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  ARGENTINA   


Argentina wins Group B with perfect 4-0 record - by Eurobasket News
ARGENTINA - PANAMA 90-71

Argentina won the Qualifying Group B in Mar del Plata with 4-0 score. In the last day of this stage they handed 90-71 loss to Panama, who also advanced to the Quarterfinals Round. Panamanians are No.3 of this pool with 1-3 record. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) dominated under the basket with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Andres Nocioni (199-F-79) scored 18, Pablo Prigioni (191-G-77) (6 rebs) had 17 points and Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) helped with 14 points, plus 8 assists. Panama got 20 points from Jose Lloreda (201-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU). Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, agency: Priority Sports, college: Providence) shined with 19 points and 17 rebounds, while Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85, college: Virginia) collected 13 points and 9 rebs. Quarters: 21-20, 17-19, 26-12, 26-20. Argentina will meet Canada in the first game of the Quarterfinals Round. Panama will play against Dominican Republic. All teams will take a rest today.

Argentina: Luis Scola 19+14 boards, Andres Nocioni 18, Pablo Prigioni 17+6 boards, Emanuel Ginobili 14+8 as
Panama: Jose Lloreda 20, Ruben Garces 19+17 boards, Gary Forbes 13+9 boards


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Zydrunas Urbonas remains with Juventus - by Eurobasket News
Zydrunas Urbonas (198-F-76) remains with Juventus for another season. The Lithuania Forward will enter his third straight season with the squad.
In 2008-2009 he played for Alytus Alita (LKL, starting five) and in Baltic League (Challenge Cup) averaged 12.6ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.3spg. In Lithuanian League his stats read 12.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg. In Nov.'08 moved to BC Donetsk (Ukraine-Superleague) and in 31 games showed 7.0ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 22.6%, FT: 70.5%.
In 2009-2010 moved to Juventus-LKSK Utenos (LKL, starting five) and in Baltic League had 14.1ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 50.7%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 87.2%. In Lithuanian League after 13 games averaged 9.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 67.2%.
The last season for Juventus-LKSK Utenos (LKL) in Lithuanian League after 27 games he had 6.2ppg, 2.4rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 77.9%. In Baltic League Zydrunas Urbonas showed 12.4ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT-1 (75.0%), FT: 76.4%.
In 2011 he made it into Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League (Challenge Cup) 2nd Team -11 and became Baltic League (Challenge Cup) Champion -11.



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  BELGIUM   


Charleroi and Belgacom Liege finished the French tournament - by Eurobasket News
Charleroi and Belgacom Liege comes back from Tournoi de Vittel with four participating teams.
Nancy overcame Belgian Charleroi in the Final 89:74. The latter had 37:36 advantage midway through the game but could not match the opponents in the second half. For Charleroi Jiri Welsch (201-F-80) scored 15 points and Green added 14. Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: JMU) delivered 13 and Hamilton poured in 12.
In the game for the third place Liege won over Strasbourg 73:71.
Gravelines rolled over Ostende 94:87. Sy top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Johnson posted 18. Osiris Eldridge (191-G-88, college: Illinois St.) delivered 13, while Edwards netted 12. Dusan Sakota (209-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) finished the night with 18 points in defeat and Rich as well as Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) posted 16 each.

Okapi Aalstar overcame Artland Dragons 90:68.




EuroBasket 2011: Slovenia outlast Belgium - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia - Belgium 70:61

Slovenia posted the fourth straight win at EuroBasket. They overcame pesky Belgium to stay undefeated in Group D. Goran Dragic (194-PG-86) scored 18 points to lead the effort. Belgium on the other hand suffered the fourth loss in a row.
Belgium got to a 10:2 start to the game. They maintained the lead to secure a 15:14 advantage after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout intense second period and Belgium managed to record a 30:29 lead at the interval. Slovenia went on a 7:2 run at the start of the second half to surge ahead. They stayed in charge posting a 50:47 advantage at the final intermission. Marcus Faison (196-G-78, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Siena) knotted things up at 58 with under four minutes to go in the game. However Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) and Goran Dragic returned the lead for Slovenia and they never surrendered it in the final seconds. Mirza Begic (216-C-85) posted 14 points and 7 rebounds, while Erazem Lorbek and Uros Slokar (210-F/C-83) added 7 points each in the win. Thomas Van Den Spiegel (214-C-78) answered with 16 points for Belgium. Marcus Faison delivered 13 points in the loss.

Slovenia: Goran Dragic 18, Mirza Begic 14, Erazem Lorbek 7, Uros Slokar 7
Belgium: Thomas Van Den Spiegel 16, Marcus Faison 13



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  BOSNIA   


Siroki hands 84-74 loss to Jolly JBS - by Eurobasket News
Siroki TT Kabeli - Jolly JBS 84-74

In the second game of the Tournament in Siroki, the home team Siroki TT Kabeli outplayed Jolly JBS 84-74. In the first meeting, Cibona grabbed 82-80 OT win against Cedevita. Siroki won mostly thanks to point guard Jakov Vladovic (186-G-83), who was their leading scorer with 17 points. Fran Pilepic (192-G-89) also was great adding 16 points for the hosts. Zeljko Sakic (203-F-88) and Boris Barac (206-F-92) helped with 13 and 11 points respectively. In Jolly JBS, American Ronald Ross (188-G-83, college: Texas Tech) delivered 17 points. Mate Mrva (195-F-83) scored 13 pts and captain Ivo Josipovic (205-F-75, agency: Court Side) stopped to 12. Siroki opened the game with 19-14 lead in the first ten minutes and continued with 23-10 for rest of the first half. Third period was tied to 21-21 and later Siroki managed to keep double-digit lead until the end, despite Q4 belonged to Jolly JBS 21-29. Siroki will play against Cibona in the Finals. Jolly JBS will meet Cedevita.

Siroki TT Kabeli: Jakov Vladovic 17, Fran Pilepic 16, Zeljko Sakic 13, Boris Barac 11
Jolly JBS: Ronald Ross 17, Mate Mrva 13, Ivo Josipovic 12


EuroBasket 2011: Bosnia and Herzegovina thump Croatia for second win - by Eurobasket News
Bosnia and Herzegovina - Croatia 92:80

Bosnia and Herzegovina posted the second win at the European Championship. Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) exploded with 26 points and 9 rebounds to lead them past Croatia. The victory helped Bosnia and Herzegovina to catch up with Croatia in Group C ladder. Both teams are now tied at 2-2 record.
The teams got to a flying start. They teamed up for 56 points in the opening frame and entered the second period tied at 28. The teams stayed neck and neck before Bosnia and Herzegovina ignited a 9:0 run to post a 43:36 halftime advantage. Croatia answered with a 7:0 run at the start of the third term to level things up. But Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) helped Bosnia and Herzegovina clear off to a 64:59 lead at the final intermission. Bosnia and Herzegovina opened the fourth frame on a 12:2 rally to take a 76:61 lead. They never looked back afterwards cruising to the victory at the end. Henry Domercant posted 23 points, while Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81) added 12 points in the win. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) responded with 23 points for Croatia. Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) provided 16 points in defeat.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Mirza Teletovic 26, Henry Domercant 23, Kenan Bajramovic 12
Croatia: Ante Tomic 23, Bojan Bogdanovic 16



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  BRAZIL   


Brazil keeps Cuba winless in Mar del Plata, 93-83 - by Eurobasket News
CUBA - BRAZIL 83-93

Expected 93-83 win for Brazil, who ended Qualifying Round with almost perfect 3-1 record. However because of the loss against Dominican Republic, Brazil ended as No.2 of Group A while first place belongs to Dominicans. Of course, both teams head to Quarterfinals Round. On the other side, Cuba finished with poor 0-4 and failed to advance. Vitor Alves (190-F/G-90) came up with 19 points for Brazil and Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points, plus 6 rebounds. Rafael Hettsheimer (206-C-86) followed them with 15 points and also 6 boards. In the loosing squad, Yoan Luis Haiti (200-C-82) exploded with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Yudniel Perez (189-G-84) delivered 26 points for his team. Quarters: 20-26, 17-26, 14-21, 32-20. In the first game of the Quarterfinals Round, Brazil will play against Uruguay. Cuba finished its participation in Mar del Plata.

Cuba: Yoan Luis Haiti 27+11 boards, Yudniel Perez 26
Brazil: Vitor Alves 19, Guilherme Giovannoni 16+6 boards, Rafael Hettsheimer 15+6 boards


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  BULGARIA   


EuroBasket 2011: Kirilenko and Mozgov combined 40 points to rout Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria-Russia 77:89

Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) and Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: RIZO) combined 40 points to rout Bulgaria for a perfect 4-0 record in Group D. Russia overcame the opponents 89:77 as the latter fell at 1-3 record.
After an important loss from Ukraine, Bulgaria looked very well in the start of the game against Russia. Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) scored three for 7:4 and his another shot gave Bulgaria plus 5. Russia however responded with an 8-0 run as Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) closed it at 13:9. Ivanov and Shved exchanged the late baskets in the quarter for 23:18, Russia. Vitaly Fridzon made another three-pointer for 29:22 and his third one from the long range saw 32:24 on the board. Andrei Kirilenko scored for 40:29 and Earl Rowland reduced to 42:38 at the halftime. Russia looked better in the third quarter and after 25-21 took 67:59. Antonov opened the last frame with a jump shot and he made a dunk for 74:64. Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky) reduced to 76:68 after four straight points and his three-pointer brought 80:71 later in the quarter. Again Filip Videnov reduced to 80:75, but Russia did not allowed the opponents to come closer. Andrei Kirilenko scored for 87:76 and Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) brought the last points for the winners.
Andrei Kirilenko top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Timofey Mozgov notched 15. Vitaly Fridzon poured in 13 and Viktor Khryapa added 12. Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 23 points in defeat and Filip Videnov scored 17.

Bulgaria: Dejan Ivanov 23, Filip Videnov 17, Earl Rowland 14
Russia: Andrei Kirilenko 25, Timofey Mozgov 15, Vitaly Fridzon 13, Viktor Khryapa 12



Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Balkan 0-0 
 2. Cherno More 0-0 
 3. Chernomorets 0-0 
 4. Levski Sofia 0-0 
 5. Lukoil Academik 0-0 
 6. Rilski Sportist 0-0 
 7. Spartak Pleven 0-0 
 8. Tundja Yambol 0-0 


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  CANADA   


Venezuela grabs 103-98 OT win against Canada - by Eurobasket News
VENEZUELA - CANADA 103-98 OT

Venezuela celebrated in the last day of the Qualifying Round in Mar del Plata. They grabbed an OT win against Canada 103-98 ending as third ranked team of Group A with 2-2 score. Canada has the same record (4th place) and both teams advanced to the Quarterfinals Round. Greivis Vasquez (198-PG-87, college: Maryland) led the scorers in victory with 29 points. Hector Romero (202-F/C-80, college: New Orleans) had 28 points, while David Cubillan (183-PG-87, college: Marquette) helped with double-double of 15 points and 10 assists. In Canada, Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) shined with 28 points. Denham Brown (198-F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Connecticut) (6 rebs) and Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) netted 19 and 18 points respectively. Quarters: 23-21, 17-17, 22-25, 22-21, 19-14 OT. In the first game of the Quarterfinals Round, Venezuela will meet Puerto Rico. Canada will take on Argentina.

Venezuela: Greivis Vasquez 29, Hector Romero 28, David Cubillan 15+10 as
Canada: Jermaine Anderson 28, Denham Brown 19+6 boards, Carl English 18


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  CROATIA   


Siroki hands 84-74 loss to Jolly JBS - by Eurobasket News
Siroki TT Kabeli - Jolly JBS 84-74

In the second game of the Tournament in Siroki, the home team Siroki TT Kabeli outplayed Jolly JBS 84-74. In the first meeting, Cibona grabbed 82-80 OT win against Cedevita. Siroki won mostly thanks to point guard Jakov Vladovic (186-G-83), who was their leading scorer with 17 points. Fran Pilepic (192-G-89) also was great adding 16 points for the hosts. Zeljko Sakic (203-F-88) and Boris Barac (206-F-92) helped with 13 and 11 points respectively. In Jolly JBS, American Ronald Ross (188-G-83, college: Texas Tech) delivered 17 points. Mate Mrva (195-F-83) scored 13 pts and captain Ivo Josipovic (205-F-75, agency: Court Side) stopped to 12. Siroki opened the game with 19-14 lead in the first ten minutes and continued with 23-10 for rest of the first half. Third period was tied to 21-21 and later Siroki managed to keep double-digit lead until the end, despite Q4 belonged to Jolly JBS 21-29. Siroki will play against Cibona in the Finals. Jolly JBS will meet Cedevita.

Siroki TT Kabeli: Jakov Vladovic 17, Fran Pilepic 16, Zeljko Sakic 13, Boris Barac 11
Jolly JBS: Ronald Ross 17, Mate Mrva 13, Ivo Josipovic 12


EuroBasket 2011: Bosnia and Herzegovina thump Croatia for second win - by Eurobasket News
Bosnia and Herzegovina - Croatia 92:80

Bosnia and Herzegovina posted the second win at the European Championship. Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) exploded with 26 points and 9 rebounds to lead them past Croatia. The victory helped Bosnia and Herzegovina to catch up with Croatia in Group C ladder. Both teams are now tied at 2-2 record.
The teams got to a flying start. They teamed up for 56 points in the opening frame and entered the second period tied at 28. The teams stayed neck and neck before Bosnia and Herzegovina ignited a 9:0 run to post a 43:36 halftime advantage. Croatia answered with a 7:0 run at the start of the third term to level things up. But Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) helped Bosnia and Herzegovina clear off to a 64:59 lead at the final intermission. Bosnia and Herzegovina opened the fourth frame on a 12:2 rally to take a 76:61 lead. They never looked back afterwards cruising to the victory at the end. Henry Domercant posted 23 points, while Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81) added 12 points in the win. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) responded with 23 points for Croatia. Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) provided 16 points in defeat.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Mirza Teletovic 26, Henry Domercant 23, Kenan Bajramovic 12
Croatia: Ante Tomic 23, Bojan Bogdanovic 16



Marko Tomas left Lithuania with a hamstring injury - by Eurobasket News
Marko Tomas (201-G-85) played in two games and averaged 3.5 points per game. Croatian guard Marko Tomas left Lithuania with a hamstring injury sustained last Thursday in the loss to F.Y.R. of Macedonia. In addition to having his Lithuanian adventure cut short, he also missed out in 2009 after suffering a last minute leg injury which ruled him out of the tournament.
Last year Fenerbahce boosted their backcourt inviting Marko Tomas. The Turkish champions have landed Marko Tomas. The Croatian guard signed a two-year deal with Fenerbahce. Earlier Marko Tomas played for Cibona. He tallied 13.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game in the Croatian league. In Adriatic League the guard notched 15.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists. In Euroleague Marko Tomas nailed 16.4 points, grabbed 3.1 rebounds and dished out 1.9 assists per appearance.



