EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/21/2011

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  ABA   


Standings
ABA Standings
Exhibition Teams
 1. Colorado Kings 17-0 
 2. Arlington B. 2-3 
 3. Michiana M. 1-4 
 4. NY Prime Time 1-4 
 5. Texas RR 0-1 
 6. Shizuoka Gym. 0-4 
Gulf Coast
 1. SE Texas M. 28-1 
 2. Gulf Coast F. 8-5 
 3. Mobile Bay H. 4-2 
 4. Louisiana U. 1-5 
 5. Houston R.S. 0-9 
Mid-Atlantic
 1. Seven Cities 16-2 
NoCal
 1. E.Bay Pitbulls 14-5 
 2. Bay Area M. 13-7 
 3. Modesto H. 9-9 
 4. Sacramento H. 8-6 
 5. California SK 8-7 
 6. S.Francisco R. 5-3 
North Central
 1. Chicago Steam 13-3 
 2. Lake Michigan 11-5 
 3. NWI M.Stars 4-6 
 4. Detroit Hoops 4-7 
Northeast
 1. Jersey Expr. 8-6 
Northwest
 1. Seattle M. 14-1 
SoCal
 1. San Diego Sol 15-3 
 2. Las Vegas A. 9-1 
 3. LA Slam 8-6 
 4. San Diego S. 7-6 
 5. Mid-Valley 0-1 
 6. Riverside R. 0-1 
 7. SoCal Swish 0-4 
South Central
 1. E.Kentucky En. 16-1 
 2. St. Louis 8-3 
 3. Indiana Diesel 8-4 
 4. W.Virginia B. 8-8 
Southeast
 1. Jacksonville 19-0 
 2. Columbus Life 11-3 
 3. Savannah Storm 11-6 
Southwest
 1. Texas Fuel 15-4 
 2. North Dallas 12-6 
 3. Oklahoma 8-6 
 4. West Texas W. 8-6 
 5. N.Texas F. 1-5 


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  ANTIGUA   


Antigua & Barbuda names team for Bahamas - by Kristian Santiago
Antigua & Barbuda National Team for CBC Championships in the Bahamas:

Julius Hodge (201-G-83, college: N.Carolina St.)
Kenny Harris (185-G-71, college: VCU)
Lennox McCoy (188-G-77, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Cent.Oklahoma)
Wayne Walker
Patrick Samuel (191-G)
Jason Brazier (188-G-79)
Bryan Matthew (196-G/F-75, college: Iona)
Vivian Destin (188-G-86)
Marlon Charles (186-G-76)
Xavier Meade (201-C-87)
Stellan Braithwaite
Mario Davis (198-F/G-80, college: Missouri Western)

Coach: Adonis Henry
Assistant Coach: Craig Anthony



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  AUSTRALIA   


36ers sign American point guard Chris Warren - by Eurobasket News
Adelaide 36ers Chief Executive, Leeanne Grantham, has announced Chris Warren (177-G-88) as the first import player to join the 36ers NBL team for the iiNet NBL 2011/12 season.

Grantham announced today that Warren, a 178cm (5' 10') dynamic point guard from the University of Mississippi, would be joining the Adelaide 36ers for the upcoming season.

Coach Marty Clarke had Chris on the top of his preferred import list and we are extremely excited that negotiations have been finalised,' Grantham said, 'Negotiating across the sea is not easy, and when you are keen to secure someone you believe will be a great fit, it takes patience and perseverance. Negotiations were recently finalised and we look forward to Chris joining the Adelaide 36ers in late August.

Clarke was delighted with the signing.

Chris is a Conference First Team selection,' said Coach, Marty Clarke. 'The SEC is an extremely athletic and well respected conference. Chris displays a great game sense, an ability to score against top flight players, and both leadership and composure of a quality point guard. Our due diligence has been extensive with numerous conversations with his college coach, opposition coaches and scouts. He is a dynamic player who we believe will help bring on-court success and enhance our commitment to creating an elite mindset within the team. We believe his game style fits our philosophies and will bring great excitement to our fans.'

The 22 year old will move to Adelaide in late August ready to prepare with his Adelaide 36ers teammates before the first match of the iiNet NBL Championship season for the 36ers on October 8th at home against the Perth Wildcats.

I am really excited to be playing in Australia; I have heard great things about the country and the League,' Warren said from the US. 'I have spoken to Coach Clarke several times and the Club sounds fantastic, meeting the guys will be great and once I pull on my Adelaide 36ers uniform it will be about what I can do to help the team win. I hope the Adelaide supporters are ready for an exciting year.

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


Adelaide 36ers sign import Chris Warren - by Duncan Matheson
The Adelaide 36ers have signed their first import for the 2011/12 season signing import Chris Warren (177-G-88) from the University of Mississippi. Warren, an explosive 5'10' point guard, had a stellar season for his Mississippi Rebels last season and despite this being his first professional stint he is seen as a massive coup for the 36ers. Warren last season averaged 19.1 points and 3.8 assists in the tough SEC, and coach Marty Clarke said about his new recruit, 'The SEC is an extremely athletic and well respected conference. Chris displays a great game sense, an ability to score against top flight players, and both leadership and composure of a quality point guard. He is a dynamic player who we believe will help bring on-court success and enhance our commitment to creating an elite mindset within the team. We believe his game style fits our philosophies and will bring great excitement to our fans.'

Warren will land in Adelaide in August to start training with the team and preparing for their October 8 opening match against the Perth Wildcats.


Ballarat Miners player Barnes out with ankle injury - by Eurobasket News
BALLARAT Miners forward Ryan Barnes (201-G-88, college: Texas Wesleyan) will be sidelined this week with a serious ankle injury.
Barnes sprained his ankle half-way through the second quarter of Saturday nights eight-point loss at home to Kilsyth in the South East Australian Basketball League.

X-rays in the past two days have cleared Barnes of a fracture but yesterday his ankle was still heavily swollen.

Miners coach Guy Molloy said Barnes had definitely been ruled out of this weekends match against Canberra and would not train this week.

How long the in-form Barnes remains out of action remains in doubt.

Were just waiting for the swelling and inflammation to go down ... its really too early to tell at this stage, Molloy said.

Its not looking good at the moment.

Molloy said other players must step up in Barnes absence, six matches out from finals, as the Miners continue to battle for a top-four spot on a tight east conference ladder.

Barnes has been in strong form this season, averaging 8.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, and entertaining crowds with his flashy style.

The Ballarat Holden Miners struggled to cover his bite in play against the Cobras on Saturday night.

Barnes twisted his ankle after nailing a two-point basket and initially attempted to keep playing but was subbed off moments later.

He had notched up eight points and three rebounds the bulk of his scoring made when the Miners started to power ahead in the second term.

The Miners are determined to bounce back strongly at home against east conference rival Canberra, which has lost its past eight matches.

Gunners forward Jonathan Miller has called on his team to lift its intensity after a costly slow start in a 22-point loss to Nunawading at the weekend.

Canberra has a big weekend ahead in a Victorian triple-header, starting in Mt Gambier on Friday night before Ballarat on Saturday night and Dandenong on Sunday.

The Miners have two home matches left this home-and-away season, including a clash against south conference heavyweight Geelong on August 20.

They must consolidate against Canberra ahead of a tough away assignment against east conference leader and arch-rival Bendigo next week.
Courtesy of: thecourier.com.au


QBL Round 11 Player of the Week - by Eurobasket News
QBL Men - Tom Garlepp (203-F-86, college: UCSB)

For the second time this season Tom Garlepp of the Brisbane Capitals is the recipient of the QBL Player of the Week award. Garlepp was enormous for the Capitals in Round 11, producing his highest score of the season against South West in Brisbanes first game of the Round with 47 points @ 61.3%, while also adding a season high 20 rebounds to lead Brisbane to a hard fought victory. Garlepps rare form continued the next day when he had 31 points hitting 14-25 from the field, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals in the Capitals 93-76 win over Toowoomba. Tom has been in tremendous form all season averaging the solid numbers of 26.7ppg (2nd in League), 10.2rpg (5th in League) and 2.6apg, while guiding a young Capitals side to a 10-5 record.

Garlepp showed immense potential throughout his high school years playing for Aquinas College in Salter Point, Western Australia. In his senior year at Aquinas Garlepp averaged 25 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocked shots per game, leading Aquinas to the State High School Championships and to a bronze medal at the National Championships. Following graduation from Aquinas, Garlepp was invited to play for the AIS team in the SEBAL, where he led the AIS in blocked shots with 39 and set an AIS record with 10 blocked shots in one game.

Garlepps talents did not go unnoticed by US college scouts, playing for the University of California Santa Barbra from 2005 to 2007. Tom had a tremendous start to his college career scoring 16 points and pulling-down 7 rebounds in the Gauchos' season-opening win over San Francisco. Not only did Garlepp have a great first game as a Gaucho, he had a good start to the season. Through his first four games he was averaging 7.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, becoming an instant crowd favourite.

Following his stint in college basketball Garlepp was signed by the Perth Wildcats, where he won the young player of the year Award in 2007/08. In 2010 Garlepp transferred to the Gold Coast Blaze producing his most productive NBL season thus far, playing 28 games averaging 5.2ppg and 3.4rpg.

With many teams finals aspirations hinged on their results in Round 11, there were a number of other huge performances around the league. Todd Blanchfield was immense for Townsville in their two games with 33 points and 11 rebounds in the Heats win over Rockhampton, backed up with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in Townsvilles loss to Mackay the following day. Stephen Weigh was prevalent for the Rockets averaging 24.5ppg and 8rpg as Rockhampton split their results in North Queensland. George Deba (183-G-85) starred for Mackay in their win over Townsville with 24 points which included eight 3 pointers. David Gurney ensured the Rollers got their revenge against the Force for their Round 9 loss with 27 points and 6 rebounds. Brendan Teys (25 points, 6 rebounds & 5 assists) and Zac Carter (20 points & 14 rebounds) did all they could for the Pirates in their loss to Brisbane. Willie Shakleford was unstoppable for the Bulls in their win over Caboolture with 33 points @ 71.4%, 13 rebounds, 5 blocks, 4 assists and 3 steals. Dwayne Vale (22 points & 12 rebounds) and Den Brebner (21 points) were sensational for the Marlins in their heart breaking loss to the Rockets, as was Zeke Meehl who had 34 points @ 68.4% as the Clippers went down to the Wizards. Toowoombas James Legan was another player to standout in a loss with 37 points against the Capitals. The Wizards Chris Goulding made a triumphant return from injury with 43 points and 10 rebounds as Northside handed Ipswich their second loss of the round and Brad Williamsons efforts could not be faulted in the loss though, finishing the match with 45 points and 14 rebounds.
Courtesy of: QBL


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  AUSTRIA   


U20: Lithuania better Austria - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U20 - Austria U20 91:68

Lithuania snapped their four-game losing streak at U20 European Championship. They overcame Austria in classification round today.
Austria looked better in the starting quarter. They led right from the start recording a 25:24 advantage ten minutes into the game. Lithuania pulled in front midway through the second quarter but Austria reacted with a 7:0 run to regain control. Austria posted a 44:40 lead at halftime. Staniulis scored six points in a row to trigger a 9:0 run from Lithuania as they surged ahead 61:55 with two minutes to go in the third quarter. The Baltic team entered the final quarter up by five points 64:59. Saulius Kulvietis (203-F-91) triggered a 13:0 surge from Lithuania at the start of the fourth quarter. The Baltic team cleared off and marched to the victory at the end. Saulius Kulvietis tallied 22 points and 13 rebounds for Lithuania. Paulius Dambrauskas (191-G-91) accounted for 19 points in the victory. Thomas Klepeisz (187-G-91) replied with 17 points for Austria. Anton Maresch (192-G-91) netted 13 points in the loss.

Lithuania U20: Saulius Kulvietis 22+13 boards, Paulius Dambrauskas 19, Arnas Butkevicius (199-F-92) 16
Austria U20: Thomas Klepeisz 17, Anton Maresch 13



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U20: Belarus edged Luxembourg for the initial victory - by Eurobasket News
Luxembourg U20-Belarus U20 86:99

Belarus tasted the initial victory at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The team won over Luxembourg 99:86 at the Classification Round for 17-22 places.
The teams exchanged the leads in the opening tip, while Vitali Liutych (198-G/F-92) brought 16:8 in the middle of the frame. Mikalai Salauyou (191-G-91) closed it with a shot from the perimeter for 30:19 advantage. Belarus started to play better and did not slow down in the second period. Moreover they nailed 33 points in the next 10 minutes to take 63:39 halftime deficit. Luxembourg won the third quarter 26-18 and reduced to 16 points before the final stanza. After 21-18 in it, the board showed 99:86 for Belarus.
Vitali Liutych stepped up with 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Viktar Ausepian (205-F-91) collected 21 points and 10 rebounds. Rene Wolzfeld (190-F-91) scored 20 points in defeat, while Alexandre Rodenbourg (202-C-91) collected 18 points and 13 boards.

Luxembourg U20: Rene Wolzfeld 20, Alexandre Rodenbourg 18+13 rebs, Max Schmit1 (182-PG-92) 14, Pit Biever (187-PG-91) 12
Belarus U20: Vitali Liutych 26+10 rebs, Viktar Ausepian 21+10 rebs, Mikalai Salauyou 15



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  BELGIUM   


Belgian Lions' preparation for European Championship well under way - by Bert Larsimont
The Belgian national team's preparation for the EuroBasket 2011 will officially start next Monday (July 25th) but the Lions have already trained together on July 6th, 13th and 20th. They will practice from July 25th to 28th and will then play three scrimmage games against African NTs in the Brussels area from July 29th to 31st:

- Belgium vs. Ivory Coast on July 29th, 15:00;
- Belgium vs. Central African Republic on July 30th, 18:00;
- Belgium vs. Senegal on July 31st, 18:00.




All three games will be played at the Sports Center in Neder-over-Hembeek (one suburb of Brussels).

On August 1st, the Lions will fly to Dallas, Texas for a camp and three games scheduled from August 1st to 9th. From there, they will also fly to Toronto, Canada where they will play three games (one against an NCAA selection and two against Canada) on August 12th, 13th and 14th.

The Belgian Lions will be back in Europe on August 16th. They will take part in a tournament with Germany, Turkey and Greece in Bamberg, Germany on August 19th, 20th and 21st.

Their last two preparation games before the 2011 European Championship will be against Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Sleuyter Arena in Oostende, Belgium on August 25th (time and date to be confirmed) and against France at the Stade Couvert in Lievin, France on August 27th at 20:30.





Twenty Lions to start the preparation campaign next week - by Bert Larsimont
Yesterday, Coach Eddy Casteels announced the list of 20 players who will start the preparation campaign for the next 2011 European Championship which will be held in Lithuania from August 31st to September 18th. Here are the 20 names:

Christophe Beghin, Lionel Bosco, Maxime De Zeeuw, Marcus Faison, Pierre-Antoine Gillet, Axel Hervelle, Ioann Iarochevitch, Dimitri Lauwers, Domien Loubry, Niels Marnegrave, Didier M'Benga, Roel Moors, Guy Muya, Jean Marc Mwema, Randy Oveneke, Quentin Serron, Jorn Steinbach, Jonathan Tabu, Tomas Van Den Spiegel and Sam Van Rossom.

Yannick Driesen, renouncing for personal reasons, and Jef Van der Jonckheyd, not having recovered sufficiently from injury, will not take part in this campaign.


Sacha Massot returns to Antibes - by Eurobasket News
Sacha Massot (204-C/F-83, agency: LBM Management) will stay with Antibes for the next season. The Belgian big guy joined the club last summer averaging 13.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists for 28 games in ProB. Eurobasket awarded Massot with All-French ProB Center of the Year -11. In May this year Masson moved to Charleroi and helped them to defend the championship title. For eight games he had 5 ppg and 4.1 rpg. Sacha Massot was a member of Charleroi from 2003 to 2007 and after that from 2008 to 2010. They were champions in 2004, 2009, 2010 and this year as well. In 2009/10 season Massot registered 4 ppg and 3.3 rpg for the club. He also has experience from Pepinster. Sacha Massot is a former member of the Belgian National Team. He played for them in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010.

U20: Belgium recorded another victory at the U20 European Championship in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News
Portugal U20-Belgium U20 59:74

Belgium recorded another victory at the U20 European Championship in Sarajevo. The team won over Portugal 74:59 to start the Qualifying Round successfully.
Belgium scored the first 6 points in the game as Maarten Rademakers (205-C/F-91) and Gillet made their shots from the perimeter. Schwartz later scored for 17:6, while Ferreirinho closed the first quarter at 19:8. Portugal evened the game in the second period and could win the frame 14-13. Cardoso sent the squads to the lockers for 32:22. In the third quarter Belgium added 26-16 and enjoyed 20-point advantage after thirty minutes. They rightfully stayed undefeated at the tournament and will face Czech Republic for the top place in the group.
Dennis Donkor (194-G/F-91) led the way with 18 points, while Maarten Rademakers and Terry Deroover (180-G-91) netted 13 each. Renato Azevedo (186-G/F-91) nailed 12 points in the losing effort and Cardoso scored 11.

Portugal U20: Renato Azevedo 12, Cardoso 11
Belgium U20: Dennis Donkor 18, Maarten Rademakers 13+12 rebs, Terry Deroover 13



Vanoli Cremona gets Jonathan Tabu on loan - by Eurobasket News
Jonathan Tabu (190-G-85) will play next season in Vanoli Cremona. They managed to agree a one-year loan with Bennet Cantu. The Belgian guard joined Cantu last summer from Charleroi. He played 37 games in SerieA collecting 6.2 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists. Cantu reached the SerieA and Cup Finals this year. In EuroCup, Tabu added 6.2 ppg and 1.2 apg for 6 games. From 2005 until the last summer, Jonathan Tabu played for Charleroi. He won three championship titles with them. In their last season together Tabu had 10.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 2.7 apg in Belgium. He improved to 12.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 2.5 apg in EuroCup that year. Jonathan Tabu played for the Belgian National Team in Qualifications to European Championships 2011. He had 10.4 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 2 apg for 8 games.

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  BELIZE   


Dangriga Basketball Associaciation Results!!! - by David Magana
Game Results
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Game 1 (U19)
Ghans Avenue 38
New Site 32
Top performers
Ghans
Wasan Moss - 11pts, 6rebs
New Site
Jahta Caliz - 8pts
Kyle Neal - 6pts

Game 2 (U19)
Backatown 59
Southside 44
Top performers
Backatown
Steve Flores - 25pts, 2rebs
Wasani Flores - 11pts, 13rebs

Southside
John King - 12pts, 4stls
Edward Bevans - 11pts, 5rebs

Game 2 (U26)
Hopkins 64
Belize Bank Benguche 58
Top performers
Hopkins
Iver Ventura - 16pts, 5rebs, 4stls
Hansel Casimiro - 11pts, 8rebs

Belize Bank Benguche
Winston Pratt (186-G-90) - 19pts, 14rebs
Daniel Nolberto - 15pts, 6rebs


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Bermuda's National Team for the CBC Championships named - by Kristian Santiago
Bermuda Senior Men's National Basketball Team

Adam Correia (90)
Aaron Jackson (85)
Dean Jones (198-F-83)
Jordan Knight
John Lee (82)
Jason Lowe (85)
John Lugo
Sullivan Phillips (198-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Wash.Adventist)
Tejour Riley (94)
Jason Simons
Steven Simons (82)
Head Coach : Roderick Spencer
Assist Coach: Gavin MacKenzie
Assist Coach: Ralph Scott



Yusef TeJour Riley joins McGill University - by Kristian Santiago
17 year-old Bermudian basketball-player Tejour Riley will be joining McGill University in Montreal,Quebec, after being awarded with a scholarship by the school.
The Metro Prep-graduate played previously for the U-18 National Team of Bermuda and appears to have a bright future ahead of him in basketball, having been named as the top prospect at the 2011 Hoop Mountain Showcase in Pennsylvania.


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U20: Czech Republic record another win in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic U20 - Bosnia and Herzegovina U20 74:57

Czech Republic recorded another win in Sarajevo at the U20 European Championship. The team won over Bosnia and Herzegovina 74:57 for 2-0 record in Group F opener.
Ondrej Balvin (215-C-92) and Miralem Halilovic (206-F-91) exchanged the baskets early in the game and then Sotnar made the same at 7:7. Vrabac closed the first period at 20:15, while Tomas Vyoral (188-PG-92) tied it all again at 24:24. Vrabac was the last to score at the half as his team enjoyed 29:25 halftime advantage. The third period however was a nightmare for the home side. Czech Republic erupted with 29-8 in the third period as Ondrej Balvin made it 54:37. After that the guests easily led to the win and improved to 2-0 record.
Tomas Vyoral poured in 23 points for the winners, while Ondrej Balvin added 18 points and 14 rebounds. Miralem Halilovic and Dino Begagic (193-G-92) answered with 12 points apiece in the losing effort.

Czech Republic U20: Tomas Vyoral 23, Ondrej Balvin 18+14 rebs, Ondrej Peterka (202-F-91) 13
Bosnia and Herzegovina U20: Miralem Halilovic 12, Dino Begagic 12



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  BRAZIL   


World Military Championship: Brazil register third straight victory - by Eurobasket News
Brazil - Qatar 64:53

Brazil posted the third consecutive victory at the World Military Championship. They prevailed against Qatar to improve at 3-1 record in Group B. Luiz Felipe Campos (191-G-80, college: BYU) accounted for 15 points to lead the effort.
The lead changed hands throughout the opening frame. The hosts eked out a 16:14 lead after ten minutes. Brazil cleared off in the second period. They arrived at halftime up by 12 points 39:27. Brazil maintained the lead throughout the third term. The hosts entered the fourth stanza up by 11 points. Qatar got within single digits but Brazil stayed calm and rolled to the victory at the end. Frederico Lima (180-PG-80) scored 12 points, while Luiz Felipe added 10 in the victory. Ali Turki (201-F-82) answered with 22 points for Qatar. Fadi Hani (184-G) netted 10 points in defeat.

Brazil: Luiz Felipe Campos 15, Frederico Lima 12, Luiz Felipe 10
Qatar: Ali Turki 22, Fadi Hani 10



Araraquara struggle but will have a team - by Paulo Freire
After announcing the closing of the team for financial problems, the directors of Araraquara worked hard and now are looking forward to build a competitive team for the Paulista State Championship starting next month in August. The managers of Araraquara, announce the new signings and the promotion for head coach Fabio Apolinario former assistant coach in the last few years.

Late afternoon of Wednesday, July 20, the Araraquara Basketball officially announced the hiring of new players, Ricardo de Azevedo (201-F-83), Zezinho Jose Anibal (183-G-88) and Edu de Oliveira (195-G/F-83, college: E.Oklahoma St. JC) and defines the resign for another season with the team Luisinho da Silva (181-G-78), Deivisson Costa (211-C-80), File Costa (204-F/C-81) and Felipe da Silva (186-G-90)



Brazilian changes team in Spain - by Paulo Freire
Valencia bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Vitor Faverani (211-C-88) (211-C-88). The deal is meant for two seasons with an option for an extra one. The Brazilian centre spent the previous season in Murcia. He tallied 14.9 points, 6.4 boards and 1.1 blocks per game in LEB Gold. Eurobasket.com named Vitor Faverani All-Spanish LEB Gold Centre of the Year. He was also trumped LEB Gold Import Player of the Year. Before joining Murcia Vitor Faverani had stints with Lupo/Araraquara and Unicaja Malaga.

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News from Balkan - by Eurobasket News
Balkan announced they will start preparations for the 2011/12 season on August 1. The team kept Head Coach Nikolai Peev for the next season. They ended the last one as No.3 in Bulgaria with 14-14 record. Balkan failed in the Quarterfinals against Tundja Yambol (0-2). Except of coach Peev, the team also managed to keep Dwayne Morton (200-F-71, college: Louisville), Stanimir Marinov (191-G-91) and Emil Binev (198-F-91). Morton joined the club last summer from Chernomorets. He had 8.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg and 1.6 apg for 27 games in NBL. Morton also added 10 ppg and 4.8 rpg in Balkan league. Jordan Bozov, Krum Doychinov and Kristyan Borisov will leave the club. It is still not known will Georgi Davidov stay with Balkan or not. It will be clear in the next few days.

U20: Georgia open Qualifying Round with the win - by Eurobasket News
Georgia U20-Bulgaria U20 88:75

Georgia U20 opened the Qualifying Round of Group E with the win over Bulgaria. Tornike Shengelia (207-G/F-91) erupted with 30 points and 21 rebounds for 88:75 win as Georgia took 2-0 record in Group E. Bulgaria fell at 0-2 to face Estonia tomorrow.
Georgia started with 7-0 run and Bokolishvili closed the period at 23:16. Tornike Shengelia brought 29:21 and he also sent the teams to the lockers at 47:39. Georgia also looked better in the third and the last quarters. They won the third 19-15 and finished with 22-21 in the last. Duda Sanadze (196-G/F-92) and Dafinov were the last players to score in the game for the final result.
Duda Sanadze nailed 19 points and Beqa Chikviladze (195-G-91) scored 13. Stanislav Tsonkov (192-G-91) finished the game with 18 points and Konstantin Koev (195-F-91) posted 11.

Georgia U20: Tornike Shengelia 30+21 rebs, Duda Sanadze 19, Beqa Chikviladze 13, Akaki Dvalishvili (206-C/F-90) 10
Bulgaria U20: Stanislav Tsonkov 18, Konstantin Koev 11



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  CANADA   


Yusef TeJour Riley joins McGill University - by Kristian Santiago
17 year-old Bermudian basketball-player Tejour Riley will be joining McGill University in Montreal,Quebec, after being awarded with a scholarship by the school.
The Metro Prep-graduate played previously for the U-18 National Team of Bermuda and appears to have a bright future ahead of him in basketball, having been named as the top prospect at the 2011 Hoop Mountain Showcase in Pennsylvania.


