EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/18/2011

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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Mozambique National Team Roster 2011 - by Kristian Santiago
These 12 players and coach Inaki Martin are currently going against Madagascar:

4 Fernando Mandlate (191-G-85)
5 Samora Mucavel (186-G-86)
6 David Canivete (193-F-89)
7 Sylvio Letela (195-G/F-82)
8 Augusto Matos
9 Amarildo Matos (190-G-84)
10 Custodio Muchate (200-C-82)
11 Stelio Nuaila (196-F-85)
12 Octavio Magolico (200-C-84)
13 Pio Matos
14 Armando Baptista (199-F-85)
15 Sergio Macuacua (80)



26th Afrobasket: Nigeria down Mali 84-59 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Nigeria made a bold statement in group-A of the 26th edition of the FIBA Africa Championship for Men tagged; Madagascar 2011 Afrobasket with an 84-59 points win over Mali.

The Nigerian side coached by Ayo Bakare rose from a 20-22 points deficit in the first quarter to put paid to the ambition of the Malian from the second quarter through the last winning by 18-05, 18-14 and 28-18 points.

Nigeria dominated the Malian on the board with a total of 42 rebounds to Mali 23 while the Malian recorded 22 turn-over with Nigeria 16.

Derrick Obasohan led the Nigerian challenge with 15 points and 4 rebounds, Olumide Oyedeji showed great presence with 11 points and 8 rebounds, point guard Michael Umeh contributed 11 points 5 rebounds and 3 asists just as Ime Udoka added 10 points and 4 rebounds to give Nigeria a well deserved victory.




26th Afrobasket: Cote dIvoire in superb form, pipe South Africa 105-53 pts - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Cote dIvoire open its Madagascar 2011 Afrobasket campaign with a 105-53 points win over South Africa in group-C opener.


The 2009 edition runner-up won three of the four quarters by 27-08, 33-10, 29-19 while it drew level with the South African in the last quarter by 16 points apiece for a cumulative scoreline of 105-53 points to send a warning that its 2009 second placement was not a fluke.


Cote dIvoire energetic shooting guard/small forward was the star-man of the Ivorian side netting 19 points points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists, Mamadi Diane added 17 points, 4 rebounds amd 2 steal, Didier Eric Tape had 14 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds while Errick Craven contributed 10 points and 3 steals for the Mdagascar 2011 Afrobasket opening game win for Cote dIvoire. Guy Edi (196-G/F-88)



Nigerian National Team 2011 - by Greg
Nigerian National Team 2011
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Ime Udoka
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Aboubakar Usman
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Michael Umeh
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Nedu Onyeuku
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4 Solomon Tat 196-G/F-86 Manchester USA
5 Ime Udoka 196-F/G-77 San Antonio S. USA
6 Jason Obazuaye 193-G Z*Tri Valley T. USA
7 Aboubakar Usman 192-G-86 Kano Pillars Nigeria
8 Michael Umeh 188-G-84 UCAM Murcia Spain
9 Nedu Onyeuku 191-G-83 Morog Libya
10 Ikechukwu Ofoegbu 205-F-85 Humacao Puerto Rico
11 Stanley Gumut 197-F-86 Morog Libya
12 Ejike Ugboaja 204-F/C-85 BC Odessa Ukraine
13 Derrick Obasohan 199-F-81 Belenenses Portugal
14 Ezenwa Ukeagu 203-C/F-81 Salgotarjani Hungary
15 Oyedeji Olumide 208-C/F-81 Foshan China



Malian National Team Roster 2011 - by Kristian Santiago
These 12 players are currently playing against Nigeria:

4 Modibo Niakate (185-G-81, college: Cleveland St.)
5 Mamadou Sy (200-F-85, college: Cloud County CC)
6 Nare Famakan Keita (183-G-90)
7 Salif Niangado (183-G-86)
8 Waly Coulibaly (190-G-88)
9 Amadou Kaba (191-F/G-90)

10 Ba Sekou Diallo (191-G/F-86)
11 Soumaila Samake (215-C-78)
12 Cheick Soumaoro (205-F/C-90)
13 Mahamadou Doucoure (206-C-85)
14 Mohamed Tangara (208-F/C-84, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Arizona)
15 Mamadou Diarra (213-F-88)




26th Afrobasket: Madagscar surrenders to Mozambique 67-77 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Support by a large turn-out of supporters host of 26th FIBA Afria Championship for Men Madagascar failed to appreciate its supporters as it fell to more determined Mozambican side by 67-77 points in a group-A pairing.

The madagascan surrender in the first and second quarters by 12-18 and 14-18 points to trail by ten points at the break 26-36 points.

The Coach Angel Manzano Polo tutored however came into the third quarter with a mind-set to upturn the table against the Mozambican, their effort paid off when they won the quarter by 23-18 points to reduce the margin to just five points going into the last quarter 49-54 but determination saw the Mozambican side through as they mount ceaseless pressure on the Madagascar side forcing they to drop the last quarter by 18-23 points.

Mozambique Stelio Nuaila led his side with 15 points, 4 steals and 3 rebounds, David Canivete and Fernando Mandlate added 12 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 12 points 4 rebounds 4 steals and 2 assists for their side vital win of the opening day.



26th Afrobasket: Cameroon cage Egypt, win 96-81 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Indomitable Lions of Cameroon Wednesday night stopped the foray of five-time African cup of Nations champion, Egypt with a 96-81 points victory in its group-C opening game.

Cameroon took the first two quarters in grand style by 27-11 and 25-24 points to take a 52-35 points lead at half-time, though the Lazarus Adingono coached Lions gave up the third quarter by 24-28 points but rose to the challenge in the last quarter making a loud statement in a group that conprises 2009 eunner-up, Cote dIvoire winning by a slim margin of 20-18 points for a final score-line of 96-81 points.

Cameroon Parfait Bitee recorded a championship high of 29 points, 7 assists and 3 rebounds, he was joined by teammates Cyrille Makanda with 18 points and 4 steals, Franck Ndongo 15 points and 3 rebounds and Gaston Essengue 12 points and 5 rebounds.

Lions coach, Adingono declared after the game that the best is yet to be seen of his side, Yes we won confortably against Egypt but I want to assure our fans and lovers of the game across Africa that the best is yet to be seen of the Cameroon side.

The Olympic slot is our target and we are determined to fight for it, the Cameroon coach concluded.



Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Madagascar0-0
2. Mali0-0
3. Mozambique0-0
4. Nigeria0-0
Group B
1. Angola0-0
2. Chad0-0
3. Morocco0-0
4. Senegal0-0
Group C
1. Cameroon0-0
2. Egypt0-0
3. Ivory Coast0-0
4. S.Africa0-0
Group D
1. C.Africa0-0
2. Rwanda0-0
3. Togo0-0
4. Tunisia0-0


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  AUSTRALIA   


Former Oregon basketball player Joevan Catron signs with Wollongong Hawks - by Eurobasket Center
Joevan Catron's (198-F-88, college: Oregon) professional career will begin Down Under, with last season's leading scorer for Oregon signing a contract this week with the Wollongong Hawks of the National Basketball League in Australia.
'I think it's a pretty good option,' Catron said of reaching agreement with the team this week. 'My agent did a great job. 'It's the first time ever that I'll be leaving the (United States), and I figured it would be a nice place to go and an easy adjustment.'
Catron said he will leave for Australia later this month. The Australian professional season begins in October and runs into April, when the playoffs begin. He has agreed to a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed. Catron said that not having to learn a new language, and the similar living conditions to the United States, both factored into his decision to sign with the Australian team.
'That was a big key, getting through that adjustment so easily,' Catron said. Catron said his infant son, Joe'Mari, and the child's mother will accompany him to Australia, adding 'I've got to have them with me.'
While spending the summer working out in Eugene and his native Chicago, Catron said he had worries about finding a good situation to begin his professional career, because the NBA lockout of players not only closed those training camps as an option but raised the spectre of NBA players looking into playing overseas until the labor dispute is settled. 'With the lockout, you couldn't count on a job with those NBA guys (potentially) pushing the first-year guys out,' Catron said, adding that getting the deal from the Australian team is 'definitely a relief.'
Kenge Stevenson, who served as Catron's agent, said the Australian team first sought information on Catron in the spring after his UO career had ended with the Ducks winning the College Basketball Invitational and him being named its most outstanding player. 'They liked his big body and the fact he can shoot from the outside,' Stevenson said. 'The competition is pretty good over there, but I'm sure Joevan will be a success.'
Catron averaged 15.9 points and 6.7 rebounds as a senior, coming back from a back condition that caused him to redshirt the previous season. He finished 22nd on Oregon's career scoring list (1,167 points) and 10th in rebounds (729), becoming only the sixth Duck to exceed 1,000 points and 700 rebounds.




Big V: Player & Coach of the Month- July - by Eurobasket News
SCM Integrated Health Player of the Month
Ivan Platenik (201-F-83, college: Alaska-Anch.) (Waverley Falcons)
Platenik is continually crucified in the season awards each
year, but here at Big V, we recognise his talents. End of the
day, 23 points and 10 boards per contest is awesome, regardless
of how you get it.

SCM Coach of the Month


Warren Estcourt (Sherbrooke Suns)
Weve said it time and time again, Estcourt has done the
most with the least in 2K11. The team plays as one collective
unit and you can put that down to Warrens ability to motivate
his team to perform each week.
Courtesy of: bigv.com.au




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. 14-9 
 5. Norths Bears 14-10 
 6. Sutherland S. 14-10 
 7. Hills H. 12-12 
 8. Maitland M. 11-13 
 9. Parramatta W. 10-13 
 10. Bankstown B. 10-14 
 11. Hornsby S. 9-15 
 12. Cent.Coast C. 5-19 
 13. Canberra N. 3-21 


Big V: Semi Final Round-ups - by Eurobasket News
The two best teams have made it through to the biggest show in the Big V. In one corner we have the current champions, primed and ready to defend their title, while in the other corner we have last year's wooden spooners who have risen to the top this season on the back of some superstar recruits. Eltham vs Waverley - bring it on!
ROUND UP SCM

FINALS WEEK 2
Eltham's ability to score heavily and Ringwood's inabil-ity to lock it down at the defensive end ensured this match-up was all over after two games. Just like game one Eltham topped the century mark, this time pushing the scoreboard out to 111.
The opening quarter was tight (34-32), but within the blink of an eyelid the Red Army found some voice and the Wildcats motored away, pouring on the points in a 56-32 blitz during the middle quarters that proved de-cisive. In the middle of action was Cameron Tragardh (29pts @ 69%) and Adrien Sturt (23pts @ 71%), while Tommy Greer. Jeremy Datson and Liam Norton all bobbed up for double-digit returns. Once again the Hawks relied heavily on Daryl Corletto (193-G-81) (18pts) and Luke McMillan (200-F-80) (19pts), but other than Luke Egan (14pts) and Shaun Clarke (204-F/C) (10pts) it was slim pickings for Kenny's boys.
The Sherbrooke fairytale finally crumbled against a fired-up Waverley and though the Falcons completed a clean sweep of the semi-final series, nobody expected the Suns to be pushed aside as easily as they were this time around. Waverley, even without a suspended Sedale Threatt (188-G-82, college: CSU Bakersfield) (who returns this week), shaded the Suns and held them to their lowest score of the season (64pts), while at the other end of the floor the Falcons ticked over like clockwork. In the build up to this clash there was plenty of focus on the absence of Threatt, but when tip-off finally arrived it was all about getting down to business for the Falcons and again the stars delivered - Daniel Dillon (191-G-86, college: Arizona) (28pts) and Ivan Platenik (12pts, 14rbs) doing the damage. As the Suns disappeared over the horizon, they went down as a team that failed to reach the grand heights of a super regular season. Scoring was sparse and the finishing was extremely poor (27.6%), but then again that prob-ably says something about Waverley's razor-sharp defence.
www.bigv.com.au
So here we go, the defending champs up against last year's cellar-dwellers. Both Waverley and Eltham aren't immune to investing some coin this season and their respective talent has taken each of them through to po-tentially the three biggest games of the season.
And finally, after much disappointment in the past, it looks like the NBL stars involved (Dillon, Tragardh and Greer) all have the green light from the Tigers to get on court and give us a mighty show.
Let the fun begin!

WEEK 2 FINALS RESULTS
Eltham 111 defeated Ringwood 89 Eltham wins series 2-0 Waverley 88 defeated Sherbrooke 64 Waverley wins series 2-0
Ringwood's lack of defensive pressure on Eltham was highlighted by three standout stats - the Wildcats scored their second biggest score of the year (111pts), coughed up only eight turno-vers and dished out 22 assists. In eve-ry respect, the Wildcats delivered a clean, crisp victory.
While Sedale Threatt cooled his heels on the sidelines, the Falcons ramped it up against the Suns and delivered a knock-out blow on the back of a superb defen-sive strategy. The Suns shot terribly and were held to their lowest score of the season - wrong place and wrong time for that sort of stuff and now the Fal-cons are finals bound.
Courtesy of: bigv.com.au


2011 Universiade. Australia topple Canada for second win in Shenzhen - by Eurobasket News
Australia - Canada 63:61

Australia secured the second win at World University Games in Shenzhen. They held off Canada to catch up with their opponents at 2-1 record in Group B. Cameron Gliddon (196-G/F-89, college: Concordia Irvine) stepped up with 19 points to pace the Aussies.
Australia pulled away late in the opening period. They posted a 16:10 lead ten minutes into the game. Australia maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They recorded a 37:25 halftime advantage. Canada narrowed the deficit in the third period. They trailed by 8 points with one quarter to go. Tyson Hinz (199-F-91) dragged Canada within three points with 41 seconds remaining 59:62. Daly knocked down just one free throw, while Yu followed with two converted free throws to put Canada within two points 61:63. Desmarais had a chance to level things up but could not convert a layup after the steal and Australia hung on to eke out win at the end. Clinton Steindl (200-F-89) and Ryan Broekhoff (198-F/G-90) provided 9 points each for Australia. Tyson Hinz answered with 22 points for Canada. Michael Lieffers (203-F-87) delivered 13 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.

Australia: Cameron Gliddon 19, Clinton Steindl 9, Ryan Broekhoff 9
Canada: Tyson Hinz 22, Michael Lieffers 13




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  AUSTRIA   


WBC Raiffeisen Wels extends Erwin Zulic - by Eurobasket News
Erwin Zulic (190-F-92) will spend three more years with WBC Raiffeisen Wels. It means that the Austrian prospect will stay with the club until the end of the 2013/14 season. He is a product of Wels, where he started as a teenager. Zulic played for their juniors until the last season, when he was promoted to the senior squad. However, he had limited playing time in his rookie year. Zulic appeared just four times in A Bundesliga averaging 1 points and 1.3 rebounds. He is expected to get more chance next season. Erwin Zulic played for the Austrian U20 National Team at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao this summer. He had 2.3 ppg and 1 rpg for 7 games at this event. Last summer, he was a member of U18 Austria.

BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers sign Gary Ware - by Greg
The management of Furstenfeld Panthers published only some hours ago, that american big man, Gary Ware (206-F/C-83, agency: TSS Management, college: Purdue) signed with the team for the coming season. The 206 cm tall inside big man was already on the radar of head coach Gerald Vogler two years ago, when he was working for the Guessing Knights, and now he can be happy to get Gary on the roster of his Panthers team.

Ware graduated on the University of Purdue in 2006 and averaged 7.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game as a senior in the very strong Big Ten Conference. He signed his first pro deal with Leeuwarden and put up almost a double-double in 40 games: 12.7ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.0bpg. The next season he spent with Etha Engomis in Cyprus, before moving to Hungary. During the season 2008-09 Gary played for Debrecen and had an amazing season with 16.7ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg. The last two seasons he spent with Euroins Cherno More in Bulgaria and KK Fersped-Rabotnicki Skopje in Macedonia.




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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


BC Triumph joins Baltic League 2011/2012 - by Eurobasket News
BC Triumph joins Baltic League 2011/2012 to be the only Russian team in the tournament. The draft version foresees that the Elite division will consist of 11 teams. The potential participation of the Russian club will be based on the same terms that dictated the participation of the BC Dolphins 2010/2011.

Baltic league 2011/2012:
BC Ventspils
BC Liepajas Lauvas
BC Kalev/Cramo
TU Rock
BC Rudupis
BC Siauliai
BC Nevezys
BC Pieno zvaigzdziu
BC Juventus
KK Kaunas
BC Triumph



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  BELARUS   


Justin Knox Interview - by Timur Tolokh
BC Minsk 2006 has won youth power and signed the 22 years old forward Justin Knox ( Height 69, weight 240 pounds). Knox arrives from the elite University of North-Carolina-at Chapel Hill where he averaged in 37 games 4,6 points and posted 3,2 rebounds per game. Knox signed a one-year-contract in the Belarusian capital which will be his first stop outside the USA.

I am very happy to come to Minsk. I am a very hard worker and I am very thankful for this chance. I want to learn as much as possible about European basketball because I want to build a long career in Europe, said Knox. I am far away to be a perfect player but I will give my all to help BC Minsk 2006 for a successful season and to improve myself and the team every day. I am excited to meet my coach and teammates and to be a part of the winning tradition of BC Minsk

Justin is versatile big man with a hard work ethic that will be noticed everywhere. He is physically gifted and does not shy away from contact or hard work. The University of North Carolina landed Knox for one year, where he could continue his masters program. Knox: I thank UNC and Coach Roy Williams that gave me the chance, after I finished my Bachelor in three years at Alabama, to get my masters and keep playing basketball on a very high level. In 37 games he averaged 4,6 points and 3,2 rebounds. Not enough for the ambitious Knox: My playing time was limited because I had three future lottery pick players in front of me, but I worked hard in practice and steadily improved. Which he will continue in Minsk.


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  BELGIUM   


Mons Transfer News - by Peter Buyse
Dexia Mons-Hainaut has signed it's point guard for the 2011-2012 season. The new recruit is former Virginia player Sean Singletary (183-G-85, college: Virginia). He played his last college season during the 2007-2008 season with averages of 19.8 ppg and 6.1 apg, Following his senior year he was drafted by the Sacramento Kings in the 2nd round of the 2008 NBA draft. Was selected all ACC 1st team for his last 3 years at VA.
He played 12 games for the Phoenix Suns and 24 with the Charlotte Hornets in the NBA and 3 games for the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the D-League. Made the move to Europe to play in Spain for Vitoria during the 2009-2010 season, played 17 games in the Spanish league and 16 games in the Euroleague (3.4 ppg and 1.4 apg).
According tot he team's press release he did not play the 2010-2011 season due to family reasons.




Liege Transfer News - by Peter Buyse
Liege Basket has signed American forward Josh Bostic (196-F-87, college: Findlay, OH) to their roster for the coming season. Bostic was the NCAA's Div 2 Player of the Year after his senior year at Findlay in 08-09.
As senior he averaged 18.6 ppg and 6.2 rpg in leading his team to the Div 2 Championship. This all earned him an invitation to the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in 2009.
During the 2009-2010 season he played in Japan for Kyoto and averaged 21.9 ppg and 9.7 rpg. He was the 3rd leading scorer in the BJ League.
He came back to the US to play in the D-League. In 48 games for the New Mexico Thunderbirds he had averages of 12.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 2.5 apg.


Verviers Transfer News - by Peter Buyse
VOO Verviers-Pepinster has added young American guard Tyrel Reed (190-G-89) to their roster for the 2011-2012 season. The former Kansas Jayhawk was a member of the Kansas team that won the 2008 NCAA championship as a freshman, but got very limited playing time that year. His stats improved greatly in his sophomore season, he had a little dip in the stats for his junior year before having a solild senior year season. In the 2010-2011 season he averaged 9.7 ppg and 3.1 rpg for 38 games. The past 2 seasons Kansas won the Big 12 regular season and tournament. Reed made the Academic All America first team after his senior season.

Canada wins Game One of Jack Donohue International Classic - by Eurobasket News
TORONTO Canadas Senior Mens National Team (SMNT) prevailed against the Belgian national team 79-74 in the first game of the 2011 Jack Donohue International Classic on Saturday before a sold-out crowd at Ryerson University.

Canada was led by a game-high 26 points from Andy Rautins (Syracuse, N.Y.), who was given the Player of the Game award for Canada. Rautins played over 26 minutes, shooting 9-13 from the field, adding three rebounds and three steals.

Canada got off to a quick start, leading 16-11 after the first quarter and maintaining a 34-28 lead after the first half. To start the second half, the raucous crowd was brought to their feet when Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh) (Vancouver) slammed one home as he was fouled. This sparked a scoring run for Canada, giving them a 13-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth, Belgium chipped away at the lead, but three-pointers by hometown player Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) (Toronto) and clutch free throws by Rautins sealed the win for Canada.

Anderson added 18 in the win, while Kendall scored 12.

On the defensive end, Joel Anthony (Montreal) grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.

Dimitri Lauwers garnered Player of the Game honours for Belgium, scoring 11 points in a game-high 31 minutes.

Prior to the game, 10-year veteran Kendall was honoured for playing his 100th game with the National Team program last summer during the FIBA World Championship in Turkey. Kendall started his career with the National Team Program in 2002 when he was a member of the Junior Mens National Team.

During halftime, Canadas 1991 FISU team was honoured for winning the silver medal at the World University Games.

The game also marked the debut of San Antonio Spurs first-round pick Cory Joseph (190-PG-91, college: Texas) (Pickering, Ont.) on the Senior Mens National Team.

Game two of the Jack Donohue International Classic takes place on Sunday at 2 p.m. at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont.
Courtesy of: www.basketball.ca/en/


Senior Men's Team sweeps Belgium at 2011 Jack Donohue International Classic - by Eurobasket News
HAMILTON, Ontario - In the second game of the Jack Donohue International Classic, Canada played to a capacity crowd at McMaster University. Kelly Olynyk (210-F-91) (Kamloops, BC) earned the Player of the Game award for Canada, scoring 16 points, shooting 6-10 from the field , and grabbing seven rebounds.

Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) (St. Johns, NL) scored 11; while Andy Rautins (193-PG-86, college: Syracuse) added 10. Kendall grabbed a team-high 8 rebounds.

The SMNT got out to a narrow 2 point lead after the first quarter, but thanks to a second quarter, where they out-scored Belgium 22-11, Canada headed into halftime with a 39-26 lead. To start the second half, Belgium cut the lead to 5, but baskets by Olynyk, Anderson and Denham Brown helped Canada maintain an 8 point lead heading into the final frame. In the fourth quarter, the crowd was electrified by a Andy Rautins
three-pointer and a block by Anthony, which was one of his four blocks of the game.

Axel Hervelle earned Player of the Game honours for Belgium by scoring 15 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made all 3 of his three-point attempts.

The SMNT will head to Brazil to compete at the Tuto Marchand Cup after training camp in Toronto until August 19th. The Tuto Marchand Cup will be broadcasted online at FIBATV.com.
Courtesy of: www.basketball.ca


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  BOSNIA   


Miroslav Todic stays in Greece, Ilysiakos - by Eurobasket News
Miroslav Todic (206-F-85) will play at least one more season in Greece. The Bosnian power forward penned a contract extension with his team Ilysiakos for the 2011/12. Miroslav Todic joined Ilysiakos in November last year. He played 24 games for them in A1 averaging 6.4 points and 4.2 rebounds. It seems that was enough for Todic to secure an extension. He started last season with Cypriot Achilleas Kaimakliou, but they parted ways after two games. Miroslav Todic split 2009/10 season between Olympia Larissa and Sundsvall Dragons. With Olympia he had 4.9 ppg and 2.5 rpg for 12 games. From 2007 to 2009, Todic was a member of Kolossos. He had 7.2 ppg and 2.6 rpg for 25 games in their second season together. In the past, Todic also played for Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt and Krka Novo Mesto.

Enisey Krasnoyarsk lands forward Jasmin Hukic - by Eurobasket News
Enisey Krasnoyarsk announced signing of Jasmin Hukic (204-G/F-79, agency: Beo Basket) for the next season. The Bosnian forward heads to his new club from BC Donetsk. He played 56 games for them in Ukrainian Superleague last season averaging 11 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists. Donetsk was the regular season champion and they reached Playoff Finals later. Before Donetsk, Jasmin Hukic spent one year with Benetton Treviso. From 2007 to 2009, he was a member of Union Olimpija. In their first season together Hukic had 13.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 1.4 apg in 14 Euroleague games. In the past, he also played for Prokom Trefl Sopot, Hemofarm, Hapoel Tel-Aviv, Olimpija and Sloboda Dita Tuzla. Hukic was a member of the Bosnian NT from 1998 to 2008. In 2008, Jasmin Hukic was named Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Forward of the Year.

Ratko Varda joins Union Olimpija - by Eurobasket News
Bosnian center Ratko Varda (216-C/F-79, agency: Alti Sport) will continue his career in Slovenia. He signed a one-year deal with Union Olimpija Ljubljana. They will compete in Euroleague, Adriatic league and Slovenian league next season. Ratko Varda spent last year and a half with Asseco Prokom. He helped them win two Polish league titles. Last season Varda averaged 9.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.9 steals in 34 PLK games. He also added 13.3 ppg and 4.5 rpg for 10 games in Euroleague. Varda was named Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Bosman Player of the Year -11. He was also awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Polish League 2nd Team -11. Before Asseco Prokom, Ratko Varda played for Khimky Moscow, Zalgiris, Menorca and Real Madrid. He had 13.5 ppg and 5.3 rpg for 8 games with Bosnian National Team in Qualifications to European Championships 2011.
Recently Ratko Varda left Bosnian NT camp and he will miss EuroBasket in Poland.


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2011 Universiade. Germany top Brazil to stay perfect in Shenzhen - by Eurobasket News
Germany - Brazil 61:53

Germany ensured the fourth straight win at World University Games. They held off Brazil in the battle of two undefeated teams. Bastian Doreth (183-G-89) and Tom-Gerhard Spoeler (206-F-88) posted 13 points each in the victory. Germany stayed on top of Group A, while Brazil fell at 3-1 record in the second position in the standings.
Brazil led by three points after ten minutes 19:16. But Germany surged ahead early in the second frame. The European team posted a 33:27 halftime advantage. Germany cleared off to a 15-point distance midway through the third term. They secured a 12-point advantage 54:42 with ten minutes to go. Germany stayed in charge throughout the final quarter and sealed the victory at the end. Johannes Lischka (203-F/C-87) and Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (207-C-90, agency: Court Side) notched 8 points apiece in the winning effort. Fabricio Melo (212-C-90) and Michael Machado (185-G-90) answered with 13 points each in the loss.

Germany: Bastian Doreth 13, Tom-Gerhard Spoeler 13, Johannes Lischka 8, Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann 8
Brazil: Fabricio Melo 13, Michael Machado 13



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Mega mix up as champs go down without a fight! - by David Edole
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI Confusion upon confusion reigned at the Multi Purpose Sports Complex on Saturday August 13 as the BVI Basketball Federations League Play Offs competed against not only the launch of the Virgin Gorda Summer Jam, but also a lack of officials, a lack of fans and then a lack of players.

A long wait faced the players as some frantic phone calls took place as the BVI Basketball Federation searched for a second referee for the first scheduled match of the night game 2 between Another Level and the Young Gunners.

