EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/12/2011

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  ACPBL   


Buffalo Warriors added to ACPBL - by Gianni Pascucci
The Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League (ACPBL) is pleased to announce that it has added the Buffalo Warriors for the upcoming 2011-2012 ACPBL season.
The Buffalo Warriors have appointed former Buffalo Stampede professional basketball player Terrence Dill as the teams Co-General Manager. Terrence Dill is a basketball legend back in his native land of Bermuda. Franklin Jackson (G), another well known basketball player on the Buffalo, NY scene will serve as the other Co-General Manager for the Warriors. Dill is a talented basketball player with strong business and basketball connections in both Bermuda and the United States, stated ACPBL commissioner James R. Schutz . Combined with regional/local player knowledge of Franklin Jackson, this could turn out to be a playoff bound team in just their first season on the pro basketball circuit,
For more information on the Buffalo Warriors visit www.eteamz.com/buffalowarriors




Former NY Knicks Coach will coach ACPBL Manhattan Pride - by Gianni Pascucci
The Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League (ACPBL) is pleased to announce that it has added the Manhattan Pride for the upcoming 2011-2012 ACPBL season.
The Manhattan Pride have appointed former New York Knicks (NBA) assistant coach Cliff Morgan as the teams first ever head coach. Cliff Morgan served as a NBA assistant coach for the New York Knicks under coach Don Chaney, hall of fame coach Lenny Wilkins, general manager Scott Layden and another NBA hall of fame guy in Isiah Thomas.
The Manhattan Pride have named William Modeste the teams first ever General Manager. William Modeste is a former NCAA basketball star at NYU-POLY and the current varsity mens head basketball coach at Brooklyn Friends School.
With the NBA lock out looming, I think this may be one of many NBA coaches who start to trickle into the ACPBL, stated ACPBL commissioner James R. Schutz . Watch out for the Manhattan Pride, Cliff Morgan and William Modeste have the experience to MAKE IT HAPPEN!
For more information on the Manhattan Pride please visit www.acpbl.com , the Manhattan Pride team website is currently under construction and will be made available next week.


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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Count-down to Madagascar 2011 Afrobasket - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Group-B in focus: Angola, Tchad, Morocco, Senegal

In continuation of the count-down to the 26th edition of the FIBA Africa Championship for Men, Madagascar 2011 Afrobasket, a look at group-B which is made up of perennial champion, Angola, Tchad, Morocco and Senegal.

The defending champion Angola is clearly the top favourite in the group and championship having won ten out of the last eleven editions of the championship between 1989 and 1999, Angola has made a name for itself on the Africa continent and are feared by other countries in Africa.

The FIBA Africa Zone-6 power-house is ranked top in Africa and 13th in the world, the only country that can be considered a strong opponent in the group as the rest of the world await the jump-ball on August 17 in Antananarivo is Senegal who has won the African title five times.

Analyst beleive that only Senegal like its Zone-3 counterpart, Nigeria are the two countries in Africa that can give the Palacas Negras a run for the money, preparation and determination in Africa and with avalanche of talent at its disposal Senegal is set to fight for the continent sole ticket to the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Morocco one-time winner of the African Cup of Nations is not outsider as they are capable of springing surprises when ocassion demans having played themselves into the Top-10 ranking in Africa while the last team in the group is Tchad who will bank on mother-luck to make a presence in Madagascar.

Latest FIBA World Ranking
Angola 13
Senegal 35
Morocco 51
Tchad Not ranked

Group-B First Round Games

August 18, 2011
Angola Vs Chad
Morocco Vs Senegal

August 20, 2011
Angola Vs Senegal
Chad Vs Morocco

August, 22, 2011
Morocco Vs Angola
Senegal Vs Chad




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  ALGERIA   


Coach Whalen and Coach Fitzpatrick working with Algeria's Federation of Basketball - by Greg
The Algerian Federation of basketball has hired coaches Sean Whalen and Patrick Fitzpatrick. The American staff will be based in Algiers to work with the National teams and develop basketball programs. The Senior men's team is due in Turkey for a tournament against pro clubs there, after that a trip to South Africa and concluding the road trip in Mozambique for the African games.
Coach Whalen's background includes being a student of coaching legend Morgan Wooten (DeMatha High school), Sean was recognized as the Virginia State 'Coach of the Year' after he led the Potomac School to a state championship. His history as a player includes a national NCAA record in statistical defense.
Coach Whalen talks about the sport as a global interest and the rise of Algerian basketball, 'The global appeal of basketball has always intrigued me. In my opinion it is ultimate combination of individual talents and team cooperation. This opportunity to be a part of a national team that building its team with young and hungry talent would a great opportunity for any coach. One common denominator I have recognized amongst coaches is their passion to give back to the game they love and in simplest terms that is why I am here. I also want to recognize the national federation of basketball (FABB) in Algeria for the hard work they are putting forth and the individuals within that organization for sacrificing their time and energy to bring the sport of basketball to forefront in Algeria.'
Also in the news from Algiers this week, guard Mounir Benzegala reportedly signed with a club in Constantine to play for the 2011-2012 season. After evading the political situation in Libya last year he is pleased to have found a new squad to compete with.
Stay tuned for Algerian basketball updates as the African games approach


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  ANGOLA   


Basketball Male Team Finish Preparation - by Eurobasket News
Luanda Angola male basketball team leave Friday China heading to Madagascar, where they will participate on August 17-28, in the African championship of the modality, Afrobasket2011.

During two months of preparation, the team sought to find the best physical and sports condition, meant to win the competition, and consequently guarantee the presence at the London2012 Olympic games.

In 11 control games, held between Portugal and China, the team led by the French Michel Gomez won five, with highlight to conquest of the 7th edition of the Borislav Stankovic Cup, held in China.

Meanwhile, Angolan is playing in the group J of the mentioned African championship with Chad, debut game, Senegal, Morocco,
Courtesy of: Angola Press


National Basketball Team Ready to Win African Championship - by Eurobasket News
Luanda The coach of the national team of basketball, Michel Gomez, said Tuesday in China, Angola is prepared to win the African Basketball Championship (Afrobasket/2011) set for August 17-28 in Madagascar.

Michel Gomez who was assessing the result of the preparation programme, said the team was in China 'to work rather than to win.'

He was commenting on the two tournaments played in the Asian nation, having won one and coming fourth in the other.

The coach added that the players were very ambitious and won 50 percent of the encounters and won a tournament.

'We will continue to work in order for our athletes to maintain the same strength of game until the start of Afrobasket,' said the French coach tasked with keeping Angola's winning trend that has accumulated 10 trophies out of 11 editions.

For two months, the Angolan team sought to get the best fitness, aiming at winning the Afrobasket2011 and thus secure participation in the Olympic Games of London.
Courtesy of: Angola Press


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  AUSTRALIA   


Wildcats complete 2011/12 squad, sign Greg Hire - by Eurobasket News
The Perth Wildcats have rewarded West Australian basketball product Greg Hire (201-F-87, college: Augusta St.) for his incredible hard work, commitment and dedication to improving himself on and off the court by signing him as the final player for the squad that will take part in the 2011/12 iiNet NBL Championship season.

The 23-year-old forward now joins Damian Martin, Brad Robbins, Kevin Lisch, Drew Williamson, Cam Tovey, Shawn Redhage, Jesse Wagstaff, Matt Knight and Jeremiah Trueman as the Wildcats' 10-man squad for the upcoming campaign.

Hire grew up in Perth dreaming of one day playing for the Wildcats looking up to the likes of Andrew Vlahov and Scott Fisher, and he returned at the start of last season following a strong college career with Augusta State University and impressed everyone as a development player.

He took the floor in 13 games as well throughout the season and there's no doubt that his fitness, mobility, strength, shooting and all-round game has grown in leaps and bounds over the last 12 months of him being in the Wildcats' system.

That has led into him averaging 21.4 and 16.8 points per game this season in the SBL with the Wanneroo Wolves, and his continued dedication to his game and body meant that he soon became the obvious choice as the final signing for the 2011/12 squad.

While for some players saying that their dream has come true is just an expression, for Hire signing with the Wildcats as a full squad member without question fits that bill.

'There is that clich of dreams coming true, but for me it really is to now be officially with my local basketball team. Just by being part of it and around the guys day in and day out, it's something special,' Hire said.

'The organisation is second to none and then already the friendships I've developed over the last year is something I highly cherish. To now be actually rewarded with the last spot definitely it is a dream come true for me.

'I remember first going to Wildcats games with my old man to the Entertainment Centre and then getting into the standing room section at Challenge. The Wildcats have always been a boyhood of mine to play with and idolising people like Vlahov, Fisher and all those types of guys who have played similar positions to me.'

Wildcats coach Rob Beveridge was instantly impressed by the work ethic and dedication of Hire once he joined the team as a development player at the start of last season. In fact, Beveridge thought so much of Hire that he awarded him the Coaches Award for the 2010/11 season.

However, at almost 24, Hire was in a tenuous position too old to remain a development player but with the way he approached his hard work the decision soon became an obvious one for Beveridge.

'It was a very tough decision to not take a Tom Jervis or an Everard Bartlett in that final spot because they can play in the league, there's no doubt about that. What differentiated the three was the hard work and dedication that Greg has put in,' Beveridge said.

'As a coach, you always feel a lot more comfortable with a player that is totally devoted to everything you are about. After the decision was made, I felt really good about it and all of his teammates are going to feel great about it as well.

'He is a competitor and his natural position is as a power forward, however, he has worked so hard over the past 12 months on his perimeter game that he will be a four/three man with an ability to play both. He is just so physically strong, has a nose for the ball and he will surprise a lot of people.

'There's no doubt that he will come on with a lot of energy and he will take his moments, there's no doubt about that. He's a very good leader, a great guy to be in the locker room with and is zero maintenance. All of those things that he brings to the club are just amazing.'

For Beveridge, everything that Hire offers is exactly what the Wildcats were after with the final player signing for the upcoming season. He couldnt have been more impressed with how much he has improved in all areas over the past 12 months.

'Everything that we are about at the Wildcats is hard work, commitment, making sacrifices and things like that. When Greg came into the program 12 months ago, he didnt have a great body, was a bit pudgy but he did have a great attitude. We gave him things to work on and he did every single one of them to the enth degree. That was the type of person we were looking at,' he said.

'That has since being reflected in the SBL where's he one of the most dominant players even though he's only 6'6. People say we need a bigger player, but what we need is somebody that is a competitor and a hard worker. You know every time you come up against him that you are in a battle. He has shown in the SBL just how far he has developed.'

Beveridge is also glad that the opportunity presented to sign a West Australian player to show that there is a pathway for those growing up in the state to end up playing with the Wildcats.

'There is a lot of talent here in WA and over the last few years a lot of the WA people have had to take opportunities elsewhere,' Beveridge said.

'Hopefully in the future we'll be able to get them back here, but this does show the younger guys here that there is a pathway for them. We want to give them that opportunity. We do have the talent, it's just a matter of opportunities and Greg has grabbed his with both hands.'

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


Jerai Grant joins Sydney Kings - by Eurobasket News
Jerai Grant (203-F/C-89) is set to start his professional basketball career. The American PF/C signed a one-year deal with the Sydney Kings. They will compete in Australian NBL next season. Jerai Grant graduated at the Clemson University few months ago. He appeared 34 times for his school as a senior averaging 12.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks. Grant was named All-ACC Honorable Mention -11. Clemson reach ACC Tournament Semifinals and Grant was also awarded with ACC All-Defensive Team -11. Jerai Grant had 7.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 1.7 bpg for his school as a junior. He drastically improved last year, what helped him to get a pro deal in Australia. Sydney Kings finished last season as No.9 in NBL.

Big V:Gators lose in semi - by Eurobasket News
SEMI-FINAL matches in the Big V basketball competition got underway on Saturday as Altona travelled to Warrnambool for the first leg of its finals series.


The result did not go as planned for the Gators womens division one team who went down to Warrnambool by 10 points.


The upset is a shakeup as to how the finals were meant to play out. Altona finished the regular season on top of the ladder and Warrnambool only just scraped into the fourth spot.


They now find themselves one game down in a best-of-three series.


The regular season seemed to matter little though when the match got under way with nothing able to split the teams for the first half.


The Gators took a one-point lead into the main break and many would have expected them to run away with the game from there.


However, Warrnambool played some outstanding basketball in the third term to restrict Altona to just eight points and grab a matchingwinning lead.


The final score was 73-63.


Stacey Barr was outstanding for the Gators scoring 39 points in a dominating performance.


Despite the loss, Altona are still in the box seat to progress to the grand final with backtoback home matches against Warrnambool this week.
Courtesy of: http://www.starnewsgroup.com.au


Big V:Cecil Exum Joins Diamond Valley - by Eurobasket News
University of North Carolina Championship player and NBL legend, Cecil Exum has joined the Diamond Valley Eagles Junior Championship Program. In what is a major coup for the Eagles, Exum will be a fantastic addition to the program that boasts National, State, SEABL and Senior coaches that all work within the junior program.



In a constant effort to value add to their Junior Program, Technical Director Of Coaching Alan McAughtry describes the signing as a major part of the Junior Programs contingency plan to develop the Diamond Valley Eagles both now and in the years ahead



Cecils playing record is exceptionally good, however his ability to work with young players both as a mentor and a coach is of a very high standard. He has a track record that includes, Junior Nationals, developed State players and also helped develop programs at Werribee and Keilor that have been successful



Having Cecil in the program will not only be great for the players, but also for the young coaches we have coming through the system at both domestic and representative levels. Cecil will work primarily with the U/12 and 14 Boys and Girls Eagles program as well as the domestic programs to bring fresh, ideas and a continual development that should provide the members of the DVBA with a very good fundamental grounding for the future



On behalf of the entire DVBA organization, we would like to welcome Cecil and his family to Diamond Valley, it is a very exciting time for the club.
Courtesy of: bigv.com.au


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  BELGIUM   


Former Belgian NT players Marc Deheneffe and Daniel Goethals talk about the Lions' campaigns of 1993 and 2011 - by Bert Larsimont

For the first time after 18 years, the Belgian Lions will participate in a FIBA European Championship Final Round to be held in Lithuania from August 31st to September 18th, 2011. Eurobasket.com interviewed two former Belgian Lions who did take part in the 1993 European Championship which was held in Germany. Former Belgian NT's forward Marc Deheneffe, who will be the official consultant for BeTV (a Belgian private TV broadcaster) at the next EuroBasket 2011, as well as former Belgian Lions' center Daniel Goethals, now owning a sport events company (see www.bigdan12.com) and coaching the women's team of BC Dexia Namur Capitale involved in FIBA Eurocup, accepted to answer a few questions about the Belgian Lions of 1993 compared with the ones of 2011.

Here is this exclusive interview:

Bert Larsimont - Eurobasket.com (EB): According to you, Marc and Daniel, what are the strengths (especially) and weaknesses (perhaps) of the Belgian Lions right now?

Marc Deheneffe (M.D.): As far as the strengths are concerned, they have had the chance to do a qualifying round campaign with a lot of supporters to push them where they are now. They have become aware of what they can achieve and now serve the team. The confirmation that Faison and Mbenga can play together for the team is also a plus. All players involved (in the preparation campaign) are motivated and we do not face difficulties to have or not the best players. Actually, following the example of the staff led by Casteels and Stas, everybody does his best in order to go as far as possible.
One weakness? Let us hope that the preparation campaign will be complete enough to allow the Lions to reach the second round at the next EuroBasket 2011.

Daniel Goethals (D.G.): Assets: experienced players who are playing a bit everywhere in Europe and who are currently in their best years (age 25 to 32)!
Weaknesses: the lack of knowledge and point of reference in the FIBA European Championship, after so many years without having taken part in a final round!

EB: Had the preparation campaign in Orlando brought something positive for the Belgian Lions in 1993?

M.D.: Orlando in 1993 had not only been a unique moment for the Lions (scrimmage game against Shaquille ONeal and his NBA pals) but also one opportunity to train far from home during two weeks and learn to know each other on and off the court. Basketball plays and reflexes were efficient and we had a staff under the management of Leon Wandel who had boosted and given some pride to the players as they deserved it. Moreover, Jack Ramsay perfectly completed the staff by giving us his excellent tips, a big plus for all the players.

D.G.: A lot of cohesion and, above all, the possibility to improve physical condition and tactics! But does such a camp necessarily have to take place that far to be successful?
Thanks to Didier Mbenga's contacts, I think it is a matter of opportunity! But a camp in Spain or elsewhere can also offer this kind of thing...
For the players, it is always interesting to see the facilities and resources available in the United States.

EB: Both of you know the international basketball scene very well. What had the Belgian NT been missing for so many years (18) in order to reach the most prestigious European basketball tournament?

M.D.: As a matter of fact, our league (the Ethias league) has become a competition in which very few Belgian players have had an opportunity to express themselves since the Bosman judgement. In 1993, the top players of the Division I mainly made up the national team which meant therefore that all players met very often and knew each other. Furthermore, Maes Pils Mechelen was then involved in the Euroleague and played the best European teams. That is important for the players. Despite the fact that some current players have an important role in some European clubs, they do not have the opportunity to play much at home. Meanwhile, the Spanish example with some local players being present in the clubs is positive and we should undoubtedly get inspired by this.

D.G.: According to me, the organization and a staff with full powers are the first things! Leon Wandel proved it in the past and Jacques Ledure does it now...
I do not think that the players available between 1994 and 2009 were necessarily not as good as the ones of today, but they were not well supported and the national team was not a priority for the federation!
My opinion is that for both main selections (womens and mens alike), we need to create cells only dedicated to these teams.




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  BOSNIA   


Celik keep coach Ivica Maric - by Eurobasket News
Zenica agreed a one-year contract extension with their Head Coach Ivica Maric. The Croatian specialist took over the team in November and helped them to survive in Bosnian top division. It was their main goal last season. Before Celik, Ivica Maric worked as a Head Coach of Zrinjevac Zagreb and Siroki II Eronet. He also worked as Assistant Coach of the Croatian U18 National Team. Maric played for Celik in the past. He also has experience from Croatia, Poland, France and Italy as a player.
Celik will try to keep captain Haris Jahic (190-G-81). He will most probably stay with the club. Adem Pezer (209-C-86) is under the contract and he will also play for Celik next season. The team wanted to re-sign Ivan Milenkovic (200-G/F-88), but they didn't make it. The Croatian player went to Darda. The team will start preparations for the next season on August 20.


Siroki signs point guard Jakov Vladovic - by Eurobasket News
Jakov Vladovic (186-G-83) is a new member of the reigning Bosnian champion Siroki. He signed a one-year deal with his new club. Vladovic spent last season in Zadar. He appeared 19 times in Adriatic league averaging 11.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists. Vladovic also added 10.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 4 apg for 7 games in EuroChallenge. In Croatian league Vladovic collected 4.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 1.5 apg. Season 2009/10, Jakov Vladovic spent in Russia. He was a member of Lokomotiv Kuban. For 23 games in Russian league Vladovic had 5.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg and 1.8 apg. His numbers in EuroChallenge were slightly higher. In the past, he played for Zagreb and Zadar. Vladovic will replace Vedran Morovic, who signed in Ukraine.

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  BOTSWANA   


UB Relics to host All-Star showdown - by Thomas Fink

NELSON DIRENG
Correspondent

Two star-studded teams, selected by fans and coaches are set to clash in a basketball tournament aptly termed All-Star Weekend scheduled for August 19-20.

University of Botswana side, Relics has organised the tournament to take place at the UB courts. Fans chose their team, Fans' Favourite through a Facebook page titled Clubs' Player of the Year 2011.

The other team, the Coaches' Choice comprised players handpicked by coaches and team managers based on performances in the first round of the nation league that ended last month.

Relics chairperson Thandi Tumelo said the event would be the first of its kind locally. She expects a large turnout of spectators, as two teams consisting of select players from 13 male league clubs will be competing. The All Star showdown takes place on August 20 as the main attraction, while a curtain raiser, expected to be a game among interested spectators, would be played on August 19.

Tumelo said the purpose of the tournament is to showcase basketball to the UB community. She said Relics found it necessary to promote basketball as most league games are played at the UB courts.

She said Relics also want to provide some entertainment for UB students who have limited recreational activities within the campus. She however said the competition is not limited to UB students but to anyone interested.

'Participation is free but those who are lucky stand a chance of walking away with P1,000 or more from the various competitions that will be held,' she said.

Some of the competitions include ankle breakers, shootouts and street-ball. Tumelo said they have decided to incorporate hip-hop music to the show as basketball and hip-hop have a strong history.

She said the other purpose of the festival is to keep BBA league players active and fit during the mid-season break. Meanwhile, Relics have partnered with the Youth Against AIDS, Clubs Entertainment Basketball and Beemark Sports Gear to sponsor the event.

Tumelo said in future they would like some sponsors to jump on board as the event offers a platform to reach out to the youth.

Teams
Fans Favourite:
Mbaki Pitso, Michael Banda, Mothusi Phokoje (Troopers), Peter Bashe, Keletso Makgethe, James Kalebwe (Police), Tony Akpata (NIIT), Thuto Shai (Dolphins), Chinouya Chinouya, Brian Mwansa (Flames), Peter Ubakar (Spartans), Israel Mphato (BDF).

Coaches Choice:
Robert 'Bendo' Mosalakatane, Clive Phiri (Spartans), Mmoloki Segaetsho, Veil Mchunu (Flames), Ratanang Tsayang (Troopers), Churchill Burrows (Dolphins), Junior Kaiser (Bullets), Oscar Gobusamang (Police), Ketlwaelo Rahube (Drillers), Mpho Seretse (Splinters), David Adom (Cadets) and Collen Semele (Eagles).



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  BRAZIL   


Lajeado sign Fernando Reis and Andre Luiz - by Paulo Freire
The team from the south of Brazil, Univates/Bira Lajeado is trying to rebuild their team. The new moves are the addition of point guard Fernando Reis (186-G-81) and center Andre Liuz de Oliveira (205-F/C-84) to their roster.

Last week the team got the confirmation that they lost their NBB franchise because they didnt play two seasons in a roll. Therefore, the managers of the team will have to get their way back to the NBB thru the Brazil Cup Tournament.

Regarding to the new players, Fernando Reis is a well kwoning player on the club, since that will be his second passage on the team. Big man Andre Luiz is coming from Rio Claro, and will need to find his spot as the team already have Manuil that came from Cabo Frio team.




Rio Claro add forward Bruno Ferreira - by Paulo Freire
The Rio Claro basketball team just sign a new player, the small forward Bruno Ferreira (203-F-89), is back on the country after some years playing college basketball in USA.

Bruno was in a three day try-out on the team and today sign his contract. He has been part of the Brazil NT U-16, U-18 and U-19, Bruno also has expirience in the Spain basketball, in the 2007-2008 season he played for Gran Canaria in Spain.

His last club in Brazil was Araraquara.


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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


BD Basketball on recruitment and training drive! - by David Edole

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI Whilst not quite the Your Country Needs You campaign from years ago, the BD Basketball Committee has identified a need to keep the game developing and ensure it becomes more competitive hence they are holding a summer camp until Friday August 19, 2011 at the Multi Purpose Sports Complex.

As well as making sure the organisation keeps the game fresh in the mind of the youths ahead of the BD Basketball School Leagues, there is a push to make sure that future representative players have been brought up in a more competitive environment.

There is no doubting that intention after recent results of the senior national team at the CBCs and the U17s at the Centro Baskets. How better to address some of the problems than by utilizing Jason Edwin (197-G/F-81, college: Kent St.) as one of the coaches. He was, after all, a gold medal winner with his USVI team mates at the CBCs.

During the camp, he is being assisted by Renee Phipps, a corner stone of the BD Basketballers and also a member of the Legs team that is looking to secure a domestic championship this season.

According to Carol Ann Simmons, The camp is to lay an early foundation so we could be more competitive. We also have to try to keep the game alive and in order to do that we have to keep recruiting and training the children.


A common goal shared by the BD Basketball Group and also the Federation is to increase participation in the game amongst girls.

So far, it has been a struggle to get the girls out to play with the boys, but as Simmons commented, we have a girls programme we want to bring on stream. So we are looking for girls along with the boys

There is a huge interest hidden away in the territory as displayed when the Orlando Magic coaches were down here recently. How successful the BD Basketballers are at tapping into that interest and enabling it to grow will depend on the continued hard work of the coaches like Edwin and Phipps as well the hard working committee including Brian Bash Brewley, Sharlene Hill and many others.

In terms of making Basketball more competitive throughout the Territory, Simmons believes it is a domino effect and once the BD leagues improve, so will the senior leagues and the National Teams.
The cost of the camp is 40.00 per child.




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  CANADA   


Cajasol brings in scorer Carl English - by Eurobasket News
Cajasol Banca Civica announced signing of Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) for the next season. The Canadian scorer heads to his new club from Joventut Badalona, where he spent 2010/11. He joined Joventut last summer averaging 15.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists for 17 games in ACB. He missed second part of the season due to injury. Before Joventut, Carl English spent one year with Caja Laboral. He helped them win ACB title with 9.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 1 apg for 38 games. English also added 8.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 1.1 apg for games in Euroleague. From 2007 to 2009, Carl English played for Gran Canaria. In the past, he was a member of Zadar and VidiVici Bologna. English graduated at the University of Hawaii in 2003.

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  CHILE   


First weekend of Copa Chile Basketball Finals - by Rodrigo Hunrichse
On the Copa Chile Basketball 2011, two of the most powerful (and wealthy) teams reached the Finals. After the hiatus for the World Championship (Under-19 Women in Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas), the first Playoffs weekend was played in Los Andes.

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

Pair 24
Game 1: Friday, Aug 6 20:00 Liceo Mixto Los Andes 89-72 Boston College Santiago
Game 2: Saturday, Aug 7 19:00 Liceo Mixto Los Andes 75-69 Boston College Santiago

First game:
Partials 16-15; 20-16 (36-31); 25-22 (61-53)& 28-19 (89-72).
Top scorers:
Liceo Mixto Los Andes: Franco Morales (179-G-92) 27, Patricio Briones (213-C-72, college: Dade CC) 23.
Boston College Santiago: Eduardo Sepulveda (186-G-86) 19, Jose Luis Campos (189-G-80) 16.

Second game:
Partials 15-17; 27-15 (42-32); 18-15 (60-47)& 15-22 (75-69).
Liceo Mixto Los Andes: Franco Franco Morales 28, Patrick Saez (191-G/F-71) 18.
Boston College Santiago: Jose Luis Campos 15, Jorge Valencia (206-C-77) 13.

Liceo Mixto Los Andes (my favorite pick) seized the home advantage series beating Boston College Santiago twice. Some people consider the latter a Cinderella team. Last quarter for Boston College Santiago proved to be too much in first game, not enough on the second.

The 'future leader' Franco Morales is the present one: led his team in scoring, played Liga de las Americas in Ecuador last January, and also led and championed Espanol in Campioni del Domani at the same time. First semester Copa Chile has him about to champion as well, and is just 19!

The remaining games of the Finals:
Saturday, Aug 13 20:00 Boston College Santiago vs Liceo Mixto Los Andes
Sunday*, Aug 14 18:00 Boston College Santiago vs Liceo Mixto Los Andes
Saturday*, Aug 20 20:00 Liceo Mixto Los Andes vs Boston College Santiago
*If necessary.

Those games are available delayed on CDO Premium, and free midnights on telecanal.

By Rod 'Alley'Gator' Hunrichse, 20110807.



