EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/28/2011

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Radnicki Kragujevac signs Yunus Cankaya - by Eurobasket News
Yunus Cankaya (199-F-85) is a new member of Radnicki Kragujevac. The Turkish forward penned a one-year deal with Radnicki. Cankaya will play out for Turkey for the first time in his career. He heads to the Serbian outfit from Turk Telekom Ankara, where he spent last season. Cankaya appeared 30 times for them in TBL averaging 10.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists. He also added 11.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 2.8 apg for 5 games in EuroChallenge. From 2007 until the last summer, Yunus Cankaya was a member of Banvit. In their last season together he had 8.2 ppg and 2.8 rpg for 37 games in TBL. Before Banvit, Cankaya played for Selcuk, Tekelspor and Yesilyurt. He was a member of the Turkish National Team in 2009. In the past he played for U20 Turkey.

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  ARGENTINA   


Quilmes add three players - by Eurobasket News
Quilmes sign three players. They agreed on terms of contract with Britton Johnsen (208-F-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah), Brian Morris (205-F-87, college: Humboldt St.) and Gonzalo Gorostiaga.
Britton Johnsen spent the last season in Greece. The 32-year-old forward played for Panellionios. He tallied 7.5 points and 4.1 boards for EuroCup. In Greek League his stats read 6.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per appearance. Previously Britton Johnsen had stints with PAOK, Galatasaray, Pau-Orthez, Alicante, Bakersfield Jam, Idaho Stampede, Fayetteville Patriots and Orlando Magic.
Brian Morris comes from the IBL team Vancouver Volcanoes. He tallied 19.0 points and 12.3 rebounds per game in IBL. Brian Morris has graduated from Humboldt State University in 2011. The forward was named All-CCAA Player of the Year.
Gonzalo Gorostiaga played for Union Progresista last season. He averaged 7.6 points, 3.6 boards and 1.8 assists per game in TNA.



Report: Ginobili to be insured to play for Argentina - by Eurobasket News
With the NBA lockout in full swing, international players who want to play this summer at pre-Olympic qualifiers are looking to be insured. Otherwise, they might not play.

For the San Antonio Spurs, Tiago Splitter (6'11''-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) and Tony Parker (6'0''-PG-80) have been insured to play for their respective countries leaving Manu Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) as the last one to obtain insurance.

However, this wait might be over for Ginobili.

According to canchallena.com, Ginobili, along with fellow NBA players, Luis Scola, Andres Nocioni, and Carlos Delfino, the Argentina Basketball Confederation will insure their NBA stars just in time for training camp and the tournament in Argentina next month:

'Somehow we're going to solve and the NBA will have its safe to play in the selection.' The expected statement emerged last night Germain mouth Vaccaro, president of the Argentina Basketball Confederation (CABB), which for several days in constant negotiations with different companies to get together over half a million dollars and to address policies that Argentine stars need to participate in the Pre-Olympic training and Mar del Plata, which begins on 30 August.

According to accounts, the Confederation would pay $ 543,283 for Scola, Delfino, Ginobili and Nocioni, to which must be added the insurance of the other players, including some also high, such as Pablo Prigioni and Hernan Jasen, working in Spain.

If true, then this will be great news for Ginobili who is itching to get Argentina into the 2012 London games. Not only that, it protects the Spurs All-Star guard in case of injury. Something which weighs heavily on Spurs fans' minds.

Courtesy of http://projectspurs.com


Fabricio Oberto to play in FIBA Americas - by Eurobasket News
Great news for the National Team of Argentina. Fabricio Oberto (207-C-75) announced he is ready to play for his country in FIBA Americas Championship. He will try to help them qualify for the Olympic Games 2012 in London. Oberto stated that he made many tests and results showed that he is ready to practice again.
Fabricio Oberto retired in November last year due to recurrent palpitations related to a prior cardiac condition. He played four games with the Portland Trail Blazers averaging 1.8 points and 1.5 rebounds. Almost the same digits Oberto had for 56 games with Washington Wizards in 2009/10 season. From 2005 to 2009, Fabricio Oberto played for the San Antonio Spurs. He helped them win the NBA title in 2007. That season Oberto had 4.4 ppg and 4.7 rpg for 79 games. He also added 5.6 ppg and 4.9 rpg for 20 games in Playoffs. In the past, Oberto played for Pamesa, Tau Ceramica and Olympiakos.


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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Loren Woods to join the Lebanese National Team. - by Rabih Khoury
It seems that Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) will be the new naturalized player for the Lebanese national team. Woods will replace Jackson Vroman after the coaching staff saw the team is in need of a pure center. According to the FIBA policy, each Asian team can have only one a dual citizen player or a player who changed his nationality over age 16. Therefore, it seems that the choice is settle on Loren Woods after his great season with Riyadi and helped them to win the Asian Club Championship. Its only a matter of hours to sign his official contract. Woods is expected to join the team around August 10 to prepare for the Asian Championship taking place in China from September 15 to 25.

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Crocs elevate Chris Cedar to contracted roster - by Eurobasket News
Townsville McDonalds Crocodiles today announced that 2010/11 Development Player Chris Cedar (188-G-88) will become one of the ten rostered players for the team in 2011/12 after securing a one-year deal with the club.

During the 2010/11 season Chris spent all of his time training with the squad as a full time Development Player and his hard work and loyalty to the club has been rewarded.

CEO Ian Smythe was excited about the opportunity that had been created in Townsville for Cedar.

One of the things that you hope you are able to achieve is to create a career path for local talent in the NBL, he said.

The addition of Chris Cedar to the roster for the 11/12 season takes the total number of local players to 4 and demonstrates to local basketball talent, that if you work hard and persist it does pay off.'

Chris Cedar has been a development player at the club for the last three seasons, and the 23 year old has proven himself on and off the court. He will sign his first NBL contract as part of the active ten.

Smythe says his impressive performance and leadership skills with this years Townsville Heat have paid off for the young talent earning him his place on the Townsville Crocodiles team.

Head Coach Paul Woolpert acknowledged Cedar's hard work and commitment to the club.

Chris has proven hes an NBL player. We have chosen him for several reasons, hes a talented player, hes loyal to the organisation and also, what I believe can be seen as an underrated quality, he is a good team mate, said Woolpert.
Hes played really well for the Heat, he said.

Liam (Flynn) has been extremely happy with him, and in the games I have been to watch Ive been nothing short of impressed.

Woolpert is optimistic that he will produce strong performances throughout the upcoming season and says he is more than capable of playing at this level.
While excited about being able to offer the opportunity to Cedar, Smythe still believes there is work to be done.

All we have provided for Chris is the opportunity to show us and the league he is a genuine player, Smythe said.

I have spoken with Chris and outlined our expectations but the rest is up to him. I am confident that he has the raw materials, he said,

Chris just needs to turn the talent into performance.

Cedar will continue with the Heat in the Crocs off season, as the Heat head towards finals in top place on the QBL ladder. He will also continue working hard with Crocs High Performance Manager Cameron Whiting as he prepares to join the Crocs when they commence preseason training.

Preseason training camp commences Monday 15th August with the first preseason game against Cairns Taipans on the 27th August in Cairns.

The Crocs play at the RSL Stadium at Murray on Friday 2nd September v Cairns and Friday 16th September v Perth Wildcats.

Cedar will join brother Michael Cedar, Peter Crawford, Russell Hinder, Luke Schenscher, Todd Blanchfield, Ben Allen, Elvin Mims and Eddie Gill and in the new season when it tips off at The Swamp in October against Cairns Taipans.

The last signing in the playing roster is expected to be announced in the next 24 hours.

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


Cooper, Flames clip Eagles to return to summit - by Eurobasket News
The Norwood Flames are back on top of the CABL ladder following their 81-74 victory over Forestville at Wayville on Saturday.

The Flames had a 19 point advantage midway through the third period, but it could not be Norwood versus Forestville without a huge run from the losing side.

Led by Nic Blair and Majok Deng, the Eagles stormed back to within two points on a number of occasions, but blew several opportunities to either tie or take the lead.

A couple of huge plays from Andrew Webber (180-G-85, college: Armstr.Atlantic) and David Cooper (206-C/F-76) kept Forestville at bay, before Todd Matthews scored two free throws with 26 seconds remaining to seal the game.

Cooper was sensational throughout the night, taking advantage of the absence of Eagles starting centre Neil Mottram to post 22 points (5/10 FG, 11/12 FT), 17 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 blocks, while drawing 9 fouls.

Matthews was as important as ever, coming up with some huge plays late in the game.

The star Point Guard finished with 9 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals.

As a team, the Flames won the battle of the boards 52-39.

Andrew Webber scored 22 points, while Daniel Webber had 14 points, 10 of which came in the second quarter.

Nick Hambour (200-C/F-82) added 12 points.

For Forestville, Rashad Tucker (202-F-75, college: S.Illinois) had 25 points, 12 rebounds and 7 steals, but his poor free throw shooting (5/12) was critical.

As a team, the Eagles shot just 48% (12-25) from the foul-line, compared to 81% (22/27) from Norwood.

There were 44 fouls called in the game, 11 of which were drawn by Tucker and 5 of which were called against the same player.

Blair finished just shy of a triple-double with 12 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and also 3 steals.

Blair had 6 points, 2 assists and 3 steals in the fourth quarter.

Deng equalled his career-high 8 points, 6 of which came in the final period.

The young centre also had 2 offensive rebounds and 2 blocks, while hustling hard defensively.

Brad Haydon scored 9 points, while Brad Sullivan (19 ppg) played a season-low 21 minutes and scored just 6 points.

After scores were tied at 16 after 10 minutes, Norwood took control early in the second period and maintained it for the entirety of the quarter.

The Flames led by 11 on two occasions before settling for a nine point half-time lead.

Their defence was sensational with four blocked shots, including three from Cooper, which ignited the Norwood cheer squad in the top left corner of the stadium.

Cooper also had 7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal.

Matthews and Daniel Webber were also prominent, with Forestville unable to break down Norwoods full court press.

Within 4.45 of the third quarter, the Flames lead had increased to 19 points.

In the thick of the action was Corey Ottey, whose defence set the tone for his team.

Ottey was causing Rashad Tucker much frustration, although his on-the-edge defence eventually went a little too far when he picked up three fouls in the space of five seconds.

Cooper was all over the boards and drew several fouls, Andrew Webber and Matthews were pesky on defence, and the Eagles did not look like scoring, as Norwood went on a 14-4 run.

Forestville scored the next eight points to get within 11, but the Flames steadied through a purple patch from Andrew Webber to hold a 63-51 lead at the end of three.

It looked as though the recent run of close games between these teams would finally come to a halt, especially when Coach Andy Simons emptied his bench at the start of the fourth.

However, with little-used Deng, Charles Newland and Tim Smyth joining Blair and James Boonstoppel on the floor, the Eagles were the most energetic they had been all night and quickly fought their way back into the contest.

Forestvilles 1-2-2 trap finally began to work, with Hambour throwing the ball away on back-to-back possessions.

With Andrew Webber and Cooper off, the Eagles got back to within seven, but when they returned, it was much the same story.

When the Flames did get a shot up, it was contested late in the shot clock, made evident by Dengs block on Webbers tough tier drop.

Both coaches had plenty to say to the referees all night, but it was Norwoods Brad Davidson who eventually copped a tech.

With 6.09 remaining, Blair scored to make it 64-66.

However, a series of missed opportunities allowed the Flames to hold on.

Firstly, a missed boxout allowed Cooper to score off an offensive rebound.

Blair scored again, but then had a wide open shot rim out that would have tied the game.

After Blair blocked Cooper, Smyth was fouled, but missed two free throws, although Deng pulled down the offensive rebound.

Unguarded 10 seconds later, Deng put up a three-pointer for the lead, which would have been the first of his career, only for the ball to bounce around the rim and out.

Boonstoppel missed with another chance to tie, before Tucker grabbed an o-board of his own.

Unaware of what was behind him, Matthews picked the ball off the import, and the Flames scored for some more breathing space.

After Blair hit Deng to again close the gap to two with 1.32 remaining, the Eagles were hit with an all too familiar fate; Andrew Webber knocking down a clutch trey.

Tucker cut the deficit to three, before Cooper scored two more second-chance points for a five point game.

Another basket from Tucker again reduced the margin to three, this time with 27 seconds remaining.

In this situation, Forestville could either foul early to stop the clock, or play one defensive possession and hope for a stop, with just enough time to get off a shot.

The Eagles chose to foul Matthews, who coolly netted both shots to the delight of the Norwood fans.

In the end, the Flames held on to reverse their Round 6 result.

Norwood verdict: The Flames played some great basketball early in the piece which allowed them to gain a match-winning advantage. They bounced back nicely after last weeks defeat, although they can consider themselves lucky that the Eagles missed so many free throws and open shots. Norwood has four games remaining, starting with Woodville at home next week, then a double against South and Centrals, and finally West at home. There are a couple of tough games there, but the Flames should be able to wrap up the Minor Premiership.

Forestville verdict: The Eagles will be pleased with the way they fought back from the deficit the way they did, but will be disappointed not to have won the game in the end. The most positive aspect was the performances of youngsters Deng, Newland and Smyth in their time on the court, who really stood up to their more experienced opponents. This game did show how important Mottram is to the Forestville front-line, who were well-beaten on the interior. In the run home, the Eagles have Eastern away, Centrals at home and North away, so should be able to hold off West for a home Qualifying Final.

By James Woite
Courtesy of Central ABL


Jeffers gunning for NBL with Hawks - by Eurobasket News
Canberra centre Kyle Jeffers (206-C-85, college: Oregon St.) is capable of stepping up to the NBL after his outstanding SEABL season continued on the weekend, Gunners coach Frank Arsego says.
Averaging 17 points and 10 rebounds a game for Canberra, he has accepted an invitation to train with NBL outfit Wollongong Hawks at the end of the week.

The US import racked up 24 points and 14 rebounds in the Gunners' drought-breaking 74-68 win on Sunday.

It snapped Canberra's eight-game losing streak, and was a positive end to its weekend triple header after dropping earlier games against Mt Gambier and Ballarat.

He was also outstanding in Friday night's 86-78 loss to Mt Gambier, contributing 29 points and 12 rebounds.

Arsego said Jeffers' skill set, and work ethic off the court, were good enough to make the transition to NBL.

''The workout with the Hawks will be good for his own personal development I think,'' Arsego said.

''When Kyle's played his best for us against players who've had a go in the national league, he's more than handled himself against those calibre of players.

''In a certain role, he'd be a good asset for an NBL team.''

Arsego declared the Californian probably didn't receive the credit he deserved because he played for a lowly-ranked club.

The Gunners won six of their opening 12 games, but are now 7-14 and equal bottom of the Eastern conference with Brisbane.

But with five games remaining, it is a marked improvement on last year where they finished with just four wins.

''I think he'd be worthy of being recognised as one of the best big men in the league,'' Arsego said of Jeffers.

''If Kyle was putting up these numbers in a higher placed team, he'd probably be acknowledged as a starting centre [in the SEABL team of the year].

''But because we're lower down, he may not be afforded the same level of respect.''

Provided Jeffers doesn't graduate to the NBL, Arsego is hopeful of retaining the star centre for next season.

However, he acknowledged some of the richer clubs might chase 26-year-old.

''That could happen, and I wouldn't begrudge Kyle that,'' Arsego said.

AT A GLANCE SEABL Round 16: Friday: Mt Gambier 86 bt Canberra 78; Saturday: Ballarat 89 bt Canberra 55; Sunday: Canberra 74 bt Dandenong 68.
Courtesy of: www.canberratimes.com.au
BY JON TUXWORTH, BASKETBALL



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Bahamas win Group B in Nassau with perfect 4-0 record - by Eurobasket News
BAHAMAS - BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 80-61

Bahamas finished Preliminary Round in Nassau with perfect 4-0 record. This time the host of CBC Championship was too strong for British Virgin Islands 80-61. Of course, Bahamas won the Group B and advanced to Semifinals. They will meet second ranked team of Group A (Jamaica or US Virgin Islands). British Virgin Islands slipped to 2-1, but still have a chance to reach the next stage. They will have to beat Saint Vincent today. Mitchell Johnson (196-F-85, college: Jarvis Christian) was the leading scorer in victory with 14 points. Jamal Douglas (201-F-85, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: E.Kentucky) had 13 points and 5 boards, and Jaraun Burrows (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: IPFW) helped with double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. In defeat, Randy George (200-F-81, college: Henderson St.) shined with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Kennedy Bass (196-F-81, college: Anderson) (5 rebs, 8 as) and Norville Carey had 10 points each. Quarters: 19-13, 15-15, 29-14, 17-19).

Bahamas: Mitchell Johnson 14, Jamal Douglas 13+5 boards, Jaraun Burrows 12+10 boards
British Virgin Islands: Randy George 20+7 boards, Kennedy Bass 10+5 boards+8 as, Norville Carey 10


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  BAHRAIN   


Standings
Premier League Stage three Standings
 1. Al Hala 6-1 
 2. Al Ahli 4-2 
 3. Al Manama 4-3 
 4. Issa Town 3-3 
 5. Nuwaidrat 1-5 
 6. Muharraq 0-0 
 7. Al Ittihad 0-3 
 8. Sitra 0-5 
Stage One Standings


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Charleroi Transfer News - by Peter Buyse
Spirou Charleroi has announced it second new arrival. Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) is joining the team for the 2011-2012 season. This will be his 3rd year in Belgium after having played for Mons and Oostende the past season. After finishing his college career at Oral Roberts he first played in Germany for Trier. At Trier he averaged 17.9ppg and 6.1rpg. His stats in Belgium were as follows, Mons 14.9 ppg and 5.9 rpg and Oostende 10.8 ppg and 4.1 rpg.
Caleb was a 3 time Conference player of the Year while playing at ORU, in his last 2 years he averaged over 20ppg and close to 9 rpg.

Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82, college: JMU) stays with Charleroi for one more season, this will mark his 4th year with the team.

Also returning to Belgium is former Verviers-Pepinster and Leuven coach Ivica Skelin who joins the Charleroi coaching staff.



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  BOSNIA   


End of U20 EC in Sarajevo - Georgia and Estonia in Division A, BIH decent - by Nedzad Kladusak
The U20 EC in Sarajevo has been a fantastic basketball event and basketball experts had the opportunity to see young men who will certainly
a bright future in European basketball. Georgia and Estonia played a great final but considering the thrilling games in the semifinals Czech Republic and Belgium must be considered
as teams that are virtually on the same level.
The Bosnian team lost his last game against Portugal and ended up on the sixth place. More important is however the question whether we have revealed new talents who can play roles in the senior team.
Unfortunately the crop has been rather dissapointing.
The first name that has to be mentioned is Miralem Halilovic (206-F-91). Particularly in the second stage he showed that he has got excellent athletic skills and a good timing on for rebounds and shotblocking. However he has still to work studiously on his post-game and on his shot. He led the team in all categories and gave the team whatever it needed.
Mirza Bulic still needs to develop a better understanding of the game to fully exploit his skills but shows also hustle and good timing. Both players had problems to guard smaller but powerfull SF.
Adin Vrabac is often hailed as one of the most talented players in BIH. However he is physically not ready to compete against decent players who are two years older. It would have been better for him to compete against players of his age which would have been a better stage for him to show his talent.
The last player who raised some eyebrows is Marko Rikalo. Rikalo is still young but he showed had he can play intense offense and run a team. It will be interesting to follow his development.
Generally the players showed great hustle but it is also sure that some of them probably wouldn t get a shot if KSBIH would seriously scout all eligible players. It seems that players in BIH suffer to poor coaching staff which largely hinders them to become players they could be if they would pursue their careers in Slovenia, Serbia or other countires. It is not only due to money that they are poorly coached and educated but mostly due to nepotism and amateurism. It sounds ridiculous when a Bosnian coach blames the ceremony for the poor performance of his team. I think it is unique that a coach complains the fact he had to change the defense several times. So it isn t a surprise that a Bosnian player described the defense of his opponents as straneg since it isn t neither man defense nor zone defense. It is not a secret that compared to BIH trails particularloy in the role and education of its coaching staff. The NT is more of a educational measure than a honour for distinguished coaches who coached teams in strong european leagues or competitions like Euroleague,Eurocup or even FIBA Challenge.
The current approach of KSBIH leads to a massive drain of young talents particularly of those who play abroad.


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Bahamas win Group B in Nassau with perfect 4-0 record - by Eurobasket News
BAHAMAS - BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 80-61

Bahamas finished Preliminary Round in Nassau with perfect 4-0 record. This time the host of CBC Championship was too strong for British Virgin Islands 80-61. Of course, Bahamas won the Group B and advanced to Semifinals. They will meet second ranked team of Group A (Jamaica or US Virgin Islands). British Virgin Islands slipped to 2-1, but still have a chance to reach the next stage. They will have to beat Saint Vincent today. Mitchell Johnson (196-F-85, college: Jarvis Christian) was the leading scorer in victory with 14 points. Jamal Douglas (201-F-85, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: E.Kentucky) had 13 points and 5 boards, and Jaraun Burrows (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: IPFW) helped with double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. In defeat, Randy George (200-F-81, college: Henderson St.) shined with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Kennedy Bass (196-F-81, college: Anderson) (5 rebs, 8 as) and Norville Carey had 10 points each. Quarters: 19-13, 15-15, 29-14, 17-19).

Bahamas: Mitchell Johnson 14, Jamal Douglas 13+5 boards, Jaraun Burrows 12+10 boards
British Virgin Islands: Randy George 20+7 boards, Kennedy Bass 10+5 boards+8 as, Norville Carey 10


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Bulgarian U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Bulgarian U16 National Team 2011
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Nikola Angelov
Angelov
Nikifor Atanasov
Atanasov
Angel Dinkov
Dinkov
Nikolay Georgiev
Georgiev
Rosen Georgiev
Georgiev
#e#5
Nikola Angelov 198-F-95
Nikifor Atanasov 195-F-95
Angel Dinkov 187-G-95
Nikolay Georgiev 203-F-95
Rosen Georgiev
Evgeni Hadzhirusev 187-PG-95
Venelin Hristov 196-G-95 Cherno More U18 Bulgaria
Andrey Ivanov 202-F-96
Ivan Ivanov 182-PG-95 Vidabasket Bulgaria
Filip Kamenov 196-F-95 Balkan Bulgaria
Radoslav Kochev 192-PG-95 Balkan 2 Bulgaria
Simeon Lepichev 201-F-95
Lyuboslav Mihaylov 191-G-95
Aleksandar Milov 191-G-95 Overgas Bulgaria
Kaloyan Nedev 188-G-95
Daniel Nikolov 191-G-95
Hristo Petkov 182-G-95 Cherno More Bulgaria
Angel Peychinov 198-F-95 Overgas Bulgaria
Damyan Shishkov 195-F-95
Kristiyan Shotev 201-C-95
Vassil Stoimenov 198-F-95
Rostislav Tonchev 198-G-95 Balkan 2 Bulgaria
Aleksandar Vezenkov 204-F-95
Yulian Vladimirov 180-PG-95



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Andrew Wiggins Is A Phenom - by John Gary
special credit to JASON JORDAN OF ESPN Andrew Wiggins has the name recognition companies pay millions for. Not like Xerox or Google. Not even like Kobe Bryant or Lebron Jamesnot yet. But walk into any AAU tournament,high school showcase or allstargame and mention his name and there is a great chance that someone will incorporate the word phenom. 'Its crazy,'said Myck Kabongo a freshman point guard at Texas,who played with Wiggins last summer on the AAU circuit. 'I think everyone puts Andrew Wiggins and phenom talk together. Most people havent even seen him play.' 'Then again, I am not saying they are wrong in saying it though,agree or not the label at least for now is here to stay.'

France rally past Canada in Pau - by Eurobasket News
France - Canada 106:44

French National Team played their first exhibition game in the preparation for 2011 EuroBasket. They hosted Canada in Pau. The hosts stormed into a comfortable win at the end. Boris Diaw (203-F/C-82) scored 16 points, issued 8 assists and grabbed 6 boards to pace the charge.
France gave little chance to the visitors. Les Bleus grabbed a 19:4 lead midway through the starting quarter. They posted a 30:8 lead after ten minutes. Canada struggled both offensively and defensively facing a massive 40-point deficit at halftime 17:57. Things got even worse for the North American team in the third quarter. France eased to a 39-point lead with one quarter remaining 79:30. Les Bleus never slowed down in the fourth frame and marched to the victory at the end. Mickael Gelabale (201-F-83) contributed 15 points, while Nando De Colo (202-G-87) had 12 points for the winners. Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh) and Denham Brown (198-F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Connecticut) responded with 8 points apiece for Canada. Kelly Olynyk (210-F-91) netted 6 points in the loss.

France: Boris Diaw 16, Mickael Gelabale 15, Nando De Colo 12, Tony Parker 10
Canada: Levon Kendall 8, Denham Brown 8, Kelly Olynyk 6



Rainmen to bid for NBL all-star event - by Eurobasket News
The stars of the new National Basketball League of Canada might get together under one roof this winter in Halifax.

Andre Levingston, owner of the Halifax Rainmen, confirmed in an interview that his franchise - one of three founding members of the upstart league - will bid to host the first NBL all-star weekend, to be staged in mid-January.

'I know that our city would do a good job of hosting it, as we have experience in the past and it was very successful,' Levingston said.

The Rainmen, who jumped from the Premier Basketball League in April along with the Saint John Mill Rats and Quebec Kebs, hosted the first PBL all-star weekend at the Metro Centre in May 2010.

A total of 6,402 fans took in the two days of festivities, which included a legends game, slam-dunk contest and three-point shooting challenge on the first day and the all-star game on the second.

'We definitely think that if we had the opportunity to host the first NBL all-star game, it would have a special significance to us,' Levingston said, referring to that history and the Halifax teams prominent role in the birth of the Canadian hoops circuit.

The leagues board of directors will choose the all-star host and Levingston said the Rainmen would be happy to lend their experience to another franchise if it wins the bid.

But the Rainmen boss said if Halifax gets the nod, the city would be aiming to upstage the rave reviews it earned for its PBL all-star event.

'Everybody was saying that theyd never seen an all-star game at this level anything similar to that before,' he said. 'If we had an opportunity again, we would look to raise the bar again.'

Seven NBL teams will begin play in late October or early November.

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca


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  CAYMAN ISLANDS   


Saint Vincent grabs 72-70 thriller win against Cayman Islands - by Eurobasket News
SAINT VINCENT - CAYMAN ISLANDS 72-70

Saint Vincent is still in the race for the Quarterfinals of CBC Championship in Nassau. This is their first victory at this event. Saint Vincent grabbed 72-70 thriller win against Cayman Islands for 1-2 record in Group B. If they want to reach the next stage, Saint Vincent will have to beat British Virgin Islands. Of course, it would be a surprise if Saint Vincent makes it. Cayman Islands stay winless (0-3). They will meet Bermudas today. Randolph Williams (188-G-76) exploded with 29 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Lezlo McKenzie (G-79) had 19 points and 9 boards, while Dameon Ottley (89) added 10 pts. Jorge Ebanks (185-G-88, college: Daemen) replied with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in defeat. Samuel O'Garro (196-F/G-88) had 16 and Deandre Simpson (195-G-90, college: SW Oklahoma St.) added 10 pts, plus 11 rebs. Quarters: 16-15, 15-11, 13-20, 28-24.

