Newcomers Team. Maestranzi graduated at the Northern Illinois University in 2006.

National Team Media Day held in Milano - by Gianni Pascucci
The Italian National Team Media Day was held yesterday in MIlano. FIP President Dino Meneghin introduced to all the media operators the 2011 Azzurri, that will start practicing today in Bormio. Head Coach Simone Pianigiani welcomed Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88, agency: Players Group), who re-joins the Italian National Team after four years of absence, and all its players, among them two others NBA players, Bargnani and Belinelli. Here down is the list of the players convocated at the at the NT Camp:

Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85)
Marco Belinelli (196-G-86)

Marco Carraretto (196-G-77, agency: Players Group)
Daniele Cavaliero (189-G-84)
Andrea Cinciarini (191-G-86)
Marco Cusin (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances)
Luigi Datome (202-G/F-87)
Danilo Gallinari
Jacopo Giachetti (191-G-83)
Daniel Hackett (196-G-87, college: USC)
Antonio Maestranzi (178-G-84, college: N.Illinois)
Stefano Mancinelli (203-F-83)
Marco Mordente (191-G-79)
Giuseppe Poeta (190-G-85)
Andrea Renzi (208-F/C-89, agency: Players Group)
Luca Vitali (201-G-86)

Inside players Angelo Gigli (209-F/C-83) and Andrea Crosariol (212-C-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson), originally convocated they too, will work at home to came back in the right shape. The first commitment for the Azzurri will be the 'Diego Gianatti Memorial Tournment' from July 29 to 30




Sutor Montegranaro returns Greg Brunner - by Eurobasket News
Greg Brunner (201-F-83, college: Iowa) is back to Sutor Montegranaro after one season. The American/ Swiss forward penned a two-year deal with his new/old club. He moved to Montegranaro from Benetton Treviso. He appeared 18 times for them in EuroCup registering 7.7 ppg and 6.4 rpg. In SerieA, Brunner had 7.6 ppg and 5.8 rpg. In 2009/10 with Montegranaro, Brunner had 12.7 ppg and 8.4 rpg. Greg Brunner started his career in Iowa (NCAA) and in the last year there averaged 14.1ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 29.3%, FT: 69.5%. Later he played for Fabi Shoes (Italy), Angelico BI (Italy), Ironi Nahariya (Israel), Upea (Italy), Oostende (Belgium).
Greg Brunner is a member of the Swiss National Team from the last summer. He played 10 games for them in Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011 averaging 16 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists.


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Jordan surprise hosts in Mogilev - by Eurobasket News
Belarus - Jordan 80:91

Jordan recorded the first win at the international friendly tournament in Mogilev. They wrapped up their campaign with victory over hosting Belarus. Jordan finished at 1-2 record, while Belarus fell at 2-1 record in the ladder. Osama Daghlas (199-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) nailed 26 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the Asian team.
Jordan started the game aggressively. The visitors knocked down 26 points to take a 5-point lead at the first break. Jordan stunned the hosts in the second period. The visitors outgunned Belarus 25:8 to build a comfortable 51:29 halftime advantage. Belarus got back to life in the second half. They gradually adjusted their offence firing 51 in the second part of the game but Jordan withheld the effort and eked out the victory at the end. Abbaas Zaid (203-F-83) notched 22 points and 10 rebounds for Jordan. Wesam Al-Sous (183-G-83) accounted for 12 points in the winning effort. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-G-80) replied with 26 points for Belarus. Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87, college: Radford) had 16 points in defeat.

Belarus: Aliaksandr Kudrautsau 26, Artsiom Parakhouski 16
Jordan: Osama Daghlas 26, Abbaas Zaid 22+10 boards, Wesam Al-Sous 12



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Nathan Courtney is the new mens basketball coach at Meridian Community College. - by Arnault Desira
Dale Brown is out and Nathan Courtney is in as the new mens basketball coach at Meridian Community College, according to college president Dr. Scott Elliott.
Elliott explained that shortly after agreeing to become MCCs new cage coach that Brown was offered a more lucrative university-level job in Georgia; therefore, the Eagles immediately turned to Courtney. A Mississippi native, Courtney comes to MCC with 11 years of college and university coaching experience, most recently as an assistant coach at Indian Hills Community College (Ottumwa, Iowa) indisputably one of the nations premier junior college programs.
As an assistant coach, Courtney has helped to build consistently winning programs with a total record of 141-33 (81 percent victorious) and coached 32 players who went on to play at NCAA Division I colleges. He has also coached seven players who went on to play professional basketball.



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Kazakhstan Military National Team for World Military Championships in Rio de Janeiro - by Eurobasket
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Rustam Murzagaliyev
Murzagaliyev
Vsevolod Fadeykin
Fadeykin
Vasili Savchenko
Savchenko
Dmitriy Gavrilov
Gavrilov
Ivan Kulkin
Kulkin
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*4 Rustam Murzagaliyev (193-G/F-92)
*5 Vsevolod Fadeykin (206-C-85) of BK Astana
7 Maksim Smirnov (200-F-86) of BK Almaty Alma-Ata
8 Dmitriy Klimov (200-F-88) of Barsy Atyrau
9 TIMOSHIN Aleksey
*10 Vasili Savchenko (189-G-87) of Barsy Atyrau
12 Yuriy Kozhanov (194-G-90) of BK Almaty Alma-Ata
13 Ivan Nechayev (186-G-82) of Barsy Atyrau
*14 Dmitriy Gavrilov (203-F-86) of Barsy Atyrau
*15 Ivan Kulkin (195-F-88) of BK Atyrau
Head Coach: Aleksandr Nechaev


Military World Championship: Uzbekistan prevail against Kazakhstan - by Eurobasket News
Uzbekistan - Kazakhstan 59:58

Uzbekistan opened win count at World Military Championship in Rio de Janeiro. They overcame Kazakhstan in a tough battle in Group B. Uzbekistan thus climbed at 1-1 record, while Kazakhstan fell at 0-2. Aleksandr Kozlov (202-F-82) came up with 21 points and 10 rebounds to pace the winners.
Uzbekistan stunned their opponents in the opening minutes. They opened the game on an 11:2 run. Kazakhstan however recovered and cut the deficit to a single point 18:19 at the first break. Kazakhstan pulled in front in the second term but halftime scoreboard read 27:27. Uzbekistan regained control in the third term. They surged ahead to register a 44:38 lead at the final intermission. Kazakhstan once again denied the deficit but Uzbekistan proved more accurate in the dying seconds and eked out a tough victory at the end. Vyacheslav Belokurov (202-F-77) had 10 points and 8 rebounds, while Hurmatjon Nuraliev (201-F-81) contributed 9 points in the victory. Dmitriy Gavrilov (203-F-86) and Dmitriy Klimov (200-F-88) answered with 17 points apiece for Kazakhstan. Dmitriy Klimov also added 10 rebounds in defeat.

Uzbekistan: Aleksandr Kozlov 21+10 boards, Vyacheslav Belokurov 10, Hurmatjon Nuraliev 9
Kazakhstan: Dmitriy Gavrilov 17, Dmitriy Klimov 17+10 boards



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  KUWAIT   


SC Al Kuwait lands big guy Vladislav Dragojlovic - by Eurobasket News
SC Al Kuwait added another player to its roster for the 2011/12 season. After Alhaji Mohammed (192-G-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville), Al Kuwait penned a one-year deal with center Vladislav Dragojlovic (207-C-79, agency: Beo Basket). He heads to his new club from Al Ittihad Jeddah. Dragojlovic exploded with 21.6 ppg and 13.9 rpg for 7 games at the Asian Club Championships with Al Ittihad. The 32-year-old Serbian center started last season in Serbia. He averaged 10.8 points and 4.2 boards for Radnicki in Adriatic League. In November 2010 Dragojlovic moved to Trabzonspor in Turkey. His stats read 5.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in TBL. Season 2009/10 Vladislav Dragojlovic played in Russia. He tallied 9.2 points and 5.8 boards for Lokomotiv Kuban in EuroChallenge. In Russian League his stats came up to 5.5 points and 2.1 rebounds per appearance. The centre also had spells in Ukraine, Montenegro, Greece and Serbia during his career. Vladislav Dragojlovic made it into Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian UBL 2nd Team in 2009.

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U20: Russia topple Latvia in Bilbao - by Eurobasket News
Russia U20 - Latvia U20 81:58

Russian cruised past Latvia at the start of the U20 European Championship Qualifying Round. Andrey Zubkov (205-G/F-91) nailed 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace the winners. Russia thus climbed at 3-0 record, while Latvia fell at 1-2 record in Group E.
Russia capped the first period with a 9:3 rally to take a 21:15 lead. Russia opened the second period with a 16:1 surge to clear off to a 21-point distance. Russia ensured a 13-point halftime lead 43:30. Russia knocked down six points in a row at the start of the third period to boost the gap. Russia stayed in charge posting a 62:44 lead with one quarter remaining. Latvia triggered a 7:2 run at the start of the fourth period but that was as close as they could get. Russia quickly opened a 20-point lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Pavel Antipov (203-F-91) finished with 19 points, while Denis Pastukhov (196-F-91, agency: Interperformances) contributed 9 points for Russia. Mareks Mejeris (207-F-91, agency: Players Group) responded with 14 points for Latvia. Arturs Bricis (193-PG-92) netted 12 points in defeat.

Russia U20: Andrey Zubkov 20, Pavel Antipov 19, Denis Pastukhov 9
Latvia U20: Mareks Mejeris 14, Arturs Bricis 12



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Alijevas considering option to represent Azerbaijan, denies religious accusations - by Simas Baranauskas
Azeri media had blown a big bubble lately by saying that Rolandas Alijevas (192-G-85), who won the Lithuanian League (LKL) bronze medals with Rudupis Prienu, had made a decision to represent Azerbaijan on the international stage.

Although the 26-year-old players father comes from Azerbaijan, which does indeed make Alijevas eligible for the Azeri national team, the point guard himself was quick to pop the expanding bubble, which had caused some havoc around.

The player, who recently signed a two-year deal with Budivelnyk Kyiv, was cited in the Azeri media of saying that he was angry about not being invited to the Lithuanian training camp and that Lithuania will see what they lost if the player was to indeed choose to represent Azerbaijan.

There is some water behind the talks about Alijevas representing Azerbaijan, as the player himself admitted that he is considering such an option, but couldnt believe about the words that the Azeri media had put into his mouth.

It must have been an inexperienced journalist. I didnt say that I wanted to play for the Azerbaijan, but I have considered it and its too early to make a call. However, I cant get my head round some things that were written in the interview, Alijevas tried to explain the situation.

Another thing that shocked the player was that he was quoted to have said that one of the reasons that the playmaker was left out of the preliminary roster was religious reasons, as Alijevas, unlike any other player from the Lithuanian squad, is a Muslim.

Im not angry at all for not being invited. Its all a selection process and maybe Im just not good enough for the national team yet, Alijevas tried to correct the mistakes of the Azeri journalist.

Back in 2004 the player was already contacted by Rimas Kurtinaitis, who was the coach of Azerbaijan at that time, and discussed the possibility of representing the Asian country internationally. The talks broke down soon as Alijevas went on to play for Lithuania at youth level and even became a U21 World Champion in 2005.

However, after what now looks like a career highlight, Alijevas career didnt turn out as the player had hoped and a short stint at B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas was as close to a top level team that the point guard got. As the chances of representing Lithuania internationally became more and more distant to reality, the player is reconsidering representing the homeland of his father Azerbaijan, where Alijevas could take on a major role in a country where people love their sheep more than basketball.

Courtesy of LithuaniaBasketball.com




World Military Championship: Lithuania post second straight win - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania - Qatar 82:69

Lithuania celebrated the second consecutive win at the World Military Championship. They shot down Qatar for 2-0 record in Group B. Marius Kugauda (193-G-79) fired 23 points to lead the Baltic team. Qatar fell at 1-1 record after the loss.
The lead changed throughout the close first frame. Qatar finished the period up by two points 20:18. But Lithuania opened the second term with an 11:2 run to surge ahead. Lithuania rallied to a 39:32 halftime advantage. They maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. The Baltic team entered the fourth period up by 11 points 58:47. Lithuania kept Qatar at bay throughout the final frame and eventually celebrated the victory. Audrius Mineikis (202-F-77) notched 19 points, while Simonas Slivka (194-G-86) contributed 14 points in the victory. Fadi Hani (184-G) responded with 23 points for Qatar. Babacar Marone (206-F/C-83, agency: Court Side) finished with 14 points in the losing case.

Lithuania: Marius Kugauda 23, Audrius Mineikis 19, Simonas Slivka 14
Qatar: Fadi Hani 23, Babacar Marone 14



U20: Serbia dismantle Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U20 - Lithuania U20 95:64

Serbia earned the first win at the classification round of U20 European Championship in Spain. They cruised past Lithuania for 1-0 record in Group G. Danilo Andjusic (197-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 21 points to lead the charge. Lithuania in the meantime suffered the third loss in a row at the tournament and fell at 0-1 record in the group.
Lithuania led for some time early in the encounter but Nemanja Nedovic (192-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) knocked down 4 points in a row late in the first period to ensure a 24:20 lead for Serbia. Augustas Peciukevicius (191-G-91) and Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) erased the deficit at the beginning of the second quarter just to see Serbia ignite a 21:1 run. Serbia took over coasting to a 47:30 halftime lead. The Balkan team quickly boosted the margin to 26 points in the third quarter. Lithuania never got back to life afterwards as Serbia marched to the win. Nemanja Nedovic delivered 20 points, 7 assists and 5 boards, while Nemanja Jaramaz (201-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points in the victory. Paulius Dambrauskas (191-G-91) and Dovydas Redikas replied with 15 points apiece for Lithuania. Augustas Peciukevicius finished with 8 points in the loss.

Serbia U20: Danilo Andjusic 21, Nemanja Nedovic 20, Nemanja Jaramaz 14
Lithuania U20: Paulius Dambrauskas 15, Dovydas Redikas 15, Augustas Peciukevicius 8



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U20: Finland needed overtime to beat Luxembourg in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News
Luxembourg U20-Finland U20 74:77 OT

Finland needed overtime to beat Luxembourg in Sarajevo to finish the Preliminary Round. The Finnish side clinched third place in the group after 77:74 victory. Luxembourg showed its best game so far, but finished on the bottom with 0-5 record.
Finland won the first period 21-18 but could not stay in front at the halftime. Alexandre Rodenbourg (202-C-91) was the last to score in the half as he tied the score at 39:39. Moreover Luxembourg took the lead after 16-10 in the third frame, but Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91) and Rene Wolzfeld (190-F-91) closed the fourth period at 67:67. In overtime Finland needed 10-7 to win the last game of the Preliminary Round.
Antto Nikkarinen and Carl Lindbom (204-F-91) poured in 14 points each as the latter also grabbed 18 rebounds. Osku Heinonen (194-F/G-92) followed them with 12 points in a win. Rene Wolzfeld replied with 24 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort, whilst Wilson scored 17.

Luxembourg U20: Rene Wolzfeld 24+11 rebs, Wilson 17, Alexandre Rodenbourg 14+12 rebs
Finland U20: Antto Nikkarinen 14, Carl Lindbom 14+18 rebs, Osku Heinonen 12



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Penn-product off to Mexico - by Kristian Santiago
Former University of Pennsylvania player Conor Turley (200-F) signed in Mexico to play for the Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun in Cancun.
The forward joins fellow teammates Sergio Sanchez (183-G), Stephen Soriano (201-F-84, college: Mesa St.), Anthony Esparza (196-F-85, college: Pacific), Horacio Llamas (212-C-73) and Gregory Grays (185-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Detroit Mercy), who are all back for 2011-2012.



Standings - Lower Leagues
CIBANE Standings
 1. Durango M. 12-2 
 2. Fresnillo M. 11-2 
 3. UAZ Tuzos 7-6 
 4. Saltillo Caktus 5-9 
 5. P.Negras A. 3-9 
 6. Apodaca G. 3-13 


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Spartak St. Petersburg targets Vladimir Dragicevic - by Eurobasket News
According to Solobasket, Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) could continue his career with Spartak St. Petersburg. Reportedly, they are already in talks. Dragicevic finished last season with Caja Laboral. He joined them in May averaging 4.3 points and 1.6 rebounds for 8 games in ACB.
Vladimir Dragicevic started last season with Buducnost Podgorica registering 16.1 ppg and 7 rpg for 27 Adriatic league games. He helped them reach the Semifinals. In EuroCup, Dagicevic had 19 ppg and 4 rpg in four games, while in two Euroleague Qualifications games he averaged 15.5 points and 5.5 rebounds. Dragicevic was a member of Buducnost since 2007. In 2009/10 he had 10.9 ppg and 4.4 rpg for 26 games in Adriatic league. He also added 14.2 ppg and 5.6 rpg for 12 EuroChallenge appearances. Before Buducnost, Dragicevic played for Lovcen Cetinje.


U20: Montenegro survive thriller against Sweden - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U20 - Sweden U20 80:78

Montenegro earned the first win at the Qualifying Round of U20 European Championship. They held off pesky Sweden to climb at 2-1 record in Group E. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 34 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Sweden slipped at 0-3 record after the loss.
Montenegro opened the game with seven points in a row. Sweden cut the deficit but the Balkan team ensured a 21:16 lead after ten minutes. Montenegro opened the second period on a 10:2 run to open a 13-point lead. Montenegro kept their opponents at bay throughout the second frame registering a 47:36 halftime lead. Christopher Czerapowicz (200-SF-91) and Lindqvist dragged Sweden within five points midway through the third term. Montenegro kept the lead as they entered the fourth quarter up by four points 66:62. Czerapowic and Andreas Person (190-G-91) pulled the Scandinavians within 2 with just over five minutes remaining. Bojan Dubljevic scored four points to keep Montenegro on top. Andreas Person drained a triple but Dukanovic answered with a free throw as Montenegro enjoyed an 80:78 lead with 11 seconds remaining. Andreas Person and Marco Todorovic (199-F-92) then exchanged two misses each from the stripe. Barton had the last chance to save the game for Sweden but missed a three-pointer. Marco Todorovic came up with 10 points and 8 rebounds for Montenegro. Christopher Czerapowicz responded with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Sweden. Andreas Person finished with 19 points in the loss.

