EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/27/2011

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  ABA   


Missouri Rhythm announces new head coach - by Gianni Pascucci
The ABA Missouri Rhythm announced that Donald Lee has been appointed Head Coach of the team. Coach Lee brings over 30 years of coaching and officiating experience; he is the Founder/Vice President and mentor of the KC Youth Sports, Inc and has served as a board member of the YMCA sports community.
'Coach Lee fits in with both the ABA model and the mission statement of the Missouri Rhythm,' stated team owner Bryant Tucker Sr.. 'The community service interaction in which the coach has been involved will serve as a tremendous building block with the athletes on the team and I also believe that with his knowledge and experience in sports and the community, the Rhythm will move forward very well.'
'We will move forward and make progress in Kansas City, following the ABA model and mission,' added Coach Lee. 'It is hard to see where failure will be an option...it will take some work, and we have a strong team of people ready todo that..we are going to make a big splash this season.'
For more information, email kcsz890@gmail.com or call 816 872 6622


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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Chad names coach and team for African Championships - by Kristian Santiago
Newcomers Chad named French Patrick Maucouvert to coach the national-team that will be playing in the African Championships this year in Madagascar.
Also, the preliminary roster has been released with a few question marks behind some of the players like Dounia Issa (198-F-81) (French National Team) and Russell Robinson (185-G-86) (U.S. player).

Chad Preliminary Roster:

Jacques Alingue (201-F-88) (Souffelweyersheim)

Makka Garba (201-F-88) (Virginia Union)
Pina Guillaume (205-C) (Blinn JC)
Ali Djim (206-C) (Bowie State)
Russell Robinson (Badalona)
Dounia Issa (Gravelines)
Sylvain Baykam (198-C-82) Kang-Irang (Bayonne)
Elysee Djimrassem
Ronald Kolmia
Theodore Mbaiarsi
Bienvenu Djimassal
Lebtoloum Ahidjo
Abderamane Mbaindiguim
Asnal Noubaramadji
Mickael Koibe
Dillah Mbairessem
Mario Ngadi
Sale Ousmane
Richard Moguena
Ngarasde Djimtoide




Charles Ramsdell suits up for Madagascar - by Kristian Santiago
U.S. American forward Charles Ramsdell (208-F/C-85, agency: Court Side, college: Tulsa) will be playing for Madagascar in the Indian Ocean Island Games (JIOI) in the Seychelles and probably also in the upcoming African Chmapionships.
Other foreign-based players included are : Charles Rabekoto (1,85m) who plays in Mayotte, Eric Rakotondrasolo (1,78m) from CEP Lorient Vannes (Nationale 3 in France)and Herizo Andrianiainason (1,94m) from Esperance de Bourg-la-Reine (Ligue Regionale in France).
Other players in the diaspora that may join the team for the African Championships are Axel Ramandimbisoa (84) (2,02m) of Esperance Bourg La Reine (Ligue Regionale in France) and Mayngani Amy M'Boma (199-F/G-83) from ASA Sceaux (Nationale 2 in France).
Ramsdell replaces the initially selected Nik Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) in the roster as the team needs a post player due to the lack of size.




Central Africans in training camp in Lille - by Kristian Santiago
The Central African Republic, which is coached by Francisco 'Paco' Garcia (agency: Interperformances ), are currently in France and are preparing for the African Championships in Madagascar in August.
On Thursday, the team is supposed to test against the Ivory Coast in Lille. It will be interesting to see, if the Elephants are going to play, as their federation has been dismantled by the ministry of sports recently.

The team ('Les Fauves') consists of the following players:

Benjamin M'Boli (199-F-88)
Jerry Follot (Mid-Continent University, USA,F, 2,00m)
Salissou Kabara (198-F)
Antonio Kouloumba (Tresses, France,G, 1,82m)
Clarence Juillet (198-C-83, college: Ky Wesleyan)
Neil Wilfried Londoumon (190-F-93)
Bertrand Mbakoutou (202-C-93)
Junior Madozein (188-G-87)
Martial Gotagni (190-F-79)
Max Kouguere (198-F-87)
Lionel Bomayako (196-G-78, agency: Court Side, college: Fairleigh Dickinson)
Guy Joseph Kodjo-Sitchi (191-F-85)
William Kossangue-Toro (198-F-86)
Michael Mokongo (180-PG-86)
Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier)
Yannick Zachee (194-F-86)

A nice video about the ongoing preparations can be watched here:
http://www.wat.tv/video/entrainement-fauves-centrafrique-3x0gz_3l6ux_.html


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  AUSTRALIA   


QBL Round 12 Player of the Week - by Eurobasket News
QBL Men - James Legan (190-G-87, agency: Court Side, college: E.Carolina)

For the second time this season the Player of the Week Award is heading up the mountain with James Legan again being the recipient. Legan was at his point scoring best in Round 12 guiding the under strength Mountaineers to emphatic victories over Caboolture and Bundaberg. With the Mountaineers only having six players for their match with the Suns, Legan produced the goods recording 39 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals to help Toowoomba recover from an 8 point half time deficit to post a 98-81 win. The following day Legan was in even better touch against the Bulls registering a season high 45 points, to lead the Mountaineers to a 94-89 upset victory. Legan has made a major impact in his first year in the QBL averaging a second in League 27.2ppg, while playing a significant role in transforming the Mountaineers from League strugglers to a genuine danger team, who if results go in their favour could make an appearance in this years finals.

Legans Court Side bio describes him as a native of Houston, Texas, who has a great outside stroke and deep range. He combines a quick and accurate release with range beyond the NBA 3-point line. He was a top junior college recruit out of Texas' Lon Morris Community College and in his two years at East Carolina University, he showed on quite a few occasions the ability to get red-hot from 3-pointland. In his 60 NCAA appearances, Legan made at least 3 3-pointers in a game, 22 times and was the second best 3-point shooter in Conference USA in the 2008/09 season, shooting 40.6% from behind the arc.

Court Side also commented With his deep range, Legan can also score off the dribble, excelling at the midrange pull-up jumper. He had a positive assist-to-turnover ratio in each of his two seasons at East Carolina.

Legan was not forced to do it alone in Round 12, with fellow import Rashad Chase also having an exceptional weekend for the Mountaineers averaging 26.5ppg, 19.5rpg, 2.5apg and 6.5spg across the two games. Other huge performance around the League came from Daniel Egan who had 21 points and 9 rebounds for the Heat as they accounted for the travelling Marlins 70-65. Rhys Martin had 29 points and 7 rebounds in Mackays 5 point win over Cairns, while Matthew Adekponya was good for the Marlins in the loss with 20 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Mitchell Pleysier had a career best game for the Suns in their loss to the Mountaineers with 37 points @ 65.4%, 14 rebounds and 2 assists. Brad Williamson (21 points, 6 rebounds & 6 assists) and Ryan Stolberg (19 points & 11 rebounds) combined to help the Force end their three game losing streak with a 92-80 win over the Bulls. Willie Shackleford was enormous for the Bulls in their two losses averaging 26ppg and 17ppg, while Matt Hanson provided him with plenty of support averaging 25.5ppg. Stephen Weigh was strong for the Rockets in their win over the Power finishing the match with 30 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists, while Keith Borgan was the standout for the Power with 29 points and 7 assists. David Gurney continued his good form with 24 points and 11 rebounds in the Rollers important victory of the Capitals, with veteran Scott McGregor also playing a crucial role in the win with 17 points and 19 rebounds. Brendan Teys inspired the Pirates to their third victory of the year with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists against the Clippers. For Maroochydore 17 year old Cameron Juillerat was a shining light with 17 points and 3 rebounds in the loss.
Courtesy of QBL




SEABL: Week 16 resuls - by Eurobasket News
FRIDAY 22nd JULY

HOBART 82 (Dilligard 24, Nelson 15)

def

GEELONG 75 (Pichon 27, Herbert 15)


Chargers produced a 22-15 final quarter to seal the victory after trailing for a majority of the match. Dilligard and Stewart combined for 15 of the teams 22 fourth quarter points as the Supercats offence dried up due to poor shot selection and an improved pressure defence by Hobart.

MVP Greg Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) (Hobart)

MT GAMBIER 86 (Burdon 27, Webster 20, Jeffree 20)

def

CANBERRA 78 (Jeffers 29, Mesan 12)

Despite arriving in Mt Gambier 1hr prior to tip-off due to flight issues, the Gunners started the game at a blistering pace to lead 49-45 at half time. The Pioneers outscored the Gunners by 11pts to snatch the lead and went on to secure the win despite a mini comeback early in the fourth by Canberra

MVP Erik Burdon (189-PG-85) (Mt Gambier)

SATURDAY 23rd JULY

BRISBANE 89 (Ammar 24, Cannan 17)

Lost to

SANDRINGHAM 93 (Asumnu 22, Wilcher 19)

The Sabres led by 8pts with 5mins to go in the game and looked to be in full control until Spartans youngster Ammar caught fire from behind the arc to bridge the gap to 2pts with only secs remaining. Sandringham was able to seal the win from the foul line, as Brisbane fouled to stop the clock.

MVP Stanley Asumnu (195-G/F-82, college: Tennessee) (Sandringham)

NW TASMANIA 74 (Gary 27, Gaff 22)

Lost to

GEELONG 93 (Muhammad 32, Pichon 22)


Supercats produced a brilliant offensive game, shooting at 51% from the field and dominating inside the paint. NW Tasmania played without Simanic and Simpson, therefore relying heavily on Gary and Gaff to keep the scoreboard ticking. The two Thunder imports played hard all game but were unable to counter the impressive Supercats line-up.

MVP Ismail Muhammad (198-F-83, college: Georgia Tech) (Geelong)

BALLARAT 89 (Prior 25, Harris 15)

def

CANBERRA 55 (Lacey 14, Miller 13)


Having endured another day of flight delays the Gunners arrived at Ballarat tired and lethargic. Canberra struggled offensively, scoring 8pts in the first five mins and allowed the Miners to shoot 35pts for the first quarter.

MVP Jared Prior (Ballarat)

KNOX 81 (Massingale 32, Strong 18)

Lost to

DANDENONG 93 (Harms 26, Jura 20)


Dandenong led for all but 6mins of the game as guards Harms and Jura dominated, shooting a combined 46pts@48%. Mick Hills defensive presence was missed by the Raiders after he fouled out early in the second quarter. This enabled Rangers import Jura to open up and he delivered with one of his best performances of the year.

MVP Lester Strong (Knox)

ALBURY/WODONGA 63 (Gabbidon 22, Briglia 16)

def

FRANKSTON 88 (Quaintance 22, Chapman 19)


The Bandits went scoreless for the last 6mins of the first term and enabled Frankston to open up a 19-7 lead. Frankston crashed the offensive glass hard all night, collecting 22 offensive rebounds and scoring 16 second chance points. Albury/Wodonga struggled all game without leading rebounder Ed Morris.

MVP Haminn Quaintance (201-F-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Kent St.) (Frankston)

KILSYTH 81 (Malvik 30, McMillan 18)

def

BENDIGO 72 (Meyer 18, McFarlin 17)


Kilsyth have proved that although they are still fighting for a finals position, they have the potential to cause havoc in the playoffs with a great victory over ladder leaders Bendigo. Cobras import guard Zach Malvik (192-G-84, agency: Hoops Ambassadors, college: Winona St.) was outstanding, scoring 30pts@69%. Kilsyth only led for 10mins of the game, but grabbed the led early in the final term and sealed the victory with a seven point surge late in the game.

MVP Zach Malvik (Kilsyth)

SUNDAY 24th JULY

DANDENONG 68 (Harms 15, Fitzgerald 12, Jois 12)

Lost to

CANBERRA 74 (Jeffers 24, Mesman 17)


Despite playing their third game in three days, the Gunners were able to secure the unlikely victory thanks largely to the efforts of Mesman and game MVP Kyle Jeffers (206-C-85, college: Oregon St.). Canberra started sluggishly, but found their groove in the final term as they outscored the Rangers 27-14 to snatch victory, despite trailing by 7pts at three quarter time..

MVP Kyle Jeffers (Canberra)

NUNAWADING 82 (McDonald 20, Conn 19)

def

KNOX 72 (Massingale 18, Strong 14)


Nunawading took a quarter to get going against the Raiders, but they found their touch in the second and third to out power the Raiders. Nunawading led by 1pt after the first ten minutes but outscored the Raiders 43-28 to gain control of the match. Guards McDonald and Kendall combined for 33pts, proving that the Spectres dont just rely on the inside dominance of Conn, Cameron and Williams.

MVP Shane McDonald (187-G-85, college: Nova SE) (Nunawading)
Courtesy of: seabl.com.au


Standings - ABA
ABA Standings
Big V
 1. Eltham W. 15-5 
 2. Waverley F. 13-6 
 3. Sherbrooke S. 13-7 
 4. Ringwood H. 11-9 
 5. Bulleen B. 11-9 
 6. Hume City 6-14 
 7. Melbourne 6-14 
 8. Diamond V.E. 4-15 
Central ABL
 1. Norwood F. 12-3 
 2. Forestville E. 12-4 
 3. W.Adelaide B. 11-5 
 4. Sturt S. 10-6 
 5. N.Adelaide R. 9-7 
 6. S.Adelaide P. 7-9 
 7. Woodville W. 7-9 
 8. C.District L. 5-10 
 9. Eastern M. 4-12 
 10. South.Tigers 2-14 
QBL
 1. Townsville H. 13-3 
 2. Mackay M. 13-3 
 3. Gold Coast R. 12-3 
 4. Rockhampton 10-4 
 5. Brisbane C. 10-6 
 6. Northside W. 9-5 
 7. Cairns M. 9-8 
 8. Ipswich F. 8-7 
 9. Bundaberg B. 7-9 
 10. Gladstone P. 5-10 
 11. Toowoomba 4-10 
 12. SW Metro P. 3-12 
 13. Maroochydore 2-12 
 14. Caboolture S. 2-14 
SEABL-East
 1. Bendigo B. 17-3 
 2. Knox R. 14-7 
 3. Kilsyth C. 11-10 
 4. Ballarat M. 11-10 
 5. Dandenong 10-11 
 6. Canberra G. 8-13 
 7. Brisbane S. 7-14 
SEABL-South
 1. Nunawading S. 18-4 
 2. Geelong S. 13-7 
 3. Sandringham S. 12-10 
 4. Hobart C. 10-12 
 5. Frankston B. 9-11 
 6. Mt Gambier 9-12 
 7. NW Tasmania 5-16 
 8. Albury W.B. 3-18 
WARATAH
 1. Sydney C. 16-5 
 2. Newcastle H. 16-5 
 3. Illawarra H. 12-8 
 4. Norths Bears 12-9 
 5. Manly Warr. 11-9 
 6. Sutherland S. 11-9 
 7. Hills H. 11-10 
 8. Bankstown B. 10-12 
 9. Parramatta W. 9-9 
 10. Maitland M. 9-11 
 11. Hornsby S. 8-12 
 12. Cent.Coast C. 5-16 
 13. Canberra N. 3-18 


Standings - SBL
SBL Standings
 1. Lakeside L. 24-2 
 2. Wanneroo W. 18-8 
 3. Cockburn C. 18-8 
 4. Perry Lakes H. 17-9 
 5. Perth R. 15-11 
 6. Stirling S. 15-11 
 7. Willetton T. 15-11 
 8. East Perth E. 15-11 
 9. Goldfield G. 12-14 
 10. Kalamunda E.S. 10-16 
 11. Geraldton B. 9-17 
 12. Rockingham F. 7-19 
 13. Mandurah M. 7-19 
 14. AIS 0-0 
 15. SW Slammers 0-26 


Mills tempted by return to NBL during American lockout - by Eurobasket News
Exciting Boomers guard Patrick Mills (6'0''-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) is considering playing in the NBL as he weighs up his options during the NBA lockout.

Currently in a Boomers camp on the Gold Coast, Mills has been linked with Adelaide as uncertainty surrounds the next NBA season.

Officially the NBA season begins in November, but the lockout could last months and cause it to be scrapped. It also ensured Australia's NBA star Andrew Bogut and fellow Boomers big man David Andersen will not feature in the Oceania Olympic qualifying series against New Zealand.

It also initially threatened Mills's availability for the three-match series against the Kiwis. But Portland-based Mills confirmed on Tuesday that he would suit up for Australia, but after that his future remained uncertain.

''Being a free agent I haven't actually signed with a team for next season, but I will definitely play for the Boomers in September,'' he said.

''The most important thing for me is to find somewhere to play. Right now there is no rush in making a decision - it will come over the next couple of months. Portland have offered me a qualifying contract which is the same position I have been in the last couple of years.''

He said he would head back to Portland when the lockout ends.

Owners and players are still negotiating a collective bargaining agreement to replace the one that expired on June 30.

There is a fear that regular season games could be lost to a work stoppage for the second time in league history. The lockout ensures Bogut will not play for the Boomers. Basketball Australia can't insure his $60 million NBA contract so he can play for his country.

The threat of a shortened NBA season prompted Andersen to leave the US and sign a three-year deal with an Italian club.

Mills still backed Australia to overcome the Kiwis and book a spot in the London Olympics. ''We would rather also have Andrew Bogut and David Andersen on the team, but the way things go they have not been able to join us.'' he said.''The New Zealand series is always a tough one. -Lucky for us they are all in Australia - but you never know.''

A 24-man Boomers squad, featuring European-based players Brad Newley, Matt Nielsen and Joe Ingles, is training on the Gold Coast this week. It is a warm-up for the Oceania Olympic qualifiers in Melbourne (September 7), Brisbane (September 9) and Sydney (September 11).

Meanwhile, Australia remain undefeated in the Under-19's Women's World Championship following their 89-46 victory over Chinese Taipei in Chile. The Australian Gems top scorers were centre Tayla Roberts, 18 points, and Alexandra Bunton 11

They play Spain next before facing off against the currently undefeated Brazil.

Courtesy of www.smh.com.au


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  AUSTRIA   


U18: Netherlands qualified to Group F rolling over Austria - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands U18-Austria U18 71:46

Netherlands qualified to Group F rolling over Austria at the Division B of the U18 European Championship. The Dutch team smashed the opponents 71:46 for 2-1 record. Austria finished the group winless and will play at the Classification Round for 9-18 places.
Although the Dutch team started with 5-0 run, Austria bounced back with 7-0 run. Paul Candiff (184-G-93) closed the period from he perimeter for 18:11, while Bas reduced to 25:21 at the end of the second frame. Shane Hammink (198-G-94) sent the squads to the lockers for 27:21 as Austria had a minimum 10-9 surge in the end of the half. The second half completely belonged to the Netherlands as they posted 22 points in the third and the last quarters. At first they won the third 22-12 and added 22-13 in the last stanza.
Paul Candiff top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Shane Hammink notched 15. Markus Strohmayer (195-F-93) netted 9 points in defeat, Gregor Wilk (178-G-93) scored 8 and Luka Gvozden (182-PG-93) notched 7.

Netherlands U18: Paul Candiff 17, Shane Hammink 15
Austria U18: Markus Strohmayer 9, Gregor Wilk 8, Luka Gvozden 7




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  BAHAMAS   


LG Sakers announce Magnum Rolle - by Eurobasket News
LG Sakers have officially signed Magnum Rolle (211-C/F-86, college: Louisiana Tech). The Bahamas player will fill in import player spot on the teams roster. Magnum Rolle spent the last season in D-League. He averaged 14.1 points, 5.5 boards, 1.5 steals, 1.3 assists and 1.2 blocks per game for the Maine Red Claws. USBasket.com named the centre into D-League All-Imports Team. Magnum Rolle graduated from the Louisiana Tech University in 2010. His stats read 13.9 points, 8.4 boards and 2.1 blocks per game in the senior college season. He was named into NABC Division I All-District 6 2nd Team. The centre also got into All-Louisiana 2nd Team. Atlanta Hawks invited Magnum Rolle into their training camp. The centre eventually signed a deal with the NBA team but because of the lockout the player has opted to continue his career in South Korea.



Bahamas secure Semifinals in Nassau - by Eurobasket News
BAHAMAS - SAINT VINCENT 106-58

Third straight win for Bahamas in Nassau. The host of CBC Championship blasted Saint Vincent 106-58 for perfect 3-0 record in Preliminary Group B. Bahamas already booked a spot for the Semifinals, but it remains to be seen will they advance from the first or second place. Saint Vincent dropped to 0-2. Jaraun Burrows (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: IPFW) shined for the winners with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Michael Bain (G/F) scored 18, Jeremy Hutchinson (C-80) had 14 and Torrington Cox (201-F-85, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: King) helped the hosts with 12 points. In Saint Vincent, Randolph Williams (188-G-76) delivered 18 points. Their second scorer was Lezlo McKenzie (G-79) with 11 pts and he also pulled down 11 rebounds beside that. Quarters: 25-12, 29-19, 23-17, 29-10. In the next game, Bahamas will meet British Virgin Islands. Saint Vincent will play against Cayman Islands.

Bahamas: Jaraun Burrows 19+11 boards, Michael Bain 18, Jeremy Hutchinson 14, Torrington Cox 12
Saint Vincent: Randolph Williams 18, Lezlo McKenzie 11+11 boards


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  BELGIUM   


U18: Denmark conquer Group B after the win over Belgium - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U18-Denmark U18 56:65

Denmark conquer Group B after the win over Belgium at the U18 European Championship. The team advanced to the Qualifying Round with the perfect record after 65:56 victory. Belgium could not make it to the Sweet 8, but will start the Classification Round for 9-16 places with 2-0 record.
Belgium needed the victory in order to advance to the next round and started with 13-7. Another 8-0 run in the start of the second frame gave them 21:7 as Audry Kiraranganya (198-F-93) made a jump shot. Rienert Torreele (192-F-93) brought 27:16 and Birketoft reduced to 33:23 at the halftime. Denmark however replied with 9-0 run and reduced to 33:32 early in the third. Esben Reinholt (196-G-93) closed the third period at 42:40 from the free throw line. After 25-14 in the last stanza Denmark celebrated the fourth straight win in Varna.
Audry Kiraranganya stepped up with 15 points, while Dorian Marchant (196-F-93) and Rienert Torreele posted 9 each. Esben Reinholt ended up with 22 points in the losing case and Kevin Larsen (201-F-93) notched 11.

Belgium U18: Audry Kiraranganya 15, Dorian Marchant 9, Rienert Torreele 9
Denmark U18: Esben Reinholt 22, Kevin Larsen 11



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  BERMUDAS   


British Virgin Islands win second straight in Nassau - by Eurobasket News
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS - BERMUDAS 66-63

Second appearance in Nassau for British Virgin Islands and their second win. This time they outplayed Bermudas 66-63 making a big step forward to Semifinals of CBC Championship. British Virgin Islands jumped to 2-0 and they are currently on the second place in Preliminary Group B. Bermuda slipped to 1-2. Kennedy Bass (196-F-81, college: Anderson) came up with 16 points for the winners. Randy George (200-F-81, college: Henderson St.) scored 14 and Kleon Penn (211-C-86, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: McNeese St.) added five less than him. In the loosing squad, Jason Lowe (85) collected 18 points and 5 rebs. Jahvon Dean Jones (198-F-83) (6 rebs) and Jason Simons (86) scored 14 points each. Quarters: 21-14, 16-19, 13-16, 16-14. Today, British Virgin Islands will play against Bahamas. Bermudas will have a dayoff.

British Virgin Islands: Kennedy Bass 16, Randy George 14, Kleon Penn 9
Bermudas: Jason Lowe 18+5 boards, Jahvon Dean Jones 14+6 boards, Jason Simons 14


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  BRAZIL   


Americana Team sign american Rodney Alexander - by Paulo Freire
The Americana director Board of Basketball announced on Monday (25/07), the sign of North American Rodney Alexander (201-F-87, college: Redlands CC) as a further boost to the team that will compete in the Paulista State Championship Series A / 1.

Alexander plays as small forward and has 24 years old, 2.01 m tall and 101 kg. In his trajectory for basketball, he excelled in the Junior College, through the NCAA D1 (University of Illinois) and then moved to Oklahoma City University (NAIA).

After graduating in 2009, he had a few international experiences such as Germany and China. The management and coaching staff believe in the athlete and bet on this new acquisition, since he never played in Brazil.




Standings - Paulista, Carioca, Minas G. leagues
Paulista Standings
 1. America 0-0 
 2. Americana 0-0 
 3. Araraquara 0-0 
 4. Gremio Esport. 0-0 
 5. Itabom/Bauru 0-0 
 6. Jacarei 0-0 
 7. L.S.B. 0-0 
 8. Paulistano 0-0 
 9. Pinheiros/Sky 0-0 
 10. Rio Claro 0-0 
 11. S.Jose/Vinac 0-0 
 12. Santos 0-0 
 13. Sao Caetano 0-0 
 14. Vivo/Franca 0-0 
 15. Winner/Limeira 0-0 
 16. XV/Cosan 0-0 


Carlos Dos Santos try-out in Rio Claro - by Paulo Freire
Brazilian center Carlos dos Santos (203-C-88), finish his college career at Central Arkansas and now is looking to start a fresh professional career.

Carlos dos Santos, more knwing as Carlao is now in try-out at Rio Claro basketball team. In the USA, Carlao also have played at South Plains JC and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M.

If approve, he will sign a contract to play the Paulista State Championship.

Rio Claro, is also dreaming with a NBB spot, since the Assis Basket has folded for financial problems.

As far as the Paulista State, head coach Marcelo Tamiao has a target, get into the playoffs.





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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


British Virgin Islands win second straight in Nassau - by Eurobasket News
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS - BERMUDAS 66-63

Second appearance in Nassau for British Virgin Islands and their second win. This time they outplayed Bermudas 66-63 making a big step forward to Semifinals of CBC Championship. British Virgin Islands jumped to 2-0 and they are currently on the second place in Preliminary Group B. Bermuda slipped to 1-2. Kennedy Bass (196-F-81, college: Anderson) came up with 16 points for the winners. Randy George (200-F-81, college: Henderson St.) scored 14 and Kleon Penn (211-C-86, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: McNeese St.) added five less than him. In the loosing squad, Jason Lowe (85) collected 18 points and 5 rebs. Jahvon Dean Jones (198-F-83) (6 rebs) and Jason Simons (86) scored 14 points each. Quarters: 21-14, 16-19, 13-16, 16-14. Today, British Virgin Islands will play against Bahamas. Bermudas will have a dayoff.

British Virgin Islands: Kennedy Bass 16, Randy George 14, Kleon Penn 9
Bermudas: Jason Lowe 18+5 boards, Jahvon Dean Jones 14+6 boards, Jason Simons 14


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  BULGARIA   


U18: The hosts won Group A in Varna - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria U18-Hungary U18 76:54

The hosts won Group A in Varna at the U18 European Championship. Bulgaria edged Hungary for the top place in the group and handed them their first 76:54 loss.
Varga gave Hungary 6:1 in the opening tip but the hosts responded with 13-0 run for 14:6. Nikolay Stoyanov (195-F-94) and Laszlo Dobos (210-C-93, agency: FCM) exchanged the late baskets at the end of the frame for 14:8. The second quarter became decisive in the game as Bulgaria erupted with 27-8 for the massive lead. Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93) sent the squads to the lockers for 41:16. Hungary woke up in the third quarter and after 21-12 reduced to 53:37 after thirty minutes. Bulgaria however needed 23-17 in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Pavlin Ivanov (195-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) led the way with 21 points and Nikolay Stoyanov posted 15. Aleks Simeonov (200-F-93) notched 12, while Tencho Tenchev delivered 11. Laszlo Polyak (190-G-93) posted 13 points in defeat and Laszlo Dobos chipped in 12.

Bulgaria U18: Pavlin Ivanov 21, Nikolay Stoyanov 15, Aleks Simeonov 12, Tencho Tenchev 11
Hungary U18: Laszlo Polyak 13, Laszlo Dobos 12



Simeon Naydenov heads to Clermont - by Eurobasket News
Simeon Naydenov (201-F/G-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Louisville) heads to Clermont for the next season. The Bulgarian Shooting Guard / Small Forward comes from Al Ahly where he finished the last season.
In 2009-2010 Simeon Naydenov played for Rilski Sportist Samokov (NBL, starting five) and in Balkan League after 9 games averaged 9.7ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 48.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 75.0%. In Bulgarian League after 34 games his stats read 12.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 59.2%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 72.2%. In 2010-2011 he started for Chernomorets Burgas (NBL) and became the fourth top-scorer with 16.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 57.0%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 68.8%. Since March 2011 played for Al Ahly (Egypt-Superleague).
In 2011 Simeon recorded 27 points against Balkan and then notched again 24 points with them. At the Regular Season Round 16 Chernomorets lost to Balkan 85-97 as the winners were led by the former international power forward Georgi Davidov who scored that evening 24 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Dwayne Morton supported him with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Even 24 points by the former international swingman Simeon Naydenov did not help to save the game for Chernomorets.





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  CANADA   


Ex-Halifax hoopsters to play for Canada - by Eurobasket News
Former Halifax Rainmen stars Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) and Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) have cracked the Canadian senior men's basketball roster for the summer.

Anderson and Shepherd, both of Toronto, will represent the country at the FIBA Americas Championship in Mar Del Plata, Argentina starting Aug. 30. The tournament is part of qualifying for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

The squad is already in Europe for a series of exhibition games against France, Italy and Czech Republic. The tour wraps up on Aug. 5.

Shepherd played 14 games with the Rainmen in the Premier Basketball League in 2010, averaging 6.9 points per game. Anderson averaged 15.1 points and 6.5 assists per game during the Rainmens inaugural campaign in the American Basketball Association in 2007-08.

Courtesy of www.metronews.ca


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  CBC CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Day Three in Nassau - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Guyana - Jamaica 43-75
Jamaica registered second straight win in Nassau. They handed 75-43 loss to Guyana jumping to 2-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Thanks to this win, Jamaica already booked a ticket for the Semifinals of CBC Championship. On the other side, Guyana failed in their first appearance at this event (0-1). Garfield Blair (196-G-87) top-scored for the winners with 18 points. Ryan Reid (203-F-86, college: Florida St.) had 10 points and 9 rebounds, while Patrick Ewing Jr. (203-F-84, college: Georgetown) helped with 8 pts in this win. In Guyana, Rodwell Fortune collected 14 points. Their second scorer was Dwayne Roberts (C) with 11 pts. Quarters: 5-21, 19-23, 6-21, 13-10. Jamaica will have a day-off now. Guyana will meet US Virgin Islands.

Group B
Bahamas - Saint Vincent 106-58
Third straight win for Bahamas in Nassau. The host of CBC Championship blasted Saint Vincent 106-58 for perfect 3-0 record in Preliminary Group B. Bahamas already booked a spot for the Semifinals, but it remains to be seen will they advance from the first or second place. Saint Vincent dropped to 0-2. Jaraun Burrows (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: IPFW) shined for the winners with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Michael Bain (G/F) scored 18, Jeremy Hutchinson (C-80) had 14 and Torrington Cox (201-F-85, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: King) helped the hosts with 12 points. In Saint Vincent, Randolph Williams (188-G-76) delivered 18 points. Their second scorer was Lezlo McKenzie (G-79) with 11 pts and he also pulled down 11 rebounds beside that. Quarters: 25-12, 29-19, 23-17, 29-10. In the next game, Bahamas will meet British Virgin Islands. Saint Vincent will play against Cayman Islands.

British Virgin Islands - Bermudas 66-63
Second appearance in Nassau for British Virgin Islands and their second win. This time they outplayed Bermudas 66-63 making a big step forward to Semifinals of CBC Championship. British Virgin Islands jumped to 2-0 and they are currently on the second place in Preliminary Group B. Bermuda slipped to 1-2. Kennedy Bass (196-F-81, college: Anderson) came up with 16 points for the winners. Randy George (200-F-81, college: Henderson St.) scored 14 and Kleon Penn (211-C-86, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: McNeese St.) added five less than him. In the loosing squad, Jason Lowe (85) collected 18 points and 5 rebs. Jahvon Dean Jones (198-F-83) (6 rebs) and Jason Simons (86) scored 14 points each. Quarters: 21-14, 16-19, 13-16, 16-14. Today, British Virgin Islands will play against Bahamas. Bermudas will have a dayoff.


