EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/2/2011

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  ABA   


Las Vegas Aces move to Eatonville, Florida - by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association announced last week that it has approved the move of the Las Vegas Aces to Eatonville Florida. 'Las Vegas is a great market, but so is the Orlando area,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. ' Todd Triplett , the owner of the Aces and a member of the ABA for several years has business and family interests in the Orlando area and the commuting between the two cities has been difficult for Todd. Thus, we were happy to approve the transfer.'
Eastonville is the oldest incorporated black community in Orange County, Florida. It was one of the first black towns to bve formed after the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and was incorporated on August 15, 1887. 'The city of Eatonville has embraced our new team,' stated Tripplett. 'And we are looking forward to a very exciting season in a terrific division.' For more informaton, email gm4aces@yahoo.com or call 407 490 9694


The ABA and the 6Sports announce the formation of ABA CLASSICS - by Gianni Pascucci
Joe Newman , Chairman/CEO of the American Basketball Association, Inc. (ABA), Deon Taylor, CEO of Ether Marketing & Consulting, LLC (EMC), and J. Erving of 6Sports, LLC (6Sports) have announced they have joined forces to create a new ABA division, ABA Classics.
6Sports, LLC (6Sports), led by music, entertainment, and sports entrepreneur J. Erving, will partner with EMC in this effort.
The new ABA Classics division will consist of 12 teams, comprised of professional basketball players drawn from top ABA players, former NBA players, former NCAA players, and the streets, rec leagues, and playgrounds of the world, that will compete for the ABA Classics Division championship title and their share of a substantial prize money purse.



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  ARGENTINA   


Argentina claim first win in Latvia - by Eurobasket News
Argentina U19 - Taiwan U19 80:69

Argentina clinched the first win at the U19 World Championship. The Latin American side overcame Taiwan in preliminary Group B action. Carlos Paredes (196-F-92) stepped up with 19 points to lead the effort. Taiwan in the meantime fell at 0-2 record.
The teams traded baskets throughout the opening quarter. Argentina eked out a narrow 17:16 lead ten minutes into the game. Argentina started to clear off in the second frame. They ensured a 38:31 halftime lead. Argentina stunned Taiwan right after the big break. The Latin American side outscored their opponents 29:10 in the third frame to boost the gap at 26-point mark with one quarter remaining. Taiwan went on a desperate rescue rally in the fourth period. They cut the distance but never threatened the margin in the final term. Luciano Massarelli (183-PG-93) delivered 12 points for the winners. Marcos Delia (206-C-92) contributed 8 points in the victory. Hung Kang-Chiao (191-F-92) answered with 18 points for Taiwan. Chen Ying-Chun (181-PG-93) had 15 points, 6 boards and 3 assists in the loss.

Argentina U19: Carlos Paredes 19, Luciano Massarelli 12, Marcos Delia 8
Taiwan U19: Hung Kang-Chiao 18, Chen Ying-Chun 15




La Union tab Javier Caceres - by Eurobasket News
La Union have brought in Javier Caceres (201-F-85). The 26-year-old forward spent the last season in LigaB. He played for Huracan Trelew. Earlier he had a stint with Asociacion Italiana. Javier Caceres played for La Union back in 2006-2009 seasons. He was TNA champion together with La Union back in 2009.


20011/12 liga A and TNA teams - by Facundo Iatzky
After the delete of Liga B, ADC decided to increase the numer of participant teams in TNA (second division) from 16 to 22. So these will be all the teams of first and second division for next season:
Liga A:
Penarol
Atenas
Libertad
Quimsa
Obras
La union
Lanus
Regatas C
Gimnasia C
BB Estudiantes
Olimpico
Sionista
9 de julio
boca jrs
Quilmes mar del plata
San Martin Corrientes

TNA:
Ciclista juninense
Alvear
ciudad Bragado
Obera TC
asoc Italiana
Firmat FC
Monte Hermoso basket
Argentino Junin
Union sunchales
San Martin Marcos Juarez
tucuman BB
Union progresista
Banda Norte
Asoc Espanola
Rosario Central
Sport Club canada de gomez
Estudiantes Concordia
Echague Parana
Huracan Trelew
Alianza Viedma


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  AUSTRALIA   


David Wolf takes over as Kings GM - by Eurobasket News
The Sydney Kings Board today announced the appointment of Mr David Wolf as the organisation's new General Manger.

Executive Director, Stephen Dunn, welcomed Wolf to the Sydney Kings and said that in announcing his appointment, he is confident the organisation and the fans of the iconic basketball brand will be impressed with his credentials, passion, and ability.

'David had been involved with the Sydney Kings in one role or another for the better part of 16 years and, when placed alongside his extensive corporate experience, was a natural choice for us when appointing this key commercial leadership position.' Stephen said

'He is an extremely well-credentialed marketing executive with more than 15 years experience in senior management and leadership positions in Australia, North America, and Asia. David has a proven management track-record in creating measurable and memorable brand and marketing campaigns, negotiating substantial sponsorship investment, and enhancing the corporate reputation of every major company with which he has worked,' Stephen said.

'David's global experience, and his previous first hand knowledge of conducting sponsorship negotiations with the NBL, NRL and the Commonwealth Games among many others, as well as his standing in the Australian business community, will serve the Sydney Kings' interests very well as we enter our second season back in the NBL,' he added.

'David is one of those rare individuals who has been able to translate a childhood passion into a career. One of David's greatest achievements, and one that all basketball fans will appreciate, was his negotiation of the NBL naming rights sponsorship with Philips. This commitment brought stability to the game and substantial knock-on sponsorship to the Sydney Kings.

Speaking about his appointment, David said he that he is enthusiastic about starting with the Sydney Kings and continuing where he left off many years ago.

'In the mid 90s, I was mentored by the doyen of the Sydney Kings, Mike Wrublewski. I was also a volunteer with the Kings for 14 seasons, having performed every possible game-night job there is to do, including being Rodney O's spotter, to working the media bench, liaising with the visiting teams, and greeting corporate guests. I loved every minute of it. The opportunity to merge this collective experience with my corporate career and help drive the Sydney Kings to new heights is extremely exciting, and I am looking forward to getting started' David said.

'I have fond childhood memories of watching Leon Trimmingham in action, as I sat in the very last row of a sold out Sydney Entertainment Centre. I very genuinely believe we can create these lifelong memories for a new generation of Kings fans, and give families an evening of sport and entertainment they wont soon forget,' he added.

'While my career has taken me to the United States and into the corporate world of marketing, my love for the Sydney Kings has never faltered. I was devastated when my beloved team was cut from the NBL for two years and, even then, I was constantly thinking of ways I could assist to bring them back.

'I can't tell you how much it meant to me, and I am sure every other Sydney Kings fan, to hear that Bill Wavish and Bob Turner found a way to resurrect the team and get them back on court at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.

'The Kings achieved a tremendous amount in their first season back in the NBL. With a great base to build upon, and an exciting team already in place for the coming season, we will be working tirelessly to show Sydney that there is no other sporting team willing to work as hard as the Sydney Kings both on and off the court.

'Our game night attendance and TV audience from last season highlights the bond that Sydney-siders have with the Sydney Kings. Our goal is to continue to deliver a great product to all our fans and corporate partners.

'My first priority will be to take the Sydney Kings into every major boardroom, and to work with the business community to deliver compelling partnership opportunities that exceed all expectations. If anyone has any lingering doubts about the return of the Sydney Kings after last season, they won't by the end of the 2011-2012 season; I can guarantee that,' Wolf said.

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


Latvia rally past Australia in Valmiera - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U19 - Australia U19 78:68

Latvia recorded the second straight win at U19 World Championship. The hosts fired past Australia to improve at 2-0 record in Group B. Australia fell at 1-1 record after the loss. Kaspars Vecvagars (191-G-93) stepped up with 24 points and 6 assists to lead the effort.
Latvia led by three points at the first break 18:15. The teams traded baskets throughout the second period. The hosts managed to ensure a 3-point lead at the interval 35:32. The third quarter turned decisive in the game. Latvia stepped on the gas firing 29 points in the third quarter. Australia faced a 17-point deficit heading into the fourth period. Latvia withheld a furious comeback pressure from the Emus to clinch the second win in a row at the tournament. Davis Bertans (205-C-92) notched 22 points, while Edmunds Dukulis (204-C-92, agency: Players Group) added 20 points in the victory. Mitchell Creek (198-F/G-92) answered with 20 points, 5 boards and 4 assists for Australia. Igor Hadziomerovic (195-G-92) netted 14 points in the losing effort.

Latvia U19: Kaspars Vecvagars 24, Davis Bertans 22, Edmunds Dukulis 20
Australia U19: Mitchell Creek 20, Igor Hadziomerovic 14



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Kalev/Cramo keep Gert Dorbek and Reimo Tamm - by Eurobasket News
Kalev/Cramo extended contracts of Gert Dorbek (194-G-85) and Reimo Tamm (185-G-84).
Reimo Tamm joined the Estonian powerhouse at the start of the previous season. His stats read 8.0 points, 3.3 boards and 2.1 assists per game in Baltic League. In VTB League the guard tallied 8.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists per appearance. In Estonian League Reimo Tamm posted 9.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists. In 2010 Reimo Tamm was named Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Most Improved Player of the Year. He is the member of Estonian National Team.
Gert Dorbek will enter his fourth straight season with Kalev/Cramo. The 25-year-old guard averaged 9.0 points, 3.3 boards, 1.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game in Estonian League last season. In Baltic League his stats came up to 10.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.9 steals per appearance. In VTB League Gert Dorbek notched 6.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists.



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  BELARUS   


Bennet Cantu put Belarusian Parakhouski on radar - by Eurobasket News
Bennet Cantu put Belarusian Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87, college: Radford) on radar for the next season. Artsiom Parakhouski could replace Benjamin Ortner, close to leave the team and be in the frontline of the team along with Marko Scekic and Denis Marconato.
Artsiom Parakhouski started in 2006-2007 for S.Idaho JC (JUCO) and in 2008-2009 joined Radford (NCAA, starting five). In 33 games he averaged 16.2ppg, 11.2rpg, 1.1apg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 53.7%, FT: 65.5%. In 2009-2010 for Radford (NCAA, starting five) in 31 games he averaged 21.4ppg, 13.4rpg, 1.1apg, 2.1bpg, FGP: 58.1%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 56.2%. In 2010-2011 moved to VEF Riga (Latvia-LBL, starting five) and in Latvian League after 12 games had 10.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 60.0%, FT: 69.6%. In VTB League after 10 games he had 12.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 54.1%, FT: 63.8%, while in EuroCup averaged 8.0ppg, 5.3rpg, FGP: 67.7%, FT: 60.0%. In Baltic League after 25 games he had 15.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 62.6%, FT: 71.5%, played also at BK VEF Riga junior team (Latvia-LBL).
Artsiom Parakhouski recently enjoyed the title in Latvia as his VEF Riga are new LBL champions! They toppled Ventspils in the decisive seventh game of the thrilling championship series.



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  BELIZE   


Belizean U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
4 Tyler Myvett 175-G-96 BIZ U16 NT Belize
5 Lincey Lopez 95 BIZ U16 NT Belize
6 Daniel Sanchez 96 BIZ U16 NT Belize
7 Tyrell Ramclam 96 BIZ U16 NT Belize
8 Rodrick Williams 97 BIZ U16 NT Belize
9 Rahyme Sacasa 96 BIZ U16 NT Belize
10 Tariq Middleton 178-G-95 BIZ U16 NT Belize
11 Tree Moses 96 BIZ U16 NT Belize
12 Bryton Codd 193-F/C-95 BIZ U16 NT Belize
13 Brian White 188-G-96 BIZ U16 NT Belize
14 Kirklann Smith 96 BIZ U16 NT Belize
15 Kyle Middleton 96 BIZ U16 NT Belize



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  BOTSWANA   


Drillers disqualified from basketball league - by Thomas Fink
MOGOMOTSI BUZWANI
Correspondent
Mmegi 1 July 2011

FRANCISTOWN: Basketball league new comers, Drillers have been disqualified after failing to honour two consecutive fixtures. Botswana Basketball Association (BBA) chairperson, Kabo Khama has said the disqualification means the debutants previous results have been nullified. He said Drillers failed to turn up for the game against Thebepahatshwa based Eagles a fortnight ago and the clash against Dolphins.

He stated that the club's officials failed to give valid reason for the failure to honour the fixtures. Khama said the officials claimed that they were not aware of the fixtures. The club did not honour summons to appear before the Disciplinary Committee. Khama explained despite the suspension, Drillers can take part in other BBA tournaments and activities. 'The team remains affiliated to the BBA,' he said. Drillers were struggling at the bottom of the log after losing all the six games it played.



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  BRAZIL   


Adriano Machado joins Paulistano - by Paulo Freire
The Paulistano basketball team just made a new move for the 2011-2012 season. The director managers of the team have agreed with a new big man, Adriano Machado (208-C-83) who had a good season with Assis Basket, most at the defense side, as he has been one of the top block shot on the NBB.

Adriano was in the market just like all the other players from Assis, since the team has folded for next season after announcing the loss of their sponsor. The 6'10 player can also play as a forward and will now help a lot Paulistano that last season only have the youngs Erick and Arthur on the center position.

Adriano has some international expirence while playing in Chile and Mexico at his career.

So far Paulistano have add 4 new players, Eddy, Alex, Renato and Adriano. They have turn into a better roster and also have hurt some of the teams that in the last season was fighting with them for a playoff spot, while getting their players.


Minas lands american Mark Borders - by Paulo Freire
The Minas basketball team has already announced that next season will bet on a young team, with players form by the club. on the young basics teams. The new philosophy has sent their veteran point guard Sucatzky back to Argentina, to Atenas team.

However, the club has made a move by signing the american Mark Borders (188-G-82, college: Tampa), who have been playing in Brazil in the last seasons in Assis and Araraquara. Borders is a solid player but not a score. He will bring more experience and will probably be the leader of the team.

With that move, is more like that Raulzinho will not stay in Minas, last season he already had to share minutes in a front court with older players, and now with Borders in the PG role it is a question where he will end up, even with his father been named the new head coach of the team.




Raul Neto leads Brazil past Poland - by Eurobasket News
Brazil U19 - Poland U19 79:70

Brazil celebrated the first win at the 2011 U19 World Championship in Latvia. They overcame Polish counterparts to improve at 1-1 record in Group B. Brazil thus caught up with Poland in the ladder. Raul Neto (186-PG-92) stepped up with 16 points and 5 assists to pace the Latin American side.
Poland ensured the better start to the game. They rallied to a 22:18 lead at the first intermission. Brazil tipped off the second period on an 11:2 run to surge ahead. Soon Brazil stretched the gap to double digits late in the first half. Grochowski dropped five points in a row to drag Poland within 9 points at halftime 32:41. Poland went on a 16:0 rally to erase the deficit and pull in front. Poland maintained the advantage and entered the fourth quarter up by two points 52:50. Brazil ignited a 20:6 run midway through the fourth frame to take a 76:64 lead with just over a minute remaining. Poland never recovered and had to yield at the end. Cristiano Felicio (206-C-92) contributed 12 points for Brazil. Bruno Irigoyen (202-G/F-92) and Andre Vezaro (190-G-92) accounted for 10 points apiece in the win. Michal Michalak (194-G-93) responded with 14 points for Poland. Piotr Niedzwiedzki (210-F-93) delivered 13 points and 7 boards in defeat.

Brazil U19: Raul Neto 16, Cristiano Felicio 12, Bruno Irigoyen 10, Andre Vezaro 10
Poland U19: Michal Michalak 14, Piotr Niedzwiedzki 13



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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


BD BVI/USVI Basketball Tournament A Huge Success - by David Edole
The LIME BVI/USVI Basketball Tournament was two exciting days of youth in action with the Tortola team emerging as the Tournament Champions over 3 time winner St. Croix.

Basketball fans were witnesses to some of the best basketball ever played as the crowd was brought to its feet time and time again over the course of the entire tournament.

The tournament, hosted in the BVI for the second time since 2007, was a showcase of very talented youths with participating teams from St. Croix, St. Thomas and two teams from the BVI.

As sponsors of the two-day tournament, LIME fulfilled its promises for half-time entertainment for the spectators with the introduction of the LIME Beat the Clock and LIME Dueling Free Throw competitions. Winners of each game were awarded the latest LIME Nokia Smartphone.

The LIME Beat the Clock game involved spectators attempting to make four baskets in 30 seconds. The four baskets were a free throw, a layup a three-point shot and a half-court shot. Shamori Dagou of Tortola had the crowd cheering as he was successful in making all shots with seconds to spare.

In the LIME Dueling Free Throw contest, two contestants competing against each other, side by side on the same free-throw line, had 60 seconds to sink as many baskets as possible. They also had to retrieve their own rebounds. The victor was Khari Jones of Zion, St. Croix.

Trophies were also presented to:

LIME BVI/USVI Biddy Tournament Champion Trophy went to the Tortola team
Rhevaun Sprauve - BVI All Stars for Best Sportsmanship
Jomoiri Dagou - Most Valuable Player
Jomoiri Dagou - Most Outstanding Player

'Basketball is dear to the hearts of the youth of the BVI and their athletic prowess and skilful play throughout the tournament was on full display during the two-day event. This is more than a sponsorship; its an investment our youth. LIME is therefore, very proud to be sponsors of the BD BVI/USVI Basketball Tournament and to facilitate this exciting event for basketball fans and supporters in the BVI. ' said Mr. Sean August, LIME General Manager in the BVI.

LIMEs sponsorship included outfitting all of the participating teams with uniforms and providing a home court for the BVI BD Basketball organization for practice sessions. LIME has made available to the organization the use of its Sports Club facilities in Palestina to ensure the youth have an appropriate and available court for their use. This venue offers the association a 'home' base to practice the fundamentals of the game and an opportunity for fund raising initiatives in support of the club.

LIME
Updated: June 29, 2011 3:03 pm AST


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  CANADA   


Croatia U19 closed Day 2 with the win over Canada U19 - by Eurobasket News
Canada U19-Croatia U19 84:88

Croatia U19 improved to 2-0 record at the World Championship. The European team outscored Canada U19 88:84 to send North American team to 1-1 record.
Croatia U19 started better as Toni Katic brought 10-2 in the opening tip. Dyshawn Pierre (198-F-93) tied the game at 14:14, while Dario Saric (207-F/C-94) gave Croatia 26:21 at the end of the first period. Julian Clarke (191-G-92) nailed three for 31:31 in the second frame, while Mario Hezonja (196-G-95) made it even at 37:37. Dario Saric sent the teams to the lockers as Croatia enjoyed the minimum 44:43 deficit after 20 minutes in the court. Canada won the third frame 20-18 and Sim Bhullar (223-C-92) brought 63:62 on the board. Mario Hezonja started the last frame with the three-pointer and Croatia later imprved to 81:72 midway through the last frame. Junior Lomomba reduced to 82:79, but Boris Barac (206-F-92) made a free throw for 86:81. Marko Ramljak (201-F/G-93, agency: Interperformances) added later two for 88:82 and Canada scored the last two that became the final score in the game.
Mario Hezonja led the way with 21 points, while Boris Barac had 18 points and 16 rebounds. Dario Saric collected 14 points and 13 rebounds, whilst Marko Ramljak notched 12. Kevin Pangos (186-PG-93) poured in 19 points for Canada while Dyshawn Pierre collected 16 points and 11 rebounds. Julian Clarke nailed 11, whilst Sim Bhullar added 10.

Canada U19: Kevin Pangos 19, Dyshawn Pierre 16+11 rebs, Julian Clarke 11, Sim Bhullar 10
Croatia U19:Mario Hezonja 21, Boris Barac 18+16 rebs, Dario Saric 14+13 rebs, Marko Ramljak 12




IBL Championship Tournament in Vancouver this weekend - by Eurobasket News
The International Basketball League will have its playoffs right here in the Portland metro tomorrow night, Friday July 1st with game times of 6pm and 8pm; then the final four will be played on Saturday night at 6pm and 8pm and the overall IBL Championship will be held on Sunday at 1pm.


Location: Clark College in Vancouver Washington.

Portland Chinooks Local Players to watch:

David Lucas 6' 8'- Oregon State University, All Pac 10

Robert Day 6' 3'- back from professional season in Mexico

Mac Hopson 6' 3'- back from professional season in Japan- averaging 32 points and 8 assists per game in the IBL season after 11 games played.

Brian Morris 6' 9'- back from professional season in Japan- averaging big numbers in points and rebounds in the IBL.

Kevin Ford 6' 9'- recently had a game of 30 points and 15 rebounds versus the Albany NY Legends.


Volcanoes Local Players to watch:

Josh Tarver 6' 1'- Oregon State

Andre Murray 6' 4'- Portland State

High potential prospect- 6' 9' Lawrence Blackledge- also back from a professional season in Japan, Blackledge is an excellent small forward- a must see player.

Devin Uskoski- 6' 8' averaging 18 points and 11 rebounds- an overseas player from the Portland metro as well

For more information or to see the brackets for the playoffs, visit the league web site at- www.iblhoopsonline.com.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com




Kingston wont be part of NBL debut - by Eurobasket News
Kingston wont be moving forward with the National Basketball League of Canada in its inaugural season but the ownership group that had hoped to set up shop in the Ontario city is now trying to make a deal to call Moncton home.

The NBL announced in a release early Thursday evening that the ownership groups efforts to secure a lease with the K-Rock Centre had fallen through and it was in 'intense negotiations' to establish a franchise in New Brunswick instead.

'Its unfortunate that the City of Kingston and the ownership group could not come to an agreement for this year, but we are very confident, optimistic and excited that we will reach an agreement with the City of Moncton in time for the 2011-12 season,' interim league president Andre Levingston said in a release.

The news came just one day after the fledgling league held its first owners meeting in Toronto to iron out details for the upcoming season, at which time Levingston expressed optimism that it would tip off in October with seven franchises founding members Halifax, Saint John and Quebec and newcomers Charlottetown, Oshawa, London and Kingston.

Another Ontario market, Barrie, dropped out earlier this week when team owners couldnt reach a lease agreement with the citys arena.

The upstart league had originally hoped to bring Moncton into the fold but the city bowed out of the application process earlier this month when prospective franchises were required to submit a $25,000 deposit.

The league intends to officially announce its 2011-12 lineup of teams by mid-July.

The founding teams had decided early in their deliberations about forming a new league that it would require at least six or seven teams, Levingston, the owner of the Halifax Rainmen, said Wednesday.

The potential to bring minor professional basketball to Kingston for the NBLs second season remains a possibility, he said in Thursdays release.

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca


Energy set to tackle unfinished business - by Eurobasket News
A year ago, the Edmonton Energy's dreams of playoff success after a strong 14-6 regular-season record were unexpectedly halted.

The ownership's financial constraints prevented the Energy from travelling to Portland, Ore., for the International Basketball League championship.

Although some things remained the same this time around -many of last year's players were back to complete another 14-6 campaign -the most important difference is that the Energy will have the opportunity (and the money) to travel to Vancouver, Wash., with a shot at bringing home the IBL title this weekend.

Energy forward Troy Gottselig (203-G-87), a rookie last season, remembers the collective helpless feeling in the locker-room last year.

'We all sat down in a meeting before (Wednesday's final league game against t he Por tland Chinooks) and talked about how we've been here a couple times and how we got the plug pulled on us last year,' Gottselig said. 'Now that we're down here and sitting in the driver's seat, we're definitely hungry. And it means a lot for the owners to bring us down here and to believe in us.'

Edmonton wrapped up its regular season on Wednesday night after playing five games in six days, including back-to-back road contests -beating the Olympia Reign 103-97 on Tuesday followed by a 125-106 defeat at the hands of the Chinooks.

Combined with the Albany Legends splitting their last two games, the Energy finished tied atop the International Division, earning the second seed for the playoffs and a bye to the semifinals. Interim Energy head coach Peter Sambu acknowledged the importance of earning an extra day off after the team's recent busy stretch.

'They are very exhausted and I saw it in our game (Wednesday) night against the Portland Chinooks, against a team that's very fresh,' Sambu said. 'Playing two games over the last week, our fatigue definitely set in, but we've got a great bunch of pros and we had a great team meeting about how we're going to combat this.'

One of Sambu's methods for beating fatigue was allowing his bench players to take charge against Olympia and Portland. Forward Benson Callier and guards William Broadus and Blain LaBranche came up big in both games for the Energy, allowing starters Rashaun Broadus and Curtis Nash to take on reduced minutes and Lee Scruggs to sit out Tuesday's match.

Sambu contends that his team will be healthy for Saturday's first playoff game.

'You have to listen to the heartbeat of your team and when guys communicate and say, 'Coach, I'm a little banged up, I've got some stiffness here,' if you can reduce their minutes, it's always wise,' Sambu said.

'We've got to look at the bigger picture, and the bigger picture is to be champions on Sunday night.'

The franchise, however, has yet to win a playoff game under the 'Energy' moniker. The team's only playoff victory came as the 'Chill' in 2008.

Addressing the lacklustre finishes of years past, the always-colourful Sambu used a metaphor to describe perhaps not the team's hunger, as Gottselig put it, but rather its thirst for success.

'One of the things I said to them was, 'Guys, we've been sipping the wine for the last couple of years; I'd like to drink the wine,' and they all agreed,' Sambu said. 'So we're very focused on drinking the wine and having a celebratory drink for Edmonton and our great fans back home.

'Hopefully, we'll do the city of Edmonton pretty proud.'

As for Gottselig, he believes the chemistry and positional play of this year's team will completely erase any bad memories lingering from 2010.

'Judging by the way it was last year, I think we're in a lot better position than we were last year, even if we had gone to the playoffs last year. We've got a better shot, definitely.'

The Energy plays the winner of Friday's quarter-final between the Legends and Reign in Saturday night's semifinal at 7 p.m. at Vancouver, Wash.

Courtesy of www2.canada.com


Seven set for hoops league debut - by Kristian Santiago
(BY The Chronicle Herald)

There are still is to be dotted and ts to be crossed but it appears seven teams will set sail on the maiden voyage of the new National Basketball League of Canada this fall.

After a marathon meeting of ownership groups Wednesday in Toronto, interim league president Andre Levingston said he feels secure that the founding Halifax Rainmen, Saint John Mill Rats and Quebec Kebs will be joined by franchises in Charlottetown, Oshawa, London and Kingston, Ont., when the NBL tips off in October.

'Its really encouraging to see the enthusiasm and Im sure next year that well be looking to add a few more teams,' said the Rainmen owner, whose club pulled out of the Premier Basketball League along with the Rats and Kebs after a controversial playoff.

'Its a work in progress but this is an amazing start. . . . When you really think about it, we just ended our season in March, April so weve been working our butt off and were extremely excited about where we are.'

Prospective franchises made an initial $25,000 deposit and will be required to submit an undisclosed franchise fee Levingston confirmed that its in the low six-figure range within 30 days of their official acceptance into the league. That will come once the teams have finalized lease agreements with the arena in their market.

Some of those were expected in the leagues hands as soon as today but Levingston said an official announcement will likely come in about another week once all of the agreements have arrived at NBL headquarters and the final approval process is complete.

'The teams have gotten a lot of their lease agreements sorted out. Were just waiting for them to send the paperwork and sign off but were very confident where everyone is as far as the lease is concerned so we pretty much know what teams will be participating this season.'

Clubs are expected to operate on a budget of $500,000 to $750,000 and with a salary cap of $150,000.

The ownership groups spent much of Wednesdays meeting hashing out a variety of details for the upcoming season, which could get underway in late October and wrap up with playoffs in March.

The seven teams will play in one division with a balanced schedule. Each club will play the others six times, with three at home and three on the road. The top four will advance to the playoffs, with the winners of best-of-three semifinals advancing to a best-of-five final.

Teams will be required to carry a minimum of 10 players and a maximum of 12, with at least two Canadians on the roster.

The league will conduct a tryout combine on Aug. 20-21, with a two-round draft to cap the weekend in Toronto. The first round of the draft will be open to free agents and the second limited to Canadians only.

The NBL will play under FIBA rules, with the exception being the length of games. Contests will consist of four 12-minute quarters, instead of FIBAs standard 10-minute periods.

'The rest of the world plays FIBA rules, other than the NBA,' Levingston explained.

'We felt we might as well comply with what the rest of the world is doing. Our players will have the opportunity to probably play overseas more so than play in the NBA so its best that we prepare them for where they would probably be playing if they were to play at a higher level.'

Levingston, who has spearheaded the new leagues formation along with Ian McCarthy, the Mill Rats president and general manager, said he was disappointed he wasnt able to establish a team in Barrie, Ont., which had been one of the original markets targeted by the NBL.

'With the agreement that the arena has with the hockey team, it doesnt give a professional basketball team or any entity the opportunity to be successful there,' he said.

'That agreement that they have in place with their hockey team is not a favourable one for our league and Im sure it will be years to come before there will be a professional basketball team in Barrie and/or if we would even consider it with the way things are happening there.'


Kingston Ownership Group Looks at New Market to Join National Basketball League of Canada - by Kristian Santiago
The National Basketball League of Canada's President & CEO, Andre Levingston , has just announced that the City of Kingston and the ownership group that was interested in bringing professional basketball to the Kay Rock Centre will not be moving forward in the 2011-12 expansion process.
Levingston said that he and the ownership group are currently in intense negotiations to bring their franchise to the City of Moncton, which would mark the third professional basketball team in the Maritime provinces.

'It's unfortunate that the City of Kingston and the ownership group could not come to an agreement for this year, but we are very confident, optimistic and excited that we will reach an agreement with the City of Moncton in time for the 2011-12 season.'

Levingston also stressed that the possibility of bringing professional basketball to Kingston during the 2012-13 season is not out of the question, and that opportunities will continue to be explored throughout the year.

The National Basketball League of Canada anticipates to formally announce their 2011-12 participating teams by mid-July.


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Standings
Standings
1. Bahamas0-0
2. Belize0-0
3. Dominican R.0-0
4. US Virg.Isl0-0
5. British Vir.0-0
6. Mexico0-0
7. Panama0-0
8. P.Rico0-0


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Egypt Shocks China in 2 OT - by Arthur Volbert
China lost to Egypt 100-96 in double overtime to dash its hopes at the FIBA World U-19 Championships. Egypt had been beaten by the USA 115-60 the previous day.

China fell behind 16-10 after one quarter and 34-25 at the half. It trailed 56-43 after three quarters before rallying in the fourth to tie the game 76-76 at the end of regulation. After the first overtime the game was still tied at 87-87, But Egypt outscored China 13-9 in the second overtime to win the game.

6-9 center Assem Ahmed (205-C-92) led Egypt with 25 points and 16 rebounds, dominating China's vaunted young seven-footers Wang Zhelin and Li Muhao. Wang had 8 points and 4 rebounds in 16 minutes and Li had 2 points and 1 rebound in 13. Together they only played 29 minutes of a 50 minute game. 6-9 Egyptian big man Seif Samir had 21 points and 8 rebounds in 26 minutes, hitting 8 of 10 shots. China's 6-10 Sun Tonglin had 3 points and 6 rebounds in 13 minutes, along with 4 personal fouls and 3 turnovers. 6-0 guard Omar Mohammed had 16 points and 4 rebounds in 45 minutes. 6-5 Hatem Hossan had 10 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists to 2 turnovers in 35 minutes. He added 3 blocked shots. 7-2 Li Muhao blocked 2 shots for China.

Guo Ailun had a miserable game, with 9 turnovers to only 4 assists. He had 17 points and 6 rebounds but hit only 1 of 6 three-pointers. Zhai Xiaochuan (205-F-93) had 28 points and 8 rebounds but only hit 8 of 24 shots. Wang Zirui had 18 points and 10 rebounds and 7 assists to 4 turnovers. Ju Mingxin had 11 points and 5 rebounds but only hit 4 of 15 shots.

All in all the Chinese team vastly disappointed considering how easily it had defeated its Asian opponents. This is a black mark for Chinese and Asian basketball. Unless China defeats the USA tomorrow -- which is extremely unlikely and would be even more surprising than today's result -- Fan Bin's career as a coach is probably over after the so-called player revolt earlier this year. Guo Ailun's chances of making the NBA one day also took a very big hit.



Egypt stun China in Latvia - by Eurobasket News
Egypt U19 - China U19 100:96 (2OT)

Egypt recovered well after the starting loss to the USA at the U19 World Championship in Latvia. The African team shocked China in a heart-stopping double-overtime game tonight to improve at 1-1 record D. China on the other hand suffered the second loss in a row to remain winless.
Egypt opened the game with a 9:3 run and maintained the lead throughout the opening quarter. They recorded a 16:10 lead after ten minutes. China tipped off the second frame with nine unanswered points to spur in front. But Egypt capped the half with a 14:2 run to regain the lead at 34:25. The African team boosted the margin to double figures midway through the third quarter. Egypt arrived at the final intermission up by 13 points 56:43. China went on a desperate rescue rally in the fourth frame. Hanchen Luo, Wang Zirui (190-G-93) and Mingxin Ju narrowed the gap at just 6 points with over three minutes remaining. Mingxin Ju followed with another triple as the gap grew thinner. Ailun Guo dragged China within one point 69:70 with just over two minutes to go. Omar Mohammed got fouled and sank both free throws to keep Egypt in charge. Assem Ahmed (205-C-92) knocked down four free throws but a three-pointer from Wang Zirui and a jumper from Mingxin Ju forced overtime. The teams went neck and neck throughout the first extra period. China finally surged ahead 85:81 but Hatem Hossam and Youssef Shousha nailed six points in a row to give Egypt an 87:85 lead. Ailun Guo drained a jumper to level things up at 87 and forced the second overtime. Hatem Hossam, Seif Samir (205-C-93) and Omar Mohammed ensured a 7-point lead for the African side in the second extra frame. But Mingxin Ju reacted with a treble to keep China hopeful. Assem Ahmed and Omar Mohammed followed with four points and Egypt hung on to escape with a dramatic victory at the end.
Assem Ahmed finished with 25 points and 16 boards for Egypt. Seif Samir added 21 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Zhai Xiaochuan (205-F-93) responded with game-high 28 points for China. Wang Zirui had 18 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists in defeat.

Egypt U19: Assem Ahmed 25+16 boards, Seif Samir 21, Omar Mohammed 16
China U19: Zhai Xiaochuan 28, Wang Zirui 18+10 boards




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  CROATIA   


Andrija Stipanovic heads to Italy - by Eurobasket News
Andrija Stipanovic (208-C-86) will continue his career in Italy. The Croatian big guy signed a deal with Pepsi Caserta. The 24-year-old Stipanovic comes from Belgium. He played for Belgacom Liege Basket in the previous season. Andrija Stipanovic tallied 8.5 points, 7.3 boards and 1.5 assists per game in EuroChallenge. In Belgian League his stats read 13.7 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.1 steals per appearance. The centre earned Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Honourable Mention. Previously Andrija Stipanovic played for Split and Hermes Analitica Zagreb in Croatia. The centre was in Eurobasket.com Croatian A1 League All-Newcomers Team in 2007. Andrija Stipanovic also played for Croatian U20 National Team.

