EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/31/2012 1:04:01 AM

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  ARGENTINA   


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Joe SMITH
  La Union
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Smith, La Union17.3 
 2. Villegas, Sionista16.6 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras16.6 
 4. McHopson, Quilm.16.3 
 5. OBannon, Boca Jrs16.1 
 6. DeGroat, Olimpico.15.8 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.15.6 
 8. Martinez, San M.15.6 
 9. Pittman, Libertad.15.3 
 10. Meyinsse, Wuber-.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  San M.
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Martinez, San M.12.4 
 2. Battle, Libertad S.9.9 
 3. Davis, GECR I.9.5 
 4. Sandes, Sionista9.1 
 5. Lloreda, Olimpico.8.8 
 6. Gutierrez, Obras8.6 
 7. Williams, Quimsa7.6 
 8. DeGroat, Olimpico.7.5 
 9. Truscott, Quilm.7.3 
 10. Matthews, Quilm.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Campazzo, Penarol5.9 
 2. Sanchez, Wuber-.5.5 
 3. Stanic, Boca Jrs5.5 
 4. Cequeira, Sionista4.8 
 5. Martinez, Regat.4.7 
 6. Laprovittola, Lanus3.8 
 7. Victoriano, San M.3.7 
 8. Sucatzky, Atenas3.7 
 9. Osimani, Obras3.5 
 10. Labaque, Atenas3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.3 
 2. Lescano, Atenas2.3 
 3. Quinteros, Regat.1.8 
 4. Moldu, Olimpico LB1.7 
 5. McHopson, Quilm.1.6 
 6. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.5 
 7. Sanchez, Wuber-.1.5 
 8. Treise, Libertad S.1.4 
 9. DeGroat, Olimpico.1.4 
 10. Stanic, Boca Jrs1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Battle, Libertad S.1.5 
 2. Rollins, Sionista1.2 
 3. Clancy, Club 91.2 
 4. Meyinsse, Wuber-.1.2 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 6. Matthews, Quilm.1.0 
 7. Roe, Regatas C.1.0 
 8. Rollins, San M.0.9 
 9. Humphrey, Atenas0.9 
 10. Ayarza, Club 90.9 


Diego Garcia heads to Argentina - by Eurobasket News

Diego Garcia (190-G-79) returns to Argentina. The guard will spend the next season with Libertad Sunchales. Diego Garcia played in Spain since 2007. Last three seasons he spent with Valladolid. Last season Diego Garcia notched 10.9 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game in ACB. Previously he had spells for Burgos, Cantabria Lobos. Diego Garcia received All-Spanish LEB Gold Honourable mention in 2009. He was the member of Argentinean National Team in 2008 and 2009. The guard participated at 2009 Fiba Americas. Diego Garcia posted 2.5 points and 1.1 assists per game in San Juan.


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  AUSTRALIA   


Hill re-signs with the Taipans - by Hugh McAuliffe

The Skytrans Cairns Taipans have added another versatile piece to the armory for the 2012-13 NBL season, with the re-signing of Brad Hill (198-G/F-86) on a one year deal.

The 198cm swing man played in all 28 games last season, averaging just over 20 minutes played, 7.7 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

Head Coach Aaron Fearne said he was looking forward to having Hill back for a second year.

Brad is a versatile, extremely athletic player, who has been around the league for a number of years. I think were yet to see the best of what Brad has to offer, Fearne said.

Hill being quite a sizeable guard, brings the ability to score, rebound and defend an array of different sized opponents, adding depth to an already established Taipans roster.

Brad understands the type of system were trying to run both offensively and defensively, hes a hard worker and Im excited to see him have an even bigger impact this season.

Hill is thrilled to be re-joining the 'Orange Army' for the upcoming season and believes its the perfect opportunity to continue building his game both offensively and defensively.

I had a good first year in Cairns. The support from the club and the community were second to none. Fearney and Mick (Downer, Assistant Coach) really helped me work on my game, Hill said.

Weve added some guys who can shoot the ball and some genuine big guys so Im looking forward to being able to play that true swingman position.

Hill is the eighth player to join the Taipans roster. With two remaining spots left the Taipans are looking for an import big and a back-up point guard.



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  CANADA   


Kyle Lowry might want a change of scenery - expect the Raptors to kick the tires - by Eurobasket News

Rockets point guard Kyle Lowry (183-PG-86, college: Villanova) doesn't sound like someone who would prefer to return to Houston next season.

On Friday, Lowry told Rockets beat writer Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle he can't see both he and unrestricted free agent Goran Dragic (194-PG-86) coming back.

Just a few weeks after surgery to fix torn abductor muscles and a sports hernia, Lowry told Feigen:

'I don't think so. I honestly think it would be tough. Things have to be addressed. The situation would have to be addressed.'

'If things aren't addressed coaching-wise, I guess I have to be moved.'

Lowry made it clear that he has undisclosed problems with head coach Kevin McHale. Though McHale and general manager Daryl Morey downplayed any issues, Lowry clearly is unhappy.

Morey told Feigen:

I think Kyle and coach McHale are both winners and both competitive guys. I dont anticipate any issues going forward.

At one point during the season, Lowry had to be restrained from going after the coach.

A tremendous defender and rebounder, Lowry averaged career highs of 14.3 points, 6.6 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game in 47 contests (In 38 starts, Lowrys numbers were 15.9 points, 7.2 assists and 1.8 steals per game). However, his injuries opened the door for Dragic, who averaged 18 points, 8.4 assists and 1.8 steals per game in 28 starts of his own.

Dragic is a far better shooter and finisher than Lowry, except for from three-point range and from the free throw line, where they shoot about the same. Lowry is an elite defender at the point guard spot and a better rebounder.

For his career, Lowry has averaged 10.4 points and 4.8 assists. Lowry has two very reasonable years remaining on his contract and will earn $5.75 million in 2012-1 and $6.2 million in 2013-14.

The Raptors are extremely high on Lowry, so there is little doubt despite Moreys desire to keep Lowry in the fold that he and Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo will discuss a Lowry deal. If that falls through the Raptors could instead pursue Dragic, though I do not know if he is a favourite of theirs like Lowry or not.

After Lowry burned the Raptors for a game-high 26 points (including 4-for-4 from three) in a three-point win in Houston, I asked Raptors head coach Dwane Casey what he thought of Lowry and Casey lauded the guard for his toughness and ability.

Hes a hell of a competitor. Hes their heart and soul and spirit of their team and I love the way he plays, Casey said.

Long-time Raptor Alvin Williams, now a scout with the team, is extremely close with Lowry and is one of his mentors. Both are from Philadelphia and both played for Villanova. Alvin is my main man, Lowry once said.

Complicating a potential deal would be the fact that Houston would have to be sure Dragic will re-sign long-term with the club to be its starter before opting to trade Lowry. That wont happen until July 1st, after the draft. It would likely be Torontos pick 8th before Wednesdays lottery that Houston would be after. The Rockets own the 14th pick (again, pre-lottery) and the 16th. Its hard to see the Rockets wanting anything besides Torontos pick in a potential Lowry deal since Jonas Valanciunas and Andrea Bargnani wont be on the table. DeMar DeRozans advanced stats likely dont impress Morey, who is a huge believer in advanced statistical analysis.

Plus theres the fact other teams could make better offers. Lowry and Luis Scola nearly became Lakers last season in exchange for Pau Gasol and Gasol is very much on the block again and the Rockets have always coveted him.

As well, Lowry has had injury issues including a torn ACL early in his career and has an edge. He was charged with battery after being accused of throwing a ball at a female referee during the lockout. Lowry apologized, received 100 hours of community service and impulse-control counseling.

However, for years the Raptors have lacked extremely competitive, hard-nosed players and thats a major reason why they havent had much success.

Unless Dragic says hes not coming back, Lowrys likely moving somewhere. Would he be OK with supplanting Jose Calderon as starter in Toronto if Calderon is still seeing considerable time, some of it in the same backcourt as Lowry? Who knows.

What we do know is he is not interested in splitting time with Dragic.

Were both capable starters. We both want it. Its going to have to be a situation where they make a decision on one of us.

It has nothing to do with Goran. Im not happy with the way coaches handled things. If management wants to do something to keep Goran, I think Ill have to be moved, Lowry told Feigen.

I think Im still a foundation guy. You can build around me. If Im not here, thats welcomed. If Im here, I guess thats welcome, too.

Interesting stuff indeed.

Courtesy of http://blogs.canoe.ca



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  CHINA   


Chinese NBL round 9 best performance: Rashaun Freeman - by Eurobasket News

American Rashaun Freeman (206-C/F-84) had a great game in the last round for Heilongjiang, receiving a Asia-basket.com NBL Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 42 points and 20 rebounds, while his team edged out Changan Group (#4, 6-3) 101-100. Heilongjiang maintains the 8th position in Chinese NBL. Heilongjiang is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 3-6 record. Freeman just recently signed at Heilongjiang, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former University of Massachusetts star has very solid stats this year. Freeman is league's best scorer averaging so far 40.4ppg. Freeman is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 18.0rpg) and averages impressive 3.5spg and 58.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Bryan Davis (206-F-86, agency: N.E.T.) of Hebei. Davis had a very good evening with a double-double of 35 points and 27 rebounds. Of course Hebei cruised to a 90-82 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Sichuan (#7, 3-6). Hebei's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Davis is one of the most experienced players at Hebei and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 32.8ppg (#3). He also registered 18.2 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was U.S. Virgin Islands guard Julius Hodge (201-G-83) of league's top team Jiangsu. Hodge showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, eighteen rebounds (!!!) and sixteen assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Jiangsu, leading his team to a 111-96 easy win against the lower-ranked Nanjin Army (#9, 2-7). Jiangsu confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 2 lost games. Hodge has a very solid season. In 3 games in China he scored 23.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Walter Sharpe (206-F-86) of Guangzhou FM - 27 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists
5. DeVon Hardin (211-C-86) of Hong Kong - 28 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Yan Gao (190-G-93) of Changan Group - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Hamady N'Diaye (213-C-87) of Guangzhou L. - 15 points and 9 rebounds
8. Xin Feng (187-PG-92) of Jiangsu - 29 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Joseph Taylor (203-F-85) of Changan Group - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. JunJiang Dong (200-F-80) of Guangzhou FM - 23 points and 2 rebounds

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



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  CROATIA   


Timisoara, Ivan Siriscevic and Sime Spralja part ways - by Eurobasket News

Ivan Siriscevic (198-G/F-87) and Sime Spralja (206-F/C-83, agency: Court Side) are no longer members of Timisoara. Their contracts expired and will not be extended.
Ivan Siriscevic joined the club last summer. He appeared 38 times in Romanian league averaging 10.2 points and 3.3 rebounds. In Balkan league, Siriscevic added 11.9 ppg and 3 rpg for 10 games. Before Timisoara, he played for Kecskemeti Univer KSE.
Sime Spralja arrived to Timisoara in December. He had 10.9 ppg and 4.2 rpg for 11 Romanian league games. The player shined in BIBL with 19.4 ppg and 6 rpg for 5 appearances. Spralja started the season with CEZ Basketball Nymburk.
Timisoara reached Romanian league and Cup Finals this season. However, they failed to win the trophy in both competitions.



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  D-LEAGUE   


Ticknor excited about taking over Mad Ants - by Eurobasket News

Newly hired Mad Ants coach Duane Ticknor will be looking for guards and closers.

Ticknor, who has coached against Fort Wayne teams from the days of the Continental Basketball Association's Fury to the current NBA D-League's Mad Ants, lists two essentials for the team he'll be molding.

He needs athletic guards and tough guys who can win games in the fourth quarter.

These aren't always easy to find, incidentally.

This league, in particular, you have to have really good guards, Ticknor said Tuesday after being officially introduced as the Ants coach in a Memorial Coliseum news conference. This is a guard-oriented league, it's fast-paced and you need to be athletic. One of the things they've lacked here is athleticism over the years.

Ticknor, 57, will retain last year's interim head coach Steve Gansey as an assistant. Ticknor said he has missed the playoffs only once as a head coach. And that came when his team won more games but lost a playoff spot because of quarter points in the CBA's gimmick standings.

To reach the playoffs, a team has to be able to make the plays down the stretch of games, Ticknor said. That's where closers come in.

You have to have some tough son of a guns, he said. Travel is brutal, the schedule is brutal. No doubt about it, the fourth quarter is when people start playing defense and again, it comes down to being tough.

Ticknor coached last season in Korea and spent the two seasons prior to that as an assistant coach with the D-League's Sioux Falls Skyforce. As head coach of the Dakota Wizards, he directed two playoff berths and a Central Division title in 2008.

He had two stints with Dakota (the first when it was in the IBA), and has also coached with the CBA's Gary Steelheads and the Rapid City Thrillers.

The Mad Ants will enter their sixth D-League season and have yet to finish above .500 or make the playoffs. Fort Wayne finished with a franchise-worst record of 14-36 last season.

I like these situations, trying to basically start from scratch and see what you can do, he said.

Mad Ants guard Ron Howard said he expects Ticknor to do a good job.

From having to play against him, and not really wining much against him, I know how well-coached and well-prepared his teams were, Howard said. I know how tough they were and things like that. It feels good to know he's on our side now.

Ticknor vowed to produce a team that plays hard and plays smart, and he plans to be brutally honest with players about their strengths and weaknesses.

He says he intends to instill a winning mindset.

That's the first thing we'll discuss, in our first meeting: Losing is not acceptable, Ticknor said. You have to change the culture a little bit. Players will know you won't accept it. If they can't get the job done, we'll find someone who will.

Is it going to be easy? Probably not. But I'm really looking forward to the challenge.

Courtesy of www.news-sentinel.com



Trail Blazers and Idaho Stampede enter single-affiliation partnership - by Eurobasket News

The Portland Trail Blazers, the Idaho Stampede, and the NBA Development League announced today that the Trail Blazers and Stampede have entered into a single affiliation partnership beginning with the 2012-13 season. Portland will be Idahos sole NBA affiliate and will have full control over the teams basketball operations.

This partnership, also referred to as the hybrid affiliation, allows for NBA teams to secure control of, and cover the expenses related to, the basketball operations of an NBA D-League team while partnering with existing local ownership, which maintains responsibility for the teams off-the-court business operations.

The Trail Blazers are the fourth NBA team to enter into a hybrid affiliation with an NBA D-League team, joining the Houston Rockets with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Brooklyn Nets with the Springfield Armor, and the New York Knicks with the Erie BayHawks.

Six other NBA teams are singly affiliated with their NBA D-League affiliates. The Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs fully own and operate the Canton Charge, Dakota Wizards, L.A. D-Fenders, Tulsa 66ers and Austin Toros, respectively, while the Dallas Mavericks and Texas Legends are one-to-one affiliates.

In establishing this exciting relationship with the Idaho Stampede, the Trail Blazers become the record 10th NBA team to acquire an exclusive one-to-one relationship with its NBA Development League affiliate next season, said NBA D-League President Dan Reed. Having one-third of NBA teams invested in their NBA D-League affiliates is a strong testament to our leagues ability to help NBA teams find and develop top talent.

The Stampede and Trail Blazers have been affiliated since the 2007-08 season, sharing the affiliation with the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz during the 2011-12 season. New affiliates for the Jazz and Nuggets will be announced at a later date.

This investment in the development of our young players will pay dividends on the court and were excited about working with the Stampede, said Trail Blazers President Larry Miller. The hybrid partnership is closer in structure to minor league baseball with a parent club and affiliate relationship, so we feel this is an arrangement that will help us utilize the NBA D-League system more effectively.

Portlands partnership with Idaho follows the NBA D-Leagues 11th and most successful season, where records were set with 60 GATORADE Call-Ups and 67 assignments, while 27 percent of players on 2011-12 NBA end-of-season rosters spent time in the NBA D-League. For the third consecutive year, the NBA D-League saw more than one million fans attend games across its 16 cities.

The partnership with Portland is another large step toward the Idaho Stampede becoming more involved with the NBA and one of its premier teams in the Trail Blazers, said Stampede Managing Investor Bill Ilett. It will add to the experience on and off the court for our community and basketball fans throughout the Treasure Valley.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



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  ERITREA   


Khimky parts ways with Thomas Kelati, Quinn, Adrien and Gelabale - by Eurobasket News

Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.), Chris Quinn (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame), Jeff Adrien (201-F-86, agency: Alti Sport, college: Connecticut) and Mickael Gelabale (201-F-83, agency: Court Side) are no longer members of Khimky Moscow Region. Viktor Bychkov announced their departures in an interview for Sports-Express.ru.
Thomas Kelati averaged 9.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists for 15 EuroCup games this season. His numbers were little but lower in VTB United league, while in Russia the player had 5.3 ppg and 2.1 rpg for 20 games. He joined Khimky in 2010 from Valencia.
Chris Quinn had 7.7 ppg, 2.6 apg and 1.9 rpg for 16 EuroCup games. He had almost the same numbers in Russian league and VTB. Quinn signed with Khimky last summer from the NBA team Philadelphia 76ers.
Jeff Adrien arrived to Khimky in February. He had 8.6 ppg and 3.8 rpg for 11 games in Russia. In VTB, Adrien had 8.5 ppg and 4.5 rpg in 4 games.
Mickael Gelabale moved to Khimky in December. He had about 4.5 ppg and 2.5 rpg this season in Russian league, EuroCup and VTB.



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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


Top former ESL players currently in pro basketball based on last week's performance - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Eurobasket Summer League players who are currently playing pro basketball.

   #1. John Little (180-PG-84, college: N.Iowa), who plays in the German BBL could not help s Oliver Baskets (20-14) in their last game. Despite his very good performance s Oliver Baskets lost 80-88 on the road to the second-ranked ratiopharm Ulm. Little was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 28 minutes. This year Little averages: 9.0ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.6apg in the 41 games he played so far. He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. In 2008 Little went to the ESL camp in Chicago playing for Athens.

   #2. William Funn (188-G-82, college: Portland St.) led Pioneros Los Mochis to an overtime victory against the closely-ranked Mineros de Cananea (19-19) 110-105 in the Mexican CIBACOPA last Saturday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and making 13 passes. Pioneros de Los Mochis (19-19) is placed fifth in the CIBACOPA. Funn is currently first on the league's list of best passers. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.8ppg, 5.0rpg and 9.1apg. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Three years ago Funn took part in the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Dublin.

   #3. Emmanuel Little (196-F-85, college: N.Dakota), who plays in the Mexican CIBACOPA was not able to help Rayos de Hermosillo (34-4) in their last game. Despite Little's very good performance the league leader Rayos de Hermosillo was edged 92-89 in Culiacan by the one of league's weakest teams (#9) Caballeros de. He scored 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) in 30 minutes. Little has relatively good stats this year: 14.2ppg, 6.7rpg and 2.7apg in the 41 games. Little is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Four years ago he played at the ESL camp in Chicago playing for London.

   #4. Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, college: William Carey) contributed to a 3-point Penarol's victory against the closely-ranked Obras (20-10) 78-75 in the Argentinian LigaA in Wednesday night's game. Lamonte recorded 10 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Penarol Mar del Plata (21-9) is placed first in the LigaA. Lamonte has relatively good stats this season: 12.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.5apg. He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

   #5. Reginald Jackson (180-G-84, college: Duquesne) was not able to secure a victory for FC Porto Ferpinta (20-2) in their game against Benfica (19-3) in the Portuguese LPB. Jackson did not have that impressive stats last Wednesday. He scored only 3 points in 20 minutes. The league leader FC Porto Ferpinta was edged 56-53 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Benfica. This year Jackson averages: 7.1ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.7apg and 1.3spg in the 29 games. He played in 2010at the Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas for Team Brussels.

   #6. Brandon Brigman (203-C-83, college: S.Florida) managed to help CB Prat Juventud to win against the closely-ranked Ourense 80-67 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Wednesday night. Brigman scored only 4 points. This season Brigman averages: 5.6ppg and 4.4rpg. He attended four years ago the Eurobasket Summer League camp in New York.



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Khimky release four players - by Eurobasket News

Khimky announced parting ways with four players. The team released Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.), Jeff Adrien (201-F-86, agency: Alti Sport, college: Connecticut), Chris Quinn (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) and Mickael Gelabale (201-F-83, agency: Court Side).
Thomas Kelati joined Khimky back in 2010. Last season the Eritrean player tallied 5.3 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 steal per PBL League game. In VTB League the guard posted 8.1 points, 2.6 boards, 1.4 assists and 1.2 steals per appearance. Thomas Kelati also delivered 9.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists in EuroCup.
Chris Quinn moved to Khimky at the start of the season. He notched 7.7 points and 2.6 assists in EuroCup. In VBT League the guard averaged 6.4 points, 2.2 assists and 2.0 boards, while in PBL Quinn delivered 7.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists.
Jeff Adrien joined Khimky last December. The forward came up with 8.6 points and 3.8 rebounds in PBL. In VTB League Jeff Adrien produced 8.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per appearance.
Mickael Gelabale also signed a deal with the team in December. The French player accounted for 4.5 points and 2.5 boards in PBL. In VTB he posted 3.6 points and 2.4 rebounds, while in EuroCup his stats read 4.2 points, 1.5 assists and 1.5 boards.



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  FRANCE   


Errick Craven close to Saint Vallier - by Eurobasket News

Saint Vallier are eying another strengthening for the roster. They are close to penning deal with Errick Craven (188-G-83, college: USC). The guard spent the last season with Vichy. Errick Craven notched 10.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.8 steals per game in ProB. Previously Errick Craven had stints with Dijon, Stade Clermontois, Cocodrilos de Caracas, Los Angeles D-Fenders, Saint-Quentin, Beykozspor. Eurobasket.com named Errick Craven into All-French ProB 2nd Team in 2007 and 2011. He was also named ProB MVP in 2009. The guard has been the member of Cote dIvoire National Team since 2009. The guard participated at 2011 African Championship. Errick Craven posted 7.9 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 2.1 steals per game in Madagascar.


