EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/3/2011

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Goran Suton agreed with Cibona - by Eurobasket News
Goran Suton (209-C-85, college: Michigan St.) agreed with Cibona for the next season. The Croatian-Bosnia and Herzegovina player started first for Michigan St. (NCAA) and in the last season there averaged 10.1ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 52.1%, 3Pts: 43.8%, FT: 84.8%. In 2009 was drafted by Utah Jazz (NBA,2rd (50)) and in 2009-2010 appeared only in pre-season. In November 2009 moved to Spartak St.Petersburg (Russia-A Superleague) and in Russian League had only 1.0ppg, 1.7rpg, while in EuroCup his stats read 4.8ppg, 3.5rpg. In 2010-2011 moved to Angelico Biella (Italy-SerieA, starting five) and in 25 games improved to 9.0ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.2spg, FGP: 60.3%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 78.7%.
Goran Suton recorded 23 points as Angelico BI outscored Vanoli CR 100:95. Later in the season he collected 20 points and 11 rebounds at the Regular Season Round 10 when Angelico BI lost to Lottomatica 100-102. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Croatian-Bosnian center Goran Suton added 20 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) in the effort for Angelico Biella.



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  ARGENTINA   


Argentina silence hosts in Valmiera - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U19 - Argentina U19 62:69

Argentina finished the preliminary round on a high note. They shocked Latvia in Valmiera tonight but still finished at the third position in preliminary round Group B. Latvia earned the second spot just behind Australia. Luciano Massarelli (183-PG-93) stepped up with 15 points to pace Argentina.
The Latin American side entered the game playing aggressively in defence. They limited the hosts to only 9 points in the opening frame and recorded an 18:9 lead. Latvia managed just 9 points in the second stanza to face a 14-point deficit at halftime 18:32. The hosts started to show some signs of recovery in the third period. Latvia fired 22 points in the quarter to narrow the margin at 9-point mark. Latvia get even closer in the fourth frame but Argentina snatched a tough win at the end. Franco Giorgetti (202-F-92) accounted for 14 points and 10 rebounds for Argentina. Marcos Delia (206-C-92) produced 12 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Kaspars Vecvagars (191-G-93) answered with 17 points for Latvia. Edmunds Dukulis (204-C-92, agency: Players Group) had 16 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Latvia U19: Kaspars Vecvagars 17, Edmunds Dukulis 16
Argentina U19: Luciano Massarelli 15, Franco Giorgetti 14+10 boards, Marcos Delia 12+12 boards



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  AUSTRALIA   


Standings - SBL
SBL Standings
 1. Lakeside L. 20-2 
 2. Wanneroo W. 17-5 
 3. Perry Lakes H. 14-7 
 4. Cockburn C. 14-8 
 5. Willetton T. 13-9 
 6. Stirling S. 12-10 
 7. East Perth E. 11-10 
 8. Perth R. 11-11 
 9. Goldfield G. 10-12 
 10. Kalamunda E.S. 9-12 
 11. Geraldton B. 8-14 
 12. Mandurah M. 7-14 
 13. Rockingham F. 6-16 
 14. AIS 0-0 
 15. SW Slammers 0-22 


Australia cruise past Taiwan in Valmiera - by Eurobasket News
Australia U19 - Taiwan U19 93:65

Australian U19 National Team posted the second win at the World Championship in Latvia. They held off Taiwan for 2-1 record in preliminary Group B. The Emus thus advanced into eighth-final stage, while Taiwan suffered the third straight loss and would play in classification round for 13th-16th place. Anthony Drmic (196-F/G-92) stepped up with 34 points and 8 rebounds to pace the Aussies in this one.
Australia stunned their opponents early. The Emus outscored Taiwan 29:17 in the starting quarter to build a 12-point lead. Australia kept Taiwan at bay throughout the second period. The Emus established a 49:34 halftime advantage. More to come in the third quarter as Australia erupted for 30 points taking a massive 29-point lead with ten minutes remaining. The Emus never slowed down rallying a confident win at the end. Igor Hadziomerovic (195-G-92) delivered 27 points for the Emus. Mitchell Creek (198-F/G-92) added 9 points in the victory. Hung Kang-Chiao (191-F-92) answered with 22 points for Taiwan. Hu Lung-Mao added 11 points in the loss.

Australia U19: Anthony Drmic 34, Igor Hadziomerovic 27, Mitchell Creek 9
Taiwan U19: Hung Kang-Chiao 22, Hu Lung-Mao 11



Eagles stunned by lowly Buccs (Saturday Night Wrap) - by Eurobasket News
East Perth Eagles' rise up the men's State Basketball League ladder has been halted by a shock 92-88 loss to Geraldton Buccaneers.

The Buccaneers had won just three of their past 11 games, a streak which killed their finals hopes, while the Eagles had climbed to sixth spot with wins in seven of their previous eight matches, but Geraldton import Todd Brown (198-F, college: Fresno Pacific) sparked the upset.

Brown had 20 points and 19 rebounds to help the Buccaneers overcome another strong performance from East Perth's Tom Jervis (28 points).

Defending champions Willetton Tigers got back into form with a surprise 90-81 win against local rivals Cockburn Cougars.

Willetton got its top four chances back on track with the shock victory, which was fourth-placed Cockburn's third-consecutive loss. Robert Kampman (203-F-82, college: Wichita St.) led the Tigers with 33 points.

Goldfields Giants' finals hopes were dealt a major blow with their 113-83 to Wanneroo Wolves.

The Giants may have to win as many as three of their last four to make the finals after Greg Hire's triple-double (24 points, 22 rebounds and 12 assists) led the second-placed Wolves to victory.

And Perth Redbacks took advantage of Goldfields' slipup with a 125-86 win against Mandurah Magic in Albany.

Adrian Majstrovich (202-F/G-80) had 27 points to help the eighth-placed Redbacks move one game clear of the Giants.

Stirling Senators had to come from behind to avoid an upset loss to the winless Southwest Slammers.

The Slammers looked on track for just their second win from their 47 games since the end of the 2009 season when they led at three-quarter-time, but Lee Roberts (24 points) helped Stirling come back for a 86-80 victory, its third-straight triumph.

League leaders Lakeside Lightning extended its incredible winning streak to 12 games with a 101-89 win against Kalamunda Eastern Suns, who will need to win at least three of their final five games to make the finals.

In women's action, Perth caused a major upset with a 59-49 win over Mandurah, which got its top eight hopes back on track.

Elsewhere, Kalamunda Eastern Suns consolidated its spot in the top eight with a 70-66 victory against Lakeside Lightning, Kate Malpass (30 points) led Willetton to a 95-77 win against Cockburn and Stirling beat the Slammers 72-59.

Article by Jacob Kagi
Courtesy of: SBL


Payne-ful loss for Rockingham (Friday Night Wrap) - by Eurobasket News
An incredible individual performance from American star Luke Payne saved men's State Basketball League leaders Lakeside Lightning from a shock loss to the lowly Rockingham Flames.

The Lightning trailed by as many as 13 at one stage and were still behind early in the fourth quarter, but Payne's 50 points helped them to a 100-86 victory.

Payne amazingly hit 11 of his 13 three-point attempts and 19 of his 27 from the field, while Jarrad Prue finished with 28 rebounds, to help Lakeside overcome the absence of Brad Jackson and Ben Beran and win its 11th-straight game, which all but ensured it top spot at the end of the regular season.

Jerel Allen (192-G-85, agency: TSS Management, college: Florida St.) had 23 points for the 13th-placed Flames, who have lost five-straight and are out of finals contention.

And Kalamunda Eastern Suns finals chances were dealt a huge blow with their 104-83 loss to Perry Lakes Hawks.

The Suns will have to overcome a nightmare schedule and win at least three of their remaining six games to make the top eight after import Anthony Lee-Ingram (198-F, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Brescia (KY)) (28 points) led Perry Lakes to its fifth win from its past six matches.

The fourth-placed Hawks struggled in the first period but dominated the second, where they outscored the Suns 33-17, and were never challenged from there.

Joel Questel (178-G-87) top-scored for Kalamunda with 14 points.

In women's action, Kalamunda caused one of the upsets of the season, beating Perry Lakes 84-76.

The Hawks had won 14 of their previous 15 games to move within one game of league leaders Willetton, but Kalamunda import Leah Rush (26 points and 15 rebounds) sparked the shock victory, which all but ensured the Suns will make the finals.

And Lakeside's fourth-straight win, a 91-45 thrashing of Rockingham, was a huge boost to its finals hopes.

Article by Jacob Kagi
Courtesy of: SBL


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  BAHRAIN   


Simpson leads Al Hala to title - by Yousef Ahmed

AL HALA were last night crowned champions of this year's Zain Bahrain Basketball League. Led by American professional Patrick Simpson (206-F-83, college: SMU), who erupted for an astounding 45 points, Hala clinched the title with a come-from-behind 82-76 victory over Muharraq in the third and decisive game of the league championship series, played at a jam-packed Zain Basketball Arena in Um Al Hassam.

It was the third national crown in Hala club history, as it adds to their first two championships won in 1994 and 1996. Tagged as underdogs heading into yesterday's game, Hala defied the odds and overcame a nine-point deficit in the third quarter before taking control early in the fourth and then riding their momentum until the very end. Veteran skipper Ahmed Malallah, who was a part of Hala's first two title teams, contributed 14 points in the win and was later named the game's Most Valuable Player. The backcourt tandem of Abbas Jawadi and Ahmed Ali added 13 and 10, respectively. They were the only other players to score for the newly crowned champions in game. 'It's been 15 long years since our last league title - we told ourselves that that is enough, and we were really determined to get the win tonight,' Hala head coach Saleh Al Haddad told the GDN. 'We thank God for this victory,' Malallah added. 'It may have been over a decade since we were last champions, but this win feels just as good as the first one, and to bring the trophy back to our club means everything to our team.' Following the game, the victors were awarded the champions' trophy by Bahrain Basketball Association (BBA) president MP Adel Al Assoumi, BBA vice-president Jassim Al Sindi, BBA general secretary Abdulelah Abdulghaffar and officials from league sponsors Zain, in the presence of Muharraq Governor Salman bin Hindi. A Malallah three-pointer to start the fourth quarter gave Hala a narrow 63-61 lead and swung the momentum in their favour. Later in the final period, Simpson hit a crucial shot against the tough defence of opposing import Ira Clark to give Hala a 77-74 edge with less than two minutes to play.

Celebrations

Back-to-back turnovers from Clark and Muharraq captain Ahmed Al Doy then proved costly, as Simpson capitalised by hitting a pair of pressure-packed free-throws to extend Hala's lead to five with just seconds remaining. Clark answered with a pair of his own charities to cut the deficit back to three, but after a 24-second violation on Hala, Clark missed a point-blank lay-up that would have gotten them to within one, and the Muharraq big man fouled out in frustration as Simpson grabbed the rebound. Simpson then iced the contest from the free-throw line, signalling the start of Hala's wild celebrations. 'It's been a long season for us; we started off at the bottom and now end up on top; it's a really great feeling to have won the title with this team,' Simpson said. 'All season long, people doubted us, but we continued to fight each game. I'm proud of our guys for having met the challenge head on, and now we can enjoy our hard work.' Commented Jawadi: 'We are the youngest team in the Bahrain league, and to say that we are full of happiness right now is an understatement. These finals were the most difficult games for us, but we played our best at the right time.'

A pair of Clark baskets late in each of the opening two periods were all that separated the two sides in the first 20 minutes of action. Clark grabbed an offensive rebound and scored from close range to beat the quarter buzzer and give Muharraq a slim 22-20 edge at the end of the first. Then, in the second, after the lead exchanged hands several times, Clark again handed Muharraq the advantage with a jumper after another offensive rebound, this time as time expired making it 40-39 at the half-time interval. Starting the third, Muharraq appeared to be taking control. They first utilised a 12-4 run capped by a Clark three-pointer to take their biggest lead, 52-43, midway through. But Hala stepped up their defence and gradually fought back, and Simpson had a three-point play at the end of the quarter to cut Muharraq's lead to just one, 60-61, heading into the final frame. Clark finished with 35 points to pace Muharraq in the loss. Mohammed Abdulmajeed had 15, while Mohammed Abdulhakeem contributed 14.


Source GDN
By PATRICK SALOMON , Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011




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  BELGIUM   


Montegranaro and Kristof Ongenaet part ways - by Eurobasket News
Kristof Ongenaet (203-F-85, college: Syracuse) is no longer a member of Fabi Shoes Montegranaro. Two sides terminated their deal today. The Belgian forward joined Montegranaro in 2009 from the Syracuse University. After four games in 2009/10 season, Ongenaet moved to Belgacom Liege Basket. He had 2.1 ppg and 1.1 rpg for them in 8 games. Last summer, Kristof Ongenaet rejoined the Italian outfit Montegranaro. However, his playing time was very limited again. For 7 games he had 1.3 ppg and 1 rpg. Montegranaro sent him on loan again, this time to Aget Imola. Ongenaet played 8 games in Lega Due with them averaging 3.8 points, 1.5 rebound and 1 steal.
Kristof Ongenaet played for the Belgian National Team in 2010. In the past, he was a member of U20 Belgium.


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  BRAZIL   


Brazil U19 finishes Group A with 2-1 record keeping Tunisia winless - by Eurobasket News
Brazil U19-Tunisia U19 97:56

Brazil U19 finishes Group A with 2-1 record after the win over Tunisia. The Latin American team produced a 97:56 over the African team as the latter finished the group with 0-3 record.
Brazil started with 23-9 in the opening period when Gabriel Aguirre made two free throws. For about three minutes in the second period the teams remained scoreless, while David Rossetto (180-PG-93) broke the silence. Sofian M'Rad (198-F-92) reduced to 35:25 and Cristiano Felicio (206-C-92) sent the teams to the lockers for 41:26. In the third period Brazil proved their superiority and increased to 6 more points after 26-20 in the quarter. The last frame was the nightmare for the team from Africa that could not stay on track anymore. Felipe Vezaro made it 73:51 and then Brazil added 9-0 run for 84:52 as Felipe Vezaro nailed three. Durval Cunha scored the last points for the winners, while the board showed the final 97:56 win.
Lucas Nogueira (213-C-92) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Felipe Vezaro netted 12. David Rossetto and Cristiano Felicio followed them with 9 points apiece in a win. Maher Souabni (185-G-92) ended up with 18 points and Sofian M'Rad scored 13.

Brazil U19: Lucas Nogueira 19+10 rebs, Felipe Vezaro 12, David Rossetto 9, Cristiano Felicio 9
Tunisia U19: Maher Souabni 18, Sofian M'Rad 13




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  BULGARIA   


FIBA hires Kosta Iliev as 3 on 3 Sports Director - by Christomir Rackov
FIBA appointed Bulgarian official Kosta Iliev as the Sports Director of 3 on 3 Basketball. Iliev is a former Bulgarian national team player and FIBA Europe Sports Director. 3 on 3 Basketball became very popular in the last years and the goals of FIBA is to promote the sport and even make it an Olympic discipline.

That is exactly why Iliev was hired for that position. He mastered in Sports Management and Finance and his experience will the invaluable for the campaign. Observing test tournaments, Iliev will gather information thats going to help for the establishment of the official rules, tournaments schemes and nationally-based competitions.

Iliev is optimistic for his work and he already started seminars on each continent. Also all the existing tournaments need to be categorized. The people working for FIBA 3 on 3 are currently building a digital platform with an official website.


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  CANADA   


Lithuania U19 smashed Canadian side in Day 3 - by Eurobasket News
Canada U19-Lithuania U19 68:111

Lithuania U19, that is one of the favorites of the World Championships U19 won another game to win Group C in Liepaja. The Baltic State won over Canada U19 111:68 for 2-1 record.
Lithuania did not wait and showed their superiority from the very beginning. The Baltic State grabbed 29-13 after the first 10 minutes and never looked behind. Moreover they added 32-15 in the second period to take 61:28 at the halftime. Lithuania did not slow down and won also the third and the last periods. They produced 23-22 in the third period and added 27-18 in the last frame.
Vytenis Cizauskas (190-G-92) stepped up with 22 points and Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) netted 15. Egidijus Mockevicius (204-C-92) ended up with 13 points and Edgaras Ulanovas (198-G-92) delivered 12. Dyshawn Pierre (198-F-93) delivered 10 in the losing effort, while Sim Bhullar (223-C-92) and Philip Scrubb (194-G-92) scored 8 each. Both teams advanced to the next stage of the competition.

Canada U19: Dyshawn Pierre 10, Sim Bhullar 8, Philip Scrubb 8
Lithuania U19: Vytenis Cizauskas 22, Jonas Valanciunas 15, Egidijus Mockevicius 13, Edgaras Ulanovas 12



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  CHILE   


Standings - LIBSUR
LIBSUR Standings
North Group
 1. Victoria 8-2 
 2. CD Valdiva 7-2 
 3. AB Temuco 7-3 
 4. CD Las Animas 6-3 
 5. CD Carahue 4-5 
 6. CD Imperial 2-8 
 7. Lautaro 0-11 
South Group
 1. CD Castro 11-1 
 2. AB Ancud 11-1 
 3. U.Los Lagos 6-4 
 4. CD Puerto Varas 6-5 
 5. Aleman 4-7 
 6. CB Osorno 4-8 
 7. CD Puerto Montt 3-11 
 8. Espanol O. 2-10 


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  CHINA   


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


JIM CLEAMONS Landed in China - by Robert Wang
Info. came out today from China, current NBA coach Jim Cleamons landed in China today. He signed with Guang Sha team for the new season. Coach Jim Cleamons was the assist coach of Dallas Mavericks from 1996-1998, 1999-2004 with Lakers, 2004-2006 with New Orleans Hornets , and with Lakers again from 2007 till now.Very good experince with nba teams! Former chinese coach Wang Fei just released with Guang sha because he has asthma and can't keep coaching the team currently. Hope he could be recovered soon and see him in the near future.


NBA Lockout=CBA Gain? - by Alex Yam
In of lieu of the 2nd potential long term lockout in the last 15 yrs, the NBA owners and players have officially taken their respective sides. Rumors are running rampant that clusters of NBA players/agents are pooling their powers to run tours and exhibition games in China, a market that many see as parallels or even greater popularity then any other country including the United States.

Along with bringing the leagues brightest stars to China, the Chinese league also stands to benefit, last season, we saw a number of former and some current NBA stars coming to China to play in their league, now with the lockout in progress, who knows what or who will come to China? Are the players serious about playing elsewhere or is it simply a ploy to assist in the negotiation process.

China seems like an ideal situation for most, as the on court duties do not compare to the NBA, and the off court opportunities for say a Kobe Bryant or Pau Gasol would be very lucrative. As the lockout continues with anxiety in the states, it only furthers the popularity in China.


Kobe Bryant might take part in exhibition games in China - by Eurobasket News
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) may take his talents to China during the NBA's lockout.

There are preliminary talks about a basketball tour to China this summer - and perhaps beyond - in which the Lakers superstar, who has called China a 'home away from home' and has an enormous following there, would be the headliner with several other NBA stars forming two or three barnstorming teams.

Bryant and his agent Rob Pelinka are trying to put together the tour, said Minnesota Timberwolves rookie forward Derrick Williams, who also is represented by Pelinka.

Williams said several clients of Pelinka's agency, the Landmark Sports Agency, could be involved in the tour.

'Hopefully I would be able to do that because I've never been out of the country and I think that would be the best thing for me,' said Williams, the former La Mirada High and University of Arizona star who was drafted second overall in June's NBA draft.

Pelinka's agency lists 18 NBA players as clients, including Clippers Chris Kaman and Eric Gordon, along with former USC star and Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo, and Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer.

If the barnstorming tour happens, the games are likely to take place at the state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. Bryant signed a three-year deal with Mercedes-Benz in February to become the brand ambassador for Smart micro cars in China and he has already been featured in a TV commercial for the car.

Pelinka declined to comment.

One interesting name on the potential list of NBA players on the tour is Lakers guard Derek Fisher, who is a Pelinka client.

Fisher is also the president of the NBA players union, which has battled the owners in a lengthy labor dispute that culminated with the owners imposing a lockout of players at 9:01 p.m. PDT Thursday, when the previous labor agreement expired.

It's unclear how long the lockout will last.

If Fisher took part in an overseas tour, it could be seen as a slap in the face to the NBA.

'I can't tell you he wouldn't be interested in [the tour], but as of right now that's not something that's being brought to our attention at all,' said Jamie Wior, Fisher's publicist.

Courtesy of www.latimes.com


China Loses to USA 82-66, Collapsing in Fourth Quarter after Dominating Third - by Arthur Volbert
China played well for three quarters today, trailing the USA 56-53. It outscored the USA 25-12 in the third quarter to trail only 56-53. Then came the fourth quarter and China reverted to yesterday's form, being outscored 26-13, en route to an 82-66 defeat.

Guo Ailun played only 11 minutes today and was scoreless, He had 3 rebounds but had no assists and 2 turnovers and the NBA seems very far away. Ju Mingxin led China with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Wang Zhelin (213-C-94) distinguished himself with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists in 30 minutes. Li Muhao hit only 1 of 5 shots but grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. Wang Zirui had 11 points and 6 rebounds but only hit 4 of 13 shots. Zhai Xiaochuan had 12 points and 7 rebounds in 36 minutes but only hit 3 of 11 shots.

The USA led 25-13 after one quarter and 44-28 at the half. China then outscored the USA 25-12 in the third quarter, showing enormous potential. But the fourth quarter brought China back to current reality. Had China pulled out the game against Egypt yesterday, we would probably be praising China's basketball progress. After all the USA only narrowly defeated Serbia 80-78 yesterday showing how teams often underperform in junior competition. But yesterday's defeat of China by Egypt paints a far bleaker picture and China can only hope to gain 13th place in this tournament.

Connecticut's Jeremy Lamb led the USA with 17 points. Doug McDermott had 15 points and 8 rebounds and Khyle Marshall had 13 points and 8 rebounds. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 13 while Joe Jackson had 9 points and 5 assists. The USA outrebounded China only 39-38 and had 10 turnovers to 14 for China. But the USA hit 49 percent of its shots to 39 percent for China, which had difficulty with the USA's defensive pressure. China hit only 1 of 15 three-pointers and outside shooting should be its strong point.

In other games Korea shocked Croatia 75-71 and Serbia defeated Egypt 85-67. Australia beat Chinese Taipei 93-65 and Brazil beat Tunisia 97-56. Latvia plays Argentina and Lithuania plays Canada later today.


Link to box score:

http://latvia2011.fiba.com//pages/eng/fe/11/fu19m/p/eid/5194/gid/6/grid/D/rid/8002/sid/5194/game.html



USA U19 win Group D in Liepaja - by Eurobasket News
USA U19-China U19 82:66

USA U19 win Group D in Liepaja after the third straight victory at the World Championships U19. The defending champions overcame China U19 82:66 to keep them winless in Latvia.
The favorites opened the game as if they had to and reached 25-13 after the first 10 minutes. In the second frame the American team needed 19-15 for 44:28 halftime advantage. China seemed to be back on track in the third period as they had nothing to lose and shocked USA with 25-12 in the frame. The latter however replied with 26-13 in the last period to seal the third victory.
Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F-92) paced all the winners with 17 points and Doug McDermott (6'7''-F-92) netted 15. Tim Hardaway Jr. (6'5''-G-92) and Khyle Marshall (6'7''-F-92) followed them with 13 points each. Ju Mingxin (6'7''-F/G-93) replied with 17 points in the losing effort, whilst Wang Zhelin (7'0''-C-94) added 15. Zhai Xiaochuan (6'9''-F-93) delivered 12 and Wang Zirui (6'3''-G-93) netted 11.

