EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/8/2011

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Radnicki add Darren Moore - by Eurobasket News
Darren Moore (190-G) will tip off his professional career in Serbia. The guard has agreed on terms of contract with Radnicki Kragujevac. Darren Moore has just graduated from University of California-Irvine. He tallied 17.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.7 assists per game in his senior season. Darren Moore made it into All-Big West 2nd Team.


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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Count-down to Madagascar 2011 Afrobasket - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Group-A in focus: Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria, Mali

Sixteen African countries will converge in Antananarivo capital of Indian Ocean state of Madagascar for Africa biggest basketball championship The 26th edition of FIBA Africa Championship from the 17th of August to the 28th with the sole aim of picking the continent sole ticket to the 2012 London Olympic Games.

FIBA Africa brings to you grou-by-group analysis and preview as the count-down to the first jump-ball gets nearer and today the focus will be on Group-A which is made-up of four strong nations who are set to out-wit one another (Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria, Mali).

The group is made up of Nigeria, considered as the strongest of all four teams in the group, Nigeria is one of Africa strongest basketball playing nation and second most ranked Africa country behind Angola. Mali the other top team in the group is expected to pose a real threat to Nigeria ambition of topping the group Mali lost to Nigeria in the second round of the 2009 edition of the championship in Benghazi, Libya and would look forward to avenge that defeat in Madagascar. Mozambique is another country that cannot be over looked in this years Afrobasket having qualified from FIBA Africa Zone-6 while little is known about host Madagascar but they are surely out to spring some surprises in the group.

The FIBA Africa Zone-7 nation will be banking on it home support to see them through the first round stage.

Latest FIBA Ranking
Nigeria 21
Mali 55
Mozambique 58
Madagascar 72

Group-A games: August 17, 2011
Madagascar Vs Mozambique
Nigeria Vs Mali

August 19, 2011
Madagascar Vs Mali
Mozambique Vs Nigeria

August 21, 2011
Nigeria Vs Madagascar
Mali Vs Mozambique




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  ARGENTINA   


Argentina win their first friendly matches - by Facundo Iatzky
Argentinian national team started with two victories the road to the FIBA americas championship in Mar del Plata. On saturday night, Argentina defeated Paraguay 82-56. then On sunday, Argentina beat Euskadi 92-28. In both games, Andres Nocioni (199-F-79) was the outstanding player and the best scorer. Argentina still has a lot to work to come in the best shap to the tournament, but the two rivals were very inferior to Argentina, so both games were very easy. These games were played in Salta. Now Argentina will travel to Cordoba where they will play the super 4 tournament against Cuba, Venezuela and Urugauay next weekend.

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  ARMENIA   


U16: Boinitzer and Perl bring Hungary the 5th place in Strumica - by Eurobasket News
Armenia U16-Hungary U16 52:65

David Boinitzer (196-F-95) and Zoltan Perl (189-G-95) bring Hungary the 5th place in Strumica at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They both nailed 14 points each for the winners against Armenia in a 65:52 win. Andrey Konstantinov (95) ended up with 9 points in the losing effort, while Arkadiy Mkrtychyan (95) and Sergei Pogosyan (95) posted 8 each.
It was a defensive start and both teams scored only 8 points in the first period. They were also tied three times in the second period, while Hungary grabbed 25:24 lead at the halftime. The third period was decisive in the game and answered all the questions in the game. Hungary needed 27-12 in the frame to shock the opponents. Zoltan Perl and Grachev exchanged the late baskets in the end of the frame for 52:36. Armenia meanwhile won the last period 16-13 to reduce the game to 13 points at the end. Both teams head back home tomorrow.

Armenia U16: Andrey Konstantinov 9, Arkadiy Mkrtychyan 8, Sergei Pogosyan 8
Hungary U16: David Boinitzer 14, Zoltan Perl 14



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  AUSTRALIA   


SBL: Wolfpack outruns Willetton into semis after huge comeback - by Eurobasket News

Wanneroo Wolves have qualified for the men's State Basketball League final four at the expense of reigning champions Southlands Boulevarde Willetton Tigers after a stunning comeback win in the deciding third game of their quarter-finals series.

The Wolves recovered from an upset five-point loss in game two of the series on Saturday night to overrun the Tigers for a 102-88 victory at Joondalup Basketball Stadium on Sunday and advance to the semi-finals, where they will meet third seed Cockburn.

Willetton led at every change and held an 18-point advantage early in the third quarter, but Wanneroo gradually chipped away and went ahead with six minutes left before taking control of the game.

The Tigers fell apart in the second half, where they were outscored 61-32 as the impressive composure and ball control they'd shown earlier in the game deserted them to bring to an end an injury-plagued and inconsistent season.

'We were just hoping we could be better than they were and run it out and steal one because we were done at half-time,' acting Wolves coach Ryan Benson said.

'We were down by 15 at half-time and we were up and thinking we could get it back, but when they came out and hit a three on the first possession, it seemed like nothing was going our way.

'We probably got the lead back a little bit quicker than what we thought, but the boys worked really hard and got us a good win.'

Perth Wildcats guard Brad Robbins (186-G-85) was inspirational for the Wolves with 25 points and four steals, while Damian Matacz added 20 points and 14 rebounds off the bench.

Rob Kampman top-scored for Willetton with 22 points and fellow forward Mark Jones had 18.

Wanneroo lacked its usual intensity early as big man John Vaudreuil (203-F/C-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Minn.-Duluth) made a nightmare start, picking up three fouls within the first four minutes.

Kampman hit a pair of early three-pointers and Jones and Adam Nener also made one each within the first six minutes, which saw their side jump out to a nine-point lead.

With Vaudreuil off the court for most of the first quarter, Matacz stepped up with 11 points and eight rebounds, including six on the offensive end, in the opening quarter. But it wasn't enough to stop the Tigers taking an eight-point advantage at quarter-time.

Willetton made eight of its first 11 three-point attempts of the game and its outstanding shooting saw its lead reach 17 late in the second period and 15 at half-time after Kampman hit a buzzer-beating three.

A Rob Cassir three-pointer on the opening play of the second half extended the difference to 18, but the hosts responded immediately with a 25-10 run to get back in the game to cut the margin to seven at the final break.

With the support of the vocal home crowd behind them, the Wolves reduced the deficit to two with eight of the first 11 points in the quarter.

Wanneroo had several shots to tie the game or take the lead early in the final period and they finally broke even with six minutes left when Greg Hire completed an and-one play.

On the next possession, a Matthew Schmechtig lay-up gave the Wolves the lead, which they gradually extended before a Sebastian Salinas (190-G-85) three-pointer with two minutes made the difference nine points and wrapped up the series.

After its comeback win, Wanneroo is just two wins away from its first Grand Final appearance since it won the 1993 championship.

Article by Jacob Kagi at Joondalup Basketball Stadium
Courtesy of: SBL




SBL:Hawks men and women swoop into final four - by Eurobasket News
Total Connections Perry Lakes Hawks have booked a semi-final match-up with Lakeside Lightning after clinching their quarterfinal series against the ATD Stirling Senators.

The Hawks claimed game-two 95-81 at the WABC last night to sweep the Senators in the best-of-three series.

Anthony Lee led the way for the Hawks with 38 points and 17 rebounds, while Ben Purser (200-F/G-90, college: Augusta St.) backed up his impressive game-one defensive role on Senator Lee Roberts, keeping him to just 13 points while contributing 19 of his own along with 6 assists.

Austin Bruton (80) and Michael Jones Stirlings points leaders with 18 and 17 respectively.

Perry Lakes coach Dion Dagostino praised his sides performance but was quick to change his focus to the semi-final match up with Lakeside.

We kept them to 81 again which is our goal, keeping them to 80. We got to 95, blew it out a little bit at the end which was nice, we could have taken care of business a little bit earlier but it was good to get it done, he said.

We match up on them (Lakeside) really well this year and were looking forward to it. Purser is playing awesome defence. He can do a job on Beran, and Payne, Dixon has done well on in the past.

Itll be a good series, hopefully itll go to three and well get it.

Perry Lakes led 41-46 at half-time before the Senators clawed their way back into in the third period to lead by two heading into the final period but the Hawks proved too strong and ran away with the contest.

Earlier in the night, the Perry Lakes Lady Hawks ensured both the mens and womens teams would see semi-final action when they completed a sweep of Metropolis Fremantle Cockburn Cougars.

The 78-66 win means the Hawks will face East Perth in the semis and was the perfect way to celebrate captain Tania Kellys 400th WSBL match.

Christine Boyd led the Lady Hawks to victory with 23 points and 14 rebounds while Emma Pass had 18 and 17 respectively for the Cougars.

Article by Ben Cameron at the WA Basketball Centre
Courtesy of: SBL


Half-century for Harrelson as Cougars sweep Redbacks - by Eurobasket News
Cockburn Cougars have advanced to the semi finals of the MSBL with a clinical 130-93 victory over an under strength Perth Redbacks on Saturday night at Wally Hagan Stadium.

The victory gave the Cougars a two-nil sweep of the series after their six point game one victory last weekend. The Redbacks were missing Perth Wildcats player Jesse Wagstaff due to Boomers commitments and Joel Wagner to injury.

The win came on the back of an incredible performance from import guard Ty Harrelson (193-G-80, college: Wayland Baptist), who finished with 50 points despite spending only 38 minutes on the court. Harrelson shot 18 of 28 from the field, including seven of 13 from three-point range, in his inspirational display.

From the tip off Cockburn asserted their dominance on the game from three point range, with Harrelson, Stanley Ocitti (203-F/C-80, college: Binghamton) and Steven Van Lit combining for six successful shots from beyond the arc in the first quarter.

Adrian Majstrovich (202-F/G-80) gave the Redbacks some second chance opportunities with his offensive rebounding and it gave Ryan Neill some open looks from long distance. Michael Vigor provided some resistance inside the key with some strong drives and low post moves.

Harrelson continued with his shooting onslaught in the second quarter, making numerous outside shots and penetrating drives through the key for easy layups. He finished the half with 29 points including six three point field goals. Ocitti contributed 20 points, despite picking up three fouls in the first half.

Both teams shot an exceptionally high percentage from the field in the first half, with the Cougars shooting 62% compared to 58% for Perth. Cockburn also shot 12 from 18 from three point range.

Despite going into half time with a 17 point deficit, the Redbacks still had Vigor, Majstrovich and Neill all scoring in double figures with Daniel Maddox and Jarrad Jackson also contributing.

The three point barrage continued early in the third quarter as the lead quickly blew out to 30 points with seven minutes remaining. Ocitti got the crowd to its feet with a thunderous dunk and foul, while Harrelson continued to light up the scoresheet notching his 40th point with 6:30 remaining in the quarter.

Cockburn notched their 100th point with two minutes remaining in the third and took a 35 point lead into the final change. The first basket in the final quarter came from Harrelson and it also ticked off his 50 point milestone. Satisfied with his starters' output, Cockburn coach Stephen Charlton cleared his bench to finish off the game.

I thought we played a pretty good brand of basketball tonight, Charlton said.

I havent seen a performance like Tys on our side for a while. When you start hot like he did, you just sit back and enjoy it.'

Harrelson finished with 50 points, while Ocitti was solid on both ends of the floor as he ended the game with 27 points and 12 rebounds.

For the Redbacks, Vigor tried hard all night to finish with 30 points, while Maddox was next best with 15. Cockburn shot 55% from the field for the game and made 15 from 27 from three point range.

The Cougars must now wait until Sunday afternoon to find out who their semi final opponent will be. With their series tied at one game all, Game Three between Wanneroo and Willetton will take place at Joondalup Basketball Stadium, with the winner booking a date with the Cougars in the next round.

Article by Nathan Winch at Wally Hagan Stadium
Courtesy of: SBL



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  AUSTRIA   


Cyprus edged Austria in Nikosia - by Eurobasket News
Cyprus-Austria 67:54

Cyprus edged Austria in Nikosia in a friendly tournament. The latter suffered their second defeat 54:67 and before that lost to Romania in the opener.
Cyprus opened the game with 11:10, but could not keep the lead for good. The guests responded with some important baskets and grabbed 30:29 advantage at the halftime. The third period was decisive in the game as Cyprus dominated the court. They erupted with 22-8 and took 51:38 entering the last stanza. Both teams nailed the same number of points in the last period for the final result.
Andreas Pilavas (194-G-83) and Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-C-80) poured in 14 points each for the winners. George Theocharides (203-F-85) netted 12 and Christopher Razis (193-F-89) scored 10. Jason Detrick (198-G-80, college: Oklahoma) and Rasid Mahalbasic (210-F/C-90) replied with 13 points each in the losing case, while Davor Lamesic (205-F-83, agency: Interperformances) posted 12. Richard Poiger (201-F-87) added 7 and O'Neal ended up with 4 points.

Austria: Jason Detrick 13, Rasid Mahalbasic 13, Davor Lamesic 12, Richard Poiger 7, O'Neal 4
Cyprus: Andreas Pilavas 14, Panagiotis Trisokkas 14, George Theocharides 12 Christopher Razis 10



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  BAHAMAS   


U17 Puerto Rico advances to Big Final in Gurabo - by Eurobasket News
U17 PUERTO RICO - U17 BAHAMAS 85-78

Puerto Rico eliminated Bahamas 85-78 in the Semifinals of the U17 CentroBasket in Gurabo. The host of this event will meet Mexico in Big Final. On the other side, Bahamas will fight for the Bronze against US Virgin Islands. Juan Carlos Ortiz (94) led the winners in scoring with 23 points. Alexander Curet (94) had 21 points, 7 boards and 5 assists, while Abdiel Badillo (193-F-94) added 18 pts and 15 rebs. In the loosing squad, Tavario Miller (94) exploded with 15 points and 20 rebounds. He reached valuation 36 and was the MVP of this meeting. Dwight Coleby (94) had 15 pts and 9 boards, while Lourawls Nairn (95) added 15 pts and 6 assists. Quarters: 20-16, 10-23, 36-18, 19-21. Sunday is the last day of the championship.

Puerto Rico: Juan Carlos Ortiz 23, Alexander Curet 21+7 boards+5 as, Abdiel Badillo 18+15 boards
Bahamas: Tavario Miller 15+20 boards, Dwight Coleby 15+9 boards, Lourawls Nairn 15+6 as


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  BELARUS   


Belarus beat Ukraine University National Team in Kyiv - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine University NT - Belarus 84:93

Belarus played another friendly game in Kyiv. They overcame Ukraine University National Team. Pavel Ulyanko (204-F/C-79) and Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-G-80) stepped up with 17 points each to pace the winners.
Ukraine led by three points ten minutes into the encounter 25:22. But Belarus adjusted and cut the deficit to just a single point at halftime 42:41. The visitors stepped on the gas in the third quarter. They fired 27 points to leave Ukraine behind. Belarus entered the final frame up by 11 points and never looked back en route to the win. Dzianis Korshuk (201-F-78, agency: Agency No 10) delivered 13 points in the victory. Igor Zaitsev (211-F/C-89) responded with 18 points for Ukraine. Stanislav Tymofeyenko (204-F-89) netted 16 points, while Ruslan Otverchenko (192-G/F-90) finished with 15 points in defeat.

Ukraine University NT: Igor Zaitsev 18, Stanislav Tymofeyenko 16, Ruslan Otverchenko 15
Belarus: Pavel Ulyanko 17, Aliaksandr Kudrautsau 17, Dzianis Korshuk 13



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  BELGIUM   


U16: Insaly shines in the last Portuguese victory - by Eurobasket News
Portugal U16-Belgium U16 53:52

Portugal clinched the 9th spot at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Portuguese team won over Belgium 53:52 in the last game for both teams.
Belgium scored the first 9 points in the game and surprised the opponents with 19:5 in the first period. Both teams nailed 11 points each in the second frame for 30:16 at the halftime. The third and the last quarters were however dominated by Portugal. The latter needed 19-13 in the third frame to cut to 43:35 after three quarters. Isaias Insaly (197-F/C-95) later closed the 8-0 run at 48:46 and he later tied the game at 50:50. Isaias Insaly was also the last to score in the game for Portugal and brought them 53:52 win.
Isaias Insaly stepped up with 24 points, while Joao Guimaraes (196-C-95) nailed 12. Pedro Marques (181-PG-95) netted 10, while Joao Moreira (195-C-95) ended up with 4 points. Romain Boxus (194-F-96) delivered 15 points in defeat and Emmanuel Lecomte (175-G-95) netted 10.

Portugal U16: Isaias Insaly 24, Joao Guimaraes 12, Pedro Marques 10, Joao Moreira 4
Belgium U16: Romain Boxus 15, Emmanuel Lecomte 10




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  BELIZE   


U17 Belize beats U17 British Virgin Islands 81-74 - by Eurobasket News
U17 BELIZE - U17 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 81-74

Belize successfully passed their first obstacle for the fifth place in Gurabo. They outplayed British Virgin Islands 81-74 and will have to beat Dominican Republic in order to end as No.5. British Virgin Island will play against Panama and the winner will avoid last place at the U17 CentroBasket. Devin Daly (188-F-95) erupted with 29 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Tariq Middleton (178-G-95) had 18 pts and 8 rebs, while Brian White (188-G-96, college: Wesley) added 12 points and 7 rebs. In defeat, Shakiel Humphrey (95) was better than the others with 20 points and 7 rebs. Their second scorer was Charlesworth Georges (95) with 18 points (6 rebs). Quarters: 14-20, 15-21, 29-22, 23-11. Championship in Gurabo ends today. Puerto Rico and Mexico will fight for the Gold.

Belize: Devin Daly 29+12 boards, Tariq Middleton 18+8 boards, Brian White 12+7 boards
British Virgin Islands: Shakiel Humphrey 20+7 boards, Charlesworth Georges 18+6 boards


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  BOSNIA   


U16: Bosnia and Herzegovina clinched third place in Strumica - by Eurobasket News
Israel U16-Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 71:72

Bosnia and Herzegovina clinched third place in Strumica as they won the thriller for the higher place over Israel. The latter lost the overtime battle last night to England and was defeated by Bosnia 71:72 in the last game.
Bosnia and Herzegovina won the opening period 14:11, but Israel took control of the game with 22-15 in it. Roy Ayalon (190-G-95) closed the half from the perimeter to give Israel 33:29. Adi Zahiragic (185-PG-95) meanwhile tied the game at 37:37 and Nedim Tunovic (206-C-95) gave Bosnia and Herzegovina 52:46 at the end of the third period. Idan Zalmanson (205-F-95) tied the game at 54:54 and Nedim Buza (201-F-95) brought 72:68 in the game. Roy Ayalon nailed three at the very end but it was enough only to reduce the gap to one point loss.
Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 were led by Nedim Buza who posted 16 points and Nedim Tunovic nailed 11. Miso Maslac (195-G-95) and Adi Zahiragic delivered 10 points each. Roy Ayalon ended up with 16 points in defeat, while Naor Sharon (191-PG-95) notched 14.

Israel U16: Roy Ayalon 16, Naor Sharon 14, Idan Zalmanson 13
Bosnia and Herzegovina U16: Nedim Buza 16, Nedim Tunovic 11, Miso Maslac 10, Adi Zahiragic 10



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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


U17 Belize beats U17 British Virgin Islands 81-74 - by Eurobasket News
U17 BELIZE - U17 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 81-74

Belize successfully passed their first obstacle for the fifth place in Gurabo. They outplayed British Virgin Islands 81-74 and will have to beat Dominican Republic in order to end as No.5. British Virgin Island will play against Panama and the winner will avoid last place at the U17 CentroBasket. Devin Daly (188-F-95) erupted with 29 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Tariq Middleton (178-G-95) had 18 pts and 8 rebs, while Brian White (188-G-96, college: Wesley) added 12 points and 7 rebs. In defeat, Shakiel Humphrey (95) was better than the others with 20 points and 7 rebs. Their second scorer was Charlesworth Georges (95) with 18 points (6 rebs). Quarters: 14-20, 15-21, 29-22, 23-11. Championship in Gurabo ends today. Puerto Rico and Mexico will fight for the Gold.

Belize: Devin Daly 29+12 boards, Tariq Middleton 18+8 boards, Brian White 12+7 boards
British Virgin Islands: Shakiel Humphrey 20+7 boards, Charlesworth Georges 18+6 boards


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  BULGARIA   


U16: Lithuania romp past Bulgaria in Hradec Kralove - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U16 - Bulgaria U16 103:82

Lithuania registered the sixth straight win at the U16 European Championship. They stormed past Bulgaria to earn the 13th overall position. Paulius Zalys (198-F-95), Paulius Sakinis (197-F-95) and Pijus Mykolaitis (198-F-95) scored 15 points each to pace the winners.
Lithuania led from start to finish. They posted a 26:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Lithuania maintained the lead throughout the second term. The Baltic team earned a 47:32 halftime advantage. Lithuania mounted the pressure in the third term. They went on a 34:12 run in the third stanza to leave hapless Bulgaria behind by 37 points with ten minutes remaining. Bulgaria sweetened the pill scoring 38 points in the fourth quarter. Karolis Razukas (198-F-95) nailed 11 points for Lithuania. Vassil Stoimenov (198-F-95) responded with 20 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 5 blocks for Bulgaria. Anguel Peychinov (196-F-95) netted 16 points in defeat.

Lithuania U16: Paulius Zalys 15, Paulius Sakinis 15, Pijus Mykolaitis 15
Bulgaria U16: Vassil Stoimenov 20, Anguel Peychinov 16



Bulgaria beat Israel, both finish with 1-2 record in Cyprus - by Eurobasket News
Israel NT-Bulgaria NT 82:88

Bulgaria beat Israel, both finish with 1-2 record in Cyprus at the International Tournament. Bulgaria needed 88:72 victory to celebaret the initial victory.
With the lead changing nearly seven times, Bulgaria took an 18:16 advantage at the end of the first period. Israel won the second period and tied the game at the halftime. Both teams went to the big break as the board showed 38:38. In the third quarter Bulgaria needed 23-20 for the 3-point lead entering the last stanza. The last period was the most productive for both Israel and Bulgaria. They both scored their high in the game, while Bulgaria added 27-24 for the initial victory.
Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky) stepped up with 24 points and Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) netted 17. E.J. Rowland scored 14, while Kaloyan Ivanov (205-F-86) added 11. Guy Pnini (200-F/G-83) responded with 18 points in the losing effort and Lior Eliyahu (206-F/C-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) notched 17. Lior Eliyahu scored 15, whilst Yogev Ohayon (189-PG-87, agency: Lanshire Group) added 10.

Israel NT: Guy Pnini 18, Lior Eliyahu 17, Lior Eliyahu 15, Yogev Ohayon 10
Bulgaria NT: Filip Videnov 24, Dejan Ivanov 17, E.J. Rowland 14, Kaloyan Ivanov 11



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  CENTROBASKET U17   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jose ESTRADA
  (--94)
  Avg: 33.5
 1. Estrada, MEX33.5 
 2. Daly, BIZ22.0 
 3. Middleton, BIZ20.8 
 4. Francis, DOM16.8 
 5. Curet, PUR16.5 
 6. Nairn, BAH15.8 
 7. Badillo, PUR15.3 
 8. Bethel, BAH15.3 
 9. Rivas, PAN15.0 
 10. Humphrey, IVB14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight COLEBY
  (--94)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Coleby, BAH13.3 
 2. Miller, BAH13.3 
 3. Daly, BIZ12.5 
 4. White, BIZ10.5 
 5. Badillo, PUR9.0 
 6. Rivas, PAN8.8 
 7. Aguilera, MEX8.8 
 8. Towns, DOM8.7 
 9. Rodriguez, PUR8.5 
 10. Estrada, MEX8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Lourawls NAIRN
  (--95)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Nairn, BAH6.3 
 2. Rolle, BAH6.0 
 3. Moses, BIZ4.5 
 4. Hart, ISV4.3 
 5. Ortiz, PUR4.3 
 6. Curet, PUR3.8 
 7. Dicent, DOM3.8 
 8. Nunez Castil., DOM3.5 
 9. Moquete, DOM3.3 
 10. Middleton, BIZ3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tariq MIDDLETON
  (178-G-95)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Middleton, BIZ4.8 
 2. Rolle, BAH4.5 
 3. Curet, PUR4.3 
 4. Curet, PUR4.0 
 5. Garraway, IVB4.0 
 6. Dicent, DOM3.5 
 7. Miller, BAH3.3 
 8. Estrada, MEX3.0 
 9. Ortiz, PUR2.5 
 10. Baptist, BIZ2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Pablo RIVAS
  (--95)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Rivas, PAN4.5 
 2. Miller, BAH3.3 
 3. Coleby, BAH3.0 
 4. Georges, IVB2.0 
 5. Daly, BIZ1.8 
 6. Rodriguez, PUR1.8 
 7. Aguilera, MEX1.5 
 8. Lopez, PUR1.5 
 9. Santos, ISV1.5 
 10. Santos, DOM1.3 


Puerto Rico and Mexico to meet in the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Semifinals

Puerto Rico - Bahamas
85-78
Puerto Rico eliminated Bahamas 85-78 in the Semifinals of the U17 CentroBasket in Gurabo. The host of this event will meet Mexico in Big Final. On the other side, Bahamas will fight for the Bronze against US Virgin Islands. Juan Carlos Ortiz (94) led the winners in scoring with 23 points. Alexander Curet (94) had 21 points, 7 boards and 5 assists, while Abdiel Badillo (193-F-94) added 18 pts and 15 rebs. In the loosing squad, Tavario Miller (94) exploded with 15 points and 20 rebounds. He reached valuation 36 and was the MVP of this meeting. Dwight Coleby (94) had 15 pts and 9 boards, while Lourawls Nairn (95) added 15 pts and 6 assists. Quarters: 20-16, 10-23, 36-18, 19-21. Sunday is the last day of the championship.

Mexico - U.S. Virgin Islands 59-58
Mexico grabbed 59-58 thriller win against the US Virgin Islands in the Semifinals of U17 CentroBasket in Gurabo. It means that Mexico advanced to the Big Final, where they will meet Puerto Rico. US Virgin Islands will play for the Bronze against Bahamas. Jose Estrada (94) was a key player for the winners. He spent almost the entire game on the court collecting 20 points and 9 rebounds. Miguel Ramirez (94) had 17 points and 7 rebounds, while Jose Luis Aguilera (94) added 17 pts and 7 rebs. In defeat, Khalid Hart (95) collected 14 points and 9 assists. Kareem Harris (94) also scored 9 pts in this meeting. Quarters: 20-20, 12-14, 9-14, 18-10. Sunday is the last day of the competition in Gurabo.

Places 5-8
Dominican Republic - Panama 79-58
Dominican Republic made the first step forward to fifth place in Gurabo. They handed 79-59 loss to Panama and will have to beat Belize today in order to win position No.5. Panama will play against the British Virgin Islands for the seventh place. Brandone Francis (95) shined for the winners with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Miguel Dicent (94) had 16 pts, 5 rebs and 5 assists, while Karl-Anthony Towns (96) added 14 points and 10 boards. Abid Oses (F/C-95) collected 21 points and 10 rebs in defeat. Their second scorer was Pablo Rivas (95) (7 rebs) with 12 pts. Quarters: 27-11, 13-16, 25-13, 14-18. Championship ends today.

Belize - British Virgin Islands 81-74
Belize successfully passed their first obstacle for the fifth place in Gurabo. They outplayed British Virgin Islands 81-74 and will have to beat Dominican Republic in order to end as No.5. British Virgin Island will play against Panama and the winner will avoid last place at the U17 CentroBasket. Devin Daly (188-F-95) erupted with 29 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Tariq Middleton (178-G-95) had 18 pts and 8 rebs, while Brian White (188-G-96, college: Wesley) added 12 points and 7 rebs. In defeat, Shakiel Humphrey (95) was better than the others with 20 points and 7 rebs. Their second scorer was Charlesworth Georges (95) with 18 points (6 rebs). Quarters: 14-20, 15-21, 29-22, 23-11. Championship in Gurabo ends today. Puerto Rico and Mexico will fight for the Gold.


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Copa Chile Finals: Liceo is one step away from the title - by Daniel Valencia
In game 2 of Copa Chile Finals, CD Liceo Mixto de Los Andes defeated to CD Boston College Santiago 75-69 and now is one game away from the title. Once again Franco Morales (179-G-92) was the offensive leader for the winners with 28 points, while the shooting guard Jose Luis Campos (189-G-80) was the scoring leader for Boston with 15 points in the night.

Game 2

CD Liceo Mixto de Los Andes 75 - CD Boston College Santiago 69
Lic
: Franco Morales 28 pts. Patrick Saez (191-G/F-71) 18 pts.
Bos: Jose Luis Campos 15 pts. Jorge Valencia (206-C-77) 13 pts.

Liceo lead the series 2-0

Game 3 of the finals will be played next weekend in Santiago. Boston needs a victory to keep their title hopes alive.


Copa Chile Finals: Liceo took the lead - by Daniel Valencia
CD Liceo Mixto de Los Andes took a 1-0 lead in the Copa Chile finals after defeating to CD Boston College Santiago 89-72 in game 1 of the series. Liceo won every quarter of the game, led by their most important players, Patrick Saez (191-G/F-71), Patrico Briones and the young promise Franco Morales (179-G-92).

Game 1

CD Liceo Mixto de Los Andes 89 - CD Boston College Santiago 72


Lic: Franco Morales 27 pts. Patricio Briones 23 pts.

Bos: Eduardo Sepulveda 19 pts. Jose Luis Campos 16 pts.


1 16-15 / 2 20-16 / 3 25-22 / 4 28-19

Liceo lead the series 1-0

Game two will be played on saturday night with CD Liceo Mixto de Los Andes as the host.




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China Loses to New Zealand 89-69 - by Arthur Volbert
China lost to New Zealand 89=69, its fifth straight loss in the Stankovic Cup. Sun Yue was added to the injured list, joining Wang Zhizhi, Zhou Peng, Zhu Fangyu and Ding Jinhui.

Yi Jianlian had 23 points, hitting 7 of 13 shots, and 6 rebounds. Liu Wei (190-G-80) hit 7 of 11 shots and had 18 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Wang Shipeng scored 13 points, but only hit 4 of 15 shots. No one else scored more than 4.

China hit only 4 of 18 three-pointers compared to 14 of 32 for New Zealand. China was outrebounded 36-33. China and New Zealand each had 11 turnovers. So rebounding and ball-handling were not the major problems. Outside shooting, which should be China's strength, was instead its downfall. And China hit only 18 of 39 two-pointers compared to 18 of 31 for New Zealand.

The young players on the team are simply inept on offense and Wang Shipeng can therefore easily be contained. Yi Jianlian is playing acceptably well but cannot do it alone. Liu Wei had a good game today but is aging and inconsistent. Unless the injured players return, China will have a very difficult time in the Asian Championship.



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U16: Croatia silence Czech Republic in Final - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic U16 - Croatia U16 57:67

Croatia defended their U16 European Championship title. They overcame hosting Czech Republic for the trophy in Pardubice tonight. Mario Hezonja (200-F-95) scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace Croatia. Czech Republic made a giant leap from winning Division B last season to playing in the title game this year.
Czech Republic opened the game with four points in a row but Croatia quickly denied the deficit. The reigning champions surged ahead late in the starting period and posted a 22:19 lead at the first break. Mario Hezonja triggered a 7:0 run at the start of the second frame as Croatia grabbed a 29:19 lead. Mario Hezonja knocked down 9 points in the period as Croatia recorded a 41:29 halftime lead. Croatia tipped off the second half with eight consecutive points to take a 20-point lead. But the hosts refused to give in as they cut the deficit at 14-point mark at the final intermission 39:53. Martin Peterka (199-F-95) and Dedek dragged the home team within 6 points midway through the fourth period 55:61. However Croatia responded with a 7:1 rally in the dying seconds to seal the victory at the end. Karlo Zganec (203-C-95) accounted for 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Domagoj Bosnjak (197-G-95) added 8 points and 12 rebounds for Croatia. Martin Peterka responded with 21 points and 14 rebounds for Czech Republic. Jiri Soula (187-G-95) netted 11 points, while Radovan Kouril (182-PG-95) delivered 10 in the loss.

Czech Republic U16: Martin Peterka 21+14 boards, Jiri Soula 11, Radovan Kouril 10
Croatia U16: Mario Hezonja 21+10 boards, Karlo Zganec 11+11 boards, Domagoj Bosnjak 8+12 boards



Croatia opened Adecco Cup with the win over Montenegro in Ljubljana - by Eurobasket News
Croatia NT-Montenegro NT 85:71

Croatia wins their Adecco Cup opener over Montenegro in Ljubljana. Trailing after the first period, Croatian side pushed the tempo for good and won the game with 3000 spectators in Slovenia.
Montenegro started the game with 6-0 run and Vladimir Dasic (207-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) scored for 13:8. Montenegro led in the whole period and only Marko Tomas (201-G-85)s three pointer in the start of the second frame gave Croatia 21:20. The latter won the second period 21-11 for 39:31 halftime advantage. Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) tied the game at 54:54 midway through the third period, but Ante Tomic (217-C-87) gave Croatia 64:60 in the end of the third period. Another 21-11 in the last stanza brought Croatia the first victory.
Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) erupted with 25 points for the winners and Ante Tomic as well as Dominic Draper netted 13. Marko Tomas followed them with 10 points in the first victory. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) replied with 19 points in the losing effort and Vladimir Dasic netted 12. Nikola Pekovic posted 10, while Goran Jeretin (192-G-79, agency: Beo Basket) notched 8.

Croatia NT: Bojan Bogdanovic 25, Ante Tomic 13, Dominic Draper 13, Marko Tomas 10
Montenegro NT: Vladimir Dragicevic 19, Vladimir Dasic 12, Nikola Pekovic 10, Goran Jeretin 8



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U16: Denmark cruise past Cyprus in Strumica - by Eurobasket News
Denmark U16 - Cyprus U16 103:65

Denmark wrapped up their U16 European Championship in Division B campaign in style. They toppled Cyprus to clinch the 17th overall position. Rasmus Hansen (203-C/F-95) stepped up with 25 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge.
Denmark set the tone early. They fired 30 points in the opening quarter to build a 15-point lead at the first break. Denmark maintained the lead throughout the second stanza. They established a 47:31 halftime advantage. Denmark aggravated the damage in the third term. The Scandinavian team outgunned their opponents 24:11 to stretch the lead to 29 points with one quarter remaining. Cyprus conceded 32 points in the fourth frame and surrendered at the end. Jakob Ravn (185-G/F-95) delivered 16 points for Denmark. Andreas Hoeier (201-F-95) and Jacob Sarhan (95) netted 9 points each in the victory. Antreas Christodoulou (193-G-95) answered with 23 points and 6 assists for Cyprus. Constantinos Papacostas (193-F-95) notched 15 points in defeat.

Denmark U16: Rasmus Hansen 25, Jakob Ravn 16, Andreas Hoeier 9, Jacob Sarhan 9
Cyprus U16: Antreas Christodoulou 23, Constantinos Papacostas 15



Cyprus edged Austria in Nikosia - by Eurobasket News
Cyprus-Austria 67:54

Cyprus edged Austria in Nikosia in a friendly tournament. The latter suffered their second defeat 54:67 and before that lost to Romania in the opener.
Cyprus opened the game with 11:10, but could not keep the lead for good. The guests responded with some important baskets and grabbed 30:29 advantage at the halftime. The third period was decisive in the game as Cyprus dominated the court. They erupted with 22-8 and took 51:38 entering the last stanza. Both teams nailed the same number of points in the last period for the final result.
Andreas Pilavas (194-G-83) and Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-C-80) poured in 14 points each for the winners. George Theocharides (203-F-85) netted 12 and Christopher Razis (193-F-89) scored 10. Jason Detrick (198-G-80, college: Oklahoma) and Rasid Mahalbasic (210-F/C-90) replied with 13 points each in the losing case, while Davor Lamesic (205-F-83, agency: Interperformances) posted 12. Richard Poiger (201-F-87) added 7 and O'Neal ended up with 4 points.