Paccelis Morlende officially in ASVEL - by Eurobasket News

ASVEL officially announced the acquisition of Paccelis Morlende (189-G-81). The guard has agreed on terms of one-year contract with Villeurbanne. Paccelis Morlende spent the last two seasons with Hyeres-Toulon. Last season he tallied 14.8 points, 2.9 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in ProA. He participated at ProA All-Star Game. Previously he had stints in Russia, Spain, Italy. Paccelis Morlende used to play for U16 and U18 French National Teams. He was also the member of French National Team in 2003 and 2004. Eurobasket.com named the guard into FIBA Europe Cup All-European Player Team in 2004. He was also trumped into All-Europe Youth Players 2nd Team in 2002.


Juby Johnson extends with Gravelines - by Eurobasket News

Juby Johnson (196-G-81, college: Miami, OH) remains with Gravelines. The guard has agreed on terms of contract extension with the team. The new deal is meant for two seasons. Juby Johnson joined Gravelines in 2009. The guard posted 9.2 points, 1.3 rebounds per EuroCup game this season. In ProA his stats read 9.3 points, 2.3 rebounds per appearance. He led Gravelines into La Semaine des AS Cup Final. Juby Johnson also played for Zadar in Croatia. Eurobasket.com named him All-Croatian A1 League Import Player of the Year in 2005. The guard also made it into A1 League All-Defensive Team in 2005 and 2007.


Tony Parker's 34 points make him top French player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of French who are currently playing abroad.

Tony Parker
Tony Parker
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Tony Parker (183-82). He led San Antonio Spurs to a victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder (47-19) 120-111 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Parker was MVP of the game. He scored 34 points (!!!) and added 8 passes in 40 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have a very good 50-16 record this season. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. It's Parker's first year with the team. Parker has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 7.6apg, 2FGP: 49.5%, 3FGP: 25.4% and FT: 79.8% in the 70 games he played so far. Parker is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Nando De Colo
Nando De Colo
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Nando De Colo (202-87). He was the major contributor in a Valencia Basket's victory against the league leader Regal FC Barcelona (29-5) 81-76 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. De Colo scored 16 points and added 5 passes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Valencia Basket (20-14) is placed fourth in the ACB. De Colo is ranked eighth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 13.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.9apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 46.3%, 3FGP: 35.5% and FT: 86.1%. De Colo is in the roster of the French senior national team.

Yakhouba Diawara
Yakhouba Diawara
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine), who plays in the Italian SerieA. He could not help Cimberio Varese (17-15) in their last game. Despite Diawara's very good performance Cimberio Varese was badly defeated 91-75 on the road by the leading Montepaschi Siena. He was the top scorer with 26 points. Diawara also added 7 rebounds (made all of his six free throws) in 32 minutes. It's Diawara's first season with the team. He has very impressive stats this year: 15.2ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.5apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 53.6%, 3FGP: 36.7% and FT: 77.6% in the 36 games. Diawara played for the French national team four years ago.

Afik Nissim
Afik Nissim
   #4. Point guard Afik Nissim (180-81, agency: Beo Basket) was the main contributor in Krka's victory against the second-ranked Union Olimpija (7-3) 72-63 in the Slovenian Telemach League in Tuesday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Nissim scored 17 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group Championship. Krka Novo Mesto (8-2) is placed first in Championship Group. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Nissim's overall stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.6apg. He has a dual citizenship: Israeli and French. Despite Nissim played previously for the Israeli national team, he is currently in the French national team roster.

Boris Diaw
Boris Diaw
   #5. International power forward Boris Diaw (203-82) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tony Parker and both played together in the last NBA game. Diaw contributed to a San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder (47-19) 120-111. He scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 27 minutes. This year Diaw's overall stats are: 5.4ppg, 4.7rpg and 2.4apg in the 30 games. Despite he played previously for the Israeli national team, Diaw is currently in the French national team roster.

Florent Pietrus
Florent Pietrus
   #6. Forward Florent Pietrus (202-81) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nando De Colo. But that was another game of his team in Spanish ACB which we would like to mention. Pietrus helped Valencia Basket win their game against the closely-ranked Lagun Aro GBC (19-15) 75-67. He scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Valencia Basket (20-14) is placed fourth in the ACB. Pietrus' total stats this season are: 3.1ppg and 3.2rpg. Despite he played previously for the Israeli national team, Pietrus is also an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

Vasil Evtimov
Vasil Evtimov
   #7. An experienced former international power forward Vasil Evtimov (207-77, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina), who plays in the Bulgarian NBL was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Levski Sofia (23-5) in their last game. Despite his good performance Levski Sofia lost 82-87 in a derby game to the leading Lukoil Academik. Evtimov scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 24 minutes. Evtimov is currently second on the league's list of best rebounders with 9.6rpg. He also averaged so far 8.8ppg and 1.6apg in the 32 games. Despite Evtimov played previously for the Bulgarian national team, he is currently in the French national team roster.

Aaron Cel
Aaron Cel
   #8. Forward Aaron Cel (203-87) helped PGE Turow win their game against the third-ranked Zastal ZG (6-4) crushing them 95-69 in the Polish PLK last Thursday. Cel scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. PGE Turow Zgorzelec (2-8) is placed sixth in Group A. Cel's total stats this season are: 7.0ppg and 3.6rpg. Despite he played previously for the Polish national team, Cel is currently in the French U20 national team roster.

Mickael Pietrus
Mickael Pietrus
   #9. International swingman Mickael Pietrus (198-82, agency: Court Side) was not able to secure a victory for the Boston Celtics (39-27) in their game against the Philadelphia 76ers (35-31) in the NBA. He scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 35 minutes. The Boston Celtics lost 75-82 in Philadelphia to the 76ers. This year Pietrus' total stats are: 6.0ppg and 2.7rpg in the 56 games. He is also in the roster of the French national team.

Ronny Turiaf
Ronny Turiaf
   #10. Power forward Ronny Turiaf (208-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) managed to help Miami Heat to win against the Boston Celtics (39-27) 93-79 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Turiaf recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Miami Heat has a solid 46-20 record this season. Turiaf has averaged so far 3.0ppg and 4.0rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

   #11. Former U20 international guard Thomas Heurtel (188-89) helped Caja Laboral win their n overtime game against the closely-ranked Real Madrid 82-79 in the Spanish ACB last Tuesday. Heurtel scored only 2 points in 10 minutes. Heurtel has averaged so far 4.1ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.8apg in the 39 games. He used to play for the French U20 national team three years ago.

   #12. Former international forward Francis Koffi (202-81, college: Fresno St.) helped Ourense win their game against the closely-ranked Prat Juventud 88-69 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Friday night. Koffi was the top player that evening. He recorded 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Koffi has relatively good stats this season: 11.9ppg and 5.7rpg. Despite he played previously for the Ivorian national team, Koffi is currently in the French national team roster.

   #13. Former international center Sylvere Bryan (208-81, also represented by Interperformances, college: Tampa) couldn't help Umana Venezia in their game against Armani Milano in the Italian SerieA. He cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. Bryan scored only 2 points in 4 minutes on the court. His team was edged 82-80. Bryan has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 3.1rpg in the 32 games. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.



Nancy and Adrien Moerman to part ways - by Eurobasket News

Adrien Moerman (203-F/C-88) will not play for Nancy next season. They will part ways, according to reports. Nancy faced with elimination in ProA Quarterfinals, when it became clear that the league will get a new champion. Moerman joined Nancy last summer from Orleans. He played 10 Euroleague games this season averaging 11.9 points and 5.6 rebounds. The player also added 11.4 ppg and 6.6 rpg for 29 games in ProA. Moerman participated at the ProA All-Star Game.
Adrien Moerman was a member of Orleans from 2008 to 2011 and before that he played for Nanterre. The player also has experience from Roanne. In 2008, he was named Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Domestic Player of the Year. In 2009, he reached ProA Finals with Orleans and in 2010 he helped them to win the French Cup.



Roanne now eyes Victor Samnick - by Eurobasket News

Roanne is very active on the transfer market these days. The team offered a 3-year deal to Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) recently and also offered a deal to Charles Kahudi (197-F-86, agency: Beo Basket). Roanne is also interested in Victor Samnick (203-F-79, college: Georgetown) and according to reports they already offered a 2-year contract to the player. Samnick spent last two seasons with Nancy. In the latest one he had 6.8 ppg and 2.3 rpg for 10 Euroleague games. In ProA, the player added 9 ppg and 3.6 rpg for 30 games. Nancy was eliminated this week in the Playoff Quarterfinals. Before Nancy, Victor Samnick played for ASVEL and it was in 2009/10 season. From 2006 to 2009 he also was a member of Nancy. They won two ProA titles together (2008, 2011). In 2010, Nancy was Semaine des As winner. In the past, Victor Samnick played for Paris Basket Racing, Bourg and Georgetown University.


Bilbao agrees 3-year deal with Adrien Moerman, according to reports - by Eurobasket News

According to French media (Catch-and-shoot), Adrien Moerman (203-F/C-88) will continue his career in Spain. Reportedly, the French big guy and Bilbao agreed a 3-year deal. Moerman finished the season with Nancy last night. They faced with elimination in ProA Quarterfinals, when it became clear that the league will get a new champion. Moerman joined Nancy last summer from Orleans. He played 10 Euroleague games this season averaging 11.9 points and 5.6 rebounds. The player also added 11.4 ppg and 6.6 rpg for 29 games in ProA. Moerman participated at the ProA All-Star Game. Adrien Moerman was a member of Orleans from 2008 to 2011 and before that he played for Nanterre. The player also has experience from Roanne. In 2008, he was named Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Domestic Player of the Year. In 2009, he reached ProA Finals with Orleans and in 2010 he helped them to win the French Cup. Aaron Jackson, Marko Banic, Janis Blums and Josch Fisher left Bilbao last week, so the team will have different roster for the next season. According to some reports, they also want to sign Fabien Causeur (193-G-87). Bilbao failed in Liga Endesa Quarterfinals against Caja Laboral.


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Manuchar Markoishvili selected the top Georgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Georgian players, who play currently abroad.

Manuchar Markoishvili
Manuchar Markoishvili
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Manuchar Markoishvili (196-86), who plays in the Italian SerieA. He could not help Bennet Cantu (21-11) in their last game. Despite Markoishvili's very good performance Bennet Cantu lost 69-78 at home to the lower-ranked (#6) Scavolini Pesaro. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Markoishvili also added 5 rebounds in 33 minutes on the court. It was Bennet Cantu's first loss after three consecutive victories. Markoishvili has relatively good stats this year: 10.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 49.8%, 3FGP: 38.8% and FT: 76.4% in the 37 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Tornike Shengelia
Tornike Shengelia
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Tornike Shengelia (207-91). Shengelia was the major contributor in a Spirou Charleroi's victory against the league leader Base Oostende (23-9) 80-69 in the Belgian Ethias League last Monday. He recorded 18 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Belgacom Spirou (23-9) is placed third in the Ethias League. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season Shengelia averages: 8.5ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 47.4%, 3FGP: 31.6% and FT: 63.0%. He is in the roster of the Georgian senior national team.

Quinton Hosley
Quinton Hosley
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Quinton Hosley (201-84, college: Fresno St.), who plays in the Italian SerieA. Hosley was not able to help Banco di Sardegna Sassari (20-12) in their last game. Despite his good performance Banco di Sardegna Sassari was crushed 92-66 on the road by the leading Montepaschi Siena. Hosley was the second best scorer with 11 points. He also added 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 26 minutes. It's Hosley's first season with the team. This year Hosley has relatively solid stats: 14.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.4apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 41.3%, 3FGP: 31.2% and FT: 71.0% in the 36 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Hosley played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team. Strangely Hosley has never played in Georgia.

Nika Metreveli
Nika Metreveli
   #4. Power forward Nika Metreveli (212-91, agency: Interperformances) is a teammate of previously mentioned Quinton Hosley and both played together in the last Italian SerieA game. Metreveli was not able to secure a victory for Banco di Sardegna Sassari (20-12) in their game against Montepaschi Siena (24-8). He scored only 4 points. Banco di Sardegna Sassari was crushed 92-66 in Siena by the leading Montepaschi. Metreveli's overall stats this season are: 3.7ppg and 1.8rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Georgian and Italian. Metreveli is also Georgian national team player.

Other top Georgian players, who play abroad:

Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84) plays for Atlanta Hawks in the NBA
Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) plays for Bennet Cantu in Italian SerieA
Vladimir Boisa (209-C/F-81) plays for Panionios in Greek A1
Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86) plays for CS Bologna in Italian SerieA
Tyrone Ellis (193-G-77) plays for Meridiano Alicante in Spanish ACB
Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83) plays for Mahram in Iranian Superleague
Besik Lezhava (191-G-86) plays for Apollon in Cypriot Division A
Melvin Sanders (196-F/G-81) plays for Hacettepe University in Turkish TBL
Niko Chkhatarashvili (203-G/F-86) plays for ENAD in Cypriot Division A
Beka Burjanadze (201-F-94) plays for Cajasol Castilleja in Spanish EBA
Georges Mdivani (205-C-85) plays for Rueil in French NM1

Notice: The list above includes only some of the Georgian playing currently abroad. Go to Georgian Abroad Page to see completed list.



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Konrad Wysocki selected the top German playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing German players, who play currently abroad.

Konrad Wysocki
Konrad Wysocki
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Konrad Wysocki (201-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton), who plays in the Polish PLK. He could not help PGE Turow (2-8) in their last game. Despite Wysocki's good performance the sixth-placed PGE Turow lost 74-79 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Zastal ZG in the Group A. He scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 27 minutes on the court. It was PGE Turow's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Wysocki averages: 9.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 60.7%(99-163), 3FGP: 41.1% and FT: 74.3% in the 43 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: German and Polish. Despite Wysocki played previously for the Polish national team, he is currently a member of the German senior national team.

Robert Sarovic
Robert Sarovic
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international forward Robert Sarovic (205-78), who plays in the Romanian Division A. Sarovic was not able to help Timisoara (21-7) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his good performance Timisoara was edged in an overtime 80-78 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Ploiesti (#4). Sarovic recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds. It's Sarovic's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.9ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 52.7%, 3FGP: 37.2% and FT: 81.0%. Sarovic is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and German. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Sarovic is currently a member of the German senior national team.

Kiril Wachsmann
Kiril Wachsmann
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Kiril Wachsmann (203-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iona). He was the major contributor in a 1-point Melilla Baloncesto's victory against the league leader Caceres 2016 (2-1) 81-80 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Sunday night. Wachsmann recorded 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 23 minutes. Melilla Baloncesto (20-14) is placed fifth in the LEB Gold. This year Wachsmann's overall stats are: 5.4ppg, 6.3rpg, 2FGP: 52.5% and FT: 55.4% in the 44 games. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Wachsmann is currently a member of the German senior national team.

Alon Stein
Alon Stein
   #4. Guard Alon Stein (188-78) managed to help Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv to win against the league leader Maccabi Ashdod (15-5) crushing them 83-63 in the Israeli Premier League in Thursday night's game. He recorded only 2 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (23-2) is placed first in the Premier League. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. This season Stein averages just 0.4ppg. He has both German and Israeli nationalities. Stein is also German national team player.

Joachim Thoss
Joachim Thoss
   #5. Former international center Joachim Thoss (203-81) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Barako Bull (1-1) crushing them 104-84 in the Filipino PBA last Sunday. He scored 6 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 33 minutes. Alaska Aces (1-1) are placed third in the PBA. Thoss is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his eighth year in Alaska Aces' roster. Thoss is currently second on the league's list of best blockers with 2.5bpg. This year he also averages: 10.5ppg and 7.5rpg in the two games. Thoss also holds two passports: German and Filipino. Despite he played previously for the Filipino national team, Thoss is currently in the German national team roster.

Other top German players, who play abroad:

Dirk Nowitzki (213-F-78) plays for Dallas Mavericks in the NBA
Chris Kaman (213-C-82) plays for New Orleans Hornets in the NBA
Derek Christiansen (198-F-72) plays for Gravelines-Dunkerque in French ProA
Mickael Kessens (204-F-91) plays for Cholet in French ProA
Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80) plays for Meridiano Alicante in Spanish ACB
Sergio Kerusch (195-F-89) plays for Aris in Greek A1
Guillermo Kammerichs (203-F/C-80) plays for Flamengo in Brazilian NBB
Chad Toppert (201-G-85) plays for CAI Zaragoza in Spanish ACB
Mike Dejworek (210-C-87) plays for Bakken in Danish Ligaen
Patrik Marcu (193-G-86) plays for Gaz Metan in Romanian Division A
Ziyed Chennoufi (202-F-88) plays for ES Sahel in Tunisian Division I
Urule Igbavboa (205-C-87) plays for LF Basket in Swedish Basketligan

Notice: The list above includes only some of the German playing currently abroad. Go to German Abroad Page to see completed list.



Frenkie Ignjatovic Remains A Knight In Kirchheim - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


One of the big stories in the PRO A last season was the play of the Kirchheim Knights that finished the season in second place with a record of 18-10 and lost in the finals to the Mitteldeutscher BC. A lot of this success is because of head coach Branislav Ignjatovic who has been with the organization since 2008. The club announced today that the likeable Serb will remain as coach despite an attractive offer from Giessen. 'We are relieved that Frenkie didnt follow the call of the first league. We also see it as a prize for our work and now we will work hard and justify the trust that the coach has given us. We think the players will take this news as a positive signal', stressed Kirchheim Knights manager Michael Schmauder

Source: Kirchheim Knights





Nick Larsen Remains in Rhondorf - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Dragon fans got good news today as captain Nick Larsen (187-G-83) has agreed to stay on board and will go into his fourth season with the Dragons Rhoendorf in 2012-2013 getting a two year contract extension. The German has improved his stats with Rhondorf in each new season and last year played 24 games: 14.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 5.0apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 81.6%. 'Nick was the first guy that we wanted to resign and we are very happy that he will stay. He is very important for the team and structure', stressed Dragons manager Sebastian Schmidt. Larsen started his basketball career in 2002 with 1 FC Kaiserslautern (2Bundesliga) and also played for TV Kirchheimbolanden (Regionalliga), SG Bad Duerkheim/Speyer (Regionalliga) and the BIS Baskets Speyer. 'In the last years he was the head of the team and like an extension of the coach on the court. That will remain so in the future as we quickly noticed that both sides are on the same wave length', added Dragons head coach Boris Kaminski





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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Nestoras KOMMATOS
  Marousi
  (203-F-77)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Kommatos, Marousi20.4 
 2. Christmas, AGOR18.6 
 3. Gagaloudis, Marousi15.6 
 4. Charalampidi., KAO.15.6 
 5. Beck, Ikaros14.8 
 6. Dikoudis, PAOK14.7 
 7. James, Aris14.5 
 8. Taylor, Kavala13.9 
 9. Baynes, Ikaros13.6 
 10. Wright, AGOR13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aron BAYNES
  Ikaros
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Baynes, Ikaros8.7 
 2. Haritopoulos, Maro.7.6 
 3. NaNa, Ilysiakos7.5 
 4. Stepheson, Panio.7.3 
 5. Kommatos, Marousi6.6 
 6. Symtsak, Kavala6.4 
 7. O''Bryant, Kavala5.9 
 8. Tapoutos, Aris5.8 
 9. Dorsey, Olympiacos5.7 
 10. Scott, Peristeri5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Yannis GAGALOUDIS
  Marousi
  (192-G-78)
  Avg: 6
 1. Gagaloudis, Marousi6.0 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.1 
 3. Xanthopoulos, Pani.4.6 
 4. Diamantidis, Panat.4.4 
 5. Charalampidi., KAO.4.3 
 6. Wright, AGOR4.1 
 7. James, Aris4.1 
 8. Thompson, Ilysi.3.5 
 9. Jasikevicius, Pana.3.2 
 10. Calathes, Panathi.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Zack WRIGHT
  AGOR
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Wright, AGOR2.5 
 2. James, Aris1.9 
 3. Xanthopoulos, Pani.1.7 
 4. Thompson, Ilysi.1.7 
 5. Dorsey, Olympiacos1.6 
 6. Calathes, Panathin.1.6 
 7. Christmas, AGOR1.6 
 8. Gagaloudis, Marousi1.5 
 9. Hatten, Kolossos1.5 
 10. Davis, Aris1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrick O''BRYANT
  Kavala
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. O''Bryant, Kavala1.5 
 2. Petway, AGOR1.3 
 3. Muldrow, Aris1.3 
 4. Hines, Olympiacos1.1 
 5. Elegar, Marousi1.1 
 6. Michel, KAOD0.9 
 7. Vougioukas, Panat.0.9 
 8. Stepheson, Panio.0.9 
 9. Dorsey, Olympiacos0.8 
 10. Giddens, PAOK0.7 


Nikolaos Zisis selected the top Greek playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Greeks who are currently playing abroad.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83). He was the major contributor in a Montepaschi Siena's victory against the closely-ranked Banco di Sardegna Sassari (20-12) crushing them 91-68 in the Italian SerieA in Monday night's game. Zisis recorded 13 points and added 3 assists in 20 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Montepaschi Siena (24-8) is placed first in the SerieA. This year Zisis averages: 6.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.8apg, 2FGP: 55.6%(65-117), 3FGP: 15.4% and FT: 87.2% in the 36 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Ioannis Bourousis
Ioannis Bourousis
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Ioannis Bourousis (212-83, agency: FCM). Bourousis led Armani Milano to a victory against the sixth-ranked Scavolini Pesaro (19-13) 84-75 in the Italian SerieA last Tuesday. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (22-10) is placed second in the SerieA. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Bourousis has relatively good stats this season: 11.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 62.0%(127-205), 3FGP: 36.1% and FT: 74.0%. He is in the roster of the Greek senior national team.

