EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/2/2011

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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


South Africa to play in William Jones Cup - by Kristian Santiago
The South Africans are currently in Taiwan to play the William Jones Cup which runs from the 6th of August until the 14th of August in Taipeh.
Iran, Taiwan, Korea, Philippines, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Malaysia and Japan are all opponents in this tournament for the lone African representant.
The roster consists of the same core of players, that competed in the African Championships 2009 and finished 15th out of 16 teams.

South Africa National Men's Basketball Team

Neo Mothiba (197-G/F-82)
Thabang Kgwedi (200-F-78)
Kegorapetse Letsebe (198-G/F-80, college: Goucher)
Quintin Denyssen (203-F-80)
Tsakane Ngobeni (198-F-83)
Cedrick Kalombo (208-C-83, college: Fresno City JC)
Lindokuhle Sibankulu (201-F-81, college: Erskine)
Nhlanhla Dlamini (174-G-86)
Amogelang Keogatile (193-G-87)
Brenden Mettler (190-G-82)
Luyanda Ntunja (184-G-81)
Sakhile Sithole (193-F-90)
Tshilidzi Nephawe (208-C-89)
Chris Avenant (193-G/F)
Christopher Gabriel (200-F-88)
Fumani Marhanele (187-G/F-82)

Head Coach: Flosh Ngwenya
Assistant Coach: Patrick Engelbrecht (195-G-76)



Morocco plays the international tournament in Tunisia - by Kristian Santiago
The Moroccans, under the leadership of former-national team star Hassane Hachad , headed to Tunis to attend the international tournament that is currently going down there.
After their stage in Turkey, this will be the final stage abroad before heading to Madagascar for the African Championships in mid of August.

Morocco's current roster:

Zakaria El Masbahi (191-G-79) As de Sale
Mustapha Khalfi (173-G-80) Ittihad de Tanger
Younes Idrissi (204-F/C-84, college: Iona) Ittihad de Tanger
Abderrahim Najah (198-F/C-84) As de Sale
Abdelhakim Zouita (201-F-86) As de Sale
Hicham Amrallah (186-G-78) Raja de Casablanca
Soufiane Kourdou (211-C-85) As de Sale
Soufiane Rafii Wydad Safrou
Omar Lahnani Ittihad de Tanger
Abdeljath Frouga (188-G-84) Wydad Safrou
Mohamed Hachad (194-G-83, college: Northwestern) Fos Ouest Provence Basket (FRA)
Reda Rhalimi (213-C-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) As de Sale
Said Boustout (203-C) Ittihad de Tanger
Hicham Kherrazi (195-F-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) ABC Amsterdam (NED)
Zouheir Bourouis (180-G-83) As de Sale
Karim Nesba (188-G-86, agency: Promotex, college: Auburn-Montgomery) Royal Aera Excelsior Brussels (BEL)

Coach: Hassane Hachad




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  ANGOLA   


Boris Stankovic Cup. Angola outscore China in Zhejiang - by Eurobasket News
China - Angola 64:67

Angola opened Boris Stankovic Cup with victory. They outgunned China in the opener. Eduardo Mingas (200-F-79) scored 19 points to lead the charge.
China looked better in the opening frame. The hosts posted a 20:15 lead after ten minutes. Angola rebounded in the second quarter. They stiffened defence limiting China to just 6 points. Angola arrived at halftime up by 5 points 31:26. China mounted the pressure in the third term but Angola did not surrender the lead. The African powerhouse entered the fourth stanza up by four points. Angola hung on in the fourth period to escape with a narrow victory at the end. Carlos Morais (190-G-85) produced 14 points in the win. Yi Li (203-F/G-85) replied with 16 points for China. Zhang Bo (200-G/F-89) had 11 points in the loss.

China: Yi Li 16, Zhang Bo 11
Angola: Eduardo Mingas 19, Carlos Morais 11



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  ARGENTINA   


Olimpico de La Banda tab Frank Elegar - by Eurobasket News
Olimpico de La Banda strengthened their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Frank Elegar (206-C-86, college: Drexel). The centre from US Virgin Islands spent the last season in France. He played for JA Vichy. Frank Elegar posted 9.7 points, 6.7 boards and 1.8 steals per game in ProA. The centre previously had stints in Turkey and Germany.



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  ARMENIA   


U16: Armenia tied their record at 2-2 at the European Championship Division B - by Eurobasket News
Ireland U16-Armenia U16 59:71

Armenia tied their record at 2-2 at the U16 European Championship Men Division B. The team won over Ireland 71:59 in the opener of Group C on Sunday.
Armenia started the game with 19-12 but could not keep the lead for good. Hanlon brought Ireland 27:26 and Quinn sent the teams to the lockers at 30:26. Two three-pointers from Sergei Pogosyan (95) and Roman Sayadyan (95) gave Armenia 38:36 and John Jason Carr (188-C-95)oll (198-F-95) closed the period at 42:42. The last quarter was the benefit for the Armenian team that erupted with 29-17. It brought them 71:59 victory as Arkadiy Mkrtychyan (95) made three free throws at the end.
Andrey Konstantinov (95) stepped up with 18 points and Sergei Pogosyan posted 17. Roman Sayadyan notched 12, while Arkadiy Mkrtychyan delivered 11. Jason Carr finished the game with 20 points and John Jason Carroll added 15.

Ireland U16: Jason Carr 20, John Jason Carroll 15
Armenia U16: Andrey Konstantinov 18, Sergei Pogosyan 17, Roman Sayadyan 12, Arkadiy Mkrtychyan 11



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  AUSTRALIA   


SBL: Tigers tamed by Wolves (Saturday Night Wrap) - by Eurobasket News
Willetton Tigers mens State Basketball League premiership defence hopes took a massive blow with a 97-86 defeat at the hands of Wanneroo Wolves at Willetton Basketball Stadium.

The in-form Wolves continued their impressive season with Matthew Schmechtig (G-85) (23-points) and Greg Hire (20-points and 19-rebounds) leading the way, Rob Kampman Willettons best with 26-points and 17-rebounds.

The Tigers now face an uphill battle to stay in the play-offs without key players Matthew Knight (204-F/C-85, college: Loyola Marymount) and Cameron Tovey, needing two away wins at Joondalup to turn around the best-of-three quarter-finals series and qualify for the semi-finals.

A game-high 32-points from import Stan Ocitti led Cockburn Cougars to a vital 104-98 away win over Perth Redbacks at Belmont Oasis.

Ocitti was assisted by Ty Harrelson (24-points) and Grant Davey (185-G-79) (19-points) as the Cougars halted a six-game Redback winning streak.

Adrian Majstrovich was the shining light for Perth with a double-double (30 points and 16 rebounds), but lacked support in the absence of star Wildcats forward Jesse Wagstaff.

A sensational performance from Anthony Lee-Ingram (198-F, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Brescia (KY)) (23-points and 15-rebounds) helped Perry Lakes Hawks to a hard-fought 88-83 win over Stirling at Warwick Leisure Centre.

Michael Jones (23-points) led a courageous fight-back from Stirling in their first finals appearance since 2007, but a late two-pointer from Lee gave the Hawks a huge advantage leading into game two at WA Basketball Centre.

In womens action, Lakeside Lightning produced the upset of the weekend, beating defending champions Willetton Tigers 81-74 at Lakeside Recreation Centre.

Lakeside fought of a gallant final-quarter revival from the minor premiers, with Heidi McNeill (191-F-86, college: Washington) leading the way with 21 points and seven rebounds.

In other games, Wanneroo were too good for the Mandurah Magic 68-61 and Kalamunda edged out East Perth Eagles 69-61.

Article by Jordan McArdle
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au/




Lakeside's dominance continues (Finals Week One MSBL Wrap) - by Eurobasket News
Lakeside Lightning's outstanding men's State Basketball League season continued with a comfortable win over the in-form Australian Central East Perth Eagles in the quarter-finals.

The Lightning won 110-91 in game one of the best-of-three series, breaking a streak which had seen the Eagles win 11 of their past 14 games.

Lakeside's 17th-straight victory put it in the box seat to progress to the semi-finals, as the minor premiers have two chances to wrap up the series next week at home, where they are undefeated this season.

American forward Ben Beran (200-C-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: S.Dakota St.) was the star of the game, making seven of his 13 three-point attempts on his way to 52 points while also adding seven rebounds and five blocks for the Lightning.

And Lakeside was able to limit the effectiveness of Perth Wildcats guard Drew Williamson (194-G-83, college: Metro St.), who had just 18 points for the Eagles.

Reigning champions Southlands Boulevarde Willetton Tigers need a miracle to avoid elimination after falling 97-86 to second seed Wanneroo Wolves.

The Tigers must win twice at Joondalup Basketball Stadium next week to advance to the semis and seems highly improbable since the Wolves won by 64 points last time the two sides met at the venue.

Matthew Schmechtig (23 points) led the Wolves, while Robert Kampman (203-F-82, college: Wichita St.) had 26 points for the Tigers, who will be without Wildcats pair Cameron Tovey and Matt Knight for the whole series.

A late comeback saw Total Connections Perry Lakes Hawks beat ATD Stirling Senators 88-83.

Stirling led by five at three-quarter-time but the fourth-placed Hawks controlled the final period to take a one-game lead into games two and three (if required) at home next weekend.

The Hawks were able to limit star Senators import Lee Roberts to nine points, with Anthony Lee (23 points) starring in victory.

And third seed Cockburn Cougars held off a fight-back from Perth Redbacks to win 104-98.

The Redbacks, who were without Wildcats star Jesse Wagstaff, trailed by 11 early in the final quarter but cut that margin to four with three minutes left before Cockburn lifted and held on.

Import Stanley Ocitti (203-F/C-80, college: Binghamton) had 32 points for the Cougars, while veteran forward Adrian Majstrovich starred for the Redbacks with 30 points and 16 rebounds.

Article by Jacob Kagi
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au/




Boris Stankovic Cup. Russia tame Australia in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Russia - Australia 99:97 (OT)

Russia opened their Stankovic Cup campaign with victory. They defeated Australia in overtime. Anatoly Kashirov (215-C-87) stepped up with 31 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners.
Russia got to a strong start. They overwhelmed the Aussies in the opening period to post a 27:19 lead. Australia bounced back in the second quarter. They used a 25:19 run to narrow the gap at two points. Russia regained control in the third frame. They ensured a 12-point lead at the third break. But the Boomers did not surrender. They erupted for 29 points in the fourth term to level things up at the end of regulation. Russia managed to steal victory in a tight battle in extra period. Igor Smygin (197-G/F-87, agency: Alti Sport, college: Surgut-2) nailed 17 points, while Petr Gubanov (207-C-87) added 14 points in the victory. Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.) answered with 25 points for the Boomers. Peter Crawford (193-G-79) delivered 17 points in the loss.

Russia: Anatoly Kashirov 31, Igor Smygin 17, Petr Gubanov 14
Australia: Mark Worthington 25, Peter Crawford 17, Jesse Wagstaff 14, Luke Schenscher 14



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


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  AUSTRIA   


U16: Cyprus recorded the first win in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Austria U16-Cyprus U16 56:69

Cyprus recorded the first win in Division B at the U16 European Championship in Strumica. The team won the game over Austria 69:56 and remained them winless.
It was the game for the first victory as both teams entered the court winless. Cyprus started stronger and Papamichael brought 17:9 at the end of the first period. Cyprus added 22-19 in the second to take 39:28 at the halftime. Austria bounced back with 18-15 in the third quarter to reduce to 8 points after thirty minutes, but could not come closer. Cyprus needed 15-10 in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Antreas Christodoulou (193-G-95) erupted with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 7 steals for the initial victory. Constantinos Papacostas (193-F-95) netted 15, while Viktoras Ieronymidis (198-F-95) scored 14. Georg Wolf (186-G-95) ended up with 13 points in the losing effort and Sebastian Wurtz (202-C-95) had 12 points and 11 boards in defeat.

Austria U16: Georg Wolf 13, Sebastian Wurtz 12+11 rebs, Marko Soldo (190-G-95) 10
Cyprus U16: Antreas Christodoulou 26+7 rebs+7 steals, Constantinos Papacostas 15, Viktoras Ieronymidis 14



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  BELGIUM   


U18: Gerald Henrard leads Belgium past Slovakia in Varna - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U18 - Slovakia U18 69:54

Belgium wrapped up their U18 European Championship in Division B campaign with victory. They held off Slovakia to clinch the 9th overall position. Gerald Henrard (203-C-93) stepped up with 15 points and 13 rebounds to pace the winners.
Belgium dominated right from the start. They accumulated an 11-point lead ten minutes into the game. Slovakia however slowed their opponents down in the second period. The Slovak team cut the deficit to just 6 points at halftime 31:37. Stransky put Slovakia as close as two points late in the half. But Belgium managed to restore a 5-point advantage at the final break 48:43. Belgium capped the regulation on a 16:5 run and sealed the win at the end. Romain Recko (185-G-93) delivered 14 points, while Arno Mollekens (195-F/C-94) accounted for 10 points in the victory. Viktor Juricek (208-C-93) notched 13 points for Slovakia. Simon Krajcovic (185-G-94, agency: FCM) had 11 points in the losing effort.

Belgium U18: Gerald Henrard 15+13 boards, Romain Recko 14, Arno Mollekens 10
Slovakia U18: Viktor Juricek 13, Simon Krajcovic 11



U16: Israel made it to the Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U16-Israel U16 70:80

Israel made it to the Qualifying Round in Strumica at the U16 European Championship. Israel needed 80:70 over Belgium to take their spot in the Elite Eight.
Israel grabbed 25:16 after the first period as Roy Ayalon (190-G-95) made the last five points in the quarter. Belgium won the second frame 15-12 as Emmanuel Lecomte (175-G-95) sent the teams to the lockers for 37:31. Mathijs Gijbels (200-F-95) reduced to 51:49, but Israel did not allow Belgium to tie the game. Sror closed the third quarter at 58:53 and then Israel won the last period 22-17 for the final success. Naor Sharon (191-PG-95) and Daniel closed a 5-0 run at the very end to bring the victory for Israel.
Naor Sharon paced all the winners with 24 points and Idan Zalmanson (205-F-95) netted15. Yochai Zuckerman (183-G-95) posted 11, while Roy Ayalon scored 9. Emmanuel Lecomte replied with 20 points in the losing effort as Belgiun finished the group on the third place with 2-2 record. Romain Boxus (194-F-96) scored 18 and Mathijs Gijbels chipped in 14.

Belgium U16: Emmanuel Lecomte 20, Romain Boxus 18, Mathijs Gijbels 14
Israel U16: Naor Sharon 24, Idan Zalmanson 15, Yochai Zuckerman 11, Roy Ayalon 9



Ethias League Transfer News - by Peter Buyse
Telindus Oostende has announced the signature of American F/C Christopher Booker (208-F/C-81, college: Purdue) to a 2 year contract. Booker played the past season for Slovenian team KRKA Novo Mesto. His team won the EuroChallenge cup last season which was held in Oostende. Booker is the final piece of the Oostende roster for the 2011-2012 season. Booker finished his college career at Purdue at the end of the 2004-2005 season. Over the next couple of year he played in Turkey for Fenerbahce and Tofas Bursa. Moved to Slovenia to play for Olimpija Ljublana for the 07-08 season. Next up was Slupsk in Poland followed by ASU (Jordan), Khimik Yuzny (Ukraine) and Slupsk again during the 09-10 season.
This past season he came back to Slovenia where he played for KRKA Novo Mesto. At KRKA he played in 3 different competions, the Slovenian league (21g, 8.2 ppg, 5.2rpg). He upped his stats in the EuroChallenge league to 12.3 ppg and 7.4 rpg in 17 games. He also played 27 games in the Adriatic league with averages of 11.7 ppg and 5.1 rpg.

Antwerp Giants has added former Georgetown player Julian Vaughn (205-F-88) for the upcoming season.
Vaughn started his college career at Florida State before transferring to Georgetown for his last 3 college years. This past season he played 31 games and averaged 7.8 ppg and 6.1 rpg.




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  BOSNIA   


U16: Bosnia and Herzegovina wins Group D in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Bosnia and Herzegovina U16-Estonia U16 92:65

Bosnia and Herzegovina wins Group D in Division B at the U16 European Championship with 4-0 record. The favorites of the group needed 92:65 over Estonia to advance to the Qualifying Round with the perfect record. Estonia dropped to 1-3 and will play for 9-16 places.
Bosnia proved their dominance in the opening period and grabbed 24:11 after the first period. They added 26-18 in the second frame for 50:29 when Adi Zahiragic (185-PG-95) closed the half from the lay-up. Bosnia won also the third and the last stanzas and made it with the same score. Bosnia needed 21-18 in each period for the final 27-point advantage.
Nedim Buza (201-F-95) led the way with 14 points and Milenko Predic (198-F-96) netted 13. Dejan Ivkovic (197-F-95) posted 12, while Adi Zahiragic added 8. Rain Koort (194-G/F-95) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort and Egert Haller (188-G-95) scored 11.

Bosnia and Herzegovina U16: Nedim Buza 14, Milenko Predic 13, Dejan Ivkovic 12, Adi Zahiragic 8
Estonia U16: Rain Koort 14, Egert Haller 11



U16: Bosnia and Herzegovina grabbed 3-0 record on top of Group D - by Eurobasket News
Israel U16- Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 84:85

Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 grabbed 3-0 record on top of Group D after a thriller win over Israel. Both teams were undefeated before the game with each other and Bosnia needed an 85:84 win for 3-0 record on top. Israel suffered their first loss and dropped to 2-1 record.
Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 did not start well, but managed to win the only period and the game. Israel started with 21-19 and added 21-20 in the second frame. Moreover the team posted 23-17 as Naor Sharon (191-PG-95) scored for 65:56. Trailing however 9 points midway through the last period, Bosnia erupted with a surge for the necessary win.
Bojan Lulic (196-F-95) stepped up with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Nedim Buza (201-F-95) and Adi Zahiragic (185-PG-95) netted 14 points each. Dorde Kelecevic (188-PG-96) followed them with 9 points for the third straight win. Naor Sharon ended up with 22 points in defeat, while Idan Zalmanson (205-F-95) posted 16. Christopher Shipton (190-F-95) delivered 15 and Yochai Zuckerman (183-G-95) notched 10.

Israel U16: Naor Sharon 22, Idan Zalmanson 16, Christopher Shipton 15, Yochai Zuckerman 10
Bosnia and Herzegovina U16: Bojan Lulic 21+11 rebs, Nedim Buza 14, Adi Zahiragic 14, Dorde Kelecevic 9



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  BULGARIA   


U16: Poland rally past Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News
Poland U16 - Bulgaria U16 81:66

Poland earned the first win at the U16 European Championship classification round Group G. They overcame Bulgaria in the battle against relegation. Damian Jeszke (200-F-95) stepped up with 21 points and 13 rebounds to pace the winners.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame but eventually Poland eked out a 22:17 lead. Aleksandar Vezenkov (204-F-95) put Bulgaria in front midway through the second frame. Bulgaria posted a 41:39 halftime lead. Poland used an 8:0 run midway through the third quarter to put their noses in front. They ensured a 57:54 lead at the final intermission. Poland opened the final term on a 12:3 run to take a 69:57 lead. Soon the margin grew at 21-point mark and Poland never looked back en route to the victory. Mikolaj Witlinski (201-F-95) delivered 15 points and 16 boards for Poland. Denis Socha (185-G-95) and Marek Walczak (188-G-95) contributed 11 points each in the victory. Aleksandar Vezenkov responded with 30 points and 15 rebounds for Bulgaria. Angel Dinkov (187-G-95) added 16 points in the loss.

Poland U16: Damian Jeszke 21+13 boards, Mikolaj Witlinski 15+16 boards, Denis Socha 11, Marek Walczak 11
Bulgaria U16: Aleksandar Vezenkov 30+15 boards, Angel Dinkov 16



Ivan Lilov joins Olin Edrine - by Eurobasket News
Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88) will continue his career in Turkey. The Bulgarian G/SF signed a deal with Olin Edrine. He heads to Turkey from Rilski Sportist, where he spent last season. For 35 games in NBL Lilov had 20.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.4 apg and 1.4 spg. He also added 20 ppg, 5.8 rpg and 3.8 apg for 12 games in Balkan league. He finished both competitions as the second best scorer. Rilski reached BIBL Finals and Eurobasket awarded Lilov with All-Balkan League 1st Team -11. Before Rilski, Ivan Lilov spent one year with Balkan Botevgrad. He had 15.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.4 apg and 2.2 spg for them in Bulgaria. In the past he played for Lukoil Akademik and Yambol. With Lukoil, Ivan Lilov won the NBL title and Bulgarian Cup in 2006. He played for the Bulgarian U20, U18 and U16 NT. Since 2009, Lilov is a member of the Bulgarian senior NT.

Ivan Lilov inks with Olin Edirne - by Christomir Rackov
Bulgarian player Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88) signed with Turkish team Olin Edirne. The 23-year old guard-forward will compete in EuroChallenge the next season, as Olin finished 7th in the Turkish championship with 17 wins and 13 losses.

Lilov arrives from Bulgarian team Rilski Sportist Samokov where he spent the previous season. He was the best scorer amongst all Bulgarians in the NBL with 20.1 ppg. Only American Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81) scored more than him 23.6 ppg. Lilov also added 4.6 rpg and 3.4 apg in 35 games.

Ivan Lilov grew up in the Balkan Botevgrad youth system and then played some seasons with Lukoil Academic and Rilski Sportist, before returning to The Greens for the 2009-2010 season and then back to Rilski last season. Right now he is a memeber of the Bulgarian national team, which is in preparation for EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania.


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  CENTRAL AFRICA   


Central African National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Central African National Team 2011
#s#
Benjamin M
M'Boli
Salissou Kabara
Kabara
Clarence Juillet
Juillet
Junior Madozein
Madozein
Martial Gotagni
Gotagni
#e#5
Benjamin M'Boli 199-F-88 Angers EOSL France
Jerry Follot 200-F Mid-Continent USA
Salissou Kabara 198-F Kirtland CC USA
Antonio Kouloumba 182-PG Tresses France
Clarence Juillet 198-C-83 Gravelines II France
Neil Wilfried Londoumon 190-F-93 Abeilles Central Africa
Bertrand Mbakoutou 202-C-93 Tresor Central Africa
Junior Madozein 188-PG-87 ASOPT Central Africa
Martial Gotagni 190-F-79 Le Puy France
Max Kouguere 198-F-87 Le Mans France
Lionel Bomayako 196-G-78 Zurich Wildcats Switzerland
Guy Joseph Kodjo-Sitchi 191-F-85 Sorgues France
William Kossangue-Toro 198-F-86 Campbell USA
Michael Mokongo 180-PG-86 Breogan Spain
Romain Sato 194-G/F-81 Panathinaikos Greece
Yannick Zachee 194-F-86 Charleville France

Francisco 'Paco' Garcia Head Coach Ourense Spain


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  CHAD   


Chad National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Chad National Team 2011
#s#
Pina Guillaume
Guillaume
Russell Robinson
Robinson
Dounia Issa
Issa
Sylvain Baykam
Baykam
#e#4
Jacques Alingue 201-F-88 Souffel France
Makka Garba 201-F-88 Virginia Union USA
Pina Guillaume 205-C Binghamton USA
Ali Djim 206-C Bowie St. USA
Russell Robinson 185-G-86 DKV Joventut Spain
Dounia Issa 198-F-81 Gravelines France
Sylvain Baykam 198-C-82 Denek France
Elysee Djimrassem
Ronald Kolmia
Theodore Mbaiarsi
Bienvenu Djimassal
Lebtoloum Ahidjo
Abderamane Mbaindiguim
Asnal Noubaramadji
Mickael Koibe
Dillah Mbairessem
Mario Ngadi
Sale Ousmane
Richard Moguena
Ngarasde Djimtoide

Patrick Maucouvert Head Coach Feurs France


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  CHINA   


Sani Sakakini claims Chinese NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Palestinian Sani Sakakini (204-C-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Guangzhou FM and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com NBL Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 23-year old center had a double-double of 33 points and thirty rebounds, while his team beat Hangzhou (#10, 3-13) 117-103. Guangzhou FM is placed at 6th position in Chinese NBL. Guangzhou FM is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-8 record. Sakakini turned to be Guangzhou FM's top player in his first season with the team. Sani Sakakini averages this season 15.4ppg and 10.0rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American forward Alexander McLean (203-F-85, agency: Strategic Sports) of Sichuan. McLean impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 34 points and 21 rebounds. Of course Sichuan cruised to a 105-93 relatively comfortable win over Jiangsu (9-7). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Sichuan consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team's 9-7 record is not bad at all. McLean is a newcomer at Sichuan and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Nigerian Benson Egemonye (207-C-83) of Heilongjiang (#8). Egemonye got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for fourteen rebounds . He was a key player of Heilongjiang, leading his team to a 101-87 easy win against slightly higher-ranked Ningxia Hanas (#7, 8-8). The chances of Heilongjiang ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Egemonye could help Heilongjiang to bring them higher in the standings. Egemonye has a great season in China. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.3ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 15.4rpg (#1 in league). He also has 2.6bpg and FGP: 61.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. DeAngelo Collins (206-F-82) of ShenYang - 32 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Dante Milligan (206-F-84) of Hangzhou - 26 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Austen Powers (203-F-87) of Hangzhou - 34 points, 20 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Alan Wiggins (206-F-85) of Whampoa - 27 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Christopher Lawson (193-F-83) of Hebei - 33 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Nick Stallings (190-G-83) of Changan Group - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Xuesong Li (190-G-91) of Guangzhou FM - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


Boris Stankovic Cup. Angola outscore China in Zhejiang - by Eurobasket News
China - Angola 64:67

Angola opened Boris Stankovic Cup with victory. They outgunned China in the opener. Eduardo Mingas (200-F-79) scored 19 points to lead the charge.
China looked better in the opening frame. The hosts posted a 20:15 lead after ten minutes. Angola rebounded in the second quarter. They stiffened defence limiting China to just 6 points. Angola arrived at halftime up by 5 points 31:26. China mounted the pressure in the third term but Angola did not surrender the lead. The African powerhouse entered the fourth stanza up by four points. Angola hung on in the fourth period to escape with a narrow victory at the end. Carlos Morais (190-G-85) produced 14 points in the win. Yi Li (203-F/G-85) replied with 16 points for China. Zhang Bo (200-G/F-89) had 11 points in the loss.

China: Yi Li 16, Zhang Bo 11
Angola: Eduardo Mingas 19, Carlos Morais 11



Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Changan Group 11-5 
 2. Whampoa 10-6 
 3. Sichuan 9-7 
 4. Jiangsu 9-7 
 5. ShenYang 9-7 
 6. Guangzhou FM 8-8 
 7. Ningxia Hanas 8-8 
 8. Heilongjiang 7-9 
 9. Hebei 6-10 
 10. Hangzhou 3-13 


NBL Round 16: Changan Group beats ShenYang in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in NBL.

First ranked Changan Group faced 3rd ranked ShenYang. Host Changan Group (11-5) defeated guests from (9-7) 102-94. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 8 points. American guard Nick Stallings (190-83, college: Centenary) fired 21 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Forward Lei Shang (196-88) chipped in 22 points. American forward DeAngelo Collins (206-82, college: High School) produced a double-double by scoring 32 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists for lost side. Changan Group have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 11-5 record. ShenYang lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the third place with seven games lost. They share the position with Sichuan and Jiangsu. Changan Group are looking forward to face Heilongjiang (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ShenYang will play against the league's second-placed Whampoa (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Whampoa (10-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Hebei (6-10). Whampoa managed to secure a 5-point victory 105-100. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Alan Wiggins (206-85, college: USF) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 16 rebounds. Michael Joiner contributed with 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward Christopher Lawson (193-83, college: Houston) replied with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds for Hebei. Whampoa maintains second position with 10-6 record behind leader Changan Group. Hebei at the other side dropped to the ninth place with ten games lost. Whampoa will play against ShenYang (#5) in the next round. Hebei will play against Hangzhou (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Jiangsu (9-7) played at the court of sixth ranked Sichuan (9-7). Sichuan defeated Jiangsu 105-93 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Jiangsu. Worth to mention a great performance of Alexander McLean who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 21 rebounds. Sichuan's coach Joseph Stiebing used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Justin Johnson responded with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Sichuan moved-up to third place, which they share with ShenYang and Jiangsu. Sichuan will meet at home Guangzhou FM (#6) in the next round. Jiangsu will play against Ningxia Hanas and hope to secure a win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in , where higher ranked Ningxia Hanas (8-8) lost to ninth ranked Heilongjiang (7-9) in a road game 87-101. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ningxia Hanas. The winners were led by Benson Egemonye who had that evening a double-double by scoring 31 points and 14 rebounds (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!). Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Heilongjiang have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place. Ningxia Hanas at the other side dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Heilongjiang's next round opponent will be league's leader Changan Group and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

In the last game of round 16 bottom-ranked Hangzhou was defeated by Guangzhou FM in a road game 117-103.


Changan Group - ShenYang 102-94
First ranked Changan Group faced 3rd ranked ShenYang. Host Changan Group (11-5) defeated guests from (9-7) 102-94. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 8 points. American guard Nick Stallings (190-83, college: Centenary) fired 21 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Forward Lei Shang (196-88) chipped in 22 points. Stallings is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward DeAngelo Collins (206-82, college: High School) produced a double-double by scoring 32 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists and his fellow American import guard Corey Allmond (188-88, college: Howard Col. (TX)) added 18 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Changan Group have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 11-5 record. ShenYang lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the third place with seven games lost. They share the position with Sichuan and Jiangsu. Changan Group are looking forward to face Heilongjiang (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ShenYang will play against the league's second-placed Whampoa (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Changan Group: S.Lei 22+1reb+3ast, S.Nick 21+6reb+9ast, S.Jian 16+2reb, L.Peng 15+3reb, J.JunQi 11+2reb+4ast, C.Darnell 9+10reb
ShenYang: C.DeAngelo 32+14reb+6ast, A.Corey 18+3reb+1ast, C.XiaoDong 17+4reb, D.ChengLong 11+2reb+3ast, S.DeShuai 9+2reb, Z.JunXiong 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 129387


Heilongjiang - Ningxia Hanas 101-87

We should mention about the upset which took place in , where higher ranked Ningxia Hanas (8-8) lost to ninth ranked Heilongjiang (7-9) in a road game 87-101. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ningxia Hanas. The game was mostly controlled by Heilongjiang. Ningxia Hanas was better in fourth quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Ningxia Hanas 35-22 including 22 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Ningxia Hanas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by Nigerian center Benson Egemonye (207-83, college: Niagara) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 31 points and 14 rebounds (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!) and guard Nan Wang (191-82) supported him with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Even 22 points and 5 rebounds by Nigerian forward Ndudi Ebi (206-84, college: Arizona) did not help to save the game for Ningxia Hanas. Guard Yansong Ma (185-88) added 15 points for lost side. Four Ningxia Hanas players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Heilongjiang have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place. Ningxia Hanas at the other side dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Heilongjiang's next round opponent will be league's leader Changan Group and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Heilongjiang: E.Benson 31+14reb+3ast, W.Nan 20+7reb+3ast, Y.Gang 16+6reb, Y.Tao 9+1reb, L.Naiyuan 9+2reb+1ast, P.Courtney 8+1reb+3ast
Ningxia Hanas: E.Ndudi 22+5reb, M.Yansong 15+3reb+2ast, D.Junjiang 13+1reb, S.ChunLei 10+1reb+2ast, X.Zhongjie 9+1reb+1ast, H.Ramon 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 129385


Guangzhou FM - Hangzhou 117-103

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Hangzhou (3-13) was defeated on the road by seventh ranked Guangzhou FM (8-8) 117-103. The game was mostly controlled by Guangzhou FM. Hangzhou was better in second period 27-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guangzhou FM forced 26 Hangzhou turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Guangzhou FM brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The winners were led by Palestinian center Sani Sakakini (204-88) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 30 rebounds and guard TianGang Shao (190-89) supported him with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Guangzhou FM players scored in double figures. Guangzhou FM's coach Dragan Raca used entire bench saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 34 points (!!!) and 20 rebounds by American forward Austen Powers (203-87, college: Seattle, agency: Tank Sports) did not help to save the game for Hangzhou. His fellow American import forward Dante Milligan (206-84, college: Massachusetts, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) added 26 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 blocks for lost side. Guangzhou FM moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Ningxia Hanas. Hangzhou lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Guangzhou FM's next round opponent will be higher ranked Sichuan (#3) and it may be quite challenging game. Hangzhou will play against Hebei (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guangzhou FM: S.Sani 33+30reb+3ast, S.TianGang 21+6reb+4ast, L.Xuesong 19+2reb+6ast, L.Dapeng 16+3reb+2ast, Y.Liang 9+7reb, Z.HongWei 8+1reb+2ast
Hangzhou: P.Austen 34+20reb+3ast, M.Dante 26+16reb+4ast, Y.Carrian 21+3reb+2ast, L.Wei 8+3reb+2ast, Z.Honglin 5+3reb+4ast, W.Fuzhen 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 129386


Hebei - Whampoa 100-105

The game in was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Whampoa (10-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Hebei (6-10). Whampoa managed to secure a 5-point victory 105-100. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Hebei won fourth quarter 29-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Whampoa forced 21 Hebei turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Alan Wiggins (206-85, college: USF) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 16 rebounds. The other American import swingman Michael Joiner (200-81, college: Florida St.) contributed with 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward Christopher Lawson (193-83, college: Houston) replied with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds and center GuoDong Zhang (204-76) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Hebei. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Whampoa maintains second position with 10-6 record behind leader Changan Group. Hebei at the other side dropped to the ninth place with ten games lost. Whampoa will play against ShenYang (#5) in the next round. Hebei will play against Hangzhou (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Whampoa: W.Alan 27+16reb+3ast, J.Michael 23+5reb+1ast, Y.Ning 17+3reb+3ast, J.Lei 12+7reb+2ast, Y.ZhiYong 11+3reb+1ast, W.Jing 7
Hebei: L.Christopher 33+11reb+3ast, Z.ZhenHu 14+3reb+4ast, Z.GuoDong 13+8reb+2ast, J.Nan 11+2reb, C.Zhixin 11+4reb+2ast, A.Vereen 10+6reb
gschID: 129383


Sichuan - Jiangsu 105-93

The game in was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Jiangsu (9-7) played at the court of sixth ranked Sichuan (9-7). Sichuan defeated Jiangsu 105-93 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Jiangsu. Jiangsu was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 36-21 charge of Sichuan, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Jiangsu's 32 and made 38-of-48 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Jiangsu 52-35 including 17 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Alexander McLean (203-85, agency: Strategic Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 21 rebounds and the other American import guard T.J. Bannister (180-84, college: Liberty) who added 25 points and 8 assists (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) during the contest. Sichuan's coach Joseph Stiebing used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American guard Justin Johnson (198-86, college: Iowa) responded with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Xin Feng (187-92) scored 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Sichuan and five Jiangsu players scored in double figures. Sichuan moved-up to third place, which they share with ShenYang and Jiangsu. Sichuan will meet at home Guangzhou FM (#6) in the next round. Jiangsu will play against Ningxia Hanas and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Sichuan: M.Alexander 34+21reb, B.T.J. 25+3reb+8ast, J.QiZhen 15+5reb+2ast, C.Ma 13+5reb+3ast, M.Long 11+1reb+1ast, Y.ZhaoLei 4+3reb
Jiangsu: F.Xin 18+6reb+5ast, J.Justin 16+9reb+6ast, X.ShuSen 14+1reb+1ast, L.Kenny 13+8reb, S.XianLing 12+2ast, W.DaPeng 7+5reb
gschID: 129384




China's Foshan interested in singing Hamed Haddadi - by Eurobasket News
Irans Memphis Grizzlies center Hamed Haddadi (7'2''-C-85) has been linked with a move to Chinese basketball team Foshan Dralions.

