EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/5/2011

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Cedevita lands Chris Owens - by Eurobasket News
Chris Owens (204-F-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Texas) is a new member of Cedevita. The American power forward signed a one-year deal with his new club. Owens arrives from Azovmash, where he finished last season. For 36 games in Ukraine Owens registered 11.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2 apg and 1.1 bpg. He also added 14.8 ppg and 7.5 rpg for 6 EuroCup games. In VTB United league, Owens had 12.7 ppg and 6.9 rpg. Eurobasket named him All-VTB League 2nd Team -11. Owens started last season with Gravelines.
In 2009, Chris Owens was named Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Player of the Year. He had 17.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg and 1.4 spg for Donetsk that season. In the past, he also played for Panelinios, Galatasaray, ALBA Berlin, Panionios and Marousi.


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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


James Mays for Central African Republic? - by Kristian Santiago
It all looks like James Mays (206-F-86, college: Clemson) maybe suiting up for the Central African Republic at the African Championships in Madagascar this year.
The U.S. American was inderectly mentioned by a local newspaper report as they spoke of a former Clemson-player who is undergoing the process of naturalization to be able to play for the country.
Mays played lastly in Puerto Rico and Turkey and is a touted pro player who gives the 'Centreafricain' debth under the baskets, due to the lack of home-grown quality post players.




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  ALGERIA   


Groupe Sportif Petrolier is 2010/2011 Winner - by Eurobasket News
Groupe Sportif Petrolier is 2010/2011 Winner in the country as the team won the Final series over CRB Dar El Beida. In the first game the winners produced a 109:78 win over the opponents to win Game 1. In the second game the favorites needed 91:80 to triumph in the League.
In the game for the third place CSMC CONSANTINE overcame NB Staoueli 113:72.



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  ARGENTINA   


Poland beat Argentina in Riga - by Eurobasket News
Poland U19 - Argentina U19 73:71

Polish team opened U19 World Championship Eighth-Final round with victory. They overcame Argentinean counterparts to improve at 3-1 record in Group E. Argentina slipped at 2-2 record after the loss.
It all looked good for Poland. They opened the game on a 9:2 run. Poland maintained the lead throughout the starting period posting a 20:11 advantage at the break. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) and Michal Michalak (194-G-93) boosted the gap to 14 points late in the half. Paredes and Giorgetti helped Argentina to come back into the contest. The Latin American team got within three points midway through the third fame. Poland were able to secure a 50:46 lead with one quarter remaining. The Polish team increased the margin to 9-point mark midway through the fourth term 58:49. But Argentina bounced back as the barrage of three-pointers erased the deficit. Carlos Paredes (196-F-92) pulled in front 71:70 with 37 seconds to go. Mateusz Ponitka answered with three free throws to give Poland a 73:71 lead. Carlos Paredes had a chance to save the game for Argentina but missed a buzzer-beater. Mateusz Ponitka accounted for 20 points to lead Poland. Michal Michalak added 16 points in the winning effort. Carlos Paredes replied with 17 points for Argentina. Luciano Massarelli (183-PG-93) and Pablo Perez (202-F-92) banked 12 points apiece in the loss.

Poland U19: Mateusz Ponitka 20, Michal Michalak 16, Piotr Niedzwiedzki (210-F-93) 14
Argentina U19: Carlos Paredes 17, Luciano Massarelli 12, Pablo Perez 12



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  AUSTRALIA   


Emus edged Russia at the start of the 1/8 Finals stage of Group E - by Eurobasket News
Australia U19-Russia U19 85:78

Emus edged Russia at the U19 World Championship in Latvia in the start of the 1/8 Finals stage of Group E. The Australian U19 selection overcame the European team 85:78.
The tournaments structure saw the top three teams from Pool A and Pool B form a six-team Pool E, where both teams were currently placed.
The fixture for round two takes a cross-over format, which means that teams from Pool A will not face each other again. Instead they will line-up against each of the top three teams from Pool B.
Russia started well and grabbed 21-18 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Although Australia won the second frame 21-20, Russia enjoyed 2-point halftime advantage. Moreover the European team increased to 3 points after 22-21 in the third period, but could not win. Emus however needed 27-17 to take 3-1 record on top of Group E.
Anthony Drmic (196-F/G-92) paced all the winners with 22 points and Mitchell Creek (198-F/G-92) netted 16. Igor Hadziomerovic (195-G-92) ended up with 15 points, while Hugh Greenwood (190-G-92) scored 11. Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) and Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92) posted 19 points each in the losing effort.

Australia U19: Anthony Drmic 22, Mitchell Creek 16, Igor Hadziomerovic 15, Hugh Greenwood 11
Russia U19: Sergey Karasev 19, Dmitry Kulagin 19




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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


KK Mornar Bar will participate in the 2011/2012 EUROHOLD Balkan League - by Eurobasket News
KK Mornar Bar confirmed their participation in the 2011/2012 EUROHOLD Balkan League with an official letter, addressed to the BIBL. This will be the Montenegrin teams third consecutive year in the League, as they made their debut back in 2009/2010.

During the last season of the EUROHOLD BIBL, Mornar impressed everybody, as they reached the Final Four, but there they lost to the future champion KK Feni Industries in the semifinals.

Last season head coach Djordje Pavicevic relied mainly on talented local youngsters, such as Nikola Ivanovic, Nemanja Radovic and Slovenian Mirza Sarajlija. Also they had one of the top scorers of the BIBL Ivan Jelenic.

The average age of the team was 22.4 years, which made them the second youngest team in the BIBL, after KK Brod-Svjetlost.

Courtesy of www.balkanleague.net


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  BELARUS   


Bennet Cantu officially signs Artsiom Parakhouski - by Eurobasket News
As expected, Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87, college: Radford) officially became a new member of Bennet Cantu. He signed a one-year deal with the club. Parakhouski could replace Benjamin Ortner, close to leave the team and be in the frontline of the team along with Marko Scekic and Denis Marconato. Artsiom Parakhouski started in 2006-2007 for S.Idaho JC (JUCO) and in 2008-2009 joined Radford (NCAA, starting five). In 33 games he averaged 16.2ppg, 11.2rpg, 1.1apg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 53.7%, FT: 65.5%. In 2009-2010 for Radford (NCAA, starting five) in 31 games he averaged 21.4ppg, 13.4rpg, 1.1apg, 2.1bpg, FGP: 58.1%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 56.2%. In 2010-2011 moved to VEF Riga (Latvia-LBL, starting five) and in Latvian League after 12 games had 10.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 60.0%, FT: 69.6%. In VTB League after 10 games he had 12.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 54.1%, FT: 63.8%, while in EuroCup averaged 8.0ppg, 5.3rpg, FGP: 67.7%, FT: 60.0%. In Baltic League after 25 games he had 15.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 62.6%, FT: 71.5%, played also at BK VEF Riga junior team (Latvia-LBL).
Bennet Cantu reached the SerieA Finals last season, but failed against Montepaschi. They were runners-up in regular season as well.


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  BOSNIA   


Zlatko Jovanovic heads to Romania - by Eurobasket News
Zlatko Jovanovic (181-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket) will continue his career in Romania. The Bosnian point guard signed a deal with Timisoara. Zlatko Jovanovic arrives to Timisoara from the Iranian team Towzin Electric Kashan, where he finished last season. He started it with Borac Nekta Banja Luka. For 9 games in Bosnian D1, Jovanovic had 15 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.4 pg and 1.2 spg. Season 2009/10, Jovanovic spent with Bosna ASA BHT. He helped them win the National Cup that year. In Adriatic league, Jovanovic had 9.5 ppg and 2.7 apg. He also added 9 ppg, 2 rpg and 3.2 apg in Bosnian league. Zlatko Jovanovic was Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Player of the Year -09. He was a member of Sloboda Dita at that time. In the past, he also played for Vojvodina and Polet Novi Becej. Zlatko Jovanovic was invited to Bosnian National Team camp in 2009.

Strasbourg to test Damir Krupalija - by Eurobasket News
Damir Krupalija (205-F/C-79, college: Illinois) will be tested by the French team Strasbourg, where he tries to earn a deal. He spent last season with Hyeres-Toulon. Krupalija joined them last summer and he appeared 22 times in ProA averaging 13.2 points, 8.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists. He was a member of Dijon from 2007 until the last summer. His first season with the club was the best for Krupalija as he had 12 ppg, 8.2 rpg and 2.8 apg. Before Dijon, he spent four years with Charleroi. Krupalija helped Charleroi to win the Belgian league title in 2004. In 2003, he won the Polish league title with Anwil. Krupalija is a product of Illinois University, where he graduated in 2002. He played for Bosnian NT in 2003 and 2004 and also from 2006 to 2008.

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  BRAZIL   


Brazil silence hosts at U19 World Championship - by Eurobasket News
Brazil U19 - Latvia U19 88:73

Brazil earned the third straight victory at U19 World Championship in Latvia. The Latin American side knocked down the hosts to improve at 3-1 record in Group E. Raul Neto (186-PG-92) dropped 19 points to pace the winners. Latvia fell at 2-2 record after the loss.
Latvia led right from the start. They stayed on top throughout the opening quarter recording an 18:17 lead ten minutes into the game. However Brazil answered with six straight points early in the second frame to surge in front. The visitors gradually boosted the margin to enjoy a 46:34 halftime lead. Lucas Riva and Raul Neto ensured a 16-point lead for Brazil midway through the third term. Soon Brazil gained a 20-point lead and arrived at the final break ahead by 14 points 72:58. Latvia could not get closer than 14 points in the fourth frame and had to yield at the end. Bruno Irigoyen (202-G/F-92) netted 17 points, while David Rossetto (180-PG-93) contributed 14 points in the winning effort. Edmunds Dukulis (204-C-92, agency: Players Group) answered with 22 points and 9 rebounds for Latvia. Davis Bertans (205-C-92) accounted for 15 points in defeat.

Brazil U19: Raul Neto 19, Bruno Irigoyen 17, David Rossetto 14
Latvia U19: Edmunds Dukulis 22, Davis Bertans 15




Sao Jose dos Campos inks Andre Laws - by Paulo Freire
The director board of Sao Jose dos Campos Basketball announced on Monday afternoon (7/04) their newest player for the 2011-2012 season. The American guard Andre Laws (186-G-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: San Diego), who height 1.86 m. The deal have been work out in talks with the Joseense team since few weeks ago. With the hiring of Laws, the Joseense team closes their negotiations for the Paulista State A1 wich will debut in August.

According to head coach Regis Marrelli the hiring of Laws was already a desire of the team since last season.

'We had already tried to sign him last season, but he closed a deal with an Argentine team. After we negotiate for a few weeks we are now happy to have an agreement with him, 'said coach Regis.

Laws is expected to be official present for the group on July 11, when hewill began his training and will deliver all documentation necessary in order to be in court with the group to the Paulista State debut.


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  BULGARIA   


Hristo Nikolov heads to Hungary - by Eurobasket News
Hristo Nikolov (200-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) will continue his career in Hungary. The Bulgarian forward penned a deal with Szolnoki Olajbanyasz. It will be his second season out of Bulgaria. He spent 2010/11 in Romania as a member of Steaua Turabo Bucuresti. For 38 games in Romanian league Nikolov had 8.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 2.1 apg. He also added 8.4 ppg and 3.9 rpg for 8 games in EuroChallenge. He helped Steaua reach the League Semifinals and Cup Finals.
Before Steaua, Hristo Nikolov spent two years with Lukoil Akadamik. He won two NBL titles with them averaging 6 points and 2.7 rebounds in their second season. In the past, Nikolov spent few years with CSKA Sophia. He played for the Bulgarian University National Team in 2009.


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  CANADA   


Volcanoes stand tall as IBL champs - by Eurobasket News
Kevin Bloodsaw (194-G/F-72, college: Ozarks) raised his fists in triumph, then leaped onto the press table three feet above the gymnasium floor. Truth is, he was a lot higher than that.

The 39-year-old and the team he plays for have each been waiting seven years for their first International Basketball League championship.

When the Vancouver Volcanoes beat the Edmonton Energy 124-116 in the leagues title game Sunday, the surrounding euphoria in the OConnell Sports Center at Clark College was not to be suppressed.

'I can't even describe it. This is all we worked hard for at the beginning of the season, said Bloodsaw, who then picked up his 4-year-old son Devin and said to him, we did it. This is what I came here for, to bring a championship to Vancouver. '

Volcanoes majority owner/coach Bryan Hunter was equally driven to capture a title. Hunter bought the team five years ago and vividly remembers Vancouvers four consecutive losses in the semifinals heading into this postseason.

A brilliant start to this year was overshadowed by five losses in seven games as the playoff neared, along with Hunter having to dismiss players who interfered with the Volcanoes cohesiveness. But considering Vancouver (15-6) ended the season on a five-game winning streak, its safe to assume the problems were sorted out.

This is a culmination of everything single thing weve gone through this whole season. The long hours, the sweat, the no pay and going through adversity, Hunter said. Everyone on our team played their hearts out.

And against the Energy, they had to.

Edmonton (15-7) featured two 6-11 centers in Lee Scruggs (211-F/C-79, agency: Edge Sports, college: Georgetown) and Jeffrey Ferguson (211-F/C-81, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Wayne St., MI). It also boasted guard Rashaun Broadus (182-G-84, college: BYU), who entered the game averaging 15.9 points and a league-leading 9.0 assists per game.

He only had four assists Sunday, but seeing as how he finished with a game-high 36 points, passing didnt necessarily seem like his best option.

Broadus paced the Energy to a 41-32 lead midway through the second quarter. Then, the Volcanoes went on a 16-1 run, and after ending the first half up 51-49, never trailed again.

Devin Uskoski (198-C-85, college: Rocky Mountain) led the Volcanoes with 25 points and 14 rebounds. Jake Carlisle (198-G/F-75, college: Alaska-Anch.), who was selected as the tournaments Most Valuable Player, added 23 points and 11 rebounds.

Vancouver, which finished the year 12-0 on its home floor, stretched its lead to as much as 16 points when Durrell Nevels knocked down a field goal midway through the second quarter. And while Edmonton did climb to within eight with two minutes to go, a late 3-point play by Nevels sealed the win.

This was such a team effort. All the great, dirty things the guys is what got this for us, said Carlisle. This is a real high level. The longer you play Im playing brain basketball instead of athletic basketball. At one point this team was kind of falling apart, but we got it together. This is one of the top moments in my athletic career.

Courtesy of www.columbian.com


USA rally past Canada in Riga - by Eurobasket News
USA U19 - Canada U19 83:54

USA continued to roll confidently at U19 World Championship in Latvia. They opened the Qualifying Round with victory over their North American rivals. USA outgunned Canada to improve at 4-0 record in Group F. Canada slipped at 1-3 record.
USA grabbed the initiative right from the start. They ensured a 21:14 lead after ten minutes. USA deepened the damage in the second quarter. They limited Canada to only 9 points to establish a 46:23 halftime lead. The United States did not slow down after the big break. Paul Hewitt team secured a 28-point lead with one quarter remaining. Canada had little chance to recover as the USA rallied to the victory at the end. James Bell (6'5''-G-92) knocked down 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in the victory. Doug McDermott (6'7''-F-92) added 10 points for the USA. Sim Bhullar (7'4''-C-92) answered with 15 points and 7 boards for Canada. Junior Lomomba (6'4''-G-93) and Dyshawn Pierre (6'6''-F-93) netted 11 points apiece in the loss.

USA U19: James Bell 16, Doug McDermott 10, Jeremy Lamb 9
Canada U19: Sim Bhullar 15, Junior Lomomba 11, Dyshawn Pierre 11



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  CBC CHAMPIONSHIPS   


CBC squad now down to 15 players - by Kristian Santiago
(BY the Guyana Chronicle)

With the 21st Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championships just three weeks away, the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) has shorten its squad to 15 as they shift into high gear in preparation for the event. The selection committee headed by GABF Vice President Floyd Levi selected twelve locals and three overseas players after the team held their practice session yesterday at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall
ahead of the July 23 29 games.

National standout point guard steve Neils Jr along with youth basketball sensation Akeem 'The Dream' Kanhai heads the local list that also features tenacious power forward Dwayne Brown Sugar
Roberts, Stephon Gillis, Royston Siland, Shelroy Thomas (173-90), Ryan Gullen, Neil Marks, Rodwell Fortune, Ryan Stephaney, Randy Richards and Shane Webster.

Not finding favour with the selection panel from the shortlisted 19 players, were guard Kevin Joseph and Travis Burnett and forwards Jermaine Slater and Louis James.

Armstrong Atlantic State University (AASU) shooting guard Keron McKenzie (193-G-86, agency: ARN Sports and Entertainment, college: Armstr.Atlantic) along with Trinidad and Tobago based forward Andrew Ifill (197-F-79) and Barbados based centre Kirk Elias are the three overseas
players selected.

Contacted yesterday, Levi said that Ellias is expected in Guyana tomorrow but was uncertain when Ifill and McKenzie would be available.

According to Levi, Ifill is wrapping up his league in Trinidad and Tobago while McKenzie is presently on the verge of seeking a contract with some clubs in Europe.

I personally have been in contact with the players and they all are somewhat involved in basketball competitively where they live which will certainly be taken into consideration, said Levi.

The former Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Commander further added that with the case of McKenzie, he is working out right now as he prepares for a stint in Europe.
He should be getting a contract with one of two teams in Europe so Im not yet certain when he would join us before the CBC tournament starts. Ifill is about to play in the finals with his club, so like I said, they are all very much active.

Initially, it was announced that the squad will be broken down next weekend, but Levi said that a decision was taken to bring it forward so that the coaches Lugard Mohan, Mark Agard, Abdullah Hamid and Robert Cadogan could have a chance to work with a core unit.

I think it was a good call because now the coaches can go into planning their systems and so on and properly fine tune their preparation. See, look at how the time is moving and we have to step
things up a bit to get our guys properly prepared, Levi said.

Guyana will join defending Champions Jamaica, Turks & Caicos, Antigua and Barbuda and the US Virgin Islands in group A of the Championships that bounces off on July 23 in Nassau Bahamas.

The CBC Championship is the competition used to give regional teams a chance to qualify for the World Championships and the Olympic Games.


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  CENTRAL AFRICA   


ASM Basket Le Puy-en-Velay adds Gotagni to their roster - by Eurobasket Center
ASM Basket Le Puy-en-Velay (NM1) added to their roster 32-year old Central African international forward Martial Gotagni (190-F-79). Gotagni played most recently at Golbey Espinal Thaon Vosges (NM1). While playing 32 games for Get Vosges last season he averaged 10.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg. Gotagni is a very experienced player. He has already 10 years experience playinf for Central African national team.

By Eurobasket Data Center


James Mays for Central African Republic? - by Kristian Santiago
It all looks like James Mays (206-F-86, college: Clemson) maybe suiting up for the Central African Republic at the African Championships in Madagascar this year.
The U.S. American was inderectly mentioned by a local newspaper report as they spoke of a former Clemson-player who is undergoing the process of naturalization to be able to play for the country.
Mays played lastly in Puerto Rico and Turkey and is a touted pro player who gives the 'Centreafricain' debth under the baskets, due to the lack of home-grown quality post players.




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  CHILE   


Copa Chile semifinals: Boston tied the series and Liceo took a 2-0 lead - by Daniel Valencia
Boston College tied the semifinals series against CD Universidad de Concepcion after a 83-81 victory on sunday night, while Liceo Mixto Mixto is one step away from the finals after defeating to Puente Alto 100-91 in game 1 and 73-71 in game 2 of the series.

Game 2

CD Boston College 83 - CD Universidad de Concepcion 81
Bos
: Julius Holt (187-G/F-85) 21 pts. Sascha Frings (200-F/C-86) 14 pts.
Ucon: Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83) 24 pts.

Series tied 1-1

Game 1


CD Liceo Mixto 100 - Puente Alto 91
Lic
: Patricio Briones (213-C-72, college: Dade CC) 31 pts.


Game 2

CD Liceo Mixto 73 - Puente Alto 71

Liceo Mixto lead the series 2-0

Game 3 and 4 (if necessary in the series between Liceo and Puente) will be played next weekend.




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  CHINA   


Rumors Abound in the CBA - by Alex Yam
Now that we are into day 4 of the NBA lockout, rumors are starting to fly around the Chinese media circuit, as everyone that is anyone has been a possible CBA candidate. Especially with the recent players that have already signed overseas, Hilton Armstrong,David Andersen,Sonny Weems, etc although not of superstar quality, they still are serviceable players in the NBA and certainly impact players in Europe.

The biggest question remains, will a legitimate NBA superstar be willing to risk possibly injury to play in China or anywhere overseas, or will they simply wait out the lockout. Not all of this is for financial reasons, as much as staying in shape, and being competitive during this freeze. The CBA teams in China have mostly echoed the same sentiment, that if possible they would like to sign a big name player but the concerns are all the same, mainly what to do if/when the lockout is resolved? Obviously the player is on the next flight back to the states and to his NBA team, but where does that leave the Chinese team?




China Defeats Korea 95-88 Playing Three Great Quarters and One Bad - by Arthur Volbert
China defeated Korea today 95-88 in the consolation round of the FIBA World U-19 Championship. For three quarters China reverted to the team that won U-16 and U-18 Asian Championships and that finished in seventh place in the World U-17 tourney.

It led the Koreans 24-11 after one quarter, 50-30 at the half and 75-50 after three quarters. Then came the fourth quarter when China was outscored by Korea 38-20 and China played as it did in its loss to Egypt. What caused this loss of concentration is unknown but China's B team showed a similar lapse in the second half against Japan in its loss in the East Asian Championship. Had this U-19 game continued into a fifth quarter China may have lost to Korea as well. On the positive side, Egypt appears to be a much better team than originally thought. It only lost to Croatia today 83-81 despite missing one of its stars against China because of injury.