Cibona grabs 82-80 OT win against Cedevita - by Eurobasket News
Cibona - Cedevita 82-80 OT

Cibona and Cedevita met each other in the first game of the friendly Tournament in Siroki Brijeg. It was a very exciting match and Cibona celebrated 82-80 OT win at the end. Their leading player in this meeting was Brian Chase (178-G-81, college: Virginia Tech) with 22 points. Antwain Barbour (196-G/F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Kentucky) secured a nice help adding 16, while Demonte Harper (193-G) added 11 pts. In Cedevita, Chris Warren (196-F-81, agency: SportsTalent, college: S.Carolina) shined with 22 points. Ivan Opacak (202-F-80) and Tomislav Petrovic (202-G-85, agency: Agency No 10) had 17 and 11 points respectively. Cibona had better beginning (22-13) and they managed to keep comfortable lead until the halftime. Cedevita improved after that and game went to exciting last quarter. Cedevita had a chance to win this game in the regular time, but Bazdaric missed at the buzzer. Demonte Harper shined for Cibona in OT and led them to 82-80 win. Cibona will meet Siroki in the Finals. Cedevita will play against Jolly JBS for third place.

Cibona: Brian Chase 22, Antwain Barbour 16, Demonte Harper 11
Cedevita: Chris Warren 22, Ivan Opacak 17, Tomislav Petrovic 11


Kvarner fails against A2 team Skrljevo - by Eurobasket News
Kvarner started with pre-season games. The A1 league participant met team from A2 league Skrljevo and lost that game 84-90. Skrljevo had nice second and third quarter, what was enough for the victory in this game. Their leading player was Zoric with 17 points. Kordis and Davor Velcic (206-F-80) helped with 16 points each. Fourth scorer in Skrljevo was Sarcevic and at the same time he was the last one with double-digits, 10 pts. For Kvarner, Teo Simovic (205-C-84, agency: Interperformances) netted 13 points. He joined the club recently. Matteo Juricic (192-PG-91) had 12 points in this defeat. Quarters: 22:17, 15:19, 17:25, 30:29. Both teams will play more friendlies this pre-season. It is clear that Kvarner will have to improve as the league will start in something more than one month.

New player in Kvarner! - by Dani Erceg
Kvarner 2010 agreed terms with inside guy Teo Simovic (205-C-84, agency: Interperformances). He spent last season in Slovenia playing for KK Sentjur, averaging 17.4ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.2 apg in 19 appearances. In his professional career also was a member of Siroki, Grude, Zrinjski and MTV Stuttgart. Also was participant in Slovenian All Star game this year.

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  CUBA   


Brazil keeps Cuba winless in Mar del Plata, 93-83 - by Eurobasket News
CUBA - BRAZIL 83-93

Expected 93-83 win for Brazil, who ended Qualifying Round with almost perfect 3-1 record. However because of the loss against Dominican Republic, Brazil ended as No.2 of Group A while first place belongs to Dominicans. Of course, both teams head to Quarterfinals Round. On the other side, Cuba finished with poor 0-4 and failed to advance. Vitor Alves (190-F/G-90) came up with 19 points for Brazil and Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points, plus 6 rebounds. Rafael Hettsheimer (206-C-86) followed them with 15 points and also 6 boards. In the loosing squad, Yoan Luis Haiti (200-C-82) exploded with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Yudniel Perez (189-G-84) delivered 26 points for his team. Quarters: 20-26, 17-26, 14-21, 32-20. In the first game of the Quarterfinals Round, Brazil will play against Uruguay. Cuba finished its participation in Mar del Plata.

Cuba: Yoan Luis Haiti 27+11 boards, Yudniel Perez 26
Brazil: Vitor Alves 19, Guilherme Giovannoni 16+6 boards, Rafael Hettsheimer 15+6 boards


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


FIBA AMERICAS: MARTINEZ TO FANS "WE WILL BE FINE" - by Peedu Goldenbeck
MAR DEL PLATA (FIBA Americas) - Dominican Republic captain Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) sent a message to his people after the side advanced to the Quarterfinal Group with three wins and one loss.

'Save those bad comments on our team.

'Those who are at home doing nothing, waiting for our mistakes, we don't need that bad vibes,' said Martnez, who leads the tournament in rebounds with an average of 12,5 per game.

According to Martnez' comments, the critics the team received after the 73-72 loss to Canada united the players to go out and beat Brazil for the first time of FIBA America's history.

'We need our 10 Million people to be for us.

'None of us want to lose a ball, nobody wants to miss a shot, Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84, college: Connecticut) doesn't want to play like he did and Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville) started to score points,' continued the 2,03 metres centre.

Dominican placed first in Group A. They beat Venezuela, Cuba and Brazil, while their only defeat was against Canada.

Martnez showed himself happy of having played as a team. He referred to the team's defensive improvements against Brazil and also said 'If we help each other, we will be fine. We are a tall team, athletic, fast and we also have good shooters.'

Dominican Republic have never had a Basketball team in the Olympic Games.

'This is our great chance. It would be historical for our whole country.

'With our performance during the preliminaries, we told the big teams to be careful with Dominican Republic, but we know we haven't done anything yet,' said Martnez.
courtesy of www.fiba.com


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Israel Sends Latvia Warm Regards With a Close 91:88 'W' - by David Pick
In the teams' fourth of five games, Israel and Latvia had both zero chances of qualifying to the second-round of the EuroBasket tournament, however, pride and respect played the main role of today's competition in Siauliai where Israel recorded its first win, 91:88.

Israel, falling to Germany, France and Serbia needs to already focus on its next campaign as the current one seems to be the last for several key players including Maccabi T.A. new team captain Tal Burstein, David Blu and Yaniv Green. Blu, a former USC standout has been one of if not -- the -- most consistent player for the Israelis throughout the competition.

The 31-year-old Blu isn't getting any younger as he looks upon a demanding and challenging three league season with Maccabi and his blue-and-white performances next summer are yet TBD. 12ppg and 2rpg are Blu's averages prior to the match against Latvia. Yet, whenever he takes more then five shots a game, Blu records great numbers (14 and 16 points on 54.2% shooting), this, including aggressive defensive abilities Dirk Nowitzki, Milan Macvan, Boris Diaw and Joakim Noah had the 'pleasure' of experiencing. On the other end, Janis Blums has been outstanding for the Latvians, as he's ranked 3rd in the EuroBasket for 3-point field goal attempts. Averaging 17ppg despite losses to France (32 points), Serbia and Italy, Blums has come off a solid season in the Spanish ACB league with Bilbao, reaching the local finals against Regal F.C. Barcelona, but it wasnt enough.

Israel - Latvia 91:88

Arik Shivek remembered Israel strong first quarter against Serbia last weekend, so he opened with the same starting five including David Blu, Guy Pnini, Lior Eliyahu, Yotam Halperin and point guard Afik Nissim. Latvia began with their oldest player and lights-out shooter Janis Blums, alongside Rihards Kuksiks, Janis Strelnieks, Arturs Berzins and Andrejs Selakovs.

A game of runs characterized the first quarter as Israel made three early jumpers taking a 7:0 lead, but Latvia responded with its own 8:0 run before Blu and Blums traded buckets tying things up at 13:13. Pnini banked in a runner and sent Eliyahu a quarterback pass giving Israel a 19:13 advantage and a minimal 23:22 first session lead. Israeli assistant coach Oded Katash saw his Jerusalem leading guard, Yuval Naimy take over the second period with eight points and two back-to-back and-one plays giving their team a 32:30 lead. Bertans' three-ball brought the game to an equal 40:40 with two minutes remaining, as the first half ended with Latvia trailing by two, 47:45.

Congratulations to Yogev Ohayon on making his first basket of the tournament and on getting super dunked on by Selakovs, 51:51. A few plays later, Blums (26) made a step-back three from the top of the key, and another over Green to give the Latvians a 67:65 lead. Pnini made one-of-two free throws to close the third session, 67:66, Latvia.

Both teams exchanged baskets starting the final quarter, but Mekel and Blu's buckets saw Latvia call timeout, 75:71. With the game on the line, a superb important effort from Eliyahu put Israel one step ahead, but Strelnieks in the lane made it as close as can be, 83:83, with 120-seconds left. Mekel played tight 'D' on Blums, stole the ball, and was sent to line, making just one, 86:83. Strelnieks on the other end split his free throws and Pnini nailed a corner three handing Israel their first tournament win, 91:88.

Blums had a game high 27 points (8/12 from the field) and 4 rebounds followed by Selakovs' 14 and Kuksiks' 12 points. Strelnieks 8 and Bertans had 7 in a losing effort. Lior Eliyahu gave an MVP performance with 26 points, 10 rebounds and 3 dimes, Pnini 12 and Blu 11 (6 boards) led the Israeli scorers. Naimy and Halperin each had 9, Ohayon 7, Mekel and Kadir (5 rebounds) finished with 5 points.

Other games today in Group B: Germany - Serbia and France - Italy. Tomorrow's final first round games are Italy vs. Israel, Latvia vs. Germany and Serbia taking on Tony Parker's France.

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Marijonas Petravicius to miss the rest of Eurobasket 2011 - by Eurobasket News
Marijonas Petravicius (208-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) to miss the rest of Eurobasket 2011 due to the lung problem. Petravicius complained after the game that he is was unwell and after being examined by doctors, it was determined he would not be able to return to the court for at least a month.
Marijonas Petravicius played in two games and scored 9 points. He recorded 5 points against Turkey, but can not beat his record now.
Two years ago Armani Jeans Milano made important signing. The Italians inked 2-year deal with Lithuanian big guy Marijonas Petravicius, who was one of the most important Lietuvos Rytas' players last season. Marijonas Petravicius arrived to Lietuvos Rytas during the summer 2006. Before that he used to play for Ventspils, Oostende and Mitteldeutscher. He graduated at the South Carolina University in 2003. In April this year he was named 'Eurocup Final Eight MVP'.



Marko Tomas left Lithuania with a hamstring injury - by Eurobasket News
Marko Tomas (201-G-85) played in two games and averaged 3.5 points per game. Croatian guard Marko Tomas left Lithuania with a hamstring injury sustained last Thursday in the loss to F.Y.R. of Macedonia. In addition to having his Lithuanian adventure cut short, he also missed out in 2009 after suffering a last minute leg injury which ruled him out of the tournament.
Last year Fenerbahce boosted their backcourt inviting Marko Tomas. The Turkish champions have landed Marko Tomas. The Croatian guard signed a two-year deal with Fenerbahce. Earlier Marko Tomas played for Cibona. He tallied 13.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game in the Croatian league. In Adriatic League the guard notched 15.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists. In Euroleague Marko Tomas nailed 16.4 points, grabbed 3.1 rebounds and dished out 1.9 assists per appearance.



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  FIBA AMERICAS   


Qualifying Round is over in Mar del Plata (Day Five) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Venezuela - Canada 103-98 OT
Venezuela celebrated in the last day of the Qualifying Round in Mar del Plata. They grabbed an OT win against Canada 103-98 ending as third ranked team of Group A with 2-2 score. Canada has the same record (4th place) and both teams advanced to the Quarterfinals Round. Greivis Vasquez (198-PG-87, college: Maryland) led the scorers in victory with 29 points. Hector Romero (202-F/C-80, college: New Orleans) had 28 points, while David Cubillan (183-PG-87, college: Marquette) helped with double-double of 15 points and 10 assists. In Canada, Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) shined with 28 points. Denham Brown (198-F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Connecticut) (6 rebs) and Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) netted 19 and 18 points respectively. Quarters: 23-21, 17-17, 22-25, 22-21, 19-14 OT. In the first game of the Quarterfinals Round, Venezuela will meet Puerto Rico. Canada will take on Argentina.

Cuba - Brazil 83-93
Expected 93-83 win for Brazil, who ended Qualifying Round with almost perfect 3-1 record. However because of the loss against Dominican Republic, Brazil ended as No.2 of Group A while first place belongs to Dominicans. Of course, both teams head to Quarterfinals Round. On the other side, Cuba finished with poor 0-4 and failed to advance. Vitor Alves (190-F/G-90) came up with 19 points for Brazil and Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points, plus 6 rebounds. Rafael Hettsheimer (206-C-86) followed them with 15 points and also 6 boards. In the loosing squad, Yoan Luis Haiti (200-C-82) exploded with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Yudniel Perez (189-G-84) delivered 26 points for his team. Quarters: 20-26, 17-26, 14-21, 32-20. In the first game of the Quarterfinals Round, Brazil will play against Uruguay. Cuba finished its participation in Mar del Plata.