Antonis Fotsis
Antonis Fotsis
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Antonis Fotsis (210-81) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ioannis Bourousis. But that was another game of his team in Italian SerieA which we would like to mention. Fotsis contributed to a 2-point Armani Milano's victory against the seventh-ranked Umana Venezia (17-15) 82-80. He scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 29 minutes. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (22-10) is placed second in the SerieA. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. This year Fotsis' overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 2FGP: 65.1%(69-106), 3FGP: 42.6% and FT: 77.9% in the 36 games. He is also a member of the Greek senior national team.

Emmanouil Papamakarios
Emmanouil Papamakarios
   #4. Guard Emmanouil Papamakarios (192-80), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help one of league's weakest teams Lagun Aro GBC (19-15) to beat Valencia Basket (20-14). Papamakarios scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Lagun Aro GBC was defeated 75-67 on the road by the higher-ranked Valencia Basket (#4). Papamakarios' total stats this season are: 3.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Greek national team back in 2005.

Other top Greek players, who play abroad:

Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) plays for Maccabi T-A in Israeli Premier League
Theodoros Papaloukas (200-PG-77) plays for Maccabi T-A in Israeli Premier League
Christos Koutourakis (202-F-68) plays for Caja Laboral in Spanish ACB
Dimitris Sousa (196-G-94) plays for Montepaschi Siena in Italian SerieA
Alexey Savrasenko (215-C-79) plays for Unics Kazan in Russian PBL
Kostas Koufos (213-C-89) plays for Denver Nuggets in the NBA
Loukas Mavrokefalidis (209-C-84) plays for Spartak St.Petersburg in Russian PBL
Dimitrios Mavroeidis (208-C-85) plays for Gescrap BB in Spanish ACB
Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84) plays for Gescrap BB in Spanish ACB
Giannis Kalambokis (195-G-78) plays for ALBA Berlin in German BBL
Michael Bramos (196-G/F-87) plays for Gran Canaria 2014 in Spanish ACB

Notice: The list above includes only some of the Greek playing currently abroad. Go to Greek Abroad Page to see completed list.



PAO forces decisive Game Five - by Eurobasket News

Finals, Game 4: Panathinaikos - Olympiakos 84-74 (2-2)

Fourth game of the Greek league Finals between Panathinaikos and Olympiakos just ended. The Greens celebrated 84-74 victory tying the score to 2-2 in the series. The format is best-of-five and last game of the season is scheduled for Saturday, June 2. The Reds were regular season champs, so they will be the hosts of this crucial game.
The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 29-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Panathinaikos made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Panathinaikos outrebounded Olympiacos 41-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. 27 personal fouls committed by Olympiakos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Mike Batiste (203-77, college: Arizona St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. Dimitris Diamantidis (196-80) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Panathinaikos players scored in double figures. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and Acie Law (190-85, college: Texas A&M, agency: Priority Sports) added 16 points in the effort for Olympiacos. Batiste was MVP of the game, while Spanoulis was MVP in Olympiakos.
PAO is the defending champion in Greece. They already won one trophy earlier this season and it was the Greek Cup. At the other side, Olympiakos was the regular season champ and they grabbed the Euroleague crown in Istanbul. The whole season went down to a single game, which starts on Saturday at 19h (local time).

Panathinaikos: M.Batiste 23+11reb, D.Diamantidis 15+6reb+3ast, S.Jasikevicius 12+3reb+7ast, K.Kaimakoglou 12+4reb+1ast, S.Smith 7+6reb+1ast, N.Calathes 7+4reb+4ast
Olympiakos: A.Law 16+2ast, P.Antic 11+1reb, G.Printezis 9+3reb+1ast, M.Keselj 9+2reb+1ast, K.Papanikolaou 8+3reb+1ast, J.Dorsey 8+8reb+1ast



Greece U20 men's team announced - by Diamadis Farmakis

Greece coach Kostas Missas made the announcement of the 16 preliminary squad that will participate in the U20 European Championship, which takes place in Slovenia from 12 to 22 July.

Three out of the four players that competed in last year's edition in Spain and are still available to play in this age group, are returning this summer, while the fourth is Linos Chrysikopoulos of Angelico Biella, one of the most talented Greeks of his generation. Missas could not count on him though as the 2.05m small forward has had a troubled season, featuring in just seven league games with the Italian side.

His three teammates that do return this year however, had already made an impact as 19-year-olds in Spain. Point guard Sokratis Psaropoulos was in the starting line-up and contributed 11.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists during last year's tournament. Shooting guard Spyros Motsenigos averaged 10.1 points and 2.3 rebounds per game, while forward Anastasios Antonakis had 5.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest.

Missas and his assistants, Yannis Eleytheriadis and Giorgos Limniatis, will gather the players for a first practice session on Thursday in Athens.

Greece U20 preliminary squad: Konstantinos Tsaprounis, (Ilisiakos), Stathis Papadionysiou (Doukas), Sokratis Psaropoulos (Peristeri), Yannis Sahpatzidis (H.A.N.TH), Giorgos Mayrogiannis (Niki Volos), Spyros Panagiotaras (Ikaros), Spyros Motsenigos (Rethymno), Alexandros Vasileiadis (Aris), Fotios Zoumpos (193-G-93) (Panathinaikos), Anastasios Antonakis (Pagkrati), Antonis Davanis (Mantulidis), Nikos Kampouris (Olympiakos), Petros Melissaratos (Alimos), Vassilis Mallis (Akrata), Marios Dermitzakis (Aiolos ), Petros Velissariou (Mantulidis).



Eurobasket.com All-Greek B League Awards 2011-12 - by Chris Mammides

Eurobasket.com All-Greek B League 1st Team 2012
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Tasos Charismidis
Charismidis
Thanasis Adetokoubo
Adetokoubo
Christodoulos Karavolas
Karavolas
Christos Zarogiannis
Zarogiannis
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Co-Player of the Year: Tasos Charismidis (203-F-81) of Aiolos Trikallon
Co-Player of the Year: Thanasis Adetokoubo (200-F-93) of Filathlitikos
Guard of the Year: Nikos Gikas () of Filathlitikos
Forward of the Year: Christodoulos Karavolas (197-F-83) of Egaleo
Co-Center of the Year: Tasos Charismidis (203-F-81) of Aiolos Trikallon
Co-Center of the Year: Christos Zarogiannis (203-F-77) of Niki Volou
Most Improved Player of the Year: Dino Nikolopoulos () of MENT
Newcomer of the Year: Vangelis Tsiakas (194-G-81) of Agia Paraskevis
Rookie of the Year: Christos Saloustros (201-F-90) of Filathlitikos
Defensive Player of the Year: Alexis Tsamatos (196-F-77) of Filathlitikos
Coach of the Year: Giannis Tzimas of Aiolos Trikallon

1st Team
F: Thanasis Adetokoubo (200-93) of Filathlitikos
: Nikos Gikas () of Filathlitikos
F: Christodoulos Karavolas (197-83) of Egaleo
F: Tasos Charismidis (203-81) of Aiolos Trikallon
F: Christos Zarogiannis (203-77) of Niki Volou

2nd Team
PG: Giannis Mitsakis (181-81) of Anagennisi
G: Vangelis Tsiakas (194-81) of Agia Paraskevis
F: Alexis Tsamatos (196-77) of Filathlitikos
G: Themis Koupidis (198-84) of Near East
PF: Vangelis Papadopoulos (205-85) of Irakleio

3rd Team
F/G: Tassos Traianos (195-87) of Iraklis
F: Giannis Papachristos (194-80) of Ikaroi Serron
G: Antonis Godopoulos (185-81) of Koroivos
F: Aristo Nikoloudis (202-82) of Anagennisi
F: Christos Saloustros (201-90) of Filathlitikos

Honorable Mention
Nikos Kaklamanos (189-G-81) of Aiolos Trikallon
Antonis Chrysis (195-F-90) of Diagoras
Giorgos Lepeniotis (187-G-79) of Aiolos Trikallon
Danis Eleftheriadis (197-F-89) of Aias Evosmou
Lefteris Neofitidis (208-C-86) of Iraklis
Kostas Pallis (200-F-79) of MENT
Christos Gogidis (196-G/F-77) of Diagoras
Sotiris Gioulekas (202-F-79) of Aiolos Trikallon
Yiannis Karalis (202-F-80) of Irakleio
Dino Nikolopoulos () of MENT
Michalis Politis (190-PG-88) of Niki Volou
Fivos Gimnopoulos (184-G-77) of Aias Evosmou
Babis Sikalidis (200-F-92) of MENT
Giannis Daskalopoulos (195-G/F-80) of Stratoni

All-Defensive Team
Thanasis Adetokoubo (200-F-93) of Filathlitikos
Alexis Tsamatos (196-F-77) of Filathlitikos
Giorgos Antoniadis (202-G-87) of Koroivos
Tasos Charismidis (203-F-81) of Aiolos Trikallon
Vangelis Gkeros (206-C-81) of Koroivos



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Terry Sas ends basketball career - by Fred Roggen

Today Terry Sas (198-F-86, agency: Court Side) announced that he decided to end his basketball career. The former Rookie of the year of ZZ Leiden put an end to his basketball career after eight years playing on the highest level in Holland and will concentrate on his business career.
Terry was one of the youngest prospects in Dutch basketball with upside and potential. A product of the Amsterdam youth program where he played several years before moving to
OnmiWorld/ Almere years ago. Has been developping himself throughout the last couple of years and has the upside to improve. Is know for his outside shooting skills.

Career:
2003-2004: Demon Astronauts Amsterdam junior team :90rrg
2004-2005: Omniworld Almere (Eredivisie): 24 games: 5.4ppg, 2rpg
2005-2006: Omniworld Almere (Eredivisie): 25 games: 6.4ppg, 2.2rpg
2006-2007: Omniworld Almere (Eredivisie): 21 games: 7.3ppg, 3.0rpg, FGP: 37.0%, FT: 72.7%, 3Pts: 29.9%
2007-2008: Den Helder Seals (Eredivisie): 28 games: 6.3ppg, 1.6rpg, FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 43.9%, FT: 66.7%
2008-2009: Den Helder Seals (Eredivisie): 38 games: 6.1ppg, 2.2rpg, FGP: 44.3%, 3PT: 35.9%, FT: 70.6%
2009-2010: Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden (Eredivisie): 24 games: 4.2ppg, 1.5rpg
2010-2011: Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden (DBL): EuroChallenge Qualifying Round: 1 game: 0pts; Dutch League: 36 games: 5.5ppg, 1.1rpg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 36.3%, FT: 66.7%
2011-2012: Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden (Eredivisie): EuroChallenge: 10 games: 3.1ppg, 1.2rpg; Dutch League: 38 games: 4.3ppg, 1.4rpg
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Awards/Achievements:
Dutch U18 National Team -04
Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Germany (Unofficial World Championships U18) -04: 13.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.5apg
Dutch Eredivisie All-Star Game (U23 team) -05, 06
Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Rookie of the Year -05
Dutch U20 National Team -06
European Championships U20 Division B in Lisbon (Portugal) -06: 7 games: 18.9ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 51.5%, 3FGP: 46.3%, FT: 83.3%
Dutch Eredivisie U23 All-Star Game -07
Dutch Eredivisie Semifinals -10
Dutch Eredivisie Regular Season Champion -11, 12
Dutch Eredivisie Champion -11
Dutch Eredivisie All-Star Game -12 (3-Points Contest Winner)
Dutch Cup Winner -12
Dutch Eredivisie Finalist -12



Roster Announced For 2012 Dutch Men's European University Games Team - by Fred Roggen

The 11-member roster that will represent the Netherlands in the 2012 European University Games mens basketball competition has been set.

Players:
Ken Schroder (195-F-90) of Groene Uilen,

Ata Einolhagh of Rotterdam2,
Freek Stel of Cangeroes,
Bas Altena (C-90) of Groene Uilen,
Sander de Roos (195-F-91, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) of GasTerra Flames,
Mark-Peter Hof (199-F-90, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) of Lasaulec Aris,
Robbert Bergenhenegouwen (201-C-90) of Groene Uilen,
Luuk Kortekaas (210-C-90, college: Niagara) of Groene Uilen,
Jelte Heffrich,
GianCarlo Fabbro,
Tom Schonewille (190-G/F-88) of Red Giants.
Coach: Hans Nieboer
Ass. coach: Emile Priest
Teammanager: Huub Schroder
Chef 'equipe: Klaas Ganzevoort




Stepco BS Weert: Rahmon Fletcher agrees to extension - by Fred Roggen

Point guard Rahmon Fletcher (177-PG-88, agency: Court Side, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) will remain with Stepco BSW for a second season after the two sides agreed to a one-year contract extension on Wednesday.
In renewing the contract of Rahmon Fletcher, Stepco BSW added the first American for the coming season. The 1.77 m long point guard made his European debut in January at Stepco BSW, when he was hired to replace the injured Demario Anderson. The left-handed Fletcher will be a major player in the game vision of coach Jim Meil.
Fletcher averaged 10.3 points and 3.1 assists in 16 games last season for Stepco BSW.



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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin INGRAM
  FS Debre.
  (185-PG-85)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Ingram, FS Debre.24.6 
 2. Ciric, PVSK P.22.0 
 3. Timberlake, Falco-.21.3 
 4. Raivio, Kaposvari21.1 
 5. Austin, Jaszberenyi20.8 
 6. Ivosev, Szedeak20.4 
 7. Schachtner, FS Deb.20.1 
 8. Doyne, PVSK P.20.1 
 9. Levy, Szedeak19.1 
 10. Dramicanin, Jaszb.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Miklos SZABO
  FS Debrecen
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Szabo, FS Debrecen10.4 
 2. Miskovic, Marso N.9.6 
 3. Fey, Kaposvari9.1 
 4. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.9.0 
 5. Raivio, Kaposvari8.7 
 6. Townes, Kormend8.7 
 7. Ivosev, Szedeak8.6 
 8. Bader, Szolnok8.5 
 9. Austin, Jaszberenyi8.1 
 10. Egemonye, Soproni8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Laszlo KALMAN
  Falco-Sz.
  (186-G-72)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Kalman, Falco-Sz.6.1 
 2. Wilson, Kaposvari5.9 
 3. Simon, Albacomp5.9 
 4. Trotter, Szolnok5.8 
 5. Ingram, FS Debre.5.7 
 6. Williams, Atomeromu5.5 
 7. Fekete, Marso N.4.6 
 8. Thomas, Soproni4.5 
 9. Drahos, Szedeak4.3 
 10. Hodges, Jaszbere.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Stefan FEKETE
  Marso N.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Fekete, Marso N.2.7 
 2. Drahos, Szedeak2.6 
 3. Austin, Jaszberenyi2.5 
 4. Trotter, Szolnok2.4 
 5. Ingram, FS Debre.2.4 
 6. Raivio, Kaposvari2.3 
 7. Wittmann, Kecsk.2.2 
 8. Toth, PVSK P.2.2 
 9. Perine, ZTE K.2.2 
 10. Ivosev, Szedeak2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Kormend
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Townes, Kormend1.9 
 2. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.1.6 
 3. Keller, Albacomp1.4 
 4. Egemonye, Soproni1.0 
 5. Levy, Szedeak1.0 
 6. Morgen, Atomeromu0.9 
 7. Ivosev, Szedeak0.9 
 8. Chism, Albacomp0.9 
 9. Miskovic, Marso N.0.8 
 10. Fey, Kaposvari0.8 



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  IRELAND   


BASKETBALL IRELAND 2012 ANNUAL AWARD WINNERS - by Patrick Maher



BASKETBALL IRELAND 2012 ANNUAL AWARD WINNERS

UL Eagles and UL Basketball Club are heavily featured in the 2012 Basketball Ireland Annual Awards winners list.

Both Limerick clubs have enjoyed perfect seasons with Eagles claiming the double for the first time in their history following success in the Mens National Cup and Nivea For Mens SuperLeague, while UL Basketball Club enjoyed a clean sweep of trophies in the Nivea Womens SuperLeague and National Cup.

Mark Keenan has been named Nivea For Mens SuperLeague Coach of the Year after an amazing first season in charge of the club, while Limerick native Jason Killeen is the Player of the Year.

In the womens section, UL Head Coach James Weldon has been named Nivea Womens SuperLeague Coach of the Year for the second year running after a flawless campaign, while Great Britain star and potential Olympian prospect Rachael Vanderwal has retained the Nivea Womens SuperLeague Player of the Year award. The Young Player of the Year awards went to Brunells Megan OLeary and DCU Saints Keith Anderson.

UL Eagles have earned the Club of the Year tag, while progressive Cork club Fr Matthews will collect the Irish Daily Star Special Merit Award.

In the Schools section, St Josephs The Bish Galway have been named the Boys School of the Year, while Christ the King (Cork) are the Girls School of the Year.

Maciej Nazimek has been named referee of the year following a memorable year for officials in this country. Maciej was recently awarded his FIBA Referee Licence following the FIBA Clinic for International Referee Candidate in Mannheim, Germany.

Another notable recipient is Edel Thornton, who plays for Cork side Brunell. On top of being named Female U16 Player of the Year for her exploits with her school St Vincents, Cork, she was also named Female U16 International Player of the Year and AICC Under 16 Girls Player of the Year.

Ballons dramatic season which saw them crowned the 2011-12 Division One champions sees Mindaugas Tamusauskas named Male Senior Player of the Year, while Audrius Jonusas is Mens Senior Coach of the Year. Galway club Maree enjoyed a superb season which is reflected in this years awards. Rian Maher was named AICC Under 14 Boys Player of the Year, Kenneth Hansberry is the Male Young Player of the Year, while John Finn is the Mens Underage Coach of the Year.

A full list of award winners are available below.

National Awards for season 2011/2012

Table officials

Table Official of the Year; Marion Meany

Young Table Official of the Year; Jennifer Taaffe

Referees

Referee of the Year; Maciej Nazimek

Junior Referee of the Year; Sarah ONeill

Post Primary Schools

Tom Collins Award; Joe Shields

Boys School of the Year; St Josephs The Bish Galway

Girls School of the Year; Christ the King (Cork)

Male U19 Player of the Year; Lorcan Murphy (Presentation Bray)

Female U19 Player of the Year; Cliona Mairtin (Colaiste Iosagain, Dublin)

Male U16 Player of the Year; Jack OMahoney (Douglas Community School Cork)

Female U16 Player of the Year; Edel Thornton (St Vincents Cork)

Wheelchair Basketball

Player of the Year Division 1; Barry Cooke (Killester Basketball Club)

National Area Boards

AICC Under 14 Boys Player of the Year; Rian Maher (Maree, Galway)

AICC Under 14 Girls Player of the Year; Aoife Maguire (Killenkere B.C.Cavan)

AICC Under 16 Boys Player of the Year; Charlie Coombes (St Vincents B.C.)

AICC Under 16 Girls Player of the Year; Edel Thornton (Brunell B.C. Cork)

Colleges

Male Collegiate Player of the Year; Darryl Shazier (University of Ulster Jordanstown)

Female Collegiate Player of the Year; Aoife McDermott (UL)

International
2011 Male U16 International Player of the Year; Jason Carr (Donegal Town)

2011 Female U16 International Player of the Year; Lorna McNamee (Oblate Dynamos, Dublin)

Male U16 International Player of the Year; Gary Barron (Kubs, Dublin)

Female U16 International Player of the Year; Edel Thornton (Brunell B.C. (Cork))

Male U16 Development Player of the Year; Shane McCann (Kubs, Dublin)

Female U16 Development Player of the Year; Kelly Diggin (St. Angela's College, Cork)

National League

Male Senior Player of the Year; Mindaugas Tamusauskas (Ballon B.C. (Dublin))

Female Senior Player of the Year; Eileen OConnor (Team Tom McCarthys St Marys Kerry)

Male Young Player of the Year; Kenneth Hansberry (Maree B.C. Galway)

Female Young Player of the Year; Sinead Mackessy (Tralee Imperials (Kerry))

Coaches

Mens Senior Coach of the Year; Audrius Jonusas (Ballon (Dublin))

Womens Senior Coach of the Year; Liam Culloty (Tralee Kerry)

Mens Underage Coach of the Year; John Finn (Maree Galway)

Womens Underage Coach of the Year; Mark Ingle (DCU)

Nivea Superleagues

Mens Coach of the Year; Mark Keenan (UL Eagles)

Womens Coach of the Year; James Weldon (UL)

Mens Player of the Year; Jason Killeen (UL Eagles)

Womens Player of the Year; Rachel Vanderwal (UL)

Mens Young Player of the Year; Keith Anderson (DCU Saints)

Womens Young Player of the Year; Megan OLeary (Brunell Cork)

Special Merit Award of the Year; Fr.Matthews B.C., Cork

Club of the Year; UL Eagles

Presidents Award; The Grennell family

International Caps Presentation

Ireland Under-16 Girls 2012
Edel Thornton, Brunell, Cork/St Vincents, Cork
Aoife Whelan, Meteors BC/Loreto Abbey, Dalkey
Clodagh Brennan, Blaze, Letterkenny/Loreto Convent, Letterkenny
Lesley Ann Wilkinson, Glanmire/Colaiste an Phiarsaigh
Allison McGrath, Meteors BC/The Teresian School, Dublin
Meadhbh Campbell, Corrib BC/St Pauls, Oughterard
Aimee Phelan, Glanmire/Colaiste an Phiasaigh
Ingrid Gaffney, Our Lady of Mercy, Drimnagh/Oblate Dynamos
Lauren Flynn, Meteors BC/Loreto HS, Beaufort
Ciara OHalloran, St Colms, Limerick/Crescent College Comprehensive
Kate OFlaherty, Templeogue BC/Our Lady's Terenure
Aoibheann Byrne, Killester BC/Holy Faith, Clontarf

Coach: Des OSullivan
Assistant Coach:Eamon Downey
Team Manager: Trish Mayon
Coaches Assistant: Niamh Ebbs

Ireland Under-16 Boys 2011
Diarmuid OShea St Munchins, Limerick/Limerick Lions
Mark Rohan, St Josephs, The Bish, Galway/Moycullen
Charlie Coombes, Ratoath College/St Vincents
Gary Barron, St Fintans/KUBS
Conor Giligan, Belvedere College/St Vincents
Stephen Ingle, Chanel College/Mercy
Darragh Mulkerrins, St Marys College, Galway/Moycullen
Aaron Whelan, Ardscoil Rath Iomghain, Rathangan/Kestrels
Jordan McClelland, St Columbs College, Derry/North Star Basketball Club
Michael Curley, St Aidans CBS, Whitehall/KUBS
Sean Flood (C), School Templeogue College/Club Templeogue
Oisin Kerlin, Omagh Thunder

Coach: Tom OMalley
Assistant Coach: Greg Petrovic
Team Manager: PJ Reidy
Coaches Assistants: Gavin Holmes & Sean Ingle

Courtesy .... Shane Whelan .... www.basketballireland.ie
Jason Killeen (211-C-85, agency: JEMsports, college: Augusta St.)