Austria: Jason Detrick 13, Rasid Mahalbasic 13, Davor Lamesic 12, Richard Poiger 7, O'Neal 4
Cyprus: Andreas Pilavas 14, Panagiotis Trisokkas 14, George Theocharides 12 Christopher Razis 10



GS Lavrio sign Cypriot international Vassilis Kounas - by Eurobasket
GS Lavrio (A2) signed 27-year old naturalized Cypriot international guard Vassilis Kounas (195-G-84). Kounas played most recently at Keravnos Strovolou (Cyprus). While playing Cyprus League for Keravnos last season his stats were: 13 games: 5.8ppg and 1.2apg. Kounas helped Keravnos to become Regular Season Runner-Up and make it to the play-offs semifinals. It's his come bback to Greek A2. He played previously for Milonas, Dafni, I.C.B.S. and Near East. He was even selected to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 2nd Team in 2009.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios adds Damjanovic to their roster - by Eurobasket Center
Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios added to their roster 38-year old Swedish-Serbian power forward Aleksandar Damjanovic (206-C/F-73). Damjanovic played most recently at Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo (Bosnia). While playing 12 games for Bosna last season he recorded 11.3ppg and 4.6rpg. He helped them to make it to Cup Final. Damjanovic started actually last season at Swedish 2dn division (BasketEttan) team White Eagles Stockholm, wheer in 12 games his stats were: 10.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.3apg. He is not a newcomer in Cyprus as he player here before for 4 years for Apollon and Keravnos. His best year in Cyprus was 2008-09 where playing for Keravnos, helping them to make it to the league final. He was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Honorable Mention. Damjanovic is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Bosnia, Slovenia and Sweden.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Montarrio Haddock is a newcomer at Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios - by Eurobasket Center
Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old American swingman Montarrio Haddock (196-G/F-88, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: 011 Sports). Haddock played most recently at Widad Safrou AC de Casablanca (Morocco) helping them all the way to the league final. It will be his second year in pro basketball after graduating from Middle Tennessee State.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Proteas Danoi AEL sign Montenegrin Balsa Radunovic - by Eurobasket Center
Proteas Danoi AEL signed 31-year old Montenegrin forward Balsa Radunovic (206-F-80). Radunovic played most recently at Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios (Division A). While playing 16 games for ENAD last season his stats were: 16.9ppg (4th best in the league), 8.9rpg (3rd best in the league), 1.4apg and 1.6spg (5th best in the league). He was named at the end of the season to Eurobasket.com Cyprus League All-Defensive Team. Radunovic is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in France, Greece, Slovenia and Ukraine. It will be his 8th consecutive season in Cyprus.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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Jonas Valanciunas leads Lithuania past Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania - Czech Republic 94:73

Lithuania claimed a comfortable win over Czech Republic in test game in Klaipeda. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) stepped up with 26 points and 10 rebounds to pace the hosts.
Lithuania quickly cleared off in the opening quarter. They posted a 24:16 lead ten minutes into the game. Czech Republic slowed the home team down in the second term. The visitors cut the deficit to 6 points at halftime 39:45. But Lithuania picked up the tempo in the third quarter. The Baltic team delivered 24 points to ensure a 9-point lead with one period remaining. Lithuania limited their opponents to just 13 points in the fourth stanza rallying to a confident win at the end. Marijonas Petravicius (208-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) provided 12 points, while Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances) and Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) added 11 points each in the victory. Pavel Houska (201-F-84) answered with 16 points for Czech Republic. Kamil Svrdlik (203-F-86, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) netted 12 points in defeat.

Lithuania: Jonas Valanciunas 26+10 boards, Marijonas Petravicius 12, Donatas Motiejunas 11, Sarunas Jasikevicius 11
Czech Republic: Pavel Houska 16, Kamil Svrdlik 12



Nymburk land Lamayne Wilson - by Eurobasket News
Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) will continue his career in Czech Republic. The 31-year-old forward has agreed on terms of contract with Nymburk. Last season Lamayne Wilson spent in Ukraine. He played for Budivelnyk Kyiv. The forward posted 11.1 points, 5.5 boards, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game in EuroCup. In Superleague Lamayne Wilson recorded 12.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals per appearance. Lamayne Wilson became Superleague champion together with Budivelnyk. He earned Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Honourable Mention. Previously Lamayne Wilson had stints in Turkey, France, Italy, Germany, China, USBL, Russia and Latvia. Eurobasket.com named Lamayne Wilson All-German Bundesliga Defensive Player of the Year in 2005.


U16: Croatia silence Czech Republic in Final - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic U16 - Croatia U16 57:67

Croatia defended their U16 European Championship title. They overcame hosting Czech Republic for the trophy in Pardubice tonight. Mario Hezonja (200-F-95) scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace Croatia. Czech Republic made a giant leap from winning Division B last season to playing in the title game this year.
Czech Republic opened the game with four points in a row but Croatia quickly denied the deficit. The reigning champions surged ahead late in the starting period and posted a 22:19 lead at the first break. Mario Hezonja triggered a 7:0 run at the start of the second frame as Croatia grabbed a 29:19 lead. Mario Hezonja knocked down 9 points in the period as Croatia recorded a 41:29 halftime lead. Croatia tipped off the second half with eight consecutive points to take a 20-point lead. But the hosts refused to give in as they cut the deficit at 14-point mark at the final intermission 39:53. Martin Peterka (199-F-95) and Dedek dragged the home team within 6 points midway through the fourth period 55:61. However Croatia responded with a 7:1 rally in the dying seconds to seal the victory at the end. Karlo Zganec (203-C-95) accounted for 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Domagoj Bosnjak (197-G-95) added 8 points and 12 rebounds for Croatia. Martin Peterka responded with 21 points and 14 rebounds for Czech Republic. Jiri Soula (187-G-95) netted 11 points, while Radovan Kouril (182-PG-95) delivered 10 in the loss.

Czech Republic U16: Martin Peterka 21+14 boards, Jiri Soula 11, Radovan Kouril 10
Croatia U16: Mario Hezonja 21+10 boards, Karlo Zganec 11+11 boards, Domagoj Bosnjak 8+12 boards



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U16: Denmark cruise past Cyprus in Strumica - by Eurobasket News
Denmark U16 - Cyprus U16 103:65

Denmark wrapped up their U16 European Championship in Division B campaign in style. They toppled Cyprus to clinch the 17th overall position. Rasmus Hansen (203-C/F-95) stepped up with 25 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge.
Denmark set the tone early. They fired 30 points in the opening quarter to build a 15-point lead at the first break. Denmark maintained the lead throughout the second stanza. They established a 47:31 halftime advantage. Denmark aggravated the damage in the third term. The Scandinavian team outgunned their opponents 24:11 to stretch the lead to 29 points with one quarter remaining. Cyprus conceded 32 points in the fourth frame and surrendered at the end. Jakob Ravn (185-G/F-95) delivered 16 points for Denmark. Andreas Hoeier (201-F-95) and Jacob Sarhan (95) netted 9 points each in the victory. Antreas Christodoulou (193-G-95) answered with 23 points and 6 assists for Cyprus. Constantinos Papacostas (193-F-95) notched 15 points in defeat.

Denmark U16: Rasmus Hansen 25, Jakob Ravn 16, Andreas Hoeier 9, Jacob Sarhan 9
Cyprus U16: Antreas Christodoulou 23, Constantinos Papacostas 15



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U17 Dominican Republic close to fifth place in Gurabo - by Eurobasket News
U17 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - U17 PANAMA 79-58

Dominican Republic made the first step forward to fifth place in Gurabo. They handed 79-59 loss to Panama and will have to beat Belize today in order to win position No.5. Panama will play against the British Virgin Islands for the seventh place. Brandone Francis (95) shined for the winners with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Miguel Dicent (94) had 16 pts, 5 rebs and 5 assists, while Karl-Anthony Towns (96) added 14 points and 10 boards. Abid Oses (F/C-95) collected 21 points and 10 rebs in defeat. Their second scorer was Pablo Rivas (95) (7 rebs) with 12 pts. Quarters: 27-11, 13-16, 25-13, 14-18. Championship ends today.

Dominican Republic: Brandone Francis 20+7 boards, Miguel Dicent 16+5 boards+5 as, Karl-Anthony Towns 14+10 boards
Panama: Abid Oses 21+10 boards, Pablo Rivas 12+7 boards


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Estonia record second straight win in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News
Estonia - Sweden 65:60

Estonia posted the second consecutive win at the start of the international friendly tournament in Tallinn. The hosts held off Sweden yesterday. Gregor Arbet (194-F/G-83) stepped up with 12 points to pace the winners. Sweden fell at 0-2 record after the defeat.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Sweden and Estonia arrived at the first break tied at 16. The visitors put their noses in front in the second quarter. They recorded a 38:33 halftime lead. But Estonia turned things around in the third quarter. The hosts held the Scandinavian team to 13 points in the period to surged ahead for a 3-point lead at the final intermission. Estonia limited Sweden to only 9 points in the fourth term and surged for the victory at the end. Kristo Saage (184-G-85) and Joosep Toome (202-F-85) delivered 10 points each in the win. Christian Maraker (206-F-82, college: Pacific) delivered game-high 14 points for Sweden. Anton Gaddefors (200-F-89) netted 11 points in the loss.

Estonia: Gregor Arbet 12, Kristo Saage 10, Joosep Toome 10
Sweden: Christian Maraker 14, Anton Gaddefors 11



U16: Finland finish 11th after win over Estonia - by Eurobasket News
Finland U16 - Estonia U16 80:69

Finland occupied the 11th position at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They rallied past Estonia on the final day of the tournament in Strumica. Emir Sulejmanovic (203-C/F-95) tallied 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge.
The teams stayed close throughout the starting frame. Estonia eked out a 13:12 lead ten minutes into the game. But Finland changed things drastically in the second stanza. They pulled ahead to drive to a 32:21 halftime advantage. Finland kept their opponents at distance throughout the third period. The Finnish team arrived at the final break up by as many as 13 points 54:31. Estonia erupted for 28 points in the fourth period but it was not enough as Finland eased to the victory at the end. Oskar Michelsen (197-F-95) provided 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists, while Ozan Odabasi (196-C-95) had 15 points for the winners. Saimon Sutt (195-G/F-95) responded with 21 points for Estonia. Egert Haller (188-G-95) had 14 points in the losing effort.

Finland U16: Emir Sulejmanovic 20+11 boards, Oskar Michelsen 17+10 boards, Ozan Odabasi 15
Estonia U16: Saimon Sutt 21, Egert Haller 14



Four Nations Cup: Estonia wins the tournament - by Janar
Estonian NT finished the Four Nations Cup with a victory over Select Team of USA 75:64. Estonia won all three games and was crowned the winner of the tournament. The seconds place belongs to Georgia with 2 victories, US Select Team won one game and Sweden was winless.
Just like in two previous games, Estonia was trailing for most of the game against USA. In first half, Estonians made only 31% of shots (three-pointers - 3/16). WIth 15 minutes played, it was 21:27 but two incredible shots by Rain Veideman (192-G-91) and 2+1 by Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) cut the deficit to a single point before halftime.
In 3rd, Estonians led 40:38 but three baskets by Brandon Triche (193-G-91) and a triple by Matt Gatens (195-G-89) made it 46:50 with a quatrer to play.
In 4th, Triche and PeShon Howard scored to take the guests ahead 54:48 with 8 minutes to play. Since then, Estonians made a merciless finishing spurt - Veideman and Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-G-89) started a 17:0 run what included a great dunk by Veideman, two offensive rebounds and putbacks by Janar Talts (205-C-83) and three-pointers by Kangur and Sokk. With two minutes left to play, it was 65:54 and after free throws by Anthony Johnson, another three-pointer by Sokk made it all clear.

Kristjan Kangur struggled in first half, making only one of his first 9 shots. Though, Kangur ended the game with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and was named the MVP of Estonian team. His team-mate in Varese Cimberio, Janar Talts, added 14 points and 8 rebounds, Rain Veideman had 11 points. For US team, Brandon Triche scored 25 points.



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ESL 2011 Houston announces All Tournament Teams - by Darryl Reshaw
Basketball Coaches, GM's and Agents,
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Many European, South American, Asian, NBDL and other international coaches contact us regarding the top ESL players.
Our information regarding the ESL All tournament teams is in-depth and accurate.
Over 400 former ESL players are currently playing professional basketball due to talent level of the ESL and our strict registration criteria getting into the summer league.
In addition our scouting information is intended to give coaches player evaluation information based off of our experience in the international basketball market and to assist the ESL players and their agents in the placement process.
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ESL 2011 Houston All-Tournament Teams:

CO-MVP: David Tairu (191-G-86, agency: TM Sports, college: Texas Tech):
David Tairu is probably the best athlete the ESL has seen in its existence.
Tairu is the fastest athlete you will see on a basketball court and gets the most dunks due to his crazy speed and athleticism.
In a three day period David averaged 23 points and 9 rebounds per game and was partly responsible for his teams amazing game in the ESL Championship.
He is a two year starter at Texas Tech University. He has the ability to score in bunches and is an excellent rebounder at the 2 spot.
His offensive strength is driving and slashing to the basket combined with a deadly mid range pull up jumper.
David also has one of the best head fakes we have seen at the ESL getting defenders off their feet and creating fouls.
He is an excellent offensive player who is super explosive and will play professionally overseas.
He would be an excellent player in Switzerland, England or Sweden.

CO-MVP: Brad Reese (198-F-88, agency: TM Sports, college: Texas Tech)
Reese was the most constant player at ESL. He average averaged 23 points and 10 rebounds over the course of the weekend for his first ESL crown.
He is very athletic, he creates off the dribble and he is good shooter from the outside.
Brad has a long wing span and creative abilities allowing him self to go to the basket on defenders or punish them with a high quality jump shot.
Brad Reece surprised all scouts with his ability to shoot the three and defend more than one position.
He is highly skilled and has the potential to play in the big leagues in Europe.

ESL 2011 Houston All Tournament 1st Team:
Coy Custer (210-C-88, college: Lamar)
He is no stranger to the ESL performing in ESL Vegas just last week.
Custer is a high motor player who gets lots of hustles and transition points while running the floor.
He has excellent hands and finishes well around the basket.
He is an excellent defensive player and his mid-range jump shot is very good.
This kid can play in leagues like Germany and Belgium and be an all-star very easily.

Kris Richard (195-G-90, college: Tulane):
This 6-5 guard from Tulane was the show in Houston and had our scouts screaming in their seats.
This PG can really score the basketball and makes excellent decisions as he runs the team very well.
He averaged 20ppg, 8rpg and 6apg at the ESL Houston event.
He plays great pressure defense and looks like he spends time in the weight room.
Richard is very calm and under control at all times. He reminds you of a Chauncey Billups with Westbrook speed and athleticism.
The kid is an outstanding ball handler who will kill you in a pick and roll situation and he can create his own opportunities.
The kid will be great for entry level teams in Europe and will move up immediately.
He is the steal of the ESL for teams across Europe looking for a quality PG who can really score and play defense.
There is no doubt that Kris Richard could become an NBA point guard someday and was the most talent prospect at the ESL 2011.

Mike Singletary (198-F-88, college: Texas Tech):
Mike played extremely well in Houston and was quietly the leader on his team.
Mike averaged 21ppg and 9rpg during the ESL Houston event.
He is a gifted scorer as a combo forward and has a strong athletic body.
Mike creates off the dribble well and he is a good shooter.
He was the top scorer for his Texas Tech ball club this season.
This kid is an outstanding prospect for European basketball and will have a great career.

Rickey Huckaby (188-G-83, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.):
Huckaby is Mr. Excitement at all times and very talented basketball player.
Blessed with the uncanny ability to handle and shoot the basketball.
Ricky is very creative off the dribble and is impossible for a defender to stay in front of him.
He is like an Allen Iverson type of athlete with the same type of skills and athleticism.
Has the ability to score in bunches and is super athletic finishing over the top of the defense at will.
Huckaby was one of the ESL Houstons top scorers with over 21ppg and 4apg points per game.
This guy is a professional and can really play. I love his scoring and shooting ability.

Jamil Terrell (200-F/C-80, agency: TSS Management, college: W.Texas A&M):
Terrell had the best rebounding performance in ESL history.
In three (3) games he averaged over 19 rebounds per game to go along with 11ppg.
Hes also a great athlete for his size and has a tremendous basketball IG.
During the three days he separated his play from the competition by dominating the boards and playing great defense.
He is an explosive athlete who blocks a lot of shots and he is a very physical defender who takes opposing big guys right out of their games.
He can score and is a great pick and roll player offensively and defensively.
He can play in Europe in quality leagues for teams looking for a PF who can rebound and defend both spots.
If Terrell was 2 inches taller he would be an NBA very easily.

Joseph Polite (200-F/C-84, college: SE Louisiana)
Polite is the man and is a very crafty athletic scorer who can play at a good mid-level Europe.
He finishes well around the basket, reminds you an Antwain Jamison.
He is the type of player that you can just mark his double - double before the game starts.
Joseph is a nice athlete that is a quality scorer and quality rebounder.
He had an outstanding ESL Houston event averaging 19ppg and 9rpg.
He has played in Germany and is looking to return to the European market

Chris Jordan (187-G, college: St.Augustine):
This former CIAA All Tourney MVP had an outstanding ESL Houston event averaging 18ppg and 5 rpg.
In the ESL Houston third place game he scored 26 points scoring hitting seven three point shots.
He is an outstanding deep ball shooter that also has a nice all around game.
He is a quality defender, rebounder and ball handler.
He can create his own shot and he uses ball screens effectively.
Chris can definitely play at the next level and will do great in an entry level market for a team looking for a combo guard who can shoot the lights out.

Freddie Williams (188-G-87, college: Clayton St.)
Williams was the biggest surprise in the ESL Houston event and is a big time explosive athlete.
If he is on the court dont blink because he is a highlight waiting to happen.
This next level athlete can score, rebound and take the ball to the basket and jump over defenders.
Freddie was the 2011 UBA Playoffs MVP and he illustrated his game and skills at the ESL Houston event.
Freddie can shoot the 3pt shot and he attacks the basket very aggressively.
He is an intense defensive player that can guard the 1,2 and sometimes the small forward position.
Freddie is a natural leader and can play overseas in the entry level markets immediately and will be an impact player.
He is a high energy player with lots of upside with experience.

Ed Horton (193-G-85, college: Murray St.):
Ed Horton has to be the most under rated players in ESL Houston.
Ed averaged 16ppg, 4rpg and 7apg in the ESL event
He is a big time prospect for teams looking for a PG who can do it all.
This guy is super athletic and plays above the rim combined with nice outside shooting stroke.
He is a fierce competitor and plays very hard.
Ed reminds us of Joe Dumars and has the same type of game.
He can score, play defense and create with the best of them.
Horton will be great in entry level Europe.


ESL 2011 Houston All Tournament 2nd Team:

Gregory Howard (193-G, college: Walsh, OH):
Greg is a big guard with nice size and strength.
He is a natural scorer who is a deadly outside shooter.
In the ESL Houston event he averaged 19ppg and in one game nailed five three point shots.
He quietly gets his points in the flow of the game and when you look up the kid will have over 20 points.
Greg went under the radar at the ESL Houston event but had a great tournament finishing as one of the best scorers in the event.
He can play at entry level markets in Europe.

Michael Sloan (196-G/F-84, college: Clayton St.):
This guy puts up big numbers by just being on the court and showed why he was one of the top scorers in the UBA in 2011.
He is the type of player who does everything well but you may not really notice him until you pick up the statistics.
In Houston he had an excellent tournament as he did it all averaging 14ppg and 7rpg.
He slashes to the basket, runs the floor and is an all around type of a player.
He is a great athlete, good outside shooter and a big time defender.
This kid is great for small markets in Europe.
Sloan is just the type of kid that does everything well.

Gentry Lewis (206-F/C-81, college: Philander Smith):
Gentry is a deceptive athlete with a strong and rugged body.
His basketball IQ is super high and he is like a coach on the floor.
He is a natural team leader and a great inside defender.
He is a double-double machine waiting to happen and he had a quality ESL Houston Tourney averaging 13ppg and 7rpg.
Gentry handles the basketball very well for a man of his size and drives the ball to the basket very well.
He also has a nice jump shot and is a good all-around player.
He has professional experience all over Europe and is waiting for his next job overseas.

Aramie Brooks (203-F/C-87, college: Northwestern St.):
Amamie Brooks capture the attention of the ESL scouts at the Houston event.
He showed his inside and outside scoring game averaging 16ppg during the event.
Amamie is very athletic and he slashes to the basket and is a good finisher.
He is a good all around player with nice size , skills and athletic ability.
Aramie is perfect for entry level European teams looking for a scoring forward who is versatile.

Effran Bryant (168-PG-88, college: Tarleton St.)
This point guard is amazingly quick but has a strong body.
His ball handling and penetration abilities are definitely high quality
He definitely knows how to run a team and he is a quality scorer.
Defensively he is a nightmare for opposing as he pressures the ball relentlessly.
Effran had an outstanding ESL Tourney averaging 16ppg and was a sparkplug for his team.

Andrew Francis (203-F-85, college: UTSA):
Francis is a highly skilled wing man that has a Shawn Marion type of game.
He is a big time explosive athlete and dunker that runs the floor like a deer.
Andrew has a nice outside shooting ability within 12 -18 feet.
He is a great rebounder and competes on every possession with high energy.
He would do extremely well in Europe in the entry level markets to begin his career.
Andrew averaged 14ppg and 6rpg during the ESL Houston event

Matt Neaville (183-PG, college: Union, TN):
Matt is the ESL version of Jason Williams with a deadly outside shooting stroke.
Matt is a crafty ball handler with lots of creative skills.
He looked impressive in Houston as he displayed a great shooting stroke and amazing ball handling ability.
He is quick, athletic and creates well for teammates.
He can score in a variety of ways and averaged 12ppg and 6apg at the ESL event.

Joseph Powell (178-PG-85, college: William Penn):
Powell is very quick and explosive on both ends of the floor.
He is a great shooter off the dribble with an uncanny ability to get in the paint.
Joseph averaged 13ppg at the ESL Houston event and looked like a pro as he made great decisions with the basketball.
He is very unselfish and can adapt to any style of play.
Excels at the ends of games and loves to take and make big shots.
He is great in transition and he is an excellent on the ball defender as he pressures the opposing PG all game long.
He has already played in Switzerland and is perfect for an overseas team looking for a quality PG who can do it all.

Lorenzo Davis (208-C-82, college: Mountain St.):
The big guy is a poor mans version of Dwight Howard.
He is a legit 610 and he has a very muscular body.
He is super athletic and is a great rebounder and shot blocker.
Offensively he has potential but has to continue to work to get better but has upside potential.
He has a great athletic body and will be a quality addition to a team in Europe looking for a double double inside player.
He averaged 10ppg and 12rpg at the ESL Houston event.

Marcus Thompson (193-G/F-84):
Thompson is what we call a do it all guy.
He has great size, athleticism, creativity and can shoot the basketball.
He is also a solid defender and controlled the team well.
He will have a great career overseas but has to be consisted every day.

ESL Houston All Big Man Team:
Jamil Terrell See All Tournament selection
Coy Custer - See All Tournament selection
Gentry Lewis - See All Tournament selection
Aramie Brooks - See All Tournament selection

Edward Johnson (203-F/C-82, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.):
This kid is a rebounding machine and a double double waiting to happen.
He had an excellent ESL Houston Tourney averaging 10ppg nand 11rpg.
Edward is a big time athlete who plays above the rim and is a high quality defender.
He blocks a lot of shots and plays hard on every possession.
He has nice size and will be a great addition for entry level teams in Europe looking for a big time athlete who does it all.

Stephen Briggs (206-F-84, college: Robert Morris):
Briggs is a big with nice shooting touch around the basket.
He is athletic and very creative with the basketball.
Stephen has nice size but is highly skilled for a big guy.
He is very good perimeter player but has skills to get to the basket.
He is a very talented player who had a quality tourney in Houston averaging 8ppg and 8rpg and can play overseas.
Stephen is a very good post defender.

Timir Patel (211-F/C, college: Houston Baptist):
Timir played well in Houston and was the best outside shooter of any big guy in the event.
He is a legit 610 player who can rebound and has a nice perimeter game for a power forward or center.
Timir has the right to either British citizenship or India citizenship and can be a valuable commodity for overseas teams looking for a nationalized player.






ESL 2011 Houston Game Reports - Day 3 - by Darryl Reshaw
The final day of the ESL 2011 Houston event at the GYM in Houston was an exciting day of basketball.
There were some fine performances that featured future professional players on the international market.
The ESL Houston event featured the best talent in all of the ESL events.
The talent level was similar to our main Las Vegas.
The UBA participation really helped and increased the talent level of the event
The crowd participation in Houston was excellent and the ESL will definitely be back to the largest city in Texas in 2012.

7th Place Game: Buenos Aires 96 Okinawa 90
The Buenos Aires team got their first victory of the event as the slipped past Okinawa 96-90.
Effran Bryant (168-PG-88, college: Tarleton St.) the sizzling quick PG from Buenos Aires produced an electric 24 point performance of speed, defense, scoring and quickness.
Joseph Polite (200-F/C-84, college: SE Louisiana) continued to play well at the ESL event and scored 22 points and had 11 rebounds.
Raymundo Castillo (197-G/F-82, college: UTPA) added 17 points using his deadly outside shooting ability.
Jamil Terrell (200-F/C-80, agency: TSS Management, college: W.Texas A&M) again dominated the inside play and added 16 points and 19 rebounds as he was like a pro playing against college kids.
Jason Snow (193-G-87, college: Mercyhurst) added 11 points and 9 rebounds in the contest.
Okinawa was led by former Texas Tech player Mike Singletary (198-F-88, college: Texas Tech) who blitzed the opposition for 25 points and 8 rebounds.
He showed why during the 3 day event that he was successful in the Big 12.
Greg Baker (194-G/F-84, college: Adams St.) scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds and Gentry Lewis (14pts, 8rbs) played well again chipping in another quality performance.

5th Place Game: Tokyo 96 Taipei 83

Tokyo defeated Taipei 96-83 in a game they control throughout the contest.
The gifted Rickey Huckaby (188-G-83, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.) put on a show again and had a crazy dunk on a helpless defender in the game.
He scored 26 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in a game where he did it all.
Freddie Williams (188-G-87, college: Clayton St.) also was spectacular in this contest as he scored from all over the court and he played great defense.
His numbers were 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists.
Taipei was led by Alain Muteba (193-G-87, college: Edinboro) who was great in this game as he scored 17 points and showed a nice scoring game.
Alain is super athletic and has a Contonou passport and will be a great addition for a team in LEB Spain looking for a Contonou player.
Leon Sewell (193-F-85, college: Bethel (TN)) scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds as he produced his best game of the event.
Lorenzo Davis (208-C-82, college: Mountain St.) bounced back to add another 10 points and 10 rebounds.

3rd Place Game Rio de Janerio 102 Beijing 83

Rio de Janerio stormed past Beijing 102 83 featuring some outstanding performances by Chris Jordan (187-G, college: St.Augustine), Andrew Francis (203-F-85, college: UTSA) and Kris Richard (195-G-90, college: Tulane).
Chris Jordan exploded for 26 points featuring some fine outside shooting from all over the court.
This guy can really shoot the ball and create for him self as well. He mad seven (7) 3pt shots in this contest.
Andrew Francis the explosive wing guy scored 20 points and had six rebounds showing his slashing and shooting game.
Kris Richard maybe the most talented player in the ESL this summer had his third straight impressive performance.
He scored 17 points, 8 rebounds and had 8 assists while playing under supreme control and making nice decisions.
In college they played him out of position but this kid is a PG with NBA ability.
P.J. Alawoya (200-F-88, college: McNeese St.) (10pts, 6rbs) and Tony Smith (10pts, 9rbs) also played very well for the Rio de Janerio Team.
Beijing was led by the hot shooting Greg Howard who torched the Rio team for 26 points as he had a shootout with Chris Jordan.
He hit five 3pt shots in the contest but did not have the support from the rest of the team as they got blew out.
Marcus Thompson (193-G/F-84) had another solid game as he scored 13 points and 5 rebounds and Ronnell Isom (191-G) had the same number for the losing Beijing team.

ESL Championship Game: Dubai 77 Mexico City 74
Dubai beat Mexico City 77-74 in a very competitive contest that seem like Dubai was in control early.
However Mexico City kept hanging around and kept fighting back making the championship game exciting to the end.
At the end of the story the two kids from Texas Tech simply dominated the ESL Houston event from Day 1.
They both put their stamp on the championship game as Brad Reese (198-F-88, agency: TM Sports, college: Texas Tech) (198-F-88, agency: TM Sports, college: Texas Tech) scored 27 points and had 13 rebounds.
David Tairu (191-G-86, agency: TM Sports, college: Texas Tech) scored 25 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists to seal the deal for the Dubai team.
These kids both will get jobs in Europe and the ESL expects them to have quality overseas careers.
This is the first time in the ESL that college teammates won the ESL Championship in a city and was voted CO-MVPs of the event.
These guys deserved the honor and were fun to watch over the three day period.
Mexico City featured a very talented team that had a lot of great outside shooters.
They scored 132 points in the first day but their shooter never found their stroke in the championship contest.
However the played great defense and played hard and had a chance to steal the game at the end.
Coy Custer was their best player and was foul on a possible layup which was never called by the inconsistent officiating.
As a result Brad Reese hit a dagger three point shot which resulted in a five point swing that Mexico City never recovered from.
Coy Custer scored 16 points and had 11 rebounds in this game as he was the best big man in the game.
This soft handed big guy who is highly skilled will land in Europe.
Carlos Mitchell (185-G/F, college: Indiana SE), Brandon Walter and Michael Sloan (196-G/F-84, college: Clayton St.) all produced double digit scoring but just not enough shots fell.




ESL Houston Game Reports - Day 1 - by Darryl Reshaw
Game 1: Beijing 92 Buenos Aires 83

The first day of the ESL Houston Event featured a lot of interesting talent.
The game went back and forth as the players showed a lot of intensity and the play got very aggressive.
Beijng ended up defeating Buenos Aires 92 -83 in overtime.
Gregory Howard (193-G, college: Walsh, OH) led all scorers in the game with 24 points s he nailed four 3pt shots in the game showing his smooth deep range.
Marcus Thompson (193-G/F-84) scored 15 points and pulled 6 rebounds for the Beijing team.

Buenos Aires was led by a remarkable rebounding performance from Jamil Terrell who scored 9 pts and grabbed an impressive 20 rebounds in this contest.

Joseph Polite (200-F/C-84, college: SE Louisiana) had an outstanding game as he scored 21 points and 10 rebounds showing a nice all around game.
He is a very good athlete and has a nice inside and outside game.

Brandon Smalls (196-G/F-86, college: S.Carolina St.) played very well for Buenos Aires scoring 14 points and Floyd McClain chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds.

Game 2: Dubai 101 Tokyo 90

The dual from Texas Tech showed why they averaged double figures in the Big 12.
Brad Reese (198-F-88, agency: TM Sports, college: Texas Tech) and David Tairu (191-G-86, agency: TM Sports, college: Texas Tech) put on a show in the second day at the GYM in Houston Texas.

Dubai defeated Tokyo in a high scoring contest that was controlled from start to finish by Tem Dubai.
Brad Reese (198-F-88, agency: TM Sports, college: Texas Tech) scored 21 points and 8 rebounds showing off his fluid smooth stroke and his natural scoring ability.
He has a great size for a wing player and has nice moves and athleticism.
His former Texas Tech teammate David Tairu (191-G-86, agency: TM Sports, college: Texas Tech) scored 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
Davis is a phenomenal athletic who features a great mid-range jump shot and a nice head fakes that have defenders fouling him all day.
Timir Patel (211-F/C, college: Houston Baptist) the former Houston Baptist power forward had a nice game adding 11 points and 8 rebounds.
Tim has an impressive shooting stroke for a big man.
Rickey Huckaby (188-G-83, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.) the sensational guard from the Tokyo team scored 20 points and dished out 6 assists in the contest.
This kid can break any player down with his supreme quickness and crazy ball handling skills.
In addition, Ricky is a freaky athlete who can jump over power forwards and a normal point guard has no chance to contain this gifted player.
Lorenzo Davis (208-C-82, college: Mountain St.) the inside player for Tokyo had a monster game scoring 17 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.
He is a poor man version of Dwight Howard and resembles the NBA superstar in his facial features.
Lorenzo is an intense athletic big man who can play in entry level leagues in Europe and has upside due to his size.
Ed Horton (193-G-85, college: Murray St.) played well in this game adding 14 points and 7 assists for the losing side.

Game 3: Rio de Janeiro 74 Okinawa 71
This game was a thrilling contest that went down to the final possession as Rio de Janeiro defeated Okinawa 74-71.
Kris Richard (195-G-90, college: Tulane) led the winners with 24 points,7 rebounds, 5 assists and several steals.
This kid was the surprise of the ESL Houston event in the first day.
He had every scout in the building asking about his background.
The 6'4' point guard who played out of position at Tulane University showed a remarkable all around PG game.
He has great ball handling skills and made great decisions all game long. He is super athletic and can play defense, rebound and shoot the ball extremely well.
Chris Jordan (187-G, college: St.Augustine) (195-F-82, college: Sam Houston St.) played extremely well for the winning side scoring 18 points showing his nice 3pt range.
Stephen Briggs (206-F-84, college: Robert Morris) played well on the inside for the winners scoring 6 points but pulled down 10 rebounds.
Gentry Lewis (206-F/C-81, college: Philander Smith) scored 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the losing team showing his pro experience and quality all around play.
Johnnie Jackson (201-F-84, college: Ohio) added 12 points and 5 rebounds for the Okinawa team in a quality performance.
Jonathan Dupre (203-F-88, college: Pepperdine) also scored 12 points and pulled 7 rebounds and dished out 4 assists in a quality showing.
Mike Singletary (198-F-88, college: Texas Tech) the third player from the Texas Tech team participating in the ESL Houston event had a fine all around performance scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Joshua Walker (193-F-84, college: S.Wesleyan) also added 10 points for the Okinawa team in this highly competitive contest.

Game 4: Mexico City 132 Taipei 123

This was the highest scoring game in ESL history as both teams featured knock down shooters and very talented scorers.
This game was an offensive explosion as both teams shot the lights out and defensive schemes went out the window.
Mexico City at the end had too much talent and scored almost on every possession as they defeated Taipei 132-123.
Michael Sloan (196-G/F-84, college: Clayton St.) the UBA scoring sensation led Mexico City with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists.
Mike is a highly talented big guard who is a great all around scorer with a deadly jump shot. He is athletic and can finish around the basket.
Craig Blackmon (193-PG, college: Houston) also had an outstanding game scoring 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists demonstrating his nice all around game.
He can shoot and really pass the basketball and he creates well off the dribble.
Coy Custer (210-C-88, college: Lamar) the big guy from Lamar University put on a quality display scoring 16 points and notching 11 rebounds.
Coy has great fundamentals and footwork for a big guy.
He is very smart and knows how to play the game featuring a nice mid range jump shot in his arsenal.
The explosive Chris Gaines (193-F-85, college: Prairie View A&M) hit some nice down town shots and took the ball to the basket at will while scoring 16 points for Mexico City.
Aramie Brooks (203-F/C-87, college: Northwestern St.) was outstanding for the Taipei team as he scored 22 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
This forward has a nice inside and outside game for his size and can play in a lot of markets in Europe.
Matt Neaville (183-PG, college: Union, TN) scored 19 points and had 7 assists showing off his professional experience.
Matt is a crafty point guard with a pure shot. He is probably the best shooter in the event.
Edward Johnson (203-F/C-82, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.) had a monster game scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds with 5 blocked shots.
He was a force to be reckoned with for the Taipei Team.
Stephan Martin (182-PG-88, college: McNeese St.), Alain Muteba (193-G-87, college: Edinboro), Joseph Powell (178-PG-85, college: William Penn), Leon Sewell (193-F-85, college: Bethel (TN)) and James Morman (196-F, college: E.Texas Baptist) all chipped in quality double figure scoring for the losing side.