Group B
Uruguay - Paraguay 79-66
Great performance by Uruguay, who outplayed Paraguay 79-66 for 2-2 record in Group B. It is enough for third place and Uruguay advanced to the Quarterfinals Round. On the other side, Paraguay says goodbye with poor 0-4. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) stepped up for Uruguay with 19 points and 5 rebounds. He made five triples in this meeting. Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) scored 15 points and Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) shined with 12 points, plus 16 boards. In defeat, Enrique Martinez (189-G-78, agency: Dream Team Management) netted 18 points. Bruno Zanotti (197-F-82, college: Merrimack) had one less and Daniel Perez (190-G/F-84) stopped to 11 pts. Quarters: 21-20, 20-18, 21-9, 17-19. Quarterfinals Round start tomorrow and Uruguay will meet Brazil in the first game.

Argentina - Panama 90-71
Argentina won the Qualifying Group B in Mar del Plata with 4-0 score. In the last day of this stage they handed 90-71 loss to Panama, who also advanced to the Quarterfinals Round. Panamanians are No.3 of this pool with 1-3 record. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) dominated under the basket with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Andres Nocioni (199-F-79) scored 18, Pablo Prigioni (191-G-77) (6 rebs) had 17 points and Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) helped with 14 points, plus 8 assists. Panama got 20 points from Jose Lloreda (201-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU). Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, agency: Priority Sports, college: Providence) shined with 19 points and 17 rebounds, while Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85, college: Virginia) collected 13 points and 9 rebs. Quarters: 21-20, 17-19, 26-12, 26-20. Argentina will meet Canada in the first game of the Quarterfinals Round. Panama will play against Dominican Republic. All teams will take a rest today.


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EUROBASKET: Finland lost the thriller - by Rauno Hurmalainen
EuroBasket, Lithuania 2011: After 25 lead changes and nine ties Finland lost tonight the thriller vs F.Y.R. of Macedonia 70-72 (40-38). Quarters: 21-20, 19-18, 18-16 and 12-18.
F.Y.R. of Macedonia improved their record into 3-1 and they will be among the three best in Group C. Finland record is now 1-3. Also Finland had chances to win this contest, but the shooting percentages were not high enough this time. Finland lost also the rebounds (34-44). Both teams had three players over 10 points. F.Y.R. of Macedonia was led by Euro-American Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans), who scored 18 pts. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) had a double-double 14pts/19rbs. Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) led Finland with 11 pts.
Group C (Alytus) 4.9.: Greece - Montenegro 71-55 (32-31), Bosnia and Herzegovina - Croatia 92-80 (43-36), Finland - F.Y.R. of Macedonia 70-72 (40-38). Finland: Petteri Koponen 11, Mikko Koivisto 11, Gerald Lee Jr 10, Tuukka Kotti 9/5. 1 - 53,8% (7/13), 2 - 40,0% (18/45), 3 - 45,0% (9/20). R: 20+14=34. TO: 11. F.Y.R. of Macedonia: Bo McCalebb 18, Vojdan Stojanovski 16, Pero Antic 14/19. 1 - 81,3% (13/16), 2 - 51,2% (22/43), 3 - 25,0% (5/20). R: 28+16=44. TO: 14.

Standings:
1) Greece 3-1
2) F.Y.R. of Macedonia 3-1
3) Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-2
4) Croatia 2-2
5) Finland 1-3
6) Montenegro 1-3
Next (the last) games: 5.9. Finland - Montenegro (at 15:30), Greece - Croatia (at 18:00), F.Y.R. of Macedonia - Bosnia and Herzegovina (at 21:00).




EuroBasket 2011: FYR Macedonia squeeze past Finland - by Eurobasket News
FYR Macedonia - Finland 72:70

FYR Macedonia earned the third win at the 2011 EuroBasket. They held off pesky Finland to improve at 3-1 record in Group C. Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) topscored with 18 points, 5 boards and 4 assists. Finland fell at 1-3 record after the loss.
The lead changed hands numerous times throughout close first quarter. Finland eventually earned a 21:20 lead after ten minutes. FYR Macedonia used an 11:0 run early in the second term to jump into a 37:27 lead. However Finland capped the half with eight points in a row to take a 40:38 lead. The teams went neck and neck throughout the third term. After several lead changes Muurinen gave Finland a 58:54 advantage with ten minutes to go. It all came down to the final seconds in this one. Bo McCalebb made it 70:66 for FYR Macedonia with under two minutes to go. Salin answered with a triple to narrow the gap but Bo McCalebb went deadly from the stripe secure a 72:69 lead for FYR Macedonia with five seconds to go. Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) narrowed the gap but it was not enough for Finland as they lost the game. Vojdan Stojanovski (193-G-87) posted 16 points, while Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points, 19 rebounds and 3 assists in the victory. Mikko Koivisto (194-G-87, college: NC-Greensboro) and Petteri Koponen answered with 11 points each for Finland. Gerald Lee (208-F-87, college: ODU) netted 10 points in defeat.

FYR Macedonia: Bo McCalebb 18, Vojdan Stojanovski 16, Pero Antic 14+19 boards
Finland: Mikko Koivisto 11, Petteri Koponen 11, Gerald Lee 10



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.
Group C (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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Nancy wins the Tournoi de Vittel - by Eurobasket News
Nancy wins the Tournoi de Vittel with four participating teams.
In Day 1 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 scored 8. Anderson replied with 16 points for the French team and Harper scored 15. MBaye ended up with 12, while Ricardo Greer posted 9.
In another game SLUC Nancy (Pro A) outscored Belgacom Liege 82:61.

Nancy overcame Belgian Charleroi in the Final 89:74. The latter had 37:36 advantage midway through the game but could not match the opponents in the second half. For Charleroi Jiri Welsch (201-F-80) scored 15 points and Green added 14. Dwayne Broyles delivered 13 and Hamilton poured in 12.
In the game for the third place Liege won over Strasbourg 73:71.


EuroBasket 2011: France tame Italy - by Eurobasket News
Italy - France 84:91

France stayed perfect at 2011 EuroBasket. They prevailed against Italy in a dramatic clash tonight to improve at 4-0 record in Group B. Boris Diaw (203-F/C-82) stepped up with 21 points to pace the winners. Italy fell at 1-3 record after the loss.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85) nailed 13 points in the opening frame to give the Azzurri a 23:20 lead ten minutes into the game. The lead changed hands for a couple of times throughout the second term before Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) drained three triples and ensured a 48:41 halftime lead for Italy. The Azzurri kept their opponents at bay throughout the third period. They established a 67:60 lead with ten minutes remaining. Tchicamboud and Gelabale opened the final period with back-to-back three-pointers to narrow the deficit. Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) drew things level at 74 midway through the fourth quarter. Les Bleus surged back in front but Marco Belinelli and Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) made it 80:79 for Italy with just over two minutes to go. Nicolas Batum and Boris Diaw pulled Les Bleus in front 85:82 with just 36 seconds left. Nicolas Batum followed with two free throws to enlarge the lead. Les Bleus then went deadly from the stripe and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Nicolas Batum finished with 20 points, while Ali Traore (207-C-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) added 11 points in the win. Andrea Bargnani answered with 22 points for Italy. Marco Belinelli chipped in 19 points in defeat.

Italy: Andrea Bargnani 22, Marco Belinelli 19, Danilo Gallinari 18
France: Boris Diaw 21, Nicolas Batum 20, Ali Traore 11



Pau-Lacq Orthez triumphs in Tournoi du Palio - by Eurobasket News
Pau-Lacq Orthez edged Poitiers 83:78 to win Tournoi du Palio. Mustafa Mustafa Shakur (190-PG-84, college: Arizona) stepped up with 19 points for the winners and Marko Maravic (201-F-79) netted 12. Gipson and Mickael Var (205-F/C-90) followed them with 11 points each. Wright ended up with 16 points in the losing effort and Kenny Younger (203-F-77, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Houston) netted 13.
In the game for the third place Boulazac edged Limoges 74:71. Ryan Ayers scored 19 points and Chris Massie added 15.
In Day 1 Boulazac was beaten by Poitiers 73:79. The ProA team looked was led by Kenny Younger who led the winners with 19 points. Rasheed Wright posted 16 and Gomez notched 13.
Pau rolled over Limoges 69:50 in their opener. Mickael Var stepped up with 13 points for the winners, while Mustafa Shakur netted 12. Antoine Mendy (198-F-83) and Maravic followed them with 11 each and Morency posted 9. Desroses ended up with 19 points in the losing effort.



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EuroBasket 2011: FYR Macedonia squeeze past Finland - by Eurobasket News
FYR Macedonia - Finland 72:70

FYR Macedonia earned the third win at the 2011 EuroBasket. They held off pesky Finland to improve at 3-1 record in Group C. Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) topscored with 18 points, 5 boards and 4 assists. Finland fell at 1-3 record after the loss.
The lead changed hands numerous times throughout close first quarter. Finland eventually earned a 21:20 lead after ten minutes. FYR Macedonia used an 11:0 run early in the second term to jump into a 37:27 lead. However Finland capped the half with eight points in a row to take a 40:38 lead. The teams went neck and neck throughout the third term. After several lead changes Muurinen gave Finland a 58:54 advantage with ten minutes to go. It all came down to the final seconds in this one. Bo McCalebb made it 70:66 for FYR Macedonia with under two minutes to go. Salin answered with a triple to narrow the gap but Bo McCalebb went deadly from the stripe secure a 72:69 lead for FYR Macedonia with five seconds to go. Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) narrowed the gap but it was not enough for Finland as they lost the game. Vojdan Stojanovski (193-G-87) posted 16 points, while Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points, 19 rebounds and 3 assists in the victory. Mikko Koivisto (194-G-87, college: NC-Greensboro) and Petteri Koponen answered with 11 points each for Finland. Gerald Lee (208-F-87, college: ODU) netted 10 points in defeat.

FYR Macedonia: Bo McCalebb 18, Vojdan Stojanovski 16, Pero Antic 14+19 boards
Finland: Mikko Koivisto 11, Petteri Koponen 11, Gerald Lee 10



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EuroBasket 2011: Georgia stun Ukraine, steps closer to the Second Round - by Eurobasket News
Georgia-Ukraine 69:53

Georgia won over Ukraine in one of the most important games of the group for the third place. Georgia needed 69:53 to take 2-2 record and steps closer to advance to the Second Round.


It was a tough start for both teams and they managed to score only 4 points in the first 5 minutes. Lishchuk made it 6:4 and Steve Bertt (185-G-84, college: Iona) nailed a three for 9:4 lead. Shermadini and Haynes reduced to just 1 point, but Pecherov nailed two long range shots for 15:10 advantage. Moreover Fesenko closed the first period at 17:10. Again Pecherov fired from the arc for 20:13 and Kolchenko brought 24:17 after an amazing assist from Zabirchenko. The latter nailed three right after for 27:19 and Fesenko gave Ukraine double figures lead. Georgia however dominated the rest of the quarter and Georgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86) sent the teams to the lockers at 33:30.
Georgia started the second half better and grabbed the lead early in the third. Pachulia, Georgi Tsintsadze and Manuchar Markoishvili (195-G-86) gave Georgia 38:35 and Georgi Tsintsadze increased to 5. Haynes and Tornike Shengelia (207-F-91) gave Georgia 46:39, while another five points in a row were too much for Ukraine. Steve Bertt broke the silence for 51:41 and Pachulia scored for 53:44. Sanikidze increased the lead to 11 and he also made it 57:44. Lukashov nailed three in response for 57:47 and Sanikidze made an alley-oop, while Tornike Shengelia made the things clear at 15 points with 5 minutes to go. Manuchar Markoishvili scored for 65:50 and Manuchar Markoishvili brought plus 17. Sanikidze made the final result in the game at 69:53.
Georgi Tsintsadze and Manuchar Markoishvili poured in 14 points each, while Tornike Shengelia notched 12. Pecherov and Steve Bertt delivered 11 points each in the losing effort.

Georgia: Georgi Tsintsadze 14, Manuchar Markoishvili 14, Tornike Shengelia 12
Ukraine: Pecherov 11, Steve Bertt 11




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Telekom Baskets Bonn wins RheinMain-Cup - by Eurobasket News
Telekom Baskets Bonn wins RheinMain-Cup with 4 teams participating. Telekom Baskets Bonn won over Dragons Rhondorf at the RheinMain-Cup opener. The most experienced team started with 15:12 and added massive 28-21 in the second frame. In the second half Telekom Baskets Bonn showed their superiority and won 28-14 and 25-18 the third and the last quarters respectively. Simonas Serapinas (197-F-82) top-scored for the winners with 22 points, while Tony Gaffney (204-F-84, college: Massachusetts) netted 19. Jordan as well as Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Valparaiso) and Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87, college: TCU) posted 13 points each. Walker replied with 25 points in the losing effort and Florian Koch (197-F-92) added 11.
In the Final Game Telekom Baskets Bonn beat webmoebel Baskets 96:81. The favorites started with 25-14 and added 23-21 in the second frame. In the third quarter Bonn team produced 20-17 and did not mind 28-29 in the last quarter. Zvonko Buljan stepped up with 21 points for the winners and Tony Gaffney posted 18. Simonas Serapinas delivered 17 points, while Chris Ensminger collected 16 points and 14 rebounds. Mason responded with 21 points in the losing case.



Justin Smith plays at Weiden - by Daniel Poerschke
Justin Smith (198-F-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) will play for TB Weiden in the 1. Regionalliga South-East in Germany this season. Smith graduated from the University of Hawaii-Hilo (NCAA 2) this May and Weiden is his first overseas pro team. 'So far we are very pleased with Justin', says Weiden head coach Kevin Decker. Smith was named Pac West 1st team All-Conference in 2010 and 2011. He can play the wing and center position. Weiden managed to stay in the league thanks to a late finish last season and now looks forward in getting more wins this season.

Homesick Mitchell leaves Herten - by Moritz Korff
Derek Mitchell's career with Hertener Loewen ended before it really began. The 22-year-old forward asked the management of the Pro B team to opt out of his contract, because he felt homesick. 'From a basketball stand point we deeply regret his decision, because we felt that he could have played a great season with our team. But we understand his decision and wish him the best of luck', Herten head coach Boris Kaminski said. He will now look for a player to replace Mitchell on his roster.