Standings (Men)
Standings
Group A
1. Jamaica2-0
2. US Virg.Isl1-0
3. Guyana0-1
4. Antigua0-2
Group B
1. Bahamas3-0
2. British Vi.2-0
3. Bermudas1-2
4. Cayman Isl.0-2
5. Saint Vinc.0-2


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  CENTRAL AFRICA   


Central Africans in training camp in Lille - by Kristian Santiago
The Central African Republic, which is coached by Francisco 'Paco' Garcia (agency: Interperformances ), are currently in France and are preparing for the African Championships in Madagascar in August.
On Thursday, the team is supposed to test against the Ivory Coast in Lille. It will be interesting to see, if the Elephants are going to play, as their federation has been dismantled by the ministry of sports recently.

The team ('Les Fauves') consists of the following players:

Benjamin M'Boli (199-F-88)
Jerry Follot (Mid-Continent University, USA,F, 2,00m)
Salissou Kabara (198-F)
Antonio Kouloumba (Tresses, France,G, 1,82m)
Clarence Juillet (198-C-83, college: Ky Wesleyan)
Neil Wilfried Londoumon (190-F-93)
Bertrand Mbakoutou (202-C-93)
Junior Madozein (188-G-87)
Martial Gotagni (190-F-79)
Max Kouguere (198-F-87)
Lionel Bomayako (196-G-78, agency: Court Side, college: Fairleigh Dickinson)
Guy Joseph Kodjo-Sitchi (191-F-85)
William Kossangue-Toro (198-F-86)
Michael Mokongo (180-PG-86)
Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier)
Yannick Zachee (194-F-86)

A nice video about the ongoing preparations can be watched here:
http://www.wat.tv/video/entrainement-fauves-centrafrique-3x0gz_3l6ux_.html


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  CHAD   


Chad names coach and team for African Championships - by Kristian Santiago
Newcomers Chad named French Patrick Maucouvert to coach the national-team that will be playing in the African Championships this year in Madagascar.
Also, the preliminary roster has been released with a few question marks behind some of the players like Dounia Issa (198-F-81) (French National Team) and Russell Robinson (185-G-86) (U.S. player).

Chad Preliminary Roster:

Jacques Alingue (201-F-88) (Souffelweyersheim)

Makka Garba (201-F-88) (Virginia Union)
Pina Guillaume (205-C) (Blinn JC)
Ali Djim (206-C) (Bowie State)
Russell Robinson (Badalona)
Dounia Issa (Gravelines)
Sylvain Baykam (198-C-82) Kang-Irang (Bayonne)
Elysee Djimrassem
Ronald Kolmia
Theodore Mbaiarsi
Bienvenu Djimassal
Lebtoloum Ahidjo
Abderamane Mbaindiguim
Asnal Noubaramadji
Mickael Koibe
Dillah Mbairessem
Mario Ngadi
Sale Ousmane
Richard Moguena
Ngarasde Djimtoide




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  CHINA   


Darnell Cox joined Changan Group Guangdong - by Eurobasket News
Cox Darnell (211-C-85, agency: Court Side, college: Miss.Valley St.) joined Changan Group Guangdong and already debuted for his new team. He erupted with 18 points and 18 rebounds at the Regular Season Round 14 when Changan Group beat Hebei 100-81. The game was mostly controlled by Changan Group. Hebei managed to win second period 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Changan Group dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Hebei's 46 and made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Changan Group forced 20 Hebei turnovers. Cox Darnell notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 18 rebounds to lead the effort and American guard Nick Stallings supported him with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
Before that Cox Darnell played for Champville (Lebanon-Div.A) and in 18 games averaged 14.9ppg, Reb-3 (12.9rpg), 1.0apg, Blocks-1 (3.7bpg), FGP-1 (65.9%), 3PT: 23.1%, FT: 47.0%.
Only in 2011 he became Lebanese Super Cup Winner -11, PMA Basketball Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League Defensive Player of the Year -11, PMA Basketball Asia-Basket.com Lebanese League All-Defensive Team -11 and PMA Basketball Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League 2nd Team -11.




Alexander McLean debuted for Sichuan - by Eurobasket News
McLean Alexander (203-F-85, agency: Strategic Sports) debuted for Sichuan as the American Forward recently signed with the team. He erupted with 22 points and 12 rebounds at the Regular Season Round 14 when ShenYang lost to Sichuan 89-118. Sichuan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to ShenYang's 44. Sichuan forced 22 ShenYang turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. McLean Alexander orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds.
Before coming to China McLean Alexander played for Libertad (Paraguay-National League, starting five), then moved to La Union Formosa (Argentina-LigaA) and in 6 games averaged 3.2ppg, 1.7rpg. In December 2010 signed at Antranik Beirut (Lebanon-Div.A, starting five) and had 22.0ppg, 12.5rpg, 1.5spg, then agreed terms with Duhok (Iraq-D1), in Mar.'10 joined Al Gharrafah (Qatar-D1). In 2010-2011 played for Al Gezira (Egypt-Superleague), in Apr.'11 moved to Al Gharrafah (Qatar-D1).
Over the last few seasons he played at WABA Club Championships -10, became Qatar Emir Cup Winner -10, 11, Qatar League Regular Season Runner-Up -10, Qatar League Finalist -10,Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League Honorable Mention -10, Arab Club Championships -10, 11, Gulf Club Championships Semifinals -11 and Qatar Heir Apparent Cup Champion -11.



Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Changan Group 10-5 
 2. Whampoa 9-6 
 3. ShenYang 9-6 
 4. Jiangsu 9-6 
 5. Ningxia Hanas 8-7 
 6. Sichuan 8-7 
 7. Guangzhou FM 7-8 
 8. Hebei 6-9 
 9. Heilongjiang 6-9 
 10. Hangzhou 3-12 


NBL Round 15: #1 ShenYang is defeated by Ningxia Hanas - by Eurobasket News
The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season.

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked ShenYang (9-6) at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by seventh ranked Ningxia Hanas (8-7) 130-117. The game was mostly controlled by Ningxia Hanas. ShenYang managed to win third quarter 38-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ningxia Hanas well out of reach of ShenYang shooting 70.8 percent from the field. They outrebounded ShenYang 37-25 including a 30-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Ningxia Hanas especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 76.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a great evening for Nigerian forward Ndudi Ebi (206-84, college: Arizona) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 15 rebounds. Guard Kaifu Yao (196-83) helped adding 23 points and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was American guard Corey Allmond (188-88, college: Howard Col. (TX)) with 33 points (!!!) and 4 assists. Ningxia Hanas moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Sichuan. ShenYang lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the second position with six games lost. They share it with Jiangsu and Whampoa. Ningxia Hanas is looking forward to face Heilongjiang (#9) in the next round. ShenYang will play against the league's leader Changan Group (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very significant was Changan Group's (#2) just 3-point road victory against 3rd placed Whampoa. It was a key game for the top position in the league. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Nick Stallings (190-83, college: Centenary) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Lei Shang accounted for 17 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Alan Wiggins (206-85, college: USF) came up with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 12 rebounds for Whampoa in the defeat. Changan Group (10-5) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Whampoa lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the second place with six games lost. They share the position with ShenYang and Jiangsu. Changan Group will play against ShenYang (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Whampoa will play against Hebei and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in between Hebei and Guangzhou FM. Eighth ranked Hebei (6-9) got a very close home victory over 6th ranked Guangzhou FM (7-8). Hebei managed to escape with a 3-point win 102-99 on Tuesday evening. The best player for the winners was Christopher Lawson who scored 24 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Sani Sakakini who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Guangzhou FM's coach Dragan Raca rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hebei maintains eighth place with 6-9 record, which they share with Heilongjiang. Guangzhou FM at the other side dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Hebei will meet at home league's second-placed Whampoa in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Guangzhou FM will play against Hangzhou (#10) and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in where higher ranked Sichuan (8-7) was upset on the court of ninth ranked Heilongjiang (6-9) 117-96. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sichuan. It was a good game for Benson Egemonye who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Heilongjiang moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Hebei. Sichuan at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Heilongjiang's next round opponent will be higher ranked Ningxia Hanas (#5) and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sichuan will play against Jiangsu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 15 bottom-ranked Hangzhou lost to Jiangsu on the opponent's court 104-110.



Jiangsu - Hangzhou 110-104

Very expected game when 10th ranked Hangzhou (3-12) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Jiangsu (9-6) 110-104. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 27-22 Hangzhou's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 110-104 at the end of the game. Jiangsu made 28-of-37 charity shots (75.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Hangzhou turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 10 blocks. 27 personal fouls committed by Hangzhou helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for swingman YanQing Wang (194-87) who led his team to a victory with 27 points. Center YanXi Zhu (209-90) contributed with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Jiangsu players scored in double figures. American forward Dante Milligan (206-84, college: Massachusetts, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) answered with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks and the other American import forward Austen Powers (203-87, college: Seattle, agency: Tank Sports) added 31 points and 17 rebounds in the effort for Hangzhou. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jiangsu moved-up to second place, which they share with ShenYang and Whampoa. Hangzhou at the other side stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Jiangsu's next round opponent will be Sichuan (#6). Hangzhou will play against Guangzhou FM (#7).
Top scorers:
Jiangsu: W.YanQing 27+2reb+2ast, Z.YanXi 22+7reb+1ast, L.Kenny 18+10reb, J.Justin 16+13reb, S.XianLing 12+2reb+2ast, F.Xin 9+4reb+7ast
Hangzhou: P.Austen 31+17reb+1ast, M.Dante 30+16reb+4ast, L.Wei 13+2reb+1ast, Y.Carrian 8+1reb+2ast, Q.Fei 7+5reb+4ast, Y.Wang 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 129382


ShenYang - Ningxia Hanas 117-130

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked ShenYang (9-6) at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by seventh ranked Ningxia Hanas (8-7) 130-117. The game was mostly controlled by Ningxia Hanas. ShenYang managed to win third quarter 38-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ningxia Hanas well out of reach of ShenYang shooting 70.8 percent from the field. They outrebounded ShenYang 37-25 including a 30-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Ningxia Hanas especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 76.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a great evening for Nigerian forward Ndudi Ebi (206-84, college: Arizona) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 15 rebounds. Guard Kaifu Yao (196-83) helped adding 23 points and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was American guard Corey Allmond (188-88, college: Howard Col. (TX)) with 33 points (!!!) and 4 assists and the other American import forward DeAngelo Collins (206-82, college: High School) scored 21 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Ningxia Hanas moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Sichuan. ShenYang lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the second position with six games lost. They share it with Jiangsu and Whampoa. Ningxia Hanas is looking forward to face Heilongjiang (#9) in the next round. ShenYang will play against the league's leader Changan Group (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ningxia Hanas: W.Sze 28+2reb+3ast, E.Ndudi 26+15reb+2ast, Y.Kaifu 23+4reb+6ast, S.ChunLei 16+3reb+3ast, H.Ramon 15+6reb+3ast, M.Yansong 11+4reb+6ast
ShenYang: A.Corey 33+1reb+4ast, C.XiaoDong 23+4reb+2ast, C.DeAngelo 21+9reb+2ast, Y.Peng 14+4reb+1ast, S.DeShuai 13+2reb+4ast, D.ChengLong 11+2reb+7ast
gschID: 129379


Heilongjiang - Sichuan 117-96

An interesting game took place in where higher ranked Sichuan (8-7) was upset on the court of ninth ranked Heilongjiang (6-9) 117-96. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sichuan. The game was mostly controlled by Heilongjiang. Sichuan was better in third quarter 34-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Heilongjiang dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Sichuan's 48. Heilongjiang forced 24 Sichuan turnovers. 30 personal fouls committed by Sichuan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Nigerian center Benson Egemonye (207-83, college: Niagara) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field). American guard Courtney Pigram (185-85, college: E.Tenn.St.) contributed with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Alexander McLean (203-85, agency: Strategic Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 18 rebounds and the other American import guard T.J. Bannister (180-84, college: Liberty, agency: Warren Sports International) added 15 points in the effort for Sichuan. Five Heilongjiang and four Sichuan players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Heilongjiang moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Hebei. Sichuan at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Heilongjiang's next round opponent will be higher ranked Ningxia Hanas (#5) and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sichuan will play against Jiangsu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Heilongjiang: E.Benson 34+15reb+1ast, P.Courtney 20+5reb+4ast, W.Nan 15+2reb+5ast, Y.Gang 14+8reb, L.Naiyuan 13+4ast, B.Xiaohui 6+3reb+2ast
Sichuan: M.Alexander 28+18reb+1ast, B.T.J. 15+3reb+1ast, C.Ma 14+2reb, Y.ZhaoLei 10+6reb, J.QiZhen 8+3reb+2ast, S.TianNong 7+6reb
gschID: 129380


Whampoa - Changan Group 87-90

Very significant was Changan Group's (#2) just 3-point road victory against 3rd placed Whampoa. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Whampoa was ahead by 10 points after three quarters before a 34-21 charge of Changan Group, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Whampoa 38-23 including a 27-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Whampoa was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Nick Stallings (190-83, college: Centenary) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Lei Shang (196-88) accounted for 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Stallings is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Changan Group players scored in double figures. American forward Alan Wiggins (206-85, college: USF) came up with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 12 rebounds and center Lei Ji (203-83) added 11 points respectively for Whampoa in the defeat. Changan Group (10-5) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Whampoa lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the second place with six games lost. They share the position with ShenYang and Jiangsu. Changan Group will play against ShenYang (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Whampoa will play against Hebei and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Changan Group: S.Nick 24+10reb+4ast, S.Lei 17+6reb, R.XiaTi 14+8reb, J.JunQi 10+3reb+3ast, C.Darnell 9+8reb, S.Jian 9+2reb+1ast
Whampoa: W.Alan 30+12reb+2ast, J.Michael 13+2ast, J.Lei 11+4reb+1ast, Y.Ning 9+3reb+2ast, W.Jing 9+1reb+2ast, Y.ZhiYong 8
gschID: 129381


Hebei - Guangzhou FM 102-99

A very close game took place in between Hebei and Guangzhou FM. Eighth ranked Hebei (6-9) got a very close home victory over 6th ranked Guangzhou FM (7-8). Hebei managed to escape with a 3-point win 102-99 on Tuesday evening. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 25-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Hebei forced 19 Guangzhou FM turnovers. The best player for the winners was American forward Christopher Lawson (193-83, college: Houston) who scored 24 points and 9 rebounds. Forward ZhenHu Zhang (195-88) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Palestinian center Sani Sakakini (204-88) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Jartavious Henderson (203-87, college: Memphis) added 16 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Four Hebei and five Guangzhou FM players scored in double figures. Guangzhou FM's coach Dragan Raca rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hebei maintains eighth place with 6-9 record, which they share with Heilongjiang. Guangzhou FM at the other side dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Hebei will meet at home league's second-placed Whampoa in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Guangzhou FM will play against Hangzhou (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hebei: L.Christopher 24+9reb+2ast, Z.GuoDong 18+2reb+1ast, J.Nan 17+2reb+2ast, Z.ZhenHu 11+8reb+3ast, Y.Tingyu 9+4reb+3ast, L.Yiding 8+2reb
Guangzhou FM: S.Sani 19+10reb, H.Jartavious 16+10reb, L.Dapeng 16+2reb, G.Justin 13+4reb, S.TianGang 10+5reb+6ast, L.Xuesong 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 129378




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  COLOMBIA   


Juan Palacios returns to Gran Canaria - by Eurobasket News
Juan Palacios (204-F/C-85) will play next season for Gran Canaria. The Colombian big guy spent last two years on loan with La Palma. Granca announced this news today. Juan Palacios played 29 games for La Palma last season collecting 16.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.5 steals. He was named Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Gold All-Imports Team -11. He was also awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold 3rd Team -11. In 2009/10, Palacios had 13.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg and 1.8 apg in 34 games. He joined Granca in 2009, but immediately was sent on loan. His first professional season Palacio spent with CB Vic. He is a product of the Louisville University, where he graduated in 2008.

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  COSTA RICA   


LSB Clausura updating - by Gianni Pascucci
The Costarican top league restarted only one week after the end of its first phase. The Phase Two, named Clausura, is currently topped by Escazu, winner 64-60 over Liceo de Costa Rica in the last round of games, see here down all the last results:

Round # 3
Sanatura Desamparados - U Santa Paula-Goico 63-53
UISIL Perez Zeledon - Cartago 57-64
Ferreteria Brenes Barva - USJ ARBA 83-67
Escazu - Liceo de Costa Rica 64-60

The Clausura table is now the one down:
1. Escazu 3-0
2. Barva 2-0
3. Cartago 2-1
4. USJ ARBA 1-1
5. Liceo 1-2
6. Sanatura 1-2
7. Santa Paula 0-1
8, Perez Zeledon 0-3


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  CROATIA   


U18: Turkey knock down Croatia in Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U18 - Croatia U18 72:66

Turkey overcame Croatia at the U18 European Championship in Wroclaw. Kenan Sipahi (192-PG-95) scored 16 points to pace Turkey as they improved at 2-2 record in Group E. Croatia suffered the first defeat at the tournament to fell at 3-1 record in the ladder.
Turkey secured a 16:6 lead midway through the opening quarter. But Smolic scored 8 points in a 9:0 run from Croatia as they narrowed the deficit to a single 18:19 after ten minutes. Turkey regained an 11-point advantage midway through the second term. Croatia got within 7 points at the interval 32:39. Turkey maintained the lead throughout the third frame. They arrived at the final break up by as many as 15 points 49:64. The margin grew at 18-point mark early in the fourth quarter. Croatia responded with 14:0 run to narrow the gap to 4 points with two minutes remaining. Dokuyan stopped the rot for Turkey with two free throws and Croatia found no answer for this. Berkay Candan (205-F-93) notched 9 points, while Samet Geyik (206-F-93) delivered 8 points in the victory. Marko Ramljak (203-F-93, agency: Interperformances) answered with 17 points, 8 assists and 4 boards for Croatia. Stipe Krstanovic (204-F/C-93) had 16 points in defeat.

Turkey U18: Kenan Sipahi 16, Berkay Candan 9, Samet Geyik 8
Croatia U18: Marko Ramljak 17, Stipe Krstanovic 16



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U18: Greece thump Czech Republic for second win in a row in Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News
Greece U18 - Czech Republic U18 100:72

Greece celebrated the second straight win at the Classification Round of U18 European Championship in Wroclaw. They knocked down Czech Republic to improve at 2-0 record in Group G. Giannoulis Larentzakis (196-G/F-93) scored 29 points to lead the Hellenes. Czech Republic fell at 1-1 record.
The lead changed hands throughout the opening quarter. But Czech Republic went on a 7:0 run late in the period to open a 17:11 advantage. They hung on to post a 20:17 advantage at the first break. Giannoulis Larentzakis unloaded 14 points in the second quarter as Greece took over. They piled up a 47:41 halftime lead. Greece opened a double-digit lead midway through the third term 57:47. The Hellenes went on a 12:2 rally to ensure a 23-point lead with one quarter remaining. Greece did not loosen the grip in the fourth quarter and rolled to a comfortable win at the end. Kyprianos Maragkos (205-C-94) notched 22 points for Greece. Dimitrios Agravanis (203-F-94) added 11 points in the winning case. Jan Svandrlik (196-F-94) and Tomas Kyzlink (197-F/G-93) replied with 10 points apiece for Czech Republic.

Greece U18: Giannoulis Larentzakis 29, Kyprianos Maragkos 22, Dimitrios Agravanis 11
Czech Republic U18: Jan Svandrlik 10, Tomas Kyzlink 10



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U18: Denmark conquer Group B after the win over Belgium - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U18-Denmark U18 56:65

Denmark conquer Group B after the win over Belgium at the U18 European Championship. The team advanced to the Qualifying Round with the perfect record after 65:56 victory. Belgium could not make it to the Sweet 8, but will start the Classification Round for 9-16 places with 2-0 record.
Belgium needed the victory in order to advance to the next round and started with 13-7. Another 8-0 run in the start of the second frame gave them 21:7 as Audry Kiraranganya (198-F-93) made a jump shot. Rienert Torreele (192-F-93) brought 27:16 and Birketoft reduced to 33:23 at the halftime. Denmark however replied with 9-0 run and reduced to 33:32 early in the third. Esben Reinholt (196-G-93) closed the third period at 42:40 from the free throw line. After 25-14 in the last stanza Denmark celebrated the fourth straight win in Varna.
Audry Kiraranganya stepped up with 15 points, while Dorian Marchant (196-F-93) and Rienert Torreele posted 9 each. Esben Reinholt ended up with 22 points in the losing case and Kevin Larsen (201-F-93) notched 11.

Belgium U18: Audry Kiraranganya 15, Dorian Marchant 9, Rienert Torreele 9
Denmark U18: Esben Reinholt 22, Kevin Larsen 11



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First Division updating - by Jaime Arevalo
Over the past weekend, table headers San Marcos and Denver met themselves in the first showdown of th eseason. San Marcos prevailed 98-91, led by Mario Flores (183-G-85), Edwin Lopez (183-G/F-85) and Salvador Bandek (181-G-78), with 21 point seach. The best in Denver were Jorge Loucel (186-F-90), Bob Hunter (193-F-76) and Hector Ceron (191-F-81), curiously they too ending the game with the points scored, 15 apiece.
In another game of the round, Leones defeated Ex-Sal, 70-67 with Arturo Escamilla (185-F-77) leading the way at 22 pts and Eduardo Garcia (191-F-88) adding 18. The best in ExSal was Martin Ignacio Ramos (170-PG-92) at 16 pts, Guillermo Ochoa (190-F-93) added 15


The table is now as follows:
1. SAN MARCOS 5-0
2. DENVER 4-1
3. LEONES AUTOMOTO 3-2
4. CHALECOS- SANTA TECLA 3-2
5. ExSAL 2-3
6. UTEC 1-4
7. ROLL ROYCE 0-6




Valladares inks in Mexico - by Gianni Pascucci
Salvadorean NT member James Valladares (205-F/C-89), just graduated in Business Administration at the University of New Hampshire, United States, play in LNBP.
In fact, he has just inked a contract to play his fist professional season with Mexican team Abejas de Guanajuato. The team will be coached this year by Jackson 'Jack' Dunbar , and the Abejas officials stated that the full roster for the upcoming season should be announced in few days.



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U18: The fourth quarter surge bring Estonia the ticket to the Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Estonia U18-Portugal U18 81:65

Estonia advanced to the Qualifying Round of the U18 European Championship after the win over Portugal. The Baltic side produced a necessary 81:65 win to finish with 2-2 record on the second place. Portugal will place at the Classification Round for 9-18 places.
Diogo Ventura (185-PG-94), Rait-Riivo Laane (180-PG-93) and Kevin Liivamagi (202-F-93) scored threes in the start of the game for 6:6 on the board. Janari Joesaar (197-F-93) later tied the game at 18:18, while Jonah Callenbach (192-C/F-93) nailed three three to close the frame at 21:18. Trailing 22:28 in the second frame, Estonia grabbed 35:33 lead and won the half 41:33. Portugal meanwhile made the push in the end of the third quarter and reduced to 52:50 with Alvaro's far shot. The fourth period became decisive in the game as Estonia needed 29-15 for the final success.
Rait-Riivo Laane stepped up with 16 points and Kristo Mangelsoo (205-F-93) notched 15. Kevin Liivamagi netted 12, while Janari Joesaar scored 11. Diogo Ventura replied with 17 points and Jonah Callenbach as well as Artur Castela (200-C-93) had 16 each.

Estonia U18: Rait-Riivo Laane 16, Kristo Mangelsoo 15, Kevin Liivamagi 12, Janari Joesaar 11
Portugal U18: Diogo Ventura 17, Jonah Callenbach 16, Artur Castela 16+12 rebs




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


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Yogev Ohayon joins Maccabi T.A. - by David Pick
As expected and after a long summers wait, Maccabi Tel Aviv officially announced today (Tuesday), that they have significantly strengthened their roster from an Israeli point of view, signing point guard Yogev Ohayon to a long three year deal.

The signing of Ohayon completes a dominant Israeli force on the yellow-and-blue bench including David Blu, Jon Scheyer, Tal Burstein, Lior Eliyahu, Guy Pnini and young talent, Sean Labanowski. Head Coach David Blatt is keen on returning to the European FF big stage and win the trophy he lost last season. In addition, Maccabi will play in three demanding leagues (Israeli, Euroleague and Adriatic), a reason why Blatt is interested in a fifteen player roster to handle the draining burden.

With the addition of Ohayon, the Israeli champions already inked Americans Shawn James and Devin Smith, along with American/Israeli point guard Jon Scheyer. Maccabi will focus now on adding its missing piece to fill Blatt's foreign roster, as he looks for a dominant guard who compliments Jeremy Pargo, and will be a key ingredient to their success.

The 24-year-old guard leaves Hapoel Jerusalem after two season where he recently recorded averages of 6ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.9apg and 1.5spg in the EuroCup, and 8.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.0apg and 1.7spg in the Israeli league.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @Dpick_Mvd




Anthony Parker to Maccabi Tel Aviv denied - by David Pick
Maccabi Tel Aviv recently denied rumors regarding the possibility of Anthony Parker rejoining the Israeli organization for a third stint. Rumor has it that the financial difference between Parker and Maccabi is roughly $1 million. 'Truthfully, its a non- issue,' a source with information told 'Eurobasket', adding, 'Parker has no interest in coming back to Europe. Honestly, it's all speculations.'

It is important to note that Parker recently finished a three year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers and is now a free agent. On the same note, Maccabi's Head Coach David Blatt is not willing to sign any NBA players with the chance of them leaving Maccabi during the season, once the NBA lockout ends.

The 36-year-old Parker, addressed the matter on numerous occasions saying, 'I wouldn't want to ruin the great memories I have with Maccabi...can't get any better.'

Parker led Maccabi to Three Euroleague titles while playing in blue-and-yellow. In 2006, Parker left Maccabi and joined the Toronto Raptors where he played for three seasons. In 2009, he moved to Cleveland and played alongside NBA sensation LeBron James.

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Aleksandar Capin joins Union Olimpija - by Eurobasket News
Union Olimpija strengthened their backcourt. They landed Aleksandar Capin (186-G-82, agency: Beo Basket). The 28-year-old guard played for Zalgiris Kaunas in the previous season. Aleksandar Capin tallied 5.7 points and 1.0 assist per game in VTB-League. In Euroleague his stats read 3.4 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per appearance. In LKL Aleksandar Capin posted 3.5 points, 1.4 assists and 1.4 rebounds. Aleksandar Capin played in Slovenia in 2000/03 seasons. He donned Krka Novo Mesto jersey. The guard also had stints with Partizan, Telekom Bonn, Gravelines, Panellinios, Reggio Calabria, Varese, Panionios, Azovmash, Lokomotiv Rostov na Donu. Aleksandar Capin played for Slovenian National Team in 2004-08 seasons.


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Division B: Preliminary Round ends in Varna - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Georgia - Luxembourg 105-98 OT
Georgia celebrated the initial victory at the U18 European Championship to finish Group A with 1-2 record. The team won over Luxembourg 105:98 while both teams will play at the Classification Round for 9-18 places. Both squads did their best to taste the initial victory before the Classification Round. Georgia started with 22-20 and Beka Burjanadze (201-F-94) later scored for 26:22. Luxembourg however played better in the second frame and after 24-22 tied the game at the halftime. In the third period Georgia went on a lead and reached 9-point advantage entering the fourth period. Luxembourg trailed in the whole period but Welter and Gilles Polfer (189-F-93) tied the game at 90:90 and sent it to overtime. Georgia dominated however the court in the last five minutes and won the game. Beka Burjanadze top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 16 rebounds, while Valeri Kvantaliani (202-F-94) and Rogava posted 14 each. Laurent replied with 21 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Gilles Polfer scored 18.

Bulgaria - Hungary 76-54
The hosts won Group A in Varna at the U18 European Championship. Bulgaria edged Hungary for the top place in the group and handed them their first 76:54 loss. Varga gave Hungary 6:1 in the opening tip but the hosts responded with 13-0 run for 14:6. Stoyanov and Dobos exchanged the late baskets at the end of the frame for 14:8. The second quarter became decisive in the game as Bulgaria erupted with 27-8 for the massive lead. Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93) sent the squads to the lockers for 41:16. Hungary woke up in the third quarter and after 21-12 reduced to 53:37 after thirty minutes. Bulgaria however needed 23-17 in the last stanza to seal the victory. Pavlin Ivanov (195-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) led the way with 21 points and Stoyanov posted 15. Aleks Simeonov (200-F-93) notched 12, while Tencho Tenchev delivered 11. Polyak posted 13 points in defeat and Dobos chipped in 12.

Group B
Estonia - Portugal 81-65
Estonia advanced to the Qualifying Round of the U18 European Championship after the win over Portugal. The Baltic side produced a necessary 81:65 win to finish with 2-2 record on the second place. Portugal will place at the Classification Round for 9-18 places. Ventura, Laane and Kevin Liivamagi (202-F-93) scored threes in the start of the game for 6:6 on the board. Janari Joesaar (197-F-93) later tied the game at 18:18, while Jonah Callenbach (192-C/F-93) nailed three three to close the frame at 21:18. Trailing 22:28 in the second frame, Estonia grabbed 35:33 lead and won the half 41:33. Portugal meanwhile made the push in the end of the third quarter and reduced to 52:50 with Alvaro's far shot. The fourth period became decisive in the game as Estonia needed 29-15 for the final success. Laane stepped up with 16 points and Kristo Mangelsoo (205-F-93) notched 15. Kevin Liivamagi netted 12, while Janari Joesaar scored 11. Ventura replied with 17 points and Jonah Callenbach as well as Castela had 16 each.

Belgium - Denmark 56-65
Denmark conquer Group B after the win over Belgium at the U18 European Championship. The team advanced to the Qualifying Round with the perfect record after 65:56 victory. Belgium could not make it to the Sweet 8, but will start the Classification Round for 9-16 places with 2-0 record. Belgium needed the victory in order to advance to the next round and started with 13-7. Another 8-0 run in the start of the second frame gave them 21:7 as Audry Kiraranganya (198-F-93) made a jump shot. Rienert Torreele (192-F-93) brought 27:16 and Birketoft reduced to 33:23 at the halftime. Denmark however replied with 9-0 run and reduced to 33:32 early in the third. Esben Reinholt (196-G-93) closed the third period at 42:40 from the free throw line. After 25-14 in the last stanza Denmark celebrated the fourth straight win in Varna. Audry Kiraranganya stepped up with 15 points, while Marchant and Rienert Torreele posted 9 each. Esben Reinholt ended up with 22 points in the losing case and Kevin Larsen (201-F-93) notched 11.

Group C
Holland - Austria 71-46
Netherlands qualified to Group F rolling over Austria at the Division B of the U18 European Championship. The Dutch team smashed the opponents 71:46 for 2-1 record. Austria finished the group winless and will play at the Classification Round for 9-18 places. Although the Dutch team started with 5-0 run, Austria bounced back with 7-0 run. Paul Candiff (184-G-93) closed the period from he perimeter for 18:11, while Bas reduced to 25:21 at the end of the second frame. Shane Hammink (198-G-94) sent the squads to the lockers for 27:21 as Austria had a minimum 10-9 surge in the end of the half. The second half completely belonged to the Netherlands as they posted 22 points in the third and the last quarters. At first they won the third 22-12 and added 22-13 in the last stanza. Paul Candiff top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Shane Hammink notched 15. Markus Strohmayer (195-F-93) netted 9 points in defeat, Wilk scored 8 and Gvozden notched 7.