Huge centers Wang Zhelin (213-C-94) and Li Muhao were the stars for China today. Wang had 21 points and 13 rebounds in 25 minutes. He hit 7 of 11 shots but did have 5 turnovers. Li had 20 points and 6 rebounds in 26 minutes. He hit 7 of 11 shots and had no turnovers. Both Wang and Li blocked 1 shot. Guo Ailun had 13 points in 24 minutes, hitting 6 of 11 shots. He had 5 rebounds and 1 assist, 1 steal and no turnovers. But he certainly did not look like NBA material.

Ju Mingxin had 16 points in 37 minutes, by far the most time any Chinese player spent on the court. But he only hit 6 of 16 shots and I really do not know if Ju was born in 1993, 1990, or even somewhere in between. Sun Tonglin had an excellent game with 9 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists in 26 minutes. He did have 5 turnovers.

China outrebounded Korea 53-18. But China had 17 turnovers to 10 for Korea. Korea shot 49 percent to 47 percent for China.

Kim Giyun led Korea with 32 points and 3 rebounds, playing all 40 minutes. The shooting guard hit 12 of 16 shots and outperformed Guo Ailun. Moon Songgon scored 19 points and Lee Dong Yeop had 14 points and 7 assists. Lee Seounghyun scored 10.


Link to box score:
http://www.fibalivestats.com/matches/13883/03/72/34/163NFikdpphG2/





China celebrate first win at U19 World Championship - by Eurobasket News
China U19 - South Korea U19 95:88

China opened win count at U19 World Championship in Latvia. They overcame South Korea in the classification round tonight. Wang Zhelin (213-C-94) stepped up with 21 points and 13 rebounds to pace the effort. China will now take on the winners of Tunisia vs. Taiwan clash for the 13th overall position at the tournament.
China stunned the Koreans early in the encounter. Bin Fan team raced to a 24:11 lead at the first break. South Korea increased the tempo but China easily matched it. The Chinese team piled up a comfortable 20-point lead at halftime 50:30. Things hardly changed for South Korea in the third term. China kept on mounting the pressure and the gap grew at 25-point mark at the final intermission. South Korea exploded with 38 points in the fourth term but came up short of victory at the end. Li Muhao (218-C-92) delivered 20 points for China. Ju Mingxin (200-F/G-93) added 16 points in the winning effort. Kim Giyun (184-G-92) netted game-high 32 points for South Korea. Moon SeongGon (193-F-93) finished with 19 points in the loss.

China U19: Wang Zhelin 21+13 boards, Li Muhao 20, Ju Mingxin 16
South Korea U19: Kim Giyun 32, Moon SeongGon 19



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  CROATIA   


Croatia U19 wins the 1/8 Finals opener - by Eurobasket News
Egypt U19-Croatia U19 81:83

Croatia opens FIBA U19 World Championship, 1/8 Finals with the win. The European team outscored Egypt U19 83:81 as late dunk sequence saves Croatia.
The European team took early 25-22 in the end of the first period and improved to 5 points at the halftime. Egypt however surprised the Croatia side in the third period as they tied the game at the end of the third quarter. Only due to the last quarter and late dunk saved Croatia from the loss. They improved to 3-1 record in Group F, while Egypt dropped to 1-3 on the bottom.
Dario Saric (207-F/C-94) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 16 rebounds and 7 assists, while Mario Hezonja (196-G-95) posted 15. Toni Katic (188-PG-92) delivered 14 and Boris Barac (206-F-92) notched 13. Omar Mohamed (183-PG-94) and Assem Ahmed (205-C-92) answered with 22 points in the losing effort, while Zyad Mohamed (194-G-92) posted 15.
Tomorrow Egypt will face Canada and Croatia will meet Serbia.

Egypt U19: Omar Mohamed 22, Assem Ahmed 22+12 rebs, Zyad Mohamed 15
Croatia U19: Dario Saric 19+16 rebs+7 asts, Mario Hezonja 15, Toni Katic 14, Boris Barac 13



Cedevita lands Chris Owens - by Eurobasket News
Chris Owens (204-F-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Texas) is a new member of Cedevita. The American power forward signed a one-year deal with his new club. Owens arrives from Azovmash, where he finished last season. For 36 games in Ukraine Owens registered 11.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2 apg and 1.1 bpg. He also added 14.8 ppg and 7.5 rpg for 6 EuroCup games. In VTB United league, Owens had 12.7 ppg and 6.9 rpg. Eurobasket named him All-VTB League 2nd Team -11. Owens started last season with Gravelines.
In 2009, Chris Owens was named Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Player of the Year. He had 17.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg and 1.4 spg for Donetsk that season. In the past, he also played for Panelinios, Galatasaray, ALBA Berlin, Panionios and Marousi.


Prigorje Krizevci adds Mladen Gligora - by Eurobasket News
Prigorje Krizevci continues to build their squad for the next season. After hiring of Tihomir Bujan as a Head Coach, the A1 newcomer signed a deal with experienced Mladen Gligora (204-C/F-82, agency: Court Side). The Croatian power forward/center heads to Krizevci from HKK Capljina Lasta, where he spent last season. For 23 games in Bosnian D1 he had 11.7 ppg and 4.4 rpg. He played for Zrinjski from 2008 to 2010. In their second season together Gligora was named Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Honorable Mention -10. Before Capljina and Zrinjski, Mladen Gligora played for Grude and Cedevita. He also has experience with Siroki, Zagorje, Posusje and Zadar. With Siroki he won the Bosnian Cup 2006. Gligora played for U18 Croatia in the past.

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Czech Republic U18 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Czech Republic U18 National Team 2011
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Petr Andres
Andres
Karel Ausprunk
Ausprunk
Josef Bajar
Bajar
Jan Bejcek
Bejcek
Michal Bernath
Bernath
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Petr Andres 184-G-93
Karel Ausprunk F-94 Klatovy Czech Republic
Josef Bajar 198-C-93 Prostejov B Czech Republic
Jan Bejcek 189-G-93 BK Decin Czech Republic
Michal Bernath 200-F-93
Vaclav Bujnoch 93 Moravska Ostr. Czech Republic
Dalibor Fait 203-F-93 USK Praha Czech Republic
Lukas Festr 188-G-94 USK Praha Czech Republic
Martin Hampejs 187-F-93
Petr Herman 201-C-94 BK Pardubice Czech Republic
Marian Hrabovsky 198-F-94 Prostejov B Czech Republic
Martin Kriz 202-F-93 USK Praha Czech Republic
Miroslav Kvapil 197-F-93 Opava B Czech Republic
Tomas Kyzlink 197-G/F-93 USK Praha Czech Republic
Lubos Lachman 186-G-93
Lukas Linhart 196-F-93
Jan Lycka 186-G-93
Vit Petrak 201-F-93 USK Praha Czech Republic
Petr Safarcik 190-G-94 USK Praha Czech Republic
Ondrej Siska 186-PG-93
Jan Svandrlik 196-F-94 Unicaja II Spain
Daniel Truhlar 201-C-94 USK Praha Czech Republic
Radek Ulehla 94
Tomas Zelenka 94



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Caeros are set to start - by Kerwin Abreu
Brazilian basket player Sidni De Santana will play in the LNB with the Champions Caneros de La Romana in the 2011 season begining july 12. Benzor Simmons (195-G-88) will be also with the team and will have his first international experience.

Sidao will become the first brazilian born player to play in the LNB when he makes his debut on the 12. It will be a great experience for me and I will take the advantage of it.

He played in spain with caja rioja clavijo wining the Copa Adecco Plata and making the Gold level in this prestigious european league.

Caeros are ready to start and the first game will be vs Leones of Santo Domingo.


Desmon Farmer and Courtney Fells signed with los Metros de Santiago - by Kerwin Abreu
LNB: Desmon Farmer (196-F/G-81, college: USC) and Courtney Fells (198-F/G-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) signed with los Metros de Santiago for the upcoming LNB tournament starting this july 12.
Los Metros a two time champions will also have players like Amaury Filion (206-C/F-81), Osvaldo Lpez, Franklin Matos
(190-G-82), Alejandro Salas (El Caballito), Lus (Minino) Cabrera, Charlie Rodrguez, Jos (Somoza) Rodrguez, Miguel Almonte (Miguelito), Jos Amrico Delgado, Alejandro Liriano, Teodoro Romero (Pap Lindo), Amet Gil, Lanyona Hernndez, John Garca, Lenin Sosa y Danny Marte (El Chino).
Also Vctor Liz, Olivero, Joel Ramrez, Rome Sanders (203-F/C-84, college: Florida A&M), Antonio Pena (203-F-86), Willy Estrella.
Definitely Los Metros de Santiago will repeat as a great team this year, under Cesar Saint Hilaire directions as General Manager.




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Croatia U19 wins the 1/8 Finals opener - by Eurobasket News
Egypt U19-Croatia U19 81:83

Croatia opens FIBA U19 World Championship, 1/8 Finals with the win. The European team outscored Egypt U19 83:81 as late dunk sequence saves Croatia.
The European team took early 25-22 in the end of the first period and improved to 5 points at the halftime. Egypt however surprised the Croatia side in the third period as they tied the game at the end of the third quarter. Only due to the last quarter and late dunk saved Croatia from the loss. They improved to 3-1 record in Group F, while Egypt dropped to 1-3 on the bottom.
Dario Saric (207-F/C-94) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 16 rebounds and 7 assists, while Mario Hezonja (196-G-95) posted 15. Toni Katic (188-PG-92) delivered 14 and Boris Barac (206-F-92) notched 13. Omar Mohamed (183-PG-94) and Assem Ahmed (205-C-92) answered with 22 points in the losing effort, while Zyad Mohamed (194-G-92) posted 15.
Tomorrow Egypt will face Canada and Croatia will meet Serbia.

Egypt U19: Omar Mohamed 22, Assem Ahmed 22+12 rebs, Zyad Mohamed 15
Croatia U19: Dario Saric 19+16 rebs+7 asts, Mario Hezonja 15, Toni Katic 14, Boris Barac 13



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ESL Chicago Day (2) Box Scores - by Darryl Reshaw
ESL Day (2) Box Scores and Short recap of the day event:

Game 5:
Athens 112 Berlin 95



Athens 112:
Darryl Drake: 4pts; 7rbs; 3ast; 2stl
Richard England: 10pts; 6rbs; 2ast
Scott Buschman: 14pts; 3rbs; 4ast
Calvin Wooten: 11pts; 4rbs; 2stl
Aaron Hall (6'2''-G): 30pts; 10rbs; 6ast
Marcus Jackson (6'5''-G/F-81, college: Benedictine): 6pts; 2rbs
Emmanuel Little (6'5''-F-85, college: N.Dakota): 25pts; 8rbs
Mike Murphy: 10pts; 4rbs; 4ast

Berlin: 95
Eric Tisby: 13pts; 2rbs; 3ast
Antonio Griffin (6'6''-G/F-84, college: CSU Bakersfield): 16pts; 7rbs; 2ast
Jarvis Hill (6'2''-G-86): 17pts; 3rbs; 3ast
Marques Singleton: 3pts; 6rbs; 2ast
Pierre Marie Cespedes: 2pts; 3rbs
Joe Allen: 11pts; 4rbs; 2ast
Jontae Koonkaew: 4pts; 2rbs; 3ast
Modestas Masilonis: 18pts; 4rbs; 4ast
Tyrone Guyton: 7pts; 3rbs; 2ast

Game 6:
Amsterdam 84 Madrid 83

Amsterdam 84
Mike Skinner: 8pts; 6rbs; 4ast; 3stl
Jeremy Shedrick 7pts; 7 rbs; 5ast
Larry Woods (6'7''-C): 11pts; 9rbs; 4ast; 4stl
Marcel Anderson (5'9''-G-86, college: Harris-Stowe St.): 29pts; 7rbs; 4ast; 7stl
Julian Harris: 16pts; 5rbs; 8ast; 2stl
Djvon Simpson: 5pts; 5rbs 4ast; 5stl
John Head: 8pts; 5rbs; 2ast

Madrid: 83
Terrence Silas: 8pts; 5rbs; 4ast
Obinna Agomo (6'3''-G-88): 26pts; 11rbs; 3ast; 4stl
Laphonso Ellis 11pts; 5rbs; 3ast; 4stl
Mitchell Carter (6'10''-C): 14pts: 6rbs; 2ast
Wes Smith (6'3''-F): 14pts; 6rbs; 2ast
Jerome Thomas: 0pts; 2rbs
Pierre Glover: 6pts; 3rbs; 4ast
Delmarco Crawford: 0pts; 2rbs;


Game 7:
Warsaw 107 Rome 87

Warsaw 107
Tyrone Kent (6'5''-G/F-86, college: Toledo): 25pts; 10rbs; 4ast
Armond Williams: 11pts; 5rbs; 3ast
Mike Hart: 10pts; 3 rbs; 2ast
Stanley Thomas: 16pts; 6rbs; 4ast
Brandon Watkins (6'0''-G-81, college: Penn St.): 18pts; 8rbs; 2ast
Anthony Simmons: 6pts; 3rbs; 5ast
Casey Love: 18pts; 9rbs; 5ast

Rome: 87
Marvin Walker: 13pts; 9rbs; 2ast; 4stl
Darryl Garrett (6'4''-G): 19pts; 10rbs; 4ast
Devin Langford: 2pts; 3rbs
Marcus Jackson: 19pts; 10rbs; 4ast
Marques Ewell: 7pts; 4rbs; 2ast
Jake Voelte: 7pts; 4rbs; 2ast
John Harver: 18pts; 7rbs; 3ast
Karim Torres: 3pts; 1ast
Dean Gianakopolas: 0pts; 3rbs; 4ast
Tim Giles: 0pts; 4rbs; 2ast

Game 8:
Paris 76 London 73

Paris 76:
Justin Taylor (6'3''-F) (6'3''-G-85, college: Georgetown, KY) (6'3''-F) (6'0''-G-88) (6'3''-F) (6'0''-G-88): 20pts; 8rbs
Calvin Smith: 4pts; 4rbs
Andrew Fair 10pts; 4 rbs ;3ast; 7stl
Aaron Squirewell: 3pts; 3rbs; 3ast
Joshua Bell: 3pts; 2rbs; 2ast
Jryan Lott: 9pts; 2rbs
Rory Darty: 6pts; 2rbs
Joe Palazzolo: 0pts; 1rbs; 4ast
Jarvis Walker: 12pts; 10rbs; 1ast
Octreyvius Roebuck: 13pts; 8rbs; 3ast

London: 73
Tawrence Walton: 3pts ; 2rbs; 3ast
John Parker: 7pts; 5rbs; 4ast
Donovan Monroe: 7pts; 5rbs; 3ast
Larrell Gray; 0pts; 4ast
John Shodipo: 10pts; 7rbs; 2ast
Mike Stovall (6'5''-G/F)l: 10pts; 7rbs; 2ast
Julius Hearn: 7pts; 4rbs
Senario Hillman (6'1''-G-88): 8pts: 3rbs; 4ast
Mike McKinney (6'4''-G-85, college: N.Illinois): 17pts; 11rbs; 4ast; 3stl

A summary of day two in the ESL Chicago event must mention Obinna Agomo (6'3''-G-88) big time performance of 26pts and 11 rebounds.
This kid is very athletic and works extremely hard on both ends. He is a very intriguing prospect as a Contono player in Europe.
Justin Taylor (6'3''-G-85, college: Georgetown, KY) (6'0''-G-88) played very well for the Paris team and is a very talented combo guard who has nice athleticism, jump shot and plays great defense.





Quimper UJAP sign ex-ESL player Pele Paelay - by Eurobasket Center
Quimper UJAP (ProB) signed 27-year old Liberian-American guard Pele Paelay (193-G-84, college: Co.Carolina). Paelay played most recently at s Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg (Germany). While playing 23 games for Wuerzburg last season his stats were: 8.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.3apg. He helped them to be the second best team in ProA which guaranteed them promotion to German top league (BBL). Paelay played for Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas in 2008 when he won the event with Team Monaco. That helped him to land his first overseas job in Germany (teckpro Braves Kaiserslautern).

By Eurobasket Data Center


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2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Draw seeds, info - by Eurobasket News
REGULAR SEASON DRAW CRITERIA & PROCEDURE

GROUP DRAW

The draw will be held according to seeds.

The 22 directly qualified teams will be divided into six seeds with four teams in each, in accordance with the Club Ranking described in Appendix I of the Euroleague Basketball Club Licensing Rules.
The performance of teams in European competitions during a three year period will be used. Each club will get 2 points for a win and 1 point for a draw or loss from the Regular Season onwards. 2 bonus points are allocated for reaching the last 16, 2 bonus points are allocated for reaching the last 8, 1 bonus point is allocated for reaching the last 4, 1 bonus point is allocated for reaching the Final. The Club Ranking consists of the sum of the club coefficients from the last three years. If two or more teams have the same Club Ranking, the tie will be resolved by the total number of wins during the three year period. Should a tie persist, the final standings in the Euroleague and if necessary Eurocup from the previous season will be used to break the tie.
The first four teams from the Club Ranking participating in the Regular Season will be 1 Seeds, the next four 2 Seeds, the next four 3 Seeds, the next four 4 Seeds, the next four 5 Seeds, and the remaining two teams will be 6 Seeds. The teams coming from the Qualifying Rounds will also be 6 Seeds.



2011-12 EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON GROUP DRAW SEEDS

1 Seeds FC BARCELONA REGAL, OLYMPIACOS PIRAEUS, PANATHINAIKOS ATHENS, REAL MADRID
2 Seeds MONTEPASCHI SIENA, CAJA LABORAL, MACCABI ELECTRA TA, CSKA MOSCOW
3 Seeds PARTIZAN mt:s BELGRADE, UNICS KAZAN, UNICAJA, FENERBAHCE ULKER ISTANBUL
4 Seeds ASSECO PROKOM GDYNIA, BIZKAIA BILBAO BASKET, ANADOLU EFES ISTANBUL, ZALGIRIS KAUNAS
5 Seeds OLIMPIA MILANO, UNION OLIMPIJA LJUBLJANA, BROSE BASKETS, NGC CANTU
6 Seeds SLUC NANCY, KK ZAGREB CROATIA O., QR A, QR B


GROUP DRAW RESTRICTIONS
The restriction when drawing the teams into groups is the following:
2 teams from the same country cannot coincide in the same Regular Season group, except for Spain that has five (5) teams participating in the competition.


GROUP DRAW PROCEDURE

Teams will be drawn one by one from an urn containing only teams in the same Seed, from the 1 Seeds through to the 6 Seeds, until all 24 teams have been selected. The last two spots will be allocated to the QR teams.
For each spot drawn, the urn will be emptied and refilled with only those teams from the level drawn, taking into consideration any restrictions.
In the Regular Season, teams from the same country may not coincide in the same group, except the case of Spain. Therefore, when drawing teams from the 2 Seeds through to the 6 Seeds, only those teams from a country different than the ones already drawn into the Group will be placed in the urn. The exception will take place with the 4 Seeds, when the fifth team from Spain is drawn.
e.g.1. If a spot is to be drawn into a Group where there is already a team from a specific country, the teams from the country in question will not be placed in the urn.
e.g.2. If a spot is to be drawn into a Group and a certain team (s) cannot be drawn in a later Group, this team (s) will be the only ones placed in the urn.
A team may be placed directly into a Group in order to follow the restriction mentioned above.
Drawing the teams as explained above, will allow all restrictions to be respected and will eliminate all possibilities of a blocked situation.

If after the Qualifying Rounds, a team qualified is from a country where there is already a representative in the same group, it will trade places with the other qualified team as long as this does not produce the same scenario.


CALENDAR DRAW

A random computer draw will determine the final position of teams within their group.

The Regular Season calendar draw will allocate letters from A to F to the teams in each group. This will establish the match-ups for the entire Regular Season.

The Regular Season games will be held according to the following chart:
Game Day 1 F-C | D-B | E-A Game Day 6
Game Day 2 A-F | B-E | C-D Game Day 7
Game Day 3 F-D | E-C | A-B Game Day 8
Game Day 4 F-B | C-A | D-E Game Day 9
Game Day 5 E-F | A-D | B-C Game Day 10
Non-coincidence letters: (when one team plays at home, the other plays away): A with D; B with F; C with E.


CALENDAR DRAW RESTRICTIONS

Specific letters will be allocated to the teams participating in the Euroleague Opening Game.

Teams playing in the same city/arena (Anadolu Efes Istanbul and Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul, Olympiacos Piraeus and Panathinaikos Athens): non-coincidence letters will be allocated to teams that play in the same city/arena, so that when one team plays at home the other will play away.


EUROLEAGUE QUALIFYING ROUNDS DRAW CRITERIA & PROCEDURE
The Qualifying Rounds will consist of three rounds, QR1, QR2 and QR3.


QUALIFYING ROUND 1

There will be a seeded draw, placing teams into two eight team brackets. Teams will be separated into eight seeds according to the Club Ranking described in this appendix. Teams entering the draw following a renouncement will be seeded according to the Club Ranking. Teams granted a Wild Card by ECA will be seeded above the rest of the teams.