ESL 2011 Houston Game Reports - Day 2 - by Darryl Reshaw
ESL 2011 Houston Game Reports Day 2

Game 5: Dubai 69 Beijing 66
Dubai defeated Beijing 69-66 in a low scoring contest that was dominated by the dual scoring of the Texas tech dual.
Brad Reese (198-F-88, agency: TM Sports, college: Texas Tech) and David Tairu (191-G-86, agency: TM Sports, college: Texas Tech) scored 39 points between the dual to advance to the ESL Houston championship game.
Ephrem Davis (206-F-86) played well for Beijing and scored 14 points and 6 rebounds for the losing Beijing side.
Brad Reese (198-F-88, agency: TM Sports, college: Texas Tech) the athletic wing player with the deadly outside jumper made plays when the game counted.
David Tairu (191-G-86, agency: TM Sports, college: Texas Tech) also did the same featuring him great mid range game and Superman like jumping ability.
Both team played hard as this was a dog fight for the right to advance to the ESL Championship.
There was a lot of good defense played by both teams in this contest.

Game 6: Taipei 92 Okinawa 83

Taipei defeated Okinawa 92-83 fueled by the brilliant play of Joseph Powell (178-PG-85, college: William Penn) (18pts), Aramie Brooks (203-F/C-87, college: Northwestern St.) (16pts) and Edward Johnson (9pts, 12rbs).
Okinawa was led by Mike Singletary (198-F-88, college: Texas Tech) 27 points and 10 rebounds as he was the most dominant force in the game.
He received some help from Johnnie Jackson (201-F-84, college: Ohio) (13pts, 3rbs), Joshua Walker (193-F-84, college: S.Wesleyan) (12pts, 4rbs) and Gentry Lewis (206-F/C-81, college: Philander Smith) (11pts, 9rbs).
This was a very competitive contest but Taipei was better on the day.

Game 7: Mexico City 81 Rio de Janerio 79

Mexico City defeated Rio de Janerio 81-79 in a classic battle as Mexico City advanced to the championship game.
In this game Mexico City was led by four guys who notch double figure scoring including Chris Gaines (193-F-85, college: Prairie View A&M) (13pts), Carlos Mitchell (185-G/F, college: Indiana SE) (11pts), Brandon Walters (205-C-88, college: Siena) (11pts) and Julius Cheeks (10pts).
Coy Custer (210-C-88, college: Lamar) was solid in the middle for Mexico City as he scored 8pts and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Rio de Janerio was led by the spectacular Kris Richard (195-G-90, college: Tulane) who stamped his presence on this game showing NBA like skills.
He ended the game with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists.
Kris did it all but Mexico City had too many weapons.
This was maybe the best game at the ESL Houston event that went back and forth and was won on a last second turnaround 12 footer by Brandon Walter.
The Rio team also got great play from Andrew Francis (203-F-85, college: UTSA) (14pts, 8rbs), Stephen Briggs (206-F-84, college: Robert Morris) (11pts, 8rbs) and Chris Jordan (187-G, college: St.Augustine) (11pts).

Game 8: Tokyo 86 Buenos Aires 80

Tokyo defeated Buenos Aires 86-80 in another very close contest.
The guards from Tokyo dominated the game with superb play.
Ed Horton (193-G-85, college: Murray St.) was simply fantastic as he torched the opposition with 26 points and nailed six 3pt shots in the game.
He is an all around guard can really play and score with the best of them.
His counterpart Freddie Williams (188-G-87, college: Clayton St.) put on a show of leadership, intensity and scoring.
Freddie scored 20pts, 5rbs and 5ast and was the heart of the Tokyo team.
The amazing Rickey Huckaby (188-G-83, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.) came alive in the second half and scored the majority of his 17 points.
Buenoa Aires was led by Jamil Terrell 8 point and 18 rebound effort.
He dominated the middle by blocking shots and was very impressive while playing with an injured hand in the contest.
Floyd McClain (193-G/F-82, college: St.Louis) also played well as he scored 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
Effran Bryant (168-PG-88, college: Tarleton St.) (12pts), Raymundo Castillo (197-G/F-82, college: UTPA) (11pts), Joseph Polite (200-F/C-84, college: SE Louisiana) (11pts, 8rbs) and Jason Snow (193-G-87, college: Mercyhurst) all played well.



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Hapoel Jerusalem negotiating contract terms with Jarvis Varnado - by David Pick
Updated: August 7, 2011, 11:25 AM

It's been a quiet summer in terms of player signings for Hapoel Jerusalem, however, recently things have been picking up and the coaching staff's top priority has been shifted to landing the 6'9 Mississippi St. graduate and defensive stopper, Jarvis Varnado.

'Eurobaket' understood this morning that the talented forward's representatives have already begun the official negotiations of contract terms with Jerusalem and it seems to be only a matter of time for the deal to be finalized. This because head coach Oded Katash is highly impressed with the player's athletic skills and abilities.

In 2011, the shot blocking machine became the NCAA All-Time best shot blocker. Also, he is the second player (after David Robinson) in Div. 1 history to have passed the 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 blocked shots in career. The funny thing about it is that despite being drafted by the Miami Heat with the 41st pick, Varnado is yet to officially wear an NBA jersey.

The SEC All-Tournaments MVP in 09' and All-SEC 1st Team player in both 09' and 10' graduated school with double-double averages of 13.8ppg, 10.3rpg and 4.7bpg (!!). Last season Varnado played in Italy's Div. 2 for Tuscany Tissue Pistoia. After recording seven season double-double games, he posted season averages of 15.4ppg, 8.9rpg and
finished first in the league in shot blocks with 3.1bpg.

Other possibilities that Jerusalem has looked into are NBA free agents Ike Diogu, Shelden Williams and former NBA big man Sean May, who recently played n Turkey.

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Nymburk land Lamayne Wilson - by Eurobasket News
Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) will continue his career in Czech Republic. The 31-year-old forward has agreed on terms of contract with Nymburk. Last season Lamayne Wilson spent in Ukraine. He played for Budivelnyk Kyiv. The forward posted 11.1 points, 5.5 boards, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game in EuroCup. In Superleague Lamayne Wilson recorded 12.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals per appearance. Lamayne Wilson became Superleague champion together with Budivelnyk. He earned Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Honourable Mention. Previously Lamayne Wilson had stints in Turkey, France, Italy, Germany, China, USBL, Russia and Latvia. Eurobasket.com named Lamayne Wilson All-German Bundesliga Defensive Player of the Year in 2005.


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Bulgaria tops Israel 88:82, get first win - by David Pick
Updated: August 7, 2011, 16:03 PM

With a 1-1 record (Poland 'W', Greece 'L') in the Cyprus International Tournament, Israel suffered back-to-back deficits as Bulgaria topped a starless Israeli NT 88:82, and both teams finish the tourney with a negative 2-1 record.

Israel's star NBA player Omri Casspi, along with national teammates David Blu, Yotam Halperin and Tal Burstein, did not attend the Cyprus tourney due to personal issues. Players are expected to report to Israel's training camp tomorrow morning except for Blu who lands tomorrow in the late afternoon.

Israel as recalled was pooled to Group B, one of the toughest groups in the EuroBasket games, as they will battle Italy, Serbia, France, Germany and Latvia for one of the first two qualifying spots. Bulgaria is in Group D along with Belgium, Georgia, Russia, Slovenia and Ukraine.

With the lead changing nearly seven times, Bulgaria took an 18:16 advantage at the end of the first period. Ohayon entered the game in the second session and gave Israel a promising 37:27 lead. Two minutes later, Bulgaria responded with its own 11-1 run, ending the first half as close as can be, 38:38. Bulgaria took the lead after the third quarter and with ten minutes left, the scoreboard showed 61:58. Pnini kept Israel close but not enough, the final buzzer sounded and Bulgaria celebrated its first tournament victory, 88:82.

Filip Videnov had a game high with 24 points. Deian Ivanov added 17 points, 9 rebounds and Earl Rowland with 14 points and 6 assists led Bulgaria.

For Israel: Guy Pnini 18, Lior Eliyahu 17, Afik Nissim 15 (4/5 from three point range) and Yogev Ohayon added 10 points.

Both teams will return to their countries tonight while Israel prepares for its second 2011 European Basketball Tour, which takes place between August 22-24, in ISR, including Poland, Russia and Israel's national teams.

Participating in the tourney will be four NBA players in the likes of Poland's Marchin Gortat, Timofey Mozgov and Andrei Kirilenko from Russia, and Israel's Omri Casspi.

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Division B: Slovenia edged England for Gold - by Eurobasket News
FINAL
United Kingdom - Slovenia 73-82
Slovenia U16 triumph in Strumica at the European Championship in Division B. The Slovenian team easily rolled over England Earlier on August 4th England stayed undefeated at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They registered the second consecutive win in Qualifying Round Group E. England outscored Slovenia to improve at 3-0 record. Dwayne Orija and Morayoninuoluwa Soluade led balanced effort with 11 points each. Slovenia started with 24:17 in the first period and never looked behind. The team proved their superiority and revenged for the loss in few days ago. Slovenia added 24-19 in the second period for 43:31 at the halftime. Slovenia won the third quarter 24-15 in the third period as the board showed 67:46 after three quarters. Luka Kokol (191-G-95) brought 71:48 and Okoroh made a dunk for 73:50. Round nailed three to reduce the gap to 73:53, while Soluade scored for 75:55. Nelson reduced to 78:58 and he scored another three-pointer for 78:64 with 5 minutes to go. Soluade cut it to 78:70, but Matic Rebec (179-PG-95) made two free throws for the final success. Matic Rebec and Jure Ritlop (202-F-95) led the way with 19 points each for the triumph in the tournament. Nikolic nailed 15, while Luka Kokol netted 10. Nelson answered with 23 points in the losing effort, while Round posted 15 and Soluade added 13.



3rd place
Israel - Bosnia 71-72
Bosnia and Herzegovina clinched third place in Strumica as they won the thriller for the higher place over Israel. The latter lost the overtime battle last night to England and was defeated by Bosnia 71:72 in the last game. Bosnia and Herzegovina won the opening period 14:11, but Israel took control of the game with 22-15 in it. Roy Ayalon (190-G-95) closed the half from the perimeter to give Israel 33:29. Adi Zahiragic (185-PG-95) meanwhile tied the game at 37:37 and Tunovic gave Bosnia and Herzegovina 52:46 at the end of the third period. Zalmanson tied the game at 54:54 and Buza brought 72:68 in the game. Roy Ayalon nailed three at the very end but it was enough only to reduce the gap to one point loss. Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 were led by Buza who posted 16 points and Tunovic nailed 11. Miso Maslac (195-G-95) and Adi Zahiragic delivered 10 points each. Roy Ayalon ended up with 16 points in defeat, while Sharon notched 14.

5th place
Armenia - Hungary 52-65
Boinitzer and Perl bring Hungary the 5th place in Strumica at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They both nailed 14 points each for the winners against Armenia in a 65:52 win. Konstantinov ended up with 9 points in the losing effort, while Arkadiy Mkrtychyan (95) and Sergei Pogosyan (95) posted 8 each. It was a defensive start and both teams scored only 8 points in the first period. They were also tied three times in the second period, while Hungary grabbed 25:24 lead at the halftime. The third period was decisive in the game and answered all the questions in the game. Hungary needed 27-12 in the frame to shock the opponents. Perl and Andrei Grachev (95) exchanged the late baskets in the end of the frame for 52:36. Armenia meanwhile won the last period 16-13 to reduce the game to 13 points at the end.

7th place
Holland - Romania 73-57
Holland finished on the 7th spot at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Dutch team won over Romania 73:57 in the last game of the competition for both sides. They both did their best on Sunday game and will go back home tomorrow. The Netherlands started the game with 20:11 as Emil Van Veen (185-G-95) closed the first period. Romania seemed to wake up in the second period and after 17-13 reduced to 33:28 at the halftime. Holland did not allow them to take the lead and increased to 51:41 after three quarters. Another 22-16 in the last period sealed the victory for the Dutch team. Emil Van Veen poured in 13 points and Brandwijk nailed 11. Mike Hogervorst (207-C-95) notched 9, while de Vries and de Haas posted 8 each. Vlad Cobzaru (203-C-95) finished the game with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Chiriac scored 20.

9th place
Portugal - Belgium 53-52
Portugal clinched the 9th spot at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Portuguese team won over Belgium 53:52 in the last game for both teams. Belgium scored the first 9 points in the game and surprised the opponents with 19:5 in the first period. Both teams nailed 11 points each in the second frame for 30:16 at the halftime. The third and the last quarters were however dominated by Portugal. The latter needed 19-13 in the third frame to cut to 43:35 after three quarters. Isaias Insaly (197-F/C-95) later closed the 8-0 run at 48:46 and he later tied the game at 50:50. Isaias Insaly was also the last to score in the game for Belgium and brought them 53:52 win. Isaias Insaly stepped up with 24 points, while Guimaraes nailed 12. Marques netted 10, while Moreira ended up with 4 points. Romain Boxus (194-F-96) delivered 15 points in defeat and Lecomte netted 10.

11th place
Estonia - Finland 69-80
Finland occupied the 11th position at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They rallied past Estonia on the final day of the tournament in Strumica. Emir Sulejmanovic (203-C/F-95) tallied 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge. The teams stayed close throughout the starting frame. Estonia eked out a 13:12 lead ten minutes into the game. But Finland changed things drastically in the second stanza. They pulled ahead to drive to a 32:21 halftime advantage. Finland kept their opponents at distance throughout the third period. The Finnish team arrived at the final break up by as many as 13 points 54:31. Estonia erupted for 28 points in the fourth period but it was not enough as Finland eased to the victory at the end. Oskar Michelsen (197-F-95) provided 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists, while Ozan Odabasi (196-C-95) had 15 points for the winners. Saimon Sutt (195-G/F-95) responded with 21 points for Estonia. Egert Haller had 14 points in the losing effort.

13th place
Sweden - Switzerland 68-70
Switzerland finished on the 13th place at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Swiss side grabbed 70:68 win over Sweden in their last game of the competition. The Scandinavian team finished on the 14th place. Lindstrom started the scoring account for the Swedish side and Ludvig Hakanson (187-PG-96) scored for 12:8. Switzerland however needed the late run at the end of the period for 21:20 and then Bozic brought 28:22. Raemy nailed three at the end of the half as the Swiss side grabbed 35:26. Sweden won the third period 17-15 and reduced to 50:43 after three quarters. Kovacek brought his side to 60:55 and Ludvig Hakanson nailed three for 65:63. Anel Mehic (186-G-95) and Mandic scored the last points for the winners from the free throw line and won the game. Alessandro Verga (191-F-95) poured in 12 points for the winners and Cotture netted 11. Tolusso and Gruninger followed them with 10 points each in a win. Ludvig Hakanson answered with 21 points in defeat, while Kovacek and Lindstrom delivered 12 points each.

15th place
Georgia - Luxembourg 60-65
Luxembourg surprise with 15th spot in Division B out of 22 teams participated. They overcame Georgia 65:60 in the last game as the latter finished 16th. Luxembourg started the game with 10-0 run and Gutenkauf brought 17:8 in the court. The winners never looked behind and after 11-9 in the second period improved to 30:20 at the halftime. Moreover 16-15 in the third frame gave them 46:35 deficit when Gutenkauf closed the third period. The last stanza belonged to the Georgian team that did their best to recover. Abuladze and Tomaradze reduced to 56:55, but Joshua Wirtz (180-PG-95) nailed two three-pointers for 62:55. Joshua Wirtz again and Darakhvelidze exchanged the baskets at the end to wave to Strumica 2011. Grun paced all the winners with 23 points and Joshua Wirtz netted 13. Gutenkauf and Ehmann followed them with 10 points each in a win. Darakhvelidze ended up with 17 points in the losing effort, while Bolkvadze, Tomaradze and Abuladze posted 8 apiece.

17th place
Cyprus - Denmark 65-103
Denmark wrapped up their U16 European Championship in Division B campaign in style. They toppled Cyprus to clinch the 17th overall position. Rasmus Hansen (203-C/F-95) stepped up with 25 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge. Denmark set the tone early. They fired 30 points in the opening quarter to build a 15-point lead at the first break. Denmark maintained the lead throughout the second stanza. They established a 47:31 halftime advantage. Denmark aggravated the damage in the third term. The Scandinavian team outgunned their opponents 24:11 to stretch the lead to 29 points with one quarter remaining. Cyprus conceded 32 points in the fourth frame and surrendered at the end. Jakob Ravn (185-G/F-95) delivered 16 points for Denmark. Andreas Hoeier and Jacob Sarhan netted 9 points each in the victory. Antreas Christodoulou (193-G-95) answered with 23 points and 6 assists for Cyprus. Constantinos Papacostas notched 15 points in defeat.




Croatia defend title in Pardubice - by Eurobasket News
FINAL
Czech Republic - Croatia 57-67
Croatia defended their U16 European Championship title. They overcame hosting Czech Republic for the trophy in Pardubice tonight. Mario Hezonja (200-F-95) scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace Croatia. Czech Republic made a giant leap from winning Division B last season to playing in the title game this year. Czech Republic opened the game with four points in a row but Croatia quickly denied the deficit. The reigning champions surged ahead late in the starting period and posted a 22:19 lead at the first break. Mario Hezonja triggered a 7:0 run at the start of the second frame as Croatia grabbed a 29:19 lead. Mario Hezonja knocked down 9 points in the period as Croatia recorded a 41:29 halftime lead. Croatia tipped off the second half with eight consecutive points to take a 20-point lead. But the hosts refused to give in as they cut the deficit at 14-point mark at the final intermission 39:53. Martin Peterka (199-F-95) and Dedek dragged the home team within 6 points midway through the fourth period 55:61. However Croatia responded with a 7:1 rally in the dying seconds to seal the victory at the end. Karlo Zganec (203-C-95) accounted for 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Domagoj Bosnjak (197-G-95) added 8 points and 12 rebounds for Croatia. Martin Peterka responded with 21 points and 14 rebounds for Czech Republic. Jiri Soula (187-G-95) netted 11 points, while Radovan Kouril (182-PG-95) delivered 10 in the loss.

3-4 place
Spain - France 61-53 OT
Spain claimed bronze medals at U16 European Championship in Czech Republic. They overcame France in the consolation final tonight. Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) accounted for 11 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort. Spain jumped to an early lead. They maintained the advantage throughout the opening period. Spain entered the second frame up by five points 14:9. Jose Nogues (202-C-95) opened a double-digit lead for Spain midway through the second quarter. They posted a 33:21 halftime advantage. Martin and Jose Nogues opened a 14-point lead for the Spanish team at the end of the third period. Les Bleus opened the final term on a 9:2 rally to narrow the deficit. France capped the regulation with a 10:2 run to level things up at 47 forcing overtime. Cantenys and Jose Nogues tipped off the extra frame with four points in a row as Spain cleared off. France tried to deny the deficit but Ilimane Diop and Ventura sank a bunch of free throws to seal the victory for Spain. Jose Nogues provided 10 points and 9 rebounds, while Carlos Garcia (204-C-95) added 8 points in the win. Paul Rigot (199-F-95), Damien Inglis (198-F-95) and Arthur Rozenfeld (180-PG-95) responded with 10 points each for France.

5-6 place
Russia - Latvia 84-70
Russia earned the fifth place at the U16 European Championship in Czech Republic. They overcame Latvian counterparts on the final day of the tournament. Pavel Sizov (198-F-95) stepped up with 24 points to lead the winners. Russia opened the game on a 10:3 rally to surge ahead. They posted a 23:16 lead after ten minutes. Russia capped the first half on a 15:3 run to build a 47:29 halftime advantage. Russia kept their opponents at bay throughout the third quarter. They arrived at the final intermission up by 17 points 64:47. Latvia never got within striking distance in the fourth period as Russia coasted to the victory at the end. Alexander Martynov (195-G-95) delivered 13 points, while Alexander Gankevich (197-F-95) added 12 points in the winning case. Kristaps Gluditis responded with 18 points for Latvia. Jorens Dulevskis (178-PG-95) had 13 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds in the loss.

7-8 place
Germany - Turkey 41-66
Turkey finished U16 European Championship campaign with victory. They toppled Germany to claim the 7th overall position in the ladder. Metecan Birsen (203-F/G-95) stepped up with 12 points to lead the effort. The teams stayed close in the opening period. Germany posted a 12:11 lead after ten minutes. The lead changed hands early in the second term but Turkey capped the period with 8 points in a row to establish a 31:25 lead. Turkey went on a 7:0 run midway through the third frame to pile up a 38:26 advantage. They entered the final frame up by 16 points 46:30. Adnan Mustafa (188-G-95) gave Turkey a 20-point cushion at the start of the fourth term and they never looked back en route to the victory. Adnan Mustafa nailed 11 points for the winners. Ismet Akpinar (188-PG-95) responded with 12 points for Germany. Niklas Ney (205-C-95) delivered 7 points in defeat.

Group G
Montenegro - Poland 75-77
Poland registered the victory on the final day of the U16 European Championship. They held off Montenegro to earn the second place in classification round Group G. Poland improved at 4-2 record, while Montenegro ended at 1-5 record in the ladder. Mikolaj Witlinski (201-F-95) stepped up with 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort. The teams stayed close throughout the first half. Poland secured a 22:21 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second period posting a 44:42 halftime advantage. Montenegro used an 8:0 run late in the third term to pull ahead 60:54. Bartosz Wrobel (186-G-95) and Damian Jeszke (200-F-95) dragged Poland back within two 58:60 at the final break. It all came down to the final seconds in this one. Montenegro were up by three points with just over a minute to go. But Mikolaj Witlinski knocked down three free throws to seal the victory for Poland. Damian Jeszke nailed 23 points, while Bartosz Wrobel added 15 points in the victory. Milovan Draskovic (208-C-95) and Petar Saric (186-G-95) responded with 14 points each for Montenegro. Luka Savic (199-F-95) had 12 points, 5 boards and 5 assists in the loss.

Lithuania - Bulgaria 103-82
Lithuania registered the sixth straight win at the U16 European Championship. They stormed past Bulgaria to earn the 13th overall position. Paulius Zalys (198-F-95), Paulius Sakinis (197-F-95) and Pijus Mykolaitis (198-F-95) scored 15 points each to pace the winners. Lithuania led from start to finish. They posted a 26:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Lithuania maintained the lead throughout the second term. The Baltic team earned a 47:32 halftime advantage. Lithuania mounted the pressure in the third term. They went on a 34:12 run in the third stanza to leave hapless Bulgaria behind by 37 points with ten minutes remaining. Bulgaria sweetened the pill scoring 38 points in the fourth quarter. Karolis Razukas (198-F-95) nailed 11 points for Lithuania. Vassil Stoimenov (198-F-95) responded with 20 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 5 blocks for Bulgaria. Anguel Peychinov (196-F-95) netted 16 points in defeat.




Stats Leaders - Group B
Points Per Game
 Antreas CHRISTODOULOU
  CYP
  (193-G-95)
  Avg: 23
 1. Christodoulo., CYP23.0 
 2. Hakanson, SWE22.2 
 3. Grun, LUX19.3 
 4. Hansen, DEN17.6 
 5. Sharon, ISR17.0 
 6. Insaly, POR16.8 
 7. Buza, BIH16.5 
 8. Konstantinov, ARM15.8 
 9. Odabasi, FIN15.7 
 10. Cobzaru, ROM15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kingsley OKOROH
  (212-C-95)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Okoroh, ENG11.4 
 2. Cobzaru, ROM10.5 
 3. Insaly, POR9.6 
 4. Sulejmanovic, FIN9.0 
 5. Ritlop, SLO9.0 
 6. Carroll, IRL8.4 
 7. Darakhvelidz., GEO8.4 
 8. Nacevski, MKD8.1 
 9. Konstantinov, ARM8.1 
 10. Grun, LUX7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Naor SHARON
  (191-PG-95)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Sharon, ISR5.6 
 2. Nemcok, SVK5.2 
 3. Nikolic, SLO4.6 
 4. Soluade, ENG4.1 
 5. Lecomte, BEL3.9 
 6. Olmre, EST3.6 
 7. Perl, HUN3.4 
 8. Rebec, SLO3.3 
 9. O''Hanlon, IRL3.2 
 10. Nelson, ENG3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Ludvig HAKANSON
  (187-PG-96)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Hakanson, SWE4.1 
 2. Soluade, ENG3.8 
 3. Zahiragic, BIH3.0 
 4. Marques, POR3.0 
 5. Olmre, EST2.9 
 6. Papacostas, CYP2.8 
 7. Ieronymidis, CYP2.7 
 8. Nikolic, SLO2.6 
 9. Grun, LUX2.6 
 10. Abuladze, GEO2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kingsley OKOROH
  (212-C-95)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Okoroh, ENG4.3 
 2. Puluzashvili, GEO3.6 
 3. Mladenovski, MKD2.6 
 4. Cotture, SUI2.3 
 5. Cobzaru, ROM1.8 
 6. Goloman, HUN1.7 
 7. Vliet, BEL1.5 
 8. Wurtz, AUT1.4 
 9. Michelsen, FIN1.3 
 10. Grun, LUX1.3 


Stats Leaders - Group A
Points Per Game
 Aleksandar VEZENKOV
  (204-F-95)
  Avg: 27.1
 1. Vezenkov, BUL27.1 
 2. Seskus, LTU21.3 
 3. Sizov, RUS20.7 
 4. Hezonja, CRO20.0 
 5. Witlinski, POL18.6 
 6. Peterka, CZE17.6 
 7. Savic, MNT15.7 
 8. Kouril, CZE15.4 
 9. Rebic, SRB15.4 
 10. Inglis, FRA14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin PETERKA
  (199-F-95)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Peterka, CZE12.6 
 2. Witlinski, POL9.9 
 3. Vezenkov, BUL9.9 
 4. Seskus, LTU9.4 
 5. Diop, ESP9.0 
 6. Zganec, CRO8.6 
 7. Ristic, SRB8.3 
 8. Hezonja, CRO8.2 
 9. Birsen, TUR8.0 
 10. Inglis, FRA7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Radovan KOURIL
  (182-PG-95)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Kouril, CZE6.1 
 2. Zywert, POL4.9 
 3. Martin, ESP4.6 
 4. Rebic, SRB4.4 
 5. Kavaliauskas, LTU4.1 
 6. Seskus, LTU3.9 
 7. Djurovic, MNT3.9 
 8. Vezenkov, BUL3.6 
 9. Boyarkin, UKR3.6 
 10. Ozmizrak, TUR3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Igor BOYARKIN
  (180-PG-95)
  Avg: 3
 1. Boyarkin, UKR3.0 
 2. Ozmizrak, TUR2.6 
 3. Kavaliauskas, LTU2.6 
 4. Fontecchio, ITA2.5 
 5. Martin, ESP2.4 
 6. Liapis, GRE2.3 
 7. Hezonja, CRO2.2 
 8. Sans, ESP2.0 
 9. Seskus, LTU2.0 
 10. Bosnjak, CRO1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Ilimane DIOP
  (210-C-95)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Diop, ESP2.9 
 2. Stoimenov, BUL2.0 
 3. Vezenkov, BUL1.8 
 4. Inglis, FRA1.6 
 5. Prokopenko, UKR1.6 
 6. Spyropoulos, GRE1.1 
 7. Benvenuti, ITA1.1 
 8. Slanina, CZE1.0 
 9. Diamantakos, GRE0.9 
 10. Draskovic, MNT0.9 


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U16: Finland finish 11th after win over Estonia - by Eurobasket News
Finland U16 - Estonia U16 80:69

Finland occupied the 11th position at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They rallied past Estonia on the final day of the tournament in Strumica. Emir Sulejmanovic (203-C/F-95) tallied 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge.
The teams stayed close throughout the starting frame. Estonia eked out a 13:12 lead ten minutes into the game. But Finland changed things drastically in the second stanza. They pulled ahead to drive to a 32:21 halftime advantage. Finland kept their opponents at distance throughout the third period. The Finnish team arrived at the final break up by as many as 13 points 54:31. Estonia erupted for 28 points in the fourth period but it was not enough as Finland eased to the victory at the end. Oskar Michelsen (197-F-95) provided 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists, while Ozan Odabasi (196-C-95) had 15 points for the winners. Saimon Sutt (195-G/F-95) responded with 21 points for Estonia. Egert Haller (188-G-95) had 14 points in the losing effort.

Finland U16: Emir Sulejmanovic 20+11 boards, Oskar Michelsen 17+10 boards, Ozan Odabasi 15
Estonia U16: Saimon Sutt 21, Egert Haller 14



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U16: Spain edge France in overtime, clinch bronze in Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News
Spain U16 - France U16 61:53 (OT)

Spain claimed bronze medals at U16 European Championship in Czech Republic. They overcame France in the consolation final tonight. Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) accounted for 11 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort.
Spain jumped to an early lead. They maintained the advantage throughout the opening period. Spain entered the second frame up by five points 14:9. Jose Nogues (202-C-95) opened a double-digit lead for Spain midway through the second quarter. They posted a 33:21 halftime advantage. Martin and Jose Nogues opened a 14-point lead for the Spanish team at the end of the third period. Les Bleus opened the final term on a 9:2 rally to narrow the deficit. France capped the regulation with a 10:2 run to level things up at 47 forcing overtime. Cantenys and Jose Nogues tipped off the extra frame with four points in a row as Spain cleared off. France tried to deny the deficit but Ilimane Diop and Ventura sank a bunch of free throws to seal the victory for Spain. Jose Nogues provided 10 points and 9 rebounds, while Carlos Garcia (204-C-95) added 8 points in the win. Paul Rigot (199-F-95), Damien Inglis (198-F-95) and Arthur Rozenfeld (180-PG-95) responded with 10 points each for France.

Spain U16: Ilimane Diop 11+11 boards, Jose Nogues 10, Carlos Garcia 8
France U16: Paul Rigot 10, Damien Inglis 10, Arthur Rozenfeld 10



Fos Ouest land Bill Clark - by Eurobasket News
Bill Clark (195-G/F-88) will start his pro career in France. The 23-year-old guard has agreed on terms of contract with Fos Ouest. Bill Clark graduated from University of Duquesne this year. The guard tallied 16.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game in his senior season. Bill Clark was named into All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team. He also made it into NABC Division I All-District 4 1st Team. Bill Clark participated at Pre-NBA Draft Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. His stats read 16.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game there.


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U16: FYR Macedonia clinched the 19th place, Ireland finished on the 20th spot - by Eurobasket News
F.Y.R. of Macedonia U16-Ireland U16 65:63

FYR Macedonia clinched the 19th place, Ireland finished on the 20th spot at the U16 European Championship in Strumica. Both teams finished the tournament on the last game on Saturday as FYR Macedonia won 65:63. The late basket by Simeon Mitrov (179-PG-95) brought the win of the home side.
FYR Macedonia started the game with 20:12 and it seemed they would get an easy victory. Ireland however replied with 21-11 and Quinn gave his side 33:31 halftime advantage. The hosts needed some important baskets early in the third to take the lead back and Trajkovski brought 45:37. Simeon Mitrov nailed three later for 52:45, but Ireland responded with 7-0 run as Lyons tied the game at 54:54. Jason Carr (188-C-95) meanwhile gave Ireland 63:61 lead with 2 minutes to go, but Spasovski and Simeon Mitrov brought FYR Macedonia the last win at the tournament.
Simeon Mitrov top-scored for the home side with 18 points and Ljubomir Mladenovski (207-C-95) netted 12. Jason Carr replied with 17 points in the losing effort and John Jason Carroll (198-F-95) notched 15.

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U16: Simeon Mitrov 18, Ljubomir Mladenovski 12
Ireland U16: Jason Carr 17, John Jason Carroll 15, Lago Caira (190-C-95) 13



Serbian National Team opened their AdeccoCup EX-YU with a tough win - by Eurobasket News
Serbia NT-F.Y.R. of Macedonia NT 81:73

Serbian National Team opened their AdeccoCup EX-YU in Day 2. The team won over F.Y.R. of Macedonia 81:73 and sent them to 0-2 record. Tomorrow Serbia will play for the first place in the group against Bosnia.
Serbia started strong and Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) performed gave his side 19:9. Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) made a free throw for 29:18 at the end of the first period. Kiril Nikolovski (210-C-88) performed a 3 point to reduce to 31:26, while Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87) cut it to 37:32. Moreover Kiril Nikolovski gave his team 44:42 and Darko Sokolov (190-G-86) scored for 54:48 early in the third. Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) tied the game at 56:56 and Milenko Tepic made the same at 60:60. Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) made a free throw to close the third period at 63:62 to finish the third quarter. Serbia pushed the tempo in the last 10 minutes and won the game.
Dusko Savanovic led the way with 18 points and Milos Teodosic notched 14. Kosta Perovic and Milenko Tepic followed them with 11 points each. Darko Sokolov ended up with 18 points in the losing effort and Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) added 14. Vojdan Stojanovski notched 13, while Kiril Nikolovski ended up with 11.

Serbia NT: Dusko Savanovic 18, Milos Teodosic 14, Kosta Perovic 11, Milenko Tepic 11
F.Y.R. of Macedonia NT: Darko Sokolov 18, Pero Antic 14, Vojdan Stojanovski 13, Kiril Nikolovski 11



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U16: Luxembourg surprise with 15th spot in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Georgia U16-Luxembourg U16 60:65

Luxembourg surprise with 15th spot in Division B out of 22 teams participated. They overcame Georgia 65:60 in the last game as the latter finished 16th.
Luxembourg started the game with 10-0 run and Philippe Gutenkauf (181-PG-95) brought 17:8 in the court. The winners never looked behind and after 11-9 in the second period improved to 30:20 at the halftime. Moreover 16-15 in the third frame gave them 46:35 deficit when Philippe Gutenkauf closed the third period. The last stanza belonged to the Georgian team that did their best to recover. Nugzar Abuladze (182-G-95) and Kakhaber Tomaradze (193-G-95) reduced to 56:55, but Joshua Wirtz (180-PG-95) nailed two three-pointers for 62:55. Joshua Wirtz again and Beka Darakhvelidze (186-F-95) exchanged the baskets at the end to wave to Strumica 2011.
Thomas Grun (194-G/F-95) paced all the winners with 23 points and Joshua Wirtz netted 13. Philippe Gutenkauf and Sven Ehmann (187-F-95) followed them with 10 points each in a win. Beka Darakhvelidze ended up with 17 points in the losing effort, while Aleksandre Bolkvadze (194-F-95), Kakhaber Tomaradze and Nugzar Abuladze posted 8 apiece.

Georgia U16: Beka Darakhvelidze 17, Aleksandre Bolkvadze 8, Kakhaber Tomaradze 8, Nugzar Abuladze 8
Luxembourg U16: Thomas Grun 23, Joshua Wirtz 13, Philippe Gutenkauf 10, Sven Ehmann 10



Georgia rally past USA Select in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News
Georgia - USA Select 98:81

Georgia registered their first win at the Tallinn International Friendly Tournament. They overcame USA Select team for 1-1 record. Manuchar Markoishvili (195-G-86) stepped up with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to pace the winners. USA Select fell at 1-1 record after the defeat.
The teams arrived at the first intermission tied at 20. But Georgia erupted for 29 points in the second term to pull ahead. They ensured a 7-point lead at halftime 49:42. Georgia stayed aggressive offensively in the third period. They headed into the fourth quarter up by 9 points 73:64. Georgia did not slow down in the fourth stanza firing 25 points and sealing the winning outcome at the end. Tornike Shengelia (207-F-91) chipped in 15 points, while Marquez Haynes (191-G-86, college: Texas Arlington) and Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84) added 13 points each in the win. Rodney McGruder (193-G-91) responded with 22 points and 14 rebounds for USA Select. Brandon Triche (193-G-91) netted 12 points, while Bryce Cartwright (185-G) contributed 11 points in defeat.