Montenegro U20: Bojan Dubljevic 34+12 boards, Marco Todorovic 10, Nemanja Radovic 9
Sweden U20: Christopher Czerapowicz 20, Andreas Person 19



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  NAIA   


Montana Tech Basketball Alum Receives NAIA Champions of Character Award - by Arnault Desira
Ivan Sljivar, former standout for the Montana Tech mens basketball team, was selected as the Frontier Conference recipient of the NAIA Dr. LeRoy Walker Champions of Character Award. The NAIA Dr. LeRoy Walker Champions of Character Award is one of the most prestigious awards in the NAIA and was created as part of the NAIAs association with Citizenship Through Sports Alliance ( CTSA ), a group including ten other organizations from the world of sports that seek to promote and recognize sportsmanship. All NAIA student-athletes are eligible for this award based on the outlined criteria.
As a senior in high school, Ivan came to the United States as a foreign exchange student from Belgrade, Serbia in hopes to extend his basketball playing career, as well as to study mechanical engineering



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  NBA   


NBA to unveil its 2011-12 season schedule Tuesday - by Eurobasket News
Although the NBA owners and players are engaged in a labor dispute, the league will unveil its 2011-12 regular season schedule on Tuesday, according to an NBA.com report (via ESPN).

ESPN confirmed through a league source Sunday that the schedule will be released Tuesday afternoon. NBA TV will air a schedule show in conjunction with the release.

The current schedule calls for the champion Dallas Mavericks to open their season Nov. 1 at home against the Chicago Bulls, according to an ESPN source.

An earlier report from The Miami Herald said the Mavericks will play the Miami Heat in a Christmas Day rematch of the NBA Finals. The schedule is dependent on the league starting on time and not missing any games due to the nearly three-week-old lockout.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com


Dwight Howard says he might play overseas - by Eurobasket News
Dwight Howard's (6'10''-C/F-85) frustration with the NBA lockout has caused the Orlando Magic center to strongly consider playing overseas.

In an interview Sunday with the Associated Press, Howard said he would consider playing in China or Europe if the NBA lockout doesn't end. Howard, a five-time All-Star who led Orlando to the NBA Finals in 2009, stopped short of saying he's in contract discussions with teams overseas.

'I'm not at liberty to talk about it,' he said, 'but there's a huge possibility about me going to China or me going overseas to play basketball.'

New Jersey guard Deron Williams said recently after signing with a team in Turkey that Howard could become a worldwide star if he played in China.

Howard, who hosted a celebrity basketball game Sunday at Langston Hughes High School to raise money for his charity, didn't disagree. 'The big thing for me is not giving too much information away, but at the same time, I still need to let people know what's going on with me,' Howard said. 'I don't want to just sit over here and forget about basketball and waste, you know, opportunities for me to get better.'

-- In the WNBA, Matee Ajavon scored 27 points and the Washington Mystics overcame a 22-point deficit in the second half to win 89-85 at Los Angeles in overtime. ... Cappie Pondexter scored 18 points, Essence Carson had 17 and the host New York Liberty cruised to an 88-57 victory over the Tulsa Shock.

Courtesy of www.sfgate.com


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  NCAA1   


European Signings of NCAA Rookies - by Carl Berman
As the NBA Lockout continues, European teams are starting to sign rookies who have completed their NCAA eligibility last season. Some of the better leagues are starting to get their rosters organized with the activity moving down to the other leagues over the next few weeks. Here's a list of the signings that have taken place so far.

BELGIUM

Dan Geriot, C, Richmond - VOO Verviers-Pepinster
Kyle Austin, F, Cal-Riverside - VOO Verviers-Pepinster
Jamel McLean, PF, Xavier Leuven

FRANCE

Lavoy Allen, PF, Temple - Strasbourg
Malcolm Delaney, PG, Virginia Tech - Chalon
Moustapha Diarra, C, San Francisco - Pau-Orthez
John Holland, SG, Boston University - Roanne
Rick Jackson, PF, Syracuse - Roanne
Jamie Skeen, PF, VCU - ASVEL Villeurbanne

GERMANY

Gilbert Brown, SG, Pittsburgh - S Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg
Vaughn Duggins, G, Wright State - Walter Tigers Tuebingen
Ben Hansbrough, SG, Notre Dame - Bayern Munich

ISRAEL

Chaisson Allen, SG, Northeastern - Gilboa Galil
LaceDarius Dunn, SG, Baylor - Bneii Hasharon
Delroy James (6'8''-F-87), F, Rhode Island - Bnei Hasharon
Alex Tyus, PF, Florida - Maccabi Ashdod

LITHUANIA

Denzel Bowles, F, James Madison - Siauliai
Cam Long, G, George Mason - Siauliai

PUERTO RICO

Joey Rodriguez, PG, VCU - San German

TURKEY

Dogus Balbay, PG, Texas - Anadolu Efes
Brian Qvale, C, Montana - Aliaga Petkim

UKRAINE

Randy Culpepper, SG, UTEP - Ferro-ZNTU

Carl Berman is a Managing Partner of NetScouts Basketball. Information on NetScouts Basketball can be found at www.netscoutsbasketball.com.


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  NCAA3   


Abrams Named Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Wentworth - by Arnault Desira
Former Boston College standout Danya Abrams has joined the Wentworth Institute of Technology men's basketball program as an assistant coach, as announced by head coach Tom Devitt Thursday afternoon.
Abrams was a three-time All-Big East and All-National Association of Basketball Coaches District I All-America selection and is one of just six players in the conference's illustrious history to have scored over 2,000 points and grab over 1,000 rebounds, finishing his career with 2,053 points.
Wentworth finished the 2010-11 season with an 18-11 record and advanced to the championship game of The Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament for the second time in five seasons. The Leopards, who open the 2011-12 season against Wheelock on November 15, also earned their second consecutive ECAC Tournament berth.



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  NEW ZEALAND   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jack LEASURE
  Taranaki.
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Leasure, Taranaki.22.9 
 2. Campbell, Taranaki.19.5 
 3. Webster, Wellingt.19.4 
 4. Abercrombie, Waika.19.0 
 5. Pace, Bay Hawks19.0 
 6. Polyblank, Southla.19.0 
 7. Jones, Nelson G.19.0 
 8. Hudson, Manawatu.18.8 
 9. Bradshaw, OceanaG.18.7 
 10. Dora, Nelson G.18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Waika.
  (216-C-87)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Pledger, Waika.11.7 
 2. Horvath, Manawatu.11.6 
 3. Campbell, Taranaki.10.6 
 4. Vukona, Nelson G.10.5 
 5. Allred, OceanaGo.10.1 
 6. Johnson, Wellingt.8.7 
 7. Bradshaw, OceanaG.8.7 
 8. Boucher, Auckland.8.3 
 9. Grizzard, Nelson G.8.2 
 10. Young, Bay Hawks7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Waikato P.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Crowe, Waikato P.6.7 
 2. Tait, Wellington S.6.6 
 3. Dickel, Southland6.2 
 4. Hagan, Manawatu J.4.6 
 5. Kench, Manawatu J.4.4 
 6. Boucher, Auckland.4.1 
 7. Martin, Auckland.3.5 
 8. Smith, Waikato P.3.5 
 9. Grizzard, Nelson G.3.4 
 10. Leasure, Taranaki.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Waikato P.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Crowe, Waikato P.3.2 
 2. Boucher, Auckland.2.8 
 3. Smith, Waikato P.2.6 
 4. Hagan, Manawatu J.2.5 
 5. Dickel, Southland2.2 
 6. Kench, Manawatu J.2.0 
 7. Rose, Southland S.1.8 
 8. Leasure, Taranaki.1.6 
 9. Allen, Waikato P.1.5 
 10. Trueman, Manawat.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Waika.
  (216-C-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Pledger, Waika.2.5 
 2. Allred, OceanaGo.1.4 
 3. Iti, Southland S.1.2 
 4. Brown, Auckland P.1.0 
 5. Abercrombie, Waika.0.9 
 6. Adams, Wellington0.9 
 7. Anthony, Waika.0.9 
 8. Campbell, Taranaki.0.9 
 9. Johnson, Wellingt.0.9 
 10. Vukona, Nelson G.0.9 


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  PANAMA   


Gary Forbes to play for Team Panama in FIBA Americas Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe reports:

It's been a mind-boggling year for former UMass standout Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85, college: Virginia), who earned a roster spot with the Nuggets, became a key rotation player, watched the whole Carmelo Anthony saga unfold firsthand, and participated in the NBA playoffs.

Forbes is now hosting a basketball camp in his hometown of Brooklyn. It includes a lesson on eating better and education on diabetes, which Forbes was diagnosed with in 2005.

And while he ponders whether to return overseas during the lockout. Forbes will be playing for his native Panama in the FIBA Americas tournament in August, hoping to land a berth in the 2012 London Olympics.

Courtesy of The Boston Globe


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  PBL   


PBL Brings on Nationally Renowned Vice President of Player Development - by Allen White
The Premier Basketball League (PBL), leader of professional basketball in America, announced Mike Procopio as its new Vice President of Player Development. This isn't Procopio's first venture in professional basketball. Kobe Bryant has referred to Mike Procopio as his 'Jack Bauer.'

In his role for ATTACK Athletics located in Chicago, one of the nation's premier stomping grounds for professional basketball player development, Mike is in charge of all NBA, Pre-draft, and grassroots workouts. Mike has worked with players such as Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade, Kevin Durant, Devin Harris, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Tracy McGrady, Gilbert Arenas, Mike Finley, and over 150 other NBA players. Mike is renowned for his work serving as Kobe Bryant's Strategic Game Management Coach in the 2009 and 2010 playoffs. He also served as an assistant coach for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League.

This is yet another great addition to the PBL Management Team. 'Mike will not be sitting at a desk and instead will be traveling and visiting with all PBL Teams to share his knowledge and expertise in the development of future NBA players,' commented PBL President & Chief Executive Officer Brij Desai.


PBL Welcomes Back Dayton Air Strikers - by Allen White
Chicago, IL - 7/18/2011- The Premier Basketball League (PBL) announced that the Dayton Air Strikers will be returning to the PBL for its upcoming 2012 Season. The Dayton Air Strikers, led by Coaches Chris McGuire and Darnell Hoskins, marks the fourth team to be a part of the PBL for the 2012 season and this will be the second PBL season for the Air Strikers.

'The Air Strikers have a great program and an exciting fan base. We are thrilled to see the return of this young team to the league for our 2012 season,' mentioned PBL President and CEO Brij Desai.

Coach McGuire and Coach Hoskins have already started hosting practices and getting the team in shape for the season. They both are known around the Dayton/Miami Valley area for their great coaching skills and abilities to push athletes to their limit.

'We are very excited about returning to the PBL for its 2012 season. The Premier Basketball League is where the Dayton Air Strikers first started. The team is more developed along with more of a competitive edge from the players and front office. We look forward to providing the league with professional brand and quality basketball,' commented Anthony Byrd, President and CEO of the Air Strikers.

Byrd says he has continued to establish a team brand after competing in the PBL's 2011 season. All games for the 2012 PBL season will be broadcasted live online (www.atsportstv.com) and on the @SportsTV Network.

Earlier this year, the PBL announced a regional play model. This allows fans to travel to away games and support their hometown teams. In addition, the regional play model keeps team travel costs at a minimum. The Dayton Air Strikers will be playing their home games at the James Trent Arena in Kettering, Ohio.

The Air Strikers join the Rochester RazorSharks, Chicago Muscle, and Team Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for the 2012 season. The PBL will continue making the rest of their team announcements prior to the official summer try-outs and combine scheduled for late August.


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  PERU   


Standings - Superior
Superior Standings
 1. Real Club 19-1 
 2. Regatas 19-2 
 3. Escuela Fap 15-5 
 4. El Bosque 13-9 
 5. Inmaculada 12-9 
 6. Centro Naval 9-12 
 7. Ejercito 8-14 
 8. San Augustin 6-15 
 9. San Marcos 3-18 
 10. Universitario 1-20 


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  POLAND   


Polpharma keeps Michael Hicks - by Eurobasket News
Michael Hicks (193-G-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Cent.Missouri) will be a member of SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gdansk for at least one more season. The American guard penned a one-year contract extension with Polpharma. He joined them last summer from New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. For 26 games in PLK Hicks averaged 12 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.3 steals. He helped the club to win the Polish Cup this year. Michael Hicks also played for Polpharma in 2008/09 season. At that time he had 17.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 1.8 apg. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Honorable Mention -09. Meanwhile, Hicks played for Braunschweig averaging 7.7 points and 1.2 rebounds for 30 games. He also has experience from Banks BPS Basket Kwidzyn, Selcuk and Evereux.

Anwil returns Wojciech Glabas from loan - by Eurobasket News
Wojciech Glabas (207-F/C-90) will play next season for Anwil Wloclawek. The Polish outfit decided to return Glabas from Polonia 2011 Warszawa, where he spent one year on loan. Glabas appeared 27 times for the club in 1Liga averaging 10.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals. It seems he showed enough to earn a spot in Anwil for the next season. Wojciech Glabas started 2009/10 with Anwil, but he was sent to KS Harmattan Gniewkowo during the season. They competed in 2Liga, where Glabas registered 10/9 ppg and 4.3 rpg. He played for Anwil juniors in the past. Wojciech Glabas played for the Polish U18 National Team in 2008. In 2010, he reached Semifinals of Polish U20 Championships. He played for U20 Anwil.

U20: Estonia advanced to the Qualifying Round despite the loss - by Eurobasket News
Estonia U20-Poland U20 66:75

Poland won the thriller over Estonia at the U20 European Championship. It was not however enough to advance to the Qualifying Round after 75:66 win.
Wojciech Fras (203-F-91) made 16:6 in the middle of the first period, but Rain Veideman (192-G-91) reduced to 17:18. He also closed the first period at 18:22, while Wojciech Fras later increased to 37:27. Poland won the second frame 23-16 as Michal Sokolowski (196-G-92) sent the teams to the lockers for 45:34. Although the Baltic team produced 15-13 in the third period, they managed to cut it to 58:49 after three quarters. Soo reduced to 65:61, but that was all. Michal Sokolowski and Sebastian Szymanski (186-G-91, agency: Promotex) scored the last points for the winners to win the third game.
Sebastian Szymanski and Wojciech Fras paced all the winners with 14 points each, while Marek Szumelda-Krzycki (193-PG-91, agency: Promotex) and Michal Sokolowski scored 13 apiece. Jaan Puidet (192-G/F-92) answered with 20 points in defeat and Rain Veideman nailed 15.

Estonia U20: Jaan Puidet 20, Rain Veideman 15
Poland U20: Sebastian Szymanski 14, Wojciech Fras 14, Marek Szumelda-Krzycki 13, Michal Sokolowski 13



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  PORTUGAL   


Portugal beats Egypt - by Bruno Baltazar
Portugal kept their perfect record in Turkey in their last game of preparation in that country.
They played and defeated Egipt (73-60).
In total portugal played 4 games there and defeated Egypt, Morocco, Azerbaijan and Albania, their goal is prepare for the aditional qualifying round to European 2011.
In overal this tournament made the staff and players confident they can compete for the spot in the European, Mario Leonel Palma , the team coach said that it was a tremendous week, with practise in the mournings and games in the afternoons, he was satisfied with the younger and the experienced players, Jose Silva (194-F-89) and Tomas Barroso (180-G-90) played well as young guys in the team, next challanges to come for a team that hopes can bring wins this summer to Portugal!



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  PUERTO RICO   


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Angel Daniel VASSALLO
  Guaynabo
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Vassallo, Guaynabo22.2 
 2. Ramos, Quebradillas21.6 
 3. Johnson, Humacao21.2 
 4. Dalmau, Bayamon20.8 
 5. Villegas, Coamo19.1 
 6. Ayuso, Arecibo18.8 
 7. Harris, San German18.3 
 8. Randolph, Isabela18.0 
 9. Carmona, Mayaguez17.0 
 10. Pellot-Rosa, San16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Isabela
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Randolph, Isabela12.3 
 2. Harris, San German12.3 
 3. Narvaez, Coamo11.6 
 4. Pruitt, Guaynabo11.5 
 5. Ramos, Quebradillas10.5 
 6. Lloreda, San G.10.0 
 7. Clemente, Mayaguez9.1 
 8. Sweetney, Santurce9.1 
 9. Johnson, Humacao8.5 
 10. Rickert, Bayamon8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Daniel BROWN
  Quebradillas
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Brown, Quebradillas5.9 
 2. Rivera, San German5.5 
 3. Dalmau, Bayamon5.4 
 4. Clinch, Isabela4.5 
 5. Clemente, Humacao4.4 
 6. Rivera, Mayaguez4.2 
 7. Guzman, Guaynabo4.2 
 8. Bruton, Quebradill.4.1 
 9. Copeland, San G.3.8 
 10. Apodaca, Quebradi.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, Bayamon1.4 
 6. Santiago, Santurce1.3 
 7. Chaney, Santurce1.3 
 8. Berdiel, Humacao1.2 
 9. Pellot-Rosa, San G.1.2 
 10. Dalmau, Bayamon1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Penn, Humacao2.6 
 2. Sanchez, Santurce1.9 
 3. Santiago, Arecibo1.9 
 4. Lee, Bayamon1.7 
 5. Aubry, Arecibo1.6 
 6. Randolph, Isabela1.4 
 7. Harris, San German1.4 
 8. Freije, Coamo1.1 
 9. Ramos, Quebradillas1.1 
 10. Robinson, Mayagu.1.0 


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  QATAR   


World Military Championship: Lithuania post second straight win - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania - Qatar 82:69

Lithuania celebrated the second consecutive win at the World Military Championship. They shot down Qatar for 2-0 record in Group B. Marius Kugauda (193-G-79) fired 23 points to lead the Baltic team. Qatar fell at 1-1 record after the loss.
The lead changed throughout the close first frame. Qatar finished the period up by two points 20:18. But Lithuania opened the second term with an 11:2 run to surge ahead. Lithuania rallied to a 39:32 halftime advantage. They maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. The Baltic team entered the fourth period up by 11 points 58:47. Lithuania kept Qatar at bay throughout the final frame and eventually celebrated the victory. Audrius Mineikis (202-F-77) notched 19 points, while Simonas Slivka (194-G-86) contributed 14 points in the victory. Fadi Hani (184-G) responded with 23 points for Qatar. Babacar Marone (206-F/C-83, agency: Court Side) finished with 14 points in the losing case.