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  CAYMAN ISLANDS   


The Cayman Islands National Team for the CBC Championships in the Bahamas - by Kristian Santiago
Cayman Islands National Team Roster:


Jorge Ebanks (185-G-88, college: Daemen) of Buffalo Stampede (USA)
Jerome Graham-Record of Weber State (USA)
Chad Leslie (C) of Heat
Jerome Narcisse (193-G/F) of SW Oklahoma State (USA)
Dwight O'Garro (C) of Wolves
Sammy O'Garro (196-G) of Eckerd (USA)
Shaad Ogarro (200-F) of Campbellsville (USA)
Lloyd Samuels of King's College (USA)
Deandre Simpson (195-G) of SW Oklahoma State (USA)
Cory Thompson of Wolves
Rotando Thompson (C) of Dominos Warriors
Jasen Campbell of Dominos Warriors

Head Coach: Daniel Augustine




Jamaal Miller to Princeton Day Academy - by Kristian Santiago
Local U-18 player Jamaal Miller will be moving to Maryland in the United States to play high school hoops for the Princeton Day Academy. He was discovered by Washington-based coach Kevin Willis who runs an organization called 'Total Basketball' that works together with U.S. schools.

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Antigua & Barbuda names team for Bahamas - by Kristian Santiago
Antigua & Barbuda National Team for CBC Championships in the Bahamas:

Julius Hodge (201-G-83, college: N.Carolina St.)
Kenny Harris (185-G-71, college: VCU)
Lennox McCoy (188-G-77, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Cent.Oklahoma)
Wayne Walker
Patrick Samuel (191-G)
Jason Brazier (188-G-79)
Bryan Matthew (196-G/F-75, college: Iona)
Vivian Destin (188-G-86)
Marlon Charles (186-G-76)
Xavier Meade (201-C-87)
Stellan Braithwaite
Mario Davis (198-F/G-80, college: Missouri Western)

Coach: Adonis Henry
Assistant Coach: Craig Anthony



Bermuda's National Team for the CBC Championships named - by Kristian Santiago
Bermuda Senior Men's National Basketball Team

Adam Correia (90)
Aaron Jackson (85)
Dean Jones (198-F-83)
Jordan Knight
John Lee (82)
Jason Lowe (85)
John Lugo
Sullivan Phillips (198-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Wash.Adventist)
Tejour Riley (94)
Jason Simons
Steven Simons (82)
Head Coach : Roderick Spencer
Assist Coach: Gavin MacKenzie
Assist Coach: Ralph Scott



The Cayman Islands National Team for the CBC Championships in the Bahamas - by Kristian Santiago
Cayman Islands National Team Roster:


Jorge Ebanks (185-G-88, college: Daemen) of Buffalo Stampede (USA)
Jerome Graham-Record of Weber State (USA)
Chad Leslie (C) of Heat
Jerome Narcisse (193-G/F) of SW Oklahoma State (USA)
Dwight O'Garro (C) of Wolves
Sammy O'Garro (196-G) of Eckerd (USA)
Shaad Ogarro (200-F) of Campbellsville (USA)
Lloyd Samuels of King's College (USA)
Deandre Simpson (195-G) of SW Oklahoma State (USA)
Cory Thompson of Wolves
Rotando Thompson (C) of Dominos Warriors
Jasen Campbell of Dominos Warriors

Head Coach: Daniel Augustine




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  CHINA   


Historical Event in Shanghai - by Alex Yam
July 20th, 2011 will forever be remembered in not just Sports history but perhaps history all together. Yao Ming has formally ended all the rumors,speculation, and ended his professional basketball career, in a grand yet somber press conference in Shanghai. Yao's contribution to the game of basketball can not be measured, his impact forever felt in 2 worlds.

Yao's new life in basketball will mirror his former boss, who attended the event, Rockets GM Daryl Morey, who was given permission to attend by the NBA. Yao will be focusing on his CBA team, the Shanghai Sharks and turning them into a championship team, similar to what they were before he left for the NBA in almost 10 seasons ago. As sad at this is in Sports, it is equally happy, the suffering, the surgeries, the pain all eliminated, the tireless work ethic that finally caught up with the countries biggest (literally!) star.

A chapter has closed in Chinese history, but a new one is about to begin.


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  CROATIA   


U20: Serbia edge Croatia for third straight win - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U20 - Croatia U20 80:79

Serbia came from behind to silence Croatia at U20 European Championship. The victory propelled Serbia to 3-0 record in Group G.
It was a tough battle from start to finish. Croatia had their backs against the wall looking desperately for a win. They opened the game with six points in a row and led throughout the starting quarter. Boris Barac (206-F-92) made it 20:18 for Croatia at the first break. Mikulic stretched the margin to 6 points early in the second quarter. Croatia used a 7:0 run to take a 37:29 lead with under four minutes remaining in the first half. But Serbia reacted with an 8:2 rally of their own to surge ahead 40:39. The teams stayed close throughout the third quarter. The lead changed hands for several times before Serbia ensured a 60:58 lead with one quarter remaining. Boris Barac and Mikulic organized a 14:3 run as Croatia posted a 72:63 lead midway through the fourth frame. Jaramaz and Danilo Andjusic (197-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) helped Serbia to erase the deficit 75:75 with just over two minutes to go. The teams exchanges strikes before Nemanja Nedovic (192-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) converted a three-point play giving Serbia an 80:79 lead with four seconds to go. Dukan had a chance to win the game for Croatia but missed a desperate three-pointer. Nemanja Nedovic finished with 27 points and 7 assists for Serbia. Danilo Andjusic added 14 points in the victory. Boris Barac answered with 23 points for Croatia. Domagoj Bubalo (214-C-91) accounted for 18 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Serbia U20: Nemanja Nedovic 27, Danilo Andjusic 14, Milan Milovanovic (205-C/F-91) 10
Croatia U20: Boris Barac 23, Domagoj Bubalo 18



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  CYPRUS   


World Military Championship: USA thump Cyprus - by Eurobasket News
USA - Cyprus 93:54

USA claimed the fourth straight victory at the World Military Championship. They breezed past Cyprus to remain on top of Group A. Cyprus fell at 1-3 record after the loss. Jammar Major accounted for 15 points and 7 boards for the winners.
USA stunned Cyprus in the opening minutes. They grabbed a 12:3 lead and raced to a 25:15 advantage after ten minutes. USA maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 39:26 halftime advantage. The United States used a 16:5 run in the third period to build a 63:42 lead with one quarter remaining. USA never looked back in the fourth stanza and marched to the victory at the end. Cleveland Richard (6'3''-G) and Paul Nelson (6'10''-C-88, college: Yale) delivered 13 points apiece in the winning effort. Michael Simon (6'1''-G-92) and Nicolas Constantinou (6'1''-G/F-91) replied with 15 points each for Cyprus. Pantziaros netted 7 points in the loss.

USA: Jammar Major 15, Cleveland Richard 13, Paul Nelson 13
Cyprus: Michael Simon 15, Nicolas Constantinou 15



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


U20: Czech Republic record another win in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic U20 - Bosnia and Herzegovina U20 74:57

Czech Republic recorded another win in Sarajevo at the U20 European Championship. The team won over Bosnia and Herzegovina 74:57 for 2-0 record in Group F opener.
Ondrej Balvin (215-C-92) and Miralem Halilovic (206-F-91) exchanged the baskets early in the game and then Sotnar made the same at 7:7. Vrabac closed the first period at 20:15, while Tomas Vyoral (188-PG-92) tied it all again at 24:24. Vrabac was the last to score at the half as his team enjoyed 29:25 halftime advantage. The third period however was a nightmare for the home side. Czech Republic erupted with 29-8 in the third period as Ondrej Balvin made it 54:37. After that the guests easily led to the win and improved to 2-0 record.
Tomas Vyoral poured in 23 points for the winners, while Ondrej Balvin added 18 points and 14 rebounds. Miralem Halilovic and Dino Begagic (193-G-92) answered with 12 points apiece in the losing effort.

Czech Republic U20: Tomas Vyoral 23, Ondrej Balvin 18+14 rebs, Ondrej Peterka (202-F-91) 13
Bosnia and Herzegovina U20: Miralem Halilovic 12, Dino Begagic 12



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  DENMARK   


U20: Estonia handed Denmark their first loss - by Eurobasket News
Estonia U20-Denmark U20 62:58

Estonia handed Denmark their first loss at the U20 European Championship. The Baltic side tied both records at 1-1 records after 62:58 win.
Denmark started the game with 17-15 as Hertz closed the first period. Thomas Laerke (194-G/F-91) increased to 28:22, while Janar Soo (195-G/F-91) closed the half at 28:26. He also tied the game at the start of the third period and Parn scored for 39:36. Jonas Bergstedt (210-C-91) meanwhile scored six points for his side in the period to enjoy 42:41 lead after 30 minutes. Rain Veideman (192-G-91) nailed three for 48:44 and Janar Soo brought 62:53. Although Denmark finished the game with 5-0 run, they could only reduce to 5 points.
Rain Veideman stepped up with 20 points, while Janar Soo and Sven Kaldre (195-G/F-91) nailed 9 each. Jonas Bergstedt responded with 24 points and 12 rebounds in the losing effort, while Thomas Laerke had 23 points and 11 rebounds.

Estonia U20: Rain Veideman 20, Janar Soo 9, Sven Kaldre 9
Denmark U20: Jonas Bergstedt 24+12 rebs, Thomas Laerke 23+11 rebs



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  ESTONIA   


U20: Estonia handed Denmark their first loss - by Eurobasket News
Estonia U20-Denmark U20 62:58

Estonia handed Denmark their first loss at the U20 European Championship. The Baltic side tied both records at 1-1 records after 62:58 win.
Denmark started the game with 17-15 as Hertz closed the first period. Thomas Laerke (194-G/F-91) increased to 28:22, while Janar Soo (195-G/F-91) closed the half at 28:26. He also tied the game at the start of the third period and Parn scored for 39:36. Jonas Bergstedt (210-C-91) meanwhile scored six points for his side in the period to enjoy 42:41 lead after 30 minutes. Rain Veideman (192-G-91) nailed three for 48:44 and Janar Soo brought 62:53. Although Denmark finished the game with 5-0 run, they could only reduce to 5 points.
Rain Veideman stepped up with 20 points, while Janar Soo and Sven Kaldre (195-G/F-91) nailed 9 each. Jonas Bergstedt responded with 24 points and 12 rebounds in the losing effort, while Thomas Laerke had 23 points and 11 rebounds.

Estonia U20: Rain Veideman 20, Janar Soo 9, Sven Kaldre 9
Denmark U20: Jonas Bergstedt 24+12 rebs, Thomas Laerke 23+11 rebs



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  EUROCUP   


Azovmash land Ricky Minard - by Eurobasket News
Azovmash have brought in another import player. They agreed on terms of contract with Ricky Minard (194-G/F-82, college: Morehead St.). The 28-year-old forward spent the last season in Russia. Ricky Minard posted 7.8 points, 2.3 boards and 1.8 assists per game for Unics in EuroCup. In VTB League Ricky Minard averaged 8.0 points, 3.4 boards and 2.0 assists per appearance. The forward also registered 7.0 points, 1.7 boards and 1.0 assist in PBL. Ricky Minard had stints with Khimky, Lottomatica, Montegranaro, Reggio Emilia, Biella and Columbus Riverdragons before joining Unics.


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Union Olimpija lands Deon Thompson - by Eurobasket News
Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) is a new member of Union Olimpija. The American power forward penned a two-year deal with the Ljubljana team. He heads to Union Olimpija from Ikaros, where he spent last season. Thompson appeared 25 times in Greek championship averaging 14.1 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. He was named Eurobasket.com Greek A1 League All-Newcomers Team -11. Thompson also participated at the Greek League All-Star Game. Deon Thompson is a University of North Carolina product, where he graduated last year. He had 13.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg and 1.1 spg for 37 games as a senior. He helped North Carolina reach NIT Finals in 2010. A year before that Thompson had 10.6 ppg and 5.7 rpg for 28 games. He won the Gold at the FIBA U19 World Championship 2007. For 9 games with U19 USA he had 10 ppg and 6.1 rpg.

Banvit returns Erkan Veyseloglu, signs Serkan Erdogan - by Eurobasket News
Banvit announced signing of Erkan Veyseloglu (200-F-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) for the next season. The Turkish forward returns to the club from Erdemir, where he spent last two years. Veyseloglu already played for Banvit and it was in 2008/09 season. He had 8.3 ppg and 3.7 rpg for 30 TBL games that year. In EuroChallenge, Veyseloglu added 4.5 ppg and 2.8 rpg for Banvit. Last season with Erdemir Erkan Veyseloglu had 12.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 1.4 apg in Turkey. In the past, he also played for Besiktas, Tuborg, Efes Pilsen and Fenerbahce.
Two days ago Banvit inked a deal with Serkan Erdogan (190-G-78, agency: 1x1 Sports). The experienced guard arrives from Besiktas ColaTurka, where he finished last season. He joined Besiktas in January registering 14 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 4 apg in 14 TBL games. Erdogan started last season with Spanish Alicante. He had 11.3 ppg and 1.3 apg in 14 games, after what they parted ways. Erdogan played for Alicante also in 2009/10. Actually, he joined them in March and averaged 10.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg and 2.2 apg for 6 games. From 2008 to 2010, Serkan Erdogan played for Turk Telekom. Before that he spent one season with Efes Pilsen and two with Tau Ceramica. Erdogan also has experience from Ulker, Tofas and Tuborg. He played for the Turkish National Team from 1999 to 2011 and later from 2004 to 2006.


Emporio Armani Milano adds Jacopo Giachetti - by Eurobasket News
Emporio Armani Milano signed another player for the 2011/12 season. Their latest addition is combo guard Jacopo Giachetti (191-G-83). He spent last seven years with Lottomatica Roma. Last season Giachetti had 7.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg and 1.2 apg for six games in SerieA. He missed most of the season due to knee injury. In Euroleague, Giachetti added 5.7 ppg and 1.7 apg for ten games. Before Roma, he spent few years with Livorno. Jacopo Giachetti played for the Italian National Team in 2004, 2005 and also from 2008 to 2010. He had 2.7 ppg for three games in Qualifications to European Championships 2009. Also in Qualifications to European Championships 2011 he added 6 ppg, 1.8 rpg and 1 apg for five games. Giachetti played for U20, U18 and U16 Italy in the past.

Derrick Sharp retires and is named Maccabi Asst, Coach - by David Pick

Maccabi Tel Aviv officially appointed veteran guard Derrick Sharp to the Asst. Coach position alongside Guy Goodes.
Sharp, who was a symbol of perfection, motivation, inspiration and a true warrior for the yellow-and-blue fans, will still enjoy the presence of his teammates on the bench, only now, wearing a suit. During his fifteen seasons with Maccabi, Sharp won a whopping total of 27 titles combined from three European trophy's, thirteen Israeli championships and eleven state-cups.

in the 2010/11 season, Sharp played 20 games and averaged 1.7ppg. In the Euroleague, the 39-year-old guard played 10 games and recorded 0.9ppg.

Sharp first came to Israel in 1993 where he joined Maccabi Hadera from Leumit Bet (The second league at the time). From 1994 to 1996 he played for Hapoel Migdal-HaEmek, also a Leumit Bet team, and then made the jump to the big stage. Sharp is a naturalized Israeli citizen, and has played for the Israeli national team between the years 20002003, including appearances at Eurobasket 2001 and 2003.


During January 2000 and October 2008, Sharp did not miss a single Euroleague game adding up to 195. The long time Israeli sensation has eight Euroleague Final Four appearances, six finals games under his belt and as mentioned above, 27 titles.



Wearing the Maccabi uniform, Sharp played with 104 players in 696 games (406 in the Israeli league and 290 in Europe), scored 4,417 points (1,749 European points which rank him seventh on Maccabi's all time Euroleague scoring list). He drained 976 threes, and if we're dealing with numbers, lets add on the Adriatic league appearances in 2003 where Sharp nailed 24 from beyond the arc, combining to 1,000 three pointers throughout his career.





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Timofey Mozgov is ready to play in Russia - by Eurobasket News
Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: RIZO) has reportedly agreed on terms of contract with his former team Khimky. The deal is meant for the duration of NBA lockout. The Russian centre has a contract with the Denver Nuggets but is ready to play in Europe during the lockout. Timofey Mozgov spent four seasons with Khimky in 2007/2010. Last season the centre moved the NBA. He joined the New York Knicks averaging 4.0 points and 3.1 boards per game in his debut season. In February Timofey Mozgov was traded to the Denver Nuggets. His stats read 2.8 points and 1.7 rebounds per appearance there. Timofey Mozgov participated at 2010 World Championship. The player posted 13.0 points, 4.4 boards and 1.0 block per game in Turkey.


Cholet tab Robert Dozier - by Eurobasket News
Cholet have agreed on terms of contract with Robert Dozier (206-F-85, college: Memphis). The 25-year-old forward spent the last season in Greece. He tallied 10.8 points, 5.0 boards, 1.4 steals and 1.0 assist per game in EuroCup. In A1 League Robert Dozier posted 10.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists per appearance. The forward earned Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Honourable Mention.


Kostas Tsartsaris continues to Panathinaikos - by Giorgos Diploidis
Kostas Tsartsaris (210-F-79) will continue to be a member of the team of Panathinaikos Athens. After the departure of Antonis Fotsis and Drew Nicholas the player wasn't sure that he will sign a new contract with his team. Finally he will stay to European Champions for one more year with a low decrease in his wages.

Tsartsaris is a member of Panathinaikos Athens the last nine years and the last period had 6.1ppg and 3.7 rpg in the Greek league.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   


Div.C standings
Standings
1. San Marino.2-0
2. Wales1-0
3. Moldova1-1
4. Andorra0-1
5. Gibraltar0-2


Results and Stats from Day 2 in Serravalle - by Eurobasket News
San Marino recorded the second straight win as they won over Andorra 75:65. The latter opened their U18 European Championship in Division C tonight. San Marino won the opening frame 17:15 and had 32:30 at the halftime. Gualtieri closed the third frame at 49:40 and the hosts managed to keep the score for good. Julian Gualtieri (188-G-95) erupted with 43 points for the winners and Giannoni netted 10. Eduard Vives Mino replied with 19 points and 14 rebounds in defeat, while Peral collected 14 points and 13 boards.
Moldova U18 meanwhile improved to 1-1 record beating Gibraltar 73:31. Moldova started with 20-4 and added 18-12 in the second period. Another two victories in the second half allowed them to lead to the first victory at the U18 European Championship 2011. Vladislav Solopa (F-95) paced all the winners with 15 points and Daniel Marcenco (197-C-93) collected 11 points and 10 boards. Sawyer ended up with 11 points in the losing effort.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20   


Qualifying Round is over. Quarterfinals are set in Bilbao - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Montenegro - Latvia 61-56
Montenegro outscored Latvia in Qualifying Round Group E at U20 European Championship. They prevailed against Latvia to clinch the third position in the pool. Latvia finished in the fourth spot in the ladder. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored with 18 points and 7 boards for the Balkan team. Montenegro led for the bigger part of the starting period but Pinete and Osins gave Latvia a 10:9 lead at the first intermission. Latvia maintained the lead before Montenegro used an 8:0 run to put their noses back in front 24:18. Montenengro then rallied to a 34:32 halftime advantage. Bojan Dubljevic scored 7 points in a 9:0 run from Montenegro at the start of the third frame. They limited Latvia to just 6 points in the quarter to build a 46:38 lead with one quarter remaining. Latvia struggled to get within striking distance in the fourth frame as Montenegro cruised to the victory. Marco Todorovic (199-F-92) produced 12 points and 11 boards, while Halil Kanacevic (203-F-91) added 8 points in the victory. Arturs Bricis (193-PG-92) and Mareks Mejeris (207-F-91, agency: Players Group) responded with 13 points apiece for Latvia.

Sweden - Slovenia 69-68
Sweden registered the first win at the Qualifying Round of U20 European Championship. They held off Slovenia behind 16 points from Alexander Lindqvist (202-F-91). Sweden clinched the fifth place in Group E. Slovenia finished in the sixth position in the ladder. Slovenia and Sweden exchanged baskets throughout the opening frame. Christopher Czerapowicz (200-SF-91) and Engstrom fired five points in a row as Sweden posted a 22:16 lead at the first break. Sweden maintained the lead throughout the second period. They established a 39:36 lead at halftime. Nikolic triggered an 11:2 run that gave Slovenia a 51:50 lead at the final break. The teams stayed close throughout the fourth frame. They entered the final two minutes of relegation tied at 63. Viktor Gaddefors (200-F-92) and Andreas Person (190-G-91) made it 67:63 but Span hit from downtown and Besedic followed with two free throws as Slovenia pulled in front 68:67 with 27 seconds remaining. Andreas Person responded with a layup as Sweden escaped with a narrow victory at the end. Viktor Gaddefors posted 11 points, while Andreas Person and Christopher Czerapowicz netted 10 points each in the win. Marko Pajic (204-F-92) replied with 21 points for Slovenia. Mitja Smrdelj (201-F-91) had 17 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.

France - Russia 70-57
France finished the U20 European Championship Qualifying Round on a high note. They beat Russia to extend their unbeaten run. Evan Fournier (200-G/F-92) stepped up with 24 points and 6 boards to lead Les Bleus. France clinched the top spot in Group E. Russia finished in the second position at 4-1 record. France gave Russia little chance right from the start. Les Bleus posted a 14:3 lead midway through the starting quarter. France arrived at the first break up by 9 points 21:12. Evan Fournier boosted the margin to 17 points in the second frame. France arrived at halftime leading 38:21. Evan Fournier made it a 20-point game in the third quarter. Russia used an 8:0 run to cut the deficit but Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) made it 58:40 for France heading into the fourth frame. France never slowed down in the final quarter rolling to a comfortable win at the end. Leo Westermann netted 9 points, while Joffrey Lauvergne (210-F-91) added 8 points for the winning side. Ruslan Tumanov (190-G-91) responded with 14 points for Russia. Pavel Antipov (203-F-91) had 9 points in the loss.

Group F
Germany - Turkey 49-71
Turkish U20 National Team celebrated the second consecutive win at the European Championship in Spain. They held off Germany today to improve at 2-3 record in Group F. Germany on the other hand fell at 2-3 record after the loss. Furkan Aldemir (207-F-91) tallied 17 points and 25 rebounds to pace Turkey. Turkey stormed into the game. They posted a 16:6 lead midway through the starting quarter. Turkey eased to a 28:11 lead after ten minutes of action. Can Mutaf (193-G-91) stretched the margin to 18-point mark midway through the second quarter. Germany managed to narrow the deficit at 16-point mark at the interval 29:45. Turkey opened the second half on a 14:0 run to leave Germany far behind. The Turkish team entered the fourth frame up by as many as 28 points 61:33. Germany never recovered in the reminder of the contest and Turkey rallied to the victory. Can Mutaf provided 16 points, while Huseyin Koksal (195-F-91) added 15 points and 12 rebounds in the winning effort. Daniel Theis (207-C-92) answered with 12 points for Germany as they suffered the second loss in a row. Niels Giffey (200-G/F-91) finished with 11 points.

Greece - Ukraine 73-79
Ukraine finished U20 European Championship Qualifying Round with victory. They held off Greece for 1-4 record in Group F. Ukraine thus claimed the fifth position in the ladder. Greece slipped at the sixth position. Ukraine will now take on Slovenia, while Greece will face Sweden in the classification round for 9th-12th place. Vyacheslav Bobrov (202-F-92) unloaded 10 points in the starting quarter as Ukraine ensured a 21:13 lead after ten minutes. Ukraine kept Greece at bay throughout the second frame. Ukraine arrived at halftime up by 7 points 36:29. Volodymyr Bryukhovetskyy team tipped off the second half with ten unanswered points to boost the lead. Ukraine piled up a 61:42 advantage with ten minutes remaining. The Hellenes went on an 11:2 run to cut the distance to 12 points midway through the fourth quarter. Manolis Koukoulas (211-C-91) triggered a 9:0 surge later on as Greece got within six points. Antonakis drained a triple as the Hellenes narrowed the deficit to just two points 70:74 with 41 seconds to go. But Mishula nailed four free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Ukraine. Vyacheslav Bobrov finished with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Ukraine. Andriy Lebedintsev (187-PG-91) added 12 points for the winners. Dimitrios Katsivelis (194-G-91) and Manolis Koukoulas answered with 22 points each for Greece. Sokratis Psaropoulos (191-PG-92, agency: FCM) had 12 points in defeat.

Italy - Spain 85-90
Spain celebrated the sixth straight win at the U20 European Championship. They narrowly defeated Italy in exciting clash in Bilbao to clinch the top spot in Group F. Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) stepped up with 27 points, 12 boards and 4 assists to lead the hosts. Spain will now take on Latvia, while Italy will face Montenegro in the quarterfinals. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the opening quarter. But eventually Spain eked out a 24:21 lead. Nikola Mirotic scored four points in a row at start of the second period to set the tone. Spain outgunned Italy 26:16 in the quarter to establish a 50:37 halftime lead. The margin grew at 17-point mark before the Azzurri went on a 9:2 run to cut the deficit at 9 points with one quarter remaining 60:69. Italy fought hard as they got within a single point with 53 seconds remaining. Franch and Joan Sastre Morro (201-F-91) hit one free throw each and Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) answered with his own two as Italy stayed close. But then Alessandro Gentile missed both of his free throw attempts and Nikola Mirotic punished Italy from the stripe to seal the winning outcome for Spain. Joan Sastre Morro provided 14 points, while Joan Tomas (201-F-92) added 13 points in the victory. Alessandro Gentile responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds for Italy. Michele Vitali (195-G-91) and Riccardo Cervi (215-C-91) had 13 points each in defeat.