'I am very happy that I signed a deal with Pepsi Caserta. I don't know how the team will look like, but I know they played good last season in Europe. Team's ambitions for 2011/12 are still not defined, but they'll be big for sure. I hope I will have another good season', said Andrija Stipanovic for www.kosarka.org.


Croatia U19 closed Day 2 with the win over Canada U19 - by Eurobasket News
Canada U19-Croatia U19 84:88

Croatia U19 improved to 2-0 record at the World Championship. The European team outscored Canada U19 88:84 to send North American team to 1-1 record.
Croatia U19 started better as Toni Katic brought 10-2 in the opening tip. Dyshawn Pierre (198-F-93) tied the game at 14:14, while Dario Saric (207-F/C-94) gave Croatia 26:21 at the end of the first period. Julian Clarke (191-G-92) nailed three for 31:31 in the second frame, while Mario Hezonja (196-G-95) made it even at 37:37. Dario Saric sent the teams to the lockers as Croatia enjoyed the minimum 44:43 deficit after 20 minutes in the court. Canada won the third frame 20-18 and Sim Bhullar (223-C-92) brought 63:62 on the board. Mario Hezonja started the last frame with the three-pointer and Croatia later imprved to 81:72 midway through the last frame. Junior Lomomba reduced to 82:79, but Boris Barac (206-F-92) made a free throw for 86:81. Marko Ramljak (201-F/G-93, agency: Interperformances) added later two for 88:82 and Canada scored the last two that became the final score in the game.
Mario Hezonja led the way with 21 points, while Boris Barac had 18 points and 16 rebounds. Dario Saric collected 14 points and 13 rebounds, whilst Marko Ramljak notched 12. Kevin Pangos (186-PG-93) poured in 19 points for Canada while Dyshawn Pierre collected 16 points and 11 rebounds. Julian Clarke nailed 11, whilst Sim Bhullar added 10.

Canada U19: Kevin Pangos 19, Dyshawn Pierre 16+11 rebs, Julian Clarke 11, Sim Bhullar 10
Croatia U19:Mario Hezonja 21, Boris Barac 18+16 rebs, Dario Saric 14+13 rebs, Marko Ramljak 12




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  CYPRUS   


Disagreement on the Cypriot Player of the Year Award! HOW THE VOTE WAS CAST... - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
It seems that there is big disagreement on the action of Cyprus Basketball Federation to assign the 'Cypriot Player of the Year Award' to Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-C-80) ignoring the fact that other players have had a better season or have won titles.

Different people seem to have expressed their wonder and dissatisfaction. We need to highlight that this is in direct contrast with eurobasket.com awards. As known, eurobasket.com has awarded the award of Cypriot Player of the Year to George Anastasiadis.

George has greatly helped his team throughout the regular season, but mainly was the player who practically beat Ael at the final and led his team to the double.

This should have been a crucial criteria from the Cyprus Basketball Federation on assigning this award.

With these George had advanced to 5 cups, 6 championships and 2 super-cups, which consists of a great record.

Besides George, Michael Kounounis was also great during the playoffs, practically leading his team, Ael, from the 6th position to the final, losing the title just at a 5th game.

How come and none of these two players has earned this award? It is a great mystery!!

The Cyprus basketball world is wondering what is going on?


For the record, we want to note that the vote was cast as follows:

Out of the 9 federal coaches...


Trisokkas got 5 votes

Anastasiades got 1 vote

Pilavas got 1 vote




Pantouris got 1 vote


One of the Federal coaches did not cast a vote




WHERE AMAZING HAPPENS!



Statistical Formulas and how important they are

We have stressed this many times. In basketball, statistical formulas should not be the only criteria for assigning awards. Statistical formulas and the so- called Tendex Score fail to account for the invincible side of the game. Defense, leadership, leading your team to a title and many more are never accounted in any basketball statistical formula.






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Ondrej Balvin returns to Cajasol - by Eurobasket News
Young Czech giant Ondrej Balvin (215-C-92) will play for Cajasol next season. The Spanish outfit announced this news yesterday. Balvin joined Cajasol a year ago, but he spent last season on loan at Castilleja Cajasol Sevilla. They competed in EBA league. Balvin moved to Cajasol from USK Praha, where he mostly played for junior team. He got a chance just few times with their senior squad.
Ondrej Balvin paced U18 Czech Republic to Gold medal at U18 EuroBasket Division B in Israel last summer. He exploded with 10.9 ppg, 11 rpg and 2.9 vpg at this event. Balvin was the best rebounder and shot blocker of the championship. Balvin also played for U20 Czech Republic in 2010. In 2008, he won the Silver with U16 Czech Rep at U16 EuroBasket in Italy.


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Egypt stun China in Latvia - by Eurobasket News
Egypt U19 - China U19 100:96 (2OT)

Egypt recovered well after the starting loss to the USA at the U19 World Championship in Latvia. The African team shocked China in a heart-stopping double-overtime game tonight to improve at 1-1 record D. China on the other hand suffered the second loss in a row to remain winless.
Egypt opened the game with a 9:3 run and maintained the lead throughout the opening quarter. They recorded a 16:10 lead after ten minutes. China tipped off the second frame with nine unanswered points to spur in front. But Egypt capped the half with a 14:2 run to regain the lead at 34:25. The African team boosted the margin to double figures midway through the third quarter. Egypt arrived at the final intermission up by 13 points 56:43. China went on a desperate rescue rally in the fourth frame. Hanchen Luo, Wang Zirui (190-G-93) and Mingxin Ju narrowed the gap at just 6 points with over three minutes remaining. Mingxin Ju followed with another triple as the gap grew thinner. Ailun Guo dragged China within one point 69:70 with just over two minutes to go. Omar Mohammed got fouled and sank both free throws to keep Egypt in charge. Assem Ahmed (205-C-92) knocked down four free throws but a three-pointer from Wang Zirui and a jumper from Mingxin Ju forced overtime. The teams went neck and neck throughout the first extra period. China finally surged ahead 85:81 but Hatem Hossam and Youssef Shousha nailed six points in a row to give Egypt an 87:85 lead. Ailun Guo drained a jumper to level things up at 87 and forced the second overtime. Hatem Hossam, Seif Samir (205-C-93) and Omar Mohammed ensured a 7-point lead for the African side in the second extra frame. But Mingxin Ju reacted with a treble to keep China hopeful. Assem Ahmed and Omar Mohammed followed with four points and Egypt hung on to escape with a dramatic victory at the end.
Assem Ahmed finished with 25 points and 16 boards for Egypt. Seif Samir added 21 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Zhai Xiaochuan (205-F-93) responded with game-high 28 points for China. Wang Zirui had 18 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists in defeat.

Egypt U19: Assem Ahmed 25+16 boards, Seif Samir 21, Omar Mohammed 16
China U19: Zhai Xiaochuan 28, Wang Zirui 18+10 boards




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  EL SALVADOR   


El Salvador U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
4 Luis Escoto 96
5 Juan Hofmann 95
6 Wilber Quevedo 95
7 Walter Gonzalez 96
8 Ricardo Escobar 96
9 Rodrigo Salguero 97
10 Carlos Loucel 97
11 Francisco Gomez 95
12 Balmore Perez 95
14 Marcos Gomez 96
15 Roberto Giron 96



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Kalev/Cramo keep Gert Dorbek and Reimo Tamm - by Eurobasket News
Kalev/Cramo extended contracts of Gert Dorbek (194-G-85) and Reimo Tamm (185-G-84).
Reimo Tamm joined the Estonian powerhouse at the start of the previous season. His stats read 8.0 points, 3.3 boards and 2.1 assists per game in Baltic League. In VTB League the guard tallied 8.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists per appearance. In Estonian League Reimo Tamm posted 9.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists. In 2010 Reimo Tamm was named Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Most Improved Player of the Year. He is the member of Estonian National Team.
Gert Dorbek will enter his fourth straight season with Kalev/Cramo. The 25-year-old guard averaged 9.0 points, 3.3 boards, 1.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game in Estonian League last season. In Baltic League his stats came up to 10.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.9 steals per appearance. In VTB League Gert Dorbek notched 6.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists.



Lithuania U18 selection started the Baltic Cup with the win over the hosts - by Eurobasket News
Estonia U18-Lithuania U18 59:88

Lithuania U18 selection started the Baltic Cup with the win over the hosts in Tallinn. The Lithuanian team overcame Estonia U18 88:59 at the SK Audentes.
The guests went on a lead early in the game and reached 31-15 after the first 10 minutes. Moreover they added 22-19 int he second frame for 19-points advantage at the halftime. Estonia however managed to win the third period 13-12, but Lithuania finished the game with 23-12 in the last frame to seal the victory. They also showed better percentage from the field, 59% versus 41%.
Simonas Kymantas (204-C/F-93) stepped up with 15 points for the winners and Tomas Dimsa (193-G/F-94) netted 14. Arturas Gudaitis (208-C-93) posted 13, while Osvaldas Olisevicius (196-F-93) ended up with 11. Martin Paasoja (189-G-93) ended up with 11 points for the home side and Mihkel Schleicher (201-C-93) netted 10.

Estonia U18: Martin Paasoja 11, Mihkel Schleicher 10
Lithuania U18: Simonas Kymantas 15, Tomas Dimsa 14, Arturas Gudaitis 13, Osvaldas Olisevicius 11



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Eurobasket Summer League 2011 Chicago Day 1 - Game Reports - by Darryl Reshaw
2011 Eurobasket Summer League
Chicago Day 1 Game Reports:

The first day of the ESL 2011 Chicago event was a great turnout and featured some nice talent.
Some of the players were quite nervous and the team chemistry was lacking for some teams.
The collection of coaches was high quality as the event has coaches from Germany, Lithuania, Ukraine, IBL and the ABA.
Many agents were on hand and a few international scouting services were Attack Athletics.

Game 1:
Rome - Berlin 72-67

The first game got off to a sloppy start. Both teams seemed to settle down in the second. As the game went on, Darryl Garrett (6'4''-G) seemed to emerge from the rest. He led Rome to a 19-point advantage midway through the first. Darryl Garrett (6'4''-G)t is a big guard. He sees the court very well. Likes to create for his teammates. Could compete in Pro B France or Portugal. Berlin had trouble getting into the game because they were playing a little too selfish. Antonio Griffin (6'6''-G/F-84, college: CSU Bakersfield) looked impressive for Berlin. He has a controlled game. Shoots high percentages from the line and could make an immediate impact in lower divisions like Switzerland, Finland and France pro B. As game 1 came to an end two players showed pro potential; Darryl Garrett (6'4''-G)t and Antonio Griffin (6'6''-G/F-84, college: CSU Bakersfield).

Game 2:
Warsaw - Athens 108-98

Game 2 was a much better game. Head coach of Warsaw, Donnie Boyce former NBA player and current NBDL assistant coach, had a team of pros. The one that stood out was 68 Mike Hart. He is an explosive big with great athleticism. He plays above the rim, can block shots and rebound. He could play in France Pro B, Top level Germany and Italy A2. Another solid player in this game was Scott Buschman (6'7''-F, college: Viterbo). He is an athletic that will compete on both ends of the floor. I like his ability to create his own shot and his motor. He has a nice body and knows how to play the game with or without the ball. Unfortunately, he got hurt late in the game. So it is unsure if he will play Day 2.
Emmanuel Little (6'5''-F-85, college: N.Dakota) a former ESL All Tourney player showed his pro game. Emmanuel is a wing player that likes to aggressively attack the basket. He is a good defender and likes to get out on the break after a defensive stop. He would be a good player in France Pro A, Italy A2 and Germany.

Game 3:
Paris - Madrid 106-98

In game 3 there was one player that truly stood out. Mitchell Carter (6'10''-C) is a 611 big guy. He has great footwork. He is a solid defender, good shot blocker and he has a nice touch around the rim. He can even step out to hit the 15-foot jump shot. From what I have seen so far, he is the best player in the gym. Any team looking for a big that can score, this is a good buy. He would be a good player for LEB Gold, Pro A France, Israel and Germany. Andrew Fair is a very good point guard. He turned the game around with his defensive tenacity. He was one assist shy of a triple double. He hit shots, made plays for his teammates and made great decisions with the basketball. He is a true point guard. His biggest attribute is his will to win. He can play in Switzerland, Portugal, and Germany Pro B.

Game 4:
London - Amsterdam 114-102

This was a back and forth game where Amsterdam controlled the first half with spectacular play from Marcel Anderson (5'9''-G-86, college: Harris-Stowe St.) and Julian Harris (6'4''-G-90)
Marcel Anderson is our returning MVP from last years Chicago event. He is the quickest and fastest player here. He can get anywhere on the court. He makes solid decisions and is an excellent defender.
Julian Harris (6'4''-G-90) the NAIA All American from Menlo College is a very good point guard.
His dribble penetration and decision making was impressive and he can shoot the ball very well from anywhere.
In the second quarter alone, he noted 20 points and 3 assist. He is a very good on the ball defender as well.
During the second half London went on a 16-2 run and controlled the rest of the game.
The reason why is combo guard Senario Hillman (6'1''-G-88) took over the contest.
Senario dropped 15 points and 4 rebounds in one quarter of play in game 4. He is an athletic and very aggressive guard. A lefty that can do it all - shoot the mid range, long ball and is crafty when penetrating to the rim. He is more of a scoring off guard with an ability to run a team. He also sees the court very well. He is a pro! He can make an immediate impact in Israel, France Pro B, Germany and Italy A2.
Tawrence Walton (6'6''-F) of Chicago State had a very good game and was diverse in his scoring ability and very athletic.
Mike Stovall (6'5''-G/F) from Depaul University displayed some nice ball handling skills, scoring ability and great size/athleticism.
John Barber (6'7''-F-85, college: Youngstown St.) was also impressive on the boards and quietly had a very good game.

The box scores of the ESL day one Chicago event will be uploaded on the ESL web site on Friday.

You can follow the progress of the games on twitter @Anoblestar


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Elishay Kadir signs with Hapoel Migdal - by Eurobasket News
Elishay Kadir (202-F-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) is a new member of Hapoel Migdal. The Israeli forward signed a two-year deal with his new club. He arrives to Hapoel Migdal from Maccabi Haifa, where he spent last season. In 24 Premier league games Kadir averaged 11.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists. He also added 7 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 2.2 apg in EuroChallenge. Kadir started the season with Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv, but moved to Maccabi Haifa after just few games.
Before Maccabi Haifa and Maccabi Electra, Elishay Kadir spent two years with Galil Gilboa. He also played for Maccabi Ironi Ramat Gan in the past. Kadir won the Premier league title in 2010 with Galil Gilboa and was named All-Israeli Premier League Player of the Year -10. He is a member of the Israeli NT since 2009.


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Partizan keeps Rasko Katic, Dusan Kecman and Petar Bozic - by Eurobasket News
Partizan Belgrade kept Rasko Katic (208-F-80, agency: Beo Basket), Dusan Kecman (197-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) and Petar Bozic (197-G-78) for another season. They signed one-year contract extension with the Serbian powerhouse.
Rasko Katic was Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Center of the Year -11. He had 6.9 ppg and 4.2 rpg for 16 Euroleague games, also adding 8.9 ppg and 4.1 rpg for 28 games in Adriatic league. In Serbian league, Katic registered 9.6 ppg and 4.7 rpg. Katic joined Partian last summer from Hemofarm.
Dusan Kecman had 7.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 1.8 apg in Euroleague last season. In Adriatic league he collected 9.5 ppg, 4 rpg and 2.7 apg for 28 games. Finally in Serbian league Kecman added 7.7 ppg, 3 rpg and 3.6 apg for 20 games.
Long serving captain Petar Bozic averaged 2.5 points and 1.1 rebounds in 14 Eurolegaue games. His numbers in Adriatic league were 3.1 ppg, while in Serbian league Bozic had 3.3 ppg, 1.5 rpg and 1.5 apg.


SLUC Nancy keeps Akin Akingbala - by Eurobasket News
SLUC Nancy announced signing of a one-year contract extension with Akinlolu Akingbala (208-F-83, college: Clemson). The 28-year-old Nigerian had very good last season with the club. He helped them win the ProA title and they will compete in Euroleague 2011/12. Nancy grabbed the trophy thanks to 76-74 thriller win against Cholet in the Big Final. Akinlolu Akingbala helped Nancy with 10 points and 7 rebounds in this meeting. He appeared 35 times last season in ProA averaging 10.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. In EuroChallenge, he added 12.4 ppg and 8.1 bpg for 8 games. Akingbala joined Nancy in 2008 from Universitet Surgut. In the past, he played for Ventspils, Lleida and Los Angeles D-Fenders. Akinlolu Akingbala is active member of the Nigerian NT.

Unicaja Malaga brings in Kristaps Valters - by Eurobasket News
Unicaja Malaga announced signing of Kristaps Valters (190-G-81) for the next season. The Malaga team also has option for 2012/13. Valters heads to Unicaja from Fuenlabrada, where he spent last season. The Latvian point guard had 10.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 4.5 apg in 34 games. Season 2009/10, Valter spent with DKV Joventut. He had 7.5 ppg, 1.6 rpg and 4.3 apg for them in 33 Spanish league games. In EuroCup, Valters added 6.8 ppg, 1.5 rpg and 4.7 apg. In 2008/09, Valters also played for Fuenla. Before that he was a member of Scafati, Udine, Triumph Lybertsy, Oldenburg, Panionios and Skonto Riga.
Kristaps Valters was a member of the Latvian National from 1999 until 2009. At the EuroBasket in Poland he had 9.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg and 4 apg for 8 games.


Anadolu Efes Istanbul tab Dogus Balbay - by Eurobasket News
Dogus Balbay (185-G-89) is coming back to Turkey. The 22-year-old guard has agreed on terms of contract with Anadalo Efes Istanbul. The deal is meant for three season. Dogus Balbay has just graduated from the University of Texas. He averaged 4.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in his senior season. Dogus Balbay was named All-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. The guard made it into Big 12 All-Academic 1st Team for the third year in a row. Dogus Balbay used to play for U16, U18, U19 and U20 Turkish National Teams. Before joining the Texans the guard played for Fenerbahce. He played at Fiba Europe League Final Four with the Istanbul team.


Galatasaray lands Gordon Jamon Lukas from Olympiakos - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray announced signing of a two-year deal with Gordon Jamon Lukas (191-G-84, college: Virginia Tech). The American guard arrives from Olympiakos, where he spent last season. He appeared 19 times in Euroleague averaging 4.5 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals. In Greek league, Gordon Jamon Lukas added 5.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.5 apg and 1.3 spg for 28 games. He helped Reds to win the Greek Cup this year. Eurobasket awarded Gordon Jamon Lukas with Greek A1 League All-Imports Team -11. He was also named Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Defensive Player of the Year -11.
Season 2009/10, Gordon Jamon Lukas spent with Marousi. He had 10.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 3.1 apg for them in Euroleague. In the past, he was a member of Trikalla, Split, Koln 99ers and Antalya. He is a product of the Virginia Tech University, where he graduated in 2007.


Antonis Fotsis officially in Armani Jeans Milano - by Eurobasket News
According to few sources Armani Jeans Milano announced Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) for the next season.
Recently Antonis Fotsis was reported to have agreed terms with Regal FC Barcelona. The Greek forward couldn't wait Panathinaikos Athens anymore and decided to accept a 3 Million Euro yearly salary offer for 2 years from the ACB Champions. Antonis Fotsis wanted to wait his favorite club even further but the Catalans deadline forced him to agree the terms.
Antonis Fotsis joined Panathinaikos in 2008-2009 for 1,500,000 and averaged 7.2ppg, 4.7rpg, FGP: 62.2%, 3PT: 43.3%, FT: 71.4% in EuroLeague, while in Greek League after 33 games had 7.0ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP-3 (71.2%), 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 75.9%. In 2009-2010 for Panathinaikos Athens (A1) in Euroleague he had 6.2ppg, 5.5rpg, FGP: 68.6%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 81.8%, while in Greek League after 35 games showed 6.9ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP: 63.6%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 75.8%. Last season for Panathinaikos Athens (A1, starting five) Antonis Fotsis averaged 8.6ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP-1 (73.8%), 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 86.5% in Greek League and in Euroleague after 22 games had 8.4ppg, 5.1rpg, FGP-1 (76.1%), 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 64.7%.



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Latvia U18 outscored Finland U18 in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U18-Finland U18 77:67

Latvia U18 outscored Finland U18 at the start of the Baltic Cup in Estonia. The Latvian selection took the lead at the very beginning to finish with 77:67 victory.
Latvia started with 20-14 in the first 10 minutes and provided 19-18 in the second frame. Both teams nailed 18 points each int he second frame, while the last stanza also belonged to the favorites. After 20-17 in it, Latvia celebrated 77:67 at the end.
Rihards Ginters (193-F-91) led the way with 20 points and Roberts Stumbris scored 13. Oskars Reinfelds (190-PG-94) and Roberts Krumins (194-G-93) followed them with 9 points each in the winning effort. Joonas Caven (203-C/F-93) answered with 13 points in defeat and Daniel Dolenc (204-C-93) netted 12.
In another game of the tournament Lithuania U18 selection started the Baltic Cup with the win over the hosts in Tallinn. The Lithuanian team overcame Estonia U18 88:59 at the SK Audentes.

Latvia U18: Rihards Ginters 20, Roberts Stumbris 13, Oskars Reinfelds 9, Roberts Krumins 9
Finland U18: Joonas Caven 13, Daniel Dolenc 12, Visa Tarjanne (194-F-93) 10



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Andre Harris moves to Dijon - by Eurobasket News
Dijon bolstered their frontcourt. They brought in Andre Harris (201-F/C-85, college: Fairleigh Dickinson). Last season the 25-year-old centre spent in Lille. Andre Harris tallied 18.4 points, 6.3 boards, 1.8 steals and 1.5 assists per game in ProB. He earned Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Honourable Mention. Previously Andre Harris had stints with Saint-Ettiene, Hapoel Kiryat Tivon, Hapoel Afula, West-Brabant Giants.



Bourg signs Donald Copeland - by Eurobasket News
Donald Copeland (177-PG-84, college: Seton Hall) is a new member of Bourg. The American point guard signed a one-year deal with his new club. Copeland arrives to Bourg from Puerto Rico. He started the season with San German and in May joined Arecibo Capitanes. They still play in BSN Quarterfinals. Copeland currently averages 6.1 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 18 games with Arecibo. With san German, Copeland added 11.3 ppg, 2 rpg and 3.8 apg. Last season Donald Copelan spent with Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. He had 7.1 ppg, 1.7 rpg and 4 apg for them in 21 German league games. In the past, Donald Copeland was a member of Bosna ASA BHT, PGE Turow, Polpharma and Gigantes Carolina. It will be his first time in France.

SLUC Nancy keeps Akin Akingbala - by Eurobasket News
SLUC Nancy announced signing of a one-year contract extension with Akinlolu Akingbala (208-F-83, college: Clemson). The 28-year-old Nigerian had very good last season with the club. He helped them win the ProA title and they will compete in Euroleague 2011/12. Nancy grabbed the trophy thanks to 76-74 thriller win against Cholet in the Big Final. Akinlolu Akingbala helped Nancy with 10 points and 7 rebounds in this meeting. He appeared 35 times last season in ProA averaging 10.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. In EuroChallenge, he added 12.4 ppg and 8.1 bpg for 8 games. Akingbala joined Nancy in 2008 from Universitet Surgut. In the past, he played for Ventspils, Lleida and Los Angeles D-Fenders. Akinlolu Akingbala is active member of the Nigerian NT.

Mavericks exercise options for Beaubois, Jones - by Eurobasket News
The NBA champion Dallas Mavericks have exercised 2011-12 contract options for guards Rodrigue Beaubois (6'1''-G-88, agency: Court Side) and Dominique Jones (6'4''-G-88, college: S.Florida).

The Mavericks announced the moves Thursday before the start of the NBA lockout.

Beaubois missed 54 games this season because of a fractured left foot, which he hurt last summer training with the French national team and then aggravated in the final game of the regular season. He had a second surgery on the foot this week. He averaged 8.4 points and 2.3 assists in the 28 games he played for the Mavericks.

Jones averaged 2.3 points and 1.1 assists in 18 games as a rookie. He also made 10 appearances for the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League, where he averaged 18.7 points and 5.2 rebounds.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


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U-20 Georgia smashing Holland - by Akaki Bakradze
Georgia U-20 participates in the tournament in Holland, Zwolle.
Head coach Davit Ustiashvili chose 13 players:
Givi Bakradze, Beka Bekauri, Merab Bokolishvili, Beqa Chikviladze, Davit Dekanoidze, Akaki Dvalishvili, Ioseb Lezhava, Akaki Lomouri, Giorgi Revazashvili, Duda Sanadze,
Tornike Shengelia, Tariel Tavartkiladze, Nodar Tenieshvili.
In the first match Georgia defeated Holland U-20 87:64.

Bakradze (8 pts, 7 ass), Lomouri (3 pts), Chikviladze (15 pts), Shengelia (38), Tavartkiladze, Bekauri, Bokolishvili (2), Tenieshvili (6), Lezhava, Sanadze (6 pts), Revazashvili (4),
Dvalishvili (8 pts, 11 rbs), Dekanoidze

Tornike Shengelia (207-G/F-91)


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Jason Boucher: 'I know I can play at any level' - by Moritz Korff
Jason Boucher (180-G-80, college: Grand Valley St.) is a 31-year-old guard out of Menominee, Michigan. In the 2010-11 season he played 17 games for the BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha in the 2. Bundesliga Pro B, averaging 15.6 points, 2.5 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals per contest. He hit 60.5% of his shots from the field, 36.5% from three-point land and converted 84.5% of his free-throw attempts. Before he moved to Gotha, Boucher dominated the 1. Regionalliga South-East for several years, wearing the colors of Weiden and Landsberg.

Jason, the Gotha Rockets ended the season on a relegation spot after falling to Bernau in the playdown round, but were granted a license to continue to play in the Pro B anyway. As far as the team's performances are concerned: Why was Gotha not able to stay in the league?
Well I think we were good enough to make the playoffs, but we got in a little funk at the end of the year and couldn't get out of it. We got in trouble finding our roles as a team at the end of the season. We were winning almost every game down the stretch going into the 4th quarter and just let games get away from us. We were playing hard and as a team, but not very smart. I'm glad Gotha was able to stay in the Pro B for the upcoming season.

How do you feel about your transition from the Regionalliga to the Pro B?
Personally for me the transition from RL1 to the Pro B was not difficult at all, the way I play it was easy for me. All I do is play hard and smart everytime I step on the floor and give it my all. I play every game like it's my last. I'm very thankful to coach Khartchenkov for giving me the opportunity to play in Gotha last season.

What is your fondest memory of the 2011-12 season?
My fondest memory from our season last year is not playing related. It has to be the friendships I made with my teammates, we were like a little family, we did everything together and I think that helped us out big time playing together as a team. We wanted to win for eachother and were happy no matter who led us in scoring or who played well as long as we won. When things got tough we counted on eachother and got through it together. Even though we didn't make the playoffs and were dissapointed, I think we learned a lot and had fun being part of the team.

Tell us about your summer practice.
In the summer, I am back home in Menominee, MI, working on my game and trying to get better. I work out everyday, that includes lifting weigths, running, shooting and working on every aspect of my game. I work out with my cousin Scott Bell who is a high school coach around here and we push eachother everyday to get better.

What are your plans for the 2011-12 season?
My plans for the upcoming season are uncertain right now, I am not going back to Gotha this season and I am looking for a place to play. I want to stay in Germany but I am not opposed to playing anywhere else. I would love to play in the Pro B again or even a chance to play in the Pro A, I know I can play at any level. My basketball I.Q. will give me the opportunity to play at a high level and as a result of that I am hoping to sign with a team very soon. My contact info is jboucher4@hotmail.comor phone is 1-906-290-1842


Simonas Serapinas joins Telekom Bonn - by Eurobasket News
Telekom Bonn brought in experienced Lithuanian forward. They penned deal with Simonas Serapinas (197-F-82). The 29-year-old forward started the previous season in Neptunas Klaipeda. He later moved to Italy to join Cimberio Varese. Simonas Serapinas averaged 3.4 points and 1.9 rebounds per game in SeriaA. Previously Serapinas had stints with Azovmash, Aris, Zalgiris, Alita Alytus and LKKA-Atletas. Simonas Serapinas played for Lithuanian National Team back in 2004.



The Fraport Skyliners Nab German National Player Johannes Herber - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
On the first day of the Fraport Skyliners being born, the club didnt waste any time reacting on the departure of 2004 beko BBL champion Gordon Herbert and 2011 beko BBL top scorer Dashaun Wood going to Alba Berlin by hauling in German national player Johannes Herber and rewarding him with a two year deal. Herber is a 28 year old 197cm guard from Darmstadt, Germany. He is a a big shooting guard, great 3-point shooter, with a strong body. Scores the most of his points from the perimeter, but his bulk allow him to battle inside, and this is why he's a good rebounder too. Defends well, even because he's got a great knowledge of the game. Last season the German played for Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 6.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 66.7%. 'We are happy that we could get a current German national player. He helps us at the guard position, is flexible and showed his strong defense qualities with Tuebingen last season. It will be interesting for him to play at the European level', stressed Skyliners sport director Kamil Novak .

Herbert started his basketball career for in 1999 for TV Langen (D2) where he played for until 2002. In the 2001-2002 season, he showed at a young age what he could do in the second Bundesliga playing 27 games: 14.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.8apg. he then crossed the Atlantic ocean to study in the States and play basketball for W.Virginia (NCAA) from 2002-2006. In his senior season, he played 33 games: 9.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.4apg, 1.0spg, FG: 40.6%, 3PT: 25.4%, FT: 79.2%. He then returned to Germany to play for 8 time beko BBL champion Alba Berlin from 2006-2009. In this time, he was plagued by injuries playing atotal of only 51 beko BBL games, 10 ULEB Cup games and 2 Euroleague games. Herber is looking forward to his new challenge on the Main. 'I am happy that I can play in Frankfurt. It is great to come back to the Rhein Main area. I already had contact to the team during my time with TV Langen. It willbe interesting to play at the European level', stressed Johannes Herber (197-G-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: W.Virginia).
Awards/Achievements in his career have been Adidas Summer Camp in Germany -99, German U20 National Team -01, German A2 National Team -03-05
German University National Team -03, 05, World University Games -03, 05, Academic All-America 3rd Team -04, German National Team -04-08, Big East Tournament Finalist -05
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight -05, NCAA Sweet 16 -06, World Championships in Japan -06: 9 games: 4.0ppg, 1.1rpg, German Bundesliga Regular Season Champion -07, 08, 09
Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Newcomers Team -07, European Championships in Spain -07: 9 games: 5.0ppg, 1.7rpg, German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals -08, German Bundesliga Champion -08, German Bundesliga Cup Winner -09, and German Bundesliga Semifinals -09.

Source: Fraport Skyliners





Daniel Dorr Returns Back To Hessen To The Licher Basket Baeren - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
5 years after leaving TV Lich for the Crailsheim Merlins,Daniel Dorr (202-F/C-83) returns back to the Licher Basket Baeren. Dorr is a 28 year old 203cm center german that is a good defensive rebounder that started his basketball career at TSV Grunberg (Regionalliga). He had played the last 5 years in Crailsheim. Last season in the PRO A, the German played 27 games: 6.1ppg, 2.4rpg, FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 87.0%. Dorr played 142 games for Crailsheim and his best season was 2008-2009 where he averaged 11.4ppg, 6.3rpg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT-1 (66.7%), FT: 81.0%. 'Daniel is a very experienced player that will help our young team and give it stability.He is also a good rebounder', described Licher Basket baeren assistant coach Christian Knauss. Dorr scored in double figures 6 timeslast season and his best game was against FC Bayern Munich where he scored 20 points. The club also announced that American Thomas Fairley (206-F/C-82, college: Lamar) will not return next season. Fairley played 43 games as a Basket baeren averaging 9,3ppg and 6,7rpg.

Source: Licher BasketBren


Louis Dale Will Play A Second Season With BG Goettingen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After having a brilliant NCAA career at Cornell, Louis Dale (180-G-88, college: Cornell) made the jump overthe pond to Europe and showed as a rookie for BGGoettingen last season that he has the qualities to grow into a solid player in Europe. Today Dale was rewarded with a contract extension with BG Goettingen. Last season for BG Goettingen Dale played EuroCup: 13 games: 4.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.8apg; German League: 37 games: 7.9ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 47.0%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 76.8%. He was top scorer seven times and scored 20 points against 4 time beko BBl chmapion Bamberg. 'I wanted to continue to play in Goettingen. I feel like I owe the fans something. I want to be exactly as consistent as the fans are',stressed Louis Dale (180-G-88, college: Cornell). Dale impressed not only as a scorer, but also as playmaker as he had 8 assists against Ratiopharm Ulm and 7 assists against LTi Giessen. 'I am very happy that we have him another year in Goettingen.He showed in some games last season especially against Bamberg and Aris what he can do. He is very motivated to work hard on his experience from last season. With this basis, his game should develop and improve', stated BG Goettingen coach Stefan Mienack . 'He showed last season that he can organize ourgame, but also brings the danger of scoring. In his second year in Europe he will get more consistent and be more valuable', stated BG Goettingen sport director Jan Schiecke.

Source: BG Goettingen


Dashaun Wood (Alba Berlin) When I Committed To Alba Berlin, A Part Of MyHeart Stayed In Frankfurt - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) is a 25 year old 185cm point guard from Detroit, Michigan that recently completed his first season in Germany for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. He played EuroCup Qualifying Round: 2 games: 13.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 5.0apg; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 16.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 5.2apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 73.7%; German League: 42 games: Score-1 (19.0ppg), 4.6rpg, Assists-2 (5.9apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 80.3%. He won All-German Bundesliga Player of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Guard of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Import Player of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 1st Team -11, and Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Imports Team -11. He is a young point guard with natural leadership abilities, who directs teammates on the floor and takes the ball in clutch moments. Loves to go inside to score, challenging the big guys, but has also shooting range from behind the 3pts arch. Despite lack of size, he can be effective even at the defensive side. He played at Wright state from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 33 games avergaing 19.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 4.0apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 43.5%, 3Pts: 37.3%, FT: 88.3%. In 2007-2008, he played his rookie season for Tisettanta Cantu (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 38 games: Score-5 (16.9ppg), 3.0rpg, Assists-4 (3.3apg), 2.7spg, 2FGP:52.1%, 3PT-2 (42.8%), FT:77.4%. In 2008-2009, he played for : Benetton Treviso (Italy-SerieA), injured in Oct.'08 and was off for 2 months: Eurocup: 12 games: 5.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 87.5%; Italian League: 17 games: 7.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 70.4%. Eurobasket caught Dashaun while in Detroit over the phone.