USA U19: Jeremy Lamb 17, Doug McDermott 15, Tim Hardaway Jr. 13, Khyle Marshall 13
China U19: Ju Mingxin 17, Wang Zhelin 15, Zhai Xiaochuan (6'9''-F-93) 12, Wang Zirui (6'3''-G-93) 11




NBL Round 8: Jiangsu defeats Ningxia Hanas in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
An interesting game for Jiangsu (5-3) which hosted in one of their biggest challengers Ningxia Hanas (4-4). Third ranked Jiangsu had an easy win 107-92. The game was mostly controlled by Jiangsu. Ningxia Hanas managed to win third quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Ningxia Hanas 50-31 including a 20-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Jiangsu looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Ningxia Hanas' players. American players dominated the game. Center Kenny Lawson (205-88, college: Creighton) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds. Guard Justin Johnson (198-86, college: Iowa) contributed with 18 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Ramon Harris (201-88, college: Kentucky) replied with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Ningxia Hanas. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jiangsu have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Whampoa. Ningxia Hanas at the other side keep the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Jiangsu is looking forward to face Changan Group (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ningxia Hanas will play against Guangzhou FM (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for ShenYang (7-1) which hosted in second-ranked Whampoa (5-3). First ranked ShenYang managed to get a 13-point victory 98-85. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward DeAngelo Collins (206-82, college: High School) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks and Corey Allmond who added 25 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) during the contest. American forward Alan Wiggins (206-85, college: USF) responded with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds. Whampoa's coach XuLin Wang rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. ShenYang have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-1 record. Whampoa at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. They share the position with Jiangsu. ShenYang will play against Hebei (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Whampoa will play against Heilongjiang (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 8: Changan Group was beaten by Heilongjiang on the road 111-103. Hebei won against Hangzhou on its own court 109-97. Sichuan managed to outperform Guangzhou FM in a road game 108-96.
The most impressive performance of 8th round was 33 points (!!!), 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals by T.J. Bannister of Sichuan.



Heilongjiang - Changan Group 111-103

There was a small surprise when ninth ranked Heilongjiang (3-5) beat at home 7th ranked Changan Group (3-5) 111-103. The hosts were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 27-22 Changan Group's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 111-103 at the end of the game. Heilongjiang forced 21 Changan Group turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Changan Group was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian center Benson Egemonye (207-83, college: Niagara) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points, 19 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and American guard Courtney Pigram (185-85, college: E.Tenn.St.) who added 33 points (!!!), 6 assists and 4 steals during the contest. American guard Nick Stallings (190-83, college: Centenary) responded with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and center JunQi Jiang (202-90) scored 22 points. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Changan Group's coach MingZhu Pu rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Heilongjiang moved-up to eighth place, which they share with defeated Changan Group. Heilongjiang will play against league's second-placed Whampoa in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Changan Group will play against Jiangsu (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Changan Group: S.Nick 26+8reb+5ast, J.JunQi 22+4reb+1ast, T.Jahmar 15+6reb+2ast, L.Peng 14+4reb, L.Yang 14+2reb, S.Lei 8
Heilongjiang: P.Courtney 33+2reb+6ast, E.Benson 21+19reb+4ast, W.Nan 19+3reb+3ast, H.Mengxin 19+2reb, Y.Gang 11+4reb+1ast, L.Naiyuan 4+1ast
gschID: 129341


Jiangsu - Ningxia Hanas 107-92

An interesting game for Jiangsu (5-3) which hosted in one of their biggest challengers Ningxia Hanas (4-4). Third ranked Jiangsu had an easy win 107-92. The game was mostly controlled by Jiangsu. Ningxia Hanas managed to win third quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Ningxia Hanas 50-31 including a 20-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Jiangsu looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Ningxia Hanas' players. American players dominated the game. Center Kenny Lawson (205-88, college: Creighton) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds. Guard Justin Johnson (198-86, college: Iowa) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Jiangsu players scored in double figures. Forward Ramon Harris (201-88, college: Kentucky) replied with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and center Kenneth Simms (203-86, college: Cumberland, agency: TSS Management) added 22 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Ningxia Hanas. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jiangsu have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Whampoa. Ningxia Hanas at the other side keep the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Jiangsu is looking forward to face Changan Group (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ningxia Hanas will play against Guangzhou FM (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ningxia Hanas: H.Ramon 26+7reb+5ast, S.Kenneth 22+8reb, Y.Kaifu 12+5reb, S.ChunLei 9+5reb, M.Yansong 7+2reb+1ast, D.Junjiang 6+1reb+2ast
Jiangsu: L.Kenny 33+17reb+2ast, J.Justin 18+14reb+4ast, F.Xin 15+3reb+9ast, S.XianLing 14+2reb+4ast, Q.Hua 10+3reb+4ast, G.Yang 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 129343


Hebei - Hangzhou 109-97

Rather expected game when 10th ranked Hangzhou (1-7) lost on the road to eighth ranked Hebei (4-4) 109-97. Hebei forced 22 Hangzhou turnovers. Hangzhou was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Terence Dials (206-83, college: Ohio St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 22 rebounds and guard Tingyu Yin (197-89) who added 18 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. American forward Austen Powers (203-87, college: Seattle, agency: Tank Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Dante Milligan (206-84, college: Massachusetts, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. Five Hebei and four Hangzhou players scored in double figures. Hangzhou's coach Jiyou Lu rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hebei moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Hangzhou lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with seven games lost. Hebei will play against league's leader ShenYang in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Hangzhou will play against Sichuan (#4) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Hangzhou: P.Austen 23+11reb, Y.Carrian 17+2reb+2ast, M.Dante 16+9reb+1ast, Z.Tian-bao 13+2reb+1ast, L.Wei 11+4reb, Z.Honglin 9+4reb+4ast
Hebei: D.Terence 29+22reb+3ast, Y.Tingyu 18+6reb+1ast, W.Zhi 15+1reb+3ast, Z.ZhenHu 14+2reb+2ast, C.Zhixin 14+3reb+3ast, Z.GuoDong 9+3reb+2ast
gschID: 129338


ShenYang - Whampoa 98-85

An interesting game for ShenYang (7-1) which hosted in second-ranked Whampoa (5-3). First ranked ShenYang managed to get a 13-point victory 98-85. Whampoa was ahead by 12 points at the halftime before a 58-33 second half run of ShenYang. They made 18-of-19 charity shots (94.7 percent) during the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward DeAngelo Collins (206-82, college: High School) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks and the other American import guard Corey Allmond (188-88, college: Howard Col. (TX)) who added 25 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) during the contest. American forward Alan Wiggins (206-85, college: USF) responded with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds and guard ZhiYong Yan (195-86) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Whampoa's coach XuLin Wang rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. ShenYang have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-1 record. Whampoa at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. They share the position with Jiangsu. ShenYang will play against Hebei (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Whampoa will play against Heilongjiang (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Whampoa: W.Alan 34+12reb+1ast, Y.ZhiYong 15+5reb, W.Jing 10+1reb+2ast, Y.Ning 9+4reb, L.Yao 6+3reb+1ast, T.Chao 4+1reb+1ast
ShenYang: A.Corey 25+6reb+3ast, C.DeAngelo 25+14reb+2ast, Y.Peng 11+1reb+1ast, D.ChengLong 11+3reb+1ast, X.Lu 8+2reb+5ast, Z.Kun 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 129339


Guangzhou FM - Sichuan 96-108

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when sixth ranked Sichuan (4-4) won against on the road 5th ranked Guangzhou FM (4-4) 108-96. The game was mostly controlled by Sichuan. Guangzhou FM was better in second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sichuan shot 35 for 49 from the free-throw line, while Guangzhou FM only scored nineteen points from the stripe. Sichuan forced 19 Guangzhou FM turnovers and had a 32-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guangzhou FM was plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard T.J. Bannister (180-84, college: Liberty, agency: Warren Sports International) who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!), 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and Canadian power forward Ryan Wright (206-87, college: Oklahoma) who added 11 points and 15 rebounds during the contest. Sichuan's coach Joseph Stiebing allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Jartavious Henderson (203-87, college: Memphis) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and Palestinian center Sani Sakakini (204-88) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Sichuan moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Guangzhou FM. Sichuan will play against bottom-ranked Hangzhou (#10) in the next round where they are favorite. Guangzhou FM will play against Ningxia Hanas (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guangzhou FM: H.Jartavious 22+12reb+4ast, S.Sani 16+11reb, L.Dapeng 14+2reb, 13+7reb+3ast, S.TianGang 11+2reb+1ast, L.Feng 9+4reb
Sichuan: B.T.J. 33+7reb+9ast, C.Ma 16+5reb+3ast, S.TianNong 16+6reb, J.QiZhen 14+1reb, W.Ryan 11+15reb+1ast, H.XiaoBin 9+6reb
gschID: 129337




China, Korea, Chinese Taipei, Tunisia Battle for 13th Place - by Arthur Volbert
Argentina beat host Latvia 69-62 and Lithuania blasted Canada 111-68 in today's last two games at the FIBA U-19 World Championship.

China will play Korea tomorrow in a game for places 13 to 16 while Chinese Taipei will play Tunisia in the other consolation contest.

Korea finished fourth in its group despite defeating Croatia as China would have finished fourth even if it had beaten the USA,

Preliminary Group Standings:
Group D
TEAM W/L P
1. USA 3/0 6
2. Serbia 2/1 5
3. Egypt 1/2 4
4. China 0/3 3

Group A
TEAM W/L P
1. Poland 2/1 5
2. Brazil 2/1 5
3. Russia 2/1 5
4. Tunisia 0/1 3

Group B
TEAM W/L P
1. Australia 2/1 5
2. Latvia 2/1 5
3. Argentina 2/1 5
4. Chinese Taipei 0/3 3

Group C
TEAM W/L P
1. Croatia 2/1 5
2. Lithuania 2/1 5
3. Canada 1/2 4
4. Korea 1/2 4




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CARIBE REGION BASKETBALL CUP STARTS TODAY - by Victor Garcia
The first edition of the Caribe Cup of Basketball starts today in the beautiful Santa Marta and Sincelejo cities, this Cup is great effort to bring an important Basketball tournament to the north coast of Colombia, hometown of several historic Colombian players.

The cup consists in 2 division North and South and a inter-divisional phase, played in each one of the coast main cities, Barranquilla, Cartagena, Santa Marta , Riohacha and Monteria, each city will have its own team, and one special guest, Tall Blacks from Bucaramanga.

The teams of North Division are:
Guajiros Riohacha.
Tall Blacks Bucaramanga.
Oxigeno Santa Marta.
Electricos Barranquilla

The teams of the South Divison are:
Universidad del Sinu Monteria.
Sabaneros Sincelejo.
Lanceros Cartagena.
Magna Basketball Barranquilla.

The first round starts today and will be played until the July 4, the second round will be from July 15 to 17 in Riohacha and Monteria and the inter-divisional phase from July 29 to July 31 and the final phase in Barranquilla August 13 to 15.
Magna Group is took the organization over its shoulders, managed by Mr Leonardo Castro, and with the sponsorship of the Atlntico Department Governor.



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Goran Suton agreed with Cibona - by Eurobasket News
Goran Suton (209-C-85, college: Michigan St.) agreed with Cibona for the next season. The Croatian-Bosnia and Herzegovina player started first for Michigan St. (NCAA) and in the last season there averaged 10.1ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 52.1%, 3Pts: 43.8%, FT: 84.8%. In 2009 was drafted by Utah Jazz (NBA,2rd (50)) and in 2009-2010 appeared only in pre-season. In November 2009 moved to Spartak St.Petersburg (Russia-A Superleague) and in Russian League had only 1.0ppg, 1.7rpg, while in EuroCup his stats read 4.8ppg, 3.5rpg. In 2010-2011 moved to Angelico Biella (Italy-SerieA, starting five) and in 25 games improved to 9.0ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.2spg, FGP: 60.3%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 78.7%.
Goran Suton recorded 23 points as Angelico BI outscored Vanoli CR 100:95. Later in the season he collected 20 points and 11 rebounds at the Regular Season Round 10 when Angelico BI lost to Lottomatica 100-102. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Croatian-Bosnian center Goran Suton added 20 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) in the effort for Angelico Biella.



South Korea enjoy first win at U19 World Championship - by Eurobasket News
South Korea U19 - Croatia U19 75:71

South Korea opened win count at U19 World Championship. They rolled past Croatia to finish at 1-2 record in Group C action. Croatia slipped at 2-1 record after the loss. Kim HyeongJun (195-F-93) and Kim Manjong (200-F-92) stepped up with 19 points each to lead the winners.
Croatia led by two points after ten minutes of action. But the Asian team turned things around in the second quarter. South Korea went on a decisive 24:11 rally to arrive at halftime leading by 11 points 43:32. Croatia tried to change the complexion of the encounter after the big break. They limited South Korea to 14 points in the third quarter to get within 6 points at the final intermission. But the Korean team stayed determined in the fourth frame and eked out a tough victory at the end. Kim Jun-Yl (202-C-92) and Dong Yeop Lee delivered 12 points apiece in the victory. Boris Barac (206-F-92) reacted with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Croatia. Stipe Krstanovic (201-F/C-93) accounted for 19 points and 16 rebounds in the loss.

South Korea U19: Kim HyeongJun 19, Kim Manjong 19, Kim Jun-Yl 12, Lee Dong-Yeop (194-F-94) 12
Croatia U19: Boris Barac 21, Stipe Krstanovic 19+16 boards



Goran Suton agreed with Cibona - by Eurobasket News
Goran Suton agreed with Cibona for the next season. The Croatian-Bosnia and Herzegovina player started first for Michigan St. (NCAA) and in the last season there averaged 10.1ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 52.1%, 3Pts: 43.8%, FT: 84.8%. In 2009 was drafted by Utah Jazz (NBA,2rd (50)) and in 2009-2010 appeared only in pre-season. In November 2009 moved to Spartak St.Petersburg (Russia-A Superleague) and in Russian League had only 1.0ppg, 1.7rpg, while in EuroCup his stats read 4.8ppg, 3.5rpg. In 2010-2011 moved to Angelico Biella (Italy-SerieA, starting five) and in 25 games improved to 9.0ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.2spg, FGP: 60.3%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 78.7%.
Goran Suton recorded 23 points as Angelico BI outscored Vanoli CR 100:95. Later in the season he collected 20 points and 11 rebounds at the Regular Season Round 10 when Angelico BI lost to Lottomatica 100-102. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Croatian-Bosnian center Goran Suton added 20 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) in the effort for Angelico Biella.


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Keravnos lands Ales Chan - by Michael Aristidou


Keravnos Strovolou team sign up their fist EU player for the forthcoming season. Czech player Ales Chan (215-C-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Seton Hill) will be part of Panagiotis Yiannaras team next season. Now Keravnos Strovolou is looking for their perimeter mostly.

In other news rumours in Cyprus league are said for two ex-league players. Serbian Milutin Aleksic (203-F-82) and American Charron Fisher (193-G/F-85, college: Niagara) are link with transfer in Cyprus league again.
As concern the other teams nothing special happen this days.



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Serbia bruise Egypt in Liepaja - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U19 - Egypt U19 85:67

Serbia dominated the game against Egypt and recorded a well-deserved win at the U19 World Championship in Latvia. The victory propelled Serbia to 2-1 record in Group D. They clinched the second position in the ladder. Egypt slipped at 1-2 record. Aleksandar Cvetkovic (185-PG-93) fired 24 points to lead the charge.
Egypt led for a brief period of time early in the encounter. But Serbia quickly erased the deficit and registered a 25:15 advantage late in the opening frame. Serbia boosted the lead to as many as 16 points in the second stanza. They kept Egypt at bay posting a 45:35 halftime lead. Assem Ahmed (205-C-92) and Seif Samir dragged Egypt within five points at the start of the third term. Marawan Mohamed narrowed the gap to only three points but Serbia finished the quarter strongly restoring a comfortable 64:53 lead with one quarter remaining. Egypt never got closer than 9 points in the final period as Serbia coasted to the victory at the end. Marko Gujanicic (202-F-92) accounted for 11 points and 14 rebounds, while Petar Lambic (195-G-92) netted 12 points in the victory. Assem Ahmed responded with 20 points and 11 rebounds for Egypt. Omar Mohammed nailed 14 points in the loss.

Serbia U19: Aleksandar Cvetkovic 24, Petar Lambic 12, Marko Gujanicic 11+14 boards
Egypt U19: Assem Ahmed 20+11 boards, Omar Mohammed 14



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Finland U18 edged the hosts in Day 2 of the Baltic Cup - by Eurobasket News
Finland U18-Estonia U18 64:62

Finland U18 edged Estonia U18 in Day 2 of the Baltic Cup in Tallinn. The team overcame the hosts 64:62 to celebrate the initial victory.
The home side started better and enjoyed 19-13 after the first 10 minutes. The Finnish side managed to reduce to 3 points leaving the court for the big break after they produced 18-15 in the second period. Moreover Finland needed 13-7 in the third frame to take the lead entering the final period. Estonia won the last stanza 21-20 but could not win the game.
Visa Tarjanne (194-F-93) stepped up with 14 points for the winners and Daniel Dolenc (204-C-93) netted 13. Ilari Seppala (188-G-93) ended up with 12 points, while Mika Nuolivirta (205-C/F-94) scored 7. Martin Jurtom (193-F-94) responded with 14 points in defeat and Martin Paasoja (189-G-93) netted 12.
Finland U18 improved to 1-1 record, while Estonia U18 dropped to 0-2 record.

Finland U18: Visa Tarjanne 14, Daniel Dolenc 13, Ilari Seppala 12, Mika Nuolivirta 7
Estonia U18: Martin Jurtom 14, Martin Paasoja 12



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ESL Day 1 Box scores and a short recap - by Darryl Reshaw
ESL Chicago Day 1 Box Scores:

Game 1:
Rome 73 Berlin 67

Rome: 73
Karim Torres: 6pts; 4rebs; 3ast; 3stl
Marcus Jackson (6'5''-G/F-81, college: Benedictine): 15pts; 12rbs; 2ast
Dean Giannakopoulos: 4pts; 5rbs; 2ast
Jake Voeltz: 6pts; 3rbs; 3ast
Marques Ewell: 3pts; 3rbs; 3ast
Marvin Walker: 10pts; 7rbs; 4ast
John Harver: 2pts; 5rbs
Devin Langford: 7pts; 5rbs; 3ast
Darryl Garrett: 13pts; 5rbs; 3ast
Tim Giles: 7pts; 2rbs; 2ast

Berlin: 67
Antonio Griffin: 15pts; 10rbs; 2ast; 3stl
Marques Singleton: 4pts; 4rbs;
Eric Tisby: 5pts; 5rbs; 5ast
Tyrone Guyton: 8pts; 3rbs; 4ast
Jarvis Hill: 8pts; 6rbs; 4ast
Joshua Jones: 8pts; 4rbs; 3ast
Joe Allen: 5pts; 3rbs; 2ast
Jontae Koonkaew: 2pts; 2rbs;2ast
Modestas Masilonis: 3pts; 1rbs; 3ast
Pierre Marie Cespedes: 8pts; 2rbs

Game 2:
Warsaw 108 Athens 87

Warsaw 108
Stanley Thomas: 14pts; 8rbs; 4ast; 3stl
Tyrone Kent (6'5''-G/F-86, college: Toledo): 19pts; 7rbs; 4ast; 3stl
Casey Love: 12pts; 8rbs; 2ast;
Brandon Watkins (6'0''-G-81, college: Penn St.): 17pts; 4rbs; 6ast; 3stl
Armond Williams (6'5''-F-82, college: Ill.-Chicago) 19pts; 5rbs; 3ast
Anthony Simmons: 8pts; 7rbs; 2ast
Johney Calhoun: 8pts: 5rbs; 2ast
Mike Hart: 11pts; 15rbs; 2ast; 5blk

Athens: 87
Mike Murphy: 9pts; 6rbs; 5ast
Richard England: 6pts; 5rbs; 2ast; 4stl
Emmanuel Little (6'5''-F-85, college: N.Dakota): 19pts; 15rbs; 3ast; 5stl
Calvin Wooten: 14pts; 4rbs; 4ast
Marcus Jackson (6'5''-G/F-81, college: Benedictine): 13pts; 8rbs; 3ast; 4stl
Scott Buschman: 6pts; 9rbs; 2ast
Chris Staples: 9pts; 5rbs; 3ast
Aaron Hall: 6pts; 6rbs; 3ast; 3stl
Darryl Drake: 5pts; 2rbs; 4ast

Game 3:
Paris 106 Madrid 98

Paris: 106
Justin Taylor: 15pts; 4rbs; 4ast
Andrew Fair: 12pts; 3rbs; 5ast; 10stl
Aaron Squirewell: 11pts; 8rbs; 2ast
Joshua Bell: 8pts; 5rbs; 3ast
Octreyvius Roebuck (6'7''-F): 26pts; 12rbs; 2ast
Jarvis Walker: 16pts; 7rbs; 4ast
Jryan Lott: 10pts; 3rbs; 2ast
Rory Darty: 8pts; 4rbs; 2ast

Madrid: 98
Terrance Silas: 4pts; 3rbs; 3ast
Obinna Agono: 24pts; 6rbs; 2ast
LaPhonso Ellis: 14pts; 5rbs; 3ast
Mitchell Carter (6'10''-C): 24pts; 16rbs; 4ast; 3stl; 3blk
Wesley Smith: 8pts; 3rbs; 2ast
Jerome Thomas: 2pts; 2rbs; 2rbs
Pierre Glover: 17pts; 6rbs; 2ast; 3stl
Demarco Crawford: 5pts; 3rbs; 3ast

Game 4:
London 114 Amsterdam 105
Tawrence Walton (6'6''-F) 23pts; 13rbs; 3ast
Mike McKinney: 11pts; 8rbs; 4stl
Larrell Gary: 10pts; 4rbs;
Julius Hearn: 7pts; 3rbs; 6ast
Senario Hillman (6'1''-G-88): 25pts; 6rbs; 3ast
Donovan Monroe; 6pts; 5rbs; 3stl
John Shodipo: 13pts; 6rbs
John Barber: 15pts; 12rbs; 4stl
Mike Stovall: 4pts; 3rbs; 11ast

Amsterdam: 105:
Mike Skinner: 0pts; 3rbs
Jeremy Shedrick: 8pts; 9rbs; 2ast
John Head: 18pts; 8rbs; 3ast
Marcel Anderson (5'9''-G-86, college: Harris-Stowe St.): 26pts; 5rbs; 6ast
Larry Woods: 11pts; 7rbs; 2ast
Djvon Simpson: 7pts; 2ast; 3stl
Julian Harris: 35pts; 5rbs; 4ast

A short recap on the first day of the ESL 2011 Chicago event displayed some interesting performances not mentioned in the game reports:
Armond Williams the experienced European professional had an outstanding game for Warsaw.
His other two team members who have European experience as well Tyrone Kent (6'5''-G/F-86, college: Toledo) and Brandon Watkins (6'0''-G-81, college: Penn St.) had big time games:
In the third game of the night Octreyvius Roebuck (6'7''-F) had an outstanding performance of 26 points and 12 rebounds featuring a nice al around game.
In the third contest as well Marcus Jackson (6'5''-G/F-81, college: Benedictine) featured a nice all around game and Obinna Ogono did as well..

Andrew Fair


ESL Chicago Day (2) Game Reports - by Darryl Reshaw
Eurobasket Summer League Chicago
Day 2 Game Reports:
The Full Box scores for Day 2 will be uploaded on the ESL Web site on Saturday Night CET.