Group G
Austria - Lithuania 68-91
Lithuania snapped their four-game losing streak at U20 European Championship. They overcame Austria in classification round today. Austria looked better in the starting quarter. They led right from the start recording a 25:24 advantage ten minutes into the game. Lithuania pulled in front midway through the second quarter but Austria reacted with a 7:0 run to regain control. Austria posted a 44:40 lead at halftime. Staniulis scored six points in a row to trigger a 9:0 run from Lithuania as they surged ahead 61:55 with two minutes to go in the third quarter. The Baltic team entered the final quarter up by five points 64:59. Saulius Kulvietis (203-F-91) triggered a 13:0 surge from Lithuania at the start of the fourth quarter. The Baltic team cleared off and marched to the victory at the end. Saulius Kulvietis tallied 22 points and 13 rebounds for Lithuania. Paulius Dambrauskas (191-G-91) accounted for 19 points in the victory. Thomas Klepeisz (187-G-91) replied with 17 points for Austria. Anton Maresch (192-G-91) netted 13 points in the loss.

Serbia - Croatia 80-79
Serbia came from behind to silence Croatia at U20 European Championship. The victory propelled Serbia to 3-0 record in Group G. It was a tough battle from start to finish. Croatia had their backs against the wall looking desperately for a win. They opened the game with six points in a row and led throughout the starting quarter. Boris Barac (206-F-92) made it 20:18 for Croatia at the first break. Mikulic stretched the margin to 6 points early in the second quarter. Croatia used a 7:0 run to take a 37:29 lead with under four minutes remaining in the first half. But Serbia reacted with an 8:2 rally of their own to surge ahead 40:39. The teams stayed close throughout the third quarter. The lead changed hands for several times before Serbia ensured a 60:58 lead with one quarter remaining. Boris Barac and Mikulic organized a 14:3 run as Croatia posted a 72:63 lead midway through the fourth frame. Jaramaz and Danilo Andjusic (197-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) helped Serbia to erase the deficit 75:75 with just over two minutes to go. The teams exchanges strikes before Nemanja Nedovic (192-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) converted a three-point play giving Serbia an 80:79 lead with four seconds to go. Dukan had a chance to win the game for Croatia but missed a desperate three-pointer. Nemanja Nedovic finished with 27 points and 7 assists for Serbia. Danilo Andjusic added 14 points in the victory. Boris Barac answered with 23 points for Croatia. Domagoj Bubalo (214-C-91) accounted for 18 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Nikola MIROTIC
  MNT
  (209-F/C-91)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Mirotic, ESP27.5 
 2. Dubljevic, MNT23.5 
 3. Nedovic, SRB19.6 
 4. Fournier, FRA17.2 
 5. Gentile, ITA17.0 
 6. Aldemir, TUR16.3 
 7. Katsivelis, GRE15.4 
 8. Kulvietis, LTU15.0 
 9. Omic, SLO14.7 
 10. Pajic, SLO14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Furkan ALDEMIR
  (207-F-91)
  Avg: 15.2
 1. Aldemir, TUR15.2 
 2. Theis, GER10.0 
 3. Mirotic, ESP9.7 
 4. Dubljevic, MNT8.7 
 5. Todorovic, MNT8.2 
 6. Kulvietis, LTU7.8 
 7. Czerapowicz, SWE7.7 
 8. Muric, SLO7.6 
 9. Meiers, LAT7.5 
 10. Bobrov, UKR7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Josep FRANCH
  (194-PG-91)
  Avg: 5
 1. Franch, ESP5.0 
 2. Redikas, LTU4.5 
 3. Lebedintsev, UKR4.3 
 4. Dukanovic, MNT4.0 
 5. Nedovic, SRB4.0 
 6. Span, SLO3.8 
 7. Klepeisz, AUT3.8 
 8. Peciukeviciu., LTU3.7 
 9. Prepelic, SLO3.3 
 10. Koksal, TUR3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Evan FOURNIER
  (200-G/F-92)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Fournier, FRA2.3 
 2. Nedovic, SRB2.0 
 3. Person, SWE1.8 
 4. Andjusic, SRB1.7 
 5. Strebkov, RUS1.6 
 6. Polonara, ITA1.5 
 7. De Nicolao, ITA1.5 
 8. Ivanovic, MNT1.5 
 9. Dubljevic, MNT1.5 
 10. Moraschini, ITA1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Martins MEIERS
  (206-C-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Meiers, LAT2.5 
 2. Pustovyi, UKR2.3 
 3. Gobert, FRA2.0 
 4. Aldemir, TUR2.0 
 5. Georgakis, GRE1.7 
 6. Chrysikopoul., GRE1.6 
 7. Theis, GER1.5 
 8. Polonara, ITA1.5 
 9. Todorovic, MNT1.5 
 10. Lorenzo, ESP1.4 


Standings
Standings
Group E
1. France5-0
2. Russia4-1
3. Montenegro3-2
4. Latvia2-3
5. Sweden1-4
6. Slovenia0-5
Group F
1. Spain5-0
2. Italy4-1
3. Turkey2-3
4. Germany2-3
5. Ukraine1-4
6. Greece1-4
Group Places 13-16
1. Serbia3-0
2. Croatia1-2
3. Austria1-2
4. Lithuania1-2


M-Standings - Division B
Standings Div.B
Group E
1. Georgia2-0
2. Denmark1-1
3. Estonia1-1
4. Bulgaria0-2
Group F
1. Belgium2-0
2. Czech Rep.2-0
3. Portugal0-2
4. Bosnia0-2
Group G 9-16 places
1. Slovakia2-0
2. Poland1-1
3. Romania1-1
4. Holland0-2
Group H 9-16 places
1. Finland2-0
2. U.Kingdom1-1
3. Israel1-1
4. Iceland0-2
Group I 17-22 places
1. Hungary1-0
2. FYR Macedo.1-0
3. Switzerlan.0-2
Group J 17-22 places
1. Belarus1-0
2. Norway1-0
3. Luxembourg.0-2


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U20: Finland overcame Iceland in Group H of the Classification Round for 9-16 places - by Eurobasket News
Finland U20-Iceland U20 87:76

Finland overcame Iceland in Group H of the Classification Round for 9-16 places in Division B. Finland improved to 2-0 record defeating the opponents 87:76.
Both teams exchanged the leads several times in the opening quarter as Villematti Kopio (182-PG-92) needed three for 23:19 at the end of the frame. Another 24-19 in the second period allowed the Finnish side to take 9-points halftime advantage. Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91) was the last to score for his side at the end of the half for 47:38. The board showed the same difference mostly in the third period, but Aegir Steinarsson (182-G-91) closed the period at 64:56. Haukur Palsson (198-F-92) and Aegir Steinarsson keep the chances alive with 68:60, however Finland pushed the tempo for good. Villematti Kopio increased to 18-point deficit, while Antto Nikkarinen made the final score in the game.
Villematti Kopio top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Carl Lindbom (204-F-91) collected 16 points and 13 rebounds. Antto Nikkarinen netted 15 and Markus Molenius (203-F-92) delivered 10 for Finland. Haukur Palsson ended up with 22 points in defeat, while Aegir Steinarsson added 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Finland U20: Villematti Kopio 20, Carl Lindbom 16+13 rebs, Antto Nikkarinen 15, Markus Molenius 10
Iceland U20: Haukur Palsson 22+10 rebs, Aegir Steinarsson 21+11 rebs




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U20: Another big game for Evan Fournier as France drive past Russia - by Eurobasket News
France U20 - Russia U20 70:57

France finished the U20 European Championship Qualifying Round on a high note. They beat Russia to extend their unbeaten run. Evan Fournier (200-G/F-92) stepped up with 24 points and 6 boards to lead Les Bleus. France clinched the top spot in Group E. Russia finished in the second position at 4-1 record.
France gave Russia little chance right from the start. Les Bleus posted a 14:3 lead midway through the starting quarter. France arrived at the first break up by 9 points 21:12. Evan Fournier boosted the margin to 17 points in the second frame. France arrived at halftime leading 38:21. Evan Fournier made it a 20-point game in the third quarter. Russia used an 8:0 run to cut the deficit but Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) made it 58:40 for France heading into the fourth frame. France never slowed down in the final quarter rolling to a comfortable win at the end. Leo Westermann netted 9 points, while Joffrey Lauvergne (210-F-91) added 8 points for the winning side. Ruslan Tumanov (190-G-91) responded with 14 points for Russia. Pavel Antipov (203-F-91) had 9 points in the loss.

France U20: Evan Fournier 24, Leo Westermann 9, Joffrey Lauvergne 8
Russia U20: Ruslan Tumanov 14, Pavel Antipov 9



Cholet tab Robert Dozier - by Eurobasket News
Cholet have agreed on terms of contract with Robert Dozier (206-F-85, college: Memphis). The 25-year-old forward spent the last season in Greece. He tallied 10.8 points, 5.0 boards, 1.4 steals and 1.0 assist per game in EuroCup. In A1 League Robert Dozier posted 10.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists per appearance. The forward earned Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Honourable Mention.


Boulazac Basket Dordogne sign Mehdi Cheriet and Darryl Monroe - by Eurobasket Center
Boulazac Basket Dordogne (ProB) signed two new players for upcoming season.
The first one is 24-year old former international forward Mehdi Cheriet (205-F-87, college: San Diego St.). Cheriet played most recently at Arizona Western CC (JUCO) in the U.S. It will be his first year in professional basketball.


The second newcomer is 25-year old American forward Darryl Monroe (202-F-86, college: George Mason, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management). Monroe spent last season at SO Maritime Boulogne (ProB). While playing 36 games for Boulogne last season his stats were: 12.8ppg, 7.8rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg.




Jeremy Nzeulie signs with Bordeaux - by Eurobasket News
Jeremy Nzeulie (187-G-91) signs with Bordeaux for the 2011/2012 season. The French 1991 year-born Guard comes from JSF Nanterre.
Jeremy Nzeulie started his career in 2008-2009 for JSF Nanterre (ProB). In 2009-2010 for JSF Nanterre (ProB) he averged 0.9ppg. The last season for JSF Nanterre (ProB) after 28 games his stats read 1.6ppg.
For his Awards/Achievements he reached French ProB Semifinals -10 and became French ProB Champion -11. He became also French ProB Regular Season Champion -11.
Jeremy Nzeulie recorded 9 points at the Regular Season Round 34. Maurienne upset Nanterre 94-87, trailing by 8 points after three quarters before their 30-15 charge. Aix-Maurienne made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Jeremy Nzeulie collected 9 points and 5 rebounds in the losing effort.



Sacha Massot returns to Antibes - by Eurobasket News
Sacha Massot (204-C/F-83, agency: LBM Management) will stay with Antibes for the next season. The Belgian big guy joined the club last summer averaging 13.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists for 28 games in ProB. Eurobasket awarded Massot with All-French ProB Center of the Year -11. In May this year Masson moved to Charleroi and helped them to defend the championship title. For eight games he had 5 ppg and 4.1 rpg. Sacha Massot was a member of Charleroi from 2003 to 2007 and after that from 2008 to 2010. They were champions in 2004, 2009, 2010 and this year as well. In 2009/10 season Massot registered 4 ppg and 3.3 rpg for the club. He also has experience from Pepinster. Sacha Massot is a former member of the Belgian National Team. He played for them in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010.

Bryant Smith close to stay with Chalon - by Eurobasket News
According to Catch-and-shoot, Bryant Smith (196-G/F-77, agency: SportsTalent, college: Auburn) is close to stay with Chalon. The American SG/SF joined them last summer from Keravnos Strovolou. For 33 games in ProA Smith had 4.7 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 1.3 apg. He helped Chalon win the French Cup and also to reach the Finals of Semaine des As. In 2009/10, Smith shined with 17.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 1.3 apg for six EuroChallenge games with Keravnos. They reached Semifinals on Cyprus and Smith was named Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Honorable Mention -10. Before Keravnos, Smith played for Cocodrilos de Caracas, Apollon, Reggio Emilia and Benetton. He also has experience from Lukoil Akademik Sophia winning two championship titles in Bulgaria. They also celebrated twice in Bulgarian Cup. In 2007, Smith won the Italian Cup with Benetton Treviso. He played for Keravnos also in 2007/08 season and was named Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Import Player of the Year.

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U20: Georgia open Qualifying Round with the win - by Eurobasket News
Georgia U20-Bulgaria U20 88:75

Georgia U20 opened the Qualifying Round of Group E with the win over Bulgaria. Tornike Shengelia (207-G/F-91) erupted with 30 points and 21 rebounds for 88:75 win as Georgia took 2-0 record in Group E. Bulgaria fell at 0-2 to face Estonia tomorrow.
Georgia started with 7-0 run and Bokolishvili closed the period at 23:16. Tornike Shengelia brought 29:21 and he also sent the teams to the lockers at 47:39. Georgia also looked better in the third and the last quarters. They won the third 19-15 and finished with 22-21 in the last. Duda Sanadze (196-G/F-92) and Dafinov were the last players to score in the game for the final result.
Duda Sanadze nailed 19 points and Beqa Chikviladze (195-G-91) scored 13. Stanislav Tsonkov (192-G-91) finished the game with 18 points and Konstantin Koev (195-F-91) posted 11.

Georgia U20: Tornike Shengelia 30+21 rebs, Duda Sanadze 19, Beqa Chikviladze 13, Akaki Dvalishvili (206-C/F-90) 10
Bulgaria U20: Stanislav Tsonkov 18, Konstantin Koev 11



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Omar Johnson joins the BSW Sixers - by Moritz Korff
The BSW Sixers seem to have found their starting point guard for their first ever Pro B season. Omar Johnson (170-G) has put pen to paper on a deal with the Sixers, the club announced on its website. Johnson hails from Philadelphia, Pa. and started his NCAA career at D1 school Chattanooga in 2005. Two years later he moved on to enroll at the University of Texas - San Antonio, another D1 program. As a senior in the 2010-11 season Johnson appeared in 30 games for the Roadrunners, averaging 11.3 points, 3.4 assists and 2.2 boards per contest.

Kristof Schwarz from Crailsheim to Iserlohn - by Moritz Korff
After two years at Phoenix Hagen and a single season with the Crailsheim Merlins Kristof Schwarz (186-G-87, agency: Court Side) will take a step back and join 1. Regionalliga side Iserlohn Kangaroos for the 2011-12 season. The 24-year-old guard scored six points per contest for the Merlins in this past campaign. In 2008 Schwarz had received Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga Second Team honors, when playing for SC Rist Wedel in the North division and will go to the start with the Kangaroos in the West division in the upcoming months. The Iserlohn squad is coached by his former Hagen teammate Matthias Grothe.

U20: Turkey outlast Germany in Bilbao - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U20 - Germany U20 71:49

Turkish U20 National Team celebrated the second consecutive win at the European Championship in Spain. They held off Germany today to improve at 2-3 record in Group F. Germany on the other hand fell at 2-3 record after the loss. Furkan Aldemir (207-F-91) tallied 17 points and 25 rebounds to pace Turkey.
Turkey stormed into the game. They posted a 16:6 lead midway through the starting quarter. Turkey eased to a 28:11 lead after ten minutes of action. Can Mutaf (193-G-91) stretched the margin to 18-point mark midway through the second quarter. Germany managed to narrow the deficit at 16-point mark at the interval 29:45. Turkey opened the second half on a 14:0 run to leave Germany far behind. The Turkish team entered the fourth frame up by as many as 28 points 61:33. Germany never recovered in the reminder of the contest and Turkey rallied to the victory. Can Mutaf provided 16 points, while Huseyin Koksal (195-F-91) added 15 points and 12 rebounds in the winning effort. Daniel Theis (207-C-92) answered with 12 points for Germany as they suffered the second loss in a row. Niels Giffey (200-G/F-91) finished with 11 points.

Turkey U20: Furkan Aldemir 17+25 boards, Can Mutaf 16, Huseyin Koksal 15+12 boards
Germany U20: Daniel Theis 12, Niels Giffey 11



Thomas Schoeps Signs With RSV Eintracht Teltow/Stahnsdorf/Kleinmachnow - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

RSV Eintracht Teltow/Stahnsdorf/Kleinmachnow of the PRO B have brought in Thomas Schoeps (188-G-89, college: Odessa JC) for the upcoming season. Schoeps is a 22 year old 188cm guard that was born in Berlin,Germany. Last season he played for Phoenix Hagen (1.Bundesliga): DNP, also a license to play for ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen (ProA): 28 games: 3.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.0apg. I know Thomas since a while and he can play both guard positions. On offense, he will play a bigger role than what he had in Essen. He is very athletic and is a good defender', stated RSV Eintracht Teltow/Stahnsdorf/Kleinmachnow head coach Vladimir Pastushenko . Schoeps started his basketball career in 2004 with SSC Suedwest Berlin junior team - IBBA. He then got valuable basketball schooling with TUS Lichterfelde Berlin from 2005-2008 playing 29 PRO B games. In 2008-2009, he played for ALBA Berlin II (Regionalliga): 21 games: 16.1ppg. In 2009-2010, he went to the States for a year to get further basketball experience playing for Odessa JC (JUCO): 29 games: 3.7ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 42.1%, 3Pts: 45.0%, FT: 78.8%. Awards/Achievements in his career have been German U16 National Team -04-05, German U18 National Team -07, German Bundesliga Regular Season Champion -07, German Bundesliga U-20 All-Star Game -08, Eurobasket.com German All-Regionalliga North First Team -09, Eurobasket.com German All-Regionalliga North Most Improved Player of the Year -09, Eurobasket.com German All-Regionalliga North Domestic Players Team -09, German U20 National Team -09, European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) -09: 6 games: 8.7ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 27.3%, 3PT-3 (60.0%), FT: 86.7%, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group North) Regular Season Champion -11

Source: RSV Eintracht Teltow/Stahnsdorf/Kleinmachnow




The Lti Giessen 46ers Bring In Wayne Bernard - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

At the begining of the career of Wayne Bernard (190-G-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Davidson) he was known as a basketball world traveler, but in the last 3 years, the American seems to have settled down in Germany and will remain here as he will play a 4th consecutive season in Deutschland for the LTi Giessen 46ers. Bernard is a 29 year old 190cm guard that was born in San Diego, California. Having displayed a knack for knocking down clutch baskets in key situations, Bernard is a player that performs at his best in pressure situations. He has superb range on his jumper, and can also drive to the hoop with slashing moves. He is also a capable ball handler. He played for the Mitteldeutscher BC the last three years and last season played 34 games: 11.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.8apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 85.7%. Its not surprising that his ex coach at MBC Bjoern Harmsen would bring him to Hessen. 'I have been working 2.5 years with Wayne and he shines with the small things that you dont see in the stats. He is one of the best defenders in the league and he always wants to find his teammates on the floor. Our game will be very inside orientated so it will be important to have good shooters. He will give the Giessen fans a lot of fun, because the team is always most important for him', stressed LTi Giessen 46er coach Bjoern Harmsen .

Bernard started his basketball career at Davidson (NCAA) and played there until 2003. In 2003, he turned professonal and played for Maccabi Ironi Ramat Gan (Israel-Premier L.): 10 games: 14.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 5.5apg, 2.4spg: waived at the end of Dec.'03: averaged 31.7 min, 14 pts, 5.5 as, 3.3 to, 2.4 st and a VAL of 14.1 in 10 games, at the end of Jan.'04 signed at Ilysiakos Athens (Greece-A1): 8 games: 7.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg. In 2004-2005, he played for Norrkoping Dolphins (Sweden-Basketligan): 30 games: 14.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.2apg, Steals-3 (2.2spg), FGP: 40.7%, 3-Pts: 30.5%. In 2005-2006, he played for toile Charleville-Mezires (France-ProB): 34 games: 14.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.9apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 42.2%, FT: 75.7%, during the season moved to ESPE Chalons-en-Champagne Basket Pro (France-ProB). In 2006-2007, he played for ESPE Chalons-en-Champagne Basket Pro (France-ProB): 18 games: 10.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 37.7%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 70.6%; left in Jan.'07: 18 games: 10ppg 2rpg 2apg, then joined Kouvot Kouvola (Finland-Korisliiga, starting five): 11 games: 14.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.6apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 84.4%. In 2007-2008, he played for Kouvot Kouvola (Finland-Korisliiga, starting five): 47 games: 16.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.5apg, 2.2spg, FGP-3 (62.0%), 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 78.8%. He played for MBC from 2008-2011 playing a total of 98 games (30 games PRO A and 68 games Beko BBL). He helped MBC reach the first division in 2009. Awards/Achievements in his career have been Southern Conf. North Division Regular Season Runner-Up -01, Southern Conf. All-Tournament 2nd Team -01, Southern Conf. North Division Regular Season Champion -02, Southern Conf. Tournament Winner -02, All-Southern Conf. 2nd Team -03, Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Defensive Team -05, Swedish Basketligan Quarterfinals -05, French ProB Finalist -06, Finnish Cup Finalist -08, Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga 2nd Team -08, Eurobasket.com Finnish Korisliiga All-Imports Team -08, Finnish League Finalist -08, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Imports Team -09, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A 1st Team -09, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Import Player of the Year -09, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Guard of the Year -09, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Player of the Year -09, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Champion -09

Source: LTi Giessen 46ers



FC Bayern Munich Go on Basketball Shopping Spree Picking Up Robin Benzing, Je Kel Foster And Sharrod Ford - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
It might not be the same as shopping on Maximilian street in Munich, or on Madison Avenue in New York City, but FC Bayern Munich went on their own shopping spree on their own Sabener street announcing at a press conference that German national player Robin Benzing (208-F-89), and Americans Je Kel Foster and Sharrod Ford (206-F/C-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Clemson) will lace up their sneakers for the most famous German sporting team FC Bayern Munich. Robin Benzing (208-F-89) had been rumored since months of coming on board since Dirk Bauermann has been a strong supporter of him and his agent is sport director Marko Pesic. Benzing is a 22 year old 208cm power forward from Seeheim-Jugenheim,Germany. He is a big forward who can play in both positions as he has the size and the shooting skills too. His game looks like his country-mate Jan Jagla, he is a bit lighter than the German international, and is playing mostly within the wing. He is amazingly good ball handler for his size and he can attack the basket going both ways. H eplayed for ratiopharm Ulm the last two seasons. Last season with Ulm,he was the top scoring German in the Beko BBL playing 33 games: 15.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 33.7%, FT: 77.2%. The season before in Ulm, he played : 33 games: 12.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 41.5%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT-3 (84.7%).Benzing started his basketball career with TV Langen cadet team - SC Gergstrabein 2004. He played for TV Langen until 2009. In his last season there, he played 25 games: Score-4 (18.7ppg), 4.4rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 80.1%. Awards/Achievements in the basketball career of Benzing have been German U16 National Team -05, German U18 National Team -05-07, International Tournament in Mannheim (Unofficial World Championships U18) -06: 6 games: 6.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 2FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 64.7%, European Championships U18 in Amaliada (Greece) -06: 8 games: 7.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 2FGP: 54.1%, 3FGP: 40%, FT: 75%, German Bundesliga U-19 All-Star Game -07, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga South Newcomer of the Year -07, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga South All-Newcomers Team -07, European Championships U18 in Madrid (Spain) -07: 8 games: 9.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 40.4%, 3FGP: 19.4%, German Bundesliga U-20 All-Star Game -08, German U20 National Team -08-09, European Championships U20 Division B in Targu Mures (Romania) -08: (Champion): 8 games: 11.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 72.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 95.0%, German A2 National Team -08, Domegge International Tournment for U20 National Teams Top Scorer -09, European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) -09: 5 games: Score-1 (22.2ppg), 5.0rpg, 2.0apg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 53.1%, 3PT: 40.5%, FT: 80.0%, Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 3rd Team -09, German National Team -09-10, European Championships in Poland -09: 6 games: 5.5ppg, 1.7rpg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 91.7%, Adidas Eurocamp in Treviso All-Star Team -10, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Newcomer of the Year -10, Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Domestic Players Team -10, World Championships in Turkey -10: 5 games: 4.6ppg, 1.4rpg, and German Bundesliga All-Star Game -11.

FC Bayern Munich also announced that Je Kel Foster will play for the team this season. Foster is a 27 year old 191 cm combo guard from Natchez, Mississippi with Beko BBL experience. He is a natural born leader. Runs the show as a point guard that can score. He thinks to run the offensive first. His long arms and his quickness allows for him to cover the entire floor defensively while also giving him to length to finish over taller players. He is an excellent 3 pt shooter. Last season, he played for Vanoli-Braga Cremona (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 29 games: 12.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.1apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 71.8%. He played at Ohio St. (NCAA) and in his senior year 2005-2006 played 32 games: 12.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.1apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 44.3%, 3PT: 40.1%, FT: 80%. He started his professional basketball acreer in 2006 for EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 42 games: 13.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.5apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 45.3%, 3FGP: 34.0%, FT: 75.3%. In 2007-2008, he skipped ove rthe boarder to France to play for Paris-Levallois (France-ProA, starting five): 30 games: 14.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.9apg, Steals-2 (2.4spg), 2FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 39.6%, FT: 65.6%. He played for the EWE Baskets Oldenburg from 2008-2010. In 2009-2010, he played Euroleague: 10 games: 12.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.2apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 28.3%, FT: 63.3%; German League: 37 games: 13.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.0apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 73.0%. Awards/Achievements in his career have been Big Ten Regular Season Champion -06, Big Ten Tournament Finalist -06, All-Big Ten 2nd Team -06, Big Ten All-Defensive Team -06, USBWA All-NCAA District V Team -06, German Bundesliga All-Star Game -07, German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals -07, German Bundesliga Regular Season Runner-Up -07, German Bundesliga Semifinals -07, German Bundesliga Champion -09, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 2nd Team -09, German Bundesliga Regular Season Champion -10, and Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention -10.