Apparently, the person usually in charge of referee appointments was invited to the Virgin Gorda Summer Jam Opening.

The game finally got underway in front of a sparse crowd, the rest of which had no doubt been lured to VG by the offer of free ferry rides. It remains to be seen if the same kind of offer is extended to bring people from VG to the finals of the BVIBF Kenny Funny Thomas League.

The Young Gunners stormed into a 37-35 half time lead despite all the turmoil, and held the two point advantage through the 3rd quarter before succumbing late in the 4th to go down 82-80. The defeat saw them knocked out of the competition and meant Another Level progress to the final.

Kevin Bodkin was player of the game with 17 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and 3 assists. Dione Blyden added 15 points and Darryl Alexander 13. For Young Gunners, Paul Bridgwater scored 20 points with 9 rebounds, Samoii Dagou added 19 points and Bodean Sammuel 13. Dagou also recorded 10 rebounds for a double.

If the confusion before the game wasnt enough, then more was to follow when it was revealed that defending 2010 Mega Mix only had three players at game time and forfeited A sorry ending to what had been billed only 12 months ago as the start of a dynasty!

East's progress to the senior final where they will play Legs. The Legs also made the final when Against Da Odds failed to have a team ready at game time.

That was the scheduled second match on Friday and luckily for the Federation, the Fearless v Hawks match went smoothly. Smoothly that is for Fearless who bounced back from a game 1 defeat to level the series with an 81-73 victory.

Deon Edwin, who was fast becoming part of a conspiracy theory to Hawks fans was player of the game with a huge 37 point along with 15 rebounds, 2 blocks, 8 steals and 3 assists. William Penn Junior added 13 and Shamarr George (94) 12. For the outplayed Hawks, Shakiel Humphrey (95) scored 20 points with 9 rebounds and Javier Martinez doubled with 17 points and 20 rebounds, adding 8 blocks. Nigel Carey snatched 15 points.

The tie breaker took place on Sunday with the conspiracy theorists, who had already questioned why Fearless had been allowed to bring in two brand new players especially for the playoff series, raising eyebrows and voices at the selection of one particular referee.

The young players of course just wanted to play each other and didnt seem bothered by all that was going on around them, with coaches and fans howling at every perceived injustice of the referees whistle.

It looked like the conspiracy to deny the Hawks a place in the final was becoming fact as the first half saw the teams evenly matched with the Hawks ahead 19-17. Despite the protests echoing around the gym that the Hawks wouldnt be allowed to win, the half time score was 43 33 in their favour.

The theory of bias was dimming despite the odd arm waiving , pointing and shouting from the fans as the Hawks maintained that 10 point advantage going into the 4th quarter 66-56 ahead.

Even the diehard doubting Thomas who felt the Hawks would be cheated out of a final berth had swopped howls of derision to howls of excitement as the Hawks ran away with the final 10 minutes scoring 35 points to run out winners 101-81.

Javier Martinez was named player of the game with a double of 38 points and 28 rebounds. Ryan Alfred (95) adding 29 and Shakiel Humphrey 15. Deon Edwin again led Fearless with 20 points; Shamarr George scored 14, William Penn Jnr. 12 and Trevon Francis 12.

The finals start on Wednesday night.




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26th Afrobasket: Cameroon cage Egypt, win 96-81 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Indomitable Lions of Cameroon Wednesday night stopped the foray of five-time African cup of Nations champion, Egypt with a 96-81 points victory in its group-C opening game.

Cameroon took the first two quarters in grand style by 27-11 and 25-24 points to take a 52-35 points lead at half-time, though the Lazarus Adingono coached Lions gave up the third quarter by 24-28 points but rose to the challenge in the last quarter making a loud statement in a group that conprises 2009 eunner-up, Cote dIvoire winning by a slim margin of 20-18 points for a final score-line of 96-81 points.

Cameroon Parfait Bitee recorded a championship high of 29 points, 7 assists and 3 rebounds, he was joined by teammates Cyrille Makanda with 18 points and 4 steals, Franck Ndongo 15 points and 3 rebounds and Gaston Essengue 12 points and 5 rebounds.

Lions coach, Adingono declared after the game that the best is yet to be seen of his side, Yes we won confortably against Egypt but I want to assure our fans and lovers of the game across Africa that the best is yet to be seen of the Cameroon side.

The Olympic slot is our target and we are determined to fight for it, the Cameroon coach concluded.



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Senior Mens Team Sweeps Belgium at 2011 Jack Donohue International Classic - by John Gary
courtesy basketball.ca In the seciond game of the Jack Donohue International Classic, Canada played to a capacity crowd at Mc Master University.Kelly Olynyk {Kamlops Bc} earned the player of the game adward for Canada scoring 16 points,shooting 6-10 from the field and grabbing seven rebounds. Carl English {ST-johns},scored 11 while Rautins added 10. Kendal grabbed a team high 8 rebounds. The SMNT got a narrow 2 point lead after the first quater but thanks to a second quarter where they outscored Belgium 22-11,Canada headed into half-time with a 39-26 lead. To start the second half, Belgium cut the lead to 5 but baskets by OLYNYK,Anderson,and Denham Brown helped Canada maintain an 8pt lead heading into the final frame.

Canada wins Game One of Jack Donohue International Classic - by Eurobasket News
TORONTO Canadas Senior Mens National Team (SMNT) prevailed against the Belgian national team 79-74 in the first game of the 2011 Jack Donohue International Classic on Saturday before a sold-out crowd at Ryerson University.

Canada was led by a game-high 26 points from Andy Rautins (Syracuse, N.Y.), who was given the Player of the Game award for Canada. Rautins played over 26 minutes, shooting 9-13 from the field, adding three rebounds and three steals.

Canada got off to a quick start, leading 16-11 after the first quarter and maintaining a 34-28 lead after the first half. To start the second half, the raucous crowd was brought to their feet when Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh) (Vancouver) slammed one home as he was fouled. This sparked a scoring run for Canada, giving them a 13-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth, Belgium chipped away at the lead, but three-pointers by hometown player Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) (Toronto) and clutch free throws by Rautins sealed the win for Canada.

Anderson added 18 in the win, while Kendall scored 12.

On the defensive end, Joel Anthony (Montreal) grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.

Dimitri Lauwers garnered Player of the Game honours for Belgium, scoring 11 points in a game-high 31 minutes.

Prior to the game, 10-year veteran Kendall was honoured for playing his 100th game with the National Team program last summer during the FIBA World Championship in Turkey. Kendall started his career with the National Team Program in 2002 when he was a member of the Junior Mens National Team.

During halftime, Canadas 1991 FISU team was honoured for winning the silver medal at the World University Games.

The game also marked the debut of San Antonio Spurs first-round pick Cory Joseph (190-PG-91, college: Texas) (Pickering, Ont.) on the Senior Mens National Team.

Game two of the Jack Donohue International Classic takes place on Sunday at 2 p.m. at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont.
Courtesy of: www.basketball.ca/en/


Senior Men's Team sweeps Belgium at 2011 Jack Donohue International Classic - by Eurobasket News
HAMILTON, Ontario - In the second game of the Jack Donohue International Classic, Canada played to a capacity crowd at McMaster University. Kelly Olynyk (210-F-91) (Kamloops, BC) earned the Player of the Game award for Canada, scoring 16 points, shooting 6-10 from the field , and grabbing seven rebounds.

Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) (St. Johns, NL) scored 11; while Andy Rautins (193-PG-86, college: Syracuse) added 10. Kendall grabbed a team-high 8 rebounds.

The SMNT got out to a narrow 2 point lead after the first quarter, but thanks to a second quarter, where they out-scored Belgium 22-11, Canada headed into halftime with a 39-26 lead. To start the second half, Belgium cut the lead to 5, but baskets by Olynyk, Anderson and Denham Brown helped Canada maintain an 8 point lead heading into the final frame. In the fourth quarter, the crowd was electrified by a Andy Rautins
three-pointer and a block by Anthony, which was one of his four blocks of the game.

Axel Hervelle earned Player of the Game honours for Belgium by scoring 15 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made all 3 of his three-point attempts.

The SMNT will head to Brazil to compete at the Tuto Marchand Cup after training camp in Toronto until August 19th. The Tuto Marchand Cup will be broadcasted online at FIBATV.com.
Courtesy of: www.basketball.ca


2011 Universiade. Australia topple Canada for second win in Shenzhen - by Eurobasket News
Australia - Canada 63:61

Australia secured the second win at World University Games in Shenzhen. They held off Canada to catch up with their opponents at 2-1 record in Group B. Cameron Gliddon (196-G/F-89, college: Concordia Irvine) stepped up with 19 points to pace the Aussies.
Australia pulled away late in the opening period. They posted a 16:10 lead ten minutes into the game. Australia maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They recorded a 37:25 halftime advantage. Canada narrowed the deficit in the third period. They trailed by 8 points with one quarter to go. Tyson Hinz (199-F-91) dragged Canada within three points with 41 seconds remaining 59:62. Daly knocked down just one free throw, while Yu followed with two converted free throws to put Canada within two points 61:63. Desmarais had a chance to level things up but could not convert a layup after the steal and Australia hung on to eke out win at the end. Clinton Steindl (200-F-89) and Ryan Broekhoff (198-F/G-90) provided 9 points each for Australia. Tyson Hinz answered with 22 points for Canada. Michael Lieffers (203-F-87) delivered 13 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.

Australia: Cameron Gliddon 19, Clinton Steindl 9, Ryan Broekhoff 9
Canada: Tyson Hinz 22, Michael Lieffers 13




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  CHINA   


Serbia open win count at London Invitational Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Serbia - China 87:53

Serbia recorded the first win at the London Invitational Tournament. They drove past China for 1-1 record. Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) scored 19 points to lead the winners. China fell at 0-2 record.
Serbia fired 22 points in the opening quarter to take a 7-point lead. Serbia maintained the lead throughout the second stanza. They posted a 41:31 halftime advantage. Serbia cleared off in the third frame. The European side outgunned China 26:11 in the period to establish a 25-point lead with one quarter remaining. Serbia did not slow down and cruised to the victory at the end. Nenad Krstic (214-C-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) added 13 points, while Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) and Milan Macvan (206-C-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) notched 11 points each in the win. Jianlian Yi (212-C/F-87) answered with 20 points and 7 rebounds for China. Zhang Bo (200-G/F-89) and Zhang QinPeng (188-PG-81) netted 8 points apiece in the loss.

Serbia: Milos Teodosic 19, Nenad Krstic 13, Milenko Tepic 11, Milan Macvan 11
China: Jianlian Yi 20, Zhang Bo 8, Zhang QinPeng 8



Wang Shipeng Out, China Loses to Serbia, Youth Team Loses to Duke - by Arthur Volbert
Wang ShiPeng (197-G/F-83) has a broken right wrist. He will be out 4 to 6 weeks and will likely miss the Asian Championship to be held in Wuhan, China, September 15-25. Wang drove hard to the basket in the first quarter yesterday and, after crashing to the ground, had a player from Australia fall on his hand.

Today did not go very much better for China. It lost to Serbia 87-53. This Chinese team is not remotely playing at a world-class level. China was behind 22-15 after one quarter, 41-31 at the half and 67-42 after three quarters.

Yi Jianlian scored 20 points on 7 of 17 shooting. The rest of the team shot 13 for 45. But today China hit 8 of 11 free throws. China was outrebounded 45-32. It had 18 turnovers to 13 for China.

Zhang Qingpeng and Zhang Bo each scored 8. Zhang Zhaoxu and Su Wei played a combined 24 minutes at center and had 1 point between them. Wang Zhizhi, Zhu Fangyu are listed on the team but did not play.

Link to box score:
http://london2012.fiba.com//pages/eng/fe/12/olym/p/eid/6232/gid/4/grid/A/rid/8549/sid/6232/game.html

China's youth team lost to touring Duke University 77-64. Unlike the senior team, it did not embarrass itself. Wang Zhelin scored 18 points and looks like a keeper. His major flaw is that he hit only 4 of 13 free throws. The guards -- Yang Qin, Feng Qi and Sui Ran -- were overmatched. China did not use its U-19 team guards -- Guo Ailun, Wang Zirui and Luo Hanchen -- who are much more promising,


2011 Universiade. Romania roll past China - by Eurobasket News
Romania - China 98:80

Romania earned the second win at World University Games. They fired past hosting China in Shenzhen to climb at 2-2 record in Group A. China fell at 1-3 record after the loss. Vlad Moldoveanu (207-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances, college: American) notched 26 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists for the winners.
Romania erupted for 29 points in the opening frame to take a 10-point advantage. China cut the distance to just two points midway through the second term. Romania hung on to the lead to enter the second half up by four points 44:40. Romania took off in the third quarter. They drained 30 points to make it 74:60 with one quarter remaining. The margin just kept on growing throughout the fourth frame as Romania cruised to the victory. Andrei Mandache (189-G-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) finished with 20 points, while Adrian Gutoaia (197-C-90, agency: Court Side) and Titus Nicoara (202-F-88, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 19 points apiece in the win. Li Yuanyu (206-C-91) replied with 31 points for China. Shi Hongfei (180-PG-93) notched 15 points in the loss.

Romania: Vlad Moldoveanu 26, Andrei Mandache 20, Adrian Gutoaia 19, Titus Nicoara 19
China: Li Yuanyu 31, Shi Hongfei 15



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  CROATIA   


Cedevita negotiates with Matjaz Smodis - by Eurobasket News
According to Kosarka.org, Cedevita wants to sign Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) for the next season. Reportedly, two sides already negotiate and they are close to agree a deal. Smodis spent last five years with CSKA Moscow. In the latest one he had 7.6 ppg and 2.9 rpg in 34 Russian league games. In Euroleague, Smodis added 6.8 ppg and 2.7 rpg for 10 games. CSKA also competed in VTB United league, where the Slovenian PF registered 9.8 ppg and 3.6 rpg for 10 games. Matjaz Smodis missed the entire 2009/10 season due to injury. Before CSKA Moscow, he played for Climamio Bologna, Kinder and Krka Novo Mesto. Smodis is active member of the Slovenian National Team since 1998. In 2008, Matjaz Smodis was named Eurobasket.com All-Russian A Superleague Forward of the Year. He won many titles and personal awards so far in his career.

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First addition for Hasapis Omonia - by Michael Aristidou

Hasapis Omonia Nicosia has agreed terms with young talented forward Constantinos Papacostas (193-F-95). The player has started in Cytavision Apoel cadets and the last three seasons was in Intercollege Etha. Hasapis Omonia Nicosia new coach Michalis Tsaggaridis is still looking for several players. Hasapis Omonia Nicosia roster contains only the name of Lithuanian guard Linas Juknevicius, and now Constantinos Papacostas. Therefore the team is looking for three american players and some EU players additons.


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2011 Universiade. Czech Republic thump UAE - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic - UAE 91:61

Czech Republic eased past UAE for the second win at World University Games. Vojtech Hruban (200-F-89) knocked down 23 points to improve at 2-2 record. UAE suffered the fourth straight defeat at the tournament.
UAE got to the better start of the game. They led for some time in the opening quarter but Czech Republic pulled ahead for a 22:18 lead after ten minutes. The Europeans stayed to pull away in the second quarter. They established a 43:30 halftime advantage. Czech Republic boosted the margin in the third frame. They piled up a 69:51 lead at the final break. Czech Republic dominated in the fourth stanza driving to a confident win at the end. Patrik Auda (205-F-89) posted 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Petr Dokoupil (191-G-88) added 14 points in the victory. Mohamed AlBraiki (205-C-91) responded with 13 points for UAE. Omar Alameri (200-F-91) netted 12 points in the loss.

Czech Republic: Vojtech Hruban 23, Patrik Auda 15+10 boards, Petr Dokoupil 14
UAE: Mohamed AlBraiki 13, Omar Alameri 12



Bizkaia Bilbao Basket add Czech International Tomas Hampl - by Eurobasket News
Bizkaia Bilbao Basket add Czech International Tomas Hampl (215-C-88) for the next season. The player however cannot be enrolled in the league but will play at the Turkish Airlines Euroleague.
In 2005-2006 215cm player started for BC Sparta Praha (NBL): junior team - BK Pardubice 'B' (D2). In 2006-2007 he moved to Lagun Aro Bilbao (Spain-ACB) - Junior Team and for Santurtzi (Spain-EBA) in 15 gamesTomas Hampl averaged 7.4ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 67.0%, FT: 59.0%.
In 2007-2008 for Santurtzi (Spain-EBA, starting five) he improved to 8.7ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1bpg, also played at Iurbentia Bilbao Basket (Spain-ACB): 2 games: 0.0ppg. In 2008-2009 started for Iurbentia Bilbao Basket but again also played at Adreilu Santurtzi (Spain-EBA, starting five). In 2009-2010 signed with Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (Spain-ACB) and also played at Adreilu Santurtzi (Spain-LEB Silver). After 17 games he averaged 10.8ppg, 6.7rpg, FGP: 62.3%, 3PT-1 (60.0%), FT: 44.9%. The last season the player stayed with Adreilu Santurtzi (Spain-LEB Silver).



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Alan Voskuil joins Piacenza - by Eurobasket News
Alan Voskuil (191-G-86, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Texas Tech) will continue his career in Italy. The American/Danish guard penned a one-year deal with Piacenza. Voskuil arrives to his new club from Bornova, where he finished last season. He joined them in April averaging 18.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.4 steals for five games. Voskuil missed first part of the season and in February moved to Danish Horsens IC. There he had 18.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.7 apg and 1.7 spg in 14 games. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Danish Basketliga Honorable Mention -11. Voskuil was also awarded with Eurobasket.com Danish Basketliga All-Domestic Players Team -11. The guard spent 2009/10 season with Matchmind Carrefour El Bulevar de Avila. He registered 14.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 1.4 apg for 19 games in Spanish LEB Silver. He is a product of the Texas Tech University.

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Avengers charity game and Big Bump tournament ! - by Justin Moore
Former EBA affiliate Alexandria Avengers and owner Dominic Manuel are still making move in pro basketball and in the community this past weekend the avengers along with ramsay rec center hosted a charity game and free camp helping to donate toward breast cancer as the avengers Daryl Owens (6'2''-G-76, college: Nova CC) did a great job setting up the event with the avengers taking on the dmv allstars lead by Daryl Owens, Ryan Hughes (6'3''-G-83), Justin Moore (5'9''-G-80, college: St.Augustine), and Dominic Manuel the dmv allstars featured Devon Neckles (6'7''-F/C, college: St.Francis, NY) and overseas player Karlton Mims (6'3''-G-80, college: Washburn),the game was very entertaining with the avengers on top but more important was the cause. Check the info below about the next upcoming event.

BIG BUMP MENS BASKETBALL TOURNEY
- LABOR DAY WEEKEND
BALLING @ THE BEACH
OCEAN CITY MD

OCEANC CITY RECREATION COMPLEX
200 125th STREET OCEAN CITY MD

TEAM ENTRY $300.00
FRIDAY-SUNDAY
9/2-9/4


CALLING ALL SEMI-PRO LEAGUES AND PLAYERS LOOKING TO BE SEEN BEFORE THE SEASON. THIS IS A GOOD OPPOTUNITY TO SHOW YOUR SKILLS.
EBA, ACPBL, ABA & USBASKET will be in the building to see all of the talent from the area. Owners come down and check out some talent,maybe that diamond in the rough is here! For more information contact Dominic Manuel ..bigbumpball@gmail.com or to register YOUR TEAM @ WWW.AVENGERSBASKETBALL.COM CLICK ON THE REGISTER TAB AND SEND IT IN...SEE YOU IN OCEAN CITY



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  ECUADOR   


Broken Rims & Good Food - by Bayo Arigbon
Whats up yall? This is my 2nd entry from the wonderful country of ECUADOR. So far Ive played in 3 games. I know I know your probably thinking How can you play in of a game? Well in the last game in the 3rd quarter, it was postponed! A powerful jam by Quentin Smith (205-C-77, college: Mississippi St.) broke the rim and that was all she wrote! Lol (The Dunk is in this weeks blog video so check it out!) (www.hoopdreamdiaries.tumblr.com) So this week I wanted to focus on the wonder food that Ecuador has to offer. Although I havent tried everything, Ive ventured out and tried a few new things, but in the video I just wanted to show what the Norm is for Ecuadorian food. As far as Basketball I can say that God has allowed me to excel here and Im very thankful for that opportunity. I was recently alerted that I was the leading scorer thus far (4 games) in Ecuadors FEB league. I am so thankful but at the same time, its only the beginning and lots of season left to go. Im also pleased to Marcus Sikes (203-F-84, college: Cincinnati) and I are starting to establish chemistry with each other, and our teammates, and that always makes things easier. Thats it for now make sure u check out my blog site and ill holla at yall in a week or so.

link to only video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWcf3ZOOF4E


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  EGYPT   


Egyptian National Team 2011 - by Greg
Egyptian National Team 2011
#s#
Mohamed Adly
Adly
Assem Ahmed
Ahmed
Haytham Ahmed
Ahmed
Ahmed Ismail
Ismail
Mark Aziz
Aziz
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Mohamed Adly 212-C-87 Ahly Egypt
Assem Ahmed 205-C-92 Zamalek Egypt
Haytham Ahmed 197-F-85 Zamalek Egypt
Ahmed Ismail 201-F-76 Al Riyadi Lebanon
Mark Aziz 203-F-86 Zamalek Egypt
Wael Badr 193-G-78 Gezira Egypt
Mouhanad Essam 180-G-88 Al Ittihad Egypt
Ramy Gunady 185-G-81 Gezira Egypt
Mohamed Ibrahim 90
Rami Ibrahim 202-F-88 Al Ittihad Egypt
Haytham Kamal 207-F-87 Al Ittihad Egypt
Moamen Mohame 199-F-86 Al Ittihad Egypt
Amr Mohamed 209-C-91
Mohamed Mounir 195-F-77 Ahly Egypt
Tamer Moustafa 187-G-82 Ahly Egypt
Motaz Okasha 188-G
Ibrahim Ragab 188-G-88 Ahly Egypt
Amro Sherif 192-G-91 Gezira Egypt
Ahmed Tarek 190-G-85 Al Ittihad Egypt



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First Division updating - by Jaime Arevalo
The 'Liga de Baloncesto de El Salvador' started its second leg on the past weekend, and San Marcos confirmed its leadership. These down were the game results:

ExSal - UTEC 60- 54
Leones Automoto - Roll Royce 65-59
San Marcos - Chalecos Santa Tecla 86-56

The new standings table is as follows:

1. SAN MARCOS 6-1
2. DENVER 5-1
3. LEONES 5-2
4. ExSAL 4-3
5. SANTA TECLA 3-4 6. UTEC 1-6
7. ROLL ROYCE 0-7



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Partizan Belgrade returns NBA center Nikola Pekovic - by Eurobasket News
Partizan Belgrade officially returned their former player Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket). The Serbian powerhouse and NBA center signed a deal until the end of the lockout when Pekovic will have to rejoin Minnesota Timberwolves.
Nikola Pekovic played 65 games for the Wolves last season averaging 5.5 points and 3 rebounds. It was his rookie NBA year. Before that, he spent two years with Panathinaikos Athens helping them win two Greek league titles. They also were Euroleague champions in 2009 and that same year PAO won the Greek Cup as well. From 2005 to 2008, Nikola Pekovic played for Partizan. He exploded in their last season together and was the best Euroleague center with 16.4 ppg and 6.9 rpg. Pekovic was also named Eurobasket.com All-Europe Center of the Year 2008 and 2009.

Nikola Pekovic will join Partizan after EuroBasket in Lithuania.


Bilbao extends Czech center Tomas Hampl - by Eurobasket News
Bizkaia Bilbao Basket announced signing of a one-year contract extension with Tomas Hampl (215-C-88). The Czech center spent last season with Adreilu Santurtzi on loan. He played 28 games in LEB Silver averaging 10 points and 5.5 rebounds. Hampl played for Santurtzi also in 2009/10. Actually, he started that season with Bilbao, but after four games was sent to Santurtzi. He had 10.8 ppg and 6.7 rpg for 17 games. Tomas Hampl joined Bilbao in 2006 from Sparta Praha. In the past, he also was a member of BK Syntehsia Pardubice. Tomas Hampl is active member of the Czech Republic National Team since 2009. Before that he played for their U20 and U18 NT. With U18 Czech Republic Hampl shined at the European Championships U18 Division B in Sibiu, 2006. He had 14.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg and 1.8 bpg for 8 games at this event.

Leroy Nobles joins Asseco Prokom - by Eurobasket News
Asseco Prokom have ensured the services of Leroy Nobles (195-G/F). The guard will start his pro career in Poland. Leroy Nobles graduated from the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. The guard notched 18.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in his senior season. Leroy Nobles was named into All-Summit League 1st Team.


Banvit adds Kenan Bajramovic - by Eurobasket News
Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81) is back to Turkey after two years. The experienced Bosnian signed a deal with Banvit. Bajramovic spent last season and a half with Lietuvos Rytas. He had 11.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 1.4 apg in 14 Euroleague games last season. In LKL, Bajramovic added 12.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 1.7 apg. Rytas also competed in VTB United league, where Bajramovic collected 12.1 ppg and 3.2 rpg for 9 games. The Bosnian had even better season with Rytas in 2009/10. They won the Lithuanian title and Cup. Bajramovic started that season with ALBA Berlin and moved to Rytas in January. He was their member also in 2007/08. Kenan Bajramovic played for Turk Telekom in 2008/09 season. He also has experience from Kyiv, Azovmash, Bosna Sarajevo and Celik Zenica. He is active member of the Bosnian NT since 2001. Kenan Bajramovic was Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Import Player of the Year -11.

Nancy announce Pape-Philippe Amagou - by Eurobasket News
Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) returns to Nancy. The guard has agreed on terms of contract with the French champions. The deal is meant for one season. Pape-Philippe Amagou spent the last season with Chorale Roanne. He averaged 10.2 points, 2.7 assists and 1.2 rebounds per game in EuroCup. In ProA the player posted 12.5 points, 2.7 assists and 2.3 rebounds per appearance. Pape-Philippe Amagou used to play for Nancy back in 2007/08 season. His stats read 6.9 points, 2.8 assists and 1.9 rebounds per French League game then. Pape-Philippe Amagou played for French National Team at 2010 World Championship. He averaged 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals in Turkey.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


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. Belarus2-4
5. Albania0-6
Group C
1. Czech Rep.4-0
2. Slovakia2-2
3. Switzerlan.1-2
4. Cyprus0-3


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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Martin Zeno coming to Finland - by Rauno Hurmalainen
American F Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech) will play next in Finland. Top League newcomer Korikonkarit (Loimaa) - also The Bisons called - has signed the third American player as LoKoKo and Zeno agreed with the contract for 2011-12 season. Zeno has played shortly in Cyprus, D-League, Venezuela and in the ABA after graduation. LoKoKo has signed now with 11 players among them also American players Ryan McDade (201-F-80, college: N.Arizona) and Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.). Team Head Coach is American Greg Gibson .

