EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/4/2011

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  ARGENTINA   


Argentina beats Puerto Rico 81-74, secures first place in Group B - by Eurobasket News
PUERTO RICO - ARGENTINA 74-81

It was a game for the first place in Group B of the FIBA Americas Championship 2011. The host of this event celebrated 81-74 win against Puerto Rico for perfect 3-0 score in this pool. Puerto Rico ended this phase with 3-1, what is enough for the second place and of course they advanced to the next stage. Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) shined in Argentina with 23 points. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) had 16 points and 7 rebounds, while Carlos Delfino (198-G-82) helped with 14 pts. In the loosing squad, Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: FIU) was way better than the others with 24 points. Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) scored 13 points and pulled down 8 rebounds, while Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern) stopped to 11 pts. This quarter was the crucial one in this meeting: 18-21, 18-13, 14-28, 24-19. Argentina will play against Panama today. Puerto Rico already played their four games at this stage.

Puerto Rico: Carlos Arroyo 24, Daniel Santiago 13+8 boards, Jose Juan Barea 11
Argentina: Emanuel Ginobili 23, Luis Scola 16+7 boards, Carlos Delfino 14


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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Wisman helping restore Japan's Pride - by Omar Shafaamri
WURZBURG (FIBA Asia Championship) Once considered a major contender in Asian basketball, Japanese basketball has fallen on tough times. But new head coach Thomas Wisman has helped restore pride in the program. The question remains if they will rebound to prominence in time for the 2012 Olympics.

Japans last Asia title dates back to 1971 with their only other continental crown coming in 1965. Nippon last reached the semi-finals of FIBA Asia Championship in 1997.

Since then, they three times finished third in the second group stage to Asia powers China and Lebanon. In 2007, Japan took third in the same stage behind Kazakhstan and South Korea.

Two years ago, four teams from the second group stage advanced to the final eight. Still Japan failed to move on, taking fifth in the group behind Iran, South Korea, Philippines and Chinese Taipei and finishing in 10th place.

In February 2010, Japan took a step towards returning to respectability by bringing in Quincy, Illinois native Wisman as new head coach.

Were trying to become a defense-to-break team with a full court attack mentality, Wisman told FIBA.com at Japans late August five-game warm-up tour of Germany and the Netherlands.

Japan basketball in the past had played a style where they were playing too much half court I felt for the speed and quickness that they have in the team.

The Japanese did not necessarily have success on their recent tour of Germany and the Netherlands, losing all five games against German sides Trier, Wurzburg, Bamberg und Frankfurt as well as Dutch club Groningen.

Despite an average loss by 18.8 points, Wisman was happy with his teams showing.

We showed that were handling pressure better. These teams pressure on defense. And we need more of that and have to handle that better, said Wisman, who won the Japan JBL league title as coach with Link Tochigi Brex in 2010.

In China at the FIBA Asia Championship from 15-25 September, Wismans team will face off with Indonesia, Syria and Jordan in Group C. The top three finishers head to square off with the top three of China, Philippines, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates from Group D with the top four reaching the quarter-finals.

Awaiting in the top eight could be Asian giants Iran as well as strong sides such as Lebanon and Qatar as well as South Korea.

The big goal is clear for Wisman get to the semi-finals. The Asian champions qualify directly for the 2012 Games in London while the following three finishers reach the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Theres going to be one game we have to win to get into the final four. And any one of those is going to be a tough game, But in the quarters, obviously we would like to avoid Iran, said Wisman.

Japan are working their way up under Wisman, finishing fourt at the 2010 Asian Games and reaching the final of last years FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup.

We have restored some pride in the programme, but we havent completed the job. Until we do establish it at an Asian Championship that were a top program again were still 10th place from the last championship.

And the dream of returning to the Olympics for the first time since 1976 remains out there.

FIBA


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  AUSTRALIA   


Andrew Bogut in discussions with Australian teams; insurance could be issue - by Eurobasket News
A Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut (212-C/F-84, college: Utah) says, via Twitter, that he's in negotiations with several Australian teams.

A native Australian, Bogut averaged 12.8 points and 11.1 rebounds in 65 games for Milwaukee in 2010-11 and, according to The West Australian, would be willing to play for 'next to nothing.' But the cost of insurance for teams wishing to sign him could be prohibitive -- a policy would cost $500,000 every three months, according to the newspaper.

Andrew Bogut bounced back last season after a horrible arm injury. (AP Photo)Bogut, 26, seriously injured his arm at the end of the 2009-10 season and has acknowledged that he wasn't at 100 percent last season.

Nick Marvin, managing director for the Perth Wildcats, says his team is negotiating with Bogut.

'It's so embryonic that we have not even discussed it with our leadership group, the captains or the players,' Marvin said.

If negotiations progress, the Wildcats would seek financial support from the government and corporate sectors.

'For Andrew Bogut to play for us, and if that is the only hurdle we have to cross, I would hope that government and corporate Western Australia would support us and make it work,' Marvin said.

'I don't have $500,000 sitting in my back pocket, but would it be important to the people of Western Australia? Absolutely.'

Rob Beveridge, who coaches the team, has coached Bogut in the past, including at the 2003 FIBA world junior championship.

'He loves our program and he loves our coach, so that's not a hurdle,' Marvin said. 'It's about making everything else add up.'
Courtesy of: aol.sportingnews.com


Wildcats circling Nevill - by Eurobasket News
The Perth Wildcats are exploring the possibility of signing former Melbourne Tigers centre Luke Nevill (218-C-86, college: Utah), the club has confirmed.

Nevill has been training with the Wildcats and was cleared from his Russian team to suit up for the Wildcats in Friday nights pre-season game against the Lakeside All-Stars.

Players do not need to sign a contract with an NBL team to actually play with them during pre-season fixtures.

Nevill is reportedly still keen to sign in Europe but the Wildcats are reportedly also looking at whether they can fit him into their team.

'We'd love to sign him,' Perth head coach Rob Beveridge told The West Australian.

'I think anyone would love a 7'2' (218cm) player, he's an absolute monster.

'Right now his priority is looking at some European jobs but we said he could train with us.

'If he continues training and an opportunity does arise, he'd be somebody we'd look at for sure.

' (Club Executive Director) Nick (Marvin) is looking at all the ins and outs of signing him, but whether or not we can do anything I don't know yet.

'It's too early to say.'

The Wildcats are also reportedly exploring the chances of signing NBA superstar Andrew Bogut.

Courtesy of NBL (www.nbl.com.au)


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  BAHRAIN   


Ahmed Al Mutawa: 'I play to win, there's no other way' - by Patrick Salomon
Last year around this time, Ahmed Al Mutawa was preparing to move his family from Kuwait to Bahrain, a place all so familiar to Mutawa. This is where he first started playing basketball. Mutawa was recruited by Al Kuwait Club in 2008. There he played a big role in helping Kuwait club secure a regular season Championship and he helped push his team to the Arab Cup Championships Semi finals. Last summer, Mutawa and his agent (LSM) were presented with an offer for Ahmed to return to Bahrain to play for Manama Club. The deal would end with Manama club buying out the remainder of Ahmeds contract with Kuwait Club, leaving room for Ahmed to sign a 3 year deal in his home country. This was a great day for Bahrain basketball, and we expect to see many more of Bahrains talented players signing to neighboring country rosters.

Eurobasket had the pleasure of speaking with Ahmed Al Mutawa (Interview conducted by Corey A. Washington, CEO/President LSM Sports www.lowcountrysports.net ):

Eurobasket: How does it feel to be back playing in Bahrain This is where you began your career, so it must feel great!

Al Mutawa:Yes, Bahrain has always been my favorite place to play, because of the fans that fill up the gym almost every game.

Eurobasket: What were your expectations for this season when Manama expressed their interest in bringing you back to Bahrain? Now that the season is over, was the outcome what you were expecting?

Al Mutawa: Well my expectations is the same for every team I join, I always want to win all the championships, but our outcome was good because we won the Cup and almost made it to the league Championship finals. For a young team I think its a great result and that sets a great boost for us to win it all this season.

Eurobasket: Tell me about your team this year How does Manama differ from other clubs in BahrainDoes the players accept their roles?

Al Mutawa: Thats the beauty of Manama Club All the players know the club's successful history; therefore every player accepts their roles and try to continue their winning ways by playing hard and together as a team. If not, they would not be in our team.

Eurobasket: I know while you were in Kuwait, you played a total different role than what you are playing in Bahrain... Can you tell me how they differ, and how your experience in Kuwait prepared you for this season?

Al Mutawa:I believe my role will always vary from season to season depending on how strong the team is, therefore I always give my best no matter which team Im playing for. Kuwait was a great experience for me, and I got to play with great teammates and awesome imports players like Ira Clark and Andre Pits. Having a great staff and dedicated teammates pushed me to get better every day. I will always remember Kuwait Club.

Eurobasket: Ahmed, throughout your career, you have played in many countries, and against some of the best players that basketball has to offer. You actually played college ball in the USA How was that?

Al Mutawa: Playing in the USA is every international Player's dream, and my experience in College was what really developed my game. The level of talent and love for the sport that I witnessed and experienced in USA is what really convinced me to choose basketball as a career path.

Eurobasket: While in College, all players have someone who they say really influenced their game Who would that be for you? Is there a player or players that you played with or against, that you would love to meet on the floor again today & why?

Al Mutawa: I try to learn from everybody on every team I have played for, But I would love to play with/or against my old college teammates. One of them would be Dwayne Okantey who was one of the guys that always pushed me to stay after practice and take some extra shots. He always pushed me to improve my game. I think that he would dominate if he came and played in the Middle East.

Eurobasket: What does the future hold for Ahmed with Manama?

Al Mutawa: I Hope many more Championships! Ill play for Manama Club for as long as they want me to. Im comfortable here This is home.

Eurobasket: Having played throughout the GCC, you are well familiar with the level of play, and living conditions in these locations What would you say to players interested in playing in the Middle East?

Al Mutawa: I think any player that works hard, and of course that has some sort of talent in the gamecan find the right team for him in this region. My only advice would be to read about the country and culture you are going to play for, like this you can understand more of the culture.

Eurobasket: What do you think about having a GCC draft, for each location? This would obviously include a small camp prior to the draft, giving clubs and coaches a chance to see potential imports in person, and players a chance to see the region and learn a little about the culture before signing. Do you think something like this could bring exposure to GCC basketball?

Al Mutawa: That would be great for this region and I think any idea to improve the Game level in the Middle East is a great Idea.

Eurobasket: Can we get a prediction for this coming season? Will Manama go all the way? Al Mutawa: Yes we will go all the way because I practice and play this game to win, there is no other way I can do it.


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  BELGIUM   


EuroBasket 2011: Blatt's team remain Belgium winless - by Eurobasket News
Russia-Belgium 79:58

Russia grabbed the third victory in Group D of Eurobasket 2011. Blatts squad reached 79:58 over Belgium to keep them winless.
The favorites scored the first six points in the game, but Marcus Faison (196-G-78, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Siena) tied it all at 7:7. Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) and again Marcus Faison scored threes for 10:10, while Khryapa brought 18:12 for Russia. Tabu reduced the gap at the end of the frame closing it at 21:16. Christophe Beghin (207-F-80, agency: Court Side) and Mbenga cut it to 24:20 but Shved and Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) scored for 30:21. Russia led 11 points with few minutes left in the half, however allowed the opponents to cut it to 5 points at the halftime.
Mozgov brought 42:34 and Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) increased to 10 points. Andrei Kirilenko made two free throws for 51:41 and Andrey Vorontsevich nailed three for 13-point advantage. Lauwers and Muya closed the third quarter at 57:48. Antonov and Bykov made it 61:48 early in the last stanza and Antonov nailed three for 16-point lead. Vitaly Fridzon nailed three for 67:50 and he netted another one for 72:52 on the board. Ponkrashov and Antonov scored the last baskets for the winners to celebrate the third straight victory.
Vitaly Fridzon top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Andrey Vorontsevich added 17. Andrei Kirilenko was satisfied with just 9 points. Marcus Faison notched 14 points in defeat, whilst Maxime De Zeeuw (205-F-87, agency: LBM Management) and Christophe Beghin brought 8 apiece.

Russia: Vitaly Fridzon 22, Andrey Vorontsevich 17, Andrei Kirilenko 9
Belgium: Marcus Faison 14, Maxime De Zeeuw 8, Christophe Beghin 8



Charleroi wins over Strasbourg, Oostende and Okapi Aalstar are ready for tonight - by Eurobasket News
Charleroi overcame Strasbourg IG 84:68 in a friendly game. The Belgian team took the lead after the first period leading 27:20. Strasbourg could reduce just to 6 points at the end of the half as they won the second frame 15-14. The third quarter became decisive in the game as Charleroi erupted with 32-20 for the bigger lead. The French outfit finished the game with 13-11 to lose by 16. Christopher Hill (191-G-83, college: Michigan St.) stepped up for the winners with 16 points and Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: JMU) as well as Green netted 15 each. Demond Mallet (185-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: McNeese St.) followed them with 10 and Boris Penninck (201-C-88) scored 8. Anderson replied with 16 points for the French team and Harper scored 15. MBaye ended up with 12, while Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78, college: Pittsburgh) posted 9.
Meanwhile BC Telenet Oostende will meet BCM Gravelines tonight at the Place de Polder, France. After two victories over ZZ Leiden the Belgian team looks great in pre-season.
Okapi Aalstar will face German Artland Dragons also tonight.



