EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/23/2011

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Hemofarm lands Nikola Otasevic - by Eurobasket News
Nikola Otasevic (184-G-82) is a new member of Hemofarm Vrsac. The experienced point guard will replace Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket), who left for Radnicki Kragujevac. Otasevic spent last four years with Buducnost Podgorica. He helped them win four league titles and four Cups. Last season, Otasevic played 26 games for Buducnost in Adriatic league averaging 6.1 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists. He had almost the same numbers in 2009/10. Before Buducnost, Otasevic played for Anwil Wloclawek. He also has experience from OKK Beograd, Zdravlje, Ergonom and Beopetrol. Nikola Otasevic was named Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League 2nd Team -11. In 2008 and 2009, he was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Player of the Year -08, 09. In 2007, Nikola Otasevic won the Polish Cup with Anwil.

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  AUSTRALIA   


Seven Breakers named to Tall Black squad - by Duncan Matheson

Seven Breakers, including stars Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin), Mika Vukona (197-F-82), Alex Pledger (216-C-87, college: Belm.Abbey) and Thomas Abercrombie (198-G/F-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington St.), have been named to the 17-man squad New Zealand Tall Blacks squad. They are joined by Breakers youngsters Benny Anthony (198-F-88), Leon Henry (200-G/F-85, college: S.Idaho JC) and Corey Webster (185-G-88, college: Lambuth). Seventeen year-old Isaac Fotu, who will be a development player with the Breakers this season, was also selected.

Joining them is veteran guard and 2010/11 Sydney Kings team member Mark Dickel (187-G-76, college: UNLV), who hasnt played for the Tall Blacks since 2007. Lindsay Tait (194-G-82, agency: Impact Basketball), who played with the Cairns Taipans team that lost the 2011 Grand Final series to the Breakers, was also named to the trial list, as was 2006 NBL Slam Dunk Champion and ex-Breakers development player Everard Bartlett (198-G-86), former Gold Coast Blaze big man Casey Frank (203-F-77, college: N.Arizona) and current Perth Wildcat Jeremiah Trueman (206-F-87, college: Alaska-Anch.).

The squad will go through trials from July 27-29 at the Breakers facility on Auckland's North Shore before ultimately selecting the 12-man squad that will battle it out with Australia in September for a berth at London 2012.

Tall Blacks head coach Nenad Vucinic said he was happy to have a little extra time to prepare to play the Tall Blacks archrivals, the Boomers. 'We have got enough time to prepare for the Oceania championship, Vucinic told the Stuff website. The series is later this year than usual and that gives the players a little bit of time for a break from the (New Zealand) national league. You can never get enough preparation, (but) we do have a number of games and training and I'm quite happy with that.'

Following the trials, the team will slim down to 12 for a camp from July 30-August 4, before heading to China for a tournament against the home team along with Angola and Russia. The Tall Blacks then travel to Italy for a training camp before four-team tournaments in Macedonia and Turkey. They have another training camp scheduled for September 1-4, before the 2011 FIBA Oceania Championship series against the Australian Boomers on September 7, 9 and 11 in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane respectively.

NZ Tall Blacks squad
Thomas Abercrombie (Waikato Pistons), Steven Adams (211-C-94) (Wellington Saints), Benny Anthony (Waikato Pistons), Everard Bartlett (Auckland Pirates), Mark Dickel (Southland Sharks), Michael Fitchett (186-G-82) (Nelson Giants), Isaac Fotu (Breakers Development), Casey Frank (Wellington Saints), Leon Henry (Wellington Saints), Jarrod Kenny (187-G-85) (Bay Hawks), Morgan Natanahira (197-F-91) (Bay Hawks), Kirk Penney (NZ Breakers), Alex Pledger (Waikato Pistons), Lindsay Tait (Wellington Saints), Jeremiah Trueman (Manawatu Jets), Mika Vukona (Nelson Giants), Corey Webster (Wellington Saints).




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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - 2.Bundesliga
2.Bundesliga Standings
East
 1. Mattersb.R. 16-0 
 2. Mistelbach 11-5 
 3. BC Vienna jrs 10-6 
 4. Falcons 9-7 
 5. Danube City 9-7 
 6. Fighters 8-8 
 7. Modling 5-11 
 8. UBBC Enns 4-12 
 9. ATSE Graz 0-16 
West
 1. Dornbirn 19-1 
 2. Schwaz 14-6 
 3. Salzburg 11-9 
 4. Klagenfurt 9-0 
 5. Feldkirch 6-14 
 6. SVO/BRG 1-19 


U20: Austria edge Croatia for important win in classification round - by Eurobasket News
Austria U20 - Croatia U20 61:59

Austria stepped closer to securing their place in the U20 European Championship Division A for the next season. They overcame Croatia by two points to improve at 2-2 record in Group G. Croatia fell at 1-3 record in the standings. Anton Maresch (192-G-91) came up with 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners.
Austria opened the game with eight points in a row. They maintained the lead throughout the starting quarter to take a 16:9 lead at the first break. Austria used a 7:0 run midway through the second quarter to post a 30:14 lead. Austria arrived at halftime up by 14 points 34:20. Boris Barac (206-F-92) drained four triples in a row at the start of the second half as the Croats got within four points. Boris Barac accounted for 14 points in the third quarter alone to give Croatia a 48:45 lead with one quarter remaining. Croatia stretched the margin to 8 points midway through the final frame but Austria bounced back. They levelled things up at 59 with just over a minute remaining. The teams exchanged misses before Anton Maresch hit a winning buzzer-beater. Thomas Klepeisz (187-G-91) hit 12 points for Austria. Romed Vieider (196-F-91) netted 9 points in the victory. Boris Barac answered with 19 points for Croatia. Ivan Mikulic (194-G-91) had 14 points in the losing effort.

Austria U20: Anton Maresch 19, Thomas Klepeisz 12, Romed Vieider 9
Croatia U20: Boris Barac 19, Ivan Mikulic 14



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


VEF Riga adds Antanas Kavaliauskas - by Eurobasket News
Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) is a new member of VEF Riga. The Lithuanian big guy penned a deal for the 2011/12 season. He arrives to the club from Prima Veroli. Kavaliauskas appeared 37 times in Italian LegaDue last season averaging 9.9 points and 4.6 rebounds. He helped them reach the Playoff Semifinals. Prima Veroli also won the LegaDue Cup last season. In 2009/10, Antanas Kavaliauskas was a member of Pepsi Juve Casera. They competed in SerieA, where Kavaliauskas had 6.2 ppg and 2.7 rpg for 9 games. In the past, Kavaliauskas played for Kavala and Panionuios. He graduated at the Texas A&M University in 2007.

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  BELARUS   


U20: Belarus storm past Norway in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News
Belarus U20 - Norway U20 115:77

Belarus earned the second win in the classification round of U20 European Championship in Division B. They rolled past Norway for 2-0 record in Group J. Valiantsin Ihnatchyk (192-G-91) stepped up with 19 points to lead the effort.
Belarus dominated the first half. They erupted for 27 points in the opening quarter to post an 8-point lead at the first break. Things got even worse for Norway in the second quarter. Belarus dropped 30 points to pile up a 57:30 halftime advantage. Belarus did not slow down after the big break. They stretched the gap to 33 points with one quarter remaining and breezed to the victory at the end. Henadziy Zakhar (198-F-92) and Yaraslau Kurapau (200-F-91) provided 15 points each in the victory. Karamo Jawara (200-F-91) answered with 21 points for Norway. Stian Berg (187-PG-91) and Oeivind Lundestad (190-G-91) netted 13 points each in the loss.

Belarus U20: Valiantsin Ihnatchyk 19, Henadziy Zakhar 15, Yaraslau Kurapau 15
Norway U20: Karamo Jawara 21, Stian Berg 13, Oeivind Lundestad 13



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  BELGIUM   


U20: Belgium edge Czech Republic, both enter the semis in Bosnia - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U20-Czech Republic U20 75:69

Belgium overcame Czech Republic in the top game of the Qualifying Round in Sarajevo. The team remained undefeated in the tournament beating the Czechs 75:69 as both teams advanced to the Semifinals from Group F.
The teams started well and were tied at 15:15 midway through the first period. Sotnar nailed three at the very end for 22:17, while Milan Jaros (212-C-91) increased to 27:17 early in the second. Trailing 23:35, Belgium erupted with a 12-0 run to tie the game and Dennis Donkor (194-G/F-91) closed the half at 41:39. Maarten Rademakers (205-C/F-91) scored for 51:45, while Dennis Donkor brought 60:53. Ladislav Pecka (197-F-91) posted last four points in the third frame to cut it to 60:57. Thomas De Thaey (203-F-91) tied the score at 67:67 and Belgium finished the game with 6-0 run for the final result.
Dennis Donkor led the way with 22 points and Thomas De Thaey nailed 20. Maarten Rademakers followed them with 11 points for perfect 3-0 record. Ladislav Pecka replied with 14 points in the losing effort and Tomas Vyoral (188-PG-92) scored 13.

Belgium U20: Dennis Donkor 22, Thomas De Thaey 20, Maarten Rademakers 11
Czech Republic U20: Ladislav Pecka 14, Tomas Vyoral 13, Milan Jaros 11





U18: Belgium recorded the second consecutive win in Varna - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U18-England U18 68:56

Belgium recorded the second consecutive win in Varna at the U18 European Championship. The squad overcame England 68:56 to hand them the first loss.
Zak Wells (93) gave England the lead twice in the opening tip, while Rienert Torreele (192-F-93) scored from the perimeter for 10:5 advantage. England replied with 7-0 run and Stas closed a 9-0 run for Belgium. Khounchar and Spencer exchanged the baskets from the free throw line in the second period and Arno Mollekens (195-F/C-94) brought 28:14. Spencer and Henrard were the first players to score int he third period. Henrard reduced to 52:42 with 3 minutes in the frame but as it became clear after, those points were the last in the quarter for both sides. Belgium did not allow the opponents to come closer and improved to 18 points with a bit more than two minutes in the game. England scored the last six points to cut it to 12 points.
Arno Mollekens led the way with 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Rienert Torreele and Raphael Allemand (178-PG-93) posted 9 each. Ross Wilson (93) replied with 11 points and 13 rebounds in defeat and Zak Wells scored 8.

Belgium U18: Arno Mollekens 12+12 rebs, Rienert Torreele 9, Raphael Allemand 9
England U18: Ross Wilson 11+13 rebs, Zak Wells 8






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  BOSNIA   


U20: The third quarter allowed Bosnia and Herzegovina to beat Portugal - by Eurobasket News
Bosnia and Herzegovina U20-Portugal U20 73:59

Bosnia and Herzegovina won the last game of the U20 European Championship Division B of the Qualifying Round. The hosts edged Portugal 73:59 as both teams will play for 5-8 places at the tournament.
Miralem Halilovic (206-F-91) and Carlos Ferreirinho (200-F/G-91) exchanged the baskets early in the first frame, while again Miralem Halilovic scored for 13:6. Those points were the last for the home side in the opening period as they remained scoreless for the next 6 minutes! Portugal produced a 18-0 run as Sico nailed two threes at the end of the frame for 24:13. Carlos Ferreirinho scored for 30:21 and Cardoso nailed three to close the half at 37:25. The third quarter became decisive in the game as Bosnia needed 22-8 in the frame for 47:45 advantage after three quarters. After taking a 51:48 advantage in the final quarter the home team surged further away and won the game.
Miralem Halilovic stepped up with 28 points and Dino Begagic (193-G-92) nailed 16. Renato Azevedo (186-G/F-91) ended up with 17 points in defeat, while Carlos Ferreirinho posted 13.

Bosnia and Herzegovina U20: Miralem Halilovic 28, Dino Begagic 16
Portugal U20: Renato Azevedo 17, Carlos Ferreirinho 13



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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


BVI departs to Bahamas - by Kristian Santiago
The British Virgin Islands departed to the Bahamas to play the CBC Championships, starting tomorrow, Saturday the 23rd of July.

This is BVI's final roster:

Kennedy Bass (196-F-81, college: Anderson)
Molik Malone (186-G-88)
Steve Parillon (196-F-78, college: Henderson St.)
William McFee (191-G)
Eustace Freeman (171-G-80)
Randy George (200-F-81, college: Henderson St.)
Nathaniel Malone
Kelvin Samuels
Kleon Penn (211-C-86, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: McNeese St.)
Eric Mathias (F/C-83)
Rashid Cann (183-G-86)
Dewitt Henley (186-G-86, college: Oakwood)
Norville Carey


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  BULGARIA   


Earl Rowland joined the national squad of Bulgaria - by Valentin Anguelov
Earl Rowland joined the national team camp. The American, who has a Bulgarian passport arrived at Sofia airport yesterday and immediately went to Borovets. Rowland participated in the Eurobasket 2009 in Poland national team squad, but now it is almost certain he will be in the selection of Rosen Barchovski for championship in Lithuania. American obtain permission from to be late for preparation with the team and now starts training. On Monday, Bulgaria will go to Croatia, where they will play their first preparation games for this summer ahead of Eurobasket 2011.

Kalev targets Nikolay Varbanov - by Eurobasket News
According to Bgbasket, Kalev wants to sign Nikolay Varbanov (209-C-85, agency: Interperformances) for the next season. Reportedly, the reigning Estonian champion already offered him a deal. Varbanov spent last season with Tundja Yambol. He was one of their best players with 13 ppg, 10.5 rpg and 1 bpg in 34 NBL games. Varbanov ended as the best rebounder and third shot blocker of the competition. Eurobasket awarded him with All-Bulgarian League Domestic Player of the Year -11. Before Tundja Yambol, Nikolay Varbanov spent year and a half with Lukoil Akademik. He helped them win two championship titles. In the past, Varbanov played for Arkadia and Levski. He is active member of the Bulgarian National Team.

U20: Estonia advanced to the Semifinals in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria U20-Estonia U20 74:97

Estonia advanced to the Semifinals in Sarajevo in Division B of the U20 European Championship. The Baltic side rolled over Bulgaria 97:74 for 2-1 record that gave them the second spot in Group E. Bulgaria finished with 0-3 record and will play for 5-8 places.
Estonia enjoyed a 20-6 tear in the first period and never looked behind after. Bulgaria however reduced to the minimum in the second quarter, but that was all they could do. Ivanov cut it to 23:22 with 7 minutes to play in the second, while Stanislav Tsonkov (192-G-91) made the same for 31:30. Estonia needed a strong finish in the period to take 44:38 at the halftime. In the third quarter both teams traded baskets throughout the opening exchanges before Estonia went on a bigger lead. Martin Dorbek (191-G-91) closed the third period for 76:63 and 21-11 in the fourth frame brought the final result in the game.
Janar Soo (195-G/F-91) erupted with 33 points for the winners and Martin Dorbek netted 18. Rain Veideman (192-G-91) posted 13, while Rannar Raap (188-G/F-92) netted 11. Stanislav Tsonkov produced 15 points for Bulgaria and Ivanov as well as Plamen Hristov (197-F/G-91) notched 13 points.

Bulgaria U20: Stanislav Tsonkov 15, Ivanov 13, Plamen Hristov 13, Samuel Francis (190-G-92) 10
Estonia U20: Janar Soo 33, Martin Dorbek 18, Rain Veideman 13, Rannar Raap 11





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  CBC CHAMPIONSHIPS   


St. Vincent & Grenadines announces National Team - by Kristian Santiago
St. Vincent & Grenadines announced their final roster for the CBC Championships in the Bahamas:

Randolph Williams (188-G-76)
Ishama McKree
Lezzo McKenzie
Oral Roberts (201-F/C-74)
Orlando Ferguson
Glen Smith
Kendall Pinder (77)
Gregg Friday
Javorn Stewart
Damian Ottley - East (BVI)
Ajani Edwards (175-G) - SUNYIT (USA)
Sean Baptiste (191-G-88, agency: Prossin Sports Management) - Fairleigh Dickinson (USA)

Head coach: Junior Sutton


BVI departs to Bahamas - by Kristian Santiago
The British Virgin Islands departed to the Bahamas to play the CBC Championships, starting tomorrow, Saturday the 23rd of July.

This is BVI's final roster:

Kennedy Bass (196-F-81, college: Anderson)
Molik Malone (186-G-88)
Steve Parillon (196-F-78, college: Henderson St.)
William McFee (191-G)
Eustace Freeman (171-G-80)
Randy George (200-F-81, college: Henderson St.)
Nathaniel Malone
Kelvin Samuels
Kleon Penn (211-C-86, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: McNeese St.)
Eric Mathias (F/C-83)
Rashid Cann (183-G-86)
Dewitt Henley (186-G-86, college: Oakwood)
Norville Carey


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  CHINA   


15 Players Named to Youth National Team - by Arthur Volbert
China has named 15 players to its Under-23 National Team. The team will play games against Duke University in August.

Guo Ailun (192-G-93) was not named to the team and was barred from National Team consideration for one year because of supposed disciplinary violations such as being late for trainging sessions and team breakfasts for the U-19 National Team.

This seems to be related to political machinations regarding team control and Coach Fan Bin appears to have emerged victorious from these maneuvers. But I believe that it is adults, not teenagers, who are doing the maneuvering and Guo is being made scapegoat.

However, Guo's poor performance at the World U-19 Championship contributed considerably to this situation. Fan Bin is the coach of this new team so its seems that Chinese authorities now blame Guo, and his supporters, rather than Fan Bin, for the team's disappointing performance. But Guo is not really ready to play on the National Team. The guards on this team are older than Guo and all have CBA experience.

Centers
Wang Zheng 2.16M/115KG/Feb 90 Guangdong Dongguan Bank Hongyuan Tigers
Li Muhao 2.18M/100KG/Jun 92 Dongguan New Century Leopards
Wang Zhelin 2.13M/106 KG/Jan 94 Fujian SBS Xunxin

Forwards
Zhong Cheng 2.06M/125KG/Mar 89 Jilin Longrun Tea Dragons
Dong Hanlin 2.07M/95KG/Feb 91 Guangdong Dongguan Bank Hongyuan Tigers
Ju Mingxin 1.98M/89KG/Mar 93 Guangdong Dongguan Bank Hongyuan Tigers
Sun Tonglin 2.06M/110KG/Dec 92 Dongguan New Century Leopards
Duan Jiangpeng 1.97M/80KG/Sept 90 Shanxi Fenjiu
Xing Zhijiang 2.03M/95KG/94 Shanxi Fenjiu
Zhai Xiaochuan 2.03M/94KG/Mar 93 Beijing Capital Steel Ducks
Su Ruoyu 2.05M/90KG/Dec 91 Zhejiang Guangsha Lions

Guards
Yang Qin 1.95M/75KG/Apr 88 Fujian SBS Xunxin
Meng Duo 1.92M/88 KG/Aug 90 Dongguan New Century Leopards
Feng Qi 1.86M/75KG/Aug 91 Dongguan New Century Leopards
Zhao Dapeng 1.95M/85KG/Aug 90 Zhejiang Guangsha Lions

Head Coach: Fan Bin
Assistant Coach: Wu Naiqun



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  COLOMBIA   


SOUTHAMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP U-17 ,DAY 6 RESULTS - by Victor Garcia
Venezuela playing for the honor defeated Ecuador, and clinched at least the sixth place in the Championship.
Venezuela 59
Ecuador 53.

Chile surprise Uruguay and got a key victory in order the get the fourth place and a ticket to the semifinals.
Chile 71
Uruguay 60

Brazil got the powerhouses duel defeating Argentina in a very close game and is for sure the first place entering the semifinals.
Brazil 56
Argentina 51.

Colombia keep behind Brazil in the second place defeating Paraguay with the leadership of Tony Trocha and Brayan Angola.
Colombia 59
Paraguay 48.



SOUTHAMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP U-17 ,DAY 5 RESULTS - by Victor Garcia
Uruguay is still in the fight for a place in the semifinal, defeating Ecuador on Wednesday.
Uruguay 60
Ecuador 47

Chile keep doing a good job dominating Paraguay, the Guarani team was not an easy one to defeat but at the end Chile was most accurate from the perimeter.
Chile 66
Paraguay 52.

Argentina keep improving and easily outscored Venezuela to stay ahead of head with Uruguay and Chile for 3rd place in the standings.
Argentina 93
Venezuela 57.

Colombia fall against Brazil in the game of the two udefeated teams, the Brazilian team had a good combination of size and quickness hard to guard for the Colombian squad.
Brazil 63
Colombia 53.



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  CROATIA   


U20: Austria edge Croatia for important win in classification round - by Eurobasket News
Austria U20 - Croatia U20 61:59

Austria stepped closer to securing their place in the U20 European Championship Division A for the next season. They overcame Croatia by two points to improve at 2-2 record in Group G. Croatia fell at 1-3 record in the standings. Anton Maresch (192-G-91) came up with 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners.
Austria opened the game with eight points in a row. They maintained the lead throughout the starting quarter to take a 16:9 lead at the first break. Austria used a 7:0 run midway through the second quarter to post a 30:14 lead. Austria arrived at halftime up by 14 points 34:20. Boris Barac (206-F-92) drained four triples in a row at the start of the second half as the Croats got within four points. Boris Barac accounted for 14 points in the third quarter alone to give Croatia a 48:45 lead with one quarter remaining. Croatia stretched the margin to 8 points midway through the final frame but Austria bounced back. They levelled things up at 59 with just over a minute remaining. The teams exchanged misses before Anton Maresch hit a winning buzzer-beater. Thomas Klepeisz (187-G-91) hit 12 points for Austria. Romed Vieider (196-F-91) netted 9 points in the victory. Boris Barac answered with 19 points for Croatia. Ivan Mikulic (194-G-91) had 14 points in the losing effort.

Austria U20: Anton Maresch 19, Thomas Klepeisz 12, Romed Vieider 9
Croatia U20: Boris Barac 19, Ivan Mikulic 14



U18: Croatia won the second straight game at the U18 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Croatia U18-Slovenia U18 60:50

Croatia won the second straight game at the U18 European Championship. The team improved to 2-0 record in Group A after 60:50 win over Slovenia. The latter dropped to 0-2 record and will face Greece tomorrow at the end of the day.
Slovenia grabbed the lead early with a 12-0 run for a 12-2 advantage, which was 16-8 after one quarter. Junakovic reduced to 23:18 and Mislav Brzoja (198-F/G-94) gave Croatia 28:25 at the end of the first half. In the third quarter the teams exchanged the leads several times, while Rojc tied the game at 33:33. Bosnjak gave Slovenia 39:38 and Matej Buovac (198-G/F-93) closed the third period for 41:39. The last quarter belonged only to Croatia that dominated the court. With 19-11 they increased to 10 points at the end of the game as Stipe Cubric (182-PG-93) was the last to score for the winners.
Stipe Cubric paced all the winners with 15 points for the perfect record. Mislav Brzoja collected 14 points and 10 caroms, while Matej Buovac scored 8. Luka Rupnik (184-PG-93) ended up with 13 points in the losing effort, whilst Ziga Dimec (208-C/F-93) had 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Croatia U18: Stipe Cubric 15, Mislav Brzoja 14+10 rebs, Matej Buovac 8
Slovenia U18: Luka Rupnik 13, Ziga Dimec 10+12 rebs





JOLLY JBS signed 3 players! - by Dani Erceg
Newcomer in Croatian A1 League JOLLY JBS signed Denis Vrsaljko (212-C-82), Stipe Rezic (201-G/F-89) and Teo Petani (190-G-88) for new season. Vrsaljko spent last season in Slovenian A1 team Polzela, he averaged 8.4ppg and 4.1 rpg in 30 games, in his career he played for Zrinjevac, Start Lublin, KK Zagreb, Falco KC-Szombathely and Zrinjski. Rezic played last season for KK Split, had 31 appearance averaging 4.2ppg, 1.4rpg. Teo Petani spent last season in Borik Puntamika, in 26 games he averaged 7.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.7spg.

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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


U20: Belgium edge Czech Republic, both enter the semis in Bosnia - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U20-Czech Republic U20 75:69

Belgium overcame Czech Republic in the top game of the Qualifying Round in Sarajevo. The team remained undefeated in the tournament beating the Czechs 75:69 as both teams advanced to the Semifinals from Group F.
The teams started well and were tied at 15:15 midway through the first period. Sotnar nailed three at the very end for 22:17, while Milan Jaros (212-C-91) increased to 27:17 early in the second. Trailing 23:35, Belgium erupted with a 12-0 run to tie the game and Dennis Donkor (194-G/F-91) closed the half at 41:39. Maarten Rademakers (205-C/F-91) scored for 51:45, while Dennis Donkor brought 60:53. Ladislav Pecka (197-F-91) posted last four points in the third frame to cut it to 60:57. Thomas De Thaey (203-F-91) tied the score at 67:67 and Belgium finished the game with 6-0 run for the final result.
Dennis Donkor led the way with 22 points and Thomas De Thaey nailed 20. Maarten Rademakers followed them with 11 points for perfect 3-0 record. Ladislav Pecka replied with 14 points in the losing effort and Tomas Vyoral (188-PG-92) scored 13.

Belgium U20: Dennis Donkor 22, Thomas De Thaey 20, Maarten Rademakers 11
Czech Republic U20: Ladislav Pecka 14, Tomas Vyoral 13, Milan Jaros 11





U18: France breeze past Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News
France U18 - Czech Republic U18 71:48

France registered the second straight win at the U18 European Championship. They prevailed against Czech Republic to jump at 2-0 record in Group C. Hugo Invernizzi (196-G/F-93) stepped up with 12 points to lead the effort. Czech Republic fell at 0-2 record.
Hugo Invernizzi scored 6 points in the starting quarter as France grabbed a 22:10 lead at the first break. Czech Republic went on a 13:2 run midway through the second term to narrow the gap at 3 points 23:26. But Les Bleus restored a safe cushion as they posted a 36:27 lead at halftime. John and Faroux opened the third frame with back-to-back triples. France stayed in charge building a 53:37 lead with ten minutes to go. Hugo Invernizzi and Dinal boosted the gap to 21 points at the start of the fourth quarter and France never looked back en route to the win. Boris Dallo (193-G-94) produced 11 points, while Jean-Charles Livio (204-F/C-93) netted 9 points in the victory. Petr Herman (204-C-94) answered with 11 points for Czech Republic. Jan Lycka (186-G-93) and Josef Bajar (198-C/F-93) had 7 points each in the loss.

France U18: Hugo Invernizzi 12, Boris Dallo 11, Jean-Charles Livio 9
Czech Republic U18: Petr Herman 11, Jan Lycka 7, Josef Bajar 7



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  DENMARK   


U18: Denmark opened U18 European Championship in Division B in Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
Denmark U18-Portugal U18 62:50

Denmark opened U18 European Championship in Division B in Day 2 with the win over Portugal. Due to the number of teams in the group (5), Denmark celebrated 62:50 victory in the opener, while Portugal suffered the second straight loss.
Poprtugal lost to Belgium in the opener last night and tries to recover in the start of Day 2. Diogo Ventura (185-PG-94) brought the first lead for them, but Denmark won the first period 14:8. Peter Moeller (186-G-94) closed an 8-0 run for his side in the start of the second frame and Rasmus Larsen (212-C-94) delivered two for 26:13. Both teams nailed 15 points in the second quarter as Artur Castela (200-C-93) closed the half at 29:23. Later himself and Cabanas tied the game at 32:32, while Denmark responded with 7-0 run for 39:32. Rungby was the last to score in the frame for 43:36, but it became clear in the fourth period who will be the winner. Denmark added 19-14 in the stanza to win the game by 12 points.
Rasmus Larsen paced all the winners with 17 points, while Esben Reinholt (196-G-93) collected 12 points and 10 rebounds. Alexander Birketoft (202-C-93) notched 10, whilst Peter Moeller netted 8.

Denmark U18: Rasmus Larsen 17, Esben Reinholt 12+10 rebs, Alexander Birketoft 10, Peter Moeller 8
Portugal U18: Diogo Ventura 12, Artur Castela 10+10 rebs





U20: Georgia won Group E of the Qualifying Round with a perfect 3-0 record - by Eurobasket News
Denmark U20-Georgia U20 66:84

Georgia won Group E of the Qualifying Round with a perfect 3-0 record. Georgia advanced to the semifinals of the U20 European Championship in Division B after 84:66 victory over Denmark. The latter finished third in the group and will play for 5-8 places.
Georgia began well with an 11-3 run setting the tone for a dominating first quarter. Akaki Dvalishvili (206-C/F-90) scored for 23:11 and Beqa Chikviladze (195-G-91) closed the frame at 31:16. Hertz opened the second quarter from the perimeter and Jonas Bergstedt (210-C-91) reduced to 37:25. Tornike Shengelia (207-G/F-91) however sent the teams to the lockers for 49:35. Both teams nailed 16 points each in the third period that left the same difference on the board after thirty minutes. Georgia added 84:66 in the last frame to seal the victory.
Tornike Shengelia paced all the winners with 28 points and Akaki Dvalishvili netted 21. Duda Sanadze (196-G/F-92) scored 14, while Beqa Chikviladze posted 11. Thomas Laerke (194-G/F-91) finished the game with 20 points in defeat and Bak notched 19.

Denmark U20: Thomas Laerke 20, Bak 19, Jonas Bergstedt 16
Georgia U20: Tornike Shengelia 28, Akaki Dvalishvili 21, Duda Sanadze 14, Beqa Chikviladze 11



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Kalev targets Nikolay Varbanov - by Eurobasket News
According to Bgbasket, Kalev wants to sign Nikolay Varbanov (209-C-85, agency: Interperformances) for the next season. Reportedly, the reigning Estonian champion already offered him a deal. Varbanov spent last season with Tundja Yambol. He was one of their best players with 13 ppg, 10.5 rpg and 1 bpg in 34 NBL games. Varbanov ended as the best rebounder and third shot blocker of the competition. Eurobasket awarded him with All-Bulgarian League Domestic Player of the Year -11. Before Tundja Yambol, Nikolay Varbanov spent year and a half with Lukoil Akademik. He helped them win two championship titles. In the past, Varbanov played for Arkadia and Levski. He is active member of the Bulgarian National Team.

U20: Estonia advanced to the Semifinals in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria U20-Estonia U20 74:97

Estonia advanced to the Semifinals in Sarajevo in Division B of the U20 European Championship. The Baltic side rolled over Bulgaria 97:74 for 2-1 record that gave them the second spot in Group E. Bulgaria finished with 0-3 record and will play for 5-8 places.
Estonia enjoyed a 20-6 tear in the first period and never looked behind after. Bulgaria however reduced to the minimum in the second quarter, but that was all they could do. Ivanov cut it to 23:22 with 7 minutes to play in the second, while Stanislav Tsonkov (192-G-91) made the same for 31:30. Estonia needed a strong finish in the period to take 44:38 at the halftime. In the third quarter both teams traded baskets throughout the opening exchanges before Estonia went on a bigger lead. Martin Dorbek (191-G-91) closed the third period for 76:63 and 21-11 in the fourth frame brought the final result in the game.
Janar Soo (195-G/F-91) erupted with 33 points for the winners and Martin Dorbek netted 18. Rain Veideman (192-G-91) posted 13, while Rannar Raap (188-G/F-92) netted 11. Stanislav Tsonkov produced 15 points for Bulgaria and Ivanov as well as Plamen Hristov (197-F/G-91) notched 13 points.