Foshan has made an offer of up to $200,000 a month to the center that includes an opt-out clause if the NBA lockout ends during the season, according to NiuBBall.com.

The talks have progressed beyond the initial stages but it is still unclear that when Haddadi will make a decision.

Haddadi signed a three-year deal, including a team-option for a fourth season, with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2008 worth $4.8 million.

Now, we are in talks for him to play in China, said Haddadis agent, Marc Cornstein. There are some good opportunities there and, the more he plays, the more he will develop.

Since Haddadi is an Iranian, he has been considered Asian by FIBA and could join the Chinese teams without counting against their quota of foreign players.

Courtesy of www.tehrantimes.com


Rumor: Kobe Bryant closer to signing in China than Turkey, wants $1.5 million a month if he goes overseas - by Eurobasket News
Marc J. Spears and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo report:

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) is engaged in far more substantive contract talks with teams in China than he is Turkish team Besiktas, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Besiktas coach Ergin Ataman tweeted Sunday that the team made an official offer to Bryant last week and plans to meet with Bryant's agent in Los Angeles this week. However, a source close to Bryant said he hasnt had conversations with the Turkish team in two weeks, and labeled Bryants chances of playing with Besiktas at zero percent.

Bryant, sources said, is still listening to offers to play overseas during the NBAs lockout, and considers China a more likely option. He has exchanged proposals with Chinese teams, and one source said its unlikely Bryant would accept any deal that pays him less than $1.5 million per month. Bryant would be free to rejoin the Lakers as soon as the lockout ends.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


China Loses to Angola 67-64 in Stankovic Cup - by Arthur Volbert
China, playing without its eight best players, lost to Angola 67-64 in the Stankovic Cup in Haining. Yi Jianlian, Wang Zhizhi, Liu Wei, Sun Yue, Wang Shipeng, Zhu Fangyu, Ding Jinhui and Zhou Peng sat out the game. Wang Ligang, a journeyman veteran from Shanghai, was brought in to take the place of some of the missing players.

Yi Li (203-F/G-85) led China with 16 points and 3 steals in 31 minutes. Zhang Bo had 11 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals in 31 minutes. Xirelijiang had 10 points and 8 rebounds in 22 minutes. Zhang Qingpeng had 8 points in 19 minutes but hit only 3 of 11 shots.

Su Wei had 5 points, 7 rebounds and 3 turnovers in 28 minutes, showing his rebounding prowess but also his lack of offense as Wang Zhizhi's backup at center. Wang Ligang had 4 points and 5 rebounds in 19 minutes and showed why he is a journeyman, not a star.

Yi Li, Xirelijiang and Zhang Bo made the best cases for inclusion in the three open spots on the national team. China's missing eight, plus Su Wei, have their spots on the team wrapped up.

Russia defeated Australia in overtime 99-97 in today's other game.


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News from Borik Puntamika - by Eurobasket News
Domagoj Vidakovic (195-G-80) is a new member of Borik Puntamika. The Croatian guard signed a deal for the next season. He spent the last one with A2 team Vostarnica Zadar. Before that, Vidakovic spent almost three years with Keravnos Nicosia. They won the Cypriot Cup in 2007. In 2005/06 season, he played for Split and one year before that Vidakovic was a member of Siroki. With them he had 8.4 ppg and 1.6 rpg for 10 Adriatic league games. In 2003/04 with Geoplin Slovan, Vidakovic collected 15.3 ppg and 2.7 rpg in Slovenian league. He also has experience from Zagreb and Kantrida.
Borik Puntamika managed to keep Jurjevic, Pesut and Cakarun for the next season. Mikulic, Ruzic, Petani, Skific and Troskot left the team. Coach Neven Plantak will lead Borik in 2011/12.


U16: Croatia slip by determined Ukraine - by Eurobasket News
Croatia U16 - Ukraine U16 86:83

Croatia earned the fourth straight win at the U16 European Championship. They overcame pesky Ukraine to improve at 3-0 record in Qualifying Round Group F. Mario Hezonja (200-F-95) finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds to pace the winners. Ukraine fell at 0-3 record after the defeat.
Croatia seemed well in control midway through the opening quarter. They posted a 19:9 lead and rallied to a 26:17 advantage at the first break. Croatia kept their opponents at bay throughout the second quarter. They registered a 48:41 lead at the interval. Ukraine however did not allow Croatia to clear off in the third term. Stansilav Medvedenko team stayed close trailing by just three points at the final intermission. Prokopenko eventually put Ukraine in front 69:68 in the final period. The lead changed hands for several times as Ukraine entered the final minute of regulation up by a single point 83:82. But Mario Hezonja stepped up for Croatia. He sank two free throws and then fed Ivan Jukic (190-G/F-95) for a jumper as Croatia escaped with a narrow victory at the end. Ivan Jukic nailed 16 points, while Domagoj Bosnjak (197-G-95) netted 15 points in the win. Yevgen Sakhniuk (200-F/C-95) responded with 22 points and 8 boards for Ukraine. Stanislav Kudrya (186-PG-95) netted 16 points in the loss.

Croatia U16: Mario Hezonja 19+11 boards, Ivan Jukic 16, Domagoj Bosnjak 15
Ukraine U16: Yevgen Sakhniuk 22, Stanislav Kudrya 16



Roko-Leni Ukic to miss EuroBasket 2011 - by Eurobasket News
Bad news for the Croatian National Team. Roko-Leni Ukic (195-G-84) injured his foot during the practice and he will be forced to miss the upcoming EuroBasket in Lithuania. He will be out for at least six weeks.
Roko-Leni Ukic supposed to be one of the leaders in Lithuania. Last summer in Turkey he had 8.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 1.2 spg for 6 games. In EuroBasket 2009, Ukic shined with 13.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists for 8 games. At the Olympic Games in Beijing he had 7.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 2.8 apg for 6 games. Finally, at the EuroBasket 2007 Ukic registered 6.4 ppg and 1.9 apg for 9 games.
Roko-Leni Ukic led Fenerbahce Ulker to double crown in Turkey last season. They did the same a year ago. For his performance Ukic was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League 1st Team -10, 11.


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U16: Cyprus recorded the first win in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Austria U16-Cyprus U16 56:69

Cyprus recorded the first win in Division B at the U16 European Championship in Strumica. The team won the game over Austria 69:56 and remained them winless.
It was the game for the first victory as both teams entered the court winless. Cyprus started stronger and Papamichael brought 17:9 at the end of the first period. Cyprus added 22-19 in the second to take 39:28 at the halftime. Austria bounced back with 18-15 in the third quarter to reduce to 8 points after thirty minutes, but could not come closer. Cyprus needed 15-10 in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Antreas Christodoulou (193-G-95) erupted with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 7 steals for the initial victory. Constantinos Papacostas (193-F-95) netted 15, while Viktoras Ieronymidis (198-F-95) scored 14. Georg Wolf (186-G-95) ended up with 13 points in the losing effort and Sebastian Wurtz (202-C-95) had 12 points and 11 boards in defeat.

Austria U16: Georg Wolf 13, Sebastian Wurtz 12+11 rebs, Marko Soldo (190-G-95) 10
Cyprus U16: Antreas Christodoulou 26+7 rebs+7 steals, Constantinos Papacostas 15, Viktoras Ieronymidis 14



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Chester Simmons Leaves CEZ Nymburk - by Surujh Roopnarine
Big news came from the reigning Czech Champions CEZ Nymburk as they announced that leading scorer and Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. League Guard of the Year Chester Simmons (198-G-82, college: Washington) and the team have parted ways. Simmons, 29, asked to be released from his contract so he could pursue opportunities with a new club, and Nymburks management agreed. The former Washington Husky had a stellar 2009-10 season with Nymburk. In Eurocup play he was the fourth leading scorer with a 15.9ppg average in 12 contests. In Adriatic League play he started 25 games, averaging 12.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals while shooting 47.9% and 44.3% on two and three-point field goals, respectively. Finally during Nymburks abbreviated domestic league play, he started 19 games, posting averages of 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists while helping to lead Nymburk to their eighth-consecutive NBL title. In addition to his time with Nymburk, Simmons has played in Greece, Spain and Israel, where he truly emerged as one of the best Americans playing in abroad.

U16: Serbia slow down Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U16 - Czech Republic U16 88:75

Serbia opened Qualifying Round of U16 European Championship with victory. They upset hosting Czech Republic to improve at 1-2 record in Group E. Nikola Rebic (186-PG-95) stepped up with 21 points to pace the winners. Czech Republic suffered the first loss at the tournament and fell at 2-1 record in the ladder.
Serbia started the game strongly. They registered a 20:10 lead midway through the opening quarter. They accumulated a 30:18 advantage after ten minutes of action. Serbia kept their opponents at bay throughout the bigger part of the second quarter. Czech Republic managed to cap the half with an 8:2 run to narrow the deficit at 8-point mark 36:44. Martin Peterka (199-F-95) opened the second half with a three-pointer to pull Czech Republic even closer. But Serbia grabbed control back and stayed in charge in the third term. They posted a 68:58 lead with one quarter remaining. The hosts could not threaten the margin in the final frame as Serbia came out winners. Brano Djukanovic (193-G-95) and Dusan Ristic (207-C/F-95) provided 14 points each in the victory. Radovan Kouril (182-PG-95) and Martin Peterka responded with 20 points apiece for Czech Republic. The latter one added 17 boards.

Serbia U16: Nikola Rebic 21, Brano Djukanovic 14, Dusan Ristic 14
Czech Republic U16: Radovan Kouril 20, Martin Peterka 20+17 boards



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U16: Estonia wins the battle of the undefeated teams - by Eurobasket News
Estonia U16-Denmark U16 82:63

Estonia wins the battle of the undefeated teams at the U16 European Championship in Strumica. The Baltic side needed 82:63 over Denmark to take 1-2 record in Group D.
Denmark was the one to take control of the game and reached 22:14 at the end of the first period. Estonia however bounced back with 24-12 in the second period for 38:34 at the halftime. Estonia added 17-9 in the third quarter and had massive 27-20 in the last stanza. Joosep Russak (185-PG-95) drove a lay-up for the final result.
Saimon Sutt (195-G/F-95) poured in 21 points to lead the charge and Joosep Russak as well as Sten Olmre (189-G-95) scored 16 apiece. Karl Jurjens (193-F-96) followed them with 8 points in the winning effort. Jonas Lund (190-F-95) ended up with 23 points and 11 rebounds in defeat and Rasmus Hansen (203-C/F-95) posted 21.
Estonia will next face the leader of the group Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Estonia U16: Saimon Sutt 21, Joosep Russak 16, Sten Olmre 16, Karl Jurjens 8
Denmark U16: Jonas Lund 23+11 rebs, Rasmus Hansen 21



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


National team getting ready - by Oscar Peralta
The Dominican Republic National team is set to start training camp in Lexington Kentucky. they are very excited about the team they have put together so far being led by 3 NBA players. Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville) from the Sacramento kings, Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) from the Atlanta Hawks, and Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84, college: Connecticut) from the Detroit Piston. All 3 players are confident that they can help the national team qualify and anything less would be consider a let down to the country.


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U16: Estonia wins the battle of the undefeated teams - by Eurobasket News
Estonia U16-Denmark U16 82:63

Estonia wins the battle of the undefeated teams at the U16 European Championship in Strumica. The Baltic side needed 82:63 over Denmark to take 1-2 record in Group D.
Denmark was the one to take control of the game and reached 22:14 at the end of the first period. Estonia however bounced back with 24-12 in the second period for 38:34 at the halftime. Estonia added 17-9 in the third quarter and had massive 27-20 in the last stanza. Joosep Russak (185-PG-95) drove a lay-up for the final result.
Saimon Sutt (195-G/F-95) poured in 21 points to lead the charge and Joosep Russak as well as Sten Olmre (189-G-95) scored 16 apiece. Karl Jurjens (193-F-96) followed them with 8 points in the winning effort. Jonas Lund (190-F-95) ended up with 23 points and 11 rebounds in defeat and Rasmus Hansen (203-C/F-95) posted 21.
Estonia will next face the leader of the group Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Estonia U16: Saimon Sutt 21, Joosep Russak 16, Sten Olmre 16, Karl Jurjens 8
Denmark U16: Jonas Lund 23+11 rebs, Rasmus Hansen 21



U18: Estonia nip Netherlands for the fifth place in Varna - by Eurobasket News
Estonia U18 - Netherlands U18 63:62

Estonia finished their U18 European Championship in Division B campaign with victory. They shot down Netherlands to claim the fifth overall position. Oliver Metsalu (190-G-93) and Kevin Liivamagi (202-F-93) stepped up with 16 points each in the victory.
Netherlands opened the game with five points in a row but Estonia quickly took over. The Baltic team posted a 13:9 lead at the first break. Joesaar and Kevin Liivamagi stretched the lead to 8 points midway through the second term. Estonia arrived at halftime up by 6 points 31:25. Netherlands surged ahead in the third term. Shane Hammink (198-G-94) made it 41:37 for the Dutch team. But Oliver Metsalu and Kustas Poldoja (190-F-93) turned things around regaining the lead for Estonia 46:43 with one quarter remaining. The lead changed hands throughout the fourth period. Oliver Metsalu hit a crucial three-pointer that put Estonia up by four points 63:59 with 14 seconds remaining. Olaf Schaftenaar (205-C-93) responded with his own three-pointer but Schilder missed another one moments later as Estonia escaped with a tough win at the end. Kustas Poldoja netted 9 points for the winners. Shane Hammink answered with 23 points and 9 rebounds for Netherlands. Olaf Schaftenaar had 16 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Estonia U18: Oliver Metsalu 16, Kevin Liivamagi 16, Kustas Poldoja 9
Netherlands U18: Shane Hammink 23, Olaf Schaftenaar 16



U16: Bosnia and Herzegovina wins Group D in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Bosnia and Herzegovina U16-Estonia U16 92:65

Bosnia and Herzegovina wins Group D in Division B at the U16 European Championship with 4-0 record. The favorites of the group needed 92:65 over Estonia to advance to the Qualifying Round with the perfect record. Estonia dropped to 1-3 and will play for 9-16 places.
Bosnia proved their dominance in the opening period and grabbed 24:11 after the first period. They added 26-18 in the second frame for 50:29 when Adi Zahiragic (185-PG-95) closed the half from the lay-up. Bosnia won also the third and the last stanzas and made it with the same score. Bosnia needed 21-18 in each period for the final 27-point advantage.
Nedim Buza (201-F-95) led the way with 14 points and Milenko Predic (198-F-96) netted 13. Dejan Ivkovic (197-F-95) posted 12, while Adi Zahiragic added 8. Rain Koort (194-G/F-95) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort and Egert Haller (188-G-95) scored 11.

Bosnia and Herzegovina U16: Nedim Buza 14, Milenko Predic 13, Dejan Ivkovic 12, Adi Zahiragic 8
Estonia U16: Rain Koort 14, Egert Haller 11



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Khimky pens 2-year deal with Matt Nielsen - by Eurobasket News
Matt Nielsen (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket) heads to Russia. The experienced Australian signed a two-year deal with Khimky Moscow. Nielsen spent last season with Olympiakos. He had 9 ppg and 3.8 rpg for the Reds in 16 Greek league games. In Euroleague, Nielsen added 4.4 ppg and 2.9 rpg. He helped Olympiacos to defend the Greek Cup trophy this year. Season 2009/10, Matt Nielsen spent with Valencia. He led them to EuroCup title with 9.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 2.5 apg. In ACB, Nielsen added 8.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 2.9 apg for 36 games. From 2005 until November of 2009, Nielsen was a member of Lietuvos Rytas. In the past, he also played for PAO and Sydney Kings. With Rytas, Nielsen won three Baltic league titles and one trophy in LKL. Matt Nielsen is active member of the Australian NT since 2000.

Cholet adds PG Talor Battle - by Eurobasket News
Cholet continues with signings for the next season. Their latest addition is point guard Talor Battle (182-G-88, agency: Beo Basket). The 22-year-old American will play his first season as a pro. He graduated few months ago at the Penn State University. There, he exploded with 20.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 2.9 apg in 34 games as a senior. In 2009/10 season Battle had 18.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 3.2 apg for 31 games. He was named All-Big Ten 2nd Team -10, 11. Battle was also very productive as sophomore. That year he had 16.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 5 apg. This summer he participated at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament averaging 12 points, 3.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 3 games. Talor Battle played for the USA University National Team. He helped them to win the Bronze at the World University Games in Belgrade 2009. For 7 games at this event he had 10 ppg, 2 rpg and 1.9 apg.

Lietuvos Rytas lands Mindaugas Katelynas until 2014 - by Eurobasket News
Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) is a new member of Lietuvos Rytas. The Lithuanian power forward penned a three-year deal with his new club. Katelynas becomes the sixth new face in Rytas this season along with Tyrese Rice, Predrag Samardziski, Ronnie Seibutis, Lawrence Roberts and head coach Aleksandar Dzikic.
Mindaugas Katelynas spent last season with Cajasol Seville. He appeared 34 times in ACB averaging 5.8 points and 2.9 rebounds. Katelynas also added 8.9 ppg and 3.6 rpg for 16 EuroCup games. Season 2009/10, he spent with Alicante. In 34 games with them Katelynas had 11.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 1.5 apg. From 2007 to 2009, Mindaugas Katelynas played for Armani Jeans Milano. He also has experience from Casale and Cantu.


Dante Stiggers stays with PAOK - by Eurobasket News
PAOK Thessaloniki announced signing of a one-year contract extension with Dante Stiggers (187-PG-82, college: S.Mississippi). The American point guard, with Belarusian passport, joined the club in March this year from Cypriot Pizza Express Primetel Apollon. He played 15 games in Greek league averaging 8.1 points, 1.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.3 steals. He helped PAOK reach the Playoff Semifinals and later they finished as No.3 in the league. With Apollon Stiggers had 7.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 4.1 apg for 13 games in Cyprus. From 2007 until the last summer, Dante Stiggers played for BK Minsk-2006. In 2010, Eurobasket awarded him with All-Belarusian League Import Player of the Year -10. He helped Minsk win the Belarussian Cup in 2010 and a year before that they won the Premier league title. Stiggers was Eurobasket.com All-Belarusian League Player of the Year -09, 10. In 2010, he received Belarusian citizenship and since than Stiggers plays for their National Team. He had 6 ppg, 4 rpg, 1.8 apg and 2.3 spg in Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011.

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Kaun and Likhodey will not help the National Team - by Eurobasket News
Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) and Valery Likhodey (204-F-86) will not help the National Team in Eurobasket 2011 in Lithuania. Sasha Kaun is the Center of CSKA Moscow where he joined in 2008-2009 and in Russian League averaged 5.0ppg, 3.1rpg. In 2009-2010 for CSKA Moscow (A Superleague, starting five) he improved to 11.3ppg, Reb-5 (5.9rpg), FGP-2 (71.0%), FT: 72.2% in Russian League and in VTB League after 7 games had 9.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 67.5%, FT: 58.3%. In Euroleague after 21 games his stats read 9.1ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP-2 (71.3%), FT: 56.9%. Last season Sasha Kaun was injured in Oct.'10 and was off for 3 months.
The reason Sasha Kaun will not play for Russia at Eurobasket is his injury. He must have an operation now and the acclimatization period will take more than 4 weeks.
Valery Likhodey is the Forward of Spartak. The last three seasons however he played for Triumph Lyubertsy (A Superleague). In 2010-2011 for Triumph Lyubertsy (PBL, starting five) he averaged high 15.0ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.0apg at the EuroChallenge Qualifying Round and in Russian League showed 13.4ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 58.4%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 82.3%. Valery stayed with the team in the national camp however will not go to another one in Cyprus.



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Division B. Results and Stats from Day 4 in Strumica - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Luxembourg - United Kingdom 64-81
England wins Group A in Strumica with the perfect record 4-0. The favorites of the group overcame Luxembourg on Sunday 81:64 as the latter dropped to 1-2 record. The win saw England wrap up a perfect record in the preliminary round of the competition in F.Y.R. Macedonia, and they now have two days of rest before going into the last eight stage carrying a 1-0 record forward with them. England easily started the game with 6-0 run and reached 15:3 after the first period. Tamas Okros (F-95) scored for 35:27 at the end of the second frame as Luxembourg woke up with 24-20 in the period. Moreover another 24-22 in the third period brought Luxembourg to 6 points entering the last stanza. England needed 24-13 in the last quarter to win the game and remained perfect. Morayoninuoluwa Soluade (194-G-95) paced all the winners with 18 points and Round netted 13. Tyrell Isaacs (G-95) scored 10 and Tamas Okros notched 9. Grun collected 14 points and 10 rebounds in defeat and Kauffmann posted 11.

Georgia - FYR Macedonia 70-69 OT
Georgia keep the hosts winless at the U16 European Championship in Strumica. The Georgian team won the overtime thriller 70:69 for 2-1 record. F.Y.R. of Macedonia meanwhile dropped to 0-3 record in Group A. Georgia won the first game 19-16 and added 14-13 in the second frame. Zezva Liluashvili (180-PG-95) and Mladenovski exchanged the late baskets in the half for 33:29. The third period belonged to the hosts as grabbed the lead after 18-12, but 13-11 in the fourth period sent the teams to overtime. Georgia took the advantage from the first seconds of it and led to the second victory in the tournament due to 12-11 in it. Zezva Liluashvili became the last player for the winners to score in the game. Nugzar Abuladze (182-G-95) paced all the winners with 17 points and Bolkvadze nailed 14. Zezva Liluashvili followed them with 13 points and Archili Puluzashvili (200-C-95) scored 8.

Group B
Slovenia - Holland 59-58
Slovenia won the thriller and one of the most interesting games at the U16 European Championship in Strumica. The team edged Netherlands 59:58 to remain undefeated. The win saw Slovenia wrap up a perfect record in the preliminary round of the competition in F.Y.R. Macedonia, and they now play Finland before going into the last eight stage carrying a 1-0 record forward with them. Both teams entered the court undefeated and scored 21 points in the first period. The Dutch side grabbed 3-point advantage at the halftime winning the second frame 12-9. Slovenia however responded with 13-8 in the third quarter as Matic Rebec (179-PG-95) scored for 43:41. Then the Dutch side erupted for a 58:48 lead with 4 minutes in the game, but could not score anymore and lost the thriller. Slovenia needed an 11-0 run to win the game. Matic Rebec stepped up with 22 points for the winners and Nikolic netted 13. Andraz Rogelija (186-PG-95) followed them with 7 points for 4-0 record. Stefan Topalovic (186-G-95) ended up with 17 points in the losing case and Daan Rosenmuller (193-F-95) added 13.

Austria - Cyprus 56-69
Cyprus recorded the first win in Division B at the U16 European Championship in Strumica. The team won the game over Austria 69:56 and remained them winless. It was the game for the first victory as both teams entered the court winless. Cyprus started stronger and Papamichael brought 17:9 at the end of the first period. Cyprus added 22-19 in the second to take 39:28 at the halftime. Austria bounced back with 18-15 in the third quarter to reduce to 8 points after thirty minutes, but could not come closer. Cyprus needed 15-10 in the last stanza to seal the victory. Antreas Christodoulou (193-G-95) erupted with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 7 steals for the initial victory. Constantinos Papacostas (193-F-95) netted 15, while Ieronymidis scored 14. Wolf ended up with 13 points in the losing effort and Sebastian Wurtz (202-C-95) had 12 points and 11 boards in defeat.

Finland - Portugal 62-64
Portugal needs a narrow win over Finland to tie both records in Group B of the U16 European Championship in Strumica. An 8-0 run at the very end allowed the Portuguese team to shock the opponents and get 64:62 victory. Portugal started the game with 7-0 run but were way too far to keep the advantage. Dias helped them to take 18:16 after the first 10 minutes and Isaias Insaly (197-F/C-95) brought 25:21. Ozan Odabasi (196-C-95) however tied the game at 27:27 before the teams headed to the lockers. Nothing had changed after the end of the third period as the board showed 44:44 when both squads nailed 17 points in the third frame. Oskar Michelsen (197-F-95) scored for 62:56 with 2 minutes in the game, but an 8-0 run at the very end allowed the Portuguese team to shock the opponents and get 64:62 victory. Guimaraes led the way with 17 points for the winners and Isaias Insaly netted 16. Dias followed them with 13 and Diogo Gameiro (184-G-95) scored 10. Oskar Michelsen answered with 17 points for the Scandinavian team and Sulejmanovic added 14.

Group C
Hungary - Switzerland 73-61
Hungary overcame Switzerland in the top game of the Group C of the U16 European Championship Men Division B. The Hungarian side remained undefeated with 73:61 victory handing the opponents their first loss. Four times the teams were tied in the opening period and proved that they were the favorites of the group. Late baskets by Hungary brought them 18:15 in the end of the frame and another 18-9 in the second period gave them 36:24 advantage. The Swiss side trailed in the whole third period as well but managed to reduce to 52:44 at the end of it. Moreover Cyril Bachler (192-F-95) nailed three for 56:53 but Hungary did not allow them to catch up. They added a surge to seal the fourth straight win. Ban paced all the winners with 15 points and Laszlo Fulop (199-F-95) notched 12. Perl scored 11, while Gyorgy Goloman (204-F/C-96) added 8. Cyril Bachler delivered 14 points in the losing effort and Cotture nailed 12.

Sweden - Slovakia 101-100 OT
Sweden and Slovakia close Day 4 with overtime as the last left fans enjoyed the end of the game. The Scandinavian team grabbed 101:100 victory in the most offensive game of the tournament. To say that it was a great game is to say nothing. Both teams did their best in order to show what they can and ready as Tomas Abel (191-G-95) gave Slovakia 25:22 after the first 10 minutes. Sweden bounced back with 24-17 in the second period and grabbed 46:42. They enjoyed the lead only for few minutes as 30-20 in the third quarter gave Slovakia 72:66. Due to 22-16 in the fourth period Sweden tied it at 88:88, while Ludvig Hakanson (187-PG-96)'s late shot in overtime brought them 3-1 record in Group C. Ludvig Hakanson and Lindstrom erupted with 27 points each, while Dzenis Sogolj (202-F-95) netted 13. Baluch answered with 27 points for Slovakia, Boris Belavy (197-F-95) added 25 and Nemcok scored 19.

Ireland - Armenia 59-71
Armenia tied their record at 2-2 at the U16 European Championship Men Division B. The team won over Ireland 71:59 in the opener of Group C on Sunday. Armenia started the game with 19-12 but could not keep the lead for good. Hanlon brought Ireland 27:26 and Quinn sent the teams to the lockers at 30:26. Two three-pointers from Sergei Pogosyan (95) and Sayadyan gave Armenia 38:36 and Jason Carr (188-C-95)oll closed the period at 42:42. The last quarter was the benefit for the Armenian team that erupted with 29-17. It brought them 71:59 victory as Mkrtychyan made three free throws at the end. Andrey Konstantinov (95) stepped up with 18 points and Sergei Pogosyan posted 17. Sayadyan notched 12, while Mkrtychyan delivered 11. Jason Carr finished the game with 20 points and Jason Carroll added 15.

Group D
Israel - Bosnia 84-85
Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 grabbed 3-0 record on top of Group D after a thriller win over Israel. Both teams were undefeated before the game with each other and Bosnia needed an 85:84 win for 3-0 record on top. Israel suffered their first loss and dropped to 2-1 record. Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 did not start well, but managed to win the only period and the game. Israel started with 21-19 and added 21-20 in the second frame. Moreover the team posted 23-17 as Sharon scored for 65:56. Trailing however 9 points midway through the last period, Bosnia erupted with a surge for the necessary win. Bojan Lulic (196-F-95) stepped up with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Buza and Adi Zahiragic (185-PG-95) netted 14 points each. Kelecevic followed them with 9 points for the third straight win. Sharon ended up with 22 points in defeat, while Idan Zalmanson (205-F-95) posted 16. Shipton delivered 15 and Zuckerman notched 10.

Estonia - Denmark 82-63
Estonia wins the battle of the undefeated teams at the U16 European Championship in Strumica. The Baltic side needed 82:63 over Denmark to take 1-2 record in Group D. Denmark was the one to take control of the game and reached 22:14 at the end of the first period. Estonia however bounced back with 24-12 in the second period for 38:34 at the halftime. Estonia added 17-9 in the third quarter and had massive 27-20 in the last stanza. Russak drove a lay-up for the final result. Saimon Sutt (195-G/F-95) poured in 21 points to lead the charge and Russak as well as Sten Olmre (189-G-95) scored 16 apiece. Jurjens followed them with 8 points in the winning effort. Jonas Lund (190-F-95) ended up with 23 points and 11 rebounds in defeat and Rasmus Hansen (203-C/F-95) posted 21. Estonia will next face the leader of the group Bosnia and Herzegovina.



Division A. Qualifying Round Day 1 in Pardubice and Hradec Kralove - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Russia - Spain 47-75
Spain secured the first win at the Qualifying Round of U16 European Championship. They prevailed against Russia for 2-1 record in Group E. Javier De La Blanca (197-F-95) scored 17 points in the victory. Spain opened the game with seven points in a row. They maintained the lead throughout the opening quarter posting a 19:9 lead after ten minutes. Spain boosted the margin at 24-point mark midway through the second term. They ensured a 41:21 lead at the interval. Russia could not get closer throughout the third frame. Spain eased to a 57:29 lead with one quarter to go. Russia never threatened the margin in the final period as Spain drove to the victory at the end. Alberto Martin (174-G-95) contributed 13 points and 10 assists for Spain. Carlos Garcia (204-C-95) added 10 points in the win. Pavel Sizov (198-F-95) replied with 16 points for Russia. Alexander Martynov (195-G-95) netted 7 points in defeat.

Serbia - Czech Republic 88-75
Serbia opened Qualifying Round of U16 European Championship with victory. They upset hosting Czech Republic to improve at 1-2 record in Group E. Nikola Rebic (186-PG-95) stepped up with 21 points to pace the winners. Czech Republic suffered the first loss at the tournament and fell at 2-1 record in the ladder. Serbia started the game strongly. They registered a 20:10 lead midway through the opening quarter. They accumulated a 30:18 advantage after ten minutes of action. Serbia kept their opponents at bay throughout the bigger part of the second quarter. Czech Republic managed to cap the half with an 8:2 run to narrow the deficit at 8-point mark 36:44. Martin Peterka (199-F-95) opened the second half with a three-pointer to pull Czech Republic even closer. But Serbia grabbed control back and stayed in charge in the third term. They posted a 68:58 lead with one quarter remaining. The hosts could not threaten the margin in the final frame as Serbia came out winners. Brano Djukanovic (193-G-95) and Dusan Ristic (207-C/F-95) provided 14 points each in the victory. Radovan Kouril and Martin Peterka responded with 20 points apiece for Czech Republic. The latter one added 17 boards.

