EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/6/2011

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  ANGOLA   


Basketball Team's Training Programme Postponed - by Eurobasket News
Luanda The start of the works of the senior males basketball pre-team, which was set for this Tuesday, has been postponed, due to administrative and technical matters.

The squad are scheduled to participate in the Pan-African Games of Maputo, Mozambique.

This information has been given to ANGOP by the technical director of the Angolan Basketball Federation (FAB), Nuno Teixeira, who also announced that the training programme of the Angolan squad will now begin on Wednesday or Thursday.

'We still need to sort out some technical problems', said the official, without giving details.

Meanwhile, ANGOP has found out that one of the main problems facing the team is the lack of venue for training, since the two Cidadela pavilions are hosting national championships, such as under-16 basketball in wheelchair, as well as the handball tournament in both sexes.

Coach Raul Duarte and his squad intend to retain the African title.
Courtesy of: Angola Press


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  ARGENTINA   


Argentina U19 prevail over Russia U19 to close Day 2 of Eighth-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Russia U19-Argentina U19 70:73

Argentina U19 prevail over Russia U19 in Latvia to close Day 2 of Eighth-Finals.
The Latin American team played better in the first period and Juan Giaveno nailed three for 14:8 lead. Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) closed the first quarter and cut it to 12:16 at the end. Marcos Delia (206-C-92) made a dunk midway through the second frame to give his side the biggest lead in the game at plus 19. The Argentinian player brought 31:12 on the board, while Russia reduced to 39:26 when the teams headed to the lockers. The third quarter was the most productive for Russia that produced 25-15 for 54:51 after thirty minutes. In the last frame the squads exchnaged the leads several times and were tied at 68:68 with 2 minutes to go. Luciano Massarelli scored two and added another one from the free throw for 71:68 when the European team asked for Timeout. Sergey Karasev went on the free throw line and made two for 70:71. Franco Giorgetti (202-F-92) replied with two for Argentina and brought the necessary win for his side.
Patricio Garino (196-G/F-93) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Franco Giorgetti netted 16. Sergey Karasev answered with 25 points in the losing case, while Gleb Goldyrev (200-F-93) and Vladislav Trushkin (200-F-93) delivered 12 each.

Russia U19: Sergey Karasev 25, Gleb Goldyrev 12, Vladislav Trushkin 12, Viktor Zaryazhko (194-PG-92) 10
Argentina U19: Patricio Garino 19, Franco Giorgetti 16, Marcos Delia 14






Keith Gayden joins Club 9 - by Eurobasket News
Club 9 named another import player for the next season. They landed Gayden Keith (202-F-83, college: Duquesne). The 27-year-old forward started the previous season in Mexico. Gayden Keith averaged 18.3 points, 8.5 boards, 1.1 assists per game for Panteras de Aguascalientes in LNBP. Later in the season Gayden Keith moved to Taiwan. The guard joined the Dacin Tigers in SBL. His stats read 16.2 points and 12.7 rebounds per game at the tournament. Previously Gayden Keith had stints in Uruguay, Finland, Mexico, IBL, PBL and D-League. Gayden Keith made it into All-IBL Team in 2008. He participated at LNBP All-Star Game in 2009. Gayden Keith also earned Latinbasket.com All-Mexican LNBP Honourable Mention in 2009.


Elton Tyler is back with Atenas - by Eurobasket News
Atenas have agreed on terms of contract with Elton Tyler (205-F/C-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL). The 32-year-old centre started the previous season with the Cordoba team but left shortly after. Elton Tyler had stints in Italy and Spain before moving to Argentina. He played for Pistoia, Caserta, Tenerife, Montegranaro, Imola and Ragusa.
Atenas have already secured the services of Bruno Labaque (183-G-77, agency: Interperformances), Facundo Sucatzky (176-G-72), Miguel Gerlero (192-G-88), Juan Manuel Rivero (191-G-85), Mariano Garcia (202-F-86) and Marcus Melvin (203-F-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) for the next season.



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  AUSTRALIA   


Australia prevail against Brazil in Riga - by Eurobasket News
Australia U19 - Brazil U19 63:57

Australia registered another victory at U19 World Championship in Latvia. They fired past Brazil to improve at 4-1 record in Group E. Brazil slipped at 3-2 record after the defeat. Mitchell Creek (198-F/G-92) notched 23 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Emus.
The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the starting quarter. Australia and Brazil entered the second frame tied at 12. Raul Neto (186-PG-92) and Gabriel Aguirre gave Brazil a 7-point lead midway through the second stanza. But Australia answered right back and levelled things up at 28 after twenty minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter. The Emus managed to pull in front and established 45:42 lead with one quarter remaining. William Sinclair and Jackson Aldridge (185-PG-92) helped the Emus to a double-digit lead midway through the fourth period 52:42. Brazil got back within five before Michell Creek and Hugh Greenwood (190-G-92) sealed the winning outcome for the Emus.
Hugh Greenwood delivered 17 points for Australia. Jackson Aldridge added 9 points in the win. Raul Neto reacted with 19 points for Brazil. Cristiano Felicio (206-C-92) had 16 points and 12 rebounds in defeat.

Australia U19: Mitchell Creek 23, Hugh Greenwood 17, Jackson Aldridge 9
Brazil U19: Raul Neto 19, Cristiano Felicio 16+12 boards



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


Sixers sense opening to tempt Mills - by Eurobasket News
The NBA lock-out has given the 36ers a genuine shot at recruiting world championship starter Patrick Mills (183-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA).
It is possible they could have the Beijing Olympian for at least a portion of the NBL season.

Adelaide coach Marty Clarke confirmed the dynamic point guard, who had a $1.2 million contract pending for a return with the Portland Trail Blazers before the lock-out last week, had talked about the possibility of playing in Australia this season.

But Clarke cautioned Mills' American agent was likely to push him toward the bigger dollars of Europe.

'Patty has gone back to Houston to work out and there's no doubt he wants to play somewhere (during the lock-out) and he does love Australia,' Clarke said. 'Pat is Pat - he's always bubbly about wanting to do something (in Australia).

'We have spoken with him but he'll get offers from Europe and if you're paying an agent big bucks, you're going to listen.'

Working in the 36ers' favour is the fact Mills is anxious to actually get on court and play after averaging just 11.1 minutes per game in 74 outings with the Blazers across two seasons. He also has history with Clarke who coached him at the AIS and helped him get to St Mary's College in the US.

'Essentially he needs to play,' Clarke said. 'He doesn't want to sit on benches.'

Clarke said Adelaide's other option as its new point guard, Wollongong's 2011 league MVP, import Gary Ervin, was playing in a summer league and increasingly difficult to pin down.

'He's been difficult to get a hold of but we're pursuing that,' Clarke said. 'In the long run, the longer it goes, the less confident you become of getting it done.'

Ervin had been hoping for a European offer but the lock-out now has opened the door to more quality American players, especially with the NBA's D-League also suspended.

He remains high on the Sixers' priority list, though Mills' availability has raised the stakes.

'If Pat decides he wants to play in Australia and Adelaide, it would be a great thing for basketball,' Clarke said.

'The danger is you bring a guy in and lose him in December or when the lock-out is over.

'There will be a wholesale reshuffle of (import) spots then.'

Meanwhile in Latvia, Australia has gone down 68-78 to the host nation in the under-19 world championship, 36ers guard Mitch Creek leading the Aussies with 20 points.

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


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  AUSTRIA   


Hubert Schreiner stays with UBC St. Polten - by Eurobasket News
UBC St. Polten heads to the next season with the same Head Coach - Hubert Schreiner . Two sides extend their deal for at least one more year. Schreiner took over the club in 2009. They ended last season as No.9 with 13-19 record. St Polten was close to reach the Playoffs.
Hubert Schreiner worked with St Polten from 1994 to 2001. He coached them again from 2003 to 2008. Schreiner led St Polten to Austrian league title in 1999. Six years later they reached Cup Semifinals. In 2006, Hubert Schreiner was a Head Coach of the Austrian National Team. In 2008, he coached at the Bundesliga A All-Star Game.


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  BOSNIA   


Bozo Djurasovic moves to Germany - by Eurobasket News
Bozo Durasovic (200-F-87) will continue his career in Germany. The Bosnian forward penned a one-year deal with LTi Giessen 46ers. Durasovic spent last three and a half years with Bosna ASA BHT. He had 12.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg and 1.7 apg for 22 games in Bosnia. In 2009 and 2010, Durasovic helped Bosna ASA BHT to win the National Cup. In 2008, they won the championship title in Bosnia. Before Bosna ASA BHT, Durasovic was a member of Vogosca MIMS. He is active member of the Bosnian National Team.
Bozo Durasovic wasn't 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 interesting 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. Boyo is a well schooled player and wants to make the next step in the Beko BBL', stressed Bjoern Harmsen.


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  BRAZIL   


Australia prevail against Brazil in Riga - by Eurobasket News
Australia U19 - Brazil U19 63:57

Australia registered another victory at U19 World Championship in Latvia. They fired past Brazil to improve at 4-1 record in Group E. Brazil slipped at 3-2 record after the defeat. Mitchell Creek (198-F/G-92) notched 23 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Emus.
The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the starting quarter. Australia and Brazil entered the second frame tied at 12. Raul Neto (186-PG-92) and Gabriel Aguirre gave Brazil a 7-point lead midway through the second stanza. But Australia answered right back and levelled things up at 28 after twenty minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter. The Emus managed to pull in front and established 45:42 lead with one quarter remaining. William Sinclair and Jackson Aldridge (185-PG-92) helped the Emus to a double-digit lead midway through the fourth period 52:42. Brazil got back within five before Michell Creek and Hugh Greenwood (190-G-92) sealed the winning outcome for the Emus.
Hugh Greenwood delivered 17 points for Australia. Jackson Aldridge added 9 points in the win. Raul Neto reacted with 19 points for Brazil. Cristiano Felicio (206-C-92) had 16 points and 12 rebounds in defeat.

Australia U19: Mitchell Creek 23, Hugh Greenwood 17, Jackson Aldridge 9
Brazil U19: Raul Neto 19, Cristiano Felicio 16+12 boards



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  CANADA   


Canada ease past Egypt in Riga - by Eurobasket News
Canada U19 - Egypt U19 91:71

Canada recorded the first win at U19 World Championship Eighth-Final Round. They toppled Egypt to climb at 2-3 record in Group F. Kevin Pangos (186-PG-93) stepped up with 22 points to lead the effort. Egypt fell at 1-4 record after the loss.
It was all about Canada right from the start. The North American side posted a 25:14 lead after ten minutes. Canada maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 48:30 halftime advantage. The North American team kept on mounting the pressure after the big break. Egypt faced a massive 31-point deficit into the fourth quarter. Egypt erupted for 27 points but just sweetened the pill at the end. Olivier Hanlan (188-G-93) contributed 16 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds, while Junior Lomomba (193-G-93) added 13 points for the winners. Marawan Mohamed (199-F-92) replied with 16 points and 7 rebounds for Egypt. Omar Mohamed (183-PG-94) netted 12 points in the loss.

Canada U19: Kevin Pangos 22, Olivier Hanlan 16, Junior Lomomba 13
Egypt U19: Marawan Mohamed 16, Omar Mohamed 12



Negus Webster-Chan to miss rest of U19 WC due to injury - by Eurobasket News
A broken foot has forced Canadian Junior Men's National Team (JMNT) power forward Negus Webster-Chan (202-G-93) (Toronto) out of the remainder of the FIBA U19 World Championship.

Webster-Chan sustained the fracture during Canada's final Group C game against Lithuania on Saturday. He rolled his ankle when he came down on another player's foot while driving to the basket.

Webster-Chan hopes to return to the court in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, he'll stay in Latvia to offer support to his JMNT teammates.

Courtesy of www.basketball.ca


NBL Canada offers opportunity for locked out NBA players - by Eurobasket News
The president of the National Basketball League of Canada would like to invite locked out NBA players to come to Canada and continue professional play, should the NBA season not start as many are predicting.

'What a great opportunity for NBA players,' says Andre Levingston. 'NBL Canada can provide them with highly competitive play in professional arenas with great fan bases, while still being relatively close to home.'

Two of the founding NBL Canada teams sport head coaches with NBA experience. Mike Evans, the head coach of the Halifax Rainmen was formerly the head coach of the Denver Nuggets, and has also served as an assistant coach with the Toronto Raptors. The Saint John Mill Rats head coach Jaren Jackson won an NBA World Championship as a key contributor on the 1999 San Antonio Spurs.

'I am confident that NBL Canada can give NBA players an environment that will help keep their skills sharp and maintain their physical conditioning until the NBA resumes play,' stated Coach Evans.

Three of the NBL Canada teams suited up former NBA players last season in a prior league.

The Saint John Mill Rats featured 6'11 former Toronto Raptor centre, Toree Morris, while the Quebec Kebs had former Portland Trailblazer, Erick Barkley, running the point. The Halifax Rainmen dressed another former Trailblazer, 6'7 sniper shooting guard, Desmond Ferguson, as well as former Houston Rocket and Utah Jazz forward, Kirk Snyder.

It was an unprecedented NBA Draft for Canadian players this year as two Toronto natives were taken as first round picks. 6'9 forward Tristan Thompson was selected #4 in the draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, and his 6'2 point guard teammate, Cory Joseph, was taken #29 by the San Antonio Spurs.

NBL Canada held their first league owners meeting this past week in Toronto and is currently working towards releasing the 2011-12 season schedule. The league is set to tip off in November 2011 with a 36 game regular season schedule ending in March.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  CHILE   


Standings - LIBSUR
LIBSUR Standings
North Group
 1. Victoria 10-2 
 2. AB Temuco 9-3 
 3. CD Valdiva 9-3 
 4. CD Las Animas 6-6 
 5. CD Carahue 6-6 
 6. CD Imperial 2-10 
 7. Lautaro 0-12 
South Group
 1. CD Castro 13-1 
 2. AB Ancud 13-1 
 3. U.Los Lagos 9-5 
 4. CD Puerto Varas 7-7 
 5. Aleman 5-9 
 6. CB Osorno 5-9 
 7. CD Puerto Montt 2-12 
 8. Espanol O. 2-12 


First Round of Copa Chile Playoff, Fifth Stage, (Semifinals). - by Rodrigo Hunrichse
* First Round of Copa Chile Playoff, Fifth Stage, (Semifinals).

On a best-of-five series, here are the first weekend results:

Pair 22
Game 1: Liceo Mixto 100-91 Puente Alto
Game 2: Liceo Mixto 73-71 Puente Alto
Pair 23
Game 1: Boston College 71-78 CD UDECONCE
Game 2: Boston College 83-81 CD UDECONCE

We travelled to Santiago to cover this series and will be in Concepcion to report the return games.
The Maipu series are soon to be reported in depth.
From quarterfinals, UDECONCE has been the only team to win as a visitor, now the series are heading to Concepcion.

By Rod 'Alley'Gator' Hunrichse, 20110705.



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  CHINA   


China destroyed Taiwan at the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championships in Latvia - by Eurobasket News
China U19-Taiwan U19 91:48

China destroyed Taiwan at the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championships in Latvia to finish on the 13th place. In the Asian Battle China trailed 2 points after the first ten minutes, before exploding to 91:48 victory.
Kang-Chaio Hung brought the biggest lead for Taiwan in the opening tip at 10:3. Gu QuAn (203-F-92) gave China 13:12, but Chun-An Yu gave the opponents 13:12 advantage after the first 10 minutes. Tieh Cheng scored for 18:13, but then China started to dominate the court. Guo Ailun (192-G-93) sent the teams to the lockers as China enjoyed 46:28 at that time. Another 24-6 in the third quarter gave the winners 70:34 deficit that was enough to win the game. China added 21-14 in the last frame as Zhelin Wang was the last to score for his team. Chen Ying-Chun (181-PG-93) made the final result on the board 91:48.
Guo Ailun poured in 24 points for the winners and Ju Mingxin (200-F/G-93) notched 16. Gu QuAn ended up with 15 points, while Zhai Xiaochuan (205-F-93) netted 10. Kang-Chaio Hung posted 18 in defeat and Chen Ying-Chun added 9.

China U19: Guo Ailun 24, Ju Mingxin 16, Gu QuAn 15, Zhai Xiaochuan 10

Taiwan U19: Kang-Chaio Hung 18, Chen Ying-Chun 9






China Gains 13th Place in FIBA U-19 - by Arthur Volbert
Looking like the team that won the Asian Championship last year, and that finished seventh in the World U-17 tournament, China defeated Chinese Taipei today 91-48 to gain 13th place in the FIBA U-19 Championship.

Guo Ailun (192-G-93) led the way with 24 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and no turnovers. Ju Mingxin had 16 points and 4 rebounds. Gu Quan had 15 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Zhai Xiaochuan had 10 points and 9 rebounds. Sun Tonglin had 8 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Wang Zhelin had 8 points and 6 rebounds though he only hit 3 of 9 shots. If China had only pulled out the game with Egypt -- the USA has won two-point victories against both Serbia and Lithuania -- we might be praising this Chinese team for significantly raising the proficiency of Chinese basketball. Unfortunately, failure to come through in the clutch against Egypt counts.

China trailed Taipei 15-13 after one quarter but led 46-28 at the half. It led 70-34 after three quarters and outscored Taipei 21-14 in the fourth. It outrebounded Chinese Taipei 41-23 and had 9 turnovers to 17 for Taipei. It shot 55 percent from the floor to 34 percent for Taipei.

Several members of this team should become stars in the CBA. But, if he keeps his 1994 birth year, only Wang Zhelin and Luo Hanchen, listed as born in 1994, will have another opportunity to shine in international tournaments. It will be difficult for Guo Ailun to gain notice from the NBA even if excels in the CBA. But Li Muhao and Sun Tonglin could be draftable in 2014 if they continue to improve for international big men are far more desirable than international guards.

Link to box score:
http://www.fibalivestats.com/matches/13883/03/72/58/11vczerAlyPIk/



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


Quincy Douby re-signs with Xinjiang - by Eurobasket News
Xinjiang are building the champions roster for the next season. The CBA vice-champions have agreed on terms of contract renewal with Douby Quincy (191-G-84, college: Rutgers). The guard is expected to receive around $2 million salary next year. Douby Quincy was the key player for the Flying Tigers last season. He tallied 32.0 points, 4.6 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 3.7 steals per game. Asia-Basket.com named Douby Quincy All-Chinese CBA Player of the Year. The guard participated at CBA All-Star Game. Before joining Xinjiang Douby Quincy played in the NBA and Turkey. He made it into Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League 2nd Team in 2010. Douby Quincy was the member of Montenegrin National Team in 2010.


NBL Round 9: the spectators enjoyed two overtime thrillers - by Eurobasket News
NBL is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 9 rounds left.

The derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 8th ranked Heilongjiang (3-6) to second ranked Whampoa (6-3) 91-89 on Tuesday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 22-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Whampoa dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Heilongjiang's 30. They outrebounded Heilongjiang 55-38 including 23 on the offensive glass. 29 personal fouls committed by Heilongjiang helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Alan Wiggins (206-85, college: USF) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds for the winners and center Lei Ji (203-83) chipped in 23 points and 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The best for the losing side was American guard Courtney Pigram (185-85, college: E.Tenn.St.) with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Heilongjiang's coach Guang Bi Xiao rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Whampoa maintains second place with 6-3 record having just two points less than leader ShenYang. Heilongjiang at the other side dropped to the ninth position with six games lost. Whampoa are looking forward to face Jiangsu (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Heilongjiang will play against the league's leader ShenYang (#1) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Jiangsu (5-4) against ninth ranked Changan Group (4-5) on Tuesday night. Visiting Jiangsu was edged by Changan Group in a tough game on the road 104-105. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Jiangsu. American guard Nick Stallings (190-83, college: Centenary) nailed 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and Jahmar Thorpe accounted for 16 points and 9 rebounds. American center Kenny Lawson (205-88, college: Creighton) came up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds for Jiangsu in the defeat. Jiangsu's coach WanJun Cui tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Changan Group moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Hebei and Ningxia Hanas. Jiangsu at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. They share it with Sichuan and Guangzhou FM. Changan Group will play against higher ranked Guangzhou FM (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jiangsu will play against the league's second-placed Whampoa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
NBL top team - ShenYang (8-1) managed to deliver another win on Tuesday. This time they beat seventh ranked Hebei (4-5) 106-97. The best player for the winners was DeAngelo Collins who had a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 19 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Christopher Lawson who recorded 35 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Hebei's coach Jinlin Zhou let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. ShenYang have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 8-1 record. Loser Hebei dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. They share it with Changan Group and Ningxia Hanas. ShenYang will meet at home Heilongjiang (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hebei will play against Sichuan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Ningxia Hanas (4-5) played at the court of sixth ranked Guangzhou FM (5-4). Guangzhou FM managed to secure a 8-point victory 115-107. It was a good game for Justin Bowen who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 49 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Guangzhou FM's coach Dragan Raca allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guangzhou FM moved-up to third place, which they share with Sichuan and Jiangsu. Ningxia Hanas at the other side dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. Guangzhou FM's next round opponent will be Changan Group (#8) which should be theoretically an easy game. Ningxia Hanas will play against Hangzhou.

In the last game of round 9 bottom-ranked Hangzhou lost to Sichuan on the opponent's court 118-122.