1 SEEDS
ALBA BERLIN
ASVEL BASKET LYON VILLEURBANNE

2 SEEDS
BC KHIMKI MOSCOW REGION
LIETUVOS RYTAS

3 SEEDS
KK CIBONA ZAGREB
CEZ BASKETBALL NYMBURK

4 SEEDS
PAOK BC
BELGACOM SPIROU BASKET

5 SEEDS
BC DONETSK
GALATASARAY

6 SEEDS
CHOLET BASKET
BANVIT BK

7 SEEDS
KK BUDUCNOST
PGE TUROW ZGORZELEC

8 SEEDS
BCM GRAVELINES DUNKERQUE
VEF RIGA


PROCEDURE

The draw will be conducted with four different urns. One of the urns will have the 1 Seeds, the next the 2 Seeds, the next the 3 Seeds, the next the 4 Seeds, the next the 5 Seeds, the next the 6 Seeds, the next the 7 Seeds, and the last urn the 8 Seeds.
The 1 Seeds will be drawn first. As teams are drawn, they will be placed directly in the next available spot for a 1 Seed in each bracket. This will continue until both 1 Seeds have been drawn.
The 2 Seeds will be drawn next. As teams are drawn, they will be placed directly in the next available spot for a 2 Seed in each bracket. This will continue until both 2 Seeds have been drawn.
The 3 Seeds will be drawn next. As teams are drawn, they will be placed directly in the next available spot for a 3 Seed in each bracket. This will continue until both 3 Seeds have been drawn.
The 4 Seeds will be drawn next. As teams are drawn, they will be placed directly in the next available spot for a 4 Seed in each bracket. This will continue until both 4 Seeds have been drawn.
The 5 Seeds will be drawn next. As teams are drawn, they will be placed directly in the next available spot for a 5 Seed in each bracket. This will continue until both 5 Seeds have been drawn.
The 6 Seeds will be drawn next. As teams are drawn, they will be placed directly in the next available spot for a 6 Seed in each bracket. This will continue until both 6 Seeds have been drawn.
The 7 Seeds will be drawn next. As teams are drawn, they will be placed directly in the next available spot for a 7 Seed in each bracket. This will continue until both 7 Seeds have been drawn.
The 8 Seeds will be drawn next. As teams are drawn, they will be placed directly in the next available spot for a 8 Seed in each bracket. This will continue until both 8 Seeds have been drawn.


BRACKET

The eight winning teams in Qualifying Round 1 will proceed to Qualifying Round 2, and will face the next opponent in the bracket. The four winning teams in Qualifying Round 2 will proceed to Qualifying Round 3, and will face the next opponent in the bracket. The two winning teams in Qualifying Round 3 will proceed to the Euroleague Regular Season.

If after the Qualifying Rounds a team qualified is from a country where there is already a representative in the same group, it will trade places with the other team as long as this does not produce the same scenario.

Courtesy of Euroleague




Latest signings - by Eurobasket News
Petr Samoylenko (185-G-77) extended with Unics for another two years. Kazan remains the home city for the Russian Guard.
In 1998 he started for Unics and stayed until year 2007. In 2007-2008 moved to Dynamo Moscow (A Superleague, starting five) and in ULEB Cup after 13 games averaged 3.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 3.1apg, while in Russian League had 3.1ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.5apg, 1.2spg. In 2008-2009 started for Dynamo, but left at the beginning of the season, then moved to Unics Kazan (A Superleague, starting five). In Russian League he had 2.7ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3spg, while in Eurocup after 11 games showed 2.9ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.1apg, 1.5spg. The latest season for Unics Kazan (PBL) in EuroCup he had 2.1ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.0spg, while in VTB League after 12 games he showed 3.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.3apg. In Euroleague Qualifying Round his stats read 3.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.3apg and in Russian League Petr averaged 5.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 55.7%, 3PT: 35.4%, FT: 70.6%.
This season Petr Samoylenko recorded 20 points at the Quarter-Finals Round 3 when Unics beat N.Novgorod 93-66. The game was mostly controlled by Unics Kazan. BC Nizhny Novgorod was better in third quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Unics Kazan made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. The former international guard Petr Samoylenko contributed with 20 points, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners.

Montepaschi Siena added to their roster 23-year old American forward DaJuan Summers (203-F-88, college: Georgetown). Summers played most recently at Detroit Pistons (NBA) in the U.S. While playing 20 games for Detroit P. last season he averaged 3.7ppg. He is a free agent after first pro season and due to the NBA lockout, he prefers to get granted contract for 11-12 instead of betting on the NBA season to start on time.

Anton Ponkrashov (200-G-86, agency: RIZO) officially in CSKA. Anton Ponkrashov played for the Moscow powerhouse back in 2006/07 and 2009/10 seasons. Last season Anton Anton Ponkrashov spent in Spartak Saint Petersburg. He averaged 11.4 points, 4.4 assists, 2.6 boards and 1.3 steals per game in PBL. In EuroChallenge the guard delivered 10.4 points, 5.1 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.2 steals per appearance. Eurobasket.com named Anton Anton Ponkrashov into All-EuroChallenge 2nd Team. The guard also made it into Eurobasket.com Russian PBL All-Domestic Players Team. Anton Ponkrashov played for Russian National Team at 2010 World Championship. His stats read 6.7 points, 5.1 assists and 1.9 boards in Turkey.

Unicaja Malaga announced signing of Kristaps Valters (190-G-81) for the next season. The Malaga team also has option for 2012/13. Valters heads to Unicaja from Fuenlabrada, where he spent last season. The Latvian point guard had 10.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 4.5 apg in 34 games. Season 2009/10, Valter spent with DKV Joventut. He had 7.5 ppg, 1.6 rpg and 4.3 apg for them in 33 Spanish league games. In EuroCup, Valters added 6.8 ppg, 1.5 rpg and 4.7 apg. In 2008/09, Valters also played for Fuenla. Before that he was a member of Scafati, Udine, Triumph Lybertsy, Oldenburg, Panionios and Skonto Riga.
Kristaps Valters was a member of the Latvian National from 1999 until 2009. At the EuroBasket in Poland he had 9.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg and 4 apg for 8 games.

As expected, Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87, college: Radford) officially became a new member of Bennet Cantu. He signed a one-year deal with the club. Parakhouski could replace Benjamin Ortner, close to leave the team and be in the frontline of the team along with Marko Scekic and Denis Marconato. Artsiom Parakhouski started in 2006-2007 for S.Idaho JC (JUCO) and in 2008-2009 joined Radford (NCAA, starting five). In 33 games he averaged 16.2ppg, 11.2rpg, 1.1apg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 53.7%, FT: 65.5%. In 2009-2010 for Radford (NCAA, starting five) in 31 games he averaged 21.4ppg, 13.4rpg, 1.1apg, 2.1bpg, FGP: 58.1%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 56.2%. In 2010-2011 moved to VEF Riga (Latvia-LBL, starting five) and in Latvian League after 12 games had 10.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 60.0%, FT: 69.6%. In VTB League after 10 games he had 12.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 54.1%, FT: 63.8%, while in EuroCup averaged 8.0ppg, 5.3rpg, FGP: 67.7%, FT: 60.0%. In Baltic League after 25 games he had 15.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 62.6%, FT: 71.5%, played also at BK VEF Riga junior team (Latvia-LBL).
Bennet Cantu reached the SerieA Finals last season, but failed against Montepaschi. They were runners-up in regular season as well.

According to few sources Armani Jeans Milano announced Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) for the next season. Recently Antonis Fotsis was reported to have agreed terms with Regal FC Barcelona. The Greek forward couldn't wait Panathinaikos Athens anymore and decided to accept a 3 Million Euro yearly salary offer for 2 years from the ACB Champions. Antonis Fotsis wanted to wait his favorite club even further but the Catalans deadline forced him to agree the terms. Antonis Fotsis joined Panathinaikos in 2008-2009 for 1,500,000 and averaged 7.2ppg, 4.7rpg, FGP: 62.2%, 3PT: 43.3%, FT: 71.4% in EuroLeague, while in Greek League after 33 games had 7.0ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP-3 (71.2%), 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 75.9%. In 2009-2010 for Panathinaikos Athens (A1) in Euroleague he had 6.2ppg, 5.5rpg, FGP: 68.6%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 81.8%, while in Greek League after 35 games showed 6.9ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP: 63.6%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 75.8%. Last season for Panathinaikos Athens (A1, starting five) Antonis Fotsis averaged 8.6ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP-1 (73.8%), 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 86.5% in Greek League and in Euroleague after 22 games had 8.4ppg, 5.1rpg, FGP-1 (76.1%), 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 64.7%.

Unics continued to bolster their frontcourt. They have agreed on terms of contract with Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin). The 29-year-old forward spent the last season playing for Lokomotiv Kuban. He tallied 15.8 points, 7.1 boards, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game in EuroChallenge. In Russian PBL his stats read 13.8 points, 6.1 boards, 1.4 steals and 1.0 assist per appearance. Eurobasket.com named Michael Wilkinson into All-EuroChallenge 1st Team. The forward also earned All-Russian PBL Honourable Mention. Previously Michael Wilkinson had stints with Galatasaray, Khimky and Aris. He made it into Greek A1 All-Bosmans Team in 2007 as well as Turkish League All-Defensive Team in 2010. The forward played for FYR Macedonian National Team back in 2006-07 seasons.


Unics Kazan brings in Dmitry Golovin and Petr Gubanov - by Eurobasket News
Unics Kazan announced signing of Dmitry Golovin (192-G-88) and Petr Gubanov (207-C-87) for the next season.
Dmitry Golovin heads to Unics from Nizhny Novgorod. He played 32 games for them in PBL last season averaging 5.3 points, 1.8 rebound and 1.9 assist. He also added 4 ppg and 1.3 apg for 8 games in EuroChallenge. Before Nizhny Novgorod, where he moved in 2009, Golovin was a member of TEMP-SUMZ Revda. He also played for Khmmky 2 and CSKA-Trinta Moscow in the past. Golovin has experience from Russian University and U20 NT.
Petr Gubanov played for Dynamo Moscow last season. He had 7.9 ppg and 4.1 rpg for them in 27 Russian league games. Before Dynamo, Gubanov played for Khimky and Samara. He also was a member of U20 and U18 Russia.


Gal Mekel says no to Montegranaro and yes to Benetton Treviso - by David Pick
Israeli national point guard Gal Mekel signed today (Monday), a one year contract with Italian Benetton Treviso. Mekel also had offers from the ACB Spanish league including a $650,000 offer from Italian Montegranaro where Israeli Head Coach Sharon Drucker would have allowed the young talent to play substantial minutes, however, Mekel decided to join the Italian power house who is currently suffering from financial issues.

The 23-year-old Israeli phenomena led his former two year organization, Galil/Gilboa, to a 2009/10 Israeli national championship beating Maccabi Tel Aviv in the finals. Mekel also led the Israeli northern organization to back-to-back Final-Four finals appearances against Maccabi, only this time, they fell short.

Last season the Wichita State graduate posted averages of 13 points, 6 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game in 31 minutes of play, as he was also a member of the Israel All-Star team and was named the Israeli domestic league and 'Eurobasket.com' all first team starting point guard.




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Zeljko Bojovic joins Union Basket Chartres Metropole - by Eurobasket Center
Union Basket Chartres Metropole (NM1) agreed terms with 30-year old Serbian forward Zeljko Bojovic (200-F-81, agency: 011 Sports). Bojovic played most recently at Ungmennafelagio Snaefell (Iceland). While playing 12 games for Snaefell last season he recorded 11.8ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.2apg. He helped them to win the regular season. However they were not that successful at the play-off stage ending it in the semifinals. Bojovic is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Bulgaria, Hungary, Iceland, Romania and Slovakia.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Dwayne Curtis lands in Vichy - by Eurobasket News
Dwayne Curtis (203-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Mississippi) lands in Vichy and will play for the team in 2011/2012 season. In 2003-2004 the American Center started for Auburn (NCAA) and after 19 games averaged 2.9ppg, 2.3rpg. In 2004-2005 moved to Mississippi and in 2005-2006: Mississippi (NCAA) averaged 13.6ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.4apg, 1.6spg, FG: 56.8%, FT: 59.1%. In his last season there he improved to 14.9ppg, 9.6rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 63.3%, FT: 67.3%. In 2008 participated at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft) and showed 12.7ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 51.6%, FT: 85.7%. In 2008-2009 Dwayne Curtis moved to CSU Asesoft Ploiesti (Romania-Div.A) and in EuroChallenge had 4.8ppg, 3.3rpg, while in Romanian League after 36 games had 6.4ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 61.9%, 3PT-1 (50.0%), FT: 54.9%. In 2009-2010 signed with TTNET Beykozspor (Turkey-TB2L, starting five) and in 18 games had 18.7ppg, 10.7rpg, 1.5apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 65.4%, FT: 76.3%.
The season 2010-2011 Dwayne Curtis started for CE CIP Lleida Basquetbol (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five) and in 34 games averaged 11.4ppg, Reb-1 (9.2rpg), 1.1apg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 65.5%. In April 2011 moved to Limoges CSP Elite (France-ProA) and after 4 games had 4.0ppg, 7.5rpg.



Strasbourg to test Damir Krupalija - by Eurobasket News
Damir Krupalija (205-F/C-79, college: Illinois) will be tested by the French team Strasbourg, where he tries to earn a deal. He spent last season with Hyeres-Toulon. Krupalija joined them last summer and he appeared 22 times in ProA averaging 13.2 points, 8.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists. He was a member of Dijon from 2007 until the last summer. His first season with the club was the best for Krupalija as he had 12 ppg, 8.2 rpg and 2.8 apg. Before Dijon, he spent four years with Charleroi. Krupalija helped Charleroi to win the Belgian league title in 2004. In 2003, he won the Polish league title with Anwil. Krupalija is a product of Illinois University, where he graduated in 2002. He played for Bosnian NT in 2003 and 2004 and also from 2006 to 2008.

Mahmoud Diakite joins Clermont - by Eurobasket News
Mahmoud Diakite (197-G/F-86, college: Wyoming) will continue his career with Clermont. They signed a one-year deal today. Diakite heads to Clermont from Rouen, where he spent last season. He had very limited playing time averaging just 1.6 point and 1.3 rebounds for 20 games in ProB. Before Rouen, Diakite split 2009/10 season between Besancon Basket Comte Doubs and Fos Ouest. He also has experience from Bourg and Roane.
Mahmoud Diakite also played overseas. In season 2008/09, he was a member of the Wyoming University. There he struggled to get minutes registering 1.3 ppg and 1.8 rpg for 20 games. Diakite also played for Western Illinois University in 2006/07 season. For 36 games with them he had 2.4 ppg and 1.7 rpg.


Rouen adds Ivory Clark - by Eurobasket News
Ivory Clark (198-F-85, agency: Lanshire Group) is a new member of Rouen. The American forward signed a one-year deal with his new club. Clark arrives to Rouen from Szolnoki, where he spent last season. For 37 games in Hungarian D1 he had 11.6 ppg 6.2 rpg, 2.5 apg and 1.9 bpg. Eurobasket awarded Clark with All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention -11. He helped Szolnok win the National Cup this year. Clark also added 9 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 1.9 apg and 1.6 bpg for 8 games in EuroChallenge.
Before Szolnoki, Ivory Clark spent one year with Atomeromu. In 2008/09, he played for another Hungarian team - Dombovar. Clark is a product of the Washington State University, where he graduated in 2007.


Nantes adds Dwight Burke - by Eurobasket News
Nantes announced signing of Dwight Burke (203-F-86, college: Marquette) for the next season. He arrives from ALM Evreux Basket, where he finished 2010/11. He joined them in May registering 8 ppg and 7 rpg in two games. Burke started last season in Czech Republic with BK Nova Hut Ostrava. For 28 games in NBL he had 13.5 ppg, 7.6 rpg and 1 apg. Eurobasket awarded Burke with All-Czech Rep. League Honorable Mention -11. He also participated at the NBL All-Star Game. Burke split 2009/10 season between Uruguayan Bigua and Ostrava.
Dwight Burke graduated at the Marquette University in 2009. He finished his college career ranked ninth all-time in games played with 124.


Josh Almanson joins Vendee Challans Basket - by Eurobasket Center
Vendee Challans Basket (NM1) agreed terms with 29-year old American forward Josh Almanson (205-F-82, college: Bowling Green). Almanson played most recently at Lions de Geneve (Switzerland). While playing 25 games for Geneve Lions last season he recorded 10.8ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.6apg. He helped them to make it to the league semifinals. Almanson is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Germany, Portugal and Switzerland. His best season was in 08-09 playing in Switzerland for Lugano Tigers. He was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA 1st Team in 2009.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Corey Belser is a newcomer at Etoile Charleville-Mezieres - by Eurobasket Center
Etoile Charleville-Mezieres (NM1) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American forward Corey Belser (200-F-82, college: San Diego). Belser played most recently at Honka Espoo Playboys (Finland). While playing 42 games in Finnish League for Honka last season he averaged 13.2ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.4apg and 1.4spg. He also played 9 games in VTB League recording 9.4ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.3apg and 1.9spg (5th best in the league). Belser is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Finland, Greece and Ukraine.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Etoile Charleville-Mezieres sign Tafari Toney - by Eurobasket Center
Etoile Charleville-Mezieres (NM1) signed 25-year old American-British power forward Tafari Toney (203-C/F-86). Toney played most recently at Liverpool Mersey Tigers (United Kingdom). While playing 36 games for Liverpool MT last season his stats were: 14.4ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg. He helped Mersey Tigers to win the BBL and make it to the cup final. He was selected to Eurobasket.com All-British BBL 1st Team. Toney is former Btitish international, who represented UK last time in 2009.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Tyray Pearson is a newcomer at Angers BC 49 - by Eurobasket Center
Angers BC 49 (NM1) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old American forward Tyray Pearson (201-F-80, college: Iowa St.). Pearson played most recently at Torpan Pojat Helsinki (Finland). While playing 11 games for ToPo last season he averaged 15.7ppg, 8.8rpg and 1.4apg. Pearson is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Austria, Finland, Germany, Portugal, Spain and USA. His best year was the first pro season while he played in Portugal for Barreirense. He was voted at the end of 03-04 season Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League Player of the Year. Then he was trying to make it to better leagues in Germany and Spain. Despite solid years, he did not repeat the success from Portugal. Two years ago he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Honorable Mention, playing for Torpan Pojat in Helsinki.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Bordeaux extends John Ford - by Eurobasket News
Bordeaux managed to keep their best player from the last season. The French outfit penned a two-year contract extension with John Ford (207-C-78, college: Colorado St.). The American big guy joined them last summer from Limoges. He appeared 33 times in NM1 averaging 17.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.6 blocks. He helped Bordeaux to win NM1 title and earn a promotion to ProB. Eurobasket awarded Ford with All-French NM1 Player of the Year -11.
Before Bordeaux, John Ford spent one year with Limoges. He had 11 ppg and 5.2 rpg for them in 30 ProB games. From 2005 to 2007, he was a member of Besancon. Ford also has experience from Nanterre, Quimper and Finish Componenta Karkkila.


Quimper UJAP welcomes back Andrew Lovedale - by Eurobasket Center
Quimper UJAP (ProB) signed 26-year old Nigerian-British forward Andrew Lovedale (203-F-85, college: Davidson). Lovedale played most recently at BBC Monthey (Switzerland). While playing 5 games for Monthey last season his stats were: 7.8ppg and 3.6rpg. Lovedale played also pro basketball in Switzerland and United Kingdom.
It's actually his come-back to France and to Quimper. Two years ago he played for Le Havre in ProA. At that time Lovedale averaged 3.3ppg and 3.7rpg in 15 games. In January last year he moved to Quimper in ProB where he could count on more playing time. In 18 games he averaged 13.5ppg, 8.1rpg and 1.4apg. He was also voted that year to Eurobasket.com French ProB All-Bosmans Team.

By Eurobasket Data Center


ODarien Bassett is a newcomer at JSA Bordeaux Basket - by Eurobasket Center
JSA Bordeaux Basket (ProB) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American guard ODarien Bassett (188-G-86, college: Troy, agency: I.D.S. Law). Bassett played most recently at Stade Clermontois Basket Auvergne (NM1). While playing 34 games for Clermont last season his stats were: 13.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.6apg and 1.1spg. Bassett played also pro basketball in Germany and Romania. Two years ago he had the best season playing for Romanian CSSU Craiova. He was selected to the All-Star Game and then voted to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Quimper UJAP sign ex-ESL player Pele Paelay - by Eurobasket Center
Quimper UJAP (ProB) signed 27-year old Liberian-American guard Pele Paelay (193-G-84, college: Co.Carolina). Paelay played most recently at s Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg (Germany). While playing 23 games for Wuerzburg last season his stats were: 8.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.3apg. He helped them to be the second best team in ProA which guaranteed them promotion to German top league (BBL). Paelay played for Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas in 2008 when he won the event with Team Monaco. That helped him to land his first overseas job in Germany (teckpro Braves Kaiserslautern).

By Eurobasket Data Center


ASM Basket Le Puy-en-Velay adds Gotagni to their roster - by Eurobasket Center
ASM Basket Le Puy-en-Velay (NM1) added to their roster 32-year old Central African international forward Martial Gotagni (190-F-79). Gotagni played most recently at Golbey Espinal Thaon Vosges (NM1). While playing 32 games for Get Vosges last season he averaged 10.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg. Gotagni is a very experienced player. He has already 10 years experience playinf for Central African national team.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom adds Dahlman to their roster - by Eurobasket Center
KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom added to their roster 22-year old American forward Noah Dahlman (198-F-89). Dahlman played most recently at Wofford College (NCAA) in the U.S. It will be his first year in professional basketball. While playing 34 games for Wofford last season he recorded 20.1ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.2apg.


