EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/6/2011

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Krka signed Baxter! - by Dani Erceg
Krka Novo Mesto signed US shooting gard Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, college: S.Florida). He spent last season in Greece averaging 15.9ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.8 spg in Ilysiakos Athens team, in March he moved to Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour (Iran-Superleague). Baxter has big european experience, in his career played for Oliveirense Simoldes, JDA Dijon Bourgogne, Edimes Pavia, Bipop-Carire Reggio Emilia , BK Ventspils, Base Oostende, Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul and Ironi Ashkelon.

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  ARGENTINA   


Standings - Liga B
Liga B Stage Two Standings
B1 Norte
 1. San Isidro 8-2 
 2. Alma Juniors 7-3 
 3. Union Electrica 6-4 
 4. Atl.Echague 4-6 
 5. Facundo 3-7 
 6. Brown SV 2-8 
B1 Sur
 1. Velez Sarsfield 7-3 
 2. Alianza Viedma 7-3 
 3. Huracan 7-3 
 4. Ramos Mejia 4-6 
 5. Hispano Am. 3-7 
 6. Rocamora 2-8 
B2 Norte
 1. Del Bono 7-3 
 2. Estudian.Con. 7-3 
 3. Anzorena 6-4 
 4. La Union 6-4 
 5. Sportivo SS 4-6 
 6. Centro Vecinal 0-10 
B2 Sur
 1. Independ.T. 7-3 
 2. Sport Club 6-4 
 3. Rosario Cent. 5-5 
 4. Centro Espanol 5-5 
 5. Estudian.O 4-6 
 6. Los Indios 3-7 
Stage One Standings


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  AUSTRALIA   


Stirling looking to stop rise of the Hawks (MSBL Preview) - by Eurobasket News
ATD Stirling Senators face a tough challenge to overturn a one-game deficit in their quarter-final series against Total Connections Perry Lakes Hawks when the men's State Basketball League playoffs continue this weekend.

The fifth-placed Senators suffered a fadeout in the final quarter to lose game one of the best-of-three series 88-83 and must win twice on the road to advance to the semi-finals.

But the Hawks lost only four of their 13 games at home in the regular season and will be favourites to wrap up the series with a win in game two at the WA Basketball Centre on Saturday night, or game three, if required, on Sunday.

Star Stirling import Lee Roberts must improve on his nine points from game one to give his side any chance, while Perry Lakes will be looking to continue the momentum which has seen it win three-straight games.

Southlands Boulevarde Willetton Tigers must upset second seed Wanneroo Wolves twice to keep alive their hopes of winning back-to-back titles.

The Tigers, who are without Perth Wildcats duo Matt Knight and Cameron Tovey (200-F-85, college: Augusta St.) throughout the playoffs, lost game one by 11 points.

Wanneroo won 10 of its 13 games at Joondalup Basketball Centre in the regular season, including a 64-point thrashing of Willetton in June, and should wrap up the series.

Australian Central East Perth Eagles will need to end Lakeside Lightning's stunning form to turn around their series.

Ben Beran (200-C-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: S.Dakota St.) 's 52 points saw minor premiers Lakeside win game one 110-91, which was their 17th-straight victory.

The Lightning haven't lost at home all season and will start as heavy favourites to advance to the semi-finals, with East Perth's only hope if Perth Wildcats guard Drew Williamson can improve on his game one performance.

Third seed Cockburn Cougars won the first game of their series against Perth Redbacks 104-98 and should wrap up the series at Wally Hagan Stadium in game two on Saturday or game three on Sunday.

The Redbacks will be without Australian Boomers forward Jesse Wagstaff, while former Sydney Kings guard Joel Wagner (184-G-87) will almost certainly miss with an ankle injury, making their task of turning around the series even harder.

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



Jamar Wilson head to Cairns Taipans - by Eurobasket News
Jamar Wilson (185-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Albany) head to Cairns Taipans for the next season. In 2009-2010 the American Guard signed at Generali Okapi Aalstar (Belgium-D1, starting five) and in EuroChallenge averaged 9.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 80.8%. In Belgian League after 28 games his stats read 12.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.6apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 51.0%, 3PT-1 (50.8%), FT: 84.8%.
The season 2010-2011 Jamar Wilson started for Honka Espoo Playboys (Finland-Korisliiga, starting five) and in Finnish League became the second top-scorer with 21.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 80.6%. In VTB League he was the best top-scorer with 18.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 18.2%, FT: 75.4%.
In his top game Salon Vilpas lost to Honka 74:78. Salon Vilpas trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 25-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 74-78 at the end of the game. American guard Jamar Wilson notched 36 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and the other American import center John Williamson supported him with 18 points and 8 rebounds.



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  AUSTRIA   


Josh Gomes will be a Panther - by Stefan Heinrich
American shooting guard Joshua Gomes (190-G-83, college: E.Illinois) just signed his contract with austrian top team, Frstenfeld Panthers for the coming season and will arrive on the 15th of August to his new team. The 28 years old Gomes graduated on the University of Eastern Illinois in 2006 and was one of the best player of OVC averaging 15.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.6apg as a senior. He started his professional carreer with AZS Koszalin in Poland and had a solid rookie season puting up 9.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.5apg. He signed back with the team for a second season but left the team and moved to Baitar Benyamina finishing the season in the National League of Israel, where Josh was the best scorer of the league with 29.7 points per game. In the season 2008-09 he played 20 games in the Premier League of Israel with Maccabi Ironi Ramat Gan and helped his team with 8.5ppg, 2.5rpg. After spending 1,5 years in Israel Josh decided to move to France, where he spent a season with ALM Evreux Basket in the Pro B. In 37 games he averaged 12.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg. In November 2010 Gomes moved back to Israel again and played for Maccabi Beer Yaakov in the National League again and had a great season puting up 20.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.5apg, 1.6spg in 22 games.

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  BAHAMAS   


Jose Estrada lifts U17 Mexico to 94-90 win against U17 Bahamas - by Eurobasket News
U17 MEXICO - U17 BAHAMAS 94-90

Mexico registered second straight win in Gurabo. After 79-57 victory against Panama in Day One, Mexico was better than Bahamas 94-90 for perfect 2-0 record in Group B. On the other side, Bahamas dropped to 1-1. Jose Estrada (94) was totally the best player in this victory. He spent 36 minutes on the court collecting 44 points and 7 rebounds. Miguel Ramirez (94) had 15 points and Raul Frutos (94) added 13 pts, plus 5 boards. In the loosing squad, Adney Bethel (94) had 17 points and 5 rebounds. Lourawls Nairn (95) (5 rebs, 7 as) and Mickahil Rolle (95) (6 as) added 16 points each. Quarters: 21-12, 27-28, 15-23, 31-27. Thinks to this win Mexico already secured the Semifinals of U17 CentroBasket. Today is the last day of the Preliminary Round.

Mexico: Jose Estrada 44+7 boards, Miguel Ramirez 15, Raul Frutos 13+5 boards
Bahamas: Adney Bethel 17+5 boards, Lourawls Nairn 16+5 boards+7 as, Mickahil Rolle 16+6 as


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Valdas Vasylius head to BC Siauliai - by Eurobasket News
Valdas Vasylius head to BC Siauliai for the next season. In 2008-2009 the Lithuanian Forward played for Neptunas Klaipeda (LKL) and in Lithuanian League after 25 games averaged 14.3ppg, Reb-5 (6.9ppg), 1.9apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 57.7%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 68.1%. In Baltic League (Challenge Cup) after 18 games his stats read 17.1ppg, Reb-4 (7.7ppg), 1.6apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 59.1%, 3PT: 49.3%, FT: 76.8%. In 2009-2010 moved to Krasnie Krilya Samara (Russia-A Superleague) and in EuroChallenge showed 8.4ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 57.7%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 55.0%. In Russian League after 19 games his stats read 2.2ppg, 1.3rpg.
The season 2010-2011 started for Neptunas Klaipeda (LKL, starting five) and in Lithuanian League became the fifth top-scorer with 14.8ppg, 6.5rpg, Steals-1 (2.1spg), FGP: 61.6%, 3PT: 21.7%, FT: 82.2%. In Baltic League he was also fifth with 16.9ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.4apg, Steals-5 (1.9spg), FGP: 59.3%, 3PT: 22.9%, FT: 79.1%.
Only last season Valdas Vasylius reached Lithuanian Cup Semifinals -11, became Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League (Challenge Cup) Defensive Player of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League (Challenge Cup) 1st Team -11, Baltic League Challenge Cup Semifinals -11, Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Honorable Mention -11 and Eurobasket.com Lithuanian LKL All-Defensive Team -11.





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  BELGIUM   


Gent Transfer News - by Peter Buyse
Optima Gent has announced the signing of Jahmar Young (196-G-86, college: N.Mexico St.) for the upcoming season. Young already played !n Belgium when he joined Spirou Charleroi for 3 games last season.
He started the 2010-2011 season playing in Serbia for Red Star Belgrad. He played 22 games in the Adriatic league and had averages of 12.6 ppg and 2.5 rpg.
Before coming overseas he had a great senior year at New Mexico State. He played 34 games his sr year in college and averaged 20.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 3.1 apg.
This earned him All WAC first team honors and well as Tournament MVP after leading his team to the Conference tournament win.



Aalstar Transfer News - by Peter Buyse
Generali Okapi Aalstar has finalized its roster for the 2011-2012 season. The latest addition to the team is American small forward Justin Holiday (198-F).
Holiday comes to Belgium fresh out of college, where he played for the Washington Huskies. His senior year stats were as follows, 10.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 2.1 apg.
His is the brother of the Phildalphia 76ers guard Jrue Holiday. Following his senior year he was invited to the prestigeous Portsmouth Invitational tournament.

Washington won the PAC 10 tournament these past 2 seasons.




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  BELIZE   


U17 Belize destroys U71 Panama in Gurabo, 101-56 - by Eurobasket News
U17 BELIZE - U17 PANAMA 101-56

Belize won their first game at the U17 CentroBasket in Gurabo. They destroyed Panama 101-56 for 1-1 record in Preliminary Group B. On the other side, Panama dropped to 0-2. Tariq Middleton (178-G-95) erupted with 32 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Brian White (188-G-96, college: Wesley) had 16 points and 14 boards, while Devin Daly (188-F-95) added 14 pts and 17 rebs. In Panama, Pablo Rivas (95) collected 21 points and 12 rebounds. Bryan Waithe (183-G/F-94) and Abid Oses (F/C-95) (9 rebs) netted 11 and 10 points respectively. Quarters: 14-20, 37-6, 15-21, 35-9. In the last day of the Preliminary Round Belize will meet Mexico. Panama will play against Bahamas.

Belize: Tariq Middleton 32+6 boards, Brian White 16+14 boards, Devin Daly 14+17 boards
Panama: Pablo Rivas 21+12 boards, Bryan Waithe 11, Abid Oses 10+9 boards


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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


U17 Dominican Republic wins in Day Two in Gurabo - by Eurobasket News
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 54-95

First victory for Dominican Republic in Gurabo. They cruised past British Virgin Islands 95-54 for 1-1 record in Preliminary Group A. On the other side, British Virgin Islands dropped to 0-2. Brandone Francis (95) stepped up for the winners with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Oscar Cabrera (95) also scored 18 points, while Bernardo Polanco (94) added 13 pts. In the loosing squad, Ryan Alfred (95) collected 22 points. Their second scorer was Shakiel Humphrey (95) with 16 pts. Quarters: 11-21, 16-20, 7-30, 20-24. In the last day of the Preliminary Round in Gurabo Dominican Republic will meet Puerto Rico. British Virgin Islands will take on US Virgin Islands.

British Virgin Islands: Ryan Alfred 22, Shakiel Humphrey 16
Dominican Republic: Brandone Francis 18+9 boards, Oscar Cabrera 18, Bernardo Polanco 13


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  BULGARIA   


U16: Poland cruise past Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News
Poland U16 - Bulgaria U16 104:85

Poland earned the crucial victory in the battle against relegation at U16 European Championship. Witlinksi tallied 27 points and 11 rebounds to pace the winners. Poland improved at 3-1 record, while Bulgaria fell at 0-4 record in Group G.
Poland grabbed the lead early on. They posted a 24:13 lead at the first intermission. Poland maintained the advantage throughout the second term. They recorded a 47:37 halftime advantage. Poland gained a 15-point lead midway through the third term. They continued to mount the pressure posting a 76:55 lead with ten minutes remaining. The Polish team did not slow down in the final quarter and rallied to the victory at the end. Bartosz Wrobel (186-G-95) accounted for 19 points, while Damian Jeszke (200-F-95) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Aleksandar Vezenkov (204-F-95) responded with 35 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists for Bulgaria. Anguel Peychinov (196-F-95) delivered 13 points in the loss.

Poland U16: Mikolaj Witlinski (201-F-95) 27+11 boards, Bartosz Wrobel 19, Damian Jeszke 16
Bulgaria U16: Aleksandar Vezenkov 35+11 boards, Anguel Peychinov 13



Russia easily rolled over Bulgaria in Nicosia - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria-Russia 51:88

Russia NT easily rolled over Bulgaria NT in Nicosia. The Russian team celebrated 88:51 victory after the wins in all the quarters.
Russia started the game with 18-6 and never looked behind. The favorites added 25-7 in the second frame for 43:13 at the halftime. Bulgaria started to play better in the second half but also lost the quarters. Russia won the third period 26-22 and added 19-16 in the last period.
Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) top-scored for the winners with 14 points as Russia took the first win. Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: RIZO) posted 12, while Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) and Semen Antonov (202-F-89) brought 10 points each. Chavdar Kostov (196-G-88, agency: Interperformances) ended up with 12 points, while Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky) and Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) scored 8 points apiece.


Tomorrow Russia will take on Italy, while Bulgaria will play against Poland.

Bulgaria: Chavdar Kostov 12, Filip Videnov 8, Dejan Ivanov 8
Russia: Vitaly Fridzon 14, Timofey Mozgov 12, Andrei Kirilenko 10, Semen Antonov 10




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  CANADA   


Czech Republic bounce back against Canada - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic - Canada 81:68

Czech Republic bounced back against Canada in the second game of the two-game test series. The hosts clinched a 13-point victory to recover from a narrow overtime loss in the first game. Pavel Houska (201-F-84) once again topscored for the hosts with 23 points and 10 rebounds.
Czech Republic grabbed the lead early on. They posted a 22:13 lead after ten minutes. The hosts maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. Czech Republic arrived at halftime up by 6 points 39:33. Canada did not allow the home team to run away in the third term. The North American team trailed by just five points heading into the final stanza 50:55. But the hosts unleashed 26 points in the fourth period and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Jakub Kudlacek (193-G-90) accounted for 16 points, while Petr Bohacik (202-F-85) added 10 points in the victory. Brady Heslip (185-G) responded with 14 points for Canada. Denham Brown (198-F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Connecticut) chipped in 13 points in defeat.

Czech Republic: Pavel Houska 23+10 boards, Jakub Kudlacek 16, Petr Bohacik 10
Canada: Brady Heslip 14, Denham Brown 13



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  CENTROBASKET U17   


Day Two in Gurabo - by Eurobasket News
GROUP A

U.S. Virgin Islands - Puerto Rico
62-95
Puerto Rico secured Semifinals in Gurabo. They cruised past US Virgin Islands 95-62 jumping to 2-0 in Preliminary Group A of U17 CentroBasket. On the other side, US Virgin Islands dropped to 1-1 in this pool and still has a nice chance to reach the next stage. Selwyn Rodriguez (95) was better than the others in victory with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Alexander Curet (94) also had 13 points, while Jerome Caraballo (95) added 10 points and 6 boards. In defeat, Agyei Gregory (94) top-scored with 13 points. Nicholas Springer (96) netted two less. Quarters: 17-16, 10-25, 15-36, 20-18. Today, Puerto Rico will meet Dominican Republic. US Virgin Islands will play against British Virgin Islands.

British Virgin Islands - Dominican Republic 54-95
First victory for Dominican Republic in Gurabo. They cruised past British Virgin Islands 95-54 for 1-1 record in Preliminary Group A. On the other side, British Virgin Islands dropped to 0-2. Brandone Francis (95) stepped up for the winners with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Oscar Cabrera (95) also scored 18 points, while Bernardo Polanco (94) added 13 pts. In the loosing squad, Ryan Alfred (95) collected 22 points. Their second scorer was Shakiel Humphrey (95) with 16 pts. Quarters: 11-21, 16-20, 7-30, 20-24. In the last day of the Preliminary Round in Gurabo Dominican Republic will meet Puerto Rico. British Virgin Islands will take on US Virgin Islands.

GROUP B

Belize - Panama 101-56
Belize won their first game at the U17 CentroBasket in Gurabo. They destroyed Panama 101-56 for 1-1 record in Preliminary Group B. On the other side, Panama dropped to 0-2. Tariq Middleton (178-G-95) erupted with 32 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Brian White (188-G-96, college: Wesley) had 16 points and 14 boards, while Devin Daly (188-F-95) added 14 pts and 17 rebs. In Panama, Pablo Rivas (95) collected 21 points and 12 rebounds. Bryan Waithe (183-G/F-94) and Abid Oses (F/C-95) (9 rebs) netted 11 and 10 points respectively. Quarters: 14-20, 37-6, 15-21, 35-9. In the last day of the Preliminary Round Belize will meet Mexico. Panama will play against Bahamas.

Mexico - Bahamas 94-90
Mexico registered second straight win in Gurabo. After 79-57 victory against Panama in Day One, Mexico was better than Bahamas 94-90 for perfect 2-0 record in Group B. On the other side, Bahamas dropped to 1-1. Jose Estrada (94) was totally the best player in this victory. He spent 36 minutes on the court collecting 44 points and 7 rebounds. Miguel Ramirez (94) had 15 points and Raul Frutos (94) added 13 pts, plus 5 boards. In the loosing squad, Adney Bethel (94) had 17 points and 5 rebounds. Lourawls Nairn (95) (5 rebs, 7 as) and Mickahil Rolle (95) (6 as) added 16 points each. Quarters: 21-12, 27-28, 15-23, 31-27. Thinks to this win Mexico already secured the Semifinals of U17 CentroBasket. Today is the last day of the Preliminary Round.


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. P.Rico2-0
2. Dominican R.1-1
3. US Virg.Isl1-1
4. British Vi.0-2
Group B
1. Mexico2-0
2. Bahamas1-1
3. Belize1-1
4. Panama0-2


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jose ESTRADA
  (--94)
  Avg: 42
 1. Estrada, MEX42.0 
 2. Middleton, BIZ26.5 
 3. Bethel, BAH19.5 
 4. Rivas, PAN18.0 
 5. Francis, DOM17.5 
 6. Rolle, BAH17.0 
 7. Daly, BIZ17.0 
 8. Nairn, BAH15.5 
 9. Moquete, DOM15.0 
 10. White, BIZ15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Devin DALY
  (188-F-95)
  Avg: 13
 1. Daly, BIZ13.0 
 2. Coleby, BAH12.5 
 3. White, BIZ10.0 
 4. Miller, BAH10.0 
 5. Francis, DOM9.5 
 6. Rivas, PAN9.0 
 7. Towns, DOM9.0 
 8. Rodriguez, PUR8.5 
 9. Estrada, MEX8.5 
 10. Catarino, MEX8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Mickahil ROLLE
  (--95)
  Avg: 9
 1. Rolle, BAH9.0 
 2. Moses, BIZ7.0 
 3. Lopez, BIZ6.0 
 4. Nairn, BAH5.5 
 5. Nunez Castil., DOM5.0 
 6. Ortiz, PUR5.0 
 7. Curet, PUR4.0 
 8. Baptist, BIZ3.5 
 9. Dicent, DOM3.0 
 10. Thomas, ISV3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mickahil ROLLE
  (--95)
  Avg: 8
 1. Rolle, BAH8.0 
 2. Curet, PUR6.0 
 3. Garraway, IVB5.0 
 4. Estrada, MEX4.0 
 5. Ortiz, PUR3.5 
 6. Baptist, BIZ3.5 
 7. Middleton, BIZ3.5 
 8. Curet, PUR3.5 
 9. Moses, BIZ3.0 
 10. Moquete, DOM3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Pablo RIVAS
  (--95)
  Avg: 5
 1. Rivas, PAN5.0 
 2. Coleby, BAH4.5 
 3. Miller, BAH2.5 
 4. Daly, BIZ2.0 
 5. Santos, ISV2.0 
 6. Estrada, MEX1.5 
 7. Lopez, PUR1.5 
 8. Santos, DOM1.5 
 9. Findlay, IVB1.5 
 10. Baptist, BIZ1.5 


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  CHINA   


It's bigger than basketball - by T.J. Bannister
I've played this game for many years now and no matter where I've been the same thing has stuck in my mind, which is, 'Its bigger than basketball'. There are many days when I go to practice and get mad if someone fouls me the wrong way or if something doesn't go my way in a game I really get upset. However what I have to reminde myself sometimes is that it's bigger than basketball. I will admit that I'm am imperfect human being who constantly makes mistakes and just because I get upset about a call or something not going my way, doesn't mean I'm a bad person. What I have to do is remind myself that it's bigger than basketball, and this sport is going to help me in the long run when basketball is over. It will help me to be a lot more calmer in certain life situations, it will help me to stay focused when I have troubles in life and most importantly it will allow me to be more efficient with my daily activities. Basically to simplify what I mean by things being bigger than basketball, I just mean that if a call doesn't go our way or things in a game are really messed up, just remember to relax and say it's not the end of the world so work through it. When you do this you will notice that you will begin to play the game even harder than you did before instead of wasting countless energy on a bad call that you can't change or if you feel the referee's are out to get you, just smile and say to yourself it's bigger than basketball. Basketball is something that God put on the earth for us to enjoy, be active, be competitive, and have fun while playing it, so I will continue to play this game with all of my heart and soul and enjoy it each time I step out on the court. So I encourage you guys to remember this saying the next time you get really upset in a game over a foul or etc, just remember 'it's bigger than basketball,' and don't let anyone still your joy, however play this game with all your heart and soul so that no one can never say you didn't give your all. God bless you all and have fun playing this game.





Sponsor Change - by Robert Wang
17 teams in CBA and some teams has changed many times about their names like Guang dong team, Shang Hai team, Ji lin team, etc..they all changed their sponsor in the past years. Now another team would change their sponsor, it is Liao Ning team. Liao Ning team has been a good team in CBA many years and made good success. Now their sponsor Pan Pan group decides to back out and no more sponsoring this team. Liao Ning sports committee hs been talking to some big groups recently and might find the new sponsor in the next few days. This means there is no more Pan Pan team in CBA this year if they back out. Wish liao ning team still play well and go further regardless who is their new sponsor! Good Luck!

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  COCABA CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Mexico looses to Japan 78-92 - by Kristian Santiago
The Mexican national-team is currently preparing for the COCABA tournament which they are going to host this month. Visiting Japan was a first test for the Mexicans and they lost it 79-92 mainly due to a poor second quarter to the Asians. Andre Joseph Tyronzic (191-G-81, college: Oregon) top-scored for the hosts with 23 points.

Correcaminos Victoria's Lewis LaSalle Taylor is currently serving as the head coach of the Mexican National Team. His assistant is Manuel Raga Navarro, one of the most famous Mexican basketball players ever.

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  CROATIA   


U16: Croatia breeze past Russia into semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Croatia U16 - Russia U16 88:62

Croatia made it into U16 European Championship semifinals. They thumped Russia to stay in the title race. Mario Hezonja (200-F-95) erupted for 30 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the effort.
Croatia jumped to an early lead and raced to a 26:12 lead at the first break. Croatia maintained the tempo in the second quarter. They established a 41:25 halftime lead. Croatia did not slow down after the big break. They unleashed 30 points in the third frame to pile up a 25-point lead with one quarter remaining. Russia never recovered in the fourth period as the Balkan team marched to the victory. Paolo Marinelli (184-G-95) delivered 15 points, while Dorian Jelenek (200-F-95) and Domagoj Bosnjak (197-G-95) had 9 points each in the win. Pavel Sizov (198-F-95) answered with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Russia. Vasily Martynov (185-PG-95) had 12 points in the loss.

Croatia U16: Mario Hezonja 30+11 boards, Paolo Marinelli 15, Dorian Jelenek 9, Domagoj Bosnjak 9
Russia U16: Pavel Sizov 21, Vasily Martynov 12



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  CYPRUS   


Proteas DaNoi AEL new signing - by Michael Aristidou
Another announcement we had today from Proteas Danoi AEL. The team after they agreed terms with American Paul Carter (203-F, agency: Edge Sports, college: Ill.-Chicago), they announce Montenegro forward Balsa Radunovic (206-F-80). The player has played before with the team in the period 2005-06.



He has a lot of experience in Cyprus league while he played also in Cytavision Apoel Nicosia, Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios and Frederick Achilleas Kaimakliou.



Proteas Danoi AEL is looking now for an American center and a EU peripheral player to finish their squad for new season.




Proteas Danoi AEL sign Paul Carter - by Greg
Proteas Danoi AEL signed American forward Paul Carter (203-F, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Edge Sports). Carter has just graduated from University of Minnesota (NCAA) in the U.S. While playing in 31 games he was averaging 14.7ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.9apg. This summer he attended NBA Workout with Minnesota Timberwolves, Utah Jazz, Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls. It will be his first year in professional basketball.