Montenegro - Romania 96-57
Montenegro sent Romania out of the Sweet Eight destroying them in the last day of the Preliminary Round. Montenegro won 96:57 for 2-1 record on top of Group C. Despite the big loss, Romania, who finished with the same record, allowed Netherlands to take the second spot. It was a tough start and both teams stayed close to each other. Romania led in the majority of the first quarter, but Montenegro grabbed 19:18 lead at the end of it. The lead continued to grow and the board showed 44:36 at the halftime after 25-18 in the second period. The second half became the nightmare for Romania that was overwhelmed by the opponents. With 26-9 Montenegro reached 70:45 and added 26-12 for the massive win. Ivanovic paced all the winners with 16 points, while Mihailo Kasalica (185-PG-93) and Pavic added 13 each. Vlado Koprivica (206-C-93) followed them with 12 points in the winning effort. Andrei Petica (192-F-93) and Horia Cristiean (183-PG-93) replied with 16 points each in the losing effort, while Olah netted 12.

Group D
Norway - Switzerland 74-79
Switzerland edged Norway at the Division B of the U18 European Championship as both teams head to the Classification Round for 9-18 places. The Swiss side celebrated the initial 79:74 victory remaining Norway winless in the campaign. Ndow scored the first four points for Norway as it became the only lead for his side in the quarter. He needed another dunk to close the frame at 24:26. Again Ndow and Otabor brought 33:30, while Marko Lepovic (193-F-94) closed the half at 40:36. Norway added 20-14 in the third quarter and enjoyed 60:50 entering the last quarter. The Swiss side did not give up and came up with the final surge in the end of the game. Trailing 69:72 with 2 minutes in the game, N'Dumba-Capela tied the game at 72:72 and Stalder as well as Kagny delivered the victory from the free throw line. Vincent Gaillard (200-F-93) paced all the winners with 23 points and 11 rebounds, while N'Dumba-Capela collected 19 points and 13 boards. Andjelkovic had 9 points and 10 rebounds, while Kagny posted 8. Ndow erupted with 39 points in defeat and Sindre Eik De Lange scored 9.

Slovakia - Israel 61-87
Israel wins Group D in Varna sending Slovak Republic to the Classification Round of the Division B of the U18 European Championship. It is hard to believe that Slovak Republic won the first three games of the Group D, but could not finish on the first two spots in the group. They even started strong versus Israel and had 11:6 midway through the first period. Israel played better at the end of the quarter and won the frame 24:20. In the second period Israel added 23-8 and enjoyed 47:28 at the halftime. Moreover the third period was a nightmare for Slovakia that scored only 4 points. Israel netted 19 and increased to 66:32 after thirty minutes of the game. Slovak Republic managed to close the game with 29-21 in the last stanza but could not win the game and will be out of the Qualifying Round. Or Solomon (196-F-93) paced all the winners with 21 points and Rafael Menco (198-F-94) followed him with 16. Elias-Pour delivered 15 and Cohen scored 12. Jan Brutovsky (185-G-93) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort and Novysedlak as well as Boris Bojanovsky (215-C-93) added 12 each.




Qualifying Round Day 2 in Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Poland - Serbia 70-61
Poland recorded the second straight win at the Qualifying Round of U18 European Championship. They held off Serbian counterparts for 3-1 record in Group E. Piotr Niedzwiedzki (209-F-93) came up with 22 points and 7 rebounds to pace the hosts. Serbia fell at 2-2 record after the defeat. Poland opened the game with a 9:2 run. Serbia cut the deficit but the hosts secured a 19:14 lead after ten minutes. The visitors tipped off the second term with nine points in a row to pull ahead. But Poland quickly regained the advantage and arrived at halftime up by two points 31:29. Piotr Niedzwiedzki knocked down five straight points early in the second half as Poland jumped to a 7-point advantage. Soon the hosts boosted the gap to 13 points 46:33. Poland headed into the fourth quarter up by 9 points 54:45. The home team tipped off the final term with 9 consecutive points to post an 18-point lead. Serbia went on a desperate rescue rally in the final minutes but came up short at the end. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) notched 14 points and 10 boards, while Tomasz Gielo (204-F-93) added 12 points in the victory. Vasilije Micic (192-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 13 points for Serbia. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) had 12 points in the loss.

Croatia - Turkey 66-72
Turkey overcame Croatia at the U18 European Championship in Wroclaw. Kenan Sipahi (192-PG-95) scored 16 points to pace Turkey as they improved at 2-2 record in Group E. Croatia suffered the first defeat at the tournament to fell at 3-1 record in the ladder. Turkey secured a 16:6 lead midway through the opening quarter. But Smolic scored 8 points in a 9:0 run from Croatia as they narrowed the deficit to a single 18:19 after ten minutes. Turkey regained an 11-point advantage midway through the second term. Croatia got within 7 points at the interval 32:39. Turkey maintained the lead throughout the third frame. They arrived at the final break up by as many as 15 points 49:64. The margin grew at 18-point mark early in the fourth quarter. Croatia responded with 14:0 run to narrow the gap to 4 points with two minutes remaining. Dokuyan stopped the rot for Turkey with two free throws and Croatia found no answer for this. Berkay Candan (205-F-93) notched 9 points, while Samet Geyik (206-F-93) delivered 8 points in the victory. Marko Ramljak (203-F-93, agency: Interperformances) answered with 17 points, 8 assists and 4 boards for Croatia. Stipe Krstanovic (204-F/C-93) had 16 points in defeat.

Germany - Slovenia 65-69
Slovenia kept alive in the race for the quarterfinal birth at the U18 European Championship. They overcame Germany for 1-3 record in Qualifying Round Group E. Germany fell at 1-3 record after the defeat. Slovenia will face Turkey, while Germany will play against Poland on the final day of the Qualifying Round tomorrow. The teams stayed close in the starting frame. Slovenia eked out a 15:14 lead after ten minutes. Slovenia used a 13:2 run in the second period to boost the margin to 12-point mark. Slovenia ensured a 40:23 halftime lead. Luka Rupnik (184-PG-93) gave Slovenia a 19-point advantage midway through the third quarter. But Germany answered with a 9:1 run to trim the deficit. Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93) and Hartmann dragged Germany within eight points with one quarter remaining 45:53. Germany opened the final quarter with six points in a row to get within two points. Dennis Schroeder (184-G-93) and Richter pulled Germany within a single point 61:62 with 47 seconds to go. But Matej Rojc (198-G-93) and Luka Rupnik sank seven free throws in the reminder of the contest to seal the victory for Slovenia. Luka Rupnik delivered 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to pace the winners. Matej Rojc contributed 19 points and 7 rebounds for Slovenia. Dennis Schroeder responded with 19 points for Germany. Bogdan Radosavljevic had 15 points and 10 boards in defeat.

Group F
Spain - Italy 73-66
Spain celebrated the fifth straight win at the U18 European Championship. They held off Italy to improve at 4-0 record in Qualifying Round Group F. Daniel Diez (199-F-93) stepped up with 17 points and 12 rebounds to pace the winners. Italy fell at 1-3 record in the loss. Spain opened the game on a 13:2 run. Spain dominated in the opening quarter to post a 23:13 lead at the first break. Spain stayed in charge but Italy capped the first half with eight points in a row as the Azzurri cut the deficit at 6-point mark 26:32. Italy eventually pulled in front 48:46 midway through the third term. But Spain regained the lead late in the quarter 55:52. Spain went on an 11:0 run midway through the fourth stanza and drove to the victory at the end. Guillermo Hernangomez (203-C-94) notched 13 points and 8 rebounds for Spain. Alejandro Suarez (205-F/C-93) had 12 points in the winning effort. Mattia Magrini (190-G-93) and Matteo Imbro (190-PG-94) answered with 13 points apiece for Italy. Matteo Chillo (202-F/C-93) produced 11 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

Russia - Latvia 72-64
Russia recorded the first win at the Qualifying Round of U18 European Championship. They overcame Latvia to improve at 1-3 record in Group F. Aleksandr Gudumak (204-F-93) tallied 17 points and 16 rebounds to lead the winners. Latvia fell at 0-4 record after the loss. The lead changed hands for numerous times throughout the opening quarter. Ojars Silins (201-F-93) capped the period with two free throws as Latvia grabbed an 18:16 lead. Krumins opened the second quarter with a three-pointer to boost the gap but Gleb Goldyrev (200-F-93) ignited a 12:0 run that put Russia ahead by 7 points 28:21. Russia hung on to post a 37:36 lead at the interval. Russia stayed in charge in the third term. They arrived at the final break up by four points 48:44. Latvia erased the deficit and knotted things up early in the fourth period. Krumins put the Baltic team in charge 58:57 with under five minutes remaining. Aleksandr Gudumak scored four points in a 6:0 run from Russia as they regained control. Gleb Goldyrev, Loginov and Karpenko sank six free throws late in regulation as Russia rallied to a tough win at the end. Gleb Goldyrev netted 15 points for Russia. Vladislav Trushkin (200-F-93) had 12 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Rihards Ginters (193-F-93) and Ojars Silins answered with 13 points each for Latvia. Andrejs Grazulis (203-C/F-93) delivered 12 points in the loss.

France - Lithuania 61-56
France nipped Lithuania at U18 European Championship today. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94) scored 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to pace Les Bleus to the victory. France thus improved at 3-1 record and caught up with Lithuania in the ladder. Lithuania stunned France at the start of the game scoring nine points without a reply. The defending champions maintained the lead posting a 16:11 lead after ten minutes. France used a 10:2 run late in the second quarter to pull ahead 26:24. The teams went neck and neck throughout the third term. The lead changed for several times before Invernizze made it 41:37 for Les Bleus at the final break. Lithuania quickly erased the deficit early in the fourth period but France did not allow their opponents to surge ahead. Mouhammadou Jaiteh and Hugo Invernizzi (196-G/F-93) returned an 8-point lead for Les Bleus. France did not allow Lithuania closer than five points in the dying minutes and rolled to a confident win at the end. Ulysse Adjagba (185-PG-93) knocked down 13 points, while Jean-Charles Livio (204-F/C-93) and Hugo Invernizzi added 9 points each in the victory. Paulius Semaska (183-PG-93) responded with 15 points for Lithuania. Arturas Gudaitis (208-C-93) and Osvaldas Olisevicius (196-F-93) had 11 points each in the loss.

Group G
Ukraine - Finland 75-65 OT
Ukraine snapped their four-game losing streak at U18 European Championship. They held off Finland in overtime drama to climb at 1-1 record in classification round Group G. Danylo Zuikov (185-PG-94) accounted for 23 points and 7 rebounds to pace the winners. Joonas Caven (210-C/F-93) helped Finland earn 17:12 lead late in the opening quarter. Finland entered the second term up by two points 17:15. The Finnish team piled up a 9-point lead midway through the second quarter. Ukraine went on a 13:0 run to grab a 30:26 lead. They posted a 34:29 lead at the interval. The teams stayed close throughout the third term however Ukraine ensured a 49:46 lead at the final intermission. Naapi opened the final term with five points in a row as Finland pulled in front. The lead changed for several times before Daniel Dolenc (205-C-93) made it 63:60 with 32 seconds remaining. Danylo Zuikov answered with a triple to level things up at 63 with 12 seconds remaining. Joonas Caven had a chance to win the game for Finland but missed a jumper. Danylo Zuikov dropped 8 points in overtime as Ukraine rallied to the victory. Vladimir Gerun (206-C-94) tallied 19 points and 20 boards, while Klym Artamonov (176-PG-93) added 18 points, 6 boards and 4 assists in the win. Daniel Dolenc responded with 23 points for Finland. Joonas Caven accounted for 16 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Czech Republic - Greece 72-100
Greece celebrated the second straight win at the Classification Round of U18 European Championship in Wroclaw. They knocked down Czech Republic to improve at 2-0 record in Group G. Giannoulis Larentzakis (196-G/F-93) scored 29 points to lead the Hellenes. Czech Republic fell at 1-1 record. The lead changed hands throughout the opening quarter. But Czech Republic went on a 7:0 run late in the period to open a 17:11 advantage. They hung on to post a 20:17 advantage at the first break. Giannoulis Larentzakis unloaded 14 points in the second quarter as Greece took over. They piled up a 47:41 halftime lead. Greece opened a double-digit lead midway through the third term 57:47. The Hellenes went on a 12:2 rally to ensure a 23-point lead with one quarter remaining. Greece did not loosen the grip in the fourth quarter and rolled to a comfortable win at the end. Kyprianos Maragkos (205-C-94) notched 22 points for Greece. Dimitrios Agravanis (203-F-94) added 11 points in the winning case. Jan Svandrlik (196-F-94) and Tomas Kyzlink (197-F/G-93) replied with 10 points apiece for Czech Republic.




Standings Division A
Standings
Group E
1. Croatia3-1
2. Poland3-1
3. Serbia2-2
4. Turkey2-2
5. Slovenia1-3
6. Germany1-3
Group F
1. Spain4-0
2. France3-1
3. Lithuania3-1
4. Russia1-3
5. Italy1-3
6. Latvia0-4
Group G (places 13-16)
1. Greece2-0
2. Ukraine1-1
3. Czech Rep.1-1
4. Finland0-2


Stats Leader
Points Per Game
 Chris NDOW
  (195-F/G-93)
  Avg: 27.3
 1. Ndow, NOR27.3 
 2. Bojanovsky, SVK21.5 
 3. Ivanov, BUL19.3 
 4. Solomon, ISR19.3 
 5. Borg, SWE17.5 
 6. Petica, ROM16.3 
 7. Polfer, LUX16.0 
 8. Reinholt, DEN15.8 
 9. Laane, EST15.3 
 10. Olah, ROM15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Clint N''DUMBA-CAPELA
  SUI
  (202-F-94)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. N''Dumba-C., SUI14.5 
 2. Bojanovsky, SVK14.3 
 3. Eliasson, SWE14.3 
 4. Olah, ROM13.0 
 5. Burjanadze, GEO10.7 
 6. Tenchev, BUL9.7 
 7. Filip, ROM9.7 
 8. Pavic, MNT9.3 
 9. Magarity, SWE9.3 
 10. Thomas-E., ENG8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Simon KRAJCOVIC
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Krajcovic, SVK8.5 
 2. Kasalica, MNT6.0 
 3. Karamfilov, BUL6.0 
 4. Maayan, ISR5.5 
 5. Cristiean, ROM5.3 
 6. de Lange, NOR4.8 
 7. Polyak, HUN4.7 
 8. Ventura, POR4.3 
 9. Lev, ISR4.3 
 10. Person, SWE4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Akos KOVACS
  (184-G-88)
  Avg: 6
 1. Kovacs, HUN6.0 
 2. Krajcovic, SVK5.8 
 3. Laane, EST4.8 
 4. Borg, SWE3.5 
 5. Ndow, NOR3.3 
 6. Gvozden, AUT3.3 
 7. Polfer, LUX3.0 
 8. Petica, ROM3.0 
 9. Laurent, LUX3.0 
 10. Maayan, ISR3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 William MAGARITY
  SWE
  (207-F-93)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Magarity, SWE3.8 
 2. Bojanovsky, SVK3.5 
 3. Kok, NED3.3 
 4. Olah, ROM2.7 
 5. Dimitrov, BUL2.0 
 6. N''Dumba-C., SUI1.8 
 7. Larsen, DEN1.8 
 8. Pavic, MNT1.7 
 9. Petras, SVK1.5 
 10. Davidsen, NOR1.5 


Stats Leaders Div. A
Points Per Game
 Amedeo DELLA VALLE
  (192-G-93)
  Avg: 19
 1. Della Valle, ITA19.0 
 2. Larentzakis, GRE19.0 
 3. Gerun, UKR17.6 
 4. Ponitka, POL17.0 
 5. Rupnik, SLO16.8 
 6. Brzoja, CRO15.6 
 7. Artamonov, UKR15.4 
 8. Redondo, ESP14.8 
 9. Zuikov, UKR14.4 
 10. Gudumak, RUS14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin KRIZ
  (202-F-93)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Kriz, CZE10.8 
 2. Gerun, UKR9.8 
 3. Jaiteh, FRA9.8 
 4. Gudumak, RUS9.6 
 5. Dinal, FRA8.6 
 6. Kyzlink, CZE8.4 
 7. Diez, ESP8.2 
 8. Kymantas, LTU8.2 
 9. Karnowski, POL8.0 
 10. Brzoja, CRO8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jaime FERNANDEZ
  (187-G-93)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Fernandez, ESP5.8 
 2. Deligeorgis, GRE5.6 
 3. Rupnik, SLO5.4 
 4. Micic, SRB4.4 
 5. Miljenovic, SRB4.2 
 6. Grochowski, POL4.0 
 7. Sanz, ESP4.0 
 8. Imbro, ITA3.8 
 9. Artamonov, UKR3.8 
 10. Schroeder, GER3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Martynas PALIUKENAS
  (178-PG-93)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Paliukenas, LTU3.4 
 2. Deligeorgis, GRE3.2 
 3. Ramljak, CRO2.8 
 4. Krstanovic, CRO2.8 
 5. Kymantas, LTU2.6 
 6. Micic, SRB2.6 
 7. Brzoja, CRO2.6 
 8. Artamonov, UKR2.6 
 9. Caven, FIN2.6 
 10. Bekteshi, GER2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Przemyslaw KARNOWSKI
  (213-C-93)
  Avg: 2
 1. Karnowski, POL2.0 
 2. Tessitori, ITA1.6 
 3. Gielo, POL1.4 
 4. Caven, FIN1.4 
 5. Jaiteh, FRA1.4 
 6. Gudaitis, LTU1.2 
 7. Zagreba, UKR1.2 
 8. Gerun, UKR1.2 
 9. Olaizola, ESP1.2 
 10. Niedzwiedzki, POL1.2 


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20   


Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B Awards 2011 - by Greg
Eurobasket.com All-ECH U20 Div.B 1st Team 2011
#s#
Tornike Shengelia
Shengelia
Dennis Donkor
Donkor
Rain Veideman
Veideman
Miralem Halilovic
Halilovic
Ondrej Balvin
Balvin
#e#5

Best Player: Tornike Shengelia (207-F-91) of Georgia
Best Guard: Dennis Donkor (194-G/F-91) of Belgium
Best Forward: Tornike Shengelia (207-F-91) of Georgia
Best Center: Ondrej Balvin (215-C-92) of Czech. Rep.
Best Coach: David Ustiashvili of Georgia

1st Team
G/F: Dennis Donkor (194-91) of Belgium
G: Rain Veideman (192-91) of Estonia
F: Miralem Halilovic (206-91) of Bosnia
F: Tornike Shengelia (207-91) of Georgia
C: Ondrej Balvin (215-92) of Czech. Rep.

2nd Team
G: Devon Van Oostrum (190-93) of United Kingdom
G: Michal Sokolowski (196-92) of Poland
G/F: Vitali Liutych (198-92) of Belarus
C/F: Maarten Rademakers (205-91) of Belgium
C: Jonas Bergstedt (210-91) of Denmark

3rd Team
PG: Richard Grznar (189-91) of Slovakia
G/F: Dimeo Van Der Horst (195-91) of Holland
F: Haukur Palsson (198-92) of Iceland
F/C: Janos Eilingsfeld (198-91) of Hungary
C: Bogdan Tibirna (210-91) of Romania

Honorable Mention
Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91) of Finland
Akaki Dvalishvili (206-C/F-90) of Georgia
Guy Lavie (188-PG-92) of Israel
Wojciech Fras (203-F-91) of Poland
Alex Marcotullio (190-G-91) of United Kingdom
Ryan Richards (212-C/F-91) of United Kingdom
Dzaner Osman (194-F/G-91) of Macedonia
Karamo Jawara (200-F-91) of Norway
Thomas Laerke (194-G/F-91) of Denmark
Aegir Steinarsson (182-G-91) of Iceland




Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Awadrs 2011 - by Greg
Eurobasket.com All-ECH U20 1st Team 2011
#s#
Nikola Mirotic
Mirotic
Evan Fournier
Fournier
Alessandro Gentile
Gentile
Furkan Aldemir
Aldemir
Bojan Dubljevic
Dubljevic
#e#5

Best Player: Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) of Spain
Best Guard: Evan Fournier (200-G/F-92) of France
Best Forward: Furkan Aldemir (207-F-91) of Turkey
Best Center: Nikola Mirotic of Spain
Best Coach: Juan Antonio Orenga of Spain

1st Team
G/F: Evan Fournier (200-92) of France
G/F: Alessandro Gentile (198-92) of Italy
F: Furkan Aldemir (207-91) of Turkey
F/C: Nikola Mirotic (209-91) of Spain
C: Bojan Dubljevic (205-91) of Montenegro

2nd Team
PG: Nemanja Nedovic (192-91) of Serbia
G: Danilo Andjusic (197-91) of Serbia
F: Nicolo Melli (205-91) of Italy
F: Joan Sastre Morro (201-91) of Spain
C: Alen Omic (213-92) of Slovenia

3rd Team
PG: Josep Franch (194-91) of Spain
G/F: Andrey Zubkov (205-91) of LoRussia
F: Huseyin Koksal (195-91) of Turkey
F: Saulius Kulvietis (203-91) of Lithuania
C: Daniel Theis (207-92) of Germany

Honorable Mention
Nemanja Jaramaz (201-G-91) of Serbia
Christopher Czerapowicz (200-SF-91) of Sweden
Leo Westermann (198-G-92) of France
Achille Polonara (202-F-91) of Italy
Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) of Lithuania
Niels Giffey (200-G/F-91) of Germany
Martins Meiers (206-C-91) of Latvia
Oleksandr Lypovyy (199-G-91) of Ukraine
Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (206-F-92) of Greece
Edo Muric (202-F-91) of Slovenia



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  FINLAND   


Karhu land Clevin Hannah and Todd Hendley - by Eurobasket News
Karhu Kauhajoki have ensured the services of Clevin Hannah (180-G-87, agency: Court Side, college: Wichita St.) and Todd Hendley (206-F-84, college: NC-Wilmington) for the next season.
Clevin Hannah played in Romania in the previous season. The guard was the member of Miercurea Ciuc squad. Clevin Hannah tallied 21.2 points, 6.2 assists, 3.1 boards and 1.5 steals per game in Romanian Division A. The guard earned Eurobasket.com Honourable Mention. It was the first pro season for Clevin Hannah.
Todd Hendley is not new to Finland. Last season the forward spent with Namika Lahti. He averaged 13.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per appearance. Previously Todd Hendley had stints in Netherlands and Germany. The forward participated at Dutch League All-Star in 2010.



U18: Ukraine finally deliver against Finland - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U18 - Finland U18 75:65 (OT)

Ukraine snapped their four-game losing streak at U18 European Championship. They held off Finland in overtime drama to climb at 1-1 record in classification round Group G. Danylo Zuikov (185-PG-94) accounted for 23 points and 7 rebounds to pace the winners.
Joonas Caven (210-C/F-93) helped Finland earn 17:12 lead late in the opening quarter. Finland entered the second term up by two points 17:15. The Finnish team piled up a 9-point lead midway through the second quarter. Ukraine went on a 13:0 run to grab a 30:26 lead. They posted a 34:29 lead at the interval. The teams stayed close throughout the third term however Ukraine ensured a 49:46 lead at the final intermission. Naapi opened the final term with five points in a row as Finland pulled in front. The lead changed for several times before Daniel Dolenc (205-C-93) made it 63:60 with 32 seconds remaining. Danylo Zuikov answered with a triple to level things up at 63 with 12 seconds remaining. Joonas Caven had a chance to win the game for Finland but missed a jumper. Danylo Zuikov dropped 8 points in overtime as Ukraine rallied to the victory. Vladimir Gerun (206-C-94) tallied 19 points and 20 boards, while Klym Artamonov (176-PG-93) added 18 points, 6 boards and 4 assists in the win. Daniel Dolenc responded with 23 points for Finland. Joonas Caven accounted for 16 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Ukraine U18: Danylo Zuikov 23, Vladimir Gerun 19+20 boards, Klym Artamonov 18
Finland U18: Daniel Dolenc 23, Joonas Caven 16+11 boards



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  FRANCE   


Simeon Naydenov heads to Clermont - by Eurobasket News
Simeon Naydenov (201-F/G-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Louisville) heads to Clermont for the next season. The Bulgarian Shooting Guard / Small Forward comes from Al Ahly where he finished the last season.
In 2009-2010 Simeon Naydenov played for Rilski Sportist Samokov (NBL, starting five) and in Balkan League after 9 games averaged 9.7ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 48.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 75.0%. In Bulgarian League after 34 games his stats read 12.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 59.2%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 72.2%. In 2010-2011 he started for Chernomorets Burgas (NBL) and became the fourth top-scorer with 16.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 57.0%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 68.8%. Since March 2011 played for Al Ahly (Egypt-Superleague).
In 2011 Simeon recorded 27 points against Balkan and then notched again 24 points with them. At the Regular Season Round 16 Chernomorets lost to Balkan 85-97 as the winners were led by the former international power forward Georgi Davidov who scored that evening 24 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Dwayne Morton supported him with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Even 24 points by the former international swingman Simeon Naydenov did not help to save the game for Chernomorets.





JDA Dijon keeps Ferdinand Prenom - by Eurobasket News
JDA Dijon made a move for the future. The French outfit penned a three-year contract extension with Ferdinand Prenom (203-C-91). It means that the young prospect will play for the club until the end of 2013/14 season. Last season he appeared 20 times in ProB averaging 3.1 points and 1.6 rebounds. Prenom played for U20 French National Team this summer and helped them to win the Bronze at U20 EuroBasket in Bilbao. They outplayed Russia 66-50 in the battle for third place. Prenom had 4.3 ppg and 3 rpg for 9 games at this event. He played for U20 France last summer as well. They won the Gold in Croatia and Prenom helped his team with 5.1 ppg, plus 4.3 rpg for 8 games. He also played for U18 France in the past.

Romain Gregoire signs with SO Maritime Boulogne - by Eurobasket News
Romain Gregoire (201-F/C-91) signs with SO Maritime Boulogne for 2011/2012 season. The French 1991 year born player started for SPO Rouen Basket U21 team in 2008 and continued for another season there. In 2010-2011 moved to BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (France-ProA) and in EuroChallenge's game collected 5pts, 3reb, 2ast, however mostly played at U21 team. In that game. BK Ventspils rout BCM Gravelines Dunkerque as both teams advanced to 1/4 Finals of EuroChallenge.



U18: France stop Lithuania in Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News
France U18 - Lithuania U18 61:56

France nipped Lithuania at U18 European Championship today. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94) scored 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to pace Les Bleus to the victory. France thus improved at 3-1 record and caught up with Lithuania in the ladder.
Lithuania stunned France at the start of the game scoring nine points without a reply. The defending champions maintained the lead posting a 16:11 lead after ten minutes. France used a 10:2 run late in the second quarter to pull ahead 26:24. The teams went neck and neck throughout the third term. The lead changed for several times before Invernizze made it 41:37 for Les Bleus at the final break. Lithuania quickly erased the deficit early in the fourth period but France did not allow their opponents to surge ahead. Mouhammadou Jaiteh and Hugo Invernizzi (196-G/F-93) returned an 8-point lead for Les Bleus. France did not allow Lithuania closer than five points in the dying minutes and rolled to a confident win at the end. Ulysse Adjagba (185-PG-93) knocked down 13 points, while Jean-Charles Livio (204-F/C-93) and Hugo Invernizzi added 9 points each in the victory. Paulius Semaska (183-PG-93) responded with 15 points for Lithuania. Arturas Gudaitis (208-C-93) and Osvaldas Olisevicius (196-F-93) had 11 points each in the loss.

France U18: Mouhammadou Jaiteh 15, Ulysse Adjagba 13, Jean-Charles Livio 9, Hugo Invernizzi 9
Lithuania U18: Paulius Semaska 15, Arturas Gudaitis 11, Osvaldas Olisevicius 11



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  FYR MACEDONIA   


FYR Macedonia edge Poland in Ptuj - by Eurobasket News
FYR Macedonia - Poland 66:57

FYR Macedonia clinched the second position at the international friendly tournament Primus Cup in Slovenia. They defeated Poland on the final day of action to improve at 1-1 record. Predrag Samardjiski (214-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) scored 14 points to pace the winners. Poland fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
FYR Macedonia got to a quick start. They built a 6-point lead after ten minutes 16:10. Poland adjusted offensively in the second period and cut the deficit to 4 points at the interval 25:29. But FYR Macedonia gained back control in the third frame. They kept Poland at distance restoring a 6-point lead with one quarter remaining. FYR Macedonia unloaded 19 points in the fourth period and celebrated victory at the end. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) knocked down 11 points, while Gjorgi Cekovski (202-F/C-79, agency: New Trend Agency) and Damjan Stojanovski (197-F-87) added 7 points each in the victory. Piotr Szczotka (197-F-81) answered with 9 points and 8 rebounds for Poland. Michal Gabinski (202-F-87) and Adam Hrycaniuk (208-C-84, college: Cincinnati) had 8 points each in the loss.

FYR Macedonia: Predrag Samardjiski 14, Pero Antic 11, Gjorgi Cekovski 7, Damjan Stojanovski 7
Poland: Piotr Szczotka 9, Michal Gabinski 8, Adam Hrycaniuk 8



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  GERMANY   


The Schwelmer Baskets Sign Dominik Malinowski - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Schwelmer Baskets have reeled in young German talent Dominik Malinowski (192-G-91) for the upcoming season. Dominik Malinowski (192-G-91) is a 20 year old 192cm guard that will also be inserted on the wing. Malinowski grew up in the Paderborn youth program and last season played for the Webmoebel Baskets Paderborn (Germany-ProA): 22 games: 2.0ppg, 1.2rpg. The clun saw Mailinowski in a tryout and knew quickly that he was a player for their program. 'From the very first try out day, Dominik impressed me right away. I tried very hard to get him to Schwelm. He already has a lot of expeience for his age. I am sure that he will help our team', stressed Schwelm head coach Raphel Wilder. Malinowski started his basketball career in 2002 in Paderborn for the U-12. Awards/Achievements in his career have been German U16 National Team -07, European Championships U16 Division B in Skopje (FYR Macedonia) -07, and German U18 National Team -09. 'I had very long time to think of my decision and spkoe with coach Wilder, but I am sure I found the right team. I can make the next step in my career here. I can get playing time and go to university. I want to thank the head coach and club for their effort', stressed Dominik Malinowski (192-G-91).