The team also brought in Sharrod Ford (206-F/C-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Clemson) who has played in the Beko BBL years ago with Alba Berlin. Ford is a 29 year old 206cm power forward/center that was born in Washington D.C. A great intimador inside, thanks to great timing and leaping ability. His great athletic skills allow him to be good rebounder and a spectacular slasher, but he showed to be very good even in all the other parts of the game, like passing and ball-handling. Last season, he played for Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 30 games: Score-5 (15.8ppg), Reb-1 (10.4rpg), 1.6spg, Blocks-1 (2.3bpg), FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 67.9%. Ford started his basketball career at Clemson (NCAA) playing there from 2001-2005. In 2005, he started his professional basketball career playing for the Phoenix Suns (NBA): Regular Season: 3 games: 1.3ppg, in Jan.'06 moved to Fayetteville Patriots (D-League, starting five): 15 games: 13 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.4 bpg and 1.1 apg, next month joined ALBA Berlin (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 21 games: 8.9ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 58.9%.In 2006-2007, he played for ALBA Berlin (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): German League: 36 games: 11.8ppg, 6.9rpg, Blocks-2 (2.3bpg), 2FGP: 56.6%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 63.4%; ULEB Cup: 12 games: 9.4ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1spg, Blocks-1 (2.5bpg), 2FGP: 51.2%, 3FGP: 25%, FT: 57.9%. Ford played in Italy three of the last four years. In 2007-2008, he played for Premiata Montegranaro (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 39 games: 14.2ppg,Reb-1 (9.8rpg), 1.1spg, Blocks-1 (1.5bpg), 2FGP-2 (67.4%), 3PT:23.1%, FT:63.6%. In 2008-2009, he played for La Fortezza Bologna (Italy-SerieA, starting five): Italian League: 34 games: 11.4ppg, Reb-1 (9.5rpg), 2.0spg, Blocks-1 (1.7bpg), FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 18.2%, FT: 60.2%; EuroChallenge: 16 games: 13.5ppg, 6.8rpg, Blocks-1 (2.0bpg), FGP: 63.6%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 63.6%. In 2009-2010, he played for Spartak St.Petersburg (Russia-A Superleague, starting five), Russian League: 4 games: 7.8ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.0spg; in Jan.'10 moved to Carife Ferrara (Italy-SerieA, starting five)Fiba Arbitration Tribunal FAT: 0138/10: 17 games: Score-4 (16.6ppg), Reb-1 (9.8rpg), 2.1spg, Blocks-1 (3.1bpg), FGP: 58.1%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 65.7%. Awards/Achievements in his career have been HS first-team All-Metro by Washngton Post -00, United States team in the Global Games in Dallas -01
All-ACC 3rd Team -05, ACC All-Defensive Honorable Mention -05, German Bundesliga Cup Winner -06, German Bundesliga Regular Season Champion -06, 07
German Bundesliga Finalist -06, German Bundesliga All-Star Game -07, Eurobasket.com All-ULEB Cup 2nd Team -07, Eurobasket.com ULEB Cup All-Imports Team -07, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 2nd Team -07, Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Defensive Team -07, Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA 2nd Team -08
Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Imports Team -08, 10, 11, Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Defensive Team -08, 10, Italian Cup Finalist -09, EuroChallenge Champion -09
Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Center of the Year -10, 11, Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA 1st Team -10, 11, and Italian Cup Semifinals -11



Paris Horne signs deal with BG Gottingen - by Eurobasket News
Paris Horne (191-G-87) is set to start his professional basketball career. The American guard penned a deal with the German team BG Gottingen. They will compete in 1.Bundesliga. Paris Horne is a product of the St. Johns University, where he graduated few months ago. He appeared 33 times for his school as a senior averaging 7.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists. Horne finished tied for second all-time (Felipe Lopez) in career three-pointers made with 148. In 2009/10 season, Horne collected 9.2 ppg and 3.1 rpg for his school. His sophomore year was the best one for Horne at St. Johns. He exploded with 14.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 2.2 apg at that time. It was a huge improvement after 5.1 ppg and 2.3 rpg as a freshman.

Jason Boone Follows John Patrick To S.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


First it was John Little and now its Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) that will strap on a s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg jersey this upcoming season coming from BG Goettingen. In the last weeks, rumours had been swirling about Boone possibly joining the Bavaria team after he had taken part in a basketball tournament for the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg in Japan and today the club finally made it official welcoming the New York native to the team. Boone is a 25 year old 203cm power forward/center that grew upin Sugar Loaf, New York that plays like a player that is 210cm, rebounds strongly and has the charachter of a never die hard worker that any head coach would love to have on their team. Boone is one of the very few players that made the jump from Regionaliga basketball in Germany to the big time in the Beko BBL as John Patrick discovered the American and hauled him to Goettingen in 2008. Last season, Boone played
German League: 37 games: 8.5ppg, 5.9rpg, FGP: 59.8%, FT: 34.9%; EuroCup: 14 games: 9.1ppg, 6.2rpg, Blocks-4 (1.1bpg), FGP: 59.8%, FT: 36.0% Boone played a total of 125 games for BG Goettingen and won the Eurochallenge in 2010 and is happy about making the next step in his basketball career. 'Wurzburg is a basketball city with a long tradition and great fans. You can see how involved the club and fans are with their success the last years. I am thrilled to be a part of this now.I want to establish myself as one of the dominant centers in the league. To this, I need the support from people that know me and want the same as me. I am working harder than ever to be top fit. Last season, I didn't start so well into the season, because of small injuries and not so intensive off season. I don't want that to happen again', stressed Jason Boone. Boone started his basketball career in 2003 for New York U. (NCAA3) and played there until 2007. In 2007, he came to Germany and played for SSV Lokomotive Bernau (Germany-Regionalliga, starting five): 17 games: 17.1ppg, FT: 52.2%, before moving to BG Goettingen. 'Jason will make the next step here. He is already very motivated here. We will have a good combination with Patrick Flomo, Oliver Clay and him under the basket and have power. He is very intelligent, has a good charachter and hard worker on the court. He brings a certain toughness level that each coach and team needs in this league', stressed s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg head coach John Patrick. Awards/Achievements in hiscareer have been NCAA D3 All-East Region 1st Team -06, 07, NCAA D3 All-East Region Player of the Year -06, 07, NCAA D3 All-American Third Team (by d3hoops.com) -07, NCAA D3 Preseason All-American Second Team (by d3hoops.com) -07, Eurobasket.com German All-Regionalliga North First Team -08, German Bundesliga Regular Season Runner-Up -09, EuroChallenge Champion -10, Eurocup Quarterfinals -11, and Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Defensive Team -11

Source: s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg




Latvian Point Guard Krists Piternieks Moves To BG Karlsruhe - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

BG Karlsruhe has brought some Latvian flavor to the Baden city bringing in Krists Piternieks (202-G-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management). Piternieks is a 23 year old 202cm point guard that was born in Riga. He is a very quick and athletic guard who has yet a good court vision and passing skills. Can spend time in 1 and 2 positions. Last season, he played for Latvijas Universitate (LBL, starting five): 12 games: 9.7ppg, 5.9rpg, 3.2apg, 0.8bpg, FG: 52.1%, in Feb.'11 moved to Penne (Italy-D dilettanti). 'He is 202cm and 90 kilos which I see as an advantage. He can play three positions and makes the game very flexible. He could be a very important puzzle piece in our planning. He is a big guard where you think of a young Dejan Bodiroga. Despite his youth, he has a lot of experience from various European leagues', stressed BG Karlsruhe sport director Torsten Daume Piternieks started his basketball career in 2002 for Ridzene/Jaunsardze cadet team. He then played for BJSS Ridzene (LBAL2) form 2003-2005. In 2005, he played for Barons/BJSS Ridzene (LBL, starting five): LBL: 32 games 14.6ppg 8.3rpg 3.7apg 1.6spg; Latvian league: 6 games 11.7ppg 8.2rpg 4.5apg 1.5spg; played also at BK Barons/LU Riga: Baltic League: 11 games: 0.7ppg, 1.5rpg . In 2006-2007, he played for Panellinios Athens (Greece-A1, starting five): Jan.'07 loadned to ASK Riga (LBL D1): FIBA EuroCup: 1 game: 0pts, 2reb; LBL: 4 games 2.3ppg 3.3rpg 2.5apg 1.3spg.From 2007-2009, he gathered further basketball experience playing for BK Keizarmezs Riga (LBL). In 2009-2010, he played for BK Barons Riga (LBL): 5 games: 3.8ppg, 1.8rpg; played also at Barons/Ridzene (LBL D2, starting five): 13 games: 9.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 16.0%, FT: 62.0%, then moved to C.B. Tobarra (1 Nacional): 15.0ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, 0.9bpg, FG: 53,0%, 3PT: 42,2%, FT: 74,5%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Latvian U16 National Team -02,03, Latvian U18 National Team -05, Latvian Basketball Amateur League 2 Champion -04, Latvian Junior League Silver Medallist -04,Latvian League Finalist -05, European Championships U18 in Belgrade -05: 8 games: 10.5ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 38.3%, 3FGP: 34.6%, FT: 72.4%, Latvian Junior League Champion -05, Latvian Basketball Amateur League 1 Silver Medallist 05, Latvian LBL All-Star Game -06, 07, Baltic League Qarterfinals -06, Latvian U20 National Team -06, European Championships U20 in Izmir (Turkey) -06: 1 game: 0pts, 1reb, Baltic League Quarterfinals -07, Latvian League Champion - 07, and Latvian League Regular Season Runner-Up -07

Source: BG Karlsruhe




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Kostas Tsartsaris continues to Panathinaikos - by Giorgos Diploidis
Kostas Tsartsaris (210-F-79) will continue to be a member of the team of Panathinaikos Athens. After the departure of Antonis Fotsis and Drew Nicholas the player wasn't sure that he will sign a new contract with his team. Finally he will stay to European Champions for one more year with a low decrease in his wages.

Tsartsaris is a member of Panathinaikos Athens the last nine years and the last period had 6.1ppg and 3.7 rpg in the Greek league.



U20: Ukraine topple Greece - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U20 - Greece U20 79:73

Ukraine finished U20 European Championship Qualifying Round with victory. They held off Greece for 1-4 record in Group F. Ukraine thus claimed the fifth position in the ladder. Greece slipped at the sixth position. Ukraine will now take on Slovenia, while Greece will face Sweden in the classification round for 9th-12th place.
Vyacheslav Bobrov (202-F-92) unloaded 10 points in the starting quarter as Ukraine ensured a 21:13 lead after ten minutes. Ukraine kept Greece at bay throughout the second frame. Ukraine arrived at halftime up by 7 points 36:29. Volodymyr Bryukhovetskyy team tipped off the second half with ten unanswered points to boost the lead. Ukraine piled up a 61:42 advantage with ten minutes remaining. The Hellenes went on an 11:2 run to cut the distance to 12 points midway through the fourth quarter. Manolis Koukoulas (211-C-91) triggered a 9:0 surge later on as Greece got within six points. Antonakis drained a triple as the Hellenes narrowed the deficit to just two points 70:74 with 41 seconds to go. But Mishula nailed four free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Ukraine. Vyacheslav Bobrov finished with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Ukraine. Andriy Lebedintsev (187-PG-91) added 12 points for the winners. Dimitrios Katsivelis (194-G-91) and Manolis Koukoulas answered with 22 points each for Greece. Sokratis Psaropoulos (191-PG-92, agency: FCM) had 12 points in defeat.

Ukraine U20: Vyacheslav Bobrov 18, Andriy Lebedintsev 12, Oleksandr Lypovyy 10+12 boards, Artem Pustovyi 10
Greece U20: Dimitrios Katsivelis 22, Manolis Koukoulas 22



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U20: Poland won the first game of the Classification Round - by Eurobasket News
Poland U20-Netherlands U20 88:79

Poland won the first game of the Classification Round of the U20 European Championship. They edged the Dutch side 88:79 in the start of it for the higher places.
Poland started with 10-0 run as Marek Szumelda-Krzycki (193-PG-91, agency: Promotex) gave such a lead to his team in the opening tip of the game. It was not however enough even to win the first period. Netherlands erupted with 25-12 in the last six minutes to win the period 25:22. Moreover the Dutch side increased to 8 more points after 19-11 in the second frame. De Haas sent both squads to the lockers for 44:33 halftime advantage. Only in the second half Poland managed to show their own game and won both periods. Wojciech Fras (203-F-91) tied the game at 59:59 at the third period and after 27-16 in the last,Poland celebrated the victory.
Marek Szumelda-Krzycki poured in 21 points for the winners and Jakub Parzenski (209-F/C-91) nailed 16. Michal Sokolowski (196-G-92) collected 13 points and 15 rebounds, while Wojciech Fras scored 13. Jeroen van Vugt (192-G-91) ended up with 16 points in defeat, whilst Leon Williams (183-PG-91) and Max Van Schaik (208-F-91) had 15 apiece.

Poland U20: Marek Szumelda-Krzycki 21, Jakub Parzenski 16, Michal Sokolowski 13+15 rebs, Wojciech Fras 13
Netherlands U20: Jeroen van Vugt 16, Leon Williams 15, Max Van Schaik 15



ZZ Leiden, Seamus Boxley signs for 2 more years - by Fred Roggen
According to the Dutch basketballsite Ibasketball.nl, ZZ Leiden forward Seamus Boxley (201-F-82, college: Portland St.) has agreed to a two-year contract extension, keeping the forward at the club for his 4th and 5th seasons. He joined ZZ Leiden in 2008.
The veteran forwards leadership and defense have been a valuable part of Leidens rise from a mid-table Dutch League club to a Campionship team last season.
Last season Boxley averaged 15.7 points and 6.3 boards in 35 Dutch Basketball League games.



WCAA Giants, Inks prospect Dimeo van der Horst - by Fred Roggen
The technical staff of the WCAA Giants has succeeded to sign one of the greatest talents of Dutch basketball. WCAA Giants has officially announced the arrival of 20-year-old point guard Dimeo Van Der Horst (195-G/F-91, agency: R.H.Consultancy) , who inked a one-year deal, the club confirmed Friday. Dimeo Van Der Horst arrives from ABC Amsterdam.
He averaged 10.2 points, 3.1 boards and 2.8 assists in 38 Dutch Basketball League games last season.


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U20: Hungary edged the Swiss side in Bosnia - by Eurobasket News
Switzerland U20-Hungary U20 65:70

Hungary edged the Swiss side in Bosnia at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Hungary won 70:65 to seal the initial victory at the Classification Round for 17-22 places.
Hungary went on a lead in the opening period and reached 19-11 at the end of it. Bozovic opened the second frame for 21:13 and Janos Eilingsfeld (198-F/C-91, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) brought Hungary 29:19. Hungary added another 15-14 in the second frame to take 34:25 at the halftime. The board showed the same difference at the end of the third quarter as both sides nailed 16 points in the third period. Switzerland meanwhile did their best to recover and reduced to 63:65 with 1 minute to go, but it was not enough to win the game. Janos Eilingsfeld, Andras Madar (191-G-91, agency: TSS Management) and Meszaros scored the last points of the Hungarian side for the total success.
Andras Madar top-scored for the winners with 25 points for 1-0 record. Janos Eilingsfeld followed him with 22 and Meszaros scored 9. Jonathan Dubas (201-F/C-91) ended up with 15 points and Dario Koludrovic (194-F-92) posted 13.

Switzerland U20: Jonathan Dubas 15, Dario Koludrovic 13, Stevanovic 12
Hungary U20: Andras Madar 25, Janos Eilingsfeld 22, Meszaros 9



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U20: Finland overcame Iceland in Group H of the Classification Round for 9-16 places - by Eurobasket News
Finland U20-Iceland U20 87:76

Finland overcame Iceland in Group H of the Classification Round for 9-16 places in Division B. Finland improved to 2-0 record defeating the opponents 87:76.
Both teams exchanged the leads several times in the opening quarter as Villematti Kopio (182-PG-92) needed three for 23:19 at the end of the frame. Another 24-19 in the second period allowed the Finnish side to take 9-points halftime advantage. Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91) was the last to score for his side at the end of the half for 47:38. The board showed the same difference mostly in the third period, but Aegir Steinarsson (182-G-91) closed the period at 64:56. Haukur Palsson (198-F-92) and Aegir Steinarsson keep the chances alive with 68:60, however Finland pushed the tempo for good. Villematti Kopio increased to 18-point deficit, while Antto Nikkarinen made the final score in the game.
Villematti Kopio top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Carl Lindbom (204-F-91) collected 16 points and 13 rebounds. Antto Nikkarinen netted 15 and Markus Molenius (203-F-92) delivered 10 for Finland. Haukur Palsson ended up with 22 points in defeat, while Aegir Steinarsson added 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Finland U20: Villematti Kopio 20, Carl Lindbom 16+13 rebs, Antto Nikkarinen 15, Markus Molenius 10
Iceland U20: Haukur Palsson 22+10 rebs, Aegir Steinarsson 21+11 rebs




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Eurobasket Exclusive: Will Bynum wants to reunite with Maccabi T.A.? - by David Pick
In the music industry it's called a 'remix', in the basketball business the same concept apparently applies, especially if you're a talented NBA point guard from Chicago whose name is Will Bynum.

A source exclusively informed 'Eurobasket' that Bynum, who played for Maccabi between the 2006-2008 seasons, expressed strong interest in and is eager to return to Israel for a so-called 'remix', where he would pair up with childhood friend, Jeremy Pargo, creating one of the most talented, fastest and most athletic back court line in Europe, as they will work to win a Euroleague title. 'Bynum would love to go back to Maccabi if it made sense,' said a source with knowledge of Bynum's situation, adding, 'But I know it would be tough for Maccabi to lose him if/when the lockout ends.'

The signing of Bynum could possibly complete the missing piece of Maccabi's head coach David Blatt's puzzle as the Chi town star would undoubtedly become the most impressive and significant recruit a European team has made this summer.

Bynum aka 'Bynumite', for his explosive athletic ability, played the last three seasons in the NBA for the Detroit Pistons and still has a signed contract with the organization. However, sources close to the player confirmed that he might be interested in opting out of his contract to join Maccabi. 'He did love playing overseas and especially with Maccabi and would never turn down an opportunity to go back if it made sense.'

Israeli sources confirmed that Maccabi is negotiating contract terms with an NBA point guard. Bynum finished the past season playing in 61 games, starting in five of them and posting averages of 7.9 points, 1.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.

The 28 year-old Bynum could turn out being the perfect fit for Blatt, who is in search of a recognized NBA point guard to round out his talented roster. Bynum began his college career at the University of Arizona but after his sophomore season, transferred to Georgia Tech where he helped for the 'Yellow-Jackets' and reached the NCAA Final Four championship game averaging 12.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. He first appeared in the NBA in the 2005/6 season playing 15 games for the Golden State Warriors averaging 10.8 minutes and 3.6 points. In the 2008/09 season, Bynum joined the Pistons and is playing there ever since. In Europe, Bynum finished his 2007/08 Euroleague season recording 10.6 points and 3 assists per game where in the Israeli domestic league he would post 6.8 points, 1.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 26 games.

Maccabi has also showed great potential interest in American Guard Javaris Crittenton (Georgia Tech), who previously played for the Dakota Wizards of the NBA D-League. Crittenton was drafted with the 19th pick in the first round of the 2007 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers and also played for the Memphis Grizzlies, Washington Wizards and China's Zhejiang Lions. Another name that is considered in the Nokia halls is that of Shooting Guard E'Twaun Moore (University of Purdue), who was selected 55th overall in the 2nd round of the 2011 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics.

To date, the yellow-and-blue inked Shawn James, Jon Scheyer, Devin Smith and TBD Bynum's former teammate Yotam Halperin (trying to overcome financial tax issues), joined by Jeremy Pargo, Guy Pnini, Lior Eliyahu, Richard Hendrix, Tal Burstein, Milan Macvan, Sofoklis Schortsanitis, David Blu, Derrick Sharp and Sean Labanowski.


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Uri Cohen Mintz retired - by Netanel Dahan
Uri Cohen Mintz (205-F/C-73, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Connecticut) is a well known player in the Israeli basketball, the son of the legendary Tanchum 'Tani' Cohen Mintz retired after 18 seasons of playing pro basketball.

Uri grew up in Maccabi Tel Aviv youth team, and played with them in Europe as well, than he loaned to Hapoel Gvat and later commited to Connecticut there he played with Ray Allen and Doron Sheffer, and won the Big-East champion but after a year he decided to leave after he didn't got a lot of minutes, his coach back there Jim Calhoun said to the New York Times after Uri joined them:' 'Uri can be a very good player for us, 'And by next year he could be a starter. He's very athletic for his size and he shoots exceptionally well from outside. Uri's also a good passer and handles the ball well. But he has to improve on his dribble.'

Uri returned to Israel and played with Jerusalem,Ashkelon,Hapoel Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan, and Bney Herzliya, than he got a contract in Chalon-Sur-Saone from France and played with them in the Eurocup, after good 3 seasons in Chalon he decided to come-back to Israel and signed with Hapoel Afula but after he got less than 10 minutes per game he signed with Kiryat Ata from the 2nd league and helped them to go back to the 1st league as he finished with the highest shooting percentage from 3,
Meanwhile Afula went down again to the 2nd league and he decided to be with them again and helped them as well to return to the 1st league as he again finished with the highest shooting percentage from 3, he moved on with Afula to the 1st league reached 2000 career points in the 1st league and choose to sign with a team close to home by going to Emek Yizrael his last pro team. Uri played in the Israeli national team at every age played in the World Championship, and reached with them to the highlight of the Semi-Finals of the European Championship.

Uri will be the new head coach of Hapoel Emek Yizrael from the 3rd league and said that he is exited to start this new episode of his career.




Derrick Sharp retires and is named Maccabi Asst, Coach - by David Pick
Maccabi Tel Aviv officially appointed veteran guard Derrick Sharp to the Asst. Coach position alongside Guy Goodes.

Sharp, who was a symbol of perfection, motivation, inspiration and a true warrior for the yellow-and-blue fans, will still enjoy the presence of his teammates on the bench, only now, wearing a suit. During his fifteen seasons with Maccabi, Sharp had won a whopping total of 27 titles combined from three European trophy, thirteen Israeli championships and eleven state-cups.

in the 2010/11 season, Sharp played 20 domestic league games and averaged 1.7ppg. In the Euroleague, the 39-year-old guard played 10 games and recorded 0.9ppg.

Sharp first came to Israel in 1993 where he joined Maccabi Hadera from Leumit Bet (The second league at the time). From 1994 to 1996 he played for Hapoel Migdal-HaEmek, also a Leumit Bet team, and then made the jump to the big stage. Sharp is a naturalized Israeli citizen, and has played for the Israeli national team between the years 20002003, including appearances at Eurobasket 2001 and Eurobasket 2003.





U20: Marcotullio brings the victory over Israel - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain U20-Israel U20 83:82

Alex Marcotullio (190-G-91) brings the victory over Israel with the buzzer-beater as Great Britain edged Israel at the start of the Classification Round for 9-16 places in Sarajevo. Great Britain won 83:82 as both teams are with 1-1 records in Group H.
Alex Marcotullio brought 11:3 in the opening tip and Ryan Richards (212-C/F-91, agency: Interperformances) delivered for 23:9. The latter also closed the first period at 32:13 as Great Britain totally dominated the court. Thoseby scored for 41:15, but the intrigue was not over. Guy Lavie (188-PG-92) reduced to 44:27, while Bar Timor (192-G-92, agency: Avi Zilberman) closed the half at 52:38. With 17-12 in the third period Israel cut it to 64:55 entering the last stanza. With 3 minutes to go Guy Lavie tied the game at 72:72 and his another 5 points brought 79:74 for Israel. Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) reduced to 81:82 at the every end and the final shot of Alex Marcotullio became the fantastic buzzer-beater.
Ryan Richards erupted with 32 points and 14 rebounds, while Alex Marcotullio netted 18. Devon Van Oostrum netted 12 and Lee Goldsbrough (205-F-91) scored 11. Guy Lavie ended up with 21 points in defeat and Bar Timor chipped in 16.

Great Britain U20: Ryan Richards 32+14 rebs, Alex Marcotullio 18, Devon Van Oostrum 12, Lee Goldsbrough 11
Israel U20: Guy Lavie 21, Bar Timor 16



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Marcelus Kemp stays with Virtus Bologna - by Eurobasket News
Marcelus Kemp (196-G-84, college: Nevada) will stay with Virtus Bologna for the next season. The American guard was close to Scavolini Siviglia Pesaro, but that deal didn't materialize at the end. Kemp started last season with the Bologna team averaging 13.6 points and 4.4 rebounds for 9 games in SerieA. In February he was transferred to Besiktas Cola Turka, where he added 17.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 2.5 apg for 15 games in TBL. Besiktas also wanted to keep Kemp for the next season, but the team's account is currently frozen and they are not able to pay a buyout fee. Marcelus Kemp spent 2009/10 season with Banco di Sardegna Sassari. He helped them win the LegaDue Playoffs and of course the promotion to SerieA. Kemp had 21.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 1.5 spg for Sassari that year. He ended as the second scorer of the competition. Kemp had almost the same numbers with Livorno in 2008/09.