Saint Vincent: Randolph Williams 29+5 boards, Lezlo McKenzie 19+9 boards, Dameon Ottley 10
Cayman Islands: Jorge Ebanks 17+7 boards+5 as, Samuel O'Garro 16, Deandre Simpson 10+11 boards


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Standings (Men)
Standings
Group A
1. US Virg.Isl2-0
2. Jamaica2-0
3. Antigua0-2
4. Guyana0-2
Group B
1. Bahamas4-0
2. British Vi.2-1
3. Saint Vinc.1-2
4. Bermudas1-2
5. Cayman Isl.0-3


Day Four in Nassau: Bahamas win Group B - by Eurobasket News
Group A
U.S. Virgin Islands - Guyana 111-51
US Virgin Islands registered second straight win in Nassau. This time they blasted Guyana 111-51 for perfect 2-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Thanks to this win, US Virgin Islands already booked a spot for the Semifinals. They will meet Jamaica today and the winner will end as No.1 of this pool. Guyana dropped to 0-2, same as Antigua. Aaron Brown (195-G-92) shined for the winners with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Ivan Aska (200-F-90) had 18 points and 9 boards, while Jason Edwin (197-G/F-81, college: Kent St.) (11 rebs) and Michael Phillips (195-F-81, college: S.Alabama) (6 rebs) helped with 13 points each. In defeat, Keron McKenzie (193-G-86, agency: ARN Sports and Entertainment, college: Armstr.Atlantic) collected 25 points and 5 rebounds. Ryan Gullen (C) (7 rebs) and Dwayne Roberts (C) (6 rebs) scored 8 points apiece. Quarters: 28-13, 26-21, 34-14, 23-3. Today is the last day of the Preliminary Round in Nassau.

Group B
Saint Vincent - Cayman Islands 72-70
Saint Vincent is still in the race for the Quarterfinals of CBC Championship in Nassau. This is their first victory at this event. Saint Vincent grabbed 72-70 thriller win against Cayman Islands for 1-2 record in Group B. If they want to reach the next stage, Saint Vincent will have to beat British Virgin Islands. Of course, it would be a surprise if Saint Vincent makes it. Cayman Islands stay winless (0-3). They will meet Bermudas today. Randolph Williams (188-G-76) exploded with 29 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Lezlo McKenzie (G-79) had 19 points and 9 boards, while Dameon Ottley (89) added 10 pts. Jorge Ebanks (185-G-88, college: Daemen) replied with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in defeat. Samuel O'Garro (196-F/G-88) had 16 and Deandre Simpson (195-G-90, college: SW Oklahoma St.) added 10 pts, plus 11 rebs. Quarters: 16-15, 15-11, 13-20, 28-24.

Bahamas - British Virgin Islands 80-61
Bahamas finished Preliminary Round in Nassau with perfect 4-0 record. This time the host of CBC Championship was too strong for British Virgin Islands 80-61. Of course, Bahamas won the Group B and advanced to Semifinals. They will meet second ranked team of Group A (Jamaica or US Virgin Islands). British Virgin Islands slipped to 2-1, but still have a chance to reach the next stage. They will have to beat Saint Vincent today. Mitchell Johnson (196-F-85, college: Jarvis Christian) was the leading scorer in victory with 14 points. Jamal Douglas (201-F-85, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: E.Kentucky) had 13 points and 5 boards, and Jaraun Burrows (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: IPFW) helped with double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. In defeat, Randy George (200-F-81, college: Henderson St.) shined with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Kennedy Bass (196-F-81, college: Anderson) (5 rebs, 8 as) and Norville Carey had 10 points each. Quarters: 19-13, 15-15, 29-14, 17-19).


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Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony latest to look at foreign offers - by Eurobasket News
Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) and Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) said they would consider offers to play professional basketball in China if there is no resolution to the NBA lockout.

Both players are on a promotional tour of China while monitoring news from home about the so-far fruitless attempts to break the NBAs labor impasse.

With Kobe Bryant reportedly negotiating a deal to play in Turkey, New Orleans Hornets Paul and New York Knicks forward Anthony said they were also considering overseas moves.

Asked by SNTV where they would go, Anthony replied China. Paul responded Same, no question.

The answers may have been designed to flatter their hosts, but Anthony added its a lot of history here, the fans are great; why not, why not try it out?

Meanwhile, Portland Trailblazers point guard Patty Mills says he is looking into a move back to his native Australia to play in the National Basketball League as long as the NBA lockout continues.

The most important thing for me is to find somewhere to play, Mills told Australian Associated Press. Definitely NBL teams have reached out. I am looking at that, but also teams in Europe and other options. But right now there is no rush in making a decision; it will come over the next couple of months.

NBL chief executive Larry Sengstock was eager to bring Mills home, saying the league was determined to look at any and every option to facilitate his signing with an NBL team.

Anthony and Paul, both members of the U.S. squad which won the 2008 Olympic gold medal in Beijing, continued their Hong Kong visit Wednesday before moving on to mainland China.

The collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and players expired at the start of this month, and the new season cannot begin until a new deal is struck.

The season was scheduled to start at the beginning of November.

Courtesy of http://sports.inquirer.net


Chinese NBL round 15 best performance: Benson Egemonye - by Eurobasket News
Nigerian center Benson Egemonye (207-C-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Heilongjiang, receiving a Asia-basket.com NBL Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 34 points and 15 rebounds, while his team crushed Sichuan (#6, 8-7) with 21-point margin 117-96. Heilongjiang maintains the 9th position in Chinese NBL. Heilongjiang is currently ranked second from the bottom. They need more victories to improve their 6-9 record. Egemonye has many years of experience at Heilongjiang, through which he has constantly improved. Former Niagara University star has very solid stats this year. Egemonye. Egemonye is in league's top in points (9th best: 22.7ppg) and averages impressive 2.8bpg and 59.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Dante Milligan (206-F-84, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) of Hangzhou. Milligan had a very good evening with a double-double of 30 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Hangzhou lost that game 104-110 to the higher-ranked Jiangsu (#4, 9-6). Hangzhou are still at the very bottom. 12 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Hangzhou managed to get this year. Milligan is one of the most experienced players at Hangzhou and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.1ppg (#6). He also registered 14.3 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Alan Wiggins (206-F-85) of league's second-best Whampoa. Wiggins got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for twelve rebounds . Despite Wiggins' great performance Whampoa lost 87-90 to #1 ranked Changan Group. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Whampoa needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 9 victories and 6 lost games. Wiggins has a great season in China. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 28.5ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 13.3rpg (5th best). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 56.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alexander McLean (203-F-85) of Sichuan - 28 points and 18 rebounds
5. Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84) of Ningxia Hanas - 26 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Austen Powers (203-F-87) of Hangzhou - 31 points and 17 rebounds
7. Nick Stallings (190-G-83) of Changan Group - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Christopher Lawson (193-F-83) of Hebei - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. YanQing Wang (194-G/F-87) of Jiangsu - 27 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Sani Sakakini (204-C-88) of Guangzhou FM - 19 points and 10 rebounds

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


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Croatian U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Croatian U16 National Team 2011
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Marko Arapovic
Arapovic
Josip Baljkas
Baljkas
Lovre Basic
Basic
Ivan Bender
Bender
Frano Beslic
Beslic
#e#5
Marko Arapovic 206-C-96
Josip Baljkas 194-G-95 JOLLY JBS Croatia
Lovre Basic 180-PG-95
Ivan Bender 201-C-95
Frano Beslic 187-PG-96 Dubrava Croatia
Domagoj Bosnjak 197-G-95 Siroki TT Bosnia
Luka Bozic 188-PG-96
Tomislav Gabric 201-G-95
Vinko Glavan 189-G-96
Josip Gulam 181-F-95
Mario Hezonja 200-F-95 KK Zagreb CO Croatia
Dorian Jelenek 200-F-95
Ivan Jukic 190-G/F-95 Solin Croatia
Matej Jurcevic 201-C-95 Cedevita Croatia
Marko Karlovic 190-G-95 Klasije Croatia
Ante Katic 207-C-95 KK Split Croatia
Robert Maljevac 198-F-95
Paolo Marinelli 184-G-95
Marko Milekic 201-F-95 KK Zagreb CO Croatia
Filip Palac 190-G-95
David Skara 193-G-95
Leon Tomic 195-F-96
Karlo Zganec 203-C-95
Bruno Zganec 200-C-95



U18: Serbia march past Croatia in Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U18 - Croatia U18 84:59

Serbia cruised past Croatia in the Qualifying Round Group E. The victory propelled Serbia to 3-2 record in the ladder. Vasilije Micic (192-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) and Stefan Popovski-Turanjanin (201-F-93, agency: Beo Basket) scored 12 points each to lead well-balanced effort from Serbia. Croatia fell at 3-2 record after the defeat.
Serbia led 10:2 early in the game. But Croatia erased the deficit and tied things up at 18 after ten minutes. Serbia used a 13:0 run midway through the second quarter to take a 32:21 lead. They maintained the advantage and arrived at halftime up by 11 points 47:36. Vasilije Micic established a 20-point lead midway through the third term 59:39. Serbia did not slow down entering the fourth quarter ahead by 24 points 71:47. Croatia scored just 12 points in the final term and had to surrender at the end. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 11 points, while Luka Mitrovic (204-F/C-93) and Nemanja Krstic (198-F-93) netted 10 points each in the win. Mislav Brzoja (198-F/G-94) answered with 14 points for Croatia. Marko Ramljak (203-F-93, agency: Interperformances) and Ante Smolic (204-C-93) finished with 11 points apiece in the loss.

Serbia U18: Vasilije Micic 12, Stefan Popovski-Turanjanin 12, Nenad Miljenovic 11
Croatia U18: Mislav Brzoja 14, Marko Ramljak 11, Ante Smolic 11



Jure Skific heads to Slovenia - by Eurobasket News
Jure Skific (202-F/C-88) will continue his career in Slovenia. The Croatian big guy penned a one-year deal with Zlatorog Lasko. He spent last season with Borik Puntamika Zadar. For 31 games in A1 Skific collected 15.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 1.6 spg. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Honorable Mention -11. In 2009/10, Skific was a member of Zadar. They reached Croatian league Finals together, but Skific had limited playing time. For 9 games he averaged just 2.3 points and 1 rebounds. From 2006 to 2009, Jure Skific played for Dubrovnik. He is not the first signing of Zlatorog for the next season. The team already penned deals with Darko Cohdarevic and John Roberson.

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AEL sigh up Adam McCoy - by Michael Aristidou
Proteas Danoi AEL has announce their first American player for new season. American guard Adam McCoy (193-G-86, college: N.Texas) is the new member of Marcos Aswnitis squad.
The player was in Slovakia last year in Svit having 26,6 ppg. Proteas Danoi AEL is looking now for another two American players (another guard and one center) and 2-3 EU player to finish their squad.Currently in the roster are only Cypriots players so far.




Cypriots coaches graduate from FECC - by Michael Aristidou
Cypriots head coaches Antonis Konstantinides and Marios Argyrou have graduate from second group of the FIBA Europe Coaching Certificate (FECC) which was held in Bilabao Spain.

The two coaches have been working for since 2009 and on Sunday afternoon was their graduate day along with 50 others coaches. They had just accomplished an important goal and they were pondering the prospects that lay in front after this point.



Antonis Konstantinides is currently head coach in InterCollege Etha Engomis while Marios Argyrou is coaching Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios




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U18: Ukraine defeat Czech Republic for second straight win in Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U18 - Czech Republic U18 76:72

Ukraine earned the second consecutive win at the U18 European Championship. They held off Czech Republic to climb at 2-1 record in classification round Group G. Klym Artamonov (176-PG-93) knocked down 20 points, issued 6 assists and grabbed 4 rebounds to lead the winners. Czech Republic fell at 1-2 record after the loss.
Czech Republic pulled in front 17:10 midway through the starting quarter. They rallied to a 21:14 lead at the first break. Klym Artamonov and Danylo Zuikov (185-PG-94) teamed up for 19 points in the second frame as Ukraine spurred in front 41:36 at the interval. Czech Republic erased the deficit and eventually put their noses in front 56:54. But Kobets capped the third frame with a three-pointer as Ukraine grabbed a 57:56 lead. The lead changed hands throughout the fourth quarter. Klym Artamonov and Vladimir Gerun (206-C-94) notched four points in a row as Ukraine took a 76:72 lead with ten seconds remaining. Tomas Kyzlink (197-F/G-93) and Festr missed three-pointers and Ukraine sealed the win at the end. Danylo Zuikov provided 18 points, while Vladimir Gerun added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the winning effort. Martin Kriz (202-F-93) answered with 32 points and 16 rebounds for Czech Republic. Tomas Kyzlink delivered 23 points and 9 caroms in defeat.

Ukraine U18: Klym Artamonov 20, Danylo Zuikov 18, Vladimir Gerun 12
Czech Republic U18: Martin Kriz 32+16 boards, Tomas Kyzlink 23



Czech Republic U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Czech Republic U16 National Team 2011
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Jiri Dedek
Dedek
Vaclav Hegmon
Hegmon
Dominik Heinzl
Heinzl
Radovan Kouril
Kouril
Filip Kroutil
Kroutil
#e#5
Jiri Dedek 190-F-95
Vaclav Hegmon 187-G-95
Dominik Heinzl 200-C-95 Proton Zlin Czech Republic
Radovan Kouril 182-PG-95 Moravska Ostr. Czech Republic
Filip Kroutil 182-PG-96
Marek Mares 185-G-96 USK Praha Czech Republic
Zdenek Nehuba 194-F-95
Adam Pechacek 206-C-95 Sokol Prazsky Czech Republic
Martin Peterka 199-F-95 BK Pardubice Czech Republic
Radek Pumprla 182-G-95
Premysl Richtr 202-C-96 BK Pardubice Czech Republic
Matej Rubes 190-F-95
Prokop Slanina 204-C-95
Petr Slechta 187-F-95
Tomas Soukal 200-F-95 BK Pardubice Czech Republic
Jiri Soula 187-G-95 BK Pardubice Czech Republic
Lukas Stegbauer 192-F-95
Jan Stipek 183-G-95
David Subert 182-PG-95
Matej Svoboda 197-F-96 Moravska Ostr. Czech Republic
David Vacek 186-PG-95
Jakub Vlcek 174-PG-95 BK Pardubice Czech Republic
Jan Zahradnik 181-G-96
David Zumer 174-PG-95



Chomutov Add Two Players in Preparation for NBL Season - by Surujh Roopnarine
1.Liga Champions Levharti Chomutov have strengthened their roster in preparation for their return to the NBL.
The first addition is American point guard Rob Lowery (188-G-87, college: Dayton) who comes from the Saar-Pfalz Braves of Germanys ProA league. The 23-year old guard appeared in 24 games last season, averaging 10.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists while connecting on 53.0% of his two-point filed goals while shooting 27.9% from three. Lowery was the starting point guard for Daytons 2010 NIT Championship squad during his senior season before going pro. The second addition is 6-10 center Filip Sahan (208-C-92). The 19-year old prospect spent the last two seasons with BK Lions Jindrichuv Hradec (which lost to Chomutov in this years Finals) and has been a member of the Czech Under 18 and under 20 National Teams.
It has been eight long years since Chomutov played in the countrys top division and the club, though limited by a small budget is hoping and will fight to remain in the league after this season.



BK Prostejov Lands Dusan Pandula - by Surujh Roopnarine
BK Prostejov, or soon to be known as 'Novy Jicin 2', has signed Slovak National team member Dusan Pandula (196-F-84). Pandula, 27, who was rumored to be joining Prostejov for the past several weeks, arrives from Novy Jicin where he spent the past three seasons under new Prostejov Head Coach Zbynek Choleva .
In 34 games this past season he averaged 9.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 steals while shooting 59.6% on two-point field goals and 37.0% from three. During his time in Novy Jicin he helped lead them to the 2009 NBL Finals as well as two-consecutive trips to the Czech Cup Finals, losing out to CEZ Nymburk on all occasions. The 6-5 small forward BK ASK Inter Slovnaft Bratislava and Humenne in his native Slovakia. Pandula joins former teammates Rostislav Pelikan (207-F/C-78) and Matej Venta (187-G-84) as part of a new core of Prostejov basketball after the dismantling of the club following two consecutive trips to the NBL Finals.



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The National team finishes the tournament in Sweden - by Eurobasket News
The National team finishes the tournament in Sweden winless, but tried hard with Nordic Cup representatives. In Day 1 Finland overcame Denmark 93:67. The Finnish teams started with 21-15 and added 23-17 in the second period. Denmark replied with 21-18 in the third quarter, while the Finnish team finished the game with 31-14 to seal the victory in the opener. Gerald Lee top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) netted 14. Petri Virtanen posted 13, while Shawn Huff (198-G/F-84, college: Valparaiso) and Samuel Haanpaa scored 8 apiece.
Iceland won over Denmark 85:79 winning the first three quarters. Iceland started the game with 21-19 and added 18-13 in the second frame. After a tough third quarter Iceland enjoyed 9-points advantage, while both teams nailed 24 points each in the last stanza. Logi Gunnarsson paced all the winners with 24 points and Jakob Sigurdarson scored 14. Helgi Magnusson nailed 13, while Hlynur Baeringson delivered 9. Darko Jukic (199-G-90) replied with 19 points in the losing effort and Nicolai Iversen (205-F/C-80, college: San Jose City JC) scored 18.
Norway edged Denmark 89:70 in Day 4. Both teams nailed 15 points each, while Norway needed a 29-22 surge in the second frame for 7-point halftime advantage. Due to 26-16 and 19-17 in the third and the last quarters respectively, Norway won the game. Terrence Oglesby (188-G-88, college: Clemson) paced all the winners with 19 points and Aksel Bolin brought 14. Nicolai Iversen answered with 17 points in defeat and Chris Nielsen scored 16.
In the last day Sweden cruised past Denmark 101:82 for the second spot. Sweden started with 24-22 and added massive 33-17 in the second quarter. Denmark won the third period 23-12, but Sweden celebrated the victory after 32-20 in the last stanza. Anton Gaddefors (200-F-89) nailed 36 points to lead the charge. Nicolai Iversen replied with 23 points and Chris Nielsen notched 19.




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ESL 2011 Houston Day 2 Box Scores - by Greg
The following are box scores of the (Day 2) ESL Houston Event results.
The entire game reports will follow soon.

ESL Houston Day 2 Box Scores:

Dubai - Beijing 69-66
http://stats.crezbasketball.net/games/details.aspx?game=2369&cs=&season=

Tokyo - Buenos Aires 86-80
http://stats.crezbasketball.net/games/details.aspx?game=2367&cs=&season=

Rio De Janeiro - Mexico City 79-81
http://stats.crezbasketball.net/games/details.aspx?game=2368&cs=&season=

Okinawa - Taipi 83-92
http://stats.crezbasketball.net/games/details.aspx?game=2370&cs=&season=


ESL 2011 Houston Day 3 Box Scores - by Greg
The following are box scores of the (Day 3) ESL Houston Event results.
The entire game reports will follow soon.

ESL Houston Day 3 Box Scores:

Buenos Aires - Okinawia 96-90
http://stats.crezbasketball.net/games/details.aspx?game=2375&cs=&season=

Tokyo - Taipei 96-83
http://stats.crezbasketball.net/games/details.aspx?game=2376&cs=&season=

Bejing - Rio De Janeiro 83-102
http://stats.crezbasketball.net/games/details.aspx?game=2377&cs=&season=

Dubai - Mexico City (Championship) 77-74

http://stats.crezbasketball.net/games/details.aspx?game=2378&cs=&season=



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Luke Jackson signs with Hapoel Jerusalem - by David Pick
Hapoel Jerusalem announced this morning (Wednesday), the signing of their first foreign player for the upcoming season - Luke Jackson.

After resigning point guard Yuval Naimy, big men Brain Randle and adding Elishay Kadir, the American shooting guard/small forward is now the fourth addition to the teams roster this summer.

The 30-year-old Oregon graduate signed a two-year deal where he will earn $150,000 every year. Throughout his career, Jackson had a number of NBA appearances; however, unfortunate injuries limited his playing time on numerous occasions.

In the beginning of the 2010/2011 season, Jackson signed with the Memphis Grizzlies but moved to the D-league and joined the Idaho Stampede averaging 14.8ppg, 5.1rpg, 4.2apg and 1.7spg. Jackson's last European appears came in 2009 as he played in Italy for Carife Ferrara and recorded averages of 15.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.3apg and 2.1spg.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @Dpick_Mvd



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Real Madrid land Martynas Pocius - by Eurobasket News
Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) will continue his career in Spain. The guard has agreed on terms of contract with Real Madrid. The deal is meant for next two seasons. Martynas Pocius played for Zalgiris since 2009. Last season he tallied 10.7 points, 2.1 boards and 2.1 assists per game in LKL. In Euroleague his stats read 10.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists per appearance. In Baltic League Martynas Pocius provided 8.3 points and 3.3 rebounds. The guard also posted 12.0 points, 2.0 assists, 1.2 boards and 1.1 steals per game in VTB League. Eurobasket.com named Martynas Pocius into All-Lithuanian LKL 1st Team. He also made it into VTB League All-Europeans Team. Martynas Pocius played for Lithuania at 2010 World Championship. He averaged 9.6 points, 2.6 boards and 1.6 assists in Turkey.



Anadolu Efes officially signs Tarence Kinsey - by Eurobasket News
As expected, Tarence Kinsey (200-G-84, college: S.Carolina) officially became a new member of Anadolu Efes. He penned a one-year deal with his new team. Efes has an option for 2012/13. Kinsey heads to Efes from Fenerbahce Ulker, where he spent last two years. He helped them win two TBL titles and two trophies in National Cup. Last season, Kinsey had 5.9 ppg and 3.1 rpg for 20 games in TBL. He added 8.4 ppg and 2.8 rpg in 14 Euroleague games. Kinsey won the Turkish league title in 2008 with the same team. In the meantime, he spent one season in NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers. It was 2008/09, when Kinsey had 2 ppg for 50 games in regular season. For 9 NBA Playoffs games he averaged less than a point. Kinsey also has experience from the Memphis Grizzlies. He graduated at the University of South Carolina in 2006.

Caja Laboral lands Milko Bjelica - by Eurobasket News
Caja Laboral announced signing of a two-year deal with Milko Bjelica (207-C-84, agency: Beo Basket). The Montenegrin bug guy heads to Spain from Lietuvos Rytas, where he spent last three years. Bjelica shined with 12.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 1.4 apg for 16 Euroleague games last season. In LKL, he added 10.2 ppg and 3.2 rpg, while in VTB league he collected 11.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists. Bjelica played at the LKL All-Star game. Milko Bjelica was also one of the best Rytas players in 2008/09 and 2009/10 seasons. He helped them win Baltic league and EuroCup title in 2009. In 2010, Bjelica was named Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Center of the Year -10 and also Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Center of the Year -10. Before Lietuvos Rytas, Milko Bjelica played for Koln 99ers, New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig and Crvena Zvezda. He is active member of the Montenegrin National Team.

Olympiacos re-signs center Glynadakis - by Eurobasket News
Olympiacos reached an agreement with center Andreas Glyniadakis (215-C-81) to extend his contract until for one more season, the club announced on Wednesday. Glyniadakis averaged 2.7 points and 0.7 rebounds in just three Turkish Airlines Euroleague games last season, but increased his output to 4.7 points and 2.3 boards in the Greek League. In his two previous seasons with the Reds Glyniadakis won two Greek Cups and played at the 2010 Euroleague Final Four. He grew up with Kydonas Chanion in his native Crete and before joining Olympiacos he played for Panathinaikos, Panellinios, Peristeri, AEK and Maroussi in Greece, Roanoke Dazzle in the D-League, Albuquerque in the CBA, Seattle in the NBA and Virtus Bologna in Italy. He won the 2000 Euroleague as member of Panathinaikos. With the Greek national teams Glyniadakis has collected bronze medals at EuroBasket 2009 and at the 1998 European Under-18 Championships. He also played at the 2008 Olympic Games.

Courtesy of Euroleague


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Qualifying Round ends in Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Serbia - Croatia 84-59
Serbia cruised past Croatia in the Qualifying Round Group E. The victory propelled Serbia to 3-2 record in the ladder. Vasilije Micic (192-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) and Stefan Popovski-Turanjanin scored 12 points each to lead well-balanced effort from Serbia. Croatia fell at 3-2 record after the defeat. Serbia led 10:2 early in the game. But Croatia erased the deficit and tied things up at 18 after ten minutes. Serbia used a 13:0 run midway through the second quarter to take a 32:21 lead. They maintained the advantage and arrived at halftime up by 11 points 47:36. Vasilije Micic established a 20-point lead midway through the third term 59:39. Serbia did not slow down entering the fourth quarter ahead by 24 points 71:47. Croatia scored just 12 points in the final term and had to surrender at the end. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 11 points, while Luka Mitrovic and Nemanja Krstic (198-F-93) netted 10 points each in the win. Mislav Brzoja answered with 14 points for Croatia. Marko Ramljak and Ante Smolic (204-C-93) finished with 11 points apiece in the loss.

Turkey - Slovenia 64-61
Turkey grabbed the valuable win at the end of the Qualifying Round in Division A of the U18 European Championship. The team edged Slovenia to finish with 3-2 record on the second place in Group E. Slovenia fell at 1-4 record and could not make it to the Quarterfinals. It was the game for the last spot from Group E to the Quarterfinal. Both teams in case of the victory could make to the Sweet Eight and only the last seconds sent Turkey to the 1/4 Finals. Slovenia however started with 16:12 and Skerbec scored for 22:15. Eroglu closed the second period at 35:27, while the winners pushed the margin to 42:30 before watching the Slovenians get back into the game with an 11-0 run to pull within 42:41. Tayfun Erulku (188-G/F-94) was the last to post in the third period and Tekin brought 60:53. Slovenia reduced the gap but could not even tie the game. Late baskets by Ugur Dokuyan (197-F-93) brought the necessary win for Turkey. Berkay Candan (205-F-93) paced all the Turks with 18 points and Tayfun Erulku notched 13. Luka Rupnik (184-PG-93) ended up with 17 points in the losing case, while Rojc and Lapornik added 9 apiece.

Poland - Germany 82-65
Poland wins Group E at the European Championship in Division A to advance from the top place to the Quarterfinals. The favorites of the group overcame Germany U18 82:65 and finished on top with 4-1 record. Germany fell at 1-4 record on the bottom of the standings. Poland pulled ahead 12-4 early on in front of the home crowd. Germany got back within 15-11 but then trailed 21-13 after one quarter. Niedzwiedzki scored for 35:26 and Michal Michalak (194-G-93) closed the period at 44:30. Poland did not even think of slowing down and won the third period 25-18. Jakub Koelner (182-PG-93) and Richter exchanged the late baskets for 69:48 at the end of the third period. Germany managed to win the last stanza 17-13, but could reduce only to 17-point end. Jakub Koelner and Michal Michalak led the way with 17 points each for another victory. Tomasz Gielo (204-F-93) netted 11, while Ponitka posted 10. Bekteshi replied with 16 points in defeat and Radosavljevic notched 14.

Group F
France - Russia 71-62
France posted the second straight win at the Qualifying Round of U18 European Championship. They held off Russian counterparts to improve at 4-1 record in Group F. Russia fell at 1-4 record after the defeat. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94) stepped up with double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds for Les Bleus. France opened the game with ten points in a row. As Russia struggled to tune in France posted a 24:16 lead at the first break. However the second term was a different story. Russia went on a 13:0 run at the start of it to post a 29:24 lead. They maintained the advantage throughout the second term to ensure a 39:36 halftime advantage. Les Bleus needed an 8:0 run midway through the third period to pull ahead. Russia surged back in front but Invernizzi gave Les Bleus a 52:51 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Russia used an 8:0 rally to grab a 62:54 lead early in the fourth quarter. But France kept Russia scoreless afterwards crowning the regulation with 17 consecutive points and earning victory. William Howard (201-F-93) topscored with 15 points for France. Jean-Charles Livio added 12 points in the winning effort. Aleksandr Gudumak (204-F-93) responded with 16 points for Russia. Denis Levshin had 15 points in the loss.

Lithuania - Spain 75-84
Spain recorded another win at the Qualifying Round in Division A at the U18 European Championship. Five players scored in double figures as Spain remained undefeated with an 84-75 victory over Lithuania. The team won Group F with 5-0 record, while the Baltic side advanced with 3-2 record from the third place. Simonas Kymantas (204-C/F-93) and Abrines Redondo exchanged the baskets in the start of the game, while Spain pushed the tempo for good later in the first. Sanz scored for 29:12 and Perez brought 32:16. In the second quarter the margin remained more then 10 points and Grigonis sent the squads to the lockers at 50:40. Trailing 18 points in the third quarter, the Baltic side reduced to 67:60 at the end of thirty minutes. Simonas Kymantas cut it to 74:72 and later 76:74. Spain however remained tough and won another game in Poland. Jaime Fernandez (187-G-93) and Diez paced all the winners with 19 points each, while the latter also grabbed 17 rebounds. Simonas Kymantas netted 23 points in defeat and Jogela scored 12.