Christian Hoffmann (Artland Dragons) Falls Victim To The Injury Bug - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

With the start of the 2011-2012 Beko BBL season less than a month away, The Artland Dragons have announced that ex TBB Trier guard Christian Hoffmann (184-G-87, agency: Limelight Hoops) will miss an undetermined amount of time on the court due to a fatigue reaction in his shin bone. Team doctor Dr. Heinz Gerd Grotepass has announced that Hoffmann will have to rest for a longer period of time. The Artland Dragons have been unlucky with team injuries as Nathan Peavy, Johannes Strasser and Adam Hess have been missing in action due to injuries. With each passing day and the season drawing closer, the club will check the market for a replacement for Hoffmann.

Source: Artland Dragons


EuroBasket 2011: Serbians set a blistering pace, improved to 4-0 record - by Eurobasket News
Germany-Serbia 64:75

Serbia remained perfect in Eurobasket 2011 as they handed Germany their second loss in a row. Serbia needed 75:64 to grab 4-0 record and will meet France for the first place in the group tomorrow.
Germany failed from the very beginning and allowed Serbia to go on 9-0 run. It was still the memory from the awful game against France that demolished the German team few days ago. Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) and Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) however reduced to 9:7, but Keselj made two three-pointers for 17:7. Herber closed the period at 17:10 as he made the long range shot from the perimeter. Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) scored five in a row for 22:12 and his another three-pointer gave Serbia 25:14. Nenad Krstic (214-C-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) and Rasic delivered for 29:16 and Dirk Nowitzki cut it to 33:24. He also sent the squads to the lockers at 38:28 as Serbia won both periods in the first half.
Steffen Hamann (194-G-81) and Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) exchanged the early threes in the start of the third quarter, while Chris Kaman (213-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) scored for 40:33. Milos Teodosic and Markovic brought the five straight points for Serbia that enjoyed 45:33 lead. Dusko Savanovic and Nenad Krstic ensured the 15-point advantage with 4 minutes to play in the third. Dirk Nowitzki reduced to 51:38, while Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) made two free throws for 56:41. Perovic meanwhile closed the third period also from the free throw line. Benzing gave Germany a chance to survive in the last period, but Rasic immediately responded for 60:44. Chris Kaman and Dirk Nowitzki cut it 62:49 with 6 minutes to go. Again Dirk Nowitzki brought Germany to 62:54 as he scored his 23 point. Milos Teodosic broke the intrigue at 73:61 and Heiko Schaffartzik made the final result in the game.
Dusko Savanovic top-scored for Serbia with 18 points and Nenad Krstic nailed 15. Milos Teodosic posted 12 and Milenko Tepic added 8. Dirk Nowitzki replied with 25 points in defeat, while Heiko Schaffartzik scored 11 and Chris Kaman as well as Steffen Hamann posted 10 apiece.

Germany: Dirk Nowitzki 25, Heiko Schaffartzik 11, Chris Kaman 10, Steffen Hamann 10
Serbia: Dusko Savanovic 18, Nenad Krstic 15, Milos Teodosic 12, Milenko Tepic 8



BG Gottingen, Phoenix Hagen and Ulm won the friendlies - by Eurobasket News
Ratiopharm Ulm overcame Ludwigsburg 75:66. John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) stepped up with 17 points, while Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) netted 15. Swann delivered 12 and Steven Esterkamp (198-F-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Ohio) notched 10.
Belgian Generali Okapi Aalstar overcame Artland Dragons 90:68. The winners got 19:14 in the first period, but the German side responded with 21-17 in the second frame. In the second half Generali Okapi Aalstar scored 27 points in each of the quarters and celebrated an easy victory. Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Canisius) posted 16 points for the German team and King notched 14. Hilliard delivered 13, while Bryan Bailey (185-PG-80, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Bucknell) scored 12.
BG Gottingen outscored Karlsruhe 82:67. Raymond Sykes (206-F/C-86, college: Clemson) led the way with 18 points, while Damian Saunders (200-F-88, college: Duquesne) and Dale netted 14 each.
Phoenix Hagen meanwhile smashed Regional team Noma Iserlohn Kangaroos 114:57. Zygimantas Jonusas (200-F-82) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Blackwood added 18. Carter scored 17, while Dominik Spohr (200-F-89) and Brooks delivered 12 apiece.



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EuroBasket 2011: Greece prevail against Montenegro - by Eurobasket News
Greece - Montenegro 71:55

Greece posted the third win at the 2011 EuroBasket. They held off Montenegro to bounce back from an upsetting loss to FYR Macedonia in the previous round. Kostas Koufos (213-C/F-89, college: Ohio St.) stepped up with 19 points to lead the charge. Montenegro fell at 1-3 record after the loss.
The teams looked evenly matched in the first frame. Greece eventually grabbed a 21:18 lead after ten minutes of action. The Hellenes maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They ensured a 32:31 halftime advantage. Greece went on a deadly 19:0 run midway through the third term to gain a 51:33 lead. They arrived at the final break up by as many as 17 points 58:41. Montenegro had little chance of saving this one and had to surrender at the end. Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) provided 14 points, while Nick Calathes (198-G-89, college: Florida) added 12 points, 6 assists and 3 boards in the win. Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds for Montenegro. Milko Bjelica (207-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 8 points in the loss.

Greece: Kostas Koufos 19, Antonis Fotsis 14, Nick Calathes 12
Montenegro: Nikola Pekovic 15, Milko Bjelica 8



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Israel Sends Latvia Warm Regards With a Close 91:88 'W' - by David Pick
In the teams' fourth of five games, Israel and Latvia had both zero chances of qualifying to the second-round of the EuroBasket tournament, however, pride and respect played the main role of today's competition in Siauliai where Israel recorded its first win, 91:88.

Israel, falling to Germany, France and Serbia needs to already focus on its next campaign as the current one seems to be the last for several key players including Maccabi T.A. new team captain Tal Burstein, David Blu and Yaniv Green. Blu, a former USC standout has been one of if not -- the -- most consistent player for the Israelis throughout the competition.

The 31-year-old Blu isn't getting any younger as he looks upon a demanding and challenging three league season with Maccabi and his blue-and-white performances next summer are yet TBD. 12ppg and 2rpg are Blu's averages prior to the match against Latvia. Yet, whenever he takes more then five shots a game, Blu records great numbers (14 and 16 points on 54.2% shooting), this, including aggressive defensive abilities Dirk Nowitzki, Milan Macvan, Boris Diaw and Joakim Noah had the 'pleasure' of experiencing. On the other end, Janis Blums has been outstanding for the Latvians, as he's ranked 3rd in the EuroBasket for 3-point field goal attempts. Averaging 17ppg despite losses to France (32 points), Serbia and Italy, Blums has come off a solid season in the Spanish ACB league with Bilbao, reaching the local finals against Regal F.C. Barcelona, but it wasnt enough.

Israel - Latvia 91:88

Arik Shivek remembered Israel strong first quarter against Serbia last weekend, so he opened with the same starting five including David Blu, Guy Pnini, Lior Eliyahu, Yotam Halperin and point guard Afik Nissim. Latvia began with their oldest player and lights-out shooter Janis Blums, alongside Rihards Kuksiks, Janis Strelnieks, Arturs Berzins and Andrejs Selakovs.

A game of runs characterized the first quarter as Israel made three early jumpers taking a 7:0 lead, but Latvia responded with its own 8:0 run before Blu and Blums traded buckets tying things up at 13:13. Pnini banked in a runner and sent Eliyahu a quarterback pass giving Israel a 19:13 advantage and a minimal 23:22 first session lead. Israeli assistant coach Oded Katash saw his Jerusalem leading guard, Yuval Naimy take over the second period with eight points and two back-to-back and-one plays giving their team a 32:30 lead. Bertans' three-ball brought the game to an equal 40:40 with two minutes remaining, as the first half ended with Latvia trailing by two, 47:45.

Congratulations to Yogev Ohayon on making his first basket of the tournament and on getting super dunked on by Selakovs, 51:51. A few plays later, Blums (26) made a step-back three from the top of the key, and another over Green to give the Latvians a 67:65 lead. Pnini made one-of-two free throws to close the third session, 67:66, Latvia.

Both teams exchanged baskets starting the final quarter, but Mekel and Blu's buckets saw Latvia call timeout, 75:71. With the game on the line, a superb important effort from Eliyahu put Israel one step ahead, but Strelnieks in the lane made it as close as can be, 83:83, with 120-seconds left. Mekel played tight 'D' on Blums, stole the ball, and was sent to line, making just one, 86:83. Strelnieks on the other end split his free throws and Pnini nailed a corner three handing Israel their first tournament win, 91:88.

Blums had a game high 27 points (8/12 from the field) and 4 rebounds followed by Selakovs' 14 and Kuksiks' 12 points. Strelnieks 8 and Bertans had 7 in a losing effort. Lior Eliyahu gave an MVP performance with 26 points, 10 rebounds and 3 dimes, Pnini 12 and Blu 11 (6 boards) led the Israeli scorers. Naimy and Halperin each had 9, Ohayon 7, Mekel and Kadir (5 rebounds) finished with 5 points.

Other games today in Group B: Germany - Serbia and France - Italy. Tomorrow's final first round games are Italy vs. Israel, Latvia vs. Germany and Serbia taking on Tony Parker's France.

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EuroBasket 2011: France tame Italy - by Eurobasket News
Italy - France 84:91

France stayed perfect at 2011 EuroBasket. They prevailed against Italy in a dramatic clash tonight to improve at 4-0 record in Group B. Boris Diaw (203-F/C-82) stepped up with 21 points to pace the winners. Italy fell at 1-3 record after the loss.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85) nailed 13 points in the opening frame to give the Azzurri a 23:20 lead ten minutes into the game. The lead changed hands for a couple of times throughout the second term before Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) drained three triples and ensured a 48:41 halftime lead for Italy. The Azzurri kept their opponents at bay throughout the third period. They established a 67:60 lead with ten minutes remaining. Tchicamboud and Gelabale opened the final period with back-to-back three-pointers to narrow the deficit. Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) drew things level at 74 midway through the fourth quarter. Les Bleus surged back in front but Marco Belinelli and Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) made it 80:79 for Italy with just over two minutes to go. Nicolas Batum and Boris Diaw pulled Les Bleus in front 85:82 with just 36 seconds left. Nicolas Batum followed with two free throws to enlarge the lead. Les Bleus then went deadly from the stripe and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Nicolas Batum finished with 20 points, while Ali Traore (207-C-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) added 11 points in the win. Andrea Bargnani answered with 22 points for Italy. Marco Belinelli chipped in 19 points in defeat.

Italy: Andrea Bargnani 22, Marco Belinelli 19, Danilo Gallinari 18
France: Boris Diaw 21, Nicolas Batum 20, Ali Traore 11



Fulgor Basket wins Memorial Coralli - by Eurobasket News
Paffoni Fulgor Basket wins Memorial Coralli in Italy.
Paffoni Fulgor Basket won the Semifinal Game over Pallacanestro Pavia 63:53. Stefano Masciadri (200-F-89) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Mohamed Toure (189-G-92) netted 14. Cazzaniga replied with 14 points in the losing effort and Riccardo Pederzini (198-F-89) delivered 12.
In another Semifinal game Co.Mark Treviglio outscored UCC Assigeco Casalpusterlengo 88:81.
In the Final game Paffoni Fulgor Basket beat Co.Mark Blu Basket Treviglio 63:60. Stefano Masciadri poured in 19 points and Daniele Casadei (199-F/G-81) netted 11. Matteo Bertolazzi (181-G-79) scored 10, while Prelazzi brought 9. Augustin Fabi (199-G/F-91) ended up with 16 points in the losing case, while Marco Planezio (196-F-91) added 11.

Final
Pallacanestro Pavia Paffoni Fulgor Basket 53-63
Pallacanestro Pavia: Cazzaniga 14, Ciss 6, Maiocco 4, Migliorini 3, Bozzetto 4, Ikangi, Cavagna, Riccardo Pederzini 12, Laboranti, Tupputi 1, Borgna 9. All: Massimiliano Baldiraghi
Paffoni Fulgor Basket: Matteo Bertolazzi 7, Raspino 8, Daniele Casadei 10, Tour 14, Stefano Masciadri 17, Paci, Prelazzi, Scomparin 6, Saccaggi 1, Picazio. All: Giampaolo Di Lorenzo



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EuroBasket 2011: Latvia lost the thriller to Israel - by Eurobasket News
Israel-Latvia 91:88

Israel grabbed 91:88 over Latvia for the initial victory in Group B between two winless teams before the clash with each other.
Israel started strong and opened the game with 7 consecutive points. The Baltic state however did not panic and bounced back with an 8-0 run. Janis Blums later tied it all at 9:9 and he nailed three for 13:13. Israel produced a 6-0 run as Lior Eliyahu (206-F/C-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) made it 19:13 and Bertans closed the period at 23:22, Israel. Naimy brought 27:27 and Lior Eliyahu scored for 34:30. David Blu gave Israel 40:37, but Janis Blums netted three for 43:42. Green however remained Israel in front at the first half for 47:45. After being tied at 51:51, Ohayon and David Blu created a 6-0 run for 57:51. David Blums scored six in a row for 57:57, but Lior Eliyahu and Naimy gave Israel 65:62. Janis Blums erupted with another five in a row for 67:65, while Guy Pnini (200-F/G-83) closed the period for plus 1, Latvia. Freimanis made a dunk for 71:68 early in the last frame, but Mekel and David Blu closed a 7-0 run for 75:71. Lior Eliyahu and Rihards Kuksiks (198-G/F-88) exchanged the baskets for 77:75 and Bertans scored for 81:79. Strelnieks tied the game at 83:83 and Israel led 2 points with 30 seconds remaining. Guy Pnini scored for 89:84 and Rihards Kuksiks immediately nailed three for 89:87. Mekel scored two from the free throw line to make it 91:88, while Strelnieks missed the final shot.
Lior Eliyahu erupted with 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Guy Pnini netted 12. Janis Blums had high 27 points, while Andrejs Selakovs (210-C-88, agency: Players Group) notched 14 and Rihards Kuksiks posted 12.