Germany - Greece 55-49
Germany registered the fourth straight win at the U16 European Championship. They opened the Qualifying Round campaign with a tough win over Greece. Ismet Akpinar (188-PG-95) delivered 13 points to pace the German team. Germany jumped at 3-0 record, while the Hellenes slipped at 0-3. Germany limited Greece to 9 points in the first quarter posting a 6-point lead. They stayed in front throughout the second period. Germany established a 28:25 halftime advantage. Greece opened the second half with five points in a row to surge ahead. Germany regained the lead pretty quickly but the Hellenes capped the period with 5:2 surge to post a 39:38 lead. Germany needed a 6:0 run to earn back the lead. Germany kept Greece scoreless for almost two minutes late in the game to steal a narrow victory at the end. David Taylor (188-PG-95) finished with 12 points, while Jan Wimberg (202-G-96) had 8 points and 11 boards in the victory. Michail Liapis (188-G-95) delivered 12 points for Greece. Georgios Diamantakos (210-C-95) provided 8 points in the loss.

Group F
Turkey - Latvia 75-72
Turkey outgun Latvia at the start of the U18 European Championship Qualifying Round. They prevailed against Latvia to improve at 2-1 record in Group F. Metecan Birsen (203-F/G-95) stepped up with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Latvia got to a brilliant start. They outscored Turkey to post a 20:8 lead at the first break. But Turkey gradually adjusted their game. They capped the half on an 18:3 run to level things up at 35. Metecan Birsen put Turkey in front midway through the third term. They earned a 48:40 lead before Latvia narrowed the deficit at just two points with one quarter to go 50:52. Turkey tipped off the final term with ten points in a row to boost the margin. Latvia did not surrender and narrowed the gap at just a single point 69:70 with 35 seconds remaining. Ayberk Guleryuz (206-C-95) and Metecan Birsen answered with five points in a row and Turkey rallied to the victory at the end. Ayberk Guleryuz knocked down 13 points, while Mehmet Alemdaroglu (202-F-96) netted 11 points in the win. Ivars Zvigurs (193-G-95) responded with 19 points, 11 boards and 4 assists for Latvia. Rolands Smits (201-C-95) netted 16 points in defeat.

Italy - France 56-76
France recorded the first win at the U16 European Championship Qualifying Round. They held off Italy to improve at 3-0 record in Group F. Damien Inglis (198-F-95) stepped up with 22 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the close first frame. Les Bleus eked out a 19:18 lead after ten minutes. Etienne Joumard scored four points in a row midway through the second term to give France a 42:32 lead. France established a 45:39 halftime advantage. The third term turned decisive as France limited the Azzurri to only 9 points. Les Bleus entered the fourth period up by 13 points 61:48. France did not slow down in the fourth period and raced to the win at the end. Etienne Joumard and Luidgy Laporal (201-C-95) provided 11 points apiece in the win. Alessandro Spatti (197-F-95) responded with 13 points for Italy. Alessandro Maccaferri (175-PG-95) delivered 10 points and 6 assists in the loss.

Croatia - Ukraine 86-83
Croatia earned the fourth straight win at the U16 European Championship. They overcame pesky Ukraine to improve at 3-0 record in Qualifying Round Group F. Mario Hezonja (200-F-95) finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds to pace the winners. Ukraine fell at 0-3 record after the defeat. Croatia seemed well in control midway through the opening quarter. They posted a 19:9 lead and rallied to a 26:17 advantage at the first break. Croatia kept their opponents at bay throughout the second quarter. They registered a 48:41 lead at the interval. Ukraine however did not allow Croatia to clear off in the third term. Stansilav Medvedenko team stayed close trailing by just three points at the final intermission. Prokopenko eventually put Ukraine in front 69:68 in the final period. The lead changed hands for several times as Ukraine entered the final minute of regulation up by a single point 83:82. But Mario Hezonja stepped up for Croatia. He sank two free throws and then fed Ivan Jukic (190-G/F-95) for a jumper as Croatia escaped with a narrow victory at the end. Ivan Jukic nailed 16 points, while Domagoj Bosnjak (197-G-95) netted 15 points in the win. Yevgen Sakhniuk (200-F/C-95) responded with 22 points and 8 boards for Ukraine. Stanislav Kudrya (186-PG-95) netted 16 points in the loss.

Group G
Poland - Bulgaria 81-65
Poland earned the first win at the U16 European Championship classification round Group G. They overcame Bulgaria in the battle against relegation. Damian Jeszke stepped up with 21 points and 13 rebounds to pace the winners. The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame but eventually Poland eked out a 22:17 lead. Aleksandar Vezenkov (204-F-95) put Bulgaria in front midway through the second frame. Bulgaria posted a 41:39 halftime lead. Poland used an 8:0 run midway through the third quarter to put their noses in front. They ensured a 57:54 lead at the final intermission. Poland opened the final term on a 12:3 run to take a 69:57 lead. Soon the margin grew at 21-point mark and Poland never looked back en route to the victory. Mikolaj Witlinski (201-F-95) delivered 15 points and 16 boards for Poland. Denis Socha (185-G-95) and Marek Walczak (188-G-95) contributed 11 points each in the victory. Aleksandar Vezenkov responded with 30 points and 15 rebounds for Bulgaria. Angel Dinkov (187-G-95) added 16 points in the loss.

Montenegro - Lithuania 55-73
Lithuania registered the first win at the classification round of U16 European Championship. They outscored Montenegro to improve at 1-0 record in Group G. Edvinas Seskus (191-F-95) finished with 19 points and 12 boards to pace the winners. Lithuania piled up a 16:8 lead after ten minutes of action. Edvinas Seskus scored first five points of the second term to stretch the lead for the Baltic team. They arrived at halftime up by as many as 21 points 42:21. Lithuania kept their opponents at bay in the third stanza. They established a comfortable 55:37 lead with one quarter remaining. Montenegro never threatened the margin in the fourth period as Lithuania rolled to the victory at the end. Zydrunas Jurgutis (178-PG-95) accounted for 13 points, while Paulius Sakinis (197-F-95) netted 12 points in the win. Luka Djurovic (199-F-95) responded with 19 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Montenegro. Luka Savic (199-F-95) accounted for 12 points in the loss.




M-Standings - Group A
Standings
Group E
1. Germany3-0
2. Czech Rep.2-1
3. Spain2-1
4. Russia1-2
5. Serbia1-2
6. Greece0-3
Group F
1. Croatia3-0
2. France3-0
3. Turkey2-1
4. Latvia1-2
5. Ukraine0-3
6. Italy0-3
Group G (Places 13-16)
1. Lithuania1-0
2. Poland1-0
3. Montenegro.0-1
4. Bulgaria0-1


M-Standings - Group B
Standings Div.B
Group A
1. U.Kingdom4-0
2. Romania2-2
3. Luxembourg2-2
4. Georgia2-2
5. FYR Macedon.0-4
Group B
1. Slovenia5-0
2. Holland4-1
3. Portugal3-2
4. Finland2-3
5. Cyprus1-4
6. Austria0-5
Group C
1. Hungary5-0
2. Armenia3-2
3. Switzerland3-2
4. Sweden3-2
5. Ireland1-4
6. Slovakia0-5
Group D
1. Bosnia4-0
2. Israel3-1
3. Belgium2-2
4. Estonia1-3
5. Denmark0-4


Stats Leaders - Group B
Points Per Game
 Antreas CHRISTODOULOU
  CYP
  (193-G-95)
  Avg: 22
 1. Christodoulo., CYP22.0 
 2. Hakanson, SWE21.4 
 3. Grun, LUX20.5 
 4. Sharon, ISR18.5 
 5. Baluch, SVK17.0 
 6. Rebec, SLO16.8 
 7. Konstantinov, ARM16.6 
 8. Veenstra, NED16.4 
 9. Hortoglu, ROM16.0 
 10. Buza, BIH15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vlad COBZARU
  (203-C-95)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Cobzaru, ROM13.3 
 2. Darakhvelidz., GEO11.3 
 3. Insaly, POR10.6 
 4. Okoroh, ENG10.0 
 5. Ciordas, ROM9.8 
 6. Sulejmanovic, FIN9.4 
 7. Ritlop, SLO9.4 
 8. Carroll, IRL8.8 
 9. Nacevski, MKD8.8 
 10. Radivoevich, ARM8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Vladimir NEMCOK
  (178-PG-95)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Nemcok, SVK5.5 
 2. Sharon, ISR5.3 
 3. Zanzuri, ISR4.5 
 4. Perl, HUN4.0 
 5. Mehic, SUI4.0 
 6. Nikolic, SLO3.8 
 7. Polukhin, ARM3.6 
 8. Soluade, ENG3.5 
 9. Abuladze, GEO3.3 
 10. Lecomte, BEL3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Ludvig HAKANSON
  (187-PG-96)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Hakanson, SWE4.4 
 2. Soluade, ENG4.0 
 3. Papacostas, CYP3.3 
 4. Christodoulo., CYP3.0 
 5. Ieronymidis, CYP3.0 
 6. Nemcok, SVK2.8 
 7. Zahiragic, BIH2.5 
 8. Liluashvili, GEO2.5 
 9. Lecomte, BEL2.5 
 10. Ciordas, ROM2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kingsley OKOROH
  (212-C-95)
  Avg: 5
 1. Okoroh, ENG5.0 
 2. Puluzashvili, GEO4.0 
 3. Mladenovski, MKD2.8 
 4. Cotture, SUI2.4 
 5. Cobzaru, ROM2.0 
 6. Goloman, HUN2.0 
 7. Ritlop, SLO1.6 
 8. Vliet, BEL1.5 
 9. Michelsen, FIN1.4 
 10. Gamreklidze, GEO1.3 


Stats Leaders - Group A
Points Per Game
 Aleksandar VEZENKOV
  (204-F-95)
  Avg: 26.8
 1. Vezenkov, BUL26.8 
 2. Kouril, CZE19.5 
 3. Seskus, LTU19.3 
 4. Fedorchenko, RUS18.8 
 5. Hezonja, CRO18.8 
 6. Djurovic, MNT17.3 
 7. Akpinar, GER16.5 
 8. Inglis, FRA16.5 
 9. Smits, LAT15.8 
 10. Peterka, CZE15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin PETERKA
  (199-F-95)
  Avg: 13
 1. Peterka, CZE13.0 
 2. Seskus, LTU11.0 
 3. Vezenkov, BUL10.0 
 4. Diop, ESP9.5 
 5. Zganec, CRO9.3 
 6. Jeszke, POL9.3 
 7. Ristic, SRB9.0 
 8. Birsen, TUR8.8 
 9. Inglis, FRA8.5 
 10. Witlinski, POL7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Alberto MARTIN
  (174-G-95)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Martin, ESP7.3 
 2. Kouril, CZE6.8 
 3. Rebic, SRB5.3 
 4. Maccaferri, ITA5.0 
 5. Ozmizrak, TUR5.0 
 6. Boyarkin, UKR4.3 
 7. Plavnieks, LAT4.0 
 8. Zganec, CRO4.0 
 9. Taylor, GER3.8 
 10. Birsen, TUR3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Alberto MARTIN
  (174-G-95)
  Avg: 4
 1. Martin, ESP4.0 
 2. Ozmizrak, TUR3.0 
 3. Hezonja, CRO3.0 
 4. Boyarkin, UKR3.0 
 5. Maccaferri, ITA2.8 
 6. Vezenkov, BUL2.5 
 7. Liapis, GRE2.5 
 8. Sanli, TUR2.5 
 9. Seskus, LTU2.5 
 10. Taylor, GER2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ilimane DIOP
  (210-C-95)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Diop, ESP3.5 
 2. Vezenkov, BUL2.3 
 3. Stoimenov, BUL1.5 
 4. Prokopenko, UKR1.5 
 5. Benvenuti, ITA1.5 
 6. Spyropoulos, GRE1.3 
 7. Draskovic, MNT1.3 
 8. Razukas, LTU1.0 
 9. Wimberg, GER1.0 
 10. Diamantakos, GRE1.0 


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Stats Leader
Points Per Game
 Chris NDOW
  (195-F/G-93)
  Avg: 23
 1. Ndow, NOR23.0 
 2. Bojanovsky, SVK22.0 
 3. Ivanov, BUL18.3 
 4. Solomon, ISR17.5 
 5. Borg, SWE17.0 
 6. Ivanovic, MNT16.8 
 7. Olah, ROM16.7 
 8. N''Dumba-C., SUI15.7 
 9. Reinholt, DEN15.5 
 10. Polfer, LUX14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Clint N''DUMBA-CAPELA
  SUI
  (202-F-94)
  Avg: 15.7
 1. N''Dumba-C., SUI15.7 
 2. Olah, ROM14.0 
 3. Bojanovsky, SVK13.3 
 4. Burjanadze, GEO11.7 
 5. Filip, ROM10.3 
 6. Magarity, SWE9.0 
 7. Larsen, DEN8.8 
 8. Mollekens, BEL8.3 
 9. Solomon, ISR8.3 
 10. Eliasson, SWE8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Simon KRAJCOVIC
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Krajcovic, SVK7.4 
 2. Cristiean, ROM5.7 
 3. Kasalica, MNT4.8 
 4. Ventura, POR4.7 
 5. Karamfilov, BUL4.4 
 6. Ivanovic, MNT4.0 
 7. Maayan, ISR4.0 
 8. Person, SWE3.9 
 9. Spencer, ENG3.7 
 10. Filip, ROM3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Simon KRAJCOVIC
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Krajcovic, SVK5.6 
 2. Laane, EST3.8 
 3. Wilk, AUT3.0 
 4. Borg, SWE3.0 
 5. Jakab, HUN3.0 
 6. Ndow, NOR2.7 
 7. Ivanovic, MNT2.6 
 8. Gvozden, AUT2.4 
 9. Reinholt, DEN2.4 
 10. Menco, ISR2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Boris BOJANOVSKY
  SVK
  (215-C-93)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Bojanovsky, SVK4.2 
 2. Magarity, SWE3.9 
 3. Olah, ROM2.9 
 4. N''Dumba-C., SUI2.4 
 5. Kok, NED2.1 
 6. Larsen, DEN1.9 
 7. Graham, ENG1.6 
 8. Dimitrov, BUL1.3 
 9. Pavic, MNT1.3 
 10. Kolb, AUT1.1 


Division B: Bulgaria triumph in Varna! - by Eurobasket News
FINAL
Bulgaria - Denmark 70-68
Bulgaria recorded victory at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The hosts overcame Denmark in the title game tonight. Dimitar Dimitrov (202-F-93) stepped up with 14 points and 10 rebounds to pace the winners. Bulgaria grabbed the lead early in the game. They stayed in charge throughout the opening quarter posting a 24:17 lead at the first break. Bulgaria maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. They registered a 41:27 halftime advantage. Denmark stopped the rot in the third frame. They limited the home team to just 11 points to narrow the gap at 12 points with one quarter left. Denmark cut the deficit to a single point 67:68 with five seconds to go. Aleks Simeonov (200-F-93) answered with two free throws for Bulgaria to boost the margin to three points. Olsen got fouled and converted just one free as Bulgaria celebrated the victory and title in Varna. Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93) and Aleks Simeonov netted 12 points each for Bulgaria. Peter Moeller (186-G-94) responded with 15 points, 6 boards and 4 assists. Kevin Larsen (201-F-93) produced 14 points and 14 boards in the loss.


3-4 place
Montenegro - Sweden 65-71
Swedish U18 National Team clinched the third position at the European Championship in Division B. They overcame Montenegro in the consolation final. William Magarity (207-F-93) stepped up with 18 points to pace the winners. Sweden jumped in front late in the opening quarter and posted a 17:14 lead at the first break. Sweden capped the first half on a 6:2 run to clear off to a 7-point lead. Andersson and William Magarity boosted the lead to as many as 12 points midway through the third term. But Montenegro answered with an 18:6 run to level things up at 49. The teams stayed close throughout the final period before William Magarity triggered a 9:1 run that put Sweden up by 8 points 70:62 with just over a minute remaining. Montenegro had too little time to answer and had to surrender at the end. Tobias Borg (183-PG-93) knocked down 17 points, while Jonathan Person (190-PG-93, agency: JEMsports) provided 13 points in the victory. Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 26 points and 7 assists for Montenegro. Danilo Nikolic (201-C-93) netted 12 points in defeat.

5-6 place
Holland - Estonia 62-63
Estonia finished their U18 European Championship in Division B campaign with victory. They shot down Netherlands to claim the fifth overall position. Oliver Metsalu (190-G-93) and Kevin Liivamagi (202-F-93) stepped up with 16 points each in the victory. Netherlands opened the game with five points in a row but Estonia quickly took over. The Baltic team posted a 13:9 lead at the first break. Joesaar and Kevin Liivamagi stretched the lead to 8 points midway through the second term. Estonia arrived at halftime up by 6 points 31:25. Netherlands surged ahead in the third term. Shane Hammink (198-G-94) made it 41:37 for the Dutch team. But Oliver Metsalu and Kustas Poldoja (190-F-93) turned things around regaining the lead for Estonia 46:43 with one quarter remaining. The lead changed hands throughout the fourth period. Oliver Metsalu hit a crucial three-pointer that put Estonia up by four points 63:59 with 14 seconds remaining. Olaf Schaftenaar (205-C-93) responded with his own three-pointer but Schilder missed another one moments later as Estonia escaped with a tough win at the end. Kustas Poldoja netted 9 points for the winners. Shane Hammink answered with 23 points and 9 rebounds for Netherlands. Olaf Schaftenaar had 16 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

7-8 place
Hungary - Israel 68-96
Israel celebrated the seventh place at the U18 European Championship in Division B. They fired past Hungary on the final day of the competition. Or Solomon (196-F-93) stepped up with solid 27 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge. Israel pulled ahead in the opening period. They recorded a 23:19 lead after ten minutes. Israel stepped on the gas in the second frame. They erupted for 30 points to build a 53:36 halftime advantage. Hungary stopped the bleeding in the third frame. They outscored Israeli counterparts to narrow the deficit at 12-point mark. But Israel went on a massive 24:8 run in the final period to seal the victory. Rafael Menco (198-F-94) tallied 19 points and 9 rebounds for Israel. Ben Altit (207-F-93) added 12 points in the win. Laszlo Polyak (190-G-93) had 14 points for Hungary. Adam Kovacs (193-G/F-93) delivered 13 points in the losing effort.

9-10 place
Belgium - Slovakia 69-54
Belgium wrapped up their U18 European Championship in Division B campaign with victory. They held off Slovakia to clinch the 9th overall position. Gerald Henrard (203-C-93) stepped up with 15 points and 13 rebounds to pace the winners. Belgium dominated right from the start. They accumulated an 11-point lead ten minutes into the game. Slovakia however slowed their opponents down in the second period. The Slovak team cut the deficit to just 6 points at halftime 31:37. Stransky put Slovakia as close as two points late in the half. But Belgium managed to restore a 5-point advantage at the final break 48:43. Belgium capped the regulation on a 16:5 run and sealed the win at the end. Romain Recko (185-G-93) delivered 14 points, while Arno Mollekens (195-F/C-94) accounted for 10 points in the victory. Viktor Juricek (208-C-93) notched 13 points for Slovakia. Simon Krajcovic (185-G-94, agency: FCM) had 11 points in the losing effort.



11-12 place
Portugal - Romania 46-72
Romania cruised past Portugal on the final day of U18 European Championship in Division B. Andrei Petica (192-F-93) stepped up with 23 points to lead Romania as they clinched the 11th place at the tournament. Romania opened the game on a 14:2 run to clear off. They maintained the advantage well enough throughout the starting quarter registering a 17:7 lead at the first break. Andrei Petica stretched the gap midway through the second term 30:11. Romania posted a comfortable 40:16 lead at the interval. Romania did not slow down in the third frame entering the fourth stanza up by as many as 30 points 59:29. Romania never looked back afterwards coasting to the victory at the end. Alexandru Olah (209-C-93) came up with 17 points and 20 rebounds for Romania. Vlad Popovici (200-F-94) added 12 points in the winning case. Joao Alvaro (187-PG-93) answered with 11 points for Portugal. Andre Miguens (184-F-94) had 9 points in the loss.

13-14 place
United Kingdom - Switzerland 61-71
Switzerland ended their U18 European Championship campaign on a high note. They shot down England to pick up the 13th position. Branislav Kostic (180-PG-94) knocked down 17 points and issued 5 assists to lead the effort. Switzerland eked out a 13:11 lead ten minutes into the game. But England denied the deficit and pulled in front for a 33:28 halftime lead. They opened the second half on a 7:1 run to stretch the margin to 11 points. Switzerland were able to cut the distance to only 2 points with one quarter remaining 46:48. The Swiss team organized a 10:2 run at the beginning of the final period to surge ahead. Mladjan, Clint N'Dumba-Capela (202-F-94) and Branislav Kostic made it an 8-point game with one minute to go and Switzerland never looked back afterwards. Clint N'Dumba-Capela provided 13 points and 9 rebounds, while Leo Schittenhelm (194-F-94) added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Raphell Thomas-Edwards (195-F-93) responded with 19 points for England. Elliott Sentance (188-G-94) had 12 points in the loss.





Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Division B Awards 2011 - by Greg
Eurobasket.com All-Tournament 1st Team
#s#
Pavlin Ivanov
Ivanov
Tobias Borg
Borg
Esben Reinholt
Reinholt
William Magarity
Magarity
Rasmus Larsen
Larsen
#e#5

MVP: Pavlin Ivanov (195-G-93) of Benetton TV Italy
Best Guard: Pavlin Ivanov (195-G-93) of Benetton TV Italy
Best Forward: William Magarity (207-F-93) of Angelico BI Italy
Best Center: Rasmus Larsen (212-C-94) of Vaerlose Denmark
Best Defensive Player: Boris Bojanovsky (215-C-93) of Canarias Bball Ac. Spain
Best Coach: Lyubomir Minchev of Cherno More Bulgaria

1st Team
PG: Tobias Borg (183-93) of Talje Sweden
G: Pavlin Ivanov (195-93) of Benetton TV Italy
G: Esben Reinholt (196-93) of KK Split Croatia
F: William Magarity (207-93) of Angelico BI Italy
C: Rasmus Larsen (212-94) of Vaerlose Denmark

2nd Team
G: Nikola Ivanovic (187-94) of Mornar Bar Montenegro
G: Simon Krajcovic (185-94) of Vahostav-Zilina Slovakia
F: Or Solomon (196-93) of Maccabi Rishon Israel
F: Clint N'Dumba-Capela (202-94) of Chalon France
C: Boris Bojanovsky (215-93) of Canarias Bball Ac. Spain

3rd Team
PG: Jonathan Person (190-93) of CS Bologna Italy
F/G: Chris Ndow (195-93) of Ulriken Norway
F: Andrei Petica (192-93) of Ph. Galati Romania
F: Beka Burjanadze (201-94) of Cajasol Spain
C: Alexandru Olah (209-93) of High School USA

Honorable Mention
Gilles Polfer (189-F-93) of Etzella Luxembourg
Rait-Riivo Laane (180-PG-93) of Rapla Estonia
Shane Hammink (198-G-94) of Magixx Holland
Peter Jakab (187-G-93) of Marso-Vagep Hungary
Rafael Menco (198-F-94) of
Vincent Gaillard (200-F-93) of
Kevin Larsen (201-F-93) of High School USA
Jonah Callenbach (192-C/F-93) of Fuenlabrada Spain
Horia Cristiean (183-PG-93) of Ph. Galati Romania
Dimitar Dimitrov (202-F-93) of Immobiliare SR Italy
Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93) of



Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Awards 2011 - by Greg
Eurobasket.com All-Tournament 1st Team
#s#
Alejandro Redondo
Redondo
Vasilije Micic
Micic
Nenad Miljenovic
Miljenovic
Daniel Diez
Diez
Przemyslaw Karnowski
Karnowski
#e#5

MVP: Alejandro Redondo (198-F/G-93) of Unicaja Spain
Best Guard: Vasilije Micic (192-PG-94) of Mega Vizura Serbia
Best Forward: Alejandro Redondo (198-F/G-93) of Unicaja Spain
Best Center: Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-C-93) of SMS PZKosz Poland
Best Defensive Player: Volodymyr Gerun (205-C/F-94) of
Best Coach: Luis Guil of UCAM Murcia Spain

1st Team
PG: Vasilije Micic (192-94) of Mega Vizura Serbia
G: Nenad Miljenovic (194-93) of Partizan Serbia
F/G: Alejandro Redondo (198-93) of Unicaja Spain
F: Daniel Diez (199-93) of Real Madrid Spain
C: Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-93) of SMS PZKosz Poland

2nd Team
PG: Klym Artamonov (176-93) of Delikatesas Lithuania
G: Amedeo Della Valle (192-93) of Fastweb CM Italy
G: Mateusz Ponitka (196-93) of Tempcold AZS Poland
F: Marko Ramljak (203-93) of Zadar Croatia
C/F: Volodymyr Gerun (205-94) of

3rd Team
PG: Kenan Sipahi (192-95) of Tofas Turkey
G/F: Giannoulis Larentzakis (196-93) of Egaleo Greece
F: Martin Kriz (202-93) of USK Praha Czech Republic
F: Aleksandr Gudumak (204-93) of CSKA Russia
C: Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-94) of CFBB France

Honorable Mention
Gleb Goldyrev (200-F-93) of Spartak V. Russia
Joonas Caven (210-C/F-93) of Pyrinto Finland
Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93) of B.Muenchen Germany
Dennis Schroeder (184-G-93) of SU Medien Germany
Luka Rupnik (184-PG-93) of Geoplin Slovan Slovenia
Matteo Imbro (190-PG-94) of Comsum.it SI Italy
Tomas Kyzlink (197-F/G-93) of USK Praha Czech Republic
Mislav Brzoja (198-F/G-94) of Dubrava Croatia
Simonas Kymantas (204-C/F-93) of Aiscai Kaunas Lithuania
Berkay Candan (205-F-93) of Fener.Ulker Turkey
Michal Michalak (194-G-93) of Tempcold AZS Poland
Jean-Charles Livio (204-F/C-93) of ASVEL France
Jaime Fernandez (187-G-93) of Estudiantes Spain


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KORISLIIGA: Two American Centers signed - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Two American Centers will start their professional basketball career in Finland 2011-12. KTP (Kotka) has signed with Gregory Washington (208-F-84), who attended Hofstra University and played 123 games during four years. Washington averaged 7,5 ppg, 5,3 rpg, 2,2 bpg in 29,0 mpg as a Senior. John Fields (205-F-88) will play on Vilpas (Salo) roster. Fields attended three different universities (East Carolina, NC-Wilmington, Tennessee) during his college years. As a Sr Fields averaged on Tennessee roster 2,6 ppg, 3,0 rpg in 11,6 mpg and 34 contests.

U16: Portugal needs a narrow win over Finland to tie both records in Group B - by Eurobasket News
Finland U16-Portugal U16 62:64

Portugal needs a narrow win over Finland to tie both records in Group B of the U16 European Championship in Strumica. An 8-0 run at the very end allowed the Portuguese team to shock the opponents and get 64:62 victory.
Portugal started the game with 7-0 run but were way too far to keep the advantage. Carlos Dias (186-F-95) helped them to take 18:16 after the first 10 minutes and Isaias Insaly (197-F/C-95) brought 25:21. Odabasi however tied the game at 27:27 before the teams headed to the lockers. Nothing had changed after the end of the third period as the board showed 44:44 when both squads nailed 17 points in the third frame. Oskar Michelsen (197-F-95) scored for 62:56 with 2 minutes in the game, but an 8-0 run at the very end allowed the Portuguese team to shock the opponents and get 64:62 victory.
Joao Guimaraes (196-C-95) led the way with 17 points for the winners and Isaias Insaly netted 16. Carlos Dias followed them with 13 and Diogo Gameiro (184-G-95) scored 10. Oskar Michelsen answered with 17 points for the Scandinavian team and Emir Sulejmanovic (203-C/F-95) added 14.

Finland U16: Oskar Michelsen 17, Emir Sulejmanovic 14, Ville Hanninen (192-G-95) 10
Portugal U16: Joao Guimaraes 17, Isaias Insaly 16, Carlos Dias 13, Diogo Gameiro 10



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Lille Metropole Basket Clubs sign Steffon Bradford - by Greg
Lille Metropole Basket Clubs (ProB) signed 33-year old American forward Steffon Bradford (200-F-78, college: Nebraska, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management). Steffon is coming off a strong campaign in Israel, where he led Maccabi Habikaa to the National League championship and promotion to Israel's top league for the first time since 2007. Steffon averaged 16.8 ppg, 8.4 rpg, led the league shooting 66.9% from the field, and was named as a Eurobasket.com All-League performer. Steffon is returning to France where he's become a household name over his career. He last played in France for JDA Dijon (ProA) during the 2009-10 season, but made his mark in ProB playing for Nanterre from 2006-2008 when he ranked 2nd in the league in scoring and led the club to the championship series. Bradford is renowned in the league for the toughness and intensity.

Lokomotiv Kuban gets bigger with Ali Traore - by Eurobasket News
Lokomotiv Kuban announced signing of Ali Traore (207-C-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) for the next season. The French National Team player heads to Russia from Lottomatica Virtus Roma, where he spent last season. For 30 games in SerieA he averaged 10 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals. Traore also added 9.5 ppg and 3.8 rpg for 15 Euroleague games. He helped Lottomatica to reach the Top 16. From 2008 until the last summer Traore played for ASVEL. He exploded with 15.6 ppg, 5 rpg and 1.4 apg for 30 games in ProA 2009/10. He was named MVP of the championship. That season Traore led ASVEL to French Cup trophy. He also had 14.5 ppg and 5.4 rpg for 10 Euroleague games. In the past, Traore already spent few years with ASVEL. Ali Traore is active member of the French National Team.

U16: Damien Inglis carries France past Italy - by Eurobasket News
France U16 - Italy U16 76:56

France recorded the first win at the U16 European Championship Qualifying Round. They held off Italy to improve at 3-0 record in Group F. Damien Inglis (198-F-95) stepped up with 22 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort.
The lead changed hands for several times throughout the close first frame. Les Bleus eked out a 19:18 lead after ten minutes. Etienne Joumard (186-PG-95) scored four points in a row midway through the second term to give France a 42:32 lead. France established a 45:39 halftime advantage. The third term turned decisive as France limited the Azzurri to only 9 points. Les Bleus entered the fourth period up by 13 points 61:48. France did not slow down in the fourth period and raced to the win at the end. Etienne Joumard and Luidgy Laporal (201-C-95) provided 11 points apiece in the win. Alessandro Spatti (197-F-95) responded with 13 points for Italy. Alessandro Maccaferri (175-PG-95) delivered 10 points and 6 assists in the loss.

France U16: Damien Inglis 22, Etienne Joumard 11, Luidgy Laporal 11
Italy U16: Alessandro Spatti 13, Alessandro Maccaferri 10




Cholet adds PG Talor Battle - by Eurobasket News
Cholet continues with signings for the next season. Their latest addition is point guard Talor Battle (182-G-88, agency: Beo Basket). The 22-year-old American will play his first season as a pro. He graduated few months ago at the Penn State University. There, he exploded with 20.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 2.9 apg in 34 games as a senior. In 2009/10 season Battle had 18.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 3.2 apg for 31 games. He was named All-Big Ten 2nd Team -10, 11. Battle was also very productive as sophomore. That year he had 16.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 5 apg. This summer he participated at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament averaging 12 points, 3.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 3 games. Talor Battle played for the USA University National Team. He helped them to win the Bronze at the World University Games in Belgrade 2009. For 7 games at this event he had 10 ppg, 2 rpg and 1.9 apg.

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U16: Georgia keep the hosts winless - by Eurobasket News
Georgia U16- F.Y.R. of Macedonia U16 70:69 OT

Georgia keep the hosts winless at the U16 European Championship in Strumica. The Georgian team won the overtime thriller 70:69 for 2-1 record. F.Y.R. of Macedonia meanwhile dropped to 0-3 record in Group A.
Georgia won the first game 19-16 and added 14-13 in the second frame. Zezva Liluashvili (180-PG-95) and Ljubomir Mladenovski (207-C-95) exchanged the late baskets in the half for 33:29. The third period belonged to the hosts as grabbed the lead after 18-12, but 13-11 in the fourth period sent the teams to overtime. Georgia took the advantage from the first seconds of it and led to the second victory in the tournament due to 12-11 in it. Zezva Liluashvili became the last player for the winners to score in the game.
Nugzar Abuladze (182-G-95) paced all the winners with 17 points and Aleksandre Bolkvadze (194-F-95) nailed 14. Zezva Liluashvili followed them with 13 points and Archili Puluzashvili (200-C-95) scored 8.