Guangzhou FM - Ningxia Hanas 115-107

The game in was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Ningxia Hanas (4-5) played at the court of sixth ranked Guangzhou FM (5-4). Guangzhou FM managed to secure a 8-point victory 115-107. The hosts were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 24-23 run, which allowed them to win the game. Guangzhou FM outrebounded Ningxia Hanas 51-40 including a 33-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 55.6 percentage. 26 personal fouls committed by Ningxia Hanas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American forward Justin Bowen (200-83, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: SportsList Inc.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 49 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard TianGang Shao (190-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guangzhou FM's coach Dragan Raca allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American center Kenneth Simms (203-86, college: Cumberland, agency: TSS Management) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 17 rebounds and the other American import forward Ramon Harris (201-88, college: Kentucky) added 26 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) in the effort for Ningxia Hanas. Four Guangzhou FM and five Ningxia Hanas players scored in double figures. Guangzhou FM moved-up to third place, which they share with Sichuan and Jiangsu. Ningxia Hanas at the other side dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. Guangzhou FM's next round opponent will be Changan Group (#8) which should be theoretically an easy game. Ningxia Hanas will play against Hangzhou.
Top scorers:
Guangzhou FM: B.Justin 49+10reb+5ast, S.TianGang 15+10reb+1ast, H.Jartavious 12+11reb+2ast, S.Sani 11+5reb+1ast, Y.Liang 9+6reb+2ast, M.JinRong 4+2reb
Ningxia Hanas: H.Ramon 26+6reb, S.Kenneth 20+17reb+1ast, Y.Kaifu 16+6reb+1ast, M.Yansong 15+2reb+4ast, W.Sze 13+2reb, S.ChunLei 6+1reb
gschID: 129349


Changan Group - Jiangsu 105-104

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Jiangsu (5-4) against ninth ranked Changan Group (4-5) on Tuesday night. Visiting Jiangsu was edged by Changan Group in a tough game on the road 104-105. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Jiangsu. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Jiangsu won third quarter 28-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Changan Group shot 36 for 55 from the free-throw line, while Jiangsu only scored eleven points from the stripe. Strangely Jiangsu outrebounded Changan Group 43-29 including a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Jiangsu was plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Nick Stallings (190-83, college: Centenary) nailed 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import forward Jahmar Thorpe (198-84, college: Houston) accounted for 16 points and 9 rebounds. Stallings is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American center Kenny Lawson (205-88, college: Creighton) came up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds and center YanXi Zhu (209-90) added 18 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Jiangsu in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Jiangsu's coach WanJun Cui tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Changan Group moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Hebei and Ningxia Hanas. Jiangsu at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. They share it with Sichuan and Guangzhou FM. Changan Group will play against higher ranked Guangzhou FM (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jiangsu will play against the league's second-placed Whampoa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Changan Group: L.Peng 20+3reb+1ast, S.Lei 19+1reb+2ast, S.Nick 18+7reb+5ast, T.Jahmar 16+9reb+2ast, S.Jian 15+3reb+5ast, R.XiaTi 13+2reb
Jiangsu: L.Kenny 28+11reb+2ast, W.YanQing 21+3reb+2ast, Z.YanXi 18+7reb+2ast, J.Justin 14+10reb+1ast, F.Xin 10+2reb+2ast, X.ShuSen 6+1reb
gschID: 129350


Hebei - ShenYang 97-106

NBL top team - ShenYang (8-1) managed to deliver another win on Tuesday. This time they beat seventh ranked Hebei (4-5) 106-97. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 32-18. But Hebei won second period 26-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ShenYang made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for ShenYang especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. The best player for the winners was American forward DeAngelo Collins (206-82, college: High School) who had a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 19 rebounds. Guard ChengLong Duan (192-88) chipped in 25 points and 6 rebounds. Five ShenYang players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Christopher Lawson (193-83, college: Houston) who recorded 35 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import power forward Terence Dials (206-83, college: Ohio St.) added 19 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Hebei's coach Jinlin Zhou let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. ShenYang have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 8-1 record. Loser Hebei dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. They share it with Changan Group and Ningxia Hanas. ShenYang will meet at home Heilongjiang (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hebei will play against Sichuan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ShenYang: C.DeAngelo 40+19reb+3ast, D.ChengLong 25+6reb+3ast, A.Corey 15+1reb+3ast, C.XiaoDong 10+5reb, Z.Kun 10+1reb, L.Xu 4+5reb+1ast
Hebei: L.Christopher 35+8reb+5ast, D.Terence 19+8reb, C.Zhixin 16+3reb+1ast, Z.ZhenHu 8+3reb+1ast, W.Zhi 6+2reb+1ast, Z.GuoDong 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 129344


Sichuan - Hangzhou 122-118

Very expected game when 10th ranked Hangzhou (1-8) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Sichuan (5-4) 122-118. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 27-25. But Hangzhou won second period 31-30. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sichuan dominated down low during the game scoring 94 of its points in the paint compared to Hangzhou's 74. Sichuan forced 20 Hangzhou turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. 29 personal fouls committed by Hangzhou helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard T.J. Bannister (180-84, college: Liberty, agency: Warren Sports International) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 14 assists. Forward Ma Chao (196-86) contributed with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Austen Powers (203-87, college: Seattle, agency: Tank Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 13 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and the other American import forward Dante Milligan (206-84, college: Massachusetts, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) added 20 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Hangzhou. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Sichuan moved-up to third place, which they share with Jiangsu and Guangzhou FM. Hangzhou lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. Sichuan's next round opponent will be Hebei (#6). Hangzhou will play against Ningxia Hanas (#7).
Top scorers:
Sichuan: B.T.J. 36+4reb+14ast, C.Ma 26+7reb+4ast, L.Peng 17+5reb, W.Ryan 16+17reb, H.XiaoBin 10+9reb+3ast, Y.ZhaoLei 8+2reb+1ast
Hangzhou: P.Austen 32+13reb+3ast, M.Dante 20+15reb+4ast, Y.Wang 18+2ast, Y.Carrian 17+2reb+5ast, Z.Tian-bao 15+4reb+4ast, L.Wei 14+7reb+4ast
gschID: 129346


Heilongjiang - Whampoa 89-91

The derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 8th ranked Heilongjiang (3-6) to second ranked Whampoa (6-3) 91-89 on Tuesday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 22-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Whampoa dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Heilongjiang's 30. They outrebounded Heilongjiang 55-38 including 23 on the offensive glass. 29 personal fouls committed by Heilongjiang helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Alan Wiggins (206-85, college: USF) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds for the winners and center Lei Ji (203-83) chipped in 23 points and 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The best for the losing side was American guard Courtney Pigram (185-85, college: E.Tenn.St.) with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and Nigerian center Benson Egemonye (207-83, college: Niagara) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. Four Heilongjiang players scored in double figures. Heilongjiang's coach Guang Bi Xiao rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Whampoa maintains second place with 6-3 record having just two points less than leader ShenYang. Heilongjiang at the other side dropped to the ninth position with six games lost. Whampoa are looking forward to face Jiangsu (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Heilongjiang will play against the league's leader ShenYang (#1) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Whampoa: W.Alan 41+17reb, J.Lei 23+8reb, J.Michael 14+10reb, Y.ZhiYong 5+3reb+1ast, Y.Ning 3+6reb+1ast, W.SongWei 3+4reb
Heilongjiang: P.Courtney 24+10reb+4ast, E.Benson 16+13reb+2ast, Y.Gang 15+6reb, W.Nan 13+3reb, Z.Yong-lin 7+1reb, H.Mengxin 6
gschID: 129348




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Cibona eyes Fran Pilepic - by Eurobasket News
According to Croatian media, Cibona wants to sign Fran Pilepic (192-G-89) for the next season. Reportedly, they are already in talks. Pilepic spent last season with Siroki TT Kabeli. He helped them win the Bosnian league title with 10.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg and 1.9 apg in 14 games. Pilepic also added 11.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 1.7 apg in 24 Adriatic league appearances. Pilepic joined Siroki from Svjetlost last summer. With Svjetlost he had 15.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 2.2 apg for 32 games in Croatia (2009/10). In the past, Pilepic also played for Kvarner, Crikvenica, Triglav and RIjeka.
Fran Pilepic is currently a member of the Croatian B National Team. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League 1st Team -11. Except of the D1 title, Pilepic also won the Bosnian Cup this year with Siroki.


Serbia prevail against Croatia at U19 World Championship - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U19 - Croatia U19 73:68

Serbia earned the first win at the U19 World Championship Eighth-Final Round. They held off Croatia to improve at 3-2 record in Group E. Croatia on the other hand slipped at 3-2 record in the ladder. Djordje Drenovac (203-F-92, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 19 points to lead Serbia.
Serbia opened the game with aggressive defence. They limited Croatia to just 11 points in the first frame building a 5-point lead. Drazen Brajkovic team quickly recovered. They delivered 20 points in the second period to knot things up at 31. Croatia managed to pull in front in the third quarter. They built a 2-point advantage with one quarter remaining. Serbia however increased the tempo in the fourth frame and it paid off. Aleksandar Cvetkovic (185-PG-93) came up with late heroics as he knocked down 8 last points in the game and sealed the victory for Serbia. Aleksandar Cvetkovic, Petar Lambic (195-G-92) and Marko Gujanicic (202-F-92) all scored 12 points each for the winners. Boris Barac (206-F-92) answered with 18 points for Croatia. Dario Saric (207-F/C-94) finished with 11 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Serbia U19: Djordje Drenovac 19, Aleksandar Cvetkovic 12, Petar Lambic 12, Marko Gujanicic 12
Croatia U19: Boris Barac 18, Dario Saric 11



Zan Tabak takes over Girona as Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
Zan Tabak is the new Head Coach of Girona. Tabak was the main candidate for this position and two sides managed to agree a deal. The Croatian coach spent last two years as an assistant in Cajasol Sevilla. He also worked three years with Real Madrid at the same position. They won the ACB title in 2007. In 2005/06, Tabak was a scout of the New York Knicks. Zan Tabak is also a former NBA player. He spent six years in the best basketball league in the world. In 1994/95, he was a member of Houston Rocket and three years after that he spent with Toronto Raptors. He also had a short stint with the Boston Celtics. From 1999 to 2001, Zan Tabak played for the Indiana Pacers. He had 3.9 ppg and 3.9 rpg in his last NBA season. He won the NBA title in 1995 with the Rockets. After that, Tabak played for Real Madrid, Joventut and Unicaja Malaga. Zan Tabak was a member of the Croatian National Team from 1992 to 2001.

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Turkey U16 beat Czech Republic U16 twice in Pardubice - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U16 beat Czech Republic U16 twice in Pardubice in the test games.
In Game 1 Turkey U16 won 73:67 mostly due to the second quarter. Both teams nailed 15 points each in the opening frame as Turkey needed 22-13 in the second period to enjoy 37:28 halftime advantage. The hosts replied with 18-11 in the third period, but Turkey won after 25-21 in the last stanza. James Birsen (203-F/G-95) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 9 rebounds, while Okben Ulubay notched 10.
In Day 2 Turkey U16 grabbed 67:66 thriller win over Czech Republic U16. Turkey started with 17-15 and added 14-13 in the second frame. Both teams nailed 17 points each int he third quarter, while the hosts did everything they could to win the last quarter. They managed to produce 21-19, but it was not enough to seal the victory. Ayberk Guleryuz (207-C/F-95) paced all the winners with 15 points and Sertan Sari notched 10. Adnan Mustafa (187-G-95) ended up with 9 points, whilst James Birsen and Kartal Ozmzrak had 8 apiece.





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  DENMARK   


Vaerlose add two imports - by Eurobasket News
Vaerlose have secured the services of two import players for the next season. The team has agreed on terms of contract with Aaron Osgood-Richardson (205-F) and Adam Wire (195-F). Both players signed first pro contracts.
Aaron Osgood-Richardson has just graduated from the Cornell University. He tallied 6.9 points and 4.2 rebounds per game in his senior season. Aaron Osgood-Richardson won Ivy League title with Cornell for three times (2008, 09, 10).
Adam Wire also played for the Cornell University. The forward posted 3.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals per game in his senior season.




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Canada ease past Egypt in Riga - by Eurobasket News
Canada U19 - Egypt U19 91:71

Canada recorded the first win at U19 World Championship Eighth-Final Round. They toppled Egypt to climb at 2-3 record in Group F. Kevin Pangos (186-PG-93) stepped up with 22 points to lead the effort. Egypt fell at 1-4 record after the loss.
It was all about Canada right from the start. The North American side posted a 25:14 lead after ten minutes. Canada maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 48:30 halftime advantage. The North American team kept on mounting the pressure after the big break. Egypt faced a massive 31-point deficit into the fourth quarter. Egypt erupted for 27 points but just sweetened the pill at the end. Olivier Hanlan (188-G-93) contributed 16 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds, while Junior Lomomba (193-G-93) added 13 points for the winners. Marawan Mohamed (199-F-92) replied with 16 points and 7 rebounds for Egypt. Omar Mohamed (183-PG-94) netted 12 points in the loss.

Canada U19: Kevin Pangos 22, Olivier Hanlan 16, Junior Lomomba 13
Egypt U19: Marawan Mohamed 16, Omar Mohamed 12



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  EL SALVADOR   


First Division Round 1 recap - by Jaime Arevalo
In the first day of operations, Leones-Automoto prevailed over Roll Royce, 78-74 at the end of a very battled game, in which new league team Roll Royce came back from a -15 difference and almost grabbed the win from a Leones team that seemed to have the game in its hands at the end of 3rd qtr. Some bad calls from the referees conditioned the last minutes of the game.
With 21 pts, Eduardo Garcia (191-F-88) was the game top scorer and Roberto Gomez (185-G-87) added 14 in Leones. Milton Martinez (18 pts) and Oscar Pena (15 pts) outstood in Roll Royce .
In the other game of the night, a totally refirbished ExSAL (whos eroster is now filled of young players) managed to deefat UTEC, 67-60. The best at the winning side were Ignacio Ramos and Carlos Ochoa (198-C-82), with 15 points apiece, while Miguel Romero (182-G/F-80) led the way in UTEC with 10 pts and Julio Estrada (186-G/F-78) scored 9 pts.
The game of Round 2 are:
Chaleco- San Marcos
Exsal- Denver




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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


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

Game 1:
Rome 73 Berlin 67

Rome: 73
Karim Torres: 6pts; 4rebs; 3ast; 3stl
Marcus Jackson (6'5''-G/F-81, college: Benedictine): 15pts; 12rbs; 2ast
Dean Giannakopoulos: 4pts; 5rbs; 2ast
Jake Voeltz: 6pts; 3rbs; 3ast
Marques Ewell: 3pts; 3rbs; 3ast
Marvin Walker: 10pts; 7rbs; 4ast
John Harver: 2pts; 5rbs
Devin Langford: 7pts; 5rbs; 3ast
Darryl Garrett (6'4''-G-85, college: Schoolcraft CC): 13pts; 5rbs; 3ast
Tim Giles: 7pts; 2rbs; 2ast

Berlin: 67
Antonio Griffin (6'6''-G/F-84, college: CSU Bakersfield): 15pts; 10rbs; 2ast; 3stl
Marques Singleton: 4pts; 4rbs;
Eric Tisby: 5pts; 5rbs; 5ast
Tyrone Guyton: 8pts; 3rbs; 4ast
Jarvis Hill: 8pts; 6rbs; 4ast
Joshua Jones: 8pts; 4rbs; 3ast
Joe Allen: 5pts; 3rbs; 2ast
Jontae Koonkaew: 2pts; 2rbs;2ast
Modestas Masilonis: 3pts; 1rbs; 3ast
Pierre Marie Cespedes: 8pts; 2rbs

Game 2:
Warsaw 108 Athens 87

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

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

Game 3:
Paris 106 Madrid 98

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

Madrid: 98
Terrance Silas: 4pts; 3rbs; 3ast
Obinna Agomo (6'3''-G-88, college: Greenville): 24pts; 6rbs; 2ast
LaPhonso Ellis: 14pts; 5rbs; 3ast
Mitchell Carter (6'10''-C): 24pts; 16rbs; 4ast; 3stl; 3blk
Wesley Smith: 8pts; 3rbs; 2ast
Jerome Thomas: 2pts; 2rbs; 2rbs
Pierre Glover (6'6''-G/F, college: East-West University): 17pts; 6rbs; 2ast; 3stl
Demarco Crawford: 5pts; 3rbs; 3ast

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

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

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

Andrew Fair


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

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

Game 2
Amsterdam 84 - Madrid 83
Game two feature three of the players that played well yesterday; Julian Harris (5'10''-G-89, college: Menlo), Mitchell Carter (6'10''-C) and Marcel Anderson (5'9''-G-86, college: Harris-Stowe St.).
Julian (16pts; 8ast) didnt have the impressive offensive out put as he did yesterday, but he showed that he is a solid pro. He controlled the tempo for his team and scored when he needed to. He is a very good point guard. I think Julian fits well in leagues like Germany, Italy A2 and France Pro B. Mitchell Carter (14pts; 8rbs) was solid as well. Again not as many points but he showed his excellent footwork in the post area. He has all the moves you want from a big guy in the post. He would be great for LEB Gold, Pro A France and Germany. Marcel Anderson won the game for Amsterdam with is unstoppable penetration and his ability to get steals and get out on the break. Marcel is a great guard for Lithuania, France and Germany. He scored 29pts; 7rbs and 7stl in day two.
However the story for Madrid was Obinna Agomo (6'3''-G-88, college: Greenville) the player with the Nigerian passport who can play as a Contono player all over Europe was very impressive and athletic. He scored 26pts and had 11 rebounds and raised the eyes of the Lithuania scouts in attendance.
Wes Smith (6'3''-F) had an excellent game for Madrid as he pitched in 18pts and 7rbs.

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

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

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




ESL Chicago Day 3 Box Scores and short recap - by Darryl Reshaw
ESL 2011 Chicago Day 3 Box Scores and short recap:

7th Place Game:
Madrid 71 Berlin 67

Madrid: 71
Terrence Silas: 2pts; 3rbs; 2ast
Obinna Agomo (6'3''-G-88, college: Greenville): 14pts; 7rbs; 2ast; 2stl
LaPhonso Ellis Jr. (6'3''-G-87, college: Greenville): 27pts; 6rbs; 4ast; 2stl
Wes Smith: 6pts; 4rbs; 2ast; 1stl
Pierre Glover: 13pts; 3rbs; 2ast
Delmarco Crawford: 9pts; 9rbs; 3ast

Berlin: 67
Antonio Griffin: 7pts; 7rbs; 2ast
Marques Singleton: 4pts; 2rbs;
Eric Tisby: 9pts; 3rbs; 2ast
Tyrone Guyton: 6pts; 3rbs
Jarvis Hill: 12pts; 2rbs; 2ast
Joshua Jones (6'5''-G/F-88): 17pts; 9rbs; 4ast
Joe Allen: 5pts; 3rbs
Jontae Koonkaew: 7pts; 3rbs; 2ast
Modestas Masilonis: 0pts; 3rbs; 3ast
Pierre Marie Cespedes: 6pts; 4rbs

5th Place Game:
Athens 104 Amsterdam 99

Athens: 104
Richard England: 7pts; 2rbs; 1ast
Calvin Wooten: 7pts; 3rbs; 3ast
Aaron Hall (6'2''-G, college: C.W. Post): 18pts; 8rbs; 2ast
Marcus Jackson (6'5''-G/F-81, college: Benedictine): 14pts; 6rbs
Emmanuel Little (6'5''-F-85, college: N.Dakota): 18pts; 11rbs; 7ast; 4stl
Mike Murphy: 9pts; 3rbs; 2ast
Chris Staples (6'5''-F): 21pts; 6rbs; 3ast 3stl

Amsterdam: 99
Mike Skinner: 4pts; 5rbs;
Jeremy Shedrick: 13pts; 10rbs; 2ast
Larry Woods (6'7''-C): 16pts; 3rbs; 2ast
Marcel Anderson (5'9''-G-86, college: Harris-Stowe St.): 5pts; 2rbs; 2ast
Julian Harris: 29pts; 4rbs; 7ast
Djvon Simpson: 6pts; 2rbs
John Head (6'5''-G/F-86, college: Peru St.): 16pts; 8rbs; 3ast

3rd Place Game:
Rome 94 London 90

Rome: 94
Marvin Walker (6'3''-G-89): 15pts; 8rbs; 7ast; 4stl
Darryl Garrett (6'4''-G-85, college: Schoolcraft CC): 22pts; 7rbs; 2ast
Devin Lanford: 7pts; 4rbs
Marcus Jackson (6'5''-G/F-81, college: Benedictine): 11pts; 12rbs; 2ast
Marques Ewell: 10pts; 2ast
Jake Voeltz: 9pts; 3rbs
John Harver: 3pts; 1rbs; 2ast
Karim Torres (6'5''-F): 13pts; 6rbs; 4ast; 2stl
Dean Giannakopoulas: 0pts
Tim Giles: 5pts; 1rbs

London: 90
Tawrence Walton (6'6''-F): 13pts; 6rbs; 2ast
John Barber: 8pts; 5rbs
Donovan Monroe (6'1''-G-88): 20pts; 5rbs; 2ast
John Shodipo: 7pts; 5rbs
Mike Stovall: 7pts; 5rbs; 5ast
Julius Hearn: 9pts; 2rbs; 2ast
Senario Hillman: 8pts; 4rbs; 4ast
Mike McKinney (6'4''-G-85, college: N.Illinois): 19pts; 5rbs; 2ast


1st Place Game:



Paris 105 - Warsaw 101


Paris: 105
Justin Taylor (6'0''-G-88) (6'3''-G-85, college: Georgetown, KY): 14pts; 3rbs; 3ast
Andrew Fair (6'0''-G, college: St.Francis, IL): 10pts; 4rbs; 9ast; 8stl
Aaron Squirewell: 4pts; 3rbs; 2ast
Joshua Bell: 0pts; 3rbs; 2ast
J. Ryan Lott (6'0''-G, college: Cornell Coll.): 13pts; 2rbs; 3ast
Rory Darty: 2pts; 2rbs; 2ast
Jarvis Walker (6'3''-G): 20pts; 4rbs; 4ast
Octreyvius Roebuck (6'7''-F): 16pts; 10rbs; 3ast
Marcel Anderson: 19pts; 4rbs; 8ast; 7stl
Larry Woods: 3pts; 2rbs; 3ast; 2stl



Warsaw: 101
Tyrone Kent (6'5''-G/F-86, college: Toledo): 24pts; 6rbs; 3ast; 2stl
Brandon Watkins (6'0''-G-81, college: Penn St.): 19pts; 2rbs; 6ast
Casey Love (6'9''-C-80, college: Robert Morris): 14pts; 5rbs
Stanley Thomas: 16pts; 2rbs; 2ast
Anthony Simmons (6'6''-F-85, college: Purdue N.Central): 5pts; 7rbs
Mike Hart: 11pts; 6rbs
Tawrence Walton: 12pts; 5rbs; 2ast



The final day at Attack Athletics was very exciting and hosted some fine individual performances.

LaPhonso Ellis Jr. had a big time game as his father LaPhonso Ellis (6'8''-F-70, college: Notre Dame) the former NBA was in the stands watching his son.

The biggest surprise of the day was the shocking defeat of Warsaw which feature the majority of professional players.

The Paris team quickness, intensity and pressure defense created dozens of turnovers which was the difference in the game.









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FIBA Europe announces 2011-12 season teams - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
FIBA Europe has announced the list of teams to participate in the 2011-12 EuroChallenge and the Eurocup Qualifying Round.

The Draw for the Regular Season will take place in Barcelona, on July 7th, along with those of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague and the Eurocup.

The EuroChallenge Regular Season line-up will feature 32 clubs.

A total of 19 teams have already qualified directly and will be drawn into the Regular Season groups during the Barcelona event.

Eight others will emerge following the Eurocup Qualifying Round which features 16 clubs.

The eight winning teams from those two-game, head-to-head games will advance to the Eurocup Regular Season while the losing clubs will play in EuroChallenge.

The clubs which will enter the Barcelona Draw are:

- Eight (8) teams that will emerge from the Eurocup Qualifying Round

- Nineteen (19) teams that have qualified directly for the Regular Season:

Antwerp Giants (BEL)
Generali Okapi Aalstar (BEL)
Armia (GEO)
Keravnos (CYP)
BC Goverla (UKR)
Nizhny Novgorod (RUS)
BC Khimik Yuzhny (UKR)
Oline Erdine Basket (TUR)
BG Gttingen (GER)
Pau-Orthez (FRA)
BK Bemaco SPU Nitra (SVK)
Telekom Bonn (GER)
BK Pardubice (CZE)
Turk Telekom (TUR)
Chorale de Roanne (FRA)
U-Mobitel Cluj (ROU)
EWE Baskets Oldenburg (GER)
ZZ Leiden Basket (NED)
Fuenlabrada (ESP)

- Ten (10) teams will play in the Qualifying Round for the remaining five (5) spots in the Regular season:

Arkadia Traiskirchen (AUT)
Minsk 2006 (BLR)
Atomerm (HUN)
Pyrint Tampere (FIN)
BC Sokhumi (GEO)
Spartak Primorie (RUS)
Enisey Krasnoyask (RUS)
Szolnoki Olaj KK (HUN)
Krasnye Krylia (RUS)
Triumph Lyubertsy (RUS)


Courtesy of FIBA



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Lokomotiv tab Nikita Shabalkin - by Eurobasket News
Lokomotiv Kuban have announced the signing of Nikita Shabalkin (205-F-86). The forward penned a two-year deal with the team. Last season Nikita Shabalkin played for Dynamo Moscow. He tallied 11.5 points and 3.0 rebounds per EuroCup Qualifying Round game. In EuroChallenge the forward came up with 17.3 points and 1.3 rebounds per appearance. Nikita Shabalkin also delivered 10.3 points and 3.4 rebounds in PBL. Previously the forward had stints with Triumph, Khimky and CSKA-VVS Samara and CSKA Moscow. Eurobasket.com named Nikita Shabalkin All-EuroCup Challenge Player of the Year in 2007. The forward played at 2009 World University Games in Belgrade. He was named Eurobasket.com All-World University Games Best Player.