Source: Schwelmer Baskets


Ben Jacobson Also Follows John Patrick To The s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
There must be a special aura within John Patrick that keeps bringing ex players from him to Wurzburg as after John Little, and Jason Boone, a third ex BG Goettingen player with Ben Jacobson (188-G-83, college: N.Iowa) will play for the Bavarian club. Jacobson is a 27 year old 188cm guard that was born in Sioux City, Iowa. He is a big time point guard, very good defender and a great scorer who can create his own shot that played for BG Goettingen from 2006-2009. Last season, he played for Ikaros Kallitheas (Greece-A1, starting five), only pre-season, in Dec.'10 moved to Boulazac Basket Dordogne (France-ProB, starting five): 19 games: 12.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 74.6%. 'It is very importnat to have leaders in the team with Ben Jacobson (188-G-83, college: N.Iowa) and John Little', stressed s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg head coach John Patrick . Jacobson started his basketball career in 2002 for N.Iowa (NCAA) where he played until 2006. In his senior year, he played 32 games: ScoreMVC-4 (14.2ppg), 3.9rpg, AssistsMVC-5 (3.8apg), 1.5spg, FGP: 38.9%, 3PT: 32.8%, FTMVC-4 (77.5%): Finished career raked third all-time at Northern Iowa in scoring (1,787 points), third in field goals made (637), second in field goals attempted (1459), first in three-point field goals made (203), first in three-point field goals attempted (51 9), ninth in assists (124) and fourth in steals (154). In the summer of 2006, he took part in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft): 3 games: 7.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.0apg, 0.7spg, 2FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 40.0%. In 2006-2007, he started his professional basketball career in germany with Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 15 games: 21.3ppg, 4.9rpg, Assists-1 (7.1apg), 1.5spg, 2FGP: 43.6%, 3FGP: 31.4%, FT: 81.6%; in May'07 moved to Etendard de Brest (France-ProB, starting five): 1 game: 15pts, 2reb, 1ast. In 2007-2008, he remained in Germany and played for Mitteldeutscher BC (Germany-ProA, starting five): German League: 4 games: 12.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.8apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 72.2%; 4 games, waived in Jan.'08, later that month moved to BG 74 Goettingen (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 17 games: 9.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 56.5%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 88.6%. In 2008-2009, he continued to play for MEG Goettingen (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 10.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.5apg, Steals-5 (1.5spg), FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 74.7%. In 2009-2010, he helped lead the club to the Eurochallenge title playing EuroChallenge: 14 games: 13.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 52.5%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 80.0%; German League: 34 games: 8.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.2apg, FGP: 38.9%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 79.5%. Awards/Achievements in his career have been HS First team all-stater -02, MVC All-Newcomer Team -04, MVC Tournament MVP -04, MVC All-Freshman Team -04, MVC Tournament Winner -04, All-MVC 1st Team -05-06, MVC Tournament Semifinals -06, USA Selection for the Maccabi International Games in Australia -06, German Bundesliga Regular Season Runner-Up -09, Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Honorable Mention -10, and EuroChallenge Champion -10

Source: s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg




BiG Gotha Sign David Watson - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO B team BiG Gotha have announced that David Watson (185-G-88) will suit up in the PRO B this season. Watson is a 22 year old 184cm guard that has a lot of experience despite his youth. He arrives in the PRO B having played 52 PRO A games. Last season, he played for Dragons Rhoendorf (ProA): 25 games: 4.1ppg, 1.5rpg. 'We really got a steal with David Watson. I am happy that we could give him a long term contract. I still think that there is a lot of potential in him and that he will grow with the Rockets', stated BiG Gotha head coach Marko Simic . Watson started his professional basketball career in 2005 with SSC Karlsruhe (Regionalliga) 22 games: 14.5ppg. He played for BG Karlsruhe (ProA) from 2007-2009 and also shortly for PSK City Baskets Karlsruhe (Regionliga): 7 games: 10.7ppg. Awards/Achievements in his career have been German Bundesliga U-19 All-Star Game -07, Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-East Second Team -07, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Champion -10. 'I want to improve my game, be successful with the team and move up', stressed David Watson (185-G-88)

Source: BiG Gotha


8 Time Beko BBL Champion Alba Berlin Reward 18 Year Old Joey Ney With Long Term Contract - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Alba Berlin has been known for having a fit youth program and the next young player to make the jump as a professional player is Joey Ney (197-G-92). Ney is a 18 year old 197cm guard that was born in Berlin.Alba Berlin seem to be so schmitten with the German that they have given him a four year contract. Ney has seen it all with Alba Berlin the last years playing for the PRO B, NBBL team and practicing with the first team with guys like Julius jenkins and Immanuel Mcelroy. 'Joey has developed very well in the last years and worked very hard. He has a lot of potential and we are happy to be able to work with him on a long term basis. He is part of our first team, but will also play for the PRO B team', stated Alba Berlin manager Mithat Demirel Ney got some expereince playing high school ball in the States at Arlington in 2008-2009. In 2009-2010, he played for ALBA Berlin II (Regionalliga): 11 games: 4.8ppg. Last season, he played for ALBA Berlin (1.Bundesliga): EuroCup: 1 game: 0pts, 1reb, had also a license to play for ALBA Berlin II (ProB, starting five): 21 games: 7.9ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 61.7%. Awards/Achievements in his career have been German U16 National Team -08, European Championships U16 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) -08 (Gold) (Gold): 9 games: 4.8ppg, 3.0rpg, German Regionalliga (North Group) Champion -10, German U18 National Team -10, European Championships U18 in Vilnius (Lithuania) -10: 9 games: 1.1ppg, 2.2rpg, and German U20 National Team -11

Source: ALBA Berlin


RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf Brings In Brenton Butler - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO B club RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf announced today that Brenton Butler (190-G) will make his professional debut in Germany this season. Butler is a 23 year old 190cm guard from Norcross, Georgia that played at Fordham in New York city from 2006-2011. In his senior year, he played 27 games: 14.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.4apg, FGP: 35.8%, 3PT: 31.9%, FT: 83.7%. His best statistical season in the NCAA was 2009-2010 where he played 28 games: 16.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 33.5%, 3PT: 29.9%, FT: 81.3%. 'Brenton is a very offensive player that either creates shots for himself or for his teammates. This is a role that he should also do for us', stressed RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf head coach Vladimir Pastushenko . ' Awards/Achievements in his career have been HS: State AAAAA championship -06

Source: RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf




U18: Slovenia topple Germany to stay hopeful in Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia U18 - Germany U18 69:65

Slovenia kept alive in the race for the quarterfinal birth at the U18 European Championship. They overcame Germany for 1-3 record in Qualifying Round Group E. Germany fell at 1-3 record after the defeat. Slovenia will face Turkey, while Germany will play against Poland on the final day of the Qualifying Round tomorrow.
The teams stayed close in the starting frame. Slovenia eked out a 15:14 lead after ten minutes. Slovenia used a 13:2 run in the second period to boost the margin to 12-point mark. Slovenia ensured a 40:23 halftime lead. Luka Rupnik (184-PG-93) gave Slovenia a 19-point advantage midway through the third quarter. But Germany answered with a 9:1 run to trim the deficit. Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93) and Hartmann dragged Germany within eight points with one quarter remaining 45:53. Germany opened the final quarter with six points in a row to get within two points. Dennis Schroeder (184-G-93) and Richter pulled Germany within a single point 61:62 with 47 seconds to go. But Matej Rojc (198-G-93) and Luka Rupnik sank seven free throws in the reminder of the contest to seal the victory for Slovenia. Luka Rupnik delivered 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to pace the winners. Matej Rojc contributed 19 points and 7 rebounds for Slovenia. Dennis Schroeder responded with 19 points for Germany. Bogdan Radosavljevic had 15 points and 10 boards in defeat.

Slovenia U18: Luka Rupnik 24, Matej Rojc 19, Ziga Dimec (208-C/F-93) 10
Germany U18: Dennis Schroeder 19, Bogdan Radosavljevic 15+10 boards



BG Dorsten bolsters backcourt by adding John Cadmus - by Moritz Korff
Pro B newcomer BG Dorsten has made another summer signing, unveiling a deal with guard John Cadmus (183-G-85). The 25-year-old comes off a season with the Gotha Rockets. He appeared in 23 Pro B games for the Gotha team in 2010-11 and scored 8.7 points per contest. Prior to his stint at BiG he spent five years with the Crailsheim Merlins. In 2008-09 he helped the Merlins to capture the Pro B championship and had a single season in Pro A basketball afterwards.

Mike Scott heads to Dortmund - by Moritz Korff
Fairleigh Dickinson leading scorer Mike Scott (182-G-86, agency: Prossin Sports Management) will kick off his professional career at SVD 49 Dortmund in the 1. Regionalliga West. The guard out of Philadelphia, PA played 25 games for the NCAA D1 school in this past season. He scored close to 15 points a contest, dished out 4.4 assists per encounter (another team best) and pulled down 5.2 rebounds per game. Due to the new Regionalliga import player rule, that limits the number of non-EU players to one per team, Scott will remain the only American player on the 49ers' squad.

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U18: Greece thump Czech Republic for second win in a row in Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News
Greece U18 - Czech Republic U18 100:72

Greece celebrated the second straight win at the Classification Round of U18 European Championship in Wroclaw. They knocked down Czech Republic to improve at 2-0 record in Group G. Giannoulis Larentzakis (196-G/F-93) scored 29 points to lead the Hellenes. Czech Republic fell at 1-1 record.
The lead changed hands throughout the opening quarter. But Czech Republic went on a 7:0 run late in the period to open a 17:11 advantage. They hung on to post a 20:17 advantage at the first break. Giannoulis Larentzakis unloaded 14 points in the second quarter as Greece took over. They piled up a 47:41 halftime lead. Greece opened a double-digit lead midway through the third term 57:47. The Hellenes went on a 12:2 rally to ensure a 23-point lead with one quarter remaining. Greece did not loosen the grip in the fourth quarter and rolled to a comfortable win at the end. Kyprianos Maragkos (205-C-94) notched 22 points for Greece. Dimitrios Agravanis (203-F-94) added 11 points in the winning case. Jan Svandrlik (196-F-94) and Tomas Kyzlink (197-F/G-93) replied with 10 points apiece for Czech Republic.

Greece U18: Giannoulis Larentzakis 29, Kyprianos Maragkos 22, Dimitrios Agravanis 11
Czech Republic U18: Jan Svandrlik 10, Tomas Kyzlink 10



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Jamaica jumps to 2-0 in Nassau - by Eurobasket News
GUYANA - JAMAICA 43-75

Jamaica registered second straight win in Nassau. They handed 75-43 loss to Guyana jumping to 2-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Thanks to this win, Jamaica already booked a ticket for the Semifinals of CBC Championship. On the other side, Guyana failed in their first appearance at this event (0-1). Garfield Blair (196-G-87) top-scored for the winners with 18 points. Ryan Reid (203-F-86, college: Florida St.) had 10 points and 9 rebounds, while Patrick Ewing Jr. (203-F-84, college: Georgetown) helped with 8 pts in this win. In Guyana, Rodwell Fortune collected 14 points. Their second scorer was Dwayne Roberts (C) with 11 pts. Quarters: 5-21, 19-23, 6-21, 13-10. Jamaica will have a day-off now. Guyana will meet US Virgin Islands.

Guyana: Rodwell Fortune 14, Dwayne Roberts 11
Jamaica: Garfield Blair 18, Ryan Reid 10+9 boards, Patrick Ewing Jr. 8


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WCAA Giants, Tiedeman back for at least one season - by Fred Roggen
WCAA Giants and forward Tyler Tiedeman (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Boise St.) will be together for at least one more season after reaching a contract agreement on Tuesday. Tiedeman finished his first season with WCAA Giants, which he helped reaching the 2011 Dutch Cup Final. The former 'Bronco' averaged 14.9 points and 4.1 rebounds in 37 Dutch Basketball league games last season.
Technical manager Marcel Lohr: 'He was last year one of our best players.



U18: Netherlands qualified to Group F rolling over Austria - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands U18-Austria U18 71:46

Netherlands qualified to Group F rolling over Austria at the Division B of the U18 European Championship. The Dutch team smashed the opponents 71:46 for 2-1 record. Austria finished the group winless and will play at the Classification Round for 9-18 places.
Although the Dutch team started with 5-0 run, Austria bounced back with 7-0 run. Paul Candiff (184-G-93) closed the period from he perimeter for 18:11, while Bas reduced to 25:21 at the end of the second frame. Shane Hammink (198-G-94) sent the squads to the lockers for 27:21 as Austria had a minimum 10-9 surge in the end of the half. The second half completely belonged to the Netherlands as they posted 22 points in the third and the last quarters. At first they won the third 22-12 and added 22-13 in the last stanza.
Paul Candiff top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Shane Hammink notched 15. Markus Strohmayer (195-F-93) netted 9 points in defeat, Gregor Wilk (178-G-93) scored 8 and Luka Gvozden (182-PG-93) notched 7.

Netherlands U18: Paul Candiff 17, Shane Hammink 15
Austria U18: Markus Strohmayer 9, Gregor Wilk 8, Luka Gvozden 7




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U18: The hosts won Group A in Varna - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria U18-Hungary U18 76:54

The hosts won Group A in Varna at the U18 European Championship. Bulgaria edged Hungary for the top place in the group and handed them their first 76:54 loss.
Varga gave Hungary 6:1 in the opening tip but the hosts responded with 13-0 run for 14:6. Nikolay Stoyanov (195-F-94) and Laszlo Dobos (210-C-93, agency: FCM) exchanged the late baskets at the end of the frame for 14:8. The second quarter became decisive in the game as Bulgaria erupted with 27-8 for the massive lead. Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93) sent the squads to the lockers for 41:16. Hungary woke up in the third quarter and after 21-12 reduced to 53:37 after thirty minutes. Bulgaria however needed 23-17 in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Pavlin Ivanov (195-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) led the way with 21 points and Nikolay Stoyanov posted 15. Aleks Simeonov (200-F-93) notched 12, while Tencho Tenchev delivered 11. Laszlo Polyak (190-G-93) posted 13 points in defeat and Laszlo Dobos chipped in 12.

Bulgaria U18: Pavlin Ivanov 21, Nikolay Stoyanov 15, Aleks Simeonov 12, Tencho Tenchev 11
Hungary U18: Laszlo Polyak 13, Laszlo Dobos 12



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Mill Rats, coach set to talk - by Eurobasket News
The Saint John Mill Rats will begin negotiations with coach Jaren Jackson Friday to have him return to the team for a second season.

Jackson has been looking into other coaching opportunities in the United States and would keep him closer to his wife and children in Maryland.

'A little more family oriented. To be closer to home, that's been my interest,' Jackson said from his home in Maryland.

'Throughout the summer that's been the case. There have been other options, so that's what I'm going through right now but I'm going to touch base with Ian this week and next week.' Jackson led the Mill Rats to a 9-11 record in the 2010-2011 Premier Basketball League season.

'With the new NBL (National Basketball League of Canada) that brings some excitement and some feeling of coming back in my eyes. We'll see how it goes,' he added.

Mill Rats president and general manager Ian McCarthy said he hopes Jackson will return for the NBL's inaugural season.


Draft picks
The NBL will hold its draft and combine Aug. 20-21 in Toronto. Each team will have a roster of 10-12. McCarthy said the Mill Rats are leaning towards a 12-man roster.

The leagues founding teams, the Mill Rats, the Halifax Rainmen and the Quebec Kebs, all have the option of protecting five members of their rosters from last season. Those players will be exempt from the draft. The Mill Rats will protect guards Anthony Anderson, Dwuan Rice and Marc Egerson along with forwards Steve DeLuca and Ross Demasi.

'They can (play) in another league but we hold their rights for the NBL Canada until Oct. 1. We'd probably be looking to sign them by September after we discuss what their plans are and that kind of thing,' McCarthy said.

Moncton Franchise
The league will also welcome a Moncton franchise in its 2011-12 season. Moncton city council reached an agreement-in-principle with an out-of-town ownership group on a three-year contract for use of the Moncton Coliseum last week. The franchise won't be officially announced for another two weeks but the league is including it in its schedule to be released around July 31.

'I think it's fabulous,' McCarthy said. 'I think the rivalry between Saint John and Moncton is already there and I think that the people in Moncton who've followed the progress of the Mill Rats and the Rainmen were eager to get a team in and I think it's going to be great for the Maritimes as well as having P.E.I., in,' McCarthy said.

NBA Players
McCarthy said there is a possibility of NBA players coming to the NBL this season. While scouting players in Boston and Hartford, Conn., McCarthy spoke with NBA players who are concerned about the lockout.

'At this stage the biggest barrier of signing an NBA player under contract is the insurance because typically when they play in the Olympics, the national team they play for has to buy an insurance policy to cover their NBA contract should they get hurt.

'What I'm hearing now is that the NBA Players Association is trying to purchase a blanket policy for all players to lower the cost. Because it will be spread across a lot more players than just one here, one there, then that would free them up to go and play overseas without it being an expensive burden to the team they play for.

'If they can get that cleared up then we may see some playing in many different places including NBL Canada,' McCarthy said.

Exhibition Games
The Mill Rats have two exhibition games planned for the upcoming season. The pre-season Rogers game will take place in Harbour Station in October. The date and the opponent have yet to be determined. Last season, Rogers sponsored Saint John's opening exhibition game versus Quebec, ensuring a sellout.

Fredericton is also working on having an exhibition game played there in October.

'We're discussing with Kelly Lamrock who heads up the ownership group there that's looking to do a team next year. So he's been talking to people at the city and the university to see if we can make that happen,' McCarthy said.

Courtesy of http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com


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Yogev Ohayon joins Maccabi T.A. - by David Pick
As expected and after a long summers wait, Maccabi Tel Aviv officially announced today (Tuesday), that they have significantly strengthened their roster from an Israeli point of view, signing point guard Yogev Ohayon to a long three year deal where will earn $700,000.

The signing of Ohayon completes a dominant Israeli force on the yellow-and-blue bench including David Blu, Jon Scheyer, Tal Burstein, Lior Eliyahu, Guy Pnini and young talent, Sean Labanowski. Head Coach David Blatt is keen on returning to the European FF big stage and win the trophy he lost last season. In addition, Maccabi will play in three demanding leagues (Israeli, Euroleague and Adriatic), a reason why Blatt is interested in a fifteen player roster to handle the draining burden.

With the addition of Ohayon, the Israeli champions already inked Americans Shawn James and Devin Smith, along with American/Israeli point guard Jon Scheyer. Maccabi will focus now on adding its missing piece to fill Blatt's foreign roster, as he looks for a dominant guard who compliments Jeremy Pargo, and will be a key ingredient to their success.

The 24-year-old guard leaves Hapoel Jerusalem after two season where he recently recorded averages of 6ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.9apg and 1.5spg in the EuroCup, and 8.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.0apg and 1.7spg in the Israeli league.




U18: Israel wins Group D in Varna sending Slovak Republic to the Classification Round - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic U18-Israel U18 61:87

Israel wins Group D in Varna sending Slovak Republic to the Classification Round of the Division B of the U18 European Championship.
It is hard to believe that Slovak Republic won the first three games of the Group D, but could not finish on the first two spots in the group. They even started strong versus Israel and had 11:6 midway through the first period. Israel played better at the end of the quarter and won the frame 24:20. In the second period Israel added 23-8 and enjoyed 47:28 at the halftime. Moreover the third period was a nightmare for Slovakia that scored only 4 points. Israel netted 19 and increased to 66:32 after thirty minutes of the game. Slovak Republic managed to close the game with 29-21 in the last stanza but could not win the game and will be out of the Qualifying Round.
Or Solomon (196-F-93) paced all the winners with 21 points and Rafael Menco (198-F-94) followed him with 16. Ram Elias-Pour (208-C-93) delivered 15 and Omer Cohen (181-G-93) scored 12. Jan Brutovsky (185-G-93) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort and Jakub Novysedlak (182-PG-93) as well as Boris Bojanovsky (215-C-93) added 12 each.

Slovak Republic U18: Jan Brutovsky 14, Jakub Novysedlak 12, Boris Bojanovsky 12+11 rebs
Israel U18: Or Solomon 21, Rafael Menco 16, Ram Elias-Pour 15, Omer Cohen 12



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U18: Spain handle Italy to stay undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Spain U18 - Italy U18 73:66

Spain celebrated the fifth straight win at the U18 European Championship. They held off Italy to improve at 4-0 record in Qualifying Round Group F. Daniel Diez (199-F-93) stepped up with 17 points and 12 rebounds to pace the winners. Italy fell at 1-3 record in the loss.
Spain opened the game on a 13:2 run. Spain dominated in the opening quarter to post a 23:13 lead at the first break. Spain stayed in charge but Italy capped the first half with eight points in a row as the Azzurri cut the deficit at 6-point mark 26:32. Italy eventually pulled in front 48:46 midway through the third term. But Spain regained the lead late in the quarter 55:52. Spain went on an 11:0 run midway through the fourth stanza and drove to the victory at the end. Guillermo Hernangomez (203-C-94) notched 13 points and 8 rebounds for Spain. Alejandro Suarez (205-F/C-93) had 12 points in the winning effort. Mattia Magrini (190-G-93) and Matteo Imbro (190-PG-94) answered with 13 points apiece for Italy. Matteo Chillo (202-F/C-93) produced 11 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

Spain U18: Daniel Diez 17+12 boards, Guillermo Hernangomez 13, Alejandro Suarez 12
Italy U18: Mattia Magrini 13, Matteo Imbro 13, Matteo Chillo 11+10 boards



Albert Miralles returns to Italy - by Eurobasket News
Albert Miralles (208-C-82, agency: Interperformances) is back to Italy after five years. The Spanish big guy penned a deal with Angelico Biella. He spent last two years with Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC. Last season Miralles had 8.3 ppg and 6.1 rpg for the club in 34 games. In 2009/10, he averaged 8.1 ppg and 5.2 boards. From 2005 to 2009, Albert Miralles was a member of Pamesa Valencia. In their last season together he had 5.6 ppg and 3.4 rpg in ACB. He also added 5.5 ppg and 2.9 rpg in 13 EuroCup games. In Italy, Miralles played for Kinder, Rimini, Roseto and Cantu. With Cantu he had 11.3 ppg and 6.4 rpg for 37 games in SerieA, season 2004/05. That year he also added 7.3 ppg and 4.7 rpg in ULEB Cup. Miralles was a member of the Spanish National Team in 2005. He reached Copa Rel Rey Finals and ULEB Cup Quarterfinals with Pamesa.

Scafati inks guard Paul Marigney - by Eurobasket News
Paul Marigney (192-G-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) will stay in Italy for at least one more season. Scafati Basket announced signing of the American guard for 2011/12. Marigney heads to Scafati from Assigeco BPL Lodi, where he spent last season. For 30 games in LegaDue he shined with 17.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.8 apg and 2.1 spg. Eurobasket awarded Marigney with All-Italian Lega2 Honorable Mention -11. Season 2009/10, Paul Marigney spent with Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia. He had 14.2 ppg 3.4 rpg, 1.6 apg and 1.8 spg for them in 19 LegaDue games. Marigney also played for Reggio Emilia in 2007/08. In the meantime he spent one season with Edies Pavia. In the past, Paul Marigney was a member of Ferrara, Evreuz and Dijon. He is a product of the St.Mary's College of California.

Barcellona brings in Mindaugas Lukauskis - by Eurobasket News
Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-G-79) will continue his career in Italy. Barcellona announced his signing for the 2011/12 season. The Lithuanian G/SF spent last season in Germany as a member of Oldenburg. He played 40 games for them in domestic championship collecting 12.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 3.1 apg. Lukauskis also added 13.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.7 apg and 2.5 spg for 6 EuroCup games. He was named Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention -11 and Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Bosmans Team -11. Mindaugas Lukauskis spent 2009/10 season with ASVEL. He helped them win Semaine des As Cup. In ProA, he averaged 10.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists. Lukauskis also had 8.1 ppg, 2 rpg, 3.1 apg and 2.3 spg for 10 Euroleague games. He spent couple of years with Lietuvos Rytas in the past. Lukauskis also has experience from Alita Alytus, Sakalai and Panevezys. He won the ULEB Cup with Rytas in 2005, EuroCup in 2009 and they also grabbed few Baltic and Lithuanian league titles together. In 2009, Lukauskis was named Eurobasket.com All-Eurocup European Player of the Year.

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Jamaica jumps to 2-0 in Nassau - by Eurobasket News
GUYANA - JAMAICA 43-75

Jamaica registered second straight win in Nassau. They handed 75-43 loss to Guyana jumping to 2-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Thanks to this win, Jamaica already booked a ticket for the Semifinals of CBC Championship. On the other side, Guyana failed in their first appearance at this event (0-1). Garfield Blair (196-G-87) top-scored for the winners with 18 points. Ryan Reid (203-F-86, college: Florida St.) had 10 points and 9 rebounds, while Patrick Ewing Jr. (203-F-84, college: Georgetown) helped with 8 pts in this win. In Guyana, Rodwell Fortune collected 14 points. Their second scorer was Dwayne Roberts (C) with 11 pts. Quarters: 5-21, 19-23, 6-21, 13-10. Jamaica will have a day-off now. Guyana will meet US Virgin Islands.

Guyana: Rodwell Fortune 14, Dwayne Roberts 11
Jamaica: Garfield Blair 18, Ryan Reid 10+9 boards, Patrick Ewing Jr. 8


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NBA Lockout : More Players Eye Asia - by Emeka Eke
As the labor lockout dispute continues to rock the NBA with no possibility of the league-return in sight, more players have their eyes set on Asia. Answering questions from journalists in the past week, Orlando Magic Center, Dwight Howard (211-C-85), expressed his desire to play in China or Europe amid fears that the lockout could take much longer than it should. Howard who led the Magic to the final of the 2009, NBA Playoffs where they lost to the eventual winners, LA Lakers was full of praises for the Asian Basketball league which he described as 'Emerging.'

Meanwhile, LA Lakers' Kobe Bryant (198-G-78) who earlier had his eyes set on Asia but now considering a move to Besiktas in Turkey, had told the press a week earlier that anything was possible what with the labor dispute including a surprise move to Asia. Like Howard, Kobe who won the NBA's Slam dunk contest in 1997 and became the youngest player in NBA history to play in an NBA All Star game at 17, was full of praises for the Asian Basketball league which has continued to attract players from around the world.
It is worthy of note that two of Asia's best basketball exports, KJ Matsui and Taishi Ito both from Japan where products of the Nike Asia Camp from where they were spotted by Montrose Christian High School, MD Coach, Stu Vetter who nurtured them to stardom.

While the lockout dispute lasts, professionals and prospects alike have continued to explore their interests in Europe and Asia where they expect to stay in great shape awaiting the return of the NBA League. Some of the NBA stars who have already joined other leagues in Europe include : New Jersey guard Sasha Vujacic ,Anadolu Efes- Turkey, Bojan Bogdanovic, Fenerbahce-Turkey, as well as Allen Iverson who was signed on by Besiktas last year but whose time in Turkey was cut short due to injury.
It will be recalled that a similar lockout hampered the league twelve years ago in 1999.

Report by Emeka Eke


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U18: Russia defeat Latvia in Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News
Russia U18 - Latvia U18 72:64

Russia recorded the first win at the Qualifying Round of U18 European Championship. They overcame Latvia to improve at 1-3 record in Group F. Aleksandr Gudumak (204-F-93) tallied 17 points and 16 rebounds to lead the winners. Latvia fell at 0-4 record after the loss.
The lead changed hands for numerous times throughout the opening quarter. Ojars Silins (201-F-93) capped the period with two free throws as Latvia grabbed an 18:16 lead. Krumins opened the second quarter with a three-pointer to boost the gap but Gleb Goldyrev (200-F-93) ignited a 12:0 run that put Russia ahead by 7 points 28:21. Russia hung on to post a 37:36 lead at the interval. Russia stayed in charge in the third term. They arrived at the final break up by four points 48:44. Latvia erased the deficit and knotted things up early in the fourth period. Krumins put the Baltic team in charge 58:57 with under five minutes remaining. Aleksandr Gudumak scored four points in a 6:0 run from Russia as they regained control. Gleb Goldyrev, Loginov and Karpenko sank six free throws late in regulation as Russia rallied to a tough win at the end. Gleb Goldyrev netted 15 points for Russia. Vladislav Trushkin (200-F-93) had 12 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Rihards Ginters (193-F-93) and Ojars Silins answered with 13 points each for Latvia. Andrejs Grazulis (203-C/F-93) delivered 12 points in the loss.

Russia U18: Aleksandr Gudumak 17+16 boards, Gleb Goldyrev 15, Vladislav Trushkin 12+11 boards
Latvia U18: Rihards Ginters 13, Ojars Silins 13, Andrejs Grazulis 12



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Darryl Watkins to join the lebanese National team . - by John Khoury
After 9 mins of play in the entire Tourney, Michael southall's journey with the lebanese cedars reached a dead end.
Coach Ghassan Sarkis will be looking for alternatives as soon as they reach beirut.
According to our sources, in case no new options were discovered in a matter of days if not hours, Darryl Watkins (211-C-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Syracuse) will be nationalized to join the practices as soon as possible.
Michael southall suffered from a severe sickness for five days, after being hospitalized , and couldn't practice or play any friendly game with the Lebanese National Team.



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Pre-Season Warm Up Tournament - by Sekhoane Moshabesha
Pre-Season Tournament at Lehakoe on Saturday 6th August 8.30am. Reg. fee M250 per team. All teams are invited.

All friends, supporters and family are more than welcome.

The league launch will hopefully be at Mafeteng, and the league schedule will be released by NBL once all the teams have registered.

REMINDER: The AGM will be held on Sunday 7th August 2011, if you want your voice heard, make sure you attend the AGM.



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  LITHUANIA   


U18: France stop Lithuania in Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News
France U18 - Lithuania U18 61:56

France nipped Lithuania at U18 European Championship today. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94) scored 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to pace Les Bleus to the victory. France thus improved at 3-1 record and caught up with Lithuania in the ladder.
Lithuania stunned France at the start of the game scoring nine points without a reply. The defending champions maintained the lead posting a 16:11 lead after ten minutes. France used a 10:2 run late in the second quarter to pull ahead 26:24. The teams went neck and neck throughout the third term. The lead changed for several times before Invernizze made it 41:37 for Les Bleus at the final break. Lithuania quickly erased the deficit early in the fourth period but France did not allow their opponents to surge ahead. Mouhammadou Jaiteh and Hugo Invernizzi (196-G/F-93) returned an 8-point lead for Les Bleus. France did not allow Lithuania closer than five points in the dying minutes and rolled to a confident win at the end. Ulysse Adjagba (185-PG-93) knocked down 13 points, while Jean-Charles Livio (204-F/C-93) and Hugo Invernizzi added 9 points each in the victory. Paulius Semaska (183-PG-93) responded with 15 points for Lithuania. Arturas Gudaitis (208-C-93) and Osvaldas Olisevicius (196-F-93) had 11 points each in the loss.

France U18: Mouhammadou Jaiteh 15, Ulysse Adjagba 13, Jean-Charles Livio 9, Hugo Invernizzi 9
Lithuania U18: Paulius Semaska 15, Arturas Gudaitis 11, Osvaldas Olisevicius 11



Barcellona brings in Mindaugas Lukauskis - by Eurobasket News
Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-G-79) will continue his career in Italy. Barcellona announced his signing for the 2011/12 season. The Lithuanian G/SF spent last season in Germany as a member of Oldenburg. He played 40 games for them in domestic championship collecting 12.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 3.1 apg. Lukauskis also added 13.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.7 apg and 2.5 spg for 6 EuroCup games. He was named Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention -11 and Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Bosmans Team -11. Mindaugas Lukauskis spent 2009/10 season with ASVEL. He helped them win Semaine des As Cup. In ProA, he averaged 10.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists. Lukauskis also had 8.1 ppg, 2 rpg, 3.1 apg and 2.3 spg for 10 Euroleague games. He spent couple of years with Lietuvos Rytas in the past. Lukauskis also has experience from Alita Alytus, Sakalai and Panevezys. He won the ULEB Cup with Rytas in 2005, EuroCup in 2009 and they also grabbed few Baltic and Lithuanian league titles together. In 2009, Lukauskis was named Eurobasket.com All-Eurocup European Player of the Year.

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Charles Ramsdell suits up for Madagascar - by Kristian Santiago
U.S. American forward Charles Ramsdell (208-F/C-85, agency: Court Side, college: Tulsa) will be playing for Madagascar in the Indian Ocean Island Games (JIOI) in the Seychelles and probably also in the upcoming African Chmapionships.
Other foreign-based players included are : Charles Rabekoto (1,85m) who plays in Mayotte, Eric Rakotondrasolo (1,78m) from CEP Lorient Vannes (Nationale 3 in France)and Herizo Andrianiainason (1,94m) from Esperance de Bourg-la-Reine (Ligue Regionale in France).
Other players in the diaspora that may join the team for the African Championships are Axel Ramandimbisoa (84) (2,02m) of Esperance Bourg La Reine (Ligue Regionale in France) and Mayngani Amy M'Boma (199-F/G-83) from ASA Sceaux (Nationale 2 in France).
Ramsdell replaces the initially selected Nik Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) in the roster as the team needs a post player due to the lack of size.