Lithuania: Marius Kugauda 23, Audrius Mineikis 19, Simonas Slivka 14
Qatar: Fadi Hani 23, Babacar Marone 14



Qatar Military National Team for World Military Championships in Rio de Janeiro - by Eurobasket
#s#
Baker Ahmad Mohammed
Mohammed
Alioune Ndoye
Ndoye
Hammam Ismail
Ismail
Saleem Abdullah Mohammed
Mohammed
#e#4
4 Marinan Salah Eldin (186-G)
5 Sheikh Ibrahim (208-C) of Al Jaysh Army SC Doha
*6 Fadi Hani (184-G) of Al Jaysh Army SC Doha
7 Ziyad Diriye Guled (188-G)
*8 Baker Ahmad Mohammed (199-F-86) of Al Jaysh Army SC Doha
*9 Ali Ali (200-F)
10 Alioune Ndoye (199-F-86)
11 Marzouq Al-Mohannadi (190-G)
12 Hammam Ismail (200-C/F-83) of Al Wakrah
*13 Cheik Hahmed Toure (190-G)
14 Saleem Abdullah Mohammed (202-C-82) of Al Rayyan Doha
*15 Babacar Marone (206-F/C-83) of Al Jaysh Army SC Doha
Head Coach: Dragoslav Milavanovic
Assistant Coach: Mohamed Abdirahman


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  ROMANIA   


Craiova hires Mandic as new Head Coach, keeps Simms and adds Tomic - by Eurobasket News
SCM U Craiova hired Andelko Mandic (198-F-76) as their new Head Coach. At the same time, the Romanian outfit kept Simms Kenneth (203-C-86, agency: TSS Management, college: Cumberland) and added Branislav Tomic (205-F/C-80).
It will be the first season as a coach for Andelko Mandic. He played for CSM Oradea last two years. In 2010/11, Mandic had 14 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 3.4 apg for 31 games. In 2009/10, he averaged 18.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists for 29 games. In the past, Mandic played for Radnicki Novi Sad, Vizura, Swisslions, Omonia Nicosia, Spartak and Leotar.
Simms Kenneth joined SCM U Craiova last summer. He played 32 games for the club averaging 16.4 points, 11 rebounds and 1.6 assists. He finished the season as the best league rebounder. Sims currently plays in China for Ningxia Hanas.
Branislav Tomic heads to SCM U Craiova from CS Municipal Bucuresti. He had 19.9 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 2.6 apg for them last season. Tomic ended as the fifth best scorer of the competition. In 2009/10, he played for BC Mures Tirgu-Mures. Tomic already played for Craiova and it was in 2008/09 season. He had 18.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 2.7 apg at that time. In the past, Tomic was a member of Sumihimprom Sumy, Dart Killester Dublin, Smederevo and Napredak.


U20: Romania handed Georgia their first loss in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Georgia U20-Romania U20 85:89 OT

Romania U20 surprised Georgia in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Division B. Romania won 89:85 to seal the fourth place in Group A with 3-2 record. Georgia won the group with 4-1 despite loss and will head to the Qualifying Round.
Both teams nailed 19 points each, while Georgia won the second period 17-12. Lezhava and Chirof closed the period at 36:31 as the teams went to the lockers. Ciprian Telinoiu (183-PG-91) tied the game at 55:55 at the end of the third period, while the teams nailed another 21 points each in the last quarter. In overtime late baskets from Vlad Corpodean (197-F-91) and Zoran Milencovici (185-G-91) brought the victory for Romania.
Vlad Corpodean stepped up with 20 points for the winners and Chirof netted 19. Bogdan Tibirna (210-C-91) posted 17, while Ciprian Telinoiu and Zoran Milencovici netted 12 each. Tornike Shengelia (207-G/F-91) answered with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Akaki Lomouri (198-F-91) notched 18. Akaki Dvalishvili (206-C/F-90) collected 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Givi Bakradze (185-PG-91) scored 11.

Georgia U20: Tornike Shengelia 22+11 rebs, Akaki Lomouri 18, Akaki Dvalishvili 13+11 rebs, Givi Bakradze 11
Romania U20: Vlad Corpodean 20, Chirof 19, Bogdan Tibirna 17, Ciprian Telinoiu 12, Zoran Milencovici 12



Timisoara signs Dominique Archie - by Eurobasket News
Dominique Archie (201-F-87, college: S.Carolina) is a new member of Timisoara. The American forward penned a deal for 2011/12 season. Archie heads to Timisoara from the NBA D-League team Ausitn Toros. He played 15 games for them last season averaging 5.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.1 assist. Dominique Archie is a University of South Carolina product. He graduated there last year. Archie had 14.4 ppg and 6 rpg for his school as a senior. In 2008/09, he registered 10.9 ppg and 6.4 rpg. For his performance, Archie was awarded with All-SEC Honorable Mention -09. In 2007, he was named SEC All-Freshman Team -07. Before Archia, Timisoara already signed Zlatko Jovanovic (181-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket) and Branko Cuic (196-G-78). Their new Head Coach will be Predrag Badnjarevic.

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  RUSSIA   


Gortat not in Spartak after all - by Eurobasket
Despite previous announcement it turned that Polish center Marcin Gortat (213-C-84) did not sign a contract with Spartak St.Petersburg. We just received a confirmation from his agent denying that information and assuring that Phoenix Suns starting five center does not have a valid contract with any European team. Was it a rumour or just hope of Russian team to land NBA star?

U20: Russia topple Latvia in Bilbao - by Eurobasket News
Russia U20 - Latvia U20 81:58

Russian cruised past Latvia at the start of the U20 European Championship Qualifying Round. Andrey Zubkov (205-G/F-91) nailed 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace the winners. Russia thus climbed at 3-0 record, while Latvia fell at 1-2 record in Group E.
Russia capped the first period with a 9:3 rally to take a 21:15 lead. Russia opened the second period with a 16:1 surge to clear off to a 21-point distance. Russia ensured a 13-point halftime lead 43:30. Russia knocked down six points in a row at the start of the third period to boost the gap. Russia stayed in charge posting a 62:44 lead with one quarter remaining. Latvia triggered a 7:2 run at the start of the fourth period but that was as close as they could get. Russia quickly opened a 20-point lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Pavel Antipov (203-F-91) finished with 19 points, while Denis Pastukhov (196-F-91, agency: Interperformances) contributed 9 points for Russia. Mareks Mejeris (207-F-91, agency: Players Group) responded with 14 points for Latvia. Arturs Bricis (193-PG-92) netted 12 points in defeat.

Russia U20: Andrey Zubkov 20, Pavel Antipov 19, Denis Pastukhov 9
Latvia U20: Mareks Mejeris 14, Arturs Bricis 12



Spartak St. Petersburg targets Vladimir Dragicevic - by Eurobasket News
According to Solobasket, Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) could continue his career with Spartak St. Petersburg. Reportedly, they are already in talks. Dragicevic finished last season with Caja Laboral. He joined them in May averaging 4.3 points and 1.6 rebounds for 8 games in ACB.
Vladimir Dragicevic started last season with Buducnost Podgorica registering 16.1 ppg and 7 rpg for 27 Adriatic league games. He helped them reach the Semifinals. In EuroCup, Dagicevic had 19 ppg and 4 rpg in four games, while in two Euroleague Qualifications games he averaged 15.5 points and 5.5 rebounds. Dragicevic was a member of Buducnost since 2007. In 2009/10 he had 10.9 ppg and 4.4 rpg for 26 games in Adriatic league. He also added 14.2 ppg and 5.6 rpg for 12 EuroChallenge appearances. Before Buducnost, Dragicevic played for Lovcen Cetinje.


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U20: Serbia dismantle Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U20 - Lithuania U20 95:64

Serbia earned the first win at the classification round of U20 European Championship in Spain. They cruised past Lithuania for 1-0 record in Group G. Danilo Andjusic (197-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 21 points to lead the charge. Lithuania in the meantime suffered the third loss in a row at the tournament and fell at 0-1 record in the group.
Lithuania led for some time early in the encounter but Nemanja Nedovic (192-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) knocked down 4 points in a row late in the first period to ensure a 24:20 lead for Serbia. Augustas Peciukevicius (191-G-91) and Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) erased the deficit at the beginning of the second quarter just to see Serbia ignite a 21:1 run. Serbia took over coasting to a 47:30 halftime lead. The Balkan team quickly boosted the margin to 26 points in the third quarter. Lithuania never got back to life afterwards as Serbia marched to the win. Nemanja Nedovic delivered 20 points, 7 assists and 5 boards, while Nemanja Jaramaz (201-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points in the victory. Paulius Dambrauskas (191-G-91) and Dovydas Redikas replied with 15 points apiece for Lithuania. Augustas Peciukevicius finished with 8 points in the loss.

Serbia U20: Danilo Andjusic 21, Nemanja Nedovic 20, Nemanja Jaramaz 14
Lithuania U20: Paulius Dambrauskas 15, Dovydas Redikas 15, Augustas Peciukevicius 8



ALBA Berlin signs Marko Simonovic - by Eurobasket News
ALBA Berlin announced signing of Marko Simonovic (202-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) for the next season. They also agreed an option for the 2012/13. Simonovic heads to ALBA from Buducnost Podgorica, where he spent last three years. He played 27 games for the club in Adriatic league 2010/11 averaging 13.8 points and 5.2 rebounds. In Montenegrin league he helped Buducnost to defend the title. Eurobasket awarded Simonovic with Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Forward of the Year -11. Simonovic also won the league titles with Buduncost in 2009 and 2010. They celebrated three times in National Cup. Before Buducnost, Marko Simonovic played for Hemofarm, Oostende and Ergonom.

'We were looking for a player that could fill the small forward and power forward position. Marko Simonovic is a very well schooled European player that fits the role prefect. He isnt only the type of player that has good stats, but does the small things that help a team', stressed Alba Berlin head coach Gordon Herbert.


Andelko Mandic to coach in Romania - by Eurobasket News
Andelko Mandic (198-F-76) will start his coaching career in Romania. The 34-year-old Serbian is hired by SCM U Craiova as their new Head Coach. Mandic played for CSM Oradea last two years. In 2010/11, he had 14 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 3.4 apg for 31 games. In 2009/10, he averaged 18.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists for 29 games. In the past, Mandic played for Radnicki Novi Sad, Vizura, Swisslions, Omonia Nicosia, Spartak and Leotar.
SCM U Craiova also signed a deal with Serbian big guy Branislav Tomic (205-F/C-80). He heads to SCM U Craiova from CS Municipal Bucuresti. He had 19.9 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 2.6 apg for them last season. Tomic ended as the fifth best scorer of the competition. In 2009/10, he played for BC Mures Tirgu-Mures. Tomic already played for Craiova and it was in 2008/09 season. He had 18.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 2.7 apg at that time. In the past, Tomic was a member of Sumihimprom Sumy, Dart Killester Dublin, Smederevo and Napredak.


SC Al Kuwait lands big guy Vladislav Dragojlovic - by Eurobasket News
SC Al Kuwait added another player to its roster for the 2011/12 season. After Alhaji Mohammed (192-G-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville), Al Kuwait penned a one-year deal with center Vladislav Dragojlovic (207-C-79, agency: Beo Basket). He heads to his new club from Al Ittihad Jeddah. Dragojlovic exploded with 21.6 ppg and 13.9 rpg for 7 games at the Asian Club Championships with Al Ittihad. The 32-year-old Serbian center started last season in Serbia. He averaged 10.8 points and 4.2 boards for Radnicki in Adriatic League. In November 2010 Dragojlovic moved to Trabzonspor in Turkey. His stats read 5.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in TBL. Season 2009/10 Vladislav Dragojlovic played in Russia. He tallied 9.2 points and 5.8 boards for Lokomotiv Kuban in EuroChallenge. In Russian League his stats came up to 5.5 points and 2.1 rebounds per appearance. The centre also had spells in Ukraine, Montenegro, Greece and Serbia during his career. Vladislav Dragojlovic made it into Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian UBL 2nd Team in 2009.

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U20: Denmark wins Group B undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic U20-Denmark U20 83:88

Denmark won Group D of the U20 European Championship. The team sent Slovak Republic out of the Qualifying Round after 88:83 win. Jonas Bergstedt (210-C-91) and Thomas Laerke (194-G/F-91) combined for 55 points to lead the winners.
Although Denmark won the opening tip and led in the majority of the first period, Richard Grznar (189-PG-91) closed it at 20:20. In the second period Slovak Republic dominated the court and took 44:37 halftime advantage when Jaroslav Moravek (200-F/C-92) nailed three. Bukovic scored three for 52:46 and Jaroslav Moravek closed the third period at 64:59. Becarik brought his side 71:61 with 7 minutes to play, but Slovak Republic failed to win. Hertz reduced to 73:71 and Bak tied the game at 75:75. Denmark went on the final lead and saved 88:83 victory.
Jonas Bergstedt erupted with 33 points and 19 rebounds, while Thomas Laerke collected 32 points and 10 boards. Richard Grznar exploded with 35 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists in defeat, while Jaroslav Moravek netted 14.

Slovak Republic U20: Richard Grznar 35+8 rebs+8 ast, Jaroslav Moravek 14
Denmark U20: Jonas Bergstedt 33+19 rebs, Thomas Laerke 32+10 rebs



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U20: France stay perfect with win over Slovenia - by Eurobasket News
France U20 - Slovenia U20 75:64

France posted the fourth win in a row at the U20 European Championship in Spain. They opened the Qualifying Round with a confident win over Slovenia. Evan Fournier (200-G/F-92) scored 19 points as Les Bleus improved at 3-0 record in Group E. Slovenia fell at 0-3 record after the loss.
The teams stayed close before France capped the first frame with a 7:1 run to take an 18:9 lead. Pajic and Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) dragged Slovenia within two but France kept in charge driving to a 39:33 halftime lead. Slovenia tried hard but Even Fournier kept France in charge throughout the third quarter. Les Bleus posted a 54:46 lead with one quarter remaining. Edo Muric (202-F-91) narrowed the deficit to just two points however France reacted with an 11:2 surge and rolled to the victory at the end. Kevin Mendy (200-G/F-92) nailed 14 points, while Ferdinand Prenom (203-C-91) accounted for 10 points in the win. Edo Muric answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds for Slovenia. Klemen Prepelic netted 15 points in defeat.

France U20: Evan Fournier 19, Kevin Mendy 14, Ferdinand Prenom 10
Slovenia U20: Edo Muric 16, Klemen Prepelic 15



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UCAM Murcia makes offer to Josep Franch - by Eurobasket News
UCAM Murcia wants to add young point guard Josep Franch (194-PG-91). They already made an offer to Franch and his team DKV Joventut has 10 days to match it, of course if they want to keep the player. Franch is a product of DKV Joventut, where he started as a teenager. He played 33 games for them in ACB last season averaging 5.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists. In 2009/10, he had 3.4 ppg and 2.3 apg. That season Franch also played for CB Prat in LEB Silver. There, he had 11.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 2.6 apg. Josep Franch helped U20 Spain to win the Bronze at European Championships U20 in Croatia last summer. He had 13.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 3.7 apg for 9 games at this event. In 2008 and 2009, he played for U18 Spain. In the past, Josep Franch also was a member of the Spanish U16 National Team.

U20: Nikola Mirotic unstoppable as Spain outlast Ukraine - by Eurobasket News
Spain U20 - Ukraine U20 72:67

Spain overcame a fierce opposition from Ukraine to keep their record spotless at U20 European Championship. Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) erupted for 41 points and 14 rebounds to lead the hosts to an exhausting victory in the Qualifying Round opener for both teams. The victory propelled Spain to 3-0 record in Group F. Ukraine on the other hand slipped at 0-3 record.
Spain led early in the encounter but Ukraine erased the deficit and levelled things up at 17 at the first break. Nikola Mirotic scored 6 points in a 7:0 run from the hosts as they posted a 26:20 lead midway through the second term. Spain arrived at halftime up by five points 32:27. Ukraine however denied the deficit in the third term. Oleksandr Mishula (187-G-92) accounted for four points late in the period as Ukraine headed into the fourth quarter up by two 54:52. Ukraine opened the fourth frame with nine unanswered points to clear off. Mirotic knocked down 8 points in a 13:0 run from the hosts as they grabbed a 65:63 lead with under two minutes remaining. Chelovan and Oleksandr Lypovyy (199-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) regained the lead for the visitors but unstoppable Nikola Mirotic hit four free throws and Josep Franch (194-PG-91) added three more as Spain sealed the victory in drama. Josep Franch posted 13 points for Spain. Nacho Llovet (202-C-91) added 8 points in the win. Oleksandr Lypovyy answered with 23 points and 8 rebounds for Ukraine. Oleksandr Mishula and Artem Pustovyi (216-C-92) delivered 9 points apiece in the loss.