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  BOSNIA   


EuroBasket 2011: Finland open win count in Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
Finland - Bosnia and Herzegovina 92:64

Finland celebrated the first win at the European Championship. They shot down Bosnia and Herzegovina for 1-2 record in Group C. The Finnish team thus caught up their todays opponents in the ladder. Mikko Koivisto (194-G-87, college: NC-Greensboro) posted 17 points to pace the winners.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. The lead changed hands for several times before Mikko Koivisto made it 24:20 for Finland. Bosnia and Herzegovina denied the deficit midway through the second term. Ikonic put them in charge with a three-pointer 32:31. But Finland regained control and ensured a 42:38 lead at the interval. The Finnish team used a 9:2 run midway through the third quarter to boost the margin to 11 points 51:40. Salin and Rannikko made it 70:53 late in the period. Salin capped the third term with a three-pointer as Finland earned a 76:56 advantage. Finland stayed comfortable in charge throughout the fourth frame.
Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) contributed 14 points, while Gerald Lee (208-F-87, college: ODU) provided 12 points in the victory. Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) answered with 25 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81) had 11 points in the losing case.

Finland: Mikko Koivisto 17, Petteri Koponen 14, Gerald Lee 12
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Henry Domercant 25, Kenan Bajramovic 11



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  BRAZIL   


Standings - Paulista, Carioca, Minas G. leagues
Paulista Standings
 1. Winner/Limeira 6-0 
 2. Gremio Mogi 5-1 
 3. Itabom/Bauru 5-1 
 4. Vivo/Franca 5-1 
 5. S.Jose/Vinac 5-1 
 6. Paulistano 4-2 
 7. Araraquara 3-3 
 8. Pinheiros/Sky 3-3 
 9. Americana 2-4 
 10. Jacarei 2-4 
 11. Inter Santos 2-4 
 12. Rio Claro 2-4 
 13. L.S.B. 2-4 
 14. America 1-5 
 15. XV/Cosan 1-5 
 16. Sao Caetano 0-6 


Dominicans hand first loss to Brazil, 79-74 - by Eurobasket News
BRAZIL - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 74-79

Dominican Republic crushed Brazil in Mar del Plata. Dominicans handed them first loss 74-79 at the FIBA Americas Championship jumping to 3-1 record. It is not known yet will it be enough for the first place in Group A, but Dominicans already booked a spot for the next stage. Brazil dropped to 2-1 and they will also advance. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) paced Dominicans to victory with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville) had 14 points (4/5 for 3-pts), while Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) helped with double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. In Brazil, Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) top-scored with 18 points. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) also scored 16 pts, but to go with 5 assists. Quarters: 18-17, 21-26, 21-18, 14-18. Brazil will meet Cuba today and easy win is expected. Brazil also needs Canada to beat Venezuela to take the first place in Group A. Dominicans already played their four games at this stage.

Brazil: Marquinhos Vieira 18, Tiago Splitter 16+10 boards, Marcelinho Huertas 16+5 as
Dominican Republic: Alfred Horford 22+5 boards, Francisco Garcia 14, Jack Michael Martinez 10+10 boards


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  BULGARIA   


EuroBasket 2011: Fratello's Ukraine tastes the first victory - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine-Bulgaria 67:56

Mike Fratello's Ukraine tastes the first victory at Eurobasket 2011. The team won the very important game over Bulgaria 67:56 as both teams are with 1-2 records in the group.
Varbanov and Dmytro Zabirchenko (192-G-84) exchanged the early baskets in the start of the game, while Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: Beo Basket) closed a 7-0 run for Ukraine for 10:3. Avramov nailed three to cut it to 14:10, while Chavdar Kostov (196-G-88, agency: Interperformances) tied it all at 16:16 early in the second. Steve Bertt (185-G-84, college: Iona) and Alexander Kolchenko (198-F/G-88, agency: Beo Basket) made it 21:17, while Alexander Kolchenko and Dmytro Zabirchenko scored for 30:20. Rowland and Dmytro Zabirchenko sent the teams to the lockers for 34:25 at the halftime. Chavdar Kostov and Lishchuk scored from the arc in the start of the third period and Alexander Kolchenko made two free throws for 41:28. Lishchuk brought 45:21 and Alexander Kolchenko gave the biggest lead for Ukraine at plus 18. Ivanov was the last to score the third quarter with the successful shot for 58:43. Bulgaria did not give up and Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky) as well as Ivanov reduced to 60:52. Dejan Ivanov made it 65:56, while Viacheslav Kravtsov increased to 67:56. For another almost two minutes the teams remained scoreless and it allowed Ukraine to celebrate the first victory at Eurobasket 2011.
Alexander Kolchenko stepped up with 18 points for the winners and Steve Bertt added 17. Dmytro Zabirchenko posted 12, while Viacheslav Kravtsov netted 7. Chavdar Kostov and Filip Videnov ended up with 10 points each in the losing effort.

Ukraine: Alexander Kolchenko 18, Steve Bertt 17, Dmytro Zabirchenko 12, Viacheslav Kravtsov 7
Bulgaria: Chavdar Kostov 10, Filip Videnov 10



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  CANADA   


Canada cruises past Cuba 84-62 - by Eurobasket News
CANADA - CUBA 84-62

Canada grabbed second straight win in Mar del Plata. They outplayed Cuba 84-62 for 2-1 record in Group A and thanks to this win Canadians secured a spot for the next stage. Cuba dropped to 0-3 and they have no chance to advance. Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) led Canada in scoring with 13 points and Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) had two less than him. Andrew Rautins (193-PG-86, college: Syracuse) (5 rebs) and Jesse Young (207-C-80, college: George Mason) helped with 9 points each. In Cuba, Yorman Polas (192-F-85) and Juan Pineiro (193-G-90) delivered 14 and 13 points respectively. Yudniel Perez (189-G-84) stopped to 12 pts. Quarters: 22-7, 16-13, 16-20, 30-22. Canada will meet Venezuela today. Cuba will take on Brazil.

Canada: Jevohn Shepherd 13, Jermaine Anderson 11, Andrew Rautins 9+5 boards, Jesse Young 9
Cuba: Yorman Polas 14, Juan Pineiro 13, Yudniel Perez 12


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  CHINA   


Thaddeus Young, Nick Young could be next to go to China - by Eurobasket News
A Nuggets restricted free agent Wilson Chandler (203-F/G-87, college: De Paul) has agreed to play one season for the Zhejiang Guangsha, joining Earl Clark (206-F-88, college: Louisville) on the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) squad. 76ers forward Thaddeus Young (203-F-88, college: Georgia Tech) and Wizards guard Nick Young (198-G/F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: USC) may be the next to head to China.

Thaddeus Youngs agent, Jim Tanner, told HoopsHype that Young has been drawing interest from several CBA clubs.

Nick Young, left, may be the next NBA player to head for the Chinese Basketball Association. (AP Photo)I have been contacted by multiple teams in China expressing very serious interest in having Thaddeus Young play in their league this season, Tanner said. I have discussed this with Thad and he is intrigued by the possibility of playing in China if the lockout continues and has asked me to further explore these opportunities.

Nick Youngs agent, Aaron Mintz, meanwhile, told ESPN.com that Young is getting major interest from teams in China.

The CBA passed a rule recently barring teams from 1) signing players under NBA contracts, and 2) including out clauses in deals that would allow players to return to their NBA teams once the lockout ends. This means that Chinese teams are allowed to sign free agents only, and these players would not be able to return to the NBA until their teams seasons are over. The CBA season ends in March.
Courtesy of: aol.sportingnews.com


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  CROATIA   


EuroBasket 2011: Croatia edge Montenegro in Alytus - by Eurobasket News
Croatia - Montenegro 87:81

Croatia posted the second victory in the European Championship in Poland. They held off Montenegro to improve at 2-1 record in Group C. Montenegro on the other hand slipped at 1-2 record after the defeat. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) orchestrated the victory with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Croatia.
The Croatian team got to the better start. They registered a 24:16 lead after ten minutes of action. Croatia kept Montenegro at bay throughout the second frame. Cook and Bjelica finally managed to drag Montenegro within four points at the interval 42:46. But Croatia opened the third term on a 7:0 run to boost the gap. They arrived at the final break leading by 7 points 67:60. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) made it a 10-point game 80:70 midway through the fourth frame. But Montenegro answered with 7:0 run to narrow the distance. Tomic, Zoric and Marko Popovic went deadly from the stripe in the dying seconds sealing the victory for Croatia. Marko Popovic posted 23 points for the winners. Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston) had 9 points and 12 assists for Croatia. Goran Jeretin (192-G-79, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 18 points for Montenegro. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) had 17 points in the loss.

Croatia: Ante Tomic 26, Marko Popovic 23, Dontaye Draper 9+12 assists
Montenegro: Goran Jeretin 18, Vladimir Dragicevic 17



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  CUBA   


Canada cruises past Cuba 84-62 - by Eurobasket News
CANADA - CUBA 84-62

Canada grabbed second straight win in Mar del Plata. They outplayed Cuba 84-62 for 2-1 record in Group A and thanks to this win Canadians secured a spot for the next stage. Cuba dropped to 0-3 and they have no chance to advance. Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) led Canada in scoring with 13 points and Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) had two less than him. Andrew Rautins (193-PG-86, college: Syracuse) (5 rebs) and Jesse Young (207-C-80, college: George Mason) helped with 9 points each. In Cuba, Yorman Polas (192-F-85) and Juan Pineiro (193-G-90) delivered 14 and 13 points respectively. Yudniel Perez (189-G-84) stopped to 12 pts. Quarters: 22-7, 16-13, 16-20, 30-22. Canada will meet Venezuela today. Cuba will take on Brazil.

Canada: Jevohn Shepherd 13, Jermaine Anderson 11, Andrew Rautins 9+5 boards, Jesse Young 9
Cuba: Yorman Polas 14, Juan Pineiro 13, Yudniel Perez 12


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  CYPRUS   


The most important transfer for Intercollege Etha - by Michael Aristidou

InterCollege Etha Engomis has made probably the most important transfer of the season. The transfer does not include any high-level player or a famous athlete. All is about the renewal with the head coach of the team Antonis Konstantinides for another two years. Antonis Konstantinides manage to bring to the club their first titles last season (championship and cup), in the teams history, succeeding an historical double. InterCollege Etha Engomis also renew Christoforos Livadiotis as assistant coach in the team for two years more.


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  D-LEAGUE   


Voigt to Return as Head Coach in 2011-12 - by Eurobasket News
Will Voigt (agency: Warren Sports International ) will return for his third season as the Bakersfield Jam Head Coach in 2011-12, the team announced today. In his second season with the Bakersfield Jam, Coach Voigt led the Jam to recognition as the NBA Development League's biggest turnaround of the 2010-11 campaign.

'Will is an asset to our basketball team and our community. He has built an incredible infrastructure for our organization and important relationships with our Jam partners. We are excited about the upcoming season and we believe that Will has positioned our team for continued success on and off the court,' said Bakersfield Jam Managing Partner, David Higdon.

After ending the 2009-10 season at 17-33, the Jam compiled a 29-21 regular season record last year. The best season to date in the franchise's five-year history, the team also made their second franchise playoff appearance and earned their first franchise playoff win.

'Stan Ellis and David Higdon are wonderful people to work for,' said Coach Voigt. 'They have worked hard to provide our players the best facilities in the D-League, and I am grateful to return as their head coach. I look forward to continuing our success from last season.'

Prior to joining the Jam, Coach Voigt spent three years as the Head Coach of the Vermont Frost Heaves, where he led the team to back-to-back ABA Championships in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons. He was named ABA Coach of the Year and selected to coach in the All-Star Game both years.

In 2007, the Frost Heaves were named by Pro Basketball News Best Team in minor league basketball (including D-League, CBA, IBL, and USBL). After the 2007-08 season, the team transferred to the PBL where Coach Voigt once again led them to the playoffs. At the end of the season, Pro Basketball News named Will Voigt (agency: Warren Sports International ) one of the top ten basketball coaches not in the NBA.

Prior to joining Frost Heaves, Coach Voigt spent three seasons as Head Coach of the Ulriken Eagles in Norway's highest professional league, and served as an assistant coach for the Norwegian National Team for the last two years.

He has also worked as an assistant coach for both the University of Texas and Metropolitan State College in Denver. Before his coaching days, he was the head video coordinator for the NBA's San Antonio Spurs.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Dominicans hand first loss to Brazil, 79-74 - by Eurobasket News
BRAZIL - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 74-79

Dominican Republic crushed Brazil in Mar del Plata. Dominicans handed them first loss 74-79 at the FIBA Americas Championship jumping to 3-1 record. It is not known yet will it be enough for the first place in Group A, but Dominicans already booked a spot for the next stage. Brazil dropped to 2-1 and they will also advance. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) paced Dominicans to victory with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville) had 14 points (4/5 for 3-pts), while Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) helped with double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. In Brazil, Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) top-scored with 18 points. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) also scored 16 pts, but to go with 5 assists. Quarters: 18-17, 21-26, 21-18, 14-18. Brazil will meet Cuba today and easy win is expected. Brazil also needs Canada to beat Venezuela to take the first place in Group A. Dominicans already played their four games at this stage.