Bulgaria U20: Stanislav Tsonkov 15, Ivanov 13, Plamen Hristov 13, Samuel Francis (190-G-92) 10
Estonia U20: Janar Soo 33, Martin Dorbek 18, Rain Veideman 13, Rannar Raap 11





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  EUROLEAGUE   


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, as the two will work under Head Coach David Blatt.
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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Julius Jenkins moves to Bamberg - by Eurobasket News
Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) will continue his career with Brose Baskets Bamberg. The club announced his signing today. Jenkins played for ALBA Berlin last five years. He helped them win the championship title in 2008 and was named MVP. Jenkins appeared 44 times for ALBA last season averaging 14.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists in German league. He also added 12 ppg, 1.5 rpg and 3.4 apg for 11 EuroCup games. In five Euroleague Qualifying Round games he had 17.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 3.4 apg. Jenkins was one of the best ALBA Berlin players every year. In 2008, he was named Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Player of the Year. That same year and also in 2010 Julius Jenkins was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Guard of the Year. He helped ALBA win the German Cup two years ago and was named MVP of this competition. Jenkins arrived to Germany in 2003. He played for Nuernberg at that time.

ALBA Berlin adds Kyle Weaver - by Eurobasket News
ALBA Berlin announced signing of Kyle Weaver (198-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Washington St.) for the next season. The American G/SF heads to Germany from Charleroi, where he finished 2010/11. Weaver joined them in April averaging 7.5 points and 3.7 rebounds for 11 games. He helped Charleroi defend the Belgian league title. Kyle Weaver started last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, but didnt appear in any official game. He played 9 games for Austin Toros (NBDL) registering 13.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg and 2.5 apg. In April, Weaver got a 10-day deal with Utah Jazz collecting 5.6 ppg, 2 rpg and 1.4 apg for five games.

'Kyle Weaver is a very versatile player. His normal position is the shooting guard position, but he can also play point guard or small forward. He has the ability to create shots for his teammates or himself and he is a superb defender', warned Alba Berlin head coach Gordon Herbert.


News from PGE Turow - by Eurobasket News
PGE Turow announced signing of contract extension with David Jackson (193-G-86, college: W.Illinois), Michal Gabinski (202-F-87) and Michal Chylinski (199-G-86, agency: Interperformances). They also added Aaron Cel (203-F-87), Ronald Moore (183-G-88, college: Siena) and Giedrius Gustas (190-G-80, agency: Interperformances) for the next season.
David Jackson joined Turow last summer from Pezinok. He averaged 10.5 points and 3.1 rebounds in 41 PLK games.
Michal Gabinski also arrived last summer, but from ZKS Stal Stalowa Wola. He had 5.3 ppg and 4.1 rpg in 41 Polish league games.
Michal Chylinski missed the entire last season due to injury.
Aaron Cel comes to the Polish team from Hermine Nantes. He played in 34 games and had 12.1 ppg, 6 rpg and 1.5 apg.
Ronald Moore played for Nitra last season. He had 16.9 ppg, 5 rpg, 6.9 apg and 2.4 spg in Slovakian league.
Giedrius Gustas heads to Turow from Trefl Sopot. He had 10.5 ppg, 1.7 apf and 2 apg for 31 games in PLK.


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Dirk Nowitzki to play for Germany - by Eurobasket News
Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) says he will play for Germany at the upcoming European Championship when Olympic berths will be at stake.

The Dallas Mavericks forward says the break after the NBA Finals was brief, but he'd 'like to help the young German team have success.'

Nowitzki led the Mavericks to the NBA championship over the Miami Heat and was named the series MVP.

Nowitzki will be joined by Los Angeles Clippers big man Chris Kaman, who also committed to the team.

The European Championship is Aug. 31-Sept. 18 in Lithuania. The two finalists qualify for the 2012 Olympics in London. Germany is in a group with France, Italy, Serbia, Latvia and Israel.

Courtesy of ESPN


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   


Results and Stats from Day 2 in Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Poland - Greece 68-61
Poland recorded the second straight win at U18 European Championship. The hosts overcame Greece to stay undefeated in Group A. Greece in the meantime suffered the second straight loss at the tournament. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) scored 17 points, collected 8 rebounds and issued 4 assists in the victory. Greece opened the game with five points in a row but Poland quickly erased the deficit. The hosts ensured a 19:15 lead after ten minutes. Poland maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 39:30 lead after the first half. Bochoridis, Petros Melissaratos (202-C/F-93) and Giannoulis Larentzakis (196-G/F-93) narrowed the gap at just a single point midway through the third frame. Giannoulis Larentzakis drained back-to-back triples to put the Hellenes in front 53:50 late in the quarter. Poland bridged the periods with an 11:0 rally to regain the lead. Soon Mateusz Ponitka boosted the gap to 10 points 66:56. Greece never recovered in the reminder of the contest and Poland earned a tough win at the end. Michal Michalak accounted for 14 points, while Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-C-93) and Piotr Niedzwiedzki (209-F-93) added 12 points each in the victory. Giannoulis Larentzakis answered with 17 points for Greece. Petros Melissaratos had 12 points in defeat.

Croatia - Slovenia 60-50
Croatia won the second straight game at the U18 European Championship. The team improved to 2-0 record in Group A after 60:50 win over Slovenia. The latter dropped to 0-2 record and will face Greece tomorrow at the end of the day. Slovenia grabbed the lead early with a 12-0 run for a 12-2 advantage, which was 16-8 after one quarter. Junakovic reduced to 23:18 and Mislav Brzoja (198-F/G-94) gave Croatia 28:25 at the end of the first half. In the third quarter the teams exchanged the leads several times, while Rojc tied the game at 33:33. Bosnjak gave Slovenia 39:38 and Buovac closed the third period for 41:39. The last quarter belonged only to Croatia that dominated the court. With 19-11 they increased to 10 points at the end of the game as Stipe Cubric (182-PG-93) was the last to score for the winners. Stipe Cubric paced all the winners with 15 points for the perfect record. Mislav Brzoja collected 14 points and 10 caroms, while Buovac scored 8. Luka Rupnik (184-PG-93) ended up with 13 points in the losing effort, whilst Ziga Dimec (208-C/F-93) had 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Group B
Turkey - Finland 87-57
Turkey registered the opening win at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Finland to climb at 1-1 record in Group B. Tayfun Erulku (188-G/F-94) and Ugur Dokuyan (197-F-93) scored 14 points each to pace the winners. Finland remained winless after the defeat. It looked quite good for Finland early on. They used a 13:0 run midway through the opening quarter to surge ahead. Kalle Naapi (189-G-93) opened up a double-digit lead for the Finnish team late in the period 18:8. Turkey managed to get within four points 14:18 at the first break. But Turkey went on a 16:0 run in the second frame to post a 31:24 lead. They soon followed with a 14:0 rally as the margin grew at 18-point mark. Turkey recorded a 44:28 lead at the interval. Turkey stayed in charge in the third quarter. They entered the fourth stanza up by 20 points and eased to the victory at the end. Erbil Eroglu (195-G-93) and Samet Geyik (206-F-93) dropped 10 points each in the win. Kalle Naapi responded with 15 points for Finland. Visa Tarjanne (195-F-93) had 11 points in the losing case.

Serbia - Germany 70-54
Serbia registered the second consecutive win at the U18 European Championship in Poland. They outscored Germany for 2-0 record in Group B. Stefan Popovski-Turanjanin (201-F-93, agency: Beo Basket) scored 14 points to lead the effort. The lead changed hands throughout the opening frame before Serbia went on a 10:1 run to post a 23:12 lead. Serbia rallied to a 13-point lead at halftime. The Balkan team maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. They entered the final frame up by as many as 13 points 52:39. Serbia scored four points in a row at the start of the final stanza to boost the lead. Germany had no answer in store as Serbia cruised to the victory in the fourth period. Vasilije Micic (192-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 11 points in the winning effort. Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93) answered with 15 points for Germany. Dennis Schroeder (184-G-93) finished with 11 points in defeat.

Group C
Spain - Latvia 79-58
Spain celebrated the second consecutive victory at U18 European Championship. They defeated Latvia to stay unbeaten in Group C. Alejandro Redondo (198-F/G-93) scored 16 points to lead the winners. Latvia fell at 0-2 record after the defeat. Spain quickly jumped in front in this one and controlled the game in the opening period. The Spaniards posted an 18:8 lead after ten minutes. Perez and Diez began the second frame with five points in a row to stretch the lead. Spain maintained the lead well enough throughout the quarter. They registered a 43:19 advantage at the interval. Latvia could not get any closer in the third frame. Spain arrived at the final break leading by as many as 28 points 65:37. Latvia opened the final term on a 13:2 rally to narrow the deficit but Spain quickly stopped the rot and rolled to the victory at the end. Alejandro Suarez (205-F/C-93) netted 12 points, while Jaime Fernandez (187-G-93) had 9 points in the winning effort. Janis Berzins (200-F/G-93, agency: Players Group) responded with 13 points for Latvia. Andrejs Grazulis (203-C/F-93) and Roberts Krumins (198-G/F-93) accounted for 7 points each in the loss.

France - Czech Republic 71-48
France registered the second straight win at the U18 European Championship. They prevailed against Czech Republic to jump at 2-0 record in Group C. Hugo Invernizzi (196-G/F-93) stepped up with 12 points to lead the effort. Czech Republic fell at 0-2 record. Hugo Invernizzi scored 6 points in the starting quarter as France grabbed a 22:10 lead at the first break. Czech Republic went on a 13:2 run midway through the second term to narrow the gap at 3 points 23:26. But Les Bleus restored a safe cushion as they posted a 36:27 lead at halftime. John and Faroux opened the third frame with back-to-back triples. France stayed in charge building a 53:37 lead with ten minutes to go. Hugo Invernizzi and Dinal boosted the gap to 21 points at the start of the fourth quarter and France never looked back en route to the win. Boris Dallo (193-G-94) produced 11 points, while Jean-Charles Livio (204-F/C-93) netted 9 points in the victory. Petr Herman (204-C-94) answered with 11 points for Czech Republic. Jan Lycka (186-G-93) and Josef Bajar (198-C/F-93) had 7 points each in the loss.

Group D
Russia - Ukraine 75-54
Russia celebrated the initial victory in Day 2 of the U18 European Championship. They edged Ukraine in Division A for 1-1 record after 75:54, while the Ukrainian team fell at 0-2. Russia used a 9-2 surge in the opening quarter to build their first cushion and led 20-10 after one period. Aleksandr Gudumak (204-F-93) scored for 33:21, while his three-pointer gave Russia 39:23 at the halftime. It was not even a moment in the game when Ukraine showed the effort to win the game. Russia dominated the court and rightfully added the victories in the third and the last quarters. With 24-22 Russia won the third period to take 63:45 advantage after thirty minutes. Ilya Rodionov (185-PG-93) brought 67:45 and Trushkin as well as Levshin brought 72:46. Levshin closed the game from the perimeter to bring the first victory for Russia in Poland. Aleksandr Gudumak paced all the winners with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Gleb Goldyrev (200-F-93) notched 15. Khrebtov scored 12, while Ilya Rodionov netted 8. Danylo Zuikov (185-PG-94) produced 11 points in the losing effort and Volodymyr Gerun (205-C/F-94) nailed 10.

Lithuania - Italy 82-79
Lithuania celebrated the second straight win at the U18 European Championship in Poland. The defending champions held off Italy to improve at 2-0 record in Group D. Osvaldas Olisevicius (196-F-93) scored 23 points to lead the effort. Italy fell at 1-1 record after the loss. Lithuania opened the game with six points in a row and maintained the lead throughout the starting quarter. The Baltic team recorded a 23:19 lead after ten minutes. Magrini helped the Azzurri to level things up at 31 midway through the second term. Jogela triggered a 10:0 run from Lithuania as they secured a 45:36 halftime advantage. Lithuania kept their opponents at bay throughout the third period. They arrived at the final break leading by 8 points 61:53. The margin grew at 13-point mark midway through the final period but Italy never said die. Amedeo Della Valle (192-G-93), Imbro and Francesco Veccia (190-G-93) dragged the Azzurri within three points 71:74 with 31 seconds remaining. Chillo and Imbro narrowed the gap to only two points with 11 seconds to go but Narkevicius and Paulius Semaska (183-PG-93) dropped four free throws in a row to seal the win for Lithuania. Tomas Lekunas (195-F-93) notched 19 points, while Paulius Semaska added 10 points in the victory. Amedeo Della Valle responded with 24 points for Italy. Amedeo Tessitori and Francesco Veccia had 12 points each in the loss.




Division B: Results and Stats from Day 2 in Varna - by Eurobasket News
Group B
Denmark - Portugal 62-50
Denmark opened U18 European Championship in Division B in Day 2 with the win over Portugal. Due to the number of teams in the group (5), Denmark celebrated 62:50 victory in the opener, while Portugal suffered the second straight loss. Poprtugal lost to Belgium in the opener last night and tries to recover in the start of Day 2. Diogo Ventura (185-PG-94) brought the first lead for them, but Denmark won the first period 14:8. Moeller closed an 8-0 run for his side in the start of the second frame and Rasmus Larsen (212-C-94) delivered two for 26:13. Both teams nailed 15 points in the second quarter as Artur Castela (200-C-93) closed the half at 29:23. Later himself and Cabanas tied the game at 32:32, while Denmark responded with 7-0 run for 39:32. Rungby was the last to score in the frame for 43:36, but it became clear in the fourth period who will be the winner. Denmark added 19-14 in the stanza to win the game by 12 points. Rasmus Larsen paced all the winners with 17 points, while Esben Reinholt (196-G-93) collected 12 points and 10 rebounds. Birketoft notched 10, whilst Moeller netted 8.

Belgium - United Kingdom 68-56
Belgium recorded the second consecutive win in Varna at the U18 European Championship. The squad overcame England 68:56 to hand them the first loss. Wells gave England the lead twice in the opening tip, while Torreele scored from the perimeter for 10:5 advantage. England replied with 7-0 run and Stas closed a 9-0 run for Belgium. Khounchar and Spencer exchanged the baskets from the free throw line in the second period and Arno Mollekens (195-F/C-94) brought 28:14. Spencer and Gerald Henrard (203-C-93) were the first players to score int he third period. Gerald Henrard reduced to 52:42 with 3 minutes in the frame but as it became clear after, those points were the last in the quarter for both sides. Belgium did not allow the opponents to come closer and improved to 18 points with a bit more than two minutes in the game. England scored the last six points to cut it to 12 points. Arno Mollekens led the way with 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Torreele and Raphael Allemand (178-PG-93) posted 9 each. Ross Wilson (93) replied with 11 points and 13 rebounds in defeat and Wells scored 8.

Group D
Slovakia - Sweden 57-56
A real thriller saw Varna in the end of Day 2 when Slovak Republic and Sweden met each other. Slovak Republic grabbed 57:56 victory for 2-0 record in Group D of the U18 European Championship. The teams had been virtually inseparable for most of the game prior to the exciting finish. Slovak Republic won the first period 15:12 although they were scoreless in the last two minutes. Andersson tied the game at 17:17 and Eliasson brought 25:20 for Sweden. Borg brought 28:25 at the end of the frame closing the half at 28:25. The third frame reminded carousel as at first William Magarity (207-F-93) gave Sweden 34:25, while Jakub Novysedlak (182-PG-93) closed an 11-0 run for 36:35. Viktor Dedecek (200-F-93) closed the period at 49:39 as Slovak Republic made the final push in the frame. They led in the whole last quarter, but Sweden managed to reduce to one point. Bojanovsky top-scored for the winners with 15 points and 22 rebounds, while Jakub Novysedlak nailed 14. Krajcovic posted 12, while Viktor Dedecek netted 7. Borg finsihed the game with 18 points for the Scandinavian team and William Magarity chipped in 15.

Israel - Switzerland 101-49
Israel destroyed Switzerland in Day 2 of the U18 European Championship in Division B. Israel nailed three-digit number for a convincing 101:49 victory to take 1-0 record as it was their first game. The Swiss side suffered the second straight loss and dropped to 0-2 record in Group D. Israel went on an early lead and had 6-0 run in the very beginning. Mladjan tied the game at 8:8, while Vincent Gaillard (200-F-93) gave the Swiss side the only lead at 12:11. Israel replied with 33-0 run for 44:12 at the end of the second period. They won the second period 33-3 as Or Solomon (196-F-93) scored for 51:15. Israel also won the third quarter 21-20 and reached 74:35 after thirty minutes. Egor Koulechov (194-F-94) showed three digits on the board after making the last successful shot for the team with 21 seconds remaining. Yaniv Solomon (196-F-94) paced all the winners with 17 points, while Or Solomon netted 16. Egor Koulechov followed them with 14 points in the winning effort. Vincent Gaillard ended up with 12 points in defeat and Harlicaj posted 9.




Division C: Results and Stats from Day 3 in Serravalle - by Eurobasket News
Day 3 of the U18 European Championship Men Division C saw a thriller between Wales and Moldova at the Arena Domus. Wales grabbed 74:72 victory to remain undefeated. Moldova started with 23-20 and added massive 20-13 in the second period. Moreover after 18-15 in the third frame they enjoyed 61:48 lead after Vladislav Solopa (F-95) and Rothwell shots. The last quarter however belonged to Wales that erupted with 26-11 to win the game. Jacob Lloyd (185-G-94) and Trotman delivered the last points for the winners. Jacob Lloyd top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Khan posted 16. Vladislav Solopa replied with 23 points in defeat and Daniel Marcenco (197-C-93) collected 18 points and 16 rebounds.
In another game of the day Andorra U18 rolled over Gibraltar U18 97:43. Andorra won all the quarters of the game and improved to 1-1 record. Peral stepped up with 18 points and Mas Torra followed him with 13. Sawyer delivered 14 points in defeat and Bado notched 12.




M-Standings - Group B
Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Bulgaria1-0
2. Hungary1-0
3. Luxembourg.0-1
4. Georgia0-1
Group B
1. Belgium2-0
2. Denmark1-0
3. U.Kingdom1-1
4. Estonia0-1
5. Portugal0-2
Group C
1. Montenegro.1-0
2. Holland1-0
3. Romania0-1
4. Austria0-1
Group D
1. Slovakia2-0
2. Israel1-0
3. Sweden1-1
4. Norway0-1
5. Switzerlan.0-2


Stats Leader
Points Per Game
 Janari JOESAAR
  EST
  (197-F-93)
  Avg: 27
 1. Joesaar, EST27.0 
 2. Bojanovsky, SVK24.5 
 3. Petica, ROM24.0 
 4. Ivanov, BUL22.0 
 5. Mugosa, MNT21.0 
 6. Olah, ROM19.0 
 7. Borg, SWE18.0 
 8. Larsen, DEN17.0 
 9. Hoeser, LUX17.0 
 10. Candiff, NED17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris BOJANOVSKY
  SVK
  (215-C-93)
  Avg: 18
 1. Bojanovsky, SVK18.0 
 2. Pavic, MNT14.0 
 3. Eliasson, SWE14.0 
 4. Tenchev, BUL13.0 
 5. N''Dumba-C., SUI12.0 
 6. Olah, ROM11.0 
 7. Nikolic, MNT10.0 
 8. Popovici, ROM10.0 
 9. Reinholt, DEN10.0 
 10. Hammink, NED10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Simon KRAJCOVIC
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 10
 1. Krajcovic, SVK10.0 
 2. Cristiean, ROM10.0 
 3. Karamfilov, BUL9.0 
 4. Petrov, BUL5.0 
 5. Kasalica, MNT4.0 
 6. Laane, EST4.0 
 7. Borg, SWE4.0 
 8. Averink, NED4.0 
 9. Natskin, BUL4.0 
 10. Mikeladze, GEO4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Simon KRAJCOVIC
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 7
 1. Krajcovic, SVK7.0 
 2. Kovacs, HUN6.0 
 3. Laurent, LUX5.0 
 4. Hurt, LUX5.0 
 5. Laane, EST5.0 
 6. Borg, SWE4.5 
 7. Graham, ENG4.0 
 8. Mugosa, MNT4.0 
 9. Polfer, LUX4.0 
 10. Petica, ROM4.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Boris BOJANOVSKY
  SVK
  (215-C-93)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Bojanovsky, SVK5.5 
 2. Olah, ROM4.0 
 3. Dimitrov, BUL4.0 
 4. Magarity, SWE3.5 
 5. Bleeker, NED3.0 
 6. Kok, NED3.0 
 7. Petras, SVK2.5 
 8. Angeler, AUT2.0 
 9. Ivanov, BUL2.0 
 10. Harto, NOR2.0 


Stats Leaders Div. A
Points Per Game
 Amedeo DELLA VALLE
  (192-G-93)
  Avg: 22
 1. Della Valle, ITA22.0 
 2. Ponitka, POL22.0 
 3. Karnowski, POL21.0 
 4. Kriz, CZE20.0 
 5. Popovski-T., SRB18.0 
 6. Olisevicius, LTU17.5 
 7. Goldyrev, RUS17.0 
 8. Veccia, ITA15.0 
 9. Redondo, ESP15.0 
 10. Lekunas, LTU14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marko RAMLJAK
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Ramljak, CRO11.5 
 2. Kriz, CZE11.0 
 3. Dinal, FRA11.0 
 4. Jaiteh, FRA10.0 
 5. Niedzwiedzki, POL10.0 
 6. Brzoja, CRO10.0 
 7. Gudumak, RUS10.0 
 8. Lekunas, LTU8.0 
 9. Kamperidis, GRE8.0 
 10. Karnowski, POL8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Vasilije MICIC
  (192-PG-94)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Micic, SRB6.5 
 2. Rupnik, SLO6.0 
 3. Fernandez, ESP5.5 
 4. Grzelinski, POL5.0 
 5. Matczak, POL5.0 
 6. Paliukenas, LTU4.5 
 7. Imbro, ITA4.5 
 8. Festr, CZE4.0 
 9. Sanz, ESP4.0 
 10. Eroglu, TUR4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marko RAMLJAK
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Ramljak, CRO4.5 
 2. Junakovic, CRO4.0 
 3. Micic, SRB3.5 
 4. Artamonov, UKR3.5 
 5. Dokuyan, TUR3.0 
 6. Veccia, ITA3.0 
 7. Larentzakis, GRE3.0 
 8. Bekteshi, GER3.0 
 9. Buovac, CRO3.0 
 10. Tuncer, TUR3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Przemyslaw KARNOWSKI
  (213-C-93)
  Avg: 5
 1. Karnowski, POL5.0 
 2. Gudaitis, LTU2.5 
 3. Olaizola, ESP1.5 
 4. Mikulic, CRO1.5 
 5. Zagreba, UKR1.5 
 6. Orlenko, RUS1.0 
 7. Tekin, TUR1.0 
 8. Altunbey, TUR1.0 
 9. Jaiteh, FRA1.0 
 10. Dimsa, LTU1.0 


Standings Division A
Standings
Group A
1. Croatia2-0
2. Poland2-0
3. Slovenia0-2
4. Greece0-2
Group B
1. Serbia2-0
2. Turkey1-1
3. Germany1-1
4. Finland0-2
Group C
1. Spain2-0
2. France2-0
3. Latvia0-2
4. Czech Rep.0-2
Group D
1. Lithuania2-0
2. Russia1-1
3. Italy1-1
4. Ukraine0-2


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Nikola MIROTIC
  MNT
  (209-F/C-91)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Mirotic, ESP25.3 
 2. Dubljevic, MNT22.6 
 3. Nedovic, SRB19.3 
 4. Gentile, ITA18.4 
 5. Fournier, FRA16.1 
 6. Omic, SLO16.1 
 7. Aldemir, TUR15.9 
 8. Katsivelis, GRE15.4 
 9. Sastre Morro, ESP15.3 
 10. Czerapowicz, SWE14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Furkan ALDEMIR
  (207-F-91)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Aldemir, TUR16.3 
 2. Mirotic, ESP10.1 
 3. Theis, GER9.1 
 4. Dubljevic, MNT9.1 
 5. Todorovic, MNT8.3 
 6. Czerapowicz, SWE7.9 
 7. Rados, AUT7.7 
 8. Kulvietis, LTU7.6 
 9. Melli, ITA7.3 
 10. Muric, SLO7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Josep FRANCH
  (194-PG-91)
  Avg: 5
 1. Franch, ESP5.0 
 2. Lebedintsev, UKR5.0 
 3. Span, SLO4.3 
 4. Redikas, LTU4.3 
 5. Nedovic, SRB3.8 
 6. Peciukeviciu., LTU3.7 
 7. Klepeisz, AUT3.7 
 8. Dukanovic, MNT3.6 
 9. Dambrauskas, LTU3.3 
 10. Koksal, TUR3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Evan FOURNIER
  (200-G/F-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Fournier, FRA2.1 
 2. Nedovic, SRB1.8 
 3. Person, SWE1.7 
 4. Strebkov, RUS1.5 
 5. Sandul, UKR1.4 
 6. De Nicolao, ITA1.4 
 7. Andjusic, SRB1.4 
 8. Ioakeimidis, GRE1.4 
 9. Dubljevic, MNT1.4 
 10. Ivanovic, MNT1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Artem PUSTOVYI
  (216-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Pustovyi, UKR2.6 
 2. Meiers, LAT2.1 
 3. Aldemir, TUR1.9 
 4. Gobert, FRA1.7 
 5. Georgakis, GRE1.7 
 6. Bubalo, CRO1.6 
 7. Chrysikopoul., GRE1.6 
 8. Mirotic, ESP1.4 
 9. Polonara, ITA1.3 
 10. Melli, ITA1.3 


M-Standings - Division B
Standings Div.B
Group E
1. Georgia3-0
2. Estonia2-1
3. Denmark1-2
4. Bulgaria0-3
Group F
1. Belgium3-0
2. Czech Rep.2-1
3. Bosnia1-2
4. Portugal0-3
Group G 9-16 places
1. Poland2-1
2. Slovakia2-1
3. Holland1-2
4. Romania1-2
Group H 9-16 places
1. Israel2-1
2. Finland2-1
3. U.Kingdom2-1
4. Iceland0-3
Group I 17-22 places
1. Hungary2-0
2. FYR Macedon.1-1
3. Switzerland0-2
Group J 17-22 places
1. Belarus2-0
2. Norway1-1
3. Luxembourg0-2


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. Serbia4-0
2. Austria2-2
3. Croatia1-3
4. Lithuania1-3


Division B: The Semifinals are set in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Bulgaria - Estonia 74-97
Estonia advanced to the Semifinals in Sarajevo in Division B of the U20 European Championship. The Baltic side rolled over Bulgaria 97:74 for 2-1 record that gave them the second spot in Group E. Bulgaria finished with 0-3 record and will play for 5-8 places. Estonia enjoyed a 20-6 tear in the first period and never looked behind after. Bulgaria however reduced to the minimum in the second quarter, but that was all they could do. Ivanov cut it to 23:22 with 7 minutes to play in the second, while Stanislav Tsonkov (192-G-91) made the same for 31:30. Estonia needed a strong finish in the period to take 44:38 at the halftime. In the third quarter both teams traded baskets throughout the opening exchanges before Estonia went on a bigger lead. Dorbek closed the third period for 76:63 and 21-11 in the fourth frame brought the final result in the game. Janar Soo (195-G/F-91) erupted with 33 points for the winners and Dorbek netted 18. Rain Veideman (192-G-91) posted 13, while Raap netted 11. Stanislav Tsonkov produced 15 points for Bulgaria and Ivanov as well as Hristov notched 13 points.

Denmark - Georgia 66-84
Georgia won Group E of the Qualifying Round with a perfect 3-0 record. Georgia advanced to the semifinals of the U20 European Championship in Division B after 84:66 victory over Denmark. The latter finished third in the group and will play for 5-8 places. Georgia began well with an 11-3 run setting the tone for a dominating first quarter. Dvalishvili scored for 23:11 and Beqa Chikviladze (195-G-91) closed the frame at 31:16. Hertz opened the second quarter from the perimeter and Jonas Bergstedt (210-C-91) reduced to 37:25. Tornike Shengelia (207-G/F-91) however sent the teams to the lockers for 49:35. Both teams nailed 16 points each in the third period that left the same difference on the board after thirty minutes. Georgia added 84:66 in the last frame to seal the victory. Tornike Shengelia paced all the winners with 28 points and Dvalishvili netted 21. Sanadze scored 14, while Beqa Chikviladze posted 11. Laerke finished the game with 20 points in defeat and Bak notched 19.

Group F
Bosnia - Portugal 73-59
Bosnia and Herzegovina won the last game of the U20 European Championship Division B of the Qualifying Round. The hosts edged Portugal 73:59 as both teams will play for 5-8 places at the tournament. Miralem Halilovic (206-F-91) and Ferreirinho exchanged the baskets early in the first frame, while again Miralem Halilovic scored for 13:6. Those points were the last for the home side in the opening period as they remained scoreless for the next 6 minutes! Portugal produced a 18-0 run as Sico nailed two threes at the end of the frame for 24:13. Ferreirinho scored for 30:21 and Miguel Cardoso (182-PG-93) nailed three to close the half at 37:25. The third quarter became decisive in the game as Bosnia needed 22-8 in the frame for 47:45 advantage after three quarters. After taking a 51:48 advantage in the final quarter the home team surged further away and won the game. Miralem Halilovic stepped up with 28 points and Dino Begagic (193-G-92) nailed 16. Azevedo ended up with 17 points in defeat, while Ferreirinho posted 13.

Belgium - Czech Republic 75-69
Belgium overcame Czech Republic in the top game of the Qualifying Round in Sarajevo. The team remained undefeated in the tournament beating the Czechs 75:69 as both teams advanced to the Semifinals from Group F. The teams started well and were tied at 15:15 midway through the first period. Sotnar nailed three at the very end for 22:17, while Jaros increased to 27:17 early in the second. Trailing 23:35, Belgium erupted with a 12-0 run to tie the game and Dennis Donkor (194-G/F-91) closed the half at 41:39. Rademakers scored for 51:45, while Dennis Donkor brought 60:53. Pecka posted last four points in the third frame to cut it to 60:57. Thomas De Thaey (203-F-91) tied the score at 67:67 and Belgium finished the game with 6-0 run for the final result. Dennis Donkor led the way with 22 points and Thomas De Thaey nailed 20. Rademakers followed them with 11 points for perfect 3-0 record. Pecka replied with 14 points in the losing effort and Vyoral scored 13.