Game 1:
Athens 112 Berlin 95
The first game of the day was evenly matched. Both teams lost on day one. This game had a playoff feeling as Athens defeated Berlin.
Emmanuel Little (6'5''-F-85, college: N.Dakota) separated himself from the pack with a 25pts; 8rbs and 5stl performance as he did in the first day.. He is a great player in transition. He has a high percentage finishing around the rim. I like his ability to attack the rim and his basketball IQ. It is clear that he has professional experience. Emmanuel can compete now in countries like France Pro A, Italy A2 and Germany. Other players that have pro-potential in this game are Chris Staples (6'5''-F) an explosive athletic wing player that can play in Germany 2nd Division, Switzerland and Finland and Aaron Hall who had a monster game with a 30pts, 10rbs and 6ast performance. He is a big guard that can play in Germany 2nd Division, Finland and Portugal.
Jarvis Hill (6'2''-G-86) had a quality game scoring 17 pts and Antonio Griffin (6'6''-G/F-84, college: CSU Bakersfield) played very well scoring 16 pts and 7rbs.
Modestas Mosulin shot the ball extremely well and pitched in 18 pts in the contest.

Game 2
Amsterdam 84 - Madrid 83
Game two feature three of the players that played well yesterday; Julian Harris (6'4''-G-90), Mitchell Carter (6'10''-C) and Marcel Anderson (5'9''-G-86, college: Harris-Stowe St.).
Julian (16pts; 8ast) didnt have the impressive offensive out put as he did yesterday, but he showed that he is a solid pro. He controlled the tempo for his team and scored when he needed to. He is a very good point guard. I think Julian fits well in leagues like Germany, Italy A2 and France Pro B. Mitchell Carter (14pts; 8rbs) was solid as well. Again not as many points but he showed his excellent footwork in the post area. He has all the moves you want from a big guy in the post. He would be great for LEB Gold, Pro A France and Germany. Marcel Anderson won the game for Amsterdam with is unstoppable penetration and his ability to get steals and get out on the break. Marcel is a great guard for Lithuania, France and Germany. He scored 29pts; 7rbs and 7stl in day two.
However the story for Madrid was Obinna Agono the player with the Nigerian passport who can play as a Contono player all over Europe was very impressive and athletic. He scored 26pts and had 11 rebounds and raised the eyes of the Lithuania scouts in attendance.
Wes Smith (6'3''-F) had an excellent game for Madrid as he pitched in 18pts and 7rbs.

Game 3
Rome vs. Warsaw
In game Warsaw featuring ex NBA player Donnie Boyce team was put to the test in the first half by a game team from Rome.
However the depth and talent of the Warsaw team featuring mostly professional experience players were too much to deal with.
Tyrone Kent (6'5''-G/F-86, college: Toledo) was unstoppable and maybe the best player in the Chicago event.
This athletic wing can shoot, create and finish with the best of them and should be back in Europe playing in a quality league.
He scored 25 pts in a variety of ways.
Casey Love (6'9''-C-80, college: Robert Morris) (18pts; 10rbs) the inside highly skilled big man has an amazing mid range jump shot and great foot work in the post area. He has experience internationally but would be perfect for a team looking for a scoring low post presence in Europe. The big kid from Chicago can definitely play.
Brandon Watkins (6'0''-G-81, college: Penn St.) (18pts; 6ast) is a crafty quick PG that can really shoot the ball and control a team. He has experience in Europe and its showing at the ESL event.
Stanley Thomas (6'5''-G/F-80) was the ex-factor in the game because every time Rome made a run he score at key times as his team was always in control. Stan is an excellent scoring big guard who shoots the ball extremely well and creates off the dribble well.
Marvin Walker (6'3''-G-89), the ABA rookie of the year, put on a impressive performance for Rome. Against a really stacked team, he kept his team in the game with his all around ability. At 63 he can block shots, rebound, and he is a very athletic guard. He can compete on the professional level in France Pro B, Germany and Switzerland.
Darryl Garrett (6'4''-G) of Rome has lots of talent and is super creative off the dribble and scored 19 pts.
Marcus Jackson (6'5''-G/F-81, college: Benedictine) had an excellent game as he scored 18 points and 12 rebounds displaying an awesome mid range jumper. The kid can play somewhere in Europe and would be perfect for the BBL in England.
John Harver shot the ball well from deep as he connected with four 3pt shots during the game.

Game 4
Paris 76 London 73
The last game of day two was pretty intense. Both teams did their best to advance to the finals.
Again, Andrew Fair game was on full display. He is pesky tough guard.
His defensive intensity and his ability to lead his team helped Paris take an early lead in the game.
In the second half John Park looked really impressive for London.
Late in the game, when the game was on the line, Senario Hillman (6'1''-G-88) woke up.
He made some explosive moves to the basket to give his team a slight lead with 15 seconds left.
This was probably the best game of the day and ended on a couple of errors from the London team.
Paris had great team chemistry and played smarter during crunch time.
Justin Taylor (6'3''-F) (16 points) had an outstanding game offensively for Paris and had a key forced jump ball in the final minutes.
Jarvis Walker played extremely well in the second half as he poured in all of his 12 points in the period.
Octreyvius Roebuck (6'7''-F) had another solid performance for the Paris team that will be featured in the ESL Championship on Sunday.
Mike McKinney (6'4''-G-85, college: N.Illinois) scored very well for the London team and led them with 17 points.

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




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Aleksander Djordjevic to guide Benetton - by Eurobasket News
Aleksander Djordjevic will be at helm in Benetton Treviso in the upcoming season. The sides have agreed on terms of contract. The famous Serbian player had a short experience at the position of head coach. He only worked with Armani Jeans back in 2006. However as a player Aleksander Djordjevic saw a lot. He played in Partizan, Milan, Bologna, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Scavolini Pesaro. The guard was on Yugoslavian National Team roster from 1986 through 2000. Aleksander Djordjevic will replace Jasmin Repesa (agency: World Sport Agency ) on the bridge.



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BC Donetsk tab Michael Lee - by Eurobasket News
BC Donetsk continued to bolster their roster before the Euroleague Qualifying Round games. They lately agreed on terms of contract with Michael Lee (207-F-86). The 25-year-old forward arrives from Serbia. He spent the last season playing for Radnicki. Michael Lee tallied 14.0 points, 7.0 boards, 2.1 assists and 1.9 steals per game in Serbian League. In Adriatic League Michael Lee delivered 19.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.4 assists per appearance. Eurobasket.com named Michael Lee All-Adriatic League Forward of the Year. He was also trumped All-Serbian League Defensive Player of the Year. Previously Michael Lee played for Albacomp in Hungary, Split in Croatia and Cholet Basket in France. He was also named Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Forward of the Year in 2010.


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Finland U18 edged the hosts in Day 2 of the Baltic Cup - by Eurobasket News
Finland U18-Estonia U18 64:62

Finland U18 edged Estonia U18 in Day 2 of the Baltic Cup in Tallinn. The team overcame the hosts 64:62 to celebrate the initial victory.
The home side started better and enjoyed 19-13 after the first 10 minutes. The Finnish side managed to reduce to 3 points leaving the court for the big break after they produced 18-15 in the second period. Moreover Finland needed 13-7 in the third frame to take the lead entering the final period. Estonia won the last stanza 21-20 but could not win the game.
Visa Tarjanne (194-F-93) stepped up with 14 points for the winners and Daniel Dolenc (204-C-93) netted 13. Ilari Seppala (188-G-93) ended up with 12 points, while Mika Nuolivirta (205-C/F-94) scored 7. Martin Jurtom (193-F-94) responded with 14 points in defeat and Martin Paasoja (189-G-93) netted 12.
Finland U18 improved to 1-1 record, while Estonia U18 dropped to 0-2 record.

Finland U18: Visa Tarjanne 14, Daniel Dolenc 13, Ilari Seppala 12, Mika Nuolivirta 7
Estonia U18: Martin Jurtom 14, Martin Paasoja 12



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ASVEL renew contract with Kim Tillie - by Eurobasket News
Kim Tillie (211-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah) re-signed with ASVEL. The 22-year-old forward will spend the next season in the team. Kim Tillie joined ASVEL at the start of the previous season. He tallied 4.8 points, 4.3 boards, 1.3 steals per EuroCup game. In Euroleague Qualifying Round his stats read 5.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per appearance. Kim Tillie also posted 7.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.1 assist in ProA. Kim Tillie made it into French National Team preliminary roster. Previously Kim Tillie played for U18 and U20 National Teams.


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MZT Skopje tab Cade Davis - by Eurobasket News
MZT Skopje bolstered their roster with addition of import player. They brought in Oklahomas standout Cade Davis (195-G-88). It is the first pro deal for a 22-year-old player. Cade Davis was Oklahomas topscorer. He averaged 14.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 steal per game in his senior season. Cade Davis made it into Big 12 All-Academic 1st Team. The forward also earned All-Big 12 Honourable Mention.


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SC Rist Wedel Basketball Legend Mac-Davis Duah Stays On For Another Season - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
PRO B team SC Rist Wedel announced that Mac-Davis Duah (186-G/f-76) who probably knows every spec of green grass in Wedel will stay in the Elbe town and play his 11th season for the club. Mac Davis Duah is a 35 year old 186cm guard who will start his third season in the German PRO B. Last season, he played 23 games: 7.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.3apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 40.3%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 77.8%. 'Iam very thrilled that a symbol figure for Wedel will stay with us. He is a leader on and off the court for the young players and team', stated SC Rist Wedel head coach Ozhan Gurel. The German scored in double figurs 7 times last seasons including 17 points against Schwelm. At the rate that he is going now, he might still play into his 40s. 'I feel like I am getting fitter each year. I have been lucky not to have had a serious injury and I must have good genes. A good horse only jumps as high as it must', stated Mac- Davis Duah. The German started his basketball career in Hamburg in 1996 where he played until 1999. In between his 10 years with SC Rist Wedel, he played a year with BC Hamburg Tigers and VFL Stade. The German is looking forward to the upcoming season. 'The league is probably going to be even stronger this season. But that is good, because you then grow with your duties. We have many good young players and a solid roster. I want to be the oldest MVP of the young league', grined Mac-Davis Duah (186-G/f-76).

Source: SC Rist Wedel



Oliver Komarek Remains A USC Heidelberg Player - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The heart of Oliver Komarek (210-C/F-86) has always beat the fatest for USC Heidelberg as he has played there for six seasons. USC Heidelberg management announced today that Komarek will play a seventh season in Heidelberg. Komarek is a 24 year old 210cm power forward/center. Last season for USC Heidelberg, he played 25 games: 12.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 44.9%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 70.7%. 'Heidelberg is like an affair of the heart for me and I am happy to play there next season again. I await to take a further step ahead and help the team reach our goals', stressed Oliver Komarek (210-C/F-86). The best season of Komarek in a USC Heidelberg jersey was 2009-2010 where he played 29 games: 17.1ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 49.8%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 75.5%. 'We are happy that he will continue to play with us. He is one of the best and most consistent offensive players in the PRO A. It is also nice to have a guy from the region stay with the team. If he keeps to wor hard on his game then he will be one of the keys for our success', stressed USC Heidelberg coach Uwe Sauer. Awards/Achievements in his acreer have been German U18 National Team -04, Albert Schweitzer Tournament -04, German Bundesliga Rookies All-Star Game -04, 05, 06, German U20 National Team -06,European Championships U20 in Izmir (Turkey) -06: 6 games: 4.0ppg, 1.3rpg, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Most Improved Player of the Year -09, German A2 National Team -09, German University National Team -09, World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) -09: 5 games: 8.4ppg, 2.0rpg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 53.8%, FT: 75.0%,Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Honorable Mention -10, and Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Domestic Players Team -10.

Source: USC Heidelberg




Henrik Rodl Nabs Another Alba Berlin Player For TBB Trier With Andreas Seiferth - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
TBB Trier coach Henrik Rodl may be starting his second season as coach on the Mosel, but a piece of his heart still remains with 8 time beko BBL club Alba Berlin as he has signed ex players since his tenure with frequency the same way George Clooney changes girlfriends. Last season, Rodl got guys like Dragan Dojcin, Oliver Clay, Philipp Zwiener or Oskar Fassler from the Alba Berlin factory, and now he has hauled in big German talent Andreas Seiferth (206-F/C-89, college: ALBA Berlin II). TBB Trier has given Seiferth a two year deal. Seiferth is a 22 year old 206cm power forward/center that comes from the Alba Berlin school. he started his career in 2004 for IBBA Berlin/Marzahner Basket Bren cadet team. he then played for TUS Lichterfelde Berlin (2.Bundesliga)from 2005-2008. From 2008-2011, he played for ALBA Berlin II (Regionalliga) and Alba Berlin. Last season, he played for ALBA Berlin (1.Bundesliga): German League: 5 games: 0.6ppg; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 1 game: 0pts, 1reb; EuroCup: 5 games: 1.0ppg, 1.4rpg, had also a license to play at ALBA Berlin II (Regionalliga): 20 games: 15.4ppg, Reb-2 (10.7rpg), 2.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 67.4%. For Alba Berlin, he played a total of 8 beko BBL games and one Euroleague game. Awards/Achievements in his career have been German U16 National Team -05, German U18 National Team -07, German Bundesliga U-20 All-Star Game -08, German U20 National Team -09, European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) -09: 4 games: 6.8ppg, 5.3rpg, FGP: 61.1%, FT: 83.3%, German Regionalliga (North Group) Champion -10, Eurobasket.com German All-Regionalliga North Domestic Player of the Year -10, Eurobasket.com German All-Regionalliga North First Team -10, Eurobasket.com German All-Regionalliga North Domestic Players Team -10, and Eurobasket.com All-German 2. Bundesliga Pro B Honorable Mention -11. 'I think he will do great. Of course, it will take some time for him to get used to the BBL, but I think it will not take too long because he already practiced with the ALBA Berlin Team the last 3 years and knows how to play against professional basketball players. Also, it's an advantage for him that he knows a lot of his new teammates and even the coach Henrik Roedl.Therefore, I think it was the right decision for him to go to TBB Trier and I can't wait for the coming season', stated brother Martin Seiferth.


Jason Jamerson set for Noerdlingen move - by Moritz Korff
Jason Jamerson (188-G-86, college: Grand Valley St.) will spend the 2011-12 season with Pro B newcomer Giants Noerdlingen, the club announced. He appeared in 28 Pro A games for the Saar-Pfalz Braves during this past season, producing 9.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per night. Jamerson made his pro debut at Saint Vallier of France in January 2009 and had to sit out the following year due to an injury. He hails from Muncie, Indiana and attended NCAA D2 school Grand Valley State from 2004 till 2008.


S. Oliver Baskets Bring In Gilbert Brown From The NCAA - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
It is always exciting to see new players from the NCAA come and start their professional basketball career in the beko BBL and the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg made that move bringing in Gilbert Brown (198-F-87, agency: VVG Sports). Brown is a 198cm forward from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He played prep school basketball in Connecticut at South Kent before moving to Pittsburg in the NCAA where he played from 2006-2010. In his senior season, Brown played 34 games: 11.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 45.8%, 3PT: 41.3%, FT: 78.9%. 'He is an unbelieveable athletic and explosive player, but is also a great defender and has shown his winning mentality. He shots well from all over the court. I await that he will show a lot in the beko BBK on offense', stressed s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg coach John Patrick . He recently took part at the well known Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft): 3 games: 12.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg. Awards/Achievements in his career have been Big East Regular Season Runner-Up -07, 09, Big East Tournament Finalist -07, NCAA Sweet 16 -07
Big East Tournament Winner -08, Big East Regular Season Co-Runner-Up -10, and Big East Regular Season Champion -11.


Source: s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg







Japan beat Wuerzburg for second straight victory - by Eurobasket News
Japan - Wuerzburg 80:67

Japan celebrated the second straight win over German team Wuerzburg in three-game exhibition series. This time Japan claimed a 13-point victory in Fukurui. Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) stepped up with 18 points to lead the hosts.
Once again Wuerzburg looked better at early stages. The German team gained a 17:12 lead after ten minutes of action. Japan stepped on the gas in the second frame to get within two points at halftime 34:36. The third quarter proved decisive. Japan took over exploding with 25 points and establishing a 6-point lead into the fourth frame 59:53. Japan kept Wuerzburg at distance throughout the final quarter and rolled to a comfortable win at the end. Takumi Ishizaki (188-PG-84) knocked down 15 points for Japan. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) added 12 points in the win. Oliver Clay (205-F/C-87) answered with 15 points for Wuerzburg. Cedric Oliver finished with 13 points in defeat.

Japan: Takuya Kawamura 18, Takumi Ishizaki 15, Kosuke Takeuchi 12
Wuerzburg: Oliver Clay 15, Cedric Oliver 13



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Greece pip Sweden at Torneo di Domegge - by Eurobasket News
Greece U20 - Sweden U20 86:82

Greece recorded the first win at the Torneo di Domegge. The Hellenes held off Swedish counterparts in the opener. Andreas Kanonidis (198-F-91) provided 17 points to pace the effort. Sweden led early in the game 7:0. But Greece gradually recovered and picked up the tempo. Greece got within six points at the first break 17:23. Greece finally surged ahead in the second frame. They recorded a 45:40 halftime advantage. Sweden stayed close and regained the advantage late in the third quarter thanks to Andreas Person (190-G-91). But the Hellenes stayed calm and determined and secured a tough victory at the end. Dimitrios Katsivelis (194-G-91) and Spyridon Motsenigos (194-G/F-92) accounted for 13 points apiece in the victory. Andreas Person responded with 19 points for Sweden. Christopher Czerapowicz (200-SF-91) fired game-high 27 points in the loss.

Greece U20: Andreas Kanonidis 17, Dimitrios Katsivelis 13, Spyridon Motsenigos 13
Sweden U20: Christopher Czerapowicz 27, Andreas Person 19



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Final 4 will play tonight in the International Basketball League playoffs - by Trask Frost
Vancouver Volcanoes beat Portland Chinooks (an extremly strong Portland team last night) and the Albany Legends beat Olympia Slam (Albany stormed back from 7 down with 2 minutes to go, to get the win) to set up tonight's final 4 at Clark College (Vancouver Washington) at 6pm and 8pm.

Tonight-


6pm Edmonton Energy vs Albany Legends (Edmonton had 3 days off to rest what were very- very tired legs at the end of the regular season; Albany on the other hand looked pretty crisp last night in the win over Olympia and Albany head coach Ben Smith really divided the minutes well among the players to where fatigue probably will not be an issue in this game for Albany). This game can be heard on the radio, click on IBL web site, then Albany Legends.

8pm Vancouver Volcanoes vs Bellingham Slam (Vancouver played their starters very heavy minutes to get the win last night; Bellingham is fresh and really ready to go, this will be a challenge for Vancouver to win this game). This game has live stats and also can be heard on the radio, click on IBL web site, then Bellingham Slam.

www.IBLhoopsonline.com




IBL's Bellingham Slam head to playoffs ranked first, but hardly favorites - by Trask Frost
BELLINGHAM, Wash. The Bellingham Slam enter tonights International Basketball League Championship tournament as the #1 seeded team but they are by no means considered the favorites to win.

The Slam, who received a first round bye as one of the leagues top two teams late Wednesday night, will play their first game tonight in a semi-final match-up against the winner of a first round game featuring the Vancouver Volcanoes and Portland Chinooks on Friday (Volcanoes won this game by 8 points).

Bellingham, who was ranked as low as third last week, ascended to the top seed thanks to late season losses by the Albany Legends and Edmonton Energy, who had been ranked first and second, respectively. Edmonton finished with a 3-2 record in their last five games to earn the second playoff seed, while Albany struggled to a 2-3 record, earning their two victories by a total margin of just three points.

The Slams path to their second IBL championship and third title game appearance wont be an easy one, as the six-team tournament will feature some of the best talent the league has seen in recent years. In their semi-final game Saturday, the Slam faces the unenviable task of trying to defeat either the tournament hosts, the Vancouver Volcanoes, on their home floor, or the Portland Chinooks, whose talent level no longer matches their seeding as they completely retooled their roster with Division-I talent following a string of early-season losses. Vancouver enters the tournament with a 10-0 record at home this season, while Portland finished the season with a seven-game winning streak (Vancouver won this game so Bellingham will play tonight versus the Vancouver Volcanoes).

On the other side of the bracket, the Edmonton Energy, also with a first round bye, will await the winner of a Friday match-up featuring the third-seeded Albany Legends and the sixth-seeded Olympia Reign (Albany Legends won this game over Olympia). With three losses in five games to close out the regular season, the Albany Legends dropped from first to third place in the seeding, and lost out on receiving one of the two first round byes. Despite their late-season struggles, Albany is sure to be considered a contender as they come to the tournament as the defending IBL Champions, having defeated Bellingham in the 2010 title game.

Bellingham heads to the playoffs tonight with a three-game winning streak and winners of eight of their last ten games. The Slam, who ended the regular season with a record-setting 170-100 victory over Kankakee, has benefited from the most balanced offense the team has seen in its six-year history. Remarkably, ten of the 12 players on the Slam roster averaged at least ten points per game during the regular season. That group was paced by the 19.5 points per game average of guard Jacob Stevenson, but guards Paul Hafford and Morris Anderson werent far behind at 16.7 and 16.1 points per game, respectively. Anderson also finished with a team-high 6.6 assists per game, which ranked as fifth-best in the entire league.

In the frontcourt, center Blake Poole enjoyed a fine rookie season, averaging a double-double with 12.8 points and a 10.9 rebounds per game, while veteran forward Lukas Henne posted averages of 13.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and a 1.7 blocks per game. Pooles 10.9 rebounds per game average ranked him third in the IBL among players appearing in at least 15 games. Forward Tyler Amaya, who joined the Slam late in the season after recovering from a knee injury, also figures to be a factor. He averaged 14.3 points and eight rebounds in three wins for Bellingham to end the regular season.

Bellinghams semi-final game against Vancouver will tip-off at 8 p.m. tonight at the OConnell Sports Complex at Clark College in Vancouver, the site of every tournament game. The game will be radio broadcasted live on KGMI 790 AM and online at www.kgmi.com.

If the Slam win their semi-final contest on Saturday, they would advance to the IBL Championship game, set for 1 p.m. Sunday. Should the Slam participate, that game would be broadcast live on KBAI 930 AM and online at www.930kbai.com.

For more information, contact the Slam at (360) 734-SLAM or visit their website at www.bellinghamslam.com.


IBL recognizes strong 2011 season from West Coast Hotshots Head Coach Randy Redwine - by Trask Frost
Head Coach Randy Redwine was in charge of player personnel and all things basketball operations related (including head coaching) for the West Coast Hotshots in 2011 and the IBL today- recognizes the solid work by coach Randy Redwine. Randy Redwine beat Bellingham Slam at Bellingham, beat a strong Portland Chinooks team at Portland and won 8 games total- to 9 losses this season (all on the road, no home games), but most impressive was the 3 losses that Redwine took up in Edmonton with an undermanned team (running with what turned out to be 9 players but only 5 guys in shape enough to compete at this level, Redwine managed two of the games to be near upsets for the Hotshots). Randy Redwine has been involved in the IBL since November of 2003 and so, today, nearly 8 years later, the IBL recognizes his contributions to the IBL product and recognizes this solid 2011 season as well. Redwine was involved in the original 9 test games that helped form the rules of the IBL in 2003 and Randy Redwine has went on to head coach for various teams in the IBL throughout the last 7 seasons. To see a video about the IBL beginnings and about Randy Redwine, visit the IBL web site (main page) at www.IBLhoopsonline.com. The IBL also would like to recognized Terrance Dickens for his work in the IBL as deputy commissioner for 8 seasons as well, Dickens was also involved in the test games of 2003. Dickens is no longer deputy commissioner but Dickens is still the head coach of the Portland Chinooks who lost last night by 8 points to an extremely strong Vancouver Volcanoes team in the playoffs. Dickens is expect to return as head coach of the Portland Chinooks in the upcoming Winter season and/or the 2012 Spring/Summer traditional IBL season.