2011-12 Eurocup participating teams - by Eurobasket News
The list of teams qualified so far to the 2011-12 Eurocup Regular Season has been announced by Euroleague Basketball. For the third season in a row, the competition will be filled by teams in three different ways: by direct qualification to the Eurocup Regular Season, by promotion from the Eurocup Qualifying Round and by demotion following the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds.

A total of 10 teams from nine countries have already qualified directly to the 32-team regular season through their results in domestic competitions or through a wild card.

On July 7, a draw for the Eurocup Qualifying Round, which feature 16 teams from at least 14 countries, will be held in Barcelona. The 8 winners from those two-game, head-to-head qualifying games will advance to the Eurocup Regular Season, as well.

The remaining 14 teams that will fill the Eurocup Regular Season will be known after the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds, which has 16 teams from 13 countries, are decided in early October.

When the list of 32 teams qualified to the Eurocup Regular Season is then complete, a draw will be held to determine the regular season groups they will play in.



2011-12 Eurocup participating teams

Krka Novo Mesto (Slovenia)
Fraport Skyliners (Germany)
FC Bayern Munich (Germany)
Aris B.S.A. 2003 (Greece)
Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem (Israel)
Benetton Basket (Italy)
Rudupuis (Lithuania)
Gasterra Flames (Holland)
PBC Lokomotiv-Kuban (Russia)
Power Electronics Valencia (Spain).

14 Teams coming from Euroleague Qualifying Rounds

8 Teams coming from Eurocup Qualifying Rounds

Courtesy of www.eurocupbasketball.com




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Dmitry Sokolov renews with CSKA - by Eurobasket News
Dmitry Sokolov (212-C-85, agency: Agency No 10) renew with CSKA for another season. After two seasons with the defending champions both parts agree to work another season together.
In 2009-2010 Sokolov started for CSKA Moscow (A Superleague) and in VTB League averaged 4.5ppg, 1.7rpg. In Euroleague after 16 games his stats read 2.1ppg, 1.4rpg, while in Russian League he showed 4.6ppg, 1.9rpg. The last season for CSKA Moscow (PBL) in Russian League he averaged 4.3ppg, 2.9rpg, while in VTB League after 11 games his stats read 6.5ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 61.4%, FT: 54.5%. In Euroleague after 10 games he showed 8.5ppg, 5.4rpg, FGP-2 (72.1%), FT: 57.5%.
Dmitry Sokolov recorded 20 points at the start of the season. CSKA grabbed 81:63 road win in the debut game over Dynamo. CSKA started with 25-19 and added 25-12 in the second period. Both teams exchanged the victories in the second period for the final result. Dmitry Sokolov top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Jamont Gordon as well as Boban Marjanovic posted 13 each. Petr Gubanov responded with 15 points in the losing effort.


Jonas Kazlauskas, CSKA head coach:
I am completely satisfied to have Dmitry on our roster, because he plays his role well, he understands the tasks. He received different amounts of playing time in different period of the season and worked them out well. Besides he possesses positive aura. Any team needs the role players able to help in the games and practices. You cannot have all the starters in the big club.

Courtesy of: CSKA



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 two year 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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Lithuania U16 outscored Finland U16 in Druskininkai - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U16-Finland U16 86:55

Lithuania U16 outscored Finland U16 in Druskininkai in a test game between two teams. The Baltic side opened the game with 23-9 and never looked behind. Lithuania added 15-13 in the second frame for 38:22 halftime advantage. In the second half the hosts also looked better and won the frame 18-15 to take 56:37 after thirty minutes. The last quarter was a nightmare for the Finnish side that lost 18-30 to be stormed 55:86.
Edvinas Seskus (188-G-95) and Ernestas Serkevicius (95) top-scored for the winners with 16 points apiece, while Paulius Zalys (95) and Karolis Razukas scored 8 points each. Anton Odabasi (196-F-95) answered with 20 points in the losing effort and Oskar Michelsen (199-F-95) notched 9. Emir Sulejmanovic (203-C/F-95) scored 6, while Jere Valtonen (185-G-95) and Henri Niemisto (191-G-96) delivered 5 apiece.

Lithuania U16: Edvinas Seskus 16, Ernestas Serkevicius 16, Paulius Zalys 8, Karolis Razukas 8
Finland U16:Anton Odabasi 20, Oskar Michelsen 9, Emir Sulejmanovic 6, Jere Valtonen 5, Henri Niemisto 5





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  FRANCE   


France U20 triumphs in Torneo Internacional de Logrono - by Eurobasket News
Spain U20-France U20 64:66 OT

France U20 beat the hosts of the Torneo Internacional de Logrono in the last day of the competition. France grabbed 66:64 overtime thriller to win the tournament.
The guests opened the game with 16-14 but trailed 2 points at the halftime. The third quarter seemed to be decisive as Spain produced 20-10 to take 12-point advantage after three quarters. That game and intrigue however was not over. France erupted with 20-8 in the fourth period and tied the game entering the extra period. In overtime France needed 10-8 to clinch the victory.
Evan Fournier (200-G/F-92) stepped up with 18 points to lead the charge. Joffrey Lauvergne (210-F-91) netted 11, while Romain Hillotte (195-G-91) scored 9. Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) ended up with 20 points in the losing effort as Italy finished with 1-2 record. Joan Sastre Morro (201-F-91) notched 13, while Gil nailed 6.

Spain U20: Nikola Mirotic 20, Joan Sastre Morro 13, Gil 6
France U20: Evan Fournier 18, Joffrey Lauvergne 11, Romain Hillotte 9



Chalons-Reims announce Nate Carter - by Eurobasket News
Chalons-Reims announce Nate Carter (199-F/C-83, college: Oklahoma) for the next season. The American Big Man arrives from JSF Nanterre.
In 2002-2003 Nate started for Cal.St.-Riverside (NCAA) and in 24 games averaged 16.3ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg. In 2003-2004 for Cal.St.-Riverside (NCAA) his stats read 15.2ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.3apg, while then moved for two season in Oklahoma (NCAA). In the last one after 31 games he averaged 11.6ppg, 5.1rpg, FGP: 48.4%, 3Pts: 35.7%, FT: 86.5%. In 2007-2008 moved to Gilboa/Afula/Migdal Haemek (Israel-Premier League); but was released in Nov.'07, then moved to Maccabi Givat Shmuel (Israel-National League, starting five) and in 23 games averaged 19.0ppg, 10.0rpg, 2FGP-1 (69.2%). In 2008-2009 signed with B. C. (France-ProB) and became the fifth top-scorer with 17.3ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.4apg, FGP-2 (67.0%), 3PT: 13.3%, FT: 77.6%. In February 2009 moved to San Miguel Beermen (Philippines-PBA), but released shortly. The season 2009-2010 Nate Carter started for ADA Blois Basket (France-NM1), then moved to JSF Nanterre (France-ProB, starting five) and in 38 games had 15.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 77.9%. In 2010-2011 continued with JSF Nanterre (France-ProB, starting five) and became the fifth top-scorer with 16.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 61.8%, 3PT: 29.7%, FT: 73.5%.




Trail Blazers: Nicolas Batum on playing in Europe, new teammate Raymond Felton - by Eurobasket News
Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum (6'7''-F-88) gave an interview to French newspaper L'ouest-France while he was participating in a youth basketball camp over the weekend.
In the interview, Batum talks about the possibility of playing in the Euroleague, should the NBA lockout cancel the upcoming season:

Youve had discussions with Nancy (French basketball team) for the next season if the lockout continues in the NBA. Whats the deal?

The discussions surrounding the lockout are going to endure for quite awhile unfortunately. Ive always said I dont want to wait 3-4 months without playing and if that means coming back to France, it would be so that I could evolve with a team and participate in the Euro Cup, and especially the Euroleague. Nothing is official, but Nancy is an interesting club who competes and gets results, and who has regularly been in the final for the French League championship in the past few years with their coach, Jean-Luc Monschau. Hes a really good coach, and he has a good staff. The club has good qualities, and its true that I have contacts there.

So, a return to Mans (Le Mans Sarthe is Nicolas Batum's former French club team) wasnt possible?

People talk to me about that all the time, but Im very motivated to play in Euroleague competition. People have also been asking me why I havent been tempted to play in another country in Europe. All the same, its a great opportunity to come back to France and be closer to my family. Portland is far away, and in this case they could come and watch me play often. I think Nancy is a legitimate option for me, even though the move may be misunderstood by some in Mans. I understand that, but with the opportunity to play in the Euroleague, with Nancy, seems like a good fit for what I want to accomplish.
And touches on the trade of Andre Miller for Raymond Felton:

Portland has traded Andre Miller for Raymond Felton. How would you judge the trade?

Its a good addition for us. I love Andre Miller, hes a player with whom I loved playing during his two years in Portland. However, the NBA is a business; there are trades, player movement and thats just how it is. We got a younger player in Felton, 27, who has had great statistical output and still has a bright future ahead of him. Hes appoint guard that can shoot, pass and get the game into the open court as well. That will gel well with our team, I think. We also had a good draft as well, and if Greg Oden is healthy next season well be ready to really do something. We know, its been three years weve been saying it We are tired of being a team of the future and we want to be a team of the now so we will have to count on ourselves this year.

Courtesy of www.oregonlive.com


Darnell Williams joins Saint-Quentin - by Eurobasket News
Darnell Williams (200-F-78, agency: David Lee services, college: San Jose St.) is a new member of Saint-Quentin. The American forward signed a one-year deal with his new club. Williams arrives to Saint-Quentin from Rouen, where he spent last six seasons. In the latest one he had 11.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.2 apg and 1 spg for 37 games in ProB. In 2008, Williams led Saint-Quentin to first place in regular season. Of course they won the promotion for ProA at that time and competed in best French division from 2008 to 2010. Before Saint-Quentin, Williams spent one year with Beauvais. In the past he played two more years for Rouen. Darnell Williams is a product of the San Jose State University. He graduated there exactly ten years ago.

Zach Moss will remain with JDA Dijon - by Eurobasket News
Zach Moss (201-F-81, college: Mountain St.) will remain with JDA Dijon where he finished the last season. The American Forward averaged for his French team 10.6ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 62.3%, FT: 55.6% since April 2011.
The season 2010-2011 Zach Moss started for Entente Orleans 45 (France-ProA) and in French League after 13 games averaged 6.8ppg, 3.9rpg, FGP: 52.8%, FT: 68.4%. In EuroChallenge after 5 games his stats read 8.8ppg, 4.8rpg, FGP: 55.9%, FT: 54.5%, while in EuroCup Qualifying Round Zach showed 4.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.0apg, 2.5spg, 1.5bpg. In February 2011 he moved to Melilla Baloncesto (Spain-LEB Gold) and in 9 games had 8.0ppg, 3.9rpg, FGP: 64.0%, FT: 72.7%. In April 2011 signed at JDA Dijon Bourgogne (France-ProB).
In his top game Dijon eased past Boulogne in the first game of the semifinal clash 89:70. JDA Dijon led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-24 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. JDA Dijon outrebounded SO Maritime Boulogne 37-25 including a 25-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Zach Moss stepped up and scored 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import power forward Erroyl Bing chipped in 11 points and 13 rebounds.




Hyeres-Toulon targets Tasmin Mitchell and Louis Labeyrie - by Eurobasket News
Hyeres-Toulon plans to sign Tasmin Mitchell (201-F-86, college: LSU) and Louis Labeyrie (208-C-92) for the next season. The team will most probably stay without Damir Krupalija (205-F/C-79, college: Illinois), who is close to sign a deal with Strasbourg.
Tasmin Mitchell played last season for the NBA D-League team Erie Bay Hawks. He had 16.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.2 apg and 1.3 spg for 53 games. It was his first year as a pro. Mitchell is a product of the Louisiana State University, where he graduated in 2010. For 31 games as a senior, Mitchel averaged 16.8 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists.
Louis Labeyrie spent last three years with Fos Ouest Provence Basket. He played 34 games for them last season registering 3.4 ppg and 1.7 rpg. Labeyrie is a member of the French U20 National Team. He played for U18 and U16 France in the past.


Roanne officially lands John Holland and Rick Jackson - by Eurobasket News
Chorale Roanne announced signing of two rookies for the upcoming season. New members of Roanne are John Holland (195-G/F-88, college: Boston U.) and Rick Jackson (206-F-89, college: Syracuse).
John Holland heads to France from the Boston University, where he graduated few months ago. Holland had 19.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg and 1.6 apg for his school as a senior. He had almost the same digits as a junior and sophomore. Holland was named All-AEC Player of the Year -11 and his school was AEC Tournament winner.
Rick Jackson is a product of the Syracuse University. He also penned his first professional deal. Jackson had 13.1 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 2.2 apg and 2.5 bpg for 35 games with Syracuse last season. He was awarded with All-Big East 2nd Team -11. Jackson also got All-Big East Defensive Player of the Year -11.


Nanterre tab Etienne Brower - by Eurobasket News
Nanterre strengthened their frontcourt. They landed Etienne Brower (200-F-85, college: Massachusetts). The forward spent the previous season with Vichy. Etienne Brower tallied 4.4 points, 4.5 boards and 1.0 assist per game in ProA. Etienne Brower played for Roanne after graduating from the University of Massachusetts in 2008.


Hyeres-Toulon won't let Damir Krupalija for free - by Eurobasket News
Strasbourg currently tests Bosnian big guy Damir Krupalija (205-F/C-79, college: Illinois). It is not clear yet will he sign a deal or not, but his former team Hyeres-Toulon stated they will no let Krupalija go for free. Hyeres-Toulon states that Krupalija still has a valid contact for 2011/12 season with them and if he wants to leave they will have to agree about the buyout. Krupalija joined Hyeres-Toulon 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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Ratiopharm Ulm sign Dane Watts - by Eurobasket News
Ratiopharm Ulm continued to bolster their roster. They brought in another import player. His name is Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports). The forward started the previous season in Germany. Dane Watts appeared in 33 games for Tuebingen. His stats read 13.7 points, 7.6 boards, 1.2 steals and 1.1 assists per game in 1Bundesliga. In May 2011 Dane Watts moved to Hyeres-Toulon in France. There the forward posted 7.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 steal per game. Eurobasket.com named Dane Watts into All-German Bundesliga 3rd Team. He also played for Ludwigsburg after graduating from Creighton in 2008.



Fabian Gentgen Chooses Schwelm Over Hagen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Sometimes in life making a decision can have a major impact on your career as Fabian Gentgen (191-G-87) had to choose between the SG Schwelmer Baskets and Phoenix Hagen. Last season he played for both teams, becuase he was a U-24 player, now that he is 24 he doesnt have that luxary anymore and chose to play PRO B basketball. Last season he played two Beko BBL games for Phoenix Hagen and for SG Schwelmer Baskets (ProB): 22 games: 7.1ppg, 1.6rpg, FGP: 41.3%, 3PT: 31.9%, FT: 79.6%. Gentgen is a 24 year old 191cm guard that was born in Hagen. 'I am happy to be able to play a second season for Schwelm and hope we can make some noise in the playoffs. I am also looking forward to the great atmosphere in the west arena that the fans always show', stressed Fabian Gentgen (191-G-87). The SG SChwelmer Baskets expect the German to play a big role this season. 'Fabian Gentgen (191-G-87) was my wish player on the guard/forward position. He is versatile and will play even a bigger role in his second season. I hope that he will heighten his play', added SG Schwelmer coach Raphael Wilder. Gentgen started his basketball career at BBV Hagen (1.Regionalliga) in 2005 where he played until 2009.He then went to South America to play for Universtiy of Buenos Aires UADE (ARG-Liga Universitaria Nacional, starting five): 15.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.5apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP 55.5%, 3PT 41.0%, FT 88.9%, in Dec '09 joined back BBV Hagen (1.Regionalliga, starting five): 10.8 ppg, 2FG 46.9%, 3PT 45.0%, FT 83.6%. Awards/Achievements in his career have beenWest German Cup Finalist -07, West German Champion (Under 20), All State Team of North Rhine-Westphalia (Under 20), 3rd Place German Championship (Under 18), National Youth Team (Perspective Team Under 16), 4th Place German Championship (Under 16), and German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group North) Regular Season Champion -11.

Source: SG Schwelmer Baskets




Jermain Raffington Moves To the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven have signed three new players for the upcoming Beko BBL season and all have been big men. After bringing in Jason Cain and Chris Mcnaughton, the club now announced today that Jermain Raffington (205-F/C-85, college: Southeastern CC) will be an Eisbaer this season. Raffington is a 26 year old 205cm 106 Kilogram German that has a father from Jamacia and that is an active rebounder and defender with nice athetic skills.. Last season Raffington played for BG Goettingen playing EuroCup: 7 games: 3.4ppg, 1.1rpg; German League: 23 games: 2.5ppg, 1.2rpg. 'We are planning on having Jermain as a rotation big man. His role will be to give our big men some rest and use his size and physical play under the boards', stressed Eisbaeren Bremerhaven manager Jan Rathjen . Raffington started his basketball career at the well known German basketball academy Urspring Basketball Academy in 2002.He played for TSG Ehingen from 2002-2005. He then went across the big pond to play college basketball in the States for Southeastern CC: from 2005-2007. In hiss enior year,he played 29 games: 10.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg. In the 2007-2008 season he played for BV Chemnitz 99 (2.Bundesliga, starting five): 30 games: 12.6ppg, 5.7rpg, 2FGP: 53.4%, 3FGP: 31.8%, FT: 59.3%. He played PRO A basketball from 2008-2010 for BBC Bayreuth. His best season for BBC Bayreuth was 2009-2010 where he played 30 games: 10.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 45.8%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 72.7%. Awards/Achievements in his career have been German Regionalliga Champion -03, German U16 Nat. Team -01, German U18 Nat. Team -03-04, German Bundesliga Rookie All-Star Game -04, German U20 Nat. Team -04-05, German Rookie All-Stars Game -05, European Championships U20 in Moscow -05: 8 games: 4.3ppg, 2.6rpg,German A2 Nat. Team -06, 09, German University Nat. Team -07, World University Championships in Bangkok -07, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Honorable Mention -10, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Champion -10,and Eurocup Quarterfinals -11.

Source: Eisbaeren Bremerhaven




Janis Heindel Returns Back To USC Heidelberg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Janis Heindel returns back to USC Hedielberg where he started his basketball career in 2003. Heindel is a 27 year old 199cm shooting guard/small forward. He played in the PRO A the last three seasons. Last season, he played for USC Freiburg (ProA, starting five): 27 games: 10.3ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.7apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 17.4%, FT: 53.6%. 'Its great that I can return back to my old team. I am looking forward to be able to play in front of the home crowd, family,friends and other known faces and that with the right home team jersey', stressed Janis Heindel (199-G/F-83) After playing two seasons for USC Heidelberg, he played for SG Heidelberg-Kirchheim (Regionalliga, starting five): 21 games: 16.0ppg in the 2005-2006 season. In 2006-2007, he played for : MTV Stuttgart (Regionalliga): 14 games: 13.3ppg, also played at SG Heidelberg-Kirchheim (Regionalliga): 1 game: 9.0pts. In 2008-2009,he played for BG Karlsruhe (ProA): 23 games: 5.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.2spg. In 2009-2010,he played for Giants Noerdlingen (ProA): 27 games: 5.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 44.6%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 54.2%

Source: USC Hedelberg


Christian Hoffmann Signs On The Dotted Line For The Artland Dragons - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Artland Dragons have announced their first new signing for the upcoming season by inking Christian Hoffmann (184-G-87, agency: Limelight Hoops) who has two years of Beko BBl experience. Hoffmann is a 24 year old 184cm guard that was born in Tegernsee in Bavaria and will replace German Andrej Mangold. Last season Hoffman played for Science City Jena (ProA, starting five): 30 games: 5.2ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 39.0%, 3PT: 21.9%, FT: 84.6%. ' Christian Hoffmann (184-G-87, agency: Limelight Hoops) is a classic point guard where as Andrej Mangold was more a combo guard. He knows his role from his time at TBB Trier that he will get little playing time and have to work hard in practice. He fits to us with his charachter and that is very important', stressed Artland Dragons coach Stefan Koch . Hoffmann started his career with FC Bayern Munchen (Regionalliga) in 2003. He played 17 second bundesliga game for FC Bayern Munich. He then played two seasons for TBB Trier where he played 44 Beko BBL games. In 2009, he returned back to FC Bayern Muenchen (ProA): 25 games: 4.8ppg, 1.2apg.Awards/Achievements in his acreer have been German U18 National Team -04, Albert Schweitzer Tournament -04, Regionalliga (South-East Group) Champion -04, German Bundesliga Rookies All-Star Game -06, German U20 National Team -06, German Regionalliga (South-East Group) Champion -06, German Bundesliga U-20 All-Star Game -07, Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-East Second Team -07, and German A2 National Team -08-09.

Source: Artland Dragons




The Mitteldeutscher BC Reel In Axel Vilhjalmsson From Iceland - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Mitteldeutscher BC have brought in Iceland National player Axel Vilhjalmsson (188-G-88) and rewarded him with a three year contract. Axel Vilhjalmsson (188-G-88) who had been in Weissenfels the last days practicing with head coach Silvano Poropat (agency: FCM ) He is a 22 year old 188cm guard that played for top Iceland team Keflavik (Iceland-Express League, starting five): 30 games: 16.5ppg, 5.3rpg, Assists-3 (7.3apg), Steals-5 (2.5spg), FGP: 54.9%, 3PT: 32.3%, FT: 67.3%. Iceland isnt the strongest league, but top beko BBL player Derrick Allen made his career start for Keflavik in 2003 averaging 23ppg and 10,5rpg and became a top player in Europe. The 16ppg, 5rpg and 7apg stats from Vilhjalmsson suggests that he could grow into a top player in the German PRO A. 'This is a great chance for me and I have heard a lot about MBC. I am also looking forward to playing in the Stadthalle, because I have never played in front of a crowd like that', stated Axel Vilhjalmsson (188-G-88). Despite being only 22, MBC head coach Silvano Poropat (agency: FCM ) sees a lot of potential in the young player. 'He has a lot of experience and was one of the top players for his team in Iceland the last 5 years. He has a good attitude and has a lot of ambition with high goals. He is a very good defender and excellent passer and I am looking forward to working with him', stressed MBC head coach Silvano Poropat (agency: FCM ). Axel Vilhjalmsson (188-G-88) started his basketball career in 2004 where he palyed for Fjolnir (Intersport League) until 2007. He then played briefly for CB Dunas Hotels Gran Canaria Las Palmas (Spain-EBA, starting five): 9 games: 8.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.6apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 35.0%, 3FGP: 38.0%, FT: 59.0%. In the 2007-2008 season he played for UMFN Njardvik (Express League, starting five): 22 games: 12.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.7apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 64,5%, 3PT: 38,3%, FT: 70,3%. In the 2008-2009 season, he played for Caja Rural Melilla (Spain-LEB Gold), only pre-season, then moved to Keflavik (Express League, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.3apg, 2.4spg, 2FGP: 58.5%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 67.6% 2009 March: extended the contract with Keflavik for 2 more seasons. Awards/Achievementsin his career have been Icelandic Cup Finalist -05, Icelandic League Semifinals -05, Icelandic U18 National Team -05-06, European Championships U18 Div.B in Ruzomberok -05 (Finalist): 8 games: 8.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 38.5%, 3FGP: 22.2%, FT: 70%, Icelandic League All-Star Game -06, Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League Newcomer of the Year -06, Eurobasket.com Icelandic League All-Newcomers Team -06, Icelandic Cup Semifinals -08, Icelandic League Semifinals -09, 11, Icelandic National Team -09, Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League Honorable Mention -09, 10, European Championships Division B -09: 4 games: 3.8ppg, 1.3rpg, Eurobasket.com Icelandic League All-Defensive Team -10, 11, Icelandic League Finalist -10, and Icelandic League Regular Season Runner-Up -10




Dirk Nowitzki talks German team - by Eurobasket News
Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) made his most definitive statement to date, saying that it looks as though he will play for the German national team in next month's Olympic qualifying tournament in Lithuania.