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U16: Pardubice bring the Semifinal birth for the hosts - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic U16-Latvia U16 68:66

Pardubice bring the Semifinal birth for the hosts as Czech Republic advanced to Top Four of the tournament. They needed the final push in the last quarter to win over Latvia 68:66.
The Baltic side shocked the hosts with 6-0 run and Nils Gertsons (198-F-95) scored for 24:17 at the end of the first period. Armands Ginters (194-F-95) posted two for 31:25, but Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) tied the game at 33:33. Latvia controlled the third period and looked better for the majority of the game. Nils Gertsons closed the period at 59:52 with 10 minutes left in the game. Those minutes however were enough for the home side. Radovan Kouril (182-PG-95) tied the game at 62:62 and Jiri Soula (187-G-95) nailed three for 65:65. Prokop Slanina made two free throws at the end of the game for the final success.
Prokop Slanina stepped up with 20 points for the hosts and Jiri Soula netted 15. Radovan Kouril brought 12, while Martin Peterka (199-F-95) collected 6 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists. Armands Ginters ended up with 15 points in defeat, while Rolands Smits (201-C-95) added 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Czech Republic U16: Prokop Slanina 20, Jiri Soula 15, Radovan Kouril 12, Martin Peterka 6+14 rebs+6 ast
Latvia U16: Armands Ginters 15, Rolands Smits 12+13 rebs, Nils Gertsons 10




Chris Monroe is the Newest Signing of CEZ Nymburk - by Surujh Roopnarine
CEZ Nymburk did not waste much time in finding a replacement for last seasons leading scorer Chester Simmons (198-G-82, college: Washington), inking a one-year deal with veteran shooting guard Chris Monroe (191-G-81, college: George Washington). Monroe, 6-3, is a ninth-year veteran out of George Washington University (NCAA) who spent last season in Italy with Enel Brindisi. He was injured at the beginning of the season and appeared in just three games, one of the few times in his career he had missed significant time due to injury. His last full season in 2009-10 was spent split between Greece and Italy. He played 13 games with Italian powerhouse Armani Jeans Milano that year, averaging 7.5 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.8 steals. A four-year starter at George Washington, the Silver Spring, Maryland native finished as the schools all-time leading scorer with 2,249 points as well as free-throws made (720). Though shorter than Chester Simmons (6-3 vs. 6-6) and a year older, Monroe is a terrific scorer and a veteran who will be able to pick up a lot of the scoring slack vacated with the departure of Chester Simmons. A well-traveled player, Monroe has played in Austria, Hungary and France in addition to his time in Greece and Italy.

Czech Republic bounce back against Canada - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic - Canada 81:68

Czech Republic bounced back against Canada in the second game of the two-game test series. The hosts clinched a 13-point victory to recover from a narrow overtime loss in the first game. Pavel Houska (201-F-84) once again topscored for the hosts with 23 points and 10 rebounds.
Czech Republic grabbed the lead early on. They posted a 22:13 lead after ten minutes. The hosts maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. Czech Republic arrived at halftime up by 6 points 39:33. Canada did not allow the home team to run away in the third term. The North American team trailed by just five points heading into the final stanza 50:55. But the hosts unleashed 26 points in the fourth period and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Jakub Kudlacek (193-G-90) accounted for 16 points, while Petr Bohacik (202-F-85) added 10 points in the victory. Brady Heslip (185-G) responded with 14 points for Canada. Denham Brown (198-F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Connecticut) chipped in 13 points in defeat.

Czech Republic: Pavel Houska 23+10 boards, Jakub Kudlacek 16, Petr Bohacik 10
Canada: Brady Heslip 14, Denham Brown 13



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U17 Dominican Republic wins in Day Two in Gurabo - by Eurobasket News
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 54-95

First victory for Dominican Republic in Gurabo. They cruised past British Virgin Islands 95-54 for 1-1 record in Preliminary Group A. On the other side, British Virgin Islands dropped to 0-2. Brandone Francis (95) stepped up for the winners with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Oscar Cabrera (95) also scored 18 points, while Bernardo Polanco (94) added 13 pts. In the loosing squad, Ryan Alfred (95) collected 22 points. Their second scorer was Shakiel Humphrey (95) with 16 pts. Quarters: 11-21, 16-20, 7-30, 20-24. In the last day of the Preliminary Round in Gurabo Dominican Republic will meet Puerto Rico. British Virgin Islands will take on US Virgin Islands.

British Virgin Islands: Ryan Alfred 22, Shakiel Humphrey 16
Dominican Republic: Brandone Francis 18+9 boards, Oscar Cabrera 18, Bernardo Polanco 13


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REBOTE SK SHOWCASE SIGNINGS - by Ozell Wells
Gaafar El Souri (183-G-84, college: Mount Allison) has signed with LJE Bobcats in Singapore. He is to play with the Bobcats in the domestic competition as well as work in the confines of their basketball academy. 'Gaafar has shown such a will and a desire to excel and become the best, he gave me no choice but to sign him and get him into my team as soon as I possibly could.' are the words that Bernard Williams had to say about the signing.
Ryan Nelson (198-G-87, college: Valdosta St.) has been brought into Germany for a potential signing with Dynamic Squad BBA in Wupertal, Germany playing in the Oberliga. Currently in Germany with Head Coach Abdelhadi Saou, who states that 'He is showing signs of being someone that we can build around.'
Amir Boucenna, has signed with Rebote SK to play with them in the 2011/2012 edition of the Tallinn Kossuliiga. The Rebote SK side, narrowly missing the playoffs by virtue of one game this past season, aims to make a strong statement by virtue of an explosive start to the upcoming season. He is also set to be an Assistant Coach at the Valga/CKE Inkasso Basketball School during the upcoming season.
Steffon Farley (203-C, college: Adelphi) has been invited to workouts and training's in the UK with the Worthing Thunder of the BBL. After his first 3 days of workouts, it is expected the he be presented with a substantial offer from the London side.
Kyle White (178-G) has received interest from the Glasgow Rocks, also competing in the English BBL. This was by virtue of coach Rafael Silva, one of the attending coaches at the showcase, just concluded over last weekend. 'I see him possessing the physical ability and mentality to really lead a team in the BBL. A nice power guard, who can get to the basket but also knock down the open shot, he will do very well in the BBL.' SIlva is a former Rocks player & coach.


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Afik Nissim to stay in Europe - by David Pick
Updated: August 5, 2011, 13:07 PM

After eight long seasons of basketball abroad, wandering through France, Italy, Russia, Ukraine and the Czech Republic, Israeli combo guard Afik Nissim still wants to play in Europe despite numerous interest by Israeli teams (Hapoel Jerusalem and Ashkelon).

'Nissim wants to play in Europe next season period,' sources close to the player told 'Eurobasket' adding, 'There has been interest for a while from Israeli teams but the bottom line is, he wants to stay in Europe and is exercising overseas offers.'

The 30-year-old Nissim is currently in Cyprus with the Senior Israeli NT preparing for the upcoming 2011 EuroBakset tournament in Lithuania. The versatile Nissim could easily play both the point and combo guard positions due to his size, strength and speed abilities.

Nissim recently led Czech Republic Nymburk to the domestic title averaging 12.1 points, 3 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game in just 22 minutes of play. In the EuroCup challenge, he improved his points and rebounding numbers recording
12.6ppg and 2.9rpg. the demanding three league season saw Nissim compete in the Adriatic league as well averaging just around his usual numbers, 12.1ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.4apg. In reward of his impressive performances, Nissim was a member of the Czech Rep. 2011 All-Star Team and received the Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention, Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. League Honorable Mention and Eurobasket.com Czech Rep. League All-Bosmans 1st Team.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @Dpick_Mvd





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Dmytro Gliebov and Olexiy Onufriyev did not make it the final squad - by Eurobasket News
Dmytro Gliebov (198-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) and Olexiy Onufriyev are out of the preliminary squad for the EuroBasket.
Dmytro Gliebov started his career in BK Politekhnik Kharkov and then moved to Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih (Superleague, starting five) for four seasons. In his last one there he averaged 10.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 65.8%. In December 2010 moved to BC Donetsk (Superleague) and in 43 games had 8.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 65.9%.
Olexiy Onufriyev last season played for MBC Mykolaiv (Superleague). In 51 games he averaged 9.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 53.5%, 3PT: 42.6%, FT: 72.7%. The next season he is set to play for Budivelnyk Kyiv (Superleague).
Ukraine NT will head to Turkey for the basketball World Cup with 4 teams participating. Izmir will host Ukraine, Germany, Serbia and the local National teams. Recently Ukraine destroyed Jordan in their last game of Aerosvit Cup in Kiev. The hosts won 104:75 to finish second.




Israel opened Cyprus tourney beating Poland 65:58 - by David Pick
Updated: August 5, 2011, 18:07 PM

The Senior Israeli NT began its 2011 EuroBakset exhibition games today (Friday), in Cyprus with a 65:58 'W' over Poland.

Israel as recalled was pooled to one of the toughest groups in the championship, as they will battle Italy, Serbia, France, Germany and Latvia for the first two spots.

In Cyprus, without Omri Casspi, David Blu, Yotam Halperin and Tal Burstein, Israel met a decant Polish team missing star NBA center Marchin Gortat. Throughout the first half it were the Polish who mostly dominated (19:18, 33:32), but Maccabi Tel Aviv's Euroleague stars Lior Eliyahu (19 points) and Guy Pnini (14 points) led the second half comeback (49:44) to a final 65:58 Israeli win.

Stats: L. Eliyahu 19, G. Pnini 14, Y. Green & E. Kadir 8 each, M. Roth 6, G. Mekel 5, Y. Ohayon 3 and U. Kukia finished with 2 points. A. Nissim, N. Cohen and Y. Naimy did not score.

'We started a bit hesitant and missed shots we normally cant afford to miss,' Said Israeli Head Coach Arik Shivek adding: 'We played today against a very physical team but are defense was the key, and I'm glad that on top of tat the guys filled out the tactical requirements. Holding Poland to just 58 points a game is very good but the bottom line is that I'm very happy with our first performance.'

Tomorrow (Saturday), @ 19:30 PM, local time, Israel will play the Greek NT, and on Sunday @ 15:00 PM, they will face Bulgaria.

Follow David Pick om Twitter: @Dpick_Mvd




Israel is set for the International Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Israel is set for the International Tournament that will start in Cyprus today. Israel is heading to Cyprus for a tournament that also involves Greece, Bulgaria and Poland. The team however will be without Tal Burstein (198-G/F-80, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices), David Blu (201-F-80, college: USC) and Yotam Halperin (196-G-84) that will join the team later.
Raviv Limonad (192-G-84) has left Israel's preparations for the EuroBasket. The player is unhappy by the large number of guards called up by coach Arik Shivek (agency: Avi Zilberman ). There are a total of eight guards in Israel's preliminary squad.
Raviv Limonad joined Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (Premier League, starting five) in 2009 and in Euroleague averaged 1.6ppg, while in Israeli League had 8.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 41.3%, FT: 71.7%. The season 2010-2011 he spent with Menorca Basquet (Spain-ACB, starting five) and in 34 games improved to 10.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 41.1%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 68.3%.
Israel will face Poland in the opener of the European Basketball Tour - Cyprus 2011. Tomorrow the team will play against Greece and on Sunday will take on Bulgaria.





Elias Zouros invites Dimitrios Mavroeidis - by Eurobasket News
Elias Zouros invites Dimitrios Mavroeidis (208-C-85, agency: FCM) for the National team roster due to the absence of Schortsianitis. Dimitrios Mavroeidis should appear also in the friendly tournament that will start in Cyprus this weekend.
Dimitrios Mavroeidis plays in Spain and in 2010-2011 joined Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (Spain-ACB, starting five). In 43 games he averaged 5.9ppg, 4.3rpg, FGP: 55.9%, FT: 79.0% and will continue with the team next season.
Last season he made it to Eurobasket.com All-Greeks Abroad Team -11 and became Spanish ACB Finalist -11. He recorded 15 points at the Regular Season Round 13 when CAI Zaragoza was defeated at home by seventh ranked Bizkaia Bilbao 74-68. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-68. Greek center Dimitrios Mavroeidis stepped up and scored 15 points for the winners and Greek swingman Costas Vasiliadis chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds.
Today Greece will start the International Tournament Cyprus 2011. Greece will face Italy in the opener, while will also play Israel and Russia.





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M-Standings - Group A
Standings
Group E
1. Czech Rep.4-1
2. Spain4-1
3. Germany3-2
4. Russia2-3
5. Serbia2-3
6. Greece0-5
Group F
1. Croatia5-0
2. France4-1
3. Turkey3-2
4. Latvia2-3
5. Italy1-4
6. Ukraine0-5
Group G (Places 13-16)
1. Lithuania4-0
2. Poland3-1
3. Montenegro1-3
4. Bulgaria0-4


Stats Leaders - Group A
Points Per Game
 Aleksandar VEZENKOV
  (204-F-95)
  Avg: 28
 1. Vezenkov, BUL28.0 
 2. Seskus, LTU21.3 
 3. Hezonja, CRO19.3 
 4. Sizov, RUS18.7 
 5. Witlinski, POL18.1 
 6. Kouril, CZE17.1 
 7. Savic, MNT16.1 
 8. Peterka, CZE16.0 
 9. Fedorchenko, RUS16.0 
 10. Inglis, FRA15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin PETERKA
  (199-F-95)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Peterka, CZE13.3 
 2. Witlinski, POL10.7 
 3. Vezenkov, BUL9.7 
 4. Seskus, LTU9.4 
 5. Inglis, FRA9.0 
 6. Diop, ESP8.7 
 7. Hezonja, CRO8.4 
 8. Jeszke, POL8.1 
 9. Savic, MNT8.0 
 10. Ristic, SRB7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Radovan KOURIL
  (182-PG-95)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Kouril, CZE6.6 
 2. Martin, ESP5.1 
 3. Rebic, SRB4.4 
 4. Djurovic, MNT4.3 
 5. Ozmizrak, TUR4.3 
 6. Zywert, POL4.1 
 7. Maccaferri, ITA3.9 
 8. Seskus, LTU3.9 
 9. Plavnieks, LAT3.7 
 10. Vezenkov, BUL3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Igor BOYARKIN
  (180-PG-95)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Boyarkin, UKR2.9 
 2. Martin, ESP2.7 
 3. Ozmizrak, TUR2.6 
 4. Sanli, TUR2.5 
 5. Vezenkov, BUL2.3 
 6. Fontecchio, ITA2.3 
 7. Sans, ESP2.3 
 8. Soula, CZE2.3 
 9. Liapis, GRE2.3 
 10. Hezonja, CRO2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ilimane DIOP
  (210-C-95)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Diop, ESP3.1 
 2. Vezenkov, BUL2.0 
 3. Stoimenov, BUL1.6 
 4. Prokopenko, UKR1.4 
 5. Inglis, FRA1.4 
 6. Benvenuti, ITA1.3 
 7. Slanina, CZE1.1 
 8. Spyropoulos, GRE1.1 
 9. Wimberg, GER0.9 
 10. Draskovic, MNT0.9 


Division A. Spain, Croatia, Czech Republic and France remain in title race - by Eurobasket News
Quarterfinals
Spain - Turkey 65-54
Spain advanced into the U16 European Championship semifinals. They overcame Turkey in the first quarterfinal in Pardubice. Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the winners. Spain dominated from start to finish. They posted a 15:11 lead after ten minutes. Spain opened the second period with six points in a row to enlarge the margin. Turkey could not pick up the tempo as they faced a massive 17:33 halftime deficit. Spain kept their opponents at bay throughout the third term. They recorded a 45:33 lead with one quarter remaining. Turkey could not get closer than seven points in the fourth frame as Spain cruised to the victory. Adria Cantenys (200-F-95) nailed 10 points, while Ferran Ventura (178-PG-95) finished with 9 for the winners. Cedi Osman (195-PG-95) responded with 17 points for Turkey. Kartal Ozmizrak (184-PG-95) delivered 15 points in the loss.

Croatia - Russia 88-62
Croatia made it into U16 European Championship semifinals. They thumped Russia to stay in the title race. Mario Hezonja (200-F-95) erupted for 30 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the effort. Croatia jumped to an early lead and raced to a 26:12 lead at the first break. Croatia maintained the tempo in the second quarter. They established a 41:25 halftime lead. Croatia did not slow down after the big break. They unleashed 30 points in the third frame to pile up a 25-point lead with one quarter remaining. Russia never recovered in the fourth period as the Balkan team marched to the victory. Paolo Marinelli (184-G-95) delivered 15 points, while Dorian Jelenek (200-F-95) and Domagoj Bosnjak (197-G-95) had 9 points each in the win. Pavel Sizov (198-F-95) answered with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Russia. Vasily Martynov (185-PG-95) had 12 points in the loss.

Czech Republic - Latvia 68-66
Pardubice bring the Semifinal birth for the hosts as Czech Republic advanced to Top Four of the tournament. They needed the final push in the last quarter to win over Latvia 68:66. The Baltic side shocked the hosts with 6-0 run and Gertsons scored for 24:17 at the end of the first period. Armands Ginters (194-F-95) posted two for 31:25, but Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) tied the game at 33:33. Latvia controlled the third period and looked better for the majority of the game. Gertsons closed the period at 59:52 with 10 minutes left in the game. Those minutes however were enough for the home side. Radovan Kouril (182-PG-95) tied the game at 62:62 and Soula nailed three for 65:65. Prokop Slanina made two free throws at the end of the game for the final success. Prokop Slanina stepped up with 20 points for the hosts and Soula netted 15. Radovan Kouril brought 12, while Martin Peterka (199-F-95) collected 6 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists. Armands Ginters ended up with 15 points in defeat, while Rolands Smits (201-C-95) added 12 points and 13 rebounds.

France - Germany 60-56
France sealed their birth at the U16 European Championship semifinals. They held off Germany in the quarterfinal battle in Pardubice tonight. Damien Inglis (198-F-95) stepped up with 22 points and 14 rebounds to lead Les Bleus. The lead changed hands throughout the opening quarter. Akpinar gave Germany a 10:9 lead after ten minutes. Roller-coaster action continued in the second frame. Germany came out on top posting a 26:23 halftime lead. Daniel Mayr (212-C-95) scored seven points in a row to make it 45:36 for Germany late in the third term. France bridged two periods with an 8:0 run to cut the deficit. Soon Pigot put Les Bleus in charge 47:46. Arthur Rozenfeld and Damien Inglis boosted the margin to 8 points with under three minutes remaining 54:46. Akpinar exploded with back-to-back three-pointers to drag Germany within two points 55:57 with 54 seconds remaining. However Damien Inglis and Arthur Rozenfeld sank three free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory. Paul Rigot (199-F-95) knocked down 16 points for the winners. Daniel Mayr notched 16 points for Germany. David Taylor (188-PG-95) had 12 points in defeat.

9-12 place
Serbia - Ukraine 99-69
Serbia will play for the ninth place at the U16 European Championship. They drubbed Ukraine to enter the game for the ninth overall place at the tournament. Dusan Ristic (207-C/F-95) nailed 22 points to lead the charge. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the opening quarter. Ukraine and Serbia were tied at 20 after ten minutes. But Serbia shifted the gear in the second frame. The Balkan side unloaded 32 points in the second frame to ensure a 14-point halftime lead. Ukraine stopped the rot in the third term. Prokopenko helped Ukraine to cut the deficit to 11 points with one quarter to go. But the final period turned disastrous for Ukraine. Serbia outgunned their opponents 26:7 to claimed a comfortable win at the end. Nikola Rebic (186-PG-95) delivered 15 points, while Marko Guduric (193-G-95) and Luka Popovic (200-F-95) netted 11 points apiece in the victory. Prokopenko answered with 23 points and 7 rebounds for Ukraine. Vladlen Berezhnyy (199-F-95) tallied 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the loss.

Italy - Greece 69-64
Italy will play for the ninth place at the U16 European Championship. They will face Serbia tomorrow. The Azzurri held off Greece in Hradec Kralove tonight. Simone Fontecchio (197-F-95) came up with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. Greece will take on Ukraine in the final game in Czech Republic. The Hellenes got to the better start. They grabbed a 17:15 lead ten minutes into the game. Greece maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They recorded a 37:34 halftime advantage. Things got even better for Greece in the third term. They made it a 6-point game at the final intermission 52:46. But Italy bounced back in the fourth quarter. Simone Fontecchio drained a triple to ignite a 13:3 run that put Italy on top 65:61. Michalis Liapis (190-G-95) converted three free throws to cut the deficit but Lorenzo Baldasso (190-G-95) fired from beyond the arc and Italy ran away with a tough win at the end. Lorenzo Baldasso finished with 15 points, while Alessandro Maccaferri (175-PG-95) produced 12 points in the victory. Michalis Liapis responded with 12 points for Greece. Anastasios Spyropoulos (196-G-95) chipped in 11 points in defeat.

Group G
Bulgaria - Poland 85-104
Poland earned the crucial victory in the battle against relegation at U16 European Championship. Mikolaj Witlinski (201-F-95) tallied 27 points and 11 rebounds to pace the winners. Poland improved at 3-1 record, while Bulgaria fell at 0-4 record in Group G. Poland grabbed the lead early on. They posted a 24:13 lead at the first intermission. Poland maintained the advantage throughout the second term. They recorded a 47:37 halftime advantage. Poland gained a 15-point lead midway through the third term. They continued to mount the pressure posting a 76:55 lead with ten minutes remaining. The Polish team did not slow down in the final quarter and rallied to the victory at the end. Bartosz Wrobel (186-G-95) accounted for 19 points, while Damian Jeszke (200-F-95) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Aleksandar Vezenkov (204-F-95) responded with 35 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists for Bulgaria. Anguel Peychinov (196-F-95) delivered 13 points in the loss.

Lithuania - Montenegro 76-72
Lithuania recorded the fourth straight win at the U16 European Championship classification round Group G. They overcame Montenegro to stay undefeated. The victory sealed Division A birth for Lithuania for next season. Edvinas Seskus (191-F-95) fired 29 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and handed out 6 assists to pace the winners. Montenegro fell at 1-3 record after the loss. The Balkan team ensured a slightly better start. They registered a 20:16 lead at the first intermission. But Lithuania turned things around in the second quarter. They erupted for 24 points to build a 40:36 halftime lead. Lithuania boosted the margin in the third term. They limited Montenegro to just 10 points to ensure a 16-point lead with one quarter remaining. Montenegro cut the deficit to just two points with under two minutes remaining but Edvinas Seskus came up with a timely bucket and Lithuania escaped with a tough win at the end. Pijus Mykolaitis (198-F-95) produced 12 points, while Paulius Valinskas (185-G-95) and Gediminas Zalalis (203-C-95) had 7 points each in the win. Luka Savic (199-F-95) responded with 23 points for Montenegro. Stanko Latkovic (184-G-95) netted 15 points in the losing effort.




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Basquet Mallorca adds Whippy to their roster - by Eurobasket Center
Basquet Mallorca (LEB Gold) added to their roster 25-year old Fiji former international guard Marques Whippy (196-G-86). He just graduated BYU-Hawaii. It was a very good season in his career as he helped his team to make it all the way to the NCAA D2 Final. He was also voted All-PacWest Player of the Year. Whippy is a member of Fiji national team and has a Cotonou status, which comes quite handy in some European leagues as the players with Cotonou status are not considered imports. It will be his first pro season.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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INTERNATIONAL: Finland upset Germany - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Germany NT and Finland NT met eachother tonight in Hagen, Germany. Finland upset the hosts by winning 74-79 (41-36). The contest was a thriller. Finland lost four players during the game as Teemu Rannikko, Kimmo Muurinen, Shawn Huff and Gerald Lee Jr fouled out, but Finnish guards came strong at the end and upset Germany. Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) led Finland with 19 pts. Mikko Koivisto (194-G-87, college: NC-Greensboro) added 16 and Muurinen 12 pts. Tim Ohlbrecht (211-C/F-88) (Germany) scored game high 24 points.
European Championship games will be arranged by Lithuania 31.8.-18.9. Finland will still qualify vs Hungary and Portugal. Two out of these three countries will play in Lithuania. Finland will start qualifying in Hungary on August 12. The first home game will be vs Portugal on August 15.


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JDA Dijon lands PG Bobby Dixon - by Eurobasket News
JDA Dijon announced important news today. The French outfit landed American point guard Bobby Dixon (178-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy) for the next season. Dixon is not a new face in France as he already played for Le Mans and ASVEL. Last season Dixon spent in Italy as a member of Enel Brindisi. He appeared 29 times in SereA averaging 12.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2 steals. Season 2009/10, Bobby Dixon started with ASVEL. He had 11.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 3.1 apg for them in 10 Euroleague games. In ProA, he added 10.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 3.4 apg. In March of 2010 he moved to Benetton. There, Dixon had 11.8 ppg, 4 rpg and 2.8 apg for 9 games. In 2009, Bobby Dixon helped Le Mans to win the French Federation Cup and Semaine des As. In the past, he also played for Benetton, Cherkassy Monkeys, Polpak Swiecie, Gravelines and Saint-Etienne. Dixon is a product of the Troy State University.

U16: France strike late, edge Germany - by Eurobasket News
France U16 - Germany U16 60:56

France sealed their birth at the U16 European Championship semifinals. They held off Germany in the quarterfinal battle in Pardubice tonight. Damien Inglis (198-F-95) stepped up with 22 points and 14 rebounds to lead Les Bleus.
The lead changed hands throughout the opening quarter. Akpinar gave Germany a 10:9 lead after ten minutes. Roller-coaster action continued in the second frame. Germany came out on top posting a 26:23 halftime lead. Daniel Mayr (212-C-95) scored seven points in a row to make it 45:36 for Germany late in the third term. France bridged two periods with an 8:0 run to cut the deficit. Soon Pigot put Les Bleus in charge 47:46. Arthur Rozenfeld (180-PG-95) and Damien Inglis boosted the margin to 8 points with under three minutes remaining 54:46. Akpinar exploded with back-to-back three-pointers to drag Germany within two points 55:57 with 54 seconds remaining. However Damien Inglis and Arthur Rozenfeld sank three free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory. Paul Rigot (199-F-95) knocked down 16 points for the winners. Daniel Mayr notched 16 points for Germany. David Taylor (188-PG-95) had 12 points in defeat.

France U16: Damien Inglis 22+14 boards, Paul Rigot 16, Arthur Rozenfeld 8
Germany U16: Daniel Mayr 16, David Taylor 12



Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Antibes 0-0 
 2. Bordeaux 0-0 
 3. Boulazac 0-0 
 4. Boulogne 0-0 
 5. Bourg 0-0 
 6. Chalons-Reims 0-0 
 7. Denain 0-0 
 8. Evreux 0-0 
 9. Fos Ouest 0-0 
 10. Le Portel 0-0 
 11. Lille 0-0 
 12. Limoges 0-0 
 13. Maurienne 0-0 
 14. Nantes 0-0 
 15. Quimper 0-0 
 16. Rouen 0-0 
 17. St Etienne 0-0 
 18. St Vallier 0-0 
 19. Vichy 0-0 


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Igor Mijajlovic and Marcus Kitts sign in MZT Skopje Aerodrom - by Greg
KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom announced the signing of two new players: Igor Mijajlovic (193-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza), Marcus Kitts (205-F-89, college: William & Mary).
Igor Mijajlovic came from Hopsi Pozela (Slovenia). While playing in 19 games his stats were: 12.2ppg, 2.5rpg and also 4.7apg (league's leader). He was named Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League Honorable Mention -11. Before Slovenia Igor played in Romania and Serbia.
For Marcus Kitts it will be the first year in proffesional basketball. He has just graduated from William & Mary University (NCAA). He played in 32 games and was averaging 9.2ppg and 5.8rpg. Second straight year he was named CAA All-Academic 2nd Team.