Italy - Latvia 85-83 OT
Italy grab the last ticket to the Quarterfinals in Poland as they needed overtime to edge Latvia. In one of the best games of the last Day of the Qualifying Round in Division A, Italian team won 85:83 and advanced to 1/4 Finals. Latvia had a chance to take their spot, but knowing that only a victory by 25 points or more would be enough to advance to the final eight, did their best. Roberts Krumins (198-G/F-93) gave Latvia 15:12 and Sipolins brought 22:17. Diego Monaldi (190-PG-93) however responded with a jump shot at the end of the first period fro 23:22. The second quarter belonged to Latvia and they grabbed 44:35 at the halftime. Moreover after 16-14 in the third quarter the board showed 60:49 as Matteo Chillo (202-F/C-93) made a free throw. Italy meanwhile needed a final surge to tie the game at the end of the fourth period. In overtime they produced 8-6 to win the game. Matteo Chillo top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Veccia nailed 15. Mattia Magrini (190-G-93) posted 14, while Della Valle scored 11. Ojars Silins (201-F-93) collected 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Baltic team and Berzins had 15 points and 11 boards.

Group G
Czech Republic - Ukraine 72-76
Ukraine earned the second consecutive win at the U18 European Championship. They held off Czech Republic to climb at 2-1 record in classification round Group G. Klym Artamonov (176-PG-93) knocked down 20 points, issued 6 assists and grabbed 4 rebounds to lead the winners. Czech Republic fell at 1-2 record after the loss. Czech Republic pulled in front 17:10 midway through the starting quarter. They rallied to a 21:14 lead at the first break. Klym Artamonov and Danylo Zuikov teamed up for 19 points in the second frame as Ukraine spurred in front 41:36 at the interval. Czech Republic erased the deficit and eventually put their noses in front 56:54. But Kobets capped the third frame with a three-pointer as Ukraine grabbed a 57:56 lead. The lead changed hands throughout the fourth quarter. Klym Artamonov and Vladimir Gerun notched four points in a row as Ukraine took a 76:72 lead with ten seconds remaining. Tomas Kyzlink (197-F/G-93) and Festr missed three-pointers and Ukraine sealed the win at the end. Danylo Zuikov provided 18 points, while Vladimir Gerun added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the winning effort. Martin Kriz (202-F-93) answered with 32 points and 16 rebounds for Czech Republic. Tomas Kyzlink delivered 23 points and 9 caroms in defeat.

Greece - Finland 78-87
Finland registered the first win at the U18 European Championship. They held off Greece to improve at 1-2 record in classification round Group G. Joonas Caven (210-C/F-93) scored 26 points to lead the charge. The Hellenes fell at 2-1 record. Greece opened the game with ten points in a row. They stayed in charge throughout the opening quarter posting a 21:16 lead at the first break. Ilari Seppala scored eight points in a 10:0 run from the Finnish team in the second term as they grabbed a 30:29 lead. Finland arrived at halftime up by two points 42:40. Finland tipped off the second half with a 7:0 run to boost their lead. They kept Greece at distance posting a 67:55 advantage with one quarter remaining. Daniel Dolenc (205-C-93) and Tommi Huolila (199-F-93) opened a 16-point lead for Finland early in the fourth period. Greece went on a desperate comeback rally cutting the deficit at just three points with just over two minutes remaining. But Joonas Caven came up with timely four points to give Finland some breathing space. Ilari Seppala then hit four free throws in a row and sealed the win for Finland. Ilari Seppala delivered 22 points, while Tommi Huolila netted 14 points in the win. Giannoulis Larentzakis (196-G/F-93) answered with 20 points for Greece. Kyprianos Maragkos posted 17 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.




M-Standings - Group B
Standings Div.B
Group E
1. Bulgaria2-0
2. Denmark2-0
3. Estonia0-2
4. Hungary0-2
Group F
1. Sweden2-0
2. Israel1-1
3. Holland1-1
4. Montenegro.0-2
Group F (places 9-18)
1. Romania2-0
2. Slovakia2-0
3. Switzerlan.2-1
4. Austria0-3
5. Norway0-3
Group G (places 9-18)
1. Belgium2-0
2. Portugal2-1
3. Georgia1-1
4. U.Kingdom1-2
5. Luxembourg.0-2


Standings Division A
Standings
Group E
1. Poland4-1
2. Turkey3-2
3. Serbia3-2
4. Croatia3-2
5. Slovenia1-4
6. Germany1-4
Group F
1. Spain5-0
2. France4-1
3. Lithuania3-2
4. Italy2-3
5. Russia1-4
6. Latvia0-5
Group G (places 13-16)
1. Greece2-1
2. Ukraine2-1
3. Czech Rep.1-2
4. Finland1-2


Stats Leader
Points Per Game
 Chris NDOW
  (195-F/G-93)
  Avg: 24
 1. Ndow, NOR24.0 
 2. Bojanovsky, SVK21.5 
 3. Solomon, ISR19.3 
 4. Borg, SWE17.8 
 5. Olah, ROM17.3 
 6. Ivanov, BUL17.0 
 7. Gaillard, SUI16.8 
 8. N''Dumba-C., SUI16.4 
 9. Petica, ROM16.3 
 10. Reinholt, DEN15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Clint N''DUMBA-CAPELA
  SUI
  (202-F-94)
  Avg: 17
 1. N''Dumba-C., SUI17.0 
 2. Bojanovsky, SVK14.3 
 3. Olah, ROM13.0 
 4. Burjanadze, GEO12.0 
 5. Eliasson, SWE12.0 
 6. Filip, ROM11.3 
 7. Pavic, MNT9.5 
 8. Larsen, DEN9.2 
 9. Magarity, SWE9.0 
 10. Hammink, NED8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Simon KRAJCOVIC
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Krajcovic, SVK8.5 
 2. Maayan, ISR5.5 
 3. Ventura, POR5.2 
 4. Cristiean, ROM5.0 
 5. Karamfilov, BUL4.8 
 6. Kasalica, MNT4.8 
 7. Filip, ROM4.3 
 8. Lev, ISR4.3 
 9. Person, SWE4.2 
 10. de Lange, NOR4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Akos KOVACS
  (184-G-88)
  Avg: 6
 1. Kovacs, HUN6.0 
 2. Krajcovic, SVK5.8 
 3. Laane, EST4.8 
 4. Ndow, NOR3.5 
 5. Wilk, AUT3.3 
 6. Borg, SWE3.2 
 7. Maayan, ISR3.0 
 8. Jakab, HUN3.0 
 9. Solomon, ISR2.8 
 10. Gvozden, AUT2.8 
Blocks Per Game
 William MAGARITY
  SWE
  (207-F-93)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Magarity, SWE3.6 
 2. Bojanovsky, SVK3.5 
 3. Kok, NED3.3 
 4. Olah, ROM3.3 
 5. N''Dumba-C., SUI2.0 
 6. Pavic, MNT1.8 
 7. Larsen, DEN1.6 
 8. Petras, SVK1.5 
 9. Filip, ROM1.5 
 10. Angeler, AUT1.5 


Stats Leaders Div. A
Points Per Game
 Giannoulis LARENTZAKIS
  (196-G/F-93)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Larentzakis, GRE19.2 
 2. Della Valle, ITA17.7 
 3. Kriz, CZE17.6 
 4. Rupnik, SLO16.8 
 5. Gerun, UKR16.7 
 6. Artamonov, UKR16.2 
 7. Ponitka, POL15.8 
 8. Brzoja, CRO15.3 
 9. Zuikov, UKR15.0 
 10. Caven, FIN14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin KRIZ
  (202-F-93)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Kriz, CZE11.8 
 2. Jaiteh, FRA9.8 
 3. Gerun, UKR9.7 
 4. Diez, ESP9.7 
 5. Gudumak, RUS9.2 
 6. Kyzlink, CZE8.5 
 7. Kymantas, LTU8.3 
 8. Radosavljevi., GER7.7 
 9. Dinal, FRA7.7 
 10. Trushkin, RUS7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Luka RUPNIK
  (184-PG-93)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Rupnik, SLO5.3 
 2. Fernandez, ESP5.2 
 3. Deligeorgis, GRE4.8 
 4. Micic, SRB4.5 
 5. Artamonov, UKR4.2 
 6. Grochowski, POL4.0 
 7. Schroeder, GER4.0 
 8. Sanz, ESP4.0 
 9. Miljenovic, SRB4.0 
 10. Reinfelds, LAT3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Apollon DELIGEORGIS
  (191-PG-93)
  Avg: 3
 1. Deligeorgis, GRE3.0 
 2. Paliukenas, LTU2.8 
 3. Bekteshi, GER2.8 
 4. Ramljak, CRO2.7 
 5. Brzoja, CRO2.7 
 6. Larentzakis, GRE2.7 
 7. Monaldi, ITA2.7 
 8. Micic, SRB2.7 
 9. Caven, FIN2.5 
 10. Artamonov, UKR2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Przemyslaw KARNOWSKI
  (213-C-93)
  Avg: 2
 1. Karnowski, POL2.0 
 2. Tessitori, ITA1.3 
 3. Gudumak, RUS1.3 
 4. Gerun, UKR1.3 
 5. Jaiteh, FRA1.2 
 6. Niedzwiedzki, POL1.2 
 7. Zagreba, UKR1.2 
 8. Gudaitis, LTU1.2 
 9. Gielo, POL1.2 
 10. Caven, FIN1.2 


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  FINLAND   


INTERNATIONAL: Finland is Nordic Champion - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Finland men's NT is # 1 in Scandinavia right now. Finland won all four contests, when Nordic Championship games took place in Sundsvall, Sweden. Head Coach Henrik Dettmann led Team Finland into Championship first time in 28 years. Finland won last time in the year 1983. The results in Sundsvall: Finland - Denmark 93-67, Finland - Iceland 108-76, Finland - Norway 96-51 and the Final Finland - Sweden 85-63 (40-30). The MVP of the Final: Gerald Lee Jr (208-F-87, college: ODU) (Finland) 27 pts in 23 minutes.
Next week Finland will meet Germany and then it's time to play vs Hungary and Portugal when qualifying into European Championship Games in Lithuania in September.




Transfer news from Huima - by Greg
Aanekosken Huima announced signing of contract extension with Treylon Manning (178-G, college: Texas Coll.). They also added Trey Britton (200-F/C), Marcel Liukko and Jarmo Uecker (190-F/G-95) for the upcoming season.
Treylon Manning joined Huima last season (after graduation at Texas College). While playing 25 games in Finnish 1st Division his stats were: 21.8ppg (second best scorer), 3.8rpg and 6.0apg (leagues leader). He was named Eurobasket.com All-Finnish 1st Division 1st Team and also All-Imports Team.
Trey Britton will start his professional career in Finland. The American forward has just graduated from the Anderson University (NCAA2).
Marcel Liukko came from PuHu junior team in Helsinki.
Jarmo Uecker is a member of Finnish U16 National Team.


Finnish stats from Sundsvall - by Eurobasket News
As it was wriitten by Rauno Hurmalainen, Finland became the Nordic Champion.
In Day 1 Finland overcame Denmark 93:67. The Finnish teams started with 21-15 and added 23-17 in the second period. Denmark replied with 21-18 in the third quarter, while the Finnish team finished the game with 31-14 to seal the victory in the opener. Gerald Lee (208-F-87, college: ODU) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) netted 14. Petri Virtanen posted 13, while Shawn Huff (198-G/F-84, college: Valparaiso) and Samuel Haanpaa scored 8 apiece.
In Day 2 Finland rolled over Iceland 108:76. The winners started with 30-20 and never looked behind in the game. Finland added 26-17 in the second frame for 56:37 at the halftime. Moreover Finland won the third quarter 22-19 and finished the game with 30-20 in the last stanza. Shawn Huff paced all the winners with 19 points and Petteri Koponen delivered 14. Teemu Rannikko ended up with 13, while Hanno Mottola (209-F/C-76, college: Utah) posted 12.
In Day 3 Finland outscored Norway 96:51. The latter opened the game with 17-15, but was thrashed in the second half. Before that the board showed 1-point advantage at the halftime before the final push of the Finnish side. With 31-10 Finland won the third quarter and needed 29-6 in the last frame. Gerald Lee stepped up with 16 points and Samuel Haanpaa netted 14. Mikko Koivisto (194-G-87, college: NC-Greensboro) finished the game with 13 and Shawn Huff added 11.
In the Final game Finland overcame Sweden 85:63. The winning side produced 20-15 in the first and in the second quarters for 40:30 halftime advantage. Moreover Finland added 23-20 in the third quarter and added 22-13 in the last stanza. Gerald Lee stepped up with 27 points and Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) scored 12. Christian Maraker responded with 14 points in the losing effort and Thomas Massamba netted 11.



INTERNATIONAL: Samuel Haanpaa to Cyprus - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Finnish NT SG/SF Samuel Haanpaa (203-G/F-86, College: Valparaiso) will play professionally coming 2011-12 season in Cyprus. Sharpshooter Haanpaa and Keravnos Strovolou in Nicosia have signed a 1-year-contract. Haanpaa has already played one season in France (Fos Ouest Provence, NM1) and 1,5 seasons in Spain (Faymasa Palencia, LEB Gold). Last season Haanpaa played 22 contests on Palencia roster averaging 7,0 ppg and 3,6 rpg. Haanpaa's international career was supposed to start 2008 in Italy, but his team in Sicily folded before the season start.

U18: Finland surprise Greece for first win in Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News
Finland U18 - Greece U18 87:78

Finland registered the first win at the U18 European Championship. They held off Greece to improve at 1-2 record in classification round Group G. Joonas Caven (210-C/F-93) scored 26 points to lead the charge. The Hellenes fell at 2-1 record.
Greece opened the game with ten points in a row. They stayed in charge throughout the opening quarter posting a 21:16 lead at the first break. Ilari Seppala (190-G-93) scored eight points in a 10:0 run from the Finnish team in the second term as they grabbed a 30:29 lead. Finland arrived at halftime up by two points 42:40. Finland tipped off the second half with a 7:0 run to boost their lead. They kept Greece at distance posting a 67:55 advantage with one quarter remaining. Daniel Dolenc (205-C-93) and Tommi Huolila (199-F-93) opened a 16-point lead for Finland early in the fourth period. Greece went on a desperate comeback rally cutting the deficit at just three points with just over two minutes remaining. But Joonas Caven came up with timely four points to give Finland some breathing space. Ilari Seppala then hit four free throws in a row and sealed the win for Finland. Ilari Seppala delivered 22 points, while Tommi Huolila netted 14 points in the win. Giannoulis Larentzakis (196-G/F-93) answered with 20 points for Greece. Kyprianos Maragkos (205-C-94) posted 17 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Finland U18: Joonas Caven 26, Ilari Seppala 22, Tommi Huolila 14
Greece U18: Giannoulis Larentzakis 20, Kyprianos Maragkos 17



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  FRANCE   


U18: France drive past Russia - by Eurobasket News
France U18 - Russia U18 71:62

France posted the second straight win at the Qualifying Round of U18 European Championship. They held off Russian counterparts to improve at 4-1 record in Group F. Russia fell at 1-4 record after the defeat. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94) stepped up with double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds for Les Bleus.
France opened the game with ten points in a row. As Russia struggled to tune in France posted a 24:16 lead at the first break. However the second term was a different story. Russia went on a 13:0 run at the start of it to post a 29:24 lead. They maintained the advantage throughout the second term to ensure a 39:36 halftime advantage. Les Bleus needed an 8:0 run midway through the third period to pull ahead. Russia surged back in front but Invernizzi gave Les Bleus a 52:51 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Russia used an 8:0 rally to grab a 62:54 lead early in the fourth quarter. But France kept Russia scoreless afterwards crowning the regulation with 17 consecutive points and earning victory. William Howard (201-F-93) topscored with 15 points for France. Jean-Charles Livio (204-F/C-93) added 12 points in the winning effort. Aleksandr Gudumak (204-F-93) responded with 16 points for Russia. Denis Levshin (200-F-93) had 15 points in the loss.

France U18: William Howard 15, Mouhammadou Jaiteh 13+10 boards, Jean-Charles Livio 12
Russia U18: Aleksandr Gudumak 16, Denis Levshin 15



JDA Dijon and Errick Craven part ways - by Eurobasket News
Errick Craven (188-G-83, college: USC) is no longer a member of JDA Dijon. His contract expired and will not be extended. Craven joined Dijon two years ago from Clermont. He left them for Boulazac during the season and last summer returned to Dijon. Craven appeared 40 times in ProB last season averaging 12.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.3 steals. He helped Dijon to reach the ProB Finals. In 2009/10, he had 5.5 ppg and 2.1 rpg for 8 games with the club. Later he added 13.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.4 apg and 2.5 spg for 21 games with Boulazac. Craven had amazing season with Clermont in 2008/09. He exploded with 19.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 4.7 apg and 3.1 spg for 33 games. He was named MVP of the league. Errick Craven played for Ivory Coast National Team at the AfroBasket 2009 and helped them to win the Silver.

France rally past Canada in Pau - by Eurobasket News
France - Canada 106:44

French National Team played their first exhibition game in the preparation for 2011 EuroBasket. They hosted Canada in Pau. The hosts stormed into a comfortable win at the end. Boris Diaw (203-F/C-82) scored 16 points, issued 8 assists and grabbed 6 boards to pace the charge.
France gave little chance to the visitors. Les Bleus grabbed a 19:4 lead midway through the starting quarter. They posted a 30:8 lead after ten minutes. Canada struggled both offensively and defensively facing a massive 40-point deficit at halftime 17:57. Things got even worse for the North American team in the third quarter. France eased to a 39-point lead with one quarter remaining 79:30. Les Bleus never slowed down in the fourth frame and marched to the victory at the end. Mickael Gelabale (201-F-83) contributed 15 points, while Nando De Colo (202-G-87) had 12 points for the winners. Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh) and Denham Brown (198-F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Connecticut) responded with 8 points apiece for Canada. Kelly Olynyk (210-F-91) netted 6 points in the loss.

France: Boris Diaw 16, Mickael Gelabale 15, Nando De Colo 12, Tony Parker 10
Canada: Levon Kendall 8, Denham Brown 8, Kelly Olynyk 6



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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Diamond Camp signs 4 imports to Liria! - by Eurobasket
Liria in the Macedonian Superleague will be making a strong push for the leagues top 4 this year. They will be a formidable foe after adding 4 american's to their domestic roster. The Macedonian club added rookie Vincent Goldsberry (182-PG-89, college: Coppin St.) at point guard, rookie Spencer Perrin (195-F) at small forward, rookie Dustin Mitchell (206-F/C, college: WiscKing.-Whitew.) at Power Forward and veteran big man Terrance Farley (208-C-85, college: Louisville) at the center position. This exceptional collection of young import players will add size, depth and talent to a Liria team led by young and ambitious coach Marjan Ilievski. The group of players were all signed just last weekend at the Diamond Midwest Invitational in Chicago, Illinois. To contact Diamond Midwest about players for your club or to attend their next camp visit www.diamondbasketball.com or email rmueller@basketballexposurecamp.com


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  GERMANY   


The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven Give 2 Youngsters Maurice Pluskota And Dominique Johnson Professional Contracts - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven continue to show their effort in developing young players by giving Maurice Pluskota (207-F/C-92) and Dominique Johnson (193-F-92) professional contracts for the 2011-2012 Beko BBL season. After Anthony Canty, Pluskota and Johnson are the next players to make the jump to the first team. Pluskota is a 207cm power forward/center that was born in Bremerhaven. Last season Pluskota got into 4 Beko BBL games playing 4 minutes and also played for BSG Bremerhaven in the Regionaliga and for the NBBL team where he averaged 13,7ppg and 11,3rpg. 'Maurice has made a big development in the last 3 years. Especially since he first began to play basketball at age 16. It will be important for his career that he continues to work hard. he has the physical and mental requirements', stressed Eisbaeren assistant coach Hamed Attarbashi. Awards/Achievements for Pluskota have been German U18 National Team -10, Albert Schweitzer International Tournament in Mannheim (Unofficial World Championships U18) -10, European Championships U18 in Vilnius (Lithuania) -10: 6 games: 0.3ppg, 1.3rpg, and NBBL All-Star Game -11. The club also announced that Dominique Johnson (193-F-92) will play for the Eisbaeren bremerhaven this upcoming season. Dominique Johnson (193-F-92) is a 19 year old 193cm foward. Last season, he was the second best shooter for the Eisbaeren bremerhaven NBBL team.

Source: Eisbaeren Bremerhaven




GB Futures Men team finish with 2-1 record in Germany - by Eurobasket News
By Dave Ryan

Standard Life GB Futures returned from their three games in Germany with two victories under their belts against the hosts' Under 23 side.

The team was coached by GB senior men assistant coach Nick Nurse, with Worcester Wolves and England head coach Paul James acting his number two. While the ten man squad consisted mainly of players based at US colleges, it included Liam Potter (213-F/C-86, college: Sacred Heart) of Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders and Bristol Academy Flyers' Tyrone Treasure.

The first game was classed as a friendly, and GB opened well with a 67-50 victory. The visiting side couldn't have started their season any better as they blitzed the hosts 21-4 in the opening period, holding them scoreless in the final five minutes of the quarter.

Germany fought back to cut the lead to 33-27 going into half-time as they closed the half out on a 17-7 run. But GB took the lead out to 46-37 at the final break before wrapping the win up with a 21-13 fourth quarter - finishing on an 11-4 run.

Lester Prosper added 11 points and six boards in just over 15 minutes of action, with Ben Allison chipping in with eight points and four rebounds. Oscar Pester was the only German in double figures with ten points, and Britain won the battle of the boards by 39 rebounds to 34.

A 14-0 run from the home team in the fourth quarter saw the Futures fall to a 69-55 defeat on Saturday evening in game one the official two-match series

Kyle Johnson led the GB scoring with 16 points, while Andrew Lawrence (185-G-90) added 12 and four rebounds, with Lester Prosper also contributing four boards to his 11 points.

The game was lost on the boards as GB were out-rebounded 46-30, though they didn't help their cause with 31 percent floor shooting.

The weekend was completed as GB won a tight match-up 72-66 on Sunday afternoon, thanks to a strong second half. The visitors were again led by Johnson as he finished with 24 points and seven rebounds, hitting eight of his ten two-point efforts in 33 minutes for Nurse's team.

Lawrence was also on fine form with 20 points, including four of six three-point efforts, adding four rebounds and four assists in 32 minutes of action.

The GB coach was delighted with the victory for his side. Nurse said: 'It was a good bounce-back for us after yesterday's loss. From an effort, toughness and togetherness stand-point it was very pleasing, and it was a nice way to finish our time in Germany.'

British Basketball's head of performance, Warwick Cann, was also pleased with the result: 'It was a very gutsy win away from home,' he said. 'We showed very good composure against great international pressure. To draw the official series and go 2-1 over three games against a major basketball nation is very pleasing.'

GB trailed by three at half-time, but Nurse's team finished the third quarter strongly as back-to-back Walker baskets, followed by a Lawrence three-pointer saw them overcome a 49-44 deficit to lead 51-49 at the final break.

Johnson was on form early in the fourth period as he hit six straight points to put GB up by eight, and they closed out the win from the foul line.
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk


Dominique Klein Joins SSV Lok Bernau - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
SSV Lok Bernau got some experience on the wing by signing Dominique Klein (198-F-81, college: Campbell). Klen is a 30 year old 198cm forward that is a quick, athletic player who plays very hard with emotion and intensity, has an excellent work ethic, gets to the rim and is a good offensive rebounder. Last season he played for the BBC White Devils Cottbus (Regionalliga). 'Dominique will help us with his explosive sprints and experience. We are giving him the chance after a successful season in the Regionaliga to show what he can do at a higher level. He is a good rebounder and has a good middle distance shot', stressed SSV Lok Bernau head coach Alex Ruber. Klein started his basketball career for TSG Bergedorf. He then played for TSV Quakenbruck in 2001. From 2001-2005, he played in the NCAA for Campbell.His strongest season was his junior season where he registered 11 double doubles playing 24 games: 8.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 22ast. In 2005-2006, he started his professional basketball career in Germany for TSV Noerdlingen (2.Bundesliga, starting five): 30 games: 9.8ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 43.0%, 3FGP: 30.7%, FT: 55.9%. In 2006-2007, he played for the : ART Duesseldorf Magics (2.Bundesliga North): 11 games: 5.8ppg, 5.5rpg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 21.4%, FT: 50.0%, left in Dec.'06, then joined BV Chemnitz 99 (Germany-2.Bundesliga): 16 games: 3.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.0apg. In 2007-2008, he played for Itzehoe Eagles (Germany-Regionalliga, starting five): 12 games: 8.1ppg, in Jan.'08 moved to VPV Giants Noerdlingen (ProA): 7 games: 2.6ppg, 2.1rpg. Awards/Achievements in his career have been German U20 National Team, A-Sun All-Freshmen Team -02, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga All-Newcomers Team -06, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Regular Season Champion -08

Source: SSV Lok Bernau


Lennard Joerdell And Marc Rass Come On Board With The Bayer Giants Leverkusen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


PRO B team have announced that two Germans will suit up for Achim Kuczmann this season with Lennard Joerdell (203-C/F-91) and Marc Rass. Joerdell is a 20 year old 205cm center that grew up in the Bayer Giants Leverkusen youth program. He played 3 years for the Leverkusen NBBL team and in his last season averaged 10,3ppg and 6,9rpg.Last season, he played for Konstantin Elephants Grevenbroich (Regionalliga). 'It feels good to play for the Giants again. Important for coming back was head coach Achim Kuczmann and the young team hungry team that I know. I am looking forward to showing the fans in the PRO B what I can do', stressed Lennard Joerdell (203-C/F-91). Awards/Achievements in his career have been German U16 National Team -07, European Championships U16 Division B in Skopje (FYR Macedonia) -07, German U18 National Team -09, and Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga West Newcomer of the Year -11.The club also anounced the arrival of Marc Rass who is a 22 year old guard. He played in the Landesliga for TG 81 Duesseldorf last season averaging 30,0ppg, 6,0rpg and 3,5apg. 'The reason I came to Leverkusen was to show that I can play in the second league. I want to know if I can play at this level and I will give everything I got', stressed Marc Ross. Head coach Achim Kuczmann is convinced that Rass can play at the PRO B level. Marc is an athletic guard that is an aggressive defender. He will be able to be an important factor on offense', stated Achim Kuczmann

Source: Bayer Giants Leverkusen


Christian Von Fintel Moves To USC Heidelberg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
PRO A team USC Heidelberg have rewarded Christian von Fintel (188-G/F-90) with a one year contract with an option after he was able to convince coach Uwe Sauer in a try out. Von Fintel is a 21 year old shooting guard/small forward from Bad Salzungen. Last season the German breathed some Beko BBL air with the Mitteldeutscher BC playing 17 games: 0.2ppg. His best performance was 3 points in 10 minutes against Braunschweig. 'Christian is a type of player that each team needs. He is an energizer that has a great attitude. Off the court he is a great guy too', stated USC Heidelberg coach Uwe Sauer Von Fintel started his basketball career in 2007 with TuS Jena II (2.Regionalliga). In 2008-2009, he played for Science City Jena (ProA): 4 games: 0.5ppg; then moved to TuS Jena II (2.Regionalliga, starting five): 14 games: 7.9ppg. In 2009-2010, he played for : SOBA Dragons Rhoendorf (ProB): 28 games: 3.3ppg. 'I am looking forward to a new situation with USC Heidelberg. The city, and their ambitions convinced me too come. I can hardly wait until the season starts', stressed Christian von Fintel.

