EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/30/2011

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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Mali preparing currently in France - by Kristian Santiago
The Malian team is currently in Garefonds,France preparing for the African Championships in Madagascar.
French-Spaniard Jose Ruiz took over the Eagles' command is taking the team soon to Paris where the national team will be conducting the second stage of preparations.

Mali Preliminary Roster:

Ludovic Chelle (185-G-83)
Nare Famakan Keita (183-G-90)
Mahamadou Drame (186-G-86)
Ibrahim Saounera (179-G-87)


Amadou Diop (182-G-86)
Modibo Niakate (185-G-81, college: Cleveland St.)
Mahmoud Diakite (197-G/F-86, college: Wyoming)
Cheick Soumaoro (205-F/C-90)
Sambou Traore (200-F-79)
Mamadou Sy (200-F-85, college: Cloud County CC)
Mamoudou Sy (196-F-83, college: Cowley County CC)
Dramane Diarra (203-F/C-80, college: Kansas St.)
Negueba Samake (211-C-90)
Tahirou Sani (204-F-85)
Mahamadou Doucoure (206-C-85)
Waly Coulibaly (190-G-88)
Mamadou Diarra (213-F-88)
Mohamed Tangara (208-F/C-84, college: Arizona)
Soumaila Samake (215-C-78)
Ousmane Cisse (206-C-82)
Ba Sekou Diallo (191-G/F-86)
Salif Traore (CAT)
Cherif Ibrahim Haidara
Demba Konate (93)
Yacouba Traore
Salif Niangado (183-G-86)
Ibrahima Dembele (206-F-88)




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  ANTIGUA   


Antigua too strong for Saint Vincent 82-66 - by Eurobasket News
ANTIGUA - SAINT VINCENT 82-66

It was the first game of the Classification Round from 5th to 7th place in Nassau. Antigua was too strong for Saint Vincent 82-66 yesterday. It means that Antigua will meet Bermudas in the battle for position No.5. Saint Vincent will take on Guyana for the seventh place. Both games will be played today. Julius Hodge (201-G-83, college: N.Carolina St.) shined for the winners with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Mario Davis (198-F/G-80, college: Missouri Western) had 16 points and 5 boards, while Lennox McCoy (188-G-77, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Cent.Oklahoma) added 15 pts and 5 rebs. In defeat, Dameon Ottley (89) collected 17 pts and 5 rebs. Their second scorer was Randolph Williams (188-G-76) with 12 pts. Quarters: 19-16, 16-26, 22-13, 25-11.

Antigua: Julius Hodge 21+7 boards+7 as, Mario Davis 16+5 boards, Lennox McCoy 15+5 boards
Saint Vincent: Dameon Ottley 17+5 boards, Randolph Williams 12


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  ARMENIA   


U16: Armenia clinch first win, rally past Slovakia - by Eurobasket News
Armenia U16 - Slovakia U16 76:52

Armenia recorded the first win at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They overwhelm Slovakia for 1-1 record in Group C. Andrey Konstantinov (95) stepped up with 18 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Slovakia fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
Slovakia ensured the better start. They posted a 19:14 lead at the first break. But Armenia slowly took over. They limited Slovakia to just 10 points in the second frame to pull ahead 30:29. Armenia stepped on the gas in the third term. They exploded with 24 points to clear off to a 10-point distance with one quarter remaining. Armenia stayed in charge throughout the fourth period posting a well-deserved win at the end. Kirill Zakharchuk (95) accounted for 13 points, while Sergey Polukhin (95) added 11 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Vladimir Nemcok (170-G-95) responded with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for Slovakia. Belavy provided 9 points in the loss.

Armenia U16: Andrey Konstantinov 18+15 boards, Kirill Zakharchuk 13, Sergey Polukhin 11
Slovakia U16: Vladimir Nemcok 11, Belavy 9



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  AUSTRALIA   


Crocs secure Norton, complete roster - by Eurobasket News
In more great news for the Townsville McDonalds Crocodiles today Mitchell Norton (196-F-93) was announced as the final piece of the Crocs team for the 11/12 iiNet NBL Championship Season.

Norton is the fifth local player to sign to the Townsville active roster and a product of the Crocs McDonalds Sharp Start program.

18 year-old Norton rounds out the squad in a move that the Crocs CEO Ian Smythe believes not only caps off a great recruitment process but shows the club is further committed to developing talent in the North.

With the amount of experience we have been able to assemble this season it is the perfect opportunity to bring young talent into the squad, Smythe said. There has to be a chance for young players to get a start and we are excited that we have been able to bring the next generation of NBL players into our roster, Smythe added.

Mitch has been on the sidelines in so many different roles at the Crocs and his commitment to learning the game and improving his skills has been second to none, Smythe said. Every time someone has thrown Mitch a challenge he has responded positively and today I am throwing him yet another challenge, become a great NBL player.

Norton has been involved with the Crocs since he was a young boy and it has always been his dream to play for the Crocs. Hes rebounded for the team as a young kid on game night, as a teenager he has been a part of our game night team, and has been a permanent fixture at Crocs trainings and the Sharp Start program.

Mitchs blood has been green for a long time, Smythe said.

The Australian Institute of Sports scholarship holder was propelled from the Under 17 to the Under 19 Australian team in successive years, and was expected to star at the recent Under 19 World Championships until a freak accident meant he was forced to sit out the competition with a broken foot.

While Head Coach Paul Woolpert may have not had much to do with Norton, he sees the respect he commands around the Crocs Club.

Hes had Ian driving him around while hes on crutches, hes been in and out of the facility in the past week or so, Woolpert said. He clearly wants this a lot and could have spent another year at the AIS gaining more experience, but at the end of the day hes said he wants to be a Croc. Hes a Townsville boy who had a lot of advocates and supporters to make this happen.

Norton will continue with his rehab and is recovering well with the help and full support of the Crocs. He is expected to join the team in the gym for preseason training.

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

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

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


Bogut to be richest assistant for Boomers - by Eurobasket News
Australian men's basketball coach Brett Brown says Andrew Bogut (212-C/F-84, college: Utah) will be the highest paid assistant going around as the Boomers look to qualify for the Olympics without their NBA superstar.

Brown has urged the public to get behind his new look team as they start preparations for the FIBA Oceania Championship qualifying series with New Zealand, a task made all the more difficult with the Milwaukee centre unavailable due to the NBA player lockout.

With Basketball Australia (BA) unable to fully insure Bogut's multi-million dollar NBA contract, the former No.1 draft pick will instead work the sidelines with Brown.

'He'll be my richest assistant coach,' laughed Brown when asked what Bogut's input would be against New Zealand.

'He's fantastic about wanting to play but with injury and insurance issues with the NBA lockout he'll play his role from the bench next to me.

'He and David Anderson (recovering from knee surgery) won't be able to play but they'll be there in spirit and we'll have their support.'

The Boomers and Opals will contest a best-of-three trans-Tasman series against New Zealand's Tall Blacks and Tall Ferns with double-header games in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney in September.

Brown has promised fans his collection of NBL and overseas players will deliver an exciting style of play with the Australian hallmark of toughness.

He said fans who'd grown up watching legends like Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Luc Longley and Andrew Vlahov wear the green and gold would be surprised by the next wave of stars.

The likes of Patty Mills (Portland), David Barlow (CAI Zaragoza, Spain), Brad Newley (Lietuvos Rytas, Lithuania), AJ Ogilvy (Valencia, Spain) and world junior championships star Hugh Greenwood are expected to feature.

'Come and see them,' said Brown when asked what fans could expect from the Boomers who infrequently play internationals at home because of the difficulty of getting teams to Australia.

'I think they'll be proud of what the country is producing, I think they'll be surprised at the level of talent of the players coming back from playing in highly competitive leagues in Europe.

'They'll see a very exciting new generation, players they haven't seen domestically as a group for a very long time.'

Brown said one thing would not be any different from when Heal stood up to American superstar Charles Barkley before the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

'There's an inherent culture bred into the country which has trickled down into my guys, its trickled down into basketball which makes it a pleasure to come back and watch our guys get after it,' said Brown.

'There's a toughness to our payers which there needs to be.

'You combine that with some good talent and defence, which is our bread and butter, and it's a pleasure and an honour to coach this team.'

While the Opals, losing finalists at the last three Olympics, are expected to breeze through qualification, the Boomers have typically had a much tougher time against the Tall Blacks, including losing a world championship qualifying series to the New Zealanders.

The first double-header will be played in Melbourne on September 7.

Courtesy of http://news.smh.com.au


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  AUSTRIA   


U18: An easy start brought Slovak Republic the win over Austria - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic U18-Austria U18 81:46

Slovak Republic grabbed 3-0 record in Group H of the Classification Round at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team won over Austria 81:46 and will face Romania tonight for the top place in the group. Austria meanwhile suffered another loss and dropped at 0-3 record to play with Norway for the initial victory tonight.
Slovak Republic started with 5 consecutive points to shock the opponents and Dedecek closed the quarter at 20:6. The favorites added 20-14 in the second period for 40:20 at the halftime. Viktor Zambor (191-G/F-94) and Simon Krajcovic (185-G-94, agency: FCM) scored for 49:28 and Hrabcak closed the period at 62:34. In the last stanza Slovak Republic produced 19-12 for the final result. Petras scored the last points for his side, while Austria finished the game with 4-0 run.
Boris Bojanovsky (215-C-93) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Simon Krajcovic notched 12. Viktor Zambor netted 11 and Daniel Stransky (200-C-93) scored 10. Luka Gvozden (182-PG-93) delivered 8 points in defeat and Valentin Bauer (170-PG-94) as well as Patrick Kolb (196-F-94) posted 7 apiece.

Slovak Republic U18: Boris Bojanovsky 23+11 rebs, Simon Krajcovic 12, Viktor Zambor 11, Daniel Stransky 10
Austria U18: Luka Gvozden 8, Valentin Bauer 7, Patrick Kolb 7





U16: Slovenia fire past Austria - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia U16 - Austria U16 95:61

Slovenia registered their second straight win at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They knocked down Austria for 2-0 record in Group B. Ziga Zatezic (195-F-95) scored 19 points to lead the charge. Austria fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
Slovenia dominated from the starting minutes. They rallied to an 18:10 lead at the first break. Slovenia maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Moreover they secured a 42:26 advantage at the main break. Slovenia ran away in the third period. They erupted for 31 points to enter the final stanza leading by as many as 34 points 73:39. Austria never threatened the margin in the final quarter as Slovenia rolled to a comfortable win at the end. Kavas knocked down 13 points, while Aleksej Nikolic (178-G-95) added 12 points in the win. Paul Hiebler (195-C-95) responded with 12 points for Austria. Georg Wolf (186-G-95) netted 10 points in the loss.

Slovenia U16: Ziga Zatezic 19, Kavas 13, Aleksej Nikolic 12
Austria U16: Paul Hiebler 12, Georg Wolf 10



U18: Austria lost to Norway to play for the last in Varna - by Eurobasket News
Austria U18-Norway U18 49:55

Austria lost to Norway and will play for the last place at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Norway needed 55:49 to leave the last spot of Group H and will play for 15-16 places.
Both teams expected the game as the decisive for the classification. Chris Ndow (195-F/G-93) gave his side the first points from the perimeter and Gregor Wilk (178-G-93) later tied the game at 5:5. The teams exchanged the leads few times before Chris Ndow closed the period at 12:11. In the second quarter Norway stayed in front for the whole time and dominated the court. Chris Ndow scored the last four points in the half for 29:21 halftime advantage. Fjaerestad brought 40:30 and another shot by the Norwegian player showed 42:33 on the board and Angeler closed the third at 42:34. Austria made the final push in the last quarter winning 15-13 but could reduce only to 6 points.
Chris Ndow led the way with 19 points and Marco Lepovic (193-F-94) nailed 10. Gregor Wilk responded with 26 points, while Timur Bas (195-C-94) collected 6 points and 11 boards.

Austria U18: Gregor Wilk 26, Timur Bas 6+11 rebs
Norway U18: Chris Ndow 19, Marco Lepovic 10



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Bahamas head to CBC Championship Finals - by Eurobasket News
BAHAMAS - JAMAICA 78-75 OT

Bahamas grabbed 78-75 thriller win against Jamaica to reach the Big Final of CBC Championship 2011. The host of this event needed an overtime to beat Jamaica last night. They will take on US Virgin Islands for the Gold. Also Bahamas already booked a ticket for the next CentroBasket. Jamaica also has a chance to do it, but they will have to beat British Virgin Islands in the game for third place. Alonzo Hinds (183-G-84, college: Midland CC) was the leading scorer in victory with 14 points. Jean-Rony Cadeau (87) had 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Jaraun Burrows (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: IPFW) added 12 pts, plus 14 rebs. In the loosing squad, Akeem Scott (186-PG-83, agency: Interperformances, college: High Point) collected 23 points and 5 rebs. Patrick Ewing Jr. (203-F-84, college: Georgetown) (8 rebs) and Lynford Brown (193-G/F-84) had 16 and 13 points respectively. Quarters: 25-19, 18-8, 15-26, 12-17, 8-5. The championship will end today.

Bahamas: Alonzo Hinds 14, Jean-Rony Cadeau 13+12 boards, Jaraun Burrows 12+14 boards
Jamaica: Akeem Scott 23+5 boards, Patrick Ewing Jr. 16+8 boards, Lynford Brown 16+13 boards


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


KK Napredak Krusevac will be the second Serbian team in the BIBL - by Eurobasket News
KK Napredak Krusevac will be the second Serbian team to play in the EUROHOLD Balkan League in the 2011/2012 season, along with OKK Beograd, who are about to enter their third straight season in the League.

KK Napredak finished 10th in the Serbian League last season, as they had a balance of 12 wins and 14 losses.

The team was founded in the year 1946, and plays it′s home games in Hala Sportova in Krusevac. This will be Napredak′s debut in the European Club Competitions, as they haven′t participated in any of those in their history.

The team′s most recent success was winning the Championship in the Serbian Second League back in 2005.

Nenad Sulovic and Slobodan Pejovic were the team′s key figures last season. Sulovic averaged 16.7 points, while Pejovic had 14.6 points per game, as each of them played in all 26 games.

Courtesy of www.balkanleague.net


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  BELARUS   


Belarus and Jordan opened Aerosvit Cup in Kiev - by Eurobasket News
Jordan-Belarus 70:106 (13:35, 16:25, 24:29, 17:17)

Belarus and Jordan opened Aerosvit Cup in Kiev as the European team had an easy start of the campaign. Belarus opened the game with 17-2 and won the game 106:70.
Belarus dominated the court in the first period and after a great percentage from the field had 35:13 after the first 10 minutes. The European team did not slow down and after 25-16 in the second frame increased to 60:29 at the halftime. Belarus added massive 29-24 in the third period for 36 points advantage after thirty minutes. Both teams scored 17 points each in the last stanza for the final result.
Aliaksei Trastsinetski (201-F-86) paced all the winners with 21 points and Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87, college: Radford) netted 16. Pavel Ulyanko (204-F/C-79) notched 14, while Aliakseyeu Mikalai collected 13 points and 10 rebounds. Ahmed AlHamarsheh (202-F-86) replied with 20 points in the losing effort and Abbaas Zaid (203-F-83) netted 16. Rasheim Wright (194-G-81, college: District of Col.) scored 13, while Enver Soobzokov (198-G/F-78, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) delivered 11.

Jordan: Ahmed AlHamarsheh 20, Abbaas Zaid 16, Rasheim Wright 13, Enver Soobzokov 11
Belarus:Aliaksei Trastsinetski 21, Artsiom Parakhouski 16, Pavel Ulyanko 14, Aliakseyeu Mikalai 13+10 rebs




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  BELGIUM   


U16: Belgium overcome Denmark in Strumica - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U16 - Denmark U16 58:53

Belgium claimed the second straight win at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They knocked down Denmark for 2-0 record in Group D. Romain Boxus (194-F-96) scored 16 points to pace the winners. Denmark fell at 0-2 record.
Belgium limited their opponents to 10 points in the starting frame grabbing an 8-point lead. Belgium continued to stay aggressive defensively in the second quarter. They held Denmark to 11 points in the next term to pile up a 31:21 halftime lead. Denmark finally adjusted their game in the third stanza. The Scandinavian team got within 8 points at the final intermission. But Belgium did not allow their opponents to get within striking distance. They stayed in control in the fourth frame driving to the victory at the end. Emmanuel Lecomte (175-G-95) nailed 11 points, while Sam Hemeleers (179-G-95) added 10 points in the victory. Jonas Lund (190-F-95) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds for Denmark. Simon Neidhardt (192-F-95) netted 13 points in the loss.

Belgium U16: Romain Boxus 16, Emmanuel Lecomte 11, Sam Hemeleers 10
Denmark U16: Jonas Lund 14, Simon Neidhardt 13



U18: Georgia finished with 2-2 record in Group G of the U18 European Championship in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Georgia U18-Belgium U18 70:58

Georgia finished with 2-2 record in Group G of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team surprised Belgium 70:58 that already won the group yesterday. Belgium will play Slovak Republic for the 9th place on Sunday. Geogria meanwhile will face Norway tomorrow for the 15th-16th places.
Belgium did not need anything in the game as they secured the top place in the group before. That's why they allowed Georgia to go on 6-2 lead and Giorgi Tsirekidze (202-C-94) brought 17:10. Gerald Henrard (203-C-93) however tied the game at 22:22 and Recko made the same at 26:26. Giorgi Tsirekidze sent the teams to the lockers being tied and Jimmy Stas (184-PG-93) scored later at 40:40. El Khounchar needed three at the end of the third period for another 51:51. Only due to 19-7 in the last stanza Georgia grabbed the victory.
Beka Burjanadze (201-F-94) led the way with 30 points and 10 rebounds, while Giorgi Tsirekidze posted 10. Gerald Henrard replied with 12 points in the losing case, while El Khounchar had 9 and Jimmy Stas posted 8.

Georgia U18: Beka Burjanadze 30+10 rebs, Giorgi Tsirekidze 10
Belgium U18:Gerald Henrard 12, El Khounchar 9, Jimmy Stas 8



Verviers Transfer News - by Peter Buyse
Another roster addition for VOO Verviers-Pepinster for the 2011-2012 season with American guard Devan Downey (175-G-87, college: S.Carolina).
Downey started his college career at the University of Cincinnati during the 05-06 season. He then transferred to South Carolina and after siitting out one year he returned to the basketball courts for the 07-08 season, when he averaraged 18.4 ppg and 5.4 apg. The next 2 seasons at SC he upped his stats to 19.8 ppg and 4.5 apg in the 08-09 season to 22.5ppg and 3.5 apg for his senior year.
He made the All SEC team in all 3 years at South Carolina. During his freshman year at Cinci he earned Freshman All America honors.
After finishing his college career he came to play in Europe. During the 2010-2011 season he played for 3 different teams in 3 countries. He started off in Turkey where he played 7 games for Antlya in which he averaged 11.1 ppg and 2.6 apg. Next up was Croatia there he played for KK Zadar, in 5 games there he averaged 14.2 ppg and 3.4 apg.

His final stop of the 10-11 season was France where he played in ProA for Roanna as a medical replacement player. He saw limited action during the 12 games he played there, 13.5 mpg, 4.9ppg and 2.1apg.



U18: Belgium clinched the top place in Group G in Varna - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U18-Luxembourg U18 63:49

Belgium clinched the top place in Group G in Varna beating Luxembourg. The Belgian side improved to 3-0 record after 63:49 victory and will have one more game tonight before heading to play for 9-12 places. Luxembourg will face England tonight for the last spot in the group.
Luxembourg surprised the opponents in the opening frame taking 19:13 advantage. In the second frame they could score only 5, while Belgium erupted with 14. Mollekens made a jump shot at the end of the first half for 27:24 deficit. The teams exchanged the leads several times in the start of the third period, while Belgium needed an 11-0 run for the confident lead. Stas closed the third period from the free throw line for 49:41 when it became clear about the winner. Khounchar and Allemand brought 55:45, while Dorian Marchant (196-F-93) became the last player to score in the game.
Dorian Marchant and Rienert Torreele (192-F-93) paced all the winners with 11 points each, while Glenn Vlamynck (193-F-93) netted 9. Alex Laurent (195-C-93) posted 11 in defeat and Bob Melcher (182-PG-94) nailed 10.

Belgium U18: Dorian Marchant 11, Rienert Torreele 11, Glenn Vlamynck 9
Luxembourg U18: Alex Laurent 11, Bob Melcher 10





Interview of Jacques Ledure, the Belgian NT's General Manager - by Bert Larsimont
Find here an interview of Jacques Ledure, the General Manager of the Belgian Lions (the Belgian national team). The Lions will take part in the next European Championship final round to be held in Lithuania from August 31st to September 18th, 2011.

While the Belgian NT's preparation campaign is currently well under way, here is what Jacques Ledure tells us about the Belgian Lions and the next European Championship:

Bertrand Larsimont - Eurobasket (EB): The Belgian Lions win over France with Tony Parker, Boris Diaw and Ronny Turiaf in Antwerp on August 27th, 2009 triggered everything off for the group. Was it a realization that the Lions can now hold their own against the strongest European teams?

Jacques Ledure (J.L.): That's right, this victory was a turning point. Even if we had already made progress for the last few years, it is obvious that defeating a great team was a necessary step to realize our own possibilities. There is no progress without surpassing oneself as an individual and as a team. The combination of both has allowed us to 'better feel' how far we have to go to achieve victory. Moreover, it helped us during our 2010 campaign against strong teams such as Poland and Georgia and I can say that without our French experience we might not have finished first in our group.

EB: The coaching staff boasts two very strong personalities who have been leading the group for some years now: Eddy Casteels and Jacques Stas. How would you describe them and what role, according to you, did they play in the building and the current success of the Belgian Lions team?

J.L.: From the beginning, I thought that both could collaborate and work well together. Yet they are different in their way of being, their attitude and their ability to express themselves. But they knew and appreciated each other well before the national teams experience since they had already worked together e.g. in Maes Pils Mechelen. Their complementariness is obvious and remains a very important asset in the progress of the team. Once again, their differences and their ability to confront their ideas and proposals lead to all decisions and choices as being the result of a preliminary exchange. Furthermore, they are highly respected by the players and this makes them indispensable to cement the group in order to achieve the goals that we have set.

EB: What are the strengths (especially) and weaknesses (perhaps) of the Belgian national team ready to go to Lithuania?

J.L.: If we are spared from injury and if everyone is present (which should be the case), we could achieve good things at the next European Championship.

The assets are: the players know each other very well, they have already played together for several years and have realized that they could win only together; there is total respect among players and all the staff; except in position number 3 (small forward), we can say that we have quality in all other positions; we have players like Axel Hervelle (205-F-83), Thomas Van Den Spiegel (214-C-78), Didier Mbenga (214-C-80), Jonathan Tabu (190-G-85), Dimitri Lauwers (187-G-79), Sam Van Rossom (188-G-86) and Marcus Faison (196-G-78) who have gained European experience with their club... and others in Belgium, such as Roel Moors (190-G-78) and Christophe Beghin (207-F-80), who should not be envious of the best players. And finally, I would like to mention that the desire to 'do something' together is real.

The weaknesses? Although the group has expanded in recent years, the overall quality compared with other nations is still relatively limited and we have as well several players who are over thirty years of age. There is still a question mark over the influence that this may have in a long and hard campaign like the current one, knowing that other teams are also working hard to be at the top.

EB: Just after the fair and square Lions qualification against Poland, FIBA Europe decided that the 2011 European Championship tournament would be expanded from 16 to 24 participating teams. What is your reaction about that?

J.L.: Incomprehensible! ... Of one mind.

I regret it but I console myself, knowing that Belgium qualified 'in a proper manner' by finishing at first rank in its qualifying group.

Nevertheless, I would like to point out that Belgium is currently 12th in the FIBA Europe rankings; lets assume that we have bad luck and finish last at the EuroBasket 2011, this would mean that we would suddenly move to the 24th rank instead the 16th if the competition would actually be played with 16 national teams like in the past.

It does seem irrelevant but has nevertheless one huge consequence as far as the seeding in which we would end up for the draw of the qualifying phase of the next EuroBasket is concerned. Therefore, I think that the teams which got direct berth for the 2011 European Championship should not be among the top 16 seeding for the draw of the next EuroBasket 2013.

EB: What are the clear objectives for the Belgian Lions at the EuroBasket 2011?

J.L.: Simple! To forge ahead, do well and qualify for the second round. This would be perfect for us.

EB: Finally, if you were to name three favorite teams for the EuroBasket 2011 title, which would they be?

J.L.: Spain, France and Lithuania (if no player missing in these teams).




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  BERMUDAS   


Bermudas hand 68-58 loss to Guyana - by Eurobasket News
BERMUDAS - GUYANA 68-58

Bermudas made a first step forward to fifth place at the CBC Championship in Nassau. They handed 68-58 loss to Guyana yesterday. In order to end as No.5 Bermudas will have to beat Antigua. On the other side, Guyana will play against Saint Vincent in the battle for seventh place. Cayman Islands already finished as the last ranked team at this event. Jason Lowe (85) exploded for the winners with 29 points. Sullivan Phillips (198-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Wash.Adventist) helped with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. All other players had less than 7 pts. In Guyana, Keron McKenzie (193-G-86, agency: ARN Sports and Entertainment, college: Armstr.Atlantic) delivered 20 points. Royston Siland (C) had 10 pts and 6 boards. Quarters: 6-19, 19-14, 21-20, 22-5. Saturday is the last day of the championship.

Bermudas: Jason Lowe 29, Sullivan Phillips 15+9 boards+8 as
Guyana: Keron McKenzie 20, Royston Siland 10+6 boards


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  BOSNIA   


Vladan Jocovic close to CS Otopeni - by Eurobasket News
Vladan Jocovic (211-C-82) could return to Romania after one year. The Bosnian big guy is close to sign a deal with CS Otopeni for 2011/12. Jocovic spent last season with Borac Nektar Banja Luka. For 21 games in Bosnian league he averaged 11.7 points and 5.8 rebounds. As mentioned above, Vladan Jocovic already played in Romania and it was in 2009/10 season. He was a member of CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca at that time. In 20 Romanian league games Jocovic had 4.4 ppg and 3.5 rpg. Before Cluj, he played for the Polish team Atlas Stal and Bosnian Sloboda Dita. Jocovic also has experience from Austria and Slovenia. In 2006, he reached Slovenian league Finals with Geoplin Slovan.

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  BRAZIL   


Rafinha lands in Americana Team - by Paulo Freire
The director board of the Americana Basketball has announced a new player to the team that will compete in the Paulista State Championship. It is the point guard Rafinha da Silva (183-G-88), better known as Rafinha.

Even been young, 23 years old, Rafinha has good experience, as he played in three editions of the NBB and was defending the Vila Velha team last season.

Rafinha is 1.83 m tall and is characterized by good recovery of the ball and reading the game, he has played in Vasco da Gama, Saldanha da Gama and Vila Velha. He fills the gap that the team needed to help another point guard, the North American Addai.


Thiago Labbate is back in Brazil to play in Sorocaba - by Paulo Freire
The roster of Sorocaba Basketball (LSB) is now complete for the Paulista State Championship debut in the Special Division A1. The team announced yesterday morning, officially, the hiring of the center Thiago Labbate (208-C-83). The player, who is 28 years old, was in Sorocaba town to sign the contract and start training with the team.

Labatte's arrival it was already in rumors last week, but bureaucratic problems of documentation regarding the Spanish League prevented him from performing officially to the team.

Labatte was introduced by coach Rinaldo to the players and the player expressed optimism in his new phase in his career. 'It's a close-knit group and also has a lot of quality players,' he says. The athlete is 2.08 meters tall and has played for the last time in Girona, Spain.




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US Virgin Islands eliminate British Virgin Islands in the Semis, 79-73 - by Eurobasket News
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 79-73

US Virgin Island advanced to the Big Final of CAC Championship in Nassau. They handed 79-73 loss to British Virgin Islands in the Semifinals, which was played last night. In the other Semis, Bahamas was better than Jamaica 78-75, so US Virgin Islands and Bahamas will fight for the Gold. British Virgin Islands will meet Jamaica in the battle for third place. It is important to mention that US Virgin Islands and Bahamas already booked a ticket for the next CentroBasket and there is one more spot available. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) stepped up for the winners with 22 points. Kevin Sheppard (182-G-79, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Jacksonville) had 18 points and 6 assists, while Phillip Michael Jones (208-F/C-85, agency: ARN Sports and Entertainment, college: Charlotte) added 12 points and 10 boards. Rashid Cann (183-G-86) replied with 29 points in defeat. Their second scorer was Kleon Penn (211-C-86, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: McNeese St.) with 19 points (12 rebs), while Kennedy Bass (196-F-81, college: Anderson) stopped to 13 pts. Quarters: 21-15, 19-28, 21-16, 18-14. Saturday is the last day of the competition in Nassau.

US Virgin Islands: Walter Hodge 22, Kevin Sheppard 18+6 as, Phillip Michael Jones 12+10 boards
British Virgin Islands: Rashid Cann 29, Kleon Penn 19+12 boards, Kennedy Bass 13


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U16: Last quarter push, bring Italy the victory over Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria U16-Italy U16 72:84

Italy celebrated their first victory at the U16 European Championship in Czech Republic. The Italian side beat Bulgaria 84:72 for 1-1 record, while Bulgaria fell at 0-2.
Both teams stayed close to each other in the first period and only at the end of the frame Bulgaria took 19:16 lead. Italy used a 12-0 run to turn an early deficit into a lead, but Aleksandar Vezenkov (204-F-95) drained a three-pointer with five seconds remaining to leave Italy one point ahead at the break, 41:40. Aleksandar Vezenkov later scored for 49:41 and Dinkov nailed three for 54:48. Stoimenov scored another shot from the perimeter to close the third quarter at 59:56. The last frame however belonged to Italy. The latter erupted with 28-13 to seal the victory. Late baskets by Lorenzo Benvenuti (202-F/C-95) and Fontecchio ensured the initial victory for Italy.
Di Prampero paced all the winners with 26 points, while Lorenzo Benvenuti collected 18 points and 12 rebounds. Lorenzo Baldasso (190-G-95) nailed 16 and Alessandro Maccaferri (175-PG-95) delivered 11. Aleksandar Vezenkov replied with 21 points and 13 rebounds in the losing effort and Aleksandar Milov (191-G-95) netted 12.

Bulgaria U16: Aleksandar Vezenkov 21+13 rebs, Aleksandar Milov 12, Venelin Hristov (196-G-95) 10
Italy U16: Federico Di Prampero (188-PG-95) 26, Lorenzo Benvenuti 18+12 rebs, Lorenzo Baldasso 16, Alessandro Maccaferri 11



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US Virgin Islands and Bahamas to meet in the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Semifinals

U.S. Virgin Islands - British Virgin Islands
79-73
US Virgin Island advanced to the Big Final of CAC Championship in Nassau. They handed 79-73 loss to British Virgin Islands in the Semifinals, which was played last night. In the other Semis, Bahamas was better than Jamaica 78-75, so US Virgin Islands and Bahamas will fight for the Gold. British Virgin Islands will meet Jamaica in the battle for third place. It is important to mention that US Virgin Islands and Bahamas already booked a ticket for the next CentroBasket and there is one more spot available. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) stepped up for the winners with 22 points. Kevin Sheppard (182-G-79, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Jacksonville) had 18 points and 6 assists, while Phillip Michael Jones (208-F/C-85, agency: ARN Sports and Entertainment, college: Charlotte) added 12 points and 10 boards. Rashid Cann (183-G-86) replied with 29 points in defeat. Their second scorer was Kleon Penn (211-C-86, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: McNeese St.) with 19 points (12 rebs), while Kennedy Bass (196-F-81, college: Anderson) stopped to 13 pts. Quarters: 21-15, 19-28, 21-16, 18-14. Saturday is the last day of the competition in Nassau.

Bahamas - Jamaica 78-75 OT
Bahamas grabbed 78-75 thriller win against Jamaica to reach the Big Final of CBC Championship 2011. The host of this event needed an overtime to beat Jamaica last night. They will take on US Virgin Islands for the Gold. Also Bahamas already booked a ticket for the next CentroBasket. Jamaica also has a chance to do it, but they will have to beat British Virgin Islands in the game for third place. Alonzo Hinds (183-G-84, college: Midland CC) was the leading scorer in victory with 14 points. Jean-Rony Cadeau (87) had 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Jaraun Burrows (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: IPFW) added 12 pts, plus 14 rebs. In the loosing squad, Akeem Scott (186-PG-83, agency: Interperformances, college: High Point) collected 23 points and 5 rebs. Patrick Ewing Jr. (203-F-84, college: Georgetown) (8 rebs) and Lynford Brown (193-G/F-84) had 16 and 13 points respectively. Quarters: 25-19, 18-8, 15-26, 12-17, 8-5. The championship will end today.