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Brandon Gay joins Sokhumi Tbilisi - by Greg
Brandon Gay (203-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: San Diego) signed a one year agreement with Eurochallenge qualifer, Sokhumi Tbilisi in Georgia. Gay played most recently at VOO Verviers-Pepinster (Belgium). While playing 31 games for Verviers-Pep. last season his stats were: 10.9ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.1apg and 1.2spg. Gay played also pro basketball in Belgium and Germany.


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U16: France strike late, edge Germany - by Eurobasket News
France U16 - Germany U16 60:56

France sealed their birth at the U16 European Championship semifinals. They held off Germany in the quarterfinal battle in Pardubice tonight. Damien Inglis (198-F-95) stepped up with 22 points and 14 rebounds to lead Les Bleus.
The lead changed hands throughout the opening quarter. Akpinar gave Germany a 10:9 lead after ten minutes. Roller-coaster action continued in the second frame. Germany came out on top posting a 26:23 halftime lead. Daniel Mayr (212-C-95) scored seven points in a row to make it 45:36 for Germany late in the third term. France bridged two periods with an 8:0 run to cut the deficit. Soon Pigot put Les Bleus in charge 47:46. Arthur Rozenfeld (180-PG-95) and Damien Inglis boosted the margin to 8 points with under three minutes remaining 54:46. Akpinar exploded with back-to-back three-pointers to drag Germany within two points 55:57 with 54 seconds remaining. However Damien Inglis and Arthur Rozenfeld sank three free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory. Paul Rigot (199-F-95) knocked down 16 points for the winners. Daniel Mayr notched 16 points for Germany. David Taylor (188-PG-95) had 12 points in defeat.

France U16: Damien Inglis 22+14 boards, Paul Rigot 16, Arthur Rozenfeld 8
Germany U16: Daniel Mayr 16, David Taylor 12



The Fraport Skyliners Bring In A Real Badger With 2011 NBA Draft Pick Jon Leuer - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It had been exactly 5 weeks since The Fraport Skyliners had acquired their last new player for the upcoming season with Joe Herber and the waiting for a new player seemed like an eternity, but the club announced today that Jon Leuer (208-F-89, agency: Priority Sports) will play for the team this season. Leuer gets a one year deal with Frankfurt with an option to go to the NBA if he gets an offer. Leuer is a 22 year old 208cm power forward from Long Lake Minessota. He is a solid power forward who is not so quick, but has great team mentality and defensive smartness. Knows how to score (and to gain fouls) in the low post, has a good outside shooting too. He played high school basketball with Utah State player, Brad Brown (198-F) He was drafted recently by the by Milwaukee Bucks (NBA,2rd (40) and played at Wisconsin from 2007-2011 and in his senior year played 34 games: 18.3ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 47.0%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 84.3%. 'Joe was one of the top talents in the NCAA and is a big player that can shoot and play the post. He runs the fast break very well for his size and is smart with a high basketball IQ', stated Skyliner headcoach Muli Katzurin (agency: Avi Zilberman ). Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Big Ten Regular Season Champion -08, Big Ten Tournament Winner -08, NCAA Sweet 16 -08, 11, All-Big Ten Honorable Mention -10, and All-Big Ten 1st Team -11. 'Joe has a very good and consistent shot. He can move very well and can play position four and five', stated Skyliner sport director Kamil Novak

Source: Fraport Skyliners


The EWE Baskets Oldenburg Get NBA Flair With Bobby Brown - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The EWE Baskets Oldenburg have announced the signing of ex NBA player Bobby Brown (188-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) Brown is a 26 year old 188cm guard from Los Angeles, California. He is very athletic combo guard with great scoring and leaping ability. Last season he started the season with Asseco Prokom Gdynia (Poland-PLK): 4 games: 23.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.3apg, 1.8spg; Polish League: Euroleague: 6 games: 10.7ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 38.1%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 87.5%; Polish League: VTB League: 5 games: 12.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 38.5%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 56.3%; left in Dec.'10, same month moved to Aris Thessaloniki (Greece-A1, starting five): Greek League: 29 games: 11.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 42.6%, 3PT: 32.5%, FT: 67.9%; EuroCup: 9 games: 14.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.3apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 75.0%. 'I see this signing as a surprise, but at the same time a fluke.With his international experience combined with the coaching qualities of Predrag Krunic, we want him to lead our game. We want to play an important role in this strong league. I am very happy that Bobby Brown decided to come to us', stated EWE baskets CEO Herman Schuller. Predrag Krunic is also happy about getting the ex Alba Berlin guard. 'We really tried hard to get him. He has played at different levels and knows the European basketball. This is a good pick up', stated Predrag Krunic

Brown started his basketball career in 2003 with : Fullerton St. (NCAA)where he played until 2007. In his senior year, he played 27 games: 20.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 46.8%, 3Pts: 38.8%, FT: 78.9%. In 2007-2008, he came overseas to Germany to play with Alba Berlin were he played ULEB Cup: 10 games: 16.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.2apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 47.1%, 3FGP: 39%, FT: 83.3%; German League: 45 games: 13.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.7apg, 2FGP: 54.1%, 3FGP: 36.1%, FT: 74.6%. The hext season, he jumpedto the NBA and played for the Sacramento Kings (NBA): 47 games: 5.2ppg, 1.9apg, FGP: 38.1%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 76.5%; in Feb.'09 traded to Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA): 19 games: 4.7ppg, 1.4apg. In 2009, he played another season in the NBA for the : New Orleans Hornets (NBA): 22 games: 6.6ppg, 2.1apg, FGP: 42.7%, 3PT: 25.8%; in Jan.'10 moved to Los Angeles Clippers (NBA): 20 games: 3.5ppg, 1.0rpg, 2.1apg. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Big West All-Freshman Team -04, All-Big West Freshman of the Year -04, Big West Tournament Semifinals -05, All-Big West Honorable Mention -05, All-Big West 1st Team -06, NABC All-NCAA District 15 1st Team -07, Big West Regular Season Runner-Up -07, Big West Tournament Semifinals -07, Big West All-Tournament Team -07, All-Big West 1st Team -07, German Bundesliga All-Star Game -08, German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals -08, German Bundesliga Regular Season Champion -08, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 2nd Team -08, German Bundesliga Champion -08, and Greek League Semifinals -11

Source: EWE Baskets Oldenburg




The Fraport Skyliners Strike Again On Friday Bringing In Justin Gray - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
In five weeks, The Fraport Skyliners were as quiet as the silent ice deserts in Iceland in player transfers, but today the club have struck again after signing a rookie with Jon Leuer, now have brought in a very experienced player with Gray Justin (188-G-84, college: Wake Forest) giving him a one year deal. Frankfurt will be his 8th station as a professional basketball player. Gray is a 27 year old 188cm guard from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is a versatile enough to excel at point guard as well as big guard. An enthusiastic, high-energy guard who brings a swagger to the team. He is a guy that likes to be the vocal leader, possesses great quickness and is an exceptional perimeter shooter. His last team was Guangzhou Free Man (China-NBL) where he averaged 25,3ppg, 5,9rpg and 3,3apg. He struck the team Ningxia for 49 points. In 2010-2011, he played for PAOK Thessaloniki (Greece-A1, starting five): Greek League: 18 games: 11.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 46.1%, 3PT: 31.4%, FT: 81.3%; EuroCup: 6 games: 11.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 40.7%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 79.3%, left in March'11, in Apr.'11 moved to BC Donetsk (Ukraine-Superleague): 16 games: 6.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 37.5%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 70.4%. 'I am looking forward to working together with Justin again. I think that he can be effective in the German league. He can play both guard positions and has a lot of potential. He has a good personality as well', stressed Skyliner head coach Muli Katzurin (agency: Avi Zilberman ). 'Justin has a lot of experience and is very versatile. His biggest strength is his consistent shot',stressed Skyliner sport director Kamil Novak.

Gray started his basketball career at the well known basketball high school Oak Hill {Va.} Academy): 16.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 5.4apg, 2.6spg. He then played at Wake Forest from 2002-2006. He played together with NBA superstar Chris Paul and Beko BBL player Kyle Visser of the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig at Wake Forest from 2003-2005. In his senior year, he played 33 games: ScoreACC-4 (18.2ppg), 3.6rpg, AssistsACC-5 (4.3apg), 1.0spg, FGP: 36.7%, 3PTACC-4 (36.1%), FTACC-5 (83.4%): Finished career ranked 8th in Wake Forest history in scoring (1,946 points), 1st in three-point attempts (860), 2nd in three-point field goals (319) and 8th in assists (382). His 319 career three-point field goals are 7th best in ACC history. In the summer of 2006, before turning professional he played at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft): 2 games: 9.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 5.0apg, 0.5spg, 2FGP: 32.0%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 50.0%. He started his professional basketball career in 2006 with Verviers-Pepinster (Belgium-D1): 32 games: 14.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.9apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 51.0%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 51.0%. In 2007-2008, he stayed in Belgium playing for Dexia Mons-Hainaut (Belgium-D1, starting five): 36 games: 15.1ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.8apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 46.0%, FT: 89.0%. In 2008-2009, he played for Muli Katzurin (agency: Avi Zilberman ) for CEZ Basketball Nymburk (Czech Rep.-NBL): Eurocup: 6 games: 15.5ppg, 1.3rpg, 3.8apg; Czech Rep. League: 43 games: 10.9ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 39.7%, FT: 77.2%. In 2009-2010, he played for PGE Turow Zgorzelec (Poland-PLK, starting five) together with ex Skyliner and German national player Konrad Wysocki playing EuroCup: 6 games: 9.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 23.8%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 85.7%; Polish League: 30 games: 14.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 89.3%. 'I am looking forward to playing in a great country and city. I have heard that Frankfurt has great fans and I am looking to a great season. I know Muli Katzurin (agency: Avi Zilberman ) and know what he awaits from his players. He is a great coach. I want to bring my experience and confidence into the team and my enthusiasm for the game. I love to compete and do what I can so we win many games', stressed Gray Justin.
Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been HS Jordan Capital Classic All-Star Game -02, ACC's All-Freshmen Team -03, ACCC Regular Season Champion -03, ACC Tournament Semifinals -03, 06, All-ACC 1st Team -04, ACC All-Defensive Team -04, NCAA Sweet 16 -04, USA U21 National Team -04, Tournament of the Americas U21 in Halifax -04, NABC All-NCAA District 5 2nd Team -05, ACC Regular Season Runner-Up -05, All-ACC 2nd Team -05, 06, USA U21 National Team -05, World Championships U21 in Argentina -05USBWA All-NCAA District III Team -06, Belgian Cup Semifinals -07, Dell College Three Point Championships -06, Belgian Cup Finalist -08,Belgian League Semifinals -08, Czech Rep. League Regular Season Champion -09, Czech Rep. League Champion -09, Czech Rep. Cup Winner -09, Polish League All-Star Game -10, Polish Cup Finalist -10, Greek Cup Semifinals -11, Ukrainian Superleague Finalist -11, and Ukrainian Superleague Regular Season Champion -11

Source: Fraport Skyliners


Schwenningen Panthers add Prasovic and Anene - by Moritz Korff
The Schwenningen Panthers (1. Regionalliga South-West) have signed the Bosnian inside player Elnis Prasovic (202-F-84). The 27-year-old is a well-rounded big man who can get the job done underneath the basket as well as from outside. Prasovic will also bring in lots of experience as he played in the top division in his native Bosnia for several years. In 2010 he was named Eurobasket.com All-Defensive Player of the Year of the Bosnian league.
The Panthers also added Jamal Anene (201-F-87, college: McMurry) to their 2011-12 RLSW roster. The 24-year-old power forward played 16 games for USC Freiburg in the Pro A in this past season. He previously played for San Angelo State University and McMurry University.


The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven Nab Gary Flowers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


It had been very quiet on the Eisbaeren transfer front recently, but 3 days before the start of training camp, the club have announced the arrival of Gary Flowers (203-F). Flowers is a 25 year old 203cm forward from Dallas, Texas. He will start his professional basketball career in the BEKO BBL after a sensational 2 year career at S.Mississippi (NCAA). After 2 years at Chipola JC (JUCO), he was able to make the jump to the NCAA without problems. In his senior year, he led S.Mississippi to one of the best seasons in their history with a 22-10 record. He played 31 games: 18.8ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 72.3%. In his junior year there he played 33 games: 15.0ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.4apg, 1.8bpg, FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 32.9%, FT: 66.3%.Bremerhaven head coach Douglas Spradley (agency: Limelight Hoops ) is convinced of big things happening to Flowers in the future. 'I am surprised that we could get a player like Gary Flowers (203-F). He has the potential to play in the NBA some day. He is able to go from defense to offense very quickly and with his versatility hard to read. He can jump, excellent shot and long arms. he can play the positions 3-5', stressed Douglas Spradley (agency: Limelight Hoops ). Awards/Achievements in his career have been Panhandle Conference Champion -09, NJCAA Semifinals -09, C-USA Tournament Semifinals -10, C-USA All-Tournament Team -10, All-C-USA 2nd Team -10, All-C-USA 1st Team -11, and NABC Division I All-District 11 1st Team -11

Source: Eisbaeren Bremerhaven




Marian Schick Moves To The Hanau White Wings - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO B team Hanau White Wings have announced that Marian Schick (198-F/C-86) will help the team this season under the boards. Schick is a 24 year old 204cm forward from Hessen. He played the last two seasons for Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (ProB) and last season played 18 games: 4.4ppg, 3.2rpg. 'We have helped our team on the court with Marian, but also off the court he fits to us', stressed Hanau White Wings head coach Hans Beth For Schick coming to Hanau was the perfect alternative. 'This is the ideal step to combine basketball and university. After Hans Beth explained the program, it wasnt difficult to make a decision to come', added Marian Schick (198-F/C-86). The German started his basketball career in 2005 with VfB Giessen (Regionalliga): 15 games: 1.0ppg. In 2006-2007, he played for : TV Lich (2.Bundesliga): 4 games: 2.3ppg, 1.0rpg. In 2007-2008, he stayed with TV Lich II (Regionalliga): 21 games: 11.5ppg; also played at LTi Lich (ProA): 20 games: 1.3ppg, 1.1rpg. In 2008-2009, he remained in Hessen and played for MTV Kronberg (Regionalliga): 24 games: 17.2ppg. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group South) Regular Season Champion -11, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Champion -11

Source: Hanau White Wings


Lyndale Burleson Back In Germany Again Signing With Science City Jena - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
After sitting out last season on account of a death in the family, Lyndale Burelson is back in Germany to showcase his great basketball skills in the PRO A with Science City Jena. Burelson who is the brother of ex NBA and Walter Tigers Tuebingen player Kevin Burleson is a 25 year old 191cm guard from Seatle, Washington. In the 2009-2010 season he played in Germany USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 30 games: 17.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.4apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 27.4%, FT: 64.3%. '. I'm excited to get back to Germany and Help Science City Jena win a Championship. My Goal on the court is to keep improving as a player and with the help of my teammates build a championship team', stressed Lyndale Burleson (191-G-85, agency: TSS Management, college: Nevada). The American started his basketball career for Nevada-Reno (NCAA)in 2005 where he played until 2009. In his senior year, he played 34 games: 3.6ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.4spg. 'Lyndale gives us an improvement and flexibility in our rotation. He also compliments Tyler Kepkay well and they will fit together well. I am happy that with all his experience, he decided to come to jena', stressed Science City Jena head coach Georg Eichler. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been WAC Regular Season Champion -06, 07, WAC Tournament Winner -06, WAC Tournament Semifinals -07, 08, WAC All-Defensive Team -08, 09, WAC Regular Season Runner-Up -09, and WAC Tournament Finalist -09

Source: Science City Jena





Kevin Hamilton Ends The Transfer Hibernation With BBC Bayreuth - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
One could of set bets as to which teams the Fraport Skyliners or BBC Bayreuth had a longer hibernation this summer in player signings, but the traditional Bavarian club BBC Bayreuth ended their hibernation first by gobbling up Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross). Hamilton is a 27 year old combo guard from Queens, New York that has been training with the Puerto Rician national team the last weeks. He played for the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig the last two seasons helping the club reach the playoffs both years. he played a total of 78 games the last two years and last season played 39 games: 9.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.3apg, Steals-1 (1.9spg), FGP: 53.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 67.0%. He has left a mark on the Beko BBL as in his first season he was the 9th most efficient player in the 2009/10 German BBL season and led his Phantoms to the play-off semifinals. He finished his 1st BBL season 3rd in assist (5,5 apg.) and 2nd in steals (2,0). Hamilton comes from a basketball family as his father played colleigate basketball at Iona College and was a third round draft pick of the Boston Celtics. He played at Holy Cross from 2002-2006 and for some time with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons. In his senior year, he averaged 17.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.5apg, 3.3spg, FG: 38.1%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 77.7%. He then started his professional basketball career in Poland for Polpak Swiecie (Poland-DBL, starting five), released during the season: 19 games: 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), 2FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 64.2%. In 2007-2008, he played for Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun (Mexico-LNBP): 1 game: 4pts, 3reb, 2ast, 1steal, in Dec.'07 signed at Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB): 2 games: 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg. In 2008-2009, he played for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg (Poland-DBE, starting five): 32 games: 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-1 (6.4apg), Steals-1 (2.8spg), FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 66.5%. It was here that he was coached by current Braunschweig skipper Sebastian Machowski who later would take him to Braunschweig. He led Kotwica Kolobrzeg to win the Polish Cup and a 3rd place after regular season being tied with the 2nd placed team behind Euroleague team Asseco Prokom Sopot. He also has played each summer in the Puerto Rican basketball league playing over 100 league games. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been HS McDonald's All-State honors -00,Patriot League Regular Season Champion -03, 05, Patriot League Tournament Winner -03, All-Patriot League 2nd Team -04, All-Patriot League Player of the Year -05, Patriot League All-Tournament Team -03, 05, 06, All-Patriot League 1st Team -05, 06, Patriot League Tournament Finalist -05, 06, Patriot League Regular Season Runner-Up -06, All-Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year -06, Puerto Rican BSN All-Star Team -08, Puerto Rican BSN Regular Season Champion -07, French ProB Champion -08, Polish Cup Winner -09, Polish League All-Star Game -09, Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Defensive Player of the Year -09, Eurobasket.com All-Polish League 2nd Team -09, Eurobasket.com, Polish League All-Imports Team -09, Eurobasket.com Polish League All-Defensive Team -09, Puerto Rican BSN Semifinals -09, Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Honorable Mention -09, Puerto Rican National Team -10, German Bundesliga Semifinals -10, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention -10, 11, and German Bundesliga Cup Finalist -11

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Jon Diebler joins Panionos - by Giorgos Diploidis
Panionios ON Telecoms Athens made a very good movement, they agreed to a deal with Jon Diebler (198-G-88) for the next period. Diebler is expected to help the team of Athens as a starting shooting guard. Panionos lost Tsiaras who was playing as a small and power forward and they were looking for a player to improve the quality of their guards.

Diebler as a player of Ohio St. had 12.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.7%, 3PT: 50.2%, FT: 81.0% in 37 games. He was
drafted by Portland Trail Blazers (NBA,2rd (51)).


U16: Italy prevail against Greece - by Eurobasket News
Italy U16 - Greece U16 69:64

Italy will play for the ninth place at the U16 European Championship. They will face Serbia tomorrow. The Azzurri held off Greece in Hradec Kralove tonight. Simone Fontecchio (197-F-95) came up with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. Greece will take on Ukraine in the final game in Czech Republic.
The Hellenes got to the better start. They grabbed a 17:15 lead ten minutes into the game. Greece maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They recorded a 37:34 halftime advantage. Things got even better for Greece in the third term. They made it a 6-point game at the final intermission 52:46. But Italy bounced back in the fourth quarter. Simone Fontecchio drained a triple to ignite a 13:3 run that put Italy on top 65:61. Michalis Liapis (190-G-95) converted three free throws to cut the deficit but Lorenzo Baldasso (190-G-95) fired from beyond the arc and Italy ran away with a tough win at the end. Lorenzo Baldasso finished with 15 points, while Alessandro Maccaferri (175-PG-95) produced 12 points in the victory. Michalis Liapis responded with 12 points for Greece. Anastasios Spyropoulos (196-G-95) chipped in 11 points in defeat.

Italy U16: Simone Fontecchio 23, Lorenzo Baldasso 15, Alessandro Maccaferri 12
Greece U16: Michalis Liapis 12, Anastasios Spyropoulos 11



Elias Zouros invites Dimitrios Mavroeidis - by Eurobasket News
Elias Zouros invites Dimitrios Mavroeidis (208-C-85, agency: FCM) for the National team roster due to the absence of Schortsianitis. Dimitrios Mavroeidis should appear also in the friendly tournament that will start in Cyprus this weekend.
Dimitrios Mavroeidis plays in Spain and in 2010-2011 joined Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (Spain-ACB, starting five). In 43 games he averaged 5.9ppg, 4.3rpg, FGP: 55.9%, FT: 79.0% and will continue with the team next season.
Last season he made it to Eurobasket.com All-Greeks Abroad Team -11 and became Spanish ACB Finalist -11. He recorded 15 points at the Regular Season Round 13 when CAI Zaragoza was defeated at home by seventh ranked Bizkaia Bilbao 74-68. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-68. Greek center Dimitrios Mavroeidis stepped up and scored 15 points for the winners and Greek swingman Costas Vasiliadis chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds.
Today Greece will start the International Tournament Cyprus 2011. Greece will face Italy in the opener, while will also play Israel and Russia.





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PromotieDivisie News: Rotterdam2 and Jugglers welcome to the 'Promoite' - by Terry Cooper
The summer transactions has been going slow with all the talk of the NFL and NBA lockouts but as everyone is preparing for the upcoming season with new signings and big names, The Promotie is getting ready for another season of quality basketball in order to reach the playoffs and the title in 2K12. As Binnenland prepares to try and win the title again, Amsterdam2 are the big dogs in basketball in Amsterdam, and other teams are reloading their teams, I would like to welcome Rotterdam2 and The Jugglers to the league. Rotterdam is not a stranger to the Promotie as they played in 2006-07 before going to a lower level. This will be the first year for The Jugglers in the league and as I have said before to many of the teams coming into the division 'Better stack your teams to win!' Teams that have decided to go with the players from the Eerste Divisie have seen themselves going right back because they feel that there is no difference in the levels. Im telling you know..THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE and no better time than the present to get your teams ready to play against good teams every week to get one step closer to the playoffs in the spring. As we say welcome to these teams, we must say farewell to the Nijmegen Wildcats and The Black Eagles as they go back to the Eerste Divisie to work their way back up. Take it from them newcomers, if they could do it all over again, they would have got the best of the best players to make some noise early in the season. The teams this season are as follows:

1. Jugglers
2. Punch
3. Binnenland*
4. Cangeroes
5. De Groene Uilen
6. BS Leiden 2
7. Rotterdam 2
8. ABC Amsterdam 2
9. VBC Akrides
10. BV Hoofddorp
11. De Hoppers**
12. Red Giants
13. Goba
14. Almonte

* 2011 PromotieDivisie Champions
** 2011 Runner-up


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Israel opened Cyprus tourney beating Poland 65:58 - by David Pick
Updated: August 5, 2011, 18:07 PM

The Senior Israeli NT began its 2011 EuroBakset exhibition games today (Friday), in Cyprus with a 65:58 'W' over Poland.

Israel as recalled was pooled to one of the toughest groups in the championship, as they will battle Italy, Serbia, France, Germany and Latvia for the first two spots.

In Cyprus, without Omri Casspi, David Blu, Yotam Halperin and Tal Burstein, Israel met a decant Polish team missing star NBA center Marchin Gortat. Throughout the first half it were the Polish who mostly dominated (19:18, 33:32), but Maccabi Tel Aviv's Euroleague stars Lior Eliyahu (19 points) and Guy Pnini (14 points) led the second half comeback (49:44) to a final 65:58 Israeli win.

Stats: L. Eliyahu 19, G. Pnini 14, Y. Green & E. Kadir 8 each, M. Roth 6, G. Mekel 5, Y. Ohayon 3 and U. Kukia finished with 2 points. A. Nissim, N. Cohen and Y. Naimy did not score.

'We started a bit hesitant and missed shots we normally cant afford to miss,' Said Israeli Head Coach Arik Shivek adding: 'We played today against a very physical team but are defense was the key, and I'm glad that on top of tat the guys filled out the tactical requirements. Holding Poland to just 58 points a game is very good but the bottom line is that I'm very happy with our first performance.'

Tomorrow (Saturday), @ 19:30 PM, local time, Israel will play the Greek NT, and on Sunday @ 15:00 PM, they will face Bulgaria.

Follow David Pick om Twitter: @Dpick_Mvd




Hapoel Afula sign Guy Cohen - by Eurobasket Center
Hapoel Afula (National League) signed 28-year old domestic forward Guy Cohen (195-F-83). Cohen played most recently at Elitzur Yavne (National League). While playing 31 games for Elitzur Yavne last season his stats were: 5.7ppg and 1.9rpg. Cohen is a very experienced player.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Dan Bank is a newcomer at Ironi Nes-Ziona Kfar Saba - by Eurobasket Center
Ironi Nes-Ziona Kfar Saba (National League) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old naturalized British guard Dan Bank (188-G-84). Bank played most recently at A.S. Ramat Hasharon (Artzit).

By Eurobasket Data Center


Matan Marztiano joins Ironi Nes-Ziona Kfar Saba - by Eurobasket Center
Ironi Nes-Ziona Kfar Saba (National League) agreed terms with 21-year old domestic swingman Matan Marztiano (194-G/F-90). Marztiano played most recently at Bnei Eshet Tours Hasharon (Premier League). While playing 7 games for Bnei Hasharon last season he recorded 0.6ppg.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Poland and Israel started the International tournament in Nicosia - by Eurobasket News
Israel - Poland 65:58

Israel and Poland started the International tournament in Cyprus. Israel reached 65:58 due to the second half that they won 33-25.
Poland won the opening period and had 19-18 after the end of it. Both teams nailed 14 points each in the second period that remained Poland in front at the halftime. In the third quarter Israel however needed 17-11 for the lead in the game that they kept until the end. Israel added 16-14 in the last stanza to seal the victory in the opener.
Lior Eliyahu (206-F/C-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) paced all the winners with 19 points and Guy Pnini (200-F/G-83) nailed 14. Yaniv Green (206-C/F-80, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) and Kair posted 8 each, while Roth had 6. Lukasz Koszarek (187-G-84) ended up with 15 points in the losing effort and Adam Hrycaniuk (208-C-84, college: Cincinnati) notched 14. Damian Kulig (205-F/C-87) delivered 10, whilst Lukasz Wisniewski (186-G-84, agency: Promotex, college: Barton County CC) netted 6.