Emporio Armani Milano adds Jacopo Giachetti - by Eurobasket News
Emporio Armani Milano signed another player for the 2011/12 season. Their latest addition is combo guard Jacopo Giachetti (191-G-83). He spent last seven years with Lottomatica Roma. Last season Giachetti had 7.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg and 1.2 apg for six games in SerieA. He missed most of the season due to knee injury. In Euroleague, Giachetti added 5.7 ppg and 1.7 apg for ten games. Before Roma, he spent few years with Livorno. Jacopo Giachetti played for the Italian National Team in 2004, 2005 and also from 2008 to 2010. He had 2.7 ppg for three games in Qualifications to European Championships 2009. Also in Qualifications to European Championships 2011 he added 6 ppg, 1.8 rpg and 1 apg for five games. Giachetti played for U20, U18 and U16 Italy in the past.

Vanoli Cremona gets Jonathan Tabu on loan - by Eurobasket News
Jonathan Tabu (190-G-85) will play next season in Vanoli Cremona. They managed to agree a one-year loan with Bennet Cantu. The Belgian guard joined Cantu last summer from Charleroi. He played 37 games in SerieA collecting 6.2 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists. Cantu reached the SerieA and Cup Finals this year. In EuroCup, Tabu added 6.2 ppg and 1.2 apg for 6 games. From 2005 until the last summer, Jonathan Tabu played for Charleroi. He won three championship titles with them. In their last season together Tabu had 10.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 2.7 apg in Belgium. He improved to 12.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 2.5 apg in EuroCup that year. Jonathan Tabu played for the Belgian National Team in Qualifications to European Championships 2011. He had 10.4 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 2 apg for 8 games.

Daniele Cavaliero heads to Pesaro - by Eurobasket News
Daniele Cavaliero (189-G-84) will continue his career with Scavolini Siviglia Pesaro. The 27-year-old point guard heads to Pesaro from Montegranaro, where he spent last three years. For 30 games last season he had 8.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 2 apg. Cavaliero participated at the Italian SerieA All-Star Game -11. He also helped Montegranaro to reach the Italian Cup Semifinals. In 2009/10, Cavaliero had 8.8 ppg, 1.5 rpg and 2.4 apg for the club. Before Montegranaro, Daniele Cavaliero spent one year with Air Avelino and one with Climamio Bologna. He also has experience from Armani Jeans Milano, Roseto and Trieste. Daniele Cavaliero played for the Italian National Team in Qualifications to European Championships 2009. He had 2.5 ppg and 1 rpg in four games. In 2006, Cavaliero was Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Most Improved Player of the Year.

U20: Spain with narrow escape against Italy - by Eurobasket News
Spain U20 - Italy U20 90:85

Spain celebrated the sixth straight win at the U20 European Championship. They narrowly defeated Italy in exciting clash in Bilbao to clinch the top spot in Group F. Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) stepped up with 27 points, 12 boards and 4 assists to lead the hosts. Spain will now take on Latvia, while Italy will face Montenegro in the quarterfinals.
The lead changed hands for several times throughout the opening quarter. But eventually Spain eked out a 24:21 lead. Nikola Mirotic scored four points in a row at start of the second period to set the tone. Spain outgunned Italy 26:16 in the quarter to establish a 50:37 halftime lead. The margin grew at 17-point mark before the Azzurri went on a 9:2 run to cut the deficit at 9 points with one quarter remaining 60:69. Italy fought hard as they got within a single point with 53 seconds remaining. Franch and Joan Sastre Morro (201-F-91) hit one free throw each and Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) answered with his own two as Italy stayed close. But then Alessandro Gentile missed both of his free throw attempts and Nikola Mirotic punished Italy from the stripe to seal the winning outcome for Spain. Joan Sastre Morro provided 14 points, while Joan Tomas (201-F-92) added 13 points in the victory. Alessandro Gentile responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds for Italy. Michele Vitali (195-G-91) and Riccardo Cervi (215-C-91) had 13 points each in defeat.

Spain U20: Nikola Mirotic 27+12 boards, Joan Sastre Morro 14, Joan Tomas 13
Italy U20: Alessandro Gentile 22, Michele Vitali 13, Riccardo Cervi 13



Jesi signs rookie Jeff Brooks - by Eurobasket News
Jeff Brooks (203-F-89) is set to start his professional career. The American forward signed a deal with Aurora Basket Jesi for the next season. He graduated at the Penn State University few months ago. Brooks played 33 games as a senior averaging 13.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists. He helped Penn State to reach Big Ten Tournament Finals and was named All-Big Ten Honorable Mention -11. As a junior, Jeff Brooks had 7.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 1.4 apg. Penn State wont he NIT in 2009. Brooks had 3.3 ppg and 2.6 rpg at that time. Almost the same numbers Brooks had as a freshman. Jesi will compete in LegaDue next season.

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World Military Championship: Lithuania extend unbeaten run - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania - Kazakhstan 82:56

Lithuania celebrated the fourth straight win at World Military Championship. The Baltic team fired past Kazakhstan to improve at 4-0 record atop Group B. Audrius Mineikis (202-F-77) and Marius Kugauda (193-G-79) stepped up with 13 points each to lead well-balanced effort from Lithuania. Kazakhstan in the meantime fell at 0-4 record.
Lithuania grabbed the initiative right from the start. They ensured a 25:9 lead at the first break. Lithuania maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up by as many as 25 points 51:26. Kazakhstan cut the distance to 19 points in the third quarter but it was too little to threaten the margin. Lithuania cruised to the victory in the final period. Vytautas Sarakauskas (203-C-82) delivered 12 points and 6 boards for Lithuania. Vsevolod Fadeykin (206-C-85) answered with 11 points for Kazakhstan. Dmitriy Gavrilov (203-F-86) netted 9 points in the loss.

Lithuania: Audrius Mineikis 13, Marius Kugauda 13, Vytautas Sarakauskas 12
Kazakhstan: Vsevolod Fadeykin 11, Dmitriy Gavrilov 9



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U20: Montenegro clinch third place in Group E after win over Latvia - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U20 - Latvia U20 61:56

Montenegro outscored Latvia in Qualifying Round Group E at U20 European Championship. They prevailed against Latvia to clinch the third position in the pool. Latvia finished in the fourth spot in the ladder. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored with 18 points and 7 boards for the Balkan team.
Montenegro led for the bigger part of the starting period but Pinete and Osins gave Latvia a 10:9 lead at the first intermission. Latvia maintained the lead before Montenegro used an 8:0 run to put their noses back in front 24:18. Montenengro then rallied to a 34:32 halftime advantage. Bojan Dubljevic scored 7 points in a 9:0 run from Montenegro at the start of the third frame. They limited Latvia to just 6 points in the quarter to build a 46:38 lead with one quarter remaining. Latvia struggled to get within striking distance in the fourth frame as Montenegro cruised to the victory. Marco Todorovic (199-F-92) produced 12 points and 11 boards, while Halil Kanacevic (203-F-91) added 8 points in the victory. Arturs Bricis (193-PG-92) and Mareks Mejeris (207-F-91, agency: Players Group) responded with 13 points apiece for Latvia.

Montenegro U20: Bojan Dubljevic 18, Marco Todorovic 12+11 boards, Halil Kanacevic 8
Latvia U20: Arturs Bricis 13, Mareks Mejeris 13



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U20: Lithuania better Austria - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U20 - Austria U20 91:68

Lithuania snapped their four-game losing streak at U20 European Championship. They overcame Austria in classification round today.
Austria looked better in the starting quarter. They led right from the start recording a 25:24 advantage ten minutes into the game. Lithuania pulled in front midway through the second quarter but Austria reacted with a 7:0 run to regain control. Austria posted a 44:40 lead at halftime. Staniulis scored six points in a row to trigger a 9:0 run from Lithuania as they surged ahead 61:55 with two minutes to go in the third quarter. The Baltic team entered the final quarter up by five points 64:59. Saulius Kulvietis (203-F-91) triggered a 13:0 surge from Lithuania at the start of the fourth quarter. The Baltic team cleared off and marched to the victory at the end. Saulius Kulvietis tallied 22 points and 13 rebounds for Lithuania. Paulius Dambrauskas (191-G-91) accounted for 19 points in the victory. Thomas Klepeisz (187-G-91) replied with 17 points for Austria. Anton Maresch (192-G-91) netted 13 points in the loss.

Lithuania U20: Saulius Kulvietis 22+13 boards, Paulius Dambrauskas 19, Arnas Butkevicius (199-F-92) 16
Austria U20: Thomas Klepeisz 17, Anton Maresch 13



Martynas Mazeika prolongs his contract with - by Simonas Skuzinskas
Martynas Mazeika (190-G-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) pens the deal with Neptunas Klaipeda club signing 1+1 deal. He has played for Neptunas for six seasons altogether since the age of 15.
Martynas agreed to sign the deal as offered conditions were up to his expectations. Also, coach Paulius Juodis couldn't be happier to have Martynas back who, in his opinion, 'can play both guard positions and even small forward if needed'.
Last year Martynas Mazeika stats in LKL were 13.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 1.2apg. FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 22.4%, FT: 77.4%.


World Military Championship: Lithuania extend unbeaten run - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania - Kazakhstan 82:56

Lithuania celebrated the fourth straight win at World Military Championship. The Baltic team fired past Kazakhstan to improve at 4-0 record atop Group B. Audrius Mineikis (202-F-77) and Marius Kugauda (193-G-79) stepped up with 13 points each to lead well-balanced effort from Lithuania. Kazakhstan in the meantime fell at 0-4 record.
Lithuania grabbed the initiative right from the start. They ensured a 25:9 lead at the first break. Lithuania maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up by as many as 25 points 51:26. Kazakhstan cut the distance to 19 points in the third quarter but it was too little to threaten the margin. Lithuania cruised to the victory in the final period. Vytautas Sarakauskas (203-C-82) delivered 12 points and 6 boards for Lithuania. Vsevolod Fadeykin (206-C-85) answered with 11 points for Kazakhstan. Dmitriy Gavrilov (203-F-86) netted 9 points in the loss.

Lithuania: Audrius Mineikis 13, Marius Kugauda 13, Vytautas Sarakauskas 12
Kazakhstan: Vsevolod Fadeykin 11, Dmitriy Gavrilov 9



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U20: Belarus edged Luxembourg for the initial victory - by Eurobasket News
Luxembourg U20-Belarus U20 86:99

Belarus tasted the initial victory at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The team won over Luxembourg 99:86 at the Classification Round for 17-22 places.
The teams exchanged the leads in the opening tip, while Vitali Liutych (198-G/F-92) brought 16:8 in the middle of the frame. Mikalai Salauyou (191-G-91) closed it with a shot from the perimeter for 30:19 advantage. Belarus started to play better and did not slow down in the second period. Moreover they nailed 33 points in the next 10 minutes to take 63:39 halftime deficit. Luxembourg won the third quarter 26-18 and reduced to 16 points before the final stanza. After 21-18 in it, the board showed 99:86 for Belarus.
Vitali Liutych stepped up with 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Viktar Ausepian (205-F-91) collected 21 points and 10 rebounds. Rene Wolzfeld (190-F-91) scored 20 points in defeat, while Alexandre Rodenbourg (202-C-91) collected 18 points and 13 boards.

Luxembourg U20: Rene Wolzfeld 20, Alexandre Rodenbourg 18+13 rebs, Max Schmit1 (182-PG-92) 14, Pit Biever (187-PG-91) 12
Belarus U20: Vitali Liutych 26+10 rebs, Viktar Ausepian 21+10 rebs, Mikalai Salauyou 15



Tom Johnson signs with BBC Etzella!!! - by John Thomas
BBC Etzella signed 44 year old Canadian Tom Johnson as new head coach a few days ago. Johnson worked last season as an assistant coach for Turk Telekom and the season before that for the Frankfurt Skyliners. The former Canadian National Team member also played in Italy with Caserta (IT2) in France with Toulouse (FR-ProA), with Bree (Belgium), Bamberg (Germany) and at Popolare Ragusa (Italy-A2). As Head Coach, Johnson has experience in England, Finland and Belgium as well as taking a Canadian Select team to Japan for a summer Tournament.. He also spent one season as an assistant at the University of Victoria in British Columbia.



Dieng Bassirou joins Musel Pikes - by Eurobasket Center
Musel Pikes agreed terms with 26-year old Senegalese forward Dieng Bassirou (206-F-85, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Bassirou played most recently at Fontedoso Carrefour El Bulevar de Avila (Spain). While playing 8 games for Avila last season he recorded 3.6ppg and 2.0rpg. Bassirou played also pro basketball in Qatar and Spain.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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U20: Montenegro clinch third place in Group E after win over Latvia - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U20 - Latvia U20 61:56

Montenegro outscored Latvia in Qualifying Round Group E at U20 European Championship. They prevailed against Latvia to clinch the third position in the pool. Latvia finished in the fourth spot in the ladder. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored with 18 points and 7 boards for the Balkan team.
Montenegro led for the bigger part of the starting period but Pinete and Osins gave Latvia a 10:9 lead at the first intermission. Latvia maintained the lead before Montenegro used an 8:0 run to put their noses back in front 24:18. Montenengro then rallied to a 34:32 halftime advantage. Bojan Dubljevic scored 7 points in a 9:0 run from Montenegro at the start of the third frame. They limited Latvia to just 6 points in the quarter to build a 46:38 lead with one quarter remaining. Latvia struggled to get within striking distance in the fourth frame as Montenegro cruised to the victory. Marco Todorovic (199-F-92) produced 12 points and 11 boards, while Halil Kanacevic (203-F-91) added 8 points in the victory. Arturs Bricis (193-PG-92) and Mareks Mejeris (207-F-91, agency: Players Group) responded with 13 points apiece for Latvia.

Montenegro U20: Bojan Dubljevic 18, Marco Todorovic 12+11 boards, Halil Kanacevic 8
Latvia U20: Arturs Bricis 13, Mareks Mejeris 13



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Should NBA Players Head Overseas If games are missed? - by Eddie King
The title of this article has been the biggest question about the NBA ever since Allstar Point guard Deron Williams said that he'll go and play for a Turkish team is the NBA misses any games. He reasoning, was his love for playing and wanting to be in quality shape once the NBA got underway. Plus the Turkish team reportedly offered him 5 million dollars to play for them. My answer to the title question is, 'it depends on the player', basically meaning, I don't think it's smart for someone of Williams caliber to go overseas.

First reason is that I dont think his competitive void will be filled by playing over seas, yes they're are quality players over there but, it's like night and day compared to the competion he's use to in the NBA over the past 6 season. Also, I don't know if his family will be totally happy going to another Country in which the language barrier will be tough. Secondly, with him being a free agent after this year and a huge pay day on the table still, he would be risking injury playing against guys that are going to go at him twice as hard to make at name for themselves, because of his stature.

I know he stated that money wasn't a issue, but 5 million is 5 million, and a lot of times playing in Europe doesnt pay - literally.There have been so many horror stories about about teams not honoring contracts and players leaving clubs without the compensation that it was once agreed to. From the low level leagues to the High level leagues. I think for role players that haven't made as much money as the star players and have some years in the NBA, it could be a good idea if they can get a solid contract but have a clear understaning that you can go there with hype and play less minutes than you're getting in the NBA, and you probably would understand why. Ex. Brandon Jennings, Josh Childress, etc.

Ultimately, the reasoning I have on this subject is that the, 'once you've had a taste of NBA, there is nothing that can compare on a basketball level in any aspect' The life style the travel, the perks, the competition! It's like, 'Once you're started eating steak and lobster, you can't go back to burgers and fries'! I'd just stay here and work out with players in the states and pray that the lockout ends soon!

Article by: Author Eddie King


Deron's Turkey move pends FIBA approval - by Eurobasket News
Besiktas has announced the signing of NBA star Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Illinois), but the transfer will only be finalized after the International Basketball Federation, or FIBA, approves the transfer.

FIBA will have the final say on the deal, which has been made possible by the lockout in the National Basketball Association, or NBA.

The Istanbul club was in talks with the New Jersey Nets point guard, but the official agreement was announced late Tuesday. Williams announced the deal on his Twitter account last weekend as well. 'Just made it official, headed to Turkey: signed with Besiktas@BJK_Basketbol', he wrote.

Beikta, which also boasts NBA legend Allen Iverson in its squad, will be able to keep Williams on a rolling contract that will see him leave as soon as the lockout ends.

The Williams transfer was funded by the sponsorship of Milangaz and Moil, Anatolia news agency reported. Largely heralded as one of the two top point guards in the league, along with the New Orleans Hornets Chris Paul, Williams averaged 20.1 points and 10.3 assists for the Nets and the Utah Jazz last season.

Beikta wanted to capitalize on the NBA lockout with another marquee move, and went for Kobe Bryant. However, the team, which is sweating under football match-fixing allegations, has had difficulties finding the funds to meet

Bryants reported demand of $1 million per month.

Courtesy of www.hurriyetdailynews.com


NBA, union staffers to hold meeting Friday - by Eurobasket News
Staff members from the NBA and players' association will meet Friday, the first session related to collective bargaining since the lockout began July 1.

The meeting won't include Commissioner David Stern, union executive director Billy Hunter, or players or owners, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions. No new proposals are expected, says the person, who was granted anonymity because the meeting isn't being publicized.

Representatives of the sides have been together this month for an audit of last season's revenues, but this meeting, first reported Tuesday by Bloomberg, is the first scheduled for negotiating a new deal. They were far apart when the old CBA expired at the end of the day June 30.

The next fully attended session is likely late this month or early August.

Courtesy of www.mysanantonio.com


Warriors hire former Boston assistant Darren Erman - by Eurobasket News
The new look of the Golden State Warriors front office is beginning to take shape as the team announced Tuesday the hiring of former Boston assistant Darren Erman. Erman has spent the last four seasons working with Doc Rivers and the Celtics, but took a most unconventional route to becoming an NBA coach.

As an undergraduate at Emory University Erman was a student-coach for their basketball team before moving on to Northwestern University Law School. He spent a few years practicing law before he had a change of heart, giving up his lawyer salary and began teaching and coaching at New Jersey's St. Anthony's High School under legendary coach Bob Hurley, the subject of Adrian Wojnarowski's book The Miracle of St. Anthony's.

From there, Erman would coach at Brandeis University for free for a while before being approached by the Celtics Brian Scalabrine to join them as a skills-development coach in Boston. Erman is an incredibly passionate coach, something I'm sure the Warriors were looking for:

'When I coach, I am very intense,' [Erman] says. 'When we lose, I am up all night. When we win, I don't appreciate the victory since I am preparing for the next game.'

Courtesy of http://bayarea.sbnation.com (by Ernie Pomin)


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Syracuse, Oklahoma, Va Tech and Stanford to host opening doubleheaders for NIT Season Tip-Off - by Eurobasket News
Syracuse, Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech and Stanford will be the hosts for the opening doubleheaders of the 2011 NIT Season Tip-Off.

The pairings for the 27th edition of the tournament were announced Wednesday.

The first two rounds will be Nov. 14-16. The semifinals and finals are at Madison Square Garden Nov. 23 and 25.

Syracuse will host Manhattan with Albany facing Brown in the other game. Monmouth will be at Virginia Tech with George Mason playing Florida International. Oklahoma State will host Arkansas-Pine Bluff with Oral Roberts meeting Texas-San Antonio. Fresno State will be at Stanford with Colorado State taking on SMU in the other game.

The first- and second-round losers will play third- and fourth-round doubleheaders Nov. 21-22 at campus sites.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


No timetable on UK standout's recovery - by Eurobasket News
Jon Hood (6'6''-G) had worked hard all off-season, adding pounds and muscle, until a 'freak' accident in pursuit of improvement Monday night turned his summer sour.

'Apparently, it was during a pickup game late (Monday) night,' Hood's father, Brian, said Tuesday. 'He wasn't hit or anything. It was a non-contact injury, where he just came down wrong. It was one of those freak things.'

UK announced Tuesday that the rising junior from Madisonville had suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and would undergo surgery once swelling subsides.

'I think he has a pretty bad bone bruise, which you get from a torn ACL,' said Brian Hood. 'I think they just want things to calm down before they do the surgery. There's no real timetable right now.'

Nor is there a timetable for Hood's recovery. Doctors won't know the extent of the injury until surgery is performed.

'He's like anybody would be,' his father said when asked about his son's emotions. 'He's a little bit frustrated and a little bit upset. But we've got to find something positive from this and move forward.'

Rated as the 40th best prospect in the nation by Rivals.com when he came to Kentucky in 2009, the 6-foot-7 Hood was part of a heralded rookie class that included NBA Draft picks John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Bledsoe and Daniel Orton.

Hood played in 17 games as a freshman, averaging 1.2 points as UK reached the Elite Eight.

With the arrival of freshmen Terrence Jones, Brandon Knight and Doron Lamb, plus the emergence of DeAndre Liggins, Hood played in 33 games on last year's Final Four team, averaging 4.8 minutes and 0.8 points.

Hood scored a career-high seven points in a win over Coppin State in December and played a career-high 20 minutes in a Southeastern Conference win over Louisiana State at Rupp Arena.

'It's terrible news, especially for Jon,' former teammate Josh Harrellson said. '... I'm sure he's down in the dumps right now. I'm sure he was hoping to be one of the leaders and come out and make an impact. ... But I know we've got a great group of guys keeping him motivated.'

Harrellson played with Hood on a tour of China last year, and he recalled Hood's positive attitude on the trip.

'Hoody's got a great character,' he said. 'He's always motivating people and cheering people on to get better. Even if he's not playing a lot, he's still there to keep you motivated, to keep you pumped up and to keep you ready. ... I'm sure he's still going to be a leader out there teaching the guys what to do right.'

With John Calipari bringing in another No. 1 recruiting class and Jones electing to return for his sophomore season, Hood would have had to fight hard for playing time this season even if he were healthy. But the former North Hopkins star was preparing for the competition, his father said.

'It probably hurts a little worse when you've been working hard,' Brian Hood said. 'He's been working really hard. He'd gotten his weight up to 215 pounds. It's just one of those things that happens.'

It happens not just to Kentucky, either. North Carolina announced last week that reserve guard Leslie McDonald had torn the ACL in his right knee during a Greater North Carolina Pro-Am Summer League game. The junior could end up missing the season.

There is no word yet on how much time Hood might expect to miss.

'This is a tough blow 4 both Jon & our team,' Calipari said via Twitter on Tuesday. 'Veteran leadership on a young team is irreplaceable but Jon will use this 2 come back stronger.'

'It's tough,' Brian Hood admitted. 'But he's a very mature kid, and he's handled it in a very mature way. There have been no tears, no pity party. He's taken it a lot better than a lot of people would have, probably a lot better than I would have.'

Courtesy of www.kentucky.com


Jesi signs rookie Jeff Brooks - by Eurobasket News
Jeff Brooks (203-F-89) is set to start his professional career. The American forward signed a deal with Aurora Basket Jesi for the next season. He graduated at the Penn State University few months ago. Brooks played 33 games as a senior averaging 13.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists. He helped Penn State to reach Big Ten Tournament Finals and was named All-Big Ten Honorable Mention -11. As a junior, Jeff Brooks had 7.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 1.4 apg. Penn State wont he NIT in 2009. Brooks had 3.3 ppg and 2.6 rpg at that time. Almost the same numbers Brooks had as a freshman. Jesi will compete in LegaDue next season.

More than dozen college coaches involved in possible Ponzi scheme - by Eurobasket News
More than a dozen current and former college coaches -- including Texas Tech's Billy Gillispie , Arizona's Lute Olson , Baylor's Scott Drew and Gonzaga's Mark Few -- are believed to have lost investments most recently valued at over $7.8 million combined with the late Houston-area businessman and AAU basketball operator J. David Salinas, sources close to the matter tell SI.com.

According to documents reviewed by SI.com, the value of Gillispie's investment alone was purported to be $2.3 million; Olson's, $1.17 million; Drew's, $621,000; Few's, $353,000.
Salinas, who committed suicide on Sunday amid a months-long investigation into his businesses by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, died at age 60 from a gunshot wound at his home in Friendswood, Texas. He was the chairman of the eponymous J. David Financial Group in Friendswood, the founder of the Houston Select AAU basketball program and a Houston, Rice and Wichita State donor.

SI.com has learned that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has begun to look into the case, which centers around the supposed issuing of corporate bonds.

SI.com also has identified Few and former Rice, Wichita State and Cornell basketball coach Scott Thompson (investment most recently valued at $65,000) as the latest names to be added to an initial list of nine basketball coaches first reported by CBSSports.com. Those nine included: Gillispie; Olson; Drew; Nebraska coach Doc Sadler ($38,000); Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (and former Rice) coach Willis Wilson ($642,000); Gonzaga assistant (and former Utah head coach) Ray Giacoletti ($1.2 million); United States Merchant Marine Academy (and former Nebraska) coach Danny Nee ($23,000); Augustana College coach Grey Giovanine ($533,000); and former Houston and Nevada coach Pat Foster. Save for Foster, SI.com was able to independently confirm each of those individuals as clients of Salinas.

'This is a tragic event that impacts the family and friends of David Salinas,' Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth told SI.com in a statement following a request for comment from Few. 'The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating the matter as it is not a basketball matter. We sympathize with all of those whose lives have been affected by this shocking event.'

Olson, Drew, Sadler, Wilson, Nee and Giovanine did not respond to requests for comment; Texas Tech, on behalf of Gillispie, declined to comment.

'I'm shocked and surprised like everyone else, and trying to figure it all out,' Thompson told SI.com. 'I think David befriended many people, and many coaching friends, and I invested with him like many other people did.'