Israel: Lior Eliyahu 26+10 rebs, Guy Pnini 12, David Blu 11
Latvia: Janis Blums (190-G-82) 27, Andrejs Selakovs 14, Rihards Kuksiks 12



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Marijonas Petravicius to miss the rest of Eurobasket 2011 - by Eurobasket News
Marijonas Petravicius (208-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) to miss the rest of Eurobasket 2011 due to the lung problem. Petravicius complained after the game that he is was unwell and after being examined by doctors, it was determined he would not be able to return to the court for at least a month.
Marijonas Petravicius played in two games and scored 9 points. He recorded 5 points against Turkey, but can not beat his record now.
Two years ago Armani Jeans Milano made important signing. The Italians inked 2-year deal with Lithuanian big guy Marijonas Petravicius, who was one of the most important Lietuvos Rytas' players last season. Marijonas Petravicius arrived to Lietuvos Rytas during the summer 2006. Before that he used to play for Ventspils, Oostende and Mitteldeutscher. He graduated at the South Carolina University in 2003. In April this year he was named 'Eurocup Final Eight MVP'.



Zydrunas Urbonas remains with Juventus - by Eurobasket News
Zydrunas Urbonas (198-F-76) remains with Juventus for another season. The Lithuania Forward will enter his third straight season with the squad.
In 2008-2009 he played for Alytus Alita (LKL, starting five) and in Baltic League (Challenge Cup) averaged 12.6ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.3spg. In Lithuanian League his stats read 12.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg. In Nov.'08 moved to BC Donetsk (Ukraine-Superleague) and in 31 games showed 7.0ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 22.6%, FT: 70.5%.
In 2009-2010 moved to Juventus-LKSK Utenos (LKL, starting five) and in Baltic League had 14.1ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 50.7%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 87.2%. In Lithuanian League after 13 games averaged 9.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 67.2%.
The last season for Juventus-LKSK Utenos (LKL) in Lithuanian League after 27 games he had 6.2ppg, 2.4rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 77.9%. In Baltic League Zydrunas Urbonas showed 12.4ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT-1 (75.0%), FT: 76.4%.
In 2011 he made it into Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League (Challenge Cup) 2nd Team -11 and became Baltic League (Challenge Cup) Champion -11.



Lietuvos Rytas and Juventus celebrated the latest success in the friendlies - by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas and Juventus celebrated the latest success in the friendlies. 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 Dilys notched 16. Katelynas posted 13, while Babrauskas scored 10.
Juventus outscored Sakalai 75:66. The winners started with 19-17 and added 16-13 in the second period. Sakalai however replied with 24-19 in the third quarter, but failed in the last. Due to 21-12 in the last quarter Juventus celebrated the victory. Petrukonis Karolis stepped up with 21 points and Vaidotas Volkus (203-F-85, college: Redlands CC) notched 15. Pakamanis Darius ended up with 14, while Gediminas Maceina (188-G-84) and Zygimantas Sestokas (196-G/F-86, agency: Players Group, college: Hofstra) added 13 apiece. Arvydas Gydra replied with 15 points in the losing effort.



EuroBasket 2011: Spain keeps slate clean, wins Group A - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania-Spain 79:91

Spain won Group A of Eurobasket 2011 with even one more game remaining. The defending champions cruised past the hosts 91:79 in the most expected game so far of the tournament.
Jose Manuel Calderon (190-PG-81) opened the game from the long distance and Jankunas responded for 5:5. Javtokas brought Lithuania the first lead at 7:6 and unfortunately for the hosts it was the last one in the game. Spain erupted with 18-0 run to take 22:7. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) was very active in the end of the quarter and closed it for 31:12 as it was his 15th points already. Reyes and Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) started the second period with 7-0 surge and Llull scored for 41:16. Jose Manuel Calderon made two threes for 49:21 and Fernandez brought 54:27. Again Juan Carlos Navarro and then Pau Gasol from the arc made it selfish 62:36 at the halftime for the defending champions.
Fernandez and Pau Gasol made it 67:36 early in the third as Spain did not even think of slowing down. Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) and Kalnietis answered from the perimeter, while Pau Gasol made another three-pointer for 72:44. Lithuania created a 9-2 run as Jasikevicius made it 74:53. Jasaitis and Juan Carlos Navarro exchanged the late baskets in the third as Spain had 81:56 entering the last period. Lithuania started with a 6-0 run to reduce to 81:62 and Kalnietis scored for 87:66. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) scored for 87:70, while Jasikevicius delivered for 91:76. Delininkaitis made it even 91:79 as it became the last shot in the game.
Juan Carlos Navarro paced all the guests with 22 points and Pau Gasol notched 17. Serge Ibaka (208-C/F-89) posted 15, while Jose Manuel Calderon delivered 12. Jonas Valanciunas answered with 13 points in defeat, while Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) and Martynas Pocius scored 11 apiece.

Lithuania: Jonas Valanciunas 13, Rimantas Kaukenas 11, Martynas Pocius 11
Spain: Juan Carlos Navarro 22, Pau Gasol 17, Serge Ibaka 15, Jose Manuel Calderon 12



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EuroBasket 2011: Greece prevail against Montenegro - by Eurobasket News
Greece - Montenegro 71:55

Greece posted the third win at the 2011 EuroBasket. They held off Montenegro to bounce back from an upsetting loss to FYR Macedonia in the previous round. Kostas Koufos (213-C/F-89, college: Ohio St.) stepped up with 19 points to lead the charge. Montenegro fell at 1-3 record after the loss.
The teams looked evenly matched in the first frame. Greece eventually grabbed a 21:18 lead after ten minutes of action. The Hellenes maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They ensured a 32:31 halftime advantage. Greece went on a deadly 19:0 run midway through the third term to gain a 51:33 lead. They arrived at the final break up by as many as 17 points 58:41. Montenegro had little chance of saving this one and had to surrender at the end. Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) provided 14 points, while Nick Calathes (198-G-89, college: Florida) added 12 points, 6 assists and 3 boards in the win. Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds for Montenegro. Milko Bjelica (207-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 8 points in the loss.

Greece: Kostas Koufos 19, Antonis Fotsis 14, Nick Calathes 12
Montenegro: Nikola Pekovic 15, Milko Bjelica 8



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Justin Smith plays at Weiden - by Daniel Poerschke
Justin Smith (198-F-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) will play for TB Weiden in the 1. Regionalliga South-East in Germany this season. Smith graduated from the University of Hawaii-Hilo (NCAA 2) this May and Weiden is his first overseas pro team. 'So far we are very pleased with Justin', says Weiden head coach Kevin Decker. Smith was named Pac West 1st team All-Conference in 2010 and 2011. He can play the wing and center position. Weiden managed to stay in the league thanks to a late finish last season and now looks forward in getting more wins this season.

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Argentina wins Group B with perfect 4-0 record - by Eurobasket News
ARGENTINA - PANAMA 90-71

Argentina won the Qualifying Group B in Mar del Plata with 4-0 score. In the last day of this stage they handed 90-71 loss to Panama, who also advanced to the Quarterfinals Round. Panamanians are No.3 of this pool with 1-3 record. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) dominated under the basket with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Andres Nocioni (199-F-79) scored 18, Pablo Prigioni (191-G-77) (6 rebs) had 17 points and Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) helped with 14 points, plus 8 assists. Panama got 20 points from Jose Lloreda (201-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU). Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, agency: Priority Sports, college: Providence) shined with 19 points and 17 rebounds, while Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85, college: Virginia) collected 13 points and 9 rebs. Quarters: 21-20, 17-19, 26-12, 26-20. Argentina will meet Canada in the first game of the Quarterfinals Round. Panama will play against Dominican Republic. All teams will take a rest today.

Argentina: Luis Scola 19+14 boards, Andres Nocioni 18, Pablo Prigioni 17+6 boards, Emanuel Ginobili 14+8 as
Panama: Jose Lloreda 20, Ruben Garces 19+17 boards, Gary Forbes 13+9 boards


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Uruguay heads to Quarterfinals Round in Mar del Plata - by Eurobasket News
URUGUAY - PARAGUAY 79-66

Great performance by Uruguay, who outplayed Paraguay 79-66 for 2-2 record in Group B. It is enough for third place and Uruguay advanced to the Quarterfinals Round. On the other side, Paraguay says goodbye with poor 0-4. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) stepped up for Uruguay with 19 points and 5 rebounds. He made five triples in this meeting. Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) scored 15 points and Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) shined with 12 points, plus 16 boards. In defeat, Enrique Martinez (189-G-78, agency: Dream Team Management) netted 18 points. Bruno Zanotti (197-F-82, college: Merrimack) had one less and Daniel Perez (190-G/F-84) stopped to 11 pts. Quarters: 21-20, 20-18, 21-9, 17-19. Quarterfinals Round start tomorrow and Uruguay will meet Brazil in the first game.

Uruguay: Leandro Garcia Morales 19+5 boards, Martin Osimani 15, Esteban Batista 12+16 boards
Paraguay: Enrique Martinez 18, Bruno Zanotti 17, Daniel Perez 11


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  POLAND   


EuroBasket 2011: Poland shocked Turkey to take the third position in Group A - by Eurobasket News
Poland-Turkey 84:83

Poland shocked Turkey to take the third position in Group A. The victory can be decisive for the last (third) spot to the Second Round from the group. Dardan Berisha (192-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) brought 84:83 victory as both teams are with 2-2 record after day 4 in Eurobasket.
Poland had the first lead in the game as Adam Hrycaniuk (208-C-84, college: Cincinnati) made a jump shot. Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) brought 5:4 for Turkey that was the favorite of the game after three days of campaign. Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) meanwhile scored four in a row for 15:9 and Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) closed the first period at 17:14.Dardan Berisha kept Poland in front after a three-pointer and he made it also 23:18. Emir Preldzic and Hidayet Turkoglu (206-F-79) cut it to 26:25 and Tunceri reduced to 32:31. Poland stayed in front for the whole time and Adam Hrycaniuk sent the teams to the lockers for 39:35. Onan however tied the game at 43:43and Asik gave his side 45:43. Hidayet Turkoglu made two free throws for 52:48 and it was Poland to catch up later in the game. Szymon Szewczyk scored for 60:62, while his another two points tied the clash at 62:62. Emir Preldzic gave Turkey 70:66 and he again scored for 75:68. Szymon Szewczyk and Koszarek nailed from the long range for 75:75 with less than 4 minutes in the fourth period. Ersan Ilyasova scored four in a row for 79:75 and then Dardan Berisha and Pamula gave Poland 82:81. Enes Kanter (208-C-92, college: Kentucky) tied the game at 82:82 with 30 seconds remaining and his another free throw gave Turkey 83:82. Dardan Berisha made it 84:83 with 12 seconds as Turkey needed the immediate timeout. Tunceri tried to bring the victory for Turkey but missed a three pointer.
Dardan Berisha led the charge with 21 points and Adam Hrycaniuk netted 15. Szymon Szewczyk delivered 12, while Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) chipped in 11. Enes Kanter ended up with 19 points in defeat and Ersan Ilyasova posted 14. Hidayet Turkoglu finished the game with 13 points and Emir Preldzic nailed 11.

Poland: Dardan Berisha 21, Adam Hrycaniuk 15, Szymon Szewczyk 12, Thomas Kelati 11
Turkey: Enes Kanter 19, Ersan Ilyasova 14, Hidayet Turkoglu 13, Emir Preldzic 11



Friendly games results - by Eurobasket News
Trefl Sopot suffered a big 54:71 loss to Braunschweig in the exhibition clash. The game was played in Kolobrzeg and the visitors turned victorious. Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80, college: Cincinnati), Kyle Visser (211-C-85, college: Wake Forest) and Branko Jorovic (205-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 10 points each to pace the winners. Trefl Sopot led by three points at the first break 14:11. They stretched the gap to 4 points at halftime 28:24. But Braunschweig turned things around in the second half. They stepped on the gas to post a comfortable 17-point lead at the end. Jamelle Horne (200-F, college: Arizona) provided 12 points, while Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80) had 10 points in the loss.
Polpharma prevailed against Start Gdynia 94:82. Grzegorz Arabas (190-F/G-78, agency: Promotex) stepped up with 16 points to lead the charge. Start Gdynia were up by one point at halftime 47:46. However Polpharma erupted for 32 points in the third term and cleared off for good in this one. Brian Gilmore (203-F-85, college: American) finished with 15 points, while Michael Hicks (193-G-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Cent.Missouri) added 14 points in the win.
Anwil Wloclawek tamed Sportino Inowroclaw 86:68 as John Allen (194-G/F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Seton Hall) posted 15 points. Seid Hajric (203-F-83) added 14 points, while Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Cent.Conn.St.) finished with 14 points in the victory.



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EuroBasket 2011: Great Britain post first win - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain - Portugal 85:73

Great Britain opened win count at 2011 EuroBasket. They overcame Portugal to improve at 1-3 record in Group A. Luol Deng (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) stepped up with impressive 31 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge. Portugal slipped at 0-4 record after the loss.
Great Britain jumped to an 8:2 lead after ten minutes of action. But Portugal bounced back and levelled things up at 16 after ten minutes of action. Luol Deng scored 8 points in a row midway through the second term to give Great Britain a 26:19 lead. Soon Freeland opened a double-digit lead for Great Britain and they established a 44:34 halftime advantage. Great Britain just kept on clearing off in the third term and posted a 59:45 lead into the fourth frame. Carlos Andrade (197-F-78, college: Queens, NC) dragged Portugal within 7 points midway through the final quarter but Nathan Reinking (188-G-73, college: Kent St.) and Luol Deng came up with timely points to silence their opponents. Michael Lenzly (189-G-81, college: Wofford) stepped up with 17 points, while Nathan Reinking added 9 points in the victory. Carlos Andrade answered with 24 points and 10 boards for Portugal. Miguel Minhava (197-G-83) posted 18 points in the loss.