Spain U20: Nikola Mirotic 41+14 boards, Josep Franch 13, Nacho Llovet 8
Ukraine U20: Oleksandr Lypovyy 23, Oleksandr Mishula 9, Artem Pustovyi 9



Ford Burgos extends Jerome Tillman - by Eurobasket News
Ford Burgos announced signing of a one-year contract extension with Jerome Tillman (198-F/C-87, college: Ohio). The American big guy joined the club in December from Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels. He played 32 games in LEB Gold registering 12.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg and 1 spg. Eurobasket awarded Tillman with All-Spanish LEB Gold 2nd Team -11. He was also named Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Gold All-Imports Team -11. As mentioned above, Tillman started last season with Mitteldeutscher. He had 13.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg and 1.1 apg for them in 10 games. In 2009/10, Tillman was a member of Chalon. He appeared 30 times for them in ProA averaging 13.3 ppg and 5.2 rpg. Almost the same digits he had for 12 games in EuroChallenge. Tillman is a University of Ohio product, where he graduated in 2009.

UCAM Murcia brings in Andres Miso - by Eurobasket News
Andres Miso (199-G-83, college: Colegio Ecole) is a new member of UCAM Murcia. The Spanish guard signed a deal for the 2011/12 season. He heads to Murcia from CAI Zaragoza, where he spent last season. For 31 games in ACB Miso had 7.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 2.4 apg. He joined Zaragoza from Cajasol, where he played from 2007 to 2010. In their last season together, Miso averaged 8.4 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists. In the past, he spent one year with Fuenlabrada. From 2001 to 2006, Andres Miso was a member of Estudiantes. He helped them reach ULEB Cup Semifinals in 2003 and 2004. They also played in the ACB Semis in 2002, 2003 and 2005, while in 2006 Estu reached the Finals. Miso played for the U20 Spanish NT in the past.

Assignia Manresa brings in Micah Downs - by Eurobasket News
Micah Downs (203-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) is a new member of Assignia Manresa. The 24-year-old American penned a one-season deal with his new club. He spent 2010/11 with Autocid Ford Burgos. Downs appeared 42 times in LEB Gold averaging 13.5 points, 4 rebounds and 1.7 assists. He was named Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Gold All-Imports Team -11. Downs also was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold 2nd Team -11. He helped Manresa reach the LEB Gold Finals. Season 2009/10, Micah Downs split between Zadar and Leuven. With Zadar he had 7.6 ppg and 3.3 rpg for 19 Adriatic league games. He also added 11 ppg and 1.3 rpg in EuroCup. Later with Leuven, Downs registered 12.4 ppg and 3.6 in Belgian league. Downs is a product of the Gonzaga University, where he graduated in 2009.

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Johan Akesson joins 08 Stockholm - by Eurobasket News
Johan Akesson (210-C-84, agency: Warren Sports International) is a new member of 08 Stockholm. The Swedish big guy penned a one-year deal with his new club. Akesson arrives to Stockholm from LF Basket, where he spent 2010/11. He appeared 43 times in Basketligan averaging 8.8 points and 5.3 rebounds. He helped them reach the Playoff Semifinals. Before LF Basket, Johan Akesson spent one season with Plannja Basket Lulea. He played 29 games for them registering 11.3 ppg and 7.5 rpg. He got injured in February of 2010 and missed rest of the season. In the past, Akesson was a member of Helsingborg and Sodertalje. He played for the Swedish National Team from 2003 to 2006 and later in 2009 and 2010. In the past, Akesson also played for U20 and U18 Sweden.

U20: Montenegro survive thriller against Sweden - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U20 - Sweden U20 80:78

Montenegro earned the first win at the Qualifying Round of U20 European Championship. They held off pesky Sweden to climb at 2-1 record in Group E. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 34 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Sweden slipped at 0-3 record after the loss.
Montenegro opened the game with seven points in a row. Sweden cut the deficit but the Balkan team ensured a 21:16 lead after ten minutes. Montenegro opened the second period on a 10:2 run to open a 13-point lead. Montenegro kept their opponents at bay throughout the second frame registering a 47:36 halftime lead. Christopher Czerapowicz (200-SF-91) and Lindqvist dragged Sweden within five points midway through the third term. Montenegro kept the lead as they entered the fourth quarter up by four points 66:62. Czerapowic and Andreas Person (190-G-91) pulled the Scandinavians within 2 with just over five minutes remaining. Bojan Dubljevic scored four points to keep Montenegro on top. Andreas Person drained a triple but Dukanovic answered with a free throw as Montenegro enjoyed an 80:78 lead with 11 seconds remaining. Andreas Person and Marco Todorovic (199-F-92) then exchanged two misses each from the stripe. Barton had the last chance to save the game for Sweden but missed a three-pointer. Marco Todorovic came up with 10 points and 8 rebounds for Montenegro. Christopher Czerapowicz responded with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Sweden. Andreas Person finished with 19 points in the loss.

Montenegro U20: Bojan Dubljevic 34+12 boards, Marco Todorovic 10, Nemanja Radovic 9
Sweden U20: Christopher Czerapowicz 20, Andreas Person 19



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Sutor Montegranaro returns Greg Brunner - by Eurobasket News
Greg Brunner (201-F-83, college: Iowa) is back to Sutor Montegranaro after one season. The American/ Swiss forward penned a two-year deal with his new/old club. He moved to Montegranaro from Benetton Treviso. He appeared 18 times for them in EuroCup registering 7.7 ppg and 6.4 rpg. In SerieA, Brunner had 7.6 ppg and 5.8 rpg. In 2009/10 with Montegranaro, Brunner had 12.7 ppg and 8.4 rpg. Greg Brunner started his career in Iowa (NCAA) and in the last year there averaged 14.1ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 29.3%, FT: 69.5%. Later he played for Fabi Shoes (Italy), Angelico BI (Italy), Ironi Nahariya (Israel), Upea (Italy), Oostende (Belgium).
Greg Brunner is a member of the Swiss National Team from the last summer. He played 10 games for them in Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011 averaging 16 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists.


U20: F.Y.R. of Macedonia keep Switzerland winless in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News
F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20- Switzerland U20 73:56

F.Y.R. of Macedonia keep Switzerland winless in Sarajevo at the European Championship 2011. In the last game of Group A F.Y.R. of Macedonia won over Switzerland 73:56 for 2-3 record. The latter meanwhile suffered their fifth straight loss.
Switzerland surprised the opponents with 14:11 in the opening period. They however totally were outscored in the second frame as F.Y.R. of Macedonia erupted with 27-10 for 38:24 advantage. Markovski nailed three for 47:30 and Apostolov scored two free throws for 53:39. When Apostolov and Stojan Gjuroski (201-F-91) nailed threes in the start of the last quarter it became clear about the winner. F.Y.R. of Macedonia won the quarter 18-14 and reached 17-points advantage.
Nikola Gajdadjiev (193-G-92) stepped up with 24 points for the winners and Stojan Gjuroski nailed 13. Jonathan Dubas (201-F/C-91) replied with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Dario Koludrovic (194-F-92) posted 13 and Zoran Zivanovic (203-F/C-92) scored 11.

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20: Nikola Gajdadjiev 24, Stojan Gjuroski 13
Switzerland U20: Jonathan Dubas 14+10 rebs, Dario Koludrovic 13, Zoran Zivanovic 11




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Young signs in Argentina - by Albert-Lee Young
Trinidad and Tobago national team point guard, Ian Young, signed to play with La Union de Formosa as they completed building their roster.

Young coming off a successful stint in the Iran with Gorgan was added to the Argentina team which completes in the La Liga A League.

Previously he played in France, Finland, Saudi Arabia, CBA, D-League, Germany, USBL and Bosnia.

Ian Young represented Trinidad & Tobago at 2010 Centrobasket where he helped the national team to a historic win over regional champs, Puerto Rico. He posted 13.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists per game in Santo Domingo.

He also made it into Latinbasket.com All-CBC Championship 2nd Team while playing at the Caribbean Championships in Tortola back in 2009.



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Erdemir pens deal with Antywane Robinson - by Eurobasket News
Antywane Robinson (203-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Temple) will continue his career in Turkey. The American forward penned a one-year deal with Erdemir. He arrives to Turkey from Cholet, where he spent last three years. He helped Cholet win the ProA title in 2010. Robinson had 12.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg and 1.6 apg for 36 games that season. He registered almost the same numbers in EuroCup. Last season, he helped Cholet to reach the ProA Finals, where they failed in thriller against Nancy. He averaged 11 points and 6.2 rebounds in ProA. In Euroleague, Robinson added 10.7 ppg and 5.8 rpg. In 2009 with Cholet, Robinson reached EuroChallenge Finals. In the past, he was a member of Elan Bearnais Pau-Orthez and Sioux Falls Skyforce. Robinson is a product of Temple University, where he graduated in 2006.

U20: Italy clinch the third straight win in Bilbao - by Eurobasket News
Italy U20 - Turkey U20 69:59

Italy recorded the third consecutive win at the U20 European Championship. They opened the Qualifying Round with a rout of Turkey. Nicolo Melli (205-F-91) scored 14 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to pace the effort. Italy jumped at 3-0 record, while Turkey fell at 0-3 in Group F.
Italy tipped off the game with a 10:2 run and maintained the lead throughout the starting quarter. The Azzurri posted a 26:17 lead at the first intermission. Nicolo Melli scored three points at the start of the second frame to open a double-digit lead. Turkey managed to get within six points at halftime 36:42. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) fired six points in a row midway through the third period as Italy enjoyed a 54:39 lead. The Azzurri entered the fourth frame up by 13 points 60:47. Senli and Edge dragged Turkey within 8 points but Alessandro Gentile and Andrea De Nicolao sealed the victory for Italy. Alessandro Gentile nailed 13 points, while Michele Vitali (195-G-91) and Riccardo Cervi (215-C-91) had 10 points each in the win. Huseyin Koksal (195-F-91) replied with 19 points and 11 rebounds for Turkey. Furkan Aldemir (207-F-91) finished with 18 points and 19 rebounds in defeat.

Italy U20: Nicolo Melli 14+14 boards, Alessandro Gentile 13, Michele Vitali 10, Riccardo Cervi 10
Turkey U20: Huseyin Koksal 19+11 boards, Furkan Aldemir 18+19 boards



Jan Jagla completes his transfer to Bayern Munich - by Burak Cidamal
Rumours had been swirling around the German basketball world for weeks that Jan-Hendrik Jagla (213-F-81, college: Penn St.) was on his way to FC Bayern Munich and today the team finally announced that the current German national player will play for Dirk Bauerman in the Beko BBL in Munich. Jagla is a 30 year old 213cm power forward/center that was born in Berlin and got a two year deal. He is a seven-foot power forward with the skill set of a guard. Can post up and score inside and is a great three point shooter as well. Was compared too much times to Dirk Nowitzki at his teenage days, and this limited his maturation. In last years, he added some inside game skills, even because he is too slow to guard the opponents on the perimeter. Jagla started his basketball career in 1999 for Lichterfelde (2.Bundesliga) where he played until 2001. He then crossed the Atlantic ocean to test the waters in the NCAA for Penn St until 2004. In the NCAA,he showed his strong rebounding skills landing near the top of the rebound leaders his last two years. In his senior year, he played 28 games: 13.4ppg, RebBig10-3 (7.9rpg), 1.5apg, BlocksBig10-6 (1.2bpg), FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 77.8%. In 2004, he was a NBA draft candidate, but he decided to withdraw from the NBA draft after many impressive NBA workouts when his agent Mark Bartlestein of Priority Sports could not secure a first round guarantee. In 2004-2005, he thus returned back to Europe to play for Panellinios Athens (Greece-A1): 3 games: 2.3ppg, 1.0rpg: released in Nov.'04 and joined Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (1.Bundesliga): 26 games: 6.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 55.6%, 3FGP: 30.2%. In 2005-2006, he was close to landing in the NBA with the Los Angeles Clippers (NBA), waived in Oct.'05, then signed at Drac Inca Mallorca (Spain-LEB, starting five): 28 games: 11.3ppg, Reb-5 (7.8rpg), 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 77.1%. Since 2006, he ha splayed in countries like Turkey, Spain and Poland. In 2006-2007, he played for Turk Telekom Ankara (Turkey-D1, starting five): FIBA EuroCup: 14 games: 11.9ppg, 4.9rpg, 2FGP: 48.6%, 3FGP: 38.8%, FT: 74.5%; Turkish League: 37 games: 14.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 37.4%, FT: 76.6%.From 2007-2009, he played in the top league in Europe the ACB for DKV Joventut Badalona and in his last season there played Euroleague: 10 games: 9.0ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 80.0%; Spanish League: 32 games: 6.0ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 63.3%. In 2009-2010, he went to Poland to play for top team Asseco Prokom Gdynia (Poland-PLK): Euroleague: 20 games: 6.6ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 62.7%, 3PT: 26.6%, FT: 76.2%; Polish League: 34 games: 8.1ppg, 4.2rpg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 39.2%, FT: 80.0%.Last season, he started to play for Asseco Prokom Gdynia (Poland-PLK, starting five): Polish League: 2 games: 4.0ppg, 5.0rpg; Polish League: Euroleague: 10 games: 5.6ppg, 5.4rpg, FGP: 40.7%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 66.7%; VTB League: 4 games: 11.0ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 60.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 66.7%, in Dec.'10 moved to Turk Telekom Ankara (Turkey-TBL): 16 games: 4.5ppg, 2.4rpg. Awards/Achievements in his career have beenGerman A2 National Team -03-04, German University National Team -03, World University Games -03, All-Big 10 Conf. Honorable Mention -04, German National Team -04-10, Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB1 All-Bosmans Team -06, Spanish LEB1 Cup Finalist -06, World Championships in Japan -06: 6 games: 2.2ppg, 1.7rpg, FIBA EuroCup Quarterfinals -07, Turkish League Semifinals -07, Turkish League All-Star Game -07, Eurobasket.com Turkish League Sixth Man of the Year -07, European Championships in Spain -07: 9 games: 6.2ppg, 4.9rpg, 2FGP: 37.9%, 3FGP: 57.1%, FT: 83.3%, Spanish Cup (Copa del Rey) Winner -08, ULEB Cup Winner -08, Spanish ACB Semifinals -08, Spanish ACB Regular Season Runner-Up -08, Olympic Games in Beijing (China) -08: 5 games: 5.8ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP: 41.2%, 3PT: 31.3%, European Championships in Poland -09: 6 games: 9.3ppg, 6.3rpg, FGP: 37.9%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 90.9%, Euroleague Quarterfinals -10, Polish League Champion -10, Polish League Regular Season Champion -10, World Championships in Turkey -10: 5 games: 13.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 3.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 42.3%, 3PT: 65.0%, FT: 57.1% and Eurobasket.com All-World Championships Honorable Mention -10.
Jan-Hendrik Jagla (213-F-81, college: Penn St.)


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Swan lead Come 2 Defend to title/ Education evens the series - by David Edole
ST. THOMAS --Aniquah Swan played a game of her young basketball life to lead Come 2 Defend over Lil Lakers, 25-21, in game three of the Zero Tolerance 9-12 Summer Basketball League. With the Come 2 Defend down 13-12 at the half, Swan went on an offensive barrage scoring seven of her teams eight points in the third. However, Collin Joseph Jr. and the Lil Lakers responded from long distance. Joseph nailed a three pointer and Roger Francis and Keshawn Gumbs added long two point field goals. Lil Lakers managed to hold on to their slim lead, 21-20.
Stanley Davids put back gave Come 2 Defend their first lead of the second half and the lead for good. Swan and LeQuan George added free throws for the difference.
Swan finished with a game high 11 points and George added five.
Joseph led Lil Lakers with six points and Johnathan Eliasa pitched in with five points.
As the buzzer sounded Zero Tolerance Summer Basketball League came to an end and three champions were crowned. Aint Gonna See Us Fall won the 16-18 League, Jah Youths took home the title in the 13-15 League and Come 2 Defend are the winners of the 9-12.
The next basketball action in the Zero Tolerance franchise is the Labor Day Tournament. It is a 19 and under, four team, two day round robin tournament. So get your team rosters in.

Education evens the series in Governmental play
ST. THOMAS-- Education knew Mondays contest against Medics would take everything they could muster. Akil Lewis was suspended for two games and they lost the first game in the finals to their long time rivals. So what did Education do? They unleashed Jamari Maduro and Keryn Donadelle. Maduro was on fire for a game high 33 points and Donadelle scored a season high 20 points in leading Education to a resounding 72-56 win.
Education started the game with only five players and led 14-13 at the end of one. Education exploded for 24 points in the second to take a commanding half time lead, 38-21. Maduro poured in ten and Donadelle added eight.
Maduro put in 14 more in the third as Education increased its lead to 20, 56-36.
Rasheem Richards (183-G-80, college: York, NB) was the unsung hero for Education as he put in 19 points of his own and assisted on many more baskets. The trio combined to score all of Educations points. One could say each was a Key to Success.
Fitzroy Dunrod led Medics with 23 points, 20 of which came in the second half. Brian Mills chipped in with 13 points and all world guard Steve Gardner was held to nine points.
Game three and the final game in the series is scheduled for Wednesday at 7:15 pm at Charlotte Amalie High School.