KORISLIIGA: Two familiar faces - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Kataja (Joensuu) has signed with two American players for 2011-12 season. Both Jared Newson (195-G/F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Tennessee-Martin) and B.A. (Bobby Anthony) Walker (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: VCU) are familiar to Finnish people as they played also last season in Finnish Top League. Newson was part of Kataja roster averaging 18,1 ppg - 7,1 rpg in 43 regular season games and 15,9 ppg - 6,3 rpg in 12 play-off-games. Newson has played pro basketball also in Germany, Poland and in Australia. Walker played last season on Kouvot (Kouvola) roster and averaged 19,4 ppg - 4,3 rpg - 2,2 apg in 47 contests. Walker has played earlier also in Iceland, Holland, Belgium and in Germany.

2011 Universiade. USA clinch fourth straight win - by Eurobasket News
USA - Finland 124:64

USA recorded the fourth straight win at 2011 World University Games. They held off Finland to stay undefeated in Group D. Jamychal Green (6'9''-F-90) scored 21 points to pace the winners. Finland fell at 2-2 record after the loss.
USA unloaded 31 points in the first quarter to establish a 12-point lead. They quickly stretched the margin up to 20 points and raced to a 63:38 halftime lead. USA reached 100-point mark in the third frame. They entered the fourth stanza leading 100:51. The North American side never looked back afterwards. Trevor Mbakwe (6'8''-F-89) posted 14 points, while Ashton Gibbs (6'2''-G-90) had 13 points in the victory. Antti Kanervo (6'4''-G/F-89) responded with 20 points for Finland. Roope Ahonen (6'2''-PG-90, agency: FCM) had 10 points in the loss.

USA: Jamychal Green 21, Trevor Mbakwe 14, Ashton Gibbs 13
Finland: Antti Kanervo 20, Roope Ahonen 10



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  FRANCE   


ALM Evreux Basket signs Kevyn Popovich - by Eurobasket News
Kevyn Popovich (196-F-85, college: SE Louisiana) will continue his career in France. The American guard/small forward signed a deal with ALM Evreux Basket for the next season. They will compete in ProB. Popovich spent last season in Switzerland as a member of SAV Vacallo Basket. He was one of their best players with 20 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2 apg and 1.5 spg for 28 games in LNA. Popovich finished the season as fifth scorer of LNA. Eurobasket awarded him with All-Swiss LNA 2nd Team -11. It was his first season as a pro. Kevyn Popovich supposed to play for Anwil Wloclawek in 2009/10, but he didnt appear in any official game. Popovich is a product of the SE Louisiana University. He graduated there two years ago.

Aubenas US brings ex-NBAer Cherokee Parks - by Eurobasket News
Aubenas US brings ex-NBAer Cherokee Parks (211-C-72, college: Duke) for the upcoming season. The 1971 year born American Player is back to his professional career.
In 1992-1993 Parks started for Duke (NCAA) and in 34 games averaged 5.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 57.1%, FT: 72.5%. In his last season there his stats read 19.0ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.8bpg, FGP: 50.1%, 3PT: 36.5%, FT: 77.6%. In 1995 he was drafted by Dallas Mavericks (NBA,1rd (12)) and in 1995-1996 debuted with 3.9ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 51.0%, FT: 66.1%. In 1996-1997 for $1,117,000 moved to Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) and in 76 games had 3.3ppg, 2.6rpg, FGP: 51.0%, FT: 60.5%.After another season there signed 3-years contract with Vancouver Grizzlies (NBA). A team could get by with him as their center, but he won't be more than an average player and in 48 games showed 5.5ppg, 5.1rpg, FGP: 42.9%, FT: 54.5%.
In 2000 Cherokee Parks signed 2-years contract for $2,815,000 at Loa Angeles Clippers (NBA) with player option for additional year, however in 2000-2001 moved to Washington Wizards (NBA) then went to Los Angeles Clippers (NBA, starting five).
In 2002-2003 started for Los Angeles Clippers (NBA): in Dec.'02 was placed (back spasms) on the injured list, activated at the end of Jan.'03, in April '03 was again placed (back spasms) on the injured list.
In 2003-2004 played for Miami Heat (NBA): waived in Oct.'03, next month signed at Golden State Warriors (NBA), but waived in Dec.'03. In 12 games his stats read 1.0ppg, 0.8rpg, FGP: 40.0%, FT: 66.7%.



Nancy announce Pape-Philippe Amagou - by Eurobasket News
Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) returns to Nancy. The guard has agreed on terms of contract with the French champions. The deal is meant for one season. Pape-Philippe Amagou spent the last season with Chorale Roanne. He averaged 10.2 points, 2.7 assists and 1.2 rebounds per game in EuroCup. In ProA the player posted 12.5 points, 2.7 assists and 2.3 rebounds per appearance. Pape-Philippe Amagou used to play for Nancy back in 2007/08 season. His stats read 6.9 points, 2.8 assists and 1.9 rebounds per French League game then. Pape-Philippe Amagou played for French National Team at 2010 World Championship. He averaged 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals in Turkey.



France cruise past hosts in London - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain - France 60:82

France registered the first win at the London Invitational Tournament. They stormed past Great Britain. Tony Parker (183-PG-80) stepped up with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead Les Bleus. France will take on Australia, while Great Britain will face Croatia tonight.
France eked out a 20:18 lead after ten minutes of action. The visitors maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 34:29 halftime lead. France increased the tempo in the third frame. Les Bleus erupted for 26 points in the third stanza and piled up a 60:48 lead with one quarter remaining. France limited Great Britain to just 12 points in the fourth frame and sealed the victory at the end. Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) knocked down 12 points, while Joakim Noah (211-F/C-85, college: Florida) added 10 points and 12 rebounds in the winning effort. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds for Great Britain. Nathan Reinking (188-G-73, college: Kent St.) netted 11 points in the loss.

Great Britain: Joel Freeland 16, Nathan Reinking 11
France: Tony Parker 25, Nicolas Batum 12, Joakim Noah 10+12 boards



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  GAMBIA   


Girona signs Mahamoud Jabbi - by Eurobasket News
Girona continues with signings for the next season. Their latest addition is Gambian player Mahamoud Jabbi (200-F-87). It is the first professional deal for Jabbi. He graduated few months ago at the Binghamton University. For 31 games as a senior Jabbi averaged 9.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. He was named AEC All-Defensive Team -11. For his performance Jabbi was also awarded with All-AEC 3rd Team -11. Mahamoud Jabbi had lower numbers in his junior year. At that time he registered 6.3 ppg and 6.8 rpg. He transferred to Binghamton in 2008 from the NCAA3 school Oswego State.

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Alba Berlin Add Alexander Blessing, Can-Jonathan Kleiner and Kevin Bright For The China Trip - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Alba Berlin depart for the far east tomorrow to China as they will get ready for the upcoming season with a two week training camp. The 8 time Beko BBL champion will also take part in the Continental Basketball Club Championships from August 23-28. The club will have heavy competition as the following teams Cairns Taipans (Australia), Xinjiang Flying Tigers (China), Kentucky Bisons (USA), Dongbu Promy (Korea),and Beijing Jinyu Ducks (China). The trip will be an amazing experience for the players and a great opportunity for the team to get to know each other. 'We are look forward to this unique trip. We are also looking forward to the great traning facilities, tournament and the cultural experiences that we will gather', stressed Alba Berlin coach Gordon Herbert. Since German national players Heiko Schaffartzik, Lucca Staiger and Sven Schultze are still occupied with the preparation for the European chmapionships, Alba Berlin will take three youngsters on the trip Alexander Blessing, Can-Jonathan Kleiner and Kevin Bright (198-F/G-92) will accompany the team. Blessing is a 17 year old 185 cm guard that played last season for FC Bayern Muenchen (ProA): 4 games: 1.5ppg, has the licence to play in FC Bayern Muenchen II (2.Regionalliga). Blessing will play this season for the Alba Berlin Pro B team and NBBL team. Can-Jonathan Kleiner (198-F-92) is an 18 year old 198cm forward that played for ALBA Berlin II (ProB) last season playing 11 games: 4.5ppg, 2.1rpg. The last player that will make the trip is Kevin Bright who is an 18 year old 198cm shooting guard/small forward that has played for Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (ProB) since 2007 and made his debut in the PRO B as a 15 year old and has already played 48 PRO B games. He travels to China and support the partnership with the team Alba/Urspring.

Source: Alba Berlin


2011 Universiade. Germany top Brazil to stay perfect in Shenzhen - by Eurobasket News
Germany - Brazil 61:53

Germany ensured the fourth straight win at World University Games. They held off Brazil in the battle of two undefeated teams. Bastian Doreth (183-G-89) and Tom-Gerhard Spoeler (206-F-88) posted 13 points each in the victory. Germany stayed on top of Group A, while Brazil fell at 3-1 record in the second position in the standings.
Brazil led by three points after ten minutes 19:16. But Germany surged ahead early in the second frame. The European team posted a 33:27 halftime advantage. Germany cleared off to a 15-point distance midway through the third term. They secured a 12-point advantage 54:42 with ten minutes to go. Germany stayed in charge throughout the final quarter and sealed the victory at the end. Johannes Lischka (203-F/C-87) and Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (207-C-90, agency: Court Side) notched 8 points apiece in the winning effort. Fabricio Melo (212-C-90) and Michael Machado (185-G-90) answered with 13 points each in the loss.

Germany: Bastian Doreth 13, Tom-Gerhard Spoeler 13, Johannes Lischka 8, Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann 8
Brazil: Fabricio Melo 13, Michael Machado 13



Lich completes Bradshaw deal - by Moritz Korff
Pro B outfit Licher BasketBaeren revealed today, that Tyrone Bradshaw (203-F-86, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana) has penned a one year-deal with the team. Bradshaw is a 2010 graduate of NCAA Division 2 school Southern Indiana, that has sent several players to Germany over these past years. The 24-year-old forward from Cincinnati, Ohio, averaged 14 points, 5.8 boards and 2.3 blocks per contest as a senior. Following his college career he made his first attempt to establish himself in Europe, but was waived prior to this past campaign by the Turkish club Tenis E.Dagcilik Istanbul. He returned home and spent some time in the IBL, suiting up for the Dayton Air Strikers.

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  GREECE   


Ilysiakos officially announces Darryl Thompson, keeps Miroslav Todic - by Eurobasket News
Ilysiakos announced signing of Darryl Thompson (173-PG-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Appalachian St.) for the next season. The Greek outfit also extended Miroslav Todic (206-F-85) for 2011/12.
Darryl Thompson arrives to Ilysiakos from Anwil Wloclawek, where he spent last season. Thompson appeared 26 times in PLK averaging 7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3 assists. He also added 4.5 ppg and 1.3 rpg for 6 games in EuroCup. Thompson already played in Greece and it was in 2008/09 season. He was a member of AEK Athens, where he had 10.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 3.2 apg for 26 games.
Miroslav Todic joined Ilysiakos in November last year. He played 24 games for them in A1 averaging 6.4 points and 4.2 rebounds. It seems that was enough for Todic to secure an extension. He started last season with Cypriot Achilleas Kaimakliou, but they parted ways after two games. Miroslav Todic split 2009/10 season between Olympia Larissa and Sundsvall Dragons. With Olympia he had 4.9 ppg and 2.5 rpg for 12 games. From 2007 to 2009, Todic was a member of Kolossos. He had 7.2 ppg and 2.6 rpg for 25 games in their second season together. In the past, Todic also played for Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt and Krka Novo Mesto.


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ZZ Leiden lands forward Mohammed Kherrazi - by Fred Roggen
Dutch Champion ZZ Leiden upgraded its roster for the upcoming Dutch Basketballl league season by inking versatile forward Mohammed Kherrazi (200-F-90, agency: R.H.Consultancy), the club announced Wednesday. The contract is a one-year deal.
Mohammed Kherrazi arrives from ABC Amsterdam. He averaged 9.4ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 42.0%, 3PT: 15.8%, FT: 52.9% in 35 Dutch Basketball League games last season.



Q & A With Craig Oshaikhwuwoumwam - by Sanders Jackson

Dutch NT member and recent signee Magixx Kidsrights center Craig Oshaikhwuwoumwam is one of the emerging top young prospects in Europe, coming off a debut season by ABC Amsterdam in the 2010-11 season, which resulted in him being chosen the DBL Rookie-of-the-Year. I had the chance to interview the talented 7-foot prospect:

Q: Craig, you are heading into your 2nd season in the Dutch Basketball League, within one year you were first named Rookie-of-the-Year playing for ABC Amsterdam, followed by this summer being named to the Dutch national team. You are coming off recently with the Dutch NT with a strong performance at the 1st annual EuroJam. Tell me what the recent experiences have been like?

A: I've been working with good coaches and good players around me. they are very supportive and the coaches helped me a lot with my development.

Q: How is the overall experience of working together on the Dutch national team with NBA veterans Dan Gadzuric and Francisco Elson been for you?

A: It is great to play with Dan Gadzuric and Francisco Elson. I learn from these guys everyday and I see myself grow everyday. because I play against and with them. So it is a great experience playing with Dan Gadzuric and Francisco Elson.

Q: Who are your role models and athletes you admired growing up?

A: Kevin Durant is my favorite athlete and my mother was my role model.

Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?

A: Working on my game and trying to get better.

Q: What are the strengths and weaknesses in your game? What do you feel you have to do in order to make the next step?

A: My strengths are rebounding, shooting and blocking shots and running the floor, using my athletic abillities. My weaknesses were playing with more confidence but lately I am playing with a lot of confidence if I may say that myself.

Q: Last season in Amsterdam in your 1st season in the DBL you had the opportunity to play for Coach Hakim Salem. How much of his influence has rubbed off on you?

A: Coach Hakim Salem made me a lot better. Thats when I get back to the question before. Coach told me day by day to play with more confidence and play harder because I can he said. He pushed me everyday until I gave it my all and started to play without fear and confidence. He gave me the opportunity to play and said you can do more than you are doing., and step by step I got to where I need to get. I am not saying that I am all the way there now but I am getting there. Because that one year did me good, and now I am playing with confidence.

Q: Final question: how often everyday do you have to explain the pronunciation of your last name? lol

A: I have to say a lot of times a day yes, lol.

If you continue to play like you currently are, you will definitely be a household name. Craig thank you very much for the interview and continued success.




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  HONG KONG   


2011 Universiade. Serbia breeze past Hong Kong - by Eurobasket News
Serbia - Hong Kong 102:46

Serbia registered the third win at the World University Games. They held off Hong Kong to improve at 3-1 record in Group B. Stefan Zivanovic (196-G-89) nailed 14 points to lead the effort. Hong Kong fell at 0-4 record after the loss.
Hong Kong led 10:8 midway through the opening quarter. But Serbia went on a 17:0 run to take a 15-point lead at the first break. Serbia tipped off the second frame on an 8:2 rally and eventually piled up a 45:16 halftime lead. The European side stayed comfortably ahead throughout the second half. They secured a confident win at the end. Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) and Marko Ljubicic (195-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) netted 13 points each in the victory. Milos Dimic (195-G-89) added 11 points for Serbia. Chan Yik Lun (190-G-87) answered with 17 points for Hong Kong. Lin Ho Chun (186-G-90) produced 6 points in the loss.

Serbia: Stefan Zivanovic 14, Vladimir Stimac 13, Marko Ljubicic 13
Hong Kong: Chan Yik Lun 17, Lin Ho Chun 6



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  HUNGARY   


2011 Universiade. Mexico edge Hungary in Shenzhen - by Eurobasket News
Mexico - Hungary 86:74

Mexico posted the third win in Group D of World University Games in China. They prevailed against Hungary to climb at 3-1 record in the ladder. Cesar Del Campo (194-F-87) stepped up with 24 points, 6 boards and 4 assists in the win. Hungary suffered the fourth straight loss at the tournament.
Mexico strongly started the game posting a 14:6 lead early on. Hungary cut the deficit to just three points at the first break 19:22. Hungary managed to pull in front in the second quarter. They registered a 41:37 halftime advantage. Mexico needed a 19:6 run in the third period to regain control. They entered the fourth frame up by 13 points and stayed in charge afterwards. Gabriel Giron (192-F-88) posted 22 points, while Francisco Cruz (191-G-89) accounted for 11 points in the winning effort. Ferdinand Morgen (206-F/C-90) answered with 16 points, while Peter Szabo (183-G-89) netted 15 points in defeat.

Mexico: Cesar Del Campo 24, Gabriel Giron 22, Francisco Cruz 11
Hungary: Ferdinand Morgen 16, Peter Szabo 15



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  IRAN   


Saman Veisi lose to play in Asian Championship - by Kazem Ghayem
Iranian Guard Player Saman Veisi (189-G-82) has been injured at the william jones final game and because of this injurey he lose the chance to play in Asian Championship Games. the Doctors said that he have an ACL injurey and his ACL is Broken. saman veisi was a very effective player in Iranian NT team and had a great role in Iran's Victory in most of games in William jones competitions. he played in Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour Last season and was going to renew the contract with this team for one more season,but after this,his career is not same like before for sure.

After Mahram,Zob Ahan and Petrochimi are not sure to be in the league for this season - by Kazem Ghayem
we heared before that Mahram Tehran has refused to take part in the iranian Basketball league because of some problems that they have. they said because Mahram don't have a special gym for them and they don't want to be federation's guest anymore so they decide to refuse to take part in this season. after this, government has made a rule and pervent the teams depend on government to inject money to the Sports. because of this rule Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour team is denied to be in the league. Zob Ahan Esfahan has same situation and because of some money problems also they are not sure to take part in this season. if this become true,all of big teams will not be in the league and this will be a big problem for iranian Basketball in this moment. Mr Arbabzadeh - Zob Ahan Esfahan team manager - said that he is not sure that they don't take part for this season and he have still hope for Zob Ahan Esfahan to take part at least for this season,but everything is going to beclear shortly.

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2011 Universiade. Ben Rice carries Israel past South Korea - by Eurobasket News
Israel - South Korea 87:82

Israel registered the second win at the 2011 World University Games. They overcame South Korea tonight to improve at 2-2 record in Group D. Ben Rice (195-F-90) unleashed 30 points to lead the effort. South Korea fell at 1-3 record after the loss.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. Israel managed to post a 20:18 advantage ten minutes into the game. But the Asian team turned things their way late in the first half as they eked out a 40:34 halftime advantage. The margin grew at 9-point mark midway through the third stanza. Israel were able to cut it back to three points 57:60 with ten minutes remaining. South Korea led by 8 points 74:66 with five minutes to go in the game however Israel bounced back. They triggered a 21:8 rally to escape with a tough win at the end. Gal Eytan (182-G-87, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) posted 15 points, while Gilad Karni (195-F/G-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 12 points in the victory. Lee Jung-Hyun (190-F-87) answered with game-high 39 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for South Korea. Jang Jaeseok (205-C-91) delivered 12 points in the losing effort.

Israel: Ben Rice 30, Gal Eytan 15, Gilad Karni 12
South Korea: Lee Jung-Hyun 39, Jang Jaeseok 12



Ashkelon Surprisingly Ink Combo Guard Raviv Limonad - by David Pick
Posted: August 17, 2011, 22:28 PM

Ironi Ashkelon officially signed the former national combo guard Raviv Limonad to a two-year deal. The player's contract reveals that before his second season with the team, he has an opt-out clause to any European club who shows interest.

Limonad, who played last year in the Spanish ACB league with Menorca Basquet and posted averages of 10.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.0apg, will be the team's most dominant Israeli player and one of the highest paid Israelis in the league.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @Dpick_Mvd



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Alan Voskuil joins Piacenza - by Eurobasket News
Alan Voskuil (191-G-86, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Texas Tech) will continue his career in Italy. The American/Danish guard penned a one-year deal with Piacenza. Voskuil arrives to his new club from Bornova, where he finished last season. He joined them in April averaging 18.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.4 steals for five games. Voskuil missed first part of the season and in February moved to Danish Horsens IC. There he had 18.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.7 apg and 1.7 spg in 14 games. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Danish Basketliga Honorable Mention -11. Voskuil was also awarded with Eurobasket.com Danish Basketliga All-Domestic Players Team -11. The guard spent 2009/10 season with Matchmind Carrefour El Bulevar de Avila. He registered 14.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 1.4 apg for 19 games in Spanish LEB Silver. He is a product of the Texas Tech University.

Banca Tercas Teramo signed Yaniv Green - by Greg
Banca Tercas Teramo added to their roster 31-year old Israeli big man Yaniv Green (206-C/F-80, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices). Green came from Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (Israel). Last season he averaged 3.1ppg and 2.0rpg (Euroleague) and also 3.8ppg, 2.4rpg (Israeli League). In 2005 he won Euroleague title together with Maccabi.

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26th Afrobasket: Cote dIvoire in superb form, pipe South Africa 105-53 pts - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Cote dIvoire open its Madagascar 2011 Afrobasket campaign with a 105-53 points win over South Africa in group-C opener.

The 2009 edition runner-up won three of the four quarters by 27-08, 33-10, 29-19 while it drew level with the South African in the last quarter by 16 points apiece for a cumulative scoreline of 105-53 points to send a warning that its 2009 second placement was not a fluke.

Cote dIvoire energetic shooting guard/small forward was the star-man of the Ivorian side netting 19 points points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists, Mamadi Diane added 17 points, 4 rebounds amd 2 steal, Didier Eric Tape had 14 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds while Errick Craven contributed 10 points and 3 steals for the Mdagascar 2011 Afrobasket opening game win for Cote dIvoire.
Guy Edi (196-G/F-88)


Ivory Coast National Team 2011 - by Greg
Ivory Coast National Team 2011
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Mickael Toti
Toti
Mouloukou Diabate
Diabate
Errick Craven
Craven
Mamadi Diane
Diane
Kinidinnin Konate
Konate
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4 Mickael Toti 181-G-87 St Vallier France
5 Mouloukou Diabate 180-G-87 Roanne France
6 Errick Craven 188-G-83 Dijon France
7 Mamadi Diane 196-G/F-86 Tulsa 66ers USA
8 Kinidinnin Konate 187-G-80 ABC Ivory Coast
9 Herve Lamizana 207-F/C-81 Mayaguez Puerto Rico
10 Ismael N'Diaye 198-F-82 Boncourt Switzerland
11 Diaby Abdoulaye 206-C-80 Guadix Spain
12 Jonathan Kale 203-F-85 Ourense Spain
13 Didier Tape 197-F-81 Rodez France
14 Guy Edi 196-G/F-88 Midland CC USA
15 Mohamed Kone 211-C-81 Lagun Aro GBC Spain



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  JAPAN   


2011 Universiade. Lithuania won the fourth straight game in Shenzhen - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania-Japan 101:89

Lithuania won the fourth straight game in Shenzhen at the World University Games. The Baltic State edged Japan 101:89 for 4-0 record in Group C. The Lithuania squad shares the top with Russia as both teams will face each other tomorrow. Japan meanwhile dropped at 1-3 record.
Lithuania was the favorite of the game and started with 14:8 in the opening tip. They added another 20 points in another 5 minutes of the quarter for massive 34:22. Another 27-22 gave them 61:44 halftime advantage. The tempo had slowed down a bit in the second half but the teams continued to show their best. Japan grabbed 21-18 in the third period and even won the last stanza 24-22. It was enough only to reduce to 12 points at the end of the game.
Marius Valukonis (198-F-88) erupted with 27 points for the winners, while Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) collected 21 points and 11 boards. Ernestas Ezerskis (192-PG-87) notched 15 and Matas Sapiega (180-PG-90) as well as Edgaras Stanionis (193-G-88) had 12 apiece. Ruymo Ono (197-F/C-88) ended up with 19 points in the losing effort, while Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) added 14. Makoto Hiejima (189-G-90) and Tenketsu Harimoto (196-C/F-92) followed them with 13 points each.

Lithuania: Marius Valukonis 27, Gediminas Orelikas 21+11 rebs, Ernestas Ezerskis 15, Matas Sapiega 12, Edgaras Stanionis 12
Japan: Ruymo Ono 19, Kosuke Kanamaru 14, Makoto Hiejima 13, Tenketsu Harimoto 13



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  LATVIA   


Edgard Jeromanovs moves to Norrkoping Dolphins - by Eurobasket News
Edgard Jeromanovs (186-G-86) is a new member of the Swedish team Norrkoping Dolphins. The Latvian point guard penned a deal for the next season. He spent the last one in Greece with SFK Perikos/Arhelaos. For 29 games in A2 division he averaged 8.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists. Jeromanovs was named Eurobasket.com Greek A2 All-Bosmans Team -11. Season 2009/10, Edgard Jeromanovs split between Ukrainian MBC Mykolaiv and Latvia Liepajas Lauvas. In Ukraine he had 5.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg and 2.1 apg for 9 games. Later with Liepajas Lauvas, Jeromanovs added 10/9 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 4.3 apg in LBL. In the past, he played for VEF Riga and Barns. Edgard Jeromanovs played for the Latvian National Team in Qualifications to European Championships 2011. He had 4.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg and 1.3 apg for 6 games.

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  LITHUANIA   


Kazys Maksvytis takes over BK Sakalai - by Eurobasket News
Kazys Maksvytis takes over BK Sakalai for 2011/2012 season. The Lithuanian Specialist comes from Kaunas where he coached last season.
In 2010-2011 he was the Head Coach of Aisciai Kaunas (Lithuania-LKL). Moreover he was the one with Lithuanian U19 National Team -11. His Lithuania U19 won the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championships! The Baltic side won over Serbia U19 85:67 to become the best U19 team of the world with MVP, Jonas Valanciunas. The latter recorded 36 points for the winners, while Edgaras Ulanovas scored 12. Arnas Butkevicius and Vytenis Cizauskas followed them with 9 points apiece. Djordje Drenovac replied with 14 points in defeat and Bogdan Bogdanovic netted 13. Aleksandar Cvetkovic and Bogic Vujosevic produced 11 points each in the losing effort.
Kazys Maksvytis became World Championships U19 Champion in Latvia -11 and was named Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U19 Best Coach -11.



Neptunas announced Arturas Valeika - by Eurobasket News
Neptunas announced Arturas Valeika (206-F-85, college: Midland CC) for the upcoming season.
The last season the Lithuanian player changed five teams. Before the season was tested by Naturhouse Ferrara (Italy-Lega2), in Oct.'10 moved to Alytus Alita (LKL, starting five).Later that month signed at Perlas Vilnius (LKL, starting five)and in Jan.'11 agreed terms with BK Valmiera (Latvia-LBL, starting five). In February 2011 joined Caceres 2016 C.B. (Spain-LEB Gold) and in 13 games averaged 2.4ppg, 2.6rpg.
Season 2008/09, Arturas Valeika spent in Germany with Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. However, he faced with the knee injury (ACL) and played just 14 games for the club (2.5 ppg and 3.9 rpg). It was the first season for Valeika as a pro. He graduated in 2008 at the Weber State University registering 9.9 ppg and 10.2 rpg in his rookie year. Valeika went to the USA in 2004 and after two years in Midland CC, transferred to Weber State.