'It looks that way, assuming that I finally get healthy,' Nowitzki said in an interview published Tuesday by the German website Spiegel Online International (Spiegel.de/international). 'I have been carrying a flu bug around with me for four weeks. It makes no sense to play in the European championships if I am only halfway healthy; neither for me nor for my teammates.'

Nowitzki came down with a sinus infection prior to Game 4 of the Finals. He played the game with a 101-degree fever, winning it with a drive in the final minute.

Since February, Nowitzki has voiced his desire to lead a young German team to the 2012 Olympics in London. He took a mostly veteran club to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and considers the experience one of the athletic highlights of his career, along with winning his first NBA championship in 13 seasons.

'And that's why I definitely want to play,' Dirk said in the interview regarding leading a young team. 'I don't want to ruin the others' chances of participating in the Olympics. To qualify, we have to finish at least sixth at the European championships.'

The 2011 Eurobasket tournament begins Aug. 31 in Lithuania. Nowitzki, who is back in his hometown of Wurzburg, has about another month to clear his system of illness before practices begin.

Nowitzki had said that he would hold off on making a decision until after the Mavs' season. Having played through mid-June, Nowitzki might have been inclined not to compete for a third consecutive season to prepare for the upcoming NBA season.

However, the threat of a prolonged NBA lockout that could delay the start of the 2011-12 season could help make Nowitzki's decision easier.

Courtesy of ESPN


Herten brings in Josh Taylor - by Moritz Korff
2. Bundesliga Pro B side Hertener Loewen has acquired forward Josh Taylor (201-F, agency: Court Side, college: E.Kentucky) from the Kentucky Bluegrass Stallions. Taylor averaged 4.1 points and 2.9 rebounds (20 games) in the PBL during the 2011 season. The native of Pittsburgh, Pa. spent his entire college career at NCAA Division One's Eastern Kentucky University. As a senior in 2009-10 he appeared in 33 games for the Colonels and produced 13.7 points as well as 4.2 boards a contest. Taylor shot 47.2% from the field and nailed 39.1% of his 197 attempts from beyond the arc.

Jermain Raffington parts ways with Goettingen - by Eurobasket News
Goettingen have decided to split ways with Jermain Raffington (205-F/C-85, college: Southeastern CC). The 26-year-old centre joined the team at the start of the previous season. He averaged 2.5 points and 1.2 rebounds per game in Bundesliga. In EuroCup Jermain Raffington posted 3.4 points and 1.1 boards per appearance. Previously the centre played for Bayreuth, Chemnitz, Ehingen. Jermain Raffington was the member of German University National Team in 2007.


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Landstede Basketbal tabs Kareem Maddox - by Fred Roggen
Landstede Basketbal Zwolle has added some muscle in the paint for next season with the signing of power forward Kareem Maddox (203-F-89).

Kareem Maddox finishing a four-year college career at Princeton University, he averaged 14 points, 7 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots in 32 Ivy League games, all as starts.
Power forward Kareem Maddox was chosen as the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year and ALL first-team.




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Angelico Biella close to Lynos Chrysikopoulos - by Eurobasket
Angelico Biella is on the verge of signng Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (206-F-92) to a three-year deal. The Greek youngster spent the season with Aris averaging 2.3ppg in A1 with 2rpg in 21 games played. Chrysikopoulos, big man born in January 1992, is expected to accept the important proposal from the Italian Serie A team.

Courtesy of Sportando.net


Benetton Treviso signs Gal Mekel - by Eurobasket News
Benetton Treviso announced signing of Gal Mekel (193-PG-88, college: Wichita St.) for the next season. The Israeli point guard heads to Italy for the first time in his career. He spent last season with Galil Gilboa. For 33 games in Premier league Mekel registered 12 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 6.3 apf and 1.4 spg. They reached Premier league Finals and Mekel was named Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Guard of the Year -11. He won the title with Galil Gilboa in 2010. Mekel joined them in December of 2009 from Maccabi Electra. In the past, Mekel spent another season with Galil Gilboa and it was 2008/09. He also played for the Wichita State University.
Gal Mekel is a member of the Israeli NT since 2009. Before that he played for the University, U20, U18 and U17 National Teams.


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Sigal Prishtina signed Muhamed Hasani - by Eurobasket
Sigal Prishtine agreed terms with its former player Muhamed Hasani (191-G-89, college: Rutgers). Hasani last season played in Qatar for Al Jaysh Army SC Doha scoring 7.2 points per game, 1.4 rebounds per game, and 2.3 assists per game. A Sigal Prishtina club official said for a local paper that Hasani will be a good reinforcement for the incoming season, as last season the team had difficulties having consistency in the playmakers position.

Kosovars abroad: Korab Imami will play his collegiate basketball at Oakland University - by Eurobasket
According to Oakland University website, Korab Imami (211-C) will play his collegiate basketball at Oakland University, announced men's basketball head coach Greg Kampe on Monday. Imami is a native of Peje, Republic of Kosovo and will join the team this fall.
'We are very excited to add Korab to our program,' said Kampe. 'He is a 6-foot-10 perimeter player who has decent post moves. He can go out and guard on the perimeter and he can run pretty well. To get a player of his quality this late is a coup for us. We are very excited to get him. He has to get physically stronger, which he will, but he has tremendous offensive moves and we expect him to be a very good player at Oakland University.'
Imami played high school basketball in the United States last season at Adelphi Christian Academy in Aiken, S.C. last season. He averaged 10 points per game, 8.0 rebounds per game and 3.0 blocked shots per game and received the team's Character Award after helping his team to a 24-17 record. He was selected for an all-star game in Augusta, Ga.
Oakland University competes in NCAASummit League.


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Poland needed a strong first half to beat the hosts of the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championships - by Eurobasket News
Poland U19-Latvia U19 86:78

Poland needed a strong first half to beat the hosts of the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championships. Poland U19 edged Latvia U19 86:78 for 4-1 record on top Group E.
Poland started strong and Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) scored for 16:9. Piotr Niedzwiedzki (210-F-93) delivered for 27:13 that became the last shot in the opening tip. In the second period the guests continued to dominate the court as Michal Michalak (194-G-93) gave Poland +26 at 41:15 midway through the quarter. After 25-14 in the period, Poland had massive 52:27 deficit. Only iont he second half Latvia managed to be the decent team in the court. The Baltic side won the third frame 16-12 as Kaspars Vecvagars (191-G-93) made it 62:43 and Daniel Szmkiewicz closed third period at 64:43. Latvia erupted with 35 points in the last frame but could only reduce to 8 points. Davis Coders made the final score in the game.
Mateusz Ponitka paced all the winners with 26 points and Michal Michalak notched 19. Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-C-93) chipped in 13, whilst Piotr Niedzwiedzki scored 10. Kaspars Vecvagars finished the game with 21 points in the losing effort, while Davis Bertans (205-C-92) collected 16 points and 11 rebounds. Janis Timma (201-F/G-92) poured in 15 and Edmunds Dukulis (204-C-92, agency: Players Group) added 10 points and the same number of boards.

Poland U19: Mateusz Ponitka 26, Michal Michalak 19, Przemyslaw Karnowski 13, Piotr Niedzwiedzki 10
Latvia U19: Kaspars Vecvagars 21, Davis Bertans 16+11 rebs, Janis Timma 15, Edmunds Dukulis 10+10 rebs




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USA stay perfect with overtime win over Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
USA U19 - Lithuania U19 107:105 (OT)

USA kept their record spotless at U19 World Championship in Latvia. They outscored Lithuania in overtime drama in Riga today to improve at 5-0 record in Eighth-Final Round Group F. Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F-92) masterminded the victory erupting for game-high 35 points. Lithuania slipped at 3-2 record after the loss.
It all looked good for the USA early in the game. They grabbed a 20:9 lead late in the starting quarter. Jeremy Lamb gave the USA a 23:10 lead before Lithuania sealed the first quarter outcome at 15:25. The North American team maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They boosted the gap at 19-point mark But Lithuania capped the half on a 10:1 rally to get within 10 points 39:49 at halftime. Lithuania stepped on the gas late in the third quarter. Redikas pulled the Baltic team within 5 points 57:62. But the USA managed to restore a 9-point advantage with one quarter remaining. The USA led by 10 points midway through the fourth term but Lithuania found the way to erase the deficit. Redikas, Jonas Valanciunas (6'11''-C-92) and Edgaras Ulanovas (6'6''-G-92) triggered a rally that put Lithuania on level terms with the USA 94:94 at the end of regulation. Lithuania grabbed a 6-point lead early in the extra period but Patric Young (6'9''-F/C-92) and James Bell pulled the USA in charge 105:103. Edgaras Ulanovas drew things level but Jeremy Lamb hit a jumper to seal the victory for the USA. Joe Jackson (6'0''-G-92) accounted for 19 points, while Patric Young contributed 15 points for the winners. Jonas Valanciunas answered with 30 points and 15 rebounds. Edgaras Ulanovas chipped in 29 points in defeat.

USA U19: Jeremy Lamb 35, Joe Jackson 19, Patric Young 15
Lithuania U19: Jonas Valanciunas 30+15 boards, Edgaras Ulanovas 29



Sonny Weems is on the way to the defending champions - by Eurobasket News
Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) is on the way to the defending champions for the next season. As it was expected the NBA players head to Lithuania and the country can expect another few.
In 2009-2010 for $736,420 he joined Denver Nuggets (NBA), later was traded to Milwaukee Bucks (NBA) and next month returned to Toronto Raptors (NBA). In 69 games he avearged 7.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 13.3%, FT: 68.8%. The last season for $854,389 he played in Toronto Raptors (NBA) and in 59 games showed 9.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 27.9%, FT: 76.6%.
In his top game Sonny Weems erupted with 25 points at the Regular Season Round 23. Andrea Bargnani scored a season-high 30 points, Sonny Weems added a career-high 25 and the Raptors beat the Philadelphia 76ers 94-86 in a matchup of two of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference. Reggie Evans, who began the night fourth in the league in rebounding at 11.5 per game, pulled down 14 for the Raptors.
The deal will be finalized later this week. Zalgiris however confirms interest in signing '1-2 NBA free agents'



Lithuania U16 outscored Finland U16 in Druskininkai - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U16-Finland U16 86:55

Lithuania U16 outscored Finland U16 in Druskininkai in a test game between two teams. The Baltic side opened the game with 23-9 and never looked behind. Lithuania added 15-13 in the second frame for 38:22 halftime advantage. In the second half the hosts also looked better and won the frame 18-15 to take 56:37 after thirty minutes. The last quarter was a nightmare for the Finnish side that lost 18-30 to be stormed 55:86.
Edvinas Seskus (188-G-95) and Ernestas Serkevicius (95) top-scored for the winners with 16 points apiece, while Paulius Zalys (95) and Karolis Razukas scored 8 points each. Anton Odabasi (196-F-95) answered with 20 points in the losing effort and Oskar Michelsen (199-F-95) notched 9. Emir Sulejmanovic (203-C/F-95) scored 6, while Jere Valtonen (185-G-95) and Henri Niemisto (191-G-96) delivered 5 apiece.

Lithuania U16: Edvinas Seskus 16, Ernestas Serkevicius 16, Paulius Zalys 8, Karolis Razukas 8
Finland U16:Anton Odabasi 20, Oskar Michelsen 9, Emir Sulejmanovic 6, Jere Valtonen 5, Henri Niemisto 5





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Standings - Lower Leagues
CIBANE Regular Season Standings
1. Durango M. 8-2
2. Fresnillo M. 7-2
3. Saltillo Caktus 5-7
4. UAZ Tuzos 4-3
5. Apodaca G. 3-9
6. P.Negras A. 2-6


Mexican Coach Giovanni Rivera signed to prepare Syrian players - by Carlos Chapa
The Syrian Basketball Federation (SBF) signed two coaches to develop the skills of U16 and U18 players in the summer time, one of those is Mexican coach Giovanni Rivera , a young individual who has been part of all pro circuits in Mexican basketball as a head coach and assistant coach, most recently with Tijuana Zonkeys in Cibacopa, the other coach is Macedonian Tane Spasev, who has won every youth basketball competition in his homeland.

Giovanni Rivera competed for this job against fourteen other coaches and will stay in Syria for three months, a perfect time to share his knowledge about the game, enjoy being part of a different culture, and why not, mutually learn from the other three colleagues that were invited by the SBF.

As told by fellow Syrian asia-basket.com correspondent Tarek Burhan, followers of the Syrian national teams are confident that this program will be successful: 'Coach Tane and Coach Giovanni: Syrian basketball fans trust that you can do good job with Syrian basketball. We wish good luck for you both with this new experience.'



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Is the NBA Making Money After all - by Eddie King
According to Nate Silver renown, statatician, the NBA Profited in 2009-2010 season. He said:

'At midnight on Thursday, the NBA locked out its players in what could be the start of a long labor dispute. Some observers, like ESPNs Michael Wilbon,believe the entire 2011-12 season could be threatened.

Such a move would not be without precedent: the N.H.L. canceled its 2004-5 season. But the N.B.A.s current financial condition is different than the N.H.L.s in one important respect. Whereas there was almost no doubt that the N.H.L. was in fact losing money in advance of its lockout player salaries had mushroomed by more than 400 percent from 1994 to 2004, according to independent estimates the N.B.A.s claims of financial hardship should be viewed more skeptically.

Instead, independent estimates of the N.B.A. financial condition reflect a league that has grown at a somewhat tepid rate compared to other sports, and which has an uneven distribution of revenues between teams but which is fundamentally a healthy and profitable business. In addition, it is not clear that growth in player salaries, which has been modest compared to other sports and which is strictly pegged to league revenue, is responsible for the leagues difficulties.'

He has a table that reflects reflects the N.B.A.s financial condition from its 1989-90 through 2009-10 seasons, as according to estimates prepared by Forbes and Financial World magazines. check out the table at http://www.politicaldog101.com/?p=31932

Nate does have skills and good history of being on point with his stats, so this can definitely be a jolt in he players favor as negotiations resume here in a few weeks.






Eddie King

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Trail Blazers: Nicolas Batum on playing in Europe, new teammate Raymond Felton - by Eurobasket News
Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum (6'7''-F-88) gave an interview to French newspaper L'ouest-France while he was participating in a youth basketball camp over the weekend.
In the interview, Batum talks about the possibility of playing in the Euroleague, should the NBA lockout cancel the upcoming season:

Youve had discussions with Nancy (French basketball team) for the next season if the lockout continues in the NBA. Whats the deal?

The discussions surrounding the lockout are going to endure for quite awhile unfortunately. Ive always said I dont want to wait 3-4 months without playing and if that means coming back to France, it would be so that I could evolve with a team and participate in the Euro Cup, and especially the Euroleague. Nothing is official, but Nancy is an interesting club who competes and gets results, and who has regularly been in the final for the French League championship in the past few years with their coach, Jean-Luc Monschau. Hes a really good coach, and he has a good staff. The club has good qualities, and its true that I have contacts there.

So, a return to Mans (Le Mans Sarthe is Nicolas Batum's former French club team) wasnt possible?

People talk to me about that all the time, but Im very motivated to play in Euroleague competition. People have also been asking me why I havent been tempted to play in another country in Europe. All the same, its a great opportunity to come back to France and be closer to my family. Portland is far away, and in this case they could come and watch me play often. I think Nancy is a legitimate option for me, even though the move may be misunderstood by some in Mans. I understand that, but with the opportunity to play in the Euroleague, with Nancy, seems like a good fit for what I want to accomplish.
And touches on the trade of Andre Miller for Raymond Felton:

Portland has traded Andre Miller for Raymond Felton. How would you judge the trade?

Its a good addition for us. I love Andre Miller, hes a player with whom I loved playing during his two years in Portland. However, the NBA is a business; there are trades, player movement and thats just how it is. We got a younger player in Felton, 27, who has had great statistical output and still has a bright future ahead of him. Hes appoint guard that can shoot, pass and get the game into the open court as well. That will gel well with our team, I think. We also had a good draft as well, and if Greg Oden is healthy next season well be ready to really do something. We know, its been three years weve been saying it We are tired of being a team of the future and we want to be a team of the now so we will have to count on ourselves this year.

Courtesy of www.oregonlive.com


Finally, Pacers to name Frank Vogel head coach - by Eurobasket News
It only took about three months too long, but the Indiana Pacers will announce Frank Vogel as the full-time head coach at a press conference Wednesday.

Reportedly, Vogel signed for three years with the team.

The Pacers finished strong under Vogel, who became the interim coach after Jim O'Brien was fired earlier in the season. Indiana went 20-18 with Vogel in charge and pushed the top-seeded Bulls in the opening round of the playoffs, eventually bowing out in five games.

What was the holdup though with naming him the head man? Management -- read, Larry Bird -- was concerned with Vogel's ability to oversee a locker room and maintain the respect of his players. According a report, things like punctuality and discipline slipped when Vogel took over. As a result, he targeted strong-minded assistants, one being Brian Shaw formerly of the Lakers.

Vogel, if you'll recall, is now officially the league's youngest coach at 37.

He seems to be a natural fit for the Pacers, and the team obviously plays hard for him. It's a wise move for the Pacers to retain Vogel. There are other good alternatives, but clearly the team is willing to play for him, and continuity is always a good thing, if it's an option.

When he took over the job in February Vogel said, 'We're changing the identity of our basketball team dramatically. We are a power-post team, blood and guts, old school, smash-mouth team that plays with size, strength, speed, athleticism. We attack the basket.' They did exactly that playing a bit more uptempo while also integrating Roy Hibbert in the post. It was an effective strategy and was a big part of the team finishing well.

The Pacers were also interested in Mike Brown and Dwane Casey, but both of those found jobs with other teams. Who knows if they turned down the Pacers or vice versa. What we do know is that Vogel is officially in charge of the team he seemed to connect well with last season.

It's a little funny to me too that Vogel got this job because back in January when the Pacers were considering canning O'Brien, they were hesitant because they didn't feel a good interim replacement was on the current staff. They went ahead with firing O'Brien and promoted Vogel, a very young and raw assistant. He did well, got the team to buy into a system and play hard and made a playoff push.

And now he's the new head coach. Sometimes the best option is right under your nose.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Dirk Nowitzki talks German team - by Eurobasket News
Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) made his most definitive statement to date, saying that it looks as though he will play for the German national team in next month's Olympic qualifying tournament in Lithuania.

'It looks that way, assuming that I finally get healthy,' Nowitzki said in an interview published Tuesday by the German website Spiegel Online International (Spiegel.de/international). 'I have been carrying a flu bug around with me for four weeks. It makes no sense to play in the European championships if I am only halfway healthy; neither for me nor for my teammates.'

Nowitzki came down with a sinus infection prior to Game 4 of the Finals. He played the game with a 101-degree fever, winning it with a drive in the final minute.

Since February, Nowitzki has voiced his desire to lead a young German team to the 2012 Olympics in London. He took a mostly veteran club to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and considers the experience one of the athletic highlights of his career, along with winning his first NBA championship in 13 seasons.

'And that's why I definitely want to play,' Dirk said in the interview regarding leading a young team. 'I don't want to ruin the others' chances of participating in the Olympics. To qualify, we have to finish at least sixth at the European championships.'

The 2011 Eurobasket tournament begins Aug. 31 in Lithuania. Nowitzki, who is back in his hometown of Wurzburg, has about another month to clear his system of illness before practices begin.

Nowitzki had said that he would hold off on making a decision until after the Mavs' season. Having played through mid-June, Nowitzki might have been inclined not to compete for a third consecutive season to prepare for the upcoming NBA season.

However, the threat of a prolonged NBA lockout that could delay the start of the 2011-12 season could help make Nowitzki's decision easier.

Courtesy of ESPN


Rudy Fernandez reportedly to forgo Real Madrid offer, remain in Dallas - by Eurobasket News
Despite an offer from Real Madrid to make him the highest-paid player in Spanish league history, Mavericks guard Rudy Fernandez (6'6''-G-85) has decided to stay in the NBA next season, Marca, a Spanish sports newspaper, reports, according to Hoopshype.

Fernandez will wait until after the next NBA season before deciding whether return to his native Spain, according to the report.

Real Madrid reportedly offered Fernandez a six-year deal worth $4.35 million annually. Fernandez, who was traded from Portland to Dallas on draft night, is slated to make $2.2 million next season under the previous collective bargaining agreement. He could become a restricted free agent after next season with a $3.2 million qualifying offer.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com


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  NCAA1   


Bond with teammates, Haith convinced Pressey to stay at MU - by Eurobasket News
It's not exactly news that a college basketball player would be spending his summer on campus, taking classes and training and playing pickup games alongside his teammates.

But it is reassuring to fans when that player just a few months ago was widely speculated to be looking to leave, as Missouri sophomore guard Phil Pressey (5'10''-G) was in the wake of Mike Andersons departure for Arkansas.

Anderson didnt have to take the head-coaching job with the Razorbacks. He just had to be rumored to be a candidate in the middle of last season to raise concern that his departure would also spell the end of Presseys career in a Tiger uniform.

Pressey, the younger son of Andersons college roommate Paul Pressey, had of course known the coach since birth, and their longstanding relationship was in large measure the reason he came to Columbia in the first place.

When Anderson did finally agree to take the job in Fayetteville, Ark., on March 23, there were plenty of MU supporters worried that the lightning quick guard, who averaged 6.5 points and 3.9 assists and shot 36.1 percent from 3-point range during his first college season, would soon be following him, even though the Razorbacks at the time were out of scholarships to offer him.

Pressey remained silent on the subject, never publicly declaring his intention to stay at Missouri or to explore transfer options at Arkansas or elsewhere. In the absence of real information, speculation persisted for more than a month, all the way until early May when Coach Frank Haith, in a meet-and-greet with MU students at the Rec Center, declared that the guard would be coming back for his sophomore season.

After a workout Wednesday afternoon, Pressey finally talked about the situation and admitted there was a point he considered the possibility of transferring elsewhere after Andersons departure.

Of course I did, because I didnt know who was going to be the coach, he said. I didnt know where I was going to be in that situation or what I was going to do at the end of the year, but after talking to my parents, we just thought for me the best thing to do was to stay.

He said the prospect of having to sit out a year before he could play at another school was probably enough to dissuade him from seeking a transfer. In addition, he felt a strong connection to his teammates, especially his older brother, Matt Pressey, and Ricardo Ratliffe, who chose Missouri in part because of the opportunity to play with him.