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Fabian Boeke Moves To SC Rist Wedel - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Fabian Boeke (211-F-86, college: Washington St.) will return back to the area where his basketball career started 13 years ago signing with PRO B team SC Rist Wedel. Boeke is a 24 year old 211cm forward that was born in Buckeburg (Germany). 'As a 12 year old I started to play for Joe Rose a tSC Rist and also played in the C and D youth in Wedel', explained Fabian Boeke (211-F-86, college: Washington St.). Last season, the German played for Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (ProB): 17 games: 5.9ppg, 5.0rpg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 4.5%, FT: 75.0%. 'I am happy that we got an experienced player with Fabian that can still be considered young and is dangerous inside as well as outside. This way our options on the court increase. It is also an advantage that he knows the organization from the past', stressed SC Rist wedel coach Ozhan Gurel .

Boeke played for the BC Hamburg Tigers (Regionalliga) in 2003 playing 3 games: 3.3 ppg. He then played for TSG Ehingen (2.Bundesliga) from 2004-2007. He then went to the States to try his craft in the NCAA at Washington State from 2007-2009, but played only three games. 'Shortly after my arrival, I got injured and had to be operated. This was a tough time. The doctors thought that I shouldnt play anymore basketball. However since then I have a feeling what my back can do and what it cant. A pity that becoming a pro in the first league most likely wont become a reality anymore', stressed Fabian Bocke. Awards/Achievements in his career have been German U18 National Team -04, Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Germany (Unofficial World Championships U18) -04, German Bundesliga Rookies All-Star Game -05, 06, German U20 National Team -05-06, German A2 National Team -07, Pac-10 Tournament Semifinals -08, NCAA Sweet 16 -08, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group South) Regular Season Champion -11,and German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Champion -11.

Pressemitteilung: SC Rist Wedel


Marco Grimaldi Returns Back To BG Goettingen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
After two seasons absent from the beko BBL,Marco Grimaldi returns back to BG Goettingen where he played from 2007-2009 playing 64 games. Grimaldi is a 27 year old 188cm guard that came from the BG 74 e.V. youth program. Last season, the German played for BG 74 Goettingen II (Regionalliga) The German is happy to be back in the beko BBL. 'I am happy that I can play for my home town team', stressed Marco Grimaldi (188-G-83, agency: Rasmussen Services) who will wear #4 this season. BG Goettingen is also thrilled that a known face is returning to the best league in Germany. 'His style with his strength on defense and the fast break fits well to us', added head coach Stefan Mienack . Two years ago with BG Karlsruhe, he played 26 games: 11.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.3apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 51.0%, 3PT: 34.1%, FT: 72.2%. 'We are happy to have an identity figur in our team. He has proved that he can play in the Beko BBL. He made himself into a complete player in Karlsruhe and his guard qualities grew. he wants to prove himself in the first league', stated BG Goettingen sport director Jan Schiecke.

Grimaldi started his basketball career for BG Sartorius Gottingen (2.Bundesliga) where he played from 2001-2004. In the 2004-2005 season, he played for BG 73 Wolfenbuttel Dukes (2.Bundesliga, starting five): 29 games: 10.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.6apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3FGP: 25.8%, FT: 57.8%. In 2006-2007, he went to Bavaria to play for TB Weiden (2.Bundesliga, starting five): 17 games: 10.9ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.7apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 51.7%, 3FGP: 24.4%, FT: 64.8%; left in Feb.'06: 17 games: 10.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.7 apg and joined ETB SW Essen (2.Bundesliga). Awards/Achievements in his career have been German Bundesliga Regular Season Runner-Up -09, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Domestic Players Team -10, Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga North Player of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga North Domestic Player of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga North 1st Team -11, Eurobasket.com Regionalliga North All-Domestic Players Team -11, and German Regionalliga (North Group) Champion -11.

Source: BG Goettingen



Ratiopharm Ulm Add Isaiah Swann - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Ratiopharm ulm head coach Thorsten Leibenath has found the first new signing for the upcoming beko BBL season hauling in Isaiah Swann (188-G-85, college: Florida St.) and rewarding him with a one year deal. Swann is a 26 yera old 188cm guard that is an athletic, left-handed point guard who is capable of putting up big numbers. Last season, he started the season for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League): 3 games: 7.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7apg, in Dec.'10 moved to Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (Israel-Premier League, starting five): 24 games: 12.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 84.1%. 'Swann is a winner. He is a very creative player that will help us at both ends of the court', stressed ratiopharm Ulm head coach Thorsten Leibenath . Swann started his basketball career at Germantown, Md./Hargrave Military Academy: averaged 23.8 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. He then played at Florida St. (NCAA) from 2004-2008 and in his senior year played 24 games: 11.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.9apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 43.3%, 3Pts: 38.8%, FT: 84.0%. In 2008, he started his professional basketball career with Aget Imola (Italy-Lega2, starting five): 15 games: 13.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.1apg, 3.1spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 71.9%; left in Jan.'09, in Feb.'09 moved to Harem Scafati (Italy-Lega2): 1 game: 4pts, 1reb, 2steals, 1block; in March '09 signed at Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa (Israel-Premier League): 13 games: 7.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 38.7%, 3PT-3 (46.3%), FT: 87.5%.In 2009-2010,he played for Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa (Israel-Premier League): 27 games: 8.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 41.5%, 3PT: 42.7%, FT: 81.5%. Awards/Achievements in his career have been HS Nike All-Star camp -03, played for the East Team at the U.S. Olympic Developmental Festival also during the summer of 2003, Played in the Jordan Capital Classic as a high school, NIT Elite Eight -07, Israeli Premier League Semifinals -09, 11, Israeli Premier League Champion -10, Dominican Rep. LNB Semifinals -10,and Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention -11.

Source: Ratiopharm Ulm


Sebastian Schroter Continues With The ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen continue to try to build a team and extend the harmony of the players by keeping their 7th player from last season extending Sebastian Schroter (207-C-83) for another season. Schroter is a 27 year 207cm forward who will play his 5th season in the Ruhr city. Last season the German played 30 games averaging 8.8ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 74.2%. He scored in double figurs 13 times and had two double doubles. His most productive game was a 20 point outburst against Chemnitz. 'Sebastian has developed into a leading player the last years. He has been an important factor in the success of our team. On account of his size and quality, he is always an important player near the basket. He shoots well from the distance and is always difficult to defend. If he can continue to be consistent for a whole season, then he will be one of most importnat building blocks for our success', stated Essen coach Igor Krizanovic . Schroter started his basketball career in 2003 with the Hertener Lowen (Regionalliga) where he played until 2006. He then played a year for Phoenix Hagen (2.Bundesliga): 28 games: 9.8ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 54.1%, 3FGP: 21.1%, FT: 71.4%. Awards/Achievements in his career have been German Regionalliga (West Group) Champion -05, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga All-Newcomers Team -06, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Regular Season Champion -08.

Source: ETB Baskets Wohbau Essen




Quantez Super Tez Robertson Has Flight Authorization From The Fraport Skyliners For A Third Season - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

So Dashaun Wood wont be back to feed Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) crisp perfect ally op lobs or precise bounce passes as he comes flying in from the wing from the Hoechst train station, but that wont matter, because there will be a new point guard doing it and other players as Super Tez will return to show his athletic play for a third season in Frankfurt. Robertson is a 26 year old guard/forward from Cincinnati, Ohio that is an athletic freak with amazing lateral quickness and long arms. He is good enough to play in the NBA based off of his defensive skills alone. Last season Robertson played EuroChallenge: 6 games: 6.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.2apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 83.3%; German League: 38 games: 7.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 29.1%, FT: 68.9%. There had been speculation that Robertson might be on his way to Alba Berlin or to Roanne, France, but in the end, the Fraport Skyliners showed that they wanted him the most. 'Quantez was able to improve in the last season and was an important part of the team success. We think he can still improve', stated Skyliner sport director Kamil Novak . Robertson was able to develop nicely with coaches Murat Didin and Gordon Herbert and the question will be how well will new coach Muli Katzurin (agency: Avi Zilberman ) be able to influence his talent on the court? 'I am happy we were able to keep Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) and keep some basis from last season. He is a team player and hard worker exactly what the team needs. He has had a great development and is a fighter with abig heart and moves well without the ball. We have aplayer that always does what the team needs. It is always good to have players like that', warned Fraport Skyliner coach Muli Katzurin (agency: Avi Zilberman ).

Source: Fraport Skyliners




The LTi Giessen 46ers Bring In Bozo Djurasovic - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Giessen 46ers announced today that Bozo Durasovic (200-F-87) will play for the Hessen club this season as he got a one year contract. Bozo Durasovic is a 23 year old 200cm forward from Bosnia. He completed his third season recently for Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo where he played EuroChallenge Qualifying Round: 2 games: 8.0ppg, 5.0rpg; Bosnian League: 22 games: 12.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 68.5%. The Bosnian forward wasnt unknown to LTi Giessen coach Bjoern Harmsen 'I have been observing Bozo for a longer time. He can play the position three and four which makes him very inetresting for us. We had him in Giessen for a three day try out so we could get to know him and be convinced of his abilities. Bojo is a well schooled player and wants to make the next step in the Beko BBL', stressed Bjoern Harmsen

Djurasovic started his career in 2003 for Leotar Trebinje.He then played two years for KK Leotar Trebinje (D1). He then got experience playing for BC Vogosca MIMS (D1) before moving on to Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo. Awards/Achievements in his career have been Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 National Team -05, European Championships U18 Div.B in Ruzomberok -05: 8 games: 6.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.4apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 48.1%, 3FGP: 20%, FT: 58.3%, Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup Semifinals -08, Bosnia and Herzegovina League Champion -08, Bosnia and Herzegovina League Regular Season Champion -08, 09, Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup Winner -09, 10, Bosnia and Herzegovina League Finalist -09, Bosnia and Herzegovina League Regular Season Runner-Up -10, Bosnia and Herzegovina League Semifinals -10, Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team -10-11, Qualifications to European Championships 2011 -10: 1 game: 0pts, and Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup Finalist -11

Source: LTi GIESSEN 46ers


A2-Team edged Germany U20 once more time - by Eurobasket News
A2-Team -Germany U20 72:63 (14:13, 12:20, 20:10, 26:21)

A2-Team edged Germany U20 once more time in Berlin. The more experienced team celebrated 72:63 win in Game 2.
A-2 team started with 14-13, but failed in the second period. The young players grabbed the lead at the halftime after 20-12 in the second quarter. It was not enough however to win the game. A-2 team won the third and the last periods to win the second straight game. They needed 20-10 in the third and 26-21 in the last for the final success.
Karsten Tadda (189-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports) stepped up with 17 points and Johannes Lischka (203-F/C-87) netted 14. Andreas Seiferth (206-F/C-89, college: ALBA Berlin II) ended up with 10 points in the winning effort. Patrick Heckmann (198-F/G-92) answered with 12 points in the losing case, while Niels Giffey (200-G/F-91) scored 10. Daniel Theis (207-C-92) as well as Dennis Kramer (209-F-92) nailed 8 points apiece in the losing effort.

A2-Team: Karsten Tadda 17, Johannes Lischka 14, Andreas Seiferth 10
Germany U20: Patrick Heckmann 12, Niels Giffey 10, Daniel Theis 8, Dennis Kramer 8




Nick Williams Joins The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig have come to terms with Nick Williams (192-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Cincinnati) and given him a one year contract. Williams is a 28 year old 192cm guard from Mansfield, Texas that possesses excellent speed and quickness. He is an excellent passer who seems to thrive in the transition game.Last season, the American played for Politekhnika-Halychyna (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five): 48 games: 14.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 50.1%, 3PT: 36.6%, FT: 77.2%. 'We got the desired player in Nick Williams (192-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Cincinnati). He has played in strong leagues in the last years and gathered important experience. He is very versatile being able to play the point and shooting guard position', stressed Braunschweig coach Sebastian Machowski (agency: Limelight Hoops ), Williams played at Kansas St. (NCAA) in his freshman year playing 29 games: 9.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.5 apg. In 2002-2003, he played at Chipola JC (Njcaa) injured in November: Averaged 12.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists. In his last two years of college, he played at Cincinnati (NCAA) the almater of Alba Berlin guard Immanuel Mcelroy and in his senior year played 32 games: 8.9ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 39.6%, 3FGP: 38.2%. He started his professional basketball career in 2005-2006 playing for Bosna TH Telecom Sarajevo (Bosnia-D1); Adriatic League: 27 games: 8.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 43.9%, 3PT: 36.5%, FT: 77.8%, released in April. In 2007-2008, he played for PVSK-EXPO Pecs Panthers (Hungary-A Division): 25 games: 17.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 58.0%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 76.9%. In 2008-2009, he played for Atomeromu SE Paks (Hungary-A Division, starting five): 32 games: 16.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.8apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 59.9%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 76.4%. In 2009-2010, he went to Politekhnika-Halychyna (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five): 27 games: 18.0ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 81.8%.Awards/Achievements in his career have been HS Texas District 8-5A Offensive MVP honors -00, JUCO all-conference -03, Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup Finalist -06, Eurobasket.com Bosnia and Herzegovina League All-Imports Team -06, Hungarian League All-Star Game -08, Hungarian League Regular Season Runner-Up -09, Hungarian League Champion -09, and Ukrainian All-Star Game -10.

Source: New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig




Mark Dorris (I Had Some Good And Bad Games And Kind Of Fizzled Out At The End) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Mark Dorris (188-G-85, college: Marshall) is a 25 year old 188 cm guard playing in Germany in the BEKO BBL for Phoenix Hagen. He was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and visited Princeton high school. He then attended St. Catharine College for a year before transfering to Marshall where he played from 2005-2008. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging 13.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.4apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 39.1%, 3Pts: 34.3%, FT: 75.9%.For Cuxhaven, he played 29 games: 18.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.7apg, Steals-3 (2.3spg), FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 77.3%. He signed with BEKO BBL team Phoenix Hagen last season and played 34 games averaging 15.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.6apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 24.4%, FT: 72.8%. Mark took some time to talk to eurobasket about basketball after the 2010-2011 regular season

Where are you at the moment?

I am back home in Cincinnati seeing my family and friends.

What was the first thing that you did when you got back home to the states?


My brother and my friend picked me up and we went to a restaurant and had sloppy cheese burgers.

Phoenix Hagen finished the season in 11th place with a record of 15-19. How happy were you with the season?


People saw it as a successful season being better than last season and getting 11th place 2 years after moving up from the PRO A. For me finishing in 15th or 11th would have been the same. I would only have been happy winning it all. The season was bitter sweet.


You said early in the season that the playoffs was a goal. Why was this goal not reached?


I think that stretch where I got sick and lost 7 games in a row really hurt us. This harmed us for reaching the playoffs. If we could of won one or two more games, we would have had a chance for the playoffs.

Why was the team unable to play consistent defense for longer phases this season? The team gave up 80 or more points 24 times?


It was our style to play up and down and try to outscore our opponents. At times it felt like it was a race to see who could get to 100 first. It was a gamble each night.

How content were you with your season? You averaged 15,3ppg, 3,0rpg and 3,6apg?

My season was bitter sweet. On the one hand, I always expected coming from PRO A that I could compete at the BBL level, but I had some good and bad games and kind of fizzled out at the end.

What will you try to improve on this summer?

I think I can improve in many areas. I want to continue to be strong where my strength is and get stronger in my more weak areas like three point shooting off the dribble. getting to the rim is no problem for me.

Who was the most improved Phoenix Hagen player?

We had many good guys coming in that stayed good, but our most improved player was Matt Terwilliger. he had some big games down the stretch.

Who was the toughest player that you had to guard in the beko BBL this season?

The toughest to guard was Tyrese Rice. He had a field day in the first game against us. He has a nice hesitation and then has the ability to speed up which is hard to stop.

What was your nicest memory of the 92-86 home win against Alba Berlin?


When the buzzer sounded. I also will remember doing well against Immanuel Mcelroy who I grew up watching when he played at Cincinnati. I also did a good job against Julius Jenkins.

Will we see you play in the beko BBL next season?


It was an honor to play in the league and I really enjoyed it. It always depends on the situation. I compete to win and want to bring some hardware home.

Is Dashaun Wood one of the best players that you played against besides Tyrese Rice?


Yes he is. He is an incredible talent and the best offensive player in the league.

What will you be doing this summer?

I will be in Los Angeles and spend time with a good friend and work out. I will be enjoying life and getting better at the game I love.

Will you meet Skyliner Quantez Robertson on the court this summer?

He is a good friend of mine. We will hook up this summer on the court and workout.

How will the Cincinnati Reds fare this season?


They will reach the playoffs. I will be going to a game soon.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


Mike Epps doing stand up comedy.

Thanks Mark for the chat.




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CBC squad now down to 15 players - by Kristian Santiago
(BY the Guyana Chronicle)

With the 21st Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championships just three weeks away, the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) has shorten its squad to 15 as they shift into high gear in preparation for the event. The selection committee headed by GABF Vice President Floyd Levi selected twelve locals and three overseas players after the team held their practice session yesterday at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall
ahead of the July 23 29 games.

National standout point guard steve Neils Jr along with youth basketball sensation Akeem 'The Dream' Kanhai heads the local list that also features tenacious power forward Dwayne Brown Sugar
Roberts, Stephon Gillis, Royston Siland, Shelroy Thomas (173-90), Ryan Gullen, Neil Marks, Rodwell Fortune, Ryan Stephaney, Randy Richards and Shane Webster.

Not finding favour with the selection panel from the shortlisted 19 players, were guard Kevin Joseph and Travis Burnett and forwards Jermaine Slater and Louis James.

Armstrong Atlantic State University (AASU) shooting guard Keron McKenzie (193-G-86, agency: ARN Sports and Entertainment, college: Armstr.Atlantic) along with Trinidad and Tobago based forward Andrew Ifill (197-F-79) and Barbados based centre Kirk Elias are the three overseas
players selected.

Contacted yesterday, Levi said that Ellias is expected in Guyana tomorrow but was uncertain when Ifill and McKenzie would be available.

According to Levi, Ifill is wrapping up his league in Trinidad and Tobago while McKenzie is presently on the verge of seeking a contract with some clubs in Europe.

I personally have been in contact with the players and they all are somewhat involved in basketball competitively where they live which will certainly be taken into consideration, said Levi.

The former Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Commander further added that with the case of McKenzie, he is working out right now as he prepares for a stint in Europe.
He should be getting a contract with one of two teams in Europe so Im not yet certain when he would join us before the CBC tournament starts. Ifill is about to play in the finals with his club, so like I said, they are all very much active.

Initially, it was announced that the squad will be broken down next weekend, but Levi said that a decision was taken to bring it forward so that the coaches Lugard Mohan, Mark Agard, Abdullah Hamid and Robert Cadogan could have a chance to work with a core unit.

I think it was a good call because now the coaches can go into planning their systems and so on and properly fine tune their preparation. See, look at how the time is moving and we have to step
things up a bit to get our guys properly prepared, Levi said.

Guyana will join defending Champions Jamaica, Turks & Caicos, Antigua and Barbuda and the US Virgin Islands in group A of the Championships that bounces off on July 23 in Nassau Bahamas.

The CBC Championship is the competition used to give regional teams a chance to qualify for the World Championships and the Olympic Games.


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Standings
IBL Standings
Continental Division
 1. Bellingham S. 14-5 
 2. Vancouver V. 12-6 
 3. W.Coast H. 8-9 
 4. Olympia R. 6-14 
 5. L.Angeles L. 0-0 
 6. USA All-Stars 0-18 
International Division
 1. Edmonton E. 14-6 
 2. Albany L. 14-6 
 3. Kankakee S. 12-8 
 4. Gary Splash 12-8 
 5. Portland C. 12-11 
Branding Team
 1. Dayton A. 5-0 
 2. Lansing C. 3-5 
 3. Las Vegas P. 0-1 
 4. Phoenix R. 0-3 
 5. Lake Co. 0-5 
 6. Ohio H.G. 0-7 


Bryan Hunter to take over IBL - by Eurobasket News
Mikal Duilio transfers the International Basketball League name and processes to Bryan Hunter. IBL league efficiencies will stay the same but with Bryan Hunter - the IBL will make an attempt to add sponsorships and televise certain games.

Effective today July 4th 2011, the IBL will be controlled by Bryan Hunter. Duilio has agreed to terms with Bryan Hunter whereby Bryan Hunter will own the International Basketball League name and will take over as the IBL heads into its 9th year (the IBL is heading into a 9th season as the IBL runs a Winter league with 1-year's worth of history along with the traditional Spring/Summer league that just finished a 7th season yesterday).

Bryan Hunter is a successful internet advertising businessman and current Vancouver Volcanoes owner.

About IBL founder and departing Commissioner Mikal Duilio: Duilio has operated sports leagues and events for 26 years. As a teenager from 1985 to 1992-Duilio founded and directed the Indianola Jamball League (Iowa). In 1992, Mikal Duilio obtained a Masters Degree from Iowa State University and moved to Portland, Oregon where he founded and directed PortlandBasketball.Com (1993) and for 18 years and running-PortlandBasketball.Com has been and is- the world's largest basketball league with 8,000 amateur basketball games played per year (an adult basketball league serving the Portland metro). Duilio also founded PugetSoundBasketball.Com in Seattle in 2004 but sold the business (a business similar to PortlandBasketball.com) within a year. In late 2003, Duilio founded the International Basketball League as a concept with nine test games in the Pacific NW; the first official IBL game occurred in April of 2005-and on that opening night, former NBA All Star Tim Hardaway scored 45 points for a team in Waterloo, Iowa in a 129 to 131 overtime loss. The IBL is now heading into its 9th season.