Brazil: Marquinhos Vieira 18, Tiago Splitter 16+10 boards, Marcelinho Huertas 16+5 as
Dominican Republic: Alfred Horford 22+5 boards, Francisco Garcia 14, Jack Michael Martinez 10+10 boards


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Tuesday night games scores - by Jaime Arevalo
In the last round of 'Liga de Baloncesto de El Salvador' the team named Roll Royce took the first win of the season, prevailing, 63-60 over Chaleco Santa Tecla. Led by Luis Gutierrez (193-F-87), who scored 18 pts, Jorge Solorzano and Jacob Elias, Roll Royce managed to come back from a bad start and to finally win the game. Jacobo Abullarade led Santa Tecla with 21 pts in losing effort.
In the other game of the night, San Marcos defeated Denver 84-75 in the showdown between the two top teams of the league. After winning the first half 43-32, San Marcos was able to resist to Denver comeback during the second hald, confirming its second place
With 17 points, Carlos Martinez (190-F-79) was the top scorer in San Marcos, well assisted by Salvador Bandek (181-G-78) and Miguel Banos (186-F/C-84). Roberto Figueroa (191-F) was the game top scorer, with 25 point scored for Denver, and Bob Hunter (193-F-76) and Jorge Loucel (186-F-90) helped him in a good losing effort.



Standings - Liga Superior
LEBES Standings
 1. Denver 10-2 
 2. San Marcos 8-1 
 3. ExSAL 6-4 
 4. Leones 5-5 
 5. Santa Tecla 3-7 
 6. UTEC 3-7 
 7. Roll Royce 1-10 


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Dikoudis the new player of PAOK - by Giorgos Diploidis
Dimos Dikoudis (207-F/C-77) is officially player of PAOK Thessaloniki. The experienced power forward/center will add depth to the front line of the team of Thessaloniki. The two sides were discussing during this week and today they reached the final agreement. After this movement the interest is who will be the other player who will share the power forward position along with Dikoudis.Will be Todor Gechevski or an American player (the most possible)?.

Dikoudis last year with AEK had
14.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.3apg in 24 games.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Standings Div.A (Men)
Standings
Group A
1. Spain3-0
2. Lithuania3-0
3. Turkey2-1
4. Poland1-2
5. Portugal0-3
6. U.Kingdom0-3
Group B
1. France3-0
2. Serbia3-0
3. Germany2-1
4. Italy1-2
5. Latvia0-3
6. Israel0-3
Group C
1. Greece2-1
2. FYR Macedo.2-1
3. Croatia2-1
4. Finland1-2
5. Montenegro.1-2
6. Bosnia1-2
Group D
1. Russia3-0
2. Slovenia3-0
3. Ukraine1-2
4. Bulgaria1-2
5. Georgia1-2
6. Belgium0-3


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  FIBA AMERICAS   


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Dominican R.3-1
2. Brazil2-1
3. Canada2-2
4. Venezuela2-2
5. Cuba0-3
Group B
1. Argentina3-0
2. P.Rico3-1
3. Uruguay1-2
4. Panama1-2
5. Paraguay0-3


Day Four in Mar del Plata - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Brazil - Dominican Republic 74-79
Dominican Republic crushed Brazil in Mar del Plata. Dominicans handed them first loss 74-79 at the FIBA Americas Championship jumping to 3-1 record. It is not known yet will it be enough for the first place in Group A, but Dominicans already booked a spot for the next stage. Brazil dropped to 2-1 and they will also advance. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) paced Dominicans to victory with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville) had 14 points (4/5 for 3-pts), while Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) helped with double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. In Brazil, Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) top-scored with 18 points. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) also scored 16 pts, but to go with 5 assists. Quarters: 18-17, 21-26, 21-18, 14-18. Brazil will meet Cuba today and easy win is expected. Brazil also needs Canada to beat Venezuela to take the first place in Group A. Dominicans already played their four games at this stage.

Canada - Cuba 84-62
Canada grabbed second straight win in Mar del Plata. They outplayed Cuba 84-62 for 2-1 record in Group A and thanks to this win Canadians secured a spot for the next stage. Cuba dropped to 0-3 and they have no chance to advance. Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) led Canada in scoring with 13 points and Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) had two less than him. Andrew Rautins (193-PG-86, college: Syracuse) (5 rebs) and Jesse Young (207-C-80, college: George Mason) helped with 9 points each. In Cuba, Yorman Polas (192-F-85) and Juan Pineiro (193-G-90) delivered 14 and 13 points respectively. Yudniel Perez (189-G-84) stopped to 12 pts. Quarters: 22-7, 16-13, 16-20, 30-22. Canada will meet Venezuela today. Cuba will take on Brazil.
Group B
Puerto Rico - Argentina 74-81
It was a game for the first place in Group B of the FIBA Americas Championship 2011. The host of this event celebrated 81-74 win against Puerto Rico for perfect 3-0 score in this pool. Puerto Rico ended this phase with 3-1, what is enough for the second place and of course they advanced to the next stage. Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) shined in Argentina with 23 points. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) had 16 points and 7 rebounds, while Carlos Delfino (198-G-82) helped with 14 pts. In the loosing squad, Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: FIU) was way better than the others with 24 points. Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) scored 13 points and pulled down 8 rebounds, while Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern) stopped to 11 pts. This quarter was the crucial one in this meeting: 18-21, 18-13, 14-28, 24-19. Argentina will play against Panama today. Puerto Rico already played their four games at this stage.

Panama - Uruguay 61-77
Uruguay registered valuable 77-61 win against Panama making a huge step forward to the next stage in Mar del Plata. Thanks to this win, which is at the same time their first one, Uruguay joined Panama with 1-2 record. Both teams have a good chance to advance. Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) exploded with 24 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. He reached valuation 31. Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) scored 15 and Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) netted five points less. In defeat, Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85, college: Virginia) top-scored with 19 points. Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, agency: Priority Sports, college: Providence) had double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Jose Lloreda (201-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU) added 10 points and 10 rebs. Quarters: 13-14, 16-16, 14-23, 18-24. Uruguay will meet Paraguay today in another crucial game. Panama will play against untouchable Argentineans.


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EuroBasket 2011: Finland open win count in Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
Finland - Bosnia and Herzegovina 92:64

Finland celebrated the first win at the European Championship. They shot down Bosnia and Herzegovina for 1-2 record in Group C. The Finnish team thus caught up their todays opponents in the ladder. Mikko Koivisto (194-G-87, college: NC-Greensboro) posted 17 points to pace the winners.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. The lead changed hands for several times before Mikko Koivisto made it 24:20 for Finland. Bosnia and Herzegovina denied the deficit midway through the second term. Ikonic put them in charge with a three-pointer 32:31. But Finland regained control and ensured a 42:38 lead at the interval. The Finnish team used a 9:2 run midway through the third quarter to boost the margin to 11 points 51:40. Salin and Rannikko made it 70:53 late in the period. Salin capped the third term with a three-pointer as Finland earned a 76:56 advantage. Finland stayed comfortable in charge throughout the fourth frame.
Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) contributed 14 points, while Gerald Lee (208-F-87, college: ODU) provided 12 points in the victory. Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) answered with 25 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81) had 11 points in the losing case.

Finland: Mikko Koivisto 17, Petteri Koponen 14, Gerald Lee 12
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Henry Domercant 25, Kenan Bajramovic 11



EUROBASKET: Sweet smell of the victory - by Rauno Hurmalainen
EuroBasket, Lithuania 2011: Finland NT knows now the sweet smell of the victory! Finland defeated in game 3 Bosnia and Herzegovina 92-64 (42-38). Quarters: 24-20, 18-18, 34-18, 16-8. Finally Finland was playing on own level. The Finns scored this time also inside (48 pts in the paint) and won even the rebounds (33-29). The players enjoyed being in this game and on the court. Even 34-year-old Hanno Mottola (209-F/C-76, college: Utah) and 33-year-old Antti 'sky hook' Nikkila (210-F/C-78, college: Valparaiso) looked like a lot younger Sasu Salin (190-PG-91), Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) or Mikko Koivisto (194-G-87, college: NC-Greensboro), who led Finland with 17 points. 10 Finnish players scored in the contest, five of them in double digits. Bosnia and Herzegovina had only two players over 10 pts. Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) netted 25 pts in 25 minutes.
Alytus 3.9.: F.Y.R. of Macedonia - Greece 72-58 (30-29), Croatia - Montenegro 87-81 (46-42), Finland - Bosnia and Herzegovina 92-64 (42-38). Finland: Mikko Koivisto 17, Petteri Koponen 14, Gerald Lee Jr 12, Tuukka Kotti 10, Hanno Mottola 10. 1 - 78,6% (11/14), 2 - 64,3% (27/42), 3 - 39,1% (9/23). R: 24+9=33. TO: 8. Bosnia and Herzegovina: Henry Domercant 25, Kenan Bajramovic 11. 1 - 61.9% (13/21), 2 - 53,6% (15/28), 3 - 30,4% (7/23). R: 20+9=29. TO: 16.

Standings:
1) Greece 2-1
2) F.Y.R. of Macedonia 2-1
3) Croatia 2-1
4) Finland 1-2
5) Montenegro 1-2
6) Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-2
Next games 4.9.: F.Y.R. of Macedonia - Finland (at 15:30), Montenegro - Greece (at 18:00), Bosnia and Herzegovina - Croatia (at 21:00).



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Chandler Parsons is closing in on a two-month deal with Cholet - by Eurobasket News
Chandler Parsons (205-F-88, agency: Priority Sports) landed for Cholet for 2011/2012 season. The American Forward will join the French team for the upcoming pre-season as well.
In 2007-2008 he started for Florida (NCAA) and in 36 games averaged 8.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 47.2%, 3Pts: 32.4%, FT: 62.7%. In 2008-2009 for Florida (NCAA, starting five) improved to 9.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.0%, 3Pts: 30.1%, FT: 55.7%
In 2009-2010 his stats read 12.4ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 66.2%. The last season for Florida (NCAA, starting five) he ended up with 11.3ppg, 7.8rpg, 3.8apg, FGP: 48.0%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 55.7%.
In 2011 Chandler Parsons was drafted by Houston Rockets (NBA,2rd (38)). Parsons is closing in on a two-month deal with French club Cholet. The deal would include an opt-out clause to allow for Parsons' return to the NBA once the lockout ends. Parsons secured a short-term guaranteed deal with Cholet, which is trying to qualify for the Euroleague.



Busy Friday with friendly games - by Eurobasket News
Friday was as busy as it could for the pre-season games for French teams. Strasbourg IG lost to Charleroi 68:84. The Belgian team took the lead after the first period leading 27:20. Strasbourg could reduce just to 6 points at the end of the half as they won the second frame 15-14. The third quarter became decisive in the game as Charleroi erupted with 32-20 for the bigger lead. The French outfit finished the game with 13-11 to lose by 16. Hill stepped up for the winners with 16 points and Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: JMU) as well as Green netted 15 each. Demond Mallet (185-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: McNeese St.) followed them with 10 and Boris Penninck (201-C-88) scored 8. Kevin Anderson (182-G-88, college: Richmond) replied with 16 points for the French team and Harper scored 15. MBaye ended up with 12, while Greer posted 9.
Boulazac was beaten by Poitiers 73:79. The ProA team looked was led by Kenny Younger (203-F-77, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Houston) who led the winners with 19 points. Rasheed Wright (196-F-80, college: ODU) posted 16 and Gomez notched 13.
In another games Quimper rolled over Nantes 73:59, Dijon edged Bourg 82:58, Pau outscored Limoges 69:50 and Nancy edged Liege 82:61.



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EuroBasket 2011: FYR Macedonia upset Greece, climb on top of Group C - by Eurobasket News
FYR Macedonia - Greece 72:58

FYR Macedonia recorded the second win at the 2011 EuroBasket. They stunned Greece tonight to improve at 2-1 record in Group C. Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) stepped up with 27 points to pace the charge. Greece and FYR Macedonia are now tied on top of the ladder in the group.
FYR Macedonia jumped to an early 6:2 lead. But Greece quickly denied the deficit. They put their noses in front and ensured an 18:16 lead at the first break. The Hellenes stretched the margin to 5 points early in the second quarter 21:16. But FYR Macedonia used an 8:0 run late in the half to surge ahead 30:26. Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) and Kaimakoglou cut the distance to a single point 29:30 at halftime. Bo McCalebb stepped up for FYR Macedonia in the third term. He fired 13 points and made sure his team took a 50:47 lead into the fourth frame. FYR Macedonia went on an 11:1 run early in the fourth quarter to boost their lead. Vasileiadis stopped the rot for Greece but FYR Macedonia answered with a killer 9:0 surge to clear off for good in this one. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) posted 12 points and 8 rebounds, while Todor Gechevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) and Chekovski added 11 points each in the victory. Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) responded with 16 points for Greece. Ioannis Bourousis had 10 points, 10 boards and 4 assists in the loss.