2011 Universiade. Lithuania won the fourth straight game in Shenzhen - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania-Japan 101:89

Lithuania won the fourth straight game in Shenzhen at the World University Games. The Baltic State edged Japan 101:89 for 4-0 record in Group C. The Lithuania squad shares the top with Russia as both teams will face each other tomorrow. Japan meanwhile dropped at 1-3 record.
Lithuania was the favorite of the game and started with 14:8 in the opening tip. They added another 20 points in another 5 minutes of the quarter for massive 34:22. Another 27-22 gave them 61:44 halftime advantage. The tempo had slowed down a bit in the second half but the teams continued to show their best. Japan grabbed 21-18 in the third period and even won the last stanza 24-22. It was enough only to reduce to 12 points at the end of the game.
Marius Valukonis (198-F-88) erupted with 27 points for the winners, while Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) collected 21 points and 11 boards. Ernestas Ezerskis (192-PG-87) notched 15 and Matas Sapiega (180-PG-90) as well as Edgaras Stanionis (193-G-88) had 12 apiece. Ruymo Ono (197-F/C-88) ended up with 19 points in the losing effort, while Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) added 14. Makoto Hiejima (189-G-90) and Tenketsu Harimoto (196-C/F-92) followed them with 13 points each.

Lithuania: Marius Valukonis 27, Gediminas Orelikas 21+11 rebs, Ernestas Ezerskis 15, Matas Sapiega 12, Edgaras Stanionis 12
Japan: Ruymo Ono 19, Kosuke Kanamaru 14, Makoto Hiejima 13, Tenketsu Harimoto 13



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  MADAGASCAR   


Madagascar National Team 2011 - by Greg
Jean Andrianarisoa 83
Rijaniaina Andrianiombonana 85
Rovanantenaina Andrianjafy 89
Jaofeno Fahaterahana 187-G/F-79
Robert Kilobo 200-C-83 SEBAM Madagascar
Guillaume Milisen 85
Yerison Rabekoto 185-G-84 SEBAM Madagascar
Andry Rakotoarisoa 81
Eric Rakotondrasolo 178-PG-79 Lorient France
Henintsoa Ramaromanana 86
Charles Ramsdell 208-F/C-85 Avila Spain
Romule Razafimahasahy 88
Benson Razafimanantsoa 88
Toto Velondrisiky 92
Ahmed Zayad 90



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  MALI   


Malian National Team Roster 2011 - by Kristian Santiago
These 12 players are currently playing against Nigeria:

4 Modibo Niakate (185-G-81, college: Cleveland St.)
5 Mamadou Sy (200-F-85, college: Cloud County CC)
6 Nare Famakan Keita (183-G-90)
7 Salif Niangado (183-G-86)
8 Waly Coulibaly (190-G-88)
9 Amadou Kaba (191-F/G-90)

10 Ba Sekou Diallo (191-G/F-86)
11 Soumaila Samake (215-C-78)
12 Cheick Soumaoro (205-F/C-90)
13 Mahamadou Doucoure (206-C-85)
14 Mohamed Tangara (208-F/C-84, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Arizona)
15 Mamadou Diarra (213-F-88)




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  MEXICO   


2011 Universiade. Mexico edge Hungary in Shenzhen - by Eurobasket News
Mexico - Hungary 86:74

Mexico posted the third win in Group D of World University Games in China. They prevailed against Hungary to climb at 3-1 record in the ladder. Cesar Del Campo (194-F-87) stepped up with 24 points, 6 boards and 4 assists in the win. Hungary suffered the fourth straight loss at the tournament.
Mexico strongly started the game posting a 14:6 lead early on. Hungary cut the deficit to just three points at the first break 19:22. Hungary managed to pull in front in the second quarter. They registered a 41:37 halftime advantage. Mexico needed a 19:6 run in the third period to regain control. They entered the fourth frame up by 13 points and stayed in charge afterwards. Gabriel Giron (192-F-88) posted 22 points, while Francisco Cruz (191-G-89) accounted for 11 points in the winning effort. Ferdinand Morgen (206-F/C-90) answered with 16 points, while Peter Szabo (183-G-89) netted 15 points in defeat.

Mexico: Cesar Del Campo 24, Gabriel Giron 22, Francisco Cruz 11
Hungary: Ferdinand Morgen 16, Peter Szabo 15



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  MOZAMBIQUE   


Mozambique National Team 2011 - by Karol
Mozambique National Team 2011
#s#
David Canivete
Canivete
Pio Da Silva
Da Silva
Octavio Magolico
Magolico
Fernando Mandlate
Mandlate
Custodio Muchate
Muchate
#e#5
Armando Baptista 199-F-85 Fer.Beira Mozambique
David Canivete 193-F-89
Pio Da Silva 186-G-90 Maxaquene Mozambique
Sergio Macuacua 80 Desp.Maputo Mozambique
Octavio Magolico 200-C-84 Ginasio Portugal
Fernando Mandlate 191-G-85 Maxaquene Mozambique
Herth Mariote 90 Sport Clube Mozambique
Samora Mucavel 186-G-86 Maxaquene Mozambique
Custodio Muchate 200-C-82 Ginasio Portugal
Stelio Nuaila 196-F-85 Maxaquene Mozambique



Mozambique National Team Roster 2011 - by Kristian Santiago
These 12 players and coach Inaki Martin are currently going against Madagascar:

4 Fernando Mandlate (191-G-85)
5 Samora Mucavel (186-G-86)
6 David Canivete (193-F-89)
7 Sylvio Letela (195-G/F-82)
8 Augusto Matos
9 Amarildo Matos (190-G-84)
10 Custodio Muchate (200-C-82)
11 Stelio Nuaila (196-F-85)
12 Octavio Magolico (200-C-84)
13 Pio Matos
14 Armando Baptista (199-F-85)
15 Sergio Macuacua (80)



26th Afrobasket: Madagscar surrenders to Mozambique 67-77 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Support by a large turn-out of supporters host of 26th FIBA Afria Championship for Men Madagascar failed to appreciate its supporters as it fell to more determined Mozambican side by 67-77 points in a group-A pairing.

The madagascan surrender in the first and second quarters by 12-18 and 14-18 points to trail by ten points at the break 26-36 points.

The Coach Angel Manzano Polo tutored however came into the third quarter with a mind-set to upturn the table against the Mozambican, their effort paid off when they won the quarter by 23-18 points to reduce the margin to just five points going into the last quarter 49-54 but determination saw the Mozambican side through as they mount ceaseless pressure on the Madagascar side forcing they to drop the last quarter by 18-23 points.

Mozambique Stelio Nuaila led his side with 15 points, 4 steals and 3 rebounds, David Canivete and Fernando Mandlate added 12 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 12 points 4 rebounds 4 steals and 2 assists for their side vital win of the opening day.



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  NCAA1   


2011 Universiade. USA clinch fourth straight win - by Eurobasket News
USA - Finland 124:64

USA recorded the fourth straight win at 2011 World University Games. They held off Finland to stay undefeated in Group D. Jamychal Green (6'9''-F-90) scored 21 points to pace the winners. Finland fell at 2-2 record after the loss.
USA unloaded 31 points in the first quarter to establish a 12-point lead. They quickly stretched the margin up to 20 points and raced to a 63:38 halftime lead. USA reached 100-point mark in the third frame. They entered the fourth stanza leading 100:51. The North American side never looked back afterwards. Trevor Mbakwe (6'8''-F-89) posted 14 points, while Ashton Gibbs (6'2''-G-90) had 13 points in the victory. Antti Kanervo (6'4''-G/F-89) responded with 20 points for Finland. Roope Ahonen (6'2''-PG-90, agency: FCM) had 10 points in the loss.

USA: Jamychal Green 21, Trevor Mbakwe 14, Ashton Gibbs 13
Finland: Antti Kanervo 20, Roope Ahonen 10



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  NCAA2   


Great Alaska Shootout Field Announced - by Sanjey Noriega
From: goseawolves.com

ANCHORAGE - Brackets and pairings for the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout men's and women's basketball tournament were announced today by University of Alaska-Anch. athletic director Dr. Steve Cobb. The 34th annual Shootout is slated for Nov. 23-26 at the Sullivan Arena.

The Central Michigan women's team recently signed on to finalize the 2011 Shootout women's bracket. Due to previous scheduling commitments by CMU, the 2011 women's Shootout schedule will be pushed back from its customary Tuesday-Wednesday schedule to Wednesday and Thursday (Nov. 23 & 24).

Wednesday's (Nov. 23) women's opening-round matchups will feature Central Michigan vs South Florida at 2 p.m. followed by host Alaska-Anch. taking on Miami at 4 p.m. Women's consolation and championship games will be at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. respectively on Thur., Nov. 24.

The men's Shootout games will begin Wednesday night (Nov. 23) with Murray State meeting Alaska-Anch. at 6:30 p.m. followed by Dartmouth vs San Franciso at 8:30 p.m. The men's first round will conclude on Thur., Nov 24, with Central Michigan vs New Mexico State at 6:30 p.m. followed by UC Irvine vs Southern Missisippi at 8:30 p.m.

New opening-round match-ups are now Murray State vs. host Alaska-Anch. and Dartmouth vs. San Francisco on Wed., Nov. 23, followed by Central Michigan vs. New Mexico State and UC Irvine vs. Southern Mississippi on Thur., Nov. 24.

The Shootout is the longest-running regular-season college basketball tournament in the nation, taking place every Thanksgiving in Anchorage since 1978.

2011 CARRS/SAFEWAY GREAT ALASKA SHOOTOUT
Sullivan Arena - Anchorage, Alaska
All times AST (Alaska is 4 hours behind EST)

Women's Schedule (Bracket)

Wednesday, Nov. 23 - First Round
2 p.m. - Central Michigan vs South Florida
4 p.m. - Miami vs Alaska-Anch.

Thursday, Nov. 24
2 pm - CMU/USF loser vs UM/UAA loser (3rd place)
4 pm - CMU/USF winner vs UM/UAA winner (championship)

Men's Schedule (Bracket)

Wednesday, Nov. 23 - First Round
6:30 p.m. - Murray State vs Alaska-Anch.
8:30 p.m. - Dartmouth vs San Francisco

Thursday, Nov. 24 - First Round
6:30 p.m. - Central Michigan vs New Mexico State
8:30 p.m. - UC Irvine vs Southern Mississippi

Friday, Nov. 25 - Consolation Semifinals & Semifinals
Noon - MSU/UAA loser vs DC/USF loser
2 p.m. - CMU/NMSU loser vs UCI/USM loser
5:30 p.m. - MSU/UAA winner vs DC/USF winner
8 p.m. - CMU/ NMSU winner vs UCI/USM winner

Saturday, Nov. 26
Noon - 7th/8th-place game
2 p.m. - 4th/6th-place game
5:30 p.m. - 3rd/5th-place game
8 p.m. - Championship game

Here is a quick look at the 2011 fields:

WOMEN
Alaska-Anch.
Nickname: Seawolves
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Conference: Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2010-11 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 27-7 overall, 14-4 GNAC (2nd)
2011 Postseason: NCAA Second Round (Div. II)
Head Coach: Tim Moser, 6th season
Previous Shootout Appearances (Titles): All (1990, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)

Central Michigan
Nickname: Chippewas
Location: Mount Pleasant, Mich.
Conference: Mid-American
2010-11 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 20-11/11-5 (t-3rd)
2011 Postseason: WNIT First Round
Head Coach: Sue Guevara
Previous Shootout Appearances: None

Miami
Nickname: Hurricanes
Location: Coral Gables, Fla.
Conference: Atlantic Coast
2010-11 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 28-5/12-2 (t-1st)
2011 Postseason: NCAA Second Round
Head Coach: Katie Meier, 7th season
Previous Shootout Appearances: 1984 (8th), 1987 (4th)

South Florida
Nickname: Bulls
Location: Tampa, Fla.
Conference: Big East
2010-11 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 12-19/3-13 (t-13th)
2011 Postseason: None
Head Coach: Jose Fernandez, 12th season
Previous Shootout Appearances: 1983 (8th)

MEN
Alaska-Anch.
Nickname: Seawolves
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Conference: Great Northwest Athletic Conf.
2001-11 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 24-10/13-5 (2nd)
2011 Postseason: NCAA Second Round (Div. II)
Head Coach: Rusty Osborne, 8th season
Previous Shootout Appearances: All (32-67)

UC Irvine
Nickname: Anteaters
Location: Irvine, Calif.
Conference: Big West
2001-11 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 13-19/6-10 (t-7th)
2011 Postseason: None
Head Coach: Russell Turner, 2nd season
Previous Shootout Appearances: 1990 (6th)

Central Michigan
Nickname: Chippewas
Location: Mount Pleasant, Mich.
Conference: Mid-American
2001-11 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 10-21/7-9 (3rd-West Div.)
2011 Postseason: None
Head Coach: Ernie Zeigler, 6th season
Previous Shootout Appearances: None

Dartmouth
Nickname: Big Green
Location: Hanover, N.H.
Conference: Ivy League
2001-11 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 5-23/1-13 (8th)
2011 Postseason: None
Head Coach: Paul Cormier, 2nd season
Previous Shootout Appearances: None

Murray State
Nickname: Racers
Location: Murray, Ky.
Conference: Ohio Valley
2001-11 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 23-9/14-4 (1st)
2011 Postseason: NIT First Round
Head Coach: TBA
Previous Shootout Appearances: None

New Mexico State
Nickname: Aggies
Location: Las Cruces, N.M.
Conference: Western Athletic
2001-11 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 16-17/9-7 (3rd)
2011 Postseason: None
Head Coach: Marvin Menzies, 5th season
Previous Shootout Appearances: 1992 (Champions)

San Francisco
Nickname: Dons
Location: San Francisco, Calif.
Conference: West Coast
2001-11 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 19-15/10-4 (3rd)
2011 Postseason: CollegeInsider.com Quarterfinals
Head Coach: Rex Walters, 4th season
Previous Shootout Appearances: None

Southern Mississippi
Nickname: Golden Eagles
Location: Hattiesburg, Miss.
Conference: Conference-USA
2001-11 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 22-10/9-7 (t-5th)
2011 Postseason: None
Head Coach: Larry Eustachy, 9th season
Previous Shootout Appearances: None


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  NEW ZEALAND   


2011 Universiade. New Zealand post first win edging Philippines - by Eurobasket News
New Zealand - Philippines 102:55

New Zealand registered the first win at the World University Games in China. They knocked down Philippines for 1-3 record in Group C. Justin Richard Edwards (197-F-90) scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the winners. Philippines fell at 0-4 record after the loss.
New Zealand stayed aggressive defensively in the opening quarter. They limited Philippines to just 12 points in the first period and posted a 16:12 lead. The Kiwis opened the second term on a 16:5 run to boost the margin. They established a comfortable 48:22 halftime lead. New Zealand maintained the margin throughout the third stanza. They ensured a 76:36 lead with one quarter to go. The Kiwis refused to slow down in the fourth frame and cruised to the victory at the end. Marco Alexander (186-G-91) accounted for 21 points, while Dion Prewster (195-G/F-91, college: Stephen F. Austin) produced 17 points and 8 rebounds in the winning effort. June Mar Fajardo (196-C-89) and Krist Edward Pao (188-F-87) responded with 11 points each for Philippines.

New Zealand: Justin Richard Edwards 24+10 boards, Marco Alexander 21, Dion Prewster 17
Philippines: June Mar Fajardo 11, Krist Edward Pao 11



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  NIGERIA   


Nigerian National Team 2011 - by Greg
Nigerian National Team 2011
#s#
Solomon Tat
Tat
Ime Udoka
Udoka
Aboubakar Usman
Usman
Michael Umeh
Umeh
Nedu Onyeuku
Onyeuku
#e#5
4 Solomon Tat 196-G/F-86 Manchester USA
5 Ime Udoka 196-F/G-77 San Antonio S. USA
6 Jason Obazuaye 193-G Z*Tri Valley T. USA
7 Aboubakar Usman 192-G-86 Kano Pillars Nigeria
8 Michael Umeh 188-G-84 UCAM Murcia Spain
9 Nedu Onyeuku 191-G-83 Morog Libya
10 Ikechukwu Ofoegbu 205-F-85 Humacao Puerto Rico
11 Stanley Gumut 197-F-86 Morog Libya
12 Ejike Ugboaja 204-F/C-85 BC Odessa Ukraine
13 Derrick Obasohan 199-F-81 Belenenses Portugal
14 Ezenwa Ukeagu 203-C/F-81 Salgotarjani Hungary
15 Oyedeji Olumide 208-C/F-81 Foshan China



26th Afrobasket: Nigeria down Mali 84-59 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Nigeria made a bold statement in group-A of the 26th edition of the FIBA Africa Championship for Men tagged; Madagascar 2011 Afrobasket with an 84-59 points win over Mali.

The Nigerian side coached by Ayo Bakare rose from a 20-22 points deficit in the first quarter to put paid to the ambition of the Malian from the second quarter through the last winning by 18-05, 18-14 and 28-18 points.

Nigeria dominated the Malian on the board with a total of 42 rebounds to Mali 23 while the Malian recorded 22 turn-over with Nigeria 16.

Derrick Obasohan led the Nigerian challenge with 15 points and 4 rebounds, Olumide Oyedeji showed great presence with 11 points and 8 rebounds, point guard Michael Umeh contributed 11 points 5 rebounds and 3 asists just as Ime Udoka added 10 points and 4 rebounds to give Nigeria a well deserved victory.




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  PHILIPPINES   


2011 Universiade. New Zealand post first win edging Philippines - by Eurobasket News
New Zealand - Philippines 102:55

New Zealand registered the first win at the World University Games in China. They knocked down Philippines for 1-3 record in Group C. Justin Richard Edwards (197-F-90) scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the winners. Philippines fell at 0-4 record after the loss.
New Zealand stayed aggressive defensively in the opening quarter. They limited Philippines to just 12 points in the first period and posted a 16:12 lead. The Kiwis opened the second term on a 16:5 run to boost the margin. They established a comfortable 48:22 halftime lead. New Zealand maintained the margin throughout the third stanza. They ensured a 76:36 lead with one quarter to go. The Kiwis refused to slow down in the fourth frame and cruised to the victory at the end. Marco Alexander (186-G-91) accounted for 21 points, while Dion Prewster (195-G/F-91, college: Stephen F. Austin) produced 17 points and 8 rebounds in the winning effort. June Mar Fajardo (196-C-89) and Krist Edward Pao (188-F-87) responded with 11 points each for Philippines.

New Zealand: Justin Richard Edwards 24+10 boards, Marco Alexander 21, Dion Prewster 17
Philippines: June Mar Fajardo 11, Krist Edward Pao 11



PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Arizona REID
  Rain or Shine
  (196-F-86)
  Avg: 31.6
 1. Reid, Rain or Shine31.6 
 2. Forte, Alaska Aces27.6 
 3. Grundy, Petron B.23.6 
 4. Sloan, Ginebra Kin.22.8 
 5. Yap, B-Meg Llam.21.6 
 6. Caguioa, Ginebra20.2 
 7. Reynolds, Talk N.17.6 
 8. Santos, Petron B.16.2 
 9. Buenafe, Rain o.15.5 
 10. Thoss, Alaska Ac.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arizona REID
  Rain or Shine
  (196-F-86)
  Avg: 16
 1. Reid, Rain or Shine16.0 
 2. Forte, Alaska Aces16.0 
 3. Santos, Petron B.11.7 
 4. Thoss, Alaska Aces10.6 
 5. Sloan, Ginebra Kin.9.0 
 6. Grundy, Petron B.8.2 
 7. Pingris, B-Meg L.7.8 
 8. Williams, Talk N.7.7 
 9. Ildefonso, Petron7.0 
 10. Wilson, Ginebra K.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony GRUNDY
  Petron B.
  (189-G-79)
  Avg: 7
 1. Grundy, Petron B.7.0 
 2. Sloan, Ginebra Kin.5.5 
 3. Cabagnot, Petron5.1 
 4. Alapag, Talk N Te.4.8 
 5. Castro, Talk N Te.4.7 
 6. Reynolds, Talk N.4.4 
 7. Reid, Rain or Shine4.2 
 8. Allen, B-Meg Llam.4.2 
 9. Forte, Alaska Aces4.0 
 10. Ildefonso, Petron3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony GRUNDY
  Petron B.
  (189-G-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Grundy, Petron B.2.3 
 2. Tenorio, Alaska A.1.8 
 3. Reynolds, Talk N.1.8 
 4. Reyes, Talk N Text1.6 
 5. Cabagnot, Petron1.5 
 6. Allen, B-Meg Llam.1.4 
 7. Williams, Talk N.1.3 
 8. Buenafe, Rain o.1.3 
 9. Dela Cruz, Alaska1.2 
 10. Santos, Petron B.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Marc PINGRIS
  B-Meg L.
  (195-C-81)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Pingris, B-Meg L.1.4 
 2. Santos, Petron B.1.4 
 3. Thoss, Alaska Aces1.2 
 4. Peek, Talk N Text1.2 
 5. Allado, B-Meg L.1.0 
 6. Rodriguez, Rain o.1.0 
 7. Devance, B-Meg L.0.8 
 8. Grundy, Petron B.0.8 
 9. Eman, Alaska Aces0.8 
 10. Mamaril, Ginebra0.7 


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  POLAND   


Leroy Nobles joins Asseco Prokom - by Eurobasket News
Asseco Prokom have ensured the services of Leroy Nobles (195-G/F). The guard will start his pro career in Poland. Leroy Nobles graduated from the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. The guard notched 18.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in his senior season. Leroy Nobles was named into All-Summit League 1st Team.


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  ROMANIA   


2011 Universiade. Romania roll past China - by Eurobasket News
Romania - China 98:80

Romania earned the second win at World University Games. They fired past hosting China in Shenzhen to climb at 2-2 record in Group A. China fell at 1-3 record after the loss. Vlad Moldoveanu (207-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances, college: American) notched 26 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists for the winners.
Romania erupted for 29 points in the opening frame to take a 10-point advantage. China cut the distance to just two points midway through the second term. Romania hung on to the lead to enter the second half up by four points 44:40. Romania took off in the third quarter. They drained 30 points to make it 74:60 with one quarter remaining. The margin just kept on growing throughout the fourth frame as Romania cruised to the victory. Andrei Mandache (189-G-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) finished with 20 points, while Adrian Gutoaia (197-C-90, agency: Court Side) and Titus Nicoara (202-F-88, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 19 points apiece in the win. Li Yuanyu (206-C-91) replied with 31 points for China. Shi Hongfei (180-PG-93) notched 15 points in the loss.

Romania: Vlad Moldoveanu 26, Andrei Mandache 20, Adrian Gutoaia 19, Titus Nicoara 19
China: Li Yuanyu 31, Shi Hongfei 15



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  RUSSIA   


BC Triumph joins Baltic League 2011/2012 - by Eurobasket News
BC Triumph joins Baltic League 2011/2012 to be the only Russian team in the tournament. The draft version foresees that the Elite division will consist of 11 teams. The potential participation of the Russian club will be based on the same terms that dictated the participation of the BC Dolphins 2010/2011.

Baltic league 2011/2012:
BC Ventspils
BC Liepajas Lauvas
BC Kalev/Cramo
TU Rock
BC Rudupis
BC Siauliai
BC Nevezys
BC Pieno zvaigzdziu
BC Juventus
KK Kaunas
BC Triumph



2011 Universiade.Russia remains undefeated in Shenzhen - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine-Russia 48:77

Russia remains undefeated in Shenzhen as the team improved to 4-0 record in Group C. The favorites cruised past Ukraine 77:48 as the latter fell at 2-2 at the World University Games.
Russia opened the game with 9-4 and took 21:9 after the first 10 minutes. The lead continued to grow as Russia added 16-10 in the second frame for 37:19 at the halftime. Ukraine showed miserable 31% from the field and as a result lost the third and the last quarters respectively. Russia won the third period 25:16 and entered the final stanza with 62:35. Another 15-13 in the last quarter allowed the Russian team to share the top of the group with Lithuania.
Dmitry Golovin (193-G-88) and Petr Gubanov (207-C-87) top-scored for the winners with 15 points, while Anatoly Kashirov (215-C-87) notched 14. Viacheslav Zaitsev (191-G-89) followed them with 9 points for the win. Maksym Kornienko (205-F/C-87) ended up with 16 points in the losing effort, whilst Dmytro Khodov (201-F-87) and Igor Zaytsev (199-F-90) added 8 apiece.

Ukraine: Maksym Kornienko 16, Dmytro Khodov 8, Igor Zaytsev 8
Russia: Dmitry Golovin 15, Petr Gubanov 15, Anatoly Kashirov 14, Viacheslav Zaitsev 9



Enisey Krasnoyarsk lands forward Jasmin Hukic - by Eurobasket News
Enisey Krasnoyarsk announced signing of Jasmin Hukic (204-G/F-79, agency: Beo Basket) for the next season. The Bosnian forward heads to his new club from BC Donetsk. He played 56 games for them in Ukrainian Superleague last season averaging 11 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists. Donetsk was the regular season champion and they reached Playoff Finals later. Before Donetsk, Jasmin Hukic spent one year with Benetton Treviso. From 2007 to 2009, he was a member of Union Olimpija. In their first season together Hukic had 13.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 1.4 apg in 14 Euroleague games. In the past, he also played for Prokom Trefl Sopot, Hemofarm, Hapoel Tel-Aviv, Olimpija and Sloboda Dita Tuzla. Hukic was a member of the Bosnian NT from 1998 to 2008. In 2008, Jasmin Hukic was named Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Forward of the Year.

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  SCOTLAND   


New Head coach for Strathclyde Men's team - by Eurobasket News
Glasgow Storm are proud to announce the appointment of David Johnston (206-C/F-84, college: NW Oklahoma St.) as the new head coach for our Division 1 Strathclyde Men's team.

David, as some of you may remember, was the Head Coach of our Men's National League a couple of years ago, and after a couple of years away from basketball he has decided to re-join Storm.

Glasgow Storm welcomes David to the club and looks forward to working with him again next season.
Courtesy of: http://www.glasgowstorm.co.uk




New Head Coach for Glasgow Storm - by Eurobasket News
Glasgow Storm are proud to announce the appointment of Iain Maclean as the new head coach for our National League Senior Men's team.

His CV speaks for itself; as a player he attended Northern Arizona University in the United States on a full scholarship to play NCAA Div1 basketball before going on to represent both Scotland and Great Britain internationally. At the former MIM Livingston team he was a dominant force in the league. He then played for, and subsequently coached, the Scottish Rocks in the BBL. In 2007 Iain was given the head coaching job for the Scotland Senior Men National Team and in the same year coached the Scottish Universities team to their first ever tournament win in the BUSA Home Nations.

Former head coach David Purdie will be stepping into the assistant coach role.