Georgia: Manuchar Markoishvili 20, Tornike Shengelia 15, Marquez Haynes 13, Zaza Pachulia 13
USA Select: Rodney McGruder 22+14 boards, Brandon Triche 12, Bryce Cartwright 11



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Germany U-19 wins 77:55 versus Puerto Rico - by Daniel Poerschke
At the NIKE Global Challenge tournament in Portland, USA, the german U-19 select team won last night in a second round match-up versus the national team of Puerto Rico 77:55. The german team led from the beginning (21:8 after the first quarter) and 43:22 at half time. Topscorer was Maximilian Kleber (196-F-92) with 17pts and 8rebs, Malik Muller (187-G-94) added 14pts, Johannes Richter (203-F/C-93) had 11pts and both Thomas Reuter (198-G-92) and Jonathan Maier (205-C-92) missed a double-double with 9pts and 10rebs respective 9pts and 9rebs. Germany will face the national team of Brazil today for the 5th place game.

Arizona Reid Comes On Board With The Mitteldeutscher BC - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
After two years in the Beko BBL,the Mitteldeutscher BC is back in the PRO A, but with their tenacious effort to stock up for this season, it seems that with every new signing, the club wants to howl its way as quickly back to the top division in Germany as they signed another very strong player with Arizona Reid (196-F-86, college: High Point). Reid will go through a 4 week try out phase and have chances of a one year deal with an option. Reid may have the first name of the state of Arizona, but he originaly hails from Gaffney, South Carolina and is a 25 year old 196cm forward that is a very versatile player, who can spend time in the 2, 3 and even the 4 position. He' s very athletic and can score from outside and inside. Thanks to his timing and leaping ability, he is also a very good rebounder for his size. Last season, he was a basketball nomad playing for Skytrans Cairns Taipans (Australia-NBL), then moved to Antranik Beirut (Lebanon-Div.A), only pre-season, in Oct.'10 signed at Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (Lebanon-Div.A, starting five): 6 games: 15.7ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 21.9%, FT: 70.0%; in Dec.'10 agreed terms with BBC Monthey (Switzerland-LNA, starting five): 19 games: 18.5ppg, Reb-5 (8.5rpg), 2.0apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 48.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 72.7%. 'Arizona Reid (196-F-86, college: High Point) can play two positions equally well.He can play under the basket and score from outside which makes him very versatile. I think that he is a good player. We have to see with his try out if he fits his role which is already occupied', stressed MBC head coach Silvano Poropat (agency: FCM )

Reid started his basketball career at High Point (NCAA) where he played from 2004-2008. In his senior year, he played 1 games: ScoreNCAA-6 (23.9ppg), RebNCAA-6 (11.0rpg), 2.4apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 53.2%, 3PT: 37.8%, FT: 74.6%: Finished career as the fourth leading scorer in Big South conference history (2,069 points) as well as leading rebounder (1,013). Before turning professional, he took part at the well known Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft): 3 games: 15.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.7spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 42.9%.In 2008-2009, his first stop as a professional was in Italy for : Cimberio Varese (Italy-Lega2), only pre-season, then moved to Geneva Devils (Switzerland-LNA): 11 games: 13.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 59.6%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 46.7%. In 2009-2010, he played UU-Korihait Uusikaupunki (Finland-Korisliiga, starting five): 47 games: 19.0ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 58.9%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 73.6%. Awards/Achievements in his career have been Big South Conf. Tournament Semifinals -05, 06, 07, 08, Big South Conf. All-Freshman Team -05, All-Big South Conf. 1st Team -06, NABC All-NCAA District 5 2nd team -07, Big South Conf. Regular Season Runner-Up -07, All-Big South Conf. 1st Team -07, 08, All-Big South Conf. Player of the Year -07, 08, NABC Division I All-District 5 Second Team -08, Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Honorable Mention -10, Swiss Cup Finalist -11, Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA 1st Team -11, Eurobasket.com Swiss LNA All-Imports Team -11, and Swiss LNA Semifinals -11. 'I am very happy and proud to have the chnace to be a wolf. I will give my best and do all what is awaited from me form the coach and management and help with my teammates bring the team back to the Beko BBL', stressed Arizona Reid (196-F-86, college: High Point)

Source: Mitteldeutscher BC




The Rapid Miles Basketball Exchange With Tristan Blckwood (Phoenix Hagen) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Tristan Blackwood (183-G-85) is a 26 year old 183cm guard from Toronto, Ontario that will be starting his fourth professional basketball season and first in the beko BBL for Phoenix Hagen. He played at Cent.Conn.St. (NCAA) from 2004-2008.In his senior year, he played : 30 games: 16.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 40.5%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 86.4%: Finished career at CCSU ranked sixth all-time in scoring (1,605), second in assists (506), and first in three-pointers made (328). In 2008-2009, he started his professional basketball career in Holland for Aris Friesland Leeuwarden (Holland-Eredivisie) where he played from 2008-2010. Last season, he played for JL Bourg Basket (France-ProB), in Dec.'10 moved to s Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg (Germany-ProA): 12 games: 3.3ppg, 1.5apg, in March'11 signed at GiroLive-Ballers Osnabrueck (Germany-ProA, starting five): 5 games: 11.6ppg, 1.2rpg, 5.8apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 80.0%. He spoke to Eurobasket about basketball.

How happy are you about signing with Phoenix Hagen and getting a good jump on your summer getting signed early instead of waiting around like many other players for that job?


It feels good to know a team is interested in you. When there is an opportunity to get on a good team in a good league, personally wouldnt wait. I cant speak for other players, but when something like this comes across I will take it.

You played last season for the GiroLive-Ballers Osnabrueck. What do you know about the Beko BBL and were you able to follow it a bit last season?

I really dont know much about the league, but I know it is a good league with some really good players.

What will be your goal with Phoenix Hagen as a player?

My goal with this team as a player is to work hard and fight every day. Most importantly, the goal is to get to the championship game.

Have you talked with coach Ingo Freyer? Has your role been defined yet?

No I havent talked with Ingo Freyer. When I get to Hagen I will find out my role.

Phoenix Hagen is still being built. If there is one player that you always wished about having as a teammate who would it be?

One player I would like to have on my team I would have to say would be Jevohn Shepherd. I played with him previous years, so I know what kind of player he is.

You have shown in college and in Holland that you can score, but also act as a team player that will find the open man. What is a strength in your game that isnt always noticed right away?

The strength in my game that is not noticed is the energy that I bring to the floor.

You are from Canada. Was it difficult making the jump to basketball considering Canada is a hockey country?

I have been with basketball for a long time and played against different talent, so therefore, it wasnt so difficult to jump into basketball.

What were the main reasons for going to Central Conn State?

The main reason for going to Central Conn State is because the coach gave me an opportunity to play right away and thats what I wanted to do. Also, there was another Canadian on the team at the time and my brother lived a couple hours away.

What was your nicest memory at Central Conn with Richmond Pittmann as your teammate who also has played in Germany the last years?

I only played with him for one season. The memory we had was just playing together to try win a championship.

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

I played against a lot of players that is in the NBA such as Rudy Gay, Rondo, CP3, Deron Williams, Greg Oden, Denham Brown, Jermaine Anderson.

You played two years in the Dutch league starting with Aris and then moving to Den Bosch. What was the most important thing that you learned from coach Pete Miller?

The most important thing I learned from coach Miller is the basic fundamentals of the game. He is good at developing players and bringing out the best out of players.

You showed in Holland that you can score and was in the top assist men. The Beko BBl is a stronger league. Do you feel a lot of pressure to perform in the Beko BBL?

Where ever you play there will always be pressure. Therefore, you just have to go out and play to your best ability.

Last season, you played for 3 teams, one in France and two in Germany. How tough was last season bouncing around teams? How did you get through this experience?

Last season was tough for me going through the experience. Bouncing from different teams took a toll on my head. From the support of my family and friends I was able to get past that and get back on track. Everyone goes through different experiences, all you have to do is learn from it and bounce back.

You played shortly with s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg. You wll be playing against them this season. They have a new coach with John Patrick and they have signed some good players. How do you see the chances of your ex team to remain the Beko BBL and not move down again?

I think they will do good in the BBL. They have good management and good fans that will support them. With the good players that they will get and coach, they will be fine.

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

The most free throws I made in a row was when I was in college at practice when I hit 80 in a row.

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

The most crazy shot I made was when I was in college. We played against St. Fran PA, we were down 2 points and I came off two screens and hit a step back three. Also, this past season when I played with Osnabruck against Essen. We were down two points and hit a three to seal the game.

What is your opinion about Ron Artest changing his name to 'World Peace?

My opinion for him changing his name is that he wants world peace. If that is what he wants to do, he must have a good reason for doing so.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


The last movie I saw was The Hangover part 2.

Thanks Tristan for the chat.





Q&A with Brandon Kimbrough, Eurobasket.com All-RLSO Player of the Year - by Moritz Korff
In basketball, as well as in every other sport, winning championships is certainly the best indicator for success. As far as that is concerned Brandon Kimbrough (188-G-84, agency: HBA Sports, college: Drury) has been very successful in these past years. Starting off his overseas career in the UK in 2008, the 26-year-old reached the EBL Trophy Final with his club Manchester Magic in his first year in Europe. And it got even better the following season. Kimbrough extended his contract with the Manchester team and got rewarded: He put up impressive numbers (21.8ppg, 6.5apg, 5.8rpg) on the way to the 2010 EBL Division One Championship and received back to back Eurobasket.com All-EBL Second Team honors.

His performances did not remain unseen in other countries and thus the 2007 graduate of NCAA D2 school Drury University inked a deal with the Giants Noerdlingen for the 2010-11 season. Coach Mario Matic needed a guard who would help to transform a solid squad into a serious title contender. Kimbrough easily met the expectations of his coach, guiding the Giants to a 20-6 record and the RLSO championship. Individual honors would follow: Kimbrough, who led the Giants in scoring with 24.5 points per contest, earned Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-East Player of the Year and All-RLSO First Team accolades. As Brandon Kimbrough will not move up to the Pro B with Noerdlingen, he is currently looking for a new place to play.

Brandon, why didn't you stay in Noerdlingen for another year, after enjoying such great success with the Giants in this past season?
I enjoyed the season and my time in Noerdlingen. Everyone there was very nice and treated me great. I considered staying for another season but I wanted to try to play in some higher leagues either in Germany or other countries.

So what's next? Do you intend continuing your career in Germany?
Germany is a great place and I wouldn't mind continuing my career there if the right opportunity presented itself.

What is the most diffcult part in finding a new team to play? One could think, that it must be quite easy to attract the interest of other teams coming off such a great season.
While I did have a great season and my team won the championship it hasn't been easy finding a new job. There are also many other players who had successful season and are looking for new jobs. Every season there is a large wave of players from the states looking to play in Europe. A large part of moving up is playing well and having success, which I did but also it is important to have good representation and be marketed well! What made this team so strong was the balance we had. We had a good mixture of guys, some having experience in other leagues like myself and others and then some guys who played their roles very well. We were very unselfish and wanted to win!

What has been your part in this success, considering the fact that you were named the Eurobasket.com All-RLSO Player of the Year?
Each game I was expected to run the team. I had to score which I was able to weather it was making 3's or getting to the basket. Being a guard I also needed to get my teammates the ball in areas where they could score. I was fortunate to have teammates who were able to knock down shots or finish plays when I found them.

Which skills will you add to the team, that decides to sign you?
I have a great feel and passion for the game. I am able to score when I need to and I think this season showed but also I am able to find others and get them involved in the game. I work very hard and do what it takes day to day to make myself a better player and teammate.

You have played three seasons in Europe so far, two in the UK and one in Germany. Do you consider yourself a different basketball player after these three years, compared to the basketball player you were in college?
I think coming out of college there was some question on my ability to shoot the ball. I have always been able to get the lane and finish and have done a good job finding my temmates averaging better then 4.5 assists throughout college and my overseas career. The area I struggled with was from the perimeter. After dedicating myself to working on my shot now shooting the ball is a very strong area of my game. Over the past three seasons I have shot above 50% from 2's and above 40% from 3's.


U16: Turkey dismantle Germany to clinch 7th place - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U16 - Germany U16 66:41

Turkey finished U16 European Championship campaign with victory. They toppled Germany to claim the 7th overall position in the ladder. Metecan Birsen (203-F/G-95) stepped up with 12 points to lead the effort.
The teams stayed close in the opening period. Germany posted a 12:11 lead after ten minutes. The lead changed hands early in the second term but Turkey capped the period with 8 points in a row to establish a 31:25 lead. Turkey went on a 7:0 run midway through the third frame to pile up a 38:26 advantage. They entered the final frame up by 16 points 46:30. Adnan Mustafa (188-G-95) gave Turkey a 20-point cushion at the start of the fourth term and they never looked back en route to the victory. Adnan Mustafa nailed 11 points for the winners. Ismet Akpinar (188-PG-95) responded with 12 points for Germany. Niklas Ney (205-C-95) delivered 7 points in defeat.

Turkey U16: Metecan Birsen 12, Adnan Mustafa 11, Cedi Osman (195-PG-95) 9
Germany U16: Ismet Akpinar 12, Niklas Ney 7



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Greece won European Basketball Tour - Cyprus 2011 - by Eurobasket News
Greece NT-Russia NT 83:80

Greece won European Basketball Tour - Cyprus 2011 as they celebrated the narrow victories in three games. In Day 3 Greece overcame Russia 83:80 to clinch the top place.
Russia started the game with 19:14 and looked better also in the second period. The Russian team added 24-20 in the second frame for 43:34 at the halftime. Greece was however too far to give up. They produced a 23-17 in the third period and reduced to 3 points entering the last quarter. Moreover the last quarter also belonged to the Greek side. Greece needed 26-20 in the last frame to seal the victory.
Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) and Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) stepped up with 13 points each for the winners. Nikolaos Zisis (195-G-83) and Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) followed them with 11 points apiece in a win. Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) ended up with 24 points, while Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) scored 23. Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: RIZO) notched 9, whilst Shved finished the game with 8 points. Russia disappointed in the tournament and lost two games.

Greece NT: Kostas Kaimakoglou 13, Ioannis Bourousis 13, Nikolaos Zisis 11, Antonis Fotsis 11
Russia NT: Vitaly Fridzon 24, Andrei Kirilenko 23, Timofey Mozgov 9, Shved 8




GS Lavrio sign Cypriot international Vassilis Kounas - by Eurobasket Center
GS Lavrio (A2) signed 27-year old naturalized Cypriot international guard Vassilis Kounas (195-G-84). Kounas played most recently at Keravnos Strovolou (Cyprus). While playing Cyprus League for Keravnos last season his stats were: 13 games: 5.8ppg and 1.2apg. Kounas helped Keravnos to become Regular Season Runner-Up and make it to the play-offs semifinals. It's his come bback to Greek A2. He played previously for Milonas, Dafni, I.C.B.S. and Near East. He was even selected to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 2nd Team in 2009.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Ilysiakos Athens adds Gardener to their roster - by Eurobasket Center
Ilysiakos Athens added to their roster 29-year old Costa Rican former international center Hernold Gardener (205-C-82, college: Lon Morris JC). Gardener played this summer at Kolbi Liceo de Costa Rica in Costa Rican pro league. Last season he spent at Final Genclik in Turkey. He was one of the best players in Turkish second league: 4th best scorer (18.5ppg) and best rebounder (11.3rpg). He was voted Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L Defensive Player of the Year for 10-11 season. Gardener is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in France, Iran, Mexico, Poland, Turkey and Costa Rica.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Rashad Wright heads to PAOK - by Eurobasket News
PAOK have strengthened their backcourt. They announced the signing of Rashad Wright (189-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia). The guard played for ALBA Berlin in 2008/10 season. He tallied 8.8 points, 2.7 assists, 2.3 rebounds per game in EuroCup in 2009/10 season. Rashad Wright also posted 9.8 points, 3.1 assists and 2.7 rebounds per appearance in Bundesliga that year. The guard also had stints in Turkey, Belgium and Serbia. Rashad Wright is not new to Greece. He played for Panionios back in 2004/05 season.


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U16: Holland is 7th in Division B, Romania drop to 8th - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands U16-Romania U16 73:57

Holland finished on the 7th spot at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Dutch team won over Romania 73:57 in the last game of the competition for both sides. They both did their best on Sunday game and will go back home tomorrow.
The Netherlands started the game with 20:11 as Emil Van Veen (185-G-95) closed the first period. Romania seemed to wake up in the second period and after 17-13 reduced to 33:28 at the halftime. Holland did not allow them to take the lead and increased to 51:41 after three quarters. Another 22-16 in the last period sealed the victory for the Dutch team.
Emil Van Veen poured in 13 points and Willem Brandwijk (204-F-95) nailed 11. Mike Hogervorst (207-C-95) notched 9, while de Vries and de Haas posted 8 each. Vlad Cobzaru (203-C-95) finished the game with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Aurel Chiriac (195-F-95) scored 20.

Netherlands U16: Emil Van Veen 13, Willem Brandwijk 11, Mike Hogervorst 9, de Vries 8, de Haas 8
Romania U16: Vlad Cobzaru 22+11 rebs, Aurel Chiriac 20



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U16: Boinitzer and Perl bring Hungary the 5th place in Strumica - by Eurobasket News
Armenia U16-Hungary U16 52:65

David Boinitzer (196-F-95) and Zoltan Perl (189-G-95) bring Hungary the 5th place in Strumica at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They both nailed 14 points each for the winners against Armenia in a 65:52 win. Andrey Konstantinov (95) ended up with 9 points in the losing effort, while Arkadiy Mkrtychyan (95) and Sergei Pogosyan (95) posted 8 each.
It was a defensive start and both teams scored only 8 points in the first period. They were also tied three times in the second period, while Hungary grabbed 25:24 lead at the halftime. The third period was decisive in the game and answered all the questions in the game. Hungary needed 27-12 in the frame to shock the opponents. Zoltan Perl and Grachev exchanged the late baskets in the end of the frame for 52:36. Armenia meanwhile won the last period 16-13 to reduce the game to 13 points at the end. Both teams head back home tomorrow.

Armenia U16: Andrey Konstantinov 9, Arkadiy Mkrtychyan 8, Sergei Pogosyan 8
Hungary U16: David Boinitzer 14, Zoltan Perl 14



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William Jones Cup. Iran open win count edging Japan - by Eurobasket News
Iran - Japan 77:58

Iran celebrated the first win at the William Jones Cup in Taiwan. They overcame Japan for 1-1 record. Javad Davari (185-G-83) scored 12 points to lead balanced effort from the winners. Japan fell at 0-2 record at the tournament.
Iran started the game aggressively. They limited Japan to 13 points in the opening frame to build a 9-point lead 22:13. Iran continued to dominate defensively. They limited Japan to only 8 points in the second term posting a 37:21 halftime lead. Japan increased the tempo in the third term but Iran easily matched the effort. Veselin Matic team unloaded 30 points in the period to enter the final period up by 22 points. Japan managed to outscore Iran in the fourth frame but never threatened the margin. Oshin Sahakian (201-F-86, agency: Agency No 10), Mahdi Kamrani (186-G-82) and Asghar Kardoust (212-C-86) delivered 10 points each in the victory. Keijuro Matsui (188-G-85, college: Columbia) responded with 11 points for Japan. Fumio Nishimura (177-G-86) added 8 points in the loss.

Iran: Javad Davari 12, Oshin Sahakian 10, Mahdi Kamrani 10, Asghar Kardoust 10
Japan: Keijuro Matsui 11, Fumio Nishimura 8



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U16: FYR Macedonia clinched the 19th place, Ireland finished on the 20th spot - by Eurobasket News
F.Y.R. of Macedonia U16-Ireland U16 65:63

FYR Macedonia clinched the 19th place, Ireland finished on the 20th spot at the U16 European Championship in Strumica. Both teams finished the tournament on the last game on Saturday as FYR Macedonia won 65:63. The late basket by Simeon Mitrov (179-PG-95) brought the win of the home side.
FYR Macedonia started the game with 20:12 and it seemed they would get an easy victory. Ireland however replied with 21-11 and Quinn gave his side 33:31 halftime advantage. The hosts needed some important baskets early in the third to take the lead back and Trajkovski brought 45:37. Simeon Mitrov nailed three later for 52:45, but Ireland responded with 7-0 run as Lyons tied the game at 54:54. Jason Carr (188-C-95) meanwhile gave Ireland 63:61 lead with 2 minutes to go, but Spasovski and Simeon Mitrov brought FYR Macedonia the last win at the tournament.
Simeon Mitrov top-scored for the home side with 18 points and Ljubomir Mladenovski (207-C-95) netted 12. Jason Carr replied with 17 points in the losing effort and John Jason Carroll (198-F-95) notched 15.

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U16: Simeon Mitrov 18, Ljubomir Mladenovski 12
Ireland U16: Jason Carr 17, John Jason Carroll 15, Lago Caira (190-C-95) 13



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Bulgaria tops Israel 88:82, get first win - by David Pick
Updated: August 7, 2011, 16:03 PM

With a 1-1 record (Poland 'W', Greece 'L') in the Cyprus International Tournament, Israel suffered back-to-back deficits as Bulgaria topped a starless Israeli NT 88:82, and both teams finish the tourney with a negative 2-1 record.

Israel's star NBA player Omri Casspi, along with national teammates David Blu, Yotam Halperin and Tal Burstein, did not attend the Cyprus tourney due to personal issues. Players are expected to report to Israel's training camp tomorrow morning except for Blu who lands tomorrow in the late afternoon.

Israel as recalled was pooled to Group B, one of the toughest groups in the EuroBasket games, as they will battle Italy, Serbia, France, Germany and Latvia for one of the first two qualifying spots. Bulgaria is in Group D along with Belgium, Georgia, Russia, Slovenia and Ukraine.

With the lead changing nearly seven times, Bulgaria took an 18:16 advantage at the end of the first period. Ohayon entered the game in the second session and gave Israel a promising 37:27 lead. Two minutes later, Bulgaria responded with its own 11-1 run, ending the first half as close as can be, 38:38. Bulgaria took the lead after the third quarter and with ten minutes left, the scoreboard showed 61:58. Pnini kept Israel close but not enough, the final buzzer sounded and Bulgaria celebrated its first tournament victory, 88:82.

Filip Videnov had a game high with 24 points. Deian Ivanov added 17 points, 9 rebounds and Earl Rowland with 14 points and 6 assists led Bulgaria.

For Israel: Guy Pnini 18, Lior Eliyahu 17, Afik Nissim 15 (4/5 from three point range) and Yogev Ohayon added 10 points.

Both teams will return to their countries tonight while Israel prepares for its second 2011 European Basketball Tour, which takes place between August 22-24, in ISR, including Poland, Russia and Israel's national teams.

Participating in the tourney will be four NBA players in the likes of Poland's Marchin Gortat, Timofey Mozgov and Andrei Kirilenko from Russia, and Israel's Omri Casspi.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @Dpick_Mvd




Netanya extends Eran Asante and Eliran Gueta's contracts - by David Pick
Updated: August 7, 2011 10:13 PM

Head Coach Danny Franco continues to put in the work, creating an exciting and tough team for the upcoming season as Elitzur Netanya extended contracts of both Israelis Eran Asante (Agent: Zeev Gross) and veteran forward Eliran Gueta for an additional year.

Gueta has been playing for Netanya since 2004 and is one of the most appreciated players on the team's roster. Besides his bball skills, the 36-year-old big man brings experience and leadership to the team's locker room and will continue being the team's captain. The past season wasn't that impressive statistically for Gueta as he averaged 2.6ppg and 1.8rpg in 12 EuroChallenge games, and 3.9ppg and 1.6rpg in the Israeli domestic league.

Eran Asante is without a doubt
the teams' franchise player and is highly appreciated amongst the team's management. In 2006 the successful young product of Netanya's youth teams left home, traveled north and joined Hapoel Galil Elyon. Two seasons later it was obvious where he would land again. Asante has been playing for Netanya ever since, posting season averages of 3.1ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.0apg in the local league and almost 2ppg in the teams' Eurochallenge cup experience last year.

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Hapoel Jerusalem negotiating contract terms with Jarvis Varnado - by David Pick
Updated: August 7, 2011, 11:25 AM

It's been a quiet summer in terms of player signings for Hapoel Jerusalem, however, recently things have been picking up and the coaching staff's top priority has been shifted to landing the 6'9 Mississippi St. graduate and defensive stopper, Jarvis Varnado.

'Eurobaket' understood this morning that the talented forward's representatives have already begun the official negotiations of contract terms with Jerusalem and it seems to be only a matter of time for the deal to be finalized. This because head coach Oded Katash is highly impressed with the player's athletic skills and abilities.

In 2011, the shot blocking machine became the NCAA All-Time best shot blocker. Also, he is the second player (after David Robinson) in Div. 1 history to have passed the 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 blocked shots in career. The funny thing about it is that despite being drafted by the Miami Heat with the 41st pick, Varnado is yet to officially wear an NBA jersey.

The SEC All-Tournaments MVP in 09' and All-SEC 1st Team player in both 09' and 10' graduated school with double-double averages of 13.8ppg, 10.3rpg and 4.7bpg (!!). Last season Varnado played in Italy's Div. 2 for Tuscany Tissue Pistoia. After recording seven season double-double games, he posted season averages of 15.4ppg, 8.9rpg and
finished first in the league in shot blocks with 3.1bpg.

Other possibilities that Jerusalem has looked into are NBA free agents Ike Diogu, Shelden Williams and former NBA big man Sean May, who recently played n Turkey.

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Israeli National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
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Yogev Ohayon
Ohayon
Guy Pnini
Pnini
Lior Eliyahu
Eliyahu
Elishay Kadir
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Yaniv Green
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Yogev Ohayon 189-PG-87 Maccabi T-A Israel
Guy Pnini 200-F/G-83 Maccabi T-A Israel
Lior Eliyahu 206-F/C-85 Maccabi T-A Israel
Elishay Kadir 202-F-87 Hapoel J-M Israel
Yaniv Green 206-C/F-80 Maccabi T-A Israel
Yuval Naimy 188-PG-85 Hapoel J-M Israel
Uri Kokia 202-F-81 Hapoel J-M Israel
Afik Nissim 180-G-81 CEZ Nymburk Czech Republic
Gal Mekel 193-PG-88 Benetton TV Italy
Moran Roth 183-PG-82 Hapoel Holon Israel
Nir Cohen 202-F/C-81 B.C. Habikaa Israel

Arik Shivek Head Coach M.Hainaut Belgium


U16: Bosnia and Herzegovina clinched third place in Strumica - by Eurobasket News
Israel U16-Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 71:72

Bosnia and Herzegovina clinched third place in Strumica as they won the thriller for the higher place over Israel. The latter lost the overtime battle last night to England and was defeated by Bosnia 71:72 in the last game.
Bosnia and Herzegovina won the opening period 14:11, but Israel took control of the game with 22-15 in it. Roy Ayalon (190-G-95) closed the half from the perimeter to give Israel 33:29. Adi Zahiragic (185-PG-95) meanwhile tied the game at 37:37 and Nedim Tunovic (206-C-95) gave Bosnia and Herzegovina 52:46 at the end of the third period. Idan Zalmanson (205-F-95) tied the game at 54:54 and Nedim Buza (201-F-95) brought 72:68 in the game. Roy Ayalon nailed three at the very end but it was enough only to reduce the gap to one point loss.
Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 were led by Nedim Buza who posted 16 points and Nedim Tunovic nailed 11. Miso Maslac (195-G-95) and Adi Zahiragic delivered 10 points each. Roy Ayalon ended up with 16 points in defeat, while Naor Sharon (191-PG-95) notched 14.

Israel U16: Roy Ayalon 16, Naor Sharon 14, Idan Zalmanson 13
Bosnia and Herzegovina U16: Nedim Buza 16, Nedim Tunovic 11, Miso Maslac 10, Adi Zahiragic 10



Bulgaria beat Israel, both finish with 1-2 record in Cyprus - by Eurobasket News
Israel NT-Bulgaria NT 82:88

Bulgaria beat Israel, both finish with 1-2 record in Cyprus at the International Tournament. Bulgaria needed 88:72 victory to celebaret the initial victory.
With the lead changing nearly seven times, Bulgaria took an 18:16 advantage at the end of the first period. Israel won the second period and tied the game at the halftime. Both teams went to the big break as the board showed 38:38. In the third quarter Bulgaria needed 23-20 for the 3-point lead entering the last stanza. The last period was the most productive for both Israel and Bulgaria. They both scored their high in the game, while Bulgaria added 27-24 for the initial victory.
Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky) stepped up with 24 points and Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) netted 17. E.J. Rowland scored 14, while Kaloyan Ivanov (205-F-86) added 11. Guy Pnini (200-F/G-83) responded with 18 points in the losing effort and Lior Eliyahu (206-F/C-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) notched 17. Lior Eliyahu scored 15, whilst Yogev Ohayon (189-PG-87, agency: Lanshire Group) added 10.

Israel NT: Guy Pnini 18, Lior Eliyahu 17, Lior Eliyahu 15, Yogev Ohayon 10
Bulgaria NT: Filip Videnov 24, Dejan Ivanov 17, E.J. Rowland 14, Kaloyan Ivanov 11



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Pallacanestro Sant'Antimo lands Campbell and Teague - by Giulio Signorini
Pallacanestro Sant'Antimo announced the signing of Folarin Campbell (193-G/F-86, college: George Mason) and David Teague (196-G-83, college: Purdue) for the upcoming legadue season.
Campbell started last season in Germany with Telekom Baskets Bonn averaging 12ppg in 25 games and then moved to Casale where he plays as eventual backup of Donnel Taylor. With Casale he has played just two games. Before last year Campbell has played in Italian serie a during 2008 - 2009 season with Nuova Sebastiani Basket Rieti.
David Teague spent last year in Brazil with Flamengo averaging 13.7ppg and 16.7ppg in Liga Sumdamericana. Teague, product of Purdue, has played in Greece, France and Germany during his European career. The season 2009-10 with Giessen 46ers was his best so far with 20ppg.


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William Jones Cup. Iran open win count edging Japan - by Eurobasket News
Iran - Japan 77:58

Iran celebrated the first win at the William Jones Cup in Taiwan. They overcame Japan for 1-1 record. Javad Davari (185-G-83) scored 12 points to lead balanced effort from the winners. Japan fell at 0-2 record at the tournament.
Iran started the game aggressively. They limited Japan to 13 points in the opening frame to build a 9-point lead 22:13. Iran continued to dominate defensively. They limited Japan to only 8 points in the second term posting a 37:21 halftime lead. Japan increased the tempo in the third term but Iran easily matched the effort. Veselin Matic team unloaded 30 points in the period to enter the final period up by 22 points. Japan managed to outscore Iran in the fourth frame but never threatened the margin. Oshin Sahakian (201-F-86, agency: Agency No 10), Mahdi Kamrani (186-G-82) and Asghar Kardoust (212-C-86) delivered 10 points each in the victory. Keijuro Matsui (188-G-85, college: Columbia) responded with 11 points for Japan. Fumio Nishimura (177-G-86) added 8 points in the loss.

Iran: Javad Davari 12, Oshin Sahakian 10, Mahdi Kamrani 10, Asghar Kardoust 10
Japan: Keijuro Matsui 11, Fumio Nishimura 8



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William Jones Cup. Jordan edge Malaysia - by Eurobasket News
Jordan - Malaysia 93:63

Jordan recorded the second straight win at the William Jones Cup. They thumped Malaysia to remain undefeated. Ziad Abbas scored 21 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 4 assists to lead the winners. Malaysia fell at 0-2 record after the defeat.
Jordan fired 24 points in the opening quarter to secure a 6-point buffer at the first break. They maintained the lead throughout the second term. Moreover Jordan piled up a 45:31 halftime advantage. Jordan erupted for 28 points in the third stanza as the margin grew at 22-point mark with one quarter remaining. Jordan did not slow down in the final frame rolling to a comfortable win at the end. Osama Daghles (198-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) had 17 points, while Rasheim Wright (194-G-81, college: District of Col.) added 15 points for Jordan. Li Wei Chee (186-F-85) responded with 13 points for Malaysia. Shee Fai Loh (192-G-89) netted 12 points in defeat.

Jordan: Abbas Zaid (203-F-83) 21, Osama Daghles 17, Rasheim Wright 15
Malaysia: Li Wei Chee 13, Shee Fai Loh 12



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U16: Russia top Latvia, earn fifth place in Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News
Russia U16 - Latvia U16 84:70

Russia earned the fifth place at the U16 European Championship in Czech Republic. They overcame Latvian counterparts on the final day of the tournament. Pavel Sizov (198-F-95) stepped up with 24 points to lead the winners.
Russia opened the game on a 10:3 rally to surge ahead. They posted a 23:16 lead after ten minutes. Russia capped the first half on a 15:3 run to build a 47:29 halftime advantage. Russia kept their opponents at bay throughout the third quarter. They arrived at the final intermission up by 17 points 64:47. Latvia never got within striking distance in the fourth period as Russia coasted to the victory at the end. Alexander Martynov (195-G-95) delivered 13 points, while Alexander Gankevich (197-F-95) added 12 points in the winning case. Kristaps Gluditis (188-PG-95) responded with 18 points for Latvia. Jorens Dulevskis (178-PG-95) had 13 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds in the loss.

Russia U16: Pavel Sizov 24, Alexander Martynov 13, Alexander Gankevich 12
Latvia U16: Kristaps Gluditis 18, Jorens Dulevskis 13



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U16: Lithuania romp past Bulgaria in Hradec Kralove - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U16 - Bulgaria U16 103:82

Lithuania registered the sixth straight win at the U16 European Championship. They stormed past Bulgaria to earn the 13th overall position. Paulius Zalys (198-F-95), Paulius Sakinis (197-F-95) and Pijus Mykolaitis (198-F-95) scored 15 points each to pace the winners.
Lithuania led from start to finish. They posted a 26:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Lithuania maintained the lead throughout the second term. The Baltic team earned a 47:32 halftime advantage. Lithuania mounted the pressure in the third term. They went on a 34:12 run in the third stanza to leave hapless Bulgaria behind by 37 points with ten minutes remaining. Bulgaria sweetened the pill scoring 38 points in the fourth quarter. Karolis Razukas (198-F-95) nailed 11 points for Lithuania. Vassil Stoimenov (198-F-95) responded with 20 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 5 blocks for Bulgaria. Anguel Peychinov (196-F-95) netted 16 points in defeat.

Lithuania U16: Paulius Zalys 15, Paulius Sakinis 15, Pijus Mykolaitis 15
Bulgaria U16: Vassil Stoimenov 20, Anguel Peychinov 16



Jonas Valanciunas leads Lithuania past Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania - Czech Republic 94:73

Lithuania claimed a comfortable win over Czech Republic in test game in Klaipeda. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) stepped up with 26 points and 10 rebounds to pace the hosts.
Lithuania quickly cleared off in the opening quarter. They posted a 24:16 lead ten minutes into the game. Czech Republic slowed the home team down in the second term. The visitors cut the deficit to 6 points at halftime 39:45. But Lithuania picked up the tempo in the third quarter. The Baltic team delivered 24 points to ensure a 9-point lead with one period remaining. Lithuania limited their opponents to just 13 points in the fourth stanza rallying to a confident win at the end. Marijonas Petravicius (208-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) provided 12 points, while Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances) and Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) added 11 points each in the victory. Pavel Houska (201-F-84) answered with 16 points for Czech Republic. Kamil Svrdlik (203-F-86, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) netted 12 points in defeat.