FYR Macedonia: Bo McCalebb 27, Pero Antic 12, Todor Gechevski 11, Chekovski 11
Greece: Antonis Fotsis 16, Ioannis Bourousis 10+10 boards



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  GEORGIA   


EuroBasket 2011: Slovenia is the first to improve to 3-0 record in Group D - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia-Georgia 87:75

Slovenia is the first to improve to 3-0 record in Group D at Eurobasket 2011. The team edged tough Georgia 87:75 and advanced to the next stage of the competition with two more games remaining.
Georgia started better and Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84) brought the first three points. Sanikidze scored for 7:5 and Tsintsadze delivered two for 22:14. Moreover Haynes nailed three for 25:15 after the first ten minutes of the game. Shengelia brought the biggest lead in the game at 28:15 early in the third, while Slovenia reduced to 4 points after a 9-0 run. Dragic and Jagodnik cut it to 37:35 and Saso Ozbolt (188-G-81, agency: World Sport Agency) brought 40:40 on the board. It was the last successful shot in the half as the teams disappeared in the lockers. Slovenia took control in the third period and Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) scored for 51:45. Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) and Dragic delivered for 55:47 , but Georgia pushed the tempo at the end of the third quarter. Gamqrelidze reduced to 55:51 and Boisa scored for 57:53. Gamqrelidze nailed three for 59:58 that was the end of the third quarter. Saso Ozbolt and Dragic fired threes for 65:60 and Jaka Lakovic nailed another one for 73:65. The latter made two free throws for 77:68 with a minute to go. Saso Ozbolt made another two for 11-point lead, while Haynes scored three for 79:71. Saso Ozbolt made four free throws in a row for 85:73, while Jaka Lakovic made the final result on the board.
Jaka Lakovic paced all the winners with 22 points and Saso Ozbolt added 21. Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) produced 15, while Erazem Lorbek delivered 12. Zaza Pachulia replied with 22 points and Manuchar Markoishvili (195-G-86) scored 16.

Slovenia: Jaka Lakovic 22, Saso Ozbolt 21, Zoran Dragic 15, Erazem Lorbek 12
Georgia: Zaza Pachulia 22, Manuchar Markoishvili 16



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  GERMANY   


Failed medical: Wuerzburg waives Tisdale - by Moritz Korff
BBL newcomer s.Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg has cancelled the contract with big man Mike Tisdale (215-C-89, college: Illinois), after the 21-year-old failed to pass the medical test, the club unveiled today. According to a press release the Wuerzburg doctors diagnosed Tisdale with back problems. Following this news the club decided to terminate Tisdale's contract, not wanting to take the risk going into the season with Tisdale being hurt. The former Illinois center has already returned home. 'It's a pity and we are sorry for Mike, but given these circumstances, it would be too risky for him and for us to compete in the Bundesliga. We trust our medical staff, that is why we terminated his contract', coach John Patrick stated.

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Kolossos tab Ruben Boykin - by Eurobasket News
Kolossos have bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Ruben Boykin (201-F-85, college: N.Arizona). The deal is meant for the next season. The forward spent the previous season in Italy. Ruben Boykin played for Assigeco Lodi. His stats read 13.5 points, 8.1 boards, 1.4 steals and 1.2 assists per game in LegaDue. Eurobasket.com named Ruben Boykin into All-Italian LegaDue 3rd Team. Previously the forward had spells with Fileni Jesi, Edimes Pavia, Stal Ostrow. Ruben Boykin participated at Polish League All-Star Game. He was also on All-Big Sky Conference 1st Team in his senior season in Northern Arizona Uinversity.


EuroBasket 2011: FYR Macedonia upset Greece, climb on top of Group C - by Eurobasket News
FYR Macedonia - Greece 72:58

FYR Macedonia recorded the second win at the 2011 EuroBasket. They stunned Greece tonight to improve at 2-1 record in Group C. Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) stepped up with 27 points to pace the charge. Greece and FYR Macedonia are now tied on top of the ladder in the group.
FYR Macedonia jumped to an early 6:2 lead. But Greece quickly denied the deficit. They put their noses in front and ensured an 18:16 lead at the first break. The Hellenes stretched the margin to 5 points early in the second quarter 21:16. But FYR Macedonia used an 8:0 run late in the half to surge ahead 30:26. Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) and Kaimakoglou cut the distance to a single point 29:30 at halftime. Bo McCalebb stepped up for FYR Macedonia in the third term. He fired 13 points and made sure his team took a 50:47 lead into the fourth frame. FYR Macedonia went on an 11:1 run early in the fourth quarter to boost their lead. Vasileiadis stopped the rot for Greece but FYR Macedonia answered with a killer 9:0 surge to clear off for good in this one. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) posted 12 points and 8 rebounds, while Todor Gechevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) and Chekovski added 11 points each in the victory. Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) responded with 16 points for Greece. Ioannis Bourousis had 10 points, 10 boards and 4 assists in the loss.

FYR Macedonia: Bo McCalebb 27, Pero Antic 12, Todor Gechevski 11, Chekovski 11
Greece: Antonis Fotsis 16, Ioannis Bourousis 10+10 boards



Dikoudis the new player of PAOK - by Giorgos Diploidis
Dimos Dikoudis (207-F/C-77) is officially player of PAOK Thessaloniki. The experienced power forward/center will add depth to the front line of the team of Thessaloniki. The two sides were discussing during this week and today they reached the final agreement. After this movement the interest is who will be the other player who will share the power forward position along with Dikoudis.Will be Todor Gechevski or an American player (the most possible)?.

Dikoudis last year with AEK had
14.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.3apg in 24 games.



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  ISRAEL   


Igor Simin leaves Nes-Ziona to join Beer Yaakov - by David Pick
Eurobasket.com reveals that Igor Simin who had signed a deal with second division's Hapoel Ironi Nes-Ziona just last week, 'opted-out' of his agreement and joined a leagues favorite -- Beer Yaakov, for the next two-seasons.

Simin returns to the local Israeli hoops after playing four years abroad (mostly in Germany), where last season he played 25 games for GiroLive-Ballers Osnabrueck in the ProA league averaging 7.4ppg and 1.9rpg.

Simin, who made his professional career debut in the 2003/4 season for Hapoel Tel-Aviv, remains to date a symbol among the red fanatic fans who were interested in Simin's services for the upcoming season. However, after signing with Nes-Ziona, the team recently brought in leading point guard Dori Assaf, and mysteriously misplaced Simin's contract, resulting in the players' next move, joining Beer Yaakov who've showed a great deal of interest in the 6-foot-6 guard.

With Beer Yaakov, Simin joins an extremely talented roster led by Americans Nate Miller and Jermaine Hall, in addition to Israelis Drew Housman, Iftach Bouchman and Yoad Bet-Yosef.




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  ITALY   


Nazionale A: Friendly games - by Eurobasket News
Italian Omegna surprised Lugano 83:70. It was not a good game for the Swiss side that could not show their best game. The team however played without Efevberha and Draughan. Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: San Diego St.) erupted with 31 points and Dusan Mladjan (199-G-86, agency: Interperformances) delivered 22. Derek Stockalper (198-G/F-84, college: Cal Poly - SLO) scored 14 and Eljon Harlicaj (193-F-93) posted 3.
Lugano however smashed Lago Maggiore 107:65. It was an easy game for the Swiss team that controlled the entire court. They won all the quarters and showed great game. Evefberaha stepped up with 31 points and Dusan Mladjan added 30. Derek Stockalper ended up with 18 points, while Johnson notched 17.
Earlier Royal Legnano Basket overcame Pallacanestro Lago Maggiore 84:81 and 91:89 after another 5 extra minutes. Lago Maggiore looked better in the first period and started with 21:16. They led three points at the halftime and enjoyed 57:50 after three quarters. Royal Legnano Basket however needed a strong finish to seal the victory. Claudio Munini (200-G/F-85) paced all the winners with 16 points and Ferrari netted 13. Simone Ferrarese (182-G-87) replied with 22 points in defeat and Simone Cotani (201-G/F-81) scored 21.



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  IVORY COAST   


Mohamed Kone signs with Alicante - by Eurobasket News
Mohamed Kone (211-C-81, college: Valparaiso) signs with Alicante for 2011/2012 season. The Ivorian player however remains in Spain.
Last year Lagun Aro GBC announced signing of a one-year deal with Mohamed Kone. The 30-year old French/Ivorian center arrived to the Spanish team after one season in Turkey. He played 30 TBL games for Erdemir collecting 7.7 ppg and 6 rpg. He moved to the Turkish squad last summer from Roanne. On season 2008/09 with the French outfit Cone had 8.5 ppg and 5.2 rpg for 6 EuroCup games. In the past he also played for Chalon.
Mohamed Kone is an active member of the Ivory Coast National Team. At the African Championships in Madagascar -11 (Semifinals) he averaged 11.0ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 48.4%, 3PT-3 (50.0%), FT: 64.3%. He recorded 14 points at the last game when Nigeria senior national team, DTigers Sunday defeated 2009 runner-up Cote DIvoire by 77-67 to finish third.
In 2010-2011 for Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC (Spain-ACB) Mohamed Kone averaged 5.2ppg, 4.2rpg, FGP: 58.7%, FT: 59.3%.



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Justin Burrell lands in Yokohama B-Corsairs - by Eurobasket News
Justin Burrell (235-F-88) will play in Japan. The forward will tip off his pro career in the Yokohama B-Corsairs. Justin Burrell graduated from St. Johns University this year. He tallied 6.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in his senior season. The forward was named All-Big East Sixth Man of the Year.


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Halcones UV Xalapa sign Davin White - by Eurobasket Center
Halcones UV Xalapa (LNBP) signed 30-year old American guard Davin White (186-G-81, college: Cal.St. Northridge). White played most recently at Mineros de Cananea (CIBACOPA). While playing 50 games for Cananea last season his stats were: 28.0ppg (2nd best in the league), 3.4rpg, 5.4apg (4th best in the league), 2.3spg ( best in the league) and 1.1bpg. He helped them to win the championship title. A very impressive season as he received an award of Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA Player of the Year. White is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Canada, Serbia and USA. White graduated Cal State - Northridge in 2005 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Robert Gleen is a newcomer at Soles de Mexicali - by Eurobasket Center
Soles de Mexicali (LNBP) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old Mexican power forward Robert Gleen (201-F/C-89, college: IUPUI). Gleen played most recently at Trotamundos de Carabobo (Venezuela). He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB 2011 Awards 1st Team. Gleen played also pro basketball in Spain and Venezuela. He graduated Indiana Univ-Purdue Univ-Indianapolis in 2010 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Fuerza Regia's defense gets it done - by Carlos Chapa
'Offense wins games, defense wins championships', that was probably the phrase that Fuerza Regia's President Sergio Ganem had in mind when he put this team together, surrounding players like Jeremis Smith, Andre Joseph Tyronzic, Mike Mitchell, Alonso Izaguirre and Michael Strobbe with newcomers Kleon Penn, Chris Roberts, Alvin Cruz, Gordo Castillo and Ty Thomas, some of them known for their hustle and intelligence in the defensive end, specially Kleon Penn, the reigning recipient of the BSN defensive player of the year award in Puerto Rico, the first challenge was a very strong edition of Halcones Rojos de Veracruz.

The defensive power that Monterrey's team has, was shown for the last three quarters, allowing little to no points inside the paint, providing key blocks and maintaining an energetic half court press throughout the game. On the other end of the court, Mike Mitchell provided the offensive spark draining three-pointers when the shot clock was about to expire and finishing with 24 units, Jeremis Smith and Chris Roberts showed aggressiveness when driving to the hoop drawing fouls and opening passing lanes, Smith had 15 points and Roberts 14.

Halcones Rojos de Veracruz presented some nice moments with Carlos Rivera and Shaun Pruitt, who will have the responsibility to lead a very strong squad that includes 5 or 6 possible call-ups to the Mexican National Team.

At the end the crowd gathered at Monterreys Gimnasio Nuevo Leon enjoyed a good basketball game and saw their team win with a final score of 80-71.