Group G
Holland - Romania 91-77
Netherlands beat Romania 91:77 in the end of the Qualifying Round as both teams will play for 13-16 places. The Dutch side won the first three quarters to tie the records at 1-2. The score was tied three times in the opening period and then the Dutch team had 23:17 at the end of it. Wieten opened the second frame and Dimeo Van Der Horst (195-G/F-91, agency: R.H.Consultancy) brought 33:20. Treffers and Iosif Parlog (194-F-92) exchanged the baskets at the end of the first half for 41:28. Another 25-18 in the third period allowed Netherlands to take 66:46 lead at the end of the third period. Filipan scored for 68:46 early in the fourth and Dimeo Van Der Horst delivered two for 72:57. He also nailed three for 77:63 and Treffers became the last one to score for the winners. Iosif Parlog closed the game for the Romanian team to set up the final score. Dimeo Van Der Horst paced all the winners with 23 points and Jeroen van Vugt scored 19. Corpodean collected 16 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, while Telinoiu posted 11.

Slovakia - Poland 67-85
Poland U20 needed the victory over Slovak Republic U20 to win Group G of the Classification Round for 9-16 places. Poland won 85:67 and as well as Slovakia will play for 9-12 places. The teams had been virtually inseparable for most of the game prior to the exciting finish. Slovak Republic started the game with 18:16 as Richard Grznar (189-PG-91) was the last to score in the frame. Poland responded with 8-0 run and Dziemba brought 24:18. Szumelda-Krzycki nailed three at the end of the half for 42:33 advantage. Poland did not allow the opponents to come closer and reached 60:50 after thirty minutes. Hubert Wierzbicki (196-F-91, agency: Promotex) closed an 8-0 run for Poland in the start of the fourth period and due to 25-17 in the last period, Poland celebrated the victory. Szymanski top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Jakub Parzenski (209-F/C-91) netted 13. Fras delivered 12, whilst Szumelda-Krzycki notched 11. Richard Grznar ended up with 19 points and Moravek posted 15.

Group H
Iceland - United Kingdom 70-72
Standard Life GB U20 Men won their last game of the Group H of the Classification Round for 9-16 places. The United Kingdom won 72:70 but finished only third in the group with 2-1 record. Both teams will play tomorrow for the 13-16 places with another two teams from Group G. Palsson nailed three to open the game and Steinarsson scored for 10:5. Olafsson closed the opening frame at 23:17 and it was almost the last lead for his side. Adam Thoseby (198-F/G-91) and Marcotullio nailed threes for 28:24, while Ryan Richards (212-C/F-91, agency: Interperformances) delivered for 33:30. After 22-13 in the period, Standard Life GB U20 Men had 39:36 halftime advantage. Both teams nailed 15 points in the third frame that kept the same difference after thirty minutes. Fraser scored for 62:55 early in the fourth and Adam Thoseby brought 66:59. Eiriksson however tied the game at 69:69, but Adam Thoseby delivered the victory for the Great Britain team. Adam Thoseby stepped up with 27 points, while Ryan Richards nailed 17. Palsson ended up with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Steinarsson scored 19.

Israel - Finland 65-64
Israel beat Finland as both teams finished on top of Group H at the Classification Round for 9-16 places. Israel had a narrow 65:64 victory in Division B of the U20 European Champioship. The teams had been virtually inseparable for most of the game prior to the exciting finish. Finland won the first frame 17:13, but could not keep the lead for good. They even improved to 11 points when Heinonen scored for 30:19. Jeremiah Kreisberg (206-C/F-92) made two free throws at the end of the half for 35:26. Israel however needed a strong third period to grab the lead. Tishman scored for 47:44 and Tishman tied the game at 55:55 midway through the last quarter. Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91) tied the game at 63:63 and gave the Scandinavian team the lead with 14 seconds to go, but Tishman's lay-up brought the win for Israel. Jeremiah Kreisberg stepped up with 15 points and Tishman as well as Timor posted 13 apiece. Lindbom collected 15 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort, while Antto Nikkarinen nailed 14.

Group I
Hungary - FYR Macedonia 81-77
Hungary registered the second straight victory at the classification round of U20 European Championship in Division B. They held off FYR Macedonia for 2-0 record in Group I. Andras Madar scored 17 points, grabbed 8 boards and 5 assists to lead the effort. Hungary ensured a 23:21 lead after ten minutes of action. They silenced their opponents in the second quarter. The Hungarian team went on a 24:10 run to build a comfortable 47:31 halftime advantage. But FYR Macedonia tipped off the third frame on a 10:3 run to narrow the deficit. Gajdadjiev then triggered a 10:2 rally to put FYR Macedonia within three points. Dzaner Osman (194-F/G-91) scored five points in a row at the start of the final frame as FYR Macedonia pulled in front 61:59. But Hungary soon ignited a 9:0 run to take a 70:64 lead with four minutes remaining. They kept FYR Macedonia at distance afterwards running to the victory at the end. Bodor nailed 16 points, while Mate Meszaros contributed 13 points in the winning effort. Goran Markovski (193-G-92) answered with 25 points and 7 rebounds for FYR Macedonia. Dzaner Osman netted 20 points in the losing effort.

Group J
Belarus - Norway 115-77
Belarus earned the second win in the classification round of U20 European Championship in Division B. They rolled past Norway for 2-0 record in Group J. Valiantsin Ihnatchyk (192-G-91) stepped up with 19 points to lead the effort. Belarus dominated the first half. They erupted for 27 points in the opening quarter to post an 8-point lead at the first break. Things got even worse for Norway in the second quarter. Belarus dropped 30 points to pile up a 57:30 halftime advantage. Belarus did not slow down after the big break. They stretched the gap to 33 points with one quarter remaining and breezed to the victory at the end. Henadziy Zakhar (198-F-92) and Yaraslau Kurapau provided 15 points each in the victory. Karamo Jawara answered with 21 points for Norway. Stian Berg and Oeivind Lundestad (190-G-91) netted 13 points each in the loss.




Russia, France, Spain and Italy enter semifinals in Bilbao - by Eurobasket News
Quarterfinals
Russia - Turkey 64-57
Russia will play in U20 European Championship semifinals. They outscored Turkey tonight. Dmitry Korshakov (201-F-91) scored 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in the win. Russia overcame an awful start to snatch a tough win at the end. Turkey led by three points after ten minutes of action 13:10. Safak Edge (188-PG-92) and Koksal made it 19:10 at the start of the second frame. Turkey maintained the lead and arrived at halftime up by 11 points 34:23. Russia opened the second half with eight points in a row to narrow the deficit. Soon Andrey Zubkov (205-G/F-91), Barinov and Dmitry Korshakov pulled Russia in front 41:38. They entered the fourth quarter up by two points 43:41. Turkey answered with a 6:0 run early in the fourth period to regain the lead. But back-to-back three-pointers from Andrey Zubkov, Strebkov and Tumanov gave Russia a 54:47 advantage. Turkey got within three points but Andrey Zubkov and Dmitry Korshakov went deadly from the stripe to seal the victory for Russian in the dying seconds. Andrey Zubkov notched 13 points, while Nikita Balashov (206-F-91) added 11 points in the winning effort. Furkan Aldemir (207-F-91) responded with 13 points and 23 boards for Turkey. Safak Edge had 11 points in defeat.

Italy - Montenegro 78-67
Italy advanced to the semifinal stage at the U20 European Championship in Spain. They overcame Montenegrin counterparts in the quarterfinal tonight. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) fired 27 points to lead the charge. Italy stormed in front right from the start. They posted a 16:2 lead midway through the opening quarter. Italy entered the second quarter up by 19 points 25:6. Italy kept Montenegro at safe distance in the second frame. The Azzurri posted a 39:29 lead at the interval. Miroslav Damjanovic (196-G-91) and Spasojevic dragged Montenegro within three points at the start of the second half 36:39. Italy did not allow Montenegro to get any closer as the Azzurri headed into the fourth frame ahead by three 50:47. But Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Dukanovic finally put Montenegro in charge 51:50 early in the final frame. But italy reacted with a 9:0 run to regain control. Nicolo Melli (205-F-91) then scored 6 points in the final three minutes of the game to seal the victory for Italy. Nicolo Melli produced 23 points and 11 boards, while Riccardo Moraschini (195-G-91) added 10 points for the winners. Bojan Dubljevic answered with 17 points and 12 rebounds for Montenegro. Miroslav Damjanovic netted 11 points in the loss.

France - Germany 68-59
France are the first semifinalists of the U20 European Championship. They overcame Germany in the first quarterfinal of the day. Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) scored 19 points to pace Les Bleus. The teams stayed close in the opening period. France managed to eke out a 16:13 lead after ten minutes of action. Leo Westermann erupted for back-to-back triples midway through the second term as the margin grew at 6-point mark. Soon Joffrey Lauvergne (210-F-91) boosted the lead to 11 points 32:21. France finished the first half up by 9 points 32:23. Leo Westermann ensured a 15-point advantage for France in the third term as they started to get away. Daniel Theis (207-C-92) organized a 10:0 run from Germany as they cut the deficit. However Joffrey Lauvergne and Henry Kahudi (193-G-91) returned a 13-point buffer for Les Bleus with one quarter to go. Dennis Kramer (209-F-92) unloaded eight points in a row midway through the fourth frame as Germany narrowed the deficit at 7 points 54:61. Dennis Kramer then pulled Germany within 5 points but Mendy, Henry Kahudi and Wilfried Yeguete (203-F-91) silenced French opponents in the dying seconds. Wilfried Yeguete finished with 13 points, while Henry Kahudi, Joffrey Lauvergne and Evan Fournier (200-G/F-92) added 10 points each in the victory. Dennis Kramer responded with 16 points for Germany. Daniel Theis chipped in 11 points in defeat.

Spain - Latvia 77-70
Spain needed to work hard to book their spot at the semifinal stage of the U20 European Championship. The hosts narrowly defeated Latvia in the last quarterfinal battle in Bilbao tonight. Joan Sastre Morro (201-F-91) fired 27 points to lead the home team. Spain fired 27 points in the opening quarter to post a 6-point lead. But Latvia turned things around in the second quarter. They went on a 10:2 run midway through the period to take a 36:33 lead. Janis Antrops (193-G-91, agency: Interperformances) capped the half with a three-pointer as Latvia ensured a 41:35 advantage. Janis Antrops and Lejasmeiers stretched the margin to 8 points midway through the third term. Spain answered with a 13:5 run to make it 59:59 with one quarter to go. The hosts opened the final term on a 9:0 rally. Latvia cut the distance to 4 points but Pozas, Josep Franch (194-PG-91) and Llovet made it 76:66 for the home team with 18 seconds to go and Spain eventually secured the victory. Josep Franch scored 14 points, while Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) had 12 points and 13 boards in the win. Janis Antrops answered with 15 points for Latvia. Armands Osins (185-PG-91, agency: FCM) and Ugis Pinete (194-F-91) finished with 10 points each in the loss.

9-12 place
Sweden - Greece 73-66
Sweden overcame Greece in the classification round of U20 European Championship. They will now take on the winners of Ukraine vs. Slovenia clash for the ninth overall place at the tournament. Christopher Czerapowicz (200-SF-91) had another big night for Sweden with 23 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Sweden opened the game with a 14:2 run. The Scandinavian side ensured a 25:6 lead at the first break. Sweden boosted the margin to 22 points early in the second quarter 32:10. Greece trailed by as many as 19 points at the interval 26:45. Sweden opened the second half on a 12:3 rally. They piled up a 63:38 advantage with one quarter remaining. The Hellenes went on a fierce comeback effort in the final quarter. They got as close as 5 points with 37 seconds remaining. But Alexander Lindqvist (202-F-91) and Christopher Czerapowicz sank four free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory. Alexander Lindqvist netted 11 points, while Viktor Gaddefors (200-F-92) provided 10 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Manolis Koukoulas (211-C-91) notched 15 points for the Hellenes. Spyridon Motsenigos (194-G/F-92) nailed 14 points in the loss.

Ukraine - Slovenia 97-79
Ukraine registered their third win at the U20 European Championship in Spain. They prevailed against Slovenia in the classification round game. Oleksandr Lypovyy (199-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Ukraine will now take on Sweden for the ninth overall place. Slovenia will face Greece for the 11th position. The teams stayed close in a high-flying first quarter. Ukraine recorded a 28:27 lead at the first break. They enlarged the margin to 5 points at the interval 51:46. Ukraine kept their opponents at bay throughout the third frame. They arrived at the final intermission up by 12 points. The Ukrainian team did not slow down in the final quarter and rolled to the victory at the end. Artem Pustovyi (216-C-92) and Oleksandr Mishula (187-G-92) accounted for 20 points apiece in the win. Alen Omic (213-C-92) answered with 25 points and 11 boards for Slovenia. Edo Muric (202-F-91) knocked down 16 points in the loss.

Group G
Austria - Croatia 61-59
Austria stepped closer to securing their place in the U20 European Championship Division A for the next season. They overcame Croatia by two points to improve at 2-2 record in Group G. Croatia fell at 1-3 record in the standings. Anton Maresch (192-G-91) came up with 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Austria opened the game with eight points in a row. They maintained the lead throughout the starting quarter to take a 16:9 lead at the first break. Austria used a 7:0 run midway through the second quarter to post a 30:14 lead. Austria arrived at halftime up by 14 points 34:20. Boris Barac (206-F-92) drained four triples in a row at the start of the second half as the Croats got within four points. Boris Barac accounted for 14 points in the third quarter alone to give Croatia a 48:45 lead with one quarter remaining. Croatia stretched the margin to 8 points midway through the final frame but Austria bounced back. They levelled things up at 59 with just over a minute remaining. The teams exchanged misses before Anton Maresch hit a winning buzzer-beater. Thomas Klepeisz (187-G-91) hit 12 points for Austria. Romed Vieider (196-F-91) netted 9 points in the victory. Boris Barac answered with 19 points for Croatia. Ivan Mikulic (194-G-91) had 14 points in the losing effort.

Lithuania - Serbia 67-75
Serbia registered the fourth straight win at the classification round of U20 European Championship. They held off Lithuania to stay on top of Group C. Lithuania in the meantime slipped at 1-3 record and appeared on the verge of relegation. Nemanja Nedovic (192-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) scored 18 points to pace the winners. Lithuania used a 7:2 run late in the opening quarter to record a 22:16 lead. Serbia opened the second term with back-to-back three-pointers to level things up. Lithuania regained the advantage and rallied to a 39:35 halftime lead. But Serbia opened the third frame on an 8:0 run to put their noses in front. Lithuania squared things up once again but eventually Serbia eked out a 52:50 lead with one quarter remaining. Duran and Milovanovic stretched the gap to 6 points at the start of the final quarter. Paulius Dambrauskas (191-G-91) and Staniuilis levelled things up at 62. Blagojevic, Branislav Djekic and Nemanja Jaramaz (201-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) made it 71:63 for Serbia with just over two minutes remaining. Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) and Butkevicius tried hard to keep Lithuania in the game but Nemanja Jaramaz went deadly from the stripe sealing the victory for Serbia. Branislav Djekic provided 14 points, while Nemanja Jaramaz added 11 points in the winning effort. Dovydas Redikas answered with 22 points for Lithuania. Paulius Dambrauskas and Giedrius Staniulis (205-C/F-91) netted 11 points each in the loss.


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U20: Tishman's lay-up brought the win for Israel over Finland - by Eurobasket News
Israel U20-Finland U20 65:64

Israel beat Finland as both teams finished on top of Group H at the Classification Round for 9-16 places. Israel had a narrow 65:64 victory in Division B of the U20 European Champioship.
The teams had been virtually inseparable for most of the game prior to the exciting finish. Finland won the first frame 17:13, but could not keep the lead for good. They even improved to 11 points when Heinonen scored for 30:19. Jeremiah Kreisberg (206-C/F-92) made two free throws at the end of the half for 35:26. Israel however needed a strong third period to grab the lead. Nimrod Tishman (196-PG-91) scored for 47:44 and Nimrod Tishman tied the game at 55:55 midway through the last quarter. Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91) tied the game at 63:63 and gave the Scandinavian team the lead with 14 seconds to go, but Nimrod Tishman's lay-up brought the win for Israel.
Jeremiah Kreisberg stepped up with 15 points and Nimrod Tishman as well as Bar Timor (192-G-92, agency: Avi Zilberman) posted 13 apiece. Carl Lindbom (204-F-91) collected 15 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort, while Antto Nikkarinen nailed 14.

Israel U20: Jeremiah Kreisberg 15, Nimrod Tishman 13, Bar Timor 13, Guy Lavie (188-PG-92) 10
Finland U20: Carl Lindbom 15+10 rebs, Antto Nikkarinen 14




U18: Turkey overwhelm Finland for opening win in Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U18 - Finland U18 87:57

Turkey registered the opening win at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Finland to climb at 1-1 record in Group B. Tayfun Erulku (188-G/F-94) and Ugur Dokuyan (197-F-93) scored 14 points each to pace the winners. Finland remained winless after the defeat.
It looked quite good for Finland early on. They used a 13:0 run midway through the opening quarter to surge ahead. Kalle Naapi (189-G-93) opened up a double-digit lead for the Finnish team late in the period 18:8. Turkey managed to get within four points 14:18 at the first break. But Turkey went on a 16:0 run in the second frame to post a 31:24 lead. They soon followed with a 14:0 rally as the margin grew at 18-point mark. Turkey recorded a 44:28 lead at the interval. Turkey stayed in charge in the third quarter. They entered the fourth stanza up by 20 points and eased to the victory at the end. Erbil Eroglu (195-G-93) and Samet Geyik (206-F-93) dropped 10 points each in the win. Kalle Naapi responded with 15 points for Finland. Visa Tarjanne (195-F-93) had 11 points in the losing case.

Turkey U18: Tayfun Erulku 18, Ugur Dokuyan 18, Erbil Eroglu 10, Samet Geyik 10
Finland U18: Kalle Naapi 15, Visa Tarjanne 11



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U20: France rally past Germany to enter semis in Bilbao - by Eurobasket News
France U20 - Germany U20 68:59

France are the first semifinalists of the U20 European Championship. They overcame Germany in the first quarterfinal of the day. Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) scored 19 points to pace Les Bleus.
The teams stayed close in the opening period. France managed to eke out a 16:13 lead after ten minutes of action. Leo Westermann erupted for back-to-back triples midway through the second term as the margin grew at 6-point mark. Soon Joffrey Lauvergne (210-F-91) boosted the lead to 11 points 32:21. France finished the first half up by 9 points 32:23. Leo Westermann ensured a 15-point advantage for France in the third term as they started to get away. Daniel Theis (207-C-92) organized a 10:0 run from Germany as they cut the deficit. However Joffrey Lauvergne and Henry Kahudi (193-G-91) returned a 13-point buffer for Les Bleus with one quarter to go. Dennis Kramer (209-F-92) unloaded eight points in a row midway through the fourth frame as Germany narrowed the deficit at 7 points 54:61. Dennis Kramer then pulled Germany within 5 points but Mendy, Henry Kahudi and Wilfried Yeguete (203-F-91) silenced French opponents in the dying seconds. Wilfried Yeguete finished with 13 points, while Henry Kahudi, Joffrey Lauvergne and Evan Fournier (200-G/F-92) added 10 points each in the victory. Dennis Kramer responded with 16 points for Germany. Daniel Theis chipped in 11 points in defeat.

France U20: Leo Westermann 19, Wilfried Yeguete 13
Germany U20: Dennis Kramer 16, Daniel Theis 11



U18: France breeze past Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News
France U18 - Czech Republic U18 71:48

France registered the second straight win at the U18 European Championship. They prevailed against Czech Republic to jump at 2-0 record in Group C. Hugo Invernizzi (196-G/F-93) stepped up with 12 points to lead the effort. Czech Republic fell at 0-2 record.
Hugo Invernizzi scored 6 points in the starting quarter as France grabbed a 22:10 lead at the first break. Czech Republic went on a 13:2 run midway through the second term to narrow the gap at 3 points 23:26. But Les Bleus restored a safe cushion as they posted a 36:27 lead at halftime. John and Faroux opened the third frame with back-to-back triples. France stayed in charge building a 53:37 lead with ten minutes to go. Hugo Invernizzi and Dinal boosted the gap to 21 points at the start of the fourth quarter and France never looked back en route to the win. Boris Dallo (193-G-94) produced 11 points, while Jean-Charles Livio (204-F/C-93) netted 9 points in the victory. Petr Herman (204-C-94) answered with 11 points for Czech Republic. Jan Lycka (186-G-93) and Josef Bajar (198-C/F-93) had 7 points each in the loss.

France U18: Hugo Invernizzi 12, Boris Dallo 11, Jean-Charles Livio 9
Czech Republic U18: Petr Herman 11, Jan Lycka 7, Josef Bajar 7



Union Poitiers Basket 86 adds Miller to their roster - by Eurobasket Center
Union Poitiers Basket 86 added to their roster 32-year old American James J.J. Miller (180-PG-79, college: N.Carolina A&T, agency: Higher Vision Sports). Miller played most recently at Stella Artois Leuven Bears (Belgium). While playing 32 games for Leuven last season he averaged 14.7ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.5apg and 1.3spg. He was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Honorable Mention for 2010-11. Miller is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Belgium, Holland, Sweden, Venezuela and USA.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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U20: Hungary earn second straight win in classification round - by Eurobasket News
Hungary U20 - FYR Macedonia U20 81:77

Hungary registered the second straight victory at the classification round of U20 European Championship in Division B. They held off FYR Macedonia for 2-0 record in Group I. Andras Madar (191-G-91, agency: TSS Management) scored 17 points, grabbed 8 boards and 5 assists to lead the effort.
Hungary ensured a 23:21 lead after ten minutes of action. They silenced their opponents in the second quarter. The Hungarian team went on a 24:10 run to build a comfortable 47:31 halftime advantage. But FYR Macedonia tipped off the third frame on a 10:3 run to narrow the deficit. Gajdadjiev then triggered a 10:2 rally to put FYR Macedonia within three points. Dzaner Osman (194-F/G-91) scored five points in a row at the start of the final frame as FYR Macedonia pulled in front 61:59. But Hungary soon ignited a 9:0 run to take a 70:64 lead with four minutes remaining. They kept FYR Macedonia at distance afterwards running to the victory at the end. Bence Bodor (206-F/C-92, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) nailed 16 points, while Mate Meszaros (192-G/F-92) contributed 13 points in the winning effort. Goran Markovski (193-G-92) answered with 25 points and 7 rebounds for FYR Macedonia. Dzaner Osman netted 20 points in the losing effort.

Hungary U20: Andras Madar 17, Bence Bodor 16, Mate Meszaros 13
FYR Macedonia U20: Goran Markovski 25, Dzaner Osman 20



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U20: Georgia won Group E of the Qualifying Round with a perfect 3-0 record - by Eurobasket News
Denmark U20-Georgia U20 66:84

Georgia won Group E of the Qualifying Round with a perfect 3-0 record. Georgia advanced to the semifinals of the U20 European Championship in Division B after 84:66 victory over Denmark. The latter finished third in the group and will play for 5-8 places.
Georgia began well with an 11-3 run setting the tone for a dominating first quarter. Akaki Dvalishvili (206-C/F-90) scored for 23:11 and Beqa Chikviladze (195-G-91) closed the frame at 31:16. Hertz opened the second quarter from the perimeter and Jonas Bergstedt (210-C-91) reduced to 37:25. Tornike Shengelia (207-G/F-91) however sent the teams to the lockers for 49:35. Both teams nailed 16 points each in the third period that left the same difference on the board after thirty minutes. Georgia added 84:66 in the last frame to seal the victory.
Tornike Shengelia paced all the winners with 28 points and Akaki Dvalishvili netted 21. Duda Sanadze (196-G/F-92) scored 14, while Beqa Chikviladze posted 11. Thomas Laerke (194-G/F-91) finished the game with 20 points in defeat and Bak notched 19.

Denmark U20: Thomas Laerke 20, Bak 19, Jonas Bergstedt 16
Georgia U20: Tornike Shengelia 28, Akaki Dvalishvili 21, Duda Sanadze 14, Beqa Chikviladze 11



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U20: France rally past Germany to enter semis in Bilbao - by Eurobasket News
France U20 - Germany U20 68:59

France are the first semifinalists of the U20 European Championship. They overcame Germany in the first quarterfinal of the day. Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) scored 19 points to pace Les Bleus.
The teams stayed close in the opening period. France managed to eke out a 16:13 lead after ten minutes of action. Leo Westermann erupted for back-to-back triples midway through the second term as the margin grew at 6-point mark. Soon Joffrey Lauvergne (210-F-91) boosted the lead to 11 points 32:21. France finished the first half up by 9 points 32:23. Leo Westermann ensured a 15-point advantage for France in the third term as they started to get away. Daniel Theis (207-C-92) organized a 10:0 run from Germany as they cut the deficit. However Joffrey Lauvergne and Henry Kahudi (193-G-91) returned a 13-point buffer for Les Bleus with one quarter to go. Dennis Kramer (209-F-92) unloaded eight points in a row midway through the fourth frame as Germany narrowed the deficit at 7 points 54:61. Dennis Kramer then pulled Germany within 5 points but Mendy, Henry Kahudi and Wilfried Yeguete (203-F-91) silenced French opponents in the dying seconds. Wilfried Yeguete finished with 13 points, while Henry Kahudi, Joffrey Lauvergne and Evan Fournier (200-G/F-92) added 10 points each in the victory. Dennis Kramer responded with 16 points for Germany. Daniel Theis chipped in 11 points in defeat.

France U20: Leo Westermann 19, Wilfried Yeguete 13
Germany U20: Dennis Kramer 16, Daniel Theis 11



NBA Experience With Kyle Weaver Will Strengthen The Albatros Of Alba Berlin - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Alba Berlin announced today that Kyle Weaver (198-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Washington St.) will play for the club this season who has played in the NBA for The Oklahoma Thunder and Utah Jazz. Weaver is a 25 year old 198cm guard from Beloit, Wisconsin.Last season the American played for 4 teams including the Iowa Energy (D-League): 21 games: 16.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 3.5apg, 1.3spg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 41.6%, FT: 83.5%, injured in Jan.'11, in Mar.'11 signed at Austin Toros (D-League, starting five): 9 games: 13.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.9apg, 1.0spg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 38.9%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 78.0%; in Apr.'11 signed a 10-Day contract with Utah Jazz (NBA): 5 games: 5.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 87.5%; later that month agreed terms with TEC Spirou Charleroi (Belgium-D1, starting five): 11 games: 7.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 64.7%. 'Kyle Weaver is a very versatile player. His normal position is the shooting guard position, but he can also play point guard or small forward. He has the baility to create shots for his teammates or himself and he is a superb defender', warned Alba Berlin head coach Gordon Herbert .

Weaver played at Washington St. (NCAA) from 2004-2008 and in his senior year played 35 games: 12.2ppg, 5.3rpg, AssistsConf-4 (4.3apg), StealsConf-4 (1.7spg), FGP: 46.3%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 73.3%: Is the first player in Pac-10 history to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 400 assists, 175 steals and 75 blocked shots in a career. Finished collegiate career ranked second in assists in Washington State history with 465, third in steals with 188, seventh in blocked shots with 93 and 17th in scoring with 1,162 points. He was drafted by the Charlotte Bobcats (NBA,2rd (38) in 2008. In 2008-2009, he played for the Charlotte Bobcats (NBA): only pre-season, played shortly at Tulsa 66ers (D-League): 1 game: 24pts, 7reb, 11ast, 3steals, 2blocks, then moved to Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA): 56 games: 5.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 70.7%. In 2009-2010, he played together with NBA superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook with the Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA): 12 games: 3.2ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.0apg; injured in Dec.'09 and was off for 4 months, in Apr.'10 signed at Tulsa 66ers (D-League): 8 games: 17.9ppg, 5.1rpg, 7.0apg, 1.8spg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 46.1%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 83.3%. Awards/Achievements in his career have been HS first team All-State by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel...named first team all-conference and second team All-State by Associated Press, NABC All-NCAA District 14 1st Team -07, Pac-10 Regular Season Runner-Up -07, Pac-10 Tournament Semifinals -07, 08, All-Pac-10 Team -07, USA National Team -07, Panamerican Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) -07: 5 games: 1.6ppg, 2.0rpg, NABC Division I All-District 14 First Team -08, Pac-10 All-Defensive Team -08, All-Pac-10 2nd Team -08, CollegeHoops.net All-American Honorable Mention -08, NCAA Sweet 16 -08, D-League Finalist -10, USBasket.com All-D-League Honorable Mention -11, Gatorade All-D-League Honorable Mention -11, Belgian League Champion -11, and Belgian League Regular Season Champion -11

Source: Alba Berlin




Dirk Nowitzki And Chris Kaman Will Play For Germany At the 2011 European Championships - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Basketball fans in Germany got good news today as NBA super star Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78)i and Chris Kaman (213-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) declared that they will play for the German national team this summer at the European Championships. Nowitzki is a 10 time NBA allstar, 2007 NBA MVP and 2011 NBA Champion and MVP for the Dallas Mavericks, while Chris Kaman (213-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) is a two time NBA allstar that plays for the Los Angeles Clippers. It wasnt sure if Nowitzki would play this summer, because his NBA season had gone so long. 'My break was short, but I want to help the young German team have success at the European Championships. I will do everything possible to be top fit and am looking forward with my time with the guys', added Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78)ii. Chris Kaman (213-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) will return back to the German team after playing in Peiking at the Olympics in 2008. 'It was a lot of fun playing for Germany in 2008. I think that I can help the team and I think that we can acheive something', stressed Chris Kaman (213-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan). The two NBA players will join the German National team at the Super Cup in Bamberg (Aug19-21) and also play in the exhibition games in Bremen,Munich and Berlin. 'This is great news for us all that they will play. This news gives us a big boost for the start of training camp tomorrow', added German coach Dirk Bauermann (agency: Pro One Sports )

Source: DBB





Royal Blues set to sign point guard Vinnie Darpino - by Moritz Korff
FC Schalke 04 (1. Regionalliga West) unveiled its latest signing for the 2011-12 season: Vinnie Darpino (175-G, college: Kean) will join S04. The Colonia, New Jersey native graduated from NCAA Division 3 school Kean in 2010. He holds both a passport of the United States and Italy. Darpino played 25 games for Kean during the 2009-10 campaign and averaged 13.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Following graduation he entered the ACPBL. In 18 appearances for the Westchester Wildkatz Darpino scored 18.6 points a contest and dished out close to 4 assists per encounter.