Lithuania: Jonas Valanciunas 26+10 boards, Marijonas Petravicius 12, Donatas Motiejunas 11, Sarunas Jasikevicius 11
Czech Republic: Pavel Houska 16, Kamil Svrdlik 12



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U16: Luxembourg surprise with 15th spot in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Georgia U16-Luxembourg U16 60:65

Luxembourg surprise with 15th spot in Division B out of 22 teams participated. They overcame Georgia 65:60 in the last game as the latter finished 16th.
Luxembourg started the game with 10-0 run and Philippe Gutenkauf (181-PG-95) brought 17:8 in the court. The winners never looked behind and after 11-9 in the second period improved to 30:20 at the halftime. Moreover 16-15 in the third frame gave them 46:35 deficit when Philippe Gutenkauf closed the third period. The last stanza belonged to the Georgian team that did their best to recover. Nugzar Abuladze (182-G-95) and Kakhaber Tomaradze (193-G-95) reduced to 56:55, but Joshua Wirtz (180-PG-95) nailed two three-pointers for 62:55. Joshua Wirtz again and Beka Darakhvelidze (186-F-95) exchanged the baskets at the end to wave to Strumica 2011.
Thomas Grun (194-G/F-95) paced all the winners with 23 points and Joshua Wirtz netted 13. Philippe Gutenkauf and Sven Ehmann (187-F-95) followed them with 10 points each in a win. Beka Darakhvelidze ended up with 17 points in the losing effort, while Aleksandre Bolkvadze (194-F-95), Kakhaber Tomaradze and Nugzar Abuladze posted 8 apiece.

Georgia U16: Beka Darakhvelidze 17, Aleksandre Bolkvadze 8, Kakhaber Tomaradze 8, Nugzar Abuladze 8
Luxembourg U16: Thomas Grun 23, Joshua Wirtz 13, Philippe Gutenkauf 10, Sven Ehmann 10



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Count-down to Madagascar 2011 Afrobasket - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Group-A in focus: Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria, Mali

Sixteen African countries will converge in Antananarivo capital of Indian Ocean state of Madagascar for Africa biggest basketball championship The 26th edition of FIBA Africa Championship from the 17th of August to the 28th with the sole aim of picking the continent sole ticket to the 2012 London Olympic Games.

FIBA Africa brings to you grou-by-group analysis and preview as the count-down to the first jump-ball gets nearer and today the focus will be on Group-A which is made-up of four strong nations who are set to out-wit one another (Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria, Mali).

The group is made up of Nigeria, considered as the strongest of all four teams in the group, Nigeria is one of Africa strongest basketball playing nation and second most ranked Africa country behind Angola. Mali the other top team in the group is expected to pose a real threat to Nigeria ambition of topping the group Mali lost to Nigeria in the second round of the 2009 edition of the championship in Benghazi, Libya and would look forward to avenge that defeat in Madagascar. Mozambique is another country that cannot be over looked in this years Afrobasket having qualified from FIBA Africa Zone-6 while little is known about host Madagascar but they are surely out to spring some surprises in the group.

The FIBA Africa Zone-7 nation will be banking on it home support to see them through the first round stage.

Latest FIBA Ranking
Nigeria 21
Mali 55
Mozambique 58
Madagascar 72

Group-A games: August 17, 2011
Madagascar Vs Mozambique
Nigeria Vs Mali

August 19, 2011
Madagascar Vs Mali
Mozambique Vs Nigeria

August 21, 2011
Nigeria Vs Madagascar
Mali Vs Mozambique




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William Jones Cup. Jordan edge Malaysia - by Eurobasket News
Jordan - Malaysia 93:63

Jordan recorded the second straight win at the William Jones Cup. They thumped Malaysia to remain undefeated. Ziad Abbas scored 21 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 4 assists to lead the winners. Malaysia fell at 0-2 record after the defeat.
Jordan fired 24 points in the opening quarter to secure a 6-point buffer at the first break. They maintained the lead throughout the second term. Moreover Jordan piled up a 45:31 halftime advantage. Jordan erupted for 28 points in the third stanza as the margin grew at 22-point mark with one quarter remaining. Jordan did not slow down in the final frame rolling to a comfortable win at the end. Osama Daghles (198-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) had 17 points, while Rasheim Wright (194-G-81, college: District of Col.) added 15 points for Jordan. Li Wei Chee (186-F-85) responded with 13 points for Malaysia. Shee Fai Loh (192-G-89) netted 12 points in defeat.

Jordan: Abbas Zaid (203-F-83) 21, Osama Daghles 17, Rasheim Wright 15
Malaysia: Li Wei Chee 13, Shee Fai Loh 12



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U17 Mexico eliminates U17 US Virgin Islands in thriller, 59-58 - by Eurobasket News
U17 MEXICO - U17 U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS 59-58

Mexico grabbed 59-58 thriller win against the US Virgin Islands in the Semifinals of U17 CentroBasket in Gurabo. It means that Mexico advanced to the Big Final, where they will meet Puerto Rico. US Virgin Islands will play for the Bronze against Bahamas. Jose Estrada (94) was a key player for the winners. He spent almost the entire game on the court collecting 20 points and 9 rebounds. Miguel Ramirez (94) had 17 points and 7 rebounds, while Jose Luis Aguilera (94) added 17 pts and 7 rebs. In defeat, Khalid Hart (95) collected 14 points and 9 assists. Kareem Harris (94) also scored 9 pts in this meeting. Quarters: 20-20, 12-14, 9-14, 18-10. Sunday is the last day of the competition in Gurabo.

Mexico: Jose Estrada 20+9 boards, Miguel Ramirez 17+7 boards, Jose Luis Aguilera 17+7 boards
US Virgin Islands: Khalid Hart 14+9 as, Kareem Harris 9


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U16: Poland nip Montenegro in Hradec Kralove - by Eurobasket News
Poland U16 - Montenegro U16 77:75

Poland registered the victory on the final day of the U16 European Championship. They held off Montenegro to earn the second place in classification round Group G. Poland improved at 4-2 record, while Montenegro ended at 1-5 record in the ladder. Mikolaj Witlinski (201-F-95) stepped up with 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort.
The teams stayed close throughout the first half. Poland secured a 22:21 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second period posting a 44:42 halftime advantage. Montenegro used an 8:0 run late in the third term to pull ahead 60:54. Bartosz Wrobel (186-G-95) and Damian Jeszke (200-F-95) dragged Poland back within two 58:60 at the final break. It all came down to the final seconds in this one. Montenegro were up by three points with just over a minute to go. But Mikolaj Witlinski knocked down three free throws to seal the victory for Poland. Damian Jeszke nailed 23 points, while Bartosz Wrobel added 15 points in the victory. Milovan Draskovic (208-C-95) and Petar Saric (186-G-95) responded with 14 points each for Montenegro. Luka Savic (199-F-95) had 12 points, 5 boards and 5 assists in the loss.

Poland U16: Mikolaj Witlinski 25+10 boards, Damian Jeszke 23, Bartosz Wrobel 15
Montenegro U16: Milovan Draskovic 14, Petar Saric 14, Luka Savic 12



Proteas Danoi AEL sign Montenegrin Balsa Radunovic - by Eurobasket Center
Proteas Danoi AEL signed 31-year old Montenegrin forward Balsa Radunovic (206-F-80). Radunovic played most recently at Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios (Division A). While playing 16 games for ENAD last season his stats were: 16.9ppg (4th best in the league), 8.9rpg (3rd best in the league), 1.4apg and 1.6spg (5th best in the league). He was named at the end of the season to Eurobasket.com Cyprus League All-Defensive Team. Radunovic is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in France, Greece, Slovenia and Ukraine. It will be his 8th consecutive season in Cyprus.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Croatia opened Adecco Cup with the win over Montenegro in Ljubljana - by Eurobasket News
Croatia NT-Montenegro NT 85:71

Croatia wins their Adecco Cup opener over Montenegro in Ljubljana. Trailing after the first period, Croatian side pushed the tempo for good and won the game with 3000 spectators in Slovenia.
Montenegro started the game with 6-0 run and Vladimir Dasic (207-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) scored for 13:8. Montenegro led in the whole period and only Marko Tomas (201-G-85)s three pointer in the start of the second frame gave Croatia 21:20. The latter won the second period 21-11 for 39:31 halftime advantage. Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) tied the game at 54:54 midway through the third period, but Ante Tomic (217-C-87) gave Croatia 64:60 in the end of the third period. Another 21-11 in the last stanza brought Croatia the first victory.
Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) erupted with 25 points for the winners and Ante Tomic as well as Dominic Draper netted 13. Marko Tomas followed them with 10 points in the first victory. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) replied with 19 points in the losing effort and Vladimir Dasic netted 12. Nikola Pekovic posted 10, while Goran Jeretin (192-G-79, agency: Beo Basket) notched 8.

Croatia NT: Bojan Bogdanovic 25, Ante Tomic 13, Dominic Draper 13, Marko Tomas 10
Montenegro NT: Vladimir Dragicevic 19, Vladimir Dasic 12, Nikola Pekovic 10, Goran Jeretin 8



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Germany U-19 wins 77:55 versus Puerto Rico - by Daniel Poerschke
At the NIKE Global Challenge tournament in Portland, USA, the german U-19 select team won last night in a second round match-up versus the national team of Puerto Rico 77:55. The german team led from the beginning (21:8 after the first quarter) and 43:22 at half time. Topscorer was Maximilian Kleber (196-F-92) with 17pts and 8rebs, Malik Muller (187-G-94) added 14pts, Johannes Richter (203-F/C-93) had 11pts and both Thomas Reuter (198-G-92) and Jonathan Maier (205-C-92) missed a double-double with 9pts and 10rebs respective 9pts and 9rebs. Germany will face the national team of Brazil today for the 5th place game.

Georgia rally past USA Select in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News
Georgia - USA Select 98:81

Georgia registered their first win at the Tallinn International Friendly Tournament. They overcame USA Select team for 1-1 record. Manuchar Markoishvili (195-G-86) stepped up with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to pace the winners. USA Select fell at 1-1 record after the defeat.
The teams arrived at the first intermission tied at 20. But Georgia erupted for 29 points in the second term to pull ahead. They ensured a 7-point lead at halftime 49:42. Georgia stayed aggressive offensively in the third period. They headed into the fourth quarter up by 9 points 73:64. Georgia did not slow down in the fourth stanza firing 25 points and sealing the winning outcome at the end. Tornike Shengelia (207-F-91) chipped in 15 points, while Marquez Haynes (191-G-86, college: Texas Arlington) and Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84) added 13 points each in the win. Rodney McGruder (193-G-91) responded with 22 points and 14 rebounds for USA Select. Brandon Triche (193-G-91) netted 12 points, while Bryce Cartwright (185-G) contributed 11 points in defeat.

Georgia: Manuchar Markoishvili 20, Tornike Shengelia 15, Marquez Haynes 13, Zaza Pachulia 13
USA Select: Rodney McGruder 22+14 boards, Brandon Triche 12, Bryce Cartwright 11



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Tall Blacks split games in Guangzhou - by Eurobasket News
New Zealand opened their Stankovic Cup campaign with loss and win. Tall Blacks first surrendered against Russia in Guangzhou. Russia built a 47:35 halftime lead and hung on to escape with a 74:71 victory at the end.
But Tall Blacks rebounded on the second day of action. New Zealand faced China and marched to an 89:69 victory at the end. The Kiwis led from start to finish. They established a 45:38 halftime advantage and never looked back en route to the victory. Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin) produced 20 points to pace the winners. Benny Anthony (198-F-88) added 19 points for Tall Blacks. Jianlian Yi (212-C/F-87) answered with 23 points and 10 rebounds for China. LiuWei Wei (190-G-80) finished with 18 points for China.
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U17 Dominican Republic close to fifth place in Gurabo - by Eurobasket News
U17 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - U17 PANAMA 79-58

Dominican Republic made the first step forward to fifth place in Gurabo. They handed 79-59 loss to Panama and will have to beat Belize today in order to win position No.5. Panama will play against the British Virgin Islands for the seventh place. Brandone Francis (95) shined for the winners with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Miguel Dicent (94) had 16 pts, 5 rebs and 5 assists, while Karl-Anthony Towns (96) added 14 points and 10 boards. Abid Oses (F/C-95) collected 21 points and 10 rebs in defeat. Their second scorer was Pablo Rivas (95) (7 rebs) with 12 pts. Quarters: 27-11, 13-16, 25-13, 14-18. Championship ends today.

Dominican Republic: Brandone Francis 20+7 boards, Miguel Dicent 16+5 boards+5 as, Karl-Anthony Towns 14+10 boards
Panama: Abid Oses 21+10 boards, Pablo Rivas 12+7 boards


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William Jones Cup. Philippines prevail against Taiwan - by Eurobasket News
Philippines - Taiwan 90:78

Philippines posted the second win in a row at William Jones Cup. They outlasted Taiwan for 2-0 record on top of the ladder. Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, college: Providence) scored 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Taiwan fell at 1-1 record after the defeat.
Philippines jumped to an early lead. They ended the opening quarter leading by four points 21:17. Philippines shifted the gear in the second term. The visitors erupted for 28 points to establish a 49:36 halftime advantage. Taiwan tried hard but could not change the complexion of the game in the third term. Philippines stayed in charge building a 14-point cushion with one quarter remaining. Taiwan cut the deficit in the fourth term but could not threaten Philippines as they drove to the victory at the end. Japeth Aguilar (208-C-85, college: W.Kentucky) notched 12 points, while Joseph Casio (177-PG-86) added 10 points in the win. Chen Hsin-An (196-G/F-80) responded with 17 points for Taiwan. Wen-Ting Tseng (202-C/F-84) provided 14 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Philippines: Marcus Douthit 23, Japeth Aguilar 12, Joseph Casio 10
Taiwan: Chen Hsin-An 17, Wen-Ting Tseng 14



2011 William Jones Cup Day 1 Scores & Commentary - by Enzo Flojo

SMART GILAS PILIPINAS over I.R. IRAN, 73-59
PHL 73 - Douthit 24, Barroca 13, Casio 11, Baracael 8, Aguilar 6, Tiu 4, Lassiter 3, Hontiveros 2, Taulava 2, Lutz 0,
IRN 59 - Haddadi 25, Kamrani 18, Davarpanah 7, Sohrabnejad 3, Kardoust 2, Veisi 2, Nabipoor 2, Davari 0, Sahakian 0, Davoudi 0,
QS: 17-12, 37-30, 54-38, 73-59
- We have to temper expectations after this win. It's still a landmark, resounding win, but it should NOT lull us into complacency. We have to keep in mind that Iran missed the services of THREE OF ITS TOP FIVE players -- Samad Nikkhah Bahrami, Hamed Afagh & Arsalan Kazemi.
- I like how we were aggressive though. If we sustain that level of energy then I think we have more than a fair shot of winning the Jones Cup and perhaps even the FIBA-Asia. But the prospect of playing for potentially 9 straight days might take a toll on the team. I hope they won't be over-exhausted by the time the competition is done.
- All in all, a good win for Team Pilipinas! Here's to hoping we can duplicate the result if (or when) we meet Iran in the FIBA-Asia. Go Pilipinas!

JORDAN over UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 91-72
JOR 91 - Wright 15, Abbas 14, Zaghab 12, Abbaas 11, Abu Quora 8, Dahglas 7, Ruqayah 7, Al-Khas 6, Al-Faraj 4, Soobzokov 4, Hussein 3
UAE 72 - Al-Ameri 19, Al-Braiki 9, Ahmad 9, Al-Zaabi 9, Ahmed 9, Al-Nuaimi 7, Omar 4, Al-Hattawi 3, Salem 3, Abdalla 0, Al-Sari 0, Mubarak 0
QS: 18-14, 36-29, 67-50, 91-72
- Expectedly, Jordan beat UAE in convincing fashion. Credit should be given to UAE, however, for staying with Jordan in the 1st half, especially since the current Jordan squad, sans some usual reserves, will be their actual team in the coming FIBA-Asia.
- Naturalized player Rasheim Wright did the most damage here, and usual suspects Sam Dahglas and Zaid Al-Khas didn't even have to flex much muscle. The question is can they keep it up against the tougher foes ahead?

SOUTH KOREA over MALAYSIA, 110-50
KOR 110 - Stevenson 17, Kang 17, Cho 16, Lee 11, Ha 10, Kim YH 8, Park 8, Yang HJ 7, Kim JK 4, Kim JS 4, Oh 4, Yang DG 3
MAS 50 - Chee 12, Ng 7, Ooi 7, Loh 5, Wee 5, Kwaan 4, Kuek 4, Chin 2, Soo 2, Ho 2, Ong 0, Batumalai 0
QS: 26-7, 53-9, 84-33, 110-50
- Nobody expected Malaysia to stay with Korea here. And Korea didn't disappoint, more than doubling Malaysia's total scoring output.
- Kor-Am Jarod Stevenson proved to be a tough and versatile customer, and he should continue giving headaches to the coming opposition. This Korean squad is lacking only a few key pieces, like Lee Seung-Jun and Lee Kyu-Sup, but the core of their FIBA-Asia team is present and will give a strong showing.

TAIWAN over JAPAN, 99-72
TPE 99 - Creighton 18, Tseng 15, Lu 12, Su 10, Chen HA 8, Lin 8, Chang 8, Yang 7, Lee 4, Chien 4, Chen SH 3, Ho 2
JPN 72 - Matsui 13, Watanabe 12, Hinkley 11, Noguchi 7, Ito 7, Okada 5, Arao 5, Nishimura 4, Sakai 4, Togashi 2, Kamata 2, Hashimoto 0
QS: 21-13, 43-31, 76-54, 99-72
- Japan's Team B couldn't stay with the home team for more than one quarter. Tai-Am Doug Creighton made things difficult for the Japanese, and he should continue his strong play as the tournament goes on.
- Taiwan shouldn't be overconfident, though, since they beat one team from the 'bottom tier' of the tournament. The real test will be against the stronger teams in the next few days. Save for Wu Tai-Hao, this Taiwan team is the one that will play in the FIBA-Asia. The only recognizable Taiwanese who reportedly won't join the team this year is star forward Tien Lei.

Source: HoopNut.blogspot.com


2011 William Jones Cup Day 2 Scores, Pictures & Commentary - by Enzo Flojo
PHL 90 - Douthit 23, Aguilar 12, Casio 10, Lutz 9, Hontiveros 9, Lassiter 9, Baracael 8, Tiu 8, Barroca 2, Taulava 0, Ababou 0
TPE 78 - Chen HA 17, Tseng 14, Lin 12, Lu 9, Ho 8, Su 7, Yang 6, Chien 2, Chang 2, Lee 0, Chou 0, Creighton 0
QS: 21-17, 49-36, 72-58, 90-78
- The Pinoys showed clear dominance over the Taiwanese. The superior size and athleticism of the Filipino frontline gave headaches to the home team, especially when star center Wen-Ting Tseng (202-C/F-84) was tagged with 2 quick fouls in the opening period.
- Gilas outshot, outrebounded, and outdefended their Taiwanese counterparts, showing good composure even if their foes were threatening to get close.
- There were some questionable calls in this one, but those didn't dampen the Pinoys' conquest of the home squad. This augurs well for Gilas, since they'll need the confidence and momentum to be able to handle a dangerous Jordan squad later.

JOR 93 - Abbas 21, Dahglas 17, Wright 15, Zaghab 11, Soobzokov 10, Abbaas 8, Abu Quora 6, Abu Ruqayah 5, Al-Faraj 0, Al-Khas 0
MAS 63 - Chee 13, Loh 12, Ooi 11, Ng 7, Batumalai 6, Kuek 5, Kwaan 4, Wee 3, Soo 2, Chin 0, Ong 0, Ho 0
QS: 24-18, 45-31, 73-51, 93-63
- Jordan flexed their muscle early and didn't let up in destroying the Malaysians. Jordan showed superior size, athleticism and defense in systematically dismantling their Southeast Asian opponents.
- One bright spot for Malaysia, though is they outshot Jordan from beyond the arc. The Malaysians hit 9 threes, which, if they continue to utilize properly, can help them get past some of the weaker teams in this tournament, namely Japan and UAE.

KOR 102 - Oh 14, Lee 13, Kang 12, Stevenson 12, Kim JK 11, Cho 9, Yang HJ 9, Kim YH 6, Yang DG 4, Kim JS 4, Ha 4, Park 2
UAE 54 - Omar 11, Salem 10, Al-Sari 8, Ahmad 6, Al-Zaabi 5, Al-Hattawi 5, Abdalla 3, Al-Braiki 2, Ahmed 2, Mubarak 2, Al-Ameri 0
QS: 28-10, 54-17, 79-34, 102-54
- This wasn't much of a contest. The Koreans were merciless from the opening tip and just humiliated the luckless Arabs. Korea held the advantage in every statistical category and made an emphatic statement about their strength.
- Despite leaving out some important players for their NT, it seems the Koreans will still be a powerful force to reckon with in this tourney and in the 2011 FIBA-Asia.

IRN 77 - Davari 12, Sahakian 10, Kamrani 10, Kardoust 10, Rouzbahani 9, Veisi 9, Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) 7, Barogh 6, Davarpanah 4, Davoudi 0, Nabipoor 0, Sohrabnejad 0
JPN 58 - Matsui 11, Nishimura 8, Hashimoto 7, Ito 7, Noguchi 6, Togashi 6, Kamata 4, Okada 3, Hinkley 2, Arao 2, Watanabe 2, Sakai 0
QS: 22-13, 37-21, 67-45, 77-58
- It was clear that Iran was simply coasting in this game, but it was noteworthy how Japan really tried to compete. The East Asians definitely had no answer to Iran's height and heft, but they tried to counter with speed and shooting.
- Hamed Haddadi and Mahdi Kamrani (186-G-82) didn't play much in this game. They were probably being preserved since the schedule is just grueling. This gave a chance for Iran's other reliables like Oshin Sahakian and Javad Davari to strut their wares.


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U16: Poland nip Montenegro in Hradec Kralove - by Eurobasket News
Poland U16 - Montenegro U16 77:75

Poland registered the victory on the final day of the U16 European Championship. They held off Montenegro to earn the second place in classification round Group G. Poland improved at 4-2 record, while Montenegro ended at 1-5 record in the ladder. Mikolaj Witlinski (201-F-95) stepped up with 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort.
The teams stayed close throughout the first half. Poland secured a 22:21 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second period posting a 44:42 halftime advantage. Montenegro used an 8:0 run late in the third term to pull ahead 60:54. Bartosz Wrobel (186-G-95) and Damian Jeszke (200-F-95) dragged Poland back within two 58:60 at the final break. It all came down to the final seconds in this one. Montenegro were up by three points with just over a minute to go. But Mikolaj Witlinski knocked down three free throws to seal the victory for Poland. Damian Jeszke nailed 23 points, while Bartosz Wrobel added 15 points in the victory. Milovan Draskovic (208-C-95) and Petar Saric (186-G-95) responded with 14 points each for Montenegro. Luka Savic (199-F-95) had 12 points, 5 boards and 5 assists in the loss.

Poland U16: Mikolaj Witlinski 25+10 boards, Damian Jeszke 23, Bartosz Wrobel 15
Montenegro U16: Milovan Draskovic 14, Petar Saric 14, Luka Savic 12



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Portugal almost in European Championship - by Hugo Carvalho
Portugal is very close to getting clearance for Europe in Lithuania.
The good campaign that Portugal has made since it came Mario Palma has created great expectations and hopes.
The FPB has extended an invitation to all fans of the sport to be present and replenish the Multisport Pavilion Dr. Mario Maxia in Coimbra (entrance is free).
The first game will be against Hungary and the second against Finland. Although some players are still unavailable due to injury, there is hope too big around these two games.
It will therefore be important to have the presence of all young people and their families.
The team has grown and is united.

Good luck to Portugal.


U16: Insaly shines in the last Portuguese victory - by Eurobasket News
Portugal U16-Belgium U16 53:52

Portugal clinched the 9th spot at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Portuguese team won over Belgium 53:52 in the last game for both teams.
Belgium scored the first 9 points in the game and surprised the opponents with 19:5 in the first period. Both teams nailed 11 points each in the second frame for 30:16 at the halftime. The third and the last quarters were however dominated by Portugal. The latter needed 19-13 in the third frame to cut to 43:35 after three quarters. Isaias Insaly (197-F/C-95) later closed the 8-0 run at 48:46 and he later tied the game at 50:50. Isaias Insaly was also the last to score in the game for Portugal and brought them 53:52 win.
Isaias Insaly stepped up with 24 points, while Joao Guimaraes (196-C-95) nailed 12. Pedro Marques (181-PG-95) netted 10, while Joao Moreira (195-C-95) ended up with 4 points. Romain Boxus (194-F-96) delivered 15 points in defeat and Emmanuel Lecomte (175-G-95) netted 10.

Portugal U16: Isaias Insaly 24, Joao Guimaraes 12, Pedro Marques 10, Joao Moreira 4
Belgium U16: Romain Boxus 15, Emmanuel Lecomte 10




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


Standings - Proliga
Proliga Standings
 1. Alges 0-0 
 2. Angra 0-0 
 3. Electrico FC 0-0 
 4. Fisica 0-0 
 5. Gaeirense 0-0 
 6. Galitos-Tley 0-0 
 7. Guifoes 0-0 
 8. Illiabum 0-0 
 9. Maia Basket 0-0 
 10. Oliveirense 0-0 
 11. Povoa 0-0 
 12. Sangalhos 0-0 


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U17 Puerto Rico advances to Big Final in Gurabo - by Eurobasket News
U17 PUERTO RICO - U17 BAHAMAS 85-78

Puerto Rico eliminated Bahamas 85-78 in the Semifinals of the U17 CentroBasket in Gurabo. The host of this event will meet Mexico in Big Final. On the other side, Bahamas will fight for the Bronze against US Virgin Islands. Juan Carlos Ortiz (94) led the winners in scoring with 23 points. Alexander Curet (94) had 21 points, 7 boards and 5 assists, while Abdiel Badillo (193-F-94) added 18 pts and 15 rebs. In the loosing squad, Tavario Miller (94) exploded with 15 points and 20 rebounds. He reached valuation 36 and was the MVP of this meeting. Dwight Coleby (94) had 15 pts and 9 boards, while Lourawls Nairn (95) added 15 pts and 6 assists. Quarters: 20-16, 10-23, 36-18, 19-21. Sunday is the last day of the championship.

Puerto Rico: Juan Carlos Ortiz 23, Alexander Curet 21+7 boards+5 as, Abdiel Badillo 18+15 boards
Bahamas: Tavario Miller 15+20 boards, Dwight Coleby 15+9 boards, Lourawls Nairn 15+6 as


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U16: Holland is 7th in Division B, Romania drop to 8th - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands U16-Romania U16 73:57

Holland finished on the 7th spot at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Dutch team won over Romania 73:57 in the last game of the competition for both sides. They both did their best on Sunday game and will go back home tomorrow.
The Netherlands started the game with 20:11 as Emil Van Veen (185-G-95) closed the first period. Romania seemed to wake up in the second period and after 17-13 reduced to 33:28 at the halftime. Holland did not allow them to take the lead and increased to 51:41 after three quarters. Another 22-16 in the last period sealed the victory for the Dutch team.
Emil Van Veen poured in 13 points and Willem Brandwijk (204-F-95) nailed 11. Mike Hogervorst (207-C-95) notched 9, while de Vries and de Haas posted 8 each. Vlad Cobzaru (203-C-95) finished the game with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Aurel Chiriac (195-F-95) scored 20.

Netherlands U16: Emil Van Veen 13, Willem Brandwijk 11, Mike Hogervorst 9, de Vries 8, de Haas 8
Romania U16: Vlad Cobzaru 22+11 rebs, Aurel Chiriac 20



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Greece won European Basketball Tour - Cyprus 2011 - by Eurobasket News
Greece NT-Russia NT 83:80

Greece won European Basketball Tour - Cyprus 2011 as they celebrated the narrow victories in three games. In Day 3 Greece overcame Russia 83:80 to clinch the top place.
Russia started the game with 19:14 and looked better also in the second period. The Russian team added 24-20 in the second frame for 43:34 at the halftime. Greece was however too far to give up. They produced a 23-17 in the third period and reduced to 3 points entering the last quarter. Moreover the last quarter also belonged to the Greek side. Greece needed 26-20 in the last frame to seal the victory.
Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) and Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) stepped up with 13 points each for the winners. Nikolaos Zisis (195-G-83) and Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) followed them with 11 points apiece in a win. Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) ended up with 24 points, while Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) scored 23. Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: RIZO) notched 9, whilst Shved finished the game with 8 points. Russia disappointed in the tournament and lost two games.

Greece NT: Kostas Kaimakoglou 13, Ioannis Bourousis 13, Nikolaos Zisis 11, Antonis Fotsis 11
Russia NT: Vitaly Fridzon 24, Andrei Kirilenko 23, Timofey Mozgov 9, Shved 8




U16: Russia top Latvia, earn fifth place in Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News
Russia U16 - Latvia U16 84:70

Russia earned the fifth place at the U16 European Championship in Czech Republic. They overcame Latvian counterparts on the final day of the tournament. Pavel Sizov (198-F-95) stepped up with 24 points to lead the winners.
Russia opened the game on a 10:3 rally to surge ahead. They posted a 23:16 lead after ten minutes. Russia capped the first half on a 15:3 run to build a 47:29 halftime advantage. Russia kept their opponents at bay throughout the third quarter. They arrived at the final intermission up by 17 points 64:47. Latvia never got within striking distance in the fourth period as Russia coasted to the victory at the end. Alexander Martynov (195-G-95) delivered 13 points, while Alexander Gankevich (197-F-95) added 12 points in the winning case. Kristaps Gluditis (188-PG-95) responded with 18 points for Latvia. Jorens Dulevskis (178-PG-95) had 13 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds in the loss.

Russia U16: Pavel Sizov 24, Alexander Martynov 13, Alexander Gankevich 12
Latvia U16: Kristaps Gluditis 18, Jorens Dulevskis 13



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  SCOTLAND   


Scotland Star Gareth Murray to Return to Rocks - by Eurobasket News
The Glasgow Rocks are pleased to announce the return of Scotlands own Gareth Murray (201-F-84, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Kalamazoo Valley CC), who has re-signed to Scotlands only professional basketball side after playing for the Cheshire Jets last season.

Murray will be coming off a great season with the Cheshire Jets where he averaged 11.1 points per game, shooting 47% from the field and 42% from beyond the 3 point line. He has matured into a great player and will be given a much more significant role within the Rocks squad this season.

Murray is pleased about his return to Glasgow for the 2011/12 BBL Season:

Im glad to be coming back to the Rocks. It was good to experience another club in the BBL, but I really wanted to come back to Glasgow and play closer to home. I am really looking forward to the season ahead.

Gareth is currently the top Scot in the British Basketball League, and he initially joined the league through the Rocks, after making an unannounced appearance at the Rocks open tryout before the 2005/06 season. Since then, Murray has been a basketball sensation within the BBL and a great commodity to attain for any team.

Rocks player/coach Sterling Davis is delighted and relieved to have the high-flying Scot back on his side. After Murrays successful 2010/11 season, he is sure to play a big part in the success of the Rocks for the 2011/12 season.

Its good to have Gareth back in a Rocks uniform. He got a chance to go out and experience another place other than what he has always known in this organisation and we are pleased he has decided to come back home.

He really had a much improved season last year and we would not expect anything less than that for the upcoming season. He really showed what he can do on both ends of the floor and Im looking forward to playing alongside the New Gareth.'

With this first signing complete, Davis and the Rocks will now be looking to secure players to fill the all-important guard positions. Talks with various players have gone well so far and the club are hopeful of another signing within the next few days.
Courtesy of: http://www.glasgowrocks.co.uk


Rocks Welcome Back Veteran Guard EJ Harrison - by Eurobasket News
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:


'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.'
Courtesy of: www.bbl.org.uk


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Serbian National Team opened their AdeccoCup EX-YU with a tough win - by Eurobasket News
Serbia NT-F.Y.R. of Macedonia NT 81:73

Serbian National Team opened their AdeccoCup EX-YU in Day 2. The team won over F.Y.R. of Macedonia 81:73 and sent them to 0-2 record. Tomorrow Serbia will play for the first place in the group against Bosnia.
Serbia started strong and Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) performed gave his side 19:9. Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) made a free throw for 29:18 at the end of the first period. Kiril Nikolovski (210-C-88) performed a 3 point to reduce to 31:26, while Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87) cut it to 37:32. Moreover Kiril Nikolovski gave his team 44:42 and Darko Sokolov (190-G-86) scored for 54:48 early in the third. Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) tied the game at 56:56 and Milenko Tepic made the same at 60:60. Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) made a free throw to close the third period at 63:62 to finish the third quarter. Serbia pushed the tempo in the last 10 minutes and won the game.
Dusko Savanovic led the way with 18 points and Milos Teodosic notched 14. Kosta Perovic and Milenko Tepic followed them with 11 points each. Darko Sokolov ended up with 18 points in the losing effort and Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) added 14. Vojdan Stojanovski notched 13, while Kiril Nikolovski ended up with 11.

Serbia NT: Dusko Savanovic 18, Milos Teodosic 14, Kosta Perovic 11, Milenko Tepic 11
F.Y.R. of Macedonia NT: Darko Sokolov 18, Pero Antic 14, Vojdan Stojanovski 13, Kiril Nikolovski 11



Radnicki add Darren Moore - by Eurobasket News
Darren Moore (190-G) will tip off his professional career in Serbia. The guard has agreed on terms of contract with Radnicki Kragujevac. Darren Moore has just graduated from University of California-Irvine. He tallied 17.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.7 assists per game in his senior season. Darren Moore made it into All-Big West 2nd Team.


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Frantisek Ron will continue with Levice - by Eurobasket News
Frantisek Ron will continue with Levice where he finished the last season. The Czech Republic Head Coach will remain with the Defending Champions in 2011/2012 season.
Frantisek Ron coached USK Praha and BK Nova Hut Ostrava (NBL) for the majority of the years. In 2009-2010 he appeared in Basketbal Pezinok (Slovakia-Extraliga) and left the team in December 2010 as the team folded. He moved to Levice and became champion with the team. Levice won the Finals 3-2 over Nitra due to 70:58 in the decisive Game 5. In that game the guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 38-23 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Levice dominated on the defensive end, holding Nitra to just 7 points in third and fourth quarters.
Next season Inter Bratislava and Astrum Levice will compete in NBL. A strange situation leads Extraliga to start season with only 9 participants counting in second team with home in Levice, but named Onyx Levice.



Tibor Jany replaced Ludovit Smacko in Handlova - by Eurobasket News
Tibor Jany became the Head Coach of Handlova for the next season. The Slovakian specialist started his coaching career with Banik Handlova and in 2001-2002 moved to Lucenec. After three seasons there he moved back to BK Banik Handlova (Extraliga) and in 2005 started for K Cero ICP Kosice (Extraliga) women team. In November Tibor joined CBK Cassovia Kosice (Extraliga) and in June signed a 2+1 year contract with Chemosvit Svit. In
2008-2009 signed with BK 99 PU Presov (Extraliga) women team and in 2010-2011 was with MSK BK Ziar nad Hronom junior team.
Tibor Jany was a Slovakian Cup Winner -04, Slovakian League Regular Season Champion -04, Slovakian League Champion -04, Slovakian League Regular Season Runner-Up -05, Slovakian League Finalist -05, Slovakian Extraliga Semifinals -06, Slovakian Cup Semifinals -06 and Slovakian U18 Championships Winner -11.
Ludovit Smacko who trained MBK Handlova last season moved to fresh bronze medalist BK Vahostav-SK Zilina. As a Head Coach he appeared for MBK Handlova (Extraliga) March'09 and only last season left the team. The new season he already signed a contract with BK Vahostav-SK Zilina (Extraliga).



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Slovenia U16 triumph in Strumica - by Eurobasket News
England U16-Slovenia U16 73:82

Slovenia U16 triumph in Strumica at the European Championship in Division B. The Slovenian team easily rolled over England
Earlier on August 4th England stayed undefeated at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They registered the second consecutive win in Qualifying Samuel Round (G-95) Group E. England outscored Slovenia to improve at 3-0 record. Dwayne Orija and Morayoninuoluwa Soluade (194-G-95) led balanced effort with 11 points each.
Slovenia started with 24:17 in the first period and never looked behind. The team proved their superiority and revenged for the loss in few days ago. Slovenia added 24-19 in the second period for 43:31 at the halftime. Slovenia won the third quarter 24-15 in the third period as the board showed 67:46 after three quarters. Luka Kokol (191-G-95) brought 71:48 and Okoroh made a dunk for 73:50. Samuel Round nailed three to reduce the gap to 73:53, while Morayoninuoluwa Soluade scored for 75:55. Luke Nelson (185-PG-95) reduced to 78:58 and he scored another three-pointer for 78:64 with 5 minutes to go. Morayoninuoluwa Soluade cut it to 78:70, but Matic Rebec (179-PG-95) made two free throws for the final success.
Matic Rebec and Jure Ritlop (202-F-95) led the way with 19 points each for the triumph in the tournament. Aleksej Nikolic (185-PG-95) nailed 15, while Luka Kokol netted 10. Luke Nelson answered with 23 points in the losing effort, while Samuel Round posted 15 and Morayoninuoluwa Soluade added 13.