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  UKRAINE   


SK Cherkasy Monkeys sign Ryan Wright - by Eurobasket Center
SK Cherkasy Monkeys (Higher League) signed 24-year old Canadian power forward Ryan Wright (206-C/F-87, college: Oklahoma). Wright played most recently at Jin Qiang Sichuan (China). Wright is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in China, Turkey, Venezuela and Canada.


Evgeni Annenkov joins BC Odessa - by Eurobasket News
Evgeni Annenkov (186-G-77, agency: Interperformances) will continue his career in BC Odessa. The 34-year-old guard has signed a one-year contract with the team. Last season Evgeni Annenkov started in BC Donetsk. He appeared in 10 Superleague games averaging 1.6 points. In November the guard moved to Kryvbasbasket. His stats came up to 6.5 points, 3.0 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game. Evgeni Annenkov used to play for BC Odessa back in 2001/2002 and 2003/2006 seasons. The guard also had stints with Dendi Basket, Dnipro, BC Kiev, Yambol, Euras Ekaterinburg, Azovmash, Inowroclaw, Lvovskaya Politekhnika and Cherkasy. He was Ukrainian Superleague Champion in 2001 and 2003. Evgeni Annenkov was the member of Ukrainian National Team in 2001-04.


Cyprus narrowly defeat Ukraine in Mogilev - by Eurobasket News
Cyprus - Ukraine 61:59

Cyprus claimed the second position at the international friendly tournament in Belarus. They nipped Ukraine (University National Team) on the final day of action to improve at 2-1 record. Christopher Razis (193-F-89) stepped up with 18 points to lead the charge. Ukraine suffered the second loss in a row and occupied the third position in the ladder.
Ukraine ensured the better start to the game. They posted a 23:18 lead after ten minutes. But Cyprus limited their opponents to just 7 points in the second frame to surge ahead 33:30 at the interval. Roller-coaster action continued in the third period. Ukraine regained the lead as they arrived at the final break up by 4 points 51:47. But Cyprus bounced back once again. They held Ukraine to just 8 points and stole a tough victory at the end. Vassilis Kounas (195-G-84) nailed 9 points for Cyprus. Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-C-80) added 8 points in the victory. Stanislav Tymofeyenko (204-F-89) answered with 16 points for Ukraine. Maksym Kornienko (205-F/C-87) delivered 11 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Cyprus: Christopher Razis 18, Vassilis Kounas 9, Panagiotis Trisokkas 8
Ukraine: Stanislav Tymofeyenko 16, Maksym Kornienko 11



U20: Nikola Mirotic unstoppable as Spain outlast Ukraine - by Eurobasket News
Spain U20 - Ukraine U20 72:67

Spain overcame a fierce opposition from Ukraine to keep their record spotless at U20 European Championship. Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) erupted for 41 points and 14 rebounds to lead the hosts to an exhausting victory in the Qualifying Round opener for both teams. The victory propelled Spain to 3-0 record in Group F. Ukraine on the other hand slipped at 0-3 record.
Spain led early in the encounter but Ukraine erased the deficit and levelled things up at 17 at the first break. Nikola Mirotic scored 6 points in a 7:0 run from the hosts as they posted a 26:20 lead midway through the second term. Spain arrived at halftime up by five points 32:27. Ukraine however denied the deficit in the third term. Oleksandr Mishula (187-G-92) accounted for four points late in the period as Ukraine headed into the fourth quarter up by two 54:52. Ukraine opened the fourth frame with nine unanswered points to clear off. Mirotic knocked down 8 points in a 13:0 run from the hosts as they grabbed a 65:63 lead with under two minutes remaining. Chelovan and Oleksandr Lypovyy (199-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) regained the lead for the visitors but unstoppable Nikola Mirotic hit four free throws and Josep Franch (194-PG-91) added three more as Spain sealed the victory in drama. Josep Franch posted 13 points for Spain. Nacho Llovet (202-C-91) added 8 points in the win. Oleksandr Lypovyy answered with 23 points and 8 rebounds for Ukraine. Oleksandr Mishula and Artem Pustovyi (216-C-92) delivered 9 points apiece in the loss.

Spain U20: Nikola Mirotic 41+14 boards, Josep Franch 13, Nacho Llovet 8
Ukraine U20: Oleksandr Lypovyy 23, Oleksandr Mishula 9, Artem Pustovyi 9



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Uzbekistan Military National Team for World Military Championships in Rio de Janeiro - by Eurobasket
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Hurmatjon Nuraliev
Nuraliev
Aleksandr Kozlov
Kozlov
Vyacheslav Denisov
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Yevgeniy Pereverzev
Pereverzev
Samender Juginisov
Juginisov
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4 Kirill Gusev (185-G-90)
*5 Hurmatjon Nuraliev (201-F-81)
6 Nail Kadyrov (195-F)
*7 Aleksandr Kozlov (202-F-82) of FSK Sogdiana
*8 Vyacheslav Denisov (190-G-83) of Dynamo Dnepropetrovsk Ukraine
9 Evgeniy Shatrov (192-G-86)
*10 Samender Juginisov (202-F-87) of FSK Sogdiana
11 Gennadiy Zinovyev (195-F-84) of FSK Sogdiana
12 Aleksandr Yahin (206-C-89)
*13 Yevgeniy Pereverzev (183-G-87)
14 Vyacheslav Belokurov (202-F-77) of FSK Sogdiana
15 Artur Sharafutdinov (200-F-90)
Head Coach: Batir Miradilov
Coach Assistant: Oleg Levin


Military World Championship: Uzbekistan prevail against Kazakhstan - by Eurobasket News
Uzbekistan - Kazakhstan 59:58

Uzbekistan opened win count at World Military Championship in Rio de Janeiro. They overcame Kazakhstan in a tough battle in Group B. Uzbekistan thus climbed at 1-1 record, while Kazakhstan fell at 0-2. Aleksandr Kozlov (202-F-82) came up with 21 points and 10 rebounds to pace the winners.
Uzbekistan stunned their opponents in the opening minutes. They opened the game on an 11:2 run. Kazakhstan however recovered and cut the deficit to a single point 18:19 at the first break. Kazakhstan pulled in front in the second term but halftime scoreboard read 27:27. Uzbekistan regained control in the third term. They surged ahead to register a 44:38 lead at the final intermission. Kazakhstan once again denied the deficit but Uzbekistan proved more accurate in the dying seconds and eked out a tough victory at the end. Vyacheslav Belokurov (202-F-77) had 10 points and 8 rebounds, while Hurmatjon Nuraliev (201-F-81) contributed 9 points in the victory. Dmitriy Gavrilov (203-F-86) and Dmitriy Klimov (200-F-88) answered with 17 points apiece for Kazakhstan. Dmitriy Klimov also added 10 rebounds in defeat.

Uzbekistan: Aleksandr Kozlov 21+10 boards, Vyacheslav Belokurov 10, Hurmatjon Nuraliev 9
Kazakhstan: Dmitriy Gavrilov 17, Dmitriy Klimov 17+10 boards





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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Fire sign second US import Shanavia Dowdell - by Eurobasket News
The Townsville Fire has bolstered its championship aspirations with the addition of a WNBA-drafted forward that will give the club its own version of a big three.

Shanavia Dowdell (188-F-87, agency: LBM Management, college: Louisiana Tech), an athletic 188cm power forward, was drafted by the WNBAs Washington Mystics in 2010 after a standout four-year stint for Louisana Tech in the NCAA.

Dowdells signing with the Fire comes just days after the club introduced fellow US import Vivian Frieson, a 183cm power forward from Gonzaga College in Washington.

The two imports join current Jayco Australian Opals guard Rachael Flanagan to form a talented big three that the club hopes to build a championship contender around.

Fire coach Chris Lucas said that Dowdell added raw athleticism and talent to the teams new-look frontcourt.

Shanavia has proven in the NCAA and in France that she is a high-quality player capable of scoring and controlling the paint on defence, Mr Lucas said.

With Shanavia and Vivian providing significant scoring and rebounding abilities, and Rachael running the point, we have the foundations to build a quality team around.

As well as being a great scorer and rebounder, Shanavia is a versatile defender who can guard a range of positions and opposing stars in this league.

Across the floor we have an athletic team and that will allow us to get up and down the court and play some entertaining basketball.

In her final college season Dowdell recorded career bests of 18 points per game at 52.7 per cent shooting, 12.4 rebounds per game and 1.2 blocks per game in 32 outings.

Dowdell played pre-season games with the Mystics before moving to France for one season where she starred for France LBF side Toulouse Metropole Basket.

She returned to the WNBA in 2011 with the San Antonio Silver Stars.

Dowdell is the 10th player signing for the Fire, which already boasts quality local and Australian talent to complement the teams new stars.

Dowdell is expected to arrive in Townsville early September once her visa application has been finalised. The Townsville Fire will tip off its 2011/12 WNBL campaign at RSL Stadium in October.

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


Olympic dreams spur Flanagan's campaign - by Eurobasket News
Fire captain Rachael Flanagan (170-G-82) is made for international basketball. Now, in front of a home crowd, she's determined to prove it.

Having taken tentative steps on to the world stage last month, debuting for Australia just three months after recuperating from knee surgery, the 29-year-old will use her home court as a launching pad for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

She will suit up for the Opals in a three-game series against China later this month, playing at the Townsville RSL Stadium on July 28.

Apart from wearing the green-and-gold, it will be Flanagan as North Queensland knows her best - tough and tenacious.
Basketball at its highest level tends to bring the best out of the guard.

'It's the style of basketball I like to play, it's up-and-back,'' Flanagan said.

'The game is so much quicker, so much more physical.''

'Making that first Aussie side was a big thing for me, it's that next step I had to make to prove to the coaches and everyone else that I can play at the next level against some of the best players in the world.''

And she did so on one good leg.

'It was a little frustrating for me overseas because I was still trying to work on my quickness coming back from injury,'' she said.

Flanagan has spent the past month cutting a lonely figure at the newly opened Townsville RSL Stadium to ensure she's up to speed when she meets the Chinese in game one in Logan on the 24th.

Managers of the new multi-million dollar Murray Sports Complex arena joke that she is the No. 1 tenant, the first through the doors three days a week, only bypassing the stadium to take in boxing or kettlebell classes.

The echo of a lone basketball and squeak of her shoes on the new floor might get monotonous, but with Olympic dreams spurring her on, she goes about every session with relentless determination.

'For as long as that ultimate goal is at the back of my mind, I don't have any issue getting up every morning to train alone, no matter how difficult it is,'' she said.

'The players who I'm up against to make the team next year . . . I'm going to have to do more than them and I have to know that I am doing it every day.''

She refuses to let her decision to extend her stay in Townsville to skipper the Fire's rebirth in the WNBL work against her even if she doesn't have international talent lining up alongside her at practice.

Instead, she persists as an adopted member of the Flames women's QBL side and hits the court with injured Fire starlet Kirby Dalgleish when she can.

'I'm not in Melbourne, Canberra or Adelaide where I can go and train with Opals coaches,'' Flanagan said. 'Putting in more effort is what's going to get me over the line in the end.''

Courtesy of www.townsvillebulletin.com.au


SBL:Tigers on top despite loss (Round 18 WSBL Wrap) - by Eurobasket News
Southlands Boulevarde Willetton Tigers have wrapped up the women's State Basketball League minor premiership despite their 66-63 loss to Total Connections Perry Lakes Hawks on Saturday.

The second-placed Hawks needed to win by more than 15 to have the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Tigers and their failure to do so means Willetton will finish first for the second-straight year, regardless of what happens in the final round of the season.

But Perry Lakes earned a huge confidence boost in a potential preview of the Grand Final with the thrilling victory, as Gabriella Clayton (173-G-90) (20 points) and Christine Boyd (12) led it to victory.

Kate Malpass (176-G-88) had 17 points for Willetton in its third loss of the season.

The Hawks had to overcome a major scare to avoid a humiliating loss to bottom side Rockingham Flames, eventually winning 58-54 on the back of Belinda O'Halloran 's 14 points.

Perth Redbacks' finals hopes are officially over following their 58-50 loss to Glasscraft Wanneroo Wolves.

Despite a disappointing season, the Redbacks could have snuck into the top eight had they won their last two games and Lakeside Lightning didn't win another game, but Rebecca Mercer's 17 points for Wanneroo ended Perth's chances of an eighth-straight playoff appearance.

Wanneroo's victory was a major boost to its top four hopes but it still faces a tough challenge to overcome Mandurah Magic and Australian Central East Perth Eagles.

After Mandurah beat Lakeside 86-71 and East Perth defeated Kalamunda Eastern Suns and Southwest Slammers 69-59 and 74-57 respectively, the Wolves will have to rely on other results to earn home-court advantage for the quarter-finals.

East Perth's two victories extended its winning streak to seven games and left it needing to win only one of its last two games to guarantee a top four spot.

Sixth-placed Kalamunda wrapped up its regular season with a 64-58 win against Metropolis Fremantle Cockburn Cougars, who need to beat Mandurah next week to avoid a difficult quarter-final match-up against Perry Lakes.

Melissa Moyle had 14 points to lead the Suns to victory, while Courtney Hargreaves (91) had 19 points for the Cougars.

But Cockburn beat Southwest 77-45, with Kara Hargreaves (15 points) doing most of the damage.

Article by Jacob Kagi
Courtesy of SBL


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  BAHAMAS - Women  


U17 Dominican Republic takes the Bronze in Gurabo - by Eurobasket News
U17 Dominican Republic - U17 Bahamas 80-46

Dominican Republic won the Bronze at the U17 CentroBasket in Gurabo. They destroyed Bahamas on Sunday to finish as No.3. On the other side, Bahamas stays without the medal. Yamel Vanessa Abreu Alvarez stepped up for the winners with 26 points and 5 rebounds. Frabel Feliz Rodriguez had 17 points and 14 boards, while Anyelina Santos Rosario added 12 pts and 9 rebs. In Bahamas, Brea Forbes collected 19 pts and 6 rebs. Their second scorer was Taneka Kristine Sandiford. Dominican Republic took control on Bahamas from the very beginning. They made 25-8 lead in the first ten minutes and were looking comfortable. Until the halftime Dominican Republic jumped to 40-16 and the game winner was already known. Second half was just the formality and Dominican Republic had no troubles to win the Bronze.

Dominican Republic: Yamel Vanessa Abreu Alvarez 26+5 boards, Frabel Feliz Rodriguez 17+14 boards, Anyelina Santos Rosario 12+9 boards
Bahamas: Brea Forbes 19+6 boards, Taneka Kristine Sandiford 9


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  CENTROBASKET U17 - Women  


Puerto Rico cruises past Mexico 63-44 to win the Gold in Gurabo - by Eurobasket News
FINAL

U17 Puerto Rico - U17 Mexico 63-44
Puerto Rico won the Gold in Gurabo. They cruised past Mexico 63-44 in the Big Final to end U17 CentroBasket undefeated. Silver belongs to Mexico. Diamalises Rivera Barcelo stepped up for the host of this event with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Aleana Lyd Leon Garcia had 13 points and 6 boards, while Krystal Luciano Mendez added 11 points, 6 boards and 7 assists. In the loosing squad, Narda Valeria Salceda Jimenez collected 12 points and 6 rebs. Meliza Raquel Ramirez Casillas, Maria Begona Faz Davalos and two more players in Mexico scored 6 points each. Quarters: 18-9, 15-11, 17-12, 13-12. Puerto Rico won the Preliminary Group B with perfect 3-0. After that they eliminated Dominican Republic 59-43 in the Semifinals.

Puerto Rico: Diamalises Rivera Barcelo 17+13 boards, Aleana Lyd Leon Garcia 13+6 boards, Krystal Luciano Mendez 11+6 boards+7 as
Mexico: Narda Valeria Salceda Jimenez 12+6 boards, Meliza Raquel Ramirez Casillas 6, Maria Begona Faz Davalos 6



PLACES 3-4

U17 Dominican Republic - U17 Bahamas 80-46

Dominican Republic won the Bronze at the U17 CentroBasket in Gurabo. They destroyed Bahamas on Sunday to finish as No.3. On the other side, Bahamas stays without the medal. Yamel Vanessa Abreu Alvarez stepped up for the winners with 26 points and 5 rebounds. Frabel Feliz Rodriguez had 17 points and 14 boards, while Anyelina Santos Rosario added 12 pts and 9 rebs. In Bahamas, Brea Forbes collected 19 pts and 6 rebs. Their second scorer was Taneka Kristine Sandiford. Dominican Republic took control on Bahamas from the very beginning. They made 25-8 lead in the first ten minutes and were looking comfortable. Until the halftime Dominican Republic jumped to 40-16 and the game winner was already known. Second half was just the formality and Dominican Republic had no troubles to win the Bronze.

Dominican Republic: Yamel Vanessa Abreu Alvarez 26+5 boards, Frabel Feliz Rodriguez 17+14 boards, Anyelina Santos Rosario 12+9 boards
Bahamas: Brea Forbes 19+6 boards, Taneka Kristine Sandiford 9


PLACES 5-6

U17 US Virgin Islands - U17 Guatemala 48-72
Guatemala finished U17 CentroBasket as No.5. They celebrated 72-48 win against US Virgin Islands in the last day of the championship in Gurabo. US Virgins Islands ended as the sixth ranked team. Guatemala shined in the second and third quarter, what was enough for the victory in this meeting. Emily Rosales Quan exploded with 22 points and 23 rebounds for the winners. Angelica Maria Jose Cardenas Lantan had 22 points and 6 assists, while Virginia Blanca Argentina Pinto Trujillo added 10 points and 6 rebs. In defeat, Shaquana Quanae Iona Foy top-scored with just 11 points. Edidiong Beulah Utibe had 8 points and the same number of boards. US Virgin Islands managed to resist just in the first period, which still belonged to Guatemala 14-15. Guatemala made 13-21 for the next ten minutes and blasted Guatemala 6-20 in Q3. Last period was just the formality and Guatemala won this game with comfortable 72-48.