Georgia U16: Nugzar Abuladze 17, Aleksandre Bolkvadze 14 Zezva Liluashvili 13, Archili Puluzashvili 8
F.Y.R. of Macedonia U16: Ljubomir Mladenovski 19+11 rebs, Simeon Mitrov (179-PG-95) 12




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U16: Georgia keep the hosts winless - by Eurobasket News
Georgia U16- F.Y.R. of Macedonia U16 70:69 OT

Georgia keep the hosts winless at the U16 European Championship in Strumica. The Georgian team won the overtime thriller 70:69 for 2-1 record. F.Y.R. of Macedonia meanwhile dropped to 0-3 record in Group A.
Georgia won the first game 19-16 and added 14-13 in the second frame. Zezva Liluashvili (180-PG-95) and Ljubomir Mladenovski (207-C-95) exchanged the late baskets in the half for 33:29. The third period belonged to the hosts as grabbed the lead after 18-12, but 13-11 in the fourth period sent the teams to overtime. Georgia took the advantage from the first seconds of it and led to the second victory in the tournament due to 12-11 in it. Zezva Liluashvili became the last player for the winners to score in the game.
Nugzar Abuladze (182-G-95) paced all the winners with 17 points and Aleksandre Bolkvadze (194-F-95) nailed 14. Zezva Liluashvili followed them with 13 points and Archili Puluzashvili (200-C-95) scored 8.

Georgia U16: Nugzar Abuladze 17, Aleksandre Bolkvadze 14 Zezva Liluashvili 13, Archili Puluzashvili 8
F.Y.R. of Macedonia U16: Ljubomir Mladenovski 19+11 rebs, Simeon Mitrov (179-PG-95) 12




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U16: Germany run past Greece for fourth win in a row - by Eurobasket News
Germany U16 - Greece U16 55:49

Germany registered the fourth straight win at the U16 European Championship. They opened the Qualifying Round campaign with a tough win over Greece. Ismet Akpinar (188-PG-95) delivered 13 points to pace the German team. Germany jumped at 3-0 record, while the Hellenes slipped at 0-3.
Germany limited Greece to 9 points in the first quarter posting a 6-point lead. They stayed in front throughout the second period. Germany established a 28:25 halftime advantage. Greece opened the second half with five points in a row to surge ahead. Germany regained the lead pretty quickly but the Hellenes capped the period with 5:2 surge to post a 39:38 lead. Germany needed a 6:0 run to earn back the lead. Germany kept Greece scoreless for almost two minutes late in the game to steal a narrow victory at the end. David Taylor (188-PG-95) finished with 12 points, while Jan Wimberg (202-G-96) had 8 points and 11 boards in the victory. Michail Liapis (188-G-95) delivered 12 points for Greece. Georgios Diamantakos (210-C-95) provided 8 points in the loss.

Germany U16: Ismet Akpinar 13, David Taylor 12, Jan Wimberg 8+11 boards
Greece U16: Michail Liapis 12, Georgios Diamantakos 8



Clint Sargent makes Heidelberg move - by Moritz Korff
USC Heidelberg has completed another signing for the upcoming Pro A season. Clint Sargent (193-G) will join the team. The shooting guard hails from Sioux City, IA and enjoyed lots of success during his collegiate career at NCAA Division One program South Dakota State. Sargent produced an double digit scoring average in three of his four years with the Jackrabbits. In his last season in college he scored 15.2 points per contest and pulled down 3.2 rebounds a game. In 2010 and 2011 he was a All-Summit League Second Team selection.

Ty Shaw Gets Contract Extension With BV Chemnitz And Jonas Groning Comes Aboard. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
BV Chemitz announced today that Ty Shaw (202-F/C-79, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Albertson) will continue to play for them this season. Shaw is a 32 year old 202cm power forward/center that will be playing his 5th season in Germany and second for BV Chemnitz. Last season for BV Chemnitz, he played 27 games: 10.9ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.6apg, 1.7spg, FGP-1 (72.5%), 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 66.4%. 'Ty Shaw was my absolute wish player that I wanted for the position under the boards. He has a lot of skill. He has leadership qualities and an unbelievable will to win. Ty can carry a whole team. He will be a very important player for us', stressed BV Chemnitz head coach Felix Schreier . Shaw started his basketball career in 1999 for Columbia Basin JC: 16.8ppg, 8.4 rebs. he then played for Albertson College: 15.0ppg, 9.5 rebs in 2001. He then turned professional and his first stop was in 2002 for the Akron Wingfoots (NABL). He then played in the UK from 2003-2006 for the Worcester Wolves. He then came to Germany and played for TV Langen in 2006-2007 playing 30 games: 17.3ppg, Reb-5 (10.3rpg), 1.7apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP-1 (67.1%), 3FGP: 28.6%, FT: 68.3%. His strong season gave notice and he was scooped up by the VPV Giants Noerdlingen playing 30 games: 9.4ppg, Reb-3 (9.5rpg), 2.2apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 59.1%, 3PT: 28.0%, FT: 71.3%. He helped the team move up to the Beko BBL in 2008 and he played 29 games: 4.9ppg, 4.0rpg in the first German basketball division. Awards/Achievements in his career have been 1999-2000 All-Conference Eastern Region Selection, Played for Eastern Region in NWACC All-Star game, 2000-2001 NAIA All-American First team All-Conference, All-Little Northwest Selection (NCAA II, III and NAIA I,II schools), 4 Time Conference 'Player of the Week', English EBL Division 2 Champion -04, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga South 1st Team -07, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga South All-Imports Team -07, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A 2nd Team -08, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Defensive Team -08, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Regular Season Champion -08, Australian SBL Champions -10, Australian SBL Regular Season Runner-Up -10. BV Chemnitz also annouced that Jonas Groning will play for the club. He is a 17 year old 191 cm that comes from the BV Chemnitz youth program. In 2009-2010, he played for the JBBL team averaging 10,0ppg. Last season he played for the second Regionaliga team averaging 6,4ppg and in the Landesliga 23,3ppg.

Source: BV Chemnitz



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U16: Germany run past Greece for fourth win in a row - by Eurobasket News
Germany U16 - Greece U16 55:49

Germany registered the fourth straight win at the U16 European Championship. They opened the Qualifying Round campaign with a tough win over Greece. Ismet Akpinar (188-PG-95) delivered 13 points to pace the German team. Germany jumped at 3-0 record, while the Hellenes slipped at 0-3.
Germany limited Greece to 9 points in the first quarter posting a 6-point lead. They stayed in front throughout the second period. Germany established a 28:25 halftime advantage. Greece opened the second half with five points in a row to surge ahead. Germany regained the lead pretty quickly but the Hellenes capped the period with 5:2 surge to post a 39:38 lead. Germany needed a 6:0 run to earn back the lead. Germany kept Greece scoreless for almost two minutes late in the game to steal a narrow victory at the end. David Taylor (188-PG-95) finished with 12 points, while Jan Wimberg (202-G-96) had 8 points and 11 boards in the victory. Michail Liapis (188-G-95) delivered 12 points for Greece. Georgios Diamantakos (210-C-95) provided 8 points in the loss.

Germany U16: Ismet Akpinar 13, David Taylor 12, Jan Wimberg 8+11 boards
Greece U16: Michail Liapis 12, Georgios Diamantakos 8



Dante Stiggers stays with PAOK - by Eurobasket News
PAOK Thessaloniki announced signing of a one-year contract extension with Dante Stiggers (187-PG-82, college: S.Mississippi). The American point guard, with Belarusian passport, joined the club in March this year from Cypriot Pizza Express Primetel Apollon. He played 15 games in Greek league averaging 8.1 points, 1.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.3 steals. He helped PAOK reach the Playoff Semifinals and later they finished as No.3 in the league. With Apollon Stiggers had 7.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 4.1 apg for 13 games in Cyprus. From 2007 until the last summer, Dante Stiggers played for BK Minsk-2006. In 2010, Eurobasket awarded him with All-Belarusian League Import Player of the Year -10. He helped Minsk win the Belarussian Cup in 2010 and a year before that they won the Premier league title. Stiggers was Eurobasket.com All-Belarusian League Player of the Year -09, 10. In 2010, he received Belarusian citizenship and since than Stiggers plays for their National Team. He had 6 ppg, 4 rpg, 1.8 apg and 2.3 spg in Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011.

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Eiffel Towers Den Bosch sign David Gonzalvez - by Eurobasket Center
Eiffel Towers Den Bosch signed 24-year old American guard David Gonzalvez (193-G-87, college: Richmond). Gonzalvez played most recently at Oberwart Gunners (Austria). While playing 21 games for Oberwart last season his stats were: 8.7ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg. Gonzalvez played also pro basketball in Austria and France.

By Eurobasket Data Center


U18: Estonia nip Netherlands for the fifth place in Varna - by Eurobasket News
Estonia U18 - Netherlands U18 63:62

Estonia finished their U18 European Championship in Division B campaign with victory. They shot down Netherlands to claim the fifth overall position. Oliver Metsalu (190-G-93) and Kevin Liivamagi (202-F-93) stepped up with 16 points each in the victory.
Netherlands opened the game with five points in a row but Estonia quickly took over. The Baltic team posted a 13:9 lead at the first break. Joesaar and Kevin Liivamagi stretched the lead to 8 points midway through the second term. Estonia arrived at halftime up by 6 points 31:25. Netherlands surged ahead in the third term. Shane Hammink (198-G-94) made it 41:37 for the Dutch team. But Oliver Metsalu and Kustas Poldoja (190-F-93) turned things around regaining the lead for Estonia 46:43 with one quarter remaining. The lead changed hands throughout the fourth period. Oliver Metsalu hit a crucial three-pointer that put Estonia up by four points 63:59 with 14 seconds remaining. Olaf Schaftenaar (205-C-93) responded with his own three-pointer but Schilder missed another one moments later as Estonia escaped with a tough win at the end. Kustas Poldoja netted 9 points for the winners. Shane Hammink answered with 23 points and 9 rebounds for Netherlands. Olaf Schaftenaar had 16 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Estonia U18: Oliver Metsalu 16, Kevin Liivamagi 16, Kustas Poldoja 9
Netherlands U18: Shane Hammink 23, Olaf Schaftenaar 16



U16: An 11-0 run at the end allowed Slovenia to win over the Dutch side - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia U16-Netherlands U16 59:58

Slovenia won the thriller and one of the most interesting games at the U16 European Championship in Strumica. The team edged Netherlands 59:58 to remain undefeated. The win saw Slovenia wrap up a perfect record in the preliminary round of the competition in F.Y.R. Macedonia, and they now play Finland before going into the last eight stage carrying a 1-0 record forward with them.
Both teams entered the court undefeated and scored 21 points in the first period. The Dutch side grabbed 3-point advantage at the halftime winning the second frame 12-9. Slovenia however responded with 13-8 in the third quarter as Matic Rebec (179-PG-95) scored for 43:41. Then the Dutch side erupted for a 58:48 lead with 4 minutes in the game, but could not score anymore and lost the thriller. Slovenia needed an 11-0 run to win the game.
Matic Rebec stepped up with 22 points for the winners and Aleksej Nikolic (185-PG-95) netted 13. Andraz Rogelija (186-PG-95) followed them with 7 points for 4-0 record. Stefan Topalovic (186-G-95) ended up with 17 points in the losing case and Daan Rosenmuller (193-F-95) added 13.

Slovenia U16: Matic Rebec 22, Aleksej Nikolic 13, Andraz Rogelija 7
Netherlands U16: Stefan Topalovic 17, Daan Rosenmuller 13



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U18: Israel too good for Hungary - by Eurobasket News
Israel U18 - Hungary U18 96:68

Israel celebrated the seventh place at the U18 European Championship in Division B. They fired past Hungary on the final day of the competition. Or Solomon (196-F-93) stepped up with solid 27 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge.
Israel pulled ahead in the opening period. They recorded a 23:19 lead after ten minutes. Israel stepped on the gas in the second frame. They erupted for 30 points to build a 53:36 halftime advantage. Hungary stopped the bleeding in the third frame. They outscored Israeli counterparts to narrow the deficit at 12-point mark. But Israel went on a massive 24:8 run in the final period to seal the victory. Rafael Menco (198-F-94) tallied 19 points and 9 rebounds for Israel. Ben Altit (207-F-93) added 12 points in the win. Laszlo Polyak (190-G-93) had 14 points for Hungary. Adam Kovacs (193-G/F-93) delivered 13 points in the losing effort.

Israel U18: Or Solomon 27+15 boards, Rafael Menco 19, Ben Altit 12
Hungary U18: Laszlo Polyak 14, Adam Kovacs 13



Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
 1. Albacomp 0-0 
 2. Atomeromu 0-0 
 3. Falco-Szova 0-0 
 4. FS Debrecen 0-0 
 5. Jaszberenyi 0-0 
 6. Kaposvari 0-0 
 7. Kecskemeti 0-0 
 8. Kormend 0-0 
 9. Marso-Vagep 0-0 
 10. PVSK Pannon 0-0 
 11. Soproni 0-0 
 12. Szedeak 0-0 
 13. Szolnok 0-0 
 14. ZTE KK 0-0 


U16: Hungary overcame Switzerland in the top game of the Group C - by Eurobasket News
Hungary U16-Switzerland U16 73:61

Hungary overcame Switzerland in the top game of the Group C of the U16 European Championship Men Division B. The Hungarian side remained undefeated with 73:61 victory handing the opponents their first loss.
Four times the teams were tied in the opening period and proved that they were the favorites of the group. Late baskets by Hungary brought them 18:15 in the end of the frame and another 18-9 in the second period gave them 36:24 advantage. The Swiss side trailed in the whole third period as well but managed to reduce to 52:44 at the end of it. Moreover Cyril Bachler (192-F-95) nailed three for 56:53 but Hungary did not allow them to catch up. They added a surge to seal the fourth straight win.
Tibor Ban (185-G-95) paced all the winners with 15 points and Laszlo Fulop (199-F-95) notched 12. Zoltan Perl (189-G-95) scored 11, while Gyorgy Goloman (204-F/C-96) added 8. Cyril Bachler delivered 14 points in the losing effort and Arnaud Cotture (200-F/C-95) nailed 12.

Hungary U16: Tibor Ban 15, Laszlo Fulop 12, Zoltan Perl 11, Gyorgy Goloman 8
Switzerland U16: Cyril Bachler 14, Arnaud Cotture 12



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Asghar Kardust will join Foolad Mahan Esfahan - by Kazem Ghayem
Iranian NT Center player Asghar Kardoost (212-C-86) is going to join to Foolad Mahan Esfahan. He has some offers from outside of Iran also but he signed with Foolad Mahan in Efahan. After Javad Davari he is the Second NT player who joined to Foolad Mahan. Asghar Kardust said he will do his best to make this team Champion. We heard that Iman Zandi and Jaber Ruzbahani also signed with Mahan but this news are not officially confirmed by the club.


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U16: Armenia tied their record at 2-2 at the European Championship Division B - by Eurobasket News
Ireland U16-Armenia U16 59:71

Armenia tied their record at 2-2 at the U16 European Championship Men Division B. The team won over Ireland 71:59 in the opener of Group C on Sunday.
Armenia started the game with 19-12 but could not keep the lead for good. Hanlon brought Ireland 27:26 and Quinn sent the teams to the lockers at 30:26. Two three-pointers from Sergei Pogosyan (95) and Roman Sayadyan (95) gave Armenia 38:36 and John Jason Carr (188-C-95)oll (198-F-95) closed the period at 42:42. The last quarter was the benefit for the Armenian team that erupted with 29-17. It brought them 71:59 victory as Arkadiy Mkrtychyan (95) made three free throws at the end.
Andrey Konstantinov (95) stepped up with 18 points and Sergei Pogosyan posted 17. Roman Sayadyan notched 12, while Arkadiy Mkrtychyan delivered 11. Jason Carr finished the game with 20 points and John Jason Carroll added 15.

Ireland U16: Jason Carr 20, John Jason Carroll 15
Armenia U16: Andrey Konstantinov 18, Sergei Pogosyan 17, Roman Sayadyan 12, Arkadiy Mkrtychyan 11



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Israeli NT U25 guarantees a spot in summer league finals - by Carmel Drori
Ligat Loto's Summer league second day produced the first team to go to the finals.

The Israeli NT U25 played against team ''Hish Gad'', beating them 100-61.
Ben Rice (195-F-90) scored 18 points with Amit Simhon (197-F/G-89) adding 13 and Gilad Karni (195-F/G-87) scoring 12 points of his own.
The Israeli NT U25 is the first team to qualify for the summer league finals.

The second game had team ''777'' playing against team ''Mispar Hazak'', with ''Mispar Hazak'' winning 75-72.
Igor Simin (197-G-84) and Dror Davidi (190-G-84) scored 15 points each for team ''Mispar Hazak'' with Moti Moscovitz (205-C-85) adding 8 points and grabbing 8 rebounds.
Veteran Avi Sukar (187-G-76) outscored everyone over at team ''777'' with 20 points.
Amit Tamir (208-C/F-79) scored 16 points and grabbed 18 rebounds while Amit Shiran (200-F-87) added 8 points and 8 rebounds.


Maccabi Rishon signs Brandon Bowman - by Carmel Drori
FMP's Power Forward Brandon Bowman (204-F-84) signed with Maccabi Rihson Le-zion.
The PF who began the season with Bulgarian team Lukoil Academik Sofia, played for the French team Le Mans for a month before signing with Serbian powerhouse FMP to end the season.
While playing in Bulgaria, Bowman averaged 10.1ppg and 6.1rpg in 15 games. After signing with FMP, the PF averaged 10.2ppg and 4.2rpg in 17 games while playing in the Serbian league.


Israeli summer league - officially open - by Carmel Drori
Ligat Loto's summer league opened yesterday with a couple of games.

The first game had ''Pais'' playing against ''Mispar Hazak'', with ''Pais'' winning 80-74.
Jonathan Skjoldebrand (203-C/F-83) who most recently played for Melilla from Spain, shined above the rest, scoring 23 points and grabbing 7 rebounds for ''Pais''. Ido Kozikaro who decided to join the league in the last minute had a decent game with 10 points and 9 rebounds.
Dror Davidi (190-G-84) scored 21 points for ''Mispar Hazak'' while Moti Moscovitz (205-C-85) scored 13 and grabbed 11 rebounds.

The second game had ''Double Loto'' playing against Israeli NT U25, ending with the Israeli NT U25 beating ''Double Loto'' 100-64.
Amit Simhon (197-F/G-89) was top scorer with 20 points with Sean Daniel (197-F-89) adding 17 points and Ben Rice (195-F-90) scoring 13 of his own for the Israeli NT U25.

Today's games will have the Israeli NT U25 vs. team ''Hish Gad'' and team ''777'' against ''Mispar Hazak''.



Ofir Farhi signs with Hapoel Galil/Gilboa - by Greg
Altshuler Saham Galil/Gilboa strenghtened their roster by adding former National Team guard - Ofir Farhi (187-G-86). The player spent last season at Maccabi Beer Yaakov in National League. While playing 26 games his stats were: 12ppg, 4.7apg and also 6.6apg (league's leader). Farhi will be joining other Israeli and American players who already signed with the team for the upcoming season. Also, Head Coach Lior Lubin is still interested in American/Israeli point guard Derek Glasser.

U16: Bosnia and Herzegovina grabbed 3-0 record on top of Group D - by Eurobasket News
Israel U16- Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 84:85

Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 grabbed 3-0 record on top of Group D after a thriller win over Israel. Both teams were undefeated before the game with each other and Bosnia needed an 85:84 win for 3-0 record on top. Israel suffered their first loss and dropped to 2-1 record.
Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 did not start well, but managed to win the only period and the game. Israel started with 21-19 and added 21-20 in the second frame. Moreover the team posted 23-17 as Naor Sharon (191-PG-95) scored for 65:56. Trailing however 9 points midway through the last period, Bosnia erupted with a surge for the necessary win.
Bojan Lulic (196-F-95) stepped up with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Nedim Buza (201-F-95) and Adi Zahiragic (185-PG-95) netted 14 points each. Dorde Kelecevic (188-PG-96) followed them with 9 points for the third straight win. Naor Sharon ended up with 22 points in defeat, while Idan Zalmanson (205-F-95) posted 16. Christopher Shipton (190-F-95) delivered 15 and Yochai Zuckerman (183-G-95) notched 10.

Israel U16: Naor Sharon 22, Idan Zalmanson 16, Christopher Shipton 15, Yochai Zuckerman 10
Bosnia and Herzegovina U16: Bojan Lulic 21+11 rebs, Nedim Buza 14, Adi Zahiragic 14, Dorde Kelecevic 9



U16: Israel made it to the Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U16-Israel U16 70:80

Israel made it to the Qualifying Round in Strumica at the U16 European Championship. Israel needed 80:70 over Belgium to take their spot in the Elite Eight.
Israel grabbed 25:16 after the first period as Roy Ayalon (190-G-95) made the last five points in the quarter. Belgium won the second frame 15-12 as Emmanuel Lecomte (175-G-95) sent the teams to the lockers for 37:31. Mathijs Gijbels (200-F-95) reduced to 51:49, but Israel did not allow Belgium to tie the game. Sror closed the third quarter at 58:53 and then Israel won the last period 22-17 for the final success. Naor Sharon (191-PG-95) and Daniel closed a 5-0 run at the very end to bring the victory for Israel.
Naor Sharon paced all the winners with 24 points and Idan Zalmanson (205-F-95) netted15. Yochai Zuckerman (183-G-95) posted 11, while Roy Ayalon scored 9. Emmanuel Lecomte replied with 20 points in the losing effort as Belgiun finished the group on the third place with 2-2 record. Romain Boxus (194-F-96) scored 18 and Mathijs Gijbels chipped in 14.

Belgium U16: Emmanuel Lecomte 20, Romain Boxus 18, Mathijs Gijbels 14
Israel U16: Naor Sharon 24, Idan Zalmanson 15, Yochai Zuckerman 11, Roy Ayalon 9



U18: Israel too good for Hungary - by Eurobasket News
Israel U18 - Hungary U18 96:68

Israel celebrated the seventh place at the U18 European Championship in Division B. They fired past Hungary on the final day of the competition. Or Solomon (196-F-93) stepped up with solid 27 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge.
Israel pulled ahead in the opening period. They recorded a 23:19 lead after ten minutes. Israel stepped on the gas in the second frame. They erupted for 30 points to build a 53:36 halftime advantage. Hungary stopped the bleeding in the third frame. They outscored Israeli counterparts to narrow the deficit at 12-point mark. But Israel went on a massive 24:8 run in the final period to seal the victory. Rafael Menco (198-F-94) tallied 19 points and 9 rebounds for Israel. Ben Altit (207-F-93) added 12 points in the win. Laszlo Polyak (190-G-93) had 14 points for Hungary. Adam Kovacs (193-G/F-93) delivered 13 points in the losing effort.

Israel U18: Or Solomon 27+15 boards, Rafael Menco 19, Ben Altit 12
Hungary U18: Laszlo Polyak 14, Adam Kovacs 13



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U16: Damien Inglis carries France past Italy - by Eurobasket News
France U16 - Italy U16 76:56

France recorded the first win at the U16 European Championship Qualifying Round. They held off Italy to improve at 3-0 record in Group F. Damien Inglis (198-F-95) stepped up with 22 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort.
The lead changed hands for several times throughout the close first frame. Les Bleus eked out a 19:18 lead after ten minutes. Etienne Joumard (186-PG-95) scored four points in a row midway through the second term to give France a 42:32 lead. France established a 45:39 halftime advantage. The third term turned decisive as France limited the Azzurri to only 9 points. Les Bleus entered the fourth period up by 13 points 61:48. France did not slow down in the fourth period and raced to the win at the end. Etienne Joumard and Luidgy Laporal (201-C-95) provided 11 points apiece in the win. Alessandro Spatti (197-F-95) responded with 13 points for Italy. Alessandro Maccaferri (175-PG-95) delivered 10 points and 6 assists in the loss.

France U16: Damien Inglis 22, Etienne Joumard 11, Luidgy Laporal 11
Italy U16: Alessandro Spatti 13, Alessandro Maccaferri 10




Scafati signs deal with James Thomas - by Eurobasket News
Scafati announced signing of James Thomas (203-F/C-80, college: Texas) for the upcoming season. The American PF/C spent the last one in Turkey as a member of Erdemir. He appeared 30 times in TBL collecting 9.3 ppg and 10.2 rpg. He finished championship as the second best rebounder. Thomas also played for Erdemir in 2008/09 season. He had 10 ppg and 10.8 rpg at that time. Meanwhile, he spent one year with Banca Tercas Teramo. There, he appeared 5 times in SerieA averaging 8.2 points and 7.4 rebounds. Teramo released Thomas after that. In the past, James Thomas played for Upim Bologna, Albany Patrons and Chicago Bulls (7 games). He also has experience from the NBDL team Roanoke Dazzle. James Thomas graduated at the University of Texas in 2004.

Reggio Emilia brings in G Donell Taylor - by Eurobasket News
Reggio Emilia announced signing of a one-year deal with Donell Taylor (198-G-82, college: UAB). The American guard heads to his new club from Fastweb Junior Casale Monferrato. He played 38 games for them in LegaDue last season averaging 13 points, 4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.2 steals. He was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Honorable Mention -11. Casale was LegaDue champion and won the promotion for SerieA. Before Casale, Donell Taylor played for the NBA D-League teams Erie Bay Hawks and Idaho Stampede. He shined with 21.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg and 4.8 apg for 35 games with Idaho. He also added 18.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg and 2.8 apg for 13 games with the BayHawks. In the past, Taylor was a member of Egaleo, Oostende, Marousi and Washington Wizards. In 2010, Taylo was named USBasket.com All-D-League 2nd Team.

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BC Astana lands center Eric Williams - by Eurobasket News
BC Astana announced signing of Eric Williams (206-C-84, college: Wake Forest) for the next season. The American big guy heads to Astana from Pepsi Juve Caserta, where he spent 2010/11. For 28 games in Italian league he averaged 12.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.3 steals. Williams also added 11.3 ppg and 3.6 rpg for 13 games in EuroCup. He helped Caserta reach the EuroCup Quarterfinals. Eric Williams played for Scavolini in 2009/10. He shined with 13.9 ppg, 7.9 rpg and 2 spg for 25 SerieA games. In EuroChallenge Williams had 11.9 ppg and 5.7 rpg. He helped Scavolini reach the EuroChallenge Semis. Eurobasket awarded Williams with All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention -10. In the past, the American center also played for Avelino and Cantu. He is a product of the Wake Forest University.

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U16: Turkey shoot down Latvia - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U16 - Latvia U16 75:72

Turkey outgun Latvia at the start of the U18 European Championship Qualifying Round. They prevailed against Latvia to improve at 2-1 record in Group F. Metecan Birsen (203-F/G-95) stepped up with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners.
Latvia got to a brilliant start. They outscored Turkey to post a 20:8 lead at the first break. But Turkey gradually adjusted their game. They capped the half on an 18:3 run to level things up at 35. Metecan Birsen put Turkey in front midway through the third term. They earned a 48:40 lead before Latvia narrowed the deficit at just two points with one quarter to go 50:52. Turkey tipped off the final term with ten points in a row to boost the margin. Latvia did not surrender and narrowed the gap at just a single point 69:70 with 35 seconds remaining. Ayberk Guleryuz (206-C-95) and Metecan Birsen answered with five points in a row and Turkey rallied to the victory at the end. Ayberk Guleryuz knocked down 13 points, while Mehmet Alemdaroglu (202-F-96) netted 11 points in the win. Ivars Zvigurs (193-G-95) responded with 19 points, 11 boards and 4 assists for Latvia. Rolands Smits (201-C-95) netted 16 points in defeat.

Turkey U16: Metecan Birsen 18, Ayberk Guleryuz 13, Mehmet Alemdaroglu 11
Latvia U16: Ivars Zvigurs 19+11 boards, Rolands Smits 16



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U16: Lithuania fend off Montenegro - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U16 - Montenegro U16 73:55

Lithuania registered the first win at the classification round of U16 European Championship. They outscored Montenegro to improve at 1-0 record in Group G. Edvinas Seskus (191-F-95) finished with 19 points and 12 boards to pace the winners.
Lithuania piled up a 16:8 lead after ten minutes of action. Edvinas Seskus scored first five points of the second term to stretch the lead for the Baltic team. They arrived at halftime up by as many as 21 points 42:21. Lithuania kept their opponents at bay in the third stanza. They established a comfortable 55:37 lead with one quarter remaining. Montenegro never threatened the margin in the fourth period as Lithuania rolled to the victory at the end. Zydrunas Jurgutis (178-PG-95) accounted for 13 points, while Paulius Sakinis (197-F-95) netted 12 points in the win. Luka Djurovic (199-F-95) responded with 19 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Montenegro. Luka Savic (199-F-95) accounted for 12 points in the loss.

Lithuania U16: Edvinas Seskus 19+12 boards, Zydrunas Jurgutis 13, Paulius Sakinis 12
Montenegro U16: Luka Djurovic 19, Luka Savic 12



Lietuvos Rytas lands Mindaugas Katelynas until 2014 - by Eurobasket News
Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) is a new member of Lietuvos Rytas. The Lithuanian power forward penned a three-year deal with his new club. Katelynas becomes the sixth new face in Rytas this season along with Tyrese Rice, Predrag Samardziski, Ronnie Seibutis, Lawrence Roberts and head coach Aleksandar Dzikic.
Mindaugas Katelynas spent last season with Cajasol Seville. He appeared 34 times in ACB averaging 5.8 points and 2.9 rebounds. Katelynas also added 8.9 ppg and 3.6 rpg for 16 EuroCup games. Season 2009/10, he spent with Alicante. In 34 games with them Katelynas had 11.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 1.5 apg. From 2007 to 2009, Mindaugas Katelynas played for Armani Jeans Milano. He also has experience from Casale and Cantu.


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Mali National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
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Ludovic Chelle
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Nare Famakan Keita
Keita
Mahamadou Drame
Drame
Ibrahim Saounera
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Amadou Diop
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Ludovic Chelle 185-G-83 Rouen France
Nare Famakan Keita 183-G-90 Boulazac France
Mahamadou Drame 186-G-86 Nantes France
Ibrahim Saounera 179-G-87 Cognac France
Amadou Diop 182-G-86 Tremblay France
Modibo Niakate 185-G-81 Orchy France
Mahmoud Diakite 197-G/F-86 Clermont France
Cheick Soumaoro 205-F/C-90 Rouen France
Sambou Traore 200-F-79 Limoges France
Mamadou Sy 200-F-85 Lille France
Mamoudou Sy 196-F-83 Bordeaux France
Dramane Diarra 203-F/C-80 St Vallier France
Negueba Samake 211-C-90 Rouen France
Tahirou Sani 204-F-85 Blois France
Mahamadou Doucoure 206-C-85 Pau-Lacq-Orthez France
Waly Coulibaly 190-G-88 Chaminade USA
Mamadou Diarra 213-F-88 Chaminade USA
Mohamed Tangara 208-F/C-84 Aurteneche M. Spain
Soumaila Samake 215-C-78 Caspian Iran
Ousmane Cisse 206-C-82 Brest France
Ba Sekou Diallo 191-G/F-86 AS Real Mali
Salif Traore
Cherif Ibrahim Haidara
Demba Konate 93
Yacouba Traore Stade Malien Mali
Salif Niangado 183-G-86 AS Real Mali
Ibrahima Dembele 206-F-88 Stade Malien Mali

Jose Ruiz Head Coach Aubenas France


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Mauritius National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Olivier Amedee Warriors Mauritius
Yannick Hector Real BC Mauritius
Yvan Chevachian
Jean-Francois Namassevayen Real BC Mauritius
Jason Grenade Barkley Mauritius
Andy Tanner Real BC Mauritius
Jonathan Jules Barkley Mauritius
Thierry Julie Real BC Mauritius
Stewart Clementine ASVP Mauritius
Gary Driver Flippers Mauritius
Benoit Matur
Ghansham Heerah 204-C Real BC Mauritius



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U18: Sweden clinch Bronze in Varna - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U18 - Montenegro U18 71:65

Swedish U18 National Team clinched the third position at the European Championship in Division B. They overcame Montenegro in the consolation final. William Magarity (207-F-93) stepped up with 18 points to pace the winners.
Sweden jumped in front late in the opening quarter and posted a 17:14 lead at the first break. Sweden capped the first half on a 6:2 run to clear off to a 7-point lead. Andersson and William Magarity boosted the lead to as many as 12 points midway through the third term. But Montenegro answered with an 18:6 run to level things up at 49. The teams stayed close throughout the final period before William Magarity triggered a 9:1 run that put Sweden up by 8 points 70:62 with just over a minute remaining. Montenegro had too little time to answer and had to surrender at the end. Tobias Borg (183-PG-93) knocked down 17 points, while Jonathan Person (190-PG-93, agency: JEMsports) provided 13 points in the victory. Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 26 points and 7 assists for Montenegro. Danilo Nikolic (201-C-93) netted 12 points in defeat.