The list of clients isn't limited to basketball. Two Texas football coaches also invested with Salinas: Baylor football coach Art Briles ($780,000) and former Houston football coach Bill Yeoman. Another investor was Rudy Davalos ($83,000), the former University of New Mexico athletic director, San Antonio Spurs assistant and University of the South basketball coach. (Briles, Yeoman and Davalos could not be reached for comment.)

The current list of known investors involves at least 100 accounts in all, the majority of them not sports-related, with the grand total of dollars at risk ranging well into several tens of millions of dollars.

While investors, a number of whom included high-profile Houston businesspeople, did appear to receive statements from Salinas, it remains unclear whether the bonds themselves ever actually existed, and it is uncertain how much each coach initially invested. According to government filings reviewed by SI.com, Salinas was never actually a registered investment adviser representative, and the J. David Group was never registered as an investment adviser firm with the SEC.

'He had a great reputation as a strong money manager, not just locally but nationally,' one source familiar with the situation said. 'People are shocked. A lot of these investors were his friends. There's a feeling of, 'How do you know what's safe?''

Now, as names of clients continue to surface in what looks to be a burgeoning financial scandal, another regulatory body may be compelled to enter the mix: the NCAA. No existing NCAA bylaw prohibits university representatives from investing in what they believe to be legitimate securities, but a conflict of interest would seem to arise when the head of a successful AAU program is also the person managing (and profiting from) those investments.

The NCAA did not respond to an e-mail requesting comment.

Raising further suspicions is that several coaches who invested with Salinas, who was also known for his lavish Final Four parties, would sign players from Salinas' Houston Select AAU team. Dates of coaches' investments remain unknown. But the paths of Demetri Goodson (Gonzaga, before transferring to Baylor this summer), Henry Dugat (Baylor), Jawann McClellan (Arizona), Alonzo Edwards (Nebraska, later North Texas), Louis Truscott (Nebraska, then Houston), Rodney Williams (Nebraska), Justin Wiggins (Tulsa) and Joseph Jones (Texas A&M) spark potential questions, for example. Other notable Houston Select alumni include Dexter Pittman (Texas), Cartier Martin (Kansas State) and Toure Murray (Wichita State).

On Monday former University of Houston basketball coach Tom Penders told The Daily that Salinas had solicited a $100,000 investment from Penders and 'made a strong, strong implication' that it would help him gain access to Houston Select prospects. 'He talked about all these coaches that he had investing with him,' Penders told The Daily. 'I told him because he was an AAU guy, I couldn't possibly get involved in that. I said, 'I think that's kind of a rules violation, or could be.''

For the coaches who did invest, Salinas was someone they intimately trusted.

'Obviously this is a tragic event,' Gonzaga's Giacoletti said in a statement provided to SI.com. 'I've known David and his family and invested with him for the past 22 years. My heart goes out to his family and friends.'

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


World Military Championship: USA thump Cyprus - by Eurobasket News
USA - Cyprus 93:54

USA claimed the fourth straight victory at the World Military Championship. They breezed past Cyprus to remain on top of Group A. Cyprus fell at 1-3 record after the loss. Jammar Major accounted for 15 points and 7 boards for the winners.
USA stunned Cyprus in the opening minutes. They grabbed a 12:3 lead and raced to a 25:15 advantage after ten minutes. USA maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 39:26 halftime advantage. The United States used a 16:5 run in the third period to build a 63:42 lead with one quarter remaining. USA never looked back in the fourth stanza and marched to the victory at the end. Cleveland Richard (6'3''-G) and Paul Nelson (6'10''-C-88, college: Yale) delivered 13 points apiece in the winning effort. Michael Simon (6'1''-G-92) and Nicolas Constantinou (6'1''-G/F-91) replied with 15 points each for Cyprus. Pantziaros netted 7 points in the loss.

USA: Jammar Major 15, Cleveland Richard 13, Paul Nelson 13
Cyprus: Michael Simon 15, Nicolas Constantinou 15



Paris Horne signs deal with BG Gottingen - by Eurobasket News
Paris Horne (191-G-87) is set to start his professional basketball career. The American guard penned a deal with the German team BG Gottingen. They will compete in 1.Bundesliga. Paris Horne is a product of the St. Johns University, where he graduated few months ago. He appeared 33 times for his school as a senior averaging 7.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists. Horne finished tied for second all-time (Felipe Lopez) in career three-pointers made with 148. In 2009/10 season, Horne collected 9.2 ppg and 3.1 rpg for his school. His sophomore year was the best one for Horne at St. Johns. He exploded with 14.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 2.2 apg at that time. It was a huge improvement after 5.1 ppg and 2.3 rpg as a freshman.

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Adelaide 36ers sign import Chris Warren - by Duncan Matheson
The Adelaide 36ers have signed their first import for the 2011/12 season signing import Chris Warren (177-G-88) from the University of Mississippi. Warren, an explosive 5'10' point guard, had a stellar season for his Mississippi Rebels last season and despite this being his first professional stint he is seen as a massive coup for the 36ers. Warren last season averaged 19.1 points and 3.8 assists in the tough SEC, and coach Marty Clarke said about his new recruit, 'The SEC is an extremely athletic and well respected conference. Chris displays a great game sense, an ability to score against top flight players, and both leadership and composure of a quality point guard. He is a dynamic player who we believe will help bring on-court success and enhance our commitment to creating an elite mindset within the team. We believe his game style fits our philosophies and will bring great excitement to our fans.'

Warren will land in Adelaide in August to start training with the team and preparing for their October 8 opening match against the Perth Wildcats.


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Panama releases the National Team Pre-Selection - by Gianni Pascucci
Panamanian Basketball Federation announced yesterday the list of the players of the Panamanian National Team Pre-Selection. The NT Camp is scheduled to start on August 1 in the Coliseo Deportivo de la AIP at Costa del Este. The players convocated are:


1 Joel Munoz (179-G-80),
2 Nicanor Alvarez (192-G/F-91)
3 Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington)
4 Ariel Robinson (195-G/F)
5 Jamahr Warren (194-G/F-79, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Missouri So.)
6 Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87)
7 Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-F-80, college: Arkansas)
8 Jonathan King (193-G-90)
9 Desmond Alexis Smith (199-F-86, college: William & Mary)
10 Ryan Abrahams (191-G-81, college: Hawaii-Hilo)
11 Joel Tesis (204-F/C-85, college: John Brown)
12 Ernesto Oglivie (199-F-89)
13 Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85, college: Virginia)
14 Jair Peralta (178-G-76, college: Tennessee-Martin)
15 Ruben Douglas (193-G-79, agency: Lanshire Group, college: N.Mexico)
16 Benito Sykes (205-C/C-85)
17 Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, agency: Priority Sports, college: Providence)
18 Antonio Garcia (203-F/C-76, college: Ky Wesleyan)
19 Michael Hicks (193-G-76, college: Texas A&M - C.C.)
20 Jamaal Levy (206-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest)
21 Jaime Lloreda (201-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU)
22 Israel Munoz (195-F-91)
23 Daniel King (203-F-87, college: N.Mexico JC)
24 Leonardo Pomare (203-F-86, college: San Diego)




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Marshall Moses joins Anwil - by Eurobasket News
Marshall Moses (198-F-89) will start his professional career in Poland. The 22-year-old forward has agreed on terms of contract with Anwil Wloclawek. Marshall Moses has just graduated from the Oklahoma State University in 2011. He tallied 14.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game in his senior season. Marshall Moses made it into All-Big 12 3rd Team.


U20: Poland won the first game of the Classification Round - by Eurobasket News
Poland U20-Netherlands U20 88:79

Poland won the first game of the Classification Round of the U20 European Championship. They edged the Dutch side 88:79 in the start of it for the higher places.
Poland started with 10-0 run as Marek Szumelda-Krzycki (193-PG-91, agency: Promotex) gave such a lead to his team in the opening tip of the game. It was not however enough even to win the first period. Netherlands erupted with 25-12 in the last six minutes to win the period 25:22. Moreover the Dutch side increased to 8 more points after 19-11 in the second frame. De Haas sent both squads to the lockers for 44:33 halftime advantage. Only in the second half Poland managed to show their own game and won both periods. Wojciech Fras (203-F-91) tied the game at 59:59 at the third period and after 27-16 in the last,Poland celebrated the victory.
Marek Szumelda-Krzycki poured in 21 points for the winners and Jakub Parzenski (209-F/C-91) nailed 16. Michal Sokolowski (196-G-92) collected 13 points and 15 rebounds, while Wojciech Fras scored 13. Jeroen van Vugt (192-G-91) ended up with 16 points in defeat, whilst Leon Williams (183-PG-91) and Max Van Schaik (208-F-91) had 15 apiece.

Poland U20: Marek Szumelda-Krzycki 21, Jakub Parzenski 16, Michal Sokolowski 13+15 rebs, Wojciech Fras 13
Netherlands U20: Jeroen van Vugt 16, Leon Williams 15, Max Van Schaik 15



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U20: Belgium recorded another victory at the U20 European Championship in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News
Portugal U20-Belgium U20 59:74

Belgium recorded another victory at the U20 European Championship in Sarajevo. The team won over Portugal 74:59 to start the Qualifying Round successfully.
Belgium scored the first 6 points in the game as Maarten Rademakers (205-C/F-91) and Gillet made their shots from the perimeter. Schwartz later scored for 17:6, while Ferreirinho closed the first quarter at 19:8. Portugal evened the game in the second period and could win the frame 14-13. Cardoso sent the squads to the lockers for 32:22. In the third quarter Belgium added 26-16 and enjoyed 20-point advantage after thirty minutes. They rightfully stayed undefeated at the tournament and will face Czech Republic for the top place in the group.
Dennis Donkor (194-G/F-91) led the way with 18 points, while Maarten Rademakers and Terry Deroover (180-G-91) netted 13 each. Renato Azevedo (186-G/F-91) nailed 12 points in the losing effort and Cardoso scored 11.

Portugal U20: Renato Azevedo 12, Cardoso 11
Belgium U20: Dennis Donkor 18, Maarten Rademakers 13+12 rebs, Terry Deroover 13



FPB - difficult times - by Hugo Carvalho
FPB continues to live moments of great confusion about the future and we are not yet sure if there will be championship or not.
For financial reasons Penafiel is out of the Portuguese Basketball League and this is causing big problems for the FPB, which was forced twice to extend the applications of clubs.

Another problem is to find a team to the place of Penafiel. It's the public that the situation of Lusitania is bad in financial terms, and so the FPB should not accept the entry of this team. That would be illegal and an injustice to all the other clubs. Find the 12th candidate for the LPB is being very difficult. When we know that Oliveirense is being pressed to play in the LPB. If this happens it will be a team of CNB1 (Portuguese 3rd division) to play in the league, as happened to Penafiel.

Let's wait and see what happens.



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BSN Semifinals: Quebradillas takes 3-2 lead against Bayamon - by Eurobasket News
BSN Semifinals, Game 5: Quebradillas - Bayamon 83-71 (3-2)

Game Five of the BSN Semifinals between Quebradillas and Bayamon was played last night. The home squad celebrated 83-71 victory for 3-2 lead in the series. They need one more for the Finals, but Bayamon will be the host in Game Six. That meeting is scheduled for Thursday.
The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-71. Quebradillas outrebounded Vaqueros 44-28 including 30 on the defensive glass. International guard David Huertas (196-G-87, college: Mississippi) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 9 rebounds. International center Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Daytona Beach CC) with 20 points and 6 assists and American-DR Congolese forward Bambale Osby (203-F-86, college: Maryland) added 20 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Vaqueros. Vaqueros' coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help.

Bayamon: C.Dalmau 20+2reb+6ast, B.Osby 20+8reb, J.Mojica 9+3reb+5ast, R.Jose Hatton 5+3reb+2ast, R.Barbosa 4+1reb, L.Benson 4+7reb+1ast
Quebradillas: D.Huertas 24+9reb+1ast, P.John Ramos 19+12reb+2ast, D.Washington 18+5reb+4ast, J.Jones 7+5reb+1ast, R.Apodaca 7+1reb+1ast, P.Tucker 6+8reb+2ast


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Angel Daniel VASSALLO
  Guaynabo
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Vassallo, Guaynabo22.2 
 2. Ramos, Quebradillas21.5 
 3. Johnson, Humacao21.2 
 4. Dalmau, Bayamon20.7 
 5. Villegas, Coamo19.1 
 6. Ayuso, Arecibo19.0 
 7. Harris, San German18.3 
 8. Randolph, Isabela18.0 
 9. Carmona, Mayaguez17.0 
 10. Pellot-Rosa, San16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  San German
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Harris, San German12.3 
 2. Randolph, Isabela12.3 
 3. Narvaez, Coamo11.6 
 4. Pruitt, Guaynabo11.3 
 5. Ramos, Quebradillas10.5 
 6. Lloreda, San G.10.0 
 7. Clemente, Mayaguez9.1 
 8. Sweetney, Santurce9.1 
 9. Johnson, Humacao8.5 
 10. Rickert, Bayamon8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Arecibo
  (182-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Rodriguez, Arecibo6.2 
 2. Brown, Quebradillas5.9 
 3. Rivera, San German5.5 
 4. Dalmau, Bayamon5.4 
 5. Clinch, Isabela4.5 
 6. Clemente, Humacao4.4 
 7. Guzman, Guaynabo4.2 
 8. Rivera, Mayaguez4.2 
 9. Bruton, Quebradill.4.1 
 10. Copeland, San G.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Arecibo
  (182-PG-81)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Rodriguez, Arecibo1.8 
 2. Hinson, Isabela1.8 
 3. Rivera, Mayaguez1.6 
 4. Clinch, Isabela1.5 
 5. Hodge, Santurce1.4 
 6. Mojica, Bayamon1.4 
 7. Santiago, Santurce1.3 
 8. Chaney, Santurce1.3 
 9. Dalmau, Bayamon1.2 
 10. Pellot-Rosa, San1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Penn, Humacao2.6 
 2. Sanchez, Santurce1.9 
 3. Santiago, Arecibo1.9 
 4. Aubry, Arecibo1.6 
 5. Lee, Bayamon1.6 
 6. Harris, San German1.4 
 7. Randolph, Isabela1.4 
 8. Ramos, Quebradillas1.1 
 9. Freije, Coamo1.1 
 10. Shannon, Bayamon1.0 


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World Military Championship: Brazil register third straight victory - by Eurobasket News
Brazil - Qatar 64:53

Brazil posted the third consecutive victory at the World Military Championship. They prevailed against Qatar to improve at 3-1 record in Group B. Luiz Felipe Campos (191-G-80, college: BYU) accounted for 15 points to lead the effort.
The lead changed hands throughout the opening frame. The hosts eked out a 16:14 lead after ten minutes. Brazil cleared off in the second period. They arrived at halftime up by 12 points 39:27. Brazil maintained the lead throughout the third term. The hosts entered the fourth stanza up by 11 points. Qatar got within single digits but Brazil stayed calm and rolled to the victory at the end. Frederico Lima (180-PG-80) scored 12 points, while Luiz Felipe added 10 in the victory. Ali Turki (201-F-82) answered with 22 points for Qatar. Fadi Hani (184-G) netted 10 points in defeat.

Brazil: Luiz Felipe Campos 15, Frederico Lima 12, Luiz Felipe 10
Qatar: Ali Turki 22, Fadi Hani 10



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Energia Rovinari keeps center Viorel Mocanu - by Eurobasket News
Viorel Mocanu (205-C-77) will stay for at least one more season with Energia Rovinari. Two sides penned a one-year contract extension. Mocanu joined the club last summer from Dinamo Bucharest. He played 32 games averaging 9.6 points and 4.8 rebounds. It seems that was enough for Mocanu to secure an extension. In the past, he played for Otopeni, Sibiu and Cluj.
Energia Rovinari also penned a deal with Robert Giles (193-G-87, college: Ball St.) few days ago. The American guard most recently played for the Holland Blast. They competed in International Basketball League (IBL). In 14 games for the Blast, Giles averaged 15.7 points. Robert Giles is a product of the Ball State University. He graduated there two years ago. Giles played 30 games for his school as a senior registering 8.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 1.1 apg. He helped them reach MAC Tournament Semifinals. Ball State also was MAC West Division regular season co-champion that year. In 2007/08, Giles had 2.9 ppg and 2.4 rpg for his school.
According to some sources, Rafal Bigus could leave the team.


Claudiu Fometescu moves to CSM Bucuresti - by Eurobasket News
CSM Bucuresti announced signing of Claudiu Fometescu (188-G-73) for the next season. The Romanian guard heads to his new club from CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca. He won the title last season with Cluj. Fometescu appeared 40 times in the league registering 2.3 ppg, 1.1 rpg and 1.5 apg. He was a member of Dinamo Bucuresti from 2000 until 2010. In their last season together Fometescu had 15.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 4.4 apg for 29 games. He helped Dinamo to win the title in 2003. Fometescu participated five times at the Romanian League All-Star Game. In 2008, he was named Eurobasket.com Romanian League All-Defensive Team. From 1998 to 2005, Claudiu Fometescu was a member of the Romanian National Team.

U20: Grznar paced Slovak Republic over Romania in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News
Romania U20-Slovak Republic U20 69:75

Slovak Republic improved to 2-0 record at the start of the Classification Round for 9-16 places in Division B. The Slovak team won over Romania 75:69 at the U20 European Championship in Sarajevo.
Richard Grznar (189-PG-91) and Vlad Corpodean (197-F-91) opened the scoring accounts for their teams, while the score was tied 4 times in the opening period. Only one point separated the teams at the end of the frame, but in the second period Slovak Republic started to play better. Bukovic and Tomas Mrvis (194-G/F-91) scored for 40:29, while Bogdan Tibirna (210-C-91) made two free throws to close the half. Romania bounced back with some important baskets in the third quarter and Matei Nuna (191-G-91) reduced to 52:51. Richard Grznar increased to 50:54 at the end of thirty minutes, but Vlad Corpodean grabbed 65:64 with Romania midway through the last quarter. Slovak Republic needed 11-4 at the end to win the game.
Richard Grznar exploded with 34 points and 9 rebounds, while Tomas Mrvis added 15. Bogdan Tibirna collected 23 points and 14 rebounds for the Romanian squad and Vlad Corpodean scored 19.

Romania U20: Bogdan Tibirna 23+14 rebs, Vlad Corpodean 19, Matei Nuna 16
Slovak Republic U20: Richard Grznar 34+9 rebs, Tomas Mrvis 15



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Krasnie Krilya announced Nikita Balashov - by Eurobasket News
Krasnie Krilya announced Nikita Balashov (206-F-91) for the next season. In 2008-2009 the Russian Forward started for Dynamo Moscow U23 (U-23 Youth League). In 2010-2011 played for Dynamo Moscow (PBL) and in Russian League after 14 games averaged 2.1ppg, 1.9rpg. In EuroChallenge his stats read 3.5ppg, 1.5bpg.
Recently the player participates at the European Championships U20 in Spain. Nikita Balashov recorded so far 13 points in the game versus Montenegro on July 16th. Both teams ensured the Qualifying Round appearance. Andrey Zubkov and Nikita Balashov nailed 13 points apiece to pace the winners.
Andrey Zubkov and Nikita Balashov put Russia in charge 61:60 midway through the fourth period. The teams exchanged points for several minutes before Bojan Dubljevic made it 66:65 for the Balkan team with 55 seconds remaining. However Ivan Strebkov penetrated into the paint, converted a layup and got fouled. He followed with an accurate free throw to seal the victory for Russia.
In 2009 Nikita Balashov was a member of the Russian U18 National Team. Also he became Russian U23 League Finalist and participated at the European Championships U18 in Metz (France). In 8 games he averaged 7.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 47.5%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 57.1%.




Chris Quinn close to sign with Khimky - by Eurobasket News
According to Solobasket, Chris Quinn (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) is close to sign a deal with Khimky. Reportedly, it is just matter of time when the deal will be official. The American point guard spent last season with the NBA team San Antonio Spurs. He appeared 38 times for them averaging 2.1 points and 1.1 assists. The Spurs were NBA Southwest Division champions, but they disappointed in the Playoffs. Before San Antonio, Chris Quinn played for the New Jersey Nets and Miami Heat. With the Heat in 2007/08 season Quinn had 7.8 ppg, 2 rpg and 3 apg. It was his best NBA season so far. Quinn is a product of the Notre Dame University. He graduated there in 2006. Quinn played 29 games for his school as a senior registering 17.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg and 6.4 apg.

U20: Another big game for Evan Fournier as France drive past Russia - by Eurobasket News
France U20 - Russia U20 70:57

France finished the U20 European Championship Qualifying Round on a high note. They beat Russia to extend their unbeaten run. Evan Fournier (200-G/F-92) stepped up with 24 points and 6 boards to lead Les Bleus. France clinched the top spot in Group E. Russia finished in the second position at 4-1 record.
France gave Russia little chance right from the start. Les Bleus posted a 14:3 lead midway through the starting quarter. France arrived at the first break up by 9 points 21:12. Evan Fournier boosted the margin to 17 points in the second frame. France arrived at halftime leading 38:21. Evan Fournier made it a 20-point game in the third quarter. Russia used an 8:0 run to cut the deficit but Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) made it 58:40 for France heading into the fourth frame. France never slowed down in the final quarter rolling to a comfortable win at the end. Leo Westermann netted 9 points, while Joffrey Lauvergne (210-F-91) added 8 points for the winning side. Ruslan Tumanov (190-G-91) responded with 14 points for Russia. Pavel Antipov (203-F-91) had 9 points in the loss.

France U20: Evan Fournier 24, Leo Westermann 9, Joffrey Lauvergne 8
Russia U20: Ruslan Tumanov 14, Pavel Antipov 9



Timofey Mozgov is ready to play in Russia - by Eurobasket News
Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: RIZO) has reportedly agreed on terms of contract with his former team Khimky. The deal is meant for the duration of NBA lockout. The Russian centre has a contract with the Denver Nuggets but is ready to play in Europe during the lockout. Timofey Mozgov spent four seasons with Khimky in 2007/2010. Last season the centre moved the NBA. He joined the New York Knicks averaging 4.0 points and 3.1 boards per game in his debut season. In February Timofey Mozgov was traded to the Denver Nuggets. His stats read 2.8 points and 1.7 rebounds per appearance there. Timofey Mozgov participated at 2010 World Championship. The player posted 13.0 points, 4.4 boards and 1.0 block per game in Turkey.


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U20: Serbia edge Croatia for third straight win - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U20 - Croatia U20 80:79

Serbia came from behind to silence Croatia at U20 European Championship. The victory propelled Serbia to 3-0 record in Group G.
It was a tough battle from start to finish. Croatia had their backs against the wall looking desperately for a win. They opened the game with six points in a row and led throughout the starting quarter. Boris Barac (206-F-92) made it 20:18 for Croatia at the first break. Mikulic stretched the margin to 6 points early in the second quarter. Croatia used a 7:0 run to take a 37:29 lead with under four minutes remaining in the first half. But Serbia reacted with an 8:2 rally of their own to surge ahead 40:39. The teams stayed close throughout the third quarter. The lead changed hands for several times before Serbia ensured a 60:58 lead with one quarter remaining. Boris Barac and Mikulic organized a 14:3 run as Croatia posted a 72:63 lead midway through the fourth frame. Jaramaz and Danilo Andjusic (197-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) helped Serbia to erase the deficit 75:75 with just over two minutes to go. The teams exchanges strikes before Nemanja Nedovic (192-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) converted a three-point play giving Serbia an 80:79 lead with four seconds to go. Dukan had a chance to win the game for Croatia but missed a desperate three-pointer. Nemanja Nedovic finished with 27 points and 7 assists for Serbia. Danilo Andjusic added 14 points in the victory. Boris Barac answered with 23 points for Croatia. Domagoj Bubalo (214-C-91) accounted for 18 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Serbia U20: Nemanja Nedovic 27, Danilo Andjusic 14, Milan Milovanovic (205-C/F-91) 10
Croatia U20: Boris Barac 23, Domagoj Bubalo 18



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  SIERRA LEONE   


Cannon Royals Retain League Crown - by Kristian Santiago
Concord Times (Freetown)
Freetown Cannon Royals on Wednesday retained their Western Area Basketball championship crown after defeating YSC in the play-off final at the National Stadium basketball court in Freetown.

The Royals came from two quarters down to win the final quarter 56-54, and according to their veteran captain Trevor Turner (193-F-85), the victory was down to experience.

'We did retain our title because of experience,' he said. 'At the start of the match we were two quarters down but we were able to bounce back because of maturity. YSC is a good team with young players and they played well but we were able to prevail over them because we have lots of experience players.'

According to Turner, they are already planning to groom young players for next season as the current squad of veteran players might not be able to cope with the pace of the league next season.

Ola Robin-Coker, skipper of the YSC side, also admitted that they lost the title due to lack of experience but believed that was a learning process for them.

He said: 'We played well in the opening quarters but lost concentration in the final quarter and we lost our chance of winning the title back because they (Cannon Royals) won it from us last season.'



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U20: Grznar paced Slovak Republic over Romania in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News
Romania U20-Slovak Republic U20 69:75

Slovak Republic improved to 2-0 record at the start of the Classification Round for 9-16 places in Division B. The Slovak team won over Romania 75:69 at the U20 European Championship in Sarajevo.
Richard Grznar (189-PG-91) and Vlad Corpodean (197-F-91) opened the scoring accounts for their teams, while the score was tied 4 times in the opening period. Only one point separated the teams at the end of the frame, but in the second period Slovak Republic started to play better. Bukovic and Tomas Mrvis (194-G/F-91) scored for 40:29, while Bogdan Tibirna (210-C-91) made two free throws to close the half. Romania bounced back with some important baskets in the third quarter and Matei Nuna (191-G-91) reduced to 52:51. Richard Grznar increased to 50:54 at the end of thirty minutes, but Vlad Corpodean grabbed 65:64 with Romania midway through the last quarter. Slovak Republic needed 11-4 at the end to win the game.
Richard Grznar exploded with 34 points and 9 rebounds, while Tomas Mrvis added 15. Bogdan Tibirna collected 23 points and 14 rebounds for the Romanian squad and Vlad Corpodean scored 19.