Erick Hare joins Aguilas Rojas de Queretaro - by Eurobasket Center
Aguilas Rojas de Queretaro (LNBP) signed 32-year old swingman Erick Hare (196-G/F-102kg-79, college: Albertson). Hare played most recently at Madereros de Durango (CIBANE). He helped them to win the championship title. He started the season at Pioneros Los Mochis in CIBACOPA having solid stats: 13.0ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.3apg. A very impressive season as he received an award of Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA Domestic Player of the Year. Hare is a very experienced player. He graduated Albertson College in 2003 and it will be Hares nineth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Devon Pearson joins Toros Nuevo Laredo - by Eurobasket Center
Toros Nuevo Laredo (LNBP) agreed terms with 27-year old American forward Devon Pearson (198-F-102kg-84, college: SMU). He played most recently at North Dallas Vandals (ABA) in the U.S. Pearson was selected also to the all-star game. He graduated Southern Methodist University in 2007 and it could be Pearsons fifth season in pro basketball if he did not miss three years just after his graduation.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Soto is back at Abejas de Guanajuato - by Eurobasket Center
Abejas de Guanajuato (LNBP) signed 24-year old domestic forward Christian Soto (203-F-109kg-87, college: Cal-Riverside). Its actually her comeback to Abejas as she played here before. Soto played most recently at Gallitos de Isabela (Puerto Rico). While playing 18 games for Isabela last season his stats were: 2.5ppg and 2.7rpg. He graduated University of California, Riverside in 2009 and it will be Sotos third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Adrian Joseph is a newcomer at Halcones UV Xalapa - by Eurobasket Center
Halcones UV Xalapa (LNBP) added to their roster 27-year old forward Adrian Joseph (201-F-84, college: Virginia) from Trinidad. He played most recently at Petro Jazz (Trinidad / Tobago). Joseph graduated The University of Virginia in 2008 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball. He spent also two years (just after graduation) in Spanish LEB Silver league.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Lorrenzo Wade is a newcomer at Abejas de Guanajuato - by Eurobasket Center
Abejas de Guanajuato (LNBP) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old Mexican forward Lorrenzo Wade (198-F-103kg-85, college: San Diego St.). He played most recently at Rayos de Hermosillo (CIBACOPA). Wade helped them to make it to the final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA 2nd Team. Wade is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Greece, Israel and Philippines. Wade graduated San Diego State University in 2009 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Rougeau is back at Toros Nuevo Laredo - by Eurobasket Center
Toros Nuevo Laredo (LNBP) agreed terms with 25-year old American guard Rene Rougeau (198-G-86, college: UNLV). Its actually Rougeaus comeback to Toros as she played here before. Rougeau played most recently at Caballeros de Culiacan (CIBACOPA). While playing 36 games for Culiacan last season his stats were: 18.6ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.2apg, 1.6spg (5th best in the league) and 1.4bpg. He helped them to win the championship title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. A very impressive season as he received an award of Latinbasket.com All-Mexican LNBP Player of the Year. Rougeau graduated University of Nevada -Las Vegas in 2009 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Abejas de Guanajuato lands Jackson - by Eurobasket Center
Abejas de Guanajuato (LNBP) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American forward Marcus Jackson (202-F-110kg-82, college: Marquette, agency: Court Side). He played most recently at Lechugueros de Leon (LNBP). While playing 18 games for Lechugueros last season he averaged 7.6ppg, 8.7rpg and 1.1apg. Jackson is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Finland, Germany, Holland and Sweden. Jackson graduated Marquette University in 2005 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Brody Angley joins Toros Nuevo Laredo - by Eurobasket Center
Toros Nuevo Laredo (LNBP) agreed terms with 25-year old domestic guard Brody Angley (180-G-86, agency: JEMsports). Angley played most recently at Lugano Tigers (Switzerland). While playing 1 game in EuroChallenge for Lugano Tigers last season he recorded 2pts, 3reb, 4ast and 2steals. He also played 28 games in Swiss League and his stats were 5.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.3apg (5th best in the league) and 2.3spg (5th best in the league). He helped them to win the championship title and the cup. Angley played also pro basketball in Poland and Switzerland.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Brandon Brown joins Halcones UV Xalapa - by Eurobasket Center
Halcones UV Xalapa (LNBP) agreed terms with 26-year old American forward Brandon Brown (201-F-109kg-85, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.). He played most recently at Mineros de Cananea (CIBACOPA). While playing 29 games for Cananea last season he recorded 24.1ppg, 10.9rpg ( best in the league), 1.2apg, 1.6spg (5th best in the league) and 1.0bpg. Brown helped them to win the championship title. It was a very successful year in his career as He received an award of Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA Forward of the Year. Brown is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in France, Iceland, Lithuania, Poland and Portugal. Brown graduated Cal State - San Bernardino in 2009 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Miguel Marriaga joins Soles de Mexicali - by Eurobasket Center
Soles de Mexicali (LNBP) agreed terms with 27-year old international international center Miguel Marriaga (208-C-102kg-84). Marriaga played most recently at Trotamundos de Carabobo (Venezuela) and for Bukaros de Bucaramanga in Colombia. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Marriaga is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Colombia, France, Italy, Puerto Rico, Turkey and Venezuela. Marriaga has been a member of Venezuelan international program for some years. He played for senior national team this year and previously for U21 national team in 2004. Marriaga represented Venezuelan at the South American Championships in Colombia last year. Hs team got to the Semifinals and Marriagas stats at this event were 5 games: 2.8ppg, 4.2rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Soles de Mexicali signs Smith just out of college - by Eurobasket Center
Soles de Mexicali (LNBP) signed 20-year old American center Greg Smith (208-C-91, agency: Impact Basketball). Smith played most recently at Fresno State University (NCAA) in the U.S. While playing 31 games for Fresno St. last season his stats were: 11.7ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.7apg, 1.1spg and 1.1bpg. Smith was also selected to All-WAC 2nd Team last season. He just graduated Fresno State University and it will be Smiths first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Standings - LNBP
LNBP Standings
 1. Abejas 1-0 
 2. Barreteros 1-0 
 3. Fuerza Regia 1-0 
 4. Huracanes 1-0 
 5. Pioneros 1-0 
 6. Soles 1-0 
 7. Toros 1-0 
 8. Corr.Victoria 1-1 
 9. Aguilas Rojas 0-1 
 10. Halc.Rojos 0-1 
 11. Halc.Xalapa 0-1 
 12. Panteras 0-1 
 13. Volcanes 0-1 
 14. Lechugueros 0-2 


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EuroBasket 2011: Croatia edge Montenegro in Alytus - by Eurobasket News
Croatia - Montenegro 87:81

Croatia posted the second victory in the European Championship in Poland. They held off Montenegro to improve at 2-1 record in Group C. Montenegro on the other hand slipped at 1-2 record after the defeat. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) orchestrated the victory with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Croatia.
The Croatian team got to the better start. They registered a 24:16 lead after ten minutes of action. Croatia kept Montenegro at bay throughout the second frame. Cook and Bjelica finally managed to drag Montenegro within four points at the interval 42:46. But Croatia opened the third term on a 7:0 run to boost the gap. They arrived at the final break leading by 7 points 67:60. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) made it a 10-point game 80:70 midway through the fourth frame. But Montenegro answered with 7:0 run to narrow the distance. Tomic, Zoric and Marko Popovic went deadly from the stripe in the dying seconds sealing the victory for Croatia. Marko Popovic posted 23 points for the winners. Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston) had 9 points and 12 assists for Croatia. Goran Jeretin (192-G-79, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 18 points for Montenegro. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) had 17 points in the loss.

Croatia: Ante Tomic 26, Marko Popovic 23, Dontaye Draper 9+12 assists
Montenegro: Goran Jeretin 18, Vladimir Dragicevic 17



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Ronzone out as assistant GM with T-Wolves - by Eurobasket News
The Minnesota Timberwolves and assistant general manager Tony Ronzone have agreed to part ways.

A team spokesman confirmed the change on Friday. Mike Cristaldi says Ronzone and the Timberwolves have mutually agreed to part ways after just over one season together. Ronzone joined the organization in 2010 and revamped the team's scouting department, particularly overseas.

He was integral in getting Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio to agree to come over and play with the Timberwolves for the upcoming season. Ronzone also served as the main organizational spokesman during this year's draft while team president David Kahn was busy dealing with dispatching head coach Kurt Rambis.

The Associated Press left a phone message for Ronzone seeking comment. The news was first reported by the Star Tribune.

Courtesy of www.cbc.ca


Former NBA player found guilty of fraud and tax charges - by Eurobasket News
Former NBA player Jay Vincent was sentenced to at least five years in prison Friday after being found guilty of defrauding 20,000 people in a business that promised to provide home inspection jobs.

The 52-year-old former Los Angeles Laker pleaded guilty last year of fraud and tax charges and apologized for his actions Friday. Meanwhile, Vincent's lawyers asked for probation, citing that Vincent can repay the victims the amount they invested including court-ordered damages, if and when he is out of prison.

In a court filing, Vincent's lawyer Thomas Clement asked that Vincent be out of prison so he could pay the victims.

Mr. Vincent remains employable both locally and abroad. His successful basketball career continues to present him with opportunities coaching, instructing basketball camps and speaking,

Last month, Vincent voluntarily revoked his bond and agreed to go to jail while waiting for the federal court's decision.

Vincent helped Michigan State University win the NCAA championship in 1979, playing alongside NBA legend Magic Johnson and journeyman Greg Kelser. He played several NBA seasons with the Dallas Mavericks, Washington Bullets, Denver Nuggets, San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers and the Lakers before playing overseas.

Courtesy of www.digitaljournal.com


Former Spur Rasho Nesterovic retires from basketball - by Eurobasket News
After former San Antonio Spurs legend David Robinson, Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76) had some mighty shoes to fill. He lived in the shadow of one of the game's greatest centers and although fans may have expected a lot from him, he did put up some good numbers when he wore the silver and black.

After his best season with the Timberwolves during the 200203 season, when he averaged 11.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, the Spurs gave him a 6-year contract in 2004 when he was traded.

In his first season with San Antonio, he averaged 8.7 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per game. In his second season with the Spurs, 200405, he suffered an ankle injury, and was limited to 70 games. He also won an NBA title with the Spurs the same season.

He was traded by the Spurs in 2006 to the Raptors for Matt Bonner, Erik Williams and a 2009 second round pick. And after spending time in Indiana, Toronto and finally making his way back home, Nesterovic has called it a career and has retired from basketball.

'I believe my basketball career has ended. It's enough. I've had a 17 years long professional basketball career. My latest injury has nothing to do with this decision. This was a personal decision. Basically I can't function as I did in the past, anymore. If I can't be at my 100% as a l player, I would rather do something else at the fullest.'

Rasho made it clear he does not want to get into coaching and feels working with children will be his next step.

'I don't want to become a coach. I don't want to speak about me in any managerial function in any club. This is hard to admit but these days the clubs are turning to the amateur side of the sport due to financial hardships. The properly functioning clubs are numbered. I would like to work with children, it would make me happy. They get you, you get them and most importantly things are more relaxed with them.'

Nesterovic concluded his career playing in Greece for Olympiacos and can claim he won both a Euroleague and NBA title. He also played for the Slovenian national team.
The former 1999 first-round pick may not have had the impact many of today's European players can have on an NBA team but he was one of the first to pave the way for other foreign players yearning to play in the NBA.

Courtesy of http://projectspurs.com


Andrew Bogut in discussions with Australian teams; insurance could be issue - by Eurobasket News
Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut (7'0''-C/F-84, college: Utah) says, via Twitter, that he's in negotiations with several Australian teams.

A native Australian, Bogut averaged 12.8 points and 11.1 rebounds in 65 games for Milwaukee in 2010-11 and, according to The West Australian, would be willing to play for 'next to nothing.' But the cost of insurance for teams wishing to sign him could be prohibitive -- a policy would cost $500,000 every three months, according to the newspaper.

Bogut, 26, seriously injured his arm at the end of the 2009-10 season and has acknowledged that he wasn't at 100 percent last season.

Nick Marvin, managing director for the Perth Wildcats, says his team is negotiating with Bogut.

'It's so embryonic that we have not even discussed it with our leadership group, the captains or the players,' Marvin said.

If negotiations progress, the Wildcats would seek financial support from the government and corporate sectors.

'For Andrew Bogut to play for us, and if that is the only hurdle we have to cross, I would hope that government and corporate Western Australia would support us and make it work,' Marvin said.

'I don't have $500,000 sitting in my back pocket, but would it be important to the people of Western Australia? Absolutely.'

Rob Beveridge, who coaches the team, has coached Bogut in the past, including at the 2003 FIBA world junior championship.

'He loves our program and he loves our coach, so that's not a hurdle,' Marvin said. 'It's about making everything else add up.'

Courtesy of www.aol.sportingnews.com


San Antonio's DeJuan Blair heads to Russia - by Eurobasket News
Another NBA player signed a deal overseas. DeJuan Blair (6'7''-F-89, college: Pittsburgh) is officially with Krasnie Krilya for the upcoming season. The American player arrived earlier for the try-out and both sides agreed last night the terms and conditions. In 2007-2008 Blair started for Pittsburgh (NCAA) and in 37 games averaged 11.6ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.7spg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 53.7%, FT: 62.4%. In 2008-2009 for Pittsburgh (NCAA, starting five) after 35 games he improved to 15.7ppg, 12.3rpg, 1.2apg, 1.5spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 59.3%, FT: 60.5%. In 2009 was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA,2rd (37)) and in 2009-2010: debuted in NBA with 7.3ppg, 6.2rpg, FGP: 55.4%, FT: 54.7%.
Last season after 85 games he improved to 8.1ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 49.7%, FT: 65.5%. DeJuan Blair recorded 28 point in February, 2011 against Toronto. He matched a career high by scoring 16 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, George Hill had 18 points and the San Antonio Spurs won their fourth straight game, beating the Toronto Raptors 111-100.
Krasnie Krilya meanwhile started already the preparation games for the upcoming season. Recently the team is playing some friendlies in Italy.