The Skyliner world has been turned a bit upside down in the last 72 hours as Gordon Herbert signed with alba Berlin and you followed him signing a two year deal. Could this move have been prevented?


Yes I think it could of been prevented, but I had certain clauses in the contract and one was being that I would only stay if coach Herbert stayed. I am very thankful to the Frankfurt organization for having been able to come back after not playing for a year and play there. The Skyliner fans showed great support. I told you last season that the most important thing for me is to win titles and Alba Berlin gives me and coach the best opportunity of reaching that goal.

What were the main reasons for leaving The Deutsche Bank Skyliners?

The main reason going to Alba Berlin is having the best chance to win a title. The biggest part of going is just having the best chance of being able to win. It would have been tough going back to Frankfurt with no coach, no Pascal Roller and no Dominik Bahiense De Mello. Frankfurt seems like they will have a rebuilding year. It is like a dream come true for me to play for Alba Berlin. Every player wants to play for this team that is rich with basketball history. This will be the first time for me trying to qualify for the Euroleague. This will be a very big challenge for me. Everything I did last year with Frankfurt I can toss out the window, because now the challenge will be even bigger than last season. Alba Berlin will have even a deeper team and my style will be different. With more scorers on the team, I may not be depended to score as much.

Why is it so important for DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) to play for Gordon Herbert?


Coach Herbert has great qualities. He is a great motivator. He was able to get guys like Kimmo Muurinen and Dominik Bahiense De Mello to play better than what they actually thought they were capable to do on the court. Herbert is as competitive as me. We just both want to win very bad and that is why we fit together so well. There are no limits for him to how far he will go to win.

Back in the day Karl Malone and John Stockton played 17 years together with the Utah Jazz. It seemed like where ever one went the other followed. Do you see having a long working relationship with Gordon Herbert?



I think that it could happen. we have a lot to prove. We had a great season with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners, but the expectations are even higher now in Berlin to reach our goals. I think that we can have a long term basketball relationship, but we have much work ahead of us. But we are a long way from reaching the goals. We need to perform well in the next two seasons.

Will you be disappointed if you are not as dominant with Alba Berlin on the court as you were with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners?



No I wont be disappointed. Being MVP, leading scorer or top assist man in 2012 wont be on my mind. If those were my plans then I could of stayed in Frankfurt. My number one goal is to win titles and if that means me averaging 5 points and five assists to get there, I will be ok with it. My focus is just on winning.

What are your goals for Alba Berlin on the court besides winning titles in the next two years?


My leadership and defense.

With what Alba Berlin player are you looking forward most to playing with?



Thats not hard. I am looking forward to playing the most with Derrick Allen. He plays as hard as me and the only difference is that we have different positions. We have the same attitude and drive to win games and are both looking for that first title in Germany. I like players like D.A who dive for loose balls and strive to win quarters.

Will you prepared for a boo concert when you return to the Ballsporthalle?



Yes I will be ready for it, but the game of basketball is about cheering for your team. I expect it and that is part of the game. I remember the boos in Berlin during the playoffs. I dont think that boos in Frankfurt will be because the fans hate me, but more because they want to see the Skyliners win.

What was your fondest memory during your one season with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners?



I had many nice memories. If I had to pick one it would be the fan support. The Skyliner fans made me feel like part of the Skyliner family. I will never forget last season. It wasnt just the team fighting to win games, but also the fans went through thick and thin. The fans helped push us through the season. I really felt very accepted by the fans and want to thank them.

Are you surprised that ex NBA player Roger Powell retired?



I think that many professional players started young with 6 or 7 years. Roger is 28 or 29 years old so it means that he has had about 20 years of basketball. He has a new baby and his focus is on his family. He had a great career and should not hang his head.


How will he do as an assistant coach in the NCAA for the Valparaiso Crusaders?


He will do great as a coach. He played at many different levels in college and the pros. He has much experience and knowledge about the game of basketball. He is a great person and will give his knowledge to the youngsters.

What do you want to say to the Skybembel fans?




I am thankful for all the support. I won the MVP award, but I think that it is not only mine, but also belongs to the fans. The fans started the MVP talk, had the signs and really pushed me to perform. My MVP trophy will always be part of the fans. I will never forget the fans. When I committed to Alba Berlin, a part of my heart stayed in Frankfurt.

The NBA just announced the lockout. What was your first thought about the lockout?


No one knows how long it will take, but I think that many players will come to Europe which will make the leagues better. I think that no one will waste time to getting over here, because they want to play.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?



Hangover 2. I thought it was real good.

Thanks Dashaun for the chat. Good luck with Alba Berlin


Kristian Kuhn commits to Cuxhaven - by Moritz Korff
2. Bundesliga Pro A outfit Cuxhaven BasCats has completed the signing of German big man Kristian Kuhn (208-C-87, college: N.Arizona). The 23-year-old post player arrives in Cuxhaven from Pro B champ and Pro A newcomer Ehingen. Kuhn averaged 8.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest during Ehingen's championship run. Earlier in his career he played for SC Bergstrasse and TV Langen in Germany and took his game across the pond in 2007. Kuhn attended Trinity Valley Junior College for a single season and transferred to Northern Arizona University (NCAA1) for his sophomore year.

The Webmoebel Baskets Add David Schneider. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Webmoebel Baskets announced today that David Schneider (191-G-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: William & Mary) will join the team for the upcoming season. Schneider is a 24 year old 191 cm guard who comes from the basketball rich State of Ohio. 'He is a true point guard and leader', stressed Webmoebel Baskets sport director Dirk Happe. Last season the American was a rookie and played in the UK for the Guildford Heat (United Kingdom-BBL, starting five): left in Jan.'11: 10 games: 12.9ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.0apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 52.2%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 85.7%. 'We are going an unconventional way with David Schneider (191-G-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: William & Mary). Usually the smaller shooting guards dominate, but with him we have a classic point guardthat can also score',added Webmoebel baskets coach Thomas Glasauer Schneider played at William & Mary from 2006-2010. His best season was his senior year where he played 33 games: 15.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.9apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 34.8%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT: 80.1%. Awards/Achievements in his career have been CAA Tournament Finalist -08, 10, CAA All-Tournament Team -08, 10, CAA All-Academic 1st Team -08, 09, 10,All-CAA 3rd Team -09, All-CAA 2nd Team -10, All-CAA Leadership Award -10,and NABC Division I All-District 10 2nd Team -10.

Source: Webmoebel Baskets





Anthony Canty Remains With The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven showed some heart for German talent development by keeping Anthony Canty (183-PG-91) and giving him a pro contract. Canty is a 20 year old 183 cm point guard that will be playing his third season for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. In the last two years Canty also played for teams like BSG Bremerhaven (2.Regionalliga) and the Cuxhaven Bascats. Last season with Bremerhaven Canty played 15games averaging 2,2ppg. Who could forget his 31 minute performance in Frankfurt as he got extended minutes due to injuries producing 8 points, 6 rebounds and four assists. This season Canty is seen as the back up to American Jamison Brewer. 'Tony has devloped well during his time iwth Cuxhaven. His jump to the pros speaks about the good youth work from the Eisbaeren and helps goad the young talented players in the Bremerhaven region', stressed Eisbaeren manager Jan Rathjen . Last season in the PRO A for Cuxhaven, Canty played 22 games: 5.6ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 42.4%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 74.3%.
'Anthony Canty (183-PG-91) is going in a good direction. He showed last season in the beko BBL that he has the quality to play there. Tony has his high school diploma and can concentrate on basketball now. Tony is a scorer. But he still needs to learn how to have a clear view on the courtand how to lead a team. Combining him with Jamison Brewer is ideal for him', warned Eisbaeren Bremerhaven coach Douglas Spradley (agency: Limelight Hoops ).

Source:Eisbaeren Bremerhaven










Japan edge Wuerzburg in first exhibition clash - by Eurobasket News
Japan - Wuerzburg 75:61

Japan opened exhibition series against German team Wuerzburg with victory. The Japanese National Team claimed a 14-point win in Okayama. Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) stepped up with 27 points to lead the winners. Game 2 of three-game series is scheduled for Saturday in Fukurui.
Wuerzburg got to the better start. The visitors enjoyed an 18:15 lead after ten minutes. Japan managed to erase the deficit drawing things level at 32 after twenty minutes of action. But the German team regained the lead in the third stanza. Wuerzburg posted a 3-point lead with one quarter remaining. Japan needed a 25:8 avalanche in the fourth stanza to tame their opponents and seal the victory. Tomoo Amino (196-F-80) accounted for 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) nailed 12 points in the victory. Cedric Oliver responded with 13 points for Wuerzburg. Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) delivered 11 points in the loss.

Japan: Takuya Kawamura 27, Tomoo Amino 13, Kosuke Takeuchi 12
Wuerzburg: Cedric Oliver 13, Jason Boone 11



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Ljubo Jovanovic was murdered - by Giorgos Diploidis
Ljubo Jovanovic (206-C-87) was murdered. According to 'Blic' the player of KAO Dramas was in a casino where some thieves attack to it. During this event one of them used his gun and the bullet find the player in his chest as a result he didn't survive. The police is looking for the murderer.

Jovanovic was playing the last two years in Greece having a very good presence. This season was a member of KAO Dramas and he was one of the main protagonists for the return of the team of Drama in Basketleague by having 13.1 ppg and 6.6rpg. Last year was in Arkadikos.

We feel sorry for his family


Ioannis Bourousis leaves Olympiakos - by Eurobasket News
Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) leaves Olympiakos and becomes a free agent for the season 2011/2012. The Greek Center stayed with Greek side from 2006 but decided to part away.
Ioannis Bourousis joined Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus (A1) in 2006 and debuted with 8.6ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP-1 (76.5%), 3FGP: 40.9%, FT: 72.7% in EuroLeague. In Greek League Regular Season after 24 games he averaged 9.8ppg, Reb-4 (7.2rpg), Blocks-2 (1.1bpg), 2FGP: 61.0%, 3FGP: 35.0%, FT: 77.0%. In Greek Play-Offs after 13 games his stats read 6.7ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.2apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 71.0%, 3FGP: 29.0%, FT: 69.0%. In 2007-2008 for Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus (A1, starting five) he showed 5.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 55.1%, 3PT: 43.2%, FT: 76.9% in EuroLeague, while in Greek League Regular Season his stats read 9.0ppg, Reb-4 (7.5rpg), 1.2apg, Blocks-3 (1.2bpg), 2FGP: 66.0%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 74.0%. In Greek Play-Offs after 12 games he had 9.3ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.1spg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 68.0%. In 2008-2009 he signed 400,000 deal with Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus (A1) and in Euroleague after 21 games improved to 12.3ppg, Reb-3 (7.3ppg), FGP: 63.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 63.8%. In Greek League he showed 12.3ppg, Reb-3 (7.4rpg), 1.0apg, Blocks-3 (1.0bpg), FGP: 63.1%, 3PT: 43.9%, FT: 75.3%. In 2009-2010 had a deal of 1,670,000 for Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus (A1, starting five) and in Euroleague after 17 games averaged 8.8ppg, 4.8rpg, FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 47.1%, FT: 76.5%. In Greek League he showed 9.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 74.3%. The last season for Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus (A1, starting five) after 30 games Ioannis Bourousis had 11.7ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.2apg, 1.0spg, Blocks-5 (1.1bpg), FGP: 63.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 81.7% in EuroLeague and averaged 10.7ppg, Reb-4 (6.6rpg), Blocks-5 (1.3bpg), FGP: 57.7%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 67.8% in Greek League.



Galatasaray lands Gordon Jamon Lukas from Olympiakos - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray announced signing of a two-year deal with Gordon Jamon Lukas (191-G-84, college: Virginia Tech). The American guard arrives from Olympiakos, where he spent last season. He appeared 19 times in Euroleague averaging 4.5 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals. In Greek league, Gordon Jamon Lukas added 5.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.5 apg and 1.3 spg for 28 games. He helped Reds to win the Greek Cup this year. Eurobasket awarded Gordon Jamon Lukas with Greek A1 League All-Imports Team -11. He was also named Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Defensive Player of the Year -11.
Season 2009/10, Gordon Jamon Lukas spent with Marousi. He had 10.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 3.1 apg for them in Euroleague. In the past, he was a member of Trikalla, Split, Koln 99ers and Antalya. He is a product of the Virginia Tech University, where he graduated in 2007.


Giannakopoulos brothers decided to keep Panathinaikos - by George Fragkos
The apparent sale of the European Champions, Panathinaikos Athens, is postponed for at least one year. Pavlos and Thanasis Giannakopoulos decided to stay at the helm of the Greek club for the coming season and the talks that they had with some people to sell them the shares they possessed, stop for the time being.

Though, they have decided to make some serious changes and the most important will be the budget reduction. Giannakopoulos brothers have no intention to keep spending millions to create an invincible team because both of the financial crisis in Greece and the whole situation in Greek basketball.

So far, Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81), Kostas Tsartsaris (210-F-79) and Stratos Perperoglou (203-G/F-84), whose contracts are about to expire, are said to have received very interesting proposals from clubs from abroad and it will be no surprise if they leave the Greek side in the near future. Despite that, Zeljko Obradovic is going to stay and try to continue his successful era even if he will not have the same powerful team he had during the previous years.



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Guatemalan U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
4 Orellana Josue
5 Suarez Gilmar
6 Gonzalez Juan
7 Delgado Angel
*8 Mora Diego
*9 Alvarez Kevin
*10 Calderon Juan
*11 Paniagua Pablo
12 Lima Miguel
13 Juarez Jose
14 Donis Christian
*15 Maldonado Mynor


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Stepco BS Weert extends Niels Vorenhout - by Fred Roggen
Stepco BS Weert announced Friday that forward Niels Vorenhout (202-F-80, agency: Court Side) will be back in the team for the upcoming 2011-12 season. It will be his sixth season with the club. Niels Vorenhout played his first games in 2006 for BS Weert.
Last season, the Dutch forward averaged 5.0 points, 3.2 boards and 1.4 assists in 36 Dutch Basketball League games.



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Hristo Nikolov signed with Szolnok - by Tamas Deri
The management of Szolnoki Olaj KK published some hours ago that bulgarian all-around forward, Hristo Nikolov (200-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) signed his contract for the coming season with the club and will play in the Eurochallenge after his last season with Steaua Bucharest again. Nikolov started his professional carreer with CSKA Sophia, where he played 6 seasons in a row. In the summer 2008 he signed a two-years contract with Lukoil Akademik Sophia and played also in the Eurocup. Last summer he agreed with Steaua Bucharest and had a good season averaging 8.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 38 games of the Romanian Championship, with his team he reached the 3rd place in the Championship and the 2nd place of the Romanian Cup. He played also 6 games in the Eurochallenge averaging 8.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists. On the 21st of December 2010 he put up 18 points and 5 rebounds against Lokomotiv in his best game of the competition.



ASE signed Williams and Wilson - by Tamas Deri
American playmaker, Lorenzo Williams (191-G-84, agency: Stanley International, college: Rice) agreed for the coming season with Atomeromu SE. The 191 cm tall lefthanded playmaker is a well known player in our country as he started the last season with ZTE KK, but left the team in February before the financial problems of the club. Williams played 19 games averaging 15.6 points, 7.7 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game before moving to Ukraine, where he finished the season with Khimik-OPZ Yuzny. In 15 games of the top division of Ukraine he put up 9.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 28.5 minutes on the court.

Donald Wilson (193-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Portland) will be the other american guard of coach Volgyi's team. He is also a well known player in our country as he played already two seasons in our country. He started the 2008-09 season with Szolnok, but got injured and left the team in December. One month later he agreed with ZTE KK and played 10 games averaging 12.3 points, 3.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds while he was replacing injured Calvin Watson - this season the team won the Hungarian Championship and Hungarian Cup.
During the summer he agreed with Falco KC Szombathely and he played 28 games averaging 15.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.6spg in the next season. The last season he spent with Chalons-Reims in the Pro B of France and put up 10.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2spg.


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IBL Championship Tournament in Vancouver this weekend - by Eurobasket News
The International Basketball League will have its playoffs right here in the Portland metro tomorrow night, Friday July 1st with game times of 6pm and 8pm; then the final four will be played on Saturday night at 6pm and 8pm and the overall IBL Championship will be held on Sunday at 1pm.


Location: Clark College in Vancouver Washington.

Portland Chinooks Local Players to watch:

David Lucas 6' 8'- Oregon State University, All Pac 10

Robert Day 6' 3'- back from professional season in Mexico

Mac Hopson 6' 3'- back from professional season in Japan- averaging 32 points and 8 assists per game in the IBL season after 11 games played.

Brian Morris 6' 9'- back from professional season in Japan- averaging big numbers in points and rebounds in the IBL.

Kevin Ford 6' 9'- recently had a game of 30 points and 15 rebounds versus the Albany NY Legends.


Volcanoes Local Players to watch:

Josh Tarver 6' 1'- Oregon State

Andre Murray 6' 4'- Portland State

High potential prospect- 6' 9' Lawrence Blackledge- also back from a professional season in Japan, Blackledge is an excellent small forward- a must see player.

Devin Uskoski- 6' 8' averaging 18 points and 11 rebounds- an overseas player from the Portland metro as well

For more information or to see the brackets for the playoffs, visit the league web site at- www.iblhoopsonline.com.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com




Standings
IBL Standings
Continental Division
 1. Bellingham S. 14-5 
 2. Vancouver V. 12-6 
 3. W.C. Hotshots 8-9 
 4. Olympia R. 6-14 
 5. L.Angeles L. 0-0 
 6. USA All-Stars 0-18 
International Division
 1. Edmonton E. 14-6 
 2. Albany L. 14-6 
 3. Kankakee S. 12-8 
 4. Gary Splash 12-8 
 5. Oregon W. 12-11 
Branding Team
 1. Dayton A. 5-0 
 2. Lansing C. 3-5 
 3. Las Vegas P. 0-1 
 4. Phoenix R. 0-3 
 5. Lake Co. 0-5 
 6. Ohio H.G. 0-7 


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Sundsvall Dragons signs Pavel Ermolinskij - by Eurobasket News
Another player from Iceland will continue his career in Sweden. The 24-year-old SG/SF Pavel Ermolinskij (202-G/F-87, agency: TSS Management) penned a deal for the next season with Sundsvall Dragons. Ermolinskij arrives to Sundsvall from KR Reykjavik, where he spent last year and a half. He helped them win the Express league title and Powerade Cup this year. Ermolinskij appeared 31 times in the league averaging 14.7 points, 11.6 rebounds, 7.9 assists and 2.3 steals. Eurobasket awarded him with All-Icelandic League Domestic Player of the Year -11. Ermolinskij joined KR Reykjavik in January of 2010 from Spanish Caceres. With Caseres he had 2.1 ppg , 2.7 rpg and 1.3 apg for 12 games in LEB Gold.
Pavel Ermolinskij played for La Palma, Clinicas Rincon and Unicaja in the past. He also has experience from the French Vichy. Ermolinskij was a member of the Icelandic National Team in 2005, 2006 and 2009.


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Cleveland Cavaliers trade J.J. Hickson to Sacramento Kings for Omri Casspi, 1st-round pick - by Eurobasket News
In a move to clear out the logjam at power forward and address the void at small forward, the Cavaliers traded power forward J.J. Hickson (6'9''-F/C-88, college: N.Carolina St.) to the Sacramento Kings today for small forward Omri Casspi (6'9''-F/G-88) and a 2012 first-round draft choice.

'We want to thank J.J. for his hard work and contributions to the Cavaliers, both on the court and off the court in the community,'' Cavs general manager Chris Grant said in a press release issued by the team.

'This is another step in our on-going process to shape and position our team and roster for future growth and a platform for sustained success.

'Were excited to add a young, talented, tough-minded player like Omri, that we feel is a good fit for our team and can help improve our perimeter group, while also being able to obtain another important asset with the additional first round draft pick.''

The deal was completed hours before the collective bargaining agreement is set to expire. The NBA has announced it will lock out its players beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday.

Hickson, 22, was the 19th pick in the 2008 draft and has been the Cavs starting power forward for the better part of two seasons in spite of a maddening tendency to disappear during games, especially on the boards. He did rebound better after moving to center in the middle of this past season when Anderson Varejao went out with an ankle injury and wound up averaging 13.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game last season while shooting 45.8 percent from the field and 67.3 percent from the free-throw line.

Casspi, 23, became the first Israeli-born athlete in the NBA when the Kings made him the 23rd pick in 2009. The 6-9, 225-pound forward has been mostly a backup for the Kings, shooting 41 percent from the field and 37 percent from 3-point range, ranking 30th in the league last season.

After the trade was finalized, Casspi tweeted @Casspi18, 'Starting a new path in my journey and I'm so excited to be a Cavalier. I'm ready for the challenge and can't wait to get to know my teammates and my new home. Great things are ahead, Cavs Fans!!! Thank you everyone for the support. Omri.''

The Cavs have had an eye on Casspi since 2009 but he was gone by the time the Cavs picked 30th in that draft. They took forward/guard Christian Eyenga instead.

Now they have a chance to develop first-round draft choice Tristan Thompson, bolster the weakest part of their roster and avoid a sticky contract situation as well. Hickson was scheduled to make $2.35 million next season, which would have been his fourth with the team. Then the team would have been forced to decide whether to offer him just a qualifying offer for 2012-13, making him a restricted free agent, or to sign him to a longer contract for much more money in spite of his often uneven performances.

To some extent, they will face the same situation with Casspi, who will make $1.34 million next season and $2.28 million the following year. But they will have two more years to judge his performances and will get a first-round pick in addition, although the pick is lottery-protected in 2012. The pick is then protected in 2013 (1-13), 2014 (1-12) and 2015-2017 (1-10). If the pick is not conveyed by 2017, then Sacramento will convey its 2017 second-round draft pick to the Cavaliers protected (56-60.)

No word: In an unrelated matter, Grant said the Cavs have not heard whether they will get an extension of the trade exception acquired in the LeBron James trade last summer. It is set to expire on July 11, but with the lockout freezing all business operations, it will expire at midnight if there's no extension.

Courtesy of www.cleveland.com


Gilboa/Galil signs the Israeli prospect Nimrod Tishman - by Netanel Dahan
Gilboa/Galil, agreed terms with the Israeli prospect and former Gator Nimrod Tishman (196-PG-91).

Tishman grew up in Maccabi Tel Aviv, will stay in the north, after he spent time with Maccabi Tel Aviv affiliate team Megido/Yoqneam from the Israeli 2nd league, in Megido he averaged 8.7 ppg, with 3 apg. Tishman is right now with the Israeli U21 national team, two years ago he tried his luck and joined to Florida University but he didn't got many chances and decided to return to Israel after only one season.


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Scavolini extends Head Coach Luca Dalmonte - by Eurobasket News
Luca Dalmonte will continue as a Head Coach of Scavolini Pesaro for at least one more season. They signed 1+1 year deal yesterday. Dalmonte took over Scavolini in 2009. In their first season together Scavolini reached EuroChallenge Semifinals. They lost to Roanne in the game for third place. Last season, they ended No.10 in the league with 14-16 record. The same position belonged to Scavolini in 2010 as well.
Before Sacvolini, Dalmonte worked two years with Cantu. He also has experience from Teramo, Ferrara, Roseto, Reggio Emilia and Avelino. Luca Dalmonte worked as Assistant Coach of the Italian National Team last year.


Luca Garri and Pepsi Caserta split - by Eurobasket News
Luca Garri (207-C/F-82) is no longer a member of Pepsi Caserta. Two sided terminated the contract yesterday. Garri played 30 games for the club in SerieA registering 6.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 1.4 spg. He also added 5.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 1 spg in 14 EuroCup games. Garri joined Caserta last summer from Biella. With Biella Garri had 8.4 ppg and 5.9 rpg in 2008/09 season, plus 7.2 ppg and 4.8 rpg in 2009/10. Before Biella, he played for La Fortezza Bologna, Lottomatica Roma and Livorno. Garri helped Caserta to reach the EuroCup Quarterfinals last season.
Luca Garri played for the Italian National Team from 2002 to 2009. At the World Championship 2006 in Japan he had 4.3 ppg and 2.3 rpg for 6 games.


Armani Jeans Milano keep Stefano Mancinelli and Mason Rocca - by Eurobasket News
Armani Jeans Milano keep Stefano Mancinelli (203-F-83) and Mason Rocca (204-F-77, college: Princeton) for the next season. After announcing Sergio Scariolo, Fabrizio Frates and Omar Cook, the team will look also for a big man.
Stefano Mancinelli joined the team in 2009-2010 for Armani Jeans Milano (SerieA) he averaged 9.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 66.7%, 3PT: 26.3%, FT: 70.8% in EuroLeague and in Italian League after 40 games had 7.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.6apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 50.0%. In 2010-2011 for Armani Jeans Milano (SerieA, starting five) had 9.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 21.2%, FT: 72.7% in EuroLeague and in Italian League showed 11.0ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.3apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 70.4%. He was named ItalianSerieA All-Star Game MVP and received Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Domestic Players Team -11.
Mason Rocca started for the team in 2008-2009 and averaged 6.8ppg, 4.8rpg, FGP: 55.6%, FT: 53.7% in EuroLeague, while in Italian League after 28 games his stats read 7.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 53.6%, FT: 61.1%. In 2009-2010 for Armani Jeans Milano (Italy-SerieA, starting five) he had 8.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 57.4%, FT: 74.3% in EuroLeague and in Italian League improved to 10.0ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.6spg, FGP: 61.4%, FT: 66.7%. In the last season 2010-2011 his EuroLeague stats read 6.4ppg, 4.8rpg, FGP: 46.2%, FT: 59.3% and in Italian League he showed 7.5ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.5spg, FGP: 60.1%, FT: 59.8%.



Angelico Biella keeps Matteo Soragna - by Eurobasket News
Angelico Biella announced signing of two-year contract extension with experienced Matteo Soragna (198-G/F-75). It means that the Italian SG/SF will stay in Biella until the end of 2013/14 season. He appeared 30 times last season in SerieA averaging 9.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals. He joined Biella in 2009 from Benetton Treviso. Soragna also played for Biella in the past. He was their member from 2001 to 2004. Meanwhile, he spent five years with Benetton.
Matteo Soragna was a member of the Italian National Team from 2001 to 2009. He helped them win the Bronze at the EuroBasket 2003 in Sweden. Most recently, Soragna played for Italy in Qualifications to European Championships 2009. He had 8.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 1 apg for 8 games.


New Orleans Hornets extend qualifying offer to Marco Belinelli - by Eurobasket News
The New Orleans Hornets announced today that the team has extended a qualifying offer to guard Marco Belinelli (6'5''-G-86) for the 2011-12 season, making him a restricted free agent. Per team policy, financial details were not disclosed.

We were very pleased with the performances of both Marco and Jason Smith as each of them had their best professional season and it was fun to watch them grow and contribute to our success, said Hornets General Manager Dell Demps. We know both players will continue to improve and hope to have each of them back for the 2011-12 season.

Belinelli averaged career-highs of 10.4 points, 1.9 rebounds and 24.5 minutes in 80 games, 69 of which were starts (both career-highs). He shot 43.7% from the field and a career-best 41.1% from beyond the arc. Belinelli registered four 20-point performances for the Hornets last season.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Antonis Fotsis officially in Armani Jeans Milano - by Eurobasket News
According to few sources Armani Jeans Milano announced Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) for the next season.
Recently Antonis Fotsis was reported to have agreed terms with Regal FC Barcelona. The Greek forward couldn't wait Panathinaikos Athens anymore and decided to accept a 3 Million Euro yearly salary offer for 2 years from the ACB Champions. Antonis Fotsis wanted to wait his favorite club even further but the Catalans deadline forced him to agree the terms.
Antonis Fotsis joined Panathinaikos in 2008-2009 for 1,500,000 and averaged 7.2ppg, 4.7rpg, FGP: 62.2%, 3PT: 43.3%, FT: 71.4% in EuroLeague, while in Greek League after 33 games had 7.0ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP-3 (71.2%), 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 75.9%. In 2009-2010 for Panathinaikos Athens (A1) in Euroleague he had 6.2ppg, 5.5rpg, FGP: 68.6%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 81.8%, while in Greek League after 35 games showed 6.9ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP: 63.6%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 75.8%. Last season for Panathinaikos Athens (A1, starting five) Antonis Fotsis averaged 8.6ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP-1 (73.8%), 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 86.5% in Greek League and in Euroleague after 22 games had 8.4ppg, 5.1rpg, FGP-1 (76.1%), 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 64.7%.



Pepsi Caserta add Andrija Stipanovic - by Eurobasket News
Pepsi Caserta bolstered their frontcourt. They have agreed on terms of contract with Andrija Stipanovic (208-C-86). The 24-year-old centre comes from Belgium. He played for Belgacom Liege Basket in the previous season. Andrija Stipanovic tallied 8.5 points, 7.3 boards and 1.5 assists per game in EuroChallenge. In Belgian League his stats read 13.7 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.1 steals per appearance. The centre earned Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Honourable Mention. Previously Andrija Stipanovic played for Split and Hermes Analitica Zagreb in Croatia. The centre was in Eurobasket.com Croatian A1 League All-Newcomers Team in 2007. Andrija Stipanovic also played for Croatian U20 National Team.


Bennet Cantu put Belarusian Parakhouski on radar - by Eurobasket News
Bennet Cantu put Belarusian Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87, college: Radford) on radar for the next season. Artsiom Parakhouski could replace Benjamin Ortner, close to leave the team and be in the frontline of the team along with Marko Scekic and Denis Marconato.
Artsiom Parakhouski started in 2006-2007 for S.Idaho JC (JUCO) and in 2008-2009 joined Radford (NCAA, starting five). In 33 games he averaged 16.2ppg, 11.2rpg, 1.1apg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 53.7%, FT: 65.5%. In 2009-2010 for Radford (NCAA, starting five) in 31 games he averaged 21.4ppg, 13.4rpg, 1.1apg, 2.1bpg, FGP: 58.1%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 56.2%. In 2010-2011 moved to VEF Riga (Latvia-LBL, starting five) and in Latvian League after 12 games had 10.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 60.0%, FT: 69.6%. In VTB League after 10 games he had 12.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 54.1%, FT: 63.8%, while in EuroCup averaged 8.0ppg, 5.3rpg, FGP: 67.7%, FT: 60.0%. In Baltic League after 25 games he had 15.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 62.6%, FT: 71.5%, played also at BK VEF Riga junior team (Latvia-LBL).
Artsiom Parakhouski recently enjoyed the title in Latvia as his VEF Riga are new LBL champions! They toppled Ventspils in the decisive seventh game of the thrilling championship series.



Ricky Hickman leaves Fastweb Casale, Pesaro release Andre Collins - by Eurobasket News
Ricky Hickman (190-G-85, college: NC-Greensboro) has decided to exercise option in his contract and left Fastweb Casale. The 25-year-old guard was the mastermind of Fastweb Casale triumph in LegaDue. Ricky Hickman tallied 17.5 points, 4.0 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game during the last season. Eurobasket.com named Ricky Hickman All-Italian LegaDue Player of the Year. The guard had stints Namika Lahti, Goettingen, LTi Giessen, Pecs and Otopeni before moving to Italy. Now rumours sent Ricky Hickman into Scavolini Pesaro.
In the meantime Scavolini Pesaro released Andre Collins (183-G-82, college: Loyola, MD). The 28-year-old guard joined the team at the start of the previous season. His stats read 12.8 points, 3.9 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game in Seria A. Andre Collins was All-Italian LegaDue Player of the Year back in 2008 while playing for Ferrara.



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Anthony McHenry re-signs with Okinawa Golden Kings - by Eurobasket News
Okinawa Golden Kings secured the services of Anthony McHenry (201-G/F-83, college: Georgia Tech) for the next season. The 28-year-old forward will enter the fourth straight season with the Golden Kings. Last season Anthony McHenry notched 11.6 points, 6.6 boards, 3.1 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 block per appearance in BJ League.


Japan edge Wuerzburg in first exhibition clash - by Eurobasket News
Japan - Wuerzburg 75:61

Japan opened exhibition series against German team Wuerzburg with victory. The Japanese National Team claimed a 14-point win in Okayama. Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) stepped up with 27 points to lead the winners. Game 2 of three-game series is scheduled for Saturday in Fukurui.
Wuerzburg got to the better start. The visitors enjoyed an 18:15 lead after ten minutes. Japan managed to erase the deficit drawing things level at 32 after twenty minutes of action. But the German team regained the lead in the third stanza. Wuerzburg posted a 3-point lead with one quarter remaining. Japan needed a 25:8 avalanche in the fourth stanza to tame their opponents and seal the victory. Tomoo Amino (196-F-80) accounted for 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) nailed 12 points in the victory. Cedric Oliver responded with 13 points for Wuerzburg. Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) delivered 11 points in the loss.

Japan: Takuya Kawamura 27, Tomoo Amino 13, Kosuke Takeuchi 12
Wuerzburg: Cedric Oliver 13, Jason Boone 11



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Latvia rally past Australia in Valmiera - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U19 - Australia U19 78:68

Latvia recorded the second straight win at U19 World Championship. The hosts fired past Australia to improve at 2-0 record in Group B. Australia fell at 1-1 record after the loss. Kaspars Vecvagars (191-G-93) stepped up with 24 points and 6 assists to lead the effort.
Latvia led by three points at the first break 18:15. The teams traded baskets throughout the second period. The hosts managed to ensure a 3-point lead at the interval 35:32. The third quarter turned decisive in the game. Latvia stepped on the gas firing 29 points in the third quarter. Australia faced a 17-point deficit heading into the fourth period. Latvia withheld a furious comeback pressure from the Emus to clinch the second win in a row at the tournament. Davis Bertans (205-C-92) notched 22 points, while Edmunds Dukulis (204-C-92, agency: Players Group) added 20 points in the victory. Mitchell Creek (198-F/G-92) answered with 20 points, 5 boards and 4 assists for Australia. Igor Hadziomerovic (195-G-92) netted 14 points in the losing effort.

Latvia U19: Kaspars Vecvagars 24, Davis Bertans 22, Edmunds Dukulis 20
Australia U19: Mitchell Creek 20, Igor Hadziomerovic 14



Latvia U18 outscored Finland U18 in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U18-Finland U18 77:67

Latvia U18 outscored Finland U18 at the start of the Baltic Cup in Estonia. The Latvian selection took the lead at the very beginning to finish with 77:67 victory.
Latvia started with 20-14 in the first 10 minutes and provided 19-18 in the second frame. Both teams nailed 18 points each int he second frame, while the last stanza also belonged to the favorites. After 20-17 in it, Latvia celebrated 77:67 at the end.
Rihards Ginters (193-F-91) led the way with 20 points and Roberts Stumbris scored 13. Oskars Reinfelds (190-PG-94) and Roberts Krumins (194-G-93) followed them with 9 points each in the winning effort. Joonas Caven (203-C/F-93) answered with 13 points in defeat and Daniel Dolenc (204-C-93) netted 12.
In another game of the tournament Lithuania U18 selection started the Baltic Cup with the win over the hosts in Tallinn. The Lithuanian team overcame Estonia U18 88:59 at the SK Audentes.