Sweden U18: William Magarity 18, Tobias Borg 17, Jonathan Person 13
Montenegro U18: Nikola Ivanovic 26, Danilo Nikolic 12



U16: Lithuania fend off Montenegro - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U16 - Montenegro U16 73:55

Lithuania registered the first win at the classification round of U16 European Championship. They outscored Montenegro to improve at 1-0 record in Group G. Edvinas Seskus (191-F-95) finished with 19 points and 12 boards to pace the winners.
Lithuania piled up a 16:8 lead after ten minutes of action. Edvinas Seskus scored first five points of the second term to stretch the lead for the Baltic team. They arrived at halftime up by as many as 21 points 42:21. Lithuania kept their opponents at bay in the third stanza. They established a comfortable 55:37 lead with one quarter remaining. Montenegro never threatened the margin in the fourth period as Lithuania rolled to the victory at the end. Zydrunas Jurgutis (178-PG-95) accounted for 13 points, while Paulius Sakinis (197-F-95) netted 12 points in the win. Luka Djurovic (199-F-95) responded with 19 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Montenegro. Luka Savic (199-F-95) accounted for 12 points in the loss.

Lithuania U16: Edvinas Seskus 19+12 boards, Zydrunas Jurgutis 13, Paulius Sakinis 12
Montenegro U16: Luka Djurovic 19, Luka Savic 12



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Morocco plays the international tournament in Tunisia - by Kristian Santiago
The Moroccans, under the leadership of former-national team star Hassane Hachad , headed to Tunis to attend the international tournament that is currently going down there.
After their stage in Turkey, this will be the final stage abroad before heading to Madagascar for the African Championships in mid of August.

Morocco's current roster:

Zakaria El Masbahi (191-G-79) As de Sale
Mustapha Khalfi (173-G-80) Ittihad de Tanger
Younes Idrissi (204-F/C-84, college: Iona) Ittihad de Tanger
Abderrahim Najah (198-F/C-84) As de Sale
Abdelhakim Zouita (201-F-86) As de Sale
Hicham Amrallah (186-G-78) Raja de Casablanca
Soufiane Kourdou (211-C-85) As de Sale
Soufiane Rafii Wydad Safrou
Omar Lahnani Ittihad de Tanger
Abdeljath Frouga (188-G-84) Wydad Safrou
Mohamed Hachad (194-G-83, college: Northwestern) Fos Ouest Provence Basket (FRA)
Reda Rhalimi (213-C-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) As de Sale
Said Boustout (203-C) Ittihad de Tanger
Hicham Kherrazi (195-F-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) ABC Amsterdam (NED)
Zouheir Bourouis (180-G-83) As de Sale
Karim Nesba (188-G-86, agency: Promotex, college: Auburn-Montgomery) Royal Aera Excelsior Brussels (BEL)

Coach: Hassane Hachad




Morocco National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Morocco National Team 2011
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Younes Idrissi
Idrissi
Soufiane Kourdou
Kourdou
Mohamed Hachad
Hachad
Reda Rhalimi
Rhalimi
Hicham Kherrazi
Kherrazi
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Zakaria El Masbahi 191-G-79 ASS Sale Morocco
Mustapha Khalfi 173-PG-80 IRT Tanger Morocco
Younes Idrissi 204-F/C-84 IRT Tanger Morocco
Abderrahim Najah 198-F/C-84 ASS Sale Morocco
Abdelhakim Zouita 201-F-86 ASS Sale Morocco
Hicham Amrallah 186-PG-78 RCA Casabl. Morocco
Soufiane Kourdou 211-C-85 ASS Sale Morocco
Soufiane Rafii WAC Casabl. Morocco
Omar Lahnani IRT Tanger Morocco
Abdeljath Frouga 188-G-84 WAC Casabl. Morocco
Mohamed Hachad 194-G-83 Fos Ouest France
Reda Rhalimi 213-C-82 ASS Sale Morocco
Said Boustout 203-C IRT Tanger Morocco
Hicham Kherrazi 195-F-88 ABC Holland
Zouheir Bourouis 180-G-83 ASS Sale Morocco
Karim Nesba 188-G-86 Excelsior Belgium

Hassane Hachad Head Coach PCS Plazza C. Morocco


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China's Foshan interested in singing Hamed Haddadi - by Eurobasket News
Irans Memphis Grizzlies center Hamed Haddadi (7'2''-C-85) has been linked with a move to Chinese basketball team Foshan Dralions.

Foshan has made an offer of up to $200,000 a month to the center that includes an opt-out clause if the NBA lockout ends during the season, according to NiuBBall.com.

The talks have progressed beyond the initial stages but it is still unclear that when Haddadi will make a decision.

Haddadi signed a three-year deal, including a team-option for a fourth season, with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2008 worth $4.8 million.

Now, we are in talks for him to play in China, said Haddadis agent, Marc Cornstein. There are some good opportunities there and, the more he plays, the more he will develop.

Since Haddadi is an Iranian, he has been considered Asian by FIBA and could join the Chinese teams without counting against their quota of foreign players.

Courtesy of www.tehrantimes.com


Heat, Spoelstra eye NBA comeback - by Eurobasket News
For Miami Heats Fil-American coach Erik Spoelstra and his marquee players Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette), LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) and Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) their humbling experience in the last NBA Finals will serve as their motivation as they begin another journey if and when the NBA officials and Players Union finally reach an agreement.

Our journey is not done, Spoelstra told the Bulletin in a one-on-one interview during the NBA Fit Manila leg presentation Monday at the New World Hotel in Makati. Were already making plans to try to get better, to learn from these opportunities and try to comeback strong next season.

Spoelstra, 40, said that it was an incredible experience for the franchise, which began during last years off-season when the Heat signed free agents James and Bosh to join Wade in forming the teams nucleus.

Although the team struggled early in the season, the Heat finished with a 58-24 mark.

In the playoffs, the Heat defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round, the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals, and the top-seeded Chicago Bulls led by MVP Derrick Rose during the Conference Finals all in five games.

However, Spoelstra and his team fell short in the Finals when they lost to the Dallas Mavericks in six games.

It was a transformational experience for all of us the entire season because we set a very lofty goal, Spoelstra said. And to try to do that in one season, those are incredible experience to go through the ups and downs, the adversities and the learning opportunities that we had.

Now we have to learn how to deal with the final result that we didnt expect, he added.

Due to a lockout, Spoelstra is focused on other things like the NBA Fit program, which started Monday with the school tour at National University.

I feel very fortunate to be part of the NBA Fit program. Ive been part of their team now for three years, he said. Obviously in my profession being physically fit is critical for our players success and our team. But also personally, Ive made fitness a pledge, thats a lifetime commitment to try to be physically fit.

And to do all these, my mothers home country, and to see so many family and because my heritage is so important for me, it makes a very special week, added Spoelstra, whose mother Elisa Celino, is from San Pablo, Laguna.

We want to educate Filipino kids as much as we can. With this NBA fit program, its about the importance to be physically fit. Finding different ways to be physically active, some of the easiest ways are with sports, with basketball but it can with other sports.

Spoelstra and his team will head several camps this week, including one in Torres High School in Gagalingin St., Tondo Manila on Thursday, and the NBA Fit Celebrity Challenge on Friday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Courtesy of www.mb.com.ph


Rumor: Kobe Bryant closer to signing in China than Turkey, wants $1.5 million a month if he goes overseas - by Eurobasket News
Marc J. Spears and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo report:

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) is engaged in far more substantive contract talks with teams in China than he is Turkish team Besiktas, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Besiktas coach Ergin Ataman tweeted Sunday that the team made an official offer to Bryant last week and plans to meet with Bryant's agent in Los Angeles this week. However, a source close to Bryant said he hasnt had conversations with the Turkish team in two weeks, and labeled Bryants chances of playing with Besiktas at zero percent.

Bryant, sources said, is still listening to offers to play overseas during the NBAs lockout, and considers China a more likely option. He has exchanged proposals with Chinese teams, and one source said its unlikely Bryant would accept any deal that pays him less than $1.5 million per month. Bryant would be free to rejoin the Lakers as soon as the lockout ends.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


NBA Players Lockout Workouts - by Daniel Gibson
All across the country NBA athletes have been staying in shape and playing competitively in Pro Am summer leagues.

NBA superstars such as LeBron James and Kevin Durant have played in the Drew league in Watts California. Denver Nugget rookie, Kenneth Faried, played there as well along with Demar Derozen, Jeff Harden, and others.

Eric Gordon of the Clippers has played in Indianapolis with Lance Stephenson, George Hill, Alec Burks, DJ White, and Christian Eyenga.

The list of NBA athletes playing in these leagues goes on and on and if the lockout continues these summer leagues may extend into the fall. Another option could be for players to go overseas.


Ron Artest agrees to terms with UK's Cheshire Jets - by Eurobasket News
Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest (6'7''-G/F-79, college: St.John's) will travel to the UK in the next couple of weeks to finalize the details of a contract with the Cheshire Jets.

According to the Chester Chronicle, Artest has agreed to play in England after weeks of negotiations with Pete Hawkins, the director of the Cheshire-based club. 'I spoke to Ron's representatives on Tuesday night,' said Hawkins, 'We have agreed the fundamentals of the deal and Ron is coming over [to England] in a few weeks.'

The face-to-face meeting is being held to iron out the details of a contract that would likely be the biggest acquisition in the history of British basketball.

The Cheshire Jets originally reached out to Artest after being informed of his availability through his Twitter account, when Artest wrote that he would be willing to play in England.

The Chester Chronicle describes Artest as 'one of the best players in world basketball'.

Courtesy of www.thescore.com


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PBA Roundup: July 17-31, 2011 - by Enzo Flojo
Ive been remiss in updating the PBA Roundups, so what do I get? 14 games!!! Whoa! I think Ive been too focused on the collegiate wars, but who can blame me, right? Anyway, here are the results from the last two weeks of Pinoy pro ball:

TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS over AIR 21 EXPRESS, 145-116
The Tropang Texters left nothing to chance as they disposed of the hard-luck Air21 Express and claimed the best record in the elimination round of the PBA Governors Cup. Relentless were the Tropang Texters in closing out their elims stint with six wins against only two losses. Reserve forward Mark Yee (191-F-82) fired 20 points to lead seven Talk n Text players who finished in double figures in what also became the highest-scoring game at least this season.

Talk N' Text 145 - Mark Yee 20, Reyes 19, Peek 18, Williams 14, Fonacier 14, De Ocampo 14, Baker 10, Castro 9, Alapag 8, Carey 7, Aban 5, Alvarez 4, Lao 2, Oreta 1.
Air21 116 - Bangura 25, Urbiztondo 14, Sharma 14, Avenido 13, Seigle 13, Canaleta 11, Najorda 8, Cabahug 4, Espiritu 4, Hontiveros 3, Arboleda 3, Juntilla 2, Salvador 2.
QS: 34-28, 76-53, 114-85, 145-116

POWERADE TIGERS over MERALCO BOLTS, 86-81
The Powerade Tigers found a reason to celebrate even if they didnt make the playoffs. On Celino Cruz (179-G-77)'s heroics, the Tigers brought down the curtains on their season and finished their campaign in the PBA Governors Cup with a victory against the Meralco Bolts. Cruz scored only five points but his 3-point shot his only basket in the fourth quarter with 32 seconds remaining shoved Powerade ahead for good after Meralco tied the game at 81-81 on a steal and a lay-up by Sol Mercado with 45 seconds to play.

Powerade 86 - David 17, Porter 15, Lanete 14, Espino 10, Reyes R. 7, Antonio 7, Reyes J. 5, Cruz 5, Quinahan 2, Macapagal 2, Laure 2, Allera 0.
Meralco 81 - Oguchi 27, Mercado 20, Cardona 13, Isip 6, Hugnatan 6, Aljamal 3, Menor 2, Espinas 2, Taulava 2, Weinstein 0, Omolon 0, Ritualo 0.
QS: 15-16, 39-32, 64-61, 86-81

BGY. GINERBA KINGS over RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO PAINTERS, 98-90
Barangay Ginebra, the Commissioners Cup second placer, was right on that very spot, tied with two other teams, at the close of the PBA Governors Cup elimination round. The Kings established control with a fiery attack in the second quarter and went on to beat the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters to the delight of the cheering Ginebra throng at the Araneta Coliseum. Donald Sloan poured in a game-high 32 points while Mark Caguioa added 13, including eight in the homestretch as the Kings reigned over the Elasto Painters and caught up with the Alaska Milk Aces and the Petron Blaze at second place at 5-3.

Ginebra 98 - Sloan 32, Caguioa 13, Menk 13, Tubid 9, Cortez 8, Wilson J. 8, Wilson W. 5, Intal 4 , Helterbrand 4 , Mamaril 2, Canaleta 0,
Rain or Shine 90 - Reid 29, Buenafe 20, Chan 12, Cruz 8, Norwood 7, Belga 5, Vanlandingham 3, Jazul 3, Rodriguez 2 , Tang 1, Arana 0, Ibanes 0.
QS: 26-27, 51-41, 67-63, 98-90

TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS over ALASKA ACES, 103-85
Talk N Text head coach Chot Reyes said one of his intentions in replacing their import, Maurice Baker, was to catch Alaska off guard. The Tropang Texters blasted the Alaska Aces to open their semifinal round in the PBA Governors Cup at the Araneta Coliseum. Larry Fonacier scored a game-high 21 points including 3-of-5 shooting from three and Ryan Reyes made six of eight 3-point attempts and finished with 20 points. Reynolds tallied 18 points while Kelly Williams turned in a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds for Talk 'N Text.

Talk 'N Text 103 - Fonacier 21, Reyes 20, Reynolds 18, Williams 12, Castro 9, Alapag 9, Peek 7, Carey 4, Aban 3, Mark Yee 0, Dillinger 0, Alvarez 0, Lao 0.
Alaska 85 - Forte 22, Tenorio 16, Thoss 14, Custodio 10, Dela Cruz 10, Reyes 6, Gonzales 6, Eman 1, Borboran 0, Dimaunahan 0, Cablay 0.
QS: 27-28, 53-44, 86-65, 103-85



B-MEG DERBY ACE LLAMADOS over RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO PAINTERS, 99-98
Arizona Reid fired a personal conference-best of 41 points but missed a make-or-break shot, allowing B-Meg to complete a stirring come-from-behind 99-98 win over Rain or Shine. James Yap scored 23 points to pace the Llamados who also drew double-digit outputs from new import Myron Allen (18), Devance (17), Simon (17) and Marc Pingris (10).

B-MEG 99 - Yap J. 23, Allen 18, Devance 17, Simon 17, Pingris 10, Allado 8, Yap R. 4, Urbiztondo 2, Gaco 0, Reavis 0.
RAIN OR SHINE 98 - Reid 41, Buenafe 12, Chan 10, Vanlandingham 7, Norwood 7, Belga 6, Arana 6, Tang 5, Ibanes 4, Jazul 0, Cruz 0, Rodriguez 0, Kramer 0.
QS: 19-23, 39-54, 71-75, 99-98



ALASKA ACES over PETRON BLAZE BOOSTERS, 88-81
Jason Forte scored a new PBA career-high 36 points, but provided Alaska more in an win over Petron Blaze. Forte also grabbed 16 rebounds for his 10th double-double in as many games and gave Alaska some show of emotion that head coach Tim Cone wanted as a spark for the team.

Alaska 88 - Forte 36, Custodio 11, Dela Cruz 10, Cablay 9, Gonzales 7, Thoss 6, Tenorio 4, Reyes 3, Eman 2, Borboran 0.
Petron 81 - Grundy 22, Al-Hussaini 16, Cabagnot 10, Salvacion 7, Duncil 6, Santos 6, Pennisi 5, Miranda 5, Ildefonso 2, Yeo 2.
QS: 17-21, 37-44, 60-65, 88-81


BGY GINEBRA KINGS over B-MEG DERBY ACE LLAMADOS, 99-79
Donald Sloan and Mark Caguioa dished out huge performances, carrying Barangay Ginebra to a fourth win in its last five games and into solo second place after the second play date of the PBA Governors Cup semifinal round. Sloan churned out near triple-double numbers with 26 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists while Caguioa put in a personal season best of 33 points as the Kings crushed the B-Meg Llamados.

Ginebra 99 - Caguioa 33, Sloan 26, Wilson W. 10, Wilson J. 7, Intal 6, Tubid 6, Mamaril 6, Helterbrand 5, Labagala 0, Canaleta 0, Cortez 0, Menk 0.
B-Meg 79 - Yap J. 19, Allen 17, Pingris 13, Devance 11, Yap R. 6, Urbiztondo 5, Simon 4, Allado 4, Gaco 0, Fernandez 0, Reavis 0.
QS: 18-23, 49-37, 74-58, 99-79



RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO PAINTERS over TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS, 96-81
Coach Yeng Guiao still left his indelible print for his Rain or Shine team despite sitting out Wednesdays game against Talk N Text. With the Elasto Painters taking to heart their suspended tacticians words, they drubbed the Tropang Texters to fan their hopes in the PBA Governors Cup semifinal round. Arizona Reid notched game-highs of 30 points and 20 rebounds while his local teammates chipped in their ample share on both ends of the court, but substitute coach Caloy Garcia said it was Guiaos previously laid-out gameplan and motivational speeches that spelled the biggest difference.

Rain or Shine 96 - Reid 30, Chan 12, Cruz 10, Tang 10, Buenafe 10, Arana 9, Belga 6, Norwood 3, Rodriguez 3, Ibanes 3, Vanlandingham 0, Jazul 0, Matias 0, Ferriols 0.
Talk 'N Text 81 - Reynolds 18, Reyes 15, Carey 9, Mark Yee 8, Williams 8, Peek 6, Alapag 5, Oreta 4, Castro 3, Dillinger 2, Fonacier 2, Alvarez 1, Aban 0, Lao 0.
QS: 28-20, 53-37, 75-55, 96-81



PETRON BLAZE BOOSTERS over BGY GINEBRA KINGS, 96-88
In dire situation at the half, Anthony Grundy talked to his teammates about the need to play with their hearts out. Grundy showed the way and his teammates followed as Petron Blaze charged from a 28-point third-quarter deficit and roared on in overtime to stun Barangay Ginebra. Grundy stood tall with a near triple-double job with 21 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. He himself sent the game into overtime with two charities with 14.2 seconds left.

PETRON 96 - Grundy 21, Santos 19, Cabagnot 16, Ildefonso 14, Al-Hussaini 10, Duncil 10, Guevarra 4, Pennisi 2, Baclao 0, Miranda 0, Salvacion 0.
GINEBRA 88 - Sloan 25, Caguioa 23, Canaleta 7, Intal 6, Tubid 6, Menk 6, Helterbrand 5, Mamaril 4, Wilson J. 2, Wilson W. 2, Cortez 2.
QS: 22-27, 35-51, 60-71, 85-85 (reg.), 96-88 (OT)


TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS over BMEG DERBY ACE LLAMADOS, 101-89
No matter how deep Talk N Texts talents are, it still has room for another scorer. Scottie Reynolds came through with his best performance three games into his stint with the grandslam-seeking ball club, hitting a season-best nine three point shots and the Tropang Texters bounced back from a shocking defeat the last time out to trample B-Meg and move to within a win of clinching the first Finals berth in the PBA Governors Cup. Villanova Universitys second all-time leading scorer shot 9-of-14 from rainbow country to end up with a game-high 37 points exceeding his output in his first two games combined (36) -- as the Tropang Texters rebounded magnificently from an embarrassing 96-81 loss to Rain or Shine Wednesday
with their eighth win in 11 games.

Talk N Text (101) - Reynolds 37, Castro 15, Williams 12, Fonacier 8, Carey 8, Peek 7, Reyes 5, Alapag 5, Dillinger 4, Aban 0, Lao 0.
B-Meg (89) - Yap J. 18, Pingris 15, Allado 14, Allen 12, Devance 9, Simon 8, Urbiztondo 5, Reavis 4, Gaco 4, Fernandez 0, Adducul 0.
QS: 23-16, 51-37, 76-67, 101-89



BGY. GINEBRA KINGS over ALASKA ACES, 81-77
Fighting with tremendous grit and guts returning from a big letdown Wednesday, Barangay Ginebra got back on track, regaining solo second in the PBA Governors Cup semifinals with a win over the Alaska Aces. Mark Caguioa and Donald Sloan dealt the Aces much punishment with the former coming through with a game-high 26 points and the latter getting away with 21 points, seven assists and six rebounds.

GINEBRA 81 - Caguioa 26, Sloan 21, Helterbrand 8, Wilson J. 6, Intal 4, Wilson W. 4, Tubid 4, Mamaril 4, Cortez 2, Menk 2, De Ocampo 0.
ALASKA 77 - Thoss 24, Tenorio 16, Forte 14, Custodio 6, Cablay 5, Gonzales 4, Dela Cruz 4, Eman 2, Reyes 2, Borboran 0.
QS: 19-17, 38-37, 63-60, 81-77



RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO PAINTERS over PETRON BLAZE BOOSTERS, 102-86
Rain or Shine isnt yet about to throw in the towel. The Elasto Painters continued to defy the odds and stayed in contention for the PBA Governors Cup Finals with a rousing win over the Petron Blaze Boosters. Arizona Reid and Ronjay Buenafe both put in 30-point games, powering the Elasto Painters to a second straight win following an upset of the Talk N Text Tropang Texters Wednesday. Reid churned out a near triple-double with 33 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists while Buenafe fired away 30 points on a remarkable 10-of-13 shooting as Rain or Shine kept its hopes for a playoff shot at the Finals under the four-of-five incentive rule.

Rain or Shine 102 - Reid 33, Buenafe 30, Rodriguez 12, Norwood 11, Jazul 5, Ferriols 4, Belga 3, Tang 2, Chan 2, Cruz 0, Ibanes 0, Arana 0.
Petron Blaze 86 - Grundy 23, Santos 16, Miranda 8, Salvacion 8, Duncil 6, Al-Hussaini 6, Cabagnot 5, Ildefonso 5, Pennisi 5, Yeo 2, Hubalde 2.
QS: 22-22, 44-37, 73-64, 102-86


ALASKA ACES over BMEG DERBY ACE LLAMADOS, 105-86
Alaska drew another career game from Jason Forte and thus had its Finals quest in the PBA Governors Cup alive and still very much kicking. With Forte anchoring a sterling all-around game on a conference-high 42 points, the Aces had little trouble disposing off the B-Meg Llamados. Local support was aplenty, with Sonny Thoss, Tony dela Cruz and LA Tenorio chipping in at least 10 points each. Tenorio also had eight assists.

ALASKA 105 - Forte 42, Thoss 17, dela Cruz 15, Tenorio 10, Borboran 9, Custodio 7, Thiele 3, Reyes 2.
B-MEG 86 - Yap J. 25, Simon 18, Urbiztondo 9, Devance 7, Pingris 6, Reavis 6, Allen 5, Gaco 4, Allado 4, Fernandez 2.
QS: 16-21, 37-35, 68-64, 105-86



TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS over BGY. GINEBRA KINGS, 102-90
Talk 'n Text has paved the way for a homestretch run to complete a grand slam season. The Tropang Texters made a giant step towards achieving a Triple Crown in reasserting their mastery of the Barangay Ginebra Kings to reach the PBA Governors Cup Finals. Scottie Reynolds fired six triples and finished with a total of 25 points with Kelly Williams adding double-double numbers with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Reynolds, Jimmy Alapag and Jarred Dillinger combined for 6-of-9 three-point shooting as the Texters made a key run from 26-27 down, building an 18-point spread at the half.

TALK N' TEXT 102 - Reynolds 25, Williams 17, Castro 12, Carey 11, Alapag 11, Fonacier 10, Peek 8, Dillinger 6, Reyes 2, Aban 0, Alvarez 0.
GINEBRA 90 - Sloan 27, Caguioa 16, Canaleta 11, Wilson J. 9, Wilson W. 9, Mamaril 6, De Ocampo 6, Labagala 5, Helterbrand 1, Intal 0, Tubid 0, Menk 0.
QS: 26-25, 54-36, 76-68, 102-90

*Stories compiled and adapted from PBA.ph


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


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  POLAND   


Zastal Zielona Gora keeps brothers Marcin and Adam Chodkiewicz - by Eurobasket News
Brothers Marcin Chodkiewicz (200-F-82) and Adam Chodkiewicz (200-F-90) will play for Zastal Zielona Gora for at least one more season. Both of them are products of Zielona Gora.
Marcin Chodkiewicz appeared 21 times for the club last season averaging 4 points and 3.2 rebounds. In 2009/10, he had 8.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg and 2 spg for 37 games. He helped ZIelona Gora to win the promotion from 1Liga to PLK. Chodkiewicz is a member of Zielona Gora more than 10 years. He played for them even in 2Liga.
Adam Chodkiewicz started last season with AZS Politechnika Opolska, but returned to Zastal Zielona Gora in January. However, he struggled to get minutes and appeared just once in PLK. His playing time was also limited in 1Liga 2009/10.


U16: Poland rally past Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News
Poland U16 - Bulgaria U16 81:66

Poland earned the first win at the U16 European Championship classification round Group G. They overcame Bulgaria in the battle against relegation. Damian Jeszke (200-F-95) stepped up with 21 points and 13 rebounds to pace the winners.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame but eventually Poland eked out a 22:17 lead. Aleksandar Vezenkov (204-F-95) put Bulgaria in front midway through the second frame. Bulgaria posted a 41:39 halftime lead. Poland used an 8:0 run midway through the third quarter to put their noses in front. They ensured a 57:54 lead at the final intermission. Poland opened the final term on a 12:3 run to take a 69:57 lead. Soon the margin grew at 21-point mark and Poland never looked back en route to the victory. Mikolaj Witlinski (201-F-95) delivered 15 points and 16 boards for Poland. Denis Socha (185-G-95) and Marek Walczak (188-G-95) contributed 11 points each in the victory. Aleksandar Vezenkov responded with 30 points and 15 rebounds for Bulgaria. Angel Dinkov (187-G-95) added 16 points in the loss.

Poland U16: Damian Jeszke 21+13 boards, Mikolaj Witlinski 15+16 boards, Denis Socha 11, Marek Walczak 11
Bulgaria U16: Aleksandar Vezenkov 30+15 boards, Angel Dinkov 16



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  PORTUGAL   


Portuguese National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Antonio Tavares
Tavares
Miguel Miranda
Miranda
Jose Costa
Costa
Claudio Fonseca
Fonseca
Elvis Evora
Evora
#e#5
Antonio Tavares 183-G-75 Benfica Portugal
Filipe Da Silva 185-F-86 Evreux France
Miguel Miranda 205-F-78 Porto Ferpinta Portugal
Jose Costa 187-G-73 Porto Ferpinta Portugal
Miguel Minhava 197-G-83 Benfica Portugal
Paulo Cunha 199-G/F-80 Vitoria SC Portugal
Claudio Fonseca 206-C-89 Vitoria SC Portugal
Marco Goncalves 208-C-84 Ginasio Portugal
Elvis Evora 205-C-78 Benfica Portugal
Jaime Silva 187-PG-80 CAB Madeira Portugal
Tomas Barroso 180-G-90 Benfica Portugal
Joao Santos 205-C-79 Porto Ferpinta Portugal



U18: Romania stun Portugal in Varna - by Eurobasket News
Romania U18 - Portugal U18 72:46

Romania cruised past Portugal on the final day of U18 European Championship in Division B. Andrei Petica (192-F-93) stepped up with 23 points to lead Romania as they clinched the 11th place at the tournament.
Romania opened the game on a 14:2 run to clear off. They maintained the advantage well enough throughout the starting quarter registering a 17:7 lead at the first break. Andrei Petica stretched the gap midway through the second term 30:11. Romania posted a comfortable 40:16 lead at the interval. Romania did not slow down in the third frame entering the fourth stanza up by as many as 30 points 59:29. Romania never looked back afterwards coasting to the victory at the end. Alexandru Olah (209-C-93) came up with 17 points and 20 rebounds for Romania. Vlad Popovici (200-F-94) added 12 points in the winning case. Joao Alvaro (187-PG-93) answered with 11 points for Portugal. Andre Miguens (184-F-94) had 9 points in the loss.

Romania U18: Andrei Petica 23, Alexandru Olah 17+20 boards, Vlad Popovici 12
Portugal U18: Joao Alvaro 11, Andre Miguens 9



U16: Portugal needs a narrow win over Finland to tie both records in Group B - by Eurobasket News
Finland U16-Portugal U16 62:64

Portugal needs a narrow win over Finland to tie both records in Group B of the U16 European Championship in Strumica. An 8-0 run at the very end allowed the Portuguese team to shock the opponents and get 64:62 victory.
Portugal started the game with 7-0 run but were way too far to keep the advantage. Carlos Dias (186-F-95) helped them to take 18:16 after the first 10 minutes and Isaias Insaly (197-F/C-95) brought 25:21. Odabasi however tied the game at 27:27 before the teams headed to the lockers. Nothing had changed after the end of the third period as the board showed 44:44 when both squads nailed 17 points in the third frame. Oskar Michelsen (197-F-95) scored for 62:56 with 2 minutes in the game, but an 8-0 run at the very end allowed the Portuguese team to shock the opponents and get 64:62 victory.
Joao Guimaraes (196-C-95) led the way with 17 points for the winners and Isaias Insaly netted 16. Carlos Dias followed them with 13 and Diogo Gameiro (184-G-95) scored 10. Oskar Michelsen answered with 17 points for the Scandinavian team and Emir Sulejmanovic (203-C/F-95) added 14.

Finland U16: Oskar Michelsen 17, Emir Sulejmanovic 14, Ville Hanninen (192-G-95) 10
Portugal U16: Joao Guimaraes 17, Isaias Insaly 16, Carlos Dias 13, Diogo Gameiro 10



Final look at the U18 National team stats and figures - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
Portuguese live in a state of euphoria and delusion, vibrating with the great results some of our teams achieve and crying over the others. But, to be truth, we should be able to look at what we take from each action, each tournament. The results are only secure when, over the years, we understand if a generation gives players to our teams and National Team, if this players will be strong agents in our basketball or if the effort will be lost in the days.

This said, we must understand that a 12th place in the Men U18 Eurobasket Division B is in the standards presented by Portugal, it confirms the evolution of this generation and it also gives us the signs to understand what and how to change.

Three Portuguese players stood among the best players in the Tournament. Jonah Callenbach (192-C/F-93) was the 2nd in Free Throw %, also being the teams best scorer. Artur Castela (200-C-93) proved to be a interesting prospect in the paint, finishing as the 3rd in 2 points % and the 7th best offensive rebounder. He was the team best rebounder averaging less than 16 minutes/game, and being out of the two last games by injury. As for Diogo Ventura (185-PG-94), he was the 4th player with more assists, also being the second best scorer in the National team. Ventura will have one more year as U18, and hes expected to be even stronger next season.

Filipe Teixeira was the teams best stealer and the second best rebounder, finishing with Joao Grosso and Bruno Cabanas/ Joao Ribeiro (with the same mark) in the five who played more minutes. Grosso will also be U18 next season, as Joao Gallina (affected by injury this season, didnt show what was expected), Jose Miranda (in the 3 points % Top 20) and Andre Miguens. Five players can have a big impact in the total experience of a team.

In the interest of all this players and Portuguese basketball in general, we should find some measures to give this players even more experience. Understanding the difficulties of having more international experience, cant we offer conditions to other countries, during Christmas and Easter Holidays, to have them coming to Portugal and play against our national team? And isnt it time to give more play time to the stronger teams, and instead of having a Final Four, trying a tournament with the eight top teams of the country?

Some of this things will have to be discussed in the near future, for the benefit of the investment we still can do in youngster basketball.






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  PUERTO RICO   


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Angel Daniel VASSALLO
  Guaynabo
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Vassallo, Guaynabo22.2 
 2. Ramos, Quebradillas21.8 
 3. Johnson, Humacao21.2 
 4. Dalmau, Bayamon20.5 
 5. Ayuso, Arecibo19.5 
 6. Villegas, Coamo19.1 
 7. Harris, San German18.3 
 8. Randolph, Isabela18.0 
 9. Carmona, Mayaguez17.0 
 10. Clinch, Isabela16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  San German
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Harris, San German12.3 
 2. Randolph, Isabela12.3 
 3. Narvaez, Coamo11.6 
 4. Pruitt, Guaynabo11.3 
 5. Ramos, Quebradillas10.5 
 6. Lloreda, San G.10.0 
 7. Tucker, Quebradill.9.4 
 8. Clemente, Mayaguez9.1 
 9. Sweetney, Santurce9.1 
 10. Johnson, Humacao8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Arecibo
  (182-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Rodriguez, Arecibo6.5 
 2. Brown, Quebradillas5.9 
 3. Rivera, San German5.5 
 4. Dalmau, Bayamon5.4 
 5. Clinch, Isabela4.5 
 6. Clemente, Humacao4.4 
 7. Rivera, Mayaguez4.2 
 8. Guzman, Guaynabo4.2 
 9. Bruton, Quebradill.4.1 
 10. Copeland, San G.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Isabela
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Hinson, Isabela1.8 
 2. Rodriguez, Arecibo1.8 
 3. Rivera, Mayaguez1.6 
 4. Clinch, Isabela1.5 
 5. Hodge, Santurce1.4 
 6. Mojica, Bayamon1.4 
 7. Chaney, Santurce1.3 
 8. Santiago, Santurce1.3 
 9. Pellot-Rosa, San G.1.2 
 10. Pinnock, Arecibo1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Penn, Humacao2.6 
 2. Sanchez, Santurce1.9 
 3. Santiago, Arecibo1.8 
 4. Aubry, Arecibo1.6 
 5. Lee, Bayamon1.6 
 6. Harris, San German1.4 
 7. Randolph, Isabela1.4 
 8. Freije, Coamo1.1 
 9. Shannon, Bayamon1.0 
 10. Robinson, Mayagu.1.0 


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  ROMANIA   


U18: Romania stun Portugal in Varna - by Eurobasket News
Romania U18 - Portugal U18 72:46

Romania cruised past Portugal on the final day of U18 European Championship in Division B. Andrei Petica (192-F-93) stepped up with 23 points to lead Romania as they clinched the 11th place at the tournament.
Romania opened the game on a 14:2 run to clear off. They maintained the advantage well enough throughout the starting quarter registering a 17:7 lead at the first break. Andrei Petica stretched the gap midway through the second term 30:11. Romania posted a comfortable 40:16 lead at the interval. Romania did not slow down in the third frame entering the fourth stanza up by as many as 30 points 59:29. Romania never looked back afterwards coasting to the victory at the end. Alexandru Olah (209-C-93) came up with 17 points and 20 rebounds for Romania. Vlad Popovici (200-F-94) added 12 points in the winning case. Joao Alvaro (187-PG-93) answered with 11 points for Portugal. Andre Miguens (184-F-94) had 9 points in the loss.