Rockets' pick Parsons to play in France - by Eurobasket News
Chandler Parsons (6'9''-F-88, agency: Priority Sports) landed for Cholet for 2011/2012 season. The American Forward will join the French team for the upcoming pre-season as well.
In 2007-2008 he started for Florida (NCAA) and in 36 games averaged 8.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 47.2%, 3Pts: 32.4%, FT: 62.7%. In 2008-2009 for Florida (NCAA, starting five) improved to 9.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.0%, 3Pts: 30.1%, FT: 55.7%.
In 2009-2010 his stats read 12.4ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 66.2%. The last season for Florida (NCAA, starting five) he ended up with 11.3ppg, 7.8rpg, 3.8apg, FGP: 48.0%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 55.7%.
In 2011 Chandler Parsons was drafted by Houston Rockets (NBA,2rd (38)). Parsons is closing in on a two-month deal with French club Cholet. The deal would include an opt-out clause to allow for Parsons' return to the NBA once the lockout ends. Parsons secured a short-term guaranteed deal with Cholet, which is trying to qualify for the Euroleague.


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Juwan Howard Jr. leaving W. Michigan team - by Eurobasket News
Juwan Howard Jr. (6'6''-F-92) is leaving the Western Michigan basketball team.

The school's athletic department says the sophomore forward will not return for the fall semester because of personal reasons. Coach Steve Hawkins says the program stands ''100 percent'' behind the decision Howard and his family made.

Western Michigan went 21-13 last season. The 6-foot-6 Howard averaged 9.3 points.

Courtesy of www.csnbaltimore.com


Drummond enrolls at Connecticut, added to roster - by Eurobasket News
Star recruit Andre Drummond (6'11''-C-93) has enrolled at Connecticut and been added to the roster of the men's basketball team.

UConn said Friday that the 6-foot-11 Drummond has decided to wear No. 12 for the Huskies, after originally being assigned No. 15, the same number worn last year by Kemba Walker.

The school has not said where Drummond's scholarship will come from. Connecticut has none available after losing three due to NCAA rules violations and a poor academic performance rating.

Several media outlets are reporting that redshirt freshman Michael Bradley has volunteered to give up his scholarship and apply for financial aid. The 6-10 Bradley would play as a walk-on.

Drummond made the surprise announcement that he would join Connecticut last week on his Twitter page.

The Huskies are coming off a national-championship season in which they finished 32-9. They won the Big East tournament in New York as well, and defeated Butler, 53-41, in Houston to win the NCAA tournament.

Courtesy of www.chron.com


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Uruguay celebrates 77-61 win against Panamanians, joins them with 1-2 - by Eurobasket News
PANAMA - URUGUAY 61-77

Uruguay registered valuable 77-61 win against Panama making a huge step forward to the next stage in Mar del Plata. Thanks to this win, which is at the same time their first one, Uruguay joined Panama with 1-2 record. Both teams have a good chance to advance. Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) exploded with 24 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. He reached valuation 31. Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) scored 15 and Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) netted five points less. In defeat, Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85, college: Virginia) top-scored with 19 points. Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, agency: Priority Sports, college: Providence) had double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Jose Lloreda (201-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU) added 10 points and 10 rebs. Quarters: 13-14, 16-16, 14-23, 18-24. Uruguay will meet Paraguay today in another crucial game. Panama will play against untouchable Argentineans.

Panama: Gary Forbes 19, Ruben Garces 12+11 boards, Jose Lloreda 10+10 boards
Uruguay: Esteban Batista 24+10 boards, Martin Osimani 15, Mauricio Aguiar 10


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Tomasz Kesicki joins Kotwica Kolobrzeg - by Eurobasket News
Tomasz Kesicki (212-C-86) joins Kotwica Kolobrzeg for 2011/2012 season. The Polsih Center arrives from Zastal Zielona Gora.
Last year Zastal Zielona Gora landed Tomasz Kesicki. The 25-year-old centre started two previous seasons in Vive Menorca in Spain. He played just one game and then moved to Poland. Tomasz Kesicki signed a deal with ISS Sportino. In PLK the centre tallied 13.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. Previously Tomasz Kesicki had spells for Castellon, Reggio Emilia, Upim Bologna and Rimini Crabs.
In 2010-2011 for Intermache Zastal Zielona Gora (PLK) Tomasz Kesicki averaged 5.0ppg, 4.2rpg. He recorded 22 points at the start of the season as Zastal Zielona Gora defeated PBG Basket on the road. Tomasz Kesicki came up with 22 points to lead the effort. Walter Hodge nailed 16 points in the victory. Vladimir Tica and Lukasz Wisniewski answered with 15 points each for PBG Basket as they suffered the first loss.



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Argentina beats Puerto Rico 81-74, secures first place in Group B - by Eurobasket News
PUERTO RICO - ARGENTINA 74-81

It was a game for the first place in Group B of the FIBA Americas Championship 2011. The host of this event celebrated 81-74 win against Puerto Rico for perfect 3-0 score in this pool. Puerto Rico ended this phase with 3-1, what is enough for the second place and of course they advanced to the next stage. Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) shined in Argentina with 23 points. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) had 16 points and 7 rebounds, while Carlos Delfino (198-G-82) helped with 14 pts. In the loosing squad, Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: FIU) was way better than the others with 24 points. Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) scored 13 points and pulled down 8 rebounds, while Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern) stopped to 11 pts. This quarter was the crucial one in this meeting: 18-21, 18-13, 14-28, 24-19. Argentina will play against Panama today. Puerto Rico already played their four games at this stage.

Puerto Rico: Carlos Arroyo 24, Daniel Santiago 13+8 boards, Jose Juan Barea 11
Argentina: Emanuel Ginobili 23, Luis Scola 16+7 boards, Carlos Delfino 14


Soto is back at Abejas de Guanajuato - by Eurobasket Center
Abejas de Guanajuato (LNBP) signed 24-year old domestic forward Christian Soto (203-F-109kg-87, college: Cal-Riverside). Its actually her comeback to Abejas as she played here before. Soto played most recently at Gallitos de Isabela (Puerto Rico). While playing 18 games for Isabela last season his stats were: 2.5ppg and 2.7rpg. He graduated University of California, Riverside in 2009 and it will be Sotos third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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DeJuan Blair is officially with Krasnie Krilya - by Eurobasket News
DeJuan Blair (201-F-89, college: Pittsburgh) is officially with Krasnie Krilya for the upcoming season. The American player arrived earlier for the try-out and both sides agreed last night the terms and conditions. In 2007-2008 Blair started for Pittsburgh (NCAA) and in 37 games averaged 11.6ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.7spg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 53.7%, FT: 62.4%. In 2008-2009 for Pittsburgh (NCAA, starting five) after 35 games he improved to 15.7ppg, 12.3rpg, 1.2apg, 1.5spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 59.3%, FT: 60.5%. In 2009 was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA,2rd (37)) and in 2009-2010: debuted in NBA with 7.3ppg, 6.2rpg, FGP: 55.4%, FT: 54.7%.
Last season after 85 games he improved to 8.1ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 49.7%, FT: 65.5%. DeJuan Blair recorded 28 point in February, 2011 against Toronto. He matched a career high by scoring 16 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, George Hill had 18 points and the San Antonio Spurs won their fourth straight game, beating the Toronto Raptors 111-100.


Krasnie Krilya meanwhile started already the preparation games for the upcoming season. Recently the team is playing some friendlies in Italy.



EuroBasket 2011: Blatt's team remain Belgium winless - by Eurobasket News
Russia-Belgium 79:58

Russia grabbed the third victory in Group D of Eurobasket 2011. Blatts squad reached 79:58 over Belgium to keep them winless.
The favorites scored the first six points in the game, but Marcus Faison (196-G-78, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Siena) tied it all at 7:7. Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) and again Marcus Faison scored threes for 10:10, while Khryapa brought 18:12 for Russia. Tabu reduced the gap at the end of the frame closing it at 21:16. Christophe Beghin (207-F-80, agency: Court Side) and Mbenga cut it to 24:20 but Shved and Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) scored for 30:21. Russia led 11 points with few minutes left in the half, however allowed the opponents to cut it to 5 points at the halftime.
Mozgov brought 42:34 and Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) increased to 10 points. Andrei Kirilenko made two free throws for 51:41 and Andrey Vorontsevich nailed three for 13-point advantage. Lauwers and Muya closed the third quarter at 57:48. Antonov and Bykov made it 61:48 early in the last stanza and Antonov nailed three for 16-point lead. Vitaly Fridzon nailed three for 67:50 and he netted another one for 72:52 on the board. Ponkrashov and Antonov scored the last baskets for the winners to celebrate the third straight victory.
Vitaly Fridzon top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Andrey Vorontsevich added 17. Andrei Kirilenko was satisfied with just 9 points. Marcus Faison notched 14 points in defeat, whilst Maxime De Zeeuw (205-F-87, agency: LBM Management) and Christophe Beghin brought 8 apiece.

Russia: Vitaly Fridzon 22, Andrey Vorontsevich 17, Andrei Kirilenko 9
Belgium: Marcus Faison 14, Maxime De Zeeuw 8, Christophe Beghin 8



Triumph and Spartak Primorie collects easy victories - by Eurobasket News
Triumph and Spartak Primorie collects easy victories in the pre-season clashes.
Spartak Primorie Vladivostok smashed Croatian Prigorye 108:61. The Russian team started with 23:19 and never looked behind in the game. Moreover they added 24-17 in the second frame for 47:36 at the halftime. The second half was a nightmare for the home side that was thrashed by the Russian titans. Spartak produced 28-8 in the third quarter and added 33-17 in the last one. Evgeni Baburin (193-G-87) poured in 20 points and Aleksandr Pavlov (202-F-86, agency: RIZO) followed him with 15. Jeleel Akindele (216-C-83, college: Chicago St.) and Fomin added 12 each, while Viktor Uskov (182-G-86) delivered 12.
Triumph overcame Neptunas 81:63. The Lithuanian team however opened the game with 20:17, but lost control in the rest of the game. The Russian team won the second period to take 43:31 at the halftime. Moreover Triumphed increased to 67:41 and won the game by 18 points. Canadian Kyle Landry (206-F-86, college: N.Arizona) stepped up with 18 points and Victor Zvarykin (199-G-86) followed him 12. Artem Kuzyakin (200-G-80) and Davon Jefferson (203-F-86, college: USC) brought 11 each and Dmitry Kulagin netted 10.



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Former Spur Rasho Nesterovic retires from basketball - by Eurobasket News
After former San Antonio Spurs legend David Robinson, Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76) had some mighty shoes to fill. He lived in the shadow of one of the game's greatest centers and although fans may have expected a lot from him, he did put up some good numbers when he wore the silver and black.

After his best season with the Timberwolves during the 200203 season, when he averaged 11.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, the Spurs gave him a 6-year contract in 2004 when he was traded.

In his first season with San Antonio, he averaged 8.7 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per game. In his second season with the Spurs, 200405, he suffered an ankle injury, and was limited to 70 games. He also won an NBA title with the Spurs the same season.

He was traded by the Spurs in 2006 to the Raptors for Matt Bonner, Erik Williams and a 2009 second round pick. And after spending time in Indiana, Toronto and finally making his way back home, Nesterovic has called it a career and has retired from basketball.

'I believe my basketball career has ended. It's enough. I've had a 17 years long professional basketball career. My latest injury has nothing to do with this decision. This was a personal decision. Basically I can't function as I did in the past, anymore. If I can't be at my 100% as a l player, I would rather do something else at the fullest.'

Rasho made it clear he does not want to get into coaching and feels working with children will be his next step.

'I don't want to become a coach. I don't want to speak about me in any managerial function in any club. This is hard to admit but these days the clubs are turning to the amateur side of the sport due to financial hardships. The properly functioning clubs are numbered. I would like to work with children, it would make me happy. They get you, you get them and most importantly things are more relaxed with them.'

Nesterovic concluded his career playing in Greece for Olympiacos and can claim he won both a Euroleague and NBA title. He also played for the Slovenian national team.
The former 1999 first-round pick may not have had the impact many of today's European players can have on an NBA team but he was one of the first to pave the way for other foreign players yearning to play in the NBA.

Courtesy of http://projectspurs.com


EuroBasket 2011: Slovenia is the first to improve to 3-0 record in Group D - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia-Georgia 87:75

Slovenia is the first to improve to 3-0 record in Group D at Eurobasket 2011. The team edged tough Georgia 87:75 and advanced to the next stage of the competition with two more games remaining.
Georgia started better and Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84) brought the first three points. Sanikidze scored for 7:5 and Tsintsadze delivered two for 22:14. Moreover Haynes nailed three for 25:15 after the first ten minutes of the game. Shengelia brought the biggest lead in the game at 28:15 early in the third, while Slovenia reduced to 4 points after a 9-0 run. Dragic and Jagodnik cut it to 37:35 and Saso Ozbolt (188-G-81, agency: World Sport Agency) brought 40:40 on the board. It was the last successful shot in the half as the teams disappeared in the lockers. Slovenia took control in the third period and Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) scored for 51:45. Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) and Dragic delivered for 55:47 , but Georgia pushed the tempo at the end of the third quarter. Gamqrelidze reduced to 55:51 and Boisa scored for 57:53. Gamqrelidze nailed three for 59:58 that was the end of the third quarter. Saso Ozbolt and Dragic fired threes for 65:60 and Jaka Lakovic nailed another one for 73:65. The latter made two free throws for 77:68 with a minute to go. Saso Ozbolt made another two for 11-point lead, while Haynes scored three for 79:71. Saso Ozbolt made four free throws in a row for 85:73, while Jaka Lakovic made the final result on the board.
Jaka Lakovic paced all the winners with 22 points and Saso Ozbolt added 21. Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) produced 15, while Erazem Lorbek delivered 12. Zaza Pachulia replied with 22 points and Manuchar Markoishvili (195-G-86) scored 16.