Latvia U18: Rihards Ginters 20, Roberts Stumbris 13, Oskars Reinfelds 9, Roberts Krumins 9
Finland U18: Joonas Caven 13, Daniel Dolenc 12, Visa Tarjanne (194-F-93) 10



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Lithuania U18 selection started the Baltic Cup with the win over the hosts - by Eurobasket News
Estonia U18-Lithuania U18 59:88

Lithuania U18 selection started the Baltic Cup with the win over the hosts in Tallinn. The Lithuanian team overcame Estonia U18 88:59 at the SK Audentes.
The guests went on a lead early in the game and reached 31-15 after the first 10 minutes. Moreover they added 22-19 int he second frame for 19-points advantage at the halftime. Estonia however managed to win the third period 13-12, but Lithuania finished the game with 23-12 in the last frame to seal the victory. They also showed better percentage from the field, 59% versus 41%.
Simonas Kymantas (204-C/F-93) stepped up with 15 points for the winners and Tomas Dimsa (193-G/F-94) netted 14. Arturas Gudaitis (208-C-93) posted 13, while Osvaldas Olisevicius (196-F-93) ended up with 11. Martin Paasoja (189-G-93) ended up with 11 points for the home side and Mihkel Schleicher (201-C-93) netted 10.

Estonia U18: Martin Paasoja 11, Mihkel Schleicher 10
Lithuania U18: Simonas Kymantas 15, Tomas Dimsa 14, Arturas Gudaitis 13, Osvaldas Olisevicius 11



The Baltic State overcame South Korea in Day 2 of the U19 World Championship - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U19-South Korea U19 117:64

Lithuania overcame South Korea in Day 2 of the FIBA U19 World Championship. The Blatic State destroyed the opponent from Asia 117:64 at the Preliminary Round.
Lithuania started well and grabbed easily 33-11 after the first 10 minutes. They added 30-21 in the second period for massive 63:33 halftime advantage. In the second half the Baltic team looked also better and produced 31-12 and 23-20 in the third and the last periods respectively.
Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) stepped up with 25 points and 17 rebounds for the winners, while Vytenis Cizauskas (190-G-92) collected 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Arnas Butkevicius (199-F-92) followed them with 15, while Edgaras Ulanovas (198-G-92) notched 13. Kim Jun-Yl (202-C-92) chipped in 13 points in the losing effort and Lee Seounghyun (201-C-92) had 12.
Lithuania improved to 1-1 record and will play tomorrow with Canada. South Korea suffered their second loss to face Croatia in Day 3.

Lithuania U19: Jonas Valanciunas 25+17 rebs, Vytenis Cizauskas 22 points+ 7 rebs+7 ast, Arnas Butkevicius 15, Edgaras Ulanovas 13
South Korea U19: Kim Jun-Yl 13, Lee Seounghyun 12, Heo Ung (183-G-93) 10



RKL Standings
RKL Standings
Auk-Vid A
 1. Moletu 12-2 
 2. Panevezio B-A 9-5 
 3. Birzu 8-6 
 4. Siauliu raj. 8-6 
 5. Raseiniai 7-7 
 6. Kupiskio 5-9 
 7. S.M.K.A. 5-9 
 8. Elektrenu 2-12 
Auk-Vid B
 1. Siauliu S-A 15-3 
 2. Kelmes 14-4 
 3. Siauliu 92-94 10-8 
 4. Ignalinos 10-8 
 5. Vilniaus k.m. 10-8 
 6. Liet.kur.rinktine 10-8 
 7. Panevezio O-K 8-10 
 8. Sirvintu 7-11 
 9. Kedainiu 5-13 
 10. Utenos 0-0 
Suv-Zem A
 1. Taurages 10-4 
 2. Plunges Z. 9-5 
 3. Plunges SM 8-6 
 4. M.Matinga 8-6 
 5. Klaipedos LCC 7-7 
 6. Birstono 6-8 
 7. Siaku 5-9 
 8. Klaipedos Tek. 3-11 
Suv-Zem B
 1. Gargzdai 21-1 
 2. Neringos 16-6 
 3. Kauno Radijas 14-8 
 4. Telsiu 12-10 
 5. Pagegiu V-p 12-10 
 6. KM Tornado 12-10 
 7. Akmenes 11-11 
 8. Kretinga 11-11 
 9. Zalgiris-Sabonio 2 10-12 
 10. M.Kadis 10-12 
 11. Prienu 10-12 
 12. Rietavo 0-0 
 13. Jonavos 0-22 


Donatas Motiejunas most likely stays at Benetton until the end of NBA Lockout - by Simonas Skuzinskas
Due to NBA Lockout starting July 1st, NBA Draft 2011 20th pick Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances) will most likely stay with Trevizo Benetton until the lockout ends. 'I still have a contract with Benetton club. The management of Italian club promised me they will let me go once the lockout ends. I am sad to leave Italy, but on the other end, extremely happy that Houston team picked me which is one of the best thing that happened to me in my life'-said Donatas. Last year, Donatas Motiejunas was one of the team leaders in the Euro Cup averaging 10.9ppg, 5.6rpg, 1apg. In Italy-SerieA, his statistics were even better 12.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 1apg.

Courtesy of http://www.krepsinis.net


Simonas Serapinas moves to Telekom Bonn - by Eurobasket News
Simonas Serapinas (197-F-82) will continue his career in Germany. The Lithuanian forward signed a deal with Telekom Bonn. He finished last season in Italy as a member of Cimberio Varese. For 7 games in SerieA, Serapinas had 3.4 ppg and 1.9 rpg. During the season he spent some time with Neptunas and Forli.
Season 2009/10, Serapinas split between Azovmash and Neptunas. In 2008/09, he played for Azovmash. He helped them win Ukrainian league title and National Cup in 2009. That season Serapinas had 10 ppg, 3 rpg and 1.9 apg for 36 games in Ukraine. In 2008, Serapinas won the Polish league title with Prokom Trefl Sopot. In the past, he also was a member of Aris, Zalgiris, Nevezi and Alita Alytus. Simonas Serapinas played for the Lithuanian National Team in 2004.


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Standings - Nationale 2
N2 Stage Two Standings
Group A
 1. Heffingen 13-7 
 2. BBC Nitia 12-8 
 3. BC Mess 9-11 
 4. Mondorf 8-20 
Group B
 1. Grengewald 12-8 
 2. Racing 10-10 
 3. Kayldall 8-12 
 4. Larochette 4-16 
Stage One Standings


Heffingen add Mark MacDonald - by Eurobasket News
Heffingen brought in import player. They have agreed on terms of contract with Mark MacDonald (206-F-85, agency: Stanley International, college: Brown). The 25-year-old forward spent the last season in Germany. He played for Recklinghausen in Regionalliga. Mark Macdonald graduated from Brown College back in 2008. The forward averaged 6.0 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in his senior season. Mark MacDonald participated at Eurobasket Summer League in New York in 2008.


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Lokomotiv Kuban targets Dusko Vujosevic as new Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
According to Sports.ru, Lokomotiv Kuban has serious intention to sign Dusko Vujosevic (agency: Beo Basket) as their new Head Coach. Reportedly, they are already in talks. Vujosevic started last season with CSKA Moscow, but they parted ways in November.
Before CSKA Moscow, Dusko Vujosevic worked many years with Partizan Belgrade. He won big number of trophies and personal awards with them. Vujosevic also led Partizan to Euroleague Final Four in 2010. He was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Coach of the Year -10. Vujosevic also was Coach of the Year in Serbia and Adriatic league many times. In the past, he worked with Radnicki, Pesaro, Brescia, Granada and Crvena Zvezda.
Dusko Vujosevic worked as a Head Coach of the Serbia and Montenegro National Team in 2003. From 2008 to 2010, he was a Head Coach of Team Montenegro.


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Mavericks exercise options for Beaubois, Jones - by Eurobasket News
The NBA champion Dallas Mavericks have exercised 2011-12 contract options for guards Rodrigue Beaubois (6'1''-G-88, agency: Court Side) and Dominique Jones (6'4''-G-88, college: S.Florida).

The Mavericks announced the moves Thursday before the start of the NBA lockout.

Beaubois missed 54 games this season because of a fractured left foot, which he hurt last summer training with the French national team and then aggravated in the final game of the regular season. He had a second surgery on the foot this week. He averaged 8.4 points and 2.3 assists in the 28 games he played for the Mavericks.

Jones averaged 2.3 points and 1.1 assists in 18 games as a rookie. He also made 10 appearances for the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League, where he averaged 18.7 points and 5.2 rebounds.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


Amundson exercises player option with Warriors - by Eurobasket News
Golden State Warriors forward Louis Amundson (6'9''-F/C-82, college: UNLV) has told the team that he is exercising the player option on his contract for next season.

The Warriors also announced Thursday that they waived forward Jeff Adrien. Both moves came before the start of the NBA lockout on Friday.

Amundson appeared in 46 games for the Warriors last season, averaging 4.3 points and 4.0 rebounds. Overall during his five-year NBA career, he has averaged 4.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in 228 regular-season games with Utah, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Golden State.

Adrien appeared in 23 games over two stints with the Warriors last season, averaging 2.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Celtics make Green offer, exercise Bradley option - by Eurobasket News
The Boston Celtics have made a qualifying offer to forward Jeff Green (6'9''-F-86, college: Georgetown), making him a restricted free agent.

Also Thursday, the team exercised its option on guard Avery Bradley (6'2''-G-90, college: Texas) for the 2012-13 season. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Green averaged 9.8 points and 3.3 rebounds with the Celtics last season after coming to Boston in the trade that sent Kendrick Perkins to Oklahoma City.

Courtesy of www.boston.com


Cleveland Cavaliers trade J.J. Hickson to Sacramento Kings for Omri Casspi, 1st-round pick - by Eurobasket News
In a move to clear out the logjam at power forward and address the void at small forward, the Cavaliers traded power forward J.J. Hickson (6'9''-F/C-88, college: N.Carolina St.) to the Sacramento Kings today for small forward Omri Casspi (6'9''-F/G-88) and a 2012 first-round draft choice.

'We want to thank J.J. for his hard work and contributions to the Cavaliers, both on the court and off the court in the community,'' Cavs general manager Chris Grant said in a press release issued by the team.

'This is another step in our on-going process to shape and position our team and roster for future growth and a platform for sustained success.

'Were excited to add a young, talented, tough-minded player like Omri, that we feel is a good fit for our team and can help improve our perimeter group, while also being able to obtain another important asset with the additional first round draft pick.''

The deal was completed hours before the collective bargaining agreement is set to expire. The NBA has announced it will lock out its players beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday.

Hickson, 22, was the 19th pick in the 2008 draft and has been the Cavs starting power forward for the better part of two seasons in spite of a maddening tendency to disappear during games, especially on the boards. He did rebound better after moving to center in the middle of this past season when Anderson Varejao went out with an ankle injury and wound up averaging 13.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game last season while shooting 45.8 percent from the field and 67.3 percent from the free-throw line.

Casspi, 23, became the first Israeli-born athlete in the NBA when the Kings made him the 23rd pick in 2009. The 6-9, 225-pound forward has been mostly a backup for the Kings, shooting 41 percent from the field and 37 percent from 3-point range, ranking 30th in the league last season.

After the trade was finalized, Casspi tweeted @Casspi18, 'Starting a new path in my journey and I'm so excited to be a Cavalier. I'm ready for the challenge and can't wait to get to know my teammates and my new home. Great things are ahead, Cavs Fans!!! Thank you everyone for the support. Omri.''

The Cavs have had an eye on Casspi since 2009 but he was gone by the time the Cavs picked 30th in that draft. They took forward/guard Christian Eyenga instead.

Now they have a chance to develop first-round draft choice Tristan Thompson, bolster the weakest part of their roster and avoid a sticky contract situation as well. Hickson was scheduled to make $2.35 million next season, which would have been his fourth with the team. Then the team would have been forced to decide whether to offer him just a qualifying offer for 2012-13, making him a restricted free agent, or to sign him to a longer contract for much more money in spite of his often uneven performances.

To some extent, they will face the same situation with Casspi, who will make $1.34 million next season and $2.28 million the following year. But they will have two more years to judge his performances and will get a first-round pick in addition, although the pick is lottery-protected in 2012. The pick is then protected in 2013 (1-13), 2014 (1-12) and 2015-2017 (1-10). If the pick is not conveyed by 2017, then Sacramento will convey its 2017 second-round draft pick to the Cavaliers protected (56-60.)

No word: In an unrelated matter, Grant said the Cavs have not heard whether they will get an extension of the trade exception acquired in the LeBron James trade last summer. It is set to expire on July 11, but with the lockout freezing all business operations, it will expire at midnight if there's no extension.

Courtesy of www.cleveland.com


Lakers guard Shannon Brown will test free agency - by Eurobasket News
As expected, Shannon Brown (6'3''-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) declined to exercise his $2.4 million option for next season and became an unrestricted free agent only hours before the end of the collective bargaining agreement between NBA players and owners Thursday.

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said last week he didn't anticipate Brown's return to the team, which is why he selected guards with the first two of his four second-round picks in last Thursday's draft.

Kupchak picked Darius Morris, who was selected with the 41 st overall pick, and Andrew Goudelock, who was 46 th.

Brown's departure leaves a void in the Lakers' backcourt, one that could be filled by either Morris or Goudelock or both.

It's possible Brown could re-sign with the Lakers, but he and the rest of the league face an uncertain offseason thanks to the end of the CBA and the decision by owners to lock out players Thursday starting at 9 p.m. (PDT).

Teams cannot have any contact with players until the labor impasse is resolved. They cannot sign free agents or draft picks and the annual summer league for free agents and draft picks in Las Vegas has been canceled.

Brown averaged 7.9 points in 18.7 minutes over 182 games with the Lakers and joined the team in a trade that sent Vladimir Radmanovic to the Charlotte Bobcats on Feb. 7, 2009.

Brown initially was considered a throw-in in the deal, but he won over teammates and fans with an arsenal of soaring dunks.

In other news, the Lakers are expected today to announce the hiring of Quin Snyder as an assistant coach.

Snyder, a former University of Missouri coach, was the Philadelphia 76 ers' director of player development last season.

New coach Mike Brown began hiring his staff when he named former Detroit Pistons coach John Kuester as an assistant Wednesday. It has been reported that Chuck Person, Ettore Messina and Jim Boylen also will be hired as assistants.

Courtesy of www.presstelegram.com


New Orleans Hornets extend qualifying offer to Marco Belinelli - by Eurobasket News
The New Orleans Hornets announced today that the team has extended a qualifying offer to guard Marco Belinelli (6'5''-G-86) for the 2011-12 season, making him a restricted free agent. Per team policy, financial details were not disclosed.

We were very pleased with the performances of both Marco and Jason Smith as each of them had their best professional season and it was fun to watch them grow and contribute to our success, said Hornets General Manager Dell Demps. We know both players will continue to improve and hope to have each of them back for the 2011-12 season.

Belinelli averaged career-highs of 10.4 points, 1.9 rebounds and 24.5 minutes in 80 games, 69 of which were starts (both career-highs). He shot 43.7% from the field and a career-best 41.1% from beyond the arc. Belinelli registered four 20-point performances for the Hornets last season.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Durant: NBA players 'not going to give in' - by Eurobasket News
Two-time scoring champion Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) wants the NBA's owners to listen up.

Set to be locked out by the league at day's end, Durant pledged solidarity for the players' union Thursday even if it means sacrificing the first few months of the season to get a new deal done.

'We're going to stand up for what we have to do, no matter how long it's going to take,' Durant told The Associated Press after the conclusion of his two-day youth basketball camp.

'No matter how long the lockout's going to take, we're going to stand up. We're not going to give in.'

The league announced that it would lock out the players at 12:01 EDT Friday, saying in a statement from Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver that 'the expiring collective bargaining agreement created a broken system that produced huge financial losses for our teams.'

Durant acknowledged 'it might have to take all the way up until maybe December or January' - meaning the start of the NBA season in October would be jeopardized - but the players are committed to getting a CBA they feel is fair.

'The way the CBA worked before is something we really liked. There's no need to change it,' Durant told AP. 'Things have been going very well for us, as far as the league, revenue and things like that are concerned. We want to stick with that pace, but of course the owners want to go a different way with it.

'We're going to stick with it until we come out with a good deal.'

Durant, the Thunder's representative to the players' association, said he regretted that he hadn't been able to stay active in the union's work because of other offseason obligations, but veteran Nick Collison has been filling in for him and he's also staying in the loop by email.

'We just want the owners to listen to us, man, and know that we're out there playing for them and we always represent them in the right way,' Durant told AP.

'Hopefully, things get done.'

A last-ditch negotiating session ended after three hours Thursday with no new agreement. Durant said talks were 'going really slow,' but expressed optimism that they would speed up in time to save the upcoming season.

'All we can do is continue to just keep praying that we get things done quickly and we just move on with what we have to do, and not let the fans suffer more than they have to as far as not watching us play,' Durant said. 'I think as players we're really hurting, too, if we can't play basketball. It's already hurting me that I can't be able to talk to my coaches, GMs and the guys that work for the team.

'It's going to be tough, but it's something that we've got to try to work through and hopefully we stick together through the process.'

Durant led the league in scoring the last two seasons, getting selected as an All-Star both seasons while leading Oklahoma City to the playoffs. The Thunder made it to the Western Conference finals last season before being eliminated by eventual NBA champion Dallas.

Just one month later, he and his teammates won't be allowed into the team's practice facility and won't be collecting paychecks.

'It may take some tough times for people to kind of pull together and get things done quicker and easier,' Durant said.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


Warriors waive forward F Adrien - by Eurobasket News
The Golden State Warriors have waived forward Jeff Adrien (6'7''-F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Connecticut), the team announced Thursday.

Adrien averaged 2.5 points and 2.5 rebounds over 23 games during his two stints with the Warriors this past season.

The Connecticut product was waived by Golden State on December 9 and went to the NBA Development League where he averaged 18.3 points and 11.4 rebounds in 27 games combined for both Erie and Rio Grande Valley.

The Warriors re-signed Adrien as a free agent D-League call up on February 25.

Courtesy of http://wusa9.com


NBA players say they're more prepared this time for lockout - by Eurobasket News
Antawn Jamison (6'9''-F-76, college: N.Carolina) was entering his rookie season the last time the NBA endured a lockout. There had never really been a work stoppage in the NBA before, and he certainly didn't believe his rookie year would be the first.

In fact, none of the players really believed it would happen. That's why so many were ill-prepared when the paychecks stopped coming. After 204 days, the players caved to the owners' demands of a soft salary cap, maximum contracts and a rookie pay scale.

Now the owners are back fighting for more. The league believes about 22 of the 30 teams will lose money this season, and the only way to fix that is to reduce the players' cut of the pot. The players currently receive 57 percent of the league's gross revenue, something the owners are adamant must decrease.

Owners are also pushing for a hard cap similar to what the NFL has, which teams would be unable to surpass. Teams that surpass the cap now pay a dollar-for-dollar luxury tax.

The owners are prepared to offer a revised proposal to the players within the next couple of weeks, but it's unlikely to result in an immediate agreement. The players insist that they're better prepared now to fight than they were the first time more than a decade ago.

''I think the biggest difference from the first go-round was we were so divided as players, and the owners saw that,'' Jamison said. ''They knew certain players were going to break. This time, pretty much all the players are unified in knowing that we're going to prepare for the worst.''

The players union has been educating its members for more than a year on cutting back and saving checks in anticipation of a lockout.

A 56-page handbook was given to all the players this season detailing the dos and don'ts of a work stoppage. Essentially, they were instructed not to buy lavish jewelry or clothes that have little resale value, avoid gambling destinations such as Las Vegas and limit the outflow of cash to entourages and people who aren't immediate family members.

A number of the Cavs' players said they have heeded the warnings of the veterans. J.J. Hickson said he has been cutting back for months, but he declined to say how one section of the handbook mentioned Kenny Anderson's ill-timed remarks during the last lockout, when he told the New York Times that he was ''thinking of selling one of my cars'' and that he didn't ''need all of them.''

That set off a wave of negative publicity from an unsympathetic public, something the union is trying to avoid this time. The players believe that they are in a better position to fight back against the owners in what could be a long, ugly battle.

''This is what we feel is right for us,'' Jamison said. ''The owners feel they have rights to do certain things, but I think the players union is definitely a lot tighter than what it was when I first got to the league.''

Courtesy of www.ohio.com


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Marquette athletic director Cottingham resigns - by Eurobasket News
Marquette athletic director Steve Cottingham resigned Thursday, parting ways with a program facing scrutiny for recent legal issues.

Cottingham was named the school's interim athletic director in January 2007 and took the role on a permanent basis a year later. He oversaw a tumultuous transition after men's basketball coach Tom Crean left for Indiana, and successor Buzz Williams has kept up the program's winning ways on the court.

But Marquette recently has been criticized for the way it handled sexual assault allegations against unidentified athletes.

'Although recent events involving a few student-athletes have certainly been a disappointment to me, I leave Marquette with positive feelings and confidence in its future,' Cottingham wrote in a letter to Marquette President Robert Wild.

Prosecutors decided in May not to charge the athletes involved in the alleged assaults. District Attorney John Chisholm said at the time that investigations into two separate alleged assaults were impeded because Marquette's public safety department didn't tell authorities.

Instead, it advised students of options available, including reporting the allegations to the police department.

Courtesy of www.forbes.com


AD Byrne eyeing bigger prizes for Arizona - by Eurobasket News
Greg Byrne had an impressive first school year as Arizona's athletic director.

The former AD at Mississippi State, Byrne took over in Tucson in May 2010 and helped guide a resurgence in Arizona's sports.

The men's basketball team, after a couple years of turmoil, came within a game of the Final Four. The football team reached three straight bowl games for the second time in its history despite a late-season losing streak.

The entire athletics department was back among the top 20 in the Director's Cup, an annual ranking that measures overall athletic success.

A good start, but Byrne wants more, particularly another national championship in basketball and the Rose Bowl trip in football.

Courtesy of The Associated Press


Nebraska officially in Big Ten - by Eurobasket News
Nebraska is officially in the Big Ten.

The Cornhuskers joined the conference on Friday, becoming its 12th member and first new addition since Penn State in June 1990. Big Ten presidents and chancellors announced last June that they had approved Nebraska's application to join the conference on July 1, 2011.

Nebraska's first event as an official conference member will be the football media days late this month, with its first athletic competition on Aug. 19, when the women's soccer team hosts North Carolina.

Courtesy of www.newstimes.com


USA U19 escaped the narrow win over Serbia U19 - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U19-USA U19 78:80

USA U19 registered the second win at the FIBA World Championships. The defending champions grabbed 80:78 over Serbia U19 due to the first half.
USA started better and reached 21-17 in the first period. The defending champions continued well and added 17-14 in the second period. They enjoyed 7 points advantage at the halftime, but then the European team went back on track. Serbia reduced to 4 points after 22-19 in the third frame and looked forward for the last period. They also won the fourth quarter 25-23, but could not win the game and upset the favorites. USA escaped the narrow win for 2-0 record in the group.
Joe Jackson (6'0''-G-92) paced all the winners with 19 points and Patric Young (6'9''-F/C-92) netted 13. Tim Hardaway Jr. (6'5''-G-92) and Tony Mitchell (6'9''-F/C-92) followed them with 11 points apiece. Aleksandar Cvetkovic (6'1''-PG-93) replied with 20 points in the losing effort as Serbia is tied at 1-1 in Group D. Marko Gujanicic (6'8''-F-92) posted 16 and Petar Lambic (6'5''-G-92) scored 11 points.

Serbia U19: Aleksandar Cvetkovic 20, Marko Gujanicic 16, Petar Lambic 11
USA U19: Joe Jackson 19, Patric Young 13, Tim Hardaway Jr. 11, Tony Mitchell 11



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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jack LEASURE
  Taranaki.
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Leasure, Taranaki.22.9 
 2. Hudson, Manawatu.20.1 
 3. Webster, Wellingt.20.0 
 4. Pace, Bay Hawks19.8 
 5. Campbell, Taranaki.19.6 
 6. Abercrombie, Waika.19.2 
 7. Smith, Waikato P.18.6 
 8. Bradshaw, OceanaG.18.6 
 9. Polyblank, Southla.18.5 
 10. Dora, Nelson G.18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Waika.
  (216-C-87)
  Avg: 12
 1. Pledger, Waika.12.0 
 2. Vukona, Nelson G.11.4 
 3. Horvath, Manawatu.10.9 
 4. Campbell, Taranaki.10.2 
 5. Allred, OceanaGo.10.1 
 6. Johnson, Wellingt.8.9 
 7. Grizzard, Nelson G.8.8 
 8. Bradshaw, OceanaG.8.5 
 9. Boucher, Auckland.8.2 
 10. Trousdell, Bay H.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Waikato P.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Crowe, Waikato P.6.7 
 2. Dickel, Southland6.5 
 3. Tait, Wellington S.6.3 
 4. Braswell, Southlan.5.2 
 5. Kench, Manawatu J.4.4 
 6. Hagan, Manawatu J.4.2 
 7. Boucher, Auckland.4.0 
 8. Martin, Auckland.3.9 
 9. Smith, Waikato P.3.6 
 10. Leasure, Taranaki.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Waikato P.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Crowe, Waikato P.3.2 
 2. Boucher, Auckland.2.8 
 3. Smith, Waikato P.2.6 
 4. Hagan, Manawatu J.2.6 
 5. Kench, Manawatu J.2.0 
 6. Dickel, Southland2.0 
 7. Leasure, Taranaki.1.6 
 8. Allen, Waikato P.1.6 
 9. Braswell, Southlan.1.6 
 10. Frank, Wellington1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Waika.
  (216-C-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Pledger, Waika.2.7 
 2. Iti, Southland S.1.5 
 3. Allred, OceanaGo.1.4 
 4. Spicer, Southlan.1.2 
 5. Johnson, Wellingt.1.1 
 6. Brown, Auckland P.1.0 
 7. Anthony, Waika.1.0 
 8. Vukona, Nelson G.1.0 
 9. Campbell, Taranaki.0.9 
 10. Adams, Wellington0.9 


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  POLAND   


Raul Neto leads Brazil past Poland - by Eurobasket News
Brazil U19 - Poland U19 79:70

Brazil celebrated the first win at the 2011 U19 World Championship in Latvia. They overcame Polish counterparts to improve at 1-1 record in Group B. Brazil thus caught up with Poland in the ladder. Raul Neto (186-PG-92) stepped up with 16 points and 5 assists to pace the Latin American side.
Poland ensured the better start to the game. They rallied to a 22:18 lead at the first intermission. Brazil tipped off the second period on an 11:2 run to surge ahead. Soon Brazil stretched the gap to double digits late in the first half. Grochowski dropped five points in a row to drag Poland within 9 points at halftime 32:41. Poland went on a 16:0 rally to erase the deficit and pull in front. Poland maintained the advantage and entered the fourth quarter up by two points 52:50. Brazil ignited a 20:6 run midway through the fourth frame to take a 76:64 lead with just over a minute remaining. Poland never recovered and had to yield at the end. Cristiano Felicio (206-C-92) contributed 12 points for Brazil. Bruno Irigoyen (202-G/F-92) and Andre Vezaro (190-G-92) accounted for 10 points apiece in the win. Michal Michalak (194-G-93) responded with 14 points for Poland. Piotr Niedzwiedzki (210-F-93) delivered 13 points and 7 boards in defeat.

Brazil U19: Raul Neto 16, Cristiano Felicio 12, Bruno Irigoyen 10, Andre Vezaro 10
Poland U19: Michal Michalak 14, Piotr Niedzwiedzki 13



Anwil Wloclawek tab John Allen - by Eurobasket News
Anwil have agreed on terms of contract with John Allen (194-G/F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Seton Hall). The 28-year-old forward tipped off the season in Finland. John Allen tallied 17.3 points, 7.0 boards, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals per game for Karhu Kauhajoki. In January John Allen moved to Germany. The forward joined Bremerhaven. His stats read 8.9 points, 3.5 boards and 2.3 assists per game in Bundesliga.


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  PORTUGAL   


Oliveirense and Beira-Mar in the LPB? - by Hugo Carvalho
The public news in recent days regarding the possible non-participation of some teams in LPB and Proliga, made the FPB contact and
invite the team Oliveirense, (team this season rose to Proliga) to participate in LPB.

Oliveirense who recently dismissed coach Joao Rocha, comes as other names of possible successors, Joao Coasteira, Sergio Salvador e Orlando Simes.

If it should confirm the non-participation in the LPB for Penafiel, (should go to the division CNB2) and Lusitania because it does not meet the requirements necessary for this purpose, large volumes of debts to the Social Security, Illiabum and Barreirense may remain in the league, if they so wish. But we think at this time, with so much uncertainty, they prefer to stay in Proliga.

With so much uncertainty, Beira Mar (historic club) of CNB1 was also invited to play in the LPB.

This is not easy times but we believe and hope that clubs can stay together but complying with the law of the country.


Oliveirense and Beira-Mar in the LPB? - by Hugo Carvalho
The public news in recent days regarding the possible non-participation of some teams in LPB and Proliga, made the FPB contact and
invite the team Oliveirense, (team this season rose to Proliga) to participate in LPB.

Oliveirense who recently dismissed coach Joao Rocha, comes as other names of possible successors, Joao Costeira, Sergio Salvador e Orlando Simoes.

If it should confirm the non-participation in the LPB for Penafiel, (should go to the division CNB2) and Lusitania because it does not meet the requirements necessary for this purpose, large volumes of debts to the Social Security, Illiabum and Barreirense may remain in the league, if they so wish. But we think at this time, with so much uncertainty, they prefer to stay in Proliga.

With so much uncertainty, Beira Mar (historic club) of CNB1 was also invited to play in the LPB.

This is not easy times but we believe and hope that clubs can stay together but complying with the law of the country.



Terceira Basket a breath of fresh air? - by Hugo Carvalho
Terceira Basket which initially was just a satellite team of the Lusitania, in 2 years get something historic, ascent to CNB1championship in the first year, and the following year, goes up to Proliga.

Terceira Basket ranked sixth place in the regular phase and into the play-off, nobody expected what happened after.... Terceira made the perfect play-off and was champion.

Terceira Basket is a youth club and we asked if they have the necessary structure to play in the league. Many think that this is a failed project before it began. With debts of basketball clubs to become known in the sports pages of newspapers, we question how are the finances of Terceira Basket? It is a good example for the League?

We sincerely hope that the rise of the Terceira Basket brings a breath of fresh air and is an example for other clubs that have debts.

Good luck the Terceira Basket.


Terceira Basket a breath of fresh air? - by Hugo Carvalho
Terceira Basket which initially was just a satellite team of the Lusitania, in 2 years get something historic, ascent to CNB1championship in the first year, and the following year, goes back up to Proliga.

Terceira Basket ranked sixth place in the regular phase and into the play-off, nobody expected what happened .... made the perfect play-off and was champion.

Terceira Basket is a youth club and we asked if they have the necessary structure to play in the league. Many think that this is a failed project before it began. With debts of basketball clubs to become known in the sports pages of newspapers, we question how are the finances of Terceira Basket? It is a good example for the League?

We sincerely hope that the rise of the Terceira Basket brings a breath of fresh air and is an example for other clubs that have debts.

Good luck to Terceira Basket.



Season Scout - Galitos - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
One of the favorites in the season start, Galitos FC finished the regular season with the advantage to fight for promotion, but ended up losing to CD Povoa in the first playoff round. It was a big delusion for the Barreiro side, who had problems fixing their foreigner players and put all the responsibilities in one player back, when we all know basketball is a team game.

The Season
An hard schedule provoked two early defeats in the season, but with nine wins in a row, Galitos FC put their name on the top of the league, showing an aggressive game plan based in Antonio Pires (185-G-86) qualities. During the season, the team changed their roster, using four different North-American players. That didnt benefit the squad goals, who finished to lose in the playoff first round.

The Player
Antonio Pires. After three seasons without proving his potential, Pires went back to Proliga and made a fantastic season, showing he still has what its needed to be a leader in the court. Hes an aggressive player, has a fantastic handling and can score a lot. Galitos FC success depended a lot of his presence. He needed a presence in the inside game and had it when Michael Pilgrim was on the team. Unfortunately, he left and Marcus Sikes didnt play enough to show his qualities. In the other hand, Malcolm Thomas and Rui Quintino had good seasons and shown to be good players for this level.

The Prospect
Alexandre Coelho (178-G-90). Coming from the bench, the young guard has still a lot to learn but showed, in some games, he is ready to receive more minutes and responsibilities.




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Season Scout - BC Barcelos - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
The strongest team during the regular season, Barcelos Hotel Terco had some hard time confirming their promotion to LPB in the playoffs. After confirming their first goal, they tasted the flavor of defeat, losing the title in the final match, at home! A season of happiness and discontent, where theyve shown to have a great coach and a fully experimented set of players. Next season, theyll have a big test in a stronger level.

The season
With a 18-4 record, Barcelos was a clear regular season champion. Having confirmed the home advantage, the team needed it in the playoff first round to beat Electrico (3-2) and confirmed the promotion beating Fisica (3-1). The delusion came in the final, when after getting a 2-0 lead, Barcelos lost all three final games. Having an experimented roster, Barcelos shown superiority playing a very hard defense. Ricardo Rodrigues was also named one of the best coaches in Proliga. A year full of success, only one win away from full glory.

The player
Pedro Silva (198-F-79). The former Portuguese international average 15.9 points and 13.4 rebounds, being one of the most feared inside players of this league. He led his team scoring in double digits in 31 of 36 games. Other important players were Carlos Fechas, guard who led the Barcelos game, the great outside shooter Nuno Pedroso and Joao Moreira, who played an essential role in helping Pedro Silva inside.

The Prospect
Bartolo Dias. A very young player who spend the season playing both in the senior and in U20 team. Hes an athletic player and was getting more minutes in the end of the season, when an injury put him out at the start of playoff games. Hes a good prospect and might have more minutes next season.



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Season Scout - Terceira Basket - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
Here are the champions! With a fragile start, with no foreign players, Terceira Basket seemed to get away from the promotion fight. But with Nate Bowie (183-G-86, college: Cent.Arkansas), first, and Durrell Nevels (198-F-86, college: Cent.Arkansas), the team gain confidence and changed their way to play. With a fantastic run in the playoffs, where they beat Angra Basket, CD Povoa and BC Barcelos, Terceira Basket was a fair winner of Proliga and might have a big test in their first season in LPB.

The Season
Terceira lost their two North-American players before the season started and paid the price with a fragile record during the first months. They also lost their coach, Nuno Barroso, who went to Lusitnia. So, it all happened with Rui Fonseca taking the lead, Nate Bowie (Player of the Year) and Durrell Nevels (Forward of the Year) arriving at Azores and all the team changing their minds to get an unexpected title.