The Brose Baskets Bamberg Welcome Julius Jenkins - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Since 2006, Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) has been used to playing for one of the top teams in Germany and will continue to do that in Bavaria for 4 time Beko BBl champion Brose Baskets Bamberg. Jenkins is a 30 year old 187cm guard from Deerfield, Floria that will play his 9th professional season. He is an explosive scorer from the point guard or the shooting guard position; Possesses the ability to score and create his own shot at anytime; Has very long arms and great leaping ability, unlimited range on jump shot allows him to stretch the defense.Last season for Alba Berlin, he played German League: 44 games: 14.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 39.5%, FT: 79.9%; EuroCup: 11 games: 12.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.4apg, FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 39.5%, FT: 82.6%; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 5 games: Score-4 (17.6ppg), 2.4rpg, 3.4apg, Steals-2 (1.8spg), FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 72.7%. 'We have found an adequate replacement for Brian Roberts and are convinced to have found the right player with Julius Henkins. He is very athletic, defends well and handles the pick and row well. He showed with Alba Berlin that he is a team player and for ateam that wants to stay in the Euroleague is very important to have. Our fans can get excited about his attractive game', stated Bamberg manager Wolfgang Heyder . He started his basketball career for Georgia Southern (NCAA)in 1999 and played there until 2003. He then started his professional basketball career in germany for RCE Falke Nuernberg (Germany-2.Bundesliga) and quickly got the attention of basketball experts playing 26 games: 22.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.1apg. He played a second season for rce Falke Nuernberg (Germany-2.Bundesliga): 27 games:Score-3 ( 27.1ppg), 3.9rpg, 2.9apg, 2.7spg, 2FGP: 56.2%, 3FGP: 47.5%, FT: 84.7%. After achieving atop season in the second German Bundesliga, he was scooped up by ULEB Cup team Euphony Bree (Belgium-D1, starting five): Belgian League: 33 games: Score-1 (18.4ppg), 2.7rpg, 2.0apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 56.0%; ULEB Cup: 12 games: Score-4 (17.8ppg), 3.9rpg, 1.9apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 54.7%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 79.7%. After a strong season in Belgium, Jenkins came to Germany and played for Alba Berlin playing 254 games and 193 Beko BBL games and quickly becoming an indentity figur for the 8 time Beko BBL club. His strongest statistical season in Berlin was 2007-2008, where he played : ULEB Cup: 9 games: 17.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.8apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 51.2%, 3FGP: 34.2%, FT: 81%; German League: 45 games: Score-3 (18.2ppg), 2.9rpg, 2.8apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 57.8%, 3FGP: 42.0%, FT: 81.4%. Awards/Achievements in his career have beenSouthern Conf. South Division Regular Season Runner-Up -01,02, All-Southern Conf. 2nd Team -01, Southern Conf. All-Tournament 2nd Team -03, All-Southern Conf. 1st Team -03, German 2.Bundesliga South MVP -05, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Player of the Year -05, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Guard of the Year -05, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Import Player of the Year -05, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga 1st Team -05, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga All-Imports Team -05, Belgian League Semifinals -06, German Bundesliga Regular Season Champion -07, 08, 09, German Bundesliga All-Star Game -08 (MVP), 09, 11German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals -08, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Player of the Year -08, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Guard of the Year -08, 10Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Import Player of the Year -08, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 1st Team -08, 09, 10,Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Imports Team -08, 09, 10, German Bundesliga Champion -08 (Finals MVP), German Bundesliga Cup Winner -09 (FinalFour MVP), German Bundesliga Semifinals -09, EuroCup Finalist -10, Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Guard of the Year -10, Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup 1st Team -10, Eurobasket.com EuroCup All-Imports Team -10, German Bundesliga Regular Season Runner-Up -10, Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention -11, German Bundesliga Finalist -11, and Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention -11

Source: Brose Baskets Bamberg



SSV Lok Bernau Bring In John Wolosinczuk - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
PRO B team SSV Lok Bernau have announced their first import player signing for the new season with John Wolosinczuk (200-F, agency: HBA Sports). He is a 23 year old 200cm forward from the basketball rich state of Ohio hailing from Akron. He played at W.Liberty St. (NCAA2) from 2007-2011. The American averaged 13,4ppg and 7,5rpg and swatted away 125 shots in his last two years. 'John was a favoored player for us. He is very ambitious and showed enough the last years that he can take command and lead a team on offense and defense. I am happy that we have found a versatile player like John', stressed SSV Lok Bernau head coach Axel Rueber.Awards/Achievements in his career have been WVIAC Tournament Semifinals -08, 09, WVIAC All-Tournament Team -09, 10, WVIAC Regular Season Champion -10, 11, WVIAC Tournament Finalist -10, All-WVIAC Honorable Mention -10, NCAA D2 Sweet 16 -10, WVIAC Tournament Winner -11, All-WVIAC All-Tournament MVP -11,and NCAA D2 Final Four -11

Source: SSV Lok Bernau


Murat Didin Perfroms Turkish Magic Whipping Up Aubrey Reese To The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
If there is one thing that one should never underestimate than it is Gloria Giants Duesseldorf head coach Murat Didin, because sometimes it seems like he could easily moonlight as a magican or jump in as David Blaines side kick, because at times he is able to perform wonders like nobody else. If all the Doner fast food places had shut down in Germany, Didin would be sure to find a Doner somewhere or find a player like Aubrey Reese (183-G-78, agency: Interperformances, college: Murray St.) that seemed like a reach for the PRO A. According to www.derwesten.de he was able to bring in Aubrey Reese (183-G-78, agency: Interperformances, college: Murray St.) ( to the Gloria Giants Duesseldorf. Didin had worked together with Reese in Istanbul and Frankfurt and always kept good contact with him. Reese is a 32 year old 183cm guard from Auburn, Alabama. Last season, he was battling injuries and only played a few months in Turkey for Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi (Turkey-TBL, starting five), left in Nov.'10: 4 games: 12.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.0apg. Didin was able to find a sponsor that would secure the extra money for Reese and Didin to be reunited again. 'I am happy that we were able to make this contract with Aubrey. We will send him the contract as we have his word that he is coming', stated Gloria Giants Duesseldorf head coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances )

Aubrey Reese (183-G-78, agency: Interperformances, college: Murray St.) started his basketball career in 1996 for Murray St. (NCAA) and played there until 2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2000 for Idaho Stampede (CBA): 24 games: 6.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 0-10, FT: 73.9%. In 2001-2002, he came to Europe and played for Shakhtyor Irkutsk (Russia-A Superleague, starting five): 24 games: 16,5ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.2apg, 1.4spg. In 2002-2003, he played for Roanne (France-ProA, starting five): 26 games: 19.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 5.2apg. In 2003-2004, he played for Tekelspor Istanbul (Turkey-D1, starting five): 16 games: 19.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.2apg. In 2004-2005, he played for Haifa/Nesher BC (Israel-Premier League, starting five): 20 games: 18.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.3apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 52.8%, 3FGP: 30.4%. In 2005-2006, he returned back to Turkey to play for Tekelspor Istanbul (Turkey-D1, starting five): 34 games: 18.0ppg, 3.6rpg, Assists-3 (4.8apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 57.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 78.0%. In 2006-2007, he played for Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) for Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul (Turkey-D1, starting five): ULEB Cup: 10 games: 18.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.2apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 40.5%, 3FGP: 32.7%, FT: 79.5%; Turkish League: 25 games: 15.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 4.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 31.4%, FT: 74.0%. In 2007-2008, he played for Azovmash Mariupol (Ukraine-Superleague): ULEB Cup: 9 games: 2.6ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 30.0%, 3PT: 11.1%, FT: 75.0%, in Feb.'08 moved to Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi (Turkey-TBL): 10 games: 17.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.5apg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 41.5%, FT: 71.7%. In 2008-2009, he played for Aliaga Petkim (Turkey-TBL), left in April '09: 21 games: Score-3 (20.4ppg), 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (5.0apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 51.0%, 3PT: 30.1%, FT: 76.7%. In 2009-2010, Didin and Reese were reunited again in Frankfurt as he played for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five), injured in Feb.'10: 40 games: 12.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 28.0%, FT: 72.9%. Awards/Achievements in his career have been Most Valuable Player of the OVC Tournament -99, OVC 1st Team -99,00OVC Player of the Year -00, USBL Player of the Year -01, Eurobasket.com Turkish League All-Imports 2nd Team -04, Eurobasket.com Turkish League All-Imports Team -06, and German Bundesliga Finalist -10.

Source: www.derwesten.de


Florian Doneinck Starts Professional Basketball Career With Artland Dragons - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Artland Dragons have signed young German Florian Doeinck to a one year contract. He is a 198cm guard that started his basketball career at the age of 10 for TV Ibbenbhren. He became a fan of the Artland Dragons at age 13 and soon was playing for the TSV Quackenbruck U-14 team. In 2006, now Brose Baskets Bamberg assistant coach Arnie Woltmann got the young German for the Dragons NBBL team. He spent some time in the States in Louisiana at the Silliman institute and the last two years for the TSV Quakenbrueck (2.Regionalliga) team. He has played in 3 Beko BBL games.' Florian practiced with us last season and I think that it is importnat to set a signal and take a young player from the region. He is the right candidate for us', stressed Artland Dragons head coach Stefan Koch . Doneinck is the 9th player in the current Artland Dragons team.

Source: Artland Dragons




Josh Slater joins BG Goettingen - by Eurobasket Center
BG Goettingen agreed terms with 22-year old American guard Josh Slater (190-G-89). Slater played most recently at David Lipscomb University (NCAA) in the U.S. It will be his first year in professional basketball. While playing 30 games for Lipscomb last season his stats were: 16.5ppg, 6.1rpg, 4.6apg and 3.1spg.

By Eurobasket Data Center


U18: Serbia topple Germany for second straight win in Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U18 - Germany U18 70:54

Serbia registered the second consecutive win at the U18 European Championship in Poland. They outscored Germany for 2-0 record in Group B. Stefan Popovski-Turanjanin (201-F-93, agency: Beo Basket) scored 14 points to lead the effort.
The lead changed hands throughout the opening frame before Serbia went on a 10:1 run to post a 23:12 lead. Serbia rallied to a 13-point lead at halftime. The Balkan team maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. They entered the final frame up by as many as 13 points 52:39. Serbia scored four points in a row at the start of the final stanza to boost the lead. Germany had no answer in store as Serbia cruised to the victory in the fourth period. Vasilije Micic (192-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 11 points in the winning effort. Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93) answered with 15 points for Germany. Dennis Schroeder (184-G-93) finished with 11 points in defeat.

Serbia U18: Stefan Popovski-Turanjanin 14, Vasilije Micic 11, Luka Mitrovic (204-F/C-93) 9
Germany U18: Bogdan Radosavljevic 15, Dennis Schroeder 11



The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig Sign Stephen Dennis - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Just because a player played NCAA 2 ball, doesnt mean that NBA teams cant be observant about a players quality. Stephen Dennis (198-G, college: Kutztown) played NCAA 2 basketball at University of Kutztown (Pennsylvania) and then played in the Los Angeles Clippers training camp last season before ending the season in the D-League. The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig obviously also were alert about the quality of play of the American and signed him to a contract. Dennis is a 24 year old 196cm guard from West Chester Pennsylvania. Last season he played for the Bakersfield Jam (D-League, starting five): 51 games: 10.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.9apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 75.0%. 'We left a lot of time of getting our key position player. Stephen Dennis (198-G, college: Kutztown) was our wish candidate', stressed New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig head coach Sebastian Machowski (agency: Limelight Hoops ) Dennis played at Kutztown (NCAA2) from 2006-2010. In his senior year, he averaged 26.4ppg, 5.8rpg, 4.5apg, 2.1spg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 48.3%, 3Pts: 32.1%, FT: 75.2%.'Despite his height of almost 200cm, he is a very dynamic and athletic player. He understands how to set up his teammates. He has the creativity that one doesnt always have', warned Braunschweig assistant coach Philipp Kchling. Awards/Achievements in his career have been All-PSAC East Division Rookie of the Year -07, All-PSAC East Division 2nd Team -07, PSAC East Division Regular Season Runner-Up -08, All-PSAC East Division 1st Team -08, 09, 10, PSAC Tournament Finalist -09, 10, NABC NCAA D2 All-America Atlantic District 2nd Team -09, Daktronics NCAA Division II All-Atlantic Region 2nd Team -09, NCAA D2 Sweet 16 -09, Daktronics NCAA Division II All-Atlantic Region Player of the Year -10, Daktronics NCAA Division II All-Atlantic Region 1st Team -10, NABC Division II All-Atlantic Region 1st Team -10, All-PSAC East Division Player of the Year -10, NABC Division II All-America Team -10, NABC Division II All-Star Game -10, Daktronics Division II All-America 1st Team -10, and Daktronics Division II All-America Player of the Year -10

Source: New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig




Guy Aud commits to Licher BasketBaeren - by Moritz Korff
Pro B outfit Licher BasketBaeren has handed a contract for the 2011-12 season to Guy Aud (182-G-89), a 22-year-old Israeli guard with a German passport. Aud has been snapped up following a one year-stint at Israeli National League club Hapoel Afula. The product of Hapoel Jerusalem played 27 games for Afula in this past season, producing 4.7 points, 2.1 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal per contest. Aud played for Maccabi Hod Hascheron before he joined the Afula team in 2010.

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World Military Championship: Greece beat Italy to reach semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Greece - Italy 82:64

Greece became the first semifinalists at the World Military Championship. The Hellenes held off Italy in the first quarterfinal tonight. Nikolaos Papanikolaou (209-F-85) stepped up with 17 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners.
Italy led for the bigger part of the first quarter. But Greece managed to level things up at 16 after ten minutes. Greece pulled in front early in the second frame. They stayed in charge to record a narrow 37:36 halftime lead. Greece used a 15:6 run in the third term to clear off to a 14-point distance with one quarter remaining 63:49. The margin grew at 24-point mark midway through the fourth period and the Hellenes never looked back en route to the victory. Nikos Tsoutsos (202-F-82) and Yiannis Psathas (201-F-83, agency: FCM) delivered 10 points each for Greece. Roberto Prandin (188-G-86) answered with 21 points for Italy. Daniele Mai (185-PG-83) finished with 8 points in the loss.

Greece: Nikolaos Papanikolaou 17, Nikos Tsoutsos 10, Yiannis Psathas 10
Italy: Roberto Prandin 21, Daniele Mai 8



U18: Poland drive past Greece - by Eurobasket News
Poland U18 - Greece U18 68:61

Poland recorded the second straight win at U18 European Championship. The hosts overcame Greece to stay undefeated in Group A. Greece in the meantime suffered the second straight loss at the tournament. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) scored 17 points, collected 8 rebounds and issued 4 assists in the victory.
Greece opened the game with five points in a row but Poland quickly erased the deficit. The hosts ensured a 19:15 lead after ten minutes. Poland maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 39:30 lead after the first half. Bochoridis, Petros Melissaratos (202-C/F-93) and Giannoulis Larentzakis (196-G/F-93) narrowed the gap at just a single point midway through the third frame. Giannoulis Larentzakis drained back-to-back triples to put the Hellenes in front 53:50 late in the quarter. Poland bridged the periods with an 11:0 rally to regain the lead. Soon Mateusz Ponitka boosted the gap to 10 points 66:56. Greece never recovered in the reminder of the contest and Poland earned a tough win at the end. Michal Michalak (194-G-93) accounted for 14 points, while Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-C-93) and Piotr Niedzwiedzki (209-F-93) added 12 points each in the victory. Giannoulis Larentzakis answered with 17 points for Greece. Petros Melissaratos had 12 points in defeat.

Poland U18: Mateusz Ponitka 17, Michal Michalak 14, Przemyslaw Karnowski 12, Piotr Niedzwiedzki 12
Greece U18: Giannoulis Larentzakis 17, Petros Melissaratos 12



U20: Sweden prevail against Greece - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U20 - Greece U20 73:66

Sweden overcame Greece in the classification round of U20 European Championship. They will now take on the winners of Ukraine vs. Slovenia clash for the ninth overall place at the tournament. Christopher Czerapowicz (200-SF-91) had another big night for Sweden with 23 points and 9 rebounds in the victory.
Sweden opened the game with a 14:2 run. The Scandinavian side ensured a 25:6 lead at the first break. Sweden boosted the margin to 22 points early in the second quarter 32:10. Greece trailed by as many as 19 points at the interval 26:45. Sweden opened the second half on a 12:3 rally. They piled up a 63:38 advantage with one quarter remaining. The Hellenes went on a fierce comeback effort in the final quarter. They got as close as 5 points with 37 seconds remaining. But Alexander Lindqvist (202-F-91) and Christopher Czerapowicz sank four free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory. Alexander Lindqvist netted 11 points, while Viktor Gaddefors (200-F-92) provided 10 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Manolis Koukoulas (211-C-91) notched 15 points for the Hellenes. Spyridon Motsenigos (194-G/F-92) nailed 14 points in the loss.

Sweden U20: Christopher Czerapowicz 23, Alexander Lindqvist 11, Viktor Gaddefors 10
Greece U20: Manolis Koukoulas 15, Spyridon Motsenigos 14



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U20: Netherlands beat Romania 91:77 at the end of the Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands U20-Romania U20 91:77

Netherlands beat Romania 91:77 at the end of the Qualifying Round as both teams will play for 13-16 places. The Dutch side won the first three quarters to tie the records at 1-2.
The score was tied three times in the opening period and then the Dutch team had 23:17 at the end of it. Wieten opened the second frame and Dimeo Van Der Horst (195-G/F-91, agency: R.H.Consultancy) brought 33:20. Quincy Treffers (202-F-91) and Parlog exchanged the baskets at the end of the first half for 41:28. Another 25-18 in the third period allowed Netherlands to take 66:46 lead at the end of the third period. Filipan scored for 68:46 early in the fourth and Dimeo Van Der Horst delivered two for 72:57. He also nailed three for 77:63 and Quincy Treffers became the last one to score for the winners. Parlog closed the game for the Romanian team to set up the final score.
Dimeo Van Der Horst paced all the winners with 23 points and Jeroen van Vugt (192-G-91) scored 19. Vlad Corpodean (197-F-91) collected 16 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, while Ciprian Telinoiu (183-PG-91) posted 11.

Netherlands U20: Dimeo Van Der Horst 23, Jeroen van Vugt 19, Quincy Treffers 12
Romania U20: Vlad Corpodean 16+11 rebs, Ciprian Telinoiu 11, Bogdan Tibirna (210-C-91) 10





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Market news - by Tamas Deri
The management of Sopron agreed with coach Imre Horvath , who left Paks and signed for two years with the club. The team signed also Zsolt Vesztergom (194-G/F-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group), who spent the last two seasons with Szolnok. In the last season he played 6 games in the Eurochallenge and averaged 3.7ppg, 1.7rpg. In 24 games of the Hungarian League he put up 3.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.0apg.

FALCO KC published, that the club agreed with serbian-hungarian Branislav Jancikin (198-G-86) for the coming season. Jancikin has hungarian relatives and will get his hungarian nationality in the next weeks, so he will be able to play as a domestic forward for the club. The 198 cm tall wingman played two years for ASCO Slask Wroclaw before moving back home, where he played for KK Novi Sad Panonska Banka.

Albacomp signed hungarian U20 national team player Levente Juhos (206-F-91) for two seasons. The 209 cm tall big man spent the last two seasons in the USA and played for Moberly JC in the JUCO.
Daniel Kertesz (185-G-90) is leaving the club and agreed with ZTE KK for the coming season.


U20: Hungary earn second straight win in classification round - by Eurobasket News
Hungary U20 - FYR Macedonia U20 81:77

Hungary registered the second straight victory at the classification round of U20 European Championship in Division B. They held off FYR Macedonia for 2-0 record in Group I. Andras Madar (191-G-91, agency: TSS Management) scored 17 points, grabbed 8 boards and 5 assists to lead the effort.
Hungary ensured a 23:21 lead after ten minutes of action. They silenced their opponents in the second quarter. The Hungarian team went on a 24:10 run to build a comfortable 47:31 halftime advantage. But FYR Macedonia tipped off the third frame on a 10:3 run to narrow the deficit. Gajdadjiev then triggered a 10:2 rally to put FYR Macedonia within three points. Dzaner Osman (194-F/G-91) scored five points in a row at the start of the final frame as FYR Macedonia pulled in front 61:59. But Hungary soon ignited a 9:0 run to take a 70:64 lead with four minutes remaining. They kept FYR Macedonia at distance afterwards running to the victory at the end. Bence Bodor (206-F/C-92, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) nailed 16 points, while Mate Meszaros (192-G/F-92) contributed 13 points in the winning effort. Goran Markovski (193-G-92) answered with 25 points and 7 rebounds for FYR Macedonia. Dzaner Osman netted 20 points in the losing effort.

Hungary U20: Andras Madar 17, Bence Bodor 16, Mate Meszaros 13
FYR Macedonia U20: Goran Markovski 25, Dzaner Osman 20



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U20: Standard Life GB U20 Men won their last game of Group H - by Eurobasket News
Iceland U20-Great Britain U20 70:72

Standard Life GB U20 Men won their last game of Group H of the Classification Round for 9-16 places. The United Kingdom won 72:70 but finished only third in the group with 2-1 record. Both teams will play tomorrow for the 13-16 places with another two teams from Group G.
Haukur Palsson (198-F-92) nailed three to open the game and Aegir Steinarsson (182-G-91) scored for 10:5. Olafsson closed the opening frame at 23:17 and it was almost the last lead for his side. Adam Thoseby (198-F/G-91) and Alex Marcotullio (190-G-91) nailed threes for 28:24, while Ryan Richards (212-C/F-91, agency: Interperformances) delivered for 33:30. After 22-13 in the period, Standard Life GB U20 Men had 39:36 halftime advantage. Both teams nailed 15 points in the third frame that kept the same difference after thirty minutes. Fraser scored for 62:55 early in the fourth and Adam Thoseby brought 66:59. Eiriksson however tied the game at 69:69, but Adam Thoseby delivered the victory for the Great Britain team.
Adam Thoseby stepped up with 27 points, while Ryan Richards nailed 17. Haukur Palsson ended up with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Aegir Steinarsson scored 19.

Iceland U20: Haukur Palsson 20+10 rebs, Aegir Steinarsson 19, Tomas Tomasson (190-G-91) 16
Great Britain U20: Adam Thoseby 27, Ryan Richards 17, Alex Marcotullio 10




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Haddadi likely to join training after Europe tour - by Aydin Dianat
Iran coach Veselin Matic will have make do without his center Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85, agency: Agency No 10) in twice defending FIBA Asia champions first trip on their preparations for the 26th FIBA Asia Championship in Europe later this month.

Iran traveled to Hungary this weekend for a two-game friendly series before moving to Portugal for a four-nation tournament that also involves Angola and Romania.

Haddadi, Irans only NBA player who received a qualifying offer from his NBA team Memphis Grizzlies recently, will join the training only after the team returns to Iran.




Iran National Team in Portugal Tournament ... - by Mohammad Ahmadi
Four Teams will be in Portugal Interantional Tournament and will play together in Guimaraes City from Porto state.
Iran National Team were in Hungary to have Two friendly games with Hungary NT , arrived Guimaraes Yesterday and will have their first game against Angula today , July 22nd. The other game will be between Portugal and Romania.
Second game of Iran will be with Romania in July 23rd , Angula and Portugal is the second game.
And the Last game of Iran will be against Host in a day that Romania and Angula will play the Last game in July 24th.

After this tournament, Iran National Team will stay in Guimaraes for Four Days and continue the preparation camp and maybe they play two more games against Portugal and Angula in those four days.

Iran National Team are being prepared for Asian Championship in China and in Portugal tournament don't have Mehdi Kamrani and Oshin Sahakian and Hamed Haddadi. Kamrani and Sahakian are injured and Haddadi just came back to Iran after NBA season.


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U20: Tishman's lay-up brought the win for Israel over Finland - by Eurobasket News
Israel U20-Finland U20 65:64

Israel beat Finland as both teams finished on top of Group H at the Classification Round for 9-16 places. Israel had a narrow 65:64 victory in Division B of the U20 European Champioship.
The teams had been virtually inseparable for most of the game prior to the exciting finish. Finland won the first frame 17:13, but could not keep the lead for good. They even improved to 11 points when Heinonen scored for 30:19. Jeremiah Kreisberg (206-C/F-92) made two free throws at the end of the half for 35:26. Israel however needed a strong third period to grab the lead. Nimrod Tishman (196-PG-91) scored for 47:44 and Nimrod Tishman tied the game at 55:55 midway through the last quarter. Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91) tied the game at 63:63 and gave the Scandinavian team the lead with 14 seconds to go, but Nimrod Tishman's lay-up brought the win for Israel.
Jeremiah Kreisberg stepped up with 15 points and Nimrod Tishman as well as Bar Timor (192-G-92, agency: Avi Zilberman) posted 13 apiece. Carl Lindbom (204-F-91) collected 15 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort, while Antto Nikkarinen nailed 14.

Israel U20: Jeremiah Kreisberg 15, Nimrod Tishman 13, Bar Timor 13, Guy Lavie (188-PG-92) 10
Finland U20: Carl Lindbom 15+10 rebs, Antto Nikkarinen 14




U18: Israel exploded with 33-0 run midway through the first half to shock the Swiss opponents - by Eurobasket News
Israel U18-Switzerland U18 101:49

Israel destroyed Switzerland in Day 2 of the U18 European Championship in Division B. Israel nailed three-digit number for a convincing 101:49 victory to take 1-0 record as it was their first game. The Swiss side suffered the second straight loss and dropped to 0-2 record in Group D.
Israel went on an early lead and had 6-0 run in the very beginning. Mladjan tied the game at 8:8, while Vincent Gaillard (200-F-93) gave the Swiss side the only lead at 12:11. Israel replied with 33-0 run for 44:12 at the end of the second period. They won the second period 33-3 as Or Solomon (196-F-93) scored for 51:15. Israel also won the third quarter 21-20 and reached 74:35 after thirty minutes. Egor Koulechov (194-F-94) showed three digits on the board after making the last successful shot for the team with 21 seconds remaining.
Yaniv Solomon (196-F-94) paced all the winners with 17 points, while Or Solomon netted 16. Egor Koulechov followed them with 14 points in the winning effort. Vincent Gaillard ended up with 12 points in defeat and Eljon Harlicaj (193-F-93) posted 9.

Israel U18: Yaniv Solomon 17, Or Solomon 16, Egor Koulechov 14
Switzerland U18: Vincent Gaillard 12, Eljon Harlicaj 9





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, as the two assist Head Coach David Blatt.

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.





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Virtus Bologna locks Angelo Gigli until 2014 - by Eurobasket News
Virtus Bologna announced signing of Angelo Gigli (209-F/C-83) to a three-year deal. It means that Gigli will stay with the club until the end of the 2013/14 season. The Italian big guy spent last three years with Lottomatica Virtus Roma. In the latest one he had 1.6 ppg and 2.2 rpg in 14 Italian league games. He struggled with knee injury and missed most of the season. In 2009/10, Gigli had 7 ppg and 5.2 rpg in Italy. In Euroleague he added 5.2 ppg and 4.8 rpg for six games. Before Roma, Angelo Gigli played for Benetton Treviso two years. He also was a member of Reggio Emilia in the past. Angelo Gigli played for the Italian National Team from 2004 to 2007 and later in 2009 and 2010. He had 4.5 ppg and 3.6 rpg for 8 games in Qualifications to European Championships 2011.

Benetton Treviso signs Vlad Moldoveanu - by Eurobasket News
Benetton Treviso announced signing of the Romanian forward Vlad Moldoveanu (205-F-88, agency: Interperformances). The 23-year-old player heads to Italy from the American University. He graduated there few months ago. For 30 games as a senior Moldoveanu averaged 20.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2 assists. He participated at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament registering 10.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 2.3 apg for 3 games. Moldoveanu moved to American from George Mason University in 2009. Vlad Moldoveanu is a member of the Romanian National Team. He played for them in Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011. Moldoveanu had 16.8 ppg, 5 rpg and 2.5 apg in four games. He also played for Romania in 2009. He shined with 18.3 ppg and 8.5 rpg in four European Championships Division B games.

World Military Championship: Greece beat Italy to reach semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Greece - Italy 82:64

Greece became the first semifinalists at the World Military Championship. The Hellenes held off Italy in the first quarterfinal tonight. Nikolaos Papanikolaou (209-F-85) stepped up with 17 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners.
Italy led for the bigger part of the first quarter. But Greece managed to level things up at 16 after ten minutes. Greece pulled in front early in the second frame. They stayed in charge to record a narrow 37:36 halftime lead. Greece used a 15:6 run in the third term to clear off to a 14-point distance with one quarter remaining 63:49. The margin grew at 24-point mark midway through the fourth period and the Hellenes never looked back en route to the victory. Nikos Tsoutsos (202-F-82) and Yiannis Psathas (201-F-83, agency: FCM) delivered 10 points each for Greece. Roberto Prandin (188-G-86) answered with 21 points for Italy. Daniele Mai (185-PG-83) finished with 8 points in the loss.

Greece: Nikolaos Papanikolaou 17, Nikos Tsoutsos 10, Yiannis Psathas 10
Italy: Roberto Prandin 21, Daniele Mai 8



U20: Italy prevail against Montenegro in quarterfinal - by Eurobasket News
Italy U20 - Montenegro U20 78:67

Italy advanced to the semifinal stage at the U20 European Championship in Spain. They overcame Montenegrin counterparts in the quarterfinal tonight. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) fired 27 points to lead the charge.
Italy stormed in front right from the start. They posted a 16:2 lead midway through the opening quarter. Italy entered the second quarter up by 19 points 25:6. Italy kept Montenegro at safe distance in the second frame. The Azzurri posted a 39:29 lead at the interval. Miroslav Damjanovic (196-G-91) and Spasojevic dragged Montenegro within three points at the start of the second half 36:39. Italy did not allow Montenegro to get any closer as the Azzurri headed into the fourth frame ahead by three 50:47. But Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Dukanovic finally put Montenegro in charge 51:50 early in the final frame. But italy reacted with a 9:0 run to regain control. Nicolo Melli (205-F-91) then scored 6 points in the final three minutes of the game to seal the victory for Italy. Nicolo Melli produced 23 points and 11 boards, while Riccardo Moraschini (195-G-91) added 10 points for the winners. Bojan Dubljevic answered with 17 points and 12 rebounds for Montenegro. Miroslav Damjanovic netted 11 points in the loss.