Glasgow Storm welcomes Iain to the club and looks forward to working with him next season.
Courtesy of: http://www.glasgowstorm.co.uk


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  SENEGAL   


Senegalese National Team 2011 - by Karol
Senegalese National Team 2011
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Boubacar Coly
Coly
Xane Dalmeida
Dalmeida
Papa Dia
Dia
Mohamed Diop
Diop
Mouhammad Faye
Faye
#e#5
Boubacar Coly 206-F-83 GIE Morrow D. USA
Xane Dalmeida 183-G-83 Limoges France
Papa Dia 205-F-87 KK Zagreb CO Croatia
Mohamed Diop 210-C-81 Sofia USA
Mouhammad Faye 208-F-85 Hyeres-Toulon France
Ousmane Gueye 188-G-82 Tezenis Verona Italy
Elhadji Ndiaye 199-F-86 DUC Dakar Senegal
Maleye NDoye 203-F-80 Orleans France
Mamadou Ndoye 79 UGB Senegal
Diasse Pape 206-F/C-92 SAV Vacallo Switzerland
Babacar Toure 205-F/C-85 Geneve Lions Switzerland



Mouhamed Sene landed in Fuenlabrada - by Eurobasket News
Mouhamed Sene (213-C-86) landed in Fuenlabrada for 2011/2012 season. The Senegalese Center will come from BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral.
Last year Mouhamed Sene arrived to Gravelines with some visa issues. The Senegalese big guy had visa problems, which prevented him to join his new teammates earlier. He signed a deal three weeks ago and will stay with Gravelines for rest of the season. Mouhamed Sene spent 2009/10 with Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket averaging 12.4 points. He finished the season as ProA top rebounder with 11.4 rpg. Sene also was the league's top shot blocker with 2.4 bpg and was named Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 1st Team -10.
In EuroChallenge after 6 games he averaged 10.8ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.8bpg, FGP: 61.4%, FT: 61.1%. In French League after 25 games his stats read 10.4ppg, 7.4rpg, Blocks-5 (1.3bpg), FGP: 56.0%, FT: 53.5%.
Only last year he became French La Semaine des AS Cup Winner -11, reached EuroChallenge Quarterfinals -11 and French ProA Semifinals -11.



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  SERBIA   


Nemanja Calasan signs in Switzerland - by Eurobasket News
Nemanja Calasan (204-F-85, college: Purdue) will continue his career in Switzerland. The Serbian power forward signed a one-year deal with Boncourt. Calasan spent last season with Romanian Gaz Metan Medias. He appeared 14 times in the league averaging 3.4 points and 2.4 rebounds. They parted ways in December and Calasan missed rest of the season. Nemanja Calasan started his pro career in France with Etoile Charleville-Mezieres. He had 10.8 ppg and 8 rpg for them in 23 ProB games. Calasan supposed to play for Panionios in 2009/10, but he didnt appear in any official game and in December moved to Charleville. Nemanja Calasan graduated at the Purdue University in 2009. Before that he played for Ibon Niksic in Montenegro.

Marko Djurkovic moves to Krka - by Eurobasket News
Marko Djurkovic (205-C/F-87) is a new member of Krka Novo Mesto. The Serbian power forward/center signed a one year deal with Slovenian champions. Djurkovic started last season with Borac Nektar Banja Luka. He had 8.4 ppg and 2.1 rpg for them in 7 games. They parted ways win November and Djurkovic joined Slovakian Vahostav-SK Zilina two months later. He appeared 7 times in Extraliga adding 10.3 ppg and 4.4 rpg. Marko Djurkovic played for Igokea in 2009/10 season. He helped them reach the Bosnian league Finals. Djurkovic registered 11.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 1.5 apg that season. In the past, he also played for Partizan Belgrade and Sloga Kraljevo. Marko Djurkovic played for the Serbian U20, U18 and U16 National Teams. He won three Gold medals with them.

Partizan Belgrade returns NBA center Nikola Pekovic - by Eurobasket News
Partizan Belgrade officially returned their former player Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket). The Serbian powerhouse and NBA center signed a deal until the end of the lockout when Pekovic will have to rejoin Minnesota Timberwolves.
Nikola Pekovic played 65 games for the Wolves last season averaging 5.5 points and 3 rebounds. It was his rookie NBA year. Before that, he spent two years with Panathinaikos Athens helping them win two Greek league titles. They also were Euroleague champions in 2009 and that same year PAO won the Greek Cup as well. From 2005 to 2008, Nikola Pekovic played for Partizan. He exploded in their last season together and was the best Euroleague center with 16.4 ppg and 6.9 rpg. Pekovic was also named Eurobasket.com All-Europe Center of the Year 2008 and 2009.

Nikola Pekovic will join Partizan after EuroBasket in Lithuania.


2011 Universiade. Serbia breeze past Hong Kong - by Eurobasket News
Serbia - Hong Kong 102:46

Serbia registered the third win at the World University Games. They held off Hong Kong to improve at 3-1 record in Group B. Stefan Zivanovic (196-G-89) nailed 14 points to lead the effort. Hong Kong fell at 0-4 record after the loss.
Hong Kong led 10:8 midway through the opening quarter. But Serbia went on a 17:0 run to take a 15-point lead at the first break. Serbia tipped off the second frame on an 8:2 rally and eventually piled up a 45:16 halftime lead. The European side stayed comfortably ahead throughout the second half. They secured a confident win at the end. Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) and Marko Ljubicic (195-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) netted 13 points each in the victory. Milos Dimic (195-G-89) added 11 points for Serbia. Chan Yik Lun (190-G-87) answered with 17 points for Hong Kong. Lin Ho Chun (186-G-90) produced 6 points in the loss.

Serbia: Stefan Zivanovic 14, Vladimir Stimac 13, Marko Ljubicic 13
Hong Kong: Chan Yik Lun 17, Lin Ho Chun 6



Serbia open win count at London Invitational Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Serbia - China 87:53

Serbia recorded the first win at the London Invitational Tournament. They drove past China for 1-1 record. Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) scored 19 points to lead the winners. China fell at 0-2 record.
Serbia fired 22 points in the opening quarter to take a 7-point lead. Serbia maintained the lead throughout the second stanza. They posted a 41:31 halftime advantage. Serbia cleared off in the third frame. The European side outgunned China 26:11 in the period to establish a 25-point lead with one quarter remaining. Serbia did not slow down and cruised to the victory at the end. Nenad Krstic (214-C-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) added 13 points, while Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) and Milan Macvan (206-C-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) notched 11 points each in the win. Jianlian Yi (212-C/F-87) answered with 20 points and 7 rebounds for China. Zhang Bo (200-G/F-89) and Zhang QinPeng (188-PG-81) netted 8 points apiece in the loss.

Serbia: Milos Teodosic 19, Nenad Krstic 13, Milenko Tepic 11, Milan Macvan 11
China: Jianlian Yi 20, Zhang Bo 8, Zhang QinPeng 8



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Maribor adds Pelko and Tapuskovic, Sentjur lands three import players - by Zeljko Zule
Maribor fullfilled its roster with Jure Pelko (190-G-90) and Stevan Tapuskovic (209-F/G-89) for the upcoming season. Pelko arrives from Zlatorog for whom he averaged 4.2 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.0 assist in 29 Telemach League games. Tapuskovic last season spent with Superfund BP Beograd where he averaged 11.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 21 Serbian League games.
Sentjur inked U.S. imports Patrick Rembert (182-G) and Travis Nelson (211-C-87, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) and Croatian Mladen Primorac (210-C-90), all for one season. Rembert arrives from Cal-Irvine where he averaged 12.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 32 NCAA games last season. Nelson last season spent with Marshall Milton Keynes Lion. He posted 19.9 points and 7.0 rebounds per appearance in 29 games United Kingdom BBL. Mladen Primorac arrives from Croatian A-2 League side Bosko.



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2011 Universiade. Ben Rice carries Israel past South Korea - by Eurobasket News
Israel - South Korea 87:82

Israel registered the second win at the 2011 World University Games. They overcame South Korea tonight to improve at 2-2 record in Group D. Ben Rice (195-F-90) unleashed 30 points to lead the effort. South Korea fell at 1-3 record after the loss.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. Israel managed to post a 20:18 advantage ten minutes into the game. But the Asian team turned things their way late in the first half as they eked out a 40:34 halftime advantage. The margin grew at 9-point mark midway through the third stanza. Israel were able to cut it back to three points 57:60 with ten minutes remaining. South Korea led by 8 points 74:66 with five minutes to go in the game however Israel bounced back. They triggered a 21:8 rally to escape with a tough win at the end. Gal Eytan (182-G-87, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) posted 15 points, while Gilad Karni (195-F/G-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 12 points in the victory. Lee Jung-Hyun (190-F-87) answered with game-high 39 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for South Korea. Jang Jaeseok (205-C-91) delivered 12 points in the losing effort.

Israel: Ben Rice 30, Gal Eytan 15, Gilad Karni 12
South Korea: Lee Jung-Hyun 39, Jang Jaeseok 12



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  SPAIN   


Raul Neto and Emmanouil Papamakarios announced by Lagun Aro - by Eurobasket News
Lagun Aro have confirmed the signing of Raul Neto (186-PG-92) and Emmanouil Papamakarios (192-G-80).
Raul Neto inked a five-year contract with the Spanish team. The 19-year-old guard played for Pitagoras/Minas before. Last season the Brazilian guard averaged 12.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.0 steals per game. Raul Neto played for Brazil at U19 World Championship. His stats read 14.5 points, 4.1 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in Latvia.
Lagun Aro also landed Emmanouil Papamakarios. The 30-year-old guard signed a one-year contract with the Spaniards. Last season Emmanouil Papamakarios played for Panellinios. He averaged 6.5 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game in EuroCup. In A1 League the guard notched 8.1 points, 2.5 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per appearance. Eurobasket.com named Emmanouil Papamakarios All-Greek A1 League Most Improved Player of the Year in 2009.



Girona signs Mahamoud Jabbi - by Eurobasket News
Girona continues with signings for the next season. Their latest addition is Gambian player Mahamoud Jabbi (200-F-87). It is the first professional deal for Jabbi. He graduated few months ago at the Binghamton University. For 31 games as a senior Jabbi averaged 9.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. He was named AEC All-Defensive Team -11. For his performance Jabbi was also awarded with All-AEC 3rd Team -11. Mahamoud Jabbi had lower numbers in his junior year. At that time he registered 6.3 ppg and 6.8 rpg. He transferred to Binghamton in 2008 from the NCAA3 school Oswego State.

Mouhamed Sene landed in Fuenlabrada - by Eurobasket News
Mouhamed Sene (213-C-86) landed in Fuenlabrada for 2011/2012 season. The Senegalese Center will come from BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral.
Last year Mouhamed Sene arrived to Gravelines with some visa issues. The Senegalese big guy had visa problems, which prevented him to join his new teammates earlier. He signed a deal three weeks ago and will stay with Gravelines for rest of the season. Mouhamed Sene spent 2009/10 with Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket averaging 12.4 points. He finished the season as ProA top rebounder with 11.4 rpg. Sene also was the league's top shot blocker with 2.4 bpg and was named Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 1st Team -10.
In EuroChallenge after 6 games he averaged 10.8ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.8bpg, FGP: 61.4%, FT: 61.1%. In French League after 25 games his stats read 10.4ppg, 7.4rpg, Blocks-5 (1.3bpg), FGP: 56.0%, FT: 53.5%.
Only last year he became French La Semaine des AS Cup Winner -11, reached EuroChallenge Quarterfinals -11 and French ProA Semifinals -11.



Bizkaia Bilbao Basket add Czech International Tomas Hampl - by Eurobasket News
Bizkaia Bilbao Basket add Czech International Tomas Hampl (215-C-88) for the next season. The player however cannot be enrolled in the league but will play at the Turkish Airlines Euroleague.
In 2005-2006 215cm player started for BC Sparta Praha (NBL): junior team - BK Pardubice 'B' (D2). In 2006-2007 he moved to Lagun Aro Bilbao (Spain-ACB) - Junior Team and for Santurtzi (Spain-EBA) in 15 gamesTomas Hampl averaged 7.4ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 67.0%, FT: 59.0%.
In 2007-2008 for Santurtzi (Spain-EBA, starting five) he improved to 8.7ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1bpg, also played at Iurbentia Bilbao Basket (Spain-ACB): 2 games: 0.0ppg. In 2008-2009 started for Iurbentia Bilbao Basket but again also played at Adreilu Santurtzi (Spain-EBA, starting five). In 2009-2010 signed with Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (Spain-ACB) and also played at Adreilu Santurtzi (Spain-LEB Silver). After 17 games he averaged 10.8ppg, 6.7rpg, FGP: 62.3%, 3PT-1 (60.0%), FT: 44.9%. The last season the player stayed with Adreilu Santurtzi (Spain-LEB Silver).



Experienced Guillermo Rejon head to Murcia - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Guillermo Rejon (206-F/C-77) heads to Murcia for the next season. The 1977-year old Spanish player comes from Meridiano Alicante.
Last year Meridiano Alicante extended contract with experienced Guillermo Rejon for the 2010/2011 season. Guillermo Rejon joined Alicante during the summer 2008. In his first season with the club he helped Alicante to win the LEB Gold Playoffs and to earn the promotion to ACB. He appeared in 35 games that season averaging 5.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists. Last season in ACB Rejon played 33 games registering 1.7 points and 1.6 rebounds. His playing time was limited, but it seems he showed enough to get a new deal with the club. In the past Rejon was a member of Estudiantes, Ferrol, Valladolid and Palma Aqua Magica.
For his Awards/Achievements it is a must to mention that hewas Fuenlabrada Summer League's MVP -02, Spanish LEB Gold Regular Season Runner-Up -09, Spanish LEB Gold Play-Off Winner -09 and Spanish LEB Gold (Cope Principe de Asturias) Winner -09.




Fabio Santana signs 3-year deal with Gran Canaria 2014 - by Eurobasket News
Fabio Santana (188-PG-92, agency: Beo Basket) signs 3-year deal with Gran Canaria 2014 as he will remain with the squad. The Spanish 1992-year-born Point Guard settled in the team for a long time.
In 2008-2009 Fabio started for Kalise Gran Canaria junior team. In 2009-2010 he moved to C.B. Gran Canaria junior team, also played at La Caja Gran Canaria Las Palmas (EBA). In 2010-2011 appeared in C.B. Gran Canaria 2014 (ACB) but mostly played for La Caja Gran Canaria Las Palmas and averaged 7.9ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.8apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 37.2%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 67.4%.
Lucentum Alicante meanwhile parted ways with Martynas Andriuskevicius (218-C/F-86, agency: Interperformances). The 24-year old Lithuanian center joined Alicante in 2007 from D-League team Dakota Wizards. He appeared in 34 games last season averaging 8.8 points and 4.7 rebounds. The team competed in ACB and managed to survive registering 13-21 score (No.15). On season 2008/09, Andriuskevicius helped the team to win the LEB Gold championship and to book a spot for ACB. Andriuskevicius played 37 games collecting 9.5 ppg and 5.8 rpg. In his first year with Alicante he had 5.8 ppg and 3.4 rpg for 26 games (also in LEB Gold).



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Edgard Jeromanovs moves to Norrkoping Dolphins - by Eurobasket News
Edgard Jeromanovs (186-G-86) is a new member of the Swedish team Norrkoping Dolphins. The Latvian point guard penned a deal for the next season. He spent the last one in Greece with SFK Perikos/Arhelaos. For 29 games in A2 division he averaged 8.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists. Jeromanovs was named Eurobasket.com Greek A2 All-Bosmans Team -11. Season 2009/10, Edgard Jeromanovs split between Ukrainian MBC Mykolaiv and Latvia Liepajas Lauvas. In Ukraine he had 5.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg and 2.1 apg for 9 games. Later with Liepajas Lauvas, Jeromanovs added 10/9 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 4.3 apg in LBL. In the past, he played for VEF Riga and Barns. Edgard Jeromanovs played for the Latvian National Team in Qualifications to European Championships 2011. He had 4.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg and 1.3 apg for 6 games.

Dolphins set to sign Petras Balocka and Lester Prosper - by Eurobasket News
Norrkoping Dolphins are set to sign Petras Balocka (205-C-86, college: Hawaii) and Lester Prosper (208-F/C-84) for the next season. Both players successfully past try-out period and they verbally agreed a deal with the club. They are expected to put signature on the contract during the day or tomorrow.
Petras Balocka heads to Norrkoping from the French team USA Lievin Basket. He had 10.8 ppg and 8.6 rpg for them in 17 NM1 games. Eurobasket awarded Balocka with French NM1 All-Bosmans Team. Before Lievin, Balocka played in Georgian Sokhumi Tbilisi.
Lester Prosper is a rookie who graduated at the Old Westbury few months ago. He had 19.6 ppg, 13 rpg and 3.5 bpg for his school as a senior. They competed in NCAA D3.


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  SWITZERLAND   


SAM Basket Massagno signs three players - by Eurobasket News
SAM Basket Massagno announced signing of Chris Kaba (203-F), Travele Jones (203-F) and Kevin Swinton (203-F, college: Oklahoma Baptist) for the next season. All of them are rookies.
Chris Kaba graduated few months ago at the University of Northern Colorado. He had 9.5 ppg and 4.8 rpg for his school as a senior.
Travele Jones also graduated this year in the US. He is a product of the Texas Southern Univeristy. He had 16 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.7 apg and 1.7 spg for them last season. As a junior, Jones had slightly lower numbers.
Kevin Swinton is a product of the Oklahoma Baptist University. They competed in NAIA. Swinton also has experience from the Wake Forest.


SAV Vacallo Basket returns Matt Schneiderman - by Eurobasket News
Matt Schneiderman (205-F/C-81, college: N.Iowa) is back to SAV Vacallo Basket after one year. The American PF/C penned a deal for the next season. He spent the last one with Lugano Tigers. For 32 LNA games with them he averaged 9.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.8 steals. In EuroChallenge, Schneiderman added 4.6 ppg and 2.4 rpg for 7 agmes. He helped the Tigers to win Swiss Cup and Swiss League Cup. They also won the LNA title last season. Matt Schneiderman played for SAV Vacallo from 2008 until the last summer. They won the LNA title together in 2009. Schneiderman was one of their best players with 15.4 ppg and 5.1 rpg. In the past, he also was a member of BBC Monthey, Reims and Lausanne Morges.

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  TOGO   


Togo National Team 2011 - by Karol
Togo National Team 2011
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Sarahbil Boucari
Boucari
Mouctar Diaby
Diaby
Hassane Fofana
Fofana
Jimmy Williams
Williams
#e#4
Komi Ayayi 86
Sarahbil Boucari 188-G-85 Jamtland Sweden
Batalaki Brikana 85
Bouatiganle Damtare 83
Yaovi De Souza 77 Swallows Togo
Mouctar Diaby 206-C-85 Swallows Togo
Messan Doe-Bruce 86
Hassane Fofana 208-C-83 Loyola, MD USA
Komi Kouigan 84
Yao Midodji 87
Comlan Pinheiro 81
Fofana Saibou 86
Abdou Soulemana 83
William Tete 86
Jimmy Williams 196-G-86 Al Wakrah Qatar



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  TURKEY   


Banvit adds Kenan Bajramovic - by Eurobasket News
Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81) is back to Turkey after two years. The experienced Bosnian signed a deal with Banvit. Bajramovic spent last season and a half with Lietuvos Rytas. He had 11.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 1.4 apg in 14 Euroleague games last season. In LKL, Bajramovic added 12.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 1.7 apg. Rytas also competed in VTB United league, where Bajramovic collected 12.1 ppg and 3.2 rpg for 9 games. The Bosnian had even better season with Rytas in 2009/10. They won the Lithuanian title and Cup. Bajramovic started that season with ALBA Berlin and moved to Rytas in January. He was their member also in 2007/08. Kenan Bajramovic played for Turk Telekom in 2008/09 season. He also has experience from Kyiv, Azovmash, Bosna Sarajevo and Celik Zenica. He is active member of the Bosnian NT since 2001. Kenan Bajramovic was Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Import Player of the Year -11.

Aliaga signs guard Pertev Onguner - by Eurobasket News
Pertev Onguner (196-G-91) is a new member of Aliaga. The 20-year-old guard penned a deal for the next season. Onguner spent the last one with Bornova. He had limited playing time there averaging 2.7 points for 28 games in TBL. Before Bornova, Onguner was a member of Genc Telekom. He had 9.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 2.6 apg for them in 20 TB2L games on season 2009/10. He also appeared few times with Turk Telekom that year. Pertev Onguner played for the Turkish U20 National Team this summer. He had 4.4 ppg, 1.2 rpg and 1.1 apg for 9 games at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao. Two years ago Onguner helped U18 Turkey to win the Bronze at the European Championships U18 in Metz. He averaged 3.1 points, 2 rebounds and 1.7 assists at this event. Onguner also played for U16 Turkey in the past.

Trabzonspor close to sign Cuneyt Erden? - by Sinan Can
Trabzonspor broke the silence by signing Tolga Ongoren as head coach, now jumped into the market to build a new roster. Due to some sources around the club, Black Sea team is interested in experienced guard Cuneyt Erden (185-G-77). Cuneyt spent last season at Besiktas is might be the first local signing of Tolga Ongoren . Along with Cuneyt, Trabzonspor will be expected to sign 4-5 Turkish players and at least four foreigners. Depending to the reports, debt problems from last season forced Coach Ongoren to look for young players as foreigners.

Olin signed Wright - by Sinan Can
OLIN Edirne signed American rookie guard Chris Wright (185-G-89). Talented player who has graduated from Georgetown University will spend his first professional season at Turkish tesam. Wright has been a key member of Georgetown team where he averaged 12.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game on his senior season. After a succesful first season in Beko Basketboll League, Olin Edirne has lost some of key players, anyway Turkish team will face a new challenge this year at FIBA Eurochallenge Cup. Chris Wright will expected to carry Coach Gokhan Tastimur's side on the court.

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Transfer Williams to Join Frogs for 2011-12 - by David Edole
FORT WORTH--TCU men's basketball has added a seventh newcomer to the roster for the 2011-12 season in forward Craig Williams (205-F-89), a 6-9, 240-pound transfer from Temple.

Williams, who will be available to play his final year of eligibility this fall, redshirted last season in his senior campaign with the Owls after suffering a pre-season foot injury.

A native of Christiansted, St. Croix, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Williams played three full seasons for Temple, appearing in 61 games with 13 starts. His top season in 2008-09 saw him post single-game averages of 5.3 points and 3.0 rebounds per game as a sophomore, while he also knocked down 38-of-95 attempts from 3-point range (40.0 percent). Williams averaged 3.8 points and 1.8 boards per contest with 29 treys made as a junior in 2009-10.

'We are happy to be able to add a player like Craig Williams to our roster,' head coach Jim Christian said. 'Craig is a guy who comes from a winning program, one that reached the NCAA Tournament each year he was on campus. He's very versatile for a big man, and we believe he will be a good fit for our program this season.'

Prior to his time at Temple, Williams starred for St. Croix Central High School, where he was the squad's Player of the Year each of his final two seasons. He averaged 25 points and 10 rebounds as a senior in 2006-07, his second straight year with a 20-point scoring average. In addition to playing high school ball, Williams also has spent time with the Virgin Islands National Tem.

The addition of Williams gives another boost to a new-look TCU frontcourt featuring three other big-bodied newcomers measuring at least 6-8 and 240 pounds in Winslo Barry (6-11, 240), Adrick McKinney (6-8, 250) and Ryan Rhoomes (6-9, 240). The four players will join returning letterwinner Cheick Kone (6-10, 235) in the mix down low.




Guidance Withstand Hoyas' Rally to Force Game Five - by David Edole
By Dave Davis August 16, 2011

Guidance withstood a frantic fourth-quarter rally by the Hoyas Monday in game four of the NBBA finals to win, 78-75, and forced a fifth and deciding game Wednesday at the Ronald Charles Gymnasium.

The Guidance lead had ballooned up to 21 points, and for many in the stands it was a foregone conclusion that victory was secured.

However, the Hoyas, just one win from a championship, rallied to within two points before coming up just short.

After the teams ended the first quarter knotted at 20 points apiece, Guidance, with their backs against the wall, played like a team desperate to survive. They had an extra pep in their step in the second quarter that seemed to have caught the Hoyas off guard. Led by 11 points by AQ St. Hillaire and eight from Jose Santos, Guidance exploded for 27 second-quarter points to lead by 11 at the break, 47-36.

Guidance continued their fine play early in the third period extending the lead to as many as 21, but by the midway point the Hoyas began their push. They got the lead down to 14 at 66-52 heading into the final quarter.

The Hoyas continued to cut into the Guidance lead in the fourth quarter, and many Guidance fans were screaming for a timeout. However, Coach Donald Bough, ala Phil Jackson of the Los Angeles Lakers, apparently decided to let his players right the ship on their own.

But his team was in big trouble because the Hoyas Karl Mike Jones John was on fire in the fourth as he scorched the nets for 12 in the period, and the Hoyas defensively had turned it up a notch.

The Hoyas would end up holding Guidance to just 12 points in the closing quarter. Guidance was up by just two with 5.7 seconds left on the clock when the hardest-working man on their squad, Eric McBean, was fouled and went to the line for two free throws and a chance to ice the game.

He converted the first but missed the second. A wild long pass down the court by the Hoyas to Darnell Hendrickson for a possible chance at a tie was way off the mark, and Guidance survived the scare, 78-75, and will play Wednesday with a chance for back-to-back titles.

McBean led four Guidance players in double figures with 20 points and nine boards, St. Hillaire netted 19 with nine boards, Kitwana Rhymer (208-C-78, college: Massachusetts) had 12 points, and Santos finished with 10.

With the Guidance defense clamping down on their leading scorer, Hendrickson, the Hoyas Karl John picked up the slack, exploding for a game-high 32 points while pulling down 13 rebounds. Hendrickson came on in the second half during the Hoyas rally to finish with 17 points, and Eddie Castillo finished with 12.

We started playing ball too late. said Hoyas Coach Sammie Lee, Come Wednesday you will see a different game.

Guidance, undoubtedly, will be ready and waiting.



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Vincent Hunter and Deonta Vaughn join MBC Mykolaiv - by Alexei Revenko
MBC Mykolaiv sign a contracts with 25 years old point guard Deonta Vaughn (185-G-86, college: Cincinnati) Last season he played in Poland where scored 11,6 ponts, 4,0 rebounds and 3,5 asissts per game.
Also join club 26 yeats old power forward/ center Hunter Vincent (208-F-84, college: Arkansas). Vincent played last two seasons in Ferro. He scored 12,5 points and 6,3 rebounds per game.
Also Mykolaiv sign junior ukrainian players - Alexander Kolomychuk, Anton Rozhkov, Vladimir Sklyar.


Vincent Hunter agreed with MBC Mykolaiv - by Eurobasket News
Hunter Vincent (208-F-84, college: Arkansas) agreed with MBC Mykolaiv that prepares a great roster for the upcoming season. The Ukrainian side adds American Forward who is well-known in the country.
Hunter Vincent is currently in China, while the season should finish within 2 weeks.
In his top game in China he recorded 27 points and 13 rebounds as Jiangsu edged Ningxia Hanas 113-97. The game was mostly controlled by Jiangsu. Ningxia Hanas managed to win second period 26-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 37-of-48 free shots (77.1 percent) during the game.
In 2010-2011 Hunter Vincent played for Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye (Ukraine-Superleague) and in EuroChallenge Qualifying Round averaged 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg. In Ukrainian League after 56 games his stats read 12.5ppg, 6.3rpg, Blocks-3 (1.4bpg), FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 35.4%, FT: 65.1%.