The Player
Nate Bowie. A phenomenal player, Bowie is a strong guard, a scoring machine and a very confident player. He averaged 25.6 points and 5.3 assists, so he played and make his colleagues play. All the game turned around his qualities and he was decisive in most of the team victories. Durrell Nevels was also fundamental to Terceiras success. Averaging more than 13 rebounds per game, Nevels took the team to an unexpected level, making a run to the title.

The Prospect
Head Coach Rui Fonseca . He transformed the teams game, using Nate Bowie as the main piece of his plays. Winning a national title in his first season as head coach is great, and we have to expect good things from Fonseca, as he will be challenged in a higher level next season.




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  PUERTO RICO   


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Peter John RAMOS
  Quebradillas
  (222-C-85)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Ramos, Quebradillas23.2 
 2. Vassallo, Guaynabo23.1 
 3. Dalmau, Bayamon21.3 
 4. Johnson, Humacao21.2 
 5. Villegas, Coamo19.3 
 6. Ayuso, Arecibo18.6 
 7. Romero, Mayaguez18.6 
 8. Harris, San German18.4 
 9. Randolph, Isabela18.0 
 10. Carmona, Mayaguez17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Isabela
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Randolph, Isabela12.3 
 2. Harris, San German12.3 
 3. Pruitt, Guaynabo11.8 
 4. Narvaez, Coamo11.8 
 5. Ramos, Quebradillas10.6 
 6. Lloreda, San G.10.2 
 7. Romero, Mayaguez9.7 
 8. Sweetney, Santurce9.2 
 9. Clemente, Mayaguez9.1 
 10. Rickert, Bayamon8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  Mayaguez
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Hamilton, Mayaguez7.7 
 2. Brown, Quebradillas5.9 
 3. Dalmau, Bayamon5.8 
 4. Rivera, San German5.7 
 5. Guzman, Guaynabo4.8 
 6. Clemente, Humacao4.6 
 7. Clinch, Isabela4.5 
 8. Rivera, Mayaguez4.2 
 9. Bruton, Quebradill.4.1 
 10. Apodaca, Quebradi.4.0 
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. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.3 
 6. Mojica, Bayamon1.3 
 7. Dalmau, Bayamon1.3 
 8. Santiago, Santurce1.3 
 9. Chaney, Santurce1.3 
 10. Ayuso, Arecibo1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Penn, Humacao2.6 
 2. Santiago, Arecibo2.0 
 3. Sanchez, Santurce2.0 
 4. Romero, Mayaguez1.9 
 5. Aubry, Arecibo1.8 
 6. Lee, Bayamon1.7 
 7. Harris, San German1.4 
 8. Randolph, Isabela1.4 
 9. Ramos, Quebradillas1.2 
 10. Freije, Coamo1.1 


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  ROMANIA   


Pitesti signs Octavian Calota - by Eurobasket News
Octavian Calota (185-G-84) is a new member of BC Arges Pitesti. The Romanian point guard signed a one-year deal with his new club. Calota arrives from Pitesti from CSU Sibiu, where he spent last couple of years. He appeared 30 times in Division A last season averaging 12.7 points, 1.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.2 steals. Sibiu ended as No.7 with 17-13 record. They failed in the Playoff Quarterfinal against CS U-Mobitelco Cluj. Octavian Calota helped Sibiu to reach the Romanian league Semifinals in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009. In 2008, he participated at the Romanian League All-Star Game. In the past, Calota also was a member of Farul Constanca. Pitesti is expected to sign more players during the off-season.

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  RUSSIA   


Petr Samoylenko extended with Unics for another two years - by Eurobasket News
Petr Samoylenko (185-G-77) extended with Unics for another two years. Kazan remains the home city for the Russian Guard.
In 1998 he started for Unics and stayed until year 2007. In 2007-2008 moved to Dynamo Moscow (A Superleague, starting five) and in ULEB Cup after 13 games averaged 3.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 3.1apg, while in Russian League had 3.1ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.5apg, 1.2spg. In 2008-2009 started for Dynamo, but left at the beginning of the season, then moved to Unics Kazan (A Superleague, starting five). In Russian League he had 2.7ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3spg, while in Eurocup after 11 games showed 2.9ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.1apg, 1.5spg. The latest season for Unics Kazan (PBL) in EuroCup he had 2.1ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.0spg, while in VTB League after 12 games he showed 3.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.3apg. In Euroleague Qualifying Round his stats read 3.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.3apg and in Russian League Petr averaged 5.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 55.7%, 3PT: 35.4%, FT: 70.6%.
This season Petr Samoylenko recorded 20 points at the Quarter-Finals Round 3 when Unics beat N.Novgorod 93-66. The game was mostly controlled by Unics Kazan. BC Nizhny Novgorod was better in third quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Unics Kazan made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. The former international guard Petr Samoylenko contributed with 20 points, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners.



Russia destroy Tunisia at the start of Day 2 of the U19 World Championships - by Eurobasket News
Tunisia U19-Russia U19 55:101

Russia destroy Tunisia at the start of Day 2 at the U19 FIBA World Championships. The European side had a three-digit winning number at 101:55 victory.
It was not an easy start for Russia that trailed 6:8 after Maher Souabni (185-G-92)'s shot. Layter Artem Vikhrov and Gleb Goldyrev (200-F-93)put Russia in front at 20:14 and they won the first period 21:16. The second frame however became the benefit for the European team that erupted with 29-13 and reached 50:29 at the halftime. Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92) nailed three in the start of the third period and then Russia added 23-14 in the next ten minutes. Mikhail Karpachev gave Russia three digits number making the jump shot at the very end.
Dmitry Kulagin led the way with 18 points, while Alexander Varnakov (185-G-92) netted 15. Vladislav Trushkin (200-F-93) ended up with 14 points for Russia and Gleb Goldyrev posted 11. Omar Abada (189-G-93) ended up with 12 points for Tunisia, while Sofian M'Rad (198-F-92),, Maher Souabni and Ahmed Manai (205-C-92) had 8 each.

Tunisia U19: Omar Abada 12, Sofian M'Rad 8, Maher Souabni 8, Ahmed Manai 8
Russia U19: Dmitry Kulagin 18, Alexander Varnakov 15, Vladislav Trushkin 14, Gleb Goldyrev 11



Lokomotiv Kuban targets Dusko Vujosevic as new Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
According to Sports.ru, Lokomotiv Kuban has serious intention to sign Dusko Vujosevic (agency: Beo Basket) as their new Head Coach. Reportedly, they are already in talks. Vujosevic started last season with CSKA Moscow, but they parted ways in November.
Before CSKA Moscow, Dusko Vujosevic worked many years with Partizan Belgrade. He won big number of trophies and personal awards with them. Vujosevic also led Partizan to Euroleague Final Four in 2010. He was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Coach of the Year -10. Vujosevic also was Coach of the Year in Serbia and Adriatic league many times. In the past, he worked with Radnicki, Pesaro, Brescia, Granada and Crvena Zvezda.
Dusko Vujosevic worked as a Head Coach of the Serbia and Montenegro National Team in 2003. From 2008 to 2010, he was a Head Coach of Team Montenegro.


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  SERBIA   


Partizan and Aleksandar Mitrovic part ways - by Eurobasket News
Aleksandar Mitrovic (202-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) is no longer a member of Partizan Belgrade. They agreed to part ways yesterday. Mitrovic joined Partizan in 2009 from Mega Hypo Leasing. In their first season together he appeared 22 times in Adriatic league averaging 3.3 points. In Serbian league, Mitrovic had 4.1 ppg and 1.4 apg, while in Euroleague had scored 1.1 ppg in 13 games. Partizan won the Serbian and Adriatic league titles, plus Serbian Cup trophy that season. They also reached Euroleague Final Four.
Last season, Aleksandar Mitrovic also started with Partizan, but in November was sent on loan to Buducnost, Montenegro. He had 2.7 ppg for 12 Adriatic league games. In March, he moved to Mega Vizura also on loan adding 9 ppg and 2.8 rpg for 12 games in Serbian league. Aleksandar Mitrovic played for U20, U18 and U16 Serbian National Teams over the past few years.


Partizan keeps Rasko Katic, Dusan Kecman and Petar Bozic - by Eurobasket News
Partizan Belgrade kept Rasko Katic (208-F-80, agency: Beo Basket), Dusan Kecman (197-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) and Petar Bozic (197-G-78) for another season. They signed one-year contract extension with the Serbian powerhouse.
Rasko Katic was Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Center of the Year -11. He had 6.9 ppg and 4.2 rpg for 16 Euroleague games, also adding 8.9 ppg and 4.1 rpg for 28 games in Adriatic league. In Serbian league, Katic registered 9.6 ppg and 4.7 rpg. Katic joined Partian last summer from Hemofarm.
Dusan Kecman had 7.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 1.8 apg in Euroleague last season. In Adriatic league he collected 9.5 ppg, 4 rpg and 2.7 apg for 28 games. Finally in Serbian league Kecman added 7.7 ppg, 3 rpg and 3.6 apg for 20 games.
Long serving captain Petar Bozic averaged 2.5 points and 1.1 rebounds in 14 Eurolegaue games. His numbers in Adriatic league were 3.1 ppg, while in Serbian league Bozic had 3.3 ppg, 1.5 rpg and 1.5 apg.


James Gist positive on THC (cannabis) - by Eurobasket News
Bad news for James Gist (203-F-86). The Serbian Antidoping Agency announced that the player failed on doping test. Gist had AAF for Carboxy THC (cannabis). He was tested during the match between BC Partizan and BC Hemofarm in Belgrade on 1.6.2011. He waived sample B analysis. Sanction for this is in range between reprimand and two-year period of ineligibility.
James Gist recently signed a deal with the Turkish champion Fenerbahce Ulker. He spent the previous season in Serbia. The 24-year-old forward played for Partizan Beograd. He averaged 11.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in Serbian A League. In Euroleague James Gist posted 11.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists per appearance. In Adriatic League his stats read 12.1 points, 6.1 boards and 1.1 steals. James Gist was named into Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League 2nd Team.


USA U19 escaped the narrow win over Serbia U19 - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U19-USA U19 78:80

USA U19 registered the second win at the FIBA World Championships. The defending champions grabbed 80:78 over Serbia U19 due to the first half.
USA started better and reached 21-17 in the first period. The defending champions continued well and added 17-14 in the second period. They enjoyed 7 points advantage at the halftime, but then the European team went back on track. Serbia reduced to 4 points after 22-19 in the third frame and looked forward for the last period. They also won the fourth quarter 25-23, but could not win the game and upset the favorites. USA escaped the narrow win for 2-0 record in the group.
Joe Jackson (6'0''-G-92) paced all the winners with 19 points and Patric Young (6'9''-F/C-92) netted 13. Tim Hardaway Jr. (6'5''-G-92) and Tony Mitchell (6'9''-F/C-92) followed them with 11 points apiece. Aleksandar Cvetkovic (6'1''-PG-93) replied with 20 points in the losing effort as Serbia is tied at 1-1 in Group D. Marko Gujanicic (6'8''-F-92) posted 16 and Petar Lambic (6'5''-G-92) scored 11 points.

Serbia U19: Aleksandar Cvetkovic 20, Marko Gujanicic 16, Petar Lambic 11
USA U19: Joe Jackson 19, Patric Young 13, Tim Hardaway Jr. 11, Tony Mitchell 11



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  SOUTH KOREA   


The Baltic State overcame South Korea in Day 2 of the U19 World Championship - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U19-South Korea U19 117:64

Lithuania overcame South Korea in Day 2 of the FIBA U19 World Championship. The Blatic State destroyed the opponent from Asia 117:64 at the Preliminary Round.
Lithuania started well and grabbed easily 33-11 after the first 10 minutes. They added 30-21 in the second period for massive 63:33 halftime advantage. In the second half the Baltic team looked also better and produced 31-12 and 23-20 in the third and the last periods respectively.
Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) stepped up with 25 points and 17 rebounds for the winners, while Vytenis Cizauskas (190-G-92) collected 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Arnas Butkevicius (199-F-92) followed them with 15, while Edgaras Ulanovas (198-G-92) notched 13. Kim Jun-Yl (202-C-92) chipped in 13 points in the losing effort and Lee Seounghyun (201-C-92) had 12.
Lithuania improved to 1-1 record and will play tomorrow with Canada. South Korea suffered their second loss to face Croatia in Day 3.

Lithuania U19: Jonas Valanciunas 25+17 rebs, Vytenis Cizauskas 22 points+ 7 rebs+7 ast, Arnas Butkevicius 15, Edgaras Ulanovas 13
South Korea U19: Kim Jun-Yl 13, Lee Seounghyun 12, Heo Ung (183-G-93) 10



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  SPAIN   


Ondrej Balvin returns to Cajasol - by Eurobasket News
Young Czech giant Ondrej Balvin (215-C-92) will play for Cajasol next season. The Spanish outfit announced this news yesterday. Balvin joined Cajasol a year ago, but he spent last season on loan at Castilleja Cajasol Sevilla. They competed in EBA league. Balvin moved to Cajasol from USK Praha, where he mostly played for junior team. He got a chance just few times with their senior squad.
Ondrej Balvin paced U18 Czech Republic to Gold medal at U18 EuroBasket Division B in Israel last summer. He exploded with 10.9 ppg, 11 rpg and 2.9 vpg at this event. Balvin was the best rebounder and shot blocker of the championship. Balvin also played for U20 Czech Republic in 2010. In 2008, he won the Silver with U16 Czech Rep at U16 EuroBasket in Italy.


Unicaja Malaga brings in Kristaps Valters - by Eurobasket News
Unicaja Malaga announced signing of Kristaps Valters (190-G-81) for the next season. The Malaga team also has option for 2012/13. Valters heads to Unicaja from Fuenlabrada, where he spent last season. The Latvian point guard had 10.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 4.5 apg in 34 games. Season 2009/10, Valter spent with DKV Joventut. He had 7.5 ppg, 1.6 rpg and 4.3 apg for them in 33 Spanish league games. In EuroCup, Valters added 6.8 ppg, 1.5 rpg and 4.7 apg. In 2008/09, Valters also played for Fuenla. Before that he was a member of Scafati, Udine, Triumph Lybertsy, Oldenburg, Panionios and Skonto Riga.
Kristaps Valters was a member of the Latvian National from 1999 until 2009. At the EuroBasket in Poland he had 9.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg and 4 apg for 8 games.


Michel Diouf pens deal with Palencia - by Eurobasket News
Palencia have ensured the services of Michel Diouf (208-C-89) for the next season. The 22-year-old centre played for C.B. Tarragona 2017 last season. He averaged 8.3 points, 6.6 boards, 1.2 blocks and 1.0 steal per game in LEB Gold. Previosuly Michel Diouf had stints with Cajasol Sevilla, Qalat Caja Sol and Caja San Fernando.


CAI Zaragoza parts ways with Andres Miso - by Eurobasket News
CAI Zaragoza and guard Andres Miso (199-G-83, college: Colegio Ecole) parted ways. The officially terminated the deal yesterday. Miso joined CAI Zaragoza last summer from Cajasol. He played 31 games in ACB averaging 7.4 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists. With Cajasol in 2009/10 season Miso had 8.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 2.1 apg for 36 games. He played for the same team in 2007/08 and 2008/09 seasons. Before Cajasol, Miso spent couple of years with Estudiantes.
Andres Miso reached ACB Finals with Estu in 2004. They also played twice in ULEB Cup and Copa del Rey Semis. In the past, Miso was a member of U20 Spanish National Team.


Clavijo renew Matt Witt, close to landing Alberto Ruiz de Galarreta - by Eurobasket News
LEB Gold newcomers Clavijo started to build the roster for the next season. They renewed the contract of one of the team's leaders Matt Witt (183-PG-84, college: E.Kentucky). The USA point guard joined the team at the start of the previous season. He tallied 16.4 points, 6.0 assists, 2.4 boards and 1.7 steals per appearance. Eurobasket.com named Matt Witt All-Spanish LEB Silver Guard of the Year. He was also trumped Import Player of the Year. Previously Matt Witt played in Germany and Netherlands.
Also Clavijo may soon announce the acquisition of Alberto Ruiz de Galarreta (198-G-83). The sides are negotiating contract. Last season Alberto Ruiz de Galarreta played for Ourense Baloncesto. The guard averaged 6.9 points and 1.7 rebounds per game in LEB Gold.



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  SWEDEN   


Sundsvall Dragons signs Pavel Ermolinskij - by Eurobasket News
Another player from Iceland will continue his career in Sweden. The 24-year-old SG/SF Pavel Ermolinskij (202-G/F-87, agency: TSS Management) penned a deal for the next season with Sundsvall Dragons. Ermolinskij arrives to Sundsvall from KR Reykjavik, where he spent last year and a half. He helped them win the Express league title and Powerade Cup this year. Ermolinskij appeared 31 times in the league averaging 14.7 points, 11.6 rebounds, 7.9 assists and 2.3 steals. Eurobasket awarded him with All-Icelandic League Domestic Player of the Year -11. Ermolinskij joined KR Reykjavik in January of 2010 from Spanish Caceres. With Caseres he had 2.1 ppg , 2.7 rpg and 1.3 apg for 12 games in LEB Gold.
Pavel Ermolinskij played for La Palma, Clinicas Rincon and Unicaja in the past. He also has experience from the French Vichy. Ermolinskij was a member of the Icelandic National Team in 2005, 2006 and 2009.


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  SWITZERLAND   


Pully Basket signs Albert Myles and Amadou Diop - by Eurobasket News
Pully Basket announced signing of two new players. The Swiss outfit penned a one-year deal with Albert Myles (198-G-75, college: W.Texas A&M) and Amadou Diop (203-C-87).
Albert Myles is not a new face in Switzerland. He already played there in 2007/08 season. Myles was a member of Meyrin Grand-Saconnex Basket. He joined them in February of 2008 averaging 16.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists. In the past, he was a member of Madeira, Promobys, Plasencia and Badajoz.
Amadou Diop heads to Pully from Lausanne Morges Basket. He played for them from 2007 to 2010. In their last season together Diop had 1.4 ppg and 1.2 rpg.


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  TAIWAN   


Argentina claim first win in Latvia - by Eurobasket News
Argentina U19 - Taiwan U19 80:69

Argentina clinched the first win at the U19 World Championship. The Latin American side overcame Taiwan in preliminary Group B action. Carlos Paredes (196-F-92) stepped up with 19 points to lead the effort. Taiwan in the meantime fell at 0-2 record.
The teams traded baskets throughout the opening quarter. Argentina eked out a narrow 17:16 lead ten minutes into the game. Argentina started to clear off in the second frame. They ensured a 38:31 halftime lead. Argentina stunned Taiwan right after the big break. The Latin American side outscored their opponents 29:10 in the third frame to boost the gap at 26-point mark with one quarter remaining. Taiwan went on a desperate rescue rally in the fourth period. They cut the distance but never threatened the margin in the final term. Luciano Massarelli (183-PG-93) delivered 12 points for the winners. Marcos Delia (206-C-92) contributed 8 points in the victory. Hung Kang-Chiao (191-F-92) answered with 18 points for Taiwan. Chen Ying-Chun (181-PG-93) had 15 points, 6 boards and 3 assists in the loss.

Argentina U19: Carlos Paredes 19, Luciano Massarelli 12, Marcos Delia 8
Taiwan U19: Hung Kang-Chiao 18, Chen Ying-Chun 15




World U19: Taiwan loses to Argentina, drops two straight - by Chris Wang
Taiwan U19 NT suffered the second straight loss in less than 24 hours after an 80-69 defeat to the taller and stronger Argentina in its second game in the preliminary round of the FIBA U19 Championship for Men in the Latvian city of Valmiera Saturday.

Taiwan managed to hang on to a seven-point deficit at the half but once again collapsed in the third quarter, when it was outscored by Argentina 29-10. The game was pretty much over at the end of the period when Taiwan trailed by 26.

Argentina, which suffered an embarrassing 24-point loss to Australia the day before, led the entire game. Carlos Paredes led the team with 19 points while Luciano Massarelli scored 12 points.

Taiwan was still led by the Big Three -- forward Hu Lung-mao, Hung Kang-chiao and point guard Chen Ying-chun. Hung paced the team with 18 points and four rebounds, making 8 of 15 shots. Chen followed with 15 and 6. However, Hu only had seven points on 1-for-5 shooting in 27 minutes. He and Chen had a combined 12 turnovers, half of Taiwans team total.

Taiwan did rebound better. After being outrebounded by 40 in the Latvia game, the team cut that deficit to 12 (33-21) against Argentina.

In its last preliminary game in Group B, Taiwan will meet Australia. Once again, nobody expects it to beat the team from Down Under. If Taiwan finishes fourth in the group, it will have to play the classification round for 13th - 16th place.


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  TUNISIA   


Russia destroy Tunisia at the start of Day 2 of the U19 World Championships - by Eurobasket News
Tunisia U19-Russia U19 55:101

Russia destroy Tunisia at the start of Day 2 at the U19 FIBA World Championships. The European side had a three-digit winning number at 101:55 victory.
It was not an easy start for Russia that trailed 6:8 after Maher Souabni (185-G-92)'s shot. Layter Artem Vikhrov and Gleb Goldyrev (200-F-93)put Russia in front at 20:14 and they won the first period 21:16. The second frame however became the benefit for the European team that erupted with 29-13 and reached 50:29 at the halftime. Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92) nailed three in the start of the third period and then Russia added 23-14 in the next ten minutes. Mikhail Karpachev gave Russia three digits number making the jump shot at the very end.
Dmitry Kulagin led the way with 18 points, while Alexander Varnakov (185-G-92) netted 15. Vladislav Trushkin (200-F-93) ended up with 14 points for Russia and Gleb Goldyrev posted 11. Omar Abada (189-G-93) ended up with 12 points for Tunisia, while Sofian M'Rad (198-F-92),, Maher Souabni and Ahmed Manai (205-C-92) had 8 each.

Tunisia U19: Omar Abada 12, Sofian M'Rad 8, Maher Souabni 8, Ahmed Manai 8
Russia U19: Dmitry Kulagin 18, Alexander Varnakov 15, Vladislav Trushkin 14, Gleb Goldyrev 11



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  TURKEY   


Galatasaray Medical Park adds Gordon Jamon Lukas - by Baha Kurtulus
Galatasaray landed Gordon Jamon Lukas (191-G-84, college: Virginia Tech). Galatasaray has officially announced the deal with the 26-year-old guard.
Gordon Jamon Lukas played for Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus in the previous season. He scored 4.5 points, 2.6 boards and 1.5 assists per game in Euroleague.
In Greek A1 league the guard notched 5.8 points, 2.9 boards, 2.5 assists and 1.3 steals per appearance.
He was a member of Antalya BSB in 2007-2008 season. He scored 10.8 points, 4.6 boards and 2.8 assists per game in Turkey
In 2011 he was named Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Defensive Player of the Year, All-Imports Team and All-Defensive Team.



Galatasaray signs Jamon Gordon - by Burak Cidamal
Galatasaray signs Olimpiacos's guard Gordon Jamon Lukas (191-G-84, college: Virginia Tech) for two year deal. Galatasaray send contract with via by fax and the American player signs 2 year contract with the way of fax.
Gordon will take 500.000 per a year. 26 years old Former Antalya B..B and Olimpiacos player last year played 5.8 points, 2.9 ribounds and 2.5 asist in Greece League.
Galatasay also signed Cevher, Ender and Furkan this year.




Pinar Karsiyaka announced Raymar Morgan - by Eurobasket News
Pinar Karsiyaka announced Raymar Morgan (202-F/C-88, college: Michigan St.) for 2011/2012 season. The American Power Forward will arrive from Israel.
In 2006-2007 Raymar Morgan started for Michigan St. (NCAA) and debuted with 11.7ppg, 5.2rpg, FGP: 48.6%, 3Pts: 31.3%, FT: 69.0%. In his last year there he improved to 11.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 67.1%. In 2010-2011 moved to Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (Israel-Premier League, starting five) and after 31 games averaged 11.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.7apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 53.1%, 3PT: 43.5%, FT: 69.2%.
Raymar Morgan erupted with 22 points three times in the last season. In the last one it happened at the Semi-Finals Game 1 when Maccabi T-A beat Maccabi Rishon 100-77. Maccabi Rishon was better in fourth quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi T-A made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Maccabi Rishon turnovers. Swingman Dwayne Mitchell answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Raymar Morgan added 22 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Maccabi Rishon.



James Gist positive on THC (cannabis) - by Eurobasket News
Bad news for James Gist (203-F-86). The Serbian Antidoping Agency announced that the player failed on doping test. Gist had AAF for Carboxy THC (cannabis). He was tested during the match between BC Partizan and BC Hemofarm in Belgrade on 1.6.2011. He waived sample B analysis. Sanction for this is in range between reprimand and two-year period of ineligibility.
James Gist recently signed a deal with the Turkish champion Fenerbahce Ulker. He spent the previous season in Serbia. The 24-year-old forward played for Partizan Beograd. He averaged 11.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in Serbian A League. In Euroleague James Gist posted 11.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists per appearance. In Adriatic League his stats read 12.1 points, 6.1 boards and 1.1 steals. James Gist was named into Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League 2nd Team.


Anadolu Efes Istanbul tab Dogus Balbay - by Eurobasket News
Dogus Balbay (185-G-89) is coming back to Turkey. The 22-year-old guard has agreed on terms of contract with Anadalo Efes Istanbul. The deal is meant for three season. Dogus Balbay has just graduated from the University of Texas. He averaged 4.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in his senior season. Dogus Balbay was named All-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. The guard made it into Big 12 All-Academic 1st Team for the third year in a row. Dogus Balbay used to play for U16, U18, U19 and U20 Turkish National Teams. Before joining the Texans the guard played for Fenerbahce. He played at Fiba Europe League Final Four with the Istanbul team.


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  UKRAINE   


Dnipro re-sign Daniel Kozlov, Olexiy Shchepkin and Stanislav Tymofeyenko - by Eurobasket News
Dnipro renewed contracts of Daniel Kozlov (206-C-82), Olexiy Shchepkin (192-G-89) and Stanislav Tymofeyenko (204-F-89).
Daniel Kozlov averaged 6.0 points and 1.9 rebounds per game in VTB-League last season. In Superleague the centre posted 6.6 points and 3.4 rebounds.
Olexiy Shchepkin joined Dnipro in December 2009. Last season the guard averaged 3.1 points and 2.1 rebounds per game in VTB League. In Superleague his stats read 2.1 points and 1.2 rebounds per appearance.
Stanislav Tymofeyenko had a solid last season in Dnepropetrovsk. The forward produced 5.1 points and 3.9 boards per game in VTB League. In Superleague his stats came up to 6.0 points and 3.8 rebounds. Stanislav Tymofeyenko played for U18 and U20 National Teams.



Cherkasy land Ivan Bosnjak - by Eurobasket News
Superleague newcomers Cherkasy continue to bolster their roster. They have agreed on terms of contract with Ivan Bosnjak (198-G-82, agency: BeoExcell). Last season the 29-year-old guard played for Vojvodina Novi Sad. Ivan Bosnjak appeared in just two games in A1 League tallying 2.0 points and 1.0 board. In 2009/10 season Ivan Bosnjak averaged 10.9 points, 6.2 boards, 1.5 steals and 1.2 assists per appearance for Vojvodina. Previously the guard had stints in Bosnia, FYR Macedonia and Serbia. Ivan Bosnjak was the member of Serbian University National Team in 2005. Eurobasket.com named the guard All-Macedonian League Defensive Player of the Year in 2008. It is the fourth newcomer for the Monkeys in postseason. Previously they signed contracts with Alexandr Nerush (194-G-83), Yuriy Gorenkov (215-C-88) and Miljan Pupovic (209-C/F-83).


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Babalola Back For Sharks - by Paul Nilsen
One Health Sharks Sheffield have released their initial signing for the 2011/12 season in the form of Great Britain big man Olu Babalola (198-F-81, college: Clemson).

Babalola, who signed late with the Sharks for their second BBL Cup winning season in a row, quickly became a firm favourite with the club both on and off the court.

Despite a flurry of interest from home and abroad, the Sheffield forward took the early decision to remain at the club for a minimum of one more season and is the first in returning players.

' I had a great experience in my first season at Sheffield' said Babalola. 'It took me a little while to settle into a team already formed but as the season went on I could see how better I could help Atiba and looking forward how we could improve as a team'.

The Sharks were delighted to retain the services of Babalola, who has featured in the GB programme and is one of the countries finest home grown talents.

Head Coach Atiba Lyons commented from his summer base in the United States, 'This is a really great start for me to have Olu back on board, he not only is a talent on the court, but a great ambassador off the court'.

'Olu brings a great deal of composure to the team, and can step up enormously when we need him to. I feel being with us from the start of the season will be a great asset as he can establish his influence from the go with old and new players alike'.

Although the new season is some months away, Olu Babalola (198-F-81, college: Clemson) will be at the EIS in Sheffield this Friday in support of South Yorkshire Housing Associations RESPECT project. Supporting communities by encouraging young people to stay in sport.




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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19   


Groups Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Russia2-0
2. Brazil1-1
3. Poland1-1
4. Tunisia0-2
Group B
1. Latvia2-0
2. Argentina1-1
3. Australia1-1
4. Taiwan0-2
Group C
1. Croatia2-0
2. Lithuania1-1
3. Canada1-1
4. S.Korea0-2
Group D
1. USA2-0
2. Egypt1-1
3. Serbia1-1
4. China0-2


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  LTU
  (210-C-92)
  Avg: 22
 1. Valanciunas, LTU22.0 
 2. Ahmed, EGY20.5 
 3. Cvetkovic, SRB20.0 
 4. Barac, CRO20.0 
 5. Pierre, CAN19.5 
 6. Guo, CHN19.0 
 7. Zhai, CHN18.5 
 8. Lee, KOR18.5 
 9. Drmic, AUS18.5 
 10. Neto, BRA18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  LTU
  (210-C-92)
  Avg: 15
 1. Valanciunas, LTU15.0 
 2. Ahmed, EGY12.5 
 3. Saric, CRO12.0 
 4. Pierre, CAN10.5 
 5. Barac, CRO10.0 
 6. Bonarek, POL10.0 
 7. Bhullar, CAN9.5 
 8. Mitchell, USA9.5 
 9. Dukulis, LAT9.5 
 10. Timma, LAT8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jahii CARSON
  (180-PG-92)
  Avg: 7
 1. Carson, USA7.0 
 2. Kim, KOR6.5 
 3. Vecvagars, LAT6.0 
 4. Grochowski, POL5.5 
 5. Hossam, EGY5.0 
 6. Guo, CHN4.5 
 7. Wang, CHN4.5 
 8. Cvetkovic, SRB4.0 
 9. Vikhrov, RUS4.0 
 10. Cizauskas, LTU4.0 
Steals Per Game
 SeongGon MOON
  KOR
  (193-F-93)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Moon, KOR3.5 
 2. Wang, CHN2.5 
 3. Yu, TAI2.5 
 4. Kulagin, RUS2.5 
 5. Lamb, USA2.5 
 6. Magone, LAT2.0 
 7. Shaver, CAN2.0 
 8. Bell, USA2.0 
 9. Shousha, EGY2.0 
 10. Gujanicic, SRB2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  LTU
  (210-C-92)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Valanciunas, LTU3.5 
 2. Mitchell, USA3.0 
 3. Nogueira, BRA2.5 
 4. Jankovic, CAN2.0 
 5. Leonard, USA2.0 
 6. Hossam, EGY1.5 
 7. Mockevicius, LTU1.5 
 8. Delia, ARG1.5 
 9. Moon, KOR1.5 
 10. Chen, TAI1.5 


Preliminary Round. Day 2 in Valmiera and Liepaja - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Brazil - Poland 79-70
Brazil celebrated the first win at the 2011 U19 World Championship in Latvia. They overcame Polish counterparts to improve at 1-1 record in Group B. Brazil thus caught up with Poland in the ladder. Raul Neto (186-PG-92) stepped up with 16 points and 5 assists to pace the Latin American side. Poland ensured the better start to the game. They rallied to a 22:18 lead at the first intermission. Brazil tipped off the second period on an 11:2 run to surge ahead. Soon Brazil stretched the gap to double digits late in the first half. Grochowski dropped five points in a row to drag Poland within 9 points at halftime 32:41. Poland went on a 16:0 rally to erase the deficit and pull in front. Poland maintained the advantage and entered the fourth quarter up by two points 52:50. Brazil ignited a 20:6 run midway through the fourth frame to take a 76:64 lead with just over a minute remaining. Poland never recovered and had to yield at the end. Cristiano Felicio (206-C-92) contributed 12 points for Brazil. Bruno Irigoyen (202-G/F-92) and Andre Vezaro (190-G-92) accounted for 10 points apiece in the win. Michal Michalak (194-G-93) responded with 14 points for Poland. Piotr Niedzwiedzki (210-F-93) delivered 13 points and 7 boards in defeat.

Tunisia - Russia 55-101
Russia destroy Tunisia at the start of Day 2 at the U19 FIBA World Championships. The European side had a three-digit winning number at 101:55 victory. It was not an easy start for Russia that trailed 6:8 after Maher Souabni (185-G-92)'s shot. Layter Artem Vikhrov and Gleb Goldyrev (200-F-93) put Russia in front at 20:14 and they won the first period 21:16. The second frame however became the benefit for the European team that erupted with 29-13 and reached 50:29 at the halftime. Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92) nailed three in the start of the third period and then Russia added 23-14 in the next ten minutes. Mikhail Karpachev gave Russia three digits number making the jump shot at the very end. Dmitry Kulagin led the way with 18 points, while Alexander Varnakov (185-G-92) netted 15. Vladislav Trushkin (200-F-93) ended up with 14 points for Russia and Gleb Goldyrev posted 11. Omar Abada (189-G-93) ended up with 12 points for Tunisia, while Sofian M'Rad (198-F-92),, Maher Souabni and Ahmed Manai (205-C-92) had 8 each.

Group B
Australia - Latvia 68-78
Latvia recorded the second straight win at U19 World Championship. The hosts fired past Australia to improve at 2-0 record in Group B. Australia fell at 1-1 record after the loss. Kaspars Vecvagars (191-G-93) stepped up with 24 points and 6 assists to lead the effort. Latvia led by three points at the first break 18:15. The teams traded baskets throughout the second period. The hosts managed to ensure a 3-point lead at the interval 35:32. The third quarter turned decisive in the game. Latvia stepped on the gas firing 29 points in the third quarter. Australia faced a 17-point deficit heading into the fourth period. Latvia withheld a furious comeback pressure from the Emus to clinch the second win in a row at the tournament. Davis Bertans (205-C-92) notched 22 points, while Edmunds Dukulis (204-C-92, agency: Players Group) added 20 points in the victory. Mitchell Creek (198-F/G-92) answered with 20 points, 5 boards and 4 assists for Australia. Igor Hadziomerovic (195-G-92) netted 14 points in the losing effort.