US Virgin Islands: Shaquana Quanae Iona Foy 11, Edidiong Beulah Utibe 8+8 boards
Guatemala: Emily Rosales Quan 22+23 boards, Angelica Maria Jose Cardenas Lantan 22+6 as, Virginia Blanca Argentina Pinto Trujillo 10+6 boards





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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Women  


U17 Dominican Republic takes the Bronze in Gurabo - by Eurobasket News
U17 Dominican Republic - U17 Bahamas 80-46

Dominican Republic won the Bronze at the U17 CentroBasket in Gurabo. They destroyed Bahamas on Sunday to finish as No.3. On the other side, Bahamas stays without the medal. Yamel Vanessa Abreu Alvarez stepped up for the winners with 26 points and 5 rebounds. Frabel Feliz Rodriguez had 17 points and 14 boards, while Anyelina Santos Rosario added 12 pts and 9 rebs. In Bahamas, Brea Forbes collected 19 pts and 6 rebs. Their second scorer was Taneka Kristine Sandiford. Dominican Republic took control on Bahamas from the very beginning. They made 25-8 lead in the first ten minutes and were looking comfortable. Until the halftime Dominican Republic jumped to 40-16 and the game winner was already known. Second half was just the formality and Dominican Republic had no troubles to win the Bronze.

Dominican Republic: Yamel Vanessa Abreu Alvarez 26+5 boards, Frabel Feliz Rodriguez 17+14 boards, Anyelina Santos Rosario 12+9 boards
Bahamas: Brea Forbes 19+6 boards, Taneka Kristine Sandiford 9


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  ESTONIA - Women  


Finland U16 triumphs in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News
Estonia U16-Finland U16 58:60

Finland U16 won all three games at Baltic Cup 2011. After the victories over Latvia and Lithuania, Finland added 60:58 over Estonia.
Estonia won the opening tip 12:6, but the favorites bounced back with 11-0 run for 17:12 and won the first period 19:12. Finland grabbed 24:18 after 15 minutes and had 31:28 at the halftime. Estonia erupted with 13-0 run and took 44:38 at the end of the third period. They led 50:48 with 5 minutes to go, but could not win the game. Finland produced a 12-8 in the last five minutes to win another game.
Vilma Purhonen (183-F-95) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 9 rebounds for perfect 3-0 record. Anni Jamsa (164-G-95) notched 12, while Anniina Aijanen (187-F/C-95) scored 10. Trine Kasemagi (189-C-95) replied with 22 points and 10 rebounds in defeat and Jane Svilberg (178-F/C-95) had 15 points and 11 boards.

Estonia U16: Trine Kasemagi 22+10 rebs, Jane Svilberg 15+11 rebs
Finland U16: Vilma Purhonen 16+9 rebs, Anni Jamsa 12, Anniina Aijanen 10



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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE - Women  


ESL Atlanta Womens Event Press release (Day 1 & 2) - by Darryl Reshaw
ESL Atlanta Womens Event Press release Day 1 & 2

There were approximate 30 females that embarked on the Suwanee Sports Academy in the Greater Atlanta area on Friday night.
Our featured coaches took the talented group of females through a series of drills in a combine style format on Friday evening.
One of our featured coaches was European professional player Robert Conley (6'6''-G/F-77, college: Clayton St.) who graced the top leagues in Europe for many years.

Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Atlanta Christian) the UBA most prolific scorer and international professional player who once scored 63 points in Japan also was a featured coached in the event as well.
John White (6'6''-F-67, college: S.Mississippi) a former European professional star who once led France Pro A in scoring and the current coach in the UBA was our last addition to our talented crew of coaches.
These coaches provided the female athletes with many years of international and professional experience during the event.
The athletes responded to the crew of coaches and learned a lot in the first two days of the combine and skill development portion of the event.

Saturday Day (2)

There were two exciting games on Saturday at the Suwanee Sports Academy that featured some amazing talent.
Some of the athletes had outstanding resumes and a few already had professional experience.

France defeated England in the first contest 75-74 in a thrilling game that went to the wire.
In the first half France controlled the game but England stormed back in the second period.
Brittany Wright (6'0''-G/F) the CIAA standout was very impressive in the first half as she simply shot the lights out scoring 15 of her 17 points.
She has great size, ball handling ability and has a knack to score the ball in a variety of ways. She is also a good rebounder.
Kanetra Gonzalez (5'5''-G) the ultra quick point guard played very well and added 12 points and 3 assists for the winning team.
Ricshanda Bickham (5'6''-G-89) of Nicholls State used here amazing speed and quickness to run the offense for Team France and scored 13 points and 6 assists.
She is a pure PG and has a great basketball IQ.
Jasmine Abrams (6'1''-F-88) played well adding 14 points and 3 rebounds showing a nice all around game.
The monster performance that stunned the coaches and scouts was Porche Grant (6'2''-C-88) 22 points and 19 rebounds.
She is a serious athlete with a motor like work ethic.
She plays hard on every possession and is a gifted rebounder. At times she reminded us of a Dennis Rodman type of player.
Porche can definitely play in Europe due to her size and athleticism which is phenomenal.
She is a double double player in Europe that needs to work on being consistent offensively.
If she improves overseas she could be a WNBA player.
Lauren Falohun (5'9''-G-88) (17pts, 4rbs, 7ast) is a serious hustler with remarkable energy that can play hard all game long.
She was in the best shape of all the athletes in the event.
Her decisions were really good with the basketball and she is a serious defensive player.
Chimere Jordan (5'8''-G-89) added a quite 14pts and showed flashes in the second half of a special type of player.
She is a great athlete that can create and score the basketball.
Rachel Pike (6'0''-F-85) was also very good in this game as she scored 12 points and had 6 rebounds in a quality all around effort.

France 75:
Kanetra Gonzalez: 12pts, 2rbs, 3ast
Brittany Wright (6'0''-G/F): 17pts; 3rbs
Keturah Spotwood: 4pts,
Jennifer Simpson: 8pts, 2rbs
LaTisha Greer: 6pts, 4rbs
Ricshanda Bickham (5'6''-G-89): 13pts, 2rbs, 6ast

England 74:
Rachel Pike: 12pts, 6rbs
Lauren Falohun (5'9''-G-88): 17pts, 4rbs, 7ast
Porche Grant: 22pts, 19rbs
Chimere Jordan (5'8''-G-89): 14pts, 4rbs, 3ast
LaShandra McCoy: 6pts, 4rbs, 7ast
Starkitsha Higgins: 2pts, 2rbs

The second game was a quality contest as well with Spain defeating Greece 74-64.
Team Spain is loaded with talent but Greece made a game out of it by playing hard.
However the talent size and skill level of Spain was to much to deal with.
Spain was led by Shantel Ragin (5'10''-G/F-87, agency: Promotex, college: Clayton St.) who landed the first triple double in the ESL 2011 with 15pts, 11rbs and 10ast.
She is a terrific athlete who has a great basketball IQ and amazing slashing skills to the basket.
Shantel has European professional experience and separated herself from the rest of the players in this event with her awesome performance.
Nadia Parker (6'3''-C-87, college: USC) was terrific and has a great package of skills, size, footwork and a nice shooting touch.
In the combine portion of the event Nadia was one of the shooters in the ESL Womens event.
She has European pro experience and is eager to play again professionally overseas.
Our expert coaches thinks that she is the best prospect at the event based on her skills and size.
Nadia scored 16pts and 7rbs effortlessly the first game and blocked at least 5 shots.
Tiana Beatty (5'8''-G-87) is a pure athlete that runs the floor and finishes plays well.
She scored 10 points and 4 rebounds. Chasity Workman (5'9''-F) showed a nice all around athletic game scoring 10 points and 4 rebounds.
Team Greece was led by Sheena Brown (5'8''-G) with 18 points and 5 rebounds.
She is a very crafty player who can drive or shoot the deep ball.
Rachel Oswald (6'0''-F) scored 14 points and had 8 rebounds is a silent assassin.
She is a great mid range shooter with great size and understanding of the game.
Taneskei Richardson (6'0''-F) played well adding 10 points and was solid around the paint.

Spain: 74
Amanda Dunbar (5'9''-G): 5pts, 2rbs, 4ast
Rachel Baker: 7pts, 2rbs
Hannah Kador: 2pts
Chasity Workman: 10pts, 4rbs
Amber Blackwell: 6pts, 3rbs, 6ast
Tiana Beatty: 10pts, 4rbs
Nadia Parker (6'3''-C-87, college: USC): 16pts, 7rbs
Shantel Ragin: 15pts, 11rbs, 11ast

Greece: 64
Chakia Cole: 0pts,3rbs
Rachel Oswald: 14pts, 8rbs
Sheena Brown: 18pts, 5rbs, 2ast
Leslie Forest: 6pts, 4rbs
Taneskei Richardson (6'0''-F): 10pts, 1rbs
Alex Winchell (5'6''-G-89): 8pts, 4rbs
Jessica Adams: 4pts, 1rbs
Shanrika Hardeman: 4pts, 6rbs



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  EUROLEAGUE - Women  


ESL Atlanta Womens Event Press release (Day 1 & 2) - by Darryl Reshaw
ESL Atlanta Womens Event Press release Day 1 & 2

There were approximate 30 females that embarked on the Suwanee Sports Academy in the Greater Atlanta area on Friday night.
Our featured coaches took the talented group of females through a series of drills in a combine style format on Friday evening.
One of our featured coaches was European professional player Robert Conley (6'6''-G/F-77, college: Clayton St.) who graced the top leagues in Europe for many years.

Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Atlanta Christian) the UBA most prolific scorer and international professional player who once scored 63 points in Japan also was a featured coached in the event as well.
John White (6'6''-F-67, college: S.Mississippi) a former European professional star who once led France Pro A in scoring and the current coach in the UBA was our last addition to our talented crew of coaches.
These coaches provided the female athletes with many years of international and professional experience during the event.
The athletes responded to the crew of coaches and learned a lot in the first two days of the combine and skill development portion of the event.

Saturday Day (2)

There were two exciting games on Saturday at the Suwanee Sports Academy that featured some amazing talent.
Some of the athletes had outstanding resumes and a few already had professional experience.

France defeated England in the first contest 75-74 in a thrilling game that went to the wire.
In the first half France controlled the game but England stormed back in the second period.
Brittany Wright (6'0''-G/F) the CIAA standout was very impressive in the first half as she simply shot the lights out scoring 15 of her 17 points.
She has great size, ball handling ability and has a knack to score the ball in a variety of ways. She is also a good rebounder.
Kanetra Gonzalez (5'5''-G) the ultra quick point guard played very well and added 12 points and 3 assists for the winning team.
Ricshanda Bickham (5'6''-G-89) of Nicholls State used here amazing speed and quickness to run the offense for Team France and scored 13 points and 6 assists.
She is a pure PG and has a great basketball IQ.
Jasmine Abrams (6'1''-F-88) played well adding 14 points and 3 rebounds showing a nice all around game.
The monster performance that stunned the coaches and scouts was Porche Grant (6'2''-C-88) 22 points and 19 rebounds.
She is a serious athlete with a motor like work ethic.
She plays hard on every possession and is a gifted rebounder. At times she reminded us of a Dennis Rodman type of player.
Porche can definitely play in Europe due to her size and athleticism which is phenomenal.
She is a double double player in Europe that needs to work on being consistent offensively.
If she improves overseas she could be a WNBA player.
Lauren Falohun (5'9''-G-88) (17pts, 4rbs, 7ast) is a serious hustler with remarkable energy that can play hard all game long.
She was in the best shape of all the athletes in the event.
Her decisions were really good with the basketball and she is a serious defensive player.
Chimere Jordan (5'8''-G-89) added a quite 14pts and showed flashes in the second half of a special type of player.
She is a great athlete that can create and score the basketball.
Rachel Pike (6'0''-F-85) was also very good in this game as she scored 12 points and had 6 rebounds in a quality all around effort.

France 75:
Kanetra Gonzalez: 12pts, 2rbs, 3ast
Brittany Wright (6'0''-G/F): 17pts; 3rbs
Keturah Spotwood: 4pts,
Jennifer Simpson: 8pts, 2rbs
LaTisha Greer: 6pts, 4rbs
Ricshanda Bickham (5'6''-G-89): 13pts, 2rbs, 6ast

England 74:
Rachel Pike: 12pts, 6rbs
Lauren Falohun (5'9''-G-88): 17pts, 4rbs, 7ast
Porche Grant: 22pts, 19rbs
Chimere Jordan (5'8''-G-89): 14pts, 4rbs, 3ast
LaShandra McCoy: 6pts, 4rbs, 7ast
Starkitsha Higgins: 2pts, 2rbs

The second game was a quality contest as well with Spain defeating Greece 74-64.
Team Spain is loaded with talent but Greece made a game out of it by playing hard.
However the talent size and skill level of Spain was to much to deal with.
Spain was led by Shantel Ragin (5'10''-G/F-87, agency: Promotex, college: Clayton St.) who landed the first triple double in the ESL 2011 with 15pts, 11rbs and 10ast.
She is a terrific athlete who has a great basketball IQ and amazing slashing skills to the basket.
Shantel has European professional experience and separated herself from the rest of the players in this event with her awesome performance.
Nadia Parker (6'3''-C-87, college: USC) was terrific and has a great package of skills, size, footwork and a nice shooting touch.
In the combine portion of the event Nadia was one of the shooters in the ESL Womens event.
She has European pro experience and is eager to play again professionally overseas.
Our expert coaches thinks that she is the best prospect at the event based on her skills and size.
Nadia scored 16pts and 7rbs effortlessly the first game and blocked at least 5 shots.
Tiana Beatty (5'8''-G-87) is a pure athlete that runs the floor and finishes plays well.
She scored 10 points and 4 rebounds. Chasity Workman (5'9''-F) showed a nice all around athletic game scoring 10 points and 4 rebounds.
Team Greece was led by Sheena Brown (5'8''-G) with 18 points and 5 rebounds.
She is a very crafty player who can drive or shoot the deep ball.
Rachel Oswald (6'0''-F) scored 14 points and had 8 rebounds is a silent assassin.
She is a great mid range shooter with great size and understanding of the game.
Taneskei Richardson (6'0''-F) played well adding 10 points and was solid around the paint.

Spain: 74
Amanda Dunbar (5'9''-G): 5pts, 2rbs, 4ast
Rachel Baker: 7pts, 2rbs
Hannah Kador: 2pts
Chasity Workman: 10pts, 4rbs
Amber Blackwell: 6pts, 3rbs, 6ast
Tiana Beatty: 10pts, 4rbs
Nadia Parker (6'3''-C-87, college: USC): 16pts, 7rbs
Shantel Ragin: 15pts, 11rbs, 11ast

Greece: 64
Chakia Cole: 0pts,3rbs
Rachel Oswald: 14pts, 8rbs
Sheena Brown: 18pts, 5rbs, 2ast
Leslie Forest: 6pts, 4rbs
Taneskei Richardson (6'0''-F): 10pts, 1rbs
Alex Winchell (5'6''-G-89): 8pts, 4rbs
Jessica Adams: 4pts, 1rbs
Shanrika Hardeman: 4pts, 6rbs



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  FINLAND - Women  


Finland U16 triumphs in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News
Estonia U16-Finland U16 58:60

Finland U16 won all three games at Baltic Cup 2011. After the victories over Latvia and Lithuania, Finland added 60:58 over Estonia.
Estonia won the opening tip 12:6, but the favorites bounced back with 11-0 run for 17:12 and won the first period 19:12. Finland grabbed 24:18 after 15 minutes and had 31:28 at the halftime. Estonia erupted with 13-0 run and took 44:38 at the end of the third period. They led 50:48 with 5 minutes to go, but could not win the game. Finland produced a 12-8 in the last five minutes to win another game.
Vilma Purhonen (183-F-95) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 9 rebounds for perfect 3-0 record. Anni Jamsa (164-G-95) notched 12, while Anniina Aijanen (187-F/C-95) scored 10. Trine Kasemagi (189-C-95) replied with 22 points and 10 rebounds in defeat and Jane Svilberg (178-F/C-95) had 15 points and 11 boards.

Estonia U16: Trine Kasemagi 22+10 rebs, Jane Svilberg 15+11 rebs
Finland U16: Vilma Purhonen 16+9 rebs, Anni Jamsa 12, Anniina Aijanen 10



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  GUATEMALA - Women  


U17 Guatemala ends as No.5 in Gurabo - by Eurobasket News
U17 US Virgin Islands - U17 Guatemala 48-72

Guatemala finished U17 CentroBasket as No.5. They celebrated 72-48 win against US Virgin Islands in the last day of the championship in Gurabo. US Virgins Islands ended as the sixth ranked team. Guatemala shined in the second and third quarter, what was enough for the victory in this meeting. Emily Rosales Quan exploded with 22 points and 23 rebounds for the winners. Angelica Maria Jose Cardenas Lantan had 22 points and 6 assists, while Virginia Blanca Argentina Pinto Trujillo added 10 points and 6 rebs. In defeat, Shaquana Quanae Iona Foy top-scored with just 11 points. Edidiong Beulah Utibe had 8 points and the same number of boards. US Virgin Islands managed to resist just in the first period, which still belonged to Guatemala 14-15. Guatemala made 13-21 for the next ten minutes and blasted Guatemala 6-20 in Q3. Last period was just the formality and Guatemala won this game with comfortable 72-48.