Israel: Lior Eliyahu 19, Guy Pnini 14, Yaniv Green 8, Kair 8, Roth 6, Gal Mekel (193-PG-88, college: Wichita St.) 5
Poland: Lukasz Koszarek 15, Adam Hrycaniuk 14, Damian Kulig 10, Lukasz Wisniewski 6, Piotr Pamula (195-G-90) 5




Afik Nissim to stay in Europe - by David Pick
Updated: August 5, 2011, 13:07 PM

After eight long seasons of basketball abroad, wandering through France, Italy, Russia, Ukraine and the Czech Republic, Israeli combo guard Afik Nissim still wants to play in Europe despite numerous interest by Israeli teams (Hapoel Jerusalem and Ashkelon).

'Nissim wants to play in Europe next season period,' sources close to the player told 'Eurobasket' adding, 'There has been interest for a while from Israeli teams but the bottom line is, he wants to stay in Europe
and is exercising overseas offers.'

The 30-year-old Nissim is currently in Cyprus with the Senior Israeli NT preparing for the upcoming 2011 EuroBakset tournament in Lithuania. The versatile Nissim could easily play both the point and combo guard positions due to his size, strength and speed abilities.

Nissim recently led Czech Republic Nymburk to the domestic title averaging 12.1 points, 3 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game in just 22 minutes of play. In the EuroCup challenge, he improved his points and rebounding numbers recording
12.6ppg and 2.9rpg. the demanding three league season saw Nissim compete in the Adriatic league as well averaging just around his usual numbers, 12.1ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.4apg. In reward of his impressive performances, Nissim was a member of the Czech Rep. 2011 All-Star Team and received the Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention, Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. League Honorable Mention and Eurobasket.com Czech Rep. League All-Bosmans 1st Team.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @Dpick_Mvd





Maccabi Haifa adds Jeremy Wise - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Haifa adds Jeremy Wise (191-G-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: S.Mississippi) for the next season. The American Guard comes from Barcellona (Italy) where he finished the last season.
The season 2010-2011 Wise started for Bakersfield Jam (D-League, starting five) and in 53 games averaged 14.9ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.9apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 54.7%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 80.4%. In April 2011 moved to Sigma Barcellona (Italy-Lega2, starting five) and in 5 games had 16.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.0apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 61.5%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 85.7%.
For Bakersfield Jam Jeremy Wise recorded 36 points at the Regular Season Round 61 when Reno Bighorns beat Bakersfield J. 116-103 in the Reno Events Center. Jeremy Wise led the way for Bakersfield with 34 points on the strength of three three-pointers and a 10-of-11 night from the charity stripe. Derrick Byars added 21 points and seven assists.
In Italy Jeremy Wise erupted with 27 points at the Semi-Finals Game 1 when Fastweb Casale overcame Barcellona in the first game of the semifinal series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sigma Barcellona won third quarter 27-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Sigma Barcellona 39-25 including a 30-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. At the losing side American guard Jeremy Wise responded with 27 points and Panamanian guard Michael Hicks scored 17 points.






Israel is set for the International Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Israel is set for the International Tournament that will start in Cyprus today. Israel is heading to Cyprus for a tournament that also involves Greece, Bulgaria and Poland. The team however will be without Tal Burstein (198-G/F-80, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices), David Blu (201-F-80, college: USC) and Yotam Halperin (196-G-84) that will join the team later.
Raviv Limonad (192-G-84) has left Israel's preparations for the EuroBasket. The player is unhappy by the large number of guards called up by coach Arik Shivek (agency: Avi Zilberman ). There are a total of eight guards in Israel's preliminary squad.
Raviv Limonad joined Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (Premier League, starting five) in 2009 and in Euroleague averaged 1.6ppg, while in Israeli League had 8.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 41.3%, FT: 71.7%. The season 2010-2011 he spent with Menorca Basquet (Spain-ACB, starting five) and in 34 games improved to 10.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 41.1%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 68.3%.
Israel will face Poland in the opener of the European Basketball Tour - Cyprus 2011. Tomorrow the team will play against Greece and on Sunday will take on Bulgaria.





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  ITALY   


U16: Italy prevail against Greece - by Eurobasket News
Italy U16 - Greece U16 69:64

Italy will play for the ninth place at the U16 European Championship. They will face Serbia tomorrow. The Azzurri held off Greece in Hradec Kralove tonight. Simone Fontecchio (197-F-95) came up with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. Greece will take on Ukraine in the final game in Czech Republic.
The Hellenes got to the better start. They grabbed a 17:15 lead ten minutes into the game. Greece maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They recorded a 37:34 halftime advantage. Things got even better for Greece in the third term. They made it a 6-point game at the final intermission 52:46. But Italy bounced back in the fourth quarter. Simone Fontecchio drained a triple to ignite a 13:3 run that put Italy on top 65:61. Michalis Liapis (190-G-95) converted three free throws to cut the deficit but Lorenzo Baldasso (190-G-95) fired from beyond the arc and Italy ran away with a tough win at the end. Lorenzo Baldasso finished with 15 points, while Alessandro Maccaferri (175-PG-95) produced 12 points in the victory. Michalis Liapis responded with 12 points for Greece. Anastasios Spyropoulos (196-G-95) chipped in 11 points in defeat.

Italy U16: Simone Fontecchio 23, Lorenzo Baldasso 15, Alessandro Maccaferri 12
Greece U16: Michalis Liapis 12, Anastasios Spyropoulos 11



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  JAPAN   


Saitama Broncos signed Kenny Satterfield - by Greg
Saitama Broncos (BJ League) announced signing of a one year contract with 30-year old American guard Kenny Satterfield (188-G-81, college: Cincinnati). It will be his second season at Saitama Broncos. While playing 11 games for Osaka Evessa last season his stats were: 8.9ppg, 5.9rpg, 5.7apg and 1.2spg. Before he landed in Osaka he played for Saitama, when he averaged 19.9ppg, 6.7apg. He finished as the best assistant and third best scorer of the season. Kenny was also named Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese BJ League 2nd and also All-Defensive Team. Satterfield is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Argentina, Cyprus, France, Greece, Mexico, Venezuela, Lebanon and USA.


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  LATVIA   


U16: Pardubice bring the Semifinal birth for the hosts - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic U16-Latvia U16 68:66

Pardubice bring the Semifinal birth for the hosts as Czech Republic advanced to Top Four of the tournament. They needed the final push in the last quarter to win over Latvia 68:66.
The Baltic side shocked the hosts with 6-0 run and Nils Gertsons (198-F-95) scored for 24:17 at the end of the first period. Armands Ginters (194-F-95) posted two for 31:25, but Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) tied the game at 33:33. Latvia controlled the third period and looked better for the majority of the game. Nils Gertsons closed the period at 59:52 with 10 minutes left in the game. Those minutes however were enough for the home side. Radovan Kouril (182-PG-95) tied the game at 62:62 and Jiri Soula (187-G-95) nailed three for 65:65. Prokop Slanina made two free throws at the end of the game for the final success.
Prokop Slanina stepped up with 20 points for the hosts and Jiri Soula netted 15. Radovan Kouril brought 12, while Martin Peterka (199-F-95) collected 6 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists. Armands Ginters ended up with 15 points in defeat, while Rolands Smits (201-C-95) added 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Czech Republic U16: Prokop Slanina 20, Jiri Soula 15, Radovan Kouril 12, Martin Peterka 6+14 rebs+6 ast
Latvia U16: Armands Ginters 15, Rolands Smits 12+13 rebs, Nils Gertsons 10




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  LITHUANIA   


U16: Edvinas Seskus leads Lithuania past Montenegro - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U16 - Montenegro U16 76:72

Lithuania recorded the fourth straight win at the U16 European Championship classification round Group G. They overcame Montenegro to stay undefeated. The victory sealed Division A birth for Lithuania for next season. Edvinas Seskus (191-F-95) fired 29 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and handed out 6 assists to pace the winners. Montenegro fell at 1-3 record after the loss.
The Balkan team ensured a slightly better start. They registered a 20:16 lead at the first intermission. But Lithuania turned things around in the second quarter. They erupted for 24 points to build a 40:36 halftime lead. Lithuania boosted the margin in the third term. They limited Montenegro to just 10 points to ensure a 16-point lead with one quarter remaining. Montenegro cut the deficit to just two points with under two minutes remaining but Edvinas Seskus came up with a timely bucket and Lithuania escaped with a tough win at the end. Pijus Mykolaitis (198-F-95) produced 12 points, while Paulius Valinskas (185-G-95) and Gediminas Zalalis (203-C-95) had 7 points each in the win. Luka Savic (199-F-95) responded with 23 points for Montenegro. Stanko Latkovic (184-G-95) netted 15 points in the losing effort.

Lithuania U16: Edvinas Seskus 29, Pijus Mykolaitis 12, Paulius Valinskas 7, Gediminas Zalalis 7
Montenegro U16: Luka Savic 23, Stanko Latkovic 15



Lithuania narrowly lose to Slovenia in Klapeida - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania - Slovenia 70:72

Slovenia claimed the second straight win in the friendly games in Klapeida. This time they rallied past the hosts in a tough battle. Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) converted a late layup to seal the victory for the visitors. Goran Dragic (194-PG-86) unloaded 20 points to lead the charge.
Lithuania got to the better start. The hosts built a 20:17 lead after ten minutes of action. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the second term. Lithuania ensured a 38:35 halftime lead. The home team boosted the margin in the third term. The Baltic side arrived at the final intermission up by 6 points. But Slovenia denied the deficit and set up the stage for Jaka Lakovics late heroics. Jaka Lakovic finished with 19 points, while Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) added 11 points for the winners. Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) responded with 14 points for Lithuania. Darius Songaila (205-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) had 10 points and 6 rebounds in defeat.

Lithuania: Darjus Lavrinovic 14, Darius Songaila 10
Slovenia: Goran Dragic 20, Jaka Lakovic 19, Erazem Lorbek 11



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  MEXICO   


Mexico looses to Japan 78-92 - by Kristian Santiago
The Mexican national-team is currently preparing for the COCABA tournament which they are going to host this month. Visiting Japan was a first test for the Mexicans and they lost it 79-92 mainly due to a poor second quarter to the Asians. Andre Joseph Tyronzic (191-G-81, college: Oregon) top-scored for the hosts with 23 points.

Correcaminos Victoria's Lewis LaSalle Taylor is currently serving as the head coach of the Mexican National Team. His assistant is Manuel Raga Navarro, one of the most famous Mexican basketball players ever.

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Jose Estrada lifts U17 Mexico to 94-90 win against U17 Bahamas - by Eurobasket News
U17 MEXICO - U17 BAHAMAS 94-90

Mexico registered second straight win in Gurabo. After 79-57 victory against Panama in Day One, Mexico was better than Bahamas 94-90 for perfect 2-0 record in Group B. On the other side, Bahamas dropped to 1-1. Jose Estrada (94) was totally the best player in this victory. He spent 36 minutes on the court collecting 44 points and 7 rebounds. Miguel Ramirez (94) had 15 points and Raul Frutos (94) added 13 pts, plus 5 boards. In the loosing squad, Adney Bethel (94) had 17 points and 5 rebounds. Lourawls Nairn (95) (5 rebs, 7 as) and Mickahil Rolle (95) (6 as) added 16 points each. Quarters: 21-12, 27-28, 15-23, 31-27. Thinks to this win Mexico already secured the Semifinals of U17 CentroBasket. Today is the last day of the Preliminary Round.

Mexico: Jose Estrada 44+7 boards, Miguel Ramirez 15, Raul Frutos 13+5 boards
Bahamas: Adney Bethel 17+5 boards, Lourawls Nairn 16+5 boards+7 as, Mickahil Rolle 16+6 as


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  MONTENEGRO   


U16: Edvinas Seskus leads Lithuania past Montenegro - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U16 - Montenegro U16 76:72

Lithuania recorded the fourth straight win at the U16 European Championship classification round Group G. They overcame Montenegro to stay undefeated. The victory sealed Division A birth for Lithuania for next season. Edvinas Seskus (191-F-95) fired 29 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and handed out 6 assists to pace the winners. Montenegro fell at 1-3 record after the loss.
The Balkan team ensured a slightly better start. They registered a 20:16 lead at the first intermission. But Lithuania turned things around in the second quarter. They erupted for 24 points to build a 40:36 halftime lead. Lithuania boosted the margin in the third term. They limited Montenegro to just 10 points to ensure a 16-point lead with one quarter remaining. Montenegro cut the deficit to just two points with under two minutes remaining but Edvinas Seskus came up with a timely bucket and Lithuania escaped with a tough win at the end. Pijus Mykolaitis (198-F-95) produced 12 points, while Paulius Valinskas (185-G-95) and Gediminas Zalalis (203-C-95) had 7 points each in the win. Luka Savic (199-F-95) responded with 23 points for Montenegro. Stanko Latkovic (184-G-95) netted 15 points in the losing effort.

Lithuania U16: Edvinas Seskus 29, Pijus Mykolaitis 12, Paulius Valinskas 7, Gediminas Zalalis 7
Montenegro U16: Luka Savic 23, Stanko Latkovic 15



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  NCAA3   


NYC Tech turns off light on athletic department. - by Joan Manuel Sanchez
The City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) will drop to a 9 team conference this after NYC Tech in Brooklyn shut down it's athletic programs this summer.

Reasons for the shut down is unconfirm and both the college nor the conference have yet to release any news regarding this situation.

NYC Tech won the CUNYAC Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2005.

IN OTHER NEWS:

Hudson Valley Athletic Conference member Voughn College Head Coach Amy Mulligan has accepted the head women's position at New Jersey City University. Coach Mulligan served as the athletic director at Voughn College. There she developed the men's basketball program.
The college has yet to confirm if it will have a basketball program for the 2011-12 season.




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  PANAMA   


U17 Belize destroys U71 Panama in Gurabo, 101-56 - by Eurobasket News
U17 BELIZE - U17 PANAMA 101-56

Belize won their first game at the U17 CentroBasket in Gurabo. They destroyed Panama 101-56 for 1-1 record in Preliminary Group B. On the other side, Panama dropped to 0-2. Tariq Middleton (178-G-95) erupted with 32 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Brian White (188-G-96, college: Wesley) had 16 points and 14 boards, while Devin Daly (188-F-95) added 14 pts and 17 rebs. In Panama, Pablo Rivas (95) collected 21 points and 12 rebounds. Bryan Waithe (183-G/F-94) and Abid Oses (F/C-95) (9 rebs) netted 11 and 10 points respectively. Quarters: 14-20, 37-6, 15-21, 35-9. In the last day of the Preliminary Round Belize will meet Mexico. Panama will play against Bahamas.

Belize: Tariq Middleton 32+6 boards, Brian White 16+14 boards, Devin Daly 14+17 boards
Panama: Pablo Rivas 21+12 boards, Bryan Waithe 11, Abid Oses 10+9 boards


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2011 William Jones Cup Preview - by Enzo Flojo
From West Asia:
Iran
- Not surprisingly, the Iranians aren't pulling any punches here. Based on their roster, this is their bona fide Team A. Samad Nikkhah Bahrami, Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85), Hamed Afagh, Mehdi Kamrani and all the other NT regulars are present. If coach Matic plays Iran at full strength, then they are the sure-fire favorites here. I suspect he won't, though, aiming to preserve some of his stars for the big tourney in September, but they'll still figure for the championship.

Jordan
- Naturalized player Rasheim Wright (194-G-81, college: District of Col.) isn't on the lineup (according to the rosters on TaiwanHoops.com), which might dampen Jordan's depth at the wings. They will still be strong without Wright, but it'll be a little easier for quicker teams like Taiwan, Korea or the Philippines to give them problems because of his absence. That's also one less explosive scorer to worry about for the rest of the field. Jordan will be good, but don't expect them to run away with the title.

From the Gulf:
United Arab Emirates
- Many of the players here played in Manila during the Champions Cup a few months ago. Without an import or a naturalized player, the Emirates squad will probably fall by the wayside with only Malaysia and Japan's B-Team possible victims.

From East Asia:
South Korea
- Coach Hur Jae brought what will probably be Korea's actual team in September's FIBA-Asia Men's tourney. Kim Joo-Sung, Ha Seung-Jin and Oh Sek-Eun (201-C-87) will be a three-headed monster inside, while their vaunted sniping should continue to cause headaches for opponents. They will challenge for the title here.

Japan
- Curiously enough, Japan's Jones Cup entry is missing many marquee names. The Takeuchi twins, Takumi Ishizaki, Ryota Sakurai and Shinsuke Kashiwagi are some NT mainstays not joining the Taiwan tilt. This could mean that the Japan we'll see here will be drastically different from the one teams will face in September. A guy to keep tabs on, however, is Jap-Am Sean Hinkley (197-F-91), a 6'7' forward from West Torrance HS who's currently playing for the Tochigi Brex.

Taiwan
- The home squad seems to be gearing up to hijack their more ballyhooed neighbors in this tournament. The Taiwanese have always been competitive at home, and this lineup, even if star forward Tien Lei won't suit up, should still be promising. Wingman wonderboy Lin Chih-Chieh and former Sacramento King hopeful Chen Hsin-An are present, and will be complemented by Chinese Basketball Association imports Tseng Wen-Ting and Wu Tai-Hao. Tai-Am Douglas Creighton Douglas (195-F-85) is another guy to watch out for.

From Southeast Asia:
Malaysia
- With the same core of the Westport KL Dragons sans their 2 imports, this Malaysian five will find tough times in the Jones Cup, which they're using to prep for the upcoming Jakarta SEA Games. The same names that did damage in Manila will lead this Malay 5 -- Shee Fai Loh, Guga Batumalai and Li Wei Chee (186-F-85). Expect them to finish dead last.

Philippines (Smart-Gilas)
- Coach Rajko Toroman and skipper Christopher Tiu (178-PG-85) have high hopes for the 2011 Jones Cup. The team is intact and relatively healthy, plus they'll also enjoy the services of PBA reinforcements Asi Taulava and Dondon Hontiveros. With naturalized player Marcus Douthit continuing to get comfortable in Toroman's system, Gilas is a strong title contender.

My Prediction:
Champs: Iran
2nd: South Korea
3rd: Philippines/Smart-Gilas
4th: Jordan
5th: Taiwan
6th: Japan
7th: UAE
8th: Malaysia

FINAL Schedule (after South Africa's withdrawal):
Aug. 613:00 Jordan-UAE15:00 Korea-Malaysia17:00 Philippines-Iran19:00 Opening ceremony19:30 Taiwan-Japan

Aug. 713:00 Malaysia-Jordan15:00 UAE-Korea17:00 Japan-Iran19:00 Philippines-Taiwan

Aug. 813:00 UAE-Japan15:00 Jordan-Philippines17:00 Korea-Iran19:00 Taiwan-Malaysia

Aug. 913:00 Iran-UAE15:00 Malaysia-Philippines17:00 Japan-Korea19:00 Jordan-Taiwan

Aug. 1013:00 Iran-Malaysia15:00 Jordan-Japan17:00 Philippines-Korea19:00 Taiwan-UAE

Aug. 1113:00 Japan-Malaysia15:00 UAE-Philippines17:00 Korea-Jordan19:00 Taiwan-Iran

Aug. 1213:00 UAE-Malaysia15:00 Iran-Jordan17:00 Japan-Philippines19:00 Taiwan-Korea

Aug. 1315:00 #7 vs. #617:00 #4 vs. #1 (Semifinals)19:00 #2 vs. #3 (Semifinals)

Aug. 1415:00 #7/#6 winner vs. #517:00 Third-place game19:00 Championship game

Source: HoopNut.blogspot.com


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  POLAND   


Poland and Israel started the International tournament in Nicosia - by Eurobasket News
Israel - Poland 65:58

Israel and Poland started the International tournament in Cyprus. Israel reached 65:58 due to the second half that they won 33-25.
Poland won the opening period and had 19-18 after the end of it. Both teams nailed 14 points each in the second period that remained Poland in front at the halftime. In the third quarter Israel however needed 17-11 for the lead in the game that they kept until the end. Israel added 16-14 in the last stanza to seal the victory in the opener.
Lior Eliyahu (206-F/C-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) paced all the winners with 19 points and Guy Pnini (200-F/G-83) nailed 14. Yaniv Green (206-C/F-80, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) and Kair posted 8 each, while Roth had 6. Lukasz Koszarek (187-G-84) ended up with 15 points in the losing effort and Adam Hrycaniuk (208-C-84, college: Cincinnati) notched 14. Damian Kulig (205-F/C-87) delivered 10, whilst Lukasz Wisniewski (186-G-84, agency: Promotex, college: Barton County CC) netted 6.

Israel: Lior Eliyahu 19, Guy Pnini 14, Yaniv Green 8, Kair 8, Roth 6, Gal Mekel (193-PG-88, college: Wichita St.) 5
Poland: Lukasz Koszarek 15, Adam Hrycaniuk 14, Damian Kulig 10, Lukasz Wisniewski 6, Piotr Pamula (195-G-90) 5




U16: Poland cruise past Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News
Poland U16 - Bulgaria U16 104:85

Poland earned the crucial victory in the battle against relegation at U16 European Championship. Witlinksi tallied 27 points and 11 rebounds to pace the winners. Poland improved at 3-1 record, while Bulgaria fell at 0-4 record in Group G.
Poland grabbed the lead early on. They posted a 24:13 lead at the first intermission. Poland maintained the advantage throughout the second term. They recorded a 47:37 halftime advantage. Poland gained a 15-point lead midway through the third term. They continued to mount the pressure posting a 76:55 lead with ten minutes remaining. The Polish team did not slow down in the final quarter and rallied to the victory at the end. Bartosz Wrobel (186-G-95) accounted for 19 points, while Damian Jeszke (200-F-95) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Aleksandar Vezenkov (204-F-95) responded with 35 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists for Bulgaria. Anguel Peychinov (196-F-95) delivered 13 points in the loss.

Poland U16: Mikolaj Witlinski (201-F-95) 27+11 boards, Bartosz Wrobel 19, Damian Jeszke 16
Bulgaria U16: Aleksandar Vezenkov 35+11 boards, Anguel Peychinov 13



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U17 Puerto Rico stay perfect in Gurabo - by Eurobasket News
U17 U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - U17 PUERTO RICO 62-95

Puerto Rico secured Semifinals in Gurabo. They cruised past US Virgin Islands 95-62 jumping to 2-0 in Preliminary Group A of U17 CentroBasket. On the other side, US Virgin Islands dropped to 1-1 in this pool and still has a nice chance to reach the next stage. Selwyn Rodriguez (95) was better than the others in victory with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Alexander Curet (94) also had 13 points, while Jerome Caraballo (95) added 10 points and 6 boards. In defeat, Agyei Gregory (94) top-scored with 13 points. Nicholas Springer (96) netted two less. Quarters: 17-16, 10-25, 15-36, 20-18. Today, Puerto Rico will meet Dominican Republic. US Virgin Islands will play against British Virgin Islands.

US Virgin Islands: Agyei Gregory 13, Nicholas Springer 11
Puerto Rico: Selwyn Rodriguez 13+9 boards, Alexander Curet 13, Jerome Caraballo 10+6 boards


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  RUSSIA   


Jeleel Akindele joins Spartak-Primorie - by Eurobasket News
Spartak-Primorie is getting shaped for the upcoming PBL season. The league's newcomers signed bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Jeleel Akindele (216-C-83, college: Chicago St.). The Nigerian centre started the previous season with Nizhny Novgorod. He tallied 11.0 points and 7.5 boards per game in PBL. In December Jeleel Akindele moved to Montepaschi Siena. His stats read 3.3 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in Euroleague. Previously the centre had stints with Obradoiro, Rouen, Scavolini, Pau-Orthez, Iowa Energy, Calpe Aguas. Jeleel Akindele played for Nigerian National Team in 2006-2009 seasons. He participated at 2007 All-Africa Games as well as 2007 and 2009 African Championships.


U16: Croatia breeze past Russia into semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Croatia U16 - Russia U16 88:62

Croatia made it into U16 European Championship semifinals. They thumped Russia to stay in the title race. Mario Hezonja (200-F-95) erupted for 30 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the effort.
Croatia jumped to an early lead and raced to a 26:12 lead at the first break. Croatia maintained the tempo in the second quarter. They established a 41:25 halftime lead. Croatia did not slow down after the big break. They unleashed 30 points in the third frame to pile up a 25-point lead with one quarter remaining. Russia never recovered in the fourth period as the Balkan team marched to the victory. Paolo Marinelli (184-G-95) delivered 15 points, while Dorian Jelenek (200-F-95) and Domagoj Bosnjak (197-G-95) had 9 points each in the win. Pavel Sizov (198-F-95) answered with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Russia. Vasily Martynov (185-PG-95) had 12 points in the loss.

Croatia U16: Mario Hezonja 30+11 boards, Paolo Marinelli 15, Dorian Jelenek 9, Domagoj Bosnjak 9
Russia U16: Pavel Sizov 21, Vasily Martynov 12



Spartak-Primorie also add Torey Thomas, keep Dmitry Gordeev - by Eurobasket News
Spartak-Primorie announced new player and keeping Gordeev for the next season. They signed deal with Torey Thomas (180-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Holy Cross). The guard spent the last season in Poland. Torey Thomas posted 14.4 points, 5.7 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game in PLK. Eurobasket.com named the guard into All-Polish League 1st Team. Previously Torey Thomas had stints in Netherlands, Venezuela, France, Sweden and Turkey. He was named All-Swedish Basketligan Player of the Year in 2008 and All-Dutch Eredivisie Defensive Player of the Year in 2009.
Dmitry Gordeev (198-F-89) remain with Spartak Primorie for the next season. The Russian Forward joined the team in 2006-2007 and in then also played for Spartak Primore Vladivostok U23 (U-23 Youth League), in April '09 joined Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (A Superleague). Last season for Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (Superleague) after 22 games he averaged 3.5ppg, 1.1rpg, 2FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 83.3%. He became Russian B Superleague Regular Season Runner-Up -11 and Russian B Superleague Champion -11.

Recently the team added Akindele.