Italy U20: Alessandro Gentile 27, Nicolo Melli 23+11 boards, Riccardo Moraschini 10
Montenegro U20: Bojan Dubljevic 17+12 boards, Miroslav Damjanovic 11



U18: Lithuania hold off Italy in Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U18 - Italy U18 82:79

Lithuania celebrated the second straight win at the U18 European Championship in Poland. The defending champions held off Italy to improve at 2-0 record in Group D. Osvaldas Olisevicius (196-F-93) scored 23 points to lead the effort. Italy fell at 1-1 record after the loss.
Lithuania opened the game with six points in a row and maintained the lead throughout the starting quarter. The Baltic team recorded a 23:19 lead after ten minutes. Magrini helped the Azzurri to level things up at 31 midway through the second term. Jogela triggered a 10:0 run from Lithuania as they secured a 45:36 halftime advantage. Lithuania kept their opponents at bay throughout the third period. They arrived at the final break leading by 8 points 61:53. The margin grew at 13-point mark midway through the final period but Italy never said die. Amedeo Della Valle (192-G-93), Imbro and Francesco Veccia (190-G-93) dragged the Azzurri within three points 71:74 with 31 seconds remaining. Chillo and Imbro narrowed the gap to only two points with 11 seconds to go but Narkevicius and Paulius Semaska (183-PG-93) dropped four free throws in a row to seal the win for Lithuania. Tomas Lekunas (195-F-93) notched 19 points, while Paulius Semaska added 10 points in the victory. Amedeo Della Valle responded with 24 points for Italy. Amedeo Tessitori (203-C-94) and Francesco Veccia had 12 points each in the loss.

Lithuania U18: Osvaldas Olisevicius 23, Tomas Lekunas 19, Paulius Semaska 10
Italy U18: Amedeo Della Valle 24, Amedeo Tessitori 12, Francesco Veccia 12



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Shimane Susanoo Magic tab two players - by Eurobasket News
Shimane Susanoo Magic seriously bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contracts with Michael Parker (200-F-81, college: Evergreen St.) and Junpei Nakama (193-G/F-83).
Michael Parker spent the last season with the Fukuoka Rizing. He led the league in scoring averaging 27.5 points per game. The forward also produced 10.5 points, 2.4 steals and 1.9 rebounds per appearance. Asia-Basket.com named Michael Parker on Japanese BJ League All-Imports Team. Michael Parker played in the ABA, IBL, Ireland and Austria before moving to Japan.
Shimane Susanoo Magic also landed Junpei Nakama. The 28-year-old guard played for the Tokya Apache since 2005. Last season he tallied 11.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per appearance. Tokyo Apache is on hiatus until 2012/13 season.



Yokohama B-Corsairs hire Reggie Geary - by Eurobasket News
BJ League expansion team Yokohama B-Corsairs named the first head coach in their history. They hired Reggie Geary for the position. The 37-year-old specialist has retired from his players career back in 2004. He then worked for a year at Tucson Flowing Wells High School as coach assistant. Later Reggie Geary had assistant coach stints in at the University of Arizona, D-League's Anaheim Arsenal, Southern Methodist University and Salponte Catholic High School.



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VEF Riga adds Antanas Kavaliauskas - by Eurobasket News
Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) is a new member of VEF Riga. The Lithuanian big guy penned a deal for the 2011/12 season. He arrives to the club from Prima Veroli. Kavaliauskas appeared 37 times in Italian LegaDue last season averaging 9.9 points and 4.6 rebounds. He helped them reach the Playoff Semifinals. Prima Veroli also won the LegaDue Cup last season. In 2009/10, Antanas Kavaliauskas was a member of Pepsi Juve Casera. They competed in SerieA, where Kavaliauskas had 6.2 ppg and 2.7 rpg for 9 games. In the past, Kavaliauskas played for Kavala and Panionuios. He graduated at the Texas A&M University in 2007.

U18: Spain post second straight win in Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News
Spain U18 - Latvia U18 79:58

Spain celebrated the second consecutive victory at U18 European Championship. They defeated Latvia to stay unbeaten in Group C. Alejandro Redondo (198-F/G-93) scored 16 points to lead the winners. Latvia fell at 0-2 record after the defeat.
Spain quickly jumped in front in this one and controlled the game in the opening period. The Spaniards posted an 18:8 lead after ten minutes. Perez and Diez began the second frame with five points in a row to stretch the lead. Spain maintained the lead well enough throughout the quarter. They registered a 43:19 advantage at the interval. Latvia could not get any closer in the third frame. Spain arrived at the final break leading by as many as 28 points 65:37. Latvia opened the final term on a 13:2 rally to narrow the deficit but Spain quickly stopped the rot and rolled to the victory at the end. Alejandro Suarez (205-F/C-93) netted 12 points, while Jaime Fernandez (187-G-93) had 9 points in the winning effort. Janis Berzins (200-F/G-93, agency: Players Group) responded with 13 points for Latvia. Andrejs Grazulis (203-C/F-93) and Roberts Krumins (198-G/F-93) accounted for 7 points each in the loss.

Spain U18: Alejandro Redondo 16, Alejandro Suarez 12, Jaime Fernandez 9
Latvia U18: Janis Berzins 13, Andrejs Grazulis 7, Roberts Krumins 7



U20: Latvia go down fighting against Spain - by Eurobasket News
Spain U20 - Latvia U20 77:70

Spain needed to work hard to book their spot at the semifinal stage of the U20 European Championship. The hosts narrowly defeated Latvia in the last quarterfinal battle in Bilbao tonight. Joan Sastre Morro (201-F-91) fired 27 points to lead the home team.
Spain fired 27 points in the opening quarter to post a 6-point lead. But Latvia turned things around in the second quarter. They went on a 10:2 run midway through the period to take a 36:33 lead. Janis Antrops (193-G-91, agency: Interperformances) capped the half with a three-pointer as Latvia ensured a 41:35 advantage. Janis Antrops and Lejasmeiers stretched the margin to 8 points midway through the third term. Spain answered with a 13:5 run to make it 59:59 with one quarter to go. The hosts opened the final term on a 9:0 rally. Latvia cut the distance to 4 points but Pozas, Josep Franch (194-PG-91) and Llovet made it 76:66 for the home team with 18 seconds to go and Spain eventually secured the victory. Josep Franch scored 14 points, while Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) had 12 points and 13 boards in the win. Janis Antrops answered with 15 points for Latvia. Armands Osins (185-PG-91, agency: FCM) and Ugis Pinete (194-F-91) finished with 10 points each in the loss.

Spain U20: Joan Sastre Morro 27, Josep Franch 14, Nikola Mirotic 12+13 boards
Latvia U20: Janis Antrops 15, Armands Osins 10, Ugis Pinete 10



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U18: Lithuania hold off Italy in Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U18 - Italy U18 82:79

Lithuania celebrated the second straight win at the U18 European Championship in Poland. The defending champions held off Italy to improve at 2-0 record in Group D. Osvaldas Olisevicius (196-F-93) scored 23 points to lead the effort. Italy fell at 1-1 record after the loss.
Lithuania opened the game with six points in a row and maintained the lead throughout the starting quarter. The Baltic team recorded a 23:19 lead after ten minutes. Magrini helped the Azzurri to level things up at 31 midway through the second term. Jogela triggered a 10:0 run from Lithuania as they secured a 45:36 halftime advantage. Lithuania kept their opponents at bay throughout the third period. They arrived at the final break leading by 8 points 61:53. The margin grew at 13-point mark midway through the final period but Italy never said die. Amedeo Della Valle (192-G-93), Imbro and Francesco Veccia (190-G-93) dragged the Azzurri within three points 71:74 with 31 seconds remaining. Chillo and Imbro narrowed the gap to only two points with 11 seconds to go but Narkevicius and Paulius Semaska (183-PG-93) dropped four free throws in a row to seal the win for Lithuania. Tomas Lekunas (195-F-93) notched 19 points, while Paulius Semaska added 10 points in the victory. Amedeo Della Valle responded with 24 points for Italy. Amedeo Tessitori (203-C-94) and Francesco Veccia had 12 points each in the loss.

Lithuania U18: Osvaldas Olisevicius 23, Tomas Lekunas 19, Paulius Semaska 10
Italy U18: Amedeo Della Valle 24, Amedeo Tessitori 12, Francesco Veccia 12



U20: Serbia put Lithuania on brink of relegation - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U20 - Lithuania U20 75:67

Serbia registered the fourth straight win at the classification round of U20 European Championship. They held off Lithuania to stay on top of Group C. Lithuania in the meantime slipped at 1-3 record and appeared on the verge of relegation. Nemanja Nedovic (192-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) scored 18 points to pace the winners.
Lithuania used a 7:2 run late in the opening quarter to record a 22:16 lead. Serbia opened the second term with back-to-back three-pointers to level things up. Lithuania regained the advantage and rallied to a 39:35 halftime lead. But Serbia opened the third frame on an 8:0 run to put their noses in front. Lithuania squared things up once again but eventually Serbia eked out a 52:50 lead with one quarter remaining. Duran and Milovanovic stretched the gap to 6 points at the start of the final quarter. Paulius Dambrauskas (191-G-91) and Staniuilis levelled things up at 62. Blagojevic, Branislav Djekic (207-F/C-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Nemanja Jaramaz (201-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) made it 71:63 for Serbia with just over two minutes remaining. Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) and Butkevicius tried hard to keep Lithuania in the game but Nemanja Jaramaz went deadly from the stripe sealing the victory for Serbia. Branislav Djekic provided 14 points, while Nemanja Jaramaz added 11 points in the winning effort. Dovydas Redikas answered with 22 points for Lithuania. Paulius Dambrauskas and Giedrius Staniulis (205-C/F-91) netted 11 points each in the loss.

Serbia U20: Nemanja Nedovic 18, Branislav Djekic 14, Nemanja Jaramaz 11
Lithuania U20: Dovydas Redikas 22, Paulius Dambrauskas 11, Giedrius Staniulis 11



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CIBANE ROUND 16 - by Harold Valenzuela
CIBANE is just 1 week to end the regular season and 3 teams are fighting for the top place in the standings Madereros de Durango who has 14 2 record and is the first place right now, but they end his season with 4 tough games agains the defending champion Mineros de Fresnillo and 2 more against the Tuzos de la UAZ Zacatecas Cemozac, these 3 teams are looking to end in the first place so this games are very important.

The four place is Caktus de Saltillo who is 2 games ahead of Aguilas de Piedras Negras and Guerreros de Apodaca but they will fight for that place.

The top scorers of CIBANE is Tyronne Beale who is a show man and a lot of his points came of dunks.

Follow the results, news, video and much more in the league official web site WWW.CIBANE.ORG



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U20: Italy prevail against Montenegro in quarterfinal - by Eurobasket News
Italy U20 - Montenegro U20 78:67

Italy advanced to the semifinal stage at the U20 European Championship in Spain. They overcame Montenegrin counterparts in the quarterfinal tonight. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) fired 27 points to lead the charge.
Italy stormed in front right from the start. They posted a 16:2 lead midway through the opening quarter. Italy entered the second quarter up by 19 points 25:6. Italy kept Montenegro at safe distance in the second frame. The Azzurri posted a 39:29 lead at the interval. Miroslav Damjanovic (196-G-91) and Spasojevic dragged Montenegro within three points at the start of the second half 36:39. Italy did not allow Montenegro to get any closer as the Azzurri headed into the fourth frame ahead by three 50:47. But Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Dukanovic finally put Montenegro in charge 51:50 early in the final frame. But italy reacted with a 9:0 run to regain control. Nicolo Melli (205-F-91) then scored 6 points in the final three minutes of the game to seal the victory for Italy. Nicolo Melli produced 23 points and 11 boards, while Riccardo Moraschini (195-G-91) added 10 points for the winners. Bojan Dubljevic answered with 17 points and 12 rebounds for Montenegro. Miroslav Damjanovic netted 11 points in the loss.

Italy U20: Alessandro Gentile 27, Nicolo Melli 23+11 boards, Riccardo Moraschini 10
Montenegro U20: Bojan Dubljevic 17+12 boards, Miroslav Damjanovic 11



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  NBA   


Report: Pistons to offer Lawrence Frank head coaching job - by Eurobasket News
The Detroit Pistons have settled on Lawrence Frank as their choice as the teams next head coach, Yahoo! Sports reports. A formal contract offer is expected within the next day, league sources told the website.

Mike Woodson and Kelvin Sampson were also candidates for the job, Yahoo! notes, although Sampson has been hired as an assistant to Kevin McHale in Houston.

Frank is currently an assistant on Celtics coach Doc Rivers staff, and has head coaching experience with the Nets, something the Pistons reportedly sought. Frank was the runner-up for the Rockets and Raptors jobs, Yahoo! notes.

Indications are that Frank will accept the offer. Hes been working the last two weeks on putting together a staff, and fellow Celtics assistant Roy Rogers, who was on Franks Nets staff, is the most likely to join him in Detroit, according to Yahoo!

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com


Dirk Nowitzki to play for Germany - by Eurobasket News
Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) says he will play for Germany at the upcoming European Championship when Olympic berths will be at stake.

The Dallas Mavericks forward says the break after the NBA Finals was brief, but he'd 'like to help the young German team have success.'

Nowitzki led the Mavericks to the NBA championship over the Miami Heat and was named the series MVP.

Nowitzki will be joined by Los Angeles Clippers big man Chris Kaman, who also committed to the team.

The European Championship is Aug. 31-Sept. 18 in Lithuania. The two finalists qualify for the 2012 Olympics in London. Germany is in a group with France, Italy, Serbia, Latvia and Israel.

Courtesy of ESPN


Timberwolves, Adelman to interview Saturday - by Eurobasket News
Boom, there it is.

According to league sources, former Houston coach Rick Adelman will be the fourth candidate to interview with the Wolves when he comes to town tomorrow to see David Kahn and owner Glen Taylor.

Adelman all along has looked like the dream hire who'd solve a lot of the Wolves' problems, if he's interested.

Well, it looks like he is now, at least enough to listen.

Why is he the best they can do with this hire:

* He has a track record, and a .605 winning percentage (945-616) in 20 seasons with Portland, Golden State, Sacramento and Houston. His Portland teams made the NBA finals twice and his Sacramento teams pushed the Lakers to the brink out West.

* Believer in a passing offense similar in many ways to what Kurt Rambis believes, he has shown a willingness for his teams to play fast. Those Kings teams with Bibby, Webber, Vlade were fun -- and fast -- to watch.

* Most importantly perhaps is this:

He has known Kevin Love for years and his hiring would be a BIG step toward convincing Love to sign a long-term contract extension.

Love and Adelman's son played on the same Lake Oswego, Ore.,high school team and Adelman saw nearly every game Love played during his senior season when he was in between jobs with the Kings and Rockets.

* So why would he take the job?

Love, $$$ and the chance to coach again.

It has been widely assumed around the NBA that Adelman, at age 65, will only coach again for a veteran team.

But now the Lakers have hired Mike Brown and guys like Rick Carlisle, Doc Rivers, Tom Thibodeau, Stan Van Gundy and Gregg Popovich, what such options are out there in the next few years?

This is a team with a lot of young talent -- emphasis on the young -- that needs to be molded just right.

If you're confident in your abilities and Glen Taylor is willing to pay $4-5 million a year...

Adelman took the Houston job four years ago for the chance to coach Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady. This time, he's got Love and...Derrick Williams? Ricky Rubio? Michael Beasley or Anthony Randolph?

I hear Rockets GM Daryl Morey is a big Rubio believer, so maybe some of that enthusiasm got transferred down to the head coach.

Adelman's contract was not renewed by the Kings in 2006 or by the Rockets after last season.

He sat out that 2006-07 season while he watched Love and his boy play prep ball and then chose the Rockets' job because of Ming and McGrady.

'At the time, I was talking to two or three teams, and this was obviously the best situation,' Adelman told the Associated Press late last season. 'Those guys were here. They had won 50-plus games.

'I had three experiences (before Houston). At two, I had a lot of talent and at one, I didn't. I won at two places and didn't win at the other. I figured it out that talent is pretty important, especially if you have a unique blend of a big guy who's one of the best in the league and a perimeter player who's one of the best in the league.'

He told reporters in the season's final week that he still has the passion to coach.

'I don't think I've lost the desire to coach;' he said. 'I think I still can do it.'

Courtesy of www.startribune.com


LeBron James not going overseas - by Eurobasket News
There is one NBA star apparently not considering going overseas due to the lockout.

ESPN's Chris Broussard reported on Thursday that, according to sources, Miami Heat star LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) is not looking to play overseas if the upcoming NBA season is canceled as a result of the lockout.

Ben Golliver from CBS Sports doesn't appear to be surprised by the report, noting the injury risk and explaining and he is already making plenty of money off endorsements (roughly $30 million a year). So it's doubtful that a club overseas would be able to pay him enough to make playing there worthwhile.

While James has indicated that he's satisfied with staying put, several other NBA stars have expressed interest in playing in Europewith Nets star point guard Deron Williams even already signing a contract to play with Turkish club Besiktas.

Other notable stars who have talked about playing in Europe include Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade and most recently, Laker's star Kobe Bryant.

If the NBA season is in fact canceled and all of these stars go overseas, it wouldn't be a surprise if speculation arose about James, who was considered a top college football recruit while in high school, possibly making a return to the gridiron.

Courtesy of www.huffingtonpost.com


Chris Paul is open to playing basketball overseas - by Eurobasket News
Already accustomed to international basketball, thanks to his 2008 Beijing Olympic experience, New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) this weekend is heading to the Philippines for a two-game exhibition series, and said Wednesday hes keeping his options open about playing overseas this fall if the NBA lockout persists.

Paul is joining fellow Olympian Kobe Bryant, along with players such as Los Angeles Lakers guard Derek Fisher, Oklahoma Thunder forward Kevin Durant and reigning league Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls, for two games in Quezon Citys Araneta Coliseum that will benefit the MVP Sports Foundation, a group committed to aiding youth sports.

The (foundation) over there is all about giving back and helping out kids, Paul said Wednesday, adding he committed to the event just in the past week. Thats something I feel strongly about also. Im going over there with a few other guys, and were going to play. I found out about this through D-Fish (Fisher). He let me know about it.

The timing of the event coincides with the recent flurry of NBA players such as Pauls close friend, New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams, signing on with European teams because of the lockout that began July 1. Several of Pauls former Hornets teammates, including Hilton Armstrong, Darius Songaila and David Andersen, also are heading overseas to play this fall.

Paul had said two weeks ago that he would keep his options open, but more likely will return to college at Wake Forest to work toward completing degree requirements. He left the Winston-Salem, N.C., school after his sophomore season in 2005 to turn pro and was drafted by the Hornets.

I wouldnt say this could lead to it, Paul said of the possibility of playing in Europe next season, but those options are open anyway. When I said that (about going back to school), I said I didnt know. Im open to all different things.

NBA players who venture to different leagues during the lockout, especially those with large guaranteed contracts Paul will earn $16.359 million next season could be taking huge risks should they be injured, namely the loss of guaranteed NBA money.

Paul, however, said that most players who make that decision would be insured against injury.

Theres ways to get insured and different things, Paul said. Those are things Id address with my agent and lawyers and different things like that. Wed make sure all that stuff was taken care of. All in all, its just about playing basketball and having fun.

The NBA stars are scheduled to play a game against a group of pros from the Philippine Basketball Association, as well as the Smart Gilas national team Saturday and Sunday.

Al Panlilio, president of the MVP Sports Foundation, this week told The Philippine Daily Inquirer that efforts to put the game together accelerated once the NBA work stoppage became reality.

The idea of this happening started when the lockout happened, Panlilio said earlier in the week. The objective is to raise funds in line with our vision of uplifting sports.

The newspaper also reported that the exhibition could enhance the opportunity for Philippine businessman Manny V. Pangilinan, termed a telecommunications tycoon, to purchase an NBA team.

Panlilio told the newspaper that Pangilinan had considered buying the Sacramenton Kings, and his name also had come up surrounding the recently sold Philadelphia 76ers, as well as the Atlanta Hawks.

Other NBA players expected to play include Oklahoma Citys James Harden and Sacramentos Tyreke Evans.

Courtesy of www.nola.com


Some NBA players planned ahead for lengthy lockout - by Eurobasket News
Los Angeles Clippers forward Al-Farouq Aminu (6'9''-F-90, college: Wake Forest) wants to play basketball next season. But if he doesn't, he isn't overly concerned about his financial situation.

Aminu, a rookie last season, is one of four clients of agent Raymond Brothers who spread their 2010-11 NBA salaries over 18 or 24 months to continue receiving paychecks if the league-imposed lockout forces the cancellation of games.

Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph, Dallas Mavericks forward Caron Butler and Detroit Pistons guard Ben Gordon, all Brothers clients, have similar setups.

If games in 2011-12 are lost, 'They will not know financially that they're in a lockout,' Brothers said. 'If there is a lockout, you'll able to pay your bills. And you're already used to a certain way of living because your paychecks will be consistent.'

Players normally receive bi-weekly paychecks from Nov. 15 to May 1, although some opt for a November to November schedule. But Aminu will receive payments from last season until Nov. 1, 2012. Randolph will be paid through May 1, 2012.

It is an unusual arrangement that could turn out to be a savvy financial decision for players. Owners and players are far apart on agreeing to a new collective bargaining agreement and no formal session with high-level negotiators is scheduled.

'My approach has been always to do what's best for that particular client,' Brothers said.

With the lockout anticipated for at least the past two seasons, the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) and player-agents have warned and prepped players for a lengthy term of unemployment.

'Prepare for a lockout. Prepare yourself financially,' are the first words of advice in the NBPA Lockout Handbook distributed to players and agents last season.

Agents have advised players to prepare for a lengthy lockout by working with their financial planners.

'For the last two years, we have been consistently preaching about what lies ahead,' said Bill Duffy, whose clients include Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo, Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings, Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash and Detroit Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince. 'I think our guys are very well prepared to even miss the entire year.'

Duffy, who held several conference calls with his players, said he was not worried about his veterans.

'Mostly, it was for the younger guys and modifying their spending habits and not making exorbitant purchases at the beginning of their career,' he said.

Financial stability in an extended lockout gives the players some leverage in bargaining negotiations. Owners are hoping players will be more willing to settle once they begin missing paychecks in November. But with money to stave off financial pressure, the players might be able to get more from owners.

Players also have taken note of the damage done during the 1998-99 lockout from unseemly comments made by their predecessors. Former New York Knicks center Patrick Ewing was quoted as saying, 'Sure, we make a lot of money, but we spend a lot, too,' and point guard Kenny Anderson, then with the Boston Celtics, lamented selling one of his eight cars.

The current lockout booklet advises that those comments 'garnered a lot of undesirable attention and took the focus away from our agenda. Each player must be extremely sensitive every time he makes any statement related to our labor struggle.'

With the average salary roughly $5 million, players whining generates little empathy from fans caught in a severe economic downturn. The unemployment rate is 9.2%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

NBPA president and Los Angeles Lakers guard Derek Fisher has been mindful of the economy and the plight of fans in public comments. Save for a few wisecracks about being unemployed, players have followed suit.

'The ghosts of '98 still exist,' said NBPA executive director Billy Hunter, who made the same financial admonitions then. 'These players come to the league knowing what happened in '98. There's still enough veterans around to tell the stories of a lockout. It's like being scared straight.'

SunTrust vice president Thomas Carroll, managing director of the bank's sports and entertainment specialty group, said players should have had an emergency fund equivalent to six months of living expenses.

'It takes both the player's desire to plan and the adviser's ability to help them plan. Without both of those factors in place, you're not going to have a successful outcome,' Carroll said.

His division includes about 25 NBA players, 'reasonably high-profile, All-Star-type caliber players,' he said. 'We think that our clients are reasonably well prepared for perhaps a lengthy work stoppage.'

Andre Mirkine, associate vice president of investments at Wells Fargo and president of the Sports Financial Advisors Association, made another salient point: A player coming into the league should realize labor deals last about five or six years. A labor stalemate is likely to arise during the player's career.

'A lockout, or the potential for a lockout, is a contingency players should plan for when whey are looking at their longterm and intermediate financial planning, in general,' Mirkine said.

'Having an emergency fund is part of the basic financial plan. What amount depends on how long the player has been in the league and what their current level of savings and earning is, and what their budget is.'

Despite all the warnings, Carroll and Mirkine fear some players aren't prepared. What then? Home equity loans, loans against securities stocks and bonds or traditional loans based on future earnings.

'If you have to start borrowing money to bridge a gap, you've not done something' to prepare for the lockout, Mirkine said.

Carroll advised against borrowing from 'hard money' lenders, who do not always conform to traditional terms.

Those loans 'have higher rates of interest and much more onerous terms for the borrower. I certainly don't advise clients pursue that course unless they've got zero other options,' Carroll said.

The NBPA is exploring options, too. Hunter said his staff has reached out to banks and will meet with an insurance underwriter.

If all else fails, Mirkine said a player might have to find a job.

Europe, anyone?

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


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World Military Championship: USA defeat Qatar for semifinal birth - by Eurobasket News
USA - Qatar 95:84

USA earned the spot at the World Military Championship semifinals. They prevailed against Qatar at the quarterfinal stage. Matt McCraw (6'2''-G) stepped up with 33 points to lead the effort.
USA stayed in charge throughout the first quarter. They posted a 27:20 lead at the first break. Qatar turned things around in the second frame. They erased the deficit and rallied to a 45:42 lead at halftime. The Asian side stayed in charge throughout the third frame. Qatar arrived at the final intermission up by 5 points 69:64. But the United States went on a 15:6 run at the start of the fourth frame to pull back in front. They stepped on the gas in the final minutes and rolled to the victory at the end. Cleveland Richard (6'3''-G) netted 20 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 5 assists for the USA. Jammar Major had 16 points in the victory. Babacar Marone (6'9''-F/C-83, agency: Court Side) responded with 22 points for Qatar. Ali Turki (6'7''-F-82) had 19 points in defeat.

USA: Matt McCraw 33, Cleveland Richard 20, Jammar Major 16
Qatar: Babacar Marone 22, Ali Turki 19



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Seven Breakers named to Tall Black squad - by Duncan Matheson

Seven Breakers, including stars Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin), Mika Vukona (197-F-82), Alex Pledger (216-C-87, college: Belm.Abbey) and Thomas Abercrombie (198-G/F-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington St.), have been named to the 17-man squad New Zealand Tall Blacks squad. They are joined by Breakers youngsters Benny Anthony (198-F-88), Leon Henry (200-G/F-85, college: S.Idaho JC) and Corey Webster (185-G-88, college: Lambuth). Seventeen year-old Isaac Fotu, who will be a development player with the Breakers this season, was also selected.

Joining them is veteran guard and 2010/11 Sydney Kings team member Mark Dickel (187-G-76, college: UNLV), who hasnt played for the Tall Blacks since 2007. Lindsay Tait (194-G-82, agency: Impact Basketball), who played with the Cairns Taipans team that lost the 2011 Grand Final series to the Breakers, was also named to the trial list, as was 2006 NBL Slam Dunk Champion and ex-Breakers development player Everard Bartlett (198-G-86), former Gold Coast Blaze big man Casey Frank (203-F-77, college: N.Arizona) and current Perth Wildcat Jeremiah Trueman (206-F-87, college: Alaska-Anch.).

The squad will go through trials from July 27-29 at the Breakers facility on Auckland's North Shore before ultimately selecting the 12-man squad that will battle it out with Australia in September for a berth at London 2012.

Tall Blacks head coach Nenad Vucinic said he was happy to have a little extra time to prepare to play the Tall Blacks archrivals, the Boomers. 'We have got enough time to prepare for the Oceania championship, Vucinic told the Stuff website. The series is later this year than usual and that gives the players a little bit of time for a break from the (New Zealand) national league. You can never get enough preparation, (but) we do have a number of games and training and I'm quite happy with that.'

Following the trials, the team will slim down to 12 for a camp from July 30-August 4, before heading to China for a tournament against the home team along with Angola and Russia. The Tall Blacks then travel to Italy for a training camp before four-team tournaments in Macedonia and Turkey. They have another training camp scheduled for September 1-4, before the 2011 FIBA Oceania Championship series against the Australian Boomers on September 7, 9 and 11 in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane respectively.

NZ Tall Blacks squad
Thomas Abercrombie (Waikato Pistons), Steven Adams (211-C-94) (Wellington Saints), Benny Anthony (Waikato Pistons), Everard Bartlett (Auckland Pirates), Mark Dickel (Southland Sharks), Michael Fitchett (186-G-82) (Nelson Giants), Isaac Fotu (Breakers Development), Casey Frank (Wellington Saints), Leon Henry (Wellington Saints), Jarrod Kenny (187-G-85) (Bay Hawks), Morgan Natanahira (197-F-91) (Bay Hawks), Kirk Penney (NZ Breakers), Alex Pledger (Waikato Pistons), Lindsay Tait (Wellington Saints), Jeremiah Trueman (Manawatu Jets), Mika Vukona (Nelson Giants), Corey Webster (Wellington Saints).




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U20: Belarus storm past Norway in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News
Belarus U20 - Norway U20 115:77

Belarus earned the second win in the classification round of U20 European Championship in Division B. They rolled past Norway for 2-0 record in Group J. Valiantsin Ihnatchyk (192-G-91) stepped up with 19 points to lead the effort.
Belarus dominated the first half. They erupted for 27 points in the opening quarter to post an 8-point lead at the first break. Things got even worse for Norway in the second quarter. Belarus dropped 30 points to pile up a 57:30 halftime advantage. Belarus did not slow down after the big break. They stretched the gap to 33 points with one quarter remaining and breezed to the victory at the end. Henadziy Zakhar (198-F-92) and Yaraslau Kurapau (200-F-91) provided 15 points each in the victory. Karamo Jawara (200-F-91) answered with 21 points for Norway. Stian Berg (187-PG-91) and Oeivind Lundestad (190-G-91) netted 13 points each in the loss.

Belarus U20: Valiantsin Ihnatchyk 19, Henadziy Zakhar 15, Yaraslau Kurapau 15
Norway U20: Karamo Jawara 21, Stian Berg 13, Oeivind Lundestad 13



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U20: Poland needed the victory over Slovak Republic to win Group G - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic U20-Poland U20 67:85

Poland U20 needed the victory over Slovak Republic U20 to win Group G of the Classification Round for 9-16 places. Poland won 85:67 and as well as Slovakia will play for 9-12 places.
The teams had been virtually inseparable for most of the game prior to the exciting finish. Slovak Republic started the game with 18:16 as Richard Grznar (189-PG-91) was the last to score in the frame. Poland responded with 8-0 run and Dziemba brought 24:18. Marek Szumelda-Krzycki (193-PG-91, agency: Promotex) nailed three at the end of the half for 42:33 advantage. Poland did not allow the opponents to come closer and reached 60:50 after thirty minutes. Wierzbicki closed an 8-0 run for Poland in the start of the fourth period and due to 25-17 in the last period, Poland celebrated the victory.
Sebastian Szymanski (186-G-91, agency: Promotex) top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Jakub Parzenski (209-F/C-91) netted 13. Wojciech Fras (203-F-91) delivered 12, whilst Marek Szumelda-Krzycki notched 11. Richard Grznar ended up with 19 points and Jaroslav Moravek (200-F/C-92) posted 15.