US Virgin Islands: Shaquana Quanae Iona Foy 11, Edidiong Beulah Utibe 8+8 boards
Guatemala: Emily Rosales Quan 22+23 boards, Angelica Maria Jose Cardenas Lantan 22+6 as, Virginia Blanca Argentina Pinto Trujillo 10+6 boards


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  ISRAEL - Women  


RAMAT HASHARON SIGN MAURITA REID !!! - by Gil Goshen


Ramat Hasharon added to their roster today MAURITA REID.
Reid will Join Jia Perkins and Porsha Phillips.
2010-2011: Gospic Industrogradnja (Croatia-A1, starting five): Croatian League: Euroleague: 10 games: 17.1ppg, 5.0rpg, Assists-2 (5.3apg), Steals-1 (3.8spg), FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 26.9%, FT: 87.2%; Adriatic League: 22 games: 13.8ppg, 5.4rpg, Assists-2 (4.7apg), Steals-1 (3.0spg), FGP: 59.9%, 3PT: 29.1%, FT: 68.0%
2011: Washington Mystics (WNBA), only pre-season.Eurobasket.com All-Croatian League Import Player of the Year -11
Eurobasket.com All-Croatian League 1st Team -11
Eurobasket.com Croatian League All-Newcomers Team -11.


Maurita Reid (173-G-85, college: Miami, FL)


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  LATVIA - Women  


Latvia U16 beat the home side for the second place in Baltic Cup 2011 - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U16-Latvia U16 44:63

Latvia U16 beat the home side for the second place in Baltic Cup 2011. Latvian side overcame Lithuania 63:44 in Day 3 to finish with 2-1 record behind Finland. Lithuania ended up on the third place with 1-2 record on top of Estonia.
Latvia took the lead from the very beginning and had 10-4 after the first 5 minutes in the court. They increased to 17:10 finishing the first quarter. The lead continued to grow in the second frame as Latvia had 24-15 midway through the second frame and 32:19 at the halftime. Moreover Latvia won the third and the last quarters to reach the second victory. After 18-14 in the third Latvia had 50:33 deficit and increased to 19-point total win.
Kitija Laksa, Alise Feodorova and Sigita Dzarcane (181-F-95) poured in 9 points each to lead the winners. Dalia Belickaite answered with 22 points in defeat and Austeja Sirsinaityte netted 11.

Lithuania U16: Dalia Belickaite 22, Austeja Sirsinaityte 11
Latvia U16: Kitija Laksa 9, Alise Feodorova 9, Sigita Dzarcane 9



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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Latvia U16 beat the home side for the second place in Baltic Cup 2011 - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U16-Latvia U16 44:63

Latvia U16 beat the home side for the second place in Baltic Cup 2011. Latvian side overcame Lithuania 63:44 in Day 3 to finish with 2-1 record behind Finland. Lithuania ended up on the third place with 1-2 record on top of Estonia.
Latvia took the lead from the very beginning and had 10-4 after the first 5 minutes in the court. They increased to 17:10 finishing the first quarter. The lead continued to grow in the second frame as Latvia had 24-15 midway through the second frame and 32:19 at the halftime. Moreover Latvia won the third and the last quarters to reach the second victory. After 18-14 in the third Latvia had 50:33 deficit and increased to 19-point total win.
Kitija Laksa, Alise Feodorova and Sigita Dzarcane (181-F-95) poured in 9 points each to lead the winners. Dalia Belickaite answered with 22 points in defeat and Austeja Sirsinaityte netted 11.

Lithuania U16: Dalia Belickaite 22, Austeja Sirsinaityte 11
Latvia U16: Kitija Laksa 9, Alise Feodorova 9, Sigita Dzarcane 9



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  MEXICO - Women  


U17 Puerto Rico wins the Gold in Gurabo - by Eurobasket News
U17 Puerto Rico - U17 Mexico 63-44

Puerto Rico won the Gold in Gurabo. They cruised past Mexico 63-44 in the Big Final to end U17 CentroBasket undefeated. Silver belongs to Mexico. Diamalises Rivera Barcelo stepped up for the host of this event with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Aleana Lyd Leon Garcia had 13 points and 6 boards, while Krystal Luciano Mendez added 11 points, 6 boards and 7 assists. In the loosing squad, Narda Valeria Salceda Jimenez collected 12 points and 6 rebs. Meliza Raquel Ramirez Casillas, Maria Begona Faz Davalos and two more players in Mexico scored 6 points each. Quarters: 18-9, 15-11, 17-12, 13-12. Puerto Rico won the Preliminary Group B with perfect 3-0. After that they eliminated Dominican Republic 59-43 in the Semifinals.

Puerto Rico: Diamalises Rivera Barcelo 17+13 boards, Aleana Lyd Leon Garcia 13+6 boards, Krystal Luciano Mendez 11+6 boards+7 as
Mexico: Narda Valeria Salceda Jimenez 12+6 boards, Meliza Raquel Ramirez Casillas 6, Maria Begona Faz Davalos 6


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  NCAA3 - Women  


Mulligan appointed head women's coach at N.J. City - by Arnault Desira
Amy Mulligan has been appointed as the 13th head women's basketball coach in New Jersey City history after an extensive search to fill the position. She will coach her first season with the Gothic Knights in 2011-12 the 42nd season of NJCU women's basketball and will also serve as an athletic academic advisor.
Mulligan, 29, comes to NJCU with unique qualifications, having been one of the few female coaches in the country to have coached both men's and women's college teams. Prior to being hired at NJCU, Mulligan was the head men's basketball coach at Vaughn College in Flushing, N.Y., for three seasons from 2008-11.


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  PUERTO RICO - Women  


U17 Puerto Rico wins the Gold in Gurabo - by Eurobasket News
U17 Puerto Rico - U17 Mexico 63-44

Puerto Rico won the Gold in Gurabo. They cruised past Mexico 63-44 in the Big Final to end U17 CentroBasket undefeated. Silver belongs to Mexico. Diamalises Rivera Barcelo stepped up for the host of this event with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Aleana Lyd Leon Garcia had 13 points and 6 boards, while Krystal Luciano Mendez added 11 points, 6 boards and 7 assists. In the loosing squad, Narda Valeria Salceda Jimenez collected 12 points and 6 rebs. Meliza Raquel Ramirez Casillas, Maria Begona Faz Davalos and two more players in Mexico scored 6 points each. Quarters: 18-9, 15-11, 17-12, 13-12. Puerto Rico won the Preliminary Group B with perfect 3-0. After that they eliminated Dominican Republic 59-43 in the Semifinals.

Puerto Rico: Diamalises Rivera Barcelo 17+13 boards, Aleana Lyd Leon Garcia 13+6 boards, Krystal Luciano Mendez 11+6 boards+7 as
Mexico: Narda Valeria Salceda Jimenez 12+6 boards, Meliza Raquel Ramirez Casillas 6, Maria Begona Faz Davalos 6


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  ROMANIA - Women  


Ancuta Stoenescu stays with BCM Danzio Timisoara - by Eurobasket News
BCM Danzio Timisoara announced signing of a one-year contract extension with Ancuta Stoenescu. Despite ICIM Arad and Targu-Mures were interested in Stoenescu, she decided to stay with Timisoara. Ancuta Stoenescu appeared 29 times for BCM Bega Danzio Timisoara last season averaging 18.3 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.9 steals. She ended the competition as the second best scorer and fourth in steals. She helped Timisoara to reach D1 Semifinals and was named Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League 2nd Team -11. Season 2009/10, Stoenescu split between Israeli Elizur Ramla and ICIM Arad. In the past, she also played for AEL Limassol, Achileas, Keravnos and Targoviste. Ancuta Stoenescu is active member of the Romanian National Team. In Qualifications to European Championships 2011, she had 5.5 ppg and 1.3 spg in four games. Ancuta Stoenescu is a product of Club Sportiv Livas, where she played as a teenager.

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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


Ovronnaz-Martigny signed their second import - by Melanie Nussbaumer
Ovronnaz-Martigny Basket announced the signature of Jamila Griffith (183-G/F-82, college: Md-Eastern Shore). She started playing in Switzerland in 2006 for team Helios where she played until 2009. Last season she played for team Lu-Town where she averaged 18,4 ppg, 9,6 rpg and 1,7 apg. Season 2009-2010, she was playing for Esperance Pully and scored 9,7 ppg, 6,7 rpg and 1,8 apg. She is a very versatile player and will bring her experience to the freshed promoted team.

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  TURKEY - Women  


Edremit brings in Burcu Tasbas - by Eurobasket News
Burcu Tasbas (178-F-89, agency: 1x1 Sports) will continue her career with Edremit. They penned a one-season deal this weekend. Tasbas heads to Edremit from Tarsus, where he spent 2010/11 season. However, Tasbas had very limited playing time with Tarsus. She appeared 14 times in TKBL averaging just 1.9 points. Before Tarsus, Burcu Tasbas spent three years with Pankup Ted Kayseri Kolejspor. There, she also struggled to get minutes. Tasbas was a member of the Turkish National Team two years ago. In 2008, she played for U20 Turkey at European Championships U20 in Chieti. In the past, Tasbas also was a member of U18 Turkey.

Ceyhan keeps Head Coach Atilla Keskin - by Eurobasket News
Atilla Keskin will continue his work with Ceyhan. The Turkish specialist penned a one-year contract extension. His goal for the next season is to reach the Playoffs. Keskin took over Ceyhan in 2005. They reached Turkish Cup Semifinals in 2006, 2007 and 2008. In 2006, Keskin was the Assistant Coach at the TBBL All-Star Game. Last season, Ceyhan ended as No.9 in Turkey. They had 7-15 record. However, the team struggled with injuries which affected their result at the end. In 2010, Ceyhan reached TBBL Playoffs. They ended as No.8 that season. Ceyhan competed in EuroCup from 2004 to 2006.

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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


U17 Guatemala ends as No.5 in Gurabo - by Eurobasket News
U17 US Virgin Islands - U17 Guatemala 48-72

Guatemala finished U17 CentroBasket as No.5. They celebrated 72-48 win against US Virgin Islands in the last day of the championship in Gurabo. US Virgins Islands ended as the sixth ranked team. Guatemala shined in the second and third quarter, what was enough for the victory in this meeting. Emily Rosales Quan exploded with 22 points and 23 rebounds for the winners. Angelica Maria Jose Cardenas Lantan had 22 points and 6 assists, while Virginia Blanca Argentina Pinto Trujillo added 10 points and 6 rebs. In defeat, Shaquana Quanae Iona Foy top-scored with just 11 points. Edidiong Beulah Utibe had 8 points and the same number of boards. US Virgin Islands managed to resist just in the first period, which still belonged to Guatemala 14-15. Guatemala made 13-21 for the next ten minutes and blasted Guatemala 6-20 in Q3. Last period was just the formality and Guatemala won this game with comfortable 72-48.

US Virgin Islands: Shaquana Quanae Iona Foy 11, Edidiong Beulah Utibe 8+8 boards
Guatemala: Emily Rosales Quan 22+23 boards, Angelica Maria Jose Cardenas Lantan 22+6 as, Virginia Blanca Argentina Pinto Trujillo 10+6 boards


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  USBA - Women  


WUSBA announce's individual team schedule for the 2011 basketball season - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga. (July 18, 2011) --- 'We are extremely pumped about this upcoming basketball season,' said WUSBA president, Duane Allen Jenkins. 'Our first season is set to go and our future in the world of basketball looks very bright.' The Womens United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) today made public the final individual schedules. This new basketball league is scheduled to begin play on August 27, 2011. The league will field sixteen teams in four divisions. League sources states 'Timing is everything, particularly in business, the time is right to begin our inaugural basketball campaign.' The WUSBA originated in January 2010. The league was born out of an effort to expand womens professional basketball in the United States.

The WUSBA was activated when the leagues brother company, the United States basketball Association (USBA) placed its inaugural season on hold. The USBA originally planned to place basketball teams in the Southeast United States. Jenkins made the decision to place efforts behind the activation of the WUSBA. 'The decision to postpone again the opening of the USBA was not an easy one to make, there are critics who will blast me for this decision, however after every forest fire, new life assuredly flourishes,' said Jenkins. 'The WUSBA was always in our plans. In the United States and in Europe women play ball on the highest level and we are pleased with our decision to place our emphasis on their success.'

I'm real comfortable in the league's success,' said Jenkins. 'I feel we can make a real impact on the game of basketball and the local charitable organizations in each of our teams cities.' The league has ties with the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots, Feeding America, Boys and Girls Club of America and local churchs. During the past Holiday season the USBA enlisted the help of the Feeding America and the U.S.M.C. to conduct a series of basketball games to collect toys, clothing and food for the needy. According to reports filed, seven cities held games gave away prizes to fans that contributed toys, clothing and food. 'The WUSBA will make the same commitment to the communities and give them aid via the programs we created.' said Jenkins.

The following are the teams individual schedule (s):

ATLANTA PLATINUM HOME BASKETBALL
2011 HOME SCHEDULE
1st half

Wed August 31, 2011 Charlotte Blue Wave Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed September 7, 2011 Chattanooga Royal Game Time 7:35 pm

Tues September 13, 2011 West Virginia Capital Game Time 7:35 pm

Tues September 20, 2011 Winston Salem Cardinals Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat September 24, 2011 Birmingham Starz Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed September 28, 2011 Macon Storm Game Time 7:35 pm

All Star Gala, September 30 thru October 2, 2011 Macon, Georgia

2nd half

Sat October 8, 2011 Richmond Colonials Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs October 13, 2011 Augusta Raging River Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed October 19, 2011 Savannah Seahawks Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat October 22, 2011 Montgomery Spirit Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs October 27, 2011 Nashville Thunder Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat October 29, 2011 Jacksonville Surf Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat November 5, 2011 Charleston Cadets Game Time 7:35 pm



AUGUSTA RAGING RIVER HOME BASKETBALL

2011 HOME SCHEDULE

1st half

Wed August 31, 2011 Montgomery Spirit Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed September 7, 2011 Charlotte Blue Wave Game Time 7:35 pm

Tues September 13, 2011 Chattanooga Royal Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat September 17, 2011 Atlanta Platinum Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs September 22, 2011 Richmond Colonials Game Time 7:35 pm

Mon September 26, 2011 Columbia Breeze Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed September 28, 2011 Charleston Cadets Game Time 7:35 pm

All Star Gala, September 30 thru October 2, 2011
Macon, Georgia

2nd half

Tues October 11, 2011 Birmingham Starz Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat October 15, 2011 Charlotte Blue Wave Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat October 22, 2011 Savannah Seahawks Game Time 7:35 pm

Tue October 25, 2011 Jacksonville Surf Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat October 29, 2011 Columbia Breeze Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs November 3, 2011 Winston Salem Cardinals Game Time 7:35 pm

BIRMINGHAM STARZ HOME BASKETBALL

2011 HOME SCHEDULE

1st half

Wed August 31, 2011 Macon Storm Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed September 7, 2011 Charleston Cadets Game Time 7:35 pm

Tues September 13, 2011 Jacksonville Surf Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat September 17, 2011 Columbia Breeze Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs September 22, 2011 West Virginia Capitals Game Time 7:35 pm

Fri September 23, 2011 Charlotte Blue Wave Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed September 28, 2011 Montgomery Spirit Game Time 7:35 pm

All Star Gala, September 30 thru October 2, 2011 Macon, Georgia

2nd half

Sat October 8, 2011 Knoxville Reign Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat October 15, 2011 Nashville Thunder Game Time 7:35 pm

Tue October 25, 2011 Atlanta Platinum Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs October 27, 2011 Augusta Raging River Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs November 3, 2011 Atlanta Platinum Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat November 5, 2011 Richmond Colonials Game Time 7:35 pm




CHARLESTON CADETS HOME BASKETBALL
2011 HOME SCHEDULE

1st half

Sat August 27, 2011 Columbia Breeze Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat September 3, 2011 Knoxville Reign Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat September 10, 2011 Augusta Raging River Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs September 15, 2011 Atlanta Platinum Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat September 17, 2011 Macon Storm Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs September 22, 2011 Nashville Thunder Game Time 7:35 pm

Mon September 26, 2011 Jacksonville Surf Game Time 7:35 pm

All Star Gala, September 30 thru October 2, 2011 Macon, Georgia

2nd half

Wed October 5, 2011 West Virginia Capitals Game Time 7:35 pm

Tues October 11, 2011 Chattanooga Royal Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat October 15, 2011 Atlanta Platinum Game Time 7:35 pm

Tues October 25, 2011 Charlotte Blue Wave Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat October 29, 2011 Birmingham Starz Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs November 3, 2011 Knoxville Reign Game Time 7:35 pm


CHARLOTTE BLUE WAVE HOME BASKETBALL

2011 HOME SCHEDULE

1st Half

Sat August 27, 2011 Winston Salem Cardinals Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat September 3, 2011 Richmond Colonials Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat September 10, 2011 Columbia Breeze Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs September 15, 2011 Nashville Thunder Game Time 7:35 pm

Mon September 19, 2011 Montgomery Spirit Game Time 7:35 pm

Tues September 20, 2011 Charleston Cadets Game Time 7:35 pm

All Star Gala, September 30 thru October 2, 2011 Macon, Georgia

2nd half

Wed October 5, 2011 Jacksonville Surf Game Time 7:35 pm

Tues October 11, 2011 Macon Storm Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs October 13, 2011 Savannah Seahawks Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat October 22, 2011 Winston Salem Cardinals Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs October 27, 2011 Richmond Colonials Game Time 7:35 pm

Tues November 1, 2011 Augusta Raging River Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat November 5, 2011 West Virginia Capitals Game Time 7:35 pm


CHATTANOOGA ROYAL HOME BASKETBALL
2011 HOME SCHEDULE

1st half

Sat August 27, 2011 Knoxville Reign Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat September 3, 2011 Winston Salem Cardinals Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat September 10, 2011 Richmond Colonials Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs September 15, 2011 Birmingham Starz Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs September 22, 2011 Macon Storm Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat September 24, 2011 Charlotte Blue Wave Game Time 7:35 pm