Places 5-8
Antigua - Saint Vincent 82-66
It was the first game of the Classification Round from 5th to 7th place in Nassau. Antigua was too strong for Saint Vincent 82-66 yesterday. It means that Antigua will meet Bermudas in the battle for position No.5. Saint Vincent will take on Guyana for the seventh place. Both games will be played today. Julius Hodge (201-G-83, college: N.Carolina St.) shined for the winners with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Mario Davis (198-F/G-80, college: Missouri Western) had 16 points and 5 boards, while Lennox McCoy (188-G-77, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Cent.Oklahoma) added 15 pts and 5 rebs. In defeat, Dameon Ottley (89) collected 17 pts and 5 rebs. Their second scorer was Randolph Williams (188-G-76) with 12 pts. Quarters: 19-16, 16-26, 22-13, 25-11.

Bermudas - Guyana 68-58
Bermudas made a first step forward to fifth place at the CBC Championship in Nassau. They handed 68-58 loss to Guyana yesterday. In order to end as No.5 Bermudas will have to beat Antigua. On the other side, Guyana will play against Saint Vincent in the battle for seventh place. Cayman Islands already finished as the last ranked team at this event. Jason Lowe (85) exploded for the winners with 29 points. Sullivan Phillips (198-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Wash.Adventist) helped with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. All other players had less than 7 pts. In Guyana, Keron McKenzie (193-G-86, agency: ARN Sports and Entertainment, college: Armstr.Atlantic) delivered 20 points. Royston Siland (C) had 10 pts and 6 boards. Quarters: 6-19, 19-14, 21-20, 22-5. Saturday is the last day of the championship.


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How likely are NBA stars to come to China? - by Eurobasket News
Chinese basketball fans disheartened by the retirement of Houston Rockets star center Ming Yao (7'5''-C-80) last week may soon be able to cheer for some of his old NBA colleagues, courtesy of the leagues labor lockout.

The U.S. basketball world has been abuzz in recent weeks with NBA players suggesting they might play overseas if the leagues labor lockout continues. New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams was the biggest name to commit to such a move, announcing on Twitter in mid-July that he had signed a deal to play for a club in Turkey, Beskitas.

The deal has been reported to be a one-year contract worth $5 million, with ESPN saying that Williams wouldnt be required to report to the Turkish club before the end of August or early September. It also said his deal included a clause allowing him to return to the NBA when the leagues contract issues are resolved.

A number of players have said that playing in China home to at least 300 million basketball fans, according to NBA estimates is a tempting alternative to sitting around at home if NBA arenas are dark. This month there was speculation that Los Angeles superstar Kobe Bryant would lead a barnstorming-type exhibition tour of China that might include a number of other big names, though Beskitas is also reportedly meeting with Bryant to try to lure him to Turkey.

Most recently, Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) and Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse), on a publicity tour in China, told state television that they would consider playing in the country. Anthony, playing to the home crowd, said: Its a lot of history here, the fans are great; why not, why not try it out?

So will NBA stars be wearing Chinese Basketball Association jerseys this fall?

It seems unlikely, though the Chinese leagues murky regulations and practices mean it isnt impossible.

The CBA has 17 teams, compared with 30 in the NBA, and most teams are limited to just two foreign players each. The four teams with the worst records in the previous season are allowed three foreign players, but one must be Asian. There are also limits on how many can be on the court at any given time.

Domestic players typically earn in the range of 300,000 yuan to 500,000 yuan ($46,500 to $77,600) a year, while top players might make one million yuan a year.

In the past, Chinese teams were limited to paying foreign players $60,000 a month, but there have been rumors that those limits were removed in September last year (in Chinese). Salary figures dont take into account perks such as free housing and health care.

Teams often sign their own contracts with foreign players outside the purview of the CBA, according to people familiar with the situation. Various reports put Xinjiangs contract with Quincy Douby at more than $1 million a year. A New Beijing Times report last November said former NBA star Steve Franciss 2010 contract with the Beijing Ducks, cut short after the team released Francis in December, was also worth at least $1 million a year (in Chinese). Ex-NBAer Stephon Marbury, who played for Foshan last season, made less than $300,000, Foshan executives revealed to local media in January (in Chinese).

The CBA declined to comment on the prospect of NBA players playing in China.

But consider the figures from the U.S. professional league: The NBA reported last week after it completed its season audit that basketball-related income rose 4.8% in the 2010-2011 season to $3.817 billion.

As for NBA players? Their average salary was $5.15 million.

Those numbers, and their division among owners and players, are at the heart of the contentious labor negotiations that have struck the league. But theyre also galaxies away from the economics of Chinas league. If the European leagues are willing to throw $5 million contracts around, it would seem a longshot for a U.S. star to decide to move to China instead.

But based on the adoration Chinese fans have showered upon Marbury, its safe to say that any player who would walk away from millions to play in a developing league, in a foreign land, would be perceived to display such a love of the game that hed become an instant fan favorite.

Courtesy of http://blogs.wsj.com


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U18: Spain outscore Croatia to enter semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Spain U18 - Croatia U18 64:50

Spain have become the first U18 European Championship semifinalists. They held off Croatia in the first quarterfinal of the day in Wroclaw. Jaime Fernandez (187-G-93) scored 16 points to pace the winners.
The teams went neck and neck throughout the first half. Spain eked out a 14:12 lead after ten minutes. But Croatia quickly erased the deficit and surged ahead. Olaizola capped the half with two free throws as the teams entered the second half all tied at 25. Spain crowned the third term with a 12:3 rally to pile up a 44:36 lead with one quarter remaining. Croatia got within five points at the beginning of the final frame but Spain quickly stretched the gap to 10 points and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Daniel Diez (199-F-93) delivered 9 points and 15 boards, while Alejandro Suarez (205-F/C-93) had 9 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Marko Ramljak (203-F-93, agency: Interperformances) answered with 14 points for Croatia. Mislav Brzoja (198-F/G-94) netted 12 points in the loss.

Spain U18: Jaime Fernandez 16, Daniel Diez 9+15 boards, Alejandro Suarez 9
Croatia U18: Marko Ramljak 14, Mislav Brzoja 12



Josip Vrankovic cuts Leon Radosevic and Fran Pilepic - by Eurobasket News
Head Coach of the Croatian National Team Josip Vrankovic (agency: Agency No 10 ) cut the list to 17 players for the EuroBasket in Lithuania. He thanked Leon Radosevic (208-C-90) and Fran Pilepic (192-G-89). Radosevic is out due to ankle injury. He recently signed a deal with Emporio Armani Milano. Radosevic spent last couple of years with Cibona. Last season he had 12.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg and 1.3 apg for 9 Euroleague games. He also added 12.3 ppg and 5.1 rpg for 23 games in Adriatic league. In Croatian championship Radosevic had 10.8 ppg and 4.8 rpg. Fran Pilepic played last season for Siroki TT Kabeli and helped them to win the Bosnian league title and Bosnian Cup. He had 10.3 ppg and 2.2 rpg in D1. Pilepic also added 11.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 1.7 apg in 24 Adriatic league games. He played for Svjetlost and Kvarner in the past.

U16: Croatia consigned Turkey to the first defeat - by Eurobasket News
Croatia U16-Turkey U16 91:85

Croatia consigned Turkey to the first defeat and became the only undefeated team in Group D of the U16 European Championship in Czech Republic. Croatia won 91:85 for 2-0 record, while Turkey fell at 1-1, despite a great game from Cedi Osman (195-PG-95).
The first period proved the great performance from both teams in the court. Ivan Jukic (190-G/F-95) and Cedi Osman closed the period at 24:21, while Marko Arapovic (206-C-96) gave Croatia 30:22 early int he second. Cedi Osman and Okben Ulubay (200-F-97) reduced to 4 points, while Sanli sent the squads to the lockers for 47:41. Turkey trailed more than 10 points throughout the third period, but cut it to 66:63 at the end of it. Cedi Osman brought last six points for Turkey to reduce to three and Okben Ulubay tied the game at 68:68. A 12-0 run from Croatia however was too much for the opponents. Tomic later scored the last points for the winners to take 2-0 record with them.
Mario Hezonja (200-F-95) poured in 24 points to lead all the winners, while Ivan Jukic nailed 16. Domagoj Bosnjak (197-G-95) posted 14 and Marko Arapovic scored 10. Cedi Osman ended up with 33 points in the losing effort and Okben Ulubay notched 18.

Croatia U16: Mario Hezonja 24, Ivan Jukic 16, Domagoj Bosnjak 14, Marko Arapovic 10
Turkey U16: Cedi Osman 33, Okben Ulubay 18, Ayberk Guleryuz (206-C-95) 15





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Cypriot U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
*4 Viktor Ieronymidis
*5 Antreas Christodoulou
6 Christopher Dugan
7 Christoforos Leontioy
*8 Glafkos Theokleous
9 Rafael Gilmore
*10 Panagiotis Markou
11 Petros Papamichael
*12 Constantinos Papacostas
13 Constantinos Perdikos
14 Miso Vukcevic
15 Merkouris Panagi


Cypriot U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Starting five
#s#
Viktoras Ieronymidis
Ieronymidis
Glafkos Theokleous
Theokleous
Panagiotis Markou
Markou
Constantinos Papacostas
Papacostas
Christopher Dugan
Dugan
#e#5
4 Viktoras Ieronymidis 198-F-95 Keravnos Cyprus
*5 Antreas Christodoulou
6 Christopher Dugan 182-G-95
7 Christoforos Leontioy 178-PG-96
8 Glafkos Theokleous 170-PG-96
9 Rafael Gilmore 187-F-95
10 Panagiotis Markou 189-F-96
11 Petros Papamichael 190-F-95
12 Constantinos Papacostas 193-F-95 Etha Cyprus
13 Constantinos Perdikos 184-G-95
14 Miso Vukcevic 185-F-95
15 Merkouris Panagi 193-F/C-95



U16: Portugal celebrate first win in Strumica - by Eurobasket News
Portugal U16 - Cyprus U16 75:43

Portugal registered the first win at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They held off Cyprus for 1-1 record in Group B. Isaias Insaly (195-C-95) tallied 19 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge. Cyprus lose their second game in a row at the tournament.
Portugal gave little chance for Cyprus in the first half. They stayed in charge posting a 25:12 lead after ten minutes. Portugal boosted the lead to as many as 21 points at halftime. Cyprus slowed their opponents down in the third quarter but failed to get any closer. Portugal entered the final frame leading by 23 points and raced to the victory at the end. Gameiro delivered 13 points, while Pedro Marques netted 9 points in the victory. Antreas Christodoulou (193-G-95) responded with 15 points for Cyprus. Panagiotis Markou (189-F-96) and Constantinos Papacostas (193-F-95) notched 10 points each in the loss.

Portugal U16: Isaias Insaly 19+14 boards, Gameiro 13, Pedro Marques 9
Cyprus U16: Antreas Christodoulou 15, Panagiotis Markou 10, Constantinos Papacostas 10



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U16: Czech Republic U16 register another victory, wins Group A - by Eurobasket News
Greece U16-Czech Republic U16 56:85

Czech Republic won Group A after the first two victories of the U16 European Championship. In Day 2 the hosts edged Greece 85:56 and improved to 2-0 record. Neither Spain, nor Greece can overtake the favorites that will clinch the top place even if they lose to Poland tomorrow.
The first quarter was the most offensive and productive in the game. Both teams scored 49 points for 27:22 hosts lead. Gkelios reduced to three points early in the second, while Soukal scored for 35:28. Subert sent the squads to the lockers for 43:31 as Czech Republic won the period 16-9. The third and the last quarters also belonged to the hosts that scored 21 points each in both of them. At first they won the third quarter 21-11 and then added 21-14 in the last stanza.
Radovan Kouril (182-PG-95) stepped up with 22 points and Jiri Soula (187-G-95) netted 16. Martin Peterka (199-F-95) posted 15, while Jiri Dedek (190-F-95) added 13. Michail Liapis (188-G-95) ended up with 12 points in the losing case and Anastasios Spyropoulos (196-G-95) scored 11.

Greece U16: Michail Liapis 12, Anastasios Spyropoulos 11
Czech Republic U16: Radovan Kouril 22, Jiri Soula 16, Martin Peterka 15, Jiri Dedek 13



U18: Czech Republic hand Finland third loss in Group G - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic U18 - Finland U18 67:61

Czech Republic rallied to the second win in the classification round of U18 European Championship. They held off Finnish counterparts to jump at 2-2 record in Group G. Finland fell at 1-3 record on the brink of relegation.
Czech Republic capped the opening frame on a 10:2 run to take a 21:12 lead. Martin Kriz (202-F-93) helped Czech Republic to a 28:15 advantage early in the second quarter. They maintained the lead and made it 36:27 at halftime. Finland got within two points midway through the third stanza. But Czech Republic recovered and entered the final frame ahead by 7 points 51:44. Daniel Dolenc (205-C-93) and Seppala dragged Finland within three points with under four minutes remaining 56:59. But it was as close as they could get. Martin Kriz and Bernath sealed the win for Czech Republic at the end. Martin Kriz stepped up with 25 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Jan Lycka (186-G-93) added 16 points for Czech Republic. Joonas Caven (210-C/F-93) answered with 19 points and 12 boards for Finland. Daniel Dolenc contributed 15 points in the loss.

Czech Republic U18: Martin Kriz 25+14 boards, Jan Lycka 16, Tomas Kyzlink (197-F/G-93) 13
Finland U18: Joonas Caven 19+12 boards, Daniel Dolenc 15



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Bakken Bears land Brendan McKillop - by Eurobasket News
Bakken Bears strengthened their backcourt. They have agreed on terms of contract with Brendan McKillop. The 22-year-old guard will start his professional career in Denmark. Brendan McKillop has just graduated from the Davidson College. He played under the guidance of his father Bob McKillop, head coach of the Wildcats. Brendan McKillop tallied 9.5 points, 2.3 boards and 2.3 assists per game in his senior season.


U16: Belgium overcome Denmark in Strumica - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U16 - Denmark U16 58:53

Belgium claimed the second straight win at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They knocked down Denmark for 2-0 record in Group D. Romain Boxus (194-F-96) scored 16 points to pace the winners. Denmark fell at 0-2 record.
Belgium limited their opponents to 10 points in the starting frame grabbing an 8-point lead. Belgium continued to stay aggressive defensively in the second quarter. They held Denmark to 11 points in the next term to pile up a 31:21 halftime lead. Denmark finally adjusted their game in the third stanza. The Scandinavian team got within 8 points at the final intermission. But Belgium did not allow their opponents to get within striking distance. They stayed in control in the fourth frame driving to the victory at the end. Emmanuel Lecomte (175-G-95) nailed 11 points, while Sam Hemeleers (179-G-95) added 10 points in the victory. Jonas Lund (190-F-95) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds for Denmark. Simon Neidhardt (192-F-95) netted 13 points in the loss.

Belgium U16: Romain Boxus 16, Emmanuel Lecomte 11, Sam Hemeleers 10
Denmark U16: Jonas Lund 14, Simon Neidhardt 13



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Ukraine open Aerosvit Cup with victory over Estonia - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine - Estonia 93:89

Ukraine opened Aerosvit Cup international tournament with victory. The hosts prevailed against Estonia in a thrilling clash in Kyiv. Steve Burtt (185-G-84, college: Iona) and Dmytro Zabirchenko (192-G-84) scored 14 points each to pace Ukraine. The hosts will take on Belarus, while Estonia will face Jordan tomorrow.
The teams entered the game on full speed. They scored eagerly as the scoreboard read 25:25 after ten minutes. Ukraine started to take over in the second period. The home team dominated in the paint and grabbed a 47:43 halftime lead. Ukraine strongly entered the second half. They boosted the margin to 14 points. Ukraine entered the final period ahead by 10 points. But Estonia refused to surrender. The visitors levelled things up at 87 late in regulation. But Sergii Gladyr (196-G/F-88) and Steve Burtt came up with crucial points to seal the victory for the hosts. Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 12 points, while Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82, agency: Beo Basket) had 11 points in the win. Gregor Arbet (194-F/G-83) responded with 22 points for Estonia. Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) netted 21 points in defeat.

Ukraine: Steve Burtt 14, Dmytro Zabirchenko 14, Viacheslav Kravtsov 12
Estonia: Gregor Arbet 22, Kristjan Kangur 21



U16: Israel trounce Estonia for first win in FYR Macedonia - by Eurobasket News
Israel U16 - Estonia U16 103:68

Israel opened win count at U16 European Championship in Division B. They stormed past Estonia in the opener. Seven players scored in double figures to lead the winners. Naor Sharon (191-G-95) and Zuckerman nailed 15 points each to pace Israel. Estonia fell at 0-2 record after the defeat.
Israel led from start to finish. They posted a 29:8 lead ten minutes into the game. The Israelis kept up the tempo in the second quarter. They unloaded 24 points in the second stanza to take a 53:25 halftime lead. Israel did not slow down after the big break. They erupted for 32 points in the third quarter to ensure a comfortable 85:44 lead with one quarter to go. Israel allowed Estonia to account for 24 points in the final frame but it did not threaten their advantage at the end. Itay Segev (95) and Zalmanson notched 13 points each in the win. Saimon Sutt (195-G/F-95) responded with 14 points for Estonia. Karmel Kurvits (177-F-95) had 11 points in defeat.

Israel U16: Naor Sharon 15, Zuckerman 15, Itay Segev 13, Zalmanson 13
Estonia U16: Saimon Sutt 14, Karmel Kurvits 11



Varese extends Kristjan Kangur - by Eurobasket News
Cimberio Varese officially announced signing of one-year contract extension with Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82). The Estonian forward joined Varese last summer from Canadian Solar Bologna. He had 9.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg and 1.6 spg for 32 games in SereA. For his performance Kangur was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention -11. Kangur moved to Italy for the first time in May of 2010. He left ASVEL for CS Bologna, where he had 7.6 ppg, 1.8 rpg and 1 spg for 5 games. With ASVEL that season Kangur averaged 5.9 points and 2 rebounds for 10 Euroleague games. He also added 5.1 ppg and 2.2 rpg for 28 games in ProA. He helped the club to win the Semaine des As Cup. Kristjan Kangur spent couple of years with Kalev Tallinn in the past. He also has experience from Bayer Giants Leverkusen.

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Lokomotiv keep All-EuroChallenge Forward of the Year - by Eurobasket News
Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) remain with Lokomotiv for the next season. The USA-FYR Macedonian Forward joined the team last season and showed his best to stay with the team. He averaged 16.1ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.6apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 59.6%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 70.0% in EuroChallenge and in Russian League after 35 games had 13.1ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 69.6%.
Before coming to Russia Jeremiah Massey played for since 2006. In 2007/2008 he became the second top-scorer of the Greek League with 18.0ppg, Reb-2 (8.6rpg), 1.0apg, Steals-3 (2.2spg), 2FGP-2 (62.0%), 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 66.0%. In Euroleague after 20 games he was also the second top-scorer with 17.0ppg, Reb-2 (8.4rpg), 1.5spg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 57.5%, 3FGP: 20%, FT: 64.2%; Greek Play-Offs: 3 games: 19.7ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.3spg. In 2008-2009 for 850,000 joined Real Madrid (Spain-ACB, starting five) and in Euroleague showed 8.2ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 58.2%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 54.5%, while in Spanish League his stats read 8.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 28.3%, FT: 71.8%. In February 2010 signed at Xacobeo BluSens Obradoiro (Spain-ACB) and averaged 14.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 60.4%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 53.8%.
Only last season Jeremiah Massey reached Russian Cup Semifinals -11, played at Russian PBL All-Star Game -11, became Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Forward of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Defensive Player of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge 1st Team -11, Eurobasket.com EuroChallenge All-Imports Team -11, EuroChallenge Finalist -11, Russian PBL Semifinals -11, Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL 2nd Team -11 and Eurobasket.com Russian PBL All-Bosmans Team -11






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  EUROLEAGUE   


Brose Baskets adds scoring ace Tucker - by Eurobasket News
German League champion Brose Baskets added more fire power to its team by inking versatile forward P.J. Tucker (198-F-85, college: Texas) to a one-year deal, the club announced Friday. Tucker arrives from Quebradillas Pirates, where he finished a very eventful 2010-11 season, averaging 15.3 points and 9.3 rebounds in 15 Puerto Rican League games. He started the season with Aris BSA 2003, where Tucker averaged 14.9 points and 7.2 rebounds in 12 Eurocup games. He ranked ninth in scoring and third in rebounds and performance index ranking (18.2), helping Aris to reach the Last 16 and being chosen as the regular season Week 1 MVP. Tucker switched teams midway through the season and breifly played for Fabi Shoes Montegranaro before joining Quebradillas. He has also played for Bnei Eshet Tours Hasharon and Hapoel Holon in Israel, Toronto in the NBA, Colorado in the NBA Development League and BC Donetsk in Ukraine. He won the 2008 Israeli League title with Holon and reached the 2009 Ukrainian League finals with Donetsk, leading the competition in scoring at 19.4 points per game. Tucker is now ready to make his Turkish Airlines Euroleague debut with Brose next season.

Courtesy of Euroleague


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   


Division B. Results and Stats from Day 2 in Strumica - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Romania - United Kingdom 43-63
Romania registered the second consecutive win at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They cruised past Romania to stay on top of Group A. Benjamin Mead (196-F-95) scored 12 points to lead balanced offensive effort from England. Romania fell at 0-2 record after the defeat. England set the tone early in this one. They opened the game on a 16:3 run and posted a 19:6 lead after ten minutes. Romania stopped the bleeding in the second term. They cut the deficit at 9-point mark at halftime 20:29. Romania opened the third term with a 5:2 run to narrow the deficit to 6 points. But England entered the final frame up by 10 points 43:33. England stayed in charge throughout the final quarter and rolled to the victory at the end. Tyrell Isaacs (G-95) notched 10 points, while Tamas Okros (F-95) and Morayoninuoluwa Soluade (194-G-95) added 8 points apiece in the win. Vlad Cobzaru (199-F-95) responded with 10 points for Romania. Mehmet Hortoglu (192-G-95) nailed 9 points in defeat.

Georgia - Luxembourg 70-67
Georgia celebrated the first win at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They held off Luxembourg for 1-0 record in Group A. Beka Darakhvelidze (186-F-95) stepped up with 23 points and 12 rebounds to pace the winners. Luxembourg fell at 1-1 record after the defeat. Luxembourg entered the game after an impressive double-overtime victory over Romania in the opening round. They tried to keep up the tempo posting a 23:13 lead after ten minutes. But Georgia turned things around in the second quarter. They cut the deficit to just three points at the interval 32:35. Luxembourg keep in front throughout the third period. They entered the final stanza up by 5 points 51:56. Georgia used an 8:0 run early in the fourth quarter to pull in front 59:58. The teams were tied at 67 with 56 seconds remaining but Beka Darakhvelidze drained a three-pointer late in regulation to seal the victory for Georgia. Nugzar Abuladze (182-G-95) notched 21 points for the winners. Nikoloz Tskitishvili (188-F-95) had 6 points for Georgia. Raoul Grun (187-F-95) answered with 27 points for Luxembourg. Sven Ehmann (95) had 12 points in the loss.

Group B
Slovenia - Austria 95-61
Slovenia registered their second straight win at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They knocked down Austria for 2-0 record in Group B. Ziga Zatezic (195-F-95) scored 19 points to lead the charge. Austria fell at 0-2 record after the loss. Slovenia dominated from the starting minutes. They rallied to an 18:10 lead at the first break. Slovenia maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Moreover they secured a 42:26 advantage at the main break. Slovenia ran away in the third period. They erupted for 31 points to enter the final stanza leading by as many as 34 points 73:39. Austria never threatened the margin in the final quarter as Slovenia rolled to a comfortable win at the end. Kavas knocked down 13 points, while Aleksej Nikolic (178-G-95) added 12 points in the win. Paul Hiebler (195-C-95) responded with 12 points for Austria. Georg Wolf (186-G-95) netted 10 points in the loss.

Portugal - Cyprus 75-43
Portugal registered the first win at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They held off Cyprus for 1-1 record in Group B. Isaias Insaly (195-C-95) tallied 19 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge. Cyprus lose their second game in a row at the tournament. Portugal gave little chance for Cyprus in the first half. They stayed in charge posting a 25:12 lead after ten minutes. Portugal boosted the lead to as many as 21 points at halftime. Cyprus slowed their opponents down in the third quarter but failed to get any closer. Portugal entered the final frame leading by 23 points and raced to the victory at the end. Gameiro delivered 13 points, while Pedro Marques netted 9 points in the victory. Antreas Christodoulou (193-G-95) responded with 15 points for Cyprus. Panagiotis Markou (189-F-96) and Constantinos Papacostas (193-F-95) notched 10 points each in the loss.

Finland - Holland 65-76
Netherlands recorded the second consecutive win at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They held off Finland for 2-0 record in Group B. Jaron Dijkhuizen (95) stepped up with 21 points and 14 rebounds to pace the winners. Finland fell at 1-1 record after the defeat. Netherlands and Finland stayed close throughout the opening quarter. They entered the second frame tied at 17. But Netherlands gradually took off. They fired 21 points in the second term to pile up a 7-point lead at the interval. The tempo increased in the third quarter. Netherlands were able to control things as they posted an 8-point lead before the final frame. Finland accounted for just 11 points in the final quarter as Netherlands celebrated another win at the tournament. Pim de Vries scored 15 points, while Bas Veenstra (200-F-95) contributed 13 points for the Dutch team. Ozan Odabasi (196-C-95) answered with 14 points for Finland. Oskar Michelsen (197-F-95) had 13 points in the loss.

Group C
Sweden - Switzerland 73-87
Switzerland registered the second straight win at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They defeated Sweden to climb at 2-0 record in Group C. Sweden slipped at 1-1 record in the standings. Switzerland snatched a narrow 19:17 lead at the first break. Arnaud Cotture (200-F-95) opened the second frame with four points in a row to boost the lead. Sweden pulled ahead midway through the second frame. The lead changed for several times before Ludvig Hakansson (187-G-96) gave the Scandinavians a 37:36 halftime lead. The teams stayed close throughout the third quarter. Switzerland entered the final frame by a single point 55:54. Bergang and Ludvig Hakansson tipped off the fourth period with five points in a row to pull Sweden in front 59:55. However Switzerland quickly responded with a 13:2 rally to leave Sweden behind. Soon the Swiss earned a 10-point lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Arnaud Cotture provided 23 points and 14 rebounds for Switzerland. Cyril Bachler (192-F-95) netted 20 points in the win. Ludvig Hakansson responded with 24 points and 7 rebounds for Sweden. Walter Lindstrom (G-95) had 17 points in defeat.

Hungary - Ireland 69-36
Hungary recorded the second straight win at the start of U16 European Championship in FYR Macedonia. They stormed past Ireland to stay on top of Group C at 2-0 record. Zoltan Perl (189-G-95) scored 11 points in the victory. Hungary cleared off late in the opening quarter and recorded a 20:7 advantage. Hungary kept their opponents at bay throughout the second quarter. They arrived at the interval up by as many as 20 points 35:15. Ireland changed complexion of the game in the third quarter. They limited Hungary to 12 points in the period to cut the deficit. But Hungary outscored the Irish team 20:5 in the final frame to seal the winning outcome at the end. Gyorgy Goloman (204-F/C-96) provided 10 points and 7 rebounds, while Zsombor Teremy (198-F/C-95) added 9 points for the winners. Carr answered with 8 points for Ireland. Carroll had 6 points in the loss.

Slovakia - Armenia 52-76
Armenia recorded the first win at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They overwhelm Slovakia for 1-1 record in Group C. Andrey Konstantinov (95) stepped up with 18 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Slovakia fell at 0-2 record after the loss. Slovakia ensured the better start. They posted a 19:14 lead at the first break. But Armenia slowly took over. They limited Slovakia to just 10 points in the second frame to pull ahead 30:29. Armenia stepped on the gas in the third term. They exploded with 24 points to clear off to a 10-point distance with one quarter remaining. Armenia stayed in charge throughout the fourth period posting a well-deserved win at the end. Kirill Zakharchuk (95) accounted for 13 points, while Sergey Polukhin (95) added 11 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Vladimir Nemcok (170-G-95) responded with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for Slovakia. Belavy provided 9 points in the loss.

Group D
Belgium - Denmark 58-53
Belgium claimed the second straight win at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They knocked down Denmark for 2-0 record in Group D. Romain Boxus (194-F-96) scored 16 points to pace the winners. Denmark fell at 0-2 record. Belgium limited their opponents to 10 points in the starting frame grabbing an 8-point lead. Belgium continued to stay aggressive defensively in the second quarter. They held Denmark to 11 points in the next term to pile up a 31:21 halftime lead. Denmark finally adjusted their game in the third stanza. The Scandinavian team got within 8 points at the final intermission. But Belgium did not allow their opponents to get within striking distance. They stayed in control in the fourth frame driving to the victory at the end. Emmanuel Lecomte nailed 11 points, while Sam Hemeleers (179-G-95) added 10 points in the victory. Jonas Lund (190-F-95) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds for Denmark. Simon Neidhardt (192-F-95) netted 13 points in the loss.

Israel - Estonia 103-68
Israel opened win count at U16 European Championship in Division B. They stormed past Estonia in the opener. Seven players scored in double figures to lead the winners. Naor Sharon (191-G-95) and Zuckerman nailed 15 points each to pace Israel. Estonia fell at 0-2 record after the defeat. Israel led from start to finish. They posted a 29:8 lead ten minutes into the game. The Israelis kept up the tempo in the second quarter. They unloaded 24 points in the second stanza to take a 53:25 halftime lead. Israel did not slow down after the big break. They erupted for 32 points in the third quarter to ensure a comfortable 85:44 lead with one quarter to go. Israel allowed Estonia to account for 24 points in the final frame but it did not threaten their advantage at the end. Itay Segev (95) and Zalmanson notched 13 points each in the win. Saimon Sutt responded with 14 points for Estonia. Karmel Kurvits (177-F-95) had 11 points in defeat.




M-Standings - Group A
Standings
Group A
1. Czech Rep.2-0
2. Spain1-1
3. Greece1-1
4. Poland0-2
Group B
1. Germany2-0
2. Russia1-1
3. Serbia1-1
4. Montenegro.0-2
Group C
1. Latvia2-0
2. Lithuania1-1
3. France1-1
4. Ukraine0-2
Group D
1. Croatia2-0
2. Italy1-1
3. Turkey1-1
4. Bulgaria0-2


Division A: Day 2 in Hradec Kralove and Pardubice - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Spain - Poland 76-47
Spain revenged for the first loss in Czech Republic beating Poland in the start of Day 2. Spain smashed the opponents 76:47 at the U16 European Championship in Division A. It was an easy start for the Spanish team that erupted with 9-0 run and enjoyed 14-point advantage after the first 10 minutes. Filip Pruefer (208-C-96) closed the first period, while Adrian Krawczyk (180-PG-95) reduced to 31:18. Poland increased their own defensive intensity to hold the Spanish team to 11 points in the second quarter, but Spain still held a 35:26 lead at half-time. The third quarter had a slow start as both teams nailed two points each in the first four minutes of it. Sans scored for 39:28 and Jeszke closed it at 53:39. Spain added 23-8 in the last stanza for the final success. Martin stepped up with 16 points and Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) added 14 points and 11 rebounds. Moix netted 13, while Jose Nogues (202-C-95) scored 8. Witlinski delivered 10 points in the losing effort, while Adrian Krawczyk and Socha posted 7 apiece.

Greece - Czech Republic 56-85
Czech Republic won Group A after the first two victories of the U16 European Championship. In Day 2 the hosts edged Greece 85:56 and improved to 2-0 record. Neither Spain, nor Greece can overtake the favorites that will clinch the top place even if they lose to Poland tomorrow. The first quarter was the most offensive and productive in the game. Both teams scored 49 points for 27:22 hosts lead. Sokratis Gkelios (198-F-95) reduced to three points early in the second, while Soukal scored for 35:28. David Subert (182-PG-95) sent the squads to the lockers for 43:31 as Czech Republic won the period 16-9. The third and the last quarters also belonged to the hosts that scored 21 points each in both of them. At first they won the third quarter 21-11 and then added 21-14 in the last stanza. Radovan Kouril (182-PG-95) stepped up with 22 points and Soula netted 16. Martin Peterka (199-F-95) posted 15, while Dedek added 13. Liapis ended up with 12 points in the losing case and Spyropoulos scored 11.