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Varese adds Luca Garri - by Eurobasket News
Cimberio Varese announced signing of Luca Garri (207-C/F-82) today. They penned a two-year deal. Garri parted ways with Pepsi Caserta earlier this week. He played 30 games for the club in SerieA registering 6.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 1.4 spg. He also added 5.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 1 spg in 14 EuroCup games. Garri joined Caserta last summer from Biella. With Biella Garri had 8.4 ppg and 5.9 rpg in 2008/09 season, plus 7.2 ppg and 4.8 rpg in 2009/10. Before Biella, he played for La Fortezza Bologna, Lottomatica Roma and Livorno. Garri helped Caserta to reach the EuroCup Quarterfinals last season. Luca Garri played for the Italian National Team from 2002 to 2009. At the World Championship 2006 in Japan he had 4.3 ppg and 2.3 rpg for 6 games.
Cimberio Varese ended last season as No.7 with 15-15 record.


Montegranaro and Kristof Ongenaet part ways - by Eurobasket News
Kristof Ongenaet (203-F-85, college: Syracuse) is no longer a member of Fabi Shoes Montegranaro. Two sides terminated their deal today. The Belgian forward joined Montegranaro in 2009 from the Syracuse University. After four games in 2009/10 season, Ongenaet moved to Belgacom Liege Basket. He had 2.1 ppg and 1.1 rpg for them in 8 games. Last summer, Kristof Ongenaet rejoined the Italian outfit Montegranaro. However, his playing time was very limited again. For 7 games he had 1.3 ppg and 1 rpg. Montegranaro sent him on loan again, this time to Aget Imola. Ongenaet played 8 games in Lega Due with them averaging 3.8 points, 1.5 rebound and 1 steal.
Kristof Ongenaet played for the Belgian National Team in 2010. In the past, he was a member of U20 Belgium.


Rockets rookie Donatas Motiejunas returns to Italy - by Eurobasket News
Hours before the NBA locked out its players, Rockets rookie Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances) returned to Italy on Thursday expecting to rejoin his previous team.

Motiejunas expects to accept an offer from Benetton Treviso to resume his career there for the duration of the NBA lockout and perhaps through next season.

Just a week after he joined the Rockets in a draft-night deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Motiejunas, 20, left Houston to resume training in Treviso.

I still have a contract with Benetton, said Motiejunas, the 20th player taken in the NBA draft. They told me if I want to leave in the middle of the season when the team that took me, Houston, wants me, they would let me go. That will be no problem.

Thats why Im happy, and a little bit sad. The situation is very tough right now.

I dont really want to go away from the team. Im not happy about that. That was one of the greatest things that happened in my life, that this team picked me.

Temporary stay or longer

Motiejunas, a 7-footer from Lithuania, would consider remaining with Benetton throughout next season, depending on input from the Rockets. But he and his representatives cannot have any communication with the Rockets during the lockout.

Before the lockout, the Rockets did make tender offers to their draft picks to maintain their NBA rights to them.

The NBA has told players it could void contracts of players injured while playing during the lockout, but rookies are not under contract. Veteran forward Luis Scola, 31, had said he would seek a team to join during the lockout, but is expected to play only for Argentinas national team.

Better to play than not

Most top international teams are expected to offer their top contracts to players who can sign without a clause that would allow players to leave when the lockout ends, an option Motiejunas might consider.

I think it is better to play with some team, to get more minutes and more experience, more energy and more toughness, than to come here and see how others play, Motiejunas said. That is most difficult thing, to sit on the bench and watch others play.

But during the lockout he will not have an option to work with the Rockets.

I want to be here, but its not my option, Motiejunas said. But if the team sees I cannot play, why come here and spend one year if there is a lockout.

Courtesy of www.chron.com


Italy U20 are 1-1 after first games in Domegge - by Eurobasket News
Italy U20 opened the tournament in Domegge with a victory and a loss. In the opening game of the tourney the hosts surrendered against Slovenia 70:72. Italy led by two points at the interval 32:30 but could not keep up the tempo after the big break. Slovenia grabbed a 48:43 lead with one quarter remaining and hung on for the victory in the fourth period. Achille Polonara (202-F-91) stepped up with 15 points for the Azzurri. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) added 14 points in the loss.
Next Italy took on their Swedish counterparts. The hosts strongly started the game. Italy posted a 25:15 lead after ten minutes. Sweden cut the deficit but Italy reacted with a 27:13 run in the third frame to boost the gap at 21-point mark with one quarter to go. Sweden almost made a miraculous comeback as they exploded with 42 points in the fourth stanza but Italy eked out a narrow 95:90 victory at the end. Alessandro Gentile delivered 20 points for the Azzurri. Andrea Traini (187-G-92) added 17 points in the win.
Italy will next take on Greece.



Ricky Hickman officially in Pesaro - by Eurobasket News
Pesaro officially announced the arrival of Ricky Hickman (190-G-85, college: NC-Greensboro). Yesterday we informed about the decision of Ricky Hickman to part ways with Fastweb Casale. Today he has landed in Scavolini Pesaro. The 25-year-old guard was the mastermind of Fastweb Casale triumph in LegaDue. Ricky Hickman tallied 17.5 points, 4.0 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game during the last season. Eurobasket.com named Ricky Hickman All-Italian LegaDue Player of the Year. The guard had stints Namika Lahti, Goettingen, LTi Giessen, Pecs and Otopeni before moving to Italy. Now rumours sent Ricky Hickman into Scavolini Pesaro. Ricky Hickman will replace Andre Collins (183-G-82, college: Loyola, MD) on the roster. Collins split ways with the team yesterday.


Trenkwalder announce Demian Filloy - by Eurobasket News
Trenkwalder officially announced the signing of Demian Filloy (198-F-82, agency: Interperformances). The 29-year-old forward player penned two-year agreement with the Reggio Emilia team. Demian Filloy played in Rimini last season. He averaged 11.4 points, 9.1 boards, 2.5 steals and 1.7 assists per game in LegaDue. Eurobasket.com named Demian Filloy into Italian LegaDue All-Domestic Player Team. Previously the forward had stints with Montegranaro, Porto Torres, Sassari and Atenas Cordoba in Argentina.


Aleksander Djordjevic to guide Benetton - by Eurobasket News
Aleksander Djordjevic will be at helm in Benetton Treviso in the upcoming season. The sides have agreed on terms of contract. The famous Serbian player had a short experience at the position of head coach. He only worked with Armani Jeans back in 2006. However as a player Aleksander Djordjevic saw a lot. He played in Partizan, Milan, Bologna, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Scavolini Pesaro. The guard was on Yugoslavian National Team roster from 1986 through 2000. Aleksander Djordjevic will replace Jasmin Repesa (agency: World Sport Agency ) on the bridge.



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Japan beat Wuerzburg for second straight victory - by Eurobasket News
Japan - Wuerzburg 80:67

Japan celebrated the second straight win over German team Wuerzburg in three-game exhibition series. This time Japan claimed a 13-point victory in Fukurui. Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) stepped up with 18 points to lead the hosts.
Once again Wuerzburg looked better at early stages. The German team gained a 17:12 lead after ten minutes of action. Japan stepped on the gas in the second frame to get within two points at halftime 34:36. The third quarter proved decisive. Japan took over exploding with 25 points and establishing a 6-point lead into the fourth frame 59:53. Japan kept Wuerzburg at distance throughout the final quarter and rolled to a comfortable win at the end. Takumi Ishizaki (188-PG-84) knocked down 15 points for Japan. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) added 12 points in the win. Oliver Clay (205-F/C-87) answered with 15 points for Wuerzburg. Cedric Oliver finished with 13 points in defeat.

Japan: Takuya Kawamura 18, Takumi Ishizaki 15, Kosuke Takeuchi 12
Wuerzburg: Oliver Clay 15, Cedric Oliver 13



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FBK arranged training camp in Ulcinj for youth players - by Onur Deqani
The Basketball Federation of Kosovo organised a training camp for Kosovan youth players from 30.06.2011 until 08.07.2011 in Ulcinj, Montenegro. In this camp will participate the U-18 and U-14 youth teams of Kosovo.

List of U-18 players chosen by coach Albert Sylejmani :
1.Ard Islami 2.Arian Mehmeti 3.Endrit Elshani 4.Arianit Mallaku 5.Granit Hyseni 6.Leonard Mekaj 7.Luard Halili 8.Qndrim Ajazaj 9.Ujkan Karanezi 10.Besnik Trepa 11.Soner Kovaq 12.Erzen Sopi 13.Florent Rexhepi 14.Valon Vitaku

List of U-14 players chosen by coach Mark Rodiqi :
1. Rron Lluka, 2. Erhan Sholla 3. Xhem Hanxhiu 4. Taulant Gashi 5. Fisnik Pula 6. Edin Hameli 7. Hamdi Emra 8. Dukagjin Karavidaj 9. Liburn Gjonbalaj 10. Atik Koshi 11. Etnik Peci 12. Driart Qerreti


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Latvia U18 won the thriller in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U18-Latvia U18 69:70

Latvia U18 won the thriller in Tallinn over Lithuania U18 in day 2 of Baltic Cup. The Latvian side improved to 2-0 record after 70:69 thriller.
Both teams won the openers of the tournament and desired to seal the second straight win. Latvia started with 20-14, but could not stay tough in the second period. Lithuanian side erupted with 18-6 and grabbed 32:26 halftime advantage. Latvia bounced back with 18-14 in the third frame and reduced to 2 points entering the last stanza. In the final one they needed 26-23 to win the thriller and probably triumph in the Cup.
Oskars Reinfelds (190-PG-94) stepped up with 18 points for the winners, while Klavs Strazdins (187-G/F-93) netted 13. Rihards Ginters (193-F-91) finished the game with 10 and Arturs Lusis (197-F-93) scored 8. Tomas Lekunas (195-F-93) delivered 16 points in the losing effort, whilst Arturas Gudaitis (208-C-93) and Vaidas Kariniauskas (198-F-93) had 9 apiece.

Lithuania U18: Tomas Lekunas 16, Arturas Gudaitis 9, Vaidas Kariniauskas 9
Latvia U18: Oskars Reinfelds 18, Klavs Strazdins 13, Rihards Ginters 10, Arturs Lusis 8




Argentina silence hosts in Valmiera - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U19 - Argentina U19 62:69

Argentina finished the preliminary round on a high note. They shocked Latvia in Valmiera tonight but still finished at the third position in preliminary round Group B. Latvia earned the second spot just behind Australia. Luciano Massarelli (183-PG-93) stepped up with 15 points to pace Argentina.
The Latin American side entered the game playing aggressively in defence. They limited the hosts to only 9 points in the opening frame and recorded an 18:9 lead. Latvia managed just 9 points in the second stanza to face a 14-point deficit at halftime 18:32. The hosts started to show some signs of recovery in the third period. Latvia fired 22 points in the quarter to narrow the margin at 9-point mark. Latvia get even closer in the fourth frame but Argentina snatched a tough win at the end. Franco Giorgetti (202-F-92) accounted for 14 points and 10 rebounds for Argentina. Marcos Delia (206-C-92) produced 12 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Kaspars Vecvagars (191-G-93) answered with 17 points for Latvia. Edmunds Dukulis (204-C-92, agency: Players Group) had 16 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Latvia U19: Kaspars Vecvagars 17, Edmunds Dukulis 16
Argentina U19: Luciano Massarelli 15, Franco Giorgetti 14+10 boards, Marcos Delia 12+12 boards



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Latvia U18 won the thriller in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U18-Latvia U18 69:70

Latvia U18 won the thriller in Tallinn over Lithuania U18 in day 2 of Baltic Cup. The Latvian side improved to 2-0 record after 70:69 thriller.
Both teams won the openers of the tournament and desired to seal the second straight win. Latvia started with 20-14, but could not stay tough in the second period. Lithuanian side erupted with 18-6 and grabbed 32:26 halftime advantage. Latvia bounced back with 18-14 in the third frame and reduced to 2 points entering the last stanza. In the final one they needed 26-23 to win the thriller and probably triumph in the Cup.
Oskars Reinfelds (190-PG-94) stepped up with 18 points for the winners, while Klavs Strazdins (187-G/F-93) netted 13. Rihards Ginters (193-F-91) finished the game with 10 and Arturs Lusis (197-F-93) scored 8. Tomas Lekunas (195-F-93) delivered 16 points in the losing effort, whilst Arturas Gudaitis (208-C-93) and Vaidas Kariniauskas (198-F-93) had 9 apiece.

Lithuania U18: Tomas Lekunas 16, Arturas Gudaitis 9, Vaidas Kariniauskas 9
Latvia U18: Oskars Reinfelds 18, Klavs Strazdins 13, Rihards Ginters 10, Arturs Lusis 8




Lithuania U19 smashed Canadian side in Day 3 - by Eurobasket News
Canada U19-Lithuania U19 68:111

Lithuania U19, that is one of the favorites of the World Championships U19 won another game to win Group C in Liepaja. The Baltic State won over Canada U19 111:68 for 2-1 record.
Lithuania did not wait and showed their superiority from the very beginning. The Baltic State grabbed 29-13 after the first 10 minutes and never looked behind. Moreover they added 32-15 in the second period to take 61:28 at the halftime. Lithuania did not slow down and won also the third and the last periods. They produced 23-22 in the third period and added 27-18 in the last frame.
Vytenis Cizauskas (190-G-92) stepped up with 22 points and Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) netted 15. Egidijus Mockevicius (204-C-92) ended up with 13 points and Edgaras Ulanovas (198-G-92) delivered 12. Dyshawn Pierre (198-F-93) delivered 10 in the losing effort, while Sim Bhullar (223-C-92) and Philip Scrubb (194-G-92) scored 8 each. Both teams advanced to the next stage of the competition.

Canada U19: Dyshawn Pierre 10, Sim Bhullar 8, Philip Scrubb 8
Lithuania U19: Vytenis Cizauskas 22, Jonas Valanciunas 15, Egidijus Mockevicius 13, Edgaras Ulanovas 12



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  MEXICO   


Standings - Lower Leagues
CIBANE Standings
 1. Fresnillo M. 10-1 
 2. Durango M. 9-1 
 3. UAZ Tuzos 5-2 
 4. Saltillo Caktus 4-8 
 5. P.Negras A. 4-8 
 6. Apodaca G. 1-13 


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  NBA   


Sonny Weems heads to Europe? - by Eurobasket News
Sonny Weems (6'6''-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) has decided to take advantage of his overseas eligibility and is on the verge of signing a one-year contract with a team in Europe, according sources close to the situation.

The Toronto Raptors extended a qualifying offer to Weems last Monday, which would have made him a restricted free agent. However, Weems felt that signing overseas was the best option for him so that he could continue playing and developing his game during this work stoppage.

Weems' deal will not have an NBA-out, which means he'll remain overseas even if a new collective bargaining agreement is ratified.

While other free agents have signed with international teams in recent weeks, Weems is one of the most notable players to ink a deal overseas.

Last season, Weems averaged a career-high 9.2 points in 59 games with the Raptors. In 28 starts, he posted averages of 10.8 points and 3.3 rebounds. He scored in double figures 27 times last season.

The 24-year-old is expected to return to the NBA next season, after his one-year contract expires.

Weems is currently in Spain, along with DeMar DeRozan, to support Jose Calderon's basketball camp.

Courtesy of www.hoopsworld.com


NBA Saturday: Who's signing overseas? - by Eurobasket News
Throughout the past year, many notable players said that they would consider playing overseas if there was a lengthy lockout. Superstars such as Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) and Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) made it clear that they would keep their options open this summer and wouldn't be opposed to taking their talents to Europe.

When two of the game's most recognizable stars comment on a topic like this, it's going to pick up steam and many players will echo their sentiments. That was the case in the months leading up to the work stoppage, but now that it's here, it appears only a limited number of players will have the option of playing abroad.

Players that are currently under contract in the NBA would need a letter of clearance from FIBA the International Basketball Federation in order to sign overseas. However, there is a growing belief that FIBA won't provide these letters to players because of their relationship with the NBA. While players would still be able to compete in celebrity games and pickup leagues, they wouldn't be able to sign a contract with an international team.

However, the same rules don't apply for free agents and rookies.

Because the lockout started before any of these players could sign contracts, they're currently free to do whatever they want. In recent weeks, a number of free agents already made the decision to sign overseas including Nenad Krstic (7'0''-C-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group), Hilton Armstrong (6'10''-C/F-84, college: Connecticut) and David Andersen (7'0''-C-80). Others such as Brian Scalabrine (6'9''-C-78, college: USC) and Darius Songalia continue to weigh their options, but could join that group in the next few weeks.

Even though the NBA will likely be able to avoid a star-studded international exodus, they could still lose a significant number of players. One agent predicted that '50 to 75' free agents and rookies would opt to play overseas, especially if signs continue to point toward this being a drawn-out stoppage. Bench players, especially those who previously made the league minimum, are expected to follow the money and sign with one of the many international teams looking to take advantage of this situation.

While the league's superstars can afford a lockout thanks to their large salaries and endorsement opportunities, the fringe players could struggle. These players are being advised to sign overseas because their agents expect this lockout to result in a season that is either shortened significantly or canceled altogether.

International teams in Italy, Germany, France, Lithuania and Spain have already started targeting available players, but China could emerge as an intriguing landing spot. The Chinese Basketball Association immediately conjures thoughts of Stephon Marbury, but he may have some company in the next few months.

One agent believes that teams in China will be willing to negotiate with locked out players, offering contracts that are structured month-by-month so that the players could return to the NBA once the work stoppage ends. With a simple NBA-out in each deal, players would be able to pad their wallets in China and then return to the United States once a new collective bargaining agreement is ratified. This would obviously be a gamble for the Chinese teams, but it would be a way to generate interest and could pay off long-term if the NBA season is lost.

Most leagues insist on a one-year commitment, but if more teams are willing to make exceptions and structure contracts creatively, it would be a huge development that leads to even more players heading overseas.

Fans that were hoping to see Bryant suit up for the Shanghai Sharks or Nowitzki take his championship momentum to the Artland Dragons will likely be out of luck this summer. With that said, there is a real possibility that several significant contributors could head overseas and this is still a situation to keep an eye on, even without the star power.

Courtesy of www.hoopsworld.com


Rockets rookie Donatas Motiejunas returns to Italy - by Eurobasket News
Hours before the NBA locked out its players, Rockets rookie Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances) returned to Italy on Thursday expecting to rejoin his previous team.

Motiejunas expects to accept an offer from Benetton Treviso to resume his career there for the duration of the NBA lockout and perhaps through next season.

Just a week after he joined the Rockets in a draft-night deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Motiejunas, 20, left Houston to resume training in Treviso.

I still have a contract with Benetton, said Motiejunas, the 20th player taken in the NBA draft. They told me if I want to leave in the middle of the season when the team that took me, Houston, wants me, they would let me go. That will be no problem.

Thats why Im happy, and a little bit sad. The situation is very tough right now.

I dont really want to go away from the team. Im not happy about that. That was one of the greatest things that happened in my life, that this team picked me.

Temporary stay or longer

Motiejunas, a 7-footer from Lithuania, would consider remaining with Benetton throughout next season, depending on input from the Rockets. But he and his representatives cannot have any communication with the Rockets during the lockout.

Before the lockout, the Rockets did make tender offers to their draft picks to maintain their NBA rights to them.

The NBA has told players it could void contracts of players injured while playing during the lockout, but rookies are not under contract. Veteran forward Luis Scola, 31, had said he would seek a team to join during the lockout, but is expected to play only for Argentinas national team.

Better to play than not

Most top international teams are expected to offer their top contracts to players who can sign without a clause that would allow players to leave when the lockout ends, an option Motiejunas might consider.

I think it is better to play with some team, to get more minutes and more experience, more energy and more toughness, than to come here and see how others play, Motiejunas said. That is most difficult thing, to sit on the bench and watch others play.

But during the lockout he will not have an option to work with the Rockets.

I want to be here, but its not my option, Motiejunas said. But if the team sees I cannot play, why come here and spend one year if there is a lockout.

Courtesy of www.chron.com


Lakers hire Chuck Person and Quin Snyder as assistant coaches - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Lakers have hired Chuck Person and Quin Snyder to serve as assistant coaches, it was announced today by Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

After spending the last two years working with the Lakers organization, Person will remain with the team serving as an assistant coach under Head Coach Mike Brown. Person, who spent the 2009-2010 season assisting Phil Jackson and his staff during their championship run, was hired on as an assistant coach at the start of the 2010-11 season.

Im very pleased to add Chuck to my coaching staff, said Lakers Head Coach Mike Brown. Ive seen firsthand his dedication and his desire to making the players he coaches better. The knowledge of the game that he has from his experience, both as a coach and as a former NBA player, is an invaluable asset that he brings to the team and I look forward to working with him once again.

Before joining the Lakers, the Alabama native spent the previous four seasons as an assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings (2007-09) and Indiana Pacers (2005-07). Prior to that, he served three seasons as a special assistant to the CEO/president of basketball operations for Indiana, working with Pacers and Indiana Fever (WNBA) players, both on and off the court. Additionally, he spent one season with the Cleveland Cavaliers before joining the Pacers coaching staff.

Knowing Coach Brown since our time with the Pacers, not only couldnt I be happier with the opportunity to work alongside him again, but Im thrilled to return to a franchise that I consider to the best in professional sports. Having been on staff for the Lakers 2010 championship run, I know what this team is capable of. I look forward to assisting Coach Brown in helping our players regain that form and realize their potential.

An alumnus of Auburn University who concluded his collegiate basketball career as the Tigers all-time leading scorer, Person was selected by the Indiana Pacers with the fourth overall pick in the 1986 NBA Draft. Coming to be known as The Rifleman, he was named Rookie of the Year after averaging 18.8 points and a career-high 8.2 rebounds in his first season with the Pacers and ultimately concluded his 13-year NBA playing career with averages of 14.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 943 games.

Snyder joins the Lakers staff after spending last season serving as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers. Prior to his stint with the Sixers, Snyder spent three years as head coach of the Austin Toros in the NBA D-League. Snyder compiled a record of 94-56 (.627) with the Toros while guiding them to the playoffs in all three seasons he was at the helm, including an appearance in the championship game in 2008. He earned the D-Leagues Dennis Johnson Coach of the Year award in 2008-09.

With the addition of Quin to my coaching staff, weve added someone who has an extremely intelligent basketball mind, said Lakers Head Coach Mike Brown. Quins most valuable asset, however, is his passion for coaching and his ability to get the most out of the players he coaches. Im extremely pleased to have him on my staff.

Prior to his time with the Toros, Snyder was the head coach at the University of Missouri for seven seasons, posting a mark of 128-96 (.571). Under Snyder, the Tigers made six consecutive postseason appearances, including four trips to the NCAA Tournament and a berth in the Elite Eight.

I am grateful to Mike Brown and the entire Lakers organization for providing me with this opportunity, said Snyder. Im looking forward to fulfilling whatever role Im asked to assume. I could not be more excited to have this unique opportunity.