2011 Universiade.Russia remains undefeated in Shenzhen - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine-Russia 48:77

Russia remains undefeated in Shenzhen as the team improved to 4-0 record in Group C. The favorites cruised past Ukraine 77:48 as the latter fell at 2-2 at the World University Games.
Russia opened the game with 9-4 and took 21:9 after the first 10 minutes. The lead continued to grow as Russia added 16-10 in the second frame for 37:19 at the halftime. Ukraine showed miserable 31% from the field and as a result lost the third and the last quarters respectively. Russia won the third period 25:16 and entered the final stanza with 62:35. Another 15-13 in the last quarter allowed the Russian team to share the top of the group with Lithuania.
Dmitry Golovin (193-G-88) and Petr Gubanov (207-C-87) top-scored for the winners with 15 points, while Anatoly Kashirov (215-C-87) notched 14. Viacheslav Zaitsev (191-G-89) followed them with 9 points for the win. Maksym Kornienko (205-F/C-87) ended up with 16 points in the losing effort, whilst Dmytro Khodov (201-F-87) and Igor Zaytsev (199-F-90) added 8 apiece.

Ukraine: Maksym Kornienko 16, Dmytro Khodov 8, Igor Zaytsev 8
Russia: Dmitry Golovin 15, Petr Gubanov 15, Anatoly Kashirov 14, Viacheslav Zaitsev 9



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2011 Universiade. Czech Republic thump UAE - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic - UAE 91:61

Czech Republic eased past UAE for the second win at World University Games. Vojtech Hruban (200-F-89) knocked down 23 points to improve at 2-2 record. UAE suffered the fourth straight defeat at the tournament.
UAE got to the better start of the game. They led for some time in the opening quarter but Czech Republic pulled ahead for a 22:18 lead after ten minutes. The Europeans stayed to pull away in the second quarter. They established a 43:30 halftime advantage. Czech Republic boosted the margin in the third frame. They piled up a 69:51 lead at the final break. Czech Republic dominated in the fourth stanza driving to a confident win at the end. Patrik Auda (205-F-89) posted 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Petr Dokoupil (191-G-88) added 14 points in the victory. Mohamed AlBraiki (205-C-91) responded with 13 points for UAE. Omar Alameri (200-F-91) netted 12 points in the loss.

Czech Republic: Vojtech Hruban 23, Patrik Auda 15+10 boards, Petr Dokoupil 14
UAE: Mohamed AlBraiki 13, Omar Alameri 12



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New Riders Role For Williams - by Paul Nilsen
Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders have appointed LaTaryl Williams (197-F-78, college: Mississippi) as an Assistant Coach to Head Rob Paternostro, working alongside Phil Gleadell, as the player continues his road to recovery from a severe knee injury.

The Rider's former captain had surgery following a season ending injury in Riders away game at Milton Keynes on the 27th March. The surgery removed broken elements of the fibia, and reattached the knee ligaments, and the prognosis was a lay-off of at least 4 to 6 months.

Williams is pleased with the progress he is making, 'The doctors, and my medical support from Craig Mortimer and Thomas Jeppesen, are telling me that I am ahead of schedule. I am running in the pool, working with weights and generally improving levels of fitness, so I am feeling pretty good about things.'

'The surgeon has a little concern that my ACL is not efficient - which means it has not got back full strength and flexibility, but we are hoping to avoid a further operation - fingers crossed. I feel I am still on track to be back to full fitness by Christmas, which was the original estimate.'

Meanwhile Williams was delighted to be offered a coaching role with the Riders supporting Paternostro, 'I have been with Rob for 4 seasons now, and it will be a great honour to work alongside him. I like to think I have a pretty good idea of what Rob wants to do, and his playing systems, so it should not be too steep a learning curve. I want to move into coaching when my playing career is done, so this will be a great opportunity for me.'

Meanwhile Williams has also applied for his UK residency, and will apply for UK citizenship in due course. Currently he counts as a work permitted player in the BBL, of which each Club is allowed only 3 at any time. If he is successful with becoming a citizen, the options for Riders and Williams will increase significantly.



France cruise past hosts in London - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain - France 60:82

France registered the first win at the London Invitational Tournament. They stormed past Great Britain. Tony Parker (183-PG-80) stepped up with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead Les Bleus. France will take on Australia, while Great Britain will face Croatia tonight.
France eked out a 20:18 lead after ten minutes of action. The visitors maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 34:29 halftime lead. France increased the tempo in the third frame. Les Bleus erupted for 26 points in the third stanza and piled up a 60:48 lead with one quarter remaining. France limited Great Britain to just 12 points in the fourth frame and sealed the victory at the end. Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) knocked down 12 points, while Joakim Noah (211-F/C-85, college: Florida) added 10 points and 12 rebounds in the winning effort. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds for Great Britain. Nathan Reinking (188-G-73, college: Kent St.) netted 11 points in the loss.

Great Britain: Joel Freeland 16, Nathan Reinking 11
France: Tony Parker 25, Nicolas Batum 12, Joakim Noah 10+12 boards



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Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Germany4-0
2. Brazil3-1
3. Romania2-2
4. Czech Rep.2-2
5. China1-3
6. United Ara.0-4
Group B
1. Serbia3-1
2. Australia2-1
3. Canada2-1
4. Turkey1-2
5. Hong Kong0-3
Group C
1. Russia4-0
2. Lithuania4-0
3. Ukraine2-2
4. N.Zealand1-3
5. Japan1-3
6. Philippine.0-4
Group D
1. USA4-0
2. Mexico3-1
3. Israel2-2
4. Finland2-2
5. S.Korea1-3
6. Hungary0-4


Results and Stats from Day 5 in Shenzhen - by Eurobasket News
Group A
United Arab Emirates - Czech Republic 61-91
Czech Republic eased past UAE for the second win at World University Games. Vojtech Hruban (200-F-89) knocked down 23 points to improve at 2-2 record. UAE suffered the fourth straight defeat at the tournament. UAE got to the better start of the game. They led for some time in the opening quarter but Czech Republic pulled ahead for a 22:18 lead after ten minutes. The Europeans stayed to pull away in the second quarter. They established a 43:30 halftime advantage. Czech Republic boosted the margin in the third frame. They piled up a 69:51 lead at the final break. Czech Republic dominated in the fourth stanza driving to a confident win at the end. Patrik Auda (205-F-89) posted 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Petr Dokoupil added 14 points in the victory. Mohamed AlBraiki responded with 13 points for UAE. Omar Alameri (200-F-91) netted 12 points in the loss.

Romania - China 98-80
Romania earned the second win at World University Games. They fired past hosting China in Shenzhen to climb at 2-2 record in Group A. China fell at 1-3 record after the loss. Vlad Moldoveanu notched 26 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists for the winners. Romania erupted for 29 points in the opening frame to take a 10-point advantage. China cut the distance to just two points midway through the second term. Romania hung on to the lead to enter the second half up by four points 44:40. Romania took off in the third quarter. They drained 30 points to make it 74:60 with one quarter remaining. The margin just kept on growing throughout the fourth frame as Romania cruised to the victory. Andrei Mandache (189-G-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) finished with 20 points, while Adrian Gutoaia and Titus Nicoara (202-F-88, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 19 points apiece in the win. Li Yuanyu replied with 31 points for China. Shi Hongfei (180-PG-93) notched 15 points in the loss.

Germany - Brazil 61-53
Germany ensured the fourth straight win at World University Games. They held off Brazil in the battle of two undefeated teams. Bastian Doreth (183-G-89) and Tom-Gerhard Spoeler posted 13 points each in the victory. Germany stayed on top of Group A, while Brazil fell at 3-1 record in the second position in the standings. Brazil led by three points after ten minutes 19:16. But Germany surged ahead early in the second frame. The European team posted a 33:27 halftime advantage. Germany cleared off to a 15-point distance midway through the third term. They secured a 12-point advantage 54:42 with ten minutes to go. Germany stayed in charge throughout the final quarter and sealed the victory at the end. Johannes Lischka and Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (207-C-90, agency: Court Side) notched 8 points apiece in the winning effort. Fabricio Melo (212-C-90) and Michael Machado (185-G-90) answered with 13 points each in the loss.

Group B
Australia - Canada 63-61
Australia secured the second win at World University Games in Shenzhen. They held off Canada to catch up with their opponents at 2-1 record in Group B. Cameron Gliddon (196-G/F-89, college: Concordia Irvine) stepped up with 19 points to pace the Aussies. Australia pulled away late in the opening period. They posted a 16:10 lead ten minutes into the game. Australia maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They recorded a 37:25 halftime advantage. Canada narrowed the deficit in the third period. They trailed by 8 points with one quarter to go. Tyson Hinz (199-F-91) dragged Canada within three points with 41 seconds remaining 59:62. Daly knocked down just one free throw, while Yu followed with two converted free throws to put Canada within two points 61:63. Desmarais had a chance to level things up but could not convert a layup after the steal and Australia hung on to eke out win at the end. Clinton Steindl (200-F-89) and Ryan Broekhoff provided 9 points each for Australia. Tyson Hinz answered with 22 points for Canada. Michael Lieffers (203-F-87) delivered 13 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.

Hong Kong - Serbia 46-102
Serbia registered the third win at the World University Games. They held off Hong Kong to improve at 3-1 record in Group B. Stefan Zivanovic nailed 14 points to lead the effort. Hong Kong fell at 0-4 record after the loss. Hong Kong led 10:8 midway through the opening quarter. But Serbia went on a 17:0 run to take a 15-point lead at the first break. Serbia tipped off the second frame on an 8:2 rally and eventually piled up a 45:16 halftime lead. The European side stayed comfortably ahead throughout the second half. They secured a confident win at the end. Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) and Marko Ljubicic (195-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) netted 13 points each in the victory. Milos Dimic (195-G-89) added 11 points for Serbia. Chan Yik Lun (190-G-87) answered with 17 points for Hong Kong. Lin Ho Chun produced 6 points in the loss.

Group C
New Zealand - Philippines 102-55
New Zealand registered the first win at the World University Games in China. They knocked down Philippines for 1-3 record in Group C. Justin Richard Edwards scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the winners. Philippines fell at 0-4 record after the loss. New Zealand stayed aggressive defensively in the opening quarter. They limited Philippines to just 12 points in the first period and posted a 16:12 lead. The Kiwis opened the second term on a 16:5 run to boost the margin. They established a comfortable 48:22 halftime lead. New Zealand maintained the margin throughout the third stanza. They ensured a 76:36 lead with one quarter to go. The Kiwis refused to slow down in the fourth frame and cruised to the victory at the end. Marco Alexander (186-G-91) accounted for 21 points, while Dion Prewster (195-G/F-91, college: Stephen F. Austin) produced 17 points and 8 rebounds in the winning effort. June Mar Fajardo (196-C-89) and Krist Edward Pao (188-F-87) responded with 11 points each for Philippines.

Lithuania - Japan 101-89
Lithuania won the fourth straight game in Shenzhen at the World University Games. The Baltic State edged Japan 101:89 for 4-0 record in Group C. The Lithuania squad shares the top with Russia as both teams will face each other tomorrow. Japan meanwhile dropped at 1-3 record. Lithuania was the favorite of the game and started with 14:8 in the opening tip. They added another 20 points in another 5 minutes of the quarter for massive 34:22. Another 27-22 gave them 61:44 halftime advantage. The tempo had slowed down a bit in the second half but the teams continued to show their best. Japan grabbed 21-18 in the third period and even won the last stanza 24-22. It was enough only to reduce to 12 points at the end of the game. Valukonis Marius erupted with 27 points for the winners, while Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) collected 21 points and 11 boards. Ernestas Ezerskis (192-PG-87) notched 15 and Matas Sapiega (180-PG-90) as well as Edgaras Stanionis (193-G-88) had 12 apiece. Ruymo Ono (197-F/C-88) ended up with 19 points in the losing effort, while Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) added 14. Hiejima Makoto and Tenketsu Harimoto (196-C/F-92) followed them with 13 points each.

Ukraine - Russia 48-77
Russia remains undefeated in Shenzhen as the team improved to 4-0 record in Group C. The favorites cruised past Ukraine 77:48 as the latter fell at 2-2 at the World University Games. Russia opened the game with 9-4 and took 21:9 after the first 10 minutes. The lead continued to grow as Russia added 16-10 in the second frame for 37:19 at the halftime. Ukraine showed miserable 31% from the field and as a result lost the third and the last quarters respectively. Russia won the third period 25:16 and entered the final stanza with 62:35. Another 15-13 in the last quarter allowed the Russian team to share the top of the group with Lithuania. Dmitry Golovin (193-G-88) and Gubanov Petr top-scored for the winners with 15 points, while Anatoly Kashirov (215-C-87) notched 14. Viacheslav Zaitsev (191-G-89) followed them with 9 points for the win. Maksym Kornienko (205-F/C-87) ended up with 16 points in the losing effort, whilst Dmytro Khodov (201-F-87) and Zaytsev Igor added 8 apiece.

Group D
Mexico - Hungary 86-74
Mexico posted the third win in Group D of World University Games in China. They prevailed against Hungary to climb at 3-1 record in the ladder. Cesar Del Campo stepped up with 24 points, 6 boards and 4 assists in the win. Hungary suffered the fourth straight loss at the tournament. Mexico strongly started the game posting a 14:6 lead early on. Hungary cut the deficit to just three points at the first break 19:22. Hungary managed to pull in front in the second quarter. They registered a 41:37 halftime advantage. Mexico needed a 19:6 run in the third period to regain control. They entered the fourth frame up by 13 points and stayed in charge afterwards. Gabriel Giron (192-F-88) posted 22 points, while Francisco Cruz (191-G-89) accounted for 11 points in the winning effort. Ferdinand Morgen (206-F/C-90) answered with 16 points, while Peter Szabo netted 15 points in defeat.

Israel - South Korea 87-82
Israel registered the second win at the 2011 World University Games. They overcame South Korea tonight to improve at 2-2 record in Group D. Ben Rice (195-F-90) unleashed 30 points to lead the effort. South Korea fell at 1-3 record after the loss. The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. Israel managed to post a 20:18 advantage ten minutes into the game. But the Asian team turned things their way late in the first half as they eked out a 40:34 halftime advantage. The margin grew at 9-point mark midway through the third stanza. Israel were able to cut it back to three points 57:60 with ten minutes remaining. South Korea led by 8 points 74:66 with five minutes to go in the game however Israel bounced back. They triggered a 21:8 rally to escape with a tough win at the end. Gal Eytan (182-G-87, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) posted 15 points, while Gilad Karni (195-F/G-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 12 points in the victory. Lee Jung-Hyun answered with game-high 39 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for South Korea. Jang Jaeseok delivered 12 points in the losing effort.

Finland - USA 64-124
USA recorded the fourth straight win at 2011 World University Games. They held off Finland to stay undefeated in Group D. Jamychal Green scored 21 points to pace the winners. Finland fell at 2-2 record after the loss. USA unloaded 31 points in the first quarter to establish a 12-point lead. They quickly stretched the margin up to 20 points and raced to a 63:38 halftime lead. USA reached 100-point mark in the third frame. They entered the fourth stanza leading 100:51. The North American side never looked back afterwards. Trevor Mbakwe posted 14 points, while Ashton Gibbs (187-G-90) had 13 points in the victory. Antti Kanervo (193-G/F-89) responded with 20 points for Finland. Roope Ahonen (187-PG-90, agency: FCM) had 10 points in the loss.






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Big V: Player & Coach of the Month- July - by Eurobasket News
SCW Integrated Health Player of the Month
Sally Laing (Sherbrooke Suns)
Weve snubbed her long enough. The excuse of a good
player on a bad team doesnt wash with us, especially
when shes single-handedly carrying the Suns with 19 points
and 11 rebounds.

SCW Coach of the Month
Carey Paps (Bulleen Boomers)
Despite the run coming a little too late and the Boomers falling
short of finals, Carey Paps has taken this team above
and beyond. Plenty of room to grow for this Boomers squad
with Coach Paps at the helm.
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Big V: Semi Final Round-ups - by Eurobasket News
Waverley's effort against Eltham was brave, while Ringwood's performance in game two against Melbourne was extraordinary, but when the dust settled on a massive weekend it was the Wildcats and Tigers who remained standing. All the focus is on Eltham and they'll enter the grand final as red-hot favourites, but that might be just the way Melbourne likes it!

ROUND UP SCW
FINALS WEEK 2
Down by 20pts with seconds to play in the second quarter of game two should have been the last nail in the coffin for Ringwood, but somehow the Hawks fought back and with an Alison Dunkley-Smith trey this gripping contest was forced into OT, a period dominated by the Hawks and eventually it resulted in a thrilling 80-76 win. The Hawks actually went on a 36-18 scoring run over the last 15 minutes of this one, a startling turnaround from a first half that was domi-nated by the Tigers. Andrea Verdegan (22pts, 14rbs) was a standout, Alison Nash-Gerlach (20pts) and Lisa Ewin (18pts) both delivered, while Tegan Fowler (20pts) did her bit for the Tigers. Bring on game three and a fresh opportunity for both outfits, but this time when the margin ballooned in Melbourne's favour as it did the previous night, the Hawks couldn't muster the courage or the skill to fight back. The eventual 31pt win was far bigger than expected - Nicole Zam-mit (19pts, 10rbs) was the star, Alice Hammond (14pts) fought back from a scoreless Saturday night and no less than five other Tigers scores eight points or more. Not the best way for the Hawks to finish, but after a gripping fight back the night before they looked drained and just couldn't go to the next level with the classy Tigers.
Unlike game one there was no chasing for Eltham this time around. The Wildcats had to stage a massive comeback in order to topple Waverley in game one, however in game two Eltham bounded out of the blocks, racing to what would become a match-winning 13pt lead by the half. A scrappy third quarter gave the Falcons a glimmer of hope and they certainly went down swinging after getting the margin back to 3pts with seven minutes to play, but up stepped Eleanor Sharp (179-F-79) with 7pts and some big boards down the stretch.

WEEK 2 FINALS RESULTS
Eltham 56 defeated Waverley 51 Eltham wins series 2-0. Ringwood 80 defeated Melbourne 76 Melbourne 87 defeated Ringwood 56
Melbourne wins series 2-1.
Waverley may long remember blowing game one against Eltham, and though they went down in game two (56-51) it was a brave performance. Defence was again a major focus for the Falcons, but you can't stop them all and this time it was Eleanor Sharp (18pts @ 50%) and Zoe Carr (15pts @ 44%) who inflicted the damage.
As the Falcons exit we now have the team everyone has tipped from day one preparing for the grand final series - can Eltham deliver?
Mark it down - in three meetings this season Eltham has cruised past Melbourne by 19pts, 12pts and 16pts. Does it mean anything? You be the judge, but the fact is that the Wildcats don't fear the Tigers, but the same can't be said for Melbourne. If the Tigers can get game one it will make for an interesting se-ries, but if Eltham win away from home first up then we could be headed for some big celebrations come game two.
Ringwood's ability to fight back from a 20pt deficit in game two was ex-traordinary and it exposed some gap-ing holes in Melbourne's game, but when the margin blew out in game three the Tigers' approach wasn't as lethargic, they adopted a killer in-stinct that was missing the night be-fore and finished the Hawks off with an emphatic win.
Courtesy of: www.bigv.com.au



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U16 Belgium hands first loss to U16 Russia in Cagliari - by Eurobasket News
U16 BELGIUM - U16 RUSSIA 51-36

Belgium handed first loss to Russia in Cagliari. It was a 51-36 victory for Belgium, who joined Russia with 3-1 record in Group E. Both teams already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals and they will have a chance to win this pool. Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-G/F-95) shined in victory with 24 points. Julie Allemand (173-PG-96) was their second scorer with 9 points (7 rebs, 5 as), while An-Katrien Nauwelaers (178-F-95) (12 rebs) added 8 pts. In the loosing squad, Ekaterina Safonova (165-PG-95) collected 10 points and 8 rebounds. Zhosselina Maiga (193-C-96) followed her with 8 points and 6 rebs. Quarters: 14-6, 7-10, 14-6, 16-14. In the next game, Belgium will meet Czech Republic. Russia will take on Sweden.

Belgium: Hind Ben Abdelkader 24, Julie Allemand 9+7 boards+5 as, An-Katrien Nauwelaers 12+8 boards
Russia: Ekaterina Safonova 10+8 boards, Zhosselina Maiga 8+6 boards


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U16 Bulgaria wins their first game in Group F - by Eurobasket News
U16 SWITZERLAND - U16 BULGARIA 45-74

Bulgaria grabbed first victory in Qualifying Group F in Arad. They outplayed Switzerland 74-45 for 1-3 record in this pool. On the other side, Switzerland dropped to 0-4. Bulgaria still has a chance to reach the Quarterfinals. Borislava Hristova (180-F-96) led the winners with double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds. Iva Georgieva (172-F-96) scored 8 points, while Maria Kamburova (182-F-96) added 7 points and 9 boards. In the loosing squad, Tiffanie Zali (182-F-95) shined with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Miryam Sohm (175-F-95) had 9 points and 7 boards. Quarters: 7-22, 16-15, 11-16, 11-21. In the last game of the Qualifying Round Bulgaria will meet Denmark. Switzerland will take on Romania.

Switzerland: Tiffanie Zali 23+12 boards, Miryam Sohm 9+7 boards
Bulgaria: Borislava Hristova 29+11 boards, Iva Georgieva 8, Maria Kamburova 7+9 boards


Levski Sofia signed three new players and re-signed several more - by Christomir Rackov
Levski Sofia is gathering a strong-looking squad for the new season in women's NBL. The Blues will feature some players from last season's roster and they already have three new signings too. Petya Djambazka (178-F-77) re-signed with the club and the others that will stay in the team are Tonka Tencheva (182-F-89), Maria Svetoslavova (178-F-93) and Dilyana Shumarova (191-C-90). The club is negotiating with Radoslava Bachvarova (183-F-87, agency: LBM Management, college: VCU), who will re-sign with Levski if she doesnt find herself a team abroad.

Until now The Blues signed veteran Agnesa Doychinova (188-F-73) and the young talents Viktoria Stoycheva (172-G-92) and Hristina Ivanova (183-F-89). Doychinova arrives from Montana 2003 where she averaged 16.5 poins and 8.4 rebounds per game.

Ivanova, who played in Spain for the last few seasons, comes back to her youth club Levski. She arrives from CD Irlandesas Leioa, where she had 8.4 ppg and 2.5 rpg in the Spanish second division. She will replace Radostina Dimitrova (185-F-85) on the roster, as the latter is moving to Spain for the upcoming season.

Stoycheva is one of the most talanted Bulgarian point guards. She was among the best players in A group last season as she had 22.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg and 3.5 apg for Tony 7 Sliven. She also played several games on loan at Beroe 07 Stara Zagora in the elite NBL.


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U16 Serbia stays perfect in Group G - by Eurobasket News
U16 SERBIA - U16 CROATIA 81-74

Serbia made another step forward to survival in U16 EuroBasket Division B. They handed 81-74 loss to Croatia for 2-0 record in Group G. On the other side, Croatia dropped to 1-1 after this meeting. Sanja Mandic (177-G-95) exploded for the winners with 31 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Aleksandra Crvendakic (187-C/F-96) secured a great help adding 19 points and 7 boards, while Katarina Andelkovic (95) scored 10 pts. In defeat, Inja Butina (170-PG-95) was much better than the others with 29 points. Antonija Chiabov (190-C-95) (9 rebs) and Ivana Matic (181-F-95) (6 rebs) scored 10 points each. Quarters: 21-18, 13-21, 17-16, 30-19. In the next game, Serbia will meet Finland. Croatia will take on Poland.

Serbia: Sanja Mandic 31+12 boards+6 as, Aleksandra Crvendakic 19+7 boards, Katarina Andelkovic 10
Croatia: Inja Butina 29, Antonija Chiabov 10+9 boards, Ivana Matic 10+9 boards


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U16 Czech Republic celebrates first win in Group E - by Eurobasket News
U16 SLOVAKIA - U16 CZECH REPUBLIC 60-70

Both teams were winless before this meeting (0-3). Czech Republic was better than Slovakia 70-60 improving to 1-3 score in Group E in Cagliari. Thanks to this win Czech Republic still has a chance to reach the Quarterfinals. Slovakia dropped to 0-4. Kamila Hoskova (174-F-95) led the winners in scoring with 15 points. Mariana Opocenska (183-F-95) (12 rebs) and Klara Krivankova (183-F-96) (5 rebs) netted 14 points each. In the loosing squad, Terezia Palenikova (170-PG-95) was better than the others with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95) had double-double of 12 points and 15 boards. Quarters: 12-15, 16-15, 14-12, 18-28. in the last game of the Qualifying Round Czech Republic will meet Belgium. Slovakia will take on Greece.

Slovakia: Terezia Palenikova 17+6 boards, Zofia Hruscakova 12+15 boards
Czech Republic: Kamila Hoskova 15, Mariana Opocenska 14+12 boards, Klara Krivankova 14+5 boards


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U16 Lithuania wins another game in Arad - by Eurobasket News
U16 LITHUANIA - U16 DENMARK 69-66

Lithuania registered another win in Arad. They were better than Denmark 69-66 for 4-0 record in Qualifying Group F. On the other side, Denmark dropped to 2-2 in this pool. Justina Kraujunaite (174-F-95) led the winners with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Dalia Belickaite (175-F-96) scored 14 points, while Aurelija Putramentaite (179-F-95) added 10 points and 12 boards. In defeat, Sofie Preetzmann (180-G-95) shined with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Their second scorer was Frederikke Mollerup (177-G-95) (5 rebs) with 10 pts. Quarters: 22-25, 13-12, 16-10, 18-19. In the last game of the Qualifying Round, Lithuania will meet Germany for the first place in Group F. Denmark will take on Bulgaria.

Lithuania: Justina Kraujunaite 24+8 boards, Dalia Belickaite 14, Aurelija Putramentaite 10+12 boards
Denmark: Sofie Preetzmann 22+5 boards, Frederikke Mollerup 10+5 boards


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U16 Ukraine keeps U16 Estonia winless in Arad - by Eurobasket News
U16 ESTONIA - U16 UKRAINE 42-47

Ukraine jumped to 2-2 record in Qualifying Group E in Arad. They outplayed Estonia 47-42 staying in the race for Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket, Division B. On the other side, Estonia dropped to 0-2 having no chance to advance. Nataliya Skorbatyuk (183-F-95) stepped up for the winners with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Anastasiya Polovynka (176-G-96) had 11 points and 7 boards, while Oksana Batrakova (186-C-95) added 10 points and 7 rebs. In defeat, Jane Svilberg (180-F-95) was better than the others with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Tatjana Razguliajeva (173-G-96) stopped to 9 points and 7 rebs in this meeting. Quarters: 9-10, 6-6, 18-17, 9-14. In the last game of this stage Ukraine will meet UK. Estonia will play against Latvia.

Estonia: Jane Svilberg 11+10 boards, Tatjana Razguliajeva 9+7 boards
Ukraine: Nataliya Skorbatyuk 16+9 boards, Anastasiya Polovynka 11+7 boards, Oksana Batrakova 10+7 boards


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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE - Women  


ESL 2011 Atlanta All-Tournament Team - by Darryl Reshaw
Basketball Coaches, GM's and Agents,
The ESL acts as a scouting service for professional teams on an international basis.
Many European, South American, Asian, NBDL and other international coaches contact us regarding the top ESL players.
Our information regarding the ESL All tournament teams is in-depth and accurate.
Over 400 former ESL players are currently playing professional basketball due to talent level of the ESL and our strict registration criteria getting into the summer league.
In addition our scouting information is intended to give coaches player evaluation information based off of our experience in the international basketball market and to assist the ESL players and their agents in the placement process.
For additional information regarding the ESL players or contact information of their agents please contact marketing@eurobasket.com

ESL 2011 Atlanta All-Tournament Team:

CO-MVP: Shantel Ragin (178-F/G-87, agency: Promotex, college: Clayton St.)
Shantel is the first ESL female player to record a triple double in an ESL event.
She has professional experience in Europe already and she has a nice all around game.
Her offensive strength is attacking the basket and is known as a slasher.
However she has a quality outside shot and she makes great decisions with the basketball.
Shantel is very athletic and her defense is part of her high quality all around game.
She can play in a lot of quality leagues in Europe and will be successful.