Quote from Mikal Duilio: 'When I started the IBL, it was because I had studied how much was being spent in the minor basketball leagues of the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000's it looked to be out of line with the true economies of the situation, so I set up a system that was hard to build and took 18 months- but resulted in the '1 flight guarantee' for owners and from 2005 (first season) through the current season, that '1 flight guarantee' is what the IBL bases its scheduling on and I believe that the 1-flight guarantee is what most teams appreciate most about the IBL. My other goal in starting the IBL was to make the game fun by employing a simple rule change whereby IBL teams get 4 timeouts total- and this really forced the action on the floor because when one team goes on a run, the opposing coach cannot stop the run with a timeout; rather- that opposing coach needs to have his team go on a run as well to catch up... this dynamic has created an extremely high percentage of great games... so in those two areas- we succeeded'. Duilio continues- 'but it is time today for the IBL to take the next phase forward focusing a bit on revenues and televising games and Bryan Hunter in my opinion will be able to navigate the league forward into that next phase'. Finally, Duilio concludes-'taking the IBL's efficiencies and the great games and combining that with what Bryan Hunter will bring to the table will most likely be a great thing for the IBL teams moving forward'.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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KR Reykjavik inks DeWayne Reed - by Eurobasket
Dewayne Reed (185-G-87, college: Auburn) has reportedly agreed on terms of contract with KR Reykjavik. The American guard spent the previous season in the UBA. He averaged 22.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game with the Austin Knights. He posted a season high of 30 points and 8 rebounds vs. the Norman Express.

Reed was a standout for the Auburn Tigers for the 2009-2010 season. He ranked 3rd in the SEC in scoring with an average of 17.0ppg. He was named 1st Team All-SEC and had his best outing vs. NBA future star John Wall (22pts, 3rbs, 3stls). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpQAuh_ZhSE

Reed will join KR Reykjavik in late August, for more information please follow the link below


News from Fjolnir - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Fjolnir in Iceland Express league is loosing two of their best players. Tomas Tomasson has sign with Newberry College in South Carolina and Aegir Steinarsson the leading assist men in top league last season will probably follow him. Both are on U-20 National team that participate in European qualification round in July. Both are also on Senior National Team training roster.
Fjolnir has sign their first foreign player for next season. Calvin O''Neill ( Agency Icebasket) has sign with the Club. O'Neill played College ball at Middle Tennessee State and was Conference defensive player of the year. After College he played in UBA last season for Tennessee Dragons


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Pitesti signs Anton Kazarnovski - by Eurobasket News
Anton Kazarnovski (205-F/C-85) is a new member of Pitesti. The Israeli power forward/center signed a deal for the next season. Kazarnovski spent 2010/11 with Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa. He had limited playing time averaging 2.3 points and 1.8 rebounds for 20 Premier league games. Galil Gilboa reached the Playoff Finals. Kazarnovski also added 6.3 ppg and 3 rpg in 4 EuroCup games last season. He joined Galil Gilboa from Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat last summer. Before that he spent season and a half with the German BG Karlsruhe. He also has experience from Bayern Mucnih, Lich, Hapoel Galil Elyon and Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Anton Kazarnovski played for U20, U18 and U16 Israel in the past. He also was a member of their University NT.


Ashdod signs Dror Hagag and Gilad Karni - by Netanel Dahan
Maccabi Ashdod, strengths its back-court by by singing the young talent Gilad Karni (195-F/G-87, agency: Avi Zilberman), and the veteran PG Dror Hagag (178-PG-78, agency: Avi Zilberman).

Hagag will collaborate with another experienced guard-Meir Tapiro, Dror played last season for Eli Rabi in Ashkelon, played at all the levels of the Israeli basketball and spent also 2 seasons abroad in Belgium (league assists leader), and Greece (Greek Cup-semi-finals), and also was a part of the Israeli national team. Last season he averaged: 8.1ppg, 3.6rpg and 4.5 apg, he also played in the Israeli All-Star game this season.

The 2nd player that the port team signed is the young prospect Gilad Karni , Gilad already was a part of Ashdod on 2009-10 at the 2nd league he was a key part to help them reaching to the 2nd league Final-Four, and he returns to them after a strengthening season in Maccabi Beer Ya'akov from the Israeli 2nd league, he avarged last season:10.9ppg, and 5.3 rpg.


Gal Mekel says no to Montegranaro and yes to Benetton Treviso - by David Pick
Israeli national point guard Gal Mekel signed today (Monday), a one year contract with Italian Benetton Treviso. Mekel also had offers from the ACB Spanish league including a $650,000 offer from Italian Montegranaro where Israeli Head Coach Sharon Drucker would have allowed the young talent to play substantial minutes, however, Mekel decided to join the Italian power house who is currently suffering from financial issues.

The 23-year-old Israeli phenomena led his former two year organization, Galil/Gilboa, to a 2009/10 Israeli national championship beating Maccabi Tel Aviv in the finals. Mekel also led the Israeli northern organization to back-to-back Final-Four finals appearances against Maccabi, only this time, they fell short.

Last season the Wichita State graduate posted averages of 13 points, 6 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game in 31 minutes of play, as he was also a member of the Israel All-Star team and was named the Israeli domestic league and 'Eurobasket.com' all first team starting point guard.




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Sutor Montegranaro target Michalis Pelekanos - by Eurobasket News
Sutor Montegranaro have Michalis Pelekanos (198-F-81) on radar. The sides are reportedly negotiating contract. Michalis Pelekanos spent the last season with Olympiakos. He tallied 0.7 points and 1.2 rebounds per game in Euroleague. In A1 League the forward posted 4.4 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals per appearance. Previously Michalis Pelekanos had stints with Peristeri, AEK, Panellinios, Real Madrid and Marousi.


Casale tab Joe Trapani - by Eurobasket News
Fastweb Casale strengthened their frontcourt. They have agreed on terms of contract with Joe Trapani (203-F-88, college: Vermont). It is the first pro contract for the 23-year-old forward. Joe Trapani has just graduated from the Boston College. He tallied 14.8 points, 7.0 boards and 1.8 assists per game in his senior season. Joe Trapani made it into All-ACC 3rd Team for two second straight season.


All-Israeli League Guard of the Year is on the way to Benetton Treviso - by Eurobasket News
All-Israeli League Guard of the Year is on the way to Benetton Treviso for the next season. The Italian team will announce Gal Mekel (193-PG-88, college: Wichita St.) soon for their squad.
Over the last few years Gal Mekel moved twice from and back Maccabi Elite Tel-Aviv and Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa. In March 2008 he moved to Maccabi Elite Tel-Aviv and in 2008-2009 started for Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa (Premier League, starting five). In 28 games he averaged 8.1ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.9apg, FGP: 41.5%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 81.9%. In 2009-2010 he moved to Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (Premier League) but in December 2009 was loaned to Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa (Premier League, starting five) and in 21 games averaged 7.9ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.0apg, FGP: 45.1%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 74.2%. Last season for Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa (Premier League, starting five) in EuroCup he had 10.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 6.3apg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 15.4%, FT: 80.0%, while in Euroleague Qualifying Round erupted with massive 15.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 6.5apg. In Israeli League after 33 games his stats read 12.0ppg, 4.2rpg, Assists-3 (6.3apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 73.2%.
In his top game Bnei Hasharon lost to Galil Gilboa 80-95 at the Regular Season Round 8. International guard Gal Mekel orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 7 assists.





Italian U18 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Italian U18 National Team 2011
#s#
Alessandro Azzaro
Azzaro
Francesco Candussi
Candussi
Carnovali Tommaso
Tommaso
Dario Cefarelli
Cefarelli
Matteo Chillo
Chillo
#e#5
Alessandro Azzaro 197-F-93
Francesco Candussi 211-F/C-94 Monfalcone Italy
Carnovali Tommaso 195-F-93
Dario Cefarelli 193-G-93 Pepsi Caserta Italy
Matteo Chillo 202-F/C-93 Fortitudo Italy
Amedeo Della Valle 185-PG-93 Fastweb CM Italy
Matteo Fallucca 195-F/G-93 Roma S.Azzurra Italy
Matteo Fantinelli 193-G-93 CS Bologna Italy
Raphael Gaspardo 202-F-93 Benetton TV Italy
Edoardo Giovara 93 Fastweb CM Italy
Filippo Gorrieri 205-F-93 Roma Sam Italy
Matteo Imbro 187-G-94 Comsum.it SI Italy
Marco Lagana 194-G-93 Angelico BI Italy
Eric Lombardi 197-F-93 Angelico BI Italy
Alberto Mabilia 176-PG-93 Marostica Italy
Mattia Magrini 190-F-93 Chieti Italy
Luca Martignago 204-C-93 CS Bologna Italy
Diego Monaldi 190-G-93 Montepaschi Italy
Marco Pascolo 198-F-93 Comsum.it SI Italy
Michele Ruzzier Trieste Italy
Raphael Strotz 202-F/C-93 Fastweb CM Italy
Amedeo Tessitori 201-C-94 Comsum.it SI Italy
Francesco Veccia 190-G-93 Trenkwalder Italy



Bennet Cantu officially signs Artsiom Parakhouski - by Eurobasket News
As expected, Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87, college: Radford) officially became a new member of Bennet Cantu. He signed a one-year deal with the club. Parakhouski could replace Benjamin Ortner, close to leave the team and be in the frontline of the team along with Marko Scekic and Denis Marconato. Artsiom Parakhouski started in 2006-2007 for S.Idaho JC (JUCO) and in 2008-2009 joined Radford (NCAA, starting five). In 33 games he averaged 16.2ppg, 11.2rpg, 1.1apg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 53.7%, FT: 65.5%. In 2009-2010 for Radford (NCAA, starting five) in 31 games he averaged 21.4ppg, 13.4rpg, 1.1apg, 2.1bpg, FGP: 58.1%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 56.2%. In 2010-2011 moved to VEF Riga (Latvia-LBL, starting five) and in Latvian League after 12 games had 10.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 60.0%, FT: 69.6%. In VTB League after 10 games he had 12.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 54.1%, FT: 63.8%, while in EuroCup averaged 8.0ppg, 5.3rpg, FGP: 67.7%, FT: 60.0%. In Baltic League after 25 games he had 15.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 62.6%, FT: 71.5%, played also at BK VEF Riga junior team (Latvia-LBL).
Bennet Cantu reached the SerieA Finals last season, but failed against Montepaschi. They were runners-up in regular season as well.


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Lakeland Community College (Mentor, Ohio) Signs 2 Local Standouts - by
Lakeland Community College Men's Basketball Signs Two Top Recruits

After a history setting season resulting in the school's first trip to the NJCAA Division II
National Tournament and an Elite 8 finish the Lakeland Men's Basketball team will try
to continue its success. In doing so the school announced the signing of two local area
standout players.

Chaz Rollins of John Hay High School. The 6'7 Wing/Post averaged 17ppg, 17
rebounds, and 4 assists. He was voted 2nd team all district and all state honorable
mention. Chaz led the state of Ohio in rebounding and was second in the state in blocked
shots..

Richard Smith of Lutheran East High School. The 6'8 Wing/Post averaged 10ppg, 16.6
rebounds, and 11.1 blocks. Richard was voted as the MVP of Lutheran East and he led
the entire state of Ohio in block shots and was second in the state .

'Lakeland CC focus in the off season was solidifying there front line and they have done so plus
some!' stated Coach Terry Bowe. 'We had two guys this past season that were the best
in our conference, and not taking anything away from those guys but Chaz and Richard
add an additional piece in their ability to step out and shoot the ball and run the lanes'
We can get back to being a transition team. Most of all I Coach Bowe is impressed with the character
of both these young men; they will be two to watch for this upcoming season




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Brazil silence hosts at U19 World Championship - by Eurobasket News
Brazil U19 - Latvia U19 88:73

Brazil earned the third straight victory at U19 World Championship in Latvia. The Latin American side knocked down the hosts to improve at 3-1 record in Group E. Raul Neto (186-PG-92) dropped 19 points to pace the winners. Latvia fell at 2-2 record after the loss.
Latvia led right from the start. They stayed on top throughout the opening quarter recording an 18:17 lead ten minutes into the game. However Brazil answered with six straight points early in the second frame to surge in front. The visitors gradually boosted the margin to enjoy a 46:34 halftime lead. Lucas Riva and Raul Neto ensured a 16-point lead for Brazil midway through the third term. Soon Brazil gained a 20-point lead and arrived at the final break ahead by 14 points 72:58. Latvia could not get closer than 14 points in the fourth frame and had to yield at the end. Bruno Irigoyen (202-G/F-92) netted 17 points, while David Rossetto (180-PG-93) contributed 14 points in the winning effort. Edmunds Dukulis (204-C-92, agency: Players Group) answered with 22 points and 9 rebounds for Latvia. Davis Bertans (205-C-92) accounted for 15 points in defeat.

Brazil U19: Raul Neto 19, Bruno Irigoyen 17, David Rossetto 14
Latvia U19: Edmunds Dukulis 22, Davis Bertans 15




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Lithuania wins the European thriller over Serbia - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U19-Lithuania U19 54:71

Lithuania wins the European thriller over Serbia at the FIBA U19 World Championship, 1/8 Finals. The Baltic State improved to 3-1 record after 71:54 win.
Lithuania that improves from game to game started with 19-8 and never looked behind. The Baltic State added 14-13 in the second period for 33:22 halftime advantage. Serbia was far to give up and replied with 22-15 in the third period reducing to 4 points after 30 minutes, but that was all they could do. Lithuania U19 ended up with 23-11 in the last frame to seal the victory.
Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) netted 17. Vytenis Cizauskas (190-G-92) collected 10 points and 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Aleksandar Cvetkovic (185-PG-93) responded with 15 points in defeat as Serbia fell at 2-2. Petar Lambic (195-G-92) and Nemanja Besovic (221-C-92) scored 10 points each as Petar also grabbed 10 boards.

Serbia U19: Aleksandar Cvetkovic 15, Petar Lambic 10+12 rebs, Nemanja Besovic 10
Lithuania U19: Jonas Valanciunas 18+13 rebs, Dovydas Redikas 17, Vytenis Cizauskas 10+8 rebs+7 asts




Mindaugas Katelynas is free agent - by Eurobasket News
Lithuanian big guy Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) became a free agent on June 30. His contract with Spanish team Cajasol Seville expired and will not be extended. Katelynas joined Cajasol last summer from Alicante. He appeared 34 times in ACB averaging 5.8 points and 2.9 rebounds. In EuroCup, Katelynas added 8.9 ppg and 3.6 rpg for 16 games. He helped Cajasol to reach the Finals. In 2009/10, Katelynas shined with 11.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 1.5 apg in 34 games with Alicante. Before that, he played for AJ Milano, Monferrato and Cantu. Mindaugas Katelynas was invited to Lithuanian National Team camp last summer. He also played for Lithuania B two years ago.

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Brian Festog joins Red Miners - by Eurobasket News
Red Miners Kayldall signed a deal with Brian Festog (201-F-84, agency: KOSM USA, college: Wayland Baptist). The 27-year-old forward was last seen in ABA in 2008. Brian Festog played for Georgia Gwizzlies. Brian Festog graduated from Wayland Baptist in 2007. In 2005/06 season the forward played for the Trinidad State Junior College. He tallied 17.1 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Brian Festog was named Athletic Academic All-American.



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Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA Awards 2011 - by Carlos Chapa
Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA 1st Team 2011
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Davin White
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Kevin Sowell
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Derek Thomas
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Brandon Brown
Brown
Ryan Moss
Moss
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Player of the Year: Davin White (186-G-81) of Cananea
Guard of the Year: Davin White (186-G-81) of Cananea
Forward of the Year: Brandon Brown (201-F-85) of Cananea
Center of the Year: Ryan Moss (200-F/C-74) of Nogales
Import Player of the Year: Davin White (186-G-81) of Cananea
Domestic Player of the Year: Erick Hare (196-G/F-79) of Durango M.
Defensive Player of the Year: Kevin Sowell (190-G-81) of Guasave
Coach of the Year: Andres Contreras of Panteras

1st Team
G: Davin White (186-81) of Cananea
G: Kevin Sowell (190-81) of Guasave
F: Derek Thomas (193-84) of Cananea
F: Brandon Brown (201-85) of Cananea
F/C: Ryan Moss (200-74) of Nogales

2nd Team
G: William Funn (188-82) of Guasave
G: Michael Gale (193-82) of Mexicali
F: Lorrenzo Wade (198-85) of Hermosillo
G: Marcus Moore (198-80) of Culiacan
C: Marquise Gray (206-86) of Hermosillo

Honorable Mention
Serge Angounou (202-F-83) of Guasave
Scott VanderMeer (213-C-86) of Mexicali
Cleotis Brown (198-G/F-77) of Tepic
Jermaine Watson (193-G-81) of Tijuana
Richard Roby (198-G-85) of Guaymas
Rasheem Barrett (196-G-87) of Guasave
Gabriel Giron (192-F-88) of Guasave
Jesus Lopez (205-F-83) of Hermosillo
Gene Shipley (206-C-79) of Tijuana
Jerome Habel (208-F-85) of Guaymas
Cyrus Tate (203-F/C-85) of Tijuana
Steve Monreal (180-G) of Hermosillo

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Hector Nungaray (178-78) of Guaymas
G: Raul Navarro (192-84) of Guaymas
G/F: Erick Hare (196-79) of Durango M.
G/F: Alonso Izaguirre (200-76) of Guasave
C/F: Hugo Carrillo (205-83) of Mexicali

All-Imports Team
G: Davin White (186-81) of Cananea
G: Kevin Sowell (190-81) of Guasave
F: Derek Thomas (193-84) of Cananea
F: Brandon Brown (201-85) of Cananea
F/C: Ryan Moss (200-74) of Nogales




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  MONTENEGRO   


KK Mornar Bar will participate in the 2011/2012 EUROHOLD Balkan League - by Eurobasket News
KK Mornar Bar confirmed their participation in the 2011/2012 EUROHOLD Balkan League with an official letter, addressed to the BIBL. This will be the Montenegrin teams third consecutive year in the League, as they made their debut back in 2009/2010.

During the last season of the EUROHOLD BIBL, Mornar impressed everybody, as they reached the Final Four, but there they lost to the future champion KK Feni Industries in the semifinals.

Last season head coach Djordje Pavicevic relied mainly on talented local youngsters, such as Nikola Ivanovic, Nemanja Radovic and Slovenian Mirza Sarajlija. Also they had one of the top scorers of the BIBL Ivan Jelenic.

The average age of the team was 22.4 years, which made them the second youngest team in the BIBL, after KK Brod-Svjetlost.

Courtesy of www.balkanleague.net


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  NBA   


Blazers knew about Roys knee before giving him max contract? - by Eurobasket News
Prior to the 2009-2010 season, the Portland Trailblazers signed Brandon Roy (6'6''-G-84, college: Washington) to a five-year, max contract worth $80 million. But lately, hes had knee problems that have reduced him to a shell of his former self.

Could the Blazers have seen this coming? According to John Canzano of the Oregonian newspaper in Southwest Ohio, Kevin Pritchard, who was the general manager at the time, says the team was fully aware of his knee issues.

Kevin Pritchard said the Blazers were aware of Brandon Roy's knee issues when they gave him the max contract, Canzano tweets.

Wow. Remember Pritchard was hesitant to give him that deal and it made him the bad guy. We guess hes actually looking like the smart one now, but you know the team will call BS. Just like after Tom Modrak left the Philadelphia Eagles front office, the team tried to claim that he wanted Akili Smith over Donovan McNabb in 1999. It could just be Pritchard taking shots at the team that fired him, but hes the one that looks right about the knee.

Roys knee problems will most likely prevent him from playing a full season, but that shouldnt be a problem since the NBA owners will most likely prevent him from playing a full season anyway.

Somewhere, Greg Oden is rubbing his hands together believing that hes next in line for a huge max contract.

Courtesy of http://otrsportsonline.com


NBA lockout strips team websites of player images - by Eurobasket News
NBA fans looking to settle bar bets or simply reminisce about their favorite team's playoff run this spring will now have to search a bit harder.

When the NBA's collective bargaining agreement expired, not only the players were locked out. A wrinkle within that agreement meant that NBA teams' websites and nba.com had to remove most images, videos and other likenesses of current players. Fans now see pages advertising a team, but no stories about the players on that team. Cheerleaders and auditions for cheerleaders are featured on some websites, but no stars.

'It comes from the fact that the players allow the players' association to license their images because it is such a huge source of money,' said Ed Edmonds, a sports law professor at Notre Dame. 'The licensing is under the control of the union. They can say that is no longer available.'

Before the change, every NBA team website featured at least one All-Star or at least one 2011 draft pick. The teams used these images to help fans get to know the new players, market ticket sales and glamorize the sites in general. Now, those spaces are occupied by mascots, logos and cheerleaders.

The links to a player's biography or results from last season now direct readers to a dressed-down nba.com. The site's homepage initially featured no links and was split into two columns. One addressed the lockout and the other discussed the WNBA. It has been updated since, but still without any images or stories of current players.

The player biographies on the league's website still stand, but without pictures of the players. Team logos now reside in place of the faces of Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin and all of the league's other players.

'It comes as a surprise to me, and I'm not sure that it has to be that drastic,' said Gabe Feldman, an associate professor at Tulane Law School. 'Maybe they are being over-careful here, but I think just as other websites and news outlets will continue to use the NBA player images, the NBA websites will likely have some right to use them.'