Romania U18: Andrei Petica 23, Alexandru Olah 17+20 boards, Vlad Popovici 12
Portugal U18: Joao Alvaro 11, Andre Miguens 9



Romanian National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Vlad Moldoveanu
Moldoveanu
Titus Nicoara
Nicoara
Andrei Mandache
Mandache
Dragos Andrei
Andrei
Adrian Gutoaia
Gutoaia
#e#5
Vlad Moldoveanu 205-F-88 Benetton TV Italy
Titus Nicoara 200-F-88 Gaz Metan Romania
Andrei Mandache 190-G-87 Steaua Turabo Romania
Dragos Andrei 188-G-87 Timisoara Romania
Daniel Popescu 183-G-88 Otopeni Romania
Szabolcs Santa 209-C-87 U.Mobitel.CN Romania
Adrian Gutoaia 195-C-90 Rovinari Romania
Laszlo Lazar 210-F/C-87 Oradea Romania
Radu Paliciuc 198-G/F-88 Mures Romania
Bogdan Tibirna 210-C-91 Steaua Turabo Romania
Julian Orbeanu 204-C-91 Steaua Turabo Romania



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  RUSSIA   


U16: Spain drop Russia in Pardubice - by Eurobasket News
Spain U16 - Russia U16 75:47

Spain secured the first win at the Qualifying Round of U16 European Championship. They prevailed against Russia for 2-1 record in Group E. Javier De La Blanca (197-F-95) scored 17 points in the victory.
Spain opened the game with seven points in a row. They maintained the lead throughout the opening quarter posting a 19:9 lead after ten minutes. Spain boosted the margin at 24-point mark midway through the second term. They ensured a 41:21 lead at the interval. Russia could not get closer throughout the third frame. Spain eased to a 57:29 lead with one quarter to go. Russia never threatened the margin in the final period as Spain drove to the victory at the end. Alberto Martin (174-G-95) contributed 13 points and 10 assists for Spain. Carlos Garcia (204-C-95) added 10 points in the win. Pavel Sizov (198-F-95) replied with 16 points for Russia. Alexander Martynov (195-G-95) netted 7 points in defeat.

Spain U16: Javier De La Blanca 17, Alberto Martin 13+10 assists, Carlos Garcia 10
Russia U16: Pavel Sizov 16, Alexander Martynov 7



Kaun and Likhodey will not help the National Team - by Eurobasket News
Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) and Valery Likhodey (204-F-86) will not help the National Team in Eurobasket 2011 in Lithuania. Sasha Kaun is the Center of CSKA Moscow where he joined in 2008-2009 and in Russian League averaged 5.0ppg, 3.1rpg. In 2009-2010 for CSKA Moscow (A Superleague, starting five) he improved to 11.3ppg, Reb-5 (5.9rpg), FGP-2 (71.0%), FT: 72.2% in Russian League and in VTB League after 7 games had 9.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 67.5%, FT: 58.3%. In Euroleague after 21 games his stats read 9.1ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP-2 (71.3%), FT: 56.9%. Last season Sasha Kaun was injured in Oct.'10 and was off for 3 months.
The reason Sasha Kaun will not play for Russia at Eurobasket is his injury. He must have an operation now and the acclimatization period will take more than 4 weeks.
Valery Likhodey is the Forward of Spartak. The last three seasons however he played for Triumph Lyubertsy (A Superleague). In 2010-2011 for Triumph Lyubertsy (PBL, starting five) he averaged high 15.0ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.0apg at the EuroChallenge Qualifying Round and in Russian League showed 13.4ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 58.4%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 82.3%. Valery stayed with the team in the national camp however will not go to another one in Cyprus.



Khimky pens 2-year deal with Matt Nielsen - by Eurobasket News
Matt Nielsen (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket) heads to Russia. The experienced Australian signed a two-year deal with Khimky Moscow. Nielsen spent last season with Olympiakos. He had 9 ppg and 3.8 rpg for the Reds in 16 Greek league games. In Euroleague, Nielsen added 4.4 ppg and 2.9 rpg. He helped Olympiacos to defend the Greek Cup trophy this year. Season 2009/10, Matt Nielsen spent with Valencia. He led them to EuroCup title with 9.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 2.5 apg. In ACB, Nielsen added 8.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 2.9 apg for 36 games. From 2005 until November of 2009, Nielsen was a member of Lietuvos Rytas. In the past, he also played for PAO and Sydney Kings. With Rytas, Nielsen won three Baltic league titles and one trophy in LKL. Matt Nielsen is active member of the Australian NT since 2000.

Boris Stankovic Cup. Russia tame Australia in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Russia - Australia 99:97 (OT)

Russia opened their Stankovic Cup campaign with victory. They defeated Australia in overtime. Anatoly Kashirov (215-C-87) stepped up with 31 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners.
Russia got to a strong start. They overwhelmed the Aussies in the opening period to post a 27:19 lead. Australia bounced back in the second quarter. They used a 25:19 run to narrow the gap at two points. Russia regained control in the third frame. They ensured a 12-point lead at the third break. But the Boomers did not surrender. They erupted for 29 points in the fourth term to level things up at the end of regulation. Russia managed to steal victory in a tight battle in extra period. Igor Smygin (197-G/F-87, agency: Alti Sport, college: Surgut-2) nailed 17 points, while Petr Gubanov (207-C-87) added 14 points in the victory. Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.) answered with 25 points for the Boomers. Peter Crawford (193-G-79) delivered 17 points in the loss.

Russia: Anatoly Kashirov 31, Igor Smygin 17, Petr Gubanov 14
Australia: Mark Worthington 25, Peter Crawford 17, Jesse Wagstaff 14, Luke Schenscher 14



Lokomotiv Kuban gets bigger with Ali Traore - by Eurobasket News
Lokomotiv Kuban announced signing of Ali Traore (207-C-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) for the next season. The French National Team player heads to Russia from Lottomatica Virtus Roma, where he spent last season. For 30 games in SerieA he averaged 10 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals. Traore also added 9.5 ppg and 3.8 rpg for 15 Euroleague games. He helped Lottomatica to reach the Top 16. From 2008 until the last summer Traore played for ASVEL. He exploded with 15.6 ppg, 5 rpg and 1.4 apg for 30 games in ProA 2009/10. He was named MVP of the championship. That season Traore led ASVEL to French Cup trophy. He also had 14.5 ppg and 5.4 rpg for 10 Euroleague games. In the past, Traore already spent few years with ASVEL. Ali Traore is active member of the French National Team.

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  SERBIA   


U16: Serbia slow down Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U16 - Czech Republic U16 88:75

Serbia opened Qualifying Round of U16 European Championship with victory. They upset hosting Czech Republic to improve at 1-2 record in Group E. Nikola Rebic (186-PG-95) stepped up with 21 points to pace the winners. Czech Republic suffered the first loss at the tournament and fell at 2-1 record in the ladder.
Serbia started the game strongly. They registered a 20:10 lead midway through the opening quarter. They accumulated a 30:18 advantage after ten minutes of action. Serbia kept their opponents at bay throughout the bigger part of the second quarter. Czech Republic managed to cap the half with an 8:2 run to narrow the deficit at 8-point mark 36:44. Martin Peterka (199-F-95) opened the second half with a three-pointer to pull Czech Republic even closer. But Serbia grabbed control back and stayed in charge in the third term. They posted a 68:58 lead with one quarter remaining. The hosts could not threaten the margin in the final frame as Serbia came out winners. Brano Djukanovic (193-G-95) and Dusan Ristic (207-C/F-95) provided 14 points each in the victory. Radovan Kouril (182-PG-95) and Martin Peterka responded with 20 points apiece for Czech Republic. The latter one added 17 boards.

Serbia U16: Nikola Rebic 21, Brano Djukanovic 14, Dusan Ristic 14
Czech Republic U16: Radovan Kouril 20, Martin Peterka 20+17 boards



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  SLOVAKIA   


U16: Sweden and Slovakia close Day 4 with overtime - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U16-Slovak Republic U16 101:100 OT

Sweden and Slovakia close Day 4 with overtime as the last left fans enjoyed the end of the game. The Scandinavian team grabbed 101:100 victory in the most offensive game of the tournament.
To say that it was a great game is to say nothing. Both teams did their best in order to show what they can and ready as Abel gave Slovakia 25:22 after the first 10 minutes. Sweden bounced back with 24-17 in the second period and grabbed 46:42. They enjoyed the lead only for few minutes as 30-20 in the third quarter gave Slovakia 72:66. Due to 22-16 in the fourth period Sweden tied it at 88:88, while Ludvig Hakanson (187-PG-96)s late shot in overtime brought them 3-1 record in Group C.
Ludvig Hakanson and Valter Lindstrom (180-PG-95) erupted with 27 points each, while Dzenis Sogolj (202-F-95) netted 13. Matej Baluch (192-F-95) answered with 27 points for Slovakia, Boris Belavy (197-F-95) added 25 and Vladimir Nemcok (178-PG-95) scored 19.

Sweden U16: Ludvig Hakanson 27, Valter Lindstrom 27, Dzenis Sogolj 13
Slovak Republic U16: Matej Baluch 27, Boris Belavy 25, Vladimir Nemcok 19





U18: Gerald Henrard leads Belgium past Slovakia in Varna - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U18 - Slovakia U18 69:54

Belgium wrapped up their U18 European Championship in Division B campaign with victory. They held off Slovakia to clinch the 9th overall position. Gerald Henrard (203-C-93) stepped up with 15 points and 13 rebounds to pace the winners.
Belgium dominated right from the start. They accumulated an 11-point lead ten minutes into the game. Slovakia however slowed their opponents down in the second period. The Slovak team cut the deficit to just 6 points at halftime 31:37. Stransky put Slovakia as close as two points late in the half. But Belgium managed to restore a 5-point advantage at the final break 48:43. Belgium capped the regulation on a 16:5 run and sealed the win at the end. Romain Recko (185-G-93) delivered 14 points, while Arno Mollekens (195-F/C-94) accounted for 10 points in the victory. Viktor Juricek (208-C-93) notched 13 points for Slovakia. Simon Krajcovic (185-G-94, agency: FCM) had 11 points in the losing effort.

Belgium U18: Gerald Henrard 15+13 boards, Romain Recko 14, Arno Mollekens 10
Slovakia U18: Viktor Juricek 13, Simon Krajcovic 11



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  SLOVENIA   


U16: An 11-0 run at the end allowed Slovenia to win over the Dutch side - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia U16-Netherlands U16 59:58

Slovenia won the thriller and one of the most interesting games at the U16 European Championship in Strumica. The team edged Netherlands 59:58 to remain undefeated. The win saw Slovenia wrap up a perfect record in the preliminary round of the competition in F.Y.R. Macedonia, and they now play Finland before going into the last eight stage carrying a 1-0 record forward with them.
Both teams entered the court undefeated and scored 21 points in the first period. The Dutch side grabbed 3-point advantage at the halftime winning the second frame 12-9. Slovenia however responded with 13-8 in the third quarter as Matic Rebec (179-PG-95) scored for 43:41. Then the Dutch side erupted for a 58:48 lead with 4 minutes in the game, but could not score anymore and lost the thriller. Slovenia needed an 11-0 run to win the game.
Matic Rebec stepped up with 22 points for the winners and Aleksej Nikolic (185-PG-95) netted 13. Andraz Rogelija (186-PG-95) followed them with 7 points for 4-0 record. Stefan Topalovic (186-G-95) ended up with 17 points in the losing case and Daan Rosenmuller (193-F-95) added 13.

Slovenia U16: Matic Rebec 22, Aleksej Nikolic 13, Andraz Rogelija 7
Netherlands U16: Stefan Topalovic 17, Daan Rosenmuller 13



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  SOUTH AFRICA   


South African National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
South African National Team 2011
#s#
Neo Mothiba
Mothiba
Thabang Kgwedi
Kgwedi
Quintin Denyssen
Denyssen
Tsakane Ngobeni
Ngobeni
Nhlanhla Dlamini
Dlamini
#e#5
Neo Mothiba 197-G/F-82 Soweto P. South Africa
Thabang Kgwedi 200-F-78 Soweto P. South Africa
Kegorapetse Letsebe 198-G/F-80 Soweto P. South Africa
Quintin Denyssen 203-F-80 Egoli M. South Africa
Tsakane Ngobeni 198-F-83 Hamilton USA
Cedrick Kalombo 208-C-83 Clayton St. USA
Lindokuhle Sibankulu 201-F-81 Maritzburg T. South Africa
Nhlanhla Dlamini 174-G-86 Soweto P. South Africa
Amogelang Keogatile 193-G-87
Brenden Mettler 190-G-82 Cape Town E. South Africa
Luyanda Ntunja 184-PG-81 Cape Town E. South Africa
Sakhile Sithole 193-F-90
Tshilidzi Nephawe 208-C-89 N.Mexico St. USA
Chris Avenant 193-G/F Northeastern USA
Christopher Gabriel 200-F-88
Fumani Marhanele 187-G/F-82

Flosh Ngwenya Head Coach
Patrick Engelbrecht Assistant


South Africa to play in William Jones Cup - by Kristian Santiago
The South Africans are currently in Taiwan to play the William Jones Cup which runs from the 6th of August until the 14th of August in Taipeh.
Iran, Taiwan, Korea, Philippines, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Malaysia and Japan are all opponents in this tournament for the lone African representant.
The roster consists of the same core of players, that competed in the African Championships 2009 and finished 15th out of 16 teams.

South Africa National Men's Basketball Team

Neo Mothiba (197-G/F-82)
Thabang Kgwedi (200-F-78)
Kegorapetse Letsebe (198-G/F-80, college: Goucher)
Quintin Denyssen (203-F-80)
Tsakane Ngobeni (198-F-83)
Cedrick Kalombo (208-C-83, college: Fresno City JC)
Lindokuhle Sibankulu (201-F-81, college: Erskine)
Nhlanhla Dlamini (174-G-86)
Amogelang Keogatile (193-G-87)
Brenden Mettler (190-G-82)
Luyanda Ntunja (184-G-81)
Sakhile Sithole (193-F-90)
Tshilidzi Nephawe (208-C-89)
Chris Avenant (193-G/F)
Christopher Gabriel (200-F-88)
Fumani Marhanele (187-G/F-82)

Head Coach: Flosh Ngwenya
Assistant Coach: Patrick Engelbrecht (195-G-76)



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Kobe's clinic in Seoul - by Jerry Lee
Kobe Bryant (198-G-78), two time MVP and NBA basketball champion, arrived at Koreas Kimpo International Airport. He was greeted by fans and the media from Seoul.

96 amateur teams competed to win a chance to go one on one against the legend Kobe Bryant.

Kobe gave lessons to the winners of the highschool and college divisions and played against the winners of the middle school division.

Kobe held a question and answer with the kids and gave them life lessons. He said he really liked his time in South Korea and his skill performance. He also said he was glad when he saw South Korean players played and pushed the way that they did.

Kobes message of the day was that theres no secret to his success, its just practice and doing it over and over again.



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Unicaja targets Tremmell Darden - by Eurobasket News
Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) could become a new member of Unicaja Malaga soon. According to various French and Spanish sources, two sides are close to agree a deal. Darden spent last season with Sluc Nancy Basket Pro. He helped them win the ProA title with 17 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.2 apg and 1.9 spg. They also reached French Cup Semifinals. In EuroChallenge, Darden added 16.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg and 2.1 apg for 8 games. Season 2009/10, Tremmell Darden spent with Strasbourg IT. He had 12.9 ppg and 5.7 rpg for them in France. In 2008/09, Darden won the Australian league title with Melbourne South Dragons. He helped the club with 11.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg and 1.7 apg for 39 games. A year before that, Darden won the Belgian league title with Charleroi. There he averaged 12.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists for 36 games. Darden also has experience from Leuven and Erdemir.

U16: Spain drop Russia in Pardubice - by Eurobasket News
Spain U16 - Russia U16 75:47

Spain secured the first win at the Qualifying Round of U16 European Championship. They prevailed against Russia for 2-1 record in Group E. Javier De La Blanca (197-F-95) scored 17 points in the victory.
Spain opened the game with seven points in a row. They maintained the lead throughout the opening quarter posting a 19:9 lead after ten minutes. Spain boosted the margin at 24-point mark midway through the second term. They ensured a 41:21 lead at the interval. Russia could not get closer throughout the third frame. Spain eased to a 57:29 lead with one quarter to go. Russia never threatened the margin in the final period as Spain drove to the victory at the end. Alberto Martin (174-G-95) contributed 13 points and 10 assists for Spain. Carlos Garcia (204-C-95) added 10 points in the win. Pavel Sizov (198-F-95) replied with 16 points for Russia. Alexander Martynov (195-G-95) netted 7 points in defeat.

Spain U16: Javier De La Blanca 17, Alberto Martin 13+10 assists, Carlos Garcia 10
Russia U16: Pavel Sizov 16, Alexander Martynov 7



Lagun Aro signs Julen Olaizola and Mikel Motos - by Eurobasket News
Julen Olaizola (202-C/F-93) and Mikel Motos (193-F/G-93) are new members of Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa Basket.
Julen Olaizola heads to his new club from Real Madrid II. He played for Spain at U20 EuroBasket, which ended yesterday. Spain won the Gold and Olaizola helped them with 4.7 points and 3.8 rebounds. He also won the Gold with U16 Spain at the European Championships U16 in Kaunas two years ago. He had 5.8 ppg and 3.6 rpg for 9 games at this event.
Mikel Motos spent last season with Easo Pastas Arruabarrena. The 18-year-old G/SF played for the same team in 2009/10. Motos played for U16 Spain two years ago together with Olaizola. He averaged 5.4 points and 2.6 rebounds for 9 games. As mentioned above, U16 Spain won the Gold.


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U16: Sweden and Slovakia close Day 4 with overtime - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U16-Slovak Republic U16 101:100 OT

Sweden and Slovakia close Day 4 with overtime as the last left fans enjoyed the end of the game. The Scandinavian team grabbed 101:100 victory in the most offensive game of the tournament.
To say that it was a great game is to say nothing. Both teams did their best in order to show what they can and ready as Abel gave Slovakia 25:22 after the first 10 minutes. Sweden bounced back with 24-17 in the second period and grabbed 46:42. They enjoyed the lead only for few minutes as 30-20 in the third quarter gave Slovakia 72:66. Due to 22-16 in the fourth period Sweden tied it at 88:88, while Ludvig Hakanson (187-PG-96)s late shot in overtime brought them 3-1 record in Group C.
Ludvig Hakanson and Valter Lindstrom (180-PG-95) erupted with 27 points each, while Dzenis Sogolj (202-F-95) netted 13. Matej Baluch (192-F-95) answered with 27 points for Slovakia, Boris Belavy (197-F-95) added 25 and Vladimir Nemcok (178-PG-95) scored 19.

Sweden U16: Ludvig Hakanson 27, Valter Lindstrom 27, Dzenis Sogolj 13
Slovak Republic U16: Matej Baluch 27, Boris Belavy 25, Vladimir Nemcok 19





U18: Sweden clinch Bronze in Varna - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U18 - Montenegro U18 71:65

Swedish U18 National Team clinched the third position at the European Championship in Division B. They overcame Montenegro in the consolation final. William Magarity (207-F-93) stepped up with 18 points to pace the winners.
Sweden jumped in front late in the opening quarter and posted a 17:14 lead at the first break. Sweden capped the first half on a 6:2 run to clear off to a 7-point lead. Andersson and William Magarity boosted the lead to as many as 12 points midway through the third term. But Montenegro answered with an 18:6 run to level things up at 49. The teams stayed close throughout the final period before William Magarity triggered a 9:1 run that put Sweden up by 8 points 70:62 with just over a minute remaining. Montenegro had too little time to answer and had to surrender at the end. Tobias Borg (183-PG-93) knocked down 17 points, while Jonathan Person (190-PG-93, agency: JEMsports) provided 13 points in the victory. Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 26 points and 7 assists for Montenegro. Danilo Nikolic (201-C-93) netted 12 points in defeat.

Sweden U18: William Magarity 18, Tobias Borg 17, Jonathan Person 13
Montenegro U18: Nikola Ivanovic 26, Danilo Nikolic 12



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U16: Hungary overcame Switzerland in the top game of the Group C - by Eurobasket News
Hungary U16-Switzerland U16 73:61

Hungary overcame Switzerland in the top game of the Group C of the U16 European Championship Men Division B. The Hungarian side remained undefeated with 73:61 victory handing the opponents their first loss.
Four times the teams were tied in the opening period and proved that they were the favorites of the group. Late baskets by Hungary brought them 18:15 in the end of the frame and another 18-9 in the second period gave them 36:24 advantage. The Swiss side trailed in the whole third period as well but managed to reduce to 52:44 at the end of it. Moreover Cyril Bachler (192-F-95) nailed three for 56:53 but Hungary did not allow them to catch up. They added a surge to seal the fourth straight win.
Tibor Ban (185-G-95) paced all the winners with 15 points and Laszlo Fulop (199-F-95) notched 12. Zoltan Perl (189-G-95) scored 11, while Gyorgy Goloman (204-F/C-96) added 8. Cyril Bachler delivered 14 points in the losing effort and Arnaud Cotture (200-F/C-95) nailed 12.

Hungary U16: Tibor Ban 15, Laszlo Fulop 12, Zoltan Perl 11, Gyorgy Goloman 8
Switzerland U16: Cyril Bachler 14, Arnaud Cotture 12



U18: Switzerland prevail against England in Varna - by Eurobasket News
Switzerland U18 - England U18 71:61

Switzerland ended their U18 European Championship campaign on a high note. They shot down England to pick up the 13th position. Branislav Kostic (180-PG-94) knocked down 17 points and issued 5 assists to lead the effort.
Switzerland eked out a 13:11 lead ten minutes into the game. But England denied the deficit and pulled in front for a 33:28 halftime lead. They opened the second half on a 7:1 run to stretch the margin to 11 points. Switzerland were able to cut the distance to only 2 points with one quarter remaining 46:48. The Swiss team organized a 10:2 run at the beginning of the final period to surge ahead. Mladjan, Clint N'Dumba-Capela (202-F-94) and Branislav Kostic made it an 8-point game with one minute to go and Switzerland never looked back afterwards. Clint N'Dumba-Capela provided 13 points and 9 rebounds, while Leo Schittenhelm (194-F-94) added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Raphell Thomas-Edwards (195-F-93) responded with 19 points for England. Elliott Sentance (188-G-94) had 12 points in the loss.

Switzerland U18: Branislav Kostic 17, Clint N'Dumba-Capela 13, Leo Schittenhelm 12
England U18: Raphell Thomas-Edwards 19, Elliott Sentance 12



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Galatasaray locks Can Korkmaz to a long term deal - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray made a move for the future. The Turkish outfit signed a long term deal with point guard Can Korkmaz (187-G-92, agency: Beo Basket). The 28-year-old player heads to Galatasaray from Pertevniyal Istanbul. He played 19 games for them in TB2L averaging 10.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.4 steals. Korkmaz also shined in 2009/10 with the same team. He was a teenager at that time who collected 11.8 ppg, 2 rpg and 3.3 apg in 24 games. Korkmaz played for the Turkish U18 NT last summer. He had 9 ppg, 2 rpg and 3.3 apg for ten games at the European Championships U18. The event was held in Vilnius. Also last summer, Korkmaz played at the Albert Schweitzer International Tournament in Mannheim (Unofficial World Championships U18).

Ivan Lilov joins Olin Edrine - by Eurobasket News
Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88) will continue his career in Turkey. The Bulgarian G/SF signed a deal with Olin Edrine. He heads to Turkey from Rilski Sportist, where he spent last season. For 35 games in NBL Lilov had 20.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.4 apg and 1.4 spg. He also added 20 ppg, 5.8 rpg and 3.8 apg for 12 games in Balkan league. He finished both competitions as the second best scorer. Rilski reached BIBL Finals and Eurobasket awarded Lilov with All-Balkan League 1st Team -11. Before Rilski, Ivan Lilov spent one year with Balkan Botevgrad. He had 15.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.4 apg and 2.2 spg for them in Bulgaria. In the past he played for Lukoil Akademik and Yambol. With Lukoil, Ivan Lilov won the NBL title and Bulgarian Cup in 2006. He played for the Bulgarian U20, U18 and U16 NT. Since 2009, Lilov is a member of the Bulgarian senior NT.

U16: Turkey shoot down Latvia - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U16 - Latvia U16 75:72

Turkey outgun Latvia at the start of the U18 European Championship Qualifying Round. They prevailed against Latvia to improve at 2-1 record in Group F. Metecan Birsen (203-F/G-95) stepped up with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners.
Latvia got to a brilliant start. They outscored Turkey to post a 20:8 lead at the first break. But Turkey gradually adjusted their game. They capped the half on an 18:3 run to level things up at 35. Metecan Birsen put Turkey in front midway through the third term. They earned a 48:40 lead before Latvia narrowed the deficit at just two points with one quarter to go 50:52. Turkey tipped off the final term with ten points in a row to boost the margin. Latvia did not surrender and narrowed the gap at just a single point 69:70 with 35 seconds remaining. Ayberk Guleryuz (206-C-95) and Metecan Birsen answered with five points in a row and Turkey rallied to the victory at the end. Ayberk Guleryuz knocked down 13 points, while Mehmet Alemdaroglu (202-F-96) netted 11 points in the win. Ivars Zvigurs (193-G-95) responded with 19 points, 11 boards and 4 assists for Latvia. Rolands Smits (201-C-95) netted 16 points in defeat.

Turkey U16: Metecan Birsen 18, Ayberk Guleryuz 13, Mehmet Alemdaroglu 11
Latvia U16: Ivars Zvigurs 19+11 boards, Rolands Smits 16



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


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


Gerrod Handerson join Erdemir - by Burak Cidamal
Gerrord Handerson who was joined Antalya BŞB in the mid season completed his transfer to Erdemir. In twelve league games Handerson played 20.8 points 4.83 asists and 4.08 ribaund per game.

Handerson is a combo guard who can playe in 1 and 2 positions. The 1978 year borned player also played for Panionios, Hemofarm, Red Star, Anwil and Azovmash teams . With this transfer Erdemir made his third foreign player move.



Olin Edirne signs Mahir Bayrak - by Eurobasket News
Mahir Bayrak (180-G-79) is a new member of Olin Edrine. The experienced point guard signed a one-year deal with his new team. Bayrak heads to Olin Edrine from Usak Universitesi, where he spent last season. For 19 games in TB2L he averaged 11.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.7 steals. Bayrak ended as the fourth best assistant of the league. Before Usak, he spent two years with ITU Istanbul. There, Bayrak struggled to get minutes. In their first season together he had 3.8 ppg, 2 rpg and 4.5 apg for 28 games. In 2009/10, his numbers were lower. Bayrak also has experience from Aliaga and Maysu. In 2008, he was named Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L Honorable Mention -08.

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Owl Learning to Fly - by David Edole
Throughout the college basketball landscape, with the one-and-done rule, each and every year there are players that go to school, captivate the nation for a year with their remarkable skills, and turn pro. On the other hand, there are players like Temples Aaron Brown (195-G-92) a New Jersey kid who attended high school at the famed St. Benedictswho will do go through their college basketball days in a more conventional process.

As a freshman for an NCAA Tournament team at Temple, Brown racked up valuable minutes off the bench for the Owls and gained knowledge, experience and a feel for the game that will help him to blossom in the future. I caught up with Brown about a month ago to discuss everything basketball (sorry it took so long to post!) and Aaron turned in a very informative interview.

Remember, not every player will leave their mark after a year. Brown will likely be a poster-child for the four-year plan at the college levelboth as a player and as a person.

SLAM: So first off, tell some of the people out there what your game is like. What are your strengths at both ends and what do you need to work on?

Aaron Brown: My strengths are shooting the ball, driving to the hole, and a really good defender.

SLAM: I witnessed you work out with Paul Suber in the Gauchos gym a few years ago, and I remember how hard you worked that summer. What will your off-season be like after your first season at Temple?

AB: My postseason workouts will be tough, both in the weight room and on the court as wellafter the season is when you get better!

SLAM: What was this season at Temple like? In what ways did you grow as a player on the court and a person off the court?

AB: It was an up and down season for me. Early on I didnt get a lot of playing time, but after many practices of putting in solid contribution I got my chance to play.

SLAM: For the most part, you didnt get consistent minutes this year, but at the end of the year coach really went to you in crucial situations. How did you improve as the season went on? What, exactly, did you learn as the season went on?

AB: As the season went on I just had to stay focused and not worry about the past. Extra shooting, extra conditioning, extra preparation is what kept me on point. I learned that you never know when your names going to be called, and when its called you have to be ready to go.

SLAM: How is college different from high school?

AB: Well for me its not really that much of a difference on the court and in the classroom. I would say that for that most part the biggest difference is you freedom.

SLAM: You picked Temple over some pretty good schools, academically speaking. Why did you go to Temple over schools like Harvard?

AB: I felt that I wouldnt be challenged on the court if I had went to a more academically based school. Dont get me wrong, academics are huge, but at the same time I want to be challenged at my craft on the court to get me to the highest level.

SLAM: What will your team be like next seasonhow will you be similar/different from this years team?

AB: First of we will lose Lavoy Allen, one of the greats in the history of Temple but we will be able to make changes. We have a lot of guards that we will be able to contribute next year. We probably will have to change up our style of play a little, but nevertheless still be able to fight and compete like every past team at Temple.

SLAM: What are your goals as a player at Temple?

AB: My goal is to be the best player that I can be on and off the court. I work hard at this game and want it to be something I do for a while after I leave school (NBA). I plan to make the tournament every year that Im here and to make some noise.

SLAM: What is your major and how will you apply it to what you want to do after you graduate from college (if you have any idea want to do when you graduate from Temple)?

AB: Im in the process of switching my major, but I plan to do something in the business world when my playing days are done.

SLAM: Where do you see your playing career going after college? The NBA is every players dream, but how does Europe sound?

AB: Yea thats my dream as well. Europe could be a great experience also. Some of my friends play over there and they love it, so i would have no problem playing over there.

SLAM: When did you start playing basketball seriously? Who do you model your game after and why?

AB: I started playing seriously in the 7th grade. My favorite player is Kobe Bryant, but I would say my game models after Carmelo.

SLAM: What is something interesting that people dont know about Aaron Brown?

AB: Im really into fashion and music, so I guess you could say that basketball sort of motivates me to work hard so that one day I can have the finer things in life that I would enjoy.

SLAM: What do you do in your spare time?

AB: In my spare time I like to spend time with my family, go to church when I get a chance, shop, and I love to sleep.

SLAM: Anything else youd like to add?

AB: Yea just want to give a few shout outs to some people, first off God, my family who travels with me everywhere, my brothers for life Tristan & Myck, and last but not least my teammates here at Temple.

by Jeremy Bauman


Walker joins Newton as Under Armour signee - by David Edole
By Joe Person
jperson@charlotteobserver.com
Posted: Thursday, Jul. 07, 2011

Under Armour is making a large footprint in the Charlotte market this year - two of them, in fact.

The apparel giant announced today that it has signed Bobcats rookie point guard Kemba Walker (185-PG-90, college: Connecticut) to a multiyear endorsement deal. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The announcement comes just a couple of months after Under Armour signed a similar deal with Panthers rookie quarterback Cam Newton, the No. 1 overall pick in the April draft. Newton's deal reportedly is worth $1 million a year.

Walker, the ninth overall pick in last month's draft, will wear Under Armour footwear for practices and in games.

Walker and Newton enjoyed similar successes as juniors during their final seasons.

Both led their teams to national titles with strong performances down the stretch. Walker was named MVP of the Big East and NCAA tournaments after guiding UConn to the crown.

Newton won the Heisman as college football's top player, while Walker won the Bob Cousy Award given to the nation's top point guard.

And now they'll be landing in Charlotte at the same time as the most high-profile stars for the city's two biggest professional teams (non-NASCAR edition).

Newton will be featured in an Under Armour TV spot with Tom Brady that is scheduled to air beginning in August. Newton also has done a photo shoot for a print ad Under Armour plans to roll out in the fall.

