EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/16/2011

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  ABA   


Veteran Guard MaJic Dorsey Inks Deal with Halcones UV Xalapa - by Surujh Roopnarine
Majic Dorsey (6'1''-G-81, agency: Court Side, college: S.Indiana), formerly of the NBA D-League's Reno Big Horns, has signed with Mexican powerhouse Halcones UV Xalapa for the 2011-12 LNBP season. A 30-year old guard from Baltimore, Maryland, Dorsey is no stranger to Mexico and Latin America, having been the LNBPs leading scorer (35.4ppg) in 2006 while a member of Mayas de Yucatan. Xalapa are coming off a 2010-11 season which saw them fall in the semi-finals of the playoffs to eventual champions Toros Nuevo Laredo. Under new Head Coach Andy Stoglin , Xalapa will utilize the dynamic Dorsey at both the point and off-guard positions in a fast, up-tempo system which suits the veteran just fine. I have always wanted to play for this team, they have a very NBA-style organization, very professional I came to this city because I want to give them another championship Dorsey said about his signing in Xalapa. Dorsey made a name for himself coming up out of Brevard Community College, earning American Basketball Association (ABA) Rookie of the Year Honors in his first professional season after college, along with touring with the And 1 Streetball Tour. While the D-League had been the place where MaJic tuned his skills against NBA-caliber opponents on a nightly-basis, the showman, the star, always shined its brightest in Mexico. He has spent the last two seasons playing with Meteoros de Yucatan-Merida in addition to an exhibition tour in China.
Dorsey has played in 147 career D-League games over five seasons, with career averages of 9.1 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists while shooting 43.2% from the field and 83.0% from the free-throw line.
A re-vamped Xalapa roster featuring Dorsey is sure to be one of the favorites to capture the LNPB crown this season, and for the man they call MaJic, the spotlight and big stage is his place to shine.



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Bojan Krstovic joins Buducnost - by Eurobasket News
Buducnost continued to bolster their roster. They lately landed Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80). The 30-year-old guard spent the previous season with Hemofarm. He averaged 7.5 points, 2.5 boards and 2.0 assists per game in Serbia A League. In Euroleague Qualifying Round Bojan Krstovic produced 8.3 points, 3.3 boards and 2.5 assists per appearance. In EuroCup his stats read 6.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists. The guard also posted 9.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists in Adriatic League. Bojan Krstovic played for FMP, Reflex Beograd and Borac Cacak before joining Hemofarm. Eurobasket.com named the guard into All-Serbian League 2nd Team in 2008 and 2010. Bojan Krstovic was the member of Serbia and Montenegro University National Team in 2003.


Krka to complete roster - by Zeljko Zule
Krka completing their playing roster for the 2011/12 season. They announced today the signatures of Curtis Stinson (187-G-83, college: Iowa St.) and Marko Djurkovic (205-C/F-87) for one season. American Stinson arrives from Iowa Energy where he averaged 20.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 9.7 assists and 1.4 steals in 56 D League games last season. Serbian Djurkovic arrives from Vahostav Zilina for whom he averaged 10.3 points and 4.4 rebounds in 7 Slovakian Extraliga games last season.
Krka final squad includes Curtis Stinson, Bojan Krivec (188-G-87), Marko Kastelic (187-G-94), Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, college: S.Florida), Simon Petrov (189-G-76), Matej Rojc (198-G-93), Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89), Edo Muric (202-F-91), Jure Balazic (204-F-80), Marko Djurkovic, Jan Osolnik (203-F-93), Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80) and Jerome Jordan (213-C-86, college: Tulsa).



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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Hoops off to Madagascar - by Kristian Santiago
(By The New Times)
The mens 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 (Espoir)
Jean Louis Habineza (Espoir)
Kami Kabange (F-84) (APR BC)
Damarcus Ellis Kayiuka (186-G-81, college: Robert Morris) (KBC)
Brad Cameron (193-G) (Clay HS, USA)
Hamza Ruhezamihigo (191-G-85) (Concordia University, Canada)
Stanley Thomson (208-C-82, college: Fairfield) (U-Mobitelco BT Cluj Napoca, Romania)
Kenny Wilson (193-G-84, college: Boise St.) (Texas Fuel, USA)
Dan Manzi
Aboubakar Barame (181-G-84) (CSK BBC)
Matt Miller (182-G-82, college: Bellarmine)
Oliver Muhizi (NUR)


Chadians name final 12 for Madagascar - by Kristian Santiago
The Chad is currently on it's way to Madagascar and the following twelve players are going to represent the country in Antananarivo this week:

Bienvenu Djimassal (ABC)
Sale Ousmane (ABC)
Ronald Kolmia (Constructor)
Theodore Mbaiarsi
Abderamane Mbaindiguim
Mickael Koibe (BIBO)
Dillah Mbairessem (Kempeski Hotel)
Mario Ngadi (Kempeski)
Richard Moguena (Constructor)
Ngarasde Djimtoide (BIBO)
Makka Garba (201-F-88) (USA)
Ali Djim (206-C) (USA)

Absent are: Pina Guillaume (205-C), Jacques Alingue (201-F-88), Dounia Issa (198-F-81) and Sylvain Baykam (198-C-82) which would have been a major boost for coach Patrick Maucouvert .


Senegal departs without Antoine Mendy to Madagascar - by Kristian Santiago
The Lions of Senegal won't be able to count on the services of Antoine Mendy (198-F-83) as their basketball federation didn't manage to organize a insurance for the player.
This is another setback for the Alain Weisz-led team, as players Boniface Ndong (213-C-77), Sitapha Savane (202-F-78, college: Navy), Hamady N'Diaye (211-C-87, college: Rutgers), De Sagana Diop (213-C-83), Mouhamed Sene (213-C-86), Cheikhou Thioune (194-G/F-83), Souleymane Aw (198-F-81), Joseph Gomis (180-G-78),Pape Badiane (207-F/C-80, college: Cleveland St.) as well as Moussa Badiane (205-C-81, college: E.Carolina) won't be in Madagascar for different reasons.

Eleven other players are now on the way to Antananarivo:

Thierno Niang (185-G)
Mamadou Ndoye
Xane D'Almeida (183-G-83)
Mouhammad Faye (206-F-85, college: SMU)
Elhadji Ndiaye (199-F-86)
Maleye NDoye (203-F-80, college: Furman)
Pape Thiendou Diasse (204-F-86)
Papa Dia (205-F-87, college: SMU)
Malick Badiane (211-F/C-84)
Babacar Toure (205-F/C-85)
Boubacar Coly (206-F-83, college: Morgan St.)



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  ARGENTINA   


Cajasol adds Pancho Jasen - by Eurobasket News
Hernan 'Pancho' Jasen (199-G-78) signed a one-year deal with Cajasol. The Argentinean/Italian G/SF left Estudiantes after ten years. Jasen and Cajasol also agreed option for the 2012/13. Last season Jasen averaged 9.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists for 30 games with Estu in ACB. He also added 12 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 1.7 apg for 11 EuroCup games. Estu reached Quaretrfinals and Jasen was named Eurobasket.com EuroCup All-Europeans Team -11. In 2009/10 season Hernan Jasen shined with 13.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 1.8 apg for 33 games in Spain. It was one of his best years with Estu. In the past, Jasen also played for Cabitel Gijon. Hernan Jasen is active member of the Argentinean National Team since 1999.

First movements of preseason - by Facundo Iatzky
Dale Carn (210-C/F, agency: EM-PA, college: Eckerd) had a very little time in sionista Parana. He was released because he was not what coach was looking for. he was replaced by Edward Nelson (203-F-82, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Connecticut). After that, Dale had a trial in estudiantes Concordia (TNA) but he did not passed the exam either.
Kenny Adeleke (205-C-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Hartford) will not play in Gimnasia Comodoro. the player had been signed some days ago but he had unexpected problems to enter to Argentina so he will not be able to play for now.
Quilmes Mar del plata added the last player to their roster. He is Tyler Newbold (193-G-86), rookie out from Utah State.


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  AUSTRALIA   


Miners blow their chance - by Eurobasket News
BALLARAT Miners season has unravelled in a shocking second half against Brisbane in Carina on Saturday night.
The Miners lost their grip on a tight bout with the Spartans to lose by 14 points, despite sitting one point down at half-time.

Defeat has all but ended the Ballarat Holden Miners finals chances, one week out from the South East Australian Basketball League play-offs.

The Miners are one win behind fourth-placed Dandenong in east conference rankings after the Rangers claimed a one-point upset against conference heavyweight Bendigo on Saturday.

Luck and a mammoth weekend ahead is the only thing that can save the Miners chances now.

Dandenong has one game left against lowly ranked south conference team North-West Tasmania.

The Miners have two games next week, must win both and have Dandenong lose to snatch fourth spot because the Rangers have the edge in head-to-heads against the Miners this season.

It is a formidable ask for the Miners, who face reigning all-conference champion Geelong and its fellow south conference top-four contender Frankston.

The Miners enter the final round on three consecutive defeats, including losses to Bendigo in overtime and Mt Gambier on the road.

Miners coach Guy Molloy was unsure exactly how the Brisbane assignment all went so horribly wrong, but made his feelings known post-match.

We were absolutely disgusting in the second half, Molloy said.

I dont know what happened...I think we shot about 20 per cent (accuracy) in the second half which is beneath what you would expect.

Probably our season is now done.

No more than four points split the Miners from the Spartans in the first half.

Spartan Ash Cannan shot three of the first four baskets in the third quarter and Brisbane had the momentum.

The Spartans took a 15-point lead into the final term and held strong.Key guard Ryan Barnes played almost 30 minutes for the Miners, despite only resuming light training this week after four weeks sidelined with an ankle injury.

Barnes led the Miners scoring by half-time, equal on nine points with Ivan Harris.

He finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds in what Molloy said was a gutsy effort.

Forward Jared Scoines (198-F-87) topped the Miners tally with 21 points while Harris finished on 18.

But the Spartans front-line players were firing Cannan (20 points), Heath Gameran (16) and veteran guard Simon Taylor (18).

Spartans centre Greg Vanderjagt (213-C-84) had 15 rebounds (11 defensive) but was most influential in the first half with a double-double of 11 points, 11 rebounds by half-time.

The Miners will look to draw on home crowd support at the Minerdome on Saturday night against Geelong.

BY MELANIE WHELAN
Courtesy of: thecourier.com.au


Unlikely hero in Rangers win - by Eurobasket News
'IF I got it, I was going to shoot it.' Those were the words of Dandenong Rangers forward Luke Fitzgerald (202-C/F-87, agency: Duran International, college: Cumberlands) after his fade-away three-pointer with five seconds left gave his side a season-saving 87-86 win over Bendigo Braves at Dandenong Stadium on Saturday night.
The Rangers went into the game needing a win to keep pace with Ballarat for the final position in the South East Australian Basketball League East play-offs; but in the way were the Braves, who hold top spot in the conference.

Yet neither side could build a clear advantage with scores tied entering the final minute.

The Rangers had the ball on the baseline with 10 seconds left in the game and four seconds left on the shot clock.

Rangers forward Dusty Jura (200-F-83, college: Nebraska-Kearney) inbounded the ball to forward Brent Hobba in the corner, who passed to Fitzgerald on the wing, who stepped back outside the three-point line and released an off-balance three-pointer which swished through the net.

Strangely, the game clock had only five seconds left even through the shot clock went off as Fitzgerald's shot was in the air.

The Braves called time out and advanced the ball to half court. Their inbound pass found shooter Chris Hogan (198-F-83), who faked a shot and got Rangers forward Venky Jois in the air before shooting a long-range shot.

Hogan's shot swished through the net with 0.3 seconds left and the Braves thought they had tied the game but the referees ruled Hogan had stepped on the three-point line, making his shot worth two points.

Fitzgerald said he was always confident he would make the shot if he got the chance.

'I've practised that shot, I knew I could make it,' he said. 'If I got it I was going to shoot it. 'When Hogan shot the ball I looked over at the referee and saw he had signalled it was a two-point shot so I knew we were OK.'

The Braves players and coaches looked stunned as the buzzer sounded while the Rangers players celebrated by going into the stands and slapping high-fives with their supporters.

Fitzgerald and Jura led the way with 22 points while Braves centre Sam Harris scored 27 points and had five blocks.

Rangers coach Darren Perry said he could take no credit for the final play, which worked out nothing like he had planned.

'Dusty asked me who I wanted him to pass to and I told him to take a breath, see the whole court and take the best option,' Perry said.

'Instead he threw it to the first player he saw. I can tell you I didn't draw up Fitzgerald to shoot a fade-away three-pointer and I can guarantee that would be the last thing Bendigo would have expected.

'But sometimes players do exactly what they are on the court to do win matches.'

Perry and Fitzgerald both described the win as 'huge' with the Rangers now in the box seat to snatch fourth position.

Ballarat lost to Brisbane on Saturday night and entering the final round the Rangers need to beat North-West Tasmania at home this Friday night to all but seal their play-off spot.
Courtesy of: greaterdandenongweekly.com.au


New Zealand Breakers confirm Cedric Jackson - by Eurobasket News
New Zealand Breakers have filled in the second import spot. They agreed on terms of contract with Cedric Jackson (191-G-86, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Cleveland St.). The 25-year-old guard started the previous season in D-League. He tallied 12.1 points, 4.1 boards, 6.6 assists and 2.1 steals per game for the Erie Bay Hawks. In December Cedric Jackson was traded to the Idaho Stampede. His stats grew at 13.6 points, 7.5 assists, 6.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals per appearance. The guard moved overseas in April. Cedric Jackson joined Enel Brindisi in Seria A. The player appeared in just two games averaging 10.0 points, 5.0 boards and 3.0 assists. USBasket.com named the guard into D-League All-Defensive 2nd Team. Cedric Jackson had NBA experience as he had short stints with the San Antonio Spurs and the Washington Wizards.


Standings - ABA
ABA Standings
Big V
 1. Eltham W. 15-6 
 2. Waverley F. 15-6 
 3. Sherbrooke S. 13-8 
 4. Ringwood H. 12-9 
 5. Bulleen B. 12-9 
 6. Hume City 6-15 
 7. Melbourne 6-15 
 8. Diamond V.E. 5-16 
Central ABL
 1. Norwood F. 14-3 
 2. Forestville E. 13-5 
 3. Sturt S. 12-6 
 4. W.Adelaide B. 11-7 
 5. N.Adelaide R. 11-7 
 6. Woodville W. 9-9 
 7. S.Adelaide P. 7-11 
 8. C.District L. 5-12 
 9. Eastern M. 5-13 
 10. South.Tigers 2-16 
QBL
 1. Mackay M. 16-3 
 2. Gold Coast R. 15-3 
 3. Townsville H. 14-4 
 4. Rockhampton 12-6 
 5. Northside W. 11-6 
 6. Brisbane C. 11-7 
 7. Cairns M. 10-8 
 8. Ipswich F. 9-9 
 9. Bundaberg B. 9-9 
 10. SW Metro P. 5-12 
 11. Gladstone P. 5-13 
 12. Toowoomba 4-14 
 13. Maroochydore 3-15 
 14. Caboolture S. 2-16 
SEABL-East
 1. Bendigo B. 20-5 
 2. Knox R. 17-7 
 3. Kilsyth C. 15-10 
 4. Dandenong 11-13 
 5. Ballarat M. 11-13 
 6. Brisbane S. 10-15 
 7. Canberra G. 8-17 
SEABL-South
 1. Nunawading S. 19-6 
 2. Geelong S. 16-8 
 3. Frankston B. 13-11 
 4. Sandringham S. 13-12 
 5. Hobart C. 11-13 
 6. Mt Gambier 11-14 
 7. NW Tasmania 5-18 
 8. Albury W.B. 3-22 
WARATAH
 1. Sydney C. 19-5 
 2. Newcastle H. 19-5 
 3. Manly Warr. 15-9 
 4. Illawarra H. 14-8 
 5. Norths Bears 14-10 
 6. Sutherland S. 14-10 
 7. Hills H. 12-12 
 8. Maitland M. 11-13 
 9. Bankstown B. 10-14 
 10. Parramatta W. 9-13 
 11. Hornsby S. 9-15 
 12. Cent.Coast C. 5-19 
 13. Canberra N. 3-21 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Nevezis add Chris Lowe - by Eurobasket News
Chris Lowe (183-G-87, college: Massachusetts) will stay in Lithuania for the next season. The guard however will change the team. Chris Lowe has agreed on terms of contract with Nevezis. Last season Chris Lowe played for Naglis-Adakris. He averaged 10.9 points, 3.4 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game in Baltic League. In LKL the guard posted 13.6 points, 4.1 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.9 steals per appearance. Chris Lowe participated at LKL All-Star Game. Eurobasket.com named him into LKL All-Newcomers Team. Chris Lowe started his professional career in 2009/10 season. He spent it in D-League playing for the Springfield Armor and Maine Red Claws.


Canadian Russell Hicks sign with Nevezis - by Eurobasket News
Canadian Russell Hicks (213-C-85, college: FIU) sign with Nevezis for the next season. The 213- cm Center arrived from Austria.
Last year BC Vienna signed center Russell Hicks to bolster their front court. Hicks played briefly in the D- League last season but left the Iowa Energy after just three games. The seven footer spent the summer at the Los Angeles Big Men Camp after playing for the Edmonton Energy in the IBL. Hicks started his career at Pepperdine before transferring to Florida International. Two very solid seasons earned him workouts with the Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors in 2009. BC Vienna became his first overseas ball club. In his first appearance he scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds off the bench.
In January 2011 he signed at BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers (Austria-A Bundesliga, starting five) and in 22 games averaged 9.7ppg, 5.1rpg, Blocks-1 (1.7bpg), FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 69.5%.
Last year he reached Austrian Bundesliga A Semifinals -11 and became Eurobasket.com All-Austrian League Honorable Mention -11.



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  BELGIUM   


Belgium Lions enjoy the trip in Dallas and Toronto - by Eurobasket News
Belgium Lions enjoy the trip in Dallas and Toronto in order to prepare better for Eurobasket 2011.
Belgium Lions lost to USA Free Agents 84:101 in Dallas. The European team started with 23:13 and had 38:19 early in the second frame, but lost the game anyway. The decisive was the last period when USA Free Agents needed 34-11 to win the game. Andre Emmett (196-G/F-82, college: Texas Tech) erupted with 38 points for the winners.
In Game 2 Belgium grabbed 69:62 victory. They started with 22:18, but were tied at the halftime after the American team produced 17-13 in the second frame. Only due to 18-9 in the last period, Belgium celebrated the victory. Didier Mbenga (214-C-80) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 13 rebounds.
On August 13th Belgian Lions overcame Baylor University 81:69. They won the first period 19:13 and added 23-20 in the third frame and 23-17 in the last one. Sam Van Rossom (188-G-86) stepped up with 18 points for the winners.
Canada outscored Belgium 79:74 Ryerson University in Toronto. The hosts started with 16:11 and added 18-16 in the second period. Belgium replied with 24-21 in the third period, but lost the game. Andy Rautins (193-PG-86, college: Syracuse) led the way with 26 points for the winners.



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  BOSNIA   


Poland outscored Bosnia and Herzegovina in the last day of the Trofeo Tassoni - by Eurobasket News
Poland NT-Bosnia and Herzegovina NT 87:68

Poland outscored Bosnia and Herzegovina in the last day of the Trofeo Tassoni in Rimini. The Polish side grabbed the initial victory over the opponents 87:68 to finish third.
Poland started the game with 22:16 and added 20-18 in the second period. They also won the third quarter 25-18 and celebrated the win after 20-16 in the last stanza.
Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) poured in 20 points for the winners and Dardan Berisha (192-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) as well as Adam Hrycaniuk (208-C-84, college: Cincinnati) posted 14 each. Nihad Dedovic (196-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) ended up with 20 points in the losing effort. Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81) nailed 16, whilst Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) posted 15.
Italy won Trofeo Tassoni in Rimini after the victory in Day 3 over Greece. The hosts of the tournament handed the opponents their first loss as both teams finished with 2-1 records. Due to the game between each other, Italy triumphed in Rimini.

Poland: Szymon Szewczyk 20, Dardan Berisha 14, Adam Hrycaniuk 14, Lukasz Koszarek (187-G-84) 10
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Nihad Dedovic 20, Kenan Bajramovic 16, Mirza Teletovic 15



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  BRAZIL   


2011 Universiade. Brazil cruise past China for third straight win - by Eurobasket News
Brazil - China 97:70

Brazil registered the third consecutive win at the start of World University Games. They stunned the hosts tonight to remain on top of Group A ladder. Michael Machado (185-G-90) stepped up with 27 points to lead the effort. China suffered the second loss and slipped at 1-2 record.
Brazil erupted for 32 points in the starting frame to take a 12-point lead. China cut the deficit in the second frame. They posted a 51:43 lead at the interval. But the Latin American team capped the third term on a 15:5 run to open a 19-point advantage. More to come as Brazil began the fourth frame on an 11:5 run and marched to the victory. Andre Goes (195-G/F-87) scored 19 points, while Ralfi Ansaloni (211-C-87) and Rodrigo Cesar Silva (205-F/C-88) posted 10 points each in the win. Shi Hongfei (180-PG-93) answered with 16 points and 6 assists for China. Li Yuanyu (206-C-91) provided 10 points in the loss.

Brazil: Michael Machado 27, Andre Goes 19, Ralfi Ansaloni 10, Rodrigo Cesar Silva 10
China: Shi Hongfei 16, Li Yuanyu 10




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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Def. Champs Set it Off & Come to Defend win at Summer Jam opening - by David Edole
THE VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI There could not have been a better possible start to the defence of their title than a win for Set It Off, however, Young Talent were not that fortunate as they were upset by Come to Defend when the Summer Jam Basketball extravaganza slammed off in Virgin Gorda yesterday August 13, 2011.

Young Talent, last years winners in Division C for ages 7-12, lost to a team-spirited Come To Defend 52-46 while Set It Off, the defending champions in the A Division for players ages 17 and over, turned back the spirited challenge of Without A Doubt 78-71.

The feature game between Set It Off and Without A Doubt could have been considered a close matchup and free flowing for most of the encounter but it was Set It Off who had the better of the two sides in the last two quarters to seal the opening win in front of a large turnout of basketball fans at the Virgin Gorda Basketball Court.

Set It Off, with players like Randy George (200-F-81, college: Henderson St.) (18 points), Travis Issacs (17 points), Jason Edwin (11 points) and Kennedy Bass (10 points), were no doubt the bigger and better side but Without A Doubt never doubted their chances as they came up with some creative plays against their much taller opponents to keep them and fans in the game.

Garvin Vanterpool let Without A Doubts valiant but vain challenge with 18 points, while Brandon Riley (14 points) and Devon Watty (10 points) also achieved double figure scores.

Young Talent learned the hard way that teamwork was equally important as talent as they failed to coordinate as a team and simply put little effort in defence as they surrendered to a smaller but tight knitted Come To Defend, who actually were more offence minded in their win.

The first quarter ended even at 10 apiece and up to halftime Young Talent still looked like defending champions 26-20 as the gifted Hasani Halbert took up the lead scoring role. Halbert, however, may have been guilty of trying to do too much on his own as he persisted on scoring attempts even when there were clear opportunities to distribute the ball.
Halbert had a game high 28 points but victory would have been much sweeter.

Leading Come To Defend was Tyler Harrigan (12 points), who also displayed much potential as a top future basketballer.
The game was really lost for Young Talent in the 4th Quarter as they only trailed 31-33 at the end of the 3rdquarter but fell apart miserably in defence to lose 52-46 to a charging Come To Defend.

Earlier in the day, there was the march pass of teams, which was followed by the official opening which heard remarks from Premier and 9th District Representative Hon. Ralph T. ONeal, Minister for Education and Culture Hon. Andrew Fahie, Regional General Manager of sponsor Delta Petroleum Limited Bevis Sylvester and one of the organisers Trevor Stevens, better known as West.




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  CHAD   


Chadians name final 12 for Madagascar - by Kristian Santiago
The Chad is currently on it's way to Madagascar and the following twelve players are going to represent the country in Antananarivo this week:

Bienvenu Djimassal (ABC)
Sale Ousmane (ABC)
Ronald Kolmia (Constructor)
Theodore Mbaiarsi
Abderamane Mbaindiguim
Mickael Koibe (BIBO)
Dillah Mbairessem (Kempeski Hotel)
Mario Ngadi (Kempeski)
Richard Moguena (Constructor)
Ngarasde Djimtoide (BIBO)
Makka Garba (201-F-88) (USA)
Ali Djim (206-C) (USA)

Absent are: Pina Guillaume (205-C), Jacques Alingue (201-F-88), Dounia Issa (198-F-81) and Sylvain Baykam (198-C-82) which would have been a major boost for coach Patrick Maucouvert .


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  CHILE   


Copa Chile: Liceo Mixto is the champion - by Daniel Valencia
CD Liceo Mixto won the 2011 edition of Copa Chile after defeating to CD Boston College in game 4 of the finals. On saturday night, Boston forced game 4 after a 75-72 victory, led by the guard Eduardo Sepulveda (186-G-86) and the center Jorge Valencia (206-C-77), who combined for 34 points. On sunday night, Liceo ended the series with a convincing 85-72 victory, with Claudio Naranajo leading the way in the offense with 22 points, supported by Patricio Briones (213-C-72, college: Dade CC), who ended the night with 17 points and 11 rebounds. These are the complete results of the weekend.

Game 3

CD Bston College 75 - CD Liceo Mixto 72
Bos
: Eduardo Sepulveda 18 pts. Jorge Valencia 17 pts.
Lic: Patrick Saez (191-G/F-71) 16 pts. Franco Morales (179-G-92) 14 pts.

Stats

Game 4

CD Boston College 72 - CD Liceo Mixto 85
Bos
: Jose Luis Campos (189-G-80) 19 pts. Jorge Valencia 16 pts.
Lic: Claudio Naranjo (191-F-87) 22 pts. Patricio Briones 17 pts.

Stats

Liceo won the series 3-1




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2011 Universiade. Brazil cruise past China for third straight win - by Eurobasket News
Brazil - China 97:70

Brazil registered the third consecutive win at the start of World University Games. They stunned the hosts tonight to remain on top of Group A ladder. Michael Machado (185-G-90) stepped up with 27 points to lead the effort. China suffered the second loss and slipped at 1-2 record.
Brazil erupted for 32 points in the starting frame to take a 12-point lead. China cut the deficit in the second frame. They posted a 51:43 lead at the interval. But the Latin American team capped the third term on a 15:5 run to open a 19-point advantage. More to come as Brazil began the fourth frame on an 11:5 run and marched to the victory. Andre Goes (195-G/F-87) scored 19 points, while Ralfi Ansaloni (211-C-87) and Rodrigo Cesar Silva (205-F/C-88) posted 10 points each in the win. Shi Hongfei (180-PG-93) answered with 16 points and 6 assists for China. Li Yuanyu (206-C-91) provided 10 points in the loss.

Brazil: Michael Machado 27, Andre Goes 19, Ralfi Ansaloni 10, Rodrigo Cesar Silva 10
China: Shi Hongfei 16, Li Yuanyu 10




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2011 Universiade. Romania take first win in Shenzhen - by Eurobasket News
Romania - Czech Republic 87:71

Romania earned the first win at the World University Games. They toppled Czech Republic for 1-2 record in Group A. The Czech team fell at 1-2 record. Vlad Moldoveanu (207-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances, college: American) notched 24 points in the victory.
Romania started the game strongly. They outscored Czech Republic 19:8 in the first frame. Czech Republic narrowed the deficit early in the second term but Romania secured a 40:31 halftime lead. Romania maintained the advantage throughout the third term. They entered the final quarter up by six points 62:56. Romania stretched the margin to 15 points midway through the fourth quarter and sealed the win at the end. Andrei Mandache (189-G-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) posted 22 points and 8 rebounds, while Titus Nicoara (202-F-88, agency: Interperformances) had 19 points and 10 boards in the victory. Patrik Auda (205-F-89) answered with 21 points and 8 rebounds for Czech Republic. Vojtech Hruban (200-F-89) chipped in 17 points in the losing case.

Romania: Vlad Moldoveanu 24, Andrei Mandache 22, Titus Nicoara 19+10 boards
Czech Republic: Patrik Auda 21, Vojtech Hruban 17



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Veteran Guard MaJic Dorsey Inks Deal with Halcones UV Xalapa - by Surujh Roopnarine
Majic Dorsey (6'1''-G-81, agency: Court Side, college: S.Indiana), formerly of the NBA D-League's Reno Big Horns, has signed with Mexican powerhouse Halcones UV Xalapa for the 2011-12 LNBP season. A 30-year old guard from Baltimore, Maryland, Dorsey is no stranger to Mexico and Latin America, having been the LNBPs leading scorer (35.4ppg) in 2006 while a member of Mayas de Yucatan. Xalapa are coming off a 2010-11 season which saw them fall in the semi-finals of the playoffs to eventual champions Toros Nuevo Laredo. Under new Head Coach Andy Stoglin , Xalapa will utilize the dynamic Dorsey at both the point and off-guard positions in a fast, up-tempo system which suits the veteran just fine. I have always wanted to play for this team, they have a very NBA-style organization, very professional I came to this city because I want to give them another championship Dorsey said about his signing in Xalapa. Dorsey made a name for himself coming up out of Brevard Community College, earning American Basketball Association (ABA) Rookie of the Year Honors in his first professional season after college, along with touring with the And 1 Streetball Tour. While the D-League had been the place where MaJic tuned his skills against NBA-caliber opponents on a nightly-basis, the showman, the star, always shined its brightest in Mexico. He has spent the last two seasons playing with Meteoros de Yucatan-Merida in addition to an exhibition tour in China.
Dorsey has played in 147 career D-League games over five seasons, with career averages of 9.1 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists while shooting 43.2% from the field and 83.0% from the free-throw line.
A re-vamped Xalapa roster featuring Dorsey is sure to be one of the favorites to capture the LNPB crown this season, and for the man they call MaJic, the spotlight and big stage is his place to shine.



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NBA Shooter Roger Mason Talks About Hapoel Jerusalem - by David Pick
Posted: August 16, 2011, 06:14 AM

After Maccabi Tel Aviv signed Jordan Farmar and Bnei Hasharon/Herzeliya added Trevor Booker, Hapoel Jerusalem is closer than ever to join the group of teams that signed NBA players. One of those guys who is most likely to hoop this season in Israel is NBA sharp shooter Roger Mason.

The 6-foot-5 recent New York Knicks' small forward who left Jerusalem on '05 to play in the NBA, is now likely to return the favor. 'Hapoel knows where I stand, what the situation is and what my financial expectations are,' Mason told Eurobasket, 'there is more to it than just the money for us to reach a deal.'

The Virginia graduate who posted his best NBA career season three years ago while with the San Antonio Spurs recording averages of 11.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.1apg, is discussing a deal with Jerusalem, but is interested in the contract having an NBA out. 'I haven't spoken with my agent today and I'm not aware of any agreement being officially made. Any deal that will be signed will include an NBA out.'

From all the possible teams you could join, why Jerusalem?

'I have a great feeling and relationship with the organization. The season I had in Jerusalem before the NBA helped me become a much better player and I'm approaching the situation the same way now as I did in 2005.'

Is Hapoel your primary European destination?

'Hapoel knows where I stand and what my financial expectations are. I feel like at home is Jerusalem and honestly, it's not about the money for me, more the situation. When an offer is on the table I will make my decision.'

When will Jerusalem announce you joined?

'I have no idea. I haven't spoken to my agent but I know he is in contact with a few teams. I'm just taking a back seat and waiting for things to play out.'

Mason, who is eager to return to the Holy Land, has not yet spoken with Jerusalem's head coach Oded Katash, but explains what is pulling him back to Israel. 'Jerusalem is a beautiful city and I'm familiar with the area. I have good memories from Hapoel so I dont think I will have a bad adjustment,' Mason added.

What about Jerusalem is so special to you?

'Mostly, I just want to help the team and become a better player. It worked once and I'm sure it can happen again.'

As the Mason saga continues, he cannot end the interview without a message to the fans 'Hapoel fans were crazy. I still have images in my mind of the 'Red Devils' pumping up 'Malha' Arena and going wild during our home games.'

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @Dpick_Mvd




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Zalgiris announced Ty Lawson - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris announced Ty Lawson (180-PG-87, college: N.Carolina) for the next season. The Lithuanian Powerhouse brought American NBA star from Denver Nuggets.
In 2006-2007 he started for N.Carolina (NCAA) and debuted with 10.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 5.6apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3Pts: 35.6%, FT: 68.8%. In the last season there he averaged 16.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 6.6apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 53.2%, 3Pts: 47.2%, FT: 79.8%. In 2009-2010 for $1,438,680 joined Denver Nuggets (NBA, starting five) and in 71 games showed 8.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.1apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 40.9%, FT: 74.8%. In 2010-2011 for $1,546,560 Denver Nuggets (NBA, starting five) improved to 11.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 77.8%.
Ty Lawson recorded 37 points on April 9th 2011. Ty Lawson made his first 10 three-pointers Saturday night and scored a career-high 37 points in leading the Denver Nuggets to a 130:106 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. He finished 10 of 11 on threes, including six during a stretch spanning halftime that turned a tight game, 41:39, into a laugher.



Jeremy Pargo vs. Maccabi Take II - The Player's Side of The Story - by David Pick
Posted: August 15, 2011, 21:54 PM

In response to Eurobasket's report yesterday concerning Maccabi Tel Avivs star point guard Jeremy Pargo opting out of his contract and becoming a free player, Pargo's agent Brad Ames, addressed the situation for the first time, explaining the player's side of the story.

'This was a very difficult decision for Jeremy to make,' said Ames, 'He truly enjoyed his time with Maccabi Tel Aviv, yet, Jeremy's main goal is to play in the NBA.'

ESPN's Marc Stein hinted that one of the NBA teams that is interested in Pargo's services once the lockout ends, is the San Antonio Spurs. Ames explained that Pargo's move was well thought out. 'During June we had conversations with a number of NBA teams who expressed a great deal of interest in Jeremy for next season. Jeremy had the option to terminate his agreement with Maccabi, and he exercised his option,' Ames added, ending any possibility of Pargo's return to Nokia Arena this season.

Earlier Today

Maccabi released an official statement regarding Pargo's move. 'Maccabi has conveyed to the player that in light of the NBA lockout and the fact that he does not and will not have a guaranteed contract with any NBA team for the coming season, the announcement by his agent is a violation of the contract between Pargo and Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv.'

'In spite of that, Pargo has expressed his intention of remaining in the U.S. and awaiting an end to the strike. Maccabi's management has conveyed to Pargo and his agent that it takes exception to his behavior and views the player as responsible for any damage caused to Maccabi by his breach of contract. Maccabi intends to take all appropriate action to protect its rights in the matter.'

During the summer, team Head Coach David Blatt signed two-time NBA champ, Jordan Farmar, Jon Scheyer, Devin Smith, Shawn James, Theodoros Papaloukas. Israeli point guard Yogev Ohayon has yet to sign, and Israeli sensation Omri Casspi, is expected to finalize his official NBA out contract with the team in the next few days.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @Dpick_Mvd





Rudy Fernadez heads to Real Madrid? - by Eurobasket News
According to various sources, Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) is back to Spain. Reportedly, the Spanish superstar agreed a four-year deal with Real Madrid (12M euros). He will play for the club until the end of NBA lock-out, after what he will have to return to Dallas Mavericks, but the next summer Fernandez will join Real Madrid until the end of 2014/15.
Rudy Fernandez spent last three years with Portland Trail Blazers. He appeared 84 times in NBA last season averaging 8.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists. Almost the same numbers Fernandez had for 68 games in 2009/10 season. In his rookie NBA year Rudy Fernandez collected 10.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 2 apg for the Blazers. Two months ago Dallas Mavericks acquired Fernandez in trade. In Spain, Fernandez spent more than seven years with DKV Joventut. He is active member of the Spanish National Team since 2004.
The deal is still not official.


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Standings Div.A (Men)
Standings
Group A
1. U.Kingdom0-0
2. Spain0-0
3. Lithuania0-0
4. Poland0-0
5. Turkey0-0
Group B
1. France0-0
2. Germany0-0
3. Israel0-0
4. Italy0-0
5. Latvia0-0
6. Serbia0-0
Group C
1. Bosnia0-0
2. Croatia0-0
3. Greece0-0
4. FYR Macedo.0-0
5. Montenegro.0-0
Group D
1. Belgium0-0
2. Bulgaria0-0
3. Georgia0-0
4. Russia0-0
5. Slovenia0-0
6. Ukraine0-0
Group Qualification
1. Finland2-0
2. Portugal1-1
3. Hungary0-2


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Miguel MIRANDA
  (205-F-78)
  Avg: 18
 1. Miranda, POR18.0 
 2. Lee, FIN14.0 
 3. Lorant, HUN14.0 
 4. Muurinen, FIN12.0 
 5. Horvath, HUN11.5 
 6. Trotter, HUN11.5 
 7. Andrade, POR11.0 
 8. Hanga, HUN10.5 
 9. Da Silva, POR10.0 
 10. Santos, POR10.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Carlos ANDRADE
  CPV
  (197-F-78)
  Avg: 9
 1. Andrade, POR9.0 
 2. Santos, POR6.0 
 3. Cunha, POR6.0 
 4. Hanga, HUN5.5 
 5. Da Silva, POR5.0 
 6. Lee, FIN5.0 
 7. Salin, FIN5.0 
 8. Lorant, HUN5.0 
 9. Trotter, HUN5.0 
 10. Bader, HUN4.5 
Assists Per Game
 Filipe DA SILVA
  (185-F-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Da Silva, POR6.0 
 2. Costa, POR5.0 
 3. Koponen, FIN5.0 
 4. Hanga, HUN3.5 
 5. Lorant, HUN3.0 
 6. Horvath, HUN2.5 
 7. Trotter, HUN2.0 
 8. Santos, POR2.0 
 9. Miranda, POR2.0 
 10. Fodor, HUN1.5 
Steals Per Game
 Obie TROTTER
  USA
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Trotter, HUN4.0 
 2. Hanga, HUN3.0 
 3. Andrade, POR2.0 
 4. Koivisto, FIN1.0 
 5. Koponen, FIN1.0 
 6. Costa, POR1.0 
 7. Cunha, POR1.0 
 8. Miranda, POR1.0 
 9. Horvath, HUN1.0 
 10. Santos, POR1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Akos KELLER
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1
 1. Keller, HUN1.0 
 2. Salin, FIN1.0 
 3. Trotter, HUN0.5 
 4. Lee, FIN0.0 
 5. Koivisto, FIN0.0 
 6. Horvath, HUN0.0 
 7. Szabo, HUN0.0 
 8. Hanga, HUN0.0 
 9. Santos, POR0.0 
 10. Fodor, HUN0.0 


Standings Div.B (Men)
Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Holland3-0
2. Austria2-1
3. Estonia1-2
4. Luxembourg.0-3
Group B
1. Sweden5-1
2. Azerbaijan.4-1
3. Romania3-2
4. Belarus1-4
5. Albania0-5
Group C
1. Czech Rep.3-0
2. Slovakia2-1
3. Switzerlan.1-2
4. Cyprus0-3


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2011 Universiade. Finland stun Hungary for second win in Shenzhen - by Eurobasket News
Finland - Hungary 78:54

Finland registered the second straight win at 2011 World University Games. They defeated Hungary to improve at 2-1 record. Matti Nuutinen (200-F-90) stepped up with 22 points to lead the charge. Hungary suffered the third loss in a row.
Finland established a 20:15 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the margin to 10 points in the second period. Finland ensured a 38:28 halftime advantage. The Finnish team maintained the lead throughout the third stanza. They entered the final period leading by 10 points 52:42. Finland tipped off the fourth quarter with a 10:0 run and never looked back en route to the victory. Juho Nenonen (202-F-87) chipped in 13 points, while Petri Heinonen (207-F/C-88) added 10 points in the victory. Peter Kovacs (189-G-88) answered with 10 points for Hungary. Andras Helmeczi (195-G-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) netted 9 points in defeat.

Finland: Matti Nuutinen 22, Juho Nenonen 13, Petri Heinonen 9
Hungary: Peter Kovacs 10, Andras Helmeczi 9



EUROBASKET: Finland defeated Portugal 68-56 - by Rauno Hurmalainen
EuroBasket: Additional Qualifying Round, Helsinki, Finland. Finland defeated Portugal 68-56 (31-22). Quarters: 15-15, 16-7, 20-18, 17-16. Finland second game and second victory. After the first quarter Finland was leading all the time and could have won by 20 pts or more if the shooting percentages would have been higher. Finland defense was tough and that made Portugal players tired during the contest. Shawn Huff (198-G/F-84, college: Valparaiso) and Tuukka Kotti (205-F/C-81, college: Providence) led Finland with 16 points each. Huff grabbed team high nine rebounds as well. Teemu Rannikko (189-G-80), now 100 times on NT roster, added six pts and gave four assists. Portugal had also two players in double digits: Antonio Tavares (183-G-75) (11) and Carlos Andrade (197-F-78, college: Queens, NC) (11). Finland: Shawn Huff 16/9, Tuukka Kotti 16, Gerald Lee Jr 7. (1 - 56,3% (9/16), 2 - 56,4% (22/39), 3 - 25,0% (5/20). R: 29+12=41. TO: 16). Portugal: Antonio Tavares 11, Carlos Andrade 11, Miguel Miranda 7. (1 - 57,1% (16/28), 2 - 33,3% (11/33), 3 - 30,0% (6/20). R: 22+14=36. TO: 18). Attendance: 6108.
Next (last) games: 18.8. Hungary vs Portugal, 21.8. Finland vs Hungary, 24.8. Portugal vs Finland.



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Paris-Levallois ink deal with Jawad Williams - by Eurobasket News
Paris-Levallois added strength to their frontcourt. They landed Jawad Williams (204-F-83, college: N.Carolina). The forward started the previous season in the NBA. He tallied 4.0 points and 1.8 rebounds per game for the Cleveland Cavaliers. In February Jawad Williams moved to Israel. The forward joined Hapoel Jerusalem. His stats read 7.7 points and 1.7 rebounds per Premier League appearance.


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Wildcats Conclude Trip with 87-54 Loss to Georgian National Team - by Eurobasket News
Villanova was paced by Cheek's 14 points

FINAL: Senior National Team of Georgia 87, Villanova 54

SITE: Almere, The Netherlands


SUMMARY: The Georgian Senior National Team used a surge near the end of the first half to open up a 49-30 edge at intermission and went on to post an 87-54 victory in the final game of Villanova's exhibition tour of Europe on Sunday afternoon.

SCORING LEADERS: Juniors Dominic Cheek (6'6''-G-90) tallied 11 first quarter points and finished with 14 points on the afternoon. Classmates Mouphtaou Yarou and Maalik Wayns also added nine points. No Wildcat saw more than 25 minutes of action

LEADING GEORGIA: Zaza Pachulia (7'0''-C-84) of the NBA's Atlanta Hawks paced Georgia with 20 points.

HELP FROM TWO NEWCOMERS: Villanova freshman Achraf Yacoubou came off the bench to supply eight points in 22:04 while Jayvaughn Pinkston (6'7''-F) added seven points and six rebounds in 20:52 of action.

FOUL WOES: The Wildcats were hanging in the game until foul trouble cropped up late in the second period. Starters Isaiah Armwood, Wayns and Yarou were all on the bench in the final three minutes of the period as Georgia scored the last nine points of the half.

HEAD COACH Jay Wright: 'This Georgia team was the best team we faced on this trip. They have great shooters and are well-coached. It's a good team with a great player in Zaza Pachulia.'

'This trip worked out perfectly for us. We played the best team in the end and every team we played as we went along was a little bit better than the last. I felt we got a little bit better and the important thing was we learned a lot about ourselves. We played everybody today and treated this one a little bit more like practice to give people a chance. We got a lot of teaching in and a lot of bonding over here. It was a great experience in some big-time games.'
Courtesy of: http://www.villanova.com





'One of the things you see with these professional teams is that we came in all excited and got off to good starts. By the end of the game we were exhausted. At the start these teams look like they aren't sharp but by the end of the game they're killers. I think that's the experience of being professionals.'
'I wouldn't have done this trip any other way.'

SCORING SUMMARY (Minutes in parantheses)

WAYNS (24:00): 2-11 from the field; 1-4 from 3-point; 4-4 FT shooting; 1 rebounds (1 offensive); 1 steal; 3 turnovers; 9 points.

YAROU (26:19): 2-7 from the field; 0-1 from 3-point; 5-9 FT shooting; 12 rebounds (3 offensive); 2 turnovers; 9 points.

CHEEK (23:45): 5-13 from the field; 2-4 from 3-point; 2-4 FT shooting; 2 rebounds (1 offensive); 1 steal; 0 turnovers; 14 points. BELL (21:41): 0-7 from the field; 0-2 from 3-point; 0-0 FT shooting; 4 rebounds (2 offensive); 0 turnovers; 0 points.

ARMWOOD (13:15): 1-5 from the field; 0-1 from 3-point; 0-0 FT shooting; 1 rebound (0 offensive); 2 points.

HILLIARD (20:36): 0-1 from the field; 0-0 from 3-point; 0-2 FT shooting; 5 rebounds (0 offensive); 1 assist; 4 turnovers; 0 points.

KENNEDY (19:23): 1-5 from the field; 0-0 from 3-point; 0-0 FT shooting; 1 rebound (0 offensive); 1 turnover; 2 points.

PINKSTON (20:52): 3-5 from the field; 0-0 from 3-point; 1-3 FT shooting; 6 rebounds (2 offensive); 2 assists; 1 turnover; 7 points.

YACOUBOU (22:04): 3-8 from the field; 1-1 from 3-point; 1-2 FT shooting; 4 rebounds (1 offensive); 1 turnover; 0 points.

SUTTON (08:59): 0-2 from the field; 0-0 from 3-point; 3-6 FT shooting; 3 rebounds; 1 turnover; 3 points.

Villanova Totals: 17-of-64 FG (.266); 4-of-13 from 3-point (.308); 16-of-30 FT shooting (.577); 41 rebounds (10 offensive); 5 assists; 15 turnovers; 4 steals; 1 blocked shot; 54 points.

Georgia Totals: 31-of-69 FG (.449); 10-of-32 from 3-point (.313); 15-of-26 FT shooting (.577); 43 rebounds (8 offensive); 14 assists; 12 turnovers; 6 steals; 2 blocked shots; 87 points.



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Murat Didin Does A Magic Trick Pulling Patrick Flomo Out Of His Pocket - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
According to derwesten.de, Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) continues to be a magician as he brought in a second ex beko BBL player after Aubrey Reese getting ex s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg forward Patrick Flomo (203-F-80, college: Ohio). Flomo who had been waived by the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg recently was free and Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) reacted quicker than if he had to find the last Doner place on earth by reeling in the ex Telekom Baskets Bonn player. Flomo had played for the Telekom Baskets Bonn since 2006 and last season played EuroChallenge: 1 game: 3pts, 2reb, 1steal; German League: 18 games: 4.4ppg, 2.6rpg. 'Flomo is a very experienced team leader that will help lead our young team with Aubrey Reese. Patrick is a aggressive and can move well that will help us with our goal to get back to the Beko BBL',stressed Gloria Giants Duesseldorf head coach Murat Didin.

Flomo started his basketball career in 1999 at
Ohio University and played there until 2002 (NCAA) and in his senior year played 28 games: 7.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.0 apg. In 2002-2003, he came to Europe and started his professional basketball career with UU-Korihait (Finland-1Div): 26g 22.1ppg 15.5rpg 1.6apg 5.3bpg. In 2003-2004, he played for Eiffel Towers Nijmegen (Holland-Eredivisie): 19 games: 5,3ppg, 3,7rpg, 0,6apg, 0,9spg, 1,5bpg. In 2005-2006, he came to Germany and played for Hertener Lowen (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 29 games: 17.0ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, 3.7bpg, 2FGP: 61.6%. He played for The Telekom baskets Bonn from 2006-2011 reaching two Beko BBl finals. Awards/Achievements in his career have been All-MAC Honorable Mention -01, Finnish 1st Division Champion -03, Dutch Eredivisie Regular Season Champion -04
Dutch Eredivisie Semifinals -04, Eurobasket.com All 2.Bundesliga Center of the Year -06, All 2.Bundesliga Defensive Player of the Year -06, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Center of the Year -06, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Defensive Player of the Year -06, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga 2nd Team -06
Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga All-Defensive Team -06, IBL Regular Season Runner-Up -06, IBL Finalist -06, German Bundesliga Finalist -08, 09, German Bundesliga Cup Finalist -09, EuroChallenge Quarterfinals -09


Source: www.derwesten.de


2011 Universiade. Germany fire past UAE - by Eurobasket News
Germany - UAE 82:33

Germany claimed the third consecutive victory at 2011 World University Games in China. They marched past UAE to keep their record spotless on top of Group A. Johannes Lischka (203-F/C-87) stepped up with 17 points and 8 rebounds in the winning effort.
Germany snatched a narrow 15:11 lead at the first break. But Germany shifted the gear in the second term. They limited UAE to just 8 points in the second frame to pile up a massive 41:19 advantage at halftime. Germany held their opponents to only 5 points in the third stanza to boost the gap to as many as 41 points with one quarter to go. Germany did not loosen the grasp in the fourth period and clinched the third win in a row at the tournament. Tom-Gerhard Spoeler (206-F-88) and Oskar Fassler (198-G-88) netted 12 points apiece in the victory. Rashed Al Zaabi (190-G-88) answered with 11 points for UAE. Omar Alameri (200-F-91) had 7 points in the losing effort.

Germany: Johannes Lischka 17, Tom-Gerhard Spoeler 12, Oskar Fassler 12
UAE: Rashed Al Zaabi 11, Omar Alameri 7



SSV Lok Bernau Add Martinis Woody And Alexander Pankonin - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO B team SSV Lok Bernau have signed 2 new players today with Martinis Woody (203-F/C, college: Benedict) and Alexander Pankonin. Woody is a 29 year old 203cm forward from Greenville, South Carolina that will be playing his third season in Germany. Last season, he played for CRE Eagles Itzehoe (1.Regionlliga Nord) where he averaged 18ppg, 13rpgand 2,3bpg. 'Martinis is the puzzle piece for usthat was still missing. He is a very athletic player that has European experience. He is dangerous near the basket, but can also shoot form outside. He is a very hard worker on the court', stressed SSV Lok Bernau head coach Axel Ruber. Woody played at
Benedict (NCAA2) from 2006-2009 and in his senior year played 30 games: 10.3ppg, 10.4rpg, 1.4apg, 3.2bpg, FGP: 55.1%, FT: 71.8%. In 2009-2010, he came to Germany as a rookie and played for : NOMA Iserlohn Kangaroos (Germany-Regionalliga, starting five), waived in Nov.'09 due to disciplinary reasons: 12 games: 20.8ppg, 11.8rpg, 2.2bpg, 1.6spg, 1.5apg, FGP: 60.9%, FT: 64.9%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been SIAC Regular Season Champion -07, 08, SIAC Tournament Semifinals -07, 09, SIAC All-Tournament Team -08, 09
SIAC Tournament Winner -08, NCAA D2 Sweet 16 -08, SIAC Regular Season Runner-Up -09,All-WBA 2nd Team -09, Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga North 2nd Team -11
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Alexander Pankonin is a 20 year old 200 forward and comes from Future Basketball Berlin (2.Regionalliga). 'The jump into the PRO B is a big challenge for me that I want to take advantage of. I will work hard in practice for playing time. My teammates are nice and have welcomed me and I am looking forward to the first practices', stressed Alexander Pankonin. The German started his basketball career in 2008 for 2008-2009: TUS Lichterfelde Berlin (2.Regionalliga): 17 games: 8.3ppg. In 2009-2010, he played for Central Hoops Berlin (2.Regionalliga): 22 games: 3.1ppg. He also played in the NBBL where he played 10 games avergaing 5,4ppg and 6,1rpg.

Source: SSV Lok Bernau


After 5 Years In California Tobias Jahn Joins Erdgas Ehingen / Urspringschule - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Tobias Jahn (205-F-86, agency: Numbers Sports Agency) is one of the few young German players that can look back to college experience in the States as he had been playing basketball for Cal Poly Pomona (NCAA2) outside of Los Angeles, California since 2006. Now he has decided to turn professional and will play for Erdgas Ehingen / Urspringschule in the 2010-2011 PRO A season. Jahn is a 25 year old 205cm forward that can play both iunside positions. Last season as a senior at Cal Poly Pomona (NCAA2), he played 23 games: 9.4ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 49.4%, FT: 63.4%. In his 5 years in the NCAA 2, he played a total of 113 games. 'It is fantastic that we could get a second good German inside player. Tobias has had a fantastic college career and now we want to help him get started in his professional basketball career. He is a guy that is difficult to get out of the gym. With this attitude, he is exactly at the right place in Ehingen', stressed Ehingen head coach Ralph Junge. Jahn started his basketball career with TGS Ober-Ramstadt (Regionalliga) in 2003. In 2004, he went to the states for a year of high school basketball at Forth Worth Christian HS: 29 games: 15.7ppg. In 2005-2006, he returned back to Germany to play for TV Langen (2.Bundesliga): 5 games: 2.6ppg, 1.4rpg - BG Ober-Rastadt (Regionalliga, starting five): 20 games: 9.1ppg. 'I realized after my visit to Ehingen that this was the best place for me to develop. I am looking forward to working with Ralph Junge and Felix Czerny', stressed Tobias Jahn.Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Academy Sports-Bagg Insurance, Tournament MVP -05, CCAA Tournament Finalist -08, Regular Season Co-Champion -09, CCAA Tournament Semifinals -09, 11, All-CCAA 2nd Team -09, NCAA D2 Finalist -09, CCAA Regular Season Champion -10,and NCAA D2 Champion -10.

Source:Erdgas Ehingen / Urspringschule





Dirk Bauermann Cuts Chris Mcnaughton And Philip Zwiener From German National team - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
A day after winning the four nations cup in Turkey where Germany showed a lot of class and grit beating Serbia and Turkey without 2011 NBA Champion and playoff MVP Dirk Nowitzki and NBA player Chris Kaman, head coach Dirk Bauermann has trimmed the roster by cutting Christopher McNaughton and TBB Trier forward Philip Zwiener (198-F-85) One of the hardest decisions for a coach is making cuts, but one can never keep everybody. 'It was a tough decision, because both Philip and Chris did their thing well in the practices and games. The competition at both positions is very high, so I had to make this tough decision. Philip is a player at the position three that has his strength in the one on one The way we are playing now this summer, his style fits less to our team than does the play of his competitors. This doesnt make him a bad player, but just the reason for the cut is the competition. Chris worked very well and hard, but has very difficult competition with Chris Kaman, Tibor Pleiss and Tim Ohlbrecht at his position. Making these cuts are always the most hardest of the summer, but I think that Chris understands my decision on account of the competition at his position', stressed German national team head coach Dirk Bauermann (agency: Pro One Sports ) The German national team now has 14 player with Dirk Nowitzki and Chris Kaman joining the team in Bamberg Friday for the Supercup.

The following players are on the current roster:

Robin Benzing (FC Bayern Munich), Per Gnther (ratiopharm Ulm), Steffen Hamann (FC Bayern Munich), Johannes Herber (Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt), Jan-Hendrik Jagla (FC Bayern Munich), Chris Kaman (Los Angeles Clippers/USA), Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks/USA), Tim Ohlbrecht, Tibor Plei (Brose Baskets Bamberg), Heiko Schaffartzik (ALBA Berlin), Sven Schultze (ALBA Berlin), Philipp Schwethelm (FC Bayern Mnchen), Lucca Staiger (ALBA Berlin) and Konrad Wysocki (Turow Zgorzelec/Poland).

Source:DBB


Leo Niebuhr inks a deal with Gotha - by Moritz Korff
The Gotha Rockets have completed the signing of Leo Niebuhr (208-F-86, agency: Court Side), the Pro B club announced today. Niebuhr will add size and experience to the Gotha team. The 25-year-old forward played in the BBL for Braunschweig and Quakenbrueck. In this past season the former German A2 international appeared in 22 games for the Artland Dragons and averaged one point per contest. In Gotha he is expected to receive much more playing time than he did in Quakenbrueck.

Hanau signs third import player - by Moritz Korff
Pro B newcomer TG Hanau has agreed to sign Logan Magnusson (198-F) from Brigham Young University (NCAA Division 1). Magnusson played 35 games for the BYU Cougars during the 2010-11 season and averaged 2.2 points as well as 2.5 rebounds per contest. He started his college career at Dixie State and moved to Salt Lake CC as a sophomore. In 2009 he won the NJCAA Division One Championship with Salt Lake and contributed 8.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game to the team's success.

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Italy wins Trofeo Tassoni in Rimini - by Eurobasket News
Italy-Greece 82:73

Italy wins Trofeo Tassoni in Rimini after the victory in Day 3 over Greece. The hosts of the tournament handed the opponents their first loss as both teams finished with 2-1 records. Due to the game between each other, Italy triumphed in Rimini.
The hosts opened the game with 19:11 and added another four points early in the second frame. Fotsis and Kostas Koufos (213-C/F-89, college: Ohio St.) reduced to 31:28, while Daniel Hackett (196-G-87, college: USC) brought 35:28. The teams went to the lockers for 42:32 and managed to keep the lead until the end of the game. Greece however cut it to 8 points entering the last stanza. Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85) nailed three to open the last frame for 69:58 and Maestranzi brought the final points for the home side.
Andrea Bargnani led the way with 28 points for the important victory. Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) followed him with 17 and Daniel Hackett scored 14. Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) notched 18 points in the losing effort, while Nikolaos Zisis (196-G-83) and Kostas Koufos had 10 each.

Italy: Andrea Bargnani 28, Danilo Gallinari 17, Daniel Hackett 14
Greece: Ioannis Bourousis 18, Nikolaos Zisis 10, Kostas Koufos 10



Aris agree on terms of contract with Dan Mavraides - by Eurobasket News
Aris Thessaloniki ensured the services of Dan Mavraides (193-G-88) for the next three seasons. The 22-year-old guard will start his pro career in Greece. Dan Mavraides graduated from Princeton University this year. He tallied 12.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.1 steals per game in the senior season. Dan Mavraides became Ivy League Champion with Princeton. He was named into All-Ivy League 2nd Team.


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Landstede Basketbal invests in prospects Veenstra and Elias-Pour - by Fred Roggen
Landstede Basketbal has announced the arrival of two Dutch prospects, forward Bas Veenstra (204-F-95) and Dutch-Isreali center Ram Elias-Pour (208-C-93). Bas Veenstra signed a three-year deal, while Pour signed for one-year.
Ram Elias-Pour arrives from Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem and averaged 1.3 points in 7 Israeli Premier League games last season. He played for the Isreali U18 and U20 team.
Bas Veenstra is one of the most promising forwards in Europe, according Eurohopes and arrives from GasTerra Flames. He is a member of the Dutch U16 National team and averaged 15.3ppg and 6.9rpg in 9 European Championships U16 Division B games.



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2011 Universiade. Finland stun Hungary for second win in Shenzhen - by Eurobasket News
Finland - Hungary 78:54

Finland registered the second straight win at 2011 World University Games. They defeated Hungary to improve at 2-1 record. Matti Nuutinen (200-F-90) stepped up with 22 points to lead the charge. Hungary suffered the third loss in a row.
Finland established a 20:15 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the margin to 10 points in the second period. Finland ensured a 38:28 halftime advantage. The Finnish team maintained the lead throughout the third stanza. They entered the final period leading by 10 points 52:42. Finland tipped off the fourth quarter with a 10:0 run and never looked back en route to the victory. Juho Nenonen (202-F-87) chipped in 13 points, while Petri Heinonen (207-F/C-88) added 10 points in the victory. Peter Kovacs (189-G-88) answered with 10 points for Hungary. Andras Helmeczi (195-G-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) netted 9 points in defeat.

Finland: Matti Nuutinen 22, Juho Nenonen 13, Petri Heinonen 9
Hungary: Peter Kovacs 10, Andras Helmeczi 9



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2011 Universiade. Mexico prevail against Israel - by Eurobasket News
Mexico - Israel 77:72

Mexico posted the second win at the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen. They overcame Israel to improve at 2-1 record in Group D. Gabriel Giron (192-F-88) stepped up with 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Israel fell at 1-2 record after the loss.
Mexico managed to post a 23:19 lead after ten minutes. But Israel turned things around in the second quarter. They ensured a 41:36 halftime lead. The Israeli team maintained the lead throughout the third frame. They arrived at the final intermission leading by 4 points 57:54. Mexico put their noses back in front midway through the fourth quarter. They secured a narrow lead and hung on to it till the final buzzer. Francisco Cruz (191-G-89) added 15 points and 8 rebounds, while Alexis Cervantes (200-F-88) provided 12 points in the victory. Anton Shoutvin (206-C/F-89) answered with 20 points for Israel. Sean Daniel (197-F-89) finished with 13 points in the loss.

Mexico: Gabriel Giron 21, Francisco Cruz 15, Alexis Cervantes 12
Israel: Anton Shoutvin 20, Sean Daniel 13



Jeremy Pargo vs. Maccabi Take II - The Player's Side of The Story - by David Pick
Posted: August 15, 2011, 21:54 PM

In response to Eurobasket's report yesterday concerning Maccabi Tel Avivs star point guard Jeremy Pargo opting out of his contract and becoming a free player, Pargo's agent Brad Ames, addressed the situation for the first time, explaining the player's side of the story.

'This was a very difficult decision for Jeremy to make,' said Ames, 'He truly enjoyed his time with Maccabi Tel Aviv, yet, Jeremy's main goal is to play in the NBA.'

ESPN's Marc Stein hinted that one of the NBA teams that is interested in Pargo's services once the lockout ends, is the San Antonio Spurs. Ames explained that Pargo's move was well thought out. 'During June we had conversations with a number of NBA teams who expressed a great deal of interest in Jeremy for next season. Jeremy had the option to terminate his agreement with Maccabi, and he exercised his option,' Ames added, ending any possibility of Pargo's return to Nokia Arena this season.

Earlier Today

Maccabi released an official statement regarding Pargo's move. 'Maccabi has conveyed to the player that in light of the NBA lockout and the fact that he does not and will not have a guaranteed contract with any NBA team for the coming season, the announcement by his agent is a violation of the contract between Pargo and Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv.'

'In spite of that, Pargo has expressed his intention of remaining in the U.S. and awaiting an end to the strike. Maccabi's management has conveyed to Pargo and his agent that it takes exception to his behavior and views the player as responsible for any damage caused to Maccabi by his breach of contract. Maccabi intends to take all appropriate action to protect its rights in the matter.'

During the summer, team Head Coach David Blatt signed two-time NBA champ, Jordan Farmar, Jon Scheyer, Devin Smith, Shawn James, Theodoros Papaloukas. Israeli point guard Yogev Ohayon has yet to sign, and Israeli sensation Omri Casspi, is expected to finalize his official NBA out contract with the team in the next few days.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @Dpick_Mvd





NBA Shooter Roger Mason Talks About Hapoel Jerusalem - by David Pick
Posted: August 16, 2011, 06:14 AM

After Maccabi Tel Aviv signed Jordan Farmar and Bnei Hasharon/Herzeliya added Trevor Booker, Hapoel Jerusalem is closer than ever to join the group of teams that signed NBA players. One of those guys who is most likely to hoop this season in Israel is NBA sharp shooter Roger Mason.

The 6-foot-5 recent New York Knicks' small forward who left Jerusalem on '05 to play in the NBA, is now likely to return the favor. 'Hapoel knows where I stand, what the situation is and what my financial expectations are,' Mason told Eurobasket, 'there is more to it than just the money for us to reach a deal.'

The Virginia graduate who posted his best NBA career season three years ago while with the San Antonio Spurs recording averages of 11.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.1apg, is discussing a deal with Jerusalem, but is interested in the contract having an NBA out. 'I haven't spoken with my agent today and I'm not aware of any agreement being officially made. Any deal that will be signed will include an NBA out.'

From all the possible teams you could join, why Jerusalem?

'I have a great feeling and relationship with the organization. The season I had in Jerusalem before the NBA helped me become a much better player and I'm approaching the situation the same way now as I did in 2005.'

Is Hapoel your primary European destination?

'Hapoel knows where I stand and what my financial expectations are. I feel like at home is Jerusalem and honestly, it's not about the money for me, more the situation. When an offer is on the table I will make my decision.'

When will Jerusalem announce you joined?

'I have no idea. I haven't spoken to my agent but I know he is in contact with a few teams. I'm just taking a back seat and waiting for things to play out.'

Mason, who is eager to return to the Holy Land, has not yet spoken with Jerusalem's head coach Oded Katash, but explains what is pulling him back to Israel. 'Jerusalem is a beautiful city and I'm familiar with the area. I have good memories from Hapoel so I dont think I will have a bad adjustment,' Mason added.

What about Jerusalem is so special to you?

'Mostly, I just want to help the team and become a better player. It worked once and I'm sure it can happen again.'

As the Mason saga continues, he cannot end the interview without a message to the fans 'Hapoel fans were crazy. I still have images in my mind of the 'Red Devils' pumping up 'Malha' Arena and going wild during our home games.'

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @Dpick_Mvd




Ravid Limonad on his way back to Netanya - by David Pick
Elitzur Netanya of the Israeli basketball league is talking to 27-year old combo guard Raviv Limonad in hope to ink him for upcoming season. Limonad, who played last year in the Spanish ACB league with Menorca Basquet and posting averages of 10.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.0apg, might be on his way back to his home-town for the 2011-12 season.

The Israeli guards name has already been linked to both Ironi Ashkelon and Galil/Gilboa, where Ashkelon are the ones who are offering the player the highest paid contract. Eurobasket understood that Netanya currently cannot negotiate with Limonad, due to his high demands, yet, team sources revealed that there is an attempt to acquire financial aid from an unaffiliated team member.

Coach Danny Franco already added Brian Ausbery and re-signed American scorer Adrian Banks, as he seeks to finalize his roster soon.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @Dpick_Mvd




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Ryan Amoroso returns to Italy - by Eurobasket News
Ryan Amoroso (203-F-85, college: San Diego St.) is coming back to Italy. The 25-year-old forward has agreed on terms of contract with LegaDue newcomers Piacenza. Last season Ryan Amoroso spent in Iceland. He played for Snaefell in Express League. The forward posted 18.8 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. Eurobasket.com named the player into All-Icelandic League 2nd Team. Ryan Amoroso played for Aget Imola back in 2009/10 season.


Italy wins Trofeo Tassoni in Rimini - by Eurobasket News
Italy-Greece 82:73

Italy wins Trofeo Tassoni in Rimini after the victory in Day 3 over Greece. The hosts of the tournament handed the opponents their first loss as both teams finished with 2-1 records. Due to the game between each other, Italy triumphed in Rimini.
The hosts opened the game with 19:11 and added another four points early in the second frame. Fotsis and Kostas Koufos (213-C/F-89, college: Ohio St.) reduced to 31:28, while Daniel Hackett (196-G-87, college: USC) brought 35:28. The teams went to the lockers for 42:32 and managed to keep the lead until the end of the game. Greece however cut it to 8 points entering the last stanza. Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85) nailed three to open the last frame for 69:58 and Maestranzi brought the final points for the home side.
Andrea Bargnani led the way with 28 points for the important victory. Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) followed him with 17 and Daniel Hackett scored 14. Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) notched 18 points in the losing effort, while Nikolaos Zisis (196-G-83) and Kostas Koufos had 10 each.

Italy: Andrea Bargnani 28, Danilo Gallinari 17, Daniel Hackett 14
Greece: Ioannis Bourousis 18, Nikolaos Zisis 10, Kostas Koufos 10



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Niigata Albirex bring in Chris Holm - by Eurobasket News
Chris Holm (212-C/F-84, college: Vermont) has agreed on terms of contract with Niigata Albirex. The team announced about the deal last week. The 26-year-old centre started the previous season in Japan. He played for the Sendai 89ers. Chris Holm averaged 14.4 points, 13.4 boards, 1.9 assists and 1.2 steals per BJ League game. In April the centre moved overseas. He joined D-League's Dakota Wizards. Chris Holm appeared in just one game with the Wizards. Asia-Basket.com gave Chris Holm All-Japanese BJ League Honourable Mention. Last season our site named Chris Holm All-Japanese BJ League Centre of the Year. Chris Holm played in Spain and Bosnia before moving to Japan back in 2008. He is expected replace Julius Ashby (205-F/C-82, college: Colorado) on Niigata Albirex roster.


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Zalgiris sign All-VTB League Player of the Year - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris bring Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) for 2011/2012 season and will announced the player soon. The Croatian star comes from Kazan to Lithuania. He was named Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Player of the Year -11 and Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Guard of the Year -11.
Marko Popovic started his career at BC Zadar. With Zadar he lifted 2 Croatian Cups in 2000 and 2003. In 2003 he spent a year in Pamesa Valencia in ACB League, before returning to Croatia and signed with Cibona. With team from Zagreb, Popovic lifted the title in 2004. Following season Popovic went to Turkey where he helped Efes lift the Turkish Cup in 2006. After episode in Turkey, Popovic moved to Lithuanina signing for Zalgiris Kaunas. With Zalgiris Popovic won Lithuanian title in 2007 as well as 2 Lithuanian Cups in 2007 and 2008. He was also Baltic Champion in 2008. This season, Popovic moved to Unics where he helped the team to win Russian Cup. In 13 Eurocup games Popovic posted averages of 11.5 points and 2.6 assists per game. In Russian League, Popovic averaged 11.6 points and 2.6 assists in 25 League games.
Together with Unics Marko Popovic became 2010/2011 EuroCup titleholders. They held off Cajasol in the championship clash in Treviso. Kelly McCarty and Marko Popovic scored 18 points apiece for Unics.
In 2010-2011 for Unics Kazan (Russia-PBL, starting five) in Russian League he averaged 11.6ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.9apg, FGP: 42.3%, 3PT: 42.5%, FT: 79.3%, while in VTB League he became the third top-scorer with 17.8ppg, 2.3rpg, Assists-2 (4.9apg), FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 88.0%. In EuroCup after 11 games his stats read 13.8ppg, 2.6rpg, Assists-2 (5.8apg), 1.6spg, FGP: 59.5%, 3PT: 43.5%, FT: 73.0%.



Emotional Rodman caps Hall of Fame ceremony; Sabonis inducted - by Eurobasket News
Thanking his coaches and apologizing to his family for his shortcomings, Dennis Rodman (6'9''-F-61, college: SE Oklahoma) was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday night.

Choking up often during an emotional speech, Rodman said his regret was not being a better father, and praised his coaches for being a father to him, after his own father left when he was a child and he never had a relationship with afterward.

The enshrinement of the flamboyant five-time champion capped the enshrinement of the 10-member class of 2011. Chris Mullin, the two-time Olympic gold medalist, opened the night as the other headliner.

Rodman wore two outfits to the event, but said his many looks were an 'illusion' and that he loved 'to just be an individual that's very colorful.'

He thanked Commissioner David Stern and the NBA community 'to even just have me in the building' and saved his deepest appreciation for coaches Phil Jackson and Chuck Daly, Lakers owner Jerry Buss, and James Rich, whose family took Rodman in after his mother threw him out of the house.

Rodman described them as men 'you can call any time of day' who ignored his antics and 'looked at an individual that had a good heart.'

He apologized to his mother, who was in the crowd that didn't know quite what to expect from the always-entertaining Rodman but probably wasn't expecting to see such a look inside of him. He said he was like so many players who fought to get out the projects and make something of himself.

'I did that, but it took a lot of hard work and it took a lot of bumps along the road,' Rodman said.

Mullin's journey began in New York.

A five-time All-Star with one of the game's best jump shots, he was enshrined last year with the 1992 U.S. Olympic Dream Team and also won a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics.

The left-hander followed a decorated amateur career by scoring more than 17,000 points in the NBA. The New York city product recalled his hometown in his speech, saying 'Looking out, I realize I'm a long way from Flatbush Ave., but Brooklyn's definitely in the house tonight.'

He stayed in New York to play in college at St. John's and was presented for enshrinement by his coach, Lou Carnesecca.

'I chose the best coach in the best city, and I played in the world's most famous arena,' Mullin said.

The class also included coaches Tara VanDerveer, who has led Stanford to two national championships and won more than 800 games, Tex Winter and Division II Philadelphia University coach Herb Magee, the career leader at the collegiate level with more than 900 wins.

Eight-time NBA champion Tom 'Satch' Sanders, big men Artis Gilmore and Arvydas Sabonis (7'4''-C-64); the late Reece 'Goose' Tatum of the Harlem Globetrotters, and women's star Teresa Edwards, who won five Olympic medals four golds and is entering her fifth Hall of Fame, also were to be honored at Symphony Hall.

VanDerveer called her enshrinement an 'exciting homecoming for my mother, Rita,' because her parents met at Springfield College. She ignored her father's pleas to focus on her algebra homework instead of basketball, learning from whatever coaches she could and going on to win a gold medal coaching the 1996 U.S. women's Olympic team.

'Thank you, Hall of Fame, for honoring my life's work,' she said. 'I'm forever grateful.'

The induction of Rodman and Winter, the architect of the triangle offense, brought back Scottie Pippen and other players and coaches from the Bulls' dynasty of the 1990s. Winter, an assistant to Jackson on nine NBA championship teams, has been slowed after a stroke and struggles with his speaking, but felt well enough to make the trip for the weekend and what many considered overdue enshrinement.

'We're really excited for him. I know he is to. He's very happy about it,' Jackson said. 'He's been jumping the gun all night and all day yesterday, so I think it's a good time for him to do it, even though I wish he could express himself and say what he really has on his mind.'

Sabonis, a dominant player in Europe long before he finally came from his native Lithuania to the NBA at 31, was presented by Bill Walton, who had described the versatile center as a '7-foot-3 Larry Bird.' Later came the enshrinement of Gilmore, an ABA champion who went on to make six All-Star teams in the NBA, where he is still the league's career leader with a .599 field-goal percentage.

'Millions of people have laced up their sneakers since Dr. Naismith invented the game several miles from here in 1891 and every one of them would love to be in my shoes today,' Gilmore said.

Courtesy of www.katu.com


Nevezis add Chris Lowe - by Eurobasket News
Chris Lowe (183-G-87, college: Massachusetts) will stay in Lithuania for the next season. The guard however will change the team. Chris Lowe has agreed on terms of contract with Nevezis. Last season Chris Lowe played for Naglis-Adakris. He averaged 10.9 points, 3.4 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game in Baltic League. In LKL the guard posted 13.6 points, 4.1 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.9 steals per appearance. Chris Lowe participated at LKL All-Star Game. Eurobasket.com named him into LKL All-Newcomers Team. Chris Lowe started his professional career in 2009/10 season. He spent it in D-League playing for the Springfield Armor and Maine Red Claws.


Canadian Russell Hicks sign with Nevezis - by Eurobasket News
Canadian Russell Hicks (213-C-85, college: FIU) sign with Nevezis for the next season. The 213- cm Center arrived from Austria.
Last year BC Vienna signed center Russell Hicks to bolster their front court. Hicks played briefly in the D- League last season but left the Iowa Energy after just three games. The seven footer spent the summer at the Los Angeles Big Men Camp after playing for the Edmonton Energy in the IBL. Hicks started his career at Pepperdine before transferring to Florida International. Two very solid seasons earned him workouts with the Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors in 2009. BC Vienna became his first overseas ball club. In his first appearance he scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds off the bench.
In January 2011 he signed at BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers (Austria-A Bundesliga, starting five) and in 22 games averaged 9.7ppg, 5.1rpg, Blocks-1 (1.7bpg), FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 69.5%.
Last year he reached Austrian Bundesliga A Semifinals -11 and became Eurobasket.com All-Austrian League Honorable Mention -11.



Zalgiris announced Ty Lawson - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris announced Ty Lawson (180-PG-87, college: N.Carolina) for the next season. The Lithuanian Powerhouse brought American NBA star from Denver Nuggets.
In 2006-2007 he started for N.Carolina (NCAA) and debuted with 10.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 5.6apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3Pts: 35.6%, FT: 68.8%. In the last season there he averaged 16.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 6.6apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 53.2%, 3Pts: 47.2%, FT: 79.8%. In 2009-2010 for $1,438,680 joined Denver Nuggets (NBA, starting five) and in 71 games showed 8.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.1apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 40.9%, FT: 74.8%. In 2010-2011 for $1,546,560 Denver Nuggets (NBA, starting five) improved to 11.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 77.8%.
Ty Lawson recorded 37 points on April 9th 2011. Ty Lawson made his first 10 three-pointers Saturday night and scored a career-high 37 points in leading the Denver Nuggets to a 130:106 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. He finished 10 of 11 on threes, including six during a stretch spanning halftime that turned a tight game, 41:39, into a laugher.



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2011 Universiade. Mexico prevail against Israel - by Eurobasket News
Mexico - Israel 77:72

Mexico posted the second win at the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen. They overcame Israel to improve at 2-1 record in Group D. Gabriel Giron (192-F-88) stepped up with 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Israel fell at 1-2 record after the loss.
Mexico managed to post a 23:19 lead after ten minutes. But Israel turned things around in the second quarter. They ensured a 41:36 halftime lead. The Israeli team maintained the lead throughout the third frame. They arrived at the final intermission leading by 4 points 57:54. Mexico put their noses back in front midway through the fourth quarter. They secured a narrow lead and hung on to it till the final buzzer. Francisco Cruz (191-G-89) added 15 points and 8 rebounds, while Alexis Cervantes (200-F-88) provided 12 points in the victory. Anton Shoutvin (206-C/F-89) answered with 20 points for Israel. Sean Daniel (197-F-89) finished with 13 points in the loss.

Mexico: Gabriel Giron 21, Francisco Cruz 15, Alexis Cervantes 12
Israel: Anton Shoutvin 20, Sean Daniel 13



Halcones UV Xalapa Find Their MaJic - by Surujh Roopnarine
Daryl 'Majic' Dorsey (185-G-81, agency: Court Side, college: S.Indiana), formerly of the NBA D-Leagues Reno Big Horns, has signed with Mexican powerhouse Halcones UV Xalapa for the 2011-12 LNBP season. A 30-year old guard from Baltimore, Maryland, Dorsey is no stranger to Mexico and Latin America, having been the LNBPs leading scorer (35.4ppg) in 2006 while a member of Mayas de Yucatan. Xalapa are coming off a 2010-11 season which saw them fall in the semi-finals of the playoffs to eventual champions Toros Nuevo Laredo. Under new Head Coah Andy Stoglin, Xalapa will utilize the dynamic Dorsey at both the point and off-guard positions in a fast, up-tempo system which suits the veteran just fine. I have always wanted to play for this team, they have a very NBA-style organization, very professional I came to this city because I want to give them another championship Dorsey said about his signing in Xalapa. Dorsey made a name for himself coming up out of Brevard Community College, earning American Basketball Association (ABA) Rookie of the Year Honors in his first professional season after college, along with touring with the And 1 Streetball Tour. While the D-League had been the place where MaJic tuned his skills against NBA-caliber opponents on a nightly-basis, the showman, the star, always shined its brightest in Mexico. He has spent the last two seasons playing with Meteoros de Yucatan-Merida in addition to an exhibition tour in China.
Dorsey has played in 147 career D-League games over five seasons, with career averages of 9.1 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists while shooting 43.2% from the field and 83.0% from the free-throw line.
A re-vamped Xalapa roster featuring Dorsey is sure to be one of the favorites to capture the LNPB crown this season, and for the man they call MaJic, the spotlight and big stage is his place to shine.



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Bojan Krstovic joins Buducnost - by Eurobasket News
Buducnost continued to bolster their roster. They lately landed Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80). The 30-year-old guard spent the previous season with Hemofarm. He averaged 7.5 points, 2.5 boards and 2.0 assists per game in Serbia A League. In Euroleague Qualifying Round Bojan Krstovic produced 8.3 points, 3.3 boards and 2.5 assists per appearance. In EuroCup his stats read 6.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists. The guard also posted 9.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists in Adriatic League. Bojan Krstovic played for FMP, Reflex Beograd and Borac Cacak before joining Hemofarm. Eurobasket.com named the guard into All-Serbian League 2nd Team in 2008 and 2010. Bojan Krstovic was the member of Serbia and Montenegro University National Team in 2003.


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Emotional Rodman caps Hall of Fame ceremony; Sabonis inducted - by Eurobasket News
Thanking his coaches and apologizing to his family for his shortcomings, Dennis Rodman (6'9''-F-61, college: SE Oklahoma) was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday night.

Choking up often during an emotional speech, Rodman said his regret was not being a better father, and praised his coaches for being a father to him, after his own father left when he was a child and he never had a relationship with afterward.

The enshrinement of the flamboyant five-time champion capped the enshrinement of the 10-member class of 2011. Chris Mullin, the two-time Olympic gold medalist, opened the night as the other headliner.

Rodman wore two outfits to the event, but said his many looks were an 'illusion' and that he loved 'to just be an individual that's very colorful.'

He thanked Commissioner David Stern and the NBA community 'to even just have me in the building' and saved his deepest appreciation for coaches Phil Jackson and Chuck Daly, Lakers owner Jerry Buss, and James Rich, whose family took Rodman in after his mother threw him out of the house.

Rodman described them as men 'you can call any time of day' who ignored his antics and 'looked at an individual that had a good heart.'

He apologized to his mother, who was in the crowd that didn't know quite what to expect from the always-entertaining Rodman but probably wasn't expecting to see such a look inside of him. He said he was like so many players who fought to get out the projects and make something of himself.

'I did that, but it took a lot of hard work and it took a lot of bumps along the road,' Rodman said.

Mullin's journey began in New York.

A five-time All-Star with one of the game's best jump shots, he was enshrined last year with the 1992 U.S. Olympic Dream Team and also won a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics.

The left-hander followed a decorated amateur career by scoring more than 17,000 points in the NBA. The New York city product recalled his hometown in his speech, saying 'Looking out, I realize I'm a long way from Flatbush Ave., but Brooklyn's definitely in the house tonight.'

He stayed in New York to play in college at St. John's and was presented for enshrinement by his coach, Lou Carnesecca.

'I chose the best coach in the best city, and I played in the world's most famous arena,' Mullin said.

The class also included coaches Tara VanDerveer, who has led Stanford to two national championships and won more than 800 games, Tex Winter and Division II Philadelphia University coach Herb Magee, the career leader at the collegiate level with more than 900 wins.

Eight-time NBA champion Tom 'Satch' Sanders, big men Artis Gilmore and Arvydas Sabonis (7'4''-C-64); the late Reece 'Goose' Tatum of the Harlem Globetrotters, and women's star Teresa Edwards, who won five Olympic medals four golds and is entering her fifth Hall of Fame, also were to be honored at Symphony Hall.

VanDerveer called her enshrinement an 'exciting homecoming for my mother, Rita,' because her parents met at Springfield College. She ignored her father's pleas to focus on her algebra homework instead of basketball, learning from whatever coaches she could and going on to win a gold medal coaching the 1996 U.S. women's Olympic team.

'Thank you, Hall of Fame, for honoring my life's work,' she said. 'I'm forever grateful.'

The induction of Rodman and Winter, the architect of the triangle offense, brought back Scottie Pippen and other players and coaches from the Bulls' dynasty of the 1990s. Winter, an assistant to Jackson on nine NBA championship teams, has been slowed after a stroke and struggles with his speaking, but felt well enough to make the trip for the weekend and what many considered overdue enshrinement.

'We're really excited for him. I know he is to. He's very happy about it,' Jackson said. 'He's been jumping the gun all night and all day yesterday, so I think it's a good time for him to do it, even though I wish he could express himself and say what he really has on his mind.'

Sabonis, a dominant player in Europe long before he finally came from his native Lithuania to the NBA at 31, was presented by Bill Walton, who had described the versatile center as a '7-foot-3 Larry Bird.' Later came the enshrinement of Gilmore, an ABA champion who went on to make six All-Star teams in the NBA, where he is still the league's career leader with a .599 field-goal percentage.

'Millions of people have laced up their sneakers since Dr. Naismith invented the game several miles from here in 1891 and every one of them would love to be in my shoes today,' Gilmore said.

Courtesy of www.katu.com


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2011 Universiade. USA breeze past South Korea - by Eurobasket News
USA - South Korea 112:68

USA stayed on the winning track at 2011 World University Games. They stormed past South Korea for 3-0 record on top of Group D. South Korea slipped at 1-2 record after the loss. Six player scored in double figures for the USA. Jamychal Green (6'9''-F-90) stepped up with 17 points to lead the effort.
The teams traded baskets throughout the close first quarter. USA eked out a 24:19 lead after ten minutes. But they drastically increased the tempo in the second frame. The North American team raced to a 55:42 halftime advantage. They quickly boosted the gap to 20 points early in the third period. USA entered the fourth frame up by 27 points 81:54. The United States did not look back in the final term and cruised to a comfortable win at the end. Antonio Jardine (6'2''-G-88) provided 16 points, while Ashton Gibbs (6'2''-G-90) added 14 points in the victory. Kim Mingoo (6'2''-G-91) answered with 12 points for South Korea. Lee Seounghyun (6'7''-C-92) netted 10 points in the loss.

USA: Jamychal Green 17, Antonio Jardine 16, Ashton Gibbs 14
South Korea: Kim Mingoo 12, Lee Seounghyun 10



Senegal Downs the Wildcats 79-65 - by Eurobasket News
Wayns paced Villanova with 15 points and nine rebounds

Final: Senegal 79, Villanova 65

Site: Cergy, France


SUMMARY: Villanova jumped out to a 13-8 lead on the strength of Maalik Wayns (185-G-91) ' eight first quarter points. But Senegal outscored the Cats 17-9 the rest of the period to build a lead it would never relinquish. Senegal led 44-33 at the half and went on to post a 79-65 victory outside of Paris. Senegal relied on a deep bench and a lineup that featured seven players standing taller than 6-7 in what was an intensely physical play with many whistles.

SCORING LEADERS: Wayns paced the Wildcats with 15 points and nine rebounds but those points came on 6-of-19 shooting from the field. Junior Mouphtaou Yarou spent much of the first half on the bench after picking up a pair of quick fouls but played well in the second half, finishing with nine points and 11 rebounds. Junior Isaiah Armwood finished with five points, including a 3-point field goal, and seven rebounds, while classmate Dominic Cheek (198-G-90) added seven points. He too battled first half foul trouble.

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK: One encouraging note in the second half was the play of Villanova's newcomers. Darrun Hilliard sank three long bombs and ended the night with nine points. JayVaughn Pinkston, held scoreless in the first half, scored seven points after intermission, including five at the charity stripe. Achraf Yacoubou contributed five points and four rebounds while Markus Kennedy collected seven rebounds.

BATTLE OF THE BOARDS: Though Senegal started four players over 6-7, Villanova more than held its own inside, grabbing 52 rebounds to Senegal's 48 caroms.
FROM DEEP: The Wildcats produced eight triples on the night, including three from Wayns, three from Hilliard, one from Cheek and another from Armwood.

HEAD COACH Jay Wright: 'That was as unique as an experience as you can have in this game. It was like being in a street fight in someone else's neighborhood. It presented a great challenge for us that I thought our players handled well. Having Mouph in early foul trouble certainly didn't help us. It forced us to play a lot of the young guys and we had some mistakes at key points.'

'I thought on the whole, though, the young guys did a good job. Markus Kennedy stepped in and gave us some quality minutes and so did Darrun and JayVaughn. It was a great learning experience. That's a very seasoned international team that knows how it has to play to be effective. There's a lot we can learn from this.'

'That team was athletic and very long and their experience was very obvious. They knew they were playing against a young team. But that kind of challenge was what we wanted from this trip and these type games can only help our development. We're looking forward to moving on to Amsterdam and having another game on Friday.'
Courtesy of: http://www.villanova.com


Wildcats Conclude Trip with 87-54 Loss to Georgian National Team - by Eurobasket News
Villanova was paced by Cheek's 14 points

FINAL: Senior National Team of Georgia 87, Villanova 54

SITE: Almere, The Netherlands


SUMMARY: The Georgian Senior National Team used a surge near the end of the first half to open up a 49-30 edge at intermission and went on to post an 87-54 victory in the final game of Villanova's exhibition tour of Europe on Sunday afternoon.

SCORING LEADERS: Juniors Dominic Cheek (6'6''-G-90) tallied 11 first quarter points and finished with 14 points on the afternoon. Classmates Mouphtaou Yarou and Maalik Wayns also added nine points. No Wildcat saw more than 25 minutes of action

LEADING GEORGIA: Zaza Pachulia (7'0''-C-84) of the NBA's Atlanta Hawks paced Georgia with 20 points.

HELP FROM TWO NEWCOMERS: Villanova freshman Achraf Yacoubou came off the bench to supply eight points in 22:04 while Jayvaughn Pinkston (6'7''-F) added seven points and six rebounds in 20:52 of action.

FOUL WOES: The Wildcats were hanging in the game until foul trouble cropped up late in the second period. Starters Isaiah Armwood, Wayns and Yarou were all on the bench in the final three minutes of the period as Georgia scored the last nine points of the half.

HEAD COACH Jay Wright: 'This Georgia team was the best team we faced on this trip. They have great shooters and are well-coached. It's a good team with a great player in Zaza Pachulia.'

'This trip worked out perfectly for us. We played the best team in the end and every team we played as we went along was a little bit better than the last. I felt we got a little bit better and the important thing was we learned a lot about ourselves. We played everybody today and treated this one a little bit more like practice to give people a chance. We got a lot of teaching in and a lot of bonding over here. It was a great experience in some big-time games.'
Courtesy of: http://www.villanova.com





'One of the things you see with these professional teams is that we came in all excited and got off to good starts. By the end of the game we were exhausted. At the start these teams look like they aren't sharp but by the end of the game they're killers. I think that's the experience of being professionals.'
'I wouldn't have done this trip any other way.'

SCORING SUMMARY (Minutes in parantheses)

WAYNS (24:00): 2-11 from the field; 1-4 from 3-point; 4-4 FT shooting; 1 rebounds (1 offensive); 1 steal; 3 turnovers; 9 points.

YAROU (26:19): 2-7 from the field; 0-1 from 3-point; 5-9 FT shooting; 12 rebounds (3 offensive); 2 turnovers; 9 points.

CHEEK (23:45): 5-13 from the field; 2-4 from 3-point; 2-4 FT shooting; 2 rebounds (1 offensive); 1 steal; 0 turnovers; 14 points. BELL (21:41): 0-7 from the field; 0-2 from 3-point; 0-0 FT shooting; 4 rebounds (2 offensive); 0 turnovers; 0 points.

ARMWOOD (13:15): 1-5 from the field; 0-1 from 3-point; 0-0 FT shooting; 1 rebound (0 offensive); 2 points.

HILLIARD (20:36): 0-1 from the field; 0-0 from 3-point; 0-2 FT shooting; 5 rebounds (0 offensive); 1 assist; 4 turnovers; 0 points.

KENNEDY (19:23): 1-5 from the field; 0-0 from 3-point; 0-0 FT shooting; 1 rebound (0 offensive); 1 turnover; 2 points.

PINKSTON (20:52): 3-5 from the field; 0-0 from 3-point; 1-3 FT shooting; 6 rebounds (2 offensive); 2 assists; 1 turnover; 7 points.

YACOUBOU (22:04): 3-8 from the field; 1-1 from 3-point; 1-2 FT shooting; 4 rebounds (1 offensive); 1 turnover; 0 points.

SUTTON (08:59): 0-2 from the field; 0-0 from 3-point; 3-6 FT shooting; 3 rebounds; 1 turnover; 3 points.

Villanova Totals: 17-of-64 FG (.266); 4-of-13 from 3-point (.308); 16-of-30 FT shooting (.577); 41 rebounds (10 offensive); 5 assists; 15 turnovers; 4 steals; 1 blocked shot; 54 points.

Georgia Totals: 31-of-69 FG (.449); 10-of-32 from 3-point (.313); 15-of-26 FT shooting (.577); 43 rebounds (8 offensive); 14 assists; 12 turnovers; 6 steals; 2 blocked shots; 87 points.



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New Zealand Breakers confirm Cedric Jackson - by Eurobasket News
New Zealand Breakers have filled in the second import spot. They agreed on terms of contract with Cedric Jackson (191-G-86, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Cleveland St.). The 25-year-old guard started the previous season in D-League. He tallied 12.1 points, 4.1 boards, 6.6 assists and 2.1 steals per game for the Erie Bay Hawks. In December Cedric Jackson was traded to the Idaho Stampede. His stats grew at 13.6 points, 7.5 assists, 6.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals per appearance. The guard moved overseas in April. Cedric Jackson joined Enel Brindisi in Seria A. The player appeared in just two games averaging 10.0 points, 5.0 boards and 3.0 assists. USBasket.com named the guard into D-League All-Defensive 2nd Team. Cedric Jackson had NBA experience as he had short stints with the San Antonio Spurs and the Washington Wizards.


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Norwegian Basketball Powerhouse, Asker Aliens Hire Coach and Two Americans! - by Greg
Traditional powerhouse of Norwegian Basketball, the Asker Aliens BC have hired Jamie Andrisevic (agency: Warren Sports International ) as the new head coach announced by GM Baard Stoller. Asker also hired Cooper Land (203-F-88, agency: Warren Sports International) out of Wright State University and is currently negotiating with Anthony Lee-Ingram (198-F, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Brescia (KY)) as he finishes up playing in SBL of Australia. Asker has dominated the league over the last decade recording 5 titles over the ten year period and they look to be a contender for another Championship this season. Jamie Andrisevic (agency: Warren Sports International ) comes to Asker after coaching last season with Drake University of the Missouri Valley Conference. Andrisevic played professionally for 3 years for teams in Germany and Denmark. He was a three-year letter winner on the Arizona State University basketball team. While at ASU he played on two teams that played in the postseason, the 2003 NCAA Tournament and the 2005 NIT. Andrisevic earned a bachelor of arts degree in finance in 2004 and a bachelor of arts degree in marketing in 2005. Before ASU, Andrisevic played at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas where he was a member of the 2001 NJCAA National Championship team. The Lee's Summit, Mo. native currently had a 4.0 grade-point average in Drake's MBA program. The two American import players in Cooper Land from Wright State University was a key contributor in the success of Wright State University as they continuously challenged Butler University in Conference play. Cooper averaged 9 points per game and shot 41% from beyond the arc. The versatile big man is capable of going inside and outside as he has a number of ways to cause major match up problems for opponents. The second American import for Asker is Anthony Lee-Ingram who is currently in Australia playing for Perry Lakes of the SBL where he is averaging 29.5 ppg and 13.9 rpg. Anthony is leading vote getter for the league MVP and his team is currently in final 4 leading their series to enter Grand Final. The BLNO should expect Anthony to report after a short break back in States as he has been in Australia since February.

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Trefl Sopot signs Bill Amis. - by Dawid Roguski
Trefl Sopot adds Bill Amis (205-F-87) to their frontcourt. This year's graduate of the University of Hawaii, averaging 15.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg and 2.3 bpg as a senior. He lost entire 2009/10 season due to injury. Dayton Morinaga in February wrote in inside news of Univeristy of Hawaii, Bill Amis is a tribute to determination and hard work. When he signed with the Hawaii basketball team in 2007, was an unheralded recruit a sixth man at his junior college who, at the time, would have been content to play that same role with the Hawaii Warriors. Four years later, Amis is the emotional leader and top post player for the Hawaii Warriors.


Trefl Sopot adds Chris Burgess. - by Dawid Roguski
Trefl Sopot adds big man Chris Burgess (209-C-79, college: Utah). The 32-year old center spend last season with Zastal Zielona Gora when averaging 13.6 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 1.4 stl. and 1.3 bpg. He is a solid front court player, with unexpected athletic ability for a white man and good technical skills.

Poland outscored Bosnia and Herzegovina in the last day of the Trofeo Tassoni - by Eurobasket News
Poland NT-Bosnia and Herzegovina NT 87:68

Poland outscored Bosnia and Herzegovina in the last day of the Trofeo Tassoni in Rimini. The Polish side grabbed the initial victory over the opponents 87:68 to finish third.
Poland started the game with 22:16 and added 20-18 in the second period. They also won the third quarter 25-18 and celebrated the win after 20-16 in the last stanza.
Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) poured in 20 points for the winners and Dardan Berisha (192-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) as well as Adam Hrycaniuk (208-C-84, college: Cincinnati) posted 14 each. Nihad Dedovic (196-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) ended up with 20 points in the losing effort. Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81) nailed 16, whilst Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) posted 15.
Italy won Trofeo Tassoni in Rimini after the victory in Day 3 over Greece. The hosts of the tournament handed the opponents their first loss as both teams finished with 2-1 records. Due to the game between each other, Italy triumphed in Rimini.

Poland: Szymon Szewczyk 20, Dardan Berisha 14, Adam Hrycaniuk 14, Lukasz Koszarek (187-G-84) 10
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Nihad Dedovic 20, Kenan Bajramovic 16, Mirza Teletovic 15



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Finland hold off Portugal in Helsinki - by Eurobasket News
Finland - Portugal 68:56

Finland are getting closer to 2011 EuroBasket. They celebrated the second straight win at the start of Additional Qualifying Round. This time Finland toppled visiting Portugal. Tuukka Kotti (205-F/C-81, college: Providence) and Shawn Huff (198-G/F-84, college: Valparaiso) scored 16 points each to pace the winners.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening period. Finland used a 10:1 run in the second quarter to clear off. They registered a 31:22 halftime lead. The hosts grabbed a 10-point lead midway through the third quarter. They arrived at the final break up by 11 points 51:40. Finland did not slow down in the fourth frame and never looked back en route to the win. Gerald Lee (208-F-87, college: ODU) produced 7 points in the victory. Antonio Tavares (183-G-75) and Carlos Andrade (197-F-78, college: Queens, NC) replied with 11 points each for Portugal. Miguel Minhava (197-G-83) and Miguel Miranda (205-F-78) had 7 points each in the loss.

Finland: Tuukka Kotti 16, Shawn Huff 16, Gerald Lee 7
Portugal: Antonio Tavares 11, Carlos Andrade 11



Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Academica 0-0 
 2. Barcelos 0-0 
 3. Barreirense CEPSA 0-0 
 4. Benfica 0-0 
 5. CAB Madeira 0-0 
 6. Ginasio 0-0 
 7. Lusitania 0-0 
 8. Ovarense 0-0 
 9. Porto Ferpinta 0-0 
 10. Sampaense 0-0 
 11. Terceira Basket 0-0 
 12. Vitoria SC 0-0 


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Sweden cruise past Romania - by Eurobasket News
Sweden - Romania 93:44

Sweden registered the fifth win at European Championship Division B Qualifying Round. They shot down visiting Romania in Group B. Sweden improved at 5-1 record, while Romania fell at 3-2 record. Anton Gaddefors (200-F-89) scored 19 points to lead the effort.
Sweden grabbed the lead right from the start. They posted a 21:10 advantage at the first break. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second period. They established a 38:21 halftime lead. Sweden did not allow Romania any closer in the third frame. Moreover the home team boosted the margin at 29-point mark at the final intermission. Sweden erupted for 30 points in the final frame and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Anton Saks (200-G-89, agency: Lanshire Group) notched 15 points, while Erik Rush (195-G) contributed 10 points in the victory. Mihai Silvasan (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) answered with 14 points for Sweden. Andrei Capusan (201-F-83, agency: Court Side, college: Lafayette) provided 7 points in the loss.

Sweden: Anton Gaddefors 19, Anton Saks 15, Erik Rush 10
Romania: Mihai Silvasan 14, Andrei Capusan 7



2011 Universiade. Romania take first win in Shenzhen - by Eurobasket News
Romania - Czech Republic 87:71

Romania earned the first win at the World University Games. They toppled Czech Republic for 1-2 record in Group A. The Czech team fell at 1-2 record. Vlad Moldoveanu (207-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances, college: American) notched 24 points in the victory.
Romania started the game strongly. They outscored Czech Republic 19:8 in the first frame. Czech Republic narrowed the deficit early in the second term but Romania secured a 40:31 halftime lead. Romania maintained the advantage throughout the third term. They entered the final quarter up by six points 62:56. Romania stretched the margin to 15 points midway through the fourth quarter and sealed the win at the end. Andrei Mandache (189-G-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) posted 22 points and 8 rebounds, while Titus Nicoara (202-F-88, agency: Interperformances) had 19 points and 10 boards in the victory. Patrik Auda (205-F-89) answered with 21 points and 8 rebounds for Czech Republic. Vojtech Hruban (200-F-89) chipped in 17 points in the losing case.

Romania: Vlad Moldoveanu 24, Andrei Mandache 22, Titus Nicoara 19+10 boards
Czech Republic: Patrik Auda 21, Vojtech Hruban 17



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Hoops off to Madagascar - by Kristian Santiago
(By The New Times)
The mens 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 (Espoir)
Jean Louis Habineza (Espoir)
Kami Kabange (F-84) (APR BC)
Damarcus Ellis Kayiuka (186-G-81, college: Robert Morris) (KBC)
Brad Cameron (193-G) (Clay HS, USA)
Hamza Ruhezamihigo (191-G-85) (Concordia University, Canada)
Stanley Thomson (208-C-82, college: Fairfield) (U-Mobitelco BT Cluj Napoca, Romania)
Kenny Wilson (193-G-84, college: Boise St.) (Texas Fuel, USA)
Dan Manzi
Aboubakar Barame (181-G-84) (CSK BBC)
Matt Miller (182-G-82, college: Bellarmine)
Oliver Muhizi (NUR)


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Senegal departs without Antoine Mendy to Madagascar - by Kristian Santiago
The Lions of Senegal won't be able to count on the services of Antoine Mendy (198-F-83) as their basketball federation didn't manage to organize a insurance for the player.
This is another setback for the Alain Weisz-led team, as players Boniface Ndong (213-C-77), Sitapha Savane (202-F-78, college: Navy), Hamady N'Diaye (211-C-87, college: Rutgers), De Sagana Diop (213-C-83), Mouhamed Sene (213-C-86), Cheikhou Thioune (194-G/F-83), Souleymane Aw (198-F-81), Joseph Gomis (180-G-78),Pape Badiane (207-F/C-80, college: Cleveland St.) as well as Moussa Badiane (205-C-81, college: E.Carolina) won't be in Madagascar for different reasons.

Eleven other players are now on the way to Antananarivo:

Thierno Niang (185-G)
Mamadou Ndoye
Xane D'Almeida (183-G-83)
Mouhammad Faye (206-F-85, college: SMU)
Elhadji Ndiaye (199-F-86)
Maleye NDoye (203-F-80, college: Furman)
Pape Thiendou Diasse (204-F-86)
Papa Dia (205-F-87, college: SMU)
Malick Badiane (211-F/C-84)
Babacar Toure (205-F/C-85)
Boubacar Coly (206-F-83, college: Morgan St.)



Senegal Downs the Wildcats 79-65 - by Eurobasket News
Wayns paced Villanova with 15 points and nine rebounds

Final: Senegal 79, Villanova 65

Site: Cergy, France


SUMMARY: Villanova jumped out to a 13-8 lead on the strength of Maalik Wayns (185-G-91) ' eight first quarter points. But Senegal outscored the Cats 17-9 the rest of the period to build a lead it would never relinquish. Senegal led 44-33 at the half and went on to post a 79-65 victory outside of Paris. Senegal relied on a deep bench and a lineup that featured seven players standing taller than 6-7 in what was an intensely physical play with many whistles.

SCORING LEADERS: Wayns paced the Wildcats with 15 points and nine rebounds but those points came on 6-of-19 shooting from the field. Junior Mouphtaou Yarou spent much of the first half on the bench after picking up a pair of quick fouls but played well in the second half, finishing with nine points and 11 rebounds. Junior Isaiah Armwood finished with five points, including a 3-point field goal, and seven rebounds, while classmate Dominic Cheek (198-G-90) added seven points. He too battled first half foul trouble.

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK: One encouraging note in the second half was the play of Villanova's newcomers. Darrun Hilliard sank three long bombs and ended the night with nine points. JayVaughn Pinkston, held scoreless in the first half, scored seven points after intermission, including five at the charity stripe. Achraf Yacoubou contributed five points and four rebounds while Markus Kennedy collected seven rebounds.

BATTLE OF THE BOARDS: Though Senegal started four players over 6-7, Villanova more than held its own inside, grabbing 52 rebounds to Senegal's 48 caroms.
FROM DEEP: The Wildcats produced eight triples on the night, including three from Wayns, three from Hilliard, one from Cheek and another from Armwood.

HEAD COACH Jay Wright: 'That was as unique as an experience as you can have in this game. It was like being in a street fight in someone else's neighborhood. It presented a great challenge for us that I thought our players handled well. Having Mouph in early foul trouble certainly didn't help us. It forced us to play a lot of the young guys and we had some mistakes at key points.'

'I thought on the whole, though, the young guys did a good job. Markus Kennedy stepped in and gave us some quality minutes and so did Darrun and JayVaughn. It was a great learning experience. That's a very seasoned international team that knows how it has to play to be effective. There's a lot we can learn from this.'

'That team was athletic and very long and their experience was very obvious. They knew they were playing against a young team. But that kind of challenge was what we wanted from this trip and these type games can only help our development. We're looking forward to moving on to Amsterdam and having another game on Friday.'
Courtesy of: http://www.villanova.com


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  SERBIA   


Capljina Lasta returns Marko Jagodic Kuridza - by Eurobasket News
Marko Jagodic Kuridza (204-C-87) is back to Capljina Lasta. The Serbian big guy penned a one-year deal with the Bosnian outfit. Jagodic Kuridza heads to Capljina from Borac Nektar, where she spent last season. For 29 games in the league he had 10.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg and 2.1 apg. He helped Borac to reach the Playoff Semifinals. Marko Jagodic Kuridza already played for Capljina Lasta and it was in 2009/10 season. He had 13.5 ppg and 7.5 rpg for them. Jagodic Kuridza changed three teams that season. He started it with Novi Sad and later joined Capljina. Finally he ended with Borac Nektar, where he had 18.3 ppg and 6.7 rpg. In the past, Marko Jagodic Kuridza also played for Spartak.

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  SLOVENIA   


Krka to complete roster - by Zeljko Zule
Krka completing their playing roster for the 2011/12 season. They announced today the signatures of Curtis Stinson (187-G-83, college: Iowa St.) and Marko Djurkovic (205-C/F-87) for one season. American Stinson arrives from Iowa Energy where he averaged 20.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 9.7 assists and 1.4 steals in 56 D League games last season. Serbian Djurkovic arrives from Vahostav Zilina for whom he averaged 10.3 points and 4.4 rebounds in 7 Slovakian Extraliga games last season.
Krka final squad includes Curtis Stinson, Bojan Krivec (188-G-87), Marko Kastelic (187-G-94), Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, college: S.Florida), Simon Petrov (189-G-76), Matej Rojc (198-G-93), Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89), Edo Muric (202-F-91), Jure Balazic (204-F-80), Marko Djurkovic, Jan Osolnik (203-F-93), Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80) and Jerome Jordan (213-C-86, college: Tulsa).



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  SOUTH KOREA   


2011 Universiade. USA breeze past South Korea - by Eurobasket News
USA - South Korea 112:68

USA stayed on the winning track at 2011 World University Games. They stormed past South Korea for 3-0 record on top of Group D. South Korea slipped at 1-2 record after the loss. Six player scored in double figures for the USA. Jamychal Green (6'9''-F-90) stepped up with 17 points to lead the effort.
The teams traded baskets throughout the close first quarter. USA eked out a 24:19 lead after ten minutes. But they drastically increased the tempo in the second frame. The North American team raced to a 55:42 halftime advantage. They quickly boosted the gap to 20 points early in the third period. USA entered the fourth frame up by 27 points 81:54. The United States did not look back in the final term and cruised to a comfortable win at the end. Antonio Jardine (6'2''-G-88) provided 16 points, while Ashton Gibbs (6'2''-G-90) added 14 points in the victory. Kim Mingoo (6'2''-G-91) answered with 12 points for South Korea. Lee Seounghyun (6'7''-C-92) netted 10 points in the loss.

USA: Jamychal Green 17, Antonio Jardine 16, Ashton Gibbs 14
South Korea: Kim Mingoo 12, Lee Seounghyun 10



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  SPAIN   


Cajasol adds Pancho Jasen - by Eurobasket News
Hernan 'Pancho' Jasen (199-G-78) signed a one-year deal with Cajasol. The Argentinean/Italian G/SF left Estudiantes after ten years. Jasen and Cajasol also agreed option for the 2012/13. Last season Jasen averaged 9.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists for 30 games with Estu in ACB. He also added 12 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 1.7 apg for 11 EuroCup games. Estu reached Quaretrfinals and Jasen was named Eurobasket.com EuroCup All-Europeans Team -11. In 2009/10 season Hernan Jasen shined with 13.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 1.8 apg for 33 games in Spain. It was one of his best years with Estu. In the past, Jasen also played for Cabitel Gijon. Hernan Jasen is active member of the Argentinean National Team since 1999.

Tarragona keeps Alejandro Alba and Roger Fornas, signs Jonathan Mitchell and Ivan Martinez - by Eurobasket News
Tarragona announced signing of one-year contract extension with Alejandro Alba (193-F/G-77) and Roger Fornas (202-F/C-82). At the same time, the club landed Jonathan Mitchell (200-F-87) and Ivan Martinez (193-F/G-90).
Alejandro Alba had 8.2 ppg and 4.7 rpg in LEB Gold last season. He joined Tarragona a year ago from Gestiberica Ciudad de Vigo.
Roger Fornas had 10/5 ppg and 3.7 rpg for the club last season. He also joined them last summer, but from Caceres.
Jonathan Mitchell is a rookie who graduated few months ago at the Rutgers University. He had 14.4 ppg and 5.6 rpg for 32 games as a senior.
Ivan Martinez spent last season with Clinicas Rincon Axarquia. He registered 7.1 ppg, 2 rpg and 1.3 apg for 33 games in LEB Gold.


Rudy Fernadez heads to Real Madrid? - by Eurobasket News
According to various sources, Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) is back to Spain. Reportedly, the Spanish superstar agreed a four-year deal with Real Madrid (12M euros). He will play for the club until the end of NBA lock-out, after what he will have to return to Dallas Mavericks, but the next summer Fernandez will join Real Madrid until the end of 2014/15.
Rudy Fernandez spent last three years with Portland Trail Blazers. He appeared 84 times in NBA last season averaging 8.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists. Almost the same numbers Fernandez had for 68 games in 2009/10 season. In his rookie NBA year Rudy Fernandez collected 10.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 2 apg for the Blazers. Two months ago Dallas Mavericks acquired Fernandez in trade. In Spain, Fernandez spent more than seven years with DKV Joventut. He is active member of the Spanish National Team since 2004.
The deal is still not official.


CB Tarragona land Jonathan Mitchell and Ivan Martinez - by Eurobasket News
CB Tarragona have landed Jonathan Mitchell (200-F-87) and Ivan Martinez (193-F/G-90).
Jonathan Mitchell will start his pro career in Spain. The 24-year-old forward has graduated from Rutgers this year. He averaged 14.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in the senior season. Jonathan Mitchell was NCAA Champion while playing for the University of Florida in 2007.
Ivan Martinez comes from Clinicas Rincon. Last season the forward posted 7.1 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in LEB Gold. Ivan Martinez played for the Spanish U20 National Team in 2010.
CB Tarragona also extended the contracts of Alejandro Alba (193-F/G-77) and Roger Fornas (202-F/C-82). Alejandro Alba tallied 8.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game in the previous season. Roger Fornas delivered notched 10.5 points and 3.7 rebounds for CB Tarragona.



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Sweden cruise past Romania - by Eurobasket News
Sweden - Romania 93:44

Sweden registered the fifth win at European Championship Division B Qualifying Round. They shot down visiting Romania in Group B. Sweden improved at 5-1 record, while Romania fell at 3-2 record. Anton Gaddefors (200-F-89) scored 19 points to lead the effort.
Sweden grabbed the lead right from the start. They posted a 21:10 advantage at the first break. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second period. They established a 38:21 halftime lead. Sweden did not allow Romania any closer in the third frame. Moreover the home team boosted the margin at 29-point mark at the final intermission. Sweden erupted for 30 points in the final frame and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Anton Saks (200-G-89, agency: Lanshire Group) notched 15 points, while Erik Rush (195-G) contributed 10 points in the victory. Mihai Silvasan (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) answered with 14 points for Sweden. Andrei Capusan (201-F-83, agency: Court Side, college: Lafayette) provided 7 points in the loss.

Sweden: Anton Gaddefors 19, Anton Saks 15, Erik Rush 10
Romania: Mihai Silvasan 14, Andrei Capusan 7



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  SWITZERLAND   


Boncourt add Nemanja Calasan - by Eurobasket News
Nemanja Calasan (204-F-85, college: Purdue) will play in Switzerland next season. The 25-year-old forward has agreed on terms of contract with Boncourt. Last season the forward spent in Romania. He tallied 3.4 points and 2.4 rebounds per game for Gaz Metan Medias. Previously Nemanja Calasan had stints with Charleville, Panionios. The forward graduated from Purdue University back in 2009.


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  TURKEY   


Maliye Milli Piyango signs Arthur Johnson - by Eurobasket News
Arthur Johnson (206-F/C-81, college: Missouri) is a new member of Maliye Milli Piyango. The American big guy penned a deal for the next season. Johnson heads to his new club from Vestelspor Manisa, where he spent 2011/12. He was one of the best TB2L players with 19.6 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.2 spg and 2 bpg for 27 games. Eurobasket awarded Johnson with Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L Forward of the Year -11 and Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L Import of the Year -11. Before Vestel, Arthur Johnson spent one season in Italy. He was a member of Pepsi Caserta averaging 13.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.7 steals. In the past, Johnson played for Cherkassy Monkeys and Aris Thessaloniki. He was Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Challenge Center of the Year -07 with Cherkassy. That same year Johnson was also named Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Center of the Year -07.

Usak Universitesi signs DiJuan Harris - by Eurobasket News
Usak Universitesi announced signing of Dijuan Harris (175-G-86, agency: ARN Sports and Entertainment, college: Charlotte). The American point guard will play his second season in Europe. He spent the first one in Finland as a member of Salon Vilpas Vikings. For 11 games in Korisliiga Harris exploded with 19 points, 3 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.6 steals. Harris participated at the Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas and New York. In Las Vegas he had 8.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 5 apg for 3 games with Team Brussels. Later in NY Harris added 9 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.3 apg and 1 spg for 3 games with Team Helsinki. Dijuan Harris graduated at the University of Charlotte a year ago. He had 8.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 4.6 apg for 31 games as a senior. Harris registered slightly better numbers as a junior.

Standings - TB2L
TB2L Standings
 1. Akhisar Bld 0-0 
 2. Balikesir 0-0 
 3. Baskent Genclik 0-0 
 4. Darussafaka 0-0 
 5. Final Genclik 0-0 
 6. Gaziantep 0-0 
 7. Gelisim 0-0 
 8. Genc Telekom 0-0 
 9. Istanbul B.B. 0-0 
 10. Istanbulspor 0-0 
 11. Kepez Bld 0-0 
 12. Maliye Milli 0-0 
 13. Optimum TED 0-0 
 14. Orman Genc 0-0 
 15. Pamukkale 0-0 
 16. Pertevniyal 0-0 
 17. Selcuk Univ. 0-0 
 18. TED Istanbul 0-0 
 19. Usak 0-0 
 20. Vestel 0-0 


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


Besiktas sings deal with Can Akin - by Burak Cidamal
Besiktas finally signed Can Akin. Ex Olin Edirne guard signed deal with Istanbul club. The sides made pricipal deal last month but didnt signed a contract.
Besiktas club criticized about because of loosing player that didnt make contract with players.
Can Akin who took 30.93 time per game in normal season. In regular season Can played 11.80points, 1,93 rebounds and 4,03 asists per game in normal season.


Can Akin (190-G-83, agency: 1x1 Sports)


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Hoyas Outbattle Guidance for 2-1 Series Lead - by David Edole
By Dave Davis August 14, 2011
Led by Darnell Burger Hendrickson's 22 points and Eddie Castillo's 17 including five 3-pointers the Hoyas fought their way to a tough 59-56 victory over Guidance in game three of the New Breed Basketball Association finals Saturday at the Ronald Charles gymnasium.

The Hoyas now lead the best-of-five series two games to one. Game four is scheduled for Monday night at the same venue.

The large crowd the came out on Saturday got their moneys worth and then some as these evenly matched teams went at it from the opening whistle of the first quarter until the final whistle in the fourth.




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  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   


2011 Universiade. Germany fire past UAE - by Eurobasket News
Germany - UAE 82:33

Germany claimed the third consecutive victory at 2011 World University Games in China. They marched past UAE to keep their record spotless on top of Group A. Johannes Lischka (203-F/C-87) stepped up with 17 points and 8 rebounds in the winning effort.
Germany snatched a narrow 15:11 lead at the first break. But Germany shifted the gear in the second term. They limited UAE to just 8 points in the second frame to pile up a massive 41:19 advantage at halftime. Germany held their opponents to only 5 points in the third stanza to boost the gap to as many as 41 points with one quarter to go. Germany did not loosen the grasp in the fourth period and clinched the third win in a row at the tournament. Tom-Gerhard Spoeler (206-F-88) and Oskar Fassler (198-G-88) netted 12 points apiece in the victory. Rashed Al Zaabi (190-G-88) answered with 11 points for UAE. Omar Alameri (200-F-91) had 7 points in the losing effort.

Germany: Johannes Lischka 17, Tom-Gerhard Spoeler 12, Oskar Fassler 12
UAE: Rashed Al Zaabi 11, Omar Alameri 7



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Wildcats Bag Bucci - by Paul Nilsen
Expansion franchise Durham Wildcats have made their first big move of the summer by signing one of the most familiar faces in North East basketball.

Italian American Ralph Bucci (193-G-75, college: St.Rose, NY), 35, forged his reputation lighting up the courts of EBL clubs across the country in the colours of Teesside Mohawks.

And the prolific guard boasts a similar profile in Greece - his home from home in between spells in the UK.

But the big-scoring guard has never plied his trade in the BBL - until now! And Wildcats playcaller Dave Elderkin has been working around the clock to get Bucci through the door in time for next month's big tip-off.

'We have been trying to persuade Ralph to become a Wildcat for some time and I think he's really bought into what we're trying to do at Durham,' said Elderkin.

'I'm delighted the deal's been done and I feel we can really benefit from his veteran experience.

'He brings leadership and respect to our franchise. Ralph's a very talented guard with many years' experience playing in Greece.

'Everyone is very excited that we've been able to bring him on board.

'Fans of basketball across the North East will know Ralph as a player at the heart of Teesside's most successful period.

'He returned to the club last season and set the English Basketball League alight after deciding not to return to Greece.

'I think he's relishing the chance to finally test himself in the BBL. I know he's been a target for BBL clubs in the past but now's the right place at the right time as far as Ralph's concerned.

'He is a very creative player and has a great basketball brain. He's just what we need as an expansion franchise and we're hoping he's the first of many exciting signings in the next few weeks.'

Durham are expected to unveil a number of new signings in the coming weeks as they prepare for their first season in the BBL.

And it is understood the Newton Aycliffe-based club are in advanced talks with a number of marquee American signings as they look to make an instant impression as the league's new boys.

'With Ralph on board we'll have a healthy mix of youth and experience come the season opener,' added Elderkin.

'These are exciting times for everyone associated with basketball in County Durham and we can't wait to get going.'



Rocks Rely On Cranston - by Paul Nilsen
The Glasgow Rocks are proud to announce the signing of 6'9' big man Deaundre Cranston (206-F-88, college: Mississippi) to fill the void down in the post position.

Cranston's size, length and rebounding ability is set to be a great commodity for the Rocks in the frontcourt and his scoring ability in and around the basket will make him a hard man to contain. Coach Sterling Davis has great faith that DeAundre will be the big man that the Rocks need to keep other BBL big men quiet.

'DeAundre is a guy we are hoping we haven't seen here in a while, to really control the paint on both ends of the floor. He has always been known as an excellent rebounder throughout his career in the SEC which is one of the premier conferences within division 1. He is very springy for his size which will bode well within this league. Not only is DeAundre a good interior performer, he is also able to step out and knock down the 3 point shot if called to do so.'

Cranston comes from a great University in the University of Mississippi, and made his professional debut in Uruguay playing for Montevideo Basketball Club last year, before sustaining a season ending injury. Cranston was averaging 17ppg and 11.5 rpg before his untimely injury cut his rookie professional season short.

'DeAundre played in South America last season and got off to a great double-double average before an injury cut his time short there. He is coming in hungry with the want to prove he belongs at the professional level. '

With the BBL Season just around the corner, the Rocks squad is slowly coming together, with a few more signings still on the way. The most important position left to fill will be the shooting guard position to aid veteran EJ Harrison in the backcourt.



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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


Zalgiris sign All-VTB League Player of the Year - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris bring Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) for 2011/2012 season and will announced the player soon. The Croatian star comes from Kazan to Lithuania. He was named Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Player of the Year -11 and Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Guard of the Year -11.
Marko Popovic started his career at BC Zadar. With Zadar he lifted 2 Croatian Cups in 2000 and 2003. In 2003 he spent a year in Pamesa Valencia in ACB League, before returning to Croatia and signed with Cibona. With team from Zagreb, Popovic lifted the title in 2004. Following season Popovic went to Turkey where he helped Efes lift the Turkish Cup in 2006. After episode in Turkey, Popovic moved to Lithuanina signing for Zalgiris Kaunas. With Zalgiris Popovic won Lithuanian title in 2007 as well as 2 Lithuanian Cups in 2007 and 2008. He was also Baltic Champion in 2008. This season, Popovic moved to Unics where he helped the team to win Russian Cup. In 13 Eurocup games Popovic posted averages of 11.5 points and 2.6 assists per game. In Russian League, Popovic averaged 11.6 points and 2.6 assists in 25 League games.
Together with Unics Marko Popovic became 2010/2011 EuroCup titleholders. They held off Cajasol in the championship clash in Treviso. Kelly McCarty and Marko Popovic scored 18 points apiece for Unics.
In 2010-2011 for Unics Kazan (Russia-PBL, starting five) in Russian League he averaged 11.6ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.9apg, FGP: 42.3%, 3PT: 42.5%, FT: 79.3%, while in VTB League he became the third top-scorer with 17.8ppg, 2.3rpg, Assists-2 (4.9apg), FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 88.0%. In EuroCup after 11 games his stats read 13.8ppg, 2.6rpg, Assists-2 (5.8apg), 1.6spg, FGP: 59.5%, 3PT: 43.5%, FT: 73.0%.



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  WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES   


Results and Stats from Day 3 in Shenzhen - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Czech Republic - Romania 71-87
Romania earned the first win at the World University Games. They toppled Czech Republic for 1-2 record in Group A. The Czech team fell at 1-2 record. Vlad Moldoveanu notched 24 points in the victory. Romania started the game strongly. They outscored Czech Republic 19:8 in the first frame. Czech Republic narrowed the deficit early in the second term but Romania secured a 40:31 halftime lead. Romania maintained the advantage throughout the third term. They entered the final quarter up by six points 62:56. Romania stretched the margin to 15 points midway through the fourth quarter and sealed the win at the end. Andrei Mandache (189-G-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) posted 22 points and 8 rebounds, while Titus Nicoara (202-F-88, agency: Interperformances) had 19 points and 10 boards in the victory. Patrik Auda (205-F-89) answered with 21 points and 8 rebounds for Czech Republic. Vojtech Hruban (200-F-89) chipped in 17 points in the losing case.

United Arab Emirates - Germany 33-82
Germany claimed the third consecutive victory at 2011 World University Games in China. They marched past UAE to keep their record spotless on top of Group A. Johannes Lischka stepped up with 17 points and 8 rebounds in the winning effort. Germany snatched a narrow 15:11 lead at the first break. But Germany shifted the gear in the second term. They limited UAE to just 8 points in the second frame to pile up a massive 41:19 advantage at halftime. Germany held their opponents to only 5 points in the third stanza to boost the gap to as many as 41 points with one quarter to go. Germany did not loosen the grasp in the fourth period and clinched the third win in a row at the tournament. Tom-Gerhard Spoeler (206-F-88) and Oskar Fassler netted 12 points apiece in the victory. Rashed Al Zaabi (190-G-88) answered with 11 points for UAE. Omar Alameri (200-F-91) had 7 points in the losing effort.

China - Brazil 70-97
Brazil registered the third consecutive win at the start of World University Games. They stunned the hosts tonight to remain on top of Group A ladder. Michael Machado stepped up with 27 points to lead the effort. China suffered the second loss and slipped at 1-2 record. Brazil erupted for 32 points in the starting frame to take a 12-point lead. China cut the deficit in the second frame. They posted a 51:43 lead at the interval. But the Latin American team capped the third term on a 15:5 run to open a 19-point advantage. More to come as Brazil began the fourth frame on an 11:5 run and marched to the victory. Andre Goes (195-G/F-87) scored 19 points, while Ralfi Ansaloni (211-C-87) and Rodrigo Cesar Silva posted 10 points each in the win. Shi Hongfei (180-PG-93) answered with 16 points and 6 assists for China. Li Yuanyu (206-C-91) provided 10 points in the loss.

Group D
Mexico - Israel 77-72
Mexico posted the second win at the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen. They overcame Israel to improve at 2-1 record in Group D. Gabriel Giron stepped up with 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Israel fell at 1-2 record after the loss. Mexico managed to post a 23:19 lead after ten minutes. But Israel turned things around in the second quarter. They ensured a 41:36 halftime lead. The Israeli team maintained the lead throughout the third frame. They arrived at the final intermission leading by 4 points 57:54. Mexico put their noses back in front midway through the fourth quarter. They secured a narrow lead and hung on to it till the final buzzer. Francisco Cruz (191-G-89) added 15 points and 8 rebounds, while Alexis Cervantes (200-F-88) provided 12 points in the victory. Anton Shoutvin (206-C/F-89) answered with 20 points for Israel. Sean Daniel (197-F-89) finished with 13 points in the loss.

Hungary - Finland 54-78
Finland registered the second straight win at 2011 World University Games. They defeated Hungary to improve at 2-1 record. Matti Nuutinen stepped up with 22 points to lead the charge. Hungary suffered the third loss in a row. Finland established a 20:15 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the margin to 10 points in the second period. Finland ensured a 38:28 halftime advantage. The Finnish team maintained the lead throughout the third stanza. They entered the final period leading by 10 points 52:42. Finland tipped off the fourth quarter with a 10:0 run and never looked back en route to the victory. Juho Nenonen chipped in 13 points, while Petri Heinonen (207-F/C-88) added 10 points in the victory. Peter Kovacs answered with 10 points for Hungary. Andras Helmeczi (195-G-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) netted 9 points in defeat.

USA - South Korea 112-68
USA stayed on the winning track at 2011 World University Games. They stormed past South Korea for 3-0 record on top of Group D. South Korea slipped at 1-2 record after the loss. Six player scored in double figures for the USA. Jamychal Green (206-F-90) stepped up with 17 points to lead the effort. The teams traded baskets throughout the close first quarter. USA eked out a 24:19 lead after ten minutes. But they drastically increased the tempo in the second frame. The North American team raced to a 55:42 halftime advantage. They quickly boosted the gap to 20 points early in the third period. USA entered the fourth frame up by 27 points 81:54. The United States did not look back in the final term and cruised to a comfortable win at the end. Antonio Jardine provided 16 points, while Ashton Gibbs (187-G-90) added 14 points in the victory. Kim Mingoo answered with 12 points for South Korea. Lee Seounghyun (201-C-92) netted 10 points in the loss.




Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Germany3-0
2. Brazil3-0
3. China1-2
4. Czech Rep.1-2
5. Romania1-2
6. UAE0-3
Group B
1. Canada2-0
2. Serbia1-1
3. Turkey1-1
4. Hong Kong0-1
5. Australia0-1
Group C
1. Lithuania2-0
2. Russia2-0
3. Ukraine1-1
4. Japan1-1
5. N.Zealand0-2
6. Philippines0-2
Group D
1. USA3-0
2. Mexico2-1
3. Finland2-1
4. Israel1-2
5. S.Korea1-2
6. Hungary0-3




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Pep talks pay off for Dandenong - by Eurobasket News
DANDENONG Rangers women's coach Larissa Anderson has intensively preached offensive execution to her players over the past month.

After the Rangers' impressive 77-66 win over play-off-bound Bendigo Braves on Saturday night maybe it's starting to sink in.

The Rangers had four players in double figures, and every player bar one on the scoresheet, as they consistently moved the ball and created high-percentage shots.

Rangers point guard Amelia Todhunter (166-G-88) led all scorers with 19 points while forward Clare Papavs (180-G-87) added 18 points, Hope Terdich (192-F-86) 12 and Catherine Guest 10.

Anderson was rapt with the win and the playing of her undermanned side, which was without stars Stephanie Cumming (178-G-90) and Elyse Penaluna.

'The girls are probably sick of hearing about running offence, we have drilled it into them over the past few weeks,' she said. 'We have talked a lot of X's and O's. Tonight they really moved the ball well and got good shots from it.'

The Rangers will end their regular season campaign against finals-contender Launceston at Dandenong Stadium at 6pm this Friday.

Dandenong Rangers claimed the SEABL D-League women's championship yesterday.

The Rangers D-League team beat Knox Raiders 71-61 at Knox Stadium, thanks to a 25-14 last quarter.

Bridget Deery and Karina Martin were equal top scorers with 15 points each while Georgi Lovelace and Gemma Walter both added 12 points.

Rangers coach Paul Flynn said he couldn't describe the joy of his players after they had missed out on the title in the past few seasons.

'The girls worked their butts off for this win,' he said. 'Our focus all game was to keep grinding it out and not let Knox get away from us. Once we applied some pressure on Knox it opened things up for us on offence.

'We got a few inside looks and that forced them to leave some of our outside shooters open. We made a few big threes early in the fourth quarter and that proved the difference.'

Flynn said he expected his leading players to push for places in the senior Rangers women's team next season.

'A few of them have already been pushing their case and they need to consolidate that with a good preseason leading into next year.'
Courtesy of: greaterdandenongweekly.com.au


Tough job ahead for Lions - by Eurobasket News
CENTRAL Districts' fairytale State Basketball League women's season faces the ultimate test on Saturday.
The Lions meet reigning champion Forestville Eagles in an elimination final.

The Eagles, chasing a third straight championship - a feat not achieved since North Adelaide won four straight from 1988-91 - come into the finals as the form team, having gone 8-1 over the second half of the season.

That was matched only by regular season champion Norwood which can sit back this weekend as Sturt hosts West at Pasadena, with the winner to meet the Flames in the double-chance semi-final.

For Central, finals spectators since 1996 and winless through several SBL seasons in between, the year has been a revelation.

However, with Carla Borrego, Georgia Minear (178-G-92) and Monica Bello (174-G-78) leading Forestville's assault on a threepeat, the dream season looks likely for a wake-up call.

The late game at Wayville - in another sweet finals run for Forestville fans - features the Eagles men against Sturt in the qualifying final, the winner to face regular season champion Norwood in the double-chance semi.

The traditional rivals are sure to turn on a super contest, keen for the shot to advance to a grand final instead of next week battling the West-North elimination final victor.

Working hardest for North will be guard Josh Bond who crossed from West after last year's losing grand final.

The regular season closed with few upsets although Jack Madgen, the youngest of the famous Madgen basketball clan, took season's bragging rights from his famous siblings.

Sister Tess, who won the Halls Medal last year and is now at Sturt, had a high game of 32 against Eastern this season while brother Ben - the NBL's Rookie of the Year - had 33 for the Mavs against Forestville.

Jack Madgen, 18, closed the year with a 44-point game as Eastern beat South 102-84.

He shot at 69 per cent from the floor (16-of-23), which included a perfect 5-of-5 three-point baskets.

Madgen was 7-of-10 from the free throw line and also had nine rebounds, five steals and three assists to close the season on an encouraging note for Eastern fans.

In a thriller at Starplex, Woodville's Steve Pilkington's free throw at the death knell broke a 71-71 deadlock and allowed the Warriors to escape Central 72-71.

But it was a night of celebration regardless for the Lions after their women led Woodville 21-3 en route to a 69-49 rout and a trip back to the play-offs.
Courtesy of: adelaidenow.com.au




2011 Universiade. Australia takes 2-0 record in Group D - by Eurobasket News
Japan -Australia 53:113

Australia was too good for Japan in Day 2 of the World University Games in China. The Australian team easily won 113:53 to take 2-0 record in Group D. Japan fell at 0-2 record.
The team of Phil Brown easily grabbed the lead in the game and had 14:5 after the first five minutes. They increased to 31:12 in the end of the frame and never looked behind after. The teams paid more attention to defense in the start of the second quarter and as a result scored 10 points together in the first 5 minutes of the frame. Australia later enjoyed 54:30 at the halftime. In the third quarter the favorites added 25-11 and had 79:41 after thirty minutes. Due to 34-12 in the last stanza the board showed 113:53 at the end of the game.
Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) paced all the winners with 22 points and Cayla Francis (192-C-89) collected massive 20 points and 18 rebounds. Elyse Penaluna (193-C-88) posted 13, while Katie Rae Ebzery (177-G-90) notched 11. Azusa Sato (167-G-89) notched 21 points for the Asian side and Kayoko Amano (180-C-89) added 13.

Japan: Azusa Sato 21, Kayoko Amano 13
Australia: Marianna Tolo 22, Cayla Francis 20+18 rebs, Elyse Penaluna 13, Katie Rae Ebzery 11



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  AUSTRIA - Women  


Lena Hetto leads U18 Luxembourg to 14th place in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News
U18 AUSTRIA - U18 LUXEMBOURG 74-79

Luxembourg finished as 14th raked team of U18 EuroBasket in Miskolc. They outplayed Austria 79-74 in the last day of the competition to take this spot. Both teams had 3-2 record in Group G before this meeting. Austria finished as No.15. Lena Hetto (184-F-93) shined with 28 points and 6 rebounds in victory. Nadia Marcus (173-G-93) had 19 points and 12 boards, while Lynn Kauffmann (174-PG-94) helped her team with 16 points. In Austria, Sarah Sagerer (190-C-96) collected 13 points and 8 boards. Julia Pocksteiner (177-G-93) scored 12 and Lisa Zderadicka (168-PG-94) added 11 pts in this loss. Quarters: 18-27, 21-16, 17-12, 18-24. Croatia won the Gold at this event. They outplayed Greece 63-49 in the Finals.

Austria: Sarah Sagerer 13+8 boards, Julia Pocksteiner 12, Lisa Zderadicka 11
Luxemborug: Lena Hetto 28+6 boards, Nadia Marcus 19+12 boards, Lynn Kauffmann 16


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  BELARUS - Women  


U18 Hungary takes fifth place in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News
U18 HUNGARY - U18 BELARUS 82-65

Hungary finished as No.5 in Miskolc. They cruised past Belarus 82-65 in the last day of U18 EuroBasket Division B to take this spot. Of course, Belarus finished as the sixth ranked team. Amadea Szamosi (190-F/C-94) shined for the winners with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Fanni Szabo (181-G-94) and Janka Hegedus (184-F-94) helped with 17 and 14 points respectively. In the loosing squad, Darya Lipinskaya (180-G/F-93) collected 18 points and 7 rebounds. Maryna Ivashchanka (190-C-93) had 15 points and 13 boards, while Maryia Papova (183-F-94) added 12 points and 6 rebs. Quarters: 20-11, 27-21, 12-20, 23-13. Croatia is the winner of U18 EuroBasket Division B. They handed 63-49 loss to Greece in the Big Final.

Hungary: Amadea Szamosi 26+11 boards, Fanni Szabo 17, Janka Hegedus 14
Belarus: Darya Lipinskaya 18+7 boards, Maryna Ivashchanka 15+13 boards, Maryia Papova 12+6 boards


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  BELGIUM - Women  


U18 EuroBasket Finals: Belgium blasts France 77-49 in Oradea, wins the Gold - by Eurobasket News
U18 BELGIUM - U18 FRANCE 77-49

Belgium is the winner of U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. They cruised past France 77-49 to take the Gold at this event. Of course, the Silver belongs to France. Emma Meesseman (192-C-93) once again was a key player in Belgium. She spent 35 minutes on the court collecting 25 points and 9 rebounds (valuation 31). Julie Vanloo (172-PG-93) had 18 points and Sien Devliegher (175-G-93) helped with 12 pts in the Big Final. On the other side, France did not have anyone with double-digits in scoring. Their best player was Margaux Galliou (184-F-93) with 7 points and 8 rebounds. Jodie Cornelie (193-F-93) also scored 7 pts in this defeat. Belgium exploded in second and third quarter, what was enough for the Gold. Quarters: 18-18, 21-9, 23-5, 15-17. Emma Meesseman was named MVP of the championship.

Belgium: Emma Meesseman 25+9 boards, Julie Vanloo 18, Sien Devliegher 12
France: Margaux Galliou 7+8 boards, Jodie Cornelie 7


U16 Belgium wins second place in Group A in Cagliari - by Eurobasket News
U16 SLOVAKIA - U16 BELGIUM 49-81

Belgium outplayed Slovakia 81-49 winning the second place in Preliminary Group A. Belgium improved to 2-1, while Slovakia dropped to 1-2 score in this pool. Both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round. They are placed to Group E. Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-G/F-95) stepped up for the winners with 18 points and 7 assists. Axelle Bernard (183-C-95) and An-Katrien Nauwelaers (178-F-95) (8 rebs) helped with 12 and 11 points respectively. In defeat, Monika Migova (95) delivered 13 points. Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95) had 10 points and 5 boards. Quarters: 8-32, 10-16, 13-19, 18-14. In the next game, Belgium will meet Greece. Slovakia will take on Russia.

Slovakia: Monika Migova 13, Zofia Hruscakova 10+5 boards
Belgium: Hind Ben Abdelkader 18+7 as, Axelle Bernard 12, An-Katrien Nauwelaers 11+8 boards


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  BOSNIA - Women  


KK Jedinstvo Tuzla BHT - by Senad Sadikovic
Mirela Besic, basketball player and a member of BiH basketball team from Tuzla, after a year spent in Zeljeznicar from Sarajevo, is back in Tuzla again - that has been confirmed by Jedinstvo on the Tuzlainfo portal.
In the next season she will play for KK Jedinstvo BH Telecom as a center player, after the team has seek for this position for a while.
-We are happy because she is a player from our town and we are trying to build up a team based on home players. We know that she is not really a central player but in this league that can be a right solution. We are close to renew a contract with Azra Becirevic, and so we will have a complete good team for the next season - that told us Mara Lakic Brcaninovic, the director of KK Jedinstvo BH Telecom.
The basketball player from Tuzla begin their preparations on august 15-th but it will be decided with which trainer and that will be decided on tomorrows meating. The candidates for the trainer in this club are Samir Suljanovic, Amir Delalic and Nenad Cuk


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  BRAZIL - Women  


2011 Universiade. Brazil overcame United Kingdom in Day 2 to tie both records at 1-1 - by Eurobasket News
Brazil- United Kingdom 68:55

Brazil overcame United Kingdom in Day 2 of the World University Games in China to tie both records at 1-1. Brazil needed 68:55 victory to celebrate the initial victory.
Both teams realized the importance of the game that probable was the battle for the second position in the group. The European team started with 8:6 after the first five minutes and had 16:15 after the end of it. The teams were tied at 22:22, while Brazil needed a strong finish of the half to take 30:24. They managed to keep the score for good and never looked behind. Camila Lacerda (168-G/F-89) brought 40:30 and Paixao closed the frame at 51:40. Leila Zabani (180-G/F-91) was the last player to score in the game for the Brazil win.
Nadia Calhado (196-C-89) stepped up with 21 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Camila Lacerda notched 14. Tassia Carcavalli (179-F-92) delivered 9, while Tassia Carcavalli added 8. Chantelle Handy (191-F/C-87, college: Marshall) brought 16 points in the losing effort and Rose Anderson (175-G-88) netted 13.

Brazil: Nadia Calhado 21+11 rebs, Camila Lacerda 14, Tassia Carcavalli 9, Leila Zabani 8
United Kingdom: Chantelle Handy 16, Rose Anderson 13



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  BULGARIA - Women  


U18 Norway ends as No.11 in Miskolc, U18 Bulgaria is No.12 - by Eurobasket News
U18 NORWAY - U18 BULGARIA 66-60

Norway celebrated 66-60 win against Bulgaria in the last day of the U18 EuroBasket Division B in Miskolc. It was the meeting for 11th place at this event and Norway won it. Bulgaria finished as No.12. Stine Austgulen (177-G-94) stepped up for Norway with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Julie McCarthy (186-C-93) had 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Kristine Skorpen (169-G-94) added 12 pts to this victory. In the loosing squad, Iva Kostova (172-F-94) shined with 18 points. Gabriela Angelova (190-F-94) (8 rebs) and Hristina Tyutyundzhieva (189-C-93) netted 12 and 10 points respectively. Quarters: 12-12, 24-15, 16-17, 14-16. Croatia won the Gold in Miskolc. They outplayed Greece in the Finals 63-49.

Norway: Stine Austgulen 20+6 boards, Julie McCarthy 17+12 boards, Kristine Skorpen 12
Bulgaria: Iva Kostova 18, Gabriela Angelova 12+8 boards, Hristina Tyutyundzhieva 10


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  CANADA - Women  


2011 Universiade. Russia opened the campaign in Day 2 with the win over Canada - by Eurobasket News
Canada-Russia 46:73

Russia opened the World University Games in Day 2 with the win over Canada. Due to South Africa pulling out of their pool a week before competition began, Russia will face Poland on Tuesday. Russia cruised past Canada 73:46 as the latter finished the group with 1-1 record.
Both teams nailed 8 points in the opening tip, before the European team went on a run. Russia needed 11:3 in the end of the frame to take 19:11 after 10 minutes in the court. Another 15-8 in the second frame brought them 34:19 at the halftime. Russia also looked better in the second half and reached the easy win.
The Canadians were held to just 26 per cent shooting from the field, including 2-for-18 from outside, and made only 35 per cent of their free throws. Russia out-rebounded Canada 51-to-33, and comparatively shot 48 per cent from the field while making 90 per cent of their free throws.
Milana Sumets (180-G-88, agency: LBM Management) top-scored for the winners with 11 points and Tatiana Petrushina (185-F-90) netted 10. Kendel Ross (185-G/F-88, college: Dayton) delivered 13 in the losing case, while Folade Raincock-Ekunwe (188-F-91) posted 12.

Canada: Kendel Ross 13, Folade Raincock-Ekunwe 12
Russia: Milana Sumets 11, Tatiana Petrushina 10



Canadian University National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Jillian Humbert
Humbert
Kendel Ross
Ross
Kathleen Miyazaki
Miyazaki
Megan Pinske
Pinske
Julie Seabrooks
Seabrooks
#e#5
4 Miah Marie Langlois 176-PG-91 Windsor Canada
5 Jillian Humbert 170-G-88 Saskatchewan Canada
6 Elle Kerfoot 170-PG-90 Seattle
7 Justine Colley 175-G-91 St.Mary's Canada
8 Kendel Ross 185-G/F-88 GDESSA Portugal
9 Elyse Jobin 180-G-90 Laval Canada
10 Kathleen Miyazaki 175-F-89 Saskatchewan Canada
11 Megan Pinske 176-G-88 W.Washington
12 Folade Raincock-Ekunwe 188-F-91 Simon Fraser Canada
13 Raelyn Prince 191-F-88 Windsor Canada
14 Julie Seabrooks 190-F-90 Colorado
15 Lindsay Ledingham 183-G/F-90 Regina Canada

Lisa Thomaidis Head Coach Saskatchewan Canada


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  CHINA - Women  


2011 Universiade. Finland surprised the hosts in the defensive game - by Eurobasket News
Finland-China 42:40

Finland surprised the hosts in the defensive game at the World University Games. The Scandinavian team edged China 42:40 to tie both records at 1-1.
Finland grabbed 5:4 in the start of the game, but the host replied with 11-2 in the rest of the quarter. Moreover they enjoyed 22:10 after 15 minutes of the game and went to the lockers for 27:14. The second half however was a nightmare for China. They scored only 13 points in 20 minutes and allowed the Finnish team to win the game. The latter needed 14 points in each third and last quarters to seal the victory. Due to 14-6 in the final period, Finland celebrated the initial win.
Minna Sten (189-F-87) stepped up with 13 points for the winners and Vilma Kesanen (172-G-88) added 8. Shao Ting (183-F-89) posted 12 in the losing effort and Wang Miqi (185-F-89) scored 8.

Finland: Minna Sten 13, Vilma Kesanen 8
China: Shao Ting 12, Wang Miqi 8



Chinese University National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
4 Ren Bingjie 193-C-90 Beijing Univ. China
5 Wang Miqi 185-F-89 Beijing Univ. China
6 Wu Siyang 182-G/F-91 Beijing Univ. China
7 Yuan Xiaoling 177-G-89 XiAn Tech China
8 Guo Hong 180-G-89 Beijing Univ. China
9 Shao Ting 183-F-89 Beijing Univ. China
10 Gong Yuan 175-PG-88 Beijing Univ. China
11 Bai Qisiyang 179-G-90 Yunnan Univ. China
12 Wang Yajie 183-F-89 Huazhong Tech China
13 Zhao Yue 185-F-90 XiAn Jiaotong China
14 Zhai Huan 178-F-89 Yunnan China
15 Guo Xiaochen 183-F-92 Beijing Univ. China

Li Sunnan Head Coach
Wang Yongjun Assistant
Lin Duo Assistant


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  CROATIA - Women  


U18 Croatia beats U18 Greece 63-49 to win U18 EuroBasket, Division B - by Eurobasket News
U18 CROATIA - U18 GREECE 63-49

Croatia is the winner of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Miskolc. They handed 63-49 loss to Greece in the Big Final. Both teams won the promotion for Division A. Ivana Tikvic (189-C-94) led Croatia once again. She had double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds. Glorija Sikiric (190-C-93) scored 11 points and Anja Majstorovic (184-F/C-94) helped with 8 points, plus 6 boards. In Greece, Artemis Spanou (190-F/C-93) collected 16 points and 5 rebounds. However, she had poor shot percentage in this meeting and finished with negative valuation (-10). Anastasia Slouka (182-G-93) had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Croatia did a great job in the first half and later managed to keep their lead. Quarters: 16-13, 17-5, 13-19, 17-12. Ivana Tikvic is named MVP of the championship.

Croatia: Ivana Tikvic 21+14 boards, Glorija Sikiric 11, Anja Majstorovic 8+6 boards
Greece: Artemis Spanou 16+5 boards, Anastasia Slouka 14+10 boards


U16 Russia wins Group B in Cagliari - by Eurobasket News
U16 CROATIA - U16 RUSSIA 51-85

Russia won the Preliminary Group B in Cagliari with perfect 3-0 record. They handed 85-51 loss to Croatia on Saturday and will be transferred to Qualifying Group E. On the other side, Croatia dropped to 0-3 and will fight for the survival for rest of the competition. Ekaterina Ilinova (178-G) top-scored in victory with 18 points. Polina Fedorova (188-F-95) had 11 points and 5 rebounds, while Valeria Alefirenko (184-PG-95) helped with 10 points for 11 minutes on the court. In Croatia: Antonija Chiabov (190-C-95) was better than the others with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Dana Saric (174-F-95) had 9 points and 8 rebs. Quarters: 12-19, 7-16, 18-27, 14-23. Today, Russia will meet Slovakia. Croatia will take on Finland.

Croatia: Antonija Chiabov 16+8 boards, Dana Saric 9+8 boards
Russia: Ekaterina Ilinova 18, Polina Fedorova 11+5 boards, Valeria Alefirenko 10


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Czech Republic ends as No.9 in Oradea, Italy is No.10 - by Eurobasket News
U18 ITALY - U18 CZECH REPUBLIC 54-59

Czech Republic finished as ninth ranked team at U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. They outplayed Italy 59-54 in the last day of the competition to win this spot. Italy finished as No.10. Monika Satoranska (183-F/C-93) was the leading player in victory with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Dominika Pohunkova (176-PG-94) had 11 points and Nada Salacova (192-C-94) added 9 pts, plus 6 boards. In defeat, Alice Nori (183-F/C-93) was better than the others with 12 points. Caterina Dotto (170-PG-93) stopped to 8 pts. Quarters: 17-14, 7-13, 14-14, 16-18. Belgium is the winner of U18 EuroBasket. They smashed France 77-49 in the Finals.

Italy: Alice Nori 12, Caterina Dotto 8
Czech Republic: Monika Satoranska 15+13 boards, Dominika Pohunkova 11, Nada Salacova 9+6 boards


U16 Greece too much for U16 Czech Republic 53-43, both teams advance to Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
U16 CZECH REPUBLIC - U16 GREECE 43-53

It was a game for the second place in Preliminary Group B of U16 EuroBasket in Cagliari. Greece handed 53-43 loss to Czech Republic to take this spot. Both teams advanced to the next stage. They will be placed to Qualifying Group E. Dimitra Tsavou (182-F-96) led the winners with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Anna Stamolamprou (165-PG-95) had 14 points and Eleni Kyratzi (170-PG-95) added 7 pts for Greece. On the other side, Mariana Opocenska (183-F-95) shined with 13 points and 10 boards. Kamila Hoskova (174-F-95) had 12 points and 10 rebs. Quarters: 12-17, 11-10, 10-15, 10-11. In the next game, Greece will meet Belgium. Czech Republic will play against Sweden.

Czech Republic: Mariana Opocenska 13+10 boards, Kamila Hoskova 12+10 boards
Greece: Dimitra Tsavou 19+10 boards, Anna Stamolamprou 14, Eleni Kyratzi 7


Czech Republic University National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Romana Hejdova
Hejdova
Kamila Stepanova
Stepanova
Katerina Bartonova
Bartonova
Tereza Peckova
Peckova
Katerina Elhotova
Elhotova
#e#5
4 Michaela Zrustova 184-F-87 USK Praha Czech Republic
5 Eva Kotlanova 176-G-88 Slovanka MB Czech Republic
6 Romana Hejdova 183-F-88 Frisco Sika Czech Republic
7 Kamila Stepanova 192-C-88 MBK Ruzomb. Slovakia
8 Lenka Bartakova 176-G-91 Hradec Kralove Czech Republic
9 Katerina Bartonova 173-G-90 USK Praha Czech Republic
10 Tereza Peckova 190-F-87 USK Praha Czech Republic
11 Katerina Elhotova 180-G-89 USK Praha Czech Republic
12 Lenka Sipova 185-C-88 Slovanka MB Czech Republic
13 Klara Pochobradska 187-C-89 Hradec Kralove Czech Republic
14 Lucie Balakova 178-F-88 Strakonice Czech Republic
15 Petra Zaplatova 174-G/F-91 Trutnov Czech Republic

Ivan Benes Head Coach USK Praha Czech Republic


2011 Universiade. Sweden edged Czech Republic to tie both records at 1-1 in Group D - by Eurobasket News
Sweden-Czech Republic 72:63

Sweden edged Czech Republic at the World University Games in China to tie both records at 1-1 in Group D. The Scandinavian team grabbed 72:63 win to face Japan tomorrow. Czech Republic meanwhile suffered their first loss and will have to beat Australia to hope for the Quarterfinals.
Both squads nailed 10 points each in the start of the game, while Sweden took 20:16 after the first quarter. The Scandinavian team increased to 31:20 early in the second and reached 41:35 at the halftime. Czech Republic tried their best but could not come closer. Sweden won the third period 16-11 and had 57:46 after thirty minutes. Although they lost the last stanza 15-17, it did not upset them in their initial victory.
Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) stepped up with 17 points to lead the scoring list for Sweden. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) followed her with 16 and Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) posted 11. Tereza Peckova (190-F-87) finished the game with 16 points in defeat and Kamila Stepanova (192-C-88) as well as Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) added 11 each.

Sweden: Farhiya Abdi 17, Louice Halvarsson 16, Frida Eldebrink 11
Czech Republic: Tereza Peckova 16, Kamila Stepanova 11, Katerina Elhotova 11, Romana Hejdova (183-F-88) 10



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  DENMARK - Women  


U18 Germany grabs 57-56 thriller win against U18 Denmark to end as No.9 - by Eurobasket News
U18 GERMANY - U18 DENMARK 57-56

Germany finished as the ninth ranked team of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Miskolc. They grabbed 57-56 thriller win against Denmark in the last day of the competition. Denmark finished as No.10. Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) shined for the winners with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Sophie Eder (178-F-93) had 12 points and Fanny Szittya (170-PG-94) helped with 10 pts in this victory. In the loosing squad, Anna Seilund (172-PG-93) delivered 20 points. Their second scorer was Maria Jespersen (179-G-94) with 11 points (6 rebs). Quarters: 16-10, 20-10, 10-21, 11-15. Croatia is the winner of U18 EuroBasket Division B. They outplayed Greece 63-49 in the Finals.

Germany: Laura Hebecker 14+10 boards, Sophie Eder 12, Fanny Szittya 10
Denmark: Anna Seilund 20, Maria Jespersen 11+6 boards


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16 - Women  


W-Standings - Div.A
Standings
Group E
1. Belgium0-0
2. Czech Rep.0-0
3. Greece0-0
4. Russia0-0
5. Slovakia0-0
6. Sweden0-0
Group F
1. Spain0-0
2. France0-0
3. Hungary0-0
4. Italy0-0
5. Holland0-0
6. Turkey0-0
Group G
1. Croatia0-0
2. Finland0-0
3. Poland0-0
4. Serbia0-0


Stats Leaders W - Group A
Points Per Game
 Antonija CHIABOV
  (190-C-95)
  Avg: 21
 1. Chiabov, CRO21.0 
 2. Hoskova, CZE16.7 
 3. Stamolamprou, GRE16.0 
 4. Mandic, SRB15.3 
 5. Djaldi-Tabdi, FRA14.7 
 6. Hruscakova, SVK14.0 
 7. Ben Abdelkad., BEL14.0 
 8. Coklar, TUR13.7 
 9. Arrojo, ESP13.3 
 10. Crvendakic, SRB13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hulya COKLAR
  (188-C-95)
  Avg: 11
 1. Coklar, TUR11.0 
 2. Szajtauer, POL11.0 
 3. Hanson, SWE10.7 
 4. Hruscakova, SVK10.0 
 5. Gaye, FRA9.7 
 6. Dudasova, SVK9.0 
 7. Lammerink, NED9.0 
 8. Crvendakic, SRB8.7 
 9. Djaldi-Tabdi, FRA8.3 
 10. Opocenska, CZE8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Hind BEN ABDELKADER
  (170-G/F-95)
  Avg: 7
 1. Ben Abdelkad., BEL7.0 
 2. Allemand, BEL4.3 
 3. Matuskova, SVK4.0 
 4. Kyratzi, GRE3.3 
 5. Mandic, SRB3.3 
 6. Akbas, TUR3.0 
 7. Romero, ESP3.0 
 8. Butina, CRO3.0 
 9. Arrojo, ESP3.0 
 10. Hanson, SWE2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Leticia ROMERO
  (174-F-95)
  Avg: 4
 1. Romero, ESP4.0 
 2. Hanson, SWE3.7 
 3. Pujol, ESP3.3 
 4. Borondy, HUN3.3 
 5. Butina, CRO3.0 
 6. Ben Abdelkad., BEL3.0 
 7. Rodriguez, ESP2.7 
 8. Trisic, SRB2.7 
 9. Lizarazu, ESP2.7 
 10. Pisera, POL2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Antonija CHIABOV
  (190-C-95)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Chiabov, CRO2.3 
 2. Pobozy, POL2.3 
 3. Zarevuckaa, SVK2.0 
 4. Shchetina, RUS1.7 
 5. Linskens, BEL1.7 
 6. Gaye, FRA1.3 
 7. Bernard, BEL1.3 
 8. Crvendakic, SRB1.0 
 9. Sikora, HUN1.0 
 10. Arrojo, ESP1.0 


Standings - Div.B - by Greg
Standings Div.B
Group E
1. U.Kingdom0-0
2. Estonia0-0
3. Latvia0-0
4. Portugal0-0
5. Slovenia0-0
6. Ukraine0-0
Group F
1. Bulgaria0-0
2. Denmark0-0
3. Germany0-0
4. Lithuania0-0
5. Romania0-0
6. Switzerland0-0
Group G
1. Belarus0-0
2. Ireland0-0
3. Israel0-0
4. Luxembourg0-0


Division A: Preliminary Round is over in Cagliari - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Sweden - Poland 40-46
Poland (1-2) was better than Sweden in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Cagliari. Poland celebrated 46-40 win, but that was not enough to avoid the last place in Group A. On the other side, Sweden (2-1) won this pool despite this defeat. Sweden advanced to Qualifying Group E, while Poland will fight for the survival in Division A. Weronika Telenga (189-C-95) led Poland in this game with 11 points and 15 rebounds. Dominika Duraj (190-F-95) also scored 11 pts, while Magdalena Szajtauer (188-F-95) helped with 9 points and 13 boards. In the loosing squad, Regan Magarity (187-F-96) had double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds. Sofia Svensson (176-G/F-95) and Emma Eriksson (164-PG-95) netted 6 points each. Quarters: 10-13, 7-9, 11-12, 12-12. Today Sweden will meet Czech Republic. Poland will play against Serbia.

Slovakia - Belgium 49-81
Belgium outplayed Slovakia 81-49 winning the second place in Preliminary Group A. Belgium improved to 2-1, while Slovakia dropped to 1-2 score in this pool. Both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round. They are placed to Group E. Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-G/F-95) stepped up for the winners with 18 points and 7 assists. Axelle Bernard (183-C-95) and An-Katrien Nauwelaers (178-F-95) (8 rebs) helped with 12 and 11 points respectively. In defeat, Monika Migova (95) delivered 13 points. Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95) had 10 points and 5 boards. Quarters: 8-32, 10-16, 13-19, 18-14. In the next game, Belgium will meet Greece. Slovakia will take on Russia.
Group B
Czech Republic - Greece 43-53
It was a game for the second place in Preliminary Group B of U16 EuroBasket in Cagliari. Greece handed 53-43 loss to Czech Republic to take this spot. Both teams advanced to the next stage. They will be placed to Qualifying Group E. Dimitra Tsavou (182-F-96) led the winners with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Anna Stamolamprou (165-PG-95) had 14 points and Eleni Kyratzi (170-PG-95) added 7 pts for Greece. On the other side, Mariana Opocenska (183-F-95) shined with 13 points and 10 boards. Kamila Hoskova (174-F-95) had 12 points and 10 rebs. Quarters: 12-17, 11-10, 10-15, 10-11. In the next game, Greece will meet Belgium. Czech Republic will play against Sweden.

Croatia - Russia 51-85
Russia won the Preliminary Group B in Cagliari with perfect 3-0 record. They handed 85-51 loss to Croatia on Saturday and will be transferred to Qualifying Group E. On the other side, Croatia dropped to 0-3 and will fight for the survival for rest of the competition. Ekaterina Ilinova (178-G) top-scored in victory with 18 points. Polina Fedorova (188-F-95) had 11 points and 5 rebounds, while Valeria Alefirenko (184-PG-95) helped with 10 points for 11 minutes on the court. In Croatia: Antonija Chiabov (190-C-95) was better than the others with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Dana Saric (174-F-95) had 9 points and 8 rebs. Quarters: 12-19, 7-16, 18-27, 14-23. Today, Russia will meet Slovakia. Croatia will take on Finland.

Group C
Italy - Finland 57-34
Italy (2-1) won the second place in Preliminary Group C in Cagliari. The host of U16 EuroBasket outplayed Finland 57-34 and will continue in Group F. On the other side, Finland dropped to 0-3 and they will fight for the survival in Division A. Cecilia Zandalasini (182-F-96) top-scored in Italy with 11 points. Elisa Penna (185-F-95) had 10 pts and Sofia Marangoni (174-PG-95) helped with 8. In defeat, Maria Aijanen (187-F/C-95) was better than the others with 8 points and 8 rebounds. Anni Jamsa (167-PG-95) stopped to 6 pts. Quarters: 20-13, 19-6, 14-7, 4-8. In the next game Italy will meet France. Finland will play against Croatia.

Hungary - Spain 37-70
Spain won the first place in Preliminary Group C in Cagrlari. They destroyed Hungary 70-37 for perfect 3-0 record and of course advanced to Qualifying Round (Group F). Hungary also reached the next stage, but as No.3 from this pool with 1-2 record. Maria Arrojo (186-F-85) led Spain with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Ariadna Pujol (182-F-95) scored 10 points and Carolina Del Santo (182-C-95) helped with two less. In Hungary, Vivien Borondy (170-PG-95) collected 11 points. She was their only player with double-digits in scoring. Quarters: 12-20, 10-16, 5-19, 10-15. In the next game, Spain will meet Holland. Hungary will take on Turkey.

Group D
Holland - France 43-66
It was crucial game for the second place in Preliminary Group D in Cagliari. France outplayed Holland 66-43 taking this spot for 2-1 record. On the other side, Holland dropped to third place with 1-2. Both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round and they will be transferred to Group F. Mousdandy Djaldi-Tabdi (184-F-95) came up with double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds in victory. Aby Gaye (195-C-95) had 12 points and 8 boards, while Berengere Dinga-Mbomi (174-G-95) added 9 pts. In Holland, Laura Cornelius (174-PG-96) delivered 11 points. Their second scorer was Klaziena Guijt (173-G-95) with 10 pts. Quarters: 15-13, 10-18, 11-13, 7-22. In the next game France will play against Italy. Holland will play against Spain.

Turkey - Serbia 66-56
Turkey is the winner of Preliminary Group D in Cagliari with perfect 3-0. Of course, Turkey advanced to the next stage and they will be placed to Qualifying Group F. Serbia dropped to 0-3 and they will fight for the survival in Division A. Hulya Coklar (188-C-95) shined for the winners with 23 points and 14 rebounds. Busra Akbas (168-PG-95) had 10 points and 6 boards, while Sinem Atas (178-F-95) and Ezgi Manlaci (175-G-96) added 8 points and 5 rebounds each. In Serbia, Aleksandra Crvendakic (187-C/F-96) shined with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Mirjana Ristic (95) was their second scorer with 9 pts. Quarters: 11-12, 12-16, 20-15, 23-13. Turkey will meet Hungary today. Serbia will take on Poland in Group G.


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18 - Women  


Division B: Croatia wins the title in Mickolc - by Eurobasket News
FINAL
Croatia - Greece 63-49
Croatia is the winner of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Miskolc. They handed 63-49 loss to Greece in the Big Final. Both teams won the promotion for Division A. Ivana Tikvic (189-C-94) led Croatia once again. She had double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds. Glorija Sikiric (190-C-93) scored 11 points and Anja Majstorovic (184-F/C-94) helped with 8 points, plus 6 boards. In Greece, Artemis Spanou (190-F/C-93) collected 16 points and 5 rebounds. However, she had poor shot percentage in this meeting and finished with negative valuation (-10). Anastasia Slouka (182-G-93) had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Croatia did a great job in the first half and later managed to keep their lead. Quarters: 16-13, 17-5, 13-19, 17-12. Ivana Tikvic is named MVP of the championship.

Places 3-4
Latvia - Finland 71-64
Latvia won the Bronze at U18 EuroBasket Division B in Miskolc. They handed 71-64 loss to Finland to win this medal. Both teams will compete next year in Division B, again. Guna Lagzdina (187-C-93) was the leading player in victory with double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds. Renate Reine (176-G-94) also scored 14 points and Ance Aizsila (172-G-94) (5 rebs) added two less than her. In defeat, Annika Holopainen (186-F/C-93) shined with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Anette Juvonen (170-G-93) had 13 points and 8 boards, while Meral Bedretdin (174-PG-93) added 11 pts, plus 8 boards. Quarters: 16-19, 24-24, 20-11, 11-10. Croatia is the winner of U18 EuroBasket Division B. They outplayed Greece 63-49 in the Finals.

Places 5-6
Hungary - Belarus 82-65
Hungary finished as No.5 in Miskolc. They cruised past Belarus 82-65 in the last day of U18 EuroBasket Division B to take this spot. Of course, Belarus finished as the sixth ranked team. Amadea Szamosi (190-F/C-94) shined for the winners with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Fanni Szabo (181-G-94) and Janka Hegedus (184-F-94) helped with 17 and 14 points respectively. In the loosing squad, Darya Lipinskaya (180-G/F-93) collected 18 points and 7 rebounds. Maryna Ivashchanka (190-C-93) had 15 points and 13 boards, while Maryia Papova (183-F-94) added 12 points and 6 rebs. Quarters: 20-11, 27-21, 12-20, 23-13. Croatia is the winner of U18 EuroBasket Division B. They handed 63-49 loss to Greece in the Big Final.

Places 7-8
Israel - Portugal 57-68
Portugal finished as the seventh ranked team of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Miskolc. They handed 69-57 loss to Israel to take this spot. Of course, Israel finished as No.8. Joana Jesus (173-G-93) shined in victory with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Jessica Almeida (172-PG-93) had 12 points and 5 boards, while Helga Goncalves (178-F-93) helped with 8 points and 9 boards. In Israel, Nof Kedem (170-G-94) was better than the others with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Chen Weisbort (165-G-93) followed her with 12 pts. Quarters: 5-18, 20-19, 12-12, 20-19. Croatia won the title in Miskolc. They outplayed Greece in the Finals 63-49.

Places 9-10
Germany - Denmark 57-56
Germany finished as the ninth ranked team of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Miskolc. They grabbed 57-56 thriller win against Denmark in the last day of the competition. Denmark finished as No.10. Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) shined for the winners with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Sophie Eder (178-F-93) had 12 points and Fanny Szittya (170-PG-94) helped with 10 pts in this victory. In the loosing squad, Anna Seilund (172-PG-93) delivered 20 points. Their second scorer was Maria Jespersen (179-G-94) with 11 points (6 rebs). Quarters: 16-10, 20-10, 10-21, 11-15. Croatia is the winner of U18 EuroBasket Division B. They outplayed Greece 63-49 in the Finals.

Places 11-12
Norway - Bulgaria 66-60
Norway celebrated 66-60 win against Bulgaria in the last day of the U18 EuroBasket Division B in Miskolc. It was the meeting for 11th place at this event and Norway won it. Bulgaria Norway celebrated 66-60 win against Bulgaria in the last day of the U18 EuroBasket Division B in Miskolc. It was the meeting for 11th place at this event and Norway won it. Bulgaria finished as No.12. Stine Austgulen (177-G-94) stepped up for Norway with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Julie McCarthy (186-C-93) had 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Kristine Skorpen (169-G-94) added 12 pts to this victory. In the loosing squad, Iva Kostova (172-F-94) shined with 18 points. Gabriela Angelova (190-F-94) (8 rebs) and Hristina Tyutyundzhieva (189-C-93) netted 12 and 10 points respectively. Quarters: 12-12, 24-15, 16-17, 14-16. Croatia won the Gold in Miskolc. They outplayed Greece in the Finals 63-49.
Places 13-16
Switzerland - United Kingdom 63-56
It was the last day of the U18 EuroBasket Division B in Miskolc and Switzerland celebrated their first win at this event. They outplayed United Kingdom 63-56 for 1-5 in Group G, but that did not help Switzerland to avoid last 16th place in Mickolc. UK finished as No.13 thanks to 5-1 record in this pool. Tamara Detraz (178-G-94) came up with 14 points and 6 rebounds in Switzerland. Geraldine Mentha (183-F-94) (6 rebs) and Alix Rieder (168-PG-93) (5 rebs) scored 11 points each. In the loosing squad, Florence Ward (170-PG-94) delivered 18 points. Rosie Hynes (172-PG-93) collected 12 points and 6 boards. Quarters: 10-6, 10-17, 16-7, 27-26. Croatia won the title in Mickolc. They outplayed Greece in the Finals 63-49.

Austria - Luxembourg 74-79
Luxembourg finished as 14th raked team of U18 EuroBasket in Miskolc. They outplayed Austria 79-74 in the last day of the competition to take this spot. Both teams had 3-2 record in Group G before this meeting. Austria finished as No.15. Lena Hetto (184-F-93) shined with 28 points and 6 rebounds in victory. Nadia Marcus (173-G-93) had 19 points and 12 boards, while Lynn Kauffmann (174-PG-94) helped her team with 16 points. In Austria, Sarah Sagerer (190-C-96) collected 13 points and 8 boards. Julia Pocksteiner (177-G-93) scored 12 and Lisa Zderadicka (168-PG-94) added 11 pts in this loss. Quarters: 18-27, 21-16, 17-12, 18-24. Croatia won the Gold at this event. They outplayed Greece 63-49 in the Finals.


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. Russia5-1
2. Slovakia5-1
3. Ukraine1-5
4. Lithuania1-5


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.Kingdom4-2
2. Luxembourg4-2
3. Austria3-3
4. Switzerland1-5


Div.A Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  (192-C-93)
  Avg: 16.9
 1. Meesseman, BEL16.9 
 2. Zahui, SWE15.2 
 3. Vanloo, BEL14.9 
 4. Chek, UKR14.6 
 5. Kovacevic, SRB14.2 
 6. Slamova, SVK14.1 
 7. Ndour, ESP14.0 
 8. Cakir, TUR13.6 
 9. Ursu, ROM13.6 
 10. Balintova, SVK13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  (192-C-93)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Meesseman, BEL10.3 
 2. Preskienyte, LTU9.9 
 3. Ursu, ROM9.6 
 4. Naumenko, UKR8.7 
 5. Kavurmaciogl., TUR8.7 
 6. Oroszova, SVK8.6 
 7. Ndour, ESP8.3 
 8. Brajkovic, SRB8.2 
 9. Tikhonenko, RUS8.1 
 10. Zahui, SWE8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksandra STANACEV
  (167-PG-94)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Stanacev, SRB4.1 
 2. Vanloo, BEL3.6 
 3. Slamova, SVK3.4 
 4. Nystrom, SWE3.1 
 5. Juodeikyte, LTU2.9 
 6. Krayevska, UKR2.7 
 7. Bernies, FRA2.6 
 8. Kiseleva, RUS2.6 
 9. Diaz, ESP2.5 
 10. Kallenberg, NED2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Olga KRAYEVSKA
  (178-PG-94)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Krayevska, UKR3.3 
 2. Ursu, ROM3.3 
 3. Meesseman, BEL3.2 
 4. Vyoralova, CZE3.0 
 5. Balintova, SVK2.9 
 6. Abramovic, SLO2.9 
 7. Gabrovsek, SLO2.9 
 8. Kovacevic, SRB2.6 
 9. Diaz, ESP2.5 
 10. Kiseleva, RUS2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  (192-C-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Meesseman, BEL2.4 
 2. Salacova, CZE2.4 
 3. Ndour, ESP2.0 
 4. Tikhonenko, RUS1.9 
 5. Preskienyte, LTU1.8 
 6. Zahui, SWE1.4 
 7. Ruban, UKR1.3 
 8. Craciun, ROM1.3 
 9. Van Der Keij., NED1.2 
 10. Cornelie, FRA1.2 


Div.B Stats Leaders - by Greg
Points Per Game
 Lena HETTO
  (184-F-93)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Hetto, LUX24.6 
 2. Tikvic, CRO20.0 
 3. Spanou, GRE19.3 
 4. Austgulen, NOR18.1 
 5. Holopainen, FIN17.8 
 6. Iiskola, FIN15.9 
 7. Jesus, POR15.7 
 8. Seilund, DEN14.5 
 9. Szamosi, HUN14.2 
 10. Szabo, HUN14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ivana TIKVIC
  (189-C-94)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Tikvic, CRO12.6 
 2. McCarthy, NOR11.4 
 3. Lagzdina, LAT10.7 
 4. Spanou, GRE9.9 
 5. Hetto, LUX9.2 
 6. Papova, BLR8.1 
 7. Szamosi, HUN7.8 
 8. Marcus, LUX7.3 
 9. Holopainen, FIN7.0 
 10. Tyutyundzhie., B.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Glorija SIKIRIC
  (190-C-93)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Sikiric, CRO3.4 
 2. Juvonen, FIN3.1 
 3. Dayan, ISR3.0 
 4. Zderadicka, AUT3.0 
 5. Czirjak, HUN2.8 
 6. Kantara, GRE2.7 
 7. Szabo, HUN2.7 
 8. Almeida, POR2.6 
 9. Slouka, GRE2.6 
 10. Kedem, ISR2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Fanni SZABO
  (181-G-94)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Szabo, HUN3.2 
 2. Kostova, BUL2.8 
 3. Jesus, POR2.7 
 4. Reine, LAT2.6 
 5. Chatzigiakou., GRE2.4 
 6. Almeida, POR2.4 
 7. Lipinskaya, BLR2.2 
 8. Hetto, LUX2.2 
 9. Weisbort, ISR2.2 
 10. Tikvic, CRO2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivana TIKVIC
  (189-C-94)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Tikvic, CRO2.1 
 2. Chatzigiakou., GRE1.8 
 3. Breivik, NOR1.6 
 4. Tyutyundzhie., BUL1.4 
 5. Dimitrova, BUL1.3 
 6. Judit, HUN1.1 
 7. Spanou, GRE1.1 
 8. Aizsila, LAT1.0 
 9. Kalenta, BLR1.0 
 10. Tomsone, LAT0.9 


Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Division B Awards 2011 - by Greg
Eurobasket.com All-Tournament 1st Team
#s#
Ivana Tikvic
Tikvic
Fanni Szabo
Szabo
Artemis Spanou
Spanou
Georgia Kantara
Kantara
Evita Iiskola
Iiskola
#e#5

MVP: Ivana Tikvic (189-C-94) of Croatia
Best Guard: Fanni Szabo (181-G-94) of Hungary
Best Forward: Artemis Spanou (190-F/C-93) of Greece
Best Center: Ivana Tikvic (189-C-94) of Croatia
Best Defensive Player: Fanni Szabo (181-G-94) of Hungary
Best Coach: Zeljko Ciglar of Croatia

1st Team
G: Fanni Szabo (181-94) of Hungary
F/C: Artemis Spanou (190-93) of Greece
G: Georgia Kantara (176-93) of Greece
F: Evita Iiskola (182-93) of Finland
C: Ivana Tikvic (189-94) of Croatia

2nd Team
G: Anette Juvonen (170-93) of Finland
G: Joana Jesus (173-93) of Portugal
G: Glorija Sikiric (190-C-93) of Croatia
F: Maryia Papova (183-94) of Belarus
F/C: Annika Holopainen (186-93) of Finland

3rd Team
PG: Anna Seilund (172-93) of Denmark
G: Stine Austgulen (177-94) of Norway
F: Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi (187-92) of Greece
F: Lena Hetto (184-93) of Luxembourg
C: Guna Lagzdina (187-93) of Latvia

Honorable Mention
Julie McCarthy (186-C-93) of Norway
Iva Kostova (172-F-94) of Bulgaria
Jessica Almeida (172-PG-93) of Portugal
Amadea Szamosi (190-F/C-94) of Hungary
May Dayan (168-PG-94) of Israel
Renate Reine (176-G-94) of Latvia
Maryna Ivashchanka (190-C-93) of Belarus




Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Awards 2011 - by Greg
Eurobasket.com All-Tournament 1st Team
#s#
Emma Meesseman
Meesseman
Julie Vanloo
Vanloo
Esther Niamke
Niamke
Andrea Vilaro
Vilaro
Astou Ndour
Ndour
#e#5

MVP: Emma Meesseman (192-C-93) of Belgium
Best Guard: Julie Vanloo (172-PG-93) of Belgium
Best Forward: Andrea Vilaro (180-F-93) of Spain
Best Center: Emma Meesseman (192-C-93) of Belgium
Best Defensive Player: Emma Meesseman (192-C-93) of Belgium
Best Coach: Benny Mertens of Belgium

1st Team
PG: Julie Vanloo (172-93) of Belgium
PG: Esther Niamke (164-93) of France
F: Andrea Vilaro (180-93) of Spain
C: Astou Ndour (196-94) of Spain
C: Emma Meesseman (192-93) of Belgium

2nd Team
PG: Aleksandra Stanacev (167-94) of Sebria
G: Angelika Slamova (173-94) of Slovakia
G/F: Sonia Ursu (175-93) of Romania
F/C: Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-93) of Russia
C: Amanda Zahui (191-93) of Sweden

3rd Team
PG: Tereza Vyoralova (176-94) of Czech Rep.
PG: Olcay Cakir (180-93) of Turkey
F: Natasa Kovacevic (187-94) of Serbia
F: Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-93) of Turkey
C: Oleksandra Chek (191-93) of Ukraine

Honorable Mention
Ieva Preskienyte (193-C-93) of Lithuania
Rebeka Abramovic (170-PG-93) of Slovenia
Monika Satoranska (183-F/C-93) of Czech Rep.
Dominika Miloszewska (186-C-94) of Poland
Loyce Bettonvil (185-F-93) of Holland
Margaux Galliou (184-F-93) of France
Mariya Davydova (189-F/C-93) of Russia


Division A: Belgium wins the Gold in Oradea, Emma Meesseman is MVP - by Eurobasket News
FINAL
Belgium - France 77-49
Belgium is the winner of U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. They cruised past France 77-49 to take the Gold at this event. Of course, the Silver belongs to France. Emma Meesseman (192-C-93) once again was a key player in Belgium. She spent 35 minutes on the court collecting 25 points and 9 rebounds (valuation 31). Julie Vanloo (172-PG-93) had 18 points and Sien Devliegher (175-G-93) helped with 12 pts in the Big Final. On the other side, France did not have anyone with double-digits in scoring. Their best player was Margaux Galliou (184-F-93) with 7 points and 8 rebounds. Jodie Cornelie (193-F-93) also scored 7 pts in this defeat. Belgium exploded in second and third quarter, what was enough for the Gold. Quarters: 18-18, 21-9, 23-5, 15-17. Emma Meesseman was named MVP of the championship.

Places 3-4
Spain - Sweden 85-69
Spain won the Bronze at the U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. They outplayed Sweden 85-69 in the game for third place. Sweden ended as No.4 and stays without the medal at this event. Yurena Diaz (177-G-93) stepped up for Spain with 20 points and 5 assists. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) (9 rebs) and Marles Balart (182-F/C-94) (7 rebs) helped with 15 points each. In the loosing squad, Amanda Zahui (191-C-93) delivered 22 points. Their second scorer was Abigail Asoro (178-F-93) with 10 points and she also grabbed 11 rebounds beside that. Quarters: 20-19, 22-16, 17-15, 26-19. Belgium is the winner of U18 EuroBasket. They blasted France in the Finals 77-49.

Places 5-6
Holland - Poland 80-62
Holland finished participation at the U18 EuroBasket in Oradea with 80-62 victory against Poland. It was a game for the fifth place at this event. Of course that spot belongs to Holland, while Poland ended as No.6. Richelle Van Der Keijl (196-C-93) was the leading player in victory with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Kourtney Treffers (186-F-94) had 13 points and 10 boards, while Loyce Bettonvil (185-F-93) added 12 pts and 12 rebs. In defeat, Karolina Wilk (185-F-93) and Dominika Miloszewska (186-C-94) delivered 11 points each. Magdalena Wojdalska (187-G-94) followed them with 9 pts. Quarters: 19-16, 13-16, 20-9, 28-21. Belgium won the Gold at this event. They blasted France in the Finals 77-49.
Places 7-8
Turkey - Serbia 47-42
Turkey finished participation at U18 EuroBasket with victory. They outplayed Serbia 47-42 in the game for seventh place. Serbia ended as 8th ranked team at this event. Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) stepped up for Turkey with 12 points. Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) (8 rebs) and Merve Aydin (174-PG-94) (5 rebs) helped with 9 points each. In Serbia, Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) collected 11 points and 9 rebounds. Milica Toskovic (180-F-93) (7 rebs) also scored 11 pts, while Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) added 10 pts and 13 boards. Quarters: 7-9, 13-12, 7-12, 20-9. Belgium won the Gold in Oradea. They blasted France in the Finals 77-49.

Places 9-10
Italy - Czech Republic 54-59
Czech Republic finished as ninth ranked team at U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. They outplayed Italy 59-54 in the last day of the competition to win this spot. Italy finished as No.10. Monika Satoranska (183-F/C-93) was the leading player in victory with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Dominika Pohunkova (176-PG-94) had 11 points and Nada Salacova (192-C-94) added 9 pts, plus 6 boards. In defeat, Alice Nori (183-F/C-93) was better than the others with 12 points. Caterina Dotto (170-PG-93) stopped to 8 pts. Quarters: 17-14, 7-13, 14-14, 16-18. Belgium is the winner of U18 EuroBasket. They smashed France 77-49 in the Finals.

Places 11-12
Slovenia - Romania 50-47
Slovenia outplayed Romania in the last day of the competition in Oradea. It was a 50-47 win, which allowed Slovenia to finish as 11th ranked team at U18 EuroBasket. The host of this event finished as No.12. Rebeka Abramovic (170-PG-93) was the leading player in victory with 17 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Ziva Macura (187-F/C-95) had 13 points and 11 boards to help her country. On the other side, Romania got 20 points and 9 rebounds from Sonia Ursu (175-G/F-93). Their second scorer was Laura Pal (174-G-93) with 12 pts. Quarters: 11-12, 10-14, 11-13, 18-8. Belgium is the winner of U18 EuroBasket. They destroyed France in the Finals 77-49.

Places 13-16
Lithuania - Russia 52-57
Russia officially survived in U18 EuroBasket Division A. They outplayed Lithuania 57-52 for almost perfect 5-1 record in Group G. On the other side, Lithuania finished with 1-5 score and they are relegated to Division B. Mariya Davydova (189-F/C-93) led Russia with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Alina Zamaraeva (180-G-93) and Olesya Sedletskaya (176-F-93) netted 11 points each. In Lithuania, Ieva Preskienyte (193-C-93) was better than the others with double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds. Viktorija Juodeikyte (163-PG-93) also scored 11 pts in this loss. Quarters: 13-20, 15-8, 14-16, 10-13. Belgium is the winner of U18 EuroBasket. They destroyed France 77-49 in the Finals.

Slovakia - Ukraine 62-52
Slovakia was better than Ukraine 62-52 in the last day of the competition in Oradea. Slovakia made 5-1 record in Group G and survived in U18 EuroBasket Division A. Ukraine is relegated as they had only one win in six games in this pool. Barbora Balintova (173-PG-94) top-scored for Slovakia with 19 points. Angelika Slamova (173-G-94) had 15 points, 6 boards and 5 assists, while Sabina Oroszova (187-F-93) added 10 pts and 7 rebs. In defeat, Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93) came up with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Olga Krayevska (178-PG-94) had 16 points, 11 boards and 6 assists. Quarters: 17-6, 19-23, 14-8, 12-15. Belgium is the winner of U18 EuroBasket. They smashed France in the Finals 77-49.


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Finnish University National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
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Laura Saarinen
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Vilma Kesanen
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Hanna Vapamaa
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Minna Sten
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Lotta Richter
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4 Lotta Richter 172-G-91 PeKa Finland
5 Laura Saarinen 185-F-92 ToPo Finland
6 Vilma Kesanen 172-G-88 Catz Finland
7 Anni Makitalo 175-F-91 Espoo Team Finland
8 Henna Salomaa 175-G-89 Chemnitz Germany
9 Hanna Vapamaa 180-F-90 Catz Finland
10 Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta 175-G-91 PeKa Finland
11 Maria Julia Salmio 185-F-91 N.Idaho JC USA
12 Krista Gross 183-G/F-90 N.Carolina USA
13 Sofia Pelander 188-C-92
14 Titta-Riina Lepisto 183-F/C-90 HoNsU Finland
15 Minna Sten 189-F-87 FoA Finland

Ensio Helimaki Head Coach HoNsU Finland
Marianne Koskinen Assistant BC Nokia Finland


U16 Italy heads to Qualifying Round in Cagliari - by Eurobasket News
U16 ITALY - U16 FINLAND 57-34

Italy (2-1) won the second place in Preliminary Group C in Cagliari. The host of U16 EuroBasket outplayed Finland 57-34 and will continue in Group F. On the other side, Finland dropped to 0-3 and they will fight for the survival in Division A. Cecilia Zandalasini (182-F-96) top-scored in Italy with 11 points. Elisa Penna (185-F-95) had 10 pts and Sofia Marangoni (174-PG-95) helped with 8. In defeat, Maria Aijanen (187-F/C-95) was better than the others with 8 points and 8 rebounds. Anni Jamsa (167-PG-95) stopped to 6 pts. Quarters: 20-13, 19-6, 14-7, 4-8. In the next game Italy will meet France. Finland will play against Croatia.

Italy: Cecilia Zandalasini 11, Elisa Penna 10, Sofia Marangoni 8
Finland: Maria Aijanen 8+8 boards, Anni Jamsa 6


2011 Universiade. Finland surprised the hosts in the defensive game - by Eurobasket News
Finland-China 42:40

Finland surprised the hosts in the defensive game at the World University Games. The Scandinavian team edged China 42:40 to tie both records at 1-1.
Finland grabbed 5:4 in the start of the game, but the host replied with 11-2 in the rest of the quarter. Moreover they enjoyed 22:10 after 15 minutes of the game and went to the lockers for 27:14. The second half however was a nightmare for China. They scored only 13 points in 20 minutes and allowed the Finnish team to win the game. The latter needed 14 points in each third and last quarters to seal the victory. Due to 14-6 in the final period, Finland celebrated the initial win.
Minna Sten (189-F-87) stepped up with 13 points for the winners and Vilma Kesanen (172-G-88) added 8. Shao Ting (183-F-89) posted 12 in the losing effort and Wang Miqi (185-F-89) scored 8.

Finland: Minna Sten 13, Vilma Kesanen 8
China: Shao Ting 12, Wang Miqi 8



U18 Latvia wins the Bronze in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News
U18 LATVIA - U18 FINLAND 71-64

Latvia won the Bronze at U18 EuroBasket Division B in Miskolc. They handed 71-64 loss to Finland to win this medal. Both teams will compete next year in Division B, again. Guna Lagzdina (187-C-93) was the leading player in victory with double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds. Renate Reine (176-G-94) also scored 14 points and Ance Aizsila (172-G-94) (5 rebs) added two less than her. In defeat, Annika Holopainen (186-F/C-93) shined with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Anette Juvonen (170-G-93) had 13 points and 8 boards, while Meral Bedretdin (174-PG-93) added 11 pts, plus 8 boards. Quarters: 16-19, 24-24, 20-11, 11-10. Croatia is the winner of U18 EuroBasket Division B. They outplayed Greece 63-49 in the Finals.

Latvia: Guna Lagzdina 14+13 boards, Renate Reine 14, Ance Aizsila 12+5 biards
Finland: Annika Holopainen 21+10 boards, Anette Juvonen 13+8 boards, Meral Bedretdin 11+8 boards


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U18 EuroBasket Finals: Belgium blasts France 77-49 in Oradea, wins the Gold - by Eurobasket News
U18 BELGIUM - U18 FRANCE 77-49

Belgium is the winner of U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. They cruised past France 77-49 to take the Gold at this event. Of course, the Silver belongs to France. Emma Meesseman (192-C-93) once again was a key player in Belgium. She spent 35 minutes on the court collecting 25 points and 9 rebounds (valuation 31). Julie Vanloo (172-PG-93) had 18 points and Sien Devliegher (175-G-93) helped with 12 pts in the Big Final. On the other side, France did not have anyone with double-digits in scoring. Their best player was Margaux Galliou (184-F-93) with 7 points and 8 rebounds. Jodie Cornelie (193-F-93) also scored 7 pts in this defeat. Belgium exploded in second and third quarter, what was enough for the Gold. Quarters: 18-18, 21-9, 23-5, 15-17. Emma Meesseman was named MVP of the championship.

Belgium: Emma Meesseman 25+9 boards, Julie Vanloo 18, Sien Devliegher 12
France: Margaux Galliou 7+8 boards, Jodie Cornelie 7


U16 France takes second place in Group D in Cagliari - by Eurobasket News
U16 HOLLAND - U16 FRANCE 43-66

It was crucial game for the second place in Preliminary Group D in Cagliari. France outplayed Holland 66-43 taking this spot for 2-1 record. On the other side, Holland dropped to third place with 1-2. Both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round and they will be transferred to Group F. Mousdandy Djaldi-Tabdi (184-F-95) came up with double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds in victory. Aby Gaye (195-C-95) had 12 points and 8 boards, while Berengere Dinga-Mbomi (174-G-95) added 9 pts. In Holland, Laura Cornelius (174-PG-96) delivered 11 points. Their second scorer was Klaziena Guijt (173-G-95) with 10 pts. Quarters: 15-13, 10-18, 11-13, 7-22. In the next game France will play against Italy. Holland will play against Spain.

Holland: Laura Cornelius 11, Klaziena Guijt 10
France: Mousdandy Djaldi-Tabdi 15+10 boards, Aby Gaye 12+8 boards, Berengere Dinga-Mbomi 9


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U18 Germany grabs 57-56 thriller win against U18 Denmark to end as No.9 - by Eurobasket News
U18 GERMANY - U18 DENMARK 57-56

Germany finished as the ninth ranked team of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Miskolc. They grabbed 57-56 thriller win against Denmark in the last day of the competition. Denmark finished as No.10. Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) shined for the winners with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Sophie Eder (178-F-93) had 12 points and Fanny Szittya (170-PG-94) helped with 10 pts in this victory. In the loosing squad, Anna Seilund (172-PG-93) delivered 20 points. Their second scorer was Maria Jespersen (179-G-94) with 11 points (6 rebs). Quarters: 16-10, 20-10, 10-21, 11-15. Croatia is the winner of U18 EuroBasket Division B. They outplayed Greece 63-49 in the Finals.

Germany: Laura Hebecker 14+10 boards, Sophie Eder 12, Fanny Szittya 10
Denmark: Anna Seilund 20, Maria Jespersen 11+6 boards


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U18 Croatia beats U18 Greece 63-49 to win U18 EuroBasket, Division B - by Eurobasket News
U18 CROATIA - U18 GREECE 63-49

Croatia is the winner of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Miskolc. They handed 63-49 loss to Greece in the Big Final. Both teams won the promotion for Division A. Ivana Tikvic (189-C-94) led Croatia once again. She had double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds. Glorija Sikiric (190-C-93) scored 11 points and Anja Majstorovic (184-F/C-94) helped with 8 points, plus 6 boards. In Greece, Artemis Spanou (190-F/C-93) collected 16 points and 5 rebounds. However, she had poor shot percentage in this meeting and finished with negative valuation (-10). Anastasia Slouka (182-G-93) had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Croatia did a great job in the first half and later managed to keep their lead. Quarters: 16-13, 17-5, 13-19, 17-12. Ivana Tikvic is named MVP of the championship.

Croatia: Ivana Tikvic 21+14 boards, Glorija Sikiric 11, Anja Majstorovic 8+6 boards
Greece: Artemis Spanou 16+5 boards, Anastasia Slouka 14+10 boards


U16 Greece too much for U16 Czech Republic 53-43, both teams advance to Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
U16 CZECH REPUBLIC - U16 GREECE 43-53

It was a game for the second place in Preliminary Group B of U16 EuroBasket in Cagliari. Greece handed 53-43 loss to Czech Republic to take this spot. Both teams advanced to the next stage. They will be placed to Qualifying Group E. Dimitra Tsavou (182-F-96) led the winners with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Anna Stamolamprou (165-PG-95) had 14 points and Eleni Kyratzi (170-PG-95) added 7 pts for Greece. On the other side, Mariana Opocenska (183-F-95) shined with 13 points and 10 boards. Kamila Hoskova (174-F-95) had 12 points and 10 rebs. Quarters: 12-17, 11-10, 10-15, 10-11. In the next game, Greece will meet Belgium. Czech Republic will play against Sweden.

Czech Republic: Mariana Opocenska 13+10 boards, Kamila Hoskova 12+10 boards
Greece: Dimitra Tsavou 19+10 boards, Anna Stamolamprou 14, Eleni Kyratzi 7


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U18 Holland beats U18 Poland 80-62 for fifth place in Oradea - by Eurobasket News
U18 HOLLAND - U18 POLAND 80-62

Holland finished participation at the U18 EuroBasket in Oradea with 80-62 victory against Poland. It was a game for the fifth place at this event. Of course that spot belongs to Holland, while Poland ended as No.6. Richelle Van Der Keijl (196-C-93) was the leading player in victory with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Kourtney Treffers (186-F-94) had 13 points and 10 boards, while Loyce Bettonvil (185-F-93) added 12 pts and 12 rebs. In defeat, Karolina Wilk (185-F-93) and Dominika Miloszewska (186-C-94) delivered 11 points each. Magdalena Wojdalska (187-G-94) followed them with 9 pts. Quarters: 19-16, 13-16, 20-9, 28-21. Belgium won the Gold at this event. They blasted France in the Finals 77-49.

Holland: Richelle Van Der Keijl 18+10 boards, Kourtney Treffers 13+10 boards, Loyce Bettonvil 12+12 boards
Poland: Karolina Wilk 11, Dominika Miloszewska 11, Magdalena Wojdalska 9


U16 France takes second place in Group D in Cagliari - by Eurobasket News
U16 HOLLAND - U16 FRANCE 43-66

It was crucial game for the second place in Preliminary Group D in Cagliari. France outplayed Holland 66-43 taking this spot for 2-1 record. On the other side, Holland dropped to third place with 1-2. Both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round and they will be transferred to Group F. Mousdandy Djaldi-Tabdi (184-F-95) came up with double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds in victory. Aby Gaye (195-C-95) had 12 points and 8 boards, while Berengere Dinga-Mbomi (174-G-95) added 9 pts. In Holland, Laura Cornelius (174-PG-96) delivered 11 points. Their second scorer was Klaziena Guijt (173-G-95) with 10 pts. Quarters: 15-13, 10-18, 11-13, 7-22. In the next game France will play against Italy. Holland will play against Spain.

Holland: Laura Cornelius 11, Klaziena Guijt 10
France: Mousdandy Djaldi-Tabdi 15+10 boards, Aby Gaye 12+8 boards, Berengere Dinga-Mbomi 9


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U16 Spain keeps perfect score in Cagliari, wins Group C - by Eurobasket News
U16 HUNGARY - U16 SPAIN 37-70

Spain won the first place in Preliminary Group C in Cagrlari. They destroyed Hungary 70-37 for perfect 3-0 record and of course advanced to Qualifying Round (Group F). Hungary also reached the next stage, but as No.3 from this pool with 1-2 record. Maria Arrojo (186-F-85) led Spain with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Ariadna Pujol (182-F-95) scored 10 points and Carolina Del Santo (182-C-95) helped with two less. In Hungary, Vivien Borondy (170-PG-95) collected 11 points. She was their only player with double-digits in scoring. Quarters: 12-20, 10-16, 5-19, 10-15. In the next game, Spain will meet Holland. Hungary will take on Turkey.

Hungary: Vivien Borondy 11
Spain: Maria Arrojo 17+7 boards, Ariadna Pujol 10, Carolina Del Santo 8


U18 Hungary takes fifth place in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News
U18 HUNGARY - U18 BELARUS 82-65

Hungary finished as No.5 in Miskolc. They cruised past Belarus 82-65 in the last day of U18 EuroBasket Division B to take this spot. Of course, Belarus finished as the sixth ranked team. Amadea Szamosi (190-F/C-94) shined for the winners with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Fanni Szabo (181-G-94) and Janka Hegedus (184-F-94) helped with 17 and 14 points respectively. In the loosing squad, Darya Lipinskaya (180-G/F-93) collected 18 points and 7 rebounds. Maryna Ivashchanka (190-C-93) had 15 points and 13 boards, while Maryia Papova (183-F-94) added 12 points and 6 rebs. Quarters: 20-11, 27-21, 12-20, 23-13. Croatia is the winner of U18 EuroBasket Division B. They handed 63-49 loss to Greece in the Big Final.

Hungary: Amadea Szamosi 26+11 boards, Fanni Szabo 17, Janka Hegedus 14
Belarus: Darya Lipinskaya 18+7 boards, Maryna Ivashchanka 15+13 boards, Maryia Papova 12+6 boards


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  IRELAND - Women  


Irish U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
4 Jennifer Sheehan 170-PG-95
5 Lisa Mullins 170-PG-96
6 Allison Mcgrath 169-G-96
7 Aileen Crowley 178-C-95
8 Samantha Massey 178-C-95 Tolka Rovers Ireland
9 Jessica O'Sullivan 169-G-95
10 Orla Keoghegan 176-F-95
11 Katie Moloney 173-PG-95
12 Shannon Farrell 178-C-95
13 Lorna McNamee 176-F-95
14 Aedin O'Donnell 172-G-95
15 Erin Bracken 176-F-95

Joe Boylan Head Coach DCU Saints Ireland
Danny Thompson Assistant


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THE ISRAELI TEAMS UPDATE. - by Gil Goshen


Okiesha Howard ( played with the team 2009-10 ) signed with B.C Elitzur Netanya.
2009-2010: Elitzur Maccabi Netanya (Israel-D1, starting five): 23 games: 14.0ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.9apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 21.9%, FT: 77.0%
2010-2011: Istanbul Universitesi SK (Turkey-TKBL, starting five): 22 games: 12.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.5apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 38.7%, 3PT: 26.8%, FT: 81.8%
2011-2012: Elitzur Netanya (Israel-D1, starting five).

Italee Lucas signed with Bnoth Hasharon.
010-2011: N.Carolina (NCAA, starting five): 37 games: 16.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 33.6%, FT: 75.3%
2011: drafted by Tulsa Shock (WNBA, 2rd (21)
2011: Tulsa Shock (WNBA): only pre-season.

Alexis Gray - Lawson signed with Hapoel Rishon -Lezion:
2009-2010: California (NCAA, starting five): 36 games: 17.8ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 39.9%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 72.5%
2010: drafted by Washington Mystics (WNBA, 3rd (30))
2010: Washington Mystics (WNBA): only pre-season
2010-2011: Samsun Basketbol (Turkey-TKBL), left in Feb.'11: 13 games: 7.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 38.8%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 85.2%
2011: Phoenix Mercury (WNBA).

Italee Lucas (172-G-89, college: N.Carolina)


Israeli U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
4 Eden Porat 174-F-96
5 Dana Drosvit 178-C-95
6 Dekel Itach 164-G-95
7 Joann Grinspan 172-F-95
8 Ofir Banet 165-PG-96
9 Shahd Abboud 173-F-95
10 Moran Sapir 165-G-95
11 Alina Gluberman 178-C-96
12 Noa Zelivanski 168-PG-96
13 Shay Alon 164-G-95
14 Doreen Radt 168-PG-96
15 Sapir Yeruham 163-G-95

Erez Dagan Head Coach B.Yehuda Israel
Moaz Palmon Assistant


U18 Portugal beats U18 Israel 68-57 for seventh place in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News
U18 ISRAEL - U18 PORTUGAL 57-68

Portugal finished as the seventh ranked team of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Miskolc. They handed 69-57 loss to Israel to take this spot. Of course, Israel finished as No.8. Joana Jesus (173-G-93) shined in victory with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Jessica Almeida (172-PG-93) had 12 points and 5 boards, while Helga Goncalves (178-F-93) helped with 8 points and 9 boards. In Israel, Nof Kedem (170-G-94) was better than the others with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Chen Weisbort (165-G-93) followed her with 12 pts. Quarters: 5-18, 20-19, 12-12, 20-19. Croatia won the title in Miskolc. They outplayed Greece in the Finals 63-49.

Israel: Nof Kedem 17+9 boards, Chen Weisbort 12
Portugal: Joana Jesus 23+7 boards, Jessica Almeida 12+5 boards, Helga Goncalves 8+9 boards


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U16 Italy heads to Qualifying Round in Cagliari - by Eurobasket News
U16 ITALY - U16 FINLAND 57-34

Italy (2-1) won the second place in Preliminary Group C in Cagliari. The host of U16 EuroBasket outplayed Finland 57-34 and will continue in Group F. On the other side, Finland dropped to 0-3 and they will fight for the survival in Division A. Cecilia Zandalasini (182-F-96) top-scored in Italy with 11 points. Elisa Penna (185-F-95) had 10 pts and Sofia Marangoni (174-PG-95) helped with 8. In defeat, Maria Aijanen (187-F/C-95) was better than the others with 8 points and 8 rebounds. Anni Jamsa (167-PG-95) stopped to 6 pts. Quarters: 20-13, 19-6, 14-7, 4-8. In the next game Italy will meet France. Finland will play against Croatia.

Italy: Cecilia Zandalasini 11, Elisa Penna 10, Sofia Marangoni 8
Finland: Maria Aijanen 8+8 boards, Anni Jamsa 6


Czech Republic ends as No.9 in Oradea, Italy is No.10 - by Eurobasket News
U18 ITALY - U18 CZECH REPUBLIC 54-59

Czech Republic finished as ninth ranked team at U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. They outplayed Italy 59-54 in the last day of the competition to win this spot. Italy finished as No.10. Monika Satoranska (183-F/C-93) was the leading player in victory with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Dominika Pohunkova (176-PG-94) had 11 points and Nada Salacova (192-C-94) added 9 pts, plus 6 boards. In defeat, Alice Nori (183-F/C-93) was better than the others with 12 points. Caterina Dotto (170-PG-93) stopped to 8 pts. Quarters: 17-14, 7-13, 14-14, 16-18. Belgium is the winner of U18 EuroBasket. They smashed France 77-49 in the Finals.

Italy: Alice Nori 12, Caterina Dotto 8
Czech Republic: Monika Satoranska 15+13 boards, Dominika Pohunkova 11, Nada Salacova 9+6 boards


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Japanese University National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
4 Mika Kurihara 178-F-89 Osaka Univ. Japan
5 Nozomi Matsuzawa 178-F-89 Mukogawa Un. Japan
6 Yuri Ikeuchi 180-C-89 Takushoku Un. Japan
7 Aimi Abe 171-G-89 Yamagata Un. Japan
8 Kayoko Amano 180-C-89 Tsukuba Univ. Japan
9 Emii Fujioka 178-F-89 Senshu Univ. Japan
10 Azusa Sato 167-G-89 Takushoku Un. Japan
11 Nao Sonoda 178-F-89 Aichi Gakusen Japan
12 Yuko Miyazaki 162-PG-90 Hakuoh Univ. Japan
13 Minami Iju 168-G-90 Tsukuba Univ. Japan
14 Mio Shinozaki 166-PG-91 Shoin Univ. Japan
15 Mari Hashizume 182-C-92 Takushoku Un. Japan

Toshinobu Sato Head Coach
Nozomi Matsuzawa Assistant


2011 Universiade. Australia takes 2-0 record in Group D - by Eurobasket News
Japan -Australia 53:113

Australia was too good for Japan in Day 2 of the World University Games in China. The Australian team easily won 113:53 to take 2-0 record in Group D. Japan fell at 0-2 record.
The team of Phil Brown easily grabbed the lead in the game and had 14:5 after the first five minutes. They increased to 31:12 in the end of the frame and never looked behind after. The teams paid more attention to defense in the start of the second quarter and as a result scored 10 points together in the first 5 minutes of the frame. Australia later enjoyed 54:30 at the halftime. In the third quarter the favorites added 25-11 and had 79:41 after thirty minutes. Due to 34-12 in the last stanza the board showed 113:53 at the end of the game.
Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) paced all the winners with 22 points and Cayla Francis (192-C-89) collected massive 20 points and 18 rebounds. Elyse Penaluna (193-C-88) posted 13, while Katie Rae Ebzery (177-G-90) notched 11. Azusa Sato (167-G-89) notched 21 points for the Asian side and Kayoko Amano (180-C-89) added 13.

Japan: Azusa Sato 21, Kayoko Amano 13
Australia: Marianna Tolo 22, Cayla Francis 20+18 rebs, Elyse Penaluna 13, Katie Rae Ebzery 11



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U18 Latvia wins the Bronze in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News
U18 LATVIA - U18 FINLAND 71-64

Latvia won the Bronze at U18 EuroBasket Division B in Miskolc. They handed 71-64 loss to Finland to win this medal. Both teams will compete next year in Division B, again. Guna Lagzdina (187-C-93) was the leading player in victory with double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds. Renate Reine (176-G-94) also scored 14 points and Ance Aizsila (172-G-94) (5 rebs) added two less than her. In defeat, Annika Holopainen (186-F/C-93) shined with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Anette Juvonen (170-G-93) had 13 points and 8 boards, while Meral Bedretdin (174-PG-93) added 11 pts, plus 8 boards. Quarters: 16-19, 24-24, 20-11, 11-10. Croatia is the winner of U18 EuroBasket Division B. They outplayed Greece 63-49 in the Finals.

Latvia: Guna Lagzdina 14+13 boards, Renate Reine 14, Ance Aizsila 12+5 biards
Finland: Annika Holopainen 21+10 boards, Anette Juvonen 13+8 boards, Meral Bedretdin 11+8 boards


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U18 Russia survives in Division A, relegation for U18 Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
U18 LITHUANIA - U18 RUSSIA 52-57

Russia officially survived in U18 EuroBasket Division A. They outplayed Lithuania 57-52 for almost perfect 5-1 record in Group G. On the other side, Lithuania finished with 1-5 score and they are relegated to Division B. Mariya Davydova (189-F/C-93) led Russia with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Alina Zamaraeva (180-G-93) and Olesya Sedletskaya (176-F-93) netted 11 points each. In Lithuania, Ieva Preskienyte (193-C-93) was better than the others with double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds. Viktorija Juodeikyte (163-PG-93) also scored 11 pts in this loss. Quarters: 13-20, 15-8, 14-16, 10-13. Belgium is the winner of U18 EuroBasket. They destroyed France 77-49 in the Finals.

Lithuania: Ieva Preskienyte 11+10 boards, Viktorija Juodeikyte 11
Russia: Mariya Davydova 15+5 boards, Alina Zamaraeva 11, Olesya Sedletskaya 11


2011 Universiade. Chinese Taipei overcame Lithuania in Shenzhen - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania-Chinese Taipei 48:71

Chinese Taipei overcame Lithuania in Shenzhen in Day 2 of the World University Games. The Asian team improved to 2-0 record after 71:48 win, while the Baltic side dropped to 0-2. Tomorrow China and Chinese Taipei will face each other for the Quarterfinal ticket.
After the victory over Finland, Chinese Taipei started also better against another European representative. They had 10:8 after the first five minutes and increased to 22:17 after the first period. The second quarter answered all the quarters about the winner as Asian team added 21-10 in it for 43:27 at the halftime. Moreover 15-5 in the third period was too much for the Baltic State. The latter managed to win the last stanza 16-13 but lost by 23 points.
Huang Ping-Jen (178-F-89) paced all the winners with 17 points and Huang Fan-Shan (173-G-87) added 14. Gintare Mazionyte (186-F/C-91) replied with 14 points in defeat and Greta Luksyte (177-G-87, agency: Players Group, college: NC-Wilmington) notched 8.

Lithuania: Gintare Mazionyte 14, Greta Luksyte 8
Chinese Taipei: Huang Ping-Jen 17, Huang Fan-Shan 14



Lithuanian U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
4 Justina Kraujunaite 174-F-95
5 Austeja Sirsinaityte 164-PG-95
6 Agne Cerneckyte 171-F-96 Lemminkainen Lithuania
7 Agne Gailiute 176-F-95
8 Simona Baciulyte 172-G-95
9 Elzbieta Ceponyte 180-F-95
10 Augusta Kievisaite 170-G-95
11 Sibile Balaisyte 195-C-95
12 Roberta Mizgeryte 188-F-95 Lemminkainen Lithuania
13 Dalia Belickaite 175-F-96
14 Aurelija Putramentaite 179-F-95
15 Tura Savickaite 188-F-95

Diliara Velishaieva Head Coach
Loreta Galdikiene Assistant


Lithuanian University National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Lina Pikciute
Pikciute
Indre Dudenaite
Dudenaite
Egle Sarapaite
Sarapaite
Laima Rickeviciute
Rickeviciute
Lina Aglinskaite
Aglinskaite
#e#5
4 Greta Luksyte 177-G-87 Conquero Spain
5 Greta Sniokaite 180-G-91 MRU Lithuania
6 Gintare Mazionyte 186-F/C-91 Lemminkainen Lithuania
7 Lina Pikciute 192-F-90 VICI Kaunas Lithuania
8 Egle Taraseviciute 182-F-90 Laisve Lithuania
9 Indre Dudenaite 184-F-88 VICI Kaunas Lithuania
10 Egle Sarapaite 173-G-88 Laisve Lithuania
11 Kristina Alminaite 204-C-90 VICI Kaunas Lithuania
12 Sarune Povilionyte 182-F-88 MRU Lithuania
13 Laima Rickeviciute 188-F-88 Bologna Italy
14 Lina Aglinskaite 182-F-87 Laisve Lithuania
15 Sigita Galdikaite 187-F-90 MRU Lithuania

Linas Salkus Head Coach Suduva Lithuania
Alfredas Kaniava Assistant Lemminkainen Lithuania


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Lena Hetto leads U18 Luxembourg to 14th place in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News
U18 AUSTRIA - U18 LUXEMBOURG 74-79

Luxembourg finished as 14th raked team of U18 EuroBasket in Miskolc. They outplayed Austria 79-74 in the last day of the competition to take this spot. Both teams had 3-2 record in Group G before this meeting. Austria finished as No.15. Lena Hetto (184-F-93) shined with 28 points and 6 rebounds in victory. Nadia Marcus (173-G-93) had 19 points and 12 boards, while Lynn Kauffmann (174-PG-94) helped her team with 16 points. In Austria, Sarah Sagerer (190-C-96) collected 13 points and 8 boards. Julia Pocksteiner (177-G-93) scored 12 and Lisa Zderadicka (168-PG-94) added 11 pts in this loss. Quarters: 18-27, 21-16, 17-12, 18-24. Croatia won the Gold at this event. They outplayed Greece 63-49 in the Finals.

Austria: Sarah Sagerer 13+8 boards, Julia Pocksteiner 12, Lisa Zderadicka 11
Luxemborug: Lena Hetto 28+6 boards, Nadia Marcus 19+12 boards, Lynn Kauffmann 16


Luxembourg U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Starting five
#s#
Mia Pauly
Pauly
Alexa Sanelli
Sanelli
Charlie Bidinger
Bidinger
Lynn Reuter
Reuter
Noemie Hoffmann
Hoffmann
#e#5
4 Mia Pauly 176-F-96
5 Noemie Hoffmann 174-G-96
6 Anouk Frieden 165-PG-96
7 Alexa Sanelli 174-F-95
8 Charlie Bidinger 167-G-95
9 Lena Walter 171-G-96
10 Jessy Goergen 173-PG-97
11 Lynn Grandjean 175-F-96
12 Lynn Reuter 180-F-96
13 Maite Scheer 177-F-95
14 Liz Rehlinger 180-C-97
15 Lisa Jablonowski 186-C-97

Thierry Kremer Head Coach
Christian Nittler Assistant


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2011 Universiade. USA uses size to down Slovakia - by Eurobasket News
Slovakia-USA 68:114

USA recorded the second victory at the World University Games in China. The defending champions smashed Slovakia 114:68 for 2-0 record in Group B. Slovakia meanwhile fell at 0-2 at the bottom of the group.
USA decided not to wait for a long time and grabbed the early lead in the game. Slovakian womens basketball team fell into an early first-quarter hole and never recovered. USA reached 45:25 midway through the second frame and had 60:34 at the halftime. They improved to 85:53 to close the third frame and scored 3-digit number at the end. At first USA enjoyed 96:59 with 5 minutes to go and then scored another 18 points in the last five minutes.
Skylar Diggins (5'9''-G-90), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (6'2''-F-90) and Devereaux Peters (6'2''-F-89) allscored 14 points and Chinenye Ogwumike (6'3''-F-92) nailed 13. Maria Felixova (6'3''-C-90) ended up with 13 points in defeat, while Beata Simova (6'1''-F-87) added 11.

Slovakia: Maria Felixova 13, Beata Simova 11
USA: Skylar Diggins 14, Nnemkadi Ogwumike 14, Devereaux Peters 14, Chinenye Ogwumike 13



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  NORWAY - Women  


U18 Norway ends as No.11 in Miskolc, U18 Bulgaria is No.12 - by Eurobasket News
U18 NORWAY - U18 BULGARIA 66-60

Norway celebrated 66-60 win against Bulgaria in the last day of the U18 EuroBasket Division B in Miskolc. It was the meeting for 11th place at this event and Norway won it. Bulgaria finished as No.12. Stine Austgulen (177-G-94) stepped up for Norway with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Julie McCarthy (186-C-93) had 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Kristine Skorpen (169-G-94) added 12 pts to this victory. In the loosing squad, Iva Kostova (172-F-94) shined with 18 points. Gabriela Angelova (190-F-94) (8 rebs) and Hristina Tyutyundzhieva (189-C-93) netted 12 and 10 points respectively. Quarters: 12-12, 24-15, 16-17, 14-16. Croatia won the Gold in Miskolc. They outplayed Greece in the Finals 63-49.

Norway: Stine Austgulen 20+6 boards, Julie McCarthy 17+12 boards, Kristine Skorpen 12
Bulgaria: Iva Kostova 18, Gabriela Angelova 12+8 boards, Hristina Tyutyundzhieva 10


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  POLAND - Women  


U16 Poland hands 46-40 loss to U16 Sweden - by Eurobasket News
U16 SWEDEN - U16 POLAND 40-46

Poland (1-2) was better than Sweden in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Cagliari. Poland celebrated 46-40 win, but that was not enough to avoid the last place in Group A. On the other side, Sweden (2-1) won this pool despite this defeat. Sweden advanced to Qualifying Group E, while Poland will fight for the survival in Division A. Weronika Telenga (189-C-95) led Poland in this game with 11 points and 15 rebounds. Dominika Duraj (190-F-95) also scored 11 pts, while Magdalena Szajtauer (188-F-95) helped with 9 points and 13 boards. In the loosing squad, Regan Magarity (187-F-96) had double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds. Sofia Svensson (176-G/F-95) and Emma Eriksson (164-PG-95) netted 6 points each. Quarters: 10-13, 7-9, 11-12, 12-12. Today Sweden will meet Czech Republic. Poland will play against Serbia.

Sweden: Regan Magarity 10+11 boards, Sofia Svensson 6, Emma Eriksson 6
Poland: Weronika Telenga 11+15 boards, Dominika Duraj 11, Magdalena Szajtauer 9+13 boards


U18 Holland beats U18 Poland 80-62 for fifth place in Oradea - by Eurobasket News
U18 HOLLAND - U18 POLAND 80-62

Holland finished participation at the U18 EuroBasket in Oradea with 80-62 victory against Poland. It was a game for the fifth place at this event. Of course that spot belongs to Holland, while Poland ended as No.6. Richelle Van Der Keijl (196-C-93) was the leading player in victory with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Kourtney Treffers (186-F-94) had 13 points and 10 boards, while Loyce Bettonvil (185-F-93) added 12 pts and 12 rebs. In defeat, Karolina Wilk (185-F-93) and Dominika Miloszewska (186-C-94) delivered 11 points each. Magdalena Wojdalska (187-G-94) followed them with 9 pts. Quarters: 19-16, 13-16, 20-9, 28-21. Belgium won the Gold at this event. They blasted France in the Finals 77-49.

Holland: Richelle Van Der Keijl 18+10 boards, Kourtney Treffers 13+10 boards, Loyce Bettonvil 12+12 boards
Poland: Karolina Wilk 11, Dominika Miloszewska 11, Magdalena Wojdalska 9


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U18 Portugal beats U18 Israel 68-57 for seventh place in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News
U18 ISRAEL - U18 PORTUGAL 57-68

Portugal finished as the seventh ranked team of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Miskolc. They handed 69-57 loss to Israel to take this spot. Of course, Israel finished as No.8. Joana Jesus (173-G-93) shined in victory with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Jessica Almeida (172-PG-93) had 12 points and 5 boards, while Helga Goncalves (178-F-93) helped with 8 points and 9 boards. In Israel, Nof Kedem (170-G-94) was better than the others with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Chen Weisbort (165-G-93) followed her with 12 pts. Quarters: 5-18, 20-19, 12-12, 20-19. Croatia won the title in Miskolc. They outplayed Greece in the Finals 63-49.

Israel: Nof Kedem 17+9 boards, Chen Weisbort 12
Portugal: Joana Jesus 23+7 boards, Jessica Almeida 12+5 boards, Helga Goncalves 8+9 boards


Portuguese U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Starting five
#s#
Sofia Pinheiro
Pinheiro
Laura Ferreira
Ferreira
Joana Soeiro
Soeiro
Josephine Filipe
Filipe
Ana Santos
Santos
#e#5
4 Sofia Pinheiro 171-G-95
5 Emilia Ferreira 180-C-96
6 Ines Martins 182-C-95
7 Ines Freitas 184-F-95
8 Joana Cortinhas 174-G-95
9 Laura Ferreira 177-G-95 GDESSA Portugal
10 Mafalda Pereira 180-F-95
11 Joana Soeiro 170-PG-95
12 Simone Costa 176-G-96
13 Josephine Filipe 175-G-95
14 Ana Santos 183-F-95
15 Sara Gomes 182-F-95

Ana Neves Head Coach
Cristina Viegas Assistant


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Romanian U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Starting five
#s#
Irina Vasilache
Vasilache
Iulia Raileanu
Raileanu
Iulia Pasca
Pasca
Izabella Lovasz
Lovasz
Andra Manea
Manea
#e#5
4 Mihaela Maxim 167-PG-96
5 Alexandra Chitanu 173-G-95 Olimpia Romania
6 Irina Vasilache 170-G-95
7 Cristina Gavrila 172-G-95 Craiova Romania
8 Paula Lenart 178-F-96 Targu Secuiesc Romania
9 Iulia Pasca 175-F-95 Cluj Napoca Romania
10 Maria Pitigoi 185-F/C-95 Olimpia Romania
11 Izabella Lovasz 185-F-95
12 Andra Manea 184-F-95 Craiova Romania
13 Iulia Raileanu 189-F-95 Galati Romania
14 Bianca Blanaru 193-C-95 Timisoara Romania
15 Simina Avram 190-C-95 Brasov Romania

Madalin Piperea Head Coach Alexandria Romania
Tiberiu Ilutiu Assistant
Claudia Birzan Assistant


U18 Slovenia ends as No.11 in Oradea, U18 Romania is No.12 - by Eurobasket News
U18 SLOVENIA - U18 ROMANIA 50-47

Slovenia outplayed Romania in the last day of the competition in Oradea. It was a 50-47 win, which allowed Slovenia to finish as 11th ranked team at U18 EuroBasket. The host of this event finished as No.12. Rebeka Abramovic (170-PG-93) was the leading player in victory with 17 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Ziva Macura (187-F/C-95) had 13 points and 11 boards to help her country. On the other side, Romania got 20 points and 9 rebounds from Sonia Ursu (175-G/F-93). Their second scorer was Laura Pal (174-G-93) with 12 pts. Quarters: 11-12, 10-14, 11-13, 18-8. Belgium is the winner of U18 EuroBasket. They destroyed France in the Finals 77-49.

Slovenia: Rebeka Abramovic 17+13 boards+5 as, Ziva Macura 13+11 boards
Romania: Sonia Ursu 20+9 boards, Laura Pal 12


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  RUSSIA - Women  


U18 Russia survives in Division A, relegation for U18 Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
U18 LITHUANIA - U18 RUSSIA 52-57

Russia officially survived in U18 EuroBasket Division A. They outplayed Lithuania 57-52 for almost perfect 5-1 record in Group G. On the other side, Lithuania finished with 1-5 score and they are relegated to Division B. Mariya Davydova (189-F/C-93) led Russia with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Alina Zamaraeva (180-G-93) and Olesya Sedletskaya (176-F-93) netted 11 points each. In Lithuania, Ieva Preskienyte (193-C-93) was better than the others with double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds. Viktorija Juodeikyte (163-PG-93) also scored 11 pts in this loss. Quarters: 13-20, 15-8, 14-16, 10-13. Belgium is the winner of U18 EuroBasket. They destroyed France 77-49 in the Finals.

Lithuania: Ieva Preskienyte 11+10 boards, Viktorija Juodeikyte 11
Russia: Mariya Davydova 15+5 boards, Alina Zamaraeva 11, Olesya Sedletskaya 11


U16 Russia wins Group B in Cagliari - by Eurobasket News
U16 CROATIA - U16 RUSSIA 51-85

Russia won the Preliminary Group B in Cagliari with perfect 3-0 record. They handed 85-51 loss to Croatia on Saturday and will be transferred to Qualifying Group E. On the other side, Croatia dropped to 0-3 and will fight for the survival for rest of the competition. Ekaterina Ilinova (178-G) top-scored in victory with 18 points. Polina Fedorova (188-F-95) had 11 points and 5 rebounds, while Valeria Alefirenko (184-PG-95) helped with 10 points for 11 minutes on the court. In Croatia: Antonija Chiabov (190-C-95) was better than the others with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Dana Saric (174-F-95) had 9 points and 8 rebs. Quarters: 12-19, 7-16, 18-27, 14-23. Today, Russia will meet Slovakia. Croatia will take on Finland.

Croatia: Antonija Chiabov 16+8 boards, Dana Saric 9+8 boards
Russia: Ekaterina Ilinova 18, Polina Fedorova 11+5 boards, Valeria Alefirenko 10


Arxil signs Olga Fedorova - by Eurobasket News
Olga Fedorova (189-C-78) will play in Spain for at least one more year. The experienced Russian player signed a deal with Arxil. She will help the club on position 5. Fedorova spent last four seasons with Pabellon Ourense. In the latest one she had 9.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 2 apg in 43 games. Fedorova registered 2FGP: 42.8%, 3PT: 24.4%, FT: 80.2%. Olga Fedorova was one of Ourense better players in 2009/10 season as well. At that time she had 7.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 1.6 spg. In the past, Federova also played for Cluny. Her new team Arxil finished last season as No.10 in LF2, Group A. They had 8-18 record.

2011 Universiade. Russia opened the campaign in Day 2 with the win over Canada - by Eurobasket News
Canada-Russia 46:73

Russia opened the World University Games in Day 2 with the win over Canada. Due to South Africa pulling out of their pool a week before competition began, Russia will face Poland on Tuesday. Russia cruised past Canada 73:46 as the latter finished the group with 1-1 record.
Both teams nailed 8 points in the opening tip, before the European team went on a run. Russia needed 11:3 in the end of the frame to take 19:11 after 10 minutes in the court. Another 15-8 in the second frame brought them 34:19 at the halftime. Russia also looked better in the second half and reached the easy win.
The Canadians were held to just 26 per cent shooting from the field, including 2-for-18 from outside, and made only 35 per cent of their free throws. Russia out-rebounded Canada 51-to-33, and comparatively shot 48 per cent from the field while making 90 per cent of their free throws.
Milana Sumets (180-G-88, agency: LBM Management) top-scored for the winners with 11 points and Tatiana Petrushina (185-F-90) netted 10. Kendel Ross (185-G/F-88, college: Dayton) delivered 13 in the losing case, while Folade Raincock-Ekunwe (188-F-91) posted 12.

Canada: Kendel Ross 13, Folade Raincock-Ekunwe 12
Russia: Milana Sumets 11, Tatiana Petrushina 10



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  SERBIA - Women  


U16 Turkey stays perfect in Cagliari, wins Group D - by Eurobasket News
U16 TURKEY - U16 SERBIA 66-56

Turkey is the winner of Preliminary Group D in Cagliari with perfect 3-0. Of course, Turkey advanced to the next stage and they will be placed to Qualifying Group F. Serbia dropped to 0-3 and they will fight for the survival in Division A. Hulya Coklar (188-C-95) shined for the winners with 23 points and 14 rebounds. Busra Akbas (168-PG-95) had 10 points and 6 boards, while Sinem Atas (178-F-95) and Ezgi Manlaci (175-G-96) added 8 points and 5 rebounds each. In Serbia, Aleksandra Crvendakic (187-C/F-96) shined with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Mirjana Ristic (95) was their second scorer with 9 pts. Quarters: 11-12, 12-16, 20-15, 23-13. Turkey will meet Hungary today. Serbia will take on Poland in Group G.

Turkey: Hulya Coklar 23+14 boards, Busra Akbas 10+6 boards, Sinem Atas 8+5 boards, Ezgi Manlaci 8+5 boards
Serbia: Aleksandra Crvendakic 15+12 boards, Mirjana Ristic 9


U18 Turkey takes seventh place in Oradea - by Eurobasket News
U18 TURKEY - U18 SERBIA 47-42

Turkey finished participation at U18 EuroBasket with victory. They outplayed Serbia 47-42 in the game for seventh place. Serbia ended as 8th ranked team at this event. Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) stepped up for Turkey with 12 points. Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) (8 rebs) and Merve Aydin (174-PG-94) (5 rebs) helped with 9 points each. In Serbia, Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) collected 11 points and 9 rebounds. Milica Toskovic (180-F-93) (7 rebs) also scored 11 pts, while Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) added 10 pts and 13 boards. Quarters: 7-9, 13-12, 7-12, 20-9. Belgium won the Gold in Oradea. They blasted France in the Finals 77-49.

Turkey: Ayse Cora 12, Ozge Kavurmacioglu 9+8 boards, Merve Aydin 9+5 boards
Serbia: Natasa Kovacevic 11+9 boards, Milica Toskovic 11+7 boards, Ivana Brajkovic 10+13 boards


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


U18 Slovakia survives in Division A, U18 Ukraine faces with relegation - by Eurobasket News
U18 SLOVAKIA - U18 UKRAINE 62-52

Slovakia was better than Ukraine 62-52 in the last day of the competition in Oradea. Slovakia made 5-1 record in Group G and survived in U18 EuroBasket Division A. Ukraine is relegated as they had only one win in six games in this pool. Barbora Balintova (173-PG-94) top-scored for Slovakia with 19 points. Angelika Slamova (173-G-94) had 15 points, 6 boards and 5 assists, while Sabina Oroszova (187-F-93) added 10 pts and 7 rebs. In defeat, Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93) came up with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Olga Krayevska (178-PG-94) had 16 points, 11 boards and 6 assists. Quarters: 17-6, 19-23, 14-8, 12-15. Belgium is the winner of U18 EuroBasket. They smashed France in the Finals 77-49.

Slovakia: Barbora Balintova 19, Angelika Slamova 15+6 boards+5 as, Sabina Oroszova 10+7 boards
Ukraine: Oleksandra Chek 18+6 boards, Olga Krayevska 16+11 boards+6 as


U16 Belgium wins second place in Group A in Cagliari - by Eurobasket News
U16 SLOVAKIA - U16 BELGIUM 49-81

Belgium outplayed Slovakia 81-49 winning the second place in Preliminary Group A. Belgium improved to 2-1, while Slovakia dropped to 1-2 score in this pool. Both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round. They are placed to Group E. Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-G/F-95) stepped up for the winners with 18 points and 7 assists. Axelle Bernard (183-C-95) and An-Katrien Nauwelaers (178-F-95) (8 rebs) helped with 12 and 11 points respectively. In defeat, Monika Migova (95) delivered 13 points. Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95) had 10 points and 5 boards. Quarters: 8-32, 10-16, 13-19, 18-14. In the next game, Belgium will meet Greece. Slovakia will take on Russia.

Slovakia: Monika Migova 13, Zofia Hruscakova 10+5 boards
Belgium: Hind Ben Abdelkader 18+7 as, Axelle Bernard 12, An-Katrien Nauwelaers 11+8 boards


Slovakian University National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Katarina Tetemondova
Tetemondova
Jana Carnoka
Carnoka
Eva Kmetova
Kmetova
Michaela Zentkova
Zentkova
Veronika Cernakova
Cernakova
#e#5
4 Veronika Cernakova 174-G-90 MBK Ruzomb. Slovakia
5 Kornelia Laszloova 181-F-90 Roznava Slovakia
6 Diana Benuskova 167-PG-89 Roznava Slovakia
7 Katarina Tetemondova 187-F-88 MBK Ruzomb. Slovakia
8 Jana Carnoka 175-G-87 Dobri Anjeli Slovakia
9 Katarina Pindrochova 183-F-88 Presov Slovakia
10 Beata Simova 184-F-87 Poprad Slovakia
11 Maria Felixova 190-C-90 Banska Bystrica Slovakia
12 Dominika Baburova 183-F-91 MBK Ruzomb. Slovakia
13 Lucia Stanekova 187-F-91 Poprad Slovakia
14 Eva Kmetova 188-C-87 Poprad Slovakia
15 Michaela Zentkova 189-C-89 Poprad Slovakia

Jozef Resetar Head Coach Presov Slovakia
Jaroslav Bizub Assistant Presov Slovakia


2011 Universiade. USA uses size to down Slovakia - by Eurobasket News
Slovakia-USA 68:114

USA recorded the second victory at the World University Games in China. The defending champions smashed Slovakia 114:68 for 2-0 record in Group B. Slovakia meanwhile fell at 0-2 at the bottom of the group.
USA decided not to wait for a long time and grabbed the early lead in the game. Slovakian womens basketball team fell into an early first-quarter hole and never recovered. USA reached 45:25 midway through the second frame and had 60:34 at the halftime. They improved to 85:53 to close the third frame and scored 3-digit number at the end. At first USA enjoyed 96:59 with 5 minutes to go and then scored another 18 points in the last five minutes.
Skylar Diggins (5'9''-G-90), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (6'2''-F-90) and Devereaux Peters (6'2''-F-89) allscored 14 points and Chinenye Ogwumike (6'3''-F-92) nailed 13. Maria Felixova (6'3''-C-90) ended up with 13 points in defeat, while Beata Simova (6'1''-F-87) added 11.

Slovakia: Maria Felixova 13, Beata Simova 11
USA: Skylar Diggins 14, Nnemkadi Ogwumike 14, Devereaux Peters 14, Chinenye Ogwumike 13



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Slovenian U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
4 Zala Lesek 187-F-97
5 Alma Potocnik 169-PG-97
6 Manca Hafner 169-PG-95 Odeja KED Slovenia
7 Urska Jutersnik 169-PG-95 Rasica Slovenia
8 Masa Potokar 172-G-95
9 Ela Micunovic 181-G-97
10 Manca Jelenc 172-PG-96
11 Ema Leskovsek 182-F-96
12 Eva Lisec 191-C-95 Grosuplje Slovenia
13 Anja Valentincic 181-F-95 Grosuplje Slovenia
14 Larisa Ocvirk 184-F-97
15 Teja Dimec 192-C-97

Teo Hojc Head Coach Grosuplje Slovenia
Stojan Fink Assistant GVT Konjice Slovenia
Uros Jenko Assistant


U18 Slovenia ends as No.11 in Oradea, U18 Romania is No.12 - by Eurobasket News
U18 SLOVENIA - U18 ROMANIA 50-47

Slovenia outplayed Romania in the last day of the competition in Oradea. It was a 50-47 win, which allowed Slovenia to finish as 11th ranked team at U18 EuroBasket. The host of this event finished as No.12. Rebeka Abramovic (170-PG-93) was the leading player in victory with 17 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Ziva Macura (187-F/C-95) had 13 points and 11 boards to help her country. On the other side, Romania got 20 points and 9 rebounds from Sonia Ursu (175-G/F-93). Their second scorer was Laura Pal (174-G-93) with 12 pts. Quarters: 11-12, 10-14, 11-13, 18-8. Belgium is the winner of U18 EuroBasket. They destroyed France in the Finals 77-49.

Slovenia: Rebeka Abramovic 17+13 boards+5 as, Ziva Macura 13+11 boards
Romania: Sonia Ursu 20+9 boards, Laura Pal 12


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  SPAIN - Women  


Arxil signs Olga Fedorova - by Eurobasket News
Olga Fedorova (189-C-78) will play in Spain for at least one more year. The experienced Russian player signed a deal with Arxil. She will help the club on position 5. Fedorova spent last four seasons with Pabellon Ourense. In the latest one she had 9.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 2 apg in 43 games. Fedorova registered 2FGP: 42.8%, 3PT: 24.4%, FT: 80.2%. Olga Fedorova was one of Ourense better players in 2009/10 season as well. At that time she had 7.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 1.6 spg. In the past, Federova also played for Cluny. Her new team Arxil finished last season as No.10 in LF2, Group A. They had 8-18 record.

U16 Spain keeps perfect score in Cagliari, wins Group C - by Eurobasket News
U16 HUNGARY - U16 SPAIN 37-70

Spain won the first place in Preliminary Group C in Cagrlari. They destroyed Hungary 70-37 for perfect 3-0 record and of course advanced to Qualifying Round (Group F). Hungary also reached the next stage, but as No.3 from this pool with 1-2 record. Maria Arrojo (186-F-85) led Spain with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Ariadna Pujol (182-F-95) scored 10 points and Carolina Del Santo (182-C-95) helped with two less. In Hungary, Vivien Borondy (170-PG-95) collected 11 points. She was their only player with double-digits in scoring. Quarters: 12-20, 10-16, 5-19, 10-15. In the next game, Spain will meet Holland. Hungary will take on Turkey.

Hungary: Vivien Borondy 11
Spain: Maria Arrojo 17+7 boards, Ariadna Pujol 10, Carolina Del Santo 8


U18 Spain wins the Bronze in Oradea - by Eurobasket News
U18 SPAIN - U18 SWEDEN 85-69

Spain won the Bronze at the U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. They outplayed Sweden 85-69 in the game for third place. Sweden ended as No.4 and stays without the medal at this event. Yurena Diaz (177-G-93) stepped up for Spain with 20 points and 5 assists. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) (9 rebs) and Marles Balart (182-F/C-94) (7 rebs) helped with 15 points each. In the loosing squad, Amanda Zahui (191-C-93) delivered 22 points. Their second scorer was Abigail Asoro (178-F-93) with 10 points and she also grabbed 11 rebounds beside that. Quarters: 20-19, 22-16, 17-15, 26-19. Belgium is the winner of U18 EuroBasket. They blasted France in the Finals 77-49.

Spain: Yurena Diaz 20+5 as, Astou Ndour 15+9 boards, Marles Balart 15+7 boards
Sweden: Amanda Zahui 22, Abigail Asoro 10+11 boards


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U18 Spain wins the Bronze in Oradea - by Eurobasket News
U18 SPAIN - U18 SWEDEN 85-69

Spain won the Bronze at the U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. They outplayed Sweden 85-69 in the game for third place. Sweden ended as No.4 and stays without the medal at this event. Yurena Diaz (177-G-93) stepped up for Spain with 20 points and 5 assists. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) (9 rebs) and Marles Balart (182-F/C-94) (7 rebs) helped with 15 points each. In the loosing squad, Amanda Zahui (191-C-93) delivered 22 points. Their second scorer was Abigail Asoro (178-F-93) with 10 points and she also grabbed 11 rebounds beside that. Quarters: 20-19, 22-16, 17-15, 26-19. Belgium is the winner of U18 EuroBasket. They blasted France in the Finals 77-49.

Spain: Yurena Diaz 20+5 as, Astou Ndour 15+9 boards, Marles Balart 15+7 boards
Sweden: Amanda Zahui 22, Abigail Asoro 10+11 boards


Swedish University National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
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Frida Eldebrink
Eldebrink
Elin Eldebrink
Eldebrink
Elisabeth Egnell
Egnell
Farhiya Abdi
Abdi
Louice Halvarsson
Halvarsson
#e#5
4 Malin Aasa 178-G/F-87 Norrkoping Sweden
5 Johanna Kallman 172-G-87 Norrkoping Sweden
6 Frida Eldebrink 174-G-88 USK Praha Czech Republic
7 Stefanie Yderstrom 172-G-90 Miami, FL USA
8 Kalis Loyd 185-G-89 Lamar USA
9 Elin Eldebrink 174-G-88 Telge Sweden
10 Elisabeth Egnell 185-F-87 Umana Reyer Italy
11 Farhiya Abdi 188-F-92 08 Sweden
12 Danielle Hamilton Carter 187-F-90 Georgia Tech USA
13 Frida Grahn 184-F-88 Lulea BBK Sweden
14 Louice Halvarsson 189-C-89 Bracco Geas Italy
15 Jenny Lidgren 191-C-88 08 Sweden

Lars Johansson Head Coach
Jurgita Kausaite Assistant Solna Vikings Sweden


U16 Poland hands 46-40 loss to U16 Sweden - by Eurobasket News
U16 SWEDEN - U16 POLAND 40-46

Poland (1-2) was better than Sweden in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Cagliari. Poland celebrated 46-40 win, but that was not enough to avoid the last place in Group A. On the other side, Sweden (2-1) won this pool despite this defeat. Sweden advanced to Qualifying Group E, while Poland will fight for the survival in Division A. Weronika Telenga (189-C-95) led Poland in this game with 11 points and 15 rebounds. Dominika Duraj (190-F-95) also scored 11 pts, while Magdalena Szajtauer (188-F-95) helped with 9 points and 13 boards. In the loosing squad, Regan Magarity (187-F-96) had double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds. Sofia Svensson (176-G/F-95) and Emma Eriksson (164-PG-95) netted 6 points each. Quarters: 10-13, 7-9, 11-12, 12-12. Today Sweden will meet Czech Republic. Poland will play against Serbia.

Sweden: Regan Magarity 10+11 boards, Sofia Svensson 6, Emma Eriksson 6
Poland: Weronika Telenga 11+15 boards, Dominika Duraj 11, Magdalena Szajtauer 9+13 boards


2011 Universiade. Sweden edged Czech Republic to tie both records at 1-1 in Group D - by Eurobasket News
Sweden-Czech Republic 72:63

Sweden edged Czech Republic at the World University Games in China to tie both records at 1-1 in Group D. The Scandinavian team grabbed 72:63 win to face Japan tomorrow. Czech Republic meanwhile suffered their first loss and will have to beat Australia to hope for the Quarterfinals.
Both squads nailed 10 points each in the start of the game, while Sweden took 20:16 after the first quarter. The Scandinavian team increased to 31:20 early in the second and reached 41:35 at the halftime. Czech Republic tried their best but could not come closer. Sweden won the third period 16-11 and had 57:46 after thirty minutes. Although they lost the last stanza 15-17, it did not upset them in their initial victory.
Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) stepped up with 17 points to lead the scoring list for Sweden. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) followed her with 16 and Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) posted 11. Tereza Peckova (190-F-87) finished the game with 16 points in defeat and Kamila Stepanova (192-C-88) as well as Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) added 11 each.

Sweden: Farhiya Abdi 17, Louice Halvarsson 16, Frida Eldebrink 11
Czech Republic: Tereza Peckova 16, Kamila Stepanova 11, Katerina Elhotova 11, Romana Hejdova (183-F-88) 10



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Swiss U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Swiss U16 National Team 2011
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Miryam Sohm
Sohm
Tiffanie Zali
Zali
Veronika Sakica
Sakica
Senta Gasser
Gasser
#e#4
4 Safie Tolusso 178-G-97
5 Miryam Sohm 175-F-95
6 Tiffanie Zali 182-F-95 Pully Switzerland
7 Dafina Jashari 170-PG-95 Pully Switzerland
8 Veronika Sakica 168-G-95 Highflyers Switzerland
9 Pearl Oti-Amoako 173-PG-95 Highflyers Switzerland
10 Gabrijella Sakica 164-PG-97
11 Dijana Milenkovic 180-F-96
12 Annick Roth 173-G-96
13 Katarina Stupar 181-F-95
14 Marina Lugt 183-F-95
15 Senta Gasser 185-F-95

Romain Gaspoz Head Coach Fribourg Switzerland
Ramon Acosta Assistant Zurich Wildcats Switzerland


U18 Switzerland beats U18 UK 63-56 - by Eurobasket News
U18 SWITZERLAND - U18 UNITED KINGDOM 63-56

It was the last day of the U18 EuroBasket Division B in Miskolc and Switzerland celebrated their first win at this event. They outplayed United Kingdom 63-56 for 1-5 in Group G, but that did not help Switzerland to avoid last 16th place in Mickolc. UK finished as No.13 thanks to 5-1 record in this pool. Tamara Detraz (178-G-94) came up with 14 points and 6 rebounds in Switzerland. Geraldine Mentha (183-F-94) (6 rebs) and Alix Rieder (168-PG-93) (5 rebs) scored 11 points each. In the loosing squad, Florence Ward (170-PG-94) delivered 18 points. Rosie Hynes (172-PG-93) collected 12 points and 6 boards. Quarters: 10-6, 10-17, 16-7, 27-26. Croatia won the title in Mickolc. They outplayed Greece in the Finals 63-49.

Switzerland: Tamara Detraz 14+6 boards, Geraldine Mentha 11+6 boards, Alix Rieder 11+5 boards
United Kingdom: Florence Ward 18, Rosie Hynes 12+6 boards


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Taiwanese University National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
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Fan-Shan Huang
Huang
Yu-Chun Chen
Chen
Chien-Hui Hsu
Hsu
Shin-Ying Wu
Wu
#e#4
4 Lo Chiao-Hui 178-F-90 Chinese Culture Taiwan
5 Huang Fan-Shan 173-G-87 Cathay Life Taiwan
6 Yang Ya-Hui 171-F-89 Fo Guang Taiwan
7 Lai Hsin-Yu 175-F-88 Taipei PEC Taiwan
8 Huang Ying-Li 170-G-89 Chinese Culture Taiwan
9 Chang Ning 186-C-87 Chinese Culture Taiwan
10 Yang Shu-Ching 170-G-88 Chunghwa T. Taiwan
11 Chen Yu-Chun 176-F-87 Cathay Life Taiwan
12 Hsu Chien-Hui 171-G/F-89 Chunghwa T. Taiwan
13 Wu Shin-Ying 177-F/C-87 Taiyuan T. Taiwan
14 Huang Ping-Jen 178-F-89 National Un. Taiwan
15 Hsieh Pei-Chun 181-C-91 National Un. Taiwan

Ma Shu-Shzou Head Coach
Cheng Hui-Yun Assistant
Liang Chia-Yin Assistant


2011 Universiade. Chinese Taipei overcame Lithuania in Shenzhen - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania-Chinese Taipei 48:71

Chinese Taipei overcame Lithuania in Shenzhen in Day 2 of the World University Games. The Asian team improved to 2-0 record after 71:48 win, while the Baltic side dropped to 0-2. Tomorrow China and Chinese Taipei will face each other for the Quarterfinal ticket.
After the victory over Finland, Chinese Taipei started also better against another European representative. They had 10:8 after the first five minutes and increased to 22:17 after the first period. The second quarter answered all the quarters about the winner as Asian team added 21-10 in it for 43:27 at the halftime. Moreover 15-5 in the third period was too much for the Baltic State. The latter managed to win the last stanza 16-13 but lost by 23 points.
Huang Ping-Jen (178-F-89) paced all the winners with 17 points and Huang Fan-Shan (173-G-87) added 14. Gintare Mazionyte (186-F/C-91) replied with 14 points in defeat and Greta Luksyte (177-G-87, agency: Players Group, college: NC-Wilmington) notched 8.

Lithuania: Gintare Mazionyte 14, Greta Luksyte 8
Chinese Taipei: Huang Ping-Jen 17, Huang Fan-Shan 14



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U16 Turkey stays perfect in Cagliari, wins Group D - by Eurobasket News
U16 TURKEY - U16 SERBIA 66-56

Turkey is the winner of Preliminary Group D in Cagliari with perfect 3-0. Of course, Turkey advanced to the next stage and they will be placed to Qualifying Group F. Serbia dropped to 0-3 and they will fight for the survival in Division A. Hulya Coklar (188-C-95) shined for the winners with 23 points and 14 rebounds. Busra Akbas (168-PG-95) had 10 points and 6 boards, while Sinem Atas (178-F-95) and Ezgi Manlaci (175-G-96) added 8 points and 5 rebounds each. In Serbia, Aleksandra Crvendakic (187-C/F-96) shined with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Mirjana Ristic (95) was their second scorer with 9 pts. Quarters: 11-12, 12-16, 20-15, 23-13. Turkey will meet Hungary today. Serbia will take on Poland in Group G.

Turkey: Hulya Coklar 23+14 boards, Busra Akbas 10+6 boards, Sinem Atas 8+5 boards, Ezgi Manlaci 8+5 boards
Serbia: Aleksandra Crvendakic 15+12 boards, Mirjana Ristic 9


U18 Turkey takes seventh place in Oradea - by Eurobasket News
U18 TURKEY - U18 SERBIA 47-42

Turkey finished participation at U18 EuroBasket with victory. They outplayed Serbia 47-42 in the game for seventh place. Serbia ended as 8th ranked team at this event. Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) stepped up for Turkey with 12 points. Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) (8 rebs) and Merve Aydin (174-PG-94) (5 rebs) helped with 9 points each. In Serbia, Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) collected 11 points and 9 rebounds. Milica Toskovic (180-F-93) (7 rebs) also scored 11 pts, while Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) added 10 pts and 13 boards. Quarters: 7-9, 13-12, 7-12, 20-9. Belgium won the Gold in Oradea. They blasted France in the Finals 77-49.

Turkey: Ayse Cora 12, Ozge Kavurmacioglu 9+8 boards, Merve Aydin 9+5 boards
Serbia: Natasa Kovacevic 11+9 boards, Milica Toskovic 11+7 boards, Ivana Brajkovic 10+13 boards


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U18 Slovakia survives in Division A, U18 Ukraine faces with relegation - by Eurobasket News
U18 SLOVAKIA - U18 UKRAINE 62-52

Slovakia was better than Ukraine 62-52 in the last day of the competition in Oradea. Slovakia made 5-1 record in Group G and survived in U18 EuroBasket Division A. Ukraine is relegated as they had only one win in six games in this pool. Barbora Balintova (173-PG-94) top-scored for Slovakia with 19 points. Angelika Slamova (173-G-94) had 15 points, 6 boards and 5 assists, while Sabina Oroszova (187-F-93) added 10 pts and 7 rebs. In defeat, Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93) came up with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Olga Krayevska (178-PG-94) had 16 points, 11 boards and 6 assists. Quarters: 17-6, 19-23, 14-8, 12-15. Belgium is the winner of U18 EuroBasket. They smashed France in the Finals 77-49.

Slovakia: Barbora Balintova 19, Angelika Slamova 15+6 boards+5 as, Sabina Oroszova 10+7 boards
Ukraine: Oleksandra Chek 18+6 boards, Olga Krayevska 16+11 boards+6 as


Ukrainian U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Starting five
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Iryna Zhmurko
Zhmurko
Nataliya Skorbatyuk
Skorbatyuk
Oksana Batrakova
Batrakova
Svitlana Kyrychok
Kyrychok
Tetyana Antonyuk
Antonyuk
#e#5
4 Viktoriia Khomiak 165-PG-95
5 Alina Popova 180-F-95
6 Viktoriya Kunda 177-F-95
7 Anastasiya Bondarenko 180-F-95
8 Oxana Chebenyeyeva 172-G-95
9 Anastasiya Shepel 169-PG-95
10 Svitlana Kyrychok 183-F-95
11 Iryna Zhmurko 184-F-96
12 Tetyana Antonyuk 184-C-95 Pereyaslav Ukraine
13 Nataliya Skorbatyuk 183-F-95
14 Anastasiya Polovynka 176-G-96
15 Oksana Batrakova 186-C-95

Leonid Tsay Head Coach
Iryna Rastorguyeva Assistant
Yevheniy Filozof Assistant


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2011 Universiade. Brazil overcame United Kingdom in Day 2 to tie both records at 1-1 - by Eurobasket News
Brazil- United Kingdom 68:55

Brazil overcame United Kingdom in Day 2 of the World University Games in China to tie both records at 1-1. Brazil needed 68:55 victory to celebrate the initial victory.
Both teams realized the importance of the game that probable was the battle for the second position in the group. The European team started with 8:6 after the first five minutes and had 16:15 after the end of it. The teams were tied at 22:22, while Brazil needed a strong finish of the half to take 30:24. They managed to keep the score for good and never looked behind. Camila Lacerda (168-G/F-89) brought 40:30 and Paixao closed the frame at 51:40. Leila Zabani (180-G/F-91) was the last player to score in the game for the Brazil win.
Nadia Calhado (196-C-89) stepped up with 21 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Camila Lacerda notched 14. Tassia Carcavalli (179-F-92) delivered 9, while Tassia Carcavalli added 8. Chantelle Handy (191-F/C-87, college: Marshall) brought 16 points in the losing effort and Rose Anderson (175-G-88) netted 13.

Brazil: Nadia Calhado 21+11 rebs, Camila Lacerda 14, Tassia Carcavalli 9, Leila Zabani 8
United Kingdom: Chantelle Handy 16, Rose Anderson 13



U18 Switzerland beats U18 UK 63-56 - by Eurobasket News
U18 SWITZERLAND - U18 UNITED KINGDOM 63-56

It was the last day of the U18 EuroBasket Division B in Miskolc and Switzerland celebrated their first win at this event. They outplayed United Kingdom 63-56 for 1-5 in Group G, but that did not help Switzerland to avoid last 16th place in Mickolc. UK finished as No.13 thanks to 5-1 record in this pool. Tamara Detraz (178-G-94) came up with 14 points and 6 rebounds in Switzerland. Geraldine Mentha (183-F-94) (6 rebs) and Alix Rieder (168-PG-93) (5 rebs) scored 11 points each. In the loosing squad, Florence Ward (170-PG-94) delivered 18 points. Rosie Hynes (172-PG-93) collected 12 points and 6 boards. Quarters: 10-6, 10-17, 16-7, 27-26. Croatia won the title in Mickolc. They outplayed Greece in the Finals 63-49.

Switzerland: Tamara Detraz 14+6 boards, Geraldine Mentha 11+6 boards, Alix Rieder 11+5 boards
United Kingdom: Florence Ward 18, Rosie Hynes 12+6 boards


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Last weekend games - by Eurobasket News
Seattle S. - Atlanta D. 63-92
Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86, college: Louisville) and Iziane Castro Marques (6'0''-G/F-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) both poured in 17 points as the Atlanta Dream trounced the Seattle Storm, 92-63. Lindsey Harding added 12 points and Sancho Lyttle and Armintie Price each had 10, as the Dream earned their second win over the Storm in less than a week. Katie Smith paced the Seattle, which couldn't extend its season-high home win streak to nine games, with 15 points, while Swin Cash had 14 points and Sue Bird managed 10 points. Atlanta led 50-42 at the half and outscored Seattle 23-13 in the third quarter to establish a comfortable advantage. McCoughtry scored six points on 3-for-5 shooting over that span, while the Storm coughed the ball up eight times. *Courtesy of www.calgaryherald.com

S.Antonio SS - Chicago S. 73-85
When Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) is on her game, few players in the WNBA can stop her. Fowles scored 28 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to help the Chicago Sky beat the San Antonio Silver Stars 85-73 Sunday. 'She did it early, she did it in the middle, she did it late,' Sky coach Pokey Chatman said of Fowles. 'When she couldn't do it, she snatched some boards.' The 6-foot-6 Fowles, who entered the game shooting a league-leading 57.5 percent from the field, made 12 of 16 for Chicago (11-14), which won for the second time in its last six games. 'That's about as dominating a presence in the post that I have ever seen,' Silver Stars coach Dan Hughes said. 'And I've coached over 300 games.' Fowles has scored in double figures in 58 consecutive games. Jia Perkins scored 18 points for San Antonio (13-10), which has lost five of its last seven. *Courtesy of http://seattletimes.nwsource.com

Minnesota L. - Tulsa S. 82-54
Seimone Augustus (6'1''-G-84, college: LSU) scored 16 points and the Minnesota Lynx handed the Tulsa Shock their WNBA record-tying 17th straight loss with an 82-54 victory on Sunday night. In a matchup of the teams with the best and worst records in the league, the Lynx (18-5) won their 11th in 12 games, while Tulsa fell to 1-22. Lindsay Whalen (5'8''-G-82, college: Minnesota) chipped in 12 points and nine assists for Minnesota. Sheryl Swoopes scored nine points for the Shock, who will try to avoid setting a new league record for consecutive losses when they face the Los Angeles Sparks at home next Sunday. Tulsa is tied with the Atlanta Dream, who lost the first 17 games of their inaugural 2008 season. The victory allowed Minnesota to match its franchise record for victories in a season and moved the Lynx one step closer to their first playoff appearance in seven years. Any combination of four Lynx wins or Los Angeles losses will put Minnesota in the playoffs. *Courtesy of www.usatoday.com

Connecticut S. - Washington M. 82-75
A game that was once all about offense had slowly become about toughness midway through the fourth quarter when Asjha Jones, beaten to a rebound by Demya Walker (6'3''-F/C-77, college: Virginia), fell on her back side and slapped the court in frustration. Jones barely made it back over halfcourt as Kelly Miller missed a wide-open jump shot that would have given the Mystics a one-point lead. Renee Montgomery (5'7''-G-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) then made a three for the Sun, who found the right timing and the right mindset down the stretch of an 82-75 victory Saturday at Mohegan Sun Arena. After Montgomery's three-pointer, Tina Charles missed in the post but fought off a crowd for the offensive rebound, drawing a foul and making two free throws for a 69-63 lead with 6:29 remaining. This push was just about all the Sun (15-8) would need to close out stubborn, last-place Washington. There were also key three-pointers down the stretch from Tan White and Kara Lawson, and the Sun decided to start rebounding just in time. Charles had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Montgomery 16 points for the Sun, who have won 3 of 4 and 5 of 7. Danielle McCray had 12 points, all in the first half, and Lawson added 10 points and five assists. Tan White had nine points and surpassed 2,000 for her career. Langhorne had 17 points for the Mystics (5-16). Matee Ajavon and Marissa Coleman each had 14. Demya Walker, waived on June 3 by the Sun, had 12 and was booed heavily in the fourth quarter. The Sun, who have won the first three of four meetings with Washington, return to play Tuesday against Minnesota, with a sold-out crowd expected for the Connecticut return for former UConn star Maya Moore. The Lynx also feature Lindsay Whalen, who was traded for Renee Montgomery in 2010. *Courtesy of www.courant.com

Indiana F. - New York L. 82-71
Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) became just the sixth WNBA player to score 5,000 points when she made a jumper from near the free-throw line late in the first quarter. She was just getting started. The Indiana forward tied a career high with 32 points, and the Fever beat the Liberty 82-71 on Saturday night. Catchings became the first WNBA player with 5,000 points, 2,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists in a career. She already became the league's career leader in steals earlier this season. ''Catch is a multidimensional player,'' Indiana coach Lin Dunn said. ''I think sometimes she's not given enough credit for all the different things she can do. She gets assists, she gets steals, she gets rebounds, she scores and she defends like nobody else in the league. It's unfortunate that so much emphasis is put on 'Who's the leading scorer?''' The list of accomplishments has Dunn speaking boldly about Catchings, a four-time defensive player of the year who has never been named the league's top player. ''There's no doubt in my mind she's got all the credentials to be a WNBA MVP,'' she said. Catchings wasn't as thrilled with her effort because she failed to grab a rebound for just the second time in her career. ''Even though I scored as many points as I did, to come out with zero rebounds - I don't even know when was the last time I had zero rebounds. So you scored, but you didn't take care of business on the boards.'' New York coach John Whisenant was impressed with Catchings, but not so much with the officiating. Indiana outscored New York 25-12 from the free throw line, and Catchings set a franchise record by making 17 free throws. ''Indiana is a good team,'' he said. ''Catchings is a good player. Catchings got seven calls out of eight.'' Tangela Smith (6'4''-F/C-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Iowa) added 10 points for the Fever (17-7), who have won seven of their past eight games. All but one of the wins have been by double digits. *Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com




Standings
WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Indiana F. 17-7 
 2. Connecticut S. 15-8 
 3. New York L. 13-11 
 4. Atlanta D. 11-12 
 5. Chicago S. 11-14 
 6. Washington M. 5-16 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 18-5 
 2. S.Antonio SS 13-10 
 3. Phoenix M. 13-10 
 4. Seattle S. 13-11 
 5. L.Angeles S. 9-13 
 6. Tulsa S. 1-22 


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  WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES - Women  


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. China2-0
2. Finland1-1
3. Taiwan1-1
4. Lithuania0-2
Group B
1. USA2-0
2. Brazil1-1
3. U.Kingdom1-1
4. Slovakia0-2
Group C
1. Russia1-0
2. Canada1-1
3. Poland0-1
Group D
1. Australia2-0
2. Czech Rep.1-1
3. Sweden1-1
4. Japan0-2


Results and Stats from Day 2 in Shenzhen - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Finland - China 42-40
Finland surprised the hosts in the defensive game at the World University Games. The Scandinavian team edged China 42:40 to tie both records at 1-1. Finland grabbed 5:4 in the start of the game, but the host replied with 11-2 in the rest of the quarter. Moreover they enjoyed 22:10 after 15 minutes of the game and went to the lockers for 27:14. The second half however was a nightmare for China. They scored only 13 points in 20 minutes and allowed the Finnish team to win the game. The latter needed 14 points in each third and last quarters to seal the victory. Due to 14-6 in the final period, Finland celebrated the initial win. Minna Sten (189-F-87) stepped up with 13 points for the winners and Vilma Kesanen (172-G-88) added 8. Shao Ting (183-F-89) posted 12 in the losing effort and Wang Miqi scored 8.

Lithuania - Taiwan 48-71
Chinese Taipei overcame Lithuania in Shenzhen in Day 2 of the World University Games. The Asian team improved to 2-0 record after 71:48 win, while the Baltic side dropped to 0-2. Tomorrow China and Chinese Taipei will face each other for the Quarterfinal ticket. After the victory over Finland, Chinese Taipei started also better against another European representative. They had 10:8 after the first five minutes and increased to 22:17 after the first period. The second quarter answered all the quarters about the winner as Asian team added 21-10 in it for 43:27 at the halftime. Moreover 15-5 in the third period was too much for the Baltic State. The latter managed to win the last stanza 16-13 but lost by 23 points. Huang Ping-Jen (178-F-89) paced all the winners with 17 points and Huang Fan-Shan (173-G-87) added 14. Gintare Mazionyte (186-F/C-91) replied with 14 points in defeat and Greta Luksyte (177-G-87, agency: Players Group, college: NC-Wilmington) notched 8.

Group B
Slovakia - USA 68-114
USA recorded the second victory at the World University Games in China. The defending champions smashed Slovakia 114:68 for 2-0 record in Group B. Slovakia meanwhile fell at 0-2 at the bottom of the group. USA decided not to wait for a long time and grabbed the early lead in the game. Slovakian women's basketball team fell into an early first-quarter hole and never recovered. USA reached 45:25 midway through the second frame and had 60:34 at the halftime. They improved to 85:53 to close the third frame and scored 3-digit number at the end. At first USA enjoyed 96:59 with 5 minutes to go and then scored another 18 points in the last five minutes. Skylar Diggins (175-G-90), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (187-F-90) and Devereaux Peters (187-F-89) allscored 14 points and Ogwumike Chinenye nailed 13. Maria Felixova (190-C-90) ended up with 13 points in defeat, while Simova Beata added 11.

Brazil - United Kingdom 68-55
Brazil overcame United Kingdom in Day 2 of the World University Games in China to tie both records at 1-1. Brazil needed 68:55 victory to celebrate the initial victory. Both teams realized the importance of the game that probable was the battle for the second position in the group. The European team started with 8:6 after the first five minutes and had 16:15 after the end of it. The teams were tied at 22:22, while Brazil needed a strong finish of the half to take 30:24. They managed to keep the score for good and never looked behind. Camila Lacerda (168-G/F-89) brought 40:30 and Paixao closed the frame at 51:40. Zabani was the last player to score in the game for the Brazil win. Calhado Nadia stepped up with 21 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Camila Lacerda notched 14. Tassia Carcavalli (179-F-92) delivered 9, while Zabani added 8. Chantelle Handy (191-F/C-87, college: Marshall) brought 16 points in the losing effort and Anderson Rose netted 13.

Group C
Canada - Russia 46-73
Russia opened the World University Games in Day 2 with the win over Canada. Due to South Africa pulling out of their pool a week before competition began, Russia will face Poland on Tuesday. Russia cruised past Canada 73:46 as the latter finished the group with 1-1 record. Both teams nailed 8 points in the opening tip, before the European team went on a run. Russia needed 11:3 in the end of the frame to take 19:11 after 10 minutes in the court. Another 15-8 in the second frame brought them 34:19 at the halftime. Russia also looked better in the second half and reached the easy win. The Canadians were held to just 26 per cent shooting from the field, including 2-for-18 from outside, and made only 35 per cent of their free throws. Russia out-rebounded Canada 51-to-33, and comparatively shot 48 per cent from the field while making 90 per cent of their free throws. Sumets Milana top-scored for the winners with 11 points and Tatiana Petrushina (185-F-90) netted 10. Kendel Ross (185-G/F-88, college: Dayton) delivered 13 in the losing case, while Folade Raincock-Ekunwe (188-F-91) posted 12.

Group D
Japan - Australia 53-113
Australia was too good for Japan in Day 2 of the World University Games in China. The Australian team easily won 113:53 to take 2-0 record in Group D. Japan fell at 0-2 record. The team of Phil Brown easily grabbed the lead in the game and had 14:5 after the first five minutes. They increased to 31:12 in the end of the frame and never looked behind after. The teams paid more attention to defense in the start of the second quarter and as a result scored 10 points together in the first 5 minutes of the frame. Australia later enjoyed 54:30 at the halftime. In the third quarter the favorites added 25-11 and had 79:41 after thirty minutes. Due to 34-12 in the last stanza the board showed 113:53 at the end of the game. Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) paced all the winners with 22 points and Cayla Francis (192-C-89) collected massive 20 points and 18 rebounds. Elyse Penaluna (193-C-88) posted 13, while Ebzery Katie Rae notched 11. Sato Azusa notched 21 points for the Asian side and Amano Kayoko added 13.

Sweden - Czech Republic 72-63
Sweden edged Czech Republic at the World University Games in China to tie both records at 1-1 in Group D. The Scandinavian team grabbed 72:63 win to face Japan tomorrow. Czech Republic meanwhile suffered their first loss and will have to beat Australia to hope for the Quarterfinals. Both squads nailed 10 points each in the start of the game, while Sweden took 20:16 after the first quarter. The Scandinavian team increased to 31:20 early in the second and reached 41:35 at the halftime. Czech Republic tried their best but could not come closer. Sweden won the third period 16-11 and had 57:46 after thirty minutes. Although they lost the last stanza 15-17, it did not upset them in their initial victory. Abdi Farhiya stepped up with 17 points to lead the scoring list for Sweden. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) followed her with 16 and Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) posted 11. Tereza Peckova (190-F-87) finished the game with 16 points in defeat and Stepanova Kamila as well as Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) added 11 each.