As long as the lockout lasts, though, it appears that in place of dunk reels and NBA Finals montages, fans will find images of charity events headlined by coaches and general managers and extensive biographical information about team mascots and cheerleaders.

'It's one of the things that doesn't have a huge consequence,' said Larry Coon, an Irvine-based expert on NBA collective-bargaining and salary-cap issues. 'But it is certainly something people will take notice of.'

The NFL locked out its players in March, but its website is still filled with videos of touchdown celebrations and news updates. Why? The NFL negotiated its licensing deal separately from its CBA, thus sidestepping this issue.

Courtesy of http://articles.latimes.com


Thunder's Serge Ibaka might consider playing in Europe during lockout - by Eurobasket News
Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (6'10''-C/F-89) is considering playing in Europe if the NBA's lockout drags on.

While vacationing in Spain, Ibaka recently told a radio station that he would be open to returning to Spain, where he played for two seasons prior to officially joining the Thunder.

If there is a lockout, and there are not many complications to play in the CBA, I would like to return here to play, Ibaka is quoted as saying.

Ibaka is the latest in a long line of NBA players who have expressed an interest in playing overseas in the event of a prolonged lockout. Former Thunder center Nenad Krstic, who was traded to Boston at the deadline, recently signed a deal with CSKA Moscow in Russia. But Krstic's contract had expired.

Ibaka, however, has two years remaining on his contract with the Thunder, and there is uncertainty with whether he or any other NBA player under contract can legally sign on to play for another professional team. Earlier this year, FIBA spokesman Florian Wanninger addressed the possibility of NBA players attempting to look for work overseas.

In the event of an NBA work stoppage or players' strike, it would first have to be determined whether the players are still under a valid contract, Wanninger said. If this were the case, players cannot play elsewhereIf contracts are not valid any longer, they are free to transfer.

The question is whether NBA players' contracts are considered valid during the lockout, when even players under contract are not receiving their salaries.

I would rather play to stay in shape rather than stay idle, Ibaka is quoted as saying. We do not know how the lockout will go or the possibility for a player leaving the NBA to come to play here. But I would like an opportunity to play at a site where people like me. That would be nice, too.

Courtesy of www.newsok.com


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  NCAA1   


New Mexico St. hires former Wildcat Tony Delk as assistant - by Eurobasket News
Former Kentucky standout and NBA veteran Tony Delk (6'1''-G-74, college: Kentucky) has been hired as an assistant basketball coach at New Mexico State.

Head basketball coach Marvin Menzies announced the hiring Saturday.

Delk spent the last two seasons as assistant director of basketball operations at Kentucky under coach John Calipari.

As a player at Kentucky, Delk was a second-team AP All-American after leading the Wildcats to the 1996 NCAA National Championship. He spent 10 years in the NBA in stints with Golden State, Sacramento, Phoenix, Boston, Dallas, Atlanta and Detroit.

Menzie says the move will give the Aggies program instant credibility with players and recruits.

Calipari says he is proud to see Delk and other former players move up the ladder.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


Miami center Johnson undergoes surgery - by Eurobasket News
Miami Hurricanes center Reggie Johnson (6'10''-C) is expected to miss the start of the basketball season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.

Johnson is expected to be out five to six months, the Hurricanes said Friday, the day after his surgery. He was hurt during a pickup game with teammates Monday.

As a sophomore last season, Johnson started 34 games while averaging 11.9 points. He also had a team-high 9.6 rebounds per game.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Former Duke star Scheyer joins Maccabi Tel Aviv - by Eurobasket News
Former Duke basketball star Jon Scheyer (6'5''-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Duke) joined Israeli powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv on Sunday, saying his college experience prepared him well for coping with high expectations.

Because he is Jewish, Scheyer is eligible to become an Israeli and not count against a league cap on foreign players. He is expected to take a leading role for the defending Israeli champion, which lost the title game of this year's European championship to Greece's Panathinaikos.

'They had a great season last year and I want to build off that this year,' Scheyer told reporters a day after arriving in Israel for the first time.

Scheyer was mobbed by fans at the airport upon his arrival, and he was officially introduced Sunday by the team chairman, Shimon Mizrahi.

'At Duke, we had a target on our back every day,' Scheyer said. 'Expectations are high too. When you lose a game, it's a big deal at Duke. I think that is very similar to how it is here. I am used to those expectations, and I just want to live up to them.'

Maccabi lost just a single game in the Israeli league last year and reclaimed a title it has dropped only three times over the past four decades. The team has also claimed five European championships.

Scheyer, 23, led Duke to a national championship in his senior year in 2010. Hall of Fame Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has called Scheyer one of the best players he's ever coached.

The 6-foot-5 guard was passed over in the NBA draft and then sustained a freak injury when he was poked in the eye with the Miami Heat's summer league team. He suffered an injury to the optic nerve along with a tear in the retina of his right eye.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com


UNLV lands elite power forward prospect Wood for 2013 - by Eurobasket News
New UNLV coach David Rice landed his first elite prospect Friday night when Chris Wood, a top-50 power forward in the Class of 2013, committed to be a Runnin' Rebel.

Wood (6-8, 180) is a fast-rising prospect from Palmdale, Calif., who will play next season for powerhouse Findlay Prep in the Las Vegas suburbs. He picked UNLV over Southern Cal, Arizona, Utah, Louisville and Colorado.

' (Former UNLV great and current assistant Stacey Augmon) played in the NBA, so that's a big thing for me,' Wood told the Las Vegas Sun. 'He knows how the game is going to be, what the practices will be like. He can set me up for the future. It feels great. I (committed now) because of the coaching staff. I like them all, and they've coached great players like Jimmer (Fredette) and Kawhi (Leonard). I'll be happy to be around them. '

Wood is an inside-outside threat who says he patterns his game after NBA All-Star Kevin Durant and Augmon. 'My weakness is my strength; I have to get stronger,' he said.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com


USA rally past Canada in Riga - by Eurobasket News
USA U19 - Canada U19 83:54

USA continued to roll confidently at U19 World Championship in Latvia. They opened the Qualifying Round with victory over their North American rivals. USA outgunned Canada to improve at 4-0 record in Group F. Canada slipped at 1-3 record.
USA grabbed the initiative right from the start. They ensured a 21:14 lead after ten minutes. USA deepened the damage in the second quarter. They limited Canada to only 9 points to establish a 46:23 halftime lead. The United States did not slow down after the big break. Paul Hewitt team secured a 28-point lead with one quarter remaining. Canada had little chance to recover as the USA rallied to the victory at the end. James Bell (6'5''-G-92) knocked down 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in the victory. Doug McDermott (6'7''-F-92) added 10 points for the USA. Sim Bhullar (7'4''-C-92) answered with 15 points and 7 boards for Canada. Junior Lomomba (6'4''-G-93) and Dyshawn Pierre (6'6''-F-93) netted 11 points apiece in the loss.

USA U19: James Bell 16, Doug McDermott 10, Jeremy Lamb 9
Canada U19: Sim Bhullar 15, Junior Lomomba 11, Dyshawn Pierre 11



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  PHILIPPINES   


Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference
PBA Governor's Cup Standings
 1. Talk N Text 4-1 
 2. Derby Ace L. 3-2 
 3. Petron Blaze 3-2 
 4. Rain or Shine 3-2 
 5. Ginebra 2-2 
 6. Meralco B. 2-2 
 7. Alaska 2-3 
 8. Powerade T. 2-3 
 9. Smart Gilas 0-0 
 10. Air21 0-4 


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  POLAND   


Poland beat Argentina in Riga - by Eurobasket News
Poland U19 - Argentina U19 73:71

Polish team opened U19 World Championship Eighth-Final round with victory. They overcame Argentinean counterparts to improve at 3-1 record in Group E. Argentina slipped at 2-2 record after the loss.
It all looked good for Poland. They opened the game on a 9:2 run. Poland maintained the lead throughout the starting period posting a 20:11 advantage at the break. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) and Michal Michalak (194-G-93) boosted the gap to 14 points late in the half. Paredes and Giorgetti helped Argentina to come back into the contest. The Latin American team got within three points midway through the third fame. Poland were able to secure a 50:46 lead with one quarter remaining. The Polish team increased the margin to 9-point mark midway through the fourth term 58:49. But Argentina bounced back as the barrage of three-pointers erased the deficit. Carlos Paredes (196-F-92) pulled in front 71:70 with 37 seconds to go. Mateusz Ponitka answered with three free throws to give Poland a 73:71 lead. Carlos Paredes had a chance to save the game for Argentina but missed a buzzer-beater. Mateusz Ponitka accounted for 20 points to lead Poland. Michal Michalak added 16 points in the winning effort. Carlos Paredes replied with 17 points for Argentina. Luciano Massarelli (183-PG-93) and Pablo Perez (202-F-92) banked 12 points apiece in the loss.

Poland U19: Mateusz Ponitka 20, Michal Michalak 16, Piotr Niedzwiedzki (210-F-93) 14
Argentina U19: Carlos Paredes 17, Luciano Massarelli 12, Pablo Perez 12



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  PORTUGAL   


CB Penafiel President denies debts - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
Sergio Rodrigues, President, and Jose Xavier, General Assembly President, presented documents that deny any tax debts.

They also added that CBP/Sentir Penafiel does not have any delays in payment of salary to its employees or players. The only delay that the club has with the payment of wages is only of 19 days, as of today, with three players and a coach. Delay that, as they declared, will be rectified in the shortest possible time. Every other player has, and never had, any credit to the club.

It is categorically untrue that CBP/Sentir Penafiel has any debt to Social Security or to the Directorate General of Taxes, said Rodrigues, denying what was made public last week.



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  ROMANIA   


Timisoara inks Branko Cuic and Zlatko Jovanovic - by Eurobasket News
Timisoara announced signing of Branko Cuic (196-G-78) and Zlatko Jovanovic (181-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket) for the next season.
Branko Cuic heads to Timisoara from CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca, where he spent last four years. He helped the team win Romanian league title last season. In 44 games Cuic averaged 9.9 points, 5 rebounds and 1.8 steals.
Zlatko Jovanovic arrives to Timisoara from the Iranian team Towzin Electric Kashan, where he finished last season. He started it with Borac Nekta Banja Luka. For 9 games in Bosnian D1, Jovanovic had 15 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.4 pg and 1.2 spg. Season 2009/10, Jovanovic spent with Bosna ASA BHT. He helped them win the National Cup that year. In Adriatic league, Jovanovic had 9.5 ppg and 2.7 apg. He also added 9 ppg, 2 rpg and 3.2 apg in Bosnian league. Zlatko Jovanovic was Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Player of the Year -09. He was a member of Sloboda Dita at that time. In the past, he also played for Vojvodina and Polet Novi Becej.
Ten days ago, Timisoara hired Predrag Badnjarevic as Head Coach.


Pitesti signs Anton Kazarnovski - by Eurobasket News
Anton Kazarnovski (205-F/C-85) is a new member of Pitesti. The Israeli power forward/center signed a deal for the next season. Kazarnovski spent 2010/11 with Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa. He had limited playing time averaging 2.3 points and 1.8 rebounds for 20 Premier league games. Galil Gilboa reached the Playoff Finals. Kazarnovski also added 6.3 ppg and 3 rpg in 4 EuroCup games last season. He joined Galil Gilboa from Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat last summer. Before that he spent season and a half with the German BG Karlsruhe. He also has experience from Bayern Mucnih, Lich, Hapoel Galil Elyon and Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Anton Kazarnovski played for U20, U18 and U16 Israel in the past. He also was a member of their University NT.


Predrag Badnjarevic takes over Timisoara - by Eurobasket News
Predrag Badnjarevic is a new Head Coach of Timisoara. The Serbian specialist signed a one-year deal with the Romanian outfit. Badnjarevic worked last season with Etoile du Sahel. He led them to Tunisian league title and National Cup. Before Etoile du Sahel, Badnjarevic worked with Bulgarian Cherno More. In 2007/08, he was a Head Coach of Igokea Partizan.
Predrag Badnjarevic was a Head Coach of the Egyptian National Team from 2006 to 2008. He led them to three Gold medals at the All Arabian Games of Asian and African countries. In the past, Badnjarevic worked with Arad, Beopetrol, Lavovi, Ibon, Larissa, PAOK and Crvena Zvezda.
Meanwhile, Timisoara also inked Serbian guard Branko Cuic (196-G-78). He heads to Timisoara from CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca, where he spent last four years. He helped the team win Romanian league title last season. In 44 games Cuic averaged 9.9 points, 5 rebounds and 1.8 steals.


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  RUSSIA   


Emus edged Russia at the start of the 1/8 Finals stage of Group E - by Eurobasket News
Australia U19-Russia U19 85:78

Emus edged Russia at the U19 World Championship in Latvia in the start of the 1/8 Finals stage of Group E. The Australian U19 selection overcame the European team 85:78.
The tournaments structure saw the top three teams from Pool A and Pool B form a six-team Pool E, where both teams were currently placed.
The fixture for round two takes a cross-over format, which means that teams from Pool A will not face each other again. Instead they will line-up against each of the top three teams from Pool B.
Russia started well and grabbed 21-18 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Although Australia won the second frame 21-20, Russia enjoyed 2-point halftime advantage. Moreover the European team increased to 3 points after 22-21 in the third period, but could not win. Emus however needed 27-17 to take 3-1 record on top of Group E.
Anthony Drmic (196-F/G-92) paced all the winners with 22 points and Mitchell Creek (198-F/G-92) netted 16. Igor Hadziomerovic (195-G-92) ended up with 15 points, while Hugh Greenwood (190-G-92) scored 11. Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) and Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92) posted 19 points each in the losing effort.

Australia U19: Anthony Drmic 22, Mitchell Creek 16, Igor Hadziomerovic 15, Hugh Greenwood 11
Russia U19: Sergey Karasev 19, Dmitry Kulagin 19




Evgeniy Kolesnikov and Spartak part ways - by Eurobasket News
Evgeniy Kolesnikov (195-G-85) and Spartak part ways as the Russian Guard is not coming back to the team. After two years with the squad, Evgeniy will move to another squad to be named soon.
In 2009-2010 he joined Spartak St.Petersburg (A Superleague) and in EuroCup after 6 games averaged 4.0ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.0apg. In Russian League after 22 games he had 7.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT: 74.2%. In 2010-2011 Evgeniy showed 3.0ppg, 1.0rpg at the EuroCup Qualifying Round and in EuroChallenge after 9 games had 5.7ppg, 1.8rpg, FGP: 66.7%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 50.0%. In Russian League Evgeniy Kolesnikov averaged 3.7ppg, 1.4rpg.
In his top game Evgeniy Kolesnikov scored 10 points at the Regular Season Round 11 when Triumph beat Spartak SP 88-79.The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 59-48 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 32 personal fouls committed by Spartak St.Petersburg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities.




Unics Kazan brings in Dmitry Golovin and Petr Gubanov - by Eurobasket News
Unics Kazan announced signing of Dmitry Golovin (192-G-88) and Petr Gubanov (207-C-87) for the next season.
Dmitry Golovin heads to Unics from Nizhny Novgorod. He played 32 games for them in PBL last season averaging 5.3 points, 1.8 rebound and 1.9 assist. He also added 4 ppg and 1.3 apg for 8 games in EuroChallenge. Before Nizhny Novgorod, where he moved in 2009, Golovin was a member of TEMP-SUMZ Revda. He also played for Khmmky 2 and CSKA-Trinta Moscow in the past. Golovin has experience from Russian University and U20 NT.
Petr Gubanov played for Dynamo Moscow last season. He had 7.9 ppg and 4.1 rpg for them in 27 Russian league games. Before Dynamo, Gubanov played for Khimky and Samara. He also was a member of U20 and U18 Russia.


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Lithuania wins the European thriller over Serbia - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U19-Lithuania U19 54:71

Lithuania wins the European thriller over Serbia at the FIBA U19 World Championship, 1/8 Finals. The Baltic State improved to 3-1 record after 71:54 win.
Lithuania that improves from game to game started with 19-8 and never looked behind. The Baltic State added 14-13 in the second period for 33:22 halftime advantage. Serbia was far to give up and replied with 22-15 in the third period reducing to 4 points after 30 minutes, but that was all they could do. Lithuania U19 ended up with 23-11 in the last frame to seal the victory.
Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) netted 17. Vytenis Cizauskas (190-G-92) collected 10 points and 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Aleksandar Cvetkovic (185-PG-93) responded with 15 points in defeat as Serbia fell at 2-2. Petar Lambic (195-G-92) and Nemanja Besovic (221-C-92) scored 10 points each as Petar also grabbed 10 boards.

Serbia U19: Aleksandar Cvetkovic 15, Petar Lambic 10+12 rebs, Nemanja Besovic 10
Lithuania U19: Jonas Valanciunas 18+13 rebs, Dovydas Redikas 17, Vytenis Cizauskas 10+8 rebs+7 asts




Velickovic resign 2-year deal with Real Madrid - by Eurobasket News
Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) resign 2-year deal with Real Madrid and will play for the squad in 2011/2013 seasons. In 2009-2010 the Serbian Forward joined MMC Real Madrid (Spain-ACB, starting five) and in Euroleague after 16 games averaged 7.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 50.5%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 57.6%. In Spanish League after 42 games he had 9.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 61.5%, 3PT: 32.2%, FT: 70.0%. Last season for Real Madrid (Spain-ACB) in Euroleague he showed 3.4ppg, 2.8rpg and in Spanish League after 30 games had 3.0ppg, 2.6rpg.
Novica Velickovic recorded 10 points twice last season with the latter at the Regular Season Round 18 when Real Madrid outscored Estudiantes 82-61. The game was mostly controlled by Real Madrid. Asefa Estudiantes managed to win third quarter 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for Croatian center Ante Tomic who led his team to a victory with 13 points and 7 rebounds, while Novica Velickovic collected 10 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals. In another gam he scored 10 points against Lagun Aro GBC.




Predrag Badnjarevic takes over Timisoara - by Eurobasket News
Predrag Badnjarevic is a new Head Coach of Timisoara. The Serbian specialist signed a one-year deal with the Romanian outfit. Badnjarevic worked last season with Etoile du Sahel. He led them to Tunisian league title and National Cup. Before Etoile du Sahel, Badnjarevic worked with Bulgarian Cherno More. In 2007/08, he was a Head Coach of Igokea Partizan.
Predrag Badnjarevic was a Head Coach of the Egyptian National Team from 2006 to 2008. He led them to three Gold medals at the All Arabian Games of Asian and African countries. In the past, Badnjarevic worked with Arad, Beopetrol, Lavovi, Ibon, Larissa, PAOK and Crvena Zvezda.
Meanwhile, Timisoara also inked Serbian guard Branko Cuic (196-G-78). He heads to Timisoara from CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca, where he spent last four years. He helped the team win Romanian league title last season. In 44 games Cuic averaged 9.9 points, 5 rebounds and 1.8 steals.


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  SOUTH KOREA   


China celebrate first win at U19 World Championship - by Eurobasket News
China U19 - South Korea U19 95:88

China opened win count at U19 World Championship in Latvia. They overcame South Korea in the classification round tonight. Wang Zhelin (213-C-94) stepped up with 21 points and 13 rebounds to pace the effort. China will now take on the winners of Tunisia vs. Taiwan clash for the 13th overall position at the tournament.
China stunned the Koreans early in the encounter. Bin Fan team raced to a 24:11 lead at the first break. South Korea increased the tempo but China easily matched it. The Chinese team piled up a comfortable 20-point lead at halftime 50:30. Things hardly changed for South Korea in the third term. China kept on mounting the pressure and the gap grew at 25-point mark at the final intermission. South Korea exploded with 38 points in the fourth term but came up short of victory at the end. Li Muhao (218-C-92) delivered 20 points for China. Ju Mingxin (200-F/G-93) added 16 points in the winning effort. Kim Giyun (184-G-92) netted game-high 32 points for South Korea. Moon SeongGon (193-F-93) finished with 19 points in the loss.

China U19: Wang Zhelin 21+13 boards, Li Muhao 20, Ju Mingxin 16
South Korea U19: Kim Giyun 32, Moon SeongGon 19



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  SPAIN   


Velickovic resign 2-year deal with Real Madrid - by Eurobasket News
Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) resign 2-year deal with Real Madrid and will play for the squad in 2011/2013 seasons. In 2009-2010 the Serbian Forward joined MMC Real Madrid (Spain-ACB, starting five) and in Euroleague after 16 games averaged 7.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 50.5%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 57.6%. In Spanish League after 42 games he had 9.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 61.5%, 3PT: 32.2%, FT: 70.0%. Last season for Real Madrid (Spain-ACB) in Euroleague he showed 3.4ppg, 2.8rpg and in Spanish League after 30 games had 3.0ppg, 2.6rpg.
Novica Velickovic recorded 10 points twice last season with the latter at the Regular Season Round 18 when Real Madrid outscored Estudiantes 82-61. The game was mostly controlled by Real Madrid. Asefa Estudiantes managed to win third quarter 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for Croatian center Ante Tomic who led his team to a victory with 13 points and 7 rebounds, while Novica Velickovic collected 10 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals. In another gam he scored 10 points against Lagun Aro GBC.




Fuenlabrada bring in Antione Diot - by Eurobasket News
Fuenlabrada strengthened their backcourt. The team found the replacement for Kristaps Valters (190-G-81) who left for Unicaja. Fuenlabrada have agreed on terms of contract with Antoine Diot (191-G-89). The deal is meant for two seasons. The 22-year-old guard spent the previous season in Le Mans. Antoine Diot tallied 8.0 points, 3.7 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game in ProA. In EuroCup the guard averaged 9.3 points, 3.6 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals per appearance. In EuroLeague Qualifying Round Antoine Diot produced 10.8 points, 3.2 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 2.2 steals. Antoine Diot played for France at 2009 EuroBasket. His stats read 5.1 points and 1.9 rebounds per game in Poland. The guard participated at ProA All-Star Game in 2010.