Meanwhile, Walker will be featured in upcoming marketing campaigns with Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings, according to the Under Armour release.



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U16: Croatia slip by determined Ukraine - by Eurobasket News
Croatia U16 - Ukraine U16 86:83

Croatia earned the fourth straight win at the U16 European Championship. They overcame pesky Ukraine to improve at 3-0 record in Qualifying Round Group F. Mario Hezonja (200-F-95) finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds to pace the winners. Ukraine fell at 0-3 record after the defeat.
Croatia seemed well in control midway through the opening quarter. They posted a 19:9 lead and rallied to a 26:17 advantage at the first break. Croatia kept their opponents at bay throughout the second quarter. They registered a 48:41 lead at the interval. Ukraine however did not allow Croatia to clear off in the third term. Stansilav Medvedenko team stayed close trailing by just three points at the final intermission. Prokopenko eventually put Ukraine in front 69:68 in the final period. The lead changed hands for several times as Ukraine entered the final minute of regulation up by a single point 83:82. But Mario Hezonja stepped up for Croatia. He sank two free throws and then fed Ivan Jukic (190-G/F-95) for a jumper as Croatia escaped with a narrow victory at the end. Ivan Jukic nailed 16 points, while Domagoj Bosnjak (197-G-95) netted 15 points in the win. Yevgen Sakhniuk (200-F/C-95) responded with 22 points and 8 boards for Ukraine. Stanislav Kudrya (186-PG-95) netted 16 points in the loss.

Croatia U16: Mario Hezonja 19+11 boards, Ivan Jukic 16, Domagoj Bosnjak 15
Ukraine U16: Yevgen Sakhniuk 22, Stanislav Kudrya 16



BC Khimik add Reyshawn Terry - by Eurobasket News
BC Khimik strengthened their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84, college: N.Carolina). The 27-year-old forward spent the last season in Germany. He tallied 7.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in Euroleague with Bamberg. In Bundesliga Reyshawn Terry posted 9.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per appearance. The forward became Bundesliga champion with Bamberg. Previously the forward had stints in Spain, Italy, Greece. Reyshawn Terry was EuroChallenge champion together with La Fortezza back in 2009.


Politekhnika-Halychyna invite Nenad Zivcevic and George Odufuwa - by Eurobasket News
Politekhnika-Halychyna have invited Nenad Zivcevic (204-F-87) and George Odufuwa (203-F-88) to the training camp. The deals with the players may be announced soon.
Nenad Zivcevic spent the last season in FYR Macedonia. The forward played for MZT Skopje. Nenad Zivcevic tallied 13.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.0 steal per game in Superleague. Previously the forward had stints with Buducnost Podgorica, Fersped-Rabotnicki and Plejmejker-Kubus Skopje. He also played for U16 and U20 Serbian National Teams.
George Odufuwa will start his professional career. The forward has just graduated from the University of North Texas. He tallied 11.2 points, 10.4 boards and 1.6 assists per game in the senior season. George Odufuwa was named into Sun Belt All-Tournament Team.




Politekhnika-Halychyna add Muhammad El-Amin - by Eurobasket News
Politekhnika-Halychyna agreed on terms of contract with Muhammad El-Amin (196-G/F-87, college: Stony Brook). The 24-year-old guard started his pro career last season. He played for PVSK Pecs in Hungary. Muhammad El-Amin posted 22.0 points, 3.9 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game. He led the Hungarian League in scoring. Eurobasket.com named the guard into All-Hungarian League 2nd Team. Muhammad El-Amin graduated from Stony Brook back in 2010. He averaged 16.7 points, 3.4 boards, 1.9 assists and 1.1 steals per appearance in his senior season. The guard earned AP NCAA All-America Honourable Mention. He was also trumped All-AEC Player of the Year.


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U18: Switzerland prevail against England in Varna - by Eurobasket News
Switzerland U18 - England U18 71:61

Switzerland ended their U18 European Championship campaign on a high note. They shot down England to pick up the 13th position. Branislav Kostic (180-PG-94) knocked down 17 points and issued 5 assists to lead the effort.
Switzerland eked out a 13:11 lead ten minutes into the game. But England denied the deficit and pulled in front for a 33:28 halftime lead. They opened the second half on a 7:1 run to stretch the margin to 11 points. Switzerland were able to cut the distance to only 2 points with one quarter remaining 46:48. The Swiss team organized a 10:2 run at the beginning of the final period to surge ahead. Mladjan, Clint N'Dumba-Capela (202-F-94) and Branislav Kostic made it an 8-point game with one minute to go and Switzerland never looked back afterwards. Clint N'Dumba-Capela provided 13 points and 9 rebounds, while Leo Schittenhelm (194-F-94) added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Raphell Thomas-Edwards (195-F-93) responded with 19 points for England. Elliott Sentance (188-G-94) had 12 points in the loss.

Switzerland U18: Branislav Kostic 17, Clint N'Dumba-Capela 13, Leo Schittenhelm 12
England U18: Raphell Thomas-Edwards 19, Elliott Sentance 12



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  VENEZUELA   


Venezuelans Abroad - ACB's Meridiano Alicante (Spain) interested in Greivis Vasquez - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- The NBA lockout could trigger the acquisition of several of its players by important franchises of the main leagues of Europe, and Venezuelan NBA PG Greivis Vasquez (198-PG-87), of the Memphis Grizzlies, appears to be no exception, since an alleged interest by ACB's Meridiano Alicante in Spain has surfaced in a report of Diario Informacion de Alicante, later commented by the basketball website known as Tubasket.com.

Vasquez, currently in Venezuela training on a daily basis for the upcoming FIBA Americas Olympic Qualy Tournament, to be played in Mar del Plata, Argentina, has not been shy about his intentions of testing the European waters in case that the lockout continues and he's unable to play the second of his two-year contract with Memphis.

The former Maryland Terrapins star in the NCAA, would be the second Latin American addition to the roster, since Alicante also brought in Brazilian Rafael Freire (188-PG-92), who was loaned by Unicaja.

Vasquez was taking in the 28th spot of the first round in the 2010 NBA Draft at Madison Square Garden, New York. He became the third Venezuelan ever to play in the NBA after Carl Herrera (206-C-66) and Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76). He averaged 3.6 points and 2.2 assists per game as a reserve player for the Memphis Grizzlies, covering starting PG Mike Conley (186-PG-87) for coach Lionel Hollins .



Venezuela's Senior NT takes down Japan again, 103-67 - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuela's Senior National Team played its second straight friendly match against Japan at Jose Joaquin Carrillo Arena of Caracas and got another big victory, this time 103-67, in their preparation process under coach Eric Musselman for the upcoming FIBA Americas Olympic Qualy Tournament, to be played in Mar del Plata, Argentina, from August 30th till September 11th.

Musselman used David Cubillan (183-PG-87) as his starting PG and moved NBA Greivis Vasquez (198-PG-87) to the SG spot, completing the squad with Luis Bethelmi (200-F/C-86) as SF, Windi Graterol (204-C-86) as PF and NCAA Gregory Echenique (205-C-90) as C.

After a couple of nailed shots by the visitors, a 14-0 run gave Venezuela the early lead in the scoreboard and they won the first quarter 27-10. Echenique was dominant in the paint with 6 points and 3 boards in those first 10 minutes.

Japan attempted to improve and played at a better level in the second partial, but Venezuela kept the lead, 49-29. The hosts shot for 40% from the long distance range during those 20 minutes.

However, the Japanese side woke up and got close in the scoreboard during the third quarter (56-46) until Vasquez became the star with three shots from the long distance range, leading his side to a 20-6 run in the last three minutes of the quarter to get ahead, 76-52.

In the last period, Nestor Colmenares (203-F-87) netted 10 points, including a few dunks, and Heissler Guillent (186-G-86) played the PG with flare.

Greivis Vasquez finished up with 18 points and 8 assists, David Cubillan added 12 points, Luis Bethelmi followed them with 11 and Nestor Colmenares with 10. For Japan, Joji Takeuchi (206-F/C-85) was the top scorer with 13 points.

Venezuela will face amateur team Maygar on Tuesday at Manuel Penaloza Arena of Puerto Cabello (Carabobo State), and next weekend will serve as hosts of the Israel Sarmiento Super 4 Tournament at Jose Maria Vargas Dome of La Guaira (Vargas State), against Brazil, Cuba and Panama.


Venezuelans Abroad - Gregory Vargas netted 7 and La Vega kept the lead (Dominican Republic) - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PG Gregory Vargas (182-PG-86) supported his side with 7 points, a rebound, a steal and an assist in 17 minutes, as Reales de La Vega improved to 6-2 as the leaders of the Northern Circuit in the Dominican Republic's Liga Nacional de Baloncesto (LNB), with a victory over Huracanes, 101-96, at Fabio Gonzalez Arena.

Vargas scored 2 of 5 two-point attempts, missed a three-pointer and went perfect from the free-throw line (3 of 3). He also lost a ball and fouled twice. Meanwhile, SG Edgar Lugo (189-G-82), who plays as Venezuelan-Dominican in the LNB, only played a couple of minutes and finished up with a rebound and a foul.

Juan Coronado (196-G-83) scored 32 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Reales. Ricardo Soliver (191-G-84) added 25 points and 7 boards, Carlos Paniagua (201-F/C-76) another 16 points and 8 boards and Kirk Snyder (198-F-83) 12 points. For Huracanes, Marlon Martinez (204-F/C-79) had an impressive double double of 19 points and 19 boards, Carlos Morban (187-G-82) added 18, Kelvin Pena (193-G-80) 17 with 5 assists and Oliver Gonzalez 14.

Reales is followed by Metros (2-4), Indios (3-5) and Huracanes (3-5) in the Northern Circuit, while Leones is still undefeated as the first placed team in the South Eastern Circuit with an 8-0 record, followed by Cocolos (4-3), Caneros (2-5) and Titanes (2-6). Reales will play again on Tuesday against Metros de Santiago.


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BC Astana lands center Eric Williams - by Eurobasket News
BC Astana announced signing of Eric Williams (206-C-84, college: Wake Forest) for the next season. The American big guy heads to Astana from Pepsi Juve Caserta, where he spent 2010/11. For 28 games in Italian league he averaged 12.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.3 steals. Williams also added 11.3 ppg and 3.6 rpg for 13 games in EuroCup. He helped Caserta reach the EuroCup Quarterfinals. Eric Williams played for Scavolini in 2009/10. He shined with 13.9 ppg, 7.9 rpg and 2 spg for 25 SerieA games. In EuroChallenge Williams had 11.9 ppg and 5.7 rpg. He helped Scavolini reach the EuroChallenge Semis. Eurobasket awarded Williams with All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention -10. In the past, the American center also played for Avelino and Cantu. He is a product of the Wake Forest University.



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  ANDORRA - Women  


U16 Andorra wins Division C title, Silver belongs to U16 Cyprus - by Eurobasket News
U16 Cyprus - U16 Andorra 49-61

Andorra is the winner of U16 EuroBasket, Division C. They cruised past Cyprus in the Big Final 61-49. Andorra was the host of this event. Their leading player in the Finals was Claudia Guri Moreno with monster double-double of 24 points and 26 rebounds. She was named MVP of the championship. Andrea Moreno Consuegra helped the hosts with 14 points, while Marta Aguilera added 8 points and 5 assists. In the loosing squad, Eleanna Christinaki shined with 30 points and 7 rebounds. She was the only Cypriot players with double-digits in scoring. Ionna Pittaka stopped to 8 pts and 6 boards. Quarters: 6-18, 16-5, 14-19, 13-19.

Cyprus: Eleanna Christinaki 30+7 boards, Ionna Pittaka 8+6 boards
Andorra: Claudia Guri Moreno 24+26 boards, Andrea Moreno Consuegra 14, Marta Aguilera Vicente 8+5 assists


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Troubled Tigers struck by Lightning (Finals Week One WSBL Wrap) - by Eurobasket News
Two-time defending women's State Basketball League champions Southlands Boulevarde Willetton Tigers are on the verge of elimination from the finals after a shock loss to Lakeside Lightning.

Willetton lost 81-74 to the Lightning in game one of the best-of-three quarter-finals series and must win both games next weekend to advance to the final four.

Including the regular season, the Tigers have lost three-straight games after securing the minor premiership by winning 18 of their first 21 this season.

Heidi McNeill starred for eighth-seeded Lightning with 21 points, while Jess Van Schie added 14 points and Courtney Bayliss (G/F-93) scored 13.

Melissa Marsh and Jasmine Hooper each had 18 points for Willetton.

Kalamunda Eastern Suns also caused a significant upset by beating third seed Australian Central East Perth Eagles 69-61.

The Eagles won their last nine games of the regular season but were stunned by the sixth-placed Suns, who never trailed in the match.

Leah Rush (185-F-84, college: Oklahoma) helped lead Kalamunda to victory with 23 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while Samantha Norwood continued her excellent form for the Eagles with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

Glasscraft Wanneroo Wolves took the advantage in its series with Mandurah Magic after holding off a late comeback to win game one 68-61.

Fifth-placed Wanneroo trailed late in the first half but dominated the third quarter and were up by 19 points just before three-quarter-time.

But the Magic came back to take the lead with only two minutes left, only for the Wolves to finish the game on a 9-0 run to take the thrilling victory.

Rebecca Mercer top-scored for Wanneroo with 20 points, while Hailey Dunham (188-G-87, agency: Merit Sports, college: USC) also had 20 for Mandurah, which must win both games at home next weekend.

In-form second seed Total Connections Perry Lakes Hawks will be heavy favourites to advance to the semi-finals after beating Metropolis Fremantle Cockburn Cougars.

The Hawks won 17 of their final 20 games of the regular season and continued their impressive form with the 72-59 victory.

Christine Boyd (194-C-79) led Perry Lakes with 17 points, while Emma Pass had 23 points for the Cougars, who have won just one of their past seven games.

Article by Jacob Kagi
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au/




Damiris Dantas lifts U19 Brazil to Bronze in Chile - by Eurobasket News
U19 AUSTRALIA - U19 BRAZIL 67-70

Brazil grabbed 70-67 win against Australia winning the Bronze at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. It was a very exciting game and Brazil managed to make it at the end. Australia stays without the medal. Damiris Dantas (192-C-92) once again was the leading player in her team. She spent the entire game on the floor collecting 26 points and 13 rebounds. Mariana Lambert (179-F/G-92) had 14 and Tassia Carcavalli (178-F-92) helped with 13 pts. On the other side, Australia got 16 points and 12 boards from Rebecca Allen (185-G-92). Tayla Roberts (191-F/C-93) had 16 pts and 6 boards, while Rebecca Cole (177-PG-92) added 12 pts, plus 7 assists. Quarters: 16-20, 19-13, 10-18, 22-19. USA won the Gold at this event. Like it was two years ago, USA was too strong for Spain in the Finals 69-46.

Australia: Rebecca Allen 16+12 boards, Tayla Roberts 16+6 boards, Rebecca Cole 12+7 as
Brazil: Damiris Dantas 26+13 boards, Mariana Lambert 14, Tassia Carcavalli 13


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Damiris Dantas lifts U19 Brazil to Bronze in Chile - by Eurobasket News
U19 AUSTRALIA - U19 BRAZIL 67-70

Brazil grabbed 70-67 win against Australia winning the Bronze at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. It was a very exciting game and Brazil managed to make it at the end. Australia stays without the medal. Damiris Dantas (192-C-92) once again was the leading player in her team. She spent the entire game on the floor collecting 26 points and 13 rebounds. Mariana Lambert (179-F/G-92) had 14 and Tassia Carcavalli (178-F-92) helped with 13 pts. On the other side, Australia got 16 points and 12 boards from Rebecca Allen (185-G-92). Tayla Roberts (191-F/C-93) had 16 pts and 6 boards, while Rebecca Cole (177-PG-92) added 12 pts, plus 7 assists. Quarters: 16-20, 19-13, 10-18, 22-19. USA won the Gold at this event. Like it was two years ago, USA was too strong for Spain in the Finals 69-46.

Australia: Rebecca Allen 16+12 boards, Tayla Roberts 16+6 boards, Rebecca Cole 12+7 as
Brazil: Damiris Dantas 26+13 boards, Mariana Lambert 14, Tassia Carcavalli 13


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U19 Canada beats U19 France 70-52 for fifth place in Chile - by Eurobasket News
U19 CANADA - U19 FRANCE 70-52

Canada finished as No.5 at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. They handed 70-52 loss to France in crucial game for this spot. Canada was one of the favorites at this event, but they failed in the Quarterfinals against Spain and it was their only loss in Chile. France finished as No.6. Nirra Fields (178-PG-93) top-scored for the winners with 18 points, Michelle Plouffe (193-C-92) had 14 points and 6 rebs, while Korissa Williams (177-G-92) added 11 pts, plus 6 boards. In France, Adja Konteh (178-F-92) delivered 14 points. Clarince Djaldi-Tabdi (184-F-95) had 12 pts and 10 boards, while Helena Akmouche (174-G-92) added 10 pts. Quarters: 27-18, 9-14, 14-9, 20-11. USA won the Gold in Chile, while Silver belongs to Spain. Brazil is the Bronze medal winner.

Canada: Nirra Fields 18, Michelle Plouffe 14+6 boards, Korissa Williams 11+6 boards
France: Adja Konteh 14, Clarince Djaldi-Tabdi 12+10 boards, Helena Akmouche 10


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U16 Andorra wins Division C title, Silver belongs to U16 Cyprus - by Eurobasket News
U16 Cyprus - U16 Andorra 49-61

Andorra is the winner of U16 EuroBasket, Division C. They cruised past Cyprus in the Big Final 61-49. Andorra was the host of this event. Their leading player in the Finals was Claudia Guri Moreno with monster double-double of 24 points and 26 rebounds. She was named MVP of the championship. Andrea Moreno Consuegra helped the hosts with 14 points, while Marta Aguilera added 8 points and 5 assists. In the loosing squad, Eleanna Christinaki shined with 30 points and 7 rebounds. She was the only Cypriot players with double-digits in scoring. Ionna Pittaka stopped to 8 pts and 6 boards. Quarters: 6-18, 16-5, 14-19, 13-19.

Cyprus: Eleanna Christinaki 30+7 boards, Ionna Pittaka 8+6 boards
Andorra: Claudia Guri Moreno 24+26 boards, Andrea Moreno Consuegra 14, Marta Aguilera Vicente 8+5 assists


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Caceres signs Yohanna Morton - by Eurobasket News
Yohanna Morton (172-G-87) will continue her career in Spain. The 23-year-old guard signed a deal for the next season. It will be her first year as a pro. Morton graduated few months ago at the Robert Morris University. She had 14.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.5 apg and 2 spg for 25 games as a senior. Morton led her school to NEC Tournament Semifinals and was named All-NEC 2nd Team -11. In 2009/10, Morton had 3.5 ppg and 1.1 rpg for 27 games. Her school was NEC regular season champion that year. Yohanna Morton is active member of the Dominican Republic National Team. He played for them at the Central American and Caribbean Games last year. The event was held in Mayaguez.

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Div.A Standings
Eurobasket S.League Standings
 1. Spain 3-0 
 2. France 2-1 
 3. Greece 1-2 
 4. England 0-3 


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Division C: Andorra wins the title - by Eurobasket News
FINAL

U16 Cyprus - U16 Andorra 49-61
Andorra is the winner of U16 EuroBasket, Division C. They cruised past Cyprus in the Big Final 61-49. Andorra was the host of this event. Their leading player in the Finals was Claudia Guri Moreno with monster double-double of 24 points and 26 rebounds. She was named MVP of the championship. Andrea Moreno Consuegra helped the hosts with 14 points, while Marta Aguilera added 8 points and 5 assists. In the loosing squad, Eleanna Christinaki shined with 30 points and 7 rebounds. She was the only Cypriot players with double-digits in scoring. Ionna Pittaka stopped to 8 pts and 6 boards. Quarters: 6-18, 16-5, 14-19, 13-19.

Cyprus: Eleanna Christinaki 30+7 boards, Ionna Pittaka 8+6 boards
Andorra: Claudia Guri Moreno 24+26 boards, Andrea Moreno Consuegra 14, Marta Aguilera Vicente 8+5 assists


Places 3-4

U16 Malta - U16 Monaco 49-45
Malta is the Bronze medal winner at the U16 EuroBasket, Division C. They grabbed 49-45 win against Monaco in the game for third place. Monaco stays without the medal. Gabriella Mifsud top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Maria Bonett had 8 points and 9 boards, while Martina Darmanin added 6 points and 12 boards. In defeat, Emma Zeghdar collected 14 pts and 9 rebs. Paloma Paje-Rius had 13 points and 9 rebs, while Margauz Varvello added 12 pts and 10 rebs. Quarters: 9-10, 10-11, 15-8, 15-16. Andorra is the winner of this event. They outplayed Cyprus in the Finals 61-49.

Malta: Gabriella Mifsud 19, Maria Bonett 8+9 boards, Martina Darmanin 6+12 boards
Monaco: Emma Zeghdar 14+9 boards, Paloma Paje-Rius 13+9 boards, Margauz Varvello 12+10 boards

Places 5-6

U16 Gibraltar - U16 Wales 74-23
Gibraltar finished participation at the U16 EuroBasket Division C with victory. They destroyed Wales 74-23 to avoid the last place in Andorra. Wales ended as the last ranked team (6th) at this event. Jamie Lee Prescott was a key player for the winners. She scored 19 points and pulled down impressive 24 rebounds in Gibraltar. Sophie Anne Mansfield had 13 points and 7 rebs, while Joanna Estefania Bazan added 12 pts. Imogen Loretta Jones responded with 6 points and 15 rebounds in defeat. Chloe Leigh Richards followed with 5 pts and 6 rebs. Quarters: 8-3, 13-6, 19-6, 34-8. Andorra is the winner of Division C. They outplayed Cyprus 61-49 in the Finals.

Gibraltar: Jamie Lee Prescott 19+24 boards, Sophie Anne Mansfield 13+7 boards, Joanna Estefania Bazan 12
Wales: Imogen Loretta Jones 6+15 boards, Chloe Leigh Richards 5+6 boards

Preliminary Round - Day 1
GROUP A
Jul. 25, 2011 20:00 Andorra-Malta 66-23
GROUP B
Jul. 25, 2011 17:30 Monaco-Cyprus 36-52

Preliminary Round - Day 2
GROUP A
Jul. 26, 2011 Malta-Wales 64-26
GROUP B
Jul. 26, 2011 Cyprus-Gibraltar 60-25

Preliminary Round - Day 3
GROUP A
Jul. 27, 2011 Wales-Andorra 13-74
GROUP B
Jul. 27, 2011 Gibraltar-Monaco 48-53

Quarter-Finals - Day 4
Jul. 28, 2011 Malta-Gibraltar 52-26
Jul. 28, 2011 Monaco-Wales 70-25

Semi-Finals - Day 5
Jul. 29, 2011 Cyprus-Malta 39-14
Jul. 29, 2011 Andorra-Monaco 63-40

Finals - Day 6
FINAL: Jul. 30, 2011 Cyprus-Andorra 49-61
PLACES 3-4: Jul. 30, 2011 Malta-Monaco 49-45
PLACES 5-6: Jul. 30, 2011 Gibraltar-Wales 74-23




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U19 Canada beats U19 France 70-52 for fifth place in Chile - by Eurobasket News
U19 CANADA - U19 FRANCE 70-52

Canada finished as No.5 at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. They handed 70-52 loss to France in crucial game for this spot. Canada was one of the favorites at this event, but they failed in the Quarterfinals against Spain and it was their only loss in Chile. France finished as No.6. Nirra Fields (178-PG-93) top-scored for the winners with 18 points, Michelle Plouffe (193-C-92) had 14 points and 6 rebs, while Korissa Williams (177-G-92) added 11 pts, plus 6 boards. In France, Adja Konteh (178-F-92) delivered 14 points. Clarince Djaldi-Tabdi (184-F-95) had 12 pts and 10 boards, while Helena Akmouche (174-G-92) added 10 pts. Quarters: 27-18, 9-14, 14-9, 20-11. USA won the Gold in Chile, while Silver belongs to Spain. Brazil is the Bronze medal winner.

Canada: Nirra Fields 18, Michelle Plouffe 14+6 boards, Korissa Williams 11+6 boards
France: Adja Konteh 14, Clarince Djaldi-Tabdi 12+10 boards, Helena Akmouche 10


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U16 Gibraltar avoids last place in Andorra - by Eurobasket News
U16 Gibraltar - U16 Wales 74-23

Gibraltar finished participation at the U16 EuroBasket Division C with victory. They destroyed Wales 74-23 to avoid the last place in Andorra. Wales ended as the last ranked team (6th) at this event. Jamie Lee Prescott was a key player for the winners. She scored 19 points and pulled down impressive 24 rebounds in Gibraltar. Sophie Anne Mansfield had 13 points and 7 rebs, while Joanna Estefania Bazan added 12 pts. Imogen Loretta Jones responded with 6 points and 15 rebounds in defeat. Chloe Leigh Richards followed with 5 pts and 6 rebs. Quarters: 8-3, 13-6, 19-6, 34-8. Andorra is the winner of Division C. They outplayed Cyprus 61-49 in the Finals.

Gibraltar: Jamie Lee Prescott 19+24 boards, Sophie Anne Mansfield 13+7 boards, Joanna Estefania Bazan 12
Wales: Imogen Loretta Jones 6+15 boards, Chloe Leigh Richards 5+6 boards


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Indian National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
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Akanksha Singh
Singh
Bharti Bharti
Bharti
Geethu Anna Jose
Jose
Anitha Pauldurai
Pauldurai
Raspreet Sidhu
Sidhu
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4 Akanksha Singh 168-G-89 Delhi India
5 Bharti Bharti 168-F/C-86
6 Geethu Anna Jose 185-C-85 Railways India
7 Anitha Pauldurai 170-G-85 Railways India
8 Raspreet Sidhu 169-F-89 Delhi India
9 Harjeet Kaur 187-F-88 Delhi India
10 Smruthi Radhakrishnan 175-G-92 Railways India
11 Shireen Vijay Limaye 187-C-95
12 Pushpa Maddu 167-G-89 Railways India
13 Kokila Subramani 165-G-88
14 Prashanti Singh 173-G-84 Delhi India
15 Kruthika Lakshman 177-F-89



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Japanese National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
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Saori Fujiyoshi
Fujiyoshi
Rina Tomizaki
Tomizaki
Tanaka Masaki
Masaki
Eri Nakahata
Nakahata
Mutya Mori
Mori
#e#5
4 Saori Fujiyoshi 178-G/F-87 Chanson Japan
5 Rina Tomizaki 180-F/C-88
6 Mami Yamada 176-F-88 Cougars Japan
7 Tanaka Masaki 171-F-88 Aishin AW Japan
8 Eri Nakahata 165-G-88 Fujitsu Japan
9 Naomi Hayashi 168-G-88
10 Mutya Mori 181-C-88
11 Yuri Ushida 181-F-89 Denso Japan
12 Kana Motoyama 180-F-90 Chanson Japan
13 Kyoko Hamaguchi 181-C-90
14 Misaki Onuma 175-F-90
15 Chika Sakuragi 179-F-91



Taiwan defeat Japan at William Jones Cup - by Eurobasket News
Taiwan - Japan 72:62

Taiwan victoriously opened their William Jones Cup invitational tournament campaign. They held off Japan for the initial win. Liu Chun-Yi (180-F/C-81) stepped up with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to pace the effort.
Taiwan set the tone early. They outscored Japan 22:11 in the opening frame. Taiwan maintained the pressure in the second period. They arrived at halftime up by as many as 16 points 42:26. Japan came back from slumber in the third term. The visitors went on a 21:10 run to narrow the deficit to just five points. But Taiwan were back in the drivers seat in the final period clinching a tough victory at the end. You-Ruei Li provided 14 points, while Chiang Feng-Chun (184-F-81) netted 12 points in the winning case. Rina Tomizaki (180-F/C-88) responded with 19 points for Japan. Tanaka Masaki (171-F-88) delivered 12 points in defeat.

Taiwan: Liu Chun-Yi 22, You-Ruei Li 14, Chiang Feng-Chun 12
Japan: Rina Tomizaki 19, Tanaka Masaki 12



U19 Japan wins seventh place in Chile, U19 Russia is No.8 - by Eurobasket News
U19 JAPAN - U19 RUSSIA 71-66

Japan finished participation at the FIBA U19 World Championship with victory. They handed 71-66 loss to Russia to end as No.7 at this event. Of course, Russia finished as 8th ranked team. Shiori Takada (170-G-92) shined for the winners with 19 points and 6 rebounds in this game. Sanae Motokawa (175-F-92) had 17 points and 5 boards, while Rui Machida (160-PG-93) added 16 pts, 9 rebs and 6 assists. In Russia, Ksenia Tikhonenko (174-G-93, agency: RIZO) collected 21 points and 17 rebs (valuation 31). Alexandra Stolyar (178-G-92) and Svetlana Efimova (187-F-92) (6 rebs) netted 14 and 12 points respectively. Quarters: 18-15, 21-20, 14-9, 20-11. USA won the Gold in Chile. Silver belongs to Spain and Bronze to Brazil.

Japan: Shiori Takada 19+6 boards, Sanae Motokawa 17+5 boards, Rui Machida 16+9 boards+6 as
Russia: Ksenia Tikhonenko 21+17 boards, Alexandra Stolyar 14, Svetlana Efimova 12+6 boards


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Etzella tab Ashley Jones - by Eurobasket News
Etzella filled in their import spot. They agreed on terms of contract with Ashley Jones (185-F, college: Michigan). The 23-year-old forward spent the last season in Cyprus. She played for Achilleas Kaimakliou. Her stats read around 17 points and 14 rebounds per game. Eurobasket.com named Ashley Jones All-Cypriot League Forward of the Year. Ashley Jones graduated from the University of Michigan back in 2010. She averaged 2.3 points and 2.5 boards per game in her senior season.


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U16 Malta wins the Bronze in Andora, U16 Monaco ends as No.4 - by Eurobasket News
U16 Malta - U16 Monaco 49-45

Malta is the Bronze medal winner at the U16 EuroBasket, Division C. They grabbed 49-45 win against Monaco in the game for third place. Monaco stays without the medal. Gabriella Mifsud top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Maria Bonett had 8 points and 9 boards, while Martina Darmanin added 6 points and 12 boards. In defeat, Emma Zeghdar collected 14 pts and 9 rebs. Paloma Paje-Rius had 13 points and 9 rebs, while Margauz Varvello added 12 pts and 10 rebs. Quarters: 9-10, 10-11, 15-8, 15-16. Andorra is the winner of this event. They outplayed Cyprus in the Finals 61-49.

Malta: Gabriella Mifsud 19, Maria Bonett 8+9 boards, Martina Darmanin 6+12 boards
Monaco: Emma Zeghdar 14+9 boards, Paloma Paje-Rius 13+9 boards, Margauz Varvello 12+10 boards


Maltese U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
4 Monique Caruana 146-PG-96
5 Leeann Vella 165-F-95
6 Christabelle Camilleri 170-F-96
7 Jeanice Bondin 164-F-95
8 Maria Bonett 174-C-95
9 Gabriella Mifsud 167-F-95
10 Martina Mifsud 147-PG-95
11 Martina Scicluna 164-G-95
12 Martina Darmanin 170-F-95
13 Michela Scicluna 174-F-95
14 Claire Ciantar 172-C-95
15 Julia Xerri

Sandro Farrugia Head Coach


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  MONACO - Women  


U16 Malta wins the Bronze in Andora, U16 Monaco ends as No.4 - by Eurobasket News
U16 Malta - U16 Monaco 49-45

Malta is the Bronze medal winner at the U16 EuroBasket, Division C. They grabbed 49-45 win against Monaco in the game for third place. Monaco stays without the medal. Gabriella Mifsud top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Maria Bonett had 8 points and 9 boards, while Martina Darmanin added 6 points and 12 boards. In defeat, Emma Zeghdar collected 14 pts and 9 rebs. Paloma Paje-Rius had 13 points and 9 rebs, while Margauz Varvello added 12 pts and 10 rebs. Quarters: 9-10, 10-11, 15-8, 15-16. Andorra is the winner of this event. They outplayed Cyprus in the Finals 61-49.

Malta: Gabriella Mifsud 19, Maria Bonett 8+9 boards, Martina Darmanin 6+12 boards
Monaco: Emma Zeghdar 14+9 boards, Paloma Paje-Rius 13+9 boards, Margauz Varvello 12+10 boards


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U19 World Championship: USA defends the Gold again - by Eurobasket News
U19 SPAIN - U19 USA 46-69

USA cruised past Spain 69-46 in the Big Final of the FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. USA defended the Gold from the 2009 championship and they also celebrated at the same event four years ago. Spain ended with Silver. Kaleena Lewis (183-F-93) stepped up for USA with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Elizabeth Williams (191-C-93) and Stefanie Dolson (196-C-92) also helped with 15 points each, while Ariel Massengale (168-PG-93) followed them with 10 points and 7 assists. In the loosing squad, Astou Ndour (193-C-94) collected 10 points and 6 boards. She was the only player with double-digits in scoring for Spain. Their second scorer was Laura Gil (190-C-92, agency: Josep and Nicolas) with 7 pts. USA took control on Spain from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 15-25, 7-12, 14-19, 10-13. It is important to mention that these two teams also met in the Finals two years ago.