Group B
Germany - Montenegro 71-54
Germany improved to 2-0 record in Group B of the U16 European Championship in Czech Republic. The German team edged Montenegro 71:54 to stay perfect. Luka Djurovic (199-F-95) and Ugrai nailed threes in the start of the game, while Savic tied the game at 7:7. Germany grabbed a 13-0 run for 20:7 as Stielow closed it with a jump shot. Luka Djurovic was the last to score in the frame for 23:12. Germany won the second period 19-16 and enjoyed 42:28 halftime advantage. Wimberg opened the scoring account in the third frame and Niklas Ney (205-C-95) brought 51:38. Montenegro meanwhile closed the frame with 4-0 run as Luka Djurovic reduced to 51:42. With 20-12 Germany finished the last period to seal the second straight win in Hradec Kralove. Niklas Ney led the way with 14 points, while Ismet Akpinar (188-PG-95) netted 13. Taylor followed them with 12, while two other players scored 7 apiece. Luka Djurovic had a great night in defeat with 29 points, while Mijatovic scored 9.

Serbia - Russia 83-91
Russia beat Serbia to tie both record at 1-1 in Group B of the U16 European Championship. Russia trailed 11 points after the first period, but won the game 91:83. Rebic gave Serbia 15:7 and Kaplanovic made two free throws for 20:11. Nikita Tiptsov (193-F-95) replied for 24:13 at the end of the first period. Russia trailed in the whole second period and only managed to reduce to 4 points at the end of the half. Martynov and Alexander Gankevich (197-F-95) were the last players to score in the half for 44:40. The game really turned at the end of the third quarter, as the Russian team took a five-point deficit and turned it into a ten-point lead inside five minutes. Pavel Sizov (198-F-95) tied the game at 63:63 as the teams finished thirty minutes in the court. In the last stanza Russia took the lead and held it for good. Fedorchenko exploded with 33 points and Martynov notched 17. Alexander Gankevich poured in 12, while Pavel Sizov scored 10. Rebic delivered 26 points in the losing effort and Brano Djukanovic (193-G-95) netted 17. Salic chipped in 12, while Ristic added 10.

Group C
Lithuania - France 61-55
The Baltic state beat France to tie both records at 1-1 at the U16 European Championship in Czech Republic. Lithuania turned the tables in the third quarter, holding the French team scoreless for 8 minutes and to establish a strong advantage for 61:55 win. France won the opening tip with 5-1 run and increased to 11:5 with a Biog shot. Serkevicius brought Lithuania to 19:19 at the end of the first period, while Pijus Mykolaitis (198-F-95) later tied the game at 23:23. France looked better at the end of the half and winning the period 15:13, Paul Lou Duwiquet (193-G-95) sent the squads to the lockers for 34:32. The third quarter was a nightmare for France that could not score for eight minutes and allowed Lithuania to take 43:34 lead. Serkevicius scored for 57:49 and he also posted the last points for the winners. Damien Inglis (198-F-95) made four free throws for France to reduce to 6 points at the end. Serkevicius paced all the winners with 18 points, Edvinas Seskus (191-F-95) netted 15 and Zalalis brought 7. Damien Inglis answered with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Rozenfeld notched 10.

Ukraine - Latvia 61-71
Latvia outscored Ukraine to improve to 2-0 with a 71:61 win in Pardubice. Latvia beat Lithuania in the opener and wanted to prove their ambitions in Day 2. The Baltic side took 10:5 in the middle of the frame, but Boyarkin brought 14:13 for Ukraine. Kristaps Gluditis (188-PG-95) meanwhile closed the opening quarter at 22:16 and Ginters brought 31:29. Both teams exchanged the leads in the end of the half as Gertsons gve Latvia 42:41 at the end of twenty minutes. The third quarter was low-scoring, and Kristaps Gluditis broke a 52:52 tie with a three-point play to give Latvia the lead heading to the final period.Ginters scored for 57:54 and Smits delivered two fro 63:57. Plavnieks closed the game with a free throw for 2-0 record on top of Group C with his side. Geks stepped up with 14 points for the winners and Smits as well as Kristaps Gluditis added 11 points each. Ivars Zvigurs (193-G-95) followed them with 10 points for the second straight success. Prokopenko ended up with 21 points and 13 rebounds in defeat, while Boyarkin and Berezhnyy netted 8 each.

Group D
Bulgaria - Italy 72-84
Italy celebrated their first victory at the U16 European Championship in Czech Republic. The Italian side beat Bulgaria 84:72 for 1-1 record, while Bulgaria fell at 0-2. Both teams stayed close to each other in the first period and only at the end of the frame Bulgaria took 19:16 lead. Italy used a 12-0 run to turn an early deficit into a lead, but Aleksandar Vezenkov (204-F-95) drained a three-pointer with five seconds remaining to leave Italy one point ahead at the break, 41:40. Aleksandar Vezenkov later scored for 49:41 and Dinkov nailed three for 54:48. Stoimenov scored another shot from the perimeter to close the third quarter at 59:56. The last frame however belonged to Italy. The latter erupted with 28-13 to seal the victory. Late baskets by Lorenzo Benvenuti (202-F/C-95) and Fontecchio ensured the initial victory for Italy. Di Prampero paced all the winners with 26 points, while Lorenzo Benvenuti collected 18 points and 12 rebounds. Baldasso nailed 16 and Maccaferri delivered 11. Aleksandar Vezenkov replied with 21 points and 13 rebounds in the losing effort and Milov netted 12.

Croatia - Turkey 91-85
Croatia consigned Turkey to the first defeat and became the only undefeated team in Group D of the U16 European Championship in Czech Republic. Croatia won 91:85 for 2-0 record, while Turkey fell at 1-1, despite a great game from Cedi Osman (195-PG-95). The first period proved the great performance from both teams in the court. Jukic and Cedi Osman closed the period at 24:21, while Marko Arapovic (206-C-96) gave Croatia 30:22 early int he second. Cedi Osman and Okben Ulubay (200-F-97) reduced to 4 points, while Sanli sent the squads to the lockers for 47:41. Turkey trailed more than 10 points throughout the third period, but cut it to 66:63 at the end of it. Cedi Osman brought last six points for Turkey to reduce to three and Okben Ulubay tied the game at 68:68. A 12-0 run from Croatia however was too much for the opponents. Tomic later scored the last points for the winners to take 2-0 record with them. Hezonja poured in 24 points to lead all the winners, while Jukic nailed 16. Bosnjak posted 14 and Marko Arapovic scored 10. Cedi Osman ended up with 33 points in the losing effort and Okben Ulubay notched 18.




M-Standings - Group B
Standings Div.B
Group A
1. U.Kingdom2-0
2. Georgia1-0
3. Luxembourg1-1
4. FYR Macedon.0-1
5. Romania0-2
Group B
1. Holland2-0
2. Slovenia2-0
3. Portugal1-1
4. Finland1-1
5. Austria0-2
6. Cyprus0-2
Group C
1. Hungary2-0
2. Switzerland2-0
3. Sweden1-1
4. Armenia1-1
5. Slovakia0-2
6. Ireland0-2
Group D
1. Belgium2-0
2. Bosnia1-0
3. Israel1-0
4. Denmark0-2
5. Estonia0-2


Stats Leaders - Group B
Points Per Game
 Ludvig HAKANSSON
  (187-G-96)
  Avg: 24
 1. Hakansson, SWE24.0 
 2. Darakhvelidz., GEO23.0 
 3. Abuladze, GEO21.0 
 4. Zatezic, SLO19.0 
 5. Konstantinov, ARM18.0 
 6. Lindstrom, SWE17.0 
 7. Hortoglu, ROM16.0 
 8. Boxus, BEL16.0 
 9. Christodoulo., CYP15.0 
 10. Bergang, SWE15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrey KONSTANTINOV
  (--95)
  Avg: 15
 1. Konstantinov, ARM15.0 
 2. Cobzaru, ROM14.5 
 3. Darakhvelidz., GEO12.0 
 4. Ciordas, ROM12.0 
 5. Polukhin, ARM11.0 
 6. Vliet, BEL10.0 
 7. Cotture, SUI9.5 
 8. Zimmerl, AUT9.0 
 9. Okoroh, ENG9.0 
 10. Soluade, ENG9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Zoltan PERL
  (189-G-95)
  Avg: 6
 1. Perl, HUN6.0 
 2. Nikolic, SLO6.0 
 3. Kovacek, SWE6.0 
 4. Isaacs, ENG4.0 
 5. Polukhin, ARM4.0 
 6. Pogosyan, ARM4.0 
 7. Abuladze, GEO4.0 
 8. Hanninen, FIN3.0 
 9. Lecomte, BEL3.0 
 10. Christodoulo., CYP3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Andrey KONSTANTINOV
  (--95)
  Avg: 5
 1. Konstantinov, ARM5.0 
 2. Soluade, ENG4.0 
 3. Hakansson, SWE4.0 
 4. Nikolic, SLO4.0 
 5. Zatezic, SLO4.0 
 6. Pogosyan, ARM3.0 
 7. Neidhardt, DEN3.0 
 8. Orija, ENG3.0 
 9. Abuladze, GEO3.0 
 10. Cobzaru, ROM3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kingsley OKOROH
  (212-C-95)
  Avg: 5
 1. Okoroh, ENG5.0 
 2. Cotture, SUI4.0 
 3. Goloman, HUN3.0 
 4. Cobzaru, ROM3.0 
 5. Hartenbach, AUT2.0 
 6. Odabasi, FIN2.0 
 7. Soluade, ENG2.0 
 8. Michelsen, FIN2.0 
 9. Bergang, SWE2.0 
 10. Moreira, POR1.5 


Stats Leaders - Group A
Points Per Game
 Aleksandar VEZENKOV
  (204-F-95)
  Avg: 25
 1. Vezenkov, BUL25.0 
 2. Kouril, CZE23.0 
 3. Di Prampero, ITA22.0 
 4. Hezonja, CRO21.0 
 5. Osman, TUR21.0 
 6. Fedorchenko, RUS19.0 
 7. Djukanovic, SRB18.5 
 8. Inglis, FRA18.0 
 9. Seskus, LTU17.5 
 10. Maccaferri, ITA17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ilimane DIOP
  (210-C-95)
  Avg: 12
 1. Diop, ESP12.0 
 2. Peterka, CZE11.5 
 3. Vezenkov, BUL10.0 
 4. Seskus, LTU10.0 
 5. Inglis, FRA9.5 
 6. Berezhnyy, UKR9.5 
 7. Ristic, SRB9.5 
 8. Prokopenko, UKR9.0 
 9. Zganec, CRO8.5 
 10. Sizov, RUS8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Radovan KOURIL
  (182-PG-95)
  Avg: 7
 1. Kouril, CZE7.0 
 2. Martin, ESP6.5 
 3. Plavnieks, LAT5.5 
 4. Hezonja, CRO5.5 
 5. Rebic, SRB5.5 
 6. Maccaferri, ITA4.5 
 7. Taylor, GER4.5 
 8. Vezenkov, BUL4.0 
 9. Bosnjak, CRO3.5 
 10. Boyarkin, UKR3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Alessandro MACCAFERRI
  (175-PG-95)
  Avg: 4
 1. Maccaferri, ITA4.0 
 2. Sanli, TUR3.5 
 3. Martin, ESP3.5 
 4. Boyarkin, UKR3.5 
 5. Osman, TUR3.0 
 6. Vezenkov, BUL3.0 
 7. Ozmizrak, TUR3.0 
 8. Hezonja, CRO3.0 
 9. Duwiquet, FRA2.5 
 10. Soula, CZE2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ilimane DIOP
  (210-C-95)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Diop, ESP4.5 
 2. Benvenuti, ITA2.5 
 3. Inglis, FRA1.5 
 4. Diamantakos, GRE1.5 
 5. Stoimenov, BUL1.5 
 6. Draskovic, MNT1.0 
 7. Martynov, RUS1.0 
 8. Prokopenko, UKR1.0 
 9. Charalampopo., GRE1.0 
 10. Seskus, LTU1.0 


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   


Standings Division A
Standings
Group E
1. Poland4-1
2. Turkey3-2
3. Serbia3-2
4. Croatia3-2
5. Slovenia1-4
6. Germany1-4
Group F
1. Spain5-0
2. France4-1
3. Lithuania3-2
4. Italy2-3
5. Russia1-4
6. Latvia0-5
Group G (places 13-16)
1. Ukraine3-1
2. Greece2-2
3. Czech Rep.2-2
4. Finland1-3


Stats Leader
Points Per Game
 Chris NDOW
  (195-F/G-93)
  Avg: 23
 1. Ndow, NOR23.0 
 2. Bojanovsky, SVK22.0 
 3. Ivanov, BUL17.0 
 4. Solomon, ISR17.0 
 5. Olah, ROM16.7 
 6. Borg, SWE16.3 
 7. N''Dumba-C., SUI16.2 
 8. Reinholt, DEN15.8 
 9. Callenbach, POR15.0 
 10. Burjanadze, GEO14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Clint N''DUMBA-CAPELA
  SUI
  (202-F-94)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. N''Dumba-C., SUI16.8 
 2. Bojanovsky, SVK13.3 
 3. Olah, ROM13.0 
 4. Burjanadze, GEO11.3 
 5. Filip, ROM11.0 
 6. Eliasson, SWE10.0 
 7. Magarity, SWE9.3 
 8. Larsen, DEN8.7 
 9. Mollekens, BEL8.4 
 10. Pavic, MNT8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Simon KRAJCOVIC
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Krajcovic, SVK8.3 
 2. Cristiean, ROM5.5 
 3. Ventura, POR5.2 
 4. Karamfilov, BUL4.8 
 5. Kasalica, MNT4.8 
 6. Maayan, ISR4.7 
 7. Filip, ROM4.0 
 8. Person, SWE4.0 
 9. Spencer, ENG3.8 
 10. Novysedlak, SVK3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Simon KRAJCOVIC
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Krajcovic, SVK5.2 
 2. Laane, EST4.0 
 3. Ndow, NOR3.0 
 4. Borg, SWE3.0 
 5. Wilk, AUT2.8 
 6. Jakab, HUN2.6 
 7. Gvozden, AUT2.5 
 8. Menco, ISR2.5 
 9. Nagy, HUN2.4 
 10. Ivanovic, MNT2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Boris BOJANOVSKY
  SVK
  (215-C-93)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Bojanovsky, SVK4.2 
 2. Magarity, SWE3.7 
 3. Olah, ROM3.0 
 4. Kok, NED2.4 
 5. N''Dumba-C., SUI2.2 
 6. Larsen, DEN1.7 
 7. Dimitrov, BUL1.6 
 8. Pavic, MNT1.4 
 9. Angeler, AUT1.2 
 10. Davidsen, NOR1.2 


Stats Leaders Div. A
Points Per Game
 Martin KRIZ
  (202-F-93)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Kriz, CZE18.8 
 2. Della Valle, ITA17.7 
 3. Larentzakis, GRE17.6 
 4. Artamonov, UKR16.9 
 5. Rupnik, SLO16.8 
 6. Gerun, UKR16.6 
 7. Caven, FIN15.4 
 8. Ponitka, POL15.1 
 9. Brzoja, CRO14.9 
 10. Zuikov, UKR14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin KRIZ
  (202-F-93)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Kriz, CZE12.2 
 2. Gerun, UKR10.9 
 3. Diez, ESP10.4 
 4. Jaiteh, FRA9.6 
 5. Gudumak, RUS9.1 
 6. Kyzlink, CZE8.4 
 7. Kymantas, LTU8.0 
 8. Trushkin, RUS8.0 
 9. Karnowski, POL7.9 
 10. Dinal, FRA7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Luka RUPNIK
  (184-PG-93)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Rupnik, SLO5.3 
 2. Fernandez, ESP5.3 
 3. Deligeorgis, GRE5.0 
 4. Micic, SRB4.7 
 5. Schroeder, GER4.4 
 6. Artamonov, UKR4.4 
 7. Miljenovic, SRB4.0 
 8. Grochowski, POL3.7 
 9. Reinfelds, LAT3.6 
 10. Imbro, ITA3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Apollon DELIGEORGIS
  (191-PG-93)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Deligeorgis, GRE3.3 
 2. Monaldi, ITA2.6 
 3. Paliukenas, LTU2.6 
 4. Artamonov, UKR2.6 
 5. Bekteshi, GER2.6 
 6. Larentzakis, GRE2.4 
 7. Ramljak, CRO2.4 
 8. Caven, FIN2.4 
 9. Micic, SRB2.4 
 10. Brzoja, CRO2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Przemyslaw KARNOWSKI
  (213-C-93)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Karnowski, POL1.7 
 2. Gudaitis, LTU1.6 
 3. Gerun, UKR1.6 
 4. Grazulis, LAT1.3 
 5. Caven, FIN1.3 
 6. Tessitori, ITA1.3 
 7. Kymantas, LTU1.1 
 8. Gudumak, RUS1.1 
 9. Gielo, POL1.1 
 10. Reinfelds, LAT1.0 


M-Standings - Group B
Standings Div.B
Group E
1. Bulgaria3-0
2. Denmark2-1
3. Hungary1-2
4. Estonia0-3
Group F
1. Sweden3-0
2. Montenegro1-2
3. Israel1-2
4. Holland1-2
Group F (places 9-18)
1. Slovakia4-0
2. Romania3-1
3. Switzerland2-2
4. Norway1-3
5. Austria0-4
Group G (places 9-18)
1. Belgium3-1
2. Portugal3-1
3. U.Kingdom2-2
4. Georgia2-2
5. Luxembourg0-4


Division B: The end of the Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Group G
Luxembourg - United Kingdom 58-100
England hammered Luxembourg in Varna in the classification games at the U18 European Championships. The winners will now play Switzerland in the 13th place playoff on Sunday. England led from tip-to-buzzer as they opened the game with an 8-0 run. Spencer nailed three at the end of the first period for 25:10 and Raphell Thomas-Edwards (195-F-93) brought 39:17. Wells closed the half at 47:26 making a dunk before heading to the lockers. In the third period England added massive 29-13 for the bigger lead. Raphell Thomas-Edwards gave England 76:39 when the teams finished thirty minutes in the court. Actually Luxembourg nailed 13 points in the first, second and third quarters for 39 total after the third quarter. In the last stanza Wilson brought the winners three digits as it became the final score in the game. Batish top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Raphell Thomas-Edwards collected 20 points and 13 rebounds. Spencer scored 11, while Wilson notched 10. Gilles Polfer (189-F-93) delivered 13 points in defeat and Hoeser had 11.

Georgia - Belgium 70-58
Georgia finished with 2-2 record in Group G of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team surprised Belgium 70:58 that already won the group yesterday. Belgium will play Slovak Republic for the 9th place on Sunday. Geogria meanwhile will face Norway tomorrow for the 15th-16th places. Belgium did not need anything in the game as they secured the top place in the group before. That's why they allowed Georgia to go on 6-2 lead and Giorgi Tsirekidze (202-C-94) brought 17:10. Henrard however tied the game at 22:22 and Recko made the same at 26:26. Giorgi Tsirekidze sent the teams to the lockers being tied and Jimmy Stas (184-PG-93) scored later at 40:40. El Khounchar needed three at the end of the third period for another 51:51. Only due to 19-7 in the last stanza Georgia grabbed the victory. Burjanadze led the way with 30 points and 10 rebounds, while Giorgi Tsirekidze posted 10. Henrard replied with 12 points in the losing case, while El Khounchar had 9 and Jimmy Stas posted 8.

Group H
Romania - Slovakia 50-86
Slovak Republic won Group H of the Classification Round of the U18 European Championship. The team grabbed 4-0 record on top after the victory over Romania 86:50 in the first game of the last day of the Qualifying Round. Simon Krajcovic (185-G-94, agency: FCM) and Zambor scored three from the arc for 9-0 run as Slovak Republic never looked behind after. Brutovsky brought 15:4 and Paun closed the first period at 20:9. In the second frame the winners added 19-12 for 39:21 at the halftime. It was easy to name the winner of the game at the start of the third period when Slovak Republic did not even think of slowing down. Brutovsky scored for 56:34 and Boris Bojanovsky (215-C-93) was the last to score in the third period for 61:41. Due to 25-9 in the last stanza Slovak Republic increased the win to 36 points. Boris Bojanovsky paced all the winners with 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Jakub Novysedlak (182-PG-93) netted 19. Simon Krajcovic posted 13, while Zambor scored 9. Cristiean replied with 10 points in defeat and Olah had 9 points and 14 rebounds.

Austria - Norway 49-55
Austria lost to Norway and will play for the last place at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Norway needed 55:49 to leave the last spot of Group H and will play for 15-16 places. Both teams expected the game as the decisive for the classification. Chris Ndow (195-F/G-93) gave his side the first points from the perimeter and Wilk later tied the game at 5:5. The teams exchanged the leads few times before Chris Ndow closed the period at 12:11. In the second quarter Norway stayed in front for the whole time and dominated the court. Chris Ndow scored the last four points in the half for 29:21 halftime advantage. Espen Fjaerestad (189-G-94) brought 40:30 and another shot by the Norwegian player showed 42:33 on the board and Angeler closed the third at 42:34. Austria made the final push in the last quarter winning 15-13 but could reduce only to 6 points. Chris Ndow led the way with 19 points and Lepovic nailed 10. Wilk responded with 26 points, while Bas collected 6 points and 11 boards.




Semifinals are set in Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News
Quarterfinals
Spain - Croatia 64-50
Spain have become the first U18 European Championship semifinalists. They held off Croatia in the first quarterfinal of the day in Wroclaw. Jaime Fernandez (187-G-93) scored 16 points to pace the winners. The teams went neck and neck throughout the first half. Spain eked out a 14:12 lead after ten minutes. But Croatia quickly erased the deficit and surged ahead. Olaizola capped the half with two free throws as the teams entered the second half all tied at 25. Spain crowned the third term with a 12:3 rally to pile up a 44:36 lead with one quarter remaining. Croatia got within five points at the beginning of the final frame but Spain quickly stretched the gap to 10 points and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Daniel Diez (199-F-93) delivered 9 points and 15 boards, while Alejandro Suarez (205-F/C-93) had 9 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Marko Ramljak (203-F-93, agency: Interperformances) answered with 14 points for Croatia. Mislav Brzoja (198-F/G-94) netted 12 points in the loss.

Turkey - Lithuania 80-70
Turkey will play at the U18 European Championship semifinals. They knocked down last seasons champions Lithuania in the quarterfinals tonight. Samet Geyik (206-F-93) scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace the winners. Turkey jumped to an 18:8 lead early in the game. They maintained the lead posting a 24:14 advantage at the first break. Turkey did not loosen the grip in the second period. They posted a 43:31 halftime advantage. Lithuania used a 16:2 rally midway through the third term to level things up at 52. The Baltic team eventually surged ahead and secured a 61:56 advantage with one quarter remaining. Turkey answered with a 13:0 run early in the final stanza to pull ahead 69:63. Turkey never slowed down in the reminder of the contest and cruised to the victory at the end. Tayfun Erulku (188-G/F-94) and Ahmet Tuncer (193-G-93) produced 12 points apiece for the winners. Tomas Lekunas (195-F-93) answered with 15 points for Lithuania. Tauras Jogela (201-F-93) had 11 points in defeat.

Poland - Italy 52-70
Italy advanced into U18 European Championship semifinals. They upset hosting Poland tonight to stay in the title race. Matteo Imbro (190-PG-94) scored 17 points to lead the effort. Italy eked out a narrow 13:11 lead after ten minutes. They stepped on the gas in the second quarter. The Azzurri drained 23 points to arrive at halftime up by 16 points 36:20. Poland struggled offensively in the third period. Italy stretched the margin to as many as 22 points with one quarter remaining. Poland finally stopped the rot in the fourth period. The hosts got within 14 points but Italy stayed calm and eased to the victory at the end. Diego Monaldi (190-PG-93) provided 16 points, while Matteo Chillo (202-F/C-93) netted 14 points for the winners. Poland answered with 14 points and 10 rebounds from Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-C-93). Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) chipped in 11 points in defeat.

France - Serbia 61-71
Serbia will play at U18 European Championship semifinals. They held off France tonight to set up semifinal clash with Italy. Nemanja Bezbradica (205-F/C-93) scored 19 points to lead the winners. France led 10:6 midway through the starting quarter but Serbia went on a 14:3 run late in the period to surge ahead. They posted a 23:15 lead at the first break. Nemanja Dangubic (196-G-93) opened a double-digit lead for Serbia at the start of the second quarter. Serbia led by 11 points with under three minutes remaining in the half however Les Bleus crowned the half with a 6:1 run to narrow the deficit. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94) tipped off the second half with four points in a row to cut the deficit. William Howard (201-F-93) and Mouhammadou Jaiteh put France in charge midway through the third term 44:42. The teams entered the final period tied at 49. France grabbed a 54:49 lead at the beginning of the final frame. However Serbia reacted with an 8:0 run to regain the lead. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) and Nemanja Bezbradica made it 64:56 for Serbia with just over two minutes remaining. Les Bleus tried hard but Serbia wisely kept them at distance in the dying seconds and celebrated a difficult win at the end. Nenad Miljenovic nailed 15 points, while Nemanja Dangubic added 9 points in the win. Mouhammadou Jaiteh answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds for France. Benjamin John (188-G-93) and William Howard produced 11 points each in the loss.




9-12 places
Slovenia - Latvia 69-78
Latvia will play for the 9th place at the U18 European Championship. They toppled Slovenia in the classification round game today. Andrejs Grazulis (203-C/F-93) accounted for 13 points and 6 boards in the win. Latvia opened the game with aggressive defence. They limited Slovenia to just 8 points in the opening quarter building an 8-point lead. Latvia stretched the margin in the second period. The Baltic team arrived at halftime up by 14 points 35:21. But Slovenia did not surrender. They tipped off the second half with 14 points in a row to erase the deficit. Latvia managed to return the lead as they posted a 51:48 advantage with one quarter remaining. Kalnins and Klavs Strazdins made it 58:51 for Latvia midway through the fourth frame. Latvia soon opened up a double-digit lead and raced to the victory at the end. Rihards Ginters (193-F-93) provided 12 points, while Janis Berzins (200-F/G-93, agency: Players Group), Guntis Sipolins (200-F-93) and Klavs Strazdins added 8 points each in the win. Ziga Dimec (208-C/F-93) responded with 22 points for Slovenia. Miha Lapornik (192-G-93) had 16 points in the loss.

Russia - Germany 69-66
Russia came back from a 20-point deficit in the second quarter to tame Germany in the classification round of U18 European Championship. Gleb Goldyrev (200-F-93) scored 15 points to pace the winners. Russia will take on Latvia for the ninth place at the tournament. Germany will face Slovenia for the 11th spot. Germany stormed into the game grabbing a 10:0 lead. They dominated in every facet of the encounter posting a 27:9 lead after ten minutes. Stephan Haukohl (200-F-93) gave the German team a 20-point lead midway through the second quarter. Russia capped the first half on a 13:1 run to narrow the deficit at 10 points 29:39. Germany regained a 13-point lead early in the third term. But Russia kept pressure on their opponents narrowing the deficit at 6-point mark with one quarter remaining 48:54. Russia went on a 10:1 rally to surge ahead 58:56 midway through the final term. The lead changed hands for several times before Vladislav Trushkin (200-F-93) and Ilya Rodionov made it 67:64 for Russia. Stephan Haukohl cut the deficit but Gleb Goldyrev sank two free throws to seal the win. Ilya Rodionov and Vladislav Trushkin contributed 11 points apiece for Russia. Yury Karpenko (185-PG-93) and Pavel Khrebtov (197-F-93) delivered 10 points each in the victory. Paul Zipser (195-G-94) responded with 21 points for Germany. Stephan Haukohl had 13 points in the loss.


Group G
Czech Republic - Finland 67-61
Czech Republic rallied to the second win in the classification round of U18 European Championship. They held off Finnish counterparts to jump at 2-2 record in Group G. Finland fell at 1-3 record on the brink of relegation. Czech Republic capped the opening frame on a 10:2 run to take a 21:12 lead. Martin Kriz (202-F-93) helped Czech Republic to a 28:15 advantage early in the second quarter. They maintained the lead and made it 36:27 at halftime. Finland got within two points midway through the third stanza. But Czech Republic recovered and entered the final frame ahead by 7 points 51:44. Daniel Dolenc (205-C-93) and Seppala dragged Finland within three points with under four minutes remaining 56:59. But it was as close as they could get. Martin Kriz and Bernath sealed the win for Czech Republic at the end. Martin Kriz stepped up with 25 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Jan Lycka (186-G-93) added 16 points for Czech Republic. Joonas Caven (210-C/F-93) answered with 19 points and 12 boards for Finland. Daniel Dolenc contributed 15 points in the loss.

Ukraine - Greece 68-60
Ukraine recorded the third straight win at the U18 European Championship. They held off Greek counterparts to jump at 3-1 record in Group G. Greece fell at 2-2 record after the defeat. Klym Artamonov (176-PG-93) delivered 21 points, 6 assists and 4 boards to pace the winners. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the opening quarter. Ukraine and Greece appeared tied at 19 after ten minutes of action. Ukraine opened the second term on a 10:1 run to surge in front. They maintained the lead posting a 38:29 advantage at the interval. Shundel opened the second half with a three-pointer to boost the lead. Larentzakis and Deligeorgis dragged the Hellenes within five points midway through the third term But Ukraine entered the fourth quarter up by seven points 51:44. The margin grew at 12-point mark midway through the fourth stanza but Greece ignited a 9:2 rally to narrow the deficit. However Klym Artamonov and Danylo Zuikov (185-PG-94) sank four free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Ukraine. Vladimir Gerun (206-C-94) contributed 16 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. Danylo Zuikov finished with 12 points in the win. Petros Melissaratos (202-C/F-93) answered with 18 points and 10 rebounds for Greece. Emmanouil Tselentakis (195-F-93) had 12 points in the loss.






Qualifying Round Day 2 in Varna - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Denmark - Bulgaria 72-81
Bulgaria beat Denmark at the U18 European Championship in Division B as both advanced to the Semifinals in Varna. The hosts needed 81:72 win to settle down on top of Group E with 3-0 record. Bulgaria will now face Montenegro, the second team from another group. Denmark finished second in Group E with 2-1 record and will play with Sweden in another Semifinal. Bulgaria took the lead from the very beginning and reached 27-13 in the end of the first period. Both teams nailed 20 points in the second frame for 47:33 at the halftime. Denmark produced 23-19 in the third quarter to reduce to 66:56 after thirty minutes, while another 16-15 in the last stanza brought the final result in the game. Dimitar Dimitrov (202-F-93) exploded with 28 points and 12 rebounds, while Ivanov netted 17. Stoyanov posted 13, while Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93) netted 8. Esben Reinholt (196-G-93) answered with 18 points in defeat and Larsen scored 17.

Estonia - Hungary 53-75
Hungary won the last game fo the Group E of the U18 European Championship in Division B. Hungary needed 75:53 win for 1-2 record as both teams will play for 5-8 places in Varna. The squads were tied at 10:10 in the opening tip, while Hungary made 14-0 push for 24:10 and Oliver Metsalu (190-G-93) closed the period at 26:19. Laane reduced to 29:26, but Varga increased to 39:33 at the halftime. The third quarter was decisive in the game as Hungary erupted with 24-7 for massive 63:40 after thirty minutes. Estonia won the last stanza 13-12 and could reduce only to 75:53. Adam Kovacs (193-G/F-93) poured in 20 points and Nagy netted 14. Peter Jakab (187-G-93) scored 10, while Dobos had 9. Poldoja delivered 13 points for Estonia and Oliver Metsalu added 9. Hungary made more Blocks, Steals, Assists and Rebounds. Estonia had a better percentage only from the three-point line.

Group F
Israel - Montenegro 58-78
Montenegro clinched the Semifinal birth of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team needed a massive 78:58 win to take 1-2 record as well as Israel and Netherlands, however due to a better difference, Montenegro grabbed the second ticket from the Group. Sweden meanwhile won all three games and won Group F. This group became unpredictable and only Sweden looked better and more confident. Israel started with 5-0 lead and remained the opponents scoreless for the first 5 minutes. Montenegro however scored 20 points in the last five minutes of the first period as Vasilije Vusovic (188-G-94) closed it at 20:7. Trailing 14:28, Israel erupted with 13-0 run and reduced to 1 point. Nikolic however scored last four points in the half for 32:27 lead with his side. In the second half the court belonged to Montenegro that won both quarters. At first they needed 20-14 int he third period and finished with 26-17 in the last. Marko Mugosa (197-F-93) erupted with 32 points for the winners and Ivanovic netted 16. Nikolic posted 12, while Vasilije Vusovic added 10. Noam Laish (195-G/F-93) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort and Menco netted 13.

Sweden - Holland 68-43
The Scandinavian team wins Group E to advance to the semis of the U18 European Championship in Division B. Sweden edged Netherlands 68:43 in the defensive win to clinch the top place with 3-0 record in the group. Sweden opened the game with 7-0 run and never allowed the Dutch team to stay in front. Person nailed three for 10:4 and he also closed the first period at 25:8. Shane Hammink (198-G-94) and William Magarity (207-F-93) opened the second period for 27:10 and Sweden limited the Dutch side to only 6 points in the frame. After 19-6 in it Kevin Katheka (191-F-93) brought 44:14 at the halftime when it became clear about the winner. Andersson scored fro 50:20, while Holland won the third period 21-16. Both teams nailed 8 points apiece for the final result in the game. Person stepped up with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while William Magarity had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Shane Hammink finished the game with 13, points in the losing case and Paul Candiff (184-G-93) scored 7.