Source: USC Heidelberg



BSV Munsterland Baskets Wulfen Are Able To Hold Thomas Reuter - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The BSV Mnsterland Baskets Wulfen have announced that they have been able to hold Thomas Reuter (198-G-92) for the upcoming season. Reuter is a 19 year old 198cm guard that was born in Hagen and started his basketball career with BBV Hagen (Regionalliga) in 2006. Last season, for BSV Munsterland Baskets Wulfen, the German played 21 games in the PRO B averaging 6.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 31.4%, FT: 69.0%. He also had a license for Phoenix Hagen last season getting into 2 games including a 92-53 rout at the hands of the Deutsche Bank Skyliners where he played seven minutes getting a steal. This season, he will continue to have a license for the Beko BBL team. 'If there is one team that I really want to play for in germany then it is the Wulfen', stated Thomas Reuter (198-G-92). Wulfen head coach Thorsten Morzuch is pleased of being able to hold the youngster. 'Thomas is exactly the player we need. He is versatile like Rouven Hanig at the position 3 and 4', stressed Thomas Morzuch. Awards/Achievements in the career of reuter have been German U16 National Team -07-08, German U18 National Team -09-10, Albert Schweitzer International Tournament in Mannheim (Unofficial World Championships U18) -10, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group North) Regular Season Champion -11, and German NBBL All-Star Game -11

Source: Mnsterland Baskets


U18: Poland wins Group E at the European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Poland U18-Germany U18 82:65

Poland wins Group E at the European Championship in Division A to advance from the top place to the Quarterfinals. The favorites of the group overcame Germany U18 82:65 and finished on top with 4-1 record. Germany fell at 1-4 record on the bottom of the standings.
Poland pulled ahead 12-4 early on in front of the home crowd. Germany got back within 15-11 but then trailed 21-13 after one quarter. Niedzwiedzki scored for 35:26 and Michal Michalak (194-G-93) closed the period at 44:30. Poland did not even think of slowing down and won the third period 25-18. Jakub Koelner (182-PG-93) and Richter exchanged the late baskets for 69:48 at the end of the third period. Germany managed to win the last stanza 17-13, but could reduce only to 17-point end.
Jakub Koelner and Michal Michalak led the way with 17 points each for another victory. Tomasz Gielo (204-F-93) netted 11, while Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) posted 10. Besnik Bekteshi (188-G-93) replied with 16 points in defeat and Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93) notched 14.

Poland U18: Jakub Koelner 17, Michal Michalak 17, Tomasz Gielo 11, Mateusz Ponitka 10
Germany U18: Besnik Bekteshi 16, Bogdan Radosavljevic 14, Paul Zipser (195-G-94) 12, Dennis Schroeder (184-G-93) 11



Kevin Hamilton (Frankfurt Would Be A Great Place To Play. Quantez Robertson is One Of The Most Athletic Human Beings I Have Ever Seen) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross) is a 27 year old 193cm guard from Queens Village, New York that just completed his second season for The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. He played at Holy Cross from 2002-2006 and played together with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 17.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.5apg, 3.3spg, FG: 38.1%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 77.7%. In his rookie season 2006-2007, he came to Europe and played in Poland for Polpak Swiecie playing 19 games and averaging 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), 2FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 64.2%. In 2007-2008, he played in France for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB) playing 2 games and averaging 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg. He also had a short tenure in Mexico with Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. In 2008-2009, he returned back to Poland to play for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg playing 32 games averaging 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-1 (6.4apg), Steals-1 (2.8spg), FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 66.5%. He was not lazy in the last three summers staying in game shape and playing in Puerto Rico playing 90 games. In the summer of 2009, he played for Indios de Mayaguez playing 35 games and averaging 10.5ppg, 4.7rpg, Assists-3 (6.3apg), Steals-2 (1.7spg), FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 70.6%. His father was a draft pick of The Boston Celtics in 1980. In 2009-2010, he played his first season in Braunschweig playing 39 games: 10.1ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), Steals-2 (1.9spg), FGP: 63.7%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 77.6%. Last season for Braunschweig, he played 39 games: 9.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.3apg, Steals-1 (1.9spg), FGP: 53.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 67.0%. Currently he is with the Puerto Rican national team and looking for a team for next season. There is always a possibility that he will return to the Beko BBL. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig lost in 5 games to the Artland Dragons in May. What was key in this series for Artland advancing?

I think they were just too tough at home last game. It was a great series , both teams played real hard but at the end they just executed better than us.

You played two seasons in Braunschweig. How did your game improve further under head coach Sebastian Machowksi who you already had as coach in Poland?


I think I get a lot better under coach. He gave me a lot of confidence on the floor and I think that I was able to play better in those circumstances so I am very thankful for that.


A former teammate of you said that a reason he left was because of a lack of ambition by the club for the future. Are you sad that so many guys left the team. Why was that? Was it just the usual difference in financial things?


I think it was different reasons for different people. I had a great time in Braunschweig though, and I wish the team and organization much success.


You have played in Puerto Rico the last summers and this summer for Indios de Mayaguez. Is it just the love of basketball or why dont you take 2 months off before getting ready for the new season?

Well it is love and the fact that I have the opurtunity to continue to earn for my family. I love playing in the league and I am young and feel good so I figure I will do it as long as my body allows.

You averaged 8,3apg in the Puerto Rico league this summer the most you ever made in that league. Was it motivation of performing well after the loss to Artland, the right players, or team that enabled you to get so many assists?

I think it was a combination of a lot of things. The Puerto Rican league is a league that is played at much faster pace , so it is a much more offensive minded league. The team I was on this year had many scorers and just needed a distributer which I like to do anyway so it was a good fit. Also I was only able to play 10 games with the club so, I had a couple high assist games early that really helped me out.



Presently you are with the Pruerto Rican national team. What kind of experience has this been for you?

It has been a really nice experience. The competition has been great, the guys are all very nice people and I have learned a lot already from coach Melendez. I am real excited for the opportunity to play with the team and if my name is called I will be ready.


Are any of the NBA players there like Carlos Arroyo, Jose Barrea or Renaldo Balkmann? How much fun is it playing there?

JJ is here, the other guys should be joining the team in August.


You have expressed interest in playing for the Frankfurt Fraport Skyliners. How badly would you like to play there?


Frankfurt would be a great place to play. They have had two great seasons since I have been here and from what I hear they are a very professional and welcoming place to play. I am interested in any situation like that.


If you did play there would you feel a lot of pressure taking over at the point for Dashaun Wood?

I think I would feel more pressure to win then to replace a certain player. There last two point guards have had very good seasons with the club both individually and collectively. I think that we all have different games and strengths so its hard to compare but winning is what made their seasons so special in my opinion.

What is always the most difficult thing you have to be aware of when a Quantez Robertson is lurking near you when you have the ball?

Everything, Quantez Robertson was one of the best defenders in the league, and one of the most athletic human beings I have ever seen.

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

He is from Queens so he gets a pass !

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Horrible Bosses.

Thanks Kev fort he chat




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Greek U16 National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Greek U16 National Team 2011
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Vasileios Charalampopoulos
Charalampopoulos
Georgios Diamantakos
Diamantakos
Sokratis Gkelios
Gkelios
Konstantinos Kefalas
Kefalas
Michail Liapis
Liapis
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Vasileios Charalampopoulos 197-F-97
Georgios Diamantakos 210-C-95
Sokratis Gkelios 198-F-95
Konstantinos Kefalas 196-F-95 Doukas Greece
Michail Liapis 188-G-95
Dimitrios Nikolaou 185-PG-95
Georgios Papadionysioy 185-PG-95
Stylianos Poulianitis 190-G-95
Alexandros Spyridonidis 186-PG-95
Anastasios Spyropoulos 196-G-95 PAOK Greece
Dimitrios Stamatis 188-G-96
Ilias Theodorou 203-F-95

Manos Manouselis Head Coach Olympiakos Greece
Nikos Toufas Assistant


PAO close to sign Pat Kalathis - by Eurobasket News
According to various sources, Pat Kalathis (208-G/F-85, college: St.Joseph's) could continue his career with Panathinaikos. Reportedly, the Greens are close to agree a 1+1 year deal with Pat, who is older brother of Nick Kalathis. Pat exploded last season with 14.3 ppg, 8.1 rpg and 1.9 apg for 28 games with VAP Kolossos Rodou. He played at the Greek League All-Star Game and Eurobasket awarded him with All-Greek A1 League Honorable Mention -11. From 2008 until the last summer Pat Kalathis was a member of Marousi. He had 3.9 ppg and 1.6 rpg for them in 19 Eurloleague games last season. In A1, he added 5.5 ppg and 2.8 rpg. Pat Kalathis graduated at the Saint Joseph's University three years ago. He had 17.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 2.7 apg for them as a senior. Pat Kalathis, as well as his younger brother Nick, has dual American and Greek citizenship.

U18: Finland surprise Greece for first win in Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News
Finland U18 - Greece U18 87:78

Finland registered the first win at the U18 European Championship. They held off Greece to improve at 1-2 record in classification round Group G. Joonas Caven (210-C/F-93) scored 26 points to lead the charge. The Hellenes fell at 2-1 record.
Greece opened the game with ten points in a row. They stayed in charge throughout the opening quarter posting a 21:16 lead at the first break. Ilari Seppala (190-G-93) scored eight points in a 10:0 run from the Finnish team in the second term as they grabbed a 30:29 lead. Finland arrived at halftime up by two points 42:40. Finland tipped off the second half with a 7:0 run to boost their lead. They kept Greece at distance posting a 67:55 advantage with one quarter remaining. Daniel Dolenc (205-C-93) and Tommi Huolila (199-F-93) opened a 16-point lead for Finland early in the fourth period. Greece went on a desperate comeback rally cutting the deficit at just three points with just over two minutes remaining. But Joonas Caven came up with timely four points to give Finland some breathing space. Ilari Seppala then hit four free throws in a row and sealed the win for Finland. Ilari Seppala delivered 22 points, while Tommi Huolila netted 14 points in the win. Giannoulis Larentzakis (196-G/F-93) answered with 20 points for Greece. Kyprianos Maragkos (205-C-94) posted 17 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Finland U18: Joonas Caven 26, Ilari Seppala 22, Tommi Huolila 14
Greece U18: Giannoulis Larentzakis 20, Kyprianos Maragkos 17



Olympiacos re-signs center Glynadakis - by Eurobasket News
Olympiacos reached an agreement with center Andreas Glyniadakis (215-C-81) to extend his contract until for one more season, the club announced on Wednesday. Glyniadakis averaged 2.7 points and 0.7 rebounds in just three Turkish Airlines Euroleague games last season, but increased his output to 4.7 points and 2.3 boards in the Greek League. In his two previous seasons with the Reds Glyniadakis won two Greek Cups and played at the 2010 Euroleague Final Four. He grew up with Kydonas Chanion in his native Crete and before joining Olympiacos he played for Panathinaikos, Panellinios, Peristeri, AEK and Maroussi in Greece, Roanoke Dazzle in the D-League, Albuquerque in the CBA, Seattle in the NBA and Virtus Bologna in Italy. He won the 2000 Euroleague as member of Panathinaikos. With the Greek national teams Glyniadakis has collected bronze medals at EuroBasket 2009 and at the 1998 European Under-18 Championships. He also played at the 2008 Olympic Games.

Courtesy of Euroleague


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US Virgin Islands secure the Semifinals in Nassau - by Eurobasket News
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - GUYANA 111-51

US Virgin Islands registered second straight win in Nassau. This time they blasted Guyana 111-51 for perfect 2-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Thanks to this win, US Virgin Islands already booked a spot for the Semifinals. They will meet Jamaica today and the winner will end as No.1 of this pool. Guyana dropped to 0-2, same as Antigua. Aaron Brown (195-G-92) shined for the winners with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Ivan Aska (200-F-90) had 18 points and 9 boards, while Jason Edwin (197-G/F-81, college: Kent St.) (11 rebs) and Michael Phillips (195-F-81, college: S.Alabama) (6 rebs) helped with 13 points each. In defeat, Keron McKenzie (193-G-86, agency: ARN Sports and Entertainment, college: Armstr.Atlantic) collected 25 points and 5 rebounds. Ryan Gullen (C) (7 rebs) and Dwayne Roberts (C) (6 rebs) scored 8 points apiece. Quarters: 28-13, 26-21, 34-14, 23-3. Today is the last day of the Preliminary Round in Nassau.

US Virgin Islands: Aaron Brown 21+5 boards, Ivan Aska 18+9 boards, Jason Edwin 13+11 boards, Michael Phillips 13+6 boards
Guyana: Keron McKenzie 25+5 boards, Ryan Gullen 8+7 boards, Dwayne Roberts 8+6 boards


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ZZ Leiden keeps Terry Sas until 2012 - by Fred Roggen
Dutch Champion ZZ Leiden and Dutch forward Terry Sas (197-F-86, agency: Court Side) have agreed to terms to keep the forward at the club for one more year. Terry Sas has spent the past two seasons with ZZ Leiden. He averaged 5.5ppg, 1.1rpg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 36.3%, FT: 66.7% in 36 Dutch Basketball league games last season. The Dutch forward began his career at Demon Amsterdam and moved on to Den Helder Seals and Omniworld Almere.




Stepco BS Weert, Prospect Mick Fleuren inks deal - by Fred Roggen
Stepco BS Weert, Prospect Mick Fleuren (182-G-95) inks deal
Stepco BS Weert continued restocking its roster for the 2011-12 season with the signing Wednesday of combo guard Mick Fleuren to a one-year deal.
Fleuren has been a member of the Dutch under-16 team. Mick Fleuren is the first of two young talents who is added to the selection of Stepco BS Weert.
The 1.80 meter Mick Fleuren is a true combo guard.



Magixx for Kidsrights lands forward Lucas Hargrove - by Fred Roggen
Magixx for Kidsrights upgraded its roster for the upcoming Dutch Basketballl league season by inking versatile forward Lucas Hargrove (198-F-88, college: Auburn), the club announced Wednesday. The contract is a one-year deal.
The former graduate of Auburn Univesity (NCAA) arrives from BBC Sparta Bertrange, where he averaged 22.5ppg, 12.1rpg, 2.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 24.1%, FT: 70.8%
in 12 Luxembourg-Diekirch League games last season.



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Iceland won over Norway to take the third place at Nordic Cup - by Eurobasket News
Iceland won over Norway to take the third place at Nordic Cup behind Finland and Sweden. Sweden started the campaign with the win over Iceland 74:62. Christian Maraker led the way with 20 points and Erik Rush netted 12. Martin Pahlmblad (193-G-86) delivered 11, while Anton Saks notched 10. Jakob Sigurdarsson replied with 22 points in the losing case and Hlynur Baeringson scored 12.
In Day 2 Finland rolled over Iceland 108:76. The winners started with 30-20 and never looked behind in the game. Finland added 26-17 in the second frame for 56:37 at the halftime. Moreover Finland won the third quarter 22-19 and finished the game with 30-20 in the last stanza. Shawn Huff (198-G/F-84, college: Valparaiso) paced all the winners with 19 points and Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) delivered 14. Teemu Rannikko (189-G-80) ended up with 13, while Hanno Mottola posted 12.
In Day 3 Iceland won over Denmark 85:79 winning the first three quarters. Iceland started the game with 21-19 and added 18-13 in the second frame. After a tough third quarter Iceland enjoyed 9-points advantage, while both teams nailed 24 points each in the last stanza. Logi Gunnarsson (190-G-81) paced all the winners with 24 points and Jakob Sigurdarson scored 14. Helgi Magnusson nailed 13, while Hlynur Baeringson delivered 9. Darko Jukic (199-G-90) replied with 19 points in the losing effort and Nicolai Iversen scored 18.
Iceland finished third with 2-2 record after 80:61 win over Norway in the last Day.



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Eurobasket Exclusive: Carlos Powell agreed on terms with Maccabi Haifa - by David Pick
In light of the Israeli BSL new rule where teams can only play with four foreigners per game, Maccabi Haifa is trying to complete its American roster for the upcoming season. After re-signing Tyler Wilkerson and agreeing on terms with point guard Jeremy Wise, 'Eurobasket' recently learned that Haifa secured American forward Carlos Powell, as the two sides agreed on financial terms and Haifa is waiting to receive the official papers signed by tomorrow.

A good defender and rebounder is what stands out when thinking of Powell defensively. On the other end of the court, a strong and athletic ball-handler who feeds off energy are qualities Powell possesses and any team would like to pick up. In almost each of his European career stops, Powell recorded averages of at least 20 points per game.

Being the second oldest of six children in his family, Powell graduated from high school with impressive double-double averages of 20.0 points and 11.0 rebounds, and chose to play NCAA ball at the University of South Carolina, where he finished his senior year recording numbers of 16.4ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3spg. The 27-year-old South Carolina native was remarkable his last year in college and received the 2005 NIT Most Valuable Player Award.

Throughout his USC career, Powell scored over 1500 points (1541) and grabbed over 600 rebounds (641). He also holds the school record for most games played with 132. After college, Powell played professionally for SL Benfica in Portugal and was named ALL-League 1st Team, finishing fourth in scoring, averaging almost 20 point per game.

After playing in Australian, Powell failed to secure a contract with the Golden State Warriors and signed with Ukrainian Mariupol. In 2009, the former Gamecock was selected 1st in the D-League draft by the Albuquerque Thunderbirds and posted 22.1ppg, 5.0rpg and 5.0apg, before leaving to China for the Liaoning Panpan Hunters. In the CBA, Powell played seven games and recorded 20.7 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. Last season Powell played in Iran, where he led Zob Ahan to second place finishing with a 19-3 record and posting averages of 20 points and 12 rebounds.

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Eurobasket Exclusive: Baylor reunion - Tweety Carter joins Bnei Hasharon/Herzeliya - by David Pick
Exclusive: After signing the Baylor beast LaceDarius Dunn, Bnei Hasharon/Herzeliya acquired another product of BU as they brought in the former All-American, small and fast point guard, Demond 'Tweety' Carter to a one-year contract.

As a baby, the young Carter had a squeaky voice, resulting in his grandmother deciding to name him 'Tweety' after the cartoon bird. Dunn who is currently in the United States on vacation, joined his former/new teammate in a basketball camp for kids formed by Carter, in Waco, Texas.

In Bnei, Carter will join his former college teammate as the two will form a small Butler community in Israel. In the 2009/10 season, in his senior year at BU, Carter posted impressive averages of 15 points, 2.8 rebounds and 6 assists per game in dominant fashion playing alongside Dunn, as the two guards led their college to the NCAA quarter-finals round where they ended up falling to the Duke Blue Devils, who went on to win the national title.


After school, Carter hoped he would get an NBA call up after joining the D-League's Tulsa 66ers where he played 30 games and posted averages of 11.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.9apg but he ended up going overseas. In Mar 2011, 'Tweety' moved abroad and join Latvian Ventspils where he led his team to first place in the regular season with a 22-6 record, posting numbers of 6.7 points, 1.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. In the EuroChallenge competition the young Carter would only play three games, and walk away with easing numbers of 1.3 points, 1.0 rebound and 1.0 assists per game.


Luke Jackson signs with Hapoel Jerusalem - by David Pick
Hapoel Jerusalem announced this morning (Wednesday), the signing of their first foreign player for the upcoming season - Luke Jackson.

After resigning point guard Yuval Naimy, big men Brain Randle and adding Elishay Kadir, the American shooting guard/small forward is now the fourth addition to the teams roster this summer.

The 30-year-old Oregon graduate signed a two-year deal where he will earn $150,000 every year. Throughout his career, Jackson had a number of NBA appearances; however, unfortunate injuries limited his playing time on numerous occasions.

In the beginning of the 2010/2011 season, Jackson signed with the Memphis Grizzlies but moved to the D-league and joined the Idaho Stampede averaging 14.8ppg, 5.1rpg, 4.2apg and 1.7spg. Jackson's last European appears came in 2009 as he played in Italy for Carife Ferrara and recorded averages of 15.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.3apg and 2.1spg.

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Hapoel Holon inks Shlomi Harush - by Eurobasket News
Hapoel Holon penned a three-year deal with Shlomi Harush (185-G-87), the league announced Tuesday. Harush heads to his new club from Elitzur Kohav Yair/Yuval, where he spent last three seasons. In the latest one Harush had 13.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 4.4 apg for 31 games. Season 2009/10 was even better for Harush. He appeared 26 times in National League collecting 17.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.3 apg and 2.2 spg. He ended as the fifth best 'stealer' of the league. Harush drastically improved that year. A season before he had only 6.1 ppg and 2.1 rpg. Shlomi Harush is a member of the Israeli U22 National Team. He will play for Hapoel Holon until the end of 2013/14 season. They will compete in Premier league.

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Garrett Temple joins Junior Casale - by Eurobasket News
Junior Casale announced signing of Garrett Temple (197-G-86, college: LSU) for the next season. The American guard heads to Europe for the first time in his career. He started last season with the San Antonio Spurs, but after three games he moved to D-League team Rio Grande Valley Vipers. There for 9 games Temple had 12.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 3.2 apg. Later he spent some time with the Erie BayHawks. Temple finished last season with the Charlotte Bobcats. He appeared 12 times for them averaging 3.2 points, 1.3 rebounds and 2 assist. In 2009/10 season, Garrett Temple played for Houston, Sacramento and San Antonio. With the Spurs he had 5.3 ppg and 1 rpg for 16 games. Temple is a product of the LSU, where he graduated in 2009. He had 7.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 3.8 apg as a senior. Temple played at the D-League All-Star Game last season.

Italian U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Italian U16 National Team 2011
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Nicola Akele
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Lorenzo Baldasso
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Giuseppe Basile
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Lorenzo Benvenuti
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Federico Di Prampero
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Nicola Akele 195-G-95 Mestre Italy
Lorenzo Baldasso 190-G-95 Moncalieri Italy
Giuseppe Basile 188-PG-95 CS Bologna Italy
Lorenzo Benvenuti 202-F/C-95 Livorno Basket Italy
Federico Di Prampero 188-PG-95 Benetton TV Italy
Simone Fontecchio 197-F-95 CS Bologna Italy
Alessandro Maccaferri 175-PG-95 San Lazzaro Italy
Leonardo Marini 202-C-95 Albignasego Italy
Andrea Merlati 198-F/C-95 Armani MI Italy
Vittorio Nobile 190-G-95
Alessandro Spatti 197-F-95 Bergamo Italy
Giovanni Vildera 201-F-95 Mestre Italy

Antonio Bocchino Head Coach
Stefano Comazzi Assistant Moncalieri Italy
Marco Ramondino Assistant Banca Tercas Italy


Dwight Hardy joins Pistoia - by Antonello Varallo
Pistoia Basket announced the agreement with Dwight Hardy (188-G), a combo - guard with great offensive skills, amazing athetic gifts and a good knowledge of the game. Hardy, who grew up in The Bronx, bring himself to the attention thanks to his last NCAA season played with St.John's (he has been awarded as All-Big East Most Improved Player of the Year and also included in All-Big East 1st Team ). In 33 games, he averaged 18.3 ppg with 1.9 apg.

U18: Italy grab the last ticket to the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Italy U18-Latvia U18 85:83 OT

Italy grab the last ticket to the Quarterfinals in Poland as they needed overtime to edge Latvia. In one of the best games of the last Day of the Qualifying Round in Division A, Italian team won 85:83 and advanced to 1/4 Finals. Latvia had a chance to take their spot, but knowing that only a victory by 25 points or more would be enough to advance to the final eight, did their best.
Krumins gave Latvia 15:12 and Sipolins brought 22:17. Monaldi however responded with a jump shot at the end of the first period fro 23:22. The second quarter belonged to Latvia and they grabbed 44:35 at the halftime. Moreover after 16-14 in the third quarter the board showed 60:49 as Matteo Chillo (202-F/C-93) made a free throw. Italy meanwhile needed a final surge to tie the game at the end of the fourth period. In overtime they produced 8-6 to win the game.
Matteo Chillo top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Francesco Veccia (190-G-93) nailed 15. Mattia Magrini (190-G-93) posted 14, while Della Valle scored 11. Ojars Silins (201-F-93) collected 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Baltic team and Janis Berzins (200-F/G-93, agency: Players Group) had 15 points and 11 boards.

Italy U18: Matteo Chillo 21, Francesco Veccia 15, Mattia Magrini 14, Della Valle 11
Latvia U18: Ojars Silins 16+10 rebs, Janis Berzins 15+11 rebs, Oskars Reinfelds (190-G-94) 12




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JDA Dijon and Errick Craven part ways - by Eurobasket News
Errick Craven (188-G-83, college: USC) is no longer a member of JDA Dijon. His contract expired and will not be extended. Craven joined Dijon two years ago from Clermont. He left them for Boulazac during the season and last summer returned to Dijon. Craven appeared 40 times in ProB last season averaging 12.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.3 steals. He helped Dijon to reach the ProB Finals. In 2009/10, he had 5.5 ppg and 2.1 rpg for 8 games with the club. Later he added 13.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.4 apg and 2.5 spg for 21 games with Boulazac. Craven had amazing season with Clermont in 2008/09. He exploded with 19.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 4.7 apg and 3.1 spg for 33 games. He was named MVP of the league. Errick Craven played for Ivory Coast National Team at the AfroBasket 2009 and helped them to win the Silver.

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BV CHEMNITZ 99 basketball team sign Ishizaki - by K Will
German club BV Chemnitz 99 has announced that they have signed one of the Japanese top guard Takumi Ishizaki (188-PG-84) for the following season.

Ishizaki has been on the National team for Japan for over 3years and has been the domestic player for the bj-league which he played for Shimane Susanoo Magic last season.

It is very rare for Japanese top players to change their enviorment and challenge overseas. Usally they are able to recieve much more salary than going overseas.
BV chemnitz commented 'even though it is a rare case, we have hi expectation for Ishizaki.'

In the past there has been several Japanese players that have signed with clubs in Europe but none of them have provided for their team enough. Can Ishizaki be that player to build up his stats and open the doors to European clubs for Japanese Players?


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U18: Italy grab the last ticket to the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Italy U18-Latvia U18 85:83 OT

Italy grab the last ticket to the Quarterfinals in Poland as they needed overtime to edge Latvia. In one of the best games of the last Day of the Qualifying Round in Division A, Italian team won 85:83 and advanced to 1/4 Finals. Latvia had a chance to take their spot, but knowing that only a victory by 25 points or more would be enough to advance to the final eight, did their best.
Krumins gave Latvia 15:12 and Sipolins brought 22:17. Monaldi however responded with a jump shot at the end of the first period fro 23:22. The second quarter belonged to Latvia and they grabbed 44:35 at the halftime. Moreover after 16-14 in the third quarter the board showed 60:49 as Matteo Chillo (202-F/C-93) made a free throw. Italy meanwhile needed a final surge to tie the game at the end of the fourth period. In overtime they produced 8-6 to win the game.
Matteo Chillo top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Francesco Veccia (190-G-93) nailed 15. Mattia Magrini (190-G-93) posted 14, while Della Valle scored 11. Ojars Silins (201-F-93) collected 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Baltic team and Janis Berzins (200-F/G-93, agency: Players Group) had 15 points and 11 boards.

Italy U18: Matteo Chillo 21, Francesco Veccia 15, Mattia Magrini 14, Della Valle 11
Latvia U18: Ojars Silins 16+10 rebs, Janis Berzins 15+11 rebs, Oskars Reinfelds (190-G-94) 12




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Loren Woods to join the Lebanese National Team. - by Rabih Khoury
It seems that Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) will be the new naturalized player for the Lebanese national team. Woods will replace Jackson Vroman after the coaching staff saw the team is in need of a pure center. According to the FIBA policy, each Asian team can have only one a dual citizen player or a player who changed his nationality over age 16. Therefore, it seems that the choice is settle on Loren Woods after his great season with Riyadi and helped them to win the Asian Club Championship. Its only a matter of hours to sign his official contract. Woods is expected to join the team around August 10 to prepare for the Asian Championship taking place in China from September 15 to 25.