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  ITALY   

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Andre SMITH
  Otto C.
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Smith, Otto C.18.4 
 2. Coleman, Angelico.18.2 
 3. White, Scavolin.17.3 
 4. Diener, Banco d.16.8 
 5. Hickman, Scavolin.16.3 
 6. Green, Sidigas AV16.1 
 7. Dean, Sidigas AV16.0 
 8. Pullen, Angelico BI16.0 
 9. Shakur, Novipiu CM16.0 
 10. Tucker, Acea Roma15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor SANIKIDZE
  CS Bo.
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Sanikidze, CS Bo.11.0 
 2. Johnson, Sidigas10.1 
 3. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.2 
 4. Smith, Otto C.7.7 
 5. Brunner, Fabi Shoes7.6 
 6. Gigli, CS Bologna7.4 
 7. Jones, Scavolini PS7.2 
 8. Chiotti, Novip.7.0 
 9. Miralles, Angelico.6.9 
 10. Easley, Banco d.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Sidigas AV
  (167-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Green, Sidigas AV6.5 
 2. Diener, Banco d.5.6 
 3. Collins, Otto Case.5.2 
 4. Cook, Armani Mit5.1 
 5. Shakur, Novipiu CM4.3 
 6. Mekel, Benetton TV3.7 
 7. Poeta, CS Bologna3.6 
 8. McCalebb, Montepa.3.4 
 9. Fultz, Banca Terc.3.3 
 10. Stipcevic, Cimber.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey COLEMAN
  Angelico.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Coleman, Angelico.3.3 
 2. Kirksay, Fabi Shoes2.6 
 3. Green, Sidigas AV2.5 
 4. Hackett, Scavolin.2.3 
 5. Perkins, Bennet C.2.1 
 6. Hosley, Banco d.2.1 
 7. Dean, Sidigas AV2.0 
 8. Di Bella, Fabi S.1.9 
 9. Pullen, Angelico BI1.8 
 10. Collins, Otto Cas.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Acea Roma
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Varnado, Acea Roma1.9 
 2. Cusin, Scavolini PS1.3 
 3. Johnson, Sidigas1.3 
 4. Easley, Banco d.1.1 
 5. Szewczyk, Umana V.1.1 
 6. Shermadini, Bennet1.0 
 7. Sanikidze, CS Bo.0.9 
 8. Crosariol, Acea R.0.8 
 9. Viggiano, Benetton.0.8 
 10. Slokar, Acea Roma0.8 



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  LITHUANIA   


Report: Valanciunas closer to joining Raptors - by Eurobasket News

Toronto draft pick Jonas Valanciunas (6'11''-C-92) has begun working on the release agreement with his club team in Lithuania in an effort to join the Raptors next season, according to reports.

After working out the details of his release, Valanciunas will then be forced to pay a $2.4-million buyout -- $550,000 of which can be covered by the Raptors -- to his club team, Lietuvos Rytas, before he can sign in Toronto. There is no set timetable for when Valanciunas will join the team.

The 7-foot, 240-pound centre was selected with the fifth pick in the 2011 NBA Draft and was voted as the best international player not in the league in a general manager's poll released in January.

Valanciunas, 20, averaged 10.8 points per game, 7.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks while shooting 63.4 per cent from the field with Lietuvos Rytas last season.

Courtesy of www.sportsnet.ca



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  LUXEMBOURG   


Eurobasket.com All-Luxembourg League Awards 2011-12 - by Eurobasket

Eurobasket.com All-Luxembourg League 1st Team 2012
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Player of the Year: Larrie Smith (198-F-75) of Sparta
Guard of the Year: Kasey Ulin (184-PG-82) of Sparta
Forward of the Year: Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86) of Soleuvre
Center of the Year: Brandon Gary (202-F/C-83) of Musel Pikes
Bosman Player of the Year: Stefan Svitek (203-F/C-77) of Basket Esch
Import Player of the Year: Larrie Smith (198-F-75) of Sparta
Domestic Player of the Year: Frank Muller (194-F/C-88) of T71
Defensive Player of the Year: Christopher Jones (188-G-90) of Contern
Coach of the Year: Rainer Kloss of Sparta

1st Team
PG: Kasey Ulin (184-82) of Sparta
F: Marcus Kennedy (193-84) of Residence
SF: Lamonte Ulmer (198-86) of Soleuvre
F: Larrie Smith (198-75) of Sparta
F/C: Brandon Gary (202-83) of Musel Pikes

2nd Team
G: Tom Schumacher (190-87) of T71
F: William Arre (199-86) of Etzella
F: Corey Raji (198-88) of Etzella
F/G: Denell Stephens (193-86) of T71
F/C: Frank Muller (194-88) of T71

Honorable Mention
Janis Poznaks (202-F/C-83) of BBC Nitia
Dimitri Jorssen (212-C/F-79) of Soleuvre
Stefan Svitek (203-F/C-77) of Basket Esch
Ivan Djerman (203-F-83) of Amicale
Philip Perre (198-F-79) of Musel Pikes

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Tom Schumacher (190-87) of T71
G: Christopher Jones (188-90) of Contern
G/F: Nelson Delgado (188-80) of Etzella
F: Martin Rajniak (204-78) of Basket Esch
F/C: Frank Muller (194-88) of T71

All-Imports Team
PG: Kasey Ulin (184-82) of Sparta
F: Marcus Kennedy (193-84) of Residence
SF: Lamonte Ulmer (198-86) of Soleuvre
F: Larrie Smith (198-75) of Sparta
F/C: Brandon Gary (202-83) of Musel Pikes



Residence land Ivan Tomas - by Eurobasket News

Residence secured the services of Ivan Tomas (184-G-89) for the next season. The Croatian guard is not new to Luxembourg. He spent the last season with Bascharage Hedgehogs in N2 division.
Residence also prolonged the contracts of Marcus Kennedy (193-F-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Montevallo) and head coach Kevin Magdowski . Marcus Kennedy will enter his third season with the Walferdange team. Last season the forward notched 22.0 points, 10.3 boards and 2.1 steals per game in Diekirch League. He made it into Luxembourg League All-Imports Team for the third straight season. Marcus Kennedy previously played for Contern and Etzella.
Kevin Magdowski took over Residence at the start of the season. He steered the team the semifinals where they lost T71 Dudelange. Previously the German specialist worked as coach assistant with Sparta Bertrange.



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  MEXICO   


Gustavo Ayon to play for Mexico at 2012 Centrobasket - by Eurobasket News

Good news for the Mexican National Team. NBA player Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85, agency: Duran International, college: San Jose St.) got a green light from the New Orleans Hornets and he will play for Mexico at the 2012 Centrobasket. The event will take a place in Puerto Rico from June 18 to 24. Ayon started the season with Spanish Fuenlabrada and joined the Hornets in December, after the lockout. He appeared 54 times in the NBA averaging 5.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists. With Fuenla, he had 15.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg and 1.6 apg for 10 games in Liga Endesa. Gustavo Ayon played for Fuenlabrada in 2010/11 season as well. Before that, he was a member of Tenerife Rural and Illescas. In the past, Ayon played for Venezuelan Marinos and Mexican Halcones UV Xalapa. In 2009, Gustavo Ayon was named Latinbasket.com All-Mexican LNBP Center of the Year. Last season in Spain he was named Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Newcomer of the Year.


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  MOROCCO   

Standings - Men

D1 Standings
Group A
 1. ASS Sale 3-0 
 2. MAF Fez 1-1 
 3. PCS Plazza C. 0-3 
Group B
 1. CRA Hoceima 2-1 
 2. WAC Casabl. 2-2 
 3. RSB Berkane 1-2 
Places 7-10
 1. FUS Rabat 6-11 
 2. IRT Tanger 5-13 
 3. KAC 3-15 
 4. RCA Casabl. 2-16 
Stage One Standings



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  NBA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-G-78)
  Avg: 28.2
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers28.2 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.9 
 3. James, Miami Heat27.6 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.26.0 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..23.6 
 6. Anthony, New Y.23.1 
 7. Wade, Miami Heat22.4 
 8. Nowitzki, Dallas M.22.0 
 9. Rose, Chicago B.21.9 
 10. Aldridge, Portlan.21.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Howard, Orlando M.14.5 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.13.4 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers11.7 
 4. Cousins, Sacramen.11.0 
 5. Humphries, New J.11.0 
 6. Gasol, LA Lakers10.3 
 7. Griffin, LA Clipp.10.3 
 8. Gortat, Phoenix10.0 
 9. Smith, Atlanta H.9.9 
 10. Chandler, New Y.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.7 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.7 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers8.9 
 4. Calderon, Toron.8.8 
 5. Williams, New J.8.7 
 6. Rubio, Minnesot.8.2 
 7. Wall, Washington W.8.0 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.7.9 
 9. Parker, San A.7.6 
 10. Conley, Memphis G.6.7 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.5 
 2. Rubio, Minnesot.2.2 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 4. Rondo, Boston C.2.0 
 5. James, Miami Heat1.9 
 6. Millsap, Utah Jazz1.8 
 7. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 8. Allen, Memphis G.1.7 
 9. Iguodala, Philadel.1.7 
 10. Shumpert, New Y.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.6 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.5 
 3. Howard, Orlando M.2.1 
 4. Bynum, LA Lakers2.1 
 5. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.1 
 6. Jordan, LA Clippers2.0 
 7. McGee, Denver N.2.0 
 8. Gasol, Memphis G.1.9 
 9. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 
 10. Udoh, Golde S.1.7 


Report: Valanciunas closer to joining Raptors - by Eurobasket News

Toronto draft pick Jonas Valanciunas (6'11''-C-92) has begun working on the release agreement with his club team in Lithuania in an effort to join the Raptors next season, according to reports.

After working out the details of his release, Valanciunas will then be forced to pay a $2.4-million buyout -- $550,000 of which can be covered by the Raptors -- to his club team, Lietuvos Rytas, before he can sign in Toronto. There is no set timetable for when Valanciunas will join the team.

The 7-foot, 240-pound centre was selected with the fifth pick in the 2011 NBA Draft and was voted as the best international player not in the league in a general manager's poll released in January.

Valanciunas, 20, averaged 10.8 points per game, 7.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks while shooting 63.4 per cent from the field with Lietuvos Rytas last season.

Courtesy of www.sportsnet.ca



L.A. Lakers mulls naming new assistant GM - by Eurobasket News

After parting ways with several longtime employees last summer because of the NBA lockout, the Los Angeles Lakers are continuing to restock their cupboard with new staff.

The Lakers are in discussions to promote Glenn Carraro from general manager of the Los Angeles D-Fenders, the Lakers' D-League affiliate, to assistant general manager for the Lakers, according to multiple sources.

Carraro would fill the position of assistant GM that has been unoccupied since the Lakers did not renew Ronnie Lester's contract last year. Lester spent 10 seasons as assistant GM after working his way up the organization from being hired as a regional scout in 1987.

'Ronnie was a dear friend and I thought we really worked well together, but the people that I work with now I have a great relationship with and you have to move on,' Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak told reporters after the team's exit interviews last week.

Lester was one of more than a dozen Lakers staffers let go last summer, but the organization has hired back a host of new scouts, training staff members and video staff personnel since then.

'I don't know the exact number of scouts we had before. It could have been 10 and we have nine now,' Lakers vice president of player personnel Jim Buss told the 'Mason & Ireland Show' on 710 ESPN in March. 'Or it might be reversed. It could be we have 10 now and nine before.'

Carraro joined the Lakers' organization in 2000 after spending five seasons as manager of basketball operations with the New York Knicks.

In Carraro's first season as GM of the D-Fenders, the team won a league-record 38 games and made it to the D-League Finals for the first time in team history. The D-Fenders also had five players account for eight call-ups to NBA rosters last season.

Kupchak told ESPNLosAngeles.com in April that Carraro, along with D-Fenders coach Eric Musselman and D-Fenders president Joey Buss, had done a 'great job' getting the D-League franchise back on track after it took a one-year hiatus from the league for the 2010-11 season.

'If there's any credit to be given out, it's really to be given out to those three people,' Kupchak said.

Courtesy of http://espn.go.com



Heat survive Rondo's huge night, win 115-111 in OT - by Eurobasket News

Back and forth they went in overtime, Rajon Rondo (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kentucky) and the Miami Heat.

Rondo scored. The Heat answered. Then again. And again.

Eventually, Rondo missed, one of the rare times he didn't deliver on an unforgettable night. Moments later, the Heat took the lead for good, finally able to close out a wild Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.

LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) scored 34 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) scored eight of his 23 points in the extra session and the Heat rallied from 15 down to beat the Boston Celtics 115-111 on Wednesday night - taking a 2-0 lead in the series by pulling off the biggest comeback in franchise postseason history.

'One of the best games I've played in, win or lose,' Heat forward Shane Battier said. 'It's easier said when you win but it's unbelievable.'

Rondo scored all 12 of Boston's points in overtime, capping a 44-point, 10-assist, eight-rebound effort in which he played every second of a 53-minute game. The Heat expected Boston's best and the Celtics didn't disappoint, yet still head home for Game 3 on Friday night facing a deficit no Boston team has rallied from to win a series since 1969.

'Listen, we played terrific,' Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. 'I told them, we played extremely hard. I thought we played with great heart tonight, but I didn't think we played smart all the time. And there's things we can absolutely fix, and we'll do that. We'll be ready for Friday.'

Mario Chalmers (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kansas) scored 22 for the Heat, who took 47 free throws 24 by James to Boston's 29.

'This group had resolve,' Wade said of the Celtics. 'They came out and played a great game. It was physical early. They brought the game to us. That can't happen. We used our crowd and the energy to get back into the game and we had to play better.'

Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) scored 21 points, Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F-76) added 18 and Ray Allen 13 for Boston. Rondo finished 16 of 24 from the floor, 10 of 12 from the foul line and made both his 3-point tries.

'He showed why he's one of the best point guards in this league,' Chalmers said.

Rondo shrugged off his night.

'We lost,' Rondo said. 'Simple as that.'

Allen's 3-pointer with 34.3 seconds left tied the game at 99-all. James missed two shots, first a layup he got the rebound of his own miss and then a jumper on the final possession of regulation, and to overtime they went.

'We had to do it the tough way,' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

The Heat had come back to win from 14 points down in playoff games twice before, first in Game 6 of the 2006 NBA finals their title clincher and again last season against Philadelphia.

And this one was slipping away, more than once. James missed two free throws 21 seconds into overtime, and Miami looked in trouble, especially since Rondo was simply taking over.

When Rondo missed a layup he thought he was fouled, and the Celtics agreed with 1:33 left, Miami took advantage, with Udonis Haslem getting a dunk to put the Heat up 105-103. And after a turnover on the next Boston possession, Wade drove the lane, hit the deck and watched as his layup bounced on the rim and dropped through.

Garnett stood over Wade and glared, to no avail. Wade hit the free throw, and Miami was up 110-105 with 59.7 seconds left. By then, the no-call on Rondo had the Celtics seething.

'It was obvious,' Rondo said.

Added Allen: 'We all thought he got hit. I'll say it. He did, but what can you do about it?'

Miami was down by 15 in the first half and by as many as 11 in the third quarter, before a pair of 3-pointers by James started a comeback. Wade made consecutive jumpers midway through the third to shake off a slow start to his night and get the Heat within three both times, and the 2006 NBA finals MVP set up Haslem for a three-point play with 2:55 left that gave Miami its first lead since the opening minutes, 73-71.

As Haslem's shot dropped, Wade spun at midcourt and punched the air. More highlights followed.

Miami's lead got to as much as seven in the third after James blocked Pierce's shot near the rim, sending the ball high into the air and starting a sequence that was capped by a three-point play from Wade, pushing the margin to 78-71. It capped a 12-0 run for the Heat, who took an 81-75 lead into the fourth.

It was the fifth straight game where Miami outscored its opponent by double-digits in the third quarter. In each of the previous four of those outings, Miami never trailed in the final period.

That streak ended in this one.

'It's been very key for us, whether we're up, whether we're down, to win that quarter,' Wade said. 'But in the fourth quarter, even when we were down, we felt like we were close enough. ... We never felt like we were out of it.'

They weren't out of it but a call that Boston argued against played a big role in the Celtics getting the lead back.

James stole the ball from Rondo early in the fourth, drove down the court and got wrapped up by Pietrus, who was assessed a clear-path foul, meaning Miami got two free throws and the ball. James missed both foul shots, Mike Miller missed a 3-pointer later in the possession, and the lead stayed at 85-81.

Barely a minute later, it was gone. Pietrus hit a 3-pointer, Rondo followed with a steal and layup and Boston led 86-85. The Celtics led by five with 3:50 left after a jumper by Pierce, and the Celtics looked to be in control.

It was temporary. The Heat scored the next nine points, Haslem's jumper with 1:08 remaining put Miami up 98-94. So of course, back came Boston Allen's 3-pointer tying the game a few moments after Pierce fouled out.

'Rondo was absolutely amazing,' James said. 'The performance he put on tonight will go down in the record books. ... It was a battle, and we never felt like we won the game or lost the game when there were zeros on the clock.'

Courtesy of www.chron.com



Kyle Lowry might want a change of scenery - expect the Raptors to kick the tires - by Eurobasket News

Rockets point guard Kyle Lowry (183-PG-86, college: Villanova) doesn't sound like someone who would prefer to return to Houston next season.

On Friday, Lowry told Rockets beat writer Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle he can't see both he and unrestricted free agent Goran Dragic (194-PG-86) coming back.

Just a few weeks after surgery to fix torn abductor muscles and a sports hernia, Lowry told Feigen:

'I don't think so. I honestly think it would be tough. Things have to be addressed. The situation would have to be addressed.'

'If things aren't addressed coaching-wise, I guess I have to be moved.'

Lowry made it clear that he has undisclosed problems with head coach Kevin McHale. Though McHale and general manager Daryl Morey downplayed any issues, Lowry clearly is unhappy.

Morey told Feigen:

I think Kyle and coach McHale are both winners and both competitive guys. I dont anticipate any issues going forward.

At one point during the season, Lowry had to be restrained from going after the coach.

A tremendous defender and rebounder, Lowry averaged career highs of 14.3 points, 6.6 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game in 47 contests (In 38 starts, Lowrys numbers were 15.9 points, 7.2 assists and 1.8 steals per game). However, his injuries opened the door for Dragic, who averaged 18 points, 8.4 assists and 1.8 steals per game in 28 starts of his own.

Dragic is a far better shooter and finisher than Lowry, except for from three-point range and from the free throw line, where they shoot about the same. Lowry is an elite defender at the point guard spot and a better rebounder.

For his career, Lowry has averaged 10.4 points and 4.8 assists. Lowry has two very reasonable years remaining on his contract and will earn $5.75 million in 2012-1 and $6.2 million in 2013-14.

The Raptors are extremely high on Lowry, so there is little doubt despite Moreys desire to keep Lowry in the fold that he and Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo will discuss a Lowry deal. If that falls through the Raptors could instead pursue Dragic, though I do not know if he is a favourite of theirs like Lowry or not.

After Lowry burned the Raptors for a game-high 26 points (including 4-for-4 from three) in a three-point win in Houston, I asked Raptors head coach Dwane Casey what he thought of Lowry and Casey lauded the guard for his toughness and ability.

Hes a hell of a competitor. Hes their heart and soul and spirit of their team and I love the way he plays, Casey said.

Long-time Raptor Alvin Williams, now a scout with the team, is extremely close with Lowry and is one of his mentors. Both are from Philadelphia and both played for Villanova. Alvin is my main man, Lowry once said.

Complicating a potential deal would be the fact that Houston would have to be sure Dragic will re-sign long-term with the club to be its starter before opting to trade Lowry. That wont happen until July 1st, after the draft. It would likely be Torontos pick 8th before Wednesdays lottery that Houston would be after. The Rockets own the 14th pick (again, pre-lottery) and the 16th. Its hard to see the Rockets wanting anything besides Torontos pick in a potential Lowry deal since Jonas Valanciunas and Andrea Bargnani wont be on the table. DeMar DeRozans advanced stats likely dont impress Morey, who is a huge believer in advanced statistical analysis.

Plus theres the fact other teams could make better offers. Lowry and Luis Scola nearly became Lakers last season in exchange for Pau Gasol and Gasol is very much on the block again and the Rockets have always coveted him.