Great Britain: Luol Deng 31+10 boards, Michael Lenzly 17, Nathan Reinking 9
Portugal: Carlos Andrade 24+10 boards, Miguel Minhava 18



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EuroBasket 2011: Kirilenko and Mozgov combined 40 points to rout Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria-Russia 77:89

Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) and Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: RIZO) combined 40 points to rout Bulgaria for a perfect 4-0 record in Group D. Russia overcame the opponents 89:77 as the latter fell at 1-3 record.
After an important loss from Ukraine, Bulgaria looked very well in the start of the game against Russia. Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) scored three for 7:4 and his another shot gave Bulgaria plus 5. Russia however responded with an 8-0 run as Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) closed it at 13:9. Ivanov and Shved exchanged the late baskets in the quarter for 23:18, Russia. Vitaly Fridzon made another three-pointer for 29:22 and his third one from the long range saw 32:24 on the board. Andrei Kirilenko scored for 40:29 and Earl Rowland reduced to 42:38 at the halftime. Russia looked better in the third quarter and after 25-21 took 67:59. Antonov opened the last frame with a jump shot and he made a dunk for 74:64. Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky) reduced to 76:68 after four straight points and his three-pointer brought 80:71 later in the quarter. Again Filip Videnov reduced to 80:75, but Russia did not allowed the opponents to come closer. Andrei Kirilenko scored for 87:76 and Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) brought the last points for the winners.
Andrei Kirilenko top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Timofey Mozgov notched 15. Vitaly Fridzon poured in 13 and Viktor Khryapa added 12. Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 23 points in defeat and Filip Videnov scored 17.

Bulgaria: Dejan Ivanov 23, Filip Videnov 17, Earl Rowland 14
Russia: Andrei Kirilenko 25, Timofey Mozgov 15, Vitaly Fridzon 13, Viktor Khryapa 12



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EuroBasket 2011: Serbians set a blistering pace, improved to 4-0 record - by Eurobasket News
Germany-Serbia 64:75

Serbia remained perfect in Eurobasket 2011 as they handed Germany their second loss in a row. Serbia needed 75:64 to grab 4-0 record and will meet France for the first place in the group tomorrow.
Germany failed from the very beginning and allowed Serbia to go on 9-0 run. It was still the memory from the awful game against France that demolished the German team few days ago. Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) and Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) however reduced to 9:7, but Keselj made two three-pointers for 17:7. Herber closed the period at 17:10 as he made the long range shot from the perimeter. Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) scored five in a row for 22:12 and his another three-pointer gave Serbia 25:14. Nenad Krstic (214-C-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) and Rasic delivered for 29:16 and Dirk Nowitzki cut it to 33:24. He also sent the squads to the lockers at 38:28 as Serbia won both periods in the first half.
Steffen Hamann (194-G-81) and Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) exchanged the early threes in the start of the third quarter, while Chris Kaman (213-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) scored for 40:33. Milos Teodosic and Markovic brought the five straight points for Serbia that enjoyed 45:33 lead. Dusko Savanovic and Nenad Krstic ensured the 15-point advantage with 4 minutes to play in the third. Dirk Nowitzki reduced to 51:38, while Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) made two free throws for 56:41. Perovic meanwhile closed the third period also from the free throw line. Benzing gave Germany a chance to survive in the last period, but Rasic immediately responded for 60:44. Chris Kaman and Dirk Nowitzki cut it 62:49 with 6 minutes to go. Again Dirk Nowitzki brought Germany to 62:54 as he scored his 23 point. Milos Teodosic broke the intrigue at 73:61 and Heiko Schaffartzik made the final result in the game.
Dusko Savanovic top-scored for Serbia with 18 points and Nenad Krstic nailed 15. Milos Teodosic posted 12 and Milenko Tepic added 8. Dirk Nowitzki replied with 25 points in defeat, while Heiko Schaffartzik scored 11 and Chris Kaman as well as Steffen Hamann posted 10 apiece.

Germany: Dirk Nowitzki 25, Heiko Schaffartzik 11, Chris Kaman 10, Steffen Hamann 10
Serbia: Dusko Savanovic 18, Nenad Krstic 15, Milos Teodosic 12, Milenko Tepic 8



Standings - A Liga
A League Standings
 1. Borac 0-0 
 2. Crnokosa 0-0 
 3. Crvena Zvezda 0-0 
 4. Hemofarm 0-0 
 5. Mega Vizura 0-0 
 6. Metalac 0-0 
 7. Napredak 0-0 
 8. Novi Sad 0-0 
 9. OKK Beograd 0-0 
 10. Partizan 0-0 
 11. Proleter Naftagas 0-0 
 12. Radnicki 0-0 
 13. Sloboda Uzice 0-0 
 14. Sloga 0-0 
 15. Superfund 0-0 
 16. Tamis 0-0 
 17. Vojvodina 0-0 


Crvena Zvezda Beograd too much for Sloboda and OKK Beograd in friendlies - by Eurobasket News
Crvena Zvezda Beograd played two more friendly games this pre-season.
They outplayed Sloboda 88-65 mostly owing to Nemanja Nedovic (192-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket), who scored 15 points. Andreja Milutinovic (199-G-90) and Mile Ilic (215-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) had two points less than him in this victory. Crvena Zvezda shined in the first ten minutes (31-17) and never looked back. Arnautovic delivered 21 points for Sloboda.
In the other game, Crvena Zvezda blasted OKK Beograd 93-63. Once again they started strongly (27-14) and later just kept extending their lead. Vujadin Subotic (198-G-81) stepped up for Crvena Zvezda this time with 13 points. Filip Covic (180-G-89, agency: Interperformances) and Bojan Radetic (203-F-88) had 12 points each. Kovac posted 12 points in defeat.


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EuroBasket 2011: Slovenia outlast Belgium - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia - Belgium 70:61

Slovenia posted the fourth straight win at EuroBasket. They overcame pesky Belgium to stay undefeated in Group D. Goran Dragic (194-PG-86) scored 18 points to lead the effort. Belgium on the other hand suffered the fourth loss in a row.
Belgium got to a 10:2 start to the game. They maintained the lead to secure a 15:14 advantage after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout intense second period and Belgium managed to record a 30:29 lead at the interval. Slovenia went on a 7:2 run at the start of the second half to surge ahead. They stayed in charge posting a 50:47 advantage at the final intermission. Marcus Faison (196-G-78, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Siena) knotted things up at 58 with under four minutes to go in the game. However Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) and Goran Dragic returned the lead for Slovenia and they never surrendered it in the final seconds. Mirza Begic (216-C-85) posted 14 points and 7 rebounds, while Erazem Lorbek and Uros Slokar (210-F/C-83) added 7 points each in the win. Thomas Van Den Spiegel (214-C-78) answered with 16 points for Belgium. Marcus Faison delivered 13 points in the loss.

Slovenia: Goran Dragic 18, Mirza Begic 14, Erazem Lorbek 7, Uros Slokar 7
Belgium: Thomas Van Den Spiegel 16, Marcus Faison 13



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ET Elephants' JACKSON VROMAN Breaks Nose. Will require surgery - by Kevin Campigotto
Inchon ET Land Elephants' import player Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81, college: Iowa St.) broke his nose while practicing against the Korean National Team. X-rays showed that surgery would be required and Vroman will fly to America in three days for treatment. The team will travel to Japan early this week for a series of exhibition games but without Vroman the value of those games has clearly decreased. One ET official said that the injury was lucky to come now, because if it had of come during the regular season it could be disaster. No timetable for Vroman's return has been set.

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Sergii Gladyr out 6-8 weeks - by Eurobasket News
Sergii Gladyr (196-G/F-88) will miss next 6-8 weeks due to left knee injury (meniscus). The player already underwent an arthroscopy. Gladyr is a member of Manresa, where he joined two years ago. Last season he appeared 31 times in the league averaging 8.3 points and 2.5 rebounds. In 2009/10, Gladyr collected 10 ppg and 2.1 rpg for 29 games. Before Manresa, Sergii Gladyr spent few years with MBC Mykolaiv. Actually, he started there as a teenager. In 2008, Gladyr was named Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Newcomer of the Year. He played for the Ukrainian NT in Qualifications to European Championships 2011. He had 4.5 ppg and 3 rpg in four games. Gladyr also played for U20 and U18 Ukraine in the past.

Lagun Aro GBC beats CAI Zaragoza 85-81 in a friendly - by Eurobasket News
Lagun Aro GBC - Lagun Aro GBC 81-85

Lagun Aro GBC and CAI Zaragoza played a friendly game last night. Lagun Aro GBC was better celebrating 81-85 victory. Andy Panko (204-F-77, college: Lebanon Valley) was their key player in this meeting with 31 points. Jimmy Baron (191-G-86, college: Rhode Island) secured a nice help adding 16 points, while Sergi Vidal (198-F/G-81) and David Doblas (206-C-81) scored 11 points each. On the other side, CAI Zaragoza got 17 points from Chad Toppert (201-G-85, college: N.Mexico). Carlos Cabezas (186-G-80) and Jon Stefansson (196-G-82) delivered 14 and 12 points respectively. Lagun Aro GBC took control on their rival from the beginning. They started with 10-23 lead and managed to keep double-digit lead until the last period. CAI Zaragoza threatened in the finish, but was not able to make a turn. Quarters: 10-23, 26-23, 26-26, 19-13. Both teams will play more friendlies this pre-season.

CAI Zaragoza: Carlos Cabezas (14), Cano (0), Wright (6), Burtschi (7), Legasa (9), Jon Stefansson (12), Almazn (7), Portlez (0), Marn (2), Fontet (7), Prez (0), Chad Toppert (17)
Lagun Aro GBC: Salgado (4), Jimmy Baron (16), Papamakarios (2), Sergi Vidal (11), David Doblas (11), Lorant (4), Andy Panko (31), Raul Neto (2), Lasa (0), Olaizola (4), Motos (0)


EuroBasket 2011: Spain keeps slate clean, wins Group A - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania-Spain 79:91

Spain won Group A of Eurobasket 2011 with even one more game remaining. The defending champions cruised past the hosts 91:79 in the most expected game so far of the tournament.
Jose Manuel Calderon (190-PG-81) opened the game from the long distance and Jankunas responded for 5:5. Javtokas brought Lithuania the first lead at 7:6 and unfortunately for the hosts it was the last one in the game. Spain erupted with 18-0 run to take 22:7. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) was very active in the end of the quarter and closed it for 31:12 as it was his 15th points already. Reyes and Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) started the second period with 7-0 surge and Llull scored for 41:16. Jose Manuel Calderon made two threes for 49:21 and Fernandez brought 54:27. Again Juan Carlos Navarro and then Pau Gasol from the arc made it selfish 62:36 at the halftime for the defending champions.
Fernandez and Pau Gasol made it 67:36 early in the third as Spain did not even think of slowing down. Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) and Kalnietis answered from the perimeter, while Pau Gasol made another three-pointer for 72:44. Lithuania created a 9-2 run as Jasikevicius made it 74:53. Jasaitis and Juan Carlos Navarro exchanged the late baskets in the third as Spain had 81:56 entering the last period. Lithuania started with a 6-0 run to reduce to 81:62 and Kalnietis scored for 87:66. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) scored for 87:70, while Jasikevicius delivered for 91:76. Delininkaitis made it even 91:79 as it became the last shot in the game.
Juan Carlos Navarro paced all the guests with 22 points and Pau Gasol notched 17. Serge Ibaka (208-C/F-89) posted 15, while Jose Manuel Calderon delivered 12. Jonas Valanciunas answered with 13 points in defeat, while Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) and Martynas Pocius scored 11 apiece.

Lithuania: Jonas Valanciunas 13, Rimantas Kaukenas 11, Martynas Pocius 11
Spain: Juan Carlos Navarro 22, Pau Gasol 17, Serge Ibaka 15, Jose Manuel Calderon 12



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EuroBasket 2011: Poland shocked Turkey to take the third position in Group A - by Eurobasket News
Poland-Turkey 84:83

Poland shocked Turkey to take the third position in Group A. The victory can be decisive for the last (third) spot to the Second Round from the group. Dardan Berisha (192-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) brought 84:83 victory as both teams are with 2-2 record after day 4 in Eurobasket.
Poland had the first lead in the game as Adam Hrycaniuk (208-C-84, college: Cincinnati) made a jump shot. Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) brought 5:4 for Turkey that was the favorite of the game after three days of campaign. Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) meanwhile scored four in a row for 15:9 and Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) closed the first period at 17:14.Dardan Berisha kept Poland in front after a three-pointer and he made it also 23:18. Emir Preldzic and Hidayet Turkoglu (206-F-79) cut it to 26:25 and Tunceri reduced to 32:31. Poland stayed in front for the whole time and Adam Hrycaniuk sent the teams to the lockers for 39:35. Onan however tied the game at 43:43and Asik gave his side 45:43. Hidayet Turkoglu made two free throws for 52:48 and it was Poland to catch up later in the game. Szymon Szewczyk scored for 60:62, while his another two points tied the clash at 62:62. Emir Preldzic gave Turkey 70:66 and he again scored for 75:68. Szymon Szewczyk and Koszarek nailed from the long range for 75:75 with less than 4 minutes in the fourth period. Ersan Ilyasova scored four in a row for 79:75 and then Dardan Berisha and Pamula gave Poland 82:81. Enes Kanter (208-C-92, college: Kentucky) tied the game at 82:82 with 30 seconds remaining and his another free throw gave Turkey 83:82. Dardan Berisha made it 84:83 with 12 seconds as Turkey needed the immediate timeout. Tunceri tried to bring the victory for Turkey but missed a three pointer.
Dardan Berisha led the charge with 21 points and Adam Hrycaniuk netted 15. Szymon Szewczyk delivered 12, while Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) chipped in 11. Enes Kanter ended up with 19 points in defeat and Ersan Ilyasova posted 14. Hidayet Turkoglu finished the game with 13 points and Emir Preldzic nailed 11.