Katelynas and Bullock leave Cajasol - by Eurobasket News
Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) and Louis Bullock (185-G-76, college: Michigan) are no longer members of Cajasol Seville. Their contracts expired on June 30 and will not be extended.
Mindaugas Katelynas joined Cajasol last summer from Alicante. He appeared 34 times in ACB averaging 5.8 points and 2.9 rebounds. In EuroCup, Katelynas added 8.9 ppg and 3.6 rpg for 16 games. He helped Cajasol to reach the Finals. In 2009/10, Katelynas shined with 11.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 1.5 apg in 34 games with Alicante. Before that, he played for AJ Milano, Monferrato and Cantu.
Louis Bullock also joined Cajasol last summer. He had 12.1 ppg and 2.3 apg for 33 games in ACB. Bullock added 11.8 ppg, and 1.8 apg for 16 games in EuroCup. He played for Real Madrid from 2004 to 2010 winning the ACB title in 2005 and 2007, plus ULEB Cup title in 2007. In the past, he played for Unicaja, Milano and Verona.


Salva Maldonado takes over DKV Joventut - by Natxo Mendaza
Salvador Maldonado has been officially named as the new head coach of DKV Joventut Badalona, the club announced today. Maldonado comes from Fuenlabrada, where he spent the last two seasons. Maldonado led the team to the ACB playoffs but couldn't beat Real Madrid as the whites swept their quarterfinal series 2-0. Maldonado comes back to Badalona after a long period, almost 20 years; he was the assistant coach of Pedro Martinez in the U-18 team of Joventut in 1991. Later he joined TDK Manresa, where he made his debut as head coach in 1994. Vitoria, Ourense, Tarragona, Seville, or Las Palmas de Gran Canaria have been in his CV since then,

Alejandro Vaquera in European Basketball Coaching Science - by Giorgos Diploidis
Alejandro Vaquera, one of the leading Physical Conditioning coaches in European basketball, will be involved in the delivery of the MSc in European Basketball Coaching Science in Kaunas (Lithuania) this summer. The MSc in European Basketball Coaching Science, which is awarded by the University of Worcester, in partnership with the Lithuanian Academy for Physical Education and with Lithuanian Basketball Federation (with the whole course being endorsed by FIBA Europe), attracts students from across the globe and Alejandro Vaquera will bring them a practical and theoretical perspective in relation to European basketball.

Alejandro, who is currently Sports Director at theUniversity of Leon in Spain and the Physical Conditioning Coordinator within FIBA Europe Referees Department, has been actively and successfully involved in coaching various youth Spanish National teams in recent years. Testament to this, the bronze medal won at U 18 European Championship Division A in Greece in 2006 (as the Athletic Coach of the team) is one of the highlights of his career. Alejandro is a great addition to our teaching team said Alex Radu, Course Leader for the MSc degree, who added: I am convinced that his contribution will further enhance the list of top class speakers and consequently will positively impact on the quality of the programme that we offer. Mick Donovan, the Head of the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science at University of Worcester, said: it shows our commitment to provide all of our MSc students with the opportunity to learn from some of the most experienced lecturers and coaches in European basketball and Alejandro is a great example of this.

The MSc programme will continue with the Intensive Teaching Block which is scheduled in July/August in Lithuania when a new cohort of students will be added to the existing Year 1 students. Anyone wishing to find out more about the MSc in European Basketball Coaching Science or anyone who is interested in enrolling for the course is advised to send an email to admissions@worc.ac.uk, call the University of Worcester Admissions Office on +44 01905 855111 or visit the course website (www.worc.ac.uk/europeanmastersbasketball) for further details.



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  TAIWAN   


Taiwan U19 celebrated the initial victory at the FIBA U19 World Championship - by Eurobasket News
Tunisia U19-Taiwan U19 59:70

Taiwan U19 celebrated the initial victory at the FIBA U19 World Championship. The Asian team edged Tunisia 70:59 in the 13-16 places round.
After 8-7 lead in the opening period, Tunisia added 7-0 run for 15:7 advantage. Moreover they finished the quarter with 21-15 and then missed a 0-7 run and trailed 21-22 in the start of the second period. In the end of it Youssef Mejri and Kang-Chaio Hung exchanged the baskets for 29:28 at the halftime. The score was tied at 43:43 at the end of the third quarter as Taiwan beat the opponents 15-14 in the third period. Kuan-Chuan Chen opened the last quarter for 45:43 and Taiwan U19 went on a bigger lead. Chao-Yi Chien made two free throws for 68:57 and Kang-Chaio Hung increased to 13-points deficit. Ahmed Manai (205-C-92) was the last to score in the game for the final result.
Chen Ying-Chun (181-PG-93) paced all the winners with 24 points and 8 rebounds and 6 assists, while Yu Chun-An (189-G-92) netted 19. Maher Souabni (185-G-92) replied with 16 points in defeat, whilst Ahmed Manai had 14 and Sofian M'Rad (198-F-92) collected 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Tunisia U19: Maher Souabni 16, Ahmed Manai 14, Sofian M'Rad 10+13 rebs
Taiwan U19: Chen Ying-Chun 24+8 rebs+6 ats, Yu Chun-An 19






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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO   


NABAC wins U-20 championships! - by Albert-Lee Young
The National Academy of Business, Arts and Culture (NABAC) scored a slender 75-74 victory over St Augustine Secondary School in the NGC-sponsored Trinidad and Tobago Schools Basketball Association Champions of Champions Under-20 Boys final at the Jean Pierre Complex, Port of Spain on Saturday.

Ronald Winters hit a lay-up with 19 seconds remaining to steal the championship for NABAC who trailed by as much as 15 points during the contest. Martin scored with 34 points and Kenyon Joseph chipped in with 30 points to lead the comeback.

In the Under-17 Boys finals, North Eastern College defeated Success Laventille 72-59.

And in the Under-15 division, Scarborough Secondary registered a 41-22 win over St Benedict College in the Boys contest.


Barry Stewart elected new president! - by Albert-Lee Young
Former national player and coach, Barry Stewart is the new president of the North Zone Basketball Commission for the period 2011-2013.

Stewart was elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) which held on June 2 at the LOC Conference Room at the Hasley Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain. The other officers chosen are Ralph Henry, Arnold Thomas, Ajene Balewa and Patrice Edwards.

The new season is scheduled to commence on September 11, 2011.


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Taiwan U19 celebrated the initial victory at the FIBA U19 World Championship - by Eurobasket News
Tunisia U19-Taiwan U19 59:70

Taiwan U19 celebrated the initial victory at the FIBA U19 World Championship. The Asian team edged Tunisia 70:59 in the 13-16 places round.
After 8-7 lead in the opening period, Tunisia added 7-0 run for 15:7 advantage. Moreover they finished the quarter with 21-15 and then missed a 0-7 run and trailed 21-22 in the start of the second period. In the end of it Youssef Mejri and Kang-Chaio Hung exchanged the baskets for 29:28 at the halftime. The score was tied at 43:43 at the end of the third quarter as Taiwan beat the opponents 15-14 in the third period. Kuan-Chuan Chen opened the last quarter for 45:43 and Taiwan U19 went on a bigger lead. Chao-Yi Chien made two free throws for 68:57 and Kang-Chaio Hung increased to 13-points deficit. Ahmed Manai (205-C-92) was the last to score in the game for the final result.
Chen Ying-Chun (181-PG-93) paced all the winners with 24 points and 8 rebounds and 6 assists, while Yu Chun-An (189-G-92) netted 19. Maher Souabni (185-G-92) replied with 16 points in defeat, whilst Ahmed Manai had 14 and Sofian M'Rad (198-F-92) collected 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Tunisia U19: Maher Souabni 16, Ahmed Manai 14, Sofian M'Rad 10+13 rebs
Taiwan U19: Chen Ying-Chun 24+8 rebs+6 ats, Yu Chun-An 19






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  TURKEY   


Dudley, Akin and Yagmur join Besiktas - by Eurobasket News
Erwin Dudley (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama), Can Akin (190-G-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) and Mehmet Yagmur (188-G-87) join officially Besiktas. The Turkish squad brings three good players for 2011/2012 season.
Erwin Dudley comes from Efes Pilsen Istanbul (Turkey-TBL, starting five) where he played last season. In Euroleaguethe American Big Man averaged 4.0ppg, 2.3rpg, while in Turkish League after 33 games had 6.1ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 54.1%, FT: 72.2%.
Can Akin comes from Olin Edirne Basketball (TBL, starting five). Last season the Turkish player averaged 11.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.2apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 33.1%, FT: 82.7%. He recorded 23 points at the Regular Season Round 2 when Olin Edirne beat T.Telekom 91-82. Can Akin and Vidas Ginevicius led the way with 23 points and 6 rebounds each. Yunus Cankaya delivered 17 points in defeat.
Mehmet Yagmur arrives from Turk Telekom Ankara (TBL, starting five). In EuroChallenge after 6 games the Turkish Guard showed 8.0ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 34.8%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 78.6%. In Turkish League after 28 games he had 7.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.9apg, FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 73.9%.




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  UKRAINE   


Predrag Miletic is back in Ukraine - by Eurobasket News
Predrag Miletic (191-G-84, agency: Agency No 10) has come back to Ukraine. The 26-year-old guard has agreed on terms of contract with Khimik Yuzny. The Serbian player first arrived in Ukraine back in 2008. He spent two straight seasons with Gryfony Symferopil. Last season the Serbian guard played for Radnicki. He averaged 6.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game in Adriatic League. In Serbian League Predrag Miletic tallied 10.9 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.1 steals per appearance.



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Leicester Riders land Cameron Rundles - by Eurobasket News
Leicester Riders bolstered their backcourt. They have agreed on terms of contract with Cameron Rundles (185-G-88). The 23-year-old player signed his first pro deal. Cameron Rundles has just graduated from the Wofford College. The guard averaged 13.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.1 steals per game in his senior season. Cameron Rundles was named into All-Southern Conference 3rd Team.



Etoile Charleville-Mezieres sign Tafari Toney - by Eurobasket Center
Etoile Charleville-Mezieres (NM1) signed 25-year old American-British power forward Tafari Toney (203-C/F-86). Toney played most recently at Liverpool Mersey Tigers (United Kingdom). While playing 36 games for Liverpool MT last season his stats were: 14.4ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg. He helped Mersey Tigers to win the BBL and make it to the cup final. He was selected to Eurobasket.com All-British BBL 1st Team. Toney is former Btitish international, who represented UK last time in 2009.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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  URUGUAY   


Uruguay named 12 players for the Tournament South American Under-17 - by Sergio Palay

Fernando Cabrera has named 12 players who will travel to Cucuta, to play the Tournament South American Under-17.
In the list is Luciano Parodi (182-G-94), a point guard who has played in La Liga Uruguaya the last season. In addition, the former star Uruguayan Marcelo Capalbo , will travel as an assistant coach.
Let's review the list:

Augustine Dellepiane
Ignacio Franzosi
Luciano Parodi
Fausto Pomoli
Lucas Vasallucci
Facundo Alonso
Rodrigo Brause
Leonardo Bouchaton
Zanotta Salvador
Imanol Asaravicius
Hernando Cceres
Augustine Hill



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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Anthony DRMIC
  CRO
  (196-F/G-92)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Drmic, AUS23.3 
 2. Ahmed, EGY20.8 
 3. Cvetkovic, SRB19.8 
 4. Valanciunas, LTU19.3 
 5. Barac, CRO18.5 
 6. Saric, CRO18.3 
 7. Mohamed, EGY17.3 
 8. Ponitka, POL17.0 
 9. Dukulis, LAT17.0 
 10. Michalak, POL16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dario SARIC
  (207-F/C-94)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Saric, CRO13.3 
 2. Valanciunas, LTU13.0 
 3. Ahmed, EGY12.0 
 4. Dukulis, LAT9.3 
 5. Mitchell, USA9.0 
 6. Pierre, CAN8.8 
 7. Barac, CRO8.5 
 8. Delia, ARG8.3 
 9. M''Rad, TUN8.0 
 10. Sun, CHN7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Grzegorz GROCHOWSKI
  (176-PG-93)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Grochowski, POL5.3 
 2. Kim, KOR5.3 
 3. Katic, CRO5.0 
 4. Cizauskas, LTU5.0 
 5. Hossam, EGY5.0 
 6. Vecvagars, LAT4.8 
 7. Carson, USA4.3 
 8. Vikhrov, RUS4.3 
 9. Saric, CRO4.0 
 10. Lee, KOR3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy LAMB
  (195-G/F-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Lamb, USA3.0 
 2. Moon, KOR2.8 
 3. Chen, TAI2.0 
 4. Ahmed, EGY2.0 
 5. Wang, CHN2.0 
 6. Cvetkovic, SRB1.8 
 7. Timma, LAT1.8 
 8. Kulagin, RUS1.8 
 9. Creek, AUS1.8 
 10. Katic, CRO1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  LTU
  (210-C-92)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Valanciunas, LTU3.5 
 2. Nogueira, BRA3.0 
 3. Mockevicius, LTU2.3 
 4. Karnowski, POL2.0 
 5. Mitchell, USA2.0 
 6. Niedzwiedzki, POL1.8 
 7. Leonard, USA1.3 
 8. Kim, KOR1.3 
 9. Saric, CRO1.3 
 10. Gielo, POL1.3 


Eighth-Final Round in Riga. Day 1 - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Latvia - Brazil 73-88
Brazil earned the third straight victory at U19 World Championship in Latvia. The Latin American side knocked down the hosts to improve at 3-1 record in Group E. Raul Neto (186-PG-92) dropped 19 points to pace the winners. Latvia fell at 2-2 record after the loss. Latvia led right from the start. They stayed on top throughout the opening quarter recording an 18:17 lead ten minutes into the game. However Brazil answered with six straight points early in the second frame to surge in front. The visitors gradually boosted the margin to enjoy a 46:34 halftime lead. Lucas Riva and Raul Neto ensured a 16-point lead for Brazil midway through the third term. Soon Brazil gained a 20-point lead and arrived at the final break ahead by 14 points 72:58. Latvia could not get closer than 14 points in the fourth frame and had to yield at the end. Bruno Irigoyen (202-G/F-92) netted 17 points, while David Rossetto (180-PG-93) contributed 14 points in the winning effort. Edmunds Dukulis (204-C-92, agency: Players Group) answered with 22 points and 9 rebounds for Latvia. Davis Bertans (205-C-92) accounted for 15 points in defeat.

Argentina - Poland 71-73
Polish team opened U19 World Championship Eighth-Final round with victory. They overcame Argentinean counterparts to improve at 3-1 record in Group E. Argentina slipped at 2-2 record after the loss. It all looked good for Poland. They opened the game on a 9:2 run. Poland maintained the lead throughout the starting period posting a 20:11 advantage at the break. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) and Michal Michalak (194-G-93) boosted the gap to 14 points late in the half. Paredes and Giorgetti helped Argentina to come back into the contest. The Latin American team got within three points midway through the third fame. Poland were able to secure a 50:46 lead with one quarter remaining. The Polish team increased the margin to 9-point mark midway through the fourth term 58:49. But Argentina bounced back as the barrage of three-pointers erased the deficit. Carlos Paredes (196-F-92) pulled in front 71:70 with 37 seconds to go. Mateusz Ponitka answered with three free throws to give Poland a 73:71 lead. Carlos Paredes had a chance to save the game for Argentina but missed a buzzer-beater. Mateusz Ponitka accounted for 20 points to lead Poland. Michal Michalak added 16 points in the winning effort. Carlos Paredes replied with 17 points for Argentina. Luciano Massarelli (183-PG-93) and Pablo Perez (202-F-92) banked 12 points apiece in the loss.

Australia - Russia 85-78
Emus edged Russia at the U19 World Championship in Latvia in the start of the 1/8 Finals stage of Group E. The Australian U19 selection overcame the European team 85:78. The tournaments structure saw the top three teams from Pool A and Pool B form a six-team Pool E, where both teams were currently placed. The fixture for round two takes a cross-over format, which means that teams from Pool A will not face each other again. Instead they will line-up against each of the top three teams from Pool B. Russia started well and grabbed 21-18 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Although Australia won the second frame 21-20, Russia enjoyed 2-point halftime advantage. Moreover the European team increased to 3 points after 22-21 in the third period, but could not win. Emus however needed 27-17 to take 3-1 record on top of Group E. Anthony Drmic (196-F/G-92) paced all the winners with 22 points and Mitchell Creek (198-F/G-92) netted 16. Igor Hadziomerovic (195-G-92) ended up with 15 points, while Hugh Greenwood (190-G-92) scored 11. Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) and Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92) posted 19 points each in the losing effort.

Group F
USA - Canada 83-54
USA continued to roll confidently at U19 World Championship in Latvia. They opened the Qualifying Round with victory over their North American rivals. USA outgunned Canada to improve at 4-0 record in Group F. Canada slipped at 1-3 record. USA grabbed the initiative right from the start. They ensured a 21:14 lead after ten minutes. USA deepened the damage in the second quarter. They limited Canada to only 9 points to establish a 46:23 halftime lead. The United States did not slow down after the big break. Paul Hewitt team secured a 28-point lead with one quarter remaining. Canada had little chance to recover as the USA rallied to the victory at the end. James Bell (195-G-92) knocked down 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in the victory. Doug McDermott (200-F-92) added 10 points for the USA. Sim Bhullar (223-C-92) answered with 15 points and 7 boards for Canada. Junior Lomomba (193-G-93) and Dyshawn Pierre (198-F-93) netted 11 points apiece in the loss.

Egypt - Croatia 81-83
Croatia opens FIBA U19 World Championship, 1/8 Finals with the win. The European team outscored Egypt U19 83:81 as late dunk sequence saves Croatia. The European team took early 25-22 in the end of the first period and improved to 5 points at the halftime. Egypt however surprised the Croatia side in the third period as they tied the game at the end of the third quarter. Only due to the last quarter and late dunk saved Croatia from the loss. They improved to 3-1 record in Group F, while Egypt dropped to 1-3 on the bottom. Dario Saric (207-F/C-94) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 16 rebounds and 7 assists, while Mario Hezonja (196-G-95) posted 15. Toni Katic (188-PG-92) delivered 14 and Boris Barac (206-F-92) notched 13. Omar Mohamed (183-PG-94) and Assem Ahmed (205-C-92) answered with 22 points in the losing effort, while Zyad Mohamed (194-G-92) posted 15. Tomorrow Egypt will face Canada and Croatia will meet Serbia.

Serbia - Lithuania 54-71
Lithuania wins the European thriller over Serbia at the FIBA U19 World Championship, 1/8 Finals. The Baltic State improved to 3-1 record after 71:54 win. Lithuania that improves from game to game started with 19-8 and never looked behind. The Baltic State added 14-13 in the second period for 33:22 halftime advantage. Serbia was far to give up and replied with 22-15 in the third period reducing to 4 points after 30 minutes, but that was all they could do. Lithuania U19 ended up with 23-11 in the last frame to seal the victory. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) netted 17. Vytenis Cizauskas (190-G-92) collected 10 points and 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Aleksandar Cvetkovic (185-PG-93) responded with 15 points in defeat as Serbia fell at 2-2. Petar Lambic (195-G-92) and Nemanja Besovic (221-C-92) scored 10 points each as Petar also grabbed 10 boards.

13-16 place
Tunisia - Taiwan 59-70
Taiwan U19 celebrated the initial victory at the FIBA U19 World Championship. The Asian team edged Tunisia 70:59 in the 13-16 places round. After 8-7 lead in the opening period, Tunisia added 7-0 run for 15:7 advantage. Moreover they finished the quarter with 21-15 and then missed a 0-7 run and trailed 21-22 in the start of the second period. In the end of it Youssef Mejri and Kang-Chaio Hung exchanged the baskets for 29:28 at the halftime. The score was tied at 43:43 at the end of the third quarter as Taiwan beat the opponents 15-14 in the third period. Kuan-Chuan Chen opened the last quarter for 45:43 and Taiwan U19 went on a bigger lead. Chao-Yi Chien made two free throws for 68:57 and Kang-Chaio Hung increased to 13-points deficit. Ahmed Manai (205-C-92) was the last to score in the game for the final result. Chen Ying-Chun (181-PG-93) paced all the winners with 24 points and 8 rebounds and 6 assists, while Yu Chun-An (189-G-92) netted 19. Maher Souabni (185-G-92) replied with 16 points in defeat, whilst Ahmed Manai had 14 and Sofian M'Rad (198-F-92) collected 10 points and 13 rebounds.

South Korea - China 88-95
China opened win count at U19 World Championship in Latvia. They overcame South Korea in the classification round tonight. Wang Zhelin (213-C-94) stepped up with 21 points and 13 rebounds to pace the effort. China will now take on the winners of Tunisia vs. Taiwan clash for the 13th overall position at the tournament. China stunned the Koreans early in the encounter. Bin Fan team raced to a 24:11 lead at the first break. South Korea increased the tempo but China easily matched it. The Chinese team piled up a comfortable 20-point lead at halftime 50:30. Things hardly changed for South Korea in the third term. China kept on mounting the pressure and the gap grew at 25-point mark at the final intermission. South Korea exploded with 38 points in the fourth term but came up short of victory at the end. Li Muhao (218-C-92) delivered 20 points for China. Ju Mingxin (200-F/G-93) added 16 points in the winning effort. Kim Giyun (184-G-92) netted game-high 32 points for South Korea. Moon SeongGon (193-F-93) finished with 19 points in the loss.