Taiwan - Argentina 69-80
Argentina clinched the first win at the U19 World Championship. The Latin American side overcame Taiwan in preliminary Group B action. Carlos Paredes (196-F-92) stepped up with 19 points to lead the effort. Taiwan in the meantime fell at 0-2 record. The teams traded baskets throughout the opening quarter. Argentina eked out a narrow 17:16 lead ten minutes into the game. Argentina started to clear off in the second frame. They ensured a 38:31 halftime lead. Argentina stunned Taiwan right after the big break. The Latin American side outscored their opponents 29:10 in the third frame to boost the gap at 26-point mark with one quarter remaining. Taiwan went on a desperate rescue rally in the fourth period. They cut the distance but never threatened the margin in the final term. Luciano Massarelli (183-PG-93) delivered 12 points for the winners. Marcos Delia (206-C-92) contributed 8 points in the victory. Hung Kang-Chiao (191-F-92) answered with 18 points for Taiwan. Chen Ying-Chun (181-PG-93) had 15 points, 6 boards and 3 assists in the loss.

Group C
Canada - Croatia 84-88
Croatia U19 improved to 2-0 record at the World Championship. The European team outscored Canada U19 88:84 to send North American team to 1-1 record. Croatia U19 started better as Toni Katic brought 10-2 in the opening tip. Dyshawn Pierre (198-F-93) tied the game at 14:14, while Dario Saric gave Croatia 26:21 at the end of the first period. Julian Clarke (191-G-92) nailed three for 31:31 in the second frame, while Mario Hezonja (196-G-95) made it even at 37:37. Dario Saric sent the teams to the lockers as Croatia enjoyed the minimum 44:43 deficit after 20 minutes in the court. Canada won the third frame 20-18 and Sim Bhullar (223-C-92) brought 63:62 on the board. Mario Hezonja started the last frame with the three-pointer and Croatia later imprved to 81:72 midway through the last frame. Junior Lomomba reduced to 82:79, but Boris Barac (206-F-92) made a free throw for 86:81. Marko Ramljak (201-F/G-93, agency: Interperformances) added later two for 88:82 and Canada scored the last two that became the final score in the game. Mario Hezonja led the way with 21 points, while Boris Barac had 18 points and 16 rebounds. Dario Saric collected 14 points and 13 rebounds, whilst Marko Ramljak notched 12. Kevin Pangos (186-PG-93) poured in 19 points for Canada while Dyshawn Pierre collected 16 points and 11 rebounds. Julian Clarke nailed 11, whilst Sim Bhullar added 10.

Lithuania - South Korea 117-64
Lithuania overcame South Korea in Day 2 of the FIBA U19 World Championship. The Blatic State destroyed the opponent from Asia 117:64 at the Preliminary Round. Lithuania started well and grabbed easily 33-11 after the first 10 minutes. They added 30-21 in the second period for massive 63:33 halftime advantage. In the second half the Baltic team looked also better and produced 31-12 and 23-20 in the third and the last periods respectively. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) stepped up with 25 points and 17 rebounds for the winners, while Vytenis Cizauskas (190-G-92) collected 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Arnas Butkevicius (199-F-92) followed them with 15, while Edgaras Ulanovas (198-G-92) notched 13. Kim Jun-Yl (202-C-92) chipped in 13 points in the losing effort and Lee Seounghyun (201-C-92) had 12. Lithuania improved to 1-1 record and will play tomorrow with Canada. South Korea suffered their second loss to face Croatia in Day 3.

Group D
Serbia - USA 78-80
USA U19 registered the second win at the FIBA World Championships. The defending champions grabbed 80:78 over Serbia U19 due to the first half. USA started better and reached 21-17 in the first period. The defending champions continued well and added 17-14 in the second period. They enjoyed 7 points advantage at the halftime, but then the European team went back on track. Serbia reduced to 4 points after 22-19 in the third frame and looked forward for the last period. They also won the fourth quarter 25-23, but could not win the game and upset the favorites. USA escaped the narrow win for 2-0 record in the group. Joe Jackson (182-G-92) paced all the winners with 19 points and Patric Young (205-F/C-92) netted 13. Tim Hardaway Jr. (195-G-92) and Tony Mitchell (206-F/C-92) followed them with 11 points apiece. Aleksandar Cvetkovic (185-PG-93) replied with 20 points in the losing effort as Serbia is tied at 1-1 in Group D. Marko Gujanicic (202-F-92) posted 16 and Petar Lambic (195-G-92) scored 11 points.

Egypt - China 100-96 2OT
Egypt recovered well after the starting loss to the USA at the U19 World Championship in Latvia. The African team shocked China in a heart-stopping double-overtime game tonight to improve at 1-1 record D. China on the other hand suffered the second loss in a row to remain winless. Egypt opened the game with a 9:3 run and maintained the lead throughout the opening quarter. They recorded a 16:10 lead after ten minutes. China tipped off the second frame with nine unanswered points to spur in front. But Egypt capped the half with a 14:2 run to regain the lead at 34:25. The African team boosted the margin to double figures midway through the third quarter. Egypt arrived at the final intermission up by 13 points 56:43. China went on a desperate rescue rally in the fourth frame. Hanchen Luo, Wang Zirui (190-G-93) and Mingxin Ju narrowed the gap at just 6 points with over three minutes remaining. Mingxin Ju followed with another triple as the gap grew thinner. Ailun Guo dragged China within one point 69:70 with just over two minutes to go. Omar Mohammed got fouled and sank both free throws to keep Egypt in charge. Assem Ahmed (205-C-92) knocked down four free throws but a three-pointer from Wang Zirui and a jumper from Mingxin Ju forced overtime. The teams went neck and neck throughout the first extra period. China finally surged ahead 85:81 but Hatem Hossam and Youssef Shousha nailed six points in a row to give Egypt an 87:85 lead. Ailun Guo drained a jumper to level things up at 87 and forced the second overtime. Hatem Hossam, Seif Samir (205-C-93) and Omar Mohammed ensured a 7-point lead for the African side in the second extra frame. But Mingxin Ju reacted with a treble to keep China hopeful. Assem Ahmed and Omar Mohammed followed with four points and Egypt hung on to escape with a dramatic victory at the end. Assem Ahmed finished with 25 points and 16 boards for Egypt. Seif Samir added 21 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Zhai Xiaochuan (205-F-93) responded with game-high 28 points for China. Wang Zirui had 18 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists in defeat.




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JBC want to keep their titles - by Thomas Fink
Friday, 01 July 2011 01:00

By Ellina Mhlanga
Herald 1 July 2011,

JBC coach Addison Chiware is confident in his teams ahead of this weekend's Basketball Union of Zimbabwe national championships finals set for Bulawayo. The championships are pencilled for tomorrow and Sunday and the matches will be played at BCD with 16 teams battling it out in the quarter-finals of the national championships. The men's category will feature defending champions JBC, Raiderz, Kings, Hustlers, Unicoms, Heat, Varsity Leopards and Mercenaries while the women's category is made up of Giants, Platinum Ballers, Lakers, Stormers, Real Returners, Varsity Leopards and title holders JBC.

JBC men's team have been the champions for the past three years and will be out to defend their title while the women's team have won the title twice in the previous years. Chiware said they were hoping to retain the title in both the men and women's divisions. 'Obviously we are taking the games seriously and we really expect a repeat of last year's competition. We know the competition is going to be really high.

'We are going to get ready for a very good quality competition.'We are just hoping we can play better and prevail in both the men and women's categories,' said Chiware. Chiware said he expects his players to play as a team as they want to defend their title. 'It's a team sport and we expect everyone to be playing very well and according to instructions. ' Giants women's team coach Belia Zibowa said they were ready for the competition.

'We are expecting to do very well. Our preparations have been good, we went to Botswana for an invitational tournament and we actually won in the tournament. 'In the preliminary games we beat Varsity (Leopards) one of the best teams in Harare. 'Our aim is to reach the finals and win to get a ticket to represent the country in the Zone Six championships,' said Zibowa. BUZ competitions director Simon Lawson said it will be the battle of the best clubs in the country and he expects a competitive event.

'There are interesting games and you can't underestimate anyone. 'For the teams to qualify it means they have done well. 'These are the best teams in the country and you can not take anything away from them. 'Hustlers are new comers in the men's competition and maybe they will pull a surprise. 'All the teams are targeting to make it into the finals and are fighting for a ticket to the club championships,' said Lawson.

The top two teams from both the men and women's categories will qualify for the Zone Six club championships to be held in Zambia later this year.

Fixtures Quarter-finals
Men: JBC vs Kings, Raiderz vs Hustlers, Unicoms vs Heat, Varsity Leopards vs Mercenaries.
Women: Giants vs Platnum Ballers, Lakers vs Stormers, JBC vs Raiderz, Real Returners vs Varsity Leopards.






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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. DRCongo0-0
2. Ghana0-0
3. Ivory Coast0-0
4. Mali0-0
5. Mozambique0-0
6. Tunisia0-0
Group B
1. Angola0-0
2. Cameroon0-0
3. Guinea0-0
4. Nigeria0-0
5. Rwanda0-0
6. Senegal0-0


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Belgium clinch Bronze in Istanbul tournament - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U20 - Belarus U20 73:58

Belgium finished the tournament in Istanbul on a high note. They toppled Belarus for 1-2 record and the third spot in the ladder. Jana Raman (186-F-91) knocked down 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to pace the winners. Belarus suffered the third loss in a row and occupied the fourth position.
Belarus strongly started the game. They posted a 21:15 lead after the opening quarter. But Belgium reacted with a 27:13 run in the second stanza to deny the deficit and surge ahead. Belgium limited their opponents to just 8 points in the third term and entered the fourth quarter up by 12 points. Belgium did not slow down in the fourth quarter and rolled to the victory at the end. Emmanuella Mayombo (170-G-92, agency: LBM Management) accounted for 14 points, while Nele Poffyn (173-G-91) netted 11 points in the victory. Nadzeya Bohdan (187-C-93) responded with 21 points and 10 rebounds for Belarus. Maryia Filonchyk (189-C/F-92) netted 13 points in the loss.

Belgium U20: Jana Raman 20, Emmanuella Mayombo 14, Nele Poffyn 11
Belarus U20: Nadzeya Bohdan 21+10 boards, Maryia Filonchyk 13



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Belgium clinch Bronze in Istanbul tournament - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U20 - Belarus U20 73:58

Belgium finished the tournament in Istanbul on a high note. They toppled Belarus for 1-2 record and the third spot in the ladder. Jana Raman (186-F-91) knocked down 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to pace the winners. Belarus suffered the third loss in a row and occupied the fourth position.
Belarus strongly started the game. They posted a 21:15 lead after the opening quarter. But Belgium reacted with a 27:13 run in the second stanza to deny the deficit and surge ahead. Belgium limited their opponents to just 8 points in the third term and entered the fourth quarter up by 12 points. Belgium did not slow down in the fourth quarter and rolled to the victory at the end. Emmanuella Mayombo (170-G-92, agency: LBM Management) accounted for 14 points, while Nele Poffyn (173-G-91) netted 11 points in the victory. Nadzeya Bohdan (187-C-93) responded with 21 points and 10 rebounds for Belarus. Maryia Filonchyk (189-C/F-92) netted 13 points in the loss.

Belgium U20: Jana Raman 20, Emmanuella Mayombo 14, Nele Poffyn 11
Belarus U20: Nadzeya Bohdan 21+10 boards, Maryia Filonchyk 13



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Standing
Standings
1. Bahamas0-0
2. Cayman Isla.0-0
3. Dominican R.0-0
4. El Salvador0-0
5. Guatemala0-0
6. US Virg.Isl0-0
7. Mexico0-0
8. P.Rico0-0


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Russia blasts Czech Repblic, goes to EuroBasket Finals - by Eurobasket News
Russia crushed Czech Republic in first semi-final. Russian advanced to the final after great game against silver medalist from last World Championships. They beat Czech Republic 85:53. Elena Danilochkina (185-G-86) scored 18 points for Russia, Liudmila Sapova (185-F/C-84)a added 16, Maria Stepanova (203-C-79) and Ilona Korstin (183-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) 11. Two Czechs players end this game with double figures: Ilona Burgrova (196-C-84, college: S.Carolina) (10 points) and Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) (10 points).

Russia started better this game. With 7:41 to play in the first quarter
Elena Danilochkina made a three points shot. Russia was up by 5. Then, Ilona Korstin added another two points for Russia. The score was 2:9 for Russia and Czechs coach called a timeout. Then game was more aligned. Teams were playing basket for basket. With 4 minutes to play the score was 9:16 for Russia. Then Czechs were able to reduce the loss to 4 points 16:20. Jana Vesela (192-F-83) scored two points for Czech Republic with 2:00. Then teams exchange two shots. Russia won the first quarter by 4 18:22.

Early in the second quarter Elena Danilochikina made a 3 pointer. At that moment she was perfect 3/3 from downtown !
Ilona Burgrova responded with jump shot for Czech Republic. But then Russian score 4 straight points. They rebuilt the advantage to 9 points. Czechs coach had to react He called a timeout with 6:16 remaining in the second quarter. Russia defense stopped Czechs shooters. With 3:58 to play in the second Irina Osipova (196-C/F-81) made a shot and Russia was up by 11 33:22. Czech Republic could not stop Elena Danilochkina She scored 16 points in the first half and made a difference between two teams. Russian presented better teamwork . Thanks to her Russia had the big 13 point lead.

With 8:07 to play in the third quarter Elena Danilochkina added another two points for Russia. She extend the advantage to 15 points. The score was 28:43. Then, Czech Republic
made a 7:0 run and reduced the lost to 8 points. After
Ilona Burgrova jump shot It was 35:43 for Russia. Then Maria Stepanova and Liudmila Sapovaa rebuilt the Russian advantage. For the next few minutes Czechs could not reduce the lost. With 2:17 Maria Stepanova made a 2+1 action, Russian were up by 17 points 37:54. Czechs coach called a timeout, but then Svetlana Abrosimova (185-F-80, college: Connecticut) added another 2 points to Russian advantage. With 52 seconds remaining Liudmila Sapovaa made a three points shot. She increased the lead to 20 points 39:59. Before the last quarter Russia was up by 18. The score was 43:61.

In the beginning of the last period Czechs missed two easy shots. Russian did not allow Czech Republic to get back in this game. Whats more Russia increased their advantage.
With 7:16 remaining
Tatiana Vidmer (191-C-86) made a shot for Russia. She increased the lead to huge 23 points. Czechs coach called another timeout. Russia had been controlling this game with the defense. They totally outplayed Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) the best shooter in Czechs team. She scored only 5 points with terrible FG execution 1/10. Russian coach was very cautious. With 3:50 to play Alena Hanusova (190-F/C-91) buried a three pointer. Czechs were still down by 17, but Boris Sokolovskiy called a timeout. Finally, Russia won the game 85:53.

Czech Republic - Russia 85:53 (18:22,8:17,17:22)
Czech Republic:
Ilona Burgrova 10, Petra Kulichova 10
Russia:
Elena Danilochkina 18, Liudmila Sapovaa 16, Ilona Korstin 11, Maria Stepanova 11

*BY LUKASZ LUKASZEWSKI


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Lithuania U18 Women Selection won the opener of the International Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Estonia U18-Lithuania U18 82:95

Lithuania U18 Women Selection won the opener of the International Tournament in Estonia. The team overcame the hosts 95:82 in Baltic Cup opener.
Lithuania erupted from the start and reached 34-19 after the first 10 minutes. Moreover the guests needed 25-23 in the second frame to take 59:42 halftime advantage. In the second half Estonia started to play better and won the third and the last frames respectively. At first Estonia produced 20-17 in the third period and then added 20-19 in the last one.
Akvile Baronenaite (185-F-93) stepped up with 15 points and Gintare Jasiunskaite (180-F-94) as well as Ieva Preskienyte (193-C-93) posted 14 each. Monika Aleksaite (178-F-93) followed them with 10 points for the win. Trine Kasemagi (189-C-95) delivered 20 points for the home side, whilst Greeta Uprus (175-G/F-94) posted 14 and Birgit Piibur (160-PG-94) as well as Katlin Saat (189-C/F-93) had 11 apiece.
In another game of the day Finland U18 started the Baltic Cup with the victory over Latvia U18 in Tallinn. The Finnish side erupted with 22-8 in the first 10 minutes to seal 74:60 win.

Estonia U18: Trine Kasemagi 20, Greeta Uprus 14, Birgit Piibur 11, Katlin Saat 11
Lithuania U18: Akvile Baronenaite 15, Gintare Jasiunskaite 14, Ieva Preskienyte 14, Monika Aleksaite 10



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Turkey advanced to grand final ! - by Lukasz Lukaszewski
In Bydgoszcz Turkish players send Belarus to home. In the semifinal they win the game against France after very close four quarters and overtime. Nevin Nevlin led her team to win
scoring 23 points. Also Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) showed great basketball She made double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Emilie Gomis (180-G/F-83) poured 24 points for France, but her team lost. Turkey advanced to final with Russia. France will fight with Czech Republic for bronze medals.

France noticed the great start of the game. At first, Nevriye Yilmaz made a shot for Turkey. Then France made a 7:0 run and Turkish coach called a timeout with 7:07 to play in the
first quarter. After talk to their coach Turkish started to play much better. They made a 10:0 run and took the lead. With 3:46 remaining in the first quarter we had another timeout.
But this time French coach wanted to talk with his players. The score was 7:12 for Turkey. After first quarter Turkey was up by 1 15:16.



At the beginning of the second quarter the game was very aligned. Both teams were playing basket for basket. Turkey was still on the lead. With 5:02 to play in the first Nevriye

Yilmaz made a jump shot for Turkey. Then Nevin Nevlin added another two points to Turkish advantage. Turkey was up by 11. France was able to reduce the lost to 7 points, but
Turkish coach called a timeout. After that both teams exchange baskets. In the middle of the show France was up by 7 31:38.

In first 2 minutes of the second quarter France scored 4 straight points and Turkish coach called a timeout. Teams were played very hard in defense. Turkish had been doing better
teamwork. But France was still few points after Turkey. With 7:26 remaining Emilie Gomis made one free throw. France was down by 3.Then Nevin Nevlin made a lay-up for
Turkey. France was very close Turkish players, but they could not tie the game. With 4:11 to play in the last period France was down only 1 point. Emilie Gomis made both free
throws. Then teams were playing basket for basket. The game was very close.

With 3:10 remaining Turkish coach called a timeout. Emilie Gomis made another two free throws and France get back on the lead. They had 1 point advantage 54:53. Birsel Vardarli (174-G-80) made a three points shot for Turkey. But Emilie Gomis responded with the same. With 1:06 to play Jennifer Digbeu (190-F/C-87) added another three points for France. Her teram was up by 2 60:52. Birser Vardarli tied the game with 44 to go. Turkish coach called last timeout with 22 seconds before the last horn. 15 seconds later Birsel Vardarli had two free throws. She missed both. French missed their the lay-up. And we had an overtime.



In overtime. Nevin Nevlin made one free throw for Turkey. Emilie Gomis responded with jump shot. The score was 62:61 for France with 3:45 to play. With 1:53 to go Isil Alben buried

a three point for Turkey. Sandrine Gruda missed shot. French coach called a timeout with 1:11 to the end of overtime. French missed another shot. With 23 seconds to go Nevin
Nevlin made a shot. Turkey was up by 4 62:66. We had 5 seconds to go and Nevriye Yilmaz made two free throws. She confirmed Turkish victory.

France Turkey 62:68 (15:16,16:22,11:11,18:11 OT 2:8)
France: Emilie Gomis 24, Edwige Lawson-Wade (166-PG-79) 12
Turkey: Nevin Nevlin 23, Nevriye Yilmaz 17, Birsel Vardarli 14



Montegro beat Lithuania - by Lukasz Lukaszewski
Montegro have won the game against Lithuania 68:59. On Saturday Montegro will fight with Croatia for place in Olympic Qualifying Tournament and 5th place. Lithuania will fight only
for 7 position. Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83)c led her team to win scoring 18 points. Other Montegrin also showed great performance. Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas), Anna De Forge (178-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Nebraska) and Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) also end the game with double figures. Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82) made a double-double for Lithuania with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Lithuania had taken the lead in the beginning of the game. With 7:51 to play Milda Sauliute (175-G-81) made a three point shot and Lithuania was up by 4 6:2. Lithuanian had got an advantage on the boards, but after Anna De Forge jump shot Montegrin was up by 1 9:10. Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) increased the lead to 3 points. Then Rima Valentiene (170-G-78) tied the game with long distance shot. After the first quarter Montegro was up by 2 12:14. Montegro open second quarter with Iva Perovanovicc lay-up. Lithuania responded with 8:0 run. Lithuanian get back on the lead. After Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82) long distance shot Lithuania had got 4 point lead. Montegrin could not get back on the lead. The game was very aligned neither team in the first half was able to elaborate bigger advantage than 5. In the middle of the game the score was tie 29:29.

Lithuania had got a great execution from downtown Lithuanian players made 6 from 12 attempts. After another long distance shot by Egle Sulciute (190-F-85) - Lithuania was up by 3 36:33. Teams were playing very hard in defense. Then, Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) made 4 straight points and Lithuania elaborate the biggest advantage in the game 7 points. With 2:35 to play in the third quarter the score was 46:39. Before the last period Lithuania had got 8 points advantage 53:45. Montegrin started this quarter with 7:0 run. After two Iva Perovanovic free throws Lithuania had got only 1 point lead. Lithuanian coach called a timeout with 7:26 remaining in the last quarter. Then, Jelena Dubljevic made 4 straight points and Montegro had taken the lead. With 3:51 to play Jelena Skerovic made a lay-up for Montegro. She extend the Montegrin lead to 5 points and Lithuanian coach called another timeout. Lithuanian missed some shots, Montegro extended the lead. With 55 seconds remaining Lithuania was down by 8 points. Rima Valentiene missed long distance shot, Jelena Skerovic made on free throw for Montegro and Lithuania was in trouble. With 30 seconds to play Lithuanian coach called his last timeout. But his team lost this game. Finally, Montegro beat Lithuania 68:59.

Lithuania Montegro 59:68 (12:14, 17:15,24:16,6:23)
Lithuania: Sandra Linkeviciene 15 + 10 reb, Egle Sulciute 9
Montegro: Iva Perovanovicc 18, Anna De Forge 17, Jelena Dubljevic 14, Jelena Skerovic 13



Russian destroyed Czech Republic - by Lukasz Lukaszewski
Russia crushed Czech Republic in first semi-final. Russian advanced to the final after great game against silver medalist from last World Championships. They beat Czech Republic 85:53. Elena Danilochkina (185-G-86) scored 18 points for Russia, Liudmila Sapova (185-F/C-84)a added 16, Maria Stepanova (203-C-79) and Ilona Korstin (183-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) 11. Two Czechs players end this game with double figures:
Ilona Burgrova (196-C-84, college: S.Carolina) (10 points) and Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) (10 points).

Russia started better this game. With 7:41 to play in the first quarter Elena Danilochkina made a three points shot. Russia was up by 5. Then, Ilona Korstin added another two points for Russia. The score was 2:9 for Russia and Czechs coach called a timeout. Then game was more aligned. Teams were playing basket for basket. With 4 minutes to play the score was 9:16 for Russia. Then Czechs were able to reduce the loss to 4 points 16:20. Jana Vesela (192-F-83) scored two points for Czech Republic with 2:00. Then teams exchange two shots. Russia won the first quarter by 4 18:22.

Early in the second quarter Elena Danilochikina made a 3 pointer. At that moment she was perfect 3/3 from downtown ! Ilona Burgrova responded with jump shot for Czech Republic. But then Russian score 4 straight points. They rebuilt the advantage to 9 points. Czechs coach had to react He called a timeout with 6:16 remaining in the second quarter. Russia defense stopped Czechs shooters. With 3:58 to play in the second Irina Osipova (196-C/F-81) made a shot and Russia was up by 11 33:22. Czech Republic could not stop Elena Danilochkina She scored 16 points in the first half and made a difference between two teams. Russian presented better teamwork . Thanks to her Russia had the big 13 point lead.

With 8:07 to play in the third quarter Elena Danilochkina added another two points for Russia. She extend the advantage to 15 points. The score was 28:43. Then, Czech Republic
made a 7:0 run and reduced the lost to 8 points. After Ilona Burgrova jump shot It was 35:43 for Russia. Then Maria Stepanova and Liudmila Sapovaa rebuilt the Russian advantage. For the next few minutes Czechs could not reduce the lost. With 2:17 Maria Stepanova made a 2+1 action, Russian were up by 17 points 37:54. Czechs coach called a timeout, but then Svetlana Abrosimova (185-F-80, college: Connecticut) added another 2 points to Russian advantage. With 52 seconds remaining Liudmila Sapovaa made a three points shot. She increased the lead to 20 points 39:59. Before the last quarter Russia was up by 18. The score was 43:61.

In the beginning of the last period Czechs missed two easy shots. Russian did not allow Czech Republic to get back in this game. Whats more Russia increased their advantage.
With 7:16 remaining Tatiana Vidmer (191-C-86) made a shot for Russia. She increased the lead to huge 23 points. Czechs coach called another timeout. Russia had been controlling this game with the defense. They totally outplayed Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) the best shooter in Czechs team. She scored only 5 points with terrible FG execution 1/10. Russian coach was very cautious. With 3:50 to play Alena Hanusova (190-F/C-91) buried a three pointer. Czechs were still down by 17, but Boris Sokolovskiy called a timeout. Finally, Russia won the game 85:53.

Czech Republic Russia 85:53 (18:22,8:17,17:22)
Czech Republic: Ilona Burgrova 10, Petra Kulichova 10
Russia: Elena Danilochkina 18, Liudmila Sapovaa 16, Ilona Korstin 11, Maria Stepanova 11



Stats Leaders Div.A (Women)
Points Per Game
 Doneeka HODGES
  USA
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Hodges, BUL20.3 
 2. Tuukkanen, FIN18.3 
 3. Perovanovic, MNT17.4 
 4. Mandir, CRO15.5 
 5. Zherzherunov., UKR15.5 
 6. Meesseman, BEL15.0 
 7. Babkina, LAT15.0 
 8. Kobryn, POL14.7 
 9. Fegyverneky, HUN14.7 
 10. Yilmaz, TUR14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zane TAMANE
  LAT
  (200-C-83)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Tamane, LAT9.4 
 2. Meesseman, BEL9.0 
 3. Tuukkanen, FIN8.8 
 4. Bar, GER8.8 
 5. Stepanova, RUS8.5 
 6. Zherzherunov., UKR8.3 
 7. Leuchanka, BLR8.2 
 8. Ress, ITA8.0 
 9. Kobryn, POL7.7 
 10. Perovanovic, MNT7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Elina BABKINA
  LAT
  (173-G-89)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Babkina, LAT4.3 
 2. Mandir, CRO4.0 
 3. Vardarli, TUR4.0 
 4. Bortelova, CZE3.9 
 5. Dubljevic, MNT3.9 
 6. Marchanka, BLR3.8 
 7. Dumerc, FRA3.6 
 8. Pawlak, POL3.5 
 9. Bar, GER3.3 
 10. Zara, ITA3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Dimitra KALENTZOU
  (174-G-78)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Kalentzou, GRE2.7 
 2. Lyttle, ESP2.5 
 3. Mayombo, BEL2.5 
 4. Palau, ESP2.5 
 5. Linkeviciene, LTU2.5 
 6. Zherzherunov., UKR2.5 
 7. Bar, GER2.3 
 8. Skerovic, MNT2.3 
 9. Zlatanova, BUL2.3 
 10. Honti, HUN2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Sandrine GRUDA
  FRA
  (194-C-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gruda, FRA1.9 
 2. Kobryn, POL1.7 
 3. Marginean, ROM1.5 
 4. Burgrova, CZE1.4 
 5. Veremeenko, BLR1.4 
 6. Khomenchuk, UKR1.3 
 7. Sotiriou, GRE1.0 
 8. Tetemondova, SVK1.0 
 9. Tamane, LAT1.0 
 10. Vynuchalova, SVK1.0 


Quarterfinals in Poland - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro - Turkey 44-56
In the third quarterfinal Turkey beat Montegro 56:44. Turkey won the game thanks to great third quarter Turkish won it 17:6. After the game Turkey team was very happy, Montegrin cried. Saziye Ivegin (183-F-82) led her team to win scoring 14 points. Also Birsel Vardarli (174-G-80) showed great performance she added 13 points with great execution from downtown (3/4). Nevin Nevlin poured 11 points. Anna De Forge made 11 points and 8 rebounds, but her team lost the quarterfinal. Both teams started this game well-motivated. Montegro started this game with shot by Anna De Forge. Croatia responded with Birsel Vardarli three point shot. Teams were playing basket for basket. With 5:44 to play in the first period Montegro was up by 3 and Turkish coach called a timeout. Then Anna De Forge added another two points to Montegrin advantage. With 3:29 remaining Ana Turcinovic increase the lead to 7 points. Montergrin were leading thanks to great defense and good execution. Turkey responded with three pointers. With 1:48 Birsel Vardarli buried her second long distance shot. Montegro was up only by 3 14:11 and their coach wanted to talk with his players. Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) made a shot and Montegro won the first quarter 16:11. In the second quarter Turkey made a 7:2 run. After Birsel Vardarli made a lay-up and the score was tie 18:18 with 7:40 remaining in the second quarter. Iva Perovanovic made a shot and Montegro was on the lead again. Jelena Skerovic buried a three pointer and rebuilt the lead to 5 points 23:18. With 3:28 to play in the second Montegro had a 4 point advantage and Turkish coach called another timeout. The score was 25:21 for Montegro. Ana Turcinovic added another two points to Montegrin lead. Then Naile Ivegin responded with 3 points for Turkey. Montegro had been controlling the boards. After two quarters Montegro had 3 points more than Turkey. The score was 27:24. Straight after the break Montegro scored 2 points. Turkey respond with 6:0 run. After Emine Palazoglu three point shot Turkey had taken the one point lead 29:30. Then teams were playing basket for basket. Although Montegrin timeout Turkey was still on lead. Turkish players were up by 3 after Nevin Nevlin lay-up. With 33 second to go in the third Saziye Ivegin made a lay-up shot for Turkey. She extend Turkish advantage to 8 points 33:41. The same score was on the board before the last quarter. Montegro open last period with Jelena Skerovic three points shot. Nevriye Yilmaz rebuilt the advantage to 7 points with jump shot. With 5:00 remaining Nevin Nevlin made a shot for Tukey. She extend the lead to 12 points - 48:36. Montegro was in trouble, so their coach decided to call his last timeout. After that Anna De Forge scored 2 points for Montegro, but Turkey responded with 5 straight points. With 3:13 to play in the last quarter Turkish had got big 15 points lead. Montegro could not reduce the lost. 57 seconds before the last horn Nevin Nevlin made one free throw She confirmed Turkish win. Turkey had go 15 points advantage. Finally, Turkey won this game. *BY LUKASZ LUKASZEWSKI

Lithuania - France 58-66
France beat Lithuania 66:58 in the last quarterfinal in Lodz. France will be the only semi-finalist from Group F. Tommorow France will fight with Turkey In semi-final. Emilie Gomis (180-G/F-83) made 14 points for France. 4 French players poured 13 points: Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86), Sandrine Gruda (194-C-87), Edwige Lawson-Wade and Celine Dumerc. Egle Sulciute scored 10 points for Lithuania. Lithuania noticed a great start of the game. After first minute of play Lithuanian were leading 4:0. France reduced the lost to score 6:5, but Gintare Petronyte made 2+1 action. Lithuanian was better in the rebounds at the beginning. After Ausra Bimbaite Lithuania was up by 6 with 2:06 remaining in the first quarter. The score was 13:7 for Lithuania. France scored 4 straight points in the end of the first quarter. Thanks to it after first period France was down only by 2 13:11. Isabelle Yacobou-Dehoui tied the game early in the second quarter. Then Lithuanian was still on the lead but French was very close. Lithuanian advantage was still between 3-6 points. In the middle of the quarter Lithuania was up by 4 26:22. After that Emilie Gomis buried a three and French had got only a 1 point loss. The game was very aligned, Lithuanian was stiil on the lead, but they were not able to extend it. With 39 seconds to go in the second quarter Lithuanian coach called a timeout. His team was up by 1, by Celine Dumerc had got two free throws. She made both shots and France had taken the lead first time in the game. Vaida Sipaviciute made a lay-up and Lithuania won the first half 34:33. France started the game with 2+1 action by Celine Dumerc. French players had taken the lead. Emilie Gomis added another two points to French lead. Then Lithuania tied the game, but Isabelle Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui made a shot and France get back on the lead. When Isabelle Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui extend the French lead to 6 points 38:44 Lithuanian coach called a timeout. French had taken control of the game. Before the last quarter France was up by 11 53:42. In the last quarter Lithuanian found a way to French basket. With 6 minutes to play They reduced the lost to 6 points 49:55. Then France scored 4 straight points and rebuilt the lead to 10 points. Lithuanian coach called a timeout. When Gintare Petronyte made a lay-up with 4:05 minutes to play Lithuania was down by 6 again. The score was 53:59. Lithuanian tried to get back in this game. Teams were playing basket for basket. With 1 minute remaining Lithuania was down by 5 58:63. Lithuania missed their shot, so they had to intentionally fouled French player. Edwige Lawson-Wade made two free throws and with 25 seconds to go France was up by 7 58:65. Lithuania was in trouble and their coach called timeout. Although Lithuanian effort they were unable to win this game. With 17 seconds to go Sandrine Gruda was fouled and she made one free throw. France won this game 66:58. *LUKASZ LUKASZEWSKI