Poland: Dardan Berisha 21, Adam Hrycaniuk 15, Szymon Szewczyk 12, Thomas Kelati 11
Turkey: Enes Kanter 19, Ersan Ilyasova 14, Hidayet Turkoglu 13, Emir Preldzic 11



Trabzanspor bring in Monwell Randle - by Eurobasket News
Trabzanspor have bolstered their frontcourt for the upcoming season. They agreed on terms of contract with Monwell Randle (203-F/C-83, agency: Court Side, college: SE Missouri St.). The power forward spent the last season in Belgium. He averaged 11.1 points, 7.3 boards and 1.2 steals per game for Optima Gent in D1. The forward earned Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Honourable Mention. Monwell Randle is not new to Turkey. He played for Oyak Renault in 2007/08 season. His stats read 11.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 steal per appearance.


Dewarick Spencer in talks with Trabzonspor - by Eurobasket News
Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) is in talks with Trabzonspor for the upcoming season. Both sides have 24 hours to make decision.
Last season Spencer started with Marousi BC (Greece-A1, starting five), left the team in the preseason due to financial problems. In Sep.'10 joined Budivelnyk Kyiv (Ukraine-Superleague) and in Ukrainian League after 43 games averaged 10.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 50.2%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 78.9%. At the Euroleague Qualifying Round in 2 games he showed 13.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.0spg, while in EuroCup had 10.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.6apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 35.7%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 90.0%.
Earlier he played in France Le Mans Sarthe Basket. In national championship he played 36 games scored 18.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists. In Eurocup he became the fifth top-scorer with 17.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 93.3%.
Dewarick Spencer is a tremendous three point shooter one of the best in NCAA D-1 during his college career. Spencer is a good defender and fairly athletic with the ability to play both the 1 and 2 positions equally as well.



Bandirma in action - by Sinan Can
BANDIRMA Kirmizi agreed in terms with Frank Hassell (203-F-88) and also very close to Tiny Gallon (206-F-91, agency: SportsTalent, college: Oklahoma). Newcomers of Beko Basketball League who recently announced that they will add only two foreigners to roster, signed Frank Hassell and Gallon deal is nearly done. Hassell who graduated from Old Dominion University had an impressive senior year with 15.1 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. The other big man coming over is Tiny Gallon spent last season at D-League. Gallon played college only one season with Oklohoma on 2009-10 season where he averaged 10.3 points, 7.9 rebounds End of that season, young played decided to turn pro as he drafted by Milwaukee Bucks at second round. Despite being drafted, Gallon did not see any NBA minutes and spent his time at D-League. Giant player who weighs 133 kg's averaged 13.7 points, 7.5 rebounds on 35 games with With Maine Red Claws and 7.8 points and 5.1 rebounds with Bakersfield Jam where he played 12 games. Bandirma Kirmizi turned to an interesting team with addition of talented young American's along with their young Turkish kids.

Turkey third in Eurobasket group A after three games - by Pervin Elgin
In group A of Eurobasket 2011, after three games Turkey has won two and is currently third in Group A. The Turks crushed Portugal and Great Britain, but lost the battle against host Lithuania in the second game.

Portugal was no match in the first game. 19-year-old center Enes Kanter scored 14 points, with a perfect six-for-six in the first half, contributing to a 39-27 lead for Turkey at halftime. In the third period, Turkey outscored Portugal 25-11, with Omer Onan scoring 8 of his total of 10 points. In the final period, Hido Turkoglu contributed a series of baskets, finishing the game with 14 points. At the final buzzer, the score was Turkey 79, Portugal 56. Turkey hit 30 of their 59 shots (51%), Portugal only hit 33%. Turkeys bench outscored Portugal 43-17.

In the second game, the Turks held Great Britain to just three points in the opening six minutes, storming to a 17-3 lead. Turkey was four of seven grom three-point range in the first five minutes and finished 10 of 23 (43%). At halftime, Turkey was leading 44-26. In the second period the Turks continued outscoring the British. Emir Preldzic lead the Turks with 15 points, Omer Onan contributed 14. Luol Deng made 22 points for Great Britain, but couldnt prevent Turkey from an easy 90-61 victory.

The third game was a real battle. Ersan Ilyasova scored 20 points for the Turks, but saw his team fail from the three point line, scoring only 3 of the attemped 18 shots. Still, Turkey was leading 35-32 at halftime, but in the second half, Lithuanias bench stepped up: the non-starters scored 33 points to just 16 for Turkeys reserves. With 1:18 on the clock, the Eurobasket hosts were leading 69-67. Emir Preldzic missed a layup, and Lithuania took advantage with free throws bij Songaila and Jasikevicius, securing a 75-68 win and together with Spain remaining unbeaten in Group A. Turkey, who will take on Poland next, is third.




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Win It All...Wins it all. - by David Edole
ST. THOMAS --Win It All squeaked by Brothers, 35-29, to take home Zero Tolerances 10th Annual Labor Day 19 and Under Weekend Tournament. MVP Elisha Arnold 10 of his 13 point in the first half to give W.I.A. a comfortable five point lead, 22-17. Offense was hard to come by in the second as both teams struggled to score. Both teams combined to score eleven points. However, Win It All extended the lead to eight, 29-21. Brother made a late rally and got the lead down to four, 31-27, with a little over two minutes remaining. A big lay up JMoi Smith sealed the game for Win It All.
Smith finished with eight points. Jahmari Rivera led Brothers with seven points and Michael Venzen and Cursim Hansen both chipped in with six.
In the battle for third place, 1st Priority knocked off All Coast Ballers, 56-48. Phillip Thomas knocked down six three pointers on his way to a game high 26 points. Sportsmanship award winner Salim Ross (92) added 17 points.
Daniel Donovan had 16 points to lead ACB. Akiyo Neille (11) and Jekoi Julius (10) both finished double digit scoring for ACB.
Zero Tolerance next upcoming event will be 9-12 biddy action that is scheduled to tip off in November. Get your teams ready!

Most Valuable Player: Elisha Arnold, Win It All
Sportsmanship: Salim Ross, 1st Priority
Championship: Win It All
Runner Ups: Brothers



Wit All and Brothers win Zero Tolerance BBall Openers - by David Edole
ST. THOMAS --Win it All and Brothers opened up the 10th Annual Zero Tolerance Labor Day 19 and Under Weekend Tournament with a pair of victories Saturday Afternoon at Charlotte Amalie. Win it all defeated All Coast Ballers, 46-30 and held off 1st Priority, 68-64, in their second game of the day that was just 15 minutes after.
Shanel Caines and Win It all made it look easy in the romp over ACB. Ten of the eleven players on the roster scored. Caines finished with 13 points and JMoi Smith added seven. Jamal Raimer led ACB with 14 points and Daniel Donovan added eights.
Elisha Arnold led Win It all with 18 points in the come from behind victory over 1st Priority. Priority suffered a major blow when star Salim Ross (92) fouled out with five minutes left in the fourth. Ross had 18 points at that point and was headed for a big finish. Amalie Krigger tried his best to to held 1st Priority to their first win by picking up the scoring slack but it was not meant to be. Krigger had 10 of his 17 points in that frame.
Shanel Caines finished with 16 and Alphonso Queeman tallied 12 to help Win It All.
Brothers came from behind to upset 1st Priority in the first game of the tournament, 54-52. Cursim Hansen had a game high 21 points; Michael Venzen added 16 points and Jahmari Rivera chipped in with ten. Sharpshooter Philip Thomas knocked down three three-pointers on his way to 13 points to lead 1st Priority.
Brothers edged All Coast Ballers, 53-50, in the last game of the day. Brothers held 34-15, lead at the half only to see ACB storm all the way back. Jamal Raimer scored 12 points as ACB outscored Brothers, 21-6 in the third. However, the Brothers had too much fire power and took home the win. Jahmari Rivera led Brothers with 16 points and James Petty added 12.
Raimer finished with 18 points and Sekayi Petersen tallied 11 points.
With Win It All and Brothers both going undefeated sets up a championship game on Sunday between the two battled tested combatants. The bronze medal game between 1st Priority and All Coast Ballers starts at 2pm. The Championship will be 15 minutes after the first game. The trophy presentations will immediately follow the championship game.
Zero Tolerance would also like to thank their sponsors. Financial Trust has been a sponsor since its inception. The USVI Government, LP Records and Entertainment, Pressure (Buss Pipe), Coca Cola Bottles of the VI and West Indies Corporation have helped us make this event a mainstay on the island of St. Thomas.


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Jeremy Chappell joins Ferro-ZNTU - by Eurobasket News
Jeremy Chappell (191-G-87, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Robert Morris) will continue his career in Ukraine. The 24-year-old guard has agreed on terms of contract with Ferro-ZNTU. Jeremy Chappell spent the last season in Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk. He averaged 12.9 points, 6.6 boards, 2.4 assists and 1.4 steals per game in Superleague. Previously the guard had stints with Bourg Basket and Znicz Jaroslaw. Eurobasket.com named Jeremy Chappell All-Polish League Defensive Player of the Year in 2010. The guard also made it into Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague 2nd Team last season.


Sergii Gladyr out 6-8 weeks - by Eurobasket News
Sergii Gladyr (196-G/F-88) will miss next 6-8 weeks due to left knee injury (meniscus). The player already underwent an arthroscopy. Gladyr is a member of Manresa, where he joined two years ago. Last season he appeared 31 times in the league averaging 8.3 points and 2.5 rebounds. In 2009/10, Gladyr collected 10 ppg and 2.1 rpg for 29 games. Before Manresa, Sergii Gladyr spent few years with MBC Mykolaiv. Actually, he started there as a teenager. In 2008, Gladyr was named Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Newcomer of the Year. He played for the Ukrainian NT in Qualifications to European Championships 2011. He had 4.5 ppg and 3 rpg in four games. Gladyr also played for U20 and U18 Ukraine in the past.

Hoverla edge Politekhnika-Halychyna in test game - by Eurobasket News
Hoverla - Politekhnika-Halychyna 92:87

Hoverla earned a narrow victory over Politekhnika-Halychyna in the exhibition game in Lviv. Eric Coleman (200-C-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: N.Iowa) scored 23 points, grabbed 13 boards and made 2 blocks to pace Hoverla.
The hosts led by three points after ten minutes of action 22:19. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Politekhnika-Halychyna enjoyed a 49:46 lead at the interval. Hoverla cut the deficit at just two points at the final break 72:74. But the visitors managed to hold Politekhnika-Halychyna to just 13 points in the fourth frame and snatched victory at the end. Kevin Tiggs (196-G/F-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) posted 15 points, while Brian Greene (196-G/F-83, college: Florida A&M) added 14 points in the winning effort. Yaroslav Zubrytskyi (202-F-74) answered with 16 points for the hosts. Muhammad El-Amin (196-G/F-87, college: Stony Brook) posted 14 points in the loss.

Hoverla: Eric Coleman 23+13 boards, Kevin Tiggs 15, Brian Greene 14
Politekhnika-Halychyna: Yaroslav Zubrytskyi 16, Muhammad El-Amin 14



EuroBasket 2011: Georgia stun Ukraine, steps closer to the Second Round - by Eurobasket News
Georgia-Ukraine 69:53

Georgia won over Ukraine in one of the most important games of the group for the third place. Georgia needed 69:53 to take 2-2 record and steps closer to advance to the Second Round.


It was a tough start for both teams and they managed to score only 4 points in the first 5 minutes. Lishchuk made it 6:4 and Steve Bertt (185-G-84, college: Iona) nailed a three for 9:4 lead. Shermadini and Haynes reduced to just 1 point, but Pecherov nailed two long range shots for 15:10 advantage. Moreover Fesenko closed the first period at 17:10. Again Pecherov fired from the arc for 20:13 and Kolchenko brought 24:17 after an amazing assist from Zabirchenko. The latter nailed three right after for 27:19 and Fesenko gave Ukraine double figures lead. Georgia however dominated the rest of the quarter and Georgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86) sent the teams to the lockers at 33:30.
Georgia started the second half better and grabbed the lead early in the third. Pachulia, Georgi Tsintsadze and Manuchar Markoishvili (195-G-86) gave Georgia 38:35 and Georgi Tsintsadze increased to 5. Haynes and Tornike Shengelia (207-F-91) gave Georgia 46:39, while another five points in a row were too much for Ukraine. Steve Bertt broke the silence for 51:41 and Pachulia scored for 53:44. Sanikidze increased the lead to 11 and he also made it 57:44. Lukashov nailed three in response for 57:47 and Sanikidze made an alley-oop, while Tornike Shengelia made the things clear at 15 points with 5 minutes to go. Manuchar Markoishvili scored for 65:50 and Manuchar Markoishvili brought plus 17. Sanikidze made the final result in the game at 69:53.
Georgi Tsintsadze and Manuchar Markoishvili poured in 14 points each, while Tornike Shengelia notched 12. Pecherov and Steve Bertt delivered 11 points each in the losing effort.

Georgia: Georgi Tsintsadze 14, Manuchar Markoishvili 14, Tornike Shengelia 12
Ukraine: Pecherov 11, Steve Bertt 11




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Read Next For Raiders - by Paul Nilsen
The UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders have announced the signing of shooting guard Ryan Read (190-G-84, agency: Duran International, college: Concordia Irvine), to further strengthen the team for the 2011/12 season. Read, a 27 year old, 6'3' shooting guard is American, but importantly, holds an Italian passport, meaning that he will play for the Raiders as a European.

Read is an excellent shooter of the ball, averaging 35% from the 3 point line in Spain's LEB Silver league last year, where he also averaged 11.3 points per game for Adreilu Santurtzi.

Leagues across Europe moved to the new FIBA imposed 3 point line (which is 50cm longer than those in the BBL) last season. Teams in the BBL have this summer been told that the league will be moving to the new line markings for the 2011/12 season. Until players get used to the longer 3 point line, it is expected that this will have a detrimental effect on 3 point shooting percentages. For Read to join the team having played last year on the longer 3 point line, averaging 35% gives the Raiders a proven and legitimate shooter from long range.