Snyder, who played for Duke from 1986-89 and served on the coaching staff from 1993-99, took part in five Final Fours three as a player (1986, 1988, 1989) and two more as a coach (1994, 1999). In 1991, after a year at Duke Law School, Snyder simultaneously enrolled in Dukes Fuqua School of Business. Taking time off from both programs a year later to serve as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers ( 1992-93), Snyder returned to Duke in 1993 and served as an administrative assistant coach under head coach Mike Krzyzewski for the next two seasons while completing his JD and MBA degrees. Upon graduation, he became a full-time assistant coach at Duke (1995-97) and was subsequently promoted to associate head coach for the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Kobe Bryant might take part in exhibition games in China - by Eurobasket News
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) may take his talents to China during the NBA's lockout.

There are preliminary talks about a basketball tour to China this summer - and perhaps beyond - in which the Lakers superstar, who has called China a 'home away from home' and has an enormous following there, would be the headliner with several other NBA stars forming two or three barnstorming teams.

Bryant and his agent Rob Pelinka are trying to put together the tour, said Minnesota Timberwolves rookie forward Derrick Williams, who also is represented by Pelinka.

Williams said several clients of Pelinka's agency, the Landmark Sports Agency, could be involved in the tour.

'Hopefully I would be able to do that because I've never been out of the country and I think that would be the best thing for me,' said Williams, the former La Mirada High and University of Arizona star who was drafted second overall in June's NBA draft.

Pelinka's agency lists 18 NBA players as clients, including Clippers Chris Kaman and Eric Gordon, along with former USC star and Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo, and Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer.

If the barnstorming tour happens, the games are likely to take place at the state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. Bryant signed a three-year deal with Mercedes-Benz in February to become the brand ambassador for Smart micro cars in China and he has already been featured in a TV commercial for the car.

Pelinka declined to comment.

One interesting name on the potential list of NBA players on the tour is Lakers guard Derek Fisher, who is a Pelinka client.

Fisher is also the president of the NBA players union, which has battled the owners in a lengthy labor dispute that culminated with the owners imposing a lockout of players at 9:01 p.m. PDT Thursday, when the previous labor agreement expired.

It's unclear how long the lockout will last.

If Fisher took part in an overseas tour, it could be seen as a slap in the face to the NBA.

'I can't tell you he wouldn't be interested in [the tour], but as of right now that's not something that's being brought to our attention at all,' said Jamie Wior, Fisher's publicist.

Courtesy of www.latimes.com


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  NCAA1   


USA U19 win Group D in Liepaja - by Eurobasket News
USA U19-China U19 82:66

USA U19 win Group D in Liepaja after the third straight victory at the World Championships U19. The defending champions overcame China U19 82:66 to keep them winless in Latvia.
The favorites opened the game as if they had to and reached 25-13 after the first 10 minutes. In the second frame the American team needed 19-15 for 44:28 halftime advantage. China seemed to be back on track in the third period as they had nothing to lose and shocked USA with 25-12 in the frame. The latter however replied with 26-13 in the last period to seal the third victory.
Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F-92) paced all the winners with 17 points and Doug McDermott (6'7''-F-92) netted 15. Tim Hardaway Jr. (6'5''-G-92) and Khyle Marshall (6'7''-F-92) followed them with 13 points each. Ju Mingxin (6'7''-F/G-93) replied with 17 points in the losing effort, whilst Wang Zhelin (7'0''-C-94) added 15. Zhai Xiaochuan (6'9''-F-93) delivered 12 and Wang Zirui (6'3''-G-93) netted 11.

USA U19: Jeremy Lamb 17, Doug McDermott 15, Tim Hardaway Jr. 13, Khyle Marshall 13
China U19: Ju Mingxin 17, Wang Zhelin 15, Zhai Xiaochuan (6'9''-F-93) 12, Wang Zirui (6'3''-G-93) 11




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Stevenson hires former D-1 coach - by Joan Manuel Sanchez
A former Division I head coach with 230 career victories in 18 collegiate seasons, Gary Stewart has been named head men's basketball coach at Stevenson, Director of Athletics Brett Adams announced on Tuesday. He replaces Adams, who relinquished coaching duties in February after 17 seasons as the school's first head coach to focus on his role as AD. 'Gary Stewart, at many different levels, is highly recognizable in the basketball community,' said Adams. 'Beyond that, Gary Stewart played Division III basketball and was a very successful coach at the Division III level, including an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance. He has a reputation of bringing programs from worst to first.'

Stevenson finished 6-19 this past season, 2-14 and in last place in the Capital Athletic Conference.

Stewart owns the unique distinction of having served as a head coach at each NCAA level. He brings 25 years as a highly respected college coach to Stevenson, including 11 at Division I, six at Division II and eight at Division III. In 18 seasons as a college head coach, he has totaled four conference championships and six postseason appearances.

'Gary has some Division I experience, but I think his heart and soul is Division III,' commented Adams. 'I am very excited about having him come on board. It was humbling to see so many top caliber candidates from over 200 qualified applicants that we had for this position. I think this will be a great triumph for Stevenson University and Division III basketball.'

Most recently, Stewart was the head coach at UC Davis from 2003-11 where he led the program's four-year reclassification from Division II to Division I, culminating in the Aggies' first year as an official member of the Big West Conference during the 2007-08 season.

'I am truly honored and extremely humbled to join Stevenson University as the new head men's basketball coach,' said Stewart. 'Stevenson University is growing at an unprecedented pace. I am enthusiastically looking forward to help build on the tremendous values, history and tradition of this extraordinary university.'

In eight seasons at UC Davis, Stewart mentored five Big West all-conference selections and three Freshman of the Year recipients. He posted his 200th career victory with an 85-74 win over Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 15, 2009 before becoming one of 14 charter appointment to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Ethics Coalition in May 2009.

Stewart made an immediate impact on the Aggie program in 2003-04. Taking over a team that finished three games under .500 the previous season, he guided UC Davis to an 18-9 record and a 15-7 mark in the powerhouse California Collegiate Athletic Association in Division II. In its third year of Division I reclassification, he led the Aggies to a 64-58 upset over Stanford at The Pavilion on Dec. 4, 2005.



Stevenson accepts former D-1 coach to lead program. - by Joan Manuel Sanchez


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jack LEASURE
  Taranaki.
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Leasure, Taranaki.22.9 
 2. Hudson, Manawatu.20.1 
 3. Webster, Wellingt.20.0 
 4. Pace, Bay Hawks19.8 
 5. Campbell, Taranaki.19.6 
 6. Polyblank, Southla.19.5 
 7. Abercrombie, Waika.19.2 
 8. Jones, Nelson G.19.1 
 9. Dora, Nelson G.18.9 
 10. Bradshaw, Oceana.18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Waika.
  (216-C-87)
  Avg: 12
 1. Pledger, Waika.12.0 
 2. Vukona, Nelson G.11.2 
 3. Horvath, Manawatu.10.9 
 4. Campbell, Taranaki.10.2 
 5. Allred, OceanaGo.10.1 
 6. Johnson, Wellingt.8.9 
 7. Grizzard, Nelson G.8.7 
 8. Bradshaw, OceanaG.8.5 
 9. Boucher, Auckland.8.2 
 10. Trousdell, Bay H.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Waikato P.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Crowe, Waikato P.6.7 
 2. Dickel, Southland6.4 
 3. Tait, Wellington S.6.3 
 4. Braswell, Southlan.5.2 
 5. Kench, Manawatu J.4.4 
 6. Hagan, Manawatu J.4.2 
 7. Boucher, Auckland.4.0 
 8. Martin, Auckland.3.9 
 9. Smith, Waikato P.3.6 
 10. Leasure, Taranaki.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Waikato P.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Crowe, Waikato P.3.2 
 2. Boucher, Auckland.2.8 
 3. Smith, Waikato P.2.6 
 4. Hagan, Manawatu J.2.6 
 5. Dickel, Southland2.1 
 6. Rose, Southland S.2.0 
 7. Kench, Manawatu J.2.0 
 8. Leasure, Taranaki.1.6 
 9. Allen, Waikato P.1.6 
 10. Braswell, Southla.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Waika.
  (216-C-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Pledger, Waika.2.7 
 2. Allred, OceanaGo.1.4 
 3. Iti, Southland S.1.4 
 4. Johnson, Wellingt.1.1 
 5. Brown, Auckland P.1.0 
 6. Anthony, Waika.1.0 
 7. Spicer, Southlan.1.0 
 8. Campbell, Taranaki.0.9 
 9. Vukona, Nelson G.0.9 
 10. Adams, Wellington0.9 


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


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D1 Standing
D1 Standings
 1. Huwara 1-0 
 2. Terrasanta 1-0 
 3. Abna' AlQuds 0-0 
 4. AlAroob YC 0-0 
 5. AlBireh 0-0 
 6. AlSileh 0-0 
 7. Beita SC 0-0 
 8. Jensafot 0-0 
 9. Orthodox BJ 0-0 
 10. Samaritan YC 0-0 
 11. Thaqafi T. 0-0 
 12. Toubas 0-0 
 13. Ahli Qalqilya 0-1 
 14. RaI AlSaleh 0-1 


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  PERU   


Standings - Superior
Superior Standings
 1. Real Club 17-1 
 2. Regatas 17-2 
 3. Escuela Fap 13-5 
 4. Inmaculada 11-7 
 5. El Bosque 11-8 
 6. Centro Naval 9-10 
 7. Ejercito 8-12 
 8. San Augustin 6-15 
 9. San Marcos 3-17 
 10. Universitario 0-18 


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  POLAND   


Poland are back to winning ways in Latvia - by Eurobasket News
Poland U19 - Russia U19 87:70

Poland celebrated the second win at U19 World Championship in Latvia. They rallied past Russia to improve at 2-1 record in Group A. Polish team thus caught up with Russia in the ladder. Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-C-93) stepped up with 23 points to lead the winners.
It was a close battle in the first half. Poland grabbed a 17:9 lead midway through the first period but Russia narrowed the gap to a single point 17:18 at the break. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the second stanza before Kulagin levelled things up at 44. Russia pulled ahead 53:52 midway through the third term but Poland went on an 18:5 rally to establish a 70:58 lead with one quarter remaining. Russia never got closer than seven points throughout the last quarter as Poland marched to the second win at the tournament. Michal Michalak (194-G-93) and Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) delivered 19 points apiece in the win. Piotr Niedzwiedzki (210-F-93) added 11 points for Poland. Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) answered with 14 points for Russia. Andrey Loginov (204-F-93) delivered 11 points in the loss.

Poland U19: Przemyslaw Karnowski 23, Michal Michalak 19, Mateusz Ponitka 19
Russia U19: Sergey Karasev 14, Andrey Loginov 11




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Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Peter John RAMOS
  Quebradillas
  (222-C-85)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Ramos, Quebradillas23.2 
 2. Vassallo, Guaynabo22.9 
 3. Johnson, Humacao21.2 
 4. Dalmau, Bayamon20.9 
 5. Villegas, Coamo19.3 
 6. Romero, Mayaguez18.6 
 7. Ayuso, Arecibo18.6 
 8. Harris, San German18.4 
 9. Randolph, Isabela18.0 
 10. Carmona, Mayaguez17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Isabela
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Randolph, Isabela12.3 
 2. Harris, San German12.3 
 3. Pruitt, Guaynabo11.9 
 4. Narvaez, Coamo11.8 
 5. Ramos, Quebradillas10.6 
 6. Lloreda, San G.10.2 
 7. Romero, Mayaguez9.7 
 8. Sweetney, Santurce9.3 
 9. Clemente, Mayaguez9.1 
 10. Shannon, Bayamon8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  Mayaguez
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Hamilton, Mayaguez7.7 
 2. Brown, Quebradillas5.9 
 3. Dalmau, Bayamon5.7 
 4. Rivera, San German5.7 
 5. Guzman, Guaynabo4.8 
 6. Clinch, Isabela4.5 
 7. Clemente, Humacao4.5 
 8. Rivera, Mayaguez4.2 
 9. Bruton, Quebradill.4.1 
 10. Apodaca, Quebradi.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Isabela
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Hinson, Isabela1.8 
 2. Rivera, Mayaguez1.6 
 3. Clinch, Isabela1.5 
 4. Mojica, Bayamon1.3 
 5. Hodge, Santurce1.3 
 6. Dalmau, Bayamon1.3 
 7. Santiago, Santurce1.3 
 8. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.3 
 9. Ayuso, Arecibo1.2 
 10. Guzman, Guaynabo1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Penn, Humacao2.5 
 2. Santiago, Arecibo2.0 
 3. Romero, Mayaguez1.9 
 4. Sanchez, Santurce1.9 
 5. Aubry, Arecibo1.8 
 6. Lee, Bayamon1.7 
 7. Harris, San German1.4 
 8. Randolph, Isabela1.4 
 9. Ramos, Quebradillas1.2 
 10. Freije, Coamo1.1 


Quebradillas land Darius Washington - by Eurobasket News
Quebradillas secured the services of Darius Washington (188-G-85, college: Memphis). The 26-year-old guard just finished the season in Italy. Darius Washington averaged 13.0 points, 3.0 boards, 1.9 assists and 1.1 steal per Euroleague game with Lottomatica Roma. In Seria A his stats read 10.1 points, 3.0 boards, 2.9 assists and 2.1 steals per appearance. The guard earned Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honourable Mention. Darius Washington played in Turkey, Russia, Greece, D-League, NBA and Czech Republic before moving to Italy. Darius Washington made it into Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup 1st Team in 2010 while playing for Galatasaray.


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  RUSSIA   


Spain U20 opens Torneo Internacional de Logrono with the win over Russia U20 - by Eurobasket News
Spain U20-Russia U20 85:61

Spain U20 opens Torneo Internacional de Logrono with the win over Russia U20. The home side won 85:61 in Day 1 of the campaign.
Spain started better and reached 19-15 after the first 10 minutes of the game. In the second frame the teams slowed down a bit and as a result scored 20 points together. Spain won 11-9 to take 30:24 halftime advantage. In the third quarter the hosts erupted with 33 points and allowed the opponents to post 22. Moreover Spain won the last stanza 22-15 and sealed the victory.
Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) was unstoppable with 28 points, while Lorenzo added 9. Joan Sastre Morro (201-F-91), Alberto Jodar (204-F/C-91) and Alejandro Barrera (199-F-92) contributed with 8 points each. Antipov replied with 23 points in the losing effort, whilst Nikita Barinov (200-F-91) notched 11.

Spain U20: Nikola Mirotic 28, Lorenzo 9, Joan Sastre Morro 8, Alberto Jodar 8, Alejandro Barrera 8
Russia U20: Antipov 23, Nikita Barinov 11, Artem Gorlanov (196-G-91) 9



Boban Marjanovic heads to BC Nizhny Novgorod - by Eurobasket News
Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) heads to BC Nizhny Novgorod for the next season. The Serbian Center will join the Russian after finishing the year in Lithuania.
In 2003-2004 he appeared in KK Hemofarm Vrsac junior team and in 2006-2007 played for KK Hemofarm Vrsac (A). In ULEB Cup after 3 games his stats read 1.7ppg, while in Adriatic League after 6 games he averaged 0.8ppg. After another few seasons in 2010-2011 Boban moved to CSKA Moscow (Russia-PBL) and in Russian League had 6.4ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 66.7%, FT: 66.7%, while in Euroleague his stats read 4.3ppg, 3.5rpg. In January he was loaned to B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania-LKL) and in Lithuanian League he had 5.6ppg, 3.5rpg, FGP: 53.0%, FT: 75.8%. In Euroleague after 6 games he had 5.2ppg, 3.5rpg, FGP: 64.7%, FT: 64.3%, while in VTB League he showed 1.7ppg, 3.0rpg.
In his top game undefeated leader Zalgiris delivered the sixteenth consecutive victory when they crushed Neptunas 107-85 in Kaunas. The game was mostly controlled by Zalgiris. Neptunas was better in third quarter 28-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zalgiris players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. It was a good game for international forward Tadas Klimavicius who led his team to a victory with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Serbian center Boban Marjanovic contributed with 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners.


Poland are back to winning ways in Latvia - by Eurobasket News
Poland U19 - Russia U19 87:70

Poland celebrated the second win at U19 World Championship in Latvia. They rallied past Russia to improve at 2-1 record in Group A. Polish team thus caught up with Russia in the ladder. Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-C-93) stepped up with 23 points to lead the winners.
It was a close battle in the first half. Poland grabbed a 17:9 lead midway through the first period but Russia narrowed the gap to a single point 17:18 at the break. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the second stanza before Kulagin levelled things up at 44. Russia pulled ahead 53:52 midway through the third term but Poland went on an 18:5 rally to establish a 70:58 lead with one quarter remaining. Russia never got closer than seven points throughout the last quarter as Poland marched to the second win at the tournament. Michal Michalak (194-G-93) and Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) delivered 19 points apiece in the win. Piotr Niedzwiedzki (210-F-93) added 11 points for Poland. Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) answered with 14 points for Russia. Andrey Loginov (204-F-93) delivered 11 points in the loss.

Poland U19: Przemyslaw Karnowski 23, Michal Michalak 19, Mateusz Ponitka 19
Russia U19: Sergey Karasev 14, Andrey Loginov 11




Anatoly Kashirov and Victor Keyru join Spartak Saint Petersburg - by Eurobasket News
Spartak Saint Petersburg brought in two players. The team has agreed on terms of contract with Victor Keyru (199-G-84) and Anatoly Kashirov (215-C-87).
Victor Keyru played for Dynamo Moscow in the previous season. The 27-year-old guard averaged 16.0 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in PBL. He was the third best scorer in the league. Previously Victor Keyru had stints with CSKA Moscow, Unics Kazan, Spartak Primorie. In 2005/06 season the guard played for Dynamo Saint Petersburg. Victor Keyru was on Russian National Team roster in 2008-09.
Anatoly Kashirov started the previous season in Germany. The 24-year-old centre averaged 13.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game for Tuebingen. In April Anatoly Kashirov moved to Aris Thessaloniki. His stats read 6.1 points and 2.9 rebounds per game in A1 League. Anatoly Kashirov used to play for Spartak Saint Petersburg back in 2008/09 season. He averaged 1.7 points and 1.6 rebounds per appearance then. The centre also had spells for CSKA, Universitet-Yugra and German MBC.



Ponkrashov officially in CSKA, Nizhny Novgorod announced Stinson - by Eurobasket News
Anton Ponkrashov (200-G-86, agency: RIZO) officially in CSKA, Nizhny Novgorod announced Curtis Stinson (187-G-83, college: Iowa St.) for the next season. Anton Anton Ponkrashov played for the Moscow powerhouse back in 2006/07 and 2009/10 seasons. Last season Anton Anton Ponkrashov spent in Spartak Saint Petersburg. He averaged 11.4 points, 4.4 assists, 2.6 boards and 1.3 steals per game in PBL. In EuroChallenge the guard delivered 10.4 points, 5.1 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.2 steals per appearance. Eurobasket.com named Anton Anton Ponkrashov into All-EuroChallenge 2nd Team. The guard also made it into Eurobasket.com Russian PBL All-Domestic Players Team. Anton Ponkrashov played for Russian National Team at 2010 World Championship. His stats read 6.7 points, 5.1 assists and 1.9 boards in Turkey.
Nizhny Novgorod announced Curtis Stinson. The sides have reportedly reached preliminary agreement on terms of contract. Curtis Stinson spent the previous season in D-League. He averaged 20.1 points, 9.7 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game for the Iowa Energy. Curtis Stinson was named USBasket.com All-United States Point Guard of the Year. He was trumped USBasket.com All-D-League Player of the Year. Curtis Stinson mainly played in D-League. Other than that the guard had spells with Split in Croatia and Kolosson Rodou in Greece. Curtis Stinson participated at D-League All-Star Game in 2010 and 2011. He was also named USBasket.com All-D-League Guard of the Year in 2010.



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  SERBIA   


Serbia bruise Egypt in Liepaja - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U19 - Egypt U19 85:67

Serbia dominated the game against Egypt and recorded a well-deserved win at the U19 World Championship in Latvia. The victory propelled Serbia to 2-1 record in Group D. They clinched the second position in the ladder. Egypt slipped at 1-2 record. Aleksandar Cvetkovic (185-PG-93) fired 24 points to lead the charge.
Egypt led for a brief period of time early in the encounter. But Serbia quickly erased the deficit and registered a 25:15 advantage late in the opening frame. Serbia boosted the lead to as many as 16 points in the second stanza. They kept Egypt at bay posting a 45:35 halftime lead. Assem Ahmed (205-C-92) and Seif Samir dragged Egypt within five points at the start of the third term. Marawan Mohamed narrowed the gap to only three points but Serbia finished the quarter strongly restoring a comfortable 64:53 lead with one quarter remaining. Egypt never got closer than 9 points in the final period as Serbia coasted to the victory at the end. Marko Gujanicic (202-F-92) accounted for 11 points and 14 rebounds, while Petar Lambic (195-G-92) netted 12 points in the victory. Assem Ahmed responded with 20 points and 11 rebounds for Egypt. Omar Mohammed nailed 14 points in the loss.

Serbia U19: Aleksandar Cvetkovic 24, Petar Lambic 12, Marko Gujanicic 11+14 boards
Egypt U19: Assem Ahmed 20+11 boards, Omar Mohammed 14



Boban Marjanovic heads to BC Nizhny Novgorod - by Eurobasket News
Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) heads to BC Nizhny Novgorod for the next season. The Serbian Center will join the Russian after finishing the year in Lithuania.
In 2003-2004 he appeared in KK Hemofarm Vrsac junior team and in 2006-2007 played for KK Hemofarm Vrsac (A). In ULEB Cup after 3 games his stats read 1.7ppg, while in Adriatic League after 6 games he averaged 0.8ppg. After another few seasons in 2010-2011 Boban moved to CSKA Moscow (Russia-PBL) and in Russian League had 6.4ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 66.7%, FT: 66.7%, while in Euroleague his stats read 4.3ppg, 3.5rpg. In January he was loaned to B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania-LKL) and in Lithuanian League he had 5.6ppg, 3.5rpg, FGP: 53.0%, FT: 75.8%. In Euroleague after 6 games he had 5.2ppg, 3.5rpg, FGP: 64.7%, FT: 64.3%, while in VTB League he showed 1.7ppg, 3.0rpg.
In his top game undefeated leader Zalgiris delivered the sixteenth consecutive victory when they crushed Neptunas 107-85 in Kaunas. The game was mostly controlled by Zalgiris. Neptunas was better in third quarter 28-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zalgiris players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. It was a good game for international forward Tadas Klimavicius who led his team to a victory with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Serbian center Boban Marjanovic contributed with 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners.


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  SLOVENIA   


Galatasaray sign Slovenian star Jaka Lakovic - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray sign Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) for 2011/2012 season. The Slovenian player arrives from Regal FC Barcelona where he stayed since year 2006. In 2006-2007 Jaka joined Winterthur F.C. Barcelona (Spain-ACB, starting five) and in the first season averaged 10.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.5apg, 2FGP: 48.4%, 3FGP: 39.8%, FT: 76.8% in EuroLeague, while in Spanish ACB Regular Season after 34 games had10.9ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.2apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 50.0%, 3FGP: 43.0%, FT: 88.0%. In Spanish ACB Play-Offs his stats read 12.4ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.8apg, 2FGP: 29.0%, 3FGP: 51.0%, FT: 88.0%. In the last season for Regal FC Barcelona (Spain-ACB) Jaka Lakovic averaged 6.4ppg, 1.9apg, FGP: 54.8%, 3PT: 36.5%, FT: 64.3% in EuroLeague and in Spanish League had 5.1ppg, 1.3apg, FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 28.8%, FT-2 (94.5%).
Jaka Lakovic recorded 18 points at the Regular Season Round 10 when Estudiantes upset Regal Barca 63-62. It was a big embarrassment for a home team. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Nik Caner-Medley who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 9 rebounds. Slovenian guard Jaka Lakovic replied with 18 points and 5 rebounds and Slovenian power forward Erazem Lorbek added 5 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Regal Barca.