England U16: Luke Nelson 23, Samuel Round 15, Morayoninuoluwa Soluade 13
Slovenia U16: Matic Rebec 19, Jure Ritlop 19, Aleksej Nikolic 15, Luka Kokol 10



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  SOUTH KOREA   


William Jones Cup. South Korea bruise UAE for second straight win - by Eurobasket News
South Korea - UAE 102:54

South Korea registered the second consecutive win at the William Jones Cup. They fired past UAE to improve at 2-0 record. Five players scored in double figures for South Korea. Oh Sek-Eun (201-C-87) came up with 16 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge.
South Korea gave little chance for UAE. The Korean team posted a 28:10 lead after opening ten minutes. South Korea maintained the pressure throughout the second frame. They piled up a 54:17 halftime lead. South Korea boosted the gap to 45 points with one quarter remaining and strolled to the victory at the end. Lee Jung-Suk (184-G-82) notched 13 points for South Korea. Stevenson Cameron (200-F-75, agency: Alti Sport, college: Richmond) and Kang Byung-Hyun (193-G/F-85) added 12 points apiece in the victory. Qais Omar (195-C-91) responded with 11 points for UAE. Khalifa Salem (175-G-91) netted 10 points and pulled down 8 rebounds in the loss.

South Korea: Oh Sek-Eun 16, Lee Jung-Suk 13, Stevenson Cameron 12, Kang Byung-Hyun 12
UAE: Qais Omar 11, Khalifa Salem 10



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  SPAIN   


Albert Fontet sign with CAI Zaragoza - by Eurobasket News
Alberto Fontet (212-C-86) sign with CAI Zaragoza for 2011/2012 season. The Spanish Center arrives from Grupo Begar Leon.
In 2003-2004 he appeared for FC Barcelona junior team and in 2005-2006 moved to Pamesa Valencia 2nd team (EBA, starting five). In 2006-2007 for Pamesa UPV Valencia (EBA, starting five) he averaged 13.0ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.7bpg, 2FGP: 57.0%, FT: 64.0%, played also at Pamesa Valencia (ACB). In 2007-2008 appeared for Beirasar Rosalia (LEB Gold) and in 29 games showed 5.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 2FGP: 50.0%, FT: 48.0%. In 2008-2009 for Beirasar Rosalia (LEB Gold) his stats read 3.0ppg, 2.9rpg. In 2009-2010 Alberto Fontet improved to 5.1ppg, 5.1rpg, FGP: 51.8%, FT: 60.6%. The last season for Grupo Begar Leon (LEB Gold) his stats read 5.3ppg, 5.0rpg, Blocks-4 (1.3bpg), FGP: 52.6%, FT: 56.4%.
In his top game Alberto Fontet nailed 15 points at the Regular Season Round 15 when Caceres beat Leon 82-70. At the other side the best for losing team was center Alberto Fontet who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Kahiem Seawright added 14 points and 10 rebounds respectively.



U16: Spain edge France in overtime, clinch bronze in Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News
Spain U16 - France U16 61:53 (OT)

Spain claimed bronze medals at U16 European Championship in Czech Republic. They overcame France in the consolation final tonight. Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) accounted for 11 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort.
Spain jumped to an early lead. They maintained the advantage throughout the opening period. Spain entered the second frame up by five points 14:9. Jose Nogues (202-C-95) opened a double-digit lead for Spain midway through the second quarter. They posted a 33:21 halftime advantage. Martin and Jose Nogues opened a 14-point lead for the Spanish team at the end of the third period. Les Bleus opened the final term on a 9:2 rally to narrow the deficit. France capped the regulation with a 10:2 run to level things up at 47 forcing overtime. Cantenys and Jose Nogues tipped off the extra frame with four points in a row as Spain cleared off. France tried to deny the deficit but Ilimane Diop and Ventura sank a bunch of free throws to seal the victory for Spain. Jose Nogues provided 10 points and 9 rebounds, while Carlos Garcia (204-C-95) added 8 points in the win. Paul Rigot (199-F-95), Damien Inglis (198-F-95) and Arthur Rozenfeld (180-PG-95) responded with 10 points each for France.

Spain U16: Ilimane Diop 11+11 boards, Jose Nogues 10, Carlos Garcia 8
France U16: Paul Rigot 10, Damien Inglis 10, Arthur Rozenfeld 10



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  SWEDEN   


U16: Switzerland finished on the 13th place at the European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U16-Switzerland U16 68:70

Switzerland finished on the 13th place at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Swiss side grabbed 70:68 win over Sweden in their last game of the competition. The Scandinavian team finished on the 14th place.
Valter Lindstrom (180-PG-95) started the scoring account for the Swedish side and Ludvig Hakanson (187-PG-96) scored for 12:8. Switzerland however needed the late run at the end of the period for 21:20 and then Bozic brought 28:22. Raemy nailed three at the end of the half as the Swiss side grabbed 35:26. Sweden won the third period 17-15 and reduced to 50:43 after three quarters. Filip Kovacek (180-PG-95) brought his side to 60:55 and Ludvig Hakanson nailed three for 65:63. Mehic and Mandic scored the last points for the winners from the free throw line and won the game.
Alessandro Verga (191-F-95) poured in 12 points for the winners and Arnaud Cotture (200-F/C-95) netted 11. Mathias Tolusso (186-G-95) and Randon Gruninger (190-F-95) followed them with 10 points each in a win. Ludvig Hakanson answered with 21 points in defeat, while Filip Kovacek and Valter Lindstrom delivered 12 points each.

Sweden U16: Ludvig Hakanson 21, Filip Kovacek 12, Valter Lindstrom 12, Daniel Johansson (197-F-95) 10
Switzerland U16: Alessandro Verga 12, Arnaud Cotture 11, Mathias Tolusso 10, Randon Gruninger 10



Standings - BasketEttan
Basketettan Standings
North
 1. Akropol 0-0 
 2. BG Lulea 0-0 
 3. Blackeberg 0-0 
 4. Eagles 0-0 
 5. Haga Haninge 0-0 
 6. Hallsta 0-0 
 7. Jarva Devils 0-0 
 8. LF Future 0-0 
 9. Orongo 0-0 
 10. Taby 0-0 
 11. Talje 0-0 
 12. Uppsala KFUM 0-0 
South
 1. Brahe Basket 0-0 
 2. Eos 0-0 
 3. Fryshuset 0-0 
 4. Helsingborg 0-0 
 5. Hoganas 0-0 
 6. Hogsbo 0-0 
 7. Malbas 0-0 
 8. Nassjo 0-0 
 9. Norrkoping BK 0-0 
 10. Sanda 0-0 
 11. Solna Branten 0-0 
 12. Srbija 0-0 


Estonia record second straight win in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News
Estonia - Sweden 65:60

Estonia posted the second consecutive win at the start of the international friendly tournament in Tallinn. The hosts held off Sweden yesterday. Gregor Arbet (194-F/G-83) stepped up with 12 points to pace the winners. Sweden fell at 0-2 record after the defeat.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Sweden and Estonia arrived at the first break tied at 16. The visitors put their noses in front in the second quarter. They recorded a 38:33 halftime lead. But Estonia turned things around in the third quarter. The hosts held the Scandinavian team to 13 points in the period to surged ahead for a 3-point lead at the final intermission. Estonia limited Sweden to only 9 points in the fourth term and surged for the victory at the end. Kristo Saage (184-G-85) and Joosep Toome (202-F-85) delivered 10 points each in the win. Christian Maraker (206-F-82, college: Pacific) delivered game-high 14 points for Sweden. Anton Gaddefors (200-F-89) netted 11 points in the loss.

Estonia: Gregor Arbet 12, Kristo Saage 10, Joosep Toome 10
Sweden: Christian Maraker 14, Anton Gaddefors 11



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  SWITZERLAND   


U16: Switzerland finished on the 13th place at the European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U16-Switzerland U16 68:70

Switzerland finished on the 13th place at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Swiss side grabbed 70:68 win over Sweden in their last game of the competition. The Scandinavian team finished on the 14th place.
Valter Lindstrom (180-PG-95) started the scoring account for the Swedish side and Ludvig Hakanson (187-PG-96) scored for 12:8. Switzerland however needed the late run at the end of the period for 21:20 and then Bozic brought 28:22. Raemy nailed three at the end of the half as the Swiss side grabbed 35:26. Sweden won the third period 17-15 and reduced to 50:43 after three quarters. Filip Kovacek (180-PG-95) brought his side to 60:55 and Ludvig Hakanson nailed three for 65:63. Mehic and Mandic scored the last points for the winners from the free throw line and won the game.
Alessandro Verga (191-F-95) poured in 12 points for the winners and Arnaud Cotture (200-F/C-95) netted 11. Mathias Tolusso (186-G-95) and Randon Gruninger (190-F-95) followed them with 10 points each in a win. Ludvig Hakanson answered with 21 points in defeat, while Filip Kovacek and Valter Lindstrom delivered 12 points each.

Sweden U16: Ludvig Hakanson 21, Filip Kovacek 12, Valter Lindstrom 12, Daniel Johansson (197-F-95) 10
Switzerland U16: Alessandro Verga 12, Arnaud Cotture 11, Mathias Tolusso 10, Randon Gruninger 10



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  TAIWAN   


Day 2: Philippines silence clueless Taiwan - by Chris Wang
If this tournament is the Asian Championship, Taiwan is in deep trouble. Fortunately, it's not.

The Philippines outplayed host Taiwan on both ends of the court from start to finish, scoring a 90-78 convincing victory on Taiwan's home turf behind support of hundreds of passionate Filipino fans -- as usual -- Sunday night.

Taiwan's closest neighbor to the south is now tied 2-0 with Jordan and Korea after two days.

With starting center Tseng Wen-ting committing two quick fouls in the first quarter and Wu Tai-hao sitting out the game due to injury, Taiwan had no answer against Philippines' twin tower of Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, college: Providence), who had a game-high 23 points and nine rebounds, and agile J.P Aguilar, who had 12 points, and trailed by as many as 20 in the second half.

Douthit and Aguilar were extremely active and effective offensively and defensively. Led by Joseph Casio, Donaldo Hontiveros and Marcio Lassiter, the Philippine backcourt was able to penetrate, kick-out and score against a passive Taiwan defense for almost the entire game.

Philippines NT was also able to execute its half-court sets with efficiency as the big guys set solid picks for wing players and the entire team executed a beautiful inside-outside game.

I don't mean to take anything away from the Philippines, who very much deserved to win this game, but there was one thing to ponder. For the second consecutive game, Taiwan head coach Chou Jun-san put all of his 12 guys on the court before the halftime buzzer and kept substituting players in and out the entire game, even when the team was making a run.

I don't have any proof, but it looked to me that Chou intended to use this tournament as a TRUE warm-up tourney to evaluate players' performance before the more important FIBA Asia Championship next month.

Defensively, Taiwan's backcourt had trouble to keep up with the quicker Philippine guards and the inside players were clueless against taller Douthit and Aguilar. Taiwan's defense failed to contain the Philippines' mid-range game either.

Offensively it's even worse. The team shot a miserable 35 percent. There was no half-court set to speak of. And, at one point, it seemed that no one wanted to shoot.

There is still time for Taiwan to regroup and tune up. Hopefully, Chou and technical adviser Bob Hill are able to make things happen quickly in time for the big prize -- the Asian Championship in Wuhan, China.

Philippines 90-78 Taiwan (Half 49-36)
PHI: M. Douthit 23+9, A.P. Aguilar 12, J. Casio 10, C. Lutz 9, D. Hontiveros 9
TWN: Chen Hsin-an 17, Tseng Wen-ting 14+8, Lin Chih-chieh 13

Jordan 93-63 Malaysia
JOR: Z.A. Abbas 21+7, O. Daghles 17+4a+5s
MY: Li Wei Chee 13, Shee Fai Loh 12

Korea 102-54 UAE
Oh Se-keun 16, Lee Jung-suk 13, Moon Tae-jong 12, Kang Byung-hyun 12
UAE: Q. Omar 11+8, K. Salem 10+8

Iran 77-58 Japan
IRN: J. Davari 12, O. Sahakian 10+9, M. Kamrani 10, A. Kardoust 10
JPN: Keijuro Matsui 11, Sean Hinkley 2+10

Standings:
Jordan 2-0
Korea 2-0
Philippines 2-0
Taiwan 1-1
Iran 1-1
Japan 0-2
Malaysia 0-2
UAE 0-2



William Jones Cup. Philippines prevail against Taiwan - by Eurobasket News
Philippines - Taiwan 90:78

Philippines posted the second win in a row at William Jones Cup. They outlasted Taiwan for 2-0 record on top of the ladder. Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, college: Providence) scored 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Taiwan fell at 1-1 record after the defeat.
Philippines jumped to an early lead. They ended the opening quarter leading by four points 21:17. Philippines shifted the gear in the second term. The visitors erupted for 28 points to establish a 49:36 halftime advantage. Taiwan tried hard but could not change the complexion of the game in the third term. Philippines stayed in charge building a 14-point cushion with one quarter remaining. Taiwan cut the deficit in the fourth term but could not threaten Philippines as they drove to the victory at the end. Japeth Aguilar (208-C-85, college: W.Kentucky) notched 12 points, while Joseph Casio (177-PG-86) added 10 points in the win. Chen Hsin-An (196-G/F-80) responded with 17 points for Taiwan. Wen-Ting Tseng (202-C/F-84) provided 14 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Philippines: Marcus Douthit 23, Japeth Aguilar 12, Joseph Casio 10
Taiwan: Chen Hsin-An 17, Wen-Ting Tseng 14



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  TURKEY   


U16: Turkey dismantle Germany to clinch 7th place - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U16 - Germany U16 66:41

Turkey finished U16 European Championship campaign with victory. They toppled Germany to claim the 7th overall position in the ladder. Metecan Birsen (203-F/G-95) stepped up with 12 points to lead the effort.
The teams stayed close in the opening period. Germany posted a 12:11 lead after ten minutes. The lead changed hands early in the second term but Turkey capped the period with 8 points in a row to establish a 31:25 lead. Turkey went on a 7:0 run midway through the third frame to pile up a 38:26 advantage. They entered the final frame up by 16 points 46:30. Adnan Mustafa (188-G-95) gave Turkey a 20-point cushion at the start of the fourth term and they never looked back en route to the victory. Adnan Mustafa nailed 11 points for the winners. Ismet Akpinar (188-PG-95) responded with 12 points for Germany. Niklas Ney (205-C-95) delivered 7 points in defeat.

Turkey U16: Metecan Birsen 12, Adnan Mustafa 11, Cedi Osman (195-PG-95) 9
Germany U16: Ismet Akpinar 12, Niklas Ney 7



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


U17 Mexico eliminates U17 US Virgin Islands in thriller, 59-58 - by Eurobasket News
U17 MEXICO - U17 U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS 59-58

Mexico grabbed 59-58 thriller win against the US Virgin Islands in the Semifinals of U17 CentroBasket in Gurabo. It means that Mexico advanced to the Big Final, where they will meet Puerto Rico. US Virgin Islands will play for the Bronze against Bahamas. Jose Estrada (94) was a key player for the winners. He spent almost the entire game on the court collecting 20 points and 9 rebounds. Miguel Ramirez (94) had 17 points and 7 rebounds, while Jose Luis Aguilera (94) added 17 pts and 7 rebs. In defeat, Khalid Hart (95) collected 14 points and 9 assists. Kareem Harris (94) also scored 9 pts in this meeting. Quarters: 20-20, 12-14, 9-14, 18-10. Sunday is the last day of the competition in Gurabo.

Mexico: Jose Estrada 20+9 boards, Miguel Ramirez 17+7 boards, Jose Luis Aguilera 17+7 boards
US Virgin Islands: Khalid Hart 14+9 as, Kareem Harris 9


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  UKRAINE   


Belarus beat Ukraine University National Team in Kyiv - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine University NT - Belarus 84:93

Belarus played another friendly game in Kyiv. They overcame Ukraine University National Team. Pavel Ulyanko (204-F/C-79) and Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-G-80) stepped up with 17 points each to pace the winners.
Ukraine led by three points ten minutes into the encounter 25:22. But Belarus adjusted and cut the deficit to just a single point at halftime 42:41. The visitors stepped on the gas in the third quarter. They fired 27 points to leave Ukraine behind. Belarus entered the final frame up by 11 points and never looked back en route to the win. Dzianis Korshuk (201-F-78, agency: Agency No 10) delivered 13 points in the victory. Igor Zaitsev (211-F/C-89) responded with 18 points for Ukraine. Stanislav Tymofeyenko (204-F-89) netted 16 points, while Ruslan Otverchenko (192-G/F-90) finished with 15 points in defeat.

Ukraine University NT: Igor Zaitsev 18, Stanislav Tymofeyenko 16, Ruslan Otverchenko 15
Belarus: Pavel Ulyanko 17, Aliaksandr Kudrautsau 17, Dzianis Korshuk 13



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  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   


William Jones Cup. South Korea bruise UAE for second straight win - by Eurobasket News
South Korea - UAE 102:54

South Korea registered the second consecutive win at the William Jones Cup. They fired past UAE to improve at 2-0 record. Five players scored in double figures for South Korea. Oh Sek-Eun (201-C-87) came up with 16 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge.
South Korea gave little chance for UAE. The Korean team posted a 28:10 lead after opening ten minutes. South Korea maintained the pressure throughout the second frame. They piled up a 54:17 halftime lead. South Korea boosted the gap to 45 points with one quarter remaining and strolled to the victory at the end. Lee Jung-Suk (184-G-82) notched 13 points for South Korea. Stevenson Cameron (200-F-75, agency: Alti Sport, college: Richmond) and Kang Byung-Hyun (193-G/F-85) added 12 points apiece in the victory. Qais Omar (195-C-91) responded with 11 points for UAE. Khalifa Salem (175-G-91) netted 10 points and pulled down 8 rebounds in the loss.

South Korea: Oh Sek-Eun 16, Lee Jung-Suk 13, Stevenson Cameron 12, Kang Byung-Hyun 12
UAE: Qais Omar 11, Khalifa Salem 10



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Slovenia U16 triumph in Strumica - by Eurobasket News
England U16-Slovenia U16 73:82

Slovenia U16 triumph in Strumica at the European Championship in Division B. The Slovenian team easily rolled over England
Earlier on August 4th England stayed undefeated at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They registered the second consecutive win in Qualifying Samuel Round (G-95) Group E. England outscored Slovenia to improve at 3-0 record. Dwayne Orija and Morayoninuoluwa Soluade (194-G-95) led balanced effort with 11 points each.
Slovenia started with 24:17 in the first period and never looked behind. The team proved their superiority and revenged for the loss in few days ago. Slovenia added 24-19 in the second period for 43:31 at the halftime. Slovenia won the third quarter 24-15 in the third period as the board showed 67:46 after three quarters. Luka Kokol (191-G-95) brought 71:48 and Okoroh made a dunk for 73:50. Samuel Round nailed three to reduce the gap to 73:53, while Morayoninuoluwa Soluade scored for 75:55. Luke Nelson (185-PG-95) reduced to 78:58 and he scored another three-pointer for 78:64 with 5 minutes to go. Morayoninuoluwa Soluade cut it to 78:70, but Matic Rebec (179-PG-95) made two free throws for the final success.
Matic Rebec and Jure Ritlop (202-F-95) led the way with 19 points each for the triumph in the tournament. Aleksej Nikolic (185-PG-95) nailed 15, while Luka Kokol netted 10. Luke Nelson answered with 23 points in the losing effort, while Samuel Round posted 15 and Morayoninuoluwa Soluade added 13.

England U16: Luke Nelson 23, Samuel Round 15, Morayoninuoluwa Soluade 13
Slovenia U16: Matic Rebec 19, Jure Ritlop 19, Aleksej Nikolic 15, Luka Kokol 10



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  VENEZUELA   


Hector Romero starts working his way back into shape - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan SF-PF Hector Romero (202-F/C-80, college: New Orleans) was cleared by the doctors to start working his way back into shape to earn a spot in Venezuela's Senior NT roster, heading towards the 2011 FIBA Americas Olympic Qualy, to be played in Mar del Plata, Argentina, from August 30th till September 11th.

Romero, a 31 year-old star who had surgery on his left knee a few weeks ago, after suffering an injury earlier this year while he was playing in Puerto Rico for the BSN's Indios de Mayaguez, is slowly starting to stretch and walk while his teammates complete two work outs a day under command of former NBA coach Eric Musselman and assistant coaches Brad Greenberg , Henry Paruta , Daniel Centeno and Daniel Seoane .

According to the FVB's doctor, Juan Letizia, Romero is ahead of his initial recovery process and could be in full shape to complete a full practice in two more weeks, probably once the team is in Argentina preparing for the tournament.



Rafael Perez won't play for Venezuela in the FIBA Americas Olympic Qualy - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan SG Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82) excused himself from the Venezuelan Senior National Team for the upcoming FIBA Americas Olympic Qualy Tournament, citing personal matters that forced him to stay in Puerto Rico and won't allow him to come back to the country and join the training sessions led by former NBA coach Eric Musselman at Jose Maria Vargas Dome of La Guaira.

Perez had asked additional days to be absent and solve the undescribed issues in Puerto Rico, where he developed his college career and began his pro career at Baloncesto Superior Nacional (BSN), thanks to his double nationality. However, as the days passed, he kept postponing his trip back to Venezuela up until he decided to contact the Venezuelan Basketball Federation (FVB) to confirm that he can't come back in time.

Perez thanked the FVB for their comprenhensive approach regarding this matters and the current general management of Venezuela's Senior NT for understanding his problems. He also apologized to both and to the fans all around the country for not being able to play for his NT this time.

The situation leaves former NBA SF Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76) as the only player that hasn't come to practice. He's asked for more days off since he had arranged personal compromises long before the NT's work schedule was released, including a trip overseas.




Venezuelans Abroad - Vargas and Lugo unlucky in Dominican Republic - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan players Gregory Vargas (182-PG-86) and Edgar Lugo (189-G-82) could not avoid Reales de La Vega's third defeat in the regular season of Dominican Republic's Liga Nacional de Baloncesto (LNB), as they were defeated by Metros de Santiago, 74-68.

Vargas played 29 minutes and finished up with 6 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals. He also had 3 turnovers and had a rough outing regarding field-percentage, as he missed all of his 4 three-point attempts and went 3 of 7 from the two-point stance.

Meanwhile, Lugo came off the bench to play 14 minutes and he finished up with 8 points, a rebound and 4 fouls. He went 2 for 4 from the three-point line and 1 for 4 from the two-point range.

Santiago's top scorers were Courtney Fells (198-F/G-86) with 16 points, former NBA player Lee Nailon (204-F/C-75) with 14 and 8 rebounds, Alejandro Salas Flores (202-F-81) with 12 and Jake Voskuhl (211-C-77) with 11 and 9 rebounds.

For Reales, Juan Coronado (196-G-83) finished up with 13, Kirk Snyder (198-F-83) with 12 and Larry Turner (210-F/C-82) with 10.


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  WILLIAM JONES CUP   


Day 2 in New Taipei City - by Eurobasket News
Jordan - Malaysia 93:63
Jordan recorded the second straight win at the William Jones Cup. They thumped Malaysia to remain undefeated. Abbas Zaid (203-F-83) scored 21 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 4 assists to lead the winners. Malaysia fell at 0-2 record after the defeat.
Jordan fired 24 points in the opening quarter to secure a 6-point buffer at the first break. They maintained the lead throughout the second term. Moreover Jordan piled up a 45:31 halftime advantage. Jordan erupted for 28 points in the third stanza as the margin grew at 22-point mark with one quarter remaining. Jordan did not slow down in the final frame rolling to a comfortable win at the end. Osama Daghles (198-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) had 17 points, while Rasheim Wright (194-G-81, college: District of Col.) added 15 points for Jordan. Li Wei Chee (186-F-85) responded with 13 points for Malaysia. Shee Fai Loh (192-G-89) netted 12 points in defeat.

Jordan: Abbas Zaid 21, Osama Daghles 17, Rasheim Wright 15
Malaysia: Li Wei Chee 13, Shee Fai Loh 12

South Korea - UAE 102:54
South Korea registered the second consecutive win at the William Jones Cup. They fired past UAE to improve at 2-0 record. Five players scored in double figures for South Korea. Oh Sek-Eun (201-C-87) came up with 16 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge.
South Korea gave little chance for UAE. The Korean team posted a 28:10 lead after opening ten minutes. South Korea maintained the pressure throughout the second frame. They piled up a 54:17 halftime lead. South Korea boosted the gap to 45 points with one quarter remaining and strolled to the victory at the end. Lee Jung-Suk (184-G-82) notched 13 points for South Korea. Stevenson Cameron (200-F-75, agency: Alti Sport, college: Richmond) and Kang Byung-Hyun (193-G/F-85) added 12 points apiece in the victory. Qais Omar (195-C-91) responded with 11 points for UAE. Khalifa Salem (175-G-91) netted 10 points and pulled down 8 rebounds in the loss.

South Korea: Oh Sek-Eun 16, Lee Jung-Suk 13, Stevenson Cameron 12, Kang Byung-Hyun 12
UAE: Qais Omar 11, Khalifa Salem 10

Iran - Japan 77:58
Iran celebrated the first win at the William Jones Cup in Taiwan. They overcame Japan for 1-1 record. Javad Davari (185-G-83) scored 12 points to lead balanced effort from the winners. Japan fell at 0-2 record at the tournament.
Iran started the game aggressively. They limited Japan to 13 points in the opening frame to build a 9-point lead 22:13. Iran continued to dominate defensively. They limited Japan to only 8 points in the second term posting a 37:21 halftime lead. Japan increased the tempo in the third term but Iran easily matched the effort. Veselin Matic team unloaded 30 points in the period to enter the final period up by 22 points. Japan managed to outscore Iran in the fourth frame but never threatened the margin. Oshin Sahakian (201-F-86, agency: Agency No 10), Mahdi Kamrani (186-G-82) and Asghar Kardoust (212-C-86) delivered 10 points each in the victory. Keijuro Matsui (188-G-85, college: Columbia) responded with 11 points for Japan. Fumio Nishimura (177-G-86) added 8 points in the loss.

Iran: Javad Davari 12, Oshin Sahakian 10, Mahdi Kamrani 10, Asghar Kardoust 10
Japan: Keijuro Matsui 11, Fumio Nishimura 8

Philippines - Taiwan 90:78
Philippines posted the second win in a row at William Jones Cup. They outlasted Taiwan for 2-0 record on top of the ladder. Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, college: Providence) scored 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Taiwan fell at 1-1 record after the defeat.
Philippines jumped to an early lead. They ended the opening quarter leading by four points 21:17. Philippines shifted the gear in the second term. The visitors erupted for 28 points to establish a 49:36 halftime advantage. Taiwan tried hard but could not change the complexion of the game in the third term. Philippines stayed in charge building a 14-point cushion with one quarter remaining. Taiwan cut the deficit in the fourth term but could not threaten Philippines as they drove to the victory at the end. Japeth Aguilar (208-C-85, college: W.Kentucky) notched 12 points, while Joseph Casio (177-PG-86) added 10 points in the win. Chen Hsin-An (196-G/F-80) responded with 17 points for Taiwan. Wen-Ting Tseng (202-C/F-84) provided 14 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Philippines: Marcus Douthit 23, Japeth Aguilar 12, Joseph Casio 10
Taiwan: Chen Hsin-An 17, Wen-Ting Tseng 14



Day 2: Philippines silence clueless Taiwan - by Chris Wang
If this tournament is the Asian Championship, Taiwan is in deep trouble. Fortunately, it's not.

The Philippines outplayed host Taiwan on both ends of the court from start to finish, scoring a 90-78 convincing victory on Taiwan's home turf behind support of hundreds of passionate Filipino fans -- as usual -- Sunday night.

Taiwan's closest neighbor to the south is now tied 2-0 with Jordan and Korea after two days.

With starting center Tseng Wen-ting committing two quick fouls in the first quarter and Wu Tai-hao sitting out the game due to injury, Taiwan had no answer against Philippines' twin tower of Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, college: Providence), who had a game-high 23 points and nine rebounds, and agile J.P Aguilar, who had 12 points, and trailed by as many as 20 in the second half.

Douthit and Aguilar were extremely active and effective offensively and defensively. Led by Joseph Casio, Donaldo Hontiveros and Marcio Lassiter, the Philippine backcourt was able to penetrate, kick-out and score against a passive Taiwan defense for almost the entire game.

Philippines NT was also able to execute its half-court sets with efficiency as the big guys set solid picks for wing players and the entire team executed a beautiful inside-outside game.

I don't mean to take anything away from the Philippines, who very much deserved to win this game, but there was one thing to ponder. For the second consecutive game, Taiwan head coach Chou Jun-san put all of his 12 guys on the court before the halftime buzzer and kept substituting players in and out the entire game, even when the team was making a run.

I don't have any proof, but it looked to me that Chou intended to use this tournament as a TRUE warm-up tourney to evaluate players' performance before the more important FIBA Asia Championship next month.

Defensively, Taiwan's backcourt had trouble to keep up with the quicker Philippine guards and the inside players were clueless against taller Douthit and Aguilar. Taiwan's defense failed to contain the Philippines' mid-range game either.

Offensively it's even worse. The team shot a miserable 35 percent. There was no half-court set to speak of. And, at one point, it seemed that no one wanted to shoot.

There is still time for Taiwan to regroup and tune up. Hopefully, Chou and technical adviser Bob Hill are able to make things happen quickly in time for the big prize -- the Asian Championship in Wuhan, China.

Philippines 90-78 Taiwan (Half 49-36)
PHI: M. Douthit 23+9, A.P. Aguilar 12, J. Casio 10, C. Lutz 9, D. Hontiveros 9
TWN: Chen Hsin-an 17, Tseng Wen-ting 14+8, Lin Chih-chieh 13

Jordan 93-63 Malaysia
JOR: Z.A. Abbas 21+7, O. Daghles 17+4a+5s
MY: Li Wei Chee 13, Shee Fai Loh 12

Korea 102-54 UAE
Oh Se-keun 16, Lee Jung-suk 13, Moon Tae-jong 12, Kang Byung-hyun 12
UAE: Q. Omar 11+8, K. Salem 10+8

Iran 77-58 Japan
IRN: J. Davari 12, O. Sahakian 10+9, M. Kamrani 10, A. Kardoust 10
JPN: Keijuro Matsui 11, Sean Hinkley 2+10

Standings:
Jordan 2-0
Korea 2-0
Philippines 2-0
Taiwan 1-1
Iran 1-1
Japan 0-2
Malaysia 0-2
UAE 0-2



Standings
Standings
1. Jordan2-0
2. S.Korea2-0
3. Philippine.2-0
4. Taiwan1-1
5. Iran1-1
6. S.Africa0-0
7. United Ara.0-2
8. Malaysia0-2
9. Japan0-2




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Women News

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  AUSTRIA - Women  


U18 Latvia too much for U18 Austria, 89-71 - by Eurobasket News
U18 AUSTRIA - U18 LATVIA 71-89

Latvia registered second win at the U18 EuroBasket Division B in Miskolc. They outplayed Austria 89-71 ending as No.2 of Group D with 2-1 record. Of course, Latvia advanced to Qualifying Round at this event. They will be placed to Group F. Austria on the other side finished this phase with 0-3. They will be moved to Classification Round. Paila Tomsone (192-C-94) led the winners with 16 points and 5 rebounds, Guna Lagzdina (187-C-93) had 15 points and 9 rebs, while Linda Vilde (180-F-93) added 13 pts and 5 rebs. In the loosing squad, Julia Pocksteiner (177-G-93) was better than the others with 15 points. Their second scorer was Victoria Donev (189-C-93) with 14 points. Quarters: 17-21, 25-21, 18-23, 11-24. All teams will have a day-off now.

Austria: Julia Pocksteiner 15, Victoria Donev 14
Latvia: Paila Tomsone 16+5 boards, Guna Lagzdina 15+9 boards, Linda Vilde 13+5 boards


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  BAHAMAS - Women  


Dominican Republic jumps to 2-1 in Nassau - by Eurobasket News
BAHAMAS - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 54-73

Dominican Republic registered their second victory at the CBC Championship 2011. They handed 73-54 loss to home squad jumping to 2-1 record. Bahamas dropped to 1-3 after this meeting. Andreina Paniagua (183-F-78) stepped up for the winners with 19 points. Carmen Guzman (175-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: UAB) had 15 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists, while Sugeiry Monsac (186-F/C-81) added 12 pts, plus 7 rebs. In defeat, Philicia Kelly (90) had 21 points and 8 rebounds. Anastacia Sands-Moultrie (C-77) stopped to 8 pts and 5 rebs. Quarters: 8-13, 14-20, 19-12, 13-28. Today, Dominican Republic will meet Trinidad and Tobago. Bahamas will take on unbeaten Cuba.

Bahamas: Philicia Kelly 21+8 boards, Anastacia Sands-Moultrie 8+5 boards
Dominican Republic: Andreina Paniagua 19, Carmen Guzman 15+6 boards+9 as, Sugeiry Monsac 12+7 boards


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  BELARUS - Women  


U18 Belarus ends Preliminary Round in Miskolc with perfect score - by Eurobasket News
U18 UNITED KINGDOM - U18 BELARUS 49-67

Belarus finished Preliminary Round in Miskolc with perfect 3-0. They outplayed United Kingdom 67-49 yesterday winning the Group A. Of course, Belarus advanced to the next stage and they will be placed to Qualifying Group E. On the other side, UK finished first phase winless. They will move to Classification Round (Group G). Hanna Kalenta (187-C-94) led Belarus with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Maryna Ivashchanka (190-C-93) had 14 points and 9 rebs, wile Ksenija Voishal (179-F-94) added 11 pts to this victory. In defeat, Rosie Hynes (172-PG-93) delivered 15 points. Melita Emanuel (173-PG-94) was their second scorer with 11 points (7 rebs). Quarters: 12-23, 16-15, 12-17, 9-12. Championship continues on Monday.

United Kingdom: Rosie Hynes 15, Melita Emanuel 11+7 boards
Belarus: Hanna Kalenta 19+7 boards, Maryna Ivashchanka 14+9 boards, Ksenija Voishal 11


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  BELGIUM - Women  


U18 Belgium beats U18 Serbia 60-41 for the first place in Group C - by Eurobasket News
U18 SERBIA - U18 BELGIUM 41-60

Both teams were perfect before this meeting. Belgium handed 60-41 loss to Serbia winning the Preliminary Group C with 3-0. Serbia dropped to the second place with 2-1. Both teams advanced to the next stage and they will be placed to Qualifying Group F. There will be four more teams, including Italy. Julie Vanloo (172-PG-93) led the scorers in victory with 12 points. However, her valuation was just 1. Emma Meesseman (192-C-93) shined with 10 points and 15 rebounds. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 24. In Serbia, Emese Vida (188-F/C-93) top-scored with 9 points (6 rebs) Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) had 6 points and 5 rebs. Quarters: 5-7, 10-16, 10-23, 16-14. Championship continues on Monday.