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U18: Spain recorded another win, won Group F in Poland - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U18-Spain U18 75:84

Spain recorded another win at the Qualifying Round in Division A at the U18 European Championship. Five players scored in double figures as Spain remained undefeated with an 84-75 victory over Lithuania. The team won Group F with 5-0 record, while the Baltic side advanced with 3-2 record from the third place.
Simonas Kymantas (204-C/F-93) and Abrines Redondo exchanged the baskets in the start of the game, while Spain pushed the tempo for good later in the first. Sanz scored for 29:12 and Perez brought 32:16. In the second quarter the margin remained more then 10 points and Grigonis sent the squads to the lockers at 50:40. Trailing 18 points in the third quarter, the Baltic side reduced to 67:60 at the end of thirty minutes. Simonas Kymantas cut it to 74:72 and later 76:74. Spain however remained tough and won another game in Poland.
Jaime Fernandez (187-G-93) and Daniel Diez (199-F-93) paced all the winners with 19 points each, while the latter also grabbed 17 rebounds. Simonas Kymantas netted 23 points in defeat and Tauras Jogela (201-F-93) scored 12.

Lithuania U18: Simonas Kymantas 23, Tauras Jogela 12, Tomas Dimsa (193-G/F-94) 10
Spain U18: Jaime Fernandez 19, Daniel Diez 19+17 rebs




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Mauritius names team for Mahe - by Kristian Santiago
The FMBB recently announced the roster which will travel to the Seychelles to compete in the 8th Indian Ocean Island Games.

The chosen ones are:

Olivier Amedee
Yannick Hector
Yvan Chevachian
Jean-Francois Namassevayen
Jason Grenade
Andy Tanner
Jonathan Jules
Thierry Julie
Stewart Clementine
Gary Driver
Benoit Matur
Ghansham Heerah (204-C)


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Caja Laboral lands Milko Bjelica - by Eurobasket News
Caja Laboral announced signing of a two-year deal with Milko Bjelica (207-C-84, agency: Beo Basket). The Montenegrin bug guy heads to Spain from Lietuvos Rytas, where he spent last three years. Bjelica shined with 12.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 1.4 apg for 16 Euroleague games last season. In LKL, he added 10.2 ppg and 3.2 rpg, while in VTB league he collected 11.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists. Bjelica played at the LKL All-Star game. Milko Bjelica was also one of the best Rytas players in 2008/09 and 2009/10 seasons. He helped them win Baltic league and EuroCup title in 2009. In 2010, Bjelica was named Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Center of the Year -10 and also Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Center of the Year -10. Before Lietuvos Rytas, Milko Bjelica played for Koln 99ers, New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig and Crvena Zvezda. He is active member of the Montenegrin National Team.

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Garrett Temple joins Junior Casale - by Eurobasket News
Junior Casale announced signing of Garrett Temple (197-G-86, college: LSU) for the next season. The American guard heads to Europe for the first time in his career. He started last season with the San Antonio Spurs, but after three games he moved to D-League team Rio Grande Valley Vipers. There for 9 games Temple had 12.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 3.2 apg. Later he spent some time with the Erie BayHawks. Temple finished last season with the Charlotte Bobcats. He appeared 12 times for them averaging 3.2 points, 1.3 rebounds and 2 assist. In 2009/10 season, Garrett Temple played for Houston, Sacramento and San Antonio. With the Spurs he had 5.3 ppg and 1 rpg for 16 games. Temple is a product of the LSU, where he graduated in 2009. He had 7.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 3.8 apg as a senior. Temple played at the D-League All-Star Game last season.

Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony latest to look at foreign offers - by Eurobasket News
Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) and Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) said they would consider offers to play professional basketball in China if there is no resolution to the NBA lockout.

Both players are on a promotional tour of China while monitoring news from home about the so-far fruitless attempts to break the NBAs labor impasse.

With Kobe Bryant reportedly negotiating a deal to play in Turkey, New Orleans Hornets Paul and New York Knicks forward Anthony said they were also considering overseas moves.

Asked by SNTV where they would go, Anthony replied China. Paul responded Same, no question.

The answers may have been designed to flatter their hosts, but Anthony added its a lot of history here, the fans are great; why not, why not try it out?

Meanwhile, Portland Trailblazers point guard Patty Mills says he is looking into a move back to his native Australia to play in the National Basketball League as long as the NBA lockout continues.

The most important thing for me is to find somewhere to play, Mills told Australian Associated Press. Definitely NBL teams have reached out. I am looking at that, but also teams in Europe and other options. But right now there is no rush in making a decision; it will come over the next couple of months.

NBL chief executive Larry Sengstock was eager to bring Mills home, saying the league was determined to look at any and every option to facilitate his signing with an NBL team.

Anthony and Paul, both members of the U.S. squad which won the 2008 Olympic gold medal in Beijing, continued their Hong Kong visit Wednesday before moving on to mainland China.

The collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and players expired at the start of this month, and the new season cannot begin until a new deal is struck.

The season was scheduled to start at the beginning of November.

Courtesy of http://sports.inquirer.net


Kobe Bryant playing in Turkey? 'A 50% chance' says Besiktas exec - by Eurobasket News
In an update that is incremental at best, the Turkish basketball team Besiktas plans to have more negotiations with Kobe Bryant's (6'6''-G-78) representatives on July 30th in hopes that the Lakers star will join the team.

'At the moment theres a 50% chance that Kobe may come to Turkey,' Seref Yalcin, Besiktas' head of basketball operations, told reporters in Turkey, as initially mentioned by Slam Online. 'Everything will be clearer after the meeting on the 30th. We have not talked about money, as reported. We only talked about the possibility of Kobe playing in Turkey. We asked FIBA for approval and Kobe wants some time to think about it. We believe that his response is going to be positive. Money will not be a problem. Turkish Airlines, M-Oil and Milan Petrol will sponsor the deal.'

Besiktas Coach Ergin Ataman recently told The Times' Broderick Turner that the team has already had conversations with Bryant's representatives and that they were waiting for a response. Meanwhile, Bryant and his people have remained silent on the issue, though Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski recently tweeted that Bryant is 'nowhere near any kind of deal' involving the Turkish basketball team and that so far he's only been listening to offers.

Courtesy of www.latimes.com


First bargaining session of NBA lockout to be held in early August, says union - by Eurobasket News
A National Basketball Players Association spokesman confirmed to SBNation.com that the union and NBA are hammering out details for the first bargaining session of the NBA lockout, to be held within the first two weeks of August.

Recent reports have suggested that neither the players or owners have shown an inclination to get back to the bargaining table, given the vast gap said to separate the sides. But staff from each side have been communicating, and a bargaining session that includes NBA deputy director Adam Silver and members of the union's board will be held in early August.

The NBA officially locked out players on July 1. When the NBA last locked out players in 1998, the sides didn't meet until the second week of August.

News of the coming meeting arrives as the NBPA considers decertifying as a union and filing anti-trust litigation against the league. The NFL Players Association decertified as that league's lockout began last spring; the NFL ended its lockout on Monday after 136 days.

Courtesy of www.sbnation.com


Lockout forces NBA to postpone rookie transition program - by Eurobasket News
With its players locked out, the NBA has postponed its rookie transition program scheduled for Aug. 9-11.

The event, run jointly by the NBA and the players' association, provides first-year players with information to help prepare them for their futures.

Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver says in a statement Tuesday that the program will be rescheduled once the sides agree on a new collective bargaining agreement.

The league already has canceled its Las Vegas summer league as a result of the lockout that began July 1.

Players are given three years to complete the rookie program in case they are unavailable the summer before they begin their careers.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


Ibaka says he's ready to help Spain at Euros - by Eurobasket News
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (6'10''-C/F-89) says he is ready to help his adopted country Spain defend its European championship.

'I have to give all my energy on the court, that's my job,' the 21-year-old Ibaka said. 'I will do everything I can to help the team.'

Ibaka, a native of the Republic of Congo, played for Spanish clubs for three years before moving to the NBA in 2009. He became a Spanish national this month.

He'll join Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol in the front court of a squad packed with NBA talent.

'I am excited to play with point guards Ricky (Rubio), (Jose) Calderon and (Barcelona's Victor) Sada because they make other players better, and also share the paint with Pau, Marc and (Madrid forward) Felipe (Reyes),' Ibaka said.

Pau Gasol underscored the strengths of Ibaka.

'Physically, (Ibaka) is a very good player, very powerful,' Gasol said. 'He gives us another inside player to increase the level of competition on the team.'

Spain enters the European championship, which begins on Aug. 31 in Lithuania, as the favorite to repeat.

The two finalists automatically qualify for the 2012 London Olympics, while the third- through sixth-place finishers earn a spot in the pre-Olympic qualifying tournament.

Courtesy of ESPN


Report: David West eyes October return - by Eurobasket News
Back in late March, New Orleans Hornets forward David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) tore the ACL in his left knee, a devastating injury at a tough time, as it happened just before the team's playoff push and months before he was set to hit the open market as a free agent.

Shortly before the lockout was imposed, West decided to opt out of the final year of his contract -- he would have been paid $7.53 million -- to become a free agent despite the injury concern.

On Monday, NBA.com reported that West is right on schedule in his rehabilitation.

Two to three times a day, five or six days a week, West is at the Athletic Performance Center in Raleigh, making rapid progress in his return. After his last visit two weeks ago to New York to see Dr. David Altchek, who performed the surgery, West's prognosis is now that he'd be ready for the start of the 2011-12 season -- if it starts on time.

'The way I'm looking at it, by October, I should be fully healthy,' West said Monday morning. 'When I go see Dr. Altchek in October, he should be giving me clearance to go out there and do my thing.'

ACL tears generally take from six months to a year to rehabilitate from, so an October return date would put West on the low end of that range, excellent news given the financial stakes that are involved. Depending on how long the NBA lockout drags on, it's certainly possible West could be cleared to play by doctors before he is legally allowed to negotiate his next contract.

NBA.com reports that West, 30, is approaching his free agency -- whenever it might take place -- with an open mind.

'I talked to my agent, and my whole thing is, I just want to see what's out there,' West said. 'I'm not saying New Orleans isn't a possibility. I want to see what's out there. and I want an opportunity to win. I'll be 31 at the end of the summer and no matter how great I feel physically and mentally, every year you don't win is a wasted year, a blown year, an opportunity you'll never get back. I don't want any more of those years. I've played eight years. And I want the next three or four years to be different.'

This contract certainly represents West's last big payday. And, frankly, he's got the Hornets over a barrel. If New Orleans doesn't commit to paying whatever it takes to re-sign him, the organization sends a message to franchise point guard Chris Paul that it's not serious about winning. West and his agent surely know that, and it's excellent leverage as he weighs his options as one of the top free agents of this period.

There's no compelling reason for West, who put up 18.9 points and 7.6 rebounds last year, to compromise financially on this deal. If he's healthy, he should expect long-term, big-dollar offers from multiple teams with playoff potential. The biggest variable was his health, but that looks like less of an influencer with each passing month.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Report: Ginobili to be insured to play for Argentina - by Eurobasket News
With the NBA lockout in full swing, international players who want to play this summer at pre-Olympic qualifiers are looking to be insured. Otherwise, they might not play.

For the San Antonio Spurs, Tiago Splitter (6'11''-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) and Tony Parker (6'0''-PG-80) have been insured to play for their respective countries leaving Manu Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) as the last one to obtain insurance.

However, this wait might be over for Ginobili.

According to canchallena.com, Ginobili, along with fellow NBA players, Luis Scola, Andres Nocioni, and Carlos Delfino, the Argentina Basketball Confederation will insure their NBA stars just in time for training camp and the tournament in Argentina next month:

'Somehow we're going to solve and the NBA will have its safe to play in the selection.' The expected statement emerged last night Germain mouth Vaccaro, president of the Argentina Basketball Confederation (CABB), which for several days in constant negotiations with different companies to get together over half a million dollars and to address policies that Argentine stars need to participate in the Pre-Olympic training and Mar del Plata, which begins on 30 August.

According to accounts, the Confederation would pay $ 543,283 for Scola, Delfino, Ginobili and Nocioni, to which must be added the insurance of the other players, including some also high, such as Pablo Prigioni and Hernan Jasen, working in Spain.

If true, then this will be great news for Ginobili who is itching to get Argentina into the 2012 London games. Not only that, it protects the Spurs All-Star guard in case of injury. Something which weighs heavily on Spurs fans' minds.

Courtesy of http://projectspurs.com


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Field announced for 2012 Maui Invitational - by Eurobasket News
Three-time champion North Carolina and first-time participant Butler headline the field for the 2012 EA Sports Maui Invitational.

The rest of the teams that will play in the championship round at the Lahaina Civic Center announced Wednesday are Illinois, Marquette, Mississippi State, Southern California, Texas and Division II Chaminade, the host school.

North Carolina won tournament in 1999, 2004 and 2008. After their last two appearances, the Tar Heels went on to win the NCAA championship.

Butler, the NCAA tournament runner-up the last two years, and Mississippi State will be appearing for the first time.

The four Division I teams that will participate in the opening and regional games of the 2012 Maui Invitational will be announced later.

The 2011 tournament will be Nov. 21-23 and features Duke, Georgetown, Kansas, Memphis, Michigan, Tennessee, UCLA and Chaminade.

Courtesy of www.journalgazette.net


Ex-DePaul center transferring to Oklahoma Baptist - by Eurobasket News
Former DePaul center Kene Obi (7'2''-C-88) is transferring to Oklahoma Baptist to play his final season of college basketball.

Bison coach Doug Tolin announced Obi's transfer on Tuesday. The 7-foot-1, 275-pound Obi will have one season of eligibility at Oklahoma Baptist, which plays in the NAIA's Sooner Athletic Conference.

Obi is from Enugu, Nigeria, and spent three seasons at DePaul. He redshirted during the 2007-08 season and played in 18 games the following season, averaging 1.7 points and 1.3 rebounds per game in 18 appearances.

During the 2009-10 season, Obi played in five games for the Blue Demons, scoring one point and grabbing six rebounds.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Dragons add rookie Dino Gregory - by Eurobasket News
Dino Gregory (200-F) is set to start his professional career. The American forward penned a one-year deal with Sundsvall Dragons. The club announced his signing today. Gregory is a product of the Maryland University, where he graduated few months ago. He appeared 33 times for the club as a senior averaging 9.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. Gregory almost doubled his numbers from the junior season. In 2009/10, he had 4.2 ppg and 3.4 for his school. Maryland was the ACC regular season co-champion that year. In 2009, they reached ACC Tournament Semifinals. Sundsvall Dragons are the reigning Swedish champions.

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Benson Egemonye received a Asia-basket.com NBL Player of the Week - by Eurobasket News
Nigerian center Egemonye Benson (207-C-83, college: Niagara) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Heilongjiang, receiving a Asia-basket.com NBL Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 34 points and 15 rebounds, while his team crushed Sichuan (#6, 8-7) with 21-point margin 117-96. Heilongjiang maintains the 9th position in Chinese NBL. Heilongjiang is currently ranked second from the bottom. They need more victories to improve their 6-9 record. Egemonye has many years of experience at Heilongjiang, through which he has constantly improved. Former Niagara University star has very solid stats this year. Egemonye is in league's top in points (9th best: 22.7ppg) and averages impressive 2.8bpg and 59.8% FGP.
In 2010-2011 Egemonye Benson played for Stella Artois Leuven Bears (Belgium-D1) and then moved to PVSK Pannonpower Pecs (Hungary-A Division, starting five) where he averaged 13.7ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.4spg, Blocks-5 (1.1bpg), FGP: 58.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 76.5%. The season 2011 started for Heilongjiang Zhaozhou Feng Shen (China-NBL, starting five) and shows 22.7 points per game and 15.5 rebounds.



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Norway completed the Nordic Cup 2011 - by Eurobasket News
Norway completed the Nordic Cup 2011 with the initial victory in four games. Sweden edged Norway 75:64 as the Swedish side started with 17-13, but the teams were tied at the halftime. The second half belonged to the winners as Sweden needed two victories in the third and the last quarters for the final success. Anton Gaddefors and Christian Maraker stepped up with 18 points each, while Anton Saks (200-G-89, agency: Lanshire Group) notched 10. Eric Rush and Thomas Massamba (185-G-85, agency: Lanshire Group) scored 7 each and Martin Pahlmblad (193-G-86) posted 6. Terrence Oglesby (188-G-88, college: Clemson) ended up with 25 points in defeat, while Stian Mjos scored 11.
In Day 3 Finland outscored Norway 96:51. The latter opened the game with 17-15, but was thrashed in the second half. Before that the board showed 1-point advantage at the halftime before the final push of the Finnish side. With 31-10 Finland won the third quarter and needed 29-6 in the last frame. Gerald Lee stepped up with 16 points and Samuel Haanpaa netted 14. Mikko Koivisto finished the game with 13 and Shawn Huff added 11. Anders Stien (195-G-90) scored 8 in defeat and Magne Fivelstad netted 7.
Norway edged Denmark 89:70 in Day 4. Both teams nailed 15 points each, while Norway needed a 29-22 surge in the second frame for 7-point halftime advantage. Due to 26-16 and 19-17 in the third and the last quarters respectively, Norway won the game. Terrence Oglesby paced all the winners with 19 points and Aksel Bolin brought 14. Nicolai Iversen answered with 17 points in defeat and Chris Nielsen (192-G/F-85, agency: Innovative Sports Group) scored 16.
Iceland finished third with 2-2 record after 80:61 win over Norway in the last Day.



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PBL Welcomes the Sauk Valley Predators to the 2012 Season - by Allen White
The Premier Basketball League is excited to welcome its newest addition to the PBL team roster with the Sauk Valley Predators. The Sauk Valley area covers all of Northwest Illinois, a great sports community that loves and supports professional basketball.

Brad Grenoble, owner and general manager of the team, is looking forward to the upcoming season and being a part of the PBL. Our goal is to bring professional sports to our community, allowing community members the opportunity to experience family fun and excitement right at their back door, Grenoble said.

Grenoble brings years of experience in the sports industry to the PBL. Prior to his newest venture with the Predators, Grenoble served as marketing director and assistant general manager to the Southern Illinois Miners (a team out of the Frontier Baseball League). During his two years with the Southern Illinois Miners, Grenoble helped orchestrate the startup of a 25 million dollar stadium for the team. Additionally, Grenoble implemented multiple successful promotions and sponsorship programs.

When we were looking for a solid Midwest expansion, the northwest region of Illinois was at the top of our list. The Sauk Valley Predators fan base comes from a solid sports and community minded area. We are excited to bring professional basketball at its finest to the region, commented PBL President and CEO Brij Desai.

The Predators organization is asking for your help in determining the teams mascot. Those who wish to participate in the online poll should visit www.saukvalleypredators.com to vote.

The Sauk Valley Predators are in the process of bringing on a coaching staff and management for the team. All professional caliber athletes interested in trying out for the Predator program should visit the PBL website for more information on the national combine.

The Predators join the Rochester RazorSharks, Team Scranton Wilkes-Barre, the Chicago Muscle, and the Dayton Air Strikers for the 2012 season. The PBL will announce the final teams for its fifth season of play throughout the summer months.

For information about Sauk Valley Predators please contact Brad Grenoble at brad@saukvalleypredators.com or visit www.saukvalleypredators.com

For more information about the Premier Basketball League visit www.thePBL.com or contact Brij M. Desai at (773) 794-4958


The PBL Announces Paul Carter as the Director of Officials; Referee Training and Certification Camp set for August 27th 28th, 2011 - by Allen White
Chicago 7/25/2011 The Premier Basketball League is proud and excited to announce its new Director of Officials, Paul Carter. Carter brings to the PBL over 16 years of officiating experience and has worked in various college and minor league settings over the past 12 years.

We are happy to bring Paul Carter into the role of Director of Officials. Pauls experience as an official spans every corner of the industry. When we were scouting for our new Director of Officials, there was no question about Pauls credentials. Pauls dedication and experience are second to none and we are thrilled to bring him to the league, commented Brij Desai, President and CEO of the Premier Basketball League.

Carter grew up in a basketball family and started playing the sport at an early age. When Carter wasnt on the basketball court, he was watching it. Eventually, Carter switched gears and began to focus solely on officiating. As a referee, he has officiated games in over 27 US states, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico. In addition, Carter has participated in over 100 referee camps.

The Premier Basketball League will host tryouts for interested on-court officials for the upcoming 2012 PBL season in conjunction with the National Combine and Tryouts. It is mandatory for candidates to attend one of the tryouts to be considered to be an official for the 2012 season. Officials that have worked past seasons are encouraged to attend tryout. Although it is not mandatory, it will help your process of how many game assignments you will receive for the 2012 season.

Tryout will take place on:
Saturday August 27th and Sunday August 28th
Attack Athletics
2641 W. Harrison Ave.
Chicago IL 60612

Pre-registration is required. Officials may download the registration form online by visiting www.thePBL.com starting the week of July 25th, 2011

Registration fee is 50.00. This must arrive in the League office no later than August 15th. Send your officiating resume along with check or money order made out to The Premier Basketball League should be mailed to:

Premier Basketball League
Attn: Officials Tryout
4958 W. Irving Park Road
Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60641

Officials are advised to arrive at 11:00am to sign in and get dressed. Black pants or shorts and your zebra stripes should be your attire.

For further information contact Paul Carter at (727) 455-6409 or via email at paul@thePBL.com. For additional information on the PBL contact the Premier Basketball League office at (773) 794-4958 or info@thePBL.com. For further league information visit www.thePBL.com.


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U18: Spain recorded another win, won Group F in Poland - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U18-Spain U18 75:84

Spain recorded another win at the Qualifying Round in Division A at the U18 European Championship. Five players scored in double figures as Spain remained undefeated with an 84-75 victory over Lithuania. The team won Group F with 5-0 record, while the Baltic side advanced with 3-2 record from the third place.
Simonas Kymantas (204-C/F-93) and Abrines Redondo exchanged the baskets in the start of the game, while Spain pushed the tempo for good later in the first. Sanz scored for 29:12 and Perez brought 32:16. In the second quarter the margin remained more then 10 points and Grigonis sent the squads to the lockers at 50:40. Trailing 18 points in the third quarter, the Baltic side reduced to 67:60 at the end of thirty minutes. Simonas Kymantas cut it to 74:72 and later 76:74. Spain however remained tough and won another game in Poland.
Jaime Fernandez (187-G-93) and Daniel Diez (199-F-93) paced all the winners with 19 points each, while the latter also grabbed 17 rebounds. Simonas Kymantas netted 23 points in defeat and Tauras Jogela (201-F-93) scored 12.

Lithuania U18: Simonas Kymantas 23, Tauras Jogela 12, Tomas Dimsa (193-G/F-94) 10
Spain U18: Jaime Fernandez 19, Daniel Diez 19+17 rebs




U18: Poland wins Group E at the European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Poland U18-Germany U18 82:65

Poland wins Group E at the European Championship in Division A to advance from the top place to the Quarterfinals. The favorites of the group overcame Germany U18 82:65 and finished on top with 4-1 record. Germany fell at 1-4 record on the bottom of the standings.
Poland pulled ahead 12-4 early on in front of the home crowd. Germany got back within 15-11 but then trailed 21-13 after one quarter. Niedzwiedzki scored for 35:26 and Michal Michalak (194-G-93) closed the period at 44:30. Poland did not even think of slowing down and won the third period 25-18. Jakub Koelner (182-PG-93) and Richter exchanged the late baskets for 69:48 at the end of the third period. Germany managed to win the last stanza 17-13, but could reduce only to 17-point end.
Jakub Koelner and Michal Michalak led the way with 17 points each for another victory. Tomasz Gielo (204-F-93) netted 11, while Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) posted 10. Besnik Bekteshi (188-G-93) replied with 16 points in defeat and Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93) notched 14.

Poland U18: Jakub Koelner 17, Michal Michalak 17, Tomasz Gielo 11, Mateusz Ponitka 10
Germany U18: Besnik Bekteshi 16, Bogdan Radosavljevic 14, Paul Zipser (195-G-94) 12, Dennis Schroeder (184-G-93) 11



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Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Angel Daniel VASSALLO
  Guaynabo
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Vassallo, Guaynabo22.2 
 2. Ramos, Quebradillas21.5 
 3. Johnson, Humacao21.2 
 4. Dalmau, Bayamon20.5 
 5. Ayuso, Arecibo19.5 
 6. Villegas, Coamo19.1 
 7. Harris, San German18.3 
 8. Randolph, Isabela18.0 
 9. Carmona, Mayaguez17.0 
 10. Clinch, Isabela16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  San German
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Harris, San German12.3 
 2. Randolph, Isabela12.3 
 3. Narvaez, Coamo11.6 
 4. Pruitt, Guaynabo11.3 
 5. Ramos, Quebradillas10.4 
 6. Lloreda, San G.10.0 
 7. Tucker, Quebradill.9.4 
 8. Clemente, Mayaguez9.1 
 9. Sweetney, Santurce9.1 
 10. Johnson, Humacao8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Arecibo
  (182-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Rodriguez, Arecibo6.6 
 2. Brown, Quebradillas5.9 
 3. Rivera, San German5.5 
 4. Dalmau, Bayamon5.4 
 5. Clinch, Isabela4.5 
 6. Clemente, Humacao4.4 
 7. Guzman, Guaynabo4.2 
 8. Rivera, Mayaguez4.2 
 9. Bruton, Quebradill.4.1 
 10. Copeland, San G.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Arecibo
  (182-PG-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Rodriguez, Arecibo1.9 
 2. Hinson, Isabela1.8 
 3. Rivera, Mayaguez1.6 
 4. Clinch, Isabela1.5 
 5. Hodge, Santurce1.4 
 6. Mojica, Bayamon1.4 
 7. Santiago, Santurce1.3 
 8. Chaney, Santurce1.3 
 9. Tucker, Quebradill.1.3 
 10. Dalmau, Bayamon1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Penn, Humacao2.6 
 2. Sanchez, Santurce1.9 
 3. Santiago, Arecibo1.9 
 4. Lee, Bayamon1.6 
 5. Aubry, Arecibo1.6 
 6. Harris, San German1.4 
 7. Randolph, Isabela1.4 
 8. Ramos, Quebradillas1.1 
 9. Freije, Coamo1.1 
 10. Shannon, Bayamon1.0 


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J.R. Bremer is a newcomer at BC Nizhny Novgorod - by Greg
The surprise of the Russian PBL last season BC Nizhny Novgorod signed Ernest 'J.R.' Bremer (195-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure) for the point next season.
Bremer played most recently at Krasnie Krilya Samara (PBL). While playing 3 games in EuroCup for Krasnie Krilya last season his stats were: 9.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 8.3apg and 1.3spg. He also played 30 games in Russian League averaging 11.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 6.5apg (2nd best in the league) and 1.6spg (4th best in the league).
The former NBA All-Rookie has led the Russian League in assists over the past three seasons with a playoff record of 15 assists in one game this past Russian season. Bremer took his former Russian team Krasnie Kriyila to the Eurcup Challenge Championship in 2010 and won the Spanish King's Cup with Unicaja Malaga in 2005. Bremer now has the challenge to take a young Russian team into the Russian PBL, the VTB United league, and the Eurocup.



Spartak SP and Petar Popovic part ways - by Eurobasket News
Petar Popovic (211-C-79) is no longer a member of Spartak St. Petersburg. His contract expired and will not be extended. Spartak thanked Petar for his service and wished him luck in the future. Petar Popovic joined Spartak last summer from Estudiantes. He appeared 32 times in Russian league averaging 7.3 points and 2.8 rebounds. Popovic also added 9 ppg and 4 rpg in 14 EuroChallenge games. Petar Popovic played for the Students from 2008 to 2010. He had 9.5 ppg and 3.1 rpg in their first season together. Before that, he spent one year with Joventut Badalona. Popovic also has experience from Crvena Zvezda, Benetton Treviso and Hemofarm Vrsac. He won the Adriatic league title with Hemofarm in 2005. A year later he won the Italian title with Benetton and in 2008 celebrated in ULEB Cup with Joventut.