Slovenia open Torneo di Domegge with victory - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia tipped off international Torneo di Domegge tournament with victory. They nipped Italy 72:70. Alen Omic (213-C-92) stepped up with 23 points to lead the effort. Slovenia will take on Greece next. Italy led by two points at the interval 32:30 but could not keep up the tempo after the big break. Slovenia grabbed a 48:43 lead with one quarter remaining and hung on for the victory in the fourth period. Marko Pajic (204-F-92) notched 15 points for the winners. Mitja Smrdelj (201-F-91) finished with 10 points for Slovenia. Achille Polonara (202-F-91) stepped up with 15 points for the Azzurri. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) added 14 points in the loss.



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  SOUTH KOREA   


South Korea enjoy first win at U19 World Championship - by Eurobasket News
South Korea U19 - Croatia U19 75:71

South Korea opened win count at U19 World Championship. They rolled past Croatia to finish at 1-2 record in Group C action. Croatia slipped at 2-1 record after the loss. Kim HyeongJun (195-F-93) and Kim Manjong (200-F-92) stepped up with 19 points each to lead the winners.
Croatia led by two points after ten minutes of action. But the Asian team turned things around in the second quarter. South Korea went on a decisive 24:11 rally to arrive at halftime leading by 11 points 43:32. Croatia tried to change the complexion of the encounter after the big break. They limited South Korea to 14 points in the third quarter to get within 6 points at the final intermission. But the Korean team stayed determined in the fourth frame and eked out a tough victory at the end. Kim Jun-Yl (202-C-92) and Dong Yeop Lee delivered 12 points apiece in the victory. Boris Barac (206-F-92) reacted with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Croatia. Stipe Krstanovic (201-F/C-93) accounted for 19 points and 16 rebounds in the loss.

South Korea U19: Kim HyeongJun 19, Kim Manjong 19, Kim Jun-Yl 12, Lee Dong-Yeop (194-F-94) 12
Croatia U19: Boris Barac 21, Stipe Krstanovic 19+16 boards



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  SPAIN   


Levi Rost joins La Laguna - by Eurobasket News
La Laguna strengthened their frontcourt. They added Levi Rost (201-F-83, college: W.Michigan) to the roster. The 28-year-old forward played for Girona in the previous season. Levi Rost tallied 12.7 points, 5.0 boards and 1.7 steals per game in LEB Gold. Levi Rost is not new to La Laguna. He played for the team back in 2006/08 and 2009/10 seasons. Last season Levi Rost earned Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honourable Mention.


Salva Maldonado takes over DKV Joventut - by Eurobasket News
Salvador Maldonado takes over DKV Joventut for the next season. The Spanish specialist comes from Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (ACB) where he coached last year.
As a Head Coach he started in 1994-1997 for TDK Manresa (ACB) and then in 1997-1998 moved to Sevilla. In 1999-2000 joined Tau Vitoria and then in 2000-2001 went to CB Manresa (LEB1). In 2001-2002 appeared for CB Ourense (LEB1) and in 2004-2005 joined C.B.Tarragona (LEB1). The next four seasons was with Gran Canaria (ACB) and in 2009-2010 was hired by Ayuda en Accion Fuenlabrada (ACB).
Salvador Maldonado replaced Jose Vicente Hernandez as a Head Coach of DKV Joventut. The Spanish specialist took over Joventut in March of 2010. They ended last season as No.13 with 14-20 record. In 2009/10, Joventut finished the season as No.11 meaning that they missed ACB Playoffs two times in a row. Joventut was the ULEB Cup winner in 2008 and FIBA EuroCup winner two years before that. They also won Copa del Rey in 2008, what just confirms their poor results over the past two seasons.



Spain U20 opens Torneo Internacional de Logrono with the win over Russia U20 - by Eurobasket News
Spain U20-Russia U20 85:61

Spain U20 opens Torneo Internacional de Logrono with the win over Russia U20. The home side won 85:61 in Day 1 of the campaign.
Spain started better and reached 19-15 after the first 10 minutes of the game. In the second frame the teams slowed down a bit and as a result scored 20 points together. Spain won 11-9 to take 30:24 halftime advantage. In the third quarter the hosts erupted with 33 points and allowed the opponents to post 22. Moreover Spain won the last stanza 22-15 and sealed the victory.
Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) was unstoppable with 28 points, while Lorenzo added 9. Joan Sastre Morro (201-F-91), Alberto Jodar (204-F/C-91) and Alejandro Barrera (199-F-92) contributed with 8 points each. Antipov replied with 23 points in the losing effort, whilst Nikita Barinov (200-F-91) notched 11.

Spain U20: Nikola Mirotic 28, Lorenzo 9, Joan Sastre Morro 8, Alberto Jodar 8, Alejandro Barrera 8
Russia U20: Antipov 23, Nikita Barinov 11, Artem Gorlanov (196-G-91) 9



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  SWEDEN   


Greece pip Sweden at Torneo di Domegge - by Eurobasket News
Greece U20 - Sweden U20 86:82

Greece recorded the first win at the Torneo di Domegge. The Hellenes held off Swedish counterparts in the opener. Andreas Kanonidis (198-F-91) provided 17 points to pace the effort. Sweden led early in the game 7:0. But Greece gradually recovered and picked up the tempo. Greece got within six points at the first break 17:23. Greece finally surged ahead in the second frame. They recorded a 45:40 halftime advantage. Sweden stayed close and regained the advantage late in the third quarter thanks to Andreas Person (190-G-91). But the Hellenes stayed calm and determined and secured a tough victory at the end. Dimitrios Katsivelis (194-G-91) and Spyridon Motsenigos (194-G/F-92) accounted for 13 points apiece in the victory. Andreas Person responded with 19 points for Sweden. Christopher Czerapowicz (200-SF-91) fired game-high 27 points in the loss.

Greece U20: Andreas Kanonidis 17, Dimitrios Katsivelis 13, Spyridon Motsenigos 13
Sweden U20: Christopher Czerapowicz 27, Andreas Person 19



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  TAIWAN   


Australia cruise past Taiwan in Valmiera - by Eurobasket News
Australia U19 - Taiwan U19 93:65

Australian U19 National Team posted the second win at the World Championship in Latvia. They held off Taiwan for 2-1 record in preliminary Group B. The Emus thus advanced into eighth-final stage, while Taiwan suffered the third straight loss and would play in classification round for 13th-16th place. Anthony Drmic (196-F/G-92) stepped up with 34 points and 8 rebounds to pace the Aussies in this one.
Australia stunned their opponents early. The Emus outscored Taiwan 29:17 in the starting quarter to build a 12-point lead. Australia kept Taiwan at bay throughout the second period. The Emus established a 49:34 halftime advantage. More to come in the third quarter as Australia erupted for 30 points taking a massive 29-point lead with ten minutes remaining. The Emus never slowed down rallying a confident win at the end. Igor Hadziomerovic (195-G-92) delivered 27 points for the Emus. Mitchell Creek (198-F/G-92) added 9 points in the victory. Hung Kang-Chiao (191-F-92) answered with 22 points for Taiwan. Hu Lung-Mao added 11 points in the loss.

Australia U19: Anthony Drmic 34, Igor Hadziomerovic 27, Mitchell Creek 9
Taiwan U19: Hung Kang-Chiao 22, Hu Lung-Mao 11



World U19: Taiwan routed by Australia - by Chris Wang
Taiwan U19 NT was routed by Australia 93-65 in the third and last preliminary game in the FIBA U19 World Championship for Men Sunday in Valmeira, Latvia.

Taiwan lost all three games in the preliminary round to finish last in Group B. It is scheduled to meet Tunisia tomorrow in the classification games for 13th-16th place.

Facing a taller Australian team, Taiwan trailed 25-10 seven minutes into the game but was able to cut the deficit down to six in the second period.

Hu Lung-mao, one of Taiwan's core players, scored nine points in the quarter before spraining his ankle with 2:07 remaining in the first half. The 195cm forward, who had 11 points in 15 minutes, did not return.

Everything went downhill from there as Australia punished Taiwan from inside and out. Anthony Drmic, a 196cm small forward, made seven of nine three-point tries en route to a game-high 34 points on 11-of-15 shooting. Drmic also pulled down eight rebounds.

195cm forward Igor Hadziomerovic added 27 points on 11-of-15 shooting.

Hung Kang-Chiao (191-F-92) led Taiwan with 22 points (11-17FG) and point guard Chen Ying-chun had 10 point.

Height disadvantage proved to be Taiwan's achilles heel. As the smallest team in the 16-team field, Taiwan had a minus-22 rebounding margin in three preliminary games. Last night it was again outrebounded by Aussie, 41-27.

Head coach Huang Wan-lung acknowledged that the disadvantage was difficult to overcome, especially in a highly-competitive tournament like this one.

The 0-3 record was actually expected by almost everyone before the tourney started. For Taiwan, which returned to the World Championship after 24 years, any win in Latvia would have been a upset victory.

I say let's give a shoutout to the boys from Taiwan, which rarely advanced to the world championship on any level.

Final group standing
Group A
1. Poland 2-1
2. Brazil 2-1
3. Russia 2-1
4. Tunisia 0-3

Group B
1. Australia 2-1
2. Latvia 2-1
3. Argentina 2-1
4. Taiwan 0-3

Group C
1. Croatia 2-1
2. Lithuania 2-1
3. Canada 1-2
4. Korea 1-2

Group D
1. USA 3-0
2. Serbia 2-1
3. Egypt 1-2
4. China 0-3

1/8 Finals
Group E: Brazil, Australia, Poland, Russia, Latvia, Argentina
Group F: USA, Lithuania, Serbia, Croatia, Canada, Egypt

Classification Games (13-16)
Korea, China, Taiwan, Tunisia



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  TUNISIA   


Brazil U19 finishes Group A with 2-1 record keeping Tunisia winless - by Eurobasket News
Brazil U19-Tunisia U19 97:56

Brazil U19 finishes Group A with 2-1 record after the win over Tunisia. The Latin American team produced a 97:56 over the African team as the latter finished the group with 0-3 record.
Brazil started with 23-9 in the opening period when Gabriel Aguirre made two free throws. For about three minutes in the second period the teams remained scoreless, while David Rossetto (180-PG-93) broke the silence. Sofian M'Rad (198-F-92) reduced to 35:25 and Cristiano Felicio (206-C-92) sent the teams to the lockers for 41:26. In the third period Brazil proved their superiority and increased to 6 more points after 26-20 in the quarter. The last frame was the nightmare for the team from Africa that could not stay on track anymore. Felipe Vezaro made it 73:51 and then Brazil added 9-0 run for 84:52 as Felipe Vezaro nailed three. Durval Cunha scored the last points for the winners, while the board showed the final 97:56 win.
Lucas Nogueira (213-C-92) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Felipe Vezaro netted 12. David Rossetto and Cristiano Felicio followed them with 9 points apiece in a win. Maher Souabni (185-G-92) ended up with 18 points and Sofian M'Rad scored 13.

Brazil U19: Lucas Nogueira 19+10 rebs, Felipe Vezaro 12, David Rossetto 9, Cristiano Felicio 9
Tunisia U19: Maher Souabni 18, Sofian M'Rad 13




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  TURKEY   


James Mays is on the way to Mersin - by Eurobasket News
James Mays (206-F-86, college: Clemson) is on the way to Mersin for the next season. The American player recently signed with Caciques de Humacao (Puerto Rico-BSN, starting five) as the season continues there.
James Mays appeared in 2004-2005 for Clemson (NCAA) and stayed with the college team for four years. In 2010 he signed with Caciques de Humacao (Puerto Rico-BSN, starting five) and in 25 games averaged 17.6ppg, 8.6rpg, 2.8apg, 1.4spg, Blocks-4 (1.2bpg), FGP: 43.3%, 3PT: 29.6%, FT: 64.4%. In November 2010 signed at Oyak Renault Bursa (Turkey-TBL, starting five) and had massive 17.2ppg, Reb-4 (9.0rpg), 1.4apg, Steals-3 (2.2spg), Blocks-5 (1.0bpg), FGP: 50.5%, 3PT: 19.0%, FT: 51.5%. In June signed at Caciques de Humacao (Puerto Rico-BSN, starting five) and averages now 10.0 points per game. In his opener for Puerto-Rican team he poured in 15 points at the Quarter-Finals Round 1 when Humacao lost to Bayamon 79-102. Vaqueros made 23-of-29 charity shots (79.3 percent) during the game. The former international guard Christian Dalmau stepped up and scored 23 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners and international forward Nathan Peavy chipped in 24 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American forward James Mays responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds.




Olin Edirne pays interest to Wes Wilkinson - by Eurobasket News
Wes Wilkinson (207-F-84, college: Nebraska) may sign with Olin Edirne for the next season. The American Forward can move from STB Le Havre where he played last season.
Before heading to France Wes Wilkinson played three seasons in Belgium. In 2007-2008 he signed with TEC Spirou Charleroi (Belgium-D1) and in ULEB Cup after 10 games averaged 5.9ppg, 2.8rpg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 63.6%. In Belgian League after 33 games he had 7.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 2FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 75.0%. In 2008-2009 for TEC Spirou Charleroi (Belgium-D1, starting five) his stats read 7.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 68.0% in EuroCup and in Belgian League he showed 11.6ppg, 5.4rpg, Blocks-4 (1.0bpg), FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 76.9%. In his last season in Belgium Wes averaged 10.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 53.1%, 3PT: 29.6%, FT: 55.6% in EuroCup and in Belgian League after 36 games had 9.6ppg, 5.2rpg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 41.2%, FT: 82.4%. In Belgium he achieved Belgian League Champion -08, 09, 10, Belgian Supercup Finalist -09, Belgian Cup Finalist -10, Belgian League Regular Season Runner-Up -10 and Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Honorable Mention -10.
Last season Wes Wilkinson played for STB Le Havre (France-ProA, starting five) and in 29 games had 11.0ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 87.7%.




Galatasaray sign Slovenian star Jaka Lakovic - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray sign Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) for 2011/2012 season. The Slovenian player arrives from Regal FC Barcelona where he stayed since year 2006. In 2006-2007 Jaka joined Winterthur F.C. Barcelona (Spain-ACB, starting five) and in the first season averaged 10.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.5apg, 2FGP: 48.4%, 3FGP: 39.8%, FT: 76.8% in EuroLeague, while in Spanish ACB Regular Season after 34 games had10.9ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.2apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 50.0%, 3FGP: 43.0%, FT: 88.0%. In Spanish ACB Play-Offs his stats read 12.4ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.8apg, 2FGP: 29.0%, 3FGP: 51.0%, FT: 88.0%. In the last season for Regal FC Barcelona (Spain-ACB) Jaka Lakovic averaged 6.4ppg, 1.9apg, FGP: 54.8%, 3PT: 36.5%, FT: 64.3% in EuroLeague and in Spanish League had 5.1ppg, 1.3apg, FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 28.8%, FT-2 (94.5%).
Jaka Lakovic recorded 18 points at the Regular Season Round 10 when Estudiantes upset Regal Barca 63-62. It was a big embarrassment for a home team. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Nik Caner-Medley who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 9 rebounds. Slovenian guard Jaka Lakovic replied with 18 points and 5 rebounds and Slovenian power forward Erazem Lorbek added 5 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Regal Barca.



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Blazers rip victory from AGSUF - by David Edole
ST. THOMAS--A lay up by Deland Isidore lifted Blazers over Aint Gonna See Us Fall (AGSUF), 52-51, in the final regular season game of the Zero Tolerance Summer 16-18 Basketball League. Blazers led for most of the game and amassed a 42-27 lead at the end of three periods. Blazers were in total control of the game until AGSUF made a huge fourth period rally. AGSUF scored 24 points in held the Blazers to just ten points. With Blazers up 50-48, Coach James Faulkner, frustrated by the amount of fouls called against his team, picked up two technical fouls and was immediately ejected from the game. Agyei Gregory made 1-of two and Shanel Caines nailed both to give AGSUF their fist lead of the game at the 1:08 mark. Both teams turned the ball over several times before Isidores game winning shot.
AGSUF took 23 free throws in the period and made 11. For the game, AGSUF shot 44 free throws (25-of-44) and Blazers shot just 13 free throws (7-of-13).
Xavier Richards led the Blazers with 19 points, followed by Sequanni Buchannan's 16 and Sekayi Petersen had 10 points.
Agyei Gregory led AGSUF with 12 points and Caines added 10.
Blazers: 22 8 12 10-52
AGSUF: 12 10 5 24 -51
Blazers (52): Richards 19, Buchanan 16, Petersen 10, Julius 3, Isidore 4
AGSUF (51): Caines 10, Wynter 1, Miller 6, Creque 8, Arnold 4, Gregory 12, Norford 6, Queeman 4

Zero Tolerance Basketball Summer League Standings
9-12
Lil Lakers 5-0
Jah Youths 4-1
Come 2 Defend 3-2
Shakers 2-3
Ujima 1-4
Da Heat 0-5

13-15
Defend Ours 3-1
Blazers 3-1
Jah Youths 2-2
All Coast Ballers 2-2
Stop Playing 0-4

16-18
Blazers 4-1
AGSUF 4-1
Concrete 3-2
Bean Squad 3-2
Set It Off 1-4
Defenders 0-5



Playoffs start on Thursday July 14th with four first round games. In 9-12 biddy action #2 Jah Youths takes on #3 Come 2 Defend, followed by a pair of 13-15 games. #1 seed Defend Ours versus #4 seed All Coast Ballers followed by #2 Blazers versus #3 Jah Youths and in the night cap #2 AGSUF takes on #3 Concrete in 16-18 play.




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  UKRAINE   


BC Donetsk tab Michael Lee - by Eurobasket News
BC Donetsk continued to bolster their roster before the Euroleague Qualifying Round games. They lately agreed on terms of contract with Michael Lee (207-F-86). The 25-year-old forward arrives from Serbia. He spent the last season playing for Radnicki. Michael Lee tallied 14.0 points, 7.0 boards, 2.1 assists and 1.9 steals per game in Serbian League. In Adriatic League Michael Lee delivered 19.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.4 assists per appearance. Eurobasket.com named Michael Lee All-Adriatic League Forward of the Year. He was also trumped All-Serbian League Defensive Player of the Year. Previously Michael Lee played for Albacomp in Hungary, Split in Croatia and Cholet Basket in France. He was also named Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Forward of the Year in 2010.


Vadim Matyukevych joins Ferro-ZNTU - by Eurobasket News
Ferro-ZNTU continued to work hardly at the transfer market. They have recently agreed on terms of contract with Vadim Matyukevych (208-C-80). The 31-year-old centre started the previous season in Khimik Yuzny. He appeared in just two games tallying 1.5 points and 2.5 boards per appearance. Later Vadim Matyukevych moved to Belarus. He signed with OZAA Osipovichi. His stats read 17.5 points, 7.8 boards, 1.5 steals, 1.4 assists and 1.1 block per game in Premier League. Eurobasket.com named Vadim Matyukevych into All-Belarusian League 2nd Team. The centre also participated at Premier League All-Star Game. Previously Vadim Matyukevych had stints with BC Odessa, MBK Mykolaiv, Sumykhimprom, Dnipro, Krivbasbasket-Lux, BC Kiev.


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Lamble Racks Up Sixth Season At Riders - by Paul Nilsen
Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders have got their first signing for the new season, with 6'10', 17 stone centre Barry Lamble (208-C-83) returning to the Club for his sixth season with the Club. The 28 year old is Rider's longest serving player and appeared in all but one of Rider's games last season, finishing up with a credible average of 4 points and 4 rebounds a game. He was also voted most improved player by his team mates last season.

Lamble was pleased to resign for the Club, 'I am looking forward to the new season because I feel under Coach Paternostro the Riders are improving year by year. I have my role coming off the bench and feel we are not far off being a top four team, and maybe winning a trophy. The coach has helped me develop my game, and I am trying very hard to be an impact sixth man, as a substitute trying to make a difference in lots of different ways. It has been an adjustment but it is a role I feel I can grow into.'

Riders Head Coach Rob Paternostro said, 'Barry is one of my favourite players, and everyone at the Club is very pleased he will be back for another season. He really impressed me with his contribution last season, and in each of his years with me I have felt his overall game has improved. He clearly has a very good mid range jump shot, and at times can get very hot, and he even carried us offensively a few times, but Barry is very much a team player, and makes his contribution right across the floor. He also has grown in confidence within the squad, so he is also a big plus in training and in the locker room. We have not yet seen the best of Barry, so I am hopeful he can add a bit to his game for next season.'



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  URUGUAY   


Standings - Metropolitan League
Metropolitan Stage Two Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Tabare 16-4 
 2. Nacional 14-7 
 3. Larranaga 13-7 
 4. Goes 12-9 
 5. Urunday Univ. 11-10 
 6. Atenas 11-10 
Places 7-10
 1. Capitol 8-9 
 2. Yale 6-11 
 3. Verdirrojo 4-13 
 4. 25 de Agosto 3-13 
Stage One Standings


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  VENEZUELA   


Venezuela on the way to London - by Jonathan Leon
2011 FIBA championship will be played on Malvinas Island's Stadium on Mar del Plata (Argentina) from August 30 through September 11, 2011. Only two out of Ten National Basketball teams will qualify to the Olympics games in London 2012. The teams that finish on 3rd and 5th place will have the opportunity to play in the 2012 FIBA World Championship qualifier.
The first round will be divided into two groups. Group A: Canada, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Brazil and Cuba. Group B: Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Panam, Argentina and Paraguay
The top four teams from each Group will be facing each other on the second round. The best four from the second round will go on to the semi-finals.



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  WBA   


Standings
WBA Standings
 1. Gwinnett Majic 4-2 
 2. Conyers CK 3-3 
 3. Rome G. 2-2 
 4. Tennessee T. 2-2 
 5. Marietta S. 2-2 
 6. Upsate Heat 1-1 
 7. Gainesville K. 0-0 


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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Anthony DRMIC
  CRO
  (196-F/G-92)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Drmic, AUS23.7 
 2. Cvetkovic, SRB21.3 
 3. Barac, CRO20.3 
 4. Ahmed, EGY20.3 
 5. Valanciunas, LTU19.7 
 6. Lee, KOR18.5 
 7. Saric, CRO18.0 
 8. Vecvagars, LAT17.0 
 9. Katic, CRO17.0 
 10. Cizauskas, LTU16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  LTU
  (210-C-92)
  Avg: 13
 1. Valanciunas, LTU13.0 
 2. Saric, CRO12.0 
 3. Ahmed, EGY12.0 
 4. Pierre, CAN10.0 
 5. Dukulis, LAT9.3 
 6. Delia, ARG9.3 
 7. Mitchell, USA9.0 
 8. Barac, CRO9.0 
 9. Nogueira, BRA8.3 
 10. Krstanovic, CRO7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Giyun KIM
  (184-G-92)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Kim, KOR6.3 
 2. Grochowski, POL6.0 
 3. Hossam, EGY5.0 
 4. Vecvagars, LAT5.0 
 5. Vikhrov, RUS4.3 
 6. Cizauskas, LTU4.3 
 7. Katic, CRO4.0 
 8. Zadravec, CRO4.0 
 9. Wang, CHN3.7 
 10. Varnakov, RUS3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy LAMB
  (195-G/F-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Lamb, USA3.0 
 2. Moon, KOR2.7 
 3. Wang, CHN2.3 
 4. Ahmed, EGY2.3 
 5. Timma, LAT2.0 
 6. Lee, KOR2.0 
 7. Katic, CRO2.0 
 8. Kulagin, RUS2.0 
 9. Shaver, CAN2.0 
 10. Yu, TAI2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  LTU
  (210-C-92)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Valanciunas, LTU3.7 
 2. Nogueira, BRA3.3 
 3. Mockevicius, LTU3.0 
 4. Mitchell, USA2.7 
 5. Niedzwiedzki, POL2.0 
 6. Jankovic, CAN1.7 
 7. Kim, KOR1.7 
 8. Karnowski, POL1.7 
 9. Gielo, POL1.7 
 10. Delia, ARG1.3 


Preliminary Round. Day 3 in Valmiera and Liepaja - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Brazil - Tunisia 97-56
Brazil U19 finishes Group A with 2-1 record after the win over Tunisia. The Latin American team produced a 97:56 over the African team as the latter finished the group with 0-3 record. Brazil started with 23-9 in the opening period when Gabriel Aguirre made two free throws. For about three minutes in the second period the teams remained scoreless, while Davi Rossetto broke the silence. Sofian M'Rad reduced to 35:25 and Cristiano Felicio (206-C-92) sent the teams to the lockers for 41:26. In the third period Brazil proved their superiority and increased to 6 more points after 26-20 in the quarter. The last frame was the nightmare for the team from Africa that could not stay on track anymore. Felipe Vezaro made it 73:51 and then Brazil added 9-0 run for 84:52 as Felipe Vezaro nailed three. Durval Cunha (200-F-92) scored the last points for the winners, while the board showed the final 97:56 win. Lucas Nogueira (213-C-92) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Felipe Vezaro netted 12. Davi Rossetto and Cristiano Felicio followed them with 9 points apiece in a win. Maher Souabni ended up with 18 points and Sofian M'Rad scored 13.