Russia easily rolled over Bulgaria in Nicosia - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria-Russia 51:88

Russia NT easily rolled over Bulgaria NT in Nicosia. The Russian team celebrated 88:51 victory after the wins in all the quarters.
Russia started the game with 18-6 and never looked behind. The favorites added 25-7 in the second frame for 43:13 at the halftime. Bulgaria started to play better in the second half but also lost the quarters. Russia won the third period 26-22 and added 19-16 in the last period.
Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) top-scored for the winners with 14 points as Russia took the first win. Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: RIZO) posted 12, while Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) and Semen Antonov (202-F-89) brought 10 points each. Chavdar Kostov (196-G-88, agency: Interperformances) ended up with 12 points, while Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky) and Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) scored 8 points apiece.


Tomorrow Russia will take on Italy, while Bulgaria will play against Poland.

Bulgaria: Chavdar Kostov 12, Filip Videnov 8, Dejan Ivanov 8
Russia: Vitaly Fridzon 14, Timofey Mozgov 12, Andrei Kirilenko 10, Semen Antonov 10




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  RWANDA   


Rwanda basketball team set for Angola, Luxembourg friendlies - by Eurobasket News
The Rwanda Basketball team, Hoops, will face Angola and Luxembourg during their training tour of France.
The Hoops are using the France camp to fine tune for the 26thFIBA Africa Championship scheduled for Madagascar. Angola are the reigning Africa champions and are also wrapping up their preparations in France.
Others countries expected to compete at the continental championships are Tunisia, Cameroon, Nigeria, Togo, Senegal, Mali, Morocco, Central Africa republic, Chad, Mozambique, Cote dIvoire, Egypt, South Africa and Angola.

Courtesy of: StarAfrica.com


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  SERBIA   


Luka Pavicevic announce final list of Serbian University National team - by Zoran Popovic
Head coach of Serbian University National team, Luka Pavicevic (agency: Beo Basket ) announce list of players for Universiade in Shenzhen.
Marko Ljubicic, Nikola Dragovic, Stefan Bircevic, Dusko Bunic, Stefan Zivanoviv, Mladen Jeremiv, Milod Dimiv, Nikola Cvetinovic, Vladimir Luvic, Sava Lesic, Luka Drca i Vladimir Stimac. Assistant coach iz Goran Miljkovic, doctor is Gligorije Babovic and physiotherapeutic is Marko Djurkovic.
Our National team is in group B with National teams of Australia, Turkey, Canada and Hong Kong.



U16: Serbia storm past Ukraine - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U16 - Ukraine U16 99:69

Serbia will play for the ninth place at the U16 European Championship. They drubbed Ukraine to enter the game for the ninth overall place at the tournament. Dusan Ristic (207-C/F-95) nailed 22 points to lead the charge.
The teams exchanged baskets throughout the opening quarter. Ukraine and Serbia were tied at 20 after ten minutes. But Serbia shifted the gear in the second frame. The Balkan side unloaded 32 points in the second frame to ensure a 14-point halftime lead. Ukraine stopped the rot in the third term. Prokopenko helped Ukraine to cut the deficit to 11 points with one quarter to go. But the final period turned disastrous for Ukraine. Serbia outgunned their opponents 26:7 to claimed a comfortable win at the end. Nikola Rebic (186-PG-95) delivered 15 points, while Marko Guduric (193-G-95) and Luka Popovic (200-F-95) netted 11 points apiece in the victory. Prokopenko answered with 23 points and 7 rebounds for Ukraine. Vladlen Berezhnyy (199-F-95) tallied 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the loss.

Serbia U16: Dusan Ristic 22, Nikola Rebic 15, Marko Guduric 11, Luka Popovic 11
Ukraine U16: Prokopenko 23, Vladlen Berezhnyy 19



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Island Games: new draw - by Eurobasket News
The new Island Games draw in basket-ball (5th to 14 august) was made on last Sunday.

The new draw be place in Seychelles by international board games members on last Sunday.

Mens basket-ball :
Pool A : Reunion (last champion) Comoros, Mayotte, Mauritius
Pool B : Seychelles, Maldives, Madagascar.

Courtesy of: StarAfrica.com


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  SLOVAKIA   


Martins Berkis to Strenghten Svit - by Tomas Kottra
Latvian sniper signed new contract with BK Iskra Svit.
'Despite his young age, he is one experienced player and reliable shooter,' said club president Jan Drobny. Svit is going to rely on his stable performances. 25 years old Martins Berkis (199-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) is well known for his shooting ability which led him to being one of best free-point shooters and feared three-point shooter. Despite his skills, Berkis was not able to continue in his good performances as a key player in Komarno as last season's play-offs begun.
During last season in Komarno, Berkis appeared in All Star Game and led the team as captain. In 34 matches averaged 13,8 points, 4 rebounds and 2,1 assists.


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UCAM Murcia add David Barlow - by Eurobasket News
UCAM Murcia secured the services of David Barlow (205-F-83, college: Metro St.) for the next season. The 27-year-old Australian forward played for CAI Zaragoza since 2009. Last season he tallied 8.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in ACB. David Barlow participated at 2010 World Championship with the Boomers. The forward posted 4.4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game in Turkey.


Basquet Mallorca adds Whippy to their roster - by Eurobasket Center
Basquet Mallorca (LEB Gold) added to their roster 25-year old Fiji former international guard Marques Whippy (196-G-86). He just graduated BYU-Hawaii. It was a very good season in his career as he helped his team to make it all the way to the NCAA D2 Final. He was also voted All-PacWest Player of the Year. Whippy is a member of Fiji national team and has a Cotonou status, which comes quite handy in some European leagues as the players with Cotonou status are not considered imports. It will be his first pro season.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Tremmell Darden moves to Unicaja - by Eurobasket News
Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) moves to Unicaja for 2011/2012 season to a one-year contract with an option for the next one. The American Shooting Guard / Small Forward comes from Sluc Nancy Basket Pro.
In 2008-2009 Darden played for Melbourne South Dragons (Australia-NBL) and in 38 games averaged 11.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 64.1%. In 2009-2010 moved to Strasbourg IG (France-ProA, starting five) and in EuroChallenge showed 13.0ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5spg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 64.0%. In French League his stats read 12.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.7apg, 1.4spg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 56.2%, 3PT: 36.3%, FT: 75.4%.
The season 2010-2011 Tremmell Darden showed up in Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (France-ProA, starting five) and in EuroChallenge improved to 16.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 61.1%, 3PT: 47.8%, FT: 85.0%. In French League he ended up to be the fifth top-scorer with 17.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.2apg, Steals-5 (1.9spg), FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 37.4%, FT: 74.6%.
In France he reached French Cup Semifinals -11, became French ProA Champion -11 and French ProA Regular Season Runner-Up -11. He recorded 28 points against Roanne with 78:74 win.



U16: Spain see off Turkey to reach semifinals in Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News
Spain U16 - Turkey U16 65:54

Spain advanced into the U16 European Championship semifinals. They overcame Turkey in the first quarterfinal in Pardubice. Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the winners.
Spain dominated from start to finish. They posted a 15:11 lead after ten minutes. Spain opened the second period with six points in a row to enlarge the margin. Turkey could not pick up the tempo as they faced a massive 17:33 halftime deficit. Spain kept their opponents at bay throughout the third term. They recorded a 45:33 lead with one quarter remaining. Turkey could not get closer than seven points in the fourth frame as Spain cruised to the victory. Adria Cantenys (200-F-95) nailed 10 points, while Ferran Ventura (178-PG-95) finished with 9 for the winners. Cedi Osman (195-PG-95) responded with 17 points for Turkey. Kartal Ozmizrak (184-PG-95) delivered 15 points in the loss.

Spain U16: Ilimane Diop 13+10 boards, Adria Cantenys 10, Ferran Ventura 9
Turkey U16: Cedi Osman 17, Kartal Ozmizrak 15



Carlos Jimenez comes back to Asefa Estudiantes - by Eurobasket News
Carlos Jimenez (205-F-76) comes back to Asefa Estudiantes after 5 years with Unicaja. The last season for Unicaja Malaga (ACB) and in Euroleague averaged 6.2ppg, 4.3rpg, FGP: 41.2%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 80.0%. In Spanish League after 27 games his stats read 6.0ppg, 4.7rpg, FGP: 44.7%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 75.0%.
Carlos Jimenez recorded 14 points last season at the Regular Season Round 5. Bizkaia Bilbao was too strong for Unicaja 89:71 improving to 3-2 record in the league. Marko Banic stepped up for the hosts with 21 points. Aaron Jackson (6 rebs) and Alex Mumbru added 14 and 12 points respectively. In the loosing squad, Robert Archibald collected 15 points and 5 boards.
In Euroleague he recorded 13 points at the Top 16 Round 1 when Unicaja lost to Caja Laboral 71-76. The reigning Spanish champion celebrated in Malaga to join Panathinaikos with 1-0 record in Group E. Caja Laboral was slightly better at the beginning as they made tiny 19-21 in the first ten minutes. However, the home squad did not have enough power in the last ten minutes and they faced with 5-point home loss in the first game of Top 16 phase.



Nacho Martin remains with Blancos de Rueda Valladolid - by Eurobasket News
Nacho Martin (205-F-83) remains with Blancos de Rueda Valladolid for the next season. The Spanish Forward appeared in the team last season and averaged 6.6ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 48.0%, 3PT: 32.5%, FT: 82.4%.
In 2006-2007 Nacho joined CB Granada (ACB) and in the last season there had 3.0ppg, 2.5rpg. In 2009-2010 moved to CAI Zaragoza (LEB Gold) showing 6.0ppg, 3.0rpg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 63.6%.
In his top game last season the biggest surprise of round 16 in ACB was guest Blancos de Rueda's road victory over Baloncesto Fuenlabrada 77-73 in Round 16. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Baloncesto Fuenlabrada won third quarter 20-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Blancos de Rueda won last quarter 20-18. They made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Blancos de Rueda outrebounded Baloncesto Fuenlabrada 36-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. Forward Nacho Martin fired 18 points for the winners.



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U16: Spain see off Turkey to reach semifinals in Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News
Spain U16 - Turkey U16 65:54

Spain advanced into the U16 European Championship semifinals. They overcame Turkey in the first quarterfinal in Pardubice. Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the winners.
Spain dominated from start to finish. They posted a 15:11 lead after ten minutes. Spain opened the second period with six points in a row to enlarge the margin. Turkey could not pick up the tempo as they faced a massive 17:33 halftime deficit. Spain kept their opponents at bay throughout the third term. They recorded a 45:33 lead with one quarter remaining. Turkey could not get closer than seven points in the fourth frame as Spain cruised to the victory. Adria Cantenys (200-F-95) nailed 10 points, while Ferran Ventura (178-PG-95) finished with 9 for the winners. Cedi Osman (195-PG-95) responded with 17 points for Turkey. Kartal Ozmizrak (184-PG-95) delivered 15 points in the loss.

Spain U16: Ilimane Diop 13+10 boards, Adria Cantenys 10, Ferran Ventura 9
Turkey U16: Cedi Osman 17, Kartal Ozmizrak 15



Emre Bayav continue with Pinar Karsiyaka - by Eurobasket News
Emre Bayav (212-C-87) continue with Pinar Karsiyaka for the next season. The season 2010-2011 he appeared first for Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye (Turkey-TBL) and in Jan.'11 moved to Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (Turkey-TBL): Turkish League: 17 games: 2.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.2apg; EuroChallenge: 8 games: 2.9ppg, 2.0rpg.
Emre Bayav signed for Pinar Karsiyaka prior to the start of the previous season but left without playing a single game. The 22-year-old centre inked with Aliaga in February. He tallied 3.4 points and 1.9 rebounds per game in TBL. Emre Bayav used to play for U16, U18 and U20 Turkish selections.
In EuroChallenge Top 16 he recorded 6 points as Turkish underdogs overcame Dexia Mons-Hainaut 94:71. Dexia Mons-Hainaut tried to pull themselves back into the game and traded baskets for the remainder of the opening period to trail 17:20.
In the National League he also scored 6 points twice with the latter at the Regular Season Round 28. Everything went according to plan when Karsiyaka outplayed Antalya 101-79. The game without a history. Karsiyaka led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists.





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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


U17 Puerto Rico stay perfect in Gurabo - by Eurobasket News
U17 U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - U17 PUERTO RICO 62-95

Puerto Rico secured Semifinals in Gurabo. They cruised past US Virgin Islands 95-62 jumping to 2-0 in Preliminary Group A of U17 CentroBasket. On the other side, US Virgin Islands dropped to 1-1 in this pool and still has a nice chance to reach the next stage. Selwyn Rodriguez (95) was better than the others in victory with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Alexander Curet (94) also had 13 points, while Jerome Caraballo (95) added 10 points and 6 boards. In defeat, Agyei Gregory (94) top-scored with 13 points. Nicholas Springer (96) netted two less. Quarters: 17-16, 10-25, 15-36, 20-18. Today, Puerto Rico will meet Dominican Republic. US Virgin Islands will play against British Virgin Islands.

US Virgin Islands: Agyei Gregory 13, Nicholas Springer 11
Puerto Rico: Selwyn Rodriguez 13+9 boards, Alexander Curet 13, Jerome Caraballo 10+6 boards


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  UKRAINE   


Dmytro Gliebov and Olexiy Onufriyev did not make it the final squad - by Eurobasket News
Dmytro Gliebov (198-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) and Olexiy Onufriyev are out of the preliminary squad for the EuroBasket.
Dmytro Gliebov started his career in BK Politekhnik Kharkov and then moved to Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih (Superleague, starting five) for four seasons. In his last one there he averaged 10.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 65.8%. In December 2010 moved to BC Donetsk (Superleague) and in 43 games had 8.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 65.9%.
Olexiy Onufriyev last season played for MBC Mykolaiv (Superleague). In 51 games he averaged 9.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 53.5%, 3PT: 42.6%, FT: 72.7%. The next season he is set to play for Budivelnyk Kyiv (Superleague).
Ukraine NT will head to Turkey for the basketball World Cup with 4 teams participating. Izmir will host Ukraine, Germany, Serbia and the local National teams. Recently Ukraine destroyed Jordan in their last game of Aerosvit Cup in Kiev. The hosts won 104:75 to finish second.




U16: Serbia storm past Ukraine - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U16 - Ukraine U16 99:69

Serbia will play for the ninth place at the U16 European Championship. They drubbed Ukraine to enter the game for the ninth overall place at the tournament. Dusan Ristic (207-C/F-95) nailed 22 points to lead the charge.
The teams exchanged baskets throughout the opening quarter. Ukraine and Serbia were tied at 20 after ten minutes. But Serbia shifted the gear in the second frame. The Balkan side unloaded 32 points in the second frame to ensure a 14-point halftime lead. Ukraine stopped the rot in the third term. Prokopenko helped Ukraine to cut the deficit to 11 points with one quarter to go. But the final period turned disastrous for Ukraine. Serbia outgunned their opponents 26:7 to claimed a comfortable win at the end. Nikola Rebic (186-PG-95) delivered 15 points, while Marko Guduric (193-G-95) and Luka Popovic (200-F-95) netted 11 points apiece in the victory. Prokopenko answered with 23 points and 7 rebounds for Ukraine. Vladlen Berezhnyy (199-F-95) tallied 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the loss.

Serbia U16: Dusan Ristic 22, Nikola Rebic 15, Marko Guduric 11, Luka Popovic 11
Ukraine U16: Prokopenko 23, Vladlen Berezhnyy 19



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Rocks Re-Sign EJ - by Paul Nilsen
The Glasgow Rocks have completed the re-signing of veteran guard EJ Harrison (186-G-76, college: Connecticut) for the 2011/12 BBL Season, as he becomes the second major signing for the Rocks this off-season.

Harrison, who is originally from Connecticut in the USA, has been playing in the UK since 1999 and has developed into one of the most prolific guards in the BBL. His experience and leadership will be a vital component to the success of the Rocks in their 2011/12 BBL Campaign.

Harrison led the Rocks in scoring last season where he averaged 15.1 points per game, shooting 51% from the field and 40% from behind the three point line. The most significant feature about Harrison's game is that he contributes all over the floor averaging 2.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.8 steals per game last season and he once again led the BBL in free throw percentage with 93.8% (60/64) last season. Despite his on-court success, EJ felt that there was still a lot of unfinished business at the Rocks:

'I really felt like I owed the Rocks organization and the Fans something after the season we had last year. Sterling had a lot of faith in me so I wanted to give it another shot at trying to win a championship, hopefully all the players are on the same page and we can move forward as one unit for the full season.'

Rocks player/coach Sterling Davis was elated at being able to retain Harrison and he believes that Harrison will play a key role in the success of the Rocks this upcoming season:

'EJ was a big leader for our team last season both on and off the court. He really helped bring the younger guys along with expectations of the league and also with his work ethic.'

The Rocks have always prided themselves on their backcourt and Harrison's signature is the first step in attaining a backcourt that can compete against fellow heavyweight teams, Newcastle Eagles, Sheffield Sharks and Mersey Tigers. Coach Davis is confident Harrison will get the job done for the Rocks:

'He was our leading scorer last season, while also running the team from the point guard position. That's a big spot within our system and he stepped in and took on the role beyond expectations. I am very excited to have EJ back and know that he has a season under his belt at the Rocks he knows exactly what is expected of him.'

The acquiring of Harrison has sparked General Manager of The Forge Shopping centre, Paul Wishart, to confirm sponsorship of EJ for the upcoming season. The Forge Shopping Centre is already sponsoring Sterling Davis for the 2011/12 season as part of a two-year deal which involves the sponsorship of two key players within the Rocks squad.
Paul Wishart had this to say about the recent signing of EJ Harrison (186-G-76, college: Connecticut):

'We are very excited about the re-acquisition of EJ into the Rocks Professional Team. His all round playing ability and leadership skills were exceptional last season and he was a pleasure to watch. As soon as I had heard the Rocks were bringing him back I was eager to make sure he was one of the two players that the The Forge Shopping Centre would sponsor. We look forward to working closely with EJ, Sterling and the rest of the Rocks team for the 2011/12 BBL Season.'



Sullivan raring to go - by Eurobasket News
By Dave Ryan

Standard Life GB player Drew Sullivan (203-F-80, college: Villanova) can't wait to get back onto the court as his side prepare to face Netherlands on Sunday and Nigeria on Tuesday.

The three day tournament in Cobham, Surrey, is the opener for another tough summer of international basketball for Sullivan and his team culminating in the EuroBasket finals in Lithuania later this month, and the he is excited to get playing: 'It's been tough in practice, it's been very intense and I'm just getting used to it again. But I think I'm in a lot better condition than last year, so I'm happy about that.

'I'm really looking forward to the summer. Getting to play at the new Olympic venue makes it doubly exciting, and of course we have EuroBasket to look forward to.

'This weekend is a great opportunity to put in practice what we've worked on during the last week. It'll also help our fitness and give us the chance to gel.'

Sullivan has faced both upcoming opponents before, finishing with a double-double against Netherlands as GB won their first competitive game in EuroBasket Division B in 2006, and taking bronze with England at the Commonwealth Games earlier the same year with an 80-57 victory over Nigeria.

He admits to having only limited knowledge about the players that GB will face in Cobham: 'I don't remember much about that first game against them [Netherlands], other than we won, but they always put a competitive team on the floor and I'm in no doubt that's what they'll do on Sunday.

'We played Nigeria with England in the 2006 Commonwealth Games bronze medal game, but I imagine it's a very different Nigeria team now. But it's a very different side for us as well, we're a lot stronger, so hopefully we'll do well.'
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk


New Home For Champions - by Paul Nilsen
Mersey Tigers will have a new home for the 2011/12 season - the Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park in Huyton.

The venue, based on Longview Drive, is part of a multi-million pound investment in sports and leisure in the borough of Knowsley.

The Tigers were keen to secure a permanent Merseyside home, having had to take games to Manchester and Warrington last season. The Tigers will also develop the sport of basketball within the local community to potentially unearth the next local Tigers star in the making.

Cllr Eddie Connor, Knowsley Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture, says: 'We are delighted that the Tigers have chosen Knowsley as their new home. The venue will offer them first class sporting facilities that will hopefully help them to build on their fan base and enhance their growing reputation.

'Knowsley has a strong sporting history, with many national and international stars being born and raised in the borough. It would be nice one day to have the name of a local basketball player alongside such names as Steven Gerrard, Peter Reid and John Conteh.'

A Tigers club spokesman said: 'We are extremely grateful to Knowsley Council for all their assistance in making this happen.

'We are delighted to have secured our home for next season. We cannot stress how important this is for the club and its future. It means we can now focus on marketing our games, selling season tickets and looking for sponsorship, all of which help the club run, not only to pay wages, but to invest in our community and education programmes.'

The Tigers have picked up the British Basketball League (BBL) Championship and BBL Trophy titles and finished of the season with a win over Sheffield Sharks in the play-offs Final.

Knowsley MP George Howarth said: 'Basketball is an increasingly popular sport, providing great family entertainment. The Mersey Tigers is one of the top clubs in the British Basketball League and, as a Knowsley MP, I am delighted that they will be playing the majority of their home games next year in Knowsley.

'This is a great opportunity for the Mersey Tigers to play at a stable venue and I would urge people to attend events and experience the thrills and spills of a fast-moving and enjoyable sport at first-hand.'





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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Tigers hoping Lightning doesn't strike twice (WSBL Preview) - by Eurobasket News
Southlands Boulevarde Willetton Tigers will be looking to keep their hopes of a third-consecutive women's State Basketball League title alive as the playoffs continue this weekend.

The Tigers suffered a shock 81-74 loss to southern suburbs rivals Lakeside Lightning in game one of their best-of-three quarter-final match-up last Saturday.

Willetton's third-straight defeat left it needing to beat the Lightning on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon to ensure their season doesn't end before the Grand Final for just the third time since 2003.

The minor premiers struggled to contain Lakeside's Heidi McNeill (191-F-86, college: Washington) in game one and will have to do a better job against her to progress, while Willetton will be hoping for more production from star centre Zoe Harper, who had just seven points last week.

After a tough loss in game one, fourth seed Mandurah Magic will be trying to salvage their hopes of winning their first championship by turning things around against Glasscraft Wanneroo Wolves.

The Wolves held off a late Mandurah comeback to win game one 68-61, but they still have to win once at Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre, where the Magic lost only twice this season, to advance.

Mandurah missed all 11 of its three-point attempts in game one and must do a better job to take the series, while Wanneroo need Rebecca Mercer to continue her stellar form and lead it to victory once again.

Australian Central East Perth Eagles suffered a shock eight-point loss to sixth seed Kalamunda Eastern Suns in game one but return home for the final two games this weekend.

The game one loss ended East Perth's nine-game winning streak, but they'll be confident of taking the series if Kate Fielding can improve on her disappointing performance in the series opener and they can do a better job of containing Suns import Leah Rush (185-F-84, college: Oklahoma).

Last year's runner-up Total Connections Perry Lakes Hawks will be favoured to close out their series against Metropolis Fremantle Cockburn Cougars.

The Hawks comfortably won the opening game and should be too strong for the sixth-placed Cougars, who have lost five of their past six games.

The third game of each series is only played if necessary.

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


Tanya Kelly - 400 SBL Games - by Eurobasket News
The State Basketball League congratulates Total Connections Perry Lakes Hawks guard Tanya Kelly (164-PG-81) who will play her 400th game on Saturday night against the Metropolis Fremantle Cockburn Cougars.

Kelly commenced her SBL career back in 1996 with the Willetton Tigers where she played three seasons before moving to the Hawks in 1999.

Since then Kelly has played 13 seasons with the Hawks and 16 seasons in the SBL for a total of 399 games.

On Saturday 6 August when her Hawks tackle the Cougars in game two of the quarter finals series, Kelly will hit hte 400 mark.

The guard is one of the most succesful in the league, having played in 12 Grand Finals in her 16 seasons. She was a part of the Perry Lakes Hawks team that won three Championships in a row in 2001-2003.

Kelly played in a Grand Final in every one of her first nine seasons in the league and has only missed the last game of the year in 2005, 2006 and 2009.

The star guard was also the MVP of the SBL in 2006 an lists career highlights as playing with the Perth Lynx in the WNBL and going on an All Star tour of China/Thailand in 1999.
Courtes of http://www.sbl.asn.au/




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  AUSTRIA - Women  


U18 Norway outplays U18 Austria 59-50 in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News
U18 AUSTRIA - U18 NORWAY 50-59

Norway opened U18 EuroBasket Division B with victory. They outplayed Austria 59-50 for 1-0 score in Preliminary Group D. Earlier in this pool Greece grabbed 70-68 OT win against Latvia. Four best teams will advance to Qualifying Round. Stine Austgulen (177-G-94) shined with 23 pts and 9 rebs for the winners. Julie McCarthy (186-C-93) had 12 points and 9 rebs, while Lise Breivik (181-F-93) added 7 pts and 8 rebs. Lisa Zderadicka (168-PG-94) responded with 12 points in defeat. Barbara Keck (183-F-94) had 11 pts, plus 7 rebs. Quarters: 15-6, 14-19, 15-11, 6-23. Norway will play against Latvia today. Austria will meet Greece.

Austria: Lisa Zderadicka 12, Barbara Keck 11+7 boards
Norway: Stine Austgulen 23+9 boards, Julie McCarthy 12+9 boards, Lise Breivik 7+8 boards


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  BAHAMAS - Women  


Trinidad and Tobago grab 49-45 win against Bahamas - by Eurobasket News
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO - BAHAMAS 49-45

Trinidad and Tobago registered their first win in Nassau. They outplayed the host of CBC Championship 49-45 and joined the with 1-1 record. T&T failed in Day One against Cuba 32-80, while Bahamas handed 52-47 loss to Saint Vincent. Chenell Harris (89) stepped up fort the winners yesterday with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Rhea Codio (165-G-88) scored 10 points and Pietra Gay (183-G-74) added 7 pts, plus 7 rebounds. In Bahamas, Linda Pierre (82) collected 12 points and 5 boards. Their second scorer was Anastacia Sands-Moultrie (C-77) with 12 points and she also grabbed 5 rebounds beside that. Quarters: 12-15, 15-11, 12-14, 10-5. In Day Three, T&T will meet Saint Vincent. Bahamas will take on the USA Virgin Islands.