U18: France drive past Russia - by Eurobasket News
France U18 - Russia U18 71:62

France posted the second straight win at the Qualifying Round of U18 European Championship. They held off Russian counterparts to improve at 4-1 record in Group F. Russia fell at 1-4 record after the defeat. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94) stepped up with double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds for Les Bleus.
France opened the game with ten points in a row. As Russia struggled to tune in France posted a 24:16 lead at the first break. However the second term was a different story. Russia went on a 13:0 run at the start of it to post a 29:24 lead. They maintained the advantage throughout the second term to ensure a 39:36 halftime advantage. Les Bleus needed an 8:0 run midway through the third period to pull ahead. Russia surged back in front but Invernizzi gave Les Bleus a 52:51 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Russia used an 8:0 rally to grab a 62:54 lead early in the fourth quarter. But France kept Russia scoreless afterwards crowning the regulation with 17 consecutive points and earning victory. William Howard (201-F-93) topscored with 15 points for France. Jean-Charles Livio (204-F/C-93) added 12 points in the winning effort. Aleksandr Gudumak (204-F-93) responded with 16 points for Russia. Denis Levshin (200-F-93) had 15 points in the loss.

France U18: William Howard 15, Mouhammadou Jaiteh 13+10 boards, Jean-Charles Livio 12
Russia U18: Aleksandr Gudumak 16, Denis Levshin 15



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Saint Vincent grabs 72-70 thriller win against Cayman Islands - by Eurobasket News
SAINT VINCENT - CAYMAN ISLANDS 72-70

Saint Vincent is still in the race for the Quarterfinals of CBC Championship in Nassau. This is their first victory at this event. Saint Vincent grabbed 72-70 thriller win against Cayman Islands for 1-2 record in Group B. If they want to reach the next stage, Saint Vincent will have to beat British Virgin Islands. Of course, it would be a surprise if Saint Vincent makes it. Cayman Islands stay winless (0-3). They will meet Bermudas today. Randolph Williams (188-G-76) exploded with 29 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Lezlo McKenzie (G-79) had 19 points and 9 boards, while Dameon Ottley (89) added 10 pts. Jorge Ebanks (185-G-88, college: Daemen) replied with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in defeat. Samuel O'Garro (196-F/G-88) had 16 and Deandre Simpson (195-G-90, college: SW Oklahoma St.) added 10 pts, plus 11 rebs. Quarters: 16-15, 15-11, 13-20, 28-24.

Saint Vincent: Randolph Williams 29+5 boards, Lezlo McKenzie 19+9 boards, Dameon Ottley 10
Cayman Islands: Jorge Ebanks 17+7 boards+5 as, Samuel O'Garro 16, Deandre Simpson 10+11 boards


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U18: Serbia march past Croatia in Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U18 - Croatia U18 84:59

Serbia cruised past Croatia in the Qualifying Round Group E. The victory propelled Serbia to 3-2 record in the ladder. Vasilije Micic (192-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) and Stefan Popovski-Turanjanin (201-F-93, agency: Beo Basket) scored 12 points each to lead well-balanced effort from Serbia. Croatia fell at 3-2 record after the defeat.
Serbia led 10:2 early in the game. But Croatia erased the deficit and tied things up at 18 after ten minutes. Serbia used a 13:0 run midway through the second quarter to take a 32:21 lead. They maintained the advantage and arrived at halftime up by 11 points 47:36. Vasilije Micic established a 20-point lead midway through the third term 59:39. Serbia did not slow down entering the fourth quarter ahead by 24 points 71:47. Croatia scored just 12 points in the final term and had to surrender at the end. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 11 points, while Luka Mitrovic (204-F/C-93) and Nemanja Krstic (198-F-93) netted 10 points each in the win. Mislav Brzoja (198-F/G-94) answered with 14 points for Croatia. Marko Ramljak (203-F-93, agency: Interperformances) and Ante Smolic (204-C-93) finished with 11 points apiece in the loss.

Serbia U18: Vasilije Micic 12, Stefan Popovski-Turanjanin 12, Nenad Miljenovic 11
Croatia U18: Mislav Brzoja 14, Marko Ramljak 11, Ante Smolic 11



Radnicki Kragujevac signs Yunus Cankaya - by Eurobasket News
Yunus Cankaya (199-F-85) is a new member of Radnicki Kragujevac. The Turkish forward penned a one-year deal with Radnicki. Cankaya will play out for Turkey for the first time in his career. He heads to the Serbian outfit from Turk Telekom Ankara, where he spent last season. Cankaya appeared 30 times for them in TBL averaging 10.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists. He also added 11.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 2.8 apg for 5 games in EuroChallenge. From 2007 until the last summer, Yunus Cankaya was a member of Banvit. In their last season together he had 8.2 ppg and 2.8 rpg for 37 games in TBL. Before Banvit, Cankaya played for Selcuk, Tekelspor and Yesilyurt. He was a member of the Turkish National Team in 2009. In the past he played for U20 Turkey.

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  SLOVENIA   


U18: Late baskets by Dokuyan sent Turkey to the 1/4 Finals - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U18-Slovenia U18 64:61

Turkey grabbed the valuable win at the end of the Qualifying Round in Division A of the U18 European Championship. The team edged Slovenia to finish with 3-2 record on the second place in Group E. Slovenia fell at 1-4 record and could not make it to the Quarterfinals.
It was the game for the last spot from Group E to the Quarterfinal. Both teams in case of the victory could make to the Sweet Eight and only the last seconds sent Turkey to the 1/4 Finals. Slovenia however started with 16:12 and Skerbec scored for 22:15. Eroglu closed the second period at 35:27, while the winners pushed the margin to 42:30 before watching the Slovenians get back into the game with an 11-0 run to pull within 42:41. Tayfun Erulku (188-G/F-94) was the last to post in the third period and Tekin brought 60:53. Slovenia reduced the gap but could not even tie the game. Late baskets by Dokuyan brought the necessary win for Turkey.
Berkay Candan (205-F-93) paced all the Turks with 18 points and Tayfun Erulku notched 13. Luka Rupnik (184-PG-93) ended up with 17 points in the losing case, while Matej Rojc (198-G-93) and Miha Lapornik (192-G-93) added 9 apiece.

Turkey U18: Berkay Candan 18, Tayfun Erulku 13
Slovenia U18: Luka Rupnik 17, Matej Rojc 9, Miha Lapornik 9





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  SOUTH KOREA   


KGCs Import Player Rodney White Arrested for Growing Marijuana - by Kevin Campigotto
Anyang KGC's foreign player for the upcoming season, Rodney White (206-F-80, college: Charlotte), was arrested Tuesday at his home and is charged with growing Marijuana. According to the Charlotte Observer what is believed to be an elaborate marijuana-growing operation in Alexander and Iredell counties according to the report.

The report goes on to say that White masked the construction of his growing operation by claiming that he was building a dirt bike track for underprivileged children. In reality he built what is being described as a bunker used to grow marijuana. White's bail was set at $25,000 USD.

The full article can be found here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/07/27/2484506/ex-uncc-star-rodney-white-held.html

KGC General Manager Lee Sang-Bum was visibly upset and said that on a recent visit to the United States he met White and was impressed with White's 'very good manners.' He talked about the high expectations the club had for white and the stiff competition he would have faced in the KBL.

Lee went on to say that the club will begin to look for a replacement foreigner but with every other KBL team already choosing their import and the fact that many teams in other leagues have signed the highly touted prospects it will be a great loss to the club. Going from being one of the first teams to announce a top prospect to being the last team and having to pick from the players left over will put KGC well behind their comptition.


White led UNC Charlottes basketball team to the 2001 NCAA tournament and was a first-round NBA draft pick. He led his team to a Conference USA Title and with a scoring average of 18.7 points a game, he was named Freshman of the Year by ESPN. In late March 2001, White announced he was turning pro after just one year in college. White struggled in the pros playing for several teams before being cut and taking his game international. When White's signing in the KBL was announced he was considered to be one of the top foreigners in the league.

This is a huge blow for Anyang KGC as they finished second to last in league standings last year and were hoping that the signing of White would help them rebuild. Lee tried to see the situation from an optimistic perspective saying It is better to replace him now than during the season. He added,' i had a lot of trouble with our former player Calvin Warner. It is better to deal with this situation now than later. It gives us time to prepare. There is a big trauma in our original plan but we will consider this crisis as an opportunity and are now fully focus on finding a new player.'






With information from the Charlotte Observer and translation assistance by Seri Baek




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  SPAIN   


Huesca extends Oscar Herrero - by Eurobasket News
Oscar Herrero (182-PG-87) will stay with LOBE Huesca for the next season. The team announced signing of contract extension today. Herrero joined the club in 2009 from C.B. Navalcarnero. He played 34 games with Huesca last season averaging 5.3 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists. It seems that was enough for the club to offer Herrero an extension. In their first season together the player had 7.9 ppg, 2.2 rpg and 2.3 apg in 44 games. They won the promotion from LEB Silver to LEB Gold that season. Huesca also was LEB Silver Cup winner in 2010. Before Huesca, Oscar Herrero played for Navalcarnero two years. He had 9.6 ppg, 2 rpg and 2.8 apg in their second season. He also has experience from Estudiantes.

Joventut keeps Josep Franch for 2011/12 - by Eurobasket News
Josep Franch (194-PG-91) will stay with Joventut for the next season. The Badalona team matched offer made by UCAM Murcia and kept the Spanish point guard. Franch is a product of Joventut, where he started as a teenager. He played 33 games for them in ACB last season averaging 5.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists. In 2009/10, he had 3.4 ppg and 2.3 apg. That season Franch also played for CB Prat in LEB Silver. There, he had 11.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 2.6 apg. Josep Franch helped U20 Spain to win the Bronze at European Championships U20 in Croatia last summer. He had 13.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 3.7 apg for 9 games at this event. In 2008 and 2009, he played for U18 Spain. In the past, Josep Franch also was a member of the Spanish U16 National Team.
UCAM Murcia will look for other option now.


Ibaka says he's ready to help Spain at Euros - by Eurobasket News
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (6'10''-C/F-89) says he is ready to help his adopted country Spain defend its European championship.

'I have to give all my energy on the court, that's my job,' the 21-year-old Ibaka said. 'I will do everything I can to help the team.'

Ibaka, a native of the Republic of Congo, played for Spanish clubs for three years before moving to the NBA in 2009. He became a Spanish national this month.

He'll join Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol in the front court of a squad packed with NBA talent.

'I am excited to play with point guards Ricky (Rubio), (Jose) Calderon and (Barcelona's Victor) Sada because they make other players better, and also share the paint with Pau, Marc and (Madrid forward) Felipe (Reyes),' Ibaka said.

Pau Gasol underscored the strengths of Ibaka.

'Physically, (Ibaka) is a very good player, very powerful,' Gasol said. 'He gives us another inside player to increase the level of competition on the team.'

Spain enters the European championship, which begins on Aug. 31 in Lithuania, as the favorite to repeat.

The two finalists automatically qualify for the 2012 London Olympics, while the third- through sixth-place finishers earn a spot in the pre-Olympic qualifying tournament.

Courtesy of ESPN


Real Madrid land Martynas Pocius - by Eurobasket News
Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) will continue his career in Spain. The guard has agreed on terms of contract with Real Madrid. The deal is meant for next two seasons. Martynas Pocius played for Zalgiris since 2009. Last season he tallied 10.7 points, 2.1 boards and 2.1 assists per game in LKL. In Euroleague his stats read 10.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists per appearance. In Baltic League Martynas Pocius provided 8.3 points and 3.3 rebounds. The guard also posted 12.0 points, 2.0 assists, 1.2 boards and 1.1 steals per game in VTB League. Eurobasket.com named Martynas Pocius into All-Lithuanian LKL 1st Team. He also made it into VTB League All-Europeans Team. Martynas Pocius played for Lithuania at 2010 World Championship. He averaged 9.6 points, 2.6 boards and 1.6 assists in Turkey.



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  SWEDEN   


Solna Vikings brings in Johan Westerlund - by Eurobasket News
Johan Westerlund (191-G/F-84) is out of 08 Stockholm after six years. He left the club to sign a deal with Solna Vikings for the next season. Westerlund stated he will be happy to play for the coach Torbjorn Gehrke. The Swedish G/SF played 34 games last season in Basketligan averaging 9.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists. A year before that he had 11.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 2.8 rpg for 30 games. As mentioned above, Johan Westerlund was a member of 08 Stockholm since 2005. He had limited playing time at the beginning and was improving constantly. They reached Basketligan Finals in 2007. Before Stockholm, Westerlund played for KFUM Lidingo. Solna Vikings reached Playoff Quarterfinals last season.

Dragons add rookie Dino Gregory - by Eurobasket News
Dino Gregory (200-F) is set to start his professional career. The American forward penned a one-year deal with Sundsvall Dragons. The club announced his signing today. Gregory is a product of the Maryland University, where he graduated few months ago. He appeared 33 times for the club as a senior averaging 9.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. Gregory almost doubled his numbers from the junior season. In 2009/10, he had 4.2 ppg and 3.4 for his school. Maryland was the ACC regular season co-champion that year. In 2009, they reached ACC Tournament Semifinals. Sundsvall Dragons are the reigning Swedish champions.

LF Basket signs Keith Ramsey and rookie Justin Safford - by Eurobasket News
LF Basket announced signing of two Americans for the next season. New member of LF Basket are Keith Ramsey (206-F-87, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Missouri) and Justin Safford (205-F, agency: Hart Sports Mngm).
Keith Ramsey arrives to the club from Spanish CB Promobys Hoteles Tijola, where he spent last season. Ramsey had 10 ppg and 5.5 rpg for the club in 10 LEB Silver games. It was the first season as a pro for Ramsey, who graduated at the University of Missouri in 2010. He averaged 6.4 points and 5.9 rebounds for his school as a senior. They were Big 12 Tournament winners in 2009.
Justin Safford is also product of Missouri. He graduated there few months ago and is ready to start as a pro. Safford had 6.4 ppg and 3.6 rpg as a senior with Missouri.


Sweden NT clinched second place at Nordic Cup 2011 - by Eurobasket News
Sweden NT clinched second place at Nordic Cup 2011 as they won three games and lost one. Sweden started the campaign with the win over Iceland 74:62. Christian Maraker (206-F-82, college: Pacific) led the way with 20 points and Erik Rush netted 12. Martin Pahlmblad delivered 11, while Anton Saks notched 10. Jakob Sigurdarsson replied with 22 points in the losing case and Hlynur Baeringson scored 12.
Sweden edged Norway 75:64 in the second day. The Swedish side started with 17-13, but the teams were tied at the halftime. The second half belonged to the winners as Sweden needed two victories in the third and the last quarters for the final success. Anton Gaddefors (200-F-89) and Christian Maraker stepped up with 18 points each, while Anton Saks notched 10. Eric Rush and Thomas Massamba (185-G-85, agency: Lanshire Group) scored 7 each and Martin Pahlmblad posted 6. Terrence Oglesby (188-G-88, college: Clemson) ended up with 25 points in defeat, while Stian Mjos scored 11.
Finland overcame Sweden 85:63 in Day 3 as the winning side produced 20-15 in the first and in the second quarters for 40:30 halftime advantage. Moreover Finland added 23-20 in the third quarter and added 22-13 in the last stanza. Gerald Lee stepped up with 27 points and Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) scored 12. Christian Maraker responded with 14 points in the losing effort and Thomas Massamba netted 11.
In the last day Sweden cruised past Denmark 101:82 for the second spot. Sweden started with 24-22 and added massive 33-17 in the second quarter. Denmark won the third period 23-12, but Sweden celebrated the victory after 32-20 in the last stanza. Anton Gaddefors nailed 36 points to lead the charge. Nicolai Iversen replied with 23 points and Chris Nielsen notched 19.




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U18: Late baskets by Dokuyan sent Turkey to the 1/4 Finals - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U18-Slovenia U18 64:61

Turkey grabbed the valuable win at the end of the Qualifying Round in Division A of the U18 European Championship. The team edged Slovenia to finish with 3-2 record on the second place in Group E. Slovenia fell at 1-4 record and could not make it to the Quarterfinals.
It was the game for the last spot from Group E to the Quarterfinal. Both teams in case of the victory could make to the Sweet Eight and only the last seconds sent Turkey to the 1/4 Finals. Slovenia however started with 16:12 and Skerbec scored for 22:15. Eroglu closed the second period at 35:27, while the winners pushed the margin to 42:30 before watching the Slovenians get back into the game with an 11-0 run to pull within 42:41. Tayfun Erulku (188-G/F-94) was the last to post in the third period and Tekin brought 60:53. Slovenia reduced the gap but could not even tie the game. Late baskets by Dokuyan brought the necessary win for Turkey.
Berkay Candan (205-F-93) paced all the Turks with 18 points and Tayfun Erulku notched 13. Luka Rupnik (184-PG-93) ended up with 17 points in the losing case, while Matej Rojc (198-G-93) and Miha Lapornik (192-G-93) added 9 apiece.

Turkey U18: Berkay Candan 18, Tayfun Erulku 13
Slovenia U18: Luka Rupnik 17, Matej Rojc 9, Miha Lapornik 9





Kobe Bryant playing in Turkey? 'A 50% chance' says Besiktas exec - by Eurobasket News
In an update that is incremental at best, the Turkish basketball team Besiktas plans to have more negotiations with Kobe Bryant's (6'6''-G-78) representatives on July 30th in hopes that the Lakers star will join the team.

'At the moment theres a 50% chance that Kobe may come to Turkey,' Seref Yalcin, Besiktas' head of basketball operations, told reporters in Turkey, as initially mentioned by Slam Online. 'Everything will be clearer after the meeting on the 30th. We have not talked about money, as reported. We only talked about the possibility of Kobe playing in Turkey. We asked FIBA for approval and Kobe wants some time to think about it. We believe that his response is going to be positive. Money will not be a problem. Turkish Airlines, M-Oil and Milan Petrol will sponsor the deal.'

Besiktas Coach Ergin Ataman recently told The Times' Broderick Turner that the team has already had conversations with Bryant's representatives and that they were waiting for a response. Meanwhile, Bryant and his people have remained silent on the issue, though Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski recently tweeted that Bryant is 'nowhere near any kind of deal' involving the Turkish basketball team and that so far he's only been listening to offers.

Courtesy of www.latimes.com


Anadolu Efes officially signs Tarence Kinsey - by Eurobasket News
As expected, Tarence Kinsey (200-G-84, college: S.Carolina) officially became a new member of Anadolu Efes. He penned a one-year deal with his new team. Efes has an option for 2012/13. Kinsey heads to Efes from Fenerbahce Ulker, where he spent last two years. He helped them win two TBL titles and two trophies in National Cup. Last season, Kinsey had 5.9 ppg and 3.1 rpg for 20 games in TBL. He added 8.4 ppg and 2.8 rpg in 14 Euroleague games. Kinsey won the Turkish league title in 2008 with the same team. In the meantime, he spent one season in NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers. It was 2008/09, when Kinsey had 2 ppg for 50 games in regular season. For 9 NBA Playoffs games he averaged less than a point. Kinsey also has experience from the Memphis Grizzlies. He graduated at the University of South Carolina in 2006.

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US Virgin Islands secure the Semifinals in Nassau - by Eurobasket News
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - GUYANA 111-51

US Virgin Islands registered second straight win in Nassau. This time they blasted Guyana 111-51 for perfect 2-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Thanks to this win, US Virgin Islands already booked a spot for the Semifinals. They will meet Jamaica today and the winner will end as No.1 of this pool. Guyana dropped to 0-2, same as Antigua. Aaron Brown (195-G-92) shined for the winners with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Ivan Aska (200-F-90) had 18 points and 9 boards, while Jason Edwin (197-G/F-81, college: Kent St.) (11 rebs) and Michael Phillips (195-F-81, college: S.Alabama) (6 rebs) helped with 13 points each. In defeat, Keron McKenzie (193-G-86, agency: ARN Sports and Entertainment, college: Armstr.Atlantic) collected 25 points and 5 rebounds. Ryan Gullen (C) (7 rebs) and Dwayne Roberts (C) (6 rebs) scored 8 points apiece. Quarters: 28-13, 26-21, 34-14, 23-3. Today is the last day of the Preliminary Round in Nassau.

US Virgin Islands: Aaron Brown 21+5 boards, Ivan Aska 18+9 boards, Jason Edwin 13+11 boards, Michael Phillips 13+6 boards
Guyana: Keron McKenzie 25+5 boards, Ryan Gullen 8+7 boards, Dwayne Roberts 8+6 boards


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U18: Ukraine defeat Czech Republic for second straight win in Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U18 - Czech Republic U18 76:72

Ukraine earned the second consecutive win at the U18 European Championship. They held off Czech Republic to climb at 2-1 record in classification round Group G. Klym Artamonov (176-PG-93) knocked down 20 points, issued 6 assists and grabbed 4 rebounds to lead the winners. Czech Republic fell at 1-2 record after the loss.
Czech Republic pulled in front 17:10 midway through the starting quarter. They rallied to a 21:14 lead at the first break. Klym Artamonov and Danylo Zuikov (185-PG-94) teamed up for 19 points in the second frame as Ukraine spurred in front 41:36 at the interval. Czech Republic erased the deficit and eventually put their noses in front 56:54. But Kobets capped the third frame with a three-pointer as Ukraine grabbed a 57:56 lead. The lead changed hands throughout the fourth quarter. Klym Artamonov and Vladimir Gerun (206-C-94) notched four points in a row as Ukraine took a 76:72 lead with ten seconds remaining. Tomas Kyzlink (197-F/G-93) and Festr missed three-pointers and Ukraine sealed the win at the end. Danylo Zuikov provided 18 points, while Vladimir Gerun added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the winning effort. Martin Kriz (202-F-93) answered with 32 points and 16 rebounds for Czech Republic. Tomas Kyzlink delivered 23 points and 9 caroms in defeat.

Ukraine U18: Klym Artamonov 20, Danylo Zuikov 18, Vladimir Gerun 12
Czech Republic U18: Martin Kriz 32+16 boards, Tomas Kyzlink 23



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U16 Men - Coach Fisher praises teams' commitment - by Eurobasket News
By Dave Ryan

England Under 16 Men's coach Simon Fisher is excited ahead of his side's European Championship B Division opener in Macedonia on Thursday.

Fisher's team open their group stage with a game against the hosts, before facing Romania, Georgia and Luxembourg on successive days, and the head coach is raring to go: 'The team this year has overcome a few challenges, a couple of injuries have been treated and I thank the players for maintaining fitness levels outside of the camps whilst they study for exams,' he said.

'Their commitment has been inspiring for me. In my fifth year as head coach this team seems to have grasped the messages from previous years. I would like to salute the two reserves - Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye and Liam Carpenter (both 1996-born players) - for their efforts. They undoubtedly have developed being with this squad and I am confident the learning they have gained will be passed onto next year's team.'

The England squad has been developed over the 2010/11 season through extensive training camps, competitive opportunities, and off-court team building opportunities to create the best possible environment to select the line-up for the European environment.

The team have had several warm-up tournaments with European teams leading up to the summer inlcuding an under18 tournament in Belgium, an under-17 tournament in Italy at Easter, and a pre-European programme of eight internationals in England and Holland. The final team for the Europeans has experienced a vast majority of this programme, with the final 12 representing England in Italy and the internationals in England and Holland.

England have played eight internationals against top-end Division B countries, finishing with a 5-3 record, wins against Holland, Sweden, Austria and Belgium. All the games but one were close-fought games, giving the coaching staff an opportunity to scrutinise the players under pressure.

'We still need to improve, take care of the ball more, execute our sets, and provide a clinic nature to our transition, but the progression has been positive,' said Fisher. 'There is no question in my mind that this group of 12 players are committed to providing every ounce of energy both physically and mentally for each other. We have a motto of being relentless - and that's the spur for the coming weeks.

'I must take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped this year. The staff at EB, the clubs and coaches around the country, the players' parents, and the members of my staff this year - Karl Brown, Sean Read, Nick Drane, Emily Clarke and physio Mike Anderson.'
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk


GB Futures Men team finish with 2-1 record in Germany - by Eurobasket News
By Dave Ryan

Standard Life GB Futures returned from their three games in Germany with two victories under their belts against the hosts' Under 23 side.

The team was coached by GB senior men assistant coach Nick Nurse, with Worcester Wolves and England head coach Paul James acting his number two. While the ten man squad consisted mainly of players based at US colleges, it included Liam Potter (213-F/C-86, college: Sacred Heart) of Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders and Bristol Academy Flyers' Tyrone Treasure.

The first game was classed as a friendly, and GB opened well with a 67-50 victory. The visiting side couldn't have started their season any better as they blitzed the hosts 21-4 in the opening period, holding them scoreless in the final five minutes of the quarter.

Germany fought back to cut the lead to 33-27 going into half-time as they closed the half out on a 17-7 run. But GB took the lead out to 46-37 at the final break before wrapping the win up with a 21-13 fourth quarter - finishing on an 11-4 run.

Lester Prosper added 11 points and six boards in just over 15 minutes of action, with Ben Allison chipping in with eight points and four rebounds. Oscar Pester was the only German in double figures with ten points, and Britain won the battle of the boards by 39 rebounds to 34.

A 14-0 run from the home team in the fourth quarter saw the Futures fall to a 69-55 defeat on Saturday evening in game one the official two-match series

Kyle Johnson led the GB scoring with 16 points, while Andrew Lawrence (185-G-90) added 12 and four rebounds, with Lester Prosper also contributing four boards to his 11 points.

The game was lost on the boards as GB were out-rebounded 46-30, though they didn't help their cause with 31 percent floor shooting.

The weekend was completed as GB won a tight match-up 72-66 on Sunday afternoon, thanks to a strong second half. The visitors were again led by Johnson as he finished with 24 points and seven rebounds, hitting eight of his ten two-point efforts in 33 minutes for Nurse's team.

Lawrence was also on fine form with 20 points, including four of six three-point efforts, adding four rebounds and four assists in 32 minutes of action.

The GB coach was delighted with the victory for his side. Nurse said: 'It was a good bounce-back for us after yesterday's loss. From an effort, toughness and togetherness stand-point it was very pleasing, and it was a nice way to finish our time in Germany.'

British Basketball's head of performance, Warwick Cann, was also pleased with the result: 'It was a very gutsy win away from home,' he said. 'We showed very good composure against great international pressure. To draw the official series and go 2-1 over three games against a major basketball nation is very pleasing.'

GB trailed by three at half-time, but Nurse's team finished the third quarter strongly as back-to-back Walker baskets, followed by a Lawrence three-pointer saw them overcome a 49-44 deficit to lead 51-49 at the final break.

Johnson was on form early in the fourth period as he hit six straight points to put GB up by eight, and they closed out the win from the foul line.
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk


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LNB 2011 News - Jorge Arrieta returns as head coach of Lanceros de Cojedes - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan head coach Jorge Arrieta will continue to work as head coach of Lanceros de Cojedes for the upcoming edition of Liga Nacional de Baloncesto (LNB), according to information provided by the team's general management and press departament through messages in their official Twitter accounts.

Arrieta just finished his first season of a two-year contract with Guaros de Lara (LPB) with a 13-30 record and in ninth place, without any chance of making it to the playoffs in a season in which he had to play without one of the three imported players during the second half of the schedule.

The native of Maracaibo, Zulia, who's got coaching experience in Mexico with Angeles de Puebla and is a two-time LPB champion (2003, 2004) with Marinos de Anzoategui, led Lanceros to the LNB 2010 Semifinals round after a 15-13 regular season record. Lanceros were sent off with a 3-0 sweep by the latter league champions, Espartanos de Margarita.

Last season he had a roster that included Kervis Ramirez (190-PG-78), Darwin Cristopher (192-F-86), Graddy Osorio (193-F-87), Michael Flores (192-G-85), Peter Kvietek (205-C-77), Ruben Pachano (185-G-76), Roberto Basanta (192-F-82), Juan Fontena (196-F-87), Joyfre Diaz (196-F-87) and DeVaughn Lamont (208-F-84), among others.




Venezuelans Abroad - Ronald Guillen will be assistant coach in Mexico - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan Ronald Guillen will be the assistant coach of Ivan Deniz for Soles de Mexicali in the upcoming edition of Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional (LNBP) of Mexico, according to a report published in the league's official website.