Pressey has also liked what hes seen of Haith and has developed a bond with the Tigers new coach.

He told me from Day 1 that hes a guard coach and hes going to put a lot of faith in me, Pressey said. I like that in a coach, that they take time to get to know me and figure out what I like to do and how I like to play other than a coach just coming in and telling me what theyre going to do. ... I talk to him pretty much every other day or every day, so Im building a connection. I like that.

He also admitted he didnt always feel like he fit perfectly in Andersons up-tempo system, which is built around a motion offense in half-court situations. That approach relies on moving the ball and getting everyone involved, whereas Pressey has always felt more comfortable when hes given the freedom to make plays with the ball in his hands.

I kind of learned as I grew throughout the season that I kind of got used to it, Pressey said. I know if Coach A was still here, it would have been a lot easier next year. At first, I didnt think it was the right system because I didnt know what to do. I didnt know what to expect, but now I kind of learned the system. It would have been a lot easier with a year under my belt.

Still, hes looking forward to learning a new system under Haith, one he believes will fit better with his talents.

The way Coach Haiths offense is, its more pick-and-roll, Pressey said, and the point guard makes plays for others.

Courtesy of www.columbiatribune.com


USA stay perfect with overtime win over Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
USA U19 - Lithuania U19 107:105 (OT)

USA kept their record spotless at U19 World Championship in Latvia. They outscored Lithuania in overtime drama in Riga today to improve at 5-0 record in Eighth-Final Round Group F. Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F-92) masterminded the victory erupting for game-high 35 points. Lithuania slipped at 3-2 record after the loss.
It all looked good for the USA early in the game. They grabbed a 20:9 lead late in the starting quarter. Jeremy Lamb gave the USA a 23:10 lead before Lithuania sealed the first quarter outcome at 15:25. The North American team maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They boosted the gap at 19-point mark But Lithuania capped the half on a 10:1 rally to get within 10 points 39:49 at halftime. Lithuania stepped on the gas late in the third quarter. Redikas pulled the Baltic team within 5 points 57:62. But the USA managed to restore a 9-point advantage with one quarter remaining. The USA led by 10 points midway through the fourth term but Lithuania found the way to erase the deficit. Redikas, Jonas Valanciunas (6'11''-C-92) and Edgaras Ulanovas (6'6''-G-92) triggered a rally that put Lithuania on level terms with the USA 94:94 at the end of regulation. Lithuania grabbed a 6-point lead early in the extra period but Patric Young (6'9''-F/C-92) and James Bell pulled the USA in charge 105:103. Edgaras Ulanovas drew things level but Jeremy Lamb hit a jumper to seal the victory for the USA. Joe Jackson (6'0''-G-92) accounted for 19 points, while Patric Young contributed 15 points for the winners. Jonas Valanciunas answered with 30 points and 15 rebounds. Edgaras Ulanovas chipped in 29 points in defeat.

USA U19: Jeremy Lamb 35, Joe Jackson 19, Patric Young 15
Lithuania U19: Jonas Valanciunas 30+15 boards, Edgaras Ulanovas 29



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  POLAND   


Poland needed a strong first half to beat the hosts of the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championships - by Eurobasket News
Poland U19-Latvia U19 86:78

Poland needed a strong first half to beat the hosts of the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championships. Poland U19 edged Latvia U19 86:78 for 4-1 record on top Group E.
Poland started strong and Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) scored for 16:9. Piotr Niedzwiedzki (210-F-93) delivered for 27:13 that became the last shot in the opening tip. In the second period the guests continued to dominate the court as Michal Michalak (194-G-93) gave Poland +26 at 41:15 midway through the quarter. After 25-14 in the period, Poland had massive 52:27 deficit. Only iont he second half Latvia managed to be the decent team in the court. The Baltic side won the third frame 16-12 as Kaspars Vecvagars (191-G-93) made it 62:43 and Daniel Szmkiewicz closed third period at 64:43. Latvia erupted with 35 points in the last frame but could only reduce to 8 points. Davis Coders made the final score in the game.
Mateusz Ponitka paced all the winners with 26 points and Michal Michalak notched 19. Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-C-93) chipped in 13, whilst Piotr Niedzwiedzki scored 10. Kaspars Vecvagars finished the game with 21 points in the losing effort, while Davis Bertans (205-C-92) collected 16 points and 11 rebounds. Janis Timma (201-F/G-92) poured in 15 and Edmunds Dukulis (204-C-92, agency: Players Group) added 10 points and the same number of boards.

Poland U19: Mateusz Ponitka 26, Michal Michalak 19, Przemyslaw Karnowski 13, Piotr Niedzwiedzki 10
Latvia U19: Kaspars Vecvagars 21, Davis Bertans 16+11 rebs, Janis Timma 15, Edmunds Dukulis 10+10 rebs




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  PUERTO RICO   


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Angel Daniel VASSALLO
  Guaynabo
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 23
 1. Vassallo, Guaynabo23.0 
 2. Ramos, Quebradillas22.7 
 3. Johnson, Humacao21.2 
 4. Dalmau, Bayamon20.8 
 5. Villegas, Coamo19.1 
 6. Harris, San German18.4 
 7. Ayuso, Arecibo18.3 
 8. Randolph, Isabela18.0 
 9. Carmona, Mayaguez17.0 
 10. Pellot-Rosa, San16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  San German
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Harris, San German12.4 
 2. Randolph, Isabela12.3 
 3. Pruitt, Guaynabo11.7 
 4. Narvaez, Coamo11.6 
 5. Ramos, Quebradillas10.5 
 6. Lloreda, San G.9.9 
 7. Sweetney, Santurce9.3 
 8. Clemente, Mayaguez9.1 
 9. Shannon, Bayamon8.5 
 10. Johnson, Humacao8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Daniel BROWN
  Quebradillas
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Brown, Quebradillas5.9 
 2. Dalmau, Bayamon5.6 
 3. Rivera, San German5.6 
 4. Clemente, Humacao4.5 
 5. Clinch, Isabela4.5 
 6. Rivera, Mayaguez4.2 
 7. Bruton, Quebradill.4.1 
 8. Apodaca, Quebradil.4.1 
 9. Copeland, San G.3.8 
 10. Hinson, Isabela3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Isabela
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Hinson, Isabela1.8 
 2. Rivera, Mayaguez1.6 
 3. Clinch, Isabela1.5 
 4. Hodge, Santurce1.4 
 5. Dalmau, Bayamon1.3 
 6. Mojica, Bayamon1.3 
 7. Chaney, Santurce1.3 
 8. Robinson, Mayaguez1.2 
 9. Rivera, San German1.2 
 10. Pellot-Rosa, San1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Penn, Humacao2.5 
 2. Santiago, Arecibo2.0 
 3. Sanchez, Santurce1.9 
 4. Aubry, Arecibo1.7 
 5. Lee, Bayamon1.7 
 6. Randolph, Isabela1.4 
 7. Harris, San German1.4 
 8. Ramos, Quebradillas1.3 
 9. Freije, Coamo1.1 
 10. Shannon, Bayamon1.0 


Quebradillas takes Game Five against San German (3-2) - by Eurobasket News
BSN Quarterfinals: Quebradillas - San German 84-83 (3-2)

Very exciting game was played last night between Quebradillas and San German. The home squad grabbed 84-83 thriller win for 3-2 lead in the series. The first chance to book a spot for the Semis, Quebradillas will have tomorrow.
Atleticos cut a 19-point halftime deficit to one at the end of the game. Darius Washington (188-G-85, college: Memphis) saved the victory by scoring 26 points, 6 assists and 6 steals. American forward P.J. Tucker (198-F-85, college: Texas) contributed with 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Mike Harris (198-F-83, college: Rice) answered with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 16 rebounds and the former international guard Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-G-84, college: VCU) added 26 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Atleticos. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.

Quebradillas: W.Darius 26+2reb+6ast, P.Tucker 19+8reb+2ast, P.John Ramos 14+9reb+2ast, G.Stevenson 10+3reb+1ast, D.Huertas 8+5reb+1ast, R.Apodaca 4+4reb+4ast
San German: J.Pellot-Rosa 26+8reb+1ast, M.Harris 23+16reb+2ast, J.Lloreda 14+4reb+4ast, F.Rivera 13+2reb+3ast, J.Nieves 5+4reb, J.Rodriguez 2+1reb+1ast


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  RUSSIA   


Zabelin and CSKA part ways - by Eurobasket News
Artem Zabelin (215-F/C-88, agency: RU-Basket Management) and CSKA part ways as the Russian Center will not be back to the roster. In 2007-2008 he joined CSKA Moscow (A Superleague) and in Euroleague averaged 3.2ppg. In Russian League after 15 games his stats read 3.2ppg, 1.5rpg, also played for CSKA-Trinta Moscow (U-23 Youth League) 6.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.5bpg. In 2008-2009 for CSKA Moscow (A Superleague), injured (right knee) was off for 9 months, then returned in May.'09 for the finals. In 2009-2010 played for CSKA Moscow (A Superleague) and in Russian League after 5 games had 1.8ppg, while played also at CSKA Moscow U23 (U23 Youth League, starting five). Last season for CSKA Moscow (PBL) appeared in VTB League showing 3.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.2bpg and in Russian League after 10 games had 4.5ppg, 2.5rpg.
In his top game Artem Zabelin scored 12 points at the Regular Season Round 11 when CSKA beat Enisey 81-58. The game was mostly controlled by CSKA Moscow. Enisey Krasnoyarsk was better in third quarter 22-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CSKA Moscow made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 Enisey Krasnoyarsk turnovers.


Dmitry Sokolov renews with CSKA - by Eurobasket News
Dmitry Sokolov (212-C-85, agency: Agency No 10) renew with CSKA for another season. After two seasons with the defending champions both parts agree to work another season together.
In 2009-2010 Sokolov started for CSKA Moscow (A Superleague) and in VTB League averaged 4.5ppg, 1.7rpg. In Euroleague after 16 games his stats read 2.1ppg, 1.4rpg, while in Russian League he showed 4.6ppg, 1.9rpg. The last season for CSKA Moscow (PBL) in Russian League he averaged 4.3ppg, 2.9rpg, while in VTB League after 11 games his stats read 6.5ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 61.4%, FT: 54.5%. In Euroleague after 10 games he showed 8.5ppg, 5.4rpg, FGP-2 (72.1%), FT: 57.5%.
Dmitry Sokolov recorded 20 points at the start of the season. CSKA grabbed 81:63 road win in the debut game over Dynamo. CSKA started with 25-19 and added 25-12 in the second period. Both teams exchanged the victories in the second period for the final result. Dmitry Sokolov top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Jamont Gordon as well as Boban Marjanovic posted 13 each. Petr Gubanov responded with 15 points in the losing effort.


Jonas Kazlauskas, CSKA head coach:
I am completely satisfied to have Dmitry on our roster, because he plays his role well, he understands the tasks. He received different amounts of playing time in different period of the season and worked them out well. Besides he possesses positive aura. Any team needs the role players able to help in the games and practices. You cannot have all the starters in the big club.

Courtesy of: CSKA



Lokomotiv tab Nikita Shabalkin - by Eurobasket News
Lokomotiv Kuban have announced the signing of Nikita Shabalkin (205-F-86). The forward penned a two-year deal with the team. Last season Nikita Shabalkin played for Dynamo Moscow. He tallied 11.5 points and 3.0 rebounds per EuroCup Qualifying Round game. In EuroChallenge the forward came up with 17.3 points and 1.3 rebounds per appearance. Nikita Shabalkin also delivered 10.3 points and 3.4 rebounds in PBL. Previously the forward had stints with Triumph, Khimky and CSKA-VVS Samara and CSKA Moscow. Eurobasket.com named Nikita Shabalkin All-EuroCup Challenge Player of the Year in 2007. The forward played at 2009 World University Games in Belgrade. He was named Eurobasket.com All-World University Games Best Player.


Russia U20 remained winless in Logrono - by Eurobasket News
Russia U20 remained winless in Logrono at the International Tournament. The team lost all three games and finished on the fourth spot.
Eurobasket wrote that in Day 1 Spain U20 opened Torneo Internacional de Logrono with the win over Russia U20. The home side won 85:61 in Day 1 of the campaign. In Day 2 France U20 smashed Russia U20 81:48.
In the last day of the competition Turkey U20 overcame Russia U20 75:65. The latter started with 17-12 and added 15-14 in the second period. Turkey meanwhile responded with 25-19 in the third quarter and celebrated the victory due to the last period that they won 24-14. Can Mutaf (193-G-91) paced all the winners with 27 points and Furkan Aldemir (207-F-91) collected 14 points and 10 rebounds. Goksenin Koksal netted 11, while Dogukan Sonmez (206-C-92) posted 7.




Argentina U19 prevail over Russia U19 to close Day 2 of Eighth-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Russia U19-Argentina U19 70:73

Argentina U19 prevail over Russia U19 in Latvia to close Day 2 of Eighth-Finals.
The Latin American team played better in the first period and Juan Giaveno nailed three for 14:8 lead. Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) closed the first quarter and cut it to 12:16 at the end. Marcos Delia (206-C-92) made a dunk midway through the second frame to give his side the biggest lead in the game at plus 19. The Argentinian player brought 31:12 on the board, while Russia reduced to 39:26 when the teams headed to the lockers. The third quarter was the most productive for Russia that produced 25-15 for 54:51 after thirty minutes. In the last frame the squads exchnaged the leads several times and were tied at 68:68 with 2 minutes to go. Luciano Massarelli scored two and added another one from the free throw for 71:68 when the European team asked for Timeout. Sergey Karasev went on the free throw line and made two for 70:71. Franco Giorgetti (202-F-92) replied with two for Argentina and brought the necessary win for his side.
Patricio Garino (196-G/F-93) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Franco Giorgetti netted 16. Sergey Karasev answered with 25 points in the losing case, while Gleb Goldyrev (200-F-93) and Vladislav Trushkin (200-F-93) delivered 12 each.

Russia U19: Sergey Karasev 25, Gleb Goldyrev 12, Vladislav Trushkin 12, Viktor Zaryazhko (194-PG-92) 10
Argentina U19: Patricio Garino 19, Franco Giorgetti 16, Marcos Delia 14






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  SENEGAL   


Regal Barca negotiates new deal with Ndong - by Eurobasket News
Despite they decided not to exercise option to keep Boniface Ndong (213-C-77), Regal Barca still wants to retain the Senegalese center. They already negotiate a new deal and of course the Spanish champion will offer Ndong lower salary than he supposed to get if the option was exercised. In the next few days it will be clear will Ndong stay with Barca or not.
Boniface Ndong had successful season with Regal Barca. He helped them win the ACB title and National Cup trophy last season. Ndong and his teammates blasted Bilbao in the ACB Finals with perfect 3-0. Ndong had very important role in this series collecting 20 points and 22 rebounds in total. Boniface Ndong joined Regal Barca in 2009 from Unicaja Malaga. He appeared 41 times in ACB this season averaging 6 points and 3.8 rebounds. He also added 6.8 ppg and 2.6 rpg for 20 Euroleague games. As a reminder, Regal Barca was the Euroleague champion in 2010. Ndong helped them at that time with 8.9 ppg and 3.7 rpg for 20 games. Ndong is active member of the Senegalese National Team.


Regal Barca and Boni Ndong part ways - by Eurobasket News
Regal Barca decided not to extend deal with Boniface Ndong (213-C-77). It means that the Senegalese big guy is free to look for some other club. Ndong appeared 41 times in ACB last season averaging 6 points and 3.8 rebounds. He helped Barca to win the title in Spain and they also celebrated in Copa del Rey. In Euroleague, Ndong added 6.8 ppg and 2.6 rpg for 20 games. In 2009/10, Ndong and his Barca won the Euroleague title. He had 8.9 ppg and 3.7 rpg for 20 games that season. Before Barca, Boniface Ndong spent more than two years with Unicaja Malaga. In the past, he also was a member of Spartak St Petersbirg, LA Clippers, Dijon and TSK universa Bamberg. Ndong is active member of the Senegalese National Team since 2003.

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  SERBIA   


Serbia prevail against Croatia at U19 World Championship - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U19 - Croatia U19 73:68

Serbia earned the first win at the U19 World Championship Eighth-Final Round. They held off Croatia to improve at 3-2 record in Group E. Croatia on the other hand slipped at 3-2 record in the ladder. Djordje Drenovac (203-F-92, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 19 points to lead Serbia.
Serbia opened the game with aggressive defence. They limited Croatia to just 11 points in the first frame building a 5-point lead. Drazen Brajkovic team quickly recovered. They delivered 20 points in the second period to knot things up at 31. Croatia managed to pull in front in the third quarter. They built a 2-point advantage with one quarter remaining. Serbia however increased the tempo in the fourth frame and it paid off. Aleksandar Cvetkovic (185-PG-93) came up with late heroics as he knocked down 8 last points in the game and sealed the victory for Serbia. Aleksandar Cvetkovic, Petar Lambic (195-G-92) and Marko Gujanicic (202-F-92) all scored 12 points each for the winners. Boris Barac (206-F-92) answered with 18 points for Croatia. Dario Saric (207-F/C-94) finished with 11 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Serbia U19: Djordje Drenovac 19, Aleksandar Cvetkovic 12, Petar Lambic 12, Marko Gujanicic 12
Croatia U19: Boris Barac 18, Dario Saric 11



Metalac returns Stefan Atanackovic - by Eurobasket News
Stefan Atanackovic (196-G-84, agency: 011 Sports) is back to Metalac Valjevo after two years. They penned a deal for 2011/12 season. Atanackovic started last season with Proleter Naftagas Zrenjanin. He appeared 14 times in A League averaging 15.9 points, 1.8 rebound and 4.3 assists. In January, he moved to Romanian outfit CSU Sibiu. There for 16 games Atanackovic added 12.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg and 2.4 apg. Season 2009/10, Atanackovic spent in Ukraine. He was a member of Gryfony Symferopil. For 20 games in the league he registered 17.5 ppg, 2 rpg and 2.5 apg.
Stefan Atanackovic played for Metalac Valjevo in 2008/09 season. He had 9.1 ppg, 1.3 rpg and 1.9 apg for them in 23 games. In the past, he also was a member of Vizura, Borac Nektar Banja Luka, Sloga Kraljevo, Ergonom and Buducnost Pec.


Standings - 1 Srpska Liga
1Srpska Standings
Group Central
 1. Mladost Ze. 24-2 
 2. Kolubara 23-3 
 3. Torlak 16-10 
 4. Stari Dif 16-10 
 5. Kotez 16-10 
 6. Beovuk 72 15-11 
 7. Partizan II 14-12 
 8. Sava 14-12 
 9. Pro Sport 11-15 
 10. Zitko Basket 10-16 
 11. Plus Kraljevo 9-17 
 12. Grocka 8-18 
 13. Zemun Lasta 4-22 
 14. Milan Trivic 4-22 
Group East
 1. Napredak A. 22-4 
 2. Jablanica M. 20-6 
 3. Morava 19-7 
 4. Pirot 18-8 
 5. Jug Vranje 18-8 
 6. Junior Nis 13-13 
 7. Mladost Za. 13-13 
 8. Kursumlija 12-14 
 9. Eko Basket 11-15 
 10. Knjazevac 10-16 
 11. Prokuplje 9-17 
 12. Dimitrovgrad 6-20 
 13. Boljevac 6-20 
 14. Nibak Nis 5-21 
Group North
 1. Mladost BJ 24-2 
 2. Meridiana NS 21-5 
 3. Dunav S.Ban. 20-6 
 4. Nova Pazova 19-7 
 5. Vrbas 15-11 
 6. Stara Pazova 15-11 
 7. Veternik 15-11 
 8. Odzaci 13-13 
 9. Jedinstvo NB 13-13 
 10. NS Junior 10-16 
 11. Backa Topola 8-18 
 12. Radnicki Kovin 7-19 
 13. Duga NS 0-24 
 14. Sport Key NS 0-24 
Group West
 1. Sabac 24-2 
 2. Priboj 19-7 
 3. Zlatar NV 19-7 
 4. Novi Pazar 18-8 
 5. Klik Arilje 13-13 
 6. Zeleznicar C. 12-14 
 7. Mionica 12-14 
 8. Masinac 11-15 
 9. Prva Petolet. 11-15 
 10. Sloga Pozega 11-15 
 11. Polet Ratina 11-15 
 12. Svilajnac 10-16 
 13. Pozarevac 8-8 
 14. Zlatibor 3-23 


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  SLOVAKIA   


The season 2011/2012 - by Martin Bosko
The new season starts only with 9 teams on 1st October. Basketbal Pezinok was folded in previous season and Inter Bratislava will play only Czech Mattoni NBL. Second Slovak team in NBL Astrum Levice will play domestic competiton with second team Onyx Levice. The silver team from last season BK SPU Bemaco Nitra takes part in EuroChallenge Cup. First round of Slovak Extraleague brings interesting rivalry game between Handlova and Prievidza. Other games of first round: BK SPU Bemaco Nitra vs. BK Vahostav-SK Zilina, Onyx Levice vs. BK Iskra Svit, BK 04 AC LB Spiska Nova Ves vs. SKP Banska Bystrica, MBK Rieker Komarno - free day

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  SLOVENIA   


Ilija Zolotic extends with Maribor - by Eurobasket News
Maribor secured the services of Ilija Zolotic (207-F/C-86, agency: BeoExcell) for the next season. The centre joined the team at the start of the previous season. Ilija Zolotic tallied 12.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in Telemach League. The centre earned Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League Honourable Mention. Earlier Ilija Zolotic played for Otopeni in Romania and Novi Sad in Serbia.



Slovenian U18 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Slovenian U18 National Team 2011
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Tomaz Bolcina
Bolcina
Boris Bosnjak
Bosnjak
Domen Bratoz
Bratoz
Ziga Dimec
Dimec
Jaka Doljak
Doljak
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Tomaz Bolcina 202-F-94 Helios Slovenia
Boris Bosnjak 201-F/C-93 LTHcast Mercator Slovenia
Domen Bratoz 183-PG-83
Ziga Dimec 208-C/F-93 Zlatorog Slovenia
Matevz Dobravec 93 Geoplin Slovan Slovenia
Jaka Doljak 194-F-93 Parklji Slovenia
Ziga Fifolt 205-C-93 Krka II Slovenia
Jure Gabrovsek 180-PG-93 Union Olim. II Slovenia
Luka Gajsek 93 Primorac Branik Slovenia
Rok Gominsek 204-F-93 Zlatorog Slovenia
Boris Gveric 203-C/F-93 Union Olimpija Slovenia
Gregor Hrovat 94 Luka Koper Slovenia
Rok Jagodic 201-F-93 Parklji Slovenia
Kristijan Jeroncic 93
Marko Kastelic 187-G-94 Krka Slovenia
Jure Kopac 198-F-94 Geoplin Slovan Slovenia
Miha Lapornik 192-G-93 Zlatorog Slovenia
Jan Osolnik 203-F-93 Krka Slovenia
Matej Rojc 198-G-93 Krka Slovenia
Kristjan Runovc 94 Union Olim. II Slovenia
Luka Rupnik 184-PG-93 Geoplin Slovan Slovenia
Tim Skerbec 200-F-93 Geoplin Slovan Slovenia
Jakob Strazar 200-F-94 Jance Slovenia
Aleksandar Tomic 184-G-93 Geoplin Slovan Slovenia



Polzela tab Jasonn Hannibal - by Eurobasket News
Hopsi Polzela brought in Jasonn Hannibal (208-C). The centre signed his first pro contract. The Canadian player has just graduated from the University of Portland. He tallied 3.3 points and 1.6 rebounds per game in his senior season. Jasonn Hannibal reached WCC Tournament semifinals for two straight seasons in 2010 and 2011 with the Pilots.