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  CHINA   


Julius Hodge erupted with a triple-double in his debut for Jiangsu - by Eurobasket News
Hodge Julius (201-G-83, college: N.Carolina St.) erupted with a triple-double in his debut for Jiangsu as his team won over Ningxia Hanas 111:94. The game was mostly controlled by Jiangsu. Ningxia Hanas managed to win fourth quarter 30-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Jiangsu forced 20 Ningxia Hanas turnovers and outrebounded them 49-38 including 20 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Ningxia Hanas' players. Hodge Julius fired a triple-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners.
In 2008-2009 Hodge Julius signed with New Jersey Nets (NBA), only pre-season, in Nov.'08 moved to Adelaide 36ers (Australia-NBL) and in 9 games had high 26.3ppg, 8.0rpg, 6.0apg, 1.7spg, 1.1bpg, left in Jan.'09 due to financial reason, later that month signed at Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProA, starting five) and in 14 games averaged 12.4ppg, 5.7rpg, Assists-5 (6.1apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 50.0%.
In November 2009 signed at Melbourne Tigers (Australia-NBL, starting five) and became the fifth top-scorer with 17.5ppg, 5.3rpg, Assists-1 (5.9apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 49.3%, FT: 58.9%. In May 2010 signed at Trotamundos de Carabobo (Venezuela-LPB) and in 4 games showed 13.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 7.0apg, 1.7spg, 2PT: 58.0%, 3PT: 0%, FT: 69.0%. Later played for Guangzhou Free Man (China-NBL, starting five) and averaged massive 29.3ppg, 9.8rpg, 7.1apg, 3.1spg, FGP: 60.7%, FT: 67.5%.




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  CROATIA   


Siroki signs point guard Jakov Vladovic - by Eurobasket News
Jakov Vladovic (186-G-83) is a new member of the reigning Bosnian champion Siroki. He signed a one-year deal with his new club. Vladovic spent last season in Zadar. He appeared 19 times in Adriatic league averaging 11.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists. Vladovic also added 10.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 4 apg for 7 games in EuroChallenge. In Croatian league Vladovic collected 4.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 1.5 apg. Season 2009/10, Jakov Vladovic spent in Russia. He was a member of Lokomotiv Kuban. For 23 games in Russian league Vladovic had 5.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg and 1.8 apg. His numbers in EuroChallenge were slightly higher. In the past, he played for Zagreb and Zadar. Vladovic will replace Vedran Morovic, who signed in Ukraine.

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  CYPRUS   


New signing for Proteas Danoi AEL - by Michael Aristidou

Proteas Danoi AEL signed today their third American for the forthcoming season. American Alex Stepheson (205-F-87) is the new signing and now the team is almost finished with their roster. The player was in USC (NCAA) last year having 9,8 ppg and 9,2rpg. One place is emty for the team and that is a EU player in 4-5 position. Proteas Danoi AEL is looking to finish the squad in order to have preparation as soon as possible


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  EBA   


Pro Exposure Camp a Big Success - by EBA Media
Twenty-six (26) players from areas as far away as South Jersey, Ohio, Maryland, Washington DC, and the immediate Tri-State area, converged at the beautiful Multi Sport Training Facility in Westbury NY called FST (Fundamental Sports Training) for Scenic Sport Group LLCs first Pro Basketball Exposure Camp!

And the results are in! Success! A Big Success!!!!!

In addition to drills and skills evaluations players who attended participated in 3 full court officiated scrimmages with certified EBA officials explaining rules differences to aspiring pro players and differences to those who may never have played under pro rules before! EBA Coaches Allen Pickett from the Hudson Valley Hype and Greg Cerillo Sr. from the NY Wizards coached players to pro expectations insuring that all players in attendance received their best opportunity to shine and show their capabilities! These were real players! No YouTube sensations! No self-promoting players listing themselves as a pro because they had their own web site! These were legit pro players!

I though it was a great event, the level of professionalism was at a high quality, from how Coach Cerillo conducted the NBA style of drills to his introducing the attendees to everyone involved with the camp. I especially thought his pre and post camp talks regarding what it takes to get to the next level in their careers was very thought provoking and inspirational. I thought the actual nuts and bolts of the camp the in game scrimmages was very competitive with a high degree of basketball being played, something that coaches from any professional league once viewing the film of the camp would be very impressed, there were definitely players there who would represent any league be it the EBA or any professional league overseas very well.

I had a blast being a part of the initial pro-exposure camp given by Scenic Sports Group in conjunction with Coach Greg Cerillo and The EBA.
Martin Braxton
EBA Staff Referee

My Son Keith said that the competition was what he expected. He had a great brief stay there and is looking forward to coming back soon. All he talked about yesterday was the tryouts. I'll stay on him and keep pushing him to do his best.
Keith Curry Sr. - Ohio

What will be most valuable here to any player looking to play professionally is the game footage, 3 hours of it, showing their ability to play against this level of competition. The more tape one has playing against high levels of competition the easier it is to be evaluated to play at the next level
Terence Blake
Scenic Sports Group LLC

I was pleased, very, very pleased with the turnout. Some talented players turned out for this event and even with them all in the gym, the level of play from the experienced EBA players who showed up just stood out. I think these EBA players in attendance showed exactly what it takes to play at this level, and certainly some of the aspiring players there rose to this challenge!!! I personally will sign at least two players from this camp and have recommended a 3rd to some of our Southern Conference Teams because the player lives in the Washington DC area. In addition the 2 agents present seemed to find a vast array of new talent to add to their client pools. The EBA players who stood out during the camp in my mind and to the agents and coaches in attendance were: Beniot Bekono, Darrell Wonge, Aubin Scott, Darren Townes, and Tim Cass!
Coach Greg Cerillo Sr.
EBA - New York Wizards

I think the camp was a success. Some of the players in attendance may never get an opportunity like this again! To be able to play with players all at a pro level, with pro officials, and pro coaching is a game type opportunity that does not come up everyday.
Allen Pickett
EBA Hudson Valley Hype

All players in attendance will receive access to the 8/6/11 Pro Exposure Camp game day taped scrimmages provided by Scenic Sports Group LLC and Gamble Sports Management, and certainly fans can expect to see some of these players in EBA and other professional uniforms for this upcoming season!

I just wanted to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to Greg Cerillo and the NY Wizards for the recent Pro Exposure Camp that was held on Saturday August 6th in Merrick NY. One of my recent graduates was invited to attend and got the opportunity to not only play against upper echelon talent and competition, but meet Professional Coaches, Agents and Scouts from various overseas markets. Incredible opportunity and showcase for all. Thanks.
Anthony M. Calabrese
Head Men's Basketball Coach
Berkeley College

Players receiving an 'A' rating at this camp ('A' meaning ready immediately for professional play) are as follows:

Benoit Bekono -U. Cal 67
Nigel Byam - St. Francis 68
Darren Townes - Hofstra 67
Darrell Wonge Winston Salem 67
Aubin Scott - LIU 61
James Smith Marist 7
Joshua Inadagbo St. Pauls 6'6'
Keith Curry 61

Contact Information on these players may be obtained by E-Mail: betterball@optonline.net


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Estonia beats Czechs in friendly - by Janar
Estonian NT proved again that they are too good to play in Eurobasket division B as they beat Czech Republic firmly 92:76 (48:32). Czechs never led the game. Gregor Arbet (194-F/G-83) made three baskets in a row to take the hosts ahead 8:2 with 3 minutes played. Three-pointers by Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-G-89) and Gert Dorbek (194-G-85) had Estonians going - 18:7 and the 1st quarter ended 22:12 after Lubos Barton dropped a long range shot. In 2nd, the hosts made 11:2 run in less than three minutes and led 33:15. With 4 minutes played, it was 39:19, already. First half ended 48:32. In 3rd quarter, the game became even less entertaining. The hosts made a 17:0 in the middle of the quarter and led 69:35 in 25th minute. Three minutes later the gap was 37 points. The last quarter belonged to the guests who won it 29:11 but they could not prevent Estonian team from a convincing victory.
Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) paced the winners with 22 points. Janar Talts (205-C-83) added 15+9rbs, Gert Dorbek 13 and Joosep Toome (202-F-85) 10 points. All 13 players scored at least a point for the hosts. Pavel Houska led the Czechs with 12 points.
The teams meet again on Friday.


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ESL announces 2011 New City All Tournament Team - by Darryl Reshaw
Basketball Coaches, GM's and Agents,
The ESL acts as a scouting service for professional teams on an international basis.
Many European, South American, Asian, NBDL and other international coaches contact us regarding the top ESL players.
Our information regarding the ESL All tournament teams is in-depth and accurate.
Over 430 former ESL players are currently playing professional basketball due to talent level of the ESL and our strict registration criteria getting into the summer league.
In addition our scouting information is intended to give coaches player evaluation information based off of our experience in the international basketball market and to assist the ESL players and their agents in the placement process.
For additional information regarding the ESL players or contact information of their agents please contact marketing@eurobasket.com

ESL 2011 New York City All-Tournament Teams:

CO-MVP: Robert Mitchell (198-F-86)
Robert is a smooth creative big guard that can play the small forward position but is a natural two guard.
He is a crafty creative player that can slash to the basket off the dribble or shoot the pull up jumper.
His outside shooting ability is nice from the 3 point range but he also has a nice mid-range game.
He plays great defense and he is a great scorer with a high basketball IQ.
He has averaged 16ppg in the Big East and can play at a high level in Europe immediately.

CO-MVP: Jazzwyn Cowan (205-F/C-83, college: Hampton)
Jazwyn is a very athletic power forward at 69 and 235lbs that can play the 5 position in smaller leagues.
He is an excellent perimeter player for a big man who has small forward type of skills.
He can shoot the outside jumper and guard 3 positions on the floor quite easily.
He runs the floor like a deer and plays over the rim.
Jazzwyn has excellent footwork around the basket and has a nice inside and outside game.
He will be a star in leagues like Germany (BBL) or Belgium in Europe.
He has an excellent resume dominating in South American and one year in the BBL in the United Kingdom.
However he deserves a higher quality situation in Europe.

ESL 2011 New York City All Tournament 1st Team:

Chad Tomko (180-G-89, agency: ARN Sports and Entertainment, college: NC-Wilmington)
Chad is a super quick scoring PG that is very creative off the dribble resulting in scoring opportunities for his self or teammates.
He is a pure shooter that excels in running the pick and roll usually torching defenders who go under the screener
Chad is a quality passer that can lead a team effectively.
His ball handling skills are terrific and exciting to watch as he will get by the defense using speed, quickness and skills.
These deadly shooter and scorer averaged 17ppg at North Carolina- Wilmington in the 2010-11 season while shooting 37% from the 3pt line.
He can play anywhere in Europe and will be a star because he is an athletic PG with a deadly jump shot.
Chad is perfect for Italy A2, Germany, Belgium or an quality team in Europe looking for a high quality scoring PG.

Jared Cunningham (206-F-89, college: Cumberlands):
The 2010-11 NAIA All American that came to the ESL New York event and displayed his high skill level.
He is a legitimate 69 & 225lbs forward who is a tough competitor with a deadly outside shooting stroke.
He is an excellent scorer out of the triple threat position and is a craft passer as well.
His mid range jump shot is high quality and he has a nice understanding of the game.
He is a solid defender and rebounder as well as a decent athlete.
Jared will be an excellent power forward who has wing skills for entry level teams throughout Europe.

Raymond Wright (206-C-85, college: Ark.-Monticello):
Raymond had an excellent ESL New York City event and maybe was the best inside big man in the event.
Raymond was an early entry in the NBA \Draft in 2008 but withdrew his name.
He is a natural power forward who can play the 5 spot due to his size.
For a big guy he is highly skilled with a great shooting range between 12-15 feet.
He has great foot work and post moves around the basket and finishes like a professional.
He runs the floor extremely well and he is solid defensive player and rebounder.
This kid is a steal for entry level teams in Europe, he will easily average 18ppg and 9rpg in leagues like Switzerland and Pro B France.

Raason Young (198-F, college: Montana St. - Billin):
Raason is a big guard with crazy speed and energy who was super impressive in New York City.
Defensively he can guard the 1-3 positions effectively as he has great quickness and footwork.
He is a nice offensive player that has a quality jump shot from deep.
He is super athletic and will dunk on defenders while slashing or in transition.
This kid could be a big time player in Europe playing in his natural big guard position.
In college he was played out of position because he went to a small school and was very athletic.
He reminds me of a Spreewell type of player with his speed, energy, defense and outside shooting ability.

Brian Addison (205-F-87, college: Buffalo):
Brian was the leading scorer in the ESL 2011 New York City event as he was impossible to defend.
He averaged 28ppg and 10 rebounds per game in the 3 day event.
Big guys could not stay in front of him due to his speed and quickness.
He was deadly from the mid range and he had a sweet turn around jumper.
He can create off the dribble and he is a big time athlete. He operated out of the triple threat position like a quality pro.
Brian runs the floor like a deer on every possession and can handle the ball in the open court.
He has wing player skills and was the best player that we have seen at the ESL that had no resume in college.
This kid has the talent to play high level Europe and teams need to give him an immediate opportunity.
He is the best kept secret of the ESL this summer and has the talent to play in Italy A2 now.

Kareem Brown (187-G-88, college: Gannon):
Kareem is a big time scorer and 3 point shooter who averaged 21ppg during the ESL event.
He can really shoot the basketball and he is strong and athletic.
He can shoot coming off screens or create off the dribble.
He has quality dribbling skills and is a good defensive player.
Kareem is perfect for teams in the entry level market in Europe looking for a scoring guard.

Travis George (F):
Travis is a big time raw athlete that plays above the rim and plays very aggressive.
He is an extremely hard worker on both ends of the court and fights for every single rebound.
Travis is a highlight dunk reel waiting to happen but runs the floor like a deer.
He has upside potential as an offensive player that is still being developed.
Travis can play the 4 or 5 position and will get you a double double by being on the court.
This big time athlete will be good for entry to medium level leagues around Europe and will do well.

Brandon Givens (198-F, college: Jones County CC):
Brandon is a gifted big time athlete that can play the 2 or 3 position.
He was one of the top juco prospects in the nation last season.
Brandon has a high quality inside and outside game that features his athleticism and skills.
He can shoot, drive and finish over anyone.
In NYC his was unstoppable as he dominated opponents.
Brandon has the potential to play the highest level of basketball in Europe but will need to get experience in a smaller league to begin his career.

ESL 2011 New York City All Tournament 2nd Team:

John Williams (193-F-86, agency: ARN Sports and Entertainment, college: NC-Asheville):
John had an outstanding ESL New York City event.
He is one of the most explosive athletes you will see on a basketball court.
He had some tremendous dunks that thrilled the crowd at Saint Peters College.
John is a wing player that has a decent outside shooting touch.
He also plays hard on defense and is a quality rebounder.

Dijuan Harris (175-G-86, agency: ARN Sports and Entertainment, college: Charlotte):
Mr Harris is a crafty quick PG that is an excellent passer.
He is a pass first PG who is always looking for his teammates.
DiJuan has an excellent jump shot and excels in the pick and roll.
He is also a pesky defender and has European experience.
He is a great prospect for European teams looking for a quality PG.

Mike Davis (211-F/C-86, college: Seton Hall):
Mike had an outstanding ESL Tournament helping his team reach the championship game.
He is a nice size big man 611 and 255lbs with extremely long arms which helps offensively and defensively.
He has some nice moves in the low post and is tricky to defend because he is left handed.
Mike is a quality shot blocker and rebounder.
He will play in Europe somewhere and has a lot of upside potential.

A.J. Mastin (191-G-83, college: So.Poly State)
A.J is a nice two guard who can create his deadly pull up jump shot.
In the semifinal game he hit timely dagger shots when his team needed him the most.
He played like Mr Big Shot.
AJ can shoot the 3pt shot at will and he can create or use screen to get scoring opportunities.
He will be a nice addition as a shooting guard for the right team overseas.
He is also a good athlete with excellent defensive skills.

Nicholas King (201-F/G-82, college: St.Augustine):
Nick is a big time athlete that competes on both ends of the floor.
He is a big wing player that runs the floor, plays defensive and can score.
He has a nice jump shot and he can slash to the basket.
Nick is also a quality rebounder with a nice all around game.
He would be great for leagues like Sweden and Switzerland.

Kevin Francis (203-F-84, college: Vincennes Univ.):
Kevin looked like a professional at the ESL New York City event.
His understanding of the game was at a higher level that the majority of players at the ESL event in NYC.
His shot selection and decision making skills were perfect.
He has nice size and shooting skills and is a small forward- power forward.
Kevin can play either forward position and does a little bit of everything well.
He is good defensively and can score inside or outside.
He can play in a lot of markets around Europe.

Micah Brand (210-C-80, college: Massachusetts):
Micah is a very smart player with great quality size.
He really knows how to play the game and is an exceptional passer.
Micah has nice post moves, skills and a quality shooting touch around the basket.
He has professional experience South America, Lebanon and Korea.
Teams looking for a veteran inside player that knows the game with size and skills should sign this player immediately.

Charles Gamble (193-G/F-87, college: Barton, NC):
Charles game is a slashing with power.
He is 64 & 235lbs built like a linebacker
He can get to the basket against anyone and create contact or fouls like a pro.
He is very athletic and has a very strong body.
Charles had a terrific ESL New York event and is a natural scorer with the right mentality.
He is a quality rebounder and defensive player.
Charles is a quality prospect for entry level teams overseas.

Ethan Kennedy (201-G/F-87, college: Felician):
Ethan has a nice mid range shooting stroke and understands the game.
He can score inside or outside and is a quality rebounder.
His main strength is his face-up game from the perimeter.
He is a decent athlete with nice size and has good fundamentals.
Ethan is a player and already has pro experience in Australia.
Entry level teams in Europe looking for combo forward are a perfect fit.

Yima Chia-Kur (196-F-86, college: Arkansas St.):
Yima was solid in the 2011 ESL New York event.
Last year Yima played better at the ESL as he was the MVP of the 2010 event and landed a job in Portugal.
This year he hit a big shot on the buzzer that lifted his team to the Championship.
He is a quality outside shooter who can slash and is very athletic.
He has pro experience overseas and is looking for another opportunity.

Norman Carter (196-F, college: Winston Salem)r:
Norman had a quality ESL New York City event as he averaged 15ppg and 6rpg.
He is a good athlete who can definitely score and rebound.
He runs the floor well and is a versatile all around player.
Norman flew under the radar a little at the ESL New York City event because he does a lot of things well.
He is the type of player you just put on the court like Antwain Jamison and you look at the stats later and the guy had 17 points and 9 rebounds.




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Quimper UJAP adds Williams to their roster - by Eurobasket Center
Quimper UJAP (ProB) added to their roster 24-year old American forward Jeremy Williams (200-F-87, college: UTEP). Williams played most recently at University of Colorado (NCAA) in the U.S. He helped his team to make it to the conference finals last two years in a row. It will be his first year in professional basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Maxime Zianveni is back to Hyeres-Toulon - by Eurobasket News
Maxime Zianveni (198-F-79) is back to Hyeres-Toulon for the 2011/2012 season. In 2008-2009 he appeared first for Seastar Apoel Nicosia (Cyprus-Division A), but in January 2009 moved to Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (France-ProA, starting five). In 17 games that season he averaged 10.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 63.4%, 3PT: 24.3%, FT: 63.9%. In 2009-2010 signed at ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (France-ProA, starting five) and in EuroChallenge after 12 games showed 9.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 60.6%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 63.3%. In French League his stats read 6.9ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 3.7%, FT: 72.9%. The season 2010-2011 played for STB Le Havre (France-ProA) and in 9 games before the injury had 4.1ppg, 4.0rpg.
Over the last 5 years Maxime Zianveni participated at the French ProA All-Stars Game -06, 07 and became French ProA Finalist -05, 06, 07. He reached French La Semaine des AS Cup Semifinals -06, 07, was French ProA Regular Season Runner-Up -06, Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 2nd Team -06 and Eurobasket.com French ProA. He made it to the All-Domestic Players Team -06, 07, became French ProA Regular Season Champion -07 and reached FIBA EuroCup Semifinals -08, Cyprus League Semifinals -08. In 2009 he was a member of the Central African National Team.




Olympique Antibes sign Jeff Allen - by Eurobasket Center
Olympique Antibes (ProB) signed 24-year old American forward Jeff Allen (200-F-87). Allen played most recently at Virginia Tech (NCAA) in the U.S. It will be his first year in professional basketball. While playing 34 games for Virginia Tech last season his stats were: 13.4ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg. Allen was selected at the end of season to All-ACC 2nd Team. He is quite familiar with France as he played here with USA Nike team, which won International Tournament in Douai in 2006.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Denain ASC Voltaire sign Nate Rohnert - by Eurobasket Center
Denain ASC Voltaire (ProB) signed 24-year old American guard Nate Rohnert (196-G-87, college: Denver). Rohnert played most recently at Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (Holland). While playing 11 games for Landstede last season his stats were: 15.8ppg, 8.3rpg, 5.5apg and 1.3spg. He had a very successful college career. In last two seasons (08-09, 09-10) was selected to All-Sun Belt 1st Team. It will be his second pro season in Europe.


By Eurobasket Data Center



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FYR Macedonian National Team 2011 - by Karol
FYR Macedonian National Team 2011
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Gjorgi Cekovski
Cekovski
Zlatko Gocevski
Gocevski
Todor Gechevski
Gechevski
Predrag Samardziski
Samardziski
Darko Sokolov
Sokolov
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Gjorgi Cekovski 203-F/C-79 MZT Skopje FYR Macedonia
Zlatko Gocevski 206-C-82 MZT Skopje FYR Macedonia
Todor Gechevski 209-C-77 PAOK Greece
Predrag Samardziski 214-C-86 Lietuvos Rytas Lithuania
Darko Sokolov 190-PG-86 Feni Indistrija FYR Macedonia
Dimitar Mirakovski 179-PG-81 Rabotnicki FYR Macedonia
Marko Simonovski 192-PG-89 Rabotnicki FYR Macedonia
Riste Stefanov 198-G-81 MZT Skopje FYR Macedonia
Damjan Stojanovski 197-F-87 Lukoil Academik Bulgaria
Vojdan Stojanovski 194-G-87 Cherkasy Ukraine
Pero Antic 210-F-82 Spartak SP Russia
Lester McCalebb 183-G-85 Montepaschi Italy
Kiril Nikolovski 210-C-88 Feni Indistrija FYR Macedonia
Ivica Dimcevski 192-G-89 Torus Skopje FYR Macedonia
Vlado Ilievski 189-PG-80 Anadolu Efes Turkey

Marin Dokuzovski Head Coach Rabotnicki FYR Macedonia


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Giorgi Shermadini is back to Panathinaikos - by Eurobasket News
Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) is back to Panathinaikos Athens where he played a year ago. After being loaned to Union Olimpija Ljubljana, the Georgian player is back to Greece.
In November 2008 he signed at Panathinaikos Athens (Greece-A1). In 2009-2010 his Euroleague stats read 4.5ppg, 2.2rpg, while in Greek League after 19 games he averaged 5.1ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 68.2%, FT: 73.3%. The season 2010-2011 started for Panathinaikos Athens (Greece-A1), then was loaned to Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia-Telemach League, starting five). In Slovenian League he showed 8.4ppg, 4.5rpg, FGP-1 (68.5%), FT: 76.4%, while in Euroleague after 16 games had 7.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP-3 (71.4%), FT: 84.8%. In Adriatic League after 24 games his stats read 6.7ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP-2 (72.1%), FT: 63.8%.
Before coming to Greece in 2005-2006 he debuted with Maccabi Tbilisi (Highest League, starting five). In 20 Games he erupted with 28.5 ppg, 14.7 rpg, 2.8 apg, 3.0 bpg, 1.2 spg. Moreover in 2006-2007 for Maccabi Tbilisi (Highest League, starting five) he improved to massive 35.8 ppg, 16.4 rpg, 4.7 apg, 3.3 bpg, 2.5 spg. In his last year there Giorgi Shermadini became the top-scorer with 33.5ppg and the best Rebounder with 18.4rpg. Moreover his other stats read Assists-3 (4.8apg), 2.25spg, Blocks-1 (3.25bpg).




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Justin Eller moves from Leverkusen to Romania - by Daniel Poerschke
Justin Eller (203-C-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Sacramento St.) will move from german Pro B club Bayer Giants Leverkusen to the romanian 1st league team CSS Giurgiu for this upcoming season. Eller graduated from NCAA 1 Sacramento State in 2010 and enjoyed a nice rookie campaign averaging 17.7ppg and 7.5rpg in 23 games, leading Leverkusen to the first round of the play-offs
He will be coached by US head coach Theo Evans, who is also new in Giurgiu after taking last season off. Evans has worked in Romania from 2008-2010 before with Rovinari and was highly successfull there.


Harley Fuller To Play For BG Illertal - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Its not official yet, but word has leaked that Harley Fuller (185-G-88, college: Molloy) will make his debut in the German PRO B this season with BG Illertal. Fuller is a 22 year old 185cm point guard from Gloversville, New York. Last season, he played his rookie season as a professional for TuS Treis-Karden (Germany-Regionalliga): 16.3ppg, 6prg, Assists-1 (6apg), FGP: 56.0%, 3Pts: 40.0%. He played at three different colleges gaining experience at Cobleskill Junior College, Florida Intern. (NCAA): 23 games: 1.7ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 41.0%, 3Pts: 32.0% and in his senior year transfered to Molloy (NCAA2): 30 games: 8.9ppg, 6.6rpg, 6.0apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 41.4%, 3Pts: 28.8%, FT: 74.6%. Two fo his former coaches gave Fuller the total thumbs up and he delivered in the German regionaliga and will now attempt the next step in the German PRO B. 'Harley is a crafty point guard with the ability to create for teammates and score in a variety of different ways. He is an above average three point shooter and has a high basketball IQ. He really takes pride in getting others involved but also can score in bunches. He works very well off the of pick and roll and makes intelligent decision on the fast break. An excellent reounder and floor general who has strong knowledge of the game and how to run a winning team. He's a proven winner', stated Molloy College Men's Basketball Coach Charles Marquardt. ' Harley is a true point guard, He knows how to run a team without turning the ball over. He is a leader who comes from huge winning numbers. We are very fortunate to get him', expressed Florida International University Men's Basketball Coach Sergio Rouco. Awards/Achievements in his career have been HS: Player of the Year -03, MVP of the Las Vegas Prep Classic -03, All Mountain Valley, Conference Selection -04, 05, All Region 3 Selection -04, 05, 07, All Mountain Valley Conference Selection -06, 07, NJCAA Region 3 Chanmpion -07, Top 15 in NCAA Division 2 in Assists Per game -10, and Spalding BVRP Cup Winner -11 (MVP)

Jermareo Davidson makes Frankfurt move - by Moritz Korff
The Fraport Skyliners have added size to their frontcourt by signing Jermareo Davidson (208-F-84, college: Alabama). The 26-year-old agreed on a one year-deal with the Frankfurt team. Davidson was selected (2nd round, 36th) by the Golden State Warriors in the 2007 NBA Draft, but traded to Charlotte right away. He played a total of 50 games in the NBA through the years and also spent some time in the D-League, suiting up for Sioux Falls Skyforce and Idaho Stampede. During the 2010-11 season he averaged 15.3 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per contest for Idaho and was named USbasket.com All-D-League Honorable Mention. Prior to returning to the D-League he had a short stint at Krasnie Krily Samara of Russia. He played 7 PBL games (4.6ppg, 4rpg) as well as 4 games in the EuroCup (9.8ppg, 4.3rpg) for the Russian club until December 2010.