Standings
1A Standings
 1. ASSM 0-0 
 2. BBCM 0-0 
 3. Chicago 0-0 
 4. CIF 0-0 
 5. Cosfa 0-0 
 6. Cosmos 0-0 
 7. Jirama 0-0 
 8. Mystery 0-0 
 9. Ramala 0-0 
 10. SEBAM 0-0 
 11. Sotrata 0-0 


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Valladares inks in Mexico - by Gianni Pascucci
Salvadorean NT member James Valladares (205-F/C-89), just graduated in Business Administration at the University of New Hampshire, United States, play in LNBP.
In fact, he has just inked a contract to play his fist professional season with Mexican team Abejas de Guanajuato. The team will be coached this year by Jackson 'Jack' Dunbar , and the Abejas officials stated that the full roster for the upcoming season should be announced in few days.



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U18: Montenegro sent Romania out of the Division B Sweet Eight - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U18-Romania U18 96:57

Montenegro sent Romania out of the Sweet Eight destroying them in the last day of the Preliminary Round. Montenegro won 96:57 for 2-1 record on top of Group C. Despite the big loss, Romania, who finished with the same record, allowed Netherlands to take the second spot.
It was a tough start and both teams stayed close to each other. Romania led in the majority of the first quarter, but Montenegro grabbed 19:18 lead at the end of it. The lead continued to grow and the board showed 44:36 at the halftime after 25-18 in the second period. The second half became the nightmare for Romania that was overwhelmed by the opponents. With 26-9 Montenegro reached 70:45 and added 26-12 for the massive win.
Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94, agency: Beo Basket) paced all the winners with 16 points, while Mihailo Kasalica (185-PG-93) and Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) added 13 each. Vlado Koprivica (206-C-93) followed them with 12 points in the winning effort. Andrei Petica (192-F-93) and Horia Cristiean (183-PG-93) replied with 16 points each in the losing effort, while Alexandru Olah (209-C-93) netted 12.

Montenegro U18: Nikola Ivanovic 16, Mihailo Kasalica 13, Vukota Pavic 13, Vlado Koprivica 12
Romania U18: Andrei Petica 16, Horia Cristiean 16, Alexandru Olah 12



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If NBA players decertify the union, might owners void all deals? - by Eurobasket News
Why would a group of agents be pushing for the NBA players to decertify the union and sue the league on anti-trust grounds?

Because its seen as leverage - that anti-trust suit comes with triple damages, win big money and it becomes gigantic money. That threat, in theory, would push the owners to negotiate and give the union leverage.

But that move would come with risks - including the league wiping out every existing contract if the union decertifies. David Aldridge over at NBA.com has an interesting discussion of the decertification possibilities in a column Monday.

Keep one number in mind as powerful agents beat their chests about decertification: $4 billion. Thats the total amount of guaranteed contract money in the system that the NBA and its owners insist will go poof if the players decide to dissolve the National Basketball Players Association.

As far as the $4 billion goes, the leagues contention that the contracts would disappear is true only to a point. At some point, the league will reach a deal with the union, and would almost certainly have to reinstate the players contracts once the union recertified. The alternative would be either implementing work rules on the players without a deal, which would leave the league vulnerable to a potential players strike, or additional antitrust penalties if players sought redress while they continued to play under the imposed rules.

At any rate, the agents do not believe that the league would actually go ahead and void all of those contracts. Such a move could, at least theoretically, make every player in the league a free agent, able to go wherever they wanted. And owners like, say, Miamis Micky Arison, might have a problem with that.
David Stern has called decertification the nuclear option and right now union executive director Billy Hunter is treating it that way. Federal courts are still slow and whether its just for leverage or not decertifying the union would reset the talks in a way. Games would be missed for sure.

Aldridge puts it well - right now the hawks among the owners that want major changes to the financial system are driving the bus on that side. But the players have hawks, too - agents and players willing to go to court. And nobody could feel confident of getting a win in the courts, that would be a drawn out and risky play for both sides.

Let us hope it doesnt come to this. But the players are keeping union decertification on the table, and if they play that card it is going to get ugly. Or maybe we should say much uglier.

Courtesy of http://sports.inquirer.net


NBA stars bring home love from Manila - by Eurobasket News
NBA superstar Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) once said that Manila is one of his favorite cities in the world.

And after a rendezvous with the most passionate fans, Bryant surely wont be the only one in love with the basketball hotbed that is the Philippines.

As the nine NBA stars traveled across the globe, in a behind-numbing 16-hour flight, to give the basketball-loving Filipinos a once-in-a-lifetime treatall of them had an incredible hoops experience to share back home.

I feel like this was a real All Star game, said Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) of the New Orleans Hornets to the replete crowd at the Araneta Coliseum Sunday.

Were miles away from home, but you couldnt have welcomed us as well as you did, added the charismatic star playmaker.

Truth was, the CP3 the entire Manila witnessed was not the same hero the city of New Orleans saw push the Lakers to six backbreaking games in the playoffs last May.

Instead, it was the wily showman who sure knew how to direct a mean highlight reel as Paul set up sky-high alley oops to his soaring teammates all night long.

Back to back scoring champion from the Oklahoma City Thunder Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) also didnt waste any time showing his unbelievable range like the dates July 23 and 24 were the playoffs and Manila was Oklahoma City.

The Durantula scored a combined 38 points in two games, with half of those coming from way downtown.

Thank you for giving me a chance to come across the world and experience something different! posted Durant on his Twitter account, addressing his agent.

I love the Philippines. Had so much fun hoopin in front of you all, Durant also said.

Even the laid back reigning NBA MVP Derrick Rose, who probably breaks ankles more than he actually smiles on the court, could not help but spill his appreciation to the earsplitting M-V-P chants resonating at the Big Dome.

By doing what, exactly? By flashing rare wide grin.

I love it here, expressed Chicago Bulls Rose, who got one of the loudest cheers the entire weekend for gamely showcasing his spellbinding athleticism.

A rare sight was a breathtaking throwdown by Rose coming from a fancy dish by another MVP, Kobe Bryantsomething you wouldnt even see in an NBA All-Star game.

Well, Unless Kobe gets traded to a team from the East in the near future.

And speaking about firstsno one in Manila could ever forget the wiry Washington Wizards center Javale McGeewho was probably the first player to plank in the middle of the hard court on a live game, just as he promised.

If I dunk on somebody today Im gonna plank, said Mcgee on his Twitter.

The enigmatic McGee relentlessly dazzled the crowd, who was yearning for something more than textbook layins and jumpshots, with the Statue-of-Liberty dunk after the other.

So much love in Manila. Hope to comeback soon, said McGee.

Like McGee, Tyreke Evans and Derrick Williams, amazed with the patented Filipino hospitality, are already thinking about going back before even leaving the country.

Hope yall had as much fun as we did! Thank you all again! We will be back, said Williams, the second overall pick in this years draft who hasnt even played a single NBA game yet.

I would definitely come back and do a basketball camp. It would be my pleasure, tweeted Evans, the 2010 Rookie of the Year from Sacramento Kings.

Even the legendary LA Lakers guard Derek Fisher, who also got a warm reception from the overzealous crowd, described his experience short and sound.

Amazing, wasnt it? Fisher said.

While all of them more than willingly put on a show, James Harden (6'5''-G-89, college: Arizona St.) surely gained more fans in this side of the world for his comical and truly accommodating attitude.

Harden easily posed for photos, danced at the sidelines, and astonished with countless slams which the crowd responded to with fear the beard cries.

Game was Amazing! Shouts out to Manila Philippines for allowing us to visit and the hospitality! Harden said.

In fact, Williams and Harden fell in love with the city too much that they had the guts to brave the usually-crowded mall Greenhills for last minute shopping spree, something some of Filipinos couldnt even stand.

At the mall today. Crazy! The mall was like James Harden..James harden..Can I touch your hand, thats all I want. Hahaha, tweeted the seemingly amazed Williams.

Not as crazy as during the actual exhibition games though.

As the fans lined up for hours under the heat just to score Standing Room Only tickets with a coliseum filled to the brim, it was a simple but downright affirmation that the Philippines will always be a basketball-crazy nation.

And with the ardent reception they laid out to their basketball gods, the Philippines and the Filipinos fans will be the talk of the town among the NBA players for quite some time.

Its been a tremendous honor to play here, said the five-time champion Bryant.

Thank your for the love and support that you have in the sport. It was our first time playing here, hopefully this wont be the last, Bryant finished.

Courtesy of http://sports.inquirer.net


Daniels could be Celtics' free-agent target - by Eurobasket News
An intriguing free agent option may surface for the Celtics when this NBA lockout finally ends. Former Celtic Marquis Daniels (6'6''-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Auburn) is healthy, working out, and ready for an NBA return, according to agent Mark Bartelstein.

Daniels last played for the Celtics Feb. 6, when he collapsed on the TD Garden floor after a what appeared to be a mild collision with Orlando's Gilbert Arenas. Daniels was taken off on a stretcher and later declared out for the season with a spinal condition that required surgery.

After an injury-plagued 2009-10 season, Daniels was bouncing back with a solid year before the injury. He was traded to the Sacramento Kings for cash to clear a roster spot. But Bartelstein said he is open to returning to the Celtics.

'Marquis is doing great,' Bartelstein said. 'He's working out and going full speed. He's working out and ready to go. He's absolutely ready to go.'

Daniels averaged 5.5 points and 2.3 rebounds in 49 games last season.

Courtesy of http://articles.boston.com


Mills tempted by return to NBL during American lockout - by Eurobasket News
Exciting Boomers guard Patrick Mills (6'0''-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) is considering playing in the NBL as he weighs up his options during the NBA lockout.

Currently in a Boomers camp on the Gold Coast, Mills has been linked with Adelaide as uncertainty surrounds the next NBA season.

Officially the NBA season begins in November, but the lockout could last months and cause it to be scrapped. It also ensured Australia's NBA star Andrew Bogut and fellow Boomers big man David Andersen will not feature in the Oceania Olympic qualifying series against New Zealand.

It also initially threatened Mills's availability for the three-match series against the Kiwis. But Portland-based Mills confirmed on Tuesday that he would suit up for Australia, but after that his future remained uncertain.

''Being a free agent I haven't actually signed with a team for next season, but I will definitely play for the Boomers in September,'' he said.

''The most important thing for me is to find somewhere to play. Right now there is no rush in making a decision - it will come over the next couple of months. Portland have offered me a qualifying contract which is the same position I have been in the last couple of years.''

He said he would head back to Portland when the lockout ends.

Owners and players are still negotiating a collective bargaining agreement to replace the one that expired on June 30.

There is a fear that regular season games could be lost to a work stoppage for the second time in league history. The lockout ensures Bogut will not play for the Boomers. Basketball Australia can't insure his $60 million NBA contract so he can play for his country.

The threat of a shortened NBA season prompted Andersen to leave the US and sign a three-year deal with an Italian club.

Mills still backed Australia to overcome the Kiwis and book a spot in the London Olympics. ''We would rather also have Andrew Bogut and David Andersen on the team, but the way things go they have not been able to join us.'' he said.''The New Zealand series is always a tough one. -Lucky for us they are all in Australia - but you never know.''

A 24-man Boomers squad, featuring European-based players Brad Newley, Matt Nielsen and Joe Ingles, is training on the Gold Coast this week. It is a warm-up for the Oceania Olympic qualifiers in Melbourne (September 7), Brisbane (September 9) and Sydney (September 11).

Meanwhile, Australia remain undefeated in the Under-19's Women's World Championship following their 89-46 victory over Chinese Taipei in Chile. The Australian Gems top scorers were centre Tayla Roberts, 18 points, and Alexandra Bunton 11

They play Spain next before facing off against the currently undefeated Brazil.

Courtesy of www.smh.com.au


Amare Stoudemire: Foreign clubs calling - by Eurobasket News
On the day the NFL and its players got back to business, one of the biggest names in the NBA says he, too, is ready to get back to work. To hear New York Knicks All-Star Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) tell it, though, you may see him next play on foreign soil.

Speaking at his rented home on Monday afternoon in Hollywood Hills, where he joined designer Rachel Roy in unveiling their women's clothing line to members of the fashion media, Stoudemire said he's seen a flood of international caller IDs come his way.

'All the clubs have called the office inquiring about me,' Stoudemire said. 'Teams from Israel, China, Turkey, Spain. A lot of countries have been calling.'

Initially, Stoudemire didn't seem interested in fielding offers from foreign teams. On July 9 he tweeted, 'Europe teams are calling, I think I'm going 2 stay here in the states. My loyalty is with the State of New York an the NYK's. Who's with me?' But on Monday, he stated otherwise.

'The chances would be high' of playing elsewhere in a lockout, Stoudemire said. 'They'd definitely be high. I just want to make sure I'm healthy and totally 100 percent before I make that type of commitment. As of right now, we're not entertaining offers. I'm still trying to get (my back) right.'

Players are currently locked out after the two sides failed to agree on a new collective bargaining agreement. Monday was the 25th day of the lockout.

Stoudemire said that while he can move and bend over fine, his back is still sore and it's slowly healing. In fact, the court is the last place you'll find him. Try the couch.

'Right now, all I can do is rest,' Stoudemire said. 'There's no rehab right now -- no cardio, no weightlifting, nothing. They say the best thing for me right now is another three weeks of rest, nothing else.'

Once Stoudemire is cleared to play, his first move won't be booking a one-way international flight. He'll be organizing a 'training camp' with many of his Knicks teammates. The likely site is a major college campus in Southern California.

'There are a few other facilities in other parts of the country that we may look at,' Stoudemire said, 'but we definitely want to get in shape and be ready in time for the season. I have another three weeks until I do another assessment on my back, and then we go from there. I'm doing research on (basketball facilities in L.A.) now. I know UCLA is revamping its facilities. USC may be a good spot.'

As for teammates he's enlisted?

'We should have at least a majority (of Knicks players) here for that. Ideally, at least seven to 10 guys will join. We have a few players out here already. Landry Fields and Carmelo (Anthony) are out here. I talked to Carmelo last month. He was getting himself ready; I don't think he's cleared yet, either. Once we're all ready to go, we'll ramp it up. When I'm cleared, I'll call all the guys again and orchestrate it. All the guys are ready for it.'

Courtesy of ESPN


Timberwolves interviewing Larry Brown? - by Eurobasket News
Legendary coach Larry Brown may have a serious interest in becoming an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics when Lawrence Frank leaves the team to run the show with the Detroit Pistons, as Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports, but he also is the target of another team: the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Timberwolves would like to interview Brown and one or two others for the head-coaching position that's been open since the team fired Kurt Rambis. Don Nelson and Rick Adelman were reportedly interviewed over the weekend.

Others reportedly on Minnesota's list are Terry Porter, Mike Woodson and Bernie Bickerstaff.

Wojnarowski's sources told him that even though Brown and Celtics head coach Doc Rivers have a good relationship, Rivers 'is inclined to promote a well-regarded young assistant on his staff -- Mike Longabardi,' but Rivers hasn't eliminated the idea of hiring Brown.

Courtesy of Yahoo


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UCLA basketball: Top point guard prospect Dominic Artis commits to Bruins - by Eurobasket News
The Class of 2012 is already shaping up to be full of promise for UCLA.

The Bruins on Sunday received a commitment from Dominic Artis, a 6-foot-1 senior at Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., who is considered to be one of the top point guards in the country.

Artis becomes the second highly touted player to commit to UCLA, joining Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy small forward Jordan Adams. And the Bruins are still in the mix for Shabazz Muhammad, the consensus top player in the country.

'I'm really excited,' said Artis, who picked UCLA over California, Florida State, Oregon, Georgia Tech, Baylor and Florida International. 'It could be a great class.'

Artis said he liked Bruins Coach Ben Howland's history of producing NBA point guards. He also liked that UCLA runs a lot of ball screens, something he said suits his game well, and is already friends with incoming guard De'End Parker.

The prospect of battling North Carolina transfer Larry Drew II for playing time doesn't intimidate Artis, who said Howland told him the duo would likely be on the floor together at times. And if Artis had to come off the bench?

'Of course I would want to start,' Artis said, 'but if I had to come off the bench and sacrifice for the team, it would be OK.'

Courtesy of http://latimesblogs.latimes.com


UCLA lands top PG commit - by Rick Ross
Courtesy of SI.com

The Class of 2012 is already shaping up to be full of promise for UCLA.
The Bruins on Sunday received a commitment from Dominic Artis,
a 6-foot-1 senior at Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev.
who is considered to be one of the top point guards in the country.
Artis becomes the second highly touted player to commit to UCLA,
joining Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy
small forward Jordan Adams. And the Bruins are
still in the mix for Shabazz Muhammad,
the consensus top player in the country.



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Nigeria has rich talent base Coach Nwora - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Nigeria-born Erries Community College head coach Alex Nwora was in Nigeria recently to help with the conduct of the 2011 Dodan Warriors Prospects Camp held at the Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos alongside other coaches and declared emphatically that Nigeria is blessed with lots of basketball talents.

The Nigeria-born basketball tactician who is also the head coach of Cape Verde senior men national team and one of the arrow heads of Global Sport Advantage explained that he decided to be part of the Dodan Warriors programme due to the respect he has for the President of the Dodan Warriors Basketball Programme, Sam Ahmedu.

Coach Nwora told our correspondent that he has no doubt that Nigeria has the ability to rule the African continent and become one of the super-power of world basketball if a little more attention can be given the sport by the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) and the Nigeria government.

Coach Nwora thus pledge to be part of the camp and other programmes to ensure the continuous development of basketball in Africa.

He said Global Sport Advantage is commited to moving the game to the next level in Africa and the world.

We will continue to do our best in helping young players achieve their potential and I must say I am amazed with the pool of talents I saw on ground here during this camp it shows Nigeria has a bright future in the sport the only thing lacking is lack of adequate support from the government, the Nigeria Basketball Federation should also do more to attract more corporate sponsorship to its programmes aside the ones already secured for the league.

Global Sport Advantage is out to give helping hands to young players, clubs, federations across the Africa continent and other places where we feel we can render selfless services to improve the game and as our name implies Global we will take the message to all part of the world.

Meanwhile six players were selected by the four United States-based coaches present at the camp which was held between July 18 and 22 as the best campers.

Leading the pack of the selected player is the reigning slam dunk winner of the 2010/2011 DStv Premier Basketball League All-Star Weekend, Godwin Ikonshul, others include Victor Joseph, Oladipo Osunubi among others.


Coach Josh Bland of the Bridgeport University in Connecticut, United States, the camp was a tremendous success: This camp is one that I dont want to forget in a hurry because I was able to work with so much talent that it made me fulfilled just working out with them, he said.

I love coming out here to work with kids who really want to learn and are enthusiastic about the game. The campers, to my mind, are the best talents assembled and I want to commend Dodan Warriors management for it effort and hope that when we return next year, well have more players to work with.

While commending the talent-base, Bland said the players needed to understand how best to make use of it to become better in the game and learn life skills that would help them in future. The other foreign coaches present at the camp were Alex Nwora, Jackie Knowles and Simeon Akowe one time Dodan Warriors basketball club player.



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U18: Switzerland edged Norway, both head to the Classification Round - by Eurobasket News
Norway U18-Switzerland U18 74:79

Switzerland edged Norway at the Division B of the U18 European Championship as both teams head to the Classification Round for 9-18 places. The Swiss side celebrated the initial 79:74 victory remaining Norway winless in the campaign.
Chris Ndow (195-F/G-93) scored the first four points for Norway as it became the only lead for his side in the quarter. He needed another dunk to close the frame at 24:26. Again Chris Ndow and Otabor brought 33:30, while Lepovic closed the half at 40:36. Norway added 20-14 in the third quarter and enjoyed 60:50 entering the last quarter. The Swiss side did not give up and came up with the final surge in the end of the game. Trailing 69:72 with 2 minutes in the game, Clint N'Dumba-Capela (202-F-94) tied the game at 72:72 and Stalder as well as Louis Kagny (194-G/F-93) delivered the victory from the free throw line.
Vincent Gaillard (200-F-93) paced all the winners with 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Clint N'Dumba-Capela collected 19 points and 13 boards. Daniel Andjelkovic (94) had 9 points and 10 rebounds, while Louis Kagny posted 8. Chris Ndow erupted with 39 points in defeat and Sindre Eik De Lange scored 9.

Norway U18: Chris Ndow 39, Sindre Eik De Lange 9
Switzerland U18: Vincent Gaillard 23+11 rebs, Clint N'Dumba-Capela 19+13 rebs, Daniel Andjelkovic 9+10 rebs, Louis Kagny 8



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2011 NATIONAL LEAGUE individual awards - by Santiago Maciel


The 2011 edition of the National League threw out these outstanding performers during the very taugh competition. Even though there were only four teams involved in this edition, the difficulty came out of the great knowledge teams and players had from each other due to being competing with one another for the last 5 years at least.
For example the great Tavy Torres did not impact his team as he had in the past or last year's season due to a strict defense put on him all season long by all his defenders. Even so, he got the free throw and three point individual titles.
Richard Ozuna was also another one under his average, this year we found him playing for Sol de America Asuncion coming from Libertad.
Daniel Hure from Libertad was the revelation playing Power Forward ending up being the League's score leader. It is also fair to mention Jose Fabio (198-F-77) whom by over all statistics became the MVP of this 2011 National League.
Down here all individual awards:

3 POINT CHAMP: Gustavo Torres (175-G-80)
FREE THROW CHAMP: (72,92%) Gustavo Torres (Sol de America Asuncion).
ASSIST CHAMP Gustavo Torres (Sol de America Asuncion).
REBOUNDS: Jose Fabio (Sol de America Asuncion).
STEALS: Richard Ozuna (Sol de America Asuncion).
BLOCKS: Jose Fabio (Sol de America Asuncion).
SCORE LEADER:: Daniel Hure (Libertad).
NATIONAL LEAGUE MVP : Jose Fabio (Sol de America Asuncion).
BEST FOREIGNER: Daniel Hure (ARG) Libertad.
FINALS MVP: Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) (Libertad).



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NBA stars bring home love from Manila - by Eurobasket News
NBA superstar Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) once said that Manila is one of his favorite cities in the world.

And after a rendezvous with the most passionate fans, Bryant surely wont be the only one in love with the basketball hotbed that is the Philippines.

As the nine NBA stars traveled across the globe, in a behind-numbing 16-hour flight, to give the basketball-loving Filipinos a once-in-a-lifetime treatall of them had an incredible hoops experience to share back home.

I feel like this was a real All Star game, said Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) of the New Orleans Hornets to the replete crowd at the Araneta Coliseum Sunday.

Were miles away from home, but you couldnt have welcomed us as well as you did, added the charismatic star playmaker.

Truth was, the CP3 the entire Manila witnessed was not the same hero the city of New Orleans saw push the Lakers to six backbreaking games in the playoffs last May.

Instead, it was the wily showman who sure knew how to direct a mean highlight reel as Paul set up sky-high alley oops to his soaring teammates all night long.

Back to back scoring champion from the Oklahoma City Thunder Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) also didnt waste any time showing his unbelievable range like the dates July 23 and 24 were the playoffs and Manila was Oklahoma City.

The Durantula scored a combined 38 points in two games, with half of those coming from way downtown.

Thank you for giving me a chance to come across the world and experience something different! posted Durant on his Twitter account, addressing his agent.

I love the Philippines. Had so much fun hoopin in front of you all, Durant also said.

Even the laid back reigning NBA MVP Derrick Rose, who probably breaks ankles more than he actually smiles on the court, could not help but spill his appreciation to the earsplitting M-V-P chants resonating at the Big Dome.

By doing what, exactly? By flashing rare wide grin.

I love it here, expressed Chicago Bulls Rose, who got one of the loudest cheers the entire weekend for gamely showcasing his spellbinding athleticism.

A rare sight was a breathtaking throwdown by Rose coming from a fancy dish by another MVP, Kobe Bryantsomething you wouldnt even see in an NBA All-Star game.

Well, Unless Kobe gets traded to a team from the East in the near future.

And speaking about firstsno one in Manila could ever forget the wiry Washington Wizards center Javale McGeewho was probably the first player to plank in the middle of the hard court on a live game, just as he promised.

If I dunk on somebody today Im gonna plank, said Mcgee on his Twitter.

The enigmatic McGee relentlessly dazzled the crowd, who was yearning for something more than textbook layins and jumpshots, with the Statue-of-Liberty dunk after the other.

So much love in Manila. Hope to comeback soon, said McGee.

Like McGee, Tyreke Evans and Derrick Williams, amazed with the patented Filipino hospitality, are already thinking about going back before even leaving the country.

Hope yall had as much fun as we did! Thank you all again! We will be back, said Williams, the second overall pick in this years draft who hasnt even played a single NBA game yet.

I would definitely come back and do a basketball camp. It would be my pleasure, tweeted Evans, the 2010 Rookie of the Year from Sacramento Kings.

Even the legendary LA Lakers guard Derek Fisher, who also got a warm reception from the overzealous crowd, described his experience short and sound.

Amazing, wasnt it? Fisher said.

While all of them more than willingly put on a show, James Harden (6'5''-G-89, college: Arizona St.) surely gained more fans in this side of the world for his comical and truly accommodating attitude.

Harden easily posed for photos, danced at the sidelines, and astonished with countless slams which the crowd responded to with fear the beard cries.

Game was Amazing! Shouts out to Manila Philippines for allowing us to visit and the hospitality! Harden said.

In fact, Williams and Harden fell in love with the city too much that they had the guts to brave the usually-crowded mall Greenhills for last minute shopping spree, something some of Filipinos couldnt even stand.

At the mall today. Crazy! The mall was like James Harden..James harden..Can I touch your hand, thats all I want. Hahaha, tweeted the seemingly amazed Williams.

Not as crazy as during the actual exhibition games though.

As the fans lined up for hours under the heat just to score Standing Room Only tickets with a coliseum filled to the brim, it was a simple but downright affirmation that the Philippines will always be a basketball-crazy nation.

And with the ardent reception they laid out to their basketball gods, the Philippines and the Filipinos fans will be the talk of the town among the NBA players for quite some time.

Its been a tremendous honor to play here, said the five-time champion Bryant.

Thank your for the love and support that you have in the sport. It was our first time playing here, hopefully this wont be the last, Bryant finished.

Courtesy of http://sports.inquirer.net


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  POLAND   


U18: Poland prevail against Serbia - by Eurobasket News
Poland U18 - Serbia U18 70:61

Poland recorded the second straight win at the Qualifying Round of U18 European Championship. They held off Serbian counterparts for 3-1 record in Group E. Piotr Niedzwiedzki (209-F-93) came up with 22 points and 7 rebounds to pace the hosts. Serbia fell at 2-2 record after the defeat.
Poland opened the game with a 9:2 run. Serbia cut the deficit but the hosts secured a 19:14 lead after ten minutes. The visitors tipped off the second term with nine points in a row to pull ahead. But Poland quickly regained the advantage and arrived at halftime up by two points 31:29. Piotr Niedzwiedzki knocked down five straight points early in the second half as Poland jumped to a 7-point advantage. Soon the hosts boosted the gap to 13 points 46:33. Poland headed into the fourth quarter up by 9 points 54:45. The home team tipped off the final term with 9 consecutive points to post an 18-point lead. Serbia went on a desperate rescue rally in the final minutes but came up short at the end. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) notched 14 points and 10 boards, while Tomasz Gielo (204-F-93) added 12 points in the victory. Vasilije Micic (192-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 13 points for Serbia. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) had 12 points in the loss.

Poland U18: Piotr Niedzwiedzki 22, Mateusz Ponitka 14+10 boards, Tomasz Gielo 12
Serbia U18: Vasilije Micic 13, Nenad Miljenovic 12



FYR Macedonia edge Poland in Ptuj - by Eurobasket News
FYR Macedonia - Poland 66:57

FYR Macedonia clinched the second position at the international friendly tournament Primus Cup in Slovenia. They defeated Poland on the final day of action to improve at 1-1 record. Predrag Samardjiski (214-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) scored 14 points to pace the winners. Poland fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
FYR Macedonia got to a quick start. They built a 6-point lead after ten minutes 16:10. Poland adjusted offensively in the second period and cut the deficit to 4 points at the interval 25:29. But FYR Macedonia gained back control in the third frame. They kept Poland at distance restoring a 6-point lead with one quarter remaining. FYR Macedonia unloaded 19 points in the fourth period and celebrated victory at the end. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) knocked down 11 points, while Gjorgi Cekovski (202-F/C-79, agency: New Trend Agency) and Damjan Stojanovski (197-F-87) added 7 points each in the victory. Piotr Szczotka (197-F-81) answered with 9 points and 8 rebounds for Poland. Michal Gabinski (202-F-87) and Adam Hrycaniuk (208-C-84, college: Cincinnati) had 8 points each in the loss.

FYR Macedonia: Predrag Samardjiski 14, Pero Antic 11, Gjorgi Cekovski 7, Damjan Stojanovski 7
Poland: Piotr Szczotka 9, Michal Gabinski 8, Adam Hrycaniuk 8



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U18: The fourth quarter surge bring Estonia the ticket to the Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Estonia U18-Portugal U18 81:65

Estonia advanced to the Qualifying Round of the U18 European Championship after the win over Portugal. The Baltic side produced a necessary 81:65 win to finish with 2-2 record on the second place. Portugal will place at the Classification Round for 9-18 places.
Diogo Ventura (185-PG-94), Rait-Riivo Laane (180-PG-93) and Kevin Liivamagi (202-F-93) scored threes in the start of the game for 6:6 on the board. Janari Joesaar (197-F-93) later tied the game at 18:18, while Jonah Callenbach (192-C/F-93) nailed three three to close the frame at 21:18. Trailing 22:28 in the second frame, Estonia grabbed 35:33 lead and won the half 41:33. Portugal meanwhile made the push in the end of the third quarter and reduced to 52:50 with Alvaro's far shot. The fourth period became decisive in the game as Estonia needed 29-15 for the final success.
Rait-Riivo Laane stepped up with 16 points and Kristo Mangelsoo (205-F-93) notched 15. Kevin Liivamagi netted 12, while Janari Joesaar scored 11. Diogo Ventura replied with 17 points and Jonah Callenbach as well as Artur Castela (200-C-93) had 16 each.

Estonia U18: Rait-Riivo Laane 16, Kristo Mangelsoo 15, Kevin Liivamagi 12, Janari Joesaar 11
Portugal U18: Diogo Ventura 17, Jonah Callenbach 16, Artur Castela 16+12 rebs




M U20 - Talking about the next generation - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina, will be remembered as a special place for these generation of players. It was the place where Portugal got the best classification ever in a Men Under 20 competition. But looking to the roster led by Andre Martins , we should analyze what would happen to this generation in the future.

The Portuguese team run was irreprehensible. In the Preliminary Round, Portugal beat favorites Great Britain and Finland, only losing to the Czech Republic. In the next round, two defeats to Belgium and Bosnia Herzegovina marked the darkest period in the national team, who knew how to came back to beat Denmark and Bosnia (in a rematch) to finish in the fifth place.

In a statistical analysis, one player stands above all the others. Carlos Ferreirinho (200-F/G-91) was the best scorer, the second best rebounder and was also the second best three points shooter in the tournament. The SL Benfica players profited one season of work with the Senior Team, proving that players need to be tested at higher levels. The same applies to Miguel Cardoso (182-PG-93), the teams guard, who was the second best scorer and the man with more assists (he also was on the tournament assists top 20). Cardoso has done his season with champions Porto Ferpinta and, being the youngest player in the team (he was born in 1993), hell have more opportunities to shine in the next seasons.

Other of the players who highlighted in the tournament was Miguel Queiroz (202-C/F-91). The team rebounds leader, sixteenth of the tournament, plays in Barreirense and showed that he can be dominant player in the paint, he just needs to be more constant in his performances. Another Barreirense player, Henrique Sico (192-G-92), deserves a note, as he got a place in the Steals Top 20. Sico, born in 1992, will be back on this team next season, just like Sergio Santos (196-F-92) and Rafael Wildner (207-C/F-92), who had impact performances in some of the games. Still, Renato Azevedo (186-G/F-91) wont. Azevedo, who will play in Oliveirense, has shown to be a very consistent player, always presenting good numbers in every game.