Turkey U18 and Slovenia U18 exchange victories in Zrece - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U18 and Slovenia U18 exchange victories in Zrece, Slovenia. In the first game Turkey grabbed 79:78 win only due to the last stanza. The hosts started the game with 21-15 and added 16-14 in the second period. Moreover Slovenia won the third period 23-21, but lost the last one and the game itself. Bulut Altin (185-PG-93) paced all the winners with 15 points and Kenan Sipahi netted 13. Rojc ended up with 20 points in the losing case, while Luka Rupnik (184-PG-93) nailed 17.
On Monday Slovenia U18 revenged with 73:68 win over Turkey U18. The hosts started again better and reached 19-12 after the first 10 minutes. Turkey won the second period 20-16, but lost the third and the last quarters. Ziga Dimec (208-C/F-93) stepped up with 16 points, whilst Luka Rupnik delivered 15. Tayfun Erulku (188-G/F-94) replied with 13 points in the losing case and Samet Geyik (206-F-93) as well as Ramazan Tekin (212-C-93) posted 10 apiece.





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South Korea U19 escapes the last spot with the narrow win over Tunisia U19 - by Eurobasket News
Tunisia U19-South Korea U19 72:78

South Korea U19 escapes the last spot with the narrow win over Tunisia U19. The Asian team finished on the 15th spot after 78:72 victory.
It was a tough game as both teams tried to win at least the last game. Tunisia started better and grabbed 15-11 after the first period. The African team added massive 25-17 in the second frame for 40:28 halftime advantage. It was not however enough to seal the initial victory. South Korea that earlier upset Croatia, won the third frame 24-10 and added 26-22 in the last stanza.
Kim Giyun (184-G-92) led the way with 20 points and Lee Seounghyun (201-C-92) scored 16. Han SangHyeok (178-G-93) finished the game with 11, while Lee Dong-Yeop (194-F-94) notched 10. Omar Abada (189-G-93) replied with 19 points for the African squad, whilst Ahmed Manai (205-C-92) collected 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Tunisia U19: Omar Abada 19, Ahmed Manai 17+10 rebs, Sofian M'Rad (198-F-92) 11
South Korea U19: Kim Giyun 20, Lee Seounghyun 16, Han SangHyeok 11, Lee Dong-Yeop 10




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Justin Doellman heads to Manresa - by Eurobasket News
Manresa have agreed on terms of contract with Justin Doellman (206-F-85, college: Xavier). The 26-year-old forward will move to Manresa from Alicante. Last season Justin Doellman averaged 13.1 points, 6.2 boards and 1.4 assists per game in ACB. He earned Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Honourable Mention. Before joining Alicante Justin Doellman had spells for Orleans, Besancon, Cholet.


Estudiantes and PG Albert Oliver split - by Eurobasket News
Albert Oliver (187-G-78) is no longer a member of Estudiantes. Two sides terminated their deal today. Oliver joined Estu in 2009 from Pamesa Valencia. In their first season together he had 7.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 3.9 apg for 36 games. Last season, Oliver registered 5.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 2.5 apg for 32 games in ACB. He also added 5.9 ppg, 2.2 rpg and 2.2 apg for 11 games in EuroCup. Estu reached Quarterfinals in this competition. As mentioned above, before Estudiantes Albert Oliver played for Pamesa. He was their member from 2006 to 2009. He also has experience from Manresa and Lleida. In 2003, Albert Oliver played for the Spanish B National Team.

Rudy Fernandez reportedly to forgo Real Madrid offer, remain in Dallas - by Eurobasket News
Despite an offer from Real Madrid to make him the highest-paid player in Spanish league history, Mavericks guard Rudy Fernandez (6'6''-G-85) has decided to stay in the NBA next season, Marca, a Spanish sports newspaper, reports, according to Hoopshype.

Fernandez will wait until after the next NBA season before deciding whether return to his native Spain, according to the report.

Real Madrid reportedly offered Fernandez a six-year deal worth $4.35 million annually. Fernandez, who was traded from Portland to Dallas on draft night, is slated to make $2.2 million next season under the previous collective bargaining agreement. He could become a restricted free agent after next season with a $3.2 million qualifying offer.

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Regal Barca negotiates new deal with Ndong - by Eurobasket News
Despite they decided not to exercise option to keep Boniface Ndong (213-C-77), Regal Barca still wants to retain the Senegalese center. They already negotiate a new deal and of course the Spanish champion will offer Ndong lower salary than he supposed to get if the option was exercised. In the next few days it will be clear will Ndong stay with Barca or not.
Boniface Ndong had successful season with Regal Barca. He helped them win the ACB title and National Cup trophy last season. Ndong and his teammates blasted Bilbao in the ACB Finals with perfect 3-0. Ndong had very important role in this series collecting 20 points and 22 rebounds in total. Boniface Ndong joined Regal Barca in 2009 from Unicaja Malaga. He appeared 41 times in ACB this season averaging 6 points and 3.8 rebounds. He also added 6.8 ppg and 2.6 rpg for 20 Euroleague games. As a reminder, Regal Barca was the Euroleague champion in 2010. Ndong helped them at that time with 8.9 ppg and 3.7 rpg for 20 games. Ndong is active member of the Senegalese National Team.


Mikel Uriz heads to Navarra - by Eurobasket News
Mikel Uriz (180-G-89) will play for Grupo Iruna Navarra in the next season. The 21-year-old guard has agreed on terms of a deal with LEB Gold Team. Mikel Uriz started the previous season in Bizkaia Bilbao. He was loaned to Santurzi shortly after. Mikel Uriz tallied 12.4 points, 5.3 boards, 5.0 assists, 2.0 steals per game for Santurzi in LEB Silver. In February Mikel Uriz moved to Alcazar in LEB Gold. His stats read 8.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists per appearance. The guard made it into Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver 3rd Team. Previously Mikel Uriz had stints with Estudiantes de Lugo, Breogan and Marin Peixegalego. The guard was named into Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver 2nd Team in 2010.


France U20 triumphs in Torneo Internacional de Logrono - by Eurobasket News
Spain U20-France U20 64:66 OT

France U20 beat the hosts of the Torneo Internacional de Logrono in the last day of the competition. France grabbed 66:64 overtime thriller to win the tournament.
The guests opened the game with 16-14 but trailed 2 points at the halftime. The third quarter seemed to be decisive as Spain produced 20-10 to take 12-point advantage after three quarters. That game and intrigue however was not over. France erupted with 20-8 in the fourth period and tied the game entering the extra period. In overtime France needed 10-8 to clinch the victory.
Evan Fournier (200-G/F-92) stepped up with 18 points to lead the charge. Joffrey Lauvergne (210-F-91) netted 11, while Romain Hillotte (195-G-91) scored 9. Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) ended up with 20 points in the losing effort as Italy finished with 1-2 record. Joan Sastre Morro (201-F-91) notched 13, while Gil nailed 6.

Spain U20: Nikola Mirotic 20, Joan Sastre Morro 13, Gil 6
France U20: Evan Fournier 18, Joffrey Lauvergne 11, Romain Hillotte 9



Spanish U18 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Spanish U18 National Team 2011
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Alejandro Redondo
Redondo
Dario Brizuela
Brizuela
Lluis Costa
Costa
Daniel Diez
Diez
Mamadou Diop
Diop
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Alejandro Redondo 196-F/G-93 Unicaja Spain
Carlos Martinez 181-PG-92 Guadix Spain
Dario Brizuela 186-PG-94
Lluis Costa 186-PG-93 Regal FC II Spain
Daniel Diez 199-F-93 Real Madrid Spain
Mamadou Diop 198-F-93 Baskonia Spain
Pablo Fernandez 188-PG-93 Guadix Spain
Jaime Fernandez 187-G-93 Estudiantes Spain
Aitor Gomez 210-C-93 Regal Barca Spain
Guillermo Hernangomez 203-C-94
Sergio Herranz 210-C-93 Real Madrid Spain
Albert Homs 199-F-94 DKV Joventut Spain
Antonio Izquierdo 188-PG-93 Cajasol Spain
Pau Margui 200-C-93 DKV Joventut Spain
Javier Marin 195-G-94 Olivar Spain
Jose Medina 182-PG-93 Cajasol Spain
Javier Medori 200-F/C-93 Estudiantes II Spain
Mikel Motos 193-F/G-93 Arruabarrena Spain
Julen Olaizola 202-C/F-93 Real Madrid II Spain
Josep Perez 183-PG-94 Regal FC II Spain
Jorge Sanz 188-PG-93 Real Madrid Spain
Alejandro Suarez 205-F/C-93 DKV Joventut Spain
Federico Belmonte 201-C-93 Guadix Spain
Guillem Vives 191-F/G-93 DKV Joventut Spain



Earl Rowland is officially in Malaga - by Eurobasket News
Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) officially heads to Malaga for the next season. The American-Bulgarian player will move from Italy.
The last season Earl spent in Italy with Vanoli-Braga Cremona. He appeared 30 times for them in SerieA averaging 13.9 points, 3 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.9 steals. Eurobasket awarded Rowland with Italian SerieA All-Defensive Team -11. Earl Rowland recorded 23 points at the Regular Season Round 11 when CS Bologna won a triple-overtime thriller against Vanoli-Braga by sixteen points 116-100. Vanoli-Braga was ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 24-16 charge of CS Bologna, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in triple-overtime eventually winning that period 49-33. CS Bologna made 31-of-40 charity shots (77.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 Vanoli-Braga turnovers and outrebounded them 55-44 including 18 on the offensive glass.
In 2009/2010 Earl Rowland played for Vanoli Cremona. He averaged 13.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.6 apg and 2.9 spg for them in 30 games. Rowland also has experience from Bonn, Artland Dragons, Townsville Crocodiles and Latvian Barons. He won the German Cup in 2008 with Artland Dragons.
Earl Rowland played for the Bulgarian National Team at the EuroBasket 2009 in Poland. He had high 17.7 ppg, 3 rpg, 3 apg and 1.3 spg.


Zan Tabak takes over Girona as Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
Zan Tabak is the new Head Coach of Girona. Tabak was the main candidate for this position and two sides managed to agree a deal. The Croatian coach spent last two years as an assistant in Cajasol Sevilla. He also worked three years with Real Madrid at the same position. They won the ACB title in 2007. In 2005/06, Tabak was a scout of the New York Knicks. Zan Tabak is also a former NBA player. He spent six years in the best basketball league in the world. In 1994/95, he was a member of Houston Rocket and three years after that he spent with Toronto Raptors. He also had a short stint with the Boston Celtics. From 1999 to 2001, Zan Tabak played for the Indiana Pacers. He had 3.9 ppg and 3.9 rpg in his last NBA season. He won the NBA title in 1995 with the Rockets. After that, Tabak played for Real Madrid, Joventut and Unicaja Malaga. Zan Tabak was a member of the Croatian National Team from 1992 to 2001.

Regal Barca and Boni Ndong part ways - by Eurobasket News
Regal Barca decided not to extend deal with Boniface Ndong (213-C-77). It means that the Senegalese big guy is free to look for some other club. Ndong appeared 41 times in ACB last season averaging 6 points and 3.8 rebounds. He helped Barca to win the title in Spain and they also celebrated in Copa del Rey. In Euroleague, Ndong added 6.8 ppg and 2.6 rpg for 20 games. In 2009/10, Ndong and his Barca won the Euroleague title. He had 8.9 ppg and 3.7 rpg for 20 games that season. Before Barca, Boniface Ndong spent more than two years with Unicaja Malaga. In the past, he also was a member of Spartak St Petersbirg, LA Clippers, Dijon and TSK universa Bamberg. Ndong is active member of the Senegalese National Team since 2003.

Menorca add Daniel Perez - by Eurobasket News
Menorca secured the services of talented guard. They penned a deal with Daniel Perez (188-PG-90). The 21-year-old guard spent the last season at Lleida. He tallied 6.2 points, 2.8 assists, 1.6 boards and 1.2 steals per game in LEB Gold. Last season Daniel Perez participated at U20 European Championship. His stats read 3.4 points, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals for Spain in Croatia.


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More space for Frederick Ahnstrand in Sundsvall Dragons! - by Johan Andersson
Fredrik has a background as a player, captain and assistantcoach in Sundsvall Dragons. In recent years he has been the club's sports manager on a voluntary basis. The job he has done has been right through the solid and monolithic, and he has much of the two national championships. Now Fredrik Ahnstrand rewarded for all the hard work by a full-timeemployment with the Swedish champions.Frederick will be responsible for the Sundsvall Dragons , Orongo and activities around basketgymnasiet.

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Vacallo extend contract with Rickey Gibson - by Eurobasket News
Vacallo have ensured the services of Rickey Gibson (191-G-84, college: Stillman) for another season. The 25-year-old guard will enter his fifth straight season with the team. Last season Rickey Gibson tallied 11.6 points, 7.5 assists, 5.3 boards and 3.9 steals per game in LNA. Eurobasket.com named Rickey Gibson All-Swiss LNA Defensive Player of the Year. The guard also made it into Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA 2nd Team.


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Tane Spasev and Giovanni Rivera in SBF develop skills programs ... - by Tarek Burhan
that's first time happen in Syria .. SBF {Syrian Basketball Federation} signs with two import coaches for U16 players to develop them skills in the summer time ..
Tane Spasev (193-G-77) the coach who come from FYR Macedonia .. former player in FYR Macedonia, Russia and NJCAA .. 34years old, worked as coach and sport Director in many clubs in Macedonia since 2004 ... he won all the U18, U16, U13, U12 championships in FYR Macedonia .. he started his work in Syria since around 12days ...
he is very happy to work with SBF .. and thats what he said for the Newspaper and Syrian websites .. Syrian People are very kind and Syria is beautifull and safe country .. thats what coach Tane said also ..
Coach Tane works in Damascus center, he has nice character in the court and out the court also .. good luck for coach Tane with Syrian Basketball ..

another coach who came at last friday .. the mexican coach Giovanni Rivera .. young coach from Mexico and has good expirience as assistant coach and head coach for many teams in mexico championships LNBP and CIBACOPA .. he started his work at last saturday .. and he works in aleppo center .. he is very happy to work with Syrian Basketball Federation ..

Coach Tane and Coach Giovanni the syrian basketball fans trust you that you can do good job with Syrian basketball ... we wish good luck for you with this new expirience ..
and we thanks Mr Jalal Nakrash for this adea .. and we hope for this adea to countinue in the next seasons


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Taiwan NT and Daniel Bolick - by Chris Wang
Taiwan NT opened the second phase of its training camp for the preparation of the FIBA Asia Championship for Men Monday in Taipei with Taiwanese-American Daniel Bolick (177-G) became the latest -- and surprising -- addition to the 24-man squad.

Under the guidance of technical advisor Bob Hill, a former NBA head coach, and head coach Chou Jun-san, the team opened the two-a-day second phase with a three-hour practice Monday morning.

Due to injuries and other activities, only 16 of 24 players were at the practice, but Bolick, who graduated from the University of North Carolina this year, joined the team as a 'volunteer.'

Bolick, a 5-9 guard, was promoted to the UNC varsity team after spending his first three years as a walk-on, according to the Chinese-language newspaper Apple Daily. His mother came from Taiwan, it was reported.

There is no guarantee that Bolick will make the team though, Chou said.

Taiwan NT will close the second phase of the camp around July 20 before visiting Zhejiang, China for a five-day for some warm-up game with Chinese teams.




China destroyed Taiwan at the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championships in Latvia - by Eurobasket News
China U19-Taiwan U19 91:48

China destroyed Taiwan at the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championships in Latvia to finish on the 13th place. In the Asian Battle China trailed 2 points after the first ten minutes, before exploding to 91:48 victory.
Kang-Chaio Hung brought the biggest lead for Taiwan in the opening tip at 10:3. Gu QuAn (203-F-92) gave China 13:12, but Chun-An Yu gave the opponents 13:12 advantage after the first 10 minutes. Tieh Cheng scored for 18:13, but then China started to dominate the court. Guo Ailun (192-G-93) sent the teams to the lockers as China enjoyed 46:28 at that time. Another 24-6 in the third quarter gave the winners 70:34 deficit that was enough to win the game. China added 21-14 in the last frame as Zhelin Wang was the last to score for his team. Chen Ying-Chun (181-PG-93) made the final result on the board 91:48.
Guo Ailun poured in 24 points for the winners and Ju Mingxin (200-F/G-93) notched 16. Gu QuAn ended up with 15 points, while Zhai Xiaochuan (205-F-93) netted 10. Kang-Chaio Hung posted 18 in defeat and Chen Ying-Chun added 9.

China U19: Guo Ailun 24, Ju Mingxin 16, Gu QuAn 15, Zhai Xiaochuan 10

Taiwan U19: Kang-Chaio Hung 18, Chen Ying-Chun 9






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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 the winning lay-up with 19 seconds remaining to steal the championship for NABAC who trailed by as much as 15 points during the contest. Winters scored 34 points and Michael Saunders added 27. Kenyon Joseph led St Augustine with 30 points, Michael Jerome had 16 and Nython Lewis chipped in with 10.

In the Under-17 Boys finals, North Eastern College defeated Success Laventille 72-59. Javon Castillo led North Eastern with a game high 21 points and Canaan Donawa 19.


For Success, Jalani Mapp and Juvani contributed 15 points each in the losing effort.

And in the Under-15 division, Hayden Mitchell led Scarborough Secondary with 16 ponts in a 41-22 win over St Benedict College in the Boys contest.




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South Korea U19 escapes the last spot with the narrow win over Tunisia U19 - by Eurobasket News
Tunisia U19-South Korea U19 72:78

South Korea U19 escapes the last spot with the narrow win over Tunisia U19. The Asian team finished on the 15th spot after 78:72 victory.
It was a tough game as both teams tried to win at least the last game. Tunisia started better and grabbed 15-11 after the first period. The African team added massive 25-17 in the second frame for 40:28 halftime advantage. It was not however enough to seal the initial victory. South Korea that earlier upset Croatia, won the third frame 24-10 and added 26-22 in the last stanza.
Kim Giyun (184-G-92) led the way with 20 points and Lee Seounghyun (201-C-92) scored 16. Han SangHyeok (178-G-93) finished the game with 11, while Lee Dong-Yeop (194-F-94) notched 10. Omar Abada (189-G-93) replied with 19 points for the African squad, whilst Ahmed Manai (205-C-92) collected 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Tunisia U19: Omar Abada 19, Ahmed Manai 17+10 rebs, Sofian M'Rad (198-F-92) 11
South Korea U19: Kim Giyun 20, Lee Seounghyun 16, Han SangHyeok 11, Lee Dong-Yeop 10




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Aliaga Petkim inks Bars Guney - by Eurobasket News
Baris Guney (193-G-83) will stay with Aliaga Petkim for at least one more year. They signed a contract extension today. Guney joined Aliaga last summer from Kepez. He appeared 28 times in TBL averaging 6 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists. In 2009/10 with Kepez, Guney registered 6.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 3.6 apg.
Baris Guney already was a member of Aliaga in the past. It was on season 2008/09. At that time, Guney had 2.2 ppg, 1.6 rpg and 1.3. He left the club in January of 2009 for Kepez. From 2006 to 2008, Guney was a member of Besiktas and Darussafaka. In the past, he spent couple of years with Fenerbahce.


Orhun Ene announces list with 18 candidates for EuroBasket 2011 - by Eurobasket News
Head Coach of the Turkish National Team Orhun Ene announced list with 18 candidates for the upcoming EuroBasket in Lithuania. The biggest news is that Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) is on this list. He got a green light from FIBA to play for Turkey.

Turkish NT candidates
Baris Ermis, Banvit
Izzet Turkyilmaz, Banvit
Cenk Akyol, Anadolu Efes
Kerem Gonlum, Anadolu Efes
Kerem Tunceri, Anadolu Efes
Dogus Balbay, Anadolu Efes
Sinan Guler, Anadolu Efes
Emir Preldzic, Fenerbahce Ulker
Oguz Savas, Fenerbahce Ulker
Omer Onan, Fenerbahce Ulker
Sertac Sanli, Galatasararay
Ender Arslan, Galatasaray
Furkan Aldermir, Galatasaray
Omer Asik, Chicago Bulls
Semih Erden, Cleveland Cavaliers
Ersan Ilyasova, Milwaukee Bucks
Hidayet Turkoglu, Orlando Magic
Enes Kanter, Utah Jazz

Eurobasket 2011 in Lithuania begins on August 31. Turkey is placed to preliminary Group A together with Poland, Great Britain, Lithuania and Spain. Sixth participant of this pool will be the winner of the Additional Qualifying Tournament. All of their games in Stage One Turkey will play in Panevezys. They will meet AQT winner in Day One and after that Turkey will meet Great Britain. In Game Three, Turkey will play against the host Lithuania and after that with Poland and Spain.


Turkey U20 finishes second in Spain - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U20 finishes second in Spain at the Torneo Internacional de Logrono with 4 participating teams. Turkey won 2 games and lost to the winners, France.
After surprising the hosts, Spain in Day 2, Turkey added another win in Day 3. In the last day of the competition Turkey U20 overcame Russia U20 75:65. The latter started with 17-12 and added 15-14 in the second period. Turkey meanwhile responded with 25-19 in the third quarter and celebrated the victory due to the last period that they won 24-14. Can Mutaf (193-G-91) paced all the winners with 27 points and Furkan Aldemir (207-F-91) collected 14 points and 10 rebounds. Goksenin Koksal netted 11, while Dogukan Sonmez (206-C-92) posted 7.
France U20 beat the hosts of the Torneo Internacional de Logrono in the last day of the competition. France grabbed 66:64 overtime thriller to win the tournament.




DeAngelo Casto agreed with Antalya - by Eurobasket News
Deangelo Casto (203-F-90, agency: VVG Sports) agreed with Antalya for the next season. The American Forward will debut in Europe this fall after three years with college back in the US.
In 2008-2009 Castro joined Washington St. (NCAA) and in his first season averaged 4.4ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.2bpg. In 2009-2010 for Washington St. (NCAA, starting five) improved to 10.7ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.2bpg, FGP: 49.8%, FT: 59.0%. The last season there after 33 games had 12.0ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg, 1.1spg, 1.8bpg, FGP: 57.4%, FT: 61.2%.
For his Awards/Achievements it is must to mention Pac-10 All-Freshman Team -09, USA U19 National Team -09. At the World Championships U19 in New Zealand -09 (Champion) he aveared 6.3ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP-1 (71.4%), 3PT-2 (71.4%). He was also All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention -10, Pac-10 All-Defensive Team -10, 11, All-Pac-10 2nd Team -11 and NIT Final Four -11.
Together with The United States Deangelo Casto triumphed at the U19 World Championship in New Zealand. They overcame Greek counterparts in the final 88:80. The victory marked the first success for the USA since 1991. Tyshawn Taylor (191-G-90) knocked down 18 points, made 6 assists and 5 steals to pace the USA to the historic win. Ashton Gibbs (188-G) notched 13 points, while Klay Thompson had 10 points for the winners.