Spain: Astou Ndour 10+6 boards, Laura Gil 7
USA: Kaleena Lewis 15+8 boards, Elizabeth Williams 15, Stefanie Dolson 15, Ariel Massengale 10+7 as


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Soroka signs contract to play basketball in Portugal - by Hugo Carvalho
Former Daemen College women's basketball standout Sarah Soroka, the East Aurora High School graduate who became the second Daemen College women's basketball player to earn first Team NAIA All-American honors, has signed a contract with Montijo Banda Basket of Portugal's Pro A League.

The 6-foot-1 3/8 forward scored 2,130 points (second in school history), grabbed 1,077 rebounds (first overall) and blocked 336 shots (first) and led Wildcats to the Sweet 16 of the NAIA National Tournament in her senior season.

'I am very excited for the opportunity to continue my basketball career overseas,' Soroka said in a press release sent out by Daemen. 'After our season ended in March, I wasn't ready for my career to be over. I really dedicated myself to staying in shape and improving so I could get this opportunity. Now that it's here, I can't wait to get over to Portugal.'

Soroka attended an overseas prospect camp held in Derry, N.H., last month, and attracted the attention of agent Chris Coates of Coates Sports Management and of Carlos Caetano, head coach of the Montijo club. She will head to Portugal in mid-September for training camp. Montijo Banda Basket opens its season Oct. 22.

'I'm extremely proud of Sarah for how hard she has worked to become the player that she is today,' said Daemen women's basketball coach Dave Skolen in the press release. 'She had expressed to me a couple times her desire to play overseas and she has worked hard to make that dream a reality. She is in the best shape of her life and I am confident that she'll be a great player over there.'

Soroka was inducted into the college's Athletic Hall of Fame in May.

http://www.buffalonews.com/sports/colleges/article497360.ece


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  RUSSIA - Women  


U19 Japan wins seventh place in Chile, U19 Russia is No.8 - by Eurobasket News
U19 JAPAN - U19 RUSSIA 71-66

Japan finished participation at the FIBA U19 World Championship with victory. They handed 71-66 loss to Russia to end as No.7 at this event. Of course, Russia finished as 8th ranked team. Shiori Takada (170-G-92) shined for the winners with 19 points and 6 rebounds in this game. Sanae Motokawa (175-F-92) had 17 points and 5 boards, while Rui Machida (160-PG-93) added 16 pts, 9 rebs and 6 assists. In Russia, Ksenia Tikhonenko (174-G-93, agency: RIZO) collected 21 points and 17 rebs (valuation 31). Alexandra Stolyar (178-G-92) and Svetlana Efimova (187-F-92) (6 rebs) netted 14 and 12 points respectively. Quarters: 18-15, 21-20, 14-9, 20-11. USA won the Gold in Chile. Silver belongs to Spain and Bronze to Brazil.

Japan: Shiori Takada 19+6 boards, Sanae Motokawa 17+5 boards, Rui Machida 16+9 boards+6 as
Russia: Ksenia Tikhonenko 21+17 boards, Alexandra Stolyar 14, Svetlana Efimova 12+6 boards


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  SOUTH KOREA - Women  


South Korean National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
South Korean National Team 2011
#s#
Jung-Eun Park
Park
Kimberly Roberson
Roberson
Tae-Eun Park
Park
Boram Hong
Hong
Seon-Hwa Lee
Lee
#e#5
Park Jung-Eun 180-F-77 Bichumi South Korea
Roberson Kimberly 178-G/F-86 Bichumi South Korea
Park Tae-Eun 170-G-87 Bichumi South Korea
Hong Boram 178-F-88 Bichumi South Korea
Lee Seon-Hwa 181-C-88 Bichumi South Korea
Lee Youjin 185-C-90 Bichumi South Korea
Lee Hwa-Yeon 173-G/F-90
Park So-Young 169-G-91 Bichumi South Korea
Ahn Hyo-Jin 179-F-91
Kim Miso 186-C-91
Cha Hong-Jin 181-C-92



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  SPAIN - Women  


U19 World Championship: USA defends the Gold again - by Eurobasket News
U19 SPAIN - U19 USA 46-69

USA cruised past Spain 69-46 in the Big Final of the FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. USA defended the Gold from the 2009 championship and they also celebrated at the same event four years ago. Spain ended with Silver. Kaleena Lewis (183-F-93) stepped up for USA with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Elizabeth Williams (191-C-93) and Stefanie Dolson (196-C-92) also helped with 15 points each, while Ariel Massengale (168-PG-93) followed them with 10 points and 7 assists. In the loosing squad, Astou Ndour (193-C-94) collected 10 points and 6 boards. She was the only player with double-digits in scoring for Spain. Their second scorer was Laura Gil (190-C-92, agency: Josep and Nicolas) with 7 pts. USA took control on Spain from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 15-25, 7-12, 14-19, 10-13. It is important to mention that these two teams also met in the Finals two years ago.

Spain: Astou Ndour 10+6 boards, Laura Gil 7
USA: Kaleena Lewis 15+8 boards, Elizabeth Williams 15, Stefanie Dolson 15, Ariel Massengale 10+7 as


Caceres signs Yohanna Morton - by Eurobasket News
Yohanna Morton (172-G-87) will continue her career in Spain. The 23-year-old guard signed a deal for the next season. It will be her first year as a pro. Morton graduated few months ago at the Robert Morris University. She had 14.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.5 apg and 2 spg for 25 games as a senior. Morton led her school to NEC Tournament Semifinals and was named All-NEC 2nd Team -11. In 2009/10, Morton had 3.5 ppg and 1.1 rpg for 27 games. Her school was NEC regular season champion that year. Yohanna Morton is active member of the Dominican Republic National Team. He played for them at the Central American and Caribbean Games last year. The event was held in Mayaguez.

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  TAIWAN - Women  


Taiwanese University National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
4 Lo Chiao-Hui (178-F-90)
5 Huang Fan-Shan (173-G-87) of Cathay Life
6 Yang Ya-Hui (171-F-89) of Fo Guang
7 Lai Shin-Yu (175-F-88)
8 Huang Ying-Li (170-G-89)
9 Chang Ning (186-C-87)
10 Yang Shu-Ching (170-G-88) of Chunghwa Telecom
11 Chen Yu-Chun
12 Hsu Chien-Hui
14 Huang Ping-Jen (178-F-89)

15 Hsieh Pei-Chun (181-C-91)


Taiwan defeat Japan at William Jones Cup - by Eurobasket News
Taiwan - Japan 72:62

Taiwan victoriously opened their William Jones Cup invitational tournament campaign. They held off Japan for the initial win. Liu Chun-Yi (180-F/C-81) stepped up with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to pace the effort.
Taiwan set the tone early. They outscored Japan 22:11 in the opening frame. Taiwan maintained the pressure in the second period. They arrived at halftime up by as many as 16 points 42:26. Japan came back from slumber in the third term. The visitors went on a 21:10 run to narrow the deficit to just five points. But Taiwan were back in the drivers seat in the final period clinching a tough victory at the end. You-Ruei Li provided 14 points, while Chiang Feng-Chun (184-F-81) netted 12 points in the winning case. Rina Tomizaki (180-F/C-88) responded with 19 points for Japan. Tanaka Masaki (171-F-88) delivered 12 points in defeat.

Taiwan: Liu Chun-Yi 22, You-Ruei Li 14, Chiang Feng-Chun 12
Japan: Rina Tomizaki 19, Tanaka Masaki 12



Taiwanese National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Yi-Hung Ma
Ma
Yi-Feng Chen
Chen
Feng-Chun Chiang
Chiang
Hao-Yu Lan
Lan
Chi-Wen Lin
Lin
#e#5
1 Ma Yi-Hung 176-F/G-80 Taiyuan T. Taiwan
3 Chiang Yi-Lien 165-G-82
4 Chen Yi-Feng 170-G-84 Cathay Life Taiwan
5 Chang Shih-Chieh 172-G-86
6 Chiang Feng-Chun 184-F-81 Chunghwa T. Taiwan
7 Lan Hao-Yu 171-F-83 Cathay Life Taiwan
8 Lin Chi-Wen 186-C-83 Taipower Taiwan
9 Chu Yung-Hsu 178-F-81 Cathay Life Taiwan
10 Li Wan-Ting 180-G-86 Cathay Life Taiwan
15 Liu Chun-Yi 180-F/C-81 Taiyuan T. Taiwan
25 Liu Yi-Chun 186-C-86 Taipower Taiwan



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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO - Women  


TT women heads to CBC! - by Albert-Lee Young
Trinidad & Tobago women team left on Sunday for the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championship which begins on Wednesday in the Bahamas.

The team comprised of ten players; Pietra Gay (player/assistant coach), Chenell Harris, Rhea Codio, Ayanna Phillip, Jonee Billy, Miriam Seales, Jowan Ortega, Melissa Guerero, Rachael Thompson-King and Annola Charles; along with Head coach Ivan Flores, Assistant coach Trevor Mc Leod, Trainer Roland Cambridge and Obadiah Asher, Technical Director of the National Basketball Federation of T&T (NBFT&T).

Notably absence was standouts Shakira Clarke and Tonya Aaron. They were unable to travel due to FIBA restrictions on players who have received passports over the age of 16 years for countries they wish to represent but were not born in. The limit is one player per squad.

However Aaron may travel to the Bahamas on Tuesday if the appeal lodged by the NBFT&T is granted by FIBA.

The other nations competing are the Bahamas, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Cuba, Dominican Republic and the Virgin Islands will play each other in a round robin format over the course of five days at the Sir Kendall Isaacs Gymnasium, Nassau.

T&T first game will be against the regions powerhouse, Cuba, on the opening day of the tournament on Wednesday at 5 pm.

On Thursday, they will challenge the host nation Bahamas at 8 pm. Then from Friday, T&T plays St Vincent, Virgin Islands and Dominican Republic respectively.




Trinidad and Tobago National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Trinidad and Tobago National Team 2011
#s#
Pietra Gay
Gay
Rhea Codio
Codio
Ayanna Phillip
Phillip
Jonee Billy
Billy
Jowan Ortega
Ortega
#e#5
Pietra Gay 183-G-74 Courts Horizon Trinidad and Tobago
Chenell Harris
Rhea Codio 165-G-88 Kansas USA
Ayanna Phillip 188-F/C-82 Pantterit Finland
Jonee Billy 188-F/C-84 Savaria Hungary
Miriam Seales
Jowan Ortega 173-G-85 Cabo Rojo T. Puerto Rico
Melissa Guerero 180-G Tampa X. USA
Rachael Thompson-King
Annola Charles 178-G-86 Straker N. Trinidad and Tobago

Ivan Flores Head Coach
Trevor McLeod Assistant
Pietra Gay-Ifill Assistant


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  WALES - Women  


U16 Gibraltar avoids last place in Andorra - by Eurobasket News
U16 Gibraltar - U16 Wales 74-23

Gibraltar finished participation at the U16 EuroBasket Division C with victory. They destroyed Wales 74-23 to avoid the last place in Andorra. Wales ended as the last ranked team (6th) at this event. Jamie Lee Prescott was a key player for the winners. She scored 19 points and pulled down impressive 24 rebounds in Gibraltar. Sophie Anne Mansfield had 13 points and 7 rebs, while Joanna Estefania Bazan added 12 pts. Imogen Loretta Jones responded with 6 points and 15 rebounds in defeat. Chloe Leigh Richards followed with 5 pts and 6 rebs. Quarters: 8-3, 13-6, 19-6, 34-8. Andorra is the winner of Division C. They outplayed Cyprus 61-49 in the Finals.

Gibraltar: Jamie Lee Prescott 19+24 boards, Sophie Anne Mansfield 13+7 boards, Joanna Estefania Bazan 12
Wales: Imogen Loretta Jones 6+15 boards, Chloe Leigh Richards 5+6 boards


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  WILLIAM JONES CUP - Women  


Standing
Standings
1. Taiwan B2-0
2. Taiwan2-0
3. Japan0-1
4. S.Korea0-1
5. India0-2


Taiwanese National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Yi-Hung Ma
Ma
Yi-Feng Chen
Chen
Feng-Chun Chiang
Chiang
Hao-Yu Lan
Lan
Chi-Wen Lin
Lin
#e#5
1 Ma Yi-Hung 176-F/G-80 Taiyuan T. Taiwan
3 Chiang Yi-Lien 165-G-82
4 Chen Yi-Feng 170-G-84 Cathay Life Taiwan
5 Chang Shih-Chieh 172-G-86
6 Chiang Feng-Chun 184-F-81 Chunghwa T. Taiwan
7 Lan Hao-Yu 171-F-83 Cathay Life Taiwan
8 Lin Chi-Wen 186-C-83 Taipower Taiwan
9 Chu Yung-Hsu 178-F-81 Cathay Life Taiwan
10 Li Wan-Ting 180-G-86 Cathay Life Taiwan
15 Liu Chun-Yi 180-F/C-81 Taiyuan T. Taiwan
25 Liu Yi-Chun 186-C-86 Taipower Taiwan



Japanese National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Saori Fujiyoshi
Fujiyoshi
Rina Tomizaki
Tomizaki
Tanaka Masaki
Masaki
Eri Nakahata
Nakahata
Mutya Mori
Mori
#e#5
4 Saori Fujiyoshi 178-G/F-87 Chanson Japan
5 Rina Tomizaki 180-F/C-88
6 Mami Yamada 176-F-88 Cougars Japan
7 Tanaka Masaki 171-F-88 Aishin AW Japan
8 Eri Nakahata 165-G-88 Fujitsu Japan
9 Naomi Hayashi 168-G-88
10 Mutya Mori 181-C-88
11 Yuri Ushida 181-F-89 Denso Japan
12 Kana Motoyama 180-F-90 Chanson Japan
13 Kyoko Hamaguchi 181-C-90
14 Misaki Onuma 175-F-90
15 Chika Sakuragi 179-F-91



South Korean National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
South Korean National Team 2011
#s#
Jung-Eun Park
Park
Kimberly Roberson
Roberson
Tae-Eun Park
Park
Boram Hong
Hong
Seon-Hwa Lee
Lee
#e#5
Park Jung-Eun 180-F-77 Bichumi South Korea
Roberson Kimberly 178-G/F-86 Bichumi South Korea
Park Tae-Eun 170-G-87 Bichumi South Korea
Hong Boram 178-F-88 Bichumi South Korea
Lee Seon-Hwa 181-C-88 Bichumi South Korea
Lee Youjin 185-C-90 Bichumi South Korea
Lee Hwa-Yeon 173-G/F-90
Park So-Young 169-G-91 Bichumi South Korea
Ahn Hyo-Jin 179-F-91
Kim Miso 186-C-91
Cha Hong-Jin 181-C-92



Results and Stats from Day 1 in New Taipei City - by Eurobasket News
Taiwan - Japan 72:62
Taiwan victoriously opened their William Jones Cup invitational tournament campaign. They held off Japan for the initial win. Liu Chun-Yi (180-F/C-81) stepped up with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to pace the effort.
Taiwan set the tone early. They outscored Japan 22:11 in the opening frame. Taiwan maintained the pressure in the second period. They arrived at halftime up by as many as 16 points 42:26. Japan came back from slumber in the third term. The visitors went on a 21:10 run to narrow the deficit to just five points. But Taiwan were back in the drivers seat in the final period clinching a tough victory at the end. You-Ruei Li provided 14 points, while Chiang Feng-Chun (184-F-81) netted 12 points in the winning case. Rina Tomizaki (180-F/C-88) responded with 19 points for Japan. Masaki Tanaka delivered 12 points in defeat.

Taiwan: Liu Chun-Yi 22, You-Ruei Li 14, Chiang Feng-Chun 12
Japan: Rina Tomizaki 19, Tanaka Masaki (171-F-88) 12

Taiwan University Team - India 71:64
Taiwan University National Team opened their William Jones Cup invitational tournament campaign with victory. They overcame India on the first day of action. Hsu Chien-Hui (171-G/F-89) scored 17 points to pace the winners.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Taiwan eked out a 17:16 lead after ten minutes. They stiffened defence in the second frame. Taiwan held India to just 6 points in the period to pile up a 35:22 halftime lead. Taiwan maintained the lead throughout the third frame. They established a 17-point cushion with one quarter to go. India went on a desperate comeback rally in the final frame but came up short at the end. Huang Ping-Jen (178-F-89) notched 16 points, while Chen Yu-Chun (176-F-87) finished with 13 points and 9 rebounds in the loss. Geethu Anna Jose (185-C-85) replied with impressive 34 points and 18 rebounds for India. Anitha Pauldurai (170-G-85) had 11 points in defeat.

Taiwan University Team: Hsu Chien-Hui 17, Huang Ping-Jen 16, Chen Yu-Chun 13
India: Geethu Anna Jose 34+18 boards, Anitha Pauldurai 11



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  WNBA - Women  


Latest games with stats - by Eurobasket News
S.Antonio SS - Minnesota L. 69-70
In the first meeting of the season between the two best teams in the Western Conference, the San Antonio Silver Stars had no answer for Minnesota's Lindsay Whalen (5'8''-G-82, college: Minnesota). Whalen hit a fadeaway jumper from the right corner over Jayne Appel (6'4''-F/C-88, college: Stanford) with 1.5 seconds left to give the Lynx a 70-69 victory over the Silver Stars on Sunday. Becky Hammon had a chance to win it for San Antonio but missed a runner at the buzzer. Whalen had a season-high 23 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals, while Seimone Augustus scored 16 and Taj McWilliams-Franklin had 15 for the Lynx (13-4), who have the WNBA's best record. Minnesota has matched its win total from last year and moved two games ahead of the Silver Stars (11-6) in the Western Conference. ' (Silver Stars coach Dan Hughes) was yelling to foul, so I wanted to get the shot off because I knew there wouldn't be enough time to run another set play after a foul,' Whalen said. 'I just tried to get a shot up and over the defender and it went in.' Jia Perkins scored 18 points, Hammon had 15, and Sophia Young and Danielle Robinson added 10 apiece for the Silver Stars. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Indiana F. - L.Angeles S. 98-63
Jessica Davenport (6'5''-C-85, college: Ohio St.) scored 16 points as the Indiana reserves combined for a franchise-record 57 in the Fever's 98-63 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks on Sunday night. Tangela Smith (6'4''-F/C-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Iowa) scored 15 points to lead the starters for the Eastern Conference-leading Fever (14-6), who won their fourth straight. The 98 points were a season high. Shavonte Zellous scored 13 points, Jeanette Pohlen 10 and Shyra Ely and Shannon Bobbitt nine each, all off the bench for the Fever, who have won eight of their last nine at home. 'We keep the energy flowing,' said Zellous. 'Even if we slip up, we stay together. We do what we have to do to win.' The WNBA record for bench players scoring in double figures in one game is four. 'Everybody had energy,' said Davenport. 'We're playing well as a unit right now. We have a balanced effort.' Former Fever player Ebony Hoffman scored 13 points to lead the Sparks (7-11). Rookie reserve Jantel Lavender added 12. Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Chicago S. - L.Angeles S. 84-88
Delisha Milton-Jones (6'1''-F-74, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Florida) scored 19 points and made a pair of clinching free throws as the Sparks held off a second-half comeback to beat the Chicago Sky, 88-84, on Saturday night. The Sky had closed within two points in the final minute, but Milton-Jones' free throws with 10.6 seconds left gave the Sparks an 86-82 lead. Four teammates also hit double figures as the Sparks (7-10) snapped a four-game losing streak. Chicago (9-11) nearly erased a 20-point deficit behind 12 second-half points from Epiphanny Prince (5'9''-G-88, college: Rutgers) and 10 from Sylvia Fowles. Both finished with 16 points, while Erin Thorn scored 17 off the bench. Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, college: USC) had 14 points for the Sparks, and Jantel Lavender added 13. Kristi Toliver chipped in 12. Courtesy of www.latimes.com

Connecticut S. - Atlanta D. 99-92
Connecticut Sun coach Mike Thibault has seen a lot in his nine years coaching in the WNBA. But even he admitted that his experience on Sunday was special. 'That might be one of the (darndest) games I've ever seen since I've been in the league,' Thibault said. Renee Montgomery (5'7''-G-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) scored 19 points and Asjha Jones (6'2''-F-80, college: Connecticut) had 17, including eight in the final 3:50, to lead the Sun to a 99-92 win over the Atlanta Dream. The game featured 16 lead changes, Montgomery's halfcourt shot to end the third period and plenty of physical play. Danielle McCray scored 16 points and Tina Charles had 10 points and 11 rebounds to help the Sun (11-6) overcome a 10-point deficit in the second half for their fifth win in six games to improve to 8-1 at home. 'I thought we were playing horribly defensively at halftime, they made some great shots, but they shot 62 percent in the second half and lost,' Thibault said. 'I thought we forced turnovers, we got to the free-throw line, and we hung in the game when it looked pretty bleak.' Angel McCoughtry scored 19 of her 36 points in the fourth quarter for Atlanta (8-10). McCoughtry, Atlanta's leading scorer, was scratched from the starting lineup and didn't appear until 3:15 remained in the first quarter. Atlanta coach Marynell Meadors said McCoughtry wasn't feeling well Sunday morning. Courtesy of www.usatoday.com

New York L. - Phoenix M. 84-91
Looking back, John Whisenant said he would have coached the moment differently in the final seconds of the Libertys 91-84 loss to the Phoenix Mercury tonight. Whisenants Liberty had climbed back from nine-point deficit to Phoenix to close the gap to just two, and Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) had the ball in her hands. Whisenant said at this point, he should have called a timeout. But in a game that had become a shootout, he let Pondexter run, hoping she would drive and create. Pondexter passed to fellow Rutgers alum Essence Carson (6'0''-G-86, college: Rutgers), and her attempt to drive and create was derailed when she was called for an offensive foul. Hindsight, I wish I would have (called time-out) now, Whisenant said. That was the game. Phoenix's Diana Taurasi (6'0''-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) scored on the her teams next two possessions, and the Mercury (11-7) pulled away in front of 7,214 inside the Prudential Center. In a shootout against the WNBAs most prolific offensive team, the Liberty (10-8) ultimately couldnt keep up. It was just their second home loss in their last eight games in Newark. Carson, who committed the offensive foul, struggled to explain what went wrong as she sat sullen in front of her locker. Unfortunately, it just happened the way it did, she said. How the game unfolded to that point was predicated on Phoenixs offensive prowess, which at times seemed automatic. The play on which they finally took the lead over the Liberty for good tonight served as one of those automatic moments. Down one with a chance to hold for the last shot, Temeka Johnson (5'3''-G-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: LSU) led the Phoenix offense on its typical brisk pace. She swerved around a defender to the baseline and found Penny Taylor open behind the 3-point line. The hand in her face didnt matter she nailed the 3-pointer. Thats what theyve been good at, year in and year out, Liberty forward Nicole Powell (6'2''-G/F-82, college: Stanford) said. Thats the challenge in playing them. For the first 17 minutes of tonights game, though, the Liberty executed their defensive plan to near perfection. But from the point Phoenix went on a 15-3 run to end the half, the Liberty found themselves engaged in a shootout. After the initial stretch, during which the Liberty held Phoenix to 27 points in the first 17 minutes of play, the Mercury got back on track. They made six shots in the last three minutes of the second quarter. In an offensive-minded third, the teams combined for 53 points. After Phoenix took an 80-71 lead, the Liberty had a chance to cap an impressive comeback. And Whisenant directed the blame to himself. After he started to raise his arms but decided not to call timeout, he felt the game slip away. I thought it would be an easier play to execute if we didnt call timeout and (Pondexter) did it naturally, Whisenant said. But it wasnt. If I had to do it all over again, I wouldve called timeout. Courtesy of www.nj.com

Tulsa S. - Seattle S. 72-89
Same old story, same old result. The Tulsa Shock fell 89-72 to the Seattle Storm on Saturday night at the BOK Center after trying to claw back from a significant first-half deficit. Tulsa trailed by 15 points in the second quarter and tried to fight back after halftime behind eight straight points from Latta. 'I thought the second half was the better part of the game for us,' Edwards said. 'We're still digging out of holes and we're still competing hard, and me as a coach still trying to find the right chemistry offensively, for sure.' Sheryl Swoopes (6'0''-F/G-71, college: Texas Tech) hit a pair of free throws late in the third quarter to cut the Storm's lead to 60-55, but Seattle responded with a 15-2 run to give the team its largest lead and put the game away. Sue Bird (5'9''-G-80, college: Connecticut) and Swin Cash (6'2''-F-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Connecticut) burned Tulsa for a combined 52 points. Tiffany Jackson (6'3''-F-85, college: Texas) led the Shock with 16 points, and Latta scored 11. Sheryl Swoopes stepped up her game, providing nine points and seven rebounds. Courtesy of www.tulsaworld.com




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


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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19 - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Damiris DANTAS
  (192-C-92)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Dantas, BRA20.9 
 2. Amer, EGY19.3 
 3. Gortnar, SLO18.8 
 4. Watanabe, JPN18.0 
 5. Takada, JPN16.9 
 6. Roberts, AUS15.9 
 7. Fields, CAN15.9 
 8. Diaz, ARG15.4 
 9. Plouffe, CAN15.2 
 10. Motokawa, JPN15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Damiris DANTAS
  (192-C-92)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Dantas, BRA12.6 
 2. Tikhonenko, RUS10.3 
 3. Cabrera, ARG9.2 
 4. Ndour, ESP9.1 
 5. Gortnar, SLO9.0 
 6. Amer, EGY8.8 
 7. Roberts, AUS8.4 
 8. Djaldi-Tabdi, FRA7.9 
 9. Elshaarawy, EGY7.8 
 10. Stewart, USA7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Rui MACHIDA
  (160-PG-93)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Machida, JPN6.2 
 2. Cole, AUS6.0 
 3. Gretter, ARG5.6 
 4. Massengale, USA4.3 
 5. Baric, SLO3.3 
 6. Hartley, USA3.2 
 7. Degorces, FRA3.1 
 8. Ortiz, ESP2.7 
 9. Takada, JPN2.4 
 10. Stolyar, RUS2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Debora CARANGELO
  (167-PG-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Carangelo, ITA2.6 
 2. Massoud, EGY2.5 
 3. Ramona, BRA2.4 
 4. Allen, AUS2.4 
 5. Osama, EGY2.3 
 6. Plouffe, CAN2.2 
 7. Gretter, ARG2.2 
 8. Williams, CAN2.1 
 9. Maffenini, ITA2.1 
 10. Carcavalli, BRA2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Hala ELSHAARAWY
  (181-F-93)
  Avg: 2
 1. Elshaarawy, EGY2.0 
 2. Stewart, USA1.7 
 3. Ndour, ESP1.6 
 4. Djaldi-Tabdi, FRA1.1 
 5. Tikhonenko, RUS1.1 
 6. Tippett, AUS1.0 
 7. Amer, EGY1.0 
 8. Gil, ESP0.9 
 9. Ma, CHN0.8 
 10. Dolson, USA0.8 


USA defends the Gold again - by Eurobasket News
FINAL
Spain - USA 46-69
USA cruised past Spain 69-46 in the Big Final of the FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. USA defended the Gold from the 2009 championship and they also celebrated at the same event four years ago. Spain ended with Silver. Kaleena Lewis (183-F-93) stepped up for USA with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Elizabeth Williams (191-C-93) and Stefanie Dolson (196-C-92) also helped with 15 points each, while Ariel Massengale (168-PG-93) followed them with 10 points and 7 assists. In the loosing squad, Astou Ndour (193-C-94) collected 10 points and 6 boards. She was the only player with double-digits in scoring for Spain. Their second scorer was Laura Gil (190-C-92, agency: Josep and Nicolas) with 7 pts. USA took control on Spain from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 15-25, 7-12, 14-19, 10-13. It is important to mention that these two teams also met in the Finals two years ago.

Places 3-4
Australia - Brazil 67-70
Brazil grabbed 70-67 win against Australia winning the Bronze at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. It was a very exciting game and Brazil managed to make it at the end. Australia stays without the medal. Damiris Dantas (192-C-92) once again was the leading player in her team. She spent the entire game on the floor collecting 26 points and 13 rebounds. Mariana Lambert (179-F/G-92) had 14 and Tassia Carcavalli (178-F-92) helped with 13 pts. On the other side, Australia got 16 points and 12 boards from Rebecca Allen (185-G-92). Tayla Roberts (191-F/C-93) had 16 pts and 6 boards, while Rebecca Cole (177-PG-92) added 12 pts, plus 7 assists. Quarters: 16-20, 19-13, 10-18, 22-19. USA won the Gold at this event. Like it was two years ago, USA was too strong for Spain in the Finals 69-46.
Places 5-6
Canada - France 70-52
Canada finished as No.5 at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. They handed 70-52 loss to France in crucial game for this spot. Canada was one of the favorites at this event, but they failed in the Quarterfinals against Spain and it was their only loss in Chile. France finished as No.6. Nirra Fields (178-PG-93) top-scored for the winners with 18 points, Michelle Plouffe (193-C-92) had 14 points and 6 rebs, while Korissa Williams (177-G-92) added 11 pts, plus 6 boards. In France, Adja Konteh (178-F-92) delivered 14 points. Clarince Djaldi-Tabdi (184-F-95) had 12 pts and 10 boards, while Helena Akmouche (174-G-92) added 10 pts. Quarters: 27-18, 9-14, 14-9, 20-11. USA won the Gold in Chile, while Silver belongs to Spain. Brazil is the Bronze medal winner.

Places 7-8
Japan - Russia 71-66
Japan finished participation at the FIBA U19 World Championship with victory. They handed 71-66 loss to Russia to end as No.7 at this event. Of course, Russia finished as 8th ranked team. Shiori Takada (170-G-92) shined for the winners with 19 points and 6 rebounds in this game. Sanae Motokawa (175-F-92) had 17 points and 5 boards, while Rui Machida (160-PG-93) added 16 pts, 9 rebs and 6 assists. In Russia, Ksenia Tikhonenko (174-G-93, agency: RIZO) collected 21 points and 17 rebs (valuation 31). Alexandra Stolyar (178-G-92) and Svetlana Efimova (187-F-92) (6 rebs) netted 14 and 12 points respectively. Quarters: 18-15, 21-20, 14-9, 20-11. USA won the Gold in Chile. Silver belongs to Spain and Bronze to Brazil.


Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U19 Awards 2011 - by Greg
Eurobasket.com All-Tournament 1st Team
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Damiris Dantas
Dantas
Rui Machida
Machida
Ariel Massengale
Massengale
Breanna Stewart
Stewart
Astou Ndour
Ndour
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Best Player: Damiris Dantas (192-C-92) of Divino/COC Brazil
Best Guard: Rui Machida (160-PG-93) of Fujitsu Japan
Best Forward: Damiris Dantas (192-C-92) of Divino/COC Brazil
Best Center: Astou Ndour (193-C-94) of Gran Canaria Spain
Best Coach: Jennifer Rizzotti of Hartford USA

1st Team
PG: Rui Machida (160-93) of Fujitsu Japan
PG: Ariel Massengale (168-93) of Tennessee USA
C: Damiris Dantas (192-92) of Divino/COC Brazil
F: Breanna Stewart (191-94) of High School USA USA
C: Astou Ndour (193-94) of Gran Canaria Spain

2nd Team
PG: Rebecca Cole (177-92) of AIS Australia
G: Shiori Takada (170-92) of Denso Japan
G: Ksenia Tikhonenko (174-93) of Spartak V MR Russia
PG: Nirra Fields (178-93) of High School USA USA
F/C: Tayla Roberts (191-93) of AIS Australia

3rd Team
G: Rebecca Allen (185-92) of Dandenong R. Australia
PG: Melisa Gretter (167-93) of Santa Fe Argentina
F: Sanae Motokawa (175-92) of Chanson Japan
F: Tassia Carcavalli (178-92) of Americana Brazil
C: Michelle Plouffe (193-92) of Utah USA

Honorable Mention
Fernanda Serrano (173-G-92) of Santiago Chile
Tjasa Gortnar (187-C-92) of Merkur Celje Slovenia
Hagar Amer (184-F-93) of Sporting Egypt
Yu Dong (195-C-93) of Guangdong China
Diana Cabrera (187-C-93) of Entre Rios Argentina
Bria Hartley (178-G-92) of Connecticut USA
Valeriane Ayayi (184-F-94) of CFBB France
Tassia Carcavalli (178-F-92) of Americana Brazil
Wumi Agunbiade (188-F-92) of Duquesne USA



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Taiwanese University National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
4 Lo Chiao-Hui (178-F-90)
5 Huang Fan-Shan (173-G-87) of Cathay Life
6 Yang Ya-Hui (171-F-89) of Fo Guang
7 Lai Shin-Yu (175-F-88)
8 Huang Ying-Li (170-G-89)
9 Chang Ning (186-C-87)
10 Yang Shu-Ching (170-G-88) of Chunghwa Telecom
11 Chen Yu-Chun
12 Hsu Chien-Hui
14 Huang Ping-Jen (178-F-89)

15 Hsieh Pei-Chun (181-C-91)