Standings
Standings
Group E
1. Australia3-1
2. Brazil3-1
3. Poland3-1
4. Russia2-2
5. Latvia2-2
6. Argentina2-2
Group F
1. USA4-0
2. Croatia3-1
3. Lithuania3-1
4. Serbia2-2
5. Egypt1-3
6. Canada1-3
Group Places 13-16
1. China1-0
2. Taiwan1-0
3. Tunisia0-1
4. S.Korea0-1




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Townsville Fire add US import Vivian Frieson - by Eurobasket News
The Townsville Fire have unveiled their latest signing for the upcoming season, US import Vivian Frieson (183-F-88, college: Gonzaga).

The former Gonzaga University standout comes to Australia following a short career in Swedens professional league where she averaged 15.1 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.6 blocked shots a game.

Traditionally undersized at power forward, Fire head coach Chris Lucas told the Townsville Bulletin that the 183cm Frieson could battle above her height.

'She plays big. She's always played the four spot during her career,' he said.

'She's 183 (cm), which is only six-foot, but she definitely plays bigger than that - her wing span is about six-foot three (190cm) and her vertical leap is just exceptional.

'Vivian is a very, very good role player and I have no doubt that she will fit into our program very well.'

The 23-year-old is set to join Townsville for pre-season training in September, bringing her winning ways to the revamped Fire squad.

'She has the ability to find ways to win,' Lucas told the Townsville Bulletin.

'She's a wonderful rebounder and the thing I like about her is her ability to generate the break.'

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


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  CROATIA - Women  


Sandra Mandir named to First Five of EuroBasket 2011 - by Eurobasket News
Sandra Mandir (175-G-77) is named to First Five players of the EuroBasket 2011 in Poland. She paced her Croatia to fifth place and a spot for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Mandir appeared 9 times in Eurobasket averaging 14.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists. She also helped Croatia reach this event. In seven qualification games she had 12.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 87.5%.
Sandra Mandir was Eurobasket.com All-Croatian League Forward of the Year -11. She played for Gospic Industrogradnja last season and led them to Croatian league title. She also shined in Eurolegaue with 14.6 ppg, 5 rpg and 2.9 apg. In Adriatic league, Mandir had 13.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 3.7 apg for 22 games. Before Gospic, Mandir played for Besiktas.


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  EUROLEAGUE - Women  


Elena Danilochkina moves to Nadezhda - by Eurobasket News
Elena Danilochkina (185-G-86) changed the team. The 25-year-old guard has agreed on terms of contract with Nadezhda. Last season Elena Danilochkina played for Vologda-Chevakata. She tallied 11.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals per game in EuroCup. In Russian League the guard notched 11.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.0 steal per appearance. Previously she played for CSKA and Dynamo Moscow. Elena Danilochkina shone at 2011 EuroBasket in Poland. The guard posted 13.9 points, 1.1 boards, 1.1 assists and 1.0 steal per game leading Russia to the title at the tournament. Elena Danilochkina was named MVP of the championship. The guard was the member of U18, U19 and U20 Russian National Teams.


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Stats Leaders Div.A (Women)
Points Per Game
 Doneeka HODGES
  USA
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Hodges, BUL20.3 
 2. Tuukkanen, FIN18.3 
 3. Perovanovic, MNT16.4 
 4. Zherzherunov., UKR15.5 
 5. Meesseman, BEL15.0 
 6. Kobryn, POL14.7 
 7. Fegyverneky, HUN14.7 
 8. Babkina, LAT14.4 
 9. Mandir, CRO14.3 
 10. Elhotova, CZE14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zane TAMANE
  LAT
  (200-C-83)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Tamane, LAT9.1 
 2. Meesseman, BEL9.0 
 3. Stepanova, RUS8.9 
 4. Tuukkanen, FIN8.8 
 5. Bar, GER8.8 
 6. Zherzherunov., UKR8.3 
 7. Leuchanka, BLR8.2 
 8. Ress, ITA8.0 
 9. Perovanovic, MNT7.8 
 10. Kobryn, POL7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Elina BABKINA
  LAT
  (173-G-89)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Babkina, LAT4.2 
 2. Bortelova, CZE4.1 
 3. Vardarli, TUR4.0 
 4. Mandir, CRO3.8 
 5. Dumerc, FRA3.8 
 6. Marchanka, BLR3.8 
 7. Dubljevic, MNT3.6 
 8. Pawlak, POL3.5 
 9. Zara, ITA3.3 
 10. Bar, GER3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Dimitra KALENTZOU
  (174-G-78)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Kalentzou, GRE2.7 
 2. Zherzherunov., UKR2.5 
 3. Lyttle, ESP2.5 
 4. Palau, ESP2.5 
 5. Mayombo, BEL2.5 
 6. Linkeviciene, LTU2.4 
 7. Bimbaite, LTU2.3 
 8. Zlatanova, BUL2.3 
 9. Skerovic, MNT2.3 
 10. Bar, GER2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Sandrine GRUDA
  FRA
  (194-C-87)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Gruda, FRA1.7 
 2. Kobryn, POL1.7 
 3. Marginean, ROM1.5 
 4. Veremeenko, BLR1.4 
 5. Tamane, LAT1.4 
 6. Khomenchuk, UKR1.3 
 7. Burgrova, CZE1.2 
 8. Popovic, MNT1.1 
 9. Jurcenkova, SVK1.0 
 10. Kupcikova, SVK1.0 


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  FRANCE - Women  


U20 France too strong for U18 Serbia - by Eurobasket News
U18 Serbia - U20 France 54-78

U18 Serbia and U20 France met each other in a friendly game this weekend. France was too strong for their younger rivals 78-54. Clementine Samson (181-G/F-91) was the leading scorer in victory with 17 points. Kadidia Minte (187-F-91) had 15 and Manon Morel (192-C-92) netted four points less. In the loosing squad, Aleksandra Stanacev (167-G-94) and Tijana Djukic (190-F/C-93) delivered 15 points each. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) followed with 13 pts. France took control on Serbia from the very beginning. They made 7-24 lead in the first ten minutes and continued with 8-18 after that. Nothing has changed after the breather. Actually, Serbia slightly improved, but was not able to avoid 18-22 in Q3. The hosts won the last period 21-14, but of course it was too late for them. France registered expected 78-54 road victory.

Serbia: Aleksandra Stanacev 15, Tijana Djukic 15, Natasa Kovacevic 13
France: Clementine Samson 17, Kadidia Minte 15, Manon Morel 11


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  GERMANY - Women  


Goettingen signs TopScorer - by Juliane Hoehne
After the promotion in the 2nd DBBL, Trinos Goettingen was able to sign one of the top players of the 1st DBBL - Ofa Tulikihihifo (180-G/F-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge). She is very known by the fans from the season 2007/08, where she led the team under Vlastibor Klimes with 19.5ppg, 9.5rpg, 2.9apg, and 2.8spg. She was the TopScorer of the 1st DBBL and 2nd in rebounding. In the mean time, she played in Poland and Sweden bevor she came back to join the DBBL last season. Ofa Tulikihihifo played for the BC Wildcats Wolfenbuettel also under Head Coach Vlastibor Klimes , where she was the TopScorer of the team and 6th in scoring in the league with 16.3ppg. She also snatched 5.8rpg, 1.9apg, 1.6spg, and helped the team reaching the Top4 in German Cup.
The management and Head Coach Jennifer Kerns are very happy with the signing and have the ambition to become one of the Top Teams in 2nd DBBL.


Sweden U20 beat Germany U20 for the third place in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U20-Germany U20 62:55

Sweden U20 beat Germany U20 for the third place in Italy at the International Tournament with 4 participating teams. The Scandinavian team needed 62:55 for 1-2 record.
After the first two losses in the first two days both teams desired to finish at least with one victory. Sweden started with 18-14 and then enjoyed 5-point halftime advantage. In the third quarter the Scandinavian team added 19-14 and managed to finish with the initial victory. Germany won the last period 17-14 but remained winless in the tournament.
Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) led the way with 20 points and Cleopatra Forsman-Goga (180-G-91) netted 14. Ida Aasa (177-G-91) and Sandra Ngoie followed them with 9 points apiece. Finja Schaake (179-G/F-92) finished the game with 14 points in the losing effort and Christina Schnorr (187-F-92) scored 12. Svenja Brunckhorst (178-G-91) netted 10, while Julia Gaudermann (166-PG-92) notched 5.

Sweden U20: Farhiya Abdi 20, Cleopatra Forsman-Goga 14, Ida Aasa 9, Sandra Ngoie 9
Germany U20: Finja Schaake 14, Christina Schnorr 12, Svenja Brunckhorst 10, Julia Gaudermann 5




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  ITALY - Women  


Italy U20 wins Torneo de Caorle - by Eurobasket News
Italy U20 wins Torneo de Caorle after a thriller over Spain U20 in the last day. The hosts of the campaign grabbed the trophy as well as the 53:52 win over Spain.
It was a tough game with two different halves in it. Spain started better and reached 22-7 after the first quarter. Moreover they added 19-12 in the second frame for 20-point deficit at the halftime. Italy looked even better in the second half. They produced a 16-8 in the third quarter and won the game due to 18-5 in the last stanza.
Federica Tognalini (183-F-91) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Federica Nannucci (170-G-91) netted 12. Laura Spreafico (182-F/G-91) ended up with 6 points, while Alessandra Tava (184-F/C-91) and Giulia Leva (180-F/G-91) scored 4 apiece.
In another game of the day Sweden U20 won over Germany U20 62:55.
Laura Gil was named MVP of the tournament.




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  RUSSIA - Women  


Elena Danilochkina moves to Nadezhda - by Eurobasket News
Elena Danilochkina (185-G-86) changed the team. The 25-year-old guard has agreed on terms of contract with Nadezhda. Last season Elena Danilochkina played for Vologda-Chevakata. She tallied 11.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals per game in EuroCup. In Russian League the guard notched 11.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.0 steal per appearance. Previously she played for CSKA and Dynamo Moscow. Elena Danilochkina shone at 2011 EuroBasket in Poland. The guard posted 13.9 points, 1.1 boards, 1.1 assists and 1.0 steal per game leading Russia to the title at the tournament. Elena Danilochkina was named MVP of the championship. The guard was the member of U18, U19 and U20 Russian National Teams.


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  SERBIA - Women  


U20 France too strong for U18 Serbia - by Eurobasket News
U18 Serbia - U20 France 54-78

U18 Serbia and U20 France met each other in a friendly game this weekend. France was too strong for their younger rivals 78-54. Clementine Samson (181-G/F-91) was the leading scorer in victory with 17 points. Kadidia Minte (187-F-91) had 15 and Manon Morel (192-C-92) netted four points less. In the loosing squad, Aleksandra Stanacev (167-G-94) and Tijana Djukic (190-F/C-93) delivered 15 points each. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) followed with 13 pts. France took control on Serbia from the very beginning. They made 7-24 lead in the first ten minutes and continued with 8-18 after that. Nothing has changed after the breather. Actually, Serbia slightly improved, but was not able to avoid 18-22 in Q3. The hosts won the last period 21-14, but of course it was too late for them. France registered expected 78-54 road victory.

Serbia: Aleksandra Stanacev 15, Tijana Djukic 15, Natasa Kovacevic 13
France: Clementine Samson 17, Kadidia Minte 15, Manon Morel 11


Radosevic and Grbic out of U18 Serbia - by Eurobasket News
Head Coach of the Serbian U18 National Team Zoran Kovacic cut two players from the list. Actually, these two players are forced to miss preparations due to injuries: Marija Radosevic (178-G-93) and Vanja Grbic (176-G-93). Serbian U18 NT prepares for the U18 EuroBasket which will be played in Oradea, Romania this summer. The championship starts on August 4. Serbian U18 NT currently prepares in Kikinda. They will stay there until July 11, when they will move to Novi Sad. On July 8, 9 and 10, Serbia will meet U18 Romania in three friendly games. Their rivals will be the hosts of the upcoming EuroBasket.

U18 Serbia: Nine Hadzibabic, Kristina Topuzovic, Zaklina Jankovic, Ivana Brajkovic, Jovana Djordjevic, Tijana Djukic, Katarina Vuckovic, Nataa Kovacevic, Tamara Rajic, Aleksandra Stancev, Jelena Stankovic, Ana Milovanovic, Jelena Vidakovic, Zorana Marinkovic, Emese Vida, Milica Toskovic i Anita Bosnjak.


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  SPAIN - Women  


Italy U20 wins Torneo de Caorle - by Eurobasket News
Italy U20 wins Torneo de Caorle after a thriller over Spain U20 in the last day. The hosts of the campaign grabbed the trophy as well as the 53:52 win over Spain.
It was a tough game with two different halves in it. Spain started better and reached 22-7 after the first quarter. Moreover they added 19-12 in the second frame for 20-point deficit at the halftime. Italy looked even better in the second half. They produced a 16-8 in the third quarter and won the game due to 18-5 in the last stanza.
Federica Tognalini (183-F-91) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Federica Nannucci (170-G-91) netted 12. Laura Spreafico (182-F/G-91) ended up with 6 points, while Alessandra Tava (184-F/C-91) and Giulia Leva (180-F/G-91) scored 4 apiece.
In another game of the day Sweden U20 won over Germany U20 62:55.
Laura Gil was named MVP of the tournament.




Ros Casares locks Marles Balart until 2014 - by Eurobasket News
Ros Casares made a move for the future. The Spanish giant signed a three-year deal with young prospect Marles Balart (182-F/C-94). It means that she will stay in Valencia until the end of 2013/14 season. Balart arrives to Ros Casares from C.B.F Sarria-Grupo Consultoria. They competed in LFB2 last season.
Marles Balart played for the Spanish U16 and U17 National Teams last summer. At the U16 EuroBasket in Greece she had 9.7 ppg, 12.1 rpg, 2.3 apg, 2.1 spg and 1.6 bpg for 9 games. For her performance, Balart was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 Best Center -10. Balart helped U16 Spain to win the Gold at the U16 EuroBasket 2009 in Naples. She had 4.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 1.4 spg for 9 games at this event.


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  SWEDEN - Women  


Sweden U20 beat Germany U20 for the third place in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U20-Germany U20 62:55

Sweden U20 beat Germany U20 for the third place in Italy at the International Tournament with 4 participating teams. The Scandinavian team needed 62:55 for 1-2 record.
After the first two losses in the first two days both teams desired to finish at least with one victory. Sweden started with 18-14 and then enjoyed 5-point halftime advantage. In the third quarter the Scandinavian team added 19-14 and managed to finish with the initial victory. Germany won the last period 17-14 but remained winless in the tournament.
Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) led the way with 20 points and Cleopatra Forsman-Goga (180-G-91) netted 14. Ida Aasa (177-G-91) and Sandra Ngoie followed them with 9 points apiece. Finja Schaake (179-G/F-92) finished the game with 14 points in the losing effort and Christina Schnorr (187-F-92) scored 12. Svenja Brunckhorst (178-G-91) netted 10, while Julia Gaudermann (166-PG-92) notched 5.

Sweden U20: Farhiya Abdi 20, Cleopatra Forsman-Goga 14, Ida Aasa 9, Sandra Ngoie 9
Germany U20: Finja Schaake 14, Christina Schnorr 12, Svenja Brunckhorst 10, Julia Gaudermann 5




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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO - Women  


Scarborough wins triple titles! - by Albert-Lee Young
Scarborough Secondary won a double in the girls division of the NGC-sponsored Trinidad and Tobago Schools Basketball Association Champions of Champions finals at the Jean Pierre Complex, Port of Spain on Saturday.

In the Open Girls finals, Aneicia Frank guided Scarborough with 13 points in a 50-34 win over Mucurapo West Secondary. Toni Ewing added 11 points for the winners. And in the Under-15 division, Scarborough had a 19-6 win against Tranquillity Secondary.

Overall Scarborough ran away with three championships as their Under -15 Boys also secured the Under -15 Boys contest.




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  WNBA - Women  


Tulsa Shock adds veteran Doneeka Lewis - by Eurobasket News
The Tulsa Shock filled its roster opening with veteran guard Doneeka Hodges (5'9''-G-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: LSU) (Lewis) on Monday.

Lewis, who previously went by her maiden name of Hodges, last played with the Indiana Fever in 2008. She played in eight games and averaged two points.

'She's another quick guard that we feel will help our team,' coach and general manager Nolan Richardson said. 'She's a player who has been in the league and will bring more experience to our back court.'

The opening was created last week, when center Jacinta Monroe was waived after a two-week scoreless stint with the Shock (1-9).

Lewis was selected in the second round of the 2004 draft by Los Angeles and played three seasons for the Sparks. She also spent a season with Seattle and has been playing overseas for the past three years.

Her twin, Roneeka Hodges, plays for San Antonio.

Lewis will be suited up for Friday's home game against Phoenix at the BOK Center. Tip time is 7 p.m.

Courtesy of www.tulsaworld.com


Silver Stars rookie Adams shining in early going - by Eurobasket News
With Maya Moore (6'0''-F-89, college: Connecticut) getting all the attention, San Antonio's Danielle Adams (6'1''-F/C-89, college: Texas A&M) has quietly been having the better rookie season.

Adams, who led Texas A&M to the NCAA women's championship earlier this year, is tops among first-year players in scoring (16.2 points per game), tied for third in rebounding (4.7) and tied for second in total blocks (9). The reserve forward's play has helped the Silver Stars to the best record in the WNBA at 7-2.

'I didn't expect to play like this but my game is just coming to me,' Adams said. 'I'm working hard each and every day and trying to help this team out.'

Despite averaging 22.3 points (ninth in the nation) and 8.5 rebounds as a senior including 30 points in the Aggies' win over Notre Dame in the NCAA title game Adams' pro career got off to a disappointing start.

Amid questions about her conditioning and whether she was more of an inside or outside player, the 6-foot-1 Adams wasn't selected until the eighth pick of the second round 20th overall in the league's draft in April.

'I just looked at it as another test,' she said. 'People have overlooked me and probably wish I was playing for them now. It's just my hard-working skills that I do each and every day. San Antonio believed in me.'

Adams readily acknowledges she uses the feeling of being snubbed as motivation.

'Oh yeah, it's always motivation just to prove people wrong again,' she said, 'that I can play in the WNBA and I can play for a long enough time. People didn't think I can do it.'

Adams, who has come off the bench in every game for San Antonio, is second on the team in scoring and rebounding. She's led the team in scoring twice and been second three times in the last seven games.

The 6-foot-1 forward has also displayed a touch from beyond the arc, shooting 38 percent (17 for 45) on 3-pointers.

'Defensively for a rookie, she really moves her feet and positions very well,' San Antonio coach Dan Hughes said. 'And offensively she gives you a unique weapon from the standpoint of you can really challenge post players to guard her away from the basket, yet she's strong enough inside to get some things done at the basket.'

Moore, selected No. 1 overall by Minnesota, is third among rookies in scoring (13.2), rebounding (4.7) and fifth in 3-point shooting (29 percent). Tulsa's Liz Cambage who went No. 2 is second in scoring (14.4) and tops in rebounding (6.1) and total blocks (13).

New York's Sydney Colson, who played with Adams at A&M, isn't surprised by her former teammates success.

'Just like in college, she has a plethora of moves,' Colson said. 'She can shoot outside, she can take you inside. She has quick feet for her size and she really lulls people to sleep and you're not expecting her to do what she can do.'

Colson, selected 16th overall by Connecticut before being traded to New York, was surprised Adams was taken so late and that she, herself, was picked before her.

'She's a really good player and we had just won the national championship,' Colson said. 'I was like, 'Would a team not want her?' But then again you have to look at what teams need and maybe they weren't in need of somebody in her position, somebody that does what she does. But a lot of teams passed up on something good.'

The Silver Stars, who selected Oklahoma's Danielle Robinson with the fifth overall pick, were glad to see Adams available when their turn came up again especially since Hughes was familiar with the Aggies' star playing about 2 hours away in College Station.

'She's a unique player,' Hughes said. 'I had seen her practice and I had seen her understanding of offensive basketball a lot more than everybody else. I think it was almost like a territorial draft, I think I had the advantage because I had seen her so much.'

Courtesy of www.mysanantonio.com


Dream forward Sancho Lyttle re-joins team - by Eurobasket News
The Atlanta Dream reinstated forward Sancho Lyttle (6'4''-C-83, college: Houston) and waived guard Kelly Mazzante (6'0''-G-82, college: Penn St.), the team announced today.

Lyttle, a 6-4 forward, missed the Dream's last six games while competing for Spain in EuroBasket Women 2011, a qualifying tournament for the 2012 Olympics. She was temporarily suspended for the duration of her absence.

Lyttle was limited during the tournament due to an injury. She is expected to return to action for the Dream once she has been evaluated and cleared to play by team physicians. Lyttle is averaging 12.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.5 assists in four games for the Dream this season.

Mazzante, a 6-0 guard, was signed by the Dream on June 6, 201. She appeared in six games for the Dream, averaging 5.7 minutes per game.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  WUBA - Women  


WUBA Standings
WUBA Standings
Northern Conference
 1. Cinncinatti S. 0-0 
 2. Queen City G. 0-0 
 3. Seven Hills F. 0-0 
 4. Sharonville F. 0-0 
Southern Conference
 1. Atlanta A. 0-0 
 2. GIE Disciples 0-0 
 3. Metro A. Sparks 0-0 
 4. Southern G. 0-0 
 5. Tennessee D. 0-0