Group G
Belgium - Luxembourg 63-49
Belgium clinched the top place in Group G in Varna beating Luxembourg. The Belgian side improved to 3-0 record after 63:49 victory and will have one more game tonight before heading to play for 9-12 places. Luxembourg will face England tonight for the last spot in the group. Luxembourg surprised the opponents in the opening frame taking 19:13 advantage. In the second frame they could score only 5, while Belgium erupted with 14. Arno Mollekens (195-F/C-94) made a jump shot at the end of the first half for 27:24 deficit. The teams exchanged the leads several times in the start of the third period, while Belgium needed an 11-0 run for the confident lead. Stas closed the third period from the free throw line for 49:41 when it became clear about the winner. Khounchar and Raphael Allemand (178-PG-93) brought 55:45, while Marchant became the last player to score in the game. Marchant and Rienert Torreele (192-F-93) paced all the winners with 11 points each, while Vlamynck netted 9. Laurent posted 11 in defeat and Melcher nailed 10.

Portugal - Georgia 61-57
Portugal improved to 3-1 record in Group G of the Classification Round for 9-18 places in Division B of the U18 European Chmapionship. Portugal sent Georgia to 1-2 record after 61:57 victory. The first two quarters were the same as Georgia produced 16-14 in both of them. It brought them 32:28 at the end of the half as Alvaro reduced to 4 points from the perimeter. For about three minutes in the third period the teams were scoreless as Giorgi Tsirekidze (202-C-94) broke the silence at 34:28. Burjanadze and Jonah Callenbach (192-C/F-93) exchanged the baskets in the end of the third period for 45:44 Portuguese lead. Five times the score was tied at the last stanza, while 4-0 run allowed Portugal to taste the win. Ventura and Jonah Callenbach were the last to score for the winners to grab the third win. Jonah Callenbach paced all the winners with 23 points and Ventura nailed 10. Grosso and Gallina chipped in 7 points each in a win. Giorgi Tsirekidze replied with 20 points int he losing effort, while Burjanadze collected 12 points and 10 caroms.

Group H
Slovakia - Austria 81-46
Slovak Republic grabbed 3-0 record in Group H of the Classification Round at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team won over Austria 81:46 and will face Romania tonight for the top place in the group. Austria meanwhile suffered another loss and dropped at 0-3 record to play with Norway for the initial victory tonight. Slovak Republic started with 5 consecutive points to shock the opponents and Dedecek closed the quarter at 20:6. The favorites added 20-14 in the second period for 40:20 at the halftime. Zambor and Krajcovic scored for 49:28 and Hrabcak closed the period at 62:34. In the last stanza Slovak Republic produced 19-12 for the final result. Jakub Petras (206-C-94) scored the last points for his side, while Austria finished the game with 4-0 run. Bojanovsky top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Krajcovic notched 12. Zambor netted 11 and Stransky scored 10. Gvozden delivered 8 points in defeat and Valentin Bauer (170-PG-94) as well as Kolb posted 7 apiece.

Switzerland - Romania 63-79
Romania overcame Switzerland in Group H of the Classification Round at the U18 European Championship. The team improved to 3-0 record to share the top with Slovak Republic after 79:63 win. Both teams will fight for the top position tonight in Varna. Switzerland meanwhile dropped at 2-2 and finished third in the group. Romania took the lead from the very beginning and never looked behind in the game. Filip scored for 16:6 and Stoicoviciu closed the quarter at 26:11. In the second period Romania added 18-16 for 44:27 at the halftime. In the third frame Romania was stronger with 18-15 and then allowed the Swiss side to win the last stanza. Marko Mladjan (204-F-93) and Damian exchanged the late baskets at the end of the game for the final result. Olah and Cristiean stepped up with 22 points each and added 22 rebounds together. Filip collected 13 points and 14 rebounds, while Petica posted 8. Ludovico Basso (185-PG-93) answered with 16 points and 8 boards in defeat, whilst Clint N'Dumba-Capela (202-F-94) had 15 points and 16 caroms.




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U18: Czech Republic hand Finland third loss in Group G - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic U18 - Finland U18 67:61

Czech Republic rallied to the second win in the classification round of U18 European Championship. They held off Finnish counterparts to jump at 2-2 record in Group G. Finland fell at 1-3 record on the brink of relegation.
Czech Republic capped the opening frame on a 10:2 run to take a 21:12 lead. Martin Kriz (202-F-93) helped Czech Republic to a 28:15 advantage early in the second quarter. They maintained the lead and made it 36:27 at halftime. Finland got within two points midway through the third stanza. But Czech Republic recovered and entered the final frame ahead by 7 points 51:44. Daniel Dolenc (205-C-93) and Seppala dragged Finland within three points with under four minutes remaining 56:59. But it was as close as they could get. Martin Kriz and Bernath sealed the win for Czech Republic at the end. Martin Kriz stepped up with 25 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Jan Lycka (186-G-93) added 16 points for Czech Republic. Joonas Caven (210-C/F-93) answered with 19 points and 12 boards for Finland. Daniel Dolenc contributed 15 points in the loss.

Czech Republic U18: Martin Kriz 25+14 boards, Jan Lycka 16, Tomas Kyzlink (197-F/G-93) 13
Finland U18: Joonas Caven 19+12 boards, Daniel Dolenc 15



U16: Netherlands record second straight win in Strumica - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands U16 - Finland U16 76:65

Netherlands recorded the second consecutive win at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They held off Finland for 2-0 record in Group B. Jaron Dijkhuizen (95) stepped up with 21 points and 14 rebounds to pace the winners. Finland fell at 1-1 record after the defeat.
Netherlands and Finland stayed close throughout the opening quarter. They entered the second frame tied at 17. But Netherlands gradually took off. They fired 21 points in the second term to pile up a 7-point lead at the interval. The tempo increased in the third quarter. Netherlands were able to control things as they posted an 8-point lead before the final frame. Finland accounted for just 11 points in the final quarter as Netherlands celebrated another win at the tournament. Pim de Vries scored 15 points, while Bas Veenstra (200-F-95) contributed 13 points for the Dutch team. Ozan Odabasi (196-C-95) answered with 14 points for Finland. Oskar Michelsen (197-F-95) had 13 points in the loss.

Netherlands U16: Jaron Dijkhuizen 21+14 boards, Pim de Vries 15, Bas Veenstra 13
Finland U16: Ozan Odabasi 14, Oskar Michelsen 13



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  FRANCE   


SIG Strasbourg extends Abdou M'Baye for two years - by Eurobasket News
SIG Strasbourg announced signing of a two-year contract extension with Abdoulaye M'Baye (186-PG-88). It means that the French point guard will stay with the club until the end of 2012/13 season. He joined Strasbourg last summer from Dijon. For 29 games in ProA last season MBaye had 10.8 ppg, 2 rpg and 1.8 apg. Before Strasbourg, Abdoulaye M'Baye spent four years with Dijon. He exploded in 2008/09 season with 14.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 1.9 apg for 29 games in ProA. In the past, MBaye also played for CFBB and INSEP. Abdoulaye M'Baye is active member of the French National Team. Two years ago he helped U20 France to win the Silver at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos. In 2007, MBaye won the Bronze at the World Championships U19 in Novi Sad and a year before that with U18 France he took the Gold at U18 EuroBasket in Amaliada.

U16: The Baltic state beat France to tie both records at 1-1 - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U16-France U16 61:55

The Baltic state beat France to tie both records at 1-1 at the U16 European Championship in Czech Republic. Lithuania
turned the tables in the third quarter, holding the French team scoreless for 8 minutes and to establish a strong advantage for 61:55 win.
France won the opening tip with 5-1 run and increased to 11:5 with a Biog shot. Ernestas Serkevicius (178-PG-95) brought Lithuania to 19:19 at the end of the first period, while Mykolaitis later tied the game at 23:23. France looked better at the end of the half and winning the period 15:13, Duwiquet sent the squads to the lockers for 34:32. The third quarter was a nightmare for France that could not score for eight minutes and allowed Lithuania to take 43:34 lead. Ernestas Serkevicius scored for 57:49 and he also posted the last points for the winners. Damien Inglis (198-F-95) made four free throws for France to reduce to 6 points at the end.
Ernestas Serkevicius paced all the winners with 18 points, Edvinas Seskus (191-F-95) netted 15 and Gediminas Zalalis (203-C-95) brought 7. Damien Inglis answered with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Arthur Rozenfeld (180-PG-95) notched 10.

Lithuania U16: Ernestas Serkevicius 18, Edvinas Seskus 15, Gediminas Zalalis 7
France U16: Damien Inglis 18+10 rebs, Arthur Rozenfeld 10




U18: Serbia see off France, reach semis in Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U18 - France U18 71:61

Serbia will play at U18 European Championship semifinals. They held off France tonight to set up semifinal clash with Italy. Nemanja Bezbradica (205-F/C-93) scored 19 points to lead the winners.
France led 10:6 midway through the starting quarter but Serbia went on a 14:3 run late in the period to surge ahead. They posted a 23:15 lead at the first break. Nemanja Dangubic (196-G-93) opened a double-digit lead for Serbia at the start of the second quarter. Serbia led by 11 points with under three minutes remaining in the half however Les Bleus crowned the half with a 6:1 run to narrow the deficit. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94) tipped off the second half with four points in a row to cut the deficit. William Howard (201-F-93) and Mouhammadou Jaiteh put France in charge midway through the third term 44:42. The teams entered the final period tied at 49. France grabbed a 54:49 lead at the beginning of the final frame. However Serbia reacted with an 8:0 run to regain the lead. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) and Nemanja Bezbradica made it 64:56 for Serbia with just over two minutes remaining. Les Bleus tried hard but Serbia wisely kept them at distance in the dying seconds and celebrated a difficult win at the end. Nenad Miljenovic nailed 15 points, while Nemanja Dangubic added 9 points in the win. Mouhammadou Jaiteh answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds for France. Benjamin John (188-G-93) and William Howard produced 11 points each in the loss.

Serbia U18: Nemanja Bezbradica 19, Nenad Miljenovic 15, Nemanja Dangubic 9
France U18: Mouhammadou Jaiteh 15, Benjamin John 11, William Howard 11



CSP Limoges lands PG Kyle McAlarney - by Eurobasket News
Kyle McAlarney (183-G-87, college: Notre Dame) is a new member of CSP Limoges. The American point guard penned a one-year deal with his new team. He arrives to Limoges from Ikaros Kallitheas, where he spent last season. For 25 games in Greek A1 league McAlarney averaged 12.8 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2 assists. Season 2009/10 he split between Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Springfield Armor. Both competed in NBA D-League. With the Mad Ants, McAlarney had 10.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 3 apg for 23 games. Later with Springfield he added 11.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 5.1 apg and 1.4 spg. Kyle McAlarney is a product of the Notre Dame University. He graduated there in 2009. For 36 games as a senior McAlarney collected 15 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 3.4 apg.

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FYR Macedonian U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Starting five
#s#
Koste Stojanovski
Stojanovski
Kristijan Gavrilovski
Gavrilovski
Daniel Nacevski
Nacevski
Davor Spasovski
Spasovski
Ljubomir Mladenovski
Mladenovski
#e#5
4 Simeon Mitrov 179-PG-95
5 Koste Stojanovski 185-G-95
6 Kristijan Gavrilovski 186-G-95
7 Geri Shivachev 95
8 Damjan Jovikj 180-PG-95
9 Martin Krstevski 183-PG-95
10 Daniel Nacevski 191-F-95
11 Davor Spasovski 189-G/F-96
12 Martin Shalev 200-F-96
13 Ljubomir Mladenovski 207-C-95
14 Filip Bakoch 202-C-96
15 Stefan Trajkovski 186-G-95

Igor Mihajlovski Head Coach
Gora Georgievski Assistant
Nebojsa Gjukovic Assistant


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U18: Georgia finished with 2-2 record in Group G of the U18 European Championship in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Georgia U18-Belgium U18 70:58

Georgia finished with 2-2 record in Group G of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team surprised Belgium 70:58 that already won the group yesterday. Belgium will play Slovak Republic for the 9th place on Sunday. Geogria meanwhile will face Norway tomorrow for the 15th-16th places.
Belgium did not need anything in the game as they secured the top place in the group before. That's why they allowed Georgia to go on 6-2 lead and Giorgi Tsirekidze (202-C-94) brought 17:10. Gerald Henrard (203-C-93) however tied the game at 22:22 and Recko made the same at 26:26. Giorgi Tsirekidze sent the teams to the lockers being tied and Jimmy Stas (184-PG-93) scored later at 40:40. El Khounchar needed three at the end of the third period for another 51:51. Only due to 19-7 in the last stanza Georgia grabbed the victory.
Beka Burjanadze (201-F-94) led the way with 30 points and 10 rebounds, while Giorgi Tsirekidze posted 10. Gerald Henrard replied with 12 points in the losing case, while El Khounchar had 9 and Jimmy Stas posted 8.

Georgia U18: Beka Burjanadze 30+10 rebs, Giorgi Tsirekidze 10
Belgium U18:Gerald Henrard 12, El Khounchar 9, Jimmy Stas 8



U16: Georgia start with win in Strumica - by Eurobasket News
Georgia U16 - Luxembourg U16 70:67

Georgia celebrated the first win at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They held off Luxembourg for 1-0 record in Group A. Beka Darakhvelidze (188-F-95) stepped up with 23 points and 12 rebounds to pace the winners. Luxembourg fell at 1-1 record after the defeat.
Luxembourg entered the game after an impressive double-overtime victory over Romania in the opening round. They tried to keep up the tempo posting a 23:13 lead after ten minutes. But Georgia turned things around in the second quarter. They cut the deficit to just three points at the interval 32:35. Luxembourg keep in front throughout the third period. They entered the final stanza up by 5 points 51:56. Georgia used an 8:0 run early in the fourth quarter to pull in front 59:58. The teams were tied at 67 with 56 seconds remaining but Beka Darakhvelidze drained a three-pointer late in regulation to seal the victory for Georgia. Nugzar Abuladze (182-G-95) notched 21 points for the winners. Nikoloz Tskitishvili had 6 points for Georgia. Raoul Grun (187-F-95) answered with 27 points for Luxembourg. Sven Ehmann (95) had 12 points in the loss.

Georgia U16: Beka Beka Darakhvelidze 23+12 boards, Nugzar Abuladze 21, Nikoloz Tskitishvili 6
Luxembourg U16: Raoul Grun 27, Sven Ehmann 12



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Steeples bring in Ajay Calvin - by Moritz Korff
Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule has made its second import player signing for the upcoming Pro A season: Ajay Calvin (196-F-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Drake) has agreed to terms with the Steeples. The 26-year-old hails from Ecorse, Michigan and has two years of experience in European basketball under his belt, as he spent some time in Austria and Portugal. However, Calvin has not played overseas since 2009.
In 2007 he graduated from NCAA D1 school Drake, after having averaged 16.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per contest.


Earnest Jones Joins The Soba Dragons Rhondorf - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
PRO B team Soba Dragons Rhondorf announced a new signing today with Earnest Jones (198-F) Jones is a 198 cm 102 kilo forward from New Orleans, Louisiana that will be starting his professional basketball career in Germany. He is seen as a strong rebounder. He played at Southern (NCAA). Before going to Southern, he played at Paris junior college together with Deundrae Spraggins. In his senior season, he played 17 games: 11.1ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 36.5%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 67.6% 'Earnest Jones was recommended to us from Jurgen Maasmann, the coach of Oberelchingen who had shortly worked together with him. He can do many things on the court and is very physical. He knows to do damage under the basket, but can also be dangerous from outside', stressed Soba Dragons Rhondorf head coach Eric Detlev.

Source: Soba Dragons Rhoendorf




U18: Russia nip Germany - by Eurobasket News
Russia U18 - Germany U18 69:66

Russia came back from a 20-point deficit in the second quarter to tame Germany in the classification round of U18 European Championship. Gleb Goldyrev (200-F-93) scored 15 points to pace the winners. Russia will take on Latvia for the ninth place at the tournament. Germany will face Slovenia for the 11th spot.
Germany stormed into the game grabbing a 10:0 lead. They dominated in every facet of the encounter posting a 27:9 lead after ten minutes. Stephan Haukohl (200-F-93) gave the German team a 20-point lead midway through the second quarter. Russia capped the first half on a 13:1 run to narrow the deficit at 10 points 29:39. Germany regained a 13-point lead early in the third term. But Russia kept pressure on their opponents narrowing the deficit at 6-point mark with one quarter remaining 48:54. Russia went on a 10:1 rally to surge ahead 58:56 midway through the final term. The lead changed hands for several times before Vladislav Trushkin (200-F-93) and Ilya Rodionov (185-PG-93) made it 67:64 for Russia. Stephan Haukohl cut the deficit but Gleb Goldyrev sank two free throws to seal the win. Ilya Rodionov and Vladislav Trushkin contributed 11 points apiece for Russia. Yury Karpenko (185-PG-93) and Pavel Khrebtov (197-F-93) delivered 10 points each in the victory. Paul Zipser (195-G-94)er responded with 21 points for Germany. Stephan Haukohl had 13 points in the loss.

Russia U18: Gleb Goldyrev 15, Ilya Rodionov 11, Vladislav Trushkin 11+11 boards
Germany U18: Paul Zipserer 21, Stephan Haukohl 13



U16: Germany improved to 2-0 record in Group B - by Eurobasket News
Germany U16-Montenegro U16 71:54

Germany improved to 2-0 record in Group B of the U16 European Championship in Czech Republic. The German team edged Montenegro 71:54 to stay perfect.
Luka Djurovic (199-F-95) and Ugrai nailed threes in the start of the game, while Savic tied the game at 7:7. Germany grabbed a 13-0 run for 20:7 as Stielow closed it with a jump shot. Luka Djurovic was the last to score in the frame for 23:12. Germany won the second period 19-16 and enjoyed 42:28 halftime advantage. Wimberg opened the scoring account in the third frame and Niklas Ney (205-C-95) brought 51:38. Montenegro meanwhile closed the frame with 4-0 run as Luka Djurovic reduced to 51:42. With 20-12 Germany finished the last period to seal the second straight win in Hradec Kralove.
Niklas Ney led the way with 14 points, while Ismet Akpinar (188-PG-95) netted 13. David Taylor (188-PG-95) followed them with 12, while two other players scored 7 apiece. Luka Djurovic had a great night in defeat with 29 points, while Predrag Mijatovic (201-F/C-95) scored 9.

Germany U16: Niklas Ney 14, Ismet Akpinar 13, David Taylor 12
Montenegro U16: Luka Djurovic 29, Predrag Mijatovic 9




PJ Tucker Goes To The Brose Baskets Bamberg While Reyshawn Terry Gets Waived - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
According to www.court-vision.de, The Brose Baskets Bamberg have welcomed ex NBA player P.J. Tucker (198-F-85, college: Texas) and waived ex North Carolina Tar Heel Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84, college: N.Carolina). Tucker who played for Quebradillas Pirates in the Puerto Rican league this summer averaging 15,3ppg, 9,3rpg and 3,0apg is a 26 year old 198cm forward from Raleigh, North Carolina. He is a player that knows how to play in the low post and how to score. Plus, he is an unbelievable rebounder, who can jump two or three consecutive times to grab the ball. Last season, the American played for Aris Thessaloniki (Greece-A1, starting five): Greek League: 19 games: 11.5ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 59.6%; EuroCup: 14 games: Score-3 (15.9ppg), Reb-2 (8.0rpg), 1.7apg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 43.5. He started his basketball career for Texas (NCAA) playing together with NBA players like DJ Augustin and Daniel Gibson and ex beko BBL player Bradley Buckmann. In his senior year at Texas, he played 37 games: 16.1ppg, 9.5rpg, 2.9apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 66.7%, FT: 74.7%. In 2006, he was drafted by the Toronto Raptors (NBA,2rd (35). In 2006, he started his professional basketball career in the NBA for the Toronto Raptors (NBA), Regular Season: 17 games: 1.8ppg, 1.4rpg; in Jan.'07 assigned to Colorado 14ers (D-League), in Feb.'07 recalled to Toronto Raptors (NBA), in March '07 assigned to Colorado 14ers (D-League), shortly left: 19 games: 10.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 84.6%. In 2007-2008, he made the jump to Europe playing for Hapoel Holon (Israel-Premier League, starting five): 26 games: 14.6ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.2apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 58.4%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 60.5%. In 2008-2009, he played for BC Donetsk (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five): got injured in Dec.'08 and was sidelined for 2 months: EuroChallenge: 2 games: 14.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg; Ukrainian League: 17 games: Score-1 (19.4ppg), 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 25.9%, FT: 84.1%. In 2009-2010, he played for BC Donetsk (Ukraine-Superleague), team folded in Jan.'10: Ukrainian League: 9 games: 11.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 56.5%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 84.2%; EuroChallenge: 5 games: 23.4ppg, 6.6rpg, 3.0apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 62.5%, 3PT: 54.5%, FT: 65.5%; VTB League: 4 games: 13.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 56.3%, in Mar.'10 moved to Bnei Eshet Tours Hasharon (Israel-Premier League, starting five): 12 games: 17.3ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.5apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 50.7%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 63.2%. Awards/Achievements in his career has been Big 12 Regular Season Runner-Up -04, Big 12 Tournament Finalist -04, 06, All-Big 12 Honorable Mention -04, NCAA Sweet 16 -04, USA U21 National Team -04, Tournament of the Americas U21 in Halifax -04, Big 12 Regular Season Champion -06, USBWA All-NCAA 2nd Team -06, USBWA All-NCAA District VII Player of the Year -06, Collegeinsider.com NCAA All-America Team -06, NCAA Sweet 8 -06, D-League Finalist -07, Israeli Cup Semifinals -08, Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 1st Team -08, Eurobasket.com Israeli League All-Imports Team -08, Israeli Premier League Champion -08, Israeli Premier League Regular Season Champion -08, Ukrainian All-Star Game -09 (Slam Dunk Contest Winner), Ukrainian Superleague Finalist -09, Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague 2nd Team -09, Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge 2nd Team -10, Eurobasket.com EuroChallenge All-Imports Team -10,and Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup 3rd Team -11. Bamberg also announced that American Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84, college: N.Carolina) will not return. Last season Terry played Euroleague: 10 games: 7.1ppg, 4.3rpg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 84.0%; German League: 47 games: 9.6ppg, 5.0rpg, FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 80.7%.

Source: www.court-vision.de



Germany will play in the Nike Global Challenge in Portland next week - by Daniel Poerschke
The Nike Global Challenge takes center court at Liberty High School, August 5-7, 2011 in Portland, Oregon, USA. This 8-team, 12-game tournament features the top US high school and U19 basketball players from the best International Teams. Next to Germany also Brazil, Canada, Puerto Rico and Chinese Taipei will participate in the tournament.

Germany will play with the following roster:
Martin Bogdanov (183-PG-92)
Maximilian Kleber (196-F-92)
Maodo Lo (184-G-92)
Jonathan Maier (205-C-92)
Maurice Pluskota (207-F/C-92)
Thomas Reuter (198-G-92)
Malik Muller (187-G-94)
Kenneth Ogbe (190-G-94)
Sid Marlon Theis (205-F/C-93)
Dennis Schroeder (184-G-93)
Head Coach: Kay Bluemel
Assistant Coach: Matthias Grothe

More infos can be found at: http://www.nikeglobalchallenge.com


Seth Tarver Moves To EnBW Ludwigsburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Seth Tarver (196-G/F-88, college: Oregon St.) is headed to Germany to play in the Beko BBl with EnBW Ludwigsburg. EnBW Ludwigsburg has been busy in the last 24 hours as yesterday the team brought in Mark Dorris and today they land Seth Tarver (196-G/F-88, college: Oregon St.) who is a 23 year old 196cm shooting guard/small forward from Portland Oregon. Tarver was born in Santa Maria,California and one could say that he couldnt come from a more athletic family. His father John was an NFL running back from 1972-75, his brothers include Josh (a senior teammate), Zach (a former OSU and Portland State football player) and Shon (a standout guard at UCLA from 1991-94 who beat the Beavers with a three-point basket at Pauley Pavilion with five seconds remaining in 1993,and sister, Taryn, ran track at Oregon. Tarver played at Oregon St. (NCAA) from 2006-2010. In his senior season, he played 32 games: 10.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.3apg, 2.2spg, FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 26.8%, FT: 69.1%. Last season his started his pprofessional basketball season with Idaho Stampede (D-League, starting five): 49 games: 9.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 53.2%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 75.2%. Awards/Achievements in his career have been HS: all-state first team and was Metro League Player of the Year -06, All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention -10, Pac-10 All-Defensive Team -10, All-Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year -10,and NABL All-Star Games -10. 'Seth tarver is a young player with a lot of potential. He is extremly athletic and an excellent defender and brings all the qualities that should make him a good player in the Beko BBL', commented EnBW Ludwigsburg head coach Markus Jochum .

Source: EnBW Ludwigsburg




Zygimantas Jonusas Remains With Phoenix Hagen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After the abrupt, but predicted departure of Mr Fantastic Mark Dorris (188-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: Marshall) to EnBW Ludwigsburg yesterday, Phoenix Hagen fans got some positive news this morning as sharp shooter Zygimantas Jonusas (200-F-82) will play another season for the Beko BBL team. Jonusas is a 29 year old 200cm forward from Lithuvania that will suit up for Phoenix Hagen for his thrid consecutive season. Last season he played 32 games: 13.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 55.9%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 74.7%. He can produce points in many different ways, can go by his defender and get to the rim for the lay-up or the deadly pass and gets to the free throw line, where he shots a high percentage shows that he isnt only an excellent three point shooter, but very versatile. He showed last season, that he became one of the teams most dependable scorers. He came to Phoenix Hagen in February 2010 ending the season in Germany playing 13 games: 8.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 48.4%, 3PT: 30.2%, FT: 69.0%. 'Zygi brings the experience and game knowledge. He is hard to defend, consistent and a real identity figur for our fighting mentality. He is a big option on offense at the three or four position', stated Phoenix Hagen head coach Ingo Freyer . Jonusas will play his 6th season in the Beko BBL and looks back to three successful years with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven after already getting valuable basketball experience playing in the Polish league at age 20.

Source: Phoenix Hagen


BSW Sixers sign Daniel Stawowski - by Moritz Korff
Daniel Stawowski (205-C-91) will continue his basketball career with Pro B newcomer BSW Sixers. The 20-year-old big man penned a deal with the Sixers that will run through 2014. Stawowski is a former German junior international. He appeared in 21 Pro B games for the Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig during the 2011-12 season and averaged 2.3 points per outing. He was born in Regensburg and moved to Nuernberg in 2007 to join Franken Hexer. The same year he attended the U16 Euro (Division B) with the German national team.

Schwelmer Basketball Legend Achim Beiersmann Has To End Basketball Career - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
What Pascal Roller (180-G-76) was for the Frankfurt Skyliners, Achim Beiersmann (182-G-79) was for the Schwelmer Baskets playing his whole German basketball career in a Schwelmer uniform. Beiersmann is a 31 year oold 182cm guard has had to end his career after 15 years in Schwelm due to an inflammation of the thigh. This and othe rinjuries have plagued the German that doctors advised him to sit out a year to help heel all wounds, so the German decided to call it quits. The German has played in the second Bundesliga for five years, in the Regionaliga for five years and even had a go at the big time in the first dvision in 2004-2005 playing 9 games in the BBL. Beiersmann will be remembered as a player that never gave less than 100% and will stay with the club as being the connector between the PRO B and Oberliga team. 'Since 4 years,Achim was a paer of my team that was very depenable and always showed 100% that he was a professional.He was the total identity figure in Schwelm. I also want to insert him into our daily coaching work in the future. Thus he will be able to function as a role model and give the youth his experience',stressed Schwelmer Baskets head coach Raphael Wilder. Awards/Achievements in his career have been German 2.Bundesliga (Group North) Champion -04, German Regionalliga (West Group) Runner-Up -06, 08,and German Regionalliga (West Group) Champion -10.

Source: Schwelmer Baskets




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U18: Ukraine edge Greece for third win in a row - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U18 - Greece U18 68:60

Ukraine recorded the third straight win at the U18 European Championship. They held off Greek counterparts to jump at 3-1 record in Group G. Greece fell at 2-2 record after the defeat. Klym Artamonov (176-PG-93) delivered 21 points, 6 assists and 4 boards to pace the winners.
The teams exchanged baskets throughout the opening quarter. Ukraine and Greece appeared tied at 19 after ten minutes of action. Ukraine opened the second term on a 10:1 run to surge in front. They maintained the lead posting a 38:29 advantage at the interval. Shundel opened the second half with a three-pointer to boost the lead. Larentzakis and Deligeorgis dragged the Hellenes within five points midway through the third term But Ukraine entered the fourth quarter up by seven points 51:44. The margin grew at 12-point mark midway through the fourth stanza but Greece ignited a 9:2 rally to narrow the deficit. However Klym Artamonov and Danylo Zuikov (185-PG-94) sank four free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Ukraine. Vladimir Gerun (206-C-94) contributed 16 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. Danylo Zuikov finished with 12 points in the win. Petros Melissaratos (202-C/F-93) answered with 18 points and 10 rebounds for Greece. Emmanouil Tselentakis (195-F-93) had 12 points in the loss.

Ukraine U18: Klym Artamonov 21, Vladimir Gerun 16+18 boards, Danylo Zuikov 12
Greece U18: Petros Melissaratos 18+10 boards, Emmanouil Tselentakis 12



U16: Czech Republic U16 register another victory, wins Group A - by Eurobasket News
Greece U16-Czech Republic U16 56:85

Czech Republic won Group A after the first two victories of the U16 European Championship. In Day 2 the hosts edged Greece 85:56 and improved to 2-0 record. Neither Spain, nor Greece can overtake the favorites that will clinch the top place even if they lose to Poland tomorrow.
The first quarter was the most offensive and productive in the game. Both teams scored 49 points for 27:22 hosts lead. Gkelios reduced to three points early in the second, while Soukal scored for 35:28. Subert sent the squads to the lockers for 43:31 as Czech Republic won the period 16-9. The third and the last quarters also belonged to the hosts that scored 21 points each in both of them. At first they won the third quarter 21-11 and then added 21-14 in the last stanza.
Radovan Kouril (182-PG-95) stepped up with 22 points and Jiri Soula (187-G-95) netted 16. Martin Peterka (199-F-95) posted 15, while Jiri Dedek (190-F-95) added 13. Michail Liapis (188-G-95) ended up with 12 points in the losing case and Anastasios Spyropoulos (196-G-95) scored 11.

Greece U16: Michail Liapis 12, Anastasios Spyropoulos 11
Czech Republic U16: Radovan Kouril 22, Jiri Soula 16, Martin Peterka 15, Jiri Dedek 13



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Bermudas hand 68-58 loss to Guyana - by Eurobasket News
BERMUDAS - GUYANA 68-58

Bermudas made a first step forward to fifth place at the CBC Championship in Nassau. They handed 68-58 loss to Guyana yesterday. In order to end as No.5 Bermudas will have to beat Antigua. On the other side, Guyana will play against Saint Vincent in the battle for seventh place. Cayman Islands already finished as the last ranked team at this event. Jason Lowe (85) exploded for the winners with 29 points. Sullivan Phillips (198-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Wash.Adventist) helped with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. All other players had less than 7 pts. In Guyana, Keron McKenzie (193-G-86, agency: ARN Sports and Entertainment, college: Armstr.Atlantic) delivered 20 points. Royston Siland (C) had 10 pts and 6 boards. Quarters: 6-19, 19-14, 21-20, 22-5. Saturday is the last day of the championship.

Bermudas: Jason Lowe 29, Sullivan Phillips 15+9 boards+8 as
Guyana: Keron McKenzie 20, Royston Siland 10+6 boards


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U16: Netherlands record second straight win in Strumica - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands U16 - Finland U16 76:65

Netherlands recorded the second consecutive win at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They held off Finland for 2-0 record in Group B. Jaron Dijkhuizen (95) stepped up with 21 points and 14 rebounds to pace the winners. Finland fell at 1-1 record after the defeat.
Netherlands and Finland stayed close throughout the opening quarter. They entered the second frame tied at 17. But Netherlands gradually took off. They fired 21 points in the second term to pile up a 7-point lead at the interval. The tempo increased in the third quarter. Netherlands were able to control things as they posted an 8-point lead before the final frame. Finland accounted for just 11 points in the final quarter as Netherlands celebrated another win at the tournament. Pim de Vries scored 15 points, while Bas Veenstra (200-F-95) contributed 13 points for the Dutch team. Ozan Odabasi (196-C-95) answered with 14 points for Finland. Oskar Michelsen (197-F-95) had 13 points in the loss.