Guillen, a former PF-C who retired a couple of seasons ago, worked aside Deniz for Trotamundos de Carabobo in Venezuela's LPB and helped get the team to the semifinals, while also helping Julio Morillo and Jesus Cordobes at Dragones de Carabobo, a team that made its debut in the U23 League, Liga Especial (LEB), and won the championship over the reigning champions, Saurios de Caracas.

The tournament will begin in September and Soles will also have Venezuelan PG-SG David Cubillan (183-PG-87) as an imported player. Cubillan won the LPB 2011 Rookie of the Year award after a sensational season and is currently training with Venezuela's Senior NT for the FIBA Americas Pre Olympic Tournament, to be played in Mar del Plata, Argentina, from Augusth 30th till September 11th.

'I'm gonna do scouting and watch the teams we're going to face, take a look at their tactics with video and point out tips about the players that we're going to go against', said Guillen. 'It's a challenge for me to travel to Mexico and take this job. Coach Deniz has told me a lot about mexican basketball and how competitive it actually is. I'm going there gladly and very excited. I know Soles is one of the best teams of the country'.



Several changes in Venezuela's Senior NT list of players - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- In a matter of days, the so called 'renovation plans' for Venezuela's Senior NT were left behind due to the need of a bigger presence in the paint and more sharp shooters from the long range, so head coach Eric Musselman and his staff made a few changes on the list of players that works on a daily basis at Jose Maria Vargas Dome of La Guaira, Vargas, for the FIBA Americas Tournament of Mar del Plata, Argentina.

Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) was sent back home due to a lower back injury and a foot injury that has bothered him during most of the recently finished LPB 2011 season, in which he played for Bucaneros de La Guaira.

Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82), from Trotamundos de Carabobo, was called to replace him and reported inmediately to trainings, eager to win his way back into the Senior NT after loosing the trust of the Venezuelan Basketball Federation (FVB) in recent international tournaments.

Meanwhile, rookie Robert Yriarte (201-F-89) and Jhon Romero (199-F-85) were cut off the list, as it was expected.

What wasn't expected was the addition of 38 year-old center Richard Lugo (209-C-73), who was about to sign a contract to play for Metros de Santiago in the Dominican Republic but ultimately decided to accept the challenge and come back.

Another player addition was SG Dennis Dadezzio (191-G-81), due to the fact that the team's best shooters, former NBA player Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76) and Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82), will not report to the team just yet and have expressed the need to come and join the team in mid August, when they'll travel to Argentina.

Meanwhile, the rest of the team is working for the upcoming friendly matches to be played against Japan next Friday (July 29th) and Saturday (July 30th) at Jose Joaquin Carrillo Arena of Caracas. They also have to play the Super 4 Tournament in La Guaira from August 5th till the 7th against Brazil, Panama and Cuba.


The last additions were Axiers Sucre (198-F-78), Luis Bethelmi (200-F/C-86) and Miguel Marriaga (208-C-84), and the rest of the guys are NBA PG Greivis Vasquez (198-PG-87), Heissler Guillent (186-G-86), David Cubillan (183-PG-87), Gregory Echenique (205-C-90), Luis Valera (201-F-88), Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85), Jose Juan Bravo (200-C-80), Michael Flores (192-G-85), Dwight Lewis (196-G-87), Nestor Colmenares (203-F-87) and Windi Graterol (204-C-86).

Hector Romero (202-F/C-80, college: New Orleans) (knee surgery) won't be ready to join trainings for three more weeks.


Venezuelans Abroad - Gregory Vargas scores 8 in La Vega's defeat (Dominican Republic) - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan guard Gregory Vargas (182-PG-86) scored 8 points and countryman Edgar Lugo (189-G-82) went pointless in 11 minutes, as Reales de La Vega were stopped by Cocolos, 85-77, in another regular season game of the Dominican Republic's Liga Nacional de Baloncesto (LNB).

Reales had a streak of three straight victories snapped by Cocolos, but they are still in command of the Northern Circuit with a 4-2 record. Vargas played 19 minutes and besides his 8 points added 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals, while Lugo missed his three long range attempts, grabbed a rebound and stole a ball.

For Cocolos, Evan Brock (204-F-84) netted 21 points and added 10 rebounds, Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81) added 15 points and 9 boards, Mario West (196-G-84) followed them with 14, Otto Vantroy (180-G-75) with 12 and Edward Basden (196-G/F-83) with 10. For Reales, Juan Coronado (196-G-83) finished up with 22, Kirk Snyder (198-F-83) with 18 and Larry Turner (210-F/C-82) with 14.




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Women News

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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16 - Women  


Afrobasket U16 Standings
Standings
1. Tunisia4-0
2. Egypt2-0
3. Mali2-1
4. Algeria1-3
5. Angola1-3
6. Mozambique.0-3


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Algerian U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
5 Nesrine Rili
6 Sandra Bacheta
7 Lynda Dahmaui
8 Lyna Saadi
9 Hind Guida
10 Lylia Refes
11 Kaouter Fellahi
12 Hania Atmani
13 Mounira Macheri
14 Yasmine Rahmoune
15 Sarra Rehailia

Soraya Tlemsaui Head Coach


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Angolan U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
4 Luisa Domingos
5 Hlena Malange
6 Madalena Joao
7 Emilia Moleia
8 Helena Viegas
9 Vania Vicente
10 Rosa Gala
11 Senia Cazua
12 Joana Bende
13 Erica Guilherme
14 Elsa Alberto
15 Francisca Mateus

Elisa Pires Head Coach


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U19 Argentina beats U19 Slovenia 89-69, takes 13th place in Chile - by Eurobasket News
U19 ARGENTINA - U19 SLOVENIA 89-69

Argentina finished their participation in Chile with victory. They handed 89-69 loss to Slovenia in the game for 13th place at this event. Slovenia ended as No.14. Melisa Gretter (167-PG-93) stepped up for the winners with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Rocio Diaz (170-G-93) had 22 points and Natasha Spiatta (177-F-92) helped with 15 pts. On the other side, Slovenia got 27 points and 5 rebounds from Nika Baric (169-PG-92). Tjasa Gortnar (187-C-92) was their second scorer with 14 points (7 rebs), while Tina Jakovina (182-F-92) added four less. Quarters: 18-20, 22-16, 23-27, 26-6. Slovenia ended this event winless. Actually, they officially have one win against Nigeria 20-0. Thanks to it they ended as No.14.

Argentina: Melisa Gretter 25+7 boards+5 as, Rocio Diaz 22, Natasha Spiatta 15
Slovenia: Nika Baric 27+5 boards, Tjasa Gortnar 14+7 boards, Tina Jakovina 10


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Central ABL: Its over: Forestville ends Norwoods unbeaten run at 13 - by Eurobasket News
The Forestville Eagles have become the first team to defeat Norwood in 2011, thanks to a 72-66 victory at Wayville on Saturday.

A fast-paced game was exactly what the Eagles needed against the feisty half court defence of the Flames, and in the first half, that was exactly what they got, scoring 50 points to 34.

The game slowed down in the second half which suited the Flames, who kept Forestville to just 24 points after the major break.

However, they could only put on 32 themselves, falling six points short.

Mid-season recruits Carla Borrego and Monica Bello (174-G-78) each continued their impressive form as the Players of the Game.

Borrego scored 20 of her game-high 26 points in the first half, before being limited because of foul-trouble in the second.

She shot 10/13 from the field and 6/7 from the foul-line, as well as adding 7 rebounds and 3 blocks.

Bello had 16 points to half-time and finished with 22 for the game.

Her 22 points came at 57% from the field, and she also made five three-pointers.

In addition, Bello had four steals, three rebounds and three assists, while turning the ball over only once, showing great poise down the stretch.

Georgia Minear (178-G-92) had 10 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists, while Jess Fergus attacked the ball with tenacity and did a great job defending Flames star Jess Foley, holding her to 33% shooting and 4 turnovers.

Fergus finished with 5 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals, but she had a far greater impact than her numbers suggested.

For Norwood, Foley, who played the entire game, finished with 20 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 steals.

Kelsey Ireland 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists as the only other Flame in double-figures.

Jordan Walker-Roberts scored 9 points, including the last five for her team, while Stephanie Talbot also had 9.

The absence of Nadeen Payne, who is averaging 16.4 ppg at 54%, really hurt Norwood offensively.

This was the seventh game Payne has missed this year.

As a team, the Flames had 13 more field goal attempts, but shot just 31% from the field and turned the ball over 18 times.

Forestville also registered 18 giveaways, but connected on 47% of its field goal attempts and 8/20 threes.

Bello connected on a trey 20 seconds in and the Eagles led for the rest of the game.

That was one of her three tri-factors of the period.

Forestville made five as a team, with Minear knocking down the other two.

In the first quarter alone, the Eagles had five offensive rebounds, which resulted in 10 points, while Norwood had six offensive boards that led to six points.

At quarter-time, Forestville led 26-22.

In the second, it was total domination from the Eagles.

Borrego outscored the Flames on her own, posting 15 points, along with 2 boards and 2 blocks.

The rest of the Eagles did a sensational job of getting the ball up the court quickly so as Borrego could go one-on-one with her opponent, rather than allowing their opponents to get back and get their help set.

Other than a couple of fast break layups from Foley, Norwood was unable to get anything going offensively and did not look like scoring.

Forestville scored 14 points to zero in the last 3.46 of the quarter to enter half-time leading 50-34.

In the third, however, the visitors turned the tables on the home side to get themselves right back in the game.

The Eagles went two from two from the field inside the first minute, but only scored five points in the final nine minutes.

With Borrego off on four fouls, Forestville could not get anything going inside, and turned the ball over six times, including three in three possessions at one stage.

The Flames did most of their damage from outside the paint, with Ireland knocking down a three, Rachel Herrick hitting a corner jumper, and then Foley scoring the last six points of the quarter with back-to-back threes.

With 10 minutes remaining, Norwood had closed to within 51-59.

After one basket either way, Bello drilled a trey to give the Eagles an 11 point lead with just over seven minutes to go.

However, Ireland answered right back with a three of her own and then Foley scored soon after, getting the Flames within six.

That was the closest they had been since the second period.

Borrego was quickly inserted back into the game and following a whole minute with no score either way, Fergus hit a massive triple to give Forestville some much-needed breathing space.

A hoop from Borrego increased the lead to 11 and the Eagles looked home, yet Norwood was still not done with.

The Flames had three offensive rebounds on their next possession, with Talbot eventually converting while absorbing a foul from Bello, before converting the foul shot.

The foul was Bellos fourth, meaning she would join Minear, Borrego and Fergus as being one foul from disqualification.

Walker-Roberts then scored a three and a two in consecutive possessions, getting Norwood within 66-69 with 1.39 remaining.

The Flames continued to get stops, but despite four attempts at closing the gap, they could not find the bottom of the net.

With 19 seconds remaining, Bello stepped up to the foul-line with the score still 69-66, and made one of two free throws, making it a two-possession game.

An errant pass from Foley ended all hope of a Norwood comeback, as Borrego knocked down two of two for the final score.

Forestville verdict: The Eagles bounced back nicely after last weeks disappointment at Pasadena, and have now won seven of nine. With three matches to play, Forestville is one game and head-to-head behind West, but has a much better schedule than the Bearcats. West is still to face Norwood and Sturt a second time, as well as the Tigers, while the Eagles have the Mavs, Lions and Rockets. Regardless of where they finish up, if the Eagles best players can stay out of foul trouble, they will be a team no one wants to play come finals time.

Norwood verdict: The Flames showed some signs of vulnerability in this one. In a half court game, Norwood is as strong as they come, as evidenced in what was an excellent second half. However, when the game was played at a high tempo, the Flames struggled for pace. This match also illustrated Paynes importance to the team as a second scoring option to Foley, as points were hard to come by all night. Norwood still has a minor chance of dropping to second, but would have to lose at least three of its last four games, which are against the Warriors, Lions, Panthers and Bearcats.

By James Woite
Courtesy of: Central ABL


Dandenong Rangers defeated in top-of-the-table showdown - by Eurobasket News
PLAYING without Opals Elyse Penaluna and Steph Cumming, Dandenong dropped its top-of-the-table SEABL showdown with Knox on Saturday night.

The short-handed Rangers stayed with Knox for a quarter before they fell off the pace.

They lost 75-57.

However the Rangers are hoping to meet Knox come finals time where they reckon the outcome will be different with their two best players back in the line-up.

The Rangers were badly out-rebounded without Penalunas big body up front and also shot a woeful 28 per cent from the floor.

Hope Terdich picked up some of the slack up front with 14 points and eight rebounds.

Amelia Todhunter (166-G-88) added 12 points and Faith Probst 11.

Knox star Amy Denson (186-F-84, college: Arizona St.) was nearly unstoppable with 28 points and 16 rebounds.

Both clubs were back on the court the next afternoon. Knox easily beat Nunawading while the Rangers snuck by Ballarat at Std Rd 76-70.

Knox and the Rangers are each 17-2 with four rounds left in the regular season.

Ballarat, trying to snare a finals spot, rode the hot shooting of guard Natalie Taylor and were deadlocked at 51-51 with just two minutes left in the third quarter.

But the Rangers scored the next six points of the term - two buckets from Hannah Kaser and one from Alison Downie - and never trailed again although Ballarat kept coming. Clare Papavs sealed the win with a bucket and two free-throws in the last minute.

Amelia Todhunter led the Rangers with 17 points. Terdich and Probst added 15 points each and Papavs 10.

The Rangers play at Bendigo on Saturday night.

* WIN one, lose one.

After knocking off highly-fancied Knox on Saturday, Dandenongs mens team was beaten by last-placed Canberra at home on Sunday 75-68.

The surprising loss dropped the Rangers to 10-11 and one game behind Ballarat for the last finals spot in the East Conference with four games left in the SEABL season.

The Rangers led by seven points at three-quarter time but were outscored 27-14 in the last term.

Andrew Harms had 15 points, Luke Fitzgerald and Venky Jois 12 each.

It took the Rangers more than three quarters to shake off pesky Knox on Saturday.

The game was up for grabs early in the final term, but the Rangers lifted and won 93-81.

Harms scored a season-high 28 points. Dusty Jura (200-F-83, college: Nebraska-Kearney) added 20 points and Jois 15.

The Rangers won the game at the free-throw line, knocking down 27-of-35. Knox went to the line just 23 times.

CJ Massingale led the hosts with 32 points.

Former Ranger Lester Strong added 18 more.

The Rangers have a bye this week.

Dandy 23 16 15 14 - 68

Gunners 20 16 11 27 - 74
Courtesy of: dandenong-leader.whereilive.com.au


China overwhelm North Queensland All-Stars - by Eurobasket News
North Queensland All-Stars - China 65:100

Chinese National Team posted the second straight win on the Tour of Australia. They shot down North Queensland All-Stars. Wei Wei (207-C-89) notched 22 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners.
China stormed in front in the opening quarter. They erupted for 29 points in the period to pile up an 18-point lead. China continued to stay in charge in the second quarter. They scored 27 points to pile up a 32-point lead at halftime. North Queensland All-Stars finally stopped the rot in the third term. But China did not allow their opponents to get any closer. The Asian team entered the fourth frame up by 27 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Ji Yanyan (182-G/F-85) and Gao Song (190-F-92) provided 16 points apiece for China. Miao LiJie (180-G-81) had 11 points for the winners. Micaela Cocks (173-G-86, college: Oregon) answered with 14 points for North Queensland All-Stars. Jessica Foley (182-G-83, college: Duke) delivered 13 points in defeat.

North Queensland All-Stars: Micaela Cocks 14, Jessica Foley 13
China: Wei Wei 22, Ji Yanyan 16, Gao Song 16



U19 Australia continues to dominate in Chile - by Eurobasket News
U19 AUSTRALIA - U19 SPAIN 65-61

Nothing new in Chile. Australia registered another win at the FIBA U19 World Championship and they have 5-0 record now in Qualifying Group F. Of course, Australia already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals. Spain dropped to 2-3, but they also have a chance to reach the next stage. They will advance in case of victory against Chile today. Even if Chile wins, but at the same time Taiwan losses against France, Spain will go to QFinals. Gretel Tippett (192-C-93) had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Australia in this victory. Tayla Roberts (191-F/C-93) scored 11, while Rebecca Allen (185-G-92) (5 rebs) and Sara Blicavs (188-F-93) helped with 9 points each. In defeat, Astou Ndour (193-C-94) collected 17 points and 13 boards. Laura Gil (190-C-92, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 14 pts and 7 rebs, while Queralt Casas (180-G-92) added 10 pts and 6 rebs. Quarters: 14-17, 22-12, 12-21, 17-11. Today, Australia will meet Canada. As mentioned above, Spain will take on Chile.

Australia: Gretel Tippett 15+10 boards, Tayla Roberts 11, Rebecca Allen 9+5 boards, Sara Blicavs 9
Spain: Astou Ndour 17+13 boards, Laura Gil 14+7 boards, Queralt Casas 10+6 boards


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  BRAZIL - Women  


U19 France hands first loss to U19 Brazil, 67-55 - by Eurobasket News
U19 FRANCE - U19 BRAZIL 67-55

France handed first loss to Brazil at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. Thanks to this win France joined Brazil with 4-1 record. They currently share the second place in Qualifying Group F. Valeriane Ayayi (184-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Adja Konteh (178-F-92) had 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists, while Jenny Fouasseau (179-F-92) helped with 11 points. On the other side, only Damiris Dantas (192-C-92) shined. She had 25 points and 10 rebounds in this game. The second scorer for Brazil was Tassia Carcavalli (178-F-92) with 10 pts. Quarters: 18-13, 17-12, 16-22, 16-8. France will meet Taiwan today, while Brazil will take on undefeated Australia.

France: Valeriane Ayayi 15, Adja Konteh 12+6 boards+5 as, Jenny Fouasseau 11
Brazil: Damiris Dantas 25+10 boards, Tassia Carcavalli 10


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  CANADA - Women  


U19 Canada keeps winning in Chile - by Eurobasket News
U19 CANADA - U19 JAPAN 68-60

Canada had to work hard to register their fifth straight win in Chile. Canada was better than Japan 68-60 for perfect 5-0 record in Group E. They will meet USA today in the battle for the first place. Japan dropped to 3-2 after this loss. However, they also secured a spot for the Quarterfinals. Wumi Agunbiade (188-F-92) shined for the winners with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Michelle Plouffe (193-C-92) had 14 points and 7 boards, while Korissa Williams (177-G-92) and Nirra Fields (178-PG-93) added 11 pts and 8 rebounds each. In Japan, Sanae Motokawa (175-F-92) came up with 20 points and 5 rebs. Their best player was Rui Machida (160-PG-93) with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists (valuation 28). Quarters: 19-17, 22-12, 14-23, 13-8. Canada will meet USA today, while Japan will play against China.

Canada: Wumi Agunbiade 21+10 boards, Michelle Plouffe 14+7 boards, Korissa Williams 11+8 boards, Nirra Fields 11+8 boards
Japan: Sanae Motokawa 20+5 boards, Rui Machida 15+8 boards+11 as


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  CHILE - Women  


U19 Taiwan outplays U19 Chile 66-41 - by Eurobasket News
U19 CHILE - U19 TAIWAN 41-66

Taiwan celebrated their second win at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. They outplayed hosts of this event 66-41 for 2-3 record in Qualifying Group F. With this win Chile kept their hopes alive for the Quarterfinals. But it will not be easy. In order to advance, Taiwan will have to beat France and at the same time Spain has to loose against Chile. So the chances are slim for Taiwan. Chile stays with just one win (1-4). Liu Jung-Hsing (173-G-92) orchestred the victory with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Cheng I-Hsiu had 14 pts and 7 rebs, and Lin Yu-Ting (183-F-94) helped with double-double of 11 points and 10 rebs. For the hosts, Francisca Rojas (176-F-93) was the leading scorer with 9 points. Fernanda Tapia (180-F-93) followed her with one less. Quarters: 8-18, 7-21, 17-12, 9-15.

Chile: Francisca Rojas 9, Fernanda Tapia 8
Taiwan: Liu Jung-Hsing 17+8 boards, Cheng I-Hsiu 14+7 boards, Lin Yu-Ting 11+10 boards


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  CHINA - Women  


U19 Russia beats U19 China 65-53 - by Eurobasket News
U19 CHINA - U19 RUSSIA 53-65

Russia registered second victory in Chile. They handed 65-53 loss to China improving to 2-3 record in Qualifying Group E. Thanks to this win Russia kept their Quarterfinals hopes alive. They will have to beat Italy today in do-or-die game for both teams. On the other side, China dropped 1-4 and lost all chances to reach the next stage. Ksenia Tikhonenko (174-G-93, agency: RIZO) stepped up for the winners with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Ekaterina Fedorenkova (178-G-93) scored 17 and Anastasia Maksimova (182-F-92) added 11 points in this victory. In the loosing squad, Yu Dong (195-C-93) top-scored with 13 points. She was their only player with double-digits. Quarters: 4-10, 21-20, 19-17, 9-18. As mentioned above, Russia will meet Italy today. China will play against Japan.

China: Yu Dong 13
Russia: Ksenia Tikhonenko 20+8 boards, Ekaterina Fedorenkova 17, Anastasia Maksimova 11


China overwhelm North Queensland All-Stars - by Eurobasket News
North Queensland All-Stars - China 65:100

Chinese National Team posted the second straight win on the Tour of Australia. They shot down North Queensland All-Stars. Wei Wei (207-C-89) notched 22 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners.
China stormed in front in the opening quarter. They erupted for 29 points in the period to pile up an 18-point lead. China continued to stay in charge in the second quarter. They scored 27 points to pile up a 32-point lead at halftime. North Queensland All-Stars finally stopped the rot in the third term. But China did not allow their opponents to get any closer. The Asian team entered the fourth frame up by 27 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Ji Yanyan (182-G/F-85) and Gao Song (190-F-92) provided 16 points apiece for China. Miao LiJie (180-G-81) had 11 points for the winners. Micaela Cocks (173-G-86, college: Oregon) answered with 14 points for North Queensland All-Stars. Jessica Foley (182-G-83, college: Duke) delivered 13 points in defeat.

North Queensland All-Stars: Micaela Cocks 14, Jessica Foley 13
China: Wei Wei 22, Ji Yanyan 16, Gao Song 16



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  CYPRUS - Women  


U16 Cyprus wins Group B in Andorra - by Eurobasket News
U16 Cyprus - U16 Gibraltar 60-25

Cyprus finished Preliminary Round in Andorra with perfect 2-0 record. They won the Group B and advanced to Semifinals of U16 EuroBasket, Division C. On the other side, Gibraltar failed in their first appearance at this event. They will meet Monaco in do-or-die game today. Tijana Raca once again shined for the winners. This time she scored 23 points. Veatriki Akathiotou had 9 points and 6 rebounds while Stefanie Foukaris added 6 pts and 6 boards. In Gibraltar, Sophie Anne Mansfield had 6 points and 7 rebs. Cheryl Caroline Romero stopped to 5 pts. Quarters: 19-8, 10-4, 14-8, 17-5.

Cyprus: Tijana Raca 23, Veatriki Akathiotou 9+6 boards, Stefanie Foukaris 6+6 boards
Gibraltar: Sophie Anne Mansfield 6+7 boards, Cheryl Caroline Romero 5


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  EGYPT - Women  


Egyptian U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
4 Farah Kandil
5 Dina Abdelalim
6 Mai Habiba
7 Doa Ahatem
8 Soraia Yehia
9 Nada Gasser
10 Sohaila Heham
11 Noha Shetta
12 Farida Wael
13 Yassmin Salah
14 Menna Yehia
15 Nadeen Khaled

Yasser Abdelrahman Head Coach


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16 - Women  


Div.C Standings - by Eurobasket News
Standings
Group A
1. Andorra1-0
2. Malta1-1
3. Wales0-1
Group B
1. Cyprus2-0
2. Gibraltar0-1
3. Monaco0-1


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

U16 Malta - U16 Wales 64-26
Malta won their first game in U16 EuroBasket Division C in Andorra. They cruised past Wales 64-26 for 1-1 record in Preliminary Group A. It will most probably be enough for the second place in this pool and a ticket for Semifinals. It was the first appearance for Wales, who has 0-1 now. They will meet Andorra today in do-or-die game. Andorra is a favorite. Maria Bonett stepped up Malta with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Julia Xerri had 16 points and 7 boards, while Leeann Vela helped her team with 7 pts. On the other side, Wales got 8 points and 8 rebounds from Imogen Lloreta Jones. Tanisha Walker stopped to 7 points and 9 rebs. Quarters: 13-6, 12-10, 17-4, 22-6. Today is the last day of the Preliminary Round in Andorra.

Malta: Maria Bonett 16+8 boards, Julia Xerri 16+7 boards, Leeann Vela 7
Wales: Imogen Lloreta Jones 8+8 boards, Tanisha Walker 7+9 boards



GROUP B

U16 Cyprus - U16 Gibraltar 60-25
Cyprus finished Preliminary Round in Andorra with perfect 2-0 record. They won the Group B and advanced to Semifinals of U16 EuroBasket, Division C. On the other side, Gibraltar failed in their first appearance at this event. They will meet Monaco in do-or-die game today. Tijana Raca once again shined for the winners. This time she scored 23 points. Veatriki Akathiotou had 9 points and 6 rebounds while Stefanie Foukaris added 6 pts and 6 boards. In Gibraltar, Sophie Anne Mansfield had 6 points and 7 rebs. Cheryl Caroline Romero stopped to 5 pts. Quarters: 19-8, 10-4, 14-8, 17-5.

Cyprus: Tijana Raca 23, Veatriki Akathiotou 9+6 boards, Stefanie Foukaris 6+6 boards
Gibraltar: Sophie Anne Mansfield 6+7 boards, Cheryl Caroline Romero 5




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  FRANCE - Women  


U19 France hands first loss to U19 Brazil, 67-55 - by Eurobasket News
U19 FRANCE - U19 BRAZIL 67-55

France handed first loss to Brazil at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. Thanks to this win France joined Brazil with 4-1 record. They currently share the second place in Qualifying Group F. Valeriane Ayayi (184-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Adja Konteh (178-F-92) had 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists, while Jenny Fouasseau (179-F-92) helped with 11 points. On the other side, only Damiris Dantas (192-C-92) shined. She had 25 points and 10 rebounds in this game. The second scorer for Brazil was Tassia Carcavalli (178-F-92) with 10 pts. Quarters: 18-13, 17-12, 16-22, 16-8. France will meet Taiwan today, while Brazil will take on undefeated Australia.

France: Valeriane Ayayi 15, Adja Konteh 12+6 boards+5 as, Jenny Fouasseau 11
Brazil: Damiris Dantas 25+10 boards, Tassia Carcavalli 10


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  GIBRALTAR - Women  


U16 Cyprus wins Group B in Andorra - by Eurobasket News
U16 Cyprus - U16 Gibraltar 60-25

Cyprus finished Preliminary Round in Andorra with perfect 2-0 record. They won the Group B and advanced to Semifinals of U16 EuroBasket, Division C. On the other side, Gibraltar failed in their first appearance at this event. They will meet Monaco in do-or-die game today. Tijana Raca once again shined for the winners. This time she scored 23 points. Veatriki Akathiotou had 9 points and 6 rebounds while Stefanie Foukaris added 6 pts and 6 boards. In Gibraltar, Sophie Anne Mansfield had 6 points and 7 rebs. Cheryl Caroline Romero stopped to 5 pts. Quarters: 19-8, 10-4, 14-8, 17-5.