Bonn-Meckenheim lands D3 All-American David Golembiowski - by Moritz Korff
NCAA Division 3 All-American David Golembiowski (200-F) has agreed to terms with 1. Regionalliga West newcomer BG Bonn-Meckenheim. 'Playing overseas has always been a dream of mine', he stated in an article on the website of the State University of New York. The native of Barneveld, NY completed his four year-career at SUNYIT in March and is the school's first student-athlete to ever continue his career as a professional basketball player.
Golembiowski is SUNYIT's all-time leader in points, rebounds, blocked shots and three pointers made. He won three consecutive North Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Year awards and was named to the D3hoops.com All-America Second Team after his senior season. He averaged 24.6 points, 11.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in his final year of college basketball.


The Fraport Skyliners Haul In Ex NBA Player Jermareo Davidson - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
For 5 weeks, nothing was happening on the Fraport Skyliners transfer market, but in the last 7days the club has brought in three players including a new one today with Jermareo Davidson (208-F-84, college: Alabama) giving him a oneyear contract. Davidson is a 27 year old 208cm power forward/center from Atlanta, Georgia. He played in the NBA and last season played for Krasnie Krilya Samara (Russia-PBL): Russian League: 7 games: 4.6ppg, 4.0rpg; EuroCup: 4 games: 9.8ppg, 4.3rpg, left in Dec.'10, same month moved to Idaho Stampede (D-League): 30 games: 15.3ppg, Reb-3 (10.1rpg), 1.5bpg, FGP: 52.2%, FT: 75.9%.'Davidson is a very athletic player that will help us. He will have a big rolein the team', stressed Fraport Skyliners head coach Muli Katzurin (agency: Avi Zilberman ).

Davidson started his basketball career with
Alabama (NCAA) in 2003 where he played until 2007. In his senior year, he played 30 games: 14.0ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.5apg, 2.3bpg, FGP: 40.7%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 77.5%.In the summer of 2007, he was drafted by the Golden State Warriors (NBA,2rd (36) and then traded to the Charlotte Hornets. In his rookie season, he played for the Charlotte Bobcats (NBA): 38 games: 3.2ppg, 1.6rpg, FGP: 40.8%, FT: 64.3%, in Jan.'08 was assigned to Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League): 6 games: 18.0ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.3spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 47.8%, FT: 73.3%, next month recalled to Charlotte Bobcats (NBA). In the 2008-2009season, he started with the Charlotte Bobcats (NBA), left in Oct.'08, then moved to Idaho Stampede (D-League): 15 games: 16.1ppg, Reb-5 (10.8ppg), 1.9apg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 51.9%, FT: 78.1%, in Jan.'09 signed two consecutive 10-day contracts at Golden State Warriors (NBA): 12 games: 3.4ppg, 2.8rpg. In 2009-22010, he started the season with the Golden State Warriors (NBA), only pre-season, then moved to Darussafaka C.Tires Istanbul (Turkey-TBL): 27 games: 15.9ppg, Reb-1 (10.7rpg), 1.0spg, Blocks-2 (1.3bpg), FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 62.8%. In the summer of 2010, he got additional experience playing for Caciques de Humacao (Puerto Rico-BSN): 2 games: 7.5ppg, 2.0rpg. 'Jermareo Davidson is a very athletic player that despite his size can move well. He expect him to be a dominating inside man in the Beko BBL especially with rebounds and blocks', expressed Skyliner sport director Kamil Novak. Awards/Achievements in his career have been SEC Western Division Runner-Up -04, 06, SEC All-Freshman Team -04, NCAA Elite Eight -04, USA U18 National Team -04, SEC Regular Season (Western Div.) Champion -05, SEC Tournament Semifinals -05, All-SEC 3rd Team -05, USBWA All-NCAA District IV Team -06, All-SEC 1st Team -06, NABC All-NCAA District 6 1st Team -07
NCAA D1 Naismith Trophy -07, All-SEC 2nd Team -07, Turkish League All-Star Game -10, Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Honorable Mention -10, and USBasket.com All-D-League Honorable Mention -11
. 'I am looking forward to this season and am happy to be a Fraport skyliner', stressed Jermareo Davidson.

Source: Fraport Skyliners


Gotha Rockets land NCAA D2 standout Chris Woods - by Moritz Korff
The Gotha Rockets (2. Bundesliga Pro B) have landed a coup, signing forward Chris Woods (195-F) for the 2011-12 season. The 22-year-old from Greensboro, North Carolina earned 2010-11 Daktronics NCAA Division 2 All-America First Team honors and was named NCAA D2 Player of the Year runner-up after an outstanding senior season at Pfeiffer University. He also dominated in the NABCs 2011 Reeses Division II College All-Star Game, tallying 19 points and ten boards. Woods, an undersized post player, ranked third in the NCAA Division 2 in scoring (24.3ppg) and 19th in rebounding (10.0rpg) during the 2010-11 campaign. He shot 59.6 % from the floor and 82% from the foul line. In 2009 Woods scored 22 points for the Falcons in an exhibition game against Duke.

Chris Woods Joins The Oettinger Rockets Gotha - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Oettinger Rockets Gotha announced the arrival of Chris Woods (195-F) today. Woods is a 22 year old 196cm forward that will be starting his professional basketball career in Germany this season.Woods played at Pfeiffer (NCAA2) from 2007-2011. In his senior year, he averaged 24ppg, 10,0rpg and shot 82% from the free throw line. Oettinger Rockets Gotha head coach Marko Simic is thrilled about getting a player of this nature. 'Any coach in the second Bundesliga would want a player like Chris Woods (195-F). We are very happy that he decided to join us. His stats from last season speak for its self. He has shown that his good stats came from hard work', stressed head coach Marko Simic .
Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been CVAC Tournament Semifinals -08, CVAC Regular Season Runner-Up -08, All-Conf.Carolinas 2nd Team -09
Conf.Carolinas Tournament Semifinals -10, Conf.Carolinas All-Tournament Team -10, All-Conf.Carolinas 1st Team -10, 11, Daktronics NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region 2nd Team -10, NABC Division II All-Southeast Region 1st Team -10, 11, All-Conf.Carolinas Player of the Year -11, Daktronics Division II All-America 1st Team -11, and NABC Division II All-Star Game -11 (MVP)


Source:Oettinger Rockets Gotha


Ingo Losche New Assistant Coach For SSV Lok Bernau - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
PRO B team SSV Lok Bernau have revealed that Ingo Losche will be the new assistant coach and help head coach Axel Ruber on the sidelines. Losche is 35 years old, hails from Bremen and last season worked as a coach for RSV Stahnsdorf and the Berlin Basketball federation. Losche has been active as a coach since 1992. Since then he has worked in the youth programs for the Karower Dachsen, Weddinger Wiesel, ALBA Berlin and RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf .Since 2007, he worked for the Berlin Basketball federation and also coached the Basketball Berlin South womans basketball team. Losche already has a nice impression of the new team. 'The players are very motivated which has surprised me abit considering the intensity of the practices', stated Ingo Losche.

Source: SSV Lok Bernau


Kevin Jolley (After Playing Against Rudy Gay, I Knew He Was Going To Be A Top NBA Pick) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Kevin Jolley (197-F-82, college: Quinnipiac) is a 29 year old 197cm forward from Cheverly, Maryland. He is a physical presence in the paint; has solid footwork and post moves; shoots for a high field goal percentage. Combination of strength and quickness allows him to compete against taller opponents. Good post defender; likes to battle for rebounds and interior points. Works hard on both ends of the floor. He played at Quinnipiac (NCAA) and in his senior year 2005-2006, he played 28 games: 8.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.3apg, FG: 56.5%, FT: 63.3%. In 2006-2007, He turned professional and played for SB DJK Rosenheim (Germany-Regionalliga, starting five): 11 games : 29.3ppg, 9rpg, 6.3apg, in Jan.'07 moved to CS Antonins (Lebanon-Div.1, starting five): 13 games : 27.3ppg, 14.8rpg, 2.7apg, FG: 47.5% 3FG: 23.5% FT: 73.3%, in March '07 signed at Al Ittihad Aleppo (Syria-D1, starting five): WABA Clubs Championship: 22.5ppg, 11.5rpg; Arab Clubs Championships: 2 games: 30 mpg, 26.0ppg, 9.5rpg, 3.5apg, 3.0spg 3PT: 55%, FGP: 62.5%. In 2007-2008, he played for Cv.Aliana Sangalhos (Portugal-Proliga, starting five): 10 games: 23.0ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 73.0%, Dec.07 moved to Champville (Lebanon-Div.A, starting five): 11 games: 15.2ppg, 10.4rpg, FG: 52.0%, 3pts: 10.0%, FT: 68.0%, released in March'08, the same month signed at Arena Amman (Jordan-Excellent League, starting five). In 2008-2009, he played for Sampaense/Tec.Coimbra (Portugal-Proliga, starting five): 15 games: 16.4ppg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 43.0%, FT: 76.0%, left team in Jan.'09. In 2009-2010, he played for Hottur (Iceland-D1, starting five), in Jan.'10 moved to Tanta (Egypt-Superleague, starting five), in Feb.'10 signed at BBC US Hiefenech Heffingen (Luxembourg-N2). Last season, he played for Angrabasket/Palmeiraspark (Portugal-Proliga, starting five): 25 games: 14.8ppg, 7.1rpg, 3.6apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 30.7%, FT: 67.5%. He has played in 8 countries and spoke to eurobasket about his future.

You are in States now waiting to get the call from a team. How frustrating is it waiting and working out not know what your basketball future has in store for you?

It's always frustrating to have to wait and not be sure where youre going to end up. All you can do is always be ready because you can get a call and have to leave in a week. I have faith in my friend Jordan Allodi of Solution Sports Management.

You are a very diligent and hard worker in your off season work. Your already up at 5 am hitting the weights. How does a normal Kevin Jolley (197-F-82, college: Quinnipiac) (197-F-82, college: Quinnipiac) workout day look like?


Well I like to get the my work outs done in the morning, So Ill get up at 5am go to the gym do my lifting and abs. Then later in the day Ill go to the gym and get some shoots up or play pickup games. Its hard to do more than that with guys working during the day. I think there is always room to improve on your game even if its just shooting free-throws

You have been working out in Waltham at the Boston Celtics training facility. Does it give you any extra motivation knowing that guys like Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce have been training there for years.

I have to think my boy Mike Chamblain for that (hes a pretty good PG to), hes the one that knows everybody that makes it possible. Its fun to work out there you just look and see the luxuries they have,its a blessing to be able to work out there. I saw Rondo one day pull off in a Mayback I was like Must Be NICE lol.

Your 29 years old. What things do you still need to work on on your basketball game?

29 LOL, that just made me feel like an old man. Like I said there is always room to improve, My shooting has gotten a lot better in the last year. I want it to be lights out like steve kerr, So thats one aspect I can get better in.

Your known as a very strong rebounder. What is another strength in your game that isnt always recognized by critics and fans?

Ive always been a good rebounder I read from Charles Barkley, rebounding is about heard and desire so I live by that. I think my passing is over looked this season I averaged 4ast a game from the power forward position. I love to pass it makes me happy to see my team score the ball. My shooting has improved I went from making 3 3point shots all last season to making 40 this year.

Last season, you played for Angrabasket/Palmeiraspark (Portugal-Proliga, starting five): 25 games: 14.8ppg, 7.1rpg, 3.6apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 30.7%, FT: 67.5%. What kind of experience was this for you and how competitive is the second league in Portugal?


Last season was a fun season; we ended up 15-7 but lost in the first round of the playoffs. We should have gone to the finals but sometimes the ball doesnt bounce the way you want. As far as the league, playing on the island you had the NBA feel, we had to fly to every away game so that was fun. You have your good and bad team just like every other league.

Who would win a one on one in practice you or Terence Mack and how did you beat him?

Hahaha now thats a question, we are to different players hes more around the basket and Im more outside/inside. If I had to put my money on somebody Im going to have to go with me lol. Terrence is a good player though, very strong and physical a hard match for a lot of people, we had a good thing together hes inside and Im outside.

You would play anywhere, but Germany would be a place where you would like to return to and play. You could most likely play in the Regionaliga, PRO B or PRO A. Why should a team be interested in your services.

I enjoyed Germany my first year out of college. I would love to come back and play like told you I would play anywhere. I bring a lot of energy ( Ive always been a fan favorite) to a team, leadership and a team player I do what it take for us to win. In the past I had to score a lot, this season I averaged my least amount of point but we won more and my assist went up because I had to be more of a play maker.

You have played in many places in the Middle east like Lebanon,Egypt, Palenstine or Jordan. Which of these places was the most fulfilling on and off the court?

The Middle East was a great time, If I had to pick one to be my favorite I would have to say LEBANON. Basketball is Lebanons first sport; you play in front of thousands some night. They make you feel as if you where an NBA player. The people are beyond nice they always made sure I had everything I needed. I will always have love in my heart for the Middle East.

You started your professional basketball career in Germany in 2006 with SB DJK Rosenheim (Germany-Regionalliga, starting five): 11 games : 29.3ppg, 9rpg, 6.3apg. You have stated that your time in Germany was so enjoyable. What did you like most about Germany?

My first year was wild, just going from never leaving the country then going to Germany going to Octoberfest and all the festivals. My teammates made me feel at home, I still talk to most of them today. I would want to go back and visit Rosenheim if I was to come back this season to see the guy.

Did you experience anything crazy at the famous German Octoberfest?

Yes, this guy drank too much beer and fell on his face. Broke his nose blood was everywhere I looked like WOW. Then seeing a million people in Munich blow my mind.

You played at Quinnipiac (NCAA) which is outside New Haven. You played against top NCAA basketball school UCONN each season. You played against NBA players like Rudy Gay, Hilton Armstrong, Ben Gordon , Josh Boone and many more. Which of these players left a mark on you the most in all the battles you had.

Rudy Gay. After playing against Rudy Gay, I KNEW he was going to be a top NBA pick. His game was so smooth.

You had 10 points and 10 rebounds in a game against UCONN: What do you remember from this game?

My memory was playing against 7footers man they had at least 4 of them. I played a 4/5 at my school, we here a small Division 1 so we didnt have many big guys.

Who was the best player that you ever played against at your position in the NCAA that might be in the NBA now?

Kevin Durant Is the best player Ive played against. I mean hes the MVP of the NBA enough said. We have a lot of talent to come out of the DMV ( DC, Maryland and northern Va)

What were the most free throws that you have made in a row in a practice or game?

This season we always ended shooting practice shooting 20 free throws.I made every last one, I got to the last one looked and Terrence with a big smile like yea Im about to make all 20 and BRICKED. So I have to say 19 is the most I made in a row.

What was the most crazy shot that you ever made in a practice of game?

When I played in Lebanon I made a buzzer beater from just in front of the opposite 3point line. The fans went crazy, I cant lie I did too I went and gave the kids high fives after.

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

Ron Artest I love him, Hes a guy that dont care what other people say or thing about him, thats how I try and live my life. Im all for it.

What NBA player do you think will be most successful in Europe this season?

Im not sure whos all going over to play so its hard to say. I dont think the teams are looking for the long run though, most of the guys are going to put Opts in the contracts so they can leave when the NBA starts.

Why is David Hawkins one of your favorite athletes?

David Super Dave Hawkins, We played travel ball together as teenagers. I always knew Dave would play In the NBA or High level in Europe. Hes always been a good dude and a good basketball player.

Do you think German Jurgen Klinsmann will be able to carry the American national soccer team to new heights?

Well Im not too sure about this question. Lets GO USA

What did you like better Hang Over or Hang Over 2?

I went to see both I think part one was better, Part 2 had too much to live up to so I thought it was a little disappointing.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


Hot Tub Time Machine

Thanks Kevin for the chat.


Germany surprise Serbia in Spor Toto World Cup opener - by Eurobasket News
Germany NT-Serbia NT 59:58

Germany surprise Serbia in Spor Toto World Cup opener in Izmir, Turkey. The German star even without Nowitski and Kaman edged Serbian side 59:58.
Germany started with 20:13 and proved the ambitions for the entire game. Serbia however bounced back with 16-10 in the second frame as both teams left the court for 30:29 at the halftime. Germany won the third period 22-16 to increased the lead to 7 points entering the fourth quarter. Serbia again bounced back but with 13-7 reduced to 1 points at the end of the game. Jan-Hendrik Jagla (213-F-81, college: Penn St.) was the last to score for the winners to bring them the victory.
Robin Benzing (208-F-89) paced all the winners with 12 points and Tibor Pleiss (214-F/C-89) notched 9. Christopher McNaughton (211-C-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Bucknell) and Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) followed them with 7 points each. Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 11 points, whilst Stefan Markovic (194-G-88) and Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) delivered 10 each.

Germany NT: Robin Benzing 12, Tibor Pleiss 9, Christopher McNaughton 7, Heiko Schaffartzik 7
Serbia NT: Boban Marjanovic 11, Stefan Markovic 10, Kosta Perovic 10



Former NCAA Player Max Rockmann Returns To Germany And Signs With Phoenix Hagen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
After two years in the NCAA, Max Rockmann (198-F-88) returns back to Germany and got signed by Beko BBL team Phoenix Hagen and will have a double license to also play for the BG Hagen Regionaliga team. Rockmann is a 22 year old 188cm forward from Berlin that played at the University of Missouri-Kansas City from 2009-2011 playing a total of 34 NCAA games. Last season, he played 29 games: 4.7ppg, 2.1rpg. He got a two year deal, but with the option to end it after one year. 'He is very far physically for his age. He has a good eye and solid shot. He also has a very professional attitude. We liked his complete package. He will practice and play at the position two, but on account of his body can play the position three', stated Phoenix Hagen head coach Ingo Freyer. Rockmann started his professional basketball career in 2003 for Marzahn Basket Baeren (2. Regionalliga) - IBBA Berlin (International Basketball Academy). He then played for TUS Lichterfelde Berlin from 2005-2008. In 2008-2009, he played for ALBA Berlin II (Regionalliga): 21 games: 10.0ppg. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been German U16 National Team -04, European Championships for Cadets in Greece -04, and German Regionalliga (North Group) Champion -06

Source: Phoenix Hagen



Florian Koch And Arber Tolaj Join The Soba Dragons Rhondorf - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
PRO B team Soba Dragons Rhondorf have added 2 young Germans to the roster with Florian Koch (197-F-92) and Arber Tolaj (191-G-93).Koch is a 197cm forward that will have a double license being able to play for the Telekom Baskets Bonn for emergency purposes. last season in the NBBL, he averaged 22,9ppg and 8,7rpg. Arber Tolaj (191-G-93) will play for the Dragons and NBBL team.Last season in the NBBL, Tolaj as a guard averaged 12,1ppg, 3,9rpg and 2,3apg. 'Since we have many international players, I will have to sub a lot. On account of that, our German players will get playing time. Koch has developed well in the NBBL and has a lot of potential. Now he needs to make the jump to the pros Then he can become an important player for us. Tolaj also is very talented. We will devlop him slowly as our youngest player', stressed Soba Dragons Rhondorf head coach Eric Detlev .

Source: Dragons Rhoendorf






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Giorgi Shermadini is back to Panathinaikos - by Eurobasket News
Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) is back to Panathinaikos Athens where he played a year ago. After being loaned to Union Olimpija Ljubljana, the Georgian player is back to Greece.
In November 2008 he signed at Panathinaikos Athens (Greece-A1). In 2009-2010 his Euroleague stats read 4.5ppg, 2.2rpg, while in Greek League after 19 games he averaged 5.1ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 68.2%, FT: 73.3%. The season 2010-2011 started for Panathinaikos Athens (Greece-A1), then was loaned to Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia-Telemach League, starting five). In Slovenian League he showed 8.4ppg, 4.5rpg, FGP-1 (68.5%), FT: 76.4%, while in Euroleague after 16 games had 7.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP-3 (71.4%), FT: 84.8%. In Adriatic League after 24 games his stats read 6.7ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP-2 (72.1%), FT: 63.8%.
Before coming to Greece in 2005-2006 he debuted with Maccabi Tbilisi (Highest League, starting five). In 20 Games he erupted with 28.5 ppg, 14.7 rpg, 2.8 apg, 3.0 bpg, 1.2 spg. Moreover in 2006-2007 for Maccabi Tbilisi (Highest League, starting five) he improved to massive 35.8 ppg, 16.4 rpg, 4.7 apg, 3.3 bpg, 2.5 spg. In his last year there Giorgi Shermadini became the top-scorer with 33.5ppg and the best Rebounder with 18.4rpg. Moreover his other stats read Assists-3 (4.8apg), 2.25spg, Blocks-1 (3.25bpg).




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WCAA Giants invests in prospects Candiff, Williams and Fall - by Fred Roggen
WCAA Giants has announced the signing of three Dutch prospects, Paul Candiff (184-G-93), Leon Williams (183-PG-91, agency: R.H.Consultancy) and Mor Fall . Candif and Williams signing a two-year deal, while Fall signed a one-year contract. Paul Candiff and Leon Williams played in the youth of WCAA Giants.
Mor Fall arrives from Uball Utrecht.



Lasaulec Aris tabs hot prospect Dexter Hope - by Fred Roggen
Lasaulec Aris added one of the hottest young prospects in Dutch basketball with the signing of Dexter Hope (180-G-93, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) from BC Apollo Amsterdam. The 18-years old Dexter Hope signed a contract of three years with the team of Leeuwarden.
He is a member of the Dutch U18 National Team and averaged 3.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg in 7 games.



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Philippines earn second straight win at U16 SEABA Championship - by Eurobasket News
Philippines U16 - Indonesia U16 109:46

Philippines posted the second consecutive win at the U16 SEABA Championship. They overcame Indonesia to stay perfect. Adven Diputado scored 20 points to lead the effort. Indonesia slipped at 1-1 record after the defeat.
Philippines silenced their opponents in the opening period. They went on a 22:3 run to enter the second term with a comfortable lead. Philippines maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They ensured a 45:21 halftime advantage. Philippines did not slow down in the third term. They established a 75:32 buffer heading into the fourth frame. Philippines kept up the tempo and rolled to a comfortable win at the end. Arvin Tolentino and Janhubert Cani contributed 19 points each in the victory. Hans Abraham and Ferdia Purwoko responded with 9 points each for Indonesia.

Philippines U16: Adven Diputado 20, Arvin Tolentino 19, Janhubert Cani 19
Indonesia U16: Hans Abraham 9, Ferdia Purwoko 9



Indonesian U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
4 Nuke Saputra 174-G-95
5 Dominico Rejenoka 168-PG-95
6 Rafael Yogia 172-G-95
7 Cakrawala Airawan 165-PG-96
8 Gouw Setiawan 172-G-95
9 Ricky Istiadi 172-G-95
10 Ferdia Purwoko 185-F-95
11 Muhammad Sandy 184-F-96
12 Muhammad Fahdan 185-F/C-96
13 Hans Abraham 179-G-95
14 Juan Kokodiputro 193-C-95
15 Vincent Kosasih 198-C-96

Ricky Gunawan Head Coach


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William Jones Cup. Iran thump Taiwan for fourth victory - by Eurobasket News
Iran - Taiwan 74:47

Iran proved too good for Taiwan on the sixth day of action at William Jones Cup. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) scored 18 points and collected 9 rebounds to pace the winners. Iran improved at 4-2 record and caught up with Taiwan in the ladder.
Iran led by four points at the first break 17:13. Iran limited the hosts to just 8 points in the second quarter to take a 12-point halftime lead. Iran maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. They knocked down 21 points to establish a 54:37 buffer with one period to go. Iran never slowed down outscoring the home team in the fourth stanza and sealing a comfortable win at the end. Mahdi Kamrani (186-G-82) and Saman Veisi (189-G-82) accounted for 13 points apiece in the victory. Wen-Ting Tseng (202-C/F-84) responded with 15 points for Taiwan. Chen Hsin-An (196-G/F-80) delivered 10 points, 5 boards and 5 assists in the losing case.

Iran: Hamed Haddadi 18, Mahdi Kamrani 13, Saman Veisi 13
Taiwan: Wen-Ting Tseng 15, Chen Hsin-An 10



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Defensive stopper Darrel Harris signs with Ashkelon - by David Pick
Posted: August 11, 2011, 11:36 AM

After regrouping for a second time in Israel with big man Marco Killinsgworth, Head Coach Erik Alfasi and Elitzur Ashkelon add more size in the paint by signing the 6-foot-10, Darrell Harris,from Rhode Island University.

Harris graduated from college in 2006 posting misleading numbers of 6.6ppg and 3.7rpg, which surprisingly got him many European jobs. After bouncing around in Germany, Portugal, Spain's Division Two, Uruguay and Korea, the defensive specialist landed in Poland and joined SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg, where he has been playing for the past two seasons.
Harris now lands in Israel with honorable statistics proving his defensive abilities as he finished back-to-back seasons in Poland leading the league in rebounds (11.4 per game), and blocked shots (2 per game).

Last season he averaged 14.0ppg, 11.4rpg and 2.1apg including 2.0bpg, earning the 2011 Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Defensive Player of the Year award, All-Polish League Honorable Mention award and being nominated to the Polish League All-Defensive Team.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @Dpick_Mvd



Maccabi Haifa will financially support new farm team - Hod Hasharon - by David Pick
Posted: August 12, 2011, 00:46 AM

Maccabi Haifa's American owner Jeffrey Rosen announced today (Friday), that he will provide financial support to the Israeli second division Hod-HaSharon basketball team, making them the official upcoming 2011/12 season
Maccabi Haifa farm team.

For the past two seasons, Rosen has supported the Marnin Tivon basketball team; however, this season he will finance a number of foreign players and several Jewish players who will make Aliyah to Israel and play for Hod Hasharon. The second division Hod Hasharon's basketball team will serve as the official farm team for Maccabi Haifa of the Israeli Basketball Super League, in a way that will enable the players development in the second division, with the hope to have several players promoted to Haifa's team.

Uri Ashkenazi, Chairman of the Hod HaSharon basketball team commented 'On behalf of the club, the management and the players, I would like to thank Jeff Rosen for his choice.'

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Haifa signs former NBA center Sean Williams - by David Pick
Posted: August 12, 2011, 01:54 AM

After signing a deal last summer with Hapoel Jerusalem and landing in the Israeli Ben Gurion airport, American big man Sean Williams was on a direct one way flight a week later home. In a strange turn of events, the super athletic and talented forward lands in Israel to join Maccabi Haifa creating an electrifying basketball atmosphere in northern Israel.

After negotiating with the Cleveland Cavaliers' power forward Samardo Samuels and failing to reach an agreement with the Washington Wizards' Etan Thomas, who asked for $350,000, Haifa turned to Williams who responded by giving the team a green light and signed for two seasons with an NBA out.

'Sean is going to make Haifa a tough team to match up against as he is an impressive NBA talent with incredible athleticism and shot blocking ability,' said Maccabi Haifa's head coach Mickey Gorka.

Williams was the 17th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets playing 125 NBA games averaging 3.5ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.5bpg, before leaving the Izod center.
The 25-year-old Boston Coll. gradute bounced-back with a successful 2010-11 season with the D-League's Texas Legends, averaging 14.3 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3 blocks, earning a spot in the Gatorade D-League All-Defensive 1st Team.