Netherlands U16: Jaron Dijkhuizen 21+14 boards, Pim de Vries 15, Bas Veenstra 13
Finland U16: Ozan Odabasi 14, Oskar Michelsen 13



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  HUNGARY   


U16: Hungary thump Ireland for second straight win in Strumica - by Eurobasket News
Hungary U16 - Ireland U16 69:36

Hungary recorded the second straight win at the start of U16 European Championship in FYR Macedonia. They stormed past Ireland to stay on top of Group C at 2-0 record. Perl scored 11 points in the victory.
Hungary cleared off late in the opening quarter and recorded a 20:7 advantage. Hungary kept their opponents at bay throughout the second quarter. They arrived at the interval up by as many as 20 points 35:15. Ireland changed complexion of the game in the third quarter. They limited Hungary to 12 points in the period to cut the deficit. But Hungary outscored the Irish team 20:5 in the final frame to seal the winning outcome at the end. Goloman provided 10 points and 7 rebounds, while Teremy added 9 points for the winners. Carr answered with 8 points for Ireland. Carroll had 6 points in the loss.

Hungary U16: Zoltan Perl 11, Gyorgi Goloman 10, Szombor Teremey 9
Ireland U16: Jason Carr 8, John Carroll 6



Hungarian U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Starting five
#s#
Janos Velkey
Velkey
Eric Vrana
Vrana
Zoltan Perl
Perl
Gyorgy Goloman
Goloman
David Boinitzer
Boinitzer
#e#5
4 Mate Illes 186-PG-95
5 Janos Velkey 193-G-95
6 Tibor Ban 185-G-95
7 Bence Rujak 189-PG-95
8 Eric Vrana 189-G-95
9 Zoltan Perl 189-G-95
10 Zsombor Teremy 198-F/C-95
11 Peter Papp 191-G/F-95
12 Krisztian Brenner 198-F-95
13 Laszlo Fulop 199-F-95
14 Gyorgy Goloman 204-F/C-96
15 David Boinitzer 196-F-95

Zsoldos Andras Head Coach Noerdlingen Germany
Tamas Ferenczi Assistant Marso-Vagep Hungary


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  ICELAND   


Scandinavian Championship - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Iceland Senior National team started participate again on international level after two years away from all competition because of economic situation in Iceland.
With new head National team coach Swedish Peter Oquiest Federation was hoping for good result. Team did well and end3ed in third place. Could have done even better if injury and U-20 National team was not playing at same time.'
One of Iceland best player Jon Arnor Stefanson got shoulder injury after only 3 minutes of first game and did not play more. Haukur Palsson, ( Maryland University) another probably starter did miss first two games of the tournament because of U-20 NT participating in European qualification round in Bosnia.
So Iceland did not have their best team in all the games.
Two Icelandic players where selected to the tournament All Star team. Jakob Sigurdarson (192-G-82, college: Birmingham Souther) ( Agent Icebasket) and Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F/C-82) ( Agent Icebasket) where both selected to the team. Both players will play again for Swedish last years Champion Sundsvall Dragons


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  IRELAND   


U16: Hungary thump Ireland for second straight win in Strumica - by Eurobasket News
Hungary U16 - Ireland U16 69:36

Hungary recorded the second straight win at the start of U16 European Championship in FYR Macedonia. They stormed past Ireland to stay on top of Group C at 2-0 record. Perl scored 11 points in the victory.
Hungary cleared off late in the opening quarter and recorded a 20:7 advantage. Hungary kept their opponents at bay throughout the second quarter. They arrived at the interval up by as many as 20 points 35:15. Ireland changed complexion of the game in the third quarter. They limited Hungary to 12 points in the period to cut the deficit. But Hungary outscored the Irish team 20:5 in the final frame to seal the winning outcome at the end. Goloman provided 10 points and 7 rebounds, while Teremy added 9 points for the winners. Carr answered with 8 points for Ireland. Carroll had 6 points in the loss.

Hungary U16: Zoltan Perl 11, Gyorgi Goloman 10, Szombor Teremey 9
Ireland U16: Jason Carr 8, John Carroll 6



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  ISRAEL   


U16: Israel trounce Estonia for first win in FYR Macedonia - by Eurobasket News
Israel U16 - Estonia U16 103:68

Israel opened win count at U16 European Championship in Division B. They stormed past Estonia in the opener. Seven players scored in double figures to lead the winners. Naor Sharon (191-G-95) and Zuckerman nailed 15 points each to pace Israel. Estonia fell at 0-2 record after the defeat.
Israel led from start to finish. They posted a 29:8 lead ten minutes into the game. The Israelis kept up the tempo in the second quarter. They unloaded 24 points in the second stanza to take a 53:25 halftime lead. Israel did not slow down after the big break. They erupted for 32 points in the third quarter to ensure a comfortable 85:44 lead with one quarter to go. Israel allowed Estonia to account for 24 points in the final frame but it did not threaten their advantage at the end. Itay Segev (95) and Zalmanson notched 13 points each in the win. Saimon Sutt (195-G/F-95) responded with 14 points for Estonia. Karmel Kurvits (177-F-95) had 11 points in defeat.

Israel U16: Naor Sharon 15, Zuckerman 15, Itay Segev 13, Zalmanson 13
Estonia U16: Saimon Sutt 14, Karmel Kurvits 11



Exclusive: 2010 Import of the Year Dwayne Mitchell, targeted by Elitzur Ashkelon - by David Pick
Updated: July 29, 2011, 21:34 PM

Exclusive: 'Eurobasket' recently learned that the ex-Louisiana-Lafayett combo guard Dwayne Mitchell, has been targeted by Israeli team Elitzur Ashkelon and is expected to join fellow native big man, Marco Killingsworth who recently signed with the Israeli northern team as well.

This will be Mitchell's third season in the Israeli league as he played last year for Maccabi Rishon LeZion, leading the team to the Israeli Final-Four in one of its most memorable seasons, averaging 15.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game, including finishing first in the league in steals with 2.6 a night.

In 2009, Mitchell played 15 games with Hapoel Holon and recorded impressive numbers of 16.1ppg, 4.4rpg and 3.0apg. The 2010/11 'Eurobasket' Import Player of the Year, and All-Israeli League 1st Team member, had previous European stops with French Pro A team Racing Paris and Bamberg from Germany.

The highly valuated and super athletic Mitchell will try and lead a new organization to back-to-back Final-Four appearances, after beating favorites Lee Nailon and Bnei Hasharon/Herzeliya 3-1, in last years quarter finals playoff round.


In addition to Mitchell, young Israeli talent Amit Simhon also agreed to play with the blue-and-white team next season. Simhon's break through year came in 2009 when he played in Division two for Maccabi Hod-Hasharon and was undoubtedly one the best Israeli players, scoring almost 20 points and grabbing 5.3 boards a game.

Last season Oded Katash recognized the talented youngster and took him Hapoel Jerusalem, but after 14 games and 0.9ppg, Simhon moved to Elitzur Netanya where he finished the year with disappointing numbers of 1.5ppg in 11 games.


Follow David Pick on Twitter: @Dpick_Mvd



Guni Israeli will play for Hapoel Jerusalem - by David Pick
Updated: July 29, 2011, 11:57 PM

Israeli two-time champion guard Guni Israeli (185-PG-84, agency: Gross Zeev ISA), signed today (Friday) a two-year deal with Hapoel Jerusalem. Aside from talent and leadership, Israeli brings bits and pieces of the 2009 Galil/Gilboa championship team.

The highly energetic point guard replaces Yogev Ohayon who recently signed with Maccabi TLV. Israeli will rejoin Head Coach Oded Katash and former teammates Brian Randle and Elishay Kadir.

Israeli recently finished a three-year contract with the northern team and missed the beginning of last season due to an injury, causing him to have his first official appearance in January, posting season averages of 6.1 points, 3.9 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game in the domestic league. During the Israeli playoff run the talented guard recorded 7 points and 3 dimes a game.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @Dpick_Mvd




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  ITALY   


U16: Last quarter push, bring Italy the victory over Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria U16-Italy U16 72:84

Italy celebrated their first victory at the U16 European Championship in Czech Republic. The Italian side beat Bulgaria 84:72 for 1-1 record, while Bulgaria fell at 0-2.
Both teams stayed close to each other in the first period and only at the end of the frame Bulgaria took 19:16 lead. Italy used a 12-0 run to turn an early deficit into a lead, but Aleksandar Vezenkov (204-F-95) drained a three-pointer with five seconds remaining to leave Italy one point ahead at the break, 41:40. Aleksandar Vezenkov later scored for 49:41 and Dinkov nailed three for 54:48. Stoimenov scored another shot from the perimeter to close the third quarter at 59:56. The last frame however belonged to Italy. The latter erupted with 28-13 to seal the victory. Late baskets by Lorenzo Benvenuti (202-F/C-95) and Fontecchio ensured the initial victory for Italy.
Di Prampero paced all the winners with 26 points, while Lorenzo Benvenuti collected 18 points and 12 rebounds. Lorenzo Baldasso (190-G-95) nailed 16 and Alessandro Maccaferri (175-PG-95) delivered 11. Aleksandar Vezenkov replied with 21 points and 13 rebounds in the losing effort and Aleksandar Milov (191-G-95) netted 12.

Bulgaria U16: Aleksandar Vezenkov 21+13 rebs, Aleksandar Milov 12, Venelin Hristov (196-G-95) 10
Italy U16: Federico Di Prampero (188-PG-95) 26, Lorenzo Benvenuti 18+12 rebs, Lorenzo Baldasso 16, Alessandro Maccaferri 11



U18: Italy silence Poland to enter semis - by Eurobasket News
Italy U18 - Poland U18 70:52

Italy advanced into U18 European Championship semifinals. They upset hosting Poland tonight to stay in the title race. Matteo Imbro (190-PG-94) scored 17 points to lead the effort.
Italy eked out a narrow 13:11 lead after ten minutes. They stepped on the gas in the second quarter. The Azzurri drained 23 points to arrive at halftime up by 16 points 36:20. Poland struggled offensively in the third period. Italy stretched the margin to as many as 22 points with one quarter remaining. Poland finally stopped the rot in the fourth period. The hosts got within 14 points but Italy stayed calm and eased to the victory at the end. Diego Monaldi (190-PG-93) provided 16 points, while Matteo Chillo (202-F/C-93) netted 14 points for the winners. Poland answered with 14 points and 10 rebounds from Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-C-93). Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) chipped in 11 points in defeat.

Italy U18: Matteo Imbro 17, Diego Monaldi 16, Matteo Chillo 14
Poland U18: Przemyslaw Karnowski 14+10 boards, Mateusz Ponitka 11



Dejan Borovnjak heads to Enel Brindisi - by Eurobasket News
Dejan Borovnjak (208-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) will continue his career in Italy. The Serbian big guy penned a deal for the next season. Borovnjak started 2010/11 with Aris Thessaloniki. He had 7.7 ppg and 4.3 rpg for them in 19 Greek league games. He also added 9.6 ppg and 4.5 rpg in 14 EuroCup appearances with Aris. They parted ways in March and Borovnjak joined Gran Canaria. With Granca he had 5.8 ppg and 3.5 rpg for 12 games in Spain. Dejan Borovnjak split 2009/10 between Lietuvos Rytas and Panionios Athens. With Rytas he had 10.8 ppg and 5.4 rpg for 12 games in LKL. He had almost the same numbers in Baltic league, while in Euroleague Borovnjak added 5.1 ppg and 3.5 rpg for 10 games. Later with Panionios he collected 6.3 ppg and 2.5 rpg for 6 games. In the past, Dejan Borovnjak was a member of Vojvodina Novi Sad and Partizan Belgrade. He won two Serbian and Adriatic league titles with Partizan.

Varese extends Kristjan Kangur - by Eurobasket News
Cimberio Varese officially announced signing of one-year contract extension with Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82). The Estonian forward joined Varese last summer from Canadian Solar Bologna. He had 9.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg and 1.6 spg for 32 games in SereA. For his performance Kangur was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention -11. Kangur moved to Italy for the first time in May of 2010. He left ASVEL for CS Bologna, where he had 7.6 ppg, 1.8 rpg and 1 spg for 5 games. With ASVEL that season Kangur averaged 5.9 points and 2 rebounds for 10 Euroleague games. He also added 5.1 ppg and 2.2 rpg for 28 games in ProA. He helped the club to win the Semaine des As Cup. Kristjan Kangur spent couple of years with Kalev Tallinn in the past. He also has experience from Bayer Giants Leverkusen.

Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
 1. Air AV 0-0 
 2. Angelico BI 0-0 
 3. Armani MI 0-0 
 4. Banca Tercas 0-0 
 5. Benetton TV 0-0 
 6. Bennet Cantu 0-0 
 7. Cimberio VA 0-0 
 8. CS Bologna 0-0 
 9. Dinamo Sassari 0-0 
 10. Fabi Shoes 0-0 
 11. Fastweb CM 0-0 
 12. Lottomatica 0-0 
 13. Montepaschi 0-0 
 14. Pepsi Caserta 0-0 
 15. Scavolini PS 0-0 
 16. Vanoli CR 0-0 


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  JAMAICA   


Bahamas head to CBC Championship Finals - by Eurobasket News
BAHAMAS - JAMAICA 78-75 OT

Bahamas grabbed 78-75 thriller win against Jamaica to reach the Big Final of CBC Championship 2011. The host of this event needed an overtime to beat Jamaica last night. They will take on US Virgin Islands for the Gold. Also Bahamas already booked a ticket for the next CentroBasket. Jamaica also has a chance to do it, but they will have to beat British Virgin Islands in the game for third place. Alonzo Hinds (183-G-84, college: Midland CC) was the leading scorer in victory with 14 points. Jean-Rony Cadeau (87) had 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Jaraun Burrows (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: IPFW) added 12 pts, plus 14 rebs. In the loosing squad, Akeem Scott (186-PG-83, agency: Interperformances, college: High Point) collected 23 points and 5 rebs. Patrick Ewing Jr. (203-F-84, college: Georgetown) (8 rebs) and Lynford Brown (193-G/F-84) had 16 and 13 points respectively. Quarters: 25-19, 18-8, 15-26, 12-17, 8-5. The championship will end today.

Bahamas: Alonzo Hinds 14, Jean-Rony Cadeau 13+12 boards, Jaraun Burrows 12+14 boards
Jamaica: Akeem Scott 23+5 boards, Patrick Ewing Jr. 16+8 boards, Lynford Brown 16+13 boards


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  JORDAN   


Belarus and Jordan opened Aerosvit Cup in Kiev - by Eurobasket News
Jordan-Belarus 70:106 (13:35, 16:25, 24:29, 17:17)

Belarus and Jordan opened Aerosvit Cup in Kiev as the European team had an easy start of the campaign. Belarus opened the game with 17-2 and won the game 106:70.
Belarus dominated the court in the first period and after a great percentage from the field had 35:13 after the first 10 minutes. The European team did not slow down and after 25-16 in the second frame increased to 60:29 at the halftime. Belarus added massive 29-24 in the third period for 36 points advantage after thirty minutes. Both teams scored 17 points each in the last stanza for the final result.
Aliaksei Trastsinetski (201-F-86) paced all the winners with 21 points and Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87, college: Radford) netted 16. Pavel Ulyanko (204-F/C-79) notched 14, while Aliakseyeu Mikalai collected 13 points and 10 rebounds. Ahmed AlHamarsheh (202-F-86) replied with 20 points in the losing effort and Abbaas Zaid (203-F-83) netted 16. Rasheim Wright (194-G-81, college: District of Col.) scored 13, while Enver Soobzokov (198-G/F-78, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) delivered 11.

Jordan: Ahmed AlHamarsheh 20, Abbaas Zaid 16, Rasheim Wright 13, Enver Soobzokov 11
Belarus:Aliaksei Trastsinetski 21, Artsiom Parakhouski 16, Pavel Ulyanko 14, Aliakseyeu Mikalai 13+10 rebs




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  LATVIA   


U16: Latvia outscored Ukraine in Pardubice - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U16-Latvia U16 61:71

Latvia outscored Ukraine to improve to 2-0 with a 71:61 win in Pardubice. Latvia beat Lithuania in the opener and wanted to prove their ambitions in Day 2. The Baltic side took 10:5 in the middle of the frame, but Igor Boyarkin (180-PG-95) brought 14:13 for Ukraine. Kristaps Gluditis (188-PG-95) meanwhile closed the opening quarter at 22:16 and Ginters brought 31:29. Both teams exchanged the leads in the end of the half as Gertsons gve Latvia 42:41 at the end of twenty minutes. The third quarter was low-scoring, and Kristaps Gluditis broke a 52:52 tie with a three-point play to give Latvia the lead heading to the final period.Ginters scored for 57:54 and Rolands Smits (201-C-95) delivered two fro 63:57. Plavnieks closed the game with a free throw for 2-0 record on top of Group C with his side.
Davis Geks (183-G-95) stepped up with 14 points for the winners and Rolands Smits as well as Kristaps Gluditis added 11 points each. Ivars Zvigurs (193-G-95) followed them with 10 points for the second straight success. Prokopenko ended up with 21 points and 13 rebounds in defeat, while Igor Boyarkin and Vladlen Berezhnyy (199-F-95) netted 8 each.

Ukraine U16: Prokopenko 21+13 rebs, Igor Boyarkin 8, Vladlen Berezhnyy 8
Latvia U16: Davis Geks 14, Rolands Smits 11, Kristaps Gluditis 11, Ivars Zvigurs 10






U18: Latvia edge Slovenia in Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U18 - Slovenia U18 78:69

Latvia will play for the 9th place at the U18 European Championship. They toppled Slovenia in the classification round game today. Andrejs Grazulis (203-C/F-93) accounted for 13 points and 6 boards in the win.
Latvia opened the game with aggressive defence. They limited Slovenia to just 8 points in the opening quarter building an 8-point lead. Latvia stretched the margin in the second period. The Baltic team arrived at halftime up by 14 points 35:21. But Slovenia did not surrender. They tipped off the second half with 14 points in a row to erase the deficit. Latvia managed to return the lead as they posted a 51:48 advantage with one quarter remaining. Kalnins and Klavs Strazdins (191-G/F-93) made it 58:51 for Latvia midway through the fourth frame. Latvia soon opened up a double-digit lead and raced to the victory at the end. Rihards Ginters (193-F-93) provided 12 points, while Janis Berzins (200-F/G-93, agency: Players Group), Guntis Sipolins (200-F-93) and Klavs Strazdins added 8 points each in the win. Ziga Dimec (208-C/F-93) responded with 22 points for Slovenia. Miha Lapornik (192-G-93) had 16 points in the loss.

Latvia U18: Andrejs Grazulis 13, Rihards Ginters 12, Janis Berzins 8, Guntis Sipolins 8, Klavs Strazdins 8
Slovenia U18: Ziga Dimec 22, Miha Lapornik 16



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U18: Turkey hold off Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U18 - Lithuania U18 80:70

Turkey will play at the U18 European Championship semifinals. They knocked down last seasons champions Lithuania in the quarterfinals tonight. Samet Geyik (206-F-93) scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace the winners.
Turkey jumped to an 18:8 lead early in the game. They maintained the lead posting a 24:14 advantage at the first break. Turkey did not loosen the grip in the second period. They posted a 43:31 halftime advantage. Lithuania used a 16:2 rally midway through the third term to level things up at 52. The Baltic team eventually surged ahead and secured a 61:56 advantage with one quarter remaining. Turkey answered with a 13:0 run early in the final stanza to pull ahead 69:63. Turkey never slowed down in the reminder of the contest and cruised to the victory at the end. Tayfun Erulku (188-G/F-94) and Ahmet Tuncer (193-G-93) produced 12 points apiece for the winners. Tomas Lekunas (195-F-93) answered with 15 points for Lithuania. Tauras Jogela (201-F-93) had 11 points in defeat.

Turkey U18: Samet Geyik 20, Tayfun Erulku 12, Ahmet Tuncer 12
Lithuania U18: Tomas Lekunas 15, Tauras Jogela 11



U16: The Baltic state beat France to tie both records at 1-1 - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U16-France U16 61:55

The Baltic state beat France to tie both records at 1-1 at the U16 European Championship in Czech Republic. Lithuania
turned the tables in the third quarter, holding the French team scoreless for 8 minutes and to establish a strong advantage for 61:55 win.
France won the opening tip with 5-1 run and increased to 11:5 with a Biog shot. Ernestas Serkevicius (178-PG-95) brought Lithuania to 19:19 at the end of the first period, while Mykolaitis later tied the game at 23:23. France looked better at the end of the half and winning the period 15:13, Duwiquet sent the squads to the lockers for 34:32. The third quarter was a nightmare for France that could not score for eight minutes and allowed Lithuania to take 43:34 lead. Ernestas Serkevicius scored for 57:49 and he also posted the last points for the winners. Damien Inglis (198-F-95) made four free throws for France to reduce to 6 points at the end.
Ernestas Serkevicius paced all the winners with 18 points, Edvinas Seskus (191-F-95) netted 15 and Gediminas Zalalis (203-C-95) brought 7. Damien Inglis answered with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Arthur Rozenfeld (180-PG-95) notched 10.

Lithuania U16: Ernestas Serkevicius 18, Edvinas Seskus 15, Gediminas Zalalis 7
France U16: Damien Inglis 18+10 rebs, Arthur Rozenfeld 10




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U18: England hammered Luxembourg in Varna - by Eurobasket News
Luxembourg U18-England U18 58:100

England hammered Luxembourg in Varna in the classification games at the U18 European Championships. The winners will now play Switzerland in the 13th place playoff on Sunday.
England led from tip-to-buzzer as they opened the game with an 8-0 run. Jordan Spencer (185-PG-94) nailed three at the end of the first period for 25:10 and Raphell Thomas-Edwards (195-F-93) brought 39:17. Wells closed the half at 47:26 making a dunk before heading to the lockers. In the third period England added massive 29-13 for the bigger lead. Raphell Thomas-Edwards gave England 76:39 when the teams finished thirty minutes in the court. Actually Luxembourg nailed 13 points in the first, second and third quarters for 39 total after the third quarter. In the last stanza Wilson brought the winners three digits as it became the final score in the game.
Jamie Batish top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Raphell Thomas-Edwards collected 20 points and 13 rebounds. Jordan Spencer scored 11, while Wilson notched 10. Gilles Polfer (189-F-93) delivered 13 points in defeat and Jo Hoeser (189-F-94) had 11.

Luxembourg U18: Gilles Polfer 13, Jo Hoeser 11
England U18: Jamie Batish 24, Raphell Thomas-Edwards 20+13 rebs, Jordan Spencer 11, Wilson 10




U16: Georgia start with win in Strumica - by Eurobasket News
Georgia U16 - Luxembourg U16 70:67

Georgia celebrated the first win at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They held off Luxembourg for 1-0 record in Group A. Beka Darakhvelidze (188-F-95) stepped up with 23 points and 12 rebounds to pace the winners. Luxembourg fell at 1-1 record after the defeat.
Luxembourg entered the game after an impressive double-overtime victory over Romania in the opening round. They tried to keep up the tempo posting a 23:13 lead after ten minutes. But Georgia turned things around in the second quarter. They cut the deficit to just three points at the interval 32:35. Luxembourg keep in front throughout the third period. They entered the final stanza up by 5 points 51:56. Georgia used an 8:0 run early in the fourth quarter to pull in front 59:58. The teams were tied at 67 with 56 seconds remaining but Beka Darakhvelidze drained a three-pointer late in regulation to seal the victory for Georgia. Nugzar Abuladze (182-G-95) notched 21 points for the winners. Nikoloz Tskitishvili had 6 points for Georgia. Raoul Grun (187-F-95) answered with 27 points for Luxembourg. Sven Ehmann (95) had 12 points in the loss.

Georgia U16: Beka Beka Darakhvelidze 23+12 boards, Nugzar Abuladze 21, Nikoloz Tskitishvili 6
Luxembourg U16: Raoul Grun 27, Sven Ehmann 12



U18: Belgium clinched the top place in Group G in Varna - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U18-Luxembourg U18 63:49

Belgium clinched the top place in Group G in Varna beating Luxembourg. The Belgian side improved to 3-0 record after 63:49 victory and will have one more game tonight before heading to play for 9-12 places. Luxembourg will face England tonight for the last spot in the group.
Luxembourg surprised the opponents in the opening frame taking 19:13 advantage. In the second frame they could score only 5, while Belgium erupted with 14. Mollekens made a jump shot at the end of the first half for 27:24 deficit. The teams exchanged the leads several times in the start of the third period, while Belgium needed an 11-0 run for the confident lead. Stas closed the third period from the free throw line for 49:41 when it became clear about the winner. Khounchar and Allemand brought 55:45, while Dorian Marchant (196-F-93) became the last player to score in the game.
Dorian Marchant and Rienert Torreele (192-F-93) paced all the winners with 11 points each, while Glenn Vlamynck (193-F-93) netted 9. Alex Laurent (195-C-93) posted 11 in defeat and Bob Melcher (182-PG-94) nailed 10.

Belgium U18: Dorian Marchant 11, Rienert Torreele 11, Glenn Vlamynck 9
Luxembourg U18: Alex Laurent 11, Bob Melcher 10





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  MALI   


Mali preparing currently in France - by Kristian Santiago
The Malian team is currently in Garefonds,France preparing for the African Championships in Madagascar.
French-Spaniard Jose Ruiz took over the Eagles' command is taking the team soon to Paris where the national team will be conducting the second stage of preparations.

Mali Preliminary Roster:

Ludovic Chelle (185-G-83)
Nare Famakan Keita (183-G-90)
Mahamadou Drame (186-G-86)
Ibrahim Saounera (179-G-87)


Amadou Diop (182-G-86)
Modibo Niakate (185-G-81, college: Cleveland St.)
Mahmoud Diakite (197-G/F-86, college: Wyoming)
Cheick Soumaoro (205-F/C-90)
Sambou Traore (200-F-79)
Mamadou Sy (200-F-85, college: Cloud County CC)
Mamoudou Sy (196-F-83, college: Cowley County CC)
Dramane Diarra (203-F/C-80, college: Kansas St.)
Negueba Samake (211-C-90)
Tahirou Sani (204-F-85)
Mahamadou Doucoure (206-C-85)
Waly Coulibaly (190-G-88)
Mamadou Diarra (213-F-88)
Mohamed Tangara (208-F/C-84, college: Arizona)
Soumaila Samake (215-C-78)
Ousmane Cisse (206-C-82)
Ba Sekou Diallo (191-G/F-86)
Salif Traore (CAT)
Cherif Ibrahim Haidara
Demba Konate (93)
Yacouba Traore
Salif Niangado (183-G-86)
Ibrahima Dembele (206-F-88)




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  MONTENEGRO   


U16: Germany improved to 2-0 record in Group B - by Eurobasket News
Germany U16-Montenegro U16 71:54

Germany improved to 2-0 record in Group B of the U16 European Championship in Czech Republic. The German team edged Montenegro 71:54 to stay perfect.
Luka Djurovic (199-F-95) and Ugrai nailed threes in the start of the game, while Savic tied the game at 7:7. Germany grabbed a 13-0 run for 20:7 as Stielow closed it with a jump shot. Luka Djurovic was the last to score in the frame for 23:12. Germany won the second period 19-16 and enjoyed 42:28 halftime advantage. Wimberg opened the scoring account in the third frame and Niklas Ney (205-C-95) brought 51:38. Montenegro meanwhile closed the frame with 4-0 run as Luka Djurovic reduced to 51:42. With 20-12 Germany finished the last period to seal the second straight win in Hradec Kralove.
Niklas Ney led the way with 14 points, while Ismet Akpinar (188-PG-95) netted 13. David Taylor (188-PG-95) followed them with 12, while two other players scored 7 apiece. Luka Djurovic had a great night in defeat with 29 points, while Predrag Mijatovic (201-F/C-95) scored 9.

Germany U16: Niklas Ney 14, Ismet Akpinar 13, David Taylor 12
Montenegro U16: Luka Djurovic 29, Predrag Mijatovic 9




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  MOROCCO   


National Team News - by Marek Krala
The national team has returned in Morocco after completing an internship in Turkey where they played several friendly matches against teams from Europe and Africa.

During these meetings with the preparation of the Afrobasket 2011, Morocco has registered the following results:

Morocco Albania 78:71
Morocco 79:69 Azerbaijan
Morocco 67:76 Tunisia
Morocco 72:74 Portugal
Morocco Egypt 54:66

The coach Hachad has cupples days off to prepare the next tournament in Tunisia.


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  NBA   


From one Lockout to.... - by Alex Yam
Now that the long disputed NFL labor lockout is behind everyone, the spotlight squarely is put on the NBA work stoppage. The NBA differs in that players can look for employment elsewhere, since the sport of basketball is a global sport versus American football is central to the United States, meaning players at some point will be forced to come to a less then amicable agreement, because of the all mighty $$$.

Conversely Basketball players, at least the marketable ones, have opportunities in other countries such as Spain, Italy, Germany, and China. Typically, the three acronyms N.B.A open up a world of employment in other leagues/countries, but the reality is the number of top dollar jobs overseas is not high, some estimate it at between 15-20 top paying jobs, meaning the majority of players will settle for below market value contracts, who does this really affect, it affects the borderline NBA players, the never going to make it NBA players, because the market soon becomes flooded with talent with only so many teams to choose from.

The prospective of the entire NBA season being lost is probably slim but with each passing day and players signing elsewhere and owners refusing to meet, and discuss that possibility starts to become reality.


Report: Kobe Bryant, Besiktas to meet - by Eurobasket News
The NBA is set to resume negotiations between owners and the players union on Monday for the first time since the lockout went into place on July 1, but one of the NBA's biggest stars has negotiations of his own planned for this weekend.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) will be in the nation's capital attending the World Football Challenge featuring Manchester United and F.C. Barcelona at FedEx Field on Saturday and the Mia Hamm-Nomar Garciaparra Celebrity Soccer Challenge on Sunday at Kastles Stadium.

Soccer won't be the only sport on Bryant's agenda, however, as the 15-year NBA veteran and his representatives will meet with officials from the Turkish basketball club Besiktas on Saturday, according to a Reuters report.

'At the moment there's a 50 percent chance that Kobe may come to Turkey,' said Seref Yalcin, head of basketball operations for Besiktas, on Tuesday. Yalcin made the comments to reporters in Turkey, according to Reuters. 'Everything will be clearer after the meeting on the 30th [of July].'

Turkish Airlines, a company Bryant serves as a pitchman for, is sponsoring both of the soccer events over the weekend and could be the key for Besiktas to potentially make an offer lucrative enough to lure the 13-time All-Star overseas during the lockout.

Turkey's NTV Spor reported last week that Besiktas' basketball funds have been tied up by the match-fixing scandal that has ripped through the Turkish soccer world, forcing Besiktas to search for outside funding to help with their pursuit of NBA players to join New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams on their team.

'Money will not be a problem,' Yalcin said, according to Reuters. Yalcin later mentioned Turkish Airlines and two oil companies as potential sponsors for Bryant's contract, which is expected to exceed $500,000 a month. Sources told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard earlier this month that Williams' overall deal with Besiktas is worth $5 million. NTV Spor reported that Bryant's camp is seeking a monthly salary of $1 million to join Williams.

'We know that Besiktas is very much interested [in Bryant] and they've been in touch with our company as well, but we haven't started any kind of negotiations or anything like that yet,' Fatma Yuceler, a spokeswoman for Turkish Airlines, told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Wednesday.

Regardless if playing basketball overseas is in Bryant's future or not, playing soccer this weekend isn't. Despite his background playing pickup soccer games as a youth in Italy, Bryant will not lace up the cleats and play in the Hamm-Garciaparra charity scrimmage on Sunday. Bryant will merely be a spectator for the game and will give his right knee, which recently endured a platelet-rich plasma therapy procedure, a rest, according to multiple sources. On Saturday he will take to the field -- after the game -- to present the 'man of the match' award to the winner after the Manchester United versus FC Barcelona friendly.

Courtesy of ESPN


Kevin Durant '50-50' on playing overseas - by Eurobasket News
NBA star Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) is undecided on whether he will play overseas if the lockout continues, he said Thursday in Tulsa.

'I'm about 50-50 on seeing what I'm going to do, but we'll have to wait and see how this lockout goes and hopefully we get back to playing at our usual scheduled time,' Durant said. 'But if not, I'm going to have to make some decisions.'

An All-Star forward for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Durant was in town to make good on his promise to attend a Tulsa Shock game. He sat courtside with two friends as the Shock fell 64-55 to the Chicago Sky.

'I've always wanted to come and support the players,' he said at halftime. 'This game has been good the first half. Hopefully we can pull the lead a little closer and try to get this win.'

Durant, whose agent, Aaron Goodwin, also represents Shock rookie Elizabeth Cambage, said he has much respect for the WNBA and its players.