Slovenia: Jaka Lakovic 22, Saso Ozbolt 21, Zoran Dragic 15, Erazem Lorbek 12
Georgia: Zaza Pachulia 22, Manuchar Markoishvili 16



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Mohamed Kone signs with Alicante - by Eurobasket News
Mohamed Kone (211-C-81, college: Valparaiso) signs with Alicante for 2011/2012 season. The Ivorian player however remains in Spain.
Last year Lagun Aro GBC announced signing of a one-year deal with Mohamed Kone. The 30-year old French/Ivorian center arrived to the Spanish team after one season in Turkey. He played 30 TBL games for Erdemir collecting 7.7 ppg and 6 rpg. He moved to the Turkish squad last summer from Roanne. On season 2008/09 with the French outfit Cone had 8.5 ppg and 5.2 rpg for 6 EuroCup games. In the past he also played for Chalon.
Mohamed Kone is an active member of the Ivory Coast National Team. At the African Championships in Madagascar -11 (Semifinals) he averaged 11.0ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 48.4%, 3PT-3 (50.0%), FT: 64.3%. He recorded 14 points at the last game when Nigeria senior national team, DTigers Sunday defeated 2009 runner-up Cote DIvoire by 77-67 to finish third.
In 2010-2011 for Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC (Spain-ACB) Mohamed Kone averaged 5.2ppg, 4.2rpg, FGP: 58.7%, FT: 59.3%.



Breogan tab Brooks Sales - by Eurobasket News
Breogan have strengthened their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Brooks Sales (208-C/F-80, college: Villanova). The deal is meant for one season. Last season the centre spent in Hungary. He averaged 18.5 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 2.0 assists per game in A Division. Eurobasket.com named the centre into All-Hungarian League 2nd Team. Brooks Sales also participated at Hungarian League All-Star Game. Brooks Sales previously played in Israel, Italy, Turkey, Portugal. The centre was named into All-Italian Seria A 2nd Team in 2005. He was also on Israeli League All-Defensive Team back in 2009.


Avila invite Robert Joseph - by Eurobasket News
Robert Joseph (204-C-78, college: Union, TN) will continue his career in Avila. The Haitian-USA player has agreed on terms of contract with the teams. Last season Robert Joseph played for Navarra. His stats read 7.6 points, 5.3 boards, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 assists per game in LEB Gold. The centre has been playing in Spain since 2002. Robert Joseph was on Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB2 All-Imports 2nd Team in 2004. He also made it into Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver 3rd Team in 2009.


Jose Merino joins Plasencia - by Eurobasket News
Plasencia bolstered their frontcourt. They inked deal with Jose Merino (196-F-88). Last season the forward played for Avila. His stats read 4.9 points and 2.7 rebounds per game in LEB Silver. Earlier Jose Merino had stints with Caja San Fernando, Estudiantes de Lugo, Breogan and Rosalia.


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  SWITZERLAND   


Lugano continues the Italian tour - by Eurobasket News
Lugano continues the Italian tour and exchanged the victories with the teams from A Nazionale. Italian Omegna surprised Lugano 83:70. It was not a good game for the Swiss side that could not show their best game. The team however played without Efevberha and Edwin Draughan (196-G/F-82, college: Yale). Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: San Diego St.) erupted with 31 points and Dusan Mladjan (199-G-86, agency: Interperformances) delivered 22. Derek Stockalper (198-G/F-84, college: Cal Poly - SLO) scored 14 and Harlicaj posted 3.
Lugano however smashed Lago Maggiore 107:65. It was an easy game for the Swiss team that controlled the entire court. They won all the quarters and showed great game. Evefberaha stepped up with 31 points and Dusan Mladjan added 30. Derek Stockalper ended up with 18 points, while Johnson notched 17.
Meanwhile BCF Elfic Fribourg Basket lost to Point Chaud Sprimont 58:68.



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  SYRIA   


Jason Edwin moves his talent to Huracanes de Tampico Mexico also .. - by Tarek Burhan
Another star from Syrian league last season moves to play in Mexico this season .. Jason Edwin (197-G/F-81, college: Kent St.) the international player for U.S.Virgin National team moves to get his first expirience in Mexico .. Jason signs with Huracanes de Tampico .. and he played his first game since 4days .. he helped his team to get them first won in them first game in the league .. they beat Lechugueros de Leon team by 4points .. 85/81 ..
Jason played last season for hurriya .. he signed durring the season . .but his average was 27points in game . .his best game was against Ittihad when he scored 40pts ...
Good Luck for Jason with his first expirience in Mexico


Daniel Rose moves his talent to Correcaminos UAT Victoria Mexico - by Ahmad Madwar
The jamaican player .. and one of the best import players last season Daniel Rose (208-C-83, college: Cedarville) moves to play in Mexico this season ..
he signs with Correcaminos UAT Victoria club which play in LNBP league ... Daniel Was the best rebounder and block shooter last season in Syria .. he helped Wathba club to move from 9th rank season 2009/2010 to rank number 3rd in 2010/2011 ...
he already played his first game in Mexico .. he did good job and his staticts at this game was 14pts, 8reb, 1blk ... and helped his team to beat Lechugueros de Leon by 11points .. 94/83 ...
Good luck for Dany with his second expirience in Mexico .. Wathba Fans whish him all the best ..


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Adrian Joseph is a newcomer at Halcones UV Xalapa - by Eurobasket Center
Halcones UV Xalapa (LNBP) added to their roster 27-year old forward Adrian Joseph (201-F-84, college: Virginia) from Trinidad. He played most recently at Petro Jazz (Trinidad / Tobago). Joseph graduated The University of Virginia in 2008 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball. He spent also two years (just after graduation) in Spanish LEB Silver league.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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  TURKEY   


Anadolu Efes edge Azovmash in exhibition clash - by Eurobasket News
Anadolu Efes - Azovmash 88:87

Anadolu Efes took on Azovmash in the exhibition clash in Bormio. The Turkish team celebrated a narrow victory at the end. Sasha Vujacic (200-G-84) scored 30 points to lead the effort.
Azovmash got to the better start. The Ukrainian team led by 7 points after ten minutes 32:25. The Turkish powerhouse cut the deficit in the second quarter. They trimmed the distance to just three points at the interval 48:51. Azovmash remained in the drivers seat in the third term. They secured a 73:70 lead after three quarters of action. But Anadolu Efes managed to pull ahead late in regulation and sealed the victory at the end. Tarence Kinsey (200-G-84, college: S.Carolina) delivered 17 points, while Ermal Kurtoglu (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) provided 16 points in the winning case. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) answered with 18 points for Azovmash. Hasan Rizvic (212-C-84) had 16 points, while Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, agency: Alti Sport, college: Duke) chipped in 15 points in the loss.

Anadolu Efes: Sasha Vujacic 30, Tarence Kinsey 17, Ermal Kurtoglu 16
Azovmash: Radoslav Rancik 18, Hasan Rizvic 16, Daniel Ewing 15



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Updates on Kryvbasbasket and Cherkasy - by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas overcame Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih 90:52. The Lithuanian titan did not have any difficulties reaching another pre-season victory. They started with 16-13 and added massive 25-11 in the second frame. Moreover Lietuvos Rytas did not slow down in the second half and produced both victories. At first they won the third quarter 25-12 and then finished with 24-16 in the last stanza. Lawrence Roberts (205-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Vilmantas Dilys (208-F-87, agency: Interperformances) notched 16. Katelynas posted 13, while Babrauskas scored 10.
Cherkasy meanwhile outscored Kremen once again. In the second game the winner of the Higher League was stronger 77:52. The favorites opened the game with 22-14 and won also the rest of the quarters. Wright Ryan (206-C/F-87, college: Oklahoma) stepped up with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Ivan Bosnjak (198-G-82, agency: BeoExcell) and Morris Almond (198-F-85, college: Rice). Zozulya and Miljan Pupovic (209-C/F-83) notched 8 points each.



Anadolu Efes edge Azovmash in exhibition clash - by Eurobasket News
Anadolu Efes - Azovmash 88:87

Anadolu Efes took on Azovmash in the exhibition clash in Bormio. The Turkish team celebrated a narrow victory at the end. Sasha Vujacic (200-G-84) scored 30 points to lead the effort.
Azovmash got to the better start. The Ukrainian team led by 7 points after ten minutes 32:25. The Turkish powerhouse cut the deficit in the second quarter. They trimmed the distance to just three points at the interval 48:51. Azovmash remained in the drivers seat in the third term. They secured a 73:70 lead after three quarters of action. But Anadolu Efes managed to pull ahead late in regulation and sealed the victory at the end. Tarence Kinsey (200-G-84, college: S.Carolina) delivered 17 points, while Ermal Kurtoglu (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) provided 16 points in the winning case. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) answered with 18 points for Azovmash. Hasan Rizvic (212-C-84) had 16 points, while Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, agency: Alti Sport, college: Duke) chipped in 15 points in the loss.

Anadolu Efes: Sasha Vujacic 30, Tarence Kinsey 17, Ermal Kurtoglu 16
Azovmash: Radoslav Rancik 18, Hasan Rizvic 16, Daniel Ewing 15



Budivelnyk invite Sergei Alferov - by Eurobasket News
Budivelnyk brought in Sergei Alferov (189-G-84, agency: Promotex) for try-outs. The guard started the previous season in Kazakhstan. He played for Barsy Atyrau. Sergei Alferov averaged 1.0 point, 1.0 board and 1.4 assists per game in Baltic League. The guard then moved to Ferro-ZNTU in Ukraine. His stats came up to 2.4 points, 1.1 boards and 1.1 assists per appearance in Superleague. Previously Sergei Alferov had stints with Sumikhimprom, Khimik Yuzny, Dinamo Vinnitsya, DniproAzot, Cherkasy. Sergei Alferov has already played for Budivelnyk. The guard participated in exhibition game against Ventspils. Sergei Alferov posted 2 points, 5 boards and 4 assists in the game.


EuroBasket 2011: Fratello's Ukraine tastes the first victory - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine-Bulgaria 67:56

Mike Fratello's Ukraine tastes the first victory at Eurobasket 2011. The team won the very important game over Bulgaria 67:56 as both teams are with 1-2 records in the group.
Varbanov and Dmytro Zabirchenko (192-G-84) exchanged the early baskets in the start of the game, while Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: Beo Basket) closed a 7-0 run for Ukraine for 10:3. Avramov nailed three to cut it to 14:10, while Chavdar Kostov (196-G-88, agency: Interperformances) tied it all at 16:16 early in the second. Steve Bertt (185-G-84, college: Iona) and Alexander Kolchenko (198-F/G-88, agency: Beo Basket) made it 21:17, while Alexander Kolchenko and Dmytro Zabirchenko scored for 30:20. Rowland and Dmytro Zabirchenko sent the teams to the lockers for 34:25 at the halftime. Chavdar Kostov and Lishchuk scored from the arc in the start of the third period and Alexander Kolchenko made two free throws for 41:28. Lishchuk brought 45:21 and Alexander Kolchenko gave the biggest lead for Ukraine at plus 18. Ivanov was the last to score the third quarter with the successful shot for 58:43. Bulgaria did not give up and Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky) as well as Ivanov reduced to 60:52. Dejan Ivanov made it 65:56, while Viacheslav Kravtsov increased to 67:56. For another almost two minutes the teams remained scoreless and it allowed Ukraine to celebrate the first victory at Eurobasket 2011.
Alexander Kolchenko stepped up with 18 points for the winners and Steve Bertt added 17. Dmytro Zabirchenko posted 12, while Viacheslav Kravtsov netted 7. Chavdar Kostov and Filip Videnov ended up with 10 points each in the losing effort.

Ukraine: Alexander Kolchenko 18, Steve Bertt 17, Dmytro Zabirchenko 12, Viacheslav Kravtsov 7
Bulgaria: Chavdar Kostov 10, Filip Videnov 10



Budivelnyk - Ventspils 70:65 - by Alexei Revenko
Budivelnyk Kyiv continue play friendly games in Lithuania. Last opponent was BK Ventspils. First half win latvian team. But great play in third quarter which Budivelnyk Kyiv win +8 and Ukrainian club celebrate a win with score 70-65 (17:18, 10:12, 22:14, 21:21).
In winners most productive players was Andrei Malysh (204-C/F-83) 14 points and 6 rebounds,
Rolandas Alijevas (192-G-85) 12 points + 4 rebounds + 3 asissts, Jack McClinton (185-G-85, college: Miami, FL) 12 points.
In BK Ventspils Steven Gray (195-G-89, college: Gonzaga) 16 points and 7 rebounds, Jahmar Young (196-G-86, college: N.Mexico St.) 15 points, Bakic 13 points.