Trinidad and Tobago: Chenell Harris 16+5 boards, Rhea Codio 10, Pietra Gay 7+7 boards
Bahamas: Linda Pierre 12+5 boards, Anastacia Sands-Moultrie 12+5 boards


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  BELARUS - Women  


U18 Belarus wins in Day One in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News
U18 BULGARIA - U18 BELARUS 39-57

Belarus had joyful Day One in Miskolc. They handed 57-39 loss to Bulgaria for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Participants of the same pool are also Germany and United Kingdom. Three best teams will book a spot for the second stage of the U18 EuroBasket, Division B. Darya Lipinskaya (180-G/F-93) stepped up for the winners with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Maryna Ivashchanka (190-C-93) had 14 pts and 11 rebs, while Hanna Kalenta (187-C-94) added 9 pts and 12 boards. In Bulgaria, Radostina Dimitrova (175-F-94) had 10 points and 5 rebs. Kristina Peychinova (174-C-94) and Iva Kostova (172-F-94) followed her with 9 pts each. Quarters: 15-19, 8-13, 14-11, 2-14. Today, Belarus will meet Germany. Bulgaria will take on United Kingdom.

Bulgaria: Radostina Dimitrova 10+5 boards, Kristina Peychinova 9, Iva Kostova 9
Belarus: Darya Lipinskaya 17+6 boards, Maryna Ivashchanka 14+11 boards, Hanna Kalenta 9+12 boards


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  BELGIUM - Women  


U18 Belgium cruises past U18 Ukraine 87-60 in Oradea - by Eurobasket News
U18 UKRAINE - U18 BELGIUM 60-87

Belgium had no troubles to beat Ukraine in Day One of the U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. Belgium celebrated easy 87-60 victory for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group C. Also in this pool Serbia was better than Italy yesterday 64-53. Three spots from this group are available for the next stage. Emma Meesseman (192-C-93) was a key player in victory with 23 points and 5 rebounds. She reached valuation 30. Sien Devliegher (175-G-93) scored 14 points, while Julie Vanloo (172-PG-93) and Antonia Delaere (174-G-94) helped with 13 points each. In Ukraine, Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93) was better than the others with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Lyudmyla Naumenko (184-F-93) had 13 pts and 6 rebs, while Anna Kiriyenko (190-C-93) stopped to 10 pts in this meeting. Quarters: 14-22, 13-30, 12-17, 21-18. In Day Two, Belgium will play against Italy. Ukraine will take on Serbia.

Ukraine: Oleksandra Chek 14+11 boards, Lyudmyla Naumenko 13+6 boards, Anna Kiriyenko 10
Belgium: Emma Meesseman 23+5 boards, Sien Devliegher 14, Julie Vanloo 13, Antonia Delaere 13


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  BULGARIA - Women  


U18 Belarus wins in Day One in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News
U18 BULGARIA - U18 BELARUS 39-57

Belarus had joyful Day One in Miskolc. They handed 57-39 loss to Bulgaria for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Participants of the same pool are also Germany and United Kingdom. Three best teams will book a spot for the second stage of the U18 EuroBasket, Division B. Darya Lipinskaya (180-G/F-93) stepped up for the winners with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Maryna Ivashchanka (190-C-93) had 14 pts and 11 rebs, while Hanna Kalenta (187-C-94) added 9 pts and 12 boards. In Bulgaria, Radostina Dimitrova (175-F-94) had 10 points and 5 rebs. Kristina Peychinova (174-C-94) and Iva Kostova (172-F-94) followed her with 9 pts each. Quarters: 15-19, 8-13, 14-11, 2-14. Today, Belarus will meet Germany. Bulgaria will take on United Kingdom.

Bulgaria: Radostina Dimitrova 10+5 boards, Kristina Peychinova 9, Iva Kostova 9
Belarus: Darya Lipinskaya 17+6 boards, Maryna Ivashchanka 14+11 boards, Hanna Kalenta 9+12 boards


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  CBC CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Day Two in Nassau - by Eurobasket News
U.S. Virgin Islands - Cuba 42-87
Cuba registered second straight win in Nassau. After 80-32 victory against Trinidad and Tobago in Day One, Cuba was too strong for the US Virgin Islands handing them 87-42 loss. It means that Cuba has perfect 2-0 after two days of CBC Championship. On the other side, it was the first appearance at this event for US Virgin Islands (0-1). Suchitel Avila (183-F-82) was the leading scorer in victory with 17 points. Taimy Fernandez (183-F-82) had 13 points and Marlen Cepeda (193-C-85) added 12 pts, plus 13 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Natalie Day (182-G/F-90) collected 10 points and 6 boards. Their second scorer was Lanese Bough (168-G-93) with 7 pts. Quarters: 8-25, 9-24, 11-14, 14-24. In Day Three, Cuba will meet Dominican Republic. US Virgin Islands will play against the host Bahamas.

Saint Vincent - Dominican Republic 68-82
Dominican Republic celebrated in their first appearance in Nassau. They handed 82-68 loss to Saint Vincent for 1-0 record at the CBC Championship 2011. On the other side, Saint Vincent dropped to 0-2. They failed in Day One against Bahamas 47-52. Carmen Guzman (175-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: UAB) exploded with 28 points and 5 assists for the winners. Charlenny Frias (177-G-84) had 13 points and Andreina Paniagua (183-F-78) helped with one less. In Saint Vincent, Vasha Adams (83) was way better than the others with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Galeine Gordon (85) and Nathifa Weekes (170-G-85) (6 rebs, 5 as) added 16 and 12 points respectively. Quarters: 16-18, 18-23, 18-23, 16-18. In Day Three, Dominican Republic will meet Cuba. Saint Vincent will take on Trinidad and Tobago.

Trinidad and Tobago - Bahamas 49-45
Trinidad and Tobago registered their first win in Nassau. They outplayed the host of CBC Championship 49-45 and joined the with 1-1 record. T&T failed in Day One against Cuba 32-80, while Bahamas handed 52-47 loss to Saint Vincent. Chenell Harris (89) stepped up fort the winners yesterday with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Rhea Codio (165-G-88) scored 10 points and Pietra Gay (183-G-74) added 7 pts, plus 7 rebounds. In Bahamas, Linda Pierre (82) collected 12 points and 5 boards. Their second scorer was Anastacia Sands-Moultrie (C-77) with 12 points and she also grabbed 5 rebounds beside that. Quarters: 12-15, 15-11, 12-14, 10-5. In Day Three, T&T will meet Saint Vincent. Bahamas will take on the USA Virgin Islands.


Standings (Women)
Standings
1. Cuba2-0
2. Dominican R.1-0
3. Trinid/T.1-1
4. Bahamas1-1
5. US Virg.Isl0-1
6. Saint Vinc.0-2


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  CROATIA - Women  


U18 Croatia better than U18 Portugal 78-54 in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News
U18 CROATIA - U18 PORTUGAL 78-54

Croatia opened U18 EuroBasket Division B with victory. They outplayed Portugal 78-54 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Beside these two teams, Hungary and Switzerland are also members of this pool. Three best teams will book a spot for the next stage. Ivana Tikvic (189-C-94) came up with 19 points and 6 rebounds in victory. Anja Majstorovic (184-F/C-94) had 13 pts and 6 rebs, while Ruzica Dzankic (180-F/G-94) added 12 pts, 5 boards and 5 assists. In the loosing squad, Mafalda Barros (166-PG-94) delivered 11 points for 10 minutes on the court. Jessica Almeida (172-PG-93) had one less. Quarters: 22-10, 22-7, 18-17, 16-20. Today, Croatia will meet Hungary. Portugal will play against Switzerland.

Croatia: Ivana Tikvic 19+6 boards, Anja Majstorovic 13+6 boards, Ruzica Dzankic 12+5 boards+5 as
Portugal: Mafalda Barros 11, Jessica Almeida 10


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  CUBA - Women  


Cuba jumps to 2-0 in Nassau - by Eurobasket News
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - CUBA 42-87

Cuba registered second straight win in Nassau. After 80-32 victory against Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba was too strong for the US Virgin Islands handing them 87-42 loss. It means that Cuba has perfect 2-0 after two days of CBC Championship. On the other side, it was the first appearance at this event for US Virgin Islands (0-1). Suchitel Avila (183-F-82) was the leading scorer in victory with 17 points. Taimy Fernandez (183-F-82) had 13 points and Marlen Cepeda (193-C-85) added 12 pts, plus 13 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Natalie Day (182-G/F-90) collected 10 points and 6 boards. Their second scorer was Lanese Bough (168-G-93) with 7 pts. Quarters: 8-25, 9-24, 11-14, 14-24. In Day Three, Cuba will meet Dominican Republic. US Virgin Islands will play against the host Bahamas.

US Virgin Islands: Natalie Day 10+6 boars, Lanese Bough 7
Cuba: Suchitel Avila 17, Taimy Fernandez 13, Marlen Cepeda 12+13 boards


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


U18 Holland too much for U18 Czech Republic, 81-69 - by Eurobasket News
U18 CZECH REPUBLIC - U18 HOLLAND 69-81

Holland celebrated in day One of the U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. They handed 81-69 loss to Czech Republic for 1-0 score in Preliminary Group D. Holland got 20 points and 6 rebounds from Loyce Bettonvil (185-F-93). Kourtney Treffers (186-F-94) had 13 pts and 7 rebs, while Gabrielle Van Den Bosch (173-G-93) added 12 points in this win. Monika Satoranska (183-F/C-93) was the leading scorer in Czech Republic with 17 points. Tereza Vyoralova (176-PG-94) had 15 pts and Michaela Vojtkova (177-F-93) stopped to 13. Quarters: 19-17, 18-25, 23-18, 9-21. Except of these two teams, participants of Group D are also France and Slovakia. Three best teams will advance to the next stage. In Day Two, Holland will meet Slovakia. Czech Republic will play against France.

Czech Republic: Monika Satoranska 17, Tereza Vyoralova 15, Michaela Vojtkova 13
Holland: Loyce Bettonvil 20+6 boards, Kourtney Treffers 13+7 boards, Gabrielle Van Den Bosch 12


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  DENMARK - Women  


U18 Israel starts with victory in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News
U18 DENMARK - U18 ISRAEL 71-77

Israel celebrated in Day One of the U18 EuroBasket Division B in Miskolc. They handed 77-71 loss to Denmark for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group C. Their rivals in this pool are also Finland and Luxembourg. Three best teams will book a spot for the Qualifying Round. Keren Mozes (176-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 17 points. May Dayan (168-PG-94) had 14 points, while Mariam Hannoun (178-F-94) added 13 pts, plus 5 rebs. In defeat, Maria Jespersen (179-G-94) collected 18 points and 5 rebs. Mathilde Fogelstrom (184-PG-93) and Ena Viso (177-F-93) (5 rebs) netted 10 points each. Quarters: 16-26, 12-10, 23-18, 20-23. Today, Israel will meet Luxembourg. Denmark will meet Finland in Scandinavian derby.

Denmark: Keren Mozes 17, May Dayan 14, Mariam Hannoun 13+5 boards
Israel: Maria Jespersen 18+5 boards, Ena Viso 10+5 boards, Mathilde Fogelstrom 10


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Women  


Dominican Republic hands 82-68 loss to Saint Vincent - by Eurobasket News
SAINT VINCENT - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 68-82

Dominican Republic celebrated in their first appearance in Nassau. They handed 82-68 loss to Saint Vincent for 1-0 record at the CBC Championship 2011. On the other side, Saint Vincent dropped to 0-2. They failed in Day One against Bahamas 47-52. Carmen Guzman (175-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: UAB) exploded with 28 points and 5 assists for the winners. Charlenny Frias (177-G-84) had 13 points and Andreina Paniagua (183-F-78) helped with one less. In Saint Vincent, Vasha Adams (83) was way better than the others with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Galeine Gordon (85) and Nathifa Weekes (170-G-85) (6 rebs, 5 as) added 16 and 12 points respectively. Quarters: 16-18, 18-23, 18-23, 16-18. In Day Three, Dominican Republic will meet Cuba. Saint Vincent will take on Trinidad and Tobago.

Saint Vincent: Vasha Adams 27+8 boards, Galeine Gordon 16+6 boards+5 as, Nathifa Weekes 12
Dominican Republic: Carmen Guzman 28+5 as, Charlenny Frias 13, Andreina Paniagua 12


Dominican Republic National Team 2011 - by Greg
Starting five
#s#
Carmen Guzman
Guzman
Wanda Gomez
Gomez
Andreina Paniagua
Paniagua
Sugeiry Monsac
Monsac
Charlenny Frias
Frias
#e#5
4 Carmen Guzman 175-G-85 MBK Ruzomb. Slovakia
6 Yamel Abreu 95
7 Anabel Perdomo 84 Mauricio Baez Dominican Republic
8 Charlenny Frias 177-G-84 Mauricio Baez Dominican Republic
9 Lily Abreu 90
10 Wanda Gomez 180-C-78 Mauricio Baez Dominican Republic
11 Dariana Santos 91
12 Andreina Paniagua 183-F-78 Mauricio Baez Dominican Republic
13 Melissa Santos 186-C-89 Mauricio Baez Dominican Republic
14 Marian Soto 92
15 Sugeiry Monsac 186-F/C-81 M.Tel Kabir Israel



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18 - Women  


Standings - Division B - by Eurobasket News
Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Germany1-0
2. Belarus1-0
3. Bulgaria0-1
4. U.Kingdom0-1
Group B
1. Croatia1-0
2. Hungary1-0
3. Portugal0-1
4. Switzerlan.0-1
Group C
1. Finland1-0
2. Israel1-0
3. Luxembourg.0-1
4. Denmark0-1
Group D
1. Greece1-0
2. Norway1-0
3. Latvia0-1
4. Austria0-1


Division A: Day One in Oradea - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Romania - Russia 52-50
Romania grabbed 52-50 thriller win against Russia in Day One of the U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. It means that the host of this event has 1-0 now in Preliminary Group A. Except of Romania and Russia, participants of the same pool are also Sweden and Turkey. Sonia Ursu (175-G/F-93) was the leading player in victory with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Oana Baluta (184-C/F-93) had double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Hanna Demeter (183-F-94) helped with 8 pts. In the loosing squad, Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-F/C-93, agency: RIZO) collected 12 points and 10 rebounds. She was their only player with double-digits in scoring. Albina Razheva (186-F-94) stopped to 9 pts and 7 boards. Quarters: 12-11, 9-10, 14-18, 17-11. Romania shined in the finish to grab this valuable win. In Day Two, Romania will meet Sweden. Russia will play against Turkey.

Turkey - Sweden 64-66
Another exciting game was played in Day One in Oradea. Sweden managed to beat Turkey 66-64 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group A of the U18 EuroBasket. Earlier in the opening day, Romania grabbed 52-50 thriller win against Russia. These four teams are participants of Group A. Three of them will book a spot for the next stage. Helena Kurt (165-PG-93) stepped up for the winners with 16 points. Amanda Zahui (191-C-93) had 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Ellen Nystrom (180-G-93) also helped with 12 pts. On the other side, Turkey got 15 points and 9 rebounds from Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93). Olcay Cakir (180-PG-93) had 13 points and 5 boards, and Gizem Sezer (196-C-94) had 9 points, plus 6 rebs. Quarters: 12-19, 19-14, 18-20, 15-13. In Day Two of the championship Sweden will meet Romania. Turkey will play against Russia.

Group B
Slovenia - Spain 42-76
Spain had a joyful Day One in Oradea. It was one of the first games at U18 EuroBasket and Spain blasted Slovenia 76-42. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group B, together with Lithuania and Poland. Three teams will advance to the Qualifying Round. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) came up with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Elena De Alfredo (170-F-94) (5 rebs) and Inmaculada Zanoguera (183-F-93) helped with 12 points each. All Spanish players managed to score in this game. In the loosing squad, Nina Gabrovsek (168-PG-94) delivered 12 pts for 15 minutes on the court. Rebeka Abramovic (170-PG-93) stopped to 8 pts and 6 rebs. Quarters: 8-18, 7-25, 14-17, 13-16. Spain will play against Poland in the next game. Slovenia will take on Lithuania.

Poland - Lithuania 58-61
Lithuania opened U18 Eurobasket in Oradea with victory. They handed 61-58 loss to Poland for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group. Participants of the same pool are also Spain and Slovenia. Three best teams will book a spot for the Qualifying Round. Ieva Kazlauskaite (178-F-94) came up with 13 points and 6 rebounds in victory, while Ieva Preskienyte (193-C-93) exploded with 12 pts and 19 rebounds. Gintare Jasiunskaite (180-F-94) also had very important role adding 11 pts. In Poland, Magdalena Koperwas (177-G/F-93) top-scored with 13 points and she grabbed 6 rebounds beside that. Kinga Wozniak (170-PG-94) and Karolina Wilk (185-F-93) scored 10 and 9 points respectively. Each of them had 5 rebounds in this meeting. Quarters: 13-12, 13-18, 15-16, 17-15. In Day Two, Lithuania will meet Slovenia. Poland will take on Spain.

Group C
Italy - Serbia 53-64
Serbia shined in Day One of the U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. They handed 64-53 loss to Italy for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group C. There are two more teams in this pool as well: Belgium and Ukraine. Three spots are available for the next stage. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) shined for the winners with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) had 13 points and 13 rebs, while Kristina Topuzovic (179-G-94) helped with 9 points and 14 boards. In Italy, Erica Reggiani (175-G-94) delivered 14 points and 11 minutes on the court. Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) (5 rebs) had 12 pts and Marta Masoni (184-F-93) added three less. Quarters: 8-17, 18-16, 8-16, 19-15. In Day Two, Serbia will play against Ukraine. Italy will meet Belgium.

Ukraine - Belgium 60-87
Belgium had no troubles to beat Ukraine in Day One of the U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. Belgium celebrated easy 87-60 victory for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group C. Also in this pool Serbia was better than Italy yesterday 64-53. Three spots from this group are available for the next stage. Emma Meesseman (192-C-93) was a key player in victory with 23 points and 5 rebounds. She reached valuation 30. Sien Devliegher (175-G-93) scored 14 points, while Julie Vanloo (172-PG-93) and Antonia Delaere (174-G-94) helped with 13 points each. In Ukraine, Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93) was better than the others with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Lyudmyla Naumenko (184-F-93) had 13 pts and 6 rebs, while Anna Kiriyenko (190-C-93) stopped to 10 pts in this meeting. Quarters: 14-22, 13-30, 12-17, 21-18. In Day Two, Belgium will play against Italy. Ukraine will take on Serbia.

Group D
Slovakia - France 32-55
France enjoyed their first day in Oradea. It was one of the first games at U18 EuroBasket and France registered easy 55-32 win against Slovakia. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group D, together with Czech Republic and Holland. Three best teams will advance to Qualifying Round. Margaux Galliou (184-F-93) was the leading player in victory with 10 points. Lola De Angelis (180-F-93) had 8 points and 9 rebounds, while Alice Nayo (186-C-93) and Jodie Cornelie (193-F-93) also had 8 pts each. In Slovakia, Angelika Slamova (173-G-94) delivered 10 points. Their second scorer was Barbora Balintova (173-PG-94) with 9 pts (5 rebs). Quarters: 3-12, 13-16, 8-14, 8-13. The next rival of France will be Czech Republic. Slovakia will meet Holland.

Czech Republic - Holland 69-81
Holland celebrated in day One of the U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. They handed 81-69 loss to Czech Republic for 1-0 score in Preliminary Group D. Holland got 20 points and 6 rebounds from Loyce Bettonvil (185-F-93). Kourtney Treffers (186-F-94) had 13 pts and 7 rebs, while Gabrielle Van Den Bosch (173-G-93) added 12 points in this win. Monika Satoranska (183-F/C-93) was the leading scorer in Czech Republic with 17 points. Tereza Vyoralova (176-PG-94) had 15 pts and Michaela Vojtkova (177-F-93) stopped to 13. Quarters: 19-17, 18-25, 23-18, 9-21. Except of these two teams, participants of Group D are also France and Slovakia. Three best teams will advance to the next stage. In Day Two, Holland will meet Slovakia. Czech Republic will play against France.


Div.A Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  (192-C-93)
  Avg: 23
 1. Meesseman, BEL23.0 
 2. Ursu, ROM20.0 
 3. Bettonvil, NED20.0 
 4. Satoranska, CZE17.0 
 5. Kovacevic, SRB17.0 
 6. Kurt, SWE16.0 
 7. Kavurmaciogl., TUR15.0 
 8. Vyoralova, CZE15.0 
 9. Reggiani, ITA14.0 
 10. Devliegher, BEL14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ieva PRESKIENYTE
  (193-C-93)
  Avg: 19
 1. Preskienyte, LTU19.0 
 2. Topuzovic, SRB14.0 
 3. Brajkovic, SRB13.0 
 4. Balart, ESP12.0 
 5. Chek, UKR11.0 
 6. Kovacevic, SRB10.0 
 7. Tikhonenko, RUS10.0 
 8. Zahui, SWE10.0 
 9. Kraaijenoord, NED10.0 
 10. Baluta, ROM10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Viktorija JUODEIKYTE
  (163-PG-93)
  Avg: 8
 1. Juodeikyte, LTU8.0 
 2. Vanloo, BEL6.0 
 3. Stanacev, SRB5.0 
 4. Bosnjak, SRB5.0 
 5. Nystrom, SWE4.0 
 6. Satoranska, CZE4.0 
 7. Skrzecz, POL4.0 
 8. Kallenberg, NED4.0 
 9. Van Den Bosc., NED4.0 
 10. Owczarzak, POL4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  (192-C-93)
  Avg: 11
 1. Meesseman, BEL11.0 
 2. Ursu, ROM8.0 
 3. Delaere, BEL5.0 
 4. Owczarzak, POL4.0 
 5. Tochilova, RUS4.0 
 6. Kallenberg, NED4.0 
 7. Vyoralova, CZE4.0 
 8. Masoni, ITA4.0 
 9. Wozniak, POL4.0 
 10. Fontaine, SWE4.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ieva PRESKIENYTE
  (193-C-93)
  Avg: 3
 1. Preskienyte, LTU3.0 
 2. Cornelie, FRA3.0 
 3. Meesseman, BEL3.0 
 4. Matuzonyte, LTU3.0 
 5. Blanaru, ROM2.0 
 6. Tikhonenko, RUS2.0 
 7. Balart, ESP2.0 
 8. Marcelo, ESP2.0 
 9. Formica, ITA2.0 
 10. Koperwas, POL1.0 


Div.B Stats Leaders - by Greg
Points Per Game
 Amadea SZAMOSI
  (190-F/C-94)
  Avg: 25
 1. Szamosi, HUN25.0 
 2. Holopainen, FIN24.0 
 3. Chatzigiakou., GRE23.0 
 4. Austgulen, NOR23.0 
 5. Hetto, LUX21.0 
 6. Spanou, GRE19.0 
 7. Tikvic, CRO19.0 
 8. Hebecker, GER18.0 
 9. Jespersen, DEN18.0 
 10. Mozes, ISR17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Barnai JUDIT
  (188-C-94)
  Avg: 15
 1. Judit, HUN15.0 
 2. Papova, BLR14.0 
 3. Lagzdina, LAT12.0 
 4. Kalenta, BLR12.0 
 5. Gaskin, ENG12.0 
 6. Ivashchanka, BLR11.0 
 7. Holopainen, FIN11.0 
 8. Szamosi, HUN10.0 
 9. Hetto, LUX10.0 
 10. McCarthy, NOR9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Anette JUVONEN
  (170-G-93)
  Avg: 6
 1. Juvonen, FIN6.0 
 2. Sikiric, CRO5.0 
 3. Dzankic, CRO5.0 
 4. Bridina, LAT4.0 
 5. Leino, FIN3.0 
 6. Slouka, GRE3.0 
 7. Spanou, GRE3.0 
 8. Kantara, GRE3.0 
 9. Szabo, HUN3.0 
 10. Almeida, POR3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Anthoula CHATZIGIAKOUMI
  GRE
  (187-F-92)
  Avg: 4
 1. Chatzigiakou., GRE4.0 
 2. Czirjak, HUN4.0 
 3. Majstorovic, CRO3.0 
 4. Neves, POR3.0 
 5. Reine, LAT3.0 
 6. Granheim, NOR3.0 
 7. Slouka, GRE3.0 
 8. Holopainen, FIN3.0 
 9. Spanou, GRE3.0 
 10. Kostova, BUL3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Hanna KALENTA
  (187-C-94)
  Avg: 5
 1. Kalenta, BLR5.0 
 2. Judit, HUN4.0 
 3. Ivashchanka, BLR3.0 
 4. Hegedus, HUN2.0 
 5. Szamosi, HUN2.0 
 6. Tikvic, CRO2.0 
 7. Begic, CRO2.0 
 8. Breivik, NOR2.0 
 9. Jesus, POR2.0 
 10. Geka, LAT1.0 


Division B: Day One in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Bulgaria - Belarus 39-57
Belarus had joyful Day One in Miskolc. They handed 57-39 loss to Bulgaria for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Participants of the same pool are also Germany and United Kingdom. Three best teams will book a spot for the second stage of the U18 EuroBasket, Division B. Darya Lipinskaya (180-G/F-93) stepped up for the winners with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Maryna Ivashchanka (190-C-93) had 14 pts and 11 rebs, while Hanna Kalenta (187-C-94) added 9 pts and 12 boards. In Bulgaria, Radostina Dimitrova (175-F-94) had 10 points and 5 rebs. Kristina Peychinova (174-C-94) and Iva Kostova (172-F-94) followed her with 9 pts each. Quarters: 15-19, 8-13, 14-11, 2-14. Today, Belarus will meet Germany. Bulgaria will take on United Kingdom.

Germany - United Kingdom 65-45
Germany had no troubles to beat UK in Day One of the U18 EuroBasket Division B in Miskolc. Germany celebrated easy 65-45 win for 1-0 score in Preliminary Group A. Earlier in this pool Belarus was too strong fro Bulgaria 57-39. Three best teams will book a spot for the next stage. Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) shined for the winners with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Anna Heise (190-C-93) (7 rebs) and Fanny Szittya (170-PG-94) followed her with 11 points each. In the loosing squad, Christina Gaskin (188-F/C-93) had double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds. Their second scorer was Rosie Hynes (172-PG-93) with just 7 points. She had valuation -5. Quarters: 16-8, 18-14, 14-14, 17-9. Today, Germany will meet Belarus. UK will play against Bulgaria.

Group B
Switzerland - Hungary 35-82
Hungary exploded in Day One of the U18 EuroBasket Division B in Miskolc. The host of this event smashed Switzerland 82-35 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group B. Participants of this pool are also Croatia and Portugal. Three best teams will book a spot for the Qualifying Round. Amadea Szamosi (190-F/C-94) stepped up for the hosts with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Barnai Judit (188-C-94) had 13 pts and 15 rebs, wile Zsofia Licskai (191-F/C-93) helped with 9 pts and 5 rebs. Alix Rieder (168-PG-93) delivered 6 points in loss and she was their best scorer. Quarters: 8-25, 4-25, 13-12, 10-20. In Day Two, Hungary will meet Croatia. Switzerland will play against Portugal.