'Any level of basketball I always watch, and I think women's basketball, they play the right way,' he said. 'A lot of fundamentals, and I enjoy watching. I also can learn a few things as well.'

Durant said he is hopeful the lockout will be resolved soon.

'That's a tough situation,' he said. 'I want to play. Every NBA player wants to play at the regular scheduled time, so we'll see what happens.'

Until then, Durant isn't taking it easy. He said he's worked out a couple of times with his teammates and is trying to improve as much as possible.

' (I'm working on) everything,' he said. 'Watching film is something I do during the summertimes, so I think that's going to help me as well.'

Last month, Durant caught flak when TMZ aired a clip of him replying 'nothing' when asked what there is to do for fun in Oklahoma City.

Asked whether that's why he came to Tulsa on Thursday, he smiled and said: 'There's a lot to do in Oklahoma City. I came here so I could watch a good basketball game, and that's what I'm doing.'

Courtesy of www.tulsaworld.com


How likely are NBA stars to come to China? - by Eurobasket News
Chinese basketball fans disheartened by the retirement of Houston Rockets star center Ming Yao (7'5''-C-80) last week may soon be able to cheer for some of his old NBA colleagues, courtesy of the leagues labor lockout.

The U.S. basketball world has been abuzz in recent weeks with NBA players suggesting they might play overseas if the leagues labor lockout continues. New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams was the biggest name to commit to such a move, announcing on Twitter in mid-July that he had signed a deal to play for a club in Turkey, Beskitas.

The deal has been reported to be a one-year contract worth $5 million, with ESPN saying that Williams wouldnt be required to report to the Turkish club before the end of August or early September. It also said his deal included a clause allowing him to return to the NBA when the leagues contract issues are resolved.

A number of players have said that playing in China home to at least 300 million basketball fans, according to NBA estimates is a tempting alternative to sitting around at home if NBA arenas are dark. This month there was speculation that Los Angeles superstar Kobe Bryant would lead a barnstorming-type exhibition tour of China that might include a number of other big names, though Beskitas is also reportedly meeting with Bryant to try to lure him to Turkey.

Most recently, Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) and Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse), on a publicity tour in China, told state television that they would consider playing in the country. Anthony, playing to the home crowd, said: Its a lot of history here, the fans are great; why not, why not try it out?

So will NBA stars be wearing Chinese Basketball Association jerseys this fall?

It seems unlikely, though the Chinese leagues murky regulations and practices mean it isnt impossible.

The CBA has 17 teams, compared with 30 in the NBA, and most teams are limited to just two foreign players each. The four teams with the worst records in the previous season are allowed three foreign players, but one must be Asian. There are also limits on how many can be on the court at any given time.

Domestic players typically earn in the range of 300,000 yuan to 500,000 yuan ($46,500 to $77,600) a year, while top players might make one million yuan a year.

In the past, Chinese teams were limited to paying foreign players $60,000 a month, but there have been rumors that those limits were removed in September last year (in Chinese). Salary figures dont take into account perks such as free housing and health care.

Teams often sign their own contracts with foreign players outside the purview of the CBA, according to people familiar with the situation. Various reports put Xinjiangs contract with Quincy Douby at more than $1 million a year. A New Beijing Times report last November said former NBA star Steve Franciss 2010 contract with the Beijing Ducks, cut short after the team released Francis in December, was also worth at least $1 million a year (in Chinese). Ex-NBAer Stephon Marbury, who played for Foshan last season, made less than $300,000, Foshan executives revealed to local media in January (in Chinese).

The CBA declined to comment on the prospect of NBA players playing in China.

But consider the figures from the U.S. professional league: The NBA reported last week after it completed its season audit that basketball-related income rose 4.8% in the 2010-2011 season to $3.817 billion.

As for NBA players? Their average salary was $5.15 million.

Those numbers, and their division among owners and players, are at the heart of the contentious labor negotiations that have struck the league. But theyre also galaxies away from the economics of Chinas league. If the European leagues are willing to throw $5 million contracts around, it would seem a longshot for a U.S. star to decide to move to China instead.

But based on the adoration Chinese fans have showered upon Marbury, its safe to say that any player who would walk away from millions to play in a developing league, in a foreign land, would be perceived to display such a love of the game that hed become an instant fan favorite.

Courtesy of http://blogs.wsj.com


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  NCAA1   


Oklahoma admits two major violations in men's hoops - by Eurobasket News
Oklahoma admitted Thursday that it committed two major rules violations in its men's basketball program as it asked the NCAA for leniency despite its second serious infractions case in the last five years.

Under NCAA bylaws, a 'repeat violator' can face a minimum of having the sport dropped for one or two seasons with no scholarships provided for two seasons. The NCAA infractions committee has the authority to override such a designation.

In a summary disposition report put together jointly with NCAA investigators, the school conceded that it does qualify under the descrption of repeat violator - having two major infractions cases within five years in the same sport - but said previous cases show those penalties 'are not appropriate in this case.'

'This is an isolated incident involving a single member of the coaching staff, who clearly knew his lack of action to prevent or report the violation was not acceptable,' the university said.

Instead, Oklahoma asked the NCAA to place the program on two more years of probation, vacate its wins from a 13-18 season in 2009-10, and take away one scholarship, two official visits and 10 in-person recruiting days during the upcoming academic year.

Athletic department spokesman Kenny Mossman said the school had no additional comment after releasing the 430-page report.

The violations occurred while the Sooners were still on probation for major rules violations involving recruiting phone calls by former coach Kelvin Sampson in a case that ended in 2006 and major infractions involving football players being paid for work they weren't doing at a Norman car dealership in a 2007 case. There were also major rules violations by the men's and women's gymnastics teams considered in the football case.

In the latest case, the school said former assistant coach Oronde Taliaferro broke NCAA rules by failing to report that a player had received an impermissible extra benefit and by lying to Oklahoma and NCAA enforcement staff during the investigation.

The heavily-redacted report does not show the player's name, but former center Keith 'Tiny' Gallon has said in interviews that he took $3,000 from a Florida financial adviser to pay for his high school transcrpts and allow him to attend college. Taliaferro's phone records link him to the adviser, Jeffrey Hausinger, and Hausinger even offered in an e-mail to allow Taliaferro to stay with him.

In a partially redacted statement provided by Taliaferro for the report, he said he did wrong and calls it a 'lapse in judgment' that he made out of compassion. He describes how the case is similar to how his father was murdered in Detroit when he was 6 years old.

'I know all too well about running into walls and watching my own mother fight to help get me to a better place. It is hard to not have compassion for other's struggles,' Taliaferro wrote. 'Sometimes good people make a poor decision, and that's what happened with everyone involved in this particular matter. That does not excuse anything at all.'

Taliaferro resigned last year when it became clear he'd be implicated in the NCAA investigation.

Former head coach Jeff Capel is not implicated in the violations. He was fired in March and replaced by Lon Kruger.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


Germany will play in the Nike Global Challenge in Portland next week - by Daniel Poerschke
The Nike Global Challenge takes center court at Liberty High School, August 5-7, 2011 in Portland, Oregon, USA. This 8-team, 12-game tournament features the top US high school and U19 basketball players from the best International Teams. Next to Germany also Brazil, Canada, Puerto Rico and Chinese Taipei will participate in the tournament.

Germany will play with the following roster:
Martin Bogdanov (183-PG-92)
Maximilian Kleber (196-F-92)
Maodo Lo (184-G-92)
Jonathan Maier (205-C-92)
Maurice Pluskota (207-F/C-92)
Thomas Reuter (198-G-92)
Malik Mueller
Kenneth Ogbe (190-G-94)
Sid Marlon Theis (205-F/C-93)
Dennis Schroeder (184-G-93)
Head Coach: Kay Bluemel
Assistant Coach: Matthias Grothe

More infos can be found at: http://www.nikeglobalchallenge.com


Germany will play in the Nike Global Challenge in Portland next week - by Daniel Poerschke
The Nike Global Challenge takes center court at Liberty High School, August 5-7, 2011 in Portland, Oregon, USA. This 8-team, 12-game tournament features the top US high school and U19 basketball players from the best International Teams. Next to Germany also Brazil, Canada, Puerto Rico and Chinese Taipei will participate in the tournament.

Germany will play with the following roster:
Martin Bogdanov (183-PG-92)
Maximilian Kleber (196-F-92)
Maodo Lo (184-G-92)
Jonathan Maier (205-C-92)
Maurice Pluskota (207-F/C-92)
Thomas Reuter (198-G-92)
Malik Muller (187-G-94)
Kenneth Ogbe (190-G-94)
Sid Marlon Theis (205-F/C-93)
Dennis Schroeder (184-G-93)
Head Coach: Kay Bluemel
Assistant Coach: Matthias Grothe

More infos can be found at: http://www.nikeglobalchallenge.com


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  NORWAY   


U18: Austria lost to Norway to play for the last in Varna - by Eurobasket News
Austria U18-Norway U18 49:55

Austria lost to Norway and will play for the last place at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Norway needed 55:49 to leave the last spot of Group H and will play for 15-16 places.
Both teams expected the game as the decisive for the classification. Chris Ndow (195-F/G-93) gave his side the first points from the perimeter and Gregor Wilk (178-G-93) later tied the game at 5:5. The teams exchanged the leads few times before Chris Ndow closed the period at 12:11. In the second quarter Norway stayed in front for the whole time and dominated the court. Chris Ndow scored the last four points in the half for 29:21 halftime advantage. Fjaerestad brought 40:30 and another shot by the Norwegian player showed 42:33 on the board and Angeler closed the third at 42:34. Austria made the final push in the last quarter winning 15-13 but could reduce only to 6 points.
Chris Ndow led the way with 19 points and Marco Lepovic (193-F-94) nailed 10. Gregor Wilk responded with 26 points, while Timur Bas (195-C-94) collected 6 points and 11 boards.

Austria U18: Gregor Wilk 26, Timur Bas 6+11 rebs
Norway U18: Chris Ndow 19, Marco Lepovic 10



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  POLAND   


U16: Spain revenged for the first loss in Czech Republic beating Poland in the start of Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
Spain U16-Poland U16 76:47

Spain revenged for the first loss in Czech Republic beating Poland in the start of Day 2. Spain smashed the opponents 76:47 at the U16 European Championship in Division A.
It was an easy start for the Spanish team that erupted with 9-0 run and enjoyed 14-point advantage after the first 10 minutes. Pruefer closed the first period, while Adrian Krawczyk (180-PG-95) reduced to 31:18. Poland increased their own defensive intensity to hold the Spanish team to 11 points in the second quarter, but Spain still held a 35:26 lead at half-time. The third quarter had a slow start as both teams nailed two points each in the first four minutes of it. Sans scored for 39:28 and Jeszke closed it at 53:39. Spain added 23-8 in the last stanza for the final success.
Alberto Martin (174-G-95) stepped up with 16 points and Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) added 14 points and 11 rebounds. Ignasi Moix (180-G-95) netted 13, while Jose Nogues (202-C-95) scored 8. Mikolaj Witlinski (201-F-95) delivered 10 points in the losing effort, while Adrian Krawczyk and Denis Socha (185-G-95) posted 7 apiece.

Spain U16: Alberto Martin 16, Ilimane Diop 14+11 rebs, Ignasi Moix 13, Jose Nogues 8
Poland U16: Mikolaj Witlinski 10, Adrian Krawczyk 7, Denis Socha 7





U18: Italy silence Poland to enter semis - by Eurobasket News
Italy U18 - Poland U18 70:52

Italy advanced into U18 European Championship semifinals. They upset hosting Poland tonight to stay in the title race. Matteo Imbro (190-PG-94) scored 17 points to lead the effort.
Italy eked out a narrow 13:11 lead after ten minutes. They stepped on the gas in the second quarter. The Azzurri drained 23 points to arrive at halftime up by 16 points 36:20. Poland struggled offensively in the third period. Italy stretched the margin to as many as 22 points with one quarter remaining. Poland finally stopped the rot in the fourth period. The hosts got within 14 points but Italy stayed calm and eased to the victory at the end. Diego Monaldi (190-PG-93) provided 16 points, while Matteo Chillo (202-F/C-93) netted 14 points for the winners. Poland answered with 14 points and 10 rebounds from Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-C-93). Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) chipped in 11 points in defeat.

Italy U18: Matteo Imbro 17, Diego Monaldi 16, Matteo Chillo 14
Poland U18: Przemyslaw Karnowski 14+10 boards, Mateusz Ponitka 11



PGE Turow tab Dallas Lauderdale - by Eurobasket News
Dallas Lauderdale (203-F) will start his professional career in Poland. The forward signed a deal with PGE Turow. Dallas Lauderdale has just graduated from Ohio State University. He tallied 4.2 points, 3.2 boards and 1.5 blocks per game in his senior season. Dallas Lauderdale was Big Ten Regular Season champion with the Buckeyes.


AZS Koszalin extends scorer George Reese - by Eurobasket News
AZS Koszalin announced very important news. The team signed one-year contract extension with their best player from the last season - George Reese (201-F-77, agency: Alti Sport, college: Ohio St.). It will be fifth straight season for the American forward in Koszalin. In the latest one he had 16 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.7 apg and 2 spg for 23 games in PLK. Eurobasket awarded Reese with All-Polish League 2nd Team -11. In 2009/10 season Reese had 14.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.9 apg and 1.1 spg for the club. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Honorable Mention that year. Reese also paced Koszalin to Polish Cup trophy that season. In the past, George Reese played for Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt, Polphamra and Gipsar Stal Ostrow. He also has experience from Philippines, NBDL and USBL. In 2005 and this year as well George Reese was named Eurobasket.com Polish League All-Imports Team -05, 11.

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  PORTUGAL   


U16: Portugal celebrate first win in Strumica - by Eurobasket News
Portugal U16 - Cyprus U16 75:43

Portugal registered the first win at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They held off Cyprus for 1-1 record in Group B. Isaias Insaly (195-C-95) tallied 19 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge. Cyprus lose their second game in a row at the tournament.
Portugal gave little chance for Cyprus in the first half. They stayed in charge posting a 25:12 lead after ten minutes. Portugal boosted the lead to as many as 21 points at halftime. Cyprus slowed their opponents down in the third quarter but failed to get any closer. Portugal entered the final frame leading by 23 points and raced to the victory at the end. Gameiro delivered 13 points, while Pedro Marques netted 9 points in the victory. Antreas Christodoulou (193-G-95) responded with 15 points for Cyprus. Panagiotis Markou (189-F-96) and Constantinos Papacostas (193-F-95) notched 10 points each in the loss.

Portugal U16: Isaias Insaly 19+14 boards, Gameiro 13, Pedro Marques 9
Cyprus U16: Antreas Christodoulou 15, Panagiotis Markou 10, Constantinos Papacostas 10



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  PUERTO RICO   


Brose Baskets adds scoring ace Tucker - by Eurobasket News
German League champion Brose Baskets added more fire power to its team by inking versatile forward P.J. Tucker (198-F-85, college: Texas) to a one-year deal, the club announced Friday. Tucker arrives from Quebradillas Pirates, where he finished a very eventful 2010-11 season, averaging 15.3 points and 9.3 rebounds in 15 Puerto Rican League games. He started the season with Aris BSA 2003, where Tucker averaged 14.9 points and 7.2 rebounds in 12 Eurocup games. He ranked ninth in scoring and third in rebounds and performance index ranking (18.2), helping Aris to reach the Last 16 and being chosen as the regular season Week 1 MVP. Tucker switched teams midway through the season and breifly played for Fabi Shoes Montegranaro before joining Quebradillas. He has also played for Bnei Eshet Tours Hasharon and Hapoel Holon in Israel, Toronto in the NBA, Colorado in the NBA Development League and BC Donetsk in Ukraine. He won the 2008 Israeli League title with Holon and reached the 2009 Ukrainian League finals with Donetsk, leading the competition in scoring at 19.4 points per game. Tucker is now ready to make his Turkish Airlines Euroleague debut with Brose next season.

Courtesy of Euroleague


BSN Finals: Quebradillas takes Game 3 against Arecibo, 79-73 (1-2) - by Eurobasket News
BSN Finals, Game 3: Quebradillas - Arecibo 79-73 (2-1)

Quebradillas outplayed Arecibo 79-73 coming to 1-2 in the BSN Finals. Fourth game of the series is scheduled for Saturday at the Arecibo's home court.
The hosts trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 47-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Quebradillas dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Capitanes' 30 and made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for international center Peter John Ramos (222-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds. FYR Macedonian-American guard Darius Washington (188-85, college: Memphis) contributed with 19 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. International guard Guillermo Diaz (188-85, college: Miami, FL) answered with 21 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Andres Rodriguez (182-81, college: American) added 10 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Capitanes. Five Capitanes players scored in double figures.

Quebradillas: P.John Ramos 27+14reb+1ast, D.Washington 19+9reb+5ast, P.Tucker 13+8reb+3ast, J.Jones 9+7reb+1ast, R.Apodaca 8+2reb+1ast, D.Huertas 3+4reb+1ast
Arecibo: G.Diaz 21+9reb+3ast, L.Ayuso 13+2ast, D.Pinnock 11+4reb+1ast, A.Rodriguez 10+11reb+5ast, D.Cortes 10+3reb, D.Santiago 4+6reb


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Angel Daniel VASSALLO
  Guaynabo
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Vassallo, Guaynabo22.2 
 2. Ramos, Quebradillas21.6 
 3. Johnson, Humacao21.2 
 4. Dalmau, Bayamon20.5 
 5. Ayuso, Arecibo19.4 
 6. Villegas, Coamo19.1 
 7. Harris, San German18.3 
 8. Randolph, Isabela18.0 
 9. Carmona, Mayaguez17.0 
 10. Clinch, Isabela16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  San German
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Harris, San German12.3 
 2. Randolph, Isabela12.3 
 3. Narvaez, Coamo11.6 
 4. Pruitt, Guaynabo11.3 
 5. Ramos, Quebradillas10.5 
 6. Lloreda, San G.10.0 
 7. Tucker, Quebradill.9.3 
 8. Sweetney, Santurce9.1 
 9. Clemente, Mayaguez9.1 
 10. Johnson, Humacao8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Arecibo
  (182-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Rodriguez, Arecibo6.5 
 2. Brown, Quebradillas5.9 
 3. Rivera, San German5.5 
 4. Dalmau, Bayamon5.4 
 5. Clinch, Isabela4.5 
 6. Clemente, Humacao4.4 
 7. Guzman, Guaynabo4.2 
 8. Rivera, Mayaguez4.2 
 9. Bruton, Quebradill.4.1 
 10. Copeland, San G.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Isabela
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Hinson, Isabela1.8 
 2. Rodriguez, Arecibo1.8 
 3. Rivera, Mayaguez1.6 
 4. Clinch, Isabela1.5 
 5. Hodge, Santurce1.4 
 6. Mojica, Bayamon1.4 
 7. Santiago, Santurce1.3 
 8. Chaney, Santurce1.3 
 9. Dalmau, Bayamon1.2 
 10. Carmona, Mayaguez1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Penn, Humacao2.6 
 2. Sanchez, Santurce1.9 
 3. Santiago, Arecibo1.9 
 4. Lee, Bayamon1.6 
 5. Aubry, Arecibo1.5 
 6. Harris, San German1.4 
 7. Randolph, Isabela1.4 
 8. Ramos, Quebradillas1.1 
 9. Freije, Coamo1.1 
 10. Shannon, Bayamon1.0 


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  ROMANIA   


U18: Romania overcame Switzerland in Group H of the Classification Round - by Eurobasket News
Switzerland U18-Romania U18 63:79

Romania overcame Switzerland in Group H of the Classification Round at the U18 European Championship. The team improved to 3-0 record to share the top with Slovak Republic after 79:63 win. Both teams will fight for the top position tonight in Varna. Switzerland meanwhile dropped at 2-2 and finished third in the group.
Romania took the lead from the very beginning and never looked behind in the game. Ioan Filip (199-F-93) scored for 16:6 and Stoicoviciu closed the quarter at 26:11. In the second period Romania added 18-16 for 44:27 at the halftime. In the third frame Romania was stronger with 18-15 and then allowed the Swiss side to win the last stanza. Mladjan and Damian exchanged the late baskets at the end of the game for the final result.
Alexandru Olah (209-C-93) and Horia Cristiean (183-PG-93) stepped up with 22 points each and added 22 rebounds together. Ioan Filip collected 13 points and 14 rebounds, while Andrei Petica (192-F-93) posted 8. Ludovico Basso (185-PG-93) answered with 16 points and 8 boards in defeat, whilst Clint N'Dumba-Capela (202-F-94) had 15 points and 16 caroms.

Switzerland U18: Ludovico Basso 16+8 rebs, Clint N'Dumba-Capela 15+16 rebs
Romania U18: Alexandru Olah 22+12 rebs, Horia Cristiean 22+10 rebs, Ioan Filip 13+14 rebs, Andrei Petica 8




Vladan Jocovic close to CS Otopeni - by Eurobasket News
Vladan Jocovic (211-C-82) could return to Romania after one year. The Bosnian big guy is close to sign a deal with CS Otopeni for 2011/12. Jocovic spent last season with Borac Nektar Banja Luka. For 21 games in Bosnian league he averaged 11.7 points and 5.8 rebounds. As mentioned above, Vladan Jocovic already played in Romania and it was in 2009/10 season. He was a member of CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca at that time. In 20 Romanian league games Jocovic had 4.4 ppg and 3.5 rpg. Before Cluj, he played for the Polish team Atlas Stal and Bosnian Sloboda Dita. Jocovic also has experience from Austria and Slovenia. In 2006, he reached Slovenian league Finals with Geoplin Slovan.

U18: Slovak Republic won Group H of the Classification Round in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Romania U18-Slovak Republic U18 50:86

Slovak Republic won Group H of the Classification Round of the U18 European Championship. The team grabbed 4-0 record on top after the victory over Romania 86:50 in the first game of the last day of the Qualifying Round.
Simon Krajcovic (185-G-94, agency: FCM) and Viktor Zambor (191-G/F-94) scored three from the arc for 9-0 run as Slovak Republic never looked behind after. Brutovsky brought 15:4 and Paun closed the first period at 20:9. In the second frame the winners added 19-12 for 39:21 at the halftime. It was easy to name the winner of the game at the start of the third period when Slovak Republic did not even think of slowing down. Brutovsky scored for 56:34 and Boris Bojanovsky (215-C-93) was the last to score in the third period for 61:41. Due to 25-9 in the last stanza Slovak Republic increased the win to 36 points.
Boris Bojanovsky paced all the winners with 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Jakub Novysedlak (182-PG-93) netted 19. Simon Krajcovic posted 13, while Viktor Zambor scored 9. Horia Cristiean (183-PG-93) replied with 10 points in defeat and Alexandru Olah (209-C-93) had 9 points and 14 rebounds.

Romania U18: Horia Cristiean 10, Alexandru Olah 9+14 rebs
Slovak Republic U18: Boris Bojanovsky 23+12 rebs, Jakub Novysedlak 19, Simon Krajcovic 13, Viktor Zambor 9




U16: England shoot down Romania - by Eurobasket News
England U16 - Romania U16 63:43

Romania registered the second consecutive win at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They cruised past Romania to stay on top of Group A. Benjamin Mead (196-F-95) scored 12 points to lead balanced offensive effort from England. Romania fell at 0-2 record after the defeat.
England set the tone early in this one. They opened the game on a 16:3 run and posted a 19:6 lead after ten minutes. Romania stopped the bleeding in the second term. They cut the deficit at 9-point mark at halftime 20:29. Romania opened the third term with a 5:2 run to narrow the deficit to 6 points. But England entered the final frame up by 10 points 43:33. England stayed in charge throughout the final quarter and rolled to the victory at the end. Tyrell Isaacs (G-95) notched 10 points, while Tamas Okros (F-95) and Morayoninuoluwa Soluade (194-G-95) added 8 points apiece in the win. Vlad Cobzaru (199-F-95) responded with 10 points for Romania. Mehmet Hortoglu (192-G-95) nailed 9 points in defeat.

England U16: Benjamin Mead 12, Tyrell Isaacs 10, Tamas Okros 8, Morayoninuoluwa Soluade 8
Romania U16: Vlad Cobzaru 10, Mehmet Hortoglu 9



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U18: Russia nip Germany - by Eurobasket News
Russia U18 - Germany U18 69:66

Russia came back from a 20-point deficit in the second quarter to tame Germany in the classification round of U18 European Championship. Gleb Goldyrev (200-F-93) scored 15 points to pace the winners. Russia will take on Latvia for the ninth place at the tournament. Germany will face Slovenia for the 11th spot.
Germany stormed into the game grabbing a 10:0 lead. They dominated in every facet of the encounter posting a 27:9 lead after ten minutes. Stephan Haukohl (200-F-93) gave the German team a 20-point lead midway through the second quarter. Russia capped the first half on a 13:1 run to narrow the deficit at 10 points 29:39. Germany regained a 13-point lead early in the third term. But Russia kept pressure on their opponents narrowing the deficit at 6-point mark with one quarter remaining 48:54. Russia went on a 10:1 rally to surge ahead 58:56 midway through the final term. The lead changed hands for several times before Vladislav Trushkin (200-F-93) and Ilya Rodionov (185-PG-93) made it 67:64 for Russia. Stephan Haukohl cut the deficit but Gleb Goldyrev sank two free throws to seal the win. Ilya Rodionov and Vladislav Trushkin contributed 11 points apiece for Russia. Yury Karpenko (185-PG-93) and Pavel Khrebtov (197-F-93) delivered 10 points each in the victory. Paul Zipser (195-G-94)er responded with 21 points for Germany. Stephan Haukohl had 13 points in the loss.

Russia U18: Gleb Goldyrev 15, Ilya Rodionov 11, Vladislav Trushkin 11+11 boards
Germany U18: Paul Zipserer 21, Stephan Haukohl 13



U16: Russia beat Serbia to tie both record at 1-1 in Group B - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U16-Russia U16 83:91

Russia beat Serbia to tie both record at 1-1 in Group B of the U16 European Championship. Russia trailed 11 points after the first period, but won the game 91:83.
Nikola Rebic (186-PG-95) gave Serbia 15:7 and Kaplanovic made two free throws for 20:11. Tiptsov replied for 24:13 at the end of the first period. Russia trailed in the whole second period and only managed to reduce to 4 points at the end of the half. Vasily Martynov (185-PG-95) and Alexander Gankevich (197-F-95) were the last players to score in the half for 44:40. The game really turned at the end of the third quarter, as the Russian team took a five-point deficit and turned it into a ten-point lead inside five minutes. Pavel Sizov (198-F-95) tied the game at 63:63 as the teams finished thirty minutes in the court. In the last stanza Russia took the lead and held it for good.
Viacheslav Fedorchenko (188-G-95) exploded with 33 points and Vasily Martynov notched 17. Alexander Gankevich poured in 12, while Pavel Sizov scored 10. Nikola Rebic delivered 26 points in the losing effort and Brano Djukanovic (193-G-95) netted 17. Djoko Salic (208-C-95) chipped in 12, while Dusan Ristic (207-C/F-95) added 10.

Serbia U16: Nikola Rebic 26, Brano Djukanovic 17, Djoko Salic 12, Dusan Ristic 10
Russia U16: Viacheslav Fedorchenko 33, Vasily Martynov 17, Alexander Gankevich 12, Pavel Sizov 10




KC Rivers moves to Russia, joins Lokomotiv Kuban - by Eurobasket News
Lokomotiv Kuban officially announced signing of a one-year deal with K.C. Rivers (196-G/F-87, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Clemson). The American G/SF arrives to his new club from Canadian Solar Bologna, where he finished last season. Rivers joined the Bologna team in January averaging 17.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.9 steals for 17 games in SerieA. He finished as third best scorer of the competition. Rivers started last season with French Roanne. In 14 ProA games he had 14.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 1.9 apg. He also added 10.2 ppg and 3.3 rpg for six EuroCup games. Season 2009/10, K.C. Rivers split between Latina and Benetton. With Benetton he had 12.3 ppg and 4.3 rpg in SerieA, plus 11.3 ppg and 3.1 rpg in EuroCup. Rivers is a product of Clemson University, where he graduated in 2009.

Lokomotiv keep All-EuroChallenge Forward of the Year - by Eurobasket News
Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) remain with Lokomotiv for the next season. The USA-FYR Macedonian Forward joined the team last season and showed his best to stay with the team. He averaged 16.1ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.6apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 59.6%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 70.0% in EuroChallenge and in Russian League after 35 games had 13.1ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 69.6%.
Before coming to Russia Jeremiah Massey played for since 2006. In 2007/2008 he became the second top-scorer of the Greek League with 18.0ppg, Reb-2 (8.6rpg), 1.0apg, Steals-3 (2.2spg), 2FGP-2 (62.0%), 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 66.0%. In Euroleague after 20 games he was also the second top-scorer with 17.0ppg, Reb-2 (8.4rpg), 1.5spg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 57.5%, 3FGP: 20%, FT: 64.2%; Greek Play-Offs: 3 games: 19.7ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.3spg. In 2008-2009 for 850,000 joined Real Madrid (Spain-ACB, starting five) and in Euroleague showed 8.2ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 58.2%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 54.5%, while in Spanish League his stats read 8.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 28.3%, FT: 71.8%. In February 2010 signed at Xacobeo BluSens Obradoiro (Spain-ACB) and averaged 14.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 60.4%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 53.8%.
Only last season Jeremiah Massey reached Russian Cup Semifinals -11, played at Russian PBL All-Star Game -11, became Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Forward of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Defensive Player of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge 1st Team -11, Eurobasket.com EuroChallenge All-Imports Team -11, EuroChallenge Finalist -11, Russian PBL Semifinals -11, Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL 2nd Team -11 and Eurobasket.com Russian PBL All-Bosmans Team -11






Artem Kuzyakin comes back to BC Triumph - by Eurobasket News
Artem Kuzyakin (200-G-80) comes back to BC Triumph where he played in 2006-2008 seasons. In the first one he averaged 2.9ppg, 1.4rpg in FIBA EuroCup, while in Russian League after 26 games had 5.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 2FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 85.0%. In 2007-2008 for Lokomotiv Rostov na Donu (A Superleague,starting five) in FIBA EuroCup he improved to 4.7ppg, 1.7rpg and in Russian League after 23 games had 9.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 2FGP: 60.6%, 3PT: 23.9%, FT: 92.2%. In 2008-2009 moved to Unics Kazan (A Superleague) and in Eurocup showed 4.1ppg, 1.0rpg, while Russian League averaged 2.9ppg, 1.1rpg. In 2009-2010 for Unics Kazan (A Superleague) his stats read 4.7ppg, 2.2rpg in Russian League and in EuroCup Artem had 2.7ppg, 1.3rpg. In VTB United League after 8 games he showed high 8.0ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 56.7%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT-3 (93.8%). Last season Artem Kuzyakin played for Krasnie Krilya Samara (PBL) and in EuroCup had 2.8ppg, while in Russian League after 28 games his stats read 6.0ppg, 1.9rpg, FGP: 64.6%, 3PT: 29.6%, FT: 81.1%.
In his last game for Krilya he nailed 15 points as Krasnie Krilya beat Spartak SP 101-90. Krasnie Krilya shot 62.1 percent from the field and made 23-of-28 charity shots (82.1 percent) during the game, while Spartak St.Petersburg only scored five points from the stripe. They outrebounded Spartak St.Petersburg 40-26 including a 33-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Krasnie Krilya players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was an exceptional evening for power forward Andrey Trushkin who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Artem Kuzyakin followed him with 15 points and 3 rebounds.




Standings - Higher League
Higher League Final Standings
Places 1-4
 1. Ataman 2-0 
 2. AltajBasket 1-1 
 3. Spartak V. 1-1 
 4. Kamit-Univ. 0-2 
Places 5-8
 1. Voronezh 2-0 
 2. Volzhan.-GES 1-1 
 3. Ukhta 1-1 
 4. Dinamo May. 0-2 
Places 9-14
 1. Avtodor 5-0 
 2. Tobolsk 4-1 
 3. Stary Sobol 2-3 
 4. Stavropol 2-3 
 5. Orel 1-4 
 6. Izhevsk 1-4 
Places 15-19
 1. Cherkessk 3-0 
 2. Kursk 2-1 
 3. Bryansk 1-2 
 4. Tambov 0-3 
 5. Lipetsk 0-3 
Stage Two Standings


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Antigua too strong for Saint Vincent 82-66 - by Eurobasket News
ANTIGUA - SAINT VINCENT 82-66

It was the first game of the Classification Round from 5th to 7th place in Nassau. Antigua was too strong for Saint Vincent 82-66 yesterday. It means that Antigua will meet Bermudas in the battle for position No.5. Saint Vincent will take on Guyana for the seventh place. Both games will be played today. Julius Hodge (201-G-83, college: N.Carolina St.) shined for the winners with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Mario Davis (198-F/G-80, college: Missouri Western) had 16 points and 5 boards, while Lennox McCoy (188-G-77, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Cent.Oklahoma) added 15 pts and 5 rebs. In defeat, Dameon Ottley (89) collected 17 pts and 5 rebs. Their second scorer was Randolph Williams (188-G-76) with 12 pts. Quarters: 19-16, 16-26, 22-13, 25-11.