Slovak Republic U20: Richard Grznar 19, Jaroslav Moravek 15
Poland U20: Sebastian Szymanski 18, Jakub Parzenski 13, Wojciech Fras 12, Marek Szumelda-Krzycki 11





U18: Poland drive past Greece - by Eurobasket News
Poland U18 - Greece U18 68:61

Poland recorded the second straight win at U18 European Championship. The hosts overcame Greece to stay undefeated in Group A. Greece in the meantime suffered the second straight loss at the tournament. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) scored 17 points, collected 8 rebounds and issued 4 assists in the victory.
Greece opened the game with five points in a row but Poland quickly erased the deficit. The hosts ensured a 19:15 lead after ten minutes. Poland maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 39:30 lead after the first half. Bochoridis, Petros Melissaratos (202-C/F-93) and Giannoulis Larentzakis (196-G/F-93) narrowed the gap at just a single point midway through the third frame. Giannoulis Larentzakis drained back-to-back triples to put the Hellenes in front 53:50 late in the quarter. Poland bridged the periods with an 11:0 rally to regain the lead. Soon Mateusz Ponitka boosted the gap to 10 points 66:56. Greece never recovered in the reminder of the contest and Poland earned a tough win at the end. Michal Michalak (194-G-93) accounted for 14 points, while Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-C-93) and Piotr Niedzwiedzki (209-F-93) added 12 points each in the victory. Giannoulis Larentzakis answered with 17 points for Greece. Petros Melissaratos had 12 points in defeat.

Poland U18: Mateusz Ponitka 17, Michal Michalak 14, Przemyslaw Karnowski 12, Piotr Niedzwiedzki 12
Greece U18: Giannoulis Larentzakis 17, Petros Melissaratos 12



News from PGE Turow - by Eurobasket News
PGE Turow announced signing of contract extension with David Jackson (193-G-86, college: W.Illinois), Michal Gabinski (202-F-87) and Michal Chylinski (199-G-86, agency: Interperformances). They also added Aaron Cel (203-F-87), Ronald Moore (183-G-88, college: Siena) and Giedrius Gustas (190-G-80, agency: Interperformances) for the next season.
David Jackson joined Turow last summer from Pezinok. He averaged 10.5 points and 3.1 rebounds in 41 PLK games.
Michal Gabinski also arrived last summer, but from ZKS Stal Stalowa Wola. He had 5.3 ppg and 4.1 rpg in 41 Polish league games.
Michal Chylinski missed the entire last season due to injury.
Aaron Cel comes to the Polish team from Hermine Nantes. He played in 34 games and had 12.1 ppg, 6 rpg and 1.5 apg.
Ronald Moore played for Nitra last season. He had 16.9 ppg, 5 rpg, 6.9 apg and 2.4 spg in Slovakian league.
Giedrius Gustas heads to Turow from Trefl Sopot. He had 10.5 ppg, 1.7 apf and 2 apg for 31 games in PLK.


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U18: Denmark opened U18 European Championship in Division B in Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
Denmark U18-Portugal U18 62:50

Denmark opened U18 European Championship in Division B in Day 2 with the win over Portugal. Due to the number of teams in the group (5), Denmark celebrated 62:50 victory in the opener, while Portugal suffered the second straight loss.
Poprtugal lost to Belgium in the opener last night and tries to recover in the start of Day 2. Diogo Ventura (185-PG-94) brought the first lead for them, but Denmark won the first period 14:8. Peter Moeller (186-G-94) closed an 8-0 run for his side in the start of the second frame and Rasmus Larsen (212-C-94) delivered two for 26:13. Both teams nailed 15 points in the second quarter as Artur Castela (200-C-93) closed the half at 29:23. Later himself and Cabanas tied the game at 32:32, while Denmark responded with 7-0 run for 39:32. Rungby was the last to score in the frame for 43:36, but it became clear in the fourth period who will be the winner. Denmark added 19-14 in the stanza to win the game by 12 points.
Rasmus Larsen paced all the winners with 17 points, while Esben Reinholt (196-G-93) collected 12 points and 10 rebounds. Alexander Birketoft (202-C-93) notched 10, whilst Peter Moeller netted 8.

Denmark U18: Rasmus Larsen 17, Esben Reinholt 12+10 rebs, Alexander Birketoft 10, Peter Moeller 8
Portugal U18: Diogo Ventura 12, Artur Castela 10+10 rebs





U20: The third quarter allowed Bosnia and Herzegovina to beat Portugal - by Eurobasket News
Bosnia and Herzegovina U20-Portugal U20 73:59

Bosnia and Herzegovina won the last game of the U20 European Championship Division B of the Qualifying Round. The hosts edged Portugal 73:59 as both teams will play for 5-8 places at the tournament.
Miralem Halilovic (206-F-91) and Carlos Ferreirinho (200-F/G-91) exchanged the baskets early in the first frame, while again Miralem Halilovic scored for 13:6. Those points were the last for the home side in the opening period as they remained scoreless for the next 6 minutes! Portugal produced a 18-0 run as Sico nailed two threes at the end of the frame for 24:13. Carlos Ferreirinho scored for 30:21 and Cardoso nailed three to close the half at 37:25. The third quarter became decisive in the game as Bosnia needed 22-8 in the frame for 47:45 advantage after three quarters. After taking a 51:48 advantage in the final quarter the home team surged further away and won the game.
Miralem Halilovic stepped up with 28 points and Dino Begagic (193-G-92) nailed 16. Renato Azevedo (186-G/F-91) ended up with 17 points in defeat, while Carlos Ferreirinho posted 13.

Bosnia and Herzegovina U20: Miralem Halilovic 28, Dino Begagic 16
Portugal U20: Renato Azevedo 17, Carlos Ferreirinho 13



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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, Bayamon20.5 
 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
 Darnell HINSON
  Isabela
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Hinson, Isabela1.8 
 2. Rodriguez, Arecibo1.8 
 3. Rivera, Mayaguez1.6 
 4. Clinch, Isabela1.5 
 5. Hodge, Santurce1.4 
 6. Mojica, Bayamon1.4 
 7. Chaney, Santurce1.3 
 8. Santiago, Santurce1.3 
 9. Berdiel, Humacao1.2 
 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 


Pirates join Capitanes in BSN Finals - by Eurobasket News
BSN Semifinals, Game 6: Bayamon - Quebradillas 82-101 (2-4)

Quebradillas advanced to BSN Finals after they beat Bayamon 101-82 last night. It means that Quebradillas won the Semifinals with 4-2 and will fight for the title against Arecibo Capitanes. Their first meeting is scheduled for Sunday. Arecibo will have the home court advantage in this series.
The game was mostly controlled by Quebradillas. Vaqueros managed to win fourth quarter 28-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for FYR Macedonian-American guard Darius Washington (188-85, college: Memphis) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 5 assists (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!). International guard David Huertas (196-87, college: Mississippi) contributed with 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Javier Mojica (190-84, college: Cent.Conn.St., agency: Alti Sport) replied with 21 points and 4 assists and naturalized Dominican forward Franklin Western (200-72, college: Providence) added 19 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Vaqueros. Five Quebradillas and four Vaqueros players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.

Bayamon: J.Mojica 21+4reb+4ast, F.Western 19+5reb, C.Dalmau 11+1reb+4ast, L.Benson 10+11reb+1ast, R.Jose Hatton 9+1reb+3ast, R.Barbosa 8+1reb
Quebradillas: D.Washington 25+4reb+5ast, D.Huertas 22+5reb+2ast, P.John Ramos 19+7reb+2ast, P.Tucker 19+8reb+1ast, J.Jones 10+3reb+2ast, A.Caballero 2


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World Military Championship: USA defeat Qatar for semifinal birth - by Eurobasket News
USA - Qatar 95:84

USA earned the spot at the World Military Championship semifinals. They prevailed against Qatar at the quarterfinal stage. Matt McCraw (6'2''-G) stepped up with 33 points to lead the effort.
USA stayed in charge throughout the first quarter. They posted a 27:20 lead at the first break. Qatar turned things around in the second frame. They erased the deficit and rallied to a 45:42 lead at halftime. The Asian side stayed in charge throughout the third frame. Qatar arrived at the final intermission up by 5 points 69:64. But the United States went on a 15:6 run at the start of the fourth frame to pull back in front. They stepped on the gas in the final minutes and rolled to the victory at the end. Cleveland Richard (6'3''-G) netted 20 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 5 assists for the USA. Jammar Major had 16 points in the victory. Babacar Marone (6'9''-F/C-83, agency: Court Side) responded with 22 points for Qatar. Ali Turki (6'7''-F-82) had 19 points in defeat.

USA: Matt McCraw 33, Cleveland Richard 20, Jammar Major 16
Qatar: Babacar Marone 22, Ali Turki 19



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U20: Netherlands beat Romania 91:77 at the end of the Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands U20-Romania U20 91:77

Netherlands beat Romania 91:77 at the end of the Qualifying Round as both teams will play for 13-16 places. The Dutch side won the first three quarters to tie the records at 1-2.
The score was tied three times in the opening period and then the Dutch team had 23:17 at the end of it. Wieten opened the second frame and Dimeo Van Der Horst (195-G/F-91, agency: R.H.Consultancy) brought 33:20. Quincy Treffers (202-F-91) and Parlog exchanged the baskets at the end of the first half for 41:28. Another 25-18 in the third period allowed Netherlands to take 66:46 lead at the end of the third period. Filipan scored for 68:46 early in the fourth and Dimeo Van Der Horst delivered two for 72:57. He also nailed three for 77:63 and Quincy Treffers became the last one to score for the winners. Parlog closed the game for the Romanian team to set up the final score.
Dimeo Van Der Horst paced all the winners with 23 points and Jeroen van Vugt (192-G-91) scored 19. Vlad Corpodean (197-F-91) collected 16 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, while Ciprian Telinoiu (183-PG-91) posted 11.

Netherlands U20: Dimeo Van Der Horst 23, Jeroen van Vugt 19, Quincy Treffers 12
Romania U20: Vlad Corpodean 16+11 rebs, Ciprian Telinoiu 11, Bogdan Tibirna (210-C-91) 10





Benetton Treviso signs Vlad Moldoveanu - by Eurobasket News
Benetton Treviso announced signing of the Romanian forward Vlad Moldoveanu (205-F-88, agency: Interperformances). The 23-year-old player heads to Italy from the American University. He graduated there few months ago. For 30 games as a senior Moldoveanu averaged 20.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2 assists. He participated at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament registering 10.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 2.3 apg for 3 games. Moldoveanu moved to American from George Mason University in 2009. Vlad Moldoveanu is a member of the Romanian National Team. He played for them in Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011. Moldoveanu had 16.8 ppg, 5 rpg and 2.5 apg in four games. He also played for Romania in 2009. He shined with 18.3 ppg and 8.5 rpg in four European Championships Division B games.

CS Pitesti signs Uros Velickovic - by Eurobasket News
Uros Velickovic (190-G-83, agency: BeoExcell) stays in Romania. The Serbian guard penned a deal with CS Pitesti, where he will spend the 2011/12 season. He played the last one for Gaz Metan Medias. He appeared 37 times in Romania averaging 7.5 points, 2 rebounds and 2.2 assists. He helped them reach the league Semifinals. Velickovic also helped Gaz Metan Medias win the Romanian National Cup. He won the same trophy with Timisoara in 2010. Velickovic appeared 35 times for them in the league registering 15.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 2.9 apg. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention -10. Uros Velikovic played three years for Timisoara. In the past, he was a member of Zdravlje Leskovac.

Tucker and Levine come back to Miercurea Ciuc - by Tamas Deri
Levi Levine (198-F-82, agency: TSS Management, college: Albany) signed with BC Perla Harghitei Miercurea Ciuc for the coming season and will play his second straight season for the club. The 198 cm tall forward is a well-known player in Romania as he played his first season in the country with BC Mures in 2008-09. He spent the season 2009-10 with CS BC Gladiator Cluj Napoca and averaged 17.1ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.4apg, 1.7spg in 29 games. He moved during the last summer to BC Perla Harghitei Miercurea Ciuc and was a key player of the team keeping it in the top division puting up 14.7ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.8apg, 1.5spg in 36 games.

American combo guard Enrico Tucker (180-G, agency: TSS Management, college: San Diego) signed for the coming season with Romanian Top Division team, Miercurea Ciuc and will come back to the city around the 15th of August. The 180 cm tall all-around guard is very athletic and amazing scorer, which skills he already showed during the last season while he averaged 16.6 points (52.0% 2pts, 37.8% 3pts, 79.8% FTs) in only 27.3 minutes on the court. He collected also 3.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game.




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Krasnye Krilya add Jarvis Hayes - by Eurobasket News
Krasnye Krilya strengthened their roster with addition of Jarvis Hayes (201-G/F-81, agency: David Lee services, college: Georgia). The 29-year-old forward signed a one-year deal with the Samara team. Jarvis Hayes spent the last season in Turkey. He averaged 16.3 points, 4.6 boards, 1.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game for Aliaga Petkim. Previously Jarvis Hayes played in the NBA for the New Jersey Nets, Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards. The forward made it into NBA All-Rookie 2nd Team back in 2004.


Kyle Landry joins Triumph - by Eurobasket News
Triumph bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Kyle Landry (206-F-86, college: N.Arizona). The Canadian international spent the last season in Czech Republic. He tallied 15.0 points, 8.6 boards and 1.6 steals per game for Prostejov in NBL. In EuroChallenge Kyle Landry posted 13.4 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.4 steals per appearance. Eurobasket.com named the forward All-Czech Republic League Import Player of the Year. The forward made it into All-Czech Republic League 1st Team for the second season in a row. Kyle Landry played in Polish Sportino Inowroclaw and Belgian Dexia Mons-Hainaut before joining Prostejov. The forward participated at PLK All-Star Game. He was also named into All-Polish League 1st Team.


U18: Ukraine succumb to Russia in Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News
Russia U18-Ukraine U18 75:54

Russia celebrated the initial victory in Day 2 of the U18 European Championship. They edged Ukraine in Division A for 1-1 record after 75:54, while the Ukrainian team fell at 0-2.
Russia used a 9-2 surge in the opening quarter to build their first cushion and led 20-10 after one period. Aleksandr Gudumak (204-F-93) scored for 33:21, while his three-pointer gave Russia 39:23 at the halftime. It was not even a moment in the game when Ukraine showed the effort to win the game. Russia dominated the court and rightfully added the victories in the third and the last quarters. With 24-22 Russia won the third period to take 63:45 advantage after thirty minutes. Ilya Rodionov (185-PG-93) brought 67:45 and Trushkin as well as Levshin brought 72:46. Levshin closed the game from the perimeter to bring the first victory for Russia in Poland.
Aleksandr Gudumak paced all the winners with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Gleb Goldyrev (200-F-93) notched 15. Pavel Khrebtov (197-F-93) scored 12, while Ilya Rodionov netted 8. Danylo Zuikov (185-PG-94) produced 11 points in the losing effort and Vladimir Gerun (206-C-94) nailed 10.

Russia U18: Aleksandr Gudumak 21+10 rebs, Gleb Goldyrev 15, Pavel Khrebtov 12, Ilya Rodionov 8
Ukraine U18: Danylo Zuikov 11, Vladimir Gerun 10




Russian National Team 2011 - by Greg
Starting five
#s#
J.R. Holden
Holden
Viktor Khryapa
Khryapa
Andrei Kirilenko
Kirilenko
Timofey Mozgov
Mozgov
Sergey Monya
Monya
#e#5
Sergey Bykov 190-G-83 Lokomotiv Russia
Andrey Vorontsevich 204-C-87 CSKA Russia
Eugeny Voronov 193-G-86 CSKA Russia
Alexey Zhukanenko 210-F-86 Khimky Russia
J.R. Holden 185-G-76 CSKA Russia
Viktor Khryapa 204-F/G-82 CSKA Russia
Sasha Kaun 211-C-85 CSKA Russia
Victor Keyru 199-G-84 Spartak SP Russia
Andrei Kirilenko 205-F-81 Utah Jazz USA
Timofey Mozgov 216-C-86 Khimky Russia
Sergey Monya 203-F-83 Khimky Russia
Anton Ponkrashov 200-G-86 CSKA Russia
Vitaly Fridzon 195-G-85 Khimky Russia
Alexey Shved 196-G-88 CSKA Russia



U20: Russia outscore Turkey to reach semifinals in Bilbao - by Eurobasket News
Russia U20 - Turkey U20 64:57

Russia will play in U20 European Championship semifinals. They outscored Turkey tonight. Dmitry Korshakov (201-F-91) scored 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in the win. Russia overcame an awful start to snatch a tough win at the end.
Turkey led by three points after ten minutes of action 13:10. Safak Edge (188-PG-92) and Koksal made it 19:10 at the start of the second frame. Turkey maintained the lead and arrived at halftime up by 11 points 34:23. Russia opened the second half with eight points in a row to narrow the deficit. Soon Andrey Zubkov (205-G/F-91), Barinov and Dmitry Korshakov pulled Russia in front 41:38. They entered the fourth quarter up by two points 43:41. Turkey answered with a 6:0 run early in the fourth period to regain the lead. But back-to-back three-pointers from Andrey Zubkov, Strebkov and Tumanov gave Russia a 54:47 advantage. Turkey got within three points but Andrey Zubkov and Dmitry Korshakov went deadly from the stripe to seal the victory for Russian in the dying seconds. Andrey Zubkov notched 13 points, while Nikita Balashov (206-F-91) added 11 points in the winning effort. Furkan Aldemir (207-F-91) responded with 13 points and 23 boards for Turkey. Safak Edge had 11 points in defeat.

Russia U20: Dmitry Korshakov 15+10 boards, Andrey Zubkov 13, Nikita Balashov 11
Turkey U20: Furkan Aldemir 13+23 boards, Safak Edge 11



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St. Vincent & Grenadines announces National Team - by Kristian Santiago
St. Vincent & Grenadines announced their final roster for the CBC Championships in the Bahamas:

Randolph Williams (188-G-76)
Ishama McKree
Lezzo McKenzie
Oral Roberts (201-F/C-74)
Orlando Ferguson
Glen Smith
Kendall Pinder (77)
Gregg Friday
Javorn Stewart
Damian Ottley - East (BVI)
Ajani Edwards (175-G) - SUNYIT (USA)
Sean Baptiste (191-G-88, agency: Prossin Sports Management) - Fairleigh Dickinson (USA)

Head coach: Junior Sutton


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CS Pitesti signs Uros Velickovic - by Eurobasket News
Uros Velickovic (190-G-83, agency: BeoExcell) stays in Romania. The Serbian guard penned a deal with CS Pitesti, where he will spend the 2011/12 season. He played the last one for Gaz Metan Medias. He appeared 37 times in Romania averaging 7.5 points, 2 rebounds and 2.2 assists. He helped them reach the league Semifinals. Velickovic also helped Gaz Metan Medias win the Romanian National Cup. He won the same trophy with Timisoara in 2010. Velickovic appeared 35 times for them in the league registering 15.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 2.9 apg. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention -10. Uros Velikovic played three years for Timisoara. In the past, he was a member of Zdravlje Leskovac.

U20: Serbia put Lithuania on brink of relegation - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U20 - Lithuania U20 75:67

Serbia registered the fourth straight win at the classification round of U20 European Championship. They held off Lithuania to stay on top of Group C. Lithuania in the meantime slipped at 1-3 record and appeared on the verge of relegation. Nemanja Nedovic (192-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) scored 18 points to pace the winners.
Lithuania used a 7:2 run late in the opening quarter to record a 22:16 lead. Serbia opened the second term with back-to-back three-pointers to level things up. Lithuania regained the advantage and rallied to a 39:35 halftime lead. But Serbia opened the third frame on an 8:0 run to put their noses in front. Lithuania squared things up once again but eventually Serbia eked out a 52:50 lead with one quarter remaining. Duran and Milovanovic stretched the gap to 6 points at the start of the final quarter. Paulius Dambrauskas (191-G-91) and Staniuilis levelled things up at 62. Blagojevic, Branislav Djekic (207-F/C-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Nemanja Jaramaz (201-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) made it 71:63 for Serbia with just over two minutes remaining. Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) and Butkevicius tried hard to keep Lithuania in the game but Nemanja Jaramaz went deadly from the stripe sealing the victory for Serbia. Branislav Djekic provided 14 points, while Nemanja Jaramaz added 11 points in the winning effort. Dovydas Redikas answered with 22 points for Lithuania. Paulius Dambrauskas and Giedrius Staniulis (205-C/F-91) netted 11 points each in the loss.

Serbia U20: Nemanja Nedovic 18, Branislav Djekic 14, Nemanja Jaramaz 11
Lithuania U20: Dovydas Redikas 22, Paulius Dambrauskas 11, Giedrius Staniulis 11



U18: Serbia topple Germany for second straight win in Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U18 - Germany U18 70:54

Serbia registered the second consecutive win at the U18 European Championship in Poland. They outscored Germany for 2-0 record in Group B. Stefan Popovski-Turanjanin (201-F-93, agency: Beo Basket) scored 14 points to lead the effort.
The lead changed hands throughout the opening frame before Serbia went on a 10:1 run to post a 23:12 lead. Serbia rallied to a 13-point lead at halftime. The Balkan team maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. They entered the final frame up by as many as 13 points 52:39. Serbia scored four points in a row at the start of the final stanza to boost the lead. Germany had no answer in store as Serbia cruised to the victory in the fourth period. Vasilije Micic (192-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 11 points in the winning effort. Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93) answered with 15 points for Germany. Dennis Schroeder (184-G-93) finished with 11 points in defeat.

Serbia U18: Stefan Popovski-Turanjanin 14, Vasilije Micic 11, Luka Mitrovic (204-F/C-93) 9
Germany U18: Bogdan Radosavljevic 15, Dennis Schroeder 11



Hemofarm lands Nikola Otasevic - by Eurobasket News
Nikola Otasevic (184-G-82) is a new member of Hemofarm Vrsac. The experienced point guard will replace Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket), who left for Radnicki Kragujevac. Otasevic spent last four years with Buducnost Podgorica. He helped them win four league titles and four Cups. Last season, Otasevic played 26 games for Buducnost in Adriatic league averaging 6.1 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists. He had almost the same numbers in 2009/10. Before Buducnost, Otasevic played for Anwil Wloclawek. He also has experience from OKK Beograd, Zdravlje, Ergonom and Beopetrol. Nikola Otasevic was named Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League 2nd Team -11. In 2008 and 2009, he was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Player of the Year -08, 09. In 2007, Nikola Otasevic won the Polish Cup with Anwil.

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U18: A real thriller saw Varna in the end of Day 2: Slovak Republic beat Sweden - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic U18-Sweden U18 57:56

A real thriller saw Varna in the end of Day 2 when Slovak Republic and Sweden met each other. Slovak Republic grabbed 57:56 victory for 2-0 record in Group D of the U18 European Championship.
The teams had been virtually inseparable for most of the game prior to the exciting finish. Slovak Republic won the first period 15:12 although they were scoreless in the last two minutes. Andersson tied the game at 17:17 and Eliasson brought 25:20 for Sweden. Tobias Borg (183-PG-93) brought 28:25 at the end of the frame closing the half at 28:25. The third frame reminded carousel as at first William Magarity (207-F-93) gave Sweden 34:25, while Jakub Novysedlak (182-PG-93) closed an 11-0 run for 36:35. Viktor Dedecek (200-F-93) closed the period at 49:39 as Slovak Republic made the final push in the frame. They led in the whole last quarter, but Sweden managed to reduce to one point.
Boris Bojanovsky (215-C-93) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and 22 rebounds, while Jakub Novysedlak nailed 14. Simon Krajcovic (185-G-94, agency: FCM) posted 12, while Viktor Dedecek netted 7. Tobias Borg finsihed the game with 18 points for the Scandinavian team and William Magarity chipped in 15.

Slovak Republic U18: Boris Bojanovsky 15+22 rebs, Jakub Novysedlak 14, Simon Krajcovic 12, Viktor Dedecek 7
Sweden U18: Tobias Borg 18, William Magarity 15



Charles Brandon Polk moves to Slovakia - by Eurobasket
Charles Polk (200-F/C-84) and MBK Rieker Komarno agreed for the coming season! The 200 cm tall power forward graduated on the University of Butler in 2006 and was voted to the Player of the Horizon League averaging amazing 18.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.4apg, 1.5bpg. He signed his first professinal contract with powerhouse Benetton Fribourg in Switzerland and had a great rookie season in Europe puting up 13.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 0.7apg, 1.5spg. Since his first year in Europe he played in Finland, Australia in Spain. He started the last season with Leche Rio Breogan Lugo in the very strong LEB Gold in Spain, but left after 7 games and finished with CB Lobe Huesca averaging 11.2ppg, 4.2rpg.


U20: Poland needed the victory over Slovak Republic to win Group G - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic U20-Poland U20 67:85

Poland U20 needed the victory over Slovak Republic U20 to win Group G of the Classification Round for 9-16 places. Poland won 85:67 and as well as Slovakia will play for 9-12 places.
The teams had been virtually inseparable for most of the game prior to the exciting finish. Slovak Republic started the game with 18:16 as Richard Grznar (189-PG-91) was the last to score in the frame. Poland responded with 8-0 run and Dziemba brought 24:18. Marek Szumelda-Krzycki (193-PG-91, agency: Promotex) nailed three at the end of the half for 42:33 advantage. Poland did not allow the opponents to come closer and reached 60:50 after thirty minutes. Wierzbicki closed an 8-0 run for Poland in the start of the fourth period and due to 25-17 in the last period, Poland celebrated the victory.
Sebastian Szymanski (186-G-91, agency: Promotex) top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Jakub Parzenski (209-F/C-91) netted 13. Wojciech Fras (203-F-91) delivered 12, whilst Marek Szumelda-Krzycki notched 11. Richard Grznar ended up with 19 points and Jaroslav Moravek (200-F/C-92) posted 15.

Slovak Republic U20: Richard Grznar 19, Jaroslav Moravek 15
Poland U20: Sebastian Szymanski 18, Jakub Parzenski 13, Wojciech Fras 12, Marek Szumelda-Krzycki 11





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U18: Croatia won the second straight game at the U18 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Croatia U18-Slovenia U18 60:50

Croatia won the second straight game at the U18 European Championship. The team improved to 2-0 record in Group A after 60:50 win over Slovenia. The latter dropped to 0-2 record and will face Greece tomorrow at the end of the day.
Slovenia grabbed the lead early with a 12-0 run for a 12-2 advantage, which was 16-8 after one quarter. Junakovic reduced to 23:18 and Mislav Brzoja (198-F/G-94) gave Croatia 28:25 at the end of the first half. In the third quarter the teams exchanged the leads several times, while Rojc tied the game at 33:33. Bosnjak gave Slovenia 39:38 and Matej Buovac (198-G/F-93) closed the third period for 41:39. The last quarter belonged only to Croatia that dominated the court. With 19-11 they increased to 10 points at the end of the game as Stipe Cubric (182-PG-93) was the last to score for the winners.
Stipe Cubric paced all the winners with 15 points for the perfect record. Mislav Brzoja collected 14 points and 10 caroms, while Matej Buovac scored 8. Luka Rupnik (184-PG-93) ended up with 13 points in the losing effort, whilst Ziga Dimec (208-C/F-93) had 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Croatia U18: Stipe Cubric 15, Mislav Brzoja 14+10 rebs, Matej Buovac 8
Slovenia U18: Luka Rupnik 13, Ziga Dimec 10+12 rebs





U20: Ukraine topple Slovenia - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U20 - Slovenia U20 97:79

Ukraine registered their third win at the U20 European Championship in Spain. They prevailed against Slovenia in the classification round game. Oleksandr Lypovyy (199-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Ukraine will now take on Sweden for the ninth overall place. Slovenia will face Greece for the 11th position.
The teams stayed close in a high-flying first quarter. Ukraine recorded a 28:27 lead at the first break. They enlarged the margin to 5 points at the interval 51:46. Ukraine kept their opponents at bay throughout the third frame. They arrived at the final intermission up by 12 points. The Ukrainian team did not slow down in the final quarter and rolled to the victory at the end. Artem Pustovyi (216-C-92) and Oleksandr Mishula (187-G-92) accounted for 20 points apiece in the win. Alen Omic (213-C-92) answered with 25 points and 11 boards for Slovenia. Edo Muric (202-F-91) knocked down 16 points in the loss.

Ukraine U20: Oleksandr Lypovyy 21, Artem Pustovyi 20, Oleksandr Mishula 20
Slovenia U20: Alen Omic 25+11 boards, Edo Muric 16



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SOUTHAMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP U-17 ,DAY 6 RESULTS - by Victor Garcia
Venezuela playing for the honor defeated Ecuador, and clinched at least the sixth place in the Championship.
Venezuela 59
Ecuador 53.

Chile surprise Uruguay and got a key victory in order the get the fourth place and a ticket to the semifinals.
Chile 71
Uruguay 60

Brazil got the powerhouses duel defeating Argentina in a very close game and is for sure the first place entering the semifinals.
Brazil 56
Argentina 51.

Colombia keep behind Brazil in the second place defeating Paraguay with the leadership of Tony Trocha and Brayan Angola.
Colombia 59
Paraguay 48.



SOUTHAMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP U-17 ,DAY 5 RESULTS - by Victor Garcia
Uruguay is still in the fight for a place in the semifinal, defeating Ecuador on Wednesday.
Uruguay 60
Ecuador 47

Chile keep doing a good job dominating Paraguay, the Guarani team was not an easy one to defeat but at the end Chile was most accurate from the perimeter.
Chile 66
Paraguay 52.

Argentina keep improving and easily outscored Venezuela to stay ahead of head with Uruguay and Chile for 3rd place in the standings.
Argentina 93
Venezuela 57.

Colombia fall against Brazil in the game of the two udefeated teams, the Brazilian team had a good combination of size and quickness hard to guard for the Colombian squad.
Brazil 63
Colombia 53.