As well, Lowry has had injury issues including a torn ACL early in his career and has an edge. He was charged with battery after being accused of throwing a ball at a female referee during the lockout. Lowry apologized, received 100 hours of community service and impulse-control counseling.

However, for years the Raptors have lacked extremely competitive, hard-nosed players and thats a major reason why they havent had much success.

Unless Dragic says hes not coming back, Lowrys likely moving somewhere. Would he be OK with supplanting Jose Calderon as starter in Toronto if Calderon is still seeing considerable time, some of it in the same backcourt as Lowry? Who knows.

What we do know is he is not interested in splitting time with Dragic.

Were both capable starters. We both want it. Its going to have to be a situation where they make a decision on one of us.

It has nothing to do with Goran. Im not happy with the way coaches handled things. If management wants to do something to keep Goran, I think Ill have to be moved, Lowry told Feigen.

I think Im still a foundation guy. You can build around me. If Im not here, thats welcomed. If Im here, I guess thats welcome, too.

Interesting stuff indeed.

Courtesy of http://blogs.canoe.ca



Trail Blazers and Idaho Stampede enter single-affiliation partnership - by Eurobasket News

The Portland Trail Blazers, the Idaho Stampede, and the NBA Development League announced today that the Trail Blazers and Stampede have entered into a single affiliation partnership beginning with the 2012-13 season. Portland will be Idahos sole NBA affiliate and will have full control over the teams basketball operations.

This partnership, also referred to as the hybrid affiliation, allows for NBA teams to secure control of, and cover the expenses related to, the basketball operations of an NBA D-League team while partnering with existing local ownership, which maintains responsibility for the teams off-the-court business operations.

The Trail Blazers are the fourth NBA team to enter into a hybrid affiliation with an NBA D-League team, joining the Houston Rockets with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Brooklyn Nets with the Springfield Armor, and the New York Knicks with the Erie BayHawks.

Six other NBA teams are singly affiliated with their NBA D-League affiliates. The Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs fully own and operate the Canton Charge, Dakota Wizards, L.A. D-Fenders, Tulsa 66ers and Austin Toros, respectively, while the Dallas Mavericks and Texas Legends are one-to-one affiliates.

In establishing this exciting relationship with the Idaho Stampede, the Trail Blazers become the record 10th NBA team to acquire an exclusive one-to-one relationship with its NBA Development League affiliate next season, said NBA D-League President Dan Reed. Having one-third of NBA teams invested in their NBA D-League affiliates is a strong testament to our leagues ability to help NBA teams find and develop top talent.

The Stampede and Trail Blazers have been affiliated since the 2007-08 season, sharing the affiliation with the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz during the 2011-12 season. New affiliates for the Jazz and Nuggets will be announced at a later date.

This investment in the development of our young players will pay dividends on the court and were excited about working with the Stampede, said Trail Blazers President Larry Miller. The hybrid partnership is closer in structure to minor league baseball with a parent club and affiliate relationship, so we feel this is an arrangement that will help us utilize the NBA D-League system more effectively.

Portlands partnership with Idaho follows the NBA D-Leagues 11th and most successful season, where records were set with 60 GATORADE Call-Ups and 67 assignments, while 27 percent of players on 2011-12 NBA end-of-season rosters spent time in the NBA D-League. For the third consecutive year, the NBA D-League saw more than one million fans attend games across its 16 cities.

The partnership with Portland is another large step toward the Idaho Stampede becoming more involved with the NBA and one of its premier teams in the Trail Blazers, said Stampede Managing Investor Bill Ilett. It will add to the experience on and off the court for our community and basketball fans throughout the Treasure Valley.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



Report: Doc may sit Ray Allen for a game - by Eurobasket News

With shooting guard Ray Allen (6'5''-G-75, college: Connecticut) struggling, head coach Doc Rivers is considering sitting the 15-year veteran as the Celtics battle the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Its a tough call with him, Rivers told ESPNBostons Jackie MacMullan Tuesday afternoon. Were trying to figure out a different minute rotation for him, maybe that will help him. Were even considering sitting him for a game, getting him a longer rest and then playing him, and then sitting him for a game. We dont know what the right thing is.

In Bostons Game 1 loss Monday night, Allen scored just six points on 1-for-7 shooting over 39 minutes. Allen was 1-for-4 from three-point range, and just 3-for-7 from the free throw line on Monday night.

Allen missed the final nine games of the regular season and first two of the playoffs with bone spurs in his ankle. Since his return, Allen is averaging just 9.6 points, while shooting an uncharacteristic 39-percent from the field, 27-percent from beyond the arc, and just 60-percent from the free throw line.

The 36-year-old Allen is a career 89-percent free throw shooter. The 60-percent from the line is the lowest of his playoff career since his first year in the postseason, when he shot 8-for-13 (62-percent) over three games in 1998-98 with the Milwaukee Bucks.

In addition to his offensive struggles, Allen had difficulty on the defensive end guarding Miamis Dwayne Wade in Game 1, who finished with 22 points.

However, Rivers admits that one of the reasons he has not sat the ailing Allen already is a lack of options. With Avery Bradley out for the rest of the postseason after undergoing shoulder surgery, Rivers only has Mickael Pietrus or Keyon Dooling to take Rays spot.

Courtesy of http://boston.cbslocal.com



Derek Fisher has 'no plans' to retire after 2012 Playoffs - by Eurobasket News

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Derek Fisher (6'1''-PG-74, college: UALR) turns 38 years old this year, and with five championship rings already to his name, nobody would blame him if he decided this summer was a good time to stop playing. However, it appears he has plans to continue his playing career beyond this season, telling Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman that he has 'no plans' to retire.

Fisher is a free agent after the season, so if he continues his career it will likely be with another team. The Thunder, needing a backup to Russell Westbrook after the season-ending injury to Eric Maynor, acquired him off waivers after he was dealt from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Houston Rockets at the trade deadline. The Rockets bought out Fisher, freeing him to sign with any team other than the Lakers.

Fisher is also the president of the NBA Players Association. He has two years remaining on his contract in that role.

Courtesy of http://www.sbnation.com



76ers will not keep Craig Brackins - by Eurobasket News

Team president Rod Thorn confirmed Tuesday via email that second-year forward Craig Brackins (6'10''-F-87, college: Iowa St.) will not be back with the 76ers next season.

The Sixers declined to pick up the third-year option for $1.5 million on the 6-foot-10 Brackins, making Brackins a free agent.

Brackins was deactivated in favor of Xavier Silas for the Celtics playoff series. The Sixers signed Silas, a combo guard, for the final two games of the regular season.

The Sixers attempted to switch Brackins from power forward to small forward this season, but he struggled with his shot and had trouble defending. He averaged 1.6 points and shot 27.3 percent from the field in limited action during 14 regular-season games this season.

The Sixers' campaign ended with Saturday night's 85-75 road loss to the Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The Sixers acquired Brackins, the 21st pick in the 2010 draft, and Darius Songaila from the Hornets in exchange for Willie Green and Jason Smith on Sept. 23, 2010. He earned $1.4 million last year.

Courtesy of www.phillyburbs.com



Dennis Rodman sentenced in child support case - by Eurobasket News

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman (6'9''-F-61, college: SE Oklahoma) might soon find himself working with at-risk teens or cleaning up streets.

The flamboyant former player known for his rebounding skills and wild, off-court behavior was sentenced Tuesday to 104 hours of community service after being found guilty last year of four counts of contempt for failing to pay child support.

The ruling also placed Rodman, 51, on three years of informal probation on the condition he keep up his child and spousal support payments.

It was the latest development in a series of legal disputes that began in 2004, when Rodman's wife at the time filed for divorce.

Orange County Superior Court Commissioner Barry Michaelson urged Rodman - who wore a black button down shirt and jeans to the family court hearing - to put his basketball skills to good use in his service.

'My suggestion is to use your talents as a motivator, as a fine, fine athlete and as a fine person to assist others in need,' Michaelson said.

Rodman still faces additional contempt charges and is accused of owing back child support in an amount that attorneys for Michelle Rodman, his ex-wife, say exceeds $800,000.

The towering Rodman, who sports face jewelry, said he would do whatever community service was required near his home in Florida, possibly working with children.

'It's all about the kids,' Rodman said of the ex-couple's two children, after the hearing. 'It does suck the fact that it had to come to this.'

Rodman was found guilty by a judge of the four counts of contempt involving child support owed in 2009 and 2010.

Rodman's attorney Linnea Willis said the four charges stemmed from a period of time when he was expected to pay $50,000 a month in child support. That amount has since been reduced to $4,500 for child and spousal support. Rodman is now current on those obligations, she said.

Rodman, also known for his sometimes Technicolor hair, married in 2003. For years, he and his former wife have been feuding over custody and support of their children, ages 10 and 11.

Michelle Rodman declined comment after Tuesday's hearing. Her attorney, Jack Kayajanian, said he was pleased with the ruling and an award of $32,500 in attorney's fees.

Outstanding disputes over child support and additional contempt charges will be addressed at a hearing on June 22.

Willis said Rodman owes far less money in back child support than claimed by attorneys for his ex-wife.

Court documents filed earlier this year indicated that Rodman was broke. His tax return from 2010 shows he earned roughly $150,000, but his financial manager Peggy King said he owes significant back taxes.

She also said Rodman's alcoholism has tarnished his image and made it difficult for him to obtain corporate endorsements and other work.

On Tuesday, Rodman said he was doing fine financially and playing in basketball games in Europe and Asia, though he wasn't raking in the money he once did as a professional player.

'I'm making enough to keep everyone satisfied,' he said.

Rodman was a bad-boy star of the Detroit Pistons and won three NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls. He lived in Orange County before moving to Florida. He was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame last year.

Rodman dated Madonna, was married briefly to Carmen Electra, and gave loud parties that led to frequent run-ins with the law when he lived in Newport Beach.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



Dwyane Wade Is No Sidekick - by Robert Pate

In a sport that is predicated on runs, the slightest thing can change the course of a game. Throughout the 2012 Miami Heats regular season, we have seen it happen more and more. The game is moving at a slower than normal Heat pace, then boom, its a big 3 at just the right time to spark a run, or a hand in the passing lane that leads to a highlight reel, breakaway dunk that ignites the crowd and the rest of the team to another exciting finish. On the grand stage, Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, we were all witnesses to its happenings once again, with Dwyane Wade as its catalyst . And not once, but twice. Sure, its something he did 63 times in the regular season. Yes, Dwyane Wade leads the Miami Heat, as well as all other shooting guards in blocked shots at 1.33 bpg. And yes, he even has 611 career regular season blocked shots. But maybe none bigger in his 8 years, since being drafted 5th overall in the 2003, than the block that came at 4:08 of the third quarter. Wade elevated, and blocked a break-away, double pump lay-up by Ray Allen that would have capped a behemoth, old school Boston Celtic type run. But instead, Wade cracked the Celtics armor, and started a run that would end in a 35 point quarter. But showing the heart of a battling champion, the Boston Celtics didnt go gently into that good night. With Paul Pierce searching for picks to get off shots with the most awkward of angles, Kevin Garnett beating his chest and digging in for battle, Ray Allen finding his legs for a huge trey, and Rajon Rondo dropping 3s, and saving the biggest game of his career for this historic moment in time, Dwyane Wade chose the 4:55 mark of the fourth quarter to add to his legend and turn the tide once again. As the Celtics found their grove, Rajon Rondo found an open lane and attacked the rim once more, looking to stamp out the upstart Miami Heat with yet another big tear drop flick. But this time was different. Wade leapt, and seemed to hover in the air. This block, like the one that came before it, was a momentum swinging shift in the games balance, that would prove to be his stamp, in fact, his true mark which undeniably would propel the Miami Heat past the Boston Celtics in a hard fought 115-111 overtime victory.



Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette)





Article By Robert Pate



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Butler joining A-10 this fall instead of 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Butler will now move to the Atlantic 10 this fall instead of waiting until the 2013 season, industry sources told CBSSports.com.

Butler announced four weeks ago it was leaving the Horizon League for the A-10 but would not make the move until 2013. However, that changed when Horizon League presidents favored making the Bulldogs ineligible for the Horizon League's championships in 2012-13.

If ineligible for the Horizon League's championship in men's basketball, Butler could only have earned an NCAA tournament berth as an at-large selection and would have been ineligible for the automatic berth given to the conference tournament champion.

The Atlantic 10 confirmed CBSSports.com's report later Tuesday and released a statement from A-10 commissioner Bernadette McGlade.

'The Atlantic 10 is looking forward to welcoming Butler immediately for participation in our league,' McGlade said. 'We are willing to make all necessary schedule adjustments and modifications to accommodate Butler's entry into the A-10 on July 1, 2012.

The unexpected circumstances that precipitated Butler's request to move immediately were unfortunate, but we will welcome Butler into the A-10 as a valuable new member. The Atlantic 10 has the potential to have the strongest year in league history in 2012-13 with 16 outstanding programs.'

Butler and VCU, which left the Colonial Athletic Association, will join the A-10 this fall. VCU also decided to join the A-10 in 2012 instead of 2013 because it didn't want to experience a lame duck season in 2012 when the Rams would have been ineligible for the CAA conference tournament.

The addition of Butler and VCU helps offset the upcoming losses of Temple, which is joining the Big East as a football member this fall and as an all-sports member in 2013, and Charlotte, which is headed to Conference USA.

The A-10 will now have 16 league members in 2012 and 14 members in 2013 when Temple and Charlotte leave.

Butler and VCU had discussions about joining the A-10, CBSSports.com first reported two months ago. Neither school was expected to join the A-10 until 2013. However, both schools moved that timetable up a year instead of playing a lame duck season in their current leagues and being ineligible in their conference tournament.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



Hoiberg agrees to 8-year contract with Cyclones - by Eurobasket News

Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg's successful second season landed him a new contract with a hefty raise.

The school announced Tuesday that the former Cyclones star and longtime NBA player has agreed to an eight-year deal worth an average of $1.5 million a year that runs through 2021.

Iowa State said terms of the contract will be released at a later date, but this deal will replace the five-year, $4.5 million deal Hoiberg signed when he took over in April 2010.

Hoiberg, who grew up in Ames and earned the nickname 'The Mayor' for his exploits playing for the Cyclones in the mid-90s, will nearly double his annual salary of roughly $800,000.

'Fred is so much more than a great basketball coach,' Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard said. 'He is an outstanding leader with quiet confidence, long-term vision and a popularity with the fan base that is hard to describe.'

Hoiberg had never coached at any level when Iowa State picked him to replace Greg McDermott in 2010. But after a rocky first season, Hoiberg thrived with a team made up largely up transfers in 2011-12.

The Cyclones won 23 games last season and reached the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2005, rallying a passionate fan base that was long-starved for a winner. Iowa State beat Connecticut before losing to eventual national champion Kentucky.

The Cyclones finished third in the Big 12 after being picked to wind up near the league cellar.

'Returning to Ames has been so much more than expected for our family and I'm thrilled to have the chance to continue developing a nationally competitive program at Iowa State,' Hoiberg said. 'I am humbled with the extension, to say the least, and anxious to continue our journey at Iowa State.'

The Cyclones will lose star Royce White and guards Chris Allen and Scott Christopherson next season. But marquee transfers Will Clyburn and Korie Lucious will bolster a roster that brings back starters Chris Babb and Melvin Ejim along with a strong recruiting class.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



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Division II player bitten by a shark while surfing - by Eurobasket News

Of all the injuries college basketball players have sustained this year, Chad Renfro's (6'4''-G) may have been the scariest.

Renfro, the leading returning scorer at Division II Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla., was paddling out on his surfboard to catch a wave at a beach near his parents home in Jacksonville when he felt sharp pain in his left foot. A shark bit him with enough force to slice most of a tendon, damage a bone and require 85 stitches to close the wound.

'Immediately I knew what it was, so I just paddled back in as fast as I could - caught the next wave in,' Renfro told WJXT-TV in Jacksonville.

'I was sitting there and people kept looking at me. I was trying to get someone to help me, and then one girl had walked over and I told her to call 911, and then I saw the lifeguards drive by, and so I just hollered for them and they came over.'

The silver lining to the shark attack is Renfro's injuries could have been far worse. The 6-foot-4 guard expects to return to the basketball court in time for the start of next season and even hopes to get back on a surfboard as soon as possible.

Experts have said what bit Renfro was likely either a four-to-five-foot bull or lemon shark, both of which are common off the coast of Florida.

Renfro's mom joked with WJXT-TV that her son would be more likely to win the lottery than get bit by a shark while surfing. Hopefully he buys a winning ticket when he leaves the hospital because he's due for some good luck.

Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com



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PGE Turow keep David Jackson and Damian Kulig - by Eurobasket News

PGE Turow kept David Jackson (193-G-86, college: W.Illinois) and Damian Kulig (205-F/C-87) for the next season. The players extended their contracts with the team.
David Jackson will enter his third straight season with PGE Turow. The guard joined the Polish team in 2010. Last season David Jackson notched 12.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in EuroCup. In PLK his stats read 11.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists per appearance. David Jackson earned All-Polish League Honourable Mention in 2010/11 season. Previously he played in Montenegro and Slovakia. He was Slam Dunk Contest winner at 2010 Slovakian League All-Star Game.
Damian Kulig joined PGE Turow in March. He moved to the team from PBG Basket. Damian Kulig averaged 8.4 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in PLK.



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Eurobasket.com All-Proliga Awards 2011-12 - by Bruno Baltazar

Eurobasket.com All-Proliga 1st Team 2012
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DeSean White
White
Tiago Pinto
Pinto
Kadiri Richard
Richard
Dain Swetalla
Swetalla
Terrence Mack
Mack
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Player of the Year: DeSean White (203-F-86) of Alges
Guard of the Year: Tiago Pinto (183-G-88) of Electrico FC
Forward of the Year: DeSean White (203-F-86) of Alges
Center of the Year: Dain Swetalla (206-C-86) of Illiabum
Newcomer of the Year: DeSean White (203-F-86) of Alges
Most Improved Player of the Year: Josimar Cardoso (201-F-87) of Fisica
Import Player of the Year: DeSean White (203-F-86) of Alges
Domestic Player of the Year: Tiago Pinto (183-G-88) of Electrico FC
Defensive Player of the Year: Kadiri Richard (203-F-80) of Illiabum
Coach of the Year: Mario Silva of Alges

1st Team
F: DeSean White (203-86) of Alges
G: Tiago Pinto (183-88) of Electrico FC
F: Kadiri Richard (203-80) of Illiabum
C: Dain Swetalla (206-86) of Illiabum
F/C: Terrence Mack (198-84) of Angra

2nd Team
G: Drew Gibson (188-85) of Angra
G: Antonio Pires (185-86) of Alges
F: Kevin Jolley (197-82) of Povoa
F: Deantre Jefferson (203-88) of Oliveirense
C: Paulo Diamantino (203-85) of Maia Basket

Honorable Mention
Jorge Seabra (174-G-81) of Sangalhos
Pedro Azevedo (193-F-81) of Illiabum
Mario Neves (190-G/F-77) of Electrico FC
Joao Pereira (186-G-83) of Angra
Emanuel Silva (188-G/F-79) of Sangalhos
Hugo Aurelio (80) of Gaeirense
Danilson Vieira (192-F-85) of Alges
Sergio Correia (197-F-85) of Alges
Drew Gibson (188-G-85) of Angra
Spencer Johnson (198-F-87) of Oliveirense
Joao Abreu (179-G-83) of Oliveirense
Carlos Dias (197-F-79) of Fisica
Joao Manuel (192-G/F-79) of Alges

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Tiago Pinto (183-88) of Electrico FC
G: Antonio Pires (185-86) of Alges
F: Josimar Cardoso (201-87) of Fisica
C: Paulo Diamantino (203-85) of Maia Basket
F: Rui Quintino (196-83) of Galitos-Tley

All-Imports Team
F: DeSean White (203-86) of Alges
G: Drew Gibson (188-85) of Angra
F: Kadiri Richard (203-80) of Illiabum
C: Dain Swetalla (206-86) of Illiabum
F/C: Terrence Mack (198-84) of Angra

All-Defensive Team
Mario Neves (190-G/F-77) of Electrico FC
DeSean White (203-F-86) of Alges
Deantre Jefferson (203-F-88) of Oliveirense
Kadiri Richard (203-F-80) of Illiabum
Kevin Jolley (197-F-82) of Povoa

All-Newcomers Team
DeSean White (203-F-86) of Alges
Deantre Jefferson (203-F-88) of Oliveirense
Dain Swetalla (206-C-86) of Illiabum
Kadiri Richard (203-F-80) of Illiabum
Deantre Jefferson (203-F-88) of Oliveirense



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O'Bryant selected as the Defensive Player of the Year: - by Luis Modestti

BSN informed that Patrick O'Bryant (213-C-86, college: Bradley) was voted as the Defensive Player of the Year for the 2012 BSN season.

O'Bryant got 48 points and was followed by Jeff Aubry who had 24, Mamadou Lamizana followed with 22, Al Thornton 19 and David Cortes 18. The voting was made of a panel of members of the press, owners and coaches.

The center had 52 blocks in 30 games for an average of 1.7 being the second best in the league in that department. His averages during the season were 12.8 points and 8.2 rebounds for Mayaguez.

Mayaguez allowed only 81.2 points per game and as a team led the league in steals and were third in blocked shots. O'Bryant offered defensive presence inside and his blocks helped startup their fast break attack.