Croatia - Portugal 78-54
Croatia opened U18 EuroBasket Division B with victory. They outplayed Portugal 78-54 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Beside these two teams, Hungary and Switzerland are also members of this pool. Three best teams will book a spot for the next stage. Ivana Tikvic (189-C-94) came up with 19 points and 6 rebounds in victory. Anja Majstorovic (184-F/C-94) had 13 pts and 6 rebs, while Ruzica Dzankic (180-F/G-94) added 12 pts, 5 boards and 5 assists. In the loosing squad, Mafalda Barros (166-PG-94) delivered 11 points for 10 minutes on the court. Jessica Almeida (172-PG-93) had one less. Quarters: 22-10, 22-7, 18-17, 16-20. Today, Croatia will meet Hungary. Portugal will play against Switzerland.

Group C
Luxembourg - Finland 63-89
Finland had no troubles to beat Luxembourg in Day One of the U18 EuroBasket, Division B. It was one of the first games in Miskolc and Finland registered easy 89-63 win. In the other game of Group C, Israel handed 77-71 loss to Denmark. Three best teams from this pool will book a spot for the next stage. Annika Holopainen (186-F/C-93) was the leading player in victory with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Evita Iiskola (182-F-93) had 14 points and Emmi Leino (179-PG-94) added two less than her. In Luxembourg, Lena Hetto (184-F-93) collected 21 points and 10 rebounds. Lynn Kauffmann (174-PG-94) was their second scorer with 10 pts. Quarters: 16-14, 12-18, 10-20, 25-27. In Day Two, Finland will meet Denmark in Scandinavian derby. Luxembourg will play against Israel.

Denmark - Israel 71-77
Israel celebrated in Day One of the U18 EuroBasket Division B in Miskolc. They handed 77-71 loss to Denmark for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group C. Their rivals in this pool are also Finland and Luxembourg. Three best teams will book a spot for the Qualifying Round. Keren Mozes (176-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 17 points. May Dayan (168-PG-94) had 14 points, while Mariam Hannoun (178-F-94) added 13 pts, plus 5 rebs. In defeat, Maria Jespersen (179-G-94) collected 18 points and 5 rebs. Mathilde Fogelstrom (184-PG-93) and Ena Viso (177-F-93) (5 rebs) netted 10 points each. Quarters: 16-26, 12-10, 23-18, 20-23. Today, Israel will meet Luxembourg. Denmark will meet Finland in Scandinavian derby.

Group D
Latvia - Greece 68-70 OT
It was the most exciting game of Day One in Miskolc. Greece grabbed 70-68 OT win against Latvia for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group D of the U18 EuroBasket Division B. Participants of the same pool are also Austria and Norway. Three best teams will advance to Qualifying Round. Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi (187-F-92) was a key player for the winners with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Artemis Spanou (190-F/C-93) had 19 points and 9 rebs, while Grigoria Pateraki (185-F-93) added 12 points in this win. On the other side, Ance Aizsila (172-G-94) responded with 15 points. Renate Reine (176-G-94) had 12 pts and 5 rebs, and Paila Tomsone (192-C-94) added 10 pts and 7 rebs. Quarters: 17-21, 9-21, 19-15, 14-2, 9-11. Today, Greece will meet Austria. Latvia will try to register their first win and their rival will be Norway.

Austria - Norway 50-59
Norway opened U18 EuroBasket Division B with victory. They outplayed Austria 59-50 for 1-0 score in Preliminary Group D. Earlier in this pool Greece grabbed 70-68 OT win against Latvia. Four best teams will advance to Qualifying Round. Stine Austgulen (177-G-94) shined with 23 pts and 9 rebs for the winners. Julie McCarthy (186-C-93) had 12 points and 9 rebs, while Lise Breivik (181-F-93) added 7 pts and 8 rebs. Lisa Zderadicka (168-PG-94) responded with 12 points in defeat. Barbara Keck (183-F-94) had 11 pts, plus 7 rebs. Quarters: 15-6, 14-19, 15-11, 6-23. Norway will play against Latvia today. Austria will meet Greece.


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  FINLAND - Women  


U18 Finland has joyful Day One in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News
U18 LUXEMBOURG - U18 FINLAND 63-89

Finland had no troubles to beat Luxembourg in Day One of the U18 EuroBasket, Division B. It was one of the first games in Miskolc and Finland registered easy 89-63 win. In the other game of Group C, Israel handed 77-71 loss to Denmark. Three best teams from this pool will book a spot for the next stage. Annika Holopainen (186-F/C-93) was the leading player in victory with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Evita Iiskola (182-F-93) had 14 points and Emmi Leino (179-PG-94) added two less than her. In Luxembourg, Lena Hetto (184-F-93) collected 21 points and 10 rebounds. Lynn Kauffmann (174-PG-94) was their second scorer with 10 pts. Quarters: 16-14, 12-18, 10-20, 25-27. In Day Two, Finland will meet Denmark in Scandinavian derby. Luxembourg will play against Israel.

Luxembourg: Lena Hetto 21+10 boards, Lynn Kauffmann 10
Finland: Annika Holopainen 24+11 boards, Evita Iiskola 14, Emmi Leino 12


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  FRANCE - Women  


Victorious Day One in Oradea for U18 France - by Eurobasket News
U18 SLOVAKIA - U18 FRANCE 32-55

France enjoyed their first day in Oradea. It was one of the first games at U18 EuroBasket and France registered easy 55-32 win against Slovakia. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group D, together with Czech Republic and Holland. Three best teams will advance to Qualifying Round. Margaux Galliou (184-F-93) was the leading player in victory with 10 points. Lola De Angelis (180-F-93) had 8 points and 9 rebounds, while Alice Nayo (186-C-93) and Jodie Cornelie (193-F-93) also had 8 pts each. In Slovakia, Angelika Slamova (173-G-94) delivered 10 points. Their second scorer was Barbora Balintova (173-PG-94) with 9 pts (5 rebs). Quarters: 3-12, 13-16, 8-14, 8-13. The next rival of France will be Czech Republic. Slovakia will meet Holland.

Slovakia: Angelika Slamova 10, Barbora Balintova 9+5 boards
France: Margaux Galliou 10, Lola De Angelis 8+9 boards, Alice Nayo 8, Jodie Cornelie 8


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  GERMANY - Women  


U18 Germany blasts U18 UK in Miskolc, 65-45 - by Eurobasket News
U18 GERMANY - U18 UNITED KINGDOM 65-45

Germany had no troubles to beat UK in Day One of the U18 EuroBasket Division B in Miskolc. Germany celebrated easy 65-45 win for 1-0 score in Preliminary Group A. Earlier in this pool Belarus was too strong fro Bulgaria 57-39. Three best teams will book a spot for the next stage. Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) shined for the winners with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Anna Heise (190-C-93) (7 rebs) and Fanny Szittya (170-PG-94) followed her with 11 points each. In the loosing squad, Christina Gaskin (188-F/C-93) had double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds. Their second scorer was Rosie Hynes (172-PG-93) with just 7 points. She had valuation -5. Quarters: 16-8, 18-14, 14-14, 17-9. Today, Germany will meet Belarus. UK will play against Bulgaria.

Germany: Laura Hebecker 18+6 boards, Anna Heise 11+7 boards, Fanny Szittya 11
United Kingdom: Christina Gaskin 14+12 boards, Rosie Hynes 7


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  GREECE - Women  


U18 Greece grabs 70-68 win against U18 Latvia - by Eurobasket News
U18 LATVIA - U18 GREECE 68-70 OT

It was the most exciting game of Day One in Miskolc. Greece grabbed 70-68 OT win against Latvia for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group D of the U18 EuroBasket Division B. Participants of the same pool are also Austria and Norway. Three best teams will advance to Qualifying Round. Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi (187-F-92) was a key player for the winners with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Artemis Spanou (190-F/C-93) had 19 points and 9 rebs, while Grigoria Pateraki (185-F-93) added 12 points in this win. On the other side, Ance Aizsila (172-G-94) responded with 15 points. Renate Reine (176-G-94) had 12 pts and 5 rebs, and Paila Tomsone (192-C-94) added 10 pts and 7 rebs. Quarters: 17-21, 9-21, 19-15, 14-2, 9-11. Today, Greece will meet Austria. Latvia will try to register their first win and their rival will be Norway.

Latvia: Ance Aizsila 15, Renate Reine 12+5 boards, Paila Tomsone 10+7 boards
Greece: Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi 23+9 boards, Artemis Spanou 19+9 boards, Grigoria Pateraki 12


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  HOLLAND - Women  


U18 Holland too much for U18 Czech Republic, 81-69 - by Eurobasket News
U18 CZECH REPUBLIC - U18 HOLLAND 69-81

Holland celebrated in day One of the U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. They handed 81-69 loss to Czech Republic for 1-0 score in Preliminary Group D. Holland got 20 points and 6 rebounds from Loyce Bettonvil (185-F-93). Kourtney Treffers (186-F-94) had 13 pts and 7 rebs, while Gabrielle Van Den Bosch (173-G-93) added 12 points in this win. Monika Satoranska (183-F/C-93) was the leading scorer in Czech Republic with 17 points. Tereza Vyoralova (176-PG-94) had 15 pts and Michaela Vojtkova (177-F-93) stopped to 13. Quarters: 19-17, 18-25, 23-18, 9-21. Except of these two teams, participants of Group D are also France and Slovakia. Three best teams will advance to the next stage. In Day Two, Holland will meet Slovakia. Czech Republic will play against France.

Czech Republic: Monika Satoranska 17, Tereza Vyoralova 15, Michaela Vojtkova 13
Holland: Loyce Bettonvil 20+6 boards, Kourtney Treffers 13+7 boards, Gabrielle Van Den Bosch 12


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  HUNGARY - Women  


U18 Hungary explodes in Day One of U18 EuroBasket, Division B - by Eurobasket News
U18 SWITZERLAND - U18 HUNGARY 35-82

Hungary exploded in Day One of the U18 EuroBasket Division B in Miskolc. The host of this event smashed Switzerland 82-35 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group B. Participants of this pool are also Croatia and Portugal. Three best teams will book a spot for the Qualifying Round. Amadea Szamosi (190-F/C-94) stepped up for the hosts with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Barnai Judit (188-C-94) had 13 pts and 15 rebs, wile Zsofia Licskai (191-F/C-93) helped with 9 pts and 5 rebs. Alix Rieder (168-PG-93) delivered 6 points in loss and she was their best scorer. Quarters: 8-25, 4-25, 13-12, 10-20. In Day Two, Hungary will meet Croatia. Switzerland will play against Portugal.

Switzerland: Alix Rieder 6
Hungary: Amadea Szamosi 25+10 boards, Barnai Judit 13+15 boards, Zsofia Licskai 9+5 boards


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  INDIA - Women  


William Jones Cup. Japan thump India - by Eurobasket News
Japan - India 98:62

Japan wrapped up their William Jones Cup campaign with victory. They cruised past India to clinch the second position in the ladder at 3-1 record. Rina Tomizaki (180-F/C-88) and Mutya Mori (181-C-88) stepped up with 15 points each to pace the effort. India fell at 1-3 record and occupied the fourth place at the tournament.
Japan erupted for 31 points in the starting frame to clear off. They dominated in the second period. Japan outgunned their opponents 21:10 to establish a comfortable 57:26 halftime lead. Japan did not loosen the grip in the third term. They boosted the distance to 36 points and never looked back afterwards. Kana Motoyama (180-F-90) delivered 11 points, while Saori Fujiyoshi (178-G/F-87) and Misaki Onuma (175-F-90) had 10 points each in the victory. Geethu Anna Jose (185-C-85) responded with 16 points for India. Anitha Pauldurai (170-G-85) netted 12 points in the loss.

Japan: Rina Tomizaki 15, Mutya Mori 15, Kana Motoyama 11
India: Geethu Anna Jose 16, Anitha Pauldurai 12



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  ISRAEL - Women  


Brittany Denson is a newcomer at Maccabi Ashdod - by Eurobasket Center
Maccabi Ashdod strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American-Armenian center Brittany Denson (191-C-87, college: S.Florida). Denson played most recently at Matizol Lider Pruszkow (Poland). While playing Polish League for Lider Pruszkow last season she averaged 25 games: 7.6ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.2apg, 1.7spg and 2.0bpg ( best in the league).

By Eurobasket Data Center


U18 Israel starts with victory in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News
U18 DENMARK - U18 ISRAEL 71-77

Israel celebrated in Day One of the U18 EuroBasket Division B in Miskolc. They handed 77-71 loss to Denmark for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group C. Their rivals in this pool are also Finland and Luxembourg. Three best teams will book a spot for the Qualifying Round. Keren Mozes (176-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 17 points. May Dayan (168-PG-94) had 14 points, while Mariam Hannoun (178-F-94) added 13 pts, plus 5 rebs. In defeat, Maria Jespersen (179-G-94) collected 18 points and 5 rebs. Mathilde Fogelstrom (184-PG-93) and Ena Viso (177-F-93) (5 rebs) netted 10 points each. Quarters: 16-26, 12-10, 23-18, 20-23. Today, Israel will meet Luxembourg. Denmark will meet Finland in Scandinavian derby.

Denmark: Keren Mozes 17, May Dayan 14, Mariam Hannoun 13+5 boards
Israel: Maria Jespersen 18+5 boards, Ena Viso 10+5 boards, Mathilde Fogelstrom 10


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  ITALY - Women  


U18 Serbia starts with victory in Oradea - by Eurobasket News
U18 ITALY - U18 SERBIA 53-64

Serbia shined in Day One of the U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. They handed 64-53 loss to Italy for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group C. There are two more teams in this pool as well: Belgium and Ukraine. Three spots are available for the next stage. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) shined for the winners with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) had 13 points and 13 rebs, while Kristina Topuzovic (179-G-94) helped with 9 points and 14 boards. In Italy, Erica Reggiani (175-G-94) delivered 14 points and 11 minutes on the court. Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) (5 rebs) had 12 pts and Marta Masoni (184-F-93) added three less. Quarters: 8-17, 18-16, 8-16, 19-15. In Day Two, Serbia will play against Ukraine. Italy will meet Belgium.

Italy: Erica Reggiani 14+11 boards, Francesca Dotto 12+5 boards, Marta Masoni 9
Serbia: Natasa Kovacevic 17+10 boards, Ivana Brajkovic 13+13 boards, Kristina Topuzovic 9+14 boards


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  JAPAN - Women  


William Jones Cup. Japan thump India - by Eurobasket News
Japan - India 98:62

Japan wrapped up their William Jones Cup campaign with victory. They cruised past India to clinch the second position in the ladder at 3-1 record. Rina Tomizaki (180-F/C-88) and Mutya Mori (181-C-88) stepped up with 15 points each to pace the effort. India fell at 1-3 record and occupied the fourth place at the tournament.
Japan erupted for 31 points in the starting frame to clear off. They dominated in the second period. Japan outgunned their opponents 21:10 to establish a comfortable 57:26 halftime lead. Japan did not loosen the grip in the third term. They boosted the distance to 36 points and never looked back afterwards. Kana Motoyama (180-F-90) delivered 11 points, while Saori Fujiyoshi (178-G/F-87) and Misaki Onuma (175-F-90) had 10 points each in the victory. Geethu Anna Jose (185-C-85) responded with 16 points for India. Anitha Pauldurai (170-G-85) netted 12 points in the loss.

Japan: Rina Tomizaki 15, Mutya Mori 15, Kana Motoyama 11
India: Geethu Anna Jose 16, Anitha Pauldurai 12



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  LATVIA - Women  


U18 Greece grabs 70-68 win against U18 Latvia - by Eurobasket News
U18 LATVIA - U18 GREECE 68-70 OT

It was the most exciting game of Day One in Miskolc. Greece grabbed 70-68 OT win against Latvia for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group D of the U18 EuroBasket Division B. Participants of the same pool are also Austria and Norway. Three best teams will advance to Qualifying Round. Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi (187-F-92) was a key player for the winners with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Artemis Spanou (190-F/C-93) had 19 points and 9 rebs, while Grigoria Pateraki (185-F-93) added 12 points in this win. On the other side, Ance Aizsila (172-G-94) responded with 15 points. Renate Reine (176-G-94) had 12 pts and 5 rebs, and Paila Tomsone (192-C-94) added 10 pts and 7 rebs. Quarters: 17-21, 9-21, 19-15, 14-2, 9-11. Today, Greece will meet Austria. Latvia will try to register their first win and their rival will be Norway.

Latvia: Ance Aizsila 15, Renate Reine 12+5 boards, Paila Tomsone 10+7 boards
Greece: Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi 23+9 boards, Artemis Spanou 19+9 boards, Grigoria Pateraki 12


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


U18 Lithuania hands 61-58 loss to U18 Poland - by Eurobasket News
U18 POLAND - U18 LITHUANIA 58-61

Lithuania opened U18 Eurobasket in Oradea with victory. They handed 61-58 loss to Poland for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group. Participants of the same pool are also Spain and Slovenia. Three best teams will book a spot for the Qualifying Round. Ieva Kazlauskaite (178-F-94) came up with 13 points and 6 rebounds in victory, while Ieva Preskienyte (193-C-93) exploded with 12 pts and 19 rebounds. Gintare Jasiunskaite (180-F-94) also had very important role adding 11 pts. In Poland, Magdalena Koperwas (177-G/F-93) top-scored with 13 points and she grabbed 6 rebounds beside that. Kinga Wozniak (170-PG-94) and Karolina Wilk (185-F-93) scored 10 and 9 points respectively. Each of them had 5 rebounds in this meeting. Quarters: 13-12, 13-18, 15-16, 17-15. In Day Two, Lithuania will meet Slovenia. Poland will take on Spain.

Poland: Magdalena Koperwas 13+6 boards, Kinga Wozniak 10+5 boards, Karolina Wilk 9+5 boards
Lithuania: Ieva Kazlauskaite 13+6 boards, Ieva Preskienyte 12+19 boards, Gintare Jasiunskaite 11


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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


U18 Finland has joyful Day One in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News
U18 LUXEMBOURG - U18 FINLAND 63-89

Finland had no troubles to beat Luxembourg in Day One of the U18 EuroBasket, Division B. It was one of the first games in Miskolc and Finland registered easy 89-63 win. In the other game of Group C, Israel handed 77-71 loss to Denmark. Three best teams from this pool will book a spot for the next stage. Annika Holopainen (186-F/C-93) was the leading player in victory with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Evita Iiskola (182-F-93) had 14 points and Emmi Leino (179-PG-94) added two less than her. In Luxembourg, Lena Hetto (184-F-93) collected 21 points and 10 rebounds. Lynn Kauffmann (174-PG-94) was their second scorer with 10 pts. Quarters: 16-14, 12-18, 10-20, 25-27. In Day Two, Finland will meet Denmark in Scandinavian derby. Luxembourg will play against Israel.

Luxembourg: Lena Hetto 21+10 boards, Lynn Kauffmann 10
Finland: Annika Holopainen 24+11 boards, Evita Iiskola 14, Emmi Leino 12


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  NORWAY - Women  


U18 Norway outplays U18 Austria 59-50 in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News
U18 AUSTRIA - U18 NORWAY 50-59

Norway opened U18 EuroBasket Division B with victory. They outplayed Austria 59-50 for 1-0 score in Preliminary Group D. Earlier in this pool Greece grabbed 70-68 OT win against Latvia. Four best teams will advance to Qualifying Round. Stine Austgulen (177-G-94) shined with 23 pts and 9 rebs for the winners. Julie McCarthy (186-C-93) had 12 points and 9 rebs, while Lise Breivik (181-F-93) added 7 pts and 8 rebs. Lisa Zderadicka (168-PG-94) responded with 12 points in defeat. Barbara Keck (183-F-94) had 11 pts, plus 7 rebs. Quarters: 15-6, 14-19, 15-11, 6-23. Norway will play against Latvia today. Austria will meet Greece.

Austria: Lisa Zderadicka 12, Barbara Keck 11+7 boards
Norway: Stine Austgulen 23+9 boards, Julie McCarthy 12+9 boards, Lise Breivik 7+8 boards


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  POLAND - Women  


U18 Lithuania hands 61-58 loss to U18 Poland - by Eurobasket News
U18 POLAND - U18 LITHUANIA 58-61

Lithuania opened U18 Eurobasket in Oradea with victory. They handed 61-58 loss to Poland for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group. Participants of the same pool are also Spain and Slovenia. Three best teams will book a spot for the Qualifying Round. Ieva Kazlauskaite (178-F-94) came up with 13 points and 6 rebounds in victory, while Ieva Preskienyte (193-C-93) exploded with 12 pts and 19 rebounds. Gintare Jasiunskaite (180-F-94) also had very important role adding 11 pts. In Poland, Magdalena Koperwas (177-G/F-93) top-scored with 13 points and she grabbed 6 rebounds beside that. Kinga Wozniak (170-PG-94) and Karolina Wilk (185-F-93) scored 10 and 9 points respectively. Each of them had 5 rebounds in this meeting. Quarters: 13-12, 13-18, 15-16, 17-15. In Day Two, Lithuania will meet Slovenia. Poland will take on Spain.

Poland: Magdalena Koperwas 13+6 boards, Kinga Wozniak 10+5 boards, Karolina Wilk 9+5 boards
Lithuania: Ieva Kazlauskaite 13+6 boards, Ieva Preskienyte 12+19 boards, Gintare Jasiunskaite 11


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Sherida Triggs joins Boa Viagem-Angra-Acore - by Eurobasket Center
Boa Viagem-Angra-Acore agreed terms with 26-year old American power forward Sherida Triggs (186-F/C-85, college: ODU, agency: Gamble Sports Management). Triggs played most recently at Atlanta BattleCats (WBCBL) in the U.S. Triggs played also pro basketball in Finland and Germany.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Portuguese U18 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Starting five
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Mafalda Barros
Barros
Ines Pinto
Pinto
Jessica Almeida
Almeida
Vania Torres
Torres
Joana Jesus
Jesus
#e#5
4 Mafalda Barros 166-PG-94
5 Catarina Neves 173-PG-93 GDESSA Portugal
6 Helga Goncalves 178-F-93 Quinta Portugal
7 Nadia Fernandes 176-F-94
8 Carolina Anacleto 162-PG-94
9 Ines Pinto 175-F-93
10 Helena Da Costa 177-F-94
11 Jessica Almeida 172-PG-93 Olivais Portugal
12 Joana Canastra 173-G-94
13 Raquel Jamanca 176-F-94 Montijobanda Portugal
14 Vania Torres 184-C-93
15 Joana Jesus 173-G-93

Mariyana Kostourkova Head Coach
Ana Faria Assistant


U18 Croatia better than U18 Portugal 78-54 in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News
U18 CROATIA - U18 PORTUGAL 78-54

Croatia opened U18 EuroBasket Division B with victory. They outplayed Portugal 78-54 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Beside these two teams, Hungary and Switzerland are also members of this pool. Three best teams will book a spot for the next stage. Ivana Tikvic (189-C-94) came up with 19 points and 6 rebounds in victory. Anja Majstorovic (184-F/C-94) had 13 pts and 6 rebs, while Ruzica Dzankic (180-F/G-94) added 12 pts, 5 boards and 5 assists. In the loosing squad, Mafalda Barros (166-PG-94) delivered 11 points for 10 minutes on the court. Jessica Almeida (172-PG-93) had one less. Quarters: 22-10, 22-7, 18-17, 16-20. Today, Croatia will meet Hungary. Portugal will play against Switzerland.

Croatia: Ivana Tikvic 19+6 boards, Anja Majstorovic 13+6 boards, Ruzica Dzankic 12+5 boards+5 as
Portugal: Mafalda Barros 11, Jessica Almeida 10


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  ROMANIA - Women  


U18 Romania grabs 52-50 win against U18 Russia - by Eurobasket News
U18 ROMANIA - U18 RUSSIA 52-50

Romania grabbed 52-50 thriller win against Russia in Day One of the U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. It means that the host of this event has 1-0 now in Preliminary Group A. Except of Romania and Russia, participants of the same pool are also Sweden and Turkey. Sonia Ursu (175-G/F-93) was the leading player in victory with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Oana Baluta (184-C/F-93) had double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Hanna Demeter (183-F-94) helped with 8 pts. In the loosing squad, Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-F/C-93, agency: RIZO) collected 12 points and 10 rebounds. She was their only player with double-digits in scoring. Albina Razheva (186-F-94) stopped to 9 pts and 7 boards. Quarters: 12-11, 9-10, 14-18, 17-11. Romania shined in the finish to grab this valuable win. In Day Two, Romania will meet Sweden. Russia will play against Turkey.

Romania: Sonia Ursu 20+8 boards, Oana Baluta 10+10 boards, Hanna Demeter 8
Russia: Ksenia Tikhonenko 12+10 boards, Albina Razheva 9+7 boards


Starr Fairbanks joins Sportul Studentesc Omnilogic Bucuresti - by Greg
Sportul Studentesc Omnilogic Bucuresti agreed terms with 24-year old American center Starr Fairbanks (187-C-87, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Oklahoma City). Fairbanks has just graduated from Oklahoma City University (NAIA) in the U.S. It will be his first year in professional basketball. While playing 30 games for Oklahoma City last season she recorded 10.9ppg and 3.9rpg.


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  RUSSIA - Women  


U18 Romania grabs 52-50 win against U18 Russia - by Eurobasket News
U18 ROMANIA - U18 RUSSIA 52-50

Romania grabbed 52-50 thriller win against Russia in Day One of the U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. It means that the host of this event has 1-0 now in Preliminary Group A. Except of Romania and Russia, participants of the same pool are also Sweden and Turkey. Sonia Ursu (175-G/F-93) was the leading player in victory with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Oana Baluta (184-C/F-93) had double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Hanna Demeter (183-F-94) helped with 8 pts. In the loosing squad, Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-F/C-93, agency: RIZO) collected 12 points and 10 rebounds. She was their only player with double-digits in scoring. Albina Razheva (186-F-94) stopped to 9 pts and 7 boards. Quarters: 12-11, 9-10, 14-18, 17-11. Romania shined in the finish to grab this valuable win. In Day Two, Romania will meet Sweden. Russia will play against Turkey.