Romania U20: Bogdan Tibirna 23+14 rebs, Vlad Corpodean 19, Matei Nuna 16
Slovak Republic U20: Richard Grznar 34+9 rebs, Tomas Mrvis 15



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  SLOVENIA   


Union Olimpija lands Deon Thompson - by Eurobasket News
Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) is a new member of Union Olimpija. The American power forward penned a two-year deal with the Ljubljana team. He heads to Union Olimpija from Ikaros, where he spent last season. Thompson appeared 25 times in Greek championship averaging 14.1 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. He was named Eurobasket.com Greek A1 League All-Newcomers Team -11. Thompson also participated at the Greek League All-Star Game. Deon Thompson is a University of North Carolina product, where he graduated last year. He had 13.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg and 1.1 spg for 37 games as a senior. He helped North Carolina reach NIT Finals in 2010. A year before that Thompson had 10.6 ppg and 5.7 rpg for 28 games. He won the Gold at the FIBA U19 World Championship 2007. For 9 games with U19 USA he had 10 ppg and 6.1 rpg.

U20: Sweden narrowly prevail against Slovenia - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U20 - Slovenia U20 69:68

Sweden registered the first win at the Qualifying Round of U20 European Championship. They held off Slovenia behind 16 points from Alexander Lindqvist (202-F-91). Sweden clinched the fifth place in Group E. Slovenia finished in the sixth position in the ladder.
Slovenia and Sweden exchanged baskets throughout the opening frame. Christopher Czerapowicz (200-SF-91) and Engstrom fired five points in a row as Sweden posted a 22:16 lead at the first break. Sweden maintained the lead throughout the second period. They established a 39:36 lead at halftime. Nikolic triggered an 11:2 run that gave Slovenia a 51:50 lead at the final break. The teams stayed close throughout the fourth frame. They entered the final two minutes of relegation tied at 63. Viktor Gaddefors (200-F-92) and Andreas Person (190-G-91) made it 67:63 but Span hit from downtown and Besedic followed with two free throws as Slovenia pulled in front 68:67 with 27 seconds remaining. Andreas Person responded with a layup as Sweden escaped with a narrow victory at the end. Viktor Gaddefors posted 11 points, while Andreas Person and Christopher Czerapowicz netted 10 points each in the win. Marko Pajic (204-F-92) replied with 21 points for Slovenia. Mitja Smrdelj (201-F-91) had 17 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.

Sweden U20: Alexander Lindqvist 16, Viktor Gaddefors 11, Andreas Person 10, Christopher Czerapowicz 10
Slovenia U20: Marko Pajic 21, Mitja Smrdelj 17



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  SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U17   


Brazil and Colombia stay perfect after four days in Cucuta - by Eurobasket News
Brazil and Colombia are undefeated after four days in Cucuta. They outplayed all of their rivals so far, but they will meet each other in Day Five. Only one team will stay on top after that. In Day Four, Colombia was too strong for Venezuela handing them 78-70 loss. On the other side, Brazil outplayed Uruguay 54-48. Also in Day Four, Chile registered their first win at this event. They were too strong for Venezuela 56-48. Both teams have 1-3 record now. In the last game of the day, Argentina destroyed Paraguay 84-33. Thanks to this win Argentina jumped to 3-1 record. Paraguay stays the only winless team in Cucuta (0-4).

Day One
Jul. 16: Brazil 69-40 Paraguay
Jul. 16: Chile 51-67 Argentina
Jul. 16: Uruguay 67-64 Venezuela
Jul. 16: Colombia 74-52 Ecuador

Day Two
Jul. 17: Ecuador 49-63 Argentina
Jul. 17: Paraguay 53-68 Venezuela
Jul. 17: Brazil 74-44 Chile
Jul. 17: Colombia 43-41 Uruguay

Day Three
Jul. 18: Ecuador 65-47 Paraguay
Jul. 18: Brazil 100-47 Venezuela
Jul. 18: Argentina 38-60 Uruguay
Jul. 18: Colombia 66-61 Chile

Day Four
Jul. 19: Venezuela 48-56 Chile
Jul. 19: Paraguay 33-84 Argentina
Jul. 19: Uruguay 48-54 Brazil
Jul. 19: Colombia 78-70 Venezuela

Standings
1. Brazil 4-0
2. Colombia 4-0
3. Argentina 3-1
4. Uruguay 2-2
5. Venezuela 1-3
6. Ecuador 1-3
7. Chile 1-3
8. Paraguay 0-4


Standings (Men)
Standings
1. Brazil4-0
2. Colombia4-0
3. Argentina3-1
4. Uruguay2-2
5. Venezuela1-3
6. Ecuador1-3
7. Chile1-3
8. Paraguay0-4


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Jasper Johnson Unsure About KBL Return - by Jeff Liebsch
Former Sonic Boom KT power forward Jasper Johnson (201-C-83, college: Delta St.) is still unsure about where he will end up next season.

Johnson is currently in Mississippi entertaining offers, and he is expected to decide soon where he will wind up.

'I havent signed yet, but I got a few offers on the table though,' he said recently.

Johnson was one of the catalysts of the Sonic Boom's turnaround in recent years, helping the team to 81 wins the past two seasons. Last year, he averaged 14.8 points, with five rebounds and 1.7 assists a game.

'I pride myself on being the best all around player I can be,' Johnson said.

With the new league rules on foreign players, the Sonic Boom elected to keep Rhodes Charles (203-F/C-85, college: Mississippi St.) instead, despite Johnsons major contributions to the team. He should however, have no problem finding a team that could use his skills.

'I study the game, work hard at it. I have a high basketball I.Q. I pride myself on being the best all around player I can be, being able to help my team in whatever way needed,' he said.


Jarod gets a chance to play for Korea - by JungHwan Seo
Can Stevenson Jarod (200-F-75, agency: Alti Sport, college: Richmond) become a last puzzle piece of South Korean National Team? The answer is 'Yes'.

Korean department of justice announced that both Jarod and Greg Stevenson brothers officially became Korean citizens from today. Which means that they can be a member of Korean senior men's basketball national team.

'Playing for my mother's country is my old dream. If I can play for the national team, I will do my best to get a ticket for London Olympic next year.' Jarod smiled while interviewing with CBS.

According to the FIBA policy, each Asian team can have only one a dual citizen player or a player who changed his nationality over age 16. Therefore, Sandrin Eric (206-F/C-78, college: Seattle Pacific), Sandrin Daniel (200-F-80, college: Seattle Pacific), Akins Tony (180-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: Georgia Tech) and Stevenson bros have to compete each other to get one spot at the South Korean National Team roster.

'We need a pure shooter who can shot the ball under pressure. Also, we need a big time finisher. If Jarod can play for the country that would be perfect fit for us. He is our top priority.' South Korean National Team head coach Hur Jae said.

'I can score at anytime and any level. When the team needs me, I will play and score.' Jarod said.

Jarod probably can play since William Jones cup in August.



World Military Championship: Trinidad and Tobago beat South Korea - by Eurobasket News
Trinidad and Tobago - South Korea 78:69

Trinidad and Tobago posted the second victory at the World Military Championship. They prevailed against South Korea in Rio de Janeiro. The victory propelled the Caribbean team to 2-2 record, while South Korea fell at 1-3 in Group A. Steven Lewis (193-F) stepped up with 30 points to pace the winners.
South Korea looked slightly better in the opening quarter. The Asian team posted a 23:20 lead after ten minutes. Trinidad and Tobago managed to pull in front late in the first half. Mervyn Jackson team grabbed a 43:38 halftime advantage. They boosted the margin to 6 points midway through the third term. But South Korea used a 13:4 run to regain the lead at 58:55. South Korea led by five points midway through the final quarter but Trinidad and Tobago found the way to recover. They triggered a 17:3 rally to snatch a tough win at the end. Michael Allert netted 12 points, while Wilt Vincent (201-C-79) added 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Kang Byung-Hyun (193-G-85) and Gwang Jae Lee provided 15 points each for South Korea.

Trinidad and Tobago: Steven Lewis 30, Michael Allert 12, Wilt Vincent 11
South Korea: Kang Byung-Hyun 15, Gwang Jae Lee 15



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U20: Spain with narrow escape against Italy - by Eurobasket News
Spain U20 - Italy U20 90:85

Spain celebrated the sixth straight win at the U20 European Championship. They narrowly defeated Italy in exciting clash in Bilbao to clinch the top spot in Group F. Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) stepped up with 27 points, 12 boards and 4 assists to lead the hosts. Spain will now take on Latvia, while Italy will face Montenegro in the quarterfinals.
The lead changed hands for several times throughout the opening quarter. But eventually Spain eked out a 24:21 lead. Nikola Mirotic scored four points in a row at start of the second period to set the tone. Spain outgunned Italy 26:16 in the quarter to establish a 50:37 halftime lead. The margin grew at 17-point mark before the Azzurri went on a 9:2 run to cut the deficit at 9 points with one quarter remaining 60:69. Italy fought hard as they got within a single point with 53 seconds remaining. Franch and Joan Sastre Morro (201-F-91) hit one free throw each and Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) answered with his own two as Italy stayed close. But then Alessandro Gentile missed both of his free throw attempts and Nikola Mirotic punished Italy from the stripe to seal the winning outcome for Spain. Joan Sastre Morro provided 14 points, while Joan Tomas (201-F-92) added 13 points in the victory. Alessandro Gentile responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds for Italy. Michele Vitali (195-G-91) and Riccardo Cervi (215-C-91) had 13 points each in defeat.

Spain U20: Nikola Mirotic 27+12 boards, Joan Sastre Morro 14, Joan Tomas 13
Italy U20: Alessandro Gentile 22, Michele Vitali 13, Riccardo Cervi 13



Navarra land Yves Mekongo and Kevin Langford - by Eurobasket News
Navarra brought in two import players. They agreed on terms of contract with Yves Mekongo (201-F-87, college: La Salle) and Kevin Langford (204-F/C-85, college: TCU).
Yves Mekongo spent the last season in Hungary. The 23-year-old forward played for Debrecen. His stats read 19.3 points, 8.2 boards, 1.8 assists and 1.3 steals per game in Hungarian A Division. Yves Mekongo received Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honourable Mention. The Cameroonian player participated at 2010 Eurobasket Summer Camp. He made it into All-Tournament 1st Team in New York.
Kevin Langford also played for Debrecen in Hungarian A Division last season. The centre posted 17.1 points, 7.3 boards, 1.9 steals and 1.5 assists per appearance. Kevin Langford played in Germany before moving to Debrecen.



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U20: Sweden narrowly prevail against Slovenia - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U20 - Slovenia U20 69:68

Sweden registered the first win at the Qualifying Round of U20 European Championship. They held off Slovenia behind 16 points from Alexander Lindqvist (202-F-91). Sweden clinched the fifth place in Group E. Slovenia finished in the sixth position in the ladder.
Slovenia and Sweden exchanged baskets throughout the opening frame. Christopher Czerapowicz (200-SF-91) and Engstrom fired five points in a row as Sweden posted a 22:16 lead at the first break. Sweden maintained the lead throughout the second period. They established a 39:36 lead at halftime. Nikolic triggered an 11:2 run that gave Slovenia a 51:50 lead at the final break. The teams stayed close throughout the fourth frame. They entered the final two minutes of relegation tied at 63. Viktor Gaddefors (200-F-92) and Andreas Person (190-G-91) made it 67:63 but Span hit from downtown and Besedic followed with two free throws as Slovenia pulled in front 68:67 with 27 seconds remaining. Andreas Person responded with a layup as Sweden escaped with a narrow victory at the end. Viktor Gaddefors posted 11 points, while Andreas Person and Christopher Czerapowicz netted 10 points each in the win. Marko Pajic (204-F-92) replied with 21 points for Slovenia. Mitja Smrdelj (201-F-91) had 17 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.

Sweden U20: Alexander Lindqvist 16, Viktor Gaddefors 11, Andreas Person 10, Christopher Czerapowicz 10
Slovenia U20: Marko Pajic 21, Mitja Smrdelj 17



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U20: Hungary edged the Swiss side in Bosnia - by Eurobasket News
Switzerland U20-Hungary U20 65:70

Hungary edged the Swiss side in Bosnia at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Hungary won 70:65 to seal the initial victory at the Classification Round for 17-22 places.
Hungary went on a lead in the opening period and reached 19-11 at the end of it. Bozovic opened the second frame for 21:13 and Janos Eilingsfeld (198-F/C-91, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) brought Hungary 29:19. Hungary added another 15-14 in the second frame to take 34:25 at the halftime. The board showed the same difference at the end of the third quarter as both sides nailed 16 points in the third period. Switzerland meanwhile did their best to recover and reduced to 63:65 with 1 minute to go, but it was not enough to win the game. Janos Eilingsfeld, Andras Madar (191-G-91, agency: TSS Management) and Meszaros scored the last points of the Hungarian side for the total success.
Andras Madar top-scored for the winners with 25 points for 1-0 record. Janos Eilingsfeld followed him with 22 and Meszaros scored 9. Jonathan Dubas (201-F/C-91) ended up with 15 points and Dario Koludrovic (194-F-92) posted 13.

Switzerland U20: Jonathan Dubas 15, Dario Koludrovic 13, Stevanovic 12
Hungary U20: Andras Madar 25, Janos Eilingsfeld 22, Meszaros 9



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World Military Championship: Trinidad and Tobago beat South Korea - by Eurobasket News
Trinidad and Tobago - South Korea 78:69

Trinidad and Tobago posted the second victory at the World Military Championship. They prevailed against South Korea in Rio de Janeiro. The victory propelled the Caribbean team to 2-2 record, while South Korea fell at 1-3 in Group A. Steven Lewis (193-F) stepped up with 30 points to pace the winners.
South Korea looked slightly better in the opening quarter. The Asian team posted a 23:20 lead after ten minutes. Trinidad and Tobago managed to pull in front late in the first half. Mervyn Jackson team grabbed a 43:38 halftime advantage. They boosted the margin to 6 points midway through the third term. But South Korea used a 13:4 run to regain the lead at 58:55. South Korea led by five points midway through the final quarter but Trinidad and Tobago found the way to recover. They triggered a 17:3 rally to snatch a tough win at the end. Michael Allert netted 12 points, while Wilt Vincent (201-C-79) added 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Kang Byung-Hyun (193-G-85) and Gwang Jae Lee provided 15 points each for South Korea.

Trinidad and Tobago: Steven Lewis 30, Michael Allert 12, Wilt Vincent 11
South Korea: Kang Byung-Hyun 15, Gwang Jae Lee 15



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  TURKEY   


Mersin gets Can Mutaf on loan - by Eurobasket News
Can Mutaf (193-G-91) will spend next season with Mersin. Fenerbahce Ulker, Mutaf and Mersin agreed a one-year loan, after what the player will return to Istanbul. The young guard is a product of Fener, where he started as a teenager. He played 9 games for them in TBL averaging 4.2 points and 1.8 rebounds. In Euroleague, Mutaf had 1.3 ppg for 3 games. Season 2009/10, Can Mutaf spent on loan with FMV Isikspor. He shined with 18.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 2 spg for 26 games in TB2L. Mutaf is a member of the Turkish U20 National Team. He currently plays for U20 Turkey at the U20 EuroBasket. For six games so far he averaged 11.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists. Turkey will meet Russia in the Quarterfinals. In 2009, Mutaf paced U18 Turkey to Bronze at the European Championships U18 in Metz. He had 12.2 ppg and 1.8 rpg at this event.

Deron's Turkey move pends FIBA approval - by Eurobasket News
Besiktas has announced the signing of NBA star Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Illinois), but the transfer will only be finalized after the International Basketball Federation, or FIBA, approves the transfer.

FIBA will have the final say on the deal, which has been made possible by the lockout in the National Basketball Association, or NBA.

The Istanbul club was in talks with the New Jersey Nets point guard, but the official agreement was announced late Tuesday. Williams announced the deal on his Twitter account last weekend as well. 'Just made it official, headed to Turkey: signed with Besiktas@BJK_Basketbol', he wrote.

Beikta, which also boasts NBA legend Allen Iverson in its squad, will be able to keep Williams on a rolling contract that will see him leave as soon as the lockout ends.

The Williams transfer was funded by the sponsorship of Milangaz and Moil, Anatolia news agency reported. Largely heralded as one of the two top point guards in the league, along with the New Orleans Hornets Chris Paul, Williams averaged 20.1 points and 10.3 assists for the Nets and the Utah Jazz last season.

Beikta wanted to capitalize on the NBA lockout with another marquee move, and went for Kobe Bryant. However, the team, which is sweating under football match-fixing allegations, has had difficulties finding the funds to meet

Bryants reported demand of $1 million per month.

Courtesy of www.hurriyetdailynews.com


Melvin Sanders heads to Hacettepe - by Eurobasket News
Melvin Sanders (196-F/G-81, college: Oklahoma St.) heads to Hacettepe for the nexy season. The USA-Georgian player comes from Menorca Basquet where he finished the last season.
In 2006 Melvin played for San Antonio Spurs (NBA) and in 16 games averaged 2.6ppg, 1.4rpg, FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 2-3, FT: 70.0%. The season 2010-2011 started for BK Minsk-2006 (Belarus-Premier League, starting five) and in EuroChallenge Qualifying Round showed 8.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.0apg, 2.0spg. In VTB League his stats read 14.1ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.0apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 28.2%, FT: 70.6%. In February 2011 moved to Menorca Basquet (Spain-ACB) and in 14 games showed 7.6ppg, 2.5rpg, FGP: 39.7%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 75.0%.
In his top game last season Melvin Sanders nailed 20 points at the Regular Season Day 8 in VTB when Minsk-2006 lost to Unics 78-80. Minsk-2006 trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 15 after three quarters before a 25-22 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 78-80 at the end of the game. Unics Kazan forced 19 Minsk-2006 turnovers. American-Russian forward Kelly McCarty orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 5 assists. American-Georgian swingman Melvin Sanders replied with 20 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Tywain McKee added 18 points in the effort for Minsk-2006.



U20: Turkey outlast Germany in Bilbao - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U20 - Germany U20 71:49

Turkish U20 National Team celebrated the second consecutive win at the European Championship in Spain. They held off Germany today to improve at 2-3 record in Group F. Germany on the other hand fell at 2-3 record after the loss. Furkan Aldemir (207-F-91) tallied 17 points and 25 rebounds to pace Turkey.
Turkey stormed into the game. They posted a 16:6 lead midway through the starting quarter. Turkey eased to a 28:11 lead after ten minutes of action. Can Mutaf (193-G-91) stretched the margin to 18-point mark midway through the second quarter. Germany managed to narrow the deficit at 16-point mark at the interval 29:45. Turkey opened the second half on a 14:0 run to leave Germany far behind. The Turkish team entered the fourth frame up by as many as 28 points 61:33. Germany never recovered in the reminder of the contest and Turkey rallied to the victory. Can Mutaf provided 16 points, while Huseyin Koksal (195-F-91) added 15 points and 12 rebounds in the winning effort. Daniel Theis (207-C-92) answered with 12 points for Germany as they suffered the second loss in a row. Niels Giffey (200-G/F-91) finished with 11 points.

Turkey U20: Furkan Aldemir 17+25 boards, Can Mutaf 16, Huseyin Koksal 15+12 boards
Germany U20: Daniel Theis 12, Niels Giffey 11



Banvit signed with Erkan Veyseloglu - by Kaan Akkanat
After adding one of the best scorers in the local market, Serkan Erdogan, Bandrma's basketball pioneers made another quick move by adding Erkan Veyseloglu (200-F-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) to the team roster for 2011-2012 season with a two year contract. However, this will surely not be the first season of Veyseloglu with the orange jersey because he was in the teams roster for 2008-2009 season as well.
Veyseloglu who previously played with Fenerbahce,Besiktas and Tuborg averaged 12.7 points,3.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists for Erdemirspor when the team finished last years Beko Basketball League at 12th place.



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Zero Tolerance stars preps for Upcoming Weekend action - by David Edole
After weeks of anticipation, AAU has finally released the 2011 Super Showcase Silver Division Schedule. Zero Tolerance Basketball organization learned that the All Stars have been placed in Pool BB with some heavy hitting teams. One such team is the Ohio Hoopsters. The Hoopsters boast junior 6-foot-8 stud Zach Garber along with guards Andre Yates (5-11), Joe Thomasson (6-3), Tyler White (6-0) and Jonathon Kloepfer (6-5) that make up the starting five. Garber is being recruited by Kentucky University. New Jersey Roadrunners, a team that the recent NBA #1 draft choice Kyrie Irving called home, is the second team on the schedule. Team Raptors Elite from South Carolina has a coach that may be familiar to most Virgin Islanders; 7-0 center Charles Claxton calls the shots. Claxton, a native of St. Thomas, was selected by the Phoenix Suns, played a half a season with Boston Celtics and played several years overseas. The 40-year old father of two felt it was time to get into coaching when boys Nicholas (12) and Chase (10) started gaining interest in the sport.
Zero Tolerance has been practicing hard over the last couple of months in preperation for the event. The All Stars come from schools all over the territory and is coach by Raheem Smith. The tournament kicks off on Sunday 23rd and concludes on the 26th. The games will be held at ESPN Wild World of Sports Complex.
Zero Tolerance All Stars: Sekayi Petersen, Xavier Richards, Dekwani Norford, DeVontee Anthony, Jecoy Julius, Dominick Purpura, Elisha Arnold, Dornel Weaver, Agyei Gregory, JMoi Smith, Brandon Wynter and Kareem Harris.

Pool BB Schedule
Sunday 9:20 am vs. Ohio Hoopsters @ Orlando Sports Center
Sunday 5:20 pm vs. NJ Roadrunners @ Orlando Sports Center
Monday 9:20 am vs. Team Raptors Elite @ HP Fieldhouse (ESPN Wild World of Sports Complex.)



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R.T. Guinn extends contract with Ferro-ZNTU - by Eurobasket News
R.T. Guinn (208-C-81, college: Baylor) will stay with Ferro-ZNTU for two more seasons. The player has agreed on terms of contract extension with the Zaporozhye team. R.T. Guinn joined Ferro-ZNTU in March. He tallied 14.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in Superleague. R.T. Guinn started the season in France. The centre posted 8.7 points, 5.0 boards and 1.1 assists for Limoges in ProA.


Azovmash land Ricky Minard - by Eurobasket News
Azovmash have brought in another import player. They agreed on terms of contract with Ricky Minard (194-G/F-82, college: Morehead St.). The 28-year-old forward spent the last season in Russia. Ricky Minard posted 7.8 points, 2.3 boards and 1.8 assists per game for Unics in EuroCup. In VTB League Ricky Minard averaged 8.0 points, 3.4 boards and 2.0 assists per appearance. The forward also registered 7.0 points, 1.7 boards and 1.0 assist in PBL. Ricky Minard had stints with Khimky, Lottomatica, Montegranaro, Reggio Emilia, Biella and Columbus Riverdragons before joining Unics.


U20: Ukraine topple Greece - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U20 - Greece U20 79:73

Ukraine finished U20 European Championship Qualifying Round with victory. They held off Greece for 1-4 record in Group F. Ukraine thus claimed the fifth position in the ladder. Greece slipped at the sixth position. Ukraine will now take on Slovenia, while Greece will face Sweden in the classification round for 9th-12th place.
Vyacheslav Bobrov (202-F-92) unloaded 10 points in the starting quarter as Ukraine ensured a 21:13 lead after ten minutes. Ukraine kept Greece at bay throughout the second frame. Ukraine arrived at halftime up by 7 points 36:29. Volodymyr Bryukhovetskyy team tipped off the second half with ten unanswered points to boost the lead. Ukraine piled up a 61:42 advantage with ten minutes remaining. The Hellenes went on an 11:2 run to cut the distance to 12 points midway through the fourth quarter. Manolis Koukoulas (211-C-91) triggered a 9:0 surge later on as Greece got within six points. Antonakis drained a triple as the Hellenes narrowed the deficit to just two points 70:74 with 41 seconds to go. But Mishula nailed four free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Ukraine. Vyacheslav Bobrov finished with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Ukraine. Andriy Lebedintsev (187-PG-91) added 12 points for the winners. Dimitrios Katsivelis (194-G-91) and Manolis Koukoulas answered with 22 points each for Greece. Sokratis Psaropoulos (191-PG-92, agency: FCM) had 12 points in defeat.

Ukraine U20: Vyacheslav Bobrov 18, Andriy Lebedintsev 12, Oleksandr Lypovyy 10+12 boards, Artem Pustovyi 10
Greece U20: Dimitrios Katsivelis 22, Manolis Koukoulas 22



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England U18 Men European Championship preview - by Eurobasket News
By Dave Ryan

England's Under 18 Men face four games in as many days when they tip-off their European Championship B Division campaign in Bulgaria on Thursday (official website).


Under coach Tim Lascelles, England finished sixth last summer. With new coach Steve Bucknall at the helm they will face familiar opposition in their first group game when they play Estonia.

Like England, Estonia progressed through the opening stage last summer, winning three of their four games, and the sides met in a 'dead rubber' at the quarter-final group stage, with England winning 102-70. Both sides dropped into the 5th-8th place playoffs, and after Estonia had beaten Belgium 59-57 they gained revenge against England with a 70-63 victory to clinch fifth place.