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Timisoara, Ivan Siriscevic and Sime Spralja part ways - by Eurobasket News

Ivan Siriscevic (198-G/F-87) and Sime Spralja (206-F/C-83, agency: Court Side) are no longer members of Timisoara. Their contracts expired and will not be extended.
Ivan Siriscevic joined the club last summer. He appeared 38 times in Romanian league averaging 10.2 points and 3.3 rebounds. In Balkan league, Siriscevic added 11.9 ppg and 3 rpg for 10 games. Before Timisoara, he played for Kecskemeti Univer KSE.
Sime Spralja arrived to Timisoara in December. He had 10.9 ppg and 4.2 rpg for 11 Romanian league games. The player shined in BIBL with 19.4 ppg and 6 rpg for 5 appearances. Spralja started the season with CEZ Basketball Nymburk.
Timisoara reached Romanian league and Cup Finals this season. However, they failed to win the trophy in both competitions.



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Khimky release four players - by Eurobasket News

Khimky announced parting ways with four players. The team released Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.), Jeff Adrien (201-F-86, agency: Alti Sport, college: Connecticut), Chris Quinn (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) and Mickael Gelabale (201-F-83, agency: Court Side).
Thomas Kelati joined Khimky back in 2010. Last season the Eritrean player tallied 5.3 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 steal per PBL League game. In VTB League the guard posted 8.1 points, 2.6 boards, 1.4 assists and 1.2 steals per appearance. Thomas Kelati also delivered 9.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists in EuroCup.
Chris Quinn moved to Khimky at the start of the season. He notched 7.7 points and 2.6 assists in EuroCup. In VBT League the guard averaged 6.4 points, 2.2 assists and 2.0 boards, while in PBL Quinn delivered 7.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists.
Jeff Adrien joined Khimky last December. The forward came up with 8.6 points and 3.8 rebounds in PBL. In VTB League Jeff Adrien produced 8.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per appearance.
Mickael Gelabale also signed a deal with the team in December. The French player accounted for 4.5 points and 2.5 boards in PBL. In VTB he posted 3.6 points and 2.4 rebounds, while in EuroCup his stats read 4.2 points, 1.5 assists and 1.5 boards.



Khimky also tab K.C. Rivers - by Eurobasket News

Khimky secured the services of another import player for the next season. They agreed on terms of contract with K.C. Rivers (196-G/F-87, college: Clemson). He will be the third newcomer for Khimky after they announced Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) and James Augustine (208-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois).
The guard is not new to Russia. K.C. Rivers spent the last season with Lokomotiv Kuban. He tallied 9.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in EuroCup. In VTB League the guard notched 11.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals per appearance. In PBL K.C. Rivers notched 11.4 points and 4.4 rebounds for Lokomotiv. Previously K.C. Rivers had stints with Bologna, Roanne, Basket Latina and Benetton Treviso. The guard played in Russian PBL and VTB League semifinals last season.



Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague Awards 2011-12 - by Eurobasket

Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 1st Team 2012
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Nikola Lepojevic
Lepojevic
Linas Lekavicius
Lekavicius
Anton Glazunov
Glazunov
Lorenzo Gordon
Gordon
Alexei Kuznetsov
Kuznetsov
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Player of the Year: Nikola Lepojevic (199-F-82) of Ural Ekaterinb.
Guard of the Year: Linas Lekavicius (186-G-84) of Univ.Surgut
Forward of the Year: Nikola Lepojevic (199-F-82) of Ural Ekaterinb.
Center of the Year: Alexei Kuznetsov (203-F/C-84) of Ruskon-Mord.
Coach of the Year: Oleg Okulov of Ural Ekaterinb.

1st Team
G: Linas Lekavicius (186-84) of Univ.Surgut
G: Anton Glazunov (182-86) of Ural Ekaterinb.
F: Nikola Lepojevic (199-82) of Ural Ekaterinb.
F: Lorenzo Gordon (201-83) of Ural Ekaterinb.
F/C: Alexei Kuznetsov (203-84) of Ruskon-Mord.

2nd Team
PG: Dramir Zibirov (187-86) of Ataman
G: Aleksei Vzdykhalkin (190-85) of Rjazan
G: Anton Ageev (192-84) of Ruskon-Mord.
F: Vladimir Ivlev (207-90) of Rjazan
F/C: Aleksandr Zaykin (208-84) of TEMP-SUMZ

Honorable Mention
Ilia Aleksandrov (194-G-81) of Univ.Surgut
Dmitri Nikolaev (200-F-83) of Ural Ekaterinb.
Igor Smygin (197-G/F-87) of Ataman
Semen Shashkov (205-F-89) of Ural Ekaterinb.
Stanislav Sotnikov (200-F-85) of TEMP-SUMZ



Spartak St. Petersburg parts ways with Halperin, Zupan and Dragovic - by Eurobasket News

Yotam Halperin (196-G-84), Miha Zupan (205-F/C-82) and Nikola Dragovic (206-F-87, college: UCLA) are no longer members of Spartak St. Petersburg, according to the club.
Yotam Halperin arrived to Spartak last summer from Olympiakos. He appeared 20 times in Russian league averaging 10.3 points, 4.6 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.7 steals. His numbers in EuroCup and VTB United league were just a little bit lower.
Miha Zupan spent two seasons with Spartak. In the latest one he had about 6.5 ppg and 3 rpg in Russian league, EuroCup and VTB. Before Spartak, Zupan played for Enel Brindisi and Trikalla.
Nikola Dragovic joined the club in 2010 from the UCLA (NCAA1). He had 3.1 ppg and 1.5 rpg last season for 8 Russian league games. He also played 7 games in VTB and 4 in EuroCup.



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Avdalovic, Vukosavljevic, Radenovic and coach Obradovic awarded in Ukraine - by Eurobasket News

Serbian players Vule Avdalovic (189-PG-81, agency: Beo Basket), Ivan Radenovic (208-F-84, college: Arizona), Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) and coach Sasa Obradovic (agency: Beo Basket) ended very successful season in Ukraine and all of them are awarded by the Eurobasket.com.
Sasa Obradovic, Vule Avdalovic and Ivan Radenovic won the championship title with their team Donetsk. Obradovic is awarded with 'Coach of the Year', while Avdalovic is named to 'Second Team' of the league. The former National Team point guard appeared 49 times in Superleague averaging 11.4 points, 4.2 assists and 3.4 rebounds. Radenovic got 'Honorable Mention' award. He had 12.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg and 2.3 apg in 45 games. Both Avdalovic and Radenovic also shined in EuroCup this season.
Vladan Vukosavljevic played for Politekhnika-Halychyna and was one of the best centers in the league. He is awarded with 'Bosman Player of the Year' and 'Honorable Mention'. Vukosavljevic played 29 games for the club registering 17.9 ppg and 10.9 rpg.



Nikola Lepojevic named Player of the year in Russia - by Eurobasket News

Nikola Lepojevic named Player of the year in Russian SuperLeague. The Serbian Forward was awarded also the Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 1st Team -11, 12 and Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague Forward of the Year -12.
In 2011-2012 for Ural Ekaterinburg (Russia-Superleague) he became the top-scorer with 18.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 36.6%, FT: 84.4%.
Few days ago Nikola Lepojevic brought the trophy from Russia as his Ural wins Superleague title tonight. The team overcame Universitet-Yugra 55:54 and won the Final series 2-1.
The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 17-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Ural Ekaterinburg made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Ural Ekaterinburg outrebounded Universitet-Yugra 45-28 including a 17-5 advantage in defensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by Universitet-Yugra helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Semen Shashkov who saved his team from a defeat with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Dmitri Nikolaev contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Linas Lekavicius answered with 11 points and 9 rebounds and forward Denis Hloponin added 10 points in the effort for Universitet-Yugra. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.



International Tounament "Belgrade's Trophy 2012" June 3-6th - by Tamara Ruzic

On June 3-6th, Belgrade will be hosting an international tournament 'Belgrade's Trophy 2012' . Four senior national teams (Germany, Italy, Romania, Serbia) will have last check to see their sports form and correct their tactical plans before the start of qualifying games, where they need to qualify for the European Championship in France 2013.The games will be played at Basketball Gym 'Sumice' in Belgarde.
Free entrance for all 3 days.

Schedule:

Sunday, June 3rd
6 pm Israel - Italy
8:30pm Serbia - Romania

Monday, June 4th
6 pm Romania - Italy
8:30pm Serbia - Israel

Tuesday, June 5th
6 pm Israel - Romania
8:30pm Serbia - Italy
10pm Tournament closing ceremony





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Zlatorog promotes Sporar, Potocnik joins Krka, Anzulovic moves to Croatia - by Zeljko Zule

Zlatorog has promoted junior's team coach Milos Sporar to head coach until June 2015. Sporar's coaching career has been forged over a four-year tenure leading junior team of Zlatorog. Last summer he coached the Slovenia under-16 national team at the European Championships Division B in FYROM where they won the gold medal
Gasper Potocnik has been named assistant coach of Krka for the next two seasons. He arrives from Elektra, where he was a head coach the last season.
Vladimir Anzulovic, assistant coach of Slovenian champion Krka, is taking the head coaching job in Croatian side Kvarner 2010 for the upcoming season.



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Stats Leaders - ACB

Points Per Game
 Andy PANKO
  Lagun A.
  (204-F-77)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Panko, Lagun A.18.6 
 2. Doellman, Assignia16.8 
 3. Teletovic, Caja L.16.0 
 4. Wright, CAI Z.14.5 
 5. Penney, Fuenlabra.14.4 
 6. Davis, Cajasol14.1 
 7. Hettsheimer, CAI Z.13.3 
 8. De Colo, Valencia13.3 
 9. Navarro, FCB Regal13.1 
 10. Freeland, Unicaja12.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 James AUGUSTINE
  UCAM M.
  (208-F-84)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Augustine, UCAM M.8.3 
 2. Ivanov, Lucentum7.9 
 3. Borchardt, B.de R.7.7 
 4. Freeland, Unicaja7.5 
 5. Davis, Cajasol7.3 
 6. Williams, FIATC J.7.1 
 7. Caner-Medley, Vale.6.8 
 8. Gabriel, Asefa E.6.5 
 9. Teletovic, Caja L.6.4 
 10. Hettsheimer, CAI6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Javier RODRIGUEZ
  Assignia.
  (189-G-79)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Rodriguez, Assigni.6.5 
 2. Salgado, Lagun A.4.3 
 3. Llull, Real Madrid4.1 
 4. Prigioni, Caja L.3.8 
 5. Rodriguez, Bluse.3.8 
 6. Granger, Asefa E.3.8 
 7. Dumas, B.de R.3.7 
 8. Rodriguez, Real M.3.7 
 9. Huertas, FCB Regal3.5 
 10. Llompart, Lucent.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Pablo PRIGIONI
  Caja L.
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Prigioni, Caja L.1.8 
 2. Doellman, Assignia1.5 
 3. Vidal, Lagun A.1.5 
 4. De Colo, Valencia1.5 
 5. Uriz, B.de Rueda V.1.4 
 6. Udoka, UCAM M.1.4 
 7. Hanga, Assignia M.1.4 
 8. Calloway, Cajasol1.4 
 9. Eidson, FCB Regal1.3 
 10. Garbajosa, Unicaja1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Blusens M.
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Lasme, Blusens M.1.9 
 2. Fischer, Gescrap BB1.9 
 3. Sene, Fuenlabrada1.7 
 4. Begic, Real Madrid1.5 
 5. Toure, B.de R.1.4 
 6. Ndong, FCB Regal1.1 
 7. Vazquez, FCB Regal1.0 
 8. Barnes, Lucentum1.0 
 9. Augustine, UCAM M.0.9 
 10. Asselin, Assignia0.9 


Unicaja Malaga and coach Chus Mateo officially part ways - by Eurobasket News

Jesus Mateo is officially out of Unicaja Malaga. They terminated the contract today. The Malaga squad already agreed terms with Jasmin Repesa (agency: World Sport Agency), but the deal will be officially announced after the Croatian league Playoffs.
Jesus Mateo took over the club in January of 2011. Unicaja finished this season as No.9 in Liga Endesa and failed to reach the Playoffs. They had 17-17 record. In Euroleague, Unicaja reached Top 16 phase, but they failed in all six games there. Their rivals in Group F were Montepaschi, Real Madrid and Bilbao. Before Unicaja Malaga, Jesus Mateo worked with Fuenlabrada. He also coached CAI Zaragoza in the past and was Assistant Coach in Unicaja.
As mentioned above, new Head Coach of Unicaja will be Jasmin Repesa. He is currently the Head Coach of Cibona Zagreb. They have 2-0 lead in Croatian league Finals against Cedevita and need just one more for the title. The first chance to do that Cibona will have on Saturday.



CAI Zaragoza extends Albert Fontet for the next season - by Eurobasket News

Alberto Fontet (212-C-86) stays with CAI Zaragoza. The Spanish center signed a one-year contract extension yesterday. Fontet joined the club last summer from Grupo Begar Leon. He appeared 24 times in Liga Endesa averaging 1.9 points and 2 rebounds. Alberto Fontet played for Leon from 2009 to 2011. He had 5.3 ppg, 5 rpg and 1.3 bpg for them in 37 LEB Gold games last season. Before Leon, the center spent two years with Rosalia, also in LEB Gold. In the past, he played for Pamesa UPV Valencia (EBA) and for Barcelona juniors. In 2005 and 2006, Alberto Fontet was a member of the Spanish U20 National Team. In 2004, he won the Gold with U18 Spain at U18 EuroBasket in Zaragoza. That same year they finished as No.3 at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Germany (Unofficial World Championships U18).


Bilbao agrees 3-year deal with Adrien Moerman, according to reports - by Eurobasket News

According to French media (Catch-and-shoot), Adrien Moerman (203-F/C-88) will continue his career in Spain. Reportedly, the French big guy and Bilbao agreed a 3-year deal. Moerman finished the season with Nancy last night. They faced with elimination in ProA Quarterfinals, when it became clear that the league will get a new champion. Moerman joined Nancy last summer from Orleans. He played 10 Euroleague games this season averaging 11.9 points and 5.6 rebounds. The player also added 11.4 ppg and 6.6 rpg for 29 games in ProA. Moerman participated at the ProA All-Star Game. Adrien Moerman was a member of Orleans from 2008 to 2011 and before that he played for Nanterre. The player also has experience from Roanne. In 2008, he was named Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Domestic Player of the Year. In 2009, he reached ProA Finals with Orleans and in 2010 he helped them to win the French Cup. Aaron Jackson, Marko Banic, Janis Blums and Josch Fisher left Bilbao last week, so the team will have different roster for the next season. According to some reports, they also want to sign Fabien Causeur (193-G-87). Bilbao failed in Liga Endesa Quarterfinals against Caja Laboral.


Caja Laboral and Regal Barca take 2-1 lead in Liga Endesa Semis - by Eurobasket News

Third games of Liga Endesa Semifinals are completed. Caja Laboral grabbed 82-79 overtime win against Real Madrid for 2-1 lead in the series. Tonight, Regal Barca cruised past Valencia on the road 64-80 also for 2-1. The format is best-of-five, so Caja Laboral and Regal Barca are one win away from the Finals. Fourth games will be played tomorrow and on Friday. Same teams will be the hosts. If necessary, teams will meet again on Saturday and Sunday.

Valencia - FCB Regal 64-80 (1-2)
The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-64. Regal FC Barcelona dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Valencia Basket's 38. It was a great evening for international guard Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points. Judson Wallace (205-82, college: Princeton) helped adding 11 points and 6 rebounds. Four Regal FC Barcelona players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Brazilian center Vitor Faverani (211-88) with 14 points and French guard Nando De Colo (202-87) scored 13 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next game.
Top scorers:
FCB Regal: J.Carlos Navarro 15+1reb+3ast, M.Huertas 13+1reb+4ast, J.Wallace 11+6reb+1ast, B.Ndong 11+3reb, E.Lorbek 10+4reb, F.Vazquez 8+4reb
Valencia: V.Faverani 14+4reb+1ast, N.De Colo 13+1reb+1ast, V.Claver 7+6reb+2ast, B.Newley 7+3reb, R.Martinez 7+1reb+3ast, A.James Ogilvy 5+3reb+1ast
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Caja Laboral - Real Madrid 82-79 OT (2-1)
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Real Madrid won fourth quarter 22-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Real Madrid used huge pressure winning it 22-15 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 10-13. Strangely Real Madrid outrebounded Caja Laboral 42-23 including 30 on the defensive glass. Real Madrid was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Serbian power forward Nemanja Bjelica (209-88, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Brad Oleson (191-83, college: Alaska-Fairb., agency: Duran International) helped adding 17 points. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Sergio Rodriguez (191-86) with 19 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Serbian forward Novica Velickovic (205-86) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Real Madrid's coach Pablo Laso rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Caja Laboral: B.Oleson 17+2reb+2ast, M.Teletovic 14+1reb+2ast, N.Bjelica 13+5reb+4ast, M.Bjelica 11+1reb, F.San Emeterio 7+6reb, M.Lampe 7+5reb
Real Madrid: S.Rodriguez 19+4reb+4ast, N.Velickovic 13+7reb, S.Llull 12+3reb+5ast, K.Singler 10+5reb, M.Begic 8+5reb, A.Tomic 8+5reb



Serge Ibaka selected the top Spaniard playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Spaniards who are currently playing abroad.

Serge Ibaka
Serge Ibaka
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Serge Ibaka (208-89), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Oklahoma City Thunder (47-19) to beat the San Antonio Spurs (50-16). Ibaka scored 8 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and made 4 blocks in 39 minutes on the court. The Oklahoma City Thunder lost 111-120 on the road to the Spurs. It's Ibaka's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 9.1ppg, 7.4rpg, 3.6bpg, 2FGP: 53.2%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 66.2% in the 77 games he played so far. Ibaka has a dual citizenship: Congolese and Spanish. Despite he played previously for the Congolese national team, Ibaka is currently a member of the Spanish senior national team.

Tiago Splitter
Tiago Splitter
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Tiago Splitter (211-85, agency: Interperformances). He contributed to a 3-point San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder (47-19) 101-98 in the NBA last Sunday. Splitter recorded 9 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. The San Antonio Spurs have a very solid 50-16 record this season. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. This season Splitter has relatively solid stats: 9.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 62.0%(240-387) and FT: 63.8%. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Spanish. Despite Splitter played previously for the Brazilian national team, he is currently a member of the Spanish senior national team.

Omar Quintero
Omar Quintero
   #3. The Spanish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene). Quintero led Tijuana Zonkeys to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Frayles de Guasave (19-19) crushing them 99-78 in the Mexican CIBACOPA on Tuesday night. He recorded 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 28 minutes. Zonkeys de Tijuana (26-12) is placed third in the CIBACOPA. Quintero has reliable stats this year: 14.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.8apg, 2FGP: 52.6%, 3FGP: 39.3% and FT: 84.1% in the 34 games. He has both Spanish and Mexican nationalities. Despite Quintero played previously for the Mexican national team, he is currently a member of the Spanish senior national team.

Angel Santana
Angel Santana
   #4. An experienced forward Angel Santana (198-77, college: St.Francis, NY) managed to help CSU Asesoft Ploiesti to win against the eighth-ranked Timisoara (17-13) 63-55 in the Romanian Division A in Wednesday night's game. Santana scored only 2 points. CSU Asesoft Ploiesti (20-8) is placed fourth in the Division A. Santana's overall stats this season are: 4.7ppg and 1.6rpg. He is also Spanish national team player.

Other top Spanish players, who play abroad:

Marc Gasol (212-C-85) plays for Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA
Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) plays for Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA
Rudy Fernandez (198-G/F-85) plays for Denver Nuggets in the NBA
Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) plays for Houston Rockets in the NBA
Ricky Rubio (192-G-90) plays for Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA
Jose Manuel Calderon (190-PG-81) plays for Toronto Raptors in the NBA
Jan Martin (203-PF-84) plays for Galil Gilboa in Israeli Premier League
Caio Silveira (211-C-87) plays for Flamengo in Brazilian NBB
Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73) plays for Capitanes in Puerto Rican BSN
Jose Blanco (183-G-70) plays for Benfica in Portuguese LPB
Alvaro Calvo (203-G/F-83) plays for Sao Jose/Vinac in Brazilian NBB
Sidnei De Santana (215-C-83) plays for Libolo in Angolan Division I

Notice: The list above includes only some of the Spanish playing currently abroad. Go to Spanish Abroad Page to see completed list.



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Happiness in Gaziantep for the TBL Participation - by Alev Sonmez

An announcement has been made by Unsal Goksen,the chief of Gaziantepspor Basketball club, about their qualification to Beko TBL.
He annouced that Basketball has been the most successfull sport in their club despite the investements in football as well.
Mr. Goksen thanked his club, players, everbody in the club dealing with this success as well as the Gaziantep fans, being proud to qualify Beko TBL after 25 years.



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By polular deman the All Star game revisited-VIDEO - by David Edole


MVP Shomari Francis had 20 points and seven rebounds to lead St. Croix All Stars over St.Thomas, 75-69, Saturday night. Razeem Huggings added 14 points and 15 boards. Sekayi Petersen led St. Thomas with 18 points and Dornel Weaver added 11 points and 11 rebounds.
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Duncan moves into second place in career playoff blocks - by David Edole

Tim Duncan (211-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) ' s four blocked shots in the Spurs Game 2 victory over Oklahoma City boosted him into second place on the NBA career playoff list for rejections.

Duncan eased past Hakeem Olajuwon with 473 career playoff blocked shots. Olajuwon has 472.

The Spurs captain now is only three blocks behind NBA career leader Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who notched 476 blocked shots since the statistic first was recorded in the 1974 playoffs.

Abdul-Jabbars record does not include his first four playoff seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks. He played 41 playoff games in those four seasons when he was at his statistical peak.

Top players and intimidating defenders like Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlains blocked shots were never recorded.

But Duncans big night Tuesday the 50th time in his career he has notched at least four blocked shots in a playoff game showed his defense in a strong way.