Co-MVP: Brittany Wright (183-G/F, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Livingstone)
Brittany is an outstanding offensive talented forward who features a tremendous shooting stroke.
She is deadly from deep but has the size and skills to score inside and from the mid range area.
Brittany is crafty and has nice moves to create her shots and she will be an excellent go to score for teams in Europe.
She is also a nice rebounder and can play in a team system and still get 20ppg.

Nadia Parker (191-C-87, college: USC):
Nadia is a highly skilled inside player that has quality post moves and footwork.
She can hits three points shots from the deep and has a nice mid range jump shot.
At the ESL combine she won most of the shooting drills.
She has played in Europe for a couple of different teams and will continue to have a quality career in Europe.
She has the potential to be a WNBA player with a break and a little more experience.

Ricshanda Bickham (167-G-89, college: Nicholls St.):
Ricshanda is a pure point guard with speed, quickness and knows how to run a team.
She makes great decisions with the basketball and has a quality jump shot.
She is deadly in transition due to her speed and she a quality defensive player.
Ricshanda will benefit any European team looking for a high quality PG who can run the team, win and score.
She has a high basketball IQ and was the best pure PG at the ESL Atlanta event.

Porche Grant (187-C-88, college: S.Florida)
Porshe is a big time athlete who dominates the boards.
She averaged almost 19 rpg at the ESL and she was one of the best rebounders in the Big East in 2010-11.
She has a tremendous work ethic and serious athleticism.
She is a mix between a Karl Malone and Dennis Rodman type of a player.
Porshe has the ability to play at the highest level in Europe with experience and the improvement of her offensive game.

Sheena Brown (173-G, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Alaska-Fairb.)
Sheena has an European type of game already featuring a natural crafty like scoring ability.
She is a scoring guard who can play the PG or shooting guard positions.
Sheena has a deadly outside jumper but she scores a lot by dribble penetration.
She definitely is ready to play professionally in Europe.

Alex Winchell (167-G-89, college: Memphis)
Alex was the most prolific shooter from deep at the ESL event.
She is a very crafty ball handler with slick dribbling skills.
Alex can run the PG and create for her self with no issues.
Her jump shot has the perfect form and she can shoot it from NBA range.
She is definitely ready to play professional basketball overseas.

Lauren Falohun (175-G-88, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: S.Carolina)
Lauren is a serious athlete that can run and play hard all 40 minutes.
She is a serious defender with offensive skills.
Lauren has a quality all around game and is the type of player that will fill up a stats sheet.
Teams in Europe looking for a do it all type of player needs Lauren on their team.

Chimere Jordan (172-G-89, college: Georgia Coll.)
Chimere is flying under the radar but is an explosive scorer with serious basketball skills.
Her moves and creative ball handling ability makes here a professional.
She has a nice shooting stroke from anywhere on the court and will be a great addition to a player who can play multiple positions.
She is a big time athlete with a strong body that has skills and talent to be an impact player in Europe.

Chasity Workman (175-F, college: Oklahoma City)
Chasity has basketball skills, moves and ball handling ability.
When she walks on the court she looks like a basketball player.
She plays great defense and she a nice all around player.
She can drive and score or create off the dribble for pull up jump shots.
She can definitely play overseas.



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Division A: Second games of the Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Slovakia - Czech Republic 60-70
Both teams were winless before this meeting (0-3). Czech Republic was better than Slovakia 70-60 improving to 1-3 score in Group E in Cagliari. Thanks to this win Czech Republic still has a chance to reach the Quarterfinals. Slovakia dropped to 0-4. Kamila Hoskova (174-F-95) led the winners in scoring with 15 points. Mariana Opocenska (183-F-95) (12 rebs) and Klara Krivankova (183-F-96) (5 rebs) netted 14 points each. In the loosing squad, Terezia Palenikova (170-PG-95) was better than the others with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95) had double-double of 12 points and 15 boards. Quarters: 12-15, 16-15, 14-12, 18-28. in the last game of the Qualifying Round Czech Republic will meet Belgium. Slovakia will take on Greece.

Belgium - Russia 51-36
Belgium handed first loss to Russia in Cagliari. It was a 51-36 victory for Belgium, who joined Russia with 3-1 record in Group E. Both teams already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals and they will have a chance to win this pool. Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-G/F-95) shined in victory with 24 points. Julie Allemand (173-PG-96) was their second scorer with 9 points (7 rebs, 5 as), while An-Katrien Nauwelaers (178-F-95) (12 rebs) added 8 pts. In the loosing squad, Ekaterina Safonova (165-PG-95) collected 10 points and 8 rebounds. Zhosselina Maiga (193-C-96) followed her with 8 points and 6 rebs. Quarters: 14-6, 7-10, 14-6, 16-14. In the next game, Belgium will meet Czech Republic. Russia will take on Sweden.

Sweden - Greece 76-60
Sweden was better than Greece 76-60 jumping to 4-0 record in Group E. They will have a chance to win this pool today. On the other side, Greece dropped to 1-3, but still has a chance to reach the Quarterfinals in Cagliari. Regan Magarity (187-F-96) and Gabriella Hanson (180-G-95) led the winners with 23 and 22 points respectively. Each of them grabbed 7 rebounds in this meeting. On the other side, Eleni Kyratzi (170-PG-95) responded with 18 points. Their second scorer was Dimitra Tsavou (182-F-96) with 14 points. Quarters: 20-8, 27-17, 13-20, 16-15. In the last game of the Qualifying Round, Sweden will meet Russia. Greece will take on winless Slovakia.

Group F
Italy - Turkey 67-49
Italy joined Turkey with 3-1 record in Group F. Italy handed them first loss in Cagliari, 67-49. Both teams already booked a ticket for the Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket. Elisa Penna (185-F-95) came up with 22 points for the host of this event. Cecilia Zandalasini (182-F-96) secured a nice help with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Anna Djedjemel (169-PG-95) added 9 points. In Turkey, Busra Akbas (168-PG-95) delivered 19 points. Their second best player was Hulya Coklar (188-C-95) with 10 points and 9 rebounds. Quarters: 22-15, 7-6, 19-18, 19-10. In the last game of the Qualifying Round Italy will meet Holland. Turkey will take on powerful Spain.

Holland - Hungary 60-37
Holland is alive in Cagliari. They blasted Hungary 60-37 for the first win in Group F (1-3) and they still have some chances to reach the Quarterfinals. Hungary dropped to 0-4 after this defeat with no chance to advance. Merlin Lammerink (186-C-95) was the leading player in victory with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Klaziena Guijt (173-G-95) (5 rebs) and Fleur Kuijt (174-G-96) followed her with 8 points each. In defeat, Dorina Kalocsai (171-G-95) was better than the others with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Their second scorer was Dora Nagy (170-PG-95) with only 6 points. Quarters: 15-9, 17-9, 19-13, 9-6. Holland will play against Italy in the last game of the Qualifying Round. Hungary will take on France.

Spain - France 72-48
Nothing new in Cagliari. Spain registered another win and this time their rival was France 72-48. Spain jumped to 4-0 in Group F. On the other side, France dropped to 1-3 but still has a nice chance to reach the Quarterfinals. Maria Arrojo (186-F-85) top scored in Spain with 14 points (6 rebs). Leticia Romero (174-F-95) had 11 points, while Judith Sole (190-C-95) added 10 points and 7 rebounds. In France, Assitan Kone (191-F-95) had double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Berengere Dinga-Mbomi (174-G-95) followed with 8 pts and 5 rebs. Quarters: 15-8, 21-16, 14-17, 22-7. In the last game of the Qualifying Round Spain will play against Turkey. France will meet Hungary.
Group G
Serbia - Croatia 81-74
Serbia made another step forward to survival in U16 EuroBasket Division B. They handed 81-74 loss to Croatia for 2-0 record in Group G. On the other side, Croatia dropped to 1-1 after this meeting. Sanja Mandic (177-G-95) exploded for the winners with 31 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Aleksandra Crvendakic (187-C/F-96) secured a great help adding 19 points and 7 boards, while Katarina Andelkovic (95) scored 10 pts. In defeat, Inja Butina (170-PG-95) was much better than the others with 29 points. Antonija Chiabov (190-C-95) (9 rebs) and Ivana Matic (181-F-95) (6 rebs) scored 10 points each. Quarters: 21-18, 13-21, 17-16, 30-19. In the next game, Serbia will meet Finland. Croatia will take on Poland.

Finland - Poland 45-66
Poland registered first win in Group G in Cagliari. They outplayed Finland 66-45 for 1-1 record in this pool. On the other side, Finland dropped to 0-2. Both teams fight for the survival in U16 EuroBasket Division A. Monika Buczak (166-PG-95) led the winners with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Magdalena Pisera (176-G-95) also scored 12 points, while Karolina Pobozy (188-F-96) added 10 pts, plus 6 boards. Anni Jamsa (167-PG-95) had 12 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. Petra Noponen (173-G-96) was behind her with one point less. Quarters: 15-11, 17-25, 7-19, 6-11. In the next game Poland will meet Croatia. Finland will take on Serbia.


Division B, Qualifying Round: Second games in Arad - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Portugal - United Kingdom 51-55
United Kingdom crushed Portugal handing them first loss in Arad, 55-51. Both teams have 3-1 record now in Group E and both already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals. UK has better chances now to win this pool. Shequila Joseph (189-F-95) led the UK in scoring with 14 points. Janice Monakana (183-F-95) (13 rebs) and Cheridene Green (187-C-95) (10 rebs) also were great adding 12 points each. In the loosing squad, Joana Soeiro (170-PG-95) shined with 25 points. Their second scorer was Sofia Pinheiro (171-G-95) with 8 points. Quarters: 11-20, 10-8, 17-12, 13-15. In the last day of the Qualifying Round, UK will meet Ukraine. Portugal will take on Slovenia.

Estonia - Ukraine 42-47
Ukraine jumped to 2-2 record in Qualifying Group E in Arad. They outplayed Estonia 47-42 staying in the race for Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket, Division B. On the other side, Estonia dropped to 0-2 having no chance to advance. Nataliya Skorbatyuk (183-F-95) stepped up for the winners with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Anastasiya Polovynka (176-G-96) had 11 points and 7 boards, while Oksana Batrakova (186-C-95) added 10 points and 7 rebs. In defeat, Jane Svilberg (180-F-95) was better than the others with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Tatjana Razguliajeva (173-G-96) stopped to 9 points and 7 rebs in this meeting. Quarters: 9-10, 6-6, 18-17, 9-14. In the last game of this stage Ukraine will meet UK. Estonia will play against Latvia.

Latvia - Slovenia 63-62
Latvia grabbed valuable 63-62 win against Slovenia in Arad. Both teams have 2-2 record now in Qualifying Group E. They fight for one of the fourth places in this pool which will lead them to the Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket, Division B. Kitija Laksa (180-G-96) came up with 20 points for the winners. Kate Kreslina (178-PG-96) had 16 points and 6 rebounds, while Ruta Vetra (180-F/C-95) added 12 points and 6 boards. In Slovenia, Larisa Ocvirk (184-F-97) shined with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Eva Lisec (191-C-95) had 13 pts and 15 rebs, while Alma Potocnik (169-PG-97) added 14 pts in this unlucky defeat. Quarters: 8-18, 20-12, 26-23, 9-9. In the last game of the Qualifying Round, Latvia will meet Estonia. Slovenia will take on Portugal.
Group F
Switzerland - Bulgaria 45-74
Bulgaria grabbed first victory in Qualifying Group F in Arad. They outplayed Switzerland 74-45 for 1-3 record in this pool. On the other side, Switzerland dropped to 0-4. Bulgaria still has a chance to reach the Quarterfinals. Borislava Hristova (180-F-96) led the winners with double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds. Iva Georgieva (172-F-96) scored 8 points, while Maria Kamburova (182-F-96) added 7 points and 9 boards. In the loosing squad, Tiffanie Zali (182-F-95) shined with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Miryam Sohm (175-F-95) had 9 points and 7 boards. Quarters: 7-22, 16-15, 11-16, 11-21. In the last game of the Qualifying Round Bulgaria will meet Denmark. Switzerland will take on Romania.

Lithuania - Denmark 69-66
Lithuania registered another win in Arad. They were better than Denmark 69-66 for 4-0 record in Qualifying Group F. On the other side, Denmark dropped to 2-2 in this pool. Justina Kraujunaite (174-F-95) led the winners with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Dalia Belickaite (175-F-96) scored 14 points, while Aurelija Putramentaite (179-F-95) added 10 points and 12 boards. In defeat, Sofie Preetzmann (180-G-95) shined with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Their second scorer was Frederikke Mollerup (177-G-95) (5 rebs) with 10 pts. Quarters: 22-25, 13-12, 16-10, 18-19. In the last game of the Qualifying Round, Lithuania will meet Germany for the first place in Group F. Denmark will take on Bulgaria.

Romania - Germany 63-74
Germany jumped to 4-0 record in Qualifying Group F. They handed 74-63 loss to Romania yesterday. On the other side, Romania dropped to 1-3 in this pool and still has some chances to reach the next stage. Emma lina Stach (175-PG-96) led the winners in scoring with 19 points. Noemie Rouault (180-F-95) also was great adding 18 points and 18 rebounds, while Alina Hartmann (182-F-95) helped with 13 points and 6 rebs. In defeat, Bianca Blanaru (193-C-95) collected 17 points and 7 rebs. Mihaela Maxim (167-PG-96) stopped to 9 pts and 6 rebs in this meeting. Quarters: 8-23, 16-19, 19-17, 20-15. Germany will meet Lithuania today for the first place in Group F. Romania will take on winless Switzerland.

Group G
Israel - Ireland 71-49
Israel jumped to 2-0 record in Group G in Arad. They cruised past Ireland 71-49 for their second straight win. On the other side, it was the first appearance for Ireland in this pool. Shahd Abboud (173-F-95) came up with 13 points for Israel. Dekel Itach (164-G-95) scored 11 and Moran Sapir (165-G-95) added two points less. In defeat, Samantha Massey (178-C-95) was better than the others with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Aileen Crowley (178-C-95) and Allison Mcgrath (169-G-96) netted 8 points each. Quarters: 21-10, 21-15, 11-8, 18-16. Ireland will play against Luxembourg today. Israel will take a rest.


W-Standings - Div.A
Standings
Group E
1. Sweden4-0
2. Belgium3-1
3. Russia3-1
4. Czech Rep.1-3
5. Greece1-3
6. Slovakia0-4
Group F
1. Spain4-0
2. Italy3-1
3. Turkey3-1
4. Holland1-3
5. France1-3
6. Hungary0-4
Group G
1. Serbia2-0
2. Poland1-1
3. Croatia1-1
4. Finland0-2


Stats Leaders W - Group A
Points Per Game
 Sanja MANDIC
  (177-G-95)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Mandic, SRB19.2 
 2. Chiabov, CRO16.8 
 3. Ben Abdelkad., BEL16.6 
 4. Arrojo, ESP15.0 
 5. Hoskova, CZE14.8 
 6. Coklar, TUR14.8 
 7. Zandalasini, ITA14.4 
 8. Crvendakic, SRB14.4 
 9. Hanson, SWE13.8 
 10. Butina, CRO13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hulya COKLAR
  (188-C-95)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Coklar, TUR11.6 
 2. Szajtauer, POL11.3 
 3. Hruscakova, SVK11.0 
 4. Hanson, SWE10.4 
 5. Lammerink, NED9.0 
 6. Crvendakic, SRB8.8 
 7. Opocenska, CZE8.8 
 8. Chiabov, CRO8.6 
 9. Gaye, FRA8.2 
 10. Magarity, SWE8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Julie ALLEMAND
  (173-PG-96)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Allemand, BEL4.2 
 2. Ben Abdelkad., BEL4.0 
 3. Mandic, SRB3.8 
 4. Akbas, TUR3.4 
 5. Butina, CRO3.4 
 6. Arrojo, ESP3.2 
 7. Kyratzi, GRE3.2 
 8. Matuskova, SVK3.2 
 9. Romero, ESP2.8 
 10. Penna, ITA2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Leticia ROMERO
  (174-F-95)
  Avg: 4
 1. Romero, ESP4.0 
 2. Lizarazu, ESP2.8 
 3. Hanson, SWE2.8 
 4. Butina, CRO2.8 
 5. Jamsa, FIN2.6 
 6. Pisera, POL2.5 
 7. Nagy, HUN2.5 
 8. Mandic, SRB2.4 
 9. Stankiewicz, POL2.4 
 10. Pujol, ESP2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Antonija CHIABOV
  (190-C-95)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Chiabov, CRO2.2 
 2. Zarevuckaa, SVK2.2 
 3. Crvendakic, SRB2.0 
 4. Gaye, FRA1.6 
 5. Zandalasini, ITA1.4 
 6. Pobozy, POL1.4 
 7. Magarity, SWE1.2 
 8. Linskens, BEL1.2 
 9. Bernard, BEL1.0 
 10. Szajtauer, POL1.0 


Standings - Div.B - by Eurobasket News
Standings Div.B
Group E
1. Portugal3-1
2. U.Kingdom3-1
3. Latvia2-2
4. Slovenia2-2
5. Ukraine2-2
6. Estonia0-4
Group F
1. Germany4-0
2. Lithuania4-0
3. Denmark2-2
4. Bulgaria1-3
5. Romania1-3
6. Switzerlan.0-4
Group G
1. Israel2-0
2. Belarus0-0
3. Ireland0-1
4. Luxembourg.0-1


Div B. - by Greg
Points Per Game
 Borislava HRISTOVA
  (180-F-96)
  Avg: 27
 1. Hristova, BUL27.0 
 2. Rouault, GER23.0 
 3. Kraujunaite, LTU21.5 
 4. Stach, GER20.0 
 5. Batrakova, UKR18.5 
 6. Laksa, LAT18.0 
 7. Soeiro, POR17.5 
 8. Preetzmann, DEN17.0 
 9. Sanelli, LUX15.0 
 10. Kreslina, LAT15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tetyana ANTONYUK
  (184-C-95)
  Avg: 18
 1. Antonyuk, UKR18.0 
 2. Rouault, GER17.5 
 3. Putramentait., LTU13.0 
 4. Monakana, ENG12.5 
 5. Jablonowski, LUX11.0 
 6. Batrakova, UKR10.5 
 7. Green, ENG10.0 
 8. Lisec, SLO10.0 
 9. Drosvit, ISR9.5 
 10. Hristova, BUL9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Emma lina STACH
  (175-PG-96)
  Avg: 6
 1. Stach, GER6.0 
 2. Aha, GER5.5 
 3. Zhelyazkova, BUL4.0 
 4. Sirsinaityte, LTU4.0 
 5. Belickaite, LTU3.5 
 6. Kreslina, LAT3.5 
 7. Hristova, BUL3.0 
 8. Sapir, ISR3.0 
 9. Crowley, IRL3.0 
 10. Valchinova, BUL3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dalia BELICKAITE
  (175-F-96)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Belickaite, LTU6.5 
 2. Sirsinaityte, LTU5.0 
 3. Mollerup, DEN4.5 
 4. Gavrila, ROM4.5 
 5. Abboud, ISR4.0 
 6. Colding-P., DEN4.0 
 7. Ferreira, POR3.5 
 8. Soeiro, POR3.5 
 9. Preetzmann, DEN3.5 
 10. Sapir, ISR3.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Bianca BLANARU
  (193-C-95)
  Avg: 7
 1. Blanaru, ROM7.0 
 2. Batrakova, UKR3.0 
 3. Eneva, BUL2.5 
 4. Lugt, SUI1.5 
 5. Zali, SUI1.5 
 6. Avram, ROM1.5 
 7. Svilberg, EST1.5 
 8. Antonyuk, UKR1.5 
 9. Lovasz, ROM1.0 
 10. Scheel, DEN1.0 


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  FINLAND - Women  


U16 Poland wins first game in Group G - by Eurobasket News
U16 FINLAND - U16 POLAND 45-66

Poland registered first win in Group G in Cagliari. They outplayed Finland 66-45 for 1-1 record in this pool. On the other side, Finland dropped to 0-2. Both teams fight for the survival in U16 EuroBasket Division A. Monika Buczak (166-PG-95) led the winners with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Magdalena Pisera (176-G-95) also scored 12 points, while Karolina Pobozy (188-F-96) added 10 pts, plus 6 boards. Anni Jamsa (167-PG-95) had 12 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. Petra Noponen (173-G-96) was behind her with one point less. Quarters: 15-11, 17-25, 7-19, 6-11. In the next game Poland will meet Croatia. Finland will take on Serbia.

Finland: Anni Jamsa 12+6 boards, Petra Noponen 11
Poland: Monika Buczak 12+6 boards+5 as, Magdalena Pisera 12, Karolina Pobozy 10+6 boards


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  FRANCE - Women  


U16 Spain wins another game in Cagliari - by Eurobasket News
U16 SPAIN - U16 FRANCE 72-48

Nothing new in Cagliari. Spain registered another win and this time their rival was France 72-48. Spain jumped to 4-0 in Group F. On the other side, France dropped to 1-3 but still has a nice chance to reach the Quarterfinals. Maria Arrojo (186-F-85) top scored in Spain with 14 points (6 rebs). Leticia Romero (174-F-95) had 11 points, while Judith Sole (190-C-95) added 10 points and 7 rebounds. In France, Assitan Kone (191-F-95) had double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Berengere Dinga-Mbomi (174-G-95) followed with 8 pts and 5 rebs. Quarters: 15-8, 21-16, 14-17, 22-7. In the last game of the Qualifying Round Spain will play against Turkey. France will meet Hungary.

Spain: Maria Arrojo 14+6 boards, Leticia Romero 11, Judith Sole 10+7 boards
France: Assitan Kone 16+10 boards, Berengere Dinga-Mbomi 8+5 boards


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  GERMANY - Women  


U16 Germany stays perfect in Arad - by Eurobasket News
U16 ROMANIA - U16 GERMANY 63-74

Germany jumped to 4-0 record in Qualifying Group F. They handed 74-63 loss to Romania yesterday. On the other side, Romania dropped to 1-3 in this pool and still has some chances to reach the next stage. Emma lina Stach (175-PG-96) led the winners in scoring with 19 points. Noemie Rouault (180-F-95) also was great adding 18 points and 18 rebounds, while Alina Hartmann (182-F-95) helped with 13 points and 6 rebs. In defeat, Bianca Blanaru (193-C-95) collected 17 points and 7 rebs. Mihaela Maxim (167-PG-96) stopped to 9 pts and 6 rebs in this meeting. Quarters: 8-23, 16-19, 19-17, 20-15. Germany will meet Lithuania today for the first place in Group F. Romania will take on winless Switzerland.

Romania: Bianca Blanaru 17+7 boards, Mihaela Maxim 9+6 boards
Germany: Emma lina Stach 19, Noemie Rouault 18+18 boards, Alina Hartmann 13+6 boards


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  GREECE - Women  


U16 Sweden stays untouchable in Cagliari - by Eurobasket News
U16 SWEDEN - U16 GREECE 76-60

Sweden was better than Greece 76-60 jumping to 4-0 record in Group E. They will have a chance to win this pool today. On the other side, Greece dropped to 1-3, but still has a chance to reach the Quarterfinals in Cagliari. Regan Magarity (187-F-96) and Gabriella Hanson (180-G-95) led the winners with 23 and 22 points respectively. Each of them grabbed 7 rebounds in this meeting. On the other side, Eleni Kyratzi (170-PG-95) responded with 18 points. Their second scorer was Dimitra Tsavou (182-F-96) with 14 points. Quarters: 20-8, 27-17, 13-20, 16-15. In the last game of the Qualifying Round, Sweden will meet Russia. Greece will take on winless Slovakia.

Sweden: Regan Magarity 23+7 boards, Gabriella Hanson 22+7 boards
Greece: Eleni Kyratzi 18, Dimitra Tsavou 14


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  HOLLAND - Women  


U16 Holland is alive in Cagliari - by Eurobasket News
U16 HOLLAND - U16 HUNGARY 60-37

Holland is alive in Cagliari. They blasted Hungary 60-37 for the first win in Group F (1-3) and they still have some chances to reach the Quarterfinals. Hungary dropped to 0-4 after this defeat with no chance to advance. Merlin Lammerink (186-C-95) was the leading player in victory with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Klaziena Guijt (173-G-95) (5 rebs) and Fleur Kuijt (174-G-96) followed her with 8 points each. In defeat, Dorina Kalocsai (171-G-95) was better than the others with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Their second scorer was Dora Nagy (170-PG-95) with only 6 points. Quarters: 15-9, 17-9, 19-13, 9-6. Holland will play against Italy in the last game of the Qualifying Round. Hungary will take on France.

Holland: Merlin Lammerink 15+9 boards, Klaziena Guijt 8+5 boards, Fleur Kuijt 8
Hungary: Dorina Kalocsai 14+5 boards, Dora Nagy 6


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  HUNGARY - Women  


U16 Holland is alive in Cagliari - by Eurobasket News
U16 HOLLAND - U16 HUNGARY 60-37

Holland is alive in Cagliari. They blasted Hungary 60-37 for the first win in Group F (1-3) and they still have some chances to reach the Quarterfinals. Hungary dropped to 0-4 after this defeat with no chance to advance. Merlin Lammerink (186-C-95) was the leading player in victory with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Klaziena Guijt (173-G-95) (5 rebs) and Fleur Kuijt (174-G-96) followed her with 8 points each. In defeat, Dorina Kalocsai (171-G-95) was better than the others with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Their second scorer was Dora Nagy (170-PG-95) with only 6 points. Quarters: 15-9, 17-9, 19-13, 9-6. Holland will play against Italy in the last game of the Qualifying Round. Hungary will take on France.

Holland: Merlin Lammerink 15+9 boards, Klaziena Guijt 8+5 boards, Fleur Kuijt 8
Hungary: Dorina Kalocsai 14+5 boards, Dora Nagy 6


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  ICELAND - Women  


Hamar bring in Hannah Tuomi and Jaleesa Ross - by Eurobasket News
Hamar have entered the market. They agreed on terms of contract with Hannah Tuomi (185-F-89) and Jaleesa Ross (172-G-89). Both players will start their pro careers in Iceland.
Hannah Tuomi graduated from Vanderbilt University this year. She tallied 11.2 points, 6.0 boards and 1.6 assists per appearance in her season season. Hannah Tuomi made it into NCAA Sweet 16 together with the Commodores in 2009.
Jaleesa Ross graduated from Fresno State University this year. The guard posted 16.3 points, 4.6 boards, 3.8 assists and 2.1 steals per game in her senior season. Jaleesa Ross was named All-WAC Newcomer of the Year in 2008. She was also trumped All-WAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2010. Jaleesa Ross was named All-WAC Tournament MVP in 2009.