Raiders Coach Gavin Love is looking forward to having Read on board. 'It's great to have Ryan on board, he had a very solid year In Spain's LEB Silver having many outstanding performances. Ryan is a good shooter with great range and works very hard at the defensive end. I know he will be a good addition to our team, the fans can look forward to seeing Ryan together with the rest of the Raiders on the 11th when we play USA select.'




EuroBasket 2011: Great Britain post first win - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain - Portugal 85:73

Great Britain opened win count at 2011 EuroBasket. They overcame Portugal to improve at 1-3 record in Group A. Luol Deng (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) stepped up with impressive 31 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge. Portugal slipped at 0-4 record after the loss.
Great Britain jumped to an 8:2 lead after ten minutes of action. But Portugal bounced back and levelled things up at 16 after ten minutes of action. Luol Deng scored 8 points in a row midway through the second term to give Great Britain a 26:19 lead. Soon Freeland opened a double-digit lead for Great Britain and they established a 44:34 halftime advantage. Great Britain just kept on clearing off in the third term and posted a 59:45 lead into the fourth frame. Carlos Andrade (197-F-78, college: Queens, NC) dragged Portugal within 7 points midway through the final quarter but Nathan Reinking (188-G-73, college: Kent St.) and Luol Deng came up with timely points to silence their opponents. Michael Lenzly (189-G-81, college: Wofford) stepped up with 17 points, while Nathan Reinking added 9 points in the victory. Carlos Andrade answered with 24 points and 10 boards for Portugal. Miguel Minhava (197-G-83) posted 18 points in the loss.

Great Britain: Luol Deng 31+10 boards, Michael Lenzly 17, Nathan Reinking 9
Portugal: Carlos Andrade 24+10 boards, Miguel Minhava 18



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Uruguay heads to Quarterfinals Round in Mar del Plata - by Eurobasket News
URUGUAY - PARAGUAY 79-66

Great performance by Uruguay, who outplayed Paraguay 79-66 for 2-2 record in Group B. It is enough for third place and Uruguay advanced to the Quarterfinals Round. On the other side, Paraguay says goodbye with poor 0-4. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) stepped up for Uruguay with 19 points and 5 rebounds. He made five triples in this meeting. Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) scored 15 points and Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) shined with 12 points, plus 16 boards. In defeat, Enrique Martinez (189-G-78, agency: Dream Team Management) netted 18 points. Bruno Zanotti (197-F-82, college: Merrimack) had one less and Daniel Perez (190-G/F-84) stopped to 11 pts. Quarters: 21-20, 20-18, 21-9, 17-19. Quarterfinals Round start tomorrow and Uruguay will meet Brazil in the first game.

Uruguay: Leandro Garcia Morales 19+5 boards, Martin Osimani 15, Esteban Batista 12+16 boards
Paraguay: Enrique Martinez 18, Bruno Zanotti 17, Daniel Perez 11


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Venezuela grabs 103-98 OT win against Canada - by Eurobasket News
VENEZUELA - CANADA 103-98 OT

Venezuela celebrated in the last day of the Qualifying Round in Mar del Plata. They grabbed an OT win against Canada 103-98 ending as third ranked team of Group A with 2-2 score. Canada has the same record (4th place) and both teams advanced to the Quarterfinals Round. Greivis Vasquez (198-PG-87, college: Maryland) led the scorers in victory with 29 points. Hector Romero (202-F/C-80, college: New Orleans) had 28 points, while David Cubillan (183-PG-87, college: Marquette) helped with double-double of 15 points and 10 assists. In Canada, Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) shined with 28 points. Denham Brown (198-F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Connecticut) (6 rebs) and Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) netted 19 and 18 points respectively. Quarters: 23-21, 17-17, 22-25, 22-21, 19-14 OT. In the first game of the Quarterfinals Round, Venezuela will meet Puerto Rico. Canada will take on Argentina.

Venezuela: Greivis Vasquez 29, Hector Romero 28, David Cubillan 15+10 as
Canada: Jermaine Anderson 28, Denham Brown 19+6 boards, Carl English 18




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Slavia signed a one-year deal with Antonia Zagorova - by Christomir Rackov
Slavia Sofia signed center Antonia Zagorova (190-F/C-90) to a one-year deal. The 21-year old player will play for The Whites in the new season of NBL Women. She arrives from Beroe 07 Stara Zagora. With the green jersey she averaged 4.1 ppg and 5.4 rpg. She started last season with Levski Sofia registering 4.2 ppg and 3.8 rpg there.

Zagorova is the second new player on Slavia's roster, after the club signed point guard Stanislava Stankova (172-G-90) earlier this week.


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Ashley Ellis-Milan is the new post player for SV Halle - by Juliane Hoehne
After the departure of Whitney Cunningham, the management of SV Halle Lions was forced to act quick on signing a new post player, and they did. WIth Ashley Ellis-Milan (188-F/C-87, college: Minnesota), they found a replacement, who has already impressed in practice as Head Coach Jaroslaw Zyskowski mentioned. Ellis-Milan is a 24-year old Power Forward, who can also play the Center position. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2010, where she left as 12th best player in scoring, and 5th best in rebounding. Her Senior year, she finished with 9.4ppg, and 5.5rpg, which brought her an invite to the tryout with the Minnesota Lynx, where she only stayed during the pre-season. After that she was signed by AEO Proteas Voulas, a team in the first Greek League, where she played 22 games and averaged 6.9ppg, and 7.2rpg.
Now Ellis-Milan will take over the paint for SV Halle Lions together with the other inside players - Tamara Tatham (187-F-85, college: Massachusetts), Laura Masek (187-F-92), Anna Heise (190-C-93) and eventually Andrea Damm (185-F/C-84), who might give her comeback this season after the birth of her son.


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Nikki Teasley Hoops, Help and Hope - by Willie McCray
By Julia M. Coleman (sportspagemagazine.com)
SEPTEMBER 4, 2011

ORLANDO, Fla - By her own admission, two-time WNBA All-Star Nikki Teasley is living the dream. Happily married to Orlando, Florida native, Joshua Houston, raising their two children, and training local hoops hopefuls, Teasley's contentment is obvious.

When I was a kid, I knew I wanted to be a homicide detective. I just knew it. But that was before basketball. Basketball became my passion and provided me all kinds of opportunities. I got to go places, and meet people and do things and travel ... and Ive had a wonderful life. Now I just want to give back, said Teasley.

With her husband lending a hand and their kids in tow, Teasley recently staged the first in what is expected to be a series of recurring pro combines. Just a few weeks ago, The Nikki Teasley Assist Pro Combine was staged at Hungerford Preparatory School just outside of Teasley's adopted hometown of Altamonte Springs, Florida.

In early August, Teasley had just completed her first season with the Orlando Extreme, a semi-pro team competing in the Women's Blue Chip Basketball League (WBCBL). With Teasley running the point, the Extreme finished second, losing in the championship game to the Rock County Robins. Along the way, she met so many players who wanted to play professionally after college but just didnt have a clear path to follow. This was the genesis of Nikki Teasley Assist Pro Combine.

The WBCBL functions as both a competitive outlet for players as well as a showcase for agents. A quick glance at the WBCBL web site shows a list of players who have signed contracts and played abroad as a result of their exposure via this growing semi-pro league.

J.T. Turner is the head coach of the Orlando Extreme and is also an Orlando-area high school coach. As their WBCBL season closed, he and Teasley saw an opportunity and decided to make something happen. So they sent out invitations and hosted their first combine August 20-21.

These are all college graduates, said Turner as he surveyed the participants. We may make exceptions in the future, but for now we invite college graduates, team owners, scouts and agents and put the participants through drills and then scrimmages. This is all being filmed so we can forward the video to anyone looking for players who cant make it here to see them in person, he added. We are building a database of players that includes their biography, skills and contact info.

One of the participants, recent UNCW graduate Treasure Johnson, was grateful for the exposure. I'm just a kid from Columbus, Georgia who wants to keep playing basketball. This is a great opportunity for me to get my name out there and maybe get a chance to play overseas. I have my passport, I love to travel and I am ready to go just sign me up!

Teasley understands that players like Johnson, or recent University of Central Florida graduate Chelsie Wiley could fill a spot on an international roster, but may not have the connections needed to get a contract. She also understands that the name Nikki Teasley is a well known brand, both domestically and internationally, that can command the attention of the very scouts and agents that facilitate signing these players.Teasley expects one or two of her combine participants to get international offers.

There were so many people who helped my every step of the way. My high school coaches Stu Vetter and Steve Kennedy, Coach Sylvia Hatchell, Coach Michael Cooper all of them gave me opportunities and guidance and made me a better player but also a better person. I have just been so blessed. And these girls just need that same kind of help. They just need someone in their corner to get them a little farther down the path, she explained.

At the end of her combine, Teasley herself was working out the final details of a short-term contract to play for a team in Puerto Rico. It could be one or two weeks or maybe one or two months or maybe even five months.I am being called in to replace someone who has gone down with an injury so only time will tell.

It is so hard, so very hard, to leave my children at this point to go play ball, but sometimes as an adult you have to make difficult decisions, she said, acknowledging that her days of getting paid to play are coming to a close. But I have a great team in place here, and my husbands family they all live right here - all pitch in and my family jumps in if I need them to help too.

Teasley's reliance on her family is matched by her reliance on her spirituality. My mom and my brothers we have all been through some difficult times. Losing my brother early on and later my father was very hard. My mom and I were always close, but we are even closer as a result of all of that.

Even though my brother is gone, I still feel like he is with me, she said. Teasley credits her brother with the assist on two of the greatest moments in her basketball life: hitting the winning shot that sealed the 2002 WNBA Championship for the Sparks and then a steal and three-pointer to seal a win for her West team that led to her being named 2003 WNBA All-Star Game MVP. I was just so calm, she said. As soon as I let go on both of those shots, I just felt like my brother kind of grabbed the ball and guided it through for me.

Teasley and her business partners have a website under development that will soon go live. Players interested in extending their basketball-playing careers will have a reputable resource and be able to attend future Nikki Teasley Assist Pro Combines as they are scheduled.

Teasley herself may pursue certification to become an agent. So many agents only want to represent the players who sign big money contracts. That leaves all the others with no one to represent them.

Its all about helping these girls, said Teasley. Its all about giving back and helping them live their dream.


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Bird, Cash lead Storm past Silver Stars, 70-60 - by Eurobasket News
Sue Bird (5'9''-G-80, college: Connecticut) scored 15, Swin Cash (6'2''-F-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Connecticut) had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and the Seattle Storm beat the San Antonio Silver Stars 70-60 on Saturday night.

Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81) added 13 points for Seattle (19-13), which has won six of its last seven games and took four of five in the season series against San Antonio.

Sophia Young (6'1''-F-83, college: Baylor) scored 22 points and Becky Hammon (5'6''-G-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) had 14 for the Silver Stars (15-16), who lead Los Angeles by 1 games for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. San Antonio also fell 2 games behind third-place Phoenix. The Mercury and Sparks played later.

After the Silver Stars cut a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to seven, Cash banked in a 3-pointer and Seattle never looked back.

Cash topped 4,000 career points, reaching the mark when Bird found her for a layup with 8:23 left in the third quarter.

The Storm outrebounded San Antonio 40-21 and shot 14 for 26 in the second half.

Seattle has beaten San Antonio 10 of the last 11 times the teams have met. Jackson didn't play the lone time the Silver Stars won.

San Antonio's standout rookies Danielle Robinson and Danielle Adams both struggled. Robinson was 1 for 10 and Adams 0 of 7.

Seattle went on a 15-4 run to start the fourth quarter, with Bird leading the way with seven points and an assist during the spurt.

Seattle led 47-44 after three quarters. The Storm committed eight turnovers in the third quarter but hit 7 of 12 shots from the field and outrebounded the Silver Stars 11-3. Seattle took its biggest lead, 47-40, on Katie Smith's layup with two minutes left. Smith stole the ball, passed it to Tanisha Wright, who found Smith downcourt for the score.

The Storm led 30-29 at halftime. Seattle used an 11-2 second-quarter run to turn a seven-point deficit into a two-point lead. Le'coe Willingham began the run with a jumper and Cash later capped it with five straight points - a 3-pointer and layin - after having gone scoreless up to that point. Cash had seven first-half rebounds, as Seattle held a 21-14 rebounding advantage at halftime.

The Silver Stars held an 11-2 advantage in fouls committed at halftime. San Antonio played zone in the first half and Seattle played man-to-man. Young went to the line eight times, hitting four shots, and led all scorers with 10 points after two quarters.

The Silver Stars led Seattle 16-13 after the first quarter, holding Seattle to 6-of-18 shooting. San Antonio took its biggest lead at 16-11 on a Young free throw.

Cash missed all five of her shots in the quarter. Bird led all scorers with seven points, hitting 3 of 4 shots. Her only miss came when she forced up a 3-pointer to beat the shot clock.

Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com


Dupree has 22 points, record-19 boards as Mercury beat Sparks 93-77 to clinch playoff spot - by Eurobasket News
Candice Dupree (6'2''-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) had 22 points and a franchise-record 19 rebounds to help the Phoenix Mercury clinch a playoff spot with a 93-77 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks on Saturday night.

Diana Taurasi (6'0''-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) added 24 points for the Mercury (18-13), who remained a half-game behind second-place Seattle going into the final week of the season.

Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) had a season-high 32 points for Los Angeles (13-18), which is on the brink of elimination from playoff contention. The Sparks, two games behind fourth-place San Antonio, host the Silver Stars on Tuesday.

Los Angeles, which trailed by eight after the third quarter, pulled to 80-75 with 4:34 remaining. However, Taurasi converted a pair of free throws and then hit a 3-pointer to help secure the win.

Courtesy of www.newser.com