Romania: Sonia Ursu 20+8 boards, Oana Baluta 10+10 boards, Hanna Demeter 8
Russia: Ksenia Tikhonenko 12+10 boards, Albina Razheva 9+7 boards


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  SAINT VINCENT - Women  


Dominican Republic hands 82-68 loss to Saint Vincent - by Eurobasket News
SAINT VINCENT - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 68-82

Dominican Republic celebrated in their first appearance in Nassau. They handed 82-68 loss to Saint Vincent for 1-0 record at the CBC Championship 2011. On the other side, Saint Vincent dropped to 0-2. They failed in Day One against Bahamas 47-52. Carmen Guzman (175-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: UAB) exploded with 28 points and 5 assists for the winners. Charlenny Frias (177-G-84) had 13 points and Andreina Paniagua (183-F-78) helped with one less. In Saint Vincent, Vasha Adams (83) was way better than the others with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Galeine Gordon (85) and Nathifa Weekes (170-G-85) (6 rebs, 5 as) added 16 and 12 points respectively. Quarters: 16-18, 18-23, 18-23, 16-18. In Day Three, Dominican Republic will meet Cuba. Saint Vincent will take on Trinidad and Tobago.

Saint Vincent: Vasha Adams 27+8 boards, Galeine Gordon 16+6 boards+5 as, Nathifa Weekes 12
Dominican Republic: Carmen Guzman 28+5 as, Charlenny Frias 13, Andreina Paniagua 12


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  SERBIA - Women  


U18 Serbia starts with victory in Oradea - by Eurobasket News
U18 ITALY - U18 SERBIA 53-64

Serbia shined in Day One of the U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. They handed 64-53 loss to Italy for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group C. There are two more teams in this pool as well: Belgium and Ukraine. Three spots are available for the next stage. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) shined for the winners with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) had 13 points and 13 rebs, while Kristina Topuzovic (179-G-94) helped with 9 points and 14 boards. In Italy, Erica Reggiani (175-G-94) delivered 14 points and 11 minutes on the court. Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) (5 rebs) had 12 pts and Marta Masoni (184-F-93) added three less. Quarters: 8-17, 18-16, 8-16, 19-15. In Day Two, Serbia will play against Ukraine. Italy will meet Belgium.

Italy: Erica Reggiani 14+11 boards, Francesca Dotto 12+5 boards, Marta Masoni 9
Serbia: Natasa Kovacevic 17+10 boards, Ivana Brajkovic 13+13 boards, Kristina Topuzovic 9+14 boards


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  SEYCHELLES - Women  


Island Games: new draw - by Eurobasket News
The new Island Games draw in basket-ball (5th to 14 august) was made on last Sunday.
The new draw be place in Seychelles by international board games members on last Sunday.

Womens basket-ball :
Pool A : Seychelles, Mauritius, Comoros
Pool B : Madagascar (last champion), Reunion, Mayotte

Courtesy of: StarAfrica.com


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Victorious Day One in Oradea for U18 France - by Eurobasket News
U18 SLOVAKIA - U18 FRANCE 32-55

France enjoyed their first day in Oradea. It was one of the first games at U18 EuroBasket and France registered easy 55-32 win against Slovakia. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group D, together with Czech Republic and Holland. Three best teams will advance to Qualifying Round. Margaux Galliou (184-F-93) was the leading player in victory with 10 points. Lola De Angelis (180-F-93) had 8 points and 9 rebounds, while Alice Nayo (186-C-93) and Jodie Cornelie (193-F-93) also had 8 pts each. In Slovakia, Angelika Slamova (173-G-94) delivered 10 points. Their second scorer was Barbora Balintova (173-PG-94) with 9 pts (5 rebs). Quarters: 3-12, 13-16, 8-14, 8-13. The next rival of France will be Czech Republic. Slovakia will meet Holland.

Slovakia: Angelika Slamova 10, Barbora Balintova 9+5 boards
France: Margaux Galliou 10, Lola De Angelis 8+9 boards, Alice Nayo 8, Jodie Cornelie 8


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Spain shines in Day One of U18 EuroBasket - by Eurobasket News
U18 SLOVENIA - U18 SPAIN 42-76

Spain had a joyful Day One in Oradea. It was one of the first games at U18 EuroBasket and Spain blasted Slovenia 76-42. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group B, together with Lithuania and Poland. Three teams will advance to the Qualifying Round. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) came up with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Elena De Alfredo (170-F-94) (5 rebs) and Inmaculada Zanoguera (183-F-93) helped with 12 points each. All Spanish players managed to score in this game. In the loosing squad, Nina Gabrovsek (168-PG-94) delivered 12 pts for 15 minutes on the court. Rebeka Abramovic (170-PG-93) stopped to 8 pts and 6 rebs. Quarters: 8-18, 7-25, 14-17, 13-16. Spain will play against Poland in the next game. Slovenia will take on Lithuania.

Slovenia: Nina Gabrovsek 12, Rebeka Abramovic 8+6 boards
Spain: Astou Ndour 13+6 boards, Elena De Alfredo 12+5 boards, Inmaculada Zanoguera 12


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  SOUTH KOREA - Women  


William Jones Cup. Taiwan scorch South Korea to finish undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Taiwan - South Korea 73:50

Taiwan finished their William Jones Cup campaign on a high note. They breezed past South Korea for the fourth straight win. Chiang Feng-Chun (184-F-81) scored 16 points to pace the hosts. South Korea in the meantime suffered the fourth consecutive defeat to remain at the bottom of the ladder.
Taiwan and South Korea stayed close in the opening quarter. The home team eked out a narrow 17:14 lead after ten minutes of action. South Korea stayed within striking distance throughout the second frame. They trailed by just three points at the interval 28:31. But things changed drastically in the third period. Taiwan shifted the gear and unloaded 26 points in the third term. They piled up a comfortable 57:37 lead with one quarter to go. South Korea never recovered suffering yet another loss at the tournament at the end. Chen Yi-Feng (170-G-84) and Liu Chun-Yi (180-F/C-81) accounted for 9 points each for Taiwan. Lee Seon-Hwa (181-C-88) responded with 14 points and 15 rebounds for South Korea. Park Tae-Eun (170-G-87) had 14 points in the loss.

Taiwan: Chiang Feng-Chun 16, Chen Yi-Feng 9, Liu Chun-Yi 9
South Korea: Lee Seon-Hwa 14+15 boards, Park Tae-Eun 14



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  SPAIN - Women  


Spain shines in Day One of U18 EuroBasket - by Eurobasket News
U18 SLOVENIA - U18 SPAIN 42-76

Spain had a joyful Day One in Oradea. It was one of the first games at U18 EuroBasket and Spain blasted Slovenia 76-42. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group B, together with Lithuania and Poland. Three teams will advance to the Qualifying Round. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) came up with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Elena De Alfredo (170-F-94) (5 rebs) and Inmaculada Zanoguera (183-F-93) helped with 12 points each. All Spanish players managed to score in this game. In the loosing squad, Nina Gabrovsek (168-PG-94) delivered 12 pts for 15 minutes on the court. Rebeka Abramovic (170-PG-93) stopped to 8 pts and 6 rebs. Quarters: 8-18, 7-25, 14-17, 13-16. Spain will play against Poland in the next game. Slovenia will take on Lithuania.

Slovenia: Nina Gabrovsek 12, Rebeka Abramovic 8+6 boards
Spain: Astou Ndour 13+6 boards, Elena De Alfredo 12+5 boards, Inmaculada Zanoguera 12


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  SWEDEN - Women  


U18 Sweden celebrates in Day One in Oradea - by Eurobasket News
U18 TURKEY - U18 SWEDEN 64-66

Another exciting game was played in Day One in Oradea. Sweden managed to beat Turkey 66-64 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group A of the U18 EuroBasket. Earlier in the opening day, Romania grabbed 52-50 thriller win against Russia. These four teams are participants of Group A. Three of them will book a spot for the next stage. Helena Kurt (165-PG-93) stepped up for the winners with 16 points. Amanda Zahui (191-C-93) had 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Ellen Nystrom (180-G-93) also helped with 12 pts. On the other side, Turkey got 15 points and 9 rebounds from Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93). Olcay Cakir (180-PG-93) had 13 points and 5 boards, and Gizem Sezer (196-C-94) had 9 points, plus 6 rebs. Quarters: 12-19, 19-14, 18-20, 15-13. In Day Two of the championship Sweden will meet Romania. Turkey will play against Russia.

Turkey: Ozge Kavurmacioglu 15+9 boards, Olcay Cakir 13+5 boards, Gizem Sezer 9+6 boards
Sweden: Helena Kurt 16, Amanda Zahui 12+10 boards, Ellen Nystrom 12


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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


Swiss U18 National Team -11 - by Karol
Starting five
#s#
Ljubica Cutunic
Cutunic
Gaelle Thurler
Thurler
Meril Sabo
Sabo
Alix Rieder
Rieder
Nadege Clement
Clement
#e#5
4 Ljubica Cutunic 186-F-94 Hope-GBA Switzerland
5 Gaelle Thurler 167-PG-93
6 Meril Sabo 170-PG-93 Fribourg Switzerland
7 Alix Rieder 168-PG-93 Hope-GBA Switzerland
8 Leandra Wust 180-F-94
9 Alexandra Koch 175-PG-94 Fribourg Switzerland
10 Whitley Van Gelderen 176-G-94 Highflyers Switzerland
11 Geraldine Mentha 183-F-94 Hope-GBA Switzerland
12 Tamara Detraz 178-G-94
13 Giulia Simioni 169-G-93
14 Laura Perrenoud 189-C-94
15 Nadege Clement 184-C-93 Helios Switzerland

Billy Karageorgakis Head Coach Hope-GBA Switzerland
Mary Dillier Assistant


U18 Hungary explodes in Day One of U18 EuroBasket, Division B - by Eurobasket News
U18 SWITZERLAND - U18 HUNGARY 35-82

Hungary exploded in Day One of the U18 EuroBasket Division B in Miskolc. The host of this event smashed Switzerland 82-35 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group B. Participants of this pool are also Croatia and Portugal. Three best teams will book a spot for the Qualifying Round. Amadea Szamosi (190-F/C-94) stepped up for the hosts with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Barnai Judit (188-C-94) had 13 pts and 15 rebs, wile Zsofia Licskai (191-F/C-93) helped with 9 pts and 5 rebs. Alix Rieder (168-PG-93) delivered 6 points in loss and she was their best scorer. Quarters: 8-25, 4-25, 13-12, 10-20. In Day Two, Hungary will meet Croatia. Switzerland will play against Portugal.

Switzerland: Alix Rieder 6
Hungary: Amadea Szamosi 25+10 boards, Barnai Judit 13+15 boards, Zsofia Licskai 9+5 boards


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  TAIWAN - Women  


William Jones Cup. Taiwan scorch South Korea to finish undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Taiwan - South Korea 73:50

Taiwan finished their William Jones Cup campaign on a high note. They breezed past South Korea for the fourth straight win. Chiang Feng-Chun (184-F-81) scored 16 points to pace the hosts. South Korea in the meantime suffered the fourth consecutive defeat to remain at the bottom of the ladder.
Taiwan and South Korea stayed close in the opening quarter. The home team eked out a narrow 17:14 lead after ten minutes of action. South Korea stayed within striking distance throughout the second frame. They trailed by just three points at the interval 28:31. But things changed drastically in the third period. Taiwan shifted the gear and unloaded 26 points in the third term. They piled up a comfortable 57:37 lead with one quarter to go. South Korea never recovered suffering yet another loss at the tournament at the end. Chen Yi-Feng (170-G-84) and Liu Chun-Yi (180-F/C-81) accounted for 9 points each for Taiwan. Lee Seon-Hwa (181-C-88) responded with 14 points and 15 rebounds for South Korea. Park Tae-Eun (170-G-87) had 14 points in the loss.

Taiwan: Chiang Feng-Chun 16, Chen Yi-Feng 9, Liu Chun-Yi 9
South Korea: Lee Seon-Hwa 14+15 boards, Park Tae-Eun 14



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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO - Women  


Trinidad and Tobago grab 49-45 win against Bahamas - by Eurobasket News
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO - BAHAMAS 49-45

Trinidad and Tobago registered their first win in Nassau. They outplayed the host of CBC Championship 49-45 and joined the with 1-1 record. T&T failed in Day One against Cuba 32-80, while Bahamas handed 52-47 loss to Saint Vincent. Chenell Harris (89) stepped up fort the winners yesterday with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Rhea Codio (165-G-88) scored 10 points and Pietra Gay (183-G-74) added 7 pts, plus 7 rebounds. In Bahamas, Linda Pierre (82) collected 12 points and 5 boards. Their second scorer was Anastacia Sands-Moultrie (C-77) with 12 points and she also grabbed 5 rebounds beside that. Quarters: 12-15, 15-11, 12-14, 10-5. In Day Three, T&T will meet Saint Vincent. Bahamas will take on the USA Virgin Islands.

Trinidad and Tobago: Chenell Harris 16+5 boards, Rhea Codio 10, Pietra Gay 7+7 boards
Bahamas: Linda Pierre 12+5 boards, Anastacia Sands-Moultrie 12+5 boards


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  TURKEY - Women  


U18 Sweden celebrates in Day One in Oradea - by Eurobasket News
U18 TURKEY - U18 SWEDEN 64-66

Another exciting game was played in Day One in Oradea. Sweden managed to beat Turkey 66-64 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group A of the U18 EuroBasket. Earlier in the opening day, Romania grabbed 52-50 thriller win against Russia. These four teams are participants of Group A. Three of them will book a spot for the next stage. Helena Kurt (165-PG-93) stepped up for the winners with 16 points. Amanda Zahui (191-C-93) had 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Ellen Nystrom (180-G-93) also helped with 12 pts. On the other side, Turkey got 15 points and 9 rebounds from Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93). Olcay Cakir (180-PG-93) had 13 points and 5 boards, and Gizem Sezer (196-C-94) had 9 points, plus 6 rebs. Quarters: 12-19, 19-14, 18-20, 15-13. In Day Two of the championship Sweden will meet Romania. Turkey will play against Russia.

Turkey: Ozge Kavurmacioglu 15+9 boards, Olcay Cakir 13+5 boards, Gizem Sezer 9+6 boards
Sweden: Helena Kurt 16, Amanda Zahui 12+10 boards, Ellen Nystrom 12


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


U.S. Virgin Islands National Team 2011 - by Greg
Starting five
#s#
Yanique Javois
Javois
Natalie Day
Day
Aesha Peters
Peters
Stacey Griffith
Griffith
#e#4
4 Melanesia Hendrickson 93
6 Lanese Bough 168-G-93
7 Brittney Mathew 94
8 Yanique Javois 176-G-85 Missouri Western USA
9 Natalie Day 182-G/F-90 Portland USA
10 Te'Andra Richardson 93
11 Stacey Griffith 185-F/C-89 District of Col. USA
12 Aesha Peters 193-C-92 NC-Wilmington USA
13 Ky'laine Rogers 155-G-92 Oglethorpe USA
14 Tasheema Lewis 155-G-90 Barry USA
15 Edidiong Utibe 96



Cuba jumps to 2-0 in Nassau - by Eurobasket News
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - CUBA 42-87

Cuba registered second straight win in Nassau. After 80-32 victory against Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba was too strong for the US Virgin Islands handing them 87-42 loss. It means that Cuba has perfect 2-0 after two days of CBC Championship. On the other side, it was the first appearance at this event for US Virgin Islands (0-1). Suchitel Avila (183-F-82) was the leading scorer in victory with 17 points. Taimy Fernandez (183-F-82) had 13 points and Marlen Cepeda (193-C-85) added 12 pts, plus 13 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Natalie Day (182-G/F-90) collected 10 points and 6 boards. Their second scorer was Lanese Bough (168-G-93) with 7 pts. Quarters: 8-25, 9-24, 11-14, 14-24. In Day Three, Cuba will meet Dominican Republic. US Virgin Islands will play against the host Bahamas.

US Virgin Islands: Natalie Day 10+6 boars, Lanese Bough 7
Cuba: Suchitel Avila 17, Taimy Fernandez 13, Marlen Cepeda 12+13 boards


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  UKRAINE - Women  


U18 Belgium cruises past U18 Ukraine 87-60 in Oradea - by Eurobasket News
U18 UKRAINE - U18 BELGIUM 60-87

Belgium had no troubles to beat Ukraine in Day One of the U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. Belgium celebrated easy 87-60 victory for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group C. Also in this pool Serbia was better than Italy yesterday 64-53. Three spots from this group are available for the next stage. Emma Meesseman (192-C-93) was a key player in victory with 23 points and 5 rebounds. She reached valuation 30. Sien Devliegher (175-G-93) scored 14 points, while Julie Vanloo (172-PG-93) and Antonia Delaere (174-G-94) helped with 13 points each. In Ukraine, Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93) was better than the others with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Lyudmyla Naumenko (184-F-93) had 13 pts and 6 rebs, while Anna Kiriyenko (190-C-93) stopped to 10 pts in this meeting. Quarters: 14-22, 13-30, 12-17, 21-18. In Day Two, Belgium will play against Italy. Ukraine will take on Serbia.

Ukraine: Oleksandra Chek 14+11 boards, Lyudmyla Naumenko 13+6 boards, Anna Kiriyenko 10
Belgium: Emma Meesseman 23+5 boards, Sien Devliegher 14, Julie Vanloo 13, Antonia Delaere 13


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


U18 Germany blasts U18 UK in Miskolc, 65-45 - by Eurobasket News
U18 GERMANY - U18 UNITED KINGDOM 65-45

Germany had no troubles to beat UK in Day One of the U18 EuroBasket Division B in Miskolc. Germany celebrated easy 65-45 win for 1-0 score in Preliminary Group A. Earlier in this pool Belarus was too strong fro Bulgaria 57-39. Three best teams will book a spot for the next stage. Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) shined for the winners with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Anna Heise (190-C-93) (7 rebs) and Fanny Szittya (170-PG-94) followed her with 11 points each. In the loosing squad, Christina Gaskin (188-F/C-93) had double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds. Their second scorer was Rosie Hynes (172-PG-93) with just 7 points. She had valuation -5. Quarters: 16-8, 18-14, 14-14, 17-9. Today, Germany will meet Belarus. UK will play against Bulgaria.

Germany: Laura Hebecker 18+6 boards, Anna Heise 11+7 boards, Fanny Szittya 11
United Kingdom: Christina Gaskin 14+12 boards, Rosie Hynes 7


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  WILLIAM JONES CUP - Women  


Standing
Standings
1. Taiwan4-0
2. Japan3-1
3. Taiwan B2-2
4. India1-3
5. S.Korea0-4


Results and Stats from the final day of action in New Taipei City - by Eurobasket News
Japan - India 98:62
Japan wrapped up their William Jones Cup campaign with victory. They cruised past India to clinch the second position in the ladder at 3-1 record. Rina Tomizaki (180-F/C-88) and Mutya Mori (181-C-88) stepped up with 15 points each to pace the effort. India fell at 1-3 record and occupied the fourth place at the tournament.
Japan erupted for 31 points in the starting frame to clear off. They dominated in the second period. Japan outgunned their opponents 21:10 to establish a comfortable 57:26 halftime lead. Japan did not loosen the grip in the third term. They boosted the distance to 36 points and never looked back afterwards. Kana Motoyama (180-F-90) delivered 11 points, while Saori Fujiyoshi (178-G/F-87) and Misaki Onuma (175-F-90) had 10 points each in the victory. Geethu Anna Jose (185-C-85) responded with 16 points for India. Anitha Pauldurai (170-G-85) netted 12 points in the loss.

Japan: Rina Tomizaki 15, Mutya Mori 15, Kana Motoyama 11
India: Geethu Anna Jose 16, Anitha Pauldurai 12


Taiwan - South Korea 73:50
Taiwan finished their William Jones Cup campaign on a high note. They breezed past South Korea for the fourth straight win. Chiang Feng-Chun (184-F-81) scored 16 points to pace the hosts. South Korea in the meantime suffered the fourth consecutive defeat to remain at the bottom of the ladder.
Taiwan and South Korea stayed close in the opening quarter. The home team eked out a narrow 17:14 lead after ten minutes of action. South Korea stayed within striking distance throughout the second frame. They trailed by just three points at the interval 28:31. But things changed drastically in the third period. Taiwan shifted the gear and unloaded 26 points in the third term. They piled up a comfortable 57:37 lead with one quarter to go. South Korea never recovered suffering yet another loss at the tournament at the end. Chen Yi-Feng (170-G-84) and Liu Chun-Yi (180-F/C-81) accounted for 9 points each for Taiwan. Lee Seon-Hwa (181-C-88) responded with 14 points and 15 rebounds for South Korea. Park Tae-Eun (170-G-87) had 14 points in the loss.

Taiwan: Chiang Feng-Chun 16, Chen Yi-Feng 9, Liu Chun-Yi 9
South Korea: Lee Seon-Hwa 14+15 boards, Park Tae-Eun 14



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  WNBA - Women  


Latest games - by Eurobasket News
New York L. - Chicago S. 59-49
New York kept it close for three quarters, catching up every time Chicago started to pull away. Then the Liberty shut down the Sky with a record-setting defensive effort in the fourth quarter. Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) scored 15 points to lead the Liberty past Chicago 59-49 Thursday, holding the Sky to a WNBA-record one point in the fourth. 'We just figured we can limit our turnovers, get some movement offensively and get more pressure defensively,' Pondexter said. 'We definitely did that in the second half. We got stops and we were able to get easy buckets in transition. They got a little frustrated on the offensive end and they didn't give energy defensively.' Nicole Powell added seven of her 13 points in the fourth quarter as the Liberty outscored Chicago 16-1 in the final period. Essence Carson (6'0''-G-86, college: Rutgers) added 11 points and Powell also had 10 rebounds for New York (12-8), which set the league record for fewest points allowed in a quarter and won for the eighth time in 11 games. 'I think our players got more invigorated, excited as we saw them wearing down,' Liberty coach John Whisenant said. 'We finally wrestled the lead from them, we never had it until then and that probably empowered us somewhat and it probably discouraged them. That's what our defense is meant to do.' Sylvia Fowles scored 11 points to lead Chicago (9-12), which missed all 10 shots from the field and had nine turnovers in the fourth. The Sky, losers of four of their last five, finished 18 for 53 (34 percent) on field goals and had 22 turnovers. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Minnesota L. - S.Antonio SS 62-60
When free agency began in the offseason, Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve made a call to 40-year-old center Taj McWilliams-Franklin (6'3''-F/C-70, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: St.Edward's). Reeve figured the young Lynx could use a veteran presence. The second-year coach also figured McWilliams-Franklin could knock down the occasional jump shot, just as she had done when they were together in Detroit. The pairing has worked out well. McWilliams-Franklin scored 18 points, including the game-winning jumper with 1.3 seconds left, and added seven rebounds and the Lynx held on for a 62-60 win against San Antonio on Thursday. 'I don't know if there's a more consistent player than Taj, in that range,' Reeve said. 'If you give her that shot, I feel like every time she shoots it, it's going to go in from that range.' Candice Wiggins added 15 points on a career-high five 3-pointers for Minnesota (15-4), which extended its franchise-best winning streak to eight games, the longest streak in the WNBA this season. The Lynx have won 10 of their past 11 games and extended their Western Conference lead over San Antonio, Phoenix and Seattle to four games. 'Not our best performance,' Reeve said. 'It's not one that we will watch again, more than likely. All that matters is you got out of there with a 'W'. You found a way. ... Winning the game, no matter what it took or how it looked. Getting out of there with a 'W' is the most important thing.' Sophia Young had 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Silver Stars (11-8), who have lost three in a row. Becky Hammon added 15 points. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Atlanta D. - New York L. 75-85
John Whisenant was worried his New York team was catching Atlanta, winners of five of its last six, at the wrong time. Instead, the Liberty's 3-point shooting overwhelmed the Dream. Plenette Pierson (6'2''-F/C-81, college: Texas Tech) scored 20 points, Leilani Mitchell sank four 3-pointers all in the final period and New York held off Atlanta 85-75 on Tuesday night. Cappie Pondexter had 16 points and Nicole Powell added 13 for New York, which solidified its hold on third in the Eastern Conference by making 11 of 19 3-pointers. *Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com

Minnesota L. - Phoenix M. 90-73
The Minnesota Lynx extended its lead atop the WNBA standings thanks to a fourth quarter surge that set up a 90-73 win over the Phoenix Mercury on Tuesday. Minnesota led by five after three quarters and began the final period with a 14-2 surge to take control. Maya Moore (6'0''-F-89, college: Connecticut) scored 22 points and Seimone Augustus finished with 21 for the Lynx, who have won seven straight games to move three games clear atop the Western Conference standings. Diana Taurasi (6'0''-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) had 20 points for Phoenix despite being plagued by foul trouble much of the night. The Mercury played without starting center Kara Braxton due to a family matter. Courtesy of www.taiwannews.com.tw

Seattle S. - S.Antonio SS 78-64
Sue Bird's (5'9''-G-80, college: Connecticut) 3-pointer right before the third-quarter buzzer provided a lift at just the right time for the Seattle Storm. Bird hit a 22-footer to put Seattle up by eight just a minute after the San Antonio Silver Stars had cut a 13-point deficit to one in the quarter. The Storm then went on a 10-2 run to start the fourth quarter en route to a 78-64 victory over the Silver Stars on Tuesday night. Bird finished with 17 points and Swin Cash (6'2''-F-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Connecticut) added 16. *Courtesy of www.springfieldnewssun.com

L.Angeles S. - Connecticut S. 70-79
Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and the Connecticut Sun controlled the fourth quarter to beat the Los Angeles Sparks 79-70 on Wednesday. It was the fourth straight double-double and 12th of the season for Charles, the reigning WNBA rookie of the year. Renee Montgomery (5'7''-G-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) hit four 3-pointers and scored 16 points for the Sun (12-6), who used a 12-0 run to start the fourth in winning for the sixth time in seven games. Tied 56-56 heading into the fourth, Charles hit a free throw and later added a pair of jumpers during the run, resulting in a 68-56 lead. The Sparks went scoreless for 4 1/2 minutes before Delisha Milton-Jones (6'1''-F-74, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Florida) hit a jumper to end the drought. Milton-Jones had 14 points to lead the Sparks (7-12). Tina Thompson and Ebony Hoffman scored 13 points apiece. Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


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


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  WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES - Women  


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. China0-0
2. Finland0-0
3. Lithuania0-0
4. Taiwan0-0
Group B
1. Brazil0-0
2. U.Kingdom0-0
3. Slovakia0-0
4. USA0-0
Group C
1. Canada0-0
2. Mozambique0-0
3. Poland0-0
4. Russia0-0
Group D
1. Australia0-0
2. Czech Rep.0-0
3. Japan0-0
4. Sweden0-0