Russia - Poland 70-87
Poland celebrated the second win at U19 World Championship in Latvia. They rallied past Russia to improve at 2-1 record in Group A. Polish team thus caught up with Russia in the ladder. Przemyslaw Karnowski stepped up with 23 points to lead the winners. It was a close battle in the first half. Poland grabbed a 17:9 lead midway through the first period but Russia narrowed the gap to a single point 17:18 at the break. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the second stanza before Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92) levelled things up at 44. Russia pulled ahead 53:52 midway through the third term but Poland went on an 18:5 rally to establish a 70:58 lead with one quarter remaining. Russia never got closer than seven points throughout the last quarter as Poland marched to the second win at the tournament. Michal Michalak (194-G-93) and Mateusz Ponitka delivered 19 points apiece in the win. Piotr Niedzwiedzki added 11 points for Poland. Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) answered with 14 points for Russia. Andrey Loginov (204-F-93) delivered 11 points in the loss.

Group B
Argentina - Latvia 69-62
Argentina finished the preliminary round on a high note. They shocked Latvia in Valmiera tonight but still finished at the third position in preliminary round Group B. Latvia earned the second spot just behind Australia. Luciano Massarelli (183-PG-93) stepped up with 15 points to pace Argentina. The Latin American side entered the game playing aggressively in defence. They limited the hosts to only 9 points in the opening frame and recorded an 18:9 lead. Latvia managed just 9 points in the second stanza to face a 14-point deficit at halftime 18:32. The hosts started to show some signs of recovery in the third period. Latvia fired 22 points in the quarter to narrow the margin at 9-point mark. Latvia get even closer in the fourth frame but Argentina snatched a tough win at the end. Franco Giorgetti accounted for 14 points and 10 rebounds for Argentina. Marcos Delia (206-C-92) produced 12 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Kaspars Vecvagars answered with 17 points for Latvia. Edmunds Dukulis (204-C-92, agency: Players Group) had 16 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Australia - Taiwan 93-65
Australian U19 National Team posted the second win at the World Championship in Latvia. They held off Taiwan for 2-1 record in preliminary Group B. The Emus thus advanced into eighth-final stage, while Taiwan suffered the third straight loss and would play in classification round for 13th-16th place. Anthony Drmic (196-F/G-92) stepped up with 34 points and 8 rebounds to pace the Aussies in this one. Australia stunned their opponents early. The Emus outscored Taiwan 29:17 in the starting quarter to build a 12-point lead. Australia kept Taiwan at bay throughout the second period. The Emus established a 49:34 halftime advantage. More to come in the third quarter as Australia erupted for 30 points taking a massive 29-point lead with ten minutes remaining. The Emus never slowed down rallying a confident win at the end. Igor Hadziomerovic (195-G-92) delivered 27 points for the Emus. Mitchell Creek (198-F/G-92) added 9 points in the victory. Hung Kang-Chiao (191-F-92) answered with 22 points for Taiwan. Hu Lung-Mao added 11 points in the loss.

Group C
Canada - Lithuania 68-111
Lithuania U19, that is one of the favorites of the World Championships U19 won another game to win Group C in Liepaja. The Baltic State won over Canada U19 111:68 for 2-1 record. Lithuania did not wait and showed their superiority from the very beginning. The Baltic State grabbed 29-13 after the first 10 minutes and never looked behind. Moreover they added 32-15 in the second period to take 61:28 at the halftime. Lithuania did not slow down and won also the third and the last periods. They produced 23-22 in the third period and added 27-18 in the last frame. Vytenis Cizauskas (190-G-92) stepped up with 22 points and Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) netted 15. Egidijus Mockevicius (204-C-92) ended up with 13 points and Edgaras Ulanovas delivered 12. Dyshawn Pierre delivered 10 in the losing effort, while Sim Bhullar and Philip Scrubb (194-G-92) scored 8 each. Both teams advanced to the next stage of the competition.

South Korea - Croatia 75-71
South Korea opened win count at U19 World Championship. They rolled past Croatia to finish at 1-2 record in Group C action. Croatia slipped at 2-1 record after the loss. Kim HyeongJun (195-F-93) and Kim Manjong (200-F-92) stepped up with 19 points each to lead the winners. Croatia led by two points after ten minutes of action. But the Asian team turned things around in the second quarter. South Korea went on a decisive 24:11 rally to arrive at halftime leading by 11 points 43:32. Croatia tried to change the complexion of the encounter after the big break. They limited South Korea to 14 points in the third quarter to get within 6 points at the final intermission. But the Korean team stayed determined in the fourth frame and eked out a tough victory at the end. Kim Jun-Yl (202-C-92) and Dong Yeop Lee delivered 12 points apiece in the victory. Boris Barac (206-F-92) reacted with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Croatia. Stipe Krstanovic accounted for 19 points and 16 rebounds in the loss.

Group D
Egypt - Serbia 67-85
Serbia dominated the game against Egypt and recorded a well-deserved win at the U19 World Championship in Latvia. The victory propelled Serbia to 2-1 record in Group D. They clinched the second position in the ladder. Egypt slipped at 1-2 record. Aleksandar Cvetkovic (185-PG-93) fired 24 points to lead the charge. Egypt led for a brief period of time early in the encounter. But Serbia quickly erased the deficit and registered a 25:15 advantage late in the opening frame. Serbia boosted the lead to as many as 16 points in the second stanza. They kept Egypt at bay posting a 45:35 halftime lead. Assem Ahmed (205-C-92) and Seif Samir dragged Egypt within five points at the start of the third term. Marawan Mohamed narrowed the gap to only three points but Serbia finished the quarter strongly restoring a comfortable 64:53 lead with one quarter remaining. Egypt never got closer than 9 points in the final period as Serbia coasted to the victory at the end. Marko Gujanicic accounted for 11 points and 14 rebounds, while Petar Lambic (195-G-92) netted 12 points in the victory. Assem Ahmed responded with 20 points and 11 rebounds for Egypt. Omar Mohammed nailed 14 points in the loss.

USA - China 82-66
USA U19 win Group D in Liepaja after the third straight victory at the World Championships U19. The defending champions overcame China U19 82:66 to keep them winless in Latvia. The favorites opened the game as if they had to and reached 25-13 after the first 10 minutes. In the second frame the American team needed 19-15 for 44:28 halftime advantage. China seemed to be back on track in the third period as they had nothing to lose and shocked USA with 25-12 in the frame. The latter however replied with 26-13 in the last period to seal the third victory. Jeremy Lamb (195-G/F-92) paced all the winners with 17 points and Doug McDermott (200-F-92) netted 15. Hardaway Tim and Khyle Marshall (200-F-92) followed them with 13 points each. Ju Mingxin replied with 17 points in the losing effort, whilst Wang Zhelin added 15.


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Standings
Standings
Group E
1. Argentina2-1
2. Australia2-1
3. Brazil2-1
4. Latvia2-1
5. Poland2-1
6. Russia2-1
Group F
1. USA3-0
2. Croatia2-1
3. Lithuania2-1
4. Serbia2-1
5. Egypt1-2
6. Canada1-2




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Women News

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  COLOMBIA - Women  


COLOMBIA REACHES THE SOUTHAMERICAN U-17 FINAL - by Victor Garcia
Colombia will play today the final of the Southamerican Championship against Argentina, the National team fall yesterday against the same Argentinean team, but the average give them the ticket to the final today.
Colombia did not had its best game, but still its effort was enough to reach the final, the Colombian ladies had a chance to win the game with less than 22 seconds in the clock, 3 points shot of Colombias main scorer Camila Tapias was blocked by the Argentinean defense.
Sara Sosa lead Colombia with 20 points, Elizabeth Gutierrez follows her with 15.
Colombia in his great performance is coached by Luis Cuenca and will face Argentina today for the gold.



COLOMBIAN U-17 NATIONAL TEAM, NEW SOUTHAMERICAN CHAMPION - by Victor Garcia
Colombia is the new U-17 Southamerican Champion, the national team defeated Argentina 56 55 in the final game, the game was not easy but Colombia improve its defense and did a best job in the boards, while Argentinas point guard Micaela Sancisi, keep her team in the fight .

Colombias personal defense worked well, the Colombian coach made a right read of the game teaching his players to go behind the screen to stop the penetration, also made a major adjustment in the blocks.

The Colombias offense use its main strength making the three pointer and also getting points from the defensive pressure, but the end of the game was a thriller, Colombia ahead by 1 with 1:30 in the clock, forced Argentinas turnover and go to the free throws line, but missed 8 straight free throws in the final 90 seconds of the game, but thanks to its defensive pressure and offensive rebounding got the ball back in hands enough times to keep the victory safe, Argentina had one last chance with 8 seconds left in the clock but 3 pointer of its main weapon hit the rim and go out to start the celebration in Pasto.

Sara Sosa , Elizabeth Gutierrez and Camila Tapias leaded the National Team, while Marlyn Vente and Caracas fight bravely in the boards.
Congratulation to the coach Luis Cuenca for this great title .

Colombia National U-17 Team Roster:
Ana Maria Garcia
Laiza Rodriguez
Carolina Ramirez
Laura Ramirez
Laura Martinez
Diana Prens
Maria Camila Tapias.
Elizabeth Gutierrez
Sara Sosa
Marlyn Vente
Karen Gomez
Maria Delgado
Carolina Caracas
Head Coach: Luis Cuenca.



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  CROATIA - Women  


Croatia secures a place in 2012 Olympic Qualifying Tournament - by Eurobasket News
That game was a fight for a place in 2012 Olympic qualifying tournament. Croatia beat Montenegro 73:59 . Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) made 21 points, IIva Ciglar (170-G-85, agency: Data Plus Group) end this game with 19 points. Anna de Forge poured 18 for Montenegro. Other Montenegrin great player Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) ended the game in the hospital.

On the beginning on the game both teams were playing very hard. With 7:33 to play in the first quarter Montenegrin coach called a timeout. The score was tie both teams made 4
points. Teams knew the amount of the this game. They were playing with ambition. Croatian leader gained Sandra Mardir two fouls early in the first quarter. With 5:08 Jelena Ivezic made a unsportsmanlike foul and thanks to its Montenegro was able to elaborate 3 point lead. Croatia was down by 4 with 2:47 remaining and Croatian coach called a timeout. Montenegro won the first quarter 14:16.

Early in the second period Croatia made the game with jump shot by Jelena Ivezic. Montenegro get back on the lead but IIva Ciglar buried a three pointer and Croatia had taken the one point lead - 21:20. Iva Sliskovic (194-F-84, college: S.Carolina) increased Croatian lead and Montenegrin coach called another timeout. With 4:30 Jelena Ivezic made a three points shot. Croatia elaborated biggest lead - 8 points. Both teams still playing very hard. When Montenegro made 5 straight points Croatian coach called a timeout. With 2:05 to play in the second quarter Iva Perovanovic tied the game. The score was 32:32. Lisa Karcic responded with three pointer for Croatia. Jelena Ivezic made a lay-up and Croatian rebuilt the advantage to 5 points 37:32. In the last minutes referees penalty Croatian with technical foul. But in the middle of the game Croatia still had 3 point lead 38:35.

In the beginning of the third quarter Sandar Mardir scored 3 points for Croatia. Then the team were playing basket for basket. With 6:43 to play in the third Anna De Forge (178-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Nebraska) made a shot for Montenegro. Her team was still down by 3 42:39. With 5:37 Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) buried a three for Montenegro and tied the game. Jelena Ivezic with jump shot for Croatia. Her team get back on the lead. Then Marta Cakic (175-G-82) made a three point shot and Croatia had 5 points advantage again. Jelena Ivezic made another long distance shot. Croatia had 8 point lead with 2:27 remaining in the third quarter. IIva Ciglar ended the third quarter scoring 5 straight points. Before the last quarter Croatia was up by 11 55:44.

Montenegrin played very good at defense. However Croatian players were made shots even against great defense. With 6:52 remaining Marta Cakic end the Croatian quick attack.
Montenegro was down by 13, so their coach decided to call a timeout. With 6:33 to play Iva Perovanovic fell down on the ground. She end this game with injury It was necessary
to use medics help. Iva Perovanovic abandoned the arena in the ambulance. In the middle of the quarter Croatia was up by 12 61:49. Then Marta Cakic made a jump shote for
Croatia. With 2:56 remaining Iva Sliskovic made a 2+1 action. She increased Croatian lead to 17 points. Montenegro was in the big trouble. They had to reduce the lost without very
important player Iva Perovanovic. Although Montenegrin effort they were unable to get back in this game. Croatian won this game 73:59 and secured the place in the Olympic
qualifying tournament.

Croatia - Montenegro 73:59 (14:16, 24:19, 17:9, 18:15 )
Croatia: Jelena Ivezic 21, IIva Ciglar 19, Marta Cakic 12 , Iva Sliskovic 11
Montenegro: Anna De Forge 18, Jelena Dubljevic 13

*BY LUKASZ LUKASZEWSKI


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Lithuania won the Baltic Game against Latvia - by Lukasz Lukaszewski
Lithuania beat Latvia in the 7th place play-off. Lithuanian were leading in this game all time. Lithuania had been controlling the game. Latvia after very good games in Katowice lost
three games in Lod and end the tournament on the eight position. Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82) and Egle Sulciute (190-F-85)e led their team to win the game scoring 15 points. Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82) added 13 points and 8 rebounds for Lithuania. Three players in Latvia end this game with double figures: Elina Babkina (173-G-89, agency: LBM Management), Gunta Basko (181-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Siena) and Kristine Karlina. They all made 10 points each. George Dikeoulakos confirmed that he is steeping down. Also Gunta Basko - Latvian captain resigned from international career.

Lithuania started this game much better than Latvia. Lithuanian players made 3 long distance shots in the first half of the quarter. Thanks to with 6:05 to play in the first quarter
Lithuania was up by 7 4:11. Latvian were better in fast-break attacks. Elina Babkina scored 4 straight points for Latvia. Her team with 2:50 remaining was down by 3 - 10:13.
Then teams had been scoring points from free throw line. Lithuania had got good execution from this place and Lithuania won the first quarter 12:20.

First half of the second period was not very interesting. Both teams missed some easy shots. After good action Egle Sulciutee made a shot for Lithuania and her team had got 12
points advantage 14:26. With 3:55 to play Zane Tamane (200-C-83, college: W.Illinois) reduced the lost to 8 points 18:26 Latvian coach called a timeout with 1:43 remaining in the second quarter. Then Lithuanian players extend the lead. Latvia was not playing good on defense and Lithuanian was able to extend the lead to 16 points. In the middle of the game Lithuania was leading 18:34.

Latvia started the third quarter with 8:2 run. When Gunta Basko made four straight points Lithuanian coach called a timeout. With 4:25 Milda Sauliute (175-G-81) made a shot for Lithuania. She rebuilt the advantage to 14 points. Now, Latvian coach called a timeout. Then Liene Jansone (191-F/C-81, college: Siena) buried the first three pointer for Latvia in this game. Before this Latvian had had 0/6 at this element. Latvia started play more ambitious on defense They played full court defense. With 2:57 remaining to the end of the third quarter Gunta Basko reduced the lost to 6 points 38:44. Lithuanian responded with 5:0 run. After Rima Valentiene (170-G-78) three pointer Latvian coach called another timeout. Before the last quarter Lithuania had got 8 points advantage 41:49.

Latvia started last quarter with Zane Tamane jump-shot. Lithuania responded with 7:0 run After Sandra Linkeviciene jump-shot Lithuania had 13 points advantage. Latvia had only 7
minutes and 57 seconds to get back in this game. With 3:42 remaining Latvia still had got 13 points of disadvantage. Few seconds later Ausra Bimbaite buried a three pointer for
Lithuania. Latvia was in trouble. With 1:32 Lithuanian coach called a timeout. His team was up by 19 52:71.

Latvia Lithuania 56:75 (12:20, 6:14, 23:15, 15:26)
Latvia: Elina Babkina 10, Gunta Basko 10, Kristine Karklina (175-G-83) 10
Lithuania: Ausra Bimbaite 15, Egle Sulciutee 15, Sandra Linkeviciene 13, Rima Valentiene 12



Croatia secured a place in 2012 Olympic qualifying tournament - by Lukasz Lukaszewski
That game was a fight for a place in 2012 Olympic qualifying tournament. Croatia beat Montenegro 73:59 . Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) made 21 points, IIva Ciglar (170-G-85, agency: Data Plus Group) end this game with 19 points. Anna de Forge poured 18 for Montenegro. Other Montenegrin great player Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) ended the game in the hospital.

On the beginning on the game both teams were playing very hard. With 7:33 to play in the first quarter Montenegrin coach called a timeout. The score was tie both teams made 4
points. Teams knew the amount of the this game. They were playing with ambition. Croatian leader gained Sandra Mardir two fouls early in the first quarter. With 5:08 Jelena Ivezic made a unsportsmanlike foul and thanks to its Montenegro was able to elaborate 3 point lead. Croatia was down by 4 with 2:47 remaining and Croatian coach called a timeout. Montenegro won the first quarter 14:16.

Early in the second period Croatia made the game with jump shot by Jelena Ivezic. Montenegro get back on the lead but IIva Ciglar buried a three pointer and Croatia had taken the one point lead - 21:20. Iva Sliskovic (194-F-84, college: S.Carolina) increased Croatian lead and Montenegrin coach called another timeout. With 4:30 Jelena Ivezic made a three points shot. Croatia elaborated biggest lead - 8 points. Both teams still playing very hard. When Montenegro made 5 straight points Croatian coach called a timeout. With 2:05 to play in the second quarter Iva Perovanovic tied the game. The score was 32:32. Lisa Karcic responded with three pointer for Croatia. Jelena Ivezic made a lay-up and Croatian rebuilt the advantage to 5 points 37:32. In the last minutes referees penalty Croatian with technical foul. But in the middle of the game Croatia still had 3 point lead 38:35.

In the beginning of the third quarter Sandar Mardir scored 3 points for Croatia. Then the team were playing basket for basket. With 6:43 to play in the third Anna De Forge (178-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Nebraska) made a shot for Montenegro. Her team was still down by 3 42:39. With 5:37 Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) buried a three for Montenegro and tied the game. Jelena Ivezic with jump shot for Croatia. Her team get back on the lead. Then Marta Cakic (175-G-82) made a three point shot and Croatia had 5 points advantage again. Jelena Ivezic made another long distance shot. Croatia had 8 point lead with 2:27 remaining in the third quarter. IIva Ciglar ended the third quarter scoring 5 straight points. Before the last quarter Croatia was up by 11 55:44.

Montenegrin played very good at defense. However Croatian players were made shots even against great defense. With 6:52 remaining Marta Cakic end the Croatian quick attack.
Montenegro was down by 13, so their coach decided to call a timeout. With 6:33 to play Iva Perovanovic fell down on the ground. She end this game with injury It was necessary
to use medics help. Iva Perovanovic abandoned the arena in the ambulance. In the middle of the quarter Croatia was up by 12 61:49. Then Marta Cakic made a jump shote for
Croatia. With 2:56 remaining Iva Sliskovic made a 2+1 action. She increased Croatian lead to 17 points. Montenegro was in the big trouble. They had to reduce the lost without very
important player Iva Perovanovic. Although Montenegrin effort they were unable to get back in this game. Croatian won this game 73:59 and secured the place in the Olympic
qualifying tournament.

Croatia Montenegro 73:59 (14:16, 24:19, 17:9, 18:15 )
Croatia: Jelena Ivezic 21, IIva Ciglar 19, Marta Cakic 12 , Iva Sliskovic 11
Montenegro: Anna De Forge 18, Jelena Dubljevic 13,



Stats Leaders Div.A (Women)
Points Per Game
 Doneeka HODGES
  USA
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Hodges, BUL20.3 
 2. Tuukkanen, FIN18.3 
 3. Perovanovic, MNT16.4 
 4. Zherzherunov., UKR15.5 
 5. Meesseman, BEL15.0 
 6. Fegyverneky, HUN14.7 
 7. Kobryn, POL14.7 
 8. Yilmaz, TUR14.6 
 9. Babkina, LAT14.4 
 10. Mandir, CRO14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zane TAMANE
  LAT
  (200-C-83)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Tamane, LAT9.1 
 2. Meesseman, BEL9.0 
 3. Tuukkanen, FIN8.8 
 4. Bar, GER8.8 
 5. Stepanova, RUS8.5 
 6. Zherzherunov., UKR8.3 
 7. Leuchanka, BLR8.2 
 8. Ress, ITA8.0 
 9. Perovanovic, MNT7.8 
 10. Kobryn, POL7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Elina BABKINA
  LAT
  (173-G-89)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Babkina, LAT4.2 
 2. Vardarli, TUR4.0 
 3. Bortelova, CZE3.9 
 4. Marchanka, BLR3.8 
 5. Mandir, CRO3.8 
 6. Dumerc, FRA3.6 
 7. Dubljevic, MNT3.6 
 8. Pawlak, POL3.5 
 9. Bar, GER3.3 
 10. Zara, ITA3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Dimitra KALENTZOU
  (174-G-78)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Kalentzou, GRE2.7 
 2. Mayombo, BEL2.5 
 3. Lyttle, ESP2.5 
 4. Zherzherunov., UKR2.5 
 5. Palau, ESP2.5 
 6. Linkeviciene, LTU2.4 
 7. Skerovic, MNT2.3 
 8. Zlatanova, BUL2.3 
 9. Bar, GER2.3 
 10. Bimbaite, LTU2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Sandrine GRUDA
  FRA
  (194-C-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gruda, FRA1.9 
 2. Kobryn, POL1.7 
 3. Marginean, ROM1.5 
 4. Veremeenko, BLR1.4 
 5. Tamane, LAT1.4 
 6. Burgrova, CZE1.4 
 7. Khomenchuk, UKR1.3 
 8. Popovic, MNT1.1 
 9. Kupcikova, SVK1.0 
 10. Ndongue, FRA1.0 


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  FRANCE - Women  


Serbia edge France in exhibition clash - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U20 - France U20 64:42

Serbian U20 National Team celebrated the first win in the three-game test series versus their French counterparts. Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) stepped up with 13 points to lead the winners. The teams will meet again tonight and tomorrow.
Serbia and France stayed close throughout the opening period. Serbia eked out a 19:16 lead after ten minutes of action. Serbia limited the visitors to just two points in the second frame. The hosts jumped to a 34:18 halftime lead. Serbia continued to keep France at distance in the third quarter. The home team arrived at the final break leading by 19 points. Les Bleus accounted for only 9 points in the final period and surrendered at the end. Nikolina Nikolic (178-G-91) delivered 8 points for Serbia. Jelena Prvulovic (177-G-91) added 7 points in the victory. Touty Gandega (170-G-91), Clementine Samson (181-G/F-91) and Kelly Corre (180-F-91) all dropped 8 points each for France.