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Uruguay celebrates 77-61 win against Panamanians, joins them with 1-2 - by Eurobasket News
PANAMA - URUGUAY 61-77

Uruguay registered valuable 77-61 win against Panama making a huge step forward to the next stage in Mar del Plata. Thanks to this win, which is at the same time their first one, Uruguay joined Panama with 1-2 record. Both teams have a good chance to advance. Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) exploded with 24 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. He reached valuation 31. Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) scored 15 and Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) netted five points less. In defeat, Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85, college: Virginia) top-scored with 19 points. Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, agency: Priority Sports, college: Providence) had double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Jose Lloreda (201-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU) added 10 points and 10 rebs. Quarters: 13-14, 16-16, 14-23, 18-24. Uruguay will meet Paraguay today in another crucial game. Panama will play against untouchable Argentineans.

Panama: Gary Forbes 19, Ruben Garces 12+11 boards, Jose Lloreda 10+10 boards
Uruguay: Esteban Batista 24+10 boards, Martin Osimani 15, Mauricio Aguiar 10


Mauricio Aguiar will miss the rest of the FIBA Americas Championship - by Sergio Palay
Uruguay advanced to the second round of the FIBA Americas Championship after beating Paraguay 79-66.

However not all was happiness. During the second period, forward Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) retired injured.

Aguiar had a casually collision with teammate Bruno Fitipaldo.
After being examined in the locker room, was diagnosed for the doctors with a sprained knee.

Thus Aguiar, one of the most important players of Uruguay in Mar del Plata , will miss the rest of the championship.


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Miguel Marriaga joins Soles de Mexicali - by Eurobasket Center
Soles de Mexicali (LNBP) agreed terms with 27-year old international international center Miguel Marriaga (208-C-102kg-84). Marriaga played most recently at Trotamundos de Carabobo (Venezuela) and for Bukaros de Bucaramanga in Colombia. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Marriaga is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Colombia, France, Italy, Puerto Rico, Turkey and Venezuela. Marriaga has been a member of Venezuelan international program for some years. He played for senior national team this year and previously for U21 national team in 2004. Marriaga represented Venezuelan at the South American Championships in Colombia last year. Hs team got to the Semifinals and Marriagas stats at this event were 5 games: 2.8ppg, 4.2rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Jayco Opals name team of 12 for Oceania Championship Series - by Eurobasket News
The Jayco Australian Opals have named the 12 players who will take to the floor against the New Zealand Tall Ferns in the 2011 FIBA Oceania Championship next week, in the best-of-three series that will determine who will be granted a direct ticket to the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Headlining the side are two-time Olympians Suzy Batkovic and Laura Summerton, with local stars and members of the 2010 World Championship team Abby Bishop and Marianna Tolo.

Young guns Nicole Hunt and Tess Madgen were also named in the team, after some impressive performances in recent weeks at camp, on tour against China and also in the Bronze Medal winning team that competed at the 2011 Summer Universiade last month.

Jayco Opals head coach Carrie Graf said that after a long preparatory campaign, this team has the talent, balance and depth to get past what will be a tough New Zealand line-up on their way to securing the Landon Trophy at the FIBA Oceania Championship, and qualify for the 2012 Games.

The Jayco Opals season has been about our emerging talent group, but weve got some veterans back in this Oceania group as well, so I think there are some people that have done some great work with us recently and our plan is to cap it off with a good basketball performance on home turf in a series against an opponent that we know is going to put up a good fight, she said.

The Olympic qualifying series will tip off before a sold-out Melbourne crowd at the State Netball Hockey Centre next Wednesday, 7 September. The series will then shift to Brisbane for Game Two on Friday, September 9 before concluding in Sydney on Sunday, September 11.

With so much success and history in the Jayco Opals past, coach Graf was quick to comment on the honour it is for this group, not just to be named in a Jayco Opals team who will compete in such an important series, but to do so on Australian soil.

Every player in this team gets the chance to play in an Australian uniform, on Australian soil in front of a sell-out crowd, from Suzy Batkovic who is a dual Olympian, to those who are about to embark upon their first major series: thats a big deal, she said.

Being a Jayco Opals squad member and being a part of an Olympic or World Championship team are two quite distinct things, but this team has a job to guarantee wins in this series. So to play on a double-bill with the Boomers, in front of sell-out crowds on your home turf in an Australian Opals uniform is a big deal, she said.

Having already claimed World Championship Gold in 2006, and following this with their third-successive Olympic Silver Medal at the Beijing Games in 2008, the road to further Olympic success for the Jayco Opals begins here, with a talented New Zealand outfit standing in the way of that very opportunity next week.

New Zealand and Australia play similarly in that we both play tough, we dont quit and we play hard, she said.

Our focus is about an Olympic campaign, and part of that campaign is we have to win the Oceania series, she said.



Jayco Australian Opals 2011 FIBA Oceania Championship Team

Suzy BATKOVIC / Centre / 192cm / 17.12.1980 / Adelaide Lightning (WNBL)

Jessica BIBBY / Guard / 169cm / 23.08.1979 / Canberra Capitals (WNBL)

Abby BISHOP / Forward/Centre / 189cm / 29.11.1988 / Adelaide Lightning
Rachael FLANAGAN / Guard / 170cm / 05.04.1982 / Townsville Fire (WNBL)

Nicole HUNT / Guard / 167cm / 15.10.1988 / Canberra Capitals (WNBL)

Natalie HURST / Guard / 163cm / 08.04.1983 / Aix En Provence (France)

Tess MADGEN / Guard/Forward / 180cm / 12.08.1990 / Bendigo Spirit (WNBL)

Elyse PENALUNA / Forward/Centre / 193cm / 23.04.1988 / Aix En Provence (France)

Laura SUMMERTON / Forward / 188cm / 13.12.1988 / Bracco Geas Sesto San Giovanni (Italy)

Marianna TOLO / Centre / 196cm / 02.07.1989 / Canberra Capitals (WNBL)

Carly WILSON / Guard / 181cm / 08.07.1982 / Canberra Capitals (WNBL)

Hanna ZAVECZ / Guard/Forward / 183cm / 21.08.1985 / Sopron Euroleasing (Hungary)

Head Coach: Carrie Graf

Assistant Coaches: Phil Brown, Michele Timms, Peter Buckle

Doctor: Dr David Hughes

Physiotherapist: Rachel McAlister

Team Manager: Renae Maycock

Courtesy of WNBL (www.wnbl.com.au)




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  GREECE - Women  


Standings - Women
A1 Standings
 1. Apollon Kal. 0-0 
 2. Apollon Ptol. 0-0 
 3. Aris 0-0 
 4. Asteras 0-0 
 5. Athinaikos 0-0 
 6. DAS Ano Liosa 0-0 
 7. Esperides 0-0 
 8. FEA Neas 0-0 
 9. Kronos AD 0-0 
 10. Panathinaikos 0-0 
 11. Panionios 0-0 
 12. PAOK 0-0 


Standings -A2 Women - by Eurobasket
A2 Standings
Group North
 1. Anagenisi 0-0 
 2. AO Serron 0-0 
 3. Komotini 0-0 
 4. M.Aleksandros 0-0 
 5. MENT 0-0 
 6. Olympia L. 0-0 
 7. Olympiakos 0-0 
 8. Panathlitikos 0-0 
 9. PAOK D.Mak. 0-0 
 10. Prasili Golia 0-0 
 11. Pylaia 0-0 
 12. Titanes Dramas 0-0 
Group South
 1. Agia Paraskevis 0-0 
 2. Amarillida 0-0 
 3. AO Ellinikou 0-0 
 4. Apollon Patras 0-0 
 5. Halkida 0-0 
 6. Illokratis 0-0 
 7. Nea Kifisia 0-0 
 8. Niki Lefkadas 0-0 
 9. PAS Giannina 0-0 
 10. Proteas 0-0 
 11. Sporting 0-0 
 12. Terpsithea 0-0 


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  WNBA - Women  


Latest WNBA games - by Eurobasket News
Minnesota L. - New York L. 62-78
The Minnesota Lynx entered Friday with a chance to clinch the best overall record in the WNBA. The New York Liberty were just looking to get into the playoffs. Both teams got what they were looking for. Leilani Mitchell (5'5''-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Utah) scored 24 points, hitting six 3-pointers, and New York clinched a playoff spot with a 78-62 win over Minnesota on Friday night. Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) added 13 points and seven assists for the Liberty (18-13), who sit in third place in the crowded Eastern Conference standings. Plenette Pierson scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds in helping New York break the Lynx's six-game win streak. *Courtesy of www.ctpost.com

Connecticut S. - Indiana F. 83-55
Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) had 10 points, 10 assists and 16 rebounds to lead the Connecticut Sun to an 83-55 victory over the Indiana Fever on Friday. Charles' triple double was the first in franchise history and the fifth in the league with the last one coming on May 21, 2005, when Deanna Nolan had a triple for the Detroit Shock at Connecticut. Danielle McCray (5'11''-G/F-87, college: Kansas) had 14 points, Kara Lawson scored 12 and Asjha Jones added 10 for the Sun (19-12), who moved within a half-game of Indiana for first place in the Eastern Conference. Katie Douglas had 12 points and Tamika Catchings added 11 for the Fever (19-11). *Courtesy of www.taiwannews.com.tw

Atlanta D. - Washington M. 95-73
Armintie Price (5'9''-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Mississippi) scored 19 points, Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86, college: Louisville) added 16 and fill-in starter Alison Bales had a career-high 15 for the Dream in a 95-73 victory over the Washington Mystics on Friday night that moved Atlanta within one win of clinching a playoff berth. The Dream (17-14) have won nine of their past 12 games, and the 2010 WNBA finalists hold the fourth and final playoff spot in the East. They need a win over their final three games or a loss by fifth-place Chicago (14-16) to sew up a playoff spot. The 6-foot-7 Bales made three 3-pointers to push her season total to five and edge Atlanta closer to its third postseason in a row. Rookie guard Jasmine Thomas scored a career-high 19 points for Washington (6-25) and All-Star forward Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-F/C-86, college: Maryland) added 15. *Courtesy of www.kitsapsun.com

Tulsa S. - Seattle S. 72-78
Sue Bird (5'9''-G-80, college: Connecticut) scored 21 points and the Seattle Storm rallied for a 78-72 victory over the Tulsa Shock on Friday night that gave them a playoff spot. Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81) added 20 points and Swin Cash had 13 for the Storm (18-13), who trailed by nine points at halftime. Seattle had won four straight coming in but trailed after a first quarter that saw Tulsa hit five 3-pointers, three by Jennifer Lacy. Lacy finished with 18 points, Amber Holt added 17 and Tiffany Jackson had 12 points and 10 rebounds. The Storm trailed 28-25 midway through the third quarter, but went on a 13-0 run to grab a 35-28 lead. Seattle led by as many as 14 points in the second half and held on for the victory. Tulsa closed within 74-70 with under two minutes to play, but Cash calmly sank a 3-pointer with 37 seconds remaining to seal the victory. The win completed Seattle's five-game sweep of the Shock this season. *Courtesy of www.king5.com

Washington M. - Atlanta D. 85-81
Matee Ajavon (5'8''-G-86, college: Rutgers) scored 11 of her 19 points in the fourth quarter to help the Washington Mystics to an 85-81 victory over the Atlanta Dream on Thursday night. Crystal Langhorne had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and Jasmine Thomas scored 12 points as Washington (6-24) snapped a nine-game losing skid. Monique Currie, making her season debut after recvering form a torn left ACL while playing in Turkey in the offseason, finshed with eight points and three rebounds in 9 1/2 minutes. Angel McCoughtry scored 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Atlanta (16-14), which snapped its three-game win streak. The Dream, two wins from clinching a playoff spot with four to play, dropped one game behind third-place New York in the Eastern Conference. *Courtesy of www.newser.com

S.Antonio SS - Phoenix M. 86-68
Jia Perkins (5'8''-G-82, agency: Merit Sports, college: Texas Tech) scored 23 points and Becky Hammon (5'6''-G-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) had 16 to lead the San Antonio Silver Stars to an 86-68 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Thursday night. Danielle Robinson added 15 points and seven assists and Danielle Adams scored 10 points to help the Silver Stars (15-15) win their second straight after a six-game losing streak. San Antonio took a two-game lead over Los Angeles for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with four games to play. DeWanna Bonner scored 23 points and Diana Taurasi added 18 for the Mercury (17-13), who could have clinched a playoff spot with a win. San Antonio outscored Phoenix 50-26 in the second half, leading by as 26 points in the fourth quarter. *Courtesy of www.forbes.com


Sun sign Jones to 3-year extension - by Eurobasket News
The Connecticut Sun signed forward Asjha Jones (6'2''-F-80, college: Connecticut) to a three-year contract extension.

'Going into the season, signing Asjha to an extension was a top priority,' said Sun vice president/GM Chris Sienko. 'Asjha has been a leader on our team for eight years, and we are happy that she wants to continue on with us. Asjha is synonymous with Connecticut Sun basketball, and we would be foolish to let her take her abilities elsewhere.'

Jones entered Friday averaging 13.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists this season.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Standings
WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Indiana F. 19-11 
 2. Connecticut S. 19-12 
 3. New York L. 18-13 
 4. Atlanta D. 17-14 
 5. Chicago S. 14-16 
 6. Washington M. 6-25 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 24-7 
 2. Seattle S. 18-13 
 3. Phoenix M. 17-13 
 4. S.Antonio SS 15-15 
 5. L.Angeles S. 13-17 
 6. Tulsa S. 3-27