Serbia: Emese Vida 9+6 boards, Ivana Brajkovic 6+5 boards
Belgium: Julie Vanloo 12, Emma Meesseman 10+15 boards


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  BULGARIA - Women  


U18 Germany wins second place in Group A in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News
U18 BULGARIA - U18 GERMANY 59-65

Both teams had 1-1 record before this meeting and already booked a spot for the Qualifying Round. Germany celebrated 65-59 win in this meeting to take the second place in Group A. Bulgaria dropped to position No.3. Both countries will be transferred to Qualifying Group E now. There will be four more teams, including the winner of Group A - Belarus. Kristin Annawald (186-F-94) shined for the winners with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) also scored 15 points, while Sophie Eder (178-F-93) added 10 pts. In the loosing squad, Iva Kostova (172-F-94) was better than the others with 16 points. Nadezhda Spasova (189-F-93) stopped to 10. Quarters: 17-16, 12-14, 11-13, 19-22. Championship continues on Monday.

Bulgaria: Iva Kostova 16, Nadezhda Spasova 10
Germany: Kristin Annawald 15+10 boards, Laura Hebecker 15, Sophie Eder 10


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  CBC CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Day Four in Nassau - by Eurobasket News
Cuba - Saint Vincent 97-37
Nothing new in Nassau as Cuba registered their fourth straight win. They blasted Saint Vincent 97-37 for perfect 4-0 record at the CBC Championship 2011. On the other side, Saint Vincent stays winless after four appearances. Leidys Oquendo (180-F-82) and Taimy Fernandez (183-F-82) scored 16 points reach for Cuba. They grabbed 7 and 6 rebounds respectively. Oyanaisy Gelis (172-G-83) helped with 12 points and 7 assists. In defeat, Nathifa Weekes (170-G-85) was better than the others with 15 points. Their second scorer was Vasha Adams (83) with 8 points (8 rebs). Quarters: 26-7, 23-9, 19-9, 29-12. In Day Five, Cuba will meet the host Bahamas. Saint Vincent will play against the US Virgin Islands.

Trinidad and Tobago - U.S. Virgin Islands 76-68
Third victory for Trinidad and Tobago in Nassau. They outplayed US Virgin Islands yesterday 76-68 for 3-1 record at the CBC Championship 2011. US Virgin Islands dropped to 1-2. Jowan Ortega (173-G-85, college: UMKC) shined for the winners with 20 points. Chenell Harris (89) had 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Melissa Guerrero (180-G-83) added 13 pts, plus 7 rebs. In the loosing squad, Natalie Day (182-G/F-90) was way better than the others with 29 points and 9 rebounds. She reached valuation 35. Second scorer in loss was Yanique Javois (176-G-85, college: St.Louis) with 13 pts. Quarters: 15-15, 27-15, 11-15, 23-23. Today, Trinidad and Tobago will meet Dominican Republic. US Virgin Islands will play against winless Saint Vincent.

Bahamas - Dominican Republic 54-73
Dominican Republic registered their second victory at the CBC Championship 2011. They handed 73-54 loss to home squad jumping to 2-1 record. Bahamas dropped to 1-3 after this meeting. Andreina Paniagua (183-F-78) stepped up for the winners with 19 points. Carmen Guzman (175-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: UAB) had 15 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists, while Sugeiry Monsac (186-F/C-81) added 12 pts, plus 7 rebs. In defeat, Philicia Kelly (90) had 21 points and 8 rebounds. Anastacia Sands-Moultrie (C-77) stopped to 8 pts and 5 rebs. Quarters: 8-13, 14-20, 19-12, 13-28. Today, Dominican Republic will meet Trinidad and Tobago. Bahamas will take on unbeaten Cuba.


Standings (Women)
Standings
1. Cuba4-0
2. Trinid/T.3-1
3. Dominican R.2-1
4. US Virg.Isl1-2
5. Bahamas1-3
6. Saint Vinc.0-4


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  CROATIA - Women  


U18 Croatia smashes U18 Switzerland 87-22 - by Eurobasket News
U18 SWITZERLAND - U18 CROATIA 22-87

Another wonderful performance by Croatia in Miskolc. This time Croatia destroyed Switzerland 87-22 to end Preliminary Round with perfect 3-0. Of course, Croatia is the winner of Group B and they advanced to the next stage. Croatia will be placed to Qualifying Group E now. Switzerland ended this phase with 0-3. They will continue in Classification Round. Ana Marija Begic (190-C-94) shined for the winners with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Iva Cigic (174-PG-94) (5 rebs) and Ruzica Dzankic (180-F/G-94) helped with 15 points each. In defeat, Giulia Simioni (169-G-93) delivered 9 points. Geraldine Mentha (183-F-94) had 6 points and 5 rebs. Quarters: 8-28, 9-21, 3-25, 2-13. Championship continues on Monday.

Switzerland: Giulia Simioni 9, Geraldine Mentha 6+5 boards
Croatia: Ana Marija Begic 24+10 boards, Iva Cigic 15+5 boards, Ruzica Dzankic 15


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  CUBA - Women  


Cuba extends winning streak to four - by Eurobasket News
CUBA - SAINT VINCENT 97-37

Nothing new in Nassau as Cuba registered their fourth straight win. They blasted Saint Vincent 97-37 for perfect 4-0 record at the CBC Championship 2011. On the other side, Saint Vincent stays winless after four appearances. Leidys Oquendo (180-F-82) and Taimy Fernandez (183-F-82) scored 16 points reach for Cuba. They grabbed 7 and 6 rebounds respectively. Oyanaisy Gelis (172-G-83) helped with 12 points and 7 assists. In defeat, Nathifa Weekes (170-G-85) was better than the others with 15 points. Their second scorer was Vasha Adams (83) with 8 points (8 rebs). Quarters: 26-7, 23-9, 19-9, 29-12. In Day Five, Cuba will meet the host Bahamas. Saint Vincent will play against the US Virgin Islands.

Cuba: Leidys Oquendo 16+7 boards, Taimy Fernandez 16+6 boards, Oyanaisy Gelis 12+7 as
Saint Vincent: Nathifa Weekes 15, Vasha Adams 8+8 boards


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


U18 Czech Republic advances to Qualifying Round in Oradea - by Eurobasket News
U18 SLOVAKIA - U18 CZECH REPUBLIC 68-77

Czech Republic made it in do-or-die game against Slovakia. Czech Republic celebrated 77-68 win to take third place in Group D. Thanks to this victory Czechs advanced to the next stage of U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. They will move to Qualifying Group F. On the other side, Slovakia ended first phase with poor 0-3. They head to Group G where they will try to survive in Division A. Tereza Vyoralova (176-PG-94) came up with 19 points and 8 rebounds in victory. Monika Satoranska (183-F/C-93) and Michaela Vojtkova (177-F-93) added 16 and 15 points respectively. Each of them had 6 rebounds in this meeting. Slovakia got 15 points from Angelika Slamova (173-G-94). Barbora Balintova (173-PG-94) had 13 pts and 5 rebs, while Michaela Rakova (185-F-94) added 12 points and 8 boards. Quarters: 11-20, 20-18, 18-24, 19-15. Championship continues on Monday.

Slovakia: Angelika Slamova 15, Barbora Balintova 13+5 boards, Michaela Rakova 12+8 boards
Czech Republic: Tereza Vyoralova 19+8 boards, Monika Satoranska 16+6 boards, Michaela Vojtkova 15+6 boards


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  DENMARK - Women  


Anna Seilund lifts U18 Denmark to crucial win against U18 Luxembourg, 88-69 - by Eurobasket News
U18 LUXEMBOURG - U18 DENMARK 69-88

It was a do-of-die game for both teams. They entered to this meeting with 0-2 record. Denmark made it against Luxembourg 88-69 taking third place in Preliminary Group C. Thanks to this victory Denmark advanced to the next stage and will be transferred to Group F. On the other side, Luxembourg ended as the last ranked team of Group C. They will move to Classification Round. Anna Seilund (172-PG-93) exploded in victory with 30 points and 6 rebounds. Emilie Klint (170-F-93) had 12 points and 8 rebs, while Marie Blyme (175-F-93) added 11 pts and 5 rebs. In defeat, Lena Hetto (184-F-93) shined with 17 points and 6 rebs. Nadia Marcus (173-G-93) had 13 pts and 7 boards, while Lynn Kauffmann (174-PG-94) added 11 pts. Quarters: 26-29, 10-16, 7-12, 26-31. Championship continues on Monday.

Luxembourg: Lena Hetto 17+6 boards, Nadia Marcus 13+7 boards, Lynn Kauffmann 11
Denmark: Anna Seilund 30+6 boards, Emilie Klint 12+8 boards, Marie Blyme 11+5 boards


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Women  


Dominican Republic jumps to 2-1 in Nassau - by Eurobasket News
BAHAMAS - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 54-73

Dominican Republic registered their second victory at the CBC Championship 2011. They handed 73-54 loss to home squad jumping to 2-1 record. Bahamas dropped to 1-3 after this meeting. Andreina Paniagua (183-F-78) stepped up for the winners with 19 points. Carmen Guzman (175-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: UAB) had 15 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists, while Sugeiry Monsac (186-F/C-81) added 12 pts, plus 7 rebs. In defeat, Philicia Kelly (90) had 21 points and 8 rebounds. Anastacia Sands-Moultrie (C-77) stopped to 8 pts and 5 rebs. Quarters: 8-13, 14-20, 19-12, 13-28. Today, Dominican Republic will meet Trinidad and Tobago. Bahamas will take on unbeaten Cuba.

Bahamas: Philicia Kelly 21+8 boards, Anastacia Sands-Moultrie 8+5 boards
Dominican Republic: Andreina Paniagua 19, Carmen Guzman 15+6 boards+9 as, Sugeiry Monsac 12+7 boards


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18 - Women  


Division A: Preliminary Round is over in Oradea - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Sweden - Russia 82-58
Sweden finished Preliminary Round in Oradea with perfect 3-0 record. They blasted Russia 82-58 to win Group A and of course Sweden advanced to the next stage. Sweden will move to Qualifying Group E, together with five more teams. On the other side, Russia ended first phase winless. They failed to reach the next stage and will be transferred to Group G now. They will fight for the survival in Division A. Amanda Zahui (191-C-93) was the leading player in Sweden with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Alice Nystrom (183-F-93) had 13 points and 7 boards, while Helena Kurt (165-PG-93) added 12 pts. In Russia, Polina Sych (180-G-94) top-scored with 11 points. Mariya Davydova (189-F/C-93) had 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Olesya Sedletskaya (176-F-93) also had 10 pts in this defeat. Quarters: 19-15, 15-20, 29-6, 19-17. Championship continues on Monday.

Romania - Turkey 37-54
Turkey was better than Romania 54-37 in the battle for the second place of Group A in Oradea. Thanks to this win Turkey jumped to 2-1, while Romania dropped to 1-2 record. Both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round. They will be placed to Group E. Olcay Cakir (180-PG-93) shined for the winners with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Ferda Yildiz (182-F-93) and Ilayda Tokmak (170-PG-93) followed her with 8 points each. On the other side, Arina Craciun (194-C-93) was better than the others with 14 points. Oana Baluta (184-C/F-93) stopped to 8 pts and 6 boards in this defeat. Quarters: 13-9, 4-13, 12-15, 8-17. Championship continues on Monday.

Group B
Slovenia - Poland 38-55
First victory for Poland at the U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. Poland defeated Slovenia 38-55 and it was enough for the second place in Preliminary Group B. Slovenia also made 1-2 record, but they finished as third ranked team in this pool. Both countries advanced to the next stage. They will be moved to Qualifying Group E together with four more teams. Karolina Wilk (185-F-93) stepped up for the winners with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Dominika Owczarzak (166-G-94) scored 10 points and grabbed 6 boards, while Dominika Miloszewska (186-C-94) added 9 points and 11 rebs. In the loosing squad, Rebeka Abramovic (170-PG-93) collected 11 points and 7 rebounds. Their second scorer was Alina Gjerkes (177-F-94) with 10 points (7 rebs). Quarters: 6-15, 13-11, 7-11, 12-18. Championship continues on Monday.

Lithuania - Spain 42-94
Spain finished Preliminary Round in Oradea with perfect 3-0 record. In their latest game Spain destroyed Lithuania 94-42 and of course won the Group B. Spain advanced to the next stage and will be placed to Group E. On the other side, Lithuania faced with three straight losses and their failed to reach the Qualifying Round. They will be moved to Group G and will try to avoid relegation from Division A. Yurena Diaz (177-G-93) was the leading scorer in victory with 20 points. Marles Balart (182-F/C-94) had 12 points and 9 rebounds, while Elena De Alfredo (170-F-94) and Maria Gonzalez (178-G/F-93) added 11 points each. In defeat, Milda Sukyte (178-F-93) netted 10 points. Their second scorer was Ieva Kazlauskaite (178-F-94) with 8 pts. Quarters: 4-26, 13-27, 13-20, 12-21. Championship continues on Monday.

Group C
Serbia - Belgium 41-60
Both teams were perfect before this meeting. Belgium handed 60-41 loss to Serbia winning the Preliminary Group C with 3-0. Serbia dropped to the second place with 2-1. Both teams advanced to the next stage and they will be placed to Qualifying Group F. There will be four more teams, including Italy. Julie Vanloo (172-PG-93) led the scorers in victory with 12 points. However, her valuation was just 1. Emma Meesseman (192-C-93) shined with 10 points and 15 rebounds. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 24. In Serbia, Emese Vida (188-F/C-93) top-scored with 9 points (6 rebs) Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) had 6 points and 5 rebs. Quarters: 5-7, 10-16, 10-23, 16-14. Championship continues on Monday.

Ukraine - Italy 55-64
It was a do-or-die game for both teams. Italy made it against Ukraine 64-55 to take third place in Preliminary Group B. It means that Italy advanced to the next stage and they will be placed to Group F. Ukraine ended with 0-3 and failed to reach the Qualifying Round. Ukraine will move to Group G, where they will try to survive in Division A. Alessandra Formica (186-G-93) led the winners with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) had 8 points and 6 boards, while Veronica Dell'Olio (186-F/C-93) added 7 pts and 6 rebs. In defeat, Lyudmyla Naumenko (184-F-93) shined with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93) scored 16 pts in this loss. Quarters: 18-15, 12-22, 13-13, 12-14. Championship continues on Monday.
Group D
Slovakia - Czech Republic 68-77
Czech Republic made it in do-or-die game against Slovakia. Czech Republic celebrated 77-68 win to take third place in Group D. Thanks to this victory Czechs advanced to the next stage of U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. They will move to Qualifying Group F. On the other side, Slovakia ended first phase with poor 0-3. They head to Group G where they will try to survive in Division A. Tereza Vyoralova (176-PG-94) came up with 19 points and 8 rebounds in victory. Monika Satoranska (183-F/C-93) and Michaela Vojtkova (177-F-93) added 16 and 15 points respectively. Each of them had 6 rebounds in this meeting. Slovakia got 15 points from Angelika Slamova (173-G-94). Barbora Balintova (173-PG-94) had 13 pts and 5 rebs, while Michaela Rakova (185-F-94) added 12 points and 8 boards. Quarters: 11-20, 20-18, 18-24, 19-15. Championship continues on Monday.

Holland - France 60-67
Both teams entered to this game with perfect 2-0 record. France managed to stay undefeated in Oradea thanks to 67-60 victory yesterday. It means that France is the winner of Preliminary Group D. Holland dropped to second place, but both teams advanced to the next stage. They will move to Qualifying Group F. There will be four more teams, including Czech Republic. Esther Niamke (164-PG-93) and Margaux Galliou (184-F-93) led the winners with 12 points each. Jodie Cornelie (193-F-93) followed them with 2 points less. In Holland, Gabrielle Van Den Bosch (173-G-93) delivered 19 points. Their second scorer was Loyce Bettonvil (185-F-93) with 18 points (5 rebs). Quarters: 17-16, 3-20, 23-12, 17-19. All teams will have a day-off now.


W-Standings - Group A
Standings
Group A
1. Sweden3-0
2. Turkey2-1
3. Romania1-2
4. Russia0-3
Group B
1. Spain3-0
2. Poland1-2
3. Slovenia1-2
4. Lithuania1-2
Group C
1. Belgium3-0
2. Serbia2-1
3. Italy1-2
4. Ukraine0-3
Group D
1. France3-0
2. Holland2-1
3. Czech Rep.1-2
4. Slovakia0-3


Standings - Division B - by Eurobasket News
Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Belarus3-0
2. Germany2-1
3. Bulgaria1-2
4. U.Kingdom0-3
Group B
1. Croatia3-0
2. Hungary2-1
3. Portugal1-2
4. Switzerlan.0-3
Group C
1. Finland3-0
2. Israel2-1
3. Denmark1-2
4. Luxembourg.0-3
Group D
1. Greece3-0
2. Latvia2-1
3. Norway1-2
4. Austria0-3


Div.A Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Loyce BETTONVIL
  (185-F-93)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Bettonvil, NED16.7 
 2. Meesseman, BEL16.7 
 3. Zahui, SWE16.3 
 4. Vyoralova, CZE15.0 
 5. Chek, UKR14.0 
 6. Abramovic, SLO13.7 
 7. Satoranska, CZE13.3 
 8. Gabrovsek, SLO13.3 
 9. Cakir, TUR13.3 
 10. Ndour, ESP13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  (192-C-93)
  Avg: 12
 1. Meesseman, BEL12.0 
 2. Preskienyte, LTU11.7 
 3. Naumenko, UKR11.3 
 4. Miloszewska, POL11.0 
 5. Oroszova, SVK10.3 
 6. Balart, ESP10.3 
 7. Zahui, SWE9.3 
 8. Ursu, ROM9.0 
 9. Topuzovic, SRB9.0 
 10. Davydova, RUS8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ellen NYSTROM
  (180-G-93)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Nystrom, SWE4.7 
 2. Stanacev, SRB4.0 
 3. Juodeikyte, LTU4.0 
 4. Gabrovsek, SLO3.3 
 5. Bernies, FRA3.3 
 6. Vilaro, ESP3.3 
 7. Ryavkina, RUS3.0 
 8. Topuzovic, SRB3.0 
 9. Vanloo, BEL3.0 
 10. Llobet, ESP2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  (192-C-93)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Meesseman, BEL5.3 
 2. Ursu, ROM4.3 
 3. Diaz, ESP4.0 
 4. Abramovic, SLO4.0 
 5. Kurt, SWE3.0 
 6. Oroszova, SVK3.0 
 7. Vyoralova, CZE3.0 
 8. Fontaine, SWE3.0 
 9. Gabrovsek, SLO3.0 
 10. Llobet, ESP3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Astou NDOUR
  (196-C-94)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ndour, ESP3.0 
 2. Preskienyte, LTU2.3 
 3. Meesseman, BEL2.3 
 4. Cornelie, FRA1.7 
 5. Tikhonenko, RUS1.7 
 6. Naumenko, UKR1.3 
 7. Ruban, UKR1.3 
 8. Salacova, CZE1.3 
 9. Van Der Keij., NED1.0 
 10. Stievenard, FRA1.0 


Div.B Stats Leaders - by Greg
Points Per Game
 Lena HETTO
  (184-F-93)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Hetto, LUX21.7 
 2. Spanou, GRE20.0 
 3. Iiskola, FIN18.7 
 4. Tikvic, CRO18.0 
 5. Kostova, BUL17.7 
 6. Holopainen, FIN17.7 
 7. Szamosi, HUN17.3 
 8. Austgulen, NOR16.3 
 9. Jesus, POR16.0 
 10. Seilund, DEN15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christina GASKIN
  (188-F/C-93)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Gaskin, ENG11.5 
 2. Lagzdina, LAT10.3 
 3. Tikvic, CRO10.0 
 4. Papova, BLR9.0 
 5. Kalenta, BLR9.0 
 6. Spanou, GRE8.7 
 7. Hetto, LUX8.7 
 8. Judit, HUN8.3 
 9. McCarthy, NOR7.7 
 10. Annawald, GER7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Anette JUVONEN
  (170-G-93)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Juvonen, FIN4.3 
 2. Sikiric, CRO3.7 
 3. Szabo, HUN3.3 
 4. Kantara, GRE3.0 
 5. Tikvic, CRO3.0 
 6. Czirjak, HUN2.7 
 7. Levi, ISR2.7 
 8. Almeida, POR2.3 
 9. Kedem, ISR2.3 
 10. Szittya, GER2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Renate REINE
  (176-G-94)
  Avg: 4
 1. Reine, LAT4.0 
 2. Almeida, POR3.7 
 3. Tikvic, CRO3.5 
 4. Szabo, HUN3.0 
 5. Lipinskaya, BLR3.0 
 6. Kostova, BUL3.0 
 7. Angelova, BUL2.7 
 8. Cigic, CRO2.7 
 9. Chatzigiakou., GRE2.3 
 10. Papova, BLR2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivana TIKVIC
  (189-C-94)
  Avg: 3
 1. Tikvic, CRO3.0 
 2. Gaskin, ENG2.5 
 3. Kalenta, BLR2.0 
 4. Fouraki, GRE1.7 
 5. Begic, CRO1.7 
 6. Breivik, NOR1.3 
 7. Ivashchanka, BLR1.3 
 8. Judit, HUN1.3 
 9. Dimitrova, BUL1.0 
 10. Tyutyundzhie., B.1.0 


Division B: Qualifying Round set to start in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News
Group A
United Kingdom - Belarus 49-67
Belarus finished Preliminary Round in Miskolc with perfect 3-0. They outplayed United Kingdom 67-49 yesterday winning the Group A. Of course, Belarus advanced to the next stage and they will be placed to Qualifying Group E. On the other side, UK finished first phase winless. They will move to Classification Round (Group G). Hanna Kalenta (187-C-94) led Belarus with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Maryna Ivashchanka (190-C-93) had 14 points and 9 rebs, wile Ksenija Voishal (179-F-94) added 11 pts to this victory. In defeat, Rosie Hynes (172-PG-93) delivered 15 points. Melita Emanuel (173-PG-94) was their second scorer with 11 points (7 rebs). Quarters: 12-23, 16-15, 12-17, 9-12. Championship continues on Monday.

Bulgaria - Germany 59-65
Both teams had 1-1 record before this meeting and already booked a spot for the Qualifying Round. Germany celebrated 65-59 win in this meeting to take the second place in Group A. Bulgaria dropped to position No.3. Both countries will be transferred to Qualifying Group E now. There will be four more teams, including the winner of Group A - Belarus. Kristin Annawald (186-F-94) shined for the winners with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) also scored 15 points, while Sophie Eder (178-F-93) added 10 pts. In the loosing squad, Iva Kostova (172-F-94) was better than the others with 16 points. Nadezhda Spasova (189-F-93) stopped to 10. Quarters: 17-16, 12-14, 11-13, 19-22. Championship continues on Monday.
Group B
Portugal - Hungary 46-48
It was a decisive game for the second place in Preliminary Group B in Miskolc. Hungary grabbed 48-46 win against Portugal to take this spot. Portugal also advanced to the next stage, but from third place. Both teams will be placed to Qualifying Group E now. There will be four more teams, including Group B winner - Croatia. Fanni Szabo (181-G-94) stepped up for the hosts with 12 points. Dora Koch (175-G-93) was their second scorer with 8 points. In defeat, Joana Jesus (173-G-93) collected 21 points. Jessica Almeida (172-PG-93) followed with 12. Quarters: 19-16, 8-9, 13-9, 6-14. All teams will have a day-off now and championship will continue on Monday.

Switzerland - Croatia 22-87
Another wonderful performance by Croatia in Miskolc. This time Croatia destroyed Switzerland 87-22 to end Preliminary Round with perfect 3-0. Of course, Croatia is the winner of Group B and they advanced to the next stage. Croatia will be placed to Qualifying Group E now. Switzerland ended this phase with 0-3. They will continue in Classification Round. Ana Marija Begic (190-C-94) shined for the winners with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Iva Cigic (174-PG-94) (5 rebs) and Ruzica Dzankic (180-F/G-94) helped with 15 points each. In defeat, Giulia Simioni (169-G-93) delivered 9 points. Geraldine Mentha (183-F-94) had 6 points and 5 rebs. Quarters: 8-28, 9-21, 3-25, 2-13. Championship continues on Monday.

Group C
Luxembourg - Denmark 69-88
It was a do-of-die game for both teams. They entered to this meeting with 0-2 record. Denmark made it against Luxembourg 88-69 taking third place in Preliminary Group C. Thanks to this victory Denmark advanced to the next stage and will be transferred to Group F. On the other side, Luxembourg ended as the last ranked team of Group C. They will move to Classification Round. Anna Seilund (172-PG-93) exploded in victory with 30 points and 6 rebounds. Emilie Klint (170-F-93) had 12 points and 8 rebs, while Marie Blyme (175-F-93) added 11 pts and 5 rebs. In defeat, Lena Hetto (184-F-93) shined with 17 points and 6 rebs. Nadia Marcus (173-G-93) had 13 pts and 7 boards, while Lynn Kauffmann (174-PG-94) added 11 pts. Quarters: 26-29, 10-16, 7-12, 26-31. Championship continues on Monday.

Israel - Finland 49-67
Both teams had perfect 2-0 score before this meeting. Finland managed to extend its winning streak beating Israel 67-49. Thanks to this win Finland won the first place in Preliminary Group C. Israel dropped to second place. Both teams advanced to the next stage and they will be placed to Qualifying Group F. There will be four more teams. Evita Iiskola (182-F-93) led Finland with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Annika Holopainen (186-F/C-93) had 14 points and 6 rebounds, while Anette Juvonen (170-G-93) added 10 pts. In defeat, Keren Mozes (176-F-93) collected 15 points and 12 boards. Nof Kedem (170-G-94) (5 as) and May Dayan (168-PG-94) netted 12 and 10 points respectively. Quarters: 15-18, 9-18, 12-13, 13-18. Championship will continue tomorrow.
Group D
Austria - Latvia 71-89
Latvia registered second win at the U18 EuroBasket Division B in Miskolc. They outplayed Austria 89-71 ending as No.2 of Group D with 2-1 record. Of course, Latvia advanced to Qualifying Round at this event. They will be placed to Group F. Austria on the other side finished this phase with 0-3. They will be moved to Classification Round. Paila Tomsone (192-C-94) led the winners with 16 points and 5 rebounds, Guna Lagzdina (187-C-93) had 15 points and 9 rebs, while Linda Vilde (180-F-93) added 13 pts and 5 rebs. In the loosing squad, Julia Pocksteiner (177-G-93) was better than the others with 15 points. Their second scorer was Victoria Donev (189-C-93) with 14 points. Quarters: 17-21, 25-21, 18-23, 11-24. All teams will have a day-off now.

Greece - Norway 80-43
Greece finished Preliminary Round in Miskolc with perfect 3-0 record. They outplayed Norway 80-43 winning the first place in Group D. Greece will be transferred to Qualifying Group F together with five other teams, including Norway who also advanced. Norway registered only one win so far, but it was enough for the next stage. Artemis Spanou (190-F/C-93) exploded for Greece with 25 points and 13 rebounds. She reached valuation 30. Anastasia Slouka (182-G-93) and Georgia Kantara (176-G-93) helped with 12 points and 8 rebounds each. In defeat, Stine Austgulen (177-G-94) collected 13 points and 5 rebounds. Helene Kongestol (182-F-93) added 7 pts. Quarters: 11-10, 28-8, 20-13, 21-12. Championship continues on Monday.


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  FINLAND - Women  


U18 Finland extends winning streak in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News
U18 ISRAEL - U18 FINLAND 49-67

Both teams had perfect 2-0 score before this meeting. Finland managed to extend its winning streak beating Israel 67-49. Thanks to this win Finland won the first place in Preliminary Group C. Israel dropped to second place. Both teams advanced to the next stage and they will be placed to Qualifying Group F. There will be four more teams. Evita Iiskola (182-F-93) led Finland with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Annika Holopainen (186-F/C-93) had 14 points and 6 rebounds, while Anette Juvonen (170-G-93) added 10 pts. In defeat, Keren Mozes (176-F-93) collected 15 points and 12 boards. Nof Kedem (170-G-94) (5 as) and May Dayan (168-PG-94) netted 12 and 10 points respectively. Quarters: 15-18, 9-18, 12-13, 13-18. Championship will continue tomorrow.

Israel: Keren Mozes 15+12 boards, Nof Kedem 12+5 as, May Dayan 10
Finland: Evita Iiskola 18+9 boards, Annika Holopainen 14+6 boards, Anette Juvonen 10


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  FRANCE - Women  


Zandalasini leads U16 selection over France - by Eurobasket News
Italy U16-France U16 54:40

Italy U16 recovered from the first loss at the Torneo Internazionale in Cagliari and beat France U16 in Day 2. The hosts needed 54:40 to tie both records at 1-1.
France won the first game over Greece and started the game better. They opened the half with 17:9 in the first period. Italy meanwhile limited them to just three points in the second period and grabbed 27:20 lead at the halftime. The home side improved to 10 points at the end of the third frame as the board showed 39:29 after thirty minutes. Another productive last stanza brought 14-point deficit for Italy.
Andrea Zandalasini (191-F/G) stepped up with 16 points for the winners and Kacerik netted 8. Ercoli posted 6, while Marangoni notched 5. Dinga M Bomi and Aby Gaye (195-C-95) ended up with 9 points in the losing effort and Djaldi Tabdi posted 6.
In another game of Day 2 Spain U16 smashed Greece U16 70:34.

Italy U16: Andrea Zandalasini 16, Kacerik 8, Ercoli 6, Marangoni 5
France U16: Dinga M Bomi 9, Aby Gaye 9, Djaldi Tabdi 6



U18 France beats U18 Holland 67-60, wins Group D in Oradea - by Eurobasket News
U18 HOLLAND - U18 FRANCE 60-67

Both teams entered to this game with perfect 2-0 record. France managed to stay undefeated in Oradea thanks to 67-60 victory yesterday. It means that France is the winner of Preliminary Group D. Holland dropped to second place, but both teams advanced to the next stage. They will move to Qualifying Group F. There will be four more teams, including Czech Republic. Esther Niamke (164-PG-93) and Margaux Galliou (184-F-93) led the winners with 12 points each. Jodie Cornelie (193-F-93) followed them with 2 points less. In Holland, Gabrielle Van Den Bosch (173-G-93) delivered 19 points. Their second scorer was Loyce Bettonvil (185-F-93) with 18 points (5 rebs). Quarters: 17-16, 3-20, 23-12, 17-19. All teams will have a day-off now.

Holland: Gabrielle Van Den Bosch 19, Loyce Bettonvil 18+5 boards
France: Esther Niamke 12, Margaux Galliou 12, Jodie Cornelie 10


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  GERMANY - Women  


U18 Germany wins second place in Group A in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News
U18 BULGARIA - U18 GERMANY 59-65

Both teams had 1-1 record before this meeting and already booked a spot for the Qualifying Round. Germany celebrated 65-59 win in this meeting to take the second place in Group A. Bulgaria dropped to position No.3. Both countries will be transferred to Qualifying Group E now. There will be four more teams, including the winner of Group A - Belarus. Kristin Annawald (186-F-94) shined for the winners with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) also scored 15 points, while Sophie Eder (178-F-93) added 10 pts. In the loosing squad, Iva Kostova (172-F-94) was better than the others with 16 points. Nadezhda Spasova (189-F-93) stopped to 10. Quarters: 17-16, 12-14, 11-13, 19-22. Championship continues on Monday.

Bulgaria: Iva Kostova 16, Nadezhda Spasova 10
Germany: Kristin Annawald 15+10 boards, Laura Hebecker 15, Sophie Eder 10


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  GREECE - Women  


U18 Greece wins Group D in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News
U18 GREECE - U18 NORWAY 80-43

Greece finished Preliminary Round in Miskolc with perfect 3-0 record. They outplayed Norway 80-43 winning the first place in Group D. Greece will be transferred to Qualifying Group F together with five other teams, including Norway who also advanced. Norway registered only one win so far, but it was enough for the next stage. Artemis Spanou (190-F/C-93) exploded for Greece with 25 points and 13 rebounds. She reached valuation 30. Anastasia Slouka (182-G-93) and Georgia Kantara (176-G-93) helped with 12 points and 8 rebounds each. In defeat, Stine Austgulen (177-G-94) collected 13 points and 5 rebounds. Helene Kongestol (182-F-93) added 7 pts. Quarters: 11-10, 28-8, 20-13, 21-12. Championship continues on Monday.

Greece: Artemis Spanou 25+13 boards, Anastasia Slouka 12++8 boards, Georgia Kantara 12+8 boards
Norway: Stine Austgulen 13+5 boards, Helene Kongestol 7


Spain U16 celebrated the second straight win at the Torneo Internazionale in Cagliari - by Eurobasket News
Spain U16-Greece U16 70:34

Spain U16 celebrated the second straight win at the Torneo Internazionale in Cagliari. The favorites rolled over Greece U16 70:34 for 2-0 record. Greece meanwhile dropped to 0-2 record.
Spain started the game with 14-5 and reached 35:17 at the halftime. Spain never looked behind and dominated the whole court. They erupted with 19-3 run in the third period and had 55:23 at the end of the quarter. Due to 15-11 in the last stanza Spain finished with 36-point deficit.
In Day 3 Greece will face Italy, while Spain will take on France.
Leticia Romero (173-G-95) top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Esparcia and Arrojo added 8 apiece. Marina Lizarazu (175-G-95) and Christmane Mongomo (95) followed them with 7 points apiece in a win. Stamolamprou finished the game with 8 points in defeat and Eleni Kiratzi (167-G) posted 7.

Spain U16: Leticia Romero 16, Esparcia 8, Arrojo 8, Marina Lizarazu 7, Christmane Mongomo 7
Greece U16: Stamolamprou 8, Eleni Kiratzi 7



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  HOLLAND - Women  


U18 France beats U18 Holland 67-60, wins Group D in Oradea - by Eurobasket News
U18 HOLLAND - U18 FRANCE 60-67

Both teams entered to this game with perfect 2-0 record. France managed to stay undefeated in Oradea thanks to 67-60 victory yesterday. It means that France is the winner of Preliminary Group D. Holland dropped to second place, but both teams advanced to the next stage. They will move to Qualifying Group F. There will be four more teams, including Czech Republic. Esther Niamke (164-PG-93) and Margaux Galliou (184-F-93) led the winners with 12 points each. Jodie Cornelie (193-F-93) followed them with 2 points less. In Holland, Gabrielle Van Den Bosch (173-G-93) delivered 19 points. Their second scorer was Loyce Bettonvil (185-F-93) with 18 points (5 rebs). Quarters: 17-16, 3-20, 23-12, 17-19. All teams will have a day-off now.

Holland: Gabrielle Van Den Bosch 19, Loyce Bettonvil 18+5 boards
France: Esther Niamke 12, Margaux Galliou 12, Jodie Cornelie 10


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  HUNGARY - Women  


U18 Hungary beats U18 Portugal 48-46, both teams advance - by Eurobasket News
U18 PORTUGAL - U18 HUNGARY 46-48

It was a decisive game for the second place in Preliminary Group B in Miskolc. Hungary grabbed 48-46 win against Portugal to take this spot. Portugal also advanced to the next stage, but from third place. Both teams will be placed to Qualifying Group E now. There will be four more teams, including Group B winner - Croatia. Fanni Szabo (181-G-94) stepped up for the hosts with 12 points. Dora Koch (175-G-93) was their second scorer with 8 points. In defeat, Joana Jesus (173-G-93) collected 21 points. Jessica Almeida (172-PG-93) followed with 12. Quarters: 19-16, 8-9, 13-9, 6-14. All teams will have a day-off now and championship will continue on Monday.

Portugal: Joana Jesus 21, Jessica Almeida 12
Hungary: Fanni Szabo 12, Dora Koch 8


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  ISRAEL - Women  


U18 Finland extends winning streak in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News
U18 ISRAEL - U18 FINLAND 49-67

Both teams had perfect 2-0 score before this meeting. Finland managed to extend its winning streak beating Israel 67-49. Thanks to this win Finland won the first place in Preliminary Group C. Israel dropped to second place. Both teams advanced to the next stage and they will be placed to Qualifying Group F. There will be four more teams. Evita Iiskola (182-F-93) led Finland with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Annika Holopainen (186-F/C-93) had 14 points and 6 rebounds, while Anette Juvonen (170-G-93) added 10 pts. In defeat, Keren Mozes (176-F-93) collected 15 points and 12 boards. Nof Kedem (170-G-94) (5 as) and May Dayan (168-PG-94) netted 12 and 10 points respectively. Quarters: 15-18, 9-18, 12-13, 13-18. Championship will continue tomorrow.