The team was complete with Vitor Felix (190-G-91), Pedro Belo (212-C-92), Joao Fernandes (177-PG-92), Joao Torrie (200-C/F-91) and Pedro Pereira (188-G-91), who played their part helping the team.

Now, the future

None of this twelve players is expected to play major minutes in the LPB. Many of them still dont know in which teams theyll play, and only Azevedo (Oliveirense) and Felix (Guifoes) should have secure minutes in Proliga teams.

Thats the real problem with Portuguese Basketball. Creating talent has been achieved by some teams, but its time to find out how these players can have opportunities at Senior level. Its also a problem to know that the only European experience they have is the Eurobasket tournament. Next season, Portugal men wont have teams in Eurochallenge, neither is easy to find ways to compete with European teams in other tournaments.

Those are the questions that deserve our concern. And, in a time of happiness, after a great result, I think we must prepare to find some answers.






Check for more at www.porbasket.blogspot.com





Barreirense F. C. - by Hugo Carvalho
Barreirense may be the next team that is missing in the LPB. The direction of Barreirense not confirm the presence in the league, but we know that the club has already submitted his application.

The uncertainty exists because there are still several clubs who are still thinking about the new changes imposed by the FPB.
The direction of Barreirense will meet in the coming days to make a decision for the club and the city has helped so much basketball over the past years.

The city of Barreiro deserves to be respected by all that the club have done and what has given to National Basketball.

Have recently been published numerous reports and statements from people with much importance in the national basketball that hurt Barreirense and the city.

Barreirense is accustomed to live with difficulties but know how to take the right decision for the good of the club and the national basketball.

But right now the most important is to support the Portuguese team to ensure presence in European Championship.

Source: BARREIRENSE FOOTBALL CLUB



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Jason Forte is flying back to Mures - by Tamas Deri
American all-around wingman, Jason Forte (196-F-84, college: S.Mississippi) decided to go back to Romania and play for BC Mures for one more season. The management of the club was fighting hard to get back the MVP of the Final Four 2011 and published already during the last week, that they could agree with two high level romanian players. Virgil Stanescu, one of the best romanian player on the market is leaving Steaua Bucharest for BC Mures. The management also agreed with domestic playmaker Adrian Tudor Blidaru, who is coming from Ploiesti to the team.

Forte was one of the best imports of the league last season averaging 17.0ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.1apg, 1.5spg in 33 games of the Romanian Top League and helping his team with 12.3ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg in 12 games of the Balkan League. The 196 cm tall wingman is playing now for the Alaska Aces in the PBA in Phillipines. He had already 10 double-doubles in the season, last night he helped his team to a great away win with season high 36 points and 18 rebounds.




U18: Montenegro sent Romania out of the Division B Sweet Eight - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U18-Romania U18 96:57

Montenegro sent Romania out of the Sweet Eight destroying them in the last day of the Preliminary Round. Montenegro won 96:57 for 2-1 record on top of Group C. Despite the big loss, Romania, who finished with the same record, allowed Netherlands to take the second spot.
It was a tough start and both teams stayed close to each other. Romania led in the majority of the first quarter, but Montenegro grabbed 19:18 lead at the end of it. The lead continued to grow and the board showed 44:36 at the halftime after 25-18 in the second period. The second half became the nightmare for Romania that was overwhelmed by the opponents. With 26-9 Montenegro reached 70:45 and added 26-12 for the massive win.
Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94, agency: Beo Basket) paced all the winners with 16 points, while Mihailo Kasalica (185-PG-93) and Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) added 13 each. Vlado Koprivica (206-C-93) followed them with 12 points in the winning effort. Andrei Petica (192-F-93) and Horia Cristiean (183-PG-93) replied with 16 points each in the losing effort, while Alexandru Olah (209-C-93) netted 12.

Montenegro U18: Nikola Ivanovic 16, Mihailo Kasalica 13, Vukota Pavic 13, Vlado Koprivica 12
Romania U18: Andrei Petica 16, Horia Cristiean 16, Alexandru Olah 12



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U18: Russia defeat Latvia in Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News
Russia U18 - Latvia U18 72:64

Russia recorded the first win at the Qualifying Round of U18 European Championship. They overcame Latvia to improve at 1-3 record in Group F. Aleksandr Gudumak (204-F-93) tallied 17 points and 16 rebounds to lead the winners. Latvia fell at 0-4 record after the loss.
The lead changed hands for numerous times throughout the opening quarter. Ojars Silins (201-F-93) capped the period with two free throws as Latvia grabbed an 18:16 lead. Krumins opened the second quarter with a three-pointer to boost the gap but Gleb Goldyrev (200-F-93) ignited a 12:0 run that put Russia ahead by 7 points 28:21. Russia hung on to post a 37:36 lead at the interval. Russia stayed in charge in the third term. They arrived at the final break up by four points 48:44. Latvia erased the deficit and knotted things up early in the fourth period. Krumins put the Baltic team in charge 58:57 with under five minutes remaining. Aleksandr Gudumak scored four points in a 6:0 run from Russia as they regained control. Gleb Goldyrev, Loginov and Karpenko sank six free throws late in regulation as Russia rallied to a tough win at the end. Gleb Goldyrev netted 15 points for Russia. Vladislav Trushkin (200-F-93) had 12 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Rihards Ginters (193-F-93) and Ojars Silins answered with 13 points each for Latvia. Andrejs Grazulis (203-C/F-93) delivered 12 points in the loss.

Russia U18: Aleksandr Gudumak 17+16 boards, Gleb Goldyrev 15, Vladislav Trushkin 12+11 boards
Latvia U18: Rihards Ginters 13, Ojars Silins 13, Andrejs Grazulis 12



Triumph add Victor Zvarykin - by Eurobasket News
Triumph have secured the services of Victor Zvarykin (199-G-86) for the next season. The guard started the last season with Unics. He tallied 1.3 points per game in PBL. In VTB League his stats read 4.0 points and 2.0 rebounds per appearance. In January Victor Zvarykin moved to Krasnye Krilya. The guard notched 7.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists per appearance in Samara. Previously Victor Zvarykin played for Dynamo-2 Moscow and Ural Great-2. Eurobasket.com named Victor Zvarykin All-Russian Superleague A Newcomer of the Year in 2010.


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Bahamas secure Semifinals in Nassau - by Eurobasket News
BAHAMAS - SAINT VINCENT 106-58

Third straight win for Bahamas in Nassau. The host of CBC Championship blasted Saint Vincent 106-58 for perfect 3-0 record in Preliminary Group B. Bahamas already booked a spot for the Semifinals, but it remains to be seen will they advance from the first or second place. Saint Vincent dropped to 0-2. Jaraun Burrows (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: IPFW) shined for the winners with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Michael Bain (G/F) scored 18, Jeremy Hutchinson (C-80) had 14 and Torrington Cox (201-F-85, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: King) helped the hosts with 12 points. In Saint Vincent, Randolph Williams (188-G-76) delivered 18 points. Their second scorer was Lezlo McKenzie (G-79) with 11 pts and he also pulled down 11 rebounds beside that. Quarters: 25-12, 29-19, 23-17, 29-10. In the next game, Bahamas will meet British Virgin Islands. Saint Vincent will play against Cayman Islands.

Bahamas: Jaraun Burrows 19+11 boards, Michael Bain 18, Jeremy Hutchinson 14, Torrington Cox 12
Saint Vincent: Randolph Williams 18, Lezlo McKenzie 11+11 boards


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Standings
SEBL Standings
North Div.
 1. Marietta O. 7-0 
 2. Bartow B. 5-2 
 3. Crusaders 4-3 
 4. Summ.Hill BD 4-3 
 5. Dalton 2-3 
 6. Cartersville W. 2-4 
 7. BC Howren 2-4 
 8. BC Skyline 0-7 
South Div.
 1. Bombers 7-0 
 2. Black Monop. 5-1 
 3. Reep 3 4-1 
 4. Atlanta F. 3-3 
 5. Tri-County 2-3 
 6. BC Lakers 1-4 
 7. Eagle Stars 0-5 
 8. New Era 0-5 


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U18: Poland prevail against Serbia - by Eurobasket News
Poland U18 - Serbia U18 70:61

Poland recorded the second straight win at the Qualifying Round of U18 European Championship. They held off Serbian counterparts for 3-1 record in Group E. Piotr Niedzwiedzki (209-F-93) came up with 22 points and 7 rebounds to pace the hosts. Serbia fell at 2-2 record after the defeat.
Poland opened the game with a 9:2 run. Serbia cut the deficit but the hosts secured a 19:14 lead after ten minutes. The visitors tipped off the second term with nine points in a row to pull ahead. But Poland quickly regained the advantage and arrived at halftime up by two points 31:29. Piotr Niedzwiedzki knocked down five straight points early in the second half as Poland jumped to a 7-point advantage. Soon the hosts boosted the gap to 13 points 46:33. Poland headed into the fourth quarter up by 9 points 54:45. The home team tipped off the final term with 9 consecutive points to post an 18-point lead. Serbia went on a desperate rescue rally in the final minutes but came up short at the end. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) notched 14 points and 10 boards, while Tomasz Gielo (204-F-93) added 12 points in the victory. Vasilije Micic (192-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 13 points for Serbia. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) had 12 points in the loss.

Poland U18: Piotr Niedzwiedzki 22, Mateusz Ponitka 14+10 boards, Tomasz Gielo 12
Serbia U18: Vasilije Micic 13, Nenad Miljenovic 12



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U18: Israel wins Group D in Varna sending Slovak Republic to the Classification Round - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic U18-Israel U18 61:87

Israel wins Group D in Varna sending Slovak Republic to the Classification Round of the Division B of the U18 European Championship.
It is hard to believe that Slovak Republic won the first three games of the Group D, but could not finish on the first two spots in the group. They even started strong versus Israel and had 11:6 midway through the first period. Israel played better at the end of the quarter and won the frame 24:20. In the second period Israel added 23-8 and enjoyed 47:28 at the halftime. Moreover the third period was a nightmare for Slovakia that scored only 4 points. Israel netted 19 and increased to 66:32 after thirty minutes of the game. Slovak Republic managed to close the game with 29-21 in the last stanza but could not win the game and will be out of the Qualifying Round.
Or Solomon (196-F-93) paced all the winners with 21 points and Rafael Menco (198-F-94) followed him with 16. Ram Elias-Pour (208-C-93) delivered 15 and Omer Cohen (181-G-93) scored 12. Jan Brutovsky (185-G-93) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort and Jakub Novysedlak (182-PG-93) as well as Boris Bojanovsky (215-C-93) added 12 each.

Slovak Republic U18: Jan Brutovsky 14, Jakub Novysedlak 12, Boris Bojanovsky 12+11 rebs
Israel U18: Or Solomon 21, Rafael Menco 16, Ram Elias-Pour 15, Omer Cohen 12



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Nachbar to have ankle surgery, will miss Eurobasket - by Zeljko Zule
Former NBA player Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80) will have to skip the upcoming European Championship due to minor ankle injury. Nachbar had to leave Slovenian national team training camp today after being in pain during the previous days. After getting examined it was decided he get a surgery on his ankle, something which will keep him out for a four to six weeks. His injury will give national coach Bozidar Maljkovic a headache regarding the forward position.

Krka inks Jordan, Elektra lands Zagorc and Bajramlic - by Zeljko Zule
New York Knicks rookie center Jerome Jordan (213-C-86, college: Tulsa) signed a contract with Slovenian champion Krka with an out clause, his agent Todd Ramasar announced American sources. The out clause will allow Jordan the option to leave the club when the lockout ends and join the Knicks. Ramasar said that is Jordans plan. Jordan arrives from Serbian side Hemofarm, from whom he averaged 7.5 points and 3.7 rebounds in 26 Adriatic League games and 6.7 points and 2.8 rebounds 12 Eurocup games last season. The Knicks obtained Jordans draft rights for $1 million after the Bucks selected him in the second round in 2009.
Elektra signed Ziga Zagorc (188-G-84) and Sanel Bajramlic (198-F-85) for the upcoming season and reached and agreement with Serbian Dorde Lelic (197-F-89) to stay together next season. Zagorc arrives from Helios where he averaged 6.9 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 30 Slovenian League games last season. Lelic averaged 7.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 30 games while Bajramlic missed last season.



U18: Slovenia topple Germany to stay hopeful in Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia U18 - Germany U18 69:65

Slovenia kept alive in the race for the quarterfinal birth at the U18 European Championship. They overcame Germany for 1-3 record in Qualifying Round Group E. Germany fell at 1-3 record after the defeat. Slovenia will face Turkey, while Germany will play against Poland on the final day of the Qualifying Round tomorrow.
The teams stayed close in the starting frame. Slovenia eked out a 15:14 lead after ten minutes. Slovenia used a 13:2 run in the second period to boost the margin to 12-point mark. Slovenia ensured a 40:23 halftime lead. Luka Rupnik (184-PG-93) gave Slovenia a 19-point advantage midway through the third quarter. But Germany answered with a 9:1 run to trim the deficit. Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93) and Hartmann dragged Germany within eight points with one quarter remaining 45:53. Germany opened the final quarter with six points in a row to get within two points. Dennis Schroeder (184-G-93) and Richter pulled Germany within a single point 61:62 with 47 seconds to go. But Matej Rojc (198-G-93) and Luka Rupnik sank seven free throws in the reminder of the contest to seal the victory for Slovenia. Luka Rupnik delivered 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to pace the winners. Matej Rojc contributed 19 points and 7 rebounds for Slovenia. Dennis Schroeder responded with 19 points for Germany. Bogdan Radosavljevic had 15 points and 10 boards in defeat.

Slovenia U18: Luka Rupnik 24, Matej Rojc 19, Ziga Dimec (208-C/F-93) 10
Germany U18: Dennis Schroeder 19, Bogdan Radosavljevic 15+10 boards



Aleksandar Capin joins Union Olimpija - by Eurobasket News
Union Olimpija strengthened their backcourt. They landed Aleksandar Capin (186-G-82, agency: Beo Basket). The 28-year-old guard played for Zalgiris Kaunas in the previous season. Aleksandar Capin tallied 5.7 points and 1.0 assist per game in VTB-League. In Euroleague his stats read 3.4 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per appearance. In LKL Aleksandar Capin posted 3.5 points, 1.4 assists and 1.4 rebounds. Aleksandar Capin played in Slovenia in 2000/03 seasons. He donned Krka Novo Mesto jersey. The guard also had stints with Partizan, Telekom Bonn, Gravelines, Panellinios, Reggio Calabria, Varese, Panionios, Azovmash, Lokomotiv Rostov na Donu. Aleksandar Capin played for Slovenian National Team in 2004-08 seasons.


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LG Sakers announce Magnum Rolle - by Eurobasket News
LG Sakers have officially signed Magnum Rolle (211-C/F-86, college: Louisiana Tech). The Bahamas player will fill in import player spot on the teams roster. Magnum Rolle spent the last season in D-League. He averaged 14.1 points, 5.5 boards, 1.5 steals, 1.3 assists and 1.2 blocks per game for the Maine Red Claws. USBasket.com named the centre into D-League All-Imports Team. Magnum Rolle graduated from the Louisiana Tech University in 2010. His stats read 13.9 points, 8.4 boards and 2.1 blocks per game in the senior college season. He was named into NABC Division I All-District 6 2nd Team. The centre also got into All-Louisiana 2nd Team. Atlanta Hawks invited Magnum Rolle into their training camp. The centre eventually signed a deal with the NBA team but because of the lockout the player has opted to continue his career in South Korea.



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Real Club Nautico Tenerife signs Borja Pintor - by Mariano Galindo
Borja Pintor (206-F-88) comes back to Spain to play again in EBA league. The 22- year old power forward will play in Real Club Nautico Tenerife, one of the new teams that are going to take part in EBA League 2011/12 (Group B). Pintor played for Alcobedas and Canoe before sign a new contract with Tenerife, where he started to play basketball. Last season, Pintor was in London, playing for the London Tigers. Besides, Nautico Tenerife has signed as well Quique Perez Valencia.

Bizkaia Bilbao Basket sign Dor Fischer - by Eurobasket Center
Bizkaia Bilbao Basket signed 30-year old American center Dor Fischer (211-C-81, college: W.Virginia). Fischer played most recently at Real Madrid (ACB). While playing 23 games in Euroleague for Real Madrid last season his stats were: 6.2ppg, 5.9rpg and Blocks-4 (1.4bpg). He also played 40 games in Spanish League averaging 6.2ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.4bpg (3rd best in the league). Fischer is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Belgium, Germany, Israel and Poland.


Albert Miralles returns to Italy - by Eurobasket News
Albert Miralles (208-C-82, agency: Interperformances) is back to Italy after five years. The Spanish big guy penned a deal with Angelico Biella. He spent last two years with Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC. Last season Miralles had 8.3 ppg and 6.1 rpg for the club in 34 games. In 2009/10, he averaged 8.1 ppg and 5.2 boards. From 2005 to 2009, Albert Miralles was a member of Pamesa Valencia. In their last season together he had 5.6 ppg and 3.4 rpg in ACB. He also added 5.5 ppg and 2.9 rpg in 13 EuroCup games. In Italy, Miralles played for Kinder, Rimini, Roseto and Cantu. With Cantu he had 11.3 ppg and 6.4 rpg for 37 games in SerieA, season 2004/05. That year he also added 7.3 ppg and 4.7 rpg in ULEB Cup. Miralles was a member of the Spanish National Team in 2005. He reached Copa Rel Rey Finals and ULEB Cup Quarterfinals with Pamesa.

U18: Spain handle Italy to stay undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Spain U18 - Italy U18 73:66

Spain celebrated the fifth straight win at the U18 European Championship. They held off Italy to improve at 4-0 record in Qualifying Round Group F. Daniel Diez (199-F-93) stepped up with 17 points and 12 rebounds to pace the winners. Italy fell at 1-3 record in the loss.
Spain opened the game on a 13:2 run. Spain dominated in the opening quarter to post a 23:13 lead at the first break. Spain stayed in charge but Italy capped the first half with eight points in a row as the Azzurri cut the deficit at 6-point mark 26:32. Italy eventually pulled in front 48:46 midway through the third term. But Spain regained the lead late in the quarter 55:52. Spain went on an 11:0 run midway through the fourth stanza and drove to the victory at the end. Guillermo Hernangomez (203-C-94) notched 13 points and 8 rebounds for Spain. Alejandro Suarez (205-F/C-93) had 12 points in the winning effort. Mattia Magrini (190-G-93) and Matteo Imbro (190-PG-94) answered with 13 points apiece for Italy. Matteo Chillo (202-F/C-93) produced 11 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

Spain U18: Daniel Diez 17+12 boards, Guillermo Hernangomez 13, Alejandro Suarez 12
Italy U18: Mattia Magrini 13, Matteo Imbro 13, Matteo Chillo 11+10 boards



Juan Palacios returns to Gran Canaria - by Eurobasket News
Juan Palacios (204-F/C-85) will play next season for Gran Canaria. The Colombian big guy spent last two years on loan with La Palma. Granca announced this news today. Juan Palacios played 29 games for La Palma last season collecting 16.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.5 steals. He was named Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Gold All-Imports Team -11. He was also awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold 3rd Team -11. In 2009/10, Palacios had 13.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg and 1.8 apg in 34 games. He joined Granca in 2009, but immediately was sent on loan. His first professional season Palacio spent with CB Vic. He is a product of the Louisville University, where he graduated in 2008.

Caja Laboral adds Milko Bjelica - by Gerard Sole Serra
Some spanish sources say that Caja Laboral Vitoria reaches an agreement with Milko Bjelica (207-C-84, agency: Beo Basket). The announce of the signing will be official in few hours or days and it will be presented in Vitoria next week. Bjelica will play for Milko Bjelica during one year, with another optional year in the contract. Bjelica was playing in Lietuvos Rytas, where he plays Euroleague last season with great stats (12.3 ppg and 4.7 rpg) and it's the third signing of the season for the basque club after Thomas Heurtel (188-G-89) and Maciej Lampe (210-C-85). Some spanish sources says also that the club is interested in Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas), who has contract with BC Khimky Moscow Region right now

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Jaraun Burrows joins Starwings - by Eurobasket News
Starwings strengthened their frontcourt. They landed Jaraun Burrows (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: IPFW). The 25-year-old Bahamian forward has agreed on terms of one-year contract. Last season Jaraun Burrows spent in Slovakian Komarno. He tallied 21.7 points, 7.6 boards, 2.8 assists and 1.0 steal per appearance. Eurobasket.com named the forward into All-Slovakian League 2nd Team. Jaraun Burrows participated at Slovakian League All-Star Game. He claimed Slam Dunk Contest crown. It was his second straight season with Komarno. Previously Jaraun Burrows played for Sodertalje in Sweden.


Monthey add Ian Boylan - by Eurobasket News
Monthey have agreed on terms of contract with Ian Boylan (197-G/F-83, college: Cal.St. Northridge). The deal is meant for one season. The guard spent the previous season in Austria. Ian Boylan tallied 10.5 points, 4.0 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game for Gmunden. He led the team to the SuperCup title and into Bundesliga Finals. Eurobasket.com named Ian Boylan All-Austrian League Guard of the Year. He was also trumped All-Austrian League Import Player of the Year. Ian Boylan earned Defensive Player of the Year award in 2010 also with Gmunden. Earlier the guard had stints with Anwil Wloclawek and Ginasio. Ian Boylan is Cal State-Northridge University graduate. He was All-BWC Defensive Player of the Year in his senior season in college.


U18: Switzerland edged Norway, both head to the Classification Round - by Eurobasket News
Norway U18-Switzerland U18 74:79

Switzerland edged Norway at the Division B of the U18 European Championship as both teams head to the Classification Round for 9-18 places. The Swiss side celebrated the initial 79:74 victory remaining Norway winless in the campaign.
Chris Ndow (195-F/G-93) scored the first four points for Norway as it became the only lead for his side in the quarter. He needed another dunk to close the frame at 24:26. Again Chris Ndow and Otabor brought 33:30, while Lepovic closed the half at 40:36. Norway added 20-14 in the third quarter and enjoyed 60:50 entering the last quarter. The Swiss side did not give up and came up with the final surge in the end of the game. Trailing 69:72 with 2 minutes in the game, Clint N'Dumba-Capela (202-F-94) tied the game at 72:72 and Stalder as well as Louis Kagny (194-G/F-93) delivered the victory from the free throw line.
Vincent Gaillard (200-F-93) paced all the winners with 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Clint N'Dumba-Capela collected 19 points and 13 boards. Daniel Andjelkovic (94) had 9 points and 10 rebounds, while Louis Kagny posted 8. Chris Ndow erupted with 39 points in defeat and Sindre Eik De Lange scored 9.

Norway U18: Chris Ndow 39, Sindre Eik De Lange 9
Switzerland U18: Vincent Gaillard 23+11 rebs, Clint N'Dumba-Capela 19+13 rebs, Daniel Andjelkovic 9+10 rebs, Louis Kagny 8



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Another Macedonian coach in Syria .. Pance Milevski joins in SBF develop skills project - by Tarek Burhan
another macedonian coach arrived to Syria .. after Tane Spasev .. Pance Milevski arrived to Syria last week and he started his work with U16players in Aleppo center... behind the mexican coach Giovanni Rivera
Panta .. is the fifth import coach sign with Syrian basketball federation in develop skills project ..
he was the head coach of Macedonian U18 National team .. and the assistant coach for senior national team ... he worked with kids, youth and senior level in macedonia ..
and this is the list of import coaches who sign with Syrian Basketball Federation for this summer and what is them postions :
Goran Miljevic serbian coach ..The new head coach of Syrian National Team
Catalin Tanase romanian coach .. works in Damascus center for U20 players and the head coach of Syrian Women National Team
Tane Spasev macedonian coach .. works in Damascus center for U16 players
Giovanni Rivera mexican coach .. works in Aleppo center for U20 players
Pance Milevski macedonian .. works in Aleppo center for U16 players


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Pinar Karsiyaka officially announces Mire Chatman - by Eurobasket News
As expected, Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) became a new member of Pinar Karsiyaka. The American guard penned a one-year deal with his new club. He will replace David Holston. Mire Chatman heads to Karsiyaka from Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul. He appeared 30 times in TBL last season averaging 13.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists. Eurobasket awarded him with Eurobasket.com Turkish League All-Imports Team -11. Chatman also was named Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Honorable Mention. Besiktas competed in EuroCup as well, where Chatman added 16.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 4 apg for 8 games. He had even better numbers with Besiktas in 2009/10 season. Mire Chatman joined Besiktas in 2008 from Triumph Lyubertsy. He also played for Dynamo Moscow, Pau-Orthez and Ventspils in the past. Chatman helped Dynamo Moscow to win the ULEB Cup in 2006 and was named Eurobasket.com All-ULEB Cup 1st Team.

Genc Telekom adds Rahim Rizvanoglu - by Eurobasket News
Rahim Rizvanoglu (183-G-86) is a new member of Genc Telekom. The Turkish point guard penned a one-year deal with his new club. Rizvanoglu finished last season with Olin Edrine. He started it Istanbulspor. However, the player appeared just in one game for the entire last season. In 2009/10, Rahim Rizvanoglu was a member of Vestelspor Manisa. He averaged 5.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3 assists for them in 26 games. In 2009, Rizvanoglu helped Tofas win the TB2L title. He had 3.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 3.3 apg for them that season. In 2007/08, Rizvanoglu played for Pertevniyal Istanbul. His stats read 5.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 3.8 apg for 26 games. In the past, he also was a member of Bahcesehir Koleji.

Mire Chatman is close to Pinar Karsiyaka - by Eurobasket News
Pinar Karsiyaka is looking for the player to replace David Holston (170-G-86, college: Chicago St.). They have Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) on the radar and the deal may be announced soon. Mire Chatman has played for Besiktas since 2008. Last season the guard posted 16.8 points, 4.5 boards, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game in EuroCup. In TBL Mire Chatman registered 13.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.6 steals per appearance. Eurobasket.com named Mire Chatman into Turkish League All-Imports Team. Mire Chatman played for Ventspils, Pau-Orthez, Dynamo Moscow, Lottomatica Roma and Triumph Lyubertsy before joining Besiktas. Mire Chatman used to be All-Latvian LBL Player of the Year in 2003. He was named All-French ProA Guard of the Year in 2005. Eurobasket.com trumped the guard All-ULEB Cup Defensive Player of the Year in 2006.


U18: Turkey knock down Croatia in Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U18 - Croatia U18 72:66

Turkey overcame Croatia at the U18 European Championship in Wroclaw. Kenan Sipahi (192-PG-95) scored 16 points to pace Turkey as they improved at 2-2 record in Group E. Croatia suffered the first defeat at the tournament to fell at 3-1 record in the ladder.
Turkey secured a 16:6 lead midway through the opening quarter. But Smolic scored 8 points in a 9:0 run from Croatia as they narrowed the deficit to a single 18:19 after ten minutes. Turkey regained an 11-point advantage midway through the second term. Croatia got within 7 points at the interval 32:39. Turkey maintained the lead throughout the third frame. They arrived at the final break up by as many as 15 points 49:64. The margin grew at 18-point mark early in the fourth quarter. Croatia responded with 14:0 run to narrow the gap to 4 points with two minutes remaining. Dokuyan stopped the rot for Turkey with two free throws and Croatia found no answer for this. Berkay Candan (205-F-93) notched 9 points, while Samet Geyik (206-F-93) delivered 8 points in the victory. Marko Ramljak (203-F-93, agency: Interperformances) answered with 17 points, 8 assists and 4 boards for Croatia. Stipe Krstanovic (204-F/C-93) had 16 points in defeat.

Turkey U18: Kenan Sipahi 16, Berkay Candan 9, Samet Geyik 8
Croatia U18: Marko Ramljak 17, Stipe Krstanovic 16



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UBA coach wins Eurobasket Summer League crown - by UBA media
The Universal Basketball Association would like to congratulate Tennessee Dragons head coach Steve Dolan for being named Eurobasket Summer League Champion. Dolan was named the top coach of the ESL Houston event leading his Dubai to its first championship.

Team UBA finished 2-1 losing only to Steve Dolan . Dolan led the UBA power house Dragons to a 25-10 record falling short in the playoffs to UBA champs (Southern Generals).

Other standout for the UBA at the Eurobasket Summer league was Freddie Williams (6'2''-G-87, college: Clayton St.), Lorenzo Davis (6'10''-C-82, college: Mountain St.) and Ed Horton (6'4''-G-85, college: Murray St.) who were all named to the All-ESL Team. Congrats to all UBA stand outs.



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U18: Ukraine finally deliver against Finland - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U18 - Finland U18 75:65 (OT)

Ukraine snapped their four-game losing streak at U18 European Championship. They held off Finland in overtime drama to climb at 1-1 record in classification round Group G. Danylo Zuikov (185-PG-94) accounted for 23 points and 7 rebounds to pace the winners.
Joonas Caven (210-C/F-93) helped Finland earn 17:12 lead late in the opening quarter. Finland entered the second term up by two points 17:15. The Finnish team piled up a 9-point lead midway through the second quarter. Ukraine went on a 13:0 run to grab a 30:26 lead. They posted a 34:29 lead at the interval. The teams stayed close throughout the third term however Ukraine ensured a 49:46 lead at the final intermission. Naapi opened the final term with five points in a row as Finland pulled in front. The lead changed for several times before Daniel Dolenc (205-C-93) made it 63:60 with 32 seconds remaining. Danylo Zuikov answered with a triple to level things up at 63 with 12 seconds remaining. Joonas Caven had a chance to win the game for Finland but missed a jumper. Danylo Zuikov dropped 8 points in overtime as Ukraine rallied to the victory. Vladimir Gerun (206-C-94) tallied 19 points and 20 boards, while Klym Artamonov (176-PG-93) added 18 points, 6 boards and 4 assists in the win. Daniel Dolenc responded with 23 points for Finland. Joonas Caven accounted for 16 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Ukraine U18: Danylo Zuikov 23, Vladimir Gerun 19+20 boards, Klym Artamonov 18
Finland U18: Daniel Dolenc 23, Joonas Caven 16+11 boards



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Raiders Sign Ojo For New Season - by Paul Nilsen
The UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders have announced their second signing of the summer. Michael Ojo (195-G), a 65 guard/forward will join the team in September for pre season training having graduated from Lehigh University in NCAA Division 1. Crucially for the Raiders, Ojo, an American by birth has secured his British nationality, leaving the Raiders 2 more permit spots still to fill.

Lehigh University plays in the Patriot League, and there, Ojo averaged 11 points and 4 rebounds a game in 2010/11, while averaging 40% from the 3 point line and 77.5% from the free throw line. Last year, he was one of the teams co-captains and established himself a reputation for being a tough defensive player, and one of the best shooters in the Patriot League.

Im pleased to have signed Michael, said Raiders Head Coach, Gavin Love. He will give us athleticism, someone who can shoot the ball very well, and someone who is able to penetrate and create off of the dribble. Its always tough for a first year player to make a big impact in the BBL, but his athleticism will certainly help him, and hell give us that outside scoring threat that we so badly need to allow us to spread the floor. We faced some stiff competition from a team in the Cyprus first division to get Michael, but now he is signed, Im looking forward to him getting here.

Ojo is not only highly regarded on the court, but also off of it. His hard work in the classroom earned him a place on the Dean's List and Faculty Athletics Council Honor Roll this past year, helping to demonstrate his maturity and leadership skills. Lehigh Universitys Head Coach, Brett Reed, is confident that Ojo can make the jump from University to professional athlete with little fuss. Michael has done a terrific job for us at Lehigh. He was an offensive spark for our championship title run in 2010 and was very instrumental to our team's overall success during his career. This past year, he served as a vocal captain for our team while also demonstrating an excellent shooting touch and strong defensive ability. I am very pleased he has the opportunity to pursue his professional aspirations and have confidence in his ability to help the Plymouth Raiders as he has helped our program.

Michael himself is delighted to have signed his first professional contract. 'I'm very excited to start my professional career with the Plymouth Raiders. I feel like it's a great opportunity and I'm looking forward to start the season.'