Heres a look at the NBAs career playoff blocked shot leaders, beginning with the 1974 playoffs.

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar* 476

2. Tim Duncan 473

3. Hakeem Olajuwon* 472

4. Shaquille ONeal 459

5. David Robinson* 312

6. Robert Parish* 309

7. Patrick Ewing* 303

8. Kevin McHale* 281

9. Dikembe Mutombo 251

10. Ben Wallace 250

11. Julius Erving* 239

12. Robert Horry 225

12. Rasheed Wallace 225

14. Caldwell Jones 223

15. Elvin Hayes* 222

Source: NBA Playoff Guide, Spurs Post-Season Media Guide

* Hall of Fame member



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Circulo Sportive (Uruguay) ink James Williams - by David Walls


David Walls Reports:
May 31, 2012
ATLANTA, GA

James Williams (6'3''-G/F-85, college: Victory) is a new member of Circulo (Uruguay). The 25-year-old American signed a deal until the end of December for the start of the 2012-13 UBA season. He will help the team at guard position. Williams played for the number eight ranked Georgia Lions (15-5) who shocked the UBA with their championship run. He averaged 21.9 ppg and 5.6 rpg for 20 games.

Usbasket.com awarded Williams for his great play by naming him All-UBA Most Improve Player (2011-8.9ppg, 2012-21.9ppg) along with Al-UBA 2nd team honors. He was also named a 2012 UBA All-Star for the first time in his UBA career.

Williams will leave for Salto, Uruguay August 1, 2012. He will debut in Blue and Red August 10th. After his stay in Uruguay Williams will return to the team he made a winner (Georgia Lions). He Lions will return 3 out of 5 starters and look to make another championship run.



UBA Semi Finals matchup: GIE Morrow Disciples vs. Cleveland Havok - by David Walls

David Walls
May 13, 2012

ATLANTAAn analytical look at the national semifinal game between top-seeded Disciples (20-1) and fourth-seeded Havok (15-7):
When/where: Saturday, 7:00 p.m. ET (Atlanta, GA), Morris Brown College.

Setting the scene

You might have heard that there is bad blood between the two biggest conferences in the UBA world (Championship start in the south). This is the third-straight time the West has met the South in the Semi Finalwith all showdowns going to the South. They previously had faced off earlier in the season where the Disciples rolled over the Havok 95-77. But this is a totally different Havok team under UBA All-Star coach Kevin Franklin .

Truthfully, though, take the word of the players and coaches for both programs: They have bigger goals than bragging rights, and theyre concentrating on reaching the UBA national title game much more than on giving their rabid fan bases the thrill of the upper hand in the rivalry.

Havoks biggest concerns

The Disciples are loaded at every position. Consider the fact that the Disciples have guard Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Point, GA). He is the 2012 consensus UBA Player of the Year, and owns 2 out of the 3 championship rings in the UBA. In there last meeting Barnes dominated the game with 32 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. And perhaps the player who potentially can do the most damage Saturday night, rookie guard James Justice (5'10''-G-89, college: Martin Methodist). Justice was named 2012 NAIA National Player of the Year and 1st Team All-American at Martin Methodist University.

Other major problems for the Havok will be the return of former Disciple stars Chris Miller-Williams (6'6''-F/G-87, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: W.Georgia) and Michael Sloan (6'5''-G/F-84, college: Clayton St.). Both played in Europe this season (Iceland) and were both named to the All-Import Team. Miller-Williams led his team to the top record in the league along with a Iceland 1st Division Champions. While Sloan led the league in scoring with 29.8ppg.

Xfactor: Freddie Williams (6'2''-G-87, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Clayton St.)' return from the Dominican Republic.

Disciples' biggest concerns

The Havok defense can lock down a team in an instantthanks to Kevin Franklin s trademark pressure, tons of bodies to throw at teams and big time scoring from Corey Smith (6'5''-G/F-83, college: Vanderbilt) and Sam Brown (6'4''-G-87, college: Harding). The Havoks defense is as disruptive and game-changing as the Disciples'. Just ask the Houston Express, which still has every right to believe it should be here instead of the Havok, had it not cracked under that pressure down the stretch in the first round.

Speaking of trademark Franklin, Cleveland indeed has a bevy of shooters who can knock down 3-pointers, led by All-Star Sam Brown and Corey Smith. All are streaky shooters, though. It'd be great for the Disciples if two or three of them go cold Saturday ... but if theyre all hitting, thats big trouble for Gold.

Xfactor: Corey Smith. Smith dominated the first round matchup with the Express scoring 25 points along with 9 rebounds. In 2010 is was named Eurobasket.com All-Finland Player of the Year.

Pivotal matchup

Disciples shooting guard Freddie Williams vs. Sam Brown, often runs the Disciples offense the way a star does, but when hes clicking with his teammates and hitting shots the Disciples is impossible to stop. When hes not, theyre not impossible to stop but they just have to find other ways.

Brown, though he averages a mere 19.1 points, is Havok's most important player and will be Saturday, at both ends. He must attack the Disciple pressure, get Chris Moore (6'8''-F-88, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Morgan St.) out of position, make the right decisions on every drive (kick-out and shot attempt) and be a defensive presence of his own against the GIE guards.

Bottom line

GIE Morrow Disciples has been the most talented, cohesive and driven team in the UBA all season, but it also has survived the war of attrition to get to this weekend

Cleveland Havok, meanwhile, is what passes for Cinderella this year, coming in from off the radar, through the West Coast Tournament and now the UBA Semi's. Couple that momentum with the week Franklin has had to devise a game plan to counteract the Disciples, and theres a chance the last real powerhouse left standing could get toppled.

Then again ... The Disciples' are probably just too deep and too good for anyone to topple it.

GIE Morrow Disciples Stat Leaders:
Points:
Jermaine Barnes (30.0ppg)
Rebounds:
Chris Moore (12.0rpg)
Assists:
Brent Ragsdale (7.0apg)
Blocks:
Chris Moore (5.9bpg)

Cleveland Havok Stat Leaders:
Points:
Corey Smith (25.0ppg)
Rebounds:
Timir Patel (8.5rpg)
Assists:
Sam Brown (3.7apg)
Blocks:
Timir Patel (1.0bpg)





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Pops Mensah-Bonsu selected the top British players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from British players who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Pops Mensah-Bonsu
Pops Mensah-Bonsu
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington). He led Besiktas to a victory over the closely-ranked Anadolu Efes (24-6) 82-75 in a derby game in the Turkish TBL in Tuesday night's game. Mensah-Bonsu was MVP of the game. He recorded 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks in 28 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul (22-8) is placed fourth in the TBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Mensah-Bonsu is currently fourth on the league's list of best rebounders with 7.9rpg. He also averaged so far 13.4ppg, 2FGP: 61.4%(137-223) and FT: 66.2% in the 28 games he played so far. Mensah-Bonsu played for the British senior national team two years ago.

Michael Lenzly
Michael Lenzly
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Michael Lenzly (189-81, college: Wofford). He was the major contributor in a CEZ Nymburk's victory against the second-ranked BK Prostejov (25-11) 84-67 in the Czech Republic NBL last Saturday. Lenzly recorded 12 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group A1. CEZ Basketball Nymburk (34-2) is placed first. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season Lenzly averages: 7.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.2apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 54.9%, 3FGP: 34.9% and FT: 75.3%. He is a naturalized American. Despite Lenzly played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the British senior national team. Strangely Lenzly has never played in United Kingdom.

Lindsay Tait
Lindsay Tait
   #3. The British player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Lindsay Tait (192-82, agency: Duran International). He contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Hub Jets (10-6) 104-88 in the New Zealand NBL on Saturday night. Tait recorded 14 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists in 36 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Auckland Pirates (13-3) are placed second in the NBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Tait is ranked second on the list of the best passers in the league with 7.4apg. This year his other stats are: 19.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 57.3%(90-157), 3FGP: 48.4%(31-64) and FT: 78.5% in the 18 games. Tait has a dual citizenship: New Zealand and British. Despite he played previously for the New Zealand national team, Tait is currently a member of the British senior national team.

Andrew Betts
Andrew Betts
   #4. An experienced center Andrew Betts (216-77, college: Long Beach St.), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help one of league's weakest teams Lagun Aro GBC (19-15) to beat Valencia Basket (20-14). He scored only 4 points. Lagun Aro GBC was defeated 75-67 on the road by the higher-ranked Valencia Basket (#4). Betts' overall stats this season are: 5.6ppg and 3.4rpg. He used to play for the British national team back in 2009.

Tafari Toney
Tafari Toney
   #5. Former international power forward Tafari Toney (203-86, agency: JEMsports) contributed to Charleville-Mezieres' victory against the closely-ranked Blois (23-11) 75-63 in the French NM1 (third division) last Sunday. Toney had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 16 rebounds in 31 minutes. Etoile Charleville-Mezieres (24-10) is placed fourth in the NM1. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Toney has relatively good stats this year: 13.2ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.7apg and 1.2spg in the 36 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Toney played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the British national team roster. Toney used to play for Newcastle Eagles in British league.

Arthur Trousdell
Arthur Trousdell
   #6. Power forward Arthur Trousdell (203-81, college: Cameron) contributed to an overtime Wellington Exodus Saints' victory against the league leader Bay Hawks (13-3) 94-88 in the New Zealand NBL on Saturday night. He recorded 10 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Wellington Exodus Saints (9-7) are placed fourth in the NBL. Trousdell belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #4. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.4ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.3bpg. Despite Trousdell played previously for the New Zealand U18 national team, he is also a former international player as he played for the British senior team three years ago.

Other top British players, who play abroad:

Pablo Gregory (178-G-94) plays for Real Madrid in Spanish ACB
Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) plays for Caja Laboral in Spanish ACB
Luol Deng (206-F-85) plays for Chicago Bulls in the NBA
Dante Cunningham (203-F-87) plays for Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA
Kelenna Azubuike (196-G/F-83) plays for Dallas Mavericks in the NBA
Ben Gordon (188-G-83) plays for Detroit Pistons in the NBA
Byron Mullens (213-C-89) plays for Charlotte Bobcats in the NBA
Joel Freeland (208-F-87) plays for Unicaja Malaga in Spanish ACB
Laurence Ekperigin (201-F-88) plays for Gran Canaria 2014 in Spanish ACB
Oladapo Ayuba (198-F-86) plays for Norrkoping Dolphins in Swedish Basketligan
Randall Hanke (211-F/C-84) plays for Norrkoping Dolphins in Swedish Basketligan
Matt Cunningham (195-F-72) plays for Groningen in Dutch Eredivisie

Notice: The list above includes only some of the British playing currently abroad. Go to British Abroad Page to see completed list.



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Standings - Metropolitan League

Metropolitan Standings
 1. Urunday Univ. 3-1 
 2. Marne 3-1 
 3. Capitol 3-1 
 4. Larranaga 2-0 
 5. Cader 2-1 
 6. Verdirrojo 2-1 
 7. Atenas 1-2 
 8. Goes 1-2 
 9. Romis N. 1-3 
 10. Yale 1-3 
 11. Guruyu Waston 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 4

May. 28: Marne - Guruyu Waston 88-86
May. 29: Urunday Univ. - Verdirrojo 83-86
May. 29: Goes - Capitol 79-90
May. 28: Romis N. - Yale 74-70
May. 29: Larranaga - Cader 59-58

Regular Season: Round 5

Jun. 1: Cader - Marne
Jun. 1: Capitol - Yale
Jun. 1: Goes - Atenas
Jun. 1: Larranaga - Urunday Univ.
Jun. 1: Verdirrojo - Romis N.


Results for the Metro league - 4th round - by Hector Lopez

Verdirrojo 86 - Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, college: Park) 32 points 4 rebounds, Sebastian Munoz (180-G-80) 19 points 3 rebounds 3 assists
Urunday Universitario 83 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, agency: Two Points, college: Wofford) 25 points 18 rebounds 1 block 2 assists, Diego Olivera (197-G-84) 15 points 4 assists
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Larraaga 59 - Gordon James (198-F-79, college: Bridgeport) 17 points 10 rebounds 4 blocks 2 assists, Federico Martinez (203-F/C-74) 10 points 2 rebounds 2 blocks
Cader 58 - Gregg Okosa 13 points 12 rebounds, Damian Mujica (195-F-86) 14 points 9 rebounds
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Capitol 90 - Santiago Moglia (196-F-89) 21 points 6 rebounds, Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) 10 points 8 rebounds 3 blocks 2 assists
Goes 79 - Ivan Loriente (186-G-92) 39 points 4 assists, Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central) 14 points 19 rebounds 1 block, 3 assists




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Belarus edge Japan in Antalya - by Eurobasket News

Belarus - Japan 57:50

Belarus opened win count at the international friendly tournament in Antalya. They shot down Japan in the opener. Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) stepped up with 13 points and 10 boards to lead the charge.
Belarus built a 7-point lead after the opening quarter. Japan responded with a furious second term. They outscored Belarus 23:10 for a 33:27 halftime lead. But the European had an adequate respond in store. They went on a 20:7 run in the third quarter to build a 47:40 lead at the final intermission. The teams traded baskets throughout the final frame as Belarus cruised to the victory. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) finished with 9 points for Belarus. Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) and Ala Murauskaya (187-F-85) added 6 points each for the winners. Maki Takada (183-C-89) answered with 11 points for Japan. Rika Tanaka (173-G/F-82) had 9 points in defeat.

Belarus: Anastasiya Veremeenko 13+10 boards, Tatsiana Likhtarovich 9, Katerina Snytsina 6, Ala Murauskaya 6
Japan: Maki Takada 11, Rika Tanaka 9



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Croatia recorded its second win against Great Britain - by Eurobasket News

Croatia -Great Britain 77:74

Croatia recorded its second win against Great Britain in Sibenik. The hoem side celebrated a 77:74 win on Tuesday.
Great Britain started the second game better and took 15:13 after the first five minutes. They led to 27:23 at the end of the first period, but failed the start of the second quarter. Croatia erupted with a 19-6 surge in the first five minutes of the second quarter and led 48:43 at the halftime.
Great Britain was far to give up and reduced to 64:63 with 10 minutes to go. Moreover the guests grabbed a 72:70 lead, but could not keep the victory. Croatia made the final push and allowed the opponents to score only 2 points in the last five minutes.
Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Emanuela Salopek (179-G-87) as well as Iva Ciglar (170-G-85, agency: Data Plus Group) added 10 each. Azania Stewart (193-C-89) replied with 14 points in defeat, while Temitope Fagbenle and Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87, college: Franklin Pierce) posted 13 each. Natalie Stafford (173-G-76) nailed 12, whilst Page had 10.

Croatia: Ana Lelas 15, Emanuela Salopek 10, Iva Ciglar 10
Great Britain: Azania Stewart 14, Temitope Fagbenle 13, Johannah Leedham 13, Natalie Stafford 12, Page 10



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Puerto Rico upset Czech Republic in Trutnov - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic Puerto Rico 54:66

Puerto Rico upset Czech Republic in Trutnov in the friendly game. The Latin American side enjoyed a 66:54 win.
Czech Republic started better and took 12:11 lead midway through the first period. Moreover they led 22:17 as the teams finished the first quarter of the game. Puerto Rico tried hard in the second frame and managed to reduce the gap to 2 points. After a productive period they trailed 37:35 at the halftime. Puerto Rico continued to dominate the court in the third frame and grabbed a 46:40 advantage. They had 52:48 lead after thirty minutes in the court. No matter how hard the hosts tried to recover, they could not catch up with the opponents.
Jazmine Sepulveda (186-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: S.Florida) top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Jailine Cortijo nailed 14. Marie Placido (182-F-87) delivered 13 and O'NEILL Jeffer notched 7. Kamila Stepanova (191-C-88) replied with 12 points in the losing effort, while Petra Reisingerova (195-C-73) and Tereza Peckova (189-F-87) netted 8 apiece. ELHOTOV A Katerina and HANUSOV A A lena ended up with 6 points each.

Czech Republic: Kamila Stepanova 12, Petra Reisingerova 8, Tereza Peckova 8
Puerto Rico: Jazmine Sepulveda 16, Jailine Cortijo 14, Marie Placido 13 , O'NEILL Jeffer



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  EUROLEAGUE   


EuroLeague Women champions Ros Casares cease existing - by Eurobasket News

EuroLeague Women champion Ros Casares president German Ros has announced they have withdrawn from Spanish league and EuroLeague Women.

Announcement also states that the team will continue to support and work with youth teams.

Last season Ros Casares finally triumphed in both EuroLeague Women their first and only ELW championship.

First reports of this started to come out a week ago.

This leaves now former Ros Casares players Laia Palau, Silvia Dominguez, Shay Murphy, Jana Vesela, Sancho Lyttle without a team. Though there is still plenty of time left before the next season starts, big budget teams like UMMC and Fenerbahce have already more or less completed their rosters for the upcoming season.
Courtesy of: http://lovewomensbasketball.com



UMMC announced Anna Petrakova - by Eurobasket News

UMMC announced Anna Petrakova (189-PF-84) for the next season. According to http://lovewomensbasketball.com via RIA News she has signed with UMMC Ekaterinburg for the upcoming season.
Anna Petrakova started her career in 2006-2007 for NUR Kazan (A Superleague, starting five) and in 34 games averaged 13.6ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.5apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 46.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 72.0%.
In 2007-2008 she moved to Spartak Moscow Region and then played for Vologda-Chevakata (A Superleague)and CSKA Moscow. In Oct.'09 signed at Spartak St.Petersburg (A Superleague, starting five) and in 14 games averaged 11.9ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 81.8%.
In 2010-2011 joined Vologda-Chevakata (PBL, starting five) and in EuroCup showed 13.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.8apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 40.6%, FT: 80.8%. In Russian League after 20 games her stats read 13.6ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 48.9%, 3PT: 36.6%, FT: 75.4%. The last season she played for Dynamo Kursk (PBL, starting five) and became EuroCup Champion -12. In EuroCup she recorded 16.8ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.4%, 3PT: 42.2%, FT: 80.4% and was named Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup European Player of the Year -12. In Russian League her stats read 13.8ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 75.0%.



Transfer news from Polkowice and Rivas - by Diamadis Farmakis

CCC Polkowice made it to the EuroLeague Women Second Round before falling to eventual champions Ros Casares, and the team then reached the Polish title series before losing to Wisla Can-Pack Krakow.

Belinda Snell (181-F-81), an Australia international and EuroLeague Women winner with Perfumerias Avenida in the 2010-11 season, has signed for the club.

'This player guarantees a high level of play,' said Krzysztof Korsak, the Polkowice club president.

Sharnee Zoll, meanwhile, is recovering from a knee injury that she picked up at the end of the season and according to the club, won't be available for Polkowice until January at the earliest.

'Everything depends on how well her rehabilitation goes,' Korsak said. Zoll, the team's point guard, averaged 12 points and 6.6 assists per game in 2011-12 for Polkowice.

Ziomara Morrison, a Chile international, has joined EuroLeague Women 2011/12 runners-up Rivas Ecopolis. The 23-year-old averaged 14.3 points and 10.6 rebounds per game last season for Burgos in the Spanish second division. Morrison is now playing in the WNBA with the San Antonio Silver Stars.

Courtesy: www.fibaeurope.com



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Famila Schio lands American C Jantel Lavender - by Eurobasket News

Jantel Lavender will continue her career in Italy. The American center signed a one-year deal with Famila Schio. She currently plays for the WNBA team Los Angeles Sparks. In 5 games so far Lavender averages 5.6 points and 3 rebounds. Jantel Lavender split last season between Turkey and Poland. With Polish CCC Polkowice she had 14.2 ppg and 8.1 rpg for 20 games. They reached PLKK Finals. Before that with Besiktas the center averaged 22.7 points and 7 rebounds for 3 games in Turkey. Lavender played for the Sparks last season as well and it was her first pro deal. She had 6.6 ppg and 3.1 rpg for 33 games. The player graduated at the Ohio State University something more than a year ago. She was named All-Big Ten Player of the Year -08, 09, 10. In the past, Lavender played for USA U18, U19 and University National Teams.


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Belarus edge Japan in Antalya - by Eurobasket News

Belarus - Japan 57:50

Belarus opened win count at the international friendly tournament in Antalya. They shot down Japan in the opener. Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) stepped up with 13 points and 10 boards to lead the charge.
Belarus built a 7-point lead after the opening quarter. Japan responded with a furious second term. They outscored Belarus 23:10 for a 33:27 halftime lead. But the European had an adequate respond in store. They went on a 20:7 run in the third quarter to build a 47:40 lead at the final intermission. The teams traded baskets throughout the final frame as Belarus cruised to the victory. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) finished with 9 points for Belarus. Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) and Ala Murauskaya (187-F-85) added 6 points each for the winners. Maki Takada (183-C-89) answered with 11 points for Japan. Rika Tanaka (173-G/F-82) had 9 points in defeat.