All Star Gala, September 30 thru October 2, 2011 Macon, Georgia

2nd half

Wed October 5, 2011 Savannah Seahawks Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs October 13, 2011 Richmond Colonials Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat October 22, 2011 Columbia Breeze Game Time 7:35 pm

Tues October 25, 2011 Nashville Thunder Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat October 29, 2011 West Virginia Capitals Game Time 7:35 pm

Tues November 1, 2011 Montgomery Spirit Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat November 5, 2011 Augusta Raging River Game Time 7:35 pm



COLUMBIA BREEZE HOME BASKETBALL

2011 HOME SCHEDULE

1st half

Wed August 31, 2011 Jacksonville Surf Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed September 7, 2011 Macon Storm Game Time 7:35 pm

Tues September 13, 2011 Montgomery Spirit Game Time 7:35 pm

Tues September 20, 2011 Chattanooga Royal Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat September 24, 2011 Charleston Cadets Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed September 28, 2011 Savannah Seahawks Game Time 7:35 pm

All Star Gala, September 30 thru October 2, 2011 Macon, Georgia

2nd half

Wed October 5, 2011 Atlanta Platinum Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat October 8, 2011 Nashville Thunder Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs October 13, 2011 Knoxville Reign Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed October 19, 2011 Augusta Raging River Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs October 27, 2011 Montgomery Spirit Game Time 7:35 pm

Tues November 1, 2011 Richmond Colonials Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs November 3, 2011 Charlotte Blue Wave Game Time 7:35 pm


JACKSONVILLE SURF HOME BASKETBALL
2011 HOME SCHEDULE

1st half

Sat August 27, 2011 Nashville Thunder Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat September 3, 2011 Augusta Raging River Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat September 10, 2011 Atlanta Platinum Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs September 15, 2011 Winston Salem Cardinals Game Time 7:35 pm

Tue September 20, 2011 Knoxville Reign Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat September 24, 2011 Macon Storm Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed September 28, 2011 Chattanooga Royal Game Time 7:35 pm

All Star Gala, September 30 thru October 2, 2011
Macon, Georgia

2nd half

Tues October 11, 2011 Montgomery Spirit Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs October 12, 2011 West Virginia Capitals Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat October 15, 2011 Chattanooga Royals Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat October 22, 2011 Charleston Cadets Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs October 27, 2011 Savannah Seahawks Game Time 7:35 pm

Tues November 1, 2011 Macon Storm Game Time 7:35 pm



KNOXVILLE REIGN HOME BASKETBALL

2011 HOME SCHEDULE

1st half

Wed August 31, 2011 West Virginia Capitals Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed September 7, 2011 Savannah Seahawks Game Time 7:35 pm

Tues September 13, 2011 Charlotte Blue Wave Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat September 17, 2011 Nashville Thunder Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs September 22, 2011 Atlanta Platinum Game Time 7:35 pm

Mon September 26, 2011 Chattanooga Royal Game Time 7:35 pm

All Star Gala, September 30 thru October 2, 2011 Macon, Georgia


2nd half

Wed October 5, 2011 Augusta Raging River Game Time 7:35 pm

Tues October 11, 2011 Winston Salem Cardinals Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed October 19, 2011 Macon Storm Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed October 19, 2011 Augusta Raging River Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat October 22, 2011 Richmond Colonials Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs October 27, 2011 Chattanooga Royal Game Time 7:35 pm

Tues November 1, 2011 Birmingham Starz Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat November 5, 2011 Columbia Breeze Game Time 7:35 pm


MACON STORM HOME BASKETBALL

2011 HOME SCHEDULE

1st half

Sat August 27, 2011 Atlanta Platinum Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat September 3, 2011 Nashville Thunder Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat September 10, 2011 Knoxville Reign Game Time 7:35 pm

Sun September 11, 2011 Winston Salem Cardinals Game Time 4:00 pm

Thurs September 15, 2011 Augusta Raging River Game Time 7:35 pm

Tue September 20, 2011 Savannah Seahawks Game Time 7:35 pm

All Star Gala, September 30 thru October 2, 2011
Macon, Georgia

2nd half

Wed October 5, 2011 Montgomery Spirit Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs October 6, 2011 West Virginia Capitals Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat October 8, 2011 Jacksonville Surf Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat October 15, 2011 Columbia Breeze Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat October 22, 2011 Birmingham Starz Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs October 27, 2011 Charleston Cadets Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat November 5, 2011 Savannah Seahawks Game Time 7:35 pm


MONTGOMERY SPIRIT HOME BASKETBALL
2011 HOME SCHEDULE

1st half

Sat August 27, 2011 Birmingham Starz Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat September 3, 2011 Atlanta Platinum Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat September 10, 2011 Winston Salem Cardinals Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs September 15, 2011 Knoxville Reign Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat September 17, 2011 Jacksonville Surf Game Time 7:35 pm

Fri September 23, 2011 West Virginia Capitals Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat September 24, 2011 Savannah Seahawks Game Time 7:35 pm

All Star Gala, September 30 thru October 2, 2011
Macon, Georgia

2nd half

Sat October 8, 2011 Chattanooga Royal Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs October 13, 2011 Charleston Cadets Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed October 19, 2011 Birmingham Starz Game Time 7:35 pm

Tue October 25, 2011 Macon Storm Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat October 29, 2011 Nashville Thunder Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs November 3, 2011 Jacksonville Surf Game Time 7:35 pm


NASHVILLE THUNDER HOME BASKETBALL

2011 HOME SCHEDULE

1st half

Wed August 31, 2011 Chattanooga Royal Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed September 7, 2011 Montgomery Spirit Game Time 7:35 pm

Tues September 13, 2011 Savannah Seahawks Game Time 7:35 pm

Tue September 20, 2011 Birmingham Starz Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat September 24, 2011 Augusta Raging River Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed September 28, 2011 Knoxville Reign Game Time 7:35 pm

All Star Gala, September 30 thru October 2, 2011
Macon, Georgia

2nd half

Wed October 5, 2011 Winston Salem Cardinals Game Time 7:35 pm

Tues October 11, 2011 Atlanta Platinum Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs October 13, 2011 Macon Storm Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed October 19, 2011 Charleston Cadets Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat October 22, 2011 West Virginia Capitals Game Time 7:35 pm

Tues November 1, 2011 Charleston Cadets Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat November 5, 2011 Jacksonville Surf Game Time 7:35 pm



RICHMOND COLONIALS HOME BASKETBALL
2011 HOME SCHEDULE

1st half

Wed August 31, 2011 Charleston Cadets Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed September 7, 2011 Jacksonville Surf Game Time 7:35 pm

Tues September 13, 2011 Macon Storm Game Time 7:35 pm

Tue September 20, 2011 Nashville Thunder Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat September 24, 2011 Knoxville Reign Game Time 7:35 pm

Mon September 26, 2011 Nashville Thunder Game Time 7:35 pm

All Star Gala, September 30 thru October 2, 2011
Macon, Georgia

2nd half

Wed October 5, 2011 Birmingham Starz Game Time 7:35 pm

Tues October 11, 2011 Columbia Breeze Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat October 15, 2011 Winston Salem Cardinals Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed October 19, 2011 Charlotte Blue Wave Game Time 7:35 pm

Tue October 25, 2011 West Virginia Capitals Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat October 29, 2011 Knoxville Reign Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs November 3, 2011 Chattanooga Royal Game Time 7:35 pm




SAVANNAH SEAHAWKS HOME BASKETBALL

2011 HOME SCHEDULE

1st half

Sat August 27, 2011 Augusta Raging River Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat September 3, 2011 Columbia Breeze Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat September 10, 2011 Birmingham Starz Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs September 15, 2011 Richmond Colonials Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat September 17, 2011 Charlotte Blue Wave Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs September 22, 2011 Jacksonville Surf Game Time 7:35 pm

Mon September 26, 2011 Atlanta Platinum Game Time 7:35 pm

All Star Gala, September 30 thru October 2, 2011
Macon, Georgia

2nd half

Sat October 8, 2011 Charleston Cadets Game Time 7:35 pm

Tues October 11, 2011 West Virginia Capitals Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat October 15, 2011 Montgomery Spirit Game Time 7:35 pm

Tue October 25, 2011 Columbia Breeze Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat October 29, 2011 Macon Storm Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs November 3, 2011 Nashville Thunder Game Time 7:35 pm


WEST VIRGINIA CAPITALS HOME BASKETBALL

2011 HOME SCHEDULE

1st half

Sat August 27, 2011 Richmond Colonials Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat September 3, 2011 Birmingham Starz Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat September 10, 2011 Nashville Thunder Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs September 15, 2011 Columbia Breeze Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat September 17, 2011 Chattanooga Royal Game Time 7:35 pm

Tue September 20, 2011 Augusta Raging River Game Time 7:35 pm

Sun September 25, 2011 Winston Salem Cardinals Game Time 4:00 pm

Wed September 28, 2011 Richmond Colonials Game Time 7:35 pm

All Star Gala, September 30 thru October 2, 2011
Macon, Georgia

2nd half

Sat October 8, 2011 Charlotte Blue Wave Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat October 15, 2011 Knoxville Reign Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed October 19, 2011 Chattanooga Royal Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs October 27, 2011 Winston Salem Cardinals Game Time 7:35 pm

Tues November 1, 2011 Savannah Seahawks Game Time 7:35 pm



WINSTON SALEM CARDINALS HOME BASKETBALL

2011 HOME SCHEDULE

1st half

Wed August 31, 2011 Savannah Seahawks Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed September 7, 2011 West Virginia Capitals Game Time 7:35 pm

Tues September 13, 2011 Charleston Cadets Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat September 17, 2011 Richmond Colonials Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs September 22, 2011 Columbia Breeze Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed September 28, 2011 Charlotte Blue Wave Game Time 7:35 pm

All Star Gala, September 30 thru October 2, 2011
Macon, Georgia

2nd half

Sat October 8, 2011 Augusta Raging River Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs October 13, 2011 Birmingham Starz Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed October 19, 2011 Jacksonville Surf Game Time 7:35 pm

Tue October 25, 2011 Knoxville Reign Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat October 29, 2011 Charlotte Blue Wave Game Time 7:35 pm

Tues November 1, 2011 Atlanta Platinum Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat November 5, 2011 Montgomery Spirit Game Time 7:35 pm

WUSBA Championship Play-Off, November 7, 2011 thru September 11, 2011

WUSBA Championship Game, November 13, 2011
Macon, Georgia






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  WBCBL - Women  


Robins Sew up Division Title - by Willie McCray
By BDN staff
Published: Monday, July 18, 2011 11:27 AM CDT

Rock Co. earns No. 1 seed for its regional

Krystal Ellis and Stephanie Raymond combined for 41 points to lead the Rock County Robins to a 97-90 Women's Blue Chip Basketball League victory over the Kansas Nuggets Saturday at Flood Arena.

The Robins had to wait until Sunday to hear even better news.

The Nuggets rebounded from their loss in Beloit to knock off Minnesota, 60-57, in overtime on Sunday. Minnesota's loss assured the Robins of first place in the WBCBL's Midwest Division with an 8-3 record.

Rock County will enter the regional tournament in St. Louis this Saturday as the No. 1 seed.

The Robins will play at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the University of Missouri. The championship game is at 6:30 p.m.

Missing Marke Freeman and Ebony Ellis against the Nuggets, the Robins needed a big game from their backcourt duo. Krystal Ellis, the former Marquette star, got off to a slow start with just two free throws in the first quarter, but had eight in the second. Raymond was hot from the start, hitting three first-half 3-pointers and scoring 13 points as the Robins took a 46-41 lead.

While Raymond was held to seven in the second half, she hit 4-of-4 free throws in the fourth quarter and finished with 20 points. Ellis hit four 3-pointers in the second half and scored 19 of her 31 points.

Dnaya Mims scored nine of her 13 points in the fourth quarter and Alyssa Green tallied 13 of her 15 in the second half. Mims led the Robins with nine rebounds. Green had six and Barbara Williams had five.

Raymond led Rock County with seven assists and four steals.

As a team, Rock County converted 13 3-pointers.

The Nuggets had five players score in double figures, led by Dana Olsen with 23 points. Brittney English-Newton and Tavi Pulley-Davis each had 15 points while Denea Stuckey and Latasha Johnson each had 13.


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  WNBA - Women  


Latest games - by Eurobasket News
Connecticut S. - Indiana F. 76-71
Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) had 18 points and 14 rebounds as the Connecticut Sun beat the Eastern Conference leading Indiana Fever Sunday, 76-71, before 7,075 at Mohegan Sun Arena. Rookie Danielle McCray (5'11''-G/F-87, college: Kansas) made six of eight 3-pointers for a career and game-high 22 points for the Sun (8-5). It was also the 168th win for Connecticut head coach Mike Thibault, ranking him second all-time in that category. Tamika Catchings had 18 points and 15 rebounds for the Fever (10-5). *Courtesy of www.theday.com

L.Angeles S. - Washington M. 85-89 OT
Matee Ajavon (5'8''-G-86, college: Rutgers) scored 27 points and the Washington Mystics overcame a 24-point deficit, completing the largest second-half comeback in WNBA history, with a 89-85 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks on Sunday. The Mystics (3-10) trailed by as many as 24 points in the first half and were down by 14 heading into the fourth quarter before surging back. Washington scored the first five points of overtime to go ahead 82-77 on Marissa Coleman's layup. Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-F/C-86, college: Maryland) finished with 24 points and 14 rebounds, and Coleman added 10 and nine boards for Washington, which snapped a five-game losing streak. The Mystics, who scored 29 points in the fourth quarter to force overtime, went ahead for the first time since the opening quarter when Colemans 3-pointer made it 73-70 with 1:40 remaining in regulation. Kristi Toliver led the Sparks (6-7) with 21 points, while Jantel Lavender had 13. *Courtesy of www.forbes.com

Atlanta D. - Chicago S. 76-68
Dream coach Marynell Meadors was tired of waiting for her team to play their best game of the season. Finally, she got her wish. Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86, college: Louisville) scored 24 points, Lindsey Harding (5'8''-G-84, college: Duke) added 14 and the Atlanta Dream snapped a two-game losing streak with a 76-68 victory over the Chicago Sky on Saturday night. Armintie Price had 13 points and a season-high 10 assists. 'We had a valuable contribution from a lot of people since we were down to nine players,' Meadors said. 'It was a great team win.' Sylvia Fowles finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks for the Sky (7-8), who have lost five straight on the road. Cathrine Kraayeveld had 11 points, Michelle Snow added 11 points and 12 rebounds, and Epiphanny Prince also scored 11. *Courtesy of washingtonexaminer.com

Minnesota L. - Seattle S. 69-62
Seimone Augustus (6'1''-G-84, college: LSU) scored 19 points and the Minnesota Lynx took over the game with a 22-2 run and, then held on to beat the Seattle Storm 69-62 on Saturday night. Rebekkah Brunson (6'3''-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) added 16 points for Minnesota (9-4), while Lindsay Whalen scored 13, including four big free throws down the stretch. Topics Basketball Sue Bird Swin Cash Tanisha Wright scored 18 points to lead short-handed Seattle (7-6), while Swin Cash had 16 and Sue Bird added 15. Bird hit consecutive 3s to put Seattle ahead 24-23 with 6:23 to play in the first half, but Augustus followed with a pair of jumpers that started a 12-2 Minnesota run to close out the half. The Lynx then scored the first 10 points of the third quarter and threatened to pull away until Seattle mounted a late rally. The Storm were playing without three-time MVP Lauren Jackson, who is recovering from hip surgery, and Camille Little missed the game for personal reasons. But the Lynx appeared a step slow after playing in the highest-scoring regulation game in league history on Wednesday, then winning at Indiana on Friday night. The Storm recovered from the big Minnesota run and cut the lead to six on a three-point play by Wright with 2:39 to play that made the score 63-57. The Storm had a chance to cut the lead even further, but Moore stripped the ball from Bird on a fastbreak, Whalen hit two free throws and Minnesota led by eight with 36.1 seconds to go. After another defensive stop by the Lynx, Whalen converted two more free throws to secure Minnesota's second straight win. *Courtesy of www.q13fox.com

New York L. - Tulsa S. 88-57
Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) 's grandmother had some simple advice for her: Take over the game. The New York Liberty star listened and helped her team bounce back from a disappointing loss. Pondexter scored 18 points, Essence Carson (6'0''-G-86, college: Rutgers) had 17 and New York cruised to a 88-57 victory over the Tulsa Shock on Sunday. ''When my grandmother speaks I have to listen and do what she says,'' said Pondexter, who had just 11 points in Friday night's loss to Connecticut. ''It was kind of funny hearing her say that. ... I was heading out the door to go to the game, and she was just like 'Make sure you take over.''' Kia Vaughn had 15 points and Plenette Pierson, back after missing one game due to a strained tendon in her left knee, added 12 points to help the Liberty (9-6) win for the seventh time in nine games. ''We played with more energy, our feet were alive and we didn't have our mud boots on,'' Liberty coach John Whisenant said. ''I told the team I don't have a secret to unlock your energy box but when you play with energy and determination we're a sound, pretty good team and when we play the way we did the last time we're not.'' Pondexter played a season-low 21 minutes, scoring 11 points in the first half and six more over the first 5 1/2 minutes of the third quarter. *Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com




Standings
WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Indiana F. 10-5 
 2. New York L. 9-6 
 3. Connecticut S. 8-5 
 4. Chicago S. 7-8 
 5. Atlanta D. 4-9 
 6. Washington M. 3-10 
Western
 1. Phoenix M. 10-4 
 2. Minnesota L. 9-4 
 3. S.Antonio SS 8-4 
 4. Seattle S. 7-6 
 5. L.Angeles S. 6-7 
 6. Tulsa S. 1-14