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Tesi Group Pistoia land Giacomo Galanda - by Giulio Signorini
Tesi Group Pistoia lands Giacomo Galanda (211-F/C-75) from Varese for a two years contract.
Giacomo 'Jack' Galanda is a power forward/ center of 210 cm born on January 1975 in Udine. He is one of the most representative italian athletes of the last fifteen years.
Throught his career he has won 3 italian lega a titles with Fortitudo Bologna, Mens Sana Siena and Varese. He had played in Scaligera Basket, Fortitudo Bologna, Pallacanestro Varese, Mens Sana Siena and Olimpia Milano. He was also a member (and a captain) of italian national team and with italian team he won silver medal at Athen 2004 olympic games, silver medal at european championship of Spagna 1997, gold medal at 1999 France european championship and Bronze medal at 2003 european championship.
In the last years he has playd for Varese (from 2006) and was the captain of that team . In 2010-2011 season he averaged 5.2 ppg in 14.7 mpg. He is an athletic player with a very good three point shot (throught his career he has averaged 40% from 3 point shot).


Assi Basket Ostuni lands JJ Williams - by Giulio Signorini
Assi Basket Ostuni lands for the upcoming legadue season Jason Williams (197-G/F-83, college: UTEP).
JJ Williams in a small forward with a great athetism, intelligence and verve on the field. In the last year he played in Snaidero Udine and averaged 14.5 ppg and 6 rpg in 36.4 mpg with a 45% from 2 points and 31.8% from 3 points.
He spent his college career with UTEP from 2003 to 2006. During his career he played besides in Udine in Bnei Hasharon in Israel, in Maccabi Tel Aviv and in Italy legadue with Miro Radici Vigevano.


DNA Market News (ex A Dilettanti) - by Armando Caporaso
Pallacanestro Lago Maggiore: Alessandro De Pol, ex players of Varese, is the new coach. The PLM announced Simone Ferrarese, Filiberto Dri, Simone Cotani and the confirmations of Matteo Raminelli, Andrea Piazza & Stefano Appendini.
Matera: the Bawer signs Pierluigi Aprea & Francesco Centrone.
Omegna: the Paffoni signs Stefano Masciadri, Franco Prelazzi, Riccardo Scomparin and the under Paolo Paci and Mohamed Toure'.
Orlandina Basket: the Upea agrees with Filippo Alessandri, Fabio Zanelli, Nicholas Crow, Nicolo' Damiani, Francesco Pellegrino, Davide Boiardi, Andrea Benevelli & Thomas De Min.
Pavia: from the young team are aggregated to the first team Iris Ikangi Nongo, Stefano Poggi, Luca Fedegari, Allessandro Cavagna, Simone Laboranti & Fabio Maestri. Moreover the team confirms Stefano Borgna, Ibahim Ciss, Luca Furlanetto & Jacopo Migliorini and signs Davide Bozzetto, Riccardo Pederzini, Roberto Maggio, Roberto Cazzaniga & Federico Maiocco.
Santarcangelo: the Angels take Andrea Ancellotti, Nazzareno Italiano, Mauro Bonaiuti and confirm Giorgio Broglia & Matteo Palermo.
Latina: the Benacquista Assicurazioni closes with Andrea Quarisa, Riccardo Romano, Enrico Waldner & Tommaso Plateo and completes the roster with the under Marco De Angelis, Andrea Pastore, Andrea Longobadi, Daniele Toscano & Enrico Camillo.
San Severo: the Cestistica brings Ivan Scarponi, Fabio Lovatti, Francesco Amoroso, Antonio Serpentino, Riccardo Marzoli & Jacopo Valentini.
Treviglio: the Co.Mark Blu Basket signs Augustin Fabi & Lorenzo Molinaro.
Perugia: the team annonuced the signature with Riccardo Truccolo.
Napoli: the BPMED completed the roster with the under Nunzio Sabbatino, Gabriele Guastaferro, Leonardo Mariani, Nicola Bastone & Paolo Rotondo and presented Simone Lenardon, Nicola Bastone & Andrea Iannilli.
Chieti: the BLS signs Antonio Porfido & Riccardo Corsini.
Trento: the Bitumcalor closes with Devil Medizza, Davide Pascolo, Matteo Negri & Marco Portannese.
Bari: the CUS Basket announced Giovanni Putignano, Mimmo Morena & Marco Cardillo.
Torino: the PMS agrees with Massimiliano Defant & with Luca Fontecchio.
Firenze: the team closes with Simone Fabiani.
Trieste: the club signs Alfredo Moruzzi, Marco Carra, Luca Gandini & Marco Maganza.
Anagni: the AD Basket takes Diego Nahuel Corral & Alessandro Zanelli.


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William Jones Cup. Japan rally past Malaysia - by Eurobasket News
Japan - Malaysia 70:55

Japan recorded the third win at the William Jones Cup. They prevailed against Malaysia to improve at 3-3 record. Takeki Shonaka (180-G-84) stepped up with 21 points to lead the winners. Malaysia in the meantime suffered the sixth straight defeat in Taiwan.
Malaysia ensured a better start. They led 14:12 after ten minutes. Malaysia did not loosen the grasp in the second frame. They arrived at halftime up by 7 points 29:22. But Japan changed the complexion of the game in the third term. They finally tuned in offensively scoring 27 points in the third period. Japan erased the deficit entering the fourth frame up by 5 points 49:44. Japan outgunned Malaysia 21:11 in the final stanza to earn a confident win at the end. Keijuro Matsui (188-G-85, college: Columbia) delivered 12 points, while Gaku Arao (198-F/C-87) netted 10 points and pulled down 7 rebounds in the victory. Li Wei Chee (186-F-85) and Shee Fai Loh (192-G-89) responded with 11 points each for Malaysia.

Japan: Takeki Shonaka 21, Keijuro Matsui 12, Gaku Arao 10
Malaysia: Li Wei Chee 11, Shee Fai Loh 11



JBL's Hokkaido club changes name - by Eurobasket News
The JBL's Rera Kamuy Hokkaido franchise has selected a new name. The Sapporo-based team will now be known as Levanga Rera Kamuy Hokkaido, it was announced on Tuesday. The franchise was originally called Rera Kamuy Hokkaido, but was stripped of its name when the club's parent company was kicked out of the league due to financial woes last season. The team ended the season with a league-backed management group and a new moniker, calling itself Basketball Club Rera Kamuy Hokkaido.
Now, under new general manager and longtime JBL star Takehiko Orimo, Levanga Rera Kamuy Hokkaido will sport lavender, purple and gold jerseys. The JBL season tips off in early October.
Courtesy of: japantimes.co.jp


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  JORDAN   


William Jones Cup. Jordan stop South Korea - by Eurobasket News
Jordan - South Korea 85:77

Jordan registered the fourth win at William Jones Cup. They held off South Korea behind 23 points and 9 rebounds from Abbas Zaid (203-F-83). Jordan improved at 4-2 record, while South Korea suffered the first defeat at the tournament to slip at 5-1.
Jordan took South Korea by surprise in the opening term. Thomas Baldwin team fired 28 points to earn a 13-point lead at the first break. South Korea slowed their opponents down in the second quarter. They cut the deficit to trail by 12 points at halftime 33:45. Jordan maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They arrived at the final break up by 16 points 68:52. South Korea unloaded 25 points in the final period but came up short of victory at the end. Osama Daghles (198-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) knocked down 21 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and issued 10 assists for the first triple-double at the tourney. Rasheim Wright (194-G-81, college: District of Col.) accounted for 15 points in the win. Stevenson Cameron (200-F-75, agency: Alti Sport, college: Richmond) responded with 17 points for South Korea. Kang Byung-Hyun (193-G/F-85) added 13 points in the losing effort.

Jordan: Abbas Zaid 23, Osama Daghles 21+10 boards+10 assists, Rasheim Wright 15
South Korea: Stevenson Cameron 17, Kang Byung-Hyun 13



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  KENYA   


Ulinzi Warriors Shoot Down Usiu in League - by Eurobasket News
Former national champions Ulinzi Warriors thumped United States International University (USIU) 70-56 in a Premier League tie at the Nyayo Stadium gymnasium.

The soldiers shot off to a close 14-12 edge in the first quarter and kept the tempo high in the second quarter with a 18-11 victory to take a 32-23 half time advantage. After the break, Ulinzi piled on more pressure, surging away 22-15in the third quarter before Tigers re-grouped to take the fourth 18-16. The destroyer in chief was Ben Mufutu, who nailed game high 19 points while second in command was Ancette Wafula (198-F/C-70) who scored 13. Leading the students points tally was Neville Odhiambo who scored 14 with Arou Ramadhan collecting 12.

The other matches saw former women champions Eagle Wings thump Co-operative Bank 74-43. Gladiators poor run continued when they succumbed 40-50 to Sprite Storms. USIU Flames were felled 53-63 by the visiting Western Delight. In the lower division matches, Parklands Baptists clubbed Kenya Navy 84-64 while Nairobi Aviation College (NAC) stopped Kisumu lakeside 69-48. Strathmore University hit Barclays Bank 56-49 in the Nairobi Basketball Association (NBA) league matches played at Railways Club. Strath had 12 points from Nick Konya while Fred Ogada made 13 for the bankers .
Courtesy of: Nairobi Star (Nairobi)




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  LAOS   


Laos U16 National Team -11 - by Karol
4 Thammanoun Louangphommasone 167-PG-96
5 Pakaisith Bounkhoum 170-PG-96
6 Khamphay Inthavixay 168-PG-96
7 Santisouk Thammavong 182-C-95
8 Siphandone Sengthong 181-C-96
9 Phoutthasak Thavonphaneuk 170-PG-96
10 Kingphet Sengsouliya 174-G-95
11 Aphakone Phommasone 175-G-96
12 Visit Bouphaheuanghak 182-C-96
13 Phouthong Labouaphieng 180-F-96

Xayo Meuangmany Head Coach


Singapore open win count at U16 SEABA Championship - by Eurobasket News
Singapore U16 - Laos U16 108:70

Singapore celebrated the first win at U16 SEABA Championship. They overcame debutants from Laos to improve at 1-1 record. Laos fell at 0-1 record after the loss. Chiang Kok stepped up with 28 points and 13 rebounds to pace the winners.
Singapore entered the game aggressively. They fired 32 points in the starting period to pile up a 15-point lead. Laos opened the second term on an 8:3 run to narrow the deficit. But Singapore quickly boosted the gap posting a 51:31 halftime advantage. Singapore kept their opponents at bay throughout the third term. They established a 78:51 lead with one quarter remaining. They did not slow down in the fourth period rolling to the victory at the end. Yuan Xing contributed 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Toh Qing netted 17 points in the victory. Phoutthasak Thavonphaneuk responded with 33 points for Laos. Aphakone Phommasone nailed 8 points in defeat.

Singapore U16: Chiang Kok 28+13 boards, Yuan Xing 21+10 boards, Toh Qing 17
Laos U16: Phoutthasak Thavonphaneuk 33, Aphakone Phommasone 8



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Count-down to Madagascar 2011 Afrobasket - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Group-B in focus: Angola, Tchad, Morocco, Senegal

In continuation of the count-down to the 26th edition of the FIBA Africa Championship for Men, Madagascar 2011 Afrobasket, a look at group-B which is made up of perennial champion, Angola, Tchad, Morocco and Senegal.

The defending champion Angola is clearly the top favourite in the group and championship having won ten out of the last eleven editions of the championship between 1989 and 1999, Angola has made a name for itself on the Africa continent and are feared by other countries in Africa.

The FIBA Africa Zone-6 power-house is ranked top in Africa and 13th in the world, the only country that can be considered a strong opponent in the group as the rest of the world await the jump-ball on August 17 in Antananarivo is Senegal who has won the African title five times.

Analyst beleive that only Senegal like its Zone-3 counterpart, Nigeria are the two countries in Africa that can give the Palacas Negras a run for the money, preparation and determination in Africa and with avalanche of talent at its disposal Senegal is set to fight for the continent sole ticket to the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Morocco one-time winner of the African Cup of Nations is not outsider as they are capable of springing surprises when ocassion demans having played themselves into the Top-10 ranking in Africa while the last team in the group is Tchad who will bank on mother-luck to make a presence in Madagascar.

Latest FIBA World Ranking
Angola 13
Senegal 35
Morocco 51
Tchad Not ranked

Group-B First Round Games

August 18, 2011
Angola Vs Chad
Morocco Vs Senegal

August 20, 2011
Angola Vs Senegal
Chad Vs Morocco

August, 22, 2011
Morocco Vs Angola
Senegal Vs Chad




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William Jones Cup. Japan rally past Malaysia - by Eurobasket News
Japan - Malaysia 70:55

Japan recorded the third win at the William Jones Cup. They prevailed against Malaysia to improve at 3-3 record. Takeki Shonaka (180-G-84) stepped up with 21 points to lead the winners. Malaysia in the meantime suffered the sixth straight defeat in Taiwan.
Malaysia ensured a better start. They led 14:12 after ten minutes. Malaysia did not loosen the grasp in the second frame. They arrived at halftime up by 7 points 29:22. But Japan changed the complexion of the game in the third term. They finally tuned in offensively scoring 27 points in the third period. Japan erased the deficit entering the fourth frame up by 5 points 49:44. Japan outgunned Malaysia 21:11 in the final stanza to earn a confident win at the end. Keijuro Matsui (188-G-85, college: Columbia) delivered 12 points, while Gaku Arao (198-F/C-87) netted 10 points and pulled down 7 rebounds in the victory. Li Wei Chee (186-F-85) and Shee Fai Loh (192-G-89) responded with 11 points each for Malaysia.

Japan: Takeki Shonaka 21, Keijuro Matsui 12, Gaku Arao 10
Malaysia: Li Wei Chee 11, Shee Fai Loh 11



Malaysian U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
4 Ting Foo 170-G-97
5 Jia Tong 189-F-95
6 Hong Tan 189-F-95
7 Leh Su 184-G-95
8 Eng Keng 186-F-95
9 Jian Chua 183-G-95
10 Yik Sim 179-G-95
11 Zhi Tan 178-G-95
12 Khar Ng 186-F-95
13 Gashvinder Sarjit-Singh 195-C-95
14 Chin Yew 196-C-95
15 Wen Liew 193-C-96

Gregg Grace Head Coach


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  NBA   


Houston lands 2013 NBA All-Star Game - by Eurobasket News
NBA sources told FOX 26 Sports the Houston Rockets and the City of Houston landed the NBA All-Star Game in 2013.

The game will be played at Toyota Center on Feb. 17, 2013.

NBA All-Star week will be Feb. 15-17.

The Rockets and Toyota Center also hosted the game in 2006.

The Rockets and the city had initially targeted the All-Star game in 2014, but changed their focus to getting the game a year earlier.

This will be the third time the NBA All-Star Game has come to Houston.

It was also held in the Astrodome in 1989.

This will be the sixth time since the NBA-ABA merger in 1977 that the NBA All-Star Game will be played in Texas.

Rockets officials have not been available for comment.

The Hilton Americas Hotel, which is next door to Toyota Center, will be one of the hotels playing a key role in All-Star weekend.

'We're excited to have them back in Houston,' said Tere Perry, Hilton Americas public relations manager, in an interview with FOX 26 Sports.

'Something like this is something that a hotel like this was built for. This being a convention hotel, the largest one in the city. We are made for something like this.

'This is going to be really great for the whole city.'

Courtesy of www.myfoxhouston.com


Atlanta Hawks sold during NBA lockout - by Eurobasket News
Despite the labor strife roiling the National Basketball Association, the leagues teams are still finding buyers - especially, it seems, among value-minded professional investors.

On Monday, the Atlanta Hawks became the fourth NBA franchise sold in the past year to this new breed of owner with Alex Meruelo, founder of the Los Angeles-based Meruelo Group, agreeing to buy the team and the operating rights to its Philips Arena home.

In recent years, Meruelo had made inquiries about buying other NBA clubs, according to sports-industry professionals.

I am a lifelong basketball fan, a student of the NBA game, and this is a dream come true for me, Meruelo said in a statement. I believe that both the Hawks and Philips Arena have unlimited potential for the future. I am honored to be a part of that future.

The deal is the second acquisition agreed to since last months start of the NBA lockout, a sign that the unrest isnt enough to dampen the appetites of would-be owners.

Among those owners, the most recent buyers have similar professional backgrounds as long-term investors in, and owners of, companies.

The Philadelphia 76ers were recently bought in a deal by a group led by Apollo Global Management /quotes/zigman/4560597/quotes/nls/apo APO -3.75% co-founder Joshua Harris. In April, Tom Gores and his firm Platinum Equity bought the Detroit Pistons. Last summer Joe Lacob, partner at venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, bought the Golden State Warriors with Hollywood producer Peter Guber. Read five reasons why its good to be an NBA owner.

No financial details of the Hawks sale were disclosed. The Sixers were sold for about $280 million, but that was only for the team and not the arena.

Meruelo began building his fortune with the founding of the La Pizza Loca chain in Southern California in the mid 1980s. His Meruelo Group now has a diversified portfolio, with its companies including construction and real-estate businesses, L.A.-based Spanish-language television station KWHY-TV and the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Nev.

If the sale is approved by the NBA, Meruelo will be the leagues first Hispanic team owner.

In acquiring the Hawks, Meruelo is taking on a challenge. Unlike the Sixers or Pistons, the Hawks dont have a history of success and reportedly lose money.

Despite finishing each of the past four seasons in the playoffs, attendance has hovered around 20th in the league. Part of that may be because while the team is good, it has not looked like championship material.

Theyve never gotten out of the second round of the playoffs, and if you cant do that, then your fans wont believe youre a legitimate contender, said David Berri, associate professor of economics at Southern Utah University, and co-author of the book Stumbling on Wins.

If the team can achieve on-court success, its likely the fans will take more interest, according to Berri, making more money for the team and its owners.

Whats more, there likely is an expectation that the new labor deal will be more favorable to teams at the expense of players.

It can be seen as an odd investment to make in a league with pretty substantial labor problems, added Berri. But these [new] owners believe this can be a profitable venture for the majority of them.

Courtesy of www.marketwatch.com


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Justin Eller moves from Leverkusen to Romania - by Daniel Poerschke
Justin Eller (203-C-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Sacramento St.) will move from german Pro B club Bayer Giants Leverkusen to the romanian 1st league team CSS Giurgiu for this upcoming season. Eller graduated from NCAA 1 Sacramento State in 2010 and enjoyed a nice rookie campaign averaging 17.7ppg and 7.5rpg in 23 games, leading Leverkusen to the first round of the play-offs
He will be coached by US head coach Theo Evans, who is also new in Giurgiu after taking last season off. Evans has worked in Romania from 2008-2010 before with Rovinari and was highly successfull there.


Jerai Grant joins Sydney Kings - by Eurobasket News
Jerai Grant (203-F/C-89) is set to start his professional basketball career. The American PF/C signed a one-year deal with the Sydney Kings. They will compete in Australian NBL next season. Jerai Grant graduated at the Clemson University few months ago. He appeared 34 times for his school as a senior averaging 12.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks. Grant was named All-ACC Honorable Mention -11. Clemson reach ACC Tournament Semifinals and Grant was also awarded with ACC All-Defensive Team -11. Jerai Grant had 7.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 1.7 bpg for his school as a junior. He drastically improved last year, what helped him to get a pro deal in Australia. Sydney Kings finished last season as No.9 in NBL.

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  NIGERIA   


12th Oyedeji basketball camp starts Aug 29 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The 12th edition of the Olumide Oyedeji Basketball Camp has been scheduled to hold between August 29 and September 4. The sponsor of the event and Nigeria national team centre Olumide Oyedeji gave the details for the event in a chat with reporters on Thursday in Lagos.

The 6-10 professional basketballer said that the camp for 2011 would take a slightly different style due to the schedule with the national team in the coming weeks.

It is quite painful that I cannot stay all through the week for the programme. I am coming in from Madagascar just as it is starting and I am leaving immediately afterwards to join Team Nigeria in Maputo, Mozambique for the All Africa Games.

But whether I am in or not the goals remain the same. The aim is to help build a future for Nigerian kids. It is not all about basketball but we have to help them develop in and out of the court. Education and their attitude to life still remain a key area of the annual camp, the former Orlando Magic centre said.

Oyedeji Olumide (208-C/F-81)


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William Jones Cup. Philippines drub UAE - by Eurobasket News
Philippines - UAE 95:60

Philippines registered the fourth win at the William Jones Cup in Taiwan. They overwhelmed UAE today to earn 4-2 record. Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, college: Providence) stepped up with 23 points and 13 rebounds to pace the winners. UAE fell at 0-6 record after the loss.
Philippines surged ahead right from the start. They posted a 19:10 lead at the first break. UAE picked up the tempo in the second quarter. They narrowed the deficit at 7 points at the interval 31:38. Philippines however shifted the gear after the big break. They unloaded 27 points in the third term to arrive at the final intermission up by 16 points. Philippines erupted for 30 points in the fourth period to seal the winning outcome. Christopher Lutz (193-G-85, college: Marshall) delivered 13 points, while Marcio Lassiter (188-G-87, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) and Pauliasi Taulava (208-C-73) added 10 points each in the victory. Khalifa Salem (175-G-91) responded with 15 points for UAE. Mohamed Al Braiki (190-G-91) netted 13 points in the loss.

Philippines: Marcus Douthit 23+13 boards, Christopher Lutz 13, Marcio Lassiter 10, Pauliasi Taulava 10
UAE: Khalifa Salem 15, Mohamed Al Braiki 13



Philippines earn second straight win at U16 SEABA Championship - by Eurobasket News
Philippines U16 - Indonesia U16 109:46

Philippines posted the second consecutive win at the U16 SEABA Championship. They overcame Indonesia to stay perfect. Adven Diputado scored 20 points to lead the effort. Indonesia slipped at 1-1 record after the defeat.
Philippines silenced their opponents in the opening period. They went on a 22:3 run to enter the second term with a comfortable lead. Philippines maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They ensured a 45:21 halftime advantage. Philippines did not slow down in the third term. They established a 75:32 buffer heading into the fourth frame. Philippines kept up the tempo and rolled to a comfortable win at the end. Arvin Tolentino and Janhubert Cani contributed 19 points each in the victory. Hans Abraham and Ferdia Purwoko responded with 9 points each for Indonesia.

Philippines U16: Adven Diputado 20, Arvin Tolentino 19, Janhubert Cani 19
Indonesia U16: Hans Abraham 9, Ferdia Purwoko 9



Philippines U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
4 Christopher Vito 194-F-95
5 Arvin Tolentino 191-F-95
6 Louie Brill 180-G-95
7 Daryl Pascual 196-G/F-95
8 Michael Javelosa 193-G/F-95
9 Janhubert Cani 178-PG-95
10 Peter Murphy 180-G-95
11 Adven Diputado 173-PG-95
12 Gideon Babilonia 196-F-95
13 Kyles Lao 183-G-95
14 Renzar Asilum 173-PG-95
15 Ranbill Tongco 170-PG-96

Rodericko Racela Head Coach


2011 William Jones Cup Day 6 Scores & Commentary - by Enzo Flojo
PHL 95 - Douthit 23, Lutz 13, Lassiter 10, Taulava 10, Aguilar 8, Hontiveros 7, Casio 7, Tiu 6, Barroca 4, Ababou 4, Baracael 3, Ballesteros 0
UAE 60 - Salem 15, Al-Braiki 13, Mubarak 8, Omar 6, Al-Zaabi 5, Al-Ameri 5, Abdalla 4, Ahmed 4, Al-Ali 0, Al-Junaibi 0
QS: 19-10, 38-31, 65-49, 95-60
- It took a whole half before Gilas finally put pedal to the metal against the Emirates. Christopher Lutz (193-G-85, college: Marshall) was impressive penetrating constantly, while Marcus Douthit, Asi Taulava and Japeth Aguilar were all solid underneath.
- UAE was just too small for the Philippines, though they had some impressive guard-play coming from Khalifa Salem and Mohamed Al-Braiki.
- Gilas goes up to 4-2 and they get an inside track to the Final Four while UAE drops to 0-6.

JPN 70 - Shonaka 21, Matsui 12, Arao 10, Okada 6, Kamada 6, Watanabe 5, Ota 4, Noguchi 2, Sakai 2, Togashi 2, Ito 0, Hashimoto 0
MAS 55 - Chee 11, Loh 11,Ooi 6, Wee 6, Batumalai 5, Ong 4, Ng 4, Kwaan 4, Soo 3, Ho 1, Chin 0
QS: 12-14, 22-29, 49-44, 70-55
- Malaysia, for the second straight game, was able to stay with a stronger opponent for one whole half. Japan's class, however, shone through in the 2nd half as Takeki Shonaka (180-G-84) had a second straight great game, shooting 3 of 6 triples.
- The Japanese chose not to play Sean Hinkley against Malaysia, which means he's being rested in preparation for tomorrow's big game against the Philippines.
- Japan goes up to 3-3 as Malaysia continues being winless at 0-6.

JOR 85 - Abbas 23, Dahglas 21, Wright 15, Abbaas 8, Soobzokov 6, Al-Khas 5, Zaghab 4, Al-Sous 3, Abu Ruqayah 0, Abu Quora 0
KOR 77 - Stevenson 17, Kang 13, Lee 12, Kim JS 9, Cho 8, Kim JK 8, Ha 6, Oh 2, Yang DG 2, Park 0, Yang HJ 0, Kim YH 0
QS: 28-15, 45-33, 68-52, 85-77
- Jordan got the jump on the Koreans and never looked back. They hit enough shots to keep the erstwhile unbeaten Koreans at bay.
- Curiously enough, coach Hur Jae only inserted leading scorers Stevenson Cameron (200-F-75, agency: Alti Sport, college: Richmond) & Oh Se-Keun in the 2nd quarter, when Jordan was already well ahead.
- Jordan's performance was in complete contrast to how they played against the Japanese in yesterday's freak loss.
- Jordan strengthens its semifinal bid at 4-2 while Korea absorbs its first loss in 6 games.

IRN 74 - Haddadi 18, Kamrani 13, Veisi 13, Davoudi 9, Sahakian 8, Davari 7, Kardoust 4, Davarpanah 2, Barogh 0, Nabipoor 0
TPE 47 - Tseng 15, Chen HA 10, Creighton 6, Chang 4, Lin 4, Lu 3, Lee 2, Su 2, Ho 1, Yang 0, Chien 0, Chen SH 0
QS: 17-13, 33-21, 54-37, 74-47
- Saman Veisi came off the bench to spark the Iranians past the Taiwanese, whom they'll also play against in the coming FIBA-Asia in Wuhan, China.
- Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) and Mehdi Kamrani both had good games again, and Iran had a solid supporting cast that helped them finally play to their billing against the home team.
- Taiwan was plain awful against Iran. They shot 29% from the 2pt area and got outrebounded 45-25. Things are expected to change when big man Wu Tai-Hao suits up in the China tourney.
- Iran moves up to 4-2, tying their victims' standing in the process.

Source: HoopNut.blogspot.com


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  POLAND   


PBG Basket land Jacek Sulowski and Djordje Micic - by Eurobasket News
PBG Basket announced Jacek Sulowski (192-G-79) and Djordje Micic (195-G-83).
Djordje Micic spent the previous season in Germany. The guard played for EWE Baskets Oldenburg. He appeared in just one EuroCup and one Bundesliga game before leaving the team. Previously Djordje Micic had stints with Rubin Krusevac, Igokea Aleksandrovac, Keravnos, Union Olimpija, FMP Zeleznik. Djordje Micic played for Serbian University National Team. He participated at 2007 Universiade in Bangkok.
Jacek Sulowski arrived from ISS Sportino. The guard notched 12.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.6 steals per game in 1Liga last season. Jacek Sulowski also played for Energa Czarni, Polpharma, Znicz Jaroslaw, Unia Tarnow, Polonia, Tarnow and Bobry Bytom during his career.