Belarus: Anastasiya Veremeenko 13+10 boards, Tatsiana Likhtarovich 9, Katerina Snytsina 6, Ala Murauskaya 6
Japan: Maki Takada 11, Rika Tanaka 9



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Eurobasket.com All-Luxembourg League Awards 2011-2012 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Luxembourg League 1st Team 2012
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Lamisha Augustine
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Cerie Mosgrove
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Cathy Schmit
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Meghan Gardler
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Bridget Yoerger
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Player of the Year: Lamisha Augustine (186-F-82) of Basket Esch
Guard of the Year: Cerie Mosgrove (182-G-88) of T71 Dudelange
Forward of the Year: Lamisha Augustine (186-F-82) of Basket Esch
Center of the Year: Bridget Yoerger (180-F/C-87) of AB Contern
Import Player of the Year: Lamisha Augustine (186-F-82) of Basket Esch
Domestic Player of the Year: Cathy Schmit (170-G-90) of Musel Pikes
Bosman Player of the Year: Agnesa Szaboova (183-G/F-75) of Basket Esch
Defensive Player of the Year: Bridget Yoerger (180-F/C-87) of AB Contern
Coach of the Year: Jean-Francois Manti of Basket Esch

1st Team
G: Cerie Mosgrove (182-88) of T71 Dudelange
G: Cathy Schmit (170-90) of Musel Pikes
F: Lamisha Augustine (186-82) of Basket Esch
F/C: Meghan Gardler (183-88) of Amicale
F/C: Bridget Yoerger (180-87) of AB Contern

2nd Team
SG: Magaly Meynadier (170-91) of Musel Pikes
G: Renata Adamczyk (175) of T71 Dudelange
G/F: Agnesa Szaboova (183-75) of Basket Esch
F: Ashley Jones (185) of Etzella
F/C: Amanda Stowe (186-79) of AB Contern

Honorable Mention
Christine Fisher (183-F/C-83) of Musel Pikes
Annick Neiertz (183-F-92) of Etzella
Katie Donovan (182-F/G-82) of Basket Esch
Andrea Haris (169-PG-78) of Basket Esch
Addie Micir (182-G-88) of Residence
Nadia Marcus (173-G-93) of Heffingen
Dale-Marie Cumberbatch (180-F-88) of Telstar
Lynn Schreiner (165-G-91) of Etzella

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Cathy Schmit (170-90) of Musel Pikes
G: Nadia Marcus (173-93) of Heffingen
G: Lynn Schreiner (165-91) of Etzella
PF: Carine Cigrang (175-85) of Musel Pikes
F: Annick Neiertz (183-92) of Etzella

All-Imports Team
G: Cerie Mosgrove (182-88) of T71 Dudelange
G: Addie Micir (182-88) of Residence
F: Lamisha Augustine (186-82) of Basket Esch
F/C: Meghan Gardler (183-88) of Amicale
F/C: Bridget Yoerger (180-87) of AB Contern

All-Bosmans Team
SG: Magaly Meynadier (170-91) of Musel Pikes
G: Renata Adamczyk (175) of T71 Dudelange
G/F: Agnesa Szaboova (183-75) of Basket Esch
G/F: Eva Schonecker (181-81) of AB Contern
PF: Irina Mazjoukhina (181-76) of Musel Pikes



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Montenegro hand a 72-47 loss to Turkey at the start of the Kepez Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Turkey-Montenegro 47:72

Montenegro hand a 72-47 loss to Turkey at the start of the Kepez Tournament. The guests easily destroyed the home side at Kepez Arena.
Turkey stayed tough only in the opening tip when the score was 4:4. Later on the court was dominated by one team-Montenegro. The latter grabbed 25:13 after the first period and added 21-7 in the second frame. The board showed 46:20 after 20 minutes of the game and it was clear at that time about the winner of the game.
Turkey managed to win the third period 11-10 and reduced to 23 points at the end of thirty minutes. Montenegro meanwhile finished the game with 17-16 to win the opener.
Snezana Aleksic (172-G-89) top-scored for the winners with 15 points, while Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) netted 14. Milica Jovanovic (189-F/C-89) produced 13 points and Jelena Dubgevic added 10. Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) ended up with 10 points in defeat and Yasemin Horasan (187-F/C-83) scored 9. Tugba Palazoglu (171-G-80) and Isil Alben (170-G-86) followed them with 5 points apiece.

Turkey: Quanitra Hollingsworth 10, Yasemin Horasan 9, Tugba Palazoglu 5, Isil Alben 5
Montenegro: Snezana Aleksic 15, Iva Perovanovic 14, Milica Jovanovic 13, Jelena Dubgevic 10



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Tennessee Lady Vols' Pat Summitt honored among Medal of Freedom recipients - by Eurobasket News

Sketching impressive contributions to society in intensely personal terms, President Barack Obama presented the Medal of Freedom to more than a dozen political and cultural greats Tuesday, including former Tennessee Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt, rocker Bob Dylan, astronaut John Glenn and novelist Toni Morrison.

In awarding the nations highest civilian honor to 13 recipients, living and dead, the president took note of the overflow crowd in the East Room and said it was a testament to how cool this group is. Everybody wanted to check em out.

Obama then spoke of his personal connection to a number of this years recipients, calling them my heroes individually.

I know how they impacted my life, the president said. He recalled reading Morrisons Song of Solomon in his youth and not just trying to figure out how to write, but also how to be and how to think.

In college days, Obama said, he listened to Dylan and recalled my world opening up, because he captured something about this country that was so vital. Dylans appearance drew the biggest whoops from the crowd, and he dressed for the event sunglasses, bow tie and black suit embellished with shiny buckles and buttons.

Obama also recalled reading about union pathbreaker Dolores Huerta when he was starting out as a community organizer.

Everybody on this stage has marked my life in profound ways, he said.

Obama added that Summitt, who led Tennessee womens basketball team to more NCAA Final Four appearances than any other team, had helped pave the way for his two daughters, who are tall and gifted.

Theyre standing up straight and diving after loose balls and feeling confident and strong, he said. I understand that the impact that these people have had extends beyond me. It will continue for generations to come.

The Medal of Freedom is presented to people who have made meritorious contributions to the national interests of the United States, to world peace or to other significant endeavors.

Courtesy of www.tennessean.com



Daniel named Marshall women's basketball coach - by Eurobasket News

Matt Daniel has been named Marshall's women's basketball coach.

Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick said Tuesday that the 35-year-old Daniel will replace Royce Chadwick, who resigned last month after 11 seasons.

Daniel served as head women's basketball coach at Central Arkansas for four seasons with a 72-50 record. During that time, he took the Sugar Bears from a Division II program to the Division I level, including a Southland Conference championship. He also was named as the 2010 and 2012 Southland Coach of the Year.

The Jonesboro, Ark., native previously served as an assistant coach at the University of Missouri, the University of Colorado, and Texas-Arlington. He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant for men's basketball at Arizona State.

Courtesy of http://sports.sportsillustrated.cnn.com



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First Deepwater golden girl, Akashili gun for treble MVP - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Zenith Bank Women Basketball League

First Deepwater basketball club golden girl Nkechi Akashili dream of picking the 2011/2012 season most valuable player award for a record third straight season come June 9 when the final phase of the Zenith Bank basketball league draw to a close.

The First Deepwater combo guard is optimistic that she could win the MVP award again as she currently lead other players in the league in scoring.

The Nigeria international whose performance in the league has helped her team to remain unbeaten in the first two phases in Kaduna ad Ilorin told our correspondent that team-work is the secret behind her side excellent performance this season.

Akashili who represented Nigeria at the 10th All Africa Games in Mozambique and the Africa Cup of Nations in Mali in 2011 was part of her team third place finish at the FIBA Africa Champions Cup held in Lagos also in 2011 has scored a cumulative 180 points from the eleven statistics available to our correspondent from the thirteen games played during the first and second phase.

The 180 points represent 16.36 points per-game, 35 assists (3.18 per-game); 28 rebounds (2.54 per-game) and 25 steals (2.45 per-game) declare emphatically that she is ready to score more for herself and her team quest for a third straight title.

The final phase dunks-off Thursday (today) at the sports hall of the national stadium, Surulere, Lagos with all ten teams participating as Dolphins basketball club who missed out in the two phase has staged a come-back to the final phase.



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UMMC announced Anna Petrakova - by Eurobasket News

UMMC announced Anna Petrakova (189-PF-84) for the next season. According to http://lovewomensbasketball.com via RIA News she has signed with UMMC Ekaterinburg for the upcoming season.
Anna Petrakova started her career in 2006-2007 for NUR Kazan (A Superleague, starting five) and in 34 games averaged 13.6ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.5apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 46.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 72.0%.
In 2007-2008 she moved to Spartak Moscow Region and then played for Vologda-Chevakata (A Superleague)and CSKA Moscow. In Oct.'09 signed at Spartak St.Petersburg (A Superleague, starting five) and in 14 games averaged 11.9ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 81.8%.
In 2010-2011 joined Vologda-Chevakata (PBL, starting five) and in EuroCup showed 13.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.8apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 40.6%, FT: 80.8%. In Russian League after 20 games her stats read 13.6ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 48.9%, 3PT: 36.6%, FT: 75.4%. The last season she played for Dynamo Kursk (PBL, starting five) and became EuroCup Champion -12. In EuroCup she recorded 16.8ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.4%, 3PT: 42.2%, FT: 80.4% and was named Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup European Player of the Year -12. In Russian League her stats read 13.8ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 75.0%.



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International Tounament - by Tamara Ruzic

On June 3-6th, Belgrade will be hosting an international tournament 'Belgrade's Trophy 2012' . Four senior national teams (Germany, Italy, Romania, Serbia) will have last check to see their sports form and correct their tactical plans before the start of qualifying games, where they need to qualify for the European Championship in France 2013.The games will be played at Basketball Gym 'Sumice' in Belgarde. Free entrance for all 3 days.

Schedule:

Sunday, June 3rd
6 pm Israel - Italy
8:30pm Serbia - Romania

Monday, June 4th
6 pm Romania - Italy
8:30pm Serbia - Israel

Tuesday, June 5th
6 pm Israel - Romania
8:30pm Serbia - Italy
10pm Tournament closing ceremony





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  SPAIN   


Cadi la Seu targets Aja Parham - by Eurobasket News

According to Spanish media, Cadi la Seu wants to sign Aja Parham (183-G/F-84, college: Boston Coll.) for the next season. The American forward spent the last one with Caja Rural Valbusenda. She appeared 25 times in LFB averaging 10.8 points, 4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.8 steals. For her performance Parham was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Honorable Mention. Aja Parham played for the same team also in 2010/11 season. At that time she had 16.7 ppg, 7 rpg and 2.3 spg for 11 games in LF2. She helped them to win the promotion to LFB. In the past, Parham played in France and Portugal. In 2008, she won the Portuguese league title with Olivais Coimbra was named Forward of the Year. Parham is a product of the Boston College, where she graduated in 2006.


EuroLeague Women champions Ros Casares cease existing - by Eurobasket News

EuroLeague Women champion Ros Casares president German Ros has announced they have withdrawn from Spanish league and EuroLeague Women.

Announcement also states that the team will continue to support and work with youth teams.

Last season Ros Casares finally triumphed in both EuroLeague Women their first and only ELW championship.

First reports of this started to come out a week ago.

This leaves now former Ros Casares players Laia Palau, Silvia Dominguez, Shay Murphy, Jana Vesela, Sancho Lyttle without a team. Though there is still plenty of time left before the next season starts, big budget teams like UMMC and Fenerbahce have already more or less completed their rosters for the upcoming season.
Courtesy of: http://lovewomensbasketball.com



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Montenegro hand a 72-47 loss to Turkey at the start of the Kepez Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Turkey-Montenegro 47:72

Montenegro hand a 72-47 loss to Turkey at the start of the Kepez Tournament. The guests easily destroyed the home side at Kepez Arena.
Turkey stayed tough only in the opening tip when the score was 4:4. Later on the court was dominated by one team-Montenegro. The latter grabbed 25:13 after the first period and added 21-7 in the second frame. The board showed 46:20 after 20 minutes of the game and it was clear at that time about the winner of the game.
Turkey managed to win the third period 11-10 and reduced to 23 points at the end of thirty minutes. Montenegro meanwhile finished the game with 17-16 to win the opener.
Snezana Aleksic (172-G-89) top-scored for the winners with 15 points, while Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) netted 14. Milica Jovanovic (189-F/C-89) produced 13 points and Jelena Dubgevic added 10. Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) ended up with 10 points in defeat and Yasemin Horasan (187-F/C-83) scored 9. Tugba Palazoglu (171-G-80) and Isil Alben (170-G-86) followed them with 5 points apiece.

Turkey: Quanitra Hollingsworth 10, Yasemin Horasan 9, Tugba Palazoglu 5, Isil Alben 5
Montenegro: Snezana Aleksic 15, Iva Perovanovic 14, Milica Jovanovic 13, Jelena Dubgevic 10



Istanbul Universitesi lands American C Jessica Davenport - by Eurobasket News

Jessica Davenport (196-C-85, college: Ohio St.) will continue her career in Turkey. The American center penned a one-year deal with Istanbul Universitesi. Davenport will be the clubs last import for the next season. She spent the last one with Vologda-Chevakata. Actually, the center joined Chevakata in January averaging 9.3 points and 5.2 rebounds for 6 EuroCup games. She also added 13.8 ppg and 5.3 rpg for 15 games in Russia. Davenport was named Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Honorable Mention -12. In 2011, she was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 1st Team -11 and Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague Defensive Player of the Year -11. Davenport was also placed to Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup 3rd Team -11. She played for Chevakata averaging 17.7 ppg and 8.9 rpg in Russia, plus 16.8 ppg and 8.3 rpg in EuroCup. Jessica Davenport currently plays for the WNBA team Indiana Fever. She already appeared 3 times for them this season averaging 12 points and 5.7 rebounds. Davenport has experience from the New York Liberty, Tarsus and Challes.


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2012 Paradise Jam Bracket Announced - by David Edole

STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut women's basketball team will square-off against Wake Forest, Marist and Purdue from November 22-24 in the 2012 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam at the University of the Virgin Islands. The four teams will make up the Island Division tournament bracket.

Connecticut won the 2007 Paradise Jam in its only other appearance in the event, defeating Stanford, Old Dominion and Duke en route to the title.

UConn will take on Wake on Thursday, November 22 at 6 p.m., Marist on Friday, November 23 at 8:15 p.m. and Purdue on Saturday, November 24 at 8:15. All times are eastern.

Wake Forest finished the 2011-12 season with a 13-18 overall record, including at 4-12 mark in the ACC. The Demon Deacons finished the year ranked 87 in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI). The Huskies are 2-0 all-time against Wake Forest with the last matchup coming on November 26, 2001.

Marist has made seven-straight NCAA Tournament appearances and finished the 2011-12 season with a 26-8 overall record, including a 17-1 mark in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action. The Red Foxes finished ranked No. 43 in the RPI and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Connecticut is 3-0 all-time against Marist and the two sides have not met since November 12, 2005.

Purdue finished 25-9 last year and posted an 11-5 mark in Big 10 play. The Boilermakers finished ranked No. 15 in the RPI and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight year. Connecticut is 4-1 all-time vs. Purdue most recently defeating the Boilers 64-40 in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament at Gampel Pavilion.



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Assaults' Knox wins WUBA Most Improved Player Award - by David Walls


David Walls Reports
May 13, 2012

ATLANTA: Azzie Knox (5'11''-G/F-85, college: Rogers St.) has the WUBA's Most Improved Player award.

In 2011 Knox drafted in the 2nd Round by the Atlanta Lady Assault; and if not for her team record she would have been named a WUBA all-star

Knox averaged 15.9 points, 8.9rebounds and 2.5 assists per game this season, posting five straight 20 points games for the Assault. Before the All-Star break Knox was only averaging 12 points and 6 rebounds. After the break she have averaged better than 19 points and 10 rebounds (the biggest jump in the league).

He was a runaway winner, getting 13 of a possible 16 first-place votes and 400 points from a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters who cover the WUBA.

In 2009 Knox was named 2nd team All-Conference for Rogers State University with an average of 14 points and 10 rebounds per game.



WUBA Playoff 1st Round: Disciples and Dragons will face off in semi finals - by David Walls


GIE Morrow D. Metro Atlanta S. 80-65
Patechia Hartman (5'7''-G-83, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Georgia St.) had 24 points and 9 assists, and Leanne Watson (5'11''-F-89, college: Newberry) added 22 points and 9 rebounds as the Lady Generals roll over the Sparks 80-65. After the all-star break Hartman continues her great play averaging 24.2ppg and 9.0 assists (since the break). She continues to make her teammate play at a high level and look to be peeking at the right time. Latonda Bruce (5'8''-G-89, college: Clayton St.) added 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Treasure Johnson (6'0''-G/F, college: NC-Wilmington) was the only bright spot for the Sparks with a team high 22 points and 8 rebounds in a losing effort.

Hartman has another great game coming off the biggest honor of her career. Friday morning Hartman was named 2011-2012 All-United States Awards (Voted by All USA Sports Reporters) 2nd Team -12. This is such an huge honor seeing that Every player on this list played in the WNBA. She has just one more game to make it the WUBA finals vs. their heated rival Southern Generals.

Tennessee D. Atlanta A. 65-57
Angelique Burtts (6'0''-F-88, college: Georgia St.) 16 had a team-high 18 points and 9 rebounds as the Lady Dragons routed the Assault 65-57 on Sunday night. Ashley Haynes (5'9''-G/F-84, college: Austin Peay St.) had 23 points for the Assault. Azzie Knox (5'11''-G/F-85, college: Rogers St.) added 16 points and 10 rebounds in a losing effort. The Lady Dragons will face the Lady Disciples in the semi finals to see who will face the WUBA power Lady Generals.



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Croatia recorded its second win against Great Britain - by Eurobasket News

Croatia -Great Britain 77:74

Croatia recorded its second win against Great Britain in Sibenik. The hoem side celebrated a 77:74 win on Tuesday.
Great Britain started the second game better and took 15:13 after the first five minutes. They led to 27:23 at the end of the first period, but failed the start of the second quarter. Croatia erupted with a 19-6 surge in the first five minutes of the second quarter and led 48:43 at the halftime.
Great Britain was far to give up and reduced to 64:63 with 10 minutes to go. Moreover the guests grabbed a 72:70 lead, but could not keep the victory. Croatia made the final push and allowed the opponents to score only 2 points in the last five minutes.
Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Emanuela Salopek (179-G-87) as well as Iva Ciglar (170-G-85, agency: Data Plus Group) added 10 each. Azania Stewart (193-C-89) replied with 14 points in defeat, while Temitope Fagbenle and Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87, college: Franklin Pierce) posted 13 each. Natalie Stafford (173-G-76) nailed 12, whilst Page had 10.

Croatia: Ana Lelas 15, Emanuela Salopek 10, Iva Ciglar 10
Great Britain: Azania Stewart 14, Temitope Fagbenle 13, Johannah Leedham 13, Natalie Stafford 12, Page 10



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Preview: Lynx at Washington - by Eurobasket News

Lynx at a glance: Coach Cheryl Reeve said her 4-0 team probably played its best game of the season Sunday in beating Seattle 84-71. The Storm shot 37.9 percent and had only 18 points in the paint. ... Maya Moore (6'0''-F-89, college: Connecticut) tied a WNBA season high with five three-pointers. ... Starting guards Lindsay Whalen and Seimone Augustus (6'2''-G-84, college: LSU) had eight and six assists, respectively. ... Rookie forward Devereaux Peters had her best game with 10 points and four rebounds.

Mystics at a glance: Washington was 0-2 against the Lynx last season, but this is an almost entirely different Mystics team with six new WNBA veterans, rookie Natalie Novosel -- Peters' teammate at Notre Dame -- and returning guard Monique Currie (6'0''-G/F-83, college: Duke), who played only four games last season because of knee surgery. ... Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-F/C-86, college: Maryland), a two-time All-Star, is averaging 15 points and nine rebounds for the 1-1 Mystics. They beat Tulsa 64-61 Saturday to break a five-game losing streak going back to last season. ... Ex-Lynx Noelle Quinn is one of the starting guards.

Courtesy of www.startribune.com



Sparks center Nicky Anosike to undergo knee surgery - by Eurobasket News

The Los Angeles Sparks announced that Nicky Anosike (6'3''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) will undergo arthoscopic knee surgery on her left knee tomorrow and will miss about six weeks of the season as she recovers.

'After further evaluation of her knee, we decided that performing surgery now, rather than later, would be her best option, so that we could have a 100 percent healthy Nicky for the remainder of the season,' Sparks Vice President and General Manager Penny Toler said.

Anosike played in the three Sparks preseason games, but has not dressed for a game yet this season. The 6'3' center is in her fifth year in the WNBA and signed with the Sparks this offseason after playing three years with the Minnesota Lynx and last year with the Washington Mystics. She is averaging 9.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game in her career.

The Sparks started off the season 3-1 with two wins over the Seattle Storm and a win over the Phoenix Mercury

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



Mercury bring back Krystal Thomas - by Eurobasket News

The Phoenix Mercury have re-signed 6-5 center Krystal Thomas (6'5''-C-89, college: Duke).

Thomas played for the Mercury for the final 11 games of the 2011 season and the playoffs but was waived on May 16, the final day of 2012 training camp. She fills the roster opening created when Zane Tamane was released on Friday.

The Mercury is 1-2 and returns to action on Thursday to battle the Atlanta Dream. The game will be televised on FOX sporst Arizona, starting at 4 p.m.

Courtesy of www.foxsportsarizona.com



Istanbul Universitesi lands American C Jessica Davenport - by Eurobasket News

Jessica Davenport (196-C-85, college: Ohio St.) will continue her career in Turkey. The American center penned a one-year deal with Istanbul Universitesi. Davenport will be the clubs last import for the next season. She spent the last one with Vologda-Chevakata. Actually, the center joined Chevakata in January averaging 9.3 points and 5.2 rebounds for 6 EuroCup games. She also added 13.8 ppg and 5.3 rpg for 15 games in Russia. Davenport was named Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Honorable Mention -12. In 2011, she was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 1st Team -11 and Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague Defensive Player of the Year -11. Davenport was also placed to Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup 3rd Team -11. She played for Chevakata averaging 17.7 ppg and 8.9 rpg in Russia, plus 16.8 ppg and 8.3 rpg in EuroCup. Jessica Davenport currently plays for the WNBA team Indiana Fever. She already appeared 3 times for them this season averaging 12 points and 5.7 rebounds. Davenport has experience from the New York Liberty, Tarsus and Challes.