Antigua: Julius Hodge 21+7 boards+7 as, Mario Davis 16+5 boards, Lennox McCoy 15+5 boards
Saint Vincent: Dameon Ottley 17+5 boards, Randolph Williams 12


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KK Napredak Krusevac will be the second Serbian team in the BIBL - by Eurobasket News
KK Napredak Krusevac will be the second Serbian team to play in the EUROHOLD Balkan League in the 2011/2012 season, along with OKK Beograd, who are about to enter their third straight season in the League.

KK Napredak finished 10th in the Serbian League last season, as they had a balance of 12 wins and 14 losses.

The team was founded in the year 1946, and plays it′s home games in Hala Sportova in Krusevac. This will be Napredak′s debut in the European Club Competitions, as they haven′t participated in any of those in their history.

The team′s most recent success was winning the Championship in the Serbian Second League back in 2005.

Nenad Sulovic and Slobodan Pejovic were the team′s key figures last season. Sulovic averaged 16.7 points, while Pejovic had 14.6 points per game, as each of them played in all 26 games.

Courtesy of www.balkanleague.net


U16: Russia beat Serbia to tie both record at 1-1 in Group B - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U16-Russia U16 83:91

Russia beat Serbia to tie both record at 1-1 in Group B of the U16 European Championship. Russia trailed 11 points after the first period, but won the game 91:83.
Nikola Rebic (186-PG-95) gave Serbia 15:7 and Kaplanovic made two free throws for 20:11. Tiptsov replied for 24:13 at the end of the first period. Russia trailed in the whole second period and only managed to reduce to 4 points at the end of the half. Vasily Martynov (185-PG-95) and Alexander Gankevich (197-F-95) were the last players to score in the half for 44:40. The game really turned at the end of the third quarter, as the Russian team took a five-point deficit and turned it into a ten-point lead inside five minutes. Pavel Sizov (198-F-95) tied the game at 63:63 as the teams finished thirty minutes in the court. In the last stanza Russia took the lead and held it for good.
Viacheslav Fedorchenko (188-G-95) exploded with 33 points and Vasily Martynov notched 17. Alexander Gankevich poured in 12, while Pavel Sizov scored 10. Nikola Rebic delivered 26 points in the losing effort and Brano Djukanovic (193-G-95) netted 17. Djoko Salic (208-C-95) chipped in 12, while Dusan Ristic (207-C/F-95) added 10.

Serbia U16: Nikola Rebic 26, Brano Djukanovic 17, Djoko Salic 12, Dusan Ristic 10
Russia U16: Viacheslav Fedorchenko 33, Vasily Martynov 17, Alexander Gankevich 12, Pavel Sizov 10




U18: Serbia see off France, reach semis in Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U18 - France U18 71:61

Serbia will play at U18 European Championship semifinals. They held off France tonight to set up semifinal clash with Italy. Nemanja Bezbradica (205-F/C-93) scored 19 points to lead the winners.
France led 10:6 midway through the starting quarter but Serbia went on a 14:3 run late in the period to surge ahead. They posted a 23:15 lead at the first break. Nemanja Dangubic (196-G-93) opened a double-digit lead for Serbia at the start of the second quarter. Serbia led by 11 points with under three minutes remaining in the half however Les Bleus crowned the half with a 6:1 run to narrow the deficit. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94) tipped off the second half with four points in a row to cut the deficit. William Howard (201-F-93) and Mouhammadou Jaiteh put France in charge midway through the third term 44:42. The teams entered the final period tied at 49. France grabbed a 54:49 lead at the beginning of the final frame. However Serbia reacted with an 8:0 run to regain the lead. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) and Nemanja Bezbradica made it 64:56 for Serbia with just over two minutes remaining. Les Bleus tried hard but Serbia wisely kept them at distance in the dying seconds and celebrated a difficult win at the end. Nenad Miljenovic nailed 15 points, while Nemanja Dangubic added 9 points in the win. Mouhammadou Jaiteh answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds for France. Benjamin John (188-G-93) and William Howard produced 11 points each in the loss.

Serbia U18: Nemanja Bezbradica 19, Nenad Miljenovic 15, Nemanja Dangubic 9
France U18: Mouhammadou Jaiteh 15, Benjamin John 11, William Howard 11



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U18: Slovak Republic won Group H of the Classification Round in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Romania U18-Slovak Republic U18 50:86

Slovak Republic won Group H of the Classification Round of the U18 European Championship. The team grabbed 4-0 record on top after the victory over Romania 86:50 in the first game of the last day of the Qualifying Round.
Simon Krajcovic (185-G-94, agency: FCM) and Viktor Zambor (191-G/F-94) scored three from the arc for 9-0 run as Slovak Republic never looked behind after. Brutovsky brought 15:4 and Paun closed the first period at 20:9. In the second frame the winners added 19-12 for 39:21 at the halftime. It was easy to name the winner of the game at the start of the third period when Slovak Republic did not even think of slowing down. Brutovsky scored for 56:34 and Boris Bojanovsky (215-C-93) was the last to score in the third period for 61:41. Due to 25-9 in the last stanza Slovak Republic increased the win to 36 points.
Boris Bojanovsky paced all the winners with 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Jakub Novysedlak (182-PG-93) netted 19. Simon Krajcovic posted 13, while Viktor Zambor scored 9. Horia Cristiean (183-PG-93) replied with 10 points in defeat and Alexandru Olah (209-C-93) had 9 points and 14 rebounds.

Romania U18: Horia Cristiean 10, Alexandru Olah 9+14 rebs
Slovak Republic U18: Boris Bojanovsky 23+12 rebs, Jakub Novysedlak 19, Simon Krajcovic 13, Viktor Zambor 9




U18: An easy start brought Slovak Republic the win over Austria - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic U18-Austria U18 81:46

Slovak Republic grabbed 3-0 record in Group H of the Classification Round at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team won over Austria 81:46 and will face Romania tonight for the top place in the group. Austria meanwhile suffered another loss and dropped at 0-3 record to play with Norway for the initial victory tonight.
Slovak Republic started with 5 consecutive points to shock the opponents and Dedecek closed the quarter at 20:6. The favorites added 20-14 in the second period for 40:20 at the halftime. Viktor Zambor (191-G/F-94) and Simon Krajcovic (185-G-94, agency: FCM) scored for 49:28 and Hrabcak closed the period at 62:34. In the last stanza Slovak Republic produced 19-12 for the final result. Petras scored the last points for his side, while Austria finished the game with 4-0 run.
Boris Bojanovsky (215-C-93) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Simon Krajcovic notched 12. Viktor Zambor netted 11 and Daniel Stransky (200-C-93) scored 10. Luka Gvozden (182-PG-93) delivered 8 points in defeat and Valentin Bauer (170-PG-94) as well as Patrick Kolb (196-F-94) posted 7 apiece.

Slovak Republic U18: Boris Bojanovsky 23+11 rebs, Simon Krajcovic 12, Viktor Zambor 11, Daniel Stransky 10
Austria U18: Luka Gvozden 8, Valentin Bauer 7, Patrick Kolb 7





U16: Armenia clinch first win, rally past Slovakia - by Eurobasket News
Armenia U16 - Slovakia U16 76:52

Armenia recorded the first win at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They overwhelm Slovakia for 1-1 record in Group C. Andrey Konstantinov (95) stepped up with 18 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Slovakia fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
Slovakia ensured the better start. They posted a 19:14 lead at the first break. But Armenia slowly took over. They limited Slovakia to just 10 points in the second frame to pull ahead 30:29. Armenia stepped on the gas in the third term. They exploded with 24 points to clear off to a 10-point distance with one quarter remaining. Armenia stayed in charge throughout the fourth period posting a well-deserved win at the end. Kirill Zakharchuk (95) accounted for 13 points, while Sergey Polukhin (95) added 11 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Vladimir Nemcok (170-G-95) responded with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for Slovakia. Belavy provided 9 points in the loss.

Armenia U16: Andrey Konstantinov 18+15 boards, Kirill Zakharchuk 13, Sergey Polukhin 11
Slovakia U16: Vladimir Nemcok 11, Belavy 9



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U16: Slovenia fire past Austria - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia U16 - Austria U16 95:61

Slovenia registered their second straight win at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They knocked down Austria for 2-0 record in Group B. Ziga Zatezic (195-F-95) scored 19 points to lead the charge. Austria fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
Slovenia dominated from the starting minutes. They rallied to an 18:10 lead at the first break. Slovenia maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Moreover they secured a 42:26 advantage at the main break. Slovenia ran away in the third period. They erupted for 31 points to enter the final stanza leading by as many as 34 points 73:39. Austria never threatened the margin in the final quarter as Slovenia rolled to a comfortable win at the end. Kavas knocked down 13 points, while Aleksej Nikolic (178-G-95) added 12 points in the win. Paul Hiebler (195-C-95) responded with 12 points for Austria. Georg Wolf (186-G-95) netted 10 points in the loss.

Slovenia U16: Ziga Zatezic 19, Kavas 13, Aleksej Nikolic 12
Austria U16: Paul Hiebler 12, Georg Wolf 10



U18: Latvia edge Slovenia in Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U18 - Slovenia U18 78:69

Latvia will play for the 9th place at the U18 European Championship. They toppled Slovenia in the classification round game today. Andrejs Grazulis (203-C/F-93) accounted for 13 points and 6 boards in the win.
Latvia opened the game with aggressive defence. They limited Slovenia to just 8 points in the opening quarter building an 8-point lead. Latvia stretched the margin in the second period. The Baltic team arrived at halftime up by 14 points 35:21. But Slovenia did not surrender. They tipped off the second half with 14 points in a row to erase the deficit. Latvia managed to return the lead as they posted a 51:48 advantage with one quarter remaining. Kalnins and Klavs Strazdins (191-G/F-93) made it 58:51 for Latvia midway through the fourth frame. Latvia soon opened up a double-digit lead and raced to the victory at the end. Rihards Ginters (193-F-93) provided 12 points, while Janis Berzins (200-F/G-93, agency: Players Group), Guntis Sipolins (200-F-93) and Klavs Strazdins added 8 points each in the win. Ziga Dimec (208-C/F-93) responded with 22 points for Slovenia. Miha Lapornik (192-G-93) had 16 points in the loss.

Latvia U18: Andrejs Grazulis 13, Rihards Ginters 12, Janis Berzins 8, Guntis Sipolins 8, Klavs Strazdins 8
Slovenia U18: Ziga Dimec 22, Miha Lapornik 16



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Five positives facts - by Wolfgang Lucena
Once again Venezuelan are wondering if the Senior National Basketball team will be able to earn one of the World cup room available by playing in the upcoming pre- Olympics games held in Mar de Plata Argentina during August 30 through September 11 of 2011.

It sounds obvious that after several days playing the 2011 professional basketball league of Venezuela our local players could be in good athletic shape and ready to face this type on challenge.
There are five positive facts that made us hope that Our National Team will be doing very good job during this upcoming international basketball contest; 1. The Venezuela Basketball Federation has been doing very well with its local tournaments and local coaches by developing new generations. 2. The professional basketball league of Venezuela (LPB) is one of the most competitive basketball leagues of America continent. 3 Many of our basketball players are in USA attending classes and playing basketball in levels as NCAA, NAIA, Prep-schools and Junior Colleges. 4. The Venezuela Basketball Federation got a deal with former NBA coach Eric Musselman who took over the senior National team's head coach position. 5. Our local players has been playing and getting experience at international professional basketball leagues as NBA, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Spain etc.
Lets hope the best for our team




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U16: Spain revenged for the first loss in Czech Republic beating Poland in the start of Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
Spain U16-Poland U16 76:47

Spain revenged for the first loss in Czech Republic beating Poland in the start of Day 2. Spain smashed the opponents 76:47 at the U16 European Championship in Division A.
It was an easy start for the Spanish team that erupted with 9-0 run and enjoyed 14-point advantage after the first 10 minutes. Pruefer closed the first period, while Adrian Krawczyk (180-PG-95) reduced to 31:18. Poland increased their own defensive intensity to hold the Spanish team to 11 points in the second quarter, but Spain still held a 35:26 lead at half-time. The third quarter had a slow start as both teams nailed two points each in the first four minutes of it. Sans scored for 39:28 and Jeszke closed it at 53:39. Spain added 23-8 in the last stanza for the final success.
Alberto Martin (174-G-95) stepped up with 16 points and Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) added 14 points and 11 rebounds. Ignasi Moix (180-G-95) netted 13, while Jose Nogues (202-C-95) scored 8. Mikolaj Witlinski (201-F-95) delivered 10 points in the losing effort, while Adrian Krawczyk and Denis Socha (185-G-95) posted 7 apiece.

Spain U16: Alberto Martin 16, Ilimane Diop 14+11 rebs, Ignasi Moix 13, Jose Nogues 8
Poland U16: Mikolaj Witlinski 10, Adrian Krawczyk 7, Denis Socha 7





U18: Spain outscore Croatia to enter semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Spain U18 - Croatia U18 64:50

Spain have become the first U18 European Championship semifinalists. They held off Croatia in the first quarterfinal of the day in Wroclaw. Jaime Fernandez (187-G-93) scored 16 points to pace the winners.
The teams went neck and neck throughout the first half. Spain eked out a 14:12 lead after ten minutes. But Croatia quickly erased the deficit and surged ahead. Olaizola capped the half with two free throws as the teams entered the second half all tied at 25. Spain crowned the third term with a 12:3 rally to pile up a 44:36 lead with one quarter remaining. Croatia got within five points at the beginning of the final frame but Spain quickly stretched the gap to 10 points and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Daniel Diez (199-F-93) delivered 9 points and 15 boards, while Alejandro Suarez (205-F/C-93) had 9 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Marko Ramljak (203-F-93, agency: Interperformances) answered with 14 points for Croatia. Mislav Brzoja (198-F/G-94) netted 12 points in the loss.

Spain U18: Jaime Fernandez 16, Daniel Diez 9+15 boards, Alejandro Suarez 9
Croatia U18: Marko Ramljak 14, Mislav Brzoja 12



Caceres brings in Asier Zengotitabengoa - by Eurobasket News
Asier Zengotitabengoa (201-F-88) is a new member of Caceres. The Spanish forward signed a one-year deal with his new team. Zengotitabengoa heads to Caceres from CB Penas Huesca, where he spent last three seasons. In the latest one he had 12.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 1.6 apg for 32 games in LEB Gold. Zengotitabengoa helped Huesca to win the LEB Silver Cup in 2010. They also won the LEB Silver Playoffs that year. Zengotitabengoa averaged 15.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 43 games. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Honorable Mention -10. Before Huesca, Asier Zengotitabengoa spent two years with Lagun Aro Bilbao. He also has experience from Santurzi.

CAI Zaragoza signs 3-year deal with rookie Levi Knutson - by Eurobasket News
CAI Zaragoza announced signing of Levi Knutson (193-G-88, agency: FCM) to a three-year deal. However, Knutson will not play for Zaragoza next season. He will be loaned to Mallorca for one year. Knutson graduated at the University of Colorado few months ago. He appeared 38 times for his school as a senior collecting 11.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1 assists. Knutson helped Colorado reach the NIT Final Four. He got All-Big 12 Sixth Man Award -11. Knutson drastically improved his numbers than two years ago. As a junior Knutson had 3.5 ppg and 1.6 rpg. It is also important to mention that Knutson was named Big 12 All-Academic 1st Team -09, 10, 11.

Palencia add Ian O'Leary - by Eurobasket News
Palencia have ensured the services of Ian O'Leary (201-F-86, college: St.Mary's, CA) for the next season. The 24-year-old forward spent the last season with Oviedo. He tallied 15.4 points, 9.3 boards and 1.1 assists per game in LEB Silver. Eurobasket.com named Ian O'Leary All-Spanish LEB Silver Forward of the Year. Previously the forward played for Vigo.


Breogan sign contract with Andy Ogide - by Eurobasket News
Breogan reached an agreement with Andy Ogide (205-F-87, college: Mississippi) on terms of contract. The 23-year-old forward has just graduated from Colorado State University. Andy Ogide tallied 17.2 points and 7.7 boards per game in his senior season. The forward made it into All-MWC 1st Team. He was also named into NABC Division I All-District 17 1st Team.


Standings - ACB
ACB Standings
 1. Bizkaia Bilbao 0-0 
 2. CAI Zaragoza 0-0 
 3. Caja Laboral 0-0 
 4. Cajasol 0-0 
 5. DKV Joventut 0-0 
 6. Estudiantes 0-0 
 7. Fuenlabrada 0-0 
 8. Gran Canaria 0-0 
 9. Lagun Aro GBC 0-0 
 10. Manresa 0-0 
 11. Meridiano 0-0 
 12. Obradoiro 0-0 
 13. Real Madrid 0-0 
 14. Regal Barca 0-0 
 15. UCAM Murcia 0-0 
 16. Unicaja 0-0 
 17. Valencia 0-0 
 18. Valladolid 0-0 


UCAM Murcia brings in Jordi Grimau for 2011/12 - by Eurobasket News
UCAM Murcia announced signing of Jordi Grimau (195-G-83) for the next season. The Spanish guard heads to his new team from Manresa, where he spent last four years. He appeared 33 times for the club last season averaging 8.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists. In 2009/10, Grimau had 8.1 ppg and 2.4 rpg for 33 games with Manresa. He was their member since 2007. Before Manresa, Jordi Grimau spent one year with Alerta Cantabria Lobos and one with Tau Ceramica. He also has experience from Tarragona, Aguas Valencia-Expobar, Lleida and Barcelona II. Recently UCAM Murcia signed deals with Robert Kurz and Andres Miso. They also wanted Josep Franch. However, Joventut matched their offer and kept the player for 2011/12.

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Kings land center Kenneth Simms - by Eurobasket News
Simms Kenneth (203-C-86, agency: TSS Management, college: Cumberland) will continue his career in Sweden. The American center penned a one-year deal with Sodertalje Kings. Sims heads to his new club from the Chinese team Ningxia Hanas. Last season in Europe he spent with SCM CSU Craiova. For 32 games in Romanian league Simms averaged 16.4 points, 11 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.3 steals. He finished the championship as the best rebounder. Eurobasket awarded Simms with Eurobasket.com Romanian League All-Imports Team -11. He also got Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention -11. Season 2009/10, Simms spent with Lithuanian Marijampole Suduva-Arvi. Simms Kenneth is a product of the Cumberland University (NAIA), where he graduated two years ago.

U16: Switzerland stay on winning track in Strumica - by Eurobasket News
Switzerland U16 - Sweden U16 87:73

Switzerland registered the second straight win at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They defeated Sweden to climb at 2-0 record in Group C. Sweden slipped at 1-1 record in the standings.
Switzerland snatched a narrow 19:17 lead at the first break. Arnaud Cotture (200-F-95) opened the second frame with four points in a row to boost the lead. Sweden pulled ahead midway through the second frame. The lead changed for several times before Ludvig Hakansson (187-G-96) gave the Scandinavians a 37:36 halftime lead. The teams stayed close throughout the third quarter. Switzerland entered the final frame by a single point 55:54. Bergang and Ludvig Hakansson tipped off the fourth period with five points in a row to pull Sweden in front 59:55. However Switzerland quickly responded with a 13:2 rally to leave Sweden behind. Soon the Swiss earned a 10-point lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Arnaud Cotture provided 23 points and 14 rebounds for Switzerland. Cyril Bachler (192-F-95) netted 20 points in the win. Ludvig Hakansson responded with 24 points and 7 rebounds for Sweden. Walter Lindstrom (G-95) had 17 points in defeat.

Switzerland U16: Arnaud Cotture 23+14 boards, Cyril Bachler 20, Verga 12
Sweden U16: Ludvig Hakansson 24, Walter Lindstrom 17



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U16: Switzerland stay on winning track in Strumica - by Eurobasket News
Switzerland U16 - Sweden U16 87:73

Switzerland registered the second straight win at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They defeated Sweden to climb at 2-0 record in Group C. Sweden slipped at 1-1 record in the standings.
Switzerland snatched a narrow 19:17 lead at the first break. Arnaud Cotture (200-F-95) opened the second frame with four points in a row to boost the lead. Sweden pulled ahead midway through the second frame. The lead changed for several times before Ludvig Hakansson (187-G-96) gave the Scandinavians a 37:36 halftime lead. The teams stayed close throughout the third quarter. Switzerland entered the final frame by a single point 55:54. Bergang and Ludvig Hakansson tipped off the fourth period with five points in a row to pull Sweden in front 59:55. However Switzerland quickly responded with a 13:2 rally to leave Sweden behind. Soon the Swiss earned a 10-point lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Arnaud Cotture provided 23 points and 14 rebounds for Switzerland. Cyril Bachler (192-F-95) netted 20 points in the win. Ludvig Hakansson responded with 24 points and 7 rebounds for Sweden. Walter Lindstrom (G-95) had 17 points in defeat.

Switzerland U16: Arnaud Cotture 23+14 boards, Cyril Bachler 20, Verga 12
Sweden U16: Ludvig Hakansson 24, Walter Lindstrom 17



U18: Romania overcame Switzerland in Group H of the Classification Round - by Eurobasket News
Switzerland U18-Romania U18 63:79

Romania overcame Switzerland in Group H of the Classification Round at the U18 European Championship. The team improved to 3-0 record to share the top with Slovak Republic after 79:63 win. Both teams will fight for the top position tonight in Varna. Switzerland meanwhile dropped at 2-2 and finished third in the group.
Romania took the lead from the very beginning and never looked behind in the game. Ioan Filip (199-F-93) scored for 16:6 and Stoicoviciu closed the quarter at 26:11. In the second period Romania added 18-16 for 44:27 at the halftime. In the third frame Romania was stronger with 18-15 and then allowed the Swiss side to win the last stanza. Mladjan and Damian exchanged the late baskets at the end of the game for the final result.
Alexandru Olah (209-C-93) and Horia Cristiean (183-PG-93) stepped up with 22 points each and added 22 rebounds together. Ioan Filip collected 13 points and 14 rebounds, while Andrei Petica (192-F-93) posted 8. Ludovico Basso (185-PG-93) answered with 16 points and 8 boards in defeat, whilst Clint N'Dumba-Capela (202-F-94) had 15 points and 16 caroms.

Switzerland U18: Ludovico Basso 16+8 rebs, Clint N'Dumba-Capela 15+16 rebs
Romania U18: Alexandru Olah 22+12 rebs, Horia Cristiean 22+10 rebs, Ioan Filip 13+14 rebs, Andrei Petica 8




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Genc Telekom signs Hazer Avci - by Eurobasket News
Hazer Avci (206-F-87, agency: Court Side) is a new member of Genc Telekom. The Turkish power forward/center signed a one-year deal with his new club. He spent the last season with Mersin. However, Avci had limited playing time averaging less than a point and 1.6 rebounds for 7 games in TBL. From 2008 until the last summer Avci played for Aliaga Petkim. In their first season together he had 5.4 ppg and 2.1 rpg for 10 TBL games. In 2009/10, his numbers dropped significantly. In the past, Hazer Avci was a member of Selcuk and Mulkiyespor Ankara. He also has experience from Cankaya University Ari Kolej. In 2009, Avci played for the Turkish University National Team. He had 4.2 ppg and 3 rpg for 5 games at the World University Games in Belgrade.

Report: Kobe Bryant, Besiktas to meet - by Eurobasket News
The NBA is set to resume negotiations between owners and the players union on Monday for the first time since the lockout went into place on July 1, but one of the NBA's biggest stars has negotiations of his own planned for this weekend.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) will be in the nation's capital attending the World Football Challenge featuring Manchester United and F.C. Barcelona at FedEx Field on Saturday and the Mia Hamm-Nomar Garciaparra Celebrity Soccer Challenge on Sunday at Kastles Stadium.

Soccer won't be the only sport on Bryant's agenda, however, as the 15-year NBA veteran and his representatives will meet with officials from the Turkish basketball club Besiktas on Saturday, according to a Reuters report.

'At the moment there's a 50 percent chance that Kobe may come to Turkey,' said Seref Yalcin, head of basketball operations for Besiktas, on Tuesday. Yalcin made the comments to reporters in Turkey, according to Reuters. 'Everything will be clearer after the meeting on the 30th [of July].'

Turkish Airlines, a company Bryant serves as a pitchman for, is sponsoring both of the soccer events over the weekend and could be the key for Besiktas to potentially make an offer lucrative enough to lure the 13-time All-Star overseas during the lockout.

Turkey's NTV Spor reported last week that Besiktas' basketball funds have been tied up by the match-fixing scandal that has ripped through the Turkish soccer world, forcing Besiktas to search for outside funding to help with their pursuit of NBA players to join New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams on their team.

'Money will not be a problem,' Yalcin said, according to Reuters. Yalcin later mentioned Turkish Airlines and two oil companies as potential sponsors for Bryant's contract, which is expected to exceed $500,000 a month. Sources told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard earlier this month that Williams' overall deal with Besiktas is worth $5 million. NTV Spor reported that Bryant's camp is seeking a monthly salary of $1 million to join Williams.

'We know that Besiktas is very much interested [in Bryant] and they've been in touch with our company as well, but we haven't started any kind of negotiations or anything like that yet,' Fatma Yuceler, a spokeswoman for Turkish Airlines, told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Wednesday.

Regardless if playing basketball overseas is in Bryant's future or not, playing soccer this weekend isn't. Despite his background playing pickup soccer games as a youth in Italy, Bryant will not lace up the cleats and play in the Hamm-Garciaparra charity scrimmage on Sunday. Bryant will merely be a spectator for the game and will give his right knee, which recently endured a platelet-rich plasma therapy procedure, a rest, according to multiple sources. On Saturday he will take to the field -- after the game -- to present the 'man of the match' award to the winner after the Manchester United versus FC Barcelona friendly.

Courtesy of ESPN


U18: Turkey hold off Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U18 - Lithuania U18 80:70

Turkey will play at the U18 European Championship semifinals. They knocked down last seasons champions Lithuania in the quarterfinals tonight. Samet Geyik (206-F-93) scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace the winners.
Turkey jumped to an 18:8 lead early in the game. They maintained the lead posting a 24:14 advantage at the first break. Turkey did not loosen the grip in the second period. They posted a 43:31 halftime advantage. Lithuania used a 16:2 rally midway through the third term to level things up at 52. The Baltic team eventually surged ahead and secured a 61:56 advantage with one quarter remaining. Turkey answered with a 13:0 run early in the final stanza to pull ahead 69:63. Turkey never slowed down in the reminder of the contest and cruised to the victory at the end. Tayfun Erulku (188-G/F-94) and Ahmet Tuncer (193-G-93) produced 12 points apiece for the winners. Tomas Lekunas (195-F-93) answered with 15 points for Lithuania. Tauras Jogela (201-F-93) had 11 points in defeat.

Turkey U18: Samet Geyik 20, Tayfun Erulku 12, Ahmet Tuncer 12
Lithuania U18: Tomas Lekunas 15, Tauras Jogela 11



U16: Croatia consigned Turkey to the first defeat - by Eurobasket News
Croatia U16-Turkey U16 91:85

Croatia consigned Turkey to the first defeat and became the only undefeated team in Group D of the U16 European Championship in Czech Republic. Croatia won 91:85 for 2-0 record, while Turkey fell at 1-1, despite a great game from Cedi Osman (195-PG-95).
The first period proved the great performance from both teams in the court. Ivan Jukic (190-G/F-95) and Cedi Osman closed the period at 24:21, while Marko Arapovic (206-C-96) gave Croatia 30:22 early int he second. Cedi Osman and Okben Ulubay (200-F-97) reduced to 4 points, while Sanli sent the squads to the lockers for 47:41. Turkey trailed more than 10 points throughout the third period, but cut it to 66:63 at the end of it. Cedi Osman brought last six points for Turkey to reduce to three and Okben Ulubay tied the game at 68:68. A 12-0 run from Croatia however was too much for the opponents. Tomic later scored the last points for the winners to take 2-0 record with them.
Mario Hezonja (200-F-95) poured in 24 points to lead all the winners, while Ivan Jukic nailed 16. Domagoj Bosnjak (197-G-95) posted 14 and Marko Arapovic scored 10. Cedi Osman ended up with 33 points in the losing effort and Okben Ulubay notched 18.

Croatia U16: Mario Hezonja 24, Ivan Jukic 16, Domagoj Bosnjak 14, Marko Arapovic 10
Turkey U16: Cedi Osman 33, Okben Ulubay 18, Ayberk Guleryuz (206-C-95) 15





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US Virgin Islands eliminate British Virgin Islands in the Semis, 79-73 - by Eurobasket News
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 79-73

US Virgin Island advanced to the Big Final of CAC Championship in Nassau. They handed 79-73 loss to British Virgin Islands in the Semifinals, which was played last night. In the other Semis, Bahamas was better than Jamaica 78-75, so US Virgin Islands and Bahamas will fight for the Gold. British Virgin Islands will meet Jamaica in the battle for third place. It is important to mention that US Virgin Islands and Bahamas already booked a ticket for the next CentroBasket and there is one more spot available. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) stepped up for the winners with 22 points. Kevin Sheppard (182-G-79, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Jacksonville) had 18 points and 6 assists, while Phillip Michael Jones (208-F/C-85, agency: ARN Sports and Entertainment, college: Charlotte) added 12 points and 10 boards. Rashid Cann (183-G-86) replied with 29 points in defeat. Their second scorer was Kleon Penn (211-C-86, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: McNeese St.) with 19 points (12 rebs), while Kennedy Bass (196-F-81, college: Anderson) stopped to 13 pts. Quarters: 21-15, 19-28, 21-16, 18-14. Saturday is the last day of the competition in Nassau.

US Virgin Islands: Walter Hodge 22, Kevin Sheppard 18+6 as, Phillip Michael Jones 12+10 boards
British Virgin Islands: Rashid Cann 29, Kleon Penn 19+12 boards, Kennedy Bass 13


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Kiev invites to Aerosvit Cup - by Eurobasket News
Kiev invites to Aerosvit Cup as four National teams will play in the capital of Ukraine. The hosts will face Belarus, Jordana and Estonia and the International Tournament.
On Friday Belarus and Jordan will start the campaign, while Ukraine will take on Estonia in the second game. On Saturday Ukraine and Belarus will play in the first game, while Jordan and Estonia will close Day 2. Ukraine and Jordan will open the last day of the competition, while Estonia and Belarus will finish the campaign.



BC Hoverla add Brian Greene - by Eurobasket News
Brian Greene (196-G/F-83, college: Florida A&M) will stay in Ukraine in the next season. The forward will however change the team. Brian Greene has reached an agreement on terms of contract with BC Hoverla. Brian Greene played for MBC Mykolaiv last season. He tallied 10.3 points, 6.1 boards, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game in Superleague. Eurobasket.com named Brian Greene into All-Ukrainian Superleague 2nd Team. Brian Greene participated at 2011 All-Star Game. He won Slam Dunk Contest. Brian Greene had stints with Antalya, Union Olimpija, Sumykhimprom and Lugano Tigers before.


U18: Ukraine edge Greece for third win in a row - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U18 - Greece U18 68:60

Ukraine recorded the third straight win at the U18 European Championship. They held off Greek counterparts to jump at 3-1 record in Group G. Greece fell at 2-2 record after the defeat. Klym Artamonov (176-PG-93) delivered 21 points, 6 assists and 4 boards to pace the winners.
The teams exchanged baskets throughout the opening quarter. Ukraine and Greece appeared tied at 19 after ten minutes of action. Ukraine opened the second term on a 10:1 run to surge in front. They maintained the lead posting a 38:29 advantage at the interval. Shundel opened the second half with a three-pointer to boost the lead. Larentzakis and Deligeorgis dragged the Hellenes within five points midway through the third term But Ukraine entered the fourth quarter up by seven points 51:44. The margin grew at 12-point mark midway through the fourth stanza but Greece ignited a 9:2 rally to narrow the deficit. However Klym Artamonov and Danylo Zuikov (185-PG-94) sank four free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Ukraine. Vladimir Gerun (206-C-94) contributed 16 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. Danylo Zuikov finished with 12 points in the win. Petros Melissaratos (202-C/F-93) answered with 18 points and 10 rebounds for Greece. Emmanouil Tselentakis (195-F-93) had 12 points in the loss.

Ukraine U18: Klym Artamonov 21, Vladimir Gerun 16+18 boards, Danylo Zuikov 12
Greece U18: Petros Melissaratos 18+10 boards, Emmanouil Tselentakis 12



Azovmash add Artem Slipenchuk - by Eurobasket News
Azovmash added depth to their backcourt. They landed Artem Slipenchuk (192-G-89, agency: Interperformances). The 21-year-old guard signed a three-year contract with the Mariupol team. Last season Artem Slipenchuk played for Kryvbasbasket. He tallied 5.7 points, 4.2 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game in Superleague. Previously the guard had stints with Budivelnyk, Hoverla and BC Kyiv. Artem Slipenchuk also played for Chipola Junior College in JUCO. He was the member of Ukrainian U16, U20 and U21 National Teams.