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U20: Latvia go down fighting against Spain - by Eurobasket News
Spain U20 - Latvia U20 77:70

Spain needed to work hard to book their spot at the semifinal stage of the U20 European Championship. The hosts narrowly defeated Latvia in the last quarterfinal battle in Bilbao tonight. Joan Sastre Morro (201-F-91) fired 27 points to lead the home team.
Spain fired 27 points in the opening quarter to post a 6-point lead. But Latvia turned things around in the second quarter. They went on a 10:2 run midway through the period to take a 36:33 lead. Janis Antrops (193-G-91, agency: Interperformances) capped the half with a three-pointer as Latvia ensured a 41:35 advantage. Janis Antrops and Lejasmeiers stretched the margin to 8 points midway through the third term. Spain answered with a 13:5 run to make it 59:59 with one quarter to go. The hosts opened the final term on a 9:0 rally. Latvia cut the distance to 4 points but Pozas, Josep Franch (194-PG-91) and Llovet made it 76:66 for the home team with 18 seconds to go and Spain eventually secured the victory. Josep Franch scored 14 points, while Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) had 12 points and 13 boards in the win. Janis Antrops answered with 15 points for Latvia. Armands Osins (185-PG-91, agency: FCM) and Ugis Pinete (194-F-91) finished with 10 points each in the loss.

Spain U20: Joan Sastre Morro 27, Josep Franch 14, Nikola Mirotic 12+13 boards
Latvia U20: Janis Antrops 15, Armands Osins 10, Ugis Pinete 10



U18: Spain post second straight win in Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News
Spain U18 - Latvia U18 79:58

Spain celebrated the second consecutive victory at U18 European Championship. They defeated Latvia to stay unbeaten in Group C. Alejandro Redondo (198-F/G-93) scored 16 points to lead the winners. Latvia fell at 0-2 record after the defeat.
Spain quickly jumped in front in this one and controlled the game in the opening period. The Spaniards posted an 18:8 lead after ten minutes. Perez and Diez began the second frame with five points in a row to stretch the lead. Spain maintained the lead well enough throughout the quarter. They registered a 43:19 advantage at the interval. Latvia could not get any closer in the third frame. Spain arrived at the final break leading by as many as 28 points 65:37. Latvia opened the final term on a 13:2 rally to narrow the deficit but Spain quickly stopped the rot and rolled to the victory at the end. Alejandro Suarez (205-F/C-93) netted 12 points, while Jaime Fernandez (187-G-93) had 9 points in the winning effort. Janis Berzins (200-F/G-93, agency: Players Group) responded with 13 points for Latvia. Andrejs Grazulis (203-C/F-93) and Roberts Krumins (198-G/F-93) accounted for 7 points each in the loss.

Spain U18: Alejandro Redondo 16, Alejandro Suarez 12, Jaime Fernandez 9
Latvia U18: Janis Berzins 13, Andrejs Grazulis 7, Roberts Krumins 7



Javi Rodriguez comes back to Manresa - by JC Ruiz
Assignia Manresa agreed on terms of contract with Javier Rodriguez (189-G-79, college: Boston Coll.). The deal is meant for one season. The 32-year-old guard started the previous season in Bizkaia Bilbao Basket. He only played 10 games and he averaged 2.2 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in ACB league.
Javier Rodriguez had played for Baskonia Baskonia, Viopisa Gijon Baloncesto, Leche Rio Breogan Lugo and Baloncesto Fuenlabrada before joining Bilbao in 2009 from Assignia Manresa


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U20: Sweden prevail against Greece - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U20 - Greece U20 73:66

Sweden overcame Greece in the classification round of U20 European Championship. They will now take on the winners of Ukraine vs. Slovenia clash for the ninth overall place at the tournament. Christopher Czerapowicz (200-SF-91) had another big night for Sweden with 23 points and 9 rebounds in the victory.
Sweden opened the game with a 14:2 run. The Scandinavian side ensured a 25:6 lead at the first break. Sweden boosted the margin to 22 points early in the second quarter 32:10. Greece trailed by as many as 19 points at the interval 26:45. Sweden opened the second half on a 12:3 rally. They piled up a 63:38 advantage with one quarter remaining. The Hellenes went on a fierce comeback effort in the final quarter. They got as close as 5 points with 37 seconds remaining. But Alexander Lindqvist (202-F-91) and Christopher Czerapowicz sank four free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory. Alexander Lindqvist netted 11 points, while Viktor Gaddefors (200-F-92) provided 10 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Manolis Koukoulas (211-C-91) notched 15 points for the Hellenes. Spyridon Motsenigos (194-G/F-92) nailed 14 points in the loss.

Sweden U20: Christopher Czerapowicz 23, Alexander Lindqvist 11, Viktor Gaddefors 10
Greece U20: Manolis Koukoulas 15, Spyridon Motsenigos 14



U18: A real thriller saw Varna in the end of Day 2: Slovak Republic beat Sweden - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic U18-Sweden U18 57:56

A real thriller saw Varna in the end of Day 2 when Slovak Republic and Sweden met each other. Slovak Republic grabbed 57:56 victory for 2-0 record in Group D of the U18 European Championship.
The teams had been virtually inseparable for most of the game prior to the exciting finish. Slovak Republic won the first period 15:12 although they were scoreless in the last two minutes. Andersson tied the game at 17:17 and Eliasson brought 25:20 for Sweden. Tobias Borg (183-PG-93) brought 28:25 at the end of the frame closing the half at 28:25. The third frame reminded carousel as at first William Magarity (207-F-93) gave Sweden 34:25, while Jakub Novysedlak (182-PG-93) closed an 11-0 run for 36:35. Viktor Dedecek (200-F-93) closed the period at 49:39 as Slovak Republic made the final push in the frame. They led in the whole last quarter, but Sweden managed to reduce to one point.
Boris Bojanovsky (215-C-93) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and 22 rebounds, while Jakub Novysedlak nailed 14. Simon Krajcovic (185-G-94, agency: FCM) posted 12, while Viktor Dedecek netted 7. Tobias Borg finsihed the game with 18 points for the Scandinavian team and William Magarity chipped in 15.

Slovak Republic U18: Boris Bojanovsky 15+22 rebs, Jakub Novysedlak 14, Simon Krajcovic 12, Viktor Dedecek 7
Sweden U18: Tobias Borg 18, William Magarity 15



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U18: Israel exploded with 33-0 run midway through the first half to shock the Swiss opponents - by Eurobasket News
Israel U18-Switzerland U18 101:49

Israel destroyed Switzerland in Day 2 of the U18 European Championship in Division B. Israel nailed three-digit number for a convincing 101:49 victory to take 1-0 record as it was their first game. The Swiss side suffered the second straight loss and dropped to 0-2 record in Group D.
Israel went on an early lead and had 6-0 run in the very beginning. Mladjan tied the game at 8:8, while Vincent Gaillard (200-F-93) gave the Swiss side the only lead at 12:11. Israel replied with 33-0 run for 44:12 at the end of the second period. They won the second period 33-3 as Or Solomon (196-F-93) scored for 51:15. Israel also won the third quarter 21-20 and reached 74:35 after thirty minutes. Egor Koulechov (194-F-94) showed three digits on the board after making the last successful shot for the team with 21 seconds remaining.
Yaniv Solomon (196-F-94) paced all the winners with 17 points, while Or Solomon netted 16. Egor Koulechov followed them with 14 points in the winning effort. Vincent Gaillard ended up with 12 points in defeat and Eljon Harlicaj (193-F-93) posted 9.

Israel U18: Yaniv Solomon 17, Or Solomon 16, Egor Koulechov 14
Switzerland U18: Vincent Gaillard 12, Eljon Harlicaj 9





Swiss Market News - by Luca Maffioli
BBC Monthey agreed terms with Martin Mihajlovic (208-C-81). The Croatian center spent last season at SAV Vacallo. He averaged 15.3 points (42.3% 3pt) and 7.0 rebounds in 30 LNA games. Mihajlovic, in his career, played also with Lugano Tigers, Kormend, Bonn, Krka Novo Mesto and Rogla Atras Zrece.
Lions de Geneve announced signing for two seasons of Florian Steinmann (197-F-91) and Zoran Zivanovic (203-F/C-92). Steinmann, Swiss forward, started his career in Bernex Onex Basket but last season played 19 games with BBC Monthey and 21 games in LNB Martigny Basket. Zivanovic signs a deal after 3 seasons with Zurich Wildcats. In 2010-2011 he averaged 4.6 points and 3.5 rebounds in 25 games.
Michael Brooks is the new head coach of Jump Union Neuchatel. The former NBA player come back to work as coach in Swiss after two years. He worked with Chene BC (2006-2008) and Geneva Devils (2008-2009). His assistant coach will be Luca Robledo.


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U20: Russia outscore Turkey to reach semifinals in Bilbao - by Eurobasket News
Russia U20 - Turkey U20 64:57

Russia will play in U20 European Championship semifinals. They outscored Turkey tonight. Dmitry Korshakov (201-F-91) scored 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in the win. Russia overcame an awful start to snatch a tough win at the end.
Turkey led by three points after ten minutes of action 13:10. Safak Edge (188-PG-92) and Koksal made it 19:10 at the start of the second frame. Turkey maintained the lead and arrived at halftime up by 11 points 34:23. Russia opened the second half with eight points in a row to narrow the deficit. Soon Andrey Zubkov (205-G/F-91), Barinov and Dmitry Korshakov pulled Russia in front 41:38. They entered the fourth quarter up by two points 43:41. Turkey answered with a 6:0 run early in the fourth period to regain the lead. But back-to-back three-pointers from Andrey Zubkov, Strebkov and Tumanov gave Russia a 54:47 advantage. Turkey got within three points but Andrey Zubkov and Dmitry Korshakov went deadly from the stripe to seal the victory for Russian in the dying seconds. Andrey Zubkov notched 13 points, while Nikita Balashov (206-F-91) added 11 points in the winning effort. Furkan Aldemir (207-F-91) responded with 13 points and 23 boards for Turkey. Safak Edge had 11 points in defeat.

Russia U20: Dmitry Korshakov 15+10 boards, Andrey Zubkov 13, Nikita Balashov 11
Turkey U20: Furkan Aldemir 13+23 boards, Safak Edge 11



U18: Turkey overwhelm Finland for opening win in Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U18 - Finland U18 87:57

Turkey registered the opening win at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Finland to climb at 1-1 record in Group B. Tayfun Erulku (188-G/F-94) and Ugur Dokuyan (197-F-93) scored 14 points each to pace the winners. Finland remained winless after the defeat.
It looked quite good for Finland early on. They used a 13:0 run midway through the opening quarter to surge ahead. Kalle Naapi (189-G-93) opened up a double-digit lead for the Finnish team late in the period 18:8. Turkey managed to get within four points 14:18 at the first break. But Turkey went on a 16:0 run in the second frame to post a 31:24 lead. They soon followed with a 14:0 rally as the margin grew at 18-point mark. Turkey recorded a 44:28 lead at the interval. Turkey stayed in charge in the third quarter. They entered the fourth stanza up by 20 points and eased to the victory at the end. Erbil Eroglu (195-G-93) and Samet Geyik (206-F-93) dropped 10 points each in the win. Kalle Naapi responded with 15 points for Finland. Visa Tarjanne (195-F-93) had 11 points in the losing case.

Turkey U18: Tayfun Erulku 18, Ugur Dokuyan 18, Erbil Eroglu 10, Samet Geyik 10
Finland U18: Kalle Naapi 15, Visa Tarjanne 11



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U20: Ukraine topple Slovenia - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U20 - Slovenia U20 97:79

Ukraine registered their third win at the U20 European Championship in Spain. They prevailed against Slovenia in the classification round game. Oleksandr Lypovyy (199-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Ukraine will now take on Sweden for the ninth overall place. Slovenia will face Greece for the 11th position.
The teams stayed close in a high-flying first quarter. Ukraine recorded a 28:27 lead at the first break. They enlarged the margin to 5 points at the interval 51:46. Ukraine kept their opponents at bay throughout the third frame. They arrived at the final intermission up by 12 points. The Ukrainian team did not slow down in the final quarter and rolled to the victory at the end. Artem Pustovyi (216-C-92) and Oleksandr Mishula (187-G-92) accounted for 20 points apiece in the win. Alen Omic (213-C-92) answered with 25 points and 11 boards for Slovenia. Edo Muric (202-F-91) knocked down 16 points in the loss.

Ukraine U20: Oleksandr Lypovyy 21, Artem Pustovyi 20, Oleksandr Mishula 20
Slovenia U20: Alen Omic 25+11 boards, Edo Muric 16



U18: Ukraine succumb to Russia in Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News
Russia U18-Ukraine U18 75:54

Russia celebrated the initial victory in Day 2 of the U18 European Championship. They edged Ukraine in Division A for 1-1 record after 75:54, while the Ukrainian team fell at 0-2.
Russia used a 9-2 surge in the opening quarter to build their first cushion and led 20-10 after one period. Aleksandr Gudumak (204-F-93) scored for 33:21, while his three-pointer gave Russia 39:23 at the halftime. It was not even a moment in the game when Ukraine showed the effort to win the game. Russia dominated the court and rightfully added the victories in the third and the last quarters. With 24-22 Russia won the third period to take 63:45 advantage after thirty minutes. Ilya Rodionov (185-PG-93) brought 67:45 and Trushkin as well as Levshin brought 72:46. Levshin closed the game from the perimeter to bring the first victory for Russia in Poland.
Aleksandr Gudumak paced all the winners with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Gleb Goldyrev (200-F-93) notched 15. Pavel Khrebtov (197-F-93) scored 12, while Ilya Rodionov netted 8. Danylo Zuikov (185-PG-94) produced 11 points in the losing effort and Vladimir Gerun (206-C-94) nailed 10.

Russia U18: Aleksandr Gudumak 21+10 rebs, Gleb Goldyrev 15, Pavel Khrebtov 12, Ilya Rodionov 8
Ukraine U18: Danylo Zuikov 11, Vladimir Gerun 10




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U18: Belgium recorded the second consecutive win in Varna - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U18-England U18 68:56

Belgium recorded the second consecutive win in Varna at the U18 European Championship. The squad overcame England 68:56 to hand them the first loss.
Zak Wells (93) gave England the lead twice in the opening tip, while Rienert Torreele (192-F-93) scored from the perimeter for 10:5 advantage. England replied with 7-0 run and Stas closed a 9-0 run for Belgium. Khounchar and Spencer exchanged the baskets from the free throw line in the second period and Arno Mollekens (195-F/C-94) brought 28:14. Spencer and Henrard were the first players to score int he third period. Henrard reduced to 52:42 with 3 minutes in the frame but as it became clear after, those points were the last in the quarter for both sides. Belgium did not allow the opponents to come closer and improved to 18 points with a bit more than two minutes in the game. England scored the last six points to cut it to 12 points.
Arno Mollekens led the way with 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Rienert Torreele and Raphael Allemand (178-PG-93) posted 9 each. Ross Wilson (93) replied with 11 points and 13 rebounds in defeat and Zak Wells scored 8.

Belgium U18: Arno Mollekens 12+12 rebs, Rienert Torreele 9, Raphael Allemand 9
England U18: Ross Wilson 11+13 rebs, Zak Wells 8






Hardy Heads To Leicester - by Paul Nilsen

Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders have signed 22 year old rookie Ayron Hardy (195-F-88), a 6 foot 5 inch forward who has just graduated from Jacksonville University.

The versatile forward was born in Birmingham, Alabama and played all four years at Jacksonville, averaging 12 points and over 6 rebounds a game, in the Atlantic Sun Conference. He also shot 53% from the floor, with an average of 2 steals and 1 block a game. But the statistics do not tell the whole story, as Hardy was also named the Conferences Defensive Player of the Year, as well as to the first team All Conference, a clear indication Riders have gained a top quality player at both ends of the court.

Riders Head Coach Rob Paternostro was particularly pleased with this signing, I am really excited to bring Ayron to Leicester, because he is a top player. He has a slew of accolades to his name, including most games played in the Universitys history, second all time in career steals at the university, and seventh all time in rebounds. But to make the Atlantic Sun Defensive Player of the Year for 2 years says something special. He is of course a very young player who will need to settle in and adjust to the BBL, but he brings a lot of capabilities to the table, and, in particular, his versatility.

I particularly like the fact that he came into the Jacksonville programme which was not particularly highly rated, and was a key to them turning it around and having four winning seasons in a row, with 20 wins in his final 2 years. I feel sure Ayron is just the kind of player who will do well in the BBL.



U20: Standard Life GB U20 Men won their last game of Group H - by Eurobasket News
Iceland U20-Great Britain U20 70:72

Standard Life GB U20 Men won their last game of Group H of the Classification Round for 9-16 places. The United Kingdom won 72:70 but finished only third in the group with 2-1 record. Both teams will play tomorrow for the 13-16 places with another two teams from Group G.
Haukur Palsson (198-F-92) nailed three to open the game and Aegir Steinarsson (182-G-91) scored for 10:5. Olafsson closed the opening frame at 23:17 and it was almost the last lead for his side. Adam Thoseby (198-F/G-91) and Alex Marcotullio (190-G-91) nailed threes for 28:24, while Ryan Richards (212-C/F-91, agency: Interperformances) delivered for 33:30. After 22-13 in the period, Standard Life GB U20 Men had 39:36 halftime advantage. Both teams nailed 15 points in the third frame that kept the same difference after thirty minutes. Fraser scored for 62:55 early in the fourth and Adam Thoseby brought 66:59. Eiriksson however tied the game at 69:69, but Adam Thoseby delivered the victory for the Great Britain team.
Adam Thoseby stepped up with 27 points, while Ryan Richards nailed 17. Haukur Palsson ended up with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Aegir Steinarsson scored 19.

Iceland U20: Haukur Palsson 20+10 rebs, Aegir Steinarsson 19, Tomas Tomasson (190-G-91) 16
Great Britain U20: Adam Thoseby 27, Ryan Richards 17, Alex Marcotullio 10




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The LUB will begin on September 20 - by Sergio Palay
On August 27 will celebrate the drawing for the Uruguayan Basketball League.
The authorities seeks to develop a detailed schedule for each team.

And so ensure that each team knows what days they have to play in the first round..

The tournament will begin on September 20 and in the first game will be Malvin, the champion of LUB 2010-201

Moreover, the teams refused to allow a medical commission can will approve the replacement of injured foreigners after the start of the semifinals.

Thus the teams, can change foreign players only until the start of the semifinals.




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Women News

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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16 - Women  


Afrobasket U16 Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Algeria0-0
2. Egypt0-0
3. Guinea0-0
4. Mozambique0-0
5. Nigeria0-0
Group B
1. Angola0-0
2. DRCongo0-0
3. Mali0-0
4. Tunisia0-0
5. Zimbabwe0-0


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  ARGENTINA - Women  


U19 Russia too strong for U19 Argentina in Chile, 70-51 - by Eurobasket News
U19 ARGENTINA - U19 RUSSIA 51-70

Russia demonstrated excellent performance in Day One of the U19 World Championship in Chile. They handed 70-51 loss to Argentina for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group B. Russia opened the game with 7-14 lead and continued with 10-23 until the breather. Argentina drastically improved after the breather and won third period 23-9. However, Russia didn't panic and they had wonderful last ten minutes of this meeting. They made 11-24 in Q4 for the final 51-70 victory. Yulia Poluyanova (187-F-92) stepped up for Russia with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Ksenia Tikhonenko (174-G-93, agency: RIZO) secured a nice help with 18 points and 10 boards, while Anastasia Maksimova (182-F-92) added 10 pts and 5 rebs. In Argentina, Melisa Gretter (167-PG-93) delivered 17 points. Their second scorer was Rocio Diaz (170-G-93) with 13 pts. In Day Two, Russia will meet USA. Argentina will play against Japan.

Argentina: Melisa Gretter 17, Rocio Diaz 13
Russia: Yulia Poluyanova 21+5 boards, Ksenia Tikhonenko 18+10 boards, Anastasia Maksimova 10+5 boards


Standings - Women
Liga Nacional Standings
Zona A
 1. Berazategui 0-0 
 2. Independiente 0-0 
 3. Racing-Guarani 0-0 
 4. Velez S. 0-0 
Zona B
 1. Lanus 0-0 
 2. Libertad 0-0 
 3. Union Florida 0-0 
 4. Union Sunch. 0-0 


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  BRAZIL - Women  


U19 Brazil hands 71-64 loss to U19 Spain - by Eurobasket News
U19 BRAZIL - U19 SPAIN 71-64

Brazil did a great job in Day One of the FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. They handed 71-64 loss to Spain for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group D. Also in Day One, Taiwan outplayed Slovenia 83-73. Three best teams from this pool will advance to the next stage. Damiris Dantas (192-C-92) stepped up for Brazil with double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds. Carina Martins (172-G-92) had 14 points and 5 boards, while Thamara Silva (187-C-94) added 10 points. In defeat, Queralt Casas (180-G-92) collected 16 points and 8 rebounds. Their second scorer was Mariona Ortiz (183-F-92) with 13 pts, while Laura Gil (190-C-92, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 8 points and 9 boards. Quarters: 15-18, 20-15, 23-15, 13-16. Brazil will meet Slovenia in the next game. Spain will play against Taiwan.

Brazil: Damiris Dantas 19+13 boards, Carina Martins 14+5 boards, Thamara Silva 10
Spain: Queralt Casas 16+8 boards, Mariona Ortiz 13, Laura Gil 8+9 boards


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Sportmedia.tv to broadcast LIVE the game Bulgaria (16) - Greece (16) - by Christomir Rackov
Sportmedia.tv will broadcast LIVE today the game between the Girls U 16 national teams of Bulgaria and Greece. The match will be played in Sofia and wil start at 18.30 BG time (17.30 CET).
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We do not do this for profit but to help the team of Sportmedia.tv who is trying to do everything possible to show the most number of games possible.



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  CANADA - Women  


U19 Canada enjoys Day One in Chile - by Eurobasket News
U19 CANADA - U19 CHINA 76-49

Canada had a joyful Day One in Chile. They opened U19 World Championship with huge 76-49 win against China. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group A together with Italy and Egypt. Nirra Fields (178-PG-93) was the leading player in victory with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Diana Lee (170-G-92) scored 13 and Michelle Plouffe (193-C-92) helped with 12 points, plus 7 boards. In the loosing squad, Liang Jiamei (183-F-92) responded with 12 points. Their second scorer was Yang LiWei (175-G-95) with 11 pts. Quarters: 23-6, 18-10, 24-19, 11-14. In Day Two of the competition Canada will meet Egypt. On the other side, China will take on Italy.

Canada: Nirra Fields 22+9 boards, Diana Lee 13, Michelle Plouffe 12+7 boards
Chile: Liang Jiamei 12, Yang LiWei 11


Umea Comets land Canadian Devan Lisson - by Eurobasket News
Devan Lisson (183-G-88) will start her professional career in Sweden. The Canadian guard penned a one-year deal with Umea Comets. The club announced her signing yesterday. Lisson graduated few months ago at the University of British Columbia. She had 9.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.7 apg and 2 apg in 24 games as a senior. In 2009/10, Lisson collected 8.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 3.1 apg for 18 games. Devan Lisson played for the Canadian U21, U20, U19 and U18 National Team in the past. With U21 Canada she had 1.1 pgp for 8 games at the World Championships U21 in Moscow Region.
Umea Comets also signed a deal with Jessica Nilsson (184-F-89) this week. Nilsson arrives to Umea from Solna Vikings, where she spent last two seasons. She had 10.4 ppg and 4.9 rpg in the latest one. The Vikings reached Damligan Semifinals and Nilsson was named Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Damligan Honorable Mention -11. In 2009/10, Jessica Nilsson had 4.7 ppg and 4.4 rpg. Before that, she was a member of Sundsvall Saints and KFUM Blackeberg. Jessica Nilsson is active member of the Swedish National Team. She also played for U20 Sweden in the past. Nilsson had 6.1 ppg and 5.4 rpg at the European Championships U20 in Gdynia (Poland) -09.


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  CHILE - Women  


U19 France celebrates in Day One in Chile - by Eurobasket News
U19 FRANCE - U19 CHILE 59-36

France demonstrated their power in Day One of the U19 World Championship. They blasted the host of this event 59-36 for 1-0 score in Preliminary Group C. Both teams will advance to the next stage for sure as Nigeria didn't appear at this event. Third participant of Group C is Australia. Valeriane Ayayi (184-F-94) came up with 15 points and 5 rebounds for France. Helena Akmouche (174-G-92) had 13 points and Agathe Degorces (170-G-92) added 7 pts, plus 5 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Barbara Cousino (178-F-96) delivered 13 points. Fernanda Serrano (173-G-92) stopped to 6. Quarters: 22-4, 8-10, 16-8, 13-14. France will have a day-off now. Chile will meet Australia.

France: Valeriane Ayayi 15+5 boards, Helena Akmouche 13, Agathe Degorces 7+5 boards
Chile: Barbara Cousino 13, Fernanda Serrano 6


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  CHINA - Women  


U19 Canada enjoys Day One in Chile - by Eurobasket News
U19 CANADA - U19 CHINA 76-49

Canada had a joyful Day One in Chile. They opened U19 World Championship with huge 76-49 win against China. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group A together with Italy and Egypt. Nirra Fields (178-PG-93) was the leading player in victory with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Diana Lee (170-G-92) scored 13 and Michelle Plouffe (193-C-92) helped with 12 points, plus 7 boards. In the loosing squad, Liang Jiamei (183-F-92) responded with 12 points. Their second scorer was Yang LiWei (175-G-95) with 11 pts. Quarters: 23-6, 18-10, 24-19, 11-14. In Day Two of the competition Canada will meet Egypt. On the other side, China will take on Italy.

Canada: Nirra Fields 22+9 boards, Diana Lee 13, Michelle Plouffe 12+7 boards
Chile: Liang Jiamei 12, Yang LiWei 11


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  EGYPT - Women  


Italy beats Egypt 74-56 to open U19 World Championship - by Eurobasket News
U19 ITALY - U19 EGYPT 74-56

Italy shined in Day One of the U19 World Championship in Chile. They cruised past Egypt 74-56 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Participants of this pool are also Canada and China. Italy took control on Egypt from the early beginning and never looked back after that. Francesca Dotto (189-C-93) top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Marta Masoni (184-F-93) had 12 points and 5 rebounds, while Irene Cigliani (177-F-92) added 11 pts. In Egypt, Hagar Amer (184-F-93) was way better than the others with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Hala Elshaarawy (181-F-93) added 9 points and 10 boards. Quarters: 26-9, 14-14, 19-21, 15-12. In Day Two of the competition, Italy will meet China, while Egypt will play against Canada.

Italy: Francesca Dotto 15, Marta Masoni 12+5 boards, Irene Cigliani 11
Egypt: Hagar Amer 22+11 boards, Hala Elshaarawy 9+10 boards


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Standings Div.A (Women)
Standings
1. Germany0-0
2. Greece0-0
3. Israel0-0
4. Slovakia0-0
5. Belarus0-0
6. Czech Rep.0-0
7. U.Kingdom0-0
8. Lithuania0-0
9. Russia0-0
10. Turkey0-0
11. Croatia0-0
12. Spain0-0
13. France0-0
14. Latvia0-0
15. Montenegro0-0
16. Poland0-0


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  FRANCE - Women  


U19 France celebrates in Day One in Chile - by Eurobasket News
U19 FRANCE - U19 CHILE 59-36

France demonstrated their power in Day One of the U19 World Championship. They blasted the host of this event 59-36 for 1-0 score in Preliminary Group C. Both teams will advance to the next stage for sure as Nigeria didn't appear at this event. Third participant of Group C is Australia. Valeriane Ayayi (184-F-94) came up with 15 points and 5 rebounds for France. Helena Akmouche (174-G-92) had 13 points and Agathe Degorces (170-G-92) added 7 pts, plus 5 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Barbara Cousino (178-F-96) delivered 13 points. Fernanda Serrano (173-G-92) stopped to 6. Quarters: 22-4, 8-10, 16-8, 13-14. France will have a day-off now. Chile will meet Australia.

France: Valeriane Ayayi 15+5 boards, Helena Akmouche 13, Agathe Degorces 7+5 boards
Chile: Barbara Cousino 13, Fernanda Serrano 6


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  GERMANY - Women  


Rotenburg Scheessel signs Sitzmann - by Juliane Hoehne
BG'89 Rotenburg/Scheessel announced the signing of a second American - Kim Sitzmann (178-G-88, college: UALR) is the new Shooting Guard for the newly promoted team. Sitzmann graduated 2010 from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where she posted 10.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.0apg, 1.6spg in her Senior Season. After playing with the Arkansas Starz in the WBCBL over the summer, Sitzmann joined the AutoCAD Amazone Leidsche Rijn in the first Dutch league. In her first professional season, Sitzmann scored 20.3ppg and dished out 4.7apg, but she also proved to be an important factor on the defensive end by grabbing 5.1rpg and 3.7spg. Coach Roland Senger and the staff are happy to welcome Sitzmann in the team.

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  ITALY - Women  


Italy beats Egypt 74-56 to open U19 World Championship - by Eurobasket News
U19 ITALY - U19 EGYPT 74-56

Italy shined in Day One of the U19 World Championship in Chile. They cruised past Egypt 74-56 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Participants of this pool are also Canada and China. Italy took control on Egypt from the early beginning and never looked back after that. Francesca Dotto (189-C-93) top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Marta Masoni (184-F-93) had 12 points and 5 rebounds, while Irene Cigliani (177-F-92) added 11 pts. In Egypt, Hagar Amer (184-F-93) was way better than the others with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Hala Elshaarawy (181-F-93) added 9 points and 10 boards. Quarters: 26-9, 14-14, 19-21, 15-12. In Day Two of the competition, Italy will meet China, while Egypt will play against Canada.

Italy: Francesca Dotto 15, Marta Masoni 12+5 boards, Irene Cigliani 11
Egypt: Hagar Amer 22+11 boards, Hala Elshaarawy 9+10 boards


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  JAPAN - Women  


U19 USA cruises past U19 Japan 85-63 in Chile - by Eurobasket News
U19 USA - U19 JAPAN 85-63

USA had no troubles to beat Japan in Day One of the U19 World Championship in Chile. USA registered 85-63 win for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group B. Participants of the same pool are also Russia and Argentina. USA made 25-17 lead in the first quarter and jumped to 48-31 until the halftime. All after that was just the formality and USA registered an easy win. Their top scorer was Bria Hartley (5'10''-G-92) with 18 points. Breanna Stewart (6'3''-F-94) had double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds, while Stefanie Dolson (6'5''-C-92) added 13 points and 5 rebs. In Japan, Sanae Motokawa (5'9''-F-92) shined with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Chikae Uchino (5'9''-F-93) followed her with 15 pts. Quarters: 25-17, 23-14, 16-20, 21-12. In Day Two, USA will meet Russia. Japan will take on Argentina.