Ojo will arrive in Plymouth with his new teammates over the first weekend in September, ready for pre season training to start on Monday 5th.

The Raiders would like to remind fans that they have just days left to purchase Season Tickets at this summers reduced prices. On August 1st, the price will revert to the regular prices. To purchase season tickets, please call the Plymouth Pavilions Box Office on 0845 146 1460 or call into the Box Office in person.




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The second game Nacional Larranaga was suspended - by Hector Lopez
Nacional was winning 65-59 with 1.43 minutes to play in the last quarter, when the referees suspended the game after Terrence Shelman (198-F-78), from Nacional, and Federico Martinez (203-F/C-74), from Larranaga had a quarrel. They were playing the second game for the best of three to get the promotion for the Uruguayan League. The referees expelled from the game Shelman and all the other players who were at the bench, becase they stormed the field. If the game is continued Nacional will have 4 players and Laranaga just 5. Shelman finished with 20 points and 16 rebounds, while Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central) for Larranaga, netted 22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.

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Three-peat for Gwinnett Majic hoops - by Eurobasket News
The end was anticlimatic, yet still pretty satisfying.

Playing some of their best basketball of the season, the Gwinnett Majic won their third straight World Basketball Association championship this past weekend with a 113-91 rout of the Conyers Court Kings in the finals. Up 71-41 at halftime, the local team cruised to the title behind three-time league MVP Benjamin Puckett (6'9''-F-83, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Clayton St.).

The Dacula grad had 21 points and 14 rebounds, despite spending more time on the bench than usual in the blowout. The 6-foot-9 Puckett had 33 points and 13 boards in a 103-96 semifinal win over the Rome Gladiators.

B.J., its all centered around him, said Majic head coach David Akin , a Berkmar grad.

Shiloh grad Jonathan Mandeldove (6'11''-C, college: Connecticut) also had a huge title game with 25 points, 11 rebounds and six blocked shots. Norcross Reggie Anderson II (6'6''-G/F-87, college: Carver Bible) (14 points, four steals) and Berkmars Adrien Borders (6'0''-G-83, college: Wofford) (14 points, five assists) also were big contributors.

Fellow Gwinnett products Alex Weekes (6'8''-F-84) and Mike Konanec of Berkmar and Jesse Wheeler of Duluth also were on the championship team this season.

It just goes to show you how much basketball talent came through Gwinnett and is still coming through Gwinnett, Akin said.

Courtesy of www.gwinnettdailypost.com




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Women News

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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16 - Women  


Afrobasket U16 Standings
Standings
1. Tunisia3-0
2. Egypt2-0
3. Mali2-1
4. Angola1-2
5. Mozambique.0-2
6. Algeria0-3


First three rounds in Egypt - by Eurobasket News
U16 AfroBasket started last Friday in Egypt. Tunisia is No.1 after three rounds with perfect 3-0 record. They outplayed Algeria 78-52 in the first game and after that handed 50-28 loss to Mali. In third meeting, Tunisia was too strong for Mozambique 62-55. The second rankled team at this moment in Egypt. The host of this event has 2-0 record. They outplayed Angola in the championship opener 89-56. In the second game, Egypt destroyed Algeria 83-27. Mozambique and Algeria are only winless teams so far. Mozambique has 0-2 and Algeria 0-3 in Egypt. Mali and Angola are on third and fourth place respectively after three rounds.

Round One
Jul. 22: Egypt 89-56 Angola
Jul. 23: Tunisia 78-52 Algeria
Jul. 23: Mali 55-53 Angola

Round Two
Jul. 24: Tunisia 50-28 Mali
Jul. 24: Egypt 83-27 Algeria
Jul. 24: Mozambique 57-62 Angola

Round Three
Jul. 24: Algeria 29-61 Mali
Jul. 24: Mozambique 55-62 Tunisia

Round Four
Angola Jul. 26 Tunisia
Algeria Jul. 26 Mozambique
Egypt Jul. 26 Mali

Standings
1. Tunisia 3-0
2. Egypt 2-0
3. Mali 2-1
4. Angola 1-2
5. Mozambique 0-2
6. Algeria 0-3


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  ANDORRA - Women  


U16 Andorra blasts U16 Malta 66-23 - by Eurobasket News
U16 Andorra - U16 Malta 66-23

Andorra demonstrated wonderful performance in Day One of the U16 EuroBasket Division C. The host of this event blasted Malta 66-23 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group B. Of course, Malta has 0-1 now. Third participant of this pool is Wales. Claudia Guri Moreno was a key player for the hosts with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Cristina Andres Rabasa scored 14 points and Marta Aguilera Vicente helped with 8 pts. On the other side, Malta did not have anyone with double digits in scoring. Their best player was Martina Darmanin with just 5 points. Quarters: 21-4, 23-6, 16-4, 6-9. Andorra will have a day-off now. Malta will meet Wales in do-or-die game today.

Andorra: Claudia Guri Moreno 21+14 boards, Cristina Andres Rabasa 14, Marta Aguilera Vicente 8
Malta: Martina Darmanin 5


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  ARGENTINA - Women  


U19 Argentina too much for U19 Egypt, 94-73 - by Eurobasket News
U19 EGYPT - U19 ARGENTINA 73-94

Argentina made a first step forward to 13th place in Chile. They were too strong for Egypt 94-73 yesterday. Argentina took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back after that. Their leading player was Rocio Diaz (170-G-93) with 20 points. Brenda Schmidt (185-F-93) had 17 points and Celia Fiorotto (186-C-92) helped with double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds. In Egypt, Hagar Amer (184-F-93) shined with 29 points and 14 rebounds. Sara Massoud (174-G-92) and Hala Elshaarawy (181-F-93) (9 rebs) added 14 and 11 pts respectively. Quarters: 8-18, 16-26, 17-24, 32-26. Argentina will play against Slovenia in the next game. Egypt will have a day-off.

Argentina: Rocio Diaz 20, Brenda Schmidt 17, Celia Fiorotto 15+11 boards
Egypt: Hagar Amer 29+14 boards, Sara Massoud 14, Hala Elshaarawy 11+9 boards


Uni Girona keeps Gisela Vega - by Eurobasket News
Gisela Vega (188-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) will stay for at least one more year in Spain. The Argentinean center, with Spanish passport, penned a contract extension with Uni Girona for the 2011/12. Vega joined the club in February this tear from Mariana. She appeared 10 times in LFB with Girona averaging 11.6 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists. With Mariana she had 12.3 ppg, 8.2 rpg and 1.5 apg for 15 games last season. Vega played for Mariana from 2008 until February this year. In 2009/10 season she shined with 14.4 ppg and 7.5 rpg. Eurobasket awarded Gisela Vega with All-Spanish LFB Honorable Mention. In the past, she played for Tarbes, Real Canoe and again Mariana. Vega also played for the Argentinean National Team in 2006 and 2009.

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China tame Logan Thunder in exhibition clash - by Eurobasket News
China - Logan Thunder 68:61

Chinese National Team continued their Tour of Australia. They took on the Logan Thunder in the second game. This time China proved strength celebrating their initial win on the tour. Gao Song (190-F-92) scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to pace the winners.
Logan looked the better side in the first frame. The hosts piled up a 15:4 lead midway through the opening quarter. The Thunder entered the second period up by two points 19:17. Chen Nan (197-C-83) managed to erase the deficit early in the second term but the hosts did not allow China to pull in front. They maintained the lead and rolled to a 34:31 halftime lead. China used a 10:0 run midway through the third term to surge ahead. However Ezria Parsons (183-F-83, college: S.Florida) and Holly Smith made it 50:47 for the Thunder late in the period. Gao Song scored four points in a row and the visitors entered the fourth frame up by one 51:50. Lijie Miao and Chen Nan stretched the gap to 7 points late in the fourth quarter and China hung on for the victory. Ma ZhengYu (183-F-83) delivered 16 points, while Chen Nan contributed 10 points in the victory. Ezria Parsons and Sarah Graham (163-G-89) answered with 12 points each for the Logan Thunder. Catherine Scanlon (180-G/F-83, college: Drexel) netted 10 points in defeat.

China: Gao Song 18+13 boards, Ma ZhengYu 16, Chen Nan 10
Logan Thunder: Ezria Parsons 12, Sarah Graham 12, Catherine Scanlon 10



Dandenong Rangers take their list to 11 - by Eurobasket News
The Dandenong Jayco Rangers 2011/12 playing roster is almost complete following the signing of five players.

Aimie Clydesdale (177-G-93), Alison Downie (181-G/F-84), Hope Terdich (192-F-86) and Sam Woosnam (185-F-78) have all returned to the Jayco Rangers 2011/2012 team which made the WNBL playoffs for the first time since 2008. Also returning to the Jayco Rangers is Clare Papavs (180-G-87), who played the 2011/2012 WNBL season with the Townsville Fire.

These five players increase Dandenongs roster to eleven players, giving the Jayco Rangers the opportunity to enter preseason almost complete. Whilst players based overseas currently will come into camp a little later than those who are local, having the roster set allows for accurate planning and preparation.

Aimie Clydesdale is currently in Chile with the Australian Gems, competing in the Under 19 FIBA World Championships, whilst Downie, Papavs and Terdich are all representing the Rangers in the SEABL. All have begun preseason workouts with Head Coach, Mark Wright.

Other Australian based Jayco Rangers, Steph Cumming and Teagan Cunningham have also begun workouts with Wright. Cumming is currently in the Australian Opals squad that is 1-0 up in the best of three series against China.

Kathleen Macleod (travel), Jenna OHea (LA Sparks - WNBA), and imports Krista & Wilkins will join their Jayco Rangers team mates closer to the start of the 2011/2012 season.

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


QBL Round 12 Player of the Week - by Eurobasket News
QBL Women - Tami Willey (183-F-79)

Tami Willey has been a model of consistency for the Meteorettes this season posting seven double-doubles and averaging 21.5ppg and 9.9rpg. Willeys consistency has finally been rewarded and she takes out the QBL Player of the Week Award, for her storming performance against the Dolphins in Round 12. Mackay entered their clash with the Dolphins needing a victory to keep them in the box seat to host this years Grand Final series and Willey turned it on in front of her home crowd, recording 33 points, hitting 14-21 from the field while also pulling down 14 rebounds and producing 4 block shots to inspire the Meteorettes to a 20 point victory.

Tami who originally hails from the United States has enjoyed a successful playing career in various basketball leagues around Australia. This is Willeys second stint for the Meteorettes, having already played for Mackay back in 2005 where she took out the Sun State Division MVP award. Willey made such an impact for Mackay in 2005 that she was picked up by the Adelaide Lightning for the 2005/06 WNBL season. It did not take long for Willey to make her presence felt in the WNBL and she was the recipient of the Round 17 WNBL Player of the Week Award, for her 27 points at 67% against a Canberra side which had Lauren Jackson in their line-up. Unfortunately for the Lightning Tami only played the one season in the WNBL, but she was a major contributor to the team which finished the 2005/06 regular season in second position on the ladder.

After her stint in the WNBL, Willey has spent time playing for the Lismore Storm in the NSW Senior Basketball League. In her two seasons (2009 & 2010) in the SBL Willey was amongst the most dominant players in the competition, gaining selection in the SBL All-Star 5 in 2009, while being the Leagues leading point scorer in both seasons averaging 28.25ppg in 2009 and 23.71ppg in 2010.

Other top-notch performances around the League in Round 12 came from, Cairns Rohanee Cox, who was the star in the Dolphins two losses, with 29 points and 17 rebounds in the loss to the Flames and a whopping 34 points and 22 rebounds in Cairns 20 point loss to Mackay. Rachel Allison was also heavily involved in the Meteorettes win over Cairns with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Cabooltures Rachel Warren returned to the Suns line-up to lead them to a victory over Toowoomba with 20 points and 16 rebounds. Kisha Lee was superb for the Bears in their win over Ipswich with 24 points and 13 rebounds, while Emma Langford (24 points) and Ezria Parsons (18 points & 20 rebounds) battled hard for the Force. Nicole Romeo (26 points & 11 assists) was sensational for the Cyclones in their upset with over Gladstone. Without Jessica Bibby and Natalie Hurst, Gladstones Rebecca Haynes showed all of her skills recording a phenomenal 42 points and 20 rebounds in the Powers loss to Rockhampton. Jade Davis ensured that the Rollers took another step towards qualifying for the playoffs with 19 points and 11 assists in Gold Coasts win over the Capitals. Catherine Scanlon was in tremendous form for the Pirates against Maroochydore with 28 points, 13 rebounds and 5 steals, while Courtney Peate gave it her all for the Clippers in the loss with 22 points and 11 rebounds. To conclude the Round Yvonne Turner was in everything for the Bears in their win over Toowoomba, finishing the match with 36 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks and 3 steals.
Courtesy of: QBL


SEABL: Week 16 resuls - by Eurobasket News
FRIDAY 22nd JULY

HOBART 73 (Ross 23, Moss 19)

def

GEELONG 70 (Smith 31, Rogers 13)


Geelong shot the ball well in the first and third quarters, but it was a disappointing second quarter that was the telling factor in this game. The Supercats were leading by 1pt after the first term, but struggled to score only 9pts and trailed 29-37 at the half. Lady Chargers import Tocara Ross was dominant at both ends of the floor.

MVP Tocara Ross (Hobart)



SATURDAY 23rd JULY

BRISBANE 109 (Camino 28, Smith 24)

def

SANDRINGHAM 46 (Brigette Ardossi 19, Kaufman 8, Schinz 8)

Brisbane dominated the entire game and led 27-7 after the first ten minutes as the Sabres struggled without sharp shooters Harrington and Cocks. The Lady Spartans pressured the Sabres for the full 40mins and scored 25+ in each quarter.

MVP Rachel Pryor (184-F-89) & Renae Camino (Brisbane)


BALLARAT 67 (Taylor 25, Stonehouse 9)

def

BENDIGO 49 (Moody 10, Wilson 10, Oliver 10)


Bendigo stayed with Ballarat for the first half, but were outplayed in the second half as Rush star Natalie Taylor scored 15 of her game high 25pts to guide the home team to victory. Bendigo shot poorly and were out rebounded by 12 rebounds.

MVP Natalie Taylor (178-F, college: S.Illinois) (Ballarat)


KNOX 75 (Denson 28, Graham 19)

def

DANDENONG 57 (Terdich 14, Todhunter 12)


The Raiders were determined to make amends for their surprise defeat last week, and completely dominated the second quarter to set up a comfortable 43-26 lead. Dandenong fought hard to bridge the gap, but the experience of Denson, Tan and Graham got the Raiders over the line against an understrength Rangers line-up.

MVP Amy Denson (186-F-84, college: Arizona St.) (Knox)

ALBURY/WODONGA 65 (Wallbutton 18, Mahady 18)

Lost to

FRANKSTON 69 (Main 16, Lovelace 16)


The improvement of the Frankston Lady Blues showed again this week as they won their third straight game. Frankston played well in the opening quarter to set up a 20-14 lead, and held on to win despite a late comeback by the Lady Bandits in the fourth quarter.

MVP Lisa Wallbutton (183-C/F-86) (Albury/Wodonga)


LAUNCESTON 77 (Newley 19, Glaubitz 19)

def

GEELONG 66 (Smith 20, Rogers 13)


Supercats were slow start, trailing 15-4 after the first five minutes and forced to play catch-up for the remainder of the game. Geelong improved in the second quarter to bridge the gap at the half to 8pts. Newley and Glaubitz lifted in the second half and guided the Tornadoes to victory and remain in finals contention.

MVP Desi Glaubitz (Launceston)


SUNDAY 24th JULY

DANDENONG 76 (Todhunter 17, Terdich 15, Probst 15)

def

BALLARAT 70 (Taylor 29, Willey 12)


Without Opals Cumming and Penaluna, the Rangers were pushed for the entire 40mins, but were able to clinch the victory with a solid third quarter performance. The Rangers outscored the Rush 17-13 to set up a 6pt lead and held the margin to seal the victory and remain on top of the ladder.

MVP Natalie Taylor (Ballarat)


NUNAWADING 63 (Noe 16, Kunek 14)

Lost to

KNOX 79 (Denson 21, Parsons 17)


MVP contender Amy Denson once again produced another fine display of basketball to guide the Raiders to victory. Denson was unstoppable, and no Spectres player could stop her athleticism and shooting touch.

MVP Amy Denson (Knox)
Courtesy of: seabl.com.au





U19 Australia shines in Chile - by Eurobasket News
U19 TAIWAN - U19 AUSTRALIA 46-89

Australia delivered another easy win in Chile. They destroyed Taiwan 89-46 for 4-0 record in Group F and already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals. There are two more games to be played at this stage. Taiwan slipped to 1-3 in this pool. Their chances to reach the QFinals drastically decreased. Tayla Roberts (191-F/C-93) stepped up for the winners with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Alexandra Bunton (198-C-93, college: Wichita St.) had 11 pts and 8 rebs, while Carley Mijovic (197-C-94) added 10 pts. In defeat, Wei Yu-Chun (176-G-92) delivered 15 points. Cheng I-Hsiu (178-G-93) scored 11 and Lee Ching-Ning (175-F-92) stopped to 8 pts. Quarters: 9-20, 13-23, 11-23, 13-23. Australia will meet Spain in the next game. Taiwan will play against China.

Taiwan: Wei Yu-Chun 15, Cheng I-Hsiu 11, Lee Ching-Ning 8
Australia: Tayla Roberts 18+8 boards, Alexandra Bunton 11+8 boards, Carley Mijovic 10


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  BRAZIL - Women  


U19 Brazil jumps to 4-0 in Group F - by Eurobasket News
BRAZIL - CHILE 79-53

Brazil has no mercy for their rivals at the U19 World Championship in Chile. This time they handed 79-53 loss to the host of this event jumping to 4-0 in Group F. Thanks to this win Brazil already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals. Chile has 1-3 now, but their hopes for the next stage are still alive. Damiris Dantas (192-C-92) once again was the leading player in victory. She exploded with 22 points and 18 rebounds this time. Isabela Ramona (178-F-94) secured a great help adding 18 points, 5 boards and 5 assists, while Thamara Silva (187-C-94) added 8 pts. In defeat, Francisca Rojas (176-F-93) collected 13 points and 6 rebs. Fernanda Serrano (173-G-92) was their second scorer with 9 points (5 rebs). Quarters: 19-9, 25-15, 19-13, 16-16. Brazil will play against France today. Chile will take on Taiwan.

Brazil: Damiris Dantas 22+18 boards, Isabela Ramona 18+5 boards+5 as, Thamara Silva 8
Chile: Francisca Rojas 13+6 boards, Fernanda Serrano 9+5 boards


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Daniela Peteva joins Arxil - by Eurobasket News
Daniela Peteva (179-F-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) is a new member of the Spanish team Arxil. She signed a one-year deal with the club. Peteva heads to Arxil from Palacio de Congresos de Ibiza, where she spent last season. She appeared 25 times in LFB averaging 3 points and 2.2 rebounds. Peteva moved to Spain last summer from Dunav Econt. She spent few years with Dunav wining the Bulgarian league title with them in 2008. They also won the Cup last season. Daniela Peteva played for the Bulgarian National Team last summer. They competed in Qualifications to European Championships 2011. For 8 games Peteva registered 5.8 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 1.8 apg. She also played for U20 and U18 Bulgaria in the past.

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  CANADA - Women  


U19 Canada stays perfect in Chile - by Eurobasket News
U19 RUSSIA - U19 CANADA 50-66

Canada registered another victory in Chile. This time Canada handed 66-50 loss to Russia jumping to 4-0 record in Qualifying Group E. They already booked a ticket for the Quarterfinals. Russia dropped to 1-3 after this meeting, but still has a chance to reach the next stage. Nirra Fields (178-PG-93) came up with 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Michelle Plouffe (193-C-92) helped with 17 points, while Wumi Agunbiade (188-F-92) added 9 pts. In Russia, Yulia Poluyanova (187-F-92) was the only player with double-digits in scoring - 11 pts. Ksenia Tikhonenko (174-G-93, agency: RIZO) had 9 points and 5 rebounds, and Alexandra Stoylar added 8 pts. Quarters: 8-18, 6-26, 30-14, 6-8. Canada will meet Japan in their next game. Russia will play against China.

Russia: Yulia Poluyanova 11, Ksenia Tikhonenko 9+5 boards
Canada: Nirra Fields 22+7 boards, Michelle Plouffe 17, Wumi Agunbiade 9


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  CHILE - Women  


U19 Brazil jumps to 4-0 in Group F - by Eurobasket News
BRAZIL - CHILE 79-53

Brazil has no mercy for their rivals at the U19 World Championship in Chile. This time they handed 79-53 loss to the host of this event jumping to 4-0 in Group F. Thanks to this win Brazil already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals. Chile has 1-3 now, but their hopes for the next stage are still alive. Damiris Dantas (192-C-92) once again was the leading player in victory. She exploded with 22 points and 18 rebounds this time. Isabela Ramona (178-F-94) secured a great help adding 18 points, 5 boards and 5 assists, while Thamara Silva (187-C-94) added 8 pts. In defeat, Francisca Rojas (176-F-93) collected 13 points and 6 rebs. Fernanda Serrano (173-G-92) was their second scorer with 9 points (5 rebs). Quarters: 19-9, 25-15, 19-13, 16-16. Brazil will play against France today. Chile will take on Taiwan.

Brazil: Damiris Dantas 22+18 boards, Isabela Ramona 18+5 boards+5 as, Thamara Silva 8
Chile: Francisca Rojas 13+6 boards, Fernanda Serrano 9+5 boards


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  CHINA - Women  


China tame Logan Thunder in exhibition clash - by Eurobasket News
China - Logan Thunder 68:61

Chinese National Team continued their Tour of Australia. They took on the Logan Thunder in the second game. This time China proved strength celebrating their initial win on the tour. Gao Song (190-F-92) scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to pace the winners.
Logan looked the better side in the first frame. The hosts piled up a 15:4 lead midway through the opening quarter. The Thunder entered the second period up by two points 19:17. Chen Nan (197-C-83) managed to erase the deficit early in the second term but the hosts did not allow China to pull in front. They maintained the lead and rolled to a 34:31 halftime lead. China used a 10:0 run midway through the third term to surge ahead. However Ezria Parsons (183-F-83, college: S.Florida) and Holly Smith made it 50:47 for the Thunder late in the period. Gao Song scored four points in a row and the visitors entered the fourth frame up by one 51:50. Lijie Miao and Chen Nan stretched the gap to 7 points late in the fourth quarter and China hung on for the victory. Ma ZhengYu (183-F-83) delivered 16 points, while Chen Nan contributed 10 points in the victory. Ezria Parsons and Sarah Graham (163-G-89) answered with 12 points each for the Logan Thunder. Catherine Scanlon (180-G/F-83, college: Drexel) netted 10 points in defeat.

China: Gao Song 18+13 boards, Ma ZhengYu 16, Chen Nan 10
Logan Thunder: Ezria Parsons 12, Sarah Graham 12, Catherine Scanlon 10



U19 USA stays perfect in Chile after four days - by Eurobasket News
U19 USA - U19 CHINA 80-77

Fourth straight win for USA in Chile. After 3-0 in Preliminary Round, USA had to work hard against China and managed to beat them 80-77. USA and Canada are together on top of Group E now with 4-0 record. They already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals. China slipped to 1-3 in this pool. Kaleena Lewis (6'0''-F-93) shined for the winners with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Bria Hartley (5'10''-G-92) had 18 points, 5 rebs and 5 assists, while Stefanie Dolson (6'5''-C-92) added 12 pts and 8 boards. In China, Zuo Jiayi (5'10''-PG-92) collected 23 points and 5 rebounds. Liang Jiamei (6'0''-F-92) followed her with 15 points and 7 rebs, and Ma XueYa (6'2''-C/F-93) stopped to 10 pts. Quarters: 19-17, 15-15, 24-14, 22-31. USA will play against Italy in the next game. China's rival will be Russia.

USA: Kaleena Lewis 19+6 boards, Bria Hartley 18+5 boards+5 as, Stefanie Dolson 12+8 boards
China: Zuo Jiayi 23+5 boards, Liang Jiamei 15+7 boards, Ma XueYa 10


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  CYPRUS - Women  


U16 Cyprus hands 52-36 loss to U16 Monaco - by Eurobasket News
U16 Monaco - U16 Cyprus 36-52

Cyprus opened U16 EuroBasket Division C in style. They blasted Monaco 52-36 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group B. Third participant of this pool is Gibraltar. Eleanna Christinaki was the leading player in victory with 27 points and 12 rebounds. Tijana Raca scored 14 points and Ionna Pittaka added 8 points, plus 14 boards. In the loosing squad, Paloma Paje-Ruis collected 12 points and 12 rebounds. Margaux Varvello also scored 12 pts, while Emma Zeghdar added 9 points and 10 boards. Cyprus made 11-15 lead in the first ten minutes and never looked back after that. Quarters: 11-15, 6-18, 7-6, 12-13. Cyprus will meet Gibraltar today. Monaco will have a day-off.

Monaco: Paloma Paje-Ruis 12+12 boards, Margaux Varvello 12, Emma Zeghdar 9+10 boards
Cyprus: Eleanna Christinaki 27+12 boards, Tijana Raca 14, Ionna Pittaka 8+14 boards


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  EGYPT - Women  


U19 Argentina too much for U19 Egypt, 94-73 - by Eurobasket News
U19 EGYPT - U19 ARGENTINA 73-94

Argentina made a first step forward to 13th place in Chile. They were too strong for Egypt 94-73 yesterday. Argentina took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back after that. Their leading player was Rocio Diaz (170-G-93) with 20 points. Brenda Schmidt (185-F-93) had 17 points and Celia Fiorotto (186-C-92) helped with double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds. In Egypt, Hagar Amer (184-F-93) shined with 29 points and 14 rebounds. Sara Massoud (174-G-92) and Hala Elshaarawy (181-F-93) (9 rebs) added 14 and 11 pts respectively. Quarters: 8-18, 16-26, 17-24, 32-26. Argentina will play against Slovenia in the next game. Egypt will have a day-off.

Argentina: Rocio Diaz 20, Brenda Schmidt 17, Celia Fiorotto 15+11 boards
Egypt: Hagar Amer 29+14 boards, Sara Massoud 14, Hala Elshaarawy 11+9 boards


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16 - Women  


Div.C Standings - by Eurobasket News
Standings
Group A
1. Andorra1-0
2. Wales0-0
3. Malta0-1
Group B
1. Cyprus1-0
2. Gibraltar0-0
3. Monaco0-1


Division C: Day One in Andorra - by Eurobasket News
GROUP A

U16 Andorra - U16 Malta 66-23
Andorra demonstrated wonderful performance in Day One of the U16 EuroBasket Division C. The host of this event blasted Malta 66-23 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group B. Of course, Malta has 0-1 now. Third participant of this pool is Wales. Claudia Guri Moreno was a key player for the hosts with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Cristina Andres Rabasa scored 14 points and Marta Aguilera Vicente helped with 8 pts. On the other side, Malta did not have anyone with double digits in scoring. Their best player was Martina Darmanin with just 5 points. Quarters: 21-4, 23-6, 16-4, 6-9. Andorra will have a day-off now. Malta will meet Wales in do-or-die game today.

Andorra: Claudia Guri Moreno 21+14 boards, Cristina Andres Rabasa 14, Marta Aguilera Vicente 8
Malta: Martina Darmanin 5



GROUP B

U16 Monaco - U16 Cyprus 36-52
Cyprus opened U16 EuroBasket Division C in style. They blasted Monaco 52-36 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Third participant of this pool is Gibraltar. Eleanna Christinaki was the leading player in victory with 27 points and 12 rebounds. Tijana Raca scored 14 points and Ionna Pittaka added 8 points, plus 14 boards. In the loosing squad, Paloma Paje-Ruis collected 12 points and 12 rebounds. Margaux Varvello also scored 12 pts, while Emma Zeghdar added 9 points and 10 boards. Cyprus made 11-15 lead in the first ten minutes and never looked back after that. Quarters: 11-15, 6-18, 7-6, 12-13. Cyprus will meet Gibraltar today. Monaco will have a day-off.

Monaco: Paloma Paje-Ruis 12+12 boards, Margaux Varvello 12, Emma Zeghdar 9+10 boards
Cyprus: Eleanna Christinaki 27+12 boards, Tijana Raca 14, Ionna Pittaka 8+14 boards




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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20 - Women  


Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B Awards 2011 - by Greg
Eurobasket.com All-ECH U20 Div.B 1st Team 2011
#s#
Artemis Spanou
Spanou
Cleopatra Forsman-Goga
Forsman-Goga
Michelle Brandao
Brandao
Farhiya Abdi
Abdi
Alena Hanusova
Hanusova
#e#5

Best Player: Artemis Spanou (185-F-93) of Greece
Best Guard: Cleopatra Forsman-Goga (180-G-91) of Sweden
Best Forward: Artemis Spanou (185-F-93) of Greece
Best Center: Alena Hanusova (190-F/C-91) of Czech. Rep.
Best Coach: Fredrik Joulamo of Sweden

1st Team
G: Cleopatra Forsman-Goga (180-91) of Sweden
G: Michelle Brandao (174-91) of Portugal
F: Farhiya Abdi (188-92) of Sweden
F: Artemis Spanou (185-93) of Greece
F/C: Alena Hanusova (190-91) of Czech. Rep.

2nd Team
G: Lenka Bartakova (176-91) of Czech. Rep.
F/G: Daniela Domingues (176-92) of Portugal
F: Bar Galinski (185-92) of Israel
F: Reka Balint (182-91) of Hungary
F/C: Annika Koster (185-92) of Estonia

3rd Team
PG: Noemie Mayombo (171-91) of Belgium
G/F: Violina Kocheva (176-91) of Bulgaria
G/F: Milena Lazarevic (178-91) of Austria
F: Binta Drammeh (180-92) of Sweden
F/C: Mailis Pokk (185-92) of Estonia

Honorable Mention
Petra Zaplatova (175-G/F-91) of Czech. Rep.
Jennifer Kucukkaya (165-PG-91) of Sweden
Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi (187-F-92) of Greece
Luiana Livulo (187-C-91) of Portugal
Hadar Gutin (182-F/G-91) of Israel
Tsvetromira Sharenkapova (182-F-91) of Bulgaria




Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Awards 2011 - by Greg
Eurobasket.com All-ECH U20 1st Team 2011
#s#
Queralt Casas
Casas
Alina Iagupova
Iagupova
Anastasiya Shilova
Shilova
Malgorzata Misiuk
Misiuk
Sara Krnjic
Krnjic
#e#5

Best Player: Queralt Casas (180-G-92) of Spain
Best Guard: Queralt Casas (180-G-92) of Sparin
Best Forward: Malgorzata Misiuk (184-F-91) of Poland
Best Center: Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) of Serbia
Best Coach: Lucas Mondelo of Spain

1st Team
G: Alina Iagupova (181-92) of Ukraine
G: Queralt Casas (180-92) of Spain
F/G: Anastasiya Shilova (185-91) of Russia
F: Malgorzata Misiuk (184-91) of Poland
C: Sara Krnjic (193-91) of Serbia

2nd Team
G/F: Ayse Cora (175-93) of Turkey
G: Leonor Rodriguez Manso (181-91) of Spain
F: Olesia Malashenko (189-91) of Ukraine
F: Monika Grigalauskyte (187-92) of Lithuania
F: Hhadydia Minte (187-91) of France

3rd Team
G/F: Magdalena Zietara (170-92) of Poland
G: Ozge Yavas (174-91) of Turkey
F: Chatilla Van Grinsven (187-89) of Holland
F/C: Sonja Greinacher (188-92) of Germany
C/F: Kristine Vitola (196-91) of Latvia

Honorable Mention
Sonia Ursu (175-G/F-93) of Romania
Santa Okockyte (176-G-92) of Lithuania
Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) of France
Ella Clark (190-F-92) of United Kingdom
Alessandra Tava (184-F/C-91) of Italy
Olga Maznichenko (187-F-91) of Ukraine
Maryia Filonchyk (189-C/F-92) of Belarus
Yana Panevina (168-G-91) of Russia



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  FINLAND - Women  


Huima, Catz and Keravan Energia Team has signed new contracts - by Elina Koskinen
Sanna Jamsen (183-F-79) returns to Huima after a one year break. Jamsen should bring a lot of experience to the team. She has played 326 games in this league in her career and scored 3964 points during the years. Huima has also signed an American Patrice Holmes (178-G, college: Middle Tenn.St.). Holmes is excellent in shooting and passing and she should bring strength to playmakers position. In addition 25-year-old Salla Viitanen (167-G-87) is new in the team as she has played in HoNsU before.