Ukraine open Aerosvit Cup with victory over Estonia - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine - Estonia 93:89

Ukraine opened Aerosvit Cup international tournament with victory. The hosts prevailed against Estonia in a thrilling clash in Kyiv. Steve Burtt (185-G-84, college: Iona) and Dmytro Zabirchenko (192-G-84) scored 14 points each to pace Ukraine. The hosts will take on Belarus, while Estonia will face Jordan tomorrow.
The teams entered the game on full speed. They scored eagerly as the scoreboard read 25:25 after ten minutes. Ukraine started to take over in the second period. The home team dominated in the paint and grabbed a 47:43 halftime lead. Ukraine strongly entered the second half. They boosted the margin to 14 points. Ukraine entered the final period ahead by 10 points. But Estonia refused to surrender. The visitors levelled things up at 87 late in regulation. But Sergii Gladyr (196-G/F-88) and Steve Burtt came up with crucial points to seal the victory for the hosts. Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 12 points, while Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82, agency: Beo Basket) had 11 points in the win. Gregor Arbet (194-F/G-83) responded with 22 points for Estonia. Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) netted 21 points in defeat.

Ukraine: Steve Burtt 14, Dmytro Zabirchenko 14, Viacheslav Kravtsov 12
Estonia: Gregor Arbet 22, Kristjan Kangur 21



U16: Latvia outscored Ukraine in Pardubice - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U16-Latvia U16 61:71

Latvia outscored Ukraine to improve to 2-0 with a 71:61 win in Pardubice. Latvia beat Lithuania in the opener and wanted to prove their ambitions in Day 2. The Baltic side took 10:5 in the middle of the frame, but Igor Boyarkin (180-PG-95) brought 14:13 for Ukraine. Kristaps Gluditis (188-PG-95) meanwhile closed the opening quarter at 22:16 and Ginters brought 31:29. Both teams exchanged the leads in the end of the half as Gertsons gve Latvia 42:41 at the end of twenty minutes. The third quarter was low-scoring, and Kristaps Gluditis broke a 52:52 tie with a three-point play to give Latvia the lead heading to the final period.Ginters scored for 57:54 and Rolands Smits (201-C-95) delivered two fro 63:57. Plavnieks closed the game with a free throw for 2-0 record on top of Group C with his side.
Davis Geks (183-G-95) stepped up with 14 points for the winners and Rolands Smits as well as Kristaps Gluditis added 11 points each. Ivars Zvigurs (193-G-95) followed them with 10 points for the second straight success. Prokopenko ended up with 21 points and 13 rebounds in defeat, while Igor Boyarkin and Vladlen Berezhnyy (199-F-95) netted 8 each.

Ukraine U16: Prokopenko 21+13 rebs, Igor Boyarkin 8, Vladlen Berezhnyy 8
Latvia U16: Davis Geks 14, Rolands Smits 11, Kristaps Gluditis 11, Ivars Zvigurs 10






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U18: England hammered Luxembourg in Varna - by Eurobasket News
Luxembourg U18-England U18 58:100

England hammered Luxembourg in Varna in the classification games at the U18 European Championships. The winners will now play Switzerland in the 13th place playoff on Sunday.
England led from tip-to-buzzer as they opened the game with an 8-0 run. Jordan Spencer (185-PG-94) nailed three at the end of the first period for 25:10 and Raphell Thomas-Edwards (195-F-93) brought 39:17. Wells closed the half at 47:26 making a dunk before heading to the lockers. In the third period England added massive 29-13 for the bigger lead. Raphell Thomas-Edwards gave England 76:39 when the teams finished thirty minutes in the court. Actually Luxembourg nailed 13 points in the first, second and third quarters for 39 total after the third quarter. In the last stanza Wilson brought the winners three digits as it became the final score in the game.
Jamie Batish top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Raphell Thomas-Edwards collected 20 points and 13 rebounds. Jordan Spencer scored 11, while Wilson notched 10. Gilles Polfer (189-F-93) delivered 13 points in defeat and Jo Hoeser (189-F-94) had 11.

Luxembourg U18: Gilles Polfer 13, Jo Hoeser 11
England U18: Jamie Batish 24, Raphell Thomas-Edwards 20+13 rebs, Jordan Spencer 11, Wilson 10




Griffin Swoops Into Riders - by Paul Nilsen
Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders have signed 25 year old American John Griffin (183-G-85, college: Bucknell), a 6 foot 1 inch guard from Philadelphia. Griffin comes from a strong basketball family with his father a former coach of St Josephs University in Philadelphia. The guard graduated from Bucknell University in 2008, after playing every game in a 4 year college career. Griffin averaged over 13 points a game, with 3 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals a game in his final year at Bucknell. His first year of his professional career was in Germany for the Crailsheim Proveo Merlins a Pro B Club, and Griffin led them to the championship, and promotion to Pro A, while being voted the MVP of the League. He then torn his ACL which meant his missed virtually the whole of the 2009/10 season.

He played a few games at Inter Bratislava before going the backroom staff at the Indiana Pacers last season. The guard has a European passport and is now fit to resume his
playing career. Riders Head Coach Rob Paternostro had been tracking Griffin for a while, John is a player I noticed a couple of seasons ago and tried to get him when he graduated from university, without success. He comes from a high pedigree college programme, and is a guy who can play either guard position, and can hit the big shots. He is also a winner
having taking his team to the Pro B title, and promotion in Germany, and being selected player of the year in that League is a testament to his skills and maturity. That bit of
experience will help him in the BBL, and like a number of players in this Riders team I like his hunger and in particular, his versatility.

Paternostro continued He did lose a full season to a very serious injury but I am not concerned. I think he will be coming to the Riders fit, ready and with something to prove.
He looks my kind of player.




U16: England shoot down Romania - by Eurobasket News
England U16 - Romania U16 63:43

Romania registered the second consecutive win at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They cruised past Romania to stay on top of Group A. Benjamin Mead (196-F-95) scored 12 points to lead balanced offensive effort from England. Romania fell at 0-2 record after the defeat.
England set the tone early in this one. They opened the game on a 16:3 run and posted a 19:6 lead after ten minutes. Romania stopped the bleeding in the second term. They cut the deficit at 9-point mark at halftime 20:29. Romania opened the third term with a 5:2 run to narrow the deficit to 6 points. But England entered the final frame up by 10 points 43:33. England stayed in charge throughout the final quarter and rolled to the victory at the end. Tyrell Isaacs (G-95) notched 10 points, while Tamas Okros (F-95) and Morayoninuoluwa Soluade (194-G-95) added 8 points apiece in the win. Vlad Cobzaru (199-F-95) responded with 10 points for Romania. Mehmet Hortoglu (192-G-95) nailed 9 points in defeat.

England U16: Benjamin Mead 12, Tyrell Isaacs 10, Tamas Okros 8, Morayoninuoluwa Soluade 8
Romania U16: Vlad Cobzaru 10, Mehmet Hortoglu 9



British U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Starting five
#s#
Morayoninuoluwa Soluade
Soluade
Luke Nelson
Nelson
Tyrell Isaacs
Isaacs
Samuel Round
Round
Kingsley Okoroh
Okoroh
#e#5
4 Morayoninuoluwa Soluade 194-G-95
5 Luke Nelson 185-PG-95
6 Nicholas Bohling 186-G-95
7 Jack Griffiths 175-PG-95
8 Tyrell Isaacs G-95
9 Samuel Round G-95
10 Dwayne Orija 190-F-95
11 Tamas Okros F-95
12 Kingsley Okoroh 212-C-95
13 Benjamin Mead 196-F-95
14 Johathan Orrells F-95
15 Luke Attfield C-95

Simon Fisher Head Coach
Karl Brown Assistant Leicester United Kingdom


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Five positives facts - by Wolfgang Lucena
Once again Venezuelan are wondering if the Senior National Basketball team will be able to earn one of the World cup room available by playing in the upcoming pre- Olympics games held in Mar de Plata Argentina during August 30 through September 11 of 2011.

It sounds obvious that after several days playing the 2011 professional basketball league of Venezuela our local players could be in good athletic shape and ready to face this type on challenge.
There are five positive facts that made us hope that Our National Team will be doing very good job during this upcoming international basketball contest; 1. The Venezuela Basketball Federation has been doing very well with its local tournaments and local coaches by developing new generations. 2. The professional basketball league of Venezuela (LPB) is one of the most competitive basketball leagues of America continent. 3 Many of our basketball players are in USA attending classes and playing basketball in levels as NCAA, NAIA, Prep-schools and Junior Colleges. 4. The Venezuela Basketball Federation got a deal with former NBA coach Eric Musselman who took over the senior National team's head coach position. 5. Our local players has been playing and getting experience at international professional basketball leagues as NBA, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Spain etc.
Lets hope the best for our team




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Azovmash add Artem Slipenchuk - by Eurobasket News
Azovmash added depth to their backcourt. They landed Artem Slipenchuk (192-G-89, agency: Interperformances). The 21-year-old guard signed a three-year contract with the Mariupol team. Last season Artem Slipenchuk played for Kryvbasbasket. He tallied 5.7 points, 4.2 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game in Superleague. Previously the guard had stints with Budivelnyk, Hoverla and BC Kyiv. Artem Slipenchuk also played for Chipola Junior College in JUCO. He was the member of Ukrainian U16, U20 and U21 National Teams.




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Australia prevail against China for second straight time - by Eurobasket News
Australia - China 77:74

China lost their second consecutive game to Australia on a Tour of Australia. Elyse Penaluna (193-C-88) delivered 20 points to pace the Opals to the victory in Townsville. The teams are scheduled to meet again on Saturday.
China got to the better start. The visitors posted a 21:16 lead ten minutes into the game. The tempo slowed down in the second frame. The teams combined for just 20 points as China ensured a 5-point halftime lead. The Asian powerhouse stretched the gap in the third quarter. They entered the fourth frame up by 6 points 58:52. The margin grew at 9-point mark midway through the fourth period but the Opals turned things around. They went on a 13:2 run to surge ahead 70:68. Miao LiJie (180-G-81) drained a triple to level things up at 72 moments later but Elyse Penaluna and Zavecz sank free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory for the hosts. Suzy Batkovic-Brown (193-C-80) netted 18 points, while Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) provided 13 points in the victory. Miao LiJie and Nuo Xu (196-C-87) replied with 11 points each for China. Wei Wei (207-C-89) had 10 points in the loss.

Australia: Elyse Penaluna 20, Suzy Batkovic-Brown 18, Marianna Tolo 13
China: Miao LiJie 11, Nuo Xu 11, Wei Wei 10



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Women BIBL presentation - by Eurobasket News
The Women Balkan International Basketball League is scheduled to start from the 2011/2012 season. Here is a brief presentation with the leagues goals and terms.


General Principle:

The clubs presented must be registered and must participate in their domestic championships during season 2010/11. The clubs to participate in the WBIBL must not play in any other FIBA Europe competition.


System of competition:

8/10 clubs will be divided into 2 groups (A and B) of 4/5 clubs each. Each club will play the other clubs in its own group home and away games (6/8 games for each club). The teams from one country shall be put in different groups if possible.

The teams placed 2nd and 3rd in each group will qualify for hte quarter-final play-offs, which will be the best of 3 series.

The teams placed 1st in each group will qualify directly to the Final 4.

The total number of the games will be - 31/33 games if the WBIBL is with 8 teams, and 47/49 games if the teams are 10. The number of the games depends if there will be 3rd game/s in the quarter-finals play-offs.

The WBIBL shall be operated from Sofia, Bulgaria, as the headquarters of the League shall be 14 Elisaveta Bagryana str. Office 8.

Courtesy of www.balkanleague.net




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  CHINA - Women  


Australia prevail against China for second straight time - by Eurobasket News
Australia - China 77:74

China lost their second consecutive game to Australia on a Tour of Australia. Elyse Penaluna (193-C-88) delivered 20 points to pace the Opals to the victory in Townsville. The teams are scheduled to meet again on Saturday.
China got to the better start. The visitors posted a 21:16 lead ten minutes into the game. The tempo slowed down in the second frame. The teams combined for just 20 points as China ensured a 5-point halftime lead. The Asian powerhouse stretched the gap in the third quarter. They entered the fourth frame up by 6 points 58:52. The margin grew at 9-point mark midway through the fourth period but the Opals turned things around. They went on a 13:2 run to surge ahead 70:68. Miao LiJie (180-G-81) drained a triple to level things up at 72 moments later but Elyse Penaluna and Zavecz sank free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory for the hosts. Suzy Batkovic-Brown (193-C-80) netted 18 points, while Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) provided 13 points in the victory. Miao LiJie and Nuo Xu (196-C-87) replied with 11 points each for China. Wei Wei (207-C-89) had 10 points in the loss.

Australia: Elyse Penaluna 20, Suzy Batkovic-Brown 18, Marianna Tolo 13
China: Miao LiJie 11, Nuo Xu 11, Wei Wei 10



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  CROATIA - Women  


U18 Croatia hands 63-53 loss to U18 Serbia - by Eurobasket News
U18 Croatia - U18 Serbia 63-53

Croatia was better than Serbia 63-53 in a friendly game which was played this week. Croatia was the host in this meeting. Both teams prepare for the upcoming U18 EuroBasket. Ruzica Dzankic (180-F/G-94) stepped up for Croatia with 17 points. Ivana Tikvic (189-C/F-94) had 10 and Marija Rados (181-C-93) added one point less than her. In the loosing squad, Aleksandra Stanacev (167-G-94) delivered 12 points. Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) and Katarina Vuckovic (191-C-94) added 11 and 10 pts respectively. Third quarter was the crucial one in this game. Before that, Croatia made 19-12 in the first ten minutes and Serbia responded with 10-14 in Q4. Ruzica Dzankic and her teammates exploded after the breather making impressive 21-7 in third period. It was too much for Serbia, who faced with 63-53 loss at the end. Two teams will meet again today.

Croatia: Ruzica Dzankic 17, Ivana Tikvic 10, Marija Rados 9
Serbia: Aleksandra Stanacev 12, Ivana Brajkovic 11, Katarina Vuckovic 10


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  ROMANIA - Women  


ICIM Arad returns Suzana Milovanovic - by Eurobasket News
Suzana Milovanovic (185-F-79, agency: LBM Management) is back to Romania after one year. The Serbian forward penned a deal with ICIM Arad for the next season. She was their member from 2007 until the last summer, when she moved to French Toulouse Metropole Basket. Milovanovic appeared 24 times in LFB last season averaging 10.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 2.1 steals. Jelena Milovanovic joined ICIM Arad for the first time in 2007. During the season she moved to Spanish Edtremadure Badajos and next summer rejoined Arad. In December of 2008 Milovanovic was on the move again. She penned a deal with French Tarbes at that time. Milovanovic spent the entire 2009/10 season with Arad averaging 19.3 ppg, 8.4 rpg and 2.6 apg for 7 EuroCup games. She also has experience from Turkey and Israel.

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ICIM Arad returns Suzana Milovanovic - by Eurobasket News
Suzana Milovanovic (185-F-79, agency: LBM Management) is back to Romania after one year. The Serbian forward penned a deal with ICIM Arad for the next season. She was their member from 2007 until the last summer, when she moved to French Toulouse Metropole Basket. Milovanovic appeared 24 times in LFB last season averaging 10.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 2.1 steals. Jelena Milovanovic joined ICIM Arad for the first time in 2007. During the season she moved to Spanish Edtremadure Badajos and next summer rejoined Arad. In December of 2008 Milovanovic was on the move again. She penned a deal with French Tarbes at that time. Milovanovic spent the entire 2009/10 season with Arad averaging 19.3 ppg, 8.4 rpg and 2.6 apg for 7 EuroCup games. She also has experience from Turkey and Israel.

U18 Croatia hands 63-53 loss to U18 Serbia - by Eurobasket News
U18 Croatia - U18 Serbia 63-53

Croatia was better than Serbia 63-53 in a friendly game which was played this week. Croatia was the host in this meeting. Both teams prepare for the upcoming U18 EuroBasket. Ruzica Dzankic (180-F/G-94) stepped up for Croatia with 17 points. Ivana Tikvic (189-C/F-94) had 10 and Marija Rados (181-C-93) added one point less than her. In the loosing squad, Aleksandra Stanacev (167-G-94) delivered 12 points. Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) and Katarina Vuckovic (191-C-94) added 11 and 10 pts respectively. Third quarter was the crucial one in this game. Before that, Croatia made 19-12 in the first ten minutes and Serbia responded with 10-14 in Q4. Ruzica Dzankic and her teammates exploded after the breather making impressive 21-7 in third period. It was too much for Serbia, who faced with 63-53 loss at the end. Two teams will meet again today.

Croatia: Ruzica Dzankic 17, Ivana Tikvic 10, Marija Rados 9
Serbia: Aleksandra Stanacev 12, Ivana Brajkovic 11, Katarina Vuckovic 10


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  SPAIN - Women  


UNB Obenasa Lacturale close to sign three new players - by Eurobasket News
UNB Obenasa Lacturale continues with busy summer. The team is close to sign deals with Paula Segui (191-C-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas), Alicia Arias (186-F/C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Begona Garca. Paula Segui spent last season with Ibiza. She appeared 23 times in LFB averaging 4.9 points and 4 rebounds. In 2009/10 Segui played for Mariana. Alicia Arias played last season for Aros Leon. Two years ago she had 3.5 ppg and 3 rpg for Socinsa Bembibre PDM, LF2. The team will have a new Head Coach for the next season. It will be Cesar Ruperez . He worked last three years with UNB Obenasa Navarra Pamplona. This summer Ruperez led U20 Spain to Gold medal at the European Championships U20 in Serbia. In 2010, he won the Silver at the European Championships U20 for Women in Liepaja.

Girona lands guard Jene Morris - by Eurobasket News
Jene Morris (175-G-87, college: San Diego St.) is a new member of Girona. The American guard penned a 3-year deal with the club. She heads to Girona from the Israeli team Raanana Hertzeliya, where she finished last season. For 11 games in D1 Morris had 16.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.4 apg and 2.5 spg. She started the season in Poland with CCC Polkowice. There in 14 PLKK game she averaged 7.3 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.4 steals. It was the first season as a pro for Morris. She graduated at the San Diego State University in 2010. In 34 games as a senior Morris had 17.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.9 apg and 3 spg. Indiana Fever selected her as tenth overall pick in the 2010 WNBA Draft. She played 24 games for them averaging 3 points that year.

Cadi la Seu adds American guard Adrianne Ross - by Eurobasket News
Adrianne Ross (173-G-84, agency: Merit Sports, college: TCU) will continue her career in Spain. The American guard penned a one-year deal with Cadi la Seu. She spent last season in Poland as a member of Blachy Pruszynski Lider Pruszkow. For 23 games in PLKK she averaged 15 points, 4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.4 steals. Ross ended the competition as the second best scorer and third in steals. Eurobasket awarded her with All-Polish PLKK 2nd Team -11. Before Pruszkow, Ross spent one year with Inea AZS Poznan. In 2008, she played for the WNBA team San Antonio Silver Stars. However, Ross appeared just six times that season with limited playing time. Adrianne Ross is a product of the Texas Christian University, where she graduated in 2008.

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  TURKEY - Women  


Botas signs PF/C Naile Ivegin - by Eurobasket News
Botas announced signing of Naile Ivegin (185-F/C-85) for the next season. The Turkish power forward/center heads to her new club from Tarsus, where she spent 2010/11. For 25 games in TKBL Ivegin averaged 6.4 points and 3.6 rebounds. From 2008 until the last summer Ivegin played for Besiktas. She had 6.3 ppg and 3.3 rpg in TKBL in their second season together. Ivegin also added 5.5 ppg and 4 rpg for 8 EuroCup games that year. Naile Ivegin already played for Botas in the past. She was their member from 2003 to 2008. Ivegin also played for the Turkish National Team from 2008 to 2011. A month ago they won the Silver at the EuroBasket in Poland. Ivegin had very limited playing time at this event.

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  WNBA - Women  


Liberty sign rookie C Ta'Shia Phillips - by Eurobasket News
The New York Liberty have signed rookie center Ta'Shia Phillips (6'6''-C-89, college: Xavier) and released forward Felicia Chester (6'3''-F-88, college: De Paul).

The 6-foot-6 Phillips, picked eighth overall in this year's draft by Atlanta and then dealt to Washington, averaged 1.9 points and 1.6 in 10 games for the Mystics. She averaged 14.5 points and 11.8 rebounds in four years at Xavier and was a two-time Atlantic 10 defensive player of the year.

Chester, selected 15th overall by Minnesota, totaled two points and eight rebounds in four games with the Liberty.

Courtesy of www.kxnet.com


Standings
WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Indiana F. 12-6 
 2. Connecticut S. 10-6 
 3. New York L. 10-7 
 4. Chicago S. 9-10 
 5. Atlanta D. 8-9 
 6. Washington M. 3-13 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 11-4 
 2. S.Antonio SS 11-5 
 3. Phoenix M. 10-7 
 4. Seattle S. 9-7 
 5. L.Angeles S. 6-10 
 6. Tulsa S. 1-16 


Mystics cant stave off Libertys 4th-quarter run, lose 75-71 - by Eurobasket News
Coming off a nine-day layoff, New York struggled with rust and last-place Washington before making enough big plays down the stretch to pull out another win.

Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) scored 19 points and Kia Vaughn (6'4''-C-87, college: Rutgers) had 14 - including the go-ahead layup with 54 seconds remaining - and New York beat Washington 75-71 on Thursday night. Plenette Pierson (6'2''-F/C-81, college: Texas Tech) added 13 points to give the Liberty (10-7) their sixth win in eight games.

'It affects a team', Pondexter said. 'You kind of lose that rhythm and that edge playing games when youre not playing for a certain amount of days, seven or eight. Its a long period of time, its almost half of a training camp, which is 2 weeks.'

Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-F/C-86, college: Maryland) had 18 points and nine rebounds, Kelly Miller (5'10''-G-78, college: Georgia) scored 17 and Marissa Coleman (6'1''-G/F-87, college: Maryland) 13 for theMystics (3-13), who have lost eight of nine.

It's tough because its another game we just kind of blew away, Langhorne said. Were in the game and we dont get back when we need to and we lose. Were playing well and we just break down. You cant win games playing like that.

New York trailed 36-32 at halftime while shooting 14 for 32 (44 percent) from the field, but had no free-throw attempts.

I can blame part of that on officiating, but it was really us, Liberty coach John Whisenant said. We were just not being aggressive going to the basket. We were stopping and wanting to shoot jump shots, and we didnt get any fouls. We were more aggressive in the second half, we got more assists, we got the ball movement.

The Liberty used an 11-0 run bridging the third and fourth quarters to take the lead. Pondexters layup in the opening minute of the fourth put New York ahead 56-55 its first advantage since late in the second quarter and Carsons 3-pointer with under 8 minutes left capped the run and stretched the lead to four.

Coleman hit a 3 about 45 seconds later to pull Washington within one. Demya Walker (6'3''-F/C-77, college: Virginia) made two free throws and Kerri Gardin made a layup to give the Mystics a 67-66 lead with under 4 minutes to go.

The teams traded baskets, with Vaughns layup with 54 seconds remaining giving the Liberty a 72-71 lead. On the Mystics ensuing possession, Gardin was whistled for an offensive foul on a drive to the basket that would have regained the lead with under 37 seconds left.

Courtesy of www.washingtontimes.com


Win streak at home ends, Sun lose to Fever, 69-58 - by Eurobasket News
Connecticut shot a season-worst 30.6 percent from the field and lost to Indiana, 69-58, Thursday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

With the exception of a brief time in the first quarter, the Sun (10-6) trailed the entire game in the battle for supremacy in the WNBA's Eastern Division.

The Sun chopped the lead to as little as three once in the second half, but generally never could get closer than four points.

Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) scored 13 and Renee Montgomery (5'7''-G-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) added 10 for the Sun.

Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) led the Fever with 16 while Shannon Bobbitt (5'2''-G-85, college: Tennessee) added a career-high 13 points.

Courtesy of www.norwichbulletin.com


Sky hand Shock 11th straight loss with 64-55 victory - by Eurobasket News
For a year, Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) played big sister and mentor to Abi Olajuwon.

They faced off again Thursday night, with Fowles and the Chicago Sky staving off a late surge to hand the Tulsa Shock their 11th straight loss with a 64-55 victory.

'It's always fun going against Abi', Fowles said. 'She's going to make you work for everything you get. Abi and I used to go at it pretty good, only because I want the best for her. I felt like she always got pampered and wanted things easy, so I would play the sister from hell, making her life a little miserable.'

Shes growing. You can see parts of her game getting better. She soaks up everything you tell her.

After Olajuwon had three years of being knocked around by Oklahoma teammate Courtney Paris (6'4''-C-87, college: Oklahoma) in practice, it was Fowles turn to school the former Sooner in Olajuwons rookie season in 2010.

Fowles joked, Courtney's just big. Ive got talent. Believe it or not, Abi used to push me around a lot in practice. I would get mad. She made me work and that always makes you better as a big girl.

Their friendship actually pre-dates Olajuwons college days.

Shes been my big sister and mentor since high school, Olajuwon said. Its an honor to have the opportunity to learn from one of the best post players in the country.

Its definitely different than going against Courtney. It was a great experience and I know shes always going to go hard on me.

Fowles finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds, including a layup in traffic at the 1:40 mark that ended the Shocks comeback bid.

Tulsa (1-16) trailed by five at halftime but rallied with an 11-1 run in the third quarter to take a 48-46 lead in the final minute of the period. But the Shock fell apart in the fourth, scoring just seven points.

Tiffany Jackson (6'3''-F-85, college: Texas) had 11 rebounds, tying a WNBA record with eight offensive boards.

Tulsa guard Ivory Latta (5'6''-G-84, college: N.Carolina) scored 20 points in just her second game back since battling a staph infection.

Chicago coach Pokey Chatman praised the play of rookie Courtney Vandersloot (5'8''-G-89, college: Gonzaga), who finished with 12 points and no turnovers.

That was probably her best game of late, well maybe her best game overall, Chatman said. All I know is she had no turnovers and thats big. She didnt get the chance to be indoctrined the league. Weve had to throw her out there with all her injuries.

Chatman said the win was big because of the teams struggles on the road, picking up just their second road win of the season.

Weve struggled on the road this year, she said. Weve had too many turnovers this year. Tonight, we did a better job of taking care of the ball.

It wasnt a pretty game. Everyone was playing hard. It became ugly but when it got down to it we took care of business.

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant sat courtside, saying he was about 50-50 on playing overseas if the NBA lockout lasted by may have to think about it.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


Hammon scores 33, Silver Stars top Mercury 102-91 - by Eurobasket News
Becky Hammon (5'6''-G-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) scored 33 points, including a trio of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, to lead the San Antonio Silver Stars to a 102-91 win over the Phoenix Mercury on Thursday.

Phoenix came within striking distance midway through the fourth before Hammon, who has been battling a nagging right shoulder injury all season, hit back-to-back 3-pointers to push the lead back to 14 points.

Moments later, Harmon hit another three to put the Silver Stars up 100-87 with 2:08 left, and the Mercury would get no closer than 10 points the rest of the way.

San Antonio has won four of five and pulled within a half game of Western Conference-leading Minnesota.

Diana Taurasi (6'0''-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) finished with 27 points, five assists and went 11 of 11 from the free throw line for the Mercury. Candice Dupree (6'2''-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) had 17 points and 14 rebounds for Phoenix (10-7), which has lost three straight.

'I think we did some good things and we did some things that didn't help us,' Taurasi said. 'San Antonio played really well, they executed, and they made a lot of plays throughout the game.'

The Silver Stars (11-5), who were without All-Star rookie forward Danielle Adams (6'1''-F/C-89, college: Texas A&M) due to a sprained right toe, dished out 29 assists on 37 field goal attempts.

'I thought we really played well as a team today,' Hammon said. 'Sophia (Young) did a great job finding open people. We did a great job of moving the ball around, and we shot better because of it. Its just a great team win.'

Harmon also finished with seven assists and went 7 for 10 from beyond the arc for the Silver Stars, who scored 32 points off 21 Phoenix turnovers.

The Silver Stars built an early 14-point lead in the first quarter, with Hammon scoring 13 points in the quarter.

But Taurasi, who was held scoreless for most of the first half, hit a few key baskets to ignite a 13-0 run late in the second quarter to trim a 14-point to one with 2:39 left in the half.

San Antonio's Scholanda Robinson (5'10''-G-83, college: LSU) hit a 3-pointer before Jia Perkins nailed a jumper at the buzzer to push the Silver Stars' lead to 48-42 at intermission.

'When you play Phoenix, the lead doesn't matter,' Hammon said. 'You can't get ahead of this team and you can't get behind. I tell this team all the time, whenever you play Phoenix, if you're down 20 you're in the game, if you're up 20, they're still in the game. They always come back at you.'

Down 71-62 midway through the third, the Mercury pulled within one again with a 10-1 run capped off by a Taurasi pull-up jumper.

San Antonio came right back with seven straight points, including a 3-pointer by Hammon after a bad pass by Taurasi to give the Silver Stars a 78-70 lead going into the fourth.

'I was really pleased that we answered their runs,' San Antonio coach Dan Hughes said. 'We got control of the game early, but you know they're going to come back. They're such a difficult team to guard, but I thought this was a more aggressive San Antonio team that (Phoenix) played today.'

Perkins finished with 14 points, while Danielle Robinson and Scholanda Robinson each added 11 points for the Silver Stars.

Taylor and Kara Braxton finished with 11 points apiece for the Mercury.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


McCoughtry's 22 points, 11 rebounds lead Dream - by Eurobasket News
Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86, college: Louisville) had 22 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists to help the Atlanta Dream beat the Los Angeles Sparks 89-80 Thursday night for their fifth straight victory.

Armintie Price (5'9''-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Mississippi) added 14 points and Iziane Castro Marques (6'0''-G/F-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had all of her 13 points in the second quarter for Atlanta, which is one win from matching a franchise-best streak that began last season.

The Sparks lost their fourth straight. Ebony Hoffman (6'2''-F/C-82, college: USC) scored 16 points and Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, college: USC) added 15 for Los Angeles.

McCoughtry made a difficult jumper with 1:35 remaining and 2 seconds left on the shot clock, standing beside the right baseline and arcing in a soft 17-footer for an 80-72 lead that all but ended Los Angeles' chances.

Courtesy of www.kxnet.com


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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19 - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Damiris DANTAS
  (192-C-92)
  Avg: 21
 1. Dantas, BRA21.0 
 2. Amer, EGY19.3 
 3. Gortnar, SLO18.8 
 4. Watanabe, JPN18.0 
 5. Motokawa, JPN16.8 
 6. Fields, CAN16.2 
 7. Diaz, ARG15.4 
 8. Plouffe, CAN15.3 
 9. Roberts, AUS14.0 
 10. Gretter, ARG13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Damiris DANTAS
  (192-C-92)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Dantas, BRA12.5 
 2. Tikhonenko, RUS9.5 
 3. Cabrera, ARG9.2 
 4. Ndour, ESP9.2 
 5. Gortnar, SLO9.0 
 6. Amer, EGY8.8 
 7. Roberts, AUS8.4 
 8. Elshaarawy, EGY7.8 
 9. Tippett, AUS7.6 
 10. Djaldi-Tabdi, FRA7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Rebecca COLE
  (177-PG-92)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Cole, AUS6.8 
 2. Machida, JPN5.7 
 3. Gretter, ARG5.6 
 4. Massengale, USA3.8 
 5. Baric, SLO3.3 
 6. Hartley, USA3.2 
 7. Martins, BRA2.5 
 8. Ortiz, ESP2.5 
 9. Takada, JPN2.3 
 10. Zuo, CHN2.2 
Steals Per Game
 Debora CARANGELO
  (167-PG-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Carangelo, ITA3.0 
 2. Hartley, USA2.8 
 3. Martins, BRA2.7 
 4. Massoud, EGY2.5 
 5. Plouffe, CAN2.5 
 6. Williams, CAN2.5 
 7. Osama, EGY2.3 
 8. Allen, AUS2.2 
 9. Gretter, ARG2.2 
 10. Ramona, BRA2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Hala ELSHAARAWY
  (181-F-93)
  Avg: 2
 1. Elshaarawy, EGY2.0 
 2. Stewart, USA1.3 
 3. Ndour, ESP1.3 
 4. Tikhonenko, RUS1.2 
 5. Amer, EGY1.0 
 6. Tippett, AUS1.0 
 7. Bunton, AUS0.8 
 8. Gortnar, SLO0.8 
 9. Djaldi-Tabdi, FRA0.8 
 10. Ma, CHN0.8