Serbia U20: Sara Krnjic 13, Nikolina Nikolic 8, Jelena Prvulovic 7
France U20: Touty Gandega 8, Clementine Samson 8, Kelly Corre 8



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  GERMANY - Women  


Spain U20 won Torneo de Caorle opener - by Eurobasket News
Spain U20 won Torneo de Caorle opener against Germany U20. The Spanish side overcame them 72:45 for the first victory. The Spanish team started with 19-8 and never looked behind. They added 18-9 and enjoyed 37:17. Spain looked also better in the third and the last quarters winning both of them. Amaia Gastaminza and Vanessa Ble made sure Spain had 53:30 after thirty minutes in the court. After 19-15 in the last period, the favorites reached the necessary big win. Emina Karic (178-G/F-91) scored 11 points for Germany and Judith Schmidt (186-F/C-92) as well as Svenja Brunckhorst scored 7. Christina Schnorr (187-F-92) and Julia Gaudermann (166-PG-92) ended up with 6 points each in the losing effort.
In another game Italy U20 outscored Sweden U20 at the start of the International Tournament. The Italian side grabbed 54:51 win due to the last period.




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  ITALY - Women  


Market moves in Italian Serie A1 (part two) - by Carlo Grilli
The second and last part of the market update at July, 2nd 2011 in Italian Serie A1:

Paola Mauriello (185-G-81) from Parma to Faenza
Nicole Michael (188-G-87, college: Syracuse) from Gran Canaria to Alcamo
Milica Micovic (182-G-84, agency: Players Group) from Napoli to Pozzuoli
Francesca Modica (177-G-81) from Faenza to Umbertide
Jami Montagnino (173-G-85, college: Tulane) from Taranto to Venezia
Alex Montgomery (185-G/F-88, college: Georgia Tech) from Georgia Tech to Faenza
Nicole Ohlde (193-F/C-82, college: Kansas St.) from Venezia to Umbertide
Maria Pascalau (193-C-82) from Priolo to Taranto
Kathrin Ress (196-C-85, college: Boston Coll.) from Las Palmas to Taranto
Chiara Rossi (170-G-88) from Venezia to Alcamo
Marie Ruzickova (189-C-86, agency: LBM Management) from Perpignan to Lucca
Martina Sandri (186-F/C-88) from Lucca to Olimpia La Spezia
Audrey Sauret Gillespie (179-G/F-76) from Parma to Lyon
Gergana Slavcheva (186-F-79) from Priolo to Parma
Brooke Smith (191-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Stanford) from Tarbes to Como
Agnese Soli (168-G-87) from Lucca to Venezia
Giorgia Sottana (177-G-88) from Venezia to Taranto
Susanna Stabile (178-G-80) from Como to Milano
Angela Zampella (170-G-78, college: St.Joseph's) from Como to Pozzuoli
Becca Tobin (195-F-88) from Arizona State to Parma
Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) from Sesto to Alcamo
Petra Ujhelyi (192-C-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: S.Carolina) from Sesto to Krakow
Alessandra Visconti (187-G/F-87) from Bologna to Umbertide
Nnena Wabara (183-F-81, college: Baylor) from Sesto to Venezia
Kathy Wambe (173-G-81) from Taranto to Villeneuve
Courtney Ward (170-G-89, college: Florida St.) from Florida State to Pozzuoli
Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) from Schio to Valencia



Market moves in Italian Serie A1 (part one) - by Carlo Grilli
Player per player, the market update at July, 2nd 2011 in Italian Serie A1 (part one):

Adriana Moises Pinto (169-G-78) from Faenza to Parma
Simona Ballardini (181-F-81) from Umbertide to Taranto
Laura Benko (180-G/F-83) from Pozzuoli to Como
Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) from Faenza to Villeneuve (Fra)
Kimberly Butler (186-F-82, college: Oregon St.) from Ibiza to Como
Alejandra Chesta (187-F-82, agency: Players Group) from Battipaglia to Pozzuoli
Chiara Consolini (182-F-88) from Umbertide to Schio
Claudia Corbani (182-G-78) from Priolo to Parma
Licia Corradini (173-G-85) from Napoli to Lucca
Irina Crasnoscioc (191-F-81) from Pozzuoli to Sesto
Nene Diene (182-F-92) from Livorno to Lucca
Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87, college: Boston Coll.) from Pozzuoli to Venezia
Marija Eric (164-G-83) from Priolo to Faenza
Sophie Fall (176-G-89) from Bolzano to Parma
Melissa Fazio (182-F-79, college: St.Bonaventure) from Como to Pozzuoli
Licia Marcella Filippi (186-F-85)etti (185-F/C-86) from Lucca to Orvieto
Marcella Filippii from Udine to Faenza
Cheryl Ford (191-F/C-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Louisiana Tech) from Brno to Schio
Giulia Gatti (172-G-89, agency: LBM Management) from Pozzuoloi to Como
Immacolata Gentile (175-G-75) from Napoli to Lucca
Barbara Gibertini (188-C-79) from CUS Cagliari to Parma
Vanessa Gidden (193-C/F-85, college: Hofstra) from Napoli to Alcamo
Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, college: Cal-Irvine) from Parma to Faenza
Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) from Brno to Sesto
Demauria Liles (185-F-88) from Maryland to Faenza
Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) from Ruzomberok to Venezia



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  LATVIA - Women  


Lithuania wins the Baltic Game against Latvia - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania beat Latvia in the 7th place play-off. Lithuanian were leading in this game all time. Lithuania had been controlling the game. Latvia after very good games in Katowice lost
three games in Lod and end the tournament on the eight position. Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82) and Egle Sulciute (190-F-85) led their team to win the game scoring 15 points. Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82) added 13 points and 8 rebounds for Lithuania. Three players in Latvia end this game with double figures: Elina Babkina (173-G-89, agency: LBM Management), Gunta Basko (181-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Siena) and Kristine Karlina. They all made 10 points each. George Dikeoulakos confirmed that he is steeping down. Also Gunta Basko - Latvian captain resigned from international career.

Lithuania started this game much better than Latvia. Lithuanian players made 3 long distance shots in the first half of the quarter. Thanks to with 6:05 to play in the first quarter
Lithuania was up by 7 4:11. Latvian were better in fast-break attacks. Elina Babkina scored 4 straight points for Latvia. Her team with 2:50 remaining was down by 3 - 10:13.
Then teams had been scoring points from free throw line. Lithuania had got good execution from this place and Lithuania won the first quarter 12:20.

First half of the second period was not very interesting. Both teams missed some easy shots. After good action Egle Sulciutee made a shot for Lithuania and her team had got 12
points advantage 14:26. With 3:55 to play Zane Tamane (200-C-83, college: W.Illinois) reduced the lost to 8 points 18:26 Latvian coach called a timeout with 1:43 remaining in the second quarter. Then Lithuanian players extend the lead. Latvia was not playing good on defense and Lithuanian was able to extend the lead to 16 points. In the middle of the game Lithuania was leading 18:34.

Latvia started the third quarter with 8:2 run. When Gunta Basko made four straight points Lithuanian coach called a timeout. With 4:25 Milda Sauliute (175-G-81) made a shot for Lithuania. She rebuilt the advantage to 14 points. Now, Latvian coach called a timeout. Then Liene Jansone (191-F/C-81, college: Siena) buried the first three pointer for Latvia in this game. Before this Latvian had had 0/6 at this element. Latvia started play more ambitious on defense They played full court defense. With 2:57 remaining to the end of the third quarter Gunta Basko reduced the lost to 6 points 38:44. Lithuanian responded with 5:0 run. After Rima Valentiene (170-G-78) three pointer Latvian coach called another timeout. Before the last quarter Lithuania had got 8 points advantage 41:49.

Latvia started last quarter with Zane Tamane jump-shot. Lithuania responded with 7:0 run After Sandra Linkeviciene jump-shot Lithuania had 13 points advantage. Latvia had only 7 minutes and 57 seconds to get back in this game. With 3:42 remaining Latvia still had got 13 points of disadvantage. Few seconds later Ausra Bimbaite buried a three pointer for Lithuania. Latvia was in trouble. With 1:32 Lithuanian coach called a timeout. His team was up by 19 52:71.

Latvia - Lithuania 56:75 (12:20, 6:14, 23:15, 15:26)
Latvia: Elina Babkina 10, Gunta Basko 10, Kristine Karklina (175-G-83) 10
Lithuania: Ausra Bimbaite 15, Egle Sulciutee 15, Sandra Linkeviciene 13, Rima Valentiene 12

*BY LUKASZ LUKASZEWSKI


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Lithuania wins the Baltic Game against Latvia - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania beat Latvia in the 7th place play-off. Lithuanian were leading in this game all time. Lithuania had been controlling the game. Latvia after very good games in Katowice lost
three games in Lod and end the tournament on the eight position. Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82) and Egle Sulciute (190-F-85) led their team to win the game scoring 15 points. Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82) added 13 points and 8 rebounds for Lithuania. Three players in Latvia end this game with double figures: Elina Babkina (173-G-89, agency: LBM Management), Gunta Basko (181-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Siena) and Kristine Karlina. They all made 10 points each. George Dikeoulakos confirmed that he is steeping down. Also Gunta Basko - Latvian captain resigned from international career.

Lithuania started this game much better than Latvia. Lithuanian players made 3 long distance shots in the first half of the quarter. Thanks to with 6:05 to play in the first quarter
Lithuania was up by 7 4:11. Latvian were better in fast-break attacks. Elina Babkina scored 4 straight points for Latvia. Her team with 2:50 remaining was down by 3 - 10:13.
Then teams had been scoring points from free throw line. Lithuania had got good execution from this place and Lithuania won the first quarter 12:20.

First half of the second period was not very interesting. Both teams missed some easy shots. After good action Egle Sulciutee made a shot for Lithuania and her team had got 12
points advantage 14:26. With 3:55 to play Zane Tamane (200-C-83, college: W.Illinois) reduced the lost to 8 points 18:26 Latvian coach called a timeout with 1:43 remaining in the second quarter. Then Lithuanian players extend the lead. Latvia was not playing good on defense and Lithuanian was able to extend the lead to 16 points. In the middle of the game Lithuania was leading 18:34.

Latvia started the third quarter with 8:2 run. When Gunta Basko made four straight points Lithuanian coach called a timeout. With 4:25 Milda Sauliute (175-G-81) made a shot for Lithuania. She rebuilt the advantage to 14 points. Now, Latvian coach called a timeout. Then Liene Jansone (191-F/C-81, college: Siena) buried the first three pointer for Latvia in this game. Before this Latvian had had 0/6 at this element. Latvia started play more ambitious on defense They played full court defense. With 2:57 remaining to the end of the third quarter Gunta Basko reduced the lost to 6 points 38:44. Lithuanian responded with 5:0 run. After Rima Valentiene (170-G-78) three pointer Latvian coach called another timeout. Before the last quarter Lithuania had got 8 points advantage 41:49.

Latvia started last quarter with Zane Tamane jump-shot. Lithuania responded with 7:0 run After Sandra Linkeviciene jump-shot Lithuania had 13 points advantage. Latvia had only 7 minutes and 57 seconds to get back in this game. With 3:42 remaining Latvia still had got 13 points of disadvantage. Few seconds later Ausra Bimbaite buried a three pointer for Lithuania. Latvia was in trouble. With 1:32 Lithuanian coach called a timeout. His team was up by 19 52:71.

Latvia - Lithuania 56:75 (12:20, 6:14, 23:15, 15:26)
Latvia: Elina Babkina 10, Gunta Basko 10, Kristine Karklina (175-G-83) 10
Lithuania: Ausra Bimbaite 15, Egle Sulciutee 15, Sandra Linkeviciene 13, Rima Valentiene 12

*BY LUKASZ LUKASZEWSKI


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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


Croatia secures a place in 2012 Olympic Qualifying Tournament - by Eurobasket News
That game was a fight for a place in 2012 Olympic qualifying tournament. Croatia beat Montenegro 73:59 . Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) made 21 points, IIva Ciglar (170-G-85, agency: Data Plus Group) end this game with 19 points. Anna de Forge poured 18 for Montenegro. Other Montenegrin great player Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) ended the game in the hospital.

On the beginning on the game both teams were playing very hard. With 7:33 to play in the first quarter Montenegrin coach called a timeout. The score was tie both teams made 4
points. Teams knew the amount of the this game. They were playing with ambition. Croatian leader gained Sandra Mardir two fouls early in the first quarter. With 5:08 Jelena Ivezic made a unsportsmanlike foul and thanks to its Montenegro was able to elaborate 3 point lead. Croatia was down by 4 with 2:47 remaining and Croatian coach called a timeout. Montenegro won the first quarter 14:16.

Early in the second period Croatia made the game with jump shot by Jelena Ivezic. Montenegro get back on the lead but IIva Ciglar buried a three pointer and Croatia had taken the one point lead - 21:20. Iva Sliskovic (194-F-84, college: S.Carolina) increased Croatian lead and Montenegrin coach called another timeout. With 4:30 Jelena Ivezic made a three points shot. Croatia elaborated biggest lead - 8 points. Both teams still playing very hard. When Montenegro made 5 straight points Croatian coach called a timeout. With 2:05 to play in the second quarter Iva Perovanovic tied the game. The score was 32:32. Lisa Karcic responded with three pointer for Croatia. Jelena Ivezic made a lay-up and Croatian rebuilt the advantage to 5 points 37:32. In the last minutes referees penalty Croatian with technical foul. But in the middle of the game Croatia still had 3 point lead 38:35.

In the beginning of the third quarter Sandar Mardir scored 3 points for Croatia. Then the team were playing basket for basket. With 6:43 to play in the third Anna De Forge (178-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Nebraska) made a shot for Montenegro. Her team was still down by 3 42:39. With 5:37 Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) buried a three for Montenegro and tied the game. Jelena Ivezic with jump shot for Croatia. Her team get back on the lead. Then Marta Cakic (175-G-82) made a three point shot and Croatia had 5 points advantage again. Jelena Ivezic made another long distance shot. Croatia had 8 point lead with 2:27 remaining in the third quarter. IIva Ciglar ended the third quarter scoring 5 straight points. Before the last quarter Croatia was up by 11 55:44.

Montenegrin played very good at defense. However Croatian players were made shots even against great defense. With 6:52 remaining Marta Cakic end the Croatian quick attack.
Montenegro was down by 13, so their coach decided to call a timeout. With 6:33 to play Iva Perovanovic fell down on the ground. She end this game with injury It was necessary
to use medics help. Iva Perovanovic abandoned the arena in the ambulance. In the middle of the quarter Croatia was up by 12 61:49. Then Marta Cakic made a jump shote for
Croatia. With 2:56 remaining Iva Sliskovic made a 2+1 action. She increased Croatian lead to 17 points. Montenegro was in the big trouble. They had to reduce the lost without very
important player Iva Perovanovic. Although Montenegrin effort they were unable to get back in this game. Croatian won this game 73:59 and secured the place in the Olympic
qualifying tournament.

Croatia - Montenegro 73:59 (14:16, 24:19, 17:9, 18:15 )
Croatia: Jelena Ivezic 21, IIva Ciglar 19, Marta Cakic 12 , Iva Sliskovic 11
Montenegro: Anna De Forge 18, Jelena Dubljevic 13

*BY LUKASZ LUKASZEWSKI


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  SERBIA - Women  


Serbia edge France in exhibition clash - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U20 - France U20 64:42

Serbian U20 National Team celebrated the first win in the three-game test series versus their French counterparts. Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) stepped up with 13 points to lead the winners. The teams will meet again tonight and tomorrow.
Serbia and France stayed close throughout the opening period. Serbia eked out a 19:16 lead after ten minutes of action. Serbia limited the visitors to just two points in the second frame. The hosts jumped to a 34:18 halftime lead. Serbia continued to keep France at distance in the third quarter. The home team arrived at the final break leading by 19 points. Les Bleus accounted for only 9 points in the final period and surrendered at the end. Nikolina Nikolic (178-G-91) delivered 8 points for Serbia. Jelena Prvulovic (177-G-91) added 7 points in the victory. Touty Gandega (170-G-91), Clementine Samson (181-G/F-91) and Kelly Corre (180-F-91) all dropped 8 points each for France.

Serbia U20: Sara Krnjic 13, Nikolina Nikolic 8, Jelena Prvulovic 7
France U20: Touty Gandega 8, Clementine Samson 8, Kelly Corre 8



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  SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


COLOMBIA REACHES THE SOUTHAMERICAN U-17 FINAL - by Victor Garcia
Colombia will play today the final of the Southamerican Championship against Argentina, the National team fall yesterday against the same Argentinean team, but the average give them the ticket to the final today.
Colombia did not had its best game, but still its effort was enough to reach the final, the Colombian ladies had a chance to win the game with less than 22 seconds in the clock, 3 points shot of Colombias main scorer Camila Tapias was blocked by the Argentinean defense.
Sara Sosa lead Colombia with 20 points, Elizabeth Gutierrez follows her with 15.
Colombia in his great performance is coached by Luis Cuenca and will face Argentina today for the gold.



COLOMBIAN U-17 NATIONAL TEAM, NEW SOUTHAMERICAN CHAMPION - by Victor Garcia
Colombia is the new U-17 Southamerican Champion, the national team defeated Argentina 56 55 in the final game, the game was not easy but Colombia improve its defense and did a best job in the boards, while Argentinas point guard Micaela Sancisi, keep her team in the fight .

Colombias personal defense worked well, the Colombian coach made a right read of the game teaching his players to go behind the screen to stop the penetration, also made a major adjustment in the blocks.

The Colombias offense use its main strength making the three pointer and also getting points from the defensive pressure, but the end of the game was a thriller, Colombia ahead by 1 with 1:30 in the clock, forced Argentinas turnover and go to the free throws line, but missed 8 straight free throws in the final 90 seconds of the game, but thanks to its defensive pressure and offensive rebounding got the ball back in hands enough times to keep the victory safe, Argentina had one last chance with 8 seconds left in the clock but 3 pointer of its main weapon hit the rim and go out to start the celebration in Pasto.

Sara Sosa , Elizabeth Gutierrez and Camila Tapias leaded the National Team, while Marlyn Vente and Caracas fight bravely in the boards.
Congratulation to the coach Luis Cuenca for this great title .

Colombia National U-17 Team Roster:
Ana Maria Garcia
Laiza Rodriguez
Carolina Ramirez
Laura Ramirez
Laura Martinez
Diana Prens
Maria Camila Tapias.
Elizabeth Gutierrez
Sara Sosa
Marlyn Vente
Karen Gomez
Maria Delgado
Carolina Caracas
Head Coach: Luis Cuenca.



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  SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U17 - Women  


Argentina and Colombia to meet in the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Argentina and Brazil will fight for the Gold at U17 South American Championship. There is a three-way tie on top of the standings with Argentina, Colombia and Brazil having the same 5-1 record. However, Argentina is No.1 in this circle and Colombia No.2, which gave them a chance to fight for the first place. Colombia will meet Chile for the Bronze, while Ecuador and Uruguay will play for the fifth place. Peru finished as the last ranked team at this event.
In crucial game for the first place in Preliminary Round, Argentina outplayed Colombia last night 66-61. Micaela Sancisi (160-G-94) was the leading player in victory with 23 points. Sofia Aispurua (95) secured a great help with double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Sara Sosa (95) had 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists.
Saturday is the last day of the championship.

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


Standings (Women)
Standings
1. Argentina5-1
2. Colombia5-1
3. Brazil5-1
4. Chile3-3
5. Ecuador2-4
6. Uruguay1-5
7. Peru0-6


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  SPAIN - Women  


Spain U20 won Torneo de Caorle opener - by Eurobasket News
Spain U20 won Torneo de Caorle opener against Germany U20. The Spanish side overcame them 72:45 for the first victory. The Spanish team started with 19-8 and never looked behind. They added 18-9 and enjoyed 37:17. Spain looked also better in the third and the last quarters winning both of them. Amaia Gastaminza and Vanessa Ble made sure Spain had 53:30 after thirty minutes in the court. After 19-15 in the last period, the favorites reached the necessary big win. Emina Karic (178-G/F-91) scored 11 points for Germany and Judith Schmidt (186-F/C-92) as well as Svenja Brunckhorst scored 7. Christina Schnorr (187-F-92) and Julia Gaudermann (166-PG-92) ended up with 6 points each in the losing effort.
In another game Italy U20 outscored Sweden U20 at the start of the International Tournament. The Italian side grabbed 54:51 win due to the last period.




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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


Zero Tolerance Lady All Stars take game 2 - by David Edole
ST. THOMAS -- Zero Tolerance Lady All Stars and the BVI Lady Tigers split the couple of exhibition games over the weekend. The Lady All stars rebounded after dropping a one point contest in the opener to a surprising, 51-44, win Saturday morning. 15 year old Edidiong Utibe was up to the task in the game and put in a game high twenty points. The 6-foot-2 center threw her weight around and showed her left hand is as good as her right. Uitbe was a force in the paint and showed touch as she was 8-of -13 at the charity stripe. Front court mate, Merissa Murphy, a 6-foot-1 athletic forward, woke up in the second half and scored all ten of her points. However, Murphy only dropped in 4-of-11 free throws.
Tamara Phillips scored 10 of her 17 points in the second frame to help BVI all stars to an 22-19 halftime lead. Twin sister Tafara added 10.


Zero Tolerance Lady All Stars have a couple of days to get everything straight as the team is expected to depart on Thursday July 7th for their first AAU Tournament. ZT will play in the 17 and under division ot the annual 11th grade Super Showcase Silver Division July 8-10 that will be held at ESPN Wild World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. The team is coach by Myron Corbett and Jill Chinnery and the members of the team are Merrisa Murphy, Germequa Bell, Kayshaunna Williams, Jahrima Simmons, Jerusha Corbett, Edidiong Utibe, Shaquana Foy, Kristine Edney and Jayda Edwards.


The team will play in Pool 11R with Orlando Comets Red (FL), Mass Premier Elite-Thomas, and Lady Jaguars (FL). To follow the young ladies log on to http://www.aauresults.org/girlsb/pdfnat/2011/1309572846.pdf

BVI Lady Tigers: 4 18 11 11 44
ZT Lady All Stars:10 9 16 16 51

BVI: Wattley 4, Fahie 1, Jenning 4, Thomas 6, Tamara Phillips 17, Tafara Phillips 10, Baptise 2
ZT: Corbett 7, Williams 2, Murphy 10, Edwards 6, Utibe 20, Bell 5, Simmons 1

ZT Lady All Stars Super Showcase AAU Schedule
Friday 11:10 am ZT versus Mass Premier Elite-Thomas @ HP Fieldhouse
Friday 4:30 pm ZT versus Lady Jaguars @ Jostens Center
Saturday11:10 am ZT versus Orlando Comets Red @ Foundation Academy