Catz has signed a new contract with an American Takia Starks (173-G-87, college: Texas A&M). Starks comes from Houston and has played US university league in Texas A&M. During the four university years she finished even 1977 points.

Keravan Energia Team has agreed the terms with an American Centhya Hart (185-F-89). Hart played in US university league in the University of St. John in New York. Hart can play all-around in any position which is one of her strength that she brings to the team.



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  FRANCE - Women  


U19 France grabs 57-55 win against U19 Spain - by Eurobasket News
U19 SPAIN - U19 FRANCE 55-57

France did a great job in the first game of the Qualifying Round in Chile. They grabbed 57-55 win against Spain for 3-1 record in Group F. Thanks to this win, France is already with one leg in the Quarterfinals. Spain dropped to 2-2 and still has a good chance to reach the QFinals. Adja Konteh (178-F-92) top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Mousdandy Djaldi-Tabdi (184-F-95) had 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Eleonore Grossemy (184-F-92) added 9 points and 6 rebs. In Spain, Mariona Ortiz (183-F-92) responded with 21 points and 7 boards. Queralt Casas (180-G-92) stopped to just 7 points in this meeting. Quarters: 16-14, 8-12, 16-15, 15-16. In the next game, France will meet undefeated Brazil. Spain will take on Australia.

Spain: Mariona Ortiz 21+7 boards, Queralt Casas 7
France: Adja Konteh 15, Mousdandy Djaldi-Tabdi 10+10 boards, Eleonore Grossemy 9+6 boards


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  ITALY - Women  


U19 Japan cruises past U19 Italy 97-69 - by Eurobasket News
U19 JAPAN - U19 ITALY 97-69

Japan made a huge step forward to Quarterfinals in Chile. They cruised past Italy 97-69 jumping to 3-1 record in Qualifying Group E. On the other side, Italy dropped to 2-2 and still has a chance to reach the next stage. Shiori Takada (170-G-92) exploded with 31 points for the winners. She made 8 of 10 attempts from behind the arc. Rui Machida (160-PG-93) had 22 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists, while Sanae Motokawa (175-F-92) added 17 pts and 5 rebs. In defeat, Giulia Maffenini (180-F-92) collected 17 points and 5 rebs. Alessandra Formica (174-G-93) had 13 points and 8 boards, while Nene Diene (169-PG-92) added 11 pts. Quarters: 33-22, 18-18, 24-17, 22-12. In the next game Japan will meet Canada. Italy will take on USA.

Japan: Shiori Takada 31, Rui Machida 22+9 boards+6 as, Sanae Motokawa 17+5 boards
Italy: Giulia Maffenini 17+5 boards, Alessandra Formica 13+8 boards, Nene Diene 11


Standings A1 (W)
A1 Standings
 1. Alcamo 0-0 
 2. Basket Parma 0-0 
 3. Bracco Geas 0-0 
 4. Cagliari CUS 0-0 
 5. Comense 0-0 
 6. Faenza 0-0 
 7. Familia Schio 0-0 
 8. Lucca 0-0 
 9. Pozzuoli 0-0 
 10. Priolo 0-0 
 11. Taranto 0-0 
 12. Umbertide 0-0 


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  JAPAN - Women  


U19 Japan cruises past U19 Italy 97-69 - by Eurobasket News
U19 JAPAN - U19 ITALY 97-69

Japan made a huge step forward to Quarterfinals in Chile. They cruised past Italy 97-69 jumping to 3-1 record in Qualifying Group E. On the other side, Italy dropped to 2-2 and still has a chance to reach the next stage. Shiori Takada (170-G-92) exploded with 31 points for the winners. She made 8 of 10 attempts from behind the arc. Rui Machida (160-PG-93) had 22 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists, while Sanae Motokawa (175-F-92) added 17 pts and 5 rebs. In defeat, Giulia Maffenini (180-F-92) collected 17 points and 5 rebs. Alessandra Formica (174-G-93) had 13 points and 8 boards, while Nene Diene (169-PG-92) added 11 pts. Quarters: 33-22, 18-18, 24-17, 22-12. In the next game Japan will meet Canada. Italy will take on USA.

Japan: Shiori Takada 31, Rui Machida 22+9 boards+6 as, Sanae Motokawa 17+5 boards
Italy: Giulia Maffenini 17+5 boards, Alessandra Formica 13+8 boards, Nene Diene 11


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  MALTA - Women  


U16 Andorra blasts U16 Malta 66-23 - by Eurobasket News
U16 Andorra - U16 Malta 66-23

Andorra demonstrated wonderful performance in Day One of the U16 EuroBasket Division C. The host of this event blasted Malta 66-23 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group B. Of course, Malta has 0-1 now. Third participant of this pool is Wales. Claudia Guri Moreno was a key player for the hosts with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Cristina Andres Rabasa scored 14 points and Marta Aguilera Vicente helped with 8 pts. On the other side, Malta did not have anyone with double digits in scoring. Their best player was Martina Darmanin with just 5 points. Quarters: 21-4, 23-6, 16-4, 6-9. Andorra will have a day-off now. Malta will meet Wales in do-or-die game today.

Andorra: Claudia Guri Moreno 21+14 boards, Cristina Andres Rabasa 14, Marta Aguilera Vicente 8
Malta: Martina Darmanin 5


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  MONACO - Women  


U16 Cyprus hands 52-36 loss to U16 Monaco - by Eurobasket News
U16 Monaco - U16 Cyprus 36-52

Cyprus opened U16 EuroBasket Division C in style. They blasted Monaco 52-36 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group B. Third participant of this pool is Gibraltar. Eleanna Christinaki was the leading player in victory with 27 points and 12 rebounds. Tijana Raca scored 14 points and Ionna Pittaka added 8 points, plus 14 boards. In the loosing squad, Paloma Paje-Ruis collected 12 points and 12 rebounds. Margaux Varvello also scored 12 pts, while Emma Zeghdar added 9 points and 10 boards. Cyprus made 11-15 lead in the first ten minutes and never looked back after that. Quarters: 11-15, 6-18, 7-6, 12-13. Cyprus will meet Gibraltar today. Monaco will have a day-off.

Monaco: Paloma Paje-Ruis 12+12 boards, Margaux Varvello 12, Emma Zeghdar 9+10 boards
Cyprus: Eleanna Christinaki 27+12 boards, Tijana Raca 14, Ionna Pittaka 8+14 boards


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  NCAA1 - Women  


U19 USA stays perfect in Chile after four days - by Eurobasket News
U19 USA - U19 CHINA 80-77

Fourth straight win for USA in Chile. After 3-0 in Preliminary Round, USA had to work hard against China and managed to beat them 80-77. USA and Canada are together on top of Group E now with 4-0 record. They already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals. China slipped to 1-3 in this pool. Kaleena Lewis (6'0''-F-93) shined for the winners with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Bria Hartley (5'10''-G-92) had 18 points, 5 rebs and 5 assists, while Stefanie Dolson (6'5''-C-92) added 12 pts and 8 boards. In China, Zuo Jiayi (5'10''-PG-92) collected 23 points and 5 rebounds. Liang Jiamei (6'0''-F-92) followed her with 15 points and 7 rebs, and Ma XueYa (6'2''-C/F-93) stopped to 10 pts. Quarters: 19-17, 15-15, 24-14, 22-31. USA will play against Italy in the next game. China's rival will be Russia.

USA: Kaleena Lewis 19+6 boards, Bria Hartley 18+5 boards+5 as, Stefanie Dolson 12+8 boards
China: Zuo Jiayi 23+5 boards, Liang Jiamei 15+7 boards, Ma XueYa 10


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  POLAND - Women  


Martyna Koc signs with Artego Bydgoszcz - by Lukasz Lukaszewski
Artego Bydgoszcz adds new player: Martyna Koc (186-C-83). Club have also extended contract with polish NT player Agnieszka Szott (185-F-82, agency: Data Plus Group) and two other women: Marta Urbaniak (189-F-87) and Natalia Mrozinska (191-F/C-84). Clubs roster is still open.

Martyna Koc is 28- years old center. She debuted in PLKK in 2003/2004 season, when she had been playing for BS Sure Shot Wolomin. Then she moved to Odra Brzeg . Martyna
Koc had been representing that club for 3 seasons. After that She signed contract with Super-Pol Leszno. Having played 2 seasons in Leszno she decided to join Utex Row Rybnik
team for 2009/2010. Last season Martyna Koc had played in Matizol Lider Pruszkow. She averaged 6,4 points and 4 rebounds in 29 league games.



Magorzata Chomicka moves to Tcza Leszno - by Lukasz Lukaszewski
Super-Pol Leszno signed contract with 28 year-old guard Malgorzata Chomicka (168-G-83). Club have small budget and in the upcoming season will fight for survive in the PLKK. Malgorzata Chomicka is the first new player in Super-Pol Leszno.

Malgorzata Chomicka is a 28 year-old guard with experience from several polish clubs. She has got 168 cm height. Her first club was Meblotap AZS PWSZ Chelm, where she
debuted in PLKK. In 2007 Malgorzata Chomicka joined to Utex Row Rybnik. She had been playing for this club for 3 seasons. In January 10 she moved to Solpark Kleszczow Pabianice in 1st league. She won the league with this club. Malgorzata Chomicka spent last season in Widzew Lodz. She averaged 5,8 points and 1,9 assist in 24 games.



INEA AZS Poznan returns Eliza Golumbiewska - by Eurobasket News
Eliza Golumbiewska (178-F-83) is back to INEA AZS Poznan. The Polish forward penned a one-year deal with her new/old club. She returns to Poznan after one year, which she spent Widzew Lodz. Golumbiewska appeared 14 times in PLKK last season averaging 2.8 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists. In 2009/10 with Poznan, Golumbiewska had 2 ppg and 1 rpg in four games. She hopes to get more chance next season. In the past, Eliza Golumbiewska was a member of Odra Brzeg and 08 Scokholm. With Odre Brzeg she registered 11.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg and 1.5 apg for 21 games in PLKK. In 2007/08, Eliza Golumbiewska played in Sweden. She had 7 ppg and 1.8 rpg for 22 games with Stockholm. The team also competed in EuroCup, where Golumbiewska added 3.7 ppg and 1.2 rpg.

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  RUSSIA - Women  


U19 Canada stays perfect in Chile - by Eurobasket News
U19 RUSSIA - U19 CANADA 50-66

Canada registered another victory in Chile. This time Canada handed 66-50 loss to Russia jumping to 4-0 record in Qualifying Group E. They already booked a ticket for the Quarterfinals. Russia dropped to 1-3 after this meeting, but still has a chance to reach the next stage. Nirra Fields (178-PG-93) came up with 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Michelle Plouffe (193-C-92) helped with 17 points, while Wumi Agunbiade (188-F-92) added 9 pts. In Russia, Yulia Poluyanova (187-F-92) was the only player with double-digits in scoring - 11 pts. Ksenia Tikhonenko (174-G-93, agency: RIZO) had 9 points and 5 rebounds, and Alexandra Stoylar added 8 pts. Quarters: 8-18, 6-26, 30-14, 6-8. Canada will meet Japan in their next game. Russia will play against China.

Russia: Yulia Poluyanova 11, Ksenia Tikhonenko 9+5 boards
Canada: Nirra Fields 22+7 boards, Michelle Plouffe 17, Wumi Agunbiade 9


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  SPAIN - Women  


Daniela Peteva joins Arxil - by Eurobasket News
Daniela Peteva (179-F-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) is a new member of the Spanish team Arxil. She signed a one-year deal with the club. Peteva heads to Arxil from Palacio de Congresos de Ibiza, where she spent last season. She appeared 25 times in LFB averaging 3 points and 2.2 rebounds. Peteva moved to Spain last summer from Dunav Econt. She spent few years with Dunav wining the Bulgarian league title with them in 2008. They also won the Cup last season. Daniela Peteva played for the Bulgarian National Team last summer. They competed in Qualifications to European Championships 2011. For 8 games Peteva registered 5.8 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 1.8 apg. She also played for U20 and U18 Bulgaria in the past.

Standings - LFB
LF2 Standings
 1. Burgos 0-0 
 2. Cadi la Seu 0-0 
 3. Cajarural 0-0 
 4. Girona 0-0 
 5. Gran Canaria 0-0 
 6. Hondar.-Irun 0-0 
 7. Ibiza 0-0 
 8. Mann Filter 0-0 
 9. Mariana 0-0 
 10. Navarra 0-0 
 11. Perfumerias 0-0 
 12. Real C.Vigo 0-0 
 13. Rivas Ecopolis 0-0 
 14. Ros Casares 0-0 


U19 France grabs 57-55 win against U19 Spain - by Eurobasket News
U19 SPAIN - U19 FRANCE 55-57

France did a great job in the first game of the Qualifying Round in Chile. They grabbed 57-55 win against Spain for 3-1 record in Group F. Thanks to this win, France is already with one leg in the Quarterfinals. Spain dropped to 2-2 and still has a good chance to reach the QFinals. Adja Konteh (178-F-92) top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Mousdandy Djaldi-Tabdi (184-F-95) had 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Eleonore Grossemy (184-F-92) added 9 points and 6 rebs. In Spain, Mariona Ortiz (183-F-92) responded with 21 points and 7 boards. Queralt Casas (180-G-92) stopped to just 7 points in this meeting. Quarters: 16-14, 8-12, 16-15, 15-16. In the next game, France will meet undefeated Brazil. Spain will take on Australia.

Spain: Mariona Ortiz 21+7 boards, Queralt Casas 7
France: Adja Konteh 15, Mousdandy Djaldi-Tabdi 10+10 boards, Eleonore Grossemy 9+6 boards


Uni Girona keeps Gisela Vega - by Eurobasket News
Gisela Vega (188-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) will stay for at least one more year in Spain. The Argentinean center, with Spanish passport, penned a contract extension with Uni Girona for the 2011/12. Vega joined the club in February this tear from Mariana. She appeared 10 times in LFB with Girona averaging 11.6 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists. With Mariana she had 12.3 ppg, 8.2 rpg and 1.5 apg for 15 games last season. Vega played for Mariana from 2008 until February this year. In 2009/10 season she shined with 14.4 ppg and 7.5 rpg. Eurobasket awarded Gisela Vega with All-Spanish LFB Honorable Mention. In the past, she played for Tarbes, Real Canoe and again Mariana. Vega also played for the Argentinean National Team in 2006 and 2009.

Cadi la Seu adds Diana Delva - by Eurobasket News
Cadi la Seu announced signing of Diana Delva (188-F/C, college: Hartford) for the next season. She will be used on positions 4 and 5. Delva spent last season in Greece as a member of DAS Ano Liosa. She shined with 16.7 ppg, 11.6 rpg and 1.2 bpg for 21 games in the league. Delva finished the competition as the fourth best scorer, second rebounder and third shot blocker. Eurobaskt awarded her with Greek League All-Imports Team -11. Delva was also named Eurobasket.com All-Greek League 2nd Team -11 and she participated at the All-Star Game. Diana Delva is a product of the Hartford University, where she graduated a year ago. She had 14.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg ad 2 bpg for her school as a senior. Hartford reach AEC Tournament Finals and Delva was named All-AEC Player of the Year -10. Shewas also named AEC All-Defensive Team -10.

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  TAIWAN - Women  


U19 Australia shines in Chile - by Eurobasket News
U19 TAIWAN - U19 AUSTRALIA 46-89

Australia delivered another easy win in Chile. They destroyed Taiwan 89-46 for 4-0 record in Group F and already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals. There are two more games to be played at this stage. Taiwan slipped to 1-3 in this pool. Their chances to reach the QFinals drastically decreased. Tayla Roberts (191-F/C-93) stepped up for the winners with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Alexandra Bunton (198-C-93, college: Wichita St.) had 11 pts and 8 rebs, while Carley Mijovic (197-C-94) added 10 pts. In defeat, Wei Yu-Chun (176-G-92) delivered 15 points. Cheng I-Hsiu (178-G-93) scored 11 and Lee Ching-Ning (175-F-92) stopped to 8 pts. Quarters: 9-20, 13-23, 11-23, 13-23. Australia will meet Spain in the next game. Taiwan will play against China.

Taiwan: Wei Yu-Chun 15, Cheng I-Hsiu 11, Lee Ching-Ning 8
Australia: Tayla Roberts 18+8 boards, Alexandra Bunton 11+8 boards, Carley Mijovic 10


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  TURKEY - Women  


Samsun tab Brooke Queenan - by Eurobasket News
Samsun strengthened their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Brooke Queenan (188-F-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Boston Coll.). The deal is meant for one season. The 27-year-old forward spent the previous season in Belarus. Brooke Queenan played for Minsk-2006. She tallied 12.8 points, 5.5 boards, 1.0 assist and 1.0 steal per game in EuroCup. In BWBL her stats read 11.8 points, 5.0 boards and 1.2 assists per appearance. Eurobasket.com named Brooke Queenan into All-Belarusian League 1st Team. She also earned All-BWBL Honourable Mention. Brooke Queenan had spells for Aris Thessaloniki, MiZo Pecs and Panionios before joining Minsk-2006. The forward also played for the Connecticut Sun and the Chicago Sky in the WNBA.


Tarsus Bld bring in Andrea Riley - by Eurobasket News
Tarsus Bld continue to strengthen their roster for the upcoming season. They agreed on terms of contract with Andrea Riley (165-G-88, college: Oklahoma St.). The 23-year-old guard is currently playing in the WNBA. She tallies 6.3 points and 1.2 assists per game for the Tulsa Shock. Last season Andrea Riley was drafted by the Los Angeles Sparks. She notched 3.3 points per game in her first pro season.


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  WNBA - Women  


Atlanta's McCoughtry, Minnesota's Augustus Named Players of the Week - by Eurobasket News
Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86, college: Louisville) of the Atlanta Dream and Seimone Augustus (6'1''-G-84, college: LSU) of the Minnesota Lynx were named the WNBA's Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for regular season games played Monday, July 18 through Thursday, July 21.

McCoughtry tied for first in the league in steals (4.0), and among Eastern Conference players, tied for first in scoring (24.0 ppg), while leading the Dream to back-to-back victories and a 2-0 record. This marks her first Player of the Week award in 2011 and the third in her three seasons.

On July 19, McCoughtry recorded 15 points and had a season-high five steals to go along with three rebounds and two assists in an 84-74 victory over the Indiana Fever. The following day, in an 86-79 road-win against the Washington Mystics, McCoughtry scored a season-high 33 points, grabbed three rebounds, dished out three assists and had three steals.

This season, McCoughtry is averaging 17.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 2.5 steals.

Augustus led the Lynx to a 1-0 record for the week, and finished first in the league in scoring (25.0 ppg), and among Western Conference players, ranked third in field goal percentage (.733 on 11-for-15 shooting).

In a 106-98 road-victory over conference rival Phoenix Mercury on July 20, Augustus established personal season-highs in points (25), rebounds (six) and assists (four). Her field goal with 7:23 to play in the fourth quarter was also the 1,128th of her career, which broke Katie Smith's all-time franchise record.

The pivotal win helped the Lynx move into first place in the Western Conference at 10-4, the league's best record as teams begin action again tomorrow, following the All-Star break. It was also the Lynx's third straight victory away from Target Center, matching the longest road-winning streak in team history.

This marks the first time Augustus has won the honor this season, and fifth of her career in six seasons.

Other candidates for WNBA Players of the Week were Chicago's Epiphanny Prince, Connecticut's Renee Montgomery, Phoenix's Penny Taylor and Washington's Crystal Langhorne.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Sky signs guard Murphy - by Eurobasket News
The Sky signed shooting guard Eshaya Murphy (6'0''-G/F-85, college: USC) to a seven-day contract, coach and general manager Pokey Chatman announced in a statement released on Monday.

Murphy, who is 5-foot-11, is a four-year WNBA veteran, making stops in Minnesota, Washington, Detroit and Indiana as well as 11 games in Chicago last season.

I see Shay's speed and quickness helping our team on both ends of the floor, Chatman said.

Murphy, who played in college at Southern California, has averaged 4.4 points and 2.6 rebounds per game in her 99 game WNBA career.

Courtesy of www.chicagotribune.com


Veteran Walker brought into give Mystics a spark - by Eurobasket News
The Mystics 3-11 start prompted Washington to shake up its roster Monday, adding veteran forward Demya Walker (6'3''-F/C-77, college: Virginia) and letting go of rookies Ta'Shia Phillips (6'6''-C-89, college: Xavier) and Karima Christmas (6'0''-G/F-89, college: Duke).

Walker, an 11-year veteran from the University of Virginia, spent most of 2010 and 2011 with the Connecticut Sun after seven years with the Sacramento Monarchs. She began her career with the Portland Fire, which folded in 2002.

Shes a very energetic post player who is very active on the glass, especially offensively, said Mystics broadcaster Christy Winters-Scott.

Despite their record, the Mystics lead the league in steals and offensive rebounds.

She fits into the mold of what the Mystics are trying to do and will really complement what the team is already getting from Nicky Anosike and Crystal Langhorne, Winters-Scott said. I think in adding Walker, [Mystics coach] Trudi Lacey believes that bringing in more experience will help the team get into a better rhythm, especially getting second- and third-chance points.

Walkers best season was in 2005, when she averaged 14.1 points and 5.3 rebounds and was instrumental in helping the Monarchs win the WNBA title.

Walker has career averages of 7.6 points and 3.6 rebounds, and is described as a tough, physical presence on both ends of the floor.

In Phillips and Christmas, the Mystics are letting go two of the teams four rookies. The others are point guard Jasmine Thomas and forward Victoria Dunlap, the Mystics first-round draft pick.

Christmas, the Mystics second-round pick, appeared in 14 games and was averaging 3.4 points and 10 minutes. Phillips appeared in 10 games, averaging 1.9 points in 5.5 minutes.

I think that Phillips is probably a year away from being able to play in the WNBA style, Winters-Scott said. A year overseas will serve her well. Her half-season with the Mystics will help her learn the kind of speed and physicality shell need to play in the WNBA.

As for Christmas, she landed on her feet quickly, getting picked up by the Tulsa Shock, who recently waived former Olympic track star Marion Jones.

Karima got off to a great start with the Mystics, and hit a lot of 3-point shots in those early games, Winters-Scott said. But lately she started having a lot of foul trouble, and that really took her out of her rhythm.

But the fact that she got picked up right away shows shes ready for the WNBA. With a team like Tulsa, shell get a lot more playing time.

Courtesy of www.washingtontimes.com


Tracy Murray joins Shock staff as assistant coach - by Eurobasket News
Former NBA player Tracy Murray (6'8''-F-71, college: UCLA) is joining the coaching staff of the WNBA's Tulsa Shock for the rest of the season.

The team said Monday that Murray will be an assistant under interim head coach Teresa Edwards.

Murray played for UCLA in college before a 12-year NBA career, spent with six teams. He retired from the NBA in 2004 and has been a radio broadcaster for UCLA men's games.

He'll be on the Shock's bench Thursday when they host the Chicago Sky.

Edwards says Murray 'brings next-level experience' to the Shock and balances the teams basketball intensity 'while providing post experience.'

Courtesy of www.pennlive.com


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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19 - Women  


Qualifying Round: First games - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Japan - Italy 97-69
Japan made a huge step forward to Quarterfinals in Chile. They cruised past Italy 97-69 improving to 3-1 record in Qualifying Group E. On the other side, Italy dropped to 2-2 and still has a chance to reach the next stage. Shiori Takada (170-G-92) exploded with 31 points for the winners. She made 8 of 10 attempts from behind the arc. Rui Machida (160-PG-93) had 22 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists, while Sanae Motokawa (175-F-92) added 17 pts and 5 rebs. In defeat, Giulia Maffenini (180-F-92) collected 17 points and 5 rebs. Alessandra Formica (174-G-93) had 13 points and 8 boards, while Nene Diene (169-PG-92) added 11 pts. Quarters: 33-22, 18-18, 24-17, 22-12. In the next game Japan will meet Canada. Italy will take on USA.

Russia - Canada 50-66
Canada registered another victory in Chile. This time Canada handed 66-50 loss to Russia jumping to 4-0 record in Qualifying Group E. They already booked a ticket for the Quarterfinals. Russia dropped to 1-3 after this meeting, but still has a chance to reach the next stage. Nirra Fields (178-PG-93) came up with 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Michelle Plouffe (193-C-92) helped with 17 points, while Wumi Agunbiade (188-F-92) added 9 pts. In Russia, Yulia Poluyanova (187-F-92) was the only player with double-digits in scoring - 11 pts. Ksenia Tikhonenko (174-G-93, agency: RIZO) had 9 points and 5 rebounds, and Alexandra Stoylar added 8 pts. Quarters: 8-18, 6-26, 30-14, 6-8. Canada will meet Japan in their next game. Russia will play against China.

USA - China 80-77
Fourth straight win for USA in Chile. After 3-0 in Preliminary Round, USA had to work hard against China and managed to beat them 80-77. USA and Canada are together on top of Group E now with 4-0 record. They already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals. China slipped to 1-3 in this pool. Kaleena Lewis (183-F-93) shined for the winners with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Bria Hartley (5'10''-G-92) had 18 points, 5 rebs and 5 assists, while Stefanie Dolson (6'5''-C-92) added 12 pts and 8 boards. In China, Zuo Jiayi (5'10''-PG-92) collected 23 points and 5 rebounds. Liang Jiamei (6'0''-F-92) followed her with 15 points and 7 rebs, and Ma XueYa (6'2''-C/F-93) stopped to 10 pts. Quarters: 19-17, 15-15, 24-14, 22-31. USA will play against Italy in the next game. China's rival will be Russia.

Group F
Spain - France 55-57
France did a great job in the first game of the Qualifying Round in Chile. They grabbed 57-55 win against Spain for 3-1 record in Group F. Thanks to this win, France is already with one leg in the Quarterfinals. Spain dropped to 2-2 and still has a good chance to reach the QFinals. Adja Konteh (178-F-92) top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Mousdandy Djaldi-Tabdi (184-F-95) had 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Eleonore Grossemy (184-F-92) added 9 points and 6 rebs. In Spain, Mariona Ortiz (183-F-92) responded with 21 points and 7 boards. Queralt Casas (180-G-92) stopped to just 7 points in this meeting. Quarters: 16-14, 8-12, 16-15, 15-16. In the next game, France will meet undefeated Brazil. Spain will take on Australia.

Taiwan - Australia 46-89
Australia delivered another easy win in Chile. They destroyed Taiwan 89-46 for 4-0 record in Group F and already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals. There are two more games to be played at this stage. Taiwan slipped to 1-3 in this pool. Their chances to reach the QFinals drastically decreased. Tayla Roberts (191-F/C-93) stepped up for the winners with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Alexandra Bunton (198-C-93, college: Wichita St.) had 11 pts and 8 rebs, while Carley Mijovic (197-C-94) added 10 pts. In defeat, Wei Yu-Chun (176-G-92) delivered 15 points. Cheng I-Hsiu (178-G-93) scored 11 and Lee Ching-Ning (175-F-92) stopped to 8 pts. Quarters: 9-20, 13-23, 11-23, 13-23. Australia will meet Spain in the next game. Taiwan will play against China.

Brazil - Chile 79-53
Brazil has no mercy for their rivals at the U19 World Championship in Chile. This time they handed 79-53 loss to the host of this event jumping to 4-0 in Group F. Thanks to this win Brazil already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals. Chile has 1-3 now, but their hopes for the next stage are still alive. Damiris Dantas (192-C-92) once again was the leading player in victory. She exploded with 22 points and 18 rebounds this time. Isabela Ramona (178-F-94) secured a great help adding 18 points, 5 boards and 5 assists, while Thamara Silva (187-C-94) added 8 pts. In defeat, Francisca Rojas (176-F-93) collected 13 points and 6 rebs. Fernanda Serrano (173-G-92) was their second scorer with 9 points (5 rebs). Quarters: 19-9, 25-15, 19-13, 16-16. Brazil will play against France today. Chile will take on Taiwan.

Places 13-16
Egypt - Argentina 73-94
Argentina made a first step forward to 13th place in Chile. They were too strong for Egypt 94-73 yesterday. Argentina took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back after that. Their leading player was Rocio Diaz (170-G-93) with 20 points. Brenda Schmidt (185-F-93) had 17 points and Celia Fiorotto (186-C-92) helped with double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds. In Egypt, Hagar Amer (184-F-93) shined with 29 points and 14 rebounds. Sara Massoud (174-G-92) and Hala Elshaarawy (181-F-93) (9 rebs) added 14 and 11 pts respectively. Quarters: 8-18, 16-26, 17-24, 32-26. Argentina will play against Slovenia in the next game. Egypt will have a day-off.


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Nirra FIELDS
  CAN
  (178-PG-93)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Fields, CAN20.5 
 2. Gortnar, SLO20.3 
 3. Amer, EGY19.3 
 4. Dantas, BRA19.3 
 5. Watanabe, JPN18.0 
 6. Motokawa, JPN17.8 
 7. Roberts, AUS16.3 
 8. Takada, JPN16.0 
 9. Casas, ESP15.3 
 10. Diaz, ARG13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Damiris DANTAS
  (192-C-92)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Dantas, BRA12.3 
 2. Gortnar, SLO9.7 
 3. Cabrera, ARG9.0 
 4. Roberts, AUS9.0 
 5. Amer, EGY8.8 
 6. Ndour, ESP8.0 
 7. Elshaarawy, EGY7.8 
 8. Stewart, USA7.8 
 9. Gil, ESP7.5 
 10. Williams, USA7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Rebecca COLE
  (177-PG-92)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Cole, AUS6.7 
 2. Gretter, ARG5.8 
 3. Machida, JPN4.8 
 4. Hartley, USA3.5 
 5. Takada, JPN3.0 
 6. Massengale, USA3.0 
 7. Martins, BRA3.0 
 8. Baric, SLO3.0 
 9. Mansilla, CHI2.7 
 10. Bouzenna, FRA2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Bria HARTLEY
  (178-G-92)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Hartley, USA3.5 
 2. Carangelo, ITA3.0 
 3. Martins, BRA2.8 
 4. Massoud, EGY2.5 
 5. Plouffe, CAN2.5 
 6. Fields, CAN2.3 
 7. Osama, EGY2.3 
 8. Williams, CAN2.3 
 9. Gretter, ARG2.3 
 10. Casas, ESP2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Hala ELSHAARAWY
  (181-F-93)
  Avg: 2
 1. Elshaarawy, EGY2.0 
 2. Ndour, ESP2.0 
 3. Stewart, USA1.5 
 4. Djaldi-Tabdi, FRA1.0 
 5. Amer, EGY1.0 
 6. Bunton, AUS1.0 
 7. Roche, FRA1.0 
 8. Gortnar, SLO1.0 
 9. Ramona, BRA0.8 
 10. Efimova, RUS0.8 


Standings (Women)
Standings
Group E
1. Canada4-0
2. USA4-0
3. Japan3-1
4. Italy2-2
5. Russia1-3
6. China1-3
Group F
1. Australia4-0
2. Brazil4-0
3. France3-1
4. Spain2-2
5. Taiwan1-3
6. Chile1-3
Group Places 13-16
1. Argentina1-0
2. Slovenia1-0
3. Egypt0-1
4. Nigeria0-1