Hrycaniuk, Asseco Prokom stay together. - by Dawid Roguski
Asseco Prokom Gdynia reached an agreement with big man Adam Hrycaniuk (208-C-84, college: Cincinnati) to keep him for another two seasons. Hrycaniuk averaging 7.6 ppg and 5.5 rpg in Polish Basketball League, 5.8 ppg and 3.8 rpg in VTB League and 2.4 ppg and 2.7 rpg in Euroleague last season. Adam is a Polish National Team member. In the preparation to the European Championship is one of best players in the representation.

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Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Awards 2011 - by Greg
Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN 1st Team 2011
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Guillermo Diaz
Diaz
Christian Dalmau
Dalmau
Angel Daniel Vassallo
Vassallo
Shavlik Randolph
Randolph
Peter John Ramos
Ramos
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Finals MVP: Guillermo Diaz (188-G-85) of Arecibo
Player of the Year: Christian Dalmau (194-G-77) of Bayamon
Guard of the Year: Christian Dalmau (194-G-77) of Bayamon
Forward of the Year: Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-G/F-86) of Guaynabo
Center of the Year: Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Quebradillas
Rookie of the Year: Denis Clemente (185-PG-86) of Humacao
Most Improved Player of the Year: Ricky Sanchez (212-C/F-87) of Santurce
Import Player of the Year: Shavlik Randolph (208-F-83) of Isabela
Domestic Player of the Year: Christian Dalmau (194-G-77) of Bayamon
Defensive Player of the Year: Kleon Penn (211-C-86) of Humacao
Coach of the Year: Nelson Colon of San German

1st Team
G: Guillermo Diaz (188-85) of Arecibo
G: Christian Dalmau (194-77) of Bayamon
G/F: Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-86) of Guaynabo
F: Shavlik Randolph (208-83) of Isabela
C: Peter John Ramos (222-85) of Quebradillas

2nd Team
PG: Andres Rodriguez (182-81) of Arecibo
G: Larry Ayuso (190-77) of Arecibo
F: Mike Harris (198-83) of San German
C/F: Ricky Sanchez (212-87) of Santurce
C: Kleon Penn (211-86) of Humacao

Honorable Mention
Terrence Shannon (203-F-79) of Bayamon
Javier Mojica (190-G-84) of Bayamon
Daniel Santiago (216-C-76) of Arecibo
Shaun Pruitt (208-C-85) of Guaynabo
Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-G-84) of San German
Walter Hodge (183-PG-86) of Santurce
Michael Sweetney (203-F-82) of Santurce
Manuel Antonio Narvaez (211-C-81) of Coamo
Denis Clemente (185-PG-86) of Humacao
Carlos Rivera (187-PG-83) of Mayaguez
James Maye (201-G/F-81) of Humacao
Richard Chaney (196-G-84) of Santurce

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Guillermo Diaz (188-85) of Arecibo
G: Christian Dalmau (194-77) of Bayamon
G/F: Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-86) of Guaynabo
C/F: Ricky Sanchez (212-87) of Santurce
C: Peter John Ramos (222-85) of Quebradillas

All-Imports Team
G/F: James Maye (201-81) of Humacao
G: Danilo Pinnock (196-83) of Arecibo
F: Mike Harris (198-83) of San German
F: Shavlik Randolph (208-83) of Isabela
C: Kleon Penn (211-86) of Humacao

All-Defensive Team
Javier Mojica (190-G-84) of Bayamon
Richard Chaney (196-G-84) of Santurce
Carmelo Antrone Lee (201-F-77) of Bayamon
Ricky Sanchez (212-C/F-87) of Santurce
Kleon Penn (211-C-86) of Humacao


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  RUSSIA   


Krasnye Krylya lands Dragan Labovic - by Eurobasket News
Krasnye Krylya Samara announced signing of Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87, agency: Alti Sport) for the next season. The Serbian bug guy arrives from Enisey Krasnoyarsk. He played 33 games for them in PBL last season averaging 13.8 points, 5 rebounds and 1.2 steals. Labovic also added 18.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg for 2 games in EuroChallenge Qualifying Round. He participated at the PBL All-Star game and was named Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Honorable Mention -11. Dragan Labovic joined Enysay Krasnoyarsk last summer from Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt. There he had 8.6 ppg and 3.6 rpg for 23 games in German league. In the past, Labovic spent few years with FMP Zeleznik. He also has experience from Aris Thessaloniki. Labovic played for Serbian U20, U18 and U16 National Teams winning four gold medals with them.

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  RWANDA   


Hoops Off to Madagascar - by Eurobasket News
THE men's national basketball team left for Madagascar this morning to compete in the 26th edition of the Fiba Africa Championships scheduled to begin on August 17.

The team left aboard Kenya airways.

Before departure, head coach Vaceslav Kavedzija told Times Sport that he expects a strong performance from his lads.

'Our goal is to qualify for the Olympic Games in London. It is never easy but we shall fight to the end,' he said.

'The beauty of this lot is that they are determined and focused,' Kavedzija added.

Rwanda is in group D alongside Tunisia, Togo and Central African Republic (CAR). Hosts Madagascar are drawn in group A alongside Mozambique, Nigeria and Mali; defending champions Angola, Chad, Morocco and Senegal are in Group B while group C pits Ivory Coast against South Africa, Cameroon and Egypt.

The winner will automatically secure a ticket to London come 2012.

Rwanda qualified for the tournament after lifting the Zone V title back in February.

National team: Aristide Mugabe, Jean Louis Habineza, Kami Kabange (F-84), Ellis Kayijuka, Cameron Bradley (198-F-91), Hamza Ruhezamihigo (191-G-85), Robert Thomson, Kenneth Gasana, Daniel Manzi, Aboubacar Barame , Mathieu Miller and Olivier Muhizi.
Courtesy of: The New Times


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  SERBIA   


Politekhnika-Halychyna signs Nenad Zivcevic - by Eurobasket News
Politekhnika-Halychyna announced signing of Nenad Zivcevic (204-F-87) for the next season. The player successfully passed try-out period. He joined the club ten days ago. Nenad Zivcevic spent last season in FYR Macedonia. The forward played for MZT Skopje. He tallied 13.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.0 steal per game in Superleague. Previously Nenad Zivcevic had stints with Buducnost Podgorica, Fersped-Rabotnicki and Plejmejker-Kubus Skopje. In 2009, Zivcevic won Macedonian league title with Rabotnicki. He also played for U20, U18 and U16 Serbian National Teams. Zivcevic won three EuroBasket gold medals with them.

Germany surprise Serbia in Spor Toto World Cup opener - by Eurobasket News
Germany NT-Serbia NT 59:58

Germany surprise Serbia in Spor Toto World Cup opener in Izmir, Turkey. The German star even without Nowitski and Kaman edged Serbian side 59:58.
Germany started with 20:13 and proved the ambitions for the entire game. Serbia however bounced back with 16-10 in the second frame as both teams left the court for 30:29 at the halftime. Germany won the third period 22-16 to increased the lead to 7 points entering the fourth quarter. Serbia again bounced back but with 13-7 reduced to 1 points at the end of the game. Jan-Hendrik Jagla (213-F-81, college: Penn St.) was the last to score for the winners to bring them the victory.
Robin Benzing (208-F-89) paced all the winners with 12 points and Tibor Pleiss (214-F/C-89) notched 9. Christopher McNaughton (211-C-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Bucknell) and Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) followed them with 7 points each. Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 11 points, whilst Stefan Markovic (194-G-88) and Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) delivered 10 each.

Germany NT: Robin Benzing 12, Tibor Pleiss 9, Christopher McNaughton 7, Heiko Schaffartzik 7
Serbia NT: Boban Marjanovic 11, Stefan Markovic 10, Kosta Perovic 10



Krasnye Krylya lands Dragan Labovic - by Eurobasket News
Krasnye Krylya Samara announced signing of Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87, agency: Alti Sport) for the next season. The Serbian bug guy arrives from Enisey Krasnoyarsk. He played 33 games for them in PBL last season averaging 13.8 points, 5 rebounds and 1.2 steals. Labovic also added 18.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg for 2 games in EuroChallenge Qualifying Round. He participated at the PBL All-Star game and was named Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Honorable Mention -11. Dragan Labovic joined Enysay Krasnoyarsk last summer from Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt. There he had 8.6 ppg and 3.6 rpg for 23 games in German league. In the past, Labovic spent few years with FMP Zeleznik. He also has experience from Aris Thessaloniki. Labovic played for Serbian U20, U18 and U16 National Teams winning four gold medals with them.

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  SINGAPORE   


Singapore U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
4 Cheok Johrathon 176-G-96
5 Cheng Wen 175-G-95
6 Liang Myron 180-F-96
7 Toh Qing 183-F-95
8 Lee Kun 171-PG-96
9 Tee Chai 170-PG-95
10 Yuan Xing 184-F-96
11 Huai Nethanel 175-G-95
12 Jun Alistier 183-F-96
13 Manaf Khairul 175-G-96
14 Chiang Kok 199-C-95
15 Chua Yi 190-F-96

Ong Yao Kwang Head Coach


Singapore open win count at U16 SEABA Championship - by Eurobasket News
Singapore U16 - Laos U16 108:70

Singapore celebrated the first win at U16 SEABA Championship. They overcame debutants from Laos to improve at 1-1 record. Laos fell at 0-1 record after the loss. Chiang Kok stepped up with 28 points and 13 rebounds to pace the winners.
Singapore entered the game aggressively. They fired 32 points in the starting period to pile up a 15-point lead. Laos opened the second term on an 8:3 run to narrow the deficit. But Singapore quickly boosted the gap posting a 51:31 halftime advantage. Singapore kept their opponents at bay throughout the third term. They established a 78:51 lead with one quarter remaining. They did not slow down in the fourth period rolling to the victory at the end. Yuan Xing contributed 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Toh Qing netted 17 points in the victory. Phoutthasak Thavonphaneuk responded with 33 points for Laos. Aphakone Phommasone nailed 8 points in defeat.

Singapore U16: Chiang Kok 28+13 boards, Yuan Xing 21+10 boards, Toh Qing 17
Laos U16: Phoutthasak Thavonphaneuk 33, Aphakone Phommasone 8



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  SLOVAKIA   


Ridzon Joins 'Arch Enemy' - by Tomas Kottra
A bit surprising, but not too much. Viliam Ridzon (192-G-75) signed contract with Handlova which is rival of his former team Prievidza.
36 years old veteran said his old team did not contact him until now. 'I have declared numerous times before that I want to end my career in Prievidza, but this current unsure situation does not allow me this.' As we know, Prievidza is still not sure about playing this year's Extraliga edition. They are looking for sponsor at the moment.
The rivalism between Handlova and Prievidza is an interesting topic here. Ridzon was a long-time Prievidza player, recent captain and first round match of 2011/2012 season will play against his last employer.
In 36 games Viliam Ridzon scored 8.1ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg. Some other new players joined roster of Handlova- Juraj Klatik, Rbert Jny and Jozef Oravec.


BK Iskra Svit bring back Petar Cosic - by Eurobasket News
BK Iskra Svit add Petar Cosic (186-G-85, agency: Interperformances) for 2011/2012 season. The Croatia player will head to Slovakia from Prigorje Financije Krizevci where he finished the last season.
In 2000-2001 Petar Cosic started for Svijetlost Oriolik Slavonski Brod junior team and in 2001-2002 appeared in Slavonski Brod (A1). In 2003-2004 for Svjetlost Brod (A1, starting five) he averaged 12.8ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.2apg, 1.8spg and in Stage2 had 10.9ppg, 2.4apg, 2.6spg. After another two seasons there he moved to Etendard de Brest (France-ProA) and in 17 games showed 3.1ppg, 1.3apg. In 2006-2007 for Etendard de Brest (France-ProB, starting five) showed 6.1ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 39.4%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 81.0%, but in Jan.'07 joined KK Split (A1). In Adriatic League after 10 games his stats read 3.2ppg, 1.2rpg, 2.7apg, 1.1spg, while in Overall stats (including Croatian League) after 27 games had 1.7ppg, 1.4apg. In 2007-2008 moved to KK Zabok (A1, starting five) and in 17 games averaged 13.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.6apg, 1.1spg. In 2008-2009 joined KK Dubrava Zagreb (A1, starting five) and averaged 10.5ppg, 1.2rpg, 3.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 60.7%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 76.7%. In 2009-2010 joined Svjetlost Slavonski Brod for another two seasons. The year 2010 played for Svjetlost Slavonski Brod, but in Jan.'11 moved to BK Iskra Svit (Slovakia-Extraliga, starting five) and in 13 games had 17.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 5.2apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 85.7%.In Mar.'11 signed at Prigorje Financije Krizevci (A2, starting five).



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  SLOVENIA   


Rogaska completes roster with Strnad, Soskic and Blesic - by Zeljko Zule
Newly promoted Rogaska Crystal completed its roster for the upcoming season with the addition of Nejc Strnad (190-G-83), Mladen Soskic (202-F-84) and Alen Blesic (198-G-89). Strnad is recovering after two knee surgeries and signed until end of December. Soskic and Blesic both already played in Slovenia. Soskic played with Zasavje in the season 2009-10 averaging 10.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists while Blesic played with Plama Pur in Division III in the season 2007-08.
Soskic arrives from UMF Grindavik where he averaged 14.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.8 asissts in 9 appearances of Iceland-Express League. Blesic arrives from Dubrovnik where last season averaged 9.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steals in 24 Croatian League games.



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  SOUTH KOREA   


William Jones Cup. Jordan stop South Korea - by Eurobasket News
Jordan - South Korea 85:77

Jordan registered the fourth win at William Jones Cup. They held off South Korea behind 23 points and 9 rebounds from Abbas Zaid (203-F-83). Jordan improved at 4-2 record, while South Korea suffered the first defeat at the tournament to slip at 5-1.
Jordan took South Korea by surprise in the opening term. Thomas Baldwin team fired 28 points to earn a 13-point lead at the first break. South Korea slowed their opponents down in the second quarter. They cut the deficit to trail by 12 points at halftime 33:45. Jordan maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They arrived at the final break up by 16 points 68:52. South Korea unloaded 25 points in the final period but came up short of victory at the end. Osama Daghles (198-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) knocked down 21 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and issued 10 assists for the first triple-double at the tourney. Rasheim Wright (194-G-81, college: District of Col.) accounted for 15 points in the win. Stevenson Cameron (200-F-75, agency: Alti Sport, college: Richmond) responded with 17 points for South Korea. Kang Byung-Hyun (193-G/F-85) added 13 points in the losing effort.

Jordan: Abbas Zaid 23, Osama Daghles 21+10 boards+10 assists, Rasheim Wright 15
South Korea: Stevenson Cameron 17, Kang Byung-Hyun 13



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  SPAIN   


Cajasol brings in scorer Carl English - by Eurobasket News
Cajasol Banca Civica announced signing of Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) for the next season. The Canadian scorer heads to his new club from Joventut Badalona, where he spent 2010/11. He joined Joventut last summer averaging 15.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists for 17 games in ACB. He missed second part of the season due to injury. Before Joventut, Carl English spent one year with Caja Laboral. He helped them win ACB title with 9.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 1 apg for 38 games. English also added 8.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 1.1 apg for games in Euroleague. From 2007 to 2009, Carl English played for Gran Canaria. In the past, he was a member of Zadar and VidiVici Bologna. English graduated at the University of Hawaii in 2003.

Caceres Keeps Juan Sanguino - by JC Ruiz
Caceres 2016 C.B. announced signing of a one-year contract extension with Juan Sanguino (206-F/C-80). The center joined Caceres 2016 C.B. four years ago from Aguas de Valencia - Gandia Basquet.
He played 28 games in Leb Gold collecting 2 points and 1.7 rebounds per game. Juan Sanguino played 9 ACB games without get points.
Caceres 2016 C.B. former Juan Sanguino played for Aquas De Sousas Club Ourense Baloncesto and Aguas de Valencia - Gandia Basquet before comeback.
As a professional player, his best year was 2007/2008. Sanguino averaged 10.4 points, 5.3 rebounds per game.


Alex Calvo remains with Caceres 2016 C.B. - by Eurobasket News
Juan Sanguino (206-F/C-80) and Alex Calvo (180-PG-91) remain with their teams for the next seasons.
Juan Sanguino will remain with Caceres 2016 C.B for the fifth straight season. In 2005-2006 the Spanish Big Man finished with CB Ourense (LEB2) and in 30 games averaged 5.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 2FGP: 52.7%, 3PT: 0.0%, FT: 77.1%. In 2006-2007 he joined Gandia Basquet (LEB Gold) and had 7.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 2FGP: 53.0%, 3FGP: 10.0%, FT: 63.0% in his debut season. Last year he averaged 1.9ppg, 1.6rpg. With the team he reached Spanish LEB Silver Semifinals in 2008.
Alex Calvo meanwhile will stay with his Grupo Iruna Navarra. In 2006-2007 the 1991 year born player appeared for Noain, Cadets and left after two seasons. In 2008-2009 moved to CNP-UPNA (Div.1) and in 2009-2010 joined Basket Navarra (Div.1). Last season he played in three games.


Obradoiro CAB keeps Moncho Fernandez - by Eurobasket News
Coach Moncho Fernandez will stay with Obradoiro CAB for the next two years. The Spanish specialist penned a two-season contract extension yesterday. Fernandez took over Obradoiro last year. He led them to victory in LEB Gold Playoffs and of course Obradoiro earned a promotion for ACB. They already played in ACB two years ago, but faced with relegation. Their main goal in 2011/12 will be to survive in the Spanish top division. Before Obradoiro CAB, Moncho Fernandez worked half of the season with Murcia. Before that he spent three years with CD Villa de Los Barrios. They reached LEB Gold Semifinals in 2009. In 2005/06, Moncho Fernandez was Assistant Coach of Breogan, at the time when they competed in ACB. He also has experience from Gijon.

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  TAIWAN   


William Jones Cup. Iran thump Taiwan for fourth victory - by Eurobasket News
Iran - Taiwan 74:47

Iran proved too good for Taiwan on the sixth day of action at William Jones Cup. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) scored 18 points and collected 9 rebounds to pace the winners. Iran improved at 4-2 record and caught up with Taiwan in the ladder.
Iran led by four points at the first break 17:13. Iran limited the hosts to just 8 points in the second quarter to take a 12-point halftime lead. Iran maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. They knocked down 21 points to establish a 54:37 buffer with one period to go. Iran never slowed down outscoring the home team in the fourth stanza and sealing a comfortable win at the end. Mahdi Kamrani (186-G-82) and Saman Veisi (189-G-82) accounted for 13 points apiece in the victory. Wen-Ting Tseng (202-C/F-84) responded with 15 points for Taiwan. Chen Hsin-An (196-G/F-80) delivered 10 points, 5 boards and 5 assists in the losing case.

Iran: Hamed Haddadi 18, Mahdi Kamrani 13, Saman Veisi 13
Taiwan: Wen-Ting Tseng 15, Chen Hsin-An 10



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  TURKEY   


Turkey needs overtime to escape Ukraine's upset in Izmir - by Eurobasket News
Turkey NT-Ukraine NT 69:65 OT

Turkey needs overtime to escape Ukraine's upset in Izmir at the start of the Spor Toto World Cup. The hosts grabbed 69:65 win over Fratello's team game.
Ukraine started better and won the opening tip 6:2. The guests remained in front after the first 10 minutes at 12:11. Turkey however needed a 7-0 run to take the lead and Hedo Turkoglu (206-F-79) brought 38:23 after the host won the second period 27-11. Ukraine however was too far to give up. They reduced to 6 points at the end of the third period after 21-12 in it. The board showed 50:44 when the teams finished thirty minutes of the game. Moreover Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: Beo Basket) and Steve Burtt (185-G-84, college: Iona) brought Ukraine to 58:58 as the teams needed overtime to find out the winner. Turkey grabbed 67:61 in it and led to 69:65 victory.
Cenk Akyol (196-G-87) paced all the home side with 13 points, while Omer Onan (194-G-78) nailed 9. Hedo Turkoglu and Furkan Aldemir (207-F-91) delivered 8 points each in a win. Viacheslav Kravtsov replied with 15 points in the losing effort. Kyrylo Fesenko (213-C-86) and Steve Burtt scored 10 points apiece for Ukraine.

Turkey NT: Cenk Akyol 13, Omer Onan 9, Hedo Turkoglu 8, Furkan Aldemir 8
Ukraine NT: Viacheslav Kravtsov 15, Kyrylo Fesenko 10, Steve Burtt 10



Gorkem Sonmez returns to Turkey - by Eurobasket News
Gorkem Sonmez (195-G-90) is coming back to Turkey. The guard has agreed on terms of contract with Olin Edirne. The deal is meant for one season. Gorkem Sonmez spent the last two seasons overseas playing for Radford University basketball team. Last season the guard notched 8.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game. Gorkem Sonmez played for U20 Turkish National Team in 2010.


Standings - TBL
TBL Standings
 1. Aliaga 0-0 
 2. Anadolu Efes 0-0 
 3. Antalya 0-0 
 4. Banvit 0-0 
 5. Besiktas 0-0 
 6. Erdemir 0-0 
 7. Fener.Ulker 0-0 
 8. Galatasaray 0-0 
 9. Hacettepe Univ. 0-0 
 10. Karsiyaka 0-0 
 11. Mersin 0-0 
 12. Olin Edirne 0-0 
 13. Tofas 0-0 
 14. Trabzonspor 0-0 
 15. Turk Telekom 0-0 


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  UGANDA   


Livingstone Still Keen On Playoff - by Eurobasket News
Livingstone will look to draw closer into the playoff picture when they face free-falling Biston Planet in the FUBA men's division three today at YMCA. Livingstone, who are 12th, stunned top-of-the table Kampala University 68-53 during the weekend. A win today would take them to 10th position. Biston have not won a game so far this season.

BASKETBALL

Today: FUBA League

Division 3: Men

Biston v Livingstone

UPDF v TLC
Courtesy of: The New Vision


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  UKRAINE   


MBC Mykolaiv signs Rodney Green - by Eurobasket News
Rodney Green (196-F/G-88, college: La Salle) is a new member of MBC Mykolaiv. The American G/SF signed a deal for the next season. Green spent the last one in Israel. He started it was a member of Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa, where he had 12.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 2.1 apg for 18 games in Premier league. Green also added 10 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 2.8 apg for 6 EuroCup games. During the season he moved to Ironi Ashkelon averaging 15.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists for 13 games. Green participated at the Premier League All-Star game and he was also named Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention -11. It was first professional season for Rodney Green. He graduated last year at La Salle University. For 18 games as a senior he had 18.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 4.3 apg.

Hoverla keeps Eric Coleman for 2011/12 - by Eurobasket News
Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk announced signing of a one-year contract extension with Eric Coleman (200-C-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: N.Iowa). The American big guy joined the club last summer from Spanish Breogan. He appeared 59 times in Superleague averaging 13.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists. Eurobasket awarded him with All-Ukrainian Superleague Honorable Mention -11. Coleman also participated at the Ukrainian All-Star Game and he helped Hoverla reach the Superleague Semifinals. In 2009/10 with Breogan Eric Coleman had 13.5 ppg and 7.7 rpg for 38 games in LEB Gold. There he was also awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention -10. His first season as a pro Coleman spent with Polish Polpharma. He had 12.1 ppg and 6.9 rpg for them in DBE. Eric Coleman graduated at the University of Northern Iowa three years ago.

Politekhnika-Halychyna signs Nenad Zivcevic - by Eurobasket News
Politekhnika-Halychyna announced signing of Nenad Zivcevic (204-F-87) for the next season. The player successfully passed try-out period. He joined the club ten days ago. Nenad Zivcevic spent last season in FYR Macedonia. The forward played for MZT Skopje. He tallied 13.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.0 steal per game in Superleague. Previously Nenad Zivcevic had stints with Buducnost Podgorica, Fersped-Rabotnicki and Plejmejker-Kubus Skopje. In 2009, Zivcevic won Macedonian league title with Rabotnicki. He also played for U20, U18 and U16 Serbian National Teams. Zivcevic won three EuroBasket gold medals with them.

Jerome Coleman and Daniel McClintock join MBC Mykolaiv - by Eurobasket News
MBC Mykolaiv continued to strengthen their roster. Shortly after landing Rodney Green the team announced Jerome Coleman (185-G-81, college: Rutgers) and Daniel McClintock (212-C-77, college: N.Arizona).
Jerome Coleman started the previous season in Romania. The guard posted 10.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game in Romanian League with Steaua Turabo. Jerome Coleman also delivered 11.3 points, 2.3 boards, 2.0 steals and 1.3 assists in EuroChallenge. In January Jerome Coleman moved to Iraklis Thessaloniki. His stats read 10.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists per appearance in A1 League. Jerome Coleman is not new to Ukraine. He played for BC Odessa back in 2009/10 season.
Daniel McClintock is coming back to MBC Mykolaiv. He played for the team in 2009/10 season averaging 18.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. Last season Daniel McClintock spent with Azovmash Mariupol. The centre notched 8.2 points, 3.3 boards and 1.1 assists in Superleague. In EuroCup his stas read 5.5 points and 1.5 boards, while in VTB League Daniel McClintock posted 3.5 points and 2.5 rebounds. Eurobasket.com named Daniel McClintock All-Ukrainian Superleague Centre of the Year in 2010.



Turkey needs overtime to escape Ukraine's upset in Izmir - by Eurobasket News
Turkey NT-Ukraine NT 69:65 OT

Turkey needs overtime to escape Ukraine's upset in Izmir at the start of the Spor Toto World Cup. The hosts grabbed 69:65 win over Fratello's team game.
Ukraine started better and won the opening tip 6:2. The guests remained in front after the first 10 minutes at 12:11. Turkey however needed a 7-0 run to take the lead and Hedo Turkoglu (206-F-79) brought 38:23 after the host won the second period 27-11. Ukraine however was too far to give up. They reduced to 6 points at the end of the third period after 21-12 in it. The board showed 50:44 when the teams finished thirty minutes of the game. Moreover Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: Beo Basket) and Steve Burtt (185-G-84, college: Iona) brought Ukraine to 58:58 as the teams needed overtime to find out the winner. Turkey grabbed 67:61 in it and led to 69:65 victory.
Cenk Akyol (196-G-87) paced all the home side with 13 points, while Omer Onan (194-G-78) nailed 9. Hedo Turkoglu and Furkan Aldemir (207-F-91) delivered 8 points each in a win. Viacheslav Kravtsov replied with 15 points in the losing effort. Kyrylo Fesenko (213-C-86) and Steve Burtt scored 10 points apiece for Ukraine.

Turkey NT: Cenk Akyol 13, Omer Onan 9, Hedo Turkoglu 8, Furkan Aldemir 8
Ukraine NT: Viacheslav Kravtsov 15, Kyrylo Fesenko 10, Steve Burtt 10



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William Jones Cup. Philippines drub UAE - by Eurobasket News
Philippines - UAE 95:60

Philippines registered the fourth win at the William Jones Cup in Taiwan. They overwhelmed UAE today to earn 4-2 record. Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, college: Providence) stepped up with 23 points and 13 rebounds to pace the winners. UAE fell at 0-6 record after the loss.
Philippines surged ahead right from the start. They posted a 19:10 lead at the first break. UAE picked up the tempo in the second quarter. They narrowed the deficit at 7 points at the interval 31:38. Philippines however shifted the gear after the big break. They unloaded 27 points in the third term to arrive at the final intermission up by 16 points. Philippines erupted for 30 points in the fourth period to seal the winning outcome. Christopher Lutz (193-G-85, college: Marshall) delivered 13 points, while Marcio Lassiter (188-G-87, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) and Pauliasi Taulava (208-C-73) added 10 points each in the victory. Khalifa Salem (175-G-91) responded with 15 points for UAE. Mohamed Al Braiki (190-G-91) netted 13 points in the loss.