Latvia - Russia 72-83
In first quarter-final Latvia played with Russia. Latvia was placed on the second position in the group F. Russia ended group E on the third place. Russia have won the game against Latvia 83:72. Russia advanced to semi-final of the Eurobasket 2011. Latvia will fight for 5th place. Although Elina Babkina (173-G-89, agency: LBM Management) 21 points Latvia was not able to take a win. In Russian team: Elena Danilochkina (185-G-86) scored 18 points, Marina Kuzina (194-C-85) added 16, Olga Artheshina poured 15. Russia had a great start. After first minute They were leading by 4. Russian were playing very good. It was not a best start for Latvia. With 4:42 to play in the first quarter Svetlana Abrosimova buried a three. The score was 8:17 for Russia. Latvian coach called a timeout. Then Latvia scored 6 straight points. Four of them added Elena Babkina. Latvian players found a way to score some easy points. Latvia was very close to tie the game. With 2:04 remaining in the first they had only a one point loss 18:19. Thanks to 4 straight points for Russia, Russian players won first quarter 18:23. Sabine Niedola scored two points for Latvia. Then, early in second quarter Marina Kuzina hit two straight long distance shots for Russia. Olga Arteshina added another 2 points for Russia. Russia had got 11 points lead with 8:21 remaining in the second quarter. Latvian trying to get back in this game, but that was a Russian time. Russia was playing great in offense and defense. That was not a bad game for Latvia. After two quarters Russia had 11 points advantage 37:48 and unbelievable execution from downtown 6/7. After the brake Latvia scored 5 straight points. Russian coach reaction was very clear: TIMEOUT. Then Russia also scored 5 points in a row. With 5:51 to play in the third Russia rebuilt the advantage to 11 points. Latvian coach wanted to talk with his players. Russia had been controlling the game with good defense. Latvia was not able to reduce the lost. Before the last quarter Russia had got 10 points advantage. In the last quarter Latvia cannot reduce the lost. That was a big game for Russia. With almost 6 minutes remaining Latvian still had got a 13 points lost. Coach Geogre Dikeoulakos called his last timeout. Gunta Basko gave an impulse for the Latvian team. She made two straight shots both with the foul. With 3:21 to play in the last quarter Russian advantage decreased to 8 points. Then neither team was able to score during two minutes of play. This run was aborted by Irina Osipova She made a jump shot for Russia. Then, Elina Babkina made two free throws. With 39 seconds to go Svetlana Abrosimova buried the three pointer. Russia still had got 8 point lead. Although Latvian effort Russia won this game 83:72. *BY LUKASZ LUKASZEWSKI

Czech Republic - Croatia 79-63

Czech Republic was the best team in the group E. Croatia advanced to final round after do-or-die game with Spain. They were fourth team in the group F. Czech Republic rolls over
Croatia 79:63. They advanced to the semifinal with Russia on Friday. Croatia will fight for a 5th position. Sandra Mandir (175-G-77) scored 27 points, but her team lose the game against Czech Republic. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) added 17 points for Czech Republic, Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) poured 14 points, Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) end the game with 13 points. Czechs started this game with Eva Viteckova three point shot. Iva Sliskovic (194-F-84, college: S.Carolina) responded with jump shot. After three minutes of play Czech Republic had got a small, one point lead 3:2. Team were playing basket for basket. Czechs advantage was still between 2-5 points. With 4:02 to play in the first quarter Croatian coach called timeout. The score was 12:7. But It did not help his team. Then Czechs scored 4 straight points. Croatia can respond only with two free throws. Eva Viteckova buried another three, Katerina Bartonova (172-G-90) made a shot and Czechs were leading by 10 21:11. Sandra Mandir made another two free throws for Croatia. After first quarter Czechs were up by 8 21:13. In the second quarter the game was under Czechs control. In the middle of the second period Czech Republic was leading by 15 30:15. Then, Petra Kulichova made another shot for Czech Republic. Croatian coach called his last time in this half. Croatia scored another 4 straight points and now Czechs trainer wanted to talk with his players. With 2:34 to play in the second quarter Luca Ivankovic (199-C-87) reduced the lost to 3 points 32:29. Croatian were on 14:0 run. Czechs coach called another timeout. After that Czechs were able to score some points. In the middle of the game Czech Republic had got 7 point lead 36:29. After the brake Czech Republic played well. They noticed 9:2 run and Croatian coach called timeout. Then, Croatia scored 9 straight points. After Sandra Mandir lay-up Croatia was down only by 5 45:40. Then Petra Kulichova made 5 straight points for Czech Republic She rebuilt Czechs advantage. Her friends added another 6 points. Czech were on 11:0 run and Croatian coach called another timeout. Croatian cannot find any whole in the Czechs defense. Czech Republic ended third quarter with incredible 22:0 run. Before the last quarter Czechs had 27 points lead - 67:40 and they were very close to win this game. In the last quarter nothing has changes. Czech Republic had been controlled the game. Finally, Czechs beat Croatia 79:63. *BY LUKASZ LUKASZEWSKI

Places 5-8
Croatia - Latvia 84-75
Croatia beat Latvia 84:75. Jelena Ivezic led her team to win scoring 19 points. Iva Ciglar shot 17 points, Iva Sliskovic added 14. Zane Tamane poured 16 points for Latvia, Ieva Kublina made a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds, but their team lost that game. In the first quarter, both teams played very aligned game. But in the middle of the first period Latvian had taken the lead. Latvia was able to elaborate 7 point advantage with 42 seconds remaining in the first quarter. After the first period Croatia had got a 5 point disadvantage 15:20. Early in the second quarter Jelena Ivezic buried a three point shot. With 7:45 to play in the same period Iva Ciglar tied the game (20:20). Then, Zane Eglite (169-G-84) made a shot for Latvia. After that Lisa Karcic hit the three and Croatia took the lead. Latvian coach called a timeout. Both presented very similar basketball. Most of time Croatian was on lead. Before the second half Croatia had a 3 point advantage 37:34. Straight after the brake Ieva Kublina scored 5 straight points and Latvia get back on the lead. But It was only for a while, few moments later Croatia took the lead again. With 5:44 remaining Zane Tamane tied the game. Latvia could not get back on the lead. Croatian players had been controlling the score. After three quarters Croatia was up by 9 61:52. Latvian could not reduce the lost. They had an advantage on the boards, but they lost too many balls. Croatia continued their run. With 4:05 remaining Croatian were up by 20: 79:59. Latvia started play much better, but It was too late for get back in this game. Elina Babkina scored 4 straight points and with 46 seconds remaining Latvia had got 9 points disadvantage. Then Gunta Basko made 1 free throw. Croatian coach called timeout with 39 second to play. Croatia won this game 84:75. Croatian players will fight for 5th place on Saturday. Latvia lost chance for Olympic Games 2012. *BY LUKASZ LUKASZEWSKI


Russia and Turkey to meet in the Finals - by Eurobasket News
SEMIFINALS

Czech Republic - Russia
53-85
Russia crushed Czech Republic in first semi-final. Russian advanced to the final after great game against silver medalist from last World Championships. They beat Czech Republic 85:53. Elena Danilochkina (185-G-86) scored 18 points for Russia, Liudmila Sapova (185-F/C-84)a added 16, Maria Stepanova (203-C-79) and Ilona Korstin (183-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) 11. Two Czechs players end this game with double figures: Ilona Burgrova (196-C-84, college: S.Carolina) (10 points) and Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) (10 points).
Russia started better this game. With 7:41 to play in the first quarter
Elena Danilochkina made a three points shot. Russia was up by 5. Then, Ilona Korstin added another two points for Russia. The score was 2:9 for Russia and Czechs coach called a timeout. Then game was more aligned. Teams were playing basket for basket. With 4 minutes to play the score was 9:16 for Russia. Then Czechs were able to reduce the loss to 4 points 16:20. Jana Vesela (192-F-83) scored two points for Czech Republic with 2:00. Then teams exchange two shots. Russia won the first quarter by 4 18:22.
Early in the second quarter Elena Danilochikina made a 3 pointer. At that moment she was perfect 3/3 from downtown !
Ilona Burgrova responded with jump shot for Czech Republic. But then Russian score 4 straight points. They rebuilt the advantage to 9 points. Czechs coach had to react He called a timeout with 6:16 remaining in the second quarter. Russia defense stopped Czechs shooters. With 3:58 to play in the second Irina Osipova (196-C/F-81) made a shot and Russia was up by 11 33:22. Czech Republic could not stop Elena Danilochkina She scored 16 points in the first half and made a difference between two teams. Russian presented better teamwork . Thanks to her Russia had the big 13 point lead.
With 8:07 to play in the third quarter Elena Danilochkina added another two points for Russia. She extend the advantage to 15 points. The score was 28:43. Then, Czech Republic made a 7:0 run and reduced the lost to 8 points. After
Ilona Burgrova jump shot It was 35:43 for Russia. Then Maria Stepanova and Liudmila Sapovaa rebuilt the Russian advantage. For the next few minutes Czechs could not reduce the lost. With 2:17 Maria Stepanova made a 2+1 action, Russian were up by 17 points 37:54. Czechs coach called a timeout, but then Svetlana Abrosimova (185-F-80, college: Connecticut) added another 2 points to Russian advantage. With 52 seconds remaining Liudmila Sapovaa made a three points shot. She increased the lead to 20 points 39:59. Before the last quarter Russia was up by 18. The score was 43:61.
In the beginning of the last period Czechs missed two easy shots. Russian did not allow Czech Republic to get back in this game. Whats more Russia increased their advantage.
With 7:16 remaining
Tatiana Vidmer (191-C-86) made a shot for Russia. She increased the lead to huge 23 points. Czechs coach called another timeout. Russia had been controlling this game with the defense. They totally outplayed Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) the best shooter in Czechs team. She scored only 5 points with terrible FG execution 1/10. Russian coach was very cautious. With 3:50 to play Alena Hanusova (190-F/C-91) buried a three pointer. Czechs were still down by 17, but Boris Sokolovskiy called a timeout. Finally, Russia won the game 85:53. *BY LUKASZ LUKASZEWSKI

France - Turkey 62-68 OT
In Bydgoszcz Turkish players send Belarus to home. In the semifinal they win the game against France after very close four quarters and overtime. Nevin Nevlin (195-C-85, college: Stanford) led her team to win scoring 23 points. Also Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) showed great basketball She made double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Emilie Gomis (180-G/F-83) poured 24 points for France, but her team lost. Turkey advanced to final with Russia. France will fight with Czech Republic for bronze medals.
France noticed the great start of the game. At first,
Nevriye Yilmaz made a shot for Turkey. Then France made a 7:0 run and Turkish coach called a timeout with 7:07 to play in the first quarter. After talk to their coach Turkish started to play much better. They made a 10:0 run and took the lead. With 3:46 remaining in the first quarter we had another timeout. But this time French coach wanted to talk with his players. The score was 7:12 for Turkey. After first quarter Turkey was up by 1 15:16.
At the beginning of the second quarter the game was very aligned. Both teams were playing basket for basket. Turkey was still on the lead. With 5:02 to play in the first Nevriye
Yilmaz made a jump shot for Turkey. Then Nevin Nevlin added another two points to Turkish advantage. Turkey was up by 11. France was able to reduce the lost to 7 points, but Turkish coach called a timeout. After that both teams exchange baskets. In the middle of the show France was up by 7 31:38.
In first 2 minutes of the second quarter France scored 4 straight points and Turkish coach called a timeout. Teams were played very hard in defense. Turkish had been doing better teamwork. But France was still few points after Turkey. With 7:26 remaining
Emilie Gomis made one free throw. France was down by 3.Then Nevin Nevlin made a lay-up for Turkey. France was very close Turkish players, but they could not tie the game. With 4:11 to play in the last period France was down only 1 point. Emilie Gomis made both free throws. Then teams were playing basket for basket. The game was very close.
With 3:10 remaining Turkish coach called a timeout.
Emilie Gomis made another two free throws and France get back on the lead. They had 1 point advantage 54:53. Birsel Vardarli (174-G-80) made a three points shot for Turkey. But Emilie Gomis responded with the same. With 1:06 to play Jennifer Digbeu (190-F/C-87) added another three points for France. Her teram was up by 2 60:52. Birser Vardarli tied the game with 44 to go. Turkish coach called last timeout with 22 seconds before the last horn. 15 seconds later Birsel Vardarli had two free throws. She missed both. French missed their the lay-up. And we had an overtime.
In overtime. Nevin Nevlin made one free throw for Turkey. Emilie Gomis responded with jump shot. The score was 62:61 for France with 3:45 to play. With 1:53 to go Isil Alben buried a three point for Turkey. Sandrine Gruda missed shot. French coach called a timeout with 1:11 to the end of overtime. French missed another shot. With 23 seconds to go Nevin Nevlin made a shot. Turkey was up by 4 62:66. We had 5 seconds to go and Nevriye Yilmaz made two free throws. She confirmed Turkish victory. *BY LUKASZ LUKASZEWSKI

Places 5-8
Lithuania - Montenegro 59-68
Montegro have won the game against Lithuania 68:59. On Saturday Montegro will fight with Croatia for place in Olympic Qualifying Tournament and 5th place. Lithuania will fight only for 7 position. Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) (189-C/F-83)c led her team to win scoring 18 points. Other Montegrin also showed great performance. Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas), Anna De Forge (178-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Nebraska) and Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) also end the game with double figures. Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82) made a double-double for Lithuania with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Lithuania had taken the lead in the beginning of the game. With 7:51 to play
Milda Sauliute (175-G-81) made a three point shot and Lithuania was up by 4 6:2. Lithuanian had got an advantage on the boards, but after Anna De Forge jump shot Montegrin was up by 1 9:10. Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) increased the lead to 3 points. Then Rima Valentiene (170-G-78) tied the game with long distance shot. After the first quarter Montegro was up by 2 12:14. Montegro open second quarter with Iva Perovanovicc lay-up. Lithuania responded with 8:0 run. Lithuanian get back on the lead. After Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82) long distance shot Lithuania had got 4 point lead. Montegrin could not get back on the lead. The game was very aligned neither team in the first half was able to elaborate bigger advantage than 5. In the middle of the game the score was tie 29:29.
Lithuania had got a great execution from downtown Lithuanian players made 6 from 12 attempts. After another long distance shot by
Egle Sulciute (190-F-85) - Lithuania was up by 3 36:33. Teams were playing very hard in defense. Then, Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) made 4 straight points and Lithuania elaborate the biggest advantage in the game 7 points. With 2:35 to play in the third quarter the score was 46:39. Before the last period Lithuania had got 8 points advantage 53:45. Montegrin started this quarter with 7:0 run. After two Iva Perovanovic free throws Lithuania had got only 1 point lead. Lithuanian coach called a timeout with 7:26 remaining in the last quarter. Then, Jelena Dubljevic made 4 straight points and Montegro had taken the lead. With 3:51 to play Jelena Skerovic made a lay-up for Montegro. She extend the Montegrin lead to 5 points and Lithuanian coach called another timeout. Lithuanian missed some shots, Montegro extended the lead. With 55 seconds remaining Lithuania was down by 8 points. Rima Valentiene missed long distance shot, Jelena Skerovic made on free throw for Montegro and Lithuania was in trouble. With 30 seconds to play Lithuanian coach called his last timeout. But his team lost this game. Finally, Montegro beat Lithuania 68:59. *BY LUKASZ LUKASZEWSKI


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Finland U18 started the Baltic Cup with the victory over Latvia U18 - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U18-Finland U18 60:74

Finland U18 started the Baltic Cup with the victory over Latvia U18 in Tallinn. The Finnish side erupted with 22-8 in the first 10 minutes to seal 74:60 win.
It was an easy start for the Finnish side that took 14-point lead after the first quarter. Latvia managed to reduce the gap to 10 points as they won the second period 15-11. In the third period Finland added 23-22 win to the bigger lead and finished the game with 18-15 in the last stanza.
Annika Holopainen (186-F/C-93) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Emmi Leino (179-G-94) nailed 15. Anette Juvonen (170-G-93) followed them with 12 points in the first win support. Ance Aizsila (176-G-94) ended up with 20 points in the losing effort and Paula Langina (179-F-94) posted 14.
In another game Lithuania U18 Women Selection won the opener of the International Tournament in Estonia. The team overcame the hosts 95:82 in Baltic Cup opener.

Latvia U18: Ance Aizsila 20, Paula Langina 14, Renate Reine (176-G-94) 7
Finland U18: Annika Holopainen 21, Emmi Leino 15, Anette Juvonen 12



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Turkey advances to EuroBasket Finals - by Eurobasket News
In Bydgoszcz Turkish players send Belarus to home. In the semifinal they win the game against France after very close four quarters and overtime. Nevin Nevlin (195-C-85, college: Stanford) led her team to win scoring 23 points. Also Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) showed great basketball She made double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Emilie Gomis (180-G/F-83) poured 24 points for France, but her team lost. Turkey advanced to final with Russia. France will fight with Czech Republic for bronze medals.

France noticed the great start of the game. At first,
Nevriye Yilmaz made a shot for Turkey. Then France made a 7:0 run and Turkish coach called a timeout with 7:07 to play in the first quarter. After talk to their coach Turkish started to play much better. They made a 10:0 run and took the lead. With 3:46 remaining in the first quarter we had another timeout. But this time French coach wanted to talk with his players. The score was 7:12 for Turkey. After first quarter Turkey was up by 1 15:16.

At the beginning of the second quarter the game was very aligned. Both teams were playing basket for basket. Turkey was still on the lead. With 5:02 to play in the first Nevriye
Yilmaz made a jump shot for Turkey. Then Nevin Nevlin added another two points to Turkish advantage. Turkey was up by 11. France was able to reduce the lost to 7 points, but Turkish coach called a timeout. After that both teams exchange baskets. In the middle of the show France was up by 7 31:38.

In first 2 minutes of the second quarter France scored 4 straight points and Turkish coach called a timeout. Teams were played very hard in defense. Turkish had been doing better teamwork. But France was still few points after Turkey. With 7:26 remaining
Emilie Gomis made one free throw. France was down by 3.Then Nevin Nevlin made a lay-up for Turkey. France was very close Turkish players, but they could not tie the game. With 4:11 to play in the last period France was down only 1 point. Emilie Gomis made both free throws. Then teams were playing basket for basket. The game was very close.

With 3:10 remaining Turkish coach called a timeout.
Emilie Gomis made another two free throws and France get back on the lead. They had 1 point advantage 54:53. Birsel Vardarli (174-G-80) made a three points shot for Turkey. But Emilie Gomis responded with the same. With 1:06 to play Jennifer Digbeu (190-F/C-87) added another three points for France. Her teram was up by 2 60:52. Birser Vardarli tied the game with 44 to go. Turkish coach called last timeout with 22 seconds before the last horn. 15 seconds later Birsel Vardarli had two free throws. She missed both. French missed their the lay-up. And we had an overtime.

In overtime. Nevin Nevlin made one free throw for Turkey. Emilie Gomis responded with jump shot. The score was 62:61 for France with 3:45 to play. With 1:53 to go Isil Alben buried a three point for Turkey. Sandrine Gruda missed shot. French coach called a timeout with 1:11 to the end of overtime. French missed another shot. With 23 seconds to go Nevin Nevlin made a shot. Turkey was up by 4 62:66. We had 5 seconds to go and Nevriye Yilmaz made two free throws. She confirmed Turkish victory.

France - Turkey 62:68 (15:16,16:22,11:11,18:11 OT 2:8)
France:
Emilie Gomis 24, Edwige Lawson-Wade (166-PG-79) 12
Turkey: Nevin Nevlin 23,
Nevriye Yilmaz 17, Birsel Vardarli 14

*BY LUKASZ LUKASZEWSKI


France eliminates Lithuania in the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
France beat Lithuania 66:58 in the last quarterfinal in Lodz. France will be the only semi-finalist from Group F. Tommorow France will fight with Turkey In semi-final. Emilie Gomis (180-G/F-83) made 14 points for France. 4 French players poured 13 points: Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86), Sandrine Gruda (194-C-87) Edwige Lawson-Wade (166-PG-79) and Celine Dumerc (169-G-82). Egle Sulciute (190-F-85) scored 10 points for Lithuania.
Lithuania noticed a great start of the game. After first minute of play Lithuanian were leading 4:0. France reduced the lost to score 6:5, but Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) made 2+1 action. Lithuanian was better in the rebounds at the beginning. After Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82) Lithuania was up by 6 with 2:06 remaining in the first quarter. The score was 13:7 for Lithuania. France scored 4 straight points in the end of the first quarter. Thanks to it after first period France was down only by 2 13:11.
Isabelle Yacobou-Dehoui tied the game early in the second quarter. Then Lithuanian was still on the lead but French was very close. Lithuanian advantage was still between 3-6
points. In the middle of the quarter Lithuania was up by 4 26:22. After that Emilie Gomis buried a three and French had got only a 1 point loss. The game was very aligned,
Lithuanian was stiil on the lead, but they were not able to extend it. With 39 seconds to go in the second quarter Lithuanian coach called a timeout. His team was up by 1, by Celine Dumerc had got two free throws. She made both shots and France had taken the lead first time in the game. Vaida Sipaviciute (193-C-85, college: Syracuse) made a lay-up and Lithuania won the first half 34:33.
France started the game with 2+1 action by Celine Dumerc. French players had taken the lead. Emilie Gomis added another two points to French lead. Then Lithuania tied the game,
but Isabelle Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui made a shot and France get back on the lead. When Isabelle Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui extend the French lead to 6 points 38:44 Lithuanian coach called a timeout. French had taken control of the game. Before the last quarter France was up by 11 53:42.
In the last quarter Lithuanian found a way to French basket. With 6 minutes to play They reduced the lost to 6 points 49:55. Then France scored 4 straight points and rebuilt the
lead to 10 points. Lithuanian coach called a timeout. When Gintare Petronyte made a lay-up with 4:05 minutes to play Lithuania was down by 6 again. The score was 53:59.
Lithuanian tried to get back in this game. Teams were playing basket for basket. With 1 minute remaining Lithuania was down by 5 58:63. Lithuania missed their shot, so they had
to intentionally fouled French player. Edwige Lawson-Wade made two free throws and with 25 seconds to go France was up by 7 58:65. Lithuania was in trouble and their coach called timeout. Although Lithuanian effort they were unable to win this game. With 17 seconds to go Sandrine Gruda was fouled and she made one free throw. France won this game 66:58.

Lithuania - France 58:66 (13:11, 21:22,8:20,16:13)

Lithuania: Egle Sulciute 10, Ausra Bimbaite 9
France: Emilie Gomis 14, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 13, Sandrine Gruda 13 , Edwige Lawson-Wade 13, Celine Dumerc 13

*BY LUKASZ LUKASZEWSKI


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  GERMANY - Women  


Oke Panthers signed with new post player - by Marsha Owusu Gyamfi
US-American Emma Cannon (188-F) fills post spot with - 'Player of the Year' in Florida

PaThe new 1st DBBL-Team OKE Panthers Osnabrck have closed the largest gap in the squad for the Bundesliga season 2011/12. The 24-year-old an 1.88 meters tall US-American Emma Cannon from Florida Southern University as a recommendation to bring the title 'Player of the Year' by the All-Sunshine State Conference of the NCAA. Slammers agency helped to find the solution for this important spot from the former 2nd division team.

Assistantcoach Christian Kaiser ist happy with the new player and Headcoach Peter Kortmann is sure that he found the right player for his new team. Emma Cannon comes with excellent statistics. With points and rebounds last season, Cannon came in to double digits each.




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  HUNGARY - Women  


Pecs 2010 keep Regina Palusna - by Eurobasket News
Pecs 2010 extended the contract of Regina Palusna (192-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas). The Slovakian centre will enter her second season with the Hungarian powerhouse. Last season Regina Palusna averaged 1.7 points and 1.0 board per game in Euroleague. In Hungarian League her stats read 4.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 steal per appearance. Regina Palusna was Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian Extraliga Most Improved Player of the Year in 2008 while playing for MBK Ruzomberok. She also had stints with Kosice and Ros Casares.


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Italy U20 outscored Sweden U20 54-51 - by Eurobasket News
Italy U20 outscored Sweden U20 at the start of the International Tournament. The Italian side grabbed 54:51 win due to the last period.
The Scandinavian team started with 14-10 and added 16-15 in the second frame. They enjoyed 5-points deficit at the halftime and after 12-12 in the third frame entered the last frame with the same advantage. Italy started to play better during the last 10 minutes and achieved 17-9 in it. It was enough to seal the victory in the opener. Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) 's 14 points were not enough for Swedish side. Cleopatra Forsman-Goga (180-G-91) netted 10, while Frida Fogdemark (187-F-91) posted 9. Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) and Jennifer Kucukkaya (165-PG-91) had 6 points each, while Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) nailed 3.


In another game of the tournament Spain U20 overcame Germany U20 72:45.



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  LATVIA - Women  


Finland U18 started the Baltic Cup with the victory over Latvia U18 - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U18-Finland U18 60:74

Finland U18 started the Baltic Cup with the victory over Latvia U18 in Tallinn. The Finnish side erupted with 22-8 in the first 10 minutes to seal 74:60 win.
It was an easy start for the Finnish side that took 14-point lead after the first quarter. Latvia managed to reduce the gap to 10 points as they won the second period 15-11. In the third period Finland added 23-22 win to the bigger lead and finished the game with 18-15 in the last stanza.
Annika Holopainen (186-F/C-93) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Emmi Leino (179-G-94) nailed 15. Anette Juvonen (170-G-93) followed them with 12 points in the first win support. Ance Aizsila (176-G-94) ended up with 20 points in the losing effort and Paula Langina (179-F-94) posted 14.
In another game Lithuania U18 Women Selection won the opener of the International Tournament in Estonia. The team overcame the hosts 95:82 in Baltic Cup opener.

Latvia U18: Ance Aizsila 20, Paula Langina 14, Renate Reine (176-G-94) 7
Finland U18: Annika Holopainen 21, Emmi Leino 15, Anette Juvonen 12



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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Lithuania U18 Women Selection won the opener of the International Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Estonia U18-Lithuania U18 82:95

Lithuania U18 Women Selection won the opener of the International Tournament in Estonia. The team overcame the hosts 95:82 in Baltic Cup opener.
Lithuania erupted from the start and reached 34-19 after the first 10 minutes. Moreover the guests needed 25-23 in the second frame to take 59:42 halftime advantage. In the second half Estonia started to play better and won the third and the last frames respectively. At first Estonia produced 20-17 in the third period and then added 20-19 in the last one.
Akvile Baronenaite (185-F-93) stepped up with 15 points and Gintare Jasiunskaite (180-F-94) as well as Ieva Preskienyte (193-C-93) posted 14 each. Monika Aleksaite (178-F-93) followed them with 10 points for the win. Trine Kasemagi (189-C-95) delivered 20 points for the home side, whilst Greeta Uprus (175-G/F-94) posted 14 and Birgit Piibur (160-PG-94) as well as Katlin Saat (189-C/F-93) had 11 apiece.
In another game of the day Finland U18 started the Baltic Cup with the victory over Latvia U18 in Tallinn. The Finnish side erupted with 22-8 in the first 10 minutes to seal 74:60 win.

Estonia U18: Trine Kasemagi 20, Greeta Uprus 14, Birgit Piibur 11, Katlin Saat 11
Lithuania U18: Akvile Baronenaite 15, Gintare Jasiunskaite 14, Ieva Preskienyte 14, Monika Aleksaite 10



Montenegro beats Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
Montegro have won the game against Lithuania 68:59. On Saturday Montegro will fight with Croatia for place in Olympic Qualifying Tournament and 5th place. Lithuania will fight only for 7 position. Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) (189-C/F-83)c led her team to win scoring 18 points. Other Montegrin also showed great performance. Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas), Anna De Forge (178-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Nebraska) and Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) also end the game with double figures. Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82) made a double-double for Lithuania with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Lithuania had taken the lead in the beginning of the game. With 7:51 to play
Milda Sauliute (175-G-81) made a three point shot and Lithuania was up by 4 6:2. Lithuanian had got an advantage on the boards, but after Anna De Forge jump shot Montegrin was up by 1 9:10. Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) increased the lead to 3 points. Then Rima Valentiene (170-G-78) tied the game with long distance shot. After the first quarter Montegro was up by 2 12:14. Montegro open second quarter with Iva Perovanovicc lay-up. Lithuania responded with 8:0 run. Lithuanian get back on the lead. After Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82) long distance shot Lithuania had got 4 point lead. Montegrin could not get back on the lead. The game was very aligned neither team in the first half was able to elaborate bigger advantage than 5. In the middle of the game the score was tie 29:29.

Lithuania had got a great execution from downtown Lithuanian players made 6 from 12 attempts. After another long distance shot by
Egle Sulciute (190-F-85) - Lithuania was up by 3 36:33. Teams were playing very hard in defense. Then, Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) made 4 straight points and Lithuania elaborate the biggest advantage in the game 7 points. With 2:35 to play in the third quarter the score was 46:39. Before the last period Lithuania had got 8 points advantage 53:45. Montegrin started this quarter with 7:0 run. After two Iva Perovanovic free throws Lithuania had got only 1 point lead. Lithuanian coach called a timeout with 7:26 remaining in the last quarter. Then, Jelena Dubljevic made 4 straight points and Montegro had taken the lead. With 3:51 to play Jelena Skerovic made a lay-up for Montegro. She extend the Montegrin lead to 5 points and Lithuanian coach called another timeout. Lithuanian missed some shots, Montegro extended the lead. With 55 seconds remaining Lithuania was down by 8 points. Rima Valentiene missed long distance shot, Jelena Skerovic made on free throw for Montegro and Lithuania was in trouble. With 30 seconds to play Lithuanian coach called his last timeout. But his team lost this game. Finally, Montegro beat Lithuania 68:59.

Lithuania - Montegro 59:68 (12:14, 17:15,24:16,6:23)
Lithuania:
Sandra Linkeviciene 15 + 10 reb, Egle Sulciute 9
Montegro:
Iva Perovanovicc 18, Anna De Forge 17, Jelena Dubljevic 14, Jelena Skerovic 13

*BY LUKASZ LUKASZEWSKI


France eliminates Lithuania in the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
France beat Lithuania 66:58 in the last quarterfinal in Lodz. France will be the only semi-finalist from Group F. Tommorow France will fight with Turkey In semi-final. Emilie Gomis (180-G/F-83) made 14 points for France. 4 French players poured 13 points: Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86), Sandrine Gruda (194-C-87) Edwige Lawson-Wade (166-PG-79) and Celine Dumerc (169-G-82). Egle Sulciute (190-F-85) scored 10 points for Lithuania.
Lithuania noticed a great start of the game. After first minute of play Lithuanian were leading 4:0. France reduced the lost to score 6:5, but Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) made 2+1 action. Lithuanian was better in the rebounds at the beginning. After Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82) Lithuania was up by 6 with 2:06 remaining in the first quarter. The score was 13:7 for Lithuania. France scored 4 straight points in the end of the first quarter. Thanks to it after first period France was down only by 2 13:11.
Isabelle Yacobou-Dehoui tied the game early in the second quarter. Then Lithuanian was still on the lead but French was very close. Lithuanian advantage was still between 3-6
points. In the middle of the quarter Lithuania was up by 4 26:22. After that Emilie Gomis buried a three and French had got only a 1 point loss. The game was very aligned,
Lithuanian was stiil on the lead, but they were not able to extend it. With 39 seconds to go in the second quarter Lithuanian coach called a timeout. His team was up by 1, by Celine Dumerc had got two free throws. She made both shots and France had taken the lead first time in the game. Vaida Sipaviciute (193-C-85, college: Syracuse) made a lay-up and Lithuania won the first half 34:33.
France started the game with 2+1 action by Celine Dumerc. French players had taken the lead. Emilie Gomis added another two points to French lead. Then Lithuania tied the game,
but Isabelle Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui made a shot and France get back on the lead. When Isabelle Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui extend the French lead to 6 points 38:44 Lithuanian coach called a timeout. French had taken control of the game. Before the last quarter France was up by 11 53:42.
In the last quarter Lithuanian found a way to French basket. With 6 minutes to play They reduced the lost to 6 points 49:55. Then France scored 4 straight points and rebuilt the
lead to 10 points. Lithuanian coach called a timeout. When Gintare Petronyte made a lay-up with 4:05 minutes to play Lithuania was down by 6 again. The score was 53:59.
Lithuanian tried to get back in this game. Teams were playing basket for basket. With 1 minute remaining Lithuania was down by 5 58:63. Lithuania missed their shot, so they had
to intentionally fouled French player. Edwige Lawson-Wade made two free throws and with 25 seconds to go France was up by 7 58:65. Lithuania was in trouble and their coach called timeout. Although Lithuanian effort they were unable to win this game. With 17 seconds to go Sandrine Gruda was fouled and she made one free throw. France won this game 66:58.

Lithuania - France 58:66 (13:11, 21:22,8:20,16:13)

Lithuania: Egle Sulciute 10, Ausra Bimbaite 9
France: Emilie Gomis 14, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 13, Sandrine Gruda 13 , Edwige Lawson-Wade 13, Celine Dumerc 13

*BY LUKASZ LUKASZEWSKI


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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


ECw: Turkey advances to Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
In the third quarterfinal Turkey beat Montegro 56:44. Turkey won the game thanks to great third quarter Turkish won it 17:6. After the game Turkey team was very happy, Montegrin cried. Saziye Ivegin (183-F-82) led her team to win scoring 14 points. Also Birsel Vardarli (174-G-80) showed great performance she added 13 points with great execution from downtown (3/4). Nevin Nevlin (195-C-85, college: Stanford) poured 11 points. Anna De Forge (178-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Nebraska) made 11 points and 8 rebounds, but her team lost the quarterfinal.
Both teams started this game well-motivated. Montegro started this game with shot by Anna De Forge. Croatia responded with Birsel Vardarli three point shot. Teams were playing basket for basket. With 5:44 to play in the first period Montegro was up by 3 and Turkish coach called a timeout. Then Anna De Forge added another two points to Montegrin advantage. With 3:29 remaining Ana Turcinovic (190-C-93) increase the lead to 7 points. Montergrin were leading thanks to great defense and good execution. Turkey responded with three pointers. With 1:48 Birsel Vardarli buried her second long distance shot. Montegro was up only by 3 14:11 and their coach wanted to talk with his players. Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) made a shot and Montegro won the first quarter 16:11.
In the second quarter Turkey made a 7:2 run. After Birsel Vardarli made a lay-up and the score was tie 18:18 with 7:40 remaining in the second quarter. Iva Perovanovic made a shot and Montegro was on the lead again. Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) buried a three pointer and rebuilt the lead to 5 points 23:18. With 3:28 to play in the second Montegro had a 4 point advantage and Turkish coach called another timeout. The score was 25:21 for Montegro. Ana Turcinovic added another two points to Montegrin lead. Then Naile Ivegin responded with 3 points for Turkey. Montegro had been controlling the boards. After two quarters Montegro had 3 points more than Turkey. The score was 27:24.
Straight after the break Montegro scored 2 points. Turkey respond with 6:0 run. After Emine Palazoglu three point shot Turkey had taken the one point lead 29:30. Then teams were
playing basket for basket. Although Montegrin timeout Turkey was still on lead. Turkish players were up by 3 after Nevin Nevlin lay-up. With 33 second to go in the third Saziye
Ivegin made a lay-up shot for Turkey. She extend Turkish advantage to 8 points 33:41. The same score was on the board before the last quarter.
Montegro open last period with Jelena Skerovic three points shot. Nevriye Yilmaz rebuilt the advantage to 7 points with jump shot. With 5:00 remaining Nevin Nevlin made a shot for Tukey. She extend the lead to 12 points - 48:36. Montegro was in trouble, so their coach decided to call his last timeout. After that Anna De Forge scored 2 points for Montegro, but
Turkey responded with 5 straight points. With 3:13 to play in the last quarter Turkish had got big 15 points lead. Montegro could not reduce the lost. 57 seconds before the last horn
Nevin Nevlin made one free throw She confirmed Turkish win. Turkey had go 15 points advantage. Finally, Turkey won this game

Montenegro - Turkey 44:56 (16:11, 11:13, 6:17, 11:15)

Montenegro : Anna De Forge 11+8 reb, Ana Turcinovic 10
Turkey: Saziye Ivegin 14, Birsel Vardarli 13, Nevin Nevlin 11

*BY LUKASZ LUKASZWESKI


Montenegro beats Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
Montegro have won the game against Lithuania 68:59. On Saturday Montegro will fight with Croatia for place in Olympic Qualifying Tournament and 5th place. Lithuania will fight only for 7 position. Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) (189-C/F-83)c led her team to win scoring 18 points. Other Montegrin also showed great performance. Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas), Anna De Forge (178-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Nebraska) and Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) also end the game with double figures. Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82) made a double-double for Lithuania with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Lithuania had taken the lead in the beginning of the game. With 7:51 to play
Milda Sauliute (175-G-81) made a three point shot and Lithuania was up by 4 6:2. Lithuanian had got an advantage on the boards, but after Anna De Forge jump shot Montegrin was up by 1 9:10. Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) increased the lead to 3 points. Then Rima Valentiene (170-G-78) tied the game with long distance shot. After the first quarter Montegro was up by 2 12:14. Montegro open second quarter with Iva Perovanovicc lay-up. Lithuania responded with 8:0 run. Lithuanian get back on the lead. After Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82) long distance shot Lithuania had got 4 point lead. Montegrin could not get back on the lead. The game was very aligned neither team in the first half was able to elaborate bigger advantage than 5. In the middle of the game the score was tie 29:29.