Israel: Keren Mozes 15+12 boards, Nof Kedem 12+5 as, May Dayan 10
Finland: Evita Iiskola 18+9 boards, Annika Holopainen 14+6 boards, Anette Juvonen 10


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  ITALY - Women  


U18 Italy hands 64-55 loss to U18 Ukraine in do-or-die game - by Eurobasket News
U18 UKRAINE - U18 ITALY 55-64

It was a do-or-die game for both teams. Italy made it against Ukraine 64-55 to take third place in Preliminary Group B. It means that Italy advanced to the next stage and they will be placed to Group F. Ukraine ended with 0-3 and failed to reach the Qualifying Round. Ukraine will move to Group G, where they will try to survive in Division A. Alessandra Formica (186-G-93) led the winners with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) had 8 points and 6 boards, while Veronica Dell'Olio (186-F/C-93) added 7 pts and 6 rebs. In defeat, Lyudmyla Naumenko (184-F-93) shined with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93) scored 16 pts in this loss. Quarters: 18-15, 12-22, 13-13, 12-14. Championship continues on Monday.

Ukraine: Lyudmyla Naumenko 19+11 boards, Oleksandra Chek 16
Italy: Alessandra Formica 16+7 boards, Francesca Dotto 8+6 boards, Veronica Dell'Olio 7+6 boards


Zandalasini leads U16 selection over France - by Eurobasket News
Italy U16-France U16 54:40

Italy U16 recovered from the first loss at the Torneo Internazionale in Cagliari and beat France U16 in Day 2. The hosts needed 54:40 to tie both records at 1-1.
France won the first game over Greece and started the game better. They opened the half with 17:9 in the first period. Italy meanwhile limited them to just three points in the second period and grabbed 27:20 lead at the halftime. The home side improved to 10 points at the end of the third frame as the board showed 39:29 after thirty minutes. Another productive last stanza brought 14-point deficit for Italy.
Andrea Zandalasini (191-F/G) stepped up with 16 points for the winners and Kacerik netted 8. Ercoli posted 6, while Marangoni notched 5. Dinga M Bomi and Aby Gaye (195-C-95) ended up with 9 points in the losing effort and Djaldi Tabdi posted 6.
In another game of Day 2 Spain U16 smashed Greece U16 70:34.

Italy U16: Andrea Zandalasini 16, Kacerik 8, Ercoli 6, Marangoni 5
France U16: Dinga M Bomi 9, Aby Gaye 9, Djaldi Tabdi 6



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  LATVIA - Women  


U18 Latvia too much for U18 Austria, 89-71 - by Eurobasket News
U18 AUSTRIA - U18 LATVIA 71-89

Latvia registered second win at the U18 EuroBasket Division B in Miskolc. They outplayed Austria 89-71 ending as No.2 of Group D with 2-1 record. Of course, Latvia advanced to Qualifying Round at this event. They will be placed to Group F. Austria on the other side finished this phase with 0-3. They will be moved to Classification Round. Paila Tomsone (192-C-94) led the winners with 16 points and 5 rebounds, Guna Lagzdina (187-C-93) had 15 points and 9 rebs, while Linda Vilde (180-F-93) added 13 pts and 5 rebs. In the loosing squad, Julia Pocksteiner (177-G-93) was better than the others with 15 points. Their second scorer was Victoria Donev (189-C-93) with 14 points. Quarters: 17-21, 25-21, 18-23, 11-24. All teams will have a day-off now.

Austria: Julia Pocksteiner 15, Victoria Donev 14
Latvia: Paila Tomsone 16+5 boards, Guna Lagzdina 15+9 boards, Linda Vilde 13+5 boards


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


U18 Spain wins Group B with perfect 3-0 score - by Eurobasket News
U18 LITHUANIA - U18 SPAIN 42-94

Spain finished Preliminary Round in Oradea with perfect 3-0 record. In their latest game Spain destroyed Lithuania 94-42 and of course won the Group B. Spain advanced to the next stage and will be placed to Group E. On the other side, Lithuania faced with three straight losses and their failed to reach the Qualifying Round. They will be moved to Group G and will try to avoid relegation from Division A. Yurena Diaz (177-G-93) was the leading scorer in victory with 20 points. Marles Balart (182-F/C-94) had 12 points and 9 rebounds, while Elena De Alfredo (170-F-94) and Maria Gonzalez (178-G/F-93) added 11 points each. In defeat, Milda Sukyte (178-F-93) netted 10 points. Their second scorer was Ieva Kazlauskaite (178-F-94) with 8 pts. Quarters: 4-26, 13-27, 13-20, 12-21. Championship continues on Monday.

Lithuania: Milda Sukyte 10, Ieva Kazlauskaite 8
Spain: Yurena Diaz 20, Marles Balart 12+9 boards, Elena De Alfredo 11, Maria Gonzalez 11


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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


Anna Seilund lifts U18 Denmark to crucial win against U18 Luxembourg, 88-69 - by Eurobasket News
U18 LUXEMBOURG - U18 DENMARK 69-88

It was a do-of-die game for both teams. They entered to this meeting with 0-2 record. Denmark made it against Luxembourg 88-69 taking third place in Preliminary Group C. Thanks to this victory Denmark advanced to the next stage and will be transferred to Group F. On the other side, Luxembourg ended as the last ranked team of Group C. They will move to Classification Round. Anna Seilund (172-PG-93) exploded in victory with 30 points and 6 rebounds. Emilie Klint (170-F-93) had 12 points and 8 rebs, while Marie Blyme (175-F-93) added 11 pts and 5 rebs. In defeat, Lena Hetto (184-F-93) shined with 17 points and 6 rebs. Nadia Marcus (173-G-93) had 13 pts and 7 boards, while Lynn Kauffmann (174-PG-94) added 11 pts. Quarters: 26-29, 10-16, 7-12, 26-31. Championship continues on Monday.

Luxembourg: Lena Hetto 17+6 boards, Nadia Marcus 13+7 boards, Lynn Kauffmann 11
Denmark: Anna Seilund 30+6 boards, Emilie Klint 12+8 boards, Marie Blyme 11+5 boards


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  NIGERIA - Women  


Zenith Bank WBL: First Deepwater in superb form, humble Rocks 96-38 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
...... As Babalola urge players to keep clean slate

Defending champion of the Zenith Bank Women Basketball League, First Deepwater basketball club on Saturday continue its impressive run in the second phase of the league holding in Akure, Ondo State with a 96-38 points defeat of Plateau Rocks basketball club of Jos in Day-2 of the phase.

First Deepwater BC ladies tutored by Coach Lateef LATUA Erinfolami only last Friday survived the stiff challenge posed by host of the second phase Sunshine Angels basketball club with a 72-71 points win were in superb form against the Rocks from Jos from the blast of the jump-ball to the buzzer winning in all four quarters by 25-06, 19-13, 10-22-10 and 30-09.

Team owner, Babatunde Babalola urge the players to remain focus and keep a clean slate at the end of the second phase going into the final phase billed for Lagos later in the year.The Chief Ecexutive Officer of the clubs parent company First Deepwater Discovery Limited promised the players and their handlers a juicy reward if they can retain the title it won last season after breaking the hold of First Bank basketball club after ten years of ruling the Nigeria local scene.

First Deepwater basketball club currently top the ten-team league with a 10-1 records.

In other games played Saturday former champion, First Bank basketball club make mince meat of Delta Force basketball club of Asaba with a 100-43 points. Dolphins basketball club recorded a narrow 68-65 points victory over FCT Angels basketball club of Abuja. Customs basketball club went down to host Sunshine Angels basketball club by 31-69 points just as Immigration basketball club of Kano slump to AHIP basketball club also of Kano by 36-49 points.

Action continue Monday with five games on the bill, Platuea Rocks will take on Customs at 08H00; Delta Force will try her luck against host Sunshine Angels at 10H00, AHIP Queens battles FCT Angels at 13H00,

former champion First Bank will take to the floor against Immigration at 15H00 while defending champion First Deepwater basketball club get a match-up against Dolphins basketball club at 17H00 while Tuesday will be observed as rest day.


Dat-1 Results:
Customs 60-64 FCT Angels
First Bank 98-25 Plateau Rocks
Delta Force 36-48 AHIP Queens
Sunshine Angels 71-72 First Deepwater
Dolphin 79-41 Immigration

Day-2 Results:
First Bank 100-43 Delta
Dolphin 68-65 FCT Angels
Plateau Rocks 38-96 First Deepwater
Customs 31-69 Sunshine Angels
Immigration 36-49 AHIP Queens

Day-3 Results
Immigration 53-51 Customs
First Deepwater 79-57 Delta Force
FCT Angels 79-71 Plateau Rocks
AHIP Queens 49-56 Dolphins
Sunshine Angels 75-86 First Bank

Monday Pairings:
Plateau Rocks Vs Customs 08H00
Delta Force Vs Sunshine Angels 10H00
AHIP Queens Vs FCT Angels 13H00
First Bank Vs Imigration 15H00
First Deepwater Vs Dolphins 17H00




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  NORWAY - Women  


U18 Greece wins Group D in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News
U18 GREECE - U18 NORWAY 80-43

Greece finished Preliminary Round in Miskolc with perfect 3-0 record. They outplayed Norway 80-43 winning the first place in Group D. Greece will be transferred to Qualifying Group F together with five other teams, including Norway who also advanced. Norway registered only one win so far, but it was enough for the next stage. Artemis Spanou (190-F/C-93) exploded for Greece with 25 points and 13 rebounds. She reached valuation 30. Anastasia Slouka (182-G-93) and Georgia Kantara (176-G-93) helped with 12 points and 8 rebounds each. In defeat, Stine Austgulen (177-G-94) collected 13 points and 5 rebounds. Helene Kongestol (182-F-93) added 7 pts. Quarters: 11-10, 28-8, 20-13, 21-12. Championship continues on Monday.

Greece: Artemis Spanou 25+13 boards, Anastasia Slouka 12++8 boards, Georgia Kantara 12+8 boards
Norway: Stine Austgulen 13+5 boards, Helene Kongestol 7


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  POLAND - Women  


U18 Poland celebrates first win in Oradea, wins second place in Group B - by Eurobasket News
U18 SLOVENIA - U18 POLAND 38-55

First victory for Poland at the U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. Poland defeated Slovenia 38-55 and it was enough for the second place in Preliminary Group B. Slovenia also made 1-2 record, but they finished as third ranked team in this pool. Both countries advanced to the next stage. They will be moved to Qualifying Group E together with four more teams. Karolina Wilk (185-F-93) stepped up for the winners with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Dominika Owczarzak (166-G-94) scored 10 points and grabbed 6 boards, while Dominika Miloszewska (186-C-94) added 9 points and 11 rebs. In the loosing squad, Rebeka Abramovic (170-PG-93) collected 11 points and 7 rebounds. Their second scorer was Alina Gjerkes (177-F-94) with 10 points (7 rebs). Quarters: 6-15, 13-11, 7-11, 12-18. Championship continues on Monday.

Slovenia: Rebeka Abramovic 11+7 boards, Alina Gjerkes 10+7 boards
Poland: Karolina Wilk 13+8 boards, Dominika Owczarzak 10+6 boards, Dominika Miloszewska 9+11 boards


Polish University National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Polish University National Team 2011
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Paulina Antczak
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Magdalena Bibrzycka
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Zaneta Durak
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Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk
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Joanna Kedzia
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Paulina Antczak 182-F-90 Lider Pruszkow Poland
Magdalena Bibrzycka 183-F-88 AZS Rzeszow Poland
Zaneta Durak 172-G-89 MUKS Poznan Poland
Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk 188-F/C-89 Gorzow Poland
Joanna Kedzia 193-C-87 Inea AZS Poland
Aneta Kotnis 186-F-89 Inea AZS Poland
Anna Pietrzak 167-PG-87 Lider Pruszkow Poland
Mirela Pultorak 188-F-88 Lider Pruszkow Poland
Agnieszka Skobel 179-F-89 Gorzow Poland
Katarzyna Suknarowska 170-G-87 ROW Rybnik Poland
Claudia Trebicka 175-G/F-90 Gorzow Poland
Marta Urbaniak 189-F-87 Artego Bydg. Poland

Dariusz Maciejewski Head Coach Gorzow Poland
Robert Pieczyrak Assistant AZS II PWSZ Poland


Standings - PLKK
PLKK Standings
 1. Artego Bydg. 0-0 
 2. CCC Polkowice 0-0 
 3. Energa Torun 0-0 
 4. Gorzow 0-0 
 5. Inea AZS 0-0 
 6. Lider Pruszkow 0-0 
 7. LKS Siemens 0-0 
 8. Lotos Gdynia 0-0 
 9. MUKS Poznan 0-0 
 10. Odra Brzeg 0-0 
 11. ROW Rybnik 0-0 
 12. Tecza Leszno 0-0 
 13. Widzew 0-0 
 14. Wisla Can-Pak 0-0 


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


U18 Hungary beats U18 Portugal 48-46, both teams advance - by Eurobasket News
U18 PORTUGAL - U18 HUNGARY 46-48

It was a decisive game for the second place in Preliminary Group B in Miskolc. Hungary grabbed 48-46 win against Portugal to take this spot. Portugal also advanced to the next stage, but from third place. Both teams will be placed to Qualifying Group E now. There will be four more teams, including Group B winner - Croatia. Fanni Szabo (181-G-94) stepped up for the hosts with 12 points. Dora Koch (175-G-93) was their second scorer with 8 points. In defeat, Joana Jesus (173-G-93) collected 21 points. Jessica Almeida (172-PG-93) followed with 12. Quarters: 19-16, 8-9, 13-9, 6-14. All teams will have a day-off now and championship will continue on Monday.

Portugal: Joana Jesus 21, Jessica Almeida 12
Hungary: Fanni Szabo 12, Dora Koch 8


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  ROMANIA - Women  


U18 Turkey takes second place in Group A - by Eurobasket News
U18 ROMANIA - U18 TURKEY 37-54

Turkey was better than Romania 54-37 in the battle for the second place of Group A in Oradea. Thanks to this win Turkey jumped to 2-1, while Romania dropped to 1-2 record. Both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round. They will be placed to Group E. Olcay Cakir (180-PG-93) shined for the winners with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Ferda Yildiz (182-F-93) and Ilayda Tokmak (170-PG-93) followed her with 8 points each. On the other side, Arina Craciun (194-C-93) was better than the others with 14 points. Oana Baluta (184-C/F-93) stopped to 8 pts and 6 boards in this defeat. Quarters: 13-9, 4-13, 12-15, 8-17. Championship continues on Monday.

Romania: Arina Craciun 14, Oana Baluta 8+6 boards
Turkey: Olcay Cakir 15+6 boards, Ferda Yildiz 8, Ilayda Tokmak 8


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  RUSSIA - Women  


U18 Sweden wins Group A in Oradea - by Eurobasket News
U18 SWEDEN - U18 RUSSIA 82-58

Sweden finished Preliminary Round in Oradea with perfect 3-0 record. They blasted Russia 82-58 to win Group A and of course Sweden advanced to the next stage. Sweden will move to Qualifying Group E, together with five more teams. On the other side, Russia ended first phase winless. They failed to reach the next stage and will be transferred to Group G now. They will fight for the survival in Division A. Amanda Zahui (191-C-93) was the leading player in Sweden with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Alice Nystrom (183-F-93) had 13 points and 7 boards, while Helena Kurt (165-PG-93) added 12 pts. In Russia, Polina Sych (180-G-94) top-scored with 11 points. Mariya Davydova (189-F/C-93) had 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Olesya Sedletskaya (176-F-93) also had 10 pts in this defeat. Quarters: 19-15, 15-20, 29-6, 19-17. Championship continues on Monday.

Sweden: Amanda Zahui 14+8 boards, Alice Nystrom 13+7 boards, Helena Kurt 12
Russia: Polina Sych 11, Mariya Davydova 10+10 boards, Olesya Sedletskaya 10


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  SAINT VINCENT - Women  


Cuba extends winning streak to four - by Eurobasket News
CUBA - SAINT VINCENT 97-37

Nothing new in Nassau as Cuba registered their fourth straight win. They blasted Saint Vincent 97-37 for perfect 4-0 record at the CBC Championship 2011. On the other side, Saint Vincent stays winless after four appearances. Leidys Oquendo (180-F-82) and Taimy Fernandez (183-F-82) scored 16 points reach for Cuba. They grabbed 7 and 6 rebounds respectively. Oyanaisy Gelis (172-G-83) helped with 12 points and 7 assists. In defeat, Nathifa Weekes (170-G-85) was better than the others with 15 points. Their second scorer was Vasha Adams (83) with 8 points (8 rebs). Quarters: 26-7, 23-9, 19-9, 29-12. In Day Five, Cuba will meet the host Bahamas. Saint Vincent will play against the US Virgin Islands.

Cuba: Leidys Oquendo 16+7 boards, Taimy Fernandez 16+6 boards, Oyanaisy Gelis 12+7 as
Saint Vincent: Nathifa Weekes 15, Vasha Adams 8+8 boards


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  SERBIA - Women  


U18 Belgium beats U18 Serbia 60-41 for the first place in Group C - by Eurobasket News
U18 SERBIA - U18 BELGIUM 41-60

Both teams were perfect before this meeting. Belgium handed 60-41 loss to Serbia winning the Preliminary Group C with 3-0. Serbia dropped to the second place with 2-1. Both teams advanced to the next stage and they will be placed to Qualifying Group F. There will be four more teams, including Italy. Julie Vanloo (172-PG-93) led the scorers in victory with 12 points. However, her valuation was just 1. Emma Meesseman (192-C-93) shined with 10 points and 15 rebounds. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 24. In Serbia, Emese Vida (188-F/C-93) top-scored with 9 points (6 rebs) Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) had 6 points and 5 rebs. Quarters: 5-7, 10-16, 10-23, 16-14. Championship continues on Monday.

Serbia: Emese Vida 9+6 boards, Ivana Brajkovic 6+5 boards
Belgium: Julie Vanloo 12, Emma Meesseman 10+15 boards


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Luisa Michulkova will miss the next season - by Eurobasket News
Great and bad news came from Luisa Michulkova (179-G/F-84) who will miss the next season. Great news is that she will become a mother in January and will be on maternity leave. Bad news is that Real Club Celta Vigo Urban will not have her at least for one year in the roster.
The last two seasons the Slovakian player was with Dobri Anjeli Kosice (Extraliga) and in 2009/2010 Euroleague season averaged 3.8ppg, 1.2rpg. In Slovakian League after 31 games she averaged 13.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg, 2.7spg, 2FGP-1 (48.4%), 3PT-3 (42.1%), FT-2 (90.0%). The season 2010-2011 she started with Dobri Anjeli Kosice (Extraliga), only preseason, then moved to Real Club Celta Vigo Urban (Spain-LFB, starting five) and in 21 games averaged 7.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 38.7%, 3PT: 44.9%, FT: 61.5%.
For the National team she played only one game in Eurobasket 2011. Russia had to work very hard to beat Slovakia in Bydgoszcz. Russia grabbed 68-66 thriller win for joining Lithuania with 1-0 record in the Preliminary Round. Luisa Michulkova notched 4 points for her National team in that game.



Whirlpool Poprad add Michaela Zentkova - by Eurobasket News
Whirlpool Poprad add Michaela Zentkova (189-C-89) for 2011/2012 season. The Slovakia Center comes from Presov.
In 2005-2006 Michaela Zentkova started for Viktoria Kosice (Extraliga, starting five) and in 20 games averaged 11.6ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.1bpg, 2.4spg, FGP: 44.8%, FT: 69.7%. In 2006-2007 for Viktoria PCSP Kosice (Extraliga, starting five) played in 27 games and improved to 15.4ppg, 12.6rpg, 1.7spg, FGP: 50.5%, FT: 75.3%. In 2007-2008 played for the last season with Viktoria PCSP Kosice (Extraliga).
In 2009-2010 started for Basket Steel Slovakia Kosice (Extraliga), then moved to BK PU Bemaco Presov (Extraliga) and in 37 games had 7.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 2FGP: 42.7%, FT: 82.7%. In 2010-2011 for BK PU Bemaco Presov (Extraliga) averaged 8.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 41.6%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 75.0%.
Michaela Zentkova was a Slovak Rep.U18 National Team -06 and at the European Championships U18 in Tenerife (Spain) showed 6.9ppg, Reb-1 (8.6rpg), 1.1apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 35.7%, 3FGP: 50%, FT: 78.6%. She also reached Slovakian Extraliga Semifinals -08, became Slovakian Extraliga Finalist -10 and was CEWL Finalist -11.



U18 Czech Republic advances to Qualifying Round in Oradea - by Eurobasket News
U18 SLOVAKIA - U18 CZECH REPUBLIC 68-77

Czech Republic made it in do-or-die game against Slovakia. Czech Republic celebrated 77-68 win to take third place in Group D. Thanks to this victory Czechs advanced to the next stage of U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. They will move to Qualifying Group F. On the other side, Slovakia ended first phase with poor 0-3. They head to Group G where they will try to survive in Division A. Tereza Vyoralova (176-PG-94) came up with 19 points and 8 rebounds in victory. Monika Satoranska (183-F/C-93) and Michaela Vojtkova (177-F-93) added 16 and 15 points respectively. Each of them had 6 rebounds in this meeting. Slovakia got 15 points from Angelika Slamova (173-G-94). Barbora Balintova (173-PG-94) had 13 pts and 5 rebs, while Michaela Rakova (185-F-94) added 12 points and 8 boards. Quarters: 11-20, 20-18, 18-24, 19-15. Championship continues on Monday.

Slovakia: Angelika Slamova 15, Barbora Balintova 13+5 boards, Michaela Rakova 12+8 boards
Czech Republic: Tereza Vyoralova 19+8 boards, Monika Satoranska 16+6 boards, Michaela Vojtkova 15+6 boards


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


U18 Poland celebrates first win in Oradea, wins second place in Group B - by Eurobasket News
U18 SLOVENIA - U18 POLAND 38-55

First victory for Poland at the U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. Poland defeated Slovenia 38-55 and it was enough for the second place in Preliminary Group B. Slovenia also made 1-2 record, but they finished as third ranked team in this pool. Both countries advanced to the next stage. They will be moved to Qualifying Group E together with four more teams. Karolina Wilk (185-F-93) stepped up for the winners with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Dominika Owczarzak (166-G-94) scored 10 points and grabbed 6 boards, while Dominika Miloszewska (186-C-94) added 9 points and 11 rebs. In the loosing squad, Rebeka Abramovic (170-PG-93) collected 11 points and 7 rebounds. Their second scorer was Alina Gjerkes (177-F-94) with 10 points (7 rebs). Quarters: 6-15, 13-11, 7-11, 12-18. Championship continues on Monday.

Slovenia: Rebeka Abramovic 11+7 boards, Alina Gjerkes 10+7 boards
Poland: Karolina Wilk 13+8 boards, Dominika Owczarzak 10+6 boards, Dominika Miloszewska 9+11 boards


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  SPAIN - Women  


U18 Spain wins Group B with perfect 3-0 score - by Eurobasket News
U18 LITHUANIA - U18 SPAIN 42-94

Spain finished Preliminary Round in Oradea with perfect 3-0 record. In their latest game Spain destroyed Lithuania 94-42 and of course won the Group B. Spain advanced to the next stage and will be placed to Group E. On the other side, Lithuania faced with three straight losses and their failed to reach the Qualifying Round. They will be moved to Group G and will try to avoid relegation from Division A. Yurena Diaz (177-G-93) was the leading scorer in victory with 20 points. Marles Balart (182-F/C-94) had 12 points and 9 rebounds, while Elena De Alfredo (170-F-94) and Maria Gonzalez (178-G/F-93) added 11 points each. In defeat, Milda Sukyte (178-F-93) netted 10 points. Their second scorer was Ieva Kazlauskaite (178-F-94) with 8 pts. Quarters: 4-26, 13-27, 13-20, 12-21. Championship continues on Monday.

Lithuania: Milda Sukyte 10, Ieva Kazlauskaite 8
Spain: Yurena Diaz 20, Marles Balart 12+9 boards, Elena De Alfredo 11, Maria Gonzalez 11


Spain U16 celebrated the second straight win at the Torneo Internazionale in Cagliari - by Eurobasket News
Spain U16-Greece U16 70:34

Spain U16 celebrated the second straight win at the Torneo Internazionale in Cagliari. The favorites rolled over Greece U16 70:34 for 2-0 record. Greece meanwhile dropped to 0-2 record.
Spain started the game with 14-5 and reached 35:17 at the halftime. Spain never looked behind and dominated the whole court. They erupted with 19-3 run in the third period and had 55:23 at the end of the quarter. Due to 15-11 in the last stanza Spain finished with 36-point deficit.
In Day 3 Greece will face Italy, while Spain will take on France.
Leticia Romero (173-G-95) top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Esparcia and Arrojo added 8 apiece. Marina Lizarazu (175-G-95) and Christmane Mongomo (95) followed them with 7 points apiece in a win. Stamolamprou finished the game with 8 points in defeat and Eleni Kiratzi (167-G) posted 7.

Spain U16: Leticia Romero 16, Esparcia 8, Arrojo 8, Marina Lizarazu 7, Christmane Mongomo 7
Greece U16: Stamolamprou 8, Eleni Kiratzi 7



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  SWEDEN - Women  


U18 Sweden wins Group A in Oradea - by Eurobasket News
U18 SWEDEN - U18 RUSSIA 82-58

Sweden finished Preliminary Round in Oradea with perfect 3-0 record. They blasted Russia 82-58 to win Group A and of course Sweden advanced to the next stage. Sweden will move to Qualifying Group E, together with five more teams. On the other side, Russia ended first phase winless. They failed to reach the next stage and will be transferred to Group G now. They will fight for the survival in Division A. Amanda Zahui (191-C-93) was the leading player in Sweden with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Alice Nystrom (183-F-93) had 13 points and 7 boards, while Helena Kurt (165-PG-93) added 12 pts. In Russia, Polina Sych (180-G-94) top-scored with 11 points. Mariya Davydova (189-F/C-93) had 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Olesya Sedletskaya (176-F-93) also had 10 pts in this defeat. Quarters: 19-15, 15-20, 29-6, 19-17. Championship continues on Monday.

Sweden: Amanda Zahui 14+8 boards, Alice Nystrom 13+7 boards, Helena Kurt 12
Russia: Polina Sych 11, Mariya Davydova 10+10 boards, Olesya Sedletskaya 10


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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


U18 Croatia smashes U18 Switzerland 87-22 - by Eurobasket News
U18 SWITZERLAND - U18 CROATIA 22-87

Another wonderful performance by Croatia in Miskolc. This time Croatia destroyed Switzerland 87-22 to end Preliminary Round with perfect 3-0. Of course, Croatia is the winner of Group B and they advanced to the next stage. Croatia will be placed to Qualifying Group E now. Switzerland ended this phase with 0-3. They will continue in Classification Round. Ana Marija Begic (190-C-94) shined for the winners with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Iva Cigic (174-PG-94) (5 rebs) and Ruzica Dzankic (180-F/G-94) helped with 15 points each. In defeat, Giulia Simioni (169-G-93) delivered 9 points. Geraldine Mentha (183-F-94) had 6 points and 5 rebs. Quarters: 8-28, 9-21, 3-25, 2-13. Championship continues on Monday.

Switzerland: Giulia Simioni 9, Geraldine Mentha 6+5 boards
Croatia: Ana Marija Begic 24+10 boards, Iva Cigic 15+5 boards, Ruzica Dzankic 15


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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO - Women  


Trinidad and Tobago celebrate third win in Nassau - by Eurobasket News
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO - U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS 76-68

Third victory for Trinidad and Tobago in Nassau. They outplayed US Virgin Islands yesterday 76-68 for 3-1 record at the CBC Championship 2011. US Virgin Islands dropped to 1-2. Jowan Ortega (173-G-85, college: UMKC) shined for the winners with 20 points. Chenell Harris (89) had 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Melissa Guerrero (180-G-83) added 13 pts, plus 7 rebs. In the loosing squad, Natalie Day (182-G/F-90) was way better than the others with 29 points and 9 rebounds. She reached valuation 35. Second scorer in loss was Yanique Javois (176-G-85, college: St.Louis) with 13 pts. Quarters: 15-15, 27-15, 11-15, 23-23. Today, Trinidad and Tobago will meet Dominican Republic. US Virgin Islands will play against winless Saint Vincent.

Trinidad and Tobago: Natalie Day 29+9 boards, Yanique Javois 13
US Virgin Islands: Jowan Ortega 20, Chenell Harris 16+8 boards, Melissa Guerrero 13+7 boards


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  TURKEY - Women  


U18 Turkey takes second place in Group A - by Eurobasket News
U18 ROMANIA - U18 TURKEY 37-54

Turkey was better than Romania 54-37 in the battle for the second place of Group A in Oradea. Thanks to this win Turkey jumped to 2-1, while Romania dropped to 1-2 record. Both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round. They will be placed to Group E. Olcay Cakir (180-PG-93) shined for the winners with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Ferda Yildiz (182-F-93) and Ilayda Tokmak (170-PG-93) followed her with 8 points each. On the other side, Arina Craciun (194-C-93) was better than the others with 14 points. Oana Baluta (184-C/F-93) stopped to 8 pts and 6 boards in this defeat. Quarters: 13-9, 4-13, 12-15, 8-17. Championship continues on Monday.

Romania: Arina Craciun 14, Oana Baluta 8+6 boards
Turkey: Olcay Cakir 15+6 boards, Ferda Yildiz 8, Ilayda Tokmak 8


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


Trinidad and Tobago celebrate third win in Nassau - by Eurobasket News
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO - U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS 76-68

Third victory for Trinidad and Tobago in Nassau. They outplayed US Virgin Islands yesterday 76-68 for 3-1 record at the CBC Championship 2011. US Virgin Islands dropped to 1-2. Jowan Ortega (173-G-85, college: UMKC) shined for the winners with 20 points. Chenell Harris (89) had 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Melissa Guerrero (180-G-83) added 13 pts, plus 7 rebs. In the loosing squad, Natalie Day (182-G/F-90) was way better than the others with 29 points and 9 rebounds. She reached valuation 35. Second scorer in loss was Yanique Javois (176-G-85, college: St.Louis) with 13 pts. Quarters: 15-15, 27-15, 11-15, 23-23. Today, Trinidad and Tobago will meet Dominican Republic. US Virgin Islands will play against winless Saint Vincent.

Trinidad and Tobago: Natalie Day 29+9 boards, Yanique Javois 13
US Virgin Islands: Jowan Ortega 20, Chenell Harris 16+8 boards, Melissa Guerrero 13+7 boards


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  UKRAINE - Women  


U18 Italy hands 64-55 loss to U18 Ukraine in do-or-die game - by Eurobasket News
U18 UKRAINE - U18 ITALY 55-64

It was a do-or-die game for both teams. Italy made it against Ukraine 64-55 to take third place in Preliminary Group B. It means that Italy advanced to the next stage and they will be placed to Group F. Ukraine ended with 0-3 and failed to reach the Qualifying Round. Ukraine will move to Group G, where they will try to survive in Division A. Alessandra Formica (186-G-93) led the winners with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) had 8 points and 6 boards, while Veronica Dell'Olio (186-F/C-93) added 7 pts and 6 rebs. In defeat, Lyudmyla Naumenko (184-F-93) shined with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93) scored 16 pts in this loss. Quarters: 18-15, 12-22, 13-13, 12-14. Championship continues on Monday.

Ukraine: Lyudmyla Naumenko 19+11 boards, Oleksandra Chek 16
Italy: Alessandra Formica 16+7 boards, Francesca Dotto 8+6 boards, Veronica Dell'Olio 7+6 boards


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


U18 Belarus ends Preliminary Round in Miskolc with perfect score - by Eurobasket News
U18 UNITED KINGDOM - U18 BELARUS 49-67

Belarus finished Preliminary Round in Miskolc with perfect 3-0. They outplayed United Kingdom 67-49 yesterday winning the Group A. Of course, Belarus advanced to the next stage and they will be placed to Qualifying Group E. On the other side, UK finished first phase winless. They will move to Classification Round (Group G). Hanna Kalenta (187-C-94) led Belarus with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Maryna Ivashchanka (190-C-93) had 14 points and 9 rebs, wile Ksenija Voishal (179-F-94) added 11 pts to this victory. In defeat, Rosie Hynes (172-PG-93) delivered 15 points. Melita Emanuel (173-PG-94) was their second scorer with 11 points (7 rebs). Quarters: 12-23, 16-15, 12-17, 9-12. Championship continues on Monday.

United Kingdom: Rosie Hynes 15, Melita Emanuel 11+7 boards
Belarus: Hanna Kalenta 19+7 boards, Maryna Ivashchanka 14+9 boards, Ksenija Voishal 11


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  USBA - Women  


WUSBA seek former NCAA players to train as Assistant Coaches - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga. (August 7, 2011) ---The Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) announces their need for Assistant Head Coaches. The positions are for selected WUSBA teams in the Southeastern Conference. The WUSBA has basketball teams team's split into four divisions, spread over eight southern states. The WUSBA owns and operates all teams. Each team operates independently of each other. Each team has an Event Manager assigned as team representative.

Former WNBA basketball players, College assistant and international coaches are invited to submit resumes and biographies for consideration. We are in search of people who have a desire to develop and advance to potential head coaching jobs in the NCAA I, II and III division schools.

Long time coach Terry Truax has been hired to oversee the selection process and he will be touted to conduct training and job placement. Truax has 45 yeas of experience in basketball. Hes coached at Towson State University, the University of North Carolina, University of Maryland, just to name a few. His longest tenure was with Towson State University for fourteen years. 'Our goal is to hire former WNBA basketball players and NCAA assistant coaches to work a full fall schedule; we can help them with their dreams of pounding the sidelines as a Division One coach' said Truax.

The WUSBA 2011basketball season runs from September 1, 2011 to November 5, 2011. Each team plays a twenty six game schedule, thirteen home and thirteen away. The league has a mid season All Star Game scheduled for the weekend of September 30. The WUSBA Championship Playoff series begins November 7, 2011with the Championship game on November 13, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. The league has an open tryout on August 20, 2011 and team camps begin August 21, 2011.

WUSBA president Duane Jenkins says, 'Announcing now gives us a prime opportunity for us to select qualified assistant coaches. We want our fans to be able to become familiar with their head coach and quite simply, the coach will have ample time be able to assist the head coach with the preseason.'

The league has developed a comprehensive package for the coaches. Head Coaches receive $650.00 per week. Assistant coaches receive $475.00 per week and Dance Team coaches receive $275.00 per week. Basketball Coaches receive a daily meal at Golden Corral. As a bonus coaches receive compensation for sponsor speaking engagements. Women coaches are urged to apply for a position.

The league has already begun to accept considerations. According to the league, each coach candidate should submit his or her resume to wusbateam@yahoo.com. All candidates will receive a response. 'We expect a these posyions to fill quickly and I suggest any candidate wishing to be considered should submit their resume as soon as possible', said WUSBA Vice President Basketball Operation Kenneth Green. 'We're very excited about the upcoming season. Some of our teams have a coaching staff in place already and for each team in need of an Assistant Coach, this is a great opportunity for an aspiring individual who has the propensity to lead and succeed.'

Contact:
Duane Allen Jenkins- (404) 428-3411
Kenneth Green- (404) 547-6907




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  WNBA - Women  


Standings
WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Indiana F. 15-6 
 2. Connecticut S. 12-7 
 3. New York L. 12-9 
 4. Chicago S. 9-12 
 5. Atlanta D. 8-11 
 6. Washington M. 4-14 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 15-4 
 2. Seattle S. 12-8 
 3. S.Antonio SS 12-8 
 4. Phoenix M. 11-8 
 5. L.Angeles S. 7-12 
 6. Tulsa S. 1-19