Friday sees England facing another team from the top eight last summer when they play Belgium. The Belgians marched through the first round stage with four straight wins in 2010, before splitting their two second stage games to go into the 5th-8th place playoffs. After that loss against Estonia, they bounced back to take seventh with a 97-57 hammering of Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Saturday's opponents are Denmark, and the Danes will look to improve on last summer's 15th place finish. The Danes lost their first three games, and only an 80-72 victory against Romania kept them out the 17th-20th place playoffs. They did win two of their classification games, both against Luxembourg, as they went on take 15th spot.

England wrap up their group stage a day earlier than the rest of the five-team group when they play Portugal on Sunday. The Portuguese will look to bounce back after a disappointing 2010 campaign which saw them finish 18th.

Bosnia were beaten 73-61 in their first game, but they lost their remaining three preliminary round games and a 71-58 loss against Scotland sent them into the 17th-20th place classification games. Wins against Romania and Georgia followed, but a six point loss against Slovakia consigned them to third from bottom.

The top two in the group progress to the top eight stage where they will meet the leading pair from Group A - which consists of Bulgaria, Hungary, Georgia, and Luxembourg. The top two from that group then progress to the semi-final, with both finalists gaining promotion to Division A.

The third, fourth and fifth placed teams in the preliminary group go into the 9th-18th placed playoffs. Teams that progress from the same opening round group do not meet again in the second stage, with the result from their first encounter carrying forward to affect the standings in the second stage.
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk


U20: Marcotullio brings the victory over Israel - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain U20-Israel U20 83:82

Alex Marcotullio (190-G-91) brings the victory over Israel with the buzzer-beater as Great Britain edged Israel at the start of the Classification Round for 9-16 places in Sarajevo. Great Britain won 83:82 as both teams are with 1-1 records in Group H.
Alex Marcotullio brought 11:3 in the opening tip and Ryan Richards (212-C/F-91, agency: Interperformances) delivered for 23:9. The latter also closed the first period at 32:13 as Great Britain totally dominated the court. Thoseby scored for 41:15, but the intrigue was not over. Guy Lavie (188-PG-92) reduced to 44:27, while Bar Timor (192-G-92, agency: Avi Zilberman) closed the half at 52:38. With 17-12 in the third period Israel cut it to 64:55 entering the last stanza. With 3 minutes to go Guy Lavie tied the game at 72:72 and his another 5 points brought 79:74 for Israel. Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) reduced to 81:82 at the every end and the final shot of Alex Marcotullio became the fantastic buzzer-beater.
Ryan Richards erupted with 32 points and 14 rebounds, while Alex Marcotullio netted 18. Devon Van Oostrum netted 12 and Lee Goldsbrough (205-F-91) scored 11. Guy Lavie ended up with 21 points in defeat and Bar Timor chipped in 16.

Great Britain U20: Ryan Richards 32+14 rebs, Alex Marcotullio 18, Devon Van Oostrum 12, Lee Goldsbrough 11
Israel U20: Guy Lavie 21, Bar Timor 16





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QBL Round 11 Player of the Week - by Eurobasket News
QBL Women - Carine Reimink (185-F-87, college: Colorado St.)

With the Rollers desperately needing a win to keep them ahead of South West in the finals race and to end a 5 game losing streak, Carine Reimink stepped up to the plate in Round 11 for the Gold Coast to lead them to an upset victory over Pool rivals Ipswich. Reimink who joined the Rollers at the start of the season was inspirational for Gold Coast in the win, topping both the point scoring and rebounding lists with 27 points @ 66.7%, 14 rebounds while also coming up with a game high 3 block shots. For these fantastics efforts in such a crucial game Carnie takes out the Round 11 Player of the Week Award.

Reimink has been the Rollers most consistent player throughout the season averaging 17.2ppg and 11.2rpg and recording an incredible nine double doubles from thirteen games. Prior to joining the QBL Reimink has spent time in the US playing College basketball. Reimink played two seasons for Casper College in Wyoming, where she finished with 606 points and 372 career rebounds averaging 10.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Carine helped Casper win 47 games in the two years and was voted the Two-time first-team all-region and WCCAC Player of the Year

In the 2007/08 season Reimink transferred to the Colorado State University Rams, playing 31 games for the Rams, starting in 23 contests. Carine led the team in blocks with 30 for the season and ranking 11th in the Rams' single-season record book for blocked shots. Reimink finished her season with the Rams averaging 3.8ppg and 3.5rpg, ranking second on the team in shooting percentage and leading the Rams in scoring in two of the teams final eight contests.

Rollers Head Coach Chris Riches had this to same about Reiminks game in Round 11 and her efforts throughout the season. On the weekend she was the dominant player on the court. She was fantastic in defense and led us in both scoring and rebounding.

Carine matched up with WNBL player Emma Langford and was able to take her game to the next level, playing the majority of the match with only limited rest and winning her crucial individual match-up with Langford. Throughout the season she has been our pivotal player and our number one scoring threat and the player we look to in the key moments.

There were a number of other huge performances around the league in Round 11, with a host of teams needing victories to keep their seasons alive. Nicole Romeo was exceptional for the Cyclones in Round 11, with 30 points and 9 assists in Rockhamptons win over the Flames, followed by 28 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists in the Cyclones loss to Cairns the next day. Jillian Haughton strung together two solid games for the Flames averaging 23ppg, 5.5rpg and 4apg, but it was not enough to prevent Townsville from losing matches to Rockhampton and Mackay. Jacqui Zelenka shone for the Meteorettes in their win over Townsville with 20 points, 4 rebounds 3 assists and 2 blocks. Yvonne Turner continued her rich vein of form with 35 points @ 60.9%, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 9 steals as the Bears accounted for Caboolture 85-46. Cayla Francis made a triumphant return to the Dolphins line-up with 19 points and 19 rebounds, in Cairns 7 point win over Rockhampton. Northsides Rachel Maenpaa was enormous for the Wizards against the Clippers finishing the match with 36 points and 20 rebounds, while for Maroochydores Amy Browne her performance was strong in a losing side with 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 assists. Helen Naylor (21 points) was prevalent for the Capitals in their victory over Toowoomba; with Jennifer Chard (17 point & 16 rebounds) doing all she could to keep the Mountaineers in the contest. Jessica Bibby had a week high 37 points in Gladstones win over Caboolture, while she was well supported by Diana Neves (21 points) and Rebecca Haynes (14 points, 19 rebounds & 9 assists). To conclude the Round Ezria Parsons helped the Force bounce back from their loss to the Gold Coast the previous day, with 21 points and 18 rebounds in Ipswich 67-63 victory over the Wizards.
Vourtesy of: QBL


Rush left to rue its missed chances against Kilsyth - by Eurobasket News
MISSED chances cost Ballarat Rush a two-point loss to Kilsyth on Saturday night.
Constant, tight defensive pressure in the South East Australian Basketball League womens match restricted scoring opportunities.

Trouble finding the basket when needed hurt Auslec Rush against its top-three rival at the Minerdome.

The result adds weight to Rushs campaign next week, hosting arch-rival and top-four contender Bendigo on Saturday night and a road trip against ladder leader Dandenong on Sunday.

Ballarat coach Donna Rinaldi said Rush could afford no passengers for the gruelling assignments.

The result was pretty disappointing Kilsyth is hard opposition and it was a really good physical game with tight defensive play, Rinaldi said.

Again, we had some moments where we didnt put them away.

There were lots of positives, especially in our defence where we had tweaked a lot of things that worked.

It was just a few costly turnovers and a few costly offensive rebounds we let them get.

We know we can compete against top teams, weve just got to find a way to win.

Intense defensive play kept scoring accuracy low for each team with Rush shooting 23 field points at 38 per cent while the Lady Cobras chalking up 21 at 68 per cent.

The Lady Cobras had the edge on Rush by quarter-time, 17-13, but Rush hit back hard with an eight-point scoring run to open the second term.

Natalie Taylor (178-F, college: S.Illinois) took charge for Rush with 11 points, seven rebounds by half-time to keep Rush within one point of the Lady Cobras at the break.

Taylor added plenty of bite in the contest to finish with a match-high 19 points, 13 rebounds including 12 defensive rebounds.

Rinaldi said match conditions suited Taylors physical style, as it did Cobra Chantella Perera, so the pair could go toe-to-toe on court.

Play remained tight with little separating either team through the second half.

Australian Opal Abby Bishop led the Cobras tally with 14 points, 12 rebounds.

Rinaldi was pleased with the defensive efforts of Kate Willey, who worked to help restrict Bishops impact.

Rush hit the lead briefly three times in the fourth quarter but could not maintain control.

The Lady Cobras edged ahead in the final three minutes to claim victory.

Taylor was sent to the free throw line with .21 seconds on the clock and converted two shots to cap off the match and put Rush that little bit closer by the final buzzer.
Courtesy of: http://www.thecourier.com.au


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Canada Advances to Semi-Finals With Win Over Mexico at U25 World Wheelchair Basketball Championchips - by John Gary
courtesy basketball.ca The semi-final matchups are set following quaterfinal action today at the first ever Womens U25 World Wheelchjair Basketball Champiochip. Canada,Great Britain,Australia and the US, separated themselves as medal contenders from the rest of the pack in a day of heated competition. Team Canada advanced to the semi-finals with a 63-48 victory over Mexico. The hometown team will clash with rival Austraila in the semi-final contest set for 7pm on Wednesday July 20,2011. 'We had a solid effort in todays game against Mexico and will need a similar effort against a strong Austrlian team tommorrow night,' said Team Canada head coach Michael Broughton.

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Arxil lands French prospect Onayssa Sbahi - by Eurobasket News
Arxil signed a new player for the 2011/12 season. The Spanish outfit brought in promising French guard Onayssa Sbahi (168-G-93). The 17-year-old Sbahi heads to Arxil from Villeneuve D'Asco ESB Lille Metropole. She had very limited playing time with Villeneuve last season. The same situation was in 2009/10 and Sbahi decided to move. She is a member of the French U18 National Team. They will compete this summer at the U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. The event is scheduled to start on August 4. France is placed to Preliminary Group D. Their rivals will be Slovakia, Czech Republic and Holland. Sbahi also played for the French 3x3 Team in Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, 2010.

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Celta keeps Sara Gomez and Deborah Rodriguez - by Eurobasket News
Celta announced signing of one-year contract extension with Sara Gomez (168-G-86) and Deborah Rodriguez (187-C-89).
Sara Gomez will play her third season with Celta. She joined them in 2009 from Extrugasa. Last season Gomez appeared 26 times in LFB averaging 5.9 points, 2 rebounds and 2.2 assists. In 2009/10, she registered 4.8 ppg, 2 rpg and 2.1 apg for 26 games. Gomez was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Most Improved Player of the Year -10. She played for U21, U20 and U18 Spanish National Team in the past.
Deborah Rodriguez joined the club last summer from Codigalco Carmelitas Ourense. She had very limited playing time last season. In four games, Rodriguez averaged less than a point.


Caja Rural Zamarat keeps center Laura Gimeno - by Eurobasket News
Laura Gimeno (193-F/C-87) will stay with Caja Rural Zamarat. Two sides penned a one-year contract extension. Gimeno joined the club in 2006 from Mann Filter Zaragoza. She appeared 54 times with Caja Rural last season averaging 11.9 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists in LF2. In 2009/10, Gimeno had 7.7 ppg and 5.6 rpg. Laura Gimeno played for U20 Spanish National Team in 2006 and 2007. He paced them to Gold medal at the European Championships U20 in Sofia. For 8 games at this event, Gimeno had 9.3 ppg and 5.4 rpg. She also played for U18 and U16 Spain in the past. With U18 Spain she won the Silver at the 2005 European Championships U18.

Arxil lands French prospect Onayssa Sbahi - by Eurobasket News
Arxil signed a new player for the 2011/12 season. The Spanish outfit brought in promising French guard Onayssa Sbahi (168-G-93). The 17-year-old Sbahi heads to Arxil from Villeneuve D'Asco ESB Lille Metropole. She had very limited playing time with Villeneuve last season. The same situation was in 2009/10 and Sbahi decided to move. She is a member of the French U18 National Team. They will compete this summer at the U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. The event is scheduled to start on August 4. France is placed to Preliminary Group D. Their rivals will be Slovakia, Czech Republic and Holland. Sbahi also played for the French 3x3 Team in Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, 2010.

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Latest games - by Eurobasket News
Washington M. - Atlanta D. 79-86
Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86, college: Louisville) scored a season-high 33 points to lead the Atlanta Dream to an 86-79 victory over the Washington Mystics on Wednesday. 'Before the game, I was thinking how I heard Michael Jordan say one time, he always picked his spots before the game - and that's what I did,' said McCoughtry, who will play in Sunday's WNBA All-Star Game. 'I picked my spots where I would probably hit the most shots.' Visualizing shot locations before a game isn't a regular strategy for the Atlanta forward, who focused on a few areas just below the free-throw line. 'Maybe I need to do it before every game,' said McCoughtry, who also set season highs with 10 field goals, 11 free throws made and 17 free-throw attempts. The Dream won their first road game since June 14, when they beat the New York Liberty before going on a three-game road skid. Atlanta went on a 6-0 run down the stretch to seal the victory, getting baskets from Sandora Irvin, Armintie Price and Lindsey Harding (5'8''-G-84, college: Duke), before the Mystics began intentionally fouling. The game's other All-Star, Crystal Langhorne, had 24 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals for the Mystics, and Marissa Coleman added 21 points, including 5-of-8 shooting on 3-pointers. Nicky Anosike grabbed 14 rebounds, but was held to five points after torching Atlanta for 29 points in a victory June 9. Matee Ajavon added 12 points, and Jasmine Thomas had 10 points, including eight in the fourth quarter, for Washington. *Courtesy of www.cleveland.com

Phoenix M. - Minnesota L. 98-106
Seimone Augustus (6'1''-G-84, college: LSU) scored a season high-tying 25 points and the Minnesota Lynx pulled away for a 106-98 victory over Phoenix on Wednesday, snapping the Mercury's six-game winning streak. Lindsay Whalen (5'8''-G-82, college: Minnesota) had 16 points and Maya Moore, Rebekkah Brunson and Taj McWilliams-Franklin each added 14 for the Lynx, who won their third straight and fifth in six games to move a half-game ahead of the Mercury in the Western Conference. Diana Taurasi scored 24 points, Penny Taylor added 23 and Candice Dupree finished with 14 for Phoenix, which had not lost since June 28 at Indiana. The Mercury also had their five-game home winning streak end. Phoenix led 51-50 at halftime on the strength of Taylor's 14 points including 3-of-3 shooting from beyond the 3-point arc. But Augustus scored eight points, including a pair of 3-pointers, and McWilliams-Franklin added five as the Lynx opened the second half with a 16-6 run to take a 66-57 lead with 6:28 left in the third quarter. Minnesota stretched its lead to 88-73 with 8:32 remaining and the Mercury got no closer than the final margin, courtesy of DeWanna Bonner's deep 3-pointer with 8 seconds left. Augustus finished 11 for 15 from the floor and also added six rebounds and four assists. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Atlanta D. - Indiana F. 84-74
Defending Eastern Conference champion Atlanta won back-to-back games for the first time this season, including an impressive win over current conference leader Indiana. Even so, All-Star Angel McCoughtry says it's too early to suggest the Dream made a statement with Tuesday's 84-74 win over the Fever. 'Not yet,' McCoughtry said. 'The thing about it is we still haven't reached our potential. We can be so much better.' Lindsey Harding scored 19 points to lead the Dream, who were limited by injuries and McCoughtry's foul trouble. McCoughtry scored 15 points in only 19 minutes because of early fouls. *Courtesy of www.usatoday.com

Chicago S. - Seattle S. 78-69
All-Stars Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) and Epiphanny Prince (5'9''-G-88, college: Rutgers) combined for 47 points to lead the Chicago Sky to a 78-69 win over the Seattle Storm on Tuesday night. Fowles, the WNBA scoring leader, had 24 points and nine rebounds, and Prince added 23 points for Chicago (8-8), which won its second in three games. Both players were announced as All-Star reserves at halftime. Sue Bird scored 26 points for the Storm (7-7), who dropped their third straight. Chicago led 69-68 with 3:15 to play following Bird's fourth 3-pointer of the game, but Prince scored four points during a 9-1 run to help the Sky take control. Ashley Robinson had 14 points and Swin Cash added 10 for Seattle. *Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com

Connecticut S. - New York L. 85-79
Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) scored eight of her 24 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Connecticut Sun to an 85-79 win against the New York Liberty on Tuesday night. The Sun (9-5) won their third consecutive game heading into the All-Star break and moved into sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference. Connecticut leads second-place Indiana by percentage points. 'It feels great because I remember last season we had a back-to-back against New York and Atlanta before the All-Star break and we lost both games going into the break,' Charles said. 'It feels great to go into the break this time around after three wins. It was a tough win, but it showed how well we have been playing at home.' Renee Montgomery added 13 points and 10 assists for Connecticut, the lone remaining unbeaten team in the WNBA at home this season (7-0). *Courtesy of www.usatoday.com

L.Angeles S. - S.Antonio SS 69-79
Becky Hammon (5'6''-G-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) scored 26 points to lead the San Antonio Silver Stars to a 79-69 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks on Monday night. Sophia Young (6'1''-F-83, college: Baylor) had 18 points and 10 rebounds while Jia Perkins added 14 points as the Silver Stars improved to a league-best 5-1 on the road. San Antonio (9-4) let a 15-point, first-quarter lead dwindle to one in the fourth before holding on to win their second straight following three consecutive losses. Jantel Lavender and Natasha Lacy scored 14 points each for the Sparks (6-8), while Jenna O'Hea finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.sacbee.com




Kathy McConnell-Miller joins Shock coaching staff - by Eurobasket News
Former University of Tulsa and Colorado Head Coach Kathy McConnell-Miller will join Interim Head Coach Teresa Edwards on the Shock bench as an assistant for the remainder of the season.

McConnell-Miller was the head basketball coach at the University of Tulsa from 1999 to 2005. From 2005 to 2010, she was the head basketball coach at the University of Colorado.

'I'm very excited to have the enthusiasm and energy that she's going to bring to us. We need that. We need to put the fun back in basketball in Tulsa and I really believe Kathy will bring that,' Interim Head Coach Teresa Edwards said. 'I think what really sold me on Kathy was her persistence and attention to detail. She was trying to help me from afar as much has as she could. I'm very confident that I have a loyal comrade with me on this one. We are aiming to do great things here and we are going to work extremely hard.'

At the University of Tulsa, McConnell-Miller led the Golden Hurricanes to two WNIT appearances (2004 and 2005) before moving to Colorado where she led the team to the 2008 WNIT post-season tournament.

'I'm extremely excited to be part of this city and its incredible fans once again with the Tulsa Shock organization,' McConnell-Miller said. 'I think my expectations are to help bring a championship caliber team to this city and engage as quickly as I can to help Coach Teresa Edwards with the goals she has set for this team. I want to help bring out the absolute best in our players. Coaching is my passion and to be sitting beside one of the greatest players to ever play basketball is something I look forward to a great deal.'

McConnell-Miller will be on the bench for the first time on Tuesday July 26 when the Shock take on the Atlanta Dream at the BOK Center at 7 p.m.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Surging Dream top conference leading Fever, 84-74 - by Eurobasket News
Defending Eastern Conference champion Atlanta won back-to-back games for the first time this season, including an impressive win over current conference leader Indiana.

Even so, All-Star Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86, college: Louisville) says it's too early to suggest the Dream made a statement with Tuesday's 84-74 win over the Fever.

'Not yet,' McCoughtry said. 'The thing about it is we still haven't reached our potential. We can be so much better.'

Lindsey Harding (5'8''-G-84, college: Duke) scored 19 points to lead the Dream, who were limited by injuries and McCoughtry's foul trouble. McCoughtry scored 15 points in only 19 minutes because of early fouls.

Atlanta also was without forward Sancho Lyttle (sore back) and guard Coco Miller (sprained right ankle) and had only nine players in uniform. The Dream (5-9) remains still four games behind the Fever.

Indiana coach Lin Dunn said she was impressed with the Dream's transition game. Atlanta outscored Indiana 24-10 in fast-break points.

'Once they separated by eight to 10 points, it was really tough to overcome it with their athleticism,' Dunn said. 'Overall their quickness, their athleticism, really bothered us.'

Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) had 22 points and Erin Phillips (5'8''-G-85) had 21 for Indiana (10-6), which has lost three consecutive games for the first time this season. Jessica Davenport added 12 points and seven rebounds for Indiana, while Katie Douglas went 1-for-8 from the field and finished with four points.

'The thing about us, we win when we have balanced scoring,' Dunn said. 'We want five to six players in double figures.'

Atlanta coach Marynell Meadors said Harding set the pace for Atlanta's transition game. Harding is in her first season with the Dream following an offseason trade from Washington.

'Lindsey played really awesome,' Meadors said. 'She controlled the pace of the game. We had a lot of fast breaks, and she was leading in a lot of those situations. And she distributed the ball really well to her teammates.'

Erika de Souza had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Iziane Castro Marques had 10 points for Atlanta.

'I think we're moving in the right direction,' Harding said. 'We're building up and getting better and better but we still haven't reached our full potential.'

Atlanta led 44-36 at halftime and never trailed in the second half.

'The thing about Atlanta is that they haven't been healthy all this season, but they are extremely talented,' Dunn said. 'And now they are starting to get Angel and Sancho back and Harding is becoming more comfortable with her team. They are starting to come together.

'You cannot judge where they are right now because they are not at full strength. But at the end of the season, if they are healthy, Atlanta could be a very dangerous team again. They are big and they have speed.'

Meadors stuck with her starters for the entire first period. McCoughtry missed her first five shots from the field but made four straight free throws to cap a 10-0 run for an early 17-9 lead. Then McCoughtry left with three fouls with 4:20 remaining in the first half.

Alison Bales hit two jumpers in another 10-0 run to give the Dream a 36-20 lead in the second period. Indiana closed the first half with a 16-8 run to trail by eight at halftime.

McCoughtry had two quick third-period baskets before she was called for an offensive foul with 6:16 remaining, sending her back to the bench for the remainder of the period with four fouls.

With McCoughtry watching, Philips scored to cut Atlanta's lead to 50-47, but the Fever couldn't complete the comeback bid. Atlanta pushed its lead to 66-56 at the end of the third period.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


All-Stars Fowles, Prince lead Sky over Storm 78-69 - by Eurobasket News
All-Stars Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) and Epiphanny Prince (5'9''-G-88, college: Rutgers) combined for 47 points to lead the Chicago Sky to a 78-69 win over the Seattle Storm on Tuesday night.

Fowles, the WNBA scoring leader, had 24 points and nine rebounds, and Prince added 23 points for Chicago (8-8), which won its second in three games. Both players were announced as All-Star reserves at halftime.

Sue Bird (5'9''-G-80, college: Connecticut) scored 26 points for the Storm (7-7), who dropped their third straight.

Chicago led 69-68 with 3:15 to play following Bird's fourth 3-pointer of the game, but Prince scored four points during a 9-1 run to help the Sky take control.

Ashley Robinson (6'4''-C-82, college: Tennessee) had 14 points and Swin Cash added 10 for Seattle.

Robinson, making her first start, and Cash had eight first-half points apiece as the Storm struggled through 11-of-35 shooting (31.4 percent). The Sky weren't much better, going 11 of 30 (36.7 percent).

Bird's four-point play with 1.6 seconds remaining in the second quarter gave Seattle a 33-30 halftime lead. She hit a 3-pointer, was fouled by Prince and made the free throw.

Chicago scored nine unanswered third-quarter points to open a 39-36 advantage, the first of two six-point leads in the quarter.

Seattle reclaimed the lead with eight straight points late, including consecutive 3-pointers from Bird and Smith, before Prince's buzzer-beating 3-pointer cut the Storm's lead to 55-54 entering the fourth.

Prince's steal with 45 seconds to play helped seal the win. She fed to Fowles, who had a layup, drew a foul and hit a free throw for a seven-point lead.

Courtesy of www.fox5vegas.com


Charles scores 24 to lead Sun over Liberty 85-79 - by Eurobasket News
Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) scored eight of her 24 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Connecticut Sun to an 85-79 win over the New York Liberty on Tuesday night.

The Sun (9-5) won their third straight game and moved into sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference. Connecticut leads second-place Indiana by percentage points.

Renee Montgomery added 13 points and 10 assists for Connecticut, the lone remaining unbeaten team in the WNBA at home this season (7-0).

Plenette Pierson (6'2''-F/C-81, college: Texas Tech) led New York (9-7) with 18 points.

Essence Carson's basket with 8:48 remaining brought New York, which trailed by as many as 18 in the third quarter, within six at 66-60. But the Sun held New York to three points in the next 5:07 to build a 78-63 lead.

Carson made a 3-pointer with 29.7 seconds left to make it 82-77, but Kara Lawson (5'8''-G-81, college: Tennessee) and Danielle McCray made free throws to seal it.

Lawson had 12 points and McCray scored 10 for the Sun.

Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) had 16 points for the Liberty, Nicole Powell (6'2''-G/F-82, college: Stanford) had 14, Carson 11 and Kia Vaughn 10.

The Sun made seven of 10 3-point attempts in the first half and 10 of their final 14 shots of the first half to take a 47-35 lead at the break.

Courtesy of www.sacbee.com


Standings
WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Indiana F. 10-6 
 2. Connecticut S. 9-5 
 3. New York L. 9-7 
 4. Chicago S. 8-8 
 5. Atlanta D. 6-9 
 6. Washington M. 3-11 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 10-4 
 2. Phoenix M. 10-5 
 3. S.Antonio SS 9-4 
 4. Seattle S. 7-7 
 5. L.Angeles S. 6-8 
 6. Tulsa S. 1-14