Lithuania had got a great execution from downtown Lithuanian players made 6 from 12 attempts. After another long distance shot by
Egle Sulciute (190-F-85) - Lithuania was up by 3 36:33. Teams were playing very hard in defense. Then, Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) made 4 straight points and Lithuania elaborate the biggest advantage in the game 7 points. With 2:35 to play in the third quarter the score was 46:39. Before the last period Lithuania had got 8 points advantage 53:45. Montegrin started this quarter with 7:0 run. After two Iva Perovanovic free throws Lithuania had got only 1 point lead. Lithuanian coach called a timeout with 7:26 remaining in the last quarter. Then, Jelena Dubljevic made 4 straight points and Montegro had taken the lead. With 3:51 to play Jelena Skerovic made a lay-up for Montegro. She extend the Montegrin lead to 5 points and Lithuanian coach called another timeout. Lithuanian missed some shots, Montegro extended the lead. With 55 seconds remaining Lithuania was down by 8 points. Rima Valentiene missed long distance shot, Jelena Skerovic made on free throw for Montegro and Lithuania was in trouble. With 30 seconds to play Lithuanian coach called his last timeout. But his team lost this game. Finally, Montegro beat Lithuania 68:59.

Lithuania - Montegro 59:68 (12:14, 17:15,24:16,6:23)
Lithuania:
Sandra Linkeviciene 15 + 10 reb, Egle Sulciute 9
Montegro:
Iva Perovanovicc 18, Anna De Forge 17, Jelena Dubljevic 14, Jelena Skerovic 13

*BY LUKASZ LUKASZEWSKI


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  POLAND - Women  


Super-Pol Leszno name head coach - by Eurobasket News
Super-Pol Leszno have appointed Dariusz Raczynski the teams new head coach. Dariusz Raczynski will replace Jaroslaw Krysiewicz on the bridge. Dariusz Raczynski was last seen in Lotos Gdynia at the start of the previous season. He worked in the team till January 2011. Previously the 50-year-old specialist guided Wisla, MMKS Energa Torun and Polfa Pabianice. He also worked with Polish U16 and U20 Women National Teams.


Three players will join Artego - by Grzegorz Ozog
Artego Bydgoszcz completes roster before the season 2011/2012. Artego will join Agnieszka Kulaga (170-G-86) (170-G-86), Paulina Kuras (170-G-92) and Martyna Koc (186-C-83).

Agnieszka Kulaga last season spent in Tecza Leszno. The 25-year-old guard in season 2010/11 played in 14 games and averaged: 8,8 points per game and 4,1 assists per game.
Martyna Koc last played in Lider Pruszkow. She played 29 games averaging 6.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 0.6 steals.
The least known of the three players is Paulina Kuras for which will be the first season in PLKK.
Players will be presented at a special press conference during which we will also be presented new sponsor of the team.




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  ROMANIA - Women  


ICIM Arad keeps Laura Dragoescu - by Eurobasket News
Laura Dragoescu (178-G-85) will stay with ICIM Arad for at least one more season. They signed a one-year contract extension yesterday. Dragoescu joined ICIM Arad last summer from CSM Satu Mare. She had 5.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 1.4 apg for 28 games. She helped ICIM Arad to win the league title. It is the second title for Dragoescu in Romania. She won the first one also with ICIM Arad, but in 2005/06 season. In the meantime, Dragoescu changed two more teams. From 2006 to 2008 she was a member of Sportul Studentesc Omnilogic Bucuresti. After that Dragoescu spent two years with CSM Satu Mare. Dragoescu played for U20 and U18 Romanian NT in the past.

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Russia blasts Czech Repblic, goes to EuroBasket Finals - by Eurobasket News
Russia crushed Czech Republic in first semi-final. Russian advanced to the final after great game against silver medalist from last World Championships. They beat Czech Republic 85:53. Elena Danilochkina (185-G-86) scored 18 points for Russia, Liudmila Sapova (185-F/C-84)a added 16, Maria Stepanova (203-C-79) and Ilona Korstin (183-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) 11. Two Czechs players end this game with double figures: Ilona Burgrova (196-C-84, college: S.Carolina) (10 points) and Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) (10 points).

Russia started better this game. With 7:41 to play in the first quarter
Elena Danilochkina made a three points shot. Russia was up by 5. Then, Ilona Korstin added another two points for Russia. The score was 2:9 for Russia and Czechs coach called a timeout. Then game was more aligned. Teams were playing basket for basket. With 4 minutes to play the score was 9:16 for Russia. Then Czechs were able to reduce the loss to 4 points 16:20. Jana Vesela (192-F-83) scored two points for Czech Republic with 2:00. Then teams exchange two shots. Russia won the first quarter by 4 18:22.

Early in the second quarter Elena Danilochikina made a 3 pointer. At that moment she was perfect 3/3 from downtown !
Ilona Burgrova responded with jump shot for Czech Republic. But then Russian score 4 straight points. They rebuilt the advantage to 9 points. Czechs coach had to react He called a timeout with 6:16 remaining in the second quarter. Russia defense stopped Czechs shooters. With 3:58 to play in the second Irina Osipova (196-C/F-81) made a shot and Russia was up by 11 33:22. Czech Republic could not stop Elena Danilochkina She scored 16 points in the first half and made a difference between two teams. Russian presented better teamwork . Thanks to her Russia had the big 13 point lead.

With 8:07 to play in the third quarter Elena Danilochkina added another two points for Russia. She extend the advantage to 15 points. The score was 28:43. Then, Czech Republic
made a 7:0 run and reduced the lost to 8 points. After
Ilona Burgrova jump shot It was 35:43 for Russia. Then Maria Stepanova and Liudmila Sapovaa rebuilt the Russian advantage. For the next few minutes Czechs could not reduce the lost. With 2:17 Maria Stepanova made a 2+1 action, Russian were up by 17 points 37:54. Czechs coach called a timeout, but then Svetlana Abrosimova (185-F-80, college: Connecticut) added another 2 points to Russian advantage. With 52 seconds remaining Liudmila Sapovaa made a three points shot. She increased the lead to 20 points 39:59. Before the last quarter Russia was up by 18. The score was 43:61.

In the beginning of the last period Czechs missed two easy shots. Russian did not allow Czech Republic to get back in this game. Whats more Russia increased their advantage.
With 7:16 remaining
Tatiana Vidmer (191-C-86) made a shot for Russia. She increased the lead to huge 23 points. Czechs coach called another timeout. Russia had been controlling this game with the defense. They totally outplayed Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) the best shooter in Czechs team. She scored only 5 points with terrible FG execution 1/10. Russian coach was very cautious. With 3:50 to play Alena Hanusova (190-F/C-91) buried a three pointer. Czechs were still down by 17, but Boris Sokolovskiy called a timeout. Finally, Russia won the game 85:53.

Czech Republic - Russia 85:53 (18:22,8:17,17:22)
Czech Republic:
Ilona Burgrova 10, Petra Kulichova 10
Russia:
Elena Danilochkina 18, Liudmila Sapovaa 16, Ilona Korstin 11, Maria Stepanova 11

*BY LUKASZ LUKASZEWSKI


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  SPAIN - Women  


Kirenia Cabrera will play for CB Las Rozas - by Eurobasket News
Kirenia Cabrera (186-F-84) will play for CB Las Rozas in 2011/2012 season. The Spanish Forward appeared first in 2007-2008 for Isolux - Corsan Alcobendas (LF2) and in 25 games averaged 8.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 2FGP: 42.0%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 80.0%. In 2008-2009 for Moguerza Real Canoe N.C. (LF2) had 4.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.1apg.



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Italy U20 outscored Sweden U20 54-51 - by Eurobasket News
Italy U20 outscored Sweden U20 at the start of the International Tournament. The Italian side grabbed 54:51 win due to the last period.
The Scandinavian team started with 14-10 and added 16-15 in the second frame. They enjoyed 5-points deficit at the halftime and after 12-12 in the third frame entered the last frame with the same advantage. Italy started to play better during the last 10 minutes and achieved 17-9 in it. It was enough to seal the victory in the opener. Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) 's 14 points were not enough for Swedish side. Cleopatra Forsman-Goga (180-G-91) netted 10, while Frida Fogdemark (187-F-91) posted 9. Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) and Jennifer Kucukkaya (165-PG-91) had 6 points each, while Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) nailed 3.


In another game of the tournament Spain U20 overcame Germany U20 72:45.



NT player Josefin Olheim stays with Lulea Basket - by Eurobasket News
Lulea Basket managed to keep one of their best defensive players for the next season. The team announced signing of Josefin Olheim (176-G-86) for 2011/12. Olheim joined Lulea last summer from Solna Vikings. She had 7.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 2.7 apg for 36 games. She helped Lulea to reach Damligan Finals, but they failed against Telge Basket.
Josefin Olheim won Damligan title in 2009 with Solna. She had 6 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 3.4 apg for them that season. In the past, Olheim also played for Telge Energi.
Josefin Olheim is active member of the Swedish National team. He played twice for them in Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011.


Emma Gunnarsson joins Kvarnby - by Eurobasket News
Emma Gunnarsson (170-G-88) is a new member of Kvarnby. The Swedish guard penned a one-year deal with her new club. Gunnarsson arrives to Kvanrby from Telge Basket, where she spent last two years. She appeared 22 times in Damligan last season averaging 5.5 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists. Gunnarsson helped Telge to win the Damligan title. They blasted Lulea BBK in the Finals with perfect 3-0. Gunnarsson spent 2009/10 season with Telge as well. She had 3.2 ppg for 19 games at that time.
Before Telge, Emma Gunnarsson spent two years with Eskilstuna Basket. She had 8 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 1.2 apg for 22 games in their second season.


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  TURKEY - Women  


ECw: Turkey advances to Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
In the third quarterfinal Turkey beat Montegro 56:44. Turkey won the game thanks to great third quarter Turkish won it 17:6. After the game Turkey team was very happy, Montegrin cried. Saziye Ivegin (183-F-82) led her team to win scoring 14 points. Also Birsel Vardarli (174-G-80) showed great performance she added 13 points with great execution from downtown (3/4). Nevin Nevlin (195-C-85, college: Stanford) poured 11 points. Anna De Forge (178-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Nebraska) made 11 points and 8 rebounds, but her team lost the quarterfinal.
Both teams started this game well-motivated. Montegro started this game with shot by Anna De Forge. Croatia responded with Birsel Vardarli three point shot. Teams were playing basket for basket. With 5:44 to play in the first period Montegro was up by 3 and Turkish coach called a timeout. Then Anna De Forge added another two points to Montegrin advantage. With 3:29 remaining Ana Turcinovic (190-C-93) increase the lead to 7 points. Montergrin were leading thanks to great defense and good execution. Turkey responded with three pointers. With 1:48 Birsel Vardarli buried her second long distance shot. Montegro was up only by 3 14:11 and their coach wanted to talk with his players. Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) made a shot and Montegro won the first quarter 16:11.
In the second quarter Turkey made a 7:2 run. After Birsel Vardarli made a lay-up and the score was tie 18:18 with 7:40 remaining in the second quarter. Iva Perovanovic made a shot and Montegro was on the lead again. Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) buried a three pointer and rebuilt the lead to 5 points 23:18. With 3:28 to play in the second Montegro had a 4 point advantage and Turkish coach called another timeout. The score was 25:21 for Montegro. Ana Turcinovic added another two points to Montegrin lead. Then Naile Ivegin responded with 3 points for Turkey. Montegro had been controlling the boards. After two quarters Montegro had 3 points more than Turkey. The score was 27:24.
Straight after the break Montegro scored 2 points. Turkey respond with 6:0 run. After Emine Palazoglu three point shot Turkey had taken the one point lead 29:30. Then teams were
playing basket for basket. Although Montegrin timeout Turkey was still on lead. Turkish players were up by 3 after Nevin Nevlin lay-up. With 33 second to go in the third Saziye
Ivegin made a lay-up shot for Turkey. She extend Turkish advantage to 8 points 33:41. The same score was on the board before the last quarter.
Montegro open last period with Jelena Skerovic three points shot. Nevriye Yilmaz rebuilt the advantage to 7 points with jump shot. With 5:00 remaining Nevin Nevlin made a shot for Tukey. She extend the lead to 12 points - 48:36. Montegro was in trouble, so their coach decided to call his last timeout. After that Anna De Forge scored 2 points for Montegro, but
Turkey responded with 5 straight points. With 3:13 to play in the last quarter Turkish had got big 15 points lead. Montegro could not reduce the lost. 57 seconds before the last horn
Nevin Nevlin made one free throw She confirmed Turkish win. Turkey had go 15 points advantage. Finally, Turkey won this game

Montenegro - Turkey 44:56 (16:11, 11:13, 6:17, 11:15)

Montenegro : Anna De Forge 11+8 reb, Ana Turcinovic 10
Turkey: Saziye Ivegin 14, Birsel Vardarli 13, Nevin Nevlin 11

*BY LUKASZ LUKASZWESKI


Ukraine hold off Turkey to claim title in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U20 - Ukraine U20 56:71

Ukraine registered the third straight win at the international friendly tournament in Istanbul. They rolled past Turkey for the title. Alina Iagupova (181-G-92, agency: LBM Management) came up with 13 points, 11 boards and 9 assists to lead the charge. Turkey suffered their first defeat and finished in the second position.
Ukraine stunned the hosts in the first quarter. The visitors went on a 24:4 rally to clear off. Ukraine controlled the tempo in the second stanza. They ensured a 36:14 lead at the interval. Turkey tried to change the complexion of the encounter after the big break. They erupted for 28 points in the final quarter but still came up too short at the end. Olga Olga Maznichenko (187-F-91, agency: LBM Management), Olesia Malashenko (189-F-91, agency: LBM Management) and Alona Chygrynova (176-G-91) contributed 11 points each for the winners. Gamze Takmaz (184-F-91) answered with 13 points and 11 boards for Turkey. Ozge Yavas (174-G-91) added 13 points in defeat.

Turkey U20: Gamze Takmaz 13+11 boards, Ozge Yavas 13
Ukraine U20: Alina Iagupova 13+11 boards, Olga Maznichenko 11, Olesia Malashenko 11, Alona Chygrynova 11



Turkey advances to EuroBasket Finals - by Eurobasket News
In Bydgoszcz Turkish players send Belarus to home. In the semifinal they win the game against France after very close four quarters and overtime. Nevin Nevlin (195-C-85, college: Stanford) led her team to win scoring 23 points. Also Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) showed great basketball She made double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Emilie Gomis (180-G/F-83) poured 24 points for France, but her team lost. Turkey advanced to final with Russia. France will fight with Czech Republic for bronze medals.

France noticed the great start of the game. At first,
Nevriye Yilmaz made a shot for Turkey. Then France made a 7:0 run and Turkish coach called a timeout with 7:07 to play in the first quarter. After talk to their coach Turkish started to play much better. They made a 10:0 run and took the lead. With 3:46 remaining in the first quarter we had another timeout. But this time French coach wanted to talk with his players. The score was 7:12 for Turkey. After first quarter Turkey was up by 1 15:16.

At the beginning of the second quarter the game was very aligned. Both teams were playing basket for basket. Turkey was still on the lead. With 5:02 to play in the first Nevriye
Yilmaz made a jump shot for Turkey. Then Nevin Nevlin added another two points to Turkish advantage. Turkey was up by 11. France was able to reduce the lost to 7 points, but Turkish coach called a timeout. After that both teams exchange baskets. In the middle of the show France was up by 7 31:38.

In first 2 minutes of the second quarter France scored 4 straight points and Turkish coach called a timeout. Teams were played very hard in defense. Turkish had been doing better teamwork. But France was still few points after Turkey. With 7:26 remaining
Emilie Gomis made one free throw. France was down by 3.Then Nevin Nevlin made a lay-up for Turkey. France was very close Turkish players, but they could not tie the game. With 4:11 to play in the last period France was down only 1 point. Emilie Gomis made both free throws. Then teams were playing basket for basket. The game was very close.

With 3:10 remaining Turkish coach called a timeout.
Emilie Gomis made another two free throws and France get back on the lead. They had 1 point advantage 54:53. Birsel Vardarli (174-G-80) made a three points shot for Turkey. But Emilie Gomis responded with the same. With 1:06 to play Jennifer Digbeu (190-F/C-87) added another three points for France. Her teram was up by 2 60:52. Birser Vardarli tied the game with 44 to go. Turkish coach called last timeout with 22 seconds before the last horn. 15 seconds later Birsel Vardarli had two free throws. She missed both. French missed their the lay-up. And we had an overtime.

In overtime. Nevin Nevlin made one free throw for Turkey. Emilie Gomis responded with jump shot. The score was 62:61 for France with 3:45 to play. With 1:53 to go Isil Alben buried a three point for Turkey. Sandrine Gruda missed shot. French coach called a timeout with 1:11 to the end of overtime. French missed another shot. With 23 seconds to go Nevin Nevlin made a shot. Turkey was up by 4 62:66. We had 5 seconds to go and Nevriye Yilmaz made two free throws. She confirmed Turkish victory.

France - Turkey 62:68 (15:16,16:22,11:11,18:11 OT 2:8)
France:
Emilie Gomis 24, Edwige Lawson-Wade (166-PG-79) 12
Turkey: Nevin Nevlin 23,
Nevriye Yilmaz 17, Birsel Vardarli 14

*BY LUKASZ LUKASZEWSKI


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BVI Lady Tigers hold off ZT Lady All Stars - by David Edole
ST. THOMAS-- Tamara Phillips floater with 2.7 seconds left help BVI Lady Tigers Club over Zero Tolerance Lady All Stars, 42-41, in an exhibition contest at Charlotte Amalie High School. Phillips scored a game high 22 points with 14 coming in the second half. The game was a back and forth with no team having more than a six point lead.
Edidiong Utibe led the Lady All Stars with 21 points with most of the damage coming inside. The ZT Lady All Stars and the BVI will meet on Saturday in a second match up at 10:30 am.
The games are a warm ups for the ZT all Stars as they prepare to play in the 11th grade Super Showcase July 8-10 that will be held at ESPN Wild World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. The team will face some of the best AAU teams in the world from. The team will be coach by Myron Corbett and Jill Chinnery and the members are Merrisa Murphy, Germequa Bell, Kayshaunna Williams, Jahrima Simmons, Jerusha Corbett, Edidiong Utibe, Shaquana Foy, Kristine Edney and Jayda Edwards.

BVI Lady Tigers (42): Lavern Fahie 2, Tiffany Jenning 4, Tafara Phillip 7, Tamara Phillip 22, Dominique Wattley 7
ZT ALL STARS (41): Murphy 4, Williams, 4, Utibe 21, Corbett 4, Bell 2, Edwards 6

Scoring by periods
5 13 12 12- 42
4 18 9 10 -41

Saturday July 2nd Schedule
ZT 16-18 Summer Basketball League
Blazers vs. AGSUF 10:30 am
BVI Girls vs. ZT Lady All Stars 5 minutes after


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Ukraine hold off Turkey to claim title in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U20 - Ukraine U20 56:71

Ukraine registered the third straight win at the international friendly tournament in Istanbul. They rolled past Turkey for the title. Alina Iagupova (181-G-92, agency: LBM Management) came up with 13 points, 11 boards and 9 assists to lead the charge. Turkey suffered their first defeat and finished in the second position.
Ukraine stunned the hosts in the first quarter. The visitors went on a 24:4 rally to clear off. Ukraine controlled the tempo in the second stanza. They ensured a 36:14 lead at the interval. Turkey tried to change the complexion of the encounter after the big break. They erupted for 28 points in the final quarter but still came up too short at the end. Olga Olga Maznichenko (187-F-91, agency: LBM Management), Olesia Malashenko (189-F-91, agency: LBM Management) and Alona Chygrynova (176-G-91) contributed 11 points each for the winners. Gamze Takmaz (184-F-91) answered with 13 points and 11 boards for Turkey. Ozge Yavas (174-G-91) added 13 points in defeat.

Turkey U20: Gamze Takmaz 13+11 boards, Ozge Yavas 13
Ukraine U20: Alina Iagupova 13+11 boards, Olga Maznichenko 11, Olesia Malashenko 11, Alona Chygrynova 11



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Pacific Northwest opens with Bundles of Action - by Willie McCray
Opening Day, in Tacoma, WA , the WBCBL-NW Magic teams hosted 3 impressive Womens Semi Pro Basketball Games. Opening Day included: The Lakewood Panthers vs Olympia Matrix; Seattle Express vs. Northwest Elite; and Tacoma Stars vs Lakewood Panthers.

The Lakewood Panthers handled the Olympia Matrix as they battled closely the first half. Leading scorers, Ernesia Widerman (18) and Magan Evans (17) put the panthers
on their backs scoring almost half of the Panthers points.

Darnellia Russel (Heart of the Game) continues to remind us that Basketball is an art..... Darnellia scores 31 points in the season opener against Northwest Elite out of Portland, Oregon. Northwest Elite had no answer for Darnellia as she makes 5 3- pointers in the second half, along with 5 steals. Scoring at will, Darnellia also managed 5 boards and 5 assist, and only one turnover. Malia O'Neil, also impresses the fans with 24 points. Ophelia Whitfield comes off the bench scoring 13.

Shirley Swizz Spears, led her Tacoma Stars to a remarkable win against the Lakewood Panthers. With a halftime score of 17-26 (led by the Stars), Swizz went on a 15 point second half scoring rampage bringing the final score to 60-88 (Stars). The most impressive thing about Swizz is that she is not even a started, she is that spark off the bench that is the making of a championship team. A 6th man/woman like Swizz speaks volumes about your team as a whole. Vanessa Caskey scores a silent 22 and Hilary Wicks and Shaundra Johnson were also in double figures with 12 and 10 respectively.

- Vanessa McClendon


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  WNBA - Women  


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


Cappie Pondexter, Liberty beat Silver Stars, 81-75, to get back to .500 - by Eurobasket News
Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) has known Essence Carson for eight years through their time together at Rutgers and now with the Liberty. In that time, she had never seen Carson cry until tonight, when Carson was hit in the right eye with a ball during warm-ups.

When she cried, Pondexter said, I knew it was pretty intense.

With the teams second-leading scorer out with what was diagnosed as traumatic iritis, Pondexter stepped up. She scored 19 points 15 in the second half as the Liberty (5-5) got back to .500 with an 81-75 victory over the Western Conference-leading San Antonio Silver Stars (7-2).

In front of 6,714 at the Prudential Center, Pondexter and forward Plenette Pierson (14 points) steadied the Liberty late, as they held on for perhaps their most impressive win of the season.

Cappie and I have both won championships, and we know what it takes to get to the next level, Pierson said. Were emotional leaders. When we step it up a notch, the team follows.

The Liberty built a 39-34 halftime lead thanks to hot shooting from forwards Nicole Powell and Sidney Spencer. But the Libertys turnovers 10 in the first half alone kept them from going on an extended run. And after playing 37 minutes Thursday, Pondexter had trouble getting into any kind of rhythm.

I was a little winded, she said. I actually felt better in the second half.

The Silver Stars made a comeback as the Liberty went cold. But unlike other times this season including Thursdays loss at Atlanta the Liberty bent but didnt break on their second-half lead.

Throughout the final five minutes, the Liberty and Silver Stars traded the lead. A pair of 3-pointers, by Becky Hammon (5'6''-G-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) and Danielle Adams (6'1''-F/C-89, college: Texas A&M), who finished with 19 points, gave the Silver Stars a 66-65 advantage. But Pondexter punched back immediately with a driving layup.

I knew I wasnt aggressive in the first half, Pondexter said. I thought I needed to be a little bit more aggressive.

Pierson scored the last eight Liberty points. The last came on an assist from Pondexter, as she lobbed the ball ahead off a rebound to a streaking Pierson for an easy layup and put her left thumb up to signal a victory was near.

Courtesy of www.nj.com


Mercury 97, Sky 84 - by Eurobasket News
Diana Taurasi (6'0''-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) scored 24 points to lead the Phoenix Mercury past the Chicago Sky 97-84 on Friday night.

Taurasi also had six assists and went 11 of 12 from the line to help Phoenix set a franchise record with 42 made free throws - including all but one of its 27 attempts in the second half.

The Mercury, who trailed by as many as 15 at one point, went 42 of 45 at the stripe to help offset their 31 percent shooting in the second half. Phoenix made 13 of 14 free throws in the fourth quarter.

Penny Taylor (6'1''-F-81) scored 14 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had two steals for Phoenix, which has won five of six after losing the first three games of the season.

Epiphanny Prince (5'9''-G-88, college: Rutgers) had 19 points and six assists for Chicago, which has lost three straight.

Courtney Vandersloot (5'8''-G-89, college: Gonzaga) scored six of her 14 points in the fourth quarter for Chicago, which led for the entire first half but never regained the lead after Ketia Swanier hit a 3-pointer 17 seconds into the third quarter.

Michelle Snow added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Sky, who pulled to 65-64 with 3:49 left in the third before the Mercury scored the last eight points of the period - making all 6 of their free throws.

Chicago went 6 for 18 from the field in the third, allowing Phoenix to build a 73-64 lead going into the final quarter.

The Mercury missed their first seven shots, while Chicago made four of its first six to grab a 13-1 lead in the first 4:43. Chicago also scored the last eight points of the period to take a 29-16 lead after the first quarter.

Prince had 11 points and Sylvia Fowles added 10 to help the Sky hold a 49-48 advantage at the half. However, DeWanna Bonner scored nine of her 11 first-half points in the final 3:08 of the second quarter to cap a 16-6 Mercury run.

The Sky has lost all six of their games played in U.S. Airways Center.

Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com


Sun hold off Storm 75-70 - by Eurobasket News
Tina Charles had 20 points and 10 rebounds to help the Connecticut Sun hold off the Seattle Storm 75-70 on Friday night.

Kara Lawson added 16 points, including three key free throws in the fourth quarter for the Sun (6-3), which squandered an 18-point lead in the second half.

Seattle (4-3) held Connecticut scoreless for 5:14 in the fourth, trimming a 68-57 deficit to 68-66 with 2:35 left.

Lawson and Renee Montgomery, who scored 11 points, combined to make five of six free throws in the final 1:22 to help Connecticut hold on.

'We won high intensity games and they're learning how to win,' said Sun coach Mike Thibault. 'We made enough mistakes so I can show them the parts we need to improve on.'

The Sun had a 73-70 lead when Sue Bird missed an off-balance 3-point attempt with 5.2 seconds left. Kalana Greene sealed it for the Sun with two free throws.

Swin Cash led Seattle with 25 points and nine rebounds, and Le'Coe Willingham and Camille Little had 10 points apiece.

'They did a good job defensively in the first half against us and we got stagnant,' Seattle coach Brian Agler said. 'We didn't play the game as well as we could have. They were scoring off of their defense a few times. They played in the first half like we played in the second half.'

It was the second straight game Seattle played without three-time MVP Lauren Jackson, who will miss 8-12 weeks with a torn labrum in her hip. Jackson had been Seattle's leading scorer and rebounder.

'We have a good group of people in that locker room who are great competitors,' said Agler. 'But in this league, it doesn't matter if you have all your people or you're missing people. If you don't come out ready to play from the beginning, you're going to find yourself playing from behind.'

Connecticut went 5 of 7 from 3-point range in the first half and led 45-33 at halftime.

Courtesy of www.wtnh.com


Latest games - by Eurobasket News
Atlanta D. - New York L. 87-81
Erika De Souza (6'6''-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) tied a career high with 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, Lindsey Harding (5'8''-G-84, college: Duke) scored 25 points and the Atlanta Dream rallied for an 87-81 victory over the New York Liberty on Thursday night. DeSouza's size and agility caused matchup problems for the Liberty, who were outscored 46-22 in the paint. She shot 11 for 16 from the field as the Dream (3-7) snapped a two-game skid. Cappie Pondexter scored 24 points for New York (4-5), which couldn't hold a 10-point after Plenette Pierson hit an 18-footer with 3:40 left in the third quarter. Atlanta went on a 14-3 run that ended with Armintie Price's runner in the final minute of the period for a 62-61 lead - the Dream's first since the game's early seconds. DeSouza's two free throws with 5:11 left put Atlanta ahead 73-72 and it never trailed again. She hit a 17-footer from the right baseline for an 83-78 lead as the shot clock was expiring with 45.7 seconds remaining. Essence Carson scored 12 points and Kia Vaughn 11 for the Liberty, who had won two straight. *Courtesy of The Associated Press

Tulsa S. - Minnesota L. 71-101
Lindsay Whalen (5'8''-G-82, college: Minnesota) scored 13 of her 21 points in the second period, Candice Wiggins (5'11''-G-87, college: Stanford) added 18 points and the Minnesota Lynx cruised to a 101-71 victory over the Tulsa Shock on Thursday night. Rebekkah Brunson and Taj McWilliams-Franklin had 12 points each and Maya Moore scored 11 for the Lynx (6-3), who outscored the Shock 31-12 in the second quarter and led by 26 in the early minutes of the third. Ivory Latta scored 13 points for Tulsa (1-9), finishing three shy of reaching 1,000 for her career. Kayla Pedersen scored 12 poings, and Tiffany Jackson and Jennifer Lacy had 11 each. The Shock's Sheryl Swoopes suffered a hamstring injury early in the game and did not return. She finished with five points in about 6 1/2 minutes. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Indiana F. - Phoenix M. 91-86
Katie Douglas (6'1''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) scored 26 points and Jessica Davenport (6'5''-C-85, college: Ohio St.) added a career-high 25 to help the Indiana Fever beat the Phoenix Mercury 91-86 on Tuesday night. Tamika Catchings added 14 points, seven assists, four steals and three blocks for the Fever (7-3), who won their fourth straight. Douglas made six 3-pointers and had six assists, and Davenport made 10 of 11 field goals and didn't miss until the final minute of the game. The excitement was tempered because starting point guard Briann January went down clutching her right knee early in the fourth quarter. Diana Taurasi scored 15 points for Phoenix, but she shot 5 for 14 from the field and had five turnovers. DeWanna Bonner also scored 15 points for the Mercury (4-4). The Fever lost 93-89 at Phoenix on June 19, when Taurasi scored 32 points. *Courtesy of The Associated Press

Connecticut S. - L.Angeles S. 79-76
Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) was far more impressed with personal accomplishments during her rookie season than she is this year. Now, she's just concerned with winning. Charles, the reigning WNBA Rookie of the Year, scored 22 points and tied her career high with 23 rebounds to lead the Connecticut Sun to a 79-76 victory over the short-handed Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday night. 'Last year it was more like 'wow,' ' Charles said. 'Now I just want to do whatever my team needs for us to win.' Kristi Toliver (5'7''-G-87, college: Maryland) had 19 points, DeLisha Milton-Jones scored 13 and LaToya Pringle 11 for Los Angeles, which played its first game without Candace Parker. Parker, who tore the lateral meniscus in her right knee in Sunday's loss to the New York Liberty, will be out for about six weeks. 'I knew that at the beginning, we would either come out and play really well or there would be a lack of chemistry on both ends of the floor because of Candace's absence,' LA coach Jennifer Gillom said. 'This is our first game without her and true enough, we had a hard time finding that chemistry early on.' Renee Montgomery scored the last four points for the Sun, including two free throws with 12.9 seconds remaining for a three-point lead. Tina Thompson then missed two three-pointers and Toliver a jumper as the Sparks lost their third straight on a seven-game trip and fell to 0-4 on the road. *Courtesy of www.pe.com

Chicago S. - S.Antonio SS 74-84
Sophia Young (6'1''-F-83, college: Baylor) had 19 points to lead five San Antonio scorers in double figures as the Silver Stars improved to a league-leading 7-1 with an 84-74 victory over the Chicago Sky on Tuesday night. Rookie forward Danielle Adams (6'1''-F/C-89, college: Texas A&M) scored 16 points, Becky Hammon had 14, and Ruth Riley and Danielle Robinson added 10 each for the Silver Stars. Epiphanny Prince scored 19 points and Sylvia Fowles had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Chicago (4-5), which has lost four of its last five. Erin Thorn added 14 points and Cathrine Kraayeveld added 10 for the Sky. San Antonio trailed much of the game, but went ahead for good at 71-68 on Riley's 3 pointer with 3:29 left in regulation. San Antonio then made all 10 free throws in the final 1:05 to keep Chicago at bay. *Courtesy of www.kxnet.com


Diana Taurasi Nominated for ESPY Award - by Eurobasket News
Mercury guard Diana Taurasi (6'0''-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) has been nominated for a 2011 ESPY award in the category of Best WNBA Player. A two-time WNBA champion and 2009 WNBA MVP, Taurasi looks to win the fifth ESPY of her career and Best WNBA Player for the second consecutive season.

The No. 1 pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft and 2004 WNBA Rookie of the Year has twice won the ESPY for Best Female College Athlete (2003, 2004) and was also named Best Female Athlete in 2004 after leading the University of Connecticut to three straight NCAA National Championships and winning the Naismith Player of the Year Award in two consecutive seasons (2003, 2004).

The most recent ESPY nomination comes after Taurasi was awarded the 2010 WNBA Peak Performer award for leading the league in scoring for the third consecutive season with 22.6 points per game. Taurasi scored at least 30 points in eight games and topped 700 points for the season for the third time in her career. For her efforts, she was named to the 2010 All-WNBA First Team, the sixth such selection of her career.

Fans can vote for ESPY award winners online or by mobile device at espn.com/espys or on the ESPN Facebook page: facebook.com/espys. Winners will be announced live at the ESPYs award show hosted by Seth Meyers on July 13 at Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

Taurasi and the Mercury return home to take on the Chicago Sky Friday night at 7 p.m. at US Airways Center.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com