Philippines: Marcus Douthit 23+13 boards, Christopher Lutz 13, Marcio Lassiter 10, Pauliasi Taulava 10
UAE: Khalifa Salem 15, Mohamed Al Braiki 13



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Thomson To Tyneside - by Paul Nilsen
The Newcastle Eagles have signed 610 Power Forward Andrew Thomson (205-F-84, college: Catawba) from Mersey Tigers.


Thomson, who hails from Manchester, developed his skills with the Manchester Magic program before spending a year playing in Spain. For the last three seasons he played for Mersey Tigers and last season was named as BBLs British Player of the Year.


Originally known for his ability to make three point shots, he has now added a powerful inside presence to his game. Thomson played for England last season but is still awaiting a call-up to the Great Britain squad.



Eagles coach Fab Flournoy said: 'Andy was a real thorn in our side last season and I am delighted to welcome him to the Eagles.


He is a skilled big man whose inside game has really developed over the past couple of years. I see him as a potential focal point of our team and a player who I hope will improve even further during his time with us as Andy undoubtedly has the ability to feature in the GB program for years to come'.



The Newcastle Eagles begin their preparations for the new season in early September with the players reporting for duty on the 5th September. Eagles fans will get their first glimpse of the team on September 12th and 13th as they take on USA Team Select at Sport Central.


Raiders Add Final Import - by Paul Nilsen
UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders have signed their final import player, American point guard, Benjamin Smith (178-G-87, college: Jacksonville). Smith comes to the Raiders with a fantastic reputation, as a leader and a scoring point guard.



Smith, 510, played with Lehmon Colbert at the University of Jacksonville for 4 years, graduating having averaged 19.8 points per game. Together with Colbert, they formed the most potent scoring duo in Jacksonville history, scoring more than 3400 combined points. After graduating, he moved to Uppsala in Sweden, where he finished 4th in the league in scoring (18.8ppg), 5th in assists (4.4apg) and 4th in steals (1.8spg).



His reputation as a great player is backed up by the awards that he has won in his very short career. He was All Atlantic Sun First Team in 2008, 2009, 2010, and Eurobasket All Swedish League Honourable Mention 2011. He graduated from Jacksonville as the Universitys all time leader in assists, steals, free throws made, games played and minutes played. He was also the 3rd highest scorer in University history.



Raiders faced stiff competition to sign Smith this summer, with teams in Sweden, Germany and France interested in having him play there.



Smith himself is excited by his new challenge. I am thrilled to join the team and look forward to living in the United Kingdom. I never thought I would play along side my college teammate Lehmon Colbert again, so this will also be an added bonus to joining the team. I can't wait to get started. This is going to be a great year.



Gavin Love Im really pleased to have signed Benjamin Smith. Hes a very talented point guard and had a great career at Jacksonville. He followed this up with an excellent year in Sweden last year, where he finished in the top 5 in 3 statistical categories. Im confident that he will replicate that kind of form here in the BBL with the Raiders. Obviously he knows Lehmon very well having played for a very good Jacksonville team, so that will give him a good head start.



Coach Cliff Warren, Smiths Head Coach of Jacksonville is confident that he will be a nig hit in the BBL. Ben is one of my best players ever, on and off the court. Hell represent the team with class.


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Day 6 in New Taipei City - by Eurobasket News
Japan - Malaysia 70:55
Japan recorded the third win at the William Jones Cup. They prevailed against Malaysia to improve at 3-3 record. Takeki Shonaka (180-G-84) stepped up with 21 points to lead the winners. Malaysia in the meantime suffered the sixth straight defeat in Taiwan.
Malaysia ensured a better start. They led 14:12 after ten minutes. Malaysia did not loosen the grasp in the second frame. They arrived at halftime up by 7 points 29:22. But Japan changed the complexion of the game in the third term. They finally tuned in offensively scoring 27 points in the third period. Japan erased the deficit entering the fourth frame up by 5 points 49:44. Japan outgunned Malaysia 21:11 in the final stanza to earn a confident win at the end. Keijuro Matsui (188-G-85, college: Columbia) delivered 12 points, while Gaku Arao (198-F/C-87) netted 10 points and pulled down 7 rebounds in the victory. Li Wei Chee (186-F-85) and Shee Fai Loh (192-G-89) responded with 11 points each for Malaysia.

Japan: Takeki Shonaka 21, Keijuro Matsui 12, Gaku Arao 10
Malaysia: Li Wei Chee 11, Shee Fai Loh 11

Philippines - UAE 95:60
Philippines registered the fourth win at the William Jones Cup in Taiwan. They overwhelmed UAE today to earn 4-2 record. Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, college: Providence) stepped up with 23 points and 13 rebounds to pace the winners. UAE fell at 0-6 record after the loss.
Philippines surged ahead right from the start. They posted a 19:10 lead at the first break. UAE picked up the tempo in the second quarter. They narrowed the deficit at 7 points at the interval 31:38. Philippines however shifted the gear after the big break. They unloaded 27 points in the third term to arrive at the final intermission up by 16 points. Philippines erupted for 30 points in the fourth period to seal the winning outcome. Christopher Lutz (193-G-85, college: Marshall) delivered 13 points, while Marcio Lassiter (188-G-87, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) and Pauliasi Taulava (208-C-73) added 10 points each in the victory. Khalifa Salem (175-G-91) responded with 15 points for UAE. Mohamed Al Braiki (190-G-91) netted 13 points in the loss.

Philippines: Marcus Douthit 23+13 boards, Christopher Lutz 13, Marcio Lassiter 10, Pauliasi Taulava 10
UAE: Khalifa Salem 15, Mohamed Al Braiki 13

Jordan - South Korea 85:77
Jordan registered the fourth win at William Jones Cup. They held off South Korea behind 23 points and 9 rebounds from Abbas Zaid (203-F-83). Jordan improved at 4-2 record, while South Korea suffered the first defeat at the tournament to slip at 5-1.
Jordan took South Korea by surprise in the opening term. Thomas Baldwin team fired 28 points to earn a 13-point lead at the first break. South Korea slowed their opponents down in the second quarter. They cut the deficit to trail by 12 points at halftime 33:45. Jordan maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They arrived at the final break up by 16 points 68:52. South Korea unloaded 25 points in the final period but came up short of victory at the end. Osama Daghles (198-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) knocked down 21 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and issued 10 assists for the first triple-double at the tourney. Rasheim Wright (194-G-81, college: District of Col.) accounted for 15 points in the win. Stevenson Cameron (200-F-75, agency: Alti Sport, college: Richmond) responded with 17 points for South Korea. Kang Byung-Hyun (193-G/F-85) added 13 points in the losing effort.

Jordan: Abbas Zaid 23, Osama Daghles 21+10 boards+10 assists, Rasheim Wright 15
South Korea: Stevenson Cameron 17, Kang Byung-Hyun 13

Iran - Taiwan 74:47
Iran proved too good for Taiwan on the sixth day of action at William Jones Cup. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) scored 18 points and collected 9 rebounds to pace the winners. Iran improved at 4-2 record and caught up with Taiwan in the ladder.
Iran led by four points at the first break 17:13. Iran limited the hosts to just 8 points in the second quarter to take a 12-point halftime lead. Iran maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. They knocked down 21 points to establish a 54:37 buffer with one period to go. Iran never slowed down outscoring the home team in the fourth stanza and sealing a comfortable win at the end. Mahdi Kamrani (186-G-82) and Saman Veisi (189-G-82) accounted for 13 points apiece in the victory. Wen-Ting Tseng (202-C/F-84) responded with 15 points for Taiwan. Chen Hsin-An (196-G/F-80) delivered 10 points, 5 boards and 5 assists in the losing case.

Iran: Hamed Haddadi 18, Mahdi Kamrani 13, Saman Veisi 13
Taiwan: Wen-Ting Tseng 15, Chen Hsin-An 10



Standings
Standings
1. S.Korea5-1
2. Iran4-2
3. Jordan4-2
4. Philippine.4-2
5. Taiwan4-2
6. Japan3-3
7. S.Africa0-0
8. United Ara.0-6
9. Malaysia0-6


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Arakan,Choma Crowned Basketball Champs - by Eurobasket News
ARAKAN Barracks and Choma were at the weekend crowned 2011 Felix Chileshe basketball high schools champions in the boys and girls categories respectively, walking away with a set of jersey, two basketballs and a trophy.

After eliminating 2010 champions Matero Boys in the provincial qualifiers, the Lusaka envoys Arakan beat Copperbelt champions Kantanshi 39-28 in the finals played at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) in Lusaka.

St. Monica's Convent, from Eastern Province, were left in tears after failing to replicate their last year's form, suffering a narrow 28-29 defeat at the hands of Choma in the finals, after an earlier loss to the same side in the opening match of the competition.

Joseph Chilufya, from the Copperbelt representatives Kantanshi, and Miriam Mulambo, from Choma, the Southern Province envoys, were voted the most valuable players in the boys and girls category.

To secure themselves a place into the finals, the Choma girls eliminated Kantanshi through a 21-18 score-line as St Monica's beat Lusaka champions, Munali 15-7.

And in the boys category, Arakan High cruised to the finals after a tightly contested semi-final match that saw them booting out Choma from the championship after a 33-31 score-line.

Kantanshi sailed through to the boys' finals of the 2011 championships that in its fourth edition since inception had drawn 15 teams, beating Anoya Zulu 31-20.

The championship is a brainchild of the Sports-In-Action in partnership with the Zambia Basketball Association and the Zambia School Sports Associations, and is held in memory of late Zambia's basketball pioneer Felix Chileshe.
Courtesy of: Times of Zambia




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  ARGENTINA - Women  


Campeonato Argentino de Mayores: Capital Federal wins the title - by Eurobasket News
Mendoza - Capital Federal 65-69 OT

Capital Federal is the winner of Campeonato Argentino de Mayores 2011. They celebrated 69-65 victory against Mendoza to win the trophy. Capital Federal needed an overtime to do this. Teams were leveled at 57-57 at the end of the regular time and CF players managed to make 8-12 in extra five minutes. Agostina Burani (189-F/C-91, agency: Players Group) was a key player for the winners. She spent almost the entire game on the court collecting 26 points. Debora Gonzalez (172-PG-90, agency: Players Group) and Macarena D'urso (170-G-91) scored 13 points each. In the loosing squad, Laura Pessolano was better than the others with 14 points. Carolina Sanchez (184-F/C-76, agency: Players Group) and Andrea Boqueta scored 11 points each.
In the battle for third place Entre Ros was better than Cordoba 58-43. Fifth place belongs to Santa Fe. They outplayed Buenos Aires 76-63 to take this spot.

Mendoza: Laura Pessolano 14, Carolina Sanchez 11, Andrea Boqueta 11
Capital Federal: Agostina Burani 26, Debora Gonzalez 13, Macarena D'urso 13


LNBF: Eight teams qualified for the second stage - by Eurobasket News
Eight teams advanced to the second stage of LNBF. Here are the groups:

Group A
Vlez Sarsfield
Deportivo Berazategui
Racing-Guaran de Posadas
Independiente de Salta

Group B
Unin Florida
Atltico Lans
Libertad de Sunchales
Unin de Sunchales



Below are the latest scores of Stage One. There are also final standings for each of four groups. Teams marked with Q means that they qualified for the second stage.

Results Group A
Unin 46-95 Vlez
Banda Norte 55-65 Villa Belgrano
Villa Belgrano 66-110 Vlez
Banda Norte 53-69 Unin
Villa Belgrano 56-69 Unin
Banda Norte 56-120 Vlez

Standings Group A
(Q) Vlez 6
(Q) Unin 5
Villa Belgrano 4
Banda Norte 3

Results Group B
Independiente 47-89 Unin Florida
Universitario 45-75 Petroleros YPF
Petroleros YPF 47-87 Unin Florida
Universitario 52-95 Independiente
Petroleros YPF 71-72 Independiente
Universitario 30-76 Unin Florida

Standings Group B
(Q)Unin Florida 6
(Q) Independiente 5
Petroleros YPF 4
Universitario 3

Results Group C
Libertad 52-47 Ben Hur
Berazategui 77-52 Regatas
Libertad 58-57 Regatas
Berazategui 88-51 Ben Hur
Regatas 60-49 Ben Hur
Beraategui 70-56 Libertad

Standings Group C
(Q) Berazategui 6
(Q) Libertad 5
Regatas 4
Ben Hur 3

Results Group D
Racing-Guaran 54-87 Lans
Pueblo Nuevo 74-66 Talleres
Lans 80-34 Talleres
Pueblo Nuevo 82-88 Racing-Guaran
Racing-Guaran 76-59 Talleres
Pueblo Nuevo 57-67 Lans

Standings Group D
(Q) Lans 6
(Q) Racing-Guaran 5
Pueblo Nuevo 4
Talleres 3




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Hawks and Eagles ready to swoop into Grand Final (WSBL Semi-Final Preview) - by Eurobasket News
Two of the women's State Basketball League's most in-form teams will be battling for a spot in the Grand Final when Total Connections Perry Lakes Hawks meet Australian Central East Perth Eagles.

The Hawks and Eagles begin a best-of-three semi-finals series at Morley Sport and Recreation Centre on Friday, with games two and three at the WA Basketball Centre a week later.

That series will determine who will face the winner of the match-up between Southlands Boulevarde Willetton Tigers and Glasscraft Wanneroo Wolves in the Grand Final on August 26.

Second seed Perry Lakes easily accounted for Cockburn in its quarter-finals series, meaning it has now won 19 of its past 22 games, but East Perth's form is similarly impressive.

The Eagles won their final nine games of the regular season before beating Kalamunda two-one in their quarter-finals series and should test the Hawks, particularly at Morley, where they've lost just twice all season.

West Coast Waves player Samantha Norwood (188-F/C-89, college: Stony Brook) starred for the Eagles in the first round of the playoffs, averaging 21.7 points over the three games, and will have to be at her best to overcome Hawks veteran Christine Boyd, who was also brilliant in the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, Wanneroo will be hoping to continue its strong form at home when it faces minor premiers and two-time defending champions Willetton in game one at Joondalup Basketball Stadium on Saturday.

The Wolves have only lost twice at Joondalup in 2011 and will need to take advantage by beating the Tigers in the first game to maintain realistic hopes of causing an upset in the series.

But Willetton lost its final two games of the regular season and barely squeezed past Lakeside in the quarter-finals, so could be vulnerable against Wanneroo, which beat Mandurah in the deciding third game to advance to the final four.

The Tigers will be hoping Waves centre Zoe Harper, who is averaging less than six points per game from her last four outings, can recapture her best form and lead them to victory, while the Wolves need WNBL guard Rebecca Mercer to continue her outstanding recent play to win the series.

Article by Jacob Kagi
Courtesy of: SBL




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U18 Luxembourg hands 85-56 loss to U18 Austria - by Eurobasket News
U18 LUXEMBOURG - U18 AUSTRIA 85-56

Great win for Luxembourg. They destroyed Austria 85-56 for 2-1 record in Group G in Miskolc. At the same time, Austria dropped to 1-2. Lena Hetto (184-F-93) shined with 19 points and 10 rebounds in this victory. Jana Putz (170-G-93) had 16 points and 5 rebs, while Nadia Marcus (173-G-93) added 15 points and 7 rebounds. In Austria, Sigrid Koizar (173-PG-95) collected 14 points and 7 boards. Camille Legris (168-PG-95) and Sarah Sagerer (190-C-96) (9 rebs) netted 13 and 12 points respectively. Quarters: 11-14, 36-12, 22-7, 16-23. Tomorrow, Luxembourg will meet Switzerland. Austria will play against UK.

Luxembourg: Lena Hetto 19+10 boards, Jana Putz 16+5 boards, Nadia Marcus 15+7 boards
Austria: Sigrid Koizar 14+7 boards, Camille Legris 13, Sarah Sagerer 12+9 boards


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U18 Croatia ends Qualifying Round in Miskolc with perfect record - by Eurobasket News
U18 CROATIA - U18 BELARUS 64-58

First place in the Qualifying Group E belongs to Croatia. They celebrated 64-58 win against Belarus to finish this phase with perfect 5-0. Croatia will meet Israel in the Quarterfinals. Belarus also advanced to the next stage, but as No.2 of this pool with 4-1 record. They will play against Greece. Ivana Tikvic (189-C-94) paced her team to this victory with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Anja Majstorovic (184-F/C-94) had 13 points and 5 boards, while Ruzica Dzankic (180-F/G-94) added 12 pts, plus 8 boards. In the loosing squad, Maryna Ivashchanka (190-C-93) delivered 10 points. Their second scorer was Darya Lipinskaya (180-G/F-93) with 9 pts. Quarters: 17-13, 15-11, 19-13, 13-21. Championship continues tomorrow.

Croatia: Ivana Tikvic 14+13 boards, Anja Majstorovic 13+5 boards, Ruzica Dzankic 12+8 boards
Belarus: Maryna Ivashchanka 10, Darya Lipinskaya 9


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U18 France is No.1 of Group F - by Eurobasket News
U18 FRANCE - U18 BELGIUM 68-48

France blasted Belgium 68-48 for the first place in Qualifying Group F in Oradea. France ended the second stage with perfect 5-0 record and will meet Poland in the Quarterfinals. Belgium dropped to second place with 4-1 and they will take on Turkey. Alice Nayo (186-C-93) was the only player with double-digits in scoring for the winners. She had 10 points. Olivia Epoupa (165-PG-94) and Jodie Cornelie (193-F-93) added 9 points and 5 rebounds each. In defeat, Julie Vanloo (172-PG-93) shined with 25 points. Emma Meesseman (192-C-93) stopped to 6 pts and 8 boards in this meeting. Quarters: 20-6, 18-19, 21-11, 9-12. Championship continues tomorrow.

France: Alice Nayo 10, Olivia Epoupa 9+5 boards, Jodie Cornelie 9+5 boards
Belgium: Julie Vanloo 25, Emma Meesseman 6+8 boards


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U18 Hungary reaches Quarterfinals in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News
U18 HUNGARY - U18 BULGARIA 66-57

Hungary closed Qualifying Round in Mickolc with 66-57 victory against Bulgaria. Thanks to this win Hungary finished as No.3 of Group E with 3-2 record and of course advanced to the Quarterfinals. Their rival will be Latvia. On the other side, Bulgaria finished this stage with poor 0-5. They will continue in Classification Round from 9th to 12th place. Fanni Szabo (181-G-94) top-scored for the winners with 16 points. Amadea Szamosi (190-F/C-94) had 13 points and 12 boards, while Janka Hegedus (184-F-94) added 10 points, plus 6 boards. In defeat, Radostina Dimitrova (175-F-94) delivered 19 points. Their second scorer was Kristina Peychinova (174-C-94) with 13 pts. 11-15, 24-17, 18-13, 13-12. Championship continues tomorrow.

Hungary: Fanni Szabo 16, Amadea Szamosi 13+12 boards, Janka Hegedus 10+6 boards
Bulgaria: Radostina Dimitrova 19, Kristina Peychinova 13


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U18 Croatia ends Qualifying Round in Miskolc with perfect record - by Eurobasket News
U18 CROATIA - U18 BELARUS 64-58

First place in the Qualifying Group E belongs to Croatia. They celebrated 64-58 win against Belarus to finish this phase with perfect 5-0. Croatia will meet Israel in the Quarterfinals. Belarus also advanced to the next stage, but as No.2 of this pool with 4-1 record. They will play against Greece. Ivana Tikvic (189-C-94) paced her team to this victory with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Anja Majstorovic (184-F/C-94) had 13 points and 5 boards, while Ruzica Dzankic (180-F/G-94) added 12 pts, plus 8 boards. In the loosing squad, Maryna Ivashchanka (190-C-93) delivered 10 points. Their second scorer was Darya Lipinskaya (180-G/F-93) with 9 pts. Quarters: 17-13, 15-11, 19-13, 13-21. Championship continues tomorrow.

Croatia: Ivana Tikvic 14+13 boards, Anja Majstorovic 13+5 boards, Ruzica Dzankic 12+8 boards
Belarus: Maryna Ivashchanka 10, Darya Lipinskaya 9


Gospic announced the roster's changes for the next season - by Eurobasket News
Gospic announced the roster's changes for the next season and should looked packed for the EuroLeague campaign as well as National League and Adriatic League.
Kia Wright (173-G-86, agency: Merit Sports, college: St.John's), Martina Dover (177-G-86), Eva Komplet (182-F/C-86), Kalisha Keane (185-F-89, college: Michigan St.) are the new faces in the team.
Kia Wright is an American Guard who originally comes from St.John's (NCAA). Martina Dover is a Slovenian Guard who will arrive from Maribor. In 2010-2011 for AJM Maribor (SKL) she averaged 15.1ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.6apg, 2.5spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 40.9%, FT: 72.3% in Slovenian League and in Adriatic League after 20 games had 14.6ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.2apg, Steals-4 (2.6spg), FGP: 41.0%, 3PT-1 (60.0%), FT-3 (87.0%, starting five).
Eva Komplet also comes from Slovenia as she played for Hit Kranjska Gora (SKL, starting five). Last year she became the third top-scorer with 17.5ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT-3 (85.1%).
Kalisha Keane is a Canadian Forward who comes from Michigan St. (NCAA, starting five). In her last season there she showed 16.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.3apg, 2.4spg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 74.7%.
Sandra Mandir (175-G-77), Ivana Jurcevic (174-G-81), Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84), Iva Badanjak (191-C-85), Sena Pavetic (198-C-86) and Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) will remain in the roster for the next season.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


U18 Serbia grabs crucial win against U18 Czech Republic, goes to QFinals in Oradea - by Eurobasket News
U18 SERBIA - U18 CZECH REPUBLIC 89-81

Serbia advanced to Quarterfinals of U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. They outplayed Czech Republic 89-81 in crucial game. Thanks to this win Serbia finished as No.3 of Group F with 3-2 record. They will meet Sweden at the next stage. Czech Republic (1-4) dropped to fifth position and will continue in Classification Round. They will try to win the ninth place there. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) exploded with 25 points and 7 rebounds. Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) also was great adding 24 pts and 14 boards. Brajkovic was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 25. Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94) helped with 16 pts and 8 assists. In the loosing squad, Nada Salacova (192-C-94) delivered 23 points. Tereza Vyoralova (176-PG-94) and Monika Satoranska (183-F/C-93) (6 rebs) had 18 and 14 points respectively. Quarters: 22-20, 17-23, 22-21, 28-17.

Serbia: Natasa Kovacevic 25+7 boards, Ivana Brajkovic 24+14 boards, Aleksandra Stanacev 16+8 as
Czech Republic: Nada Salacova 23, Tereza Vyoralova 18, Monika Satoranska 14+6 boards


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  DENMARK - Women  


U18 Latvia takes second place in Group F in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News
U18 LATVIA - U18 DENMARK 76-68

Latvia heads to the Quarterfinals in Miskolc. They handed 76-68 loss to Denmark and jumped to the second place in Group F with 3-2 record. Their rival in the Quarterfinals will be Hungary. Denmark dropped to fifth place with 1-4 score. They will continue in Classification Round. Agate Geka (169-G-93) was the leading player in victory with 20 points. Linda Vilde (180-F-93) had 15 points and Renate Reine (176-G-94) added 10 pts, plus 6 boards. In defeat, Maria Jespersen (179-G-94) collected 20 points and 14 boards. Anna Seilund (172-PG-93) (5 rebs) and Ena Viso (177-F-93) followed with 13 points each. Quarters: 19-17, 20-14, 19-10, 18-27. All teams will take a rest today.

Latvia: Agate Geka 20, Linda Vilde 15, Renate Reine 10+6 boards
Denmark: Maria Jespersen 20+14 boards, Anna Seilund 13+5 boards, Ena Viso 13


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  EUROLEAGUE - Women  


Gospic announced the roster's changes for the next season - by Eurobasket News
Gospic announced the roster's changes for the next season and should looked packed for the EuroLeague campaign as well as National League and Adriatic League.
Kia Wright (173-G-86, agency: Merit Sports, college: St.John's), Martina Dover (177-G-86), Eva Komplet (182-F/C-86), Kalisha Keane (185-F-89, college: Michigan St.) are the new faces in the team.
Kia Wright is an American Guard who originally comes from St.John's (NCAA). Martina Dover is a Slovenian Guard who will arrive from Maribor. In 2010-2011 for AJM Maribor (SKL) she averaged 15.1ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.6apg, 2.5spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 40.9%, FT: 72.3% in Slovenian League and in Adriatic League after 20 games had 14.6ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.2apg, Steals-4 (2.6spg), FGP: 41.0%, 3PT-1 (60.0%), FT-3 (87.0%, starting five).
Eva Komplet also comes from Slovenia as she played for Hit Kranjska Gora (SKL, starting five). Last year she became the third top-scorer with 17.5ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT-3 (85.1%).
Kalisha Keane is a Canadian Forward who comes from Michigan St. (NCAA, starting five). In her last season there she showed 16.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.3apg, 2.4spg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 74.7%.
Sandra Mandir (175-G-77), Ivana Jurcevic (174-G-81), Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84), Iva Badanjak (191-C-85), Sena Pavetic (198-C-86) and Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) will remain in the roster for the next season.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18 - Women  


Division B: Qualifying Round is over in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Germany - Portugal 57-63
Portugal made it in do-or-die game against Germany. They celebrated 63-57 win taking the fourth place in Qualifying Group E with 2-3 record. Portugal advanced to Quarterfinals where they will meet Finland. On the other side, Germany (1-4) failed to reach the next stage as they ended as No.5 of Group E. Germany will continue in Classification Round from 9th to 12th place. Jessica Almeida (172-PG-93) led the winners with 20 points and 6 assists. Joana Jesus (173-G-93) helped with 18 points and 8 rebs, while Raquel Jamanca (176-F-94) followed with 9 pts and 9 rebs. In defeat, Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) was better than the others with 14 points and 9 rebs. Fanny Szittya (170-PG-94) and Pia Dietrich (168-PG-94) scored 7 points each. Quarters: 14-17, 7-13, 20-15, 16-18.

Hungary - Bulgaria 66-57
Hungary closed Qualifying Round in Mickolc with 66-57 victory against Bulgaria. Thanks to this win Hungary finished as No.3 of Group E with 3-2 record and of course advanced to the Quarterfinals. Their rival will be Latvia. On the other side, Bulgaria finished this stage with poor 0-5. They will continue in Classification Round from 9th to 12th place. Fanni Szabo (181-G-94) top-scored for the winners with 16 points. Amadea Szamosi (190-F/C-94) had 13 points and 12 boards, while Janka Hegedus (184-F-94) added 10 points, plus 6 boards. In defeat, Radostina Dimitrova (175-F-94) delivered 19 points. Their second scorer was Kristina Peychinova (174-C-94) with 13 pts. 11-15, 24-17, 18-13, 13-12. Championship continues tomorrow.

Croatia - Belarus 64-58
First place in the Qualifying Group E belongs to Croatia. They celebrated 64-58 win against Belarus to finish this phase with perfect 5-0. Croatia will meet Israel in the Quarterfinals. Belarus also advanced to the next stage, but as No.2 of this pool with 4-1 record. They will play against Greece. Ivana Tikvic (189-C-94) paced her team to this victory with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Anja Majstorovic (184-F/C-94) had 13 points and 5 boards, while Ruzica Dzankic (180-F/G-94) added 12 pts, plus 8 boards. In the loosing squad, Maryna Ivashchanka (190-C-93) delivered 10 points. Their second scorer was Darya Lipinskaya (180-G/F-93) with 9 pts. Quarters: 17-13, 15-11, 19-13, 13-21. Championship continues tomorrow.
Group F
Greece - Finland 46-58
Finland is the winner of Qualifying Group F with perfect 5-0 record. They outplayed Greece 58-46 to take this spot. Finland will meet Portugal in the Quarterfinals. Greece dropped to third place with 3-2 record and also reached QFinals. Their rival will be Belarus. Anette Juvonen (170-G-93) was the leading player in victory with 22 points. Evita Iiskola (182-F-93) had 13 points and 7 rebounds, and Noora Korhonen (182-F-94) added 11 pts. In Greece, Artemis Spanou (190-F/C-93) collected 16 points and 9 boards. Georgia Kantara (176-G-93) stopped to 14 pts. Quarters: 10-22, 14-17, 9-9, 13-10. Championship continues tomorrow.

Israel - Norway 76-58
Israel advanced to the Quarterfinals of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Miskolc. They outplayed Norway 76-58 to end as No.4 of Group F with 3-2 record. Israel will meet Croatia at the next stage. Norway dropped to 0-5 in this pool and failed to reach QFinals. They will continue in Classification Games from 9th to 12th place. Keren Mozes (176-F-93) exploded with 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winners (7 triples). Hadar Levi (170-PG-94) (5 as) and Dror Myburgh (174-G-94) added 16 and 11 points respectively. In Norway, Julie McCarthy (186-C-93) was way better than the others with 24 points and 24 rebounds (valuation 35). Stine Austgulen (177-G-94) had 16 pts and 13 rebs. Quarters: 18-15, 18-11, 17-10, 23-22. Championship continues tomorrow.

Latvia - Denmark 76-68
Latvia heads to the Quarterfinals in Miskolc. They handed 76-68 loss to Denmark and jumped to the second place in Group F with 3-2 record. Their rival in the Quarterfinals will be Hungary. Denmark dropped to fifth place with 1-4 score. They will continue in Classification Round. Agate Geka (169-G-93) was the leading player in victory with 20 points. Linda Vilde (180-F-93) had 15 points and Renate Reine (176-G-94) added 10 pts, plus 6 boards. In defeat, Maria Jespersen (179-G-94) collected 20 points and 14 boards. Anna Seilund (172-PG-93) (5 rebs) and Ena Viso (177-F-93) followed with 13 points each. Quarters: 19-17, 20-14, 19-10, 18-27. All teams will take a rest today.

Group G
United Kingdom - Switzerland 54-36
Third straight win for the United Kingdom in Group G. This time UK blasted Switzerland 54-36 for 3-0 record. On the other side, Switzerland dropped to 0-3. Rosie Hynes (172-PG-93) and Maisie Elston (177-F-93) led the winners with 11 points each. Lucy Buxton (177-F-93) helped with three points less. In the loosing squad, Nadage Clement (184-C-93) was better than the others with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Their second scorer was Tamara Detraz (178-G-94) with 7 pts. Quarters: 10-8, 12-9, 17-5, 15-14. Tomorrow, UK will meet Austria. Switzerland will take on Luxembourg.

Luxembourg - Austria 85-56
Great win for Luxembourg. They destroyed Austria 85-56 for 2-1 record in Group G in Miskolc. At the same time, Austria dropped to 1-2. Lena Hetto (184-F-93) shined with 19 points and 10 rebounds in this victory. Jana Putz (170-G-93) had 16 points and 5 rebs, while Nadia Marcus (173-G-93) added 15 points and 7 rebounds. In Austria, Sigrid Koizar (173-PG-95) collected 14 points and 7 boards. Camille Legris (168-PG-95) and Sarah Sagerer (190-C-96) (9 rebs) netted 13 and 12 points respectively. Quarters: 11-14, 36-12, 22-7, 16-23. Tomorrow, Luxembourg will meet Switzerland. Austria will play against UK.


W-Standings - Group A
Standings
Group E
1. Spain5-0
2. Sweden4-1
3. Turkey3-2
4. Poland2-3
5. Slovenia1-4
6. Romania0-5
Group F
1. France5-0
2. Belgium4-1
3. Serbia3-2
4. Holland2-3
5. Czech Rep.1-4
6. Italy0-5
Group Places 13-16
1. Slovakia3-0
2. Russia2-1
3. Ukraine1-2
4. Lithuania0-3


Standings - Division B - by Eurobasket News
Standings Div.B
Group E
1. Croatia5-0
2. Belarus4-1
3. Hungary3-2
4. Portugal2-3
5. Germany1-4
6. Bulgaria0-5
Group F
1. Finland5-0
2. Latvia3-2
3. Greece3-2
4. Israel3-2
5. Denmark1-4
6. Norway0-5
Group Places 13-16
1. U.Kingdom3-0
2. Luxembourg2-1
3. Austria1-2
4. Switzerland0-3


Div.A Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Amanda ZAHUI
  (191-C-93)
  Avg: 15.2
 1. Zahui, SWE15.2 
 2. Vyoralova, CZE15.0 
 3. Kovacevic, SRB14.8 
 4. Vanloo, BEL14.7 
 5. Meesseman, BEL13.7 
 6. Kavurmaciogl., TUR13.7 
 7. Cakir, TUR13.5 
 8. Slamova, SVK13.0 
 9. Ndour, ESP12.7 
 10. Chek, UKR12.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  (192-C-93)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Meesseman, BEL10.3 
 2. Preskienyte, LTU10.0 
 3. Oroszova, SVK9.5 
 4. Kavurmaciogl., TUR9.2 
 5. Naumenko, UKR9.0 
 6. Ursu, ROM9.0 
 7. Ndour, ESP8.8 
 8. Zahui, SWE8.8 
 9. Miloszewska, POL8.3 
 10. Balart, ESP8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksandra STANACEV
  (167-PG-94)
  Avg: 5
 1. Stanacev, SRB5.0 
 2. Vanloo, BEL4.0 
 3. Slamova, SVK3.3 
 4. Nystrom, SWE3.3 
 5. Juodeikyte, LTU3.2 
 6. Cakir, TUR2.8 
 7. Bernies, FRA2.8 
 8. Vyoralova, CZE2.7 
 9. Kallenberg, NED2.5 
 10. Fontaine, SWE2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  (192-C-93)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Meesseman, BEL3.7 
 2. Vyoralova, CZE3.5 
 3. Diaz, ESP3.4 
 4. Krayevska, UKR3.2 
 5. Gabrovsek, SLO3.2 
 6. Balintova, SVK3.0 
 7. Abramovic, SLO2.8 
 8. Ursu, ROM2.8 
 9. Dotto, ITA2.7 
 10. Zanoguera, ESP2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  (192-C-93)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Meesseman, BEL2.7 
 2. Ndour, ESP2.7 
 3. Salacova, CZE2.0 
 4. Preskienyte, LTU1.7 
 5. Zahui, SWE1.7 
 6. Van Der Keij., NED1.3 
 7. Tikhonenko, RUS1.3 
 8. Ruban, UKR1.3 
 9. Cornelie, FRA1.2 
 10. Chek, UKR1.2 


Div.B Stats Leaders - by Greg
Points Per Game
 Lena HETTO
  (184-F-93)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Hetto, LUX22.8 
 2. Spanou, GRE18.7 
 3. Tikvic, CRO17.4 
 4. Austgulen, NOR17.3 
 5. Iiskola, FIN17.2 
 6. Holopainen, FIN16.0 
 7. Juvonen, FIN16.0 
 8. Szamosi, HUN15.0 
 9. Jesus, POR14.7 
 10. Szabo, HUN14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julie MCCARTHY
  (186-C-93)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. McCarthy, NOR11.7 
 2. Gaskin, ENG11.5 
 3. Tikvic, CRO10.8 
 4. Spanou, GRE10.7 
 5. Lagzdina, LAT10.5 
 6. Papova, BLR8.8 
 7. Hetto, LUX8.0 
 8. Tyutyundzhie., BUL7.7 
 9. Holopainen, FIN7.3 
 10. Jespersen, DEN7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Anette JUVONEN
  (170-G-93)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Juvonen, FIN3.4 
 2. Szabo, HUN2.8 
 3. Zderadicka, AUT2.8 
 4. Almeida, POR2.8 
 5. Dayan, ISR2.8 
 6. Levi, ISR2.7 
 7. Czirjak, HUN2.3 
 8. Kedem, ISR2.3 
 9. Tikvic, CRO2.2 
 10. Iiskola, FIN2.2 
Steals Per Game
 Fanni SZABO
  (181-G-94)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Szabo, HUN3.5 
 2. Chatzigiakou., GRE3.2 
 3. Almeida, POR3.0 
 4. Tikvic, CRO2.8 
 5. Reine, LAT2.7 
 6. Lipinskaya, BLR2.5 
 7. Cigic, CRO2.3 
 8. Bedretdin, FIN2.3 
 9. Mathieu, LUX2.2 
 10. Weisbort, ISR2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Christina GASKIN
  (188-F/C-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Gaskin, ENG2.5 
 2. Chatzigiakou., GRE2.2 
 3. Tikvic, CRO2.2 
 4. Kalenta, BLR1.5 
 5. Breivik, NOR1.5 
 6. Tyutyundzhie., BUL1.3 
 7. Sagerer, AUT1.0 
 8. Dimitrova, BUL1.0 
 9. Fouraki, GRE1.0 
 10. Judit, HUN1.0 


Division A: Quarterfinals are set in Oradea - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Spain - Sweden 58-47
Spain outplayed Sweden 58-47 for the first place in Group E in Oradea. Spain finished Qualifying Round with perfect 5-0 record and will meet Holland in the Quarterfinals. Sweden also advanced to the next stage, but as No.2 with 4-1 record. Their rival in the QFinals will be Serbia. Marles Balart (182-F/C-94) led Spain to victory with 13 points and 8 rebounds. She reached valuation 20 and was the MVP of this meeting. Elena De Alfredo (170-F-94) also scored 13 points, while Andrea Vilaro (180-F-93) added three less than her. In Sweden, Amanda Zahui (191-C-93) shined with 14 points and 10 boards. Their second scorer was Helena Kurt (165-PG-93) with 8 pts. Quarters: 16-7, 10-12, 17-19, 15-9. Championship continues tomorrow.

Poland - Romania 53-51
Poland managed to beat Romania 53-51 winning the fourth place in Group E. Thanks to this win Poland improved to 2-3 record and they advanced to Quarterfinals of U18 EuroBasket. Their rival will be France. On the other side, Romania failed to reach the next stage due to poor 0-5 record. They will continue in Classification Games from 9th to 12th place. Karina Szybala (180-F-93) top-scored in victory with 11 points. Monika Skrzecz (162-PG-94) had 10 and Magdalena Koperwas (177-G/F-93) added 7 pts, plus 6 boards. For the hosts, Laura Pal (174-G-93) was better than the others with 17 points. Oana Baluta (184-C/F-93) had 11 pts and 5 boards. Quarters: 9-17, 16-13, 24-12, 4-9. Championship continues tomorrow.

Turkey - Slovenia 66-58
Turkey outplayed Slovenia 66-58 to end as No.3 of Group E in Oradea. Turkey advanced to Quarterfinals, where they will meet Belgium. On the other side, Slovenia dropped to 1-4 and failed to reach the next stage. They finished as No.5 in this pool. Slovenia will be transferred to Classification Games from 9th to 12th place. Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) shined for the winners with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) had 12 points and 5 rebs, while Olcay Cakir (180-PG-93) (5 rebs) and Merve Aydin (174-PG-94) helped with 10 points each. In the loosing squad, Alina Gjerkes (177-F-94) delivered 16 points. Nina Gabrovsek (168-PG-94) and Ursa Zibert (172-PG-93) added 12 and 11 pts respectively. Quarters: 14-15, 20-13, 16-13, 16-17. Championship continues tomorrow.

Group F
Holland - Italy 55-48
Holland advanced to the Quarterfinals of U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. They managed to beat Italy 55-48 winning the fourth place in Group F with 2-4 record. Holland will meet Spain in the QFInals. Italy failed to reach the next stage and they will not be able to defend the title from the last year. Italy will continue in Classification Games from 9th to 12th place. Kourtney Treffers (186-F-94) stepped up for Holland with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Gabrielle Van Den Bosch (173-G-93) added 14 pts, while Loyce Bettonvil (185-F-93) helped with 7 points and 7 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Marta Masoni (184-F-93) collected 10 points and 8 boards Alessandra Formica (186-G-93) also scored 10 pts, but to go with 5 rebs. Quarters: 6-8, 18-12, 14-10, 17-18. Championship continues tomorrow.

France - Belgium 68-48
France blasted Belgium 68-48 for the first place in Qualifying Group F in Oradea. France ended the second stage with perfect 5-0 record and will meet Poland in the Quarterfinals. Belgium dropped to second place with 4-1 and they will take on Turkey. Alice Nayo (186-C-93) was the only player with double-digits in scoring for the winners. She had 10 points. Olivia Epoupa (165-PG-94) and Jodie Cornelie (193-F-93) added 9 points and 5 rebounds each. In defeat, Julie Vanloo (172-PG-93) shined with 25 points. Emma Meesseman (192-C-93) stopped to 6 pts and 8 boards in this meeting. Quarters: 20-6, 18-19, 21-11, 9-12. Championship continues tomorrow.

Serbia - Czech Republic 89-81
Serbia advanced to Quarterfinals of U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. They outplayed Czech Republic 89-81 in crucial game. Thanks to this win Serbia finished as No.3 of Group F with 3-2 record. They will meet Sweden at the next stage. Czech Republic (1-4) dropped to fifth position and will continue in Classification Round. They will try to win the ninth place there. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) exploded with 25 points and 7 rebounds. Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) also was great adding 24 pts and 14 boards. Brajkovic was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 25. Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94) helped with 16 pts and 8 assists. In the loosing squad, Nada Salacova (192-C-94) delivered 23 points. Tereza Vyoralova (176-PG-94) and Monika Satoranska (183-F/C-93) (6 rebs) had 18 and 14 points respectively. Quarters: 22-20, 17-23, 22-21, 28-17.

Group G
Ukraine - Slovakia 54-65
Slovakia jumped to 3-0 in Group G and they are very close to secure the survival in U18 EuroBasket Division A. They outplayed Ukraine yesterday 65-54. Ukraine dropped to 1-2 after this meeting. Sabina Oroszova (187-F-93) stepped up for the winners with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Barbora Balintova (173-PG-94) had 15 points and 10 boards, while Michaela Rakova (185-F-94) helped with 10 pts and 5 rebs. In defeat, Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93) collected 17 points and 6 rebounds. Miriam Uro-Nile (190-C-94) (10 rebs) and Lyudmyla Naumenko (184-F-93) (9 rebs) netted 11 pts each. Quarters: 10-15, 13-21, 18-21, 13-8. In the next game Slovakia will meet Russia. Ukraine will play against Lithuania.

Russia - Lithuania 83-51
Russia registered second straight win in Group G. This time Russia blasted Lithuania 83-51 for 2-1 record in this pool. Lithuania dropped to 0-3 and their chances to survive in Division A drastically decreased. Galina Kiseleva (182-F-93) led the winners with 19 points. Albina Razheva (186-F-94) had 12 pts and 5 boards, while Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-F/C-93, agency: RIZO) added 10 pts, plus 7 rebs. In the loosing squad, Monika Aleksaite (178-F-93) was better than the others with 9 points and 8 rebounds. Gintare Jasiunskaite (180-F-94) also scored 9 pts in this loss. Quarters: 25-10, 18-6, 12-15, 28-20. Tomorrow Russia will meet Slovakia. Lithuania will play against Ukraine.


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  FINLAND - Women  


U18 Finland wins Group F in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News
U18 GREECE - U18 FINLAND 46-58

Finland is the winner of Qualifying Group F with perfect 5-0 record. They outplayed Greece 58-46 to take this spot. Finland will meet Portugal in the Quarterfinals. Greece dropped to third place with 3-2 record and also reached QFinals. Their rival will be Belarus. Anette Juvonen (170-G-93) was the leading player in victory with 22 points. Evita Iiskola (182-F-93) had 13 points and 7 rebounds, and Noora Korhonen (182-F-94) added 11 pts. In Greece, Artemis Spanou (190-F/C-93) collected 16 points and 9 boards. Georgia Kantara (176-G-93) stopped to 14 pts. Quarters: 10-22, 14-17, 9-9, 13-10. Championship continues tomorrow.

Greece: Artemis Spanou 16+9 boards, Georgia Kantara 14
Finland: Anette Juvonen 22, Evita Iiskola 13+7 boards, Noora Korhonen 11



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  FRANCE - Women  


U18 France is No.1 of Group F - by Eurobasket News
U18 FRANCE - U18 BELGIUM 68-48

France blasted Belgium 68-48 for the first place in Qualifying Group F in Oradea. France ended the second stage with perfect 5-0 record and will meet Poland in the Quarterfinals. Belgium dropped to second place with 4-1 and they will take on Turkey. Alice Nayo (186-C-93) was the only player with double-digits in scoring for the winners. She had 10 points. Olivia Epoupa (165-PG-94) and Jodie Cornelie (193-F-93) added 9 points and 5 rebounds each. In defeat, Julie Vanloo (172-PG-93) shined with 25 points. Emma Meesseman (192-C-93) stopped to 6 pts and 8 boards in this meeting. Quarters: 20-6, 18-19, 21-11, 9-12. Championship continues tomorrow.

France: Alice Nayo 10, Olivia Epoupa 9+5 boards, Jodie Cornelie 9+5 boards
Belgium: Julie Vanloo 25, Emma Meesseman 6+8 boards


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U18 Portugal goes to Quarterfinals in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News
U18 GERMANY - U18 PORTUGAL 57-63

Portugal made it in do-or-die game against Germany. They celebrated 63-57 win taking the fourth place in Qualifying Group E with 2-3 record. Portugal advanced to Quarterfinals where they will meet Finland. On the other side, Germany (1-4) failed to reach the next stage as they ended as No.5 of Group E. Germany will continue in Classification Round from 9th to 12th place. Jessica Almeida (172-PG-93) led the winners with 20 points and 6 assists. Joana Jesus (173-G-93) helped with 18 points and 8 rebs, while Raquel Jamanca (176-F-94) followed with 9 pts and 9 rebs. In defeat, Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) was better than the others with 14 points and 9 rebs. Fanny Szittya (170-PG-94) and Pia Dietrich (168-PG-94) scored 7 points each. Quarters: 14-17, 7-13, 20-15, 16-18.

Germany: Laura Hebecker 14+9 boards, Fanny Szittya 7, Pia Dietrich 7
Portugal: Jessica Almeida 20+6 as, Joana Jesus 18+8 boards, Raquel Jamanca 9+9 boards


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  GREECE - Women  


U18 Finland wins Group F in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News
U18 GREECE - U18 FINLAND 46-58

Finland is the winner of Qualifying Group F with perfect 5-0 record. They outplayed Greece 58-46 to take this spot. Finland will meet Portugal in the Quarterfinals. Greece dropped to third place with 3-2 record and also reached QFinals. Their rival will be Belarus. Anette Juvonen (170-G-93) was the leading player in victory with 22 points. Evita Iiskola (182-F-93) had 13 points and 7 rebounds, and Noora Korhonen (182-F-94) added 11 pts. In Greece, Artemis Spanou (190-F/C-93) collected 16 points and 9 boards. Georgia Kantara (176-G-93) stopped to 14 pts. Quarters: 10-22, 14-17, 9-9, 13-10. Championship continues tomorrow.

Greece: Artemis Spanou 16+9 boards, Georgia Kantara 14
Finland: Anette Juvonen 22, Evita Iiskola 13+7 boards, Noora Korhonen 11



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  HOLLAND - Women  


Holland heads to Quarterfinals of U18 EuroBasket - by Eurobasket News
U18 HOLLAND - U18 ITALY 55-48

Holland advanced to the Quarterfinals of U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. They managed to beat Italy 55-48 winning the fourth place in Group F with 2-4 record. Holland will meet Spain in the QFInals. Italy failed to reach the next stage and they will not be able to defend the title from the last year. Italy will continue in Classification Games from 9th to 12th place. Kourtney Treffers (186-F-94) stepped up for Holland with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Gabrielle Van Den Bosch (173-G-93) added 14 pts, while Loyce Bettonvil (185-F-93) helped with 7 points and 7 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Marta Masoni (184-F-93) collected 10 points and 8 boards Alessandra Formica (186-G-93) also scored 10 pts, but to go with 5 rebs. Quarters: 6-8, 18-12, 14-10, 17-18. Championship continues tomorrow.

Holland: Kourtney Treffers 17+7 boards, Gabrielle Van Den Bosch 14, Loyce Bettonvil 7+7 boards
Italy: Marta Masoni 10+8 boards, Alessandra Formica 10+5 boards


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  HUNGARY - Women  


U18 Hungary reaches Quarterfinals in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News
U18 HUNGARY - U18 BULGARIA 66-57

Hungary closed Qualifying Round in Mickolc with 66-57 victory against Bulgaria. Thanks to this win Hungary finished as No.3 of Group E with 3-2 record and of course advanced to the Quarterfinals. Their rival will be Latvia. On the other side, Bulgaria finished this stage with poor 0-5. They will continue in Classification Round from 9th to 12th place. Fanni Szabo (181-G-94) top-scored for the winners with 16 points. Amadea Szamosi (190-F/C-94) had 13 points and 12 boards, while Janka Hegedus (184-F-94) added 10 points, plus 6 boards. In defeat, Radostina Dimitrova (175-F-94) delivered 19 points. Their second scorer was Kristina Peychinova (174-C-94) with 13 pts. 11-15, 24-17, 18-13, 13-12. Championship continues tomorrow.

Hungary: Fanni Szabo 16, Amadea Szamosi 13+12 boards, Janka Hegedus 10+6 boards
Bulgaria: Radostina Dimitrova 19, Kristina Peychinova 13


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  ISRAEL - Women  


U18 Israel books ticket for Quarterfinals in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News
U18 ISRAEL - U18 NORWAY 76-58

Israel advanced to the Quarterfinals of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Miskolc. They outplayed Norway 76-58 to end as No.4 of Group F with 3-2 record. Israel will meet Croatia at the next stage. Norway dropped to 0-5 in this pool and failed to reach QFinals. They will continue in Classification Games from 9th to 12th place. Keren Mozes (176-F-93) exploded with 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winners (7 triples). Hadar Levi (170-PG-94) (5 as) and Dror Myburgh (174-G-94) added 16 and 11 points respectively. In Norway, Julie McCarthy (186-C-93) was way better than the others with 24 points and 24 rebounds (valuation 35). Stine Austgulen (177-G-94) had 16 pts and 13 rebs. Quarters: 18-15, 18-11, 17-10, 23-22. Championship continues tomorrow.

Israel: Keren Mozes 24+9 boards, Hadar Levi 16+5 as, Dror Myburgh 11
Norway: Julie McCarthy 24+24 boards, Stine Austgulen 16+13 boards


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  ITALY - Women  


Holland heads to Quarterfinals of U18 EuroBasket - by Eurobasket News
U18 HOLLAND - U18 ITALY 55-48

Holland advanced to the Quarterfinals of U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. They managed to beat Italy 55-48 winning the fourth place in Group F with 2-4 record. Holland will meet Spain in the QFInals. Italy failed to reach the next stage and they will not be able to defend the title from the last year. Italy will continue in Classification Games from 9th to 12th place. Kourtney Treffers (186-F-94) stepped up for Holland with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Gabrielle Van Den Bosch (173-G-93) added 14 pts, while Loyce Bettonvil (185-F-93) helped with 7 points and 7 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Marta Masoni (184-F-93) collected 10 points and 8 boards Alessandra Formica (186-G-93) also scored 10 pts, but to go with 5 rebs. Quarters: 6-8, 18-12, 14-10, 17-18. Championship continues tomorrow.

Holland: Kourtney Treffers 17+7 boards, Gabrielle Van Den Bosch 14, Loyce Bettonvil 7+7 boards
Italy: Marta Masoni 10+8 boards, Alessandra Formica 10+5 boards


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  LATVIA - Women  


U18 Latvia takes second place in Group F in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News
U18 LATVIA - U18 DENMARK 76-68

Latvia heads to the Quarterfinals in Miskolc. They handed 76-68 loss to Denmark and jumped to the second place in Group F with 3-2 record. Their rival in the Quarterfinals will be Hungary. Denmark dropped to fifth place with 1-4 score. They will continue in Classification Round. Agate Geka (169-G-93) was the leading player in victory with 20 points. Linda Vilde (180-F-93) had 15 points and Renate Reine (176-G-94) added 10 pts, plus 6 boards. In defeat, Maria Jespersen (179-G-94) collected 20 points and 14 boards. Anna Seilund (172-PG-93) (5 rebs) and Ena Viso (177-F-93) followed with 13 points each. Quarters: 19-17, 20-14, 19-10, 18-27. All teams will take a rest today.

Latvia: Agate Geka 20, Linda Vilde 15, Renate Reine 10+6 boards
Denmark: Maria Jespersen 20+14 boards, Anna Seilund 13+5 boards, Ena Viso 13


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


U18 Russia keeps U18 Lithuania winless in Group G, 83-51 - by Eurobasket News
U18 RUSSIA - U18 LITHUANIA 83-51

Russia registered second straight win in Group G. This time Russia blasted Lithuania 83-51 for 2-1 record in this pool. Lithuania dropped to 0-3 and their chances to survive in Division A drastically decreased. Galina Kiseleva (182-F-93) led the winners with 19 points. Albina Razheva (186-F-94) had 12 pts and 5 boards, while Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-F/C-93, agency: RIZO) added 10 pts, plus 7 rebs. In the loosing squad, Monika Aleksaite (178-F-93) was better than the others with 9 points and 8 rebounds. Gintare Jasiunskaite (180-F-94) also scored 9 pts in this loss. Quarters: 25-10, 18-6, 12-15, 28-20. Tomorrow Russia will meet Slovakia. Lithuania will play against Ukraine.

Russia: Galina Kiseleva 19, Albina Razheva 12+5 boards, Ksenia Tikhonenko 10+7 boards
Lithuania: Monika Aleksaite 9+8 boards, Gintare Jasiunskaite 9


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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


U18 Luxembourg hands 85-56 loss to U18 Austria - by Eurobasket News
U18 LUXEMBOURG - U18 AUSTRIA 85-56

Great win for Luxembourg. They destroyed Austria 85-56 for 2-1 record in Group G in Miskolc. At the same time, Austria dropped to 1-2. Lena Hetto (184-F-93) shined with 19 points and 10 rebounds in this victory. Jana Putz (170-G-93) had 16 points and 5 rebs, while Nadia Marcus (173-G-93) added 15 points and 7 rebounds. In Austria, Sigrid Koizar (173-PG-95) collected 14 points and 7 boards. Camille Legris (168-PG-95) and Sarah Sagerer (190-C-96) (9 rebs) netted 13 and 12 points respectively. Quarters: 11-14, 36-12, 22-7, 16-23. Tomorrow, Luxembourg will meet Switzerland. Austria will play against UK.

Luxembourg: Lena Hetto 19+10 boards, Jana Putz 16+5 boards, Nadia Marcus 15+7 boards
Austria: Sigrid Koizar 14+7 boards, Camille Legris 13, Sarah Sagerer 12+9 boards


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  NIGERIA - Women  


Zenith Bank WBL: First Deepwater down First Bank 60-58 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Defending champion of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) organised National Women League sponsored by financial institution giant Zenith Bank Plc Thursday proved to be a true champion with a 60-58 points victory in the second phase of the league in Akure, Ondo State.

The high tempo game started with the champion dropping the first quarter by 12-13 points but rose to the ocassion in the second quarter winning by 17-11 points to take a 45-41 points lead going into the break.

First Bank effort at coming back into the was rebuffed by the champion tutored by two former Nigeria senior national team captains Lateef Erinfolami (men) and Shola Ogunade-Shomala (Women), though the champion dropped the third and fourth quarters by 16-17 and 15-17 points but the second quarter five points lead was enough to give them a well deserve victory.

Reigning league most valuable player and First Deepwater BC combo-guard, Nkechi Akashili led the floor with a double-double effort of 18 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assist, one steal and one block-shot, she was joined by captain julie Onyelugo who contributed 11 points 9 rebounds and 2 assist and forward Kelechi Obasi who added 10 points, 9 rebounds and 2 steal.

First Bank basketball club centre Grace Okonkwo led her team with a double double figure of 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 block-shots.

Other results of games played Thursday Plateau Rocks lost to Delta Force basketball club of Asaba by 48-80 points; Customs bowed to the superior fire power of Dolphins basketball club of Lagos by 37-76 points, Immigration basketball club of Kano had the better of FCT Angels by 63-45 points while host Sunshine Angels basketball club of Akure humble AHIP Queens basketball club of Kano by 53-34 points.

Action continue Friday with five games on the bill; Sunshine Angels will take on FCT Angels at 08H00; Plateau Rocks will battle Immigration of Kano at 10H00; First Deepwater basketball club will continue its search for a second back-back title chase when it takes to the floor against AHIP Queen of Kano at noon; First Bank basketball club and Dolphins basketball club will tango at 14H00 and Delta Force basketball club of Asaba and Customs basketball club will rap-up the days proceeding at 16H00.


Day 7 Results
Plateau Rocks 48 80 Delta Force
Customs 37 76 Dolphins
Immigration 63 45 FCT Angels
Sunshine Angels 53 34 AHIP Queens
First Deepwater 60 58 First Bank



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  NORWAY - Women  


U18 Israel books ticket for Quarterfinals in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News
U18 ISRAEL - U18 NORWAY 76-58

Israel advanced to the Quarterfinals of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Miskolc. They outplayed Norway 76-58 to end as No.4 of Group F with 3-2 record. Israel will meet Croatia at the next stage. Norway dropped to 0-5 in this pool and failed to reach QFinals. They will continue in Classification Games from 9th to 12th place. Keren Mozes (176-F-93) exploded with 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winners (7 triples). Hadar Levi (170-PG-94) (5 as) and Dror Myburgh (174-G-94) added 16 and 11 points respectively. In Norway, Julie McCarthy (186-C-93) was way better than the others with 24 points and 24 rebounds (valuation 35). Stine Austgulen (177-G-94) had 16 pts and 13 rebs. Quarters: 18-15, 18-11, 17-10, 23-22. Championship continues tomorrow.

Israel: Keren Mozes 24+9 boards, Hadar Levi 16+5 as, Dror Myburgh 11
Norway: Julie McCarthy 24+24 boards, Stine Austgulen 16+13 boards


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  POLAND - Women  


Ebony Ellis join Odra Brzeg - by Grzegorz Ozog
23-year-old American - Ebony Ellis (190-C-88) is a new player of Odra Brzeg. Ebony Ellis over the last few years played in NCAA in Northern Illinois University. Last season she played in 30 games averaged 11.1 points and 8.5 rebounds. Within days, another American player will strengthen Odra, she will play on F.
Earlier Polish team strengthened Inna Kochubei.
On the 26th of August Odra will play the first tournament before PLKK season.


U18 Poland grabs 53-51 win against U18 Romania, advances to Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
U18 POLAND - U18 ROMANIA 53-51

Poland managed to beat Romania 53-51 winning the fourth place in Group E. Thanks to this win Poland improved to 2-3 record and they advanced to Quarterfinals of U18 EuroBasket. Their rival will be France. On the other side, Romania failed to reach the next stage due to poor 0-5 record. They will continue in Classification Games from 9th to 12th place. Karina Szybala (180-F-93) top-scored in victory with 11 points. Monika Skrzecz (162-PG-94) had 10 and Magdalena Koperwas (177-G/F-93) added 7 pts, plus 6 boards. For the hosts, Laura Pal (174-G-93) was better than the others with 17 points. Oana Baluta (184-C/F-93) had 11 pts and 5 boards. Quarters: 9-17, 16-13, 24-12, 4-9. Championship continues tomorrow.

Poland: Karina Szybala 11, Monika Skrzecz 10, Magdalena Koperwas 7+6 boards
Romania: Laura Pal 17, Oana Baluta 11+5 boards


Magdalena Skorek returns to ROW Rybnik - by Grzegorz Ozog
After the recruitment of several foreign players ROW Rybnik bosses signed an agreement with Polish player Magdalena Skorek (177-G-84, agency: Data Plus Group). Last season 27-year-old player spend in Lider Pruszkow where he was one of the best player. She played in 27 PLKK games averaged 7.3 points and 1.7 rebounds.

Last time she played in ROW Rybnik in 2007/2008 season.



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  PORTUGAL - Women  


U18 Portugal goes to Quarterfinals in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News
U18 GERMANY - U18 PORTUGAL 57-63

Portugal made it in do-or-die game against Germany. They celebrated 63-57 win taking the fourth place in Qualifying Group E with 2-3 record. Portugal advanced to Quarterfinals where they will meet Finland. On the other side, Germany (1-4) failed to reach the next stage as they ended as No.5 of Group E. Germany will continue in Classification Round from 9th to 12th place. Jessica Almeida (172-PG-93) led the winners with 20 points and 6 assists. Joana Jesus (173-G-93) helped with 18 points and 8 rebs, while Raquel Jamanca (176-F-94) followed with 9 pts and 9 rebs. In defeat, Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) was better than the others with 14 points and 9 rebs. Fanny Szittya (170-PG-94) and Pia Dietrich (168-PG-94) scored 7 points each. Quarters: 14-17, 7-13, 20-15, 16-18.

Germany: Laura Hebecker 14+9 boards, Fanny Szittya 7, Pia Dietrich 7
Portugal: Jessica Almeida 20+6 as, Joana Jesus 18+8 boards, Raquel Jamanca 9+9 boards


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  PUERTO RICO - Women  


San German gets Karen Colon - by Eurobasket News
Karen Colon (G-77) is a new member of San German. The experienced guard heads to her new club from Leonas de Ponce. She appeared 15 times for them last season averaging 8.7 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.3 steals. In 2009, Colon played for Indias de Mayaguez. She helped them reach BSNF Semifinals. That same season Colon was named Latinbasket.com Puerto-Rican League Comeback Player of the Year -09. Karen Colon played for Ponce from 2005 to 2007. She was active member of the Puerto Rican National Team from 1998 to 2005.
Ponce got Judyana Batiz for the next season. The player spent last two years with Cabo Rojo Turistas.


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  ROMANIA - Women  


U18 Poland grabs 53-51 win against U18 Romania, advances to Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
U18 POLAND - U18 ROMANIA 53-51

Poland managed to beat Romania 53-51 winning the fourth place in Group E. Thanks to this win Poland improved to 2-3 record and they advanced to Quarterfinals of U18 EuroBasket. Their rival will be France. On the other side, Romania failed to reach the next stage due to poor 0-5 record. They will continue in Classification Games from 9th to 12th place. Karina Szybala (180-F-93) top-scored in victory with 11 points. Monika Skrzecz (162-PG-94) had 10 and Magdalena Koperwas (177-G/F-93) added 7 pts, plus 6 boards. For the hosts, Laura Pal (174-G-93) was better than the others with 17 points. Oana Baluta (184-C/F-93) had 11 pts and 5 boards. Quarters: 9-17, 16-13, 24-12, 4-9. Championship continues tomorrow.

Poland: Karina Szybala 11, Monika Skrzecz 10, Magdalena Koperwas 7+6 boards
Romania: Laura Pal 17, Oana Baluta 11+5 boards


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  RUSSIA - Women  


U18 Russia keeps U18 Lithuania winless in Group G, 83-51 - by Eurobasket News
U18 RUSSIA - U18 LITHUANIA 83-51

Russia registered second straight win in Group G. This time Russia blasted Lithuania 83-51 for 2-1 record in this pool. Lithuania dropped to 0-3 and their chances to survive in Division A drastically decreased. Galina Kiseleva (182-F-93) led the winners with 19 points. Albina Razheva (186-F-94) had 12 pts and 5 boards, while Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-F/C-93, agency: RIZO) added 10 pts, plus 7 rebs. In the loosing squad, Monika Aleksaite (178-F-93) was better than the others with 9 points and 8 rebounds. Gintare Jasiunskaite (180-F-94) also scored 9 pts in this loss. Quarters: 25-10, 18-6, 12-15, 28-20. Tomorrow Russia will meet Slovakia. Lithuania will play against Ukraine.

Russia: Galina Kiseleva 19, Albina Razheva 12+5 boards, Ksenia Tikhonenko 10+7 boards
Lithuania: Monika Aleksaite 9+8 boards, Gintare Jasiunskaite 9


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  SERBIA - Women  


U18 Serbia grabs crucial win against U18 Czech Republic, goes to QFinals in Oradea - by Eurobasket News
U18 SERBIA - U18 CZECH REPUBLIC 89-81

Serbia advanced to Quarterfinals of U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. They outplayed Czech Republic 89-81 in crucial game. Thanks to this win Serbia finished as No.3 of Group F with 3-2 record. They will meet Sweden at the next stage. Czech Republic (1-4) dropped to fifth position and will continue in Classification Round. They will try to win the ninth place there. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) exploded with 25 points and 7 rebounds. Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) also was great adding 24 pts and 14 boards. Brajkovic was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 25. Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94) helped with 16 pts and 8 assists. In the loosing squad, Nada Salacova (192-C-94) delivered 23 points. Tereza Vyoralova (176-PG-94) and Monika Satoranska (183-F/C-93) (6 rebs) had 18 and 14 points respectively. Quarters: 22-20, 17-23, 22-21, 28-17.

Serbia: Natasa Kovacevic 25+7 boards, Ivana Brajkovic 24+14 boards, Aleksandra Stanacev 16+8 as
Czech Republic: Nada Salacova 23, Tereza Vyoralova 18, Monika Satoranska 14+6 boards


Maja Vucurovic signed with Celta Vigo - by Dragana Vukovic
One of the most talented Serbian players,Maja Vucurovic (188-F-91) (188-F-91),penned one year deal with Real Club Celta Vigo Urban,Spain.Maja started in Senta,but she moved very early in Radivoj Korac Beograd,team which is well known on a good work with young players.At the age of 18 she decided to move in TS Wisla Krakow,where she spent last two seasons.This summer she was with Serbian U20 National Team.During the European Championship in Novi Sad she was averaging 7.6 points,3.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists during 18.9 minutes.Serbian team took the 4th place.Maja Vucurovic decided to move in Spain in team where she will get more minutes and space to improve.

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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


U18 Slovakia wins third straight game in Group G - by Eurobasket News
U18 UKRAINE - U18 SLOVAKIA 54-65

Slovakia jumped to 3-0 in Group G and they are very close to secure the survival in U18 EuroBasket Division A. They outplayed Ukraine yesterday 65-54. Ukraine dropped to 1-2 after this meeting. Sabina Oroszova (187-F-93) stepped up for the winners with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Barbora Balintova (173-PG-94) had 15 points and 10 boards, while Michaela Rakova (185-F-94) helped with 10 pts and 5 rebs. In defeat, Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93) collected 17 points and 6 rebounds. Miriam Uro-Nile (190-C-94) (10 rebs) and Lyudmyla Naumenko (184-F-93) (9 rebs) netted 11 pts each. Quarters: 10-15, 13-21, 18-21, 13-8. In the next game Slovakia will meet Russia. Ukraine will play against Lithuania.

Ukraine: Oleksandra Chek 17+6 boards, Miriam Uro-Nile 11+10 boards, Lyudmyla Naumenko 11+9 boards
Slovakia: Sabina Oroszova 16+8 boards, Barbora Balintova 15+10 boards, Michaela Rakova 10+5 boards


Whirlpool Poprad add Jana Vackova and Romina Ciappina - by Eurobasket News
Whirlpool Poprad that recently signed Michaela Zentkova (189-C-89) and Beata Simova (184-F-87), announced more new faces in the team.
Jana Vackova (169-F-85) and Romina Ciappina (180-F/G-88) will join the team for the upcoming season.
Jana Vackova started first for CBK Cassovia Kosice (Extraliga, starting five) but in Oct.'10 moved to BK PU Bemaco Presov (Extraliga). In 37 games she averaged 7.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.3apg, 2.6spg, 2FGP: 22.9%, FT: 51.9%. The last season for BK PU Bemaco Presov (Extraliga, starting five) after 29 games her stats read 6.2ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.6apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 36.4%, 3PT: 28.9%, FT: 47.4%.
Romina Ciappina is a Belgian Shooting Guard / Small Forward who will come from Presov. In 2003-2005 she appeared for Rebond Ottignies LLN (D1 Reg.) and in 2005-2006 signed with Novia Namur (D1). In 2006-2007 moved to Dexia Namur (D1) and in 2007-2008 for Dexia Namur (D1) averaged 3.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.3apg in EuroLeague. In 2008-2009 for Dexia Namur (D1) in EuroCup she showed 7.1ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 100.0%, while in Belgian League Poule-A averaged 7.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.3apg and in Belgian League Play-Offs had 12.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.5apg, 1.8spg. The season 2009-2010 started for Dexia Namur then moved to BK PU Bemaco Presov (Slovakia-Extraliga, starting five) and in 18 games averaged 12.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.1apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 25.4%, FT: 60.9%. Last season for BK PU Bemaco Presov (Slovakia-Extraliga, starting five) averaged 14.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.1apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 48.9%, 3PT: 30.9%, FT: 85.2%.



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Standings - Women
SKL Standings
 1. AJM Maribor 0-0 
 2. Domzale 0-0 
 3. Grosuplje 0-0 
 4. Hit K.Gora 0-0 
 5. Ilrija 0-0 
 6. Jezica 0-0 
 7. Kozmetika Afr. 0-0 
 8. Merkur Celje 0-0 
 9. Odeja KED 0-0 
 10. Pomurje 0-0 
 11. Triglav 0-0 


U18 Turkey goes to Quarterfinals in Oradea - by Eurobasket News
U18 TURKEY - U18 SLOVENIA 66-58

Turkey outplayed Slovenia 66-58 to end as No.3 of Group E in Oradea. Turkey advanced to Quarterfinals, where they will meet Belgium. On the other side, Slovenia dropped to 1-4 and failed to reach the next stage. They finished as No.5 in this pool. Slovenia will be transferred to Classification Games from 9th to 12th place. Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) shined for the winners with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) had 12 points and 5 rebs, while Olcay Cakir (180-PG-93) (5 rebs) and Merve Aydin (174-PG-94) helped with 10 points each. In the loosing squad, Alina Gjerkes (177-F-94) delivered 16 points. Nina Gabrovsek (168-PG-94) and Ursa Zibert (172-PG-93) added 12 and 11 pts respectively. Quarters: 14-15, 20-13, 16-13, 16-17. Championship continues tomorrow.

Turkey: Ozge Kavurmacioglu 17+14 boards, Ayse Cora 12+5 boards, Olcay Cakir 10+5 boards, Merve Aydin 10
Slovenia: Alina Gjerkes 16, Nina Gabrovsek 12, Ursa Zibert 11


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  SPAIN - Women  


U18 Spain wins Group E in Oradea with perfect 5-0 - by Eurobasket News
U18 SPAIN - U18 SWEDEN 58-47

Spain outplayed Sweden 58-47 for the first place in Group E in Oradea. Spain finished Qualifying Group with perfect 5-0 record and will meet Holland in the Quarterfinals. Sweden also advanced to the next stage, but as No.2 with 4-1 record. Their rival in the QFinals will be Serbia. Marles Balart (182-F/C-94) led Spain to victory with 13 points and 8 rebounds. She reached valuation 20 and was the MVP of this meeting. Elena De Alfredo (170-F-94) also scored 13 points, while Andrea Vilaro (180-F-93) added three less than her. In Sweden, Amanda Zahui (191-C-93) shined with 14 points and 10 boards. Their second scorer was Helena Kurt (165-PG-93) with 8 pts. Quarters: 16-7, 10-12, 17-19, 15-9. Championship continues tomorrow.

Spain: Marles Balart 13+8 boards, Elena De Alfredo 13, Andrea Vilaro 10
Sweden: Amanda Zahui 14+10 boards, Helena Kurt 8


Mann Filter signs Blanca Marcos - by Eurobasket News
Mann Filter made its first signing for the next season. The team landed guard/small forward Blanca Marcos (177-G/F-87) to a one-year deal. She arrives to Mann Filter from Real Club Celta Vigo Urban, where she spent last three seasons. In the latest one Marcos averaged 7.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists for 26 games in LFB. She had slightly better numbers in 2009/10. In her first season with Vigo (08/09) Marcos collected 10.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 2.1 apg. Before that, she spent four years with Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca. They won the LFB title in 2006. A year before that, Perfumerias celebrated in LFB Cup. Blanca Marcos played for the Spanish National Team in 2009 and 2010.

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  SWEDEN - Women  


U18 Spain wins Group E in Oradea with perfect 5-0 - by Eurobasket News
U18 SPAIN - U18 SWEDEN 58-47

Spain outplayed Sweden 58-47 for the first place in Group E in Oradea. Spain finished Qualifying Group with perfect 5-0 record and will meet Holland in the Quarterfinals. Sweden also advanced to the next stage, but as No.2 with 4-1 record. Their rival in the QFinals will be Serbia. Marles Balart (182-F/C-94) led Spain to victory with 13 points and 8 rebounds. She reached valuation 20 and was the MVP of this meeting. Elena De Alfredo (170-F-94) also scored 13 points, while Andrea Vilaro (180-F-93) added three less than her. In Sweden, Amanda Zahui (191-C-93) shined with 14 points and 10 boards. Their second scorer was Helena Kurt (165-PG-93) with 8 pts. Quarters: 16-7, 10-12, 17-19, 15-9. Championship continues tomorrow.

Spain: Marles Balart 13+8 boards, Elena De Alfredo 13, Andrea Vilaro 10
Sweden: Amanda Zahui 14+10 boards, Helena Kurt 8


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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


Third win for U18 UK in Group G - by Eurobasket News
U18 UNITED KINGDOM - U18 SWITZERLAND 54-36

Third straight win for the United Kingdom in Group G. This time UK blasted Switzerland 54-36 for 3-0 record. On the other side, Switzerland dropped to 0-3. Rosie Hynes (172-PG-93) and Maisie Elston (177-F-93) led the winners with 11 points each. Lucy Buxton (177-F-93) helped with three points less. In the loosing squad, Nadage Clement (184-C-93) was better than the others with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Their second scorer was Tamara Detraz (178-G-94) with 7 pts. Quarters: 10-8, 12-9, 17-5, 15-14. Tomorrow, UK will meet Austria. Switzerland will take on Luxembourg.

UK: Rosie Hynes 11, Maisie Elston 11, Lucy Buxton 8
Switzerland: Nadage Clement 14+5 boards, Tamara Detraz 7


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  TURKEY - Women  


U18 Turkey goes to Quarterfinals in Oradea - by Eurobasket News
U18 TURKEY - U18 SLOVENIA 66-58

Turkey outplayed Slovenia 66-58 to end as No.3 of Group E in Oradea. Turkey advanced to Quarterfinals, where they will meet Belgium. On the other side, Slovenia dropped to 1-4 and failed to reach the next stage. They finished as No.5 in this pool. Slovenia will be transferred to Classification Games from 9th to 12th place. Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) shined for the winners with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) had 12 points and 5 rebs, while Olcay Cakir (180-PG-93) (5 rebs) and Merve Aydin (174-PG-94) helped with 10 points each. In the loosing squad, Alina Gjerkes (177-F-94) delivered 16 points. Nina Gabrovsek (168-PG-94) and Ursa Zibert (172-PG-93) added 12 and 11 pts respectively. Quarters: 14-15, 20-13, 16-13, 16-17. Championship continues tomorrow.

Turkey: Ozge Kavurmacioglu 17+14 boards, Ayse Cora 12+5 boards, Olcay Cakir 10+5 boards, Merve Aydin 10
Slovenia: Alina Gjerkes 16, Nina Gabrovsek 12, Ursa Zibert 11


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U18 Slovakia wins third straight game in Group G - by Eurobasket News
U18 UKRAINE - U18 SLOVAKIA 54-65

Slovakia jumped to 3-0 in Group G and they are very close to secure the survival in U18 EuroBasket Division A. They outplayed Ukraine yesterday 65-54. Ukraine dropped to 1-2 after this meeting. Sabina Oroszova (187-F-93) stepped up for the winners with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Barbora Balintova (173-PG-94) had 15 points and 10 boards, while Michaela Rakova (185-F-94) helped with 10 pts and 5 rebs. In defeat, Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93) collected 17 points and 6 rebounds. Miriam Uro-Nile (190-C-94) (10 rebs) and Lyudmyla Naumenko (184-F-93) (9 rebs) netted 11 pts each. Quarters: 10-15, 13-21, 18-21, 13-8. In the next game Slovakia will meet Russia. Ukraine will play against Lithuania.

Ukraine: Oleksandra Chek 17+6 boards, Miriam Uro-Nile 11+10 boards, Lyudmyla Naumenko 11+9 boards
Slovakia: Sabina Oroszova 16+8 boards, Barbora Balintova 15+10 boards, Michaela Rakova 10+5 boards


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Third win for U18 UK in Group G - by Eurobasket News
U18 UNITED KINGDOM - U18 SWITZERLAND 54-36

Third straight win for the United Kingdom in Group G. This time UK blasted Switzerland 54-36 for 3-0 record. On the other side, Switzerland dropped to 0-3. Rosie Hynes (172-PG-93) and Maisie Elston (177-F-93) led the winners with 11 points each. Lucy Buxton (177-F-93) helped with three points less. In the loosing squad, Nadage Clement (184-C-93) was better than the others with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Their second scorer was Tamara Detraz (178-G-94) with 7 pts. Quarters: 10-8, 12-9, 17-5, 15-14. Tomorrow, UK will meet Austria. Switzerland will take on Luxembourg.

UK: Rosie Hynes 11, Maisie Elston 11, Lucy Buxton 8
Switzerland: Nadage Clement 14+5 boards, Tamara Detraz 7


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Alabama State University pulls rug from under WUSBA; Spirit can't rent the Dunn-Oliver Acadome - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga. (August 11, 2011)------Today, the Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) discovered that it would not be given permission to rent the Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the campus of Alabama State University for the 2011 fall basketball season. 'This is the main problem with our efforts, we dont own these arenas, we act in good faith with these administrations and they sometimes dont return the courtesy', said Duane Allen Jenkins WUSBA president.

The WUSBA applied to rent the Dunn-Oliver Acadome in late May 2011. The league was informed that their request was denied on August 7, 2011, following a tense conference with the office of the president at Alabama State University, Mr. William Harris. 'We needed an answer in June 2011, we called and called and no one would return our calls. We were told we could have the gym, we hired a coach and the players, we even allowed two of Alabama States player a courtesy appointment to the team. This is a total shock and it really place us in a precarious position. It's too late to rent another facility'.

The following letter was forward to Jenkins from the university. 'What this person has said was not true, she said we could have the gym, If she could not give it to us, I wish she would have said in May, we could have possibly found other accommodations'.

Good Morning Mr. Jenkins,
I acknowledge your dissatisfaction with the unfavorable reply to your proposal. The decision was based strictly on availability of the facility and scheduling conflicts. I informed you several times that we could not commit to your proposal at the time you submitted it, because we had not received the basketball schedule and other university academic programs that we are obligated to accommodate in the Dunn-Oliver Acadome during the time of your season. The universitys scheduling priority is the mens and womens intercollegiate programs and university sponsored events. The basketball practice and game schedule was submitted to our office August 2, 2011. After review, it was determined that we could accommodate your request due to availability.

Mr. Jenkins, I have nothing personal against you or your efforts to establish a basketball league in Montgomery that I would prohibit you to use the Dunn-Oliver Acadome. I apologize if it appeared that me or my office was giving you the run-a-around- that was not our intentions. I thought it was not made clear when we discussed this with you. I know you have been working diligently to secure a reservation with us for the last three years. Unfortunately, with the facilities that we have available on campus, our academic/athletic events occupies our facilities to the extent that we dont have available reservation dates for other non-university events.

Additionally, your personal attack on me and my father is very disturbing and disappointing. I respectfully ask that my father or my family be kept separate from our business relationship. I pride myself on always being professional and providing excellent customer service. It is unfortunate that your experience with working with me was an unpleasant one. I wish you well in your future endeavors.

If I can assist you in the future, please give me a call.

Best Regards,
Gina Jobe Ishman
Director, Facilities Management
Dunn-Oliver Acadome
Division of University Relations
Alabama State University

The relationship was irrepealably severed when Jenkins place numerous calls to the Facility director in an effort to verify the Spirits home dates. Failure to reach the facility department lead to a call to the presidents office. I called Dr. Harriss office to complain after calling Ms. Jobe-Ishman, twelve times without a call back. Five minutes after I called Harris she called me.

Ms. Jobe Ishman is the daughter of coaching great Ben Jobe. I knew she was Bens daughter, Ben is a legend in the basketball community, I told her that just because she is Ben daughter doesnt mean she has to be slack on good customer service skills. We were going to pay the university $11,700.00 for thirty nine hours of work. We know the state of colleges and universities financial position. We know they need every dime they can put their hands on.

The Montgomery Spirit will sit out the 2011 fall basketball season. We are having this similar problem in other cities, we cant play without gymnasiums.

The WUSBA sent the following request to Alabama State University on May 27, 2011:

WOMEN'S UNITED STATES BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
1201 Peachtree Street 400 Colony Square Atlanta, Georgia 30361
Office (404) 428-3411 Office (404) 824-0789

Ms. Crystal Jackson May 26, 2011
Facility Management
Alabama State University
915 South Jackson Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36101

RE: The Montgomery Spirit Basketball Team

Dear Gina,

I hope this correspondence finds you in the best of health and spirits.

We now have secured affirmative usage commitments for gymnasiums for all other W USBA teams.

Thank you for your consideration and allowing us to apply to secure the Dunn-Oliver Acadome for our 2011 basketball season. Each team plays a twenty eight game schedule. We will need your gymnasium for the fourteen home games. The regular season begins August 27, 2011 and ends November 5, 2011. The Montgomery Spirit may be required to host a home play-off game. The Championship series begin on November 6, 2011 and ends November 13, 2011. The WUSBA Championship game will be held in Atlanta, Ga.

We have a great female candidate for Head Coach; however, we would like a local individual t assistant coach. Could you help us in that capacity? We will offer basketball players and students at ASU employment opportunities with the basketball team. We will not approach anyone at the college.

I will prepare a final and approved copy of the Spirit individual schedule and a WUSBA league schedule. A general synopsis of the league, a standard league Budget and Expenditure issuance and a Memorandum of Agreement, covering the use of your gymnasium is enclosed.

Insurance policies of $1,000,000.00 liability for each incident and $2,000,000.00 aggregate have been order and will be in place very soon for you inspection, as requested.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please feel free to contact me at your convenience.

Thank you for your assistance and considerations.

In the Highest Regards, I Am

Very Truly Yours,

Duane Allen Jenkins
President
Womens United States Basketball Association