USA: Bria Hartley 18, Breanna Stewart 13+13 boards, Stefanie Dolson 13+5 boards
Japan: Sanae Motokawa 20+6 boards, Chikae Uchino 15


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  NCAA1 - Women  


U19 USA cruises past U19 Japan 85-63 in Chile - by Eurobasket News
U19 USA - U19 JAPAN 85-63

USA had no troubles to beat Japan in Day One of the U19 World Championship in Chile. USA registered 85-63 win for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group B. Participants of the same pool are also Russia and Argentina. USA made 25-17 lead in the first quarter and jumped to 48-31 until the halftime. All after that was just the formality and USA registered an easy win. Their top scorer was Bria Hartley (5'10''-G-92) with 18 points. Breanna Stewart (6'3''-F-94) had double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds, while Stefanie Dolson (6'5''-C-92) added 13 points and 5 rebs. In Japan, Sanae Motokawa (5'9''-F-92) shined with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Chikae Uchino (5'9''-F-93) followed her with 15 pts. Quarters: 25-17, 23-14, 16-20, 21-12. In Day Two, USA will meet Russia. Japan will take on Argentina.

USA: Bria Hartley 18, Breanna Stewart 13+13 boards, Stefanie Dolson 13+5 boards
Japan: Sanae Motokawa 20+6 boards, Chikae Uchino 15


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  NIGERIA - Women  


Nigeria absence brings field down to 15 - by Eurobasket News
Courtesy of FIBA

The field of teams competing at the FIBA U19 World Championship for Women will consist of 15 countries instead of 16 after Nigeria did not turn up in Puerto Montt, Chile, on Wednesday.

Nigeria had been drawn in Group C of the Preliminary Round and their opponents included Australia, hosts Chile and France.

All three teams will now get byes following the Nigerians' forfeit.

Nigeria had secured the second of two tickets to represent Africa in Chile by virtue of finishing second behind hosts Egypt at last year's FIBA Africa U18 Championship for Women in Cairo.

The 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women gets underway on Thursday.

Nigeria's absence means that all Preliminary Round games scheduled to tip off at 9am local time will instead take place during the slot vacated.

Therefore, Italy will face Egypt at 8.15pm in Puerto Varas on Thursday.

On Friday, the Egyptians square off against Canada at 6pm in Puerto Varas.

Japan and Russia will go head to head at 6.45pm in Puerto Montt on Saturday.

Courtesy of FIBA


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  ROMANIA - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Alba Iulia 0-0 
 2. Alexandria 0-0 
 3. Brasov 0-0 
 4. Cluj Napoca 0-0 
 5. Craiova 0-0 
 6. Iasi 0-0 
 7. ICIM Arad 0-0 
 8. Olimpia 0-0 
 9. Oradea 0-0 
 10. Rapid 0-0 
 11. Satu Mare 0-0 
 12. Sf.Gheorghe 0-0 
 13. Sp.Studentesc 0-0 
 14. Targoviste 0-0 
 15. Targu Mures 0-0 
 16. Timisoara 0-0 


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  RUSSIA - Women  


U19 Russia too strong for U19 Argentina in Chile, 70-51 - by Eurobasket News
U19 ARGENTINA - U19 RUSSIA 51-70

Russia demonstrated excellent performance in Day One of the U19 World Championship in Chile. They handed 70-51 loss to Argentina for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group B. Russia opened the game with 7-14 lead and continued with 10-23 until the breather. Argentina drastically improved after the breather and won third period 23-9. However, Russia didn't panic and they had wonderful last ten minutes of this meeting. They made 11-24 in Q4 for the final 51-70 victory. Yulia Poluyanova (187-F-92) stepped up for Russia with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Ksenia Tikhonenko (174-G-93, agency: RIZO) secured a nice help with 18 points and 10 boards, while Anastasia Maksimova (182-F-92) added 10 pts and 5 rebs. In Argentina, Melisa Gretter (167-PG-93) delivered 17 points. Their second scorer was Rocio Diaz (170-G-93) with 13 pts. In Day Two, Russia will meet USA. Argentina will play against Japan.

Argentina: Melisa Gretter 17, Rocio Diaz 13
Russia: Yulia Poluyanova 21+5 boards, Ksenia Tikhonenko 18+10 boards, Anastasia Maksimova 10+5 boards


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


U19 Taiwan surprises U19 Slovenia in Chile, 83-73 - by Eurobasket News
U19 TAIWAN - U19 SLOVENIA 83-73

Taiwan made a surprise in Day One of the FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. They handed 83-73 loss to Slovenia for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group D. Participants of the same pool are also Brazil and Spain. Three best teams from this group will advance to the next stage. Lin Yu-Chih (94) shined for the winners with 17 points. Chang Chi-Fang (174-G-93) had 11 points and 5 rebounds, while Wei Yu-Chun (176-G-92) and Wang Wei-Lin (93) added 10 points each. In the loosing squad, Tjasa Gortnar (187-C-92) collected 23 points and 14 rebounds. Nika Baric (169-PG-92) had 12 pts and 6 rebs, while Nina Gabrovsek (168-PG-94) added 11 pts. Quarters: 20-17, 18-12, 25-22, 20-22. Taiwan will meet Spain in Day Two. Slovenia will take on Brazil.

Taiwan: Lin Yu-Chih 17, Chang Chi-Fang 11+5 boards, Wei Yu-Chun 10, Wang Wei-Lin 10
Slovenia: Tjasa Gortnar 23+14 boards, Nika Baric 12+6 boards, Nina Gabrovsek 11


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  SPAIN - Women  


Joventut Mariana brings in Carolyn Swords - by Eurobasket News
Carolyn Swords (198-C-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Boston Coll.) is a new member of Joventut Mariana. The American center penned a one-year deal with her new club. She currently plays in the WNBA as a member of Chicago Sky. For 13 games so far Swords averaged 2.2 points and 1.4 rebounds. It is her first professional season. Carolyn Swords graduated few months ago at the Boston College. For 33 games as a senior, Swords averaged 17.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. She was named All-ACC 1st Team -10, 11. In 2009/10 season she had 14.4 ppg, 9.1 rpg and 1.4 bpg. In 2009, Swords was awarded with All-ACC 2nd Team. It is important to mention that she was ACC All-Academic Team in 2008 and 2009.

U19 Brazil hands 71-64 loss to U19 Spain - by Eurobasket News
U19 BRAZIL - U19 SPAIN 71-64

Brazil did a great job in Day One of the FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. They handed 71-64 loss to Spain for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group D. Also in Day One, Taiwan outplayed Slovenia 83-73. Three best teams from this pool will advance to the next stage. Damiris Dantas (192-C-92) stepped up for Brazil with double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds. Carina Martins (172-G-92) had 14 points and 5 boards, while Thamara Silva (187-C-94) added 10 points. In defeat, Queralt Casas (180-G-92) collected 16 points and 8 rebounds. Their second scorer was Mariona Ortiz (183-F-92) with 13 pts, while Laura Gil (190-C-92, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 8 points and 9 boards. Quarters: 15-18, 20-15, 23-15, 13-16. Brazil will meet Slovenia in the next game. Spain will play against Taiwan.

Brazil: Damiris Dantas 19+13 boards, Carina Martins 14+5 boards, Thamara Silva 10
Spain: Queralt Casas 16+8 boards, Mariona Ortiz 13, Laura Gil 8+9 boards


Girona adds Angel Robinson - by Eurobasket News
Angel Robinson (172-G-89, college: Marquette) will continue her career in Spain. The American guard was close to Turkish Ceyhan, but at the end she penned a one-year deal with Girona. She supposed to play in the WNBA this season, but didnt make it as a member of the Minnesota Lynx. Deal with Girona is the first professional for Robinson. She graduated at the Marquette University few months ago. For 33 games as a senior Robinson had 13.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 4.8 apg and 2.4 spg. She was selected as 22nd overall pick at the WNBA Draft 2011. However, she did not get a deal with the Liberty. This year Robinson was named All-Big East 1st Team -11. In 2009 and 2010, she was awarded with All-Big East Conference 2nd Team. Angel Robinson paced Marquette to NIT title in 2008.
The team also signed Noemi Jordana (173-G-80) recently. In 2004-2005 the Spanish Guard played for Ros Casares Valencia (LFB) and in Euroleague debuted with 3.1ppg, 0.8rpg, 1.8apg, 0.4spg, 0.2bpg. In Spanish League after 37 games her stats read 5.9ppg, 1.2rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 48.8%, 3FGP: 37.0%. In 2005-2006 for Ros Casares Valencia (LFB) she improved to 6.5ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 21.4%, 3FGP: 35.7%, FT: 75% in EuroLeague and in Spanish League after 26 games showed 9.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 50.5%, 3PT: 36.5%, FT: 63.2%. After another season with the Spanish titan, she moved to Set 96 C.B. Olesa (LFB, starting five) and averaged 7.3ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.2apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 37.1%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT: 69.4%. The last two seasons Noemi Jordana played for Real Club Celta Vigo Urban (LFB, starting five) and in the last one had 10.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 36.6%, FT: 65.8%. She recorded 20 points against Navarra. It was the opening game of LFB 2010/11 season and Vigo had no troubles to beat Navarra as a guest. Egle Stakneviciene and Noemi Jordana stepped up for the winners with 20 points each. The home side got 11 points from Kaayla Chones.
The new member of Girona is also Canadian National Team guard Shona Thorburn (178-G-82, college: Utah). They penned a deal for 2011/12 season. Thorburn arrives to Girona from another Spanish team - Palacio de Congresos de Ibiza. She played 25 times in LFB last season collecting 11.7 ppg, 6 rpg, 3.1 apg and 1.9 spg. Eurobasket named Thorburn All-Spanish LFB 3rd Team -11. Season 2009/10, Shona Thorburn spent with C.B. Olesa Espanyol. She had 6.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg and 2.3 apg for 26 LFB games. Season before that she split between Bnot Raanana Hasharon and Baloncesto Feve San Jose Leon. In the past, Thorburn also played for EBE Promociones P.D.V. Santa Eulalia and University of Utah. She is active member of the Canadian National Team.


Caja Rural Zamarat adds forward Joy Cheek - by Eurobasket News
Caja Rural Zamarat announced signing of a one-year deal with American forward Joy Cheek (185-F-88, college: Duke). She arrives to the club from the WNBA team Washington Mystics. Cheek joined them in June, but she has very limited playing time. She started the season with Indiana Fever averaging 2.5 points. Joy Cheek spent last season with the Polish team Super-Pol Leszno. She had 13.3 ppg and 7.8 rpg for 28 games in PLKK.
Yesterday, Caja Rural Zamarat penned a one-year contract extension with Laura Gimeno (193-F/C-87). She joined the club in 2006 from Mann Filter Zaragoza. The PF/C 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.


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  SWEDEN - Women  


Umea Comets land Canadian Devan Lisson - by Eurobasket News
Devan Lisson (183-G-88) will start her professional career in Sweden. The Canadian guard penned a one-year deal with Umea Comets. The club announced her signing yesterday. Lisson graduated few months ago at the University of British Columbia. She had 9.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.7 apg and 2 apg in 24 games as a senior. In 2009/10, Lisson collected 8.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 3.1 apg for 18 games. Devan Lisson played for the Canadian U21, U20, U19 and U18 National Team in the past. With U21 Canada she had 1.1 pgp for 8 games at the World Championships U21 in Moscow Region.
Umea Comets also signed a deal with Jessica Nilsson (184-F-89) this week. Nilsson arrives to Umea from Solna Vikings, where she spent last two seasons. She had 10.4 ppg and 4.9 rpg in the latest one. The Vikings reached Damligan Semifinals and Nilsson was named Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Damligan Honorable Mention -11. In 2009/10, Jessica Nilsson had 4.7 ppg and 4.4 rpg. Before that, she was a member of Sundsvall Saints and KFUM Blackeberg. Jessica Nilsson is active member of the Swedish National Team. She also played for U20 Sweden in the past. Nilsson had 6.1 ppg and 5.4 rpg at the European Championships U20 in Gdynia (Poland) -09.


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  TAIWAN - Women  


U19 Taiwan surprises U19 Slovenia in Chile, 83-73 - by Eurobasket News
U19 TAIWAN - U19 SLOVENIA 83-73

Taiwan made a surprise in Day One of the FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. They handed 83-73 loss to Slovenia for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group D. Participants of the same pool are also Brazil and Spain. Three best teams from this group will advance to the next stage. Lin Yu-Chih (94) shined for the winners with 17 points. Chang Chi-Fang (174-G-93) had 11 points and 5 rebounds, while Wei Yu-Chun (176-G-92) and Wang Wei-Lin (93) added 10 points each. In the loosing squad, Tjasa Gortnar (187-C-92) collected 23 points and 14 rebounds. Nika Baric (169-PG-92) had 12 pts and 6 rebs, while Nina Gabrovsek (168-PG-94) added 11 pts. Quarters: 20-17, 18-12, 25-22, 20-22. Taiwan will meet Spain in Day Two. Slovenia will take on Brazil.

Taiwan: Lin Yu-Chih 17, Chang Chi-Fang 11+5 boards, Wei Yu-Chun 10, Wang Wei-Lin 10
Slovenia: Tjasa Gortnar 23+14 boards, Nika Baric 12+6 boards, Nina Gabrovsek 11


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  WNBA - Women  


Standings
WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Indiana F. 11-6 
 2. Connecticut S. 9-5 
 3. New York L. 9-7 
 4. Chicago S. 8-9 
 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 9-5 
 4. Seattle S. 8-7 
 5. L.Angeles S. 6-8 
 6. Tulsa S. 1-14 


Sky waive second-round draft pick Bjorklund - by Eurobasket News
Chicago Sky Head Coach and General Manager Pokey Chatman announced today that guard/forward Angie Bjorklund (6'0''-G/F-89, college: Tennessee) has been waived from the team.

Bjorklund, a 6-0 standout from the University of Tennessee, was selected 17th overall in the 2011 WNBA Draft. She played in seven games for the Sky this season averaging 1.1 points in 6.1 minutes of play.

The Sky, 8-9 at the midway point of its summer schedule, plays its next regular season game on Tuesday, July 26 at Allstate Arena versus the Connecticut Sun. The Sky is 2-1 versus the Sun this season.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Storm stops Silver Stars and losing streak, 73-55 - by Eurobasket News
The whistle was blowing at KeyArena on Thursday.

The designated sound effect after Le'Coe Willingham (6'0''-C-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn) scores, it seemed to call the entire Storm team to work in defeating San Antonio 73-55 before 6,922 at KeyArena. The Storm avoided its first four-game losing streak since 2005 and kept the Silver Stars (9-5) from securing the best start in franchise history.

'That's the kind of basketball that we want to play right there,' said Storm guard Tanisha Wright (5'11''-G-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Penn St.), who led all scorers with 17 points. 'I don't know any way else to put it.'

Willingham, who had seven points in a reserve role, helped Seattle (8-7) match up better with San Antonio's bench. Last week, the Silver Stars' reserves outscored the Storm's 47-13 in a three-point San Antonio win. Thursday night, the bench scoring was even, 23-23.

Storm coach Brian Agler got his team motivated after its recent 0-3 trip, when Seattle gave three opponents an average of 21.3 points off turnovers and was trampled inside.

The trip ended Tuesday, leaving the Storm no practice time to work out the kinks just the Silver Stars.The first quarter ended with the Storm making six of seven free throws to build a 19-14 lead. Seattle added to the lead, taking a 38-22 lead into halftime.

Willingham, who was scoreless in the team's previous two games, got six points off the bench in the second quarter. She was replaced in the starting lineup for a second consecutive game by center Ashley Robinson (6'4''-C-82, college: Tennessee).

'It had a lot to do with Brian calling me out and the post players out, telling us we need to get in there and fight for position and ask for the ball,' said Willingham, who helped Seattle outscore San Antonio 30-20 inside. 'My teammates saw me and I finally got (the shots) to go down. We're at our best when we play inside-out, so we made an effort as a team to sprint down and seal and keep sealing.'

And as a final reminder, Wright said the Storm's starting five stressed the need for that same effort to begin the second half. Seattle whipped out a 17-8 run to open the third quarter and put the game out of reach.

Wright made a steal and dish to guard Sue Bird for a three-pointer and another steal that led to her own layin on the opening plays of the second half. Wright finished with 11 points and three steals in the third quarter.

'We knew we could play much better than when we played down there,' Wright said of the 69-66 loss to San Antonio last week.

Storm players regarded the matchup as a must-win game, given its 2-5 record on the road. The Storm is a Western Conference-best 6-1 at home heading into the midseason break.

Bird, Swin Cash and the coaching staff departed Thursday on a red-eye flight to participate in the All-Star Game Saturday in San Antonio. The team regroups in Phoenix on Sunday for the start of another three-game trip.

WNBA games resume on Tuesday.

'This was an important game for us and I'm glad we addressed it that way,' Agler said.

Courtesy of http://seattletimes.nwsource.com


Davenport lifts Fever past Sky, 77-63 - by Eurobasket News
Reserve center Jessica Davenport (6'5''-C-85, college: Ohio St.) scored 20 points to lead the Indiana Fever in a 77-63 victory over the Chicago Sky on Thursday night.

Tamika Catchings had 13 points and Tangela Smith (6'4''-F/C-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Iowa) added 10 for the Fever (11-6), who snapped a three-game skid and moved one-half game ahead of Connecticut for first place in the Eastern Conference. Katie Douglas added nine points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) scored 21 points, Erin Thorn had 15 and Epiphanny Prince added 12 for the Sky (8-9).

The Fever ended the first half on an 8-2 run to take a 41-27 lead. Catchings and Davenport each scored seven points in the third quarter to help Indiana extend the advantage to 61-43.

Smith scored back-to-back 3-pointers midway through the fourth to move ahead 73-53.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


San Antonio's Dan Hughes to join Western Conference All-Star coaching staff - by Eurobasket News
San Antonio Silver Stars' general manager and head coach Dan Hughes will serve as an assistant coach under the Seattle Storm's Brian Agler, who will lead the Western Conference, during the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game presented by adidas, the league announced today. Hughes will replace Storm assistant coach Nancy Darsch, who will be tending to a family matter.

There are strong ties that connect Hughes and Agler dating back several years. After serving as head coach of the Minnesota Lynx and as an assistant with the Phoenix Mercury, Agler signed on as assistant coach with the Silver Stars under Hughes' direction, spending three seasons (2005-07) on the Silver Stars bench. In 2007, Agler helped to guide the Silver Stars to its most successful season in San Antonio at the time, 20-14.

The 2011 WNBA All-Star Game presented by adidas will be nationally broadcast on ABC, Saturday, July 23 at 3:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. CT) from San Antonio. It is the first time the San Antonio Silver Stars are hosting the WNBA's midseason showcase.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Shock releases Marion Jones - by Eurobasket News
Marion Jones (5'10''-G-75, college: N.Carolina), perhaps the Tulsa Shocks most recognized player during its two-year history, was released from the team Thursday.

The 35-year-old reserve guard was waived to make room on the 11-player roster for former Oklahoma standout Abi Olajuwon.

Jones appeared in 47 games during the past two seasons, but only averaged 8.6 minutes per contest. Her playing time was limited even more this season, and she was only averaging 0.7 points and 0.4 rebounds a game.

'I want to thank the Tulsa Shock, Coach (Nolan) Richardson, the WNBA and my tremendous teammates for providing me the opportunity to fulfill a dream, and a platform to demonstrate to people, especially our youth, that if you have faith, life is full of second chances, Jones said in a statement. I love the game and welcome another opportunity to contribute to women's professional basketball.'

Jones made news in March 2010 when she signed a free agent contact with the Shock. The former track star was stripped of five medals won during the 2000 Sydney Olympics for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. She also served a six-month prison sentence in 2008 for lying to federal prosecutors.

On the basketball court, the former North Carolina star never made an impact. She didnt top 14 points in a game, but a late-season surge in 2010 seemed to impress former coach Nolan Richardson. Richardson signed Jones to a multi-year contract last February.

Jones roster spot has been taken by Olajuwon, who played at OU from 2006 to 2010. The daughter of former Houston Rockets star Hakeem Olajuwon, she averaged 10.6 points and 7.3 rebounds a game in her senior season when the Sooners advanced to the Final Four.

We need more size and I think thats what she brings defense and rebounding ability that we are currently lacking, Shock interim coach Teresa Edwards said.

Olajuwon was a third-round pick by Chicago in the 2010 WNBA Draft and averaged five minutes a game in six appearances for the Sky that season.

Olajuwon played for the Indiana Fever for one exhibition game this season. She is expected to make her debut Tuesday against the visiting Atlanta Dream, which also features former Sooners star Courtney Paris.

Courtesy of www.tulsaworld.com


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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19 - Women  


Italy U19 had a good debut (74-56) vs Egypt - by Carlo Grilli
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PUERTO MONTT (CHILE) Italy U19 made a good start in qualifying round overcoming Egypt 74-56, with four players (Dotto, Masoni, Cigliani and Maffenini) scoring in double digit. Today a tough match for the Azzurrine vs China.

Boxscore:
Italy-Egypt 74-56 (26-9; 39-23; 59-44)

ITALY: Dotto 15 (3/6, 3/6), Carangelo 6 (0/1, 2/4),
Chiara Zanin 182-C-92 Sernavimar Marghera Italy
5 (/5, 1/2), Zanus Fortes, Maffenini 10 (5/9, 0/2), Pertile 1 (0/6),
Irene Cigliani 177-F-92 Vis Basket Cervia Italy
11 (1/2, 3/12), Masoni 12 (6/9, 0/2), Diene (0/1, 0/1),
Alessandra Formica 174-G-93 Umana Reyer Venezia Italy
10 (4/6, 0/2), Di Costanzo (0/1), Di Donato 2 (1/2, 0/1).
EGYPT: Ragab 5, Moussa, Gamal, Atet, Masoud 4, Ossama 8, Amir 1, Temsahi, Emara 6, Afify,
Hagar Amer 184-F-93 Alexandra Sporting Club Egypt
22, Elshaarawy 9.

Day-1 results:
Italy-Egypt 74-56; Canada-China 76-49

Standings:
Italy, Canada 2; China, Egypt 0.

Schedule for July, 22th:
h. 9.00 Canada-Egypt
h. 11.15 Italy-China



Day One in Chile - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Italy - Egypt 74-56
Italy shined in Day One of the U19 World Championship in Chile. They cruised past Egypt 74-56 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Participants of this pool are also Canada and China. Italy took control on Egypt from the early beginning and never looked back after that. Francesca Dotto (189-C-93) top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Marta Masoni (184-F-93) had 12 points and 5 rebounds, while Irene Cigliani (177-F-92) added 11 pts. In Egypt, Hagar Amer (184-F-93) was way better than the others with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Hala Elshaarawy (181-F-93) added 9 points and 10 boards. Quarters: 26-9, 14-14, 19-21, 15-12. In Day Two of the competition, Italy will meet China, while Egypt will play against Canada.

Canada - China 76-49
Canada had a joyful Day One in Chile. They opened U19 World Championship with huge 76-49 win against China. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group A together with Italy and Egypt. Nirra Fields (178-PG-93) was the leading player in victory with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Diana Lee (170-G-92) scored 13 and Michelle Plouffe (193-C-92) helped with 12 points, plus 7 boards. In the loosing squad, Liang Jiamei (183-F-92) responded with 12 points. Their second scorer was Yang LiWei (175-G-95) with 11 pts. Quarters: 23-6, 18-10, 24-19, 11-14. In Day Two of the competition Canada will meet Egypt. On the other side, China will take on Italy.

Group B
USA - Japan 85-63
USA had no troubles to beat Japan in Day One of the U19 World Championship in Chile. USA registered 85-63 win for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group B. Participants of the same pool are also Russia and Argentina. USA made 25-17 lead in the first quarter and jumped to 48-31 until the halftime. All after that was just the formality and USA registered an easy win. Their top scorer was Bria Hartley (5'10''-G-92) with 18 points. Breanna Stewart (6'3''-F-94) had double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds, while Stefanie Dolson (6'5''-C-92) added 13 points and 5 rebs. In Japan, Sanae Motokawa (5'9''-F-92) shined with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Chikae Uchino (5'9''-F-93) followed her with 15 pts. Quarters: 25-17, 23-14, 16-20, 21-12. In Day Two, USA will meet Russia. Japan will take on Argentina.

Argentina - Russia 51-70
Russia demonstrated excellent performance in Day One of the U19 World Championship in Chile. They handed 70-51 loss to Argentina for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group B. Russia opened the game with 7-14 lead and continued with 10-23 until the breather. Argentina drastically improved after the breather and won third period 23-9. However, Russia didn't panic and they had wonderful last ten minutes of this meeting. They made 11-24 in Q4 for the final 51-70 victory. Yulia Poluyanova (187-F-92) stepped up for Russia with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Ksenia Tikhonenko (174-G-93, agency: RIZO) secured a nice help with 18 points and 10 boards, while Anastasia Maksimova (182-F-92) added 10 pts and 5 rebs. In Argentina, Melisa Gretter (167-PG-93) delivered 17 points. Their second scorer was Rocio Diaz (170-G-93) with 13 pts. In Day Two, Russia will meet USA. Argentina will play against Japan.
Group C
France - Chile 59-36
France demonstrated their power in Day One of the U19 World Championship. They blasted the host of this event 59-36 for 1-0 score in Preliminary Group C. Both teams will advance to the next stage for sure as Nigeria didn't appear at this event. Third participant of Group C is Australia. Valeriane Ayayi (184-F-94) came up with 15 points and 5 rebounds for France. Helena Akmouche (174-G-92) had 13 points and Agathe Degorces (170-G-92) added 7 pts, plus 5 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Barbara Cousino (178-F-96) delivered 13 points. Fernanda Serrano (173-G-92) stopped to 6. Quarters: 22-4, 8-10, 16-8, 13-14. France will have a day-off now. Chile will meet Australia.

Australia - NIgeria 20-0

Group D
Brazil - Spain 71-64
Brazil did a great job in Day One of the FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. They handed 71-64 loss to Spain for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group D. Also in Day One, Taiwan outplayed Slovenia 83-73. Three best teams from this pool will advance to the next stage. Damiris Dantas (192-C-92) stepped up for Brazil with double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds. Carina Martins (172-G-92) had 14 points and 5 boards, while Thamara Silva (187-C-94) added 10 points. In defeat, Queralt Casas (180-G-92) collected 16 points and 8 rebounds. Their second scorer was Mariona Ortiz (183-F-92) with 13 pts, while Laura Gil (190-C-92, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 8 points and 9 boards. Quarters: 15-18, 20-15, 23-15, 13-16. Brazil will meet Slovenia in the next game. Spain will play against Taiwan.

Taiwan - Slovenia 83-73
Taiwan made a surprise in Day One of the FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. They handed 83-73 loss to Slovenia for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group D. Participants of the same pool are also Brazil and Spain. Three best teams from this group will advance to the next stage. Lin Yu-Chih (94) shined for the winners with 17 points. Chang Chi-Fang (174-G-93) had 11 points and 5 rebounds, while Wei Yu-Chun (176-G-92) and Wang Wei-Lin (93) added 10 points each. In the loosing squad, Tjasa Gortnar (187-C-92) collected 23 points and 14 rebounds. Nika Baric (169-PG-92) had 12 pts and 6 rebs, while Nina Gabrovsek (168-PG-94) added 11 pts. Quarters: 20-17, 18-12, 25-22, 20-22. Taiwan will meet Spain in Day Two. Slovenia will take on Brazil.


Nigeria absence brings field down to 15 - by Eurobasket News
Courtesy of FIBA

The field of teams competing at the FIBA U19 World Championship for Women will consist of 15 countries instead of 16 after Nigeria did not turn up in Puerto Montt, Chile, on Wednesday.

Nigeria had been drawn in Group C of the Preliminary Round and their opponents included Australia, hosts Chile and France.

All three teams will now get byes following the Nigerians' forfeit.

Nigeria had secured the second of two tickets to represent Africa in Chile by virtue of finishing second behind hosts Egypt at last year's FIBA Africa U18 Championship for Women in Cairo.

The 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women gets underway on Thursday.

Nigeria's absence means that all Preliminary Round games scheduled to tip off at 9am local time will instead take place during the slot vacated.

Therefore, Italy will face Egypt at 8.15pm in Puerto Varas on Thursday.

On Friday, the Egyptians square off against Canada at 6pm in Puerto Varas.

Japan and Russia will go head to head at 6.45pm in Puerto Montt on Saturday.

Courtesy of FIBA


Standings (Women)
Standings
Group A
1. Italy2-0
2. Canada1-0
3. Egypt0-1
4. China0-2
Group B
1. Russia1-0
2. USA1-0
3. Argentina0-1
4. Japan0-1
Group C
1. France2-0
2. Australia1-0
3. Chile0-1
4. Nigeria0-2
Group D
1. Brazil1-0
2. Taiwan1-0
3. Spain0-1
4. Slovenia0-1


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Tjasa GORTNAR
  (187-C-92)
  Avg: 23
 1. Gortnar, SLO23.0 
 2. Amer, EGY22.0 
 3. Fields, CAN22.0 
 4. Poluyanova, RUS21.0 
 5. Motokawa, JPN20.0 
 6. Dantas, BRA19.0 
 7. Hartley, USA18.0 
 8. Tikhonenko, RUS18.0 
 9. Lin, TAI17.0 
 10. Gretter, ARG17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tjasa GORTNAR
  (187-C-92)
  Avg: 14
 1. Gortnar, SLO14.0 
 2. Stewart, USA13.0 
 3. Dantas, BRA13.0 
 4. Amer, EGY11.0 
 5. Elshaarawy, EGY10.0 
 6. Tikhonenko, RUS10.0 
 7. Fields, CAN9.0 
 8. Gil, ESP9.0 
 9. Casas, ESP8.0 
 10. Barba, FRA8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ariel MASSENGALE
  (168-PG-93)
  Avg: 5
 1. Massengale, USA5.0 
 2. Stolyar, RUS4.0 
 3. Hartley, USA4.0 
 4. Deshields, USA4.0 
 5. Gretter, ARG3.0 
 6. Pasynkova, RUS3.0 
 7. Bouzenna, FRA3.0 
 8. Takada, JPN3.0 
 9. Martins, BRA3.0 
 10. Baric, SLO3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Sara MASSOUD
  (174-G-92)
  Avg: 4
 1. Massoud, EGY4.0 
 2. Osama, EGY4.0 
 3. Hartley, USA4.0 
 4. Kubynina, RUS4.0 
 5. Carangelo, ITA3.5 
 6. Degorces, FRA3.0 
 7. Plouffe, CAN3.0 
 8. Coelho, BRA3.0 
 9. Sancisi, ARG3.0 
 10. Fields, CAN3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Hala ELSHAARAWY
  (181-F-93)
  Avg: 3
 1. Elshaarawy, EGY3.0 
 2. Roche, FRA2.0 
 3. Stewart, USA2.0 
 4. Dantas, BRA2.0 
 5. Ndour, ESP2.0 
 6. Yu, CHN1.5 
 7. Grossemy, FRA1.0 
 8. Macura, SLO1.0 
 9. Maksimova, RUS1.0 
 10. Djaldi-Tabdi, FRA1.0