Cyprus: Tijana Raca 23, Veatriki Akathiotou 9+6 boards, Stefanie Foukaris 6+6 boards
Gibraltar: Sophie Anne Mansfield 6+7 boards, Cheryl Caroline Romero 5


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  ITALY - Women  


U19 USA blasts U19 Italy 94-60 to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News
U19 ITALY - U19 USA 60-94

USA cruised to another victory in Chile. They outplayed Italy 94-60 for perfect 5-0 record in Qualifying Group E. If USA wants to win this pool, they will have to beat Canada today. Canadians are also perfect so far. Italy slipped to 2-3 and shares the fourth place with Russia. They will meet today and winner will book a spot for the QFinals. Cierra Burdick (188-F-93) stepped up for USA with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Elizabeth Williams (191-C-93) and Breanna Stewart (191-F-94) helped with 15 points each, while Stefanie Dolson (196-C-92) added 14 pts and 7 boards. Irene Cigliani (177-F-92) was the only player with double-digits in scoring for Italy - 11 pts. Marta Masoni (184-F-93) stopped to 9. Quarters: 13-31, 15-20, 13-22, 19-21.

Italy: Irene Cigliani 11, Marta Masoni 8
USA: Cierra Burdick 17+9 boards, Elizabeth Williams 15, Breanna Stewart 15, Stefanie Dolson 14+7 boards


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  JAPAN - Women  


U19 Canada keeps winning in Chile - by Eurobasket News
U19 CANADA - U19 JAPAN 68-60

Canada had to work hard to register their fifth straight win in Chile. Canada was better than Japan 68-60 for perfect 5-0 record in Group E. They will meet USA today in the battle for the first place. Japan dropped to 3-2 after this loss. However, they also secured a spot for the Quarterfinals. Wumi Agunbiade (188-F-92) shined for the winners with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Michelle Plouffe (193-C-92) had 14 points and 7 boards, while Korissa Williams (177-G-92) and Nirra Fields (178-PG-93) added 11 pts and 8 rebounds each. In Japan, Sanae Motokawa (175-F-92) came up with 20 points and 5 rebs. Their best player was Rui Machida (160-PG-93) with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists (valuation 28). Quarters: 19-17, 22-12, 14-23, 13-8. Canada will meet USA today, while Japan will play against China.

Canada: Wumi Agunbiade 21+10 boards, Michelle Plouffe 14+7 boards, Korissa Williams 11+8 boards, Nirra Fields 11+8 boards
Japan: Sanae Motokawa 20+5 boards, Rui Machida 15+8 boards+11 as


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  MALI - Women  


Mali U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
4 Fanta Djre
5 Astan Soumare
6 Mariam Camara
7 Nene Dagno G-96
8 Aissata Fomba
9 Safiatou Drave
11 Korotoumou Konare
12 Christine Dakouo
13 Aminata Diop
14 Awa Keita
15 Maimouna Diallo

Sidiya Omarou Head Coach


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  MALTA - Women  


U16 Malta takes the first win in Andorra - by Eurobasket News
U16 Malta - U16 Wales 64-26

Malta won their first game in U16 EuroBasket Division C in Andorra. They cruised past Wales 64-26 for 1-1 record in Preliminary Group A. It will most probably be enough for the second place in this pool and a ticket for Semifinals. It was the first appearance for Wales, who has 0-1 now. They will meet Andorra today in do-or-die game. Andorra is a favorite. Maria Bonett stepped up Malta with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Julia Xerri had 16 points and 7 boards, while Leeann Vela helped her team with 7 pts. On the other side, Wales got 8 points and 8 rebounds from Imogen Lloreta Jones. Tanisha Walker stopped to 7 points and 9 rebs. Quarters: 13-6, 12-10, 17-4, 22-6. Today is the last day of the Preliminary Round in Andorra.

Malta: Maria Bonett 16+8 boards, Julia Xerri 16+7 boards, Leeann Vela 7
Wales: Imogen Lloreta Jones 8+8 boards, Tanisha Walker 7+9 boards


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  MOZAMBIQUE - Women  


Mozambique U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
4 Aquila Mocobaquire
5 Nayova Nhantumbo
7 Vilma Covane
8 Louvaina Chume
9 Neusia Chemane
10 Paula Macuacua
11 Varia Sengo
12 Florentina Senate
13 Romaria Nhamposse
14 Rosa Cossa
15 Clitan De Sousa

Locilia Caetano Head Coach


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  NCAA1 - Women  


U19 USA blasts U19 Italy 94-60 to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News
U19 ITALY - U19 USA 60-94

USA cruised to another victory in Chile. They outplayed Italy 94-60 for perfect 5-0 record in Qualifying Group E. If USA wants to win this pool, they will have to beat Canada today. Canadians are also perfect so far. Italy slipped to 2-3 and shares the fourth place with Russia. They will meet today and winner will book a spot for the QFinals. Cierra Burdick (188-F-93) stepped up for USA with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Elizabeth Williams (191-C-93) and Breanna Stewart (191-F-94) helped with 15 points each, while Stefanie Dolson (196-C-92) added 14 pts and 7 boards. Irene Cigliani (177-F-92) was the only player with double-digits in scoring for Italy - 11 pts. Marta Masoni (184-F-93) stopped to 9. Quarters: 13-31, 15-20, 13-22, 19-21.

Italy: Irene Cigliani 11, Marta Masoni 8
USA: Cierra Burdick 17+9 boards, Elizabeth Williams 15, Breanna Stewart 15, Stefanie Dolson 14+7 boards


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  RUSSIA - Women  


U19 Russia beats U19 China 65-53 - by Eurobasket News
U19 CHINA - U19 RUSSIA 53-65

Russia registered second victory in Chile. They handed 65-53 loss to China improving to 2-3 record in Qualifying Group E. Thanks to this win Russia kept their Quarterfinals hopes alive. They will have to beat Italy today in do-or-die game for both teams. On the other side, China dropped 1-4 and lost all chances to reach the next stage. Ksenia Tikhonenko (174-G-93, agency: RIZO) stepped up for the winners with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Ekaterina Fedorenkova (178-G-93) scored 17 and Anastasia Maksimova (182-F-92) added 11 points in this victory. In the loosing squad, Yu Dong (195-C-93) top-scored with 13 points. She was their only player with double-digits. Quarters: 4-10, 21-20, 19-17, 9-18. As mentioned above, Russia will meet Italy today. China will play against Japan.

China: Yu Dong 13
Russia: Ksenia Tikhonenko 20+8 boards, Ekaterina Fedorenkova 17, Anastasia Maksimova 11


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


U19 Argentina beats U19 Slovenia 89-69, takes 13th place in Chile - by Eurobasket News
U19 ARGENTINA - U19 SLOVENIA 89-69

Argentina finished their participation in Chile with victory. They handed 89-69 loss to Slovenia in the game for 13th place at this event. Slovenia ended as No.14. Melisa Gretter (167-PG-93) stepped up for the winners with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Rocio Diaz (170-G-93) had 22 points and Natasha Spiatta (177-F-92) helped with 15 pts. On the other side, Slovenia got 27 points and 5 rebounds from Nika Baric (169-PG-92). Tjasa Gortnar (187-C-92) was their second scorer with 14 points (7 rebs), while Tina Jakovina (182-F-92) added four less. Quarters: 18-20, 22-16, 23-27, 26-6. Slovenia ended this event winless. Actually, they officially have one win against Nigeria 20-0. Thanks to it they ended as No.14.

Argentina: Melisa Gretter 25+7 boards+5 as, Rocio Diaz 22, Natasha Spiatta 15
Slovenia: Nika Baric 27+5 boards, Tjasa Gortnar 14+7 boards, Tina Jakovina 10


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  SPAIN - Women  


Codigalco Carmelitas signs Lucia Mendez - by Eurobasket News
Lucia Mendez (C-88) is a new member of Codigalco Carmelitas. The Spanish center penned a one-year deal with her new club. Mendez arrives to Carmelitas from Pabellon Ourense, where she spent last two seasons. She had 5.5 ppg and 3 rpg for the club in 2009/10. Before Ourense, Mendez played for Conquero. They also competed in LF2 and Mendez averaged 4 points, plus 2.8 rebounds for 35 games. It was in 2008/09 season. Mendez also has experience from Alumisan Pio XII.
Codigalco Carmelitas at the same time parted ways with Maria Alvarez (F-81). She played for them last two years. In 2009/19, Alvarez had 5.9 ppg and 2.3 rpg for 23 games.


Gernika KESB brings in center Nerea Moreno - by Eurobasket News
Nerea Moreno (185-C/F-88) will continue her career with Gernika KESB. The 22-year-old center signed a one-year deal with Gernika. She arrives from Orion-GDKO Ibaizabal Galdakao, where she played since 2009. In their first season together Moreno averaged 5.5 points and 4.5 rebounds for 27 games. Before that, she played one year for Ourense. With them Moreno registered 7.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg and 1.9 spg for 32 games in LF2. In the past, she also played for Cajarural Verona Norte and Perfumerias Salamanca. Nerea Moreno played for U19 and U18 Spanish NT. Five years ago she helped U18 Spain to win the Gold at the European Championships U18 in Tenerife. In 2007, Moreno reached LFB Finals with Perfumerias, but appeared juts few times for the club.

Demetress Adams heads to Celta - by Eurobasket News
Demetress Adams (193-F-87, college: S.Carolina) will stay in Spain for at least one more season. The American forward signed annual deal with Celta. She spent last season with Extrugasa Vilagarcia and was one of their better players. Adams appeared 26 times in LFB collecting 10.5 points and 6.8 rebounds. She started her professional career in Spain two years ago. At that time Aemetress Adamas penned a deal with Iberconsulting Extremadura Caceres 2016 registering 16.6 ppg and 9.1 rpg for them in LF2. During the season Adamas moved to Burgos. There, he added 7.1 ppg and 6.5 for 16 games. Both teams competed in LF2. Demetress Adamas is a product of University of South Carolina. She had 10.6 ppg and 7.3 rpg for her school as a senior.

U19 Australia continues to dominate in Chile - by Eurobasket News
U19 AUSTRALIA - U19 SPAIN 65-61

Nothing new in Chile. Australia registered another win at the FIBA U19 World Championship and they have 5-0 record now in Qualifying Group F. Of course, Australia already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals. Spain dropped to 2-3, but they also have a chance to reach the next stage. They will advance in case of victory against Chile today. Even if Chile wins, but at the same time Taiwan losses against France, Spain will go to QFinals. Gretel Tippett (192-C-93) had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Australia in this victory. Tayla Roberts (191-F/C-93) scored 11, while Rebecca Allen (185-G-92) (5 rebs) and Sara Blicavs (188-F-93) helped with 9 points each. In defeat, Astou Ndour (193-C-94) collected 17 points and 13 boards. Laura Gil (190-C-92, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 14 pts and 7 rebs, while Queralt Casas (180-G-92) added 10 pts and 6 rebs. Quarters: 14-17, 22-12, 12-21, 17-11. Today, Australia will meet Canada. As mentioned above, Spain will take on Chile.

Australia: Gretel Tippett 15+10 boards, Tayla Roberts 11, Rebecca Allen 9+5 boards, Sara Blicavs 9
Spain: Astou Ndour 17+13 boards, Laura Gil 14+7 boards, Queralt Casas 10+6 boards


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  TAIWAN - Women  


U19 Taiwan outplays U19 Chile 66-41 - by Eurobasket News
U19 CHILE - U19 TAIWAN 41-66

Taiwan celebrated their second win at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. They outplayed hosts of this event 66-41 for 2-3 record in Qualifying Group F. With this win Chile kept their hopes alive for the Quarterfinals. But it will not be easy. In order to advance, Taiwan will have to beat France and at the same time Spain has to loose against Chile. So the chances are slim for Taiwan. Chile stays with just one win (1-4). Liu Jung-Hsing (173-G-92) orchestred the victory with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Cheng I-Hsiu had 14 pts and 7 rebs, and Lin Yu-Ting (183-F-94) helped with double-double of 11 points and 10 rebs. For the hosts, Francisca Rojas (176-F-93) was the leading scorer with 9 points. Fernanda Tapia (180-F-93) followed her with one less. Quarters: 8-18, 7-21, 17-12, 9-15.

Chile: Francisca Rojas 9, Fernanda Tapia 8
Taiwan: Liu Jung-Hsing 17+8 boards, Cheng I-Hsiu 14+7 boards, Lin Yu-Ting 11+10 boards


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  TUNISIA - Women  


Tunisian U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
4 Rim Sahnoun
5 Rabeb Rebai
6 Imen Kammoun
7 Yousra Taktouk
8 Selma Hajji
9 Donia Yengui
10 Taqwa Gafsi
11 Wafa Loubiri
12 Sirine Chahdoura
13 Meriem Rkik
14 Fatma Rkik
15 Khouloud Akrout

Khayech Neil Head Coach


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  WALES - Women  


U16 Malta takes the first win in Andorra - by Eurobasket News
U16 Malta - U16 Wales 64-26

Malta won their first game in U16 EuroBasket Division C in Andorra. They cruised past Wales 64-26 for 1-1 record in Preliminary Group A. It will most probably be enough for the second place in this pool and a ticket for Semifinals. It was the first appearance for Wales, who has 0-1 now. They will meet Andorra today in do-or-die game. Andorra is a favorite. Maria Bonett stepped up Malta with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Julia Xerri had 16 points and 7 boards, while Leeann Vela helped her team with 7 pts. On the other side, Wales got 8 points and 8 rebounds from Imogen Lloreta Jones. Tanisha Walker stopped to 7 points and 9 rebs. Quarters: 13-6, 12-10, 17-4, 22-6. Today is the last day of the Preliminary Round in Andorra.

Malta: Maria Bonett 16+8 boards, Julia Xerri 16+7 boards, Leeann Vela 7
Wales: Imogen Lloreta Jones 8+8 boards, Tanisha Walker 7+9 boards


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  WNBA - Women  


Latest games - by Eurobasket News
Washington M. - S.Antonio SS 67-73
Becky Hammon (5'6''-G-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) scored 22 points and San Antonio's reserves combined for 35 points as the Silver Stars held off the Washington Mystics 73-67 on Tuesday night. Quiet offensively much of the second half, Hammon's 3-pointer with 4:56 left in the game broke a 57-all tie and gave the Silver Stars (10-5) the lead for good. The win was San Antonio's fifth straight at Washington and the Silver Stars kept pace at the top of the competitive Western Conference standings. Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-F/C-86, college: Maryland) scored 19 points and Marissa Coleman added 14 points for the Mystics (3-12), losers of two straight and seven of eight overall. Washington scored the final seven points of the third quarter to tie the score at 51-all. Trailing 63-61 with 2:54 remaining after a pair of free throws by Nicky Anosike, the Mystics (3-12) missed an opportunity on the subsequent possession to tie it again. The Silver Stars then scored the next six points, capped by Hammon's two free throws, and made six straight from the line over the final 29 seconds. Jia Perkins led the Silver Stars' reserves with 10 points as Hammon was the only starter in double figures. Jayne Appel had eight points and 12 rebounds. San Antonio, closing a three-game road trip, led 37-34 at halftime in the first meeting of the season between the two squads. Hammon led all scorers with 13 first-half points while Langhorne scored 10 for the Mystics. The Silver Stars improved to 5-0 when leading at halftime. *Courtesy of www.signonsandiego.com

Chicago S. - Connecticut S. 66-77
Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) played solid defense on WNBA leading scorer Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) and gave the Connecticut Sun a boost on offense, too. Asjha Jones scored 22 points, Charles had 21 and the Sun broke open a close game in the third quarter and beat the Chicago Sky 77-66 on Tuesday night. 'I tried to get her out of her rhythm, trying to play hard defense,' Charles said of Fowles. 'I think me and her, when we play against each other, we try to take it personal ... so just that matchup alone and the way my teammates helped me, telling me where she is and they had my back on defense, it made it easier.' Kara Lawson and Renee Montgomery added 14 points each as the Sun (10-5) won their fourth straight. Epiphanny Prince scored 16 points to lead Chicago (8-10), which has lost two straight, and Fowles was held to 14 points - 6.6 below her league-leading average. 'Tina did a great job and was focused on making (Fowles) work for everything she got,' Sun coach Mike Thibault said. 'We tried to make her play in a crowd of people as best as we could. We did not do that good on her early, but as the game went on I thought we did a really good job on her. I know she got some points at the end, but we were trying to take away the 3-point shot down the stretch.' Tamera Young added 10 points for the Sky. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Phoenix M. - Seattle S. 77-83
Sue Bird (5'9''-G-80, college: Connecticut) had 18 points, seven assists, five rebounds and three steals as the Seattle Storm held off the Phoenix Mercury 83-77 on Tuesday night. Camille Little added 15 points and five rebounds for Seattle (9-7), winner of two straight after a three-game skid. The Storm beat the Mercury for the ninth straight time. 'For us, this is just a really good road win against a very good team,' Bird said. 'We're kind of hovering around .500, so for us it's about making a push in the second half of the season to move up in the standings. Diana Taurasi (6'0''-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) scored 26 points and added four assists for Phoenix (10-6), which has lost two straight after winning six in a row. Candice Dupree and DeWanna Bonner each had 10 points for the Mercury. *Courtesy of www.signonsandiego.com

Tulsa S. - Atlanta D. 68-76
Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86, college: Louisville) scored a career-high 37 points as the Atlanta Dream held off the struggling Tulsa Shock 76-68 on Tuesday night. Coco Miller (5'9''-G-78, college: Georgia) added 12 points to help the Dream (7-9) snap a three-game road losing streak. McCoughtry shot 11 for 22 from the field and 15 for 19 on free throws. Rookie center Liz Cambage scored 16 points and Sheryl Swoopes had 12 to lead the Shock (1-15). Tiffany Jackson had 11 points and a career-high 17 rebounds for her third consecutive double-double. Swoopes also had five rebounds to top 1,500 for her career and Ivory Latta scored nine points to get to 1,000 in her career. *Courtesy of www.newser.com

Minnesota L. - L.Angeles S. 85-72
Seimone Augustus (6'1''-G-84, college: LSU) scored 22 points as the Minnesota Lynx beat the Los Angeles Sparks 85-72 on Tuesday night for their sixth win in seven games. Lindsay Whalen (5'8''-G-82, college: Minnesota) had 16 points and seven assists and Taj McWilliams-Franklin added 14 points and nine rebounds for Minnesota (11-4). The Lynx never trailed, and held a 20-point lead at one point for the eighth time this season. Kristi Toliver scored 28 points for the Sparks (6-9), who lost their third straight to fall to 2-3 since interim coach Joe Bryant replaced Jennifer Gillom on July 12. The Lynx won despite the ejection of All-Star forward Rebekkah Brunson in the fourth quarter after she was whistled for her second technical foul. Brunson finished with six points and six rebounds in nearly 24 minutes. *Courtesy of www.signonsandiego.com

Indiana F. - Chicago S. 77-63
Reserve center Jessica Davenport (6'5''-C-85, college: Ohio St.) scored 20 points to lead the Indiana Fever in a 77-63 victory over the Chicago Sky on Thursday night. Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) had 13 points and Tangela Smith added 10 for the Fever (11-6), who snapped a three-game skid and moved one-half game ahead of Connecticut for first place in the Eastern Conference. Katie Douglas added nine points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Sylvia Fowles scored 21 points, Erin Thorn had 15 and Epiphanny Prince added 12 for the Sky (8-9). *Courtesy of www.usatoday.com

Seattle S. - S.Antonio SS 73-55
Tanisha Wright (5'11''-G-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Penn St.) wasn't about to let Seattle suffer its longest skid in six years. So the Storm guard took over, scoring 11 of her 17 points in the third quarter to lead Seattle to a 73-55 victory over the San Antonio Silver Stars on Thursday night. Swin Cash (6'2''-F-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Connecticut) added 15 points, and Camille Little had 10 for the Storm (8-7), who snapped a three-game losing streak - their longest slide since late in the 2009 season. *Courtesy of http://nbcsports.msnbc.com


Standings
WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Indiana F. 11-6 
 2. Connecticut S. 10-5 
 3. New York L. 9-7 
 4. Chicago S. 8-10 
 5. Atlanta D. 7-9 
 6. Washington M. 3-12 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 11-4 
 2. S.Antonio SS 10-5 
 3. Phoenix M. 10-6 
 4. Seattle S. 9-7 
 5. L.Angeles S. 6-9 
 6. Tulsa S. 1-15 


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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19 - Women  


Standings (Women)
Standings
Group E
1. Canada5-0
2. USA5-0
3. Japan3-2
4. Russia2-3
5. Italy2-3
6. China1-4
Group F
1. Australia5-0
2. Brazil4-1
3. France4-1
4. Taiwan2-3
5. Spain2-3
6. Chile1-4
Group Places 13-16
1. Argentina2-0
2. Egypt1-1
3. Slovenia1-1
4. Nigeria0-2


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Damiris DANTAS
  (192-C-92)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Dantas, BRA20.4 
 2. Amer, EGY19.3 
 3. Gortnar, SLO18.8 
 4. Fields, CAN18.6 
 5. Motokawa, JPN18.2 
 6. Watanabe, JPN18.0 
 7. Diaz, ARG15.4 
 8. Roberts, AUS15.0 
 9. Casas, ESP14.2 
 10. Takada, JPN14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Damiris DANTAS
  (192-C-92)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Dantas, BRA11.8 
 2. Cabrera, ARG9.2 
 3. Gortnar, SLO9.0 
 4. Ndour, ESP9.0 
 5. Amer, EGY8.8 
 6. Tippett, AUS7.8 
 7. Elshaarawy, EGY7.8 
 8. Djaldi-Tabdi, FRA7.5 
 9. Roberts, AUS7.5 
 10. Gil, ESP7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Rebecca COLE
  (177-PG-92)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Cole, AUS6.5 
 2. Machida, JPN6.0 
 3. Gretter, ARG5.6 
 4. Massengale, USA4.2 
 5. Hartley, USA3.4 
 6. Baric, SLO3.3 
 7. Martins, BRA2.6 
 8. Takada, JPN2.6 
 9. Lewis, USA2.6 
 10. Stolyar, RUS2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Bria HARTLEY
  (178-G-92)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Hartley, USA3.2 
 2. Carangelo, ITA3.0 
 3. Plouffe, CAN2.6 
 4. Martins, BRA2.6 
 5. Massoud, EGY2.5 
 6. Osama, EGY2.3 
 7. Mansilla, CHI2.3 
 8. Ramona, BRA2.2 
 9. Gretter, ARG2.2 
 10. Fields, CAN2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Hala ELSHAARAWY
  (181-F-93)
  Avg: 2
 1. Elshaarawy, EGY2.0 
 2. Ndour, ESP1.6 
 3. Stewart, USA1.2 
 4. Tippett, AUS1.0 
 5. Amer, EGY1.0 
 6. Djaldi-Tabdi, FRA1.0 
 7. Bunton, AUS0.8 
 8. Gortnar, SLO0.8 
 9. Dolson, USA0.8 
 10. Roche, FRA0.7 


Qualifying Round: Second games - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Canada - Japan 68-60
Canada had to work hard to register their fifth straight win in Chile. Canada was better than Japan 68-60 for perfect 5-0 record in Group E. They will meet USA today in the battle for the first place. Japan dropped to 3-2 after this loss. However, they also secured a spot for the Quarterfinals. Wumi Agunbiade (188-F-92) shined for the winners with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Michelle Plouffe (193-C-92) had 14 points and 7 boards, while Korissa Williams (177-G-92) and Nirra Fields (178-PG-93) added 11 pts and 8 rebounds each. In Japan, Sanae Motokawa (175-F-92) came up with 20 points and 5 rebs. Their best player was Rui Machida (160-PG-93) with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists (valuation 28). Quarters: 19-17, 22-12, 14-23, 13-8. Canada will meet USA today, while Japan will play against China.

Italy - USA 60-94
USA cruised to another victory in Chile. They outplayed Italy 94-60 for perfect 5-0 record in Qualifying Group E. If USA wants to win this pool, they will have to beat Canada today. Canadians are also perfect so far. Italy slipped to 2-3 and shares the fourth place with Russia. They will meet today and winner will book a spot for the QFinals. Cierra Burdick (188-F-93) stepped up for USA with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Elizabeth Williams (191-C-93) and Breanna Stewart (191-F-94) helped with 15 points each, while Stefanie Dolson (196-C-92) added 14 pts and 7 boards. Irene Cigliani (177-F-92) was the only player with double-digits in scoring for Italy - 11 pts. Marta Masoni (184-F-93) stopped to 9. Quarters: 13-31, 15-20, 13-22, 19-21.

China - Russia 53-65
Russia registered second victory in Chile. They handed 65-53 loss to China improving to 2-3 record in Qualifying Group E. Thanks to this win Russia kept their Quarterfinals hopes alive. They will have to beat Italy today in do-or-die game for both teams. On the other side, China dropped 1-4 and lost all chances to reach the next stage. Ksenia Tikhonenko (174-G-93, agency: RIZO) stepped up for the winners with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Ekaterina Fedorenkova (178-G-93) scored 17 and Anastasia Maksimova (182-F-92) added 11 points in this victory. In the loosing squad, Yu Dong (195-C-93) top-scored with 13 points. She was their only player with double-digits. Quarters: 4-10, 21-20, 19-17, 9-18. As mentioned above, Russia will meet Italy today. China will play against Japan.

Group F
Chile - Taiwan 41-66
Taiwan celebrated their second win at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. They outplayed hosts of this event 66-41 for 2-3 record in Qualifying Group F. With this win Chile kept their hopes alive for the Quarterfinals. But it will not be easy. In order to advance, Taiwan will have to beat France and at the same time Spain has to loose against Chile. So the chances are slim for Taiwan. Chile stays with just one win (1-4). Liu Jung-Hsing (173-G-92) orchestred the victory with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Cheng I-Hsiu had 14 pts and 7 rebs, and Lin Yu-Ting (183-F-94) helped with double-double of 11 points and 10 rebs. For the hosts, Francisca Rojas (176-F-93) was the leading scorer with 9 points. Fernanda Tapia (180-F-93) followed her with one less. Quarters: 8-18, 7-21, 17-12, 9-15.

France - Brazil 67-55
France handed first loss to Brazil at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. Thanks to this win France joined Brazil with 4-1 record. They currently share the second place in Qualifying Group F. Valeriane Ayayi (184-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Adja Konteh (178-F-92) had 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists, while Jenny Fouasseau (179-F-92) helped with 11 points. On the other side, only Damiris Dantas (192-C-92) shined. She had 25 points and 10 rebounds in this game. The second scorer for Brazil was Tassia Carcavalli (178-F-92) with 10 pts. Quarters: 18-13, 17-12, 16-22, 16-8. France will meet Taiwan today, while Brazil will take on undefeated Australia.

Australia - Spain 65-61
Nothing new in Chile. Australia registered another win at the FIBA U19 World Championship and they have 5-0 record now in Qualifying Group F. Of course, Australia already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals. Spain dropped to 2-3, but they also have a chance to reach the next stage. They will advance in case of victory against Chile today. Even if Chile wins, but at the same time Taiwan losses against France, Spain will go to QFinals. Gretel Tippett (192-C-93) had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Australia in this victory. Tayla Roberts (191-F/C-93) scored 11, while Rebecca Allen (185-G-92) (5 rebs) and Sara Blicavs (188-F-93) helped with 9 points each. In defeat, Astou Ndour (193-C-94) collected 17 points and 13 boards. Laura Gil (190-C-92, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 14 pts and 7 rebs, while Queralt Casas (180-G-92) added 10 pts and 6 rebs. Quarters: 14-17, 22-12, 12-21, 17-11. Today, Australia will meet Canada. As mentioned above, Spain will take on Chile.

Places 13-14
Argentina - Slovenia 89-69
Argentina finished their participation in Chile with victory. They handed 89-69 loss to Slovenia in the game for 13th place at this event. Slovenia ended as No.14. Melisa Gretter (167-PG-93) stepped up for the winners with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Rocio Diaz (170-G-93) had 22 points and Natasha Spiatta (177-F-92) helped with 15 pts. On the other side, Slovenia got 27 points and 5 rebounds from Nika Baric (169-PG-92). Tjasa Gortnar (187-C-92) was their second scorer with 14 points (7 rebs), while Tina Jakovina (182-F-92) added four less. Quarters: 18-20, 22-16, 23-27, 26-6. Slovenia ended this event winless. Actually, they officially have one win against Nigeria 20-0. Thanks to it they ended as No.14.

Places 15-16

Egypt - Nigeria 20-0