Dogus Balbay comes back to Turkey - by Eurobasket News
Dogus Balbay (185-G-89, college: Texas) comes back to Turkey where he started in 2004-2005 for Fenerbahce Istanbul (D1). In FIBA Europe League his stats at that time read 3.0ppg, 0reb, 1ast. In 2005-2006 for Fenerbahce Istanbul (D1) he had 21pts. In 2007-2008 Dogus Balbay moved to Texas (NCAA) and in the last season had 4.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.2apg. The season 2011-2012 will start for his new Anadalo Efes Pilsen Istanbul (TBL).
Over the last few seasons he was named as a Big 12 All-Academic 1st Team -09, 10, 11, reached Big 12 Tournament Semifinals -09, Big 12 All-Defensive Team -10, 11, Big 12 Regular Season Runner-Up -11 and was named All-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year -11.
In 2008 for the National team Dogus Balbay exploded with 20 points in the game versus Lithuania. He also added 7 assists and 5 rebounds in his top game. The Turkish Guard is only 22 years old and will be a great addition to his new team.



Hacettepe officially signs Huseyin Besok - by Eurobasket News
As expected, Huseyin Besok (212-C-75) officially became a new member of Hacettepe Universitesi. The veteran center penned a one-season deal with the TBL newcomer. Huseyin Besok arrives to Hacettepe from Besiktas, where he finished last season. Besok joined Besiktas in January averaging 3.4 points and 3.1 rebounds for 17 TBL games. He started the season with Aliaga Petkim. In 14 games with Aliaga, Besok had 8.9 ppg and 4.9 rpg. Before Aliaga, Huseyin Besok spent one season with Turk Telekom and two with Galatasaray. In 2006/07, he was a member of Prokom Trefl Sopot winning the Polish league title with them. In 2006, Besok won the French title with Le Mans. They also were Cup winners that year. In the past, Besok won many trophies and personal awards with Maccabi Tel-Aviv and Efes Pilsen. He played for Turkish NT from 1996 to 2003. Hacettepe Universitesi ended as No.2 in TB2L last season and earned a spot for TBL.

Turkey U16 beat Czech Republic U16 twice in Pardubice - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U16 beat Czech Republic U16 twice in Pardubice in the test games.
In Game 1 Turkey U16 won 73:67 mostly due to the second quarter. Both teams nailed 15 points each in the opening frame as Turkey needed 22-13 in the second period to enjoy 37:28 halftime advantage. The hosts replied with 18-11 in the third period, but Turkey won after 25-21 in the last stanza. James Birsen (203-F/G-95) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 9 rebounds, while Okben Ulubay notched 10.
In Day 2 Turkey U16 grabbed 67:66 thriller win over Czech Republic U16. Turkey started with 17-15 and added 14-13 in the second frame. Both teams nailed 17 points each int he third quarter, while the hosts did everything they could to win the last quarter. They managed to produce 21-19, but it was not enough to seal the victory. Ayberk Guleryuz (207-C/F-95) paced all the winners with 15 points and Sertan Sari notched 10. Adnan Mustafa (187-G-95) ended up with 9 points, whilst James Birsen and Kartal Ozmzrak had 8 apiece.





Turkey U18 and Slovenia U18 exchange victories in Zrece - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U18 and Slovenia U18 exchange victories in Zrece, Slovenia. In the first game Turkey grabbed 79:78 win only due to the last stanza. The hosts started the game with 21-15 and added 16-14 in the second period. Moreover Slovenia won the third period 23-21, but lost the last one and the game itself. Bulut Altin (185-PG-93) paced all the winners with 15 points and Kenan Sipahi netted 13. Rojc ended up with 20 points in the losing case, while Luka Rupnik (184-PG-93) nailed 17.
On Monday Slovenia U18 revenged with 73:68 win over Turkey U18. The hosts started again better and reached 19-12 after the first 10 minutes. Turkey won the second period 20-16, but lost the third and the last quarters. Ziga Dimec (208-C/F-93) stepped up with 16 points, whilst Luka Rupnik delivered 15. Tayfun Erulku (188-G/F-94) replied with 13 points in the losing case and Samet Geyik (206-F-93) as well as Ramazan Tekin (212-C-93) posted 10 apiece.





Ersin Gorken in talks with Besiktas - by Burak Cidamal
Former Trabzonspor player Ersin Gorkem in talks with Ersin Gorkem (195-F-77). Ersin Gorkem basketball team who is still looking for a sponsor trynig to sign Trabzonspor and Turkish national player Ersin Gorken for a 2 year deal.

The shooting guard last year played for Trabzonspor. In avarege he made 6.86 points, 3.59 rebounds and 0.97 asists.

If Ersin accepts to deal contract with Ersin Gorkem he will sign this week.




Darussafaka signs Kerem Oztoprak - by Eurobasket News
Kerem Oztoprak (205-C-80) is a new member of Darussafaka. The Turkish center signed a one-year deal with his new club. Oztoprak heads to Darussafaka from Hacettepe University, where he spent 2010/11. He appeared 32 times for the club averaging 3.3 points and 2.5 rebounds. Hacettepe ended as No.2 in TB2L and booked a spot for TBL 2011/12.
Before Hacettepe, Kerem Oztoprak spent one season with Trabzon. He won the TB2L title with them in 2010. From 2006 to 2009, Oztoprak was a member of Antalya. In the past, he also played for Buyuk Kolej Ankara, Tofas and ITU. Kerem Oztoprak has experience from the Turkish 2nd National Team (2002).


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  UBA   


Dragons star heads to Iceland - by UBA media
UBA News
July 5, 2011
Nashville, TN

The Universal Basketball Association announces yet another overseas singing of the 2011 summer. Fjolnir has agreed to terms with American guard Calvin O'Neil (6'4''-G-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.). This marks the 4th player that has singed to Iceland from the UBA this summer (Chris Miller-Williams (6'6''-F/G-87, college: W.Georgia), Dewayne Reed (6'1''-G-87, college: Auburn), Dominique Holmes (6'7''-F-84, college: So.Poly State) and now Calvin O'Neil)

Fjolnir inked a deal with Calvin O'Neil Tuesday morning. The 25-year-old guard started the previous season in the UBA. He averaged 17.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.4 assist per game for the Tennessee Dragons. Calvin O'Neil was named USBasket.com All-UBA Playoff 1st Team. This will be the first overseas contract for the guard. Oneil graduated from the Middle Tennessee State in 2010. He averaged 10.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in his senior season. To follow a great college career Oneil was named Insiders.com NCAA American Defensive 1st Team.

Steve Dolan has played a major role in the growth and development of the Dragon players moving on. In just one season the Dragons have placed over 6 players overseas (Antonio Webb (5'10''-G-84, college: Bethune-Cookman), Richard Jeter (6'6''-G/F-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Atlanta Metro JC), Canady Jr. Raymond (6'7''-F-84, college: Valdosta St.) Calvin O'Neil, Lamar Grimes (6'0''-G-83, college: Indiana St.), Thomas Shewmake (6'10''-C-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge)).

I just want whats best for my guys, said Dolan. Im all about the UBA and what we stand for. No disrespect to the other league but we take pride in placing our players.

The Tennessee Dragons were one of the top team in the UBA. Dolan carried the team to the 3rd best record in the UBA and the longest winning streak this season with 10 straight wins. The Dragons will move back into the Southern Conference and look to and a ring to their successful resume.



The UBA Continues to send players to the Next level. - by UBA media
UBA News
June 29, 2011
Atlanta, GA

The Universal Basketball Association are very proud to announce the signing of their 10th player this summer. The UBA is responsible for over 50 players playing on the next level and continues to grow as a company. Below you will find the updated list of all players that have moved on from the UBA to the international level.

2009:
1.Nedu Onyeuku (6'3''-G-83, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Illinois St.): San Antonio Stars (Libya)
2.Kitus Witherspoon (6'8''-F/C-82, college: Arkansas St.): San Antonio Stars (Uruguay)
3.Chris Brown (6'6''-F-83, college: Georgia SW): DFW Warriors (Japan)
4.Jerome Boyd (6'8''-F/C-84, college: Clayton St.): DFW Warriors (Uruguay)
5.Trevon Bryant (6'10''-F-84, college: Cal.St.-Dominguez H.): San Antonio (Chile)
6.Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Atlanta Christian): DFW Warriors (Saudi Arabia)
7.Rod Cannon (6'5''-F/G-80, college: Atlanta Tech): Austin Knights (Japan)
8.Anthony Oxley (5'9''-PG-86, college: Mount Aloysius): Austin Knights (England)
9.Jerone Dodd (6'8''-C-79, college: Morehouse): Team Japan (Japan)
10.Randall Orr (6'10''-C/F-82, college: Georgia Perimeter): (Japan)
11. Benny Hayes (6'5''-F/G-79, college: N.Georgia): Austin Knights (Japan)

2009-2010:
1.Joseph Works (6'8''-F/G-83, college: Tarleton St.): Dallas Stars (Romania)
2.Ozzie Henderson (6'6''-F-84, college: Edward Waters): Austin Knights (Japan)
3.Brent Ragsdale (6'4''-G-86, college: Kennesaw St.): San Antonio (Croatia)
4.Gerard Devaughn (6'8''-C-87, college: Stillman): Southern Generals (Paraguay)
5.Chad Eichelberger (6'9''-F-82, college: St.Andrews): Austin Knights (Romania)
6.Chris Moore (6'8''-F-88, college: Morgan St.): Southern Generals (Dominican Rep.)
7.Trevon Bryant: GIE Morrow Disciples (Uruguay)
8.Jermaine Barnes: GIE Morrow Disciples (Uruguay)
9.Dominique Holmes (6'7''-F-84, college: So.Poly State): GIE Morrow Disciples (Japan)
10.Jermaine Dailey (6'8''-F-86, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Ill.-Chicago): GIE Morrow Disciples (Saudi Arabia)
11.Carlos White (6'8''-F/C-80, agency: Low Country Sports, college: Rhema Bible): Southern Generals (Uruguay)
12.Rashad Chase (6'7''-F/C-87, college: Georgia St.): GIE Morrow Disciples (Austria)
13.Mychal Kearse (6'5''-G-83, college: Mt.St.Mary's): GIE Morrow Disciples (Denmark)
14.Jamil Terrell (6'8''-F): GIE Morrow Disciples (Turkey)
15.Terrence Woodyard (6'10''-F/G-82, college: W.Carolina): GIE Morrow Disciples (Japan)
16.Kevin Green (6'6''-F-84, college: Martin Methodist): Austin Knights (China)
17.Richard Jeter (6'6''-G/F-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Atlanta Metro JC): Austin Knights (Dominican Rep.)
18.Ben Logan (7'0''-C-84, college: Brown): Austin Knights (Denmark)
19.Jerone Dodd: Team Japan (Japan)
20.Tyler Hughes (7'0''-F-84, college: Kansas St.): Team Japan (DLeague)
21.Reda Rhalimi (7'0''-C-82, college: St.Mary's, CA): Team Japan (Morocco)

2010-2011:
1.Sam Liggins (5'10''-G, college: Alders.-Broad.): SE Hoopstars (Kosovo)
2.Mike Creppy: NE Air Soul (England)
3.Will De La Cruz (6'2''-G-80, college: Atlanta Christian): Southern Generals (Dominican Rep.)
4.Rasheem Barrett (6'5''-G-87, college: Auburn): Southern Generals (Mexico)
5.Garrison Johnson (6'5''-G-88, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Jackson St.): Southern Generals (Portugal)
6.Michael Sloan (6'5''-G/F-84, college: Clayton St.): Southern Generals (Venezuela)
7.Jermaine Barnes: GIE Morrow Disciples (Mexico)
8.Rashad Chase: GIE Morrow Disciples (Turkey)
9.Dominique Holmes: GIE Morrow Disciples (Dominican Rep.)
10.Mychal Kearse: GIE Morrow Disciples (Lebanon)
11.Sylvester Morgan (6'10''-C-83, college: Georgia St.): GIE Morrow Disciples (Mexico)
12.Jamil Terrell: GIE Morrow Disciples (New Zealand)
13.Antonio Webb (5'10''-G-84, college: Bethune-Cookman): GIE Morrow Disciples (Dominican Rep.)
14.Terrence Woodyard: GIE Morrow Disciples (Japan)
15.Canady Jr. Raymond (6'7''-F-84, college: Valdosta St.): Tennessee Dragons (Israel)
16.Lamar Grimes (6'0''-G-83, college: Indiana St.): Tennessee Dragons (Qatar)
17.Richard Jeter: Tennessee Dragons (Ukraine)
18.Tyler Hughes: Team Japan (Qatar)
19.Jermaine Dailey: GIE Morrow Disciples (Taiwan)

2011-2012:
1.Shawn Morgan (6'6''-F, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Arkansas St.): Southern Generals (Uruguay)
2.Dominique Holmes: Atlanta Assault (Iceland)
3.Mychal Kearse: Dallas Stars (Romania)
4.Chris Miller-Williams (6'6''-F/G-87, college: W.Georgia): GIE Morrow Disciples (Iceland)
5.Sylvester Morgan: GIE Morrow Disciples (Dominican Rep.)
6.Antonio Webb: Tennessee Dragons (Dominican Rep.)
7.Chucky Frierson (6'6''-G/F-83, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Dominican, NY): Atlanta Assault (Dominican Rep.)
8.Everett Spencer (6'6''-G/F-85, college: S.Carolina St.): Atlanta Assault (Harlem GT)
9.Canady Jr. Raymond: Tennessee Dragons (China)
10. Ephrem Davis (6'9''-F-86): Columbus Crush (Uruguay)
11.Lorenzo Davis (6'10''-C-82, college: Mountain St.): Dallas Stars (Romania)

12. Dewayne Reed (6'1''-G-87, college: Auburn): Austin Knights (Iceland)
13. Calvin O'Neil (6'4''-G-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.): Tennessee Dragons (Iceland)



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  UGANDA   


Tashobya Poised for Another Term - by Eurobasket News
Barring a late decision by a member to stand, Ambrose Tashobya is to be re-elected unopposed as Federation of Uganda Basketball Associations (Fuba) president.

The body goes to polls to choose office bearers for the next fours years today and Bob Buga, the current vice-president and previously rumoured to be interested in the top job, has declined to stand. 'I am not standing (for president),' Buga said yesterday ahead of the elective assembly to be held at Kati Kati, Lugogo.

Tashobya, also Kyambogo Warriors patron, confirmed his candidature. 'Yes, I will stand,' he said. Buga is, however, non-committal about seeking another term as vice-president.

The elections were initially scheduled for April but were postponed to allow time for a financial audit and constitutional review.
Courtesy of: The Monitor


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  UKRAINE   


Dnipro keep Steve Burtt - by Eurobasket News
Dnipro have renewed the contract of Steve Burtt (185-G-84, college: Iona). The Superleague last seasons top-scorer signed a one-year deal. Steve Burtt joined Dnipro at the start of the previous season. The guard tallied 22.4 points, 5.5 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game in Superleague. In VTB League Steve Burtt notched 18.7 points, 4.5 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.0 steal per appearance. The guard participated at Superleague All-Star Game. Eurobasket.com named the guard All-VTB League Import Player of the Year. Steve Burtt also made it into All-Ukrainian Superleague 2nd Team. Previously Steve Burtt had stints with Ferro-ZNTU, Apollon, Ashkelon, Menorca, Novara, Benfica, Olimpiada Patron. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Player of the Year in 2008.


Vojdan Stojanovski joins Cherkasy - by Eurobasket News
Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87) has decided to continue his career in Ukraine. The 23-year-old guard has agreed on terms of contract with Cherkasy Monkeys. Last season Vojdan Stojanovski played for Feni Indistrija. He tallied 11.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game in Balkan League. In FYR Macedonian League Vojdan Stojanovski notched 11.4 points, 4.3 boards, 2.3 assists and 1.4 steals per appearance. The guard earned Eurobasket.com All-FYR Macedonian League Honourable Mention. Before joining Feni Indistrija Vojdan Stojanovski had stints with Napredak, Ohrid and Vardar. He was named FYR Macedonian League Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2008. Vojdan Stojanovski is the member for FYR Macedonia National Team. His stats read 3.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game in 2011 EuroBasket Qualifying Round.


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Great Britain may not feature in Slovenia - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain might not be able to participate in the 2013 Eurobasket tournament, due to be held in Slovenia.

The European nations involved at London 2012 as well as its qualifying tournament will receive automatic berths at the following summers Eurobasket as per the usual rule.

A story though, via British basketball website: www.mvp247.com claims that the Great Britain men's and women's squads might not be able to play in European basketball's premier championship, if the home nations don't unite into a British Basketball Federation.

The home nations still presently operate as England Basketball, Basketball Scotland and Wales Basketball.

If there is no GB, then there is no place at Eurobasket, claimed a long-time observer with experience of working for FIBA.

The problem then would arise that you would have England, Scotland and Wales with no way to qualify for 2013. And they would not have any competitive games for two years.

This could be damaging to the continued progress of basketball in Britain, a year after the 2012 London Olympics.

FIBA has given British Basketball a deadline of June 2012 to remain either as three home nations,

Courtesy of www.talkbasket.net


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  VENEZUELA   


LPB Finals: Cocodrilos tie the score to 1-1 - by Eurobasket News
LPB Finals, Game 2: Cocodrilos - Marinos 83-77 (1-1)

Cocodrilos celebrated 83-77 victory in Game Two of the LPB Finals tying the score to 1-1 in the series. Marinos took Game One on the road 75-86. Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) stepped up for the hosts last night with double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds. Carl Elliott (193-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) secured a great help adding 21 points, while Luis Bethelmi (200-C-86) added 12 points and 5 boards. In Marinos, Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances) top-scored with 19 pts. Smith Donta (201-G-83, college: SE Illinois JC) had 17 points and 7 boards. Second quarter was the crucial one in this meeting. Cocodrilos won it with impressive 26-6 and later had no troubles to keep their lead. Game Three is scheduled for Thursday. Marinos will be the hosts.

Cocodrilos: Jack Michael Martinez 24+13 boards, Carl Elliott 21, Luis Bethelmi 12+5 boards
Marinos: Oscar Torres 19, Smith Donta 17+7 boards


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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19   


Eighth-Final Round in Riga. Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Russia - Argentina 70-73
Argentina U19 prevail over Russia U19 in Latvia to close Day 2 of Eighth-Finals. The Latin American team played better in the first period and Juan Giaveno nailed three for 14:8 lead. Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) closed the first quarter and cut it to 12:16 at the end. Marcos Delia made a dunk midway through the second frame to give his side the biggest lead in the game at plus 19. The Argentinian player brought 31:12 on the board, while Russia reduced to 39:26 when the teams headed to the lockers. The third quarter was the most productive for Russia that produced 25-15 for 54:51 after thirty minutes. In the last frame the squads exchanged the leads several times and were tied at 68:68 with 2 minutes to go. Luciano Massarelli scored two and added another one from the free throw for 71:68 when the European team asked for Timeout. Sergey Karasev went on the free throw line and made two for 70:71. Franco Giorgetti replied with two for Argentina and brought the necessary win for his side. Patricio Garino (196-G/F-93) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Franco Giorgetti netted 16. Sergey Karasev answered with 25 points in the losing case, while Gleb Goldyrev and Vladislav Trushkin (200-F-93) delivered 12 each.

Brazil - Australia 57-63
Australia registered another victory at U19 World Championship in Latvia. They fired past Brazil to improve at 4-1 record in Group E. Brazil slipped at 3-2 record after the defeat. Mitchell Creek notched 23 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Emus. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the starting quarter. Australia and Brazil entered the second frame tied at 12. Raul Neto and Gabriel Aguirre (208-C-92) gave Brazil a 7-point lead midway through the second stanza. But Australia answered right back and levelled things up at 28 after twenty minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter. The Emus managed to pull in front and established 45:42 lead with one quarter remaining. William Sinclair and Jackson Aldridge (185-PG-92) helped the Emus to a double-digit lead midway through the fourth period 52:42. Brazil got back within five before Michell Creek and Hugh Greenwood sealed the winning outcome for the Emus. Hugh Greenwood delivered 17 points for Australia. Jackson Aldridge added 9 points in the win. Raul Neto reacted with 19 points for Brazil. Cristiano Felicio (206-C-92) had 16 points and 12 rebounds in defeat.

Poland - Latvia 86-78
Poland needed a strong first half to beat the hosts of the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championships. Poland U19 edged Latvia U19 86:78 for 4-1 record on top Group E. Poland started strong and Mateusz Ponitka scored for 16:9. Piotr Niedzwiedzki (210-F-93) delivered for 27:13 that became the last shot in the opening tip. In the second period the guests continued to dominate the court as Michal Michalak (194-G-93) gave Poland +26 at 41:15 midway through the quarter. After 25-14 in the period, Poland had massive 52:27 deficit. Only iont he second half Latvia managed to be the decent team in the court. The Baltic side won the third frame 16-12 as Kaspars Vecvagars (191-G-93) made it 62:43 and Daniel Szmkiewicz closed third period at 64:43. Latvia erupted with 35 points in the last frame but could only reduce to 8 points. Davis Coders made the final score in the game. Mateusz Ponitka paced all the winners with 26 points and Michal Michalak notched 19. Przemyslaw Karnowski chipped in 13, whilst Piotr Niedzwiedzki scored 10. Kaspars Vecvagars finished the game with 21 points in the losing effort, while Davis Bertans collected 16 points and 11 rebounds. Janis Timma poured in 15 and Edmunds Dukulis added 10 points and the same number of boards.

Group F
Lithuania - USA 105-107 OT
USA kept their record spotless at U19 World Championship in Latvia. They outscored Lithuania in overtime drama in Riga today to improve at 5-0 record in Eighth-Final Round Group F. Jeremy Lamb (195-G/F-92) masterminded the victory erupting for game-high 35 points. Lithuania slipped at 3-2 record after the loss. It all looked good for the USA early in the game. They grabbed a 20:9 lead late in the starting quarter. Jeremy Lamb gave the USA a 23:10 lead before Lithuania sealed the first quarter outcome at 15:25. The North American team maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They boosted the gap at 19-point mark But Lithuania capped the half on a 10:1 rally to get within 10 points 39:49 at halftime. Lithuania stepped on the gas late in the third quarter. Redikas pulled the Baltic team within 5 points 57:62. But the USA managed to restore a 9-point advantage with one quarter remaining. The USA led by 10 points midway through the fourth term but Lithuania found the way to erase the deficit. Redikas, Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) and Edgaras Ulanovas (198-G-92) triggered a rally that put Lithuania on level terms with the USA 94:94 at the end of regulation. Lithuania grabbed a 6-point lead early in the extra period but Patric Young and James Bell pulled the USA in charge 105:103. Edgaras Ulanovas drew things level but Jeremy Lamb hit a jumper to seal the victory for the USA. Joe Jackson accounted for 19 points, while Patric Young contributed 15 points for the winners. Jonas Valanciunas answered with 30 points and 15 rebounds. Edgaras Ulanovas chipped in 29 points in defeat.

Canada - Egypt 91-71
Canada recorded the first win at U19 World Championship Eighth-Final Round. They toppled Egypt to climb at 2-3 record in Group F. Kevin Pangos (186-PG-93) stepped up with 22 points to lead the effort. Egypt fell at 1-4 record after the loss. It was all about Canada right from the start. The North American side posted a 25:14 lead after ten minutes. Canada maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 48:30 halftime advantage. The North American team kept on mounting the pressure after the big break. Egypt faced a massive 31-point deficit into the fourth quarter. Egypt erupted for 27 points but just sweetened the pill at the end. Olivier Hanlan (188-G-93) contributed 16 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds, while Junior Lomomba added 13 points for the winners. Marawan Mohamed (199-F-92) replied with 16 points and 7 rebounds for Egypt. Omar Mohamed (183-PG-94) netted 12 points in the loss.

Croatia - Serbia 68-73
Serbia earned the first win at the U19 World Championship Eighth-Final Round. They held off Croatia to improve at 3-2 record in Group E. Croatia on the other hand slipped at 3-2 record in the ladder. Djordje Drenovac (203-F-92, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 19 points to lead Serbia. Serbia opened the game with aggressive defence. They limited Croatia to just 11 points in the first frame building a 5-point lead. Drazen Brajkovic team quickly recovered. They delivered 20 points in the second period to knot things up at 31. Croatia managed to pull in front in the third quarter. They built a 2-point advantage with one quarter remaining. Serbia however increased the tempo in the fourth frame and it paid off. Aleksandar Cvetkovic (185-PG-93) came up with late heroics as he knocked down 8 last points in the game and sealed the victory for Serbia. Aleksandar Cvetkovic, Petar Lambic and Marko Gujanicic all scored 12 points each for the winners. Boris Barac (206-F-92) answered with 18 points for Croatia. Dario Saric finished with 11 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.



13-14 place
China - Taiwan 91-48
China destroyed Taiwan at the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championships in Latvia. In the Asian Battle China trailed 2 points after the first ten minutes, before exploding to 91:48 victory. Kang-Chaio Hung brought the biggest lead for Taiwan in the opening tip at 10:3. Quan Gu gave China 13:12, but Chun-An Yu gave the opponents 13:12 advantage after the first 10 minutes. Cheng Tieh (187-F-92) scored for 18:13, but then China started to dominate the court. Guo Ailun (192-G-93) sent the teams to the lockers as China enjoyed 46:28 at that time. Another 24-6 in the third quarter gave the winners 70:34 deficit that was enough to win the game. China added 21-14 in the last frame as Wang Zhelin (213-C-94) was the last to score for his team. Chen Ying-Chun (181-PG-93) made the final result on the board 91:48. Guo Ailun poured in 24 points for the winners and Mingxin Ju notched 16. Quan Gu ended up with 15 points, while Xiaochuan Zhai netted 10. Kang-Chaio Hung posted 18 in defeat and Chen Ying-Chun added 9.

15-16 place
Tunisia - South Korea 72-78
South Korea U19 escapes the last spot with the narrow win over Tunisia U19. The Asian team finished on the 15th spot after 78:72 victory. It was a tough game as both teams tried to win at least the last game. Tunisia started better and grabbed 15-11 after the first period. The African team added massive 25-17 in the second frame for 40:28 halftime advantage. It was not however enough to seal the initial victory. South Korea that earlier upset Croatia, won the third frame 24-10 and added 26-22 in the last stanza. Kim Giyun (184-G-92) led the way with 20 points and Lee Seounghyun scored 16. Han SangHyeok (178-G-93) finished the game with 11, while Lee Dong-Yeop notched 10. Abada Omar replied with 19 points for the African squad, whilst Ahmed Manai (205-C-92) collected 17 points and 10 rebounds.




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  LTU
  (210-C-92)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Valanciunas, LTU21.4 
 2. Drmic, AUS19.0 
 3. Ponitka, POL18.8 
 4. Barac, CRO18.4 
 5. Ahmed, EGY18.2 
 6. Cvetkovic, SRB18.2 
 7. Karasev, RUS17.4 
 8. Lamb, USA16.8 
 9. Michalak, POL16.6 
 10. Saric, CRO16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  LTU
  (210-C-92)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Valanciunas, LTU13.4 
 2. Saric, CRO12.0 
 3. Ahmed, EGY10.6 
 4. Dukulis, LAT9.4 
 5. Nogueira, BRA9.0 
 6. Mitchell, USA8.8 
 7. Delia, ARG8.2 
 8. Pierre, CAN8.0 
 9. M''Rad, TUN8.0 
 10. Barac, CRO8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Giyun KIM
  (184-G-92)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Kim, KOR5.4 
 2. Grochowski, POL5.3 
 3. Katic, CRO5.0 
 4. Hossam, EGY5.0 
 5. Cizauskas, LTU5.0 
 6. Vecvagars, LAT4.4 
 7. Jackson, USA4.0 
 8. Chen, TAI4.0 
 9. Saric, CRO3.8 
 10. Carson, USA3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy LAMB
  (195-G/F-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Lamb, USA3.0 
 2. Creek, AUS2.4 
 3. Moon, KOR2.2 
 4. Chen, TAI2.2 
 5. Ahmed, EGY2.0 
 6. Redikas, LTU2.0 
 7. Cvetkovic, SRB1.8 
 8. Zhai, CHN1.8 
 9. Abada, TUN1.8 
 10. Timma, LAT1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  LTU
  (210-C-92)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Valanciunas, LTU3.6 
 2. Nogueira, BRA3.2 
 3. Karnowski, POL2.0 
 4. Mitchell, USA1.8 
 5. Mockevicius, LTU1.8 
 6. Niedzwiedzki, POL1.6 
 7. Jankovic, CAN1.3 
 8. Lee, KOR1.3 
 9. Delia, ARG1.2 
 10. Leonard, USA1.2 


Standings
Standings
Group E
1. Australia4-1
2. Poland4-1
3. Brazil3-2
4. Russia2-2
5. Argentina2-2
6. Latvia2-3
Group F
1. USA5-0
2. Croatia3-2
3. Lithuania3-2
4. Serbia3-2
5. Canada2-3
6. Egypt1-4
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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  EUROLEAGUE - Women  


Becky Hammon set to join Spartak MR - by Eurobasket News
Spartak Moscow Region have ensured the services of Becky Hammon (168-G-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.). The US-Russian guard will join the team in the next season. Last season Becky Hammon started in Orenburg. The guard averaged 10.7 points, 3.7 assists, 2.0 boards and 1.7 steals per game for Nadezhda in Euroleague. In Russian League Becky Hammon tallied 12.7 points, 5.1 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals per appearance. Becky Hammon played for Russia at 2010 World Championship. She posted 11.1, 2.6 boards, 1.5 assists and 1.4 steals per game in Czech Republic. Hammon is currently playing for the San Antonio Silver Stars in the WNBA. Her stats read 17.3 points, 6.7 assists, 2.7 boards and 1.4 steals. Becky Hammon was named WNBA Guard of the Year in 2009.


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  GERMANY - Women  


ChemCats Team complete - by Juliane Hoehne
The ChemCats Chemnitz sign Dutch player Kelly Brugman (185-F/C-89). The 6'1 Forward played the last three seasons for the TV Saarlouis Royals, where she was able to compete not only in the highest league in Germany, but also internationally in the EuroCup. Last season Brugmann had 6.3ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.4apg in the DBBL, while scoring 50,9% from the field, and 36,8% behind the arc. In EuroCup, Brugmann tailed 4.8ppg, 2.6rpg along with 1.3apg. Besides experience, Brugmann also brings height to the team of Head Coach Raoul Scheidhauer .
After the signing of Brugmann, the roster of the ChemCats Chemnitz is complete. They will start with the following roster in the new season, which will start on Sept 24th/25th in Chemnitz with the Season Opening: Kelly Brugman, Gina Gross (167-G-90), Jana Heinrich (188-F/C-86, college: San Diego St.), Melissa Jeltema (175-G-88, college: Oakland), Mary Mihalyi (162-G-94), Sidney Parsons (168-G-88, college: Bridgeport), Nevena Saponjic (186-C-85), Judith Schmidt (186-F/C-92), Christina Schnorr (187-F-92), Samantha Whitcomb (178-G, college: Washington).




Osnabrueck lands Cannon and Pace - by Juliane Hoehne
After the signing of Margaret Dwyer (185-G, college: Missouri St.), the club announced now the signing of the two Americans Emma Cannon (188-F) and Angela Pace (178-G-87, college: Robert Morris).
Cannon will play her first professional season with the panthers after graduating from Central Florida. In her senior season, Cannon led her team to the Ten Sunshine State Conference regular season and tournement championship averaging a double-double with 15.7ppg and 12.1rpg along with 1.5spg and 1.2bpg.
Pace comes from last years rival BBV Leipzig, who was demoted after the end of the season. Pace was 2nd in steals (2.6spg), and 3rd in assists (3.7apg) in the league. She also had 13.3ppg and impressive 6.0rpg as 5'10 point guard.
Osnabrck also has been working on the signing of domestic players, which was successful with the signing of Melina Knopp (170-G-94), and negotiations are proceeding with Janina Wellers (180-F-88), who might join the panthers as well.


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Danielle Robinson signed with Ramat Chen - by Gil Goshen


The starter point guard from Oklahoma
who was drefated 6th 2011 by Indiana signed with Maccabbi Ramat Chen
in Israel.She is the first player to sign with this team.
2009-2010: Oklahoma (NCAA): 38 games: 16.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.3apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 13.3%, FT: 87.7%
2010-2011: Oklahoma (NCAA, starting five): 35 games: 18.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 5.1apg, 2.5spg, FGP: 45.8%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT: 87.9%.
Coach Shiki Falach will continue with the team for the 2011-12 season.
Danielle Robinson (175-G-89, college: Oklahoma)


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  JAPAN - Women  


Turkey U20 edged Japan U20 in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U20-Japan U20 95:89

Turkey U20 edged Japan U20 in Istanbul in a friendly game. The European side grabbed 95:89 to prepare better for the U20 European Championship to start on July 7th in Serbia.
Turkey started with 28-21 and had 6-point advantage after the teams disappeared in the lockers. It happened after Japan won the second period 24-23. In the third quarter Turkey looked better and achieved 11-points deficit winning the third frame 26-21. Japan replied with 23-18 in the last quarter to reduce the gap.
Ozge Yavas (174-G-91) stepped up with 19 points for the winners and Gamze Takmaz (184-F-91) netted 18. Esra Ural (198-C-91) collected 14 points and 16 rebounds in a win, while Pinar Demirok (180-F-91) posted 9. Mio Shinozaki ended up with 18 points in defeat and Minami Ijyu notched 14. Azusa Sato nailed 10, while Nao Sonoda scored 9.

Turkey U20: Ozge Yavas 19, Gamze Takmaz 18, Esra Ural 14+16 rebs, Pinar Demirok 9
Japan U20: Mio Shinozaki 18, Minami Ijyu 14, Azusa Sato 10, Nao Sonoda 9




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  POLAND - Women  


Marta Jujka will play for Energa Torun - by Eurobasket News
Marta Jujka (192-C-88) has decided to change team. The 22-year-old centre has agreed on terms of contract with Energa Torun. Last season Marta Jujka played for Lotos Gdynia. She tallied 8.0 points, 4.2 boards, 1.1 steals and 1.0 assist per game in PLKK. In Euroleague the centre posted 5.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals per appearance.


Anna Pietrzak joins Lider Pruszkow - by Eurobasket News
Lider Pruszkow brought in talented point guard into their backcourt. The team has agreed on terms of contract with Anna Pietrzak (167-PG-87). The 23-year-old guard played for CCC Polkowice since 2006. Last season her stats read 4.4 points, 1.3 assists and 1.2 rebounds per game in PLKK. Anna Pietrzak is the member of Polish National Team. She participated at 2011 EuroBasket. Anna Pietrzak notched 1.5 points and 0.8 assists per game at the tournament. The guard also played for Polish U18, U20 and University National Teams. She travelled to Belrgade back in 2009 to take part at World University Games. Anna Pietrzak participated at PLKK All-Star Game in 2010.


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Becky Hammon set to join Spartak MR - by Eurobasket News
Spartak Moscow Region have ensured the services of Becky Hammon (168-G-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.). The US-Russian guard will join the team in the next season. Last season Becky Hammon started in Orenburg. The guard averaged 10.7 points, 3.7 assists, 2.0 boards and 1.7 steals per game for Nadezhda in Euroleague. In Russian League Becky Hammon tallied 12.7 points, 5.1 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals per appearance. Becky Hammon played for Russia at 2010 World Championship. She posted 11.1, 2.6 boards, 1.5 assists and 1.4 steals per game in Czech Republic. Hammon is currently playing for the San Antonio Silver Stars in the WNBA. Her stats read 17.3 points, 6.7 assists, 2.7 boards and 1.4 steals. Becky Hammon was named WNBA Guard of the Year in 2009.


Anna Ostrouhova moves to Spartak SP - by Eurobasket News
Spartak Saint Peterburg landed Anna Ostrouhova (172-G-90) on loan from UMMC. Last season the 21-year-old guard averaged 0.7 points per game in Euroleague. In Russian League Anna Ostrouhova notched 1.2 points per appearance. Last year Anna Ostrouhova participated at U20 European Championship. She tallied 9.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.9 steals per game in Latvia.


Besiktas lands Ilona Korstin - by Eurobasket News
Ilona Korstin (183-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) is a new member of Besiktas. The Russian NT member heads to Besiktas from Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region, where she spent last two years. She had 6.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 1.4 apg for 17 Euroleague games last season. Korstin also added 6.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 1.1 apg for 25 games in Russia. Korstin won the Euroleague title with Spartak in 2010. Before that, she spent two years with CSKA Moscow and one with CKSA Samara. Korstin won another Eurolegaue title in 2005 with VBM-SGAU Samara and she also has three championship titles in Russia. Ilona Korstin is active member of the Russian NT since 2001. She paced them to Gold medal at the EuroBasket in Poland few days ago. For 9 games Kortsin registered 6.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 1.6 apg.

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  SERBIA - Women  


Milica Cvetanovic signed for Atomeromu - by Dragana Vukovic
After a very good season in Szolnoki NKK,Milica Cvetanovic (195-C-86) decided to stay in Hungary but in other team.She had a lot of offers from Hungarian teams but she decided to sign one year deal with team Atomeromu-Szekszard.Milica Cvetanovic averaged 13.6 points,6.6 rebounds and 0.8 assists during 28.7 minutes in the last season.Milica will be a great reinforcement under the basket for the young team of Atomeromu-Szekszard.

Serbian U20 team for European championship - by Dragana Vukovic
Coach Milkan Mrdja cut last two names,Milica Spikic (174-G/F-91) and Katarina Milenkovic (182-G/F-91) from the U20 National team.

Snezana Colic (176-G-92) of Radivoj Korac,Serbia
Kaja Stankovic (173-G-92) ofRadivoj Korac,Serbia
Marina Markovic (181-G/F-91) of Hemofarm,Serbia
Milana Zivadinovic (173-G-91) of Vojvodina,Serbia
Jelena Prvulovic (177-G-91) of Celarevo,Serbia
Dijana Stancic (182-G/F-93) of Radivoj Korac,Serbia
Nikolina Nikolic (178-G-91) of Vozdovac,Serbia
Maja Vucurovic (188-F-91) of Vigo,Spain
Tina Jovanovic (192-F/C-91) of Radivoj Korac,Serbia
Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) of Sopron,Hungary
Tijana Ajdukovic (197-C-91) of Hemofarm,Serbia
Ivana Grbic (175-G/F-91) of Stara Pazova,Serbia

Head Coach: Milkan Mrdja of Celarevo,Serbia
Assistant Coach: Bogdan Bulj j of Hemofarm,Serbia
2nd Assistant Coach: Damir Karan of Proleter,Serbia
Physical preparation: Ivan Zaric
Physiotherapist: Stojan Subasic
Team Manager: Jelena Popovic of Serbian Federation,Serbia


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Slovenia edge Czech Republic in Pivka - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia U18 - Czech Republic U18 76:73

Slovenian U18 National Team celebrated the victory at the international friendly tournament in Pivka. They held off Czech Republic counterparts. Nina Gabrovsek (168-G-94) came up with 20 points to lead the effort. The teams got to a flying start. They combined for 44 points in the opening frame to stay levelled at 22 after ten minutes. Slovenia adjusted defensively in the second period. The hosts limited Czech Republic to 10 points in the frame and posted a 35:32 halftime lead. Slovenia cleared off in the third quarter. The home team fired 24 points to build a 12-point lead with one period remaining. Czech Republic exploded with 26 points in the fourth stanza and almost erased the deficit. Slovenia needed to show character to hang on for the victory. Rebeka Abramovic (170-G-93) stepped up with 14 points for Slovenia. Maja Bosnjak (186-F-95) contributed 12 points in the win. Slovenia U18 will take on their U19 counterparts tonight.



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  SWEDEN - Women  


Lulea Basket inks Alexandra Ferm - by Eurobasket News
Alexandra Ferm (175-G-86) is a new member of Lulea Basket. The Swedish guard penned a one-year deal with her new club. Ferm arrives to Lulea from IK Eos, where she spent last three years. She appeared 22 tiems in Damligan last season averaging 18 points, 6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.6 steal. She ended as the fifth best scorer of the competition. IK Eos failed to reach the next stage. Ferm also shined for IK Eos in 2009/10. She had 15.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 1.6 apg for 22 games at that time. Beofre Eos, Alexandra Ferm spent two years with Jamtland. She had 11 ppg and 2.3 rpg in their second season together (2006/07). Lulea Basket was the runner-up last season in Sweden.

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  TURKEY - Women  


Turkey U20 edged Japan U20 in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U20-Japan U20 95:89

Turkey U20 edged Japan U20 in Istanbul in a friendly game. The European side grabbed 95:89 to prepare better for the U20 European Championship to start on July 7th in Serbia.
Turkey started with 28-21 and had 6-point advantage after the teams disappeared in the lockers. It happened after Japan won the second period 24-23. In the third quarter Turkey looked better and achieved 11-points deficit winning the third frame 26-21. Japan replied with 23-18 in the last quarter to reduce the gap.
Ozge Yavas (174-G-91) stepped up with 19 points for the winners and Gamze Takmaz (184-F-91) netted 18. Esra Ural (198-C-91) collected 14 points and 16 rebounds in a win, while Pinar Demirok (180-F-91) posted 9. Mio Shinozaki ended up with 18 points in defeat and Minami Ijyu notched 14. Azusa Sato nailed 10, while Nao Sonoda scored 9.

Turkey U20: Ozge Yavas 19, Gamze Takmaz 18, Esra Ural 14+16 rebs, Pinar Demirok 9
Japan U20: Mio Shinozaki 18, Minami Ijyu 14, Azusa Sato 10, Nao Sonoda 9




Besiktas lands Ilona Korstin - by Eurobasket News
Ilona Korstin (183-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) is a new member of Besiktas. The Russian NT member heads to Besiktas from Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region, where she spent last two years. She had 6.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 1.4 apg for 17 Euroleague games last season. Korstin also added 6.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 1.1 apg for 25 games in Russia. Korstin won the Euroleague title with Spartak in 2010. Before that, she spent two years with CSKA Moscow and one with CKSA Samara. Korstin won another Eurolegaue title in 2005 with VBM-SGAU Samara and she also has three championship titles in Russia. Ilona Korstin is active member of the Russian NT since 2001. She paced them to Gold medal at the EuroBasket in Poland few days ago. For 9 games Kortsin registered 6.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 1.6 apg.

Optimum TED adds Matee Ajavon - by Eurobasket News
Optimum TED Ankara Kolejliler is very active these days. The Turkish outfit landed another player to its roster for the 2011/12 season and it is Matee Ajavon (173-G-86, college: Rutgers). The American guard currently plays for the WNBA team Washington Mystics. She appeared 8 times so far this season averaging 15.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 3.6 apg. Matee Ajavon is not a new face in Turkey, where she spent last three years. From 2008 to 2010, Ajavon was a member of Fenerbahce Ulker. She won two TBBL titles with them. Last season, Ajavon had 17.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.2 apg and 2.2 spg for 13 games with Istanbul Universitesi SK. She was named Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL Honorable Mention -11. In 2010, Eurobasket awarded Ajavon with All-Turkish TBBL Guard of the Year -10.

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  WNBA - Women  


Optimum TED adds Matee Ajavon - by Eurobasket News
Optimum TED Ankara Kolejliler is very active these days. The Turkish outfit landed another player to its roster for the 2011/12 season and it is Matee Ajavon (173-G-86, college: Rutgers). The American guard currently plays for the WNBA team Washington Mystics. She appeared 8 times so far this season averaging 15.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 3.6 apg. Matee Ajavon is not a new face in Turkey, where she spent last three years. From 2008 to 2010, Ajavon was a member of Fenerbahce Ulker. She won two TBBL titles with them. Last season, Ajavon had 17.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.2 apg and 2.2 spg for 13 games with Istanbul Universitesi SK. She was named Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL Honorable Mention -11. In 2010, Eurobasket awarded Ajavon with All-Turkish TBBL Guard of the Year -10.

Liberty sign Felicia Chester, waive Jessica Breland - by Eurobasket News
The New York Liberty have signed forward Felicia Chester (6'3''-F-88, college: De Paul) and waived guard Jessica Breland (6'3''-F-88, college: N.Carolina), it was announced today by Head Coach and General Manager John Whisenant.

Chester was the 15th overall selection in the 2011 WNBA Draft by the Minnesota Lynx and immediately traded to the Atlanta Dream on draft day. She spent training camp with the Dream before being waived.

Chester, a 6-3 forward from DePaul finished her college career averaging 8.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.1 assists over 132 games. The St. Louis, MO native was given All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention for the 2010-11 season.

Breland, a 6-3 guard, was selected 14th in the 2011 WNBA draft by Minnesota and acquired by the Liberty in a draft day trade for No. 22 pick Angel Robinson from Marquette, along with the Liberty's 2012 second round pick. She appeared in nine games for the Liberty, averaging 7.7 minutes per game.

Chester's first game with the Liberty will be in San Antonio in a rematch against the Silver Stars after the Liberty's 81-75 win at the Prudential Center on Friday night. The Liberty will return to Newark on Sunday to take on the Chicago Sky at 4:00pm.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Tina Charles, Swin Cash take WNBA honors - by Eurobasket News
Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) of the Connecticut Sun and Swin Cash (6'2''-F-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Connecticut) of the Seattle Storm - both formerly of that college in Storrs - were named the WNBA's Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week.

Charles ranked first in the league in rebounds (16.5) while leading the Sun to a 2-0 record. This is Charles's third Player of the Week award in her two seasons, and the second time she has won the honor this season.

On June 28, Charles scored 22 points and tied her career-high with 23 rebounds in a 79-76 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks, the second 20-point, 20-rebound game of her career.

Additionally, Charles had 16 second-half rebounds in the game, tying the WNBA record for rebounds in one half.

On Friday, in a 75-70 home victory over Seattle, she recorded 20 points and 10 rebounds for her sixth consecutive double-double of the year, tying the longest stretch of double-doubles in her career.

Charles is averaging 19.8 points, 10.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks.

For the week, Cash led the Storm to a 1-1 record -- all road games -- and finished first in the Western Conference in scoring (22.0 ppg) and fourth in rebounds (8.0 rpg).

In a 75-70 loss to Connecticut on July 1, Cash scored a season-high 25 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and shot a perfect 12-for-12 on free throws. Two days later, she posted 19 points, seven rebounds and two assists in a 73-63 victory over Washington.

This is Cash's fifth Player of the Week award in her career, and marks the first time she has won the honor this season.

For the week, Cash led the Storm to a 1-1 record -and finished first in the Western Conference in scoring (22.0) and fourth in rebounds (8.0).

In the loss to Connecticut, Cash scored a season-high 25 points, grabbed nine rebounds and was 12-for-12 at the free throw line. On Sunday, she had 19 points, seven rebounds and two assists in a 73-63 victory over Washington.

This is Cash's fifth Player of the Week award in her career, and marks the first time she has won the honor this season.

Courtesy of http://blogs.courant.com