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  IRELAND - Women  


U16 Israel improves to 2-0 in Group G - by Eurobasket News
U16 ISRAEL - U16 IRELAND 71-49

Israel jumped to 2-0 record in Group G in Arad. They cruised past Ireland 71-49 for their second straight win. On the other side, it was the first appearance for Ireland in this pool. Shahd Abboud (173-F-95) came up with 13 points for Israel. Dekel Itach (164-G-95) scored 11 and Moran Sapir (165-G-95) added two points less. In defeat, Samantha Massey (178-C-95) was better than the others with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Aileen Crowley (178-C-95) and Allison Mcgrath (169-G-96) netted 8 points each. Quarters: 21-10, 21-15, 11-8, 18-16. Ireland will play against Luxembourg today. Israel will take a rest.

Israel: Shahd Abboud 13, Dekel Itach 11, Moran Sapir 9
Ireland: Samantha Massey 12+6 boards, Aileen Crowley 8, Allison Mcgrath 8


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  ISRAEL - Women  


U16 Israel improves to 2-0 in Group G - by Eurobasket News
U16 ISRAEL - U16 IRELAND 71-49

Israel jumped to 2-0 record in Group G in Arad. They cruised past Ireland 71-49 for their second straight win. On the other side, it was the first appearance for Ireland in this pool. Shahd Abboud (173-F-95) came up with 13 points for Israel. Dekel Itach (164-G-95) scored 11 and Moran Sapir (165-G-95) added two points less. In defeat, Samantha Massey (178-C-95) was better than the others with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Aileen Crowley (178-C-95) and Allison Mcgrath (169-G-96) netted 8 points each. Quarters: 21-10, 21-15, 11-8, 18-16. Ireland will play against Luxembourg today. Israel will take a rest.

Israel: Shahd Abboud 13, Dekel Itach 11, Moran Sapir 9
Ireland: Samantha Massey 12+6 boards, Aileen Crowley 8, Allison Mcgrath 8


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  ITALY - Women  


U16 Italy crushes U16 Turkey 67-49 in Cagliari - by Eurobasket News
U16 ITALY - U16 TURKEY 67-49

Italy joined Turkey with 3-1 record in Group F. Italy handed them first loss in Cagliari, 67-49. Both teams already booked a ticket for the Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket. Elisa Penna (185-F-95) came up with 22 points for the host of this event. Cecilia Zandalasini (182-F-96) secured a nice help with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Anna Djedjemel (169-PG-95) added 9 points. In Turkey, Busra Akbas (168-PG-95) delivered 19 points. Their second best player was Hulya Coklar (188-C-95) with 10 points and 9 rebounds. Quarters: 22-15, 7-6, 19-18, 19-10. In the last game of the Qualifying Round Italy will meet Holland. Turkey will take on powerful Spain.

Italy: Elisa Penna 22, Cecilia Zandalasini 13+11 boards, Anna Djedjemel 9
Turkey: Busra Akbas 19, Hulya Coklar 10+9 boards


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  LATVIA - Women  


U16 Latvia grabs 63-62 thriller win against U16 Slovenia - by Eurobasket News
U16 LATVIA - U16 SLOVENIA 63-62

Latvia grabbed valuable 63-62 win against Slovenia in Arad. Both teams have 2-2 record now in Qualifying Group E. They fight for one of the fourth places in this pool which will lead them to the Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket, Division B. Kitija Laksa (180-G-96) came up with 20 points for the winners. Kate Kreslina (178-PG-96) had 16 points and 6 rebounds, while Ruta Vetra (180-F/C-95) added 12 points and 6 boards. In Slovenia, Larisa Ocvirk (184-F-97) shined with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Eva Lisec (191-C-95) had 13 pts and 15 rebs, while Alma Potocnik (169-PG-97) added 14 pts in this unlucky defeat. Quarters: 8-18, 20-12, 26-23, 9-9. In the last game of the Qualifying Round, Latvia will meet Estonia. Slovenia will take on Portugal.

Latvia: Kitija Laksa 20, Kate Kreslina 16+6 boards, Ruta Vetra 12+6 boards
Slovenia: Larisa Ocvirk 16+14 boards, Alma Potocnik 14, Eva Lisec 13+15 boards


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


U16 Lithuania wins another game in Arad - by Eurobasket News
U16 LITHUANIA - U16 DENMARK 69-66

Lithuania registered another win in Arad. They were better than Denmark 69-66 for 4-0 record in Qualifying Group F. On the other side, Denmark dropped to 2-2 in this pool. Justina Kraujunaite (174-F-95) led the winners with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Dalia Belickaite (175-F-96) scored 14 points, while Aurelija Putramentaite (179-F-95) added 10 points and 12 boards. In defeat, Sofie Preetzmann (180-G-95) shined with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Their second scorer was Frederikke Mollerup (177-G-95) (5 rebs) with 10 pts. Quarters: 22-25, 13-12, 16-10, 18-19. In the last game of the Qualifying Round, Lithuania will meet Germany for the first place in Group F. Denmark will take on Bulgaria.

Lithuania: Justina Kraujunaite 24+8 boards, Dalia Belickaite 14, Aurelija Putramentaite 10+12 boards
Denmark: Sofie Preetzmann 22+5 boards, Frederikke Mollerup 10+5 boards


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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


Amicale bring in Meghan Gardler - by Eurobasket News
Amicale strengthened their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Meghan Gardler (183-F, college: Connecticut). The forward spent the last season in Sweden. She played for Umea Comets in Damligan. Meghan Gardler tallied 12.5 points, 11.3 boards, 1.8 steals and 1.3 assists per game. Meghan Gardler is the University of Connecticut graduate. She notched 4.4 points and 2.8 rebounds per her senior season with the Huskies.


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  POLAND - Women  


U16 Poland wins first game in Group G - by Eurobasket News
U16 FINLAND - U16 POLAND 45-66

Poland registered first win in Group G in Cagliari. They outplayed Finland 66-45 for 1-1 record in this pool. On the other side, Finland dropped to 0-2. Both teams fight for the survival in U16 EuroBasket Division A. Monika Buczak (166-PG-95) led the winners with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Magdalena Pisera (176-G-95) also scored 12 points, while Karolina Pobozy (188-F-96) added 10 pts, plus 6 boards. Anni Jamsa (167-PG-95) had 12 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. Petra Noponen (173-G-96) was behind her with one point less. Quarters: 15-11, 17-25, 7-19, 6-11. In the next game Poland will meet Croatia. Finland will take on Serbia.

Finland: Anni Jamsa 12+6 boards, Petra Noponen 11
Poland: Monika Buczak 12+6 boards+5 as, Magdalena Pisera 12, Karolina Pobozy 10+6 boards


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


U16 UK hands first loss to U16 Portugal in Arad, 55-51 - by Eurobasket News
U16 PORTUGAL - U16 UNITED KINGDOM 51-55

United Kingdom crushed Portugal handing them first loss in Arad, 55-51. Both teams have 3-1 record now in Group E and both already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals. UK has better chances now to win this pool. Shequila Joseph (189-F-95) led the UK in scoring with 14 points. Janice Monakana (183-F-95) (13 rebs) and Cheridene Green (187-C-95) (10 rebs) also were great adding 12 points each. In the loosing squad, Joana Soeiro (170-PG-95) shined with 25 points. Their second scorer was Sofia Pinheiro (171-G-95) with 8 points. Quarters: 11-20, 10-8, 17-12, 13-15. In the last day of the Qualifying Round, UK will meet Ukraine. Portugal will take on Slovenia.

Portugal: Joana Soeiro 25, Sofia Pinheiro 8
United Kingdom: Shequila Joseph 14, Janice Monakana 12+13 boards, Cheridene Green 12+10 boards


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  ROMANIA - Women  


U16 Germany stays perfect in Arad - by Eurobasket News
U16 ROMANIA - U16 GERMANY 63-74

Germany jumped to 4-0 record in Qualifying Group F. They handed 74-63 loss to Romania yesterday. On the other side, Romania dropped to 1-3 in this pool and still has some chances to reach the next stage. Emma lina Stach (175-PG-96) led the winners in scoring with 19 points. Noemie Rouault (180-F-95) also was great adding 18 points and 18 rebounds, while Alina Hartmann (182-F-95) helped with 13 points and 6 rebs. In defeat, Bianca Blanaru (193-C-95) collected 17 points and 7 rebs. Mihaela Maxim (167-PG-96) stopped to 9 pts and 6 rebs in this meeting. Quarters: 8-23, 16-19, 19-17, 20-15. Germany will meet Lithuania today for the first place in Group F. Romania will take on winless Switzerland.

Romania: Bianca Blanaru 17+7 boards, Mihaela Maxim 9+6 boards
Germany: Emma lina Stach 19, Noemie Rouault 18+18 boards, Alina Hartmann 13+6 boards


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  RUSSIA - Women  


U16 Belgium hands first loss to U16 Russia in Cagliari - by Eurobasket News
U16 BELGIUM - U16 RUSSIA 51-36

Belgium handed first loss to Russia in Cagliari. It was a 51-36 victory for Belgium, who joined Russia with 3-1 record in Group E. Both teams already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals and they will have a chance to win this pool. Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-G/F-95) shined in victory with 24 points. Julie Allemand (173-PG-96) was their second scorer with 9 points (7 rebs, 5 as), while An-Katrien Nauwelaers (178-F-95) (12 rebs) added 8 pts. In the loosing squad, Ekaterina Safonova (165-PG-95) collected 10 points and 8 rebounds. Zhosselina Maiga (193-C-96) followed her with 8 points and 6 rebs. Quarters: 14-6, 7-10, 14-6, 16-14. In the next game, Belgium will meet Czech Republic. Russia will take on Sweden.

Belgium: Hind Ben Abdelkader 24, Julie Allemand 9+7 boards+5 as, An-Katrien Nauwelaers 12+8 boards
Russia: Ekaterina Safonova 10+8 boards, Zhosselina Maiga 8+6 boards


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  SERBIA - Women  


U16 Serbia stays perfect in Group G - by Eurobasket News
U16 SERBIA - U16 CROATIA 81-74

Serbia made another step forward to survival in U16 EuroBasket Division B. They handed 81-74 loss to Croatia for 2-0 record in Group G. On the other side, Croatia dropped to 1-1 after this meeting. Sanja Mandic (177-G-95) exploded for the winners with 31 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Aleksandra Crvendakic (187-C/F-96) secured a great help adding 19 points and 7 boards, while Katarina Andelkovic (95) scored 10 pts. In defeat, Inja Butina (170-PG-95) was much better than the others with 29 points. Antonija Chiabov (190-C-95) (9 rebs) and Ivana Matic (181-F-95) (6 rebs) scored 10 points each. Quarters: 21-18, 13-21, 17-16, 30-19. In the next game, Serbia will meet Finland. Croatia will take on Poland.

Serbia: Sanja Mandic 31+12 boards+6 as, Aleksandra Crvendakic 19+7 boards, Katarina Andelkovic 10
Croatia: Inja Butina 29, Antonija Chiabov 10+9 boards, Ivana Matic 10+9 boards


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


U16 Czech Republic celebrates first win in Group E - by Eurobasket News
U16 SLOVAKIA - U16 CZECH REPUBLIC 60-70

Both teams were winless before this meeting (0-3). Czech Republic was better than Slovakia 70-60 improving to 1-3 score in Group E in Cagliari. Thanks to this win Czech Republic still has a chance to reach the Quarterfinals. Slovakia dropped to 0-4. Kamila Hoskova (174-F-95) led the winners in scoring with 15 points. Mariana Opocenska (183-F-95) (12 rebs) and Klara Krivankova (183-F-96) (5 rebs) netted 14 points each. In the loosing squad, Terezia Palenikova (170-PG-95) was better than the others with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95) had double-double of 12 points and 15 boards. Quarters: 12-15, 16-15, 14-12, 18-28. in the last game of the Qualifying Round Czech Republic will meet Belgium. Slovakia will take on Greece.

Slovakia: Terezia Palenikova 17+6 boards, Zofia Hruscakova 12+15 boards
Czech Republic: Kamila Hoskova 15, Mariana Opocenska 14+12 boards, Klara Krivankova 14+5 boards


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


U16 Latvia grabs 63-62 thriller win against U16 Slovenia - by Eurobasket News
U16 LATVIA - U16 SLOVENIA 63-62

Latvia grabbed valuable 63-62 win against Slovenia in Arad. Both teams have 2-2 record now in Qualifying Group E. They fight for one of the fourth places in this pool which will lead them to the Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket, Division B. Kitija Laksa (180-G-96) came up with 20 points for the winners. Kate Kreslina (178-PG-96) had 16 points and 6 rebounds, while Ruta Vetra (180-F/C-95) added 12 points and 6 boards. In Slovenia, Larisa Ocvirk (184-F-97) shined with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Eva Lisec (191-C-95) had 13 pts and 15 rebs, while Alma Potocnik (169-PG-97) added 14 pts in this unlucky defeat. Quarters: 8-18, 20-12, 26-23, 9-9. In the last game of the Qualifying Round, Latvia will meet Estonia. Slovenia will take on Portugal.

Latvia: Kitija Laksa 20, Kate Kreslina 16+6 boards, Ruta Vetra 12+6 boards
Slovenia: Larisa Ocvirk 16+14 boards, Alma Potocnik 14, Eva Lisec 13+15 boards


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  SPAIN - Women  


UNB keeps Naiara Diez for the next season - by Eurobasket News
Naiara Diez (187-C-87) will play her third straight season with UNB Obenasa Navarra Pamplona. The Spanish center penned a one-year contract extension today. She joined the club in 2009 from Mann Filter. In 24 games last season Diez had 3.4 ppg and 1.2 rpg. The team competed in LFB. UNB played in LF2 a year ago. Naiara Diez helped them win Group B and at the same time promotion to LFB. She had 7.3 ppg and 2.1 rpg that season for 32 games. As mentioned above, Naiara Diez played for Mann Filter in the past. She was their member from 2005 to 2009. In their last season together Diez averaged 2.8 points in LFB. She played for the Spanish U20 NT in 2007 and helped them to win the Gold at the European Championships U20 in Sofia.

U16 Spain wins another game in Cagliari - by Eurobasket News
U16 SPAIN - U16 FRANCE 72-48

Nothing new in Cagliari. Spain registered another win and this time their rival was France 72-48. Spain jumped to 4-0 in Group F. On the other side, France dropped to 1-3 but still has a nice chance to reach the Quarterfinals. Maria Arrojo (186-F-85) top scored in Spain with 14 points (6 rebs). Leticia Romero (174-F-95) had 11 points, while Judith Sole (190-C-95) added 10 points and 7 rebounds. In France, Assitan Kone (191-F-95) had double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Berengere Dinga-Mbomi (174-G-95) followed with 8 pts and 5 rebs. Quarters: 15-8, 21-16, 14-17, 22-7. In the last game of the Qualifying Round Spain will play against Turkey. France will meet Hungary.

Spain: Maria Arrojo 14+6 boards, Leticia Romero 11, Judith Sole 10+7 boards
France: Assitan Kone 16+10 boards, Berengere Dinga-Mbomi 8+5 boards


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  SWEDEN - Women  


U16 Sweden stays untouchable in Cagliari - by Eurobasket News
U16 SWEDEN - U16 GREECE 76-60

Sweden was better than Greece 76-60 jumping to 4-0 record in Group E. They will have a chance to win this pool today. On the other side, Greece dropped to 1-3, but still has a chance to reach the Quarterfinals in Cagliari. Regan Magarity (187-F-96) and Gabriella Hanson (180-G-95) led the winners with 23 and 22 points respectively. Each of them grabbed 7 rebounds in this meeting. On the other side, Eleni Kyratzi (170-PG-95) responded with 18 points. Their second scorer was Dimitra Tsavou (182-F-96) with 14 points. Quarters: 20-8, 27-17, 13-20, 16-15. In the last game of the Qualifying Round, Sweden will meet Russia. Greece will take on winless Slovakia.

Sweden: Regan Magarity 23+7 boards, Gabriella Hanson 22+7 boards
Greece: Eleni Kyratzi 18, Dimitra Tsavou 14


Big changes in Umea Comets - by Eurobasket News
Umea Comets announced many changes for the next season. The team signed Malin Jonsson, Emelie Enjebo (180-F/G-92), Martina Renholm (179-F-89), Ursula Colabello (182-F-91) and kept Erika Johansson (173-F-88).
Emelie Enjebo comes from Solna Vikings. In 2007-2008 she joined Solna Branten (BasketEttan, starting five) and in the last season averaged 3.8ppg, 1.9rpg.
Ursula Colabello is an Italian player who started her career in 2007-2008 for Tecno Allarmi Cervia (A2). In 2008-2009 she continued with Tecno Allarmi Cervia (A2) and in 2009-2010 moved to Vis Basket Cervia (A2).
Erika Johansson extended with the team for the next season. In 2006-2008 she played for Visby Ladies (Damligan) and in 2009-2010 apperaed for Umea Comets (Damligan).
Martina Renholm has signed a 1 +1 year contract with Ume Comets. She has three years experience in the game in Damligan.The season 2008-2009, she played with Jamtland and the last two seasons she has played with SM-finalists Lulea Basket.




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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


U16 Bulgaria wins their first game in Group F - by Eurobasket News
U16 SWITZERLAND - U16 BULGARIA 45-74

Bulgaria grabbed first victory in Qualifying Group F in Arad. They outplayed Switzerland 74-45 for 1-3 record in this pool. On the other side, Switzerland dropped to 0-4. Bulgaria still has a chance to reach the Quarterfinals. Borislava Hristova (180-F-96) led the winners with double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds. Iva Georgieva (172-F-96) scored 8 points, while Maria Kamburova (182-F-96) added 7 points and 9 boards. In the loosing squad, Tiffanie Zali (182-F-95) shined with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Miryam Sohm (175-F-95) had 9 points and 7 boards. Quarters: 7-22, 16-15, 11-16, 11-21. In the last game of the Qualifying Round Bulgaria will meet Denmark. Switzerland will take on Romania.

Switzerland: Tiffanie Zali 23+12 boards, Miryam Sohm 9+7 boards
Bulgaria: Borislava Hristova 29+11 boards, Iva Georgieva 8, Maria Kamburova 7+9 boards


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  TURKEY - Women  


U16 Italy crushes U16 Turkey 67-49 in Cagliari - by Eurobasket News
U16 ITALY - U16 TURKEY 67-49

Italy joined Turkey with 3-1 record in Group F. Italy handed them first loss in Cagliari, 67-49. Both teams already booked a ticket for the Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket. Elisa Penna (185-F-95) came up with 22 points for the host of this event. Cecilia Zandalasini (182-F-96) secured a nice help with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Anna Djedjemel (169-PG-95) added 9 points. In Turkey, Busra Akbas (168-PG-95) delivered 19 points. Their second best player was Hulya Coklar (188-C-95) with 10 points and 9 rebounds. Quarters: 22-15, 7-6, 19-18, 19-10. In the last game of the Qualifying Round Italy will meet Holland. Turkey will take on powerful Spain.

Italy: Elisa Penna 22, Cecilia Zandalasini 13+11 boards, Anna Djedjemel 9
Turkey: Busra Akbas 19, Hulya Coklar 10+9 boards


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  UKRAINE - Women  


U16 Ukraine keeps U16 Estonia winless in Arad - by Eurobasket News
U16 ESTONIA - U16 UKRAINE 42-47

Ukraine jumped to 2-2 record in Qualifying Group E in Arad. They outplayed Estonia 47-42 staying in the race for Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket, Division B. On the other side, Estonia dropped to 0-2 having no chance to advance. Nataliya Skorbatyuk (183-F-95) stepped up for the winners with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Anastasiya Polovynka (176-G-96) had 11 points and 7 boards, while Oksana Batrakova (186-C-95) added 10 points and 7 rebs. In defeat, Jane Svilberg (180-F-95) was better than the others with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Tatjana Razguliajeva (173-G-96) stopped to 9 points and 7 rebs in this meeting. Quarters: 9-10, 6-6, 18-17, 9-14. In the last game of this stage Ukraine will meet UK. Estonia will play against Latvia.

Estonia: Jane Svilberg 11+10 boards, Tatjana Razguliajeva 9+7 boards
Ukraine: Nataliya Skorbatyuk 16+9 boards, Anastasiya Polovynka 11+7 boards, Oksana Batrakova 10+7 boards


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U16 UK hands first loss to U16 Portugal in Arad, 55-51 - by Eurobasket News
U16 PORTUGAL - U16 UNITED KINGDOM 51-55

United Kingdom crushed Portugal handing them first loss in Arad, 55-51. Both teams have 3-1 record now in Group E and both already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals. UK has better chances now to win this pool. Shequila Joseph (189-F-95) led the UK in scoring with 14 points. Janice Monakana (183-F-95) (13 rebs) and Cheridene Green (187-C-95) (10 rebs) also were great adding 12 points each. In the loosing squad, Joana Soeiro (170-PG-95) shined with 25 points. Their second scorer was Sofia Pinheiro (171-G-95) with 8 points. Quarters: 11-20, 10-8, 17-12, 13-15. In the last day of the Qualifying Round, UK will meet Ukraine. Portugal will take on Slovenia.

Portugal: Joana Soeiro 25, Sofia Pinheiro 8
United Kingdom: Shequila Joseph 14, Janice Monakana 12+13 boards, Cheridene Green 12+10 boards


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  WNBA - Women  


Tuesday's games review - by Eurobasket News
L.Angeles S. - Atlanta D. 79-84
Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86, college: Louisville) scored 23 points and the Atlanta Dream ruined the return of Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) to the Sparks with an 84-79 win over Los Angeles on Tuesday night. Parker had 15 points and 10 rebounds in her first game back since tearing the lateral meniscus in her right knee on June 26. Erika de Souza added 18 points for Atlanta (12-12), which won for the ninth time in 12 games and moved to .500 for the first time this season. DeLisha-Milton Jones scored 19 points and Natasha Lacy added 11 for the Sparks (9-14), who missed two field goals in the final 30 seconds. Parker was averaging 17.7 points and 9.9 rebounds when she was hurt. The Sparks went 5-10 without her. *Courtesy of www.fox5vegas.com

Connecticut S. - Minnesota L. 108-79
Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) had 16 points and 18 rebounds as the Connecticut Sun routed the Minnesota Lynx Tuesday, 108-79, before a sellout of 9,323 at Mohegan Sun Arena. It was the most points the Sun (16-8) have ever scored in regulation in franchise history. It was also their 10th win in 13 games. Asjha Jones (6'2''-F-80, college: Connecticut) had 15 points and six rebounds for Connecticut and Kara Lawson added four 3-pointers for 14 points. Lindsay Whalen led the Lynx (18-6) with 20 points. Maya Moore, in her first game back at Connecticut since graduating from UConn, was held to just two. *Courtesy of www.theday.com

S.Antonio SS - Indiana F. 63-65
Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) scored 26 points to help the Indiana Fever hold off the San Antonio Silver Stars 65-63 Tuesday night. Danielle Robinson (5'9''-G-89, college: Oklahoma) missed a jumped for the Silver Stars with 3.9 seconds left. Jia Perkins' 3-pointer with 41.4 seconds left pulled the Silver Stars within two points, but neither team was able to score after that. The Fever (18-7) won their third straight game and for the eighth time in their last nine games. Indiana swept the season series against San Antonio after winning 81-68 at home on Aug. 9. Indiana trailed by four points in the third quarter but held San Antonio to 3 of 17 shooting in the fourth. *Courtesy of www.wthr.com

Phoenix M. - Seattle S. 81-79
Diana Taurasi (6'0''-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) picked off an errant pass by Sue Bird (5'9''-G-80, college: Connecticut) and made a driving shot with 6.3 seconds left to lift the Phoenix Mercury past the Seattle Storm 81-79. Swin Cash missed an 8-footer and Taurasi knocked the ball out with 0.1 seconds left to preserve the win, which snapped Phoenix's nine-game losing streak to the Storm and completed the second-biggest comeback in franchise history. The Mercury trailed by 18 in the first half, but Taurasi helped them chip away, and scored nine of her 24 points in the fourth quarter. Bird had 23 points and eight assists for the Storm, which has lost four of five. Phoenix trailed 36-18 with 4:22 left in the first half and 43-28 at halftime. But the Mercury scored seven points in a 44-second span and then twice got Candice Dupree cutting to the basket for layups to tie the game at 67 with 5:29 remaining. The teams traded baskets but Bird found Camille Little twice under the basket, the second time giving Seattle a 79-77 lead with 1:28 left. Cash missed a layup with 44 seconds remaining and Taylor fed Dewanna Bonner for a layup to tie it at 30. On the next possession, Bird intended to get the ball to Katie Smith but the pass went awry and Taurasi grabbed it and broke the other way for the winning basket. Phoenix had lost nine straight to the Storm, including getting swept by Seattle in the 2010 Western Conference finals. The Mercury last beat the Storm on Sept. 10, 2009. *Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com

New York L. - Washington M. 69-66
Looking to avenge a tough road loss at the hands of the Washington Mystics (5-17) last week, the New York Liberty (14-11) took care of business at home, winning 69-66 behind Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) 's game-high 26 points on 9 for 18 shooting. The Liberty led Washington 24-11 coming out of the first quarter, during which Plenette Pierson (16 points) led the way for New York, equaling the Mystics' output with 11 points. Washington came out stronger in the second quarter and would trail 36-27 by the end of the first half. Mystics forward Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-F/C-86, college: Maryland) (25 points, six rebounds) kept the Mystics in it with 11 points in the first two quarters. The Liberty opened the second half struggling on offense, not hitting a field goal until Nicole Powell (four points, five assists) nailed a 3-pointer that gave them a 40-33 lead with 5:09 left to play in the third quarter. From that point on, Pondexter scored five unanswered points-three from the free throw line and the last two on a mid-range jumper that made it 44-33. After forward DeMya Walker (nine points) ended Pondexter's run with a layup, the Liberty guard hit three free throws over two consecutive trips to the line, giving the Liberty an 11 point lead at 46-35. Washington then finished the quarter with a 7-3 run capped by Jasmine Thomas' 3-pointer. New York still held a 49-42 lead going into the fourth, but the Mystics closed within 58-56 with less than 4 minutes left to play when Thomas knocked down another 3-pointer and Kelly Miller went 1 for 2 from the line. After Pondexter responded by hitting a shot from behind the arch, Washington went on a 7-2 run punctuated by Walker's three-point play. Walker, fouled while scoring on a layup, knotted the game at 63-63 when she hit a free throw with 59.8 seconds left in regulation. Pondexter knocked down a pair of free throws to snap the tie, but shooting guard Matee Ajavon (12 points, five assists) hit a shot from downtown that gave Washington its first lead of the second half. As had been the case all night, Pondexter kept putting the pressure on the Mystics' defense, scoring on a running layup to put the Liberty up 67-66 with 13.5 seconds remaining in regulation. Coming out of Washington's timeout, Ajavon attempted another 3-pointer, but her shot was blocked by Essence Carson and recovered by Powell, who was quickly fouled by Walker. Powell hit one free throw, as did Pierson moments later to seal the win for New York with less than